Friday, September 18, 2009

Irvin H. Schick Professor and Administrator

Irvin H. Schick, 85, a retired professor of electronics, engineering and mathematics at Montgomery College who also held administrative positions at the college, died Sept. 4 of pneumonia at Renaissance Gardens care facility in the Riderwood Village retirement community of Silver Spring.

Mr. Schick came to the Washington region after World War II to study electronics at Bliss Electrical School in Takoma Park. After graduating in 1947, he joined the school's faculty.

When Montgomery Junior College (now Montgomery College) purchased the electrical school in 1950, Mr. Schick joined the college faculty as an instructor in the electrical program. He was appointed chairman of the electrical technology department in 1953 and later became chairman of the engineering and technology division. He helped organize the electrical technology curriculum into a two-year career program.

While teaching at Montgomery College, Mr. Schick attended George Washington University and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1958. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1961.

In 1965, Mr. Schick became director of extension at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. He was appointed dean of administration in 1967 and later was administrative vice president of the college. He helped develop the college's first elected faculty governance system.

Upon his retirement in 1978, he received the Silver Medallion award for his service to the college. Mr. Schick continued to teach mathematics part time at Montgomery College until 1997.

In 2002, he received the college's Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. A year later, he established the Irvin H. Schick Endowed Scholarship for students of electronics technology. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association of University Professors, and several engineering and physics honor societies.

Irvin Henry Schick was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and served in the Army Air Forces as a radio operator in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was a longtime Silver Spring resident and enjoyed photography, electronics and home repair. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

His first wife, Marilyn Freeman Schick, died in 1961.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Marjorie Bletch Schick of Silver Spring, and a daughter from his second marriage, Carolyn P. Schick of Silver Spring.

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