James T. Schollaert, foreign service officer, lobbyist

James T. Schollaert, 73, a retired Foreign Service officer and lobbyist, died Feb. 17 at his home in Arlington County after a heart attack.

His daughter, Stephanie S. Uz, confirmed the death.

Mr. Schollaert retired from the Foreign Service in 2003 after a 37-year career that included assignments in Austria, the former Czechoslovakia, the former Soviet Union, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Bosnia. His specialties included economics, and he had been chief of the State Department’s textile division.

In 2005 he formed his own lobbying consultancy, Made in USA Strategies. He retired from that business in 2010.

James Thomas Schollaert was a native of Raccoon, Pa., and a 1961 graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia. He received a master’s degree in American studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and was a 1966 graduate of the University of Virginia law school.

He was a founder of the Arlington Tigers wrestling team.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Kopper Schollaert of Arlington; three children, Stephanie S. Uz of Arlington, Christopher Schollaert of Raleigh, N.C., and Charles Schollaert of Boulder, Colo.; two brothers; and six grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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