Louis A. ‘Buddy’ Schmidt Jr.
federal employee

Louis A. “Buddy” Schmidt Jr., 72, a former D.C. firefighter who worked for the Government Printing Office for more than two decades, died March 22 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

The cause was cardiorespiratory arrest caused by an intracerebral hemorrhage, said his wife, Suzanne L. Wilson.

Mr. Schmidt, a Potomac resident, retired from the GPO in 1993 as a manager of field operations, including the agency’s bookstores across the country. He was a D.C. firefighter in the 1960s.

After his retirement, he worked and volunteered at the Montgomery County Humane Society and taught dog obedience classes through the Montgomery County Recreation Department. In the 2000s, he also worked part time as an aide in Montgomery County elementary and middle schools.

Louis August Schmidt Jr. was born in Washington and grew up in Cheverly. He was a 1957 graduate of Bladensburg High School. He attended the University of Maryland after Navy service in the late 1950s.

His first marriage, to Margaret Davis, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Suzanne L. Wilson of Potomac; three children from his first marriage, Philip A. Schmidt of Unionville, Va., Laura A. Yates of Warrenton and Kelly A. Schmidt of Reston; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

— Emily Langer