The Rev. Richard C. Schmidt, a Jesuit priest and former prefect of discipline at Loyola Bllakefield High School, died Oct. 11 at the Keswick Multi-Care Center of an embolism after surgery. He was 84 and lived at the St. Claude la Colombiere Jesuit Community in North Roland Park.
Born in Lansdowne, Pa., he was the son of August J. Schmidt and the former Catherine B. Uphoff. After his 1948 graduation from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, he entered the Society of Jesus. He received a bachelor's degree in speech at the College of St. Robert Bellarmine in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
From 1958 to 1962, he studied theology at the old Woodstock College in Woodstock. Baltimore's archbishop, Francis P. Keough, ordained him in 1961.
He joined the faculty of Loyola Blakefield in Towson in 1963 and served as prefect of discipline until 1970. He then served at Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville as prefect of discipline, buildings and grounds custodian, and minister of the Jesuit Community.
In 1997, Father Schmidt worked in pastoral ministry at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner in Southern Maryland. He held the post of associate director of retreats, associate director for management and maintenance, and assistant to the director.