Robert W. Schroeder, retired McCormick & Co. executive, dies

Robert W. Schroeder, a retired McCormick & Co. executive and a lifelong football fan, died of heart failure Jan. 15 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Hunt Valley resident was 76.

Mr. Schroeder, son of Robert Henry Schroeder, a bus driver, and his wife, Margaret Kenney Schroeder, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York.


Mr. Schroeder was an outstanding football player at Lindenhurst High School where he was the recipient of Newsday’s Hansen Football Award for being the best player on Long Island.

After graduating from high school in 1963, he attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on a full football scholarship and was captain of the football team. A three-time letterman, he was a linebacker and center.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and began his business career at McGraw Hill and subsequently worked for Owens Corning Brockway Glass Co. In 1984, he joined McCormick & Co.’s packaging division in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where he was vice president of sales and marketing.

Mr. Schroeder came to Baltimore in 1993 where he was president of McCormick’s U.S. consumer division, which is the “company’s flagship and largest division,” said his wife of 21 years, the former Mary Jane Adams, who was a sales executive with the company’s Tubed Products Inc. division.

He retired in 2003.

He had served as a board member of McCormick & Co., the Maryland Food Bank and Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Schroeder was an avid golfer and a member of the Hillendale Country Club. He also enjoyed boating, following football and spending time at a second home in Pasadena overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

He was a communicant of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Schroeder is survived by a son, Sean Schroeder of Cockeysville; two daughters, Stacey Schroeder of Woodstock and Carrie Frost of Sparks; two brothers, Michael Schroeder of Lindenhurst and Edward Schroeder of New Salem, New York; and seven grandchildren. His wife of 33 years, the former Carol Cwik died in 1999; and another son, Robert Schroeder died in 2018.