United States Merchant Marine Academy

Frank J. Schmidt

Frank J. Schmidt

Frank J. Schmidt, a retired Fairchild Aviation executive who was a longtime volunteer aboard the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, died of heart failure March 31 at Tranquillity at Fredericktowne, a Frederick assisted-living facility. He was 87.

"Frank was a sweetheart and was everyone's friend," said Diane Jerbi, who is president of Project Liberty Ship.

"He took the kids under his wing and taught them all that he could. He worked right alongside with other volunteers chipping paint and painting. He was a leader, but at the same time was one of them," said Ms. Jerbi.

"Frank was a skilled seaman and a fine man. As second mate and deck department...