Charles T. (Ted) Schmidt
Jr. Ph.D., 77, of
Saunderstown, former director and professor emeritus of labor and industrial relations at URI, passed away May 31, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Crawford) Schmidt.
Born in Taunton, Mass., he was the son of the late Charles T. III and Winifred (Pollard) Schmidt.
In addition to his wife Phyllis, he is survived by his son, Charles T. (Chuck) Schmidt V and his wife Debra of North Smithfield; three daughters, Cynthia (Cindy) Schmidt Moran and her husband Garth of Amesbury, Mass., Christine Schmidt of Destin, Fla., and Kim Malone and her husband Mike of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Travis, Jacob and Aaron Malone, Lindsey Sullivan, Stephanie and Julie Moran, Alexis and Bailey Schmidt; and three great-grandchildren, Aidan, Samuel and Maxwell. He was the brother of the late Carol Ricketson.
Professor Schmidt received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University; his master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University’s ILR School; a master of business administration from Northeastern University; and a bachelor of science from UMass- Amherst.
Dr. Schmidt is the founding director of the Labor Research Center and professor emeritus of industrial relations at the University of Rhode Island. He came to URI in 1968 as an associate professor of industrial relations.
From 1975 to 1978, while on leave from URI, he served as senior technical advisor and “expert” in industrial relations to the government of Zambia under the auspices of the International Labor Organization/United Nations in Zambia and Geneva. Earlier he was an assistant professor and lecturer at Michigan State and at the University of Minnesota. He was the former manager of labor relations and compensation at the Raytheon Company Operations in Norwood, Mass. He retired from URI in 1998 at which time the Labor Research Center was named in his honor.
Dr. Schmidt was also a labor arbitrator and mediator and served on many panels in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has written articles and co-authored two books on public sector collective bargaining.
He was elected in 1984 as the founding president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association and was the 1994 recipient of the Director’s Award of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. In 2003, the Institute of Industrial Relations at Providence College named Professor Schmidt to the Rev. Charles B. Quirk Award.
An avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, he was the first governor of Red Sox Nation for the state of Rhode Island.
His funeral service was held June 5 at Central Baptist Church. Burial followed in Cedar Cemetery.