Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 17, 1995

Obituary: Professor's Life Devoted To Research, Yachting

     William H. Schwarz, a professor in the Department of
Chemical Engineering at Hopkins, died Friday, April 7, of cancer,
at his home in Randallstown. He was 64.

     Dr. Schwarz had been on the faculty at Hopkins since 1968,
first as a professor of mechanics and materials science. He
joined the chemical engineering faculty in 1979, serving as its
chair from 1979 to 1981.

     He had a variety of research interests and frequently
published papers in the fields of fluid mechanics, acoustics and
rheology. Among his projects were the study of the mechanics of
swallowing, for research into swallowing disorders, and, for the
U.S. Navy, the study of bacteria that cause drag when they hang
onto sea vessels.

     His avocation for over 40 years was yacht racing, and he won
numerous races on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.   

     Dr. Schwarz graduated in 1951 from Hopkins with a bachelor
of science degree in chemical engineering. He went on to earn a
master's degree (in 1955) and a doctorate (in 1957) from Hopkins.

     While an undergraduate, Dr. Schwarz starred on the Hopkins
football team, primarily as a defensive end. He also served as
line coach for the team while he pursued graduate degrees at

     Dr. Schwarz was on the faculty of Stanford University before
coming to Hopkins. At both universities, he helped to pioneer new
chemical engineering programs. 

     His family asks that contributions in the name of Dr.
Schwarz be made to Johns Hopkins University for the study of
mechanics and chemical engineering. Checks may be sent, c/o Marc
Donohue, to the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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