Christopher R. Schmid

September 01, 1959 - December 26, 2007 

Christopher R. Schmid

September 01, 1959 - December 26, 2007 

Obituary for Christopher R. Schmid

Dr. Christopher R. Schmid, Research Advisor at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, IN, formerly of Stratford, NJ, died of cancer on December 26, 2007. He was born in 1959 to Richard and Neida Schmid. Upon completing his PhD at Princeton University in Organic chemistry and a post-doctoral position at UC-Berkeley, Dr. Schmid joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1987. During his career as a process chemist, he contributed to the synthesis of Gemzar and Evista. Dr. Schmid promoted process chemistry as a critical discipline. He chaired the International Gordon Conference Organic Reactions and Processes. He was a founding member of the editorial board and later an associate editor for the first journal devoted to process chemistry, Organic Process Research & Development. Dr. Schmid challenged the chemistry community to “contribute to a growing body of scientific knowledge... Writing for publication is one of the contributions we make as individuals to our scientific community.”


Dr. Schmid was passionate in his desire to see God’s Word spread, especially thru theological education. He provided scholarships for and traveled to the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), and was a founding member of Christian Leaders for Africa (CLA) and an officer for Light of the World Ministries. He served at Faith Missionary Church as Deacon chair and supported individual missionary work. Friends and coworkers remember his kind, respectful, compassionate and gentle manner, as well as his personal integrity and dignity.

Dr. Schmid is survived by his mother, Mrs. Neida R. Schmid in Indianapolis. Homecoming services will be held at Faith Missionary Church in Indianapolis, IN. on Jan. 5th, at 1:30pm with visitation 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and reception to follow. Make contributions to CLA, P.O. Box 1642, Indianapolis, IN 46206 and Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, 24 Moore St., Princeton NJ, 08542.

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