Memorial Service for Erdmann Schmocker

A memorial service for Erdmann Schmocker (ARCH ’59, M.S. CRP ’61) will be held at the Carr Memorial Chapel at Illinois Institute of Technology at noon on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Once a member of the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at IIT, Schmocker recently passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago following a short illness. Internment was private.

After graduating from IIT, where he studied under notable Bauhaus faculty such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Alfred Caldwell, Erdmann Schmocker taught at North Dakota State University and Kent State University before joining the faculty of IIT College of Architecture’s Department of City and Regional Planning. He also taught for a brief time at IIT Institute of Design and altogether, was with the university for more than 30 years. While teaching, Schmocker also worked as an architect and in 1968, was architect and city planner for the Public Building Commission in Chicago.

A native of Switzerland, Schmocker served as president of the Swiss-American Historical Society in Washington, D.C., from 1989–2001, and as director of Swiss Cultural Center in Chicago from 1990–98 and the Swiss Benevolent Society from 1988–1997.

Schmocker was preceded in death by his wife, Kim Chau Nguyen (CRP ’82), who also taught at IIT College of Architecture.