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Shepherd College Alumni group plans to honor

May 03, 2002

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Rev. John W. Schildt of Chewsville will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Professional Award from the Shepherd College Alumni Association during Shepherd's 129th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 18.

The award is given annually to a person who has been a member of the Shepherd College alumni body for a minimum of 15 years and who has distinguished himself or herself professionally.

Schildt graduated from Shepherd College in 1958 with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. He graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., in 1962 and has studied at Western Maryland College, Gettysburg Seminary, and West Virginia University.

Schildt's 45-year career as a minister began at the Big Pool-Wolfsville Charge, Evangelical United Brethren in 1956. He served as pastor at the St. Thomas (Pa.) Evangelical Untied Brethren Charge (1961-67), and has been pastor at Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville since 1967.

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Schildt served as a teacher at West Frederick Middle School (1958-59) and as a substitute teacher in the St. Thomas School District (1961-67) and for the Washington County Board of Education (1968-80).

A member of Company A, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, Maryland Army National Guard from 1951 to 1955, Schildt serves as national chaplain of the 29th Division Association. In June 1994, he served as acting chaplain of the 29th Division Association in Normandy, France, during the 50th anniversary commemoration.

Schildt is the author of many books, including "Drums Along the Antietam," "September Echoes," "Roads to Antietam," "Roads to Gettysburg" and "Hunter McGuire, Jackson's Doctor." He will be part of the Shepherd College Scarborough Society Lecture Series in February 2003 when he will present a lecture titled "Drums Along the Antietam, A History of the Valley, 1750-1970."

Schildt is a director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., a member of the board of directors of Save Historic Antietam Foundation and a director of Normandy Allies, a summer American and French exchange program.

He has received two Freedom Foundation Awards for writing Memorial Day articles.

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