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City man dies on canoe trip in Minnesota

Schofield had recently retired from teaching at Middletown High

Schofield had recently retired from teaching at Middletown High

September 24, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who died earlier this week while on a canoeing trip in northeastern Minnesota had an ability to connect with students at the Frederick County, Md., school where he taught, the principal there said.

James H. Schofield III, 54, of 434 N. Potomac St., died Monday while on a canoeing trip with friends on Birch Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Schofield, who fell from a canoe, apparently drowned, according to Lake County Sheriff's Department deputies.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's department could not be reached for comment Wednesday or Thursday at the department's Ely, Minn., office.

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Schofield was a passionate about outdoor activities, especially canoeing in the Boundary Waters area, according to his obituary.

Schofield was a member of and contributor to the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness organization, a spokeswoman with the group said.

Debra Munk, principal at Middletown (Md.) High School where Schofield taught, said he retired in July to spend more time with his family and to pursue outdoor activities.

"He was just kind of ready to do something else - It was time for a change," Munk said. "We all tried to talk him out of it."

Munk described Schofield, who taught at the high school for 20 years, as a quick-witted man who had a strong sense of integrity. Munk, in her third year as principal, said he was most notable at the school for his effect on students in his classes, which included political science and U.S. history.

"Kids would come back and say, of all the teachers in the high school, he prepared them most for college," Munk said.

"He really taught kids how to think, how to write - He had a tremendous knowledge of history that he could just share," she said.

Katharine M. Schofield, one of his three daughters, said Thursday evening that the family was not ready to talk about her father's death.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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