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Adolph William Schmidt was American ambassador. Awarded Bronze Star, Two Battle Stars; Benjamin Rush award Allegheny Company Medical Society, 1950; David Glick award World Affairs Council, 1965.


Schmidt, Adolph William was born on September 13, 1904 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Adolph and Louise (Schmidt) Schmidt.


AB, Princeton University, 1926. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, 1977. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1929.

Certificates, University Dijon. Certificates, University Berlin and University Paris, Sorbonne, 1927. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Pitts, 1954.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University New Brunswick, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters, Chatham College, 1965. Doctor of Humane Letters, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1981.


Officer, Mellon National Bank and affiliated organizations, Pittsburgh, 1929-1942;Chairman of the Board, director, Columbia Radiator Company, McKeesport, 1939-1942;member Executive Committee, director, Pittsburgh Coal Company, 1940-1942;vice president, governor, T. Mellon & Sons, Pittsburgh, 1946-1969;trustee, A.W. Mellon Ednl. and Charitable Trustpresident, A.W. Mellon Ednl. and Charitable Trust, 1954-1965;trustee, Old Dominion Foundation, 1941-1969;trustee, Carnegie Institute, 1965-1992;ambassador to Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1969-1974. United States delegate Conference on North Atlantic Community, Bruges, Belgium, 1957, Atlantic Congress, London, England., 1959, Atlantic Convention North Atlantic Treaty Organization Nations, Paris, France, 1962. Adviser to the United States delegation Economics Common for, Europe, Geneva, Switzerland, 1967.

Board of Governors Atlantic Institute, Paris. Board directors Atlantic Council United States, Washington.


Co-founder Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1934, Pittsburgh Symphony, 1937. President Presbyterian-University Hospital, 1946-1947. 1st chairman Three Rivers Arts Festival, 1960.

President, chairman Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh, 1956-1961. Vice chairman Urban Redevelopment Authority, 1954-1959. 1st chairman Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission, 1960.

Member business and international committees National Planning Association, 1955-1969. Member Canada-American Committee, 1974-1980. Chairman Pennsylvania State Planning Board, 1955-1968.

Director Population Crisis Committee, Washington, 1965-1969, Population-Environment Balance, Inc., 1973-1989. Member board visitors and governors St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico, also chairman, 1956, 62. Member graduate council Princeton University Served from captain to lieutenant colonel United States Army, 1942-1946.

With Office of Strategic Services in Africa and Europe. Allied Control Commission Berlin. Member Council Foreign Relations, Military Order World Wars, Council American Ambassadors Clubs: Links, Anglers (New York City).

Duquesne (Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh Golf. Laurel Valley Golf, Rolling Rock (Ligonier, Pennsylvania). Metropolitan (Washington).


Married Helen Sedgley Mellon, June 27, 1936. Children– Helen Schmidt Claire, Thomas M.

Adolph Schmidt

Louise (Schmidt) Schmidt

Helen Sedgley Mellon

Helen Schmidt Claire Schmidt

Thomas M. Schmidt