Death of a Classmate - William Edward Schuler

William Edward Schuler, 76, beloved husband of Carolyn Callaway and father of Bill, Sharon, Jim, and Mike died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, June 2, 2007. Bill was born in Texarkana, AR on March 8, 1931, to Victoria McCall and William Alan Schuler. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1948 and attended DelMarva College before entering the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from USNA in 1954, Bill entered the Air Force. He served two combat tours in Viet Nam and was shot down in December 1966 over the South China Sea. Bill's numerous decorations included the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. While serving in the Air Force, Bill earned a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. After retiring as a Colonel in 1976, Bill founded and operated Systems Research Corporation. After selling SRC, Bill became a Corporate Vice President with SAIC and later a partner with Coopers and Lybrand. Bill and Carolyn came to Albuquerque in 1993 where Bill was Corporate Vice President of BDM International. Bill was active in many local organizations. He served as president of the TVI Foundation Board and of the New Mexico USNA alumni association. He was appointed to the NM Game and Fish Commission by Governor Gary Johnson. At the time of his death, he was Vice Chairman of the UNM' s Science and Technology Corporation Board. His first marriage to Katherine Hasik ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Carolyn Callaway; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kathy Schuler and their son, Wes of Spartanburg, SC; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Chandler von Schrader and their sons, Lee, Eddie, and Max of Alexandria, VA; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kelly Schuler of Arlington, VA and their children, Kate, Will, and Caroline; and son, Mike and companion, Faith Bridges of Albuquerque and Mike's daughter Robyn; his devoted German Shepherd, Bounty; and cat, TJ. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, poker, golf and bridge buddies, and the community. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill's life will be held in the near future followed by a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the New Heart Wellness Center, 601 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 87102. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500

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