Monday, March 31, 2014

Dr Walt Schmidt, retired State Geologist of Florida

It is with sadness that I share news of the passing of Dr. Walt Schmidt, retired Director and State Geologist at the Florida Geological Survey. I received a call last night from Walt's wife, Cheryl, who shared with me that he died peacefully, surrounded by family in his home. Walt's passion, dedication and gracious leadership inspired those he led as he served as FGS as Director for 21 years. He will truly be missed.

For those wishing to attend, details are forthcoming regarding his memorial service.  [Photo credit, FGS]

[update 3-31-14, 8:58pm]:
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 5th at 1:00 PM at Culley's Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida.

Posted by
Jon Arthur, Director and State Geologist
Office of the Florida Geological Survey
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

A short bio of Walt is posted on the American Geosciences Institute website at

[update 4-2-14, 9:20 am] 

Please see below a link to Walt’s obituary, which includes service information.  A link is also provided to an online guestbook through which you can post notes to the family. 


Guest Book

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