Maurice H. "Herb" Schwartz

December 11, 1918 ~ July 21, 2015

Maurice H. "Herb" Schwartz was a senior executive in information processing services of the Federal Reserve Board, the Atomic Energy Commission, and Citibank. Concurrently, he was Adjunct Professor of Management Systems at George Washington University and at the National Defense University. For 36 years, he led annual management seminars for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, culminating with the urgent need to protect the natural environment. Mr. Schwartz was a speaker at meetings and seminars of a large number of business, government, and university organizations in 11 countries. He was the president of two professional societies and an editor of three professional journals. He was awarded a unique commendation by the Department of Defense for uniformed and civilian executive education for more than 20 years.
At the Federal Reserve in the mid-50's, Mr. Schwartz managed the project for the design, acquisition, installation and operation of the world's first computer-based business and statistics graphics systems. He provided leadership for the pioneering integration of data processing and telecommunications systems at the Atomic Energy Commission in the 60's. He designed and constructed a number of systems for transactions processing, management information, nationwide computer communications, user-oriented simplified programming, and end-user analytic computing. He activated management of quality control, quality improvement, and quality assurance long before they became generally recognized in information processing. After retiring from the U.S. government, he founded the Blue Ridge Institute, through which he provided education and advice on policies and strategies for improving the quality of business products and services to large organizations including General Electric, General Motors, Dupont of Canada, McCormick Foods, and First Tennessee Bank.
Mr. Schwartz was involved in parks and in natural environmental affairs for more than 45 years. Before moving to Vancouver, WA in late 2008, he was the Chairman of the Maryland Parks Advisory Commission and the Chairman of the Maryland State Forests Policy Committee, as well as the Chairman of the Governor's special commission on Maryland State Parks. He was a founder and member of the Board of the Friends of Maryland State Forests and Parks, and was a two-term trustee of the National Parks and Conservation Association, for whom he served as chairman of the Committees on Public Education and on the Quality of the Parks.
As a retiree living in Leisure World of Silver Spring, MD, and most recently at the Touchmark in Vancouver, WA, Mr. Schwartz continued his lifelong intellectual pursuits of knowledge and education, lecturing on a wide variety of topics of great concern to twenty-first century society. These topics ranged from global governing to cyber-security.
Herb Schwartz was a graduate of the University of Illinois and studied agricultural economics as a graduate student at the University of Maryland.
He served in the U.S. Army in Hawaii during World War II, and continued to serve in the Army Reserves for another 14 years.
Herb is survived by his wife, Pearl; daughter, Charlotte; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at Touchmark, 2910 SE Village Loop, Vancouver, at 1:00 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 4th.
Please sign his guest book at:
Published by The Columbian on Aug. 4, 2015.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

3 Entries
To Herb's family - I am President of The Coastal Society, an international non-profit organization created by Herb in 1976. As TCS's first president, Herb envisioned professionals working with citizens to improve our coasts. Those ideals continue to motivate us today, as TCS celebrates its 40th anniversary. I will miss Herb as a friend and mentor. TCS and our coasts will miss him as a visionary leader. Our hearts go to Pearl and his family.
Tom Bigford
August 25, 2015
I did not know you long enough Herb, but enjoyed the time i did know you. Enjoyed our chats as i repaired your computers, especially enjoyed our recent dinner out. Your friend, larry
Larry Adams
August 9, 2015
Farewell to a dear friend and mentor. The legacy of protection and preservation of Maryland State Parks lives on in those to whom you gave your time, ideas, and energy. Thank You and Good-Bye, Tim
Tim Casey
August 8, 2015
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 results