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Dr John Joseph Schumacher
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1885
Schell City
Vernon County
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1944
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA


Pages 366-367:

John J. Schumacher is secretary and a director of the Southwestern University, an institution of higher education, of which a more complete account will be found on other pages of this publication.

Mr. Schumacher has been a resident of California most of his life. He was born in Schell City, Missouri, December 19, 1885, son of Joseph and Kunigunda Schumacher. He remained in Missouri to the age of eight years, and prior to that time had attended a kindergarten and primary school in Schell City. His father having died in 1891, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1894, and he was put into the St. Joseph's Parochial School. In July, 1899, he entered St. Anthony's College at Santa Barbara, taking the classical course and graduating in 1904.

With this liberal education he returned to Los Angeles and promptly began his business career as bookkeeper and cashier for R. H. Whitten, book publisher, continuing until 1910. Mr. Schumacher was one of the men chiefly responsible for the organization of Southwestern University, and has ever since been its secretary and a director. During the first three years the offices of the University were in the Union Oil Building and since then at 206 South Spring street. Mr. Schumacher is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Southwestern University. Now in the sixth year of its existence as a corporation, Southwestern University has passed its period of pioneering and its prestige and usefulness are thoroughly established in the appreciation of the public by its record for high usefulness and service in the particular field it occupies. Southwestern University is an entirely independent non-sectarian institution, devoted exclusively to the utilitarian branches of higher education. The University was organized May 10, 1913, and was chartered as a "benevolent and beneficent institution for educational purposes with all the powers necessary to successfully conduct separate schools or colleges or seminaries or departments for the study of each or all of the liberal and learned arts and professions and for any scientific or other educational purposes, and to grant such literary honors and degrees as are usually granted in universities or colleges or other institutions of learning."

The full scope of the charter powers has not been exercised, and the University so far has been composed of a School of Law and a School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. When it was established there was no School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, or Business Administration, as standardized in leading eastern universities, in existence in California. There was also only one established Law School in Southern California offering systematic instruction. Therefore, the University has been conducted very commendably, not as a competitor of other co-ordinate institutions of learning, but primarily to fill an increasing and recognized need in special fields.

The growth of Southwestern University has been due to normal evolution rather than to corporation promotion. The Southwestern College of Law was organized by John J. Schumacher on November 25, 1911, and was continued until May 10, 1913, when it was absorbed by the Southwestern University proper. It was Mr. Schumacher who underook the arduous task of organizing the faculties of both schools under the charter granted the Southwestern University in 1913. Men of the local community possessing the necessary qualifications were gradually associated, and for the rest leading universities were drawn upon. Up to February 1, 1913, Southwestern University was located in the Union Oil Building. Larger quarters were then required, and a permanent location was found in the Wilcox Building at the corner of Second and Spring streets. Here provision has been made for adequate quarters and equipment to facilitate the continued and increasing usefulness and efficiency of the work. The University now has a library of approximately sixteen hundred volumes in the legal section, and also a special department of reference works required by the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance.

The professional. School of Law began in the school year 1913-14 under the deanship of Hugh Evander Willis, A. M., LL. M., who was engaged from the Law School faculty of the University of Minnesota. April 15, 1915, he was succeeded by Arthur J. Abbott, J. D., then a member of the faculty of the School of Law, as Acting Dean. Mr. Abbott has been dean of the School of Law since January, 1916. The faculty of the School of Law is composed of professional law teachers, most of whom are also engaged in the active practice. Special lectures are given by members of the judiciary and by prominent members of the California bar.

One of the primary reasons that lead to the establishment of this School of Law was the need for an institution which should employ the "case book" method, as a basis of its law instruction. This system, which has been adopted by nearly all the leading universities in America, has been faithfully continued by Southwestern from the beginning. An admirable statement of the purpose and scope of the School of Law is found in an official announcement as follows: "It is the primary purpose of the School of Law to train men and women for the practice of the profession of law. Its curriculum is modern and thorough. It offers no ''short cuts" to the prospective practitioner. On the contrary, the instruction offered by the School of Law is given in the belief that it is essential to the scholarly teaching of law that emphasis be placed upon the origin, theory and scientific basis of the subject. At the same time the curriculum is distinctly practical, particular stress being placed upon procedure, trial practice and subjects treating with the actual administration of the law."

The faculty of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance was at first under the general direction of W. M. Burke, A. M., Ph. D., Dean. Mr. Reynold E. Blight, C. P. A., taught the major curriculum of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance during its first actual year in 1912-13, and since June, 1916, he has been dean of the school. It is unnecessary to state that the School of Commerce is not an ordinary "business college," but it has been conducted primarily to train its students in the broad technical and scientific phases' of commerce and industry with a view to fitting them to hold important administrative positions.


Obituary of John J. Schumacher, as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times on 19 Sep 1944:

Dr. Schumacher, Educator, Dies
Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Sep 19, 1944: pg. A16

Dr. Schumacher, Educator, Dies

Dr. John J. Schumacher, 56, for 32 years president of Southwestern University, died yesterday in Santa Fe Hospital after a brief illness. The body is at Cunningham & O'Connor's Mortuary, where funeral arrangements will be made today.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Schumacher came here in early youth. He lived at 249 S. Bristol Ave., Brentwood.

He leaves his widow, Marian (sic) Parker Schumacher; five children, Nancy, Jack, Miriam, Gretchen and Caroline (sic); three sisters, Miss Mary Schumacher of Orange, Mrs. Barbara Dauser of Long Beach and Mrs. Caroline Herberger of Los Angeles, and a niece, Margaret Dauser of Long Beach.
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  Miriam Frances Parker Schumacher (1896 - 1985)*
  Carolyn Schumacher (1938 - 1993)*
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Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Southwestern Law School now located in the former Bullock's Wilshire Department Store, and in being maintained quite nicely.
- Bernard Johnson
 Added: Feb. 22, 2014

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