Jack L. Schanze, 77, advertising salesman for Baltimore Sun Co.

January 07, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Jack L. Schanze, a former Baltimore Sun Co. advertising salesman who later was advertising production coordinator for many years, died Wednesday of heart failure at Sanatoga Center Nursing Home in Pottstown, Pa. He was 77.

Mr. Schanze, a former longtime Northwood resident, had lived in Pottstown since 1998.

He began his career as an advertising salesman with the now-defunct Baltimore News-Post in the late 1940s. He joined The Sun's advertising department in 1950. When he retired in 1988, he was the newspaper's advertising production coordinator.

An amiable and well-liked man, Mr. Schanze was remembered by Sun colleagues for his easygoing demeanor and wide smile.

"He was a cheerful, hard-working, all-around pleasant person," recalled John H. Plunkett of Lutherville, a retired assistant managing editor of The Sun.

Richard J. Hoffman, who retired in 1989 as advertising technical coordinator, recalled Mr. Schanze as a patient teacher.

"He was a very friendly, patient and knowledgeable instructor, and he always took great pride in the Baltimore Sun product," said Mr. Hoffman, who lives in Timonium.

Mr. Schanze was a charter and active member of the Baltimore Sun Retirees' Association.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, Mr. Schanze was a 1942 graduate of City College.

Enlisting in the Army that year, he served with the 20th Armored Infantry Division in Europe. He was discharged with the rank of private in 1946, and his decorations included the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

A fan of Sally Rand, the famous ostrich-fan dancer who caused a sensation at the 1933 "Century of Progress Exhibition" in Chicago, Mr. Schanze met the exotic dancer after her performance at the Maryland Theater in 1950. He wrote about her in an "I Remember" column for The Sun Magazine in 1971.

Mr. Schanze was married in 1944 to Eleanor Rae Lloyd, who died in 1982.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 183 in Parkville and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at John C. Miller Funeral Home Inc., 6415 Belair Road.

Mr. Schanze is survived by a son, Donald L. Schanze of Gilbertsville, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Lou Reed of Pasadena; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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