In Memoriam: Pat Schoen, MBA’51

  • March 2, 2017
  • By Melody Walker
  • 2 minute read

Patricia Schoen passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26. She earned her MBA in 1951 from Washington University and was for many years a marketing instructor in the business school. She married a colleague at the business school, Sterling Schoen, a professor of organizational behavior, who founded the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management in 1966. Mrs. Schoen “was a stalwart supporter of The Consortium since its inception and served as something of our matriarch through the years,” according to an announcement from the Consortium.

Olin Dean Emeritus Bob Virgil and former Dean Mahendra Gupta will deliver eulogies at funeral services for Mrs. Schoen on Friday, March 10. See details below.

Pat Schoen
Pat Schoen

“Mrs. Schoen would typically understate her contribution to The Consortium, but we felt her influence and her support every day,” said Peter J. Aranda III, (Olin MBA’87), CEO and executive director of The Consortium.

For many years, Mrs. Schoen attended the Consortium’s annual Orientation Program & Career Forum  (OP), where she would greet incoming students. In June 2016, she took part in the Consortium’s 50th Orientation Program held in St. Louis.

“She was usually the most popular person at OP,” Aranda said, noting that students at last year’s OP lined up for the chance to greet and thank her during the founders’ reception and 50th anniversary gala.

Mrs. Schoen was a committed financial supporter of The Consortium and was the first individual donor to provide support to the undergraduate program that is in the planning stages.

Mrs. Schoen died peacefully surrounded by her family in St. Louis. Daughter Jennifer Jeffrey, and her family, and son Chris Schoen were able to say their goodbyes. Sterling Schoen died in 1999. Mrs. Schoen would have been 90 in October.

Arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, March 9
3-5  p.m.: Visitation opens again from 6-8 p.m.
Bopp Chapel
10610 Manchester Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122-1308

Funeral Services
Friday, March 10
11 a.m.
Ladue Chapel
9450 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, Missouri 63124

Burial and Memorial Service
Saturday, March 11
Family Burial Plot in Lufkin, Texas

Pictured above: Pat Schoen with Peter Aranda and her daughter Jennie Jeffrey at the 2016 Orientation Program in St. Louis. Photo by Brian Treffeisen.

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