Dr. Jacqueline L. Schoch, 85, of DuBois and a life-long educator and person who believed in service to her community, died Friday, May 1, 2015 at her home.
Born in DuBois on July 17, 1929, she was the daughter of Horace G. Schoch and Cora E. Wineberg.
Born and raised in DuBois, Schoch was a graduate of the DuBois High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Penn State.
Schoch then followed with graduate degrees in counselor education and psychology. She earned a certificate from the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management in 1979.
Schoch’s 20-years of service as an employee of Penn State culminated with her retirement as campus executive officer at Penn State DuBois in (1990). Before that, she was associate director of academic affairs at the campus.
Prior to joining the staff at the campus in 1970 as assistant director of resident instruction, she had served as director of instruction, director of guidance, guidance counselor, dean of girls and as a history and girls’ physical education teacher for the DuBois Area School District.
She also taught girls’ physical education for the Ford City Area Schools.
Schoch was a member of the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. She was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the National Education Association and the Girl Scouts of America.
She was a charter member of the DuBois Area Historical Society. She also served on the board of directors of the DuBois Senior Center and the board of directors of the DuBois School District Alumni Association.
Her service to the community was well documented. She was a member of the board of directors of the Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scout Council, a director and campaign co-chair for the DuBois Area United Way and a member of the Maple Avenue Hospital board of directors.
She served as vice president for the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, as chairperson of the Pennsylvania Electric Company Consumer Advisory Committee and as scholarship chairperson for the Rotary Club of DuBois.
She was treasurer for the DuBois Educational Foundation, a member of 14 different committees for the Faculty Senate of Penn State, a member of the Middle States Evaluation and Accreditation Teams for both secondary and post-secondary institutions and a member of the consistory and an elder for St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.
Her honors and awards reflected her dedication to the community. She received the Woman of Honor Award from the Keystone Tall Tree Girls Scout Council, the Citizen of the Year Award from the DuBois Area Jaycees, and the Wilkinson Award for Administrative Excellence from Penn State.
Schoch was named Boss of the Year by the International Secretaries Association and the first recipient of the Athena Award presented by the DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce.
She was chosen for membership in seven honorary societies and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society. She was the first woman inducted into membership in the Rotary Club of DuBois and later served as president of that organization and became a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, as well.
Schoch is survived by three sisters, Shirley Frattali, Marilyn Dietz and Virginia Dietch, all of DuBois, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Jacqueline L. Schoch Scholarship Endowment for Education Majors at the DuBois Campus of the Pennsylvania State University.
Online condolences may be sent to www.gbfuneralhome.com.
The Goble-Baronick Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.