Outstanding Carnegie Mellon Women: Virginia Schatz
This month we would like to kick off our "Outstanding CMU Women" series by featuring Mrs. Virginia Schatz, who is among the longest active members of the CMWA.
Virginia joined the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association in 1948, at the Fall reception hosted by the Honorary President, Mrs. Robert E. Doherty, at her home on Morewood Avenue. Virginia had recently married Edward Schatz, then an instructor in Electrical Engineering and starting his doctoral program. This was not Virginia's first connection to CMWA. Archival minutes from the early 1940's record that "Virginia Wright brought several friends from the Music Department to sing for the members." Virginia and her husband graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1943. At his death in 1996, Dr. Schatz was the Senior Vice-president of the University.
Virginia grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and transferred to Carnegie Tech from Albright College in her sophomore year, receiving both a BM degree in Piano and a BSM (Bachelor of School Music) at graduation. She taught piano privately, and for over thirty years at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
Ed and Virginia made their home in Pittsburgh where both stayed active in the University Community, serving on Alumni Boards, Publications Boards, and mentoring student groups in which they had been members. In recent years, Virginia has served on the Libraries Development Board and on a number of Reunion Giving Committees. She sat on the Board of the Jane Holmes Residence and Gardens Assistant Living Facility until its recent closure, and is active in the Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a National Fraternity for Women in the Field of Music.
"Carnegie Mellon is such a unique place. It felt like home the minute I stepped on campus in 1939 and that feeling persists to this day. I'm so grateful for all of my friendships over the years and for the pride and love I have for this University. A University that makes such tremendous contributions in scores of academic areas, and still manages to impart the warmth and concern that makes each of us feel part of our shared community, to feel "at home."