John Schwartz, M.S.
John (Joe) Schwartz, M.D.
LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor Lieutenant Commander John “Joe” Schwartz, U.S. Navy, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Joe Schwartz’s exemplary military service and contributions to the nation during the Vietnam War serve as an example to which we all should aspire.
Dr. John “Joe” Schwartz, was born in Chicago, IL on November 15, 1937, to Frank and Helen (Brennan) Schwartz and graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1955. He pursued his desire for higher education by receiving a BA in History from the University of Michigan in 1959 and earned his medical degree (MD) from Wayne State University in 1964. After service in the United States Navy, he went on to serve his residency in otolaryngology at Harvard, completing it in 1974.
WHEREAS, Imbued with a strong sense of duty to serve, he began his military service to the country in 1965 when he served as a combat surgeon in the Republic of Vietnam (1965-1966) in the U.S. Navy, immediately followed by his assignment as an Assistant Naval Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Djakarta, Indonesia (1966-1967). He continued his national service with the Central Intelligence Agency in Southeast Asia (1967-1970).
Upon completing his military and federal service to the nation, Dr. Joe Schwartz returned to Battle Creek, Michigan after completing his residency at Harvard to practice medicine for more than 45 years. However, not one to sit on the side lines when important public issues were being debated, he began his public service as a Battle Creek City Commissioner in 1979, ultimately becoming the city’s mayor in 1985 and serving in that capacity through the end of 1986. Joe turned from being the mayor to becoming the State Senator for Calhoun, Eaton, and a portion of Ingham County. First elected to the Michigan Senate in November 1986, he served for 16 years through 2002 and was selected as the President Pro Tempore in 1993. Dr. Schwartz concluded his elected public service by winning the right to represent the people of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the conclusion of his service to the nation once again, he returned to his hometown to continue his private medical practice.
Throughout his elected public career and afterwards, Joe continued to practice medicine and serve his community, state, and nation in a variety of positions. He has served as a Trustee at Olivet College, as well as numerous boards, and commissions. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Schwartz to the independent panel investigating conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He currently serves as a lecturer at the Ford School, University of Michigan, where he teaches Topics in Public Policy: Congress and State Legislatures and holds 11 honorary degrees.
RESOLVED BY THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE, That we honor and commemorate the public service, dedication, and personal sacrifice of former Lieutenant Commander, and former Congressman / Dr. Joe Schwartz. His selfless service and commitment to his state and nation for the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans must never be forgotten. Dr. Joe Schwartz embraced the essence of American public service and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals. I
N SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor Lieutenant Commander and Congressman Schwartz for his exemplary service to the State of Michigan and to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.