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Max Waldo Schmidt
Hillcrest formerly I. O. O. F. (Gravette) Cemetery
Benton County, Arkansas
Max Waldo Schmidt Bishop
Foreign Service Officer Consul Ambassador Foreign Relations Consul
Oct 30 1908 - Nov 18 1994
Bishop, Max Waldo Schmidt, also known as Max Waldo Bishop was born in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas in his grandfather’s home. There is little know about his father. His mother graduated from St Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. She graduated there as a surgical nurse and, was in great demand because she was a very talented and capable, surgical nurse. The family traveled as her nursing skills were in great demand. She was engaged to Captain John Hale, a wealthy bachelor in Kansas City. She moved her family to Kansas City and this is where she met and married Julius August Schmidt, nephew of Captain John Hale. Mr. Schmidt was the administrator of his Uncle’s estate and the family lived in Kansas City, where Max began school at the Lincoln Elementary school. They lived in Kansas City until Max was about 8 years old. They moved to Iowa where Mr. Schmidt had several music stores. Settled in Davenport and Max finished his schooling there. His science teacher suggested he go on to Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. While there, he read an article in the Saturday Evening Post about the Rogers Act of 1924 setting up the Foreign Service. That is when he began to prepare for the Foreign Service. Bishop took the Foreign Service Exam December of 1932 before graduating from the University of Chicago that same year with a PH. B. After passing the exam it was a few years before he was assigned to Japan. He mastered the Japanese language and served as Diplomatic Attaché and language officer at the American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan. He served in many areas of service in Tokyo and Osaka Japan, Division of Foreign Easter Affairs, Washington, DC., Us Consul in Colombo, Consul General, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Ambassador to Thailand, He spent his career with the Department of State, holding diplomatic and military posts throughout Asia. and many other offices. He retired in 1961 from the Foreign Service, having received the Medal of Freedom and a presidential certificate of merit. He was decorated by Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Sacred Treasure. After retirement he was an International Business Consultant and lecturer on foreign affairs. He served as Executive Director, World Affairs in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and retired there in 1973. He became a tree farmer and was President of Maxland, Inc., Ailey, Georgia.
He was 86 years old when he died in Ailey, Georgia. He was survived by his wife, Jessie; a son; three daughters; and a brother. He is buried in Peterson Cemetery, Ailey, Georgia with a cenotaph at Hillcrest Cemetery, Gravette, Arkansas
Inscription from Gravestone: Arkansas Native Son, Statesman, Beloved Husband And Father "Blessed are The pure in heart for they shall see God" Matthew 5:8
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