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Manchester High School
437 West Nimisila Road
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 882-3291

  Timothy Schenz - MHS Class of 1964
  Retired Chemist / Christian missionary executive

Tim has been married to Anne for 38 years, and after spending considerable time in the lab together (does "Pop Rocks" candy ring a bell?), they've begun a second career with a unique purpose: reaching third-world nations with the Gospel. Four decades after he left Manchester, Tim brings us up-to-speed.

Location history:

Currently live in Powell, OH (outside Columbus). Previously resided in Metro New York City area

Education after MHS:

B.S., Westminster College in Pennsylvania. PhD, Kent State University

Your Occupation history:

Retired, Research Fellow with Abbott Laboratories, Ross Products Division; Research Chemist with General Foods Corp. Now on staff with several non-profit agencies.

Spouse's occupation:

Retired from Abbott Laboratories, Ross Products Division. Now on staff with several non-profit agencies.

Work Summary:

"Anne and I took early retirement from Abbott Labs in 2002," Tim says, "and we now work with an agency that sends workers to the third-world to share the love of Jesus with them." Tim develops websites for non-profits and Anne plans special events. "We still have enough time for family and travel and gardening . . . we love it."

Interesting things you've done since high school:

Awarded "Outstanding Scientist" at Abbott Labs, 2000; have 12 patents, including several involving "Pop Rocks" candy.

Travel highlights:

We love to tour English Gardens - most recently in summer 2005

Current Hobbies / Activities:

Gardening, reading, computers

Favorite Manchester teachers, and why:

Mrs. Bartels, chemistry. She gave me a love for chemistry.

Favorite subject at MHS:


Least favorite subject at MHS:


Favorite memories from school:

Band, our senior class, sock hops

High School activities / clubs you enjoyed:

Band, chorus, Chemistry Club, Yearbook staff

Which H.S. reunions have you attended?

10, 20, 30 and 35-year reunions

Did you have any favorite high school "hangouts?"

In a car. . .

Favorite music from your H.S. era, and current favorite:

Beach Boys / Blue Man Group

Favorite TV shows:

24, House

Do you still have family living in Manchester?


"Good job on the website!" Tim adds.

And please feel free to send him an email at:


In Oct. 2006, former MHS guidance counselor Keith McCauley (who helped organize the new Manchester Alumni Assn.) introduced his college roommate as he was presented the Westminster College Alumni Citation. Keith noted that among Dr. Schenz's many accomplishments was his patented idea for recloseable plastic infant formula bottles. Tim was responsible for finding a way to check the sterility of the bottles before shipping, using a whole body imaging magnet. He received the Abbott Laboratories Research Award and a grant, which he donated to the H. Dewey DeWitt Scholarship Fund in memory of Westminster College Professor Emeritus Percy Warrick, the man who inspired Tim to become a physical chemist.

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