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SCHOENTGEN, William P.
SCHOENTGEN, William P. (Dubuque, IA, July 18, 1920--Flagstaff, AZ, Oct. 4, 2011). The son of William Peter Schoentgen and Ida (Lembke) Schoentgen, William attended the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE for two years before he transferred to the University of Iowa, where he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, and graduated in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
William served in the Army Air Corps in WORLD WAR II, as head of the public information office in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Schoentgen was a writer who began his post-military career as the editor for The Sheldon Sun in Sheldon, Iowa. In Chicago, and later in Frankfort, Ky., he was a staff writer, a managing editor, then editor in chief for Western Newspaper Union, an early newspaper syndicate. After returning to Chicago, he worked as the feature editor for Science and Mechanics magazine, where he got to test drive the first Corvette and write about the experience. The next nine years he worked at Standard Oil Co. of Indiana, later to become Amoco. He began as a staff writer, spent one year as the editor of the company magazine, progressed to writing speeches for the top executives, and ultimately became Amoco's manager of creative services.
Schoentgen worked for more than 20 years was Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago, where he became the head of communications and a vice president of the bank. During his tenure there, he created and wrote the first three issues of Coinage, what would become the bank's employee newspaper, and was the speech writer for the bank's top-level executives.
During this time, he also was involved in numerous other projects. Included in these endeavors, he wrote speeches for multiple individuals in both the private and public sectors. He designed The Money Center, one of the first interactive, computerized museum exhibits for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. For several years, he wrote a Christmas article for an Arthur Anderson Co. publication.
He was intermittently a guest lecturer in communication classes at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Ill., and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. As one of the first telecommuters with international access, he was interviewed for a segment about computers and technology in the changing world of business that aired on Walter Cronkite's television program, "Universe."
Telegraph Herald, Oct. 11, 2011 p. p. 5c