February 22, 2018

John V. Schappi, 1929-2018

John’s family would like to share this sad news with the readers of his blog:

John V. Schappi passed away on February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC, after two recent strokes and a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

A 1952 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, John spent nearly 40 years working at the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BNA), a legal publishing company. Hired in 1955, he later became associate editor overseeing BNA’s human resource publications. He also authored the book, Improving Job Attendance, named to Princeton University’s 1988 list of "Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics." He retired as vice president of BNA’s HR department in 1994 but remained on the company’s board of directors until 1998, completing 20 years of board service.

Outside of BNA, John was actively involved in the Washington, DC community. From 1982 to 1992, he served on the Whitman-Walker Clinic’s board of directors and as board president in 1990-91. He was selected for Leadership Greater Washington's class of 1990-91 and served on its board of directors in 1993-94. While a member of the vestry for St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square, he also served on the board of directors of the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Center from 1988 to 1994.

During his retirement, John enjoyed biking, playing bridge, gardening, and attending theater and dance performances. He travelled frequently, collected friends around the globe, and developed a particular love affair with Nepal. He also continued to write, sharing his thoughts and experiences on his blog Aging, Parkinson’s and Me, recognized by Healthline as one of the best Parkinson’s disease blogs of 2017 and 2016.

John is survived by his brother Roger Schappi in Ithaca, NY; children Todd Schappi in Thurmont, MD, and Ann Schappi in Alexandria, VA; grandchildren Jessica Dreisonstok, Emily Schappi-Fuller, and Colin Schappi; and seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his long-time housemates, Nimesh Thapa, Bhawana Khadka, and their daughter Nivah, as well as scores of close friends who enriched his life. John’s children would especially like to thank his friends David Froemming and Bill Feldman for their incredible support over the past months.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation (http://www.parkinson.org/).

We’ll share information about a memorial service as soon as details are set.


Jim Contreras said...

Rest in peace. You are missed. Jim Contreras PWP

Unknown said...

I am deeply saddened by the loss that Schappi family have encountered. I will miss my role model, mentor and teacher.
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

—— Zahed

Anna said...

Thank you so much for posting this announcement of John's passing. He was and long will be a great inspiration for everyone whose life will end someday. I hope I will be able to communicate so clearly, intelligently and poignantly, and with such a great sense of humor and love of life, when I reach the culmination of this path. Well done, John! Thank you!


Joan said...

I enjoyed his blog posts very much. I'll miss him.

Mike Gamble said...

RIP John. You will be missed.

Naresh Kumar said...

Rest in Peace. You will always be remembered for your noble contribution to inspiring lives of those suffering from Parkinson. Great soul you were and will be missed by all of your followers.

Madhav said...

My dear friend, please rest in peace. You will be missed very very much from many people from around the globe. You helped many resourceless people from Nepal to stand on their own feet. You will be forever in our hearts.