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Gerald Puschel, 79, Former Chairman, F. Schumacher & Co., Dies

March 5, 2020


Gerald Puschel, 79, Former Chairman, F. Schumacher & Co., Dies

GREENWICH, Conn. --Gerald W. Puschel, former chairman of F. Schumacher & Co., a major fabric, wallcovering, and rug wholesaler, died at his home here on February 28 from complications of Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare brain disorder.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Riverside, with a reception to follow at the Riverside Yacht Club.

After graduating from Officers Candidate School, he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for three years serving two tours of active duty in Vietnam.

He subsequently joined F. Schumacher & Co., as the fourth generation to work at the company, which was founded in 1889 by his great-great-uncle, Frederic Schumacher. Gerry retired from F. Schumacher & Co. as the board chairman in 2016.

He was the son of Walter and Francoise Puschel and was born in Montclair, N.J. in 1941. He grew up in Riverside, Connecticut, attending Riverside School and Brunswick School. He attended St. Lawrence University and then Philadelphia School of Textiles and later received an MBA from Rutgers University.

Gerry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Louise,  and his two sons, Andrew in lives in San Francisco, and Stephen, who lives in New York. Stephen is a vice-president of F. Schumacher and a fifth-generation owner.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made (in Gerry’s memory) to support research to combat PSP and other movement disorders to: The Trustees of Columbia University/Movement Disorders, Office of Development, Attn: M. Reals, 516 W. 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032, or email: mr3134@columbia.edu.

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