Ford School’s Joe Schwarz celebrated as ”Hero of the Game”

October 8, 2023

The Ford School’s Joe Schwarz, lecturer in public policy and a longtime public servant and veteran, was hailed as the “Hero of the Game” during Michigan’s  home football game against Rutgers. 

Hero of the Game recognizes “community heroes – military, veterans, police, fire, doctors, and first responders. 

Before a crowd of nearly 100,000 fans, Schwarz was recognized for his many years in Michigan politics, diplomacy, and the U.S. Navy. 

The citation read: He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1959, and an MD degree from Wayne State University in 1964. Joe entered the Navy in 1965, serving as a combat surgeon in Vietnam (1965-1966) and as Assistant Naval Attaché to the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (1966-1967). His federal service continued with the Central Intelligence Agency in Southeast Asia (1967-1970). Upon completing military and federal service, and a residency at Harvard, Dr. Schwartz returned to Battle Creek to practice medicine for more than 45 years. In 1979, he was elected as a Battle Creek City Commissioner, in 1985 as Battle Creek’s Mayor, in 1986 to the Michigan Senate, and in 2004 to the US House of Representatives. Throughout his public career, Joe continued to practice medicine and serve in numerous positions, including Trustee at Olivet College, and member of the independent panel investigating conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He lectures at the Ford School, University of Michigan, and holds 11 honorary degrees. Joe was a member of the University of Michigan Football Reserve Team (Center)  in 1955 and 1956.