Distinguished Alumnus: Pro-Life Advocate Known for Kindness, Humility
Although Michael Schwartz BA '72 could easily be most remembered for a career highlighted
by co-founding one of the nation's largest pro-life events and serving as chief of
staff to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.), it is his humility, generosity and faith
that those close to him mention more frequently. The pro-life, pro-family advocate,
who passed away in February 2013, will be posthumously awarded one of UD's Distinguished
Alumni Awards at a dinner in their honor on Saturday, Oct. 5.
National Alumni Board member Mary Powers BA '09 reminisced about meeting Schwartz
as a young alumna working on Capitol Hill.
"He greeted me with open arms and enthusiasm," said Powers. "We talked as though we
were back at the Cap Bar discussing professors, telling stories about our time at
UD and arguing theological and philosophical questions."
According to Powers, that's how he lived his life with each person he came in contact.
Schwartz, who early in his career worked as a lobbyist for Concerned Women for America
and the House Family Caucus, among others, received the National Pro-Life Religious
Council's Pro-Life Recognition Award in January 2013.
"Mike has been an unapologetic defender of the family and of those who cannot defend
themselves, whether that be the disability community, the unborn, the infirm or the
elderly," said Coburn, who gave a tribute to his longtime chief of staff on the U.S.
Senate floor when Schwartz stepped down in November.