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Ulrich Schoettle, MD, '66
Uli passed away in September 2011. He'd been a child psychiatrist in Seattle for many years.

Ulrich Christoph Schoettle M.D.

Ulrich Christoph SCHOETTLE, MD 4-1-48 to 9-10-11

An adoring husband, proud father, loyal friend and passionate child psychiatrist, Uli brought his unique blend of caring, humor, generosity and enthusiasm to all he did. He died at Swedish Hospital in the arms of his beloved family and the tender hands of the nursing staff on 12 East.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki, daughters, Elizabeth and Emily, son in law, John Dierks and son, Eric as well as his brother Peter. He is also survived by two beloved aunts and many dear cousins in Germany.

Uli's death came after a seven year period in which he coped with Multiple Myeloma under the watchful eye of our beloved Dr. Hank Kaplan. Despite the cancer and a host of treatments, Uli ferociously pursued life, deeply engaged with the people he loved. His years were punctuated with adventurous travels all over the world with Vicki and his kids.

Uli was born in Ulm, West Germany and immigrated when he was five. He grew up in Southern California and went to UC San Diego where he and Vicki met. He attended medical school and completed his Adult and Child Psychiatry training at UCLA.

Uli and Vicki moved to Seattle in 1979 and never looked back. A gleeful outdoorsman, he filled his weekends with hikes, ski trips and bike rides, endlessly appreciative of the beauty of the Northwest. He never wasted a beautiful day or any day for that matter!

Uli was deeply committed to his profession. He was board certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He kept a full time private practice helping hundreds of families. He was on the Clinical faculty at the UW and was a Board examiner for Adult and Child Boards. He served on many committees for the American Academy for Adolescent and Child Psychiatry.

He felt so lucky to have found work that he thrived in. He will be sorely missed. Remembrances can be made to: PATH, The Nature Conservancy or Room to Read. Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, September 24 at Plymouth Church, 6th and University in downtown Seattle.


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Mary Ellen Sanchez-Merryman on November 4, 2011 at 6:42 PM said:

I met Uli at Nicholas Junior High. He was that boy with the beautiful red hair, warm smile and alway a hello that made a person feel good. My sincere condolence to his family.
Eileen L. Landini '64 on October 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM said:

We met the family in 1953 when my Mom sponsored the family to come to the US from Germany. Uli and I were in contact about a year ago when I sent him some pictures that my Mom had of his parents. A really nice, nice person, good conversation.
John Tobias, '66 on October 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM said:

The only time I saw Uli since graduation was at our last reunion in 2006. Talking with him then, it felt as though it had only been months since we had been together, rather than 40 years. He told me of his work in Seattle and of his many interests. He also mentioned his illness, not to induce sympathy, but rather as a challenge that he was facing. I think that was the reason he was attending the reunion. Uli was positive then, as always. We shared many classes together, both at Nicolas and Sunny Hills. Being with him was always a pleasure. Uli will be missed and the world today is less bright without him. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Paul Saevig, '67 on October 15, 2011 at 2:06 AM said:

I first met Uli at Nicolas Junior High in 1961. Everyone will remember his friendly smile and his mop of red hair. He never seemed to lack enthusiasm and he was always one of the smartest classmates. I was happy and proud when I learned years ago he'd become a doctor. A great human being and one who led a wonderful life.

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