Schenk was instrumental in starting and building the department
of economics, Dr. Carl Moore, dean of the USA Mitchell College
of Business, said. The director of USAs Center for Business
and Economic Research, Dr. Semoon Chang, recalled Schenks
leadership skills. He was an excellent chairman who, with
his low-key manner, generated consensus on tough issues.
resident of Mobile, Schenk was a native of Bozeman, Mont., and the
son of a sharecropping family. He did not begin formal schooling
until the 4th grade, but went on to earn his bachelors degree
from Montana State University, his masters from the University
of Michigan and his doctorate from the University of Illinois.
a professor at Texas A&M University, Schenk earned a Fulbright
scholarship to El Salvador in 1948, where he worked to establish
a doctoral economic program. In subsequent years, he served as a
food relief and emergency aid worker and small business administrator
in countries such as Peru and India.
was a retired economist with the U.S. Department of State when he
joined the University of South Alabama faculty. Following his USA
tenure, Schenk moved to Washington, D.C., where for several years
he chaired the international business desk of SCORE, the Service
Corps of Retired Executives, a partner with the U.S. Small Business
later returned to Mobile and wrote two books; one on poetry that
will be published this year, and one on his experiences in Peru.
include one son, William Earl Schenk III of Pittsboro, Ind.; two
sisters, Edna Mae LaRue and Ruth Strickler, both of Bozeman, Mont.;
one brother, Ficklin Schenk of Seattle; five grandchildren; and
memorial service is set for 4 p.m. Friday, March 21 at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church, with visitation in the church parlor one hour
prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a
tax-deductible contribution to an educational institution.
are by Radney-Belmany Funeral Home on Grelot Road.