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In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Schmidt

Fri Oct 2, 2015 by Dr. Greg Rose

Dear TPI Family, 

It is with a sad heart that I inform you of the passing of our dear TPI Advisory Board member, Dr. Richard Schmidt. Dick embodied every trait of a true gentleman and an inspirational teacher. He taught us all about the science of motor learning and motor control, and with his quest for knowledge and willingness to share, he made each of us at TPI a better teacher. 

I will never forget our last time together, which was about two months ago at TPI. Dick was already sick, with limited ability to talk and unable to walk, but still showed up in a wheelchair excited to participate and share. He wanted to provide each of you with the latest and greatest discoveries from his world, no matter how hard it was for him to travel. Teaching was just part of his DNA – learn, write and then share with those that are willing to listen. That was Dick Schmidt. 

On behalf of our entire Advisory Board, and all of us at TPI, I want to say thanks to Dr. Schmidt and his wonderful wife Gwen for being a part of our TPI Family. Thank you for enlightening us on the value of random practice, the difference between learning and performance, the myth of muscle memory and the science of teaching motor skills. You have changed the way I give a lesson and prescribe exercises and I am sure there are thousand of others who feel the same way. Dick, you will be missed by all of us, but not forgotten. Rest in peace my friend. 

Best regards, 

Greg Rose


  • Denis McDade

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr Richard Schmidt. I had the privilege of co-presenting with Dr Schmidt many times at TPI Seminars and it was great to have such an authority on Motor Learning and Performance in the room. He was always extremely generous with his time and nothing pleased him more than being able to share his knowledge. The books he authored on Motor Learning and Performance are brilliant and a prerequisite for any coach serious about improving their skills. They are an amazing body of work and represent a life-long dedication to unlocking the secrets to how humans learn. I can't even begin to express how much of an influence he has been on my own coaching. On behalf of all of my players and I, Thank You Dr Schmidt. Rest in Peace. Sincerely Denis McDade

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