Raymond Eugene Schoenfield, former award-winning teacher and journal adviser at Beloit Memorial High School, died Saturday, February 5, in Rockford. He was 86 years old.
Born May 22, 1935 in Huron, SD, he was the son of Chester and Violet (Coates) Schoenfield. He graduated from Redfield (SD) High School in 1953 and then attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD After one semester, he joined the US Air Force in 1954 and served until his discharge in 1957.
Schoenfield earned his bachelor’s degree in English and German from Northern State in 1961. He then earned his master’s degree in English from UW-Madison in 1970.
In 1961, he met his future wife, Joyce Schreiber. They were married on June 27, 1964, in Aitkin, Minnesota, and together they had two children – Peter and Sarah – and four grandchildren.
Schoenfield began his teaching career at Beloit Memorial High School in 1961 and was appointed head of the English department in 1981. Throughout his 36-year career, Schoenfield taught a variety of courses including German , English, Creative Writing, World Literature, Media. and journalism.
He was also an advisor for The Increscent school newspaper. During his advisory tenure, the publication won numerous national awards and was consistently recognized as the best high school newspaper in the state by The Associated Press.
Schoenfield served as state director of the Journalism Education Association and vice president of the Wisconsin Journalism Teacher-Advisors’ Council. His efforts have been recognized with several awards during his career, including Wisconsin Journalism Advisor of the Year in 1974 and Wisconsin PTA Teacher of the Year in 1992.
After his retirement in 1997, a Beloit Memorial Graduate Journalism Fellowship was established in Schoenfield’s name.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday February 16 at the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium in Beloit. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and the funeral will follow at 10 a.m.