JAMES SCHOONMAKER JR.
James Schoonmaker, Jr.
Bill was raised in Michigan, always loving the outdoors. As a youth, his father taught him to hunt and fish. His membership in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers in Birmingham, Michigan, instilled a love of canoeing, camping, and winter survival.
Bill began his professional career by earning a BSE in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. He then served as a topographic engineer officer for the U.S. Army in Ethiopia. When discharged, he earned an MSE in geodetic engineering from UM. This led directly to a 30 year career with the U.S. Geological Survey where he specialized in mapping from remotely sensed data. Bill had assignments in Antarctica, Alaska, Chile, and Central America and led many diverse mapping projects in the US including the 1997 National Jamboree commemorative map. He retired from the USGS in January 2001. Wishing for a total change, he immediately became a school bus driver for Fairfax County Public Schools.
As a Scout leader, Bill was a tiger cub partner and then joined Troop 893 in 1988 with his son. He has served as a committee member and as assistant scoutmaster. He was the troop’s flea market chairman for five consecutive years and just stepped down as advancement chairman after ten years. He was an adult advisor on three separate week-long backpacking trips, a Philmont expedition, and a canoeing high adventure trip to the Boundary Waters. At the district level, Bill has served as a unit commissioner for the old Patawomeck District and the first advancement chairman for the new Sully District. He is presently the Sully District Commissioner and an Eagle Board Representative. He is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow and a recipient of the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. Bill was also active in Girl Scouts when his daughter was a member.
Bill is a longtime member of Centreville United Methodist Church, playing low bass handbells in the Good News Ringers. He counsels God and Country candidates. Bill also has donated over 200 units of whole blood and platelets.
Bill is the proud father of James and Christy and husband to Marcie.