Charles T. "Ted" Schmidt Jr., 77, former Director and Professor Emeritus of Labor and Industrial Relations, at the University of Rhode Island, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012. Professor Schmidt received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University; his master's in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell; an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Schmidt is the founding Director of the Labor Research Center and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations at the University Rhode Island. He was a LERA member since 1963.