Stanley Schaetzel
  • 90 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 30, 1924
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Mar 21, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Let the memory of Stanley be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Stanley Schaetzel, 90, born on June 30, 1924 and passed away on March 21, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Peter Clifford on 21st March 2016

"We are thinking of you and Maud on the first anniversary of your passing.
The Cliffords"

This tribute was added by James Clifford on 5th May 2015

"I only knew Stan as a neighbour, but even in that capacity it was clear he was a thoughtful, smart and kind man. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by John Raju on 29th April 2015

"Stan was the champion of innovation and space projects at HDH. I had the privilege of leading a small group of space enthusiasts set up by Stan. Under Stan’s leadership we were involved in a wide range of space related projects from small science experiments which flew on the Space Shuttle. Studies for small satellites, the 'Starlab Project’ and in collaboration with others, studies of launch vehicles of potential launch sites in Australia. Stan was always enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging of our efforts. I have memories of some exhilarating drives with Stan at the wheel and outings in the company boat with overseas visitors. A very exciting period being involved in the wide gamut of space projects thanks to Stan’s leadership."

This tribute was added by Peter Hitchiner on 22nd April 2015

"It was a privilege to have become a good friend of Stan over the past 10 years.  I had known of Stan through my own association with the space industry in OTC, then AUSSAT and later as a consultant however my first memory of Stan as a friend was observing him climbing a ladder to fix an awning at his then new home.  Stan could turn his hand to anything, from aeroplanes to clay kilns!!  Stan had enormous energy and I later became aware that that energy was particularly in intellectual pursuits.  I didn’t understand the breadth of that intellectual capacity until much later in our friendship. Certainly as fellow engineers, with a common interest in the space industry and a mutual concern about the demise of Australia’s industrial capacity, particularly in the application of advanced engineering skills, we had some fascinating discussions.  Stan was rightly proud of his contributions to the Australian aerospace industry albeit frustrated by the missed opportunities for which he had developed a foundation.  Stan was also proud of his Polish heritage and how his intellect, determination and energy had enabled his achievements throughout his life.  An immensely resourceful engineer, Stan was able to gain the support of Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen to the idea of developing a space launch capability on Cape York unfortunately support from other influential stakeholders was not forthcoming or was divided.  Frustration at lack of support for an ongoing aerospace industry in Australia didn’t dampen Stan’s creativity and thinking skills.  He wrote on a diversity of topics, some books I only became aware of since he passed away.  He had almost as many manuscripts of unpublished works.  Stan was a private person and had I been aware sooner of some of his thinking and the books he had written they would have formed great conversation pieces.  Stan enjoyed a game of chess for which he exhibited a remarkable sharpness of mind until the last weeks of his life.  I feel privileged to have known Stan, my only regret is that I didn’t get to know him better during his life."

This tribute was added by john tar on 21st April 2015

"For ten years Stan and I played chess every Friday,alternating between our respective homes.Not only was Stan a passionate competitor,but we shared many ideas on a wide range of ideas,from politics to cosmology,and all the soft stuff in between.I will miss your keen intellect
and passion Stan,and I will never again find such an interesting friend.
I am grateful for your friendship and will always remember our many interesting talks.I also remember the many wonderful dinner parties that Maude and Stan hosted for their friends,
Rest in peace Stan and thank you for the memories.
John and Regina"

This tribute was added by ATSE ATSE on 19th April 2015

"The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has advised its Fellows of the sad death of Mr Stan Schaetzel.

Stan had been a Fellow of the Academy since 1977.

Fellows were aware that he had a long history in the aeronautical industry after arriving in Australia in 1950, serving with the Government Aircraft Factories in the 1960s and later becoming Chief Designer and then Technical Director of Hawker de Havilland.

The Academy will publish a tribute to Stan in the June issue of its Magazine ATSE Focus which will be available mid-June 2105"

This tribute was added by Alan Johns on 19th April 2015

"If Stan had lived his childhood in Australia he would have been called a (benevolent) larrikin.  Always on the go, never stationary. I was associated with Stan throughout his days at Government Aircraft Factories and later when he was the Technical Director of HdH.  Always inspired and a great mentor. A couple of stories:
He is remembered for is act at Woomera of driving across the gravel towards of the test building wall, pulling the hand break on turning the ignition off and stepping out while the car was still sliding to a halt until one day the car stopped at about two feet to late.
..  In the early 70's  I took two gyroscopes to HdH to have them checked after a UAV failure caused by a faulty gyro. John Marsh had recently left ARL to join Stan at HdH and John insisted I stay at his home over night rather than a motel.  Over dinner I asked John why he gave up a principle scientist position to join Stan . John said " I rather work for a mad man any day rather than continue under DoD bureaucracy"  
Australian aerospace would be much better today if the "system"had valued Stan AND people like him appropriately."

This tribute was added by Peter Clifford on 16th April 2015

"Stan was one of the most intelligent and interesting men I have met. He became more a family member than a neighbour."

This tribute was added by aleesha clifford on 16th April 2015

"Stan was a wonderful Neighbour and a kind and caring man. His enthusiasm for life was inspiring. His love for others including Maude and his passion will always survive and be remembered. Rest in peace and happiness. You will be missed and left in our hearts and memories forever."

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