May 17, 1926 – April 16, 2018
Dr. Charles R. Schen, of Hamburg, an orthopedic surgeon, died April 16 in Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility after a short illness. He was 91.
Born in Belmont, a descendant of Revolutionary War Maj. Moses Van Campen, he was a 1944 graduate of Belmont High School and served for 18 months in the Army and Army Air Force, attaining the rank of corporal.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1951, then turned down his father’s invitation to take over the family pharmacy in Belmont and enrolled in the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, graduating in 1955.
While a medical student, friends arranged a blind date for him with Jane Stump, a nurse at E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital. They were married in 1952.
He served his internship at Meyer and residency at Buffalo General Hospital and Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
After practicing in Florida, he returned in 1963 and affiliated with Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna, where he became chief of orthopedics. Noted for his gentleness and bedside manner, he frequently responded at night and on weekends to care for trauma patients.
Dr. Schen served for a year in 1982 as interim chief of surgery at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, then practiced at Riverfront Medical in the City of Tonawanda. He retired in 1994.
An avid tennis player, he was a regular competitor on the clay courts at the former Willow Bend Club in Hamburg. He learned to ski in middle age, beginning at Red Jacket Ski Club in Eden. He also showed his competitive spirit at the bridge table.
He and his wife took annual fishing and boating trips to the Halliburton Highlands and Georgian Bay in Canada and frequently visited Monhegan Island, Maine, for bird watching with friends.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Walter V.; three daughters, Andrea M., Lisa A. and Claire S.; and a granddaughter.
Services will be private.