Marv Schwartz credits Case with giving him the tools to success. He repaid his alma mater many times over.

Marv Schwartz ’68, PhD ’73, came to Case with a push from dad. If the son was going to insist on studying mathematics, the father insisted he do so at the best school possible: Case Institute of Technology.

It was fruitful guidance.  Schwartz earned two degrees on Case Quad, including a doctorate in computing and information sciences, and forged the ties that bind. By the time he stepped down as president of the Case Alumni Association in July, he had built a legacy of service few can match.

At Homecoming 2019, Schwartz will be recognized for serving his alma mater as a teacher, advisor, board member and alumni leader.

The pleasure was all his.

“Case taught me all I knew about computers and programming,” Schwartz said. “Based on that, I had a really successful career. It gave me the tools that I use every day to do what I want to do.”

Many benefitted from those skills. Schwartz is a technology entrepreneur with a generous spirit. He has shared his expertise as a software designer and programmer with the Youngstown Business Incubator, with Cleveland school children and with CWRU, where he has been an adjunct professor of computer science for more than 30 years.

He helped to shape the culture of discovery in Case’s computer science program. In the late 1960s, Schwartz became a programmer for the campus-based Chi Corporation—“Project X”--which broke new ground as the first time-sharing computer company in Northeast Ohio.

He later launched Noteworthy Medical Systems, an electronic medical records company, and helped pioneer airplane phone calls at In-Flight Phone. In 2014, Schwartz became Chief Scientist at One Community, a Cleveland-based high-speed Internet provider to non-profits that has evolved into Everstream and DigitalC.

The one constant in his career has been Case.

Disdainful of dissecting frogs, he jumped off the pre-med track at Washington & Jefferson College and transferred to Case Institute of Technology to study mathematics, a science he loves for its discipline.

“I’ve worked for Case since I graduated,” he observed, speaking in the lobby of Yost Hall, home of the math department then and now.

As an adjunct, he taught math and computer science in the spirit of favorite professors, like Paul Guenther, with whom he shared many lunches. More than a dozen years ago, Schwartz joined the board of the

Case Alumni Association, where he relished the opportunity to plan alumni events and support students with scholarships.

“It’s a group of like-minded individuals who want to advance Case,” he said. “It’s a great organization and has good people and they’re moving the organization ahead.”

His service is not over. As immediate past president, Schwartz will join the board’s executive committee for the next two years. But he feels confident passing the torch to the new president, Sunniva Collins, MS ’91, PhD ’95.

“Sunniva is an outstanding leader,” he said. “She’s one who recognizes challenges and knows how to deal with them.”

He has no doubt she can count upon the same support he received from alumni who can never forget their time at Case.

“It’s just a special place,” he said.




Help us congratulate Marv at Homecoming 2019. He’ll be honored at the
Innovation ShowCASE at Sears think[box] Friday October 11.