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Notes for Marc Clarkson SCHOETTLE

Marc Clarkson Schoettle, 57, a Philadelphia artist, died yesterday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - which is often called Lou Gehrig's disease - at his home in Chestnut Hill.
Until he was stopped by progress of his illness, a disease involving degeneration of muscle tissue, Mr. Schoettle was one of the area's best-known portraitists.
Working in oils and acrylics, he also developed a reputation for his still lifes and landscapes. His work is represented in many private and institutional collections.
Mr. Schoettle's portraits are highly visible. He painted bank presidents, corporate officials, Union League presidents, leaders of insurance companies, hospital, college and university administrators throughout the area.
All the paintings are prominently displayed.
Victoria Donohue, The Inquirer's art critic, found his portraits ''tranquil" and his realistic still lifes "intense." The still lifes, she said in an appraisal of one of his exhibitions at the Newman Galleries, could be deeply stirring.
"It's in the still lifes that he pounces on visual fact," she said, ''often creating quiet but intense experiences . . . with disquieting poetic character and, at times, mysterious implications."
Mr. Schoettle had one-man shows at the Phillips Gallery, the Swedish Historical Museum and the Woodmere Art Gallery. He also had exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Raised in the area, he was educated at Chestnut Hill Academy, the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was a contributing artist to the poster campaign during World War II and was honored for his work by the secretary of war. He was an ambulance driver in the South Pacific with the American Field Service.
Descended from Gen. Matthew Clarkson, he was a member of a prominent family. He was a member of the Colonial Lords of Manors of America, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of Colonial Wars.
He was also a member of the Penn Club, Artists Equity, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the St. Nicholas Society of New York. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Woodmere Art Galley.
Surviving are his wife, Carole Schoettle, society editor of the Main Line Times, and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill.

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