He received his B. A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1944 and later an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. After working for United Airlines and two Buick dealerships, he obtained his own dealership in Binghamton, NY, known as Schumann Buick in 1949, later known as Schumann-Van Atta Buick. He served on the Board of Columbia Mutual Life Insurance for many years and also on the Advisory Board of the Lincoln-First Bank.
He served for many years on the Boards of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He served on the board and was President of the Schumann Foundation, headquartered in Montclair, NJ, which was created by his parents in 1962. It is now known as The Schumann Media Center and is headed by Bill Moyers.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn Hotchkiss Schumann and their combined families, to whom he was a loving husband, father and grandfather: their sons Robert Ford Schumann, Jr., David Dickinson Schumann, and Edgar James Hotchkiss, and their daughters Mary James Schumann Hurley, Lola Ford Schumann, Carol Hotchkiss Potts, Linda Hotchkiss, and Barbara Hotchkiss and by his brother Ward Ford Schumann, of Aspen, Colorado. .more » « less