Marshall Schuon, a longtime writer and editor for Newsday and The New York Times who served in the Navy in the 1950s, died on May 24 at his home in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, after a bout with cancer. He was 80.
Schuon, who collected vintage automobiles, was best known for writing the Times’ Sunday “About Cars” column. He was also a founding editor of the Science Times, the paper’s weekly science and technology section.
Schuon was born on Jan. 25, 1936 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His father, Karl Schuon, was a writer and editor of Leatherneck Magazine, a Marine publication, while his mother, Carrie Marshall Schuon, was an actress.
After graduating from Allentown High School, Schuon joined the Navy where he worked as a journalist with the Atlantic submarine fleet and Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific and reconnaissance mission in Antarctica, the family said.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1959, Schuon was hired as a reporter with the Allentown Evening Chronicle. He later worked as an editor at the Bethlehem Globe Times, Allentown Morning Call and Boston Record America.
Schuon married Loleen Cartwright, 80, his wife of 56 years. They had two children, Jonalyn, 55, an assistant features editor for Newsday, and Jay, 51, a carpenter in Northport.
The couple moved to Greenlawn in 1971 after Schuon was hired by Newsday as a copy editor. The family later settled down in Huntington.
Henry Moritsugu, an assistant editor on Newsday’s night desk, called Schuon a “fine addition” who advanced quickly in the company. He recalled that Schuon would whimsically sing “someday my prints will come” — a takeoff of the Snow White tune — as he waited for prints from the photo lab.
Peter Goodman, who worked for three years with Schuon on the copy desk, remembered his dry sense of humor and grounded sensibility. “He was a really nice guy and very smart,” said Goodman, now an associate journalism professor at Hofstra University. “He had a great deal of common sense.”
Schuon would go on to serve as Newsday’s Sunday news editor and the editor of its Part II feature section before joining the Times in 1977 as a copy editor.
He was involved in helping editors at the Times learn computerized newspaper production and would take roles as the assistant to the director of science news and deputy editor of the national edition.
Jonalyn Schuon said her father’s love of writing and journalism was contagious. “He inspired me to get into the business,” said Schuon, who lives in Huntington. “I am a third-generation journalist.”
Marshall Schuon’s passion was cars, writing a weekly column about all aspects of the industry, including the exodus of automotive jobs overseas and new computerized technology in vehicles. He also collected and restored classic cars, including a 1964 Corvair convertible, a 1950 Ford Club Coupe and 1950 and 1953 Packards.
Schuon retired in 1994 and the couple moved to Tannersville, where they sold antiques and collectibles at Pocono Peddler’s Village. A man of several hobbies, Schuon also loved horses and model trains.
He is survived by his wife and two children, a brother, Joseph; two sisters, Lucia Desocio and Marie Andersen; and six grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held at a later date.