Richard L. “Dick” Schmidt Sr., who rose from apprentice mason to third generation family leadership of CG Schmidt Inc., Milwaukee’s largest building contractor, died Sept. 10 in West Bend, Wis. at age 77. Cause of death was not disclosed. Schmidt was chairman of the contractor, which ranks 288th on ENR’s list of The Top 400 Contractors, with $256 million in 2008 revenue. He had previously served as its president and CEO, a post now held by his son, Richard L. “Rick” Schmidt Jr. CG Schmidt, founded in 1920, is noted for construction of projects that include an addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava and the University of Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Arts Center. Richard Schmidt was also active in industry groups and local causes. “Dick had an enduring impact on the construction industry, and particularly the Associated General Contractors, because of his vital leadership and dedication to excellence,” says Mike Fabishak, CEO of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee.