After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Schoeffel joined UTP’s editorial department in 1963. In 1968, he founded UTP’s Collected Works of Erasmus project. The first volume in the series was published in 1974, with 51 volumes published to date. The remaining 38 volumes are expected to be completed within the next 10 to 15 years.
Schoeffel officially retired from UTP in 2001, receiving an honorary degree from St. Michael’s University. He continued to work on the Erasmus series and other scholarly works, such as the Collected Works of Northrop Frye and the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan. According to Lynn Fisher, UTP’s vice-president of scholarly publishing, Schoeffel also took on a leadership role as a mentor to junior staff.
Fisher says that for many international authors and academics, Ron was the face of UTP. “People from all over the world came to publish with Ron,” she says. “He was a draw all on his own.”
According to Schoeffel’s obituary, a funeral service will be held July 12 at St. Basil’s Church in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Toronto’s Ron Schoeffel Erasmus Fund.