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Richard C. Schneider, M.D., professor of surgery, will retire from active faculty status as of June 30, 1983, after a most productive career as a teacher, clinician, administrator, and researcher.

A native of New Jersey, Professor Schneider attended the Culver Military Academy and Dartmouth College. He received his A.B. degree in 1935 at Dartmouth. He subsequently attended the University in Pennsylvania Medical School where he graduated with a M.D. degree in 1939. Professor Schneider served with distinction in the United States Army Medical Corps during World War II in France, Italy, and North Africa. During the 1940s, Professor Schneider also completed an internship and neurosurgical residency under the direction of Dr. Edgar A. Kahn.

Professor Schneider became assistant professor of surgery in the Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1950. His promotion to associate professor and, subsequently, to professor of surgery followed. He became head of the Section of neurosurgery in 1969 and served in that capacity until July 1979.

Professor Schneider has become a nationally and internationally known neurosurgeon because of his teaching contributions and clinical skills. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons acknowledged his career in 1974, when he served as its president and by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons when he was its Honored Guest in 1977. In addition, he has been a vice-president of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, serving with distinction from 1977 through 1981.

Professor Schneider has carried on the high tradition of the Neurosurgery Unit at The University of Michigan since joining it in 1950 and serving as its director for more than ten years. His interest in anatomical correlation of the nervous system with clinical problems has been a long-standing and uninterrupted interest. His collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Crosby and Dr. Edgar Kahn over the years has added immensely to the current understanding of diseases of the nervous system.

Regents’ Proceedings

June 1, 1983, page 742

Richard C. Schneider, M.D.