Leonard Schneider, P.E.

Jan. 11, 2016

Leonard Schneider, P.E., (BS EGR '36, MS MECH EGR ’38), Severna Park, Md., died Nov. 28. He was 102. 

He was born on Nov. 5, 1913, to Earnest and Clara Schneider in Jackson, Mich., and was raised in Lansing, Mich. 

He graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1938. 

He moved to Wisconsin to teach at the University of Wisconsin in Madison while working on a project for the U.S. Navy Department. With the outbreak of World War II, he was called up as a reservist in the U.S. Army to serve at Aberdeen Proving Ground in the Ordnance department as an instructor, and was then ordered to the Pentagon for the remainder of the war. He left active duty as a Lt. Colonel, finally retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1964.

He worked as a consultant to Fairchild Industries on Long Island and next, he traveled to Detroit to work for the Pontiac Division of General Motors for a short time. Returning to Maryland, his career continued at David Taylor Naval Research and Development Center on the North Severn Naval Base in Annapolis until he retired at age 66. 

As a registered Professional Engineer, he would occasionally work as a consultant and expert witness. 

He married Katherine Gassner in 1947. She preceded him in death. 

He is survived by his son, Steven (Amy) Schneider of Severna Park, his sister-in-law, Eloise Haubein and her husband, Clovis, of Lockwood, Mo., and brothers-in-law, Charles White of Silver Spring, Md., and Bruce Andrews of Westminster, Md., his granddaughters, Julie and Camille, and grandson, Craig (Holly). 

A memorial service honored him on Jan. 9 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park, Md. Barranco & Sons Funeral Home in Severna Park assisted the family. 

Memorials may be made to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Mission Society, PO Box 438, Linthicum, Md. 21090.

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