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Ben Schneider Jr.

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Ben Schneider Jr. Obituary
Schneider, Jr., Ben Ross

Ben Ross Schneider, Jr., of Appleton, Wisconsin, died peacefully on July 24th, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was 93. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 7th, 1920. He attended high school in Winchester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College in 1942. During WWII he served in the US Army Signal Corps in the Pacific. He did post-graduate work on William Wordsworth at Cambridge University in England and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1955. He was an instructor in English literature at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Oregon State College in Corvallis. In 1955 he became a professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, retiring in 1983.

He was a dedicated teacher, researcher, and writer, and a pioneer in the use of computers for research in the humanities. He placed great value on the Socratic Method in teaching, the philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman Stoics, and a straightforward reading of Shakespeare's plays based on these classical moral principles. These principles guided not only his teaching and research but his own life as well. Shortly before his death, he held the page proofs for his book "Shakespeare's Morals", forthcoming from Edwin Mellen Press (2014). The website he created,, will be maintained as a resource for future researchers. He was an avid skier, sailor, woodworker, tinkerer and world traveler, and he passed on these interests and skills to his children. As a wonderful husband and father, he will be remembered especially at "the Lake" in New Hampshire.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mackay McCord Schneider and his daughter Mackay Taylor Tanner. He is survived by daughter Devon Knight of Vancouver, BC, son Ben R Schneider III of Brookline, MA, son Nick Schneider of Lyons, CO, grandchildren Anders Schneider and Amelia Thelen, Nathan and Emily Schneider, and Catherine Tanner.

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to National Public Radio, Friends of Big Island Pond, Lawrence University (please specify the Seeley G. Mudd Library), or the Mayo Clinic.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 6, 2013
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