Dec. 12, 2010
Click here to view a PDF of the memorial program
Our colleague and good friend Steve Schneider,
the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental
Studies and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
at Stanford, died on July 19, 2010, while traveling from a meeting
in Gothenburg, Sweden, to London. Steve is survived by his wife,
Woods Institute Senior Fellow Terry Root, and his children, Adam
Steve was not only a man of formidable intellectual depth and
breadth, but also a committed and compassionate advisor, mentor,
teacher and friend. While at Stanford, where he joined the faculty
in Biology in 1992, he continued his life's work of educating
the world about the dangers of anthropogenically induced changes
to our global climate and promoting alternative and sustainable
ways of providing clean energy for the world's citizens. Steve
was never one to walk away from a challenge, be it hostile and
provocative opponents to his viewpoints, or the mantle cell lymphoma
that he took head-on and beat handsomely.
We fondly remember Steve for his unbounded and infectious enthusiasm,
his incredible commitment to everything he undertook, and making
his time and his calendar seemingly available to the entire planet.
We also remember him as one of the passionate leaders and architects
of our interdisciplinary research and teaching programs in the
environment at Stanford. Steve took leadership roles in the formation
of our educational programs - Earth Systems, the Goldman Honors
Program, and the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment
and Resources for which he served as the founding co-director.
He helped form the Center for Environmental Science and Policy,
which he co-directed for some years, and he was a founding member
of the Woods Institute for the Environment.
To honor his great legacy and his commitment to educating the
next generation of environmental leaders and stewards, Stanford
University has established the Stephen Schneider Memorial Fund.