Remembering Carl G. Schneider

May 22, 2023 – On April 20, the Fraternity lost a special Deltasig, Carl Schneider, who passed away at the age of 95.

Carl G. Schneider, Texas-Austin, was born in Ralls, Texas, on March 6, 1928, growing up during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. It was during that time he decided to become a pilot, later becoming a Major General of the U.S. Air Force.

He earned his undergraduate degree in business management from Arizona State University and received a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University. He spent most of his 32 years in the U.S.  Air Force as a fighter pilot.

During his military career, Brother Schneider remained active in the Fraternity as a member of the Oklahoma City Alumni Chapter and as the president of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter. He attended many local, regional and national events over the past several decades and remained close to a number of Deltasigs, including his biological brother, Clyde, who is a Deltasig from Texas Tech. He was named Deltasig of the Year in 1977 and received his Golden Helmet Award in 2011 for 50 years of service to the Fraternity.

In his 1977 acceptance speech as Deltasig of the Year Award, Schneider told the brothers assembled in Tulsa, Oklahoma: "I am sure there are others more deserving, but there are no others who believe in Delta Sigma Pi more than I do. As a life member, I pledge my continued lifelong support."

Additionally, he was a member of the following organizations: Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Commemorative Air Force Museum’s Walk of Honor, Military Officers Association of America, Quiet Birdman Society, Super Sabre Society, Daedalians, Arizona Aviation Historical Society, and Arizona State University College of Business Hall of Fame. He is the author of two books, the first of which was Little House on the High Plains, the story of growing up in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. His second book, Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot’s Memoir, is about his military service.

Brother Schneider’s wisdom, experience, stories and example will be sorely missed.

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