In Memory

Robert Schneider

Robert Schneider

Robert Ray SCHNEIDER(1953 - 2015)

Robert Ray Schneider passed away early Tuesday morning July 28, 2015 after battling cancer since the winter of 2014. He was 62 years old. Robert is survived by his wife Kathleen, four children, Kristin, Andrea, Matthew, and Caitlin, as well as his parents Melba and Gene, brother Randy and his wife Sharon, sister Patti Ann, Aunt and Uncle Kathy and Gordon Smith, and their two children.

Robert, known as Bobby Ray as a child, was born January 3, 1953 in Dallas, TX into an Air Force family. He lived in several places including Alaska, Hawaii, and San Antonio. While attending the University of Texas he fell in love with Austin and never left. Robert worked at UT for 30 years on massively parallel computing systems. This computer gene is alive in his son Matthew, who is currently a computer science major at UT. In 1986 he married Kathleen Connolly and developed his deep community involvement as he supported his four children through AISD public schools including Kealing Magnet School and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. This supportive, dedicated nature is reflected in his oldest child, Kristin, who completed medical school and is beginning her second year of residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Robert began volunteering on several education committees including the PTA, CAC, DAC, and ACPTA before being elected to the AISD school board in 2002. He was a dedicated school board trustee for 13 years and in that time he chaired the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee for Policy and Process Review for Site-Based Decision-Making, and was a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of School Boards. The Texas House of Representatives passed House Resolution 3514 in recognition of his outstanding service to the community as a member of the AISD school board. Robert's love of education inspired his daughter Andrea to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Andrea is currently a public school teacher in the Austin area. Robert was also a foodie and loved trying food trailers and new restaurants. He was an Alamo Drafthouse "snob" and frequently had family dates to the movies. His youngest daughter Caitlin, a GIS major at Southwestern University, was often his enthusiastic companion on these outings.

Robert was a thoughtful and dedicated person in all that he did. While he was determined and outspoken in the boardroom, he was also unfailingly supportive and encouraging. His children could count on him to be there for anything from homework to soccer games. Robert paired these qualities with a dry wit that ensured no one took themselves too seriously. A selfless person, generous to a fault, Robert spent much of his time and energy working for others' happiness. He was a loving friend, father, and husband.

The family would like to give special thanks to Jamie Wilson, Patrick Connolly, Dory Collette, Linda Gibeaut, Tammy Russell, Anne Gilbert, Jeanette and Brian Wode, the Catholic Center Community, Hospice Austin, and all the friends and family who have supported and loved Robert and his family through this journey.

A memorial mass and reception will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 PM at the University Catholic Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with medical and educational expenses can be made via paypal account

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2015