In memoriam

Meir I. Schneller

Meir I. Schneller, professor of finance, died April 10 in a glider accident. A Virginia Tech faculty member since 1992, Schneller was remembered for being an outstanding teacher and advisor and a generous colleague. “Meir was very giving of his time to his students and fellow faculty members. He was ever willing to assist with departmental activities and always volunteered to serve the department when needed, no matter how inconvenient the assignment,” said then finance head Raman Kumar. “You could count on him.”

Schneller was “an outstanding teacher, very caring, a wonderful mentor to many of our students,” noted finance professor Art Keown. “I was privileged to know Meir, with his keen sense of humor and well-rounded persona, as interested in the arts as he was in finance,” said finance professor Dilip Shome. Schneller received a bachelor’s degree in 1967 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MBA in 1971 from Berkeley, and a doctorate from New York University in 1974. He did research in corporate finance, focusing on dividend policy, and taught undergraduate and MBA courses. He served as department head for two years and was a faculty advisor to the Jewish Student Organization and the CFA Club. Schneller is survived by his wife Debora and their two sons.

Henry J. Dekker

Henry J. Dekker (ACCT ’47), retired vice chairman of Louis Féraud and former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, died on June 13 at age 90. He was a member of the class of 1944 but graduated after three years of military service, in the 11th Airborne Division, during World War II.

Dekker’s passions were the German Club, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Pamplin College of Business, and Virginia Tech. He helped lead major campaigns to raise funds for the German Club and to revitalize the corps. He was a longtime member of the Pamplin Advisory Council and the 1990 recipient of Pamplin’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. “He had an untiring love of and support for the college,” said Pamplin dean Richard E. Sorensen. A member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1989 to 1997, Dekker served as vice-rector for five years and rector during his last year.  He was a senior benefactor of the Ut Prosim Society, a member of the Legacy Society, and a former board member of the William Preston Society. He received the Ruffner Medal in 1999.  He and his wife of 57 years, Louisa, who died in 2007, had three children.

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