Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degree Recipient, R.H. Schneider (Photograph Collection, A-10796)
Name: Rex Harold Schneider, BA, MA
Convocation date: May 17, 1965
Discipline / contribution: university administration ; theology
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University, of Council and Senate I present to you Rex Herold Schneider who has been one of the distinguished educators in this province for the past 38 years. Rex Schneider was born in Birnamwood Wisconsin, took his higher education at Capital University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, then his Master’s at Columbia University. After a few years as principal of high schools in Ohio, he became the first principal of Luther College in Regina in 1926, a position he held with honor until August, 1964. During these 38 years he guided the development of Luther College as a residential high school and Junior College affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan. Under his able direction the College grew even during the difficult years of the economic depression followed by World War II and the institution was ready for expansion in the post war period. Fine new buildings were erected, active programs encouraged among the students and academic standards were maintained at a high level until now Luther College stands high in the regard of people in Western Canada. The warm attachment of the students to him, the loyalty of his staff and the many deep and abiding friendships established in Regina are abundant evidence of his warm personality. One of the pleasant associations that was fostered by Dr. Schneider was the exchange of instructors and students in the University program between Luther College and Regina College. This resulted in having him at Regina College and the University from 1944 to 1960 as exchange professor of Psychology. He gave generously of his time to his church. From 1946 to 1964 he was president of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief which has been engaged in relief in all parts of the world and has helped 20,000 refugees to new homes in Canada. From 1956 to 1964 he was a member of the Joint Union Committee established to complete the merger of three international Lutheran bodies resulting in the formation of the American Lutheran Church. His alma mater, Capital University, conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree upon him in 1942 in recognition of his services. Dr. Schneider has given service to this community also through service on a number of conciliation boards and his wise council was sought by many local organizations. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Rex Herold Schneider and ask that you confer on him the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: W.A. Riddell, principal of Regina Campus
Degree presented at: University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus

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