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Columbia Missourian

Dr. John Claude Schuder worked for peace, civil rights

By Celia Ampel
April 7, 2012 | 5:09 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — John Claude Schuder of Columbia died Saturday, April 7, 2012. He was 90.

He was born March 2, 1922, to Charles and Louise (Muench) Schuder in Olney, Ill.

He married Retha Elizabeth Sumner on July 23, 1946.

Dr. Schuder was an electrical engineer and a faculty member at MU, where he helped develop electrical systems to treat cardiac disease.

He worked for peace and civil rights for much of his life, co-founding the Columbia Friends Meeting and the local Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Dr. Schuder helped start weekly vigils against the Vietnam War at MU and at the post office, as well as vigils against capital punishment.

In 1964, he ran for Columbia City Council but did not win.

Dr. Schuder also served on the faculty of Purdue University, Doane College and the University of Pennsylvania. He received degrees from the University of Illinois and Purdue.

He is survived by his wife, Retha Schuder, of Columbia; two daughters, Linda Brown and her husband, Ray, of Fulton, and Jonna Elizabeth Schuder of Portland, Ore.; his son, Charles Wayne Schuder of Oakland, Calif.; his sister, Jean Louise Wagner of Sumner, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His brother, Charles Bernhard Schuder, died earlier.

Private graveside services will be held at Columbia Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Columbia.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association.

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