John Claude Schuder, March 2, 1922 – April 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

John Claude Schuder 90, of Columbia died April 7, 2012 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

A Quaker service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Rock Bridge Christian Church, 301 W. Green Meadows Road.

Dr. Schuder was born March 2, 1922 in Olney, IL to Charles Claude and Louise Ella Muench Schuder. He married Retha Elizabeth Sumner on July 23, 1946.

A pacifist, he spent much of his life as a peace activist during which time he was a founding member of both the Columbia Friends Meeting and Columbia Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1961. He along with others in Columbia, counseled conscientious objectors to war. He played an active role in starting the on-campus six-year weekly vigil against the Vietnam War, the weekly peace vigil which has been in place at the post office since 1983, and vigils against capital punishment. He was also active in the civil rights movement. In 1964 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Columbia City Council. Dr. Schuder, an electrical engineer, received degrees from the University of Illinois and Purdue. He was a faculty member at Purdue, Doane College, University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri where he was a member of a small research group of faculty, graduate students and technicians which developed electrical systems for use in treating cardiac disease.

He is survived by his wife, Retha of Columbia, three children, Linda Brown and husband, Ray of Fulton, Charles Wayne Schuder of Oakland, CA and Jonna Elizabeth Schuder of Portland, OR; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Jean Louise Wagner of Sumner, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Bernhard Schuder.

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.

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