He was born Sept. 28, 1922 in Scarsdale, New York the son of Frederick Victor and Louise (Frick) Schnabel.
He married Ellen Foelber, Fort Wayne, on June 7, 1946. She preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 2008.
Dr. Schnabel was a cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine and received his Master's and Ph. D. in philosophy and education from Fordham University in New York City, New York.. Dr. Schnabel was a post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Michigan.
His professional career was of a teacher, elementary principal, assistant Superintendent of Education, and Professor of Philosophy and Academic Dean and President of Concordia College in New York and Vice-President/Dean of Faculty of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. His last appointment was as President of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso for 10 years (1978-88).
He wrote extended articles on Lutheran education and philosophy, served on multiple board of directors of service throughout his lifetime and was active in multiple professional and service organizations in New York, Iowa and Indiana. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Ind.
Dr. Schnabel loved his God, his family, his academic life, his students, classical music, golf, sports and writing. He and his beloved wife traveled extensively to over 20 countries after his retirement.
Survivors include his son, Mark F. (Diane) Schnabel of Linton and his son Philip P. (Laurie) of Cheyenne, Wyoming and five grandchildren.
Preferred memorials are to Valparaiso University or Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Ind..
A memorial service will be at Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont on Saturday, Oct.3 at 1 p.m. A commemoration of Dr. Schnabel is being planned for a worship service at the Chapel of the Resurrection on the campus of Valparaiso University.
Arrangements handled by the Weicht Funeral Home, Inc., Angola.