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Roy Schneider
(13 May 1939 - )
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Roy Lester Schneider
Former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands

Roy Lester Schneider is the fifth elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands.

Early life and education

Roy Lester Schneider was born on the island of Saint Thomas in 1939. He attended Howard University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1961 and a medical degree in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, he was a medical advisor and surgeon from 1967 to 1968. 

Career

After returning to civilian life, Schneider became a physician in his native Virgin Islands. He served as the U.S. Virgin Islands' Commissioner of Health from 1977 to 1987. In 1994, he was elected to the governorship. In 1999, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Charles Wesley Turnbull.

Schneider is the namesake of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital on Saint Thomas.

Honours and awards

The United States awarded him a Bronze Star for his service, while the Republic of Vietnam awarded him the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class and the Technical Service Honor Medal.

Personal life

Schneider is married to Barbara Schneider.

Sources
https://www.vi.gov/governor.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Schneider
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Occupation Physician, Politician
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Date of Birth 13 May 1939
Place of Birth Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
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Notable Accomplishments
Governor of United States Virgin Islands:2 January 1995 - 4 January 1999
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