Karl Benjamin Schnelle, Jr.

Born in Canton, OH on December 8, 1930

Departed on November 7, 2019 and resided in Brentwood, TN

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Brentwood, TN – Karl Benjamin Schnelle, Jr. passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the age of 88. He was a Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, author of numerous books, and a beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor, humorist and story-teller. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and was passionate about higher education. Professor Schnelle was elected to the highest honor of Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. He was a train enthusiast and loved to travel. He relished his time and companionship with his devoted caregivers. He truly loved his family, grandchildren, and his extended family, Partha and Anita Dey and their children Monica and Robin. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Mary Dabney Schnelle, his sister-in-law Martha Dabney (Wayne) Smith, his son Karl (Margie) Schnelle, his daughter Kathryn (Chris) Robertson, and his 5 grandchildren, James (Ruth) Robertson, Michael Robertson, Sarah Robertson, Kate Robertson, and John Robertson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235.

Visitation is on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 12 noon at the Cheek House followed by the service at 1 PM in Stanford Chapel, First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, 4815 Franklin Rd., Nashville, TN 37220.

8 Comments to Karl Benjamin Schnelle, Jr.

  1. Amanda Smith
    November 10, 2019 1:56 pm

    Dear Karl and Margie,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. My family will be praying for your family. Hope you find comfort in reflecting on the wonderful memories you have with your dad. Undoubtedly you inherited his aptitude and love for the sciences and learning. This is certainly a legacy you carry out that honors him and made him very proud.

    With Sympathy,

    Amanda, Brent, Brayden and Giana Smith

  2. Morenike
    November 12, 2019 6:42 am

    Dear Karl and Family,

    I am so sorry and send you my heartfelt condolescence.
    My Mum passed away last year, after being sick for long time, so I know exactly how it feels to lose a beloved person.
    With tears I wish you all the power and strength you will need to overcome these difficult times of grievance for you and your family.
    May your Dad be happy at a better place.


  3. Deborah Schmidt
    November 12, 2019 12:05 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Pon Samuel
    November 13, 2019 11:53 pm

    Dear Karl, My deepest condolences! My sympathies to all the family members survived by him!

  5. Laureen O'Neill-James, ADCRG
    November 14, 2019 1:12 pm

    Dear Kathryn, Chris and family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

    May Karl Benjamin Schnelle Rest in Peace. He will be remember forever.

    From: Laureen O’Neill-James, Freddie & Robbie and ALL your IRISH dancing friends.

  6. Frank Rukovena
    November 14, 2019 5:50 pm

    Dear Karl and Family,
    Karen and I are sorry to learn of Karl’s death. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Karl and I crossed paths several times over the years and what I remember most about him was his great sense of humor and positive outlook. Although we were not together often, I will miss him.

  7. Matt Bassett
    November 15, 2019 11:33 am

    Karl and Family,

    We are so sorry about the passing of your father. You, Margie, and the rest of your family are in our thoughts.

    Matt Bassett and Susan Cassada

  8. Robert A. Sharp, Sr.
    November 27, 2019 12:42 pm

    Dear Kathryn and family,

    I just heard about Karl and no words could express my heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. I have known you and Karl for a long time dating back to the seventies. I always enjoyed seeing you both at the University Club at Vanderbilt as well as church. So many great memories.

    May God continue to bless you and your family. Heaven has a new angel and know that he still will always be with you.


    Robert Sharp Sr.

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