John J. Schneider, whose 40-year career in vertical flight gained him praise as master of preliminary aircraft design and perhaps the leading vertical flight historian. Schneider had a 30+ year career at Boeing, was a major contributor to VFS (then the American Helicopter Society, AHS). John J. Schneider passed away on July 13, 2001.
In 2003,VFS officially established the John J. Schneider Historical Achievement Award in his memory. Also, Vertical Flight Foundation awards John J. Schneider Scholarship every year to brilliant students to strengthen the base and future of vertical flight engineering.