Pediatric nephrologist H. William “Bill” Schnaper, MD, associate chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University, died on November 19, 2020, at 70 years of age following a long illness.
Bill came to St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in 1980 and completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, after which he joined the faculty here. He went on to spend four years in the extracellular matrix laboratory of Hynda Kleinman at the NIDR, NIH, and then joined the faculty at Northwestern, Lurie Children’s Hospital – Pediatrics, in 1994.
He was president of the American Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) from 2010 to 2012. He received the ASPN Founder’s Award in 2018 for lifetime achievement and contributions to the field of pediatric nephrology. Bill studied mechanisms of kidney fibrosis and made seminal scientific contributions to the study of glomerular diseases in children and adults. The ASPN just announced they will honor Bill with the H. William Schnaper Honorary Lecture at their annual meeting, in conjunction with the Pediatric Academic Societies.
Colleagues remember Bill for his love of family, his enthusiasm for pediatric nephrology and science, and compassion for his patients.
Bill is survived by his wife, Maria, and his children, Adrienne (Kevin McGarr), Michael (Maureen) and Owen (Emily), seven grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held. However, theservice will be live-streamed on Tuesday, December 1, at 10 am CST, on the Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home Facebook page.
Our condolences go out to Bill’s family and to those lucky enough to consider him a friend and colleague.