Eugenia Robin Schneider

Eugenia Robin SchneiderLong time Ridgecrest resident, Eugenia Robin Schneider, known to her family and friends as Gene, died on February 21, 2022 at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, age 72. She died from complications following a fall down a flight of stairs that kept her hospitalized for five months prior to her death.

Born Gale Robin Schneider, on March 8, 1949 in Hollywood, California, daughter of George Robert Schneider and Shirley Warner Schneider, Gene graduated with honors from Burroughs High School in June  1967.  She attended UCLA, earning a BS in computer science.  After a year at the University of Chicago, Gene returned home to Ridgecrest, where she took up a civilian position with the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake.  She continued her education, earning her master’s degree with extension courses from Chico State in 1982.

Gene continued to work at China Lake as a computer analyst, until her retirement as a GS13 in 2005, and ran her online business Ari’s Attic.

Many in this community will remember Gene fondly from her active participation in local organizations, such as High Desert Mensa, the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, the Ridgecrest Writers Club, IWV Booster, Friends of the Library and the Red Hat Society.  As a volunteer for the Maturango Museum, she led annual tours to Death Valley, as well as the petroglyph sites on base. She adopted many cats from the pound over the years.

With wide-ranging interests from ancient Egypt to Broadway musicals, Gene was probably happiest when immersing herself in the realms of science fiction and fantasy, stating that her greatest ambition was to become a xenobiologist.

While poor eyesight kept her from heading into space with NASA, but it didn’t keep her from living her dreams at science fiction conventions around the world, from Orlando to Dublin to Melbourne, where she made many friends.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, her godson and his family. Services were private.

Story First Published: 2022-04-01