Roy Schneider

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Roy Schneider
5th Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 4, 1999
LieutenantKenneth Mapp
Preceded byAlexander Farrelly
Succeeded byCharles Wesley Turnbull
Personal details
Born (1939-05-13) May 13, 1939 (age 80)
Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Political partyIndependent Citizens Movement
Other political
Spouse(s)Barbara Schneider
EducationHoward University (BS, MD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1966–1968
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsBronze Star

Roy Lester Schneider (born May 13, 1939) is a physician in the United States Virgin Islands who served as the fifth elected governor of that territory from January 5, 1995 to January 4, 1999.[1] He was the fifth elected governor of that territory and the 26th overall.


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. 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.

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. He is considered by the National Governors Association to have been a Republican.[2]

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


  1. ^ "A Report on the State of the Islands 1997: Chapter 5 Virgin Islands". United States Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs. 1997. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. ^ Gov. Roy Lester Schneider

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Farrelly
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
Succeeded by
Charles Wesley Turnbull