Published April 30, 2021

Former Botany Professor and Rutgers–Newark Provost Norman Schnayer’s Memory Lives on via Plant Science Scholarship

After Norman Schnayer GSNB’79, a former botany professor and provost at Rutgers University–Newark, passed away last year, his family wanted to give back to the Rutgers community in a way that honored his profound love of learning. Their generous $10,000 gift to Rutgers–Newark in Schnayer’s memory establishes a scholarship to support students who study plant science so that they, too, may learn new skills, pursue new knowledge, and explore their passions.

Now, Schnayer’s zest for learning will live on through his family’s gift and in the many students he taught over his long career. It was a career characterized by his devotion to Rutgers and his willingness to learn new skills at any age. His diverse interests included gardening, reading, playing tennis, woodworking, cooking, playing the clarinet, and traveling. He loved sharing and discovering knowledge about everything from algae to the eradication of smallpox.

Anyone in the community who is moved to offer a gift in Schnayer’s memory is invited to contact Patricia Margulies, assistant dean for development, at