I first met Bill Schneider when he was admitted to St. Louis University’s psychology program as a graduate student. I was a member of the graduate faculty at that time. It was my good fortune that he selected me as his advisor. I soon discovered that he was a cut above his fellow students in his capacity for abstract thinking. He perceived patterns and relationships that were indiscernible to others. It was impressive to watch him struggle to find words and metaphors to make the indiscernible communicable to the rest of us. Early on he developed an interest in systems theory and became a voracious student of anything related to it. His reading reinforced his tendency to look beyond the obvious, to probe more deeply, and to search for ...

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