W.A. Schneckenburger, 75, Sinai Hospital

April 19, 2002

W.A. Schneckenburger, 75, Sinai Hospital official

Walter A. Schneckenburger, Sinai Hospital's retired chief financial officer and a health care consultant, died Sunday of a brain tumor at his Towson home. He was 75.

Born in New York City, he attended Princeton University and earned a degree in accounting from St. John's University in 1963. During World War II, he served in the Army as a sergeant in a tank battalion. He attended the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

After moving to Baltimore in 1969, he became Sinai's controller and retired 12 years later to open his health care consulting business.

He testified before the Maryland House and Senate, both of which recently passed resolutions praising his "untiring dedication as a pioneer" in the formation of the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission, which oversees hospital rates.

"He had a logical mind and possessed profound insight into right and wrong," said Larry Lawrence, executive vice president of the Maryland Hospital Association. "He believed that hospitals exist to serve the citizens and the public. Walter was a champion of full public disclosure of hospital finances. He was an icon in the health care community."

About 10 years ago, Mr. Schneckenburger made numerous trips to the Balkans for the U.S. Agency for International Development during the breakup of Yugoslavia.

A Mass was offered Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where he was a member of the finance committee.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Mona Rosalie King; four sons, Kurt Schneckenburger of Beltsville, Kevin Phillips of Atlanta, Joe Schneckenburger of Golden, Colo., and Jon Schneckenburger of Lansdowne; a daughter, Mary Schneckenburger of Litchfield, Maine; and seven grandchildren.

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