Schroeder was the second oldest GB member alive. (Carey Barber is 100.) With him dies some the last memories of the Rutherford days within Bethel. He knew a lot of the skeletons in Rutherford's closet and was aware of many of the organization problems.
Raymond Franz reported that Schroeder was a little independent of the the other GB members because in his talks around the world he would teach things that were not in perfect agreement with official doctrine. He was never reprehended for doing that, since he was a real Society man and toed the party line. In 1979 he was the main proponent of the thesis that the "generation that wouldn't pass" should start in 1957, when Sputink flew for the first time. The GB members never accepted that "new light".
During decades of his life, he had the chance to stand up for what is right but never openly did that. Like the other GB members, he didn't feel personally responsible for the harmful JW teachings, since "God is directing the organization". Although he was a Gilead instructor for years, it seems like he never got to understand the core of the Biblical message.
Schroeder was one of the few GB members who had children. His son Judah ben Schroeder used to be a Bethelite, following his father's footsteps. Now he is attending Columbia University. He studies International Law school and plans to be a lawyer. What a wonderful example of a theocratic man!
Anyone got any interesting stories on Albert Schroeder?