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In Memoriam: Dr. Dave Snyder

A memorial service for Dr. David Snyder will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building.

Snyder, a professor of biology, 65, passed away Saturday, May 8, at his home in Palmyra.

The son of Wallace and Pearl Snyder of Mountain Lake, Va., Snyder earned his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. He started his career at Austin Peay in 1962.
A memorial service for Dr. David Snyder will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, in the concert hall of the music/mass communication building.

Snyder, a professor of biology, 65, passed away Saturday, May 8, at his home in Palmyra.

The son of Wallace and Pearl Snyder of Mountain Lake, Va., Snyder earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. He started his career at Austin Peay in 1962.

He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Audobon Society, Tennessee Herpetology Society, Herpetologist League, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

In an e-mail sent to faculty and staff, APSU President Sherry Hoppe said, “Dr. Snyder served this institution exceptionally well for more than 40 years, and he will be missed on campus and beyond. Many of us have special memories that will live on beyond Dave's life, and I hope we will share those memories during this sad time.

“For some, our last contact with Dave was as he was building and installing bluebird houses across campus. I will treasure the one he placed in the yard of Archwood and will remember him every time I see a bluebird fly into it.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sykes Funeral Home.

Snyder is survived by his wife, Cathy Petty, Palmyra; five sons, Brian Snyder, Girdwood, Ark.; Jared Snyder and Logan Snyder, both of Palmyra; Nathan Snyder, Clarksville; and Shawn Snyder, Hebo, Ore.; and four daughters, Isabelle Givens, Louisville, Ky.; Kathy Martin, Longmont, Colo.; Dianne McLain and Megan Snyder, both of Palmyra; three sisters, Noel Huffmaster and Barbara Snyder, both of Tebbetts, Mo., Bea McNair, Wentzville, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the David Snyder Memorial Fund at any Bank of America, The Dunbar Cave State Park Interpretive Center, c/o Friends of Dunbar Cave, P.O. Box 254, Clarksville, TN 37041, The National Audobon Society, Audobon-Dept. W, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10002 or The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.