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Rbert Duane Snider

Robert Duane Snider passed away in Ashland, Ore. July 5, 2014. He had been in declining health for the last several years. He was born January 7, l937, in Weiser, Idaho to Floyd and Myrtle (Hepp) Snider and attended elementary and high school there. He was very much involved in school activities, especially in public speaking, winning a trip to the United Nations along with other honors. Blessed with an excellent baritone voice, he often performed at weddings and other events in his youth.
After graduating magna cum laude from the College of Idaho, he attended the University of Chicago on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, receiving his M.A. in political science in 1962. Robert pursued additional graduate work in political science at both the University of Washington and the University of Toronto (Canada). While at Chicago, his thinking was shaped strongly by the political philosopher, Leo Strauss and later by other Straussians, including Allan Bloom at Toronto. His career in Seattle, Alaska, and Chicago included teaching college courses in political science, grant administration, and legal research.
In 1995, Robert married the love of his life, Hideko Tamura, whom he first met at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. They lived in Chicago until the couple retired to Medford, Ore. in 2003.