TROY - Peter George Snyder was born in Auburn, NY, on October 29th,
1946, and died suddenly on Lake George on June 9, 2010. He was 63.
Pete was an alumnus of Notre Dame High School in Elmira and graduated
from St. John Fisher College in 1968 with a degree in English. He received an
M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from SUNY Brockport in
For a time at St. John Fisher Pete was also a Catholic seminarian. While
a student in Rochester, Pete met Marguerite Lenihan. The couple was married in
Yorktown Heights on July 15, 1972. Pete and Margie moved to Troy in 1973, where
the couple bought and rehabilitated an historic Sears & Roebuck home.
Margie passed away in 2005.
Pete worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 34 years. He served
as the Director of Residence Life for more than 20 years. During his tenure,
Pete increased the relationship between education and Residence Life, and
initiated a program that invited faculty into student housing. Under his
stewardship the Office of Residence Life evolved to enrich the student
experience at Rensselaer.
Pete was active in the Democratic Party, and he served as the president
of Armory Little League for five years. He also served on the Troy City School
Board from 1991 to 94, and he was head of the Finance Committee.
Pete and Bonita Hagan, a longtime family friend, surprised their family
and friends when they were married at a Super Bowl party on Feb. 7, 2010.
Although their time together was brief, the couple lived every moment in love
and laughter. They planned to spend their summer on Lake George.
Many knew Pete for his loyal friendship, his sense of humor, and
lightening quick wit. Pete inherited an insatiable appetite for books from his
mother; he inherited a love of woodworking from his father. Next to his chair,
well-read copies of The Handbook of Epictetus, the Meditations of Marcus
Aurelius, and books on American history were found.
At the time of his death, Pete was also building an 18-foot wooden kayak
that was nearly finished. Pete is survived by his wife, Bonita Hagan, and his
son Timothy of Hicksville, his wife Tracey and their children Daniel and
Katharine. He is also survived by his son James, his wife Krista, of Millbrook.
In addition, he is survived by his brother, James, and his wife Dorene, of Elmira;
his sister, Mary Margaret, and her partner Jane Feisthamel, of Richfield
Springs; and Elizabeth Anne of South Carolina.
Pete was pre-deceased by his wife, Marguerite, and his parents, George
and Mary Snyder.
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pete Snyder
Memorial Fund at Rensselaer. This fund will provide resources for the education
and development of Resident Assistants at the school. Donations can be sent to
the Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Ave., Troy, NY.
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