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.
Robert combined a wonderful ability to tell stories with a splendid sense of humor, often culminating in a self-deprecating story about his own foibles, usually mechanical. He loved his family, classical music, reading, cross country skiing, walking long distances, fly casting, and the Medford political discussion group from liberal and conservative leanings in which he faithfully participated until declining health prevented him from continuing.
Robert was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Glenn and Norman; and a step-son Paul Verzosa. He is survived by his wife, Hideko of Medford, Ore.; a sister, Marian Robbins (David) of Wilder, Idaho; a brother, Roger Snider (Deanna Tabor) of Lacey, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Lorene Snider of Vashon, Wash.; and four step-children, Phyllis Osaki of Seattle, Wash. and Patricia Forrest of Juneau, Alaska, Dr. Miko Rose of Lansing, Mich. and Joshua Friedman of Sacramento, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at a time and date to be announced in the future. Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon.