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SNYDER, DR. JAMES C. Dr. James C. Snyder of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Monday, June 24th 2013, at the age of 73, after an 18 year battle with cancer. He was born April 20th, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, to Charles J. Snyder and Magdalene E. Moore-Snyder. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1963 with a BA in Architecture, after which he served as in intelligence officer in the US Army. In subsequent years he earned two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. In 1967 he moved to Chicago and was married in 1968 to Jeanne A. Thoen, his wife of almost 45 years. Jim taught Architecture and Urban Planning at Georgia Tech University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and The University of Michigan. He was a private consultant on matters of urban security across the country, including work with the EPA, Detroit Police, and the Olympics in Atlanta. After his retirement from the U of M in 2005, Jim became an active volunteer at the Washtenaw County Jail, using his many years of teaching experience to connect with inmates and help them "transition home" out of the penal system. Jim believed in service to his community, and was also a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul organization. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, his daughters Jamie M. Nielsen and Jennifer T. Snyder, and his two grandsons Joshua J. Nielsen and Henry M. Ernst. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Ann Arbor. A Requiem mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor at 2pm on Friday June 28th, with a graveside blessing to follow at the St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements by Nie Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Liberty Rd. Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
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