The Norman Transcript


May 18, 2014

Renowned anthropologist Clyde Snow dies at 86



An indifferent student, Dr. Snow was expelled from high school over a firecracker prank. Packed off to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, he graduated after four years but soon flunked out of Southern Methodist University. He attended other schools before settling down at Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951.

He flirted with medical studies at Baylor, but quit and earned a master’s degree in zoology at Texas Tech University in 1955. After three years in the Air Force, he studied archaeology at the University of Arizona, learning excavation techniques that proved invaluable. He later switched to anthropology for his doctorate in 1967.

Dr. Snow married Jerry Whistler in 1970.

Whistler said she is hard pressed to pick a favorite memory of her late husband, but she hopes his passion for human rights lives on in others.

“Once he got started on human rights, he never looked back,” she said.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters with his former wife Donna Herring: Jennifer Boles and her husband Chris, Tracey Murphy, Cynthia Wood and her husband David, and Melinda McCarthy; and from his former wife Loudell Fromme, a son, Kevin Snow and his wife Gwen; eight grandchildren, Quentin Franklin, Michael Franklin, Austin McCarthy, Megan Murphy, Isobel Boles, Matthew Snow, David Snow and Alexander Snow; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may to made to the Clyde Snow Social Justice Award, c/o The OU Foundation, 100 Timberdell Rd., Norman, OK 73019 - ph. 866-321-1174.

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