I got to know Gary because of my best Cowsill buddy, Jennifer. I had the honor was watching Jennifer and Gary fall in love after they met during a graduate studies class. I talked to him on the phone occasionally before meeting him at their wedding in 1998. We both belonged to Investment Clubs and enjoyed talking about the stock market and how our clubs were run. Over the past 15 years I talked to Gary many times and I visited their home on other occasions. Gary was always very gracious to me and put up with lots of girl giggling and general "carrying on." He even put up with my forgetting his birthday every other year (since it was on the 1st, I would forget to flip the calander early) hee hee. Gary was the love of her life for Jen and their many plans for life were cut way too short. Gary will be missed by many, myself included!
Gary's obituary from the Durham Herald Sun:
Dr. Gary Snyder
DURHAM — Dr. Gary Snyder, 63, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home.
Dr. Snyder was a psychology instructor at Durham Technical Community College. He was a lifelong scholar and advocated daily for his students to pursue their education and their dreams. Dr. Snyder was previously employed as a tennis professional on Hilton Head, Island, South Carolina. He served as the Director of United States Professional Tennis Registry’s Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (1991-1994) and represented the United States as one of six instructors to teach wheelchair tennis in Japan (1995).
Dr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Jennifer; and her children, Christopher Taylor and Stephanie Taylor White (Thomas).
A memorial service is being planned for a later date.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in honor of Dr. Snyder to the Zen Mountain Monastary P.O. Box 197 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 or the Northwest Maritime Center 431 Water Street Port Townsend, Washington 98368.