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Neal Snyder ’63

March 11, 2018, in San Leandro, California, of prostate cancer.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Neal started at Reed but finished his bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Berkeley, where he also got a master’s. In 1972, he got his law degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. As an attorney, Neal specialized in protecting children from abuse and became a role model for others in the field.

When he was a teenager, Neal discovered DJ Johnny Otis, whose shows inspired his love of jazz, Latin jazz, blues, rock, R&B, and soul. In recent years, Neal wrote an online newsletter, Music and More, alerting fans to favorite Bay area musicians. He was a lifelong traveler, and with his wife, Yvonne Garcia, spent winter months in Southeast Asia. He loved shooting hoops and watching the Warriors and was an avid follower of the news and a supporter of independent progressive reporting. He is survived by his wife; his children, Alanya, Rumeli, and Dann; and his sister, Karen Mead.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2018

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