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PALM SPRINGS, CA: Longtime Massachusetts resident Robert A. Snedeker, 87, died February 3, 2016, in Palm Springs, Calif. Born in Manhattan and raised in the suburb of Belleville, N.J., Robert graduated from Belleville High School and entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an ROTC scholarship, where he received a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and a master's degree in Chemical Engineering Practise. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Miami, Fla., (where his hazardous duties included calling Bingo at the Officers Club) and Sacramento, Calif. While in California, at McClellan Air Force Base, his work involved testing nuclear debris from mushroom clouds.

Robert married his wife, Patricia, who grew up nearby in East Orange, N.J., in 1952. After two years at McClellan, the pair moved to Princeton, N.J., where Robert earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He then worked for the Photo Products Division of Dupont for 13 years, leaving to pursue job opportunities in the paper industry. The Snedekers made their home for more than 40 years on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Upon retirement, Robert volunteered at the Museum of Science in Boston. In 2012, he and his wife moved to Pasadena, Calif., to be closer to their children. Patricia died later that year.

For much of his life, Robert enjoyed golf and squash, crossword puzzles, butter crunch ice cream, pistachio nuts, big band music, movies and traveling. The Snedekers had three children, William, who died in 2011, Brian, and Lee Anne. Robert also leaves grandchildren, Garrett and Tatiana, and daughters-in-law, Linda and Ellen.
Published on  February 22, 2016
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