Snyder received a B.S. degree from the University of California in 1927 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1932, where he studied with J. C. Walker. He joined the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1935 and remained there for his career. Snyder was an authority on the genus Fusarium, advancing a workable taxonomic key and combining 165 species into nine based strictly on morphology. Snyder’s work in collaboration with H. N. Hansen stimulated global attention to the study of Fusarium ecology, taxonomy, and diseases. Snyder served as president of the Pacific Division in 1949 and as president of APS in 1959, was elected a fellow of the society in 1966, and received the Ruth Allen Award in 1969.
(Submitted for publication in July 2008.)