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Robert M. Sneider

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ROBERT M. SNEIDER 1929 - 2005 was born in Long Branch, NJ on March 2, 1929 to William J. Sneider and Rose Marmorstein. He lived with his parents and sisters in the beach community of Asbury Park, NJ. He was active in sports during his youth and was a beach lifeguard. He received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University. After Rutgers, Bob served as an army combat engineer during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the army as a 1st lieutenant and entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received a Ph.D. in geology and mining engineering. During this period he met an elementary school teacher, Ramona Meyer. Ramona and Bob were married on Sep 1, 1956. His 48-year career began in 1957 at Shell Oil Company where he worked for nearly 18 years. During the Shell years, the family moved often settling in Houston in 1967. In 1974, Bob started Sneider and Meckel Associates, Inc. with Larry Meckel. He formed Robert M. Sneider Exploration, Inc. in 1981. Bob was involved in worldwide exploration, production, property acquisition, research, training and management. During Bob's career, he and his associates strove to add value to companies by finding new opportunities through the application of integrated geological-geophysical-petrophysical and petroleum engineering techniques working in both frontier and mature areas. He led the industry in cataloging geological, petrophysical, and engineering properties of reservoir, seals, and flow barrier rock types from around the world. Bob actively participated in many professional societies receiving numerous professional accolades and was a mentor to countless professionals during his career. He was a distinguished lecturer for the AAPG, PESA and SPE. In 2000, he became a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was an honorary member of the AAPG and named the 2001 recipient of the Sidney Powers Medal, AAPG's highest award. Bob and Ramona were full partners in life. Bob often acknowledged that his success was due to the steadfast support and assistance of his wife. They raised a family of three children. They were enthusiastic grandparents. After their children were grown, Bob and Ramona enjoyed time together, much of it traveling the world and seeing friends. On Oct 29, 2005, Bob passed away in his Houston home, as was his wish. He lived his life with the highest standards of integrity. He has left a long legacy to his field of science. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 49 years, Ramona A. Sneider. He is survived by his daughter, Linda A. Reid and husband, Charles, of Katy, TX; son, Timothy J. Sneider, and wife, June, of Clear Lake Shores, TX; son, John S. Sneider, and his wife, Dorothy Ballentine, of Kemah, TX; grandson, C.C. "Chris" Reid; granddaughter, A.C. "Catie" Reid; sister, Lois S. Tarshes, of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Lee S. Sager, Hollywood, FL; sister-in-law, Elayne Donahue, of St. Paul, MN; sister -in-law, Ethel Ann Marshall, and husband, Paul, of Woodbury, MN; brother-in-law, Raymond N. Meyer, and wife, Sheila, of St. Paul, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, Nov 18, 2005, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to one of the following charities. Gustavus E. Archie Memorial Grant or Gustavus E. Archie Memorial International Grant - AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74101-0979 USA. Museum Fund - Anne Lucke, Director of Development, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 13, 2005
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