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Richard Joseph Sneed


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Richard Joseph Sneed Obituary
June 10, 1929 - December 16, 2017 Richard Joseph Sneed died on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Richard was born on June 10, 1929. His parents were Theo Wayne and Pauline Masdon Sneed of Memphis, Tennessee, and he had four brothers and one sister. Richard's educational accomplishments were impressive and extensive. After graduating from St. Gregory's High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, he attended St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas, earning a B.A. in sociology. He then spent four years studying theology at St. Gregory's Abbey. Richard continued his education on the graduate level and was awarded a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) from Catholic University, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and a Ph.D. in theology from Catholic University. Richard's studies often focused on languages, and he completed advanced work in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. His linguistic competence, along with his Biblical and archeological studies, were the basis for his becoming a well known and respected scholar and lecturer on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Richard had a long and distinguished academic career. As an ordained priest, he taught at St. Gregory's College and Seminary in Shawnee, Oklahoma, becoming the President of that institution in 1963. He oversaw both the curricular and physical growth of the college and opened admissions to women in 1964. In 1969, Richard moved to California to become the Dean of International Studies at Chapman College (now University). Subsequent to that he was appointed Dean of Liberal Arts, then Academic Vice President at Santa Ana College before becoming Vice Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. The final phase of Richard's career was spent at the South Orange County Community College District, where he served as Chancellor until his retirement in 1993. During his years in higher education, Richard was a member, and often the chair, of several administrative and accrediting teams dealing with many community colleges in California. Richard will be remembered with respect and affection for his intelligence, honesty, kindness, sense of curiosity, great humor and wit, and for his unfailing moral and ethical values and behavior. Richard was married to Marion Penhallow from 1969 to 1983. In 1985, he and Tad Acker became partners and married in 2008, the year they moved to Rancho Mirage, California. Richard was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Earl and Ted; he is survived by his spouse, Tad; his brothers, Robert and Michael, and his sister, Paula. A memorial celebration of Richard's life is being planned and will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 22 to Dec. 28, 2017
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