Jane Walker Snider
1937 - 2020
Heritage Cremation
520 S. Main Street
Akron, OH
Jane Snider, a longtime Akron resident, passed away on Sept. 22 from COVID-19. She was 83.
As Executive Director of the Akron Council on World Affairs, she founded the Global Scholars program, which brought in foreign diplomats to engage with Akron public high school students. She was deeply interested in international affairs and education, and traveled widely.
Jane was born April 26, 1937 in Wayne Co., W.Va., to Opal Bing Walker and Forest Walker, who ran the local general store in Booton until the community was displaced by a federal reservoir project. After graduating Wayne H.S. as valedictorian in 1955, she studied journalism and marketing at Marshall University, earning her B.A. in 1959.
In 1961, Jane began a 12-year career with the Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati, where she was proud to become one of its first women marketing executives.
After moving to Akron in 1976 with former husband, George Snider, Jane was active in photography and art, and she earned a B.F.A. from the University of Akron in 1982. She later became a small business owner, representing the upscale Doncaster clothing line.
Jane was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Torch Club, and numerous other local civic organizations.
Jane was predeceased by her parents and brother, Bill Walker, as well as twin infant sisters. She is survived by her son, Jeremy Snider of Rockville, Md., his wife, Audra, and granddaughters, Sarah and Charlotte. She is also survived by her younger sister, Rosemary Fleshman, of Ashland, Ky. and her family.
A graveside family service will be held at the Mills Cemetery in Wayne, W. Va. Memorial donations to support Jane's commitment to public education can be made to the United Way of Summit & Medina on behalf of Akron Public Schools.

Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Sep. 27, 2020.
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I am saddened to read that Jane died in the Covid pandemic. We knew each other well during her days in Cincinnati, and met because of our interest in art and photography. Jobs moves changed our friendship. We lost touch. BUT years later we met by accident in a New York subway station!
April 25, 2021
I knew Jane for many years and admired her for her intelligence, initiative and wide range of interests. May she rest in peace.
Marie Covington
October 1, 2020
Wanda Flinn
September 28, 2020
I remember working with Jane to bring university and high school students together at some of her programs. She also graciously worked with some of my university students on international projects. She was very dedicated to education and global interactions.
Dr. Doug Hausknecht (Univ. Akron)
September 27, 2020
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