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In memoriam: James T. Snow, former national director of USGA Green Section

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James Taft Snow, 68, of Basking Ridge, N.J., died on Nov. 25 home with his family, after a 10-year struggle with frontotemporal dementia.

For the last 21 years of his 35-year career at the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J., Snow served as the national director of the Green Section and was a leader in fostering partnerships, education programs and turfgrass research initiatives to make golf courses more sustainable and environmentally friendly. An excellent writer and public speaker, Snow also edited the Green Section Record publication and several important books about turfgrass science.

Snow was born on Dec. 2, 1951, in Ithaca, N.Y., to the late Arthur Taft Snow, Jr., and Norma Eva Bailey. Raised in Trumansburg, N.Y., he was a 1970 graduate of Trumansburg Central School, where he was class president, and then received a BS and MS in horticulture from Cornell University. Snow continued to cherish his Trumansburg roots and connections throughout his life.

In addition to his lifelong hobbies of nature photography, gardening, and genealogy research, Snow spent two decades as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 351 in Basking Ridge, where he enjoyed mentoring young people. Among the highlights of his life were several backpacking trips to various Western national parks with the Boy Scouts.

Snow married Judith Mapes Lyman in 1984 and loved spending time with his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to: Audubon International, 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180; the Michigan State University Turfgrass Information Center Endowment, Michigan State University Libraries, Attn: TIC Endowment, 366 W. Circle Dr., East Lansing, MI 48824; or Boy Scout Troop 351, c/o Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1 East Oak St., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

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