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Willamette Professor Snow Passes

Long time Willamette University Law Professor Carlton J. Snow died November 19, 2004 after collapsing following a class he taught in Arbitration. His death, believed to be caused by a massive brain hemorrhage from an aneurysm, was unexpected and is a great loss to the university and to his many friends and family.

"Carlton Snow was a great teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend," said Law Dean Symeon Symeonides. "Willamette will never be the same without Carlton. We will miss him greatly."

Professor Snow was the most senior law professor at Willamette, having taught at the school for 33 years. He taught Contract Law, Labor Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration and Negotiation. In his long tenure at the University, he served as Dean, Association Dean and Assistant Dean of the law school and Executive Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution. Prior to teaching at Willamette, he taught at Loyola University School of Law.

Snow was a popular teacher. He was known to memorize every one of his students' names and remember them many years later. In 2002, he was voted Professor of the Year by the Willamette University College of Law Student Body. In 1992, he received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1983, he received Certificate of Merit from the Association of Third World Students.

Dean Symeonides said, "Carlton was an exceptionally charismatic teacher, as well as a caring mentor."

A renowned arbitrator and lecturer, Snow traveled extensively throughout the United States. He was in high demand by union leaders and management to settle disputes. He had just completed arbitration between the Portland Police Bureau and police officers to determine wages and working conditions. In his lifetime, he issued more than 3,000 decisions.

He was an active member of the American Bar Association, and served with the Committee on Labor Arbitration and The Law of Collective Bargaining Agreements. When he passed away, he was serving as Vice President of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Arbitrators, for which he has previously served as a member of the Board and as a member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. He was also a member of the Industrial Relations Research Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association.

Professor Snow, who lost his wife, Sally, two months ago to cancer, is survived by his daughter Katie and son Nate. The family has set a religious service for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 30, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 3295 Ladd Avenue N.E., in Salem.

In addition, the College of Law will hold a memorial service honoring Carlton Snow's memory at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 22, 2005, in Hudson Hall on the Willamette campus.

To honor Professor Snow's long and distinguished service to the College of Law and its students, the College of Law has established the Carlton J. Snow Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be used to fund scholarships for needy Willamette law students. Contributions may be sent to The Carlton Snow Memorial Fund, Dean’s Office, Willamette University College of Law, 245 Winter Street, Salem OR 97301.



11-24-2004