R.J. Snow (1937-2006)
was born in Cedar City, educated in St. George and Washington D.C., and graduated from Dixie College as student body president in 1957. After serving an LDS mission to France, he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Utah, along with another master’s degree and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, and post-doctoral work at the University of Oregon and Harvard.
He served on the faculties at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Bordeaux in France, and in 1973, as staff assistant to President David P. Gardner at the University of Utah. In 1975, he was appointed University of Utah Vice President for University Relations and Director of the Hinckley Institute for Politics. In 1985, he was president of the Jacobsen Company, associated with Jacobsen Construction, and in 1987, was president of the South Africa-Johannesburg Mission for the LDS Church. In 1990, he returned to academic administration as Student Life Vice President and then as VP of Advancement at Brigham Young University.
In Salt Lake City and Provo, he served on the boards of many civic and philanthropic associations including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Utah Symphony. He served on the Utah Governor’s Commission for the Status of Women and the Board of Directors of the Deseret News. Between 1998-2000, R.J. served as Director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in Israel. He was also professor of political science at BYU.
He married Marilyn Melville in 1962. They have three daughters and a son. In addition to their own children and grandchildren, the Snows feel particularly blessed to have had very close associations with thousands of outstanding young people through more than four decades of education and church services.