From a contemporary press report:
Luther W. Snyder Jr., 54, a retired Navy commander who since 1993 had been a senior engineer with Planning Systems Inc. of McLean, died of leukemia April 1, 1998 at his home in Fairfax, Virginia.
Mr. Snyder was a native of Baltimore and a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also received a professional degree in engineering from Columbia University.
During his 23-year military career, Mr. Snyder piloted anti-submarine planes and served in the Vietnam War. He taught aeronautical engineering at the Naval Academy and had other assignments in Spain, Bermuda, Iceland and the Philippines.
After retiring from the Navy in 1990, he briefly worked as a manager of limited warfare applications at General Dynamics.
His interests included hiking, skiing, scuba diving and biking.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Lynn Snyder of Fairfax; two children, Tamar Snyder of Arlington and Kurt Snyder of the Bronx, N.Y.; and his father, Luther Snyder of Baltimore.
SNYDER, LUTHER WILLIAM, JR., CMDR, USN (Ret.)
On Wednesday, April 1, 1998, at his residence, LUTHER WILLIAM SNYDER, JR., husband of Lynn M. Snyder; son of Luther William Snyder, Sr.; father of Tamar C. Snyder and Kurt M. Snyder. Services will be held on Monday, April 13, 1998 at 1 p.m., Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 2900 Eisenhower Ave., #419, Alexandria, VA 22314.
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