The following information is from Julie Milani, International Academy West. The IA West is located at Lakeland High School in White Lake.
Below are the details for Mark Snow's memorial service as well as his obituary. As a staff and student body, we are collecting written reflections and memories of Mark to compile a memory book for his family. If you would like to send a message and/or photo, please send them to Julie Milani at Julie.Milani@hvs.org by March 11th. We will also be naming the IA West IB Leaner Profile Award after Mark Snow in honor of his remarkable character and balanced approach to life.
Finally, we will be starting a "Mark Snow Family Fund" account to collect contributions for his wife, Claudette, and children, Spencer and Audrey. If you would like to make a donation, please write a check made payable to IA West with "Mark Snow" in the memo and send it to IA West office. Please let us know if you have other ideas to commemorate Mark's life and/or support his family during this difficult time.
- Mark Snow's Funeral Services: March 15th at 5:00 pm Bethlehem United Church of Christ 423 South 4th Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Reception at 6:00 pm The Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105
April 1, 1959 – February 23, 2013
Mark Edward Snow, 53, of Ann Arbor, MI passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his home after a valiant fight against throat cancer. He leaves his loving wife of 28 years, Claudette, and his wonderful children, Spencer and Audrey. He was loved by his parents, Edward & Emma Idonna Snow of Duvall, WA and Los Altos, CA and his sisters, Marcia Caldwell (Steve) of Mercer Island, WA and Sandra Kaufman (Ron) of Santa Cruz, CA. He will be missed by the many relatives, colleagues, friends and students whose lives he has touched.
Mark was born on April 1, 1959 in Salt Lake City, UT and grew up in the Los Altos, CA area where he attended public schools and graduated from Awalt (now Mountain View) High School. Mark received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, his PhD at Johns Hopkins University, and his teaching certificate at Eastern Michigan University. He worked at Pfizer as a computational chemist from 1997 until 2006. In 2008, he started teaching at the International Academy West in White Lake, MI. Mark was passionate about teaching biology and math and truly enjoyed his many students and colleagues at IA West.
Mark loved his family, dogs, baseball, playing tennis, fishing, nature walks, and practicing Buddhism. His wish was for everyone to find Kindness, Compassion, Respect, Love, & Happiness. Leaving this life was a hard struggle for Mark but with his spiritual beliefs and the support of his family, friends, and the committed staff of Arbor Hospice, he was able to pass peacefully at home.
Please consider a donation in Mark’s name to one of the following organizations:
- Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103; 734-662-5999, www.arborhospice.org
- University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; 734-647-7600, www.mbgna.umich.edu
- Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; 734-662-5585, www.hshv.org