Thomas Wood Snodgrass
April 21, 1924 - May 15, 2013
Thomas Wood Snodgrass, 89, of Jefferson City, Mo., died
Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Mr. Snodgrass was born April 21, 1924, in Little Rock, Ark.,
son of William Rea Snodgrass and Sarah Wood
He earned bachelor and master degrees from
George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.,
now part of Vanderbilt University. He also
attended New Mexico Military Institute, University
of Arkansas, University of Miami and
Mexico City College.
Mr. Snodgrass served in the 91st Infantry Division,
U.S. Army, during World War II. He
participated in several actions in Italy including
the capture of Florence and the battle to break through the
Gustav and Gothic Lines. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman
Badge, Presidential Unit Citation and Bronze Star of Heroic
His early professional life focused on the health and wellness
of his fellow citizens. He held leadership positions in several
non-profit organizations including March of Dimes and
American Cancer Society. He was instrumental in raising
community awareness for social welfare such as hunger,
HIV/AIDS, and aging. His advocacy for the elderly grew from his
tenure as Executive Director, MO Health Care Association. In
later years, he was a prominent consultant for long-term care
issues and served on several gubernatorial advisory committees.
He was a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Mr. Snodgrass was a member of MO Association for Social
Welfare, Public Relations Society of America, Sigma Alpha
Epsilon, Sons of American Revolution, and Sons of Confederate
He is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Burgi), whom he
married on November 26, 1953. He is also survived by his sons,
Thomas O. Snodgrass (Kim) of Holts Summit and Patrick
Snodgrass of Santa Cruz, Calif.; grandson, Scott Snodgrass
(Georgia), two great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Snodgrass who
died May 15, 1993 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Burial at Resurrection Cemetery will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Cremation,