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FRANKLIN F. SNYDER

1910–2008


Elected in 1985


“For basic contributions to the hydrology and technology of predicting and controlling water level and flow in streams and reservoirs.”


BY LLOYD A. DUSCHA


FRANKLIN SNYDER, a noted pioneer and leader in hydrologic engineering for various government agencies and national and international clients, died of cardiac and respiratory failure March 13, 2008, in Peachtree City, Georgia, at the age of 97. He had been considered both nationally and internationally as one of the foremost surface water hydrologists.

He was born November 11, 1910, in Holgate, Ohio, and attended high school in Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduation, he entered the University of Toledo in 1928. In 1930 he transferred to Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor of civil engineering degree in 1932. Subsequently (1942), Ohio State University awarded him a professional civil engineer degree. Although he graduated during the Great Depression, when promising engineers often encountered difficulties finding employment, Snyder obtained work in state and federal agencies.

Snyder’s interest in hydrology began as an undergraduate when he co-authored a thesis, “Runoff as a Function of Previous Precipitation,” as one of the requirements for his degree. As a junior hydraulic engineer for the U.S. Geological Survey in



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