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Former ADA Speaker Bernard Snyder dies at 92

November 13, 2019

By Mary Beth Versaci

Former Speaker of the ADA House of Delegates Bernard Snyder died Sept. 16 at the age of 92.

Dr. Snyder
Dr. Snyder
Dr. Snyder, an oral surgeon who taught at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, served as speaker from 1981 to 1985.

A longtime member of organized dentistry, Dr. Snyder also served as president of the Ohio Dental Association, Columbus Dental Society, Ohio Dental Society of Anesthesiology and Great Lakes Society of Oral Surgeons, speaker of the Ohio Dental Association House of Delegates, chairman of the anesthesiology committee of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a special consultant to the Ohio State Dental Board.

He was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Noble County, Ohio, and received his bachelor's, master's and dental degrees from the Ohio State University, where he later worked as an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesiology. He also was the director of continuing education for those departments for several years.

Dr. Snyder owned a group oral and maxillofacial surgery practice named Snyder, Evans and Anderson Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a senior partner.

Outside of dentistry, he enjoyed athletics, including basketball, wrestling, baseball and golf, according to his obituary, and he served in the U.S. Army and as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Dr. Snyder is survived by his companion, Janet Wilson; daughter, Pamela Snyder Taylor (David); grandchildren, Austin Taylor, Whitney Taylor (Val Henderson), Sarah Snyder and Neale Snyder; and special friends, Warren, Elizabeth and AJ Hawkins, John and Melanie Kallies, and Patrick, Connor and Seamus Self. He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and son, Douglas.