It is with great sadness that the Department of Medical Education announces the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Norman Snow. Norm had deep Vermont roots, to which he returned when he retired from active practice as a thoracic surgeon. He joined the faculty of the Department of Anatomy at Geisel School of Medicine in 2011 and has been actively engaged in teaching anatomy and participating on many committees including the Faculty Council, the Medical Education Committee and the Admission Committee.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, Norm continued there at the UVM Medical School. After surgical internship at the University of Virginia he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He subsequently completed residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University. His academic career began at the University of Louisville before returning to Case Western, where he became the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery and progressed to Associate Professor. His move to the University of Illinois was accompanied by promotion to full professor. He served as Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the U of I and was also the director of surgery clerkships for more than a decade.
In addition to many presentations and abstracts, he is the author of more than 75 peer reviewed articles and at least 10 book chapters in the field of thoracic surgery. He is nationally recognized in the field of transportation of critically ill patients via helicopter, having won awards for contributions to research and education as well as having won the Distinguished Physician Award from the Association of Air Medical Services.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Renee, his two sons, Aaron and Michael, his Daughter-in-Law and two grandchildren, Isaac and Ely, who were the light of his life. He will be missed by all of his colleagues and the many students who have been blessed by his friendship and benefitted enormously from his wisdom and experience.
Services for Norm will be Sunday at 2:00 PM at Dartmouth Hillel Roth Center followed by burial in Hanover.