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Most beloved husband of Ruth Cooper, father of Gary and Eileen Greenberg, Marcy Orosco and Jeffrey (Rafia) Cooper, grandfather of Brandon, Jeremy, Jason (Marla) Greenberg, Alyssa and Rihanna Cooper, great-grandfather of Ethan and Alaina Greenberg, brother of Edith, Esther and Shandy, uncle and friend to many.
He was a lover of family, friends, food, sports, history, of being right (always), and extremely stubborn.
Throughout the years, as much as Sidney drove people to distraction, they loved him all the more and with dedication!
He had an endearing, freewheeling attitude. His love for life, people, family, and for the love of his life, Ruth, will never be forgotten. He lived every moment to the fullest and then some.
Donations in Sidney’s memory can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and/or Swords to Plowshares.
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Stuart Snyder, beloved father and grandfather, passed away at 88 on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Father of Neal Snyder and Katie Snyder and grandfather of Simon Snyder, Anna Snyder, Molly McCormick and Seth McCormick, he was also the beloved companion of Meta Fleisher, who died several years before him, and before then of his wife of 37 years, Florence Snyder, the mother of Neal and Katie. He was loved by his extended family, including all of the Fleishers, Merle Cutler, John McCormick and Jeannie Psomas.
He was a proud, self-made man who grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from Cornell with a degree in physics and embarked on an accomplished,
varied and peripatetic career.
Early in his career, he worked on projects for Admiral Rickover as nuclear power was being introduced to the Navy. After working at Oak Ridge and spending time at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, he headed west to Los Angeles and the aerospace industry. During his 12 years in Los Angeles, he worked on the Titan missile program and was responsible for the successful flight of the first two-stage missile ever flown, and for the team that developed the inertial guidance system for the Minuteman missile. Toward the end of his time in Los Angeles, he headed a 350-person department at Rockwell Corporation involved with conceptual design for manned and unmanned space vehicles and a space station; it was his group that developed the proposal for the space shuttle that was accepted by NASA.
He was also a devoted Cornell alumnus, and many hopeful high-schoolers came though his home for slide presentations and interviews for admission.
From 1972 to 1975 he headed the engineering sciences department at the Naval Electronics Laboratory Center in San Diego. Although he was a civil servant working for the Navy, he had a traveling rank of admiral when he was at sea, and came home with delighted stories of being piped on and off the ship by the bosun.
In 1975, he was asked by Gov. Jerry Brown to bring his management skills to the California State Department of Health in Sacramento. He was appointed chief deputy director, responsible for the day-to-day operation of a $3 billion department with 23,000 employees, and later appointed director of the State Office of Narcotics and Drug Abuse, which administered the rehabilitation programs for the state, winning accolades from advocacy groups for implementing prevention programs and enhancing services to minorities and women.
In 1985, he returned to Los Angeles, again working for the aerospace industry until he retired near age 70. It was during this time that he met Meta Fleisher. They were soon an item, and her children and grandchildren enlarged his family.
He was a man known for his generosity, affectionate nature and great enthusiasms. He was an avid baker (and consumer) of sweets — a taste he has bequeathed to many in his family. In retirement, in San Rafael with Meta, he fought to protect the wetlands and birds in the bayshore area. He continued his scientific interests and developed and patented a method to recycle spent nuclear fuel rods to generate additional energy. He also was an active member of the Jewish Community Relations Council. If a family member needed help with painting a room, cooking a turkey or baking a challah, he would reliably be there.
Donations in Stuart’s memory can be made to the Jewish Community Relations Council.
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