Snyder, Vice Admiral Edwin Knowlson, USN (Ret.); 92; passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 8, 2015. A true patriot and admired leader, he embodied the best of the Greatest Generation. He will be deeply missed as a loving and devoted husband and father, and remembered fondly as a respected naval officer and friend. Born in Birmingham, MI, on February 12, 1922, he was the son of Edwin Stahl Snyder and Helen Claire Knowlson. He attended Baldwin High School, where he was an outstanding athlete student. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the wartime accelerated Class of 1944 on June 9, 1943. Upon completion of submarine training, he joined the crew of the USS Hake, making six war patrols in the Pacific campaign. Admiral Snyder’s submarine career included tours on four submarines, culminating as commanding officer of the USS Irex. In February 1968, he became the commanding officer of the heavy cruiser Newport News (CA-148) in ceremonies held at the DMZ in Vietnam. Shore duty assignments included graduate education at Stanford University and the Navy War College, staff of the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the Office of Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon. Upon his selection to Flag rank in 1969, Admiral Snyder assumed command of the Amphibious Training Command, followed by command of Amphibious Group Four and Amphibious Group Two in Little Creek, VA. In September 1971, Admiral Snyder became the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs as the Navy’s representative in all matters pertaining to Congress. On 31 August 1974, Admiral Snyder received his third star and assumed command of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Command with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. Following his retirement from the Navy, Admiral Snyder provided key congressional support services for nearly ten years to the Navy through his company Snyder, Ball and Kriser. Admiral Snyder was an outstanding athlete, keen competitor, avid golfer and a long-time member of the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington VA. A dedicated Washington Redskins football fan, he was a 30 year season ticket holder. His great sense of humor and engaging personality drew people around him wherever he went. Admiral Snyder was predeceased by his devoted wife of 48 years, the former Nancy McCarty of Birmingham, MI, in 1994. He later was married to Nancy Isaman for ten years. He is survived by sons, Stephen Snyder (Mary), Ed Snyder (BJ), and Charles Snyder (Connie); daughter, Kathy Snyder; sister, Ann Snyder Aikens (Bob); seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Admiral Snyder will be inurned with his wife, Nancy McCarty at the Naval Academy Columbarium with full Military Honors on April 23, 2015.Published in Daily Tribune on Feb. 8, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 3 "I qualified under Captain Snyder when he was captain of the..."- Dr. Haines Brown"On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (On USSVI),..."- Bob Reinisch"To the Synder Family, On behalf of the Charleston Base..."- Nick Nichols Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Edwin Synder Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Edwin Synder Add a photo +