Norman Jay "Norm" Snow
February 9, 2017

Norman Jay "Norm" Snow, Z"L, died Thursday, February 9, 2017. He was 72. Norm was born in Providence, RI, the only child of the late Israel and Marion (Goldstein) Snow.

He grew up in Burlington, VT, and graduated from Burlington High School, the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. After surgical internship at the University of Virginia, he was drafted by the U.S. Army, which sent him to Cleveland, where he served as a Captain in the Army’s Medical Corps and then stayed for nearly 30 years. He completed his residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and then, after beginning his career at the University of Louisville, returned to Cleveland as Associate Professor and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center.

In 1980 he and peers founded the Association for Surgical Education, which he later served as President. He also chaired the trauma and emergency care committee of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and served as the inaugural medical director of Metro Life Flight, one of the largest helicopter EMS programs in the country, winning the Distinguished Physician Award from the Association of Air Medical Services.

In 1999 he moved to Chicago, where he served as Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois and chief of thoracic surgery at UIC and the Jesse Brown Veterans’ Administration Medical Center until his retirement in 2011, whereupon he returned to Vermont and joined the faculty of the Department of Anatomy at Geisel School of Medicine, remaining actively engaged in teaching anatomy and participating on many committees including the Faculty Council, the Medical Education Committee and the Admission Committee. In 2015 UVM awarded him the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award.

Norm loved teaching, debating (for which he ranked nationally in college), attending synagogue, enjoying fine wine and spicy food, and Lake Fairlee, where he both met and retired with Renee Snow (Salzman), his wife of 48 years.

He is survived by Renee; two sons, Aaron and Michael; daughter-in-law Reva; two grandchildren, Isaac and Ely; and innumerable family, colleagues, students and patients who were blessed by his love, friendship, humor, wisdom and experience. 

Funeral services for Norm will be held this Sunday at 2pm at the Dartmouth Hillel Roth Center for Jewish Life, 5 Occom Ridge, Hanover, NH, followed by local burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Norm’s name either to Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or online at: or to The University of Vermont Foundation to support the Norman J. Snow, MD Memorial Fund at the Larner College of Medicine, c/o Meredyth Armitage, Given Building N313, 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington, VT 05405.

May his memory be a blessing.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.



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