Tax Prof Lester B. Snyder (San Diego) died on April 11 at the age of 87 (obituary; condolences; memorial gifts). From San Diego Dean Stephen Ferruolo:
Professor Snyder began his long legal career in 1956 in legal practice in Boston, during which he served as a consultant to attorneys and accountants on tax issues. He moved to academia in 1957 with an appointment to the law faculty of the University of Connecticut. He remained at Connecticut until 1983 and held emeritus status. During a leave of absence from 1968 to 1969, Professor Snyder was Professor-In-Residence in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the Internal Revenue Service in tax litigation before federal courts.
Professor Snyder joined the faculty of University of San Diego School of Law in 1983. From 1983 to 1989, he was the director of the graduate tax program. He retired from faculty in 2009. During his 26 years at USD, Professor Snyder taught mostly in the field of tax law, including federal income tax, taxation of corporations and partnerships, tax accounting, federal tax policy, business planning, estate and gift tax planning, and state and local taxation. Through his teaching, scholarly reputation and leadership, he established the foundation of our graduate tax program.
Professor Snyder was a prolific and influential scholar in a wide range of tax areas. In 2007, he published his highly regarded book, Double Take: Unequal Taxation of Equals. He also authored more than 30 articles and founded the Journal of Real Estate Taxation in 1973, which he subsequently directed as Editor-In-Chief for nearly 20 years.
Professor Snyder was the recipient of the 2003 Bernard E. Witkin Award for excellence in teaching from the San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation. After his retirement in 2009, he maintained his dedication to USD’s tax program.
He leaves a wife Marilyn, daughter Kaira, brother Robert, and three grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to his family’s mailing address:
151 Segovia Way
Jupiter, FL 33458
A memorial was held last Saturday, April 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 482 Tequesta Dr., Tequesta, FL 33469.
(Hat Tip: Bert Lazerow.)