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In loving memory of Glen W. Snowden (1932-2020)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Dr. Glen W. Snowden, who died on June 21, 2020, at the age of 87.

Glen was born on November 3, 1932 in Bethlehem, PA to Clement and Anna Wenger Snowden. In 1954, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College, PA following which he earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, CT in 1958. Later in 1969, he graduated from the Boston University School of Theology with his Doctor of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Snowden was ordained on November 1, 1958 and granted Preliminary Fellowship in 1967. He served in parish ministry at the First Congregational Society of Jamaica Plain UU, MA from 1966 to 1969. In 1979, he accepted a call from the First Parish of Medfield, MA where he ministered until 1984. On February 8, 1985, he retired from his ministry. After his retirement, he served as interim minister at the following congregations: the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH (1988-1989); the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT (1990-1991); and the First Parish Universalist Church, Stoughton, MA (1991-1993). He continued providing his services as a guest preacher for various congregational and Unitarian Churches until the last years of his life.

Rev. Dr. Snowden’s denominational activities included serving as a secretary for the Society of Ministerial Relief, UUA, Stow, MA. He was a member of the UUMA; First Parish Church UU of Stow and Acton, MA; and the First Church in Boston, MA. Furthermore, he had active involvements with the UU PSI Symposium. He also served the Planning Committee for the Attleboro Fall Conference for several years; and was Secretary and one of the directors of the Unitarian Service Pension. Remarkably, Glen was the first recipient of the unsung Hero award of UURMaPA (2012).

In addition to his parish and interim ministries, Glen worked as an associate Professor in the humanities department at the Emerson College, MA (1965-1988). He was member and secretary of the Massachusetts Congregational Charitable Society; and was very engaged with the Boston Chapter of American Society of Dowsers.

In his spare time, Glen liked being with friends and family; enjoyed music, especially Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Pavarotti. He immensely loved his two dogs: Randy and Poochie. His other interests included traveling inside and outside the United States. He annually traveled to Florida, Arizona, New York, and Cape Cod and took trips as far as China and Egypt. 

Glen is survived by his fiancé Margaret Nasemann; his daughter Julie Snowden Martin; his grandsons: Jesse Tyler Martin and Gregory Kyle Martin; his sisters: Barbara Green, Anna Mae Beddows and her husband Jerry; as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lorraine, son-in-law Rick Martin, brother Armon Snowden and sister Mary Lou Snowden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a musical, educational, or religious institution of one’s own choosing.

A memorial service was held at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Badger Funeral Home, 347 King Street, Littleton, MA 01460.

Notes of condolences may be sent to his daughter Julie at

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