A Day in the Life of Ray Snow, A&S ’70
December 3, 2010  |  by Johns Hopkins Staff

Ray Snow Photo: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Ray Snow Photo: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

I usually wake up: At 6:30 a.m.—no alarm clock needed—in Palm Beach, Florida, where I am lucky enough to both live and work.

My calling: Helping others, whether in my work offering financial advice, volunteering, or just pitching in when help is needed.

I’m most proud of: My family. I have been married to Christine for 40 years, have two great and successful children, and three terrific grandchildren.

A perfect day: Begins with a sunrise walk along the Atlantic, then continues with a busy day at work with positive financial markets and great clients (with some JHU Alumni Association “biz” mixed in), Florida mahi-mahi dinner with French rosé, sunset walk on the Lake Worth Lagoon.

On my iPod now: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Hobbies: Sailing, ocean fishing, travel, following the Blue Jays athletics and the Orioles.

You’ll always find these three “must-haves” in my pantry/fridge: Tabasco sauce, Obrycki’s crab spice, and white vinegar for steaming crabs.

Favorite Johns Hopkins moments: Meeting Johns Hopkins University President Milton S. Eisenhower during my freshman year, 1966, and donning full academic regalia as a university trustee at President Daniels’ installation in 2009.

Most audacious campus prank: “Borrowing” another fraternity’s red front door as a pledge. We were stopped by a beat policeman and urged to return the door, which we did (and still got into the fraternity).

Best summer job while at Hopkins: Being a Good Humor man the summer after my sophomore year. I met my wife when I sold a toasted almond bar to her then 4-year-old sister.

Cherished Johns Hopkins tradition:  Lacrosse, preferably in the middle of throngs of alumni at Homecoming, or at the NCAA Championships, or with local Florida alumni watching televised games.

Visits to Johns Hopkins campuses in 2009: 15.

Expected number of visits in 2010: At least the same.

Favorite Alumni Association benefit: Getting 10 percent off at the Barnes & Noble bookstore when loading up on JHU ties and garb for everyone in the family.

Biggest challenge facing the Alumni Association:  Addressing the needs of a 20-something recent graduate from Homewood while still staying relevant to our graduate schools’ alumni populations.

Why I am thrilled to be president of the Alumni Association: In the Mason Hall Alumni Board Room, I look up at the wall listing the names of the fabulous alumni who have held this position before me. These are people that I know have made a difference for our alumni and the university. Joining that group is one of those “pinch myself” moments in life.


  1. You’re the best, Ray. Anything you need from me, please let me know.

  2. Ray and I share a love for Buddy Holly music.

    It was great reading this piece about a great man!

  3. Hi old friend!

    So proud of you, what a nice article about a man and a family that I have amazing memories with! Cheers to a great life, best wishes to you. You are a wonderful person.
    All the best
    Robin Sosnow

  4. Hi Ray,

    The Alumni Association couldn’t be in better, more passionate hands! Thanks for all you do.

  5. There is no one better to fill our immediate past president Gerry Peterson’s impressive shoes than you, Ray. It is truly an honor to be serving the university with you and the other very capable officers on the Steering Committee.

    -Jesse Jacoby

  6. James I. Lowenstein

    Snowman! Congrats!

    Great catching up with you at Homecoming last year.

    See you around–Jim

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