A. Edward Snodgrass, 64, founder of real estate firm

August 30, 2004

A. Edward Snodgrass, a longtime administrator at Aberdeen Proving Ground who loved history and established a real estate sales company, died of a stroke Tuesday in Bel Air, where he had lived most of his life. He was 64.

Mr. Snodgrass grew up on a farm near Bel Air and graduated from Bel Air High School in 1957. He attended Harford Community College and Georgia Institute of Technology.

He worked for more than three decades at Aberdeen Proving Ground, managing procurement before his retirement 10 years ago as chief of the research and development division in contracting at the Army research facility.

"He was a laid-back, behind-the-scenes kind of person. But he was absolutely passionate about history," said his wife of 43 years, Georgia R. Snodgrass. "He especially loved Harford County history, and he served on the board of directors of the Harford County Historical Society."

In 1977, he and his wife established Snodgrass Realtors, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Bel Air and Fallston. They sold the business in 1984.

A service was held Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Lisa Snodgrass of Baltimore, Laura Snodgrass Pohlenz and Barbara Thomison Magness of Bel Air, and Carol Thomison Sissom of Lake Mary, Fla.; a brother, James B. Snodgrass of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

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