SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick community is mourning the passing of Jane Snyder, a prominent figure in local politics and long time Kendal Park residents. Mrs. Snyder passed away on May 22nd, 2020 at age 92 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her three children, Carol Poppy, Linda Ingram and Spencer Snyder, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Snyder’s life will be celebrated appropriately once it is safe to gather in public, according to her obituary. The full obituary from the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home can be found by clicking here.
Jane Snyder was born in Camden, New Jersey on December 25th, 1927. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1949 from The New Jersey College for Women, now Douglas College at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. From 1962 to 1992, she worked at Bristol Meyers Squibb in an array of positions when the field was mostly dominated by men.
In South Brunswick, Mrs. Snyder was a well-known community figure and political leader. She was president of the South Brunswick Democratic Club, chaired the successful school board campaign of Rev. Bud Speckman, the Middlesex County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the South Brunswick Charter Study Commission.
Mrs. Snyder served on the South Brunswick Peace and Human Rights Committee and was co-chair of the Open Space Committee and played a role in the Affordable Housing Authority. She was a crucial figure in helping Rush Holt be elected as New Jersey’s 12th district representative in 1999.
While serving on the South Brunswick Charter Study Commission, she championed a referendum to change the township to a Council-Management structure, which is still in place to this day. In 2001, she received the Barry Indik Memorial Award in 2001 for her volunteerism for the Citizens of Independent Living in South Brunswick.
“You never expect to get anything when you volunteer, you certainly don’t expect any awards. You are awarded by the people you work with. It is just a nice bonus.” Mrs. Snyder is quoted saying.
South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley described Jane Snyder as “a throwback.” He saluted her progressive views and dedication to the South Brunswick community.
“Once upon a time people could disagree with each other passionately, but civilly. Jane is unabashedly progressive. I don’t recall her not wearing her “War is not healthy for children or other living things” pendant from 60’s protest days. And she was always a lady.” Mayor Carley said in a released statement “She knew that government is a process, and so she worked tirelessly for all of us in South Brunswick.”