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.