Descendant gives presentation on life, letters of Erastus Snow; public meeting

Back to front: Erastus Snow, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 19th century, Dr. Donald R. Snow, descendant of Erastus Snow. Donald Snow will speak on Erastus Snow at a President's Colleagues Meeting, open to the public, in St. George, Utah, Dec. 7, 2015 (see attached report for details) | Photo of Donald R. Snow courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University will host Dr. Donald R. Snow presenting “Erastus Snow’s Life and Family from their Personal Letters” at the President’s Colleagues of DSU meeting Monday.

The meeting will be held at noon in Lecture Hall 156 of DSU’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, at Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, 1526 Medical Center Drive in St. George. The meeting is free and the public is welcome.

Donald Snow’s great-­grandfather Erastus Snow traveled extensively for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints, writing and receiving many letters during his lifetime. Donald Snow and his family have compiled, transcribed, edited and posted as many of the apostle’s letters as they could find online.

Their online collection now contains more than 200 of Erastus Snow’s personal and family letters that depict his life and travels. The collection does not include Erastus Snow’s official church and business correspondence as the family hasn’t started transcribing those letters, which number several hundred.

Donald Snow is a retired professor of mathematics from Brigham Young University. He also taught and researched math at universities in Minnesota; Colorado; Ontario, Canada; Lima, Peru; and London. He has baccalaureate degrees from the University of Utah, master’s degrees from Stanford University in mathematics and mechanical engineering and a doctorate in mathematics from Stanford.

After Donald Snow and his late wife, Diane Snow, both retired from BYU, they served four family history missions for the LDS church. Donald Snow has been involved with family history for many years and has been a vice president of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the 1990s.

Donald Snow — whose father, Eldon Stafford Snow, was in the first graduating class of Dixie College in 1913 — is a snowbird between Provo and St. George and is a frequent speaker at genealogy and family history venues. His family history class schedule, notes and articles are available online.

The President’s Colleagues of DSU, established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area.

The Colleagues meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to hear presentations both from each other and invited guests.

The series will continue Jan. 4, 2016, when psychologist Dick Harper presents “Journey of the Hero: The Stages of Life.”

Event details

  • What: Dixie State University President’s Colleagues, presentation by Donald R. Snow: “Erastus Snow’s Life and Family from their Personal Letters”
  • When: Dec. 7, noon
  • Where: Lecture Hall 156, Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, 1526 Medical Center Drive, St. George
  • Admission: Free, public welcome

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4 Comments

  • beentheredonethat December 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Why not just say DSU is a mormon college ?

    • ladybugavenger December 6, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      It wouldn’t be “politically correct” you know telling the truth is not politically correct

  • .... December 7, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    DSU is code for BYU Jr !

  • .... December 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    go go gadget phoney I D

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