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PDF Mourns the Loss of PPAC Member Lillian Snyder

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) mourns the loss of Lillian Snyder, who died on November 15, 2010 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Ms. Snyder was a founding member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC), a group that was created in 2006 to provide PDF with perspectives on research-funding priorities, community needs and ways to better serve people living with Parkinson's through information and education programs.

Ms. Snyder was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998.  Among her various contributions to PDF, Lillian was an advocate for educating others about the disease.  In addition to developing articles on how to explain Parkinson's to grandchildren and tips for moving to a new home when living with Parkinson’s, she championed brain donation and encouraged all people with Parkinson’s to donate their brain, upon death, to further research.   Lillian was also a member of PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project and her painting, "The Birch Tree,"  was featured in our 2010 wall calendar. 

Ms. Snyder’s professional career included employment with Chrysler Engineering using early IBM computers to solve problems with engineers, the Upjohn Drug Co. (now Pfizer) in research predicting shelf life of prescription drugs and as a realtor. She was a board member of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry in Glen Ellyn, IL.  She resided in Wheaton, IL.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott noted, “Lillian was a true and beloved friend of PDF.  Through her paintings and her words, she inspired and brought hope to others.  We will certainly miss her.”

Source Date: Nov 22 2010