Marist School Names Asbury D. (Major) Snow the St. Peter Chanel Award Recipient for 2018
Marist School has named Asbury D. (Major) Snow the recipient of the school’s highest honor, the St. Peter Chanel Award. The award, named for the Marist saint who was martyred for his faith, is given annually in recognition of individuals whose selflessness, exceptional support, and enthusiastic leadership have advanced the mission of Marist School in a profound and fundamental way.
Snow was honored by the school during its annual St. Peter Chanel Society Recognition Dinner held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Atlanta History Center. Snow’s wife, Sandy, as well as their children, John (Rusty) Snow, Marist Class of 1994; Whitney Snow Zeh, Marist Class of 1998, and Amanda “Mandy” Vaudrey were all in attendance.
“My family, friends, and Marist staff have allowed me over the past 30 years to spend time engaging in several endeavors at the school. By pretty much any measure, these activities have provided me with far more benefit than any contribution I might have made,” said Snow. “My time at Marist has been an extremely important part of my life.”
“Major is the epitome of what the St. Peter Chanel Award is all about,” commented Marist School President Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M. “Those of us who know Major Snow are impressed with the depth of his faith and his genuine kindness that he displays so effortlessly. We have no problem bestowing that name on Major whose footsteps follow the same path of faith and love that this wonderful saint once trod.”
Snow and his wife were involved parents while their children attended Marist, volunteering their time primarily with the Marist Booster Club for which Snow was president for three terms and treasurer for seven. After their children graduated, they continued to remain involved.
In 2009, Snow was appointed to Marist School’s Board of Trustees where he currently serves as the co-chair of the Master Plan Committee and chair of the Campus & Facilities Committee. Snow was directly involved in the acquisition and land use plan approval, design, and construction of the property across Nancy Creek, which was an important project of The Way. The Hope. The Promise. capital campaign. The cross-creek property, as it is often called, has had a significant impact on school operations, providing ample additional parking, practice fields, and cross country trails. Snow is an annual participant in Marist’s Alumni Golf Tournament and the Marist Booster Club Golf Tournament, which he originally organized and developed into one of the group’s key fundraisers. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Mary-sponsored Reach for Excellence program. Each year, he and his wife, who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, jointly plan the logistics for the annual Marist Ski Trip.
Major received his bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Georgia, and he graduated with a master’s degree in urban planning from Georgia Tech. After briefly working for a regional planning commission, Major began consulting for city planners and later became a developer of multi-family apartments, which he successfully pursued throughout his career. These days, Major takes the Marist value of hospitality to heart. You can always find him stationed at the front gates of Hughes Spalding Stadium for home football games, welcoming visiting fans from the opponent’s team. During games, he is constantly on hand on the field to assist the athletic department with anything they need. When not at Marist, Major can be found on the golf course at Dunwoody Country Club, in a stream fly fishing, or on a ski slope.
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