Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Remembering a mom and writer -- Sarah Snyder

I didn't know Sarah but my husband did. Ever-reliable Bryan Marquard did a nice job on her obit.

Long live fearless journo-moms.

A rapid ascent in journalism left Sarah Vaughan Snyder poised to move into ever more responsible editing jobs on The Boston Globe's city desk, but she was grasping for a different prize.

When Benjamin, her first child, was born in 1992, she and a colleague began splitting an assistant Metro editor job, blazing a trail in the newsroom for women who wanted to keep their careers while devoting as much time as possible to their children.

"I work a part-time schedule so I can spend Mondays and Tuesdays at home with the kids," she wrote for the Globe's Sunday Magazine in 1998, a couple of years after her daughter, Katherine, was born. "While I never would have imagined this before becoming a parent, the high point of my week is no longer Friday night bar hopping or Sunday morning reading the paper. It is Tuesday afternoon on our stoop, watching the two of them play."

Luxuriating in "precious, languid, hang-out time" was a prelude to the next three days, when she inspired and encouraged colleagues with energy that seemed to know no limit. Ms. Snyder, an editor and reporter at the Globe for more than 25 years, died in her Milton home Sunday. She was 51 and was diagnosed several years ago with cancer that recurred recently.

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