Saturday, July 12, 2008

Catholic Online: Tony Snow Dead at 53, A Tribute

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Hat tip: Opinionated Catholic)

Another fine Catholic newsman has died too young. Tony Snow has passed away. From Catholic Online:
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) – Tony Snow, whose Catholic faith, superb communication skills, and work ethic propelled him to prominence in the world of media, journalism and communications, has died after his courageous battle with colon cancer.

Honored by the Catholic University of America in May of 2007, Tony Snow gave the crowd which gathered for the 118th Annual Commencement Address: "Reason, Faith, and Vocation" much to ponder.

The title summed up his efforts to integrate his faith, his commitment to marriage and family, his political and policy convictions and a career of communications.

It was also characteristically blunt and practical while rising at times to the level of inspired insight. That was Tony Snow’s gift of communications. He used it throughout a career which was accompanied by earning the respect of his peers, even if they disagreed with his positions.

Robert Anthony “Tony” Snow was born on June 1, 1955. He earned a bachelors degree in philosophy and taught in Kenya before deciding on a career as a journalist. He married his beloved wife, Jill Ellen Walker in 1987 and they have three children, Robbie, Kendell and Christie.

Probably known most nationally for the last assignment of a memorable journalistic career, his brief stint as White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow has been a fixture in “conservative” politics and policy circles for many years.

He was a very popular syndicated columnist, an editor, one of the most popular personalities on the Fox television network, where he anchored “Fox News Sunday” and a radio host. His career spanned thirty years.

The President of the United States, George Bush, released statement on Snow’s death in which he said: "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character."

In his address to the graduates of Catholic University he spoke these words:

“Heed the counsel of your elders, including your parents. I guarantee you, they have made some howling mistakes if, like me, they were in college in the ’70s and ’80s. They probably haven’t owned up to them, but they might now, because they want to protect you. You see, they know that you are leaving the nest. And now that you’re leaving the nest, predators soon will begin to circle.

"Some are going to try to take your money, but the really clever ones are going to tempt you to throw your life away. They’ll appeal to your pride and vanity – or worse, to your moral ambition. After all, there’s nothing more subversive than the offer to become a saint. So think things through.

... Don’t shrink from pondering God’s role in the universe or Christ’s. You see, it’s trendy to reject religious reflection as a grave offense against decency. That’s not only cowardly. That’s false. Faith and reason are knitted together in the human soul. So don’t leave home without either one.

Eternal Rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and may his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

UPDATE (13 July 2008)
A couple of links have been mentioned in comments that deserve attention. The first one was mention by Flexo: Cancer's Unexpected Blessings: When you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change by Tony Snow.

Victor provided the second one, which is Snow's obituary in The Washington Times, written by Jon Ward.

UPDATE #2 (13 July 2008)
A NRO Symposium on the life and death of Tony Snow.

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At 7/12/2008 12:51 PM, Blogger Bender said...

You will DEFINITELY want to link to this --

Cancer's Unexpected Blessings
When you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change

by Tony Snow

* * * remember that we were born not into death, but into life—and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many nonbelieving hearts—an intuition that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live—fully, richly, exuberantly—no matter how their days may be numbered * * *
even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity—filled with life and love we cannot comprehend—and that one can in the throes of sickness point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms * * *

At 7/12/2008 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snow was a kind, decent and optimistic man in two professions that breed mean-spiritedness, callousness and pessimism: journalism and politics. I feel as if I have lost a personal friend. May he now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.

At 7/13/2008 4:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't generally shill for my colleagues' work, but this obit by Jon Ward is the best I read and one of the best stories he's ever written.

At 7/13/2008 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Snow was a great man.



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