Longtime American Hereford Association (AHA) employee and friend of the Hereford industry B.C. “Bud” Snidow, 95, of Fairway, Kan., passed away Jan. 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House from a brain tumor. Bud served as AHA's assistant secretary from 1961 to 1983 and retired in 1983 after 32 years of distinguished service. While working for the Association he traveled worldwide and had many friends all over the world. Since 1983 he was associated with the U.S. Beef Breeds Council acting as a coordinator between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the various breed associations that participate in promotional activities, health laws, shipping facilities and money exchange. As well as any other phase of marketing U.S. breeding beef cattle in foreign countries along with improved U.S. genetics through semen and embryos from top U.S. cattle.
A native of Princeton, WV, he joined the Association staff in 1951 as a fieldman for the eastern states. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, with a degree in animal husbandry. After graduation, he went to work for the Eastern Breeder magazine in June 1940 as livestock editor in Warrenton, Va. Bud served in the U. S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in Airbanks, Alaska. He moved to Kansas City in 1955 to join the AHA staff. With this move to Kansas City began his passion and volunteer work with the American Royal. He served as a goodwill ambassador and was an honorary governor.
Bud will also be remembered as an accomplished artist of Hereford paintings and other various subject matter as well as for his beloved knowledge of Hereford history. Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda, in March 2009. Private burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Royal, 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO 64102 or to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, 1501 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 64101. Funds contributed to HYFA will be used to establish a scholarship in remembrance of Bud and for his contributions to the Hereford industry and Hereford youth.