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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tony Snow 1955-2008

Anthony Snow, former White House press secretary and journalist, died July 12 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington at age 53 from colon cancer.

The following is an excerpt from the commencement address Snow gave in May 2007 at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. The address was titled "Reason, Faith, Vocation."

"When I was your age, I had long hair, a beard and thought of myself as a socialist. You are going to pinball all over the place, from experience to experience, job to job. And I want you to remember that you’ve got company. And that if you engage them with heart and mind, with faith and energy, you are going to find yourself on a cresting wave. It’ll carry you forward and it’ll push you under water from time to time. And some day in the dim and distant future, when you’re looking back at it, you’re not going to think about your car or your career or your gold watch. You’ll think about a chewed-up teddy bear you had as a baby or maybe your child’s smile on a special Christmas morning. The only things that are sure to endure are the artifacts of love. So go out and build as many as you can."

Snow's private funeral service is to be held on July 17 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

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