Charles Dickinson Snead, Jr.

Charles Dickinson Snead, Jr.


Charles Dickinson Snead, Jr., of Scottsdale, AZ, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at the age of 88. Mr. Snead was an accomplished trial attorney, corporate executive and respected advisor to business ventures for over five decades. Born in Easton, PA and raised in Summit, NJ, Mr. Snead attended Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During the Korean war he served in the US Army and was stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Afterwards, he worked for Union Carbide in industrial sales for several years before attending law school at the University of Virginia. Mr. Snead passed the New York State bar exam in 1961 and joined law firm Rogers, Hoge & Hill, where he represented corporate clients and won several notable trials, involving tax law, pricing agreements and a labor dispute. In 1965 he began as Corporate Counsel with Callahan Mining Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company, with interests in silver mining, oil & gas exploration and manufacturing. In 1970, he was named Vice President and in 1973, he became President and CEO at age 41. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Silver Institute in 1976 and was active in the American Mining Congress. In 1980, Mr. Snead moved Callahan Mining headquarters from Darien, CT to Phoenix, AZ. In 1981 he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors and continued with Callahan until 1991. While at Callahan, Mr. Snead also served in various legal, executive and board of director positions for several New York and NASDAQ stock exchange listed companies. From the mid-1990s, for the next two decades, Mr. Snead consulted as an attorney and governing executive to venture capital firms, including: Circle F Ventures, Fleming Securities, FB Capital Corp. and often held positions as President, CEO, CFO or Director in the affiliated companies. Mr. Snead was active in the Phoenix community, including the Phoenix Art Museum, where he was a member for 36 years, was board president in 1987 and was on the architectural selection committee for the expansions done in the 1990s. He was also an active member of the Phoenix Symphony, and board member at Phoenix Country Day School in the 1980s. He was an avid golfer and member of the Camelback Country Club. He is survived by wife, Marron Herbst Snead, of Scottsdale, AZ, and children: Charles D. Snead of Milpitas, CA, Holly M. Snead of Portland, OR and John O. Snead of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by sister Charlotte Snead Stifel, of Short Hills, NJ and three grandchildren. Mr. Snead was a loving husband, father and grandfather as well as trusted colleague and friend who will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.


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