Earl L. Snyder Jr., a retired Baltimore Department of Public Works inspector and World War II gunner's mate, died Sunday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries received in a fall at his Overlea home. He was 81.
Mr. Snyder, who was called "Junior," was born in Shamokin Dam, Pa., and raised in Sunbury, Pa. He attended Bucknell University until enlisting in the Navy in 1943.
As a gunner's mate, he served as a member of the naval armed guard assigned to Liberty ships.
He participated in North Atlantic convoys including voyages to North Africa and on the famed "Murmansk Run," whose merchant ships were under continual threat of enemy attack and endured severe Arctic weather as they attempted to deliver necessary war materiel to the Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel.
After the war, Mr. Snyder returned to Baltimore and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers before taking a city job in 1952. He was superintendent of inspection for public building construction at his 1983 retirement.
Mr. Snyder was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Gardenville Moose Lodge.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.
"He enjoyed traveling to all 50 states in his Airstream trailer and visiting their state capitals," said his sister, Marguerite A. Herman of Overlea, who survives along with several nieces and nephews.