In Memory of Richard K. Snouffer
July 27 1930~May 29 2008
Dick Snouffer was one of the most influential leaders of modern day Delaware County – a man whose 35 years of service to our community helped thousands of people. Standing out for his long years of dedication, he was a leader in mental health and substance abuse services in Delaware County beginning in 1966. In addition to serving on two boards (Central Ohio Mental Health Center and Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board) he was principal at Hayes High School for 16 years, director of the American Red Cross of Delaware County for over 16 years and has participated in many community groups, such as United Way, Rotary and athletic associations.
Dick has helped build a community-based mental health and substance abuse system from the ground up. He got involved in the 1960s, when state institutions were shutting down and local mental health programs had to be put in place. As a volunteer first, then a board member he helped get the Central Ohio Mental Health Center build and guided the growth of satellite offices in Delaware and Morrow counties. Because of his passion for helping the community, COMHC named a building after him – The Snouffer Center on S. Henry St.
As a member of the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, Snouffer provided strategic direction, roused community support for local levies to address cutbacks in state funding, and provided to local programs and resources. Up until his passing at age 81 in 2008, Snouffer kept working to promote mental health and prevention of substance abuse.
As Mike Shade, former mayor of Delaware said, “I don’t think there’s anyone as embedded in the community as Dick Snouffer. In a day when so many people don’t participate in civic life, Dick was always helping the community. He’s earned retirement, but he just doesn’t stop. He loves living life at a time when so many people don’t care.”