Robert Snively - The Gilroy Dispatch: Obituaries

Robert Snively

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Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 6:45 am, Wed Dec 28, 2011.

Although he intended to die in a rock climbing accident at age 104, cancer claimed Bob at age 66. He enjoyed 39 years of marriage to Sandy. His wife, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. He cherished his daily devotion to family. His life serves as an example and an inspiration. After his BS/MS in electrical engineering at Stanford, he joined the Peace Corps for 2 years in Chile, teaching at the University of Santiago and climbing mountains. He was an engineer at IBM, STC-CRC, Adaptec, and Sun Microsystems before his last 8 years at Brocade Communications. He helped define the pathway of information storage protocols and technology, from the inception of SCSI to the development and expansion of Fibre Channel. As the chair of multiple technical committees and head of the US Delegation to ISO/IEC subcommittees, he defined rational interfaces to shape the future of storage connections. A backyard farmer, he spent long hours tending his trees and vines. He loved the outdoors; hiking (preferably above the tree line), sailing and traveling. His concern for sustainability and conservation guided his daily actions.

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A celebration of his life will be held in Bob's orchard on Sunday, April 5. RSVP to