The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for November,
HARRY BENJAMIN SYLVESTER, Lawrence '14, died
HOMER CLYDE SNOOK [Ohio Wesleyan '00], in-
ventor of an electrical stethoscope and developer
in Appleton, Wisconsin, June 28, 194a, at the
age of 53. He became a Phi when was of many instruments used in the medical field,
chartered in 1934 and has been a stalwart mem-" died Sept. 2a, ig43, at Summit, N.J. He was
sixty-four years old.
Dr. Snook was an electrophysicist who was
recognized not only for his achievements in improving x-rays but also fOr his contributions to
the radio, optic and metallurgy fields.
As president of the Roentgen Manufacturing
Company and later the Snook-Roentgen Manufacturing Company, of Philadelphia, from 1903
to 1916, he was considered a leading authority
on x-ray, having invented a transformer for the
Dr. Snook was born in Antwerp, Ohio. He was
graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in
igoo; received his Master of Arts degree in 1902
from Allegheny College, at which he was an
assistant professor of chemistry, and studied
post-graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1926 he received a Doctor of Science
degree from Ohio Wesleyan.
In igig, Dr. Snook was awarded the Edward
Longstreth Medal by the Franklin Institute, and
in igas, while he was electrical engineer of the
Bell Telephone Laboratories, he received a
gold medal from the Radiological Society of
North America. Dr. Snook practiced as a construction engineer since iga7.
HARRY BENJAMIN SYLVESTER, Lawrence '14
The multiple electrical stethoscope was invented by Dr. Snook in iga6 and has since been
ber of the Fox River Valley Alumni Club since
adopted almost generally by physicians as a
its organization. Brother Sylvester was a famous
athlete, starring in high school, in college and
substitute for the two-tube stethoscope. The
in professional baseball. He was captain of the
electrical instrument amplified muscle noises and
Appleton team which won the National Intermade other sounds of internal organs audible.
scholastic Basketball Championship in 1910,
Dr. Snook was a member of the American
and kicked two drop kicks in a tie football game
Roentgen Society, and A 9. He was a
with the University of Wisconsin while a memfellow of the American Institute of Electrical
ber of the Lawrence team. A knee injury reEngineering and of the American Physical Soceived in college football prevented his playing
York Herald Tribune.
major league baseball, although he received a
tryout with the Chicago White Sox. He played
LIEUT. THOMAS GEORGE MURPHY, DePauw '43,
professional baseball with Appleton the Wisf
twenty-one years old, of River Forest, 111., was
consin-Illinois League, New Orleans and Chatinjured fatally on September ao, ig4o, when the
tanooga of the Southern Association. After servtwin-engined bomber he was piloting crashed
ing in the first World War Brother Sylvester
and burned one and one-half miles east of
returned to Appleton, where he started the
Greencastle, Ind. He and his two companions
successful office supply house of Sylvester-Nielsen
in the plane were members of a bombardin which he was active at the time of his death.
ment squadron stationed at Baer Field, Fort
He was an Episcopalian, a Mason and a RoWayne, Ind. They were on a routine traintarian. Also a member of the American Legion.
ing flight. Two members of the ATJ2 chapter
at DePauw, who had climbed to the roof of
His wife and daughter survive him GEORGE
their fraternity house to watch the plane, reBANTA, Wabash '14.
ported that it had circled the cify several times
at a low level, flipped over suddenly, crashed
WALTER EVERETT HURD, Gettysburg '05, aged 56,
150 feet to the ground, and exploded.
died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, June
19, 1942. He was a mining engineer and man*
ager, operating for many years in Canadian
CORNELIUS WOLFF SCHNECKO, Washington
mines; in igag he became president and manaLouis) '25, of the Army Engineers Corps, died
ger of the Homestead Oil and Gas, Ltd., serving
at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., July go, 1942. An
in that capacity until his death.
attorney of St. Louis, he had joined the Army
only three weeks before his death.