Distinguished SHS alumni to be honored

Staff Report

Two Swanton High School graduates will be inducted into the Swanton Local Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday.

Tamara Bloom George and Lila Snyder will be in Swanton for the induction on Friday. Activities will include a luncheon at the high school, followed by the inductees speaking the students. Bloom George and Snyder will also be recognized at Friday’s home basketball game.

Tamara Bloom George is a 1958 graduate of Swanton High School who holds a doctorate in nursing from Wayne State University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University and master’s degree from Wayne State University.

George is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, where she teaches courses in the ethics of nursing and the pediatric nursing practicum.

During her career, George has served as an instructor, a researcher, head nurse, staff nurse and lecturer. Additionally, she has won numerous awards, grants, and honors, and has published dozens of articles in multiple medical publications including, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and Social Science and Medicine.

Lila Snyder is a 1990 graduate of Swanton High School who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Snyder currently serves as Executive Vice President and President, Commerce Services at Pitney Bowes, where she is responsible for the company’s overall e-commerce business and strategy. This is a $1.5 billion a year operation.

While working as a PhD student, Snyder conducted research in tissue engineering and designed an implant that is capable of regenerating peripheral nerves after paralyzing injuries. Snyder has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Neuroscience Research, Journal of Comparative Neurology, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.

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