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Radhika Lal Snyder

Radhika Lal Snyder

March 5th, 1982 - July 4th, 2021

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Radhika was a loving mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and medical doctor and was deeply loved by so many. She created communities around her and forged bonds that were truly deep, withstanding the boundaries of distance and time with friends, family, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, and patients. To know Radhika was to have someone who was unconditionally in your corner and to have a relationship that never faded. Her loss is mourned by her tribe across the globe from Vellore to Ramnee to St. Benedict’s and St. John’s to Stanford University to the University of Minnesota, her neighborhood, and her clinic in Minneapolis – we may even have missed a few in this list.  


Radhika was born in New Delhi in 1982 and grew up in India. Radhika was born to give a daughter’s love to anyone who yearned for that connection. To her parents, Navin and Shafigeh, Radhika personified courage. She gave them the gift of strength that allowed them to build their lives dedicated to service and persist with their dreams for their family, no matter what challenges came their way.


Growing up, she excelled at everything she put her heart to and was the pride of her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers and her personal collection of godparents and campus parents who considered Radhika every bit their own. As a teenager, she became a natural leader, and while she had many followers, she was particularly adored by her two younger sisters, Tahireh and Tanya who loved and looked up to their ‘Didi’ and wanted to be everything she was – beautiful, intelligent, confident and fierce with her love. 


She came to the United States for undergraduate studies at the College of Saint Benedict in 1999 and graduated college with a double major in Economics and Computer Science with the intent of supporting her sisters’ education. At college Radhika’s tribe only grew with friends, professors, mentors and host parents who gave her a new home in Minnesota. When she met Seth, her husband from this same tribe her connections to Minneapolis were cemented and it became her home. Roger, Joanne and the Snyder and Halloran families cherished and loved her, welcoming her with open arms.  


Seth and Radhika went on to live their dreams, traveling the world, moving to the Bay Area for graduate school and growing their tribe to include the communities at Stanford and Radhika’s work. Despite her success at work, Radhika took a giant leap at age 28 and decided to start from scratch to pursue a career in medicine. It was a long and intense journey, from taking pre-med science classes, completing research internships, applying and interviewing at multiple medical schools across the country. She was rewarded with a spot in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota where Seth also enrolled for his doctorate in education. In 2012, Radhika and Seth were blessed with their beloved daughter and together over the next few years the three of them earned a PhD, an MD and a preschool diploma with the support of family, friends and their ever-growing tribe.  


Radhika became a doctor to help and serve the community, and chose to specialize in family and maternal health in the community where she lived. Her tribe grew to include her residency classmates, colleagues and staff at her clinics who had the great privilege of seeing Radhika at her finest, in service and living the dream she had worked so hard for.  


Seth and Radhika were blessed with a son in April this year and in the 10 weeks they had together as a family of four, they were complete. Their joy and happiness was felt and celebrated across the globe, across their tribe.  


Radhika was exceptional and achieved so much in the face of her struggle with the postpartum depression and psychosis that took her life suddenly. As her family and friends deal with their profound grief, we also want to celebrate her life and everything she accomplished. As we keep her memories alive, may her tribe continue to grow and nurture her children.


In lieu of flowers or other physical gifts, please consider a donation in her honor, to support one of the causes and organizations Radhika were most passionate about. Donation links are available on the GoFundMe page (https://gofund.me/b6e8f232) for the following efforts here:


A) Camp Masala (https://www.campmasala.org/) - this South Asian culture and history camp for families has been an annual summer tradition for the Snyder family, and we would love to see the camp flourish well into the future.


B) Student Scholarship and support at Saint Benedict (https://www.csbsju.edu/csb-alumnae/give-saint-bens) - Radhika was passionate about her education at CSB/SJU, and was discussing future sponsorship of student scholarships at St. Ben's. 


From the link above click "Give Online Today" > Select the second circle for "other designation" > Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up and select "other - please specify designation" > click "continue" button > in the "Please specify what fund" box type "In Memory of Radhika Lal Snyder"


C) Mother/Baby Health and Postpartum depression support and research - Radhika was passionate about improving family health outcomes and community health equity, particularly for immigrant and refugee communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. We are exploring partnerships with local providers, as well as the possibility of a new non-profit foundation. 

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About

Name Radhika Lal Snyder
Date of Birth March 5th, 1982
Date of Death July 4th, 2021
Home Town New Delhi, DL, IN 
Other City Minneapolis, MN, US 
In Memoriam Donation Radhika Lal Snyder Family Fund
Family

Family

SpouseSeth Snyder
SiblingsTahireh Lal, Tanya Lal
ParentsNavin Lal M.D., Shafigeh Lal
ChildrenVikram Stephen Snyder, Zara Bernadette Snyder
Grand-ParentsGPC Lal M.D., Stephen Vijay Kumar, Shanti Lal, Zena Vijay Kumar
Milestone

Milestones

1999 - 2003 College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, B.A. - Econ and Computer Science
2003 - 2006 Dahlen-Berg
2006 Married Seth
2006 - 2007 Target Corporation
2007 - 2009 Sun Edison
2010 - 2012 Mills College, Pre-Med Certificate
2012 Zara is born
2012 - 2017 University of Minnesota, M.D.
2017 - 2020 Medical Resident, Hennepin County Medical Center
2020 - 2021 Family Physician, Northwest Family Physicians
2021 Vikram is born

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Jason Xiao published a tribute .

I worked with Radhika in San Francisco for about 4 years. She was intelligent, highly capable in her job, smart and fun to be with. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My heartfelt condolence to her husband, children and family. May she rest in peace.

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Jen Anderson published a tribute .

Radhika was one of the smartest, kindest, most generous, and positive people whom I have ever met. She was beautiful inside and out, with a radiant smile. I'm writing a longer narrative of our friendship that I will post soon, but today I came across this photo today and felt inspired to share it now.

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Dustin published a tribute .

Growing up in Delhi, I'd meet Radhika, my second cousin, every summer. While I ended up spending more time with here sisters, who are closer to me in age, I remember one particular vacation to Nainital, where Radhika was in boarding school. I was 10, and family holidays could sometimes got boring as all my parents wanted to do was take long walks, and I just wanted to stay in the hotel and play table-tennis. On this holiday, though, Radhika came across to our hotel and for two days in a row played me at table-tennis for what must have been two or three hours on each day. I don't think Radhika had played much before, but her tall arms and legs meant she could retrieve everything I hit at her. I still wonder whether it was all that fun for her to be playing someone four years younger than her. I think most of it was just because she was programmed to be a big sister to everyone and make sure the kids were entertained.

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Maria Cecilia Schwedhelm published a tribute .

The first time I met Radhika was at the introduction meeting at the Child Development Center. I had just moved to Minneapolis for grad school and when we were asked to fill a card with the contact information of a family member or friend in case of emergency, I said I didn’t have any friends. Radhika immediately volunteered and from then on, the Snyders became our family. Radhika was always there for an emergency or just a glass of wine. From the first day of preschool for Valentina and Zara to the wonderful time we spent in Oaxaca in 2020. Radhika was a sister to me and to Valentina a second mom, always full of smiles and hugs and bedtime stories during countless sleepovers. She will forever live in our hearts.

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Suki Iyer published a tribute .

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Jenny Zhang published a tribute .

Radhika was so thoughtful and unafraid to speak up. She was like our mama bear during medical school. I will miss her warm smile and kindness. Here is a picture from our med school graduation, capturing her beautiful smile.

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Nikhil Cherian published a tribute .

I've always considered Radhika to be a big sister since she always called me her "little brother", even though she was only 6 months older than me. We've been in each others' lives pretty much since the day I was born. Our families were friends and neighbours in the very early Mathura days and neighbours again when we all moved to Vellore around the same time. Almost ALL of my childhood memories heavily feature Radhika, so during our family chat about Vellore life it is rare not to bring up her name. My mother has always said that she could fill an entire book with stories of Radhika and me; most of them portraying me as sullen, red-faced and irate, and Radhika clever, calm and composed. We will certainly record these memories, so that Zara and Vikram can hear them some day.

I last saw Radhika (and met Seth) when they came to London many many years ago now, maybe in 2007. We got to hang out for a day and relive the old times. I don't think there was a single moment of silence during the time we spent together and I was so glad to reconnect with her. In recent years, Radhika and my friendship had settled into one where we got in touch mostly during happy moments and big life events, but she was always the one to get in touch first.

While speaking to mutual Vellore friends and reliving fond memories with them, we all remember how kind she was, and how much more emotionally intelligent she was compared to the rest of us. Radhika was always a great friend to so many of us and made the effort to stay connected. She always made sure everyone was okay, never dwelling on her own struggles, so we just took for granted that she was fine. That's just who she was, always putting others before herself.

Though my family and I will miss her terribly, we will continue to remember the many good times we had. Rest in Peace, big sister. Xx

Here's a photo during one of my birthdays. Radhika is easy to spot, in the blue-green dress, second from the left.

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Soumya Braganza published a tribute .

When I was about 5, my father fell ill and was in and out of the hospital in Vellore. The Lal’s took me in and made me a part of their family during that time – I was a “Sunday Lal”! I spent so many weekends at their house, playing with the girls and being thoroughly spoiled by Navin uncle and Shafigeh aunty. I absolutely ADORED Radhika didi. She was so pretty and perfect to my 5-year-old eyes and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. In fact, my baby sister was just a few weeks old at that time and I proudly announced to my mother that she would call me “didi” because of Radhika – which she does to this day. I am all grown up now, but that child’s adoration has never faded. I am so deeply sorry that she is gone. It really is an unfathomable tragedy. I hope that I can someday share stories with Zara and Vikram about their wonderful mom.

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Dr Annapoorna Sharma. London. published a tribute .

Radhika’s mother, Shafigeh is my friend from school in Delhi and we reconnected about five years ago after decades. Shafigeh was and is a beautiful gracious talented lady with a mellow voice to whom I always looked up in school in Delhi, and it was lovely hearing her talk about her family, children and grandchildren. I never met you, Radhika, but I know Shafigeh missed being with you so much during Covid; my heart goes out to your family, for whom to lose a young daughter before one goes ones’self , and to whom losing a darling mother is a tragedy. You are a warm and deeply loving family. Sending you heartfelt warmth from London. I’m feeling very sad to hear this impossible passing today. Her soul will live on for sure and she will smile down on her dear family and children for sure. Om Shanti Om

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Marietta And Joseph D'souza published a tribute .

Radhika was our flower girl, at our wedding. Ever so charming poised and pretty as young as she was. We will always remember you that way.

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I can’t imagine anyone more inviting, uniting, welcoming, or impactful than Radhika. She welcomed me and everyone else on the first day of Spies and Voyeurs, our monumental freshman symposium class that created lasting friendships and memories. She unabashedly shared her story and asked us all to share ours, whether we wanted to not. By the time Radhika finished coaxing us, we wanted to share our stories. She was that kind of person. And how about her famous four-year plan. I remember being shocked that someone a whole year younger than me could be so responsible and so put-together. As much as I teased Radhika for her over enthusiasm for planning out all and everything in life, the truth was I wanted to be more responsible—I wanted to be more put-together. Radhika’s enthusiasm for life impacted me in ways that continue today. And not just me but everyone she met.

Rads was the architect for so many social gatherings that kept relationships alive. And who was the foreman in charge of the glue? Radhika. Radhika is a bridge. She would introduce herself with no hesitation, share her ideas, advice, outlook on the world with any and all. When I traveled back to the states for visits from Japan, Hawaii, Taiwan, or Japan, Radhika always played a significant role in putting together a get-together. After all, Radhika got people together. From outings during symposium to dinners (great cook!) to reunions (including her amazing wedding which also served as a reunion itself), Radhika was the master chef behind it all. A uniter with sincere love and significant relationships at the heart of all she did. You can see that sincere love radiating from her smile in the photo I shared above—3 years ago—as she holds my, then, less-than-two-year-old daughter. Radhika was special because of her ability to feel and think.

She’s also the person responsible for helping me pass Calc. II. I don’t know how many times I asked her, “Did you finish the Calc homework?” Of course she did, and of course she would take time whispering help to me in the class prior. But she never just gave the answers—she taught me the way to work through the problems. She was my teacher. Many years later, in becoming an English teacher, I was called out-of-the-blue by my new school’s head, “We need you to also teach Pre-Calc,” the head of school said. “Pre-Calc?” I replied in shock, “But, it’s been a decade since I’ve touched math!” The head of school was relentless and I was asked to teach Pre-Calc with no teacher answer-book for three whole weeks. I spent hours and hours preparing for my lessons, double checking my answers with no way to know for sure that they were correct. As I did that, my mind came back to those days when Rads had been there to teach me. Radhika’s help and reassurance were sorely missed. And yet, her help and teachings from a decade prior allowed me to teach my own students well—so much so that they were sad when the school found my replacement so that I could go back to teaching English.

And so, as I write this now, I find it hard to work through this problem. The calculus doesn’t make sense. This is not the way of Radhika—the person who has everything put-together. Radhika was and always will be the person I remember who was not only put-together herself but who put others together. She was a uniter, a connector, an enthusiastic liver of life. And not only that, but she was my friend and I miss her dearly.

May the universal being that connects all of humanity bring you peace, Radhika, as we, your loved ones, remember you as the wonderful person you were and are.

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Chantal Silgardo published a tribute .

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Pallavi Chaube published a tribute .

My fondest memory of Radhika in high school is her playing Ariel in a theatrical adaptation of the Little Mermaid - tall, long haired, beautiful, with a lovely voice, she was so stunningly perfect! Outside theatre, I knew Radhika as a graceful, poised, eloquent and impeccable leader who made everyone feel like she was on their team. In class, her quick wit & sense of humour would help so many get through the stresses of high school. Nearly a decade after school, we reconnected on facebook. I followed her from afar and continued to be inspired by her courage, dedication to serving others, connection to her heritage & culture in so many ways. I miss her. My sincere prayers and condolences for Seth, Zara, Vikram, the Lal family and her global tribe of friends.

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Pallavi Chaube published a tribute .

Alumni remember Radhika as the Best head girl, teammate and friend

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Pallavi Chaube published a tribute .

Radhika as a young leader at Ramnee

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Pallavi Chaube published a tribute .

I was fortunate to meet Radhika in Nainital, where we went to high school together. I posted this heartbreaking news on our alumni network couple of days ago and have received hundreds of messages of condolences and prayers for dearest Radhika and her family on the page. I have compiled some of the memories people shared of their time together with Radhika at Ramnee, and the legend she has been for generations of students since.

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Diksha Sachdev published a tribute .

I am sure I will be able to find older images in time - but this is one of my favourites of Radhika and me - taken by Seth on Tahireh’s wedding day.
Radhika was an older sister to me despite being the same age - she was an inspiration.

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Diksha Sachdev published a comment .

I have yet to find the words to express my grief . My thoughts and prayers are with Seth,Zara,Vikram and the Lal family .

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Chantal Silgardo published a tribute .

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Nathan Lindquist published a comment .

These pictures are lovely Chantal.
Is Radhika in front in white? I can hardly believe it's her.

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Chantal Silgardo published a comment .

Yes that’s Radhika in the white dress. It was the first time we met her

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Jon Ramsay published a tribute .

Radhika was always full of life. Her joy and smile will remain with us forever. Our prayers are with Seth, Zara and Vikram.

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Prachi Tripathi published a tribute .

Radhika was the school head girl when I was in 7th or 8th standard. She was this tall, beautiful, confident and well-spoken person who always seemed poised and ready for anything. To a junior like me, she was the picture of perfection. She once spotted me and a friend of mine loitering around the campus during the days of practices for our annual sports meet, and knew I was in trouble. But she remained polite and had the ability to get her point across without putting you down. I will always remember her as one of the best head girls from my time at Ramnee. May she rest in peace and may her family, especially the beautiful children, find the strength to bear this loss.

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Chantal Silgardo published a tribute .

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Chantal Silgardo published a tribute .

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Chantal Silgardo published a tribute .

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Himangi Tewari published a tribute .

I was in the same class as Radhika at St. Mary’s Nainital for 2 years. When she joined I was blown away by her confidence enough to correct the Teachers when they weren’t well prepared for the lesson. I remember her saying ‘Miss But the Book says…’ and sharing her point of view - that’s my memory of her - confident, intelligent and bold. Years later when I met my husband and we got talking, we discovered Radhika was in his school in Vellore before she joined St Mary’s. He remembered her as the same graceful, confident person that I knew her to be. May God help the children to grow into her likeness. Praying for healing and courage for Seth, Zara and Vikram. May her memory be a blessing to everyone whom she touched.

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Ann Garvey published a tribute .

Seth’s zoom background was a family and love filled space in our time to work together. It happens when remarkable people such as Radhika and Seth create a loving space. Sending Seth good courage and love, and keeping Radhika door ever in our hearts

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Nishi Misra published a tribute .

Radhika was my student when she came to St Mary's in class 9. I can still see her in my mind's eye : a girl at the threshold of her teens - smart, compassionate, humane and mature beyond her years. One day, I remember having called her to the chalk-board to help her classmates with a mathematics problem. She was quick to take up the task and solved it in no time.
Today, on Guru Purnima, my tribute is to the teacher in her. It's unbelievable that she's not among us any more. She had so much to give to the world.
I pray that she may find the light and rest forever in the hollow of His hand. My condolences to the family, may they find the strength to bear this irreparable loss.

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Aditi Agrawal published a tribute .

I did not know Radhika personally as I joined Ramnee in the year 2000. But I distinctly remember hearing Radhika’s name come up in several conversations, every time the other boarders would tell me about the school, the Head Girls, the junior senior ‘rules’ etc. and, it was always about how she was the best Head Girl they had every seen. Given that most of my fellow boarders had been around for several years before me, it had to be true. Then I learnt that she had two other sisters - Tahireh and Tanya. Tanya was in my batch and Tahireh a couple of years older and I got to know them more during my time at Ramnee.

Despite never having met Radhika, her passing away feels very personal. I cannot imagine the pain Tanya and Tahireh, their parents and the family must feel. My deepest condolences and I pray you all find strength and comfort in each other in this very personal moment of grief.

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Tara published a tribute .

I call my older sister Didi, as opposed to Akka, or Chechi or something else.
Didi is not just a word to us, but a symbol.
The story behind this is inspired by Radhika. Her sisters called her Didi, and so did mine. Radhika Didi just spread love and magic wherever she went!
And so when I was born, my sister wanted to be Didi, because being Didi meant a good shot at being like Radhika. She was the best Didi in the whole campus, and who wouldn't want to be.. (College Campus used to be our whole world as children)

So, Radhika, you will always be the original Didi, wherever you are, and fondly remembered with love and gratitude.

Didi is not just a word, but a story of love and admiration to us.

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Kavita John published a comment .

This is so interesting and absolutely spot on. I call my sister Didi to this day (instead of akka) for the same reason!

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Amber A published a tribute .

I do not know her but as a doctor mom I feel a connection. She sounds like an absolutely amazing woman. Praying for all who knew and loved her. Such a tremendous loss in the medical community.

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Malavika Sah published a comment .

This is very grainy video from years ago that captured only a sneak essence of Radhika. She was a junior in red house, always composed and calm. She had a good sense of who she was even at
16. And what a lovely voice! https://youtu.be/SyuYIaGgmys

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Pre Bhatia published a tribute .

Radhika made me an aunty for the first time when she introduced Zara to me. She had a vibrant smile and such a beautiful purpose and determination to better the lives of other people. I learned a lot about strength watching her go through Med school as a new mom. I feel so fortunate to have known her these 9 years. Zara can always count on Aunty Pre if she ever needs anything or wants to hear stories of her incredible mom. Sending lots of love to your family!

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Theresa Burgess published a tribute .

I met Radhika as our children became fast friends at the kindergarten meet and greet.
She was so welcoming and kind. And when I would post of my daughter's medical issues often would reach out to me. I find it such a tragedy that a kind soul such as she was is no longer in this world.
All my thoughts, and prayers, and blessings dedicated to her children and husband.

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Ruchita Tewari published a tribute .

A few weeks back heard an acquaintance's daughter sing 'every night in my dream' and from that very moment I had been thinking of you....Remembered your beautiful voice,your pleasant demeanor,and above all the genuine human being you were inside out.
Had never ever thought even in my weirdest dream that this walk down the memory lane ,would end with such a terrible jolt.Read about you on the given page and found your journey so inspiring.You achieved so much in such short span of time and it seems even God Almighty is in constant look out for gems like you....With a sad heart,I extend my condolences to the bereaved family esp. the kids and husband.Hope the Lord gives them the strength to bear this loss.....
I know where ever you are now,your charisma will continue to mesmerize one and all.May eternal rest be bequeathed to you....Love you Radhika...My fellow school pal,my fellow Red house mate,my student and my friend......

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Marissa D'raunjo published a tribute .

The first time I met Radhika was in 1995 at my house in Nainital. She had come wearing my school uniform all set to join Ramnee as a boarder in class 9. I was 7 years old and for this memory to be so vivid, must really mean she was a very very special soul. As soon as she met me we started a long conversation about how old I was and that she had two sisters and her youngest sister was my age and would join our school the next year...I waited a whole year to see what this beautiful girl's sisters would be like and was amazed to see how all three of them looked so alike. Radhika was a big sister to so many of us. She would always greet me and talk to me with such warmth when I'd meet her in school.
I remember once, all the Christian girls (Senior and Junior girls) in school had to put up a play for the Monday morning assembly held in our auditorium (which we called the Mary Ward Hall). We had been practicing for a few days, but when the final day arrived, Monday - 17th July '95 (I remember the date as it was my birthday), the girl playing the lead roll of 'Jesus' didn't turn up to school. All the girls in the play were super stressed and with good reason. Radhika took the initiative and twenty minutes before the play could start, dressed the part, went through the dialogues which were so many, went on stage and aced her part! She was a real star on stage. This is my memory of her when I was just 7 years old...I was extremely fond of her and I really did feel loved by her. She will always be an inspiration for so many of us. Rest in peace Radhika...you will always be in our hearts.

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Sahar Lotfi-Emran published a tribute .

Please, let us know how we can contribute to Mother/Baby Health and Postpartum depression support and research. I would love to donate what I can towards a nonprofit foundation in her name.

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Seth Snyder published a comment .

Dear Sahar - we're working on establishing a nonprofit, but it could be a few more days before that's ready. The other wonderful option is the Redleaf Center, focused on mother/baby health and health disparities between and among the communities of the Twin Cities. You can find them affiliated with the Hennepin County Medical Center.

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Nathan Lindquist published a comment .

Here are links with more information about the Redleaf Center:
https://www.hennepinhealthcare.org/hennepin-healthcare-foundation/campaign-for-redleaf-center-for-family-healing-2020/
https://www.hennepinhealthcare.org/hennepin-healthcare-foundation/current-fundraising-opportunities/?fund=629

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Emilia Vesper published a tribute .

During Medical School Radhika was a family away from home. She is a beloved friend, mother and doctor. She was incredible in every way. Her smile and stories brought warmth to my heart. I looked up to her, I knew if she could do it, so can I. She had an ability to motivate me and I always appreciated her great advice. I love this photo of her playing with my kid. I still remember her kindness and how she randomly picked us up a gift when passing by a garage sale of a toy train. Just one of the many examples of how thoughtful and generous Radhika has been. She is amazing in every way. I miss her dearly. It is truly tragic that we have lost her.

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Sara Rothenberger published a tribute .

Love and light to the family and friends of dear Radhika. The earth will miss her warmth and radiance. I remember Radhika fondly from my time at CSB. Much love to Seth, Zara, Vikram and all of her close and extended family across the globe. Light ans love to you all!

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Harshita Singh published a tribute .

Radhika : A beautiful soul and a charming personality which is tough to forget . She always maintained her composure …very grounded and a person who always greeted you with a smile .Sending you love & peace my beautiful person .

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Annie Wendland published a tribute .

Baby Frances, Zara's cousin

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Smita Joshi published a tribute .

I remember Radhika so clearly from our school days more than 2 decades ago. She was absolutely lovely. Wonderful person, always cheerful, fun loving, and kind. She was comfortable with everyone and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I had hoped to meet her again. I hope her children know what a wonderful woman she was. So long Radhika. Till we meet again.

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Swati Malik published a tribute .

One of the best Head girls we ever had in Ramnee.... I remember her smiling face she was someone I always looked up to in school.... God bless her family (Hey Tanya please take care).....
Radhika will always be remembered as one of the nicest, beautiful, intelligent and kind soul I met in this journey of life.... Rest in Peace you beautiful soul.....

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Gauri published a tribute .

She was our school head girl and was loved by all of us... Her poise, the way she carried herself, her calm demeanor all made her an unforgettable persona.. We never really interacted since she was my senior but I always remembered her through the years.. Just want her family to know that she will be dearly missed by one and all... She has left her fragrance which will forever linger on every one who ever came in touch with her...

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Tania published a tribute .

Radhika I didn’t have the chance to know you. I grieve you. I grieve such a loss. Praying your tribe finds peace and comfort on your legacy.

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Nathan Lindquist published a tribute .

It was the first day of university, our freshmen year symposium class, when I met Radhika. I was quite an introverted person, still am actually. Radhika, on the other hand, was definitely an extrovert. Even on day one, she knew most of the class by face, by name, by major, by star sign; she knew everything. To be honest, I was a bit afraid - nothing scares an introvert quite like an extrovert. Over those next few years though, so much light came into my world and, looking back, Radhika was a big reason for that. She encouraged me and those around me out of our comfort zones. Thanks to our wise and rather mysterious professor, we watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show and played Big Blue Ball together. Even though none of it was in my comfort zone, with Radhika around it was somehow comfortable.

Among her many extraordinary qualities, Radhika was a connector of people - an amazing one. Over the years she kept me connected to people who I would have lost touch with otherwise. There were always invitations to come stay in California, invitations to barbecues, and invitations up to CSB/SJU for reunions. With Radhika around, those events always came with a sea of happy greetings and so many fond memories.

Radhika and Seth came to have such a beautiful family together. Busy as she was with family, medical school, and residency, Radhika managed to stay a great connector and a great light. And, introvert that I am even after all these years, I was rather looking to hide when I came back from Poland to visit family just over a month ago. But I couldn’t hide from Radhika. When she got word that I was back, she quickly set up a BBQ and invited over an entire crew.

And that’s what makes this so unbelievable and so tragic. Radhika was stronger than me. Radhika shown brighter than I did. We have lost such an incredible connector in her. But the lessons I learned from her are not lost. I’ll try to shine brighter, to not be afraid, to not hide. Thank you for teaching me these things Radhika - I am better off for it. Help me remember to stay strong.

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Anjali Silgardo published a comment .

I remember meeting this young vivacious woman in Toronto. And although had not met her before she made me feel that I had. Sure enough she turned out to be my cousin Shafigeh' s daughter. Radhika, a duplicate of Shafigeh. Big smiles, warm hugs. I immediately loved this young woman. The world has lost a bright star with the loss of our beloved Radhika. May Seth, Zara, Vikram, Shafigeh, Nevin, Tahireh and Tanya find comfort in the knowledge that Radhika is at peace in God's loving arms. Amen.

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Gloria Lim published a tribute .

Radhika was always sweet and friendly to anyone she met. Smart and down to earth, Radhika is part of my Stanford memories. Sending live and hugs to the Snyder family. Will keep them in my prayers.

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Sara P published a tribute .

Dear sweet mama doc, I didn't know you but feel your love through this post. I feel compelled to say what a blessing your presence was to your babies, family, and friends. I'm a fellow MN mom doc and also struggled postpartum. I can only imagine how real the loneliness, hopelessness, and despair was for you. Passing love to those who knew Radhika.

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Radhika Lal Snyder Funeral Service

August 2nd, 2021 at 2:00pm
Saint John's University
Collegeville,
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