Barbara Snelling

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Barbara W. Snelling
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77th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
GovernorHoward Dean
Preceded byHoward Dean
Succeeded byDoug Racine
Member of the Vermont State Senate from the Chittenden district
In office
Succeeded byDiane B. Snelling
First Lady of Vermont
In role
January 10, 1991 – August 13, 1991
GovernorRichard Snelling
Preceded byArthur Kunin
Succeeded byJudith Steinberg Dean
In role
January 6, 1977 – January 10, 1985
GovernorRichard A. Snelling
Preceded byMadge Salmon
Succeeded byArthur Kunin
Personal details
Barbara Tuttle Weil

(1928-03-22)March 22, 1928
Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedNovember 2, 2015(2015-11-02) (aged 87)
South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Richard A. Snelling (m.1947–1991; his death)
ChildrenDiane B. Snelling, Jacqueline Snelling, Mark Snelling, Andrew Snelling

Barbara Tuttle Snelling (née Weil; March 22, 1928 – November 2, 2015) was elected the 77th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 1992 and served two terms (1993–1997), suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in 1996 while campaigning for governor. She was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1998, where she served until she suffered a second stroke; she resigned in 2002.

Life and career[edit]

Snelling was born Barbara Tuttle Weil in 1928 in Fall River, Massachusetts, the daughter of Hazel (née Russell) and The Reverend F. Taylor Weil.[1][2] She served as chair of the Shelburne School Board; as Founding Chair of Champlain Valley Union High School Board. She was member of the State Board of Education; President of the Vermont State School Boards Association; Vermont Commission on Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation; Chair of the Chittenden County United Way.

She was a founding trustee of the Vermont Community Foundation; a trustee of Champlain College and Radcliffe College. She was a trustee of the Shelburne Museum.[3]

She was Vice President of the University of Vermont and later was President of Snelling and Kolb, a national fundraising consulting firm focused of development work for educational institutions.

She was married to Richard Snelling, a long-serving governor of Vermont. Their children included Jacqueline, Mark, Andrew, and Diane. Diane B. Snelling, who was appointed to her seat in the State Senate.

Snelling died at her home in South Burlington, Vermont on November 2, 2015.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual". January 19, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Former Lt. Gov. Barbara Snelling dies at 87". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. ^ [1] Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gram, Dave (November 2, 2015). "Former Lt. Gov. Barbara Snelling dies at 87". Retrieved November 2, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Dean
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Doug Racine
Honorary titles
Preceded by
First Gentleman Arthur Kunin
First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
Judith Steinberg Dean
Preceded by
Madge Salmon
First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
First Gentleman Arthur Kunin