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Tourin’, Tailgatin’ Tigers

Larry and Dorcas Snyder are Tiger-style frequent flyers.

Tourin' Tigers

From left: Sharon and Gerald Harms, BS CiE ’66; Victorine, JD ’84, and Arlan Mahon; and Dorcas and Larry Snyder enjoy the 2014 Historic Reflections Tourin’ Tigers cruise. Photo courtesy of Larry Snyder.

Larry and Dorcas Snyder were visiting a coffee plantation in Costa Rica when Dorcas recognized the name tag of a woman standing nearby — and it caught her off guard. She and Larry, BS EE ’69, of Hamilton, Missouri, didn’t think they knew anyone on their cruise through Central America, the couple’s first trip with Tourin’ Tigers, the Mizzou Alumni Association travel program. But there she was, Dorcas’ Stephens College roommate Deb Schoellerman.

“We had a lot of catching up to do,” says Larry, who, in 1967, met Dorcas in the Delta Upsilon parking lot and met Deb shortly thereafter. “Deb took photographs of me and Dorcas when we were mere children just thinking of marriage.”

The Snyders had such a great time reconnecting with Schoellerman and cruising through the Panama Canal that they signed up for two more Tourin’ Tigers trips in 2014 — one to the British Isles and another to the Mediterranean.

Back in the states, the Snyders travel by highway, attending nearly every Mizzou Alumni Association Tiger Tailgate and away football game since the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference. A regular crew has formed, including Larry’s brother, Randy Snyder, BS BA ’73, and wife Peg of St. Louis, and Roger, BS Ag ’59, and Ronnie Kreh Alewel, BS Ed ’60, of Sedalia, Missouri.

Dorcas says she’ll never forget hoisting the Mizzou flag on the cruise ship in Colombia or making it to the top of the Blarney Castle in Ireland, and Larry still talks about the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland. But both agree it’s the people they meet along the way — Mizzou alumni and friends — who make the trips so fun.

“That’s the best part,” Larry says.