Our father Sam has joined our mother in heaven for their happily ever after. Sam was born and raised in
very rural eastern Wyoming. (A sign outside of town says “population 8”.) After graduating from high
school at age 16, he studied at the University of Wyoming. In 1951 he joined the navy and served on the
crew of two different submarines. While stationed in New London CT, he met and married our mother
Joan. The newlyweds moved to Wyoming and Oregon to start a family and to complete his master’s and
PhD degrees. After Oregon, the family moved to Fayetteville Arkansas and then Ithaca NY where Sam
worked at Cornell University until his retirement in 1992.
Sam’s sudden passing has given us -his daughters the opportunity to reflect on our parent’s adventurous
spirit (they traveled to 49 states in their RV) and the way we celebrated life, friends and events with
food (lobster-fests, holiday goodies, backyard grilling). He supported our mother’s talents as an artist
and green thumb gardener. They both encouraged our education and training to be strong professional
and business women.
After retirement, Sam transformed into an avid reader and story teller. As they traveled the US in the
RV, he would send several pages describing the breathtaking scenes or the delicious restaurant or food
dish they discovered. Since arriving in North Carolina in January, he had been wowing the residents and
staff of his retirement community with his tales (some of them pretty tall tales) of growing up in
Wyoming, stories of how the Ithaca high school BBQ was done, his adventures rafting in the Grand
Our favorite pictures tell the story so much better than our words can….
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