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Mar.17, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 10


Samuel Bell Jr. ’47

Published in the Mar.17, 2010, issue

Sam served in the Navy during World War II, graduated in 1948, and that same year, discovered and married his “forever young and beautiful” Anne (Luddington). They honeymooned for a wonderful year at Oxford, taking courses in “contemporary civilization” and traveling in Europe.

They then took up residence in Florida, where Sam worked on the business side of The Miami Herald for a dozen years before founding his own advertising agency.

Sam also found time to engage in many civic activities. The most challenging was service as a trained volunteer for Miami’s Personal Crisis Center, which dealt with potential suicides.

He and Anne were avid blue-water sailors. Aboard their beloved sloop Blue Water, they cruised to many Caribbean ports. In recognition of his seamanship, Sam was elected commodore of the Biscayne Yacht Club and was (he told us) “required to wear one of those funny uniforms.”

Our classmate Ed Clay, long a close friend, wrote fondly of Sam: “Kindness and loyalty were his strong suits [and] modesty, too, despite his many accomplishments.” Those qualities marked his loving relationship with Anne and their four children.

They were with him when he died Nov. 25, 2009, and we send them our sympathy and warm wishes.

The Class of 1947

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