Sam, known and revered as "Mr. Irish Wolfhound," died of pneumonia Feb. 1, 2004, in Philadelphia.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Sam prepared at Haverford School, and at Princeton was an SPIA major and member of Ivy Club. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and was a partner and owner of Ewing and Ewing, a small law office in West Chester, Pa., from 1955-98.
It was his avocation of breeding, showing, and judging Irish wolfhounds that brought Sam international renown. He began breeding Irish wolfhounds in the 1950s, and throughout five decades, dogs bred in his Eagle Farms Kennel in Chester Springs, Pa., amassed hundreds of championship titles. He owned or co-owned the best of breed at the Irish Wolfhound Club of America's National Specialty Show five times, and in 1975 he handled the first Irish wolfhound to win the hound group at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York. He was president of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America and an officer in the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr Kennel Club. More than a dozen Irish wolfhounds were part of the procession to his grave.
Sam is survived by three brothers, a sister, and his companion, Samuel Houston McDonald. To them, the class extends profound sympathy.
The Class of 1952