Sam died Feb. 5, 2006, at Peconic Landing of Southhold in Greenport, N.Y.
He graduated from the Lawrenceville School and earned his degree in civil engineering at Princeton, where he was a member of Colonial Club and played freshman, JV, and varsity football.
Diverted into the field of aeronautical engineering during World War II, Sam worked in research for Lockheed Aircraft in California and served in the Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Base near Chicago.
He spent the next 37 years at Grumman Aerospace Corp. as a systems engineer for aircraft and spacecraft and then as Grumman's technical representative at the Naval Air Development Center at Warminster, Pa. He also was an associate fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the National Security Industrial Association.
Sam served on the local school board and the board of the Visiting Nurse Association. He also was active in the Boy Scouts and Princeton's Annual Giving. In retirement, Sam said he "pursued a perfect lawn and the source of a roof leak" he never found.
He is survived by Constance, his wife of 61 years; daughters Julie and Robin Rogers-Browne; sons Samuel B. Jr., Christopher, and Richard; a sister, Margaret Ann Sappington; and six grandchildren.
The Class of 1940