He attended Tabor Academy before coming to Princeton, where he majored in sociology and wrote a thesis on the New Jersey penal system. He joined Colonial Club and was associated with the Advertising Forum.
He was drafted into the Army after graduation and stationed in Germany, where he met Irene Manks, who was working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Returning to the United States, Sam went to work for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Co., and remained with the company for 31 years, ending as a district manager in Kansas City. He then formed the Reed Group and worked as a manufacturer’s representative.
Sam was predeceased by Irene and a son. He is survived by three daughters.