After graduating from Deerfield Academy, Sam came to Princeton, majoring in history and joining Key and Seal. In doing so, he followed in the steps of his father (Class of ’32) and grandfather (Class of 1893), who was a pioneer in taking Western medicine to China, as described in an interesting Wikipedia biography.
After graduation, Sam joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a sonarman, after which he earned an MBA from New York University and married Jessie Robinson, his wife of 48 years.
Sam began his professional career at the Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, where he worked as an investment analyst. In subsequent years, Sam moved to LePercq De Neuflize & Co. and then Bolger & Co. where he arranged private placements of debt and equity for real-estate financing. In 1976, he joined Nabisco Brands as a manager and financial analyst.
Having earned designation as a chartered financial analyst, Sam then became an independent investment adviser, specializing in Treasury securities, energy-related investments, and North American gold-mining stocks.
Sam is survived by his wife, Jessie; two daughters, Caroline Conlin and Alison Shirley; grandchildren Emery, Hadley, Chase, Andrew, Libby, and Will; and his brother Peter ’68. The class offers its condolences to them all.