Sam Seymour, Former Pound Ridge Resident, Dies

DENVER - Sam Frederick Seymour, a former Pound Ridge resident, died last month at the age of 88.

He was born Oct. 1, 1922 in Chattanooga, Tenn., the oldest of four sons born to Sam Houston Seymour and Marjorie Scofield Seymour. Mr. Seymour grew up in Pound Ridge, N.Y., and for the past 16 years lived in Denver, Colo., with his wife Barbara Baggs of Wyoming.

Mr. Seymour attended a one-room schoolhouse in Pound Ridge, graduating from Katonah High School as Solitarian. He served as an ensign in the United States Navy on the USS Indian Island during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Union College in N.Y., received a master’s degree from Stanford, and a doctorate degree in sociology from University of Chicago.

After working a short time for the Rand Corporation, Mr. Seymour became a college professor. He taught at several universities including Tufts University, American University, and the University of Oregon and for 28 years at Northern Illinois University where he was, for a number of years, department chairman of the Sociology Department.

 Mr. and Mrs. Seymour were married for 61 years. They had no children.

Mr. Seymour, who died June 6, is survived by two brothers Willard of New Canaan, Conn., and Dorin of New York City. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Fred Baggs of Wyoming, and a sister-in-law Eunice Scofield of Maryland, wife of his brother Houston, now deceased. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Joanne Halligan of South Salem N.Y., Bill Seymour of Honesdale, Pa., Jeff Seymour of Pound Ridge and Gunnar Wheeler of Dover Plains, N.Y. Services were held in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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