SAMUEL B. HAND - BURLINGTON - Samuel B. Hand, 80, died on June 29, 2012. Harriet, his wife of 55 years, and several of their friends were with him at the time of his death. Sam was the only child of William and Ruth (Kahn) Hand. He was born in New York City on Aug. 20, 1931, and was raised in Bayside, Queens and Woodstock, N.Y. Sam obtained his bachelor's degree from New York University in 1953, and then served in Korea, with the U.S. Army. Upon his return from service, he entered Syracuse University, receiving a Ph.D. in history in 1960. He joined the history faculty at the University of Vermont in 1961, retiring as a full Professor in 1994. As a scholar with a passion for history, he added to Vermont's achievements and glories. He emphasized and influenced his students of the importance and excitement of the history of Vermont, resulting in a number of them becoming scholars and going on to provide services to Vermont. Also in 1994, he was the recipient of the University of Vermont's Graduate Faculty of the Year Award, which acknowledged his excellence and creativity in course and seminar teaching of graduate students. Sam was author and coauthor of numerous books and articles, primarily focusing on the history of Vermont. He was recognized for his contributions to his adopted state when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont, of which he was a founding member. He also served as President of the Vermont Historical Society and the National Oral History Association. In addition to his many scholastic achievements, he was involved in numerous statewide and civic organizations, including the Vermont Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights. Sam married Harriet (Ashkenazy) in 1957, who survives him, along with his three children, Sally Hand of Burlington; Marci Raab and husband, David Raab, and their children, Nathan and Elizabeth, of Rye, N.Y.; and Ilana Hand of Alexandria, Va. He also left many extended family members who were very dear to him. Services will be held at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, today, July 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, Patchen Road, South Burlington. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sam's memory to the Vermont Historical Society; Special Collections at the University of Vermont; Donate Life Vermont; or to the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 2, 2012