SAM WILLSON

WILLSON--Sam Van Kuren, 84, of Sag Harbor, NY and New York City, on October 2, after a brief illness. Sam was born February 11, 1928 in Rutland., VT. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated with honors from Harvard College, class of 1950, and went on to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He taught English at Phillips Academy Andover, after which he pursued a career in New York City in advertising and overseas personnel management for the Interpublic Group. He pursued a second career as an organist and choirmaster at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, NY and also composed music and frequently conducted the Choral Society of the Hamptons. In retirement, he wrote and published short stories and poetry, which gave many friends and readers great pleasure. He is survived by his loving partner of 42 years, Gerald Rosenfeld, and by his nephews Jon and. David, his niece Carrie, and his eight grand-nephews and nieces. He will be in our hearts always. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 8th at 12 noon at the Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor, NY.


Published in The New York Times on Oct. 5, 2012