Robert E. Samples

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Robert E. Samples Age 78, of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away on March 26, after more than a decade of gracefully coping with the challenges of life with Parkinsons' disease. Bob died peacefully and comfortably at home, supported by the love and presence of his wife and son. Bob was an independent scholar. His initial training was in geology, geophysics and planetary studies. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, work with George Gamov and Jerome Bruner expanded his interests into the psychology of creativity and brain function, an arena in which he made enormous and pioneering contributions throughout his career. A man of diverse talents and interests, Bob was a scientist, humanistic psychologist, artist, author, filmmaker, poet and visionary champion of natural and cultural systems in balance. His work over five decades took him throughout the world, and his books have been translated into several languages. Bob authored or co-authored nearly two dozen published books, including the classic The Metaphoric Mind, with several more in the final stages of editing. He published more than one hundred articles in journals, magazines and collected works. Bob also wrote and consulted on nearly two dozen films, many of which won national and international awards. Examples of Bob's work may be found at Widely sought as a keynote speaker and lecturer, his intellect, insights and humor graced many stages through the years. His primary areas of contribution were focused on innovation in education, creativity, brain-mind design, learning styles, systems theory, and natural systems thinking. Respected for his innovation and leadership, Bob served for many years as national director of National Science Foundation funded educational projects, including the landmark Environmental Studies for Urban Youth: ESSENTIA Project, founded and located for many years in Boulder, Colorado. Bob's writing and film work have received national awards and recognition. Among his most personally gratifying contributions, Bob was one of the earliest members of the Board of Advisors and Board of Trustees of John Denver's Windstar Foundation. Bob and his wife of nearly 40 years, Cheryl Charles, met in 1971 in Boulder, Colorado and raised their son, Stician Samples in the mountains west of Boulder just outside the town of Gold Hill. In the late 1980s, the family began their transition to Santa Fe, New Mexico, serving as trustees of the Sol y Sombra Foundation and co-founders, with Beth and Charles Miller and others, of the Center for the Study of Community. Of Bob's many accomplishments, in his own words, none brought him more joy and fulfillment than being married to Cheryl Charles and father to their beloved son, Stician Marin Samples. Stician is married to Emily Kimball of Westminster, Vermont, where Stician and Emily make their home. A celebration of Bob's life and legacy will be held in Santa Fe on June 20, 2012.

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