Mullen, Samantha GLENMONT Samantha Mullen of Glenmont, age 73, passed away December 21, 2012, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, cared for by the wonderful hospice staff and surrounded by the love of family and friends. Saman-tha was born in Evansville, Ind., daughter of Thomas and Mary Trinca Mullen. During college, she studied in Switzerland for a year and traveled throughout Europe, returning many times to France over the years. She earned her Ph.D. and taught French at SUNY New Paltz before leaving to work in animal welfare -- her true passion. From the mid-80s to 1994, Samantha was administrator of New York State Humane Association (NYSHA). She left there to become director of Animal Care and Sheltering at The Humane Society of the United States. After retirement from The HSUS, she returned to New York, joining NYSHA's board and chairing the Legislation Committee, successfully lobbying for laws that protect animals. A well-known and respected leader in the humane movement, Samantha was an educator and inspiration to all she came in contact with. She was an excellent writer and editor. She promoted spaying/neutering as well as responsible pet guardianship. She fought against animal cruelty, coordinating numerous animal cruelty investigations and rescues, and was especially focused on hoarding situations in which people amass more animals than they can care for. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she helped with the rescue effort of animals in Louisiana. Samantha treasured her family and friends, staying in contact over the years and across the miles. She was a generous and caring person who made all those around her feel better about themselves. Samantha was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Thomas Mullen of Farmington Hills, Mich. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Evelyn Mullen of Farmington Hills; one nephew, Doug Mullen of Livona, Mich.; two nieces, Cathy Marion of Duluth, Ga., and Dianne Gillon of Cumming, Ga., and their spouses and children; her precious cat, Muffin, and countless adoring friends. A gathering to celebrate Samantha's life will be held at a future date. It is suggested that memorials be sent to NYSHA, PO Box 3068, Kingston, NY 12402 (nyshumane.org) or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.
Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 30, 2012