College of Arts and Sciences

In Memoriam: Sociology Professor Emeritus Samuel Frank Sampson

Release Date: 10-14-2009

Author: Craig E Wells
Email: Craig.Wells@uvm.edu
Phone: 802/656-3702 Fax: (802) 656-3203

With great sadness we report that Professor Emeritus Samuel Frank Sampson passed away on the evening of October 7. Frank was a transformative Chair of Sociology in the 1970s, and returned to the position of Chair in the 1990s. His wide-ranging accomplishments, much too numerous to be listed here, include seminal research that provided the empirical basis for the development of block modeling as a tool for examining social networks. He also taught at Harvard's Department of Social Relations and served on the City of Burlington's planning commission for many years. Frank was a dedicated and respected colleague, whose highly principled and unyielding devotion to the life of the Department, the University, the community, and the field of sociology will resonate far into the future. He will be missed.

A memorial service will take place at 4:00 pm on Friday, Oct. 30th, in the meeting house of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 152 Pearl St.

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