Samuel Waybright Sabin

July 23, 1931 - March 9, 2019
Samuel Waybright Sabin

Our father Sam has joined our mother in heaven for their happily ever after. Sam was born and raised in
very rural eastern Wyoming. (A sign outside of town says “population 8”.) After graduating from high
school at age 16, he studied at the University of Wyoming. In 1951 he joined the navy and served on the
crew of two different submarines. While stationed in New London CT, he met and married our mother
Joan. The newlyweds moved to Wyoming and Oregon to start a family and to complete his master’s and
PhD degrees. After Oregon, the family moved to Fayetteville Arkansas and then Ithaca NY where Sam
worked at Cornell University until his retirement in 1992.

Sam’s sudden passing has given us -his daughters the opportunity to reflect on our parent’s adventurous
spirit (they traveled to 49 states in their RV) and the way we celebrated life, friends and events with
food (lobster-fests, holiday goodies, backyard grilling). He supported our mother’s talents as an artist
and green thumb gardener. They both encouraged our education and training to be strong professional
and business women.

After retirement, Sam transformed into an avid reader and story teller. As they traveled the US in the
RV, he would send several pages describing the breathtaking scenes or the delicious restaurant or food
dish they discovered. Since arriving in North Carolina in January, he had been wowing the residents and
staff of his retirement community with his tales (some of them pretty tall tales) of growing up in
Wyoming, stories of how the Ithaca high school BBQ was done, his adventures rafting in the Grand

Our favorite pictures tell the story so much better than our words can….

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  • March 12, 2019
    Lauraj says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever. (Psalm 37:29) It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this difficult time. Laura

  • March 16, 2019
    Danuta, Adam,Marcin and Kamil Bojanczyk says:
    So sorry to hear about passing of our long time Ithaca friend. He was amazing writer , we always loved to read his long letters from many places he and his wife traveled . He was and always will be the symbol of an old and good USA, great family man and wonderful friend to many of us. We are very saddened by his death and will always keep him and Joan in our prayers. Our sincere condolences to all his family members.

  • March 16, 2019
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  • March 26, 2019
    Michael Thonney says:
    Sorry to learn of Sam's passing. He was a colleague of mine in the Department of Animal Science before he retired. I remember him being very passionate about the 4-H horse Extension program.

  • March 26, 2019
    Judy Sherwood says:
    I worked with Sam Sabin for close to 18 years in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University. He was a wonderful person to work for and I loved my job as secretary to the NYS Extension Horse Speicalist. I, too, have many of his detailed letters telling of his and Joan's travels across the country and the wonderful food they enjoyed. In fact, when I retired and my husband and I were going to set out on the same kind of adventure cross country with our RV (we have an American Star by Newmar because their motor home was a Newmar model), I went to him for all the tips on where to visit. The one area we did not get to was his hometown of Lusk, Wyoming. That is still on my "bucket list". My sincere condolences to you girls and your families. I know your parents were very proud of your accomplishments.