The George School Community is mourning the loss of Samuel (Sam) Snipes, a former trustee (1978 – 1990), father of Deborah Snipes Hale ’69, Sally Snipes Wells ’70, Samuel (Randy) M. Snipes Jr. ’75, Jonathan R. Snipes ’78, and Howard T. Snipes ’81. Grandfather to Eliza C. Hale ’02, Rachel A. Wells ’07, and Charlotte H. Wells ’11. He passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018. He was 99.
Sam was a lifelong Bucks County native, Quaker, and attorney. He earned recognition in the 1950s when he helped William and Daisy Myers, the first black family to ever move to Levittown, Pennsylvania. Sam handled the closure of their home and encouraged police to help watch out for the family. He once even held back an angry mob outside the family’s home until police arrived. “He felt they had every right to live there,” David Kushner, author of the book Levittown, told the Washington Post.
In addition to his legal work, Sam was also passionate about the environment. The family business, Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville, teaches sustainable farming to the local community.
Sam was a member of Fallsington Friends Meeting and a graduate of Temple University Law School. Sam is survived by his wife Marion, five children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the George School Meetinghouse.