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Obituary: G. Samuel Alspach Jr. '63

Dr. G. Samuel Alspach passed away June 30, 2011, at Carroll Hospital Center surrounded by family members. 

George Samuel Alspach Jr. was born in New England and remained tied to its historic and tidal pull to the sea.  He received his B.A. degree in Biology in 1963 at Antioch College, then his master’s and Ph.D. from Oregon State. When he headed back to the East Coast, it was to then Western Maryland College in 1969.  His contributions to the life of the College were marked by distinction, selfless service, commitment to teaching and to his students, and to a rich collegiality from which everyone benefited.

During his years at the College, he taught numerous courses, invented or re-invented by him: in Marine Biology and Oceanography, in Physiology and Nutrition, in Invertebrate Zoology, and freshman majors and non-majors courses. In addition to teaching and serving as a much sought-after advisor, Sam served as department chair for several years from 1992-97, and advisor and mentor of the Biology Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta, from 1980-2001. He served as the pre-medical advisor in the late 1980s until his retirement.  Sam often took students on wonderfully enriching Jan Term trips to Belize and the Bahamas. He diligently pursued his own research interests, spending summers on the Chesapeake Bay. Indeed his work with oysters in the Bay has contributed to the entire region, as well as to student projects.

Sam's wishes were that he be cremated and his ashes spread on his beloved Chesapeake Bay. On Sunday, July 10, his wife Maggie and other family members will go out on Sam's boat and spread his ashes near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

A memorial service will be held in the near future; please check the Carroll County Times for arrangements.