Samuel B. Green was born January 8, 1947, in Atlantic City, NJ, and died of pancreatic cancer on June 18, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. He was raised in Margate, NJ, and graduated from Atlantic City High School. His parents, Emma and Martin Green, were wonderful, supportive parents, and he loved spending time with them throughout his lifetime. He loved his sister, Frannie Lyon, who was terrifically compassionate throughout his battle with cancer, along with her husband, Marty Lyon, and their sons, Adam and Jason. He earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his PhD in psychology, specializing in psychometrics and applied statistics, from the University of Georgia. After his graduate training, he accepted a position at Auburn University. Subsequently, he taught and conducted research at the University of Kansas and, since 2000, at Arizona State University. He loved teaching and conducting research on statistical methods.
Sam felt very fortunate to have two terrific daughters while in his twenties, Julie Green and Sarah Hadley. They brought him great happiness and demonstrated daily their love and caring for their dad. Sam had a peak experience when he ran a half marathon with them a few years ago. Julie lives in Lawrence, KS, with her husband, Jay Wilson, and Julie’s stepkids, Alex and Samantha; stepson Jason resides in California. Sarah and her husband Ben Hadley live in Shawnee, KS, and have two children, Emma and Theo. Sam loved playing games and laughing with his grandkids.
In Phoenix, Sam married Marilyn Thompson. They loved enjoying each day together, whether that meant running trails in the desert, cooking dinner, working on research, traveling, or simply talking about the day. With Marilyn, he had a wonderful daughter, Leah, with whom he shared unlimited joy and love. Sam was so proud of the kind, strong, fun, and accomplished young woman she is, and loved hanging out with her. He often said how much he would miss seeing her grow up, but he knew Marilyn would be there to tell her how proud her dad would be as she reaches life’s milestones.
Sam was lucky to have not only his family for support, but also wonderful friends, including long-time friends from high school, college, and the universities where he taught. He enjoyed texting with his Auburn buddies during football games (War Eagle!), and sharing the joy of rooting for Kansas basketball with his family (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). Sam loved taking long runs and doing aerobics, reading fast-paced novels, listening and dancing to soul and 70’s music, and eating Italian food. But most of all, he liked connecting with his family and friends and keeping up with their lives. He had a big, warm, beautiful smile, and loved to make people laugh.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM Friday, June 22, at Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283. The family will also receive visitors from 10 AM-2 PM Saturday, June 23, at their home. Private burial will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Sam asked his family and friends to fight hate and bigotry and requested that, rather than sending flowers, they consider donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League.