Harland E. Samson

Harland E. Samson

MADISON- Professor Harland ‘Sam’ Samson, age 90 of Madison, passed away peacefully on September 10th, 2019 at home.

Harland was a former Dean and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Harland served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1949. He married Faye Finley on June 21st, 1952 and together, the couple raised four sons; Craig, Scott, Lee, and Kirk.

Raised in rural Minnesota during difficult economic times, Harland was the only member of his family to go to college, and later received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Faye lived in Alaska, North Dakota and Iowa before moving to Madison, and Harland was always a great believer in education through travel, working on missions in Africa, South American and the Caribbean and traveling to Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. When he was not researching or mentoring his many graduate students, he spent as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors with his family -hiking the national parks, camping, or fishing in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota.

Harland worked at the UW-Madison from 1963-1993. As a Professor, he focused on continuing and vocational education, educational policy studies, marketing and retail merchandising. From 1975-1984, Harland served as the Associate Dean at the UW-Madison School of Education. From then until 1993, he was the Dean of Summer School and Inter-College Programs.

Over his long and dynamic life, Harland was involved with many organizations and groups including the Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Woodland Owners, United Methodist flood recovery teams, International Volunteers in Mission, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the National Parks Association.

Harland is survived by his wife, Faye; his children and grandchildren. Cards may be sent care of Kirk Samson, 133 Pierce Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035.

The family will celebrate his life with a private ceremony in Cumberland in late September, but we encourage you to share your memories of Sam with a card.