John Townsend Sammis ’64 died on May 1, 2006, in Guilford, New Hampshire.
He was born in New York City on June 22, 1942, and prepared for college at Darien (CT) High School, becoming a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. He began what was to be a long career in publishing, writing, and editing at Rutledge Books in NewYork City in 1965. He produced more than 650 books over the course of his career in NewYork, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, including the Sea World Books series, the National Football League Productions series, and a Warner Brothers animation series. He moved to New Hampshire in 1998. He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Sincock Sammis, whom he had married in 1975. He is survived by three daughters, Kristy Sammis of San Francisco, CA, Healy Rawston of Marshfield, MA, and Samantha Sammis of Norwalk, CT; a sister, Kathy Sammis of Buxton; his fiancée, Jane Richardson, of Boston, MA; and two nephews.