Saturday, May 26, 2012

Professor Samuel R. Scholes, Jr.

Alfred, NY - Professor Samuel R. Scholes, Jr., 96, of 45 West University St., Alfred, died Thursday afternoon (May 24, 2012) at St. James Mercy Hospital.

Born June 5, 1915 in Pittsburg PA, he was the son of Samuel R. and Lois (Boren) Scholes.

Sam earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Alfred University in 1937.  His PhD was from Yale University in 1940.  He was an instructor of Chemistry at Alfred University, Assistant Professor at Tufts College, and then Professor of Chemistry at Alfred University from 1946 to 1980.  He enjoyed his membership in the American Chemical Society and was presented with an ACS Corning Section Special Services Award in March, 2012 at this year's annual Scholes Lecture at Alfred University.  

Community activities and memberships over his life in Alfred have included Volunteer Fireman, Fire Chief of A.E. Crandall Hook &Ladder from 1952-1954,  Alfred Village Board Trustee from 1956-1970,  and Rotary Club of Wellsville (past president).  

Sam lived independently in Alfred until the end of his life, active in the Union University Church, golfing at Wellsville Country Club well into his nineties.

He was the husband of Doris Scholes (predeceased), brother of Addison Scholes (predeceased) and Ann Scholes Colvin (predeceased), and father of Jean Ann Scholes (predeceased).  He is survived by his brother James Scholes, his daughter Susan Scholes, grandchildren Sean McClure and Tara McClure Domican, and three great grand-children.

The family of Professor Scholes request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the community charity of each donor's choice.

 A memorial service for Sam will be held at the Union University Church in Alfred, NY, 3:00 pm Saturday June 16 2012.


  1. I am saddened to hear of Sam's passing. He was a friend and fellow Rotarian with whom I enjoyed having lunch with when I lived in Wellsville. He will be missed by his fellow Rotarians, both past and present.
    Erik Taylor

  2. Mary-Lou & Jerry Cartledge, Alfred Station, NYJune 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Sam leaves such a big hole in our Union University Church congregation, the Alfred Nutrition site and in our lives. He always was so cheerful and was so acitve for his age, and did it all. We miss him very much.