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Sam GreenawaltSam, an Alumni Award of Merit recipient, served on the Board of Trustees during the '70s and ’80s and was a steward of the University’s financial security for many years as a member of the Investment Board. He was also a longtime member of the Athletics Advisory Board, which went on to become the Athletics Board of Overseers.

As a member of the Class of 1951’s reunion and gift committees, a Penn Fund volunteer, an alumni leader at the Wharton School, and a member of the Penn Alumni Council and the Midwest Regional Alumni Club, Sam worked diligently to help other alumni remain an active part of the Penn family. During his time as a finance student in the Wharton School, he was a member of Sigma Chi, lettered in squash, and was a member of the celebrated “Munger Men” who played under legendary football coach George A. Munger. A former All-American center, he served as a guest coach of the football team in the fall of 2008 and shared with the players his memories of playing on Penn’s nationally ranked team before sold-out crowds at Franklin Field. The team had already planned to honor him on April 11 at its annual Spring Game, which it renamed the H. Samuel Greenawalt Spring Game in his honor for his many years of involvement.

After attending Penn, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking and went on to become an executive with Standard Federal Bank, a senior vice president of Michigan National Bank, and the vice president of LaSalle Bank. He was also a director of Valley Commerce Bank and the throttle manufacturer, Williams Controls. He served in the United States Marine Corps and retired from its reserve unit after 22 years of service. He was a Trustee of the Detroit Country Day School and a director of the Michigan chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. His honors included the 2010 National Scholar-Athlete Award of the Detroit Country Day School and inclusion in the NCAA’s 1976 Silver Anniversary Group, which recognized five distinguished former student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of their participation in college athletics.

Sam was honored as a Significant Sig for his career achievements and maintained unwavering support of the Phi Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi at Penn.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; his three children; his four grandchildren; his sister, Ann Lowry; and his brother, Jon, C’61, G’63, who is also a Phi Phi brother.

Contributions may be made in Sam’s memory to the Martin Health Foundation, PO Box 9010, Stuart, FL 34995, or to the Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.