For nearly 40 years, almost everyone on Hamilton’s campus had a connection to Sam Pellman — we all knew him as a colleague, mentor, scholar, friend. From the Dean’s Office he coordinated the faculty hiring process and, before that, for many years served as the faculty coordinator of the planning committee for the spectacular Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts.
Riley Stepnik '12 at Class and Charter 2014
Riley Stepnick ’12, with Professor of Music Sam Pellman, listens as the College Choir debuts the song she wrote for Hamilton. Photo: Nancy L. Ford

He was a Posse mentor, and he taught in the HEOP program for 17 years. He entertained us with subtle, hilarious, and topical musical jokes while playing the organ at Class & Charter Day, Convocation, and Reunions.

Sam committed himself to making all the arts accessible to all students. To honor his abiding legacy, Sam’s family and friends have created the Pellman Fund for the Arts, the proceeds from which will help provide free student admission to productions sponsored by the Theatre, Music and Dance departments. The fund will also enable Hamilton to sponsor group trips to artistic events in neighboring communities and to offer opportunities for students to seek funding for their own individualized arts exploration. This one-of-a-kind fund is an outstanding way to make permanent Sam’s expansive vision of experiencing the arts at Hamilton.

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