Samuel David Thurman, 81, died February 4, 1995, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah of causes incident to age.
He was born December 7, 1913, in Washington D.C., to Henrietta Young and Samuel David Thurman. He received his elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education in Salt Lake City, and his Doctor of Laws degree from Stanford University, California. On June 16, 1939, he married Emeline Young Nebeker, from whom he was later divorced.He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren. Children: S. David Thurman, Salt Lake City; Sally Ware (John), Salt Lake City; Sue Hart, Santa Barbara, California; Walter Nebeker Thurman (Rita), Raleigh, North Carolina. Grandchildren: Jennifer Gaskill (William) and Brian Ware, Salt Lake City; Kyra and Marieka Freestar, Santa Barbara: Hannah, Lydia, and Abigail Thurman, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Married to Enid Ryberg Adams, February 25, 1981, he is survived by her five children, all of whom he considered as his own. Children: Elizabeth Wood, Salt Lake City; Hyrum, Richard, David (Patricia), and Eric Adams, Salt Lake City. Grandchildren: Rob, Jeff, Eric, Jennifer, Rebecca, Heather, and Melanie, Salt Lake City.
He is also survived by a brother, Richard Young Thurman (Marie), Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Janet and Marilyn, and by his wife, Enid, on February 9, 1992.
After graduation from Stanford, he practiced law for some time with his father in Salt Lake City. In the years following, he held academic positions in universities throughout the United States. Among them were Stanford University, Hastings College of Law, Pepperdine University, New York University, and Louisiana State University. He served as Dean of the University of Utah College of Law from 1962 to 1975. He was the recipient of numerous national honors during his career, among them the Presidency of the Association of American Law Schools and a seat on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. While he viewed the latter appointment with his usual sense of dedication to any task worth doing, he appreciated the humor of a situation in which he, a lifelong Democrat, was appointed by a Republican President, Gerald Ford, and was later replaced by a Democratic President, Jimmy Carter. He, in fact, had an unusual sensitivity and robust appreciation for the humor implicit in almost every situation, and it was this gift, along with his many others, that he shared daily with his family, colleagues, friends, and thousands of students over the years. Among those of us privileged to know him best, he grows larger by the day as we think back on a remarkable life.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 9, 1995, 12 noon at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 East Crestview Drive, Salt Lake City. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and Thursday at the ward 10:45-11:45 prior to service. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family suggest contributions to the University of Utah College of Law or the Utah Branch of the American Diabetes Association.
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