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THOSE WHO KNEW HIM WELL, WORKING WITH HIM FOR MANY YEARS, SHARING MOMENTS OF FRIENDSHIP, WRITE THEIR TRIBUTES . . . Mr. Graves was the personification of " a man for all seasons. " I found him to be highly optimistic, fair- minded, and one who found good in all people and all things. Outside of school, he was extremely relaxed, hu¬ morous and fair game for all activities. Sam, as he was affectionately called, never forgot aid friends, and as he climbed the ladder of success in the world of education, he never ceased to make new ones. George Kerivan Sr. How does one choose a brief episode or mem¬ ory from seventeen years of close association, when one is trying to describe a man? I found it an impossible task, since my memories blurred into a montage . . . Sam on the bench at every football game, hatless in the coldest weather, ris¬ ing with arms stretched high to cheer every good play . . . Sam presenting awards, academic and athletic, with a handshake, a smile and a few words for each student; Sam at Faculty dinners, demonstrating his gift for effortless public speak¬ ing, saying just the right thing to each person being honored, and enjoying himself to the hilt as he always did when he was with his group of " rugged individualists, " as he loved to call us; Sam ' s personal note for each of us on the formal announcement of the opening of school; Sam ' s voice on the P.A. each October afternoon during the World Series, announcing the score up to that moment, and purposely dragging out the suspense, by slowly describing each run, while we squirmed in our seats. (I always teased him about being a " ham actor. " He would laugh, but he never denied it). In spite of the sadness that will remain forever for those who loved him, just thinking of him in this way can bring a smile ... a lasting tribute to the warmth of his personality. Frances J. O’Brien The exciting people of this world are the ones who are dedicated — who care. Samuel M. Graves was that kind of a person. He was a man with an almost naive faith in people who felt strongly about ideas and ideals, yet who was able to accept a pragmatic approach to most problems. He loved his work with young people and he found joy in helping them find their way to growth and achievement. Firmly believing in the academic " Three R’s " he added his own per¬ sonal three — the Red Raiders, The Red Sox and the Republican Party. A great leader and friend is now gone from our midst but our hearts will be warmed by the memory of his unfailing optimism. Sylvia E. McCurdy 8
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Mr. Graves addresses the Centennial class during graduation ceremonies. Mr. Graves wan the affection and esteem of all who had occasion to meet him in public or private life. He was the first to start table hopping to greet his many friends at social and business dinner parties. His sound judgment, his integrity of purpose, his warm friendly nature were qualities of character to secure respect and love. Whenever he was aware of a boy or girl in his school who lost a parent by death, he either wrote a letter of condolence and, in most cases, paid his personal respects to the family. His public career was useful and honorable, and in affairs of education, he was far seeing, cool and energetic. Every day was both challenging and interesting to him. I shall always cherish pleasant memories of Mr. Graves, as he was indeed a valued friend, and a man among men in those inter changes of everyday courtesies which he knew so well how to practice. At the Club ‘70 Dance, Mr. Graves greet s Santa Claus. Mr. Graves presents John Nadas the Senior Cup award — 1969. Anna C. Craig
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Believer in young people; champion of individual rights; defender of the dissatisfied . . . Listener; under¬ stander; forgiver. Caring, loving, respectful friend, guardian and teacher. Jid Kamitian How do I remember Sam? I remember his love of life; his record of quiet achievement; and above all, his recognition of the other person ' s right to be an individual. He loved people as individuals, and, as a leader, his great wish was to have his faculty mingle on a common ground of understanding and tolerance — his goal that every student might realize to the fullest extent his best possibilities — his motto; “Esse quam videri. " Dorothy McIntyre Twenty years ago, Sam Graves came to Wellesley — right from the start he was " Sam” Graves to all his teachers — He was sincere and friendly to all. He had great courage and stood-up for that which he believed. Sam was uncanny in the way he could captivate an audience and he thrived on doing just that. He was always in demand as a speaker. His real love was his students — he respected them no matter what. In the troubled times within the last two years, he would always have a good word for them. He was tested severly by some students but “Sam " always seemed to win out. Wellesley will realize what kind of a man they have lost. H. E. Hines | 3m} Letters to congratulate students and parents in times of achievement; notes of sympathy in times of sorrow; timely expositions for educational journals; speeches at sports rallies; attendance at games; let¬ ters for his own summer staff to enjoy while he was teaching education courses in Texas and Maine col¬ leges; escorting me to proms, rallies, conferences; rapport between principal and faculty effected by his “Friday " bulletins; Christmas Eve calls to me and my sister, a long time colleague in Winchester High School; compassionate conferences with students seeking guidance; searching interviews with teachers seeking positions in Wellesley High School; perennial consultations with me about budget, curriculum, stu¬ dent activities, schedules for students and for teach¬ ers; serious discussions in time of crisis, often relieved by his readiness to see the humor in situations; hon¬ oring Quota Club, Rotary — and me — by repre¬ senting Rotary at Quote meetings; channeling school news to the Townsman ; sharing with me letters from Wellesley High School alumni expressing gratitude to principal and to teachers for superior education and counseling; his valedictory to seniors each year in their yearbook. These recorded without concern for sequence or importance — and many more are my recollec¬ tions of the administration I shared as assistant prin¬ cipal with Mr. Graves for thirteen years before my retirement in 1961. Time weaves these strands of thought into a pattern of cherished memories of Mr. Graves, a distinguished educator and a fine person. Katherine Bronson, Wellesley High School, 1918-1961 9
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