Dr. Lewis “Sam” Maxwell

July 17, 1933 ‒ August 22, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Dr. Lewis “Sam” Franklin Maxwell died of a broken heart on August 22, 2018, following the death of his cherished wife of 58 years, Linda Jane Johnson. She was the love and center of his life and passed in March of this year.

Sam was born on July 17, 1933, into a prominent farming family residing in Salem, West Virginia. The youngest of seven children, Sam was born to Leeman Bassel and Blonda (Mason) Maxwell. He was preceded in death by all his siblings – sisters, Esta “Louise” Bell, Ula Virginia “Ginny” Gray, Enid “Madelon” Piala, and Vanessa “Mae” Nimorwicz; brothers, Leeman Mason “Dink” Maxwell and Joseph Churchill Maxwell. He is survived by three generations of loving nieces and nephews.

Sam worked on the family farm in his early years then left West Virginia to attend The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. It was while he was at Ohio State that he had the good fortune to meet Linda, who became his life-long love and companion.

Sam served his country in the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of Captain, providing veterinary care to the cavalry corps at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Following his military service, Sam returned to West Virginia where he had a small farm, operated a veterinary practice, and taught a variety of courses at Salem College.

Sam and Linda moved to Westfield, New Jersey when Sam accepted a position providing veterinary care for research animals at Bristol Myers-Squibb. While in New Jersey, Sam developed a love of sailing. He was a member of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club, and captained his sloop “Sam’s Song” from their shore home in New Jersey’s Brick Township. He was a competition sailor, participating in many races, but also enjoyed pleasure sailing in the bay with family and friends, who were always welcomed.

Although he was a quiet man, Sam was a devoted student of the Martial Arts and achieved the level of Black Belt. He enjoyed hunting and target shooting and was an avid and talented wood-worker.

Following his career at Bristol Myers, Sam and Linda retired to Linda’s home town of Delaware, Ohio. However, they escaped Ohio winters by residing at their second home in Bradenton, Florida, where Sam would occasionally golf.

Always a voracious reader, Sam became a patron of the local libraries in Ohio and Florida. He consumed books at an astonishing pace, and appreciated all genres of literature. He enjoyed traveling with Linda, and together they explored much of the United States. They also were able to take several international trips, including one tracking Sam’s ancestral history, culminating with a visit to the Maxwell castle in Scotland.

At Sam’s request, no formal memorial service will be held in his honor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation, 2937 West 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, Ohio is assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Sam or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Sam Maxwell was the kindest,sweetest person. He was a gentleman in the Southern tradition and found only good things to say about people. He was devastated when his wife of 51 years, Linda Johnson Maxwell, died on March 21 of this year. He cared for Linda for many years due to her terminal illness.He was loved by all who knew him and sorely missed.

  • Sam was our neighbor for over 20 years! He and Linda were wonderful people, great neighbors and dear friends! We will miss them!

  • We were saddened to hear of Mr. Maxwell’s passing. We have recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. What a sweet man! Our prayers to the family.

  • I recall Dr. Maxwell coming to our farm in Bristol, WV to care for the animals that my father raised – particularly the black angus cattle that were my Dad’s favorite of breeds. Then when I attended Salem College I was a student in his zoology class. He was comfortable in a diversity of settings – in fields and barns, as well as in the classroom on a college campus. He was quite an extraordinary man!

  • We met Sam and Linda here in Westfield, New Jersey – I played tennis with Linda – and also Sam – we had fun times together and going to different places – such dear people – and Sam was always the perfect gentleman –
    We extend our sincere sympathy to his family

    Al and Trudy Klingelhofer

  • I just was told of Sam’s passing…So very sad but I did think that he probably missed Linnie so much…
    He was a good person.
    After reading his obituary,I realized how many things he never mentioned that he had done..such a quiet and humble soul.
    So glad that they both were a part of my life.
    Carol Thompson

  • I recall growing up with Sam and his family in Salem, WV. Our mothers ( Mary Lockard and Blonda) were best friends, so we saw a lot of the family and my father (Page Lockard) hunted with Leeman. We loved all of them and I treasure the memories our family holds of this special one, Sam.