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Passing of Richard Sambol


It is with great sorrow that I share the news of the passing of Trustee Emeritus Richard Sambol HN ’04 on Saturday, May 23.  Mr. Sambol was a tremendously influential and effective trustee, serving with distinction since his election to the Board in 1988.

Mr. Sambol served for many years as the chair of the Committee on Trustees, as a member of the University’s Government Relations Committee, and the Kislak Real Estate Institute’s Advisory Council.  In 2004 he received the Distinguished Business Leaders Award and an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree at the spring Commencement Ceremony.  In 2008 he was elected as a Trustee Emeritus by his fellow board members.

Mr. Sambol and his family have made many important contributions to education in New Jersey. The Sambols helped establish and nurture the Ocean County College Foundation. Mr. Sambol is a trustee emeritus of the foundation and co-initiated the development of what is now called the Sambol-Citta Arboretum. The arboretum’s purpose is to stimulate interest in environmental science and enhance the beauty of the campus. 

In 1995 Brookdale Community College honored Mr. Sambol and his wife, Janice, for a lifetime of community service for Holocaust studies. They were also recipients of the State of Israel Peace Medal in 1999. In 2001 Mr. Sambol was honored with the Francis Albert Sinatra Tribute to the Performing Arts, which recognizes individuals, corporations, and philanthropies that have shown a dedication to improving cultural life in New Jersey. Mr. Sambol was appointed by President George Bush in 2003 to serve as council member for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In addition to his many educational affiliations, Mr. Sambol is a former director of the New Jersey Resources Corporation. He is a founder of Metedeconk Golf Club, and has served as a commissioner of the New Jersey Highway Authority and a trustee of Paul Kimball Medical Center.

Mr. Sambol served in the Navy during World War II, and later earned his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He contributed his seemingly endless wisdom, energy, and business acumen both to the Sambol Companies and the many corporate and community boards on which he served.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River. Shiva Service will be held daily at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday May 26, Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28 at the Sambol Residence in Middletown.