Jack Samuelson – A Lifelong Sports Fan
Jack Samuelson was an enthusiastic sports fan who loved traveling. He particularly enjoyed attending Midget Football, Basketball and Baseball games at Midget Stadium.
He earned his degrees at Occidental College and Cornell University’s Naval Officers School before serving on board USS Louisville during World War II as an ensign.
Early Life and Education
Jack Samuelson was born and educated in Los Angeles before attending high school in Hollywood before enrolling at Occidental College and eventually moving onto Officers’ School at Cornell University and serving on board USS Louisville during World War II as an ensign.
He and his brother Bob then founded Samuelson Brothers General Contracting firm and ran it until both of their deaths in 2008. Samuelson Brothers constructed many campus buildings at Cal Lutheran, such as Orville Dahl Centrum and Peters Hall; as well as many structures on Oxy’s campus like Booth Hall, Herrick Memorial Chapel Rush Gym Keck Theater an Art gallery plus pavilion and alumni center that bear their names.
He was committed to community service and served on the boards of Hollywood Medical Center and YMCA of the Foothills. Alongside his wife Sally Reid Samuelson ’48, they raised their three children in La Canada, California.
Duane was a long-standing member of Solem Lutheran Church in Kensington, Minnesota and an active 4-H leader and volunteer with county fairgrounds throughout Minnesota. He leaves his wife Darlene; sons Reid Samuelson (Blaine) and Darren Samuelson (both Blaine); daughters Lisa Paugh, Laura Murphy, Jennifer Gangelhoff; seven grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews behind.
He founded and led his firm for many years to complete numerous notable buildings on Oxy’s campus, such as Booth Hall, Herrick Memorial Chapel, Rush Gymnasium, Keck Theater and an art gallery – as well as a pavilion and alumni center that bear his name.
He served on the boards of Hollywood Medical Center, YMCA of the Foothills, La Canada Flintridge school board president, Kiwanis Club and California Parent-Teacher Association; together with his brother he co-founded Beacon Affordable Housing.
Achievement and Honors
Samuelson Brothers (now Samuelson Partners), co-founded by Samuelson and his brother Bob in real estate development projects including general construction and commercial development projects in offices, schools, churches, shopping centers and residential communities.
Samuelson dedicated much of his time and efforts to community service. He received recognition as Kiwanis Club “La Canadan of the Year,” was honored as a Lifetime Honoree with California Parent-Teacher Association, was president of La Canada Chamber of Commerce and served on boards at Hollywood Medical Center and YMCA of Foothills (where they awarded him with its Pacesetter Award).
Samuelson’s influence can be felt throughout Oxy’s campus, most visibly in the Alumni Center that bears both of their names – Sally Reid Samuelson ’48 is named in honor of both.
Jack Samuelson is a dedicated community leader. He has been actively involved with several non-profits such as La Canada Presbyterian Church, Fuller Seminary, Ellery Center Senior Citizens and Beacon Affordable Housing. Additionally, together with his wife Sally they established the Samuelson Charitable Foundation which funds agencies providing spiritual enrichment, educational opportunities and self-sufficiency assistance for people in need.
Jack traveled extensively during his time aboard the USS Louisville. Now living at 494 Sandpiper Dr. Satellite Beach FL 32937 in Brevard county Florida, Jack is loved and respected by his daughter Karen; family members, friends, coworkers, as well as many others. Rusty his dog provides much entertainment during free time while avid sports fan Jack can often be found attending Major General football, basketball and baseball games.
Once home, Samuelson joined his brother Bob in founding Samuelson Brothers Construction company and went on to design notable buildings on college campuses and medical centers throughout Southern California. Additionally, he established HumanGood – an affordable housing nonprofit which continues to create affordable homes across America – as an ongoing project.
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