RMC Remembers Chair Emeritus, Samuel F. Pryor, III- 1928-2014


The National Board of Directors and staff of the Republican Majority for Choice mourn the loss of our founding Chair Emeritus, Samuel F. Pryor, III who has passed away after a lengthy illness.  We send our sincere condolences to his wife Sally, his five children and nine grandchildren and thank them for generously sharing Sam with us for so many years.

Born in Greenwich, CT in 1928, Sam epitomized the full measure of a renaissance man. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law school, Sam was a Marine Corp veteran and an esteemed member of the law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell first running their Paris office and then in the flagship offices in New York City specializing in capital and environmental issues.

Sam’s commitment to reproductive choice was unequivocal.  As the first co-chair of a Republican pro-choice political action committee whose creation was urged by then NY Governor George Pataki, Sam’s involvement and influence grew when he joined the Board of the Republican Pro-Choice Alliance that joined forces with two other Republican pro-choice groups to form the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition. With offices in New York and Washington, DC, Sam agreed to co-chair this merged organization in 1999. As a result of his tireless leadership and steady hand, Sam influenced the passage of pro-choice legislation in both NY and at the federal level, oversaw the distribution of over a million dollars in direct PAC support to vetted pro-choice Republican candidates in both New York and for federal office across the country.  Sam’s ready smile, strategic approach to the sometimes dizzying world of politics and his tenacious respect for women and families made his tenure as our co-chair and national board member the most productive in our history. We will be forever grateful.

In addition to his political work, Sam was a President of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Chair of the Westchester Land Trust, Directors of the Land Trust Alliance, Scenic Hudson, New York Audubon, the National Forest Foundation and the League of Conversation Voters, both in New York and nationally.  Sam also served as the Chairman of the World Rehabilitation Fund and as a director of Women’s eNews.

Funeral services will be held at St Matthews Church in Bedford on Nov. 1 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northern Westchester Hospital and the Westchester Land Trust.

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