Samuel Morse Felton Jr.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Samuel Morse Felton Jr., 89, died peacefully on Dec. 24, 2015, at his residence at Birch Bay Retirement Community. Sam was born May 26, 1926, in New York, the son of Samuel Morse and Louise Garaghty Felton. He attended St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., and received a BS from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Sam’s proudest accomplishment was his participation as a hammer thrower in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games in London and Helsinki, respectively. In April 2015, he was inducted into the New York Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame.

Sam worked in professional management and corporate development in industries such as SmithKline & French Labs, Berwind Corporation, and North American Car. He also started up and directed SRI International Midwest Management Consulting Practice. Later, Sam established the Strategic Management Database, a customized service that tracked thought leaders and their ideas.

Sam was active in several associations, clubs and not-for-profits, including The Planning Forum, The Camden Conference, The Harvard Club of Boston and the Southwest Harbor Library.

Sam and his second wife, Elise (predeceased), moved to Southwest Harbor in 1991. He is survived by his three daughters: Venay Felton of Vancouver, BC; Lucy Banta of Westfield, N.J.; Caroline Moore of Chatham, N.J. He also leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private celebration of Sam’s life will be held by his family. Gifts in Sam’s memory may be sent directly to the Southwest Harbor Library, 338 Main St., P.O. Box 157, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. Condolences may be expressed at


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