Retired Educator, Coach, & Friend
Sam Fix is the son of the late Homer D. and Gwendolen Gray Fix, Sam was born on January 9, 1938 in Shelbyville, Indiana. Sam had a younger sister Gwendolen Kern, died 2009(DarreI Kern) of Marion, Iowa, a twin brother Dan (Helen) who resides in Zionsville and an older brother Jerry (Marcia) who lives in East Hampton, Massachusetts. Sam is an uncle to 15, and great uncle to 21 immediate family members. He has a multitude of friends that he treats just like family. To this day he still cuts wood, sells and delivers firewood with one of his Zionsville High School friend, Gerald Rhoades also of the Class of 1956.
Sam graduated from Zionsville High School in 1956, as a proud Zionsville Eagle graduate and was President of his Senior Class. He continued his education and graduated from DePauw in 1960 with a B.A. in Education, then received his Masters Degree in Education from Indiana Central College in Indianapolis. A United States Marine Corps. Veteran, a member of the Francis Neidlinger Post #79, American Legion and a lifetime member of Zionsville United Methodist Church.
Sam began his teaching career at North Salem High School in 1962 teaching Social Studies, Drivers Training and Physical Education for 2 years and then for 28 years being an integral part of the Zionsville Community School Corporation as an educator, coach and Athletic Director of the Zionsville Middle School. Sam loved being an educator and working with the kids, parents and faculty for three decades. During the summers he was able to continue to nurture young people by managing the Zionsville Arbywood Farm, 37 years, which provided summer employment for several hundred of Zionsville youth.
He organized and is a director of The Homer and Gwendolen Fix Memorial Euchre Tournament, ongoing for 17 years which provides College Scholarships to many Zionsville students. Sam's Dad was an exceptional Euchre player but Sam loves to play but he could not match his Dad's playing ability even today.
Sam has been a benefactor to many great causes in our community over the years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Patrick Henry Sullivan Museum for 22 years and 9 years as President of the Board. He assisted with the upkeep of Sheets Cemetery for at least a decade. He is a very strong supporter of the Zionsville Alumni Association since it began.
Sam just like Zionsville Alumni Association "cherishes the school and its heritage, supports its goals and aspirations, models its virtues and above all else, values the school's dedication to educating ethical, compassionate leaders for the future."
Nominated by Jeff Ottinger & Friends. Compiled by Ralph W. Stacy