Throughout the 40 years I knew him beginning our freshman year as suite mates at Grove City College, Sam Casolari distinguished himself as a model gentleman. He stood out among the seven of us guys who lived together for his kindness, humor, and passion for good old American conservatism. In the fall of 1979, he was excited about a politician named Ronald Reagan and he would maintain admiration for the man from Dixon, Illinois all his life.
Sam and I talked frequently about conservatism and our conservative alma mater. As a Grove City College trustee, Sam would laugh about him being my “boss” and two guys from the Colonial Hall suite we dubbed “Stud Pad 105” (room 105) becoming a trustee and a VP. But college governance was no laughing matter to Sam. He understood the importance of the enterprise we dedicated our adult lives to. Freedom, freedom of conscience, respecting students as God’s image bearers, seeking Truth rigorously in the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, are hallmarks of Grove City College. Sam devoted countless hours over many years seeking to preserve and advance these pillars of American society at his fearless little college renowned for its independence.
Although he was deeply concerned about the collapse of conservatism and the state of American higher education, he was never angry. Rather, he was thoughtful, insightful, and maintained the decorum of a country lawyer in his op-ed writing and service on the Grove City College Board of Trustees.
America needs more Sam Casolaris. He was just 58. I am sad that my friend is gone. He had so much more to give. I ask God why He took Him. But Sam and I know God works all things for good for those who love Him. Rest in peace my friend. You were a model gentleman and you are more than a conqueror in Christ who loves you forever.
To read Sam’s scholarship for the Institute for Faith & Freedom please click here or follow the link below.
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