Samuel S. Ballard

Samuel S. Ballard, 82, who passed away at his home in Maine on Dec. 5, 2013, will be interred in Hollis on Saturday, June 14th.

He was born in Portland, Maine in 1931, the youngest of seven children of Ernest S. Ballard and Elisabeth D. Ballard. He attended Andover Academy and Harvard University, where he attained first a BA and then a BS in electrical engineering.

During the 1950s, he served in the U.S. Army, where he received a commendation for his work with the rocket scientist Wernher von Braun at the Redstone Missile Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. He moved to Hollis, N.H. with his first wife Charlotte (Gruber) Ballard in 1959. He worked at Sanders Associates in Nashua in a career that spanned more than 30 years. After his retirement, he pursued various entrepreneurial projects and was married to the late Jane (Blount) Ballard.

Throughout his life, he spent his summers on Chebeague Island, Maine, and in 1999, he and his wife, Sally, moved to the island to live year-round in the house that his son, Tim, designed and built. He was an avid sailor and participated in many island civic activities.

Sam is survived by his wife, Sally (Hayden) Ballard; his two children, Timothy and Andrea Ballard; and his four stepchildren, Stephanie McAllister Poon, Celia McAllister Sandbloom, Tracy Weitz and Julie Doane.

The burial will take place at East Cemetery, Wheeler Road, Hollis.

Donations may be made in his memory to: Island Commons, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.