Archino, Samuel P. (Deceased)
Samuel was born in 1918, in Washington, D.C., to Italian immigrants. His mother died when he was five, so he was raised in a D. C. orphanage until he was fourteen years old and was on his own. During WW II, he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and held as a prisoner of war until being liberated by the Russians. Samuel loved everything about life and nature. He was a collector and had collections of everything from stamps and coins, to shells, to butterflies, to match books. He was also a writer who wrote a novel as well as short stories about his time in the war. He enrolled in an art school in the early 1950's and continued to draw through the years. Additionally, he played golf, bowled, loved to fish, and was a wonderful carpenter. Samuel earned a living being a certified public accountant, but there was a whole big world out there that he enjoyed learning about and sharing with his family and friends. He and his wife, Martha, lived in a Philadelphia suburb with their two daughters, Kathy and Ann, until 1965 when they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. His grandsons, Jason and Justin Wallace, have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1946 and was a non-resident member in 1958 when the land of the Washington Biologists' Field Club was transferred to the U.S. Park Service. Samuel died in June, 1969.