Longtime businessman Sam Spector, ‘an American hero,’ has died.

Longtime businessman Sam Spector, ‘an American hero,’ has died.

Dr. Sam Spector helped start the MBA program at Berry during his nine years there. This photo is from 2008 when he was receiving an honorary degree. Photo courtesy of Berry College.


Longtime Rome businessman Sam Spector has died. Family friends have confirmed the man who could do — and about did — anything passed overnight.

“He was just in here yesterday, skipping around, checking his mail,” says Mark Brewster, president of Garden Lakes Realty, a company Spector took over from his father-in-law and ran for several decades. “He was always so friendly.”

Brewster says he could spend days talking about Spector’s career, from his early jump into the military to his time at Berry to running the company and even snow skiiing into his 80s. “He’s an American hero,” Brewster say Tuesday afternoon.

We’ll have additional updates later today. Daniel’s Funeral Home is in charge of services.

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