Samuel Breeland Obituary – Florida Times-Union


Samuel Glover Breeland, 95, died peacefully on June 13 due to complications from heart failure. Sam was born in Batesburg, SC in 1926 and spent his first five years in nearby Wagener. As the son of a railroad dispatcher, “Wagener’s Little Boy”, as he often called himself, held many memories of the freedom and adventure of hopping from town to town. by train. He also loved the various activities offered by the First Baptist Church and the Boy Scouts, both of which established principles and skills that would prove to be powerful lifelong influences. However, everything changed dramatically following the Great Depression and he faced the effects of extreme poverty and hardship throughout his youth. Nevertheless, he excelled in all undertakings. High school football stardom in Aiken, South Carolina, earned him a scholarship to the Citadel, but when the football program was cut short due to war, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a prison guard from 1944 to 1946. After the war, he continued his studies; earned a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia, an MS in Entomology from NC State, and a PhD in Entomology and Zoology from the University of Tennessee. While at NC State, he met and married the love of his life, Sara. Together they formed a remarkable team for 70 years. His career as a medical entomologist took them around the world, starting with the Canal Zone Health Unit. The start of a new career and the birth of their daughter make this a particularly special time for Sam and Sara. After returning to the United States, Sam held the positions of Research Biologist at TVA, Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at Hardon-Simmons University, Research Entomologist for the Center for Disease Control at Central America Malaria Research Station in El Salvador, and as Chief of the Medical Entomology Branch in Atlanta. During his tenure at CDC, he was also a consultant and participant for encephalitis control in Ecuador, Central America, and the United States and for dengue fever control in the Caribbean. He has actively participated in numerous national and international committees, seminars, workshops and symposia. In 1975 he was president of Section D of the Entomological Society of America. He moved to Florida and continued his work as a research entomologist at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Mosquito Control Section of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS). He has also provided consulting services to USAID and PAHO for projects in Honduras, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Ecuador and Sri Lanka, as well as various universities and regional health departments before to retire from the field in the late 1980s. His research is documented (SG Breeland) in over 70 published scientific articles, and he is cited in American Men and Women of Science and Who’s Who in American Education. In retirement, he applied his passion for writing to a variety of personal projects, including “From Eden to Bethlehem,” a book based on his notes from an intensive seven-year Bible study. Traveling, golfing, college football, miniature carpentry, fitness pursuits, and bargain hunting at Solomon Ventures were also hobby favorites. He loved to share a smile (and usually a story or two) wherever he went and was a source of joy for all along the way. He will be buried in a private ceremony at the National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. In lieu of a memorial gathering, friends and family are encouraged to share special memories, wishes and thoughts online at to celebrate a life beautifully lived. Arrangements are in the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. (904) 288-0025.

Posted on July 01, 2022

Published in Florida Times Union


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