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Samuel P. Sturgis, Local Photographer Remembered


Celebrated Ann Arbor photographer Samuel Payne Sturgis passed away on March 11 (see [|obituary]).

A graduate of the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology, Mr. Sturgis served in the Naval Reserve as photo reconnaissance pilot on USS Bennington in the South Pacific, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals as a combat pilot, retiring in the early 1950's.

He joined the Dey Studio in Ann Arbor as a portrait photographer, earning "Michigan Photographer of the Year" Award from the Michigan Association of Professional Photographers in 1959. In 1962, he opened his own studio at 1112 South University, a space designed by local architect David Osler.

His extensive collection of antique photographs of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding areas, donated to the [|Bentley Historical Library] at the University of Michigan, is available as the [;id=navbarbrowselink;cginame=findaid-idx;cc=bhlead;view=reslist;subview=standard;didno=umich-bhl-92262|Sam Sturgis Photograph Collection]. A few of these outstanding photographs are part of the [|Making of Ann Arbor collection] and the [|Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program].

Over the years, Mr. Sturgis's works have been widely exhibited and he has been active in community service. See [|Ann Arbor News articles].