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Name: Samet, Seymour

Historical Note:

Seymour Samet was born on December 3, 1919 in  Newark, New Jersey. In 1943, he married Elaine Rosenberg. They had two daughters: Anita Samet Rechler and Roberta Samet.


B.A.  Social Sciences, New Jersey State University, Montclair, NJ

M.Ed. Human Relations, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Graduate work at Columbia University’s Teachers’ College, the New School for Social Research and Harvard University.

Employment History

1948-1952:      Assistant Director, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Community Council of Essex County

1952-1965:      Southeast Area Director, American Jewish Committee

1963-1964:      Executive Director, Miami Dade County Community Relations Board

1964:              White House Task Force for the Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1964-1965:      Special Assistant to Governor Leroy Collins, Director of the Community Relations Service, US Department of Justice

1965:              Chief Intergroup Relations Officer, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1965-1968:    Director of Program Evaluation and Development, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

1968-1984:      Director, National Affairs Department, American Jewish Committee

1984-1986:      Chairman of HR Factor Associates, a Human Relations Consulting Company


Levine, Bertram. Resolving racial conflict: the Community Relations Service and civil rights, 1964-1989. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2005.

Mohl, Raymond A. South of the south : Jewish activists and the civil rights movement in Miami, 1945-1960. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.

Sanua, Marianne R. Let us prove strong: the American Jewish Committee, 1945-2006. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press ; Hanover : Published by University Press of New England, 2007.

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