Obituary of SAMUEL RAYMOND (1928 – 2021) – Falmouth, MA

RAYMOND, Samuel Otis Adventurer, inventor and oceanographic engineer, dies at age 93 From ice diving at the North Pole with the National Geographic Society to exploring ancient Tibetan culture with his daughter, Sam Raymond has led a full life adventures, trips around the world, endless curiosity and innovation. Son of inventor Horace Raymond, Sam graduated from MIT with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. After graduation, he worked with his former teacher and mentor, Dr Harold Edgerton, eventually leading the Division of Mechanical Engineering. ocean products at EG&G. His love for the ocean, his interest in photography, and his skills as a mechanical engineer led Sam to found Benthos Undersea Systems in North Falmouth, MA in 1962. Benthos became a leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for ocean science and underwater photography. Sam and Benthos have contributed to many important oceanographic research expeditions for organizations such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the National Geographic Society. Benthos equipment was used to capture the first photographs of the wreck of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the sea, as well as filming underwater footage for James Cameron’s film Titanic. Sam enjoyed scuba diving, skiing, caving, hiking, trail biking, travel and music, playing jazz on the piano and clarinet. His urge to travel has taken him to travel the world, often with little more than a small backpack and his trusty ukulele, traveling by bus and staying in hostels. Driven by boundless curiosity, Sam enjoyed tinkering, figuring out how things work, and imagining ways to make them work better. He was curious, creative, and unafraid to risk failure, convinced that he could solve any problem and leave the world in a better place than he found it. Sam is survived by his children Eric, Vaun, Nixie and Monica; his brother Georges; brother-in-law Jack Heinzmann; grandsons Morgan and Jesse; and his first wife Heidi, the mother of his children. He was predeceased by his wife Holly Nichols Raymond, his brother Richard and his sister Jean Heinzmann. To watch a two part video biography of Sam, Google “The Adventures of Sam Raymond”. For a full obituary and guestbook, visit A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for summer 2022 in North Falmouth, MA. See the guestbook on the above website for more details.

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Published by Boston Globe December 4-5, 2021.

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