Dr. Sam Fine died on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from complications due to cancer. Prof. Fine was a member of the Towson University Department of Music for fifteen years as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Music History and Culture. Music was a part of his life from an early age. He played in his high school marching band and studied music veraciously. Dr. Fine had a successful career in information technology and retired from that industry at age 48. He returned to music, a passion which he carried with him throughout life, and received his bachelor’s degree in Music Literature from Towson University in May 2003. He later received a master’s in Musicology from the Peabody Institute and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Maryland. Towson’s Department of Music was fortunate to have him as a member of our faculty for over a decade and his passion for teaching and expanding the minds of students will be sorely missed.
Dr. Fine was an accomplished jazz saxophonist and a member of the Hank Levy Legacy Band at Towson and the professional jazz orchestra, The Mood Swings Band. A full obituary on Dr. Fine and his extraordinary life can be read at the Baltimore Sun.
At his funeral the following was said about Dr. Fine. “Sam always believed that people were inherently good and this it was our job to project that goodness in the world.” This was the essence of our colleague and professor, Dr. Sam Fine.