Sam Kesselman Obituary, Death Cause – In the evening of October 20th, Samuel Kesselman was struck by a vehicle that drove off without stopping. He was waiting on a corner, stopped at a red light, on his way to an EY work event. Sam was struck from behind by a speeding car, which immediately took off after the collision. The accident was witnessed and is currently being investigated by a special unit of the DC police.
Sam was taken to Howard U. Medical Center, and was operated on immediately to relieve cerebral swelling from a traumatic brain injury. He was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital (Bayview) within 48 hours, where he is in the neurosurgical ICU. He is currently receiving the most cutting-edge care available. Sam is currently in a coma and has suffered from serious injuries. His mother, Alison Schecter, father, Stephen Kesselman, older brother, Ross and younger sister, Rose Kesselman, and girlfriend, Irene Partsuf, are with him.
His situation is very serious at this time. Every day is a sign that things are getting better. His path to recovery is going to be a lengthy one. Samuel, otherwise known as Sam or “Kess” to those close to him, is a man loved by many whose lives he has touched and positively impacted. Many would say he is a natural born leader as he lives an exemplary life, shaped by Jewish values. Dedicated and passionate, Sam truly made an impact at Cornell University, as he held many leadership positions in organizations such as being a TA for Policy Analysis & Management, the Cornell Political Union, the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and President of ZBT Fraternity.
Sam just started his full time job at Ernst & Young as a Government Consultant after graduating from Cornell University in the Spring of 2022. Sam was tremendously shaped by his nine years as a camper at Modin, and an additional three on staff. There he grew up alongside his best friends, and became a notable leader in the camp community. His campers view Sam as a role model and his love and sense of responsibility for them was an example for campers and counselors alike. He still provides support, love and advice to his campers regularly.
Sam is someone who is going to change the world for the better. He not only was beloved and looked to by his coworkers and managers, at Johnny’s, a local landmark diner in Newton, but he excelled at Newton North, winning the City of Newton Community Service and Massachusetts Jewish War Veteran scholarship. He interned with Seti Warren in local city government and worked in Jake Auchincloss’s campaign office.