Samuel Mauldin Chambliss, who was a Ridgefield lawyer and owner of an enormous ranch in Zimbabwe, died on May 5, 2014 in Deland, Fla., following a severe stroke.
Born in Plainfield, N.J., on Dec. 15, 1929, the son of Leopold Alexander Chambliss and Anna Scott Yerkes, he graduated from Wilkes College, now known as Bucknell University, and earned his doctor of law degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to earn his master of law degree in military law from the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia. He then served in Germany as a captain in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserve in 1962.