Samuel Reiss, Well-known Translator, Dead; Mastered 32 Languages

Samuel Reiss, well-known American-Jewish translator and linguist, died here today at the age of 59. Mr. Reiss knew 32 languages and was a translator for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as the author of four books on the relationship between language and thought.

Born in Kulikowo, Poland, he came to this country at the age of nine and grew up in New York City. He was a graduate of New York’s City College and also held a degree from the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Some of the languages he knew, such as Swahili, Chinese and Greek, he learned on his own.

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