Sam Roeder was born in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor?s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in 1939. In addition to being named to the Franklin & Marshall Sports Hall of Fame, he was named Little All-American for football and was the Eastern Pennsylvania Football high scorer in 1938. In 1980, he retired after working as a chemist and chief of testing lab for the former New Jersey Zinc Company. He was a former member of the Palmerton Area School Board and secretary of the Palmerton Area School Authority.