Ethel E. Salomon, whose family was among the first to have a house at Sammy’s Beach, East Hampton, and who had worked for Robert Moses at the Long Island Parks Commission, died last Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a long illness, her family said. She was 96.
Ms. Salomon was, on her mother’s, Edith’s, side a descendent of the Young family, which arrived on the North Fork in the 1600s. She was born on April 16, 1917, in the Philippines, where her mother and father, Walter Salomon, lived for a time.
Babylon on Long Island was the family hometown, though in the 1930s they built the house at Sammy’s Beach. Her father donated land at the end of the sandy peninsula to the Town of East Hampton for use as a bathing beach, in the hope that the town would put in electrical service and a proper road to the area. Until the road was extended, the best access was by boat or seaplane.
Ms. Salomon went to Babylon High School, then to Hofstra University, where she was a member of the class of 1939 — its first to get four-year degrees. At the Long Island Parks Commission office at Belmont State Park she worked as an administrative assistant.
Her interests ran to travel, coin and stamp collecting, and a horde of decorative elephants that numbered in the hundreds. She visited many places in Europe, Australia, and saw 45 United States state capitals. According to a friend, Susan Haberman, Ms. Salomon was a breast cancer survivor, having been treated more than 20 years before her death and having no recurrences.
Ms. Salomon was a member for many years of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, to which memorial donations have been suggested. The church’s mailing address is 18 James Lane, East Hampton 11937.