Richard Irving SAMPSON, Jr. Class of 1946
Richard Irving Sampson, Jr. passed away in Seattle on February 25, 2012, after a brief illness.
He was born on August 29, 1924, and was a Seattle resident his entire life, spending many summers at the family’s summer home in Suquamish, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. He is survived by a niece and two nephews, Nancy N. Gustafson, George R. Nethercutt, Jr. and John I. Nethercutt, and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Richard Sampson graduated from Roosevelt High School, served as student body president and for years organized annual class reunions of his beloved “Teddies.”
After graduating from the University of Washington, he proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned from the War to continue his education at the UW Law School, and was a loyal member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity his entire life, while enthusiastically cheering for the Huskies, the Seattle Supersonics and Seattle Mariners under all circumstances. Richard Sampson practiced law in Seattle for over fifty years, initially with Jones & Gray and later as a sole practitioner. He was beloved by his clients who appreciated the integrity and honesty with which he represented them. Richard Sampson was a devoted son, brother and uncle, a loyal friend and a person of great kindness.
He was proud of his affiliation with the Seattle Congregational Church and his devotion to God. His sense of humor was legend, always quick with a quip, a story or a joke, and always in the best of taste. He had a flair for the dramatic and an appreciation for music and stage performances. He was deeply proud of his Scottish heritage, often playing the bagpipes to popular acclaim, and of his Republican affiliation, based on his abiding love of country. He was beloved by his family and respected by all who knew him. Services will be held Saturday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Seattle Congregational Church, 15518 27th NE, Shoreline. Remembrances may be made to the church.
Published in The Seattle Times on February 29, 2012