Sam Douglass, a proud member of the Bauer College family, passed away on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 82 with his beloved wife, Paula, by his side.
Douglass earned a BBA from what was known then as the University of Houston College of Business Administration (now Bauer College) in 1954, studying management and finance. In many ways, Douglass’s story exemplifies that of the college’s current student body, Dean Latha Ramchand said. She added, he enjoyed a successful business career because he made the most of the opportunities afforded to him and tapped in to his passions. And, he recognized that he could impact the lives of so many others through service, so he dedicated much of his time to causes in the Houston community, including his alma mater.
He had a natural talent for leadership and was actively involved and engaged during his time as a UH student, serving as president of his graduating class and of the Cavaliers fraternity. Sam was a proud Cougar cheerleader for three years, from 1952 through 1954, and graduated as a distinguished Military Graduate. After his undergraduate studies, he went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the UT Law School and practiced law for several years. Later, he co-founded Service Corporation International, the Wedge Group of Companies and Energy Services International, and in 1978, he founded the Equus Group of Funds, where he spent the rest of his business career as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO until his retirement.
Douglass’s legacy will long be seen on the University of Houston campus, both physically with the named Sam P. Douglass Library in the Alumni Center and metaphorically with the success of generations of Bauer College students who will benefit from his support of the college.
(Click here to read Douglass’s full obituary in the Houston Chronicle.)
The Douglass family will host a visitation on Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at their home, and a funeral service will be held Dec. 3 at the Sanctuary of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church (2450 River Oaks Boulevard).