Houston Ophthalmological Society

Whitney G. Sampson Memorial Lecturers

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Dr. Whitney SampsonWhitney G. Sampson MD was born in Houston, Texas on October 2, 1932. He attended the University of Houston from 1950 to 1953 and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1957. He served his internship in Houston at Hermann Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1962 and 1963 he served as Lt. Commander U.S. Public Health Service in Washington, DC and was discharged from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1963, thus beginning his academic practice at the Baylor College of Medicine from 1963 until 1965. In 1963 he was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. His private practice of ophthalmology was from 1963 until 1993 when he retired.

Dr. Sampson was author and co-author of thirty-two publications in medical journals as well as author and co-author of three textbooks. One of Whitney’s loves was Parliamentary Procedures, whereby he became a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Some of Whitney’s professional positions were serving as President of the Houston Ophthalmological Society from 1969 – 1970; President of the Texas Ophthalmological Society from 1975 – 1976; President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists in 1975; President of the American Association of Ophthalmology 1980 – 1981 and President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1984. Whitney also served on the By-Laws Committees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Association of Ophthalmology; Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists; American Intraocular Implant Society; Joint Commission of Allied Health personnel in Ophthalmology; Medical Eye Services of American and Texas; Texas Ophthalmological Association and the Houston Ophthalmological Society.

Following retirement, Whitney and his wife, Marlys, moved to their ranch located in Weimar, Texas. Whitney and Marlys had three children, Linda Sampson Cox, Leslie Sampson Kellar and Whitney Gordon Sampson Jr.; and six grandchildren.


December 11, 2008 Dwight Cavanagh, M. D.
February 7, 2008 Dwain G. Fuller, M. D., J.D.
September 14, 2006 C. Stephen Foster, M.D.
February 13, 2003 Lanning B. Kline, M. D.
March 14, 2002 James E. Key II, M. D.


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