Samuel Segnar

  • "Thank you for being the person of integrity that you were...."
    - tom cameron
  • "Linda, I am just learning of Sam's death. May you be in..."
    - Garin Wiggins
  • "God bless you, Sam. You will not be forgotten."
    - S W
  • "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you..."
    - Adodlphine Cobb
  • "Linda, you know how much we love and respect both you and..."
    - Bob Wells

Samuel Frederick Segnar passed away January 5, 2015. Sam was born September 16, 1927, in Hope, Arkansas, and raised there. He attended Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma where, in 1950, he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration Advanced Management Program in 1967. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Nebraska in 1985.

Sam began to climb the corporate ladder in 1961 when he moved to Omaha, Nebr., to become manager of engineering and construction for Northern Gas Products Gas Co. NGP was a new subsidiary of Northern Natural Gas Co., which changed its name to InterNorth in 1980. Sam held several positions at InterNorth before he became president and chief operating officer of the corporation and joined its board of directors in 1976. He was elected chief executive officer in 1980.

Sam served in several roles of more than 40 companies and organizations. Chief among these was the Caribbean/Central American Action Committee, Washington, D.C. The committee promoted Ronald Reagan's Caribbean Action Initiative, an effort to combat the threat of communist political and economic expansionism dictated by Cuba's Fidel Castro. The committee merged with the Americas Society. Chairman David Rockefeller asked Sam to serve as vice chairman.

He served as chairman of the board for the Collecting Bank N.A. Houston and the Vista Chemical Co. He served on the board of directors of the First City Bancorporation, Houston; the Seagull Energy Corporation; the board of directors of the Houston Chamber of Commerce Arts; the National Council of Christians and Jews; the American Council for the Arts; and the American Air Power Heritage Foundation. He was also on the Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee.

Sam was active in the educational area. He served on the Development Council, College of Business Administration, Texas A&M, and the Texas A&M Institute of Bioscience and Technology. He was an adjunct professor of Fordham University, New York City. He was chairman of the board and a trustee of the John Cooper School in The Woodlands and on the national executive board of the Boy Scouts.

Sam is survived by his wife, Linda Foster Segnar, and his daughter, Kathryn, and his son, Sam, Jr. He is also survived by Linda's family: her daughters, Terri Berwick and Traci Merdian; Traci's husband, John; Terri's daughter, Ashlea Reneau; Ashlea's husband, Wes; Terri's son, Jesse; Traci and John's daughter, Michelle; and John's son, Drew.

Donations in Sam's memory can be made to the , 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Tx., 77030-2008, (713) 314-1313, or to the Houston Area Parkinson Society, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite 296, Houston, Tx., 77098, (713) 626-7114.


Published on from Jan. 10 to Jan. 23, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
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