Ralph-Samlowski M.D.-Obituary

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Ralph Christian Samlowski M.D.

Madison, Alabama

Aug 14, 1959 – Feb 4, 2019 (Age 59)


August 14, 1959
February 4, 2019
Madison, Alabama


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Legacy Chapel Funeral Home And Crematory - Madison Obituary

Dr. Ralph C. Samlowski, age 59, passed away suddenly on February 4, 2019 at his home. Ralph was a loving father, husband, and friend. He is preceded in death by his mother Renate (Roye) Samlowski, and his father Dr. Werner E. Samlowski. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Jana (Berry) Samlowski; daughter, Tia (Tim) Nelson; son, Ian Samlowski; brothers, Dr. Eberhard Samlowski, Norbert (Heidi) Samlowski; brothers-in-law, Floyd (Gladys) Berry, Randall (Antolina) Berry; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Steve) Rieser, Frank (Elaine) Penna; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as many close lifelong friends.

Ralph was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from Walnut Ridge Highschool in 1977. He attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in German in 1982. He went on to graduate with honors from medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1988. Following his graduation, he was inducted into the AΩA National Medical Honor Society in 1988.

Throughout his career, he held a variety of teaching positions in Ohio, South Dakota, and Alabama ranging from associate professor to residency director and department chair. Most recently, Ralph was employed as a hospitalist at Huntsville Hospital where he loved being able to provide excellent, personalized care for his patients and their families. Ralph’s passion in his professional life was the education and training of future physicians. He was beloved and respected by his countless students who nominated him for numerous teaching awards that he received over the course of his career.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dr. Ralph Samlowski, or Dr. Sam, and mailed to UAB Huntsville Campus at 301 Governor’s Drive, SW Ste 313A, Hunstville, Alabama 35801. These funds will support Dr. Samlowski’s wish to fund Huntsville medical students, especially for those interested in Family Medicine.

A celebration of Ralph’s life and achievements will be held on February 16th, 2019 from 11:00-2:00 PM at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama.

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I was saddened to recently learn of Ralph Samlowski's death. We started OSU Med school the same year and later were in the same residency program. He was one of the more adventurous with residency team building and the first time I was white water rafting was with that small group in W.Virginia. Ralph later taught some of us how to wind surf at Alum Creek. He was so fun when fun was to be had and serious and wise when dealing with patients and medical decision making. It is so hard to...

A very belated entry as I just learned of Sam's passing in the OSU Med College journal. I was a classmate of Sam;s at OSU from 84-87 and was very glad to have made his friendship. He was always smiling and very positive in his attitude toward even the most difficult tasks. I recall hearing him tell us how it took him several attempts to get accepted into OSU med school and oh how lucky they were to have him. We shared many a day together in anatomy lab and he was a great partner in a tough...

Ralph and family, I wish you well.

Dr. Sam was an excellent physician, superb mentor and a great human being. His untimely demise is a great loss for his patients and for scores of students and residents who could have benefited from his knowledge. I will forever cherish his words of wisdom and remember his infectious smile.

Dr. Sam took great care of my parents for so many years. God bless you.

Ralph was such a thoughtful and caring person. We will always miss his big smile, twinkling eyes and quick wit. He was the kind of person that impacted the life of everyone that had the privilege of knowing him.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

He was a skilled and compassionate physician. He was always helpful and contributed to making patient care better. He was a joy to work with. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences and prayers to his family.

Dr. Samlowski was a wonderful physician and colleague. He will be definitely missed in The North Alabama Hospitalist group. I extend my condolences and offer prayers to his family.