Calvin C. Sampson

Monday, December 27, 2010; 6:48 PM

Calvin C. Sampson, 82, a pathologist at Howard University, died Dec. 13 at Bowie Medical Center. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Sampson joined the pathology department at Howard in 1958 and was appointed a professor in 1969. He was a director of the school of medical technology, director of clinical microbiology and vice chairman of the pathology department before he retired in 1990 and became a professor emeritus.

He was also director of laboratories and pathology at Freedmen's Hospital, a predecessor of Howard University Hospital.

Calvin Coolidge Sampson was born in Cambridge, Md. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from what is now Hampton (Va.) University in 1947 and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 1951. He moved to the District in 1958.

Dr. Sampson served in the Army Medical Corps from 1953 to 1955 as the chief of clinical laboratory services and in the D.C. National Guard Reserve from 1956 until he retired as a colonel in 1975.He was an assistant editor of the Journal of the National Medical Association and, from 1978 to 1997, editor in chief. He also published more than 100 scholarly papers of his own.

He was a past president of the Washington Society of Pathologists and a member of other medical organizations.

He was a member of Michigan Park Christian Church in the District.Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Corrine Pannell Sampson of Laurel; two daughters, Cathleen Sampson of Washington and Judith Smith of Berwyn, Pa.; a sister; a brother; and three grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman


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