From Dean David Chapman of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences: 

"Dr. John Sampey, Jr. was a professor of Chemistry at Howard College in the 1920s and 30s.  One of his pupils, Dr. Hugh Linder, was so impressed by Sampey’s teaching that in 1985, some 60 years after he studied under Dr. Sampey, he left a substantial gift to endow a professorship in Dr. Sampey’s name.  That fund continued to grow, and this year we announced the first holder of the Sampey Research Professor:  Dr. Andrew Lampkins.   The Sampey Research Professor is the first to be established in our College in over 40 years.  It will strengthen our reputation as an academic institution and help us recruit outstanding Chemistry professors to our university.  It will provide direct benefits to our students who are involved in undergraduate research.  And it will serve as a lasting reminder of the impact a professor had on the life of one of his students." 

The world is better because of the influence of generations of Samford faculty members.