Sam P. Hooper, Jr., 1948-2019


Sam P. Hooper, Jr., Ph.D. lost his life to cancer on Nov. 11, 2019. He was 71. He was born in Nacogdoches and raised throughout Texas, completing his B.A. at Austin College and his doctorate at Baylor University. A clinical psychologist for over 40 years, Dr. Hooper worked first as a clinical psychologist in Midland and in later years taught graduate medical education at Texas Tech, UT Southwestern, and Christus GSMC.  

A kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man of keen intellect and insight, he devoted his life to the relief of suffering. He loved cooking, was a voracious reader and had a hilarious wit.  

He is preceded in death by his father, Sam Sr.; Drs. Edward and Melinda Wortz; wife, Margaret Lee Chambers; and good friend, George Jordan. He is survived and beloved by his family and family of friends: his wife of 25 years, Kathryn Wortz; his mother, Mary Beth Ferguson; his children, Mary Margaret, Laura, Marissa, Melissa, Rachel and Matthew; his grandchildren, Alex, Barbara and Maggie; as well as brothers, Mark, Terry and S. Patrick. He is also survived by dear friends Jennifer O’Neil, Dr. Emmanuel Elueze, Alice and David White, Dr. Ivan Pawlowicz, Tammy Mitchell, Justino Lopez, Dr. Loui Gatdula, Dr. Tiffany Egbe, Dr. James L. May, and many other fine associates.

A celebration of life service is planned near his home in Mineola after the Thanksgiving holiday. His ashes will be interred at Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the East Texas Food Bank. God’s peace be with you always.