Walter Sam

There's a house on a hilltop perched high in the air

With flowers around it and, oh yes, the stair

Fifty-eight steps 'til the summit you've gained

And the gate swings open, your efforts attained

Broken stairways where these feet of mine

Falter and stumble as they seek to climb

Just memories left me of kindness and love

Awaits me high on that hill above

Life with its stairways to climb all alone

Nothing but memories to welcome me home

While deep within my afflicted breast

I long for tranquility of endless rest.

-- Lee B. Sam

August 6, 1939

Walter E. Sam, aged 61, passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2010, in New York City. He was born in China on September 19, 1948, the first son of Lee B. and Jung L. Sam. He is survived by his mother Jung Lai, his sisters, Cynthia Sam and Isabel Sam-Garni, and his brother Arthur Sam. He was also the beloved uncle to Kim Garni. Walter was predeceased by his sister Victoria Sam who passed in 1997, the same year of his father's death.

Walter came to the United States at the age of 10 and studied at New York Institute of Technology. He became a registered architect and was partner at Farinella & Sam, Architects before incorporating his own business under the name of Walter E. Sam, Architect, PLLC. Walter was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who always put his family, friends, and colleagues before his own needs.