Albert L. Sampson, 73, a longtime local educator, died August 26 of lung disease. Sampson’s lifetime career was in education and communications. He taught advertising and public relations for more than 20 years at the University of Washington’s School of Communications. He retired in the mid-90s and taught public relations and other classes at Argosy University, Seattle University and the School of Visual Concepts.
In 1993 he joined the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and served for 12 years. Although he was not a writer himself, he taught English literature and was an excellent editor and brought an extra perspective to his work with PNWA. When PNWA’s president was forced to resign due to ill-health, Sampson stepped in to help the organization. He served two terms as president.
Sampson was a founding member of 74th Street Productions, a book publishing company in Seattle, and was instrumental in developing the mission and look for the press. He was a popular proofreader for authors and students writing doctoral dissertations. During the 1990s, he also served the Seattle Repertory Theatre for three years on its marketing committee.
There will be a brief memorial mass, Sunday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 2 to 3 p.m., Trinity Parish Church, 609 8th Avenue, Seattle 98104.
submitted by Peter Kahle, 74th Street Productions