Sam W. Houston was a man of great intellect, honor, and love. The greatest of these was love for his cherished wife, Clara, his daughters, Ruth Ann and Julia, and his grandchildren, Jenna and Isy. He inspired others to share his passions in science, philosophy, history, and music, and he encouraged his family, students, and friends to develop their minds and pursue their dreams. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering at SMU, following degrees at Southeastern and LSU. As a highly respected mind and contributor to his field as a systems engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach, CA, his greatest goal was to improve lives, and his influence enriched others beyond measure.