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William "Sam" Hipp III '58 May 5, 2021 10:26 AM updated: May 5, 2021 10:27 AM

Willian Samuel Hipp III
October 08, 1936 - April 16, 2021

Sam Hipp passed away peacefully on April 16.

Sam was born in Houston, Texas in 1936, son of William Hipp II and Mary Elizabeth Hipp, and the brother of Nancy Hipp.

He exhibited strong math and engineering skills in his youth and enrolled in Texas A & M University where he graduated in 1959 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Sam also worked as a "Roughneck," on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico during his summer vacations to further develop his body of knowledge in the field.

Upon graduation from Texas A & M, Sam was hired by Texaco and tasked with developing a new computer program that would integrate and optimize shipping petroleum products world-wide using super tankers based in the Middle East and the United States. This program proved to be extremely successful, reducing costs, increasing ship capacity, delivering the product far more efficiently and increasing company profitability.

After a successful tenure at Texaco, Sam enrolled, and matriculated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with an MBA and was hired by Control Data, where he worked for many years in the programing division. During this time, he became an expert in the Fortran computer programming system.

While on a golf vacation to South Florida, he fell in love with the area and moved permanently to Fort Lauderdale where he worked with Smith-Barney as a stock broker for many years.

Retiring from Smith-Barney, he worked as head of IT with Roland Hodges and Sons Real Estate in Fort Lauderdale and founded a soil engineering corporation, Production Soils, working hand in hand with Florida citrus and vegetable growers developing new techniques to fight canker and increase yields.

Sam is survived by his sister Nancy Gabriel and his nieces Diana and Lindsey Gabriel of Houston, Texas.

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