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Michael Stephen Samis
10 juin 1953 – 22 octobre 2020
Michael Stephen Samis, 67, died peacefully, surrounded by his beloved family, after an inspirational and courageous 15-year fight against cancer on October 22, 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he was the son of James Maynard and Shirley Ann “Shan” Samis.
Mike’s life was forever changed when he started at Casady School his sophomore year of high school, where he soon met the love of his life, Karen Hulsey Samis. They began dating in 1970, when he was 17 and she was 16, and were married June 21, 1974. It has been 50 years of friendship, love, and inseparability. It was also at Casady that Mike developed deep friendships that last to this day, including with the godparents to his and Karen’s daughters.
Mike received his BA in finance from the University of Oklahoma and his Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Later in life, he achieved what may have been his favorite degree when he graduated from the Skip Barber Racing School, where he earned his competitive racing license. He won the INEX Legends Road Course World Championship twice; the Masters Series in 1999, and the Pro Series in 2002.
In 1982, he joined Macklanburg-Duncan Co., “M-D”, a manufacturer of home improvement products. He served as President and CEO from 1990-2000, when the company was sold to General Electric. Samis was Chairman of MD Building Products, a spinoff of M-D, until 2007.
Governor David Walters asked Mike to be the initial Chairman of the University Hospitals Authority in 1993. For the next 27 years, he unreservedly poured his time and talents into building and delivering the highest quality health care for Oklahomans. He led the negotiations resulting in the Joint Operating Agreement between University Hospitals and the HCA-owned Presbyterian Hospital in 1998 that resulted in more than one billion dollars of capital and operational investments, and in 2018 managed the purchase of HCA’s interest in the JOA, and the creation of OU Medicine, Inc., “OUMI”, a $1.5 billion Oklahoma owned and operated not-for-profit hospital system. The Samis Family Education Center, adjacent to the Children’s Atrium on the OU Health Sciences Center campus, was dedicated in recognition of Mike’s mission to advance medical education, research and care in our state.
Mike served as a director of BancFirst; Sovereign Asset Management, an investment vehicle of the Chickasaw Nation; Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Dean McGee Eye Institute; the Stephenson Cancer Center Advisory Council; as a Director of the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 1995 – 2001; and as the chair of the board of trustees of the University of Oklahoma Foundation, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Casady School.
The University of Oklahoma recognized his contributions and achievements by awarding him the Regents’ Alumni Award, The Dean’s Award for Distinguished Community Service, and an Honorary Doctorate, and Casady School awarded him the Alumni Achievement Award and Distinguished Graduate Award.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen, two daughters; Carter Fellers and husband Fred, and Katharine Regens and husband Kent; five grandchildren, Thomas and Hulsey Fellers, and Benjamin, William, and Charles Regens, all of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by his parents Jim and Shan Samis; his siblings Susan and husband Peter Hoffman, Linda and husband Ron James, Jimmy Samis and wife Lynn, Bobby Samis and wife Mary Kay, Shirley and husband Pete Everest.
Mike loved nothing more than his family and their time together. He became a grandfather in 2010, and over the next nine years was blessed with four more grandchildren. They adoringly called him “Keke”. Keke found joy and strength through them. His favorite times were spent at their summer home in Harbor Springs, Michigan. He loved taking them on boat rides, bike rides, and snuggling with them in his recliner as he watched, and explained the intricacies of, football, golf, or racing.
Mike did not seek affirmation, and he worked tirelessly towards the best for everyone, regardless of whether they were family, friends, or strangers. He was humble, his empathy was limitless, and he was a giant of a man with an even bigger heart.
Visitation will be at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Monday, October 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. A private, family-only service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday October 28th, at All Souls’ Episcopal Church. The service will be live-streamed for guests to join at Facebook.com/Allsoulsokc
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Stephenson Cancer Center, and Casady School.
- He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen, two daughters; Carter Fellers and husband Fred, and Katharine Regens and husband Kent; five grandchildren, Thomas and Hulsey Fellers, and Benjamin, William, and Charles Regens, all of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by his parents Jim and Shan Samis; his siblings Susan and husband Peter Hoffman, Linda and husband Ron James, Jimmy Samis and wife Lynn, Bobby Samis and wife Mary Kay, Shirley and husband Pete Everest.
- Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation
- The Stephenson Cancer Center
- Casady School
lundi, 26 octobre , 2020
mercredi, 28 octobre , 2020
Michael Stephen Samis
Bob and Mary Anne McCaffree
11 novembre , 2020
Karen and family,
We will be forever grateful to Mike and you for your friendship and for the leadership and example you both set for Oklahoma. The effect that Mike had will be amplified over the years. We will hold his memory dear.
Bob and Mary Anne
Charles and Ines Lormand
28 octobre , 2020
Dear Karen and Family, our deepest sympathies to all of you for your loss. We were able to enjoy the company of both of you for the last time during the Integris Gala last year. Mike was frail, but in good spirits. He was quick with a smile and we appreciated his good sense of humor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
Charles and Ines Lormand
28 octobre , 2020
Dear Karen and Family,
On behalf of Kimberly and our entire family, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. I first met “Mr. Samis” about eight years ago when served as the served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Trust. From the moment we met, I recognized what a special man he was and how committed he was to improving the lives of all Oklahomans. His passion and personal attention to detail were instrumental in the success of what is now OU Health and inspirational to all who had the pleasure to know him. Over the years, he was always there for us, and helped us navigate challenging waters even while he himself was confronted with his own serious health condition. We will miss his smile, his sense of humor, his problem solving, his way of making you feel you were the most important person in the room and his eternal optimism. May God Bless you and your entire family. Sincerely,
Mike and Kimberly Cookson
The entire OU Department of Urology
The Stephenson Cancer Prostate and Urologic Oncology Family
Cassandra Stacey Clarke
27 octobre , 2020
It was an honor meeting you and your family, and the love they expressed during the season of shadows you were facing, shows how big of a heart you had. Seasons change and your season has changed. Rest In Peace.
Anne and Greg Skuta
24 octobre , 2020
Dear Karen and Family, we are deeply saddened by Mike's passing but also celebrate his extraordinary and impactful life and, most importantly, our friendships with him. His unwavering support and faithful leadership at the OU Health Sciences Center and more than 25 years of service on the Dean McGee Eye Board of Directors were marked by brilliant insights accented by his memorable (and often mischievous) chuckle. Mike was loved and revered by all who knew him, and his absence will be deeply felt. In expressing our deepest condolences, please know that our thoughts and prayers have been and continue to be with you and your family. May special memories and God's abundant grace provide comfort and peace. Most respectfully, Anne and Greg Skuta and Your Friends at the Dean McGee Eye Institute
23 octobre , 2020
Despite the fact that I met you in your sick bed in your waning days,the abundance of love and care was omnipresent as evidenced by you pleading to your daughters to go and sleep while they were comforting you.You nurtured and raised a good family with your wife Karen. May the God Lord grant you eternal rest in a world where there is no pain .RIP Mr Samis and thank you for your service to humanity.