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Endodontics leader at Baylor dies at 93

April 21, 2014

Dr. Sampeck
Dallas—Dr. Adrian Sampeck, who his family says helped establish the endodontics department at the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University has died. He was 93.

Dr. Sampeck was named chair of the department of endodontics at the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1963 and worked in private practice.

He received his dental degree from the University of Nebraska and received a master of science in dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

"He was one of the first practitioners of modern endodontics in this region, and his patients came to use from virtually every corner of the United States," his daughter, Carole Sampeck, said. "His practice lasted well over 60 years; he retired only three years ago. He genuinely loved his work. His goal was to relieve pain whenever possible."

Dr. Sampeck was married nearly 70 years to his wife, Kathryne Sampeck. He is survived by his wife and his children, Carole Sampeck, Vicki Sampeck, Paul Sampeck, Patrick Sampeck, Timothy Sampeck, Daniel Sampeck and Dr. Kathryn E. Sampeck; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. Philip Sampeck, who followed him into the family business as an endodontist in Beaumont, Texas.