TBA Mourns the Passing of Former Chief Executive Sam O. Kimberlin

Sam Kimberlin“Our TBA family is deeply saddened by the passing this week of our former chief executive Sam Kimberlin. Sam Kimberlin was a historic leader for TBA, beloved by members and respected as a voice for Texas banks for more than a quarter century,” said TBA President and CEO Chris Furlow. “Sam has truly left a lasting legacy for the banking industry in Texas not only through his extraordinary work, but through the meaningful relationships he fostered. TBA’s leadership, members, and staff express our deepest condolences to Sam’s wife of 64 years, Alison, their sons Scott and David, as well as their entire family.”

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1928, Sam Kimberlin was a US Marine Corps veteran and University of Texas alumnus. In the 1950s, he served as counsel at the Texas Department of Banking and as Assistant Attorney General of Texas.

He became executive director of the Association for State Chartered Banks (ASCB) in 1962 and following the merger of ASCB and TBA, Sam became TBA’s Executive Vice President (the association’s managing official) in 1964 at age 36. He would serve as TBA’s chief executive until 1990. During that span he spearheaded TBA’s move from Dallas to Austin and oversaw construction of a new headquarters building in 1977. He was a dedicated government relations advocate for the industry and served on the board of the American Bankers Association. He earned the confidence of his peers, serving as Chairman of ABA’s State Association Division. Sam was a widely published author on the banking system and was an active community leader during his tenure at TBA and following his retirement.

Learn more about Sam Kimberlin’s influential life and extensive accomplishments HERE.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen F. Austin Continuing Education Foundation, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (Austin), or the charity of your choice.

Due to the pandemic a private family service will be held at a later date. However, please share your memories of Sam at www.wcfish.com.