The Woodward Alumni Hall of Fame Association
Alfred H. Samborn Inducted 1983 - Class of 1935
Alfred H. Samborn is a professional engineer with an international reputation. Samborn, Steketee, Otis and Evans, Inc., of which Mr. Samborn is the founding partner, is an engineering-architecture-planning firm with an international reputation.
Mr. Samborn was graduated from Woodward High School in 1935 and from the University of Toledo with a degree of bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1939. He entered service during World War II as an apprentice seaman, was eventually assigned to midshipman school, commissioned an ensign following a 90-day tour at Notre Dame University, served in the Pacific Theater with the 17th Naval Construction Battalion, and rose to the grade of senior lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
It was after the war that he founded SSO&E, which has headquarters in Toledo and offices in Flint, Michigan, and Denver, Colo. He has held, among others, the offices of president and chairman of
the board, and continues to be active in the firm as an officer.
It was after the war that he founded SSO&E, which has headquarters in Toledo and offices in Flint, Michigan, and Denver, Colo. He has held, among others, the offices of president and chairman of the board, and continues to be active in the firm as an officer.
Mr. Samborn has been active in professional society work relating to his field, serving as president of the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers in 1952-53, president of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers in 1956-57, a national director from Ohio to the National Society of Professional Engineers from 1958 through 1962, national chairman of SPE-Professional Engineers in Private -Practice in 1959-60, and president of the National Council of Engineering Examiners in 1979-80. Since 1970 he has been a member of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, of which he is a past chairman.
Mr. Samborn has been listed in "Who's Who in Engineering" for 30 consecutive years and has received many awards and honors from professional organizations for his contributions.
In addition, he has devoted more than 25 years of service to the United Way, having served as chairman of every major division. He has been the fund-raising chairman for Linques Neighborhood Center for more than 15 years. He is an honorary member of the board of directors of the Greater Toledo Area Chapter, American Red Cross, having formerly served as a board member for two terms, and is a former chairman of its Disaster Service Committee.