Dr. Jean Moffatt Samaan, M.D., the only daughter of Cyril and Lillian Ann Moffatt, was born in Nottingham, England on Dec. 2, 1933, and left this world on September 30, 2018. Surrounded by her faithful dogs in her beloved Cat Spring home, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
A quietly extraordinary woman who defied the restrictions of her time with grace and humility, Jean graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School in Bristol, U.K. in 1957, going on to achieve certification as an anesthesiologist in a time when women rarely worked outside of the home. A true trailblazer who followed no one’s template, she went on to marry the brilliant Egyptian medical researcher Dr. Naguib Samaan in 1961. Together they left her native England for the United States with 2 young children in tow in 1964. Their medical careers first took the couple to Case Western Reserve in Ohio, and then to Iowa City. In 1969, Jean and Naguib settled in Houston, where they raised their 5 children. A woman whose heart was drawn to care for others, Jean switched specialties to Family Practice, and practiced with the Hillcroft Medical Clinic for over 25 years, beginning in 1973. She was beloved by her patients, colleagues and staff. Upon retirement, she continued to care for homeless Houstonians until her health made the commute to Houston’s downtown too treacherous. She was thrilled when her fellow Harris County physicians named her Volunteer Physician of the Year in 2005
In the later part of her life, after the death of her husband, Jean made her home in Cat Spring, a beautiful Texas community where she and Naguib had bought property in the 1970s. A woman of faith and kindness, she was embraced by the congregants and pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, where she found her spiritual home.
Jean adored her children, her grandchildren, and her dogs beyond measure. Horses, goats, chickens, donkeys, cattle, and so many other creatures all called her ranch home.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Sarah Samaan, M.D. (Gary Cooper), Mary Samaan, Jane Sadler, M.D. (John Sadler), Cathy Samaan (Michael Mullen), and Michael Samaan MD; grandchildren Samantha and John Michael Sadler, Brianna and Drake Mullen, and Isaac Chester; many beloved nieces and nephews, including Sally Moffatt (the “fifth daughter”); extended family in England, Egypt, and Canada, and dearest friend Elizabeth Kelly. We are forever grateful to Abel and Mariana Olvera for all the care that they have shown our family for so many years.
The memorial service was held at St. John Lutheran Church, 480 Ross Street, Cat Spring on Saturday Oct. 6. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the St. John Lutheran Church Youth Fund, or to the animal rescue of your choice.