Who’s Who of Humanitarians and Philanthropists

Sam F. Hamra

Title: Lawyer, Restauranter, Philanthropist
Company: Hamra Enterprises
Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States


  • American Bar Association (1959-Present)
  • American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (board of directors, 1985-Present)
  • Bear’s Paw Country Club, Naples, FL (president, 2010)
  • CoxHealth (president, board, emeritus board member, 1986-Present)
  • Democratic National Convention (elected, delegate, 1972, 1980, 1984)
  • Greene County Bar Association (treasurer, 1966-1967)
  • Gulf Coast Military Academy (1944-1949)
  • Hickory Hills Country Club, Springfield, MO (1961-Present)
  • Jaycees, Shriners, Marine Corps Reserves Annual underprivileged children’s Christmas party (general chairman, 1976-1966)
  • Jefferson Club Board of Trustees, University of Missouri (chairman, 1988-1992)
  • Legal Services of Southern Missouri (founder, charter president, board of directors, 1976-1978)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (supporter)
  • Masons (1961)
  • Missouri Democratic State Committee (1981-1988)
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (board member, 1994-2005)
  • Ozarks Technical Community College (board of directors, 2008-Present)
  • Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast (founder, charter president, 1967-Present)
  • Scottish Rite (1967-Present)
  • Shriners (1961-Present)
  • Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation (board of directors, 1997-2009)
  • Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, Inc. (chairman, board, 1981-1982)
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (board of directors, 1971-1977)
  • Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Committee (chairman, 1988-1989)
  • Springfield Jaycees (president, 1964-1965)
  • James Episcopal Church (bishop’s committee) (vestry, clerk, 1959-1964)
  • The Missouri Bar (1959-Present)
  • Truman Library Institute (board member, 2003-2012)
  • University of Missouri (BSBA, 1954 and LLB, 1959)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2021, 2017)
  • Eponym, Eastman School of Music, “Sam F. & June S. Hamra Hall” (2021)
  • Featured, Millennium Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Eponym, The Kitchen Homeless Shelter, “Sam F. & June S. Hamra Support Service Building” (2019)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (2019)
  • Featured Member, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2019)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2019, 2017)
  • Featured, Executive Spotlight of Marquis Prestigious Listees, Wall Street Journal (2018)
  • Featured Lifelong Dedication to Philanthropy, Hamra photo on Reuter’s Sign in Times Square, NY (2018)
  • Recipient, Springfieldian of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce (2018)
  • Recognized as Legend, Springfield Business Journal (July, 2017)
  • Recipient, Hamra Enterprises, “Philanthropic Business of the Year,” Springfield Business Journal, Economic Impact Awards Dinner (2017)
  • Eponym, “Sam and June Hamra Family Garden,” Cox Health (2016)
  • Eponym, “Sam and June Hamra Family Library,” Ozark Technical Community College (2016)
  • Inductee, President’s Award, Missouri Sport Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Inductee, Wendy’s Hall of Fame, Wendy’s International Inc. (2013)
  • Recipient, President’s Award, Springfield Missouri Bar Association (2013)
  • Eponym, “Sam F. Hamra Center for Justice,” Legal Services of Southern Missouri Building (2012)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Tiger Award, Greater Ozarks Chapter, University of Missouri Alumni Association (2012)
  • Recipient, Charter Class of the Man of the Year Award, Springfield Business Journal (2011)
  • Recipient, Original Class, 20 Men of the Year Award, Springfield and Southwest Missouri, Springfield Business Journal (2011)
  • Recipient, Excellence in Business Award, Ozark Technical Community College (2010)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement in Business Award, Springfield Business Journal (2010)
  • Recipient, Wendy’s International “Dave Thomas Founders Award,” for Outstanding Franchisee of the Year (2009)
  • Elected Missouri Academy of Squires (2004)
  • Recipient, Citation of Merit Award, University of Missouri School of Law (2003)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award, University of Missouri (2003)
  • Recipient, Missourian Award (2001)
  • Recipient, Faculty-Alumni Award, University of Missouri (1990)
  • Recipient, Missouri’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award (1967)
  • Recipient, Springfield’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award (1966)
  • Recipient, Top Ten National Jaycee Outstanding Men of the Year Award (1964)

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