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Dr. John "Sam" Foreman (Deceased)
Graduated 1943

129 Girard Woods
Lafayette, LA 70503


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Obituary: Dr. J.S. “Sam” Foreman – Basketball & Baseball 1940-42, Veteran – May 2, 2016

Obituary for Dr. J.S. “Sam” Foreman

July 29, 1920 – May 2, 2016
Dr. J.S.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 at a 2:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church for Dr. John Sanders “Sam” Foreman, age 95, who passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:35 p.m. at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Lafayette.

Sam was born in Judice, LA which was formerly known as “Foreman Flat” on July 29, 1920. Growing up during the depression Sam’s family endured many hardships. Sam was forced to tend to the family’s livestock and labored in the fields picking cotton, pulling indigo, and shelling corn. He attended Judice Elementary, Scott High School, and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1939. After being named the outstanding scholar athlete in Lafayette Parish, he earned an athletic and academic scholarship to Southwestern Louisiana Institute “ULL” where he played baseball. Upon graduating from SLI in Physical Education, he accepted an academic scholarship into the Loyola School of Dentistry and an athletic scholarship to play basketball for the Loyola Wolfpack. He played point guard and was captain of the 1945 National Championship Team.

Sam’s integrity and work ethic were recognized and acknowledged by his professors and fellow students as he was elected President of the C. Victor Vignes Dental Society, and inducted into Who’s Who in American Colleges, the Blue Key Society, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Society. He graduated fourth in his class and was named Outstanding Clinician his graduating year.

With all of these previous mentioned honors, in Sam’s own words “the biggest break in my life was meeting Teet, my wife. We started dating in March of 1945 and were married in September of the same year.”

Sam qualified for enrollment in V-2 early enlistment program and upon graduation from Loyola, reported for active military duty in Killeen, Texas. He was deployed overseas and joined the U.S. Occupation Forces in Japan where he spent the remainder of his military service. Upon his discharge from active duty, in 1948, he returned to start his family and to establish his dental practice in Lafayette.

Sam practiced dentistry for over sixty years and retired in 2007. He held various leadership roles in the local and state Dental Association and was active in the organizations for sixty-five years. He was known for his thoughtfulness, kindness, and willingness to help those in need. While always known as an good athlete, Sam was most revered for his golf game which began at the age of twenty eight. He won numerous state and local titles and was a founding member of Oakbourne Country Club. He accumulated twelve holes-in-one during his playing days and continued playing until the age of ninety. Doc will remain an inspiration to many golfers and to anyone who has come into contact with him during his six decades of golf. He also enjoyed running at McNaspy Stadium and Girard Park.

Sam and Teet had a passion for traveling overseas, crisscrossing the world over 25 times accumulating many memories across many countries. But, one of Sam’s most memorable and most lasting legacies was hosting the family every Sunday night for dinner with his prized barbeque chicken often being the main course. To this day, the closeness and unity our family enjoys is the direct result of these family gatherings with Sam and Teet.

Survivors include his four children; Brenda F. Barrois and her husband Dr. J.W. “Bill” Barrois, Stephen M. Foreman, Beaumont TX, Elizabeth F. Piccolo and her husband Frank A. Piccolo, League City TX, Scott E. Foreman and his wife Michele D. Foreman, Mandeville LA, Daughter-in-Law Michelle M. Foreman, Lafayette LA, his sister Ruth Foreman Gaudin, Lutcher LA. Grandpa was affectionately loved by his eight grandchildren; Leigh Ann Evans and her husband Bryan, Will Barrois and his wife Kimberly, Joe Barrois II and his wife Crystal, Atlanta GA, John Foreman III and his wife Gwen, Lafayette LA, Andrew Foreman and his wife Dr. Emily Foreman, Lafayette LA, Madeline and Davis Foreman, Mandeville LA and Sam Piccolo, League City TX; his eleven great-grandchildren, Taylor and Kate Evans, Ella and Camille Barrois, Ruby Barrois, Sanders, William, and Bennett Foreman, Leah, Drew, and Vivian Foreman.

Doc was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 65 years, Lorraine M. “Teet” Foreman, his eldest son John Sanders Foreman Jr., his father Wilson Foreman, his mother Anna Trahan Foreman, his brother Roy Foreman, and his sister Alice Foreman Richard.

The Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Will Barrois, Joe Barrois, John Foreman, Andrew Foreman, Sam Piccolo, Taylor Evans, and Davis Foreman.

Visitation will be at Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN Location on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will continue on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM followed by Mass at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church at 2:00PM. A Rosary will be prayed by Brady LeBlanc on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN Location.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Lafayette. Father Bryce Sibley, Pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church will officiate. Lectors will be Leigh Ann Evans and Bryan Evans. Giftbearers will be his three great grandchildren. Stephen M. Foreman will give the eulogy. Musical selections will be provided by Karen Broussard. The songs will be “Amazing Grace”, “Ave Maria”, “On Eagles’ Wings” and “Be Not Afraid” .

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Joyce “Tina” Cherry and Sue Boudreaux. They would also like to thank Thomas Francis and Vodis Dugas for the years of outstanding dedication to Mrs. Teet and the family home. Special thanks to Cornerstone Village South for the comfort extended to Doc. The family would like to thank Hospice of Acadiana, Dr. Harold Chastant and Joanna Nguyen.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St #200, Lafayette, LA 70503, in Doc Foreman’s name.
View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311

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Dr. Foreman entered the Navy V-12 program in July, 1941 and remained at SLI until graduation in 1943. He exercised his option to enter the Loyola School of Dentistry while continuing his program.

While at Loyola, he served as point guard and captain of the basketball team which won the NAIA championship in 1945.

He graduated from Loyola in 1946 and began meeting his military obligations at that time. He served as a dentist in the military until his discharge in 1948.

Dr. Foreman established his dental practice in Lafayette in 1948 and kept it open until Easter week, 2009 (63 years).

His wife is the former Lorraine Motty of Abbeville and they are the parents of five children – two are UL graduates.

Per an interview and phone conversations with Dr. Foreman and Ed Dugas, Sept. 2010

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Spotlight on Former Athlete: Dr. Sam Foreman

By Bruce Brown
Written for the Athletic Network
Bruce Brown BBrown@smgpo.gannett.com Sept.21, 2010 for the month of October, 2010.

This story is a copyrighted enterprise by Bruce Brown.

Dr. Sam Foreman is known as a fiery competitor on the golf course. You get that kind of reputation with 12 career holes-in-one, multiple club championships and the ability to shoot under your age at both age 74 and 76 (69 both times) from the championship tees.

But when over 100 friends recently threw him a surprise 90th birthday party at Oakbourne Country Club, Foreman admitted being moved. “I had tears in my eyes,” he said.

It’s been a long journey for Foreman, who lettered in both baseball and basketball at UL (then SLI) in 1940, ’41 and ’42. He then played basketball at Loyola of New Orleans while attending dental school, helping that school to the small college national championship in 1945.

“I signed a baseball scholarship in 1939,” Foreman recalled. “But at the time, you also had to play another sport. I selected basketball, because I had two years’ experience.

“(Basketball) coach Dutch Reinhardt was very conservative. I remember going up against guys on the team from Pine Prairie who had won the state title, and I was relatively short at 6-1.

The war had torn everything apart. We played intrasquad games to keep our scholarships. We would play every day.”

Foreman elected physical education as a major, but found it more daunting than expected with subjects like physiology, kinesiology and anatomy. Still, that laid the groundwork for his later career in dentistry.

Like most in his generation, he had to fulfill a military obligation. “When you turned 21, you had to announce what branch of the service you wanted,” he said. “Most of the guys in the dorm chose the Air Corps, and a lot of them got killed. Jack Voitier was killed in the Pacific. I chose the

“At the time I graduated from college, you went to Chicago and in 90 days you’d get an ensign’s commission. Officers were eligible to go to medical school, and Loyola needed an experienced point guard for its basketball team. They had a young, freshman team, and I became the captain.”

Foreman’s father, Wilson Foreman, played baseball in the Texas League, and was better suited for that than working the family farm.

“He was a laid back guy, not ambitious,” Foreman said. The family faced grinding poverty during the Depression, as much of America did. Thousands of acres of family land had dwindled through well-intentioned mishaps, and Foreman and his kin lived in quarters formerly assigned to tenant homes.

“It sure made me tough,” Foreman said. “We lived on a dirt road. When it was dry, my mother had to take the wash back in off the line because the dust made it dirty again. When it was wet, you didn’t want to wear the one pair of shoes you owned because of the mud.”

Walking miles to school was common, but that task and farm life made for strong legs. “I found out I was an athlete in junior high,” Foreman said. “I wanted to copy Alvin Dark, but he started out as a kid.

I got started late. My first year, I was a cheerleader, then they asked me to come out for basketball.
“If you went to practice, you missed your ride, so I walked or hitchhiked 8 miles out of town.”

Foreman excelled in both baseball and basketball at Scott High School, and that paved the way for a college education that made him a rare educated person in his family.

Later, when he was “paying back Uncle Sam” for his dental school education by being stationed in Tokyo, Foreman started and coached a basketball team on base.

Then, at age 28 in 1948, he channeled his competitive fire into golf, which became a lifelong passion.
“Did I surprise myself? Sure,” he said. “I think my experience as an athlete helped me win tournaments. I definitely had a lot of confidence.”

“I believe I’m still alive today because I’m active, I have the right attitude and I exercise.”

This story is a copyrighted enterprise by Bruce Brown.

Athletic Network Footnote:
Please click on www.athleticnetwork.net , photo gallery, Baseball or Basketball for the years 1940, 1941 or 1942 for pictures of the teams during Dr. Foreman’s years.

Please click here for the photo gallery of the Men’s Basketball Reunion on January 18, 2003 http://athleticnetwork.net/site266.php In the new story by Dan McDonald, Dr. Foreman is pictured with Eric Mouton, and Sidney Naquin (who played during 1930-32).

Our rich athletic traditions were intrusted to the vision, hope, loyalty and dedicated of these former athletes and we will forever owe them a debt of sincere gratitude. May God Bless each of them and their families.
Anyone with information, materials, pictures, memorabilia, etc., of the university’s former athletic program participants is requested to contact Ed Dugas at athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu Thank you.

The Photo Gallery Link located on the left side of the home page at http://www.athleticnetwork.net contains over 9,000 pictures of former and current athletes and support groups. Just click on photo gallery and when the menu appears, click on the sport or support group you wish to view. The years of pictures posted for that team or group will appear and you may click on the year you wish to view. One click on a thumbnail picture or narrative and it is enlarged; a click on the enlarged photo and it reverts back to the thumbnail.

The Athletic Network seeks to post pictures of each team and support group for each year they represented the university.

The stories of the 2009 and 2010 honorees featured in the Spotlight on Former Athletes are still included in the News Page and may be viewed by clicking on “more news” at the bottom right of the News Box, scrolling down, clicking on the title of the story. Those spotlight features which are no longer shown in the News Page, have been moved to the Lagniappe Link of the “History of UL Athletics” located on the left side of the home page.

The Spotlight on Former Athletes announcement has also been placed in the profile of each honoree, excluding the pictures.

The 2010 features of the Athletic Network’s “Spotlight on Former Athletes” include:
January – Andrew Toney Men’s Basketball 1976-80.
February – Orlando Thomas Football 1991-94.
March – Rocky Guidry Football 1990-93, Track & Field 1991-94.
April – Track & Field Network & March 20, 2010 1st Annual Track & Field Reunion.
May – Keisha Ray Owens Williams Track & Field 1991-96.
June – 2000 College World Series Baseball Team.
July – Thirty Years of UL Softball.
August – 1970 Cajuns Measured Up (Football).
September – Boxing Program (1930-1947).
October – Dr. Sam Foreman Baseball & Basketball 1940-42|

Ed Dugas, Coordinator
Athletic Network