Allan R. Sampson, founding chair of Pitt's Statistics Department

Sampson, the founding chair of Pitt's Department of Statistics from 1997 to 2000 and an active researcher, teacher and mentor as an emeritus professor, died on Jan. 30, 2021.

Rory A. Cooper, director of Pitt's Human Engineering Research Laboratories, said Sampson also was "a pioneer in the field of accessibility and inclusion for scientists and engineers with disabilities, having led by example as a leading scientist with a disability."