In Memoriam

Our Industry Mourns the Passing of a Legend – William Samuel Fowler

Many knew Sam Fowler as the namesake of Fowler Supply. Still others knew him as a legend in the waterproofing business and the father  of Bituthene in the southeast US.

William Samuel Fowler (Sam), 80, passed away on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 in the peace and comfort of his home in Dunwoody, Georgia.  He was born September 9th, 1935 in Sandersville, Georgia to his adoring parents William Thomas Fowler (Bill) and Sybil Hawkins Fowler. The family made Milledgeville, Georgia their home and Sam attended Georgia Military College serving on the GMC Rifle Team and later served 2 years in the Army National Guard and Reserve.

He later moved to Atlanta to attend Southern Polytechnic Institute in Chamblee and launched a lifelong career in the building and construction materials industry working for Badham Chemical Company, Golian Steel, Southeastern Foam, Johns Manville, and most notably W. R. Grace.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Sam Fowler was instrumental in making WR Grace Bituthene the industry standard in below grade waterproofing. Working with both architects and contractors as well as being a leader in the Waterproofing Contractors Association allowed him to lead the industry in its heyday. Sam sold the waterproofing on numerous iconic projects 191 Peachtree, the King and Queen Buildings, and others too numerous to list.

In 1987, Sam launched his own business, Fowler Waterproofing Supply, with a business partner, Mr. Brent Kolts. Skipping any ideas of retirement, Sam continued to work daily at the business which is currently celebrating its 29th anniversary.

Sam was respected and well-liked by customers and competitors alike and had a positive influence on many and became an icon in the industry. His absence will be felt by his customers and employees as he was well loved and will be truly missed.