A trained physician, Ferrol Sams and his wife, Helen Fletcher Sams 50M, established the Fayette Medical Center in his native Fayetteville, Georgia in 1987.
But Sams is best known as one of the finest novelists Emory ever has produced. Sams didn't write his first novel, Run with the Horsemen, until 1982, when he was fifty-eight. He wrote seven more books after it.
Sams's 1991 novel, When All the World Was Young, earned him the prestigious Townsend Prize for Fiction, given every other year to honor an outstanding novel or short-story collection published by a Georgia writer.
In 2007, Sams was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.