SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sam Barshop, who with his brother used $45,000 in borrowed money to launch the La Quinta Inns & Suites hotel chain before committing himself to philanthropy, has died. He was 84.
The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/19zkC4u ) Barshop, a Waco native, died Monday.
Barshop and brother Philip, who died in 1998, opened their first two La Quintas in time for San Antonio's 1968 HemisFair. The hotel chain, one of the first to target corporate travelers, has grown to more than 800 properties across North America.
Barshop supported a variety of causes in education, medicine and Jewish-related organizations. The Barshop name today graces several San Antonio buildings, including a natatorium on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word.
Barshop served on a number of corporate boards, including that of Southwest Airlines.
Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com