John Burnham Sanders, M.D., a resident of West River for 47 years, died on March 25, at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness. Dr. Sanders was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 9, 1929, he attended Temple University from 1947-1951 where he received his Bachelor's degree in Biology. He joined the Navy in 1951 where he attained the rank of Hospital Corpsman First Class, and finished his Navy enlistment in 1954. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1955 -1956 where he enrolled at Hahnemann Medical College from 1956-1960, receiving his medical degree. Dr. Sanders was a resident in Dermatology at Hahnemann Medical College and also at the Skin and Cancer Hospital at Temple University until 1964. Dr. Sanders was in private practice in Maryland from 1964-1974. He was also the Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1965-1993. Dr. Sanders also held several teaching and consulting positions in Maryland from 1993 until recently, including as an instructor of medicine at the Medical Center of Georgetown University in Washington, DC from 1968-1990. He published two medical papers: in 1963 he co-authored, "A Case of Acquired Ichthyosis and Anhydrosis in Hodgkin's Disease" in the Annals of Internal Medicine; in 1965 co-authored "Fibrous Papule of the Nose" in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. His hobbies included, boating, sailing, and telling jokes. He had a passion for Dermatology and caring for others. Dr. Sanders was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River for 47 years. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Thomas Sanders. Surviving are his wife, Karen Sullivan Sanders, whom he married on December 27, 1966; his son, Douglass Sanders of San Francisco, CA; daughters, Lara Kleinhelter of Denver, CO and Jennifer Pekarek of Lakewood, CO; a sister, Nancy Nield of Stuart, FL; and seven grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at the Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A. 905 Galesville Road Galesville. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 31, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Rd., West River. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be placed at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Mar. 29, 2014