SANFORD DORBIN California Poet, Librarian and Editor Dies Sanford Dorbin, a poet and former librarian, died at his home in Chico on Tuesday, May 27, of cancer. He was 81. In an author bio, Dorbin was self-described as "Librarian, bibliographer and teacher by training, janitor and agitator by inclination." The author of several books of poetry, he is perhaps best known for his bibliographical writings about Charles Bukowski, in particular A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski. At the time of his death, he had recently completed editorial work on Classics Professor Barry Powell's new translation of The Odyssey. Dorbin received both his B.A. and MLS from UCLA. During his library career, he worked in the Department of Special Collections at UCSB, and later held positions as Director of Reference in the libraries of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and the University of Connecticut at Storrs. A competitive long-distance runner most of his life, Dorbin walked with his wife, Rose, in Chico's Bidwell Park daily. Born in Salina, Kansas, Dorbin spent the majority of his life in California. He is survived by his wife, Rosalind, their eight children and nine grandchildren. A memorial for family and friends is being organized and will be announced soon.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 4, 2014