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Sanborn, Richard T.

June 25, 1923 - May 23, 2014

Richard T. Sanborn, born in San Isidro, Argentina of New England parents in June 1923, died on May 23, 2014. He came with his parents to the United States in 1928 and grew up in East Orange, NJ. After graduating from Montclair Academy in Montclair, NJ, he attended Duke University. There he joined the Air Corps Reserves and was called to active duty in his sophomore year.

In WWII, he flew B-17s with the 8th Air Force in war torn skies over Germany. After a combat tour, he was reassigned to Air Tranport Command in Romulus, MI flying war weary planes from Europe to various aircraft graveyards in the country, and delivering various types of aircraft to domestic and foreign airfields. After the war he and family moved to Short Hills, NJ and Dick entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry graduating with honors in 1950. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics. For the next forty years, Dr. Sanborn practiced Orthodontics in South Orange and Princeton, NJ. In 1989 he married Grace Heuwetter of Massapequa, NY.

Throughout his life, swimming was his favorite avocation. He learned to swim in the Rio de la Plata when he was three years old. Later in life, he swam competitively for the Newark Athletic Club in NJ, Duke University, and the Air Force. With two other swimmers, Dick formed and captained the New Jersey Swimming Team while competing over the country with the Masters and in his age group was considered one of the ten best swimmers in the country. Freestyle and backstroke were his fortes.

Sailing was another avocation of Dick's. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Princeton Club of New York, Off Soundings Sailing Club, and the Corinthians Sailing Association of which he was Master in 1992. Throughout his sailing career, he participated in over fifteen Bermuda Ocean Yacht Races from Newport, RI and Marion, MA, mostly as a celestial navigator. He filled a berth in a forty-four foot ketch as navigator on a trans-Atlantic passage from Cadiz, Spain to Argentina in the Lesser Antilles via the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Dick also delivered and ferried various yachts from the Caribbean to various ports on the east coast of the US as far as Maine.

In retirement, Dick was a member of the American Legion, the QBs, and Daedalian pilot organizations and The 8th Air Force Historical Society.

In 2004, Dick and Grace moved to Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club in Venice, FL. Dick is survived by his wife, Grace; two nephews, Richard G. Sanborn and Dr. Scott Sanborn; step children Laura McCaffrey, Lynne Meccariello, and Paul (Laura) Meccariello; and grandchildren Brian, Colleen, Brianna, and Samantha.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, June 1st from 2-4PM at Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 2nd at 10:30 AM at Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

To send condolences please visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

Published in Herald Tribune from May 28 to May 29, 2014
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