SANFORD, ROBERT, 91, died January 10, 2014 at his home in Mount Pleasant, SC, with loved ones at his side. He was a native of East St. Louis, IL and received a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Louis and a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, he was joining the US Navy, but the government selected him to work on the Manhattan Project in Rochester, NY, studying the biological effects of radioactive metals on humans. While at the Manhattan Project, he met his wife Joan Fae Lewis, who also worked on the Project. They were married in 1946 and moved to Purdue University, where he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering.
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In 1949, he was Director of the Exploratory Division at Sinclair Oil Research Laboratory in Harvey, IL developing improved fuels and petrochemicals.
In 1966, he joined Brown and Williamson, Inc. in Louisville, KY as Director of Research. He holds 17 patents. He retired in 1985 as vice president of Technology. For several years, thereafter, he consulted in several fields of technology and served as a technical witness in various trials. Throughout his life, he enjoyed sports, travel, bridge and investments. He was a board member of several organizations and he was a member of Hunting Creek Country Club and Mother of Good Counsel Church during his 43 years in Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysius and Leona Sanford; his brother, Harry; his sisters, Mary Frances Sanford and Doris Sanford Arens; and his nephew, Kirk Sanford.
Sanford was a devoted family man who loved his wife and children dearly. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan; three sons, Michael (Sharon), Mark (Margena), Rob (Amanda); one daughter, Laurie Schaaf (David); four grandchildren, Darek Sanford, Devon Sanford, Jennie Schaaf and Michael Schaaf; nephews; nieces; a brother-in-law, Norb Arens; and a sister-in-law, Bernie Sanford.
Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Ln. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., followed by entombment at Resthaven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Heuser Hearing Institute at 111 E. Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY, 40203-2793 or to a
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 15, 2014