We met when we were both the age of 15. We were volunteer ushers at a Wayne State University student play. Soon after we met, Sanford was awarded parts acting in student plays at Cass Technical High School. Teachers and other students quickly recognized that Sandy had natural comedic and dramatic talent. Sandy had the role of Otto Frank, Anne's father, in The Diary of Anne Frank. He played that sensitive role night after night with the skill of a professional actor. When Sandy, as Otto Frank, described his post-war search for his family, many audience members were move to tears.
Sandy could have pursued a career on stage but he chose not to. He was a brilliant guy who wrote stories and poems, taught history, and entertained and enriched the lives of all who knew him. He used his acting skills to bring history to life for the students in his history classes.
We remained good friends throughout our lives. He was a kind person, always ready and willing to help out a friend, no matter how difficult the task. Sandy enjoyed the music and politics and just plain fun of the 1960's and 1970's, and the decades afterward as well. His sense of adventure and curiosity led the two of us to travel to Virginia Beach in 1970 just to see the total eclipse of the sun.
When he met Nancy, he knew he had found his soul mate. Nancy, I am so glad you found each other. You enriched each other's lives. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my good friend Sanford too.