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Edward W. SANDALL Obituary
Dr. Edward Warren Sandall, an orthopedic surgeon in Palm Beach County since 1968, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at age 82. Born on March 9, 1936, to Archibald Wilmington "Archie" and Ruth Evelyn Barker Sandall, a Swedish-American family in Nebraska, Edward received a calf on each birthday and attended to chores with siblings Wesley, Jerry, and Lillian on their cattle ranch outside Bassett. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, graduated from Bassett High School in 1950, then sold his small herd to pay for pre-med tuition. Before graduating from Chadron State College in 1956, Ed met Elaine Andrews, the daughter of his favorite college professor. He married Elaine in June 1959, graduated from U. of Nebraska, College of Medicine at Omaha in 1960, and interned at Immanuel Hospital. He joined the U.S. Air Force and in 1961 served near Tokyo, Japan, at Johnson A.F.B. Hospital, where they welcomed Andrea, their first daughter. In 1965 they returned to the U.S. to Jacksonville, FL and second daughter Shelly was born. Completing residency at Jacksonville Memorial in 1968, Dr. Sandall joined the practice of Brandon, Peacock and Jones in West Palm Beach, FL, which became the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County. From 1981-2004 Dr. Sandall was Chief of Orthopedics at J.F.K. Memorial, and from 2004-2014 practiced with the Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute. Through his daughter's interest in ballet, Ed met dance teacher Marie Hale. They married in 1978, and he served as orthopedic surgeon for Ballet Florida, formed by Marie in 1985. He volunteered to care for Special Olympics athletes, public school students, Florida sugarcane workers, and Native American Alaskan fisherman. He performed over 8,000 operations in his career, including the first arthroscopic knee surgery in West Palm Beach, and helped establish two major trauma centers. An accomplished innovator, Ed created furniture and ironwork; and invented and openly shared several specialized instruments to enhance surgical procedures, later adapted by medical companies industry wide. With Dr. Stanley Hoppenfeld, Dr. Sandall pioneered specialized equipment for spinal surgeries, precursors to the instruments used in minimally invasive surgery today. Edward Sandall gave selflessly, was beloved by patients, and highly respected by colleagues. He will be remembered as an exceptional physician and surgeon, and a kind and generous human being. Dr. Sandall is survived by his wife Marie Hale Sandall, stepdaughter Irma Marie Hale, former wife Elaine M. Sandall Graczyk, their daughters Andrea Renee and Shelly Lynn Sandall, brothers Archibald Wesley "Wes" Sandall, Norman Jerald Sandall, sister Lillian Hannah Sandall, and grandchildren Julia Devin Sloan and Blake-Hayden Hart. Per Ed's wishes there will be no service or memorial. You may leave condolences on the newspaper's or Quattlebaum's guestbooks. If you would like to make a donation in Ed's name, please consider giving to the charity he supported, , via (https://donate.doctorswithoutborders. org/onetime.cfm?type=tribute)
Published in The Palm Beach Daily News on Apr. 8, 2018
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