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John A. Sanford

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SANFORD, JOHN A. "Jack" John A. Sanford "Jack" was born in Camden, New Jersey and died October 17, 2005 in Escondido, CA. He was the son of the Rev. Edgar L. Sanford and Agnes Sanford. He came from a long line of ministerson both sides of his family, and he chose to follow in that tradition. He studied philosophy at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his studies at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955. While in seminary he married Adaline (Linny) Hawkins, and they settled in Southern California where he served for twenty years as a parish priest. He served as the assistant priest at Saint Luke's parish in Monrovia from 1955 to 1958, and the rector of Trinity Church, Los Angeles from 1958 to 1965. It was in 1965 that he and his family moved to San Diego where he came to be rector of Saint Paul's Church until 1974. In subsequent years, Kenyon College awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity for his work in the field of religion and psychology. Jack retired from the active priesthood in 1974 to devote more time to his interest in psychology. He became a Jungian analyst and worked as a psychotherapist for many years. He was a born writer and was the author of twenty books primarily in the field of religion and psychology. These include The Kingdom Within, The Man Who Wrestled with God, Dreams God's Forgotten Language, and Mystical Christianity. He was a well known andvery gifted lecturer. Jack was a great lover of nature which sustained and inspired him. He was an avid hiker and runner and participated in several marathons. Jack and Linny traveled widely. While on a hiking trail in the Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, the old Zulu guide gave him the name of The Man Who Walked Alone which described him so well. Jack is survived by his wife Linny, married for 51 years and his children Kathryn Sanford and John Stuart Sanford, his three grandsons, and his brother Ted Sanford. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, October 21, 2005 at All Souls Episcopal Church. Donations may be made to the Silvarado Hospice, 1500 Borden Road, Escondido, CA OR to the Alzheimer's Association 8514 Commerce Ave, San Diego. Arrangements by Merkley Mitchell Mortuary Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 19, 2005
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