Matthew Linzee Sands
1919 - 2014
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Matthew Linzee Sands
10/20/1919 - 9/13/2014
Santa Cruz
With sadness and gratitude, we announce that Matt died peacefully at home after a brief illness. His charismatic spirit and bright intellect touched many throughout his long life, whether working as a particle physicist, designer and consultant of linear accelerators and storage rings, author, professor, administrator and a computer guru in his later years, or as beloved family member or friend.
Born in Oxford, Massachusetts, he received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Clark University, a M.A. in Physics from Rice University, and—after interruption by World War II—his Ph.D. from MIT. He worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project and after the war, was heavily invested in making sure nuclear weapons were never used again. He is well known as an author of the Feynman Lectures on Physics, textbook material that continues to be used today. After working at MIT, Caltech, and Stanford/SLAC, he joined the growing community at UC Santa Cruz, where he was a partner in the creation of Kresge College.
Here he also met his future wife Freya, who was a student in the student/faculty-composed class set up to create Kresge College. They would spend the next 42 years of his life enjoying living in Italy, traveling, engaging dinner parties, lively conversation at cafes, and raising daughter Michelle. His busy retirement included creating computer fonts for elementary education, tutoring Michelle in college physics, and walking daily with Freya on her lunch break.
He is lovingly survived by wife, Freya (formerly Kidner), daughter, Michelle (Ned), sons Michael (Lynne) and Richard, brother Roger (Claire), nephews Alan (Lois) and Jim (Loretta), grandchildren, Elisa, Dustin, Ryan and Genevieve, and great grandchildren, Charlotte and Bryan, as well as nephews and their children. Preceding him in death were his sister, Claire, and stepson Walter.
A memorial celebration of his life is being planned, likely in October.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to your preferred humanitarian, educational, peace-seeking organization or Hospice.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sep. 17, 2014.
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November 3, 2014
This is Cousin Jim with one of many warm memories of Matt: I believe it was 1984 or '85 that Matt received an Apple Macintosh computer that featured "desktop publishing." He proceeded to produce the first of many family news letters that Freya mailed out to friends and family at Christmas time.
September 18, 2014
Over the years, Jean and I have shared innumerable meals, shaken martinis, and often, moments shaking with laughter with Matt and Freya. We would come to worship at the Temple of Matt only to be treated as equals in return. It is an honor to be part of his remarkable life.
Patrick Breed
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