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Irwin Bruce Sanborn


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Sanborn, Irwin Bruce

Irwin Bruce Sanborn passed away on October 31, 2017 at Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born April 29, 1932 to Irwin Foster Sanborn and Effie Louise Carter Winship Sanborn. He was raised in Pepperell, MA and attended Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and received his doctorate from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, WI.

He Married Carlene Caldwell August 30, 1953. They settled in Wisconsin Rapids, WI where he worked for Consolidated Papers. In 1962 he lead a team of young engineers that were among the first to control the paper making process with a computer.

He and Carlene lived on a hobby farm near Lake Wazeecha. They had 4 daughters and adopted 3 sons and a daughter and settled in for a busy life.

During their marriage they traveled to all 50 states and took a 7 week tour around the world in 1998.

He and Carlene retired to live at the Charter House in Rochester, MN where they have lived for the past 6 years.

He died of complications of a stroke that he had shortly after moving to Rochester. He was surrounded by all 8 of children and his wife of 64 years at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, 8 children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held with family. Memorials may be sent to: Holt International Adoption Agency.

Rochester Cremation Services assisted the family.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Nov. 21, 2017
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