Gilbert A. Sanford Sociologist, researcher


Gilbert A. Sanford, a retired sociologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, died Aug. 12 at Bon Secours Hospital of complications after surgery. He was 82.

A memorial service for Mr. Sanford, who lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

He retired in 1978 after about five years at the Hopkins school.

Moving to the Baltimore area in 1956, he worked briefly as a technical writer for what is now the Martin-Marietta Corp.

The native of New York City was reared in Birmingham, Ala. He attended Emory University before his graduation from the University of Alabama, where he also earned a master's degree. He did further graduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.

A longtime advocate of civil rights, he was a founder and editor of the Montgomery Examiner, in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1940s.

Mr. Sanford, a founder of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, was awarded the church's Jefferson Cup for his work there.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Gaulding, died in 1984.

He is survived by two daughters, Gail Sanford of Eugene, Ore., and Lynne Sanford Koester of Laurel; a brother, Ernest Sanford of Oradell, N.J.; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

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