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Theodore Sanford Sr., residential developer


Theodore B. "Scotty" Sanford Sr., a residential developer wh built houses in northern Anne Arundel County, died of diabetes Wednesday at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore.

Mr. Sanford, who was 76, founded the Sanford Construction Co. in 1953 and built individual homes in Glen Burnie, Pasadena and Severna Park.

He was responsible for a significant amount of the development of northern Anne Arundel County at a time when thousands of people were moving there to take jobs with large employers, including the National Security Agency at Fort Meade and Westinghouse Corp. near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Mr. Sandford's daughter-in-law, Sue Sanford, estimated that the company built 2,000 to 3,000 houses -- 750 in Glen Burnie Park alone. She said the company employed about 50 people, including electricians, plumbers and bricklayers. Mr. Sanford retired in 1978 and the company was dissolved.

Reared and educated in West Baltimore, Mr. Sanford moved to Glen Burnie in the late 1940s, where he lived for 30 years. He moved to Pasadena in 1977 after the death of his wife, the former Lillian May Wolf. They were married in 1938.

He was a welder for the Maryland Drydock Co. from 1939 to 1944, when he was drafted into the Army during World War II.

Mr. Sanford, who was active in the Masons and the Moose, built meeting halls at no cost in the late 1950s and early 1960s for the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge No. 1456, the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge No. 2266 and the American Legion Post No. 40 in Glen Burnie.

He also was active in the Masonic Lodge No. 213 in Glen Burnie, the Stoney Creek Democratic Club in Pasadena and the Stonewall Democratic Club in South Baltimore.

He belonged to Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie.

In the late 1950s he was appointed deputy sheriff in northern Anne Arundel County, serving in that honorary position for 20 years.

Mr. Sanford enjoyed boating, crabbing and fishing. He also had coin and stamp collections. He is survived by a son, Theodore B. Sanford Jr. of Pasadena; three daughters, Barbara A. Davis of Baltimore, Pamela G. Ferrell of Glen Burnie and Nancy L. Nehrkorn of Pasadena; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road in Glen Burnie.

The family suggested that memorial donations to the Joseph Richey Hospice, 828 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

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