In Memoriam: Jim Sanford
James Sanford, the first chair of the Fermilab users' organization and the laboratory's former associate director for program planning, died on Feb. 23.
Sanford came to the National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab's former name) from Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he had served since 1962. Robert Wilson appointed Sanford as the head of the Experimental Facilities Section in 1969.
Sanford received his bachelor's degree at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1955. He received his master's degree and doctorate in physics from Yale University in 1957 and 1961, respectively. He held memberships in the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi and other learned societies.
When Sanford spoke at the 2007 annual Users' meeting at Fermilab, he applauded the role users have played in Fermilab's development. He said the users' support in the early years and their continued support today "is an important element to this laboratory and to this country."
The 2007 meeting was the last time that Ned Goldwasser, Fermilab's founding deputy director, saw Sanford.
"He was a wonderful, wonderful person; a very hard worker," Goldwasser said. "He was my right-hand man in developing a research program for the laboratory and my most dependable advisor."
Goldwasser, who celebrated his 90th birthday at Fermilab in September 2009, said that Sanford will be sorely missed.
"He was much too young," Goldwasser said.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski