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Robert J. Sanford

September 2, 1939 — December 21, 2023

Parkville

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Joseph Sanford, age 84, of Edgewater, MD.  “Joe” was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a revered Ph.D. professor in Engineering at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Sanford departed from us on December 21, 2023, leaving an indelible mark on his family and the world of academia.  
As a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Dr. Sanford created a loving and supportive home for his family. His legacy of warmth, kindness, and intellectual curiosity will forever be cherished. 
A passionate educator, Dr. Sanford dedicated his life to teaching and mentoring. His impact extended far beyond the lecture halls, influencing aspiring engineers with his wisdom and guidance. His commitment to fostering the next generation of professionals was evident in the countless lives he touched.  His book, Principles of Fracture Mechanics, stands as a testament to his scholarly achievements and enduring influence.  One of his proudest academic achievements was being elected as a Fellow in the Society for Experimental Stress Analysis (SESA).      
Beyond family and academia, Dr. Sanford found joy in creating stained glass, illustrating his belief in creativity and analytical thinking.  He also taught stained glass at the Anne Arundel Community center.      
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Agatina Sanford, and their children: Christopher (Debbie) Sanford, Michael (Krissi) Sanford, and Catherine (John) Durborow. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Robert, Alex, Melissa, Kevin, Jena, Cecelia, and Sara. 
Visitation to celebrate Robert's life will be held under the caring guidance of the family-owned and operated McComas Family Funeral Home in Bel Air, Maryland, on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Services will take place on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 10:00 am at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Interment will take place at a later date with family only at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. 
Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. 
Condolences and memories can be shared in the guestbook at mccomasfuneralhome.com, providing a space for friends and family to express their sympathies and celebrate the life of Robert J. Sanford. 
 

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Visitation

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bel Air-McComas Family Funeral Home

50 W Broadway, Bel Air, MD 21014

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Margaret Catholic Church

141 Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

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