Amherst Magazine

Timothy B. Sanders '57

Timothy B. Sanders '57 died May 16, 2009.
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I am sad to report the passing of our classmate, Timothy B. Sanders, on May 16, 2009, his 75th birthday. In the Spring 2009 issue of Amherst, Tim shared with us that he had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, the same affliction that caused Phil Hastings’ death. Tim is survived by a son, Kevin, and a brother, Barrett ’59.

Tim matriculated with the Class of 1955 and after his sophomore year took a break from college life to defend our country as a member of the U.S. Army. In 1955, Tim returned to Amherst as a member of our esteemed class to which he wisely swore allegiance.

Tim, a proud member of Chi Phi, served with distinction as its social chairman. While working in New York in the early ’60s, Tim led a group of skiing enthusiasts on annual treks to the Green Mountains. The boys of winter included classmates Bob King, Jack Long and Jim Connors. Never had so few had so much fun as they cruised in the pursuit of perfecting their snowplow turns and parallel maneuvers.

After spending 20 years in what Tim described as “the corporate jungle,” he moved to Fort Myers, Fla., and started his own business, Medical Equipment of Southwest Florida. Twenty-five years later, he sold the business and retired to try to master the game of golf. We never received a report as to how successful he was in achieving this goal, but we do know that he persevered.

Tim returned last to the college for our 45th Reunion accompanied by his friend, Janice. He had a terrific time, as did we. Memories of the fun-loving, thoroughly nice guy that he was were refreshed. Tim had to skip our 50th as he was recovering from major heart surgery. He will be missed by many.

—Bill Donohue ’57

—Jim Connors ’57

 

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