Sanford Hershfield, 87

Electrical engineer

December 05, 2007

Sanford Hershfield, a retired electrical engineer and systems analyst, died of heart and kidney failure Nov. 27 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Towson resident was 87.

Mr. Hershfield, known as "Sandy," was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J., where he edited his high school yearbook. He studied engineering at Cooper Union in Manhattan, graduating in 1942. After receiving his master's degree, he was employed as an electrical engineer with Philco, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of radios and televisions.

He moved to Middle River in 1947 after taking a job with the Glenn L. Martin Co., where he worked on radar antennas at Martin State Airport. He spent the majority of his career with Martin, and later worked for Westinghouse and the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn as a systems analyst. He retired in 1984.

Although he was a "city boy," Mr. Hershfield and his wife, Claire, fell in love with a 24-acre property in Glen Arm. He became enamored of the outdoors, building a swimming pool using concrete blocks and cement and planting 1,000 pine seedlings. He later designed and built a barn and fencing for his children's horses, and enjoyed watching wildlife.

Throughout his life, Mr. Hershfield enjoyed traveling and often had his family accompany him on business trips around the country. His favorite vacation memories were seeing the pyramids and tombs in Egypt and the wildlife in Kenya. The family also drove cross-country in a Volkswagen Beetle and visited Europe and Israel. In August, he went on a cruise to Nova Scotia with his wife and daughter.

A piano player, Mr. Hershfield enjoyed listening to classical and jazz records, and for a time did volunteer lighting work for the Baltimore-based Vagabond Players theater company. He was also active with a community literature discussion group.

No funeral service will be held.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years; a son, Barton Hershfield of Hawaii; a daughter, Wendy Spector of Kingsville; and five grandchildren.

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