Remembering Leaders
in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment

Leland C. Sanborn

Leland C. Sanborn

Leland C. Sanborn, 98, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at the Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville.

Mr. Sanborn, who was born April 14, 1911, in Tilton, New Hampshire, was the son of the late Mary and Clarence Sanborn. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Sanborn earned his Masters' Degree in education from Syracuse University. In 1935 he began teaching at Springville Institute in Springville, NY. He served as principal of Frewsburg Central School in Frewsburg, NY from 1940-1952 and principal of Batavia High School in Batavia, NY from 1952-1962. Mr. Sanborn was appointed superintendent of the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia, NY in 1962. He served until his retirement from full-time educational positions in 1972 when he moved to Joppa, MD. He became active at Harford Community College as a member and eventual chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees. In 1995 he moved to Broadmead Retirement Community where he served on many resident committees.

Mr. Sanborn is survived by his second wife of 14 years, Dr. Claire Eckels; his daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Larry Mentzer of Bel Air, Susan and Will Twombly of Watertown, MA, and Betsy and Craig Burnham of Perry Hall. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Kimberly Henry of Bel Air, Christopher Sanborn of Montague, MA, Alex Twombly of Providence, RI, Emily Twombly of Los Angeles, CA, Lee Burnham of Baltimore, and Brett Burnham of Baltimore. He also leaves three great-grandchildren, Jake Henry and Eliot and Rosa Sanborn. He was predeceased by his first wife of 59 years, Agnes Welch Sanborn.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Ashland Presbyterian Church, 116 Ashland Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030 or to American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.