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Obituary for Dr. Saul Sanders MD

Dr. Saul L. Sanders, M.D. passed away peacefully on July 5. He was born on February 5, 1929 in New York City, the second child of Herman and Dorothy Sanders. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kenyon College in 1950, and went on to attend medical school at Cornell University in 1954. While there, he married his beloved wife Elinor, a marriage filled with love and devotion that lasted until his death, 65 wonderful years. After an internship in New Haven CT, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Air Force, stationed in Ardmore, OK. While there, he began work that identified a baffling illness called “Ardmore Fever,” work that was recognized in Time Magazine in January of 1958.
Saul and Ellie’s first two children, Arthur and Steve, were born in Ardmore, and after Saul was honorably discharged in June of 1957, they returned to New Jersey where Saul became a resident at Presbyterian Hospital and later an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. In the years that followed, two other children were born, Debbie, now Studnitzer, and Don, and Saul worked his way up the ranks at Columbia, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor of Dermatology in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 1993. He twice served as Acting Chair of the Department of Dermatology.
Saul was devoted to his children, and loved baseball (Yankees), politics, tennis, good food, and travel. He and Ellie traveled the world, taking over 30 trips to destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia. Among their favorite locations to visit were Dublin, Ireland, and Melbourne, Australia, where they returned 6 times to watch the Australian Open.
A graveside service will be held at Mt. Nebo Cemetery, 195 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ on Sunday, July 8 at 11:00 am. Shiva Sunday, July 8, 5:00-8:00 at the home of Eliot and Debbie Studnitzer, 11 Lafayette Drive, New City, NY, 10956, and on Monday, July 9, at the home of Ellie Sanders, 319 Mill Creek, Cedar Crest Village, Pompton Plains, NJ. 07444. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Cedar Crest Scholars Fund, 1 Cedar Crest Drive, Pompton Plains NJ, 07444, Attn: Department of Philanthropy. This fund supports student employees of Cedar Crest Village with College Scholarships.
Saul is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellie, his children Arthur, Steve, and Debbie Studnitzer, 8 grandchildren, and his older sister, Harriet Miller, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Don.
Saul was a kind, generous, loving man. He will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.



Graveside funeral service Sunday, July 8, at 11:00am:
Mt. Nebo Cemetery
195 Totowa Road
Totowa, NJ 07512

Shiva 5:00-8:00pm Sunday, July 8,
home of Eliot & Deborah Studnitzer
11 Lafayette Drive
New City, NY 10956

Shiva 6:00-8:00pm Monday, July 9
at the home of Elinor Sanders
319 Mill Creek (part of Cedar Crest Village)
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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