- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 13, 2004

Matthew Sanders Jr., 89, university official

Matthew Harry Lovat Sanders Jr., retired director of planning for Stanford University, died April 23 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Greenwood, Miss., Mr. Sanders received a degree in architecture from Tulane University in 1937.

During World War II, he worked as a civilian for the Pacific Overseas Office of War Information as head of the Cable Wireless Division. He also worked for the San Francisco Planning Department and the Redevelopment Agency and as a private residential and commercial architect from 1946 to 1954.

In 1956, Mr. Sanders accepted a position at Stanford University as an associate director of planning. His architecture and planning career was highlighted by his leadership of the university’s largest campus expansion from 1956 to 1976, including the construction of the Stanford University Hospital and more than 500 other campus projects.

Mr. Sanders was a member of the Stanford faculty, the Stanford Library Associates and Stanford Historical Society. He was co-founder of the Society of College and University Planning and a life member of the American Institute of Planners. He also consulted for the Ford Foundation and the University of California at Berkeley.

A world traveler, Mr. Sanders was known for his love of antiques. He retired in 1976 and moved to the District in 1993.

Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Marjorie Marchal Sanders. He is survived by a son, Matthew H.L. Sanders III of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; a daughter, Marchal Sanders Meenan of Chevy Chase; and five grandchildren.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Stanford University Library Associates, c/o Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, or to other charitable organizations.

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