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Seaward A. Sand Jr., research scientist at Roswell Park Sept. 20, 1922 -- July 15, 2007

Seaward A. Sand Jr., Ph.D., of East Aurora, a research scientist, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Lockport, Dr. Sand was a graduate of Lockport High School. He served with the Army Signal Corps in North Africa during World War II and then completed his doctorate degree at Cornell University.

During a 30-year career in science, Dr. Sand was an associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a Fulbright lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

He worked for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, formerly Roswell Park Memorial Institute, from 1964 until his retirement in 1984, researching plant genetics in the institute's Orchard Park laboratory. Among the projects, he trying to develop a safe substitute for tobacco.

Dr. Sand produced 29 research reports and review articles, including collaborations.

Outside the lab, he enjoyed singing. He had an excellent bass voice and sang in three church choirs over a 20-year span. His hobbies included photography.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Mavis Gillette; four daughters, Valerie Miller, Kimberly Moxon, Beverly and Natalie; two sons, Kevin and Bryan; three brothers, Robert, Paul and Dr. David; and a sister, Gwen Holmes.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.


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