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SANDLER, Norman 1953 - 2007


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 6/16/2007 at 11:21:36

"The Fairfield Ledger"
Monday, June 11, 2007
Page 8

SANDLER, Norman -- Norman SANDLER, 53, died in Washington, D.C., Monday, June 4, 2007.

A family funeral was held in Los Angeles, Calif., today.

SANDLER's family lived in Fairfield from 1969 to 1973. During that time, his family operated the Co-Ed Theatre and the drive-in.

After graduating from Fairfield High School in a 1971, (sic) SANDLER attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., where he earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science in 1975. His master's thesis was entitled "28 Years of Looking the Other Way: Congressional Oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency 1947-1975," which was published by the MIT Press in 1975.

Following his graduation from MIT, SANDLER went to work as a reporter for United Press International. He began his career covering the state of Iowa for UPI and was transferred to UPI's Washington bureau in 1980. In 1981, after being one of the first reporters to file a report from the George Washington University Hospital after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, SANDLER was assigned to cover the White House for UPI, a position he held for 10 years, covering the presidencies of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was elected president of the White House Correspondents' Association in 1987 and received the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for White House Coverage in 1990 and 1991 for coverage of the U.S.-Soviet summit meetings.

SANDLER left UPI in 1991 and joined the strategic issues firm of Powell Tate in Washington, which was operated by President Jimmy Carter's former press secretary Jody Powell, and former first lady Nancy Reagan's press secretary Sheila Tate.

SANDLER left Powell Tate in 1994 when he joined Motorola Inc. in Schaumburg, Ill., where he worked on lobbying and strategic issues management. One of the key issues on which he worked for Motorola was cellular phone safety. He rose to the position of director of global strategic issues management, the position which he held when he left Motorola in September 2006.

In addition, SANDLER was the commencement speaker at FHS in June 1981.

Survivors include his mother, Jackie of Los Angeles; and three brothers, Richard of Chicago, Nathan of Los Angeles and Randal of Greenwich, Conn.

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*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I am not related to the person(s) mentioned.

Note: The Social Security Death Index gives his birthdate as September 3, 1953.


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