Gordon A. Sabine, Ph.D


Former Payson resident Gordon A. Sabine, Ph.D, died Aug. 28, 2003 in Tempe, just five days after his 86th birthday.

Dr. Sabine was vigorous and active despite struggling with health problems for several years.

He was born in Brockton, Mass. Aug. 23, 1917, and had a distinguished career as a journalist, educator and author. Beginning his career as a cub newspaper reporter, he was the author of 19 books.

Dr. Sabine held several high academic posts at several schools, among them were: The University of Oregon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Vice President of Michigan State University.

He was a member of The U.S. Tennis Hall Of Fame.

A world traveler, he was a member of the board of directors of The Foundation for International Professional Exchange.

In 1985, the Book-of-the-Month Club published an abridged version of his book, "Books That Made A Difference," co-authored by his wife, Patricia. He was interviewed on National Public Radio about the important role books play in shaping people's lives.

The Sabines maintained a home in Payson from 1988 to 1996. In Payson he was active in community affairs, and served on the board of Payson Friends Of The Library.

Dr. Sabine was commissioned by Arizona State University to write a series of oral histories of distinguished lesser-known Arizonans, including "Nan Pyle, Payson's Unhappy Millionaire" and "Father Jack, Physician to the Soul."

He and Pat attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at Friendship Village in Tempe where the Sabines reside, on a date yet to be determined.

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