Sandine, William

William Ewald Sandine

June 6, 1928 - November 28, 2018

William E. Sandine, resident of Allen, Texas, died Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018, at the age of 90.  He loved God, his family, and his many friends.  William was a member of the Church of Christ for 51 years, and he had a great passion for microbiology and golf.  We will all remember his laughter and smile.  William graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1946.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Industry from Iowa State University in 1951.  William served his nation in the United Sates Air Force stationed at the Headquarters of the Thirty Second Air Division in Newberg, New York.  After honorably completing his service, he received a Masters of Science degree in Dairy Science from North Carolina State University in 1955 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Food Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1958.  William was invited to join the Microbiology faculty at Oregon State University where he served for 35 years becoming a distinguished, full professor before retiring in 1996.  William was an accomplished microbiologist.  We remember the countless hours he spent in the lab because he loved research.  He was president of the American Diary Science Association in 1994 and a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Industrial Microbiology, and the Institute of Food Technology.  In 2007, William was honored as an Alumnus Fellow by the Oregon State University Alumni Foundation for outstanding achievements and contributions to society.  Among his countless awards and honors, he received the ADSA Dairy Research Foundation Award, the USDA Award of Honor, the ITF Industrial Achievement Award, and the American Society for Microbiology.  He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Tucuman University in Argentina.  William supervised 40 Masters and 38 Ph.D. degree students, authored over 200 publications, and garnered 22 patents important for dairy science.  William and Susan moved to Southern California in 1996 after retiring and later moved to the Dallas, Texas, area in 2006. During retirement, he played a lot of golf, enjoyed his family, was active in church, drove his Model A, hunted for antiques, traveled, and was an active member in Rotary serving humanitarian efforts.

William is survived by his wife, Susan; his four children, Brian and his wife, TaLyna, of San Leandro, California, Todd and his wife, Gina, of Oregon City, Oregon, Kimberly and her husband, David Sutton, of Garland, Texas, and Renae of Allen, Texas; his four grandchildren, Britta and Bryn Sandine of San Leandroh California, Olivia and Connor Sutton of Garlandh Texas; and niece, Jackie Kail of Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ewald William Sandine, his mother, Ferne Merryman Sandine, and his sister, Jewel Lane.

A memorial service will be held at McDermott Road Church of Christ on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., 3600 McDermott Road, Plano, Texas 75025.

The family asks that donations be made to the "Onstead Scholars Program Scholarship" and mailed to Gift Records, Abilene Christian University, ACU Box 29132, Abilene, Texas 79699-9132.  Donations may also be made online at specifying that it is for the Onstead Scholars Program Scholarship in William Sandine's memory.  If you have any questions, please call Gift Records at (325) 674-2612.

The family will be at home at 1065 Big Spring, Allen, Texas 75013.


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We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bill. We had the privilege of becoming his friends when we were neighbors in Hackberry Ridge. Bill was a wonderful man, and we have fond memories of his energetic and caring personality. May God wrap you in His comforting arms during this time. Kevin and Alyson Nowell, December 8, 2018 I had the privilege of being a graduate student in Bill's lab from 1980 to 1984, when I completed my PhD under his guidance. Bill was a great mentor, supporter and above all a friend. I especially valued his positive and trusting approach. I left the US in 1986 and have lived in Brazil - my home country -- and in Austria ever since, but in these 32 years Bill and I continued to be friends and to keep contact. I will always cherish him in my memories. PAULO K. ORBERG, December 6, 2018 Sue and Family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Bill was such a great man . He was so devoted to his family, his teachings and professional contributions to the world. He was the last member of my Mother's side of the family. Rest in peace, Uncle Bill. Your Niece, Jackie
Jackie and Richard Kail, December 6, 2018 It was my privilege to earn a PhD under Bill’s supervision. He has remained not only a great mentor but also a great friend. I have enjoyed sharing books and discussions about starter cultures since his retirement. Bill leaves a great legacy of relevant research, teaching, and mentoring. He will be missed. Randall Thunell , December 6, 2018 Dear Susan and family, My sincere sympathy for your loss. I came to know Bill during my ten years as Chair of the Department of Microbiology at OSU, in the period 2004-2014, and immensely enjoyed chatting with him. Although I've been at OSU since 1987, I only transferred into Microbiology in 1998, a couple of years after Bill's retirement. So I didn't have the pleasure of working with him as a close colleague. But we did interact a good deal after 2004. Bill had a huge effect on the department, through his highly successful dairy microbiology research and graduate student training. He had a wonderful knack for making advances that made a real difference, as evidenced in his multiple patents whose innovations were widely used. I trust that the royalties brought in by these patents made your family's lives that much more comfortable; they were certainly immensely helpful to the department, especially through years of very slim funding up to around 2009. Bill will always be remembered in the annals of the Department of Microbiology. We were truly fortunate to have such a talented and nice colleague.
Theo Dreher, December 4, 2018 Always appreciated Bill's pragmatic and practical approach to his science. His astuteness at taking projects to a financially lucrative outcome were legendary. He was always upbeat. Dennis Hruby, Bill Dougherty, and I frequently reminisce about his golfing tales.
Peter Bottomley, December 4, 2018 I'm very sad for your loss. I remember Bill from my time in the department as a graduate student in John Fryer's lab, especially his sense of humor. I've communicated with him a few times in recent years, as I became department head. He left such a legacy to the department both in terms of his scholarship and patents, and his shoes have been very hard to replace. Jerri Bartholomew, December 3, 2018