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Walter Benjamin Sanders
The Michigan Alumnus 7

WALTER B. SANDERS, Professor of
 Architecture, began his association
 with the University faculty as a Vis
iting Lecturer in 1947, and has been a
 full Professor since 1949. In addition 
to his teaching duties, he is a partner 
in the Ann Arbor architectural firm
 of Sanders & Malsin.

He was born 
in Ann Arbor, July 30, 1906, and at
tended high school in Kenilworth, Illi
nois. As a student at the University
 of Illinois, Sanders became a member 
of Scarab, national architectural 
fraternity, and he was awarded the
 Scarab Medal. He also served as
 President of Sigma Nu fraternity for 
a year, and he earned the B.S. degree 
in 1929. The following year he received his Master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had
 studied on a graduate fellowship.

1930 to 1936, he served as an In
structor at Columbia University, followed by two years as Associate Edi
tor of "Architectural Forum" and of 
"American Architect." In 1938, Professor Sanders became a partner in the 
firm of Sanders & Breck, in New York
 City, and for a year of this time he was
 an architectural design critic at Pratt 
Institute as well.

During World War 
II, he served as a Lieutenant and later 
Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Air
 Corps in Europe and North America.
 He earned the European-African-
Middle East Medal with four battle 
stars, the Bronze Star Medal and the
 Legion of Merit. After his discharge
 from the Army, Professor Sanders 
served for two years as a Lecturer at 
Columbia University, and began his 
partnership in Sanders & Malsin, in
 New York City.

He is a member of 
the American Institute of Architects, 
the American Planning and Civic As
sociation, the International Congress
 of Modern Architects, the Air Force
 Association, and the Air Reserve Association, and the Fellowship of U.S. 
British Comrades. His wife is the 
former Carroll Thompson, an alumna
 of Wesleyan and Oglethorpe univer
sities in Georgia.