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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives
DATE:                    NOVEMBER 7, 1996


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Sanford Orkin was born to Otto and Miriam Orkin, their third child and first son.  His older sisters were Bernice and Gloria, and his brother was Billy.  He graduated from Druid Hills High School after which he attended The University of Georgia for three years and was a member of the Tau Epsilon Pi fraternity.  He was drafted into The Army due to the Korean War, but remained stateside for the duration of his service.  Afterwards he went into the family exterminating business.  He married Barbara Hartman, and had two daughters, Sherry and Laurie, as well as two sons, Michael and Kenny.  Between them there are ten grandchildren.  Sanford became president of Orkin exterminating and oversaw the sale of the company to Rollins, after which he became an investor, primarily in local real estate and the stock market.  Sanford was at various times on the board of Ahavath Achim, Pace Acadamy, The American Jewish Committee, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and several political campaigns.  Sanford was also named in suit his father filed to be declared sane reversing an earlier declaration of insanity that stripped Otto of the ability to manage his personal fortune.

Scope of Interview:

Sanford opens with discussing how his family came to America and how his father got into the exterminating business.  He also tells of how his parents met.  Sanford then describes growing up in Atlanta, school, and then his experience in the family business.  He goes on to cover his family and life after the company was bought out, and how the city, particularly the Jewish community, has changed.

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