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Sanford Kalb

Sanford Kalb, 87, of Howell Township died Nov. 23, 2014. Born in Newark, he moved from East Orange to Howell in 1940, residing in Monmouth County for almost 74 years.

Mr. Kalb owned and operated a home-delivery-based beverage business, Kalb Beverage Company, from the late 1940s through 1987.

He was educated at The Ardena School in Howell.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was sent on a special European assignment during the Korean Conflict in the early 1950s.

He was a member of Jewish War Veterans’ Robbins-Feldstein Post 178, now Ocean County Post #178. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans’ Jackson-Howell Marvin Wachsman Post #77.

He was a former member of Lakewood’s Congregation Ahavat Shalom and, later, Congregation Ahavat Olam of Howell.

He was a member of the Molly Pitcher Stamp Club in Freehold, Howell Township Senior Club, and Howell Township Friendship Club. He was a member of the Howell Township Historical Committee and Lakewood Historical Society, where he earned member emeritus status. 

He had membership emeritus status at Lakewood High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He was inducted into the second class (2006) Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a famed mile runner for the Lakewood Piners (1944-1947) and placed sixth, clocking in at 4:42 in the mile run as a sophomore in the 1945 NJSIAA Group Meet at Montclair High School. His record stood for 14 years until the spring of 1959. 

In high school, he ran to a second-place finish in the Shore Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship. He competed for the “old” Shore Athletic Club in the 1940s and 1950s and was a charter member of the “new” Shore AC of New Jersey, established in 1964, where he was a Hall of Fame member; he was one of three lifetime trustees at the time of his death.

He competed in runs, was known as Master’s Division Race Walker, and participated in the Broad Jump/Long Jump and as a Weight Pentathlete. During his long tenure with the sport he competed under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Union, The Athletics Congress of New Jersey, and United States Track & Field, New Jersey Association. He served as meet director of the July 1989 Eastern Masters Regional TAC Track & Field Championships at Monmouth College and served as Master’s Track & Field chair for NJTAC and USATF-NJ.

He officiated at the community, high school, collegiate, open, and international levels of the sport. Three times he served as a competition official for the World’s Veterans Games; he worked many famed Penn Relays Carnival Meets; 1988 Olympic Trials; NJ Marathon; and New York City marathons as a technical official.

In 1968, Kalb was one of many charter members of the Shore Track H.S. Officials chapter, eventually serving as its president (1980-81) and state NJTFOA president (1988-89) and earning the 2004 Henry J. Nonnenberg, Sr., Chapter and the NJTFOA Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement awards.

On Jan. 17, USATF-NJ Jersey Association will honor his memory at its annual awards dinner. His son Larry will accept his father’s honor. 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Roslyn; two daughters, Linda of New Jersey and Kathy (Ron) Turi of Pennsylvania; his son, Larry of Brick; a brother, Gerald of Connecticut; and a granddaughter.

Services were held Nov. 25 with arrangements by Belkoff Goldstein Funeral Chapel, Lakewood. Memorial contributions may be made to National Military Museum of Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 or Lakewood Historical Society, 245 Martine Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

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