Sanford P. Markey ’64

Sanford P. Markey ’64 died on February 6, 2022, in Bethesda, Maryland.

(The following was provided by Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group in February 6, 2022:)

Sanford P. Markey, Ph.D.


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Sandy Markey, loving husband of Carol, father of Amy (and Shane), Daniel (and Robyn), and grandfather of Ella, Zachary, and Chloe. Sandy lost his long battle with cancer on the morning of February 6, 2022.


NIH Intramural Research Program

February 6, 2022

Sanford P. Markey

Sanford “Sandy” Markey died February 6, 2022, at age 79, a career-long mass spectroscopist, founded the Laboratory of Neurotoxicology in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1996, and served as its chief until his retirement in 2013. He used mass spectrometry to research the molecular mechanisms of normal and aberrant cellular protein architecture and the biochemical pathology of behavioral diseases. His group first identified a compound that was a cause of chronic Parkinsonism and also studied the mechanism and effects of the neurotoxin quinolinic acid in various neurological disorders. He joined NIMH in 1974 as a pharmacologist and, in 1982, became the chief of the section on analytical biochemistry in the Laboratory of Clinical Science. He also served as NIMH’s acting deputy scientific director (1995-1996)

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