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Saville Sax

Saville Sax
Born (1924-07-26)July 26, 1924
New York City, New York
Died September 25, 1980(1980-09-25) (aged 56)
Edwardsville, Illinois
Education Harvard College
Children Boria Sax, Sarah Sax, Joshua Sax
Parent(s) Bluma (1895–1986)
Bernard Sax (1896–1936)
Relatives Anne Saville Arenberg (1925–1967), sister

Saville Sax (July 26, 1924 – September 25, 1980) was the Harvard College roommate of Theodore Hall who recruited Hall for the Soviets and acted as a courier to move the atomic secrets from Los Alamos to the Soviets.[1][2]


Saville Sax was born in [5] Sax went by the cover name "Oldster," and periodically traveled to New Mexico to collect information from Hall. Saville had a son, Boria Sax,[6][7] a daughter, Sarah Sax, and a sister, Anne Saville Arenberg. (1925-1967).[8] After drifting from job to job, Saville ended up teaching "values clarification" in a Great Society funded education program called NEXTEP,[9] when he was "something of an adult hippie, disheveled in his personal habits and given to LSD and other hallocinogenic drugs" and "openly boasted of his role in the [atomic] spying."[10] He died on September 25, 1980 in Edwardsville, Illinois.


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  3. ^ Bernard Sax (1896–1936) was born in 1896 according to the census and may have died in 1936 according to the New York City Death Index
  4. ^ 1930 US Census for Manhattan, New York
  5. ^ Unlocking the Crypts: Most Spies Code Revealed Escaped Prosecution. Washington Post, December 25, 1996, and Family of Spies” by Bluma Sax’s grandson Boria Sax at
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  10. ^ Neil Sheehan, A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon (New York: Random House, 2009), 110.

External links

  • Saville Sax at Find a Grave
  • Family of Spies” by Bluma Sax’s grandson Boria Sax at
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