Born an only child in Bay Head, in a rambling Victorian on the Jersey Shore, he was raised by his parents, two spinster aunts, and an unruly retinue of beloved cousins. He attended Kent School before coming to Princeton, where he majored in history and was a member of Cap and Gown.
After graduation, he vacillated between joining the ministry or studying law, ultimately choosing law. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1959, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. He then served two years in the New Jersey National Guard before settling in Bernardsville, N.J., to raise a family. Soon after, he lost an infant daughter, a tragedy that ultimately served to reinforce his lifelong faith and strengthen the spiritual bond he shared with his wife, Joan.
As a trust and estate lawyer, Sandy derived enormous satisfaction helping individuals and families manage life and legacy. He also devoted countless hours to charitable organizations related to education and the environment, serving on the boards of the Victoria Foundation of Newark and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, among many others.
Sandy was known for his kindness, sense of humor, and generosity. He leaves behind his wife, Joan, of 58 years; three children, including Gordon ’87; and five grandchildren.