Having learned to fly small planes while at Princeton, he continued his flight training in the Army and flew small aircraft as an artillery observer. Leaving the Army, he went to work for the Pacific Mutual Door Co., the same company that had transferred his father from Brooklyn to Kansas City. The company continued the pattern by transferring Sandy to Chicago and then to Elizabeth, N.J., but did, before long, bring him back to Kansas City, where he became vice president of the company.
Early in his career, Sandy married Ellison “Kelly” Brent, and they raised three sons. He died Sept. 9, 2018, of cancer. He was predeceased by Kelly, his wife of 53 years. Sandy is survived by their three sons.