Alexander (Sandy) Ogilby, longtime resident of Weekapaug, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Sandy was born on Jan. 13, 1928, in Hartford, to parents Lois Cunningham Ogilby and Remsen Brinkerhoff Ogilby. His father was president of Trinity College in Hartford, and Sandy spent much of his youth on the campus of the college. Sandy was the youngest of three brothers, and is predeceased by his older brothers Peter Brinkerhoff Ogilby (d. 1996) and Lyman Cunningham Ogilby (d. 1990).
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All three of the brothers attended the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn., with Sandy graduating in 1944. Sandy went on to Harvard University and graduated in 1948. He continued his studies at Colombia University, Union Theological Seminary and Episcopal Theological Seminary, where he earned a bachelor of sacred theology in 1954.
In 1954-1955, Sandy served as an assistant at Trinity Church, New Haven. The greatest part of his professional life was served as a chaplain and teacher of religious studies at many schools in the northeast: Groton School, Groton, Mass. (1949-1951); Pomfret School, Pomfret, Conn., (1956-1959); St. Andrew's School, Middleton, Del. (1959-1991).
Sandy served in a variety of roles during his 32 years of service to St. Andrew's School: chaplain (1959-1971), assistant chaplain (1971-1991), and chairman of the Religious Studies Department (1959-1991).
He served his communities in other capacities as well: chairman of the Diocese of Delaware's Commission on Choral Music (1962-1969); commodore of the Watch Hill Yacht Club, Watch Hill, (1967-1968); and his greatest love, and following in his father's footsteps, as president of the Weekapaug Chapel Society, Weekapaug, (1956-1996).
For most of his working career, Sandy's home was Middletown, Del., but his true home, his summer home since his youth and his retirement home, was Weekapaug. His love for Weekapaug, the community, and especially for the chapel, sustained him throughout his life and through his last years.
Sandy was interested in biblical archaeology, church music, choral singing, reading, conservation, sailing, coaching baseball, and the Red Sox and the Bruins, but none of these matched his love for the Weekapaug Chapel and the chapel community.
A memorial service will be held, and his ashes will be interred, in the chapel's Memorial Garden in the summer of 2013.
Sandy is survived by the children of his brother Lyman: Peter R. Ogilby, Ry, Denmark; Lois Ogilby-Rosen, La Cañada, Calif.; Hank Ogilby, Bowdoinham, Maine; and seven grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate care of the Westerly Hospital, the Apple Rehab Clipper, and especially South County Quality Care. The Ogilby family wishes that bequests in Sandy's honor be made to: The Weekapaug Chapel Society, 4 Wawaloam Drive, Weekapaug R.I. 02891.
The funeral service for Rev. Alexander Ogilby will be held at Christ Church, Westerly, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m.
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Published in The Westerly Sun from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2012