WRIGHT--Sandra S. The family and friends of Sandra Wright are deeply saddened by her death on December 15 in McLean, Virginia, following a long and brave battle with cancer. Sandra was born in New York City and spent her young years in New York, Lima, and Havana. She was the daughter of Edward Wright, who was instrumental in developing the commercial airline industry, and the granddaughter of architect Augustus Shepard whose firm designed the New York Public Library and rode with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders. Her uncle was Jerauld Wright, a Supreme Allied Commander for NATO and Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan). She was married to George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. in 1967 and then to Charles Houghton in 1988. A highly successful model who was featured on the pages and covers of prominent publications for over 20 years, Sandra is remembered for her devotion to the human spirit through her painting and sculpture, her love of all things living, and the warmth and support she brought to so many through a life devoted to individual and social change. She was a founder of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and president of the BSW Foundation of New York, which researches and advocates principles of balance, spirit, wisdom, and the healing arts. She is survived by her two children, Winifred Ohrstrom Nichols and Wright R. S. Ohrstrom, two stepsons, and by five grandchildren. Services will be held at 11:30am on Monday, December 21st at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Institute for Noetic Sciences or The Asian Scholar Fund.
Published in New York Times on Dec. 18, 2009.