Sanford "Sandy" Sacks, loved by all, died peacefully at home on November 21, 2016 with his college sweetheart, wife, and soulmate of over 60 years, Susan Riemer, holding his hand. His gregarious personality, loving thoughtfulness, gentle nature, and boundless enthusiasm enhanced the lives of those who knew him. He lives on as an inspiration. Sanford grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH, and always stayed true to his Ohio roots even as he moved. A life adventurer enjoying travel, as well as New York City's culture, Sandy could never go out around the globe without running into someone he knew. He attended Northwestern University (BS '56), where he captained the football team, was an Academic All American and a member of NROTC and the DERU honor society. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard in 1966. For decades Sandy served as reunion chair for both schools. Sanford worked in NYC in investment banking before settling at Ambac for over 25 years playing an instrumental role in developing the municipal bond assurance industry. Known for his fundraising abilities and mentoring expertise, he was a tireless advocate for his alma maters and health organizations. Sanford committed, long before it was accepted, to co-parenting and feminist principles. He promoted those values through the family mantra he coined: "persistence, perseverance, and cooperation!" Sanford's was a life well-lived for nearly 83 years. His bright spirit remains a light in our hearts and minds forever. He is survived by his beloved family: his wife Susan; children Lauren and Steven and Steven's wife Heather; sister-in-law Connie and husband Tom; grandchildren Cameron, Jasmine, and Maya; and six nieces and nephews. The family plans a gathering to celebrate Sanford's life in February or March.
Published in New York Times on Dec. 11, 2016.