Louis Sander Obituary
 
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Louis Wilson Sander

July 31, 1918 - November 28, 2012
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Louis Wilson Sander July 31, 1918 – November 28, 2012 Louis W. Sander, 94, died peacefully at his home in St. Helena on November 28, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty; children, Mark and wife Susan, Becki and partner Mary, David and wife Ana; and grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Yousuf, and Noura. His sister, Marie, predeceased him. Louis was raised on the family farm on the west side of Napa Valley in St. Helena. The natural resource and family heritage of that place meant a great deal to him throughout his life. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of...
Louis Wilson Sander
July 31, 1918 – November 28, 2012
Louis W. Sander, 94, died peacefully at his home in St. Helena on November 28, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty; children, Mark and wife Susan, Becki and partner Mary, David and wife Ana; and grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Yousuf, and Noura. His sister, Marie, predeceased him.

Louis was raised on the family farm on the west side of Napa Valley in St. Helena. The natural resource and family heritage of that place meant a great deal to him throughout his life. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the University of California Medical School, San Francisco in 1942. He specialized in infectious diseases and served stateside in the USAAF Medical Corps until 1946, rising to the rank of major. After the war, his professional interests shifted to psychiatry and he moved to Boston to begin his residency at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. He attended Trinity Church in Boston's Copley Square, where he met his future wife Betty Estella Thorpe. They married in 1953 and raised their three children in Milton, Massachusetts.

In the 1950's Louis began a research project into the development of infants that lasted for the rest of his life. A scholar of renown in his field, he authored numerous studies and developed original ideas that are now considered foundational. His tenure at Boston University began in 1947 and ended in 1977, when he joined the University of Colorado Medical Center as a Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Scholar. He retired in 1987 and fulfilled his life-long dream by returning to his family's land in St. Helena to live in a home he designed with his wife, Betty.

Lou was a lover of nature and an avid lifelong hiker. A contemplative walk was the staple daily practice for most of his life. He took delight in studying such treasures as leaves, fossils, shells, and rocks, and shared with others his curiosity and sense of wonder. Modest in manner and a keen listener, he was a valued friend and conversation partner for people from many walks of life. He actively participated in several men's groups over the years and remained professionally connected until recently with the Boston Change Process Study Group, thriving on these creative encounters.

For the past twenty-five years, he was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the church of his childhood, in St. Helena. As a youth, Lou helped plant a redwood tree that now stands tall outside the church. A memorial service will be held at the church on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3 p. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, or World Vision (www.worldvision.org). Please share your fond memories of Lou with the family by visiting MorrisonFuneralChapel.com.

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