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Saunders, Preston H.


Preston Howard “Sandy” Saunders passed away at his home on July 20, 2016.  He was born on April 22, 1930 to Ruth Howard Preston Saunders and Walter Mills Saunders, Jr. in Providence, Rhode Island. Beloved husband of 52 years to Rebecca Bulkley Saunders. Sandy attended Phillips Andover Academy, class of 1948, Dartmouth College, class of 1952, and Harvard Law School, class of 1955. He worked for Goodwin Procter and Hoar, becoming partner in 1963. In 1998 he joined Nichols and Pratt until his retirement in 2014. Sandy was a dedicated volunteer serving many organizations, including the Appalachian Mountain Club as President twice, a Life Trustee of the Museum of Science, Chair of The Trustees of Reservations, and a board member of the Northern Forest Center, Hale Reservation, and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Trust for Public Land. He was a member of the Lodge of St. Andrew since 1964. Sandy was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who enjoyed hiking, skiing, whitewater canoeing, and travel. In addition to his wife, Sandy is survived by his loving daughter Katharine Grove and her husband John of Needham, his son Benjamin Saunders and his wife Desiree of Cheyenne, WY, four grandchildren, and his brother Timothy K. Saunders of Wellesley. His brother Norman W. Saunders of Portland, ME, predeceased him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2 PM at the First Church and Parish, 670 High Street, Dedham. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108, or the “Preston H. Saunders Family Fund” at Dartmouth College, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Wendy McAllister
    July 24th, 2016 | 11:20 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The community of Jackson pond and myself (and Jazzy) will miss him terribly. He was always so happy and cheerful when he walked the street. I will miss that!
    Please know we are all here to help anyway we can.
    Much love,

  2. Tim Whiting
    July 29th, 2016 | 8:04 am

    to the Saunder’s family,

    My family could have been Sandy’s longest active clients. I was a teenager when he and Bill King moved into our third floor apartment on Brimmer St.on Beacon Hill. Pretty sure my parents started a relationship with him soon after that. My interactions started somewhat later, after my father’s stroke , and continued over close to 50 years. Always available, and although he may not have agreed with me , he always gave me good reasoning why. He also had a rare gift, for a trust lawyer especially, of a twinkle in his eye , and a rare sense of humor. I shall miss that , and him greatly.

    Tim Whiting MD

  3. Ruth Ward
    August 1st, 2016 | 6:51 pm

    Becky, I am shocked at Sandy’s death. It makes me realize again that nothing is forever. I still remember the two of you taking me down the Skookumchuck trail after an AMC outing at Greenleaf. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ruth

  4. Peter M. Martinez
    August 5th, 2016 | 12:40 pm

    Becky, and all the Saunderses,
    Lindsey and I were so sad to hear the news of Sandy. We have so many fond memories of him and his great smile and sense of fun. We and the boys have the same passion for the AMC, the people it connects, and the good it does for our world. We know Sandy has donned his knickers and wool socks to take off on a great long hike!

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