In Memoriam: Sandra Bender ’59, Beloved Volunteer


Sandra McClure '59Sandra McClure Bender ’59 passed away on Nov. 5, 2014.

She was born in Alhambra, Calif., and graduated from Alhambra High School. She then attended Redlands where she met her husband, Bob ’59, and was a member of Alpha Theta Pi sorority, Associated Students, Mortar Board and Spurs.

After graduating from Redlands, she worked as a teacher at Columbus Elementary School in Glendale, Calif.
When the family moved to Sherman Oaks, Calif., and then La Canada, Calif., she immersed herself into the world of volunteering. She was a Brownie troop leader, a member of El Camino Guild of Children’s Hospital, the Scholarship League President and an active member of La Canada Presbyterian Church.

Volunteering and serving others was her passion. She extended that devotion to the University where she served as a member of the Alumni Reunion Committee and helped to shape the hearts and minds of future Redlands students by contributing to the Redlands Fund and the Centennial and Science campaigns.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years; her daughter and son-in-law, Shauna and Ken Lehmann; her son and daughter-in-law, Reed and Jen; her daughter and her partner, Heather ’92 and Danny Cheng; her brothers and their families; and her grandchildren, Hannah ’13, Nathan and Chloe Lehmann, Luke, Cole and Eric Bender and Odin Cheng.


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