Sanford R. “Sandy” Sistare ’50

Sanford R. “Sandy” Sistare ’50 died on December 22, 2008, in Brunswick, Maine.

He was born May 22, 1928, in Springfield, Mass., and prepared for college at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. He served as a radar technician in the Air Force during the Korean War and was awarded a Good Conduct Medal. Before being transferred overseas, he married Mary Anne Littleton in 1952. After his discharge from the Air Force, he earned a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught grammar school at the Montgomery Country Day School in Wynnewood, Pa., then at Episcopal Academy in Overbrook, Pa. In 1962, the Sistares moved to Boxford, Mass., where he accepted a position in public relations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He returned to academia in 1968 at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., where he taught American literature and history and served as director of admissions and dean of students. He was most proud of forming the school’s first girls’ ice hockey team, serving as head coach for many years. In 1989, he and his wife retired to Brunswick, where he was active in the United Way and the Maine Maritime Museum, was treasurer of the Maine State Theater, and served on the board of directors of Mid Coast Hospital. He was class agent of the Class of 1950 – “Bowdoin’s Biggest and Best” – for nearly five decades. In 2005, he was given the Alumni Service Award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Council to a Bowdoin volunteer for service to the college. That same year, he established the Mary Anne and Sanford R. Sistare Scholarship Fund. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Anne Sistare; sons Arthur Sistare, Willard Sistare II and Jonathan Sistare; daughters Debra Holsapple ’76 and Julia Helferic; and 11 grandchildren.