Sanford L. Pfeffer, a beloved father and brother, cherished friend and fierce legal advocate, has died at the age of 68. Sandy was lion-hearted. He found space in his cavernous mind and spirit for all in his many chosen eclectic communities. These included the legal community, particularly his trusted colleagues at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging where he passionately devoted over 30 years of tremendously hard work in service to the City's elderly residents as General Counsel; a legion of lifelong friends at the Lombard Swim Club where he swam laps, sat on the upper deck, proudly organized "Coffee and Conversation" and served as member of the Board for 15 years including a stint as President; and a city full of respected teammates and competitors in the 8 and 9-ball APA Pool League, most especially his family at the Ten Stone where he captained the Local Heroes. Sandy is perhaps best known for his extraordinary mind. A true raconteur, he graced his colleagues and personal circles with the bounty of his knowledge, reasoning, writing, insatiable curiosity and deep authenticity. A native of Englewood, New Jersey (or New York, as he called it), Sandy adored his chosen home of Rittenhouse Square and proudly knew and cared for every familiar face (and building) around the Square, La Colombe and his numerous other haunts. Sandy was an enormously proud alum of Penn and Penn Law, a period which furthered his innate curiosity from childhood and engendered a passion for the law and sociology. It also sparked two of his most treasured relationships – a lifelong and unbreakable bond with Judge Nancy V. Alquist of Baltimore and the start of his family with Sara Beth Kalb. Sandy treasured sailing on the Chesapeake and further afield, most particularly when sharing the helm with his best friend Alan Silberman. On land, from the banks of the Schuylkill to the trails of Baltimore, he was an avid walker and found great joy in the company of canine friends, surrounding architecture and, most especially, his beloved dear Debra Lawrence.
Those carrying Sandy's legacy forward include his adoring daughter Elizabeth Gordon Pfeffer (Elle) and his brother and sister-in-law Gerald (Jerry) and Pat Pfeffer who also honor his mother Hannah and grandmother Jesse. They intend to recognize Sandy's love of modern design, his attention to detail, and his love of lifelong exploration every day.
Donations in Sandy's honor may be made to the following institutions for which he cared deeply: Germantown Friends School (www.germantownfriends.org/donate), the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (www.cbf.org/join-us/more-ways-to-give/memorial-giving.html), and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (www.pcacares.org/support-pca). All those wishing to share memories and stories with his daughter, brother and other loved ones are encouraged to do so via mail to: P.O. Box 4015, Philadelphia, PA 19118 or email to: email@example.com. Plans for a future celebration of Sandy's life will be shared in due course.
Arrangements by Joseph Levine & Sons (www.levinefuneral.com)