Donald Sandro Donald Sandro
, 91, of Oxford, Ohio, formerly of Southern Pines, died on Friday (Nov. 26, 2004).
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Smith & Ogle Funeral Home in Oxford, Ohio.
Born Dec. 15, 1912, in Pescasseroli, Italy, Mr. Sandro
immigrated to the United States at age two and spent his
childhood in Melrose Park, Ill.He met Audley Quirt at Beloit College where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1941.
They were married in 1942.He
became a U.S. citizen in 1943 shortly after entering the U.S. Army
served in the Philippines during World War II.His work life included three years as a hotel bellboy during high school and four years as a bookkeeper at Oak Park Trust and Savings Bank in Oak Park, Ill. After college and military service, he returned to work at the same bank and eventually became its president and CEO.
career, Mr. Sandro
was known as a community leader and a supporter of education and community welfare.A perennial volunteer member of boards and commissions, he
was, among other things, director of the Metropolitan Chicago Mental Health Association
, the Metropolitan Chicago National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Chicago District Bankers Association; treasurer of the United Negro College Fund of Oak Park, Ill.; chairman of the Greater Oak Park Economic Development Association; trustee of Beloit College
and Rosary College; president of the American Institute of Banking
(Chicago), the Beloit College Alumni Association
, and the Thatcher Woods Area Boy Scout Council
was named Knight of the Order of Merit to the Italian Republic in 1974.Mr. Sandro
wife moved to Southern Pines in 1972 and enjoyed retirement, playing golf, and participating in community activities.He worked part time at Pinehurst Country Club and did volunteer work at their church and at the hospital.He
also continued fund-raising activities for Beloit College