In Memory

Alexander "Sandy" McGilvray - Class Of 1943

Alexander Sandy McGilvray

Alexander Crane McGilvray, born on October 26, 1925, passed away on April 19, 2008. "Sandy", as he was called, had a beaming smile which drew others to him and kept them close. South Pasadena High School remembers him as an athlete, and a member of the football team with his brother, Don. While there he was honored to be elected as President of his high school Student Body in his senior year, 1943. His education at Stanford University was interrupted by World War II, as he trained to serve as a bombardier in the U. S. AirForce.

He led an interesting working life. He first joined Mitchum, Jones & Templeton as a stock broker and later entered a new operation, working until his retirement as an independent oil producer. He loved the outdoors and its treasures. Many years of tracking the big trout in Idaho and Montana with his cousin Don Salisbury gave him immense pleasure. His tennis game was graceful in spirit and in play. Bodysurfing the break at St. Malo and surf fishing there were tops on his list, as was duck hunting with friends on the Salton Sea. Always searching for busy projects, duct tape repairs became his specialty. A man of simple tastes, he loved working in his peaceful garden. His family and f riends always came first. He had three children with his first wife, Joan: Alex McGilvray, Jr. (Ann), Mark Rankin McGilvray (Jean) and Lynn McGilvray Macneil (Bradford). Leigh Converse McGilvray came into the family with his second marriage to Joyce Converse. Joyce, his children, their spouses, as well as his grandchildren Stuart (Heidi), Morgan, Michael, Douglas and Blake and his step-grandchildren Brad and Brittney Austin honor this gentleman, who was a gentle man, and a loveable family Scottish "Laird." 

Pasadena Star-News, April 27, 2008