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ACLU Statement on the Passing of Marion O. Sandler

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June 3, 2012

The Board of Directors and staff of the American Civil Liberties Union are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Marion Sandler. Marion was a pioneer in every way–a passionate force for freedom and justice. Her unique gift was the way she consistently put that considerable passion into action. Through her and her husband Herb’s extraordinary philanthropy, she made a vital difference to the issues that she cared about–and that matter to Americans.

From ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:

“Marion understood the struggle for justice from firsthand experience. She blasted through every gender barrier in the investment and banking world at a time when women were still being asked to fetch their male co-workers their morning coffee. Along with her devoted husband, Herb, she reached the pinnacle of the banking industry. But she never lost her sense of humanity, justice and fairness that infused her business and philanthropy. Her acumen, commitment and friendship meant an enormous amount to me personally. America lost a great woman, leader, humanist and philanthropist. But America is a more perfect union because Marion Osher Sandler graced our earth with her presence, power and love for improving the human condition.”

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