Fashion journalist Katharina Sand has moved her Geneva boutique Septième Étage entirely to the Internet (Instagram); see her portrait as "fashion nomad" in the current issue of Le Temps Magazine (January 2018): <https://www.letemps.ch/lifestyle/2018/01/katharina-sand-route-mode>.
Wolfgang Sand (G.XX.27), chronicle p. 202 - "Sure Step"
From 14 September to 20 October 2017, the Volksbank Dachau (Augsburger Str. 33-35) showed sculptures by Wolfgang Sand from the years 1987-2017, in an exhibition "Art and Bank: On a Tightrope". Watch the film, too, at <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5CFa2r4klo>.
Marten Sand (G.XXI.14), chronicle p. 206
From 4 to 26 August 2017, stage director Marten Sand presented, at the lakeside open-air stage of the Zieten Castle, Wustrau/Brandenburg, a new production of the comedy "A Strange Couple" by Neil Simon.
Happy News from our French relatives (descendants of Elise Maria, Marquise de Cadoine de Gabriac née Sand, C.XVIII.14, 1868-1945):
Jérémy and Léopoldine Landié announce the birth of their son Gabriél on 31 May 2017 in Paris,
Count and Countess Charles and Anna Clothilde de Vergennes announce the birth of their daughter Astrid on 16 June 2017 in Paris.
Congratulations, and welcome in the family!
Ludwig Sievert (ooG.XIX.52), chronicle p. 194
On the occasion of the 130th birthday of stage designer Prof. Ludwig Sievert (oo Hildegard Sievert née Sand), the Senckenberg Library of the University of Frankfurt exhibited a selection of his designs and figurines, from 15 May to 30 June 2017.
Happy News from our British relatives:
George Bruxner (descendant of Sophie Christine Bruxner née Sand, B.XV.48, chronicle p. 295) and his wife Bellanée Horváth announce the arrival of their daughter Theodora (Dora) Evelyn Bruxner
on 14 February 2017 in London.
Cordial congratulations across the Channel!
Ralph and Lyuba Crimmann (G.XX.15.b), chronicle p. 200
On 31 January 2017 in Moscow, Dr. Ralph Crimmann (grandson of Hermann H.P. Sand, G.XIX.42) married Lyuba née Sirotkina, his second wife. All our good wishes!
Eckehard Lorch (ooG.XX.30), chronicle p. 203
On 20 January 2017, biochemist Dr. Eckehard Lorch died after serious illness in Meersburg/Lake Constance. He was the husband of Gisela Lorch née Sand (G.XX.30), and a gifted painter and designer; here is his last self-portrait, on the design monitor, a gift from his children for his 85th birthday. The Meersburg Augustinum showed a selection of his pictures in a special memorial exhibition from 24 February to 31 March 2017.
Our heartfelt condolences to Gisela and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
The new action film "Out of Control" by film director Axel Sand (D.XXI.08, chronicle p. 168) has begun to run in the movie theatres in China. You can watch a trailer video on Axel's homepage <http://www.axelsand.com>.
Katharina Sand (G.XXI.22), chronicle p. 207
From 15 December 2016 to14 May 2017, the Natural History Museum in Geneva held a special video portrait exhibition by photographer Nicolas Righetti, of prominent "Genevans in the Museum" - including Katharina Sand.
Neylan Sami Lorch (G.XX.30.a.iv), chronicle p. 203
Clarisse Tourny (C.XVIII.14.c.i.3a), chronicle p. 305
... and from France:
Vérène Hoppenot (descendant of Viktor Arnold Sand, C.XVII.08) and Hubert Tourny report the birth of their daughter Clarisse, on 10 November 2016 in Paris.
Congratulations, and welcome in the Sand Clan!
Joerg Sand (D.XXI.09) and family, chronicle p. 168
Wedding of Joerg Sand (in 2nd marriage) on 15 October 2016 (in Kleinvillip near Bonn) and Tatjana née Kennel from Mulhouse/France; with the two Sand daughters from the 1st marriage, Ronja (D.XXII.02) and Fiona (D.XXII.03)
All our best wishes!
Peter H. Sand (G.XX.29), chronicle p. 203
14 October 2016
80th birthday of Peter Sand in Munich -- with Elisabeth, Philipp and Fabian
Lola Aurora Nina (E.XVII.29.b.ii.4.i), chronicle p. 270
Our Dutch relatives, Pien Buurman van Vreeden (descendant of Gottfried Wilhelm Sand, E.XVI.27) and Wouter Vlothuizen, announce the arrival of their daughter Lola Aurora Nina, at The Hague on 11 August 2016.
Congratulations, and welcome to the family!
Ingrid Sand (ooG.XX.33), chronicle p. 204
From the Sueddeutsche Zeitung of 16/17 July 2016
In June 2016, Katharina Sand (now a Swiss citizen of Geneva) taught a summer course on "business of fashion" as visiting lecturer at the renowned Parsons New School of Design in Paris.
Tamara Crimmann (ooG.XX.15.b), chronicle p. 200
On 14 May 2016, Tamara Crimmann passed away after a severe illness at the Rosenheim clinic. She had been our loyal "court photographer" at many family meetings. And even though her last favourite project, a photo collection of the worldwide Sand family, will now go unfinished, we all have her pictures and will never forget her. Our heartfelt sympathies to Ralph-Peter Crimmann and their two sons in Prien!
Our most distant relatives in Australia (descendants of Sophie Christine Auguste Bruexner née Sand from Erlangen, B.XV.48) report happy news from "down under":
born on 20 January 2016 in Sydney
In December 2015, photographer Tamara Crimmann (ooG.XX.15.b) showed her new art film "I come", about refugees in Germany (sound track by actors of the Belacqua Theatre), at the Christmas fair in Wasserburg-on-Inn, Bavaria.
Henry A. Sand (H.XVII.59), chronicle p. 232
Since December 2015, the collected Civil War letters of Captain Henry Augustus Sand (died at Antietam in 1862, eldest son of Christian Heinrich Sand H.XVI.32 from Erlangen) have been published, with over 50 illustrations, by McFarland Co., edited by Peter H. Sand and John F. McLaughlin. Price 31.50 Euros incl. postage if ordered online via code "SAND25".
On 27 November 2015, our most senior family member Ria Sand (ooG.XIX.71) in Weiden celebrated her 100th birthday.
Many happy returns!
On 24 October 2015
Elsbeth Ammann née Sand
(C.XX.02, chronicle p. 143)
passed away at age 90, in Zug/Switzerland.
Our sincere sympathies to her family.
Ralph Peter Crimmann (G.XX.15.b), chronicle p. 200
Ralph P. Crimmann has published a new book on Karl Ludwig Sand (B.XVI.21) and his contemporary, writer and revolutionary Georg Buechner (1813-1837, Der Hessische Landbote), which he presented at our family reunion in Kempten; see also his encyclopedia entry on Karl Ludwig Sand in Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (Bautz Publishers, Hamm 2015).
Annemarie Sochowsky (G.XVIII.84.b.i.), chronicle p. 191
On 8 August 2015, Annemie Sochowsky (grand-daughter of Johanna Wolf née Sand, and loyal participant in many of our family reunions), passed away in Bayreuth. Heartfelt condolences to her next-of-kin!
Matthew McLaughlin (H.XVII.58.c.ii.1a), chronicle p. 231
On 24 May 2015 (US Memorial Day), Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn/N.Y. held a 150-year memorial celebration for Civil War veterans - among them Captain Henry A. Sand (1836-1862, H.XVII.59, eldest son of Christian Heinrich Sand from Erlangen). Here is the banner with Henry's portrait; standing in front are our New York relatives (descendants of Henry's sister Emily Rossire née Sand), Matt McLaughlin and his children James (12) and Fiona (8).
Peter Bruxner-Randall (B.XV.48.a.vii.1.21), chronicle p. 293
The New Year began with sad news from our English relatives: On 10 January 2015, solicitor Peter Dennis Bruxner-Randall (born 1927 in Mt. Abu/Rajputana, Major with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, and direct descendant of Sophie Christine Brüxner née Sand, B.XV.48) passed away after severe illness in Lyndon/Hampshire. A celebration of his life was held at All Saints Church in Minstead on 21 July 2015. Our heartfelt sympathy for his widow June and their daughters Belinda, Annabel and Nicola!
Elizabeth Ingunza Montero
Our Peruvian cousin Elizabeth Ingunza Montero has published the second volume of her historical family novel, "El Tren de la Codicia" in Lima. It is the fictional autobiography of her great-great-grandfather Juan Manuel Montero (1830-1902), founder of Peru's legendary Tarapacá Railways (Ferrocarriles Salteros), whose sister Maria Natividad Montero married, at New York in 1864, Viktor Arnold Sand from St. Gallen (C.XVII.08). Their eldest son, Juan Victor Sand (C.XVIII.12) tragically died during an excursion in the Andes, of altitude sickness (soroche); his sister Elise Maria née Sand (C.XVIII.14) married, at Paris in 1890, the Marquis de Gabriac, Joseph de Cadoine, and thus founded the "French branch" of the family. They all appear in Elizabeth Ingunza's novel ...
Kim and John Bientjes (E.XVII.29.b.vii.2 & 4), chronicle pp. 272-273
Christmas greetings from our Canadian relatives in Vancouver, Kim and John (Jan Herman) Bientjes, direct descendants from the "Surabaya line" of Gottfried Wilhelm Sand (E.XVI.27)!
Hermann O.T. Sand (G.XX.33), chronicle p. 204
On 31 October 2014, Dr.phil. Hermann Oswald Theodor Sand passed away after brief fatal illness in Munich (see the obituaries in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung of 6/11/14 and 3/12/14, Abendzeitung of 7/11/14, Muenchner Merkur of 17/12/14). He was the real initiator of our family reunions since 1964, and his merits for keeping the family together and traditions alive will remain unforgotten. All our sincere condolences to his next-of-kin!
Since September 2014, Fabian Sand (second from left, G.XXII.11, chronicle p. 208) has been enrolled in the "Bavarian International School" at Haimhausen near Munich
Wolfgang Sand (G.XX.27 - on the right), chronicle p. 202
A new fountain sculpture ("sun and beach") by sculptor Wolfgang Sand now stands on the main street of Haimhausen near Munich, where Wolfgang has his studio; photo with the sponsor, Thomas Erlebach.
Constance Belton (E.XVII.29.b.vii.5), chronicle p. 273
Sad news from the "Surabaya branch" of the family:
On 1 September 2014, phil.drs. Constance ('Dickie') Belton née Bientjes - descendant of Gottfried Wilhelm Sand, E.XVI.27 - passed away at age 92 in Henderson near Auckland/New Zealand. We owe her much valuable information, a 1919 family picture, and an English translation of the "Javan" chapter in our chronicle. Our sincere condolences to her relatives in the Netherlands and in Canada!
On 26 June 2014, passed away
Annemarie Hegner, née Sand (born in Bern on 12 October 1925)
and her husband, Dipl.Ing. Gerold Hegner (born in Zürich, 24 April 1921)
(C.XX.01, chronicle p. 143)
in Kappel on Albis/Zürich.
Heart-felt sympathies to our Swiss relatives!
On 30 May 2014, passed away
Dr. Marc Paul Sand
(C.XX.04, born at Bern on 13 March 1932,
chronicle p. 144),
former Director of External Relations of the Council of Europe.
Sincere condolences to his family and to our Swiss branch!
Tamara Crimmann (ooG.XX.15.b), chronicle p. 200
New photographs by Tamara Crimmann, "Bekannt - Unbekannt: Menschen aus Wasserburg" (Known- Unknown: People from Wasserburg) were shown at an exhibition at the Ganser-Haus Gallery in Wasserburg-on-Inn (Bavaria), Schmidzeile 8, from 25 January to 23 February 2014.
Philipp Sand (G.XXI.20) with Fabian (G.XXII.11), chronicle pp. 206/208
The Medical Faculty of the University of Ratisbon (Regensburg) has conferred the habilitation (PhD / venia legendi) on Philipp Sand MD, as lecturer and specialist in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Congratulations!
Mathilde de Vergennes (C.XVIII.14.c.iv.1b), chronicle p. 306
Happy event on the French side of the family: Count and Countess Charles-Stanislas and Anna de Vergennes announce the arrival in Paris of Comtesse Mathilde, on 4 May 2013.
'Pien' Buurman van Vreeden (E.XVII.29.b.ii.4), chronicle p. 270
Geraldine Frederiek Jikkemien ('Pien') Buurman van Vreeden, descendant of Gottfried Wilhelm Sand (E.XVI.27) and renowned cooking star at The Hague, has since 2007 been chef de cuisine in the private household of Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and his wife Princess Máxima. With the crown prince's accession to the throne in April 2013, she now becomes the Chief Royal Dutch Court Cook. Congratulations!
Fiona Sand (D.XXII.03), chronicle p. 168
New offspring from the Ebnath line: Joerg and Melanie Sand (D.XXI.09) announce the arrival of their youngest daughter Fiona, born on 9 October 2012 in Euskirchen, pictured here with sister Ronya and proud grand-parents Walter and Waltraud Sand (D.XX.14). Congratulations!
Suzanne Rossire McLaughlin (H.XVII.58.c.ii.1), chronicle p. 231
On 6 October 2012, our American cousin Mary Suzanne ('Sue') Rossire McLaughlin (descendant of Emily Rossire née Sand, H.XVII.58) passed away in Seattle/USA. She had been with us at the family reunion in Mannheim in 2003, together with her husband Dr. John F. ('Jeff') McLaughlin; to him and to their two children Matthew and Emily, our sincere condolences.
Kurt Sand (G.XIX.51), chronicle p. 194
We mourn the death, on 4 April 2012, of Dr. Kurt Sand, orthodontist in Munich-Pasing, gifted water-colour artist and irreplaceable member of the 'Sand Clan' (portrait bust by his son Wolfgang Sand, G.XX.27). Our heartfelt sympathies to his wife Lisa and the whole family!
Victor Rutgers (oo/E.XVII.29.g.vi.2), chronicle p. 275
On 15 March 2012, Victor Henri Rutgers MD, widower of our late Dutch cousin Henriette ('Etje') Rutgers van Diermen, passed away in Heerlen/Netherlands. Victor had been with us at our family reunions since 1999, and we shall miss him very much. Sincere condolences to his daughter Dorien van de Bovenkamp and all next-of-kin.
Alice de Vergennes (C.XVIII.14.c.iv.1a), chronicle p. 306
Happy events from the French side of the family: Count and Countess Charles-Stanislas and Anna de Vergennes announced the arrival of their daughter Alice on 2 July 2011 in Paris; Jean and Alexandra Hoppenot announced the arrival of their second son Arthur on 17 July 2011 in Aix-en-Provence (both direct descendants of Elise Maria de Cadoine née Sand, C.XVIII.14). Toutes nos félicitations!
Louis and Arthur Hoppenot (C.XVIII.14.c.i.1a & 1b), chronicle p. 305
Theresa Stark (D.XX.11.b.iii), chronicle p. 167
On 23 November 2010, Andrea and Christian Stark (grandson of Hermann Julius Sand, D.XIX.26), in Stockdorf near Munich, had reported the arrival of their youngest daughter, Theresa (on the right). Meanwhile, the young lady already models on the cover page of "Eltern" magazine (July 2011)!
Monika Raithel (ooG.XIX.60.d), Sand chronicle p. 197
On 29 June 2011, Monika Raithel née Albrecht, professor at the Dresden Conservatory of Music and wife of Prof. Hugo Raithel (G.XIX.60.d), passed away at the age of 70. She had been the gracious hostess of our Dresden reunion in 2009.
Our heartfelt condolences to Hugo and his family!
Silvana and Axel Sand (D.XXI.08), chronicle p. 168
Wedding bells! Film director Axel Sand married Silvana née Schielke on 14 May 2011 in Berlin (and more than 120 guests attended the party in "Claerchen's Ballhaus" and "Nola's Café"). From June to November 2010, Axel has shot several new sequences of his action TV series "Alarm fuer Cobra 11: Die Autobahn-Polizei" for channel RTL. His thriller "Das Ende der Welt" (end of the world) was shown on RTL on 18 August 2011.
Tino Sand (C.XXI.07), Chronicle p. 145
Tino Sand moved to Australia in 2010, and on 1 May 2011 opened his first local exhibition of photographic art, at the Sara Roney Gallery in Rushcutters Bay/Sydney ("Cross-Country").
Karin Gardner (G.XVIII.84.b.i.1), chnicle p. 191, and Holger Albrecht
Karin Gardner and Holger Albrecht (loyal participants at our family reunions in Regensburg and Dresden) moved to Cyprus in May 2010 and opened Kazzy's Currywurst diner, with German sausage specialties. Their customers are enthusiastic!
Anton Zinkl (ooG.XX.26), Chronicle p. 202
Anton Zinkl, designer, e-composer, and husband of Kiki Gnuege-Sand (G.XX.26 - they were with us in Regensburg 2007) read from his new novel (with Hans Schlicht), "Ober sucht Frau", on 19 March 2011, at the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich.
2010 began with very sad news: on 17 February, our dear English cousin Bridget Maher ('Biddy', direct descendant of Sophie Christine Bruxner née Sand, B.XV.47) passed away in St.Albans near London. She had been with us at the family reunions in St.Gall, Regensburg and Dresden -- and that's how we'll always remember her: open and cheerful.
Bridget Maher (B.XV.48.a.vii.7.1b.ii), chronicle p. 290, at Wolfgang Sand's exhibition in 2009: on the left, with Peter Sand and her British-German niece, Alexa Kornau
Two more cases of mourning, alas: on 23 March 2010, Elisabeth Crimmann née Sand died at Grossgmain near Salzburg; and on 5 May 2010, her brother Frieder Sand followed her at Vorra-Adelshofen near Hersbruck. Elisabeth had been with us at the Coburg reunion in 2001. Both of them had inherited the family's artistic talents, and Frieder's self-portrait is in our 2005 chronicle (p. 327).
Elisabeth Olga Crimmann (G.XX.15), chronicle p. 200
Frieder Hermann Sand (G.XX.17), chronicle p. 200
Edith Wolf (ooG.XVIII.84.d), chronicle p. 191
On 12 July 2010, Edith Wolf née Assmann (widow of Dr. Herbert Wolf, G.XVIII.84.d) passed away at age 93, in Pullach near Munich.
On 24 July 2010, our French cousin, Comtesse Anna Clothilde Dobrzenský de Dobrzenicz (direct descendant of Elise Maria de Cadoine née Sand, C.XVIII.14, chronicle pp. 303 and 306) married Count Charles-Stanislas de Vergennes; the wedding was performed in the church of St.Jacob's at Chotebor, by the bride's uncle, Bishop Frantisek de Lobkowicz.
Countess Anna de Vergennes (C.XVIII.14.c.iv.1), chronicle p. 306
Countess Philippine Dobrzenský de Dobrzenicz (ooC.XVIII.14.c.iv.2), chronicle p.306
Happy event on the French side of the family: Jan Wenceslas and Philippine, Count and Countess Dobrzenský de Dobrzenicz (C.XVIII.14.c.iv.2, Sand chronicle p. 306), became parents of twins, in Paris on 24 September 2009: Paul and Eugénie.
Thomas Bruxner (B.XV.48.a.iv.1.1b.2), chronicle p.295
Captain Thomas Michael Bruxner safely returned from a 6-months mission in Afghanistan with his army unit (youngest son of James & Carol, B.XV.48.a.iv.1.1b, and descendant of Sophie Christine Brüxner née Sand, chronicle p. 117).
On 19 September 2009, Tom's brother George Henry Alexander Bruxner (born 1974; he had joined us in St.Gall and in Regensburg) married Annabella ('Bella') née Horváth in Kestelhy/Hungary.
Julia Bientjes (E.XVII.29.b.vii.3), chronicle p.272
On 15 July 2009, Julia Bientjes Ph.D. passed away in Bloemendaal, Netherlands. Born in 1915 in Sitoebondo/Java, as a direct descendant of Gottfried Wilhelm Sand (E.XVI.27), she taught German at the gymnasium (high school) in Haarlem near Amsterdam; her students adored her (every month, she would invite them to her home for "Kaffee und Kuchen und deutsch sprechen"). But she also told me that in the harsh occupation years during the war, she stopped speaking German; when somebody asked her something in German in the street, she would just shrug her shoulders, as part of her very personal way of resistance.
And on 8 September 2009, her niece Johanna Wilhelmina Victoria Bientjes ('Johke') died after a long illness in Dordrecht. She was born in Java in 1941, as daughter of Commodore Jan Alle Bientjes III and his wife Suzanna (E.XVII.29.b.vii.1), and grew up as a child in a war-time Japanese internment camp.
Christopher Bruxner (B.XV.48.a.iv.1.1a), chronicle p. 295
Sad news from England: On 21 April 2009, our cousin Christopher John Bruxner (born 1927) passed away in King's Lynn/Norfolk; and shortly thereafter, on 13 May 2009, so did cousin Elizabeth Steskens née Maher (B.XV.48.a.vii.7.1b.iii, born 1937; she was the sister of Bridget Maher, who has faithfully attended the Sand family reunions since 2005).
Hugo Raithel (G.XIX.60.d), chronicle p.197
On 17 March 2009, Sonata No.3 by Professor Hugo Raithel (grandson of Georg Friedrich Karl Sand III, G.XVIII.78) was performed at the Prague Rudolphinum, by violinist Professor Ivan Zenaty and Professor Monika Raithel (our hostess in Dresden in October!) at the piano.
Rosemarie Ammann-Sand (C.XX.05), chronicle p. 144, with her father Paul Sand
On 3 February 2009, Rosemarie Léonie Ammann-Sand, born 1935 in Bern as daughter of Dr. Paul and Léonie Sand (C.XIX.02), passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer at the hospital of Horgen-on-Lake Zurich.
Ronia Maria Sand (D.XXII.02), to be added on p.168 of the chronicle
The next generation in the Ebnath branch: Ronia Maria (daughter of Joerg and Melanie Sand, D.XXI.09) was born on 8 February 2009 at 1:20 pm -- shown off here by her proud Grandma Waltraud!
Eduard Scherrer (C.XIX.07.a), Chronicle p.142
On 22 December 2008, Eduard Rudolph Scherrer (grandson of Georg Wilhelm Sand C.XVIII.06) passed away after a long illness, in Allendale/New Jersey.
Nuran & Markus Lorch (G.XX.30.a), chronicle p.203
Markus Lorch (G.XX.30.a, grandson of Richard Sand G.XIX.53) and Nuran Karkin were married on 19 December 2008, at Liestal near Basel/Switzerland.
Feodor Sebastian Oliver Dossow (C.XXI.04.b)
Yet another Sand relative from the St.Gall branch: Feodor, born 2 February 2008 in Strasbourg, son of Olivia Sand (C.XXI.04, chronicle p. 145) and Ruediger Dossow, and brother of Fiona Pamina Olivia (C.XXI.04.a, 2004).
Captain Henry Sand (H.XVII.59) Sand-Chronicle p.213 and p.232
On 28 May 2007 (US Memorial Day), a special memorial event was held at Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, for all Civil War veterans buried there -- among them our Henry August Sand, mortally wounded at the battle of Antietam (1862) as captain with the 103rd New York Volunteers. His headstone monument has been restored, and his portrait and biography appear in a memorial publication by the Green Wood Historic Fund; see the article by G. Collins in the New York Times of 05/28/07: "Capt. Henry Augustus Sand ... made a major contribution to our country".
From September to December 2007, the Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza) also showed pictures and letters of Henry A. Sand as part of its gallery exhibit, "Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War".
Jamie and Fiona McLaughlin
Sand descendants overseas: Suzanne McLaughlin née Rossire ('Sue', H.XVII.58.c.2a, was with us at the Mannheim reunion) and Dr. Jeff McLaughlin report the arrival, on 6 May 2007, of their second grand-child: Fiona Anne Hutton McLaughlin, daughter of Matt and Clare McLaughlin in Astoria/New York, welcomed here by her brother Jamie (born 2002).
Noelle Valentine Sand (C.XXII.01) with her happy mother
Another Sand generation in Switzerland, too: Fabienne Ilona Sand (C.XXI.06, Chronicle p.145) and Rémo Durand announce the arrival of their daughter Noelle Valentine, born on 1 June 2007.
Helen Hungerbuehler (C.XVIII.10.h) Sand-Chronicle p.138
. . . On 2 March 2007, Helene Marie Hungerbuehler (grand-daughter of Georg Sand XI) passed away in St.Gall, shortly after her 102nd birthday. She was our most senior relative, chronicler of the family's Swiss branch, and an active participant at the 21st Clan reunion in Appenzell, interested and mentally awake to the end.
Alfred von Muralt (H.XVII.57.a.v.2) Sand-Chronicle p.254
On 25 January 2007, Alfred ('Fred') von Muralt passed away in Bern; lawyer, founder of the AvM-Flugreisen travel agency, and long-time member of Zurich's Saffran Guild. He also contributed to research on Sand clan history, by donating a photo album of his father's, Max Rudolf von Muralt (H.XVII.57.a.v, Sand-Chronicle p.249, picture on the left), who had paid a visit to the American Sand relatives in 1909.
Max von Muralt and his aunt Alice O. Sand (oo/H.XVII.64) Nantucket/USA 1909
Louis Hoppenot (son of Jean and Alexandra Hoppenot, C.XVIII.14.c.i.1)
On 9 March 2006, the youngest offspring of our French branch was born in Aix-en-Provence: Louis Hoppenot (the wedding picture of his parents is on p.306 of the Sand Chronicle).
Barbara Bates (H.XVII.58.d.i.3) Sand-Chronicle p.232
On 14 March 2006, in Wickenburg/Arizona, Barbara ('Bobbie') Butler -- widow of Phillips Lounsbery, great-granddaughter of Emily Rossire née Sand and guardian of many souvenirs and portraits of our American branch -- re-married (at age 82; her husband, Thomas T. Bates, is 85!).
Ernst Mueller-Meiningen jr. (widower of Hilde née Sand, D.XIX.29), Sand-Chronicle p.166
On 10 April 2006, Dr. Ernst Mueller-Meiningen jr. passed away in Munich. Trained as a lawyer (his father was Bavarian Minister of Justice during the pre-war Weimar Republic), he was not allowed to practise under the Nazi regime; after the war, he became popular and legendary as a columnist of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, honorary chairman of the Bavarian Journalists' Association, and member of the Bavarian Senate until 1979. Obituaries in the Sueddeutsche of 11 April 2006 (Heribert Prantl calls him a 'liberal ruffian' with an 'abundance of moral courage'), and in the Spiegel of 15 April 2006.
Maria Elise von Sand (widow of Johann von Sand, A.XX.44), Chronicle p.113
On 30 June 2006, Maria Elise von Sand née Biegel passed away in Hoppstaedten-on-Nahe. She had been the last surviving name-bearer of the nobility prefix 'von' Sand, which the Frankfurt-Palatinate line (founded by Hermann von Sand III from Coburg, bookseller and publisher in Frankfurt-on-Main after the 30-Years' War, Chronicle p.101) -- unlike the Erlangen-Wunsiedel line of the family -- had never dropped. She was always proud of that name, and has now finally taken it along, given that her two daughters (Gisela and Petra née von Sand, A.XXI.27 and A.XXI.28) have assumed their husbands' family names. . . .
Pien Buurman van Vreeden (daughter of Col. Gerrit B.v.V., E.XVII.29.b.ii.4.a) Sand-Chronicle p.270
On 1 October 2006, Geraldine ('Pien') Buurman van Vreeden -- an ergotherapist by training, and chief genealogist of our Dutch branch of Sand descendants -- opened her own business company called Pioen (Dutch for peony, her favourite flower), an exclusive gourmet cookery and catering service at The Hague. After finishing her university studies at Utrecht, she had gone to Paris to get a "grand diplôme de cuisine et patisserie" at the Ecole Culinaire Le Cordon Bleu, then worked for several top restaurants, and now is her own chef.
Produced by Tino Sand (C.XXI.07), chronicle p. 145