Sandra Geist

Sandra "Sandy" Geist, former Administrative Director for COLPM, passed away peacefully at her home in Lakewood, CO, on January 11, 2023, following a stroke.

Born in Seattle on February 23, 1944, Sandy lived nearly all her days in Denver. Sandy's rolodex read like a Who's Who of Colorado professional services. With Peat Marwick for many years, Sandra was one of the first ever marketing executives employed by a Big Eight accounting firm and she mentored many who would follow her. As an independent marketing consultant, "Sandra Geist Unlimited" worked with community organization clients like the Denver Foundation and the Minoru Yasui Award. In 1993, she transitioned her work to the legal profession, handling marketing for Denver "Big Four" firm, Holme Roberts & Owen, before taking on administrative leadership with the College of Law Practice Management.

Fellows may not fully recognize how much work is involved in running the College and organizing our events. While the Trustees may be the visible part of the College, they rely totally on the Administrative Director to actually handle the logistics, keep the College organized and ensure that every last detail is nailed down. In that role, Sandy was consummate. Cheerful and unflappable, the President and Trustees relied completely on her judgment and professionalism.

Sandy enjoyed travel in retirement with her beloved husband, James Geist, to whom she was married for 30 years before he passed in 2017. They traveled all over the US and Mexico, Sandy seeking ocean waves, and Jim seeking the next good game of golf. Volunteer work was a big part of her life right up to the end. She tutored children in reading, helped elder adults and taught jewelry-making to non-English speakers to help them adapt to a new country. All who knew her admired the complex hand-beaded works of art she produced.

A true people person, Sandy's joie du vivre touched countless others in her community, and her many life-long friends will miss her greatly. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Silver, son-in-law David Silver and stepson, Christopher Geist, as well as a sister, Stephanie Constable, brother-in-law, Terry Constable, and many cherished nephews and nieces. A celebration of Sandy's life will be held in the Spring. Her family asks that you honor her memory by doing something kind for someone less fortunate than you.