February 25, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry Richard Sanders announces his passing on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the age of 64. He passed away at his home in the Summit Hill neighborhood of Saint Paul, surrounded by family and the support and love of his colleagues and friends.
Carrying forward the memories of Jerry’s kind, gentle and thoughtful approach to life are his wife, Tracy Sanders, her family, his father James (Jim) R. Sanders, mother Helen (Patti) Sanders and his wide community of colleagues, friends, musicians and neighbors.
Born March 1, 1953 in Nashville, TN, Jerry was an only child. The family relocated several times to Trenton NJ, Birmingham AL and then to Arlington Heights, IL. Moving about the country, Jerry learned how to develop and maintain lasting friendships, which he did his entire life.
Growing up in Chicago during the 60’s, Jerry attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention, witnessing protests against the Vietnam War. Jerry created a award-winning war video which was shown to the entire student body of his high school. As a teenager, he took the “L” train to downtown music clubs seeing greats such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, Leo Kottke, Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane. Jerry later played bass guitar in a rock band called Western Star, then a band called Sundance and enjoyed sharing musical discoveries with everyone.
Jerry received a B.A. majoring in Philosophy from Miami of Ohio. He enjoyed history and filled his home with books. Jerry started his career in the heyday of the computing industry as a programmer/analyst. He worked for 24 years at Loyola University Chicago, beginning as the Manager of Academic Computing and ending as Associate Provost/Chief Information Officer. Jerry received Loyola’s most prestigious honor, MAGIS, recognizing that he gave more to the university in terms of fulfilling and being true to its mission.
In 2006 he and his wife Tracy relocated to Saint Paul where he was Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services at Macalester College. He was widely recognized for his work on collaboration among Minnesota’s higher education information technology community. He actively contributed to many IT focus groups including CAUSE/EDUCAUSE, the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities organization (MnSCU), the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) and the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC). He founded and built the Minnesota Higher Education Technology Association (MHETA).
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Clements’s Episcopal Church at 901 Portland Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. Following the service, a celebration of his life and contributions to the higher education community will be held from 4-6 pm with program starting at 4:45 pm at Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN.
The Sanders family would like to extend our gratitude to Optum, Macalester College, the HealthPartners Regions Hospital staff and Jerry’s many friends for their support, love and care. Memorial donations in Jerry’s name can be made to the Chicago Botanic Garden online or by calling 847-835-8333, or to the American Cancer Society.