“I was asked to offer a statement on behalf of Sandy’s family. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandy Parker, a trailblazer in Rochester whose vision and contributions have positively impacted our entire region.
Sandy was an unsung hero in the Greater Rochester community for decades, contributing her time, resources, and expertise to countless philanthropic and economic development initiatives. In partnership with her husband, Dutch Summers, Sandy’s contributions to, and passion for, educational endeavors were unmatched. Without exaggeration, thousands of young minds were shaped and enhanced due to the generosity of Sandy, who saw these kids through from grammar school to their college graduations.
Sandy quietly seeded goodness throughout the Rochester community for decades, sitting on dozens of boards and councils, never seeking attention or recognition.
Sandy Parker had a profound impact on me personally and professionally, often offering invaluable advice and guidance throughout each stage of my career. Sandy’s story will be told in the coming days, weeks, months, and years by the many, many people whose lives were touched and made better by her.
On behalf of my family, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce team, and the Rochester community, our hearts go out to Dutch and to her entire family. Her loss is immeasurable as were her contributions to the community she loved.”