Matthew
Rae Jr., Matthew Sanderson, a 58-year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away at the age of 87 on Tues., August 3, 2010 in Torrance. Sandy Rae, a renowned probate attorney, was involved in almost every facet of public service. Born Sept. 12, 1922 in Dormont, PA, Sandy had nearly completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu, before he served his country during World War II as a 2nd lieutenant bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps. After the war, Sandy returned to Duke, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from law school and worked for the law school dean. He was the national field representative for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and clerked for California Associate Justice Douglas Edmonds before marrying the former Janet Hettman of San Francisco and beginning his 57-year career at Darling Hall & Rae in L.A. An active member for more than 50 years in the State Bar Conference of Delegates, which gave him its Spirit Award, Sandy chaired many committees for that organization as well as for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, which awarded him its highest honor, the Shattuck-Price Memorial Award, in 1990. He served as director of the L.A. County Bar Foundation, received the Arthur K. Marshall Award in 1984, and served on the Board of Governors and as First Vice President for the South Bay Bar Association. Sandy had served as president of the Chancery Club and had been appointed to a life membership on the National Commission on Uniform State Laws. Ever a politician, Sandy co-founded the California Republican League and served for decades on both the party's District and County Central Committees. Phi Alpha Delta remained a constant in his life; he served as Supreme Justice from 1972 to 1974 and was named to PAD's Distinguished Service Chapter. Sandy had been scheduled to attend the opening ceremonies at his 33rd consecutive PAD convention on the day he died. He is survived by daughters Mary-Anna Rae, Margaret Rae Mallory (Ryan) and Janet Rae-Dupree (David); grandchildren Anna Mallory, Matthew Dupree and Alden Mallory; and a sister, Margaret Sanderson Rae. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 52 years Janet Hettman Rae. Visitation will be held on Tues., Aug. 10, 2010 at St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Services, followed by a courtyard reception, begin there at 3:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Fri., Aug. 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM, Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Los Angeles County Bar Foundation lacba.org/foundation 213-896-6409 Duke Law Annual Fund Alumni & Development Records Duke University 700 W. Main St., Suite #110 Durham, NC 27701 1-888-529-2586 Phi Alpha Delta Endowment 345 N. Charles St., 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21201 410-347-3118

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  1. We shared many good times together in celebration of our common interests: our children David and Janet and Matthew. We have fond memories of Sandy’s good humor, vigor and character. He loved the law and furthermore had the wisdom, strength and character to change it for the better. Though we can’t be with you now, we are thinking of you and your loving family.

  2. He was alwats a voice of reason and cordiality. We will miss him, especialy at the conference of delegates. We have lost a friend.

  3. Jeni and I were saddened to learn of Sandy’s passing. Over the past 22 years, I came to know Sandy and appreciate his wit, humour and legal acumen as a fellow Commissioner with the National Conference of Commmissioners on Uniform State Laws. He will be long remembered by his collegues in the Conferernce. Hopefully his family will find comfort in their many wonderful memories, as well as the love and kindness of family and friends during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Rae Family, We send our condolences. Our mother, Ruby, fondly remembers her friendship with your parents, the many PAD conventions and shared vacations. We are sorry for your loss. Carolyn Livingston and Richard Rohr

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