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HKIS PEOPLESandra Lee Walters September 1, 1944 - January 30, 2021 Sandra began her career in teaching at HKIS and was a passionate French teacher and proponent of French culture. She taught at HKIS from 1970-74. Sandra then embarked on her second career and became a driving force in the HK art scene, introducing and mentoring contemporary Chinese artists to HK, helping to link the cultures of the East and West. She co-founded the art gallery Alisan Fine Arts and later founded the Mandarin Oriental Fine Arts Gallery. She went on to establish the Sandra Walters Consultancy Ltd. to advise major corporations and hotels on art purchases and was one of the first to place Hong Kong art with large, multinational companies.
Sandra and her husband, Richard, met at the University of Minnesota where she earned a degree in French and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1966. They made a stopover in Hong Kong in 1969 after serving in the Peace Corps in Chad to visit her parents who were living in the city at the time. The stop was meant to be brief; however, Sandra and Richard would remain in Hong Kong for nearly 50 years and have two sons, Chad and Todd. Sandra and Richard continued to support and attend HKIS events locally over the years and as parents. Sandra was a member of the Hong Kong Rotary Club where she served as the club’s first female president in 2001-02 and was the recipient of the American Chamber of Commerce Women of Influence (WOI) Master of the Arts award in 2016. Sandra stepped back from her duties and retired in 2015 to be able to spend more time in her beloved France.
Sandra suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in January and passed suddenly on January 30, 2021, in Paris France. Sandra is survived by her husband, retired Hong Kong dentist, Dr. Richard P. Walters, her sons Chad Walters ’88 and Todd Walters ’91, one older sister Carolyn Scarbrough Pitts, and three younger siblings who are HKIS graduates; Sheryl Scarbrough Bomsta ’69, Dwight Scarbrough ’72 and Tamara Scarbrough Mehta ’77. She and Richard have six grandchildren and twenty-two nephews and nieces.
The Walters and Scarbrough families extend their sincere gratitude to all members of the HKIS community who have so thoughtfully reached out with their messages of love and support.
Sasha A. Baker February 23, 1947 - June 14, 2020 Sasha A. (Fidler) Baker, age 73, of Winchester, Indiana, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Sasha was born and raised in Winchester, and was an active person all her life. She was known as the "tumbling cheerleader" of Driver High School, and she majored in Physical Education at Ball State University. She competed in collegiate gymnastics on BSU's first women's gymnastics team. Following graduation from BSU, she taught PE in Frankfort, Indiana and began a girls' gymnastics program there. In 1970, she married Doug Baker of Winchester and moved with him to California where she continued her teaching. The couple moved to Florida in 1972, where she coached gymnastics at private gyms. A lifelong athlete, she began her running career on the beaches of Florida, competing and placing among top finishers in numerous races.
In 1986, the family moved to Hong Kong, where she taught PE, swimming and ropes courses at HKIS. She enjoyed adventure travel, and hiked numerous times in the Himalayas traveling to Nepal and Sikkim, trekked among hill tribes of Northern Thailand, built Habitat houses in the Philippines, rode camels in Rajasthan, and explored rice paddies and caves of Sulawesi. In Borneo, she spent time with the Dyak (headhunters) in Sarawak and climbed Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain of SE Asia in Sabah. A life-long horse lover, she led student horseback trekking trips in the Snowy Mountains of SE Australia. She and her family backpacked in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia and explored the nature trails of Hong Kong. Sasha was a source of strength and resiliency for her family and enjoyed gathering friends and family together with her delicious cooking and stories of their latest travels.
Upon retirement after 27 years in Hong Kong, she and her husband resettled in the house where she was born and raised outside of Winchester.
She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 49 years, Doug Baker; their son, Seth Baker of The Dalles, Oregon; their daughter Paige (Kristi) Detor and two granddaughters, Mikaila and Savannah of Port Washington, New York; her brothers, Steve (Sylvia) Fidler of Lander, Wyoming and Bruce Fidler of Geneva, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents Eugene Fidler and Annie (Causer) Fidler of Winchester, Indiana.
Online condolences may be expressed here. Faye (Hung) Butcher March 10, 1946 - November 3, 2020 Faye Butcher (Hung Huen Fay Fay) joined HKIS at its opening in 1966 and devoted all of her working life, a period of forty-two years, to the school. She passed away on November 3, 2020 having courageously battled to survive a massive heart operation six months earlier. Faye held a number of roles at HKIS, at one time secretary to Headmaster Bob Christian, but spent most of her time as a librarian in the Elementary School (now, Lower Primary) Library, where she loved working with children.
Being a devout Christian, Faye was a role model to many, serving the community and spreading the Christian faith. She taught Sunday school at St Andrew’s Church in Tsim Sha Tsui. In HKIS’s early years, Faye’s father was on the Board of Managers. You might say that she followed in her father’s footsteps, because, like him, who taught Cantonese to Lutheran missionaries in Hong Kong, she also loved teaching. She particularly enjoyed tutoring those very young Chinese HKIS children who were struggling with their second language.
Faye was energetic and hard-working, always willing and ready to help, and a loyal and confidential friend. Faye did face many challenges in her work but was always ready to forgive and forget, no matter what! You could tell from Faye’s worn out wrists that she had handled thousands of heavy books during her working life.
Faye will be long remembered for her lovely, caring and charming personality. She is survived by her husband Allan who continues to live in Hong Kong and misses her dearly. The Thanksgiving Service was held on November 19, 2020 at St Andrew's Church. Her husband Allan prepared a tribute to Faye in the form of a slide-show on Google-cloud which he would happily pass on to any of Faye’s HKIS friends. The Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Church is also available.