Celebrate the Life and Legacy
of Laura Sanborn
August 19th, 1922-February 11, 2009
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Join the celebration of a spectacular life, sign the guestbook for Laura Sanborn.
Laura was born on August 19, 1922, in Sterling, CO, to Dr. Johnson Edward and Meta Boeck Naugle. Following graduation from Sterling High School, she attended the University of Colorado. While she was a student in Boulder, a mutual friend arranged a blind date between Laura and Roger A. “Sandy” Sanborn, a member of the 10th Mountain Division, then training in Colorado. It was love at first sight and the two were married on March 11, 1944, after only six dates.
Laura finished her degree while Sandy was in Europe “winning World War II”. She then worked in the war effort until Sandy returned. After Sandy left the Army, he attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins while Laura taught school in the Fort Collins School District. In Fort Collins they met Bob Singer, whose family had 480 acres of land for sale near Florissant; they bought the land in 1946 and their dream of starting a summer camp was born.
When Big Spring opened in 1948, Laura was the camp mother, the nurse, the cook, and the jack-of-all-trades. She served in many roles as the boys’ camp grew, but she always knew that she wanted to open a camp for girls one day. In 1962, that dream was realized when High Trails Ranch for Girls opened its doors for the first time. Laura served as the Director at High Trails for many years and created a challenging, active program where girls could gain self-confidence, make friends, and learn new skills. She lived at camp until the end of her life, always willing to share advice, stories, and support with staff, alums, and campers.
In 1992, the Colorado Association of School Executives presented Sandy and Laura with the CASEY Award for contributions to the profession from outside “traditional” education. In 1996, the Colorado Ethics in Business Awards presented Sandy and Laura with the Daniel L. Ritchie Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding individuals for their ethics in business, “integrating social, employee and environmental responsibilities into their corporate cultures.”
Laura will be remembered for her humanity, her warmth, her humor, her creativity, and her vision for a better world. She touched the lives of thousands of campers and staff.