A junior from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sarah Susannah Buchanan Philipps had joined up with Syracuse University's DIPA program in order to take a semester in London, England. An avid sports enthusiast, she excelled in field hockey and track, and had decided to spend only one semester abroad so she could return for the ski season in Colorado. She leaves her parents, Dr. Ervin and Elizabeth Philipps, of Newtonville, Massachusetts; two brothers, James and J. Andrew; as well as her maternal grandparents.
Sarah left behind a legacy of laughter so compelling that her best friends can't help but remember her with a smile. Her parents describe her as bright, funny, friendly, beautiful. She loved people, beaches, ski slopes, sunshine. She was going to be a clever publisher or a witty lawyer, a tender wife and mother, a sturdy citizen. Where Sarah was, there too was laughter and joy.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she had lived in Newtonville, Massachusetts, for many years and was a graduate of the Claflin School in Newtonville, the Frank. A. Day Junior High School, and Newton North High School. While she was attending Newton North, she had been a member of the girl's hockey team, the ski team, and the track team. An English major at the University of Colorado, Sarah contemplated a career in either law or publishing—such was the diversity of her interests. A lover of books, poetry and theater, Sarah enjoyed life and its gifts...the world is dimmer without her.