Katie Marie Sanderson ’99

Katie Sanderson 34, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 15th, 2011, in Colleyville, TX. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Michael Miga, and devoted mother to Milo, 3, with whom she lived in Long Island City, NY. Katie is also survived by her adoring parents Mark and Ruth (Kopcinski) Sanderson of Bristol, RI, formerly of Raynham, MA, and her sister, Ellen, also of New York City, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins all over the country. Katie served proudly as the director of development at The Moth, and in development capacities at the Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vassar College, and as the manager of the Young Lions Program at the New York Public Library. She had also worked for International Creative Management and Hungry Man Films. She held a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Davidson College, where she met her husband. Katie was an accomplished pianist and tennis player, an adventurous traveler, and an art and film lover. Her warmth, infectious laugh and unmistakable love of life allowed her to make friends with almost anyone. She loved to gather family and friends together, and had the rare ability to make each person in a crowd feel that he or she was the center of attention. Her greatest pleasure, though, was in spending time with her family and planning adventures with Milo. She will be missed forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Moth (www.themoth.org), an organization that exemplified Katie’s passion for bringing people together; creating, sharing and demonstrating the pleasure of living life in the moment. A memorial service is being planned.

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