Sandra Bangilsdorf Klein, a Westport resident for 52 years, died March 16 in hospice care in Norwalk. She was 87.
She was born in 1931 in New York City, the only child of Florence and Harry Bangilsdorf, who was a tax lawyer. Raised in the Bronx, Sandra moved to Binghamton, New York at age 11.
She received her BFA. from Cornell University in 1953. While a senior at Cornell, she entered Vogue magazine’s prestigious Prix de Paris Contest for original content, essay and design, and received a top award that helped launch her career in advertising.
She became a successful copywriter at top ad agencies in New York City, including J. Walter Thompson, Grey, and Norman, Craig & Kummel, from 1954 to 1966.
During this time, she worked on many ad campaigns for major brands including Revlon and Brillo. She was also a speechwriter for Hubert Humphrey and, in 1964, received a personal note of gratitude from Humphrey for her work.
She moved from New York City to Westport in 1966 to raise her two sons, Dana and Jonathan. In 1969, she became the published co-author of “Teen Cuisine: A Beginner’s Guide to French Cooking,” illustrated by ‘60s pop artist Peter Max.
In 1957 she a married Jerome J. Klein, M.D., who practiced internal medicine at Norwalk Medical Group for 37 years. The two were married for 20 years. In 1988, she married Henri Addor of Lausanne, Switzerland, who remained her devoted, loving husband for 30 years.
She is survived by Henri Addor; her two sons Dana Klein and his wife Sonya of Darien, and Jonathan Klein and his wife Ellen Petri of Concord, Massachusetts. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Rachel, Elana, Hannah and Harrison Klein.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the Abraham L Green and Son Funeral Home: 88 Beach Road, Fairfield.