Sandra Anderson Bokovoy
Sandra Bokovay, a pianist and choir director, began her career as head of the music department at Ozark Academy in Arkansas. A graduate of Union College, where she completed a religion degree and minors in music and secondary education at age eighteen, she had completed the high school program at Southwestern Junior college, now Southwestern Adventist University, at age fifteen and at age seventeen transferred to UC, where she graduated a year later.
After one year at OA, she decided to finish her nursing training and transferred to Loma Linda University, where she met Alex Bokovoy, a physician and graduate of LLU, and they married in May 1955. They then served in Ethiopia for eighteen years and in Singapore for two years before returning to Texas. While in Ethiopia, Sandra served in several capacities in child ministries, including nursing and school music. In their two years in Singapore, she led a children's choir, the Daybreak Singers, which sang for the U.S. Ambassador.
In addition to later serving as Pathfinder director in Texas, Bokovoy organized a teenage choir, Sonlight Singers, which toured in the Bahamas and Washington, D.C., and traveled to Israel, where they participated in the production of a film, Ancient Dawn. She has also worked with handbell choirs. The Bokovoys have three children, Alex Charles, Joanna Lyn, and James Dean.
Sources: Southwestern Union, The Record, 26 September 1956, 3, 4; Information at the Hopps Museum website: http://museum.swau.edu/history/people.