Meet Woodlands Resident Robert Sands

Robert moved to The Woodlands four years ago drawn to the natural beauty surrounding the community and in his words, “all the well-educated, well-traveled, interesting, and nice people living here.”

Robert is one of those well-educated, well-traveled, interesting, and nice people whose family once owned the famous King Arthur Flour Company. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and earned an economics and geography degree from Dartmouth College.

“I chose my professors rather than my courses and I took the classes offered by the ones I liked the best,” Robert said.

He entered graduate school but was called to serve his country during the Vietnam War, becoming a member of the Army Infantry and stationed in Berlin for two years. After that he spent six years in the Army Reserve, traveling throughout Europe, Turkey, Finland, and as far as Morocco.

“My travels helped me realize this simple truth; people are people no matter what color, what religion, or beliefs they have. People do things differently and have their own reasons for doing those things. Never judge people from what you see only from your point of view,” Robert said.

When he left the Army Reserve Robert joined the family business for a few years before moving to Washington D.C. to work for the United States government focusing on U.S. and Canada relations. His work with Canada expanded Robert’s worldview even more and he says the Canadian people were good to work with. While in Washington D.C. he also attended the National War College and worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a few years.

When it came time to retire, The Woodlands was his first choice. He enjoys his first-floor apartment overlooking the courtyard, often inviting friends over for a glass of wine while they enjoy one of the many live music events held there. 

In nearby Lebanon, Robert enjoys taking classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth which offers educational programs year-round for residents in the greater Upper Valley. He also likes going to the Dartmouth College rugby team games.