Just a few days before the previous issue of this magazine went to press, all in The Robb Report were devastated to learn that Sandra Ramani, our digital travel editor, had succumbed to cancer.
Sandra joined us on staff in 2021, but began writing for The Robb Report in 2013, becoming a regular contributor a few years later. As it turned out, her latest piece opened the August issue, a vivid depiction of a chic Mexican neighborhood and the local hotel developer who was launching a signature hotel there. The story was vintage Sandra: well-informed, deeply reported and elegantly written, displaying a curiosity about the world that was never overstated.
Indeed, Sandra was well-travelled and, in addition to the US, had lived in England, France and Italy. But she had none of the cynicism or “see-it-all” anger that can infect even the best writers over time. And she was always willing to help friends and colleagues with travel tips, hotel and restaurant recommendations, or airline tips for their next adventures.
An award-winning writer, she once received an appreciation from the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. her book, Day trips from Dallas and Fort Worth, about the stories and attractions of the many small towns or destinations in Texas, was published in two editions. She quickly became a well-liked and universally respected member of our team, despite working remotely, which meant some of our staff had only ever met her via Zoom. Her colleagues here describe her, variously, as “one of the most talented editors I’ve worked with”, “knowledgeable, professional and very grounded”, “able to give feedback in a warm way and friendly” and “quiet, charming and fun.”
One comment in particular sums up what made it special for all of us. “Sandra was an excellent editor and a talented writer. But what I will miss most about her was her ability to marry those skills with unfailing kindness, generosity and grace – no matter the circumstances. That was true every day I worked with her, whether she was editing a freelancer, a new intern, or one of us.”
All in The Robb Report we send our deepest condolences to her mother, brother and all her family. She will be greatly missed, every day.