Sandy Werth
Sandy Werth

Sandra Werth Harbrecht Ratchford, who was CEO of Paul Werth Associates, died June 18 after a battle with cancer. She was 73.

The former public school teacher was asked by her father, Paul, to join his firm in 1983.

Upon his retirement in 1986, she became president of the firm that is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is the only Columbus-based strategic communications firm that remains under the same family ownership.

Sandy was past chair of PRSA’s Counselors Academy and a founding member of the PR Council. She also chaired the External Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University and was a member of the university’s President’s Alumni Advisory Council and the Dean’s Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business.

She served on the boards of Encova Insurance and the Davey Tree Company, and was the immediate past president of the Columbus Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. June 30th at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St., Columbus.

Sandy’s wish was that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sandra Werth Ratchford Memorial Fund at The Columbus Foundation, or other charity of the giver’s choice.