Duncan Alexander “Sandy” Ferguson passed away surrounded by his family on Oct. 18, 2019 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A popular and dedicated figure in the Coronado community, his presence will be deeply missed.
One of many Navy Juniors in Coronado at the time, Sandy graduated from Coronado High School (CHS) in 1965. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball and wore his Letterman’s sweater proudly. He also served on the Associated Student Body as commissioner of Athletics and could be found causing mischief around town with a good group of lifelong friends. After graduation, Sandy began his college career at Claremont McKenna Men’s College and ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree from UCSD.
Following college he received a billet for Officer’s Candidate School and served as a Supply Corp Officer on a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam. Ending his Naval commitment, Sandy returned to Coronado where he worked at the Chart House. At this time he began to capitalize on his love of history and personal nature in pursuit of a career in education. He received his teaching credential and eventually his Master’s degree from USIU. In the early 1980s he was hired at his alma mater, CHS, and so began a career that would define him as an individual and touch the lives of many.
Recognized by his trademark blue Volkswagen Van which was always parked near the high school, Sandy, or Ferg as he was affectionately referred to by colleagues and students alike, was involved in almost all student activities and sporting events in his 30 years at CHS. During his tenure at CHS he would teach a wide range of History and Government courses at a college level. He coached and served as ASB advisor. Taking on the role of Athletic director he built successful athletic programs at the middle and high school levels. He was an inspiration and mentor to many. However, despite his esteemed accomplishments it was truly his students that gave his career meaning. His work at CHS was more than just a job that he loved, it was a personal and extremely rewarding challenge which he met everyday with integrity, intelligence, empathy and a keen sense of humor, all hallmarks of his personality.
Throughout the years he also found time to travel, golf, play bridge and enjoy many walks along the beach greeting all who knew him and even those who didn’t with a friendly smile and hello.
He is survived by his children Brian Ferguson and Sarah (Michael) Wurzelbacher; his grandchildren, Weston, Wyatt, Mae, Holly and Bowen Wurzelbacher, who brought him great joy; his nephew Christopher (Sandra) McCampbell and niece Courtney Gonzalez; and his sisters Anne and Kim Ferguson.
Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Coronado High School Auditorium. Donations can be made to the Duncan A. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship which will be presented annually at CHS or in his name to the Islander Sports Foundation.