Sally B. Thornton

Sally Bullard Thornton, a native San Diegan and one-time champion equestrienne graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of San Diego. She is a writer of esteemed reputation, an active community volunteer, tireless civic leader, and an extraordinary humanitarian and philanthropist.

Mrs. Thornton has published in the San Diego Journal and contributed to several other publications. Her book, Daring to Dream: The Life of Hazel Wood Waterman was published in 1987.

To cite the personal and community contributions of Sally Thornton would require pages. She truly knows the joy and responsibility of giving to others, and does so with generosity, commitment and charm. She has served in leadership positions for Children's Hospital and Health Center, United Cerebral Palsy of California, Civic Youth Orchestra, San Diego Opera, COMBO, San Diego County Heart Association, the American Heart Association and the San Diego Museum of Art, recently contributing a magnificent fountain to the Museum. She holds leading positions in the San Diego Area Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, The San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts, Whittier Institute for Diabetes a Endocrinology Research, Combined Health Agency Drive, UCSD Medical Center Planning Board, and are very proud to say, Women's International Center. She is Chairman for the Annual Meals-On-Wheels Banquet of Senior Adult Services. These are but a few of the many groups assisted by this kind and generous individual.

In 1982, she established The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Foundation, serving as its President. This philanthropic foundation consistently supports scores of charitable organizations. Recently, the Thornton Foundation contributed the funding for a new teaching hospital at the University of California, San Diego.

Sally is married to John McBride Thornton and the mother of two sons.

Sally B. Thornton is truly the perfect 11th Woman, the essence and personification of kindness, love and generosity. Women's International Center is extremely proud to present the 11th Woman Living Legacy Award to one of the world's great human beings. Sally Thornton.

Since 1992, Sally has served as Honorary Chair of Women's International Center's Board of Directors. She has been Chairwoman for the Living Legacy Awards since 1992.

Her continuing support to WIC is vital and appreciated.

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