Michael Sandler, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, moved to the United States on his 19th birthday after receiving a foreign student scholarship to a small college in Iowa. After one year, he transferred to the University of Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1977, a JD degree in 1980, and a MBA in accounting in 1981. Michael worked for International Harvester in Chicago and Pacific Financial Research as an investment analyst, eventually becoming an equity partner and a registered investment advisor. In 2006, he founded his own firm, Focused Investors, which his partner continues to lead. Michael was defined by his passion for life, and his human rights work. He co-founded the Global Justice Center, where a fund named in his honor continues the center’s mission to develop innovative strategies, enforcing international law to protect people who cannot protect themselves. A committed community leader, he served on the board of the Iowa Law School Foundation, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art as vice chair. Michael and Brenda Potter, his wife of 21 years enjoyed traveling together, photography, wildlife, and art, but most of all, helping others.