10 QUESTIONS: Helping children is close to Sally Oxley’s heart


Sally Oxley is a board member of Watt Companies, which offer diversified real estate services across the United States to investors and partners, homebuyers and commercial customers. In this role, she draws on many years of experience to provide guidance, insight and direction to the company. Her career at Watt began at age 13 when she began filing and acting as the office assistant. Since then, she has served in many capacities, committed to carrying on her father’s legacy by creating a sense of family among every employee at Watt Companies.

In her summers from Stephens College and the University of Southern California, Oxley was involved in managing the day-to-day operations of Watt Companies. She is a member of the Trojan Club of San Diego, the Trojan League Associates of San Diego, Town and Gown Associates, USC Alumni Association, San Diego Crew Classic stewards, USC Associates, and Fairbanks Republican Women’s Federation. She has also worked with the San Diego Center for Children, the San Diego Kids Aid, American Nutrition Society, National Charity League and the Westlake School Board.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I actually moved to San Diego for love. I first met my husband Howard in 1969 in Beverly Hills and dated him for two years. In 1971, he moved to San Diego. I couldn’t come with him at the time, but I always knew I wanted to be with him. I got my chance in 1992 and came down here to be with him. We moved to La Jolla in 1994 and fell in love with the area and have lived here since!

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I love living in San Diego and La Jolla especially. It is such a beautiful place and the eople are so friendly. It’s like L.A. was 40 years ago.

Who or what inspires you?

That would be people who have a passion and excitement for life.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My father, my husband, my brother, Annie Sullivan, Doreen Schonbrun, Richard Branson, Ronald Reagan and James Watt.

What are your five favorite movies of all time?

My favorite movies are “Atlas Shrugged,” “American Dreamer,” “Pretty Woman,” “Singing in the Rain” and “Some Like it Hot.” I especially like movies that make me laugh, and I also enjoy anything that has to do with history and biographies.

What is it you most dislike?

I dislike anyone who would harm animals or children.

What is your philosophy of life?

My philosophy of life is helping children have a better quality of life.

That’s why I am passionate about supporting the work done at the San Diego Center for Children. They really do make a difference in children’s lives.

What would be your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is anywhere I can go with my children and grandchildren.

What clothing item in your closet will you never part with?

My sweaters and coats because I am always cold.

What are your favorite comfort foods?

I love a mixture of beans, cilantro, coleslaw, avocado and chopped tomatoes. u

Editor’s Note: Sally and Howard Oxley are honorary committee members for the San Diego Center for Children’s 128th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, May 28 at the U.S Grant Hotel.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and will include silent and live auctions, a three-course dinner, and an intimate performance by jazz phenomenon, Matt Savage. The committee co-chairs are Doreen Schonbrun and Susie Sides.

Founded in 1887, The San Diego Children’s Center is the county’s oldest accredited children’s non-profit organization, offering comprehensive treatment programs for kids and teens struggling with behavioral, emotional and educational challenges. Tickets from $300 (by May 22) at