Sarah Deem HOGAN

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HOGAN, Sarah Deem Mother, Educator, Environmentalist & Friend May 11, 1937 - June 29, 2013. "For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea." E.E. Cummings. Ms. Sarah Deem Hogan passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 29, 2013. Sarah was born in 1937 and grew up in Annapolis, MD. After graduating from Emma Willard and Vassar College, Sarah worked for United Airlines in Washington, D.C. before moving to St. Pete Beach, FL, in 1963. Sarah embraced Florida's sun and sea, even the heat and humidity, and, fittingly, spent the last week of her life surrounded by family taking in both sunsets over the Gulf and sunrises over the Atlantic. Raising her beloved children, Kathleen, Tim and Eric, in a beach town was Sarah's joy. Always the selfless provider, Sarah scheduled her work life at the Careless Navigator and the Kopper Kitchen so she was home each afternoon to make sure her children paid proper attention to their studies. Only after her youngest was successfully settled at the University of Florida did Sarah pursue her dream of teaching. Sarah began teaching as a substitute teacher in 1986 at Boca Ciega High School. She taught full time while pursuing her Masters degree in English Education, which she earned from the University of South Florida in 1995. Sarah was proud to join the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School where she taught English until she retired in June 2005. In addition to her love for teaching and Education, Sarah was a tireless environmentalist, lover of all things cultural, and an eager volunteer in the Tampa Bay Community. She was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work. Sarah was known for cleaning up the local beaches and waterways while kayaking and beach-walking and for building "Oyster Domes" for Tampa Bay Watch, where this year she was named "Volunteer of the Year." Sarah's commitment to community included volunteering at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, St. Pete Beach Library, Studio@620 and freeFall Theatre. She loved supporting the American Stage Theatre Company and sharing countless joy-filled events with the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Inc. - where she served as the Board's Director of Membership. A prolific reader, Sarah was passionate about literature and words, often juggling multiple books and subjects simultaneously, and she routinely completed, in INK, the weekend NY Times Crossword Puzzle. Her love for all sports was especially pronounced when the game involved tennis, the Tampa Bay Rays & the Florida Gators. Sarah gathered regularly with many groups of beloved friends that will miss her deeply. She held in her heart a special fondness for her Fancy and Laid Back Ladies. Sarah is survived by her three children, Kathleen Hogan Wolf (Edward), Timothy H. Hogan, and Eric D. Hogan (Skip Kirst); grandchildren Michelle Thompson (Bill), Sam Hogan and Murphy Hogan; brother, Joseph Deem; and her beloved nieces and nephews through the extended families of Mary Deem and Pat Anderson. Sarah is predeceased by her parents, U.S. Naval Commander Joseph M. and Enid H. Deem. A celebration of Sarah's life will be announced separately. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations be made in Sarah's memory to Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715, www.tampabaywatch.org, (727) 867-8166.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 3 to July 7, 2013
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