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Sarah Gearhart

1953 - 2015 Notice Condolences
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Sarah Tilghman Gearhart died on Friday October 2, 2015 of pancreatic cancer. She passed encircled with love from family and friends. Sarah was born in Hellertown Pennsylvania on September 2, 1953 the first child of Harriet Gale Willcox Gearhart (d.2014) and David Franklin Gearhart (d.2008). She is survived by her siblings (nieces and nephews); Mary Claiborne Gearhart (Cobi), David Tyler Gearhart (Brooks and Becca), Rosalie Shreve Gearhart (Gemma and Lilah). Sarah began her education in Centreville, MD where she skipped the 3rd grade. When the family moved to Baltimore she continued in public school and graduated from the St. Paul's School for Girls. During her senior year of High School the family lived in England and she studied at Wycombe Abbey in High Wycombe. She also studied at the university level, designing her own year long program in History and Literature at the University College of London. She returned to the States to complete her Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature/Letters at Washington College in Chestertown, MD where she was a Resident in Publishing since 1986. She pursued her graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis receiving her Master's degree; A.B.D., in English Language and Literature/Letters. While living in New York City, Sarah worked in publishing, book selling, freelance writing and taught at Baruch College in City University of New York before returning to Baltimore. In Baltimore she taught English courses at Morgan State University and the Community Colleges of Baltimore County. Sarah cared deeply about her communities and many circles of friends. While in London she volunteered at the Simon Community, a program for homeless people. In Baltimore she volunteered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in the Humanities Department and the Special Collections Department where she focused on the Edgar Allen Poe Collection. She also volunteered at Washington College to produce a collection of alumni memories of the Literary House. Sarah requested there be no funeral service.There will be many celebrations of Sarah's life. She suggested, if inclined, contributions be made to Camp Wright, a place she loved www.campwright.org, CW Circle of Friends email casey_harden@hotmail.com or the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, a place she watched for advances in neurological understanding www.memory.ucsf.edu/ourcenter/support.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Oct. 14, 2015
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