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Raleigh mourns the loss of beloved programme officer Sarah Glad

Community honours Sarah Glad's legacy in upcoming memorial service

The untimely demise of Sarah Glad, a cherished programme officer at the John William Pope Foundation, has left a void in the hearts of her colleagues, family, and friends. On January 19, 2024, Sarah, who resided in Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and service to her community. The news of her passing was shared widely on social media, where tributes poured in, highlighting the impact she had on those around her.

Sarah’s journey began on March 31, 1988, and she later went on to attend NC State University. Her commitment to public service was evident through her work before she joined the Pope Foundation. Her career spanned several notable positions, including roles with State Senator Chuck Edwards, Treasurer Dale Folwell, and Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina. She played an instrumental role in the launch of the North State Journal, contributing significantly as its director of communications.

Sarah’s academic accomplishments were equally impressive, with her obtaining both a master’s degree in liberal studies and a bachelor’s degree in communications from NC State University. Her intellect and passion for public affairs led her to become a 2020–2021 E.A. Morris Fellow at the John Locke Foundation.

Beyond her professional life, Sarah was deeply loved by her family. She was the cherished daughter of Ellen Lindh and a beloved wife and mother who resided in Raleigh with her husband, Robbie, and their son. Her battle with cancer showcased her immense bravery and the strength of her spirit, qualities that those close to her will forever remember.

Colleagues from various stages of her career remembered Sarah fondly. Steven Schlink, a former coworker, took to social media to express his grief, recalling Sarah’s warm presence and the joy she brought to the workplace. Her radiant smile and kindness were sentiments echoed by many others who had the privilege of knowing her.

A celebration of Sarah Glad’s life is scheduled to take place on January 25, 2024, at the CrossPointe Community Church in Knightdale. The memorial service, set for 7 p.m., will be an occasion for friends, family, and acquaintances to gather and honour her memory. In alignment with Sarah’s vibrant spirit, attendees have been requested to wear bright colours—a fitting tribute to a life lived with such vibrancy and passion.

Jamie Cartwright

Jamie is a keen traveler, writer, and (English) teacher. A few years after finishing school in the East Mids, UK, he went traveling around South America and Asia. Several teaching and writing jobs, he found himself at The Thaiger where he mostly covers international news and events.