Remembering Sherrie

SherrieThe news of Sherrie Gordon, Class of 2000, having passed away this week has left me with a feeling of loss and absence—and there’s too much of that in this world right now.

At the same time, it is hard not to smile when thinking of Sherrie and all that she stood for, accomplished, and inspired in her short life. I first met Sherrie while interviewing for the head’s job some six years ago and have remained email friends with her since. When she told me that she was sick last year and would not be able to accept the Whitaker-Bement Award (bestowed for loyalty, service and devotion to the school) in person, she was typical in her “no worries” response and gratitude.

What an example of a life well lived in the service of others.

I know that her family and friends will miss her terribly, and Williston has sustained the loss of such a talented, young, and vibrant spirit who had unbounded horizons of achievement ahead. We are deeply appreciative of all she gave back to Williston and to all of those who were lucky to have been touched by her.

Editor’s note: Fellow alumnus and friend Pierce Freelon ’02 is crowd-sourcing a music video to the music “Doin’ What I Love” in honor of Sherrie. Find more details here or use the hashtag #DoinWhatILove and mention @thebeastmusic to participate.