Sharon Marlene Mercer Galbraith, PhD

Sharon Marlene Mercer Galbraith, PhD

1947 ~ 2013

GalbraithWe come together in love to say farewell to Sharon Galbraith after her battle with lung cancer. Until the end, Sharon faced life with courage, humor, and resilience. She died peacefully in her sleep on December 30 in Seattle.  Born in Eau Claire, WI, Sharon and her mother moved to live with her aunt and grandmother in Calgary, AB, when Sharon was six months old.  After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Communications from  the University of Calgary, she worked as a successful radio advertising salesperson  in Key West, FL; San Francisco and Pasadena, CA; and  Calgary. She then received an MBA and a PhD in Marketing from the University of  Washington. She became a beloved professor of marketing at Seattle University, where she earned numerous teaching awards, scholarships, and  grants.  Sharon’s beautiful blue eyes and big smile radiated warmth and intelligence. A good listener and wise adviser, she enjoyed sharing  confidences and adventures with  her friends.  She relished gardening, cooking, travel, and the company of beloved family, students, friends,  and ‘Kitty’.  Sharon leaves behind her cousins Stewart and Shirley Galbraith (Kim, Michael, and TJ); close friends Charles Rogers, Yvonne Heuving, Donna Finley, June Francis, Dave Robertson, and Mary Jo and Rich Bitner; and a host of other friends, relatives, and former students throughout the world. She was pre-deceased  by great friend and mentor Father LaRue.

A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at Seattle University at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please  make a donation to the Seattle Opera or the Junior Faculty Professional Development Grant Program  established by Sharon at Seattle University.

One Response to “Sharon Marlene Mercer Galbraith, PhD”

  • Thaddeus Spratlen says:

    I remember Sharon fondly as one of her marketing professors at the University of Washington. She won a University-wide outstanding teaching award as a TA in Marketing 301. That success was continued at Seattle University. It is unfortunate that her promising academic career was greatly shortened due to illness. I will hold on to memories of how vibrant, energetic and engaged she was in her work and life–despite having to cope with the complications of lung cancer.

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