We are all very saddened by the loss of our good friend and co-worker, Kathleen Lock, who died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
Kathleen served as finance director at Common Hope for nearly nine years and over that time, she left a deep impression on the organization. Not only did she leave a legacy of financial strength and efficiency for the organization, but she did so with her genuine love for the children and families we serve, and her passionate belief in the mission of Common Hope.
A consummate professional and a gifted leader, Kathleen led with clarity, integrity, kindness, and intelligence. Whip-smart, Kathleen had an incredible capacity for both the big picture and the smallest of details. Beyond her facility with numbers, Kathleen had a real way with words—she wrote beautiful letters for annual reports and had a keen eye for editing.
Kathleen’s hearty laugh was often heard throughout the office, along with the occasional “YEOW!” when she finished a particularly challenging task. Her smile and her big blue eyes had a radiance that isn’t easily forgotten. A woman of many talents, Kathleen continually surprised us during our daily lunch conversations with revelations about “past lives” of hers—as a near-professional dancer, a beekeeper, a bus driver, a crew coach, and a prep school history teacher, to name a few.
Kathleen emanated a deep spirituality, a strong commitment to family, and a great love of the outdoors. Throughout the five plus years that she “shared” her body with cancer (her words), Kathleen showed great courage and strength. Each day of the journey, she chose to see what was beautiful, to give attention to what gave her joy, to focus on the things that were truly important in life.
For all of these things, and many more, Kathleen made an indelible impact on Common Hope, and for these things and more, she will be sorely missed.
Kathleen and her family have asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to continue Kathleen’s work at Common Hope. She asked that all gifts go to the perpetual sponsorship fund; these gifts will comprise the founding contribution to Common Hope’s endowment, a fitting tribute to the woman who always had Common Hope’s long-term financial well-being in mind. Details on her memorial service, to be held on Saturday, February 5, can be found here.