Catherine Pierre, director of communications for the Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Institute and longtime communications professional within the university and several Baltimore institutions, died Oct. 27 at her home in Butchers Hill, Baltimore. She was 53.
Since joining SNF Agora in 2019, Pierre was instrumental in all of the institute’s public-facing work, including co-creating its signature conferences in Greece; local programs including the annual Elijah E. Cummings Democracy and Freedom Festival; and a series of case studies designed to help practitioners deepen skills, develop insights about strategic choices and dilemmas, and collaborate more effectively.
“What made Catherine so special as a colleague was that she combined both extraordinary talent with extraordinary empathy,” said Stephen Ruckman, managing director of SNF Agora. “She saw each of us as full people first, and colleagues second. Because of that, she helped us to not only do well but to be well, often encouraging us to embrace our fuller purpose, at work and in life.”
Before joining SNF Agora, Pierre arrived at Hopkins in 2003 as associate editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine, becoming its editor in 2007. She then served as editorial director of the university’s central communications office, interim vice president for communications, director of communications, and senior director of integrated marketing.
Previously she worked at Baltimore magazine and also served as public relations manager at what is now The Walters Art Museum where her responsibilities included handling media relations and overseeing the museum’s publications and website.
According to an obituary in The Baltimore Sun, she died of a massive heart attack.
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