Jim Gladson working on a tallship

Jim Gladson Crosses the Bar

Jim Gladson

July 3, 1930 – May 30, 2018

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

We are sharing the sad news that Jim Gladson, our founder, and longtime inspirational leader has passed away. He crossed the bar quietly in his sleep after breakfast Wednesday morning.

The family is actively planning a burial at sea and a celebration of life that we expect will be in August. Please watch your inbox for further updates.

The impact that Jim had on his family, friends, students, volunteers, employees and community was immense and we could not do justice to his legacy in this short email. However, there are two sayings that I think come close to summing up Jim’s passion for leaving the world a better place:

“School is where the kids are.”

“We will sail with no empty berths and we will leave no child on the dock for their ability to pay.”

Fair winds Jim,

Jim Gladson working on a tallship

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