On September 7, 2020 the world lost a shining light when Friends School of Baltimore alumna Sarah Goldsborough Pitts ’03 was struck by a bus and killed as she was riding home on her bike in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Beloved daughter of Toby Pitts and Lisa Mitchell Pitts ’70, Sarah and her family have deep and lasting ties to the School: Sarah's grandmother, Betty Mitchell, was a much-loved Lower School teacher. Sarah's mother Lisa is an alum and former Trustee, and serves currently as the Director of Parent Relations and Giving. Sarah was a Friends School "Lifer," attending from Pre-Primary through 12th grade. Both her brothers John ’98 and Jamie ’01 also attended.
After graduating from FSB, Sarah earned her BS in Biochemistry from Trinity College – Hartford in 2007, where she won the Larry Silver Award for her outstanding contributions as a student to the Trinity athletic community. Sarah earned her Doctor of Law (JD) degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2012. At the time of her death, Sarah worked as Senior Assistant District Attorney at Kings County District Attorney's Office in New York, where she worked in appeals and helped identify long-term prisoners who deserved a second chance. In 2020, Sarah also spent much of her spare time as a volunteer and organizer with Riders4Rights, a group of bikers who support Black Lives Matter and Occupy City Hall marches.
Sarah’s family has credited Friends School of Baltimore with helping to shape her extraordinary character and igniting her passion for social justice. Classmate Will Sale ‘03 remembers with respect her high school commitment to help mentor kids in Westport and Arlington Elementary Schools. He recalled that she was, “selfless, driven to do the right thing, kind, and endearingly irreverent.” Riders4Rights held a march and vigil in her honor on 9/11, and a GoFundMe campaign in her name has raised more than $20,000 for voter registration efforts and to continue the social justice work she supported in New York.
Sarah’s brother John Pitts ’98 remarked in her obituary that “Sarah had more purpose and joy in 2020 than anyone I know, and I think more than at any other point in her life….She would want all of us to continue the work and keep her spirit alive through it.“
Sarah’s social justice education started at Friends School of Baltimore, and her family requests that donations be made in her name in support of the School’s ongoing Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, in lieu of flowers. Gifts can be made online here: giving.friendsbalt.org/giving
Please join us in holding Lisa, Toby, John, Jamie, and all of Sarah’s family and friends in the Light.