Susan Hager dies at 63

WASHINGTON: Susan Hager, founder and CEO of Hager Sharp, died July 26 at her home in Washington. She was 63.

WASHINGTON: Susan Hager, founder and CEO of Hager Sharp, died July 26 at her home in Washington. She was 63.

Hager founded the Washington-based independent social marketing communications firm in 1973 with Marsha Sharp, who retired in 1993. Hager Sharp, which has a staff of 40, focuses on health, education, and safety.

An advocate for women, and women business owners, Hager co-founded the National Association of Women Business Owners and was inducted into the Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter Hall of Fame.

She was one of 25 people “whose actions over the last quarter century have given women in the workplace a better shot,” according to Working Woman Magazine.

Garry Curtis, now president and CEO of Hager Sharp, called Hager his “friend, mentor, and partner."

"This is an extraordinary loss in all three of those roles,” he said.

Hager was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and died due to complications. She is survived by her husband, Eric Hager, and daughter, Elizabeth Finley; granddaughters, Kathryn and Jane Finley; sister, Karla Cox; and brothers, Richard Kulka, Andrew Kulka, John Kulka, and Ned Kulka. A memorial service is scheduled for September.

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