Monica Barlow, the 36-year-old director of PR for the Baltimore Orioles, died Feb. 28 after a four-year battle with lung cancer.
Barlow, a non-smoker who became a speaker and fundraiser for the LUNGevity Foundation, worked PR for the Orioles since 2001 after a short stint with the minor-league Richmond Braves. She took the PR reins of the Orioles in 2008, a year before her diagnosis.
“We lost a feather from the Oriole today,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Feb. 28. “Monica embodied everything we strive to be about. Her passion, loyalty, and tenacity set a great example for everyone in the organization. She was so courageous in continuing to do her job the last few years despite her pain."
Team owner Peter Angelos added in a statement: "The strength and resiliency she displayed by not letting her illness define her was a great inspiration to all who knew her."
Barlow is survived by her husband, Ben; parents Ramona and Wayne Pence; brother Jonah Pense, and sister Natlie Pence.