Vladimir Stefanovic, 55, Development, Archives, Interactive
GBH notes with sadness the passing of former colleague Vladimir Stefanovic. Vlad died unexpectedly on Sat, 9/19. He was 55.
Vlad first joined GBH in 1991 as a Fundraising Project Coordinator for Audience Member Services in Local Development. Over the next 11 years with the Foundation, he contributed his talents to the Resource Center (now GBH Archives) as Footage Sales Manager, and Interactive (now GBH Digital) as Project Closer Compliance Manager.
Vlad’s former supervisor, GBH Archives Exec Director Karen Cariani, notes, “As the first person to fully take on the role of trying to grow our footage sales revenue, Vlad was able to show that we indeed could build a small business and cover costs. His efforts got us moving with marketing the business, raising revenue goals, and implementing processes that we probably still use and don’t realize. He was a wonderful person.”
Funeral services will be private.
From Second Opinion, a public television program
Born in Bitola, Macedonia in 1967, Vlad moved to the United States with his family when he was two years old. He grew up in the city of Rochester, NY going to public then parochial schools. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1987 and moved to Boston soon after graduating with a BA in English Literature. Vlad obtained a job at the public broadcasting station in Boston, WGBH where he worked for 11 years.
He experienced his first attack in 1994, just before his wedding and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995. Living with the disease, working, and raising a family have been a challenge but not an impossible one.
Vlad taught High School English for a time but went back to public broadcasting in 2007. He recently worked as an Account Executive in the Underwriting Department of WXXI in Rochester, New York.
From the WGBH Alumni Facebook group
Nancy Dillon – He was part of the Media Library and Archives for many years. Wonderful person. 😥
Mark Duffield – Vlad was a wonderful person and he lightened and brightened every room he entered. He was a great conversationalist and I always enjoyed my talks with him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Mary Toropov – Oh dear. Vlad was one of my hires I believe. Wonderful guy.
Barbara McCarrick – So very sad. Such a great guy. I’m a better person for knowing him.
Danuta Forbes – So so sad, I did not know him well, but heard many wonderful things about him from the people that worked with him.
Annie Valva – I am so sad to hear this news. I always liked Vladimir Stefanovic for his smarts, his originality and his cordial manner. Way too young.
Bill Pimentel – Oh no! Very good guy with whom I worked for many years as well. Very sad to hear this. Rest In Peace, my friend. ❤️
Cynthia Broner – Lovely guy. Terribly sad to hear. Way too much loss!
John Madden – A nice, nice person. Happy our paths crossed, sorry he is gone.
Fay Sutherland – Oh no! Vlad was a wonderful guy. I remember his sunny smile and some great conversations back in the day. I’m sad for his family. RIP Vlad.
Tamara Meyer Le – What a delightful soul. All were drawn to his light, intellect and humor. Prayers to his loved ones. 💙
Andrea Cross – Very sad news. Definitely a bright light at WGBH and beyond I’m sure.
Elizabeth Rossi – Oh no, this is such sad sad news! Peace to his family and friends.
Vlad was one of the first staff members I met at WGBH and he helped me navigate my way in my first couple of months. But that was Vlad, always there as a friend, willing to lend a helping hand. He will be missed.