Students, colleagues mourn Petaluma teacher

The respected Petaluma High School teacher and tennis coach who suffered a traumatic brain injury while skiing Tuesday officially died Wednesday night.

Doctors declared Sarah Wadsworth dead at 9:07 p.m. after further tests confirmed that she was brain-dead, her husband Greg Brausen said Thursday.

"She is officially passed away," Brausen said.

Wadsworth was not immediately removed from life-support because the family has decided to donate her organs, Brausen said. He said he was not certain when that would occur.

Wadsworth taught French for 26 years at the west Petaluma school. She was last year's Teacher of the Year, coached girls tennis and sometimes taught English.

Wadsworth was riding a ski lift at Squaw Valley with her 16-year-old son, Cole, and two family friends, joking and enjoying a ski day when she suddenly slumped over, her family said. Ski patrol members performed CPR and she was airlifted to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Doctors say she most likely suffered a brain aneurysm.

"The truth is, we will never know," Brausen said.

Students and staff at Petaluma High School were trying to come to terms Thursday with the news.

"We are missing Sarah's presence today," said Petaluma High Assistant Principal David Stirrat.

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