I have fondest memories of the several years in which Susan and I shared an apartment at Ashland and Montrose in Chicago, after both graduating from Capital University.
Energetic, fearless, and eager to experience everything the city had to offer, we explored a multitude of ethnic restaurants, participated in the first Earth Day at Daley Plaza, rejoiced when Julian Bond was put forward for V-P at the 1968 Democratic Convention, watched polls, canvassed door-to-door for the “new” Illinois Constitution in 1970, attended an Operation Breadbasket service, were entranced by the annual February visits of national dance troupes, and continued to be delighted by twin kittens, Kerry and Maude, while also working diligently at state/county social service agencies.
Although I was only sporadically in touch with Susan in any recent years, last year a member of N.S. Choral Society offered tickets to my husband and myself, and upon seeing Susan’s name in the program, we were able to speak with her. Her deep involvement in music and the Choral Society spoke to her continuing engagement with people and the world. I am saddened by her passing, and offer condolences in particular to her husband, and to Frank, Anne and Mary Jane.
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