Memories of Emerita Professor of English Susan Ward | St. Lawrence University President's Office

Memories of Emerita Professor of English Susan Ward

I took American Women Writers from Dr. Ward.  She inspired me to become the avid reader that I am today.  Taking a class from her was truly a gift. My condolences to Dr. Hornung and her family and friends.
~Roxanne Patterson '95

Rest in sweet peace, dear Susan.  Thank you for giving me your collection of African American women's novels after you retired.  I shall cherish them always.

I was in Native American fiction when the World Trade Centers fell.  I remember the class well, but that day in particular was frozen in time for many of us.  Her voice was so soothing - she didn't yet know what had happened and we were all content to go on with literature and try to block out the world around us.  I don't know if I realized then that she was married to Dr. Hornung - my FYP advisor.  Much love and peace to you.  I'm grateful for your guidance in life (school) and death (my father's, also 2001).
~Erika Kelsey '04

I had Professor Ward for  Women in Literature.  It was mostly  female students like myself and a smattering of men.  The young men enrolled for the high female/male ratio.  I know this because  I'm still friends with one of them who admits he chose the class for the wrong reasons.  In the end, Professor Ward made it memorable for all of us.  We  "coeds"  raised our hands more often and spoke up more loudly then we did in other classes.  It had something to do with the subject but everything to do with her.  With her inspired and dedicated teaching, she gave us the gift of empowerment.   I was lucky be in Richardson Hall with her in the 80s and I mourn with you now.
~Susan Kiley Taylor '84

As a freshman at SLU, I desperately wanted to get into the journalism class that Susan taught, which was the only way I could write for The Hill News.  When I couldn't get into the class, I went to Susan in her office and asked if I could write for the paper anyway.  She had no idea who I was, but she let me.  By the 2nd semester of my freshman year I was a section editor, and by my senior year I was editor-in-chief, and Susan was my academic advisor as well as advisor to the paper. She had, and continues to have, a huge influence on my writing.  Blunt, plain spoken, funny, and more than anything she believed in me and encouraged me to pursue writing.  I visited her on a trip back to SLU this past February.  And strangely I dreamed of her last night before I'd heard this news.  I'm very saddened by her passing, and very grateful to have known her.
~Michele Fazekas '93

Dr. Ward was hugely influential in my decision to pursue journalism and writing as a career. She knew when to be tough and when to laugh, and she was always there as a guide and advisor as we worked on The Hill News. She was amazing. Rest in peace, Dr. Ward.
~Michael J. Martinez '93

Susan was always a strong supporter of the writing internship I conducted in the University Communications office, recommending students and helping in their evaluation.  Sometime in the 1980s, it was her idea that the internship become a credit-bearing English course, and she saw to it that that happened, thereby elevating its quality and effectiveness.  I remain grateful to this day for that support.
~Neal Burdick '72

I knew Susan while working in the Religious Studies and English Departments from 1999-2004.  We had many enjoyable conversations about her passion for quilting and the Amish community.  She was a lovely person and I'm extremely saddened to learn of her passing.
~Erin Basford

I have just learned of Susan's passing. We were both members of Kappa Alpha Theta at CMU.  In those years, Sue was much as her students and friends describe her: gentle, funny, thoughtful and intelligent.  It is very satisfying to read of the life she created since our student time in Pittsburgh.  Condolences to all who loved her.
~Karen Mihm Chandler, Carnegie Mellon University '67

We became good friends and even co-taught a course on utopian literature and history.  I learned a lot about how to be patient and elicit student participation from that experience.  When I have emulated her, I do my best teaching.  She was a talented and caring person and I, along with so many other of her colleagues and students, will miss her.
~Laurie Baron, History Department 1975-1988

I just came across this news and feel terrible about it. Dr. Ward was my faculty advisor and a great supporter, despite my lack of diligence to the Writing major. The greatest regret of my SLU career was when she was faculty advisor of the Hill News and asked me to be its editor. She saw my potential but I denied it. Sleep well, Dr. Ward, and thank you for your confidence in me.
~Jim Fields '81