To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: December 11, 2015
Subject: In Memory: Professor Emerita Susan Ward
With deep sadness I write to honor the memory of Professor of English Susan Ward, who died on Friday, December 11, after a long illness. Lynn and I extend our own condolences, as well as those of the Laurentian community, to Susan’s spouse, Professor of Biology David Hornung.
Susan joined the St. Lawrence faculty in 1975, bearing degrees from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Connecticut. She taught American literature, Native American fiction, women writers, creative non-fiction and journalism, was an advisor to The Hill News, and served on the Professional Standards and Health Careers committees. She taught under a Fulbright grant in Germany and directed St. Lawrence’s program in London. Editor of Dear Home: The 1901 and 1902 Diaries of Mabel Lila Wait, about a woman who ran her family’s farm near Canton in the early 20th century, she also authored numerous articles on Jack London and American women writers. She lectured on women’s diaries and Amish quilts at libraries and historical societies throughout New York state.
An accomplished quilter herself, Susan shared with friends and colleagues the works of fabric art that she created, especially in the years since her 2009 retirement.
I'll always remember the summer's evening I enjoyed with David and Susan (and Peter Bailey) in attending a fine production of Hamlet staged outdoors in Prescott, Ontario by a professional Canadian company. She and I strongly defended this masterpiece, while other members of our party argued it had become cloying. With Susan as my debate partner, the ride home to Canton was great fun.
We will share with the community plans to remember Susan; colleagues, students, and friends may write tributes to Susan on our Memorial Web site.
Update December 15: Memorial services for Professor Emerita Susan Ward will be held in the spring on a date to be determined.
Her family gratefully indicates that Susan’s memory may be honored through donations in to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.