It is with deep sorrow and regret that I am writing this memorial notice for Sue Wessenger, who died on November 22. Sue was an active member of the Academy, involved in committees and workshops, both as a facilitator and participant. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, a wonderful, warm person who charmed everyone who met her.
She charmed me when I met her about four years ago as she first joined the Academy and when we co-facilitated a workshop on fitness and health. We became fast friends–her enthusiasm was infectious. And she loved hiking, movies, books and jokes–things that I loved too. But it was her bravery that really made her an icon for me–physical ailments were challenges to be overcome and over the course of her life she overcame many. Even as she neared the end, she remained optimistic and strong, concerned more about others than herself. Her wonderful husband John was by her side until the end. She will be sorely missed by many.