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Homecoming

Susan Katz Clark

Where all have you lived? Where do you live now?

I’ve lived most of my life in the Washington, DC area, specifically Alexandria, VA. I lived in Madrid twice – for 3 months senior year on the Fall Semester in Madrid program and for 9 months after I graduated. I also lived in Denver, CO for 8 years in the ’70s

About your family:

I’ve been married twice, divorced once. I was married to Dave Darrow in in the ’70s. I married my second husband, Roger Clark, in 1984. We were married for 26 years until he died of cancer in 2010. I have one biological daughter, Katie, age 30; 3 stepsons, ages 54 and 51 (2 are twins); and 5 grandchildren, ages 16-33. I’ve been seeing a wonderful man, Eddie, in VA for 2 years.

What kind of work did/do you do?

I spent 14 years in the federal government in DC and Denver, CO, as a budget and program analyst and equal opportunity specialist;15 years as a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer; 7 years in Fairfax County Public Schools as Parent Liaison; 3 years as a personal (life) coach; and 2 years as Communication Program Manager at Landmark Worldwide. Currently I am self-employed as a healthy lifestyle and business coach and a distributor for New Earth’s organic wild-harvested superfoods from Southern Oregon.

How do you spend your leisure time?

Wellness is my top priority. I spend a lot of time preparing healthy organic meals, walking, working out with a trainer, swimming, doing yoga, and meditating. I also love connecting with people, attending folk music concerts, listening to NPR, reading The Washington Post and current books, having adventures, learning new things, traveling, and being there for my friends and family.

What are your community involvements?

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Advocate for environmentally sustainable living.

Things you've learned to be true in the last 50 years...

The key to happiness is the view you choose to take of the things that happen to and around you – with yourself, your family and friends, your community, your nation, and your world. I live my life from these principles: Nothing is impossible! Don’t give up! Keep going! Make requests for what you want. Listen more than you speak. Honor your word. Be empathetic but also a gentle butt-kicker to support those you care about in achieving their dreams. Take responsibility for yourself. Don’t blame others!

Things you've seen in the last 50 years that were spectacular...

The creation of the Internet, Smartphones and social media; the 2017 solar eclipse; sunsets and sunrises; my baby asleep; Roger completing 100-mile races; the Rocky Mountains; the Grand Canyon; Mykonos; the Alhambra; the new Getty Museum in L.A.

Things that have surprised you in the last 50 years....

How much we don’t get along as human beings and blame everyone else for the way things are. 

Things that have disappointed you in the last 50 years...

Killings, wars, environmental degradation, Break-ups with guys, Hillary losing

Have you had a life changing event?

A few of the many: Becoming a mother Becoming a widow Discovering that the story I told myself through most of my life that I was unlovable wasn’t true. After that, I became confident and a leader. Life became much more fun!

What are you most proud of?

I feel blessed and proud to have maintained my health throughout my life.

Other thoughts you'd like to share:

I love my life and love helping those I love love theirs! Thank you so much to our reunion organizers and the College for your work to make our reunion wonderful. Thanks to all my classmates for our time together on campus. I am very happy I went to LFC.

Who you're most looking forward to seeing at the reunion:

I love everyone who’s coming already, and also really want to see freshman friends who haven’t yet committed: Priscilla Bell, Kim Parks, Lynn Olson’s sister, son, or daughter, Diane Weisen, Sky Picot, Betsy Knoche, and Sue Carlson; and other Tau Delts, including Connie Potts’ daughter or former husband, Jim Culleton (class of ’67). I’d like to see other Spanish majors and am glad Spanish professor George Speros will be there.