Saturday, September 30, 2006
Susan Strother Clarke
My heart is broken today.
I just learned last night that my old friend Susan Strother Clarke has died.
Susan and I went through the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rollins College together. We sat at the back of the classroom, passing notes and whispering like, well, schoolgirls, and we were both well over thirty at the time. We soon discovered that we shared a certain perverse sense of humor, the Episcopal church, journalism and other things... I repaired her computer on a number of occasions, in her little house near downtown Orlando.
She had this funky old Volvo sedan with a broken passenger seat that induced lumbar spasms in the best of us. I remember racing more than one person for the back seat if Susan was driving.
Susan found the love of her life, and married Ken in 2000, after we'd moved to Washington. I got e-mails describing their romance (in good taste, of course) and it was fun to see this side of Susan grow.
Susan was open to whatever life brought her, and she lived more intensely in her few years than many folks lived in twice the time.
I miss her.
Posted by The Truth at 8:08 AM