Dr. Suzanne Tumblin, PhD. expired peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on April 24th, 2010 in Ojai, California at the age of 69.
She was an eclectic and gregarious person who wore many hats in life, but nothing more important can be said of her than that her passion was being with young people and inspiring them to reach their potential as individuals.
Dr. 'T', as she was known by students during her 17 years as a Literature instructor, Assistant Head and Head of School at Green Fields Country Day School (Tucson, Arizona), had the rare ability to appreciate and nurture the unique essence of each her students and coax each one to more profound heights of self-expression.
Her academic breadth ranged from Greek and Roman antiquities and Shakespeare to American history and Journalism. A devotee of the American Founding Fathers, she is still remembered by colleagues and students for dressing up in 18th Century statesmen's attire and assuming the persona of Patrick Henry for an entire day in order to convincingly deliver the seminal "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death" monologue to her American Literature classes.
Suzy, as her family and closest friends knew her, was a devoted friend, daughter and mother. As her 20-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis took its toll, she sometimes lost the ability to show it clearly, but a glint in her eyes showed her sense of humor and love of a good story shined through up to the very end.
She is survived by her son, Clay, his wife, Jha, and a long hoped-for grandson, who will enter the world this coming September.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the general fund of Green Fields Country Day School, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, Tucson, AZ, 85741, (520) 297-2288.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at www.tedmayrfuneralhome.com.
Thanks to our longtime good friend Vern Fotheringham, '66 for sending us this sad news.
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