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Suzanne Gary, SHHS Teacher
Suzanne (Gary) Tumblin, 1941-2010, English teacher at Sunny Hills High School in the 1960s.

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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Alan Hagedorn on September 6, 2016 at 7:41 PM said:

Dear Ms. Gary,
Thank you for your amazing ability to give all of your students a moral compass when we needed it the most. Your calm demeanor, your ability to connect with each and every one of us has made a profound impact on those of us who listened closely to your teachings. You were not only a great teacher, you were a role model and I am proud and honored to have known you. I am so sorry to hear of your passing, but you are still alive in my memory.
Brian Watanabe, '67 on June 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM said:

Mrs. Gary, (as I knew her, my freshman english teacher in high school. ) gosh you were in Tucson all the time and had I known when I lived there I could have visited you in life. Recall being amazed seeing you at our track meet; you made my day twice in my life; you praised my writing style. I'm saddened because would have rather said this to you.
Rest dear freshman English teacher; you made a difference to me.
After all, there are not many of my teachers that have the recollection for me.
Rest in peace, Mrs. Gary.
(Transported from "'60s Lancer", in COMMENTS) on February 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM said:

I haven't checked in for awhile and I was unexpectedly saddened to see that Miss Gary, my sophomore English teacher, had died last year. She was a very caring and helpful and smart teacher. I was a bit surprised--I shouldn't have been I guess--to see that she was only a few years older than we were: less than a decade. Of course after all of these years I don't remember much specifically but I do remember that she gave us all a mimeographed handout, "The Key to 100,000 Words" I believe it was titled. It provided a list of common Latin prefixes, suffixes, and roots and was helpful in working out the meanings to perhaps unfamiliar words encountered for the first time. I kept it through college and may still have it in a box somewhere but I haven't seen it for many years. My condolences to her family. She was hugely influential in my education and I've appreciated her more and more as the years go by. Requiescat in pace et amore, Miss Gary.

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