I am just catching up to Florida news, since I settled in Portland, OR 23 years ago. I am sad to hear of Susi's passing, and that I was unaware of her rich life's journey. I also feel indebted to her, as one of her AP World History students, and ended up pursuing many of the same interests --- I've been a tour guide/leader, and continue to perform folk music, especially Celtic forms. I focus my creative expressions toward healing endeavors. I wish I could have visited and shared during one of my trips to Florida. What a loss to our world, to her family. I have learned so much about her life here --that still inspires me, as she does --- What a life!
Please join friends & family to celebrate the amazing life of Susi Baldwin. Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm in the park at Tollgate Shores (MM 74) in Islamorada, Florida.
I am deeply saddened to learn of Susi's passing. From our earliest days in D.C., Susi was a supporter and friend. For a few years in the early 90's she was our agent and manager. We have all lost a wonderful soul and a great proponent of folk music.
I was also one of Susi Baldwin's AP European History students in 1972. She was one of the best teachers/professors I've ever met. Her classes were a lifesaver of fun and intellectual challenge. I never knew of her later careers but must have crossed paths with her in the early 80's all unbeknownst to either of us since I was a great fan of Schooner Fare at attended a lot of their shows in Maine. Wish I'd known it then. May she rest in peace. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends. She is a wonderful soul.
The world was blessed for having had Susi in it. The world got short changed when she was taken. She was one of the kindest people I've ever met. I was proud to know her and proud to call her friend. God rest her soul.
What an incredible lady our Susi was... we will certainly miss her and all the joy she brought to the world. She was an inspiration to us all. Thank you Renn for making her last days the best they could have been. You are quite a sister. I know how much you will miss Susi.
Bethany and Jacqueline
Susi was older than us when we were young so I did not get to know her until the early 70's when we had a few dinner partys at Jack's apartment on Ponce de Leon, near the UM.
I remember her as pretty and funny.
Bruce sent me a blog and her comments on the family tree were poignant.
I regret that I did not know her better. My sympathy entended to both of you in your loss.
Thanks to Sue and Renn, I was able to share memories with Susi during her last weeks. I met Susi at Close Up in 1976. We shared good times in D.C on my 19 CU experiences and later traveled together. Our last visit was in Key West and Islamorada. Some of my fondest memories involve time with Susi. I shall miss my dear friend. I wish I could have talked to her after the election!! She did love her politics.
Thanks again, Sue and Renn.
Susi was a sweetheart. Though we had not seen each other in many years after she left the DC area, when we spoke on the phone in her last weeks, it was as if the time had never passed. I have great memories including Chelsea being the one who jumped out of my cake for my bachelor party. Susi's laugh was infectious and I am glad I heard it again recently. It will be with me for a long, long time. Thanks for loving Virginia When It Rains. That always meant the world to me.
I heard of you from my husband almost from our first date. when we finally met I felt as if I already knew you. Be at peace my friend. those of us whose life's you touched however briefly, will never forget you. love Elaine Charton
Dearest friend Susi,
So much a part of my life for so many years.
i am so grateful that i got to spend 24 hours by your side in Islamorada. We toasted our 53 years of friendship. listened to "our" music, thought about old friends ate sone good lobster from LAZY DAYS take out. So many memories Susi.
I thank Renn for working so hard and so tirelessly to make sure your last few months on earth were spent exactly as you wished. I will never forget you my dear dear friend. Love from Lewis
Oh how I will miss my dear friend Susi! She meant the world to me. How much she changed my life, making me think a little deeper, making my smile a little wider, making the whole world and its diversity a place to understand and love. Was there ever a person more loyal, willing to forgive, more fun to be with?
Spending the last month by her side was important to me as I saw Susi so absolutely focused on the special times of her life. Her memories of special friends provided an exceptional strength to allow her to face her final days on her own terms. The recollections of her friendships and happy times over the years put a continual smile on her face in spite of the issues she faced in the present.
And what would she have done without her dear and loyal sister Renn who was by her side to help her through those last days! Thank you Renn.
Dear Aunt Susi,
I already wrote you a brief note here, but I thought about you today, and I didn't know how else to tell you. We had a beautiful golden sunset here in DC. I first saw the colors coming out from the L'Enfant metro tunnel onto the bridge over the river by DCA. I don't know if you ever took the yellow line train, but it connects L'Enfant and Pentagon stations. The colors coming over the river were so beautiful! The water on the Potomac so calm, and a small boat was cruising toward us leaving dancing golden wakes behind it. You could see the lights of approaching airlines from the South over Old Town, and you could almost see the reflection of our favorite city in the windows of the buildings in Rosslyn; imagine Lincoln with a Sunset-golden tint. I'm not sure if anyone else appreciates those brief moments on the metro bridge before plunging back into the tunnel of darkness to the Pentagon, but I always do. Sometimes I wish I was riding home with someone I knew so that I could jab them in the side and say, "Isn't that beautiful! Aren't we lucky to live here?" But I know that strangers are wary in the City, and you are the one that would appreciate it the most. I wanted to tell you that I wish I could send you a photo. Maybe I'll get to tell you in my dreams tonight. I'll save my mental picture and share it with you when I see you again.
Love from Virginia.
Oh how sad when I found out about Susie's passing. We were in Junior Girls together at Cables High and she was sweet beyond compare.
Susie, you will be missed I know!
Bob, So sorry for your loss! ~ Donna D. Brown ~
Susi became friends in high school, many years ago. Susi was a good, kind friend to me and I remember many fun times with her family. I pray that she is in the loving arms of our Savior, Jesus. God Bless. Dotty
Bob, I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Susi. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susi, your presence on earth will be missed. I believe Heaven is an even better place now, with you there. Our thoughts and prayers for Bethany, Hali(fax) and family.
I will remember Susi as a dynamic individual and a person I not only enjoyed having in my life but in the lives of my family. She was always one to challenge the norm, push the envelope and most often times find humor or the bright side of a difficult situation. I wish we had seen more of her during these past few years. Her beautiful smile and wonderfully contagious laugh will be with us always. We will miss her dearly but know she is in a better, peaceful place. We Love You Susi...
Whenever I speak on violence prevention, I share with them my love and admiration for one of my "angels" - Miss Susi Baldwin. She stood by and guided me during my transformation from a 15 year-old homicidal/ suicidal gangmember to Senior Class President. Susi has passed but she lives on in all of us whose lives she touched in profound ways. I miss her and love her! Victor Rivas Rivers
I remember you as a beautiful, vibrant, intelligent, gentle soul that was also known as my AP European History teacher at Coral Park Senior High school. You helped me to learn to love history...to want to see places, to "feel" history. I remember our conversations about my visits to Germany at 16 (when my sister and her husband were stationed in Bamberg). About Dachau, Berlin, Auswitz, Luxemburg, the castles, Hitler's hideout visits, the salt mines and so many other places...how they made me feel, what I learned and how much fun I had while really learning history, firsthand. When I married a soldier and we traveled, I would see something that you had taught me about and I would immediately think of you. Always made me smile! You were so much more than a teacher....you were a friend to me. Helped me when I had bad days while my brother )in law) was deployed to VietNam. You understood my unspoken fears. I NEVER forgot that. You touched so many lives. Enriching each of them by your prescence. God surely gained a shiny star for his newest angel! Many of our classmates have preceded you and were there waiting for one of our very favorite teachers of all time!!! Praying for your family...may God hold them close during this sad time. May they know that in a mere blink of an eye they will be reunited with you in heaven! See you when I arrive.....Debi Carbine Porter
I was blessed to have Susi as my class sponsor in 1973 and as my leader at close-up. She was a special teacher and I am sad for her loss.
Dear Bethany and Family, I remember playing with a beautiful little toddler when we first became back door neighbors in the Gables. She was a delight and we enjoyed her so much. My heart goes out to you all. Love, Barbara Sue Putman Erdman, Roswell, GA
What an incredible, loving and creative human being. I know you are at peace.
I was one of Susi Baldwin's AP European history students in 1972. She taught me much more than history and inspired me to be a better more compassionate person. I went on to graduate with a degree in history and German from the University of Arizona and spent a 31 year career teaching high school students, always aspiring to the high standards 'Ms. Baldwin' set. I took students to Washington with Close Up following in her foot steps, most poor children who had never been out of town. Susi Baldwin will always be a part of me and I am heart broken to hear the world is without her. My deepest condolences to her family and friends who have lost so much.
Wayne Comrie Class of 1972
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bethany and family.Glenn and Sherry Firestone
Love you Aunt Susi. I know you'll never be far from me in our home of Washington, DC.