GERMOND, Suzan Marie (nee Major)
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Suzan Marie Germond (nee Major) passed away unexpectedly in Austin, Texas on June 5, 2013. Suzan was a scholar, writer, artist, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She has been described by all who knew her as brilliant and loving with an enviable sense of humor. Suzan was born in Calgary on May 5, 1960 to Jack and Hélène Major. Her ambition and commitment to quality provided her with unusual opportunities and success. After attending St. Augustine Elementary and Junior High School and graduating from Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary, Suzan attended the College of the Atlantic in Wales as a scholarship student, graduating with her International Baccalaureate. She then enrolled at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, graduating as the Gold medalist in Art History. Shortly thereafter, she obtained her Master's degree from New York University. Suzan taught at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary for two years before accepting a fellowship award from Stanford University where she earned her PhD in Art History. In 2008 Suzan completed a degree in theology at the University of the South in Austin. Suzan was a published author in the field of Mosaics and founder of acclaimed Major Mosaics (www.majormosaics.com). Her art was beautiful, whimsical, and intellectual. Suzan donated large pieces of her work to several schools in the Austin area. She was also active in the Society of American Mosaic Artists as a founding member, an in- coming board member, and an energetic contributor at both the local and national levels. Suzan loved to travel and spent significant time in France, Italy, India, Mexico, Peru, and Chile as a student, aid worker, artist, and occasionally as a tourist. In 1990, Suzan married Ken Germond in Calgary. Both had been active members of the Downtown Glencoe Club and the Calgary Golf and Country Club, with many friends at both. The married couple moved to Palo Alto, California, before ultimately settling in Austin. Together Suzan and Ken have two beautiful and treasured children, Alex and Mimi. Suzan is survived by a large and loving family including Ken, Alex, Mimi, her parents Jack and Hélène, her brothers and their families - Peter (Marlene) Major and Steve (Jennifer) Major, all of Calgary, and Paul (Patty) Major of Manhattan Beach, California, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Suzan will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 17, 2:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1500 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. A Celebration of Suzan's Life will be held August 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Society of American Mosaic Artists' General Fund in Suzan's memory. Donations can be made online at www.AmericanMosaics.org.
Published in The Calgary Herald from June 11 to June 12, 2013