Susan Dalton was born in Flushing, Long Island, New York on June 24, 1944. Her parents were Joseph and Hazel Dalton. She is survived by her husband Paul Spehr, her older sister Sharon Hays of Washington, DC and her younger brother Joseph Dalton of South Portland, Maine. She also leaves her much loved Irish Wolfhounds, Harry and Mollie. She died Saturday November 30, 2013 at York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania of acute pneumonia following surgery for a non-malignant mass in her right lung. Susan graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin
at Madison. She was the first Archivist of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research and later was the Archivist of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation of the American Film Institute. She was a founding member of the Association of Moving Image Archives and in 2012 she received their Silver Light Award for lifetime contribution to moving image preservation. She was the Treasurer of the Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania Citizen's Association and a member of the Carroll Valley Garden Club. Susan was an avid gardener who loved dirt in her fingernails, an avid reader and an amateur computer artist. Through her work and frequent interaction with film archivists, scholars and her local civic work she has a treasured group of friends who dearly miss her humor and free spirit. This is especially true for her family and her husband. No Services will be held.