Susan C. Woodward

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NEW BOSTON - Susan Christie Woodward, of New Boston, died on Jan. 4, 2013, of pancreatic cancer.

Born in Montreal and raised in New York, Ms. Woodward graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University in 1958 and became an English teacher in Boston, during the desegregation of the city's schools.

As an educator, Ms. Woodward worked on groundbreaking research that helped set the stage for child rearing methods today and recently designed a program that helps youth throughout the world in gaining the knowledge to understand international humanitarian law.

In the 1980s, Susan and her husband, Frank Woodward, made "Pygarus" her year round home, achieving her childhood dream to live on a farm. She embraced many aspects of traditional country living. She started the New Boston Farmers Market and with Frank founded the Fourth of July Fiddle Contest. Susan was also a trustee and supporter of the Whipple Free Library where, as an avid reader, she donated the New Book shelf. An accomplished soprano, her band New Boston Fancy played at contra dances and weddings throughout northern New England.

Susan is survived by her husband, Frank; daughters Christie Boyd Thomas of Los Angeles and Megan Jean Thomas of Boston; grandchildren Marieke Rose Van Asselt and Willem Boyd Van Asselt, Ava Jean Sullivan-Thomas and Calvin George Sullivan Thomas; and her sisters, Janet Christie Hurd of Vermont and Carol Christie Medinger of Georgia.

Published in Union Leader on Jan. 20, 2013
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