Dr. Susan Burrow Colón passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery Wednesday morning. The service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at DaySpring Baptist Church, 7900 Renewal Way, in Waco, with Pastor Eric Howell officiating.
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Susan was born April 21, 1973, in Sacramento, Calif. She graduated Valedictorian from Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, Calif., and received her B.A. degree at Baylor University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her Ph.D. at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
Inspired by the bold aspirations of the Baylor 2012 Vision, Dr. Susan Colón returned to Baylor University in 2002 as the first tenure-track faculty member to be hired for the Honors Program in the Honors College. An extraordinarily popular teacher, she taught courses in the Great Texts Program, the University Scholars Program, and the Honors Program. She not only revived The Pulse (Baylor's interdisciplinary journal for honors undergraduate scholarship), she also served as its faculty advisor, recruiting students as editors and inspiring students to submit their best work for consideration. She served Baylor and the Honors College in a variety of leadership positions, including being an Associate Director of the University Scholars Program and ultimately Associate Dean of the Honors College.
Colleagues who worked with her believed that she exemplified the best integration of faith and learning. Susan was a superb scholar whose faith informed that very scholarly work. She was a devout Christian intellectual who knew that faith had nothing to fear and could only be strengthened from the most vigorous search for truth. During her last months while she was battling cancer, she was the very model of grace, courage, wisdom, patience, and faithfulness. Her students and her colleagues will miss her inspiring presence on the campus.
Susan authored two books, "The Professional Ideal in the Victorian Novel," and "Victorian Parables," as well as numerous articles in professional journals.
Survivors include her husband, Carlos Colón; twin daughters, Elise and Monica Colón; her parents, Larry and Becky Burrow; her brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and D'Ann Burrow; and her grandmother, Faye Burrow.
The Colón family has asked that memorials be sent to the Susan Burrow Colón Scholarship Fund in the Honors College at Baylor University.
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April 21, 1973 - June 24, 2012
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Published in Waco Tribune-Herald on June 26, 2012