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Hudson-Wilson, Susan
Of Chebeague Island, ME and Vieques, Puerto Rico died unexpectedly in Nairobi, Kenya on October 5. Married 41 years to John D. Wilson, she was mother to Connor of Brooklyn, NY, Lehan of New Orleans, LA, and Grace of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by her father, Perry Hudson of Falmouth, Maine. In the commercial real estate industry, Susan was well-known, perhaps notorious, for forcing objective, mathematical analytical reality on a traditionally gun-slinging asset class, putting it (almost) on an equal intellectual investment footing with stocks and bonds. It was a battle she tirelessly fought in her unique way; researching, urging, cajoling, lecturing, arm-twisting, praising, teasing with Irish humor… whatever it took. After years in the trenches at UNUM, John Hancock Life, and Aldrich, Eastman, and Waltch (AEW), Susan founded Property & Portfolio Research in 1994, growing it to a highly successful enterprise with a world-class clientele and over 40 employees, selling the company and "retiring" in 2004. Retirement to Susan meant, in part, serving as a governor of the Urban Land Institute, a director of the Pension Real Estate Association, a fellow of the Real Estate Research Institute, a trustee of the Schepens Eye Research Institute, and a trustee of the University of Vermont. More recently, she brought her entrepreneurial spirit to bear on her hometown fishing industry to help form a new venture, Calendar Islands Maine Lobster, seeking to improve the international market for Maine lobster. When not keeping the business world on its toes, she could be found playing tennis, doing yoga, painting landscapes, planting and caring for over-the-top perennial gardens, traveling around the world, sailing the waters of Casco Bay or the Caribbean, walking the roads of Chebeague Island at a breath-taking pace (the ever-popular "death march"), foster-parenting litters of abandoned kittens, or being with the family she so dearly loved and nurtured. Gregarious, energetic, deterministic, and generous to a fault, she was a life-long Democrat with a heart as big as her personality. Susan never met an argument she didn't like, yet freely admitted her errors, rare as they were. Her favorite improvement project was her husband John who, in spite of all his resistance, was a far better man for the experience. Susan packed at least two full and rich lifetimes into her all-too-short 60 years. Her family will gather privately to remember her life, spirit, and love. In lieu of flowers (she grew better ones), donations can be sent to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098.

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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 16 to Oct. 21, 2012.
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May 22, 2013
I loved you like a mother Susan. I will forever miss you.

Steve Coyle
Steve Coyle
December 3, 2012
I painted with her in a few painting class. She was a talented painter and generous with her critiques. She will be missed by our class.
David Deal
October 22, 2012
Susan was a kind and wonderful person.
My heart goes out to John and the family.
Keep her personality alive.
Cathy Taylor
October 22, 2012
Susan and her family were wonderful friends to me on Chebeague island. I always felt that we could discuss anything and appreciated the time I got to spend with her.
My thoughts are with the whole family.
Patricia Clark
October 22, 2012
I was shocked and saddened to read Susan's obituary. We were colleagues at UNUM many years ago. Her obituary captures her adventurous and kind spirit that I admired along with her fierce intellect. I am so sorry for your sudden loss.
Nancy MacDonald (Deprey)
October 21, 2012
Your wife and mother was not known to me. But the vibrancy of her life came through in this notice. It compelled me to write to you. Susan sounds like someone who I would love to be friends with - especially while walking! You honored her well. Keep her spirit and personality alive - never stop telling stories about her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Marybeth O'Connor
October 21, 2012
Didn't know her but loved the obituary
B Cross
October 21, 2012
Wow. I'm stunned and saddened that this light has gone dark. Susan was a wonderful colleague, a feared competitor, a brilliant mind, and a lovely person. Her ever lively spirit, captured so aptly in her joy of debate (and winning those debates) and the range of her intellect are forever etched in my mind. A great loss for her family, her industry, and her community.
Kevin McCall
October 18, 2012
Susan was a great role model, someone who led by example. She showed unparalleled generosity to me and to so many other employees of the successful firm that she built. Thoughts and prayers to her devoted husband John and to their children (who made her so proud), as they cope with this sudden loss.
M. Dawson
October 17, 2012
Sue was a neighbor & friend when we were kids. What a shock.
Nancy (Creteau) Martins
October 16, 2012
There are no words to describe this loss. A wonderful and gracious woman has left us. Many will miss her. She was a delight always.
Dorothy Efstathiou
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