Susan Preston-Martin
1942 - 2016
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January 18, 1942 - November 13, 2016 Susan Preston-Martin, a former faculty member at USC's Dept. of Preventive Medicine, died at her home on Sunday morning. Susan grew up in Swarthmore, PA. She received a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and continued to earn a Ph. D. in Epidemiology at UCLA. Susan went on to be the first woman Fellow at USC. She joined the faculty in 1974 and remained as a professor until her retirement in 2006. She was admired by her colleagues and also played an instrumental role as a mentor to many junior faculty. Susan loved traveling, good food, hiking and swimming at the UCLA rec center. She is survived by her husband, David, her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer & Alex Borja, her stepsons and daughter-in-law, Chris Williams, Coburn & Jill Williams, as well as her four loving grandchildren-Austin, Zoe, Taylor & Nicholas.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2016.
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June 12, 2018
THANK YOU .
GOD BLESS YOU;
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Marika DRACON
October 29, 2017
Documentary on RT about her work in discovering the health risk of nitrites in processed meat.
John Hughes
February 21, 2017
I just found out about this, and I am so sorry to hear it. I worked for Dr. Preston-Martin back in the seventies at the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program. She was teaching at two universities at the time, researching, supervising the field representatives (of which I was one) and finding time to raise Jennifer and swim daily at UCLA. Always an inspiration to me.
Cathy Roberts
January 31, 2017
april 1972
Mats Ageberg
January 31, 2017
april 1972
Mats Ageberg
January 31, 2017
It was a long, long time ago......
but I can still remember how Susan used to make me smile.
Susan was in those days, as I can image throughout her life, an extraordinary, fascinating, cheerful, witty, talented and loving person. Jennifer was her precious treasure.
Susan showed me ways of how to live your life and they have had a great impact on my life. "Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it."
I will always cherish the memory of Susan deep in my heart as long as I live. Jennifer and David, you are in my thoughts.
Mats in Sweden
Mats Ageberg
January 10, 2017
April 2014 She could cycle circles around us
Carol Battin
January 6, 2017
Every time I think of Susan, I think of the laughter we shared on my very first backpacking trip. It was the early 70's and Susan and I hiked ahead of Marty and David. We talked and laughed until we realized we were really getting wet. It was pouring so we all turned around and went back to our Van to wait out the rain. What a fun day! She had such a wonderful sense of humor and a great laugh. I'm so glad that we had some special time together on our island. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you David and Jennifer and all the family. We will miss her dearly.
Patti Ivers
November 28, 2016
I met Susan in the early 80s whilst she was at the International Agency for Research on Cancer with her lovely husband, David. Susan encouraged me immediately to see myself as professional, take further training and I ended up learning questionnaire design in Maryland and working with her on a childhood brain tumour study. We kept in touch - Susan in Santa Monica and me in Bristol, UK from that time onwards and a few years ago I had the joy of spending time with David and Susan in France - we loved to cook together. David and Susan visited me in Bristol on their many trips and I stayed with them in Santa Monica. Susan was always proactive, always interesting and always kind to people. I shall remember her always and my heart goes out to David and the rest of the family to whom she was extremely committed - they must sorely miss her. Love Jackie Hawken
Jackie Hawken
November 22, 2016
I remember Susan as always busy, bright and very kind. We were not close friends but shared a love for our classmates and our years at Swarthmore junior high and high school. I am praying that she rests in peace and that God will give comfort and strength to her family until they see her again. I am so very sorry. Love, Carol Ann Girvin
Carol
November 22, 2016
High school friends
Marion Inglis
November 22, 2016
Susan and I went to school together from Kindergarten on to our senior year at Swarthmore High. I so enjoyed re-connecting with her at all of our high school reunions and especially our hiking trip to Morocco. I will greatly miss our dear friend.
Chris Sipler-Keirn
November 20, 2016
Susan welcomed me into her life in 1959. One of my dearest friends. There was nothing unsaid.. RIP, dear friend, you lead the way and I loved you dearly..
David, you are in my thoughts. What fun we had in Scotland !
Marion Inglis
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jennifer Martin-Borja
November 20, 2016
Jill and family, I am so sorry for your loss , I only met her a time or two but she was such a nice Lady, I hope you can have some comfort, it is very hard , I lost my Dad at Thanksgiving way back in 1976, but it is still hard without him for the holidays ,he loved them so much, Love You.
Pat Aden
November 20, 2016
Pat Aden
November 20, 2016
How I will miss my beloved Swarthmore buddy - 70 years of friendship to treasure and so many wonderful memories.
Helen Calhoun Jaeger
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