Susan Olsen

Anchorage, Alaska

Jan 25, 1936 – Apr 10, 2018 (Age 82)


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Born in Wisconsin, Susan spent her early school years in the Midwestern and eastern states. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Radcliffe in 1958, and a Master of Arts from Columbia University.Following graduate study, Susan worked in New York City for one of President John F. Kennedy's...

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I love Jim Adams comment about Susan being secretly humorous... When I think back to time with Susan I think about her dedication to the issue at hand, her commitment to drilling down to the most important details, and I was always glad her brilliant mind was working for "our" side of that particular topic! And through it all she would find time to laugh... Susan's laughter is what I think of first when I think of her, which is probably why I love this particular photo of Susan so...

Susan was my friend and I will miss her quick wit and her energy. We were colleague working on the AK Women's Hall of Fame. She was our President and our leader for 10 years. Her goal was to find fabulous and courageous women and to tell their stories. Mission Accomplished at
With great admiration and affection. Jane Angvik

Susan was amazing, and will be sorely missed by so many people, and by the wild Alaska places that she championed with such dedication for so many years. I am glad to have known her, from seeing her on the trails walking her dog Henry, to listening to her wise and caring words at environmental events. I miss her. This planet needs more people like her. My condolences to her wonderful partner Libby and her sweet dog Henry.

Susan was my Supervisor for about 8 years, and my friend for more than that. I learned so much from her and she helped me in so many ways. I'll never forget her kindness and guidance.

Susan was a beautiful human being with such a positive outlook on life. She truly loved Alaska for all the right reasons and the best way to honor her is to work hard to protect our incredibly unique Alaska wilderness. Thank you, Susan, for your significant contributions to Alaska and for your keen appreciation how special Alaska is.

I feel lucky to have known Susan. She was a terrific person, smart, dedicated, caring and slyly humorous. She made the world a better place.

Yet one more terrific Alaska environmentalist leaves us. Susan has always been a constant and steady force in all manner of concerns impacting both people and the natural world. She will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to Libby Hatton.

Susan was one of the sharpest people I've worked with, and had a sense of humor to match. Condolences to her family.

Susan had a beautiful soul. I feel privileged to have known her. Rest In Peace, dear lady.