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Susan Anne Stone Susan Anne Stone was born in McAllen, Texas August 14, 1959. She died here in Austin on September 8, 2013. Susan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in History in 1982. She went on to attend UT Law School graduating in 1985. From there it was on to UT Health Science Center, Houston to receive her MD in 1990. She became a licensed attorney in 1986, but felt there was more for her to do to help those most in need. She went on to become a licensed physician in 1990. Susan went on to become a psychiatrist through UT Health Science Center and subsequently began to merge her passions for the law and medicine serving those with mental illnesses caught up in the criminal justice system. She was a tireless and courageous advocate for those most in need. She was fearless in her work with the US Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies entering jails and prisons most would prefer to avoid. Using expertise in law, mediation and medicine, she provided a unique perspective to consensus building, training, planning, evaluation and public policy endeavors. She had substantial experience with regard to the interface between criminal justice and mental health issues. Susan was also an avid horseman from her earliest days and always recalled her hunter-jumper days with fondness. For several years during her time in Houston she was the lead vocalist in a bluegrass band and maintained her love of music always. Susan's accomplishments are too broad and extensive to be listed here, but some of her efforts included developing a Veteran's Behavioral Health Initiative in Houston, working with the Hogg Foundation to reduce restraint and seclusion of people with psychiatric illnesses and working in the most recent legislative session to bring needed reforms to the Texas Mental Health Code. Susan is survived by her mother, Murray, her brothers Bill and Nathan, her two children to whom she was devoted, Jack and Kate, and her husband Jim Van Norman. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at St. Mary's of the Assumption in String Prairie, Texas at 10 am. A gathering will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be submitted to Austin Travis County Integral Care (

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sep. 11, 2013.
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September 24, 2013
I was shocked to learn this morning of Susie's passing. My prayers are with you and your children.
-Deb Osterman
Debra Osterman
September 21, 2013
Dear Jack and Kate,
I went to medical school with your Dad and was blessed to meet and work with your Mom when we were both in our last year of residency at UT Houston. She served as our Chief Resident and was so knowledgeable, yet so humble. Our paths crossed multiple times after that when we were both working to improve the lives of persons with mental illness who found themselves in the criminal justice system. Your Mother was brilliant, but she was also kind, compassionate, and was an undaunted advocate for those with mental illness - everything a doctor should be. I last saw her when she visited our hospital about two years ago. She spoke of the two of you, and how blessed she felt to have you and your Dad in her life. My heart broke when I learned of her passing. Jim, you have my deepest sympathy. I know there are no words to describe the magnitude of your, your children's, and Susan's family's loss. May God be with each of you as you mourn.
Melissa Ferguson, MD
September 17, 2013
My heartfelt condolences to the Stone-VanNorman Family. I will miss the occasional and pleasant professional interactions with Susan in Austin, but will definitely keep her wisdom with me forever....
Denise Lemos Zaborowski
September 14, 2013
I'm so glad I had the chance to work with Susan. She was one of my favorite colleagues. Years ago I asked Susan to speak in my son's seventh grade class because they had expressed interest in learning about mental illness. She agreed as a favor to me, I'm sure, but she told me that educating younger students was important to her to help erase the stigma related to mental illnesses. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family today and always.
Cathy Campbell
September 14, 2013
I met Susan through the Hogg Foundation Mental Health Code update. She was calm, effective, well-spoken, and courageous. My heart goes out to Jim and his family. The world has lost a true leader in the fight to improve mental health.
Michelle Magid
September 14, 2013
Dr. Stone was the psychiatrist for our group home residents for several years. Our residents liked her very much. Our staff liked and respected her tremendously. She was an amazing person, and she will be terribly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Jan McClure
September 14, 2013
Susan, was one of a kind. A dynamic, kind, intelligent, beautiful, caring soul, and a gifted musician. I worked with her in the mental health field and played music with her and Jim. Not only is her passing a loss for her family, friends and colleagues, but to the disenfranchised who benefited from her dedication in making her ideals reality. She touched many who did not even know her, or that it was her actions which changed their lives. And for those of us who did know her, the loss is staggering.
Patrick Haney
September 13, 2013
We have watched over the years as Susan tackled missions many only talk about. To meet her was to admire her, but the more you knew Susan, the more she inspired awe -- how she accomplished so much with such kindness, grace, humor, and brilliance. Her incredible work with attorneys, clients, organizations, and systems will live on but it is not possible to comprehend how much she will be missed. Our prayers are with Jim, Kate, and Jack.

Joe and Renee Lovelace, Dripping Springs
September 12, 2013
Praying for your family.
J Lewis
September 12, 2013
I am struck by Susan's ability to integrate compassion in direct care with her passion for systemic improvement and her intellectual capacity to get the job done. She has truly affected the lives of many directly, through the Mayor's Mental Health Task Force, through changes in Texas Code, and through advocacy for service system improvements. She's been an inspiration for me and I will miss her influence. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
Susan Millea
September 12, 2013
Please accept the humble condolences from the Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Susan was always an expert witness with integrity whether she was testifying for us or against our cases. Her work as a psychiatrist helped see that justice was done in so many cases. My heart goes out to her husband, children and family/friends.
Greg Gilleland
September 12, 2013
So very sorry for your loss Jim; she was a terrific person and advocate that will truly be missed by all.

Daniel Thompson
Daniel Thompson
September 12, 2013
I met Susan for the first time in Chandler, Arizona and she was our facilitator. She cared about her work, the potential in every human being. The Navajo Nation will miss her. My sympathies to her family.
September 12, 2013
The world is worse off for having lost such a special person. She was a leader, mentor.. an inspiration. She will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to your whole family. Robin May-Davis
September 12, 2013
Jim, may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.We are keeping you in our prayes. Willie & Mary Williams
September 12, 2013
Since 2000, Susan played a huge role in helping the Houston Police Department build a very succesful CIT program. Since that time she continued to work closely with HPD, as well as police agencies all over the state of Texas, on improving law enforcement response to persons with mental illness. I was fortunate enough to work with her over the last 18 months to make important changes to the mental health code. Her impact in this area of law enforcement will be felt for generations to come. She was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Mike Lee, Lieutenant
Houston Police Department
Mike Lee
September 12, 2013
An amazing woman. We all grieve the loss of Susan's beautiful spirit. She was and always will be an inspiration to everyone who works in the field of mental health. I am so sorry to hear of this tremendous loss.
Denise Brady
September 11, 2013
My heart goes out to Jim and his family. Love ya. --George Bob
David Johnson
September 11, 2013
Dear Jim, Jack and Kate, it's impossible to think of the world without Susan; she was extraordinary. She taught me and others so much and changed mental health care in Texas... her legacy will continue in the lives of many she never knew. May your memories be a source of comfort. Love, Betsy Schwartz
September 11, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Keith, Sherilyn, & Dalton Kisamore
September 11, 2013
My prayers are with Dr Van Norman. Susan was indeed an amazing woman and advocate for persons with mental illness. I loved working with her on projects. She gave me hope that change is possible. Diana Kern
Diana Kern
September 11, 2013
Jim, Jack and Kate,
Some people spend their lives striving to help others, and though I was only ever fortunate enough to spend short amounts of time with Susan, it was always so clear that she fell in to this category of 'person'; a person who would always try to do the right thing, because it was the right thing to do.

I am deeply sorry to hear this news and I know that you will be able, in time, to celebrate your wife and mom for being this amazing person.

Deepest Sympathies,
Rob Ferguson
September 11, 2013
What a tragic loss to our community of system change agents within the mental health arena! Susan was always willing to assist with efforts to improve the service system for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families, within local communities and at the state level. She will truly be missed.
Sherri Hammack
September 11, 2013
Dr Stone has seen someone in my family since 1998-99. She was a very compassionate doctor and I am glad we became friends through soccer too. Bless all of you - I know she will be deeply and greatly missed.
September 11, 2013
Words cannot express the sadness I feel for Dr. Stones family. Dr Stone helped me come back from the depths of darkness with her compassion, gentle manner, and utmost professionalism. I will miss her kind words and wise suggestions. Her warm welcoming smile will stay in my heart forever.
Janet Parker Bastrop, TX.
September 11, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with Dr. Van Norman and their family. I wish to learn more about Dr. Stone and how she lived her life.
In Judaism we console through this prayer: "Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei Tziyonvi'Yerushalayim" Basically-no one is alone in their grief.
September 11, 2013
Dr. Stone was my hero! Together with Dr. Andrew Silverthorn, they literally saved my life, prescribing the appropriate medication for my PTSD and Anxiety disorder. Always giving me hug after our sessions, she made me feel whole again. My admiration for her was boundless, yet she was humble in her vast abilities in medicine and the law. She will be greatly missed! Rest in Peace dear Dr. and Friend! God's Peace! Sincerely, Amy Pavone
Amy Pavone
September 11, 2013
To Susan's dear family:
This is a beautiful tribute to Susan's life work advocating for people in distress. She is at peace now. May Christ's grace and peace comfort you in your sorrow. With sympathy, Tim and Mary Leahy and family, Dallas, TX
September 11, 2013
We are very saddened to here of her death. Dr Stone made such a difference for many of our patients at the David Powell Clinic during her time with us. She was a pleasure to work with. Condolences from the team at the CommUnityCare David Powell Clinic
Deborah Lowndes
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