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Huck, Ph.D. Susan Lillie Marie Dr. Susan Huck of Church Hill, Md., died at home on her farm on January 21, 2007. She was 76 and had suffered from cancer of the pancreas. Dr. Huck was born on September 7th, 1930 in New York City. She received her B.A. degree from Syracuse University, her Master's from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in political geography from Clark University. For most of her life, she considered her family's farm in Queen Anne's County as her home. A woman of great intellect, Dr. Huck's fondest love was teaching. However, her conservative views were not welcome by academe and she taught for only 14 years. Her expose of Hunter College of the City University of New York was published in National Review in 1962. Her accomplishments as a journalist, historian, author, geographer and cartographer, political writer, private pilot, foreign affairs correspondent, philatelist, and world traveler made up her wide-ranging career. A woman undaunted by adventure, her travels as a doctoral candidate and later as a journalist took her to war-torn parts of the world. Her doctoral study was a survey of British Honduras and its movement to independence as present-day Belize. In 1962, she was in Baghdad covering the fourth anniversary of the Iraqi Revolution. In 1965, she covered the breakaway of Singapore from Malaysia and Indonesia's policy of 'confrontation' with that country. In 1966, she was invited to the inauguration of her friend President Joaquin Balaguer of the Dominican Republic. In the late '60s and early '70s, she spent time in southern Africa with the former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Lord Graham, covering the period of Rhodesian independence. In 1972, she flew by Chinese Air Force troop transport to the besieged Quemoy Island. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she did investigative reporting on Central and Latin American politics, spending time in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, the central Andes of Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Guatemala, Argentina and Chile. Her political career was cemented as a ghostwriter for several Members of Congress, including the late Rep. Larry McDonald (D-GA) whose plane, Korean Air Lines 007, was shot down by Soviets in 1983. Rep. McDonald's service on the House Armed Services Committee sparked Dr. Huck's interests in military and intelligence affairs. She was later tapped by the CIA's former Deputy Director of Operations, Ted Shackley, to research a leftist group that launched an elaborate lawsuit against former CIA officers; a case eventually thrown out of federal court. Her book, Legal Terrorism: The Truth About the Christic Institute , is the published summary of that effort. As a reward of sorts, Dr. Huck was welcomed into the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. She also had occasion to land on nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington , observe Joint Task Force military exercises by helicopter, and cruise Arctic waters aboard the ex-Soviet spy ship, Akademic Ioffe . A prolific writer, her articles and book reviews have been published over the years in publications such as American Opinion, The American Geographical Society, The Review of the News, Conservative Digest, Conservative Review, The New American, Chief Executive, Insight, The Journal of US Intelligence Studies, Strategy & Tactics, and militaryperiscope.com . The latter three publications were joint submissions with her close friend LCDR (ret.) Fred Smith. She served as editor of Conservative Review from 1993 – 2000. Her book, Why Do We Americans Submit to This? , reflects the tenor of her articles on so many of the outrages against common sense and traditional values during 1990 – 2000. In 1996, after explorations to the far corners of the world, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London. She had been elected to the American Geographical Society in 1951. Her first teaching position was as Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington College, Chestertown, Md. from 1953 to 1956; her last, joining the original faculty of Chesapeake College, (Md.) as Professor and Head of the Social Sciences Department in 1967. Much later, Dr. Huck returned to her beloved role as teacher, concluding her career teaching ten courses in geography, history and military affairs in the Washington College WC-ALL program, from 2001 – 2006. Dr. Huck is survived by her sister, Julie Huck Bedell of Church Hill; her niece Catherine Bedell of Denver, Co., nephews William F. H. Bedell of Olney, Md., Rowland H. S. Bedell, Jr. of Church Hill, and Peter A. Bedell of Gaithersburg, Md. She is also survived by grandnephews Derek, William, Russell and Douglas Bedell of Olney, Md., and grandniece Brooke Bedell of Gaithersburg, Md. She leaves behind many dear friends and former colleagues. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 27th, 2007, at St. Luke's Episcopal Parish in Church Hill, MD. Donations in memory of Susan Huck may be made to PANCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Ste. 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245; Kent or Queen Anne's County Hospice or St. Luke's Parish in Church Hill.
Published in Washington Times from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23, 2007
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