In Memoriam: Susan Wood

Posted on March 01, 2009 by Kristin Swan

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Susan Wood, longtime docent and friend of the museum, on December 24, 2008. Susan loved art deeply and devoted a great deal of her time and energy to the Hood and to the audiences it serves. Susan was a member of the first group of docents to join the museum when it opened in 1985, and her commitment to and participation in the work of the museum remained constant over the next twenty-three years. She loved learning about art and then sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences of all ages. She worked with teenagers and adults and in recent years particularly enjoyed leading tours for people with Alzheimer's. Of all the audiences she worked with, however, young children were her favorite. We will always cherish Susan's friendship, her unending passion for learning, and her often quietly expressed yet deeply felt enthusiasm and delight in many aspects of life, most especially art, community, and her family.

In recognition of her love of art, Susan's children have directed memorial gifts to the museum. Contributions in memory of Susan Wood may be made in her honor to the Hood Museum of Art to benefit the Education Department's community outreach programs for children and families. Contributions should be sent to Nancy McLain, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755.

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Written March 01, 2009 by Kristin Swan