Susan M. Burt, 80, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday May 4th following a courageous ten-year battle with cancer.
She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Alan D. Burt. She is survived by sons David and Keith, grandson Elliott, daughter-in-law Annie Murray-Close, brother and sister-in-law George and Susan Master, sister and brother-and-law Ellie and Dick Kilbourne as well as many beloved extended family members and friends.
Susan (a.k.a. Sue, Scooter, Skipper) was raised in Great Neck, NY the daughter of Dr. E. Byron and Barbara Master. She moved to Maplewood, NJ at age seven. As a child she was active in Girl Scouts and enjoyed activities in or on the water. She grew to love music and became skilled on the violin and as a member of choirs. A '62 graduate of Wheaton College, MA, she performed with the Tritons, a synchronized swim team. During college summers Sue worked as a camp counselor and sailing instructor.
After earning an M.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, Sue's career focused on work with children and adolescents. She also worked with the Labor and Delivery Division of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and on the research staff for the Women's Health Study at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her warm spirit and health care expertise endeared her to all during her career and her own period of care.
For 25 years Sue and Alan raised their family in Needham. After moving to Lincoln, Sue was active in her local community and was respected as a trusted and caring source of wisdom.
As a lover of the outdoors, Sue was an avid sailor, swimmer, hiker, gardener and birder. Her love of travel sprang from a childhood trip through the Western states with her family which led to trips through the Canadian Rockies, to Europe and Costa Rica. She recharged her spirit for almost 40 summers at The AMC Echo Lake Camp in Acadia National Park enjoying hikes and other activities with her young children and dawn swims with the loons.
Sue was known for volunteer work with justice organizations, The Needham Community Council, as a volunteer classroom paraeducator in the Roxbury schools, and teaching elementary Sunday school.
There will be a celebration of Susan's life at a later date.
In recognition of her love and knowledge of birds, donations in her memory may be made to;
The Massachusetts Audubon Society
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
or to a charity of choice.