Susi Baldwin January 22, 1947-October 27, 2012 Rest in Peace

I received the news that she died yesterday.  I knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  I didn’t just lose a boss and friend.  I lost a big sister, who enjoyed telling stories, giving me advice and guidance.  For certain situations, I can only think, “What would Susi have done?”

Susi grew up in Miami from a family that was very much a part of the Old American South.  I remember the pictures of the Confederate Ancestors on her wall.    She told me the famous general Stonewall Jackson was an ancestor.

This reminds me of a funny story she told me.  My other boss at Close Up was a woman named Karen Spencer.  Karen is African-American and you need to know this for the story.  One day, Karen said, “We are invited to Uncle Thurgood’s for dinner.”  Susi told me her shock when Justice Thurgood Marshall opened the door.  I enjoyed teasing her.  Nice liberal Susi Baldwin with the pictures of the Confederate Ancestors  going to Justice Marshall’s home for dinner.  She said she was intimidated (have a hard time imaging Susi intimidated).





She did graduate studies at the University of Alabama, where my favorite cousin, Yona McNish attended.  Because of her, I follow Alabama football, though when they play Auburn, I pretend I am rooting for Auburn just because I can and I am being difficult, but I digress. 🙂



I asked her how she got started with Close Up.  She was a Miami Social Studies teacher taking students for the week in Washington.

She was stranded with some students in a blizzard in Washington, D.C.  Some of the staff suggested she work for them.

The soap opera actor Victor Rivers was one of her students from Miami.  Here is his website, which also lists his book, where he mentioned Susi.


Later, she was a music promoter lived in Ireland, spent time in Vienna, led bus tours in Washington and worked for the Dolphin Research Center, in the Florida Keys.  She had an amazing life.  I miss her.




About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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6 Responses to Susi Baldwin January 22, 1947-October 27, 2012 Rest in Peace

  1. Irene says:

    Maybe she’ll do guided tours in Heaven, Mike. A good woman, a good friend is hard to lose. But your fond memories will keep her alive in your heart and mind.

  2. viola fiumera says:

    Susi was an amazing, interesting friend. She touched many people’s lives—- like, for instance, Victor Rivers. I’ll miss cocktails with her on the dock while she fed her birds and fish. Susi, may you have a fast flight to Heaven. I love you and will miss you. Vi.

  3. May your friend enjoy eternal love & peace. She, like me today, was blessed with the friendship of dear Michael Charton!

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