In Memoriam: Susan DiPace '74
We were stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the College’s most loyal, dedicated alumnae. Susan DiPace ’74, alumni board vice president and volunteer with numerous College committees, died on December 13. She was struck by a car as she was walking from a
“Susan was a great friend to the College and to many fellow alumni, as well as to the staff in Alumni Hall, administrators, faculty members, and even current students,” said Marsha Eger ’70, who was recently named executive director of alumni programs. “She was tireless in her work on behalf of the College and alumni, and she was always upbeat and enthusiastic. Her death is a terrible tragedy, and we will miss her very much.”
In 2005 Susan was elected vice president of the alumni board of directors—a position she had held before, for three years in the 1990s. Altogether she spent 17 years on the alumni board, to which she was first elected in 1979, serving on almost every committee and chairing the Program Planning Committee and other committees at various times. She also held the position of secretary for a term.
A history graduate, Susan went on to earn a master of arts in counseling from
Even when Susan was not serving on the alumni association board, she remained actively involved with Ithaca College, attending Network Nights in New York and Washington, D.C.; coming to campus for many Alumni Weekends and homecomings; participating in the revitalization of the NYC Alumni Club, which she chaired for several years; helping to establish the Westchester/Fairfield Alumni Club; acting as an alumni admission representative; guest speaking in numerous business classes; mentoring students through the Office of Career Services; and chairing her 20th and 25th class reunion committees. She was a generous donor to the Ithaca Fund and a host of College scholarships and programs, and a member of the President’s Associates. She was also serving as chair of the Ithaca College Westchester/Fairfield Counties Regional Campaign Committee.
Susan was generous with her time, energy, and friendship on the professional and community service levels as well. A member of the Society for Human Resources and other professional organizations, she was on the New York Hall of Science/Nortel Networks Scholarship and Fellow Committee, supported the St. Anselm College Mark Janulis Scholarship Fund, and served on the Friends of Rye Town Park board of directors for some years.
It would be hard to find someone who cared more about
We will miss her.