Susan A. DiPace, a lifelong resident of Rye, New York, was one of Ithaca College’s most dedicated alumni. At the time of her death, she was vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, a board she was first elected to in 1979. She served on the board, off and on, for a total 17 years, having been a member of almost every committee.
An Ithaca College graduate in history, she went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University. While in graduate school, she was a substitute teacher in history, English, science, and music at Rye High School. Following graduate school, she worked as operations manager and client liaison for a temporary placement agency in New York City. She then joined Nortel Networks, where she was employed at the time of her death as senior manager of human resources, responsible for a global team of more than 400 employees and specializing in coaching and problem-solving; employee relations; and employee development.
Even when she was not serving on the alumni board, Susan remained actively involved with Ithaca College, attending Network Nights in New York and Washington, D.C.; traveling to campus for events; acting as an alumni admission representative; serving as a guest speaker for business classes; mentoring students through the Office of Career Services; and chairing her 20th and 25th class reunion committees. She was also a generous donor to the college.