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Sept.24, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 1


Susan Lynn Hurley ’76

Published in the Sept.24, 2008, issue

The class lost its salutatorian and one of its brightest stars with the death of Susan Hurley Aug. 15, 2007, in Oxford, England, following a 12-year struggle with breast cancer.

She arrived at the Princeton Inn Annex from her native Santa Barbara amid trunks of clothes, books, and boxes of California citrus, packages of which arrived regularly throughout college.

Susan was glamorous and daring and walked in beauty always. Senior year, she acted on a dare to take the next flight out of Newark airport and completed her thesis on a Nassau beach. She sang with the Glee Club, was a member of Cap and Gown Club, and roomed with Elizabeth McNichol and Terri Pauline.

After Princeton, she studied philosophy at Oxford, and became the first woman fellow of All Souls College in 1981. She also obtained a doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1988. She held chairs at Warwick University and Bristol University, published widely, and was a philosopher of international repute.

Her most influential book is titled Consciousness in Action (1998). Her personal Web site is at

Susan is survived by her husband, Nicholas, and their sons, Alasdair and Merryn.

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