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Susan Emlet ’78

Published in Oct. 22, 2003, issue

After an 11-year battle with brain cancer, Susan died Feb. 19, 2003. She met the challenge with courage, grace, and peace of mind.

Susan majored in sociology and earned her master's in social work at the U. of Minnesota. She worked as a therapist until 1988. It was the right career for her; Susan cared deeply about people, and wanted to know their stories and help in any way she could. She brought all her gifts into raising her beloved children, Kirin and Nikolas, with her husband, Jay Furst '79.

At Princeton, Susan was a member of Colonial Club and active in Student Volunteer Service, Big Brother-Big Sister, and other activities, including evening watch at the Chapel, where a memorial fund has been established in her memory.

Diagnosis of Susan's cancer came in 1993. Good years and months mixed with the hard ones. She didn't want her illness to control how she lived and she wouldn't want it to be how we remember her. But her strength and patience characterized her best of all.

To Jay, Susan's parents, and her cherished children, the class extends its love and shared grief at not having had a longer time with our friend.

The Class of 1978

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