Susan Irish Morse ’74 died on October 6, 2022, in Himrod, New York.
(The following was provided by the Press & Sun-Bulletin on October 8, 2022)
Susan Irish Morse, age 70, of Himrod, NY passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 26, 1952, in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Edwin and Grace (Matheis) Irish. She married David L. Morse on August 17, 1974, in Brunswick, Maine. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, David; three children, Melissa (Takamitsu) Tanaka of Brooklyn, Megan (Eric) Fischer of Larchmont, NY, and Tyler (Kierstin) Morse of Philadelphia; three grandchildren (who affectionately called her “Gaga”), Samuel, Emerson, and Yukimitsu; and sister, Jane Irish of Philadelphia. Susan was predeceased by her older sister, Kate Filer. Susan studied history at Bowdoin College, graduating in 1974 as part of the first co-ed class, then obtained a masters in library science from Simmons University. In Corning, she worked as the school librarian at CFA, then as a reference librarian for Corning Inc. and the CMOG, and finally returned to education as the librarian at the Alternative School for Math and Science. She had a special knack for identifying the students who needed her attention and she was always there at the right time with the words of support they needed—and the perfect book. When she wasn’t working, Sue served on the board of 171 Cedar Arts, and with her husband funded many live performances for the community. A major supporter of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Sue opened her home for information sessions to raise awareness of food insecurity in the area and helped support the Food Bank’s expansion and relocation to its current facility. At home, she also instilled a love of reading in her own children, encouraging them to see the best in themselves and others through stories. In her spare time she loved to knit, sew, puzzle, cycle, sail, garden, can produce, and especially run with the family dogs, a series of springer spaniels she affectionately called her “monsters.” A truly devoted friend, wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed dearly by her family and her community.
I am very sorry to learn of the death of a friend I remember well from Bowdoin, and glad to read of her rich and interesting life. Condolences to David and all the family