Susan Mock Gallup ’78 died on September 13, 2020, in Whitefield, Maine
(The following was published by The Times-Picayune on July 13, 2021)
Susan Elizabeth Mock Gallup was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on January 17, 1956. She attended and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1974. Susan went to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and graduated as an English major (with honors) in 1978. While at Bowdoin she met Bo Gallup, whom she married in 1992. Susan and Bo resided in New Orleans and later Covington, Louisiana. Susan worked at the New Orleans Cabildo for the Sun King: Louis XIV and the New World exhibit in 1984. She then took a position with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, initially working on press and subsequently became the first director of sponsorship. Susan managed major sponsorships with Shell, Acura, Miller Beer, Sheraton, and many other national and local companies over the years. During the thirty-six years she worked for the Jazz Festival, she also assisted with press and sponsor relations for the JVC Jazz Festival, the Carefusion Jazz Festival, Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Susan and Bo moved to Whitefield, Maine, purchasing a 1790 Federal home. Susan passed away quietly and unexpectedly on September 13, 2020. Susan loved swimming in the cold Maine waters. She loved traveling, especially to Asia, including trips to Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, China, Japan, and Singapore. Susan loved reading, art, visiting museums (maintaining memberships at New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art). She enjoyed fine dining, loved fashion and regularly sported a pearl necklace. Susan loved the change of seasons – a beautiful fall day, the quiet that snow brings and the promise of spring. Her lovely smile always lit up the room. Susan is survived by her beloved husband, Bo, her father, Theron Clay Mock, brothers Theron, Jr., Robert (Laura), and James (Heather,) and loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.