Susan F. Pritchard

MARCH 6, 1952-OCT. 10, 2012

October 31, 2012
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Susan Ford Pritchard passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., from a hemorrhagic stroke.

She leaves behind her husband, Paul C. Pritchard; four children, Robin Giesen, Marcus Pritchard, Stephen Pritchard and Christopher Pritchard; as well as her mother, Evelyn Clanon McCleery; one brother, Daniel Ford; his wife, Vivian; and a nephew, Greg. She had one grandson, Miles Giesen.

Born March 6, 1952, the daughter of Edwin Ford and Evelyn Clanon McCleery in Dearborn Heights, Mich., she graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., with a bachelor's and master's in communications.

Susan was a successful businesswoman, advocate of the arts, a highly respected public relations professional and medical educator. She was employed by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Brown Paper, Burson Marsteller and Powell Adams Reinhardt. She was a major contributor to the CDC's AIDS education programs and was instrumental in the worldwide walkathon, the March for Parks.

She was the owner of the Washington Street Gallery in Charles Town, W.Va., now the Washington Street Artists Cooperative. She was a founder of the City Club of Martinsburg. She was also devoted to animal welfare and adoption programs, serving as a volunteer at the National Zoo with golden lion monkeys, and working in Hawaii with dolphin communication, and supporting local animal shelters.

She and her husband recently moved to Hagerstown, Md., where she was responsible for the restoration of one of the historic homes in the Oak Hill historic district.

Susan was an elder of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and active in peace initiatives. She will be remembered for her creativity, warmth, generosity, kindness and great capacity for love.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Artists Fund at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 268, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.

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