Susan S. (Stott) Dugan, 83, died at Mercy Hospital in the early morning of January 16, 2024, with her daughters by her side. Born on June 10, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late, Carol (Cort) and C. Thompson Stott.
Susan often remarked on what a lucky child she was, although she also regretted being an only child. What she lacked in siblings, she made up in friends. She attended Friends School in Baltimore where she was known as, “Scarab Girl.” She loved working on the yearbook and singing in the chorus, though she’d be the first to tell you she couldn’t carry a tune. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she returned to live in Baltimore, and began her career in banking.
She met and married John Hammond “Ham” Dugan on October 3, 1964. They started their life together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they welcomed their first child, Jennifer. They moved 5 times during the early years. Sons, Cort and John were born before settling in Longmeadow in 1970; three years later, their daughter, Anne was born. Those early years in Longmeadow were spent raising her children, enjoying the company of friends & family, volunteering for the Junior League, and playing tennis.
In the early 1980s, Susan re-entered the workforce, starting out as an office manager at Myers Computer, then to Shawmut Bank and eventually ending her formal career in 2002 at Bay State Medical Center as Director of Development. While there, she was a driving force in the creation of Rays of Hope, one of the region’s largest and longest running annual benefit walks for breast cancer. She retired in 2002 after which she sold high end women's clothing through home shows with her best friend Judy.
Never one to be idle, she spent her free time helping to taxi grandchildren Liam and Clare for haircuts and dental appointments, socializing with family & friends here and at the family home in Weekapaug, Rhode Island, as well as working on various boards and committees. These organizations include Girls Inc., Bay Path University, Mount Holyoke College, and First Church of Christ. She was also on the board at The MacDuffie School for many years.
Through it all Susan found tremendous strength in both Al Anon and her First Church family. Her faith only deepened as she grew older.
She leaves behind her children, Jennifer, Cort, John and Anne, grandchildren, Max and Farley, Liam and Clare, Charlie and Lila, and too many friends to count. We will miss her.
All are invited to Susan’s 2 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, February 3rd at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow. Her burial at Longmeadow Cemetery will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to: First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106, www.firstchurchlongmeadow.org/online-giving, Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation, PO Box 3067, Westerly, RI 02891, www.weekapaugfoundation.org/support-us, or Girls Inc. of the Valley, 480 Hampden St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
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