Susan Dunlap ’64

26 March 2009

Class: 1964

Deceased: August 18, 2006

Susan Dunlap of Kingfield, Maine died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 18, 2008 at the age of 64 from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  A native of Northern California, she settled in Kingfield in 1974 after working as a physical therapist in Seattle and serving in the U.S. Army at West Point. 

In Maine, she worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital and Androscoggin Home Care.  She was the first to bring physical therapy to homes in Somerset and Franklin counties.  Much loved by all her patients and doctors who worked with her, her ability, energy and commitment made a lasting impression on everyone whose life she touched.

With her life-partner, Donald Cutler, she enjoyed cycling, often riding a tandem in Maine’s annual two-day multiple sclerosis benefit ride or riding in events to raise money for ALS research.  She was also a guitarist and a exceptional tennis player. 

In keeping with her commitment to science and health, she arranged to donate her remains to Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard University to assist in the study of ALS, a devastating disease about which little is know.

From her life-partner Donald: “Finding photos of Susan turned into quite a task, as she did all the photography.  This photo (appearing on her bio book page) was taken the winter of 1980/81 shortly after we purchased this property.  It has gone through many changes since then, a place you never want to be away from for long.

Susan made 26 years of my life the best and happiest I could ever hope for.”

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  • 2013-12-04 08:58:42
    posted for Donald Cutler

    Susan Dunlap of Kingfield, Maine died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 18, 2008 at the age of 64 from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  A native of Northern California, she settled in Kingfield in 1974 after working as a physical therapist in Seattle and serving in the U.S. Army at West Point.  In Maine, she worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital and Androscoggin Home Care.

    She was the first to bring physical therapy to homes in Somerset and Franklin counties.  Much loved by all her patients and doctors who worked with her, her ability, energy and commitment made a lasting impression on everyone whose life she touched. With her life-partner, Donald Cutler, she enjoyed cycling, often riding a tandem in Maine's annual two-day multiple sclerosis benefit ride or riding in events to raise money for ALS research.  She was also a guitarist and a exceptional tennis player.  In keeping with her commitment to science and health, she arranged to donate her remains to Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard University to assist in the study of ALS, a devastating disease about which little is know.

    From her life-partner Donald: "Finding photos of Susan turned into quite a task, as she did all the photography.  This photo (appearing on her bio book page) was taken the winter of 1980/81 shortly after we purchased this property.  It has gone through many changes since then, a place you never want to be away from for long.

    Susan made 26 years of my life the best and happiest I could ever hope for."

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