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Susan Duffy '81

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A Gift in Honor of Her 35th Reunion
Fall 2016

When Susan Duffy ’81 of Liverpool, New York, was choosing a college, she knew she wanted to stay in New York, at a school that offered small class sizes, with a top-rated, reputable Accounting program, and with a high career placement rate for graduates. Susan felt Clarkson was such a good fit, she applied for an early acceptance and never looked back.

She made the most of her Clarkson experience serving as: a class officer, a chairperson of the College Union Board Cultural Committee, an officer in the Accounting Society, and in leadership roles in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Phi. She credits her Clarkson education and extracurricular activities with helping her learn to be organized, to prioritize, and to solve problems—all skills she’s been able to use in her career and volunteer roles.

After graduating, Susan moved several times for her family, which now includes her three children ages 23, 21, and 20. Her accounting degree proved to be a solid foundation on which Susan was able to work during her early career. Eventually, her family settled in Michigan where a chance encounter led to Susan becoming a co-owner of a local radio station for the last 21 years.

As a business owner, she has organized countless public events, created campaigns, and developed marketing strategies. Susan declares her Clarkson experience gave her the confidence and ability to continually meet these challenges.

Given all she has been able to accomplish as a result of her education, Susan felt that giving back to Clarkson is “the right thing to do.” She has consistently supported the Clarkson Fund for over 30 years. For her 35th Reunion, Susan learned she could name Clarkson on a life insurance policy. With her children provided for, Susan made the University a partial beneficiary of her policy. She explains that the process of donating life insurance simply involved talking to her insurance company. When Clarkson someday receives the proceeds, the funds will be used for financial aid for students demonstrating a need.

Susan states that it “meant a lot to me to give back, because I wouldn’t have been able to go to school without financial aid, and I want to give others the same opportunity.” Thanks to Susan’s 35th reunion gift, Clarkson can continue helping students now and into the future.