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Sue Conlin has special traits which are evident in her interaction with others; a personal warmth combined with a sense of humor and sharp wit. These qualities, plus her organizational skills and devotion to volunteerism, make her a Friends' Board member who accomplishes her goals in a timely but relaxed manner.
Sue grew up in Wellesley, Mass., and graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a double degree in Psychology and Education. She earned a teaching degree, but decided to move back to Boston, where she became a trust officer at the Bank of Boston.
When Sue started her family, she changed from a business career to volunteerism. Her husband of 29 years, Gayler, is an engineer at the Aircraft Engines Division of General Electric Company and they have three children: Lindsay, Bronson and Charlie.
Her association with Dana-Farber started after her mother passed away from cancer in 1981. Emily DiMaggio, a close friend of the family, convinced Sue to help run the Lecture Series, a fundraising event which benefited Dana-Farber.
This endeavor was the start of productive years on the Friends' Board, with Sue serving as vice president of patient services, assistant treasurer, chairman of the Nominating Committee and a volunteer in the Friends' Corner Gift Shop. She was also a member of the committee which was instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey Forbes Chapel and publishing a commemorative book. After serving as co-president of the Friends during 2005 and 2006, Sue is presently co-chairman of Long Range Planning, continuing her dedication to Dana-Farber.
Sue is associated with other organizations such as the New England Farm and Garden Association and the local chapter of the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter. She was a member of the Junior League and was later instrumental in collecting, tasting, and publishing a cookbook, Feast of Fishes, a New England Aquarium Project. She is also very involved in committee work at schools her children attend. She and her family spend summers in Quissett, Woods Hole, where together they enjoy committee work at the Woods Hole Golf Cub, Quissett Yacht Club and the Quick's Hole Yacht Club.
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