Susan Cromwell Coslett, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts, died peacefully on March 29 at her parents' Swarthmore home after a courageous battle against cancer, during which she continued to work every day until a few weeks before her death.
Susan's twenty-seven years at the University of Pennsylvania were spent primarily at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, where she played a vital role in the academic administration of the School. Modest and generous, she was universally loved and respected by her colleagues, for whom she set the highest standards. Five academic Deans benefited from her wise counsel, and every faculty member in the school consulted Susan to find the appropriate procedure for any number of situations. The staff at the GSFA looked to Susan as a friend and loyal ally to whom they could turn for support and advice.
A member of the Scott Foundation in Swarthmore, Susan was an avid gardener and horticulturalist. With her mother Virginia, she traveled widely in Europe and America to visit outstanding gardens. Also a physical fitness enthusiast, Susan was a daily lap swimmer at Hutchinson Gymnasium. She is a graduate of Swarthmore High School and Endicott College.
Susan is survived by her parents, Virginia and Harry Coslett of Swarthmore, and her sister Ann Coslett of Alexandria.
A memorial service was held on April 3 at Old Christ Church in Philadelphia, where Susan was interred with other family members.
The Graduate School of Fine Arts plans a campus service as well as special fund in Susan's memory (for information on these, call 898-5967). Or, memorial gifts may be directed to the office of the Dean, Graduate School of Fine Arts, or to the Scott Foundation, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.
A memorial gathering will be held for Donald Carroll, ninth Dean of the
Wharton School, on April 20, 1998, at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall of the Faculty
Club. Dean Carroll died on February 24 at the age of 67 (see
Almanac March 3/10), and a memorial fund has been established
in his honor at the Wharton School.
Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 28, April 7, 1998