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Susan Fox Beischer

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 21, 2015 @ 11:57 am In Durham,Obituaries | 21 Comments

DURHAM -Susan Fox Beischer passed away peacefully at the Duke Hospice Hock Pavilion in Durham, January 20, 2015, after a period of illness. Sue was born in Durham, North Carolina, on February 12, 1942 to the late Frances Hill Fox and the late Herbert J. Fox. She grew up in Durham and graduated from Chatham Hall in 1959. Sue graduated from Duke University in 1963, where she met her husband, George. George and Sue were married on June 13, 1964 and were happily married for 47 years until George’s death in 2011.

Sue was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, where she previously served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. She was also very involved as a community volunteer and board member. She previously served as a board member of the Fox Family Foundation, the Durham Arts Council, the Foundation for Better Health, the Friends of the Duke Art Museum, the Durham Academy Board of Trustees and the Hill House Advisory Board. She was also a member of the Durham Junior League, the Durham Debutante Ball Society, the Folio Book Club, the Croasdaile Study Club and the Iron Dukes.

Sue enjoyed traveling with her husband, George, and particularly enjoyed trips to art museums and exhibits around the world. Sue was also very involved with the philanthropic support of Duke University and its educational mission with scholarship support for students and funding for professorships as well as philanthropic support for Duke Medical Center, and in particular, the Duke Cancer Center Building and its programs.

Sue was devoted to her friends and family. She was a wonderful mother and always supportive of her two sons, David and Tom. Her family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by the Duke medical staff and Duke Hospice and for the support and kindness of her many friends during her illness. Her family is also appreciative of the loving care and help for many years of Ruby Stone.

Sue is survived by her two sons, David Beischer, and wife, Michelle, of Durham, North Carolina and Tom Beischer, and wife, Lily, of San Francisco, California; and five grandchildren: Will, Nick and Davis Beischer of Durham and Zach and Anna Beischer of San Francisco, California. Sue was pre-deceased by a brother, Randolph Fox.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sue’s memory to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707 or Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

The Beischer family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, Select Obituaries.

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Condolence from Lois Jolly Dills on January 21st, 2015 4:41 pm

David and Tom:

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Mother. My sincere condolences to you and your families during this more difficult time.

Lois Jolly Dills

Condolence from Dee, Jennifer and Chandler Riley on January 21st, 2015 6:10 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Patricia Proctor on January 21st, 2015 7:27 pm

David, I was so sorry to hear of Susan’s death. Your mother and daddy were always special to the Proctor family.

Condolence from Eric Credle on January 22nd, 2015 6:48 am

David and Tom:

So sorry. Your mother was a sweet lady.

Eric Credle ( formerly of Credle Engineering)

Condolence from Steve Toler on January 22nd, 2015 6:51 am

David, I read about your mom’s passing in this morning’s paper. While I had heard a lot of great things about your mom and dad over the years, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom. From knowing you and from what I’ve learned, I know she was a very special lady. I’m very sorry for your loss and hope that the many great memories of her will warm your family’s hearts. Steve Toler

Condolence from Jean Ferrell Styles on January 22nd, 2015 7:11 am

Proud to have been one of her first year students at Jordan in fall of 1963. Always a class act!

Condolence from Tom KENAN on January 22nd, 2015 7:49 am

Dear David and Tom,

Sue and I grew up together and shared the picnics at Crystal Lake cousins gatherings a at Meadowmont, Quail Roost and her own farm. She and I shared our Hill family history and Sue kept alive her family traditions and history. Cousin Fay DyBose and I shed a tear for her on the phone and send love and deepest sympathy to you and Tom and your families.

Condolence from Heather Rabalais on January 22nd, 2015 9:41 am

I was so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing… I remember her fondly from my years at Westminster. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Beischer family. ~Heather Rabalais

Condolence from Robert W. Edwards on January 22nd, 2015 1:14 pm

I knew Susan while I was in Graduate School at Chapel Hill, and she was a student at Duke. While I have not seen Susan in over 50 years, I have always remembered her as one of the most pleasant people I have ever know. Please accept my condolences.

R. W. Edwards
Louisburg, N. C.

Condolence from Kaye Seagroves Buchanan on January 22nd, 2015 2:35 pm

I am very sorry to hear about Sue. I am a classmate of hers. There are no words to heal your pain. Just know that a lot of people are holding you all in their hearts and prayers.

Condolence from Kaye Seagroves Buchanan on January 22nd, 2015 2:43 pm

I am very sorry to hear about Sue. I am a classmate of hers from way back. There are no words that will heal your pain. Just know that a lot of people are holding you all in their hearts and prayers.

Condolence from Gail Sherron on January 22nd, 2015 5:51 pm

David, my deepest sympathies to you , Tom and your families in the passing of your mom. She was a very special lady and I’m glad that I knew of her and especially your dad. Two really great people that I had the joy to work with.
God Bless you all
Gail Sherron

Condolence from Gretchen & Allen Aldridge on January 23rd, 2015 8:28 am

We really enjoyed knowing your mother. She was a very special person and so full of life and always had a smile on her face. We know you will miss her.
Gretchen and Allen

Condolence from Amy FitzGerald on January 23rd, 2015 10:43 am

What an amazing woman who gave so much of herself to the community and for others. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Tom and David, your family and the many people whose life she touched.

Condolence from Rodney and Gina Turner on January 25th, 2015 3:39 am

Sorry to hear of Ms. Beischer’s passing. We will always remember how nice she was and all of the Christmas parties at Garden View. Prayers to all of the family.

Condolence from Gin Brown on January 25th, 2015 9:34 am

My sympathy to David ,Tom, and all the family. She was a lovely woman and will be missed greatly.

Condolence from Lawrence Warner on January 25th, 2015 1:02 pm

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Dave and Tom –your mum was always so lovely to me and to everyone. Much love to you and your families–Lawrence

Condolence from Michael and Jamie Fiocco on January 25th, 2015 2:26 pm

Dave, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please accept Jamie’s and my condolences. We hold you and your family in our hearts.

Condolence from Ruby Stone on January 26th, 2015 7:01 pm

David, Tom, and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs Beischer and the family are like family to me. I worked for her many years and we shared laughter and tears and her memory will be forever alive in my heart. My prayer is that God will give peace and comfort to all of us during this very sad time.

Condolence from Ann Stallings Smith on January 31st, 2015 11:01 am

Sue Beischer was in my class at Duke, but I knew her better in the community and at Croasdaile Country Club. She has been coming to our Durham High School Women’s luncheons lately, and everyone was always glad to see her.
I remember her most for being such a lady–always gracious and kind.
I wish all the family comfort and healing in your grief

Condolence from David and Linda Crabtree on February 7th, 2015 10:53 am

We are so sorry for your loss! You all remain in our thoughts and prayers!
David and Linda Crabtree

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