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Offered April 20, 1994
On the death of Susan J. Hanna.

WHEREAS, Susan J. Hanna, a professor of English and the chairwoman of the English, Linguistics and Speech Department at Mary Washington College, died on April 12, 1994; and

WHEREAS, a native of Cleveland, Susan Hanna earned her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University and her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, where she also began her teaching career; and

WHEREAS, Susan Hanna joined the faculty at Mary Washington College in 1968 as an assistant professor of English, was promoted to associate professor and full professor, and served as assistant dean for academic advising from 1972 to 1975; and

WHEREAS, a highly skilled and respected teacher, Susan Hanna was a charter member of the Mary Washington Phi Beta Kappa chapter and in 1985 received the Grellet Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the highest teaching honor given at Mary Washington College; and

WHEREAS, Susan Hanna was an active member of many academic professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Association of University Professors, and the Modern Language Association; and

WHEREAS, well known throughout the Fredericksburg community, Susan Hanna devoted many hours of valuable service to the Friends of the Library, which benefited the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; and

WHEREAS, Susan Hanna was also one of the founders of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, was one of the original organizers of the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence, and served as a member of the board of directors of Hope House; and

WHEREAS, an exceptionally dedicated and effective teacher, a skilled administrator, and a devoted friend to the Fredericksburg community, Susan Hanna and her beneficent influence on her university and her community will be sorely missed; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the untimely passing of a valued educator and a fine Virginian, Professor Susan J. Hanna; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Susan J. Hanna as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for her memory.

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