Sue Burlingame ’63 Receives Inaugural President’s Medal
Muskingum’s 2013 Alumni Weekend, held June 14 – 16 on the campus,
Susanne Hussey Burlingame ’63 received the inaugural President’s Medal
during the Alumni Convocation. The medal was created to recognize those
who have served the University with special distinction.
Sue Burlingame has embraced a life of service to our University, her community, and communities across the nation.
She earned her Muskingum Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Chemistry. Throughout her life, she has demonstrated a strong
commitment to education, as a teacher of high school chemistry and
mathematics, and as a champion of the local library and its seminal role
in opening the doors to knowledge for community members of all ages.
A dedicated volunteer, Sue Burlingame devotes her
time and talents to her Presbyterian Church, civic groups in her
Chatham, New Jersey communities, and the Pioneers, the largest
industry-related service organization in the world. Formerly known as
the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Pioneers group links current and
retired telecommunications employees across the United States and
Canada. She has worked in partnership with her husband Harold W. (Hal)
Burlingame, Class of 1962, to develop the capacity of the Pioneers and
enhance the organization’s ability to carry out its grassroots mission
of service “country to country, city to city, and neighbor to
neighbor.” She has helped her community build on the foundation of a
significant Pioneers initiative to feed the homeless, sharing her
expertise and service ethos in the creation of the Interfaith Council
for Homeless Families. Now known as Family Promise of Morris County,
NJ, this non-sectarian, non-profit agency brings together more than 1600
congregants from 75 congregations of differing faiths to provide
shelter and services for homeless children and their families.
Since Hal Burlingame’s 1994 election as Chair of
the Board of Trustees, Sue Burlingame has served Muskingum by designing
and leading significant special events for alumni and friends across the
nation, campus community members, and Trustee families. She has joined
Hal Burlingame in generous philanthropy to Muskingum, which has shaped
the University’s future and helped ensure that its historic excellence
will continue to endure throughout time.
Sue and Hal Burlingame are the parents of
Marjorie Burlingame Hancock, Class of 1991, and Betsy Burlingame Wood.
Their Muskingum legacy family includes their mothers M. Elizabeth
Pickens Hussey, Class of 1932 – one of Muskingum’s first graduates to
major in geology – and Elsie Wagner Burlingame, Class of 1960.