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ALA Past President Susan French

Susan French We are deeply saddened to report that ALA Past President Susan French lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Many of you have met and gotten to know Susan at industry events during the course of her ALA leadership, and her enthusiasm, work ethic, humor, integrity and great smile are a few of the many attributes that we all will remember.

Susan served as president of ALA during the 2009-10 term. She was affiliated with ALA's Oklahoma City and Tulsa chapters, serving for two years as the Oklahoma City Chapter President. In 2010, Susan received the Leadership in Law award by The Journal Record, which recognizes individuals who exercise leadership, contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and have achieved much in their chosen area of the legal profession.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013 at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie. Visitation will be held Thursday at Smith-Gallo Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday at Crossings Community Church from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: Baylor BMT Research Fund, 3410 Worth Street, Dallas, TX 75246, the Foundation of Association of Legal Administrators, ATTN: Leslie Bowles, 75 Tri-State Int’l, Suite 222, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, or Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Edmond, Inc., c/o Deacon Lee Hunt, 9 N.W. 160th Street, Edmond, OK 73013-2041. Read the full obituary.

Prior to her passing, ALA members connected to create — and document the making of — an ALA community quilt for her. Read more about how ALA united in the making of Susan's ALA Caring Quilt and view photos of Susan's time with the Association.

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