University of Vermont

Home at Last: The Life of Louise Sutton

Louise Sutton
Louise Sutton

Colleagues, Friends, Students, and Alumni,

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our friend Louise Sutton, who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer.  Louise joined the MPA program as a student some three years ago. She was the recipient of the Smallwood Award last year--presented annually by the members of the graduating class to one of their class mates who is the most collegial, helpful, and supportive person in the class...a person whose commitment to colleagues and positive energy makes the complex and challenging aspects of a graduate program a cooperative and uplifting experience.

Louise distinguished herself to her fellow classmates and her instructors as a kind, caring and thoughtful soul.  She volunteered for the  Peace Corps later in life, setting out to make a difference in the world.  She has left a enduring legacy in the establishment of the School of HOPE (Having One Peaceful Earth) in Malawi.  Her life represents what is best about our profession. She felt called to serve and led her life as a living example of what is best about the human spirit. 

Louise has generously donated her body to U.N.E. therefore there will be no wake or funeral service. We are planning a Celebration of Life and will post the information when it is finalized. 

In lieu of flowers or cards if you would like to donate in memory of Louise to the School of H.O.P.E. (Having One Peaceful Earth) please send a check payable to School of H.O.P.E. and mail to Claire Sutton, 121 Bay St Ext. Unit #10, Portland, ME 04103

Louise's family has no words to describe our appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers and support you have provided over the last two years through Louise's journey. 

She will be missed by all who knew her.