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Suzanne Campagna - December 21, 1917-August 3, 2015
Suzanne Campagna's multi-faceted and eventful life ended August 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1917 to French mother Marguerite and Turkish father Mehmet Nahid Kerven, Suzanne grew up in Istanbul and relocated to Paris, France as a teenager to continue her studies. Suzanne stayed on to study pharmacy in Paris, where she met and married Gerard Campagna, then a lieutenant serving with the U.S. liberation forces.
Suzanne and Gerard first lived near Boston, Massachusetts where Gerard taught French at the University of Massachusetts and completed a Ph.D. in history at Boston University. In 1952 the couple moved to Washington, D.C. where Gerard worked as a government analyst of Turkish affairs and Suzanne taught French to government diplomats. With the exception of the last three years spent in assisted living, Suzanne lived the entire time since arriving in Washington, D.C. at Gateway Georgetown where she was respected and cherished by residents and staff alike. She loved her home and never tired of the views of trees and the Washington skyline from her condominium windows.
Madame Campagna, as she was frequently addressed, contributed her sharp wit and fastidious attention to logic and detail to various condominium association committees as well as several civic and charitable groups, including the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, the Alzheimers Association and Home Care Partners. On retiring from her government job, Suzanne tutored students in French at the Duke Ellington School.
Subsequent to Gerard's passing in 1988, Suzanne contacted Boston University to donate books from his extensive collection to the university. This led to her association with Dr. Augustus Richard Norton, professor of international relations and anthropology at the Pardee School of Global Studies at B.U. Their collaboration led to the creation of the Campagna-Kerven Lecture Series focused on the study of modern Turkey, as well as a deep and enduring friendship between the two. This lecture series and the internship program that will be funded by Suzanne's estate were the accomplishments of which Suzanne was justifiably most proud.Suzanne will be remembered by all for her intelligence, engagement, directness and authenticity. One was never uncertain of Suzanne's thoughts or feelings about a given subject or situation. Her "let me be clear" followed by carefully phrased words of wisdom left no doubt. She was an extraordinary person and she will be missed.
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