Suzanne Gardner Stott

Profile Updated: June 13, 2013
Class Year: 1963
Residing In: salt lake city, UT USA
Children: I have many children.
Occupation: director of adoption agency/ retiring soon
School Story:

Helping organize a new high school at the same time President Kennedy began his term in office, filled me with optimism and hope! As naive as it sounds, I was very happy to devote time to any endeavor or activity that fostered cooperation and paritipation between students or the students and the faculty. Helping chose the school colors, the mascot, write the constitution, help with the school song, write an assembly script, etc., it was a joy and I think I equated it with civic duty as an American. May sound corny now, but I believed it then and I think the Class of '63 was very close because of that experience. We really liked each other and we had good intentions!

Share your story since high school.

From high school to BYU. Took a break to try recording orignial songs in Hollywood. Then served LDS mission to Northern Germany. After mission, married and finished collge. Highlight of this period of my life was meeting Dr. Martin Luther King two times.

Adopted first child from Korea in 1978; discovered the thousands of special needs children available in the United States. Helped start the program "Wednesday's Child" and volunteered helping families prepare to parent children with special needs.

In 1984 I became a volunteer to resettle Cambodian refugees to life in America. My life has been constantly enriched by the courage and resilience of these people.

Became a single parent , got my social work credentials, and was asked to direct an adoption agency specializing in finding homes for special needs children. Been doing this 24 years. I am retiring because my current volunteer work and my calling in the LDS Church is assisting Congolese refugees adjust to life in America. Hard work but a joy to be with these extraordinary people.

I was an Olympic volunteer and I serve on my Community
Council and have remained an active Democrat.

Even though there have been and still are bumps in the road, I am fortunate to have traveled to many parts of the world for pleasure to to do outreach in those countries. I have the blessing of great friends, suportive and caring siblings, resilient children, and fabulous grandchildren. Plus, thus far I have enjoyed great health. Hope it continues.

Following the the reunion I am leavning for Jericho, Israel, to attend the wedding of a Muslim friend.

Love and best wishes to all.

What's on your bucket list?

I would enjoy singing in a Bach Corale ensemble in Europe.

What gives you "FALCON PRIDE"?

the love I feel for my classmates

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Mar 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Ron, hope you have a nice day. May the coming year be filled with laughter, good health, and happy times. Love, Suzanne

Mar 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

It isn't even your birthday yet, but I don't want to forget to wish you a good day on the 22. It was very nice to visit with you at the June reunion. Hope this coming year will be the best of your life. In my mind you gave me my first even Valentine card. So thanks for that even though you may not remember! Love, Suzanne

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