Suzie DOD Thomas (1947-2013)

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Suzie DOD Thomas (1947-2013)


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Our friend and colleague Suzie Dod Thomas died peacefully on October 5, 2013, of breast cancer. Born in Berkeley, California, on February 17, 1947, she was the youngest daughter of Rev. Donald D. Dod and Annabelle Stockton Dodd. From an early age, she grew up in El Guacio in rural Puerto Rico, where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries. During her time in the Caribbean, she became fluent in Spanish and loved to sing and dance to the island rhythms. She attended high school in San Juan and went on to graduate from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon; later, she earned a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley. Suzie then became an organizer in the San Francisco Latin American community, first in 1977, for the Puerto Rican Organization for Women, and later for quality health care in the Mission District of San Francisco.

At Berkeley in the 1970s, she was an original member with Julia Schwendinger of the Bay Area Women against Rape and joined the Editorial Board of the journal Social Justice. She served as the journal's Assistant Managing Editor for many years and contributed to the Board with wit, energy, and dedication until her death. Many of the Spanish translations in the journal were her work. Her knowledge of French and Portuguese was useful in her extensive travels to Europe and the Americas. From 1976 to 1985, she was active in solidarity work with Central America and Cuba, organizing, leading, and translating for fact-finding delegations to Nicaragua and Cuba. …

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