|Date submitted: October 24, 2006|
|Gift: Leaf Tile - small|
|Location on plaza map: C5|
|Areas of Achievement:
Business, Community Building, Law, Philanthropy, Volunteer|
|Born in Northfield, New Jersey, sixty-five years ago to a family with an optical business, Susan M. Freund has lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona for much of her adult life. She has raised her two sons in Tucson, led a successful career as a lawyer specializing in tax law, and contributed significant time and energy to many charitable organizations in the community. |
Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1967, followed by a Masters in Business Administration from Monmouth University in Monmouth, New Jersey, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1974. She is very proud to be the first woman to graduate from Monmouth\\\'s M.B.A. program. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1977, graduating with distinction and awarded the Order of the Coif. In 1978, she returned to the east coast to attend New York University, where she would be awarded her Masters of Laws (in Taxation) in 1978. Loving the southwest for its climate and scenery, Susan intended to return to Tucson after receiving her degree at NYU, but was offered a job at the United States Tax Court, an opportunity that, as Susan put, “You just don’t turn down.” From 1978 until 1980, she served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Tax Court before moving back to Tucson. In the middle of earning her degrees, Susan also worked as a field agent for the Internal Revenue Service, a position that she says few women held at that time.
From 1978 until her retirement in 2010, Susan practiced tax and business law for profit and nonprofit organizations, mostly in Tucson. Susan received many accolades and awards during her career. In 1990, she was honored as an outstanding graduate by the University Of Arizona College of Law, and every single year from 1993 until her retirement she was voted to the Best Lawyers of America.
While Susan has had a prestigious career as a tax lawyer, her profession did not dominate her entire life. “Work was not my life,” she is quick to say, saying that a career, while valuable, is not nearly as important as preserving the relationships she has with her family, friends, and community. Susan’s dedication to the Tucson community extends beyond her education and career, and includes her volunteer work with many local and national charitable organizations. In the past she has been a member of many charitable organizations, including the Angel Charity for Children and the Soroptimist. She was the president of Saint Michael’s Parish Day School Parents Group and president and member of board of directors for the Easter Seals Blake Foundation, an organization that provides education and resources for children and adults with disabilities. Currently, Susan is involved with Tucson’s Arts for All, an organization that provides outlets and access to creativity through the arts to children and adults with special needs. Susan has served as a member of its board of directors and a member of its fundraising committee. Susan originally became involved with Arts for All because of her son’s own experiences with disabilities.
Since retiring in October of 2010, Susan has traveled extensively to locales as varying as Hawaii and Monument Valley, Utah, with her fiancé. Additionally, she has also visited her family in New Jersey. Throughout her life Susan has demonstrated caring and commitment to those around her, be it through her career or through philanthropic work. When asked, Susan says that the three most important things to her are family, friendships and health. For her, the three intertwine to create and happy and exciting life.
Katherine LaRue, May 2011