Susan Spencer-Wendel, author of “Until I say Good-bye” passed away June 4
Earlier today, we lost one of our own. Susan Spencer-Wendel, MAMC 1991, died at age 47 in her Palm Beach home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
Spencer-Wendel was a reporter for The Palm Beach Post for nearly 20 years, and her coverage of the Florida courts earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Florida Bar in 2012. In 2013, she received the Alumna of Distinction award from the College.
After learning about her disease, she embarked on a series of trips with family and friends, determined to salvage as much happiness as possible for the time she had left.
These trips and her determination to stay positive were the basis for her best-selling memoir “Until I Say Goodbye, My Year of Living with Joy.”
Paralyzed from her disease, she tapped out all 357 pages on her iPhone with the use of only one thumb.
Her story was featured in our Summer 2013 edition of the Communigator. Here at the College, we would like to extend our condolences to her family for their loss.
- The Palm Beach Post: Susan Spencer-Wendel, former Palm Beach Post reporter and author, dies