2000 – Palm Beach, Florida & Princeton, New Jersey
Susan Pickering began her career in New York City as a Powers model but quickly moved to becoming a commentator, spokesperson and writer. She has written eight successful books published by Prentice-Hall as the ghostwriter or co-author for well known personalities in the beauty and film world. She has appeared frequently on television talk shows and has also written many magazine features on art, antiques and architecture. Says Susan: “My Trowbridge family motto was ‘Spes Pons Vitae’ or ‘Hope is the Bridge of Life’- and I took it seriously.” Working with young people, whether as a board member of a shelter for unwed mothers, founding a shelter for runaway teenagers, or working for children at risk through The Childrens Home Society Board, she saw young people who were cast-offs struggling to find a place for themselves in a world that often shunned them, and she wanted to offer them hope. Susan says: “In my personal philosophy, I know that there are no ‘dead ends’ in Christ – only new beginnings and new directions.” This strong belief was the driving force in Susan’s work as a founding member of the Hospice Guild of Palm Beach and the establishment of its nationally recognized Hospice Center for the terminally ill. Susan was President of the Hospice Guild for four years and has chaired several successful benefits for the Salvation Army. She also has been a volunteer and board member of Planned Parenthood for forty years. Susan Pickering attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She was named an Outstanding Woman in Communications and Florida Child Advocate of the Year. Susan is the mother of two sons, Dr. Marshall T. Partington and Bartholomew J. Partington, and the grandmother of three girls and a boy. Susan was the widow of James H. M. Partington and was remarried this year to Dr. Donald A. Pickering of Princeton.