In Loving Memory

Susan Gale Patrick, d. July 4, 2015



In Loving Memory

July 16, 1954 – July 4, 2015

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Susan G. Patrick was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 16th, 1954 to Richard and Betta Akeman. She was named after her grandmother, Susan Bruening, who raised her as if she were her own daughter. Bruening instilled many principles of morality and social justice into Susan, often bringing her to civil rights marches in the 1960s.

Susan possessed an impressive educational background. She attended five universities throughout her lifetime spanning from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. She earned one Bachelor’s degree and three Master’s degrees in areas of psychology and education.

Susan Patrick had two children: Jackson, the oldest, and Whittaker. Raising the two as a single mother on a teacher’s salary, she had to make many sacrifices to provide a high quality of life for them. Her children meant everything to her, and Susan exerted so much energy, love, and care into shaping them as human beings. For example, she taught both Jackson and Whittaker how to read at a very early age, instilling them with a love of her greatest passion: reading.

It would be incorrect to say that Susan had only two children. In fact, she had thousands of them: her students. After her sons, school was the most important part of her life. Susan devoted thirty years to educating young people, and more than half of that was spent teaching at Fairhope High School. She joyously poured everything she had into her job. Susan often spent countless hours each week at home grading papers, working on lesson plans, calling parents, and devising teaching strategies. Susan was fondly remembered by many of her students. A quick trip to Walmart could end up lasting two hours because many students, past and present, would stop and speak with her.

Beloved by many, friend to many, and teacher of many, Susan Gale Patrick passed away on July 4th, 2015 at Mobile Infirmary at 5:54 PM due to an advanced state of cancer. Despite her illness, she managed to finish the school year.


She would not have had it any other way.


  1. Rachael

    Mrs. Patrick was an amazing teacher and mentor to my son Mason. She went above and beyond for him and so many other students who needed her. She never gave up on him . I will never forget her kindness. Fairhope High School will never be the same.

  2. LaJoy Thomas

    My son, Jude, had the privilege of Ms. Patrick’s teaching & guidance all through high school. She took him on many trips for TSA competitions & truly loved him as her own. She gave me support and encouragement when I didn’t know what direction to take – she was truly a above & beyond person. I am blessed that we had her in our lives – I am sad that so many children will never have the opportunities that we had because we knew her. She made a difference in this world by raising & mentoring world changers! We love you Ms. Patrick <3

  3. Wesley Jenkins

    I’ve Known Ms.Patrick all my high school years, she was the best and gave me courage and wisdom to be very successful in life. I will always love you .


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