Stop TB Partnership

In Memoriam: Susan May Bacheller


28 March 2011 - Washington, DC - Susan Bacheller, who gave more than 15 years of dedicated service to the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), passed away in October 2010. Her dedication to development, global health, and especially the fight against tuberculosis were admired and appreciated worldwide. A faithful friend, she showed grace and good humour towards everyone.

Susan’s technical leadership, intellect and spirit inspired those she met and served. She was a driving force in the global effort to improve the health of millions of men, women and children around the world - reflecting the best of USAID’s core values. Hers was a life spent in service to others.

Susan grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was a registered nurse, later earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in International Development. Following service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen and Honduras, she joined USAID, working in the Bureau for Global Health, as well as the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.

As TB Team Leader, she was instrumental in building up USAID’s tuberculosis portfolio and established a network of colleagues worldwide, who admired and respected her work and dedication. Susan developed the US Government’s Global Tuberculosis Strategy, provided expert support to USAID missions and was a determined and compassionate ambassador and advocate for global tuberculosis control.

Susan will always be remembered for her dedication and determination to improve the health and lives of marginalized people. Her love of art, music, travel, food (and wine!), sports, and biking were just some of the many interests she loved to share with others. But most of all, she will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and kindness - to her friends and family, to acquaintances, and to those whom she sought to help from afar.

The friends and colleagues of Susan Bacheller will join in a gathering to celebrate her life on 30 March.

WHEN: March 30, 2011
TIME: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
WHERE: PAHO, 525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037

News writers:

Jon Lidén
Ravini Senanayake
Priti Patnaik
Jenniffer Dietrich
Elisabetta Minelli