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Susan K. Foss

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Susan K. Foss
Died on Thursday, January 24th, 2013

1-3:00 PM Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Weerts Funeral Home
A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Susan K. Foss will be held from 1-3 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport.

Susan was born on December 24, 1941 in Traverse City, Michigan to Oskar & Henriette Arnoldt. She attended and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1959. Subsequent education was at Michigan State University where she gained a Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Mathematics. Upon graduation she took a job with the Fairbanks-Morse Corporation in Beloit, Wisconsin where she worked as part of an advanced research and design team. During that time she met a fellow researcher (chemist) David Foss and on June 18, 1966 they were married at her parents' home in Traverse City, Michigan. Both had strong academic desires to return back to school and subsequently moved to Houghton, Michigan to attend Michigan Technological University later that year. They stayed there until 1975 when she received a MS and ABD in Engineering mechanics. At the same time David received his PhD in Chemistry. They were both hired by Deere and Co. (as the first husband and wife team) and worked in Waterloo, IA. for 4 years. In 1980 they transferred to Moline, IL where she continued on in engineering until her retirement in 2006. Susan retained much of her responsibilities to "Society for Engineering Mechanics" where she had obtained the position of President, Fellow and editor for their engineering journal.

Susan was a 31-year SEM member and as a Senior Engineer with Deere & Company. She had been affiliated with Deere and Company starting as a Project Engineer in 1975. During this time she was also an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at St. Ambrose University. She is affiliated with a number of technical associations, and has a long history of involvement with SEM, as a Senior Technical Editor for Experimental Techniques, chair of numerous committees, Treasurer, Executive Board Member, Vice President, President-Elect, and ultimately, in 1998, SEM President. She was honored by SEM with the Tattnall and Brewer awards, as well as a number of awards from other associations. She has published more than 45 articles relating to her technical interests and holds four patents.

David taught Susan the game of golf and she became an avid golfer. In their travels, they visited and played many of the great golf courses of the world. They also enjoyed snowmobiling each winter at Houghton, Michigan. Throughout her life she and David traveled extensively, but always returned to the places that they loved best, Traverse City, Michigan, Hudson, WI and LeClaire, IA.
Susan will remain in the hearts of her brother; Roy (Laurea) Arnoldt of Las Cruces, NM; sisters-in-law, Joyce Johnson of Roberts, WI and Lynne Foss of Hudson, WI; brothers-in-law; Joe (Ruth) Foss of Hudson and Bob (Laurie) Foss of Oakdale, MN; many nieces & nephews; and numerous dear friends.
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