The Fulbright community were deeply saddened by the passing of Fulbright Alumnus Susanita Dudley on September 28. Susanita was an indefatigable supporter of Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, serving in many committee roles, and always active in welcoming new alumni and building networks and connections. She was particularly passionate in fundraising for the WG Walker Fund and hosted many fundraising events through the years.
Those of us that knew her well all were struck by her energy and joie de vivre. She was thoughtful and energetic and always embraced new friends. Through the years she was there for a call, a walk through a museum, and often a bouquet of native flowers or a special bottle of wine to celebrate life’s events. She was ever the friend and host and notably the perfect complement to Earl’s more sober demeanour.
Sadly, Susanita’s death was just 12months after the death of her husband Earl Dudley. Susanita and Earl were always proud that they met through the Fulbright program, and together, actively promoted Fulbright values throughout their lives. Despite her difficult illness, Susanita remained stoic and cheerful, working to her last days to ensure that her family, friends and the Fulbright community benefited from her and Earl’s estate.
Susanita and Earl’s donation to AFAA will be used to support networking and professional support opportunities for Fulbright alumni, including supporting Fulbright Australia to increase First Nations Australian participation in Fulbright opportunities.