Sue worked tirelessly for pediatric rheumatology on the American Academy of Pediatrics, the ACR, and the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board in Rheumatology. Her quiet persistence placed pediatric rheumatologists on almost every major committee of the ACR. She was the ultimate educator, honored repeatedly for her teaching, including with the James T. Cassidy award in 2008. Among her other many awards were the Distinguished Service Award of the ACR in 2010 and the Career Service Award at the 2011 PRYSM meeting. She was a role model to countless medical trainees, and most of us now in the field of pediatric rheumatology.
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Sue had three passions: her god, her family (her husband Phil, her daughter Donita, and her son Jack), and her work. Her loves at work were medical education and pediatric rheumatology, but most of all, her patients and their families. In honor of her dedication to medical education and to education in pediatric rheumatology in particular, an endowment fund has been established at the Riley Hospital for Children in Sue’s name. Donations can be made to the fund at https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/RileyChildren/OnlineGiving.html (or www.rileykids.org). Please complete the information in the honor or memorial section. The family will be notified of the gift. To have the funds restricted to the Dr. Suzanne Bowyer endowment in rheumatology, please write in the comments section: Bowyer fund.
Kathleen M. O’Neil, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Section of Pediatric Rheumatology Riley Hospital for Children