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remembrances of Susan Assmann

First, thanks again to everyone who sent me such kind words of support.
Small steps are made.  To that end, there is now a place to post peoples
memories, photos, etc. http://www.lastingmemories.com/susan-fera-assmann

Her bell ringing friends have already started ringing handbells to
celebrate her life, and they are collected here.


The thing I notice most frequently, (at times hourly) and didn't expect was
to be busily distracting myself, and encounter something that weeks ago, I
would have told her about.  Or one of the video series that we used to
watch together would post a new episode, and it hits me, she isn't here to
tell, or to wait until we can find time to watch it together.

Luckily the other case, where I remember a question, hasn't happened
anywhere near as often.

Here is the text of her obituary.


Susan Fera Assmann June 26, 1956-May 30, 2020

Susan Fera Assmann, 63, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Saturday,
May 30, 2020 at home. She was born in Princeton, NJ, the daughter of the
late Frederick and Mary Assmann. Susan is survived by her husband and
soulmate, Jeffrey Del Papa of Waltham, MA, her sister, Sarah Assmann of
State College, PA, her brother-in-law Charles Rury and nephew Michael Rury,
her mother-in-law Gloria, and other in-laws (brother, sister, and spouses)
Cindy, Daniel, Ken, Johan, Laura, and 3 additional nephews.

Susan was the class of 1974 valedictorian at Hopewell Valley Central High
School in Pennington, NJ. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth
College in 1978 and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1983 and a M.S. in biostatistics from the
University of Massachusetts School of Public Health, Amherst in 1994.  She
has an Erdös number of 2.

Susan was a Principal Statistician at HealthCore (formerly New England
Research Institute} in Watertown, MA where she worked for a week shy of 26
years, following a career as a mathematics professor at UMass Lowell and at
Regis College in Weston, MA. Susan was the co-author of over 60 scientific
publications and her statistical analyses of data from clinical trials will
aid many patients.

Susan was an avid reader, a student of the English art of change ringing,
an enthusiastic amateur harpsichordist, and an ardent supporter of the
early music community in Boston. Memorial contributions can be made to
SOHIP (Society for Historically Informed Performance;
http://www.sohipboston.org/) or to cancer research at Dana Farber via (
https://donate.pmc.org/JD0076). A celebration of life will be held at a
later date. Online condolences may be made at
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