Goodbye Susan Race

Posted by on Aug 13 2008

Susan RaceSad news has reached me that my long-time coaching colleague and friend, Susan Race, died suddenly last week.

Suze was a “bright light,” constantly optimistic and smiling. Her huge smile could light up a room and she had a way of encouraging you to follow your dream that left you feeling empowered and supported. I did an interview with Susan several years ago and she said, “The trusting is that, when we are clear, and when we are confident, the resources always manifest.”

She was a consummate coach and her “coaching door” was always open. She loved helping people to create the life of their dreams, and through coaching, she also helped herself. She said, “The beauty of our profession,the coaching profession, is that the same work I do with clients I’ve learned to ask myself the same questions [that I ask my clients]. And that keeps me focused on what I need to do in order to have the things I want.”

She was self-employed for many years and had much wisdom to share with other self-employed people about the lessons she had learned over the years.You can listen to that interview here.

Bon voyage, Susan, safe journeys. We will miss you greatly. You remind us of the true purpose of why we’re here on Earth.

(Please post your remembrances and comments here so that we can all share in the beauty that was Susan Race. Sorry, but I don’t have any further information about the cause of her death or how to contact her family.)


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12 Responses to “Goodbye Susan Race”

  1. AliNo Gravatar

    I’m so sorry to hear about Susan! – It was during my connecting flight from Atlanta to San Jose for the 2005 ICF Convention that I met Susan, literally, in mid-air!

    We were both stretching our legs in the aisle when out of the blue she said to me: “You are a coach, aren’t you and you are going to the ICF, right?” – It was an instant connection.

    We arrived together at the Convention, she helped me through the registration as it was my first time, and she gave amazing speeches that still resonate with me.

    Thank you Karyn, for sharing this story and Susan….thanks for flying the friendly sky. I’m so moved!


    27 Aug 2008 at 11:48 am

  2. MicheleNo Gravatar

    This is the first I am hearing of Susan’s passing and I am in such shock. I am a former client of Susan’s and after working together, we remained great friends. I last saw her in May when I ran into her at a cafe where I was having lunch with some friends and she was there with her dear mother.

    I was wondering why I hadn’t seen any emails from her in a while, and why when I sent an email recently to her that it bounced back. I just sat down to the computer to do a google search on her to see if she changed her contact info and I found this blog and message…I just cannot believe it.

    Susan was very instrumental in me starting to figure out who I was, way back in 1999….even after her coaching with me ended, the friendship remained, and she was always there for me when I had a question…such a great person.

    I pray for her happy repose and know that Heaven is much brighter with her there.


    11 Oct 2008 at 5:10 pm

  3. Cheri Robinson Esq.No Gravatar

    i recently learned of Susan’s passing as well. I am speechless. Shocked. She was such a great person and I will miss her. She taught me what true passion means and required me to look into my soul and ask the tough questions. She was one of the best teachers that came into my life and I will truly miss her.

    Heaven has had an Angel returned.

    21 Dec 2008 at 11:07 am

  4. JoyceNo Gravatar

    I was heart sick and grateful when I found this blog post last evening. Suze and I were neighbors in Devon may years ago then reconnected through a mutal friend when Suze moved back to the area several years ago.

    In recent years, we frequently met for dinner and Suze’s mother frequently joined us. We didn’t meet as frequently when she moved to Exton. I’ve been missing Suze’s smile and her positive, vibrant spirit and wanted to connect with her. Like another poster when my emails bounced backed, I decided to google to find her current contact information. When I found this blog, my heart sank.

    Upon further searching I was pleased to see that Suze’s contribution to us all has been honored by the establishment of the International Coach of the Year and the PACA Volunteer of the Year awards. I had the honor of witnessing Suze’s personal and professional growth over a period of 25 plus years, Suze was very instrumental in my own person and professional growth. I will miss her smile, her friendship, and sharing eggplant parm with her at Gino’s.

    18 Apr 2009 at 11:31 am

  5. LisaNo Gravatar

    There was no one else like Susan Race. While I tell her in my prayers how much I learned from her – I miss being able to tell her in person. What a wonderful person. So much better to have her in our lives for such a brief time than never at all. She will live forever in our hearts.

    18 May 2009 at 3:07 pm

  6. RayNo Gravatar

    Knowing that I had struggled with limited resources, Susan sincerely gave me her resources. She coached me for free every other week on the phone never with waning passion or determination. I always looked forward to listening to her guidance because if I ever doubted myself, she would never doubt me. Susan believed in my dreams. We’ve always wanted to meet but never got a chance since I live all the way in the west coast.

    18 Jun 2009 at 3:24 pm

  7. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Susan was an extra-special lady. We all miss her terribly in the coaching industry. She sincerely touched everyone she came in contact with.

    18 Jun 2009 at 3:36 pm

  8. RayNo Gravatar

    Thanks Karyn.

    Susan taught me to eliminate “trying” from my speaking and thinking processes. I’m “trying” to succeed, I would probably subconsciously say. And she would respond “No” and rephrased my thoughts and coached my speaking to: you are working at success. No more “trying.” I will miss Susan.

    18 Jun 2009 at 10:10 pm

  9. Christine Rizzo CorriganNo Gravatar

    Susan and I were High School Classmates and had kept in touch throughout the years. Even as a teen, Susan was inquisitive, optimistic, and always saw the glass as half-full. And of course, her smile could light up a room!

    We both changed email addresses and lost touch. We are in the process of planning our 40th Reunion and you cannot imagine the shock and sadness when I found out Susan had passed.

    Many of our classmates mourn the passing of this wonderful lady and we are grateful to you for remembering Susan on this site.

    Thank you. Susan will be greatly missed.


    07 Sep 2009 at 7:14 am

  10. Nancy P. OttavianoNo Gravatar

    I was just doing some research on attending Wayne Dyers “Excuses Begone” retreat seminar in Maui.
    I thought of Susan Race. Had not talked to her in years, but remembered that she had shared with me her experience at a seminar she attended in Hawaii.

    I thought she would be interested in going and so I reached out to try to contact her. I was shocked to learn that she is not here. She is a special, dynamic lady. Aloha, Suze. I would love to speak with any of her friends. Please contact me: nancy.p.ottaviano or 610-461-8188

    I still have on my refrigerator today something Susan gave me: It is a series of quotes she said she found inspirational: here it is:

    My Life Is a Mirror
    I can make anything out of anything
    My history is not my destiny
    I can let it be easy. Struggle is not required
    Asking for what I want INCREASES my chances of getting it. EVERYTHING SERVES The present momente is my POINT of power. My attitude of gratitude brings altitude. I listen to my heart.
    The answer is always SPIRITUAL. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing>>>

    I remember Susan loved butterflies. She had them on her website. I imagine her free as a butterfly.

    12 Sep 2009 at 6:31 am

  11. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Thanks for these great quotes, Nancy. When I read them, I can feel Suze’s presence.


    12 Sep 2009 at 12:59 pm

  12. Danna Thomas-PalmerNo Gravatar

    I am very sad that Susan Race has died, but I feel very blessed to have spent time learning from her. Several years after attending a workshop she presented, I contacted her by email to relate what I had accomplished directly as a result of her advice. She responded rapidly and shared her positive support once again. There are many people who touch our lives, but only a few who truly “touch” our lives and teach us about ourselves. Susan was one of these women. I thank God for meeting her, listening to her and sharing my successes and losses with her.

    Many women have bee blessed by her presence and I consider myself one of them.


    06 Nov 2009 at 7:22 am

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