The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


December 6, 2011

Susan Hagood

MEDINA — Susan Hagood, age 54, died of cancer on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at her home in Hanover, PA, with her husband of 28 years, Jerry Boxman, at her side.

Susan was born in Medina, NY, on December 27, 1956, the third child of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Scott Hagood.  She attended Medina schools, graduating in 1975.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and did graduate work at Louisiana State University. Susan received her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2009.

In the Acknowledgements section of her 2009 doctoral dissertation, Susan wrote, "My husband, Jerry, designed and constructed the turtle holder that was indispensable in each and every sample I obtained, and about which the airport security personnel in Baltimore, Atlanta, and Tampa are still marveling.  Our Labrador retriever "Drew" found so many of the turtles captured for this study that I often felt my role was simply to drive her from home to park and back again.  My father "a gentleman and a scholar" modeled for me the kind of Ph.D. I'd like to be.  While he passed away in 2007, perhaps he knows I may at last succeed."

Susan dedicated the last 20 years of her professional career to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of HSUS, described Susan as a trusted, witty, and tenacious advocate for animals and an individual of tremendous talent, resolve, and compassion. He quoted John Grandy, who first hired Susan: "No one was ever more dedicated, unassuming and representative of the values we champion."

Some of Susan's work can be found at:  and

Susan is survived by her husband, Jerry Boxman of Hanover, PA; her mother, Lillie Mae Hagood of Saline, MI; her brother, Dr. Edward Scott (Barbara Jean) Hagood, Jr.; three nieces of Shawsville, VA; and her sister, Barbara Hagood (Tim) Haller of Ann Arbor, MI.

Susan wished to donate her body to science research, and this was honored. She will be remembered for her lifelong dedication to animal welfare, her calm and gentle demeanor, and her quick smile and wit.

Donations in Susan's memory may be made to the Mid Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203-4321 or to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 2100 L St. NW # 500 Washington D.C., DC 20037-1595 or online at

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