Susan Wynkoop died last night, of pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old.
Susan was a special Westporter: one of those passionate, always-ready-to-help, very effective yet down-to-earth people who quietly (and in so many ways) make this town special.
Susan had a fascinating life story. She was past president of the Westport Historical Society, a deacon at Southport Congregational Church, and among the 1st 200 women hired by the FBI. After 12 years with the agency, she became director of the FBI Foundation’s Oral History Project.
From 1990 until yesterday, she lived in the oldest house in Westport. Built around 1683, it’s the only pre-1700 structure in the entire town.
Passionate about preservation, she gained WHS “local landmark” certification for the home. As a result, it can never be torn down.
Susan Wynkoop did many things in her too-short life. That may be her greatest legacy of all.