Unsung Hero #178

After 38 years as founder and chair of the Susan Fund — where she has overseen raising and distributing nearly $2 million in scholarships to 285 Fairfield County students diagnosed with cancer — Ann Lloyd is stepping down from her role. Fortunately, she’ll remain on the board. (Four members are previous scholarship recipients.)

Fellow board members Jeff Booth and Kelly Frey Pollard nominate her as an Unsung Hero. There is no better choice — and no better giving, caring, wonderful Westporter.

Ann founded the Susan Fund in honor of her daughter, a vivacious Staples High School student who battled bone cancer for 13 months before succumbing in 1980.

Susan worked at Westport’s Fine Arts Theater, and was lookin forward to attending Colgate University when she died.

Ann Lloyod

Thanks to Ann’s efforts — and of the countless others she’s marshaled to the cause — Susan’s legacy lives on.

In addition to Susan, Ann — a decades-long Westporter — raised 3 sons: Will, David and Doug.

During their school years she worked at IBM, National CSS and Xerox, primarily in computer systems. Following early retirement from Xerox, Ann worked for Children in Placement as a guardian ad lidem, and volunteer coordinator for abused and neglected children in the Stamford court.

She is also active in community organizations, particularly Westport Sunrise Rotary, Y’s Women (board member), and an investing club. Ann was an active tennis player, and still plays bridge via Zoom. She is a member of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association — and an amazing person.

Every year, the Susan Fund board meets with applicants to learn of their challenges and successes, and provide emotional support. Ann is proud that over 90% of contributions go directly to scholarships.

Congratulations, Ann — our Unsung Hero of the Week. Readers wishing to honor her can click here to donate to the Susan Fund.

9 responses to “Unsung Hero #178

  1. Wonderful choice and well deserved!!

  2. Congratulations, Ann-
    A most deserved honor.
    Barbara McGrath

  3. Thanks for recognizing my mom, Dan. She hates the spotlight but deserves it anyway. Hope you’re well. Best, David

  4. Ann has built a strong, caring organization that attests to her dedicated and caring leadership. In Susan’s memory, she has fostered a community that brings hope and help to college-bound scholars. Well-deserved recognition for a true hero.

  5. What a wonderful tribute to a woman who has built something to bring meaningful change to so many worthy teens. Thank you to all who are part of the Susan Fund, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  6. The Susan Fund is a wonderful charity that has made a difference for so many deserving students. We at Sunrise Rotary are honored to support it and even more honored to have our friend Ann as a member. Congratulations on a job well done!

  7. Thank you, Mrs Lloyd, for the Susan Fund. Sue was an incredibly bright ray of sunshine who is still warmly thought of and sorely missed 40 years later.

  8. Congratulations, Ann! You’ve helped so many dreams come true.

  9. Congratulations, Ann! What a wonderful contribution for all these years!
    Love from the Garnett family

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