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DOUDICAN, Susan Brown

Source: Indianapolis Star 18 Feb 1937

Mrs. Susan Brown Doudican, 51 years old, of Cleveland, O, former resident of Indianapolis, died in London Jan 31 of the effects of gas fumes inhaled while treating a sprained ankle suffered when she fell while enroute to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard.  According to information received here by a sister, Mrs. HA Hutcheson, 69 North Irvington Avenue, associated with the United Christian Missionary Society, Mrs. Doudican returned to her apartment and prepared hot water to treat her injury and fumes from a faulty connection in the gas heater suffocated her.  The body is being returned to Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the Shirley Brothers’ Central Chapel.  Dr. Charles H. Winders, former pastor of the Downey Avenue Christian Church of which Mrs. Doudican was a member many years will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery.  Mrs. Doudican went to London last August to study in the University of London School of Economics in preparation for a teaching position in the Cleveland College of Adult Education.  Born in Putnam County near Greencastle, Mrs. Doudican was the daughter of James M. and Anne Belle Brown.  The family came here in 1900, making their home in Irvington and becoming charter members of the Third Christian Church.  Mrs. Doudican attended public schools here and was graduated from Shortridge HS and Butler University. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and remained active in the sorority, organizing the Cleveland Alumnae Association of the group.  Married to Frank J. Doudican, United States Internal Revenue Agent in Indianapolis in 1909, Mrs. Doudican accompanied her husband to Cleveland in 1921 when Mr. Doudican was transferred to the revenue office there.  Mrs. Doudican became a charter member and first secretary of the Lakewood College Club and was a member of the board of directors for six years. She was president for two terms of the Lakewood Parent-Teacher Association and an officer in the Ohio State Parent-Teacher Association.  She had been chairman of the educational committee of the Greater Cleveland Federation of Women’s Clubs and was active in missionary groups of the Christian Church there.  A column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer was edited by Mrs. Doudican who began the work three years ago and continued it until she left for England. Survivors are the husband; a son, Francis J. Doudican of Cleveland; a daughter, Mrs. Ann E. Gerstenberger of Detroit, Mich; three sisters, Mrs. Hutcheson; Mrs. OR Pinnell and Mrs. Robert C. Haerr, the latter both of Osborn, Ohio and two brothers, Frank E. Brown and Earl E. Brown, both of Los Angeles, California. –

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