Community Activist, Author, and Speaker
How do you transform into a 30-year-old when you’ve just entered your 70’s? That was Susan P. Spurgeon’s experience after retiring to her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She says that God poked her all her life until 2015 when she finally said, “OK, I get your message.” A genuine smile lights her eyes as she says that her life has been filled with joy and energy and a fullness of love for others ever since. Her goal, with God’s guidance, has been to make Chattanooga “the most positively connected city in the United States.” And Susan is certainly making a change as the founder of the Chattanooga Hugs Movement.
She's a native of Chattanooga and her family has deep roots there. She's also a graduate of Bright School and Girls Preparatory School, institutions founded more than 100 years ago by amazing women of that city.
Susan was awarded a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Science in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. She had a successful 44-year career as an engineer with Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman before retiring.
Reading remains her number one hobby, and the love of travel and an affinity for dachshunds have been a big part of her life. Discovering the solution to a 30-year mystery led to her involvement with the GCA Centre for Adult Autism. Susan will have been married to her husband, Bill for more than 48 years as of 2018. Bill is also a Vanderbilt engineer. They have two adult children, a son and a daughter, who are off on their own adventures.