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Obituaries

February 13, 2013

Suzanne Pearson Grantham

July 29, 1950 — Feb. 4, 2013

DUNCAN —  

Suzanne Pearson Grantham, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died Feb. 4, 2013, after a courageous struggle with glioblastoma for nearly five years.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 16, at St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Suzy’s honor to M.D. Anderson to support brain cancer research.
Suzy was born on July 29, 1950, in Santa Monica, Calif., and grew up in the Los Angeles area. A talented musician from an early age, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Lillian Steuber and Daniel Pollock. She pursued further studies in piano and music theory at the Conservatoire American in Fontainebleau, France. A sensitive and elegant collaborative pianist, her last performance, with soprano Kathryn Findlen, was a recital of American songs in 2008.
While at USC she met composer Donald Grantham. They married in Carmel, Calif., in 1975, and shortly after moved to Austin, when he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Department of Music. Suzy taught piano until 1995, when she and her husband formed their music publishing venture, Piquant Press. Her perfectionism was legendary, and she worked with renowned conductors and music directors across the country. She managed and expanded the business until illness forced her retirement in 2009.
Suzy loved deeply, fiercely and unconditionally. A wonderful and devoted mother, she spent countless hours driving her three children to and from lessons, practices, classes and (one) pre-dawn swim practice. She loved to cook and entertain, and her warmth, kindness, clever humor and infectious laugh were felt by everyone who knew her. Suzy was exceptionally empathetic and compassionate. She adopted numerous pets throughout her life, despite her husband’s objections, and could easily cry at the sound of a beautiful piece of music, a sentimental movie, or even a TV commercial—much to the amusement of her family. She was immensely proud of her granddaughter, who brought light and laughter to Suzy’s last few years.

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