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Suzanne Gross Reed

Class of 1955

A “Poetry Primer” given you by a ninth-grade teacher launched your career as a prolific poet.  Born and raised in Janesville, you best knew Beloit through a father and brother who are alumni and transferred here from Pittsburgh, to which you won a scholarship as “most promising senior high school writer” in national competition among 170,000.  Your first published work appeared in 1955 in the Beloit Poetry Journal, which a decade later devoted an entire issue to your poems, the first time it ever so honored a writer.  You authored “Sand Verbena,” a book of poems, then spent three years as poet-in-residence at St. Norbert College.  As a U. S. Forest Service employee, you wrote and edited a highly acclaimed film, “Patterns of the Wild,” a bronze medal recipient at the 1966 World Forestry Congress.  Your works regularly have appeared in the Borestone Mountain volumes of the year’s best poems and major publications; they have been chosen for college textbooks and anthologies.  Now a mother, you also join your pianist-husband in “words and music” recitals, reading poetry you write to accompany selections he plays.  In testimony of your great talent and achievements, Beloit proudly awards you this citation.