A Tribute to a Beloved Teacher

One feature of the Expansion will be a Faculty Workroom, a space for collaboration between faculty members. At the Absalom Jones Benefit, Head of School Marsha Nelson made a touching announcement about this room, the first to be dedicated in the Expansion: it would be named in memory of Sue Martin. Sue, who was a gifted member of the Upper School faculty, teaching social studies and English, bravely battled ALS for over five years until her death in June, 2016. Marsha Nelson noted, “She was fiercely intellectual with an extraordinary depth of scholarship and knowledge. While she believed in challenging her students, she was a source of endless patience and counsel to them as well. As a fellow teacher, she was an incredible sounding board, generous with her time and experience.”

During her illness, she continued to be part of the Cathedral community, even as her ALS advanced. The school made sure that Sue was able to teach, and – when no longer able – to tutor students for as long as it was physically possible. She even continued to lead Cathedral’s Passover Seder services, a beloved Cathedral tradition she founded. 

Sue’s brother Rick Melvoin, together with other family members, decided to make a special gift to Cathedral, to honor Sue and the school she loved. Marsha Nelson closed by saying, “A plaque bearing Sue’s name will be a permanent fixture in what I know will be a lively space well needed by our teachers. I hope that it will be a symbol to us of our best selves, as educators and as a united community.”

Andrea Hopkins