In memoriam: Susan Buchanan

Maritime journalism lost a valuable member of its community with the passing of Susan Buchanan, 67, on Nov. 22, 2019.

The New Orleans resident was a longtime freelance contributor to Professional Mariner, specializing in Gulf Coast coverage but capable of handling a wide range of industry topics with thoroughness and skill. A member of the Press Club of New Orleans and the Louisiana Press Association, she was an award-winning writer whose articles also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Barron’s and The Louisiana Weekly.

“It is a testament to Susan’s steely will and commitment to journalism that, unbeknownst to most, she was quietly penning articles even during the final weeks of a battle with cancer,” stated her obituary in The Times-Picayune. “Susan inspired family and friends with her relentlessly positive outlook, leaving them with a model for how to live.”

Her professionalism, dedication and kindness will be greatly missed.

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