Susan Master Burt

  • Born: July 3, 1940
  • Died: May 4, 2021
  • Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Susan M. Burt, 80, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday May 4th following a courageous ten-year battle with cancer.

She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years Alan D. Burt. She is survived by sons David and Keith, grandson Elliott, daughter-in-law Annie Murray-Close, brother and sister-in-law George and Susan Master, sister and brother-and-law Ellie and Dick Kilbourne as well as many beloved extended family members and friends.

Susan (a.k.a. Sue, Scooter, Skipper) was raised in Great Neck, NY the daughter of Dr. E. Byron and Barbara Master. She moved to Maplewood, NJ at age seven. As a child she was active in Girl Scouts and enjoyed activities in or on the water. She grew to love music and became skilled on the violin and as a member of choirs. A '62 graduate of Wheaton College, MA, she performed with the Tritons, a synchronized swim team. During college summers Sue worked as a camp counselor and sailing instructor.

After earning an M.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, Sue's career focused on work with children and adolescents. She also worked with the Labor and Delivery Division of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and on the research staff for the Women's Health Study at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her warm spirit and health care expertise endeared her to all during her career and her own period of care.

For 25 years Sue and Alan raised their family in Needham. After moving to Lincoln, Sue was active in her local community and was respected as a trusted and caring source of wisdom.

As a lover of the outdoors, Sue was an avid sailor, swimmer, hiker, gardener and birder. Her love of travel sprang from a childhood trip through the Western states with her family which led to trips through the Canadian Rockies, to Europe and Costa Rica. She recharged her spirit for almost 40 summers at The AMC Echo Lake Camp in Acadia National Park enjoying hikes and other activities with her young children and dawn swims with the loons.

Sue was known for volunteer work with justice organizations, The Needham Community Council, as a volunteer classroom paraeducator in the Roxbury schools, and teaching elementary Sunday school.

There will be a celebration of Susan's life at a later date.

In recognition of her love and knowledge of birds, donations in her memory may be made to;
The Massachusetts Audubon Society
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

or to a charity of choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal


My condolences to Sue's family. I was pleased to know Sue (and Alan) through our AMC connection at Echo Lake, ME over many summers and again at the camp reunions. I was always impressed with her concerns for others and the environment.

Posted by ARTHUR ROSEN - Framingham, MA - Friend   June 12, 2021


Over the years, I've thought about Sue a lot, feeling as if I'd been privileged to know her through the stories Keith and Annie shared- their love, respect and affection so tangible. She was clearly a remarkably generous, courageous and kind human being. I'm so sorry guys. Moms are irreplaceable- no matter what our relationships with them are like. I imagine (pray) she has found her way to radiant joy and freedom and is enjoying a hike too ridiculously beautiful for the likes of us imagine and put into words. Take care of yourselves. Lots of love, Crystal

Posted by Crystal Cullerton-Sen - Minneapolis, MN - Family Friend   May 19, 2021

I am truly saddened to hear of Sue's death. Uncomplainingly she fought long and hard against her cancer. She was a role model for all of us. She was a good friend.I am lucky to have had he in my life.

Cynthia Williams

Posted by Cynthia Williams - Exeter, NH - Friend   May 17, 2021

David and Keith - your mother holds a special place in my heart as she was there for me the day my son was born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She also welcomed me to Needham when I coached David's baseball team. Her warmth and compassion were a blessing to all who met her. My sympathies to you, particularly on mother's day.

Posted by Tom Bean - Needham, MA - Friend   May 09, 2021

Dear David,Keith, and your whole family. I was one of Sue's many friends at echo lake. We shared many hikes, excursions and our mutual love of gardening. Spending time with Sue was one of my favorite things to do at camp. I will really miss her. Sending condolences to you all. Carole Sayle

Posted by Carole Sayle - Palenville, NY - Friend   May 08, 2021

We will miss Sue dearly. She was kind, compassionate, and gentle yet strong. Her genuine warmth and good humor even in the face of adversity was remarkable. Just a wonderful person! My sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Anne Marculewicz - Severna Park,, MD - Family   May 08, 2021

We are sending you lots of love, prayers, and condolences. Jessica and Nicole Alessio

Posted by Jessica Alessio - Miami Beach, FL - Family   May 07, 2021

Memories of my good friend......Elegant happy hours at Sue's tent (#38).......Long talks over lunch........meeting on Newbury Street and looking at companion on (every) 6:30 a.m. swim over to Beech Cliffs and back.......such good food when she was the chef.....

Posted by Ellen and Herb Kiingsbury - Exeter, NH - Friend   May 07, 2021

We are honored to have become a part of Sue's extended family. Being around her always felt like being at home, and we will miss her warmth and kindness very much.

Posted by Marta Murray-Close and Kevin Rasmussen Murray-Close - Washington, DC - Family   May 07, 2021

A wonderful and complete life where all the ups and downs were accepted with grace and quiet humor.
Sue's warmth, gentleness and strength are an inspiration to us all.
Will miss lunches at Paparazzi's.
So happy that life led to our meeting and friendship.
Love to Sue and family,

Posted by Trish Woods - Stow, MA - Friend   May 07, 2021

Our thoughts are with Susan's family.

Posted by Glen Hall - Littleton, MA - Friend   May 07, 2021

I can't believe Sue is gone, because I can see her so clearly in my mind's eye. Her presence at Echo was always a delight. Sue, in my heart you will live forever.

Posted by Andrea Wilder - Cambridge, MA - Friend   May 07, 2021

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