Dr. Susan B. Kennedy

Photo of susan b kennedySusan B Kennedy, MD, 65, passed from this life July 9, 2013 at her home in Tucson, AZ.  She was born in Oklahoma City, OK on November 10th, 1947 to Joe and Em Basolo of Muskogee, OK.

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Susan graduated from Muskogee High School and received her BA from The University of Oklahoma where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and received the Carl Albert Award for Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon completion of her BA, Susan enrolled in medical school at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.  She graduated from medical school in the top 10% of her class and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  Susan successfully owned and operated several dermatology clinics in Muskogee, Okmulgee, and McAlester before retiring to Tucson and Flagstaff, AZ.

Susan’s zest for life showed through her many hobbies, her relationships with dear friends, and her dedication to her favorite causes.  As a young woman, Susan won the Oklahoma State Junior Golf Championship in 1964 and 1965.  She qualified for the USGA Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament in 1964 and 1984.  As a result of these accolades, Muskogee High School inducted her into their Athletic Hall of Fame.  Later in life, she continued playing golf, hiking, and biking.  Susan often entertained her family and her many friends at her homes in Muskogee, Tulsa, Tucson, and Flagstaff.  She loved cooking gourmet meals and generously opened her beautiful homes to many guests from all over the country.  She traveled extensively in the United States and Europe and collected art pieces from all over the world.  She was a member of Muskogee, Southern Hills, Ventana Canyon, Pine Canyon and Skyline Country Clubs.  Throughout her life, Susan loved her many dogs and actively supported the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Susan was preceded in death by her beloved grandmother, Clarice Chestnut Snyder, and her father, Joe Basolo.   She is survived by: her loving partner, Becky Hale; her two sons, Tom Kennedy, his wife Hayden, and two grandsons Graham and Brody, her son Joseph Kennedy, his wife Sarah, and two granddaughters Julia and Iris; her mother, Em Basolo; her sister, Nancy Green; and her brother, John Basolo.

A viewing was held Sunday, July 14th at 5:00-7:00 pm at Kennedy-Midtown Funeral & Cremation.  A funeral was held Monday July 15th at 10:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa.  Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and Washington University Medical School in Saint Louis.   Kennedy-Midtown Funeral & Cremation, 918.599.7799, kennedycares.com.



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  1. Willy Williford says:

    R.I.P. Susan, God bless your soul and your family.

  2. Rex Blevins says:

    So sorry to hear about this; just saw it in the paper. I called on Dr. Kennedy as a drug rep for many years while she was in practice in Muskogee. My sympathy to the family, such a nice Lady.

  3. Jeannie Rogers says:

    Susan was one of the few people I still had contact with and cherished from my youth and childhood. She was so very smart and so very talented, so full of fun and life. Her smile, her laugh, her generous spirit will be missed by those of us who were graced by her friendship and love. Rest in peace, sweet Susan. I am blessed to have known you.

    • Letty Stapp Watt says:

      Hi Jeannie, It’s probably been nearly 50 years since we’ve played golf at the same Jr. tournament. Don’t know where you live now, but have delightful memories of watching you play and win…like Susan you were both so very gifted. I still play every chance i get, but love to write too. You each plus Mable and many others made a difference in my life. My blog tells those early stories of Jr. Golf in Oklahoma and golf today. Please read my tribute to Susan at HerStory: Susan Basolo Kennedy posted Nov,. 15, 2013.

  4. Clara Key and Clarissa Key-Yates says:

    Tom and Hayden,
    My mom and I were so very shocked to see your mother’s obituary in the Tulsa World this morning. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. My mom remembers your mother from way back in the 80′s when we lived in Muskogee and mom worked for Kirk’s Drug. I know that as a funeral director, one of the most difficult things in life is to bury our own family and my thoughts and prayers are with you. You and Hayden are special to us and I know your mother must have been very proud of you.

    God Bless You,
    Clarissa Key-Yates and Clara Key

  5. Tom, Joe and all of the Kennedy family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Susan. She was a beautiful woman. I am deeply saddened. I wish I could magically take away all the pain away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    God Bless
    Ashley Wallace

  6. Tom, Joe and all of the Kennedy family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Susan. She was a beautiful woman. I am deeply saddened. I wish I could magically take all the pain away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    God Bless
    Ashley Wallace

  7. Nita Pickens says:

    I was so sad to hear of Susan’s passing. I knew her in Jr. High. We went to different schools in Muskogee. But we were both cheerleaders and became friends. I have been playing golf for 50 years all because of Susan. One weekend I spent the night at her house. She had to get up and go to the country club for a golf lesson. I had no clue what golf was but it looked like fun. I went home and asked my Dad if I could play golf or take lessons. He said we couldn’t afford it.

    I then moved to Texas. The first think I did in high school was buy used clubs and find boys who played. I have been living my dream of golf for 50 years. I am retired and live on a golf course..it is all because of Susan and that day at the country club! Thank you!
    She was a great mother, a great doctor and a great partner! I can tell by the video.Your her family must be so proud. I wish I had kept in touch over all these years.

  8. Debi Conard; Seattle, Washington says:

    To: Tom, Joey, the Basolo & Kennedy family

    My mother, Mattie, worked with your mother and grandmother and knew Susan as a teenager before Susan married and gave birth to Tom and Joey. She had fond memories of Susan’s two babies, Tom and Joey, (thanks for the snapshot of her in this video tribute). My mother passed away in 2010, but I’m sure she would be expressing her sincere sympathy re: Susan’s passing. Tom and Joey were Susan’s pride and joy. Sympathy and blessings to your family from our family.

  9. Pam Bailey says:

    Whether you would have known it or not you will be missed.

  10. Ann Watkins, Stillwater, OK says:

    To Susan’s Family and Friends: My husband, Eddie and I grew up in Bartlesville and are Susan’s age. I first met her at the WOGA Girls’ Junior Golf Tournaments as a young teenager. We also had many mutual friends from Bartlesville. Susan’s golf career was impressive – no telling what she could have done with it if she hadn’t chosen to be a wife, mother, doctor, devoted family member, life partner and friend. She seemed to be good at all those things until back problems changed her life.
    Last year I spent many hours on the phone talking to Susan about her good friend, Jeannie Thompson Rogers, being inducted into the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame. We all wanted Susan to be here – it would have been more meaningful to Jeannie and to LeeAnn Hammack Fairlie. Besides her old golfing competitors in attendance would have loved to see her, too. I will miss getting Susan’s advice and hearing about Oklahoma women’s golf in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. My heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Susan was a very special person!

  11. Jan Selman says:

    Although I only knew Susan for such a short time…I was taken with her intelligence, her wit, and her kindness. Her passing was a loss to all!

  12. Letty Stapp Watt says:

    To Susan and her family,
    Susan had a truly dynamic and positive effect on my life. We were born only a month apart and played against each other in each and every Junior tournament in the 1960′s. It has taken me awhile to put it in words because I was so shocked and sadden by her death. I have posted a tribute to Susan on my blog: HerStory: Susan Basolo Kennedy. I found many tributes to her in my newspaer clippings of the 1960′s. I think you each might enjoy my brief history (herstory) of Susan’s life. My blog is Literally Letty. You may go to

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