Susan Schwartz, USN, Ret.

Susan K. Schwartz, USN, Ret.

Wednesday, May 20th, 1953 - Saturday, June 8th, 2019
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Susan was a remarkable, exceptionally accomplished person, who devoted 41 years of life to service to the U.S. military. Susan was born in 1953 in Coral Gables, Florida, the daughter of Gilbert Miller and the late Pearl Miller. She graduated from Emory University with a BA in mathematics, and earned master’s degrees in applied mathematics from N.C. State University, and Computer Science from Old Dominion University. She was commissioned in 1977 and served on active duty as a Naval officer for five years, and as an active Navy reservist for nineteen years, eventually achieving the rank of Captain and reserve unit command three times, finally retiring from the Navy in 2000. From 2001 to 2018 Susan was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was also Officer in Charge of the Cadet Jewish Choir at West Point for eight years. She was the recipient of many awards and honors for excellence in teaching, and took the Choir to the White House to sing for two Presidents. She was also an accomplished knitter, winning numerous awards at the Dutchess County Fair, and loved photography and Broadway musicals. Susan was married for over 40 years to her devoted husband Geoffrey, also a retired Naval officer. Together they raised two sons, Michael and Jonathan. Michael and his wife Elizabeth have three children, Matthew, Thea, and Nathaniel. Susan also leaves behind her father Gilbert, brother Mark, sister-in-law Marcia, and step-mother Nell, as well as hundreds of friends and thousands of Army officers that she mentored during their West Point Cadet years.
Services will be Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 10AM in the West Point Jewish Chapel located on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Please bring valid Identification to enter the Academy grounds. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 10:00am
    U.S. Military Academy -West Point,NY
    West Point, NY, NY
    Service will be in the Jewish Chapel. PLEASE BRING A A VALID ID TO ENTER THE GROUNDS.
  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery


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Benjamin Haas

Posted at 03:10pm
May Susan's legacy be an inspiration for all.
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Naomi Mercer

Posted at 11:00am
Susan was my friend at West Point--one of the few other Jews on the faculty while I was there. We had the occasional lunch to kvetch about life. I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing. --naomi mercer

Naomi Mercer

Posted at 11:00am
Susan was my friend at West Point--one of the few other Jews on the faculty while I was there. We had the occasional lunch to kvetch about life. I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing. --naomi mercer

Melissa Kreitenberg

Posted at 10:13am
To the Family of Susan Schwartz,
The Kreitenberg family, on behalf of Lt. Zoe Kreitenberg, who is deployed abroad, wishes you heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time. May you find strength each day in your memories of Susan. She was a source of compassion and support for Zoe when she was a cadet.

Jimmy Riford

Posted at 08:16am
Prof. Schwartz taught my IT105 course my plebe year. Going into that class, I didn’t know anything about coding and occasionally felt overwhelmed by the speed at which the curriculum expected us to progress. Prof. Schwartz, however, always did her best to throughly explain concepts such that my classmates and I had the best possible chance of understanding. On several occasions, I went to her for extra help and found her to be patient and tolerant of my many questions. With her, one really got the sense that she genuinely cared about the success of her students. Her loss will be felt by all her were fortunate enough to know her. Rest in peace, ma’am.

Ellen Duke Posted at 09:22am

I was honored to meet and spend time with Susan through my dear youngest daughter, Haley (WP ‘18), who greatly respected and loved Professor Schwartz. Susan and I were together when Haley and her classmates received their rings - Susan took all the pictures and made that ceremony even more special for me. I have posted some pictures of them both and know how Haley and so many others of the Long Gray Line are grieving her loss, an absolute favorite teacher, Navy Veteran, mentor and more. I send blessings, prayers and love to all of her wonderful family and friends. God Speed.

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