It’s getting to be that point in the summer when you realize just how much has already gone by, particularly since most of this week’s Princeton news has a decidedly academic bent. So, after some sad news from the Triangle community, stick around for some tidbits that will start the gradual process of getting your brain back in fall-semester shape.
Sue-Jean Suettinger ’70, Triangle’s first female member, passed away earlier this week after battling leukemia. Triangle president Hil Moss ’12 said remembered “enormous applause” for Suettinger during their reunions shows.
“It’s funny, throughout the school year, I think it’s pretty easy to forget that Princeton only recently became a co-ed institution. There is one event, however, where it becomes glaringly obvious, and that is Reunions – if only for the fact that the male alumni outnumber the female alumni to such a great extent, and you certainly feel that at our Triangle reunion,” Moss said. “Triangle is now going on 121 years, so when Sue-Jean took the stage, it was already very established! Not to mention that one of its greatest trademarks, the drag kickline, was a male-centric joke in its own right. So for Sue-Jean to enter into what had for so long been a male organization.. it really set the stage for all future women of Triangle. We owe a great deal to Sue-Jean for leading the way!”
Steven Suettinger, her son, thanked the women of Triangle for a video they put together thanking Suettinger for blazing the trail for women to take part in music and the arts at Princeton. Moss said they chose the song, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” as it remains one of the earliest women’s numbers in the Triangle repertoire.