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SUSAN G. HADDEN
Susan G. Hadden, professor of public affairs, died on January 15, 1995. She was 49.<signed>
Professor Hadden was born on June 4, 1945, in Austin, Texas. She was educated at Radcliffe College, from which she received her bachelor's degree in 1966. She later studied at the University of Chicago and earned her master's and PhD degrees there in 1968 and 1972, respectively.
After teaching at Oakland University and Clark College, Dr. Hadden joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1979. As a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, she taught numerous courses, including policy seminars dealing with telecommunications, information, and Asian development. She also helped organize the school's doctoral program and taught its first core course.
Dr. Hadden carried out research in telecommunications and environmental issues. Her special interest in citizen participation in public policy was reflected in her two books, Read the Label: Providing Information to Reduce Risk and A Citizen's Right to Know: Risk Communication and Public Policy. Dr. Hadden was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was a charter member of the Board of Alliance for Public Technology, which instituted an annual Susan G. Hadden Pioneers in Telecommunications award. The City of Austin also has a telecommunications award named for Dr. Hadden.
One of Professor Hadden's most significant achievements at the University was her contribution to the 21st Century Project, a national research and public education program on new directions in government science and technology policy. A grant from the National Science Foundation supported her work on the project.
Professor Hadden's lifelong interest in the classical civilization of Southeast Asia took Susan and her husband to Cambodia to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday. While on their way to visit ancient temples in Angkor Wat, she was killed during an armed robbery of the van in which they were traveling.
Dr. Hadden is survived by her husband, W. James Hadden, Jr., her daughter, Dr. Lucy E. Hadden, and son, W. James Hadden, IV.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Original biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta on November 17, 2000. Revised on August 30, 2002. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.