Susan Alexandra Raffo ’78 was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. In her youth, she lived in Japan, Virginia, and in her beloved Dallas, Texas. She attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she was a proud member of the class of 1974. Following graduation, she attended Santa Clara University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business, followed by two master’s degrees from Golden Gate University. While at SCU, she met her devoted husband of 34 years, Robert “Bob” Raffo ’77. Susan’s work career started at Optimum Systems Inc., followed by key financial positions with Tandem Computers, Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Syva, Cisco Systems, Cisco Capital, and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. Her most cherished role was her final one as chief financial officer of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Susan was a founding member and president of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas Foundation in its early years. She served on the Board of Community Kids to Camp, was a hospice volunteer, and advised many other local nonprofits and individuals to mentor and help them reach their potential. She was serving as chair of the Oakwood Advisory Board for the Religious of the Sacred Heart and was proud to have been appointed to the Board of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She was devoted to the Ursuline sisters and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Susan passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2017. In addition to her husband, Robert, Susan is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lawrence and Susan K. Raffo (Burlingame), her brother-in-law Richard Raffo (San Mateo), her adored nephew, Timothy Raffo (Danielle) and his children Chase and Piper (South San Francisco), her beloved niece Kathleen Raffo (San Carlos), her sister Mary Hayes, and cousins and other extended family. Her parents, Lincoln Hayes and Agnes (Markovitch) Hayes predeceased her. She is also survived by all of her devoted friends in the Bay Area, Dallas, her community at Sacred Heart, and all of those whom she touched by her kindness, love and ever-present humor.

08 Nov 2018