Sue Lynn Blackburn

Sue Lynn Blackburn


Sue Lynn Blackburn, born January 6, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away December 12, 2017, at home in Dripping Springs, with her husband, John Hoag, and her two cats by her side.  Sue chose to be cremated, and a Celebration of Life was held in her memory April 22, 2018.

Sue attended Carroll High School in Corpus where she participated in the band and became a skilled flutist.  She attended the University of Texas at Austin, first as a music major and then switched majors, earning a degree in Social Work, followed by an MA from the University of Houston.  She entered the medical field as a social worker for DFPS and then Methodist Hospital. She subsequently held administrative posts at both Methodist and Hermann hospitals in Houston, and later managed dialysis, substance abuse and psychiatric facilities in Texas and California.    She later began a second career in veterinary hospital management and was the moving force in the establishment of a veterinary hospital management council under the umbrella of the American Animal Hospital Association and served as its first chairperson.  Sue also did extensive volunteer work with the National Kidney Foundation, serving on the National Executive Committee and as Secretary.  Sue and John first met in New York City while serving as NKF volunteers.

Reading, books and libraries were always high on her list of important activities.  After she and John retired and moved to Dripping Springs, she became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dripping Springs Community Library, serving until her passing.  After the demise of The World’s Greatest Tuxedo Cat, Riley, she also volunteered at the Austin Pets Alive Orphan Kitten Feeding Program, where she met her new loves, Tobi and Jr.  

Sue will be remembered for her out-size laughter, quick wit and keen intellect.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library at


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