(1943–2022) 

Susan Contratto was born on June 20, 1943, in Boston, MA; her parents were Andrew Contratto, a medical doctor and administrator, and Doris Masters, a homemaker. Susan died on May 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, MI, after 5 years of gradually developing dementia. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Weisskopf, as well as their two sons Nicholas Weisskopf (of San Diego, CA) and Jonah Weisskopf (of Urbana, IL), and her brother Peter Contratto (of Farmington Hills, MI). Susan was educated at the Park School (grades 1–8) in Brookline, Massachusetts and The Winsor School (grades 9–12) in Boston. She earned her B.A. at Radcliffe College in 1965, and her Ed.D. at Harvard University in 1972, majoring in psychology in both cases. Susan and Thomas were married on January 17, 1970, and lived in Cambridge, MA, until 1972, when they moved to Ann Arbor, MI to take up appointments at the University of Michigan. Susan worked as a clinical psychologist at the University Hospital’s adolescent psychological service unit until 1979. After a one-year research fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, she returned with Thomas to Ann Arbor and established a private psychotherapeutic practice with a home office. Susan helped hundreds of her clients over almost 40 years as a psychotherapist. But her activities and contributions were by no means limited to her practice. Soon after the Women’s Studies Program was established on the University of Michigan campus, she served as director of the program and lecturer for the introductory course. Over the years she wrote scholarly articles on a variety of psychological issues, and with M. Janice Gutfreund she co-edited a book entitled A Feminist Clinician’s Guide to the Memory Debate. She also worked actively on political causes dear to her heart, even running in 1986 for a seat on the Ann Arbor City Council (she lost by just one vote). Later on, she worked for many years with a local peace organization known as Michigan Peaceworks, serving for a few years as its director. More recently Susan was a very active volunteer at the Dispute Resolution Center in Ypsilanti, MI, which provides indispensable aid in the form of mediation and conflict resolution to families across two counties in Southeastern Michigan. Indeed, she served on the DRC board of directors for several years and devoted much of her time to helping the organization achieve its goals. Not all of Susan’s time was devoted to helping others. She also had numerous hobbies, ranging from pottery to gardening to cooking, as well as skiing. In each of these endeavors she was remarkably competent for an amateur! And she delighted in relating to people—from family members, friends and co-workers to casual acquaintances—in all kinds of settings, with humor, understanding and sympathy. She will be sorely missed by all of us.