Susan McPherson Gottsegen
1947–2020 | In Memoriam

Peter Gottsegen, Jeff Haydon, Susan Gottsegen, Jim Attwood
Honoring a life of service.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts notes with sadness the recent passing of Susan McPherson Gottsegen (1947-2020), wife of Caramoor’s former Board Chairman, Peter M. Gottsegen. We were so honored to recognize the Gottsegens for their longtime service and outstanding generosity to Caramoor at last summer’s Opening Night Gala. We send our deepest condolences to their entire extended family.


The following notice was placed in The New York Times on March 31, 2020.

GOTTSEGEN–Susan McPherson, age 74, of Palm Beach, FL and Pound Ridge, NY passed away on March 27 in Palm Beach from complications of the Coronavirus. Beloved wife of 53 years of Peter, mother of Jonathan (Dana) and Theodore (Julie), grandmother of Jack, Peter, Kaitlin and Edie, sister of Patty Roesch, brother-in-law, Michael Gottsegen, loving aunt and loyal and generous friend to many. Memorial service to be held at a later date.

The Gottsegen family at the Opening Night Gala on June 15, 2019. (photo by Gabe Palacio)

Main Image: Peter Gottsegen, Jeff Haydon, Susan Gottsegen, and Jim Attwood at Caramoor’s Opening Night Gala, June 2019. Photo by Gabe Palacio.

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  1. Christine Smith  / 

    I am greatly saddened by the passing of Susan. I had the pleasure of getting to know her last year on a trip with the Metropolitan Museum and felt that I had known her for years. She was full of life and had a great sense of humor, and we had fun exchanging travel stories. As a concertgoer at Caramoor for 40+ years, I was thrilled to be able to thank Peter and Susan for their generous support and dedication to its ongoing programs and facilities. I extend my sincere condolences to Peter and their extended family.