- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Suzanne Walker Wright, a community and civic leader, died May 21 of cancer at her Leesburg, Va., home. She was 69.

Born in New York City, Mrs. Wright graduated in 1954 from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda and made her debut at the Metropolitan Club. She attended Vassar College and George Washington University.

She worked to strengthen charitable groups serving the community, from the beginning of her professional fundraising career with CARE to the time of her death. She used Locust Hill, the Wright family estate in Leesburg that she inherited, to host and support her interests in art, preservation and political and social service groups.

Mrs. Wright was a leader in the Republican Party of Loudoun County and an advocate for the protection of property rights. She was a board member of Oatlands Plantation, a member of the Garden Club of America, the Army-Navy Town Club and the Chevy Chase Club.

Her grandfather, Joseph E. Davies, served as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Belgium.

Her marriage to Charles B. King Jr. in 1957 ended in divorce. In 1965, she married Burdette S. Wright Jr., who died in 1968.

She is survived by a son, Andrew W. Wright of Leesburg; a sister, Jennifer Fitch Crowley; five stepsons, Duncan K. Wright, Campbell R. Wright, Thomas W. Wright, Alexander C. Wright and Joseph W. Henderson III; a stepdaughter, Mary E. Wright; and 12 grandchildren.

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