Susan Stout Biography

Susan Stout Biography

Take interest, I implore you, in those sacred dwellings called laboratories. Demand that they be multiplied, that they be adorned. These are the temples of the future, temples of well-being and of happiness. -- Louis Pasteur (Susan's favorite quote kept on her desk)

black  and white photo of Susan Stout

Susan Caroline Stout graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1954 as co-valedictorian of her class. She was president of the National Honor Society and was active in many extracurricular activities including both publications, the Hilltop and Memoirs.

In 1958, she graduated cum laude from Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. To continue her education, she entered the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, majoring in experimental psychology. Had it not been for her untimely death, she would have completed her research for her doctoral thesis in the summer of 1962. Her special field of research interest was brain function in motivation.

Following her death, an informal fund was established to honor her memory. Over the years the Susan Caroline Stout Fund grew to proportions sufficient to create an endowment in support of the Psychology Department Library which was renamed in honor of Susan. Members of Susan's family, including her mother, Susan Shuttleworth Stout, and her aunt, Frances Shuttleworth Watson, have supported the Stout Psychology Library with numerous generous gifts through the years.

The Susan Caroline Stout Memorial Fund has contributed immeasurably in assuring that the University of Illinois maintains one of the most complete, up-to-date psychology literature collections in the nation. The Library's holdings offer students and faculty premier resources for research and investigation.  Currently the Susan Caroline Stout Memorial Fund is being considered for increasing access to electronic sources of psychology literature, as the physical location of the Stout Library has transformed to a virtual presence.

Memorials are created for many reasons but they always spring from our wish that someone be remembered. Today we are dedicating a memorial to Susan Stout. Susan lived and worked with us in laboratory and classroom from September 1958 until her death in November 1961. -- Text from the speech given at the dedication of the Susan Stout Memorial Library