Susan Gaspar Hickey

Profile Updated: October 6, 2019
Class Year: 1966
Residing In: Brookfield, IL USA
Occupation: retired school social worker/part time grievance writer at Chicago Teachers Union
Spouse/Partner: Charley Whitcomb
Children: Patrick Milan, born 1980
Julia Elizabeth, born 1986
Yes! Attending Reunion
Which class?


What States have you've lived in other than IL?

I lived in Northern Ireland and Wales (UK)

Other Occupation/s:

graphic artist

Where have you worked and/or retired from?

WTTW, WSNS, WMAQ, South Glamorgan Social Services, Catholic Charities, Chicago Public Schools

Have you ever been Self-Employed?


Did you marry your High School Sweetheart?


If Yes, to Whom, what High School & Graduation year?

Tim Coleman (Weber HS/66) We were married from 1971-1979.

Have you been married more than once?


If Yes, how many times and to Whom?

I was married to Dr. John Hickey (1981-2002, his death)

Grand Children:

Patrick John, born 2005


Pivo, female cat, around 16
Tink, female cat, around 15

Your High School Story:

I got kicked off the school newspaper for doing a newspaper making fun of the English teacher who ran it- Ms. Rape. With a name like that, it was easy to poke fun at her!

Did you have a nickname in school? If so, what was it?


What were you in High School?

Singer/Band Member
A Geek

Who did you have a crush on while in High School? And Why? Did you ever date him/her?

I had a few which I will keep to myself!

Who was your favorite teacher/s and why?

Jack Gelsomino- he was always there when you needed help and a great band leader who got the best from us! I ran into him when he was the principal at Kelly HS. He remembered me which I found amazing with all of the students he has known.

What Elementary School did you attend?

John Hay, Chicago, IL

Your Elementary School Story:

I did not have many fond memories of my time at Hay but then I moved on.

Did you go to College?


If Yes, Where and When?

Northeastern IL University (BA in History, Geography-1970; MA in History-1978; MA in Education Leadership- 2005), University College, Cardiff- UK (MSW- 1986), a year at Loyola University working on PhD in History but never finished

Level of Education

Masters in see above

Did you go to a Technical School?


What have you been up to since you graduated from High School?

There is a lot but then I am sure everyone has some interesting stories to tell!

Have you ever been on TV?

Yes, most recently during the 2012 Chicago Teachers' Strike. I worked for TV after college and was on often. I am often approached for comments by the media about Chicago Public Schools, mental health issues and union activities.

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Jul 10, 2020 at 10:23 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. He was a good guy that was a lot of fun to be with. I saw him a few years back when he came to the Chicago area.

Oct 06, 2019 at 9:25 PM
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Oct 29, 2018 at 11:33 AM

I am saddened by learning of Martin's death. We were in kindergarten toeghter at John Hay. We got back in touch recently and promised each other to stay in touch. He was a sweet person.

Aug 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Happy belated birthday!

Dec 02, 2014 at 3:33 AM