By Addie Hurst
Really, no introductions are needed! Many Plymouth Harbor residents know the Elliotts, perhaps not Sue and Tom, but Tom’s parents and grandparents. Sue and Tom Elliott are our first third-generation family!
You may have read about them in the June 2014 issue of Harbor Light but in case you missed it, or don’t remember, let me introduce you. Tom and Sue were high school sweethearts in Toledo, OH. They both attended the University of Toledo where Sue got a degree as a registered medical technologist and worked at the Blood Bank in Ann Arbor, MI.
Meanwhile, Tom graduated from Alma College with a degree in biology. They were married in 1958, and in 1959 Tom served in the Army in Schweinfurt, West Germany, where Sue was able to join him. They traveled all around Europe in a Volkswagen, which they filled with gasoline at 13 cents a gallon. Their friend, who was a tour guide for American Express, gave them instructions on where to go, where to stay, and where to eat. They reported living in an apartment where the Polish landlady spoke no English and they spoke neither German nor Polish. A neighbor helped by being an intermediary.
Tom’s work when he returned to the States and finished his M.S. at Michigan State University (go green) was at ASA (Applied Science Associates), which became a multi-faceted organization involving behavioral science, ergonomics, personnel management, software development, printing, and training for government and industrial users. When he started, there were only two men and a secretary; when he retired as president, there were over 150 employees. After retirement, he taught management at the community college and led the expansion and modernization of the county library system.
They lived in Butler, PA. Sue was home raising their children, Daniel and Elizabeth, and was involved in lots of volunteer work. She was on the boards of the library, the mental health clinic, and the symphony. Sue’s hobby is quilting; one of her quilts was selected to be displayed at Dollywood!
One of the Elliotts’ hobbies was sailing, and they won the Governor’s Cup in 1975. Tom particularly enjoys woodworking and has already become a member of the Health & Wellness Committee. Sue will become more active when she completes her physical therapy course. The Elliotts have many friends in Sarasota as they spent many winters at Sarasota Harbor, but look forward to meeting new ones here.