In Memoriam–Susan Ivy Allen Hime

Susan Ivy Allen Hime’s incredible journey of life ended tragically in a hiking accident in Hope, Idaho on June 24, 2003.

Susan lived her life with freedom, independence, integrity and generosity.  She greeted everyone with a brilliant smile and a true acceptance. Finding goodness in people was easy for her.

Susan was a well-loved and accomplished orthodontist. Together with her husband, David, they created a highly praised orthodontic practice in Austin, Texas. Susan had a genuine relationship with each patient and their family, and cared more about each one as an individual, than about their teeth. The philosophy of providing a fun, caring and relaxed environment for her patients is a true reflection of Susan’s spirit of life.

A 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina program in orthodontics, she was recognized with the UNC Alumni research award for her work on temporomandibular joint dysfunction. She was highly regarded by the UNC orthodontics faculty who remember her fondly. “Susan was a wonderful student, eager to learn, eager to share and always caring about her patients,” said C.J. “Kitty” Tulloch, professor and chair of the department of orthodontics. “She kept in touch with the department, looking for ways she could be involved and offering to help in any way that would contribute to the development of the specialty she so cared about. She will be a sad loss to all of us who taught or studied with her,”

Susan was a woman of many interests and talents.  When not in the office, she could be found on the tennis courts around Austin. She was an avid amateur jeweler and jewelry designer, a voracious reader and had a passion for fitness. She always wanted to share with others and her generous accepting spirit will be missed by so many.