Susan M. Baer was born on August 25, 1950, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and died on August 9, 2016.
She was an American public servant.
She achieved several notable firsts.
Bear was the first person to run all three major New York airports and, in turn, the first woman to manage each of them.
Bear was also the first female aviation director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and the first woman to manage the Lincoln Tunnel.
Susan received her BA in urban studies and anthropology from Barnard College in 1972 and an MA in business from New York University.
She started working for the Port Authority as a management analyst in 1976 and eventually managed LaGuardia Airport (1994–1998), Newark Liberty International Airport (–2007), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (–2008).
She was appointed the authority’s aviation director in 2009.
During 2013, she joined Arup.
And Arup promoted her to the role of “Global Aviation Business Leader” in February 2016.
Bear was also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Vaughn College.
She died from cancer.
She was survived by her husband, Joseph Martella and their three children.
Susan Baer passed away at 65 years old.