Webmaster's note: Trudy was given the
opportunity to answer our Questionnaire with
some insight to Lewis' life after NCSD. She was
also invited to participate in answering the
Questionnaire for herself. What she has done is
what I call a "Combo Special", which I think is
kind of neat, so without further ado, I present
to our Classmates, her responses to our
Lester, I'm going to answer for both of us. I
had fun writing this!
Name: Lewis Lynn Suggs
ME: Trudy Suggs
To contact Trudy, visit www.tswriting.com
click on "contact".
5. What did you do right after graduation?
LEWIS: Went to Gallaudet College as a class of
1970 member. Was
(hey, it was the 70s!) as a sophomore, so he
after the fall semester in '72.
TRUDY: Graduated from H.S. In 1991. Then
graduated from Gallaudet
University in 1995.
My dad died my first semester in college, two
after I had seen him - he knew I was
happy at Gallaudet, and I think this
6a. What type of job did you have after
LEWIS: Job-hopped for a while, working odd
jobs. Eventually ended up in
working for the State of Illinois in the
department until his death.
TRUDY: I went to graduate school at the
University of Illinois-Chicago,
graduated in '97,
and worked mainly in nonprofit administration
(my MA is in
Public Administration). I worked
in both Chicago and then Minnesota before
taking a year off to travel. I eventually took a
job as editor in chief of
Silent News, and left in
Feb. 2002, then set up my own writing business.
returned to Minnesota, and currently live in a
log house just outside of
Faribault (where the
MN State Academy for the Deaf is located).
Interesting note: I grew up in Springfield until
1983, when my parents
divorced. Then Mom
and I moved to Jacksonville where I attended
ISD for a year - then she remarried some
later, so we relocated to the
where I lived until I moved to
was in Springfield until the day
he died, but is
buried in Trinity, N.C.
8. What year did you marry?
LEWIS: Married my mom, who he met in
college, in March 1974. They
divorced in Sept. 1983.
TRUDY: Just married to Randy Shank after being
with him for 13
years now. (Yes, 13 years!) He's
teacher at MSAD.
9. How many kids in all do you have?
DAD: One - deaf (Trudy).
TRUDY: None. I have two dogs, though, and one
is deaf. :)
10. What was the first car you bought?
LEWIS: No idea. I'll have to ask Mom about that.
I do have a videotape of
him showing off his
car, though - I'll look at it and try to catch what
TRUDY: First car I *bought* was a 1993
Cherokee Jeep. I still drive a
Jeep today - it's a
'04 Grand Cherokee!
11. Your favorite vacation spot?
LEWIS: I don't know - but every opportunity he
had to take a vacation
from work, he always
headed straight to N.C. to visit his family and
friends. In fact, the second-to-last time I saw
him - when he visited me at Gallaudet (about a
month or two before he died) - he had just
come from N.C.
TRUDY: The world is my favorite vacation spot!
12. All time favorite TV show?
LEWIS: He loved anything that was comedic -
like Benny Hill or sitcoms.
He also loved sports,
so I grew up always watching sports on TV with
used to love watching FANTASY ISLAND
when it was captioned, and LOVE BOAT. I
remember he was so thrilled when captioning
came out, as I was, too. (I was
5 years old at
TRUDY: I share my dad's love of comedy. Even
today, although the show is
20-30 years old, I
crack up at THREE'S COMPANY and other
comedy shows. I
also loved KNOTS LANDING and
DYNASTY - and, don't laugh - BEVERLY HILLS
13. Favorite TV show today?
TRUDY: LAW & ORDER, all three versions.
14. Favorite movie?
LEWIS: I remember he always would watch
anything funny, ESPECIALLY the
TRUDY: I'm not a big movie watcher, but the
movies I watch, I can hardly
pick out a favorite.
THE COLOR PURPLE is definitely one, and
MONSTERS, INC. :)
15. What is your hobby or hobbies?
LEWIS: SPORTS, socializing, socializing,
socializing. He also liked to do
and woodburning. But he loved to go out and
people. He was also a big Green Bay
Packers fan, so I grew up always liking
Packers (which is a good thing, because my
boyfriend is a die-hard
Packers fan - being
TRUDY: Reading, reading, reading. I like
socializing, too, but would
prefer to go
camping, hiking, etc. I also love animals,
16. What is your favorite food?
LEWIS: He had so many, but he loved fried
bologna - cube steak with gravy
- this particular
brand of chili from NC (I can't remember). He
say he wanted NC food, NC food.
So every time we went to NC, he'd eat
everything that wasn't available in IL. :) He also
loved Butterfinger candy,
which I eat all the
TRUDY: I like anything that's meat & potatoes.
Don't have a particular
favorite food. I'm also
weak when it comes to specific candy bars
(Butterfinger, Reese's, Snickers, Caramello,
17. What year did you get your 1st computer?
TRUDY: I started using them when I was six or
seven, but I got my first
computer in 1993.
18. What is your 5 favorite web sites?
anitakrollinteriors.com, and yes!
Trudy Suggs & Randy Shank were married in a
private ceremony on November 14, 2005. Both
make their home in Faribault, MN.
the graduation ceremonies.
Dad in his printing apron.
This is the photo that made Mehl cry. Dad with
This photo is a painting my Dad did and the
accompanying news article is about several deaf
students from NCSD and how they did in the
Click to enlarge to read article.