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    I must admit I am astounded that Supe was 75 years old when he passed away. I thought he was closer to my age or slightly older. He was a Jersey boy too....

    New Canaan Advertiser
    New Canaan, Connecticut
    August 3, 2017
    Section: News
    Page: A6

    Donald Souden, 75: Former Advertiser editor, local sports and history buff

    New Canaan Advertiser former sports editor and history columnist Donald O. Souden died from heart failure on July 30, 2017 in Southport, Conn. He was 75. He had suffered a stroke years ago.
    He lived most of his life in New Canaan after his family moved here in 1957, and would have wanted to be remembered for “providing positive contributions to the town,” said his brother Alexander W. ‘Sandy’ Souden.
    Donald Souden was born on Oct. 21, 1941 in Summit, N.J., the son of Alexander G. Souden and Janet Margaret Ogilvie Souden. He is survived by his brother Sandy and his sister Alison Christie Garza. He was predeceased by his sister Ellen Souden and his parents.
    Souden graduated from New Canaan High School, Class of 1960, and Columbia University, before going on to earning a Ph.D. in history from Boston University.
    He was a teacher while he was studying at B.U., and much of his career was as a freelance writer and author.
    Advertiser Publisher Emeritus Donald Hersam said of Souden: “He came to us as our sports writer and offered a sports commentary called Keeping Score. HIs writings were interesting with detailed knowledge of the individuals. He was highly regarded by high school and local sports teams for his reports. He had a photographic memory about individuals and their teams, and in conversations he could resurrect detailed accounts from 40 or 50 years ago.”
    Souden loved historic preservation, Hersam said, and he later wrote a general column for the Advertiser called 100 Years Ago. He was also a contributing writer to the New Canaan Gridiron Club and a mystery writer known to contribute to Ripperology, a society of Jack the Ripper story followers.
    Local athletics, though, was Don “Supe” Souden’s first love, said his longtime friend Mark “250” Rearick, who called Supe “the smartest guy I ever knew.”
    Souden was the unofficial historian of New Canaan High School sports; he established the Fairfield County Striders track and field club that attracted Olympic-caliber athletes to this area; he co-founded the Chicken Street men’s softball team; and he was a governor of the Stamford Summer Hockey League for college players. He also enjoyed being assistant coach for 250’s Babe Ruth baseball team.
    Souden’s contributions to New Canaan extended to being a member of the New Canaan Historical Society and assisting productions of the Town Players of New Canaan,
    Memorial contributions may be made to the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
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  • #2
    I seem to remember Don had a profile pic a few years ago, showing a very young man with long black hair.


    • #3
      I remember it too Bob
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      • #4
        It's good to see that Don made such a wide and varied contribution to his community, as he did to ours. An erudite man of many talents, and unassuming with it; I had no idea that he was a PhD, but I'm not surprised that he was.
        Kind regards, Sam Flynn

        "Suche Nullen"
        (F. Nietzsche)


        • #5

          Hand on my heart, I just came in from outside and had mentioned that to Nina...about Supe having a PhD. Its news to me/us too....not two minutes ago.
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          • #6
            I remember the same photo Robert mentioned, never would have picked Don to have been 75 by now. I genuinely thought he was much younger.




            • #7
              Sorry to hear the news. Don was a good guy to work with when we were both on the staff of Ripperologist. May he rest in peace.

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