Suzanne Camp Crosby
May 20, 1948 – December 9, 2020
Suzanne Camp Crosby, 72, passed away on December 9, 2020. Suzanne was an accomplished artist; exceptional educator; cherished mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and wife; and devoted friend who brought happiness and joy for all through her love and caring for others. Suzanne was born May 20, 1948, in Roanoke, Virginia, and was preceded in passing by her father, Charles Churchill Camp; mother, Janice Katherine Camp; and sister, Kitty Camp. Suzanne is survived by her husband of 50 years, Johnnie O. Crosby; her three sons and their wives, John Camp Crosby (Amanda), Carter Christopher Crosby (Emily), and Charles Cody Crosby (Aimee); and her two grandchildren, Reid Gerald Crosby (son of Cody and Aimee) and Winnie Deering Crosby (daughter of Carter and Emily). Suzanne’s life has touched, and will continue to touch, the lives of so many through her career as an artist, profession as an educator, and devotion to her family and friends. In addition to her God-given talents, the foundation of her career as an artist and profession as an educator began through her higher education. Suzanne earned and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1976, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1970, and Associate of Arts degree from Chipola College in 1968. Suzanne’s career as a highly regarded artist, creating art through the photographic medium, has achieved extraordinary recognition and accomplishments, including exhibitions and collections across the United States. Recognitions include selection as the City of Tampa Photo Laureate in 2004, and recipient of the Hillsborough County Artist Grant in 1991, the Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1979 and 1988, and the Southeast Artist Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in 1978. Suzanne’s artwork is in many permanent collections, including the Tampa Museum of Art, the USF Museum of Contemporary Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Polk Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Walt Disney World Corporation, Tropicana Corporate Collection, City Bank, Tampa Electric Company, Shriner’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Hillsborough Community College, City of Tampa Public Art, City of Orlando Public Art, and the von Liebig Art Center. Selected and solo exhibitions of Suzanne’s artwork in art museums and galleries have exceeded 25, including locations in Tampa, Orlando, Winter Park, Ocala, Naples, Gainesville, and New York, and has been represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City. In addition to creating her artwork, Suzanne has supported the art community and promoted the arts in the Tampa Bay region for the past 40 years through her memberships and participation on committees and boards. Suzanne served as a member of the collections committee for the Tampa Museum of Art , was a member of the advisory board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts, was a docent for the Tampa Museum of Art, and was a long-time member of Las Damas de Arte of Tampa. Suzanne’s profession as an educator included teaching photography as an art form for over 20 years as a full-time faculty member and 17 years as an adjunct faculty member at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus. In addition to teaching, Suzanne was responsible for curriculum development of the Photography program in the Visual Arts Department and served as program manager for the Arts and Dance programs from 2000 to 2015. Suzanne’s accomplishments as an educator were formally recognized in 2019 when she was awarded the designation of Professor Emeritus for Hillsborough Community College. Suzanne’s greatest reward as an educator was seeing her students be successful in their academic endeavors, which is a tribute to her abilities to inspire and motivate her students to achieve their goals and aspirations in creating art.
While recognition of Suzanne’s multitude of accomplishments, accolades, and successes as an artist and educator is noteworthy and extraordinary, Suzanne’s greatest joy and happiness resided in her love for her family and giving of herself to them. Suzanne was blessed to be the mother of three sons, mother-in-law to three daughters, grandmother (Grandma SuSu and Nana SuSu) to two wonderful grandchildren, and wife to a blessed husband in their 50th year of marriage. Her husband is thankful to God for the multitude of contributions that Suzanne has made in this world that will keep being made in the future through her family and artwork. God continue to bless her, keep her, and grant her peace in your care.
God granted Suzanne many blessings in her life, which she shared in an unselfish and gracious manner with her family, friends, and students. Suzanne was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa and her faith in God sustained and comforted her through the diagnosis in April 2019 of, and subsequent treatments for, cholangiocarcinoma, a rare type of cancer that is incurable. Suzanne’s strong will, indomitable spirit, and unyielding determination to not give in to this disease kept her living a full and happy life by always thinking of, and giving to, her family, friends, and medical team.
Suzanne’s family is grateful for and would like to express thanks and appreciation in recognizing the compassion and care provided by the Melech Hospice House/Home Care of LifePath Hospice, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services, and the Visiting Nurse Association. In remembrance of Suzanne’s life, contributions can be made in her name to Hillsborough Community College, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Florida Museum of the Photographic Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, the Melech Hospice House/Home Care of LifePath Hospice, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Services for Suzanne at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa will be announced
Suzanne Camp Crosby
January 2, 2021
Suzanne was a dear friend to my sister, Carolyn. I had only met her a handful of times. When Carolyn recently passed away, Suzanne, though miles apart from me and through her own challenging time, brought me comfort with her kind words and soothing voice. I will miss our phone conversations. We was a kind, caring, lovely woman. My condolences to her family and friends.
December 22, 2020
On behalf of Las Damas De Arte we send our deepest condolences to Suzanne's family. Suzanne was a value member of our group & was always a champion for arts. Her contirbutions to Las Damas over the many years of her membership were gracious and generous. She will be dearly missed.
LDDA President 20-21
December 21, 2020
Mrs, Crosby was the best film photography instructor. I have loved every form of art since I was little, but Mrs, Crosby made me fall absolutely in love with film photography and just photography in general. I remember her always telling me that I’m a great writer. She believed in and cared for her students. She had a huge impact in my life. If I wouldn’t of ever met her I don’t know if I would love photography as much as I do. I am so glad that I had the honor of Mrs, Crosby being my film photography instructor at HHC for Film Photo 1, Film Photo 2, and Independent Film. I adore her.
December 21, 2020
I worked with Suzanne in the early 1970's at an architectural firm. Her love of John, photography and a cat named Gray Man is what I remember most. She was a kind a gentle soul. Rest in peace.
December 20, 2020
I am saddened to hear of her passing. Although I haven't had contact for quite awhile, she ignited my passion for photography. She was my first photography teacher at USF. She was a great teacher! My heart goes out to the family.
December 20, 2020
To The Crosby Family,
It's been awhile since we have been in touch. We're saddened by this news and wanted to share our sympathy. Prayers are with you.
Diane and Bethany
December 20, 2020
May you rest in peace Suzanne. My sympathy to all of your family and friends. She was an exceptional artist/photographer. I was able to see her artwork, because I developed her film and printed her Cibachrome prints at Eagle Photographics in the 1980's and 90's. I always loved how she posed little things within nature. I had never seen anyone do that before. A brilliant mind and an exceptional teacher. Always kind, she will be missed.
December 20, 2020
I'm so sorry to see that Suzanne has passed. I was a student of hers in 1978/1979 and give credit to her for my skill and talent in photography today. She was a brilliant photographer and was able to capture black and white photos like no other. Peace and prayers to her family....
December 19, 2020
Dear Crosby Family,
So sorry for your loss, an indescribable void to bare. Heartbreaking!
We often think we are somewhat all alike, but our journey begins with foundations set for us with grande potentials orchestrating life’s lessons and directing us to pace and seek out higher standards while keeping an open mind. Life continues to be a balancing act.
The balancing act you are now tasked with will be overwhelming. You will continue to have unanswered questions. Focus now and do not get derailed by small obstacles, you are stronger now than you have ever been. With utmost caution, analyze each piece of advice you receive from others who genuinely mean to help you. They genuinely do care.
Difficult and exhausting, a whirlwind of emotions, trying to fit the pieces together, pieces that were for many years so fine-tuned are now lost. There is no band-aid large enough to cover your pain. Grasp all the blended laughter and tears, hold those memories you and your family created together and hold them close to your heart.
Every day you can gaze up at the sky, searching the vast blue sky above, and you can be assured Suzanne now claims her very own gentle white cloud - Suzanne is at peace now!
My Deepest Sympathy, Andrea Brundage
Mary Scourtes Greacen
December 18, 2020
Those of us lucky to know Suzanne loved her, universally. She didn’t live long enough for the whole world to know her, but a good bit already did. To know we will never be in her presence again, to experience her smile, fun remarks and generosity, is a great loss.
Our sorrow for your family. Heaven gained a beautiful, talented angel.
Our love to John, Camp, Carter and Cody and her extended, loving family.
Mary Denise and Charley Greacen
December 18, 2020
John and family,
My deepest condolences to all of you. Suzanne was both a cherished HCC colleague and a beloved fellow parishioner at St. John's. I was blessed to know her. God bless you all.