Judith Hole Suratt first came to Shelter Island in 1969. She summered with a college pal in a cottage on Midway and Thomas owned by Mary Dickson, the Shelter Island Postmistress.
In 1977 she and her fiancé, Sam Suratt, bought their Silver Beach house on White Birch Road which she still treasures as her summer home.
For all those decades since, Judith has been a fan of the Shelter Island Public Library. Having spent fifty years at CBS News she is deeply aware or how crucial libraries are, and Shelter Island reinforces their importance to small-town communities.
Judy’s career ranged from research to writing, producing and collaborating on all kinds of broadcast news stories -- from the early years at “Calendar” with Harry Reasoner and Andy Rooney to “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”. Skills she is happy to bring to bear as a trustee of the Shelter Island Public Library on her retirement.
As well as a patron of the Library, Judy has been a long-time volunteer and also donates her time at Mashomack. In New York she volunteers in Central Park and at NY Presbyterian Hospital’s NIC-U where she "cuddles" the tiny and very sick babies. She also serves on the board of Princeton AlumniCorps, a non-profit organization her late husband helped develop. Its mission is to encourage Princetonians of all generations to make civic engagement a central part of their lives.