Dr. Susan B. McCollough
1952 - 2019
Dr. Susan B. McCollough, director of the Christian Women's Sober Outreach, passed away at her home in Alexander City on June 25, 2019; having spent the last 37 years of her life as a counselor to, and advocate for, those who struggle with substance abuse.
Dr. McCollough was born on December 30, 1952 in White Plains, New York, to Drs. Thomas William and Margaret Halleran Brockbank. She studied at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, earning an undergraduate degree in biology/psychology and a doctor of dental surgery. Dr. McCollough went on to serve as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL.
While serving at Maxwell, Susan felt moved to deepen her knowledge of the physiological causes and effects of addiction and to help people struggling in the throes of addiction; so she obtained MA and LPC in counseling from Troy State University. Upon completing her military service, she left dentistry and taught night classes as an adjunct professor at Troy State while counseling textile employees at Russell Corp during the day. Weekends were spent completing an EDS degree in biological psychology.
Leaving Russell, Susan became a court referral officer with the state of Alabama. Her exposure to the capricious nature of the county court systems led her to enroll in Concord Law School at Kaplan University and complete a law degree in 2011.
During all of this work and study, Susan had a dream of opening a halfway house for women who were struggling to get their lives back from alcohol/drugs. When the dream first came to her in the early ‘90s, there was no such place in Alabama for women. It took years of blood, sweat, and tears, but the Christian Women's Sober Outreach opened in 2013. From then until now, Susan did her very best to show God's love, patience, and guidance to all the women who came through the doors.
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Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.