The Cosmic Staffers Project V.2 — Susanne Millsaps

Susanne S. Millsaps (1953 – 2006)

John Millsaps: Here is some more information for your project on former staffers at Cosmic. My late sister, Susanne worked there way back when and introduced me to a whole range of great literature and music as a result, along with new friends.

Courtesy of John Millsaps

Courtesy of John Millsaps

One of the great women of the world, Susanne Millsaps, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on October 20th 2006. The bleeding was a consequence of her valiant 23 1/2 month stuggle with metastatic breast cancer. Although she lived most of her adult life in Salt Lake City, she always showed her New York roots in her direct ways and willingness to actively challenge injustice or inhumanity. Having moved over 20 times before she graduated high school in Tuscon, Arizona, she set out to firmly embed herself in the fabric of Salt Lake City, and apart from a brief exodus to Corning, NY, she lived here for over 30 years. And embed herself she did, from writing “The Flaming Feminist” in the University of Utah Chronicle, to working the doors at clubs such as the Green Parrot and the Haggis to being the buyer for the venerable Cosmic Airplane.

After she graduated from the U with a degree in Anthropology and Women’s studies, she worked for the Utah Women’s Clinic, then at Wasatch Education Systems, during which time she also served as the Executive Director for the Utah chapter of NARAL.
At the end of this, she decided to do something she had always wanted to do, and so got her BSN from the Westminster College School of Nursing. She worked for five years as an oncology nurse at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, and when she got laid off from there, she started her own business as a musicians booking and management agent, representing artists from all over the USA. She did this up to her death.

Her volunteer life was equally driven, including a 20 year association with KRCL (and 13 years as a host of “Thursday Breakfast Jam.”)

Courtesy of John Millsaps

Courtesy of John Millsaps

She served on the boards of both the FAR-West Folk Alliance, and the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. In addition to scheduling/producing a large number of the IAMA concerts during the year, she turned the Singer-Songwriter competition associated with the annual IAMA/Founder’s Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival into one of the most highly regarded competitions in North America (In both quality and enjoyability.).

She was also passionate about animal welfare, and worked with rescue and rescue transport groups around North America, making sure that abandoned dogs and cats got good homes. She was one of the core members of FIDOS, an openspace/ leash free dog advocacy group.

She was survived by her husband, Grant Hogarth, her parents, Frank and Floralie Millsaps, her brother, John, and niece, Jessica, and sister Linda, and her husband, Steve Pullan, plus a collection of cats and dogs, who were her “four pawed kids” and more friends than could be possibly listed. Nothing would make Susanne happier than if you adopted a cat or dog in need of a home. (written by Grant, her husband)

Courtesy of John Millsaps

Courtesy of John Millsaps

Donations can be made in Susanne’s name to the charities listed at This site is run by her niece, Jessica.

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About Michael Evans

Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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