Susan Estelle Cammack was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Ames, Iowa, to Hobart and Jane Cammack.
Hobart was a still a Ph.D. student when Susan was born -- in fact he had just pulled a long night
on a lab report the night before Jane went into labor. Hobart went on to become a chemical
engineer while Jane became a homemaker after graduating college and working in office jobs in
her early adulthood.
The family, along with younger brother Robert, lived Westerfield, New Jersey, and Johnson
County, Kansas, while Susan was growing up.
Susan graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1971 before
returning to Iowa to attend college. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1975, majoring
in English out of an early love of reading and literature.
While attending college in Iowa, she met fellow student Dale Unglesbee, whom she married in
1975. During their 10 year marriage, they had three children: Gloria, Katy and Ben.
While raising the children, Susan worked full-time in a series of clerical and administrative jobs.
With a lifelong passion for learning and self-improvement, she opted to continue her education
and pursued graduate work following a major surgery.
While earning a master’s in business, she taught and tutored with the Johnson County
Community College math department. She went on to earn an MBA from Avila College in
Kansas City, Missouri in 1998, and a Ph.D. in accounting and economics from University of
Missouri-Columbia in 2002.
From there, Susan held professor positions in accounting at Washburn University in Topeka,
Kansas, and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She retired early due to chronic health
issues stemming from a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis that was confirmed in her teenage
years and persisted through her life. On retirement, Susan returned to Overland Park.
Susan will be remembered for her love of learning and education, music, animals, lively debate
at the dinner table, as well as her tenacity of spirit in the face of steep physical challenges.
She died on June 13, 2023, after years of mounting health complications. She is survived by
brother Robert, her children (Gloria Soliz, Katy Joseph and Ben Unglesbee) and six
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Hobart (2014) and Jane (2023).