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Sue Okubo


“The Forest at Duke community is friendly, smart, and genuinely interested in getting to know new neighbors.”

Sue Okubo grew up in New Orleans, where her parents relocated after release from a WWII internment camp, and where she learned the value of determination and encouragement of others.

She earned a BBA and a PhD in economics from Tulane University, and worked successively for the Institute for Defense Analyses, National Science Foundation, National Intelligence Council, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

When she retired, Sue looked for a new home near excellent medical care and with a welcoming community, both of which she found at The Forest at Duke. A TFAD resident since 2015, Sue has focused her energies on supporting others, and helped to develop the Volunteer Friends Program, which offers residents support and companionship, rather than waiting alone in the Emergency Department. Through Sue’s guidance and perseverance, the Volunteer Friends Program started in January of 2017 and is now an effective program with over 40 volunteers.