Susan Marlowe


Susan Marlowe is a retired educator of almost three decades and is a portrait artist with more than 300 commissions completed since 1985. She taught visual arts and gifted and talented students in the Charleston County Schools and is now a certified instructor in the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Character Development Program (CDP). For seven years, she served as the education designee of the President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate, as well as chairman of the Education Oversight Committee – an arm of the legislature that oversees public school accountability and K-12 funding. She also previously served as a board member of the S.C. Governor’s School of the Arts in Greenville, S.C., representing the Education Oversight Committee.

Marlowe also serves on the Patriot Point Foundation’s Chapel Planning Committee, where she plays an integral role in a fundraising project to construct a Veterans Chapel on Patriots Point. After 16 years, she continues to serve on the board of the Patriots Point Development Authority. She is also an Honorary Member of the South Carolina Special Forces Association, North Carolina division of the Special Forces Association Chapter 57 (Montagnards), and is an Honorary Life Member of the Celebrate Freedoms Foundation in Columbia, S.C. Susan previously served as president of the Patriot Art Foundation, which funds art programs for veterans taught by internationally acclaimed artist Mary Whyte. She also previously served on the board of directors for the National Special Forces Charitable Trust.

Marlowe, a Mount Pleasant resident, received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and Master of Education from the College of Charleston. She and her husband Bobby Marlowe are the parents of one son and grandparents of three. The Marlowes are members of St. Andrews Church in Mount Pleasant.