Dr. Susan E. Hayduk, whose career as a professor at the University of Maryland Dental School spanned more than three decades, died of undetermined causes Saturday at her Brooklandville home. She was 62.
"We are waiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death," said her husband of 30 years, Dr. Robert I. Sachs, a Towson periodontist and prosthodontist, yesterday.
Susan E. Hayduk was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Monessen, Pa. She earned her bachelor's and dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.
"She always had an interest in science and medicine, and dentistry found her," her husband said.
Dr. Hayduk, who kept her maiden name, completed advanced training for periodontics at Temple University in Philadelphia, and began her career in 1974 as a clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School.
"Dr. Hayduk will be greatly missed. She was an outstanding clinician and exceptional educator whose extraordinary efforts added significantly to the success of our students," said Dr. Mark A. Reynolds, department chairman.
"Her commitment to students and compassion for patients distinguished her as an educator and garnered the respect and admiration of colleagues, students and patients," he said.
"I had the privilege of working closely with Susan for nine years in the same dental-student clinic. She had lots of knowledge in her field and was always willing to learn more," said Dr. Ula Arvidson-Bufano, an assistant professor at the dental school and longtime friend.
"I'm thankful for what she taught me. She could get quite passionate about topics and issues, and her students knew that they had to be prepared. She would not accept a substandard performance, and a patient's best care was her priority," she said.
Dr. Arvidson-Bufano described her as a "warm-hearted and generous person" who could "admit if she were wrong and always demonstrated an eagerness to make things right."
Dr. Hayduk made herself available to her students who might be experiencing a professional or personal problem, and she enjoyed entertaining her senior students at her home.
"She took a personal interest in her students and faculty. I remember when she paid for a farewell party for 26 seniors," Dr. Arvidson-Bufano recalled. "She will always be in the minds of hundreds of thankful students. No one can take her place."
Dr. Sachs recalled meeting his future wife when he was a dental student at the University of Pittsburgh.
"She was my instructor, and she had a policy of not dating students, but we dated surreptitiously my senior year. She made an exception in my case," Dr. Sachs said.
Dr. Hayduk was an accomplished gardener and landscaper.
Dr. Hayduk collected Asian art and was an avid reader of history and biographies. She and her husband also enjoyed attending the Metropolitan Opera and Baltimore Opera Company and concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Services were yesterday.
Also surviving are a son, Michael C. Sachs of Seattle; a daughter, Rebecca L. Sachs of Winston-Salem, N.C.; her mother, Amelia P. Hayduk of Melbourne, Fla.; and three sisters, Karen A. Hayduk of Philadelphia, Constance M. Hayduk of South Daytona, Fla., and Louise F. Hayduk Gorney of Tallahassee, Fla.