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  • Susan Croce Kelly

    Route 66 has loomed large in Susan Croce Kelly’s life—she grew up in the St. Louis area, worked as a newspaper reporter in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, worked and raised her children in Chicago – all three important Route 66 cities. She is the prize-winning author of Route 66: The Highway and Its People, has written dozens of historical articles in the general press about Route 66, and is a popular speaker on the subject.

    As a newspaper reporter, especially in Springfield, Kelly heard a lot about the early days on Route 66, and began collecting those stories. Later, she travelled extensively on what is left of Route 66 with photographer Quinta Scott when they were working on Route 66, a history of the old road. During those years, she became intrigued with Cy Avery and his role in laying out, numbering, paving and then making US 66 famous.

    Kelly holds a Masters degree in American History from Saint Louis University and a B.S. degree from Purdue University. She is former editor and publisher of  Ozarks Magazine, a critically-acclaimed travel and general interest publication about the Ozarks region.

    She is a former Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Swiss-based Sandoz Agro and Director of Corporate Communications for Monsanto Company. As president of Kirkpatrick International, she continues to produce prize-winning executive speeches, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, web content and corporate magazines for organizations as diverse as the American Medical Association, Shell Oil, Monsanto, Halliburton and other Fortune 100 companies.

    Today, thanks to the wonders of electronic communication, she lives and works at the Lake of the Ozarks and commutes to Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and New York for client meetings. She and her husband Joel Kirkpatrick have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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  • Susan regularly gives talks and writes articles about the old highway. Recently, she was honored to write the introduction for a book about Highway 66 that was published in Japan for Japanese Route 66 fans.

    As you already know, and Susan has found out there’s just something about Route 66 that stays with people.

    Contact Susan at susancrocekelly@gmail.com or call 573-569-1585