Thursday, December 09, 2010

“Does Anyone Still Wear A Hat?”

Well …

Susana Walton, wife and widow of composer William Walton, was long known for the flamboyance of her headwear.

Lady Susana died earlier this year at the age of 83, having outlived her husband by twenty-seven years. An elegant, warm and captivating woman, she was loved by many—and now she is missed by many.

My parents visited Lady Susana at Ischia in the Gulf Of Naples in 2002. My parents still talk about Lady Susana’s fabulous gardens.


Susana Walton was the most formidable woman I ever encountered. I saw music publishers tremble and Italian civil servants blench before her assaults.

Humphrey Burton

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