Susan Appleby Nix 1948-2020

The life of Susan Nix ’69 sounds like a Horned Frog dream.

Susan Nix

Courtesy of the Susan Nix family

Susan Appleby Nix 1948-2020

The life of Susan Nix ’69 sounds like a Horned Frog dream.

Named Miss TCU in 1969, she married the quarterback of the TCU football team, Kent Nix ’69. She remained a prominent figure in the TCU and Fort Worth communities for decades.

Susan Nix died Nov. 26, 2020.

Nix was instrumental in connecting all of the right people to get things done in Fort Worth. 

“She was a one-woman LinkedIn who knew everyone, their line of work and where they fit into the Fort Worth tapestry,” said John Denton ’85, associate athletics director for alumni relations and executive director of the Block T Association, formerly the TCU Lettermen’s Association. “Name a TCU organization and she had a piece of it, giving of her time, talents and leverage to get the job done.”

Jeremiah Donati, TCU’s director of intercollegiate athletics, said Nix’s love for TCU was apparent. “Susan was incredibly passionate about her family, her community and about TCU.”

“TCU was the definition of family for Mom,” said Kory Nix ’98, Susan’s son. “Whether it was a request from the business school, overall campaign fundraising, serving on various university committees, helping a new coach’s family get situated in Fort Worth or serving as a mentor, mother figure for a new incoming freshman — the answer was always yes, as it was her way of giving back and would make relationships for a lifetime.”

Nix founded the Susan Nix Consulting Group and served on TCU’s national alumni board for almost two decades. Dedicated to volunteerism, she chaired multiple boards at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. As chair of interactive marketing for the club, she helped the Colonial Golf Tournament become the first PGA tournament to utilize Twitter and blogs.

Football was a mainstay in Nix’s life. She served in leadership roles for the Armed Forces Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.

Denton called Nix a great Horned Frog. “TCU was the beneficiary of this dynamo’s love and devotion all of her adult life.”