Susan Detscher Pizzano, 63, of Chestnut Hill, who raised money to build the Top of the Hill Fountain near the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, died of breast cancer Sunday, Nov. 20, at home.
Her husband, Joseph, said she was cochair of Friends of the Fountain Plaza.
"She had a very complex, interesting life," he said.
After working as a nurse, teacher, and pastry chef, Mrs. Pizzano was attracted to the writings of Michael Harrington, author of the 1962 work The Other America: Poverty in the United States.
"I went to Holy Cross College, and he went to Holy Cross. She was inspired by that, looking for another challenge," her husband said.