In Memoriam: Dr. S. Sue Horner, The Kennebunk Inn Partner

The Kennebunk Inn family suffered a significant personal loss recently. Dr. S. Sue Horner, mother of Shanna and mother-in-law of Brian, died on Good Friday April 10, 2020 in Boston. The cause of death was a brain tumor first diagnosed in February 2019. She was 72.

Sue HornerSue joined her husband, David, in forming the family partnership that purchased The Inn in January 2003. While Shanna and Brian have always been the on-site operators, Sue played an important role behind the scenes handling significant aspects of The Inn’s day-to-day finances. Between 2008 and until her illness precluded her continuing in the role, Sue did most of her duties remotely from Athens, Greece where she was Scholar in Residence, Gender Studies and Religion, at The American College of Greece, and David serves as president. The College’s tribute to her can be found at

The shift of David and Sue to Greece also opened opportunities for Shanna and Brian. With Sue’s encouragement and facilitation, Shanna and Brian partnered with Greek American Chef, Cat Cora, on two culinary events in Athens (2009) and Thessaloniki (2010). That experience and connection led to Chef Cora’s endorsement of Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, which in turn led to the Pot Pie and other Academe dishes being featured twice in O, The Oprah Magazine. Shanna and Brian returned to Greece in 2014 as featured chefs at The American College of Greece’s Alumni Achievement Awards Taste of Excellence. Sue’s introduction of Shanna and Brian to Greek cuisine also influenced Academe menu items such as the popular Citrus Crab Ravioli.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, the local church home of Sue and David since 2005. Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to the Dr. S. Sue Horner Lectureship in Gender Studies and Religion, The American College of Greece at

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.