Golier's contributions add culture to O'Hara and nearby communities
Retiring to the balmy banks of the Allegheny River is Sue Golier's idea of relaxing.
Golier says she loves the area because her children and grandchildren are here.
There are also plenty of activities she enjoys taking part in.
Golier and her husband, Bob, own a house outside Orlando that they and their children visit. But Golier said she enjoys living in Pittsburgh — and not even the weather can spoil her love of the area.
As a retiree she isn't forced to travel when the roads are covered with snow. And when storms do hit, she said, the events she takes part in are usually cancelled.
Some her favorite Pittsburgh-based activities take place in the cultural district. She has tickets for public and city theater productions as well as the Pittsburgh CLO series.
Golier's love of theater has history.
She was a member of Allegheny College's women's choir during her time there and she sang with the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Choir.
The longtime O'Hara resident also has seen her share of time on stage.
In 1975, when O'Hara celebrated its centennial, she performed in a “hysterical historical” program.
She followed that up by joining a chorus of cancan dancers, which were part of the national bicentennial celebration in 1976. Golier thought she would be performing with a large group but ended up on stage with just four others.
From those small parts, she made a connection with Stage Right.
She not only acted with the group but also directed productions.
Perhaps the best examples of her versatility are the plays she helped author. “Blood at Boyd,” “Lust in the Library,” and “The Pittsburgh Wedding” are “all Tony quality,” according to Golier.
They were first performed to benefit the then newly-founded Boyd Community Center.
Golier was one of the founders of the Powers Run Road center and library association, which opened the former Boyd Elementary School to a new life in 1983.
“We worked our butts off for the year before that,” she said.
She became a co-director for the infant center.
The first newsletters and minutes for the center were typed on a Selectric typewriter and then she moved up to an Apple 2E with 5 1⁄2-inch floppy discs “which had no memory whatsoever.”
Golier, a certified public accountant, even created an accounting program to use before the advent of the many slick monetary programs now available.
Now she works as the treasurer of the family business KSM Energy, keeping her tech skills and her accounting know-how current.
Back in the 1960s, Golier was one of the few women who worked for Price Waterhouse as a certified public accountant.
“I have no resentment about how we (women) were treated. I'm in awe we just accepted it, though,” she said.
A woman of many talents, Golier is ready and willing to move with the times. She keeps up with her speech-enabled cell phone and spends an hour most days on Facebook.
She also enjoys playing the bridge games she runs in Natrona Heights and Boyd.
“I'm doing what I like to do without pressure,” she said.
Right now the Goliers are settled at Chapel Harbor on the Water, after moving three times within O'Hara and once to Washington Landing. She foresees a time she'll spend more time in sunny Florida, but until then she'll continue to recycle, eat out and enjoy life.
Sharon Drake is a freelance writer with Trib Total Media.