Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Illinois, 1978.
From associate to assistant editor, Commodities Magazine, Chicago and Cedar Falls, Iowa., 1978-1983; senior editor, Futures Magazine, Chicago, 1983-1987; manager editorial services, Chicago Board Option Exchange, 1987-1988; staff writer, Chicago Board Option Exchange, 1988-1989; owner, principal, Susan M. Abbott-Finance Writer, Chicago, since 1989. Managing director Certified General Accountants Communications Group, Beacon, New York, since 1991.
Member American Agricultural Editors Association, Futures Industry Association.
Married Jerry Otto Gidel, May 27, 1989.