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Monday, August 13, 2012 - 2:57pm

Savannah's First Female Mayor Dies

Savannah's first female mayor, Susan Weiner, has died from complications from a surgical procedure. She was 66.

Her sister, Linda Scher, said she died Saturday at a hospital in Gainesville, Ga. She said a private memorial service is planned in Rabun Gap, where Weiner lived for several years.

Weiner grew up in Albany, N.Y., and worked as an actress before moving to Savannah in 1985. She ran for mayor in 1991, defeating five-term incumbent John Rousakis. She lost a re-election bid in 1995 to then-Alderman Floyd Adams Jr., who became Savannah's first African-American mayor.

The following year she became executive director of a Republican booster group, the Good Government for Georgia Committee.