Susanna Bryant Dakin (born Susanna Bryant in 1905) was the daughter of Dr. Ernest Bryant and Sue Bixby. Her maternal grandfather was John W. Bixby, former owner of Rancho Los Alamitos. Dakin attended the elite Marlborough School in Los Angeles, and went on to study at Vassar College, graduating in 1925. She married Richard Y. Dakin in 1930, and raised a family of five children. Dakin had an active interest in writing and Southern California history. Her first book, entitled A Scotch Paisano : the Story of Hugo Reid in 1939, was published by the University of California Press in 1939. Dakin was active in Scripps College, the Pasadena Arts Museum, the Pasadena Chapter of the Red Cross, the Santa Ana Botanical Garden, and other southern California institutions. She died in a plane crash in Mexico in 1966.