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Friends of deceased alumni may wish to make contributions in their memories to the Yellow Rose Fund, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. If appropriate, please include the name and address of a relative who should be notified of your gift.

Ruth Burns Riseley ’30, of Kingston, NY, died July 21. A retired teacher, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Nancy Thielking Riseley ’65.

Bertha Freiberg Schweich ’30, of St. Louis, MO, died Oct. 6, 1998. An art major at Skidmore, “Butz” was a silversmith who made jewelry, bowls, and candlesticks. She took jewelry classes for many years with Craft Alliance, where she initiated a tribute fund in her name to help promising metalworking students. She volunteered at the University City Child Care Center for 25 years. Two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive her; husband Joseph predeceased her in 1990. Her body was donated to Washington University School of Medicine.

Wilhelmina Klinkhart Minkler ’31, of Clarence, NY, died June 9, 1999. An art major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in library science from SUNY-Albany in 1939 and was an elementary school librarian until her retirement in 1970. She had been active in the Scouts, PTA, Red Cross, and her church. Billie is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren; husband Charles predeceased her in 1989.

Mildred Read Wood ’31, of Dover, ME, died December 26, 1999. A retired teacher, she is survived by a daughter.

Elma Sealey Hoadley ’32, of Norwich, NY, died June 18 after a long illness. She was an art major at Skidmore and was active at her church. Elma is survived by daughter Judith Hoadley Westbrook ’56, a son, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; husband Robert predeceased her in 1977.

Frances Smith Vorce ’33, of Watertown, NY, died June 25. A music teacher in the Watertown Public Schools for 20 years, she retired as coordinator of elementary music in 1970. Frances was active in numerous organizations throughout most of her life and served as organist for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for some 30 years. She is survived by a son.

Marguerite Mauer ’34, of Scottsdale, AZ, died April 15. A biology major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s from Middlebury College in 1947 and taught high school Spanish in Liberty, NY, until retiring in 1981. She had been active in her church, serving as choir director and Sunday school teacher, and later volunteered as a tutor in a literacy program. Marguerite has no known survivors.

Elizabeth Shape Mulligan ’34, of Hackettstown, NJ, died April 24. After Skidmore, she was employed by AT&T at its Manhattan headquarters until World War II. She was actively involved at St. Joseph’s Home in Totowa, the Montclair historical society and art museum, and the women’s guild of her Presbyterian church. Betsy is survived by two daughters and a son; husband Denis predeceased her.

Anne Stoddart Constable ’34, of Hershey, PA, died Feb. 21. She had been active in the Scouts, PTA, and her church’s women’s auxiliary. Anne is survived by husband John and two daughters.

Mary Hersey Alison ’35, of E. Norwalk, CT, died April 4. An art major at Skidmore, she taught in the Rochester, NY, public schools. Mary is survived by a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; husband Alexander and a daughter predeceased her.

Elizabeth Hill Boylan ’35, of Lombard, IL, died June 7 of an aortic aneurysm. A nursing major at Skidmore, she was a nurse in New York for state and county organizations and in public schools for many years. She served as her Skidmore class president. Liz is survived by a daughter and two sons; husband Andrew predeceased her in 1991.

Janet Wadhams Norton ’35, of East Aurora, NY, died July 3, 1998. An art major at Skidmore, she taught in elementary and high schools. Janet is survived by a son and two daughters; husband Russell predeceased her in 1987.

Adeline Kresel Delman ’37, of Boca Raton, FL, died Dec. 22, 1996. A biology major at Skidmore, she also earned a degree at the University of Michigan and was a bacteriologist at Yale–New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She and husband Winston later owned and operated a ladies’ apparel and fur shop. She was active in the Palm Beach garden club and volunteered at Good Samaritan Hospital. Two sons, two daughters, including Roberta Delman Driscoll ’65, and sister Audrey Kresel Levine ’53 survive Adeline; Winston predeceased her in 1989.

Florence Spicer Harvey ’37, of Yorktown Heights, NY, died July 10, 1997. A home economics major at Skidmore, she taught in the Chappaqua, NY, school system. Florence is survived by two sons; husband Mayo predeceased her in 1975.

Jane Burnham Parker ’38, of Fort Belvoir, VA, died June 16. A psychology and nursery school education major at Skidmore, she was director of several nursery schools in New Jersey and New York. She had served as parish secretary at her Episcopal church and was active in the Scouts and Red Cross. Jane is survived by two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; husband Harold predeceased her in 1994.

Winifred Evans Davies ’38, of Tucson, AZ, died April 16. Winifred is survived by two daughters.

Catherine Moore Carey ’38, of Saratoga Springs, NY, died May 6. A business major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in business administration from the University at Albany and taught for 20 years at Saratoga Springs High School, retiring in 1977. She was a founding member of Saratoga Vicariate, Ladies of Charity. She was a Saratoga Hospital Guild volunteer for 30 years. Catherine is survived by husband William, two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren, including Erin Keith Epker ’94.

Margaret Filson Sheehan ’39, of Gaithersburg, MD, died April 11 of respiratory failure. A chemistry major at Skidmore, she earned a B.S. in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1937 and a master’s in nursing education from Columbia University Teachers College in 1942. She was an instructor at the University of Minnesota, research associate in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and assistant professor and director of nursing service at the University of Chicago. She moved to Gaithersburg in 1965 and began working with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She retired in 1981 as a nurse consultant in the bureau of health professions at the renamed Department of Health and Human Services. The co-author of Nursing Arts, Margaret was director of the American Nurses Association and past president of the American Nurses Foundation. Her honors included a Meritorious Achievement Award and a Superior Service Award from the Department of Health and Human Services. Margaret has no known survivors.

Ruth Webb Stickel ’39, of Hendersonville, NC, died Sept. 25, 1999. A physical education major at Skidmore, she volunteered for the National Federation for the Blind. Ruth is survived by husband Roy, a daughter, and grandchildren.

Jane Allen Merrick ’40, of West Hartford, CT, died July 12. A registered nurse, she served in Australia during World War II as a first lieutenant in the Corps of Army Nurses. She continued to pursue a nursing career in New York City and with the Visiting Nurses Association in Boston, MA. Following retirement, she remained active with the Connecticut Red Cross and the Hartford Rape Crisis Center. Her survivors include three daughters, five sons, 32 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Madge Willstatter Gladstone ’40, of Bloomfield, CT, died July 11. Madge was previously a 44-year resident of Scarsdale, NY, where she raised her family and was active in women’s organizations. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, and niece Patricia Willstatter ’74.

Helen Dennehy Winslow ’41 died May 9 of a brain tumor. An economics major at Skidmore, she taught accounting and computer science in NYC schools until retiring at age 65. Helen has no known survivors.

Shirley Wendell Bowdish ’41, of Glenmont, NY, died April 23 after a long illness. She was a home economics major. After graduation, she worked as a dietitian at Skidmore and was active in the Red Cross, Scouts, PTA, and Junior League. Husband Clifford, two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren survive Shirley.

Katharine Abrams Schenholm ’43, of Plantation, FL, died Aug. 2, 1999. Kay is survived by a son.

Patricia Reffler Kerans ’44, of Norwalk, CT, died Dec. 6, 1997. She was an economics major at Skidmore. Patricia has no known survivors.

Janice VanTuyl Cannon ’44, of Westport, CT, died Dec. 1, 1998. A physical education major, she taught at Duke University. She had been active in the Scouts and PTA. Janice is survived by two daughters and a son; husband Joseph predeceased her.

Carolyn Mason Seaman ’45, of Bayville, NY, died Nov. 16, 1999. A physical education major at Skidmore, she taught in several schools before becoming an instructor at a private gymnastics school. Carolyn is survived by husband Frederick, a daughter, and three sons.

Frances Sowles Butler ’47 died Nov. 12, 1998. She was a home economics major. Frances is survived by husband Paul, four children, and sister-in-law Mary Keyworth Sowles ’47.

Georg’Ann Glaeser Daly ’49, of Winnetka, IL, died June 20 after a long illness. A math major, she earned a master’s in teaching from Trinity College in 1971 and a master’s in industrial engineering from Northwestern University in 1981. She taught math in public schools and later was a self-employed human resources consultant. Georg’Ann is survived by six children and 11 grandchildren; husband Edward predeceased her.

Stanley Seaman ’50, of Queensbury, NY, died March 18, 1996. Stanley is survived by wife Roselyn.

Barbara Burns Pierson ’55, of Shawnee Mission, KS, died June 24 of cancer. A business major and Spanish minor at Skidmore, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC, for Harvard Business School, and for Mid-Continent National Bank as a public relations representative. She was a member of the Junior League of Kansas City. Barbara is survived by three daughters and a granddaughter.

Gabriella Clark Stoddard ’62, of New York City, died of breast cancer on July 19. An advertising executive, Gay’s was associated with such agencies as J. Walter Thompson, SSC&B, and Dancer Fitzgerald Sample. Most recently she served as senior vice president for Saatchi & Saatchi, where she worked from 1986 through 1999. She was active in many Skidmore alumni programs and served as a class agent. Gay is survived by husband Jon and a stepdaughter.

Carolyn Case Graham ’63, of Long Lake, MN, died June 13 of cancer. She attended Skidmore for one year and worked in a bookstore until starting her own Frog Island Bookstore in Excelsior. She sold the store in 1990 and began painting with watercolors and pastels. Carolyn is survived by husband Cole, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Susan Shipton ’74, of Ridgefield, CT, died April 17. She was a sociology major at Skidmore and worked in the sales department at Hay Day Market in Ridgefield. Susan is survived by a son and daughter.

Jack Whalen ’80, of Massapequa, NY, died June 9, 1996. After earning a B.A. from Skidmore’s University Without Walls, he earned a master’s in criminal justice from Nova University in 1982. He was director of public safety in Palm Springs, FL, before retiring to New York. Jack is survived by wife Charlotte.


E. Beverly Field of Crosslands, Kennett Square, Pa., died on August 25. She was an associate professor emerita of biology, retiring in 1974 after 30 years of service to Skidmore College; she was 89.

Born in Providence, R.I., Field received a B.A. in biology from Hofstra University and an M.A. in education from Columbia University Teachers College in 1941. Joining Skidmore’s biology department in 1943 as an instructor, she was promoted to associate professor in 1952. During sabbaticals, leaves, and vacations, Professor Field traveled extensively: teaching at the American University in Beirut, serving as a leader for the Experiment in International living in Japan and Turkey, and acting as a delegate to the Pacific Southeast Women’s Association in Tokyo and the International Genetics Congress in Rome.

Field was a frequent recipient of Skidmore Faculty Research Grants and received three National Science Foundation Grants for summer study—the third, awarded in 1964, to study “modern microbiology.” She was the author of Laboratory Manual for Anatomy and Physiology, published in 1954 and revised in 1958 and 1963. In 1981, her biology department colleague Sabra Hook established the E. Beverly Field Women’s Studies Award, which is given annually to the student who submits the most outstanding paper or project in the area of women’s studies.

In addition to full-time teaching duties, Field was active in community affairs, serving as a member or officer of the American Cancer Society, American Association of University Women, Adirondack Mountain Club, Saratoga County Health Association, and the New England Congregational Church. A community activist during her postretirement years in West Chester, Pa., she directed her energies toward programs for the aging and benefits for senior citizens.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.


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