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In Memoriam

     Alda Boggs Knapp ’25 of Tempe, AZ, died on July 3, 2000. She majored in sociology. She is survived by a son and a daughter. Her husband, Russell, predeceased her.

     Helen S. Gahimer ’28 of Glens Falls, NY, died on December 1, 1999. A business major, she edited the Skidmore News in her senior year. She earned an M.A. in education at Harvard, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Helen taught business courses at Glens Falls High School for over 35 years, retiring as departmental coordinator in 1972. The author of numerous articles in state and national education journals, she also penned a weekly column, “Report Card,” for the Post-Star newspaper during the mid-1950s. In 1954, she conducted a 13-week shorthand course for 800 students on local television station WRGB, the first of its kind nationwide. As director of public relations, she helped secure funds for the building of a new high school and grade school in Glens Falls. She was past president of the Adirondack AAUW, National Education Association, and New York State Teachers Association. In 1967, Helen was cited in Who’s Who in American Education. In retirement, she served Skidmore as class secretary and class agent. There are no known survivors.

     Ruth Hesse Cranston ’29 of Kent, England, died on July 30, 2000. A physical education major, she earned a master’s in education at Wayne State University. Ruth was director of physical education for Detroit public schools for 14 years, serving as an American Red Cross worker during World War II. In 1953, she became an editorial assistant at Condé Nast Publishing in New York City, from which she retired in 1974. There are no known survivors. Her husband, Paul, predeceased her.

     Marion Lembcke Harmon ’30 of Aurora, IL, died on February 9, 2001. An English major, she enjoyed a career in interior decorating. She served as chair of the local PTA, AAUW, and the Aurora Women’s Club. She is survived by two sons. Her husband, Millard, predeceased her.

     Cecelia Mutchler Harrison ’30 died on August 4, 2000. An English major, she worked as a buyer for L. Bamberger Company in New Jersey prior to her marriage. She was active in the PTA and served as a Republican Party committee member. There are no known survivors.

     Laura Strang Burgoyne ’30 of Mechanicville, NY, died on January 3. A local history preservationist, Laura also enjoyed traveling abroad and was active in her church. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Her husband, Frederick, predeceased her.

     A. Frances Vollmer ’31 of Philadelphia, PA, died on April 19, 2001. A secretarial science major, she enjoyed a career in publishing with J.B. Lippincott Company, from which she retired as sales and promotion manager. There are no known survivors.

     Florence Hough Willetts ’33 of Portland, OR, died on March 7, 2001. In addition to attending Skidmore, she studied at the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and San Diego State University. An avid golfer, she played the game until the age of 80. She is survived by her husband, Paul, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

     Constance Roy Lantz ’33 of East Stroudsburg, PA, died on March 1, 2001. Graduating with a degree in nursing, she later earned a master’s in public-health nursing at New York University. An instructor at the NYS Department of Public Health Nursing Medical College in Syracuse, NY, Constance later became director of nursing at the Binghamton bureau and supervising nurse at the Albany office. She was a member of several state and local professional nursing organizations. She is survived by a son. Her husband, David, predeceased her.

     Isabel Steidinger Smith ’33 of Beverly, MA, died on May 12, 2001. A history major, she earned a master’s in education from Bridgeport University and taught elementary school in Norwalk, CT, for many years. In 1981, she was recognized by the Norwalk Board of Education for coming into school an hour early to tutor struggling students, a practice she consistently maintained for 27 years. She is survived by a son and two grandchildren. Her husband, Ralph, predeceased her.

     Susanne Elwell Williams ’34 of Martinez, CA, died on February 7, 2000. A home economics major, she worked as a therapeutic dietitian at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, and as a dietitian for a hospital in the Panama Canal at the beginning of World War II. Susanne was active in cultural organizations and the AAUW. She enjoyed serving on church committees. She is survived by her husband, Simon.

     Doris Jager Greer ’34 of Northampton, MA, died on May 28, 2000. A secretarial science major, she was secretary to the president of Northampton Savings Bank for many years, later working for the Williston Northampton School as an administrative assistant. She is survived by sister Ruth Jager Robinson ’31 and nieces Gail Robinson Ghose ’60 and Jean Robinson Devinney ’61. Her husband, E. William, predeceased her.

     Frances Hodgdon Danielson ’35 of Blue Hill, ME, died on January 7, 2001. She is survived by daughter Margaret Danielson ’64, a son, and niece Anne Dubraska Britt ’65. Husband Paul predeceased her.

     Edith Allerton Sturzenegger ’36 of Norristown, PA, died on August 5, 2000. She majored in mathematics. She is survived by a nephew. Her husband, Gregory, and sister Esther Allerton Peltier ’40 predeceased her.

     Elizabeth Rogers Heiffel ’36 of Reading, VT, died on October 11, 2000. She earned a degree in business. She served in numerous leadership roles for the Rockland County Girl Scout Council, AAUW, and other civic organizations. There are no known survivors. Her husband, Eugene, predeceased her.

     Virginia Sturz Hare ’36 of Dobbs Ferry, NY, died on March 6, 2001. A physical education major, she was a librarian and archivist for the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She volunteered for several civic organizations and especially enjoyed international travel. Virginia served Skidmore as a class agent. She is survived by a son and a sister-in-law. Her husband, Joseph, predeceased her.

     Vera Brundage Hoyt ’42 of Delhi, NY, died on March 24, 2001. She earned a degree in business and worked in the insurance industry. She was a trustee of the Community Hospital in Stamford, CT. She is survived by a daughter and two sons. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her.

     Dorothy Steinert Seufert ’46 of Seabrook, NH, died on March 4, 2001. A sociology major, she was employed as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts. She is survived by her husband, Alexander.

     Mary Pat Gardner ’48 of Nantucket, MA, died on May 12, 2001. Graduating with a degree in art, she went to work for the U.S. Army in 1952 rendering detailed international maps from aerial photographs. Returning to her native Nantucket in 1960, she began sculpting wood replicas of local shore birds. Her work caught the attention of well-known art collectors such as David Rockefeller, Rachel Mellon, and Jacqueline Onassis. She was a member of the island marine mammal stranding team and served on the boards of several arts and cultural organizations. She is survived by two nephews.

     Betty Malloy Molter ’49 of Scotts Valley, CA, died on May 5, 2000. An English major, she worked in the advertising department at the Christian Science Monitor, where she met her husband, a sports columnist. Betty also authored several articles published in CSM. She was active in the League of Women Voters and Chicago Junior School. She was a Skidmore alumni club member in Boston and Chicago. She is survived by three daughters. Her husband, Harold, predeceased her.

     Martha Doucett Ellis ’49 of Marshalltown, IA, died on May 16, 2001. She earned a degree in physical education and taught at the Lenox School in New York City for several years. She was a volunteer for the YWCA and church committees. She is survived by her husband, Charles, three sons, and two daughters. Sister Margaret Doucett Bernick ’46 predeceased her.

     Susanne Kirberger Roemer ’54 of Gillette, NJ, died on December 28, 2000. A sociology major, she often worked as a substitute elementary teacher and taught in the Title I program for several years while raising three children. She is survived by her husband, Charles, a son, and two daughters.

     Mary A. Demetriou ’59 of Franklin County, PA, died on April 9, 2001. An art major, she minored in history. Following graduation, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece, where she concentrated on sculpture. Mary was also an accomplished pianist. There are no known survivors.

 


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