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Stella Lundelius Sassaman ’16 of Portland, OR, died in May 1987. Husband Walter predeceased her; there are no known survivors.

Lucile Thomas Grebert ’25 of Ocala, FL, died March 27 at the age of 100. A sociology major, she pursued graduate study at the New York School of Social Work (now part of Columbia University). A former director of social services at Deaconess Hospital in Boston, she was active in several national and international professional associations. She is survived by three daughters, including June Palmer Conant ’53, and granddaughter Lauren Lee Southard ’81.

Iris Horton Heins ’28 of Largo, FL, died July 9. An art major, she subsequently studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received many awards. She designed jewelry and accessories for manufacturers in Providence and Attleboro, MA. In 1948, she formed a real estate agency with her husband, Richard, in Concord, NH. She was the first woman president of a board of realtors in the state. She retired in 1973 to Largo, where she enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends. She is survived by a son, a granddaughter, and a great-granddaughter. Husband Richard predeceased her.

Charlotte Kelsea Whipple ’28 of Onchiota, NY, died January 10. A music major, she was director of music at Dannemora Public Schools near Plattsburgh, NY. She subsequently became a social worker for Clinton County Department of Public Welfare. She enjoyed serving as organist and choir director for her church. She is survived by a daughter.

Ruth Lillybridge Scott ’29 of Rochester, NY, died October 27, 1996. A business major, she participated in student government, sports, and Eromdiks. She retired as an administrative assistant from the South Orange–Maplewood School District and enjoyed volunteer work. She is survived by son David.

Elizabeth Fake ’31 of Rochester, NY, died December 20, 1999. A business major, she earned a master’s in economics from the University of Rochester in 1939. After a 45-year career at Nazareth College, she retired as chair of the department of business and associate professor emerita. There are no known survivors.

Dean Wilgus Morrow ’31 of Roanoke, VA, died May 3. A physical education major, she earned a master’s in that discipline from SUNY-Albany in 1940, and taught in Albany public schools until 1944. She was a former board president of the Roanoke YWCA, the Roanoke City Library, and the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. She is survived by a daughter and two granddaughters.

Josephine Schuyler ’32 of Endicott, NY, died February 7, 2001. Majoring in Latin, she earned a master’s in teaching Latin from Columbia University in 1943. She was active in her church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. There are no known survivors.

Norma Gourley Farrar ’33 of Catonsville, MD, died July 5. A secretarial science major, she earned a degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College. Former president and longtime leader of the Women’s Civic League, she also volunteered at Maryland General Hospital and was a PTA officer at area public schools. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Husband Robert predeceased her.

Ruth Kettering Miller ’33 of Cornwall, PA, died July 27, 2001. A physical education major, she participated in sports teams and student government and was a longtime scout leader. She is survived by her husband, Rodman.

Jeanette Crawford Lopez ’34 of Cottage Grove, MN, died January 20. She majored in home economics. A civic volunteer, she served as a lay minister for her church for over 20 years. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mary “Wink” VanWickle Derby ’35 of Phoenixville, PA, died April 21. She majored in sociology. She is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren. Husband John and son Richard predeceased her.
Elizabeth Poinier Boyle ’37 of South Dennis, MA, died May 6, 2000. A physical education major, she went on to earn a master’s in education from the University of Michigan in 1938 and a master’s in library science from C.W. Post in 1962. She was a longtime educator in Rye, NY. She is survived by a daughter and son. Husband Bernard predeceased her.

Louise Killam Farley ’38 of Hamilton, MT, died May 25. An elementary education major, she co-owned an import business and was an active civic volunteer. She is survived by husband Joseph, two sons, and two daughters.

Hilda Bashevkin Betten ’39 of Marco Island, FL, died July 26. A sociology major, she earned a master’s in library science from Worcester State College in 1971. She was a member of Hadassah, Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Marco Healthcare Center, and Marco Island Friends of the Library. At Skidmore, she established the Morris and Hilda Bashevkin Betten Award in Social Work. She served the college as class president, class reunion-fund committee member, chair of the Wide Horizons campaign in Worcester, alumni admissions correspondent, alumni club officer, and member of the alumni association’s board of directors; she received an Outstanding Service Award in 1984. She is survived by a son and daughter, niece Judith Levine Kaufman ’60, cousin Barbara Feder Mindel ’53, and grandson Lawrence Missal ’97.

Alice Best ’39 of Parsippany, NJ, died October 19, 2001. An art major, she enjoyed a lengthy career in training and management with the Sentry Insurance Company in Parsippany, retiring in 1983. Predeceased by sister Jacqueline Best Stone ’39, she is survived by a nephew.

Jane DuBon Benson ’39 of Houston, TX, died March 31, 2001. After the death of her husband, Erling, in the late 1970s, Jane took over his duties as chief operating officer and owner of Massasoit Chemical Company. She is survived by a son and daughter.

Marjorie Kirk ’39 of Meadville, PA, died May 10. A physical education major, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Illinois in 1945 and enjoyed a long and distinguished career in university teaching, retiring as chair of the physical education department at Allegheny College. She was active in many professional associations and the American Cancer Society. She served Skidmore as class president and helped organize her 45th and 50th reunions; she received an Outstanding Service Award in 1989. She is survived by sister Edith Kirk Griffin ’44, nieces Terri Griffin Harvey ’71 and Wendy Griffin DeMartini ’73, and grandnephew Timothy Harvey ’02.

Emily Pattison Dodge ’39 of Westport, NY, died April 29. A physical education major, she taught that subject in several area schools and, together with her husband, built and operated the Bay Breeze Motor Court. She is survived by a son and daughter, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, predeceased her.

Margaret Mackey Lawrence ’40 of Doylestown, PA, died July 4. A business major, she was an arts administrator and civic activist. A former vice president of the Temple University Faculty Wives Club and the Women’s Medical Auxiliary, she served as administrator of the Bucks County Historical Society and the Mercer Museum, and on the board of the Doylestown Village Improvement Association. She also volunteered for the Mill Players, a theatrical group, and appeared in many of its productions. Peg served Skidmore for decades in leadership roles including alumna trustee, class president, leadership-gift and reunion-giving committee member, Friends of the Presidents chair, and many others. In 1990 she received an Outstanding Service Award. She is survived by two daughters, including Patricia Lawrence Bucher ’72; two sons; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by husband Lloyd and by her mother, Winifred Page Mackey ’16.

Nancy “Pete” Mergentime Silverman ’40 of Bernard, Maine, died April 30. A theater major and wood artisan, her legacy family includes cousins Andrea Mergentime ’80 and Nicholas Samuels ’94 and grandchildren Deborah Siegel ’01 and David Scott Siegel ’04.

Nancy Conger Weldon ’41 of Westborough, MA,died April 12. A theater major, she went on to earn a master’s in drama from Columbia University and taught at Wheaton College. She was an active member of her church. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Husband Frederic predeceased her.

Jean Malone Huntting ’42 of Greenwich, CT, died April 28. A history major, she was active in numerous community charities and was a dedicated civic volunteer. She also enjoyed golfing and was made an honorary member of the Greenwich Golf Club. She is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and a sister. Husband William predeceased her.

Catherine Marshall ’42 of Shoshoni, WY, died June 9. She was one of the “long-stemmed beauties” with the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency and became an artist and painter. A two-time master bridge player, she was knighted by the Royal Order of St. John of Jerusalem for her volunteer work. She is survived by a son and daughter.

Emily Strong Pettit ’42 of Louisville, KY, died May 12 after a brief illness. A physical education major, she was an accomplished competitive bowler and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by a daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Husband Carl predeceased her.

Barbara Hall Legg ’43 of Saugerties, NY, died July 25, 2001. She earned a degree in English and subsequently did graduate work in journalism at Syracuse University. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946, she was publicity secretary for the NYS Commerce Department for several years. A Girl Scout Council leader and chair, she was secretary for the Schodack Conservation Advisory Council and trustee of the East Greenbush Community Library. She is survived by two daughters. Husband Stanley predeceased her.

Gloria Maitlen Kemper ’43 of Noblesville, IN, died October 16, 1999. Majoring in psychology and zoology, she pursued a master’s and doctorate in educational psychology and enjoyed a career as a school psychologist. She is survived by husband Robert.

Marjorie Scarlett Miner ’43 of Portland, ME, died July 9. Her paintings, well-known throughout New England, are part of collections held in the Farnsworth Museum of Dartmouth College, the Copley Art Society of Boston, and several private collections. She was a former professor of art at the University of Southern Maine. She is survived by a son and daughter. Husband Gale predeceased her.

Helaine Nelkin Straus ’45 of South Orange, NJ, died April 13. A psychology major, she earned a master’s in liberal studies from New York University in 1980. She was a tour director for the South Orange Maplewood Adult School. She is survived by husband Howard and three sons.

Margaret Shryer Rose ’45 of Oakland, CA, died April 23 after a brief struggle with cancer. A business major, she was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend who enjoyed attending Skidmore reunions—including her 50th—and playing cribbage with her granddaughter. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Joan Case Fabian ’46 of Pittsford, NY, died July 29. A home economics major, she was a member of St. Mary’s Seton Group and the Rosary Society, and past president of Our Lady of Lourdes Visitation Committee and the Brighton United Way Fund. She is survived by husband Richard, five daughters, and a son.

Elizabeth Lueders LaPann ’46 of Queensbury, NY, died April 1, having suffered a stroke a year earlier. A biology major, she was a retired geriatric social worker and was a Skidmore class agent for many years. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, brother-in-law Ted LaPann ’50, and sister-in-law Joan Weller LaPann ’50.

Mary Shebek Hickey ’47 of Florence, MA, died April 28. A chemistry major, she worked as a chemist for several corporations and at the University of Cincinnati. She is survived by a son. Husband Thomas predeceased her.

Esther Griffing Joseph ’49 of Rhinebeck, NY, died February 11 of lung cancer. A sociology major, she was a psychotherapist who worked with learning-disabled and emotionally disturbed youth and presented seminars on pet therapy. She held a doctorate from Yeshiva University in special education. Founder and president of a pet therapy foster-home program in NYC, she served on the boards of several civic organizations associated with the welfare of children, the elderly, and animals. She is survived by a brother. Husband Charles predeceased her.

Pauline Hoerst Gerweck ’52 of Pompano Beach, FL, died August 31, 1991. An art major, she was supervisor of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL. There are no known survivors.

Christine Schmidt deGot ’52 of Old Greenwich, CT, died March 24 of progressive supranuclear palsy. A nursing major, she earned a master’s degree in nursing education at New York University and taught at its Manhattan hospital. She was an assistant professor at Skidmore from 1955 to 1963. In later years she became a broker and co-owner of Cove Realty in Old Greenwich. She was an avid reader and letter writer. She is survived by husband Stephen, a son and daughter, and two grandchildren.

Joy Archer ’53 of Williamsburg, VA, died July 4 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). A physical education major, she was a women’s athletics coach and educator at the College of William and Mary, where she chaired the athletics department for four years. A devoted conservationist and birder, she served as president of the Williamsburg Bird Club, board member of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy, and member of many similar groups. She was active in the United Way and the Olde Towne Medical Center. In October 2001, W&M students, colleagues, and friends celebrated her contributions, planting a tree in her honor in W&M’s athletic fields. She is survived by a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Hauser ’53 of Ridgewood, NJ, died May 18. A psychology major, she was on the staff of Eromdiks and a member of three athletic teams. Starting as a receptionist at IBM headquarters in NYC shortly after graduation, she built a career as a corporate business consultant. An avid tennis player and golfer, she was a member of the Westside Tennis and High Mountain Golf Clubs. She was also a former president of the College Club in Ridgewood. She served her class as reunion volunteer, fund chair, and a member of several key alumni committees. She was actively working as class agent and class secretary up until several weeks before she died. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara Clark Hudson ’55 of Milford, CT, died December 3, 2001. She was a dietician. She is survived by a daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter. Husband Frederic Jr. predeceased her.

Muriel Mills Beadleston ’55 of Hudson Falls, NY, died January 25 after a long illness. She majored in biology. She is survived by two sons.

Judith Magill Glashow ’56 of Saddle River, NJ, died July 9. A sociology major, she was a self-employed financial planner. She is survived by husband Jules, a daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Lynn Schroeder ’56 of Newark, NJ, died June 25 after a long battle with cancer. An English major, she was a successful author and president of her own learning materials firm. Her first book, Superlearning, sold over 2 million copies and was published in 11 different languages. There are no known survivors.

J. Susan Sherman ’62 of NYC died August 4, 2001. There are no known survivors.

Belle Drew ’63 of Albany, NY, died May 19. A psychology major, she served as director of probation for Warren County, later earning an M.S.W. from SUNY-Albany’s School of Social Welfare and working as a psychiatric social worker at the Capital District Psychiatric Center for more than a decade. A founding member of the Mental Health Associates, she was active in shaping state legislation to improve recognition of social workers. She held a faculty position in psychiatry at Albany Medical College. A talented musician, she joined the National Medical Symphony at the age of 77, performing with it at Kennedy Center and in Europe. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren.

Kathleen Storrs Smith ’64 of Avon, CT, died January 1, 2001. She was a psychology major. She is survived by husband Garrett and sister Patricia Storrs ’60; her mother, Kathleen Mulcahy Storrs ’32, predeceased her.

Mary Graff Gaber ’66 of Evanston, IL, died September 27, 2001. She finished her degree in social work at Loyola University. She is survived by husband Stephen.

Suzanne Williamson Carney ’70 of Alameda, CA, died March 2 after a long battle with cancer. A business major, she was an accomplished rider and coordinated the campus furniture exchange for two years. Employed as a legal secretary, she was an active member of local tennis and rowing clubs and a volunteer for several community organizations. She is survived by husband Jason and a son.

Patricia Armstrong David ’73 of Lorton, VA, died December 19, 2001 of cancer. A psychology major, she was an accountant and later controller of the Stuckey’s Corporation. She is survived by her ex-husband, Dale; her mother; a son; and a brother and sister.

Daphne Zeno ’79 of Bronx, NY, died January 22 of a heart attack. A social work major, she worked at Boricua College, one of the first Puerto Rican colleges in the U.S., and later worked with HIV/AIDS patients and their families at Montefiore Hospital’s Women’s Center. She is survived by her mother, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

Bruce Merola ’84 of Irvine, CA, died November 7, 1994. He majored in business. He is survived by his mother.

J. Peter LaFrenz Jr. ’90 of Rockville Centre, NY, died in May 1998. A social work major, he received the Betten Award in Social Work during his senior year. There are no known survivors.

Faculty & Staff

Dorothy Hay, who worked many years in student services, died June 13. She began in 1969 doing clerical work in the Office of the Registrar, and then moved in 1972 to the Office of the Dean of Studies (later named Academic Advising), where she provided secretarial support until her retirement in 1985. She returned in 1989—this time to Admissions, where she was a part-time data entry clerk for the next 10 years.

A native of Hudson Falls, NY, Hay was involved in a number of community groups. She was a Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout troop leader, an avid bowler, and active in her church. She was also known for her love of animals.

Hay is survived by daughters Janis Petroski (an administrative assistant in Alumni Affairs and College Events at Skidmore) and Lynne Goodwin of Sarasota, FL; son Jack ’76 of Saratoga Springs; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was predeceased by son William.

Stanley E. Saxton, professor emeritus of music, died July 24 in Saratoga Springs; he was 97. Born in Fort Plain, NY, Saxton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Syracuse University; he also studied organ with Marcel Dupre and Charles Marie Widor at the American School in Fontainbleau in France, as well as composition with Nadia Boulanger. He held his first church organist job at the age of 12, formed his own orchestra as a college freshman, and toured Europe with Paul Whiteman’s Collegians.

Saxton joined the Skidmore faculty in 1928 and taught at the college for 40 years, also serving as college organist. He had additional assignments, as well—in the 1930s as director of buildings and plant, and in the 1940s, when he put his love of color photography to work documenting life at the college.

A member of the American Guild of Organists, Saxton designed and built many pipe organs in the eastern U.S., including the three-manual pipe organ that debuted with the opening of Filene Recital Hall on Skidmore’s new campus in the 1980s. He also pursued research in indigenous folk music as source material for compositions, a topic he addressed in his 1959 Faculty Research Lecture, and composed many published works for organ, piano, voice, and chorus. A prodigious performer—he offered 400 recitals on the Skidmore campus alone—he continued to perform after retiring from the college in 1969.

In retirement, Saxton’s love for cultivating and breeding daylilies evolved into a second distinguished career. With a quarter-million daylilies in Saxton Gardens in Saratoga, he was a major supplier of seeds to wholesalers and home gardeners alike. A charter member of the American Hemerocallis Society, he had more than 300 registered hybrids.

Predeceased by wife Catherine in 1957, Saxton is survived by his son Peter of Saratoga Springs.


Former trustee Harry V. Quadracci died July 29 by accidental drowning in a lake near his home in Chenequa, WI; he was 66. President Jamienne S. Studley, referring to him as “a creative and generous benefactor of Skidmore,” said Quadracci will be “remembered as imaginative and far-thinking. His belief in education was profound, and he brought a penetrating and questioning mind to advancing Skidmore’s mission.”

Since Quadracci founded Quad/Graphics Inc. 31 years ago, the company has grown steadily and is now the largest privately held printing company in North America, with 16 plants on three continents—including the Saratoga Springs facility.

Quadracci, his family, and foundation have supported initiatives at Skidmore that address their commitment to students, to families, to business and ethical responsibility, and to effective connections between campus and community. In 1987, they endowed the Windhover Scholarship Fund, which has annually supported up to four students who are either relatives of Quad/Graphics employees or reside in the Saratoga Springs area. While a trustee, Quadracci suggested offering minicollege classes for Family Weekend; the program was introduced in 1989 and continues each fall.

In 1998, the Quadracci family pledged $2 million for faculty support. The majority of the pledge was used to endow the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility, currently held by Prof. of English Thomas Lewis. The funds also provided substantial support for the David H. Porter Chair, held by Prof. of History Tad Kuroda.

Quadracci is survived by his wife, Betty; four children, including Joel ’91; and his mother and two brothers. The family suggests memorials to the Quad/Graphics Community Fund, c/o Quad/Graphics Inc., N63-W23075 Main St., Sussex, WI 53089.


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