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Esther Olson Lofquist ’29 of New London, NH, died of a heart attack on June 8. A home economics major, she enjoyed gardening, reading, and volunteering with the Twigs, a social organization in Short Hills, NJ. She served Skidmore as class secretary and reunion committee member. She is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, John, and sister Ruth Olson Coltman ’39 predeceased her.

Carol Weber Fuller ’29 of Salamanca, NY, died April 21. A music major, she retired as secretary treasurer of Salamanca Press Inc. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law.

Dorothy Lally ’31 of Mitchellville, MD, died July 5. A history major, she earned a masters in social work from Columbia University and a doctorate from Catholic University. She retired as head of the international welfare office of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the late 70s, capping a distinguished career that began in 1944, when she was consultant to the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. She also served as international services chief of the Social Security Administration from 1957 to 1967. She was a member of the Womens National Democratic Club, the National Association of Social Workers, and her church. In 1972 the Skidmore Alumni Association recognized her for her outstanding achievement in the field of social work. She is survived by niece Carolyn Rice Lindsay ’64.

May VanNess McCahan ’31 of Selinsgrove, PA, died June 2. A psychology major, she was a nurses aide at Doctors Nursing Home and a teachers aide at Kreamer Christian Academy. She was active in her husbands ministry and in volunteer work. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

Elizabeth Darrah Tetzlaff ’32, formerly of Doylestown, PA, died July 14. A music major, she also studied at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She was a pianist with the Matinee Musical Club and performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. A Girl Scout leader for over 25 years, she was also a longtime member of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and helped restore the historic Ormiston House in Fairmount Park. She is survived by a son, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

Eunice Garrigues Elder ’32 of Lakewood, NJ, died August 9, 2002. An art education major, she was an active Red Cross volunteer who enjoyed international travel. She is survived by two daughters and a son. Her husband, Thomas, predeceased her.

June Lister Madison ’32 of Edgewood, RI, died July 8. A business major, she owned and operated Lister Worsted Yarn Store in Smithfield and is considered a pioneer in the marketing of yarns to home knitters. She was an active member of the Edgewood Garden and the Rose Heritage Clubs. She is survived by two nieces, a nephew, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Her husband, Earle, predeceased her.

Jean Douglass Horstman ’34 of Fairfax, VA, died June 26. A music major, she was a faculty assistant to the head of Skidmores music department from 1934 to 1937. She subsequently enjoyed a career as a music teacher, private piano instructor, accompanist, and longtime church organist in Schenectady, NY. She served Skidmore as a reunion and club volunteer. She is survived by a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and cousin Doris Mayer Ford ’39. Her husband, Raymond, predeceased her.

Leah Adaskin Rifkin ’38 of Palm City, FL, died June 18. An art major, she pursued graduate studies in social work at Boston College. She is survived by two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Julian, predeceased her.

Nancy Richardson Stevenson ’38 of Attleboro, MA, died July 14. A home-economics major, she was a teacher and tutor in English and reading who became well known for her work with dyslexic students. The author of more than 30 manuals on the subject of reading, she founded the Stevenson Language Skills Program in Attleboro Falls. A board member of the Attleboro public library, she helped found the Attleboro Area Mental Health Association and the Little Folks Kindergarten; she was also active in her church. Skidmores alumni association nominated her for a Distinguished Achievement Award in 1989. She is survived by her husband, Allan, a daughter, two sons, a brother, and three grandchildren.

Marjorie Culver Doody ’38 of Nantucket, MA, died March 24, 1999. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis, and leaves no survivors.

Mary Murphy Shay ’39 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died May 31 after a long illness. A French major, she earned a masters in education from the College of St. Rose. She was an elementary teacher for the Albany public school system for over two decades and a member of several professional societies. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Hope Decatur Rowland ’41 of Austin, TX, died June 5. A fine-arts major, she earned an MFA in theater from Yale and an M.Ed. from American University. She was a longtime teacher in Montgomery County, MD, and avidly pursued a lifelong love of music and theater. She is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Joan Cravens Pitkin ’41 of Indianapolis, IN, died July 25. A home-economics major, she did graduate work in education at the University of Indiana. In later years, she became chair of the board for her husbands firm, Ulrich Chemical Inc. Past president of Monday Afternoon and Kensington Clubs in Martinsville, she was also a member and elder of her church and enjoyed gardening, traveling, and sports. She is survived by a son, two daughters, a brother, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Jean Sampson Grebe ’42 of Devon, PA, died July 18 of Alzheimers disease. She is survived by her husband, Francis, two daughters, including Jean S. Lindsay ’64, and a son.

Nancy Galeski Levy ’42 of Richmond, VA, died February 4. A drama major, she was a teacher of English as a second language and active in numerous civic, cultural, and Jewish organizations in the Richmond area. She is survived by her husband, Laurence, and three sons.

Barbara Estabrook ’43 of Washington, DC, died July 10. A business major, she enjoyed a distinguished career in public relations and banking, retiring as director of public affairs for the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was previously assistant vice president and director of Franklin National Bank of New York. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Christ Child Society of Washington. A member of the National Press Club and treasurer of the American Newspaper Womens Club, she served Skidmore as class president, secretary of the alumni association, and alumnae trustee. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Lois Waite Bouman ’44 of Victor, NY, died July 16, 2001. She leaves husband John.

Tina Paladino Shoup ’44 of Jupiter, FL, died July 18. A music major, she is survived by a son, daughter Susan Shoup Lentrichia ’75, sister Gloria Paladino Belden ’52, and granddaughter Risa Lea Shoup ’05. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her.

Nora Kenney, daughter of Irene Larson Glatfelter ’46, called to note some corrections to the notice of her mothers death: Irene died January 19, and she lived in Englewood, FL.

Dorcas Fox Briggs ’46 of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died May 29. A dietetics and nutrition major, she returned to Skidmore in the mid-1960s to work as head dietitian for the college. She was also a dietitian for San Gabriel and Pomona hospitals in California, and at Bert Fish Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, FL. She was an ADA-registered dietitian from 1963 until her retirement. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Her son-in-law is Joel Keener ’76. Her mother, Esther Case Williams ’24, predeceased her.

Barbara Hammond McGrath ’47 of Pearl River, NY, died December 25. A psychology major, she earned a masters in reading from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She retired after a lengthy career as a second-grade teacher in Ardsley, NY. She is survived by her husband, David, and two sons.

Jacqueline Rich ’51 of Salem, NY, died August 4. A Spanish major, she retired as an executive from Mobil Corporation. She is survived by a sister.

Julie Upham ’65 of Laconia, NH, died July 17. Editor of the Skidmore News in her student years, she went on to become a reporter for the Medford (MA) Daily Mercury for 13 years and subsequently served as its managing editor for nearly a decade. Beginning in 1988, she worked for The Citizen newspaper in Laconia, NH, serving in various capacities until her death. A member, former vice president, and board member of the Royall House Association in Medford, she also served on the board of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society. She received the Governors Volunteer Recognition Award for her work on behalf of the New Hampshire Music Festival and other community events. For Skidmore, she was a longtime admissions contact volunteer. There are no known survivors.

Jane Levis Sargeant ’68 of Attleboro, MA, died of cancer on July 2. A psychology major, she was a former member of the executive training program at Jordan Marsh Co. in Boston. In 1970 she began a career at the Willett School in Attleboro, where she taught fourth-graders for seven years. She subsequently taught third grade at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI, and did substitute teaching in Attleboro. She chaired the Teacher Appreciation Committee in Providence, was a leader in local garden clubs, and was active in the Stone Horse Yacht Club in Harwich Port. She is survived by her husband, Bruce, her mother, a son, a daughter, sister Linda Levis Kammerer ’80, and aunt Olive Clark Niven ’44.

Mavis Mahoney Kenney ’73 of Killington, VT, died of cancer on January 2, 1995. A psychology major, she earned a masters degree from the University of Vermont in 1997. She was owner and vice president of the Finish Line Ski Shop and Pats Hats in Killington, VT. She is survived by her husband, James.

Jeri Held ’74 of Carlsbad, CA, died August 11. A sociology major, she was a senior public relations executive for several entertainment firms, including Lorimar, Weintraub, and Castle Rock. She was most recently president of FeatureMedia, a film, literary, and entertainment company based in Carlsbad. Over her 30-year career, Jeri handled projects including Hands Across America; the Beach Boys Concert on the Mall; and several projects for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She directed PR campaigns for films including A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, and City Slickers. A 1995 liver-transplant patient, she donated time to the National Liver Foundation. She was vice chair of the Carlsbad Arts Commission and was active in the San Diego chapters of Girls Inc. and the Encinitas Artist Colony 101. For Skidmore, she served as an admissions correspondent. She is survived by her mother, two sisters, a niece, and a nephew.

Anne Davis Sahrmann ’91 of Kennebunkport, ME, died July 15. She completed a degree from the Whitmore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire, where she was a Presidential Scholar. She worked as a special assistant to the president of the FIC Management Co. in Newton, MA, and subsequently as a business manager for several firms. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, her parents, a sister, and her paternal grandparents.

Richard Hiller ’92 of Amawalk, NY, died May 1. A business major and member of the Skidmore hockey team, he owned and operated Blockbuster Video in Terrington, CT. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Rebeck Hiller ’93, daughters Kate and Rosalie, his parents, and two sisters.

Harriet Davis Holland, UWW ’72 of Rochester, NY, died June 5, 1998. A registered nurse, she leaves a son and a daughter. Her husband, Philip, predeceased her.

Kezia Winston Howe, UWW ’72 of Queensbury, NY, died October 13, 2002. She taught elementary school in Queensbury and was a teachers assistant at the Wilton Developmental Center before becoming a high-school skill-development specialist for the Hadley-Luzerne High School. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; two daughters; and two sons.

Faculty & Staff

Jean Holmes Campbell of Lecanto, FL, died June 20. Having earned bachelors and masters degrees at New York University and a doctor of education degree at Columbias Teachers College, she was superintendent of nursing at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and served on the staff of the National League for Nursing. She came to Skidmore in 1965 and chaired the nursing department until her retirement in 1973. She retired to Clemson, SC, and moved in 1993 to Lecanto, where her brother lived. She is survived by a sister, a nephew, and a grandnephew. The family has suggested that memorial gifts be made to Presentation College (1500 N. Main St., Aberdeen, SD 57401-1299), to provide educational opportunities for American Indian students on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

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Friends of deceased alumni may wish to make contributions in their memories to the Yellow Rose Memorial Fund, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Please include the name of the person being memorialized and, if appropriate, include the name and address of a relative to whom the college can send an acknowledgment.


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