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Margaret Murray Gordon ’33 of Newport, RI, died July 16. A fine arts major, she was a docent and photographer at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. After many years of working as an award-winning ceramic artist, she taught ceramics and was an artist in residence at Reed College. She was a longtime volunteer at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland and Newport, RI, Visual Arts Center. She is survived by a cousin; husband Walter predeceased her.
Mary Alden Wright ’33 of Boston, MA, died April 8. She was a longtime administrative assistant for the Atlantic Monthly Company. An avid learner, she enjoyed taking numerous courses at Boston’s Center for Adult Education. There are no known survivors.
Marie Rosch Pagano ’34 of Albany, NY, died May 8. She is survived by son Bart; husband Bartholomew predeceased her.
Madalyn Bellinger Bryant ’34 of Delmar, NY, died May 7. A business major, she was a member of the Tawasentha chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Normanside Country Club. She is survived by husband Leland and a stepson.
Carolyn Hoeve Baumes ’34 of Loveland, OH, died April 26. A home-economics major, she owned Carol’s Doll Room, specializing in restoration of antique dolls. She was active in the Red Cross and volunteered at the Loveland Museum. She is survived by husband Carl, two daughters, and eight grandchildren.
Mildred Grove Nanz ’35 of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died July 19 after suffering a stroke. An art major, she was an accomplished pianist. She and husband Ted were active in their church, performing extensive missionary and humanitarian work in Haiti. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband predeceased her.
Laurel Johnson ’35 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died June 11. A French and Latin major, she earned a master’s in French from Middlebury College. She taught at Lake Luzerne Central School and Coxsackie-Athens High School, where she also directed the glee club. She also taught Latin at Linton High School in Schenectady for many years. An accomplished flutist, she played in the family quintet and at Skidmore. She enjoyed worldwide travel, including trips to Greece, Italy, and the Middle East. She is survived by two nieces, three nephews, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by sisters Thelma Lowen ’32 and Linnea Lundgren ’25.
Dorothy Binner Conner ’35 of Paoli, PA, died May 17 of a heart attack. A business major, she was a longtime hospital volunteer. She especially enjoyed traveling overseas. She is survived by a daughter; husband Robert predeceased her.
Jane Hanson Robinson ’37 of Pisgah Forest, NC, died July 19. A biology major, she enjoyed volunteer work and choral singing. She served the college as a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. Husband Frank predeceased her.
Virginia Miller Cannon ’38 of Wakefield, MA, died July 9. An English major, she was finally awarded her diploma in 1996, 58 years after completing all the requirements. Her diploma had been withheld in 1938 after she broke the college curfew during the spring semester of her senior year. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Her husband, C. Newton, predeceased her.
Sarah Peebles Sandford ’40 of Atlanta, GA, died May 2. She was a business major who volunteered for the Onondaga Free Library in Auburn, NY. A devoted alumna, Sally served as treasurer on the alumni board and as class fund chair. In 1983 she established the Sarah P. Sandford Endowed Book Fund to help enhance the collection of Scribner Library. She is survived by daughter Priscilla Sandford Worral ’69, a son, a brother, and five grandchildren. Her husband, Arthur, predeceased her.
Elizabeth Branch Nichols ’40 of Vineyard Haven, MA, died March 9. A business major, she was a secretary for Canadian Bank in Manhattan prior to her marriage. She was a former VP of her area PTA and a Sunday school teacher. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, and 11 grandchildren. Her husband, Clayton, predeceased her.
Alice Bullock Townend ’40 of Wilkes Barre, PA died February 25. An English major, she owned an interior design business. She is survived by three daughters and several grandchildren. Husband Ernest predeceased her.
Mary Malone Vallejo ’40 of Portland, OR, died December 30, 2002 after a brief illness. An art major, she also attended Columbia Teachers College. A former art teacher, she was a longtime director of the Half Moon Bay Historical Society in California and became a noted local historian. She is survived by two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren; husband Frederick predeceased her.
Eloise Goodspeed Spring ’41 of Canton, CT, died April 2. She was an English major. She is survived by two sons, a sister, and four grandchildren.
Lucy Armstrong Davis ’42 of Columbus, OH, died June 14. A home-economics major, she worked as a “Gray Lady” for the Red Cross in NYC, and later for Time magazine and Macy’s. She also served as personal assistant to “Trader Vic” Bergeron in San Francisco, CA. She was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society. She served the college as a treasurer of the alumni association board in the mid-1940s. She is survived by husband Roger, a son, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and sister Sally Armstrong Gieseler ’49.
Elizabeth Bankwitz Stebbins ’42 of Poulsbo, WA, died October 14, 2001. An art major, she worked as a claims adjuster for Safeco Insurance Company from 1966 to 1988. She is survived by a son and daughter. Husband Thomas predeceased her.
Leone Wicklund ’43 of Alexandria, VA, died March 11, 1988. An art major, she earned a master’s degree in fine art and education from Teachers College of Columbia University. She worked as a graphic artist and visual information specialist for the US Department of Transportation for many years until her retirement in 1975. She enjoyed painting and photography. There are no known survivors.
Elizabeth Smith Lawrence ’46 of Wyndmoor, PA, died of a heart attack on May 6. Betty received a master’s from Middlebury College. Her career, which included working at Philadelphia’s famous Sessler’s Book Store, was cut short by a brain aneurysm in 1961, which permanently disabled her. She continued to take care of her household and traveled to 42 states, Canada, and Great Britain with her husband, Steve. An ardent bird-watcher, she maintained a life list of over 400 species. In addition to Steve, she is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.
Lorraine Ackerman Roberts ’46 of Concord, CA, died October 24, 2001. A nursing major, she retired after a lengthy career in public health nursing. Former president of her church guild, she was a member of AAUW and the Skidmore club of Ithaca, NY. She is survived by husband James, a son, and two daughters.
Hermine Strickler Mitchell ’47 of Philadelphia, PA, died June 15. An art major, she completed her degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1948. She was a practicing architect until 1976. An honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, she was a trustee of the Foundation of Architecture in Philadelphia. She is survived by husband Ehrman, son Eric Mitchell ’77, and a daughter.
Carol Gerendasy Stout ’49 of Homosassa, FL, died April 30. A business major, she was a secretary at several Manhattan firms prior to her marriage. She is survived by husband William, a daughter, and a son. Her sister Betty Gerendasy Shepard ’48 predeceased her.
Diane Sears ’52 of Bronxville, NY, died April 17. An art major, she earned a master’s in guidance and career counseling from New York University in 1961. She was a buyer for Spalding Corporation. She is survived by a brother.
Anne Keffer ’54 of New York, NY, died July 6 of cancer. A drama major, she enjoyed a career in publishing. She served Skidmore as a class agent and planning committee member for her 40th and 50th reunions, and was active in the NYC Skidmore club. She is survived by a brother.
Anne Norris Haynsworth ’61 of La Jolla, CA, died July 20, 2003. She majored in art. She is survived by three daughters.
Helen MacKay Bradford ’62 of San Francisco, CA, died of breast cancer on June 7. A government major, she served on the boards of Historic Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA; the Junior League and Association of Children’s Theater in Minneapolis, MN; and the Friends of Recreation and Parks and the Strybing Arboretum Society in San Francisco. She is survived by two sons, including David Bradford ’88.
Kathryn Terwilliger ’63 of West Hills, CA, died July 15. A math major, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by husband Thom Velde and two daughters.
Linda Lloyd Murphy ’72 of Ballston Spa, NY, died June 23 of cancer. An elementary education major, she matriculated as an adult student, became a Periclean scholar, and graduated with honors. She taught English in Ballston Spa schools for many years. A well-known community volunteer, she was a tireless promoter of the Village of Ballston Spa, serving as executive assistant to the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association for the past 15 years. She is survived by husband Raymond, two sons, and five grandchildren.
Herle Briggs Holmes ’75 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died April 4. A graduate of Skidmore’s UWW program, she went on to earn an MLS degree from SUNY-Albany in 1977. She served as children’s room and reference librarian for the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 1970 to 1987. She was well-known for carting books to poorer neighborhoods in the city and teaching children to read. She later served as a librarian for the Atlantic City, NJ, library system. She is survived by five daughters, two sons, three stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Todd Hamilton ’80 of San Anselmo, CA, died suddenly of a stroke on May 18. An economics-mathematics major, Todd was a certified financial planner and a distinguished member of several professional societies. Earlier he was senior VP of Praxis Investment Advisors in St. Helena and managing director of trading at Bank of America in San Francisco. He was also a talented musician and served the college as a reunion, class, and club volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and their three children.
Carol Ann Luce ’80 of Albany, NY, died unexpectedly on April 6 as a result of a genetic heart condition. An art major, she earned an MFA from SUNY-Albany and was a professional artist and professor of art at Siena College. She is survived by a son; her companion, John Cirrin; her parents; a brother; and a sister.
Donna D’Elisiis ’97 of Schenectady, NY, died June 22 after a short illness. A graduate of Skidmore’s UWW program, she earned a degree in business administration while working as a paralegal at General Electric Silicones in Waterford, NY. She enjoyed travel and exercise. She is survived by her mother, a brother, an aunt, and several cousins.
Faculty and Staff
Stella Clark of Northumberland, NY, died June 23. A longtime member of the business affairs staff, she joined Skidmore in 1962—first as an administrative assistant and coordinator of summer programs, and later as director of office services and the campus post office. Skidmore Shop director Barbara Miller Heron recalled, “Stella took people under her wing—including students and colleagues. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make people feel welcome, and worked hard to meet the needs of all she worked with.” Former vice president Karl Broekhuizen added, “Everything she did was to provide the Skidmore community with the best experience possible.” Clark retired from Skidmore in 1986. Predeceased by husband Robert, she is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several cousins.
Kathleen Morrison of Ballston Spa, NY, died August 5. From 1990 to 2000 she taught at Skidmore’s Greenberg Child Care Center—first as a substitute teacher and then as a teacher in the infant room. Parents were often greeted with a friendly smile and a positive report from Morrison; colleagues say she was as attentive to parents’ concerns as she was nurturing to their offspring. Center director Nancy Wheeler recalled, “Kathy was a kind, warm friend who touched many lives. She always looked for the positive in any situation and had a great sense of humor. Kathy loved to sew and made the children several costumes, which they still enjoy wearing. She also loved gardening and nature.” In addition to her parents, Morrison is survived by husband William, children Joshua and Crystal, three grandsons, four brothers, and several nieces and nephews.
Ann Page Perrino of Greenfield Center, NY, died June 7. A member of Skidmore’s housekeeping staff for 12 years, she also worked for two decades with husband Robert at Cook’s Auto of Saratoga Springs, the family business. Richard Mickus, her supervisor in housekeeping, recalled, “Ann had a great sense of humor and a genuine love of Skidmore.” She retired in 2003. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, a sister, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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