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Cecelia Schick Roop ’31 of Seattle, WA, died June 26. A biology major, she directed the Ellis Hospital laboratory technician training program from 1931 to 1935. She held other managerial positions at senior-citizen residences throughout her career. She was a past president of regional chapters of the AAUW, coordinated several senior volunteer programs, and was a docent at the Seattle Art Museum. She is survived by a daughter; her husband, Milford, and a son predeceased her.
Anna Nancy Paret Ashcraft ’31 of Greenville, DE, died March 31. An art major, she was an accomplished artist and needleworker. She leaves two daughters and several grandchildren.
Carolyn White Yates ’32 of Sykesville, MD, died June 7. A home-economics major, she was a
civic and AAUW volunteer. She is survived by two sons. Her husband, David, predeceased her.
Edna Hultberg Monk ’32 of Charlestown, RI, died July 29, 2005. A nursing major, she was a community health nurse. In 2005 she compiled a scrapbook illustrating her student experience
at the program’s Cambridge and East Harlem sites that was drawn upon for the permanent exhibit Skidmore Nursing: Pioneers in Science. She is survived by two sons, daughter-in-law Jean Johnson Monk ’63, and several grandchildren.
Eleanor Searle Wurzburger ’33 of Lexington, VA, died June 29. She was an economics major.
She is survived by two daughters and granddaughter JoAnna Foyle ’98. Her husband, Stuart, predeceased her.
Laurene Fuller Vinette ’34 of Cumberland Foreside, ME, died January 26. A business major, she was a civic volunteer. She served Skidmore as a class agent, club president, and admissions correspondent. She is survived by two daughters, including Judine Vinette French ’63, a son, and three grandchildren.
Dorothy Towl Gillies ’34 of Glen Cove, NY, died April 8, 2005. She was a sociology major. She is survived by a son, a grandson, and a nephew.
Delores Moore Wilson ’34 of Bradford, PA, died April 25, 2002. A phys-ed major, she is survived by a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Husband Richard predeceased her.
Eleanor Oliver Dunn ’34 of Washington, DC, died December 12, 2001. She was a music major. Her husband, Stephen, predeceased her.
Mary Kates Good Tuthill ’35 of Rochester, NY, died July 5. A history major, she served Skidmore as a Celebration Campaign and Reunion volunteer. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Husband Marsden predeceased her.
Elinor Juch Norvig ’35 of Bethlehem, PA, died May 29. An economics major, she worked at IBM
in NYC before earning a master’s in education from Moravian College. She taught in the Easton school district for many years. She is survived by daughter Karen Norvig Berry ’65 and two sons. Her husband, Axel, predeceased her.
Petra Schatz Williams ’36 of Jeffersontown, KY, died April 14. A government major, she earned a JD degree from Fordham School of Law in 1940. An antiquarian and author, she founded Fountain House East, publishing several identification books on rare china. She was a member of numerous professional societies, including the National Society of Interior Decorators. She was included in the 1989–90 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women. She is survived by three daughters; husband Calvert predeceased her.
Eleanor Pancoast Welch ’36 of Winsted, CT, died March 23, 2002. A nursing major, she was the director of nurses at the Highland Acres Convalescent Home for several decades. She leaves daughter Dorothy Welch Wallace ’75.
Janet Booth Bauer ’37 of Madison, CT, died December 17. She was a liberal arts major. She leaves a son; husband Frederick predeceased her.
Elinor Anderberg ’38 of New York, NY, died March 28. A psychology and English major, she graduated with honors. She was a longtime art department head for the Book of the Month Club. She founded the West Side Campaign for Hunger and was active in her church’s social outreach programs. She is survived by three nieces, two great-nephews, and one great-niece.
Helen Welch ’38 of Ocean Grove, NJ, died December 19. There are no known survivors.
Ruth Bielfeld Oberle ’39 of Norfolk, VA, died May 25. A nursing major, she was a visiting nurse
in NYC. She is survived by a son and daughter, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Husband Grover predeceased her.
Jean Schill Barba ’43 of Summit, NJ, died May 1. She was a real estate broker. She is survived by three daughters, including Jean Barba Strickler ’64, two sons, and 15 grandchildren. Her husband, Louis, predeceased her.
Beth Perry Macy ’43 of North Dartmouth, MA, died April 16. An art major, she was a working artist. She is survived by husband Herbert and a daughter.
Elizabeth Weed Duryea ’44 of Greenport, NY, died May 25 after a short illness. An art major, she was an artist’s agent and associate trustee of Artviews. She was a member of numerous civic associations. For Skidmore she was a former member of the alumni board, a trustee, and a longtime alumni admissions contact. She is survived by a son and daughter.
Charlotte Hilgert Troubetzkoy ’44 of Boca Raton, FL, died March 21. A business major, she was
a retired bookstore owner. She is survived by husband Gregory, a son, and a daughter.
Joan Spencer Emerson ’45 of Wayne, PA, died March 1. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and a sister. Her husband, Dow, and son Dow III predeceased her.
Jeanne Kimball Carrazzone ’45 of Blairstown, NJ, died April 7 after a long illness.
A business major, she earned a master’s at Villanova University and enjoyed a lengthy career as
a high-school math teacher. She was selected Teacher of the Year by the district and also received several national awards. A plane spotter during World War II, she was part of the Skidmore Land Corps. She was an avid international traveler and civic volunteer who served Skidmore as a Reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Al, two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren.
Audrey Johnson Kmen ’46 of New Orleans, LA, died May 8. She was predeceased by husband Henry.
Marcheta Sullivan McDowell ’46 of Portland, OR, died February 23. A Spanish major, she was active in numerous civic organizations. She leaves a son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
Joan Chamberlin Bashore ’46 of Liverpool, NY, died July 5, 1991. A World War II veteran, she served in the WAVES. She retired as a customer service representative for Tektronix Company. She is survived by two daughters, a brother, and a grandson; husband William predeceased her.
Peggy Fleisher Suckle ’47 of Philadelphia, PA, died June 28. A sociology major, she earned an MSLS from Villanova University in 1975. She was a retired librarian at an urban studies center.
She leaves daughter Katherine Suckle ’78; husband William predeceased her.
Margaret Hedges Wicker ’47 of State College, PA, died June 7 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A home-economics major, she was a buyer for Talbots Stores. She especially enjoyed playing golf with friends and family. She leaves a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren; husband Richard predeceased her.
|Remember a friend
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.
Betty-Jo Roy Roche ’47 of Gardner, MA, died April 12. A nursing major, she was a former volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association, the American Red Cross, and a local hospital association. She is survived by two sons. Her husband, Chet, predeceased her.
Barbara Bettelheim ’48 of Austin, TX, died April 26. A nursing major, she earned a master’s in nursing education from New York University in 1978, was elected to the Sigma Theta Tau national honor society, and joined the faculty of Mount Vernon School of Nursing, serving as an instructor and member of its advisory board. She was a member of numerous professional associations and civic organizations. She served Skidmore as a class agent and Reunion volunteer. She is survived by three daughters, including Susan Routh ’75, a sister, and three grandchildren. Her husband, John, predeceased her.
Anna Selleck Stevens ’48 of Middletown, CT, died April 3. A biology major, she was an administrator at Wesleyan University for 40 years. She leaves a daughter, a brother, and a sister.
Phyllis Siegel Kosecoff ’48 of Laguna Woods, CA, died March 12, 2004. An art major, she earned
a degree in physical therapy and gerontology from Santa Monica College in 1979 and retired from that field to become co-owner and VP of the Brian Company, a bicycle manufacturing firm. She is survived by husband Paul Kerkis, two sons, and cousins including Georgene Simon Dreishpoon
’51 and Babette Simon Stall ’52.
Sally Walker ’50 of Saugus, MA, died May 8. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in guidance
in 1953. She was a teacher and guidance counselor at Isaac Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY, for more than 45 years. She is survived by her friend and mentor, Bonnie McClelland Pagliuca.
Enid Gould Nash ’50 of Concord, MA, died January 17. She was a nursing major. She leaves husband Floyd and two daughters, including Julia Gould Guastucci ’83.
Nancy Norling Coe ’52 of Rumson, NJ, died June 15 of cancer. She was a sociology major. She leaves two daughters, two sons, and several grandchildren.
Beverly Courts Proctor ’52 of Marietta, OH, died December 14, 2002. A business major, she was a bookkeeper for a Wall Street firm. She leaves two daughters and a son; husband David predeceased her.
Patricia Littlefield Kotlewski ’53 of Kennebunk, ME, died July 25. She enjoyed a 35-year career in real estate and was the first woman elected president of the York County Board of Realtors in 1975. She was named Realtor of the Year in 1976. She leaves two daughters and a grandson.
Carol Winter Sliwka ’53 of Pittsford, NY, died May 8. She was a sociology major. She is survived
by a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Her husband, Stanley, predeceased her.
Frank Colotti ’53 of Queensbury, NY, died May 3. An English major, he earned master’s degrees in English and history. He worked for the family shoe-repair business. He is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.
Marguerite Roberts Kranz ’54 of Baldwinsville, NY, died May 5. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in that field from Syracuse University and taught at SUNY-Oswego for more than a decade. She was also an accomplished artist who copyrighted and trademarked a collection of designs for children’s clothing, Canton Street Kids. She served Skidmore as a class agent. She leaves husband Gerald, a daughter, and two grandsons.
Georgia Blank Farber ’54 of New York, NY, died April 26. A theater major, she earned a master’s in English education from New York University. She was a buyer of children’s books and merchandise for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and served Skidmore as a Reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Barton, two daughters, two grandsons, and cousin Joan Sours Allen ’57.
Linda Liebowitz Stillman ’54 of New York, NY, died July 14, 2005. A psychology major, she was a Braillist for the Helen Keller Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and former president of the Service Guild of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is survived by husband Ronald, two sons, a daughter, and a sister.
Helen Haas ’55 of Old Orchard Beach, ME, died May 21. An English major, she earned a master’s from Columbia Teachers College in music education and was a teacher in Portland. A former employee
of Time Life, she sang with the Amato Opera Company and the Juilliard Opera Workshop. She leaves three daughters and a son.
Ellen Schoenig Wetzbarger ’56 of Staatsburg, NY, died September 21, 2005. A phys-ed major, she was director of physical therapy at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is survived by
two sons. Her husband, Kirk, predeceased her.
Patricia Buckley McKenna ’59 of West Palm Beach, FL, died July 1. A government major, she was
a philanthropist and civic volunteer for the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the Junior League of Boston. She was employed by John Hancock Life Insurance. She served Skidmore as a class agent. She is survived by husband Terence.
Ann Russ Lee ’61 of Chelsea, MI, died December 19. She is survived by two daughters, two sons,
a brother, two sisters, and three grandchildren.
Louise Beadel Danforth ’62 of Clayton, NY, died May 1. A history major, she earned a master’s in social sciences from Syracuse University in 1963. She was the former executive director of the 1000
Island Land Trust and served as director
of the Shipyard Museum. She is survived by husband John and three sons, including Hayes Danforth ’94.
William Goebeler III ’79 of Berkeley, CA, died September
14. A nursing major, he was a staff nurse at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA. He leaves no known survivors.
Kathleen Foley ’82 of Whitefish, MT, died March 16. An English literature major, she was a member of Skidmore’s first varsity women’s riding team and the Potomac Pony Club. While
earning an MSW, she worked for the New York Department of Social Service, the Association for Retarded Children, and the Salvation Army. Upon moving to Montana, she taught horseback riding. She is survived by her companion, Doug Bailey, her mother and stepfather, a brother and two sisters, and seven nieces and nephews.
Thomas Glade ’87 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died June 1. A business major, he was in real estate
in the Saratoga area and well known there as a guitarist and singer. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, a brother, and two children.
Osa Tannis ’97 of Baltimore, MD, died June 14. He was a biology major. He is survived by his
wife, Tracy, and two daughters.
Faculty & Staff
Frances Cody of Columbia, SC, died June 19; she was 80. Former assistant to the director of the Schick Art Gallery, she joined the Skidmore community in 1980 and divided her time between the gallery and the Summer Six art program. David Miller, art professor and longtime director of the gallery, called her secretarial skills “impeccable.” Summer Six director Regis Brodie adds, “The efficiency and quality of her involvement on the job was mirrored by the beauty in her heart. She was a good, kind person.”
Cody retired in 1993. Outside of work, she was active in a number of church, community, and volunteer organizations. She instilled a love of music in her two daughters, both of whom are professional musicians. In addition to her daughters she is survived by a son, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and longtime friend Robert Willis. Memorial contributions can be
made to Hospice Care of Tri-County, 166 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210.
Eleanore Galant of Saratoga Springs, NY, died June 25, following a brief illness. She was 87. Skidmore’s publications director from 1959 to 1984 (she also held other posts, including editor
of Scope and director of public relations), she developed a reputation as an astute and careful
editor known for her lively conversational style and detailed stories. (She was also known for creating wonderful desserts, particularly Linzer torte, which she would provide upon special request, according to professor emerita of government Mary Ellen Fischer.) Graphic designer Joosje Anderson-Boehm ’58 worked with Galant for a decade, collaborating on a number of
award-winning publications. Anderson-Boehm says Galant was “a great intermediary. She
had a wonderful way of dealing with people and was very self-effacing and modest. She knew
how to help people work through hectic periods.”
Galant’s husband, Henry, was the founding chair of Skidmore’s government department. They were both active in the community; she served on the local and state library boards and held
weekly reading sessions for area children. In Skidmore’s Scribner Library, a first-floor reading room is named in honor of Eleanore and Henry Galant.
In addition to her husband, Galant leaves several cousins. Memorial contributions can be made to the Henry and Eleanore Galant Book
Fund at Skidmore College, c/o the Development Office, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs,