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Dorothy Jamieson Chamberlin ’27 of Delray Beach, FL, died April 11. A phys-ed major, she was co-owner of the Wake Robin Inn in Lakesville, CT, for over 30 years. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. Her husband, Mac, predeceased her.
Louise Crossley Bogart ’29 of Gurnee, IL, died March 4, 2002. A political science major, she was active in her church and civic organizations. She is survived by a son, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, predeceased her.
Eleanor Freeman ’31 of Portland, OR, died March 7. A business major, she was retired from a career in sales. She served Skidmore as a class agent. She is survived by a sister, Janet Freeman Gilmartin ’33.
Katherine Dawson Lymer ’31 of Winfield, PA, died February 23, 2005. A home-economics major, she earned a graduate degree in institutional management from Cornell University and was chief dietician for a Pennsylvania hospital for many years. She leaves a son and two daughters.
Dorothy Woodruff Brogan ’35 of Rochester, NY, died October 2, 2006. A music major, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Michigan. Predeceased by husband Robert, she leaves her cousin Viola Woodruff Ophdahl ’45.
Elizabeth Carmody Foley ’36 of Boca Raton, FL, died July 21. She also attended Katherine Gibbs School. She was a civic volunteer. She is survived by husband Robert, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Frances Dubleski Dapkus ’36 of Wallingford, CT, died July 7. A music major, she taught music in local schools for 30 years and performed in several state symphony orchestras. She leaves her husband, Edward, and a son.
Barbara Kennard Present ’41 of Tucson, AZ, died April 16. She was an English literature major. She is survived by her cousin Virginia Daniels Wall ’38; her husband, Arthur, predeceased her.
Mildred Curtis Drew ’41 of Schuylerville, NY, died April 9. She was a school administrative assistant and 4-H volunteer who established a unique club for special-needs children. She was active in local historical societies. She is survived by husband Nelson, a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren.
Joan Dreyfus Wylie ’41 of Cambridge, MA, died September 19, 2006. An art major, she was a ceramic-tile designer. She leaves two sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Nancy Adamson Foster ’41 of Middlebury, VT, died March 13, 2006. She leaves husband David, five children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Judith Stanley Doran ’41 of Las Vegas, NV, died September 19, 2003. She was an art major. She is survived by two sons, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Jane Lamotte Baird ’42 of Ormond Beach, FL, died January 23, 1999. There are no known survivors.
Elizabeth Smith Linke ’43 of Rangeley, ME, died May 24. A home-economics major, she was a former assistant dietician at Skidmore, and in the Yale and New Haven (CT) public schools. She was a hospice volunteer and enjoyed photographing wildlife. She is survived by a stepson and stepdaughter, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles, predeceased her.
Jean Marschalk Maguire ’43 of Harrison, NY, died May 10 after a short illness. An English major, she was building manager for Young and Rubicam in NYC for many years. She is survived by a niece.
Dorothy Buncke Bronson ’43 of Middlebury, VT, died September 15, 2006. She is survived by a son and a daughter. Her husband, James, predeceased her.
Berry Delehanty Richardson ’45 of Brewster, MA, died April 29. She was executive director of the Cape Cod Sea Camps and a trustee of the Latham School and the Brewster Conservation Trust. She is survived by a son and niece Nancy Garran ’74.
Jeanne Lockrow Bliss ’45 of Newmarket, NH, died February 10 of Alzheimer’s disease. An art major, she was an artist and a certified emergency medical technician. Co-founder of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, she also served on the old Lyme and Chatham rescue squads. She was a member of the Archaeological Society of Southeastern Connecticut. She leaves husband Philip, a son, four daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Joan Waugh Campbell ’45 of New York, NY, died October 13, 2000. There are no known survivors.
Helena Hitchcock Backus ’46 of Waldoboro, ME, died January 25. An art major, she was an active community volunteer and gardener. She is survived by two daughters. Her husband, Edward, predeceased her.
Marilyn Mitchell Rollins ’46 of Montpelier, VT, died January 28, 2006. An English major, she earned a master’s in English from Bucknell. She was the assistant to the secretary of forests for
Vermont’s Environmental Conservation Agency. She leaves a son and several grandchildren.
Priscilla Forrest Crosson ’47 of Ocean City, NJ, died April 30. Predeceased by husband Robert, she leaves a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Dorothy Knight Almquist ’47 of Arlington, VA, died April 14, 2004. She is survived by husband Elmer, two daughters, and two grandsons.
Annette Ladd Guion ’48 of Virginia Beach, VA, died August 4. An art major, she earned a master’s in education from Troy State University and taught at Norfolk Academy. She is survived by husband James, two sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren.
Patricia DeVault Vickers ’48 of Crossville, TN, died May 26 of cancer. A nursing major, she was a retired real-estate broker. She is survived by her husband, Robert, a son, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Jean Foster ’48 of Charlotte, NC, died January 13, 2005. A phys-ed major, she earned certification in physical therapy from Columbia University and a master’s in special education from Teacher’s College at Columbia. She administered physical therapy to polio patients in the 1950s. In 1962 she became director of volunteer services at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey, a position she held for 30 years. An avid golfer, she was a three-time club champion at the Knickerbocker Golf Club in Tenafly. She leaves two nieces and a nephew.
Doris Kniffen Parsons ’48 of Middleburgh, NY, died November 28, 2004, of cancer. A phys-ed and English major, she earned a master’s in English from SUNY-Albany in 1950 and was a longtime social worker for Schoharie County. She is survived by husband Robert, a son, and a daughter.
Joan Paxton Jameson ’49 of Pinehurst, NC, died January 1. An art major, she earned a master’s in English at Case Western University. She was a self-employed real-estate investment consultant. She is survived by her sister Lois Paxton King ’51, two daughters, and two sons.
Carol Hamann Howard ’50 of Aptos, CA, died December 26. An art major, she also studied at the Pratt Institute. She was former president of the Atlantic Gallery in Brooklyn, where she held many solo exhibitions. She was well known for her paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge. She is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren, and cousin Joanna Hamann Shaw ’57.
Edward Ball ’50 of Gansevoort, NY, died June 4, 2005. He also studied at St. Lawrence University and was an insurance agent for Wausau Insurance Companies for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, a son, a daughter, four grandsons, and cousin Bernice Mitchell Ball ’51.
Nancy O’Neil Sachtjen ’51 of Vero Beach, FL, died July 7. An English major, she earned a master’s in education from Boston College and a master’s in business administration from Harvard. She was a former director of Sarah Lawrence College, deputy director of the association of Junior Leagues, and staff director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She volunteered as director of the Family Consultation Service of Eastchester and the Julia Dyckman Andrus Home for Children. She leaves husband Wilbur, four sons, three grandchildren, and two sisters.
Regina Burgess Keightley ’51 of Nantucket, MA, died July 4 of pancreatic cancer. An English major, she taught at a New Bedford, MA, high school. She was an active community volunteer and AAUW president, and was interviewed for National Public Radio’s “Story Corps.” She is survived by daughter Martha Creedon ’75, two sons, two brothers, and three grandchildren. Husband William predeceased her.
Marjorie-Ann Matheson Arrien ’51 of Waco, TX, died May 9 from a heart attack. An English major, she taught fourth grade in East Orange, NJ, prior to her marriage. She was a community volunteer and active in the Republican Party. She enjoyed opera and playing bridge. She leaves a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Estelle Force Schuler ’51 of Prescott, AZ, died May 7. A nursing major, she worked in that profession in clinics and medical offices in and around Prescott. She is survived by husband George, a son, three daughters, and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth Nelson Ray ’51 of Greensboro, NC, died March 26. An English major, she was a member of the US Army Special Forces, where she organized recreation for the troops in Korea. She worked in social services in later years and was keenly interested in US history. She leaves a son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Margaret Davison Northridge ’51 of Aiken, SC, died December 29. A biology major, she was transportation coordinator for the Aiken Council on Aging. She is survived by a son and niece Kathryn Vought Reinhardt ’74. Her husband, Roy, predeceased her.
Louise Skeoch Phillips ’51 of Baton Rouge, LA, died July 7, 2006, of complications from emphysema. A nursing major, she also studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. She was a nurse and a community volunteer upon her retirement. She is survived by three daughters.
Martha Ring Benedict ’52 of Hendersonville, NC, died May 5, 2003. A food and nutrition major, she earned a master’s in home-economics education from NYU. She was former chair of the home-economics department at Memorial Junior High School in Huntington Station, NY. She served Skidmore as a class agent. She leaves husband William and a daughter.
Joann Heinz Bender ’52 of Columbus, OH, died June 20, 2000. She completed her bachelor’s in history with teaching certification at the University of California at Berkeley and later earned a master’s in education from Ohio State. A longtime kindergarten teacher and private piano instructor, she received numerous honors for her exceptional work in music education. She is survived by a daughter, two sisters, and a sister-in-law.
Dorothy Walker Williams ’53 of Tulare, CA, died May 5. A nursing major, she was a former public-health and school nurse. She is survived by husband John, three daughters, and a son.
Jacqueline Conway Blaha ’54 of Guilford, CT, died February 25, 2006. She is survived by her husband, Gordon.
Bette Skyllberg Aravidson ’55 of York, ME, died April 29. A sociology major, she taught elementary-school for 30 years. Predeceased by husband Alden, she leaves a son, a daughter, and three grandsons.
Barbara Theobald ’56 of Chelsea, MA, died May 15. A biology major, she worked on the research team that developed the instant camera for Polaroid. Prior to that, she was employed by the Harvard School of Public Health. She also owned a gourmet food shop and attended the North Bennet Street School in Boston, graduating with a degree in crafting violins, violas, and cellos. She enjoyed world travel. She leaves sisters Joan Theobald Mitchell ’48 and Carol Theobald Schafer ’53.
Margaret Wilkinson ’56 of Clearwater, FL, died February 3. She is survived by a nephew.
Patricia Cooper Frome ’60 of Westport, CT, died in August from cancer and complications from multiple sclerosis. An English major, she earned a JD from Cardoza Law School and was a practicing attorney. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer. She is survived by two daughters.
Ann Hintz Crump ’61 of Belvedere, CA, died May 29 after a long illness. An art and mathematics major, she was a computer programmer for IBM. She was recognized by several prestigious art societies for her watercolor and acrylic paintings. She leaves her husband, Walter, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Barbara Tarbell McBride ’63 of Palo Alto, CA, died May 7 of cancer. A political-science major, she interned at the United Nations. She was a public arts advocate, instrumental in the installation of several permanent displays in Palo Alto. She is survived by three daughters and three grandsons.
Cynthia Hike Lewis ’65 of Woodinville, WA, died May 22. A psychology major, she was a systems analyst. She is survived by husband Peter; her mother, Shirley Stockwell Wade ’42; and a daughter.
Madeline Sullivan Ciano ’68 of St. Simons Island, GA, died June 13, 1996. A psychology major, she earned a master’s in education from Duke University. She is survived by her husband, Wayne, and two daughters.
Margery Libin Serkin ’69 of Jacksonville, FL, died April 14. An education major, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Miami and a master’s in social work from the University of North Florida. She was a psychotherapist. She served Skidmore as a class agent, club volunteer, and admissions contact. She leaves a son and a daughter.
Diana Lawry ’70 of Bethesda, MD, died May 17 of advanced melanoma. An art major, she earned a master’s in education from Antioch College. She was a former consultant to the Peace Corps in Nepal and an accomplished folk singer. She designed and directed the first adult day-care center in Massachusetts and was later planning coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs before becoming senior program specialist for the American Association of Retired Persons. She is survived by a son, a brother, and her father.
Bonnie Betcone Cole ’71 of Sammamish, WA, died April 20 of cancer. An elementary-education major, she was a longtime teacher and principal at Maple Hills Elementary School and was highly regarded for her love for and commitment to her students. She was also an avid gardener. She leaves husband Peter, two sons, three sisters, and her mother.
Richard Bradley ’75 of Crystal River, FL, died April 3. A University Without Walls labor-relations major, he was former area director of the US Department of Labor. He also completed graduate studies at California Coastal University. He is survived by wife Ida, a son, and a daughter.
Robert Tracy ’77 of New York, NY, died May 7 of complications from HIV infection. He was a prolific and internationally esteemed dance writer and author of several books, including Balanchine’s Ballerinas: Conversations With the Muses, Goddess: Martha Graham Dancers Remember, and Ailey Spirit: The Journey of an American Dance Company. He also authored numerous articles for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Dance, and Vogue. He had performed with the New York City Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance School both nationally and internationally. He also taught ballet for Skidmore’s Special Programs and in 1997 was the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the alumni association. He donated more than 200 personal photographs of George Balanchine and his prima ballerinas to the college. He leaves a sister and a brother.
John Carman ’77 of Allentown, PA, died February 20, 2002. He was a University Without Walls graduate. He is survived by his wife, Carol.
Maureen Donnelly Reidy ’80 of East Walpole, MA, died June 3 of a brain tumor. A nursing major, she worked at the Children’s Hospital and New England Medical Center in epidemiology. She was an active volunteer in her children’s schools. She is survived by husband John, a daughter, and two sons.
John Alico ’82 of Lincoln, RI, died March 8, 2006. A business major, he was former president of Alico Engineers and Appraisers Inc., in Birmingham, MI. There are no known survivors.
Lori Lawton ’85 of Long Grove, IL, died July 27 of brain cancer. A business major, she earned a master’s in organizational psychology from Columbia University. She was a former national human resources manager for Circuit City stores. She is survived by husband Christopher Gleason ’84, a daughter, and her parents.
David Halpert ’85 of New York, NY, died January 23. He completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from NYU. He is survived by his father, a sister, and several cousins.
Peter Bizzozero ’91 of Washington, DC, died June 11 of colon cancer. A government major, he was director of government affairs for the American Traffic and Safety Association. He was also a legislative aide to Rep. Gary Franks of Connecticut and Rep. Scott Krug of Wisconsin. He is survived by his parents.
Lynda Shulman ’91 of Waltham, MA, died May 7. A business major, she was an account executive with a marketing firm. She leaves her parents and a brother.
George Colton of Peterborough, NH, died July 26. He was 93. He became a Skidmore trustee in 1972, and over the next 14 years was a member of the board’s executive, general policy, development, nominating, and long-range planning committees, several of which he chaired. In addition, he chaired the full board for three years. With his expertise in fundraising, he was a leader in the organization and implementation of Skidmore’s Wide Horizon Campaign, which surpassed its goal, and a driving force behind the $25 million Celebration Campaign that followed.
Colton worked in the Dartmouth College administration in several capacities, retiring as VP of development and alumni affairs in 1976. He also served the American Alumni Council and Cooperative Colleges Development Program. In 1977 the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented him with its Eleanor Collier Award in recognition of his devotion to higher education. In 1986 Skidmore honored him with an honorary doctorate and the opportunity to give the main address at the college’s 75th Commencement, as well as the Denis B. Kemball-Cook Award for distinguished leadership and service. In 1995 Skidmore named Colton House (now Colton Alumni Welcome Center) for him and his wife, Ruth, an honorary alumna. At the dedication ceremony, VP for development and alumni affairs Christine Hoek said, “George taught us about the fundamental importance of investing in others, and of caring enough to be the best. He demonstrated unusual character and strong leadership, asked difficult questions, and… made hard, not-always-popular choices. In so doing he won the respect and the hearts of Skidmore folk far and wide.”
In addition to his wife, Colton is survived by two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.
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