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Janet MacFarlane Cooley ’33 of Plymouth, MA, died June 2. An art major, she was former director of the Albany Institute of History and Art. She served Skidmore as an alumna trustee. She is survived by a niece; husband Paul predeceased her.
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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.
Deborah Swartz Laden ’36 of Sunnyvale, CA, died May 31. A sociology major, she was a former social-work field supervisor and was a talented and avid musician. She leaves a son, a daughter, cousin Phoebe Fern Greenfield ’43, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Howard, predeceased her.
Sandra Rose Gennet Friedman ’39 and UWW ’88, of Palm Coast, FL, died May 2. First an English major and then a sociology major, she was a real-estate broker and social activist, named Citizen of the Year in Flagler County, FL, for her successful advocacy for a new public library and swimming pool. She leaves husband Sidney, four daughters, a son, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Susanne Imlay Dhyse ’41 of Silver Spring, MD, died June 8. A nursing major, she earned a master’s in human development from the University of Maryland. She was a longtime teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville. She leaves her husband, Frederick, and two sons.
Elena Arno Jalon ’41 of Mamaroneck, NY, died June 4. She attended NYU in addition to Skidmore. She is survived by husband Cyril and two sons.
Lois Walker ’41 of Quincy, MA, died June 12, 2006. An English major, she was executive secretary for the Weymouth Chamber of Commerce. There are no known survivors.
Jessie Dent Cook ’42 of Arlington, VA, died May 23 of congestive heart failure.
A business major, she was an analyst for the US Army Intelligence Agency from World War II until 1952. She is survived by two daughters, a brother, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson.
Marian Melvin Fox ’43 of Punta Gorda, FL, died June 27. An English literature major, she was a volunteer for Johnson Library and local animal shelters. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, a sister, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, William, predeceased her.
Dorothy Lovejoy Schmidt ’43 of Fayetteville, NY, died on July 1. A nursing major, she was former head nurse at Post Graduate Hospital in NYC and later worked as office nurse for the chief of surgery there. She subsequently served as a public-health nurse. She was an active volunteer. She is survived by husband Bill, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Marjorie Seigel Frontman ’44 of Kansas City, MO, died November 11. A Skidmore art major, she was former chair of the Missouri Philharmonic Association. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Jane Helfrich Hunt ’45 of Eggertsville, NY, died June 5 after a short illness. A nursing major, she was a civic volunteer in the Buffalo, NY, area, and a board member of Millard Fillmore Hospital. She was also active in her church. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and a sister. Her husband, Stuart, predeceased her.
Virginia Copithorne Pollin ’46 of Tucson, AZ, died June 6 of pancreatic cancer. A home-economics major, she was a Red Cross volunteer in US military hospitals from 1949 to 1985, while accompanying husband Jack, an Army brigadier general, to bases around the world. She served as a docent and substitute teacher and was active in her church. In addition to Jack, she leaves a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren.
Barbara Bender Wood ’48 of Wilmington, NC, died January 23. An English major, she worked in fashion and was a civic volunteer. She is survived by three sons and several grandchildren. Her husband, Allen, predeceased her.
Joan Scherer Carley ’50 of Lincoln, MA, died June 26 after a long illness. A business major, she earned a master’s in business administration from Radcliffe College and worked at MIT. She is survived by husband John, a daughter, three sons, and nine grandchildren.
James Baird ’52 of Palm Springs, CA, died July 10. An economics major, he earned a master’s from Syracuse University. After serving in WWII, he held executive positions at Price Waterhouse and Anchorage Hocking Corporations. He retired as VP of Eagle Picher Industries. He is survived by his partner, Herbert Parrott, three daughters, a brother, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson. His wife, Jean, predeceased him.
Phyllis Seaman Rossow ’52 of Marshfield, MA, died June 5. A sociology major, she established a family financial-management consultancy. She is survived by husband Alfred and two sons.
Carol Eaton Goodkind ’53 of Irvington, NY, died December 30. She is survived by four daughters and a son. Her husband, Louis, predeceased her.
Lois Denerstein Marantz ’55 of Lakewood, NJ, died May 25. A nursing major, she enjoyed a 53-year career in that profession. She especially loved caring for her dogs and horses. She leaves her husband, Hirsh, a son, and a daughter.
Gail Parsons ’64 of Homer, AK, died June 30 of lung and bone cancer. An art major, she earned a master’s from Hartford Art School in Connecticut. An artist and teacher, she was director of Homer’s Pratt Museum, where she worked to bridge Native Alaskan and European culture through the arts. She is survived by her partner, Mike Swan.
Patricia Willstatter ’74 of New York, NY, died June 27 of brain cancer. An American studies major, she was a top marketing executive in the publishing industry, most recently serving as Midwest director of advertising for Lucky magazine. She is survived by her mother, a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Sara Thomas Howard ’75 of Berwyn, PA, died June 19. An art history major, she completed her degree at Wheaton College, where she later earned a JD. She was a US Air Force captain and then a major, practicing criminal prosecution. In 1997 she earned a master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr. She had a thriving private practice in clinical psychology and was an advocate for mental-health patients. She is survived by her husband, William, and two daughters.
Marsha Ward ’76 of Dallas, TX, died April 23. A geology major, she earned a master’s in geology and an MBA from Michigan State University. She was a geologist, energy-finance banker, and marketing VP. She was a member of numerous professional societies and civic organizations. She served Skidmore as a club volunteer. She is survived by her companion, Mitch Hoselton, and her father.
Jeffrey S. Moskowitz ’85 of Rockville Centre, NY, died July 20, 2007. He had a dental practice in Queens Village, NY. He leaves his mother, a sister, a brother, and companion Janice Yee.
Olivia Baccash ’08 of Palm Beach, FL, died suddenly on July 24. An English major, she was a gifted poet and equestrian. She is survived by her parents and
Timothy John Pramer ’08, of Wilton, CT, died August 28 in an accidental fall. A government major, T.J. was an avid reader who also loved music and dancing, as well as hiking, biking, boating, and especially skiing in Vermont with friends and family. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.