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Henrietta Humphrey Batchelder ’20 of Delray Beach, FL, died on November 23, 2000. With her degree in secretarial science, Henrietta embarked on a lengthy career in administrative service to the dean of Wilson College, chairman of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, chairman of the board of Chase Manhattan Bank, and the U.S. Ambassador to England. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross. She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. There are no known survivors. Her husband, Charles, predeceased her.

Eloise Hall Hammel ’21 of Kelseyville, CA, died on November 9, 2000. A home economics major, Eloise later enjoyed traveling around the world. She is survived by two daughters. Husband Willard predeceased her.

Agnes Joslin Griswold ’22 of Herkimer, NY, died on October 23, 2000. Agnes graduated from Skidmore with a bachelor’s in home economics. She subsequently taught that subject in Cooperstown, NY, schools prior to her marriage. She was very active at her church in New Hartford, NY, of which she was a member for more than 60 years. She especially enjoyed singing in the choir. After retirement, she became a Library of Congress–certified brailler, and worked with the Mohawk Valley Brailling Group for 20 years. She is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great- grandchildren. Her husband, Laurence, predeceased her.

Margaret Berry ’29 of La Jolla, CA, died on September 20, 2000. A home economics major, she went on to earn a master’s in education nutrition from Columbia University, and subsequently became certified in nutritional research. Margaret enjoyed a lengthy career at the Scripps Clinic Research Foundation, from which she retired in 1965. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, among other professional societies; vice president of an area Soroptimist Club; and a Skidmore volunteer. In the early 1980s, she established the Margaret Berry Scholarship Fund at Skidmore. Among her favorite pastimes were gardening, reading, and handicrafts. There are no known survivors.

Winifred Whitehouse Bender ’29 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died on January 21. A music major, she obtained a master’s in music from New York University and taught in Glen Rock, NJ, public schools for many years, retiring as chair of the music department. She also gave private instruction in piano and violin. Winifred was a member of the Katrina Trask Garden Club, the Historical Society of Saratoga Springs, and the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls. She is survived by her husband, August, a nephew, and a niece.

Frances Green McCoy ’30 of Rockford, IL, died on November 13, 2000. She was an English major at Skidmore. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and sisters Alice Green Schryver ’31 and Marion Green Kruesi ’36.

Katharine Hilton ’31 of Cortland, NY, died on August 4, 1993. A history major, she was employed by the Hackensack Hospital Association in Hackensack, NJ, and the Peck School in Morristown, NJ. She has no known survivors.

Hazel Clayton Bradt ’31 of Long Valley, NJ, died on April 1, 1996. A music major, she enjoyed a career teaching music in secondary schools that began in 1931 and continued until her retirement in 1973. She is survived by a daughter; a niece, Marcia Weeks Clayton ’54; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Husband Francis predeceased her.

Beatrice Millar Schneider ’33 of Califon, NJ, died on May 29, 2000. She majored in home economics at Skidmore. There are no known survivors; husband Edmund predeceased her.

Edna Birtwistle Turner ’33 of Boca Raton, FL, died on December 15, 2000. She was a secretarial science major, who worked on the staff of the Skidmore News, and was elected class officer. She married husband James in her senior year. Edna was a dedicated community volunteer, serving as president of several hospital auxiliaries, and involved in numerous other civic organizations. She is survived by a son and three grandchildren. Husband James predeceased her.

Elizabeth Willard Thomas ’34 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died on December 1, 2000. A music major, Betty enjoyed a career teaching music, social studies, business, and English in Berne and Saratoga Springs public schools. An active community volunteer, Betty was an original member of the Saratoga Hospital Guild and belonged to the Saratoga Retired Teachers Association. She was a life-long supporter of Skidmore, serving as class secretary, reunion chair, and in numerous other roles. She is survived by two daughters, a sister, and two grandchildren. Husband Allen predeceased her.

Mary Roesch Mallalieu ’34 of Savannah, GA, died on February 10, 1999. Mary graduated from Skidmore with a bachelor’s in English. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and 5 grandchildren. Husband Frank predeceased her.

Harriet Carleton Sliney ’34 of Manchester, CT, died on October 19, 2000. A business major, she enjoyed a lengthy career teaching business subjects in high schools in Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut. Harriet was an active member of her church, the Widow-Widowers Association, AARP, and the Manchester Senior Center, where she studied oil painting. She is survived by a son, a brother, and two grandchildren. Husband Thomas predeceased her.

Esther Ferguson Edelen ’35 of Walnut Creek, CA, died on September 27, 2000. After earning a B.S. in home economics at Skidmore, she worked as a dietician for the Stouffer corporation. Esther was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed and taught bonsai horticulture. She is survived by her husband, Montague, a daughter, a son, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.

Anne Haggerty Eagar ’35 of North Adams, MA, died on October 3, 2000. A business major, she was a journalist for the North Adams Transcript. She also volunteered as publicist for the local Girl Scout council and hospital auxiliary. She is survived by a daughter and a son.

Kathryn Brown Hogan ’36 of Braintree, MA, died on December 13, 2000. Kay majored in English at Skidmore, and later pursued studies in marketing at Harvard and counseling at Boston University. She enjoyed a lengthy career as an educator and counselor for the South Shore Council on Alcoholism in Quincy, MA. A longtime Skidmore volunteer, Kay served several terms as class president and class agent. She is survived by a daughter; husband Edward predeceased her.

Ruth Mortimer Scott ’36 of Dallas, TX, died on April 2, 2000. A nursing major, she was employed at hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania and joined the U.S. Army Nurse Officers Corp as 2nd Lt. in 1941-42. She served Skidmore as club treasurer of the Dallas alumnae club during the early 1960s. Ruth enjoyed church fellowship activities. She is survived by two sons and a sister, Ethel Mortimer Brockus ’39.

Ruth Olson Coltman ’39 of New London, NH, died on December 31, 2000. A business degree graduate, she worked as a secretary for an architectural firm in New York City prior to her marriage. Ruth was an independent, active retiree, who was well known for her love of golf and her volunteer work at local hospitals. She spent winters in California and was noted to have traveled everywhere with her yellow Labrador retriever. She is survived by sister Esther Olson Lofquist ’29. Husband William predeceased her.

Jane Trumbull Friedrich ’39 of Westfield, NY, died on April 12, 2000. She is survived by a son; husband Wilfred predeceased her.

Verginia Robinson ’40 of Ocean Pines, MD, died on January 1 of pneumonia and cardiac complications. An elementary education major, she went on to earn a master’s in journalism from New York University. Her 34-year career in publishing included work with the Ladies Home Journal and other national magazines. Verginia enjoyed playing bridge and watercolor painting. She is survived by a brother.

Jean Goodwin Albright ’41 of Poughkeepsie, NY, died on January 21. A history and English major at Skidmore, Jean was past president of the Coxsackie Garden Club and an active member of the Green County Historical Society. Last year she attended the graduation of her daughter Mary Jane Albright Sotanski ’00 from Skidmore’s University Without Walls. Jean is survived by two sons and two daughters; husband Erving predeceased her.

Carol Shepard Aubert ’41 of Woodbury, NJ, died on October 19, 2000. An English major at Skidmore, she went to work as a production assistant for WIP Radio in Philadelphia after graduation. While in Philadelphia, she met a French naval officer, whom she later married in Marseilles. After returning to the U.S., Carol earned a second baccalaureate degree in French at Temple University, and subsequently completed a master’s in curriculum development from Glassboro (now Rowan) State College. She taught French for almost 30 years at West Deptford High School in Westville, NJ, where she served as chair of the foreign language department. She retired in 1985. A published poet, Carol also authored several articles on foreign language pedagogy. She was the recipient of a grant from the State of New Jersey to foster innovative teaching methods. She is survived by a daughter.

Catherine Roberts Galterio ’41 of East Dennis, MA, died on November 16, 2000. Graduating from Skidmore with a B.S. in physical education, she went on to earn a master’s in education from SUNY-New Paltz. She taught kindergarten, first grade, and physical education for over 30 years in and around Port Chester, NY. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and was active in Girl Scouts. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her husband, Louis, predeceased her.

Norma Miller Stryker ’41 of Huntington, WV, died on January 15, 1996. A theater major at Skidmore, she went to work as assistant to the vice president of radio station WOR in New York City, and later held a similar position at the Rockefeller Foundation. She was active in the PTA and the League of Women Voters, and enjoyed antique glass collecting and golf. Norma is survived by a daughter and several grandchildren. Husband Eugene predeceased her.

Marjorie Cluley Schulze ’42 of Hilton Head Island, SC, died on November 25, 2000. She earned a business degree at Skidmore. After graduation, Marjorie worked for Prudential Insurance in Newark, NJ. She managed campaigns for the American Red Cross and served several other charitable organizations. In 1977, she established the Marjorie Cluley Schulze Memorial Scholarship Fund at Skidmore. She is survived by a niece and two nephews. Her husband, Chris, predeceased her.

Shirley Jackson Butterfield ’43 of Atlanta, GA, died on October 21, 2000. A physical education major, she won numerous awards for athletics, academics, drama, and student government. After graduation, Shirley organized and administered the women and girls department of a Brooklyn, NY, YMCA during World War II. She also served as a volunteer ambulance driver. Shortly after VJ Day, Shirley traveled to Turkey, where she began a career teaching physical education at an American school in Istanbul and met husband Robert. Shirley also taught in Sumatra, Singapore, Connecticut, and Croton-on-Hudson. An alumna volunteer, she served as class president. During retirement, Shirley enjoyed traveling with her husband and entertaining friends from all over the world. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren. Robert predeceased her.

Nathalie Potter Voorhees ’45 of Alexandria, VA, died on October 12, 2000, after a long battle with cancer. Following graduation with a B.A. in French, Nathalie worked for the U.S. State Department in Bern, Switzerland. She later served on the staff of U.S. Senator Styles Bridges in Washington, DC. Together with husband Alan, she established numerous philanthropic ventures, including the University of Chicago Computer Center; the Chicago-based Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement; and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC. A dedicated alumna, Nathalie recently worked with Tang Museum director Charles Stainback to help arrange the donation of her husband’s historic map collection for use in the museum’s Mapping Art and Science exhibit. Survivors include husband Alan, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Gertrude Heckman Powell ’46 of Kingston, MA, died on November 23, 2000. Earning her bachelor of arts in economics at Skidmore, she went on to establish a bed-and-breakfast, the 1760 Peabody Bradford Homestead, which she operated for over 25 years. Gertrude was a former president of the Wellesley Junior Service League. She is survived by husband Jerome and three sons.

Elaine Freedman Rubenstein ’46 of Brooklyn, NY, died on December 5, 2000. A music major, Elaine became a freelance music scorer and supervisor for the NBC television shows. She also sang professionally and was a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She is survived by husband Seth, three sons, and eight grandchildren.

Margaret Stoddard Perkins ’46 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died on December 29, 2000. A home economics major, Margaret earned a master’s at Rochester Institute of Technology and pursued postgraduate work at Columbia University. She served as chief dietitian at Saratoga Hospital for many years. A skilled aviatrix, Margaret was the first woman in Saratoga County to be licensed as an airplane pilot; while still a student, she performed missions for the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. She also piloted military equipment via ferry boat at the request of the U.S. military during the war years. Margaret remained a competitive athlete well into retirement, winning the Saratoga County mixed doubles tournament at the age of 63. She is survived by two sons and seven grandchildren; husband George predeceased her.

Frances Barrett White ’47 of Altadena, CA, died on September 25, 2000. She majored in history at Skidmore. Raised in Harlem, Frances was an educator who worked for her entire life for social and economic equality. She married renowned artist Charles Wilbert White. She is survived by a daughter and a son.

Margaret Simonds Francois ’47 of Scotia, NY, died on October 8, 2000. A physical education major, Peg was dating future husband and Union College student John while attending Skidmore. After graduation and marriage, the couple built their home entirely by themselves. Peg’s lengthy teaching career included a wide range of volunteer activities. In addition to refereeing numerous school sporting events, she served as waterfront director of Collins Park and the Rotterdam Boys Club. A director of water safety for the local Red Cross, she also acted on the national level as a member of disaster relief teams. Peg maintained her sense of adventure in retirement, joining granddaughter Katie on a Colorado ski trip at the age of 72. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren; husband John predeceased her.

Barbara Couch Rupnow ’49 of Harwich, MA, died on December 7, 2000. An English major, Barbara participated in chorus, athletics, and the Skidmore News during her college years. Following graduation, she began a career in preschool education. She was co-president of the Cape Cod branch of AAUW and led numerous fund drives for the local hospital auxiliary and other charitable organizations. She enjoyed supporting theater guilds, most recently in Chatham, MA, where she acted as publicity director and business manager. A dedicated alumna, Barbara served as class co-president, class secretary, and club officer for many years. She is survived by husband Francis and three daughters, including Linda Rupnow McGuire ’73.

Margaret Wilbur Brown ’51 of Anna Maria, FL, died on August 4, 2000. A nursing major, Margaret served as a house counselor while attending Skidmore. She began a professional career as a registered nurse at the Jersey Shore Medical Center and later became a nursing supervisor at the Salvation Army Retired Officers Residence, Asbury Park, NJ. She was an active member of her church. She is survived by a son, two daughters, a sister, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Husband Thomas predeceased her.

Molly Wiebenson ’52 of Asheville, NC, died on December 12, 2000. A resident of Asheville for 30 years, Molly was an artist and photographer and a staunch advocate for animal rescue efforts in her community.

Jacqueline Horn ’53 of Lee’s Summit, MO, died on October 21, 2000. An art major, she pursued multiple careers, including teaching, journalism, and real estate brokerage. She owned and operated Jacquie Horn Realty in Bratenahl, OH, where she also served as school board and PTA president. She is survived by three sons.

Margaret Hadsell VanSciver ’54 of Beverly, NJ, died on April 22, 2000. She majored in English at Skidmore, where she also served as managing editor of the Skidmore News from 1953 to 1954. She is survived by husband Harry and three sons.

Marijean Donald Rennie ’55 died on December 13, 1994. A pre-med major, Marijean participated in riding and swim clubs, and served as a house counselor. She was employed in the insurance industry, most recently with Liberty Mutual. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

Grayce Silver Baldwin ’58 of Hollywood, CA, died on August 29, 2000. A music major, Grayce went on to a successful career as a clothing buyer for major department stores, eventually moving to Los Angeles, where she taught fashion merchandising at UCLA. She parlayed her study of gourmet cooking in France into a catering business in the 1980s. Following its destruction in a major earthquake, she started a new enterprise, a custom gift and fine art store called Just Leave Everything to Us. A highly respected entrepreneur, she was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about the secrets of her business savvy. Grayce was also a dedicated volunteer for AIDS charities. She is survived by three daughters and a son.

Mary Hollington Chandler ’60 of Beachwood, OH, died on December 21, 2000, of Lou Gehrig’s disease. A government major, she became well known as an avid supporter of community service organizations in the greater Cleveland area. She is survived by husband George, two daughters, a son, and a grandson.

Nancy Bonardel Paul ’65 of Framingham, MA, died on October 24, 2000. A nursing major, she went on to pursue a master’s in counseling from Framingham State College. She worked as a registered nurse clinician and psychiatric nurse at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick and also was involved in a private mental health practice in South Natick. Nancy enjoyed singing with an area a cappella group and her church choir, which honored her many contributions with an award. She is survived by husband Richard, two daughters, a son, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Pamela Carson ’66 of Ithaca, NY, died on October 6, 2000, of cancer. A former restaurateur, she established what was to become the Boston Marketplace at Faneuil Hall, one of several award-winning eateries across the country. She later sold the businesses and relocated to Ithaca, where she founded Educate the Children, an international organization helping women and children in Nepal. Under Pamela’s direction, ETC grew to serve more than 12,000 persons and became a model for village development programs. She is survived by a son and two sisters.

Cynthia Amos Willard ’66 of Johnstown, NY, died on December 14, 2000, after battling ovarian cancer. Cynthia earned a business degree at Skidmore and was a social worker in Fulton County. She was on the board of directors of the Fulton County League of Women Voters and the executive board of the Johnstown Friends of the Public Library. Among her favorite pastimes were cooking and skiing in the Adirondack mountains. She is survived by husband Thomas and three sons.

In noting the death of Cheryl Beckles ’76 in its winter 2001 issue, Scope mistakenly reported that she was survived by a brother only. In fact, she is survived by her mother and two brothers. Scope regrets the error.

Ralph Valenti ’79 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died on October 6, 2000. A government major, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Ralph was a sports enthusiast and an excellent athlete. He was self-employed. He is survived by his mother and father, two sons, two brothers, a sister, and a grandmother.


Milt “the Judge” Hinton, dean of American bass players and a faculty member with the Skidmore College summer Jazz Institute from 1987 to 1997, died December 19, 2000. Born in Vicksburg, Miss., he was 90 and lived in St. Alban’s, Queens, NY.

“Mr. Hinton was among the last acknowledged masters of the exaggerated pizzicato technique known as slap bass,” Peter Keepnews wrote in the New York Times obituary. “But,” he continued, “his slap technique was more fluid than that of his predecessors, and he had a greater technical arsenal. Mr. Hinton’s bowing technique was considered superior to that of any jazz bassist before him and most who came after him.” Hinton’s high standards, superb intonation, and impeccable timing made him one of the most famous and sought-after jazz accompanists for more than seven decades. To the delight of those attending Skidmore’s 1990 commencement ceremony at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Hinton, on stage to receive an honorary degree, gave an impromptu solo performance.

Hinton was devoted to helping younger musicians carry on the jazz tradition. In his 1988 book of photos and reminiscences, Bass Line, he wrote “All my life I’ve felt obligated to try and teach anyone who would listen. I’ve always believed you don’t truly know something yourself until you can take it from your mind and put it in someone else’s.” Hinton gave private lessons to some 80 students at Skidmore jazz institutes, while inspiring over 500 others in master classes, combo rehearsals, jazz history classes, or just hanging out and talking about his life and experiences.

Hinton’s legacy includes his work as a performer and recording artist, and his roles as teacher, historian, interpreter of jazz, and photographer. He was the recipient of countless honors and awards.

He is survived by his wife, Mona, a daughter, and a granddaughter.


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