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Emily Klinkhart ’33 of New York City died January 9, 2003. An English major, she was a travel writer and former director of development for the Helen Keller Foundation. She served the college as an alumna trustee and fund chair. She is survived by a niece and nephew; sister Wilhelmina Klinkhart Minkler ’31 predeceased her.
Rosemary Terhune Copenhaver ’34 of Sedona, AZ, died February 2, 2003. A nursing major, she assisted her husband, L. Betts, in running his medical practice and was a hospital volunteer. She is survived by a son and three daughters; her husband predeceased her.
Jessie Rathbone Froemke ’35 of Tallahassee, FL, died January 11. An English major, she attended dental training school in Boston and worked as a dental hygienist. At the outset of World War II, she attended the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School and was the first woman dental hygienist to be commissioned in the US Navy WAVES. She was also an accomplished golfer. She is survived by two sons and two daughters; husband Robert predeceased her.
Emma Bauman Roller ’35 of West Hartford, CT, died October 23. A biology major, she was a longtime officer of the West Hartford Skidmore club, Women’s Club, Garden Club, Republican Town Committee, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by husband Edward, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Margaret Corliss Lamont ’35 of Sacket’s Harbor, NY, died September 27. A home economics major, she also graduated from the Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was a former executive secretary for the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Red Cross and enjoyed playing piano and painting in oils. She is survived by her daughter, two granddaughters, a sister, and niece Louise Velletri ’73.
Dorothy Foote Chamberlain ’35 of New Port Richey, FL, died June 18. A nursing major, she was a nursing supervisor at Milford Hospital in Connecticut and a member of the nursing staff at New Haven Hospital. She is survived by two daughters and a son; husband Willard predeceased her.
Kathleen Brown Hemstreet ’35 of Omaha, NE, died May 6, 2001. A sociology major, she continued her education at New York University. She was a social worker and community volunteer. She is survived by a son and a daughter; husband George predeceased her.
Dorothy Diment Reynolds ’36 of Kennett Square, PA, died November 29. An art major, she earned a master’s in education from SUNY Oswego and taught elementary school in Syracuse public schools for 20 years. She was an accomplished painter of landscapes, wildlife, and architecture. She is survived by a daughter, a son, sister Charlotte Diment Eckel ’40, and nine grandchildren.
Clarice Mott Endres ’37 of Northport, NY, died October 8. An art major, she was an office manager and hospital volunteer. She participated in area Girl Scouts, PTA, and the American Red Cross, and enjoyed painting and traveling. She is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren; husband Theodore predeceased her.
Pauline North Cogswell ’39 of Newtown, CT, died December 2. She was an English major. She was active in the Junior League, Ladies Charitable Society, and other area civic organizations; she also enjoyed tennis and swimming and was active in her church. She is survived by a daughter and son, a grandson, and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Victor, predeceased her.
Anita “Vicky” Kasen Herman ’39 of Hollywood, FL, died November 26. A theater major, she was a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker. For Skidmore, she was a class agent, member of the Celebration national campaign committee, and reunion volunteer. She often hosted Skidmore’s Sonneteers during their concert tours in Florida. She is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren; husband Alvin predeceased her.
Dorothy Compter Dippel ’39 of Danbury, CT, died May 4. An art major, she worked as a photographer prior to her marriage. She is survived by a daughter and a son; husband Curt predeceased her.
Barbara Borst Stowe ’40 of Hamden, CT, died October 18 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer. She was a sociology major. A social worker from 1941 to 1946, she later worked as an accountant for the North Haven Department of Education. She is survived by husband Arthur and two sons.
Frances Haines Franklin ’40 of Troy, NY, died in December. A business major, she was a former secretary to the Methodist Bishop of New Jersey. She was an active volunteer for the church, Meals On Wheels, and the College Club of Princeton, and was a reunion volunteer for Skidmore. She is survived by two sons, and several nieces and nephews; husband William predeceased her.
Marion Blanchard ’41 of New York City died March 27, 2003. A business major, she was a longtime executive assistant. A member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she enjoyed traveling, music, and theater. She is survived by a sister.
Norma Crooker Smoke ’42 of Syracuse, NY, died November 28. A home economics major, she joined the US Marine Corps shortly after graduation and oversaw mess halls on Paris Island. She earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University in 1962 and retired as dean of students at North Syracuse High School in 1975. She is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Husband William predeceased her.
Elaine Baldwin Moffatt ’44 of West Stockbridge, MA, died February 15. A home economics major, she earned a graduate degree in education from Westfield State College and taught elementary and middle school in Great Barrington for more than 25 years, retiring as head of the home economics department. A fourth-generation owner of the Baldwin & Sons extract business in West Stockbridge, she helped run the business with husband Dick from 1958 to 1992, and was responsible for marketing innovations that boosted store sales. She also incorporated a small craft shop, Elaine’s Designs. She served Skidmore as class fund chair and reunion volunteer. She is survived by her husband; three sons; two daughters, including Melissa Moffatt Ferrara ’83; and granddaughter Mika Gans ’02.
Jean West Wilson ’44 of Clearwater, FL, died January 3, 2003. A business major, she also attended Katherine Gibbs Business School. She was a certified Braille typist and enjoyed international travel. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren; husband Harold predeceased her.
Margaret Honan ’45 of Newington, CT, died on December 2. A nursing major, she earned a master’s in nursing administration from Columbia University in 1957. She enjoyed a lengthy career with the Visiting Nurse Association of Hartford, retiring as assistant director. She is survived by a twin brother and 14 nieces and nephews. Her sister Marian Honan Espy ’41 predeceased her.
Ruth Schneider Cardle ’45 of Muncie, IN, died October 8. A business major, she also earned a bachelor’s in art from Ball State University in 1980. She worked in real estate. She is survived by a son and two daughters; husband John predeceased her.
Frances Holmes ’45 of Fountain Valley, CA, died September 3. She was an art major. There are no known survivors.
Katharine Kennedy Kent ’45 of Henrietta, NY, died August 6. An English major, she was president of her senior class, participated in several sports, and wrote for Eromdiks and the Skidmore News. She was an active civic volunteer and was a former president of Skidmore’s Rochester club. She is survived by a son.
Barbara Blair Eggleston ’46 of Mechanicsburg, PA, died January 15. A nursing major, she served as a medical missionary, along with husband Forrest, a physician, at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, North India, for more than 30 years. She is survived by Forrest, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Doris Dunn Weingarten ’48 of NYC, died January 16. An art major, she earned a master’s in education from Hunter College in 1949. An art teacher and interior designer, she also enjoyed traveling. She is survived by a brother and two sisters; husband Aaron predeceased her.
Esther Anderson Lacey ’48, of Binghamton, NY, died January 6 of lung disease. A nursing major, Andy established a career in public health nursing and civic leadership. She served numerous organizations, including the Broome County Adolescent Services Project, Binghamton YWCA, United Way, Cerebral Palsy Association, and Binghamton Junior League, which awarded her its Watrous Bowl Award for outstanding volunteer service in 1967. In 1982 she earned a Status of Women Award as a “woman of achievement” in her community. For Skidmore she was alumna trustee from 1971 to 1983 and a member of the alumni board, chairing the student life and nominating committees. A longtime class agent, class secretary, reunion volunteer, and admissions correspondent, she presided over the Binghamton area Skidmore club for many years. In 1983 the board of trustees honored her with the Kemball-Cook Award, and in 1993 she received the alumni association’s Outstanding Service Award. She is survived by husband Robert and three sons.
Barbara Tolley Woebse ’48 of St. Charles, IL, died February 25, 2003. A Spanish major, she won several awards as a memberof the equestrian team. She was a United Nations interpreter prior to her marriage.She is survived by a son and granddaughter; husband John Sr. predeceased her.
Eleanor Polk Parrot ’49 of Vero Beach, FL, died January 27. She was an art major. She was a member of the John’s Island Club and the Moorings Golf Club in Vero Beach. She is survived by husband Scott, a son, a daughter, a stepson, and four grandchildren.
Marion Wambold Shaw ’49 of Pittsburgh, PA, died January 3. A business major, she was a business teacher and executive assistant to the mayor of Philadelphia and the VP of US Steel prior to her marriage in 1958. She was active in many civic organizations, including the local Red Cross and an area opera company. She served the college as a longtime alumni admissions correspondent and alumni club officer. She is survived by husband William, two sons, and a granddaughter.
Joan Cornell Winzeler ’49 of Raleigh, NC, died August 27, 1997. An art major, she earned an MA from Michigan State University and taught elementary, middle, and high school for the Los Angeles School District. She served the college as class secretary. She is survived by daughter Sharon.
Leontine “Lonnie” Jameson Davis ’50 of Wheeler, IL, died November 30 after a long illness. An English and music major, she earned a master’s in education from Northwestern University and taught music in elementary schools in Indiana and Illinois. She was the grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, and her mother was the first woman in the US to ride in a plane. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.
Carol Johnson Gentner ’50 of Portland, OR, died of a brain aneurysm on November 23. A business major, she participated in student government and served as business manager of the Skidmore News and advertising manager for Eromidiks. She worked as an interior decorator for the Mallory and Imperial Hotels in Portland, both of which she co-managed with her husband. She was a leader of the regional Girl Scout Council, Junior League, Portland Women’s Union Board, and county public-welfare advisory committee. She was especially proud of being the first woman to serve on the vestry of her church. She was a longtime admissions correspondent for Skidmore. She is survived by husband Albert, daughter Corinne Gentner ’73, three sons, and three grandchildren.
Sallie Sloan Teaf ’50 of Radnor, PA, died November 10. A physical education major, she earned a certificate in physical therapy at UPenn. She taught pre-kindergarten, was a docent at the Philadelphia Zoo for 25 years, and served as docent council president. She especially enjoyed traveling aboard, most recently in Africa. She is survived by two sons and three daughters.
Genevieve Edwards Hilmer ’51 of Cincinnati, OH, died October 3, having suffered a stroke. She is remembered for her support of the arts in Cincinnati, OH. She is survived by a daughter; husband Otto predeceased her.
Jacqueline Rich ’51 of Salem, NY, died August 4. She was a statuesque beauty who went on to establish a lengthy career with Mobil Oil. She leaves no known survivors.
Emily Perera Schmitt ’51 of Chappaqua, NY, died April 14, 2003, after a battle with cancer. She leaves husband Edward, six children, and six grandchildren.
Ro’e Kass ’52 of Woodmere, NY, died May 2. A history major, she attended New York State Teacher’s College in New Paltz and taught for the US Air Force in France. She is survived by friend Riva Aronson.
Bruce Wiley ’53 of Chandler, AZ, died February 2 of multiple myeloma. An English major, he retired as production manager for Valmet-Sandy Hill Paper Corporation in Hudson Falls, NY, and served as corporate secretary for Sandy Hill International. He was a leader of the area United Way, Rotary Club, and Boy Scouts of America, and a longtime member of the Hudson Falls Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by wife Mary Ellen, two daughters, and a son.
Joan Stofflet Meador ’53 of Teaneck, NJ, died May 23. An English major, she earned a master’s in library science at the University of Oklahoma and worked as head librarian at the Tulsa Public Library. She is survived by a son and daughter.
Helen Strega ’53 died July 23, 1996. A physician, she earned her medical degree in the Netherlands. She is survived by family friend Joseph Puliese Jr.
Nancy Roth Capasso ’61 of New York City, died October 30, 2002, after a brief battle with cancer. A nursing major, she sold real estate for Sotheby’s International Realty. She is survived by three daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.
Marjorie Cohn ’62 of Agawam, MA, died August 5 after a brief illness. She majored in sociology. She is survived by a brother.
Bonnie Demer ’71 of Asheville, NC, died November 28. She was an English major. She is survived by her father, two sons, a twin brother, and a sister.
Leslie Koeppel ’71 of New York, NY, died April 17, 2003. She also attended Colgate University. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy Hufnagel Sauer ’74 of Mendham, NJ, died September 2 of cancer. A history and government major, she was a paralegal. She is survived by a son and her mother.
Beth Berkowitz Herbst ’74 of Stamford, CT, died October 9, 2002, from a sudden heart attack. A sociology major, she earned an MSW from Columbia University and was known as an innovative social worker and therapist at Greenwich Hospital. She is survived by husband Ronald, a son, her mother, and two brothers.

Faculty & Staff

Earl Chandler of Greenfield Center, NY, died November 18. He began working at Skidmore in 1968 and retired as head mechanic of grounds transportation in 1990. Prior to Skidmore, he served in the US Army in Germany and received several medals. He also held jobs at the Saratoga County Highway Department, the Greenfield Highway Department, and International Paper Company in Corinth. His co-workers remember Chandler for his willingness to help anyone who asked, especially with automobile repairs. In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, also a Skidmore retiree, his survivors include four daughters, 11 grandchildren, an uncle, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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