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Alumni

Helen Palk Booth ’27 of St. Louis, MO, died January 20 at the age of 101. A business major, she was former president of the Webster Groves League of Women Voters and chair of its foreign student committee. She was also active in her church, chairing its legislative committee for many years. A longtime class secretary, she authored several biographic pieces recounting Skidmore in the 1920s and had especially fond memories of playing tennis with the college’s second president, Henry Moore. She is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Louis, predeceased her.

Mary Sands Hartley ’30 of Jamestown, NY, died December 4. She is survived by two daughters; husband Kenneth predeceased her.

Mary Francis ’31 of St. Petersburg, FL, died December 11, 2005. She was a business major.
There are no known survivors.

Emily Thomson Clarke ’32 of Niantic, CT, died February 8. A physical-education major, she taught elementary school for more than 50 years. A member of the Republican Women’s Club, she enjoyed bridge, golf, tennis, and riding. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Elanor Parrott Lumianski ’32 of Kansas City, MO, died December 26. An honors nursing major, she earned a public health certificate from Western Reserve University and was a family health counselor for the Kellogg Foundation in Michigan. She accompanied husband Robert to Nigeria to serve the Peace Corps from 1962 to 1967 before retiring in Lake George, NY. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three sisters, and
a brother. Her husband predeceased her.

Charlotte Smith King ’35 of Rochester, NY, died January 8. A business major, she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Schenectady Day Nursery, Schenectady School PTAs, American Cancer Society, and her church. She was also a member of the Mohawk Golf Club, where she led the Aquabelle program for more than 20 years. She served Skidmore as club president, VP
of the alumni association board, reunion chair, class secretary, class agent, reunion fund chair, and admissions counselor. In 1985 she was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award. She leaves a son, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters. Her husband, Jerry, predeceased her.

Nancy Snow LaFrance ’35 of Westport, CT, died November 20. An art major, she was an accomplished still-life artist and member of the Westport Arts Center. During WWII she worked
in the defense department, rendering diagrams for instructional manuals. She is survived by companion Sam Smith. Her husband, Ernest, predeceased her.

Elizabeth Eames Hagerman ’35 of Woodstock, VT, died October 15, 2003. She was an art major. She is survived by her husband, Donald, a son, three daughters, a sister, 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Janet Schwem ’36 of Niskayuna, NY, died February 7. An art major, she owned and operated
the Craft Studio in West Charlton, NY, for more than 30 years. She is survived by sister Margaret Schwem Sager ’40 and several nephews and nieces, including Anneke Sager ’75 and Margaret Sager Tobin ’73.

Neva Mahoney ’36 of Schenectady, NY, died December 9. A political science major, she earned
a second degree in business administration from Skidmore prior to obtaining a master’s in guidance and psychology from New York State Teachers College. In 1945 she became the first practicing school psychologist in Schenectady, NY. After a career in this field she was honored with a doctorate in humane letters from Siena College for her work with physically handicapped children. A member of numerous professional societies, she also served on Skidmore’s alumni board. She is survived by several cousins.

Jane Dillon Kenny ’36 of Wilbraham, MA, died September 22. A business major, she worked
in the insurance industry prior to her marriage and retired as a librarian. She leaves two sons and niece Frances Chapman Zuke ’63; husband John predeceased her.

Beverly Fink Carmichael ’37 of Vero Beach, FL, died October 4. She was a business major.
She is survived by husband George, two sons, and a daughter.

Elizabeth Mitchell Ellicott ’37 of Ponce Inlet, FL, died August 20. A physical-education major, she was a volunteer for several civic organizations. She is survived by a daughter and son, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph, predeceased her.

Helen Patasini ’37 of Dartmouth, MA, died August 7. A business major, she was a former buyer for the Sippican Corporation. She was active in her church and a member of the Bridge Girls for over 65 years. She is survived by a son and daughter. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her.

Edith Morrison Warrick ’37 of Harlingen, TX, died February 12, 2006. An art major, she was a professional artist and instructor at the University of Texas in Brownsville. She served Skidmore as a class agent. Predeceased by husband Ellsworth, she leaves no known survivors.

Gertrude Warshawsky Levine ’39 of Santa Fe, NM, died December 21. She was a liberal-arts major. Predeceased by husband Elroi, she leaves a son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Barbara Brett Patterson ’39 of Newton Lower Falls, MA, died November 19. A music major, she earned a master’s in music from Boston University. She sang in the Chorus Pro Musica of Boston and other choruses. Director of children’s services at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, she was instrumental in founding the concept of a hospital-based playroom for pediatric patients. She taught elementary school music for 15 years before finding a new career in acting at age 65. She appeared in the films The Witches of Eastwick, Somewhere in Time, and a number of off-Broadway plays. At 70, she began performing stand-up comedy in Boston. She is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and two sisters; husband Alfred predeceased her.

Betsy Mack Schneider ’40 of South Burlington, VT, died December 7. A psychology major, she earned graduate degrees from Columbia, Barnard, and the University of Vermont, where she became a professor of special education. She pioneered the establishment of special-education programs in Vermont public schools. Predeceased by husband Edwin, she leaves three sons, a sister, and several grandchildren.

Eleanor Downes Mewborn ’40 of Greensboro, NC, died November 11. A textile design major, she earned a degree in occupational therapy from the Richmond Professional Institute. She was a devotee of the arts and endowed the principal harp chair of the Greensboro Symphony in honor of her mother. She is survived by a daughter; husband Needham predeceased her.

Elaine Lorson ’42 of Valhalla, NY, died September 6. A home-economics major, she earned a master’s in dietetics from Columbia University. She was chief dietician at Grasslands Hospital, where she created and implemented a well-known internship program. She is survived by a sister and a brother.

Mary Matchneer Schoedinger ’42 of Columbus, OH, died April 7, 2005. She was a member of the Columbus Museum, Junior League, and Twig 3 group of Children’s Hospital. She leaves husband Ferdinand, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Margot Goodhill Gibson ’43 of Massapequa Park, NY, died January 10, 2005. She was a business major. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandsons. Her husband, Thomas, predeceased her.

Carol Smeed Oakley ’43 of Norwalk, CT, died April 14, 1999. She was predeceased by husband George; there are no known survivors.

Jean Poskanzer Rudnick ’44 died February 6. See “Faculty, Staff, and Trustees” on page 55.
Carolyn Slayton Stuart ’45 of Venice, FL, died November 23. A music major, she was a substitute church organist and civic volunteer. She served Skidmore as a club officer, class secretary, and class president. She is survived by four daughters, a sister, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Husband Nelson predeceased her.

Elisabeth Kerley Bard ’46 of Brooklyn, CT, died April 29, 2005. A physical-education major, she was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Audubon Society, and several environmental conservancy organizations. She leaves two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

Marie Deelwater Sutcliffe ’48 of Port St. Lucie, FL, died July 23. A nursing major, she retired
as a visiting nurse for the Staten Island area. She is survived by her husband, Daniel, a daughter,
a son, and a grandchild.

Ann Macaulay Ingalls ’48 of Carmichael, CA, died May 18. She was a biology major. Predeceased by husband Donn, she leaves three daughters and a son.

Dorothy Belden McCallum ’49 of Bloomfield, MI, died May 2, 2006. A history major, she was active in the Junior League and other civic organizations. She is survived by husband Edward, two sons, and a daughter.

Minna Laskin Shure ’50 of Pittsburgh, PA, died January 14. A French major, she was a retired librarian. She is survived by two daughters; her husband, Kalman, predeceased her.

Lois Arnold William ’52 of Los Altos Hills, CA, died November 3 after a short illness. A nursing major, she was a former visiting nurse in NYC and a staff nurse at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She is survived by husband James and two daughters.

Mary Frankenberg Kissling ’52 died November 3 after a long illness. An art major, she taught at the Brooks School, Concord Academy, and Shady Hill School, all in the Boston area. She and husband David were co-masters of Quincy House at Harvard. She leaves two sons, a daughter,
and six grandchildren including Byron Cary ’07 and Andrew Aloian ’08. Husbands David Aloian and John Kissling predeceased her.

Barbara Schmidt Stradwick ’53 of Ontario, Canada, died February 7. A nursing major, she returned to school at age 48, earned a JD, and practiced law until 1984. She was involved in numerous civic organizations. She is survived by four daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Her husband, Ernest Swindall, predeceased her.

Jean MacCallum Hellyer ’53 of Southbury, CT, died October 31. A fine-art major, she was an interior designer. She leaves a daughter and son.

Heinz Kusel ’54 of Fresno, CA, died October 21, 2005. A Peruvian native, he immigrated to the US and was an art major at Skidmore. He earned a doctorate and taught at California State University at Fresno, retiring as a professor emeritus. He is survived by his wife, former Skidmore language professor Anita Kusel, and a son.

Shirley Clark Witkop ’55 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died January 20. She served Skidmore as a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by three daughters, including JoAnne Witkop Shepson ’01, a son, and eight grandchildren. Her husband, William, predeceased her.

Barbara Byers Waller ’56 died January 16. She is survived by husband Fletcher.

Judith Corbett Booth ’56 of Benton, AK, died January 1. She was an English major. She is survived by husband Robert, two sons, and her mother.

Yvonne “Jo” Manley Rider ’57 of Geneseo, NY, died May 12, 2002. A psychology major, she was a retail sales manager. She was a member of the Junior League. She is survived by husband Christopher, her mother, a son and daughter, and several grandchildren.

Julie Greene ’58 of Barrington, RI, died December 11 of cancer. A physical-education major,
she earned a master’s from Syracuse University and taught at the University of Colorado, Colby Sawyer, Cortland State, and Sarah Lawrence. An amateur golf champion, she won titles at the national level and was executive board member of the Women’s Eastern Golf Association and USGA Junior Golf Committee. A field hockey and lacrosse official for 38 years, she was inducted into the halls of fame at the Rhode Island Golf Association, Northeast New Agenda Golf, International Scholar Athletes, and Skidmore. Among her many other honors, the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association State Title was renamed the Julie Greene Cup. She is survived by a
sister and several nieces and nephews.

Janet Bell Volante ’62 of Merrimack, NH, died March 9, 2003. She is survived by husband William.

Joan MacLennan Kenny ’68 of Stonybrook, NY, died November 2. An English major, she
was assistant to the dean of University Health Sciences Center at Stonybrook for 30 years. Her dedication to the students was well known; a scholarship has been established in her honor.
She is survived by a daughter.

Barbara Fowler Schopfer ’69 of Carmichael, CA, died August 15 of cancer. A business major, she was in fundraising and sales. She is survived by husband Daniel Bonebrake, a daughter and two stepsons, and her father and brother.

Cathy Fox ’74 of Ossining, NY, died December 10 of cancer. A French major, she was an internationally known literary publicist who held positions at Random House, the Lois Wallace Literary Agency, Macmillan, and Penguin. She lived in Hong Kong and Beijing for many years. She leaves husband William Holstein, a son, and a daughter.

Joan Liebow ’74 of Massapequa, NY, died May 4. She was an economics and education major. There are no known survivors.

Mary “Betsy” Carpenter ’77 of Nahant, MA, died December 11 after a long illness. A classical-studies major, she was an assistant director and actress with playwright David Mamet and became an artistic director and literary manager for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. She founded and guided the Renegade Theater in Hoboken, NJ, for which she won the Governor Award for Artistic Excellence in 1984. A faculty member in the graduate playwriting and literature programs at Emerson College in Boston for 15 years, she was also a fiber artist and a Web master for Harvard University. The Betsy Carpenter Playwriting Award has been established at Emerson College in
her honor. She is survived by husband David Sparr, her mother, a sister, and a brother.

 

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.

Faculty, Staff, & Trustees


Jean Poskanzer Rudnick ’44 of Boston, MA, died February 6; she was 84. She was a theater major and editor of the Skidmore News her senior year. A Skidmore trustee from 1972 to 1994, she was regarded as a wise and trusted counselor to several presidents, with whom she corresponded or visited regularly. As a volunteer, she served as president of the Boston Skidmore club, reunion chair, and host of a number of special events; in 1972 she received Skidmore’s Outstanding Alumni Award. During the 1980s Rudnick chaired the national alumni-parent division of the college’s Wide Horizon Campaign. She maintained strong friendships with members of the faculty—in particular Professor Emeritus of Government Henry Galant and his wife, Eleanore, in whose honor she donated funds to the Lucy Scribner Library for a special reading room. In addition, Rudnick supported the restoration of Lucy Scribner’s piano (now housed in the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery), the revival and preservation of the rose garden behind the Surrey-Williamson Inn, and the development of the Candace Carlucci Award for Young Alumni, given annually in honor of former alumni affairs director Candy Carlucci Backus ’66.

“There was no one like Jean,” observes board chair Sue Corbet Thomas ’62. “I remember hearing her say, ‘Never a day goes by that I don’t do something for Skidmore.’ It was so true. She was a mentor to many trustees and took us under her wing. She added such humor and spark to every meeting she attended.” President Phil Glotzbach met Rudnick by telephone on the day his appointment was announced. As he and his wife, Marie, came to know her, he says, “we were inspired by her love for theater and music, in addition to her devotion to Skidmore. But most of all,
I enjoyed her wonderful—and sometimes wicked—sense of humor. She was known for her candor, wit, and dramatic flair, as well as for her thoughtful notes and gestures to many members of the Skidmore community. She will be missed.”

Rudnick was predeceased by her husband, Ralph; she is survived by a daughter and a son.

L. D. George Bull of Saratoga Springs died February 11; he was 82. A master carpenter at Skidmore from 1951 until his retirement in 1986, he was a carpenters union member for 60 years. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden as well as golfing, skiing, fishing, and hunting. He also coached minor-league and pony-league baseball in Saratoga Springs. Predeceased by two wives and two sisters, he is survived by his fiancé, former Scope class-notes editor Patricia Totten, as well as two sons, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four brothers, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.