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Emma Tomlinson Bennett ’27 of Freeport, ME, died December 13. She was a business major. A well-known member of her community, she sang in the church choir and was an avid traveler. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Bauer Robohm ’29 of Columbus, OH, died March 20, 2007. She leaves a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Emily MacLachlin Carl ’35 of Waccabuc, NY, died August 11. A home-economics major, she was a corporate secretary and board member of the Public Works Journal Corporation. She is survived by a brother-in-law and four daughters. Her husband, George, predeceased her.

Mary Elisabeth Fennell Whittaker ’37 of North Andover, MA, died December 10. An English and French major, she completed a bachelor’s in history at Syracuse University. She was a teacher in Saratoga Springs public schools for many years. She is survived by a son, four daughters, sister Jane Fennell Donovan ’38, and seven grandchildren.

Ruth Jones Lindsay ’39 of Leeds, NY, died October 17. She was an art major. She is survived by son Thomas Lindsay ’83, two daughters, and several grandchildren.

Miriam Calder Seaman ’39 of Johnstown, NY, died May 26. A nursing major, she was a retired school nurse and teacher of nursing. She leaves a son, daughter, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Husband David predeceased her.

Shirley Carlson Knapp ’41 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died January 9 of cancer. She had a degree in textile design and was an avid gardener and card player. She leaves a son, a daughter, two sisters, three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Janet Beyer Hayes ’43 of San Luis Obispo, CA, died July 23. She was a psychology major. She is survived by two daughters.

Eugenia Hawryliw Phair ’44 of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, died January 21. She was a business major. She is survived by daughter Lauren Phair-Rudin ’79 and a son.

Emma Schwarzenbek Roosma ’44 of Passaic, NJ, died November 3. A business major, she was active in her church and community. She is survived by a son and two grandchildren.

Grace Giumento Sommerhof ’51 of Baltimore, MD, died suddenly on November 11. A nursing major, she also studied at the University of Scranton and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Maryland. She was a head nurse, supervisor, and instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A board member of several area health organizations, she was chair of the board of trustees for Spring Grove Hospital. She was the recipient of several professional awards, including the Clara Barton Medal and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. For Skidmore she was a club and campaign volunteer. She leaves a son and daughter.

Silvia Edzard-Hofmann Lawson ’51 of East Sussex, Great Britain, died August 12. An art major, she was a renowned textile artist, creating unique designs based on her travels throughout Peru and Europe. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a stepson, and several grandchildren.
Alexander Taylor ’53 of Willimantic, CT, died December 24. He was an English major. He is survived by his wife, Judith, three children, a brother, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Cleora Elder Terry ’55 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died December 16. A philosophy major, she earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University and was a special-ed teacher for the Saratoga and Warren County BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) for 32 years. She was also active in several professional associations. She is survived by two daughters, a niece, a nephew, and a sister-in-law.
Ann Wetherell Mowle ’57 of Monroe Township, NJ, died suddenly on October 31. A business major, she was a former accountant at Princeton University. She is survived by her sister Jane Wetherell Arthur ’50, a son, and two daughters.

Janne Ward Cowdery ’57 of Fairport, NY, died August 17. She is survived by husband Mark.

Susanne Teale Connor ’58 of Brevard, NC, died December 15. A biology-chemistry major, she received her RN degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. She was a chemist at Roswell Park Memorial Research Institute and later certified as an elementary-education teacher at Northeastern Illinois State University. She is survived by sister Joanne Teale Snell ’53, a son, and a daughter.

Nancy Pope Ross ’65 of Madison, NJ, died November 29. She had been an associate professor of art education at Pratt Institute in NYC. She is survived by her husband, Larry, two sons, three brothers, and nephew Samuel Pope ’10.

Judith Whipple Oehler ’68 of Minneapolis, MN, died January 16. A nursing major, she earned a master’s in psychiatric nursing and a doctorate in psychology and special education, both from Boston University. She was the recipient of numerous professional awards and was commemorated by the US Senate for her work to help 100 blind and disabled people climb Mt. Rainier. The HBO-sponsored movie To Climb a Mountain documented their achievement. In 1994 she received Skidmore’s Distinquished Alumni Award. She was former director of the Wisconsin branch of the American Diabetes Association and the Milwaukee Center for Blind Children. She leaves no known survivors.

Ann Sayetta ’69 of Worthington, OH, died October 10. An art major, she earned a master’s in art education from Queens College. There are no known survivors.

Terry Landau ’70 of Brooklyn, NY, died June 18. A psychology major, she earned a PhD from Brooklyn College and was an instructor there. As a Skidmore senior, she coauthored a research study on effects of different aviation instrumentation on pilot safety with psychology professor Robert “Mac” Oswalt. She leaves no known survivors.

Daryl Knibb Carlow ’77 of North Scituate, RI, died April 24, 2007. A business major, she worked in retail management. An accomplished horsewoman, she was a member of several professional riding organizations. She is survived by her husband, Gary.

Hope Taplin Pfeifle ’81 of Franklin, MA, died January 8 from pancreatic cancer. A business and government major, she earned a master’s in university administration from Boston College and was a librarian at Stonehill College. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, three daughters, her father, a brother, and two sisters.

Lori Ann Buch Woodhouse ’84 of Suffield, CT, died December 17. A social-work major, she earned a master’s in that discipline from Syracuse University. The owner of Mindful Living Life Coaching, she was a certified life coach and instructor in meditation and stress reduction for hospitals and media outlets. She is survived by her life partner, Jim Akin, two children, her father, and a sister.

Richard McNairy ’94 of Austin, TX, died August 6. A government major, he earned a master’s in public administration from Ohio State University. He is survived by his father.

Kathleen Chalifoux ’07 of Bolyston, MA, died January 4 from complications from an automobile accident. A government and international relations major, she was a gifted athlete who participated in the Model United Nations and studied at the Sorbonne. She is survived by her parents, four siblings, and several aunts and uncles.


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.