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Lois McAdams Standfast ’26, of Binghamton, NY, died April 2. A physical education major, she owned and operated Camp Evergreen, a summer day camp for girls, which taught outdoor skills. She later opened Creative Hands, which sold handmade gifts and craft supplies, where she taught weaving. She was active in the PTA, Scouts, Red Cross, women’s medical society, and Skidmore as a class agent and alumni club president. Lois is survived by two daughters, including Barbara Standfast Kirch ’56, a son, and several grandchildren, including Catherine Wright Smith ’94, and great-grandchildren; husband Alfred predeceased her.

Nell Parks Nicolls ’26, of Onley, VA, died Sept. 8, 1999. She has no known survivors; husband Reade predeceased her.

Ruth Sherman Whittle ’26, of Ballston Spa, NY, died Jan. 15. A religion major, she was director of Christian education at the Stillwater United Church, a combined Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist church. In 1953, she earned a master’s from Oneonta State Teachers College and taught in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake elementary schools, retiring in 1969. Ruth is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and nephew Thomas Cooney ’89; husband Edward predeceased her.

Grace Kolby Barnes ’28, of N. Chatham, MA, died April 14. An art major at Skidmore, she was an accessories buyer for Bamberger’s and Macy’s but pursued a lifelong interest in the arts. She was a charter member of the National Museum–Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Grace is survived by son Douglas; husband Edward predeceased her.

Jean Rosewater Bleick ’31 died Dec. 20, 1999. Her training as a biology major was useful in her volunteer work with the Sierra Club, her local League of Women Voters as land-use chair, and the state league land-use committee. Jean is survived by husband Willard and three daughters.

Elizabeth Weatherby McCormick ’31, of San Rafael, CA, died in April. An art major, she was a buyer for Stern Brothers and Macy’s department stores before becoming personnel director for New York Hospital. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, working at personnel headquarters in Washington, DC. She served Skidmore as a class president and club president. Elizabeth has no known survivors.

Irene Werme Dawson ’32, of Coventry, RI, died March 1, 1999. An English major at Skidmore, she earned a teaching certificate from Rhode Island College of Education in 1956 and taught elementary and special education in Barrington for 20 years before retiring in 1976. She had been active in the Girl Scouts, Red Cross, hospital guild, and church choir and volunteered for the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Irene is survived by two sons and eight grandchildren; husband Charles predeceased her.

Jane Shaffer Prince ’33, of Brentwood, MO, died Dec. 17, 1999. A physical education major at Skidmore, she completed the physical therapy program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and worked at Elias Michael School for Crippled Children in St. Louis for 38 years. In her retirement years, she formed a small custom-knitting business in her home. Jane is survived by stepchildren and step-grandchildren; husband Archibald predeceased her.

Janet Butler Simms ’34, of Clarks Summit, PA, died June 21, 1999. She had been active in the Red Cross, United Way, Cancer Society, and Republican Club. Janet is survived by husband Frank, daughter Cornelia Simms Savage ’60, a son, and grandchildren.

Margaret Parlato Burke ’36, of Milford, CT, died Aug. 17, 1999. She was a business major at Skidmore. Peg is survived by a son and daughter; husband Harry predeceased her.

Katherine Neill ’36, of Pittsford, NY, died Feb. 10. A nursing major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in nursing education from the University of Rochester in 1957. Katherine was a public health administrator at the state, county, and city levels until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of many local and national nursing associations and community health organizations. She also lectured at the University of Rochester and at Roberts Wesleyan College. After retiring, Kay continued her involvement in public health by volunteering at the Red Cross and serving on the boards of area nursing homes. She served on Skidmore’s alumni board in the 1950s and was former president of the Rochester alumni club. She has no known survivors.

Mary Peck Brown ’37, of Seminole, FL, died Dec. 13, 1999. An English major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s from NYS College for Teachers and taught in junior high school. She was active in the Scouts and at her church. Mary is survived by husband Kenneth and a son.

Mary Alice Shangle Bedell ’37, of Delray Beach, FL, died Feb. 3. A sociology major, she volunteered for the Delray community food pantry and was active at her church. She served Skidmore as a class agent. Mary Alice is survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; husband Milton predeceased her in January.

Jean White Shipman ’37, of Westborough, MA, died May 9, 1999. Jean is survived by husband Lewis, three children, and grandchildren.

Harriet Lock Reynolds ’38, of Calabash, NC, died Jan. 23. She had been involved in her Episcopal church and the PTA and was a former officer of the Skidmore alumni club of Washington, DC. Harriet is survived by a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; husband Wesley predeceased her.

Elizabeth Underwood Nickerson ’38, of Needham, MA, died Jan. 28. A history major at Skidmore, she served on the Duxbury school committee and was a Republican state committeewoman for the Cape and Islands. She co-founded the Duxbury Travel Agency. Betty is survived by two daughters, including Cassandra Nickerson Blattner ’62, and two granddaughters; husband Robert predeceased her.

Lorraine Ackerly Pettit ’39, of Kennett Square, PA, died Jan. 19, of lung cancer. A nursing major, she was a registered nurse at various medical facilities in the Huntington, NY, area. After raising her family, Lorraine took refresher courses and returned to nursing as a private-duty nurse. She ran a hypertension screening clinic for the Red Cross and helped organize a hospice program. She served Skidmore as a class agent and reunion volunteer. Lorraine is survived by husband William, three sons, two daughters, 23 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two sons predeceased her.

Ruth Reynolds Logan ’39, of Poughkeepsie, NY, died Dec. 9, 1998. She was an English major. Ruth has no known survivors; husband Walter predeceased her.

Ruth Shaffer Schwartz ’39, of De Leon Springs, FL, died Dec. 20, 1999. A home economics major, she was a dietitian at hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association, AAUW, and Soroptimist International. Ruth is survived by husband John, a stepdaughter, and step-grandchildren.

Jane Reid Strong ’41, of Barre, VT, died March 24. A music major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in elementary education from the National College of Education in 1971 and taught in public schools in Illinois. She was active in the Scouts, PTA, and her church, where she was choir director. She served Skidmore as a club volunteer, class president, and class agent. Jane is survived by three sons, three daughters, including Christina Strong Hirsch ’66 and Josephine Strong ’77, and grandchildren; husband Robert predeceased her in 1996.

Madeline Weigel ’41, of Cincinnati, OH, died Oct. 12, 1999. A history major at Skidmore, she earned a teaching certificate from New York University and taught in Princeton, NJ. After retiring, she tutored inner-city children in Trenton. Madeline is survived by sister Barbara Weigel Muther ’47.

Donna Losie Diebolt ’44, of Los Altos, CA, died Dec. 16, 1999. A economics major at Skidmore, she worked in real estate. She had been active in the Red Cross, Scouts, and PTA. Donna is survived by a son and daughter; husband Alfred predeceased her.

Agnes Lamkey McCormick ’47, of Middletown, RI, died Oct. 18, 1998. A nursing major at Skidmore, she received a master’s from Columbia University Teachers College. She was an instructor at the Stamford Hospital school of nursing, head nurse, and later supervisor of nurses. She moved into nursing administration at Norwalk Hospital and later became assistant administrator at Abbet Manor Convalescent Center in Bridgeport. Agnes is survived by a daughter.

Joan Meunier Rouzie ’48, of Portland OR, died Aug. 26, 1999. A psychology major at Skidmore, she worked in several Massachusetts public schools before moving to Oregon. Joan is survived by two daughters and a son.

Anahid Yeretzian Adami ’48, of Savannah, GA, died Feb. 19. A nursing major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in health education from Southern Connecticut State College in 1977. She was director of school health for the Norwalk, CT, board of education until retiring in 1988. In 1979, she was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on School Health and was instrumental in compiling a report that imposed more uniform requirements upon all school districts in the state and created a health-record tracking system that follows students from school to school within the state. In Georgia, she became involved in a volunteer project that helps chronically ill and poor people get prescription medications at no cost. Anne is survived by husband Louis, two sons, and a daughter.

Bertram Martin ’49, of Sarasota, FL, died Oct. 19, 1999. He was a business major. Bertram has no known survivors.

Priscilla Belknap Miller ’55, of Fairfield Bay, AR, died Nov. 28, 1999. A music major at Skidmore and former resident of the Capital District, she was a preschool teacher and swim instructor in public and private schools. She also worked as an airline reservation agent. She played the flute with the former Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Priscilla is survived by husband Kenneth and two daughters.

Nancy Popplewell Robinson ’59, died Feb. 4, in a car accident. A biology and chemistry major at Skidmore, she earned a master’s in education from Boston University in 1972. She taught eighth-grade science for 27 years in the Beverly, MA, school system, retiring in 1999. She was past president of the Cove Community Center, a board member of Friends of the Beverly Public Library, and active in the Jubilee Yacht Club. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer and was class secretary at the time of her death. Nancy is survived by a son, daughter, and three grandchildren; husband Mortimer predeceased her in 1992. Her companion, Edmund Frye, died with her.

Brenda King Woodworth ’62, of Issaquah, WA, died Dec. 23, 1999. She was a business major. She volunteered for an emergency hotline that provided funding for the needy and was active in a women’s club. She served Skidmore as a class agent. Brenda is survived by husband George, two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

Linda Kurtz Sklute ’62, of Las Vegas, NV, died Jan. 13, of cancer. She was an art major at Skidmore and worked as a medical receptionist. Linda is survived by husband Nolan, a son, and a daughter.

Carolyn Marcus ’69, of Cazenovia, NY, died. A math major at Skidmore, she earned an M.B.A. from Babson College. She was manager of executive information systems development for Agway Data Services, a subsidiary of Agway Inc. Carolyn is survived by a brother.

Emily Adams ’76, of Springhill, FL, died Jan. 24, of cancer. She majored in elementary education and earned a master’s from the College of St. Rose in 1979. A U.S. Navy veteran, she served in the Korean War. She taught at Ballston Spa Middle School for 20 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the NYS Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Emily is survived by husband Harry, two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Nancy Caraboolad Hayes ’80, of Tampa, FL, died Oct. 31, 1998. An art major, she was a self-employed interior designer. Nancy is survived by husband Jim.

Tracy Guy ’87, of Metairie, LA, died Jan. 1, when a spotlight fell on her following a New Year’s party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, TX. A business major at Skidmore, she earned an M.B.A. from Clarkson University in 1988 and worked in human resources. She is survived by her mother.

Mark Rebong ’93, of Newtown, CT, died Jan. 17, after being shot on his way to work. He was the night auditor at the Danbury Hilton and Towers. He was an economics and business major. Mark is survived by his parents.


Trustee emeritus George T. Piercy died on March 30 at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at the age of 84. He served on the board of trustees from 1981 to 1986 during the administration of President Joseph Palamountain and during the period when the Sports and Recreation Center, Bernhard Theater, Harder Hall, and Falstaff’s were added to the campus landscape. Piercy is remembered “for bringing his wealth of managerial experience to bear on the financial decision-making of the College,” President Jamienne S. Studley told the campus community.

Upon graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Piercy began his four-decade career in the oil industry with a position at Standard Oil Company of Louisiana. When he retired in 1980, he was senior vice president of Exxon Corporation. During the 1970s oil crisis, he was a petroleum industry representative responsible for many of the negotiations with OPEC.

Piercy was chairman of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation of New York (now known as Channel 13/WNET) in the 1980s, having joined the board in 1967. He maintained strong ties with his alma mater, serving on the University of Minnesota Foundation for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, whom he married in 1982; two daughters, including Susan Piercy McCarthy ’69; and five grandchildren.


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