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Ruth Emerson McCrehan ’20 of Montgomery, TX, died November 29 at the age of 102. She entered Skidmore in 1918 to study home economics. She is survived by two sons; husband John predeceased her.

Phoebe Anderson Davis ’24 of Carmichael, CA, died March 25. In college she was vice president of student government, earned citizenship and scholarship awards, participated in sports, and graduated with honors. She subsequently studied psychology and education at Cornell University, and taught high-school geometry, chemistry, and physics. A dedicated civic leader, she served as executive director of the Wellesley Community Council, president of the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, and chair of the Child Welfare Council of Los Angeles in addition to numerous leadership roles in other organizations. Phoebe was a former member of the Skidmore alumni board and was a college trustee. She is survived by daughters Helen Davis Smith ’49 and Jane Davis McGourty ’52; niece Phoebe Darling Harper ’46; 11 grandchildren, including Wendy Smith Shupe ’70; and 23 great-grandchildren, including Jenny Detterman ’04. Husband Richard and sister Helen Anderson Darling ’23 predeceased her.

Constance Goodwin Cheney ’28 of Washington Island, WI, died April 12. A music major, she was the owner and director of a nursery school. She was still serving the college as a class agent at the age of 87. She is survived by a daughter and a son; husband Harold predeceased her.

Elisabeth Scott Russell ’29 of Natick, MA, died June 26, 2000. An art major, she was an accomplished watercolorist and an avid gardener. There are no known survivors. Her husband, Malcolm, predeceased her.

Marie Mills Enberg ’30 of Princeton, IL, died September 6. A physical education major, she taught elementary school in Princeton for many years. She was active in the Episcopal Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by a daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters. Husband Randolph Comba predeceased her.

Ida Ryerson Dicke ’31 of West Hempstead, NY, died April 24, 2001. After earning a bachelor’s in health administration and physical education, she received a master’s from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1932. She is survived by her husband, Robert; three sons; and several grandchildren.

Harriet Pursglove Schuele ’32 of Rocky River, OH, died November 26. There are no known survivors. Husband Walter predeceased her.

Barbara Wells Bennett ’32 of Medford, NJ, died August 8, 2001. A business major, she was active in riding, swimming, theater, and chorus. She was an executive secretary for engineering and manufacturing firms in New York City and enjoyed skiing, golf, riding, and photography in her leisure time. She is survived by a niece and nephew. Husband Eugene and cousin Dorothy McLaughlin Lusk ’26 predeceased her.

Emily Dunstatter Hellawell ’33 of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, died June 23, 2000. A physical education major, she also did graduate study in that field at Columbia University and taught in NYC high schools. An avid boater, she was active in a local yacht club and was also involved in Girl Scouts and her church. She especially enjoyed her three dogs. She is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas, predeceased her.

Eugenie Guilmette ’33 of Wyckoff, NJ, died January 20. A music major and pianist, she taught music in Islip and Yonkers public schools for 35 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She is survived by a brother and a nephew.

Katherine Powers ’33 of Franklin, MA, died March 14. A history major, she is survived by a niece.

Dorothy Beaver Meister ’34 of Jacksonville, NC, died November 1, 2000. An English major, she was a 1935 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. In 1957 she earned a master’s in education from the University of Florida, where she taught journalism, creative writing, and humanities until her retirement in 1973. Beginning her career in journalism as a food editor for the New York Times in 1934, Dorothy transitioned to news reporter and covered the Lindbergh kidnapping trial while her husband, Charles, was in Paris reporting on Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight. Voted outstanding teacher from 1966 to 1973 by students at the Florida Junior College at Jacksonville, she was a member of the Association for Childhood Education and the National Council of Teachers of English. She published poems and professional articles in the Saturday Review and other journals. A lifelong volunteer, she supported the Jacksonville Art Museum and several other area cultural associations. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren. Husband Charles predeceased her.

Sarah Miller Curtin ’34 of Niantic, CT, died March 4. An accounting major, she enjoyed a long and successful career in that field, retiring from the Connecticut Bank and Trust in Hartford. She continued to work part-time at that institution—which later became Fleet Bank—as coordinator of its education matching fund program. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and her church. She served Skidmore as class president during the 1980s and was serving as class secretary until her death. She is survived by two daughters. Her husband, John, predeceased her.

Janet Richter Wintersteen ’34 of Cranberry Township, PA, died October 2, 2001. An English literature major, she was a member of the corporate audit staff at General Electric in Schenectady, NY, for many years. An active civic volunteer, she was a former trustee of the Saratoga County Historical Society and chair of the zoning board of appeals in the Town of Galway, where she and her family resided for over two decades. She was also active in her church. She is survived by a daughter and son, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, John, predeceased her.

Elizabeth Boeve Schoonover ’35 of Arlington, VA, died March 7 after a long illness. A home economics major, she taught early childhood education courses at Skidmore in the early 1940s, living in a campus dormitory with her young children. In 1948 she earned a master’s in home management and child development from Cornel University. A civic activist, she was a longtime volunteer at a shelter for battered women and their children, for whom she coordinated a youth choir and other programs, continuing this work until the late 1990s. She was active in Skidmore alumni clubs, served on the alumni board, and chaired her class’s 50th reunion in 1985. She is survived by two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. Her husband, Wear, predeceased her.

Muriel Scribner Rice ’35 of New London, NH, died February 15. A biology major, she worked as a laboratory technician at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston prior to her marriage. She enjoyed a long career as a civic volunteer, earning the title of Woman of the Year in 1969 for her community service in the Brookville, PA, area, where she resided for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, George; three daughters, including Susan Ungar ’61 and Nancy Ungar Foust ’73; two sons; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anne Burdett Ives ’36 of Sarasota, FL, died March 22. Graduating with honors in art, she studied the preservation and restoration of antique costumes at Pine Manor College in later years. She wrote and illustrated two historic children’s coloring books, Gloucester Early Times, and 1775, Illustrated. Her pen-and-ink renderings of Lexington’s historic churches were reproduced as postcards to promote local tourism. Co-founder and director of Gloucester Port O’ Call Exchange, a charitable handicraft guild, she was also active in garden clubs, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, and her church. A dedicated alumna, she served as class historian for her 50th Skidmore reunion in 1986 and as a class fund volunteer. She is survived by three daughters, four sons, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Sally Wellman Gray ’36 of Buffalo, NY, died April 5. A business major, she attended Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work in the early 1940s and became a certified social worker specializing in adoption, foster care, and child protective services. After a long career with the Erie County De-partment of Social Services, she retired in 1981. She taught Sunday school and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. An accomplished bridge player, she also enjoyed tennis and traveling. She was active in Skidmore clubs in Rochester and Buffalo. She is survived by three daughters, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Husband Edwin predeceased her.

Frances McDonald Poinsard ’37 of Whiting, NJ, died March 2. A physical education major, she served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. A high-school English teacher, she also worked as a dance instructor. She was an avid skier who often traveled to Switzerland. She was active in the women’s auxiliary to the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and served as the founding chair of a mental health committee formed by the Medical Society of Pennsylvania. There are no known survivors. Husband Paul predeceased her.

Marjorie Parrish France ’38 of Port St. John, FL, died February 25. She majored in home economics. In Cambridge, NY, she was head dietitian at Mary McClellan Hospital and a longtime member of the American Dietetic Association. She was active in the American Red Cross and local civic organizations. She is survived by a son and daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Husband Gerard predeceased her.

Eleanor Lowe White ’38 of North Branford, CT, died February 10. A home economics major, she enjoyed a career in dietetics, working at Skidmore, Brown, Massachusetts General, and at Yale–New Haven Hospital. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association. A longtime Skidmore volunteer, she served as class agent and reunion volunteer. She especially enjoyed spending time at a summer cottage in South Chatham, NH, and was active in area book and garden clubs, as well as the Chatham Historical Society. She is survived by two daughters, including Katherine White Buick ’77; two sons; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Robert, and sister Betty Lowe ’34 predeceased her.

Gladys Kalman Ostuw ’39 of Miami, FL, died September 16, 2000. Husband Jack predeceased her.

Frances Gorton Clausen ’40 of Santa Rosa, CA, died February 21 of complications after suffering a fall. A sociology/history major, she did graduate work at the University of Buffalo and enjoyed a lengthy career as a social worker for the San Mateo County Department of Health and Welfare. She is survived by her husband, Theodore, and two sons.

Dorothy “Dunnie” Willis Storff ’40 of Conway, SC, died December 15. An art major, she worked as an art instructor and an employment counselor for seniors. She continued to paint, exhibit, and sell watercolors in retirement and served as a volunteer for her 60th class reunion. She is survived by two sons, a companion, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Daughter Claire predeceased her.

Nancy Conger Weldon ’41 of Westborough, MA, died April 12. A theater major, she earned a master’s in drama from Columbia University and taught at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She was active in her church in Greenwich, CT. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Her husband, Frederic, predeceased her.

Norma Kapewich Rosenstein ’41 of Sarasota, FL, died February 24. A psychology major, she did graduate study at Syracuse University. She enjoyed a career as a public health social worker in the Albany, NY, area, where she resided until her retirement in 1985. She was very active in her temple. She is survived by two sons and four grandchildren. Her husband, Howard, predeceased her.

Eleanor Miltimore Wolff ’41 of Washington, DC, died suddenly on February 3 after suffering a stroke. A sociology major, she served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She was an avid runner, a member of the Fifty-Plus runners club, and a dedicated vegetarian. She is survived by her husband, John, two daughters, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Geraldine Judge Nowell ’43 of Mill Valley, CA, died February 21. She majored in home economics. She is survived by her husband, Gerald.

Margaret Knapp Barnes ’43 of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, died November 18. An art major, she was former art director for News Press Inc., where she designed and produced publications for many Hartford, CT, cultural organizations, including the Hartford Symphony. She was a member of the Art Directors of Connecticut professional society and president of the Junior League Community Arts Committee. She was vice chair of the American Red Cross in Connecticut and directed many health and civic groups. An active alumna, she served as class chairman for nearly a decade, was president of her Skidmore club, and co-chaired the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. She especially enjoyed coordinating songs and entertainment programs for Class of ’43 reunions. She is survived by three daughters. Husband Norman predeceased her.

Mimi Burnham Douglas ’44 of Boca Raton, FL, died April 8. A psychology major, she was a devoted homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Spencer, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Christine Roche Aronson ’47 of Advance, NC, died April 24. A nursing major, she was a member of the tennis team and served as house president. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Pratt Institute in 1952 and worked as a freelance photographer while raising her four children. In Norwich, NY, she was active with the Guernsey Memorial Library, Chenango Valley Home for Senior Citizens, and Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by husband Philip, three sons, a daughter, and sister Betty-Jo Roche ’47.

Sally Meek DeGroff ’47 of Indianapolis, IN, died December 1 from lung cancer. A history major, she served as a student representative on the Alumni Board during her senior year. She earned teaching certification at Purdue University in 1971 and worked as a substitute high-school teacher in the Fayette County School District. She is survived by husband Harold, two daughters, and two sons.

Jean Rubenstein Wallace ’47 of Easton, CT, died March 28 of cancer. Majoring in sociology and art, she served on the New York Urban League during the 1970s, focusing on creating a series of storefront schools in Harlem. She undertook postgraduate study at the New York Botanical Gardens and in France, leading to a career in landscape architecture. A member of Easton’s strategic planning committee, she was also director of Bridgeport’s Alpha Home and the Aspetuck Land Trust. She is survived by husband Emmet, four children, four stepchildren, and 15 grandchildren.

In reporting the death of Joan McPherson Blankinship ’48, the spring Scope misspelled her first name and failed to mention granddaughter Elizabeth Ide ’00 as one of her survivors. Scope thanks daughter Martha Blankinship Ide ’73 for pointing out these errors. An avid home-health-care advocate, Joan was founding director of the Caledonia Home Health Agency in Vermont and served on many local, state, and national health-care boards.

Marcia Nelson Dillingham ’49 of Westfield, MA, died February 8. She was a nursing major. A longtime hospital volunteer, she also gave lengthy service to women’s and Republican clubs, the Westfield State College Foundation and her church. As former president and archivist of the Tuesday Afternoon Club, she held the longest active membership in that organization. She is survived by husband John; three daughters, including Victoria Fresquez ’75; and eight grandchildren, including Kirstin Mailman ’02. Sister Jean Nelson Feeley ’50 predeceased her.

Mary Lou Russell Murphy ’49 of Bath, ME, died April 2 after a long illness. An English major, she retired as assistant director of personnel at Jacobson’s of Michigan, a specialty retail store. A native of Schenectady, NY, she coordinated publicity for the Schenectady Civic Players. She served Skidmore as class agent, alumni admissions contact, and club volunteer. In the early 1980s she moved to Maine, where she had been a lifelong summer resident. She is survived by three daughters, including Ellen Murphy Conway ’76; a son; and sister Suzanne Russell Bigelow ’51. Husband Edward predeceased her.

Barbara Millar Brett ’50 of Milford, CT, died October 15. A business major, she was a hospital admissions coordinator for more than two decades. She was an active member of her church. She is survived by a son, a son-in-law, and a sister.

Barbara “Beebe” Brigham ’51 of Austin, TX, died December 4. An art major, she was an active artist and musician in the Austin area for many years. There are no known survivors.

Ruth Tillman Hylen ’51 of Painted Post, NY, died March 13 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. A sociology major, she was a tutor and substitute teacher for the Corning Painted Post School District. A church elder, she was active in the local chapter of AAUW and several other area civic groups. She is survived by husband Richard, son Peter, and sister Marian Tillman MacNeill ’55.

Clifford Rice ’52 of Glenmont, NY, died December 18 after a long illness. A math major, he earned a master’s in secondary education from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a teacher at Interlaken Central High School in Seneca County, NY. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, and three sons.

Mary Elizabeth Ten Broeck Stickney ’53 of Frederick, MD, died December 26. A French major, she was an editor at the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency for 20 years, retiring in 2000. An avid square dancer, she also enjoyed reading, gardening, and travel. She is survived by husband George, two daughters, and a son.

Nancy Ryon Richartz ’56 of Stonington, CT, died February 16 after a long illness. An English major, she was a board member of Child and Family Services in Southeastern Connecticut, Stonington Country Club, Herb Society of America, and Stonington Tri-Centennial Scholarship Fund. From 1980 to 1990, she was director of education at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. She is survived by husband Frederick, a daughter, three sons, two brothers, a sister, and five grandchildren.

Ashley “Cindy” Walrath Keibitz ’56 of Sarasota, FL, died April 7. A longtime civic leader, she retired as executive director of the Huntington, NY, Arts Council. Her numerous volunteer roles included president of the Junior League, Americans for the Arts, and a home health organization. After retiring to Sarasota, she served on the boards of the Asolo Theatre Company and the Women’s Resource Center. She is survived by her spouse, Robert, a son and daughter, a brother and sister, and six grandchildren.

Marilyn McCann Russell ’57 of Decatur, GA, died January 25. A physical education major, she specialized in teaching students with behavioral disorders. She was active in the League of Women Voters, PTA, and other civic organizations. She is survived by husband Charles, three daughters, and a son.

Phyllis Ward Bronner ’57 of Upland, CA, died April 21. A home economics major, she completed her bachelor’s at Sacramento State University in California in 1967. She is survived by husband Richard and sister Jacquelyn Ward Trebour ’55.

Diana Plumb Cashman ’58 of Wilmington, DE, died March 15. An English major, she was a member of the Colonial Dames of Delaware and the Mayflower Society. She is survived by husband Timothy, two sons, two daughters, a sister, niece Johanna Cashman Calcagni ’91, and six grandchildren.

Gloria Hairston Evans ’71 of Calabasas, CA, died October 18, 1998. A nursing major, she was a clinical specialist in thoracic surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. In California, she worked with mentally retarded patients at UCLA Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Charles, and a son.

Virginia Messing Frandsen ’72 of Ventura, CA, died July 4, 1997. A psychology major, she was a children’s services social worker, specializing in adoptions. She enjoyed playing tennis, running, and skiing. She is survived by her husband, William, a son, and a daughter.

Jane Knapp ’77 of Westfield, MA, died November 15 after a short illness. A business major, she was director of personnel at Commercial Bank in West Springfield, MA, and active in several professional organizations. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the MacDuffie School for Girls. She is survived by her parents and a cousin.

Katherine Hopkins ’81 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died October 30 from brain cancer. A music major, she earned a master’s from Castleton State. For 20 years she taught music in Schuylerville Public Schools, where she directed the senior chorus and high-school musical productions. She composed scores for several local theater productions and was working on an original musical in conjunction with the Saratoga Battlefield. She was a French horn instructor, vocal tutor, licensed pilot, and staunch advocate for animal rights. She is survived by her life partner, a sister, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Deborah Rosenthal ’90 of Edison, NJ, died November 17, 1997. A business/accounting major, she was an auditor for Arthur Anderson. She is survived by her parents.

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 enclose 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.


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