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Alumni
Dorathy Riley Streeter ’25 of Cape Coral, FL, died February 24, 2003. A physical education major, she was a lifelong civic volunteer and devoted member of her church. For Skidmore she was a class-fund and phonathon volunteer. She is survived by a son; husband Robert predeceased her.

Ruth Engler Wallander ’27 of East Brewster, MA, died November 11. She was an English major. She is survived by husband Charles and several nieces and nephews.

Marion Frederick Bradley ’29 of Boulder, CO, died in February 1995. A nursing major, she enjoyed a lengthy career as a public health and school nurse, retiring as a supervisor of care for an assisted-living facility. She is survived by three sons. Husband Frank predeceased her.

Dorothy Dove Evans ’31 of North Dartmouth, MA, died February 10, 2004. A romance languages major, she also attended Simmons College. She was an active civic volunteer and in 1976 became a certified Braille transcriber for the Library of Congress. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Husband Robert predeceased her.

Beatrice Beckwith Williams ’32 of Duxbury, MA, died June 20. An art major, she participated in several college committees and sports clubs as a student. She was an active member of the Boston chapter of the American Red Cross and League of Women Voters. Her Skidmore activities included founding the Boston club in the mid-1930s and serving as a class agent for many years. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Thelma Johnson Lowen ’32 of Belfast, ME, died March 2. A music major, she was a soprano soloist for the Skidmore concert choir and graduated with high honors. She taught music in Lake Luzerne, NY, prior to her marriage. She shared leadership of American Baptist congregations in New York and New Jersey with her husband, a minister. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and a sister, Laurel Johnson ’35. Husband DeForest predeceased her.

Chara Church Phillips ’34 of Lakewood, NJ, died January 21. An art major, she also studied at the Parsons School of Design. She served as president of two regional New Jersey mental health associations. She is survived by a daughter, Ann Phillips McGill ’60, and a son. Husband Francis predeceased her.

Ruth Endres Bowen ’35 of Sarasota, FL, died March 23. A biology major, she was a volunteer for the USO and American Red Cross during Wolrd War II. A longtime hospital volunteer and member of AAUW, she served Skidmore as club president and treasurer in Sarasota. She is survived by her husband, Gustave, and a brother.

Helen Mahony Barnett ’36 of Richmond, ME, died December 19. A psychology major, she earned a master’s degree in social work at the New School at Columbia University, a master’s in education from Central Connecticut College, and a master’s in guidance counseling from the University of Connecticut. She was a longtime educator and high-school guidance counselor in Bloomfield. For more than five decades she and husband George lived in Simsbury, CT, where they restored a 1731 colonial home that had been abandoned for a century. Helen was a member of the Simsbury Historical Society, and volunteered for the public library and the McLean Health Center. She served Skidmore as an admissions correspondent, phonathon volunteer, and career counselor. She is survived by two daughters, including Catherine Barnett ’65; two sons; a sister; six grandchildren, including Sarah Stone Ginand ’90; four great-grandchildren; and dear friend Pearl Peterson Franzen ’36. Husband George predeceased her.

Martha Wilde ’36 of New Bedford, MA, died May 16, 2000. A biology major, she earned a master’s degree from Boston University and was a longtime educator for New Bedford public schools. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy Campbell Weller ’37 of Chapel Hill, NC, died March 9, 2004. An art and science major, she earned a master’s in art from Columbia University. She taught art at Lincoln School in NYC and exhibited her work regionally. She is survived by husband Charles, a son, and a daughter.

Elizabeth Dexter Dauchy ’37 of Lake Worth, FL, died March 5. A history major, she earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University. She taught junior and senior high school in Palm Beach, FL, for many years. She was a member of the Retired Educators of Palm Beach County, the Florida Retired Teacher’s Association, and her church. She served Skidmore as class agent, historian, and secretary. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law.

Nancy Kessler Lovier ’38, of Rome, NY, died January 14. A nursing major, she also attended Syracuse University. She retired after many years as school nurse and teacher for the Rome School District. She is survived by three sons; husband Peter predeceased her.

Jean Stirrat Sturdy ’38 of Albany, NY, died July 19, 2003. A business major, she earned a master’s at Oneonta State Teacher’s College and taught in Scotia-Glenville schools for many years. She was a former president of the PTA and the local chapter of AAUW.

Barbara Griffin Karpinski ’39 of State College, PA, died January 12. A sociology major, she also studied at the University of Michigan and later earned an MSW from Wayne State University. In addition to enjoying a lengthy career in social work, she volunteered for her church and as a tax preparer for AARP clients. She is survived by two sons and two daughters; husband Joseph predeceased her.

Muriel Germeroth Hatch ’39 of Brattleboro, VT, died December 29. She is survived by granddaughter Whitney Markham ’02; husband Azel predeceased her.

Yvonne Whitney Moffett ’39 of Fernandina Beach, FL, died July 25, 2003. She is survived by a daughter.

Ethelwynne Eaton Asbury ’39 of Apopka, FL, died July 15, 2003. She was an avid needlework enthusiast. In 1989 she donated a vintage poster of the old campus to Skidmore’s archives. She is survived by a son.

Martha Worthen Ladd ’40 of Schenectady, NY, died March 20. She was a French major. She worked for Volunteers for International Technical Assistance and Sunnyview Hospital and was a certified Braillist for the Albany Institute for the Blind. An award-winning golfer, she was also skilled at sailing and skiing. She was active in the Edison Club, Mohawk Golf Club, and her church. For Skidmore, she was an alumni club officer and admissions correspondent. She is survived by husband Floyd, daughter Christina Ladd Levith ’71, a son, and four grandsons.

Elizabeth Flatow Kaufmann ’40 of Shelburne, VT, died February 2. A physical education major, she earned a master’s from Columbia Teachers College in 1941. She was a longtime volunteer gardener-therapist at a rehabilitation center. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer and class agent. She is survived by husband James, a son, a daughter, and nephew Michael Flatow ’89.

Mary Covell Beers ’45 of West Columbia, TX, died December 9. A business major, she had been a bookkeeper and substitute teacher in Dade County, FL. She was active in Junior League, PTA, and her church, and served as treasurer of the Boston and Cleveland Skidmore clubs. She is survived by husband Alfred and four children.


Helen DeGroff Whitcher ’46 of Rockland, MA, died March 28 of cancer. A biology major, she was a medical transcriptionist. She is survived by four sons, cousin Nancy Blood Perry ’45, and niece Catherine Cross ’79. Husband Ralph Jr. predeceased her.

Mary Alice Montgomery Kremp ’46 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died December 9, 2001. Husband William predeceased her; there are no known survivors.

Jeanne Eisenhart Buckley ’46 of Santa Fe, NM, died September 29, 1998. A business major, she also attended Columbia University and became a social worker. She accompanied husband George—a US Army major—around the world and held several leadership positions in civic organizations. She is survived by two sons. Her husband and sister Elizabeth Eisenhart ’39 predeceased her.

Avis Day ’49 of Hudson, NH, died January 20. A physical education major, she retired after a lengthy career at the Brearley School in NYC. There are no known survivors.

Richard Gibney ’50 of Gloucester, MA, died October 20, 2000. The official combat artist of the 2nd Marine Division in World War II, the Saratoga Springs native returned home and attended Skidmore on the GI Bill. He was commissioned to create a mural for the restored Van Raalte Mill in Saratoga and later produced similar work for mills in New York State and Vermont. He is survived by wife Dianna, two daughters, and three sons.

Shirley Crosby Clark ’53 of Middletown, RI, died March 5. A psychology major, she earned an MLS from the University of Rhode Island. A volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Arthritis Foundation, she held lay leadership roles at her church. She is survived by husband Alan, two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Rosemonde Christman Gonas ’64 of Daphne, AL, died October 4, 2001. An English major, she was a member of the riding, swimming, and tennis clubs. She taught school in Birmingham for a time and was an active civic volunteer. She is survived by husband John, two daughters, and a son.

Jenny Reimann ’75 of Bronxville, NY, died February 21 of ovarian cancer. An art major, she was a merchandiser in NYC’s fashion industry. Fluent in four languages, she enjoyed kayaking, ballet, and antique collecting. She was especially fond of cats. She is survived by her mother, four brothers, and an aunt.

Michele Trivigno Runningen ’75 of Atlanta, GA, died February 16 of breast cancer. An art history major, she also studied at Tulane and Yale Universities. She earned a master’s from the University of Georgia. A former arts teacher at the Metairie Park Country Day School, she later cofounded the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska, GA. Most recently she was a youth program director and social worker at the Community Action Center in Atlanta. An accomplished enamel painter, she was represented by the Circle Gallery. She is survived by husband John, two daughters, a father and stepmother, and a brother.

Adrian Leichter ’86 of Brooklyn, NY, died November 4 of sudden heart failure. An art major, she was an accomplished artist and graphic designer in the publishing industry. She is survived by her father, a sister, and two brothers.

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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 and Staff
Marjorie Coudray Williams Eddy of Niskayuna, NY, died May 11. A longtime member of the health services staff, she spent the majority of her Skidmore career on the Scribner Campus, where she was a secretary, receptionist, and office manager of the infirmary from 1952 to 1982. She had recently celebrated her 85th birthday with family and friends at her residence. Having moved to Saratoga when she was 10, Eddy, along with her sister and mother, operated a tea room at their Caroline Street home. After earning a degree at LaSalle Junior College, she married Daniel Eddy and lived in town for more than 50 years. She was involved with the DAR, Saratoga Stablemates of the Racing City Chorus, and her church. She also was an avid bridge player with several clubs in the area. Predeceased by her husband in 2000, she leaves two daughters.