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Alumni

Margaret McKim Young ’33
of Hancock, NH, died January 27, 2006. A business major, she was a homemaker. She is survived by two daughters; husband William predeceased her.

Lois Moore Binley ’34 of Queensbury, NY, died April 30. A business major, she was a former corporate secretary. Active in the Glens Falls Historical Society, hospital guild, and numerous other civic organizations, she served as docent at the Hyde Collection. She is survived by a son, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Arthur, predeceased her.

Eleanor Dickerson Hoppenstedt ’34 of New Paltz, NY, died February 15. A history and English major, she co-owned and operated Gardiner Veterinary Hospital and was an active member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the NYS Veterinary Medical Society. She is survived by husband Clifford, two sons, and three grandchildren.

Priscilla Bodman Rodgers ’34 of Rochester, NY, died January 29. An English major, she studied piano and music theory at the Eastman School of Music. She was a board member of numerous civic and cultural organizations and was president of the Rochester Skidmore club. She leaves two sons, two daughters, sister Joan Bodman Millspaugh ’54, a brother, and several grandchildren.

Helen Heim Blumenthal ’35 of Grand Junction, CO, died April 21. She is survived by husband Jack, two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Ruth Mosher Boniface ’37 of Churchville, MD, died May 22. A business major, she was a secretary for the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation. She volunteered for the public library and Meals on Wheels. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and niece Jean Craig Herbst ’77.

Jean-Ellen Burns Ash ’37 of Salibury, CT, died May 5. An art major, she studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at the Moore Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She also worked as a journalist. She was a member of the Salisbury Public Health Nursing Board and the Sharon Creative Arts Foundation and president of the Housatonic Health Aid Service and the Sharon Hospital Volunteers. She endowed Skidmore’s Davidson Chair in the department of art and art history and was a member of the Parnassus Society. She is survived by her husband, William.

Doris Mix Morgan ’38 of Indian Wells, CA, died January 30. She was a homemaker. Predeceased by husband Thomas, she leaves two sons and a daughter.

Betty Carthaus Burbank ’39 of Cedarburg, WI, died April 8. A biology major, she was a former lab technician. She was a member of the Cedarburg Woman’s Club. She is survived by husband John, two daughters, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Alice Greene Doff ’39 of Ashland, OR, died September 2. A home-economics major, she attended Rutgers School of Engineering for design of airplanes. A working artist, she was a certified painting and drawing teacher. She is survived by a son and two daughters.

Doris Shults Crangle ’40 of Shelburne, VT, died December 2. A drama major, she studied ballet and continued to dance for many years. She was also a mountain climber, skier, sailor, community leader, and philanthropist. She was instrumental in helping her husband, William, campaign for Montgomery County DA and later NYS Supreme Court Justice. She was active in The Nature Conservancy and belonged to numerous civic organizations. In addition to William, she leaves a son and two daughters, including Cathryn Semerad ’65, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Cloyce Morse Butterfield ’40 of Rutland, VT, died September 11. A biology major, she earned a teaching certificate from Castleton State College. She was a former teacher for the Shrewsbury School District. She is survived by a son and daughter; husband Edwin predeceased her.

Ruth Lewis Runge ’41 of Glen Ridge, NJ, died March 29. A drama and English major, she did postgraduate work at Montclair State College and was a librarian at the Pingry School and library and media director at Montclair Academy. She was a former member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and New Jersey School Media Association. She is survived by husband Robert, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Virginia Morris Ahearn ’41 of Lynbrook, NY, died March 12. She is survived by a son and daughter, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; her husband, John, predeceased her.

Eleanor Baldwin Walter ’41
of Charlton, MA, died August 10. A nursing major, she worked at New York Hospital for the US Army during WWII. She retired from her profession after a lengthy career. She leaves three daughters; husband William predeceased her.

Sarah Coughlan Pickering ’43
of South Hamilton, MA, died January 18. A sociology major, she was trustee president and curator of the Pickering House Foundation and a former real-estate broker. She was a member of several historical societies and a devoted Red Sox and Patriots fan. She is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Edith Kirk Griffin ’44
of Binghamton, NY, died February 17 after a long illness. A biology major, she was a longtime member of the Junior League of Binghamton and Broome County Medical Society’s Auxiliary and served on her church’s board of deaconesses. For Skidmore she was a Wide Horizons Campaign and Reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Judson, daughters Terri Griffin Harvey ’71 and Wendy Griffin DeMartini ’73, a son, and several grandchildren, including Timothy Harvey ’02. Her sister Marjorie Kirk ’39 predeceased her.

Elaine Sloat Queen ’44
of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died September 30. A music major, she did graduate work in social work at Barry College. She worked at the Hospice of the Gold Coast in Pompano Beach and as an administrative assistant at Florida Atlantic University. She leaves a sister; husband John predeceased her.

Ann Sitzer Ingram ’45
of Vernon, CT, died November 22. A hospital dietetics major, she was a former dietitian for Deaconess and Pittsfield General hospitals. She is survived by her husband, Douglas, two daughters, and a son.

Alice Salisbury Grey ’47
of Queensbury, NY, died March 15 after a long illness. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in guidance counseling from SUNY-Albany. She was a former guidance counselor for the Hudson Falls School District and later served as director of career development at Adirondack Community College. In her retirement she was a volunteer docent at the Hyde Collection. She is survived by husband Judd, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.

Marilyn Twiss Sumner ’47
of Melbourne, FL, died February 4. An English major, she earned a master’s in educational administration from the University of Miami. She was a former principal of Ludlam and Sunset Park Elementary schools. She is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Husband Frank predeceased her.

Roberta Aufzien Stolinsky ’47
of Lauderhill, FL, died January 1. A biology major, she was a former lab technician at Hoffman-LaRoche and a hospital volunteer. She is survived by sons David ’81 and Peter ’77 and two grandchildren.

Maureen Davidson ’48
of Monterey, CA, died January 14. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in physical therapy from Simmons College and was a practicing physical therapist. She is survived by a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy Jost Keshian ’49
of Winston-Salem, NC, died January 17. An art history and psychology major, she earned a master’s from the State University of New York and did further study at Columbia. She taught art in the East Meadow, NY, school system for many years. She was a scout leader, artist, and musician. She leaves husband Jerry, a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren.

Joan Stubbe Aker ’50
of Annapolis, MD, died May 6. A sociology major, she was an area captain with the March of Dimes and volunteered for several other civic and cultural associations. She served the college as a class agent, class president, reunion chair, and alumna trustee. She is survived by husband Douglas, daughter Betsy Thayer Butzer ’77, two sons, and several grandchildren.

Rhoda Siegelman Kittay ’50
of Port Chester, NY, died October 31 after a fall.
A history major, she retired after a career in teaching. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren.

Joan Minalgo Lester ’51 of Washington, DC, died February 13. A nursing major, she was a teacher in the East Brunswick School District in Maryland. She is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

Julia Taylor Scholz ’52
of Charleston, SC, died suddenly on May 5. A political science major, she was a civic volunteer. She served Skidmore as a class agent. She is survived by her husband, Herbert, and two daughters, including Claire Scholz Kegel ’81.

Patricia Klein ’53
of Niskayuna, NY, died March 22. A phys-ed major, she taught at Linton High School in Schenectady. She is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Martha Budwell Stoll ’53
of Lynchburg, VA, died on January 21. She leaves husband Edward, a son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Jeanne Clark Saulnier ’53
of Marstons Mills, MA, died December 1. A home-economics major, she was a retired executive secretary. She leaves husband Rene, three children, and two stepchildren.

Barbara Fletcher Powell ’54
of Selkirk, NY, died suddenly on January 2. She was a French major. She is survived by husband Ten Eyck, three daughters, a son, and 10 grandchildren.

Elaine Budacz Vogel ’54
died March 2 of a stroke. She was an accomplished needleworker and engraver. She is survived by husband Charles, three sons, and four grandchildren.

June Cohen Adler ’54
of New York, NY, died December 18. A sociology major, she was an artist and graphic designer. She leaves three sons and five grandchildren.

Audrey Whitcomb Fetter ’55
of Allison Park, PA, died February 9. She was an art major. She is survived by her husband, William, and a son.

Margaret Eliot Smolens ’56
of Phoenix, AZ, died September 22 after a long illness. She was a psychology major. She is survived by husband George, two sons, and a daughter.

Barbara Chu Tiao ’57
of Chicago, IL, died March 12 of lung cancer. A piano teacher, she founded the Chinese Fine Arts Society, which exposed young musicians to Chinese culture and music. It has sponsored international composition competitions and an annual music festival in honor of Confucius. She is survived by husband George, two sons, two daughters, two brothers, a sister, and nine grandchildren.

Louise Pollock Brennan ’58
of Cedar Rapids, IA, died March 2. She was active in her church. She is survived by husband Bill, three sons, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, and a sister.

Evelyn Dartnell Strickland ’58
of St. Petersburg, FL, died August 9, 2006. She is survived by husband Robert, two sons, and a daughter.

Eleanor Dye Morgan ’59
died February 21. An English major, she worked in publishing for Doubleday, Pantheon Books, and Viking Press. She was a community volunteer and intrepid international traveler who covered Asia, Europe, and Africa. She served Skidmore as class fund chair and Reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Robert, sisters Julianne Dye Trenholm ’51 and Phyllis Dye Turner ’49, three children, including Douglas Morgan ’90, and nephew Jeffrey Burnham ’82.

Julie Waters Hemenway Webb ’59
of Plano, TX, died September 13. A home-economics major, she taught in public and private schools in Texas. She leaves husband Allan, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and sister Jeanne Waters Peck ’66.

Naomi Engel Penney ’60
of De Witt, NY, died April 23. A nursing major, she earned a master’s of public health from the University of Michigan, her nurse practitioner certification from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and a PhD from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The first nurse scientist at Bassett Research Institute, she was director of nurse education at Basset Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, and assistant professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. She was an avid photographer and orchid enthusiast. She is survived by husband Robert, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

Joan Weldon Stonner ’61
of Manchester, NH, died April 24 of lymphoma. A sociology major, she earned a master’s in education from Nazareth College and taught third grade in Syracuse, NY. She served Skidmore as class agent and alumni club treasurer. She is survived by husband John, two sons, and niece Megan Sheldon ’01.

Joanne Morton Clark ’62
of Bend, OR, died December 23 of ovarian cancer. A phys-ed major, she taught in San Mateo County schools, coaching a number of varsity sports, and was accomplished at fly-fishing and tennis. She leaves husband Kimble, a son, and two daughters.

Julie Morris Eckstein ’62 of Scottsdale, AZ, died April 24, 2007. There are no known survivors; husband Michael predeceased her.

Priscilla Smith Kehm ’63
of Mystic, CT, died December 22 of cancer. A business major, she coached lacrosse and hockey in Rye, NY, and was an accomplished sailor, hunter, skier, golfer, and competitive shooter. She is survived by two daughters, including Marjorie Kehm Roney ’89, a brother, and six grandchildren. Her husband, Walter, predeceased her.

Janet Bowen Glass ’67
of Campton, NH, died December 10 after a long illness. A biology major, she had a distinguished career in elder-care services, most recently as CEO of D’Youville Senior Care, whose programs she greatly expanded. She is survived by husband Bruce and two sons.

Barbara Kennedy McCarthy ’68 of Pewaukee, WI, died February 4 of cancer. An art major, she earned a master’s in art education from the University of Michigan. She taught English as a second language to middle- and high-school students. She served Skidmore as a class agent and Reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Timothy, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Joyce Marvel Eckblad ’73
of Brookings, SC, died January 23. An English major, she earned a master’s of education in counseling from the University of South Dakota and a master’s in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. She had an independent practice and volunteered as a domestic-violence counselor. She was a member of several professional associations. She leaves husband Donald Smith, a daughter, and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

Frederick Boyce ’77
of Ballston Spa, NY, died March 18 of esophageal cancer. A business and art major, he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in the US Air Force. He worked as a photographer. He is survived by a sister, four brothers, and 12 nieces and nephews.

Jason Shinder ’78
of New York, NY, died April 25 of lymphoma and leukemia. An English major in Skidmore’s UWW program, he was a renowned poet, editor, and founder of the YMCA Writers Voice program and director of the organization’s arts and humanities program. He also founded the Sundance Institutes writing program. He was the author of the collections Every Room We Ever Slept In and Among Women, and several other volumes and essays. He is survived by a brother and a sister.

Bijal Patel ’02 of Athens, GA, died March 15 in a drowning accident. A cell and molecular biology major, he was a PhD candidate in microbiology research at the University of Georgia. He is survived by his parents.


 

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.