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Mary Taggart Schock
17, of Lexington, MA, died Sept. 21, 1999. An art major at Skidmore and
a longtime resident of Kingston, RI, she belonged to the South County Art Association
and exhibited her watercolors regularly. Mary kept very busy with volunteer activities,
including the PTA, Planned Parenthood, hospital womens auxiliary, and church
womens guild. She served Skidmore as class president, secretary, and Boston
club president. Mary is survived by two sons, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren,
and two great-great-grandchildren; husband Edson and a son predeceased her.
Helen Harder Gidge
21, of Boynton Beach, FL, died March 12, 1999. She was a business major.
A former resident of Longmeadow, MA, she was a member of the Skidmore alumni club
of Springfield. Helen is survived by nieces and nephews; husband George predeceased
her in 1996.
Dorothy Otstot McGregor
25, of Rochester, NY, died Aug. 10, 1999. A longtime resident of Stockbridge,
MA, she was personal secretary to Mary and Norman Rockwell and managed the Pink
Kitty gift shop at the Red Lion Inn. She was a communicant of the First Congregational
Church of Stockbridge. Dorothy is survived by a son, three grandchildren, and
six great-grandchildren; husband Douglas and a son predeceased her in 1977 and
Priscilla Bates Skilling
27, of Old Orchard Beach, ME, died Sept. 23, 1999. A history and social
science major at Skidmore, she taught in high school prior to the birth of her
first daughter. She was active in the Old Orchard Beach Art Association and Womens
Civic Group, Hope Circle, friends of the library, the womens club, historical
society, bridge club, and the First Parish Church in Portland. Priscilla is survived
by a daughter; husband Donald and a daughter predeceased her.
Helen Ware 27,
of Guilford, CT, died Aug. 23, 1999. She was a physical education major. A longtime
resident of Hingham, MA, she worked in the Massachusetts government many years,
serving in the governors office, the department of natural resources, and
the executive office of environmental affairs. Helen is survived by a niece and
several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Marie Moore Veres
28, of Endicott, NY, died July 3, 1999. A library science major, she worked
as a school librarian. Marie is survived by husband Michael and two sons.
Mary Thompson 28,
of Hendersonville, NC, died Sept. 23, 1999, of a stroke. A physical-education
major at Skidmore, she earned a masters from Columbia University Teachers
College and taught in public schools. She served Skidmore as class agent and reunion
volunteer. Tommie is survived by companion Ruth "Nellie" Nelson, sister-in-law
Helen Olwine Thompson 28, and niece Joan Thompson Lauber 54.
Isobel Scheuber Bates
30, of Walpole, ME, died on Aug. 4, 1999, after a brief illness. She was
a business major at Skidmore. Isobel was a longtime volunteer at Miles Memorial
Hospital in Damariscotta, ME, was involved in various area activities, and was
an avid bridge player. For the last five years, she spent winters in Marathon,
FL, and continued her volunteer work at Marathon Hospital. Isobel is survived
by two sons, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; husband Frederick
Alice Smith Ehemann
30, of Spencerport, NY, died July 25, 1999. A nursing major at Skidmore,
she was head nurse and an instructor at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge,
NY. She was active in the Red Cross, the Scouts, and her church. Alice is survived
by three daughters; husband George predeceased her.
Eleanor Harding Thomas
31, of Braintree, MA, died Sept. 9, 1999. She was a business major. A longtime
resident of Marshfield, MA, she served on the Marshfield school committee, was
a library trustee, former director of the Marshfield Womens Club, and volunteer
at the Marshfield Council on Aging. She owned a real estate agency in Marshfield
and was a member of the board of the Plymouth County Board of Realtors. Eleanor
was awarded the Realtors Service Award in 1970 and 1971. She served Skidmore as
a class president, secretary, and class agent and was a member of the Boston alumni
club. Eleanor is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and two
great-grandchildren; husband Richard predeceased her in 1984.
Dorothy Jones Adams
31, of Rochester, NY, died March 8, 1999. A psychology major at Skidmore,
she worked for the NYS Department of Mental Hygiene until World War II, when she
joined the U.S. Navy as a Wave, working with blind servicemen. Following the war,
she worked for an ophthalmologist in Rochester until her marriage to Kenneth Adams
in 1966. Dorothy is survived by two sisters, four nieces, including Elizabeth
Quinn Barnard 75, and five nephews; husband Kenneth predeceased her
Mary Rhodes Goodwillie
31, of Edgecomb, ME, died Nov. 7, 1999. An English major at Skidmore, she
worked in retail for many years, first at Macys in NYC and later as the
first woman vice president of Bamburgers in Newark, NJ. She won the Navy E Award
for excellence for keeping the store open 24 hours a day when Navy ships were
in port. Years later, she was executive director of New Yorks oldest and
largest thrift shop, which supports research on rheumatic fever. In 1960, she
earned a masters degree from Stanford University and served as associate
dean of admissions and counseling at Columbia University. She retired in 1976
and moved to Cape Cod, where she did volunteer work. In 1996, she moved to Maine
to be near her daughter and son-in-law, her only survivors.
Katharine Buek Haines
32, of Farmington, CT, died Oct. 4, 1999. She was an English major. A longtime
resident of New Rochelle, NY, and Melbourne, FL, Kit was active in the Red Cross,
Community Chest, the New Rochelle League for Service, and the Republican clubs
of both cities. She was a member of the Appalachian Club and the Welles Family
Association. She served Skidmore as a class agent. Kit is survived by a stepdaughter
and stepson and seven grandchildren; husband Charles predeceased her.
Esther Pike Torrey
32, of Windsor, VT, died Sept. 13, 1999. She was a physical-education major.
She worked as assistant to the dean at Dartmouth College. Esther served as director
of volunteers at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and was a member of the
Republican town committee, Old South Congregational Church choir, and the Windsor
community chorus. She was also involved with the Red Cross. She served Skidmore
as class president and class secretary. Esther is survived by husband Ronald,
a son, and three grandchildren.
Marian Miner Warner
33, of Penfield, NY, died May 14, 1999. An art major at Skidmore, she taught
art at Northampton School until her marriage. She was involved in the PTA, Red
Cross, Community Chest, Scouts, church, and garden club. Marian is survived by
husband Hobart, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Virginia Cassidy Starbuck
35, of Honolulu, HI, died March 20, 1999. She was active in the Honolulu
chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, a national organization
devoted to raising funds for scholarships for exceptional students in the fields
of science, and served as president. She was also a member of the Hawaii Historic
Foundation and Honolulu garden club. Virginia is survived by three children and
nieces Kathleen Cassidy Martineau 63 and Eileen Cassidy 63;
husband George predeceased her in 1992.
Lulu Hazard Coulter
39, of Schenectady, NY, died in July 1997.
Katherine Rathbun Hoxsie
40, of Westerly, RI, died July 3, 1999, of cancer. She was treasurer of
the Denison Society Inc. and volunteered at the Stonington, CT, landowners
association. Kay is survived by husband Raymond, a son, daughter Julie Hoxsie
79, another daughter, and five grandchildren.
Gillett Spencer Weichsel
42, of Fort Worth, TX, died June 8, 1999. An art major at Skidmore, she
also studied at the Albright Knox Art School in Buffalo, NY. She was a member
of the Dallas Down-River Canoe Club, the North Texas River Runners, and Alamo
City Rivermen and was a co-sponsor with her husband of the Weichsel Annual Trophies
for Most Miles Paddled and the Outstanding Paddler of North Texas. Last year,
at age 79, she paddled the Green River in Utah, the Colorado River, the National
Scenic Waterways in Minnesota, and Adirondack lakes. Gill volunteered to be the
first woman to receive a stent graft repair for an abdominal aortic aneurysm,
a procedure developed at Stanfords medical research center in Palo Alto,
CA. This procedure prolonged her life for five years. An unexpected rupture resulted
in her death. She was proud to contribute to medical science in hopes of providing
a simple abdominal aneurysm repair. Gill is survived by husband Hans, a daughter,
two sons, and two grandchildren.
Marian Britton Preston
44, of Watertown, CT, died on July 4, 1999. A physical-education major at
Skidmore, she was a physical therapist. She was active in the League of Women
Voters, the Red Cross, and her local library, hospital, and church. Marian is
survived by husband Nicholas, two sons, and a daughter.
Carol Noble Kalsen
44, of Phoenix, AZ, died July 22, 1999. A theater major at Skidmore, she
worked for the former American Poetry magazine and later wrote for Arizona Horseman
magazine. Carol, who was skilled in many areas of fabric arts, showed her stitchery
in galleries and taught embroidery at the YWCA. She was active in the 4-H riding
group in Phoenix and raised and trained horses. Carol is survived by three daughters;
husband Karl predeceased her.
44, of Longboat Key, FL, died Oct. 6, 1999. Phyllis was an English major
at Skidmore and, beginning in 1958, she was a computer programmer for General
Precision and Honeywell EDP and worked in sales and new business development at
Drug Distribution Data. She retired in 1989 after consulting for several pharmaceutical
companies. A former resident of Glen Ridge, NJ, she was active in the Republican
party and served as vice chair in the town government. She served Skidmore as
a class agent. Fifi is survived by sister Grayce Smethurst Elgar 48.
Martha Lynn Doe
45, of Harvard, MA, died Aug. 30, 1999, of CNS lymphoma. A home economics
major, she was a dietitian at Skidmore after graduation. She was involved in her
church, hospital auxiliary, and historical society. She served Skidmore as class
agent and on the committees for her 40th and 45th reunions. Marty is survived
by husband Bill, two daughters, including Lynn Doe Shipway 70, and
Natalie Walker Hauserman
45, of Cleveland, OH, died in October 1996. She was a business major at
Skidmore and worked as a receptionist and secretary. She was active in her childrens
schools and scouting activities and volunteered for a number of charities, including
her favorite, the March of Dimes. Natalie is survived by three sons, a daughter,
and four grandchildren; husband Bob predeceased her in 1987.
Faith Hackwell Ernst
46, of Snyder, NY, died July 13, 1999. A nursing major at Skidmore, she
was a clinical nursing educator at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, and
later returned to Buffalo, NY, to join the Visiting Nurses Association. She was
a member of the Junior League, the childrens guild, womens club, Park
Country Club, and canoe club. She was a member of the boards of the Amherst Symphony,
Erie County Board of Mental Health, and the Twentieth Century Club. She received
the Dewitt Clinton Award for Community Service for non-Masons. In the 1950s, she
served as vice president and then president of the Skidmore Alumni Club of Buffalo.
Faith is survived by husband Frank, a son, three daughters, including Teresa
Ernst Waterman 74, nine grandchildren, and sister Judith Hackwell
Ruth Jaynes Munson
48, of Syracuse, NY, died. She was a psychology major. She had served Skidmore
as treasurer of the alumni club of Syracuse. Ruth is survived by husband Howard,
two sons, and a daughter.
Gladys Derby Falconer
49, of Somerville, MA, died June 8, 1999. A home economics major at Skidmore,
she earned a masters in nutrition from Cornell University and was a nutrition
researcher at Tufts Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Dibby is survived by two
sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Mary Olmsted Tibbitts
50, of Madison, WI, died on June 22, 1999, from Picks disease. She
graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mary was a member of Covenant
Presbyterian Church, receiving the Silver Halo Award for 20 years of service with
the Attic Angel Association, and was a member of the Daughters of Demeter at the
University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She volunteered at Meriter
Hospital and Madison Childrens Museum. Mary is survived by husband Ted,
four children from a previous marriage, two stepchildren, and nine grandchildren;
first husband George predeceased her.
51, of S. Glens Falls, NY, died suddenly on Sept. 30, 1999. An economics
major at Skidmore, he was a services technician at NYNEX, retiring in 1997. Hart
was president of the Local #1127 Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, for
25 years until 1998. He was most recently appointed to the Town of Moreau Ethics
Board, and he was a member of the mens fellowship group and served on the
administrative board at the S. Glens Falls United Methodist Church. Hart is survived
by three daughters, two sons, three stepsons, and three grandchildren; wife Monika
predeceased him in 1996.
Elaine Forgie 55,
of Tequesta, FL, died unexpectedly on Aug. 30, 1999. A physical education major,
she was an avid golfer and belonged to the Turtle Creek Country Club in Tequesta,
the Delray Dunes Golf Club in Boynton Beach, and the Fore County Womens
Golf Association of Florida. Elaine is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews,
and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Nancy Crosier Newell
57, of W. Hyannisport, MA, died Oct. 11, 1999, after a long illness. An
English major at Skidmore, she worked at a radio station for 17 years before earning
a nursing degree from Cape Cod Community College in 1984. Nancy is survived by
a son, daughter, and three grandchildren; husband Henry predeceased her in 1980.
Margaret Landby Keller
58, of Dunedin, FL, died June 1999. She had multiple sclerosis. An art major
at Skidmore, she taught in the Ossining, NY, school system. Margaret is survived
by husband Davidson, a son, a daughter, and sister Jean Landby Peffers
Louise Benton Wagner
59, of Chicago, IL, died June 7, 1999. She was an art major at Skidmore
and graduated from Finch College in NYC with a degree in English. She served as
vice president and board chair of Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp., until
retiring in 1988. She also served on many other boards including the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Chicago, Reading is Fundamental, and the Art Institute of
Chicago. Louise is survived by husband Ralph.
Ellen Sussman Kovak
66, of New York, NY, died on Sept. 25, 1999, of cancer. A government major
at Skidmore, she earned a masters degree from Brown University in 1967.
In 1985, after many years as a freelance writer and public relations executive,
she started her own public relations firm. She had served on Skidmores leadership
gifts committee. Ellen is survived by husband Stanley, a daughter, and sister
Carole Sussman Heller 61.
71, of Chazy, NY, died Oct. 16, 1999. She was an art major at Skidmore and
worked in retail. Barbara has no known survivors.
John Mathenge 82,
of Mombasa, Kenya, died in 1997. He was a business major at Skidmore. John is
survived by his parents.
Sayra Benson (Nikoloff)
Lester, associate professor emerita of education, died at her residence in
Glenville, NY, on December 31, 1999.
Lester joined the Department
of Education in 1966. She taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo
for three years before coming to Skidmore, and she taught primary grades in Ohio
and New York in the 1950s. Her major area of interest and expertise was childrens
literature and the teaching of reading to elementary school children. Her course
in childrens literature was a favorite with Skidmore students from the time
she introduced it into the curriculum in 1981. A generation of student teachers
in the elementary education program were guided by her supervision and many stayed
in touch with her. She was also very active in professional associations in her
field, giving papers, making presentations, and leading workshops.
Born in Baltimore, Md.,
Lester completed a bachelor of science degree in education at the University of
Cincinnati, received a masters degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati,
and earned a doctorate of education from SUNY-Buffalo.
Lester served widely on
campus committees and as president of the local chapter of the American Association
of University Professors. She was an active supporter of the University Without
Walls program from its inception, serving as advisor to many students. She was
an advocate of safe, affordable day care for children of working mothers, and
she was a foster mother.
When she retired in 1987,
President Palamountain observed, "Sayras teaching has always been marked
by compassion for her students, particularly those having difficulties of their
own in the classroom. She has always been a champion of the different
student, whether underprivileged, handicapped, unusual or just plain different."
She is survived by a daughter,
Lysle Nikoloff Perry; a son, Robert Gottsche 84; and four grandchildren.
Fenton Keyes, a
member of the Skidmore College administration from 1946 to 1956, died in Philadelphia
on November 26, 1999. He was the grandson of Charles Henry Keyes, Skidmores
first president. Fenton Keyess father, Harold Brown Keyes, served for many
years on Skidmores board of trustees.
Born in New York City in
1915, Fenton Keyes was a graduate of Yale University, earning an A.B. degree in
1937 and a Ph.D. in 1941. His first teaching experience was as an instructor in
sociology at Colgate University.
A captain in the U.S. Army
in World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He served
on the staff of General A. C. Wedemeyer in both Chunking and Shanghai.
Following the war, Keyes
joined Skidmore as assistant professor of sociology and assistant to President
Henry Moore. The next year, he relinquished his teaching duties and became business
manager as well as assistant to the president. In 1953,he was named to the newly
created position of vice president of the college.
He resigned in 1956 to
become dean of the faculty and dean of the graduate school at Texas Womans
University. From 1960 to 1969 he was president of Coker College in Hartsville,
S.C., and he later worked in education and sociology at the Franklin Institute
in Philadelphia. He retired to Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa., where he continued
his writing and research.
Keyes wrote a biography
of his grandfather titled Charles Henry Keyes: Cal Tech and Skidmore, which he
published in 1990. His other works include a memoir of his father, career guides
in various allied health fields, and numerous journal articles.
During retirement, Keyes
and his wifewith whom he shared a keen interest in art and architecturetraveled
extensively in Europe, the Near East, China, and Japan. From his wartime sojourn
in China he had a special interest in Chinese art and collecting jade.
In addition to his wife,
Elizabeth Dix Keyes, he is survived by a son, Charles Fenton Keyes; a daughter,
Janet Keyes OConnell; four grandchildren; and greatniece Jennifer Scott
Allen 95. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan Keyes Scott