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Who, What, When
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Honness McKaughan ’26 of Upper Montclair, NJ, died
August 12. An English major, she was a former managing editor of
American Girl magazine and author of a series of mystery novels
for children—many of which were set in the Catskills of New
York State. In later years, she wrote children’s bible stories.
Her last book, an adult mystery novel titled The Spy at Tory Hole,
was published in 1975. She was an avid international traveler whose
trips often inspired her writing. An associate Skidmore trustee
from 1937 to 1944, she also served as class secretary, club volunteer,
and class agent. In 1987 she received the alumni association’s
Distinguished Achievement Award. She is survived by a daughter and
a granddaughter; her husband, Jesse, predeceased her.
Doris Hoag Bringsjord ’32 of Sykesville,
MD, died June 26 of a heart attack. A business major, she was active
in student government, several sports clubs, Eromdiks, and Skidmore
News. She taught secondary school in Margaretville, NY, and Baldwin,
Long Island, for a decade after graduation. She was a former president
of the Long Island Skidmore club. She is survived by a daughter,
a son, and a granddaughter.
Adelaide Burgess Herbold ’34 of Lakewood,
NJ, died August 21. A business major, she graduated with honors
and worked for Bendix Aviation prior to her marriage. There are
no known survivors. Husband William predeceased her.
Jean McKinley Waaland ’36 of Greenville,
NC, died August 29. A nursing major, she worked as a visiting nurse
for the NYC Health Department prior to moving to Corning, NY. A
civic volunteer, she worked on behalf of the Salvation Army, the
American Red Cross, Corning Hospital, the Blind Association, and
Meals on Wheels. An accomplished musician, she opened her home to
many students from around the world. She is survived by her husband,
Thomas, three daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Ruth Miller Penner ’36 of Narragansett, RI, died
June 10. A business major, she was assistant director at Katherine
Gibbs Schools and later assistant dean at Finch College and Ogontz
Junior College. In the early 1960s she and husband Roy acquired
the Newport School for Girls, which they operated as resident directors,
adding a school for the performing arts in 1965. She is survived
by a son and two daughters.
Brenda Baxter Merkel ’36 of Columbus, NC,
died January 6, 2003. A fine arts major, she was active with several
team sports and served on the staff of Eromdiks and Skidmore News.
She was a member of Junior League, Daughters of the American Revolution,
Planned Parenthood, and the AAUW. An accomplished golfer, she was
also an instructor for a local women’s golf association. For
Skidmore she was a club officer and admissions correspondent. She
is survived by her husband, David, sister Lucy Baxter Bauer
’41, two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.
Harriet Chase Baldwin ’38 of Longmeadow, MA, died
June 15. A sociology and economics major, she earned a degree in
nursing at the Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.
She is survived by husband Willard, two sons, two daughters—including
Sallie Baldwin ’65—and granddaughter
Kristin Andrade ’89.
Ruth Deady Laubach ’39 of Pikesville, MD,
died August 19 of heart failure. An English major, she earned a
master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania
in 1948 and was a social worker for Baltimore public schools for
over four decades. A staunch advocate for wildlife, she was well
known locally for caring for injured animals. She served the college
as a reunion and club volunteer. She is survived by a son, a brother,
and sister Lucille Deady Muller ’42. Husband
Charles and sister Margaret Deady Rylee ’38
Phyllis Newman Byan ’44 of Centerville, MA,
died September 10. A psychology major, she was interlibrary loan
librarian at Sarah Lawrence College from 1969 to 1983, and subsequently
worked for the Centerville Library for several years. She is survived
by her husband, Leonard, a son, and a daughter.
Priscilla Spencer King ’45 of Bellows Falls,
VT, died July 20. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in
education from NYU and taught at Skidmore from 1945 to 1949. A gifted
and versatile athlete, she played on the US Women’s Field
Hockey and Lacrosse teams and once bowled a perfect 300. She was
active in church leadership and served on the Rockingham School
Board for two decades. She is survived by husband Theodore, three
daughters, and four grandchildren.
Marjory Becher Staub ’46 of Niantic, CT, died August
23. A business major, she was corporate secretary and treasurer
of Bailey and Staub Inc., a family-held firm. She was active in
the East Lyme Historical Society and Lion’s Club, and a lifetime
member of the Old Lyme Country Club and the Niantic Bay Yacht Club.
She was also a charter member of the East Lyme Garden Club and a
volunteer for her church. She served Skidmore as a class agent and
reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Nicholas, daughter
Bailey Staub Johnson ’73, two sons, and five
Marcia Morse Neiley ’46 of Vero Beach, FL,
died June 19. A phys-ed major, she was active in student government
and several sports clubs. She earned a master’s in guidance
and counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. She
was a phys-ed instructor at Wheaton College and Danbury Junior High
School in Connecticut, a phys-ed director for Stuart, FL, schools,
and a placement director at Lasell Junior College in Auburndale,
MA. She was also director of the synchronized swimming program at
the Danbury YMCA. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, sister
Katherine Morse Pincus ’49, niece Gillian
Morse King ’81, and grandson Alex Arcovio
’07. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her.
Jean Begnal Wogman ’48 of Saratoga Springs,
NY, died September 21. A nursing major, she was a public health
nurse in NYC, where she later worked at NYU with a rheumatic-fever
research group and subsequently became supervisor of nurses. After
moving to Coral Gables, FL, with her husband in the early 1960s,
she was director of in-service education at Doctor’s Hospital.
Returning to NYC several years later, she worked at the VA Hospital
in Manhattan, retiring in 1988. She was an avid international traveler.
A member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Clubs, she regularly attended
the Palamountain Polo Benefit, and also served Skidmore as a class
agent and member of the Friends of the Presidents Society. She is
survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews. Her husband,
Morris, predeceased her.
Patricia Constantikes Mason ’52 of Gouverneur,
NY, died of cancer August 26. A music major, she was the former
director of vocal music at several public schools and chaired regional
music festivals before entering real estate sales in the early 1980s.
A past president of the local library and hospital auxiliary boards,
she made a bid for town supervisor in 1975. Active in a number of
area choral groups, she was also choir director of St. James Church.
For Skidmore she was a class agent. She is survived by her husband,
James, and two sons.
Cornelia Cogswell Rossi ’54 of New Haven,
CT, died June 7. A history major, she was a board member of the
Jackson Laboratory and the Mt. Desert Island Hospital Development
Committee in Bar Harbor, ME. A member of several area swim clubs,
she was also active in the Cosmopolitan Club of NYC and the Lawn
Club of New Haven. She is survived by a brother. Her husband, Joseph,
Jane Holzman Klein ’59 of Stamford, CT, died
July 3. She is survived by husband Louis.
Paula Simon Wachtel ’59 of Martinsville,
NJ, died September 30. An English major, she earned an MA in education
from Columbia University. She was a career educator who taught elementary
school and English as a second language, and served as director
of the Rutgers University Learning Center and senior consultant
for an executive training corporation in Mendham. She especially
enjoyed lecturing on Japanese flower arrangement and earned an international
diploma in the subject from the School of Ikebana in Yokohama, Japan.
She is survived by husband Daniel, two daughters, and three grandsons.
Kathryn Areson ’68 of Wellesley, MA, died
suddenly on July 28. An American studies major, she earned a master’s
in guidance and counseling from Tufts University in 1971 and a doctorate
in behavioral science from the University of the Pacific in 1975.
She was a management and training consultant and founder of Training
Program Associates in Wellesley. She is survived by a daughter.
Sherri Cunningham Peter ’79 of Auburn, NY,
died August 24 after a long illness. A government major, she was
a principal financial consultant with Pinnacle Investments of Dewitt.
She had previously been employed at First Albany Corp. and Smith
Barney. A board member of Hospice of the Finger Lakes, she was a
member of the Zonta Club, Finger Lakes Ski Club, and Highland Golf
Club. She is survived by husband Frederick, her parents, three sisters—including
Marki Cunningham Cool ’81—a brother,
and three stepchildren.
Faculty & Staff
of Saratoga Springs died October 23; she was 61. Harmon began working
at Skidmore in 1960 as secretary to Dean of the Faculty Edwin M.
Moseley. Several years later she left the area with husband Jack,
who was in the Navy. In 1980 Joan returned to Skidmore as secretary
of the business department. Former department chair Betty Balevic
recalls Harmon’s strong work ethic, sense of community, and
effectiveness in tending to “the many details” of a
busy department. Harmon also handled secretarial duties for the
Affirmative Action Office, then headed by Balevic. She retired from
Skidmore in 1997. Outside the college, she was involved with the
Elks Club, scouting, and parent-teacher groups. She is survived
by her husband, Jack, a daughter, son, and grandchildren.
Margaret Hays of Saratoga Springs died October
29; she was 88. A college employee for 50 years, she began as an
assistant in the Skidmore Shop in 1934. She became assistant store
manager in 1969, on the new campus, and worked there until retiring
in 1984. Skidmore Shop director Barbara Heron says Hays “devoted
her life to the faculty and students of Skidmore.” Hays was
also known as an excellent cook who loved plants and flowers. She
is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.
Richard Kelleher of Glens Falls, NY, died October
28, following a long illness. He was 61. Kelleher worked in facilities
services for 18 years. A former military policeman with the US Army
in Germany, he began at Skidmore in 1985 as a custodian. He became
a maintenance mechanic in 1989, and five years later became a boiler
operator—a position he held until his retirement last summer.
He served as vice president of Local 200 (SEIU) and was the union’s
on-campus chair for 15 years. Described by his Skidmore colleagues
as a “real family man,” Kelleher was also a skilled
handyman who enjoyed remodeling his home and other properties. Survivors
include wife Barbara, four sons, and eight grandchildren.
Tisch of New York City died November 15; he was 80. Known
widely for his philanthropy in education, the arts, and humanitarian
causes, he was married for 55 years to trustee Wilma Stein
Tisch ’48, with whom he played a major role in the
advancement of Skidmore College. In honor of the couple’s
generosity and leadership, the Tisch name abounds on campus, including
the Tisch Learning Center, dedicated in 1994; the Tisch Chair in
Arts and Sciences, held by Prof. Robert Boyers; and the Tisch Endowed
Scholarship Fund. In 1994 Skidmore awarded Tisch an honorary doctor
of laws degree on the occasion of his serving as the F. William
Harder Lecturer in Business Administration.
Beginning in the 1960s, Tisch and his brother Bob co-chaired the
Loews Corporation, building it into a conglomerate of hotels, insurance,
cigarette manufacturing, movie theaters, oil tankers, and watchmaking.
From 1986 to 1995, he was CEO of CBS.
Survivors includes wife Billie, four sons, brother Bob, 15 grandchildren,
and grandniece Emily Sussman ’04.
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