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Helen Pearson Tolman ’21 of Middlebury, VT, died April 18, 2004. An art major, she was involved with DAR and AAUW. She is survived by a daughter; husband Neil predeceased her.
Mildred Billings Day ’28 of Dublin, NH, died March 10 at the age of 100. She was a business major. A charter member of the Friends of the Lawrence Library, she was active in her church and garden club. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth Bruder Myers ’29 of Southbury, CT, died October 28. A home economics major, she was active in the Heights Guild, Woman’s Club, and Joe Jefferson Players, all of Ridgewood, NJ. She is survived by two granddaughters, a grandson, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Lester, predeceased her.
Isabel McCord Stroud ’29 of San Francisco, CA, died July 6. A physical education major, she earned a master’s from Columbia Teacher’s College. She was the first woman to manage an American Express office. She taught English and physical education in Phoenix public schools for more than 30 years. An avid international traveler, she was also an accomplished sportswoman who regularly swam in the Pacific Ocean until the age of 93.
A member of the Sedona Pen Women, she was a prolific writer who published essays in national newspapers and magazines. Her book Sedona Heritage: Arizona Artists was published when she was 91. She is survived by a son; husband Ford predeceased her.
Alice Woollard Williamson ’31 of Albany, NY, died July 10. An art major, she also studied at the Parsons School of Design. After operating a dress shop in NYC, she moved to Albany with her husband and opened the 327 Gallery on State Street. Well known for a series of lithographs depicting old Albany, she also painted portraits and still lifes. She was an active member of the Albany Institute of Art and History. She is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Mildred West Nitchie ’31 of Lexington, MA, died June 30. An English major, she earned a master’s in library science from Rutgers University in 1962. She was a librarian at Fairleigh-Dickenson and Drew Universities prior to becoming head librarian at the Hilton branch library in Maplewood, NJ. At the Brookhaven retirement community, where she lived most recently, she founded a library, the quality of which was noted in the Boston Globe. She was a member of Beta Phi Mu, an international honor society for librarians. She is survived by a son, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Edward, predeceased her.
Katharyn Dangremond Stevens ’31 of Rio Rancho, NM, died July 21, 2004. An art major, she earned a master’s from Columbia University and also studied at Syracuse Penland School of Design, Montclair State University, and Newark State University. She was a teacher and supervisor of art education for the Clifton, NJ, school system for 36 years. A member of many civic and professional organizations, she was a lifetime member of Who’s Who in Education and a protégé of national artist George Elmer Brown. She also served as a deacon in her church. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Leroy, predeceased her.
Lucille Tombs ’32 of Newton, NJ, died May 26, 2004. An art major, she enjoyed a lengthy career as a buyer for Bloomingdales and lectured at the Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in NYC. She was a volunteer for the National Organization of Christians and Jews and Newton Memorial Hospital. She is survived by niece Jacqueline Budd ’76.
Madeleine Bennett Schreiber ’33 of Farmington, CT, died June 13. An art major, she also studied at the Art Students League in New York City, where Jackson Pollack was a classmate. She was an accomplished artist who exhibited throughout the Northeast and whose paintings are included in many private collections. She is represented by the Cornelia Cotton Gallery in Croton-on-Hudson. She is survived by a son and a daughter.
Eva Belkin Bronner ’33 of Bakersfield, CA, died May 17 of Alzheimer’s disease. A physical education major, she earned a master’s in psychiatric social work from Smith College and enjoyed a career in marriage counseling. She is survived by husband James and a son. Another son, Richard, predeceased her.
Dorothy Wallace Campbell ’33 of Cincinnati, OH, died March 17. An art major, she worked in journalism and later did public relations for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. A longtime board member of the Mamaroneck Health Center, she volunteered for its human resources department well into her later years. For Skidmore, she was president of the Westchester County club, class president, fund chair and agent, and reunion volunteer. Husband Richmond predeceased her; she leaves two sons and a daughter.
Alice Hand Kelly ’33 of Valatie, NY, died August 30, 2004. A nursing major, she worked at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, and Barnwell Nursing Home prior to her retirement. She is survived by a son. Husband William predeceased her.
Antoinette Jewell Stoneback ’34 of White River Junction, VT, died May 17, 2005. A physical education major, she taught modern dance and PE at St. Agatha’s School for Girls. She was elected to the national Clara Barton Sisterhood for her tireless work on behalf of the Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Schenectady, NY. She had a keen interest in world events and enjoyed international travel. Predeceased by husband Ira, she is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren, including Michael Cornish ’00, David Christie ’02, and Matthew Christie ’02.
Janet Bardusch Badenoch Stone ’34 of Summit, NJ, died October 24. She was an English literature major. Active with the YMCA, Boy Scouts, and local PTA, she also served Skidmore as class president, class secretary, and admissions contact. She leaves husband Frank and four sons.
Constance Guptil ’34 of Bethany, CT, died September 4. An economics major, she was a retired registrar at Yale University School of Music. She belonged to several professional organizations, including AAUW and Quota International. For Skidmore she was a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by three nieces and a nephew.
Eleanor Corey Qua ’34 died May 20. She was a lab technician at Saratoga Hospital and co-owned the former Dubonnet Dress Shop in town. She was involved in DAR, the Katrina Trask Garden Club, and the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. For Skidmore, she was a member of the Josephine Case Society. Predeceased by husband Donald, she is survived by a daughter, three sons, 13 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
Emily Richards Nashner ’34 of Vero Beach, FL died April 28. A Romance languages major, she worked for her father’s real-estate firm from 1936 to 1949. A volunteer tutor, she taught math to handicapped children and was involved in the foster parents program. An avid sportswoman, she was an accomplished golfer. She was a longtime supporter of several Skidmore scholarships. Husband Kallman predeceased her; she is survived by a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Emma Kelty Kamps ’34 of Frederick, MD, died April 4. An art major, she earned an MFA from Columbia University and was a longtime supervisor of art instruction for North Brunswick, NJ, schools. She is survived by two daughters and a son, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Laura Riggs Spencer ’35 of Glen Rock, NJ, died September 18. A business major, she earned a master’s in social work from Simmons College in 1949 and was a social-work supervisor for the Veterans’ Administration. There are no known survivors.
Edith Latcher Smith ’35 of Boxboro, MA, died August 18. A nursing major, she worked at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY, and taught nursing at Penn State University. She retired as a faculty member of the Leominster Hospital Nursing School after 17 years. She cooked and served community suppers for the needy and taught English to inmates at Concord prison. She enjoyed reading and hiking. She is survived by a daughter and son, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Frances Foley Chamberlin ’36 of Darien, CT, died in July. A sociology major, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Hartford. She enjoyed a lengthy career teaching for the Hartford Public School System and also taught at the Bugbee School. An active community and church volunteer, she served the college as VP of the Darien Skidmore club. She leaves two sons and grandchildren Victoria Chamberlin ’05 and Brooks Chamberlin ’09. Her husband, Theodore, predeceased her.
Elizabeth Cinnamond Price ’37 of Westerly, RI, died in March 2005. A secretarial science major, she also studied at the Katherine Gibbs School. She is survived by husband William, three daughters, and six grandchildren.
Miriam North Subach ’37 of Snohomish, WA, died December 27, 2003. A biology major, she was involved with the Association of New England Women and DAR. She is survived by a daughter and son; husband Frank predeceased her.
Carolyn Cole Newell ’38 of Temple Terrace, FL, died September 27. A home economics major, she was a social worker for the Suffolk County Department of Social Services for many years. She is survived by two daughters, including Carol Newell Torrens ’66; sister Katherine Cole Quinn ’40; and several grandchildren. Husband William predeceased her.
Stephanie Karl Shaw ’38 of Washington Court House, OH, died September 25. A bacteriology major, she was a longtime bookkeeper for a pediatric practice. She is survived by a daughter.
Mary Stagg Tobey ’38 of Los Altos, CA, died November 8, 2004. She majored in secretarial science. She is survived by a son.
Virginia Hayes Shaul ’40 of Villanova, PA, died January 22, 2005. A home economics major, she earned a master’s from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She taught home economics for Fairlawn schools for many years, retiring as department head. She is survived by daughter Ellen Shual Bell ’68, two sons, and several grandchildren. Husband Richard predeceased her.
Jean Surdam Hanson ’40 of Pittsfield, MA, died July 23. An English major, she was an editor at McMillan Publishing House, Morehouse & Gorham, and Readers Digest in NYC. She later was a reference librarian at North Adams Public Library. Upon retirement, she ran a bed and breakfast. She was an avid gardener and earned an honorary black belt in aikido in 1999. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, and three grandchildren. Her husband, Richard, and son Kim predeceased her.
Barbara Fisher Butterworth ’40 of Rockville, MD, died March 21, 2002. An English major, she was an active community volunteer. Husband Francis predeceased her; she leaves two daughters.
Bernice Bailey Donovan ’41 of Virginia, MN, died October 14, 2004. She is survived by seven children. Her husband, Lawrence, predeceased her.
Elizabeth Garland Navasks ’41 of Hamden, CT, died March 17, 1996. A business major, she was a legal secretary for many years. She was a former Girl Scout leader and PTA Council member. She leaves husband Daniel and a daughter.
Elizabeth Estey Westbrook ’42 of Troy, NY, died April 24 of cancer. A physical education major, she was a member of the administrative staff at Emma Willard School for 40 years. She was an avid tennis player into her eighties and spearheaded the establishment of Troy Tennis Association. She was also active in Troy Chromatics Concerts and the Rensselaer County Historical Society and Arts Council. She was a board member of the city’s Friends of Chamber Music society. She served Skidmore as a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by a son and two daughters, including Elizabeth Westbrook Hyde ’80. Her husband, James, predeceased her.
Dorothy Collins Wollmuth ’42 of Leawood, KS, died October 19, 2004. She was a home economics major. She is survived by husband Ted and two daughters, including Susan Wollmuth ’74.
Kathleen Smith ’42 of Chevy Chase, MD, died September 28, 2002. A business major, she earned a master’s degree and PhD in business education from Boston University. She taught at Leominster High School before joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island. She was a world traveler and a talented artist. She is survived by sister Margaret Smith Harrington ’51 and a niece.
Jeanne Bradt Butts ’43 of Johnson City, NY, died July 22. A music major, she was VP of L.P. Butts Inc., a home-improvement store in Oneonta. An active member of her hospital auxiliary, she was also a hospice volunteer. She leaves a daughter, a son, and several grandchildren.
Iolanda Corona Dick ’44 of Oneida, NY, died January 31, 2005. A home economics major, she worked as a buyer for Macy’s in NYC, a copywriter for Oneida Ltd., and a child-care instructor. She retired as owner of her own mail-order business and retail shop. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer and class agent. She is survived by seven sons; husband Reay predeceased her.
Elizabeth Maynard Wells ’45 of North Branford, CT, died January 22, 2001. A business major, she was a volunteer for numerous civic organizations and her church. She especially enjoyed travel and gardening. Predeceased by husband Anthony, she leaves a son and a daughter.
Barbara Lancey ’46 of Laguna Hills, CA, died August 9. A physical education major, she earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University and a PhD in PE from the University of Iowa. She is survived by two brothers.
Elizabeth Simpson Ellard ’46 of Cambridge, NY, died April 25. A history major, she also earned an LLB from Albany Law School in 1946. She practiced law in NYC until her retirement in 1977. She served Skidmore as class fund chair and reunion volunteer. She leaves husband John and daughter Elizabeth Ellard ’75.
Esther Zevin Leber ’48 of Rockford, IL, died October 22. A nursing major, she was a registered nurse and supervisor at the Illinois Department of Family Services for 30 years. A civic volunteer, she was former president of the local chapter of the AFSCME labor union. She is survived by a daughter and two sons.
Betty Milner Porter ’49 of Meriden, CT, died June 4. A biology major, she enjoyed a career in histology at Yale–New Haven and Middlesex Hospitals. She is survived by a son and two grandsons. Her husband, Charles, predeceased her.
Betty Takasawa McCoy ’49 of Ewa Beach, HI, died May 30. She was a psychology major. Husband Frank predeceased her; she leaves a son, three sisters, and two grandchildren.
Carol Moxley Scherr ’49 of Etowah, NC, died May 28. A home economics major, she taught in several New Jersey high schools. She was active in the Ridgewood, NJ, women’s and tennis clubs, the Girl Scouts, and the Etowah Welcoming Committee. She served Skidmore as a phonathon committee leader. She is survived by husband John, two daughters, a brother, and four grandchildren.
Elsa Loes Bentzen ’50 of Briarcliff Manor, NY, died July 2. An economics major, she was personnel director and treasurer of Schipp Construction Co. in Mahopac, NY. She was a hospital volunteer and was active in PTA and the League of Women Voters. She served Skidmore as a career counselor. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and two sons.
Ethel Leete Rabin ’51 of Amherst, MA, died August 16. An art major, she retired from a career as a health agency executive. She was active in her church and served Skidmore as a club president. She is survived by two daughters and a son. Husband John predeceased her.
Erskine Paris ’52 of Hudson Falls, NY, died October 22 after a long illness. An economics major, he was the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Business Award in his senior year. He was a well-known community benefactor. He is survived by a brother and a caregiver.
Sylvia Heberling Predale ’52 of Colts Neck, NJ, died October 4. She was a business major. An active member of the Colts Neck Senior Citizens, she taught knitting and crochet at the Manalapan Senior Center for many years. She served Skidmore as a longtime class secretary. She is survived by husband Vito, two sons, two brothers, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Son Robert predeceased her.
Barbara Waters Gregory ’52 of Needham, MA, died last May. An art major, she earned a master’s in textile and clothing from Cornell University and studied at Columbia Teacher’s College. Co-owner of Waters of Boston—a book, card, and gift shop—she returned to the study of weaving in the 1990s, and received an honorable mention in a national weaving competition. She was a member of the Weavers Guild of Boston and her church. She participated in numerous Skidmore alumni club and reunion events, including the Alumni Art Exhibition. She is survived by husband Russell, a son, and two daughters.
Jean Chung ’52 of Reston, VA, died September 10, 2003, of Parkinson’s disease. A home economics major, she also studied at Columbia University. She was director of the Eisman Day Nursery School in NYC. She is survived by a sister.
Ann Mawhinney Hodgkins ’53 of Fayetteville, NY, died October 25. A sociology major, she was a former board member of Elmcrest Children’s Services and the Syracuse Children’s Center. She was active in the DAR, Junior League of Syracuse and Naples, FL, and Meals on Wheels. She especially enjoyed playing golf and tennis. She is survived by husband Follett, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and a brother.
Sarah Beekman McKeige ’53 of Stuart, FL, died August 14. A history major, she earned a master’s in anthropology from Hunter College at the age of 60. She was a founding member of the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society, serving as president for many years. An avid sailor, outdoorswoman, and archaeologist, she was committed to environmental conservation and historical preservation. She is survived by husband Bruce, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.
Carol Wacker ’53 of Coatesville, PA, died December 16, 2004. An English major, she earned a master’s from Adelphi University. She was an elementary-school teacher prior to entering banking. She belonged to the AAUW and her church. There are no known survivors.
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Ellen Thiberg Greenwood ’54 of Magnolia, DE, died July 25. A music major, she also studied piano and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen. She earned a master’s in music from the University of Colorado in 1965 and was a voice teacher for Boulder Valley High School. Predeceased by husband Donald, she leaves no known survivors.
Barbara Clark Tacey ’55 of Tolland, CT, died August 22. A biology major, she was a chemist at the Connecticut Health Department for many years prior to retirement. She was also an accomplished pianist. She is survived by two daughters, including Robin Tacey Smith ’82, a son, and four grandchildren. Husband Robert predeceased her.
Barbara Levine Friedland ’56 of Fort Lee, NJ, died September 14 of cancer. A theater major, she earned a master’s in speech and drama from Columbia University in 1959. She owned a catering and party coordinating business, Second Helpings. She raised funds for the American Heart Association and was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women. She served Skidmore as class president, fund chair, class agent, and reunion volunteer; she also worked on the Wide Horizons and Celebration Campaigns and the Friends of the Presidents Committee. She was co-chair for her 50th reunion at the time of her death. She leaves husband Harry and two sons, including James Friedland ’86.
Jessica Murphy Seymour ’56 of Fairfield, CT, died suddenly in September. A philosophy major and music minor, she later completed another bachelor’s in music through Skidmore’s University Without Walls in 1974. She taught music before entering the insurance brokerage industry, retiring from Marsh McLennan in 1997. She arranged and played music for CT Playmakers, a local theater group. She served Skidmore as class secretary. She is survived by three sons.
Susan Klein Klauber ’56 of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died September 1, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Donald.
Constance Heckman Hogeman ’57 of Hollister, CA, died July 8, 2002. A biology major, she was a laboratory and research technician prior to her marriage. She is survived by four sons and sister Margaret Heckman Foster ’54. Husband Robert predeceased her.
Beatrice Ivany Donohugh ’58 of Koloa Kauai, HI, died May 24. A PE major, she earned a master’s in counseling from Stanford University and was a high-school guidance counselor in Burlingame. After retiring to Hawaii, she and husband Donald published three highly successful guidebooks to the islands. She was also a garden-tour docent and hospice volunteer. She loved tennis and skiing and enjoyed international adventure travel. She served Skidmore as a class agent. In addition to Donald, she leaves two daughters, including Leslie Redick ’86; four stepdaughters and a stepson; a sister, Suzanne Ivany Dempsey ’56; and two grandchildren.
Elaine Terner Cooper ’58 of NYC died May 14. A longtime friend of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, she served as VP of its international director’s council. She is survived by two sons.
Cynthia Richards Meyer ’59 of Colchester, VT, died November 11. A physical education major, she completed her degree at the University of Michigan. She is survived by husband William and four daughters.
Jane Newfield ’61 of Houston, TX, died September 24. A theater major, she earned a master’s in education from Oglethorpe University and taught creative writing in an Atlanta high school for many years. Advisor to the school literary magazine, she also directed theater productions. In 1983 she completed an MSW from the University of Houston and worked at Spring Shadows Glen psychiatric hospital as a program psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. She also established a private practice. In 1991 she co-authored Destiny: An Uncommon Journey, a reflection on her clinical practice and exploration of her own personal growth. She was a supporter of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.
Constance Bain Moskow ’65 of Winnetka, IL, died September 27 of breast cancer. A French and Spanish major, she earned a master’s in Spanish from NYU. After teaching Spanish in Cedarhurst, NY, she moved to Chicago with her husband, where she tutored Spanish-speaking students in English at inner-city schools. She was also an artist. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Michael, two sons, a daughter, her mother, a sister, and five grandchildren.
Jean Donahower ’66 died April 17, 1998. There are no known survivors.
Patricia Tosi McGrail ’79 of Melrose, MA, died August 11. A nursing major, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than two decades. She is survived by husband John, two daughters, a son, her mother, a brother, and two sisters.
Caroline Ferris Farley ’80 of Pembroke, NH, died August 3 of cancer. A psychology major, she was a member of the women’s polo team. She worked as an architectural designer for a construction firm and designed her own home. A Brownie and Girl Scout leader, she was a board member of the Suncook Little League and coached the Pembrooke Academy varsity softball team, on which her daughters played. She is survived by husband Robert, three daughters, her parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law Sheila Farley Hagen ’80.
Thomas Martinez III ’90 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died June 1, 2001. A University Without Walls graduate, he majored in psychology and philosophy. There are no known survivors.
Schoeni Wolfe ’94 of Austin, TX, died suddenly on September 9. A biology major, she captained the women’s polo team. In 2003 she graduated from the University of Texas–San Antonio Dental School, earning numerous honors, including the International College of Dentists Award. In addition to running a dental practice, she was a tireless volunteer who provided free dental care at a local clinic and distributed food and clothing to the homeless. She was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” among Austin’s outstanding young professionals. She is survived by husband Britton Upham ’95, her father, and her mother, Twila Fleckten Wolfe ’62.
Faculty & Staff
Sandra M. Harran died September 18 at Albany Medical Center Hospital following a long illness. She was 67. She started working as an acquisitions assistant in Scribner Library in 1975 and was promoted to cataloging assistant in 1988; she retired in 1996. Co-worker Mary O’Donnell recalls that Harran had a “wonderful sense of humor.” She supervised student employees in cataloging, developed warm relationships with them, and maintained contact with several students over the years. Harran, who also volunteered at the Corinth Free Library, enjoyed activities with friends and traveling with her husband (who died in 2001) and son Patrick ’90. In addition to her son, she is survived by an aunt and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Lawrence “Bobby” Harris died August 22 at the Bennington (VT) Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 79. He joined Skidmore in 1966 as a cook’s helper assigned to Moore Hall. He became fourth cook in Father’s Hall, on the old downtown campus, and rose to first cook in 1980. He retired in 1994. Harris enjoyed golf and the Saratoga Race Course and was an avid bowler. He is remembered as “a joy to work with and the life of the union picnic,” according to Tom Bayer, a Skidmore postal clerk and friend. A stint as cook at Hattie’s Chicken Shack left Harris in possession of the Saratoga landmark restaurant’s famous fried-chicken recipe; he also liked to create unusual new dishes at Aikens and Murray Dining Halls. “Bobby enjoyed the students, and sometimes spoiled them,” recalls colleague Mary Bradley. “If they wanted something special, he’d run right off and get it for them.”
Phillip Eckstein ’07 of Manhattan, NYC, died October 9 in Saratoga Springs; it was his 21st birthday. Late at night Eckstein was accidentally struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while crossing a highway near campus. A double major in philosophy and computer science, he was involved with SGA, served as a campus tour guide, and was a member of the chess team and Ultimate Frisbee club. He also enjoyed building catapults, according to his brother John. At a memorial service that filled three auditoriums on campus, Eckstein was fondly remembered by about 600 students and administrators. “Phil didn’t have acquaintances, he had friends,” his brother noted. Clio Dobyns ’06 described him as “one of those people that was just there for everybody—really social, really cool, everyone knew him and loved him.” Eckstein’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law spoke at the service. Phil “loved Skidmore and cherished some of you very much,” his mother told the mourners.