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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.

Eleanor Grose ’20 of Ballston Spa, NY, died December 11, 2001, at the age of 103. A business major, she was a secretary and part-time teacher. There are no known survivors.

Pauline Lutz Hopkins ’30 of Roxbury, NY, died July 21. An art major, she did graduate work at the University of Buffalo. She was a teacher for many years in New York and Cape Cod and was chair of the Dennis Yarmouth School District, where an art gallery was named in her honor. An accomplished watercolorist in her retirement, she was also a member of many professional societies. She is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Meredith Baldwin Moore ’30 of Elmira, NY, died last May. A home-economics major, she also studied sociology at Cornell University. She was a teacher at the secondary and college level and
sat on the boards of several community agencies. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law. Her husband, Ralph, predeceased her.

Katharine Strait ’30 of Tucson, AZ, died August 10, 2000. A physical-education major, she retired after a lengthy career in teaching. She was an avid volunteer for the humane society. There are no known survivors.

Beth Twiggar Goff ’35 of West Nyack, NY, died August 6. An English and sociology major, she earned an MSW from Columbia in 1964. A self-described “post-flapper and spontaneous feminist,” she published articles in the Herald Tribune and the New Yorker and authored more than a thousand short stories. In 2002 she published an autobiography, Understanding Backwards, which described childhood in the 1920s. Her read-aloud book for children of divorcing parents, Where is Daddy (1969), was the first of its kind and is still in print. Her entire collection of 57 personal diaries has been acquired by the History of Women in America collection at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College. She served Skidmore as historian for her 65th reunion in 2000 and as a volunteer for her 70th reunion. She leaves two sons; her husband, Robert, predeceased her.

Jane Dosch Bodenweiser ’36 of Denville, NJ, died July 12. An English major, she was a Red Cross ambulance volunteer during World War II and assisted her husband, Walter, in providing volunteer services in Zimbabwe, Africa. Predeceased by Walter, she is survived by two daughters and two grandsons.

Barbara Turner Comee ’38 of Brunswick, ME, died August 7, 2004. She was an art major. Her husband, Walter, predeceased her; there are no known survivors.

Elizabeth Coleman Byrne ’39 of Edenton, NC, died October 6. She was an English major. She is survived by three daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her.

Elizabeth Webster Simmons ’39 of Radnor, PA, died May 9. An art major, she enjoyed careers in the fashion industry and homemaking. She also taught painting and art history for 12 years at Eastern University. She is survived by husband Bob, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.

Jane VanAlst Bonnert ’40 of Cutchogue, NY, died September 1. An English major, she was a retired teacher. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer. She leaves a daughter and son. Her husband, Frank, predeceased her.

Louise Hayward Bowen ’40 of Hanover, NH, died August 20. An English major, she was former director of the language lab at Dartmouth College and part-time circulation manager for the Russian Review. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and grandson Joseph Anderson ’07. Her husband, Lawrence, predeceased her.

Christine Legge Sheridan ’40 of Pisgah Forest, NC, died August 5 after a long illness. An art major, she earned an MFA from Alfred University. She was an early advocate of organic gardening, natural health, and environmentalism. She co-authored the book Tombstones of Matthews County, VA, with the archaeology department at the College of William and Mary. Her cloisonné enamel jewelry is sold at the Smithsonian Museum Gallery and in galleries in the south. She is survived by husband Jack, three daughters, and five grandchildren.

Mary-Elizabeth Avent Furth ’42 of Albuquerque, NM, died September 4. An art major, she retired from the San Diego, CA, schools as an elementary school principal. She was active in the New Mexico State Calligraphy Association after a lengthy career as a high-school principal, teacher, and calligrapher. She is survived by son James; husband John predeceased her.

Kathryn Marelia Maertzweiler ’42 of Knoxville, TN, died August 1 after a short illness. She is survived by her husband, Paul, and a daughter.

Kathryn Kuehl Peters ’43 of Gladwyne, PA, died October 11. An English major, she earned a second bachelor’s in elementary education through Skidmore’s University Without Walls in 1979. Head teacher at the West Hill Preschool in Rosemont, PA, she was active in numerous professional associations. She leaves husband Frederick, a daughter, and two sons.

Cynthia Camp Hoyt ’43 of Center Harbor, NH, died May 30. A home-economics major, she earned a master’s from the University of Connecticut. She taught home economics in North Haven High School for many years. She was an avid cook and environmentalist. She enjoyed international travel. She is survived by her husband, Quentin, two daughters including Marilyn Hoyt Brackett ’69, and two grandchildren.

Janet Hyde Pryibil ’45 of St. Louis, MO, died August 18. A textile-design major, she was a former director of promotion for a modeling agency and a bridal consultant. She is survived by a son and daughter and several grandchildren. Her husband, Albert, predeceased her.

Babette Frank Perlstein ’45 of St. Louis, MO, died September 11, 2003. She is survived by her daughter and son and five grandchildren.

Lois Lunsford Corbin ’46 of Lake Wales, FL, died September 1. A theater major, she earned an MLS from the University of Florida. She was a retired librarian and community volunteer. She is
survived by a sister.

Patricia Schnelle Calvert ’46 of Dundas, Ontario, Canada, died March 27 of emphysema. A home-economics major, she also studied at Temple University. She was an underwriting manager for
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. She is survived by a son and two daughters.

Eleanor Hall Morehouse ’46 of Pacific Grove, CA, died April 1, 2005, of lung cancer. A sociology major, she worked as a realtor. She was an avid hiker and traveler and was active in community outreach programs. She is survived by three sons and six grandchildren. Husband Irving predeceased her.

Ruth Rickert Greenwood ’46 of Petersborough, NH, died November 7, 1997. A physical-education major, she taught that subject in Herkimer, NY. She is survived by a son and four daughters. Her husband, Calvin, predeceased her.

Jean Figarsky Reiner ’48 of Delmar, NY, died August 26. A fine art major, she also attended SUNY at Albany, obtaining a bachelor’s degree and certification to teach art. A community volunteer in both Albany and Delray Beach, FL, she was an avid golfer and traveler. She served Skidmore as a club president. She leaves two daughters, a son, sister Rita Figarsky Feigenbaum ’46, and six grandchildren. Her husband, George, predeceased her.

Esther Kratzer Everett ’50 of Amherst, NY, died October 4. She earned a master’s in business education and administration in 1953 from the University of Buffalo. She was president and CEO
of Emil A. Kratzer Co., an insurance and real-estate firm. She was one of two women in the US to earn the Chartered Insurance Counselor designation. She also forged a concurrent career in education. Chair of Alfred University’s distributive education department, she was the first woman to teach a business course at Canisius College and the first to serve as president of the alumni association of Buffalo’s Business School. Appointed by President Reagan to the National Advisory Council on Women’s Education Programs, she was vice-chair of the New York State Republican Committee and a delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention, director of the YWCA of Erie County, the New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier, and the International Association of Laryngectomies. In 1985 the National Council on Communicative Disorders awarded her its highest national honor. Her work with groups as varied as Common Cause and the American Legislative Exchange Council earned her recognition from the State Senate and Assembly. She served Skidmore as president of the Buffalo alumni club. She is survived by her husband, J. William, and three sons.

Lois Clarkson Vanderminden ’53 of Granville, NY, died October 12. A nursing major, she was a community and hospital volunteer. She leaves her husband, Robert, two sons, three daughters—including Katherine Vanderminden Juckett ’79—a sister, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Susan Augur Maline ’54 of Austin, TX, died September 4. She is survived by a daughter. Her husband, Duane, predeceased her.

Ann Cohn Kramer ’56 of Lexington, MA, died October 28. She was a psychiatric nurse. She is survived by husband Arnold and a daughter.

Judith Simons Way ’56 of Upper Montclair, NJ, died August 4. An economics major, she forged a career in public relations in Manhattan and later worked as a real-estate broker. An avid tennis player, she enjoyed travel and golf. She leavs her husband, John, two sons, and three grandchildren.

Carole Waite Williams ’60 of North Fort Myers, FL, died August 19. A nursing major, she worked at the Home of the Good Samaritan in Watertown, NY, and was a visiting nurse in Troy. She is survived by husband Arthur, two daughters,a son, a brother, and seven grandchildren.

Carol Theodos Savage ’64 of Longboat Key, FL, died October 11 of lung cancer. She earned a master’s in marketing communications from Hunter College. She was a former global marketing and communications executive with American Express and most recently VP of acquisitions at Citicorp. An avid supporter of the arts, she sat on the boards of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the Olana Trust, the Hudson River Showcase Theater, and the Manhattan School of Music. She served Skidmore as a reunion volunteer and a member of the Friends of the Presidents Society. She is survived by her husband, Michel Goldberg, a son and daughter, stepdaughter Claude-Danielle Goldberg Badger ’88, a stepson, a grandchild, and her mother and brother.

Johanna DeLaura McGinness ’75 of Red Bank, NJ, died September 26, 2005. An English major, she was director of operations for Westwood One Radio Corp. in Manhattan. She is survived by
her husband, Terrence.

Donna Kammritz Cisz ’76 of Meriden, CT, died September 7 of cancer. A government-economics major, she was an IT consultant for Covansys in Middletown and director of research for the Organization for the Rights of American Workers. She is survived by her mother, two daughters, and a sister.

Becky Roberts ’80 of Santa Fe, NM, died April 16 of ovarian cancer. An art major, she earned a master’s in counseling from Lesley College. She especially enjoyed skiing, riding, hiking, and
fossil hunting. She is survived by her partner, a daughter, and her mother and stepfather.