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UWW | In Memoriam


In Memoriam

Alumni

Margaret Waldo Packard ’31 of New York, NY, died May 26. She was a painter and actress who volunteered coaching children in singing and acting. She is survived by a son, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Frank, and daughter Lee predeceased her.

Arlene Magaw ’33 of Southhold, NY, died August 6. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s from New York University and did doctoral work in school administration at Hofstra University. She enjoyed a 25-year teaching career in New York and Pennsylvania public schools. Her extensive volunteer work included serving as chair of her county’s American Red Cross bloodmobile. She was also an interior designer. She is survived by a cousin.

Joy Johnson Cabri ’34 of South Strafford, VT, died January 31, 2007. She was an art major. She is survived by a daughter; husband Louis predeceased her.

Frances Turner Diefenbach ’35 of Fullerton, CA, died February 2, 2007. She was a home-economics major. She leaves a daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and several grandchildren. Her husbands, John Diefenbach and David Anderson, predeceased her.

Edith Freed Titon ’36 of Boynton Beach, FL, died February 10, 2007. A sociology major, she was a sculptor. She is survived by her husband, Milton, and a son.

Eva-Mae Ball Woodbridge ’36 of Sarasota, FL, died December 2, 2006. She was a business major. She is survived by husband Ross and a daughter.

Ruth Combes Ledlie ’37 of Sheffield, MA, died August 23. A theater major, she taught drama. She served Skidmore as an alumna trustee, nominating committee member, reunion chair, and club officer. She is survived by her husband, Robert; three daughters, including Dianne Ledlie Agoglia ’81 and Karen Ledlie Krop ’67; and several grandchildren, including Abigail Agoglia ’11.

Clarice O’Hara Walter ’37
of Glens Falls, NY, died January 8, 2007. A business major, she was a volunteer at the Chapman Historical Museum and Glens Falls Hospital. She is survived by husband Harold and two daughters.

Katharine Wolff Shuchman ’37 of Ann Arbor, MI, died January 16, 2006. She leaves two daughters; husband Solomon predeceased her.

Helen Noden Evans ’38
of Madeira Beach, FL, died February 5, 2007. An English major, she earned a master’s in education. She leaves two sons and a daughter. Her husband, Lewis, predeceased her.

Jane Rauber Vulte ’39 of Nokomis, FL, died October 8. An English major, she was a former investment real-estate broker. She served Skidmore as a club volunteer. She is survived by daughter Alexandra Vulte Metzger ’64, a son, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Loren, predeceased her.

Elizabeth Koethen Lammerts ’41
of Williamsville, NY, died August 25, 2006. She leaves a daughter and a sister; husband Henry predeceased her.

Phyllis Peterson Rathbun ’42
of Houston, TX, died October 13. She was a business major. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Houston Bridge Club. She is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren; husband Charles predeceased her.

Mary-Louise Gilbert Enstice ’42
of Brigantine, NJ, died August 8. She was a business major. She is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. Husband Edward predeceased her.

Muriel Decker Hahn ’43 of South Yarmouth, MA, died September 12. She was a home-economics major. She is survived by husband Walter, a son, a brother, and two grandchildren.
Lois Dickson Guthrie ’44 of Marietta, GA, died May 17. She was a psychology major. She leaves a son and daughter.

Alma Goldschmitt Engelmann ’45 of Belle Mead, NJ, died October 1. A textile-design major, she was a real-estate agent for many years before founding Wheelwright Casuals, a women’s clothing store. She is survived by daughter Loralee Engelmann Strauss ’70, two sons, a sister, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Husband William predeceased her.

Dorothy Kase Miller ’45 of West Brandywine, PA, died September 7. She is survived by two sons and two daughters. Her husband, Fred, predeceased her.

Janet Kenyon Gilliland ’45
of South Yarmouth, MA, died August 12. She was a home-economics major. She is survived by a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Husband Robert predeceased her.

Leah Hoffman Levinson ’45 of Highland Park, IL, died February 2, 2007. A Spanish major, she was an active civic volunteer. She is survived by her husband, Nahum, and two daughters.

Catherine Sample Cramer ’46 of Venice, FL, died March 12. A nursing major, she was a medical secretary for the US Navy during World War II and earned a BS in biology from the American International College. She was a longtime emergency-room secretary at Baystate Medical Center. She leaves husband Harry, two daughters, a son, and two brothers.

Millicent Stevens Eveland ’46 of Marstons Mills, MA, died November 12, 2006. A nursing major, she enjoyed a long career in nursing, retiring as director of surgical nursing at Rochester (NY) General Hospital. She leaves a daughter, two sons, two grandchildren, and a brother. Her husband, John, predeceased her.

Jane Hoffman Milburn ’46 of Deltona, FL, died March 23, 2006. An economics major, she retired after a long career as an auditor for the federal government. She is survived by a son and two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Donald, predeceased her.

Mary Miller Solari ’47 of Green Valley, AZ, died August 20. A business major, she managed offices for several custom-home builders and the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association. She especially enjoyed international travel. She is survived by two sisters, including Virginia Miller Lyon ’47, three children, and three grandchildren.

Josephine Pfaltz Morse ’47 of New London, NH, died May 4. A nursing major, she was a public health nurse. She is survived by three daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.

Renee Spiesman Jans Dimond ’49 of Skokie, IL, died August 1, 2007. A psychology major, she completed her BA at Washington University and earned an MSW from Jane Addams School of Social Work. She was a clinical psychologist specializing in learning disabilities in children. She is survived by two daughters, two stepchildren, three grandchildren, and two brothers. Her husband, James, predeceased her.

Sibyl Ringquist Connolly ’50 of Bradenton, FL, died August 30. An English major, she served Skidmore as a club volunteer. She is survived by husband Phillip, four sons, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret Rye Purdy ’51 of Marion Center, PA, died April 18. An economics major, she earned a master’s in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a retired school psychologist. She leaves husband David, a daughter, a son, and sister Carolyn Rye von Allmen ’53.

Sara Baumgarten Jaffe ’51
of Sunrise, FL, died February 4, 2006. A nursing major, she co-founded and ran several copy businesses with husband Harold. He survives her, as do three daughters, three brothers, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Margaret Jone Naylor ’52 of Mountain Lakes, NJ, died February 9, 2006. An art-education major, she retired after a career teaching high-school art for the Boonton Board of Education. She served Skidmore as a club president. She leaves a daughter, a son, and stepdaughter Lisa Naylor Schiel ’78; husband Harry predeceased her.

Joan Ahlgren Merz ’54
of Shaker Heights, OH, died February 22, 2007. She was an art major. She is survived by two daughters; husband Stuart predeceased her.

Joy O’Neill McGayhey ’54 of Shelter Island, NY, died February 3, 2007. An English major, she retired from a long career teaching in the Jericho, NY, school system. She leaves a niece and two cousins.

Jacqueline Wilson Nelson ’55 of San Diego, CA, died October 6 of colon cancer. A business major, she retired as president of Nelson Publishing. She formerly owned a real-estate brokerage firm. She was well known for community leadership in Rancho Bernardo, CA, where she headed Neighborhood Watch and emergency preparedness programs. She also founded the local dog park. She leaves a daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Babette Strohmeier Buffington ’55 of Wilmette, IL, died March 21. She leaves husband Jack, three daughters, two stepchildren, ten grandchildren, and a sister.

Betty Cook McIntire ’56 of Berlin, MD, died March 12 from complications from diabetes. A phys-ed major, she was secretary and treasurer of the Hillmeade Corporation in Landover, MD. She is survived by husband Bruce, a son, a brother, and granddaughters.

Barbara Senderwitz Ross ’57 of Port Chester, NY, died September 3 of cancer. A sociology major, she was a social worker before partnering with her husband, Donald, to found Microcomputer Workshops Courseware, a pioneer in educational software that later became a division of CBS Interactive Publishing. In 1999 she co-founded Webweavers, a Web-development and advertising firm, with her daughter Elizabeth Ross ’89. Barbara held a certificate in floral design from the New York Botanical Gardens. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, and a niece.

Susan Kun Leddy ’60 of New York, NY, died February 23, 2007, of breast cancer. A nursing major, she held a PhD in nursing science from New York University. She served as dean of the school of nursing and later the college of health sciences at the University of Wyoming. She was the author of several award-winning textbooks, including Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing. She leaves two daughters, her mother, a sister, and a granddaughter.

Bonnee Wexler Borgman ’63 of Cherry Hill, NJ, died April 21. A psychology major, she completed a bachelor’s at Kansas State University and a master’s in education from Long Island University. She was a travel consultant. She is survived by two daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren.

Jane Durland ’73 of Topsfield, MA, died November 2. A sociology major, she enjoyed a 33-year career in human services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, starting as a social worker in South Boston and serving most recently as deputy director of human resources for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She is survived by her mother, a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Michele Morrisson ’73 of East Setauket, NY, died August 16 of pancreatic cancer. A human-ecology major, she also studied at Brown University and earned master’s degrees in anthropology and museum studies. She was a curator and educator, most recently for Stony Brook University’s Institute for Long Island Archeology. She won national recognition for an exhibit on 19th-century seafaring women from Long Island. She is survived by husband David, a son, and a daughter.

Carolyn Mull ’78 of Brunswick, ME, died September 30 after a long illness. A sociology major, she was a swimming instructor at the Bath YMCA for several years. She completed a master’s in counseling from the University of Southern Maine and was an addictions counselor, treating families. She is survived by a daughter and sister Deborah Mull ’76.

Tara Mullin Frye ’79 died June 23, 2006. She majored in psychology. She leaves husband Victor, two sons, two stepdaughters, and her mother.

Eloisa Perez Spencer, UWW ’80, of Albany, NY, died April 5, 2005. A human-services administration major, she earned a master’s from Rutgers University. She worked for the New York State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Development, retiring in 1995. She was an active volunteer in the Hispanic community, founding the Centro Civico Hispano organization in Albany. She leaves three daughters and a son.

Leland Perry ’80 of Greenwich, CT, died May 14. A Latin American–studies major, he was general manager of the World Courier de Chile Ltd. in Santiago, Chile. He is survived by his wife, Geert Jan Geisterfer, his parents, and sisters Marianne Perry Bowman ’72 and Martiecita Perry ’69.

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.