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Barbara Dill Sessions ’35
of Yosemite, CA, died February 27, 1998. She was an art major. She is survived by two sons, daughter-in-law Victoria Dobbyn Sessions ’69, and several grandchildren. Her husband, Fred, predeceased her.
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.

Ruth Suttie Whiting ’36 of Peoria, AZ, died August 24. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in nursing from Yale University in 1939 and enjoyed a long career as a teacher and nurse. She was also an active civic volunteer. She served Skidmore as a class and Reunion volunteer for many years and proudly represented her class at its 65th reunion. She leaves a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren.

Lillian Mann Fischer ’37 of Schenectady, NY, died June 11, 2003. She leaves a daughter, a son, and six grandchildren. Husband Anthony predeceased her.

Lois Pidgeon Partridge ’40 of San Francisco, CA, died September 20. An English major, she joined the US State Department and traveled all over the world. She was a longtime teacher and well-loved community volunteer in Madison County, VA, where she resided prior to moving to California. She is survived by her daughter and two grandchildren.

Merle Ingham Scott ’41 of Salibury, NC, died September 24. She was a biology major and won numerous trophies in tennis and swimming. She leaves two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Her husband, Gaither, predeceased her.

Dorothea Stonington Lathrop ’41 of Columbus, OH, died July 17. A home-economics major, she was a longtime clinical dietitian. She is survived by three sons and several grandchildren.

Ruth Pulver Enstine ’43 of Bluffton, SC, died September 21. A phys-ed major, she graduated summa cum laude and was a professional writer. She was an active civic volunteer and golfer. She is survived by a daughter and a grandson.

Mary Riemer Lacey ’44 of Plainfield, NJ, died June 10, 2003, of cancer. She was a drama major. A championship golfer, she was an active civic volunteer. Predeceased by husband Lawrence, she leaves two daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Leona Kaplan Killgore ’47 of San Angelo, TX, died October 19 of cancer. She doubled-majored in comparative European studies, taught entirely in French, and performance piano. She did graduate work in child development. She later become a French, Spanish, and Russian translator for the banking industry. She traveled extensively with husband James, an Air Force lieutenant, and settled in San Angelo, where she became the first political-affairs editor for the San Angelo Standard Times. She started a sixth career as host of a national multimedia public affairs show, Dialog, which she cofounded. Her last show was broadcast on September 28. Predeceased by James, she leaves a daughter, two sons, five grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann Wackenhut Patrick ’50 of Wareham, MA, died October 4 of cancer. An art major, she was a designer for the country’s leading lace manufacturer. She painted and studied at the Allied Artists and Knickerbocker Artists in NYC. She held many one-woman exhibits of her paintings, many of which are in private collections in the United States and abroad. A diverse artist, she also designed stained glass, floral arrangements, and rubber stamps. She leaves husband Philip, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Lynne Duckor Haberman ’54 of Longmeadow, MA, died July 2 of cancer. A sociology major, she was involved in many civic organizations, including the Jewish Community Center, the Jimmy Fund, and the Lynn University music program. She is survived by two daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.

Juliana VanSteeden Alasso ’61 of Little Compton, RI, died September 23 of cancer. A nursing major, she worked at Brigham, Massachusetts General, and Analex Corporation. She served as an instructor at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is survived by husband Paul, a son, a daughter, and niece Dale Conron Ahearn ’75.

Virginia Payne Morse ’63 of Boston, MA, died November 3 after living with multiple sclerosis for 33 years. An education major, she played a critical role in helping launch Skidmore’s Expanding Horizons Program in Schuylerville, NY. She also established the John P. Shepard Prize in Education Studies at Skidmore, in honor of her professor and mentor. She leaves husband John, a son, and a daughter.

Meta Black Matthews ’72 died July 4 of breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, two children, and a grandchild.

Nancy Thomas Hill ’75 of Mullica Hill, NJ, died July 27, 2006. An education major, she taught at Camden County Vo-Tech and St. Joseph’s School, both in Camden, NJ. She also home-schooled her five children and volunteered at her church. She leaves husband John, a daughter, four sons, and her parents.

Susannah Quandt ’76 of Washington, DC, died in April 2006 of cancer. She was a nursing major. She leaves a sister.

Gloria Reeves MacMaster, UWW ’80, of Alpharetta, GA, died September 19. She earned a master’s from Columbia University and taught phys-ed for many years. In her seventies she founded the Crooked Cane Club, a group that completed more than 500 consecutive weekly hikes for seniors. She is survived by three sons, three daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Husband Frederic predeceased her.

Charles Kaplan, UWW ’85, of Fort Lau derdale, FL, died October 15. He earned a JD from Nova University. He was well known for his tenacious prosecution of sex crimes, later serving as a criminal defense attorney before being elected a juvenile court judge in 2006. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and a sister.

Catherine Brown ’91 of Gaithersburg, MD, died suddenly on August 23. A psychology major, she earned a master’s from the Bank Street School of Education. She was a first-grade teacher at Beauvoir School in Washington, DC. She is survived by her father, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews.

Nicholas Stroud ’04 died suddenly on November 5, after a heart attack. A business major, he was a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, LLC. Fluent in Spanish, he traveled in Costa Rica frequently to visit family and friends. He is survived by his parents and cousin Jesse Milliken ’02.


Sharon Smalley of Saratoga Springs, NY, died November 6 after a brief illness. A customer attendant and short-order cook for Skidmore’s dining services, she owned and operated Sharon Dry Cleaners in Saratoga Springs for 25 years with her husband, Jim. In 2001 she joined the Skidmore staff and worked in the dining hall, Spa snack shop, and Burgess Café. Her colleague Cheryl Gosnell said Smalley especially enjoyed the café, “where she could be one-on-one with students,” and added, “She was a team player…always willing to pitch in.” She leaves a sister, a daughter, a son, and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.