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and the missions committee, member of the board of trustees, president of the women’s fellowship, and state board mem ber. She also volunteered as a church school superintendent and vacation bible school chair. A member of the Buffalo, NY, board of Literary Volunteers, she taught English to nursery- and secondary- school students. She held a leadership role in an organization that promotes education for women and spearheaded the establishment of new chapters. For Skidmore she was a Celebra tion Cam - paign and reunion volunteer. She is sur- vived by husband Craig, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a cousin. Joan Henritzy Busken ’53 of Cincin - nati, OH, died January 1. She leaves hus- band Joseph, two sons, four stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. Mary Bingaman Strang ’54 of Scarbor - ough, ME, died August 19, 2007. She was a nursing major. She is survived by a daughter.


Eda Simpson Burne ’56 of Hartsdale,


NY, died December 20. She completed a degree in French at Barnard College and was the former executive director of the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, NY. She is sur- vived by a son and two daughters. Jane Coban ’56 of New York City died September 8, 2008. A psychology major, she earned a master’s in elementary edu- cation from Columbia Teachers College and a master’s in guidance counseling from New York University. She retired after a long career as a special-ed guidance counselor. She served Skidmore as a re - union volunteer. She is survived by her partner, Bette Goodman. Janet Caplan Levy ’58 of Philadelphia,


PA, died January 10. She completed a BA in English literature from Hunter College and earned a master’s from Rutgers Uni - versity. She was co-director of a migrant farmworker aid program. She later worked for many years in marketing communica- tions for Mathematica of Princeton and Data Decisions, a division of McGraw- Hill. In the late 1980s she founded a mar- keting communications company, Techni - connection, in Philadelphia. Most recent- ly she built a career trading stocks. In addition to husband Saul, she leaves a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Sally Williams Echlin ’58 died July 2, 1999. She leaves husband John and her family.


Cecelia LeMatty Murphy ’59 of Old Greenwich, CT, died April 12 after a short illness. A nursing major, she was president of Riverside School PTA and a leader in


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the Junior League of Pelham and Green - wich. She also spearheaded the develop- ment of the Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens (now Abilis). She was an avid golfer. Predeceased by husband Joseph, she leaves two sons, two daugh- ters, and three grandchildren. Adele Fitzgerald Hood ’59 of Newtown,


PA, died April 10. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania. She is sur- vived by four sons, a sister, and nine grandchildren.


Constance Sullivan Vallee ’62 of Eagle Point, OR, died August 1, 2007, of breast cancer. A history major with a minor in piano, she earned a JD (and was executive editor of the Law Review) at the Oregon School of Law at the age of 52. She worked for several law firms before opening her own practice in 2000; she specialized in estate planning, probate, and elder law. A community leader, she founded the Eagle Point Parks and Recreation Com mis - sion, serving as chair for several years. She is survived by husband Herb, a daughter, a brother, a sister, five grandchildren, and two nieces. Diane Twomey McCormack-Seagren


’64 of New Castle, NH, died suddenly on March 28. She completed a bachelor’s and master’s at the University of New Hamp - shire. She later earned a JD, magna cum laude, from the New England School of Law. She practiced law in Portsmouth at the firm of Zelin & McCormack. She served as a board member of the YWCA, Great Bay Services, and Sustainable Har - vest International. She was also a former member of the New Castle Recreation and Conservation Commission, and a member of the city’s planning board and Historic District Commission. She was an avid and accomplished sailor. She leaves husband Leonard, two daughters, a son, and one grandchild.


Margaret Ebert Neville ’66 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died May 3. An elementary education major, she retired after a long career teaching special ed and fourth- graders for the Corinth, NY, school dis- trict. She was also owner of Neville’s Motor Court in nearby Wilton, NY. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, a sister, a brother, nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph, predeceased her. Suzanne Waldron Shepard ’66 of Sara - toga Springs, NY, died April 8 of compli- cations from a stroke. An art major, she earned a master’s in art education from the College of Saint Rose. She was an artist and an art teacher at Division Street School in Saratoga, Hackett Junior High


in Albany, and Albany Senior High. She was a volunteer for Domestic Violence Services in Saratoga. She is survived by son John Shepard ’77 and four daugh- ters, including Judy Shepard Wolk ’72. Jeanne Wohlers ’67 of Woodside, CA, died May 17. A mathematics major, she earned an MBA from Columbia Univer - sity. She is the former director of Open - Vision software company, the Benham Group mutual-fund company, and the Quintus customer-support firm. She had also served as VP and CFO of SyBase Inc. and as controller, treasurer, and VP for finance at Tandem Computers. She was board chair of Avenidas, a commun ity agency serving seniors and care-givers in the Palo Alto area, and sat on the board of Montalvo Arts Center. She leaves husband Alan, two step-daughters, a sister, and three grandchildren.


Paula Goldblatt Pearson ’69 of Ridge - wood, NJ, died July 7. A psychology ma jor, she earned a nursing degree from Colum - bia University School of Nursing and a master’s from New York University. She was a mental health clinician at Hacken - sack University Medical Center. Prior to that, she practiced pediatric psychiatry as a child-abuse counselor at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is survived by her husband, Randal, a son, daughter Alessandra Pearson ’11, a sister and a brother.


Sara Ritz Kaplowitz ’69 of Livingston, NJ, died March 5. An English major, she earned a master’s in education at New York University and a master’s in physical therapy from Boston University. She had her own physical therapy practice. She is survived by husband Howard, a daughter, and three sons.


Jewell Bachtler Harris ’70 of Bannock, ID, died December 19. A social-work major and Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she earned an MSW from Sim mons College, attended the National Institute of Mental Health Staff College, and later completed a doctorate in social work from the Uni - versity of Alabama. She was director of social services for adolescents at the New Hampshire State Hospital and director of children’s services at Community Council in Nashua, NH. After moving to Pocatello, ID, she had a private practice and worked for various community agencies, includ- ing Child and Family Services of the Di - vision of Mental Health, and Idaho Home Health. She was an adjunct and visiting professor at Idaho State Univer sity. She also volunteered with the Ameri can Red Cross and the Human Rights Advisory Board of Pocatello. She served Skidmore


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