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Betty Davis ’45 of Gouverneur, NY, died August 30. She earned a master’s in ro - mance languages from Case Western Re - serve University. A former editor at the Pan American Union in Washington, DC, she later served as advertising manager at the Gouverneur Tribute Press. She also worked as women’s program coordinator at SUNY- Canton and was a librarian at the Gouver - neur Public Library. She leaves a cousin. Jacqueline Streeter Jones ’47 of East


Long meadow, MA, died April 24. An art major, she retired after many years as a bank teller. She was active in the local chapter of the Junior League and other civic organizations. Predeceased by hus- band Sher wood, she is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren. Mary Roulliard ’48 of Milford, CT, died September 12. A French major, she earned a master’s in guidance and psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She enjoyed a 40-year career teaching En - glish, French, and Latin in New York and Massachusetts. Most recently she served as director of Christian education for the Al - bany, NY, Diocese. She was active in ani- mal rescue efforts. She is survived by a son, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Carol Lipman Ackerman ’48 of Santa Barbara, CA, died May 9. A psychology major, she earned a master’s in clinical psychology from Lehigh University. A for- mer school psychologist, she was founder of the Lehigh County Commission for Wo men in Allentown, PA, and later served as president of the Santa Barbara (CA) Sym phony League. She is survived by hus- band Marshall and three sons. Barbara Berlin Henry ’49 of Avon, CT, died September 4 of complications from a car accident. A music major, she worked in NYC for Decca Records, US Steel, and ABC Radio. She volunteered for homeless shel- ters, food pantries, and other agencies. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and a brother. Joan Grippin McMahon ’50 of Saratoga Springs, NY, died July 14. An art major, she was an art teacher for the Saratoga Springs public schools and Skidmore. She volun- teered at Saratoga Hospital for over 20 years. She leaves husband John, three daughters including Jennifer McMahon Csaki ’91, sister Averill Grippin Llewellyn ’49, and six grandchildren. Katharine McGlynn ’51 of Middlebury,


VT, died April 18. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s in education from the University of Vermont. She was a teacher and later assistant superintendent of schools for the Salisbury School District.


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There are no known survivors. Barbara Biggs Kurtz ’52 of Stamford, CT, died September 17 of cancer. An art major, she was a working artist and taught in public and private schools. A member of the Stamford Art Association and the Art Society of Old Greenwich, she was also co- president of the Greenwich Art Society. She is survived by husband Don, two daugh- ters, and a son.


Joan Whitney Gillespie ’52 of San Di - ego, CA, died August 25. A history major, she worked for American Airlines. She is survived by a sister. Clyde Rollman ’52 of Hadley, NY, died July 29. A business major, he retired as chief warrant officer from the New York Army National Guard after 42 years of service. He earned the US Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal, and other commendations. An avid golfer and hunter, he also sang with the Racing City Chorus barbershop quartet. He leaves a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; his wife, Bar - bara, predeceased him. Joan Sparling Bull ’56 of Virginia Beach,


VA, died May 27 after a long illness. She was an art major. She is survived by her son and daughter, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her. Ellen Blum Levin ’56 of Sugar Land, TX, died November 28, 2009, of cancer. She is survived by husband Sandy, two daughters, and a grandson. Elaine Xenakis Vardakis ’57 of Irak lion, Greece, died in May. She was a sociology major. Her husband, Byron, predeceased her; there are no known survivors. Susan Rose Clark ’63 of Upper Saddle


River, NJ, died June 9. An art major, she earned a master’s in art education from SUNY-Albany and began a career in teach- ing. She later became assistant dean of stu- dent activities at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1982 she opened the Bay Head Shoe Shop, which later included a hat design business, Brims of Bay Head. She was instrumental in the formation of the Bay Head Business Associ ation. She leaves a son and a brother. Candace Carlucci Backus ’66 of Easton, MD, died August 20 of ovarian cancer. A phys-ed major, she taught in the Niska - yuna, NY, schools for eight years. In 1974 she became assistant director of admis- sions, served as executive director of Skid - more’s alumni association until 1976, and then was director of alumni affairs until her retirement in 1985. That year, the Candace Carlucci Award, recognizing stu- dent leadership and interest in alumni


affairs and development, was established in her honor. In 1996 a fund was endowed by the Kerr Foundation in her name to support a lecture at Skidmore’s opening convocation; it is now the First-Year Exper - ience Prize, for exceptional achievement by freshmen in Scribner Seminars. Candace received Skidmore’s Outstanding Service Award for her volunteer roles on the alum- ni board and as a class and club officer. In her community, she was a longtime mem- ber of the board of governors of the Chesa - peake Bay Maritime Museum, past presi- dent of Easton Daycare Center and Hos - pice of Talbot County, and a trustee of the Academy of the Arts. She is survived by husband Cecil, a brother, a sister, and six nieces and nephews.


Nancy Goldman Diamond ’67 of Gardi -


ner, ME, died October 5 of brain cancer. An American studies major, she earned a mas- ter’s in library science from the University of Michigan. She was an elementary- school librarian for 30 years. In 1997 she took a year’s leave of absence to serve as executive assistant to US Senator Susan Collins. Students at Manchester Elemen - tary donated books in Nancy’s name to a school being rebuilt in Haiti. She is sur- vived by her husband, a daughter, and sis- ter Joanne Goldman Biltekoff ’70. Paula Goldblatt Pearson ’69 of Ridge - wood, NJ, died July 7. A nursing major, she earned a bachelor’s in nursing from Col - um bia University and a master’s in child psychiatric nursing from New York Univer - sity. She worked as a child abuse counselor at NYC’s Presbyterian Hospital and most recently as a mental-health clinician at Hackensack University Medical Center. She leaves husband Randal, daughter Alessan - dra Pearson ’11, a son, and a brother. Sara Ritz Kaplowitz ’69 of Livingston, NJ, died March 5. An English major, she earned a master’s in education from NYU and a master’s in physical therapy from Boston University. She was a self-employed physical therapist. She is survived by hus- band Howard, a daughter, and three sons. Dianne Bedford Marsden ’70 of Moun - tain Lakes, NJ, died in November 2007. An art major, she built a career as a real estate agent and was a multiyear honoree of Cold well Banker’s Million Dollar Club. She also designed jewelry. Prede ceased by husband William, she is survived by a son and daughter.


Jennifer Jones McNeil ’71 of Chapel Hill, NC, died May 18 of cancer. A history and philosophy major, she did graduate work at the University of North Carolina and for many years was a software engineer at the Research Triangle Institute. She later


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