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Ruth Pflanz Frank ’46 of St. John, USVI, died November 25. An art major, she founded and operated the St. John School of the Arts and also Holidays Homes, a vacation villa management company. She was involved with numer- ous civic and charitable organizations on the island. She served Skidmore as a member of the alumni board. She is sur- vived by a stepson. Her husband, Carol, predeceased her.

Blanche Meehan ’46 of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died November 27. A biol - ogy-chemistry major, she was a supervis- ing biologist for Pfizer Inc. She is survived by several cousins. Dorothy Weeth Wiitala ’46 of Naples, FL, died November 13. An art major, she was an industrial designer at Eastman Kodak before getting married. She was also an artist and volunteered as a nurse’s aide. She is survived by husband Edwin, a son, and a brother. Jane Tabor Bristol ’47 of Norfolk, VA, died January 8. An English major, she taught high school English before her marriage. She is survived by husband Robert, two sons, and four grandchildren. Elizabeth Reid Waller ’47 of NYC, died November 8. A theater major, she was founder and owner of Susan Bee Originals, a women’s clothing manufacturing com- pany, and was a partner in The Difference Is, a clothing store in Schenectady. She remained active in theater, as founder of the Source Connection, which produced readings of classic plays, and as a member of the Player’s Club in NYC and Actor’s Equity. She is survived by two sons in - cluding James Waller ’79, a daughter, six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, two brothers, and two sisters. Her husband, William, predeceased her. Rosalie McManus Dunham ’47 of Green wich, NY, died November 1. A soci- ology major, she worked as a special- needs teacher, administrative coordinator, and pastoral counselor at the Maryhaven Center of Hope in Port Jefferson, NY, for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Edward, four daughters, three sons, two brothers, and 11 grandchildren. Bernice von Lenz Lochridge ’48 of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died September 6. An art major, she operated a food bro- kerage business. She served Skidmore as a Wide Horizons Campaign volunteer. She is survived by sister Barbara von Lenz Chenhall ’42.

Grace “Jinx” Hough Little ’49 of Dal - ton, PA, died February 7. A music major, she graduated from the Mercedian School of Practical Nursing in Scranton and en -

joyed a long career in nursing. She was a board member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield and former president of the Junior League. She enjoyed performing with the Scranton Singing Guild and the Abington Ensemble. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and a granddaughter. Her hus- band, Richard, predeceased her. Marjorie Johnson Joerger ’49 of Nashua, NH, died December 6. An English major, she worked in journalism and advertising and later as a travel agent. She was a vol- unteer for numerous community organi- zations, including Symmes Hospital Aux - iliary and the Lexington Republican Wo - men’s Club. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and six grandchildren. Her husband, Jerome, predeceased her. Patricia Thayer Whitney ’49 of Chapel Hill, NC, died November 15. She was an art major. She served Skidmore as a long- time class agent. She is survived by three sons and a daughter; husband George pre- deceased her.

Betty Hamlin Minard ’50 of Keene, NH, died February 27. A psychology major, she did graduate work in education at Boston University and worked as a teacher in the Malden public schools. She is survived by husband Richard, two sons, and a daughter.

Shirley Hedden Stoecker ’50 of Madi - son, CT, died December 3. A history ma - jor, she was a sales manager for a culinary store. She was also an active community volunteer, serving the American Red Cross swim program, blood bank, and volunteer driver program. A founding member of Madison Community Services, she was its treasurer for many years. She is survived by daughter Susan Stroecker ’75, a son, and a brother.

Nancy-Ann Nacke Murphey ’51 of Lake Forest Park, WA, died January 12. An art major, she retired as director for the Uni - ver sity of Washington Medical School’s ob-gyn residency program. She leaves a son, two daughters, a brother, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchil- dren. Husband David predeceased her. Patricia Smith Lasell ’51 of Studio City, CA, died January 2. She performed on Broadway with Henry Fonda in Point of No Return, on TV’s Bob Newhart Show and Debbie Reynolds Show, and in such films as Spirit of St. Louis and Save the Tiger. She later worked as a legal assistant for the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency. She is survived by her husband, John, and two sons. Joan Weis Jameson ’51 of Rochester,

NY, died December 23. She was an En - glish major and the former co-owner, with her late sister Jessica Weis Warren

’48, of a gift shop. She was an avid golfer and photographer. She served Skidmore as a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Cameron, a daughter, a grandson, and a brother. Diane Fiske Haessler ’51 of Lincoln, MA, died September 29 of pancreatic can- cer. A nursing major, she retired after a long career as a pediatric nurse practition- er. In retirement, she and her physician husband made more than 35 trips to de - veloping countries to volunteer their medi cal services. She served Skidmore as a longtime class agent. She is survived by husband Herbert, a son, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. Mary Jane Lafayette ’51 of Des Moines, IA, died June 28. A nursing major, she was a nurse practitioner in the Des Moines public schools. She is survived by friend Juanita Lightbody.

Katherine Sadler Rathbone ’51 of Pal - myra, VA, died February 11, 2010. A nurs- ing major, she enjoyed a 25-year career as a rehabilitation nurse for the Chubb In - surance Company. She is survived by hus- band Vern, three daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter, and 10 grandchildren. Dorothy Braendle Ward ’51 of Sara - sota, FL, died September 9, 2008. A nurs- ing major, she earned a master’s from Nova University. She was a nurse and clin i - cal nursing instructor at Mease Hospital and Clinic in Dunedin, FL. She is survived by her husband, Ross, and a daughter. Joan Pohlman O’Rourke ’52 of Sara - toga Springs, NY, died November 29 of an aortic aneurism. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She was the first girls’ phys-ed teacher at Voorheesville Central Schools, teaching K–12. She also taught at Adelphia Academy in Brooklyn and St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa. She was a board member of the Saratoga Springs PTA, president of the Citizen’s Committee for Mental Health, and a board member of Transitional Services. An avid genealogist, she was a 20-year member of Heritage Hunters. She served Skidmore as club president, class presi- dent, reunion chair, and recently class secretary. She leaves two daughters, in - cluding Donna O’Rourke Martin ’79. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her. Meredith Foote Jones ’52 of Roseburg, OR, died November 19 of brain cancer. A psychology major, she was community education coordinator at Umpqua Com - munity College. She volunteered with her local parks department, community health center, and Audubon Societ chap- ter, helping to build the Stewart Park


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