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is survived by husband Gordon, a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and two brothers. Linda Van Vlack Gross ’77 of Vineland, NJ, died January 22. An English major, she worked in fundraising and admissions at Tufts University before she married. She leaves her husband, Fred, her mother and father, and a brother. Leslie Randall ’81 of Harrisville, NH, died November 3. A sociology major, she was a professional horse trainer and competitive rider. She is survived by part- ner Rob Compton, her parents, and three sisters.


Andrew Sutro ’93 of Stoughton, MA, died suddenly on October 28. An Ameri - can studies and English major, he earned an MBA from Tulane University. He was the finance director at the May Institute in Randolph. He is survived by his wife, Leslie, two daughters, and his mother and father.


Faculty & Staff Henry Galant, professor emeritus of government, died November 16 in Sara - toga Springs, from complications of pneu- monia. He was 92. After earning a bache- lor’s in history in 1940, he spent four years in the US Naval Reserve and one year in China with UN Relief and Rehabil - itation, then resumed his studies. He earned a licence en sciences politiques from the University of Geneva in 1948 and a doctorate in comparative government from Harvard in 1953.


Galant wrote a seminal study on the French social-security system and articles on French political parties and other top- ics. He was a Fulbright Fellow in France in the early 1950s, and later earned research grants from the Société de démographie médicale, the American Philosophical Society, and the Danforth and Mellon Foundations. In 1985 he was recognized for his contributions to French social poli- cy at an observance of the 40th anniver- sary of French social security. He joined Skidmore in 1954, retiring in 1986. He is credited with starting the College’s government department, which he chaired for 25 years. He also helped start Skidmore’s chapter of Model UN, which is still active. He and his wife, Eleanore, longtime publications director at Skid more, were favorites with students, hosting dinners and parties for govern- ment majors.


In 1966 Galant was chosen to deliver the prestigious Faculty Research Lecture. The Alumni Association honored him in 1984 with an Outstanding Service Award,


noting that he was “deeply committed to teaching, to scholarship, to learning for its own sake, to helping in the creation of educated people whose lives and work, whatever their professions, are enriched by their experience with liberal educa- tion.” In 1995 the Henry and Eleanore Galant Reading Area was designated in the Scribner Library. And in 2004 the board of trustees named one of its seats in his honor.


Roy Ginsberg, Palamountain Professor of Government, says, “Henry brought to Skidmore a holistic approach to under- graduate teaching—as professor, scholar, mentor, surrogate parent, advisor, host, friend, colleague, and citizen. The legacy of his love for Skidmore is the success of the department he created and the thou- sands of alumni whose lives he touched in profound ways.” Eric Weller, former dean of the faculty, recalls Galant as “outspoken, sometimes irascible, but never unforgiving.” Eleanore, Henry’s wife of 64 years, died in 2006; he is survived by a niece. Memorial donations may be made to the Henry and Eleanore Galant Endowed Scholarship Fund and sent to the gift planning office at Skidmore. Warren Hockenos, an emeritus philoso- phy professor, died December 13 at his home in Saratoga Springs, from complica- tions of Parkinson’s disease. He was a father of three—Paul ’85, Timothy ’89, and Matthew, a member of Skidmore’s history faculty—and the husband of Anne Crookall Hockenos, an admissions staffer and associate editor of Scope before her 2001 retirement.


He began his career at Skidmore in 1962, retiring in 1992. He taught a wide range of courses, including “Philosophy of Language,” “Symbolic Logic,” and “Philosophy of Science.” His research delved into argument, the meaning of color words, art theory, and the computer modeling of minds. His work led to re - search grants and study in Greece and Germany. In 1990 Hockenos told an Albany Times Union interviewer, “The philosopher’s job is to provide alternative visions so people can achieve self-under- standing. It’s important that students have insight into what they’ve learned, so to speak, at their mothers’ knees. Our job is to liberate them from these notions and get them to think.”


Ralph Ciancio, professor emeritus of En - glish, says, “Warren was marvelously of a piece, a professor who lived by the ideas he professed, a superior teacher who kept a keen and wary eye on what was au


courant in higher education, an active contributor to faculty governance—in all, a very special colleague and model of integrity.”


During retirement Hockenos continued to read widely. He was an active promoter of social justice, racial equality, and non- violence. In 1997 he served as a monitor in Bosnia’s first postwar elections. Memorial contributions may be made


to WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the United Farm Workers’ “Spare Change” fund, or the American Parkinson Disease Association.


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Friends of deceased alumni may 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, the name and address of a relative to whom the college can send an acknowledgment.


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