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CL AS S NO TE S Elizabeth Thomaier Dunning ’48 of


Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died February 24. A nursing major, she retired after a long career as a public school nurse in Mount Pleasant, PA. Predeceased by hus- band Louis, she is survived by a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Barbara Burns Detwiler ’48 of Rye Brook, NY, died February 11. A sociology major, she was the retired owner of a real estate brokerage. She is survived by hus- band Richard, three sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren. Louise Samuels Schindler ’48 of Hew -


lett, NY, died February 11. An English ma - jor, she earned a master’s in social work. She was a staff psychotherapist at a men- tal-health agency and in private practice for 20 years. In retirement, she did con- sulting work for child-care centers. She was also an active community volunteer. She leaves a daughter and three grand- children; husband Bud predeceased her. Nedda Samuels Stuart ’48 of Glenwood Springs, CO, died December 9. An art major, she was an artist and teacher and was active in arts organizations. She is survived by three sons. Her husband, George, predeceased her. Ferne “Honey” Hessberg Weiner ’49 of


San Diego, CA, died July 4. An English major, she earned a master’s in psycholo- gy from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a retired clinical psychol- ogist and member of numerous state and national professional organizations. A long time volunteer for the Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children, of which she was president, she served Skidmore as a class agent volunteer. She is survived by husband Howard, a son, a daughter, and several grandchildren. Dolores Plumb Petersen ’49 of Milford,


NY, died April 2. A phys-ed major, she taught phys-ed in Milford and Coopers - town elementary schools for more 30 years. She was founder and first president of the Milford Little League and a long- time member of the Leatherstocking Golf Course and Cooperstown Country Club. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren; husband Francis and a son predeceased her. Sara Armstrong Gieseler ’49 of Red - wood City, CA, died June 14, 2010, of complications of COPD. An economics major, she retired after a long career as a customer-relations supervisor with Pacific Telephone Company. She is survived by a brother-in-law and a niece. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her. Jean Peachey Hunton ’50 of Cheyenne,


WY, died January 23 of cancer. A sociolo- gy major, she earned a master’s in medical social work at Western Reserve University. She worked in that field before her mar- riage. After raising her children, she was a clerk for the State of Wyoming legislature for 18 years. She was an active member of PEO and co-founder of a women’s literary society in Cheyenne. She leaves husband Donald, a son, a daughter, a sister, and two grandsons. Catherine Graham Minderman ’50 of


Winter Park, FL, died June 18, 2010. A business major, she worked as a secretary at General Motors and then as special assistant to the dean of University College at the University of Florida before she married. A devoted volunteer for organi- zations including the Girl Scouts and Junior Sorosis, she received a Book of Golden Deeds from the Exchange Club of Orlando for her extensive work in the community. She was an avid golfer. She is survived by husband Peter, two sons, two daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Yvonne Silverman Archer ’51 of NYC,


died April 15. An English major, she earned a master’s in English literature from Columbia University. She was founder and executive director of the League of Physicians and Surgeons. She is survived by husband Joel, two daugh- ters, four grandchildren, and a brother. Doris Harbach Patten ’52 of Pullman,


WA, died May 3. An art major who mi - nored in art history, she worked as a draftsman and technical illustrator for the aircraft industry and later for US Surgical Corporation. She volunteered for a com- munity library and served Skidmore as a longtime class secretary. She is survived by a daughter; husband Stephen prede- ceased her. Barbara Biggs Kurtz ’52 of Stamford,


CT, died September 17, 2010, of cancer. An art major, she taught that discipline in public and private schools and was a working artist. A member of the Stamford Art Association and the Art Society of Old Greenwich, she served as copresident of the Greenwich Art Society. She is survived by husband Don, two daughters, and a son; one daughter predeceased her. Nancy Fields ’53 of Cornwall-on-Hud -


son, NY, died January 21. A business ma - jor, she also studied at Columbia Univer - sity and the New School for Social Re - search. After starting as an intern in 1951, she was a news researcher and production assistant at NBC-TV for 50 years, primari- ly serving the Today Show, where she was a longtime assistant to weatherman Wil - lard Scott. She was also an active volun-


teer for the American Cancer Society. There are no known survivors. Sally Knight Harder ’56 of North Cald -


well, NJ, died July 6. A theater major, she taught speech and dramatics at Memorial Day Nursery School in Patterson for more than 30 years. She was also a swimming in structor at the Patterson YMCA and a member of Playcrafters in West Essex for many years. She is survived by a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, and two grandchildren. Her husband, George, pre- deceased her. Norma Wagmeister Kaskel ’56 of Boul -


der, CO, died January 10. She was a busi- ness major. She is survived by a daughter. Jane Behlen Troy ’56 of Ontario, NY,


died March 21, 2009. She leaves husband Raymond, four daughters, a sister, 16 grandchildren, and five great-grand - children. Pamela Battey Mitchell ’57 of Dallas, TX, died November 10 of cancer while in Hyannis, MA. She studied at Bennington College and completed a bachelor’s in sculpture and dance from Colorado Col - lege. She worked for late Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut prior to her mar- riage. She was a committed environmen- talist and an accomplished downhill skier. She is survived by husband, Jere, three daughters, including Wendy Mitchell O’Sulli van ’84, and eight grandchildren. Joan Berg Roche ’57 of Charlotte, NC,


died October 8. A nursing major, she was an orthopedic nurse at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. She is survived by husband John, two sons, two daughters, a stepson, six grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother. Marcia Bellezza Espey ’58 of Baltimore, MD, died March 25 of cancer. An English major, she worked at the Friends School for many years. She leaves husband Bill, a son, and cousin Mary Ellen Tompson ’48. Jean Lockwood Davidge ’59 of Lark -


spur, CA, died March 20 of cancer. An art major, she was the longtime owner of Jean Davidge Originals, a retail and interi- or-design business in Binghamton, NY. In that city she was a leader of the Junior League, a member of the Southern Tier Zoological Society involved especially with its Children’s Zoo, a docent at the Roberson Museum, an officer and board member of the Tri Cities Opera and Tri Cities Opera Guild, and, more recently, a member of the Children and Family So - ciety and the Phelps Mansion Museum. She was a member of her church vestry. Predeceased by husband John, she leaves a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and niece Mariel Walls Bentley ’99.


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