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Beth Roesser Granger ’59 of Hilton Head, SC, died December 10 of pneumo- nia. A biology major, she worked at Ros - well Park Cancer Institute before her mar- riage. She raised a family as her husband’s career took them to South America for a number of years. Upon their return to the US, she worked as a teacher, tutor, and Spanish translator. In retirement, she was a community volunteer. She is survived by two sons, including Christopher Gran ger ’94, three daughters, two sisters, and six grandchildren. Annette Meiselman ’61 of Great Neck,

NY, died January 16, 2010. A nursing major, she earned a master’s in nursing administration from Columbia University and was an adjunct faculty member at Nassau Community College. She later earned an MD and was a practicing physi- cian. She is survived by cousin Susan Joseph ’64. Carole Kamen Ruden ’62 of Monroe

Town ship, NJ died July 1. A mathematics major, she earned a certificate in gerontol- ogy from Trenton State College. She founded and ran several businesses, in - cluding a data analytics company and a medical claims service for senior citizens. She was a volunteer for the Office of the Aging in Monmouth City and served Skid - more as a reunion volunteer and fund chair. She is survived by husband Sand - ford, her parents, and two grandchildren. Honey Koenig Gardiner ’67 of Naples,

FL, died June 14 after a brief illness. An economics major, she retired after 25 years as deputy director of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. A past member of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum and the Trenton Historical Society, she was a volunteer for several women’s charitable groups and president of the Zonta Club of Naples. She served Skidmore as Friends of the Presidents chair, national screening volunteer, Cele - bration Campaign regional chair, class agent, and reunion volunteer. She was president of the Skidmore Club in Naples at the time of her death. She is survived by husband Richard. Judith Zietz Tinsley ’67 of Avon, CT, died May 25 of brain cancer. A music edu- cation major, she earned a fellowship to Yale University and went on to obtain a master’s in music education from Wesleyan University. She taught multicultural music at Beecher Road Elementary School for 31 years. She also wrote music. She leaves husband Dennis, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and a brother. Catherine Kane Whitbeck ’70 of Hud - son, NY, died January 26 of breast cancer.

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An English major, she earned a master’s in teaching from Colgate Univer sity, as one of the school’s first female graduates. She enjoyed a 30-year career with Questar III, an agency that provides support and instructional services to school districts. She spearheaded the establishment of a permanent college scholarship fund for Questar graduates. She was a board mem- ber of the Hudson Opera House, a trustee of the Hudson Children’s Foundation, and a former member of the Columbia County Parole Board. She is survived by husband Carl, three sons, daughter Cait - lin Whitbeck ’01, three brothers, and two grandchildren. Katherine Davis Tornehl ’71 of Pewau -

kee, WI, died May 13, 2008, of cancer. A phys-ed major, she did graduate work at Boston University and received certifica- tion in early-childhood education from the University of Wisconsin at Milwau - kee. A kindergarten teacher and field hockey coach at the University School Milwaukee, she also served as an educa- tional consultant. A memorial fund in her name has been established at the Univer - sity Lake School in Hartland. She leaves husband Ted, two sons, and three grand- children.

Malcolm Laustrup, UWW ’76, of Hud - son Falls, NY, died April 11. A business ma - jor, he was founder of Adirondack Dis tri bu - tion Service, owned and operated Wa gar’s Soda Fountain and Confectionary in Lake George Village for more than 25 years, and ran the Tea Island Resort, the family business, with his parents. He was a past president of the Lake George Rotary Club and a trustee of his church. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and an uncle. Virginia Barrett ’76 of Santa Barbara, CA, died February 2. An English major, she also studied at the Graduate Theologi cal Union in Berkeley, CA. She was a writer and faculty administrator at the California School of Professional Psychol ogy. She leaves three daughters and two sons. Rhonda Sligar Shipley ’80 of Ross, CA, died May 6. A government major, she was owner of Shipley Designs, an interior de - sign business, and Studiolo, a home fur- nishing shop, both in San Anselmo. She served Skidmore as class secretary, class president, reunion chair, and class agent; she was class Friends of the Presi dents chair at the time of her death. She is sur- vived by her parents and several nieces. Laura Olson Davidheiser ’83 of Vashon Island, WA, died February 17. An art his- tory major, she completed her degree at the University of Washington. She was an administrator for a number of nonprofits,

including the Seattle Chamber Music Fes - ti val, and was an accomplished artist. She has commissioned work included in the collections at Evergreen Hospital and the Franciscan Hospice. A strong supporter of youth sports, she helped develop the Vashon Island Lacrosse Club. She is sur- vived by husband Roger, two sons, her parents, and two sisters. Sabrina C. Place ’89 of NYC, died Janu -

ary 24, 2010, of cancer. An English and philosophy major, she earned a master’s in education from Columbia University Teachers College and enjoyed a career in education. She is survived by her mother and a brother and sister. Elliott Warren ’92 of NYC, died May 7

of a heart attack. An art major, he was a professional graphic artist, chef, photogra- pher, and musician. He was a longtime employee of US Balloon Manufacturing Company. He is survived by his mother and father. Michael Peters, UWW ’97, of St. Louis,

MO, died March 28, 2008. An art major, he earned a master’s in art education from Southern Illinois University and taught art at Riverview Gardens High School. He is survived by wife Heather, his parents, and three sisters.

Faculty & Staff Robert Burton Levo, a longtime member of Skidmore’s grounds and maintenance staff, died May 23. He was 74. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, he served in the US Navy and began at Skidmore on the grounds staff in 1966 before moving to maintenance. He retired in 1991. De - scribed by colleagues as a committed and dedicated worker, he was also a great story - teller who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed poetry and reading about the Civil War and was a big fan of football, horse rac- ing, and car racing. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sheila, and by three daughters, five grandchildren, a sister, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.


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