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and two great-grandchildren. Husband Donald predeceased her. Barbara Belz Reeves ’48 of Bridgton, ME, died October 1. A French major, she taught junior-high French and Spanish in Boulder, CO, public schools. An active volunteer in Glens Falls, NY, she held leadership roles in the Red Cross and numerous civic and arts organizations. She was an avid international traveler and enjoyed completing the Sunday New York Times crosswords in ink. For Skidmore she was a longtime class president, secretary, agent, and reunion volunteer. Predeceased by husband Bill, she leaves four sons and nine grandchildren. Phyllis Mittag Hall ’48 of Grass Valley,


CA, died July 12. She was a phys-ed major who minored in music. A volunteer with Meals on Wheels, PTA, and Girl Scouts, she was also involved with the Emerson Museum in Syracuse, NY. She enjoyed playing golf, skiing, and making doll houses. She served Skidmore as a class agent. Predeceased by husband Robert, she leaves three daughters and six grand- children. Mary Bullick Pferdmenges ’48 of Cin - cinnati, OH, died January 28, 2011. She was a home-ec major. A community vol- unteer, she also served Skidmore as class president, class agent, and reunion volun- teer. She is survived by her husband, Bill, and two sons. Carolyn Cain Iliff Willen ’49 of East Orleans, MA, died October 18 of compli- cations from open-heart surgery. A theater major, she was a former office manager for the Arts Council of Morris, NJ. She was a past volunteer for many civic or gan i za - tions, including the Association for Learn - ing Disabled Children and the Amer i can Cancer Society. She served Skidmore as a member of the Class Leadership Commit - tee. She is survived by a son, two daugh- ters, and two grandchildren. Her hus- bands, Robert Iliff and Neal Willen, prede- ceased her. Mollie Finkel Fridovich ’49 of Durham, NC died June 26. A sociology major, she earned a master’s from Duke University. She volunteered as a mediator at the Dur - ham Dispute Settlement Center and as a teaching assistant at Duke Medical Cen - ter’s children’s ward; she was also a devot- ed member of her synagogue. She served Skidmore as a Wide Horizons Campaign volunteer. She is survived by husband Ir - win, two daughters, two brothers, a sister, and four grandchildren. Inger Johnsen Jakhelln ’50 of Oslo,


Nor way, died in September. A business major, she was an administrative assistant


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and accountant. She enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. She is survived by her son and a grandchild. Nuria Pi-Sunyer de Carrasco ’50 died


June 26. An English major, she taught English literature at the National Teachers College in Caracas, Venezuela, and was a translator for the British Embassy there. In 2006 she authored a memoir, L’exili manllevat (Borrowed Exile), about her fami- ly’s experience during Spain’s Civil War, when her father, Carles Pi-Sunyer, was mayor of Barcelona and a minister in the Republican government, and their subse- quent decades-long exile by the Franco regime. She also collaborated on several memoirs written by her father. She is sur- vived by a brother, cousin Maria Peyri Pi- Sunyer ’45, two nephews, and a grand- niece. Her husband, Rossend, predeceased her.


Barbara Zutter Woodring ’52 of Port


Washington, NY, died September 24. A nursing major, she was an RN at St. Fran - cis Hospital in Roslyn. In retirement, she was a longtime hospice volunteer. She was active in her church and sang in the choir. She served Skidmore as a class agent and national screening volunteer. Predeceased by husband George, she leaves three sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Barbara Curtis Landgraf ’52 of Somer -


set, NJ, died September 14 of leukemia. She majored in music and was a gifted singer. A library volunteer, she enjoyed international travel and sports. With her husband she established the Barbara and Stanley Landgraf Scholarship for members of the RPI ice-hockey team. She served Skidmore as a Celebration Campaign vol- unteer, class agent, and reunion volun- teer. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and a grandson. MaryJo Marcy Rines ’53 of Weston, MA, died September 4 of lung cancer. A biolo- gy major, she studied art at the DeCordova Art Museum School and with prominent American painters. She taught techniques in watercolor in the Boston area for many years, directed the Deep Cove Workshop series from her studio in Southport, ME, and led painting safaris in Kenya and Tan - zania. The first female president and a longtime director of the New England Watercolor Society, she was a signature member of the Transparent Water color Society of America and former chair of the art committee of the Copley Soci ety of Art in Boston. As president of the Wes - ton Arts and Crafts Association, she spear- headed the creation of the gallery at the First Parish Church in Weston. She won


nearly 50 painting awards, including the New England Water Color Society’s Gold Medal of Honor. She was also a skier, sail- boat racer, and horsewoman. A Skidmore class agent and reunion volunteer, she supported the Tang Museum and student scholarships. She is survived by husband Melvin, daughter Marcy Rines Venezia ’81, a son, and five grandchildren. Her son Jeffrey predeceased her. Nancy Bigelow Bird ’53 of Plano, TX, died July 19 of acute lymphatic leukemia. An art major, she earned a master’s from C. W. Post University in 1978. She was a substitute art teacher and a stuffed-toy and toy-packaging designer. She leaves a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Patricia Brigham Valiasek ’53 of Pitts -


field, MA, died April 20. She was an art major and worked as a designer for Eaton Paper Company prior to her marriage. An award-winning artist and photographer, she taught art at the New Lebanon Ele - men tary School for many years. She was president of the Berkshire Camera Club and an avid sailor. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and two sisters. Her husband, John, predeceased her. Lorraine Risman Miller ’54 of Chestnut


Hill, MA, died July 1 of breast cancer. She cofounded the Children’s Hospital League and was a leading volunteer for the Kid - ney Foundation. She also donated time and treasure to other causes, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Com - bined Jewish Philanthropies, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. She leaves husband Sydney, two daughters including Lisa Miller Melnick ’78, a sister, and seven grandchildren. Betsy Nichols Galvin ’54 of Simsbury,


CT, died June 15. An art major, she earned a master’s from the Boston School of Oc - cupational Therapy (now part of Tufts University). She was an occupational ther- apist at Matapan Mental Institution in Massachusetts, at a VA hospital in North Carolina, and at St. Francis Hospi tal in Hartford, CT. She was active in the Sims - bury Garden Club and Simsbury Women’s Club, which honored her as Volunteer of the Year in 2007. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a brother, a sister, and a grandson. Her husband, Harry, prede- ceased her. Doris Volk Cagney ’58 of Southport,


NC, died July 9. A biology-chemistry major, she taught in Yardley, PA, schools. She is survived by husband James, a son, a daughter, a sister, and six grandchildren. Jeanne Royer Greene ’58 of Kerhonk - son, NY, died May 31. She also studied at Vassar College and the School of Ameri can


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