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Ballet in NYC. She earned a teaching degree from SUNY-New Paltz and taught English in the Rondout Valley School District and at Ulster County Community College. She co-owned the Stone Dock Golf Club in High Falls. She is survived by fiancé John North, two sons and two daughters, a brother, and five grandchil- dren. Her husband, Percy, predeceased her. Barbara Brownell ’59 of NYC died Sep - tember 4. A psychology major, she earned a master’s in education from Syracuse Uni versity and a master’s in school psy- chology from the City University of New York. She was a teacher for Mamaroneck Public Schools and had a part-time psy- chotherapy practice. She was an avid ten- nis player and skier. She is survived by her partner, Elayne Feldstein, a daughter, a grandson, and a great-grand child. Polly Platt ’60 of NYC died July 27 of

Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was an Oscar- nominated production designer, best known for her work on The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, both directed by her former husband, Peter Bogdanovich. She also earned accolades as producer of the hit films Broadcast News and Say Any - thing, which she collaborated on with writer-director James L. Brooks. As execu- tive VP of his production company, Gra - cie Films, Polly helped launch the TV ca - reer of cartoonist Matt Groenig, creator of The Simpsons. A trailblazer for women filmmakers, she was the first female art director in the Art Directors’ Guild. Pre - deceased by husband Tony Wade, she leaves two daughters, two stepchildren, a brother, and three grandsons. Susan Van Cleve Forster ’61 of Erie,

PA, died July 4 of multiple myeloma. A sociology major, she worked for fashion designer Mainbocher in NYC and later sold real estate in Erie, where she also vol- unteered for the Erie Art Museum, Hospi - tality House, and Ophelia Project. She was an avid and skilled photographer and sailor. She is survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews. Varian Ayers ’65 of Old Chatham, NY, died July 19 of brain cancer. A math major, she was a former VP at Sotheby Parke Ber net. She was also director of human resources at Cablevision. As a food writer, she wrote and published The Country Epicure, a newsletter on cuisine in the Massachusetts Berkshires and nearby New York State. She served Skidmore as class Friends of the Presidents chair, re union FOP chair, and national screening volun- teer. She and her husband enjoyed inter- national travel and spending time in their residence in southern France. She is sur-

vived by husband Gary. Judith MacDonald Alvey ’67 of Box Canyon, CA, died June 26 of cancer. An English major, she earned a master’s in education from SUNY-Albany. She taught English and humanities in the Schenec - tady, NY, school district for more than 20 years, twice earning Teacher of the Year awards. She is survived by a son, a daugh- ter, two brothers, and four grandchildren. Sylvia Kaminsky Zeldis ’69 of Water -

ford, CT, died March 16 of ovarian cancer. An art major, she earned a master’s in edu - cation from the University of Hartford and a master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut. As a young Vista volunteer in Kansas, she founded the Wichita Art Museum van program. She returned to Connecticut as an artist and art teacher at the Norwich Commun - ity School and the New Indepe n dent High School in New London. She later worked as a counselor and therapist at an area high school, Connecticut Col lege, and Family Services in New London. She opened a private psychotherapy practice in Waterford in the early 1990s. A board member of Jewish Family Services and the Women’s Center of Southeastern Con - necticut, she served on her temple’s social action committee. She leaves husband Martin, two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister. Hilda Gray Sutavee ’73 of Natick, MA,

died June 4 of kidney cancer. She is sur- vived by her husband, Jim. Shirley Boland, UWW ’74, of Queens -

bury, NY, died February 13, 2011. After studying at Cooper Union School of Art in the 1940s, she earned a Skidmore bach- elor’s in art and taught art at BOCES and Abraham Wing School in Glens Falls before retiring in 1980. An accomplished artist, she exhibited her work locally. She was a member of the Horicon Historical Society. She is survived by two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, five great- grandchildren, a brother, and a sister. Her husband, Arthur, predeceased her. Katrin Reichhold ’81 of Eugene, OR,

died June 4 of breast cancer. A nursing major, she was a nurse and counselor. More recently, she was a community vol- unteer. She is survived by two sons, her mother, and a sister.

Gwendolyn Smith Freeman ’82 of New -

ark, NJ, died June 3. An elementary-ed major, she was a teacher, minister, and gifted singer. She is survived by husband Luther, a son, and two daughters. Laura Tesoriero Mannetti ’83 of Hous -

ton, TX, died July 4 of cancer. A nursing major, she was a pediatric nurse at Mt.

Sinai Hospital and later entered into pri- vate practice. She is survived by husband James, three sons and a daughter, her mother, two sisters, and a brother. Norman Cross, UWW ’88, of New Ha -

ven, CT, died March 6 of influenza and pneumonia. He majored in business and also studied at Stanford University, the Berklee School of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Yale University. He was an accomplished artist and musi- cian. He leaves his wife, Cynthia, two sons, and his mother. Matthew Helterline ’08 of Block Island,

RI, died September 1 from injuries sus- tained in a moped accident. An environ- mental studies major, he was an avid and well-known local surfer. He is survived by his parents.

Faculty & Staff Dorothy Ellen Smith, assistant registrar at Skidmore for more than 30 years, died Oct. 1 in Bennington, VT. She was 96. A lifetime resident of the Saratoga area, she was a legal researcher in Albany before joining Skidmore in 1947. In the 1960s and ’70s she experienced the College’s transition to coeducation and the move to the current campus. She especially recalled the 1971 student occupation of the Administration Building; the protest- ers were demanding greater racial diversi- ty on campus. She retired in 1979. Professor Mary C. Lynn remembers, “Those were the days when the Registrar’s Office used paper and pencil,” and Smith was “very patient with me” as a new fac- ulty member. Lynn adds, “Dorothy always had a smile for people.”

Smith enjoyed traveling and was a leader

in her church and in the Business and Pro fessional Women’s Club. She is sur- vived by a sister, cousins, a nephew, and a grandnephew. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Associ ation, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.


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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