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Chapel Hill. She was an active commun- ity volunteer. She is survived by husband William, three sons, a brother, and four grandchildren. Ruth Jordan Peruzzotti ’59 of Webster,


NY, died August 7. She was a biology- chemistry major. She leaves husband George, four daughters, a brother, and six grandchildren. Nancy Rosengarten Metzendorf ’59 of Monmouth Beach, NJ, died February 28, 2011. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, a brother, and five grandchil- dren.


Thetis Group ’60 of Scottsdale, AZ, died January 20. A nursing major, she went on to earn a master of arts in nursing super- vision, an MEd in community health nursing, and a doctorate, all from Colum- bia University. She was assistant professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin– Madison prior to establishing a career at Syracuse University, where she developed and oversaw the graduate program spe- cialization in community health nursing. In the early 1970s, she spearheaded the transformation of the graduate nursing program from a division within the School of Education to the prestigious College of Nursing. She retired as dean and professor emerita in 1997. She con- tinued teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Past president of the New York State Deans of Nursing Council, she played a key role in political activism that helped elevate the role of nurses in the medical profession. She also served as president of the New York State Chapter of the National League for Nursing and was a consultant to colleges and universi- ties, the New York State Education De- partment, and the State Board of Nursing. She coauthored two seminal books on the evolving profession, Feminism and Nurs- ing, and Nurses, Physicians, and the Medical Monopoly. She is survived by a compan- ion, Joan Roberts, and two nephews. Nancy Howard O’Hara ’60 of New Or- leans, LA, died January 5, 2011, after a long illness. A government major, she was a community volunteer in Woodstock, NY, before becoming one of the first fe- male deputies in Ulster County. There she developed protocols for responding to vic- tims of domestic violence and, as a union leader, championed equal rights for fe- male employees. She later became director of rehabilitation at the Ulster County Jail, a position she held for more than 20 years. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Ann Morrison Doling ’62 of Sunrise, FL,


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died September 18. A business major, she retired after serving as longtime office manager for Lobel Food Brokers in Albany, NY. She was a volunteer for the Vitas Hospice in Sunrise. She is survived by hus- band Stewart, two sons, and a daughter. Anne Louise Schwiebert ’63 of South- old, NY, died November 2. An art major, she earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study textile design and weaving in Helsinki, Finland. She worked for NYC textile design firm Cone Mills before opening her own business, Needlepointers by Anne Louise Ltd., a retail needlework and knitting shop in Port Washington, NY. She was active in the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and its Peconic Bay chapter. Her museum-quality 3-D needlework designs of the Horton Point Lighthouse were instrumental in efforts to preserve that structure. She was also involved in Community Action for Southold Town and an organization that provides meals for the disadvantaged. She served Skidmore as class secretary, class agent, and reunion chair. She is survived by a brother, sister-in-law Lauren Gross- man Schwiebert ’69, a niece, and a nephew. Mother Mildred Vanderveer Schwiebert ’31 and aunt Walterlyn Van- derveer Woythaler ’44 predeceased her. Martha Furnans Willard ’65 of Portland, ME, died September 20. A psychology major, she earned an MSW from Boston University and later a JD from the Univer- sity of Maine. She was a social worker for Child and Family Services and the YWCA before completing law school, after which she worked for the Maine Attorney Gener- al’s Office. She was a member of the City of Portland School Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club, ran a volun- teer thrift shop for the local Junior League chapter, and helped found the Children’s Museum of Maine. She is survived by two sons, a brother, and two grandchildren. Anne “Abby” Bartter Modesitt ’65 of Greenwood Village, CO, died April 19, 2011. A mathematics major, she retired after a long career as financial director of Urban Peak, a center for homeless teens. She is survived by husband Larry, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Rose D’Agostino ’66 of Winston Salem, NC, died August 17. An English major, she earned a master’s in English and compara- tive literature from Hunter College and a PhD in English from SUNY-Albany. She returned to Skidmore to teach and later joined the faculty at Orange County Com- munity College. She is survived by a broth- er and several nieces and nephews. Carol Schreder ’68 of Topanga, CA, died December 3 of injuries sustained in a bicy-


cling accident. A government major, she earned a master’s from the University of Southern California School of Cinema. A longtime writer and producer, she pro- duced the acclaimed 1985 NBC-TV movie The Burning Bed, about domestic violence, and served as writer and producer for the TNT miniseries Apartheid, for which she interviewed Nelson Mandela in 1995. Her other credits include work on the 1998 TV series Mama Flora’s Family, for which she was nominated for a Humanitas Prize, and a number of documentary films on human rights. A member of the Writers Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, she was one of the first female directing fellows of the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies. She was also an accomplished triathlete. She is sur- vived by her mother and a sister. Maryanne St. Martin Donovan ’73 of Framingham, MA, died October 10. A sociology and social work major, she earned a master’s in public administration from Clark University. She was a social worker and regional systems manager for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and also enjoyed a career in real estate. An avid skier, she was also a horse- racing fan and frequent visitor to the Saratoga racetrack. She is survived by many cousins and an aunt. Gary Bowen ’74 of Diamond Point, NY,


died November 4. A UWW graduate who majored in business, he earned an MBA from Goddard College. A former helicop- ter pilot for the New York State Police, he was executive at Albany International before joining Polysar Corporation, buy- ing its US division, and renaming it Gen- pak. He was Genpak’s president and CEO until 1984. In retirement, he started Hi- land Cattle Farms in Queensbury, NY, developing it into the Hiland Park restau- rant, golf course, and residential commu- nity. A charter member and first president of the Adirondack Community College Foundation, he served on its board of trustees until 1994. He is survived by wife Suzanne, two sons, two brothers and a sis- ter, and seven grandchildren. Bonnie Ashton-Brooks ’76 of Upper Marlboro, MD, died November 3. An art major, she was a senior technical designer for a Washington, DC, research and devel- opment firm. A community volunteer, she also served Skidmore as an alumni admissions contact, class agent, and reunion volunteer. She leaves husband Michael and a daughter. Susan Wynn Coben ’82 of Charlotte, NC, died December 17 of breast cancer. A social work major, she was dedicated to


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