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her work with autistic children at the Cyzner Institute and had begun graduate studies in special education. She was an avid tennis player. She is survived by hus- band Matt, two daughters, her parents, and two brothers. Sheila Prediger ’82 of Latham, NY, died November 30 after a lengthy illness. A business major, she enjoyed a career in banking, most recently at Key Bank, where she was a trust administrator. She is survived by her father and a brother. Samuel Friedlander ’83 of Cross River,


NY, died October 18. A government ma- jor, he earned a JD from Western New England College School of Law. He was an associate counsel of the National Associa- tion of Insurance Commissioners in NYC. There are no known survivors. Randi Trupin Boudreau ’90 of Robbins- ville, NJ, died March 29, 2011. A business major, she was a trader at Richard A. Ro- senblatt & Company in NYC. She is sur- vived by her husband.


Faculty & Staff Denton Crocker, noted zoologist, died February 19 at his Saratoga Springs, NY, home, of complications from cancer. He was 92. He taught at Amherst and Colby colleges before joining Skidmore’s biology department in 1960, where he taught until retiring in 1983. Crocker chaired the department during dramatic changes, including the move to a new campus that helped bring the department and its labs into the modern age; fellow biologist Roy Meyers says, “What we are now is due to Denton.” Professor Emeritus Bob Mahoney recalls Crocker helping him gain a national grant for an electron microscope, making Skidmore one of the first small liberal arts colleges to have such an instrument. In 1968 Crocker delivered Skidmore’s Moseley Faculty Research Lecture, a per- sonalized discussion building on his doc- toral dissertation The Crayfishes of New York. In honor of his work and publica- tions on northeastern crayfish, there is a crayfish species named for him. In 2009 he published a paper about World War II malaria control in the Papua New Guinea Medical Journal. In recent years he pub- lished poems in Avocet, Blueline, and Aroostook Review. Active in church work, Crocker and his wife organized an ecumenical volunteer group that provided transportation, shop- ping, and other services. He loved music and nature, especially backpacking, sailing, and camping. Survivors include wife Jean- Marie, a son, two daughters, three grand- children, and a great-grandchild. (Son


Denton Crocker Jr. was killed in the Viet- nam War in 1966.) Memorial gifts may be sent to the Nature Conservancy in Arling- ton, VA, or to Community Hospice of Sara- toga Springs.


Ruth Fleishman died February 14 in


Troy, NY, after a long illness. She was 80. She joined Skidmore’s biology department in 1966 and served as lab coordinator and instructor for 20 years. She was an innova- tor in teaching and published papers on the subject. Professor Roy Meyers remem- bers her providing even first-year students with the chance to conduct research— “something the National Science Foun- dation now actively promotes,” he says. She also spearheaded extra modules to engage students in learning beyond a course’s lectures and labs.


After retiring, she volunteered in area schools, the Friends of Chamber Music, Planned Parenthood, and her library. She is survived by husband Bernard, three children, six grandchildren, and a great- grandchild. Memorial donations are wel- come at Temple Beth El in Troy, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, or Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood in Albany. Gloria Hasbrouck died November 18 at home in Saratoga Springs, NY. She was 74. She joined Skidmore’s food services in 1966, on the downtown campus, became food supervisor in the Spa snack shop and then assistant director of food services, and retired in 1999. Debra Youngblood in the Skidmore Shop says, “I learned a lot from her: how to set up large parties, recipes, entertaining. She was a great lady.” Youngblood’s mother, Erline, also worked for Hasbrouck and recalls, “After parties, President Palamountain would always come back to the kitchen to compliment the staff.” Among Has- brouck’s loves were her yard, her dogs, and the New England Patriots. Survivors include three nephews. Memorial dona- tions may be made to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY.


David Long died February 7 in Saratoga Springs, NY. He came to Skidmore in 1968 as VP for external affairs, coordinating fundraising, public relations, and publica- tions. Former provost and VP David Mar- cell describes Long as “critical to creating the strategies that brought the capital that Skidmore so desperately needed.” In fact, Long managed Skidmore’s first national fundraising effort, the $13 million Wide Horizon Campaign. When he retired in 1988, the trustees presented him with a framed map of the campus, highlighting the buildings he had helped fund.


Long was later a VP at Wagner College, a consultant for Yaddo, a board member for Wesley Health Care Center and Sara- toga Hospital, and a volunteer for Skid- more’s Palamountain Scholarship polo benefit. Survivors include wife Jody, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Memor- ial contributions may be made to the Ju- venile Diabetes Research Foundation of East Greenbush, NY. Ruth Rowe Wilson, H ’61, former Skid- more first lady, died February 19 in Vaca- ville, CA. She was 97. She and husband Val came to Saratoga Springs in 1957, when he became Skidmore’s third presi- dent. In a 1996 Scope article, Ruth Wilson recalled “wonderful student babysitters, freshman ‘at homes’ in the fall, and the occasional Colgate men who stayed overnight in the extra beds on our third floor,” as well as distinguished visitors such as Eleanor Roosevelt and William O. Douglas. The Wilsons presided over the 1961 decision to build an all-new campus. After Val’s sudden death in 1964, Ruth and the children moved to Maine, where she served as editor of Bates Magazine until 1980 and then class-notes editor until 2002. She received the Bates Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Skidmore President Emeritus David Porter remembers Wilson’s visits back to Saratoga: “Seemingly ageless, she exuded an exhilarating brightness of mind and manner. To talk with her was to feel fresh delight not only in the college to which she and Val had contributed so much, but in life itself.” In 1998 Skidmore’s trustees honored her with their Denis B. Kemball- Cook Award. Survivors include a sister, three sons and three daughters, 16 grandchildren, nine great-grands, and two great-great-grands. Memorial donations may be made to two scholarship funds: the Harry Rowe Fund at Bates College in Lewiston, ME, or the Val H. Wilson Fund at Skidmore.


REMEMBER A FRIEND


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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