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was included in alumni art exhibitions at Skidmore reunions. She did paintings and drawings of Bristol, CT, that were dis- played in banks, businesses, and homes. Previous occupations included art director of Simplicity Patterns magazine and pho- tography director for Macy’s advertising. She leaves two sons; three daughters, including Ruth Sessions ’69; and sister Marylou May Hartmann ’48. Marion McClellan Prehn ’44 of James - town, RI, died May 19. She was a business major. In Pelham Manor, NY, where she raised her four children, she was active in Girl Scouts, the Manor Club, and the In - ternational Garden Club. She had a life- long interest in business, and following the stock market was a passion right up to her final days. She was a former member of the Conanicut Yacht Club in James - town and the League Club in Naples, FL, where she also maintained a home. She was predeceased by husbands Richard Perkins and William Prehn and by a daughter. Survivors include a son, two daughters, 10 grandsons, and five great- grandchildren. Virginia Hornbeck Baron ’44 of Den -


ville, NJ, died April 22. A business major, she worked in the accounting department of Beneficial Finance in Newark, where she met her future husband. After the birth of her daughter she was a home- maker and worked part-time as a book- keeper. She and her husband were mem- bers of the Madison Ski Club, the Kellogg Club, and their church. When her hus- band suffered a stroke at a young age, Virginia became his primary caregiver, ensuring that their lives were vibrant and interesting for 22 years, with annual vaca- tions to New England and Florida and special times at the Jersey Shore with friends. She lived in Morris town, NJ, for most of her adult life, moving in 2001 to a continuing-care facility, where she lived in her own apartment for 11 years. Pre de - ceased by husband Donald, she leaves a daughter and a grandson. Sue Liss ’44 of Newtown, PA, died


March 6. A home-ec major, she earned an MBA from New York University in 1964. She was an administrative coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, retiring in 1983. In NYC she was a leader of the Lexington Democratic Club, delegate to the state gubernatorial convention in Albany, a governor of the NYU Club, VP of her graduate school’s alumni associa- tion, and member of the local candidates committee of the Citizens Union. She traveled widely in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. For


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Skidmore she was a class volunteer and served on the leadership gifts committee. She is survived by a sister. Patsy Sullivan Spicer ’44 of North Bran -


ford, CT, died in March. A theater major, she was a manufacturer’s rep in NYC, handling more than 20 lines of women’s apparel. For Skidmore she was a class agent. She is survived by daughter Elea - nor Spicer ’79, two sons, and grandchil- dren. Husband Charles predeceased her. Janice Chiquoine Beacham ’46 of Dallas, TX, died November 17. Prede - ceased by husband Frank in 2004, she leaves two daughters and two sons. Nancy Stone Early ’46 of Norwalk, CT, died October 4. She was a business major. She leaves two sons and a daughter; her husband, John, predeceased her. Nancy Nickum Damtoft ’47 of Exeter,


NH, died May 8. A phys-ed major, she went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Physiotherapy and was a phys- iotherapist at the Englewood Yale –New Haven Hospital. She was an avid swim- mer, diver, skier, and tennis player and was active in her church and the Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport, CT. Pre - deceased by husband Don, she leaves daughter Karen Damtoft ’80, two sons, six grandchildren, and a sister. Gloria Wasserman Sachs ’47 of NYC


died March 11. An art major, she fur- thered her education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She also received an hon- orary doctorate from Skidmore in 1983. A fabric and clothing designer, she taught textiles at the Fashion Institute of Tech - nology. She also maintained a gallery of Chinese furniture and art work that she collected. In honor of her 50th Skidmore reunion she funded a Dream Odyssey Award for a senior art major to pursue a postgraduate field of interest. In the 2000s, she worked on developing the con- cept for a museum show on Beijing archi- tecture. She leaves a daughter, a son, three granddaughters, and two sisters. Audrey Platt Jacobson ’49 of Ogdens - burg, NY, died May 19. An art major, she continued her studies at the Parsons School of Design. She was a lifelong visual artist, working at her creations every day from age 10 until the last day of her life. She was an illustrator at the Air Base in Amarillo, TX, while her husband was sta- tioned there. After they returned to NYC she was an artist and art director at adver- tising agencies and then opened a gallery in Englewood, NJ. In 1971 she and her family moved to Ogdensburg, where she continued her studies at Potsdam State and St. Lawrence Universities, worked as


a medical photographer, and produced volumes of prints and paintings. Her lith- ographs, etchings, and monoprints were exhibited throughout the United States. She enjoyed travel to Italy and other countries and was an avid gardener. For Skidmore she was a volunteer for her 50th reunion. She is survived by husband Jerry, two sons, and two grandsons. Eugenia “Polly” Pitts ’49 of Dallas, TX, died April 18. An art major, she attended grad school in London, earning degrees in history and library science. She also earned a master’s in library science from Texas Woman’s University in 1963. In the UK she served as librarian of the English Speaking Union for more than 20 years. Upon her return to the States she was a librarian at Stephens College in Missouri. After retirement she settled in Dallas. She was a longtime supporter of the arts and enjoyed overseas travel, spending several months a year in London. She leaves no known survivors. Jane Hendershot Blake ’49 of Windsor,


MA, died March 24 of lung cancer. In Pittsfield, MA, where she spent time car- ing for her mother, she was a frequent contributor of local history details to the Berkshire Eagle newspaper, a founding member of the Pittsfield Garden Tour, a board member of Berkshire Art Associ - ation, and a member of Junior League, Berkshire County Historical Society, the College Club, and her church. She leaves two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was pre- deceased by her former husband. Grace “Lee” Horsfall Pihlcrantz ’49 of Chesapeake, VA, died in February. She was an art major. She leaves a son and a daughter; her husband, Robert, died in March.


Margaret Strayer Strome ’50 of Naples,


FL, died June 18. An English major, she taught at Springside School in Chestnut Hill, PA, before getting married. She was active in the Junior Leagues of Philadel - phia and Westchester County, NY, and the League Club of Naples, FL. For Skid - more she served as class agent. She is sur- vived by husband Charles, a daughter, two sons, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Robert Rider ’50 of Rehoboth Beach,


DE, died June 4. A business major, he worked at O. A. Newton & Son—part of a conglomerate that included poultry, appliances, materials-handling systems, and farm machinery and products—work- ing his way up to director, president, chair, and CEO. In committee and board service, he was a leader of the Delaware


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