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In Memoriam Alumni

Priscilla Douglas Polkinghorn ’31 of

Lake Forest, Calif., died August 23, 2013 at 105. An art major, she was a communi- ty volunteer in Bloomfield, N.J., serving the AAUW, Girl Scouts, and Montclair College. In recent years she volunteered for a long-term study of individuals over 90 conducted by the University of fornia at Irvine’s Brain Research Group. An avid Kindle reader up until the time of her passing, she also enjoyed Skyping with family members. A devoted alumna, she served Skidmore as a club president and reunion volunteer. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Douglas Macmillan ’44, three sons, a daughter, and several grand- children. Her husband, Frank, prede- ceased her. Martina Hoff Dudgeon ’35 of Garden

City, N.Y., died May 15, 2013. A business major, she worked in real estate manage- ment. She was a past volunteer for the American Red Cross and several local civic organizations. A devoted alumna, she served the College as class president and reunion chair. She is survived by a daugh- ter, three grandchildren, and a niece. Her husband, Norman, predeceased her. Dorothy Benn Crocker ’36 of Steuben, Maine, died August 31, 2009. An art major, she was a former member of the Fine Arts Club of Binghamton, N.Y. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, and several grandchildren. Her husband, Der - wood, predeceased her. Dorothy McLean Baucom ’36 of Hills - borough, N.C., died July 30. A home eco- nomics teacher, she taught that subject and ecology in junior high and high school for Durham public schools. She also served as a consulting dietitian for an area YMCA camp. She is survived by two daughters, three sons, and several grand- children and great-grandchildren. Her husband, Clifford, predeceased her. Jean Will Wilson ’36 of Pittsfield, Mass., died June 30, 2011. She was a long- time volunteer for the Berkshire Medical

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Center, the local Red Cross, and her church, and a trustee of the Berkshire Botanical Gardens. She is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren. Her hus- band, Kenneth, predeceased her. Janet Roger Shook ’37 of Scotia, N.Y.,

died August 6. An English major, she went on to complete a master’s in Ameri - can studies from Union College. She en - joyed a long career teaching in Scotia, Richmondville, and Sharon Springs. A devoted alumna, she served the College as vice president of the alumni board, Schen ectady club president, reunion vol- unteer, and class agent. She is survived by a son and daughter. Her husband, Merrill, predeceased her. Julia VanderVeer Thompson ’39 of

Bridgewater, N.J., died July 6. A business major, she worked as a secretary for sev- eral corporations, a tennis club, and most recently the United Reformed Church. She was a volunteer nurse’s aide at Somer set Medical Center during Worled War II, then served on numerous com- mittees there and worked in the gift shop. She also assisted the American Red Cross with blood drives. She was a life- time member of the Somerville History Club. A devoted alumna, she served the College as a class and reunion volunteer. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, three grandchildren, six great- grandchildren, and two sisters. Her hus- band, Robert, predeceased her. June Dodenhoff Bernst ’42 of Ashe- ville, N.C., died March 25, 2013. A music major, she was deputy treasurer of the Village of Lloyd Harbor in Huntington, N.Y., and a founder of the Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning in Hender - sonville, N.C. She especially enjoyed gar- dening and listening to music. She is sur- vived by husband Louis, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and a great- grandchild. Nancy Walker Carpenter ’42 of Reho- both, Mass., died June 7, 2013 after a brief illness. She completed her bachelor’s de - gree at Lesley College. She was a teacher at the North Rehoboth School and the Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. A for- mer member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society and the Boston Weavers Guild, she was a past board member of the Rehoboth Historical Society. She is sur- vived by husband Joseph, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Renata Tornello Griffith ’43 of Girard, Ohio, died March 19, 2012. A business major, she worked as an accountant after graduation. A longtime lead volunteer for several theater organizations, including

the Youngstown Players, she founded and ran several children’s theater troupes. She is survived by a daughter. Her husband, John, predeceased her. Myrna Kroll Weed ’44 of Willow Street,

Pa., died April 30, 2013. A sociology major, she was a teaching assistant at Glenside Elementary School. She was a longtime community volunteer who tutored adults in English as a second lan- guage and assisted the local bloodmobile program. She is survived by four sons, 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchil- dren. Her husband, George, predeceased her.

Jean Dunn Wickenden ’44 died November 24, 2011. She was an English major. She enjoyed playing golf and ten- nis, knitting, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Tom, two sons, a daughter, six grandchil- dren, and six great-grandchildren. Nancy Stall Howard ’45 of Rowley, Mass., died June 30. She was a business major. A past volunteer for the Red Cross, United Fund, and Brockton Hospital, she served the College as reunion volunteer. She is survived by two daughters, three sons, and several grandchildren. Her hus- band, Damon, predeceased her. Margaret Carman Pustell ’44 of And-

over, Mass., died June 7. An art major, she volunteered as a hospital aide in NYC during breaks and joined the Navy WAVE corps in her senior year, serving as a com- munications officer and assistant to the commandant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A staunch advocate for environmental preservation, she founded a conservation commission in Melrose, Mass., and was instrumental in establishing a recycling program in Andover. She was an expert painter and potter who exhibited her work regionally. She served the College as a reunion volunteer. She is survived by four sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her hus- band, Robert, predeceased her. Millicent Mercer Johnsen ’44 of Rum - son, N.J., died September 7. An econom- ics major, she was founder and owner of Cheval Corporation, a company involved in training and racing thoroughbred horses. A member of the Thoroughbred Breed ers Association, she was a past presi- dent of the Rumson Garden Club and the Garden Club of America. She sat on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the Horticultural Society of Ameri ca, the Twin Lights Historical Society, and the American Skin Associa - tion. Trustee emerita of the American Academy in Rome, Italy, she adminis-


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