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tered the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Post- Doctoral Rome Prize and spearheaded the restoration of a garden on the academy’s grounds. A dedicated conservationist, she was a member of the Women’s Commit - tee of the Central Park Conservancy and a longtime volunteer for Sloan Kettering Hospital’s flower program. She served the College as an alumna trustee. In 1984, she was honored by Skidmore’s Alumni Association with an Outstanding Service Award. She is survived by husband Niels, a son, two daughters, two brothers, seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grands. Ruby Helford Aronsky ’45 of Allen- town, Pa., died November 10, 2012. She was a political science major. She is sur- vived by a son and daughter, two grand- children, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Jay, predeceased her. Carol Fleisher Boswell ’45, longtime


class secretary, died April 26, 2013. She taught history and social studies and was active in the League of Women Voters. Mary Chilson Kiley ’47 of Newark,


N.Y., died July 10. A sociology major, she was substitute teacher in Westchester County parochial schools. She served her community as a church librarian and member of the PTA. An accomplished oil painter and sculptor, she was a member of an area artists guild. She is survived by a son, a daughter, sister Nancy Chilson Steinmann ’52, nephew Thomas Dunn ’90, eight grandchildren, and nine great- grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph, pre- deceased her. Ann Morse Pritchard ’47 of Arlington,


Va., died October 16. A physical educa- tion major, she was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Junior League, and New Britain Museum of Ameri can Art in Connecticut. She enjoyed sailing in the family’s sloop, Revery. A de - voted alumna, she served the College as a class secretary, reunion volunteer, and class agent. She is survived by a son, four daughters including Joan Pritchard ’77 and Betsy Pritchard Wheating ’76, and nine grandchildren. Her husband, John, predeceased her. Joan Kirwan Schroeder ’48 of Midland


Park, N.J., died September 22. A nursing major, she went on to complete a master’s in nursing administration from New York University. She served as director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Bergen County for many years. Instru - men tal in founding the Northwest Bergen Hospice in 1974, she was honored by that organization in 1994 She was a longtime volunteer social worker at the Mahwah Center for Food Action. An adjunct pro-


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fessor at the School of Nursing at Fair - leigh Dickinson University and founder of a nursing program at Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, she was a member of many professional organizations, in - cluding the Nursing Honor Society. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Her husband, John, prede- ceased her. Beverly Cox Smith ’49 of Delray Beach, Fla., died June 20. An English major, she also studied law at Brooklyn Law School. A community volunteer, she held numer- ous leadership roles in the Massapequa, N.Y., chapter of the AAUW and was a driver for a senior citizens program. She is survived by a son. Her husband, Charles, predeceased her. Virginia Birks Alexandor ’49 of Van- couver, BC, died May 15, 2013. An art major, she went on to earn a certification from the New York School of Interior Design. She worked for firms in London, England, and Montreal, Canada, before opening her own interior design business. A longtime volunteer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, she was a docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which she also served as a board member. She is survived by husband Michael, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, a brother, and a sister. Elinor Huckle Groff ’49 of Westlake, Ohio, died September 28, 2011. She was a music major. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas, predeceased her. Dorthea “Dusti” Dorge Kreitner ’50 of


Tombstone, Ariz., died May 2, 2009. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and a great-grand- child. Husband Keith predeceased her. John McCarty ’50 of Barnegat Light, N.J., died September 12. A World War II Navy veteran who served in the South Pacific, he completed his bachelor’s de- gree at St. Michael’s College and studied at Springfield College. He enjoyed a 32- year career teaching high school science at Haldane Central School and Ardsley High School in Westchester County, N.Y. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Long Beach Island, the New Jersey Lighthouse Association, and the Boy Scouts Eagle Association. He is survived by wife Joan, a son, a daughter, a grand- son, and a great-grandson. Jeannette “Jay” Price Ruffo ’50 of Racine, Wis., died December 26, 2012. She launched her own advertising busi- ness, producing award-winning television commercials for the Racine business com- munity for over 30 years. A civic activist,


she was a longtime member and former board president of the Racine Art Muse - um, which honored her with an award in 2009. She helped the museum take art exhibitions on the road and spearheaded a city initiative that brought trolley buses to the downtown area. She is survived by a son, two grandchildren, and a niece. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her. Joan Kelly Williams ’50 of Sewell, N.J.,


died July 13. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a founding member of the Harbor Belles Red Hat Society. She especially loved cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Joanne Harder Woodward ’50 died in


May 2013. A breeder of thoroughbred horses, Joanne was devoted to preserving the legacy of her father, Skidmore Trustee Emeritus F. William Harder, through the establishment of Harder Hall, the Harder lecture series, and the F. William Harder Chair in Business Administration. Among her survivors is sister Phyllis Harder Reininger ’49. Nancy Foell Swortzell ’51 of NYC died


July 30. A theater major, she earned a master’s from Columbia and a doctorate from Yale, both in theater. She was a long time professor at New York Univer - sity’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Edu - cation, and Human Development, where she co-founded an educational theater program. She is survived by her husband, Lowell.


Augustino Forcucci ’52 of Marshfield, Mass., died August 29. An English major, he later graduated from Tufts Dental School and practiced dentistry for over 35 years. He was Korean War veteran. A long- time philatelist, he also enjoyed painting and playing bridge in retirement. He served the College as a reunion volunteer and class agent. He is survived by wife Marie, two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. Judith Schwarz Mossman ’52 of Sara- toga Springs, N.Y., died September 9 after a long illness. An English major, she raised her family and volunteered as a high school librarian in Verona, N.J. She enjoyed traveling with her children. A devoted alumna, she served the College as a class agent and reunion volunteer. She is survived by husband Allen, two daughters including Margery Mossman Chessare ’75, son Kenneth Mossman ’83, five grandsons, three great-grandchil- dren, and a brother. Judith Lasser Litt ’54 of Rye, N.Y., died on August 12. An art major, she contin-


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