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ued her studies at Greenwich House Pottery in NYC and the Westchester Workshop in White Plains. She was an award-winning artist who specialized in bronze, marble, and wood sculptures of animals and portraits. She and her hus- band were avid boaters who cruised the Hudson and Long Island Sound as mem- bers of the U.S. Power Squadron. She is survived by husband Mark, a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and a brother. Marietta Spataro ’54 of North Miami Beach, Fla., died June 25, 2008. An Eng - lish major, she earned a master’s in library science from the State University of New York at Albany. She was a public school librarian in Saratoga Springs, Hart ford, and Granville. She later served as a librari- an at Granville’s Pember Library and Museum. She is survived by a son, two grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. Her husband, Peter, predeceased her. Diane Gold Breit ’55 of Lebanon, Pa.,

died April 27, 2013. A history major, she was vice president of S&M Dress Inc., a business she ran with her husband for many years. She was active in committee work for her temple. She is survived by husband Bert, a son, and two grandchil- dren.

Barbara Marolla Roberts ’56 of Carmel,

N.Y., died June 20 of cancer. An art major, she enjoyed careers in elementary educa- tion and corporate recruitment before her most recent work as a graduate studies advisor at Pace University. She was the author of the novel The Vineyard on Mul - berry Street, published in 2006. She is sur- vived by husband Robert, two sons, a daughter, and a stepdaughter. Barbara Shoemaker Newell ’57 of Exe -

ter, Mass., died September 1. She was a freelance writer and publicist. She is sur- vived by her husband, Stuart. Violet Norden Merchant ’58 of Pasa - dena, Calif., died August 6. A music major, she also studied at Hunter College and went on to earn a master’s in music education from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. She retired after a long career teaching music in ele- mentary schools. A member of the Sweet Adelines, she was also a church organist. She is survived by daughter Virginia Dover ’71, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Her husband, Reuben, predeceased her. Suzanne Shaffer McGown ’60 of Fort

Worth, Texas, died May 29, 2013. A biolo- gy major, she partnered with her husband to run a residential real estate business and more recently was co-owner of an

interior design firm. She served her com- munity as a volunteer for the Junior League of Forth Worth, the Union Gospel Mission, and Delta Hearts of Gold Ther - apy Dogs. She especially enjoyed working with her therapy dog to benefit patients at Cook Children’s Hospital. She is sur- vived by husband Grey, two daughters, a son, a sister, and five grandchildren. Madeleine Fontaine Ortoleva ’60 of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died July 4. A French major, she earned a master’s and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany. She taught French at Skidmore for 30 years, retiring as a full professor in 1986. The author of many scholarly essays on topics ranging from French culture to pedagogy, she was a past president of the Hudson Valley Chap ter of the American Association of Teachers of French and the Skidmore chap ter of the American Association of University Professors. She was honored by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers with a Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award in 1986. She is survived by three sons, two grandchil- dren, and a sister. Her husband, Michael, predeceased her. Anna McGroary Butler ’60 of Haymar-

ket, Va., died May 2, 2013. A nursing major, she went on to earn a master’s in health education from Southern Connec - ticut State College. She enjoyed a long career with the Naugatuck Visiting Nurses Association, which she served as staff nurse, supervisor, and director. She was a past president of the Catholic Council and former president, chair, and board secretary of the Naugatuck Rotary Club. She also sat on the boards of Naugatuck Savings Bank, Simply Smiles Foundation, and the state chapter of the Girl Scouts. She was a lifetime member of the Friends of the Howard Whittemore Library and the Naugatuck Historical Society. She is survived by three daughters, a sister, and six grandchildren. Her husband, William, predeceased her.


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.

Judith Noble Johnston ’62 of Juno Beach, Fla., died June 28. An English major, she completed her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan. She worked in corporate relocation for real estate and title companies. She is survived by a daughter, a brother, and several nieces and nephews. Rosalie Golden Schiffman ’62 of Holmdel, N.J., died suddenly on August 24. She taught in the NYC public schools for many years. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and a brother. Her husband, Calvin, predeceased her. Judith Serbe Hunger ’63 of Baltimore, Md., died September 28. A theater major, she was editor and publisher of The Range - ley Highlander newspaper in Rangeley, Maine. She joined the Peace Corps in 1999 and taught English in Poland and China for a number of years. She is sur- vived by a daughter, two stepdaughters, two brothers, and three grandchildren. Her husband, Richard, predeceased her. Bonnie Bray ’64 of Stittsville, Canada,

died January 11, 2011. A psychology major, she worked as a computer pro- grammer in California’s Silicon Valley at a time when few women entered that field. She is survived by a son and daugh- ter, a brother, and five grandchildren. Inez Starr ’64 of Gap, Pa., died October

13, 2010. An art major, she enjoyed a 27- year career teaching art at William Penn High School, retiring as department chair. She received Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2002. Her artwork is displayed in museums, galleries, and pri- vate collections throughout the North - east. She is survived by two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. Nora Arbaiza Mindell ’64 of Herrli - berg, Switzerland, died August 25, 2010, of heart disease. An English major, she earned a doctorate in psychology from Union College. She was a Jungian psy- chologist who conducted extensive re - search on the treatment of terminally ill children. She is survived by a son and daughter. Joan Rydzewski Lorimer ’64 of Nor - wich, N.Y., died August 8. A chemistry major, she enjoyed a long career as an information scientist for the Norwich Pharmaceutical Company and Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals. She was a vol- unteer at the Chenango County Histori - cal Society and the Northeast Classic Car Museum. She is survived by a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews. Patricia O’Koon Ernenwein ’65 of Newburgh, N.Y., died August 12 of pan- creatic cancer. A psychology major, she


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