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Skidmore family tradition

One of them keeps her paintbrushes in a “Skidmore ’70” mug. One of them wore his wife’s Skidmore ring on his pinkie as a wedding ring. Two of them currently share the campus with a sibling. And they all have family ties to Skidmore’s venera- ble Schick Art Gallery.

They’re the only four-generation legacy family in Skidmore’s records. The college is clearly in their blood—and vice versa.

senior year; and ending her college career amid the student boycotts after the Kent State shootings. “So much happened to us,” she remembers. “It was an intimate, intense time that bonded us closely.” Those college ties continued in alumni activities and philanthropy after Kelsey married and began her family. In 1983 Schick Gallery was named for her family, and at her 25th reunion she was given an Outstanding Serv- ice Award from the alumni associ- ation.



First came Katherine Schilling Schick

Lyall ’40. An art major, she considered graduate study but, like so many in her era, she married—“just 12 days after grad- uation”—and started a family. Her alum- nae friends remained close, serving as godmothers for her children. And she still fondly recalls her college days, her dorm in the old Victorian Salisbury House, and even the bad manners of “some Colgate boys who’d drive over on Wed nes day afternoons and knock on the classroom windows where their girlfriends were studying. My beaus didn’t do that!” Those longtime friends and good mem- ories helped inspire her daughter to en- roll at Skidmore after her. Pamela Schick Kelsey ’70, also an art major, forged her own strong ties, what with busing from the old campus to the new; seeing male coeds arrive in her Jonsson Tower dorm; discussing politics, war, and social change with classmates; having her Brown Uni- versity fiancé away in the Army for her

Kelsey’s niece Alli- son Schick Masson ’89 wanted to study art, and her aunt’s and grand- mother’s good ex- periences helped lead her to Skid- more. She ended up switching to a business major,

after taking the engaging, challenging BU107 introductory course. She also met future husband Kenneth Masson ’89, who had applied to Skidmore in part because his older sister Linda Masson Bailey ’84 had hosted him for a weekend on cam- pus. He liked “the combination of liberal arts and Division III ice hockey,” he says. One summer, Allison and Ken stayed in Saratoga Springs, where “he worked at the track and I worked at Scallions restau- rant,” she recalls.

Now the Massons come back to town regularly, as Skidmore parents. Daughter Tenley ’17 felt Skidmore was ideal for her interest in art, strong academics, and lacrosse. Son Nathaniel ’16 started at the University of Colorado in Boulder and transferred to Skidmore last year. Tenley says coming to Skidmore as a legacy has felt “welcoming and fun” and adds, “I’m proud and inspired to see the Schick name in the art building.” Nate, who feels well suited to Skidmore’s smaller size, is a

business major, economics minor, and lacrosse player.

A retired Navy pilot and a kindergar - ten teacher, Ken and Allison love revisit- ing Saratoga, usually to cheer on their athletes in big matches. Mom is delight- ed that Tenley was as impressed with the business intro course as she was in her day; dad is pleased to have introduced Nate to Marino’s Pizza. The parents would like to visit more often, but mom says it’s a comfort to know that “both kids are here together.”

As their great-aunt Pam says, “This college has been wonderfully embracing to each generation.” And Pam’s hus- band, John, adds, “As a boyfriend, hus- band, son-in-law, uncle, and great-uncle, I’ve seen how much Skidmore has meant to our family, and I’ve been blessed to be along for the ride.”—SR

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