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sales and marketing. She was a former presi- dent of the advisory council for the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. A devoted alumna, she served the College as class Friends of the Presidents Chair and as a reunion, campaign, and class agent volunteer. She is survived by two daughters, including Christina Hanley Becker-Birck ’06, and two sons. John Hopkins ’77 of Memphis, Tenn., died April 17, 2011. An American studies major, he founded and Hopkins & Associates Preservation Consultants, pro- viding planning and design services for major architecture in the city of Memphis. His survivors include sister-in- law Nancy Pitt ’75. Patricia Anne Daley ’82 of Queensbury,


N.Y., died March 3. An art major, she became an accomplished portraiture artist. She is survived by two daughters, three sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-grand- children. Husband James predeceased her. Stephen White ’83 of Wells, Maine, died December 17. A University Without Walls graduate, he earned a bachelor’s in market- ing. He owned and operated his own televi- sion-repair shop and later a car-accessories shop. He was a church deacon and an avid Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. He is sur- vived by wife Shelley, a son and daughter, two stepsons, and a granddaughter. Jennifer Landers ’90 of Jersey City, N.J., died May 5. An English major in literary studies, she enjoyed a long career in pub- lic relations, most recently as senior vice president of Grey Advertising in NYC. She served Skidmore as a class agent volun- teer. She is survived by her parents. David Arboleta ’00 of Carlsbad, Calif., died June 30, 2011. A business major, he was director of finance for Nypro Precision Assemblies in Chula Vista. He is survived by his wife, Camille. Jesse Ross ’01 of NYC died January 11. A business major, he designed and sold hip- hop fashions in the city. He was a gifted athlete who enjoyed tennis, basketball, and mixed martial arts. Survivors include a son and his parents and grandparents. Robert Herrick ’01 of Chicago died


March 28. A government and internation- al affairs major, he completed an MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He was a senior consultant at Infosys and also worked for Euromonitor International. A member of the Peace Corps in Thailand and a teacher of English as a second language in Chile, he was a longtime tutoring mentor for Cabrini Connections, which serves inner- city youths. He is survived by his partner, Emily, and his parents.


Faculty and Staff Mary Correa, associate professor emerita of business, died May 9 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 67. She held a BS in nursing from Boston College and a master’s in psychiatric nursing from Yale. She spent more than two decades as a clinical nurse at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Yale New Haven Hospital as well as the University of Cincinnati and Rush University nursing schools. In 1991 she earned a PhD from Purdue’s Krannert Graduate School of Management and joined the Skidmore business faculty. Until her retirement in 2010, she taught courses in organizational behavior and the- ory, leadership, and comparative manage- ment. She helped found Skidmore’s interna- tional affairs program in the 1990s and was active in the master’s program in liberal arts. Professor Tim Harper says she was piv- otal in the peer mentoring of the rigorous MB 107 course. Harper and Correa devel- oped MB 240, a course on coaching and leadership theory, to help the MB 107 peer coaches. According to professors Marty Canavan and Christine Page, Correa’s “highest priority was her students,” and she “embraced the passion of Skidmore with enthusiasm, energy, and great joy.” A board president of Saratoga Bridges, an agency for those with developmental disabilities, she also enjoyed tennis, ski- ing, skating, and ice dancing. Survivors include two sisters and two nieces. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Ruth Beach, longtime Scribner Library staff member, died May 21. She was 76. She began working in the Skidmore busi- ness office in 1962, and in 1971 she became secretary to head librarian Alvin Skipsna. When David Eyman became head librarian in 1984, he hired her as head of circulation, where, he says, “everybody loved her.” After a laryngectomy to treat throat can-


cer, Beach used an electrolarynx to speak and was able to return to her library job and to her second job at the Saratoga Raceway harness track. She retired from Skidmore in 1997. Survivors include husband John; a son, daughter, and stepdaughter; daughter-in- law Sandie Brown, a current Scribner Library staff member; and seven grand- children and two great-grandchildren. Patricia Totten, longtime class-notes edi-


tor and an honorary alumna, died May 25 at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany. She was 83. She began working at Skidmore’s devel- opment office in 1950 and moved to alumni affairs in 1973 as an administra- tive assistant; she retired in 1995.


Totten’s career was described in a Scope


story: “At first it was the happy prospect of earning a whopping $25 a week (respectable wages in 1950) that attracted her to Skidmore. But what kept her here so long was the College itself. ‘This is a great place to work,’ Totten said. ... ‘We become like family.’”


Starting work on the old campus, she recalled, “Offices in one Victorian man- sion were so cold in winter, ‘we stuffed copies of alumnae publications under the doors to keep out the drafts.’” In her work with scores of class secretaries, she report- ed on their jobs, marriages, children, trav- els, and more. “I loved it; you learn a lot about people,” she said. Victoria Green Aldrich ’74, former alum- ni affairs director, says, “Pat knew every alum,” and Aldrich’s successor Larry Lichtenstein ’79 adds, “Pat was wonder- fully polite and warm. She formed very close relationships with class secretaries, who valued the work she did with them. That’s a big reason she was named an honorary alumna in 1995.”


She was predeceased by fiancé L.D. Bull, a longtime Skidmore carpenter, and by a sister; survivors include a sister and a brother. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY, 12110. John Reed, emeritus professor of educa-


tion, died of pancreatic cancer on June 28 at his home in Saratoga Springs. He was 85. Reed graduated from Norwich University in 1949. A first lieutenant in the Korean War, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal and UN Service Ribbon. He taught in public schools and went on to earn an MA in liberal studies at Wesleyan University and complete an EdD from Harvard.


Joining Skidmore in 1964, he became director of the elementary education pro- gram in 1968 and chaired the education department from 1970 to 1980. He was revered by generations of alumni for his challenging courses, incisive but kind criti- cism, and concern for the lives and careers of his students before and after graduation. Susan Lesser ’73 recalls that Reed “didn’t give a lot of As. But we all loved him because he was passionate about teaching and we knew that he really cared about us.” An avid traveler, outdoorsman, garden-


er, and cook, Reed also served as a docent at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. Survivors include his wife, Skidmore art professor Doretta Miller, as well as two daughters and sever- al nephews and nieces.


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