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she was a fundraising volunteer and coor- dinator of student-teacher placement in the NYC area. She is survived by a daughter, a brother, and several nieces and nephews. Jane Turton Fuller ’63 of Williamstown,

MA, died August 11 after a long battle with dermatomyositis. A phys-ed major, she earned a master’s from East Strouds - burg College and coached at the high school and college level for many years. She was co-owner of Flying Flags, a flag dealership in Ivoryton, CT. She was a founding member of the Ivoryton Village Gardeners and a member of the Essex Historical Society and Ivoryton Playhouse. She served Skidmore as an alumni club officer and Wide Horizons Campaign vol- unteer. She is survived by partner John Parker, two daughters, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews. Suzanne Hess Hazelton ’65 of Chester -

field, MO, died October 29 of injuries sus- tained in a plane crash. Her husband, Rus sell, the plane’s pilot, perished in the Oc to ber 25 crash. An elementary educa- tion major, she earned teacher certifica- tion at Marywood College and taught prior to her marriage. She was an avid and accomplished golfer and a commun - ity volunteer. She served Skid more as a club president, Wide Hori zons Campaign volunteer, and class agent. She leaves a daughter and a son. Ida Giragossian ’65 of Washington, DC,

died July 26. A music major, she earned a master’s from the Manhattan School of Music and taught piano at Briarcliff and King’s Colleges. She was an extraordinary pianist who performed at Liincoln Center, many colleges, and the New York Histori - cal Society. She was a regular attendee at Skidmore alumni club events and reun - ions. She is survived by a sister and by cousin Deborah Renjilian Kwiatoski ’75. Mary Louis St. John ’65, a nun in the Order of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, died September 14, 2003, of complica- tions from muscular dystrophy. An En - glish major, she was a cytotechnologist, tutor, and business manager of the mon - as tery’s Benet Press. A fearless advocate for the rights of the disabled and for the gay community, she served on the board of directors of Community Resources for Independence and helped found Womyn - space Coffeehouse in 1989. She was a fea- tured speaker at the 1998 Erie Gay Pride Rally. There are no known survivors. Lucinda Wolfe Hughes ’70 of Elmira,

NY, died August 10 of ovarian cancer. A psychology major, she was an elementary school teacher and later studied law at

Dickinson Law School. She volunteered with Planned Parenthood, the Junior League, and for several arts organizations; for Skidmore she was a reunion volunteer. She leaves husband Fred, a daughter, and a brother. Susan Hemelright Christopher ’70 of

Old Lyme, CT, died February 15, 2012. An elementary-ed major, she took her sopho- more year off to serve as a VISTA volun- teer before completing her studies. She enjoyed a long teaaching career in the Solomon Schecter Academy in New Lon - don and other schools. She later earned a master’s in speech and language patholo- gy from the University of Connecticut. She taught at the Deep River School until her retirement in 2002. She is survived by husband William, two sons and a daugh- ter, a brother, and a grandson. Martha Scannell Brennan ’73 of Hol -

den, MA, died October 29. An English major, she earned a JD at Suffolk Univer - sity School of Law and was a staff lawyer with the Massachusetts Defenders Com - mittee, assistant district attorney in Wor - cester, and later a private lawyer. She was named administrative judge in the De - part ment of Industrial Accidents in 1984. She then became first female associate jus- tice of Clinton District Court and was later named that court’s presiding judge, as well as presiding judge of the Western Appellate Division of the district court department. She is survived by husband Joseph, two children, sister Cara Scannell Philbin ’78, brother William Scannell ’76, and niece Cara Philbin ’08. Mary Cellucci deVeer ’75 of Hilton Head Island, SC, died February 7, 2011, of cancer. A French major, she earned a doctorate in French linguistics from Yale University. She was a retired investment banker. She leaves husband Robert and a daughter. Neal Rorke ’78 of Southport, CT, died

May 19. An English major, he worked in the film and television industry, including as a publicist for Law & Order. He later pursued a career in physical fitness, work- ing for Cannondale Bicycle and Spynergy. An accomplished triathlete, he competed in more than 20 marathons. He is sur- vived by wife Alexis, a son, a daughter, two sisters, including Lorraine Rorke Bader ’67, and two brothers. Mary Waldron Widdop ’78 of Schenec -

tady, NY, died January 5, 2011. A UWW graduate focused on business administra- tion, she was a former registered nurse and graduate of Cazenovia Col lege. She spent much of her professional career at the Hall mark Nurs ing Center prior to

earning a Skidmore degree and pursuing interests in woodworking and needle- work. She is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and a great-grand- child. Husband Robert predeceased her. Gail Osgood ’82 of Cape Elizabeth, ME, died September 13 of cancer. An art major, she was a highly regarded photographer and photo artist whose clients included sitting US presidents, governors, and sena- tors. Her athletic prowess earned her MVP status while playing soccer, tennis, and her favorite sport, ice hockey, while at Skidmore. She returned to Maine after graduation to found the Maine Mosqui - tos, the state’s first traveling female ice hockey team. She was a member of the Maine Professional Photographers Associ - ation. She served Skidmore as an admis- sions volunteer. She leaves two daughters, her mother and stepfather, a brother, and three sisters.

Staff Frances M. Weiss, 91, of Malta, NY, died

May 4, 2011. She worked in food services at Skidmore for 27 years, retiring in 1980. She enjoyed spending time with her fam - ily. She is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, four sisters, a brother, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two husbands and two grandchildren.


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.


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