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Ada died on November 27, 2014 en route to a Thanksgiving gathering in Pennsylvania when a tire failure caused her vehicle to veer across the highway center line. A brilliant, generous, caring person, Ada leaves her beloved children Austin and Blythe Muller and cherished companion Richard Werber. Ada was General Counsel for the American Council on Education, previously Deputy General Counsel at NYU. A graduate of Wellesley College and NYU Law School, she will be missed by so many whose lives she touched. Classmate Polly Hutcheson remembers Ada as "an outstanding advocate for higher education" and a "remarkable ambassador for Wellesley". Ada served our class as vice-president from 2006 to 2011 and was brilliant at organizing mini-reunions wherever she traveled for her work.
Marcy died at home in Huntingtown, Maryland on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 after a challenging three-months living with acute myeloid leukemia. Born in New Haven, Connecticut on March 28, 1949 to Herbert S. and Margaret N. Damon, she was raised in North Conway, New Hampshire. She graduated as Valedictorian from Kennett High School in 1967, graduated from Wellesley College in 1971 and later received a Master's degree in environmental sciences from American University. She taught English in Lyons, France for a year after college, where she perfected her French accent and developed a taste for French food, fashion and film and a life-long appreciation for travel. She worked for Air France in Boston and Washington, DC and took the opportunity to make one of the most epic but awkward trips of her life. She flew from Paris, to Mozambique and Rio de Janeiro, but with each leg routing her back to the same airport in Lisbon, Portugal. She married John D. H. Kane III at her grandparent's farm in Tamworth, New Hampshire on October 4, 1975. Together they happily raised three sons while living in Virginia, North Carolina and most recently Sykesville and Huntingtown, Maryland. However, her roots were in New Hampshire granite and she shared her love of the White Mountains in all seasons, with her family. Kayaking from their home by the Patuxent River was also a joy, especially when the osprey were nesting nearby. Outnumbered by her household of males, she always worked to even the odds with a female dog, currently a yellow lab mix, named Molly. A childhood spent in one of the most beautiful places in America inspired a lifelong love affair with nature, which also became one of her most passionate causes after reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in high school. She would even go on to work for the Rachel Carson Trust while in graduate school. Years later, she became a naturalist at the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary in Lothian, Maryland in its education program while, mostly, overcoming her childhood fear of snakes. Following that, from 1999 to 2011 she worked in habitat restoration for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Working with large groups of volunteers to plant native trees, shrubs, and underwater grasses, she and her CBF colleagues made strides to "Save the Bay" for future generations; a phrase she truly believed in. As an ardent proponent of native plants and rain gardens, she landscaped her yard at home accordingly. Like her parents, she was an avid birder and resisted washing the windows near birdfeeders in hopes of avoiding bird vs. window collisions. A bald eagle sighting over the house was always a cause for celebration. She was a long-standing member of the Board of the American Chesnut Land Trust, but her volunteer interests went beyond the environmental. She was also an active participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, among others, and sponsored several international exchange students. In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by her sons, Matthew of Los Angeles, California; David of Asheville, North Carolina; and Edward and daughter-in-law Kathryn of Baltimore, Maryland. She also leaves her brother, Edward, of Concord, New Hampshire and sister, Susan, of Grantham, New Hampshire and an extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She will also be missed by the many friends and neighbors she made and kept in touch with from childhood to the present day.
Barbara Danahy Callahan, 62, former resident of New City, died at home of complications from salivary gland cancer on July 16, 2012. Mrs. Callahan, who retired as an award-winning television journalist, was a graduate of Clarkstown High School and Wellesley College and lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was a former news anchor, producer, assignment editor and assistant news director at television stations in Tampa and St. Louis.
Mrs. Callahan was co-founder of the Greater Tampa Bay Breast Screening Project, which provided low-cost screening mammograms sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A Life Member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society of Pinellas County, FL, she served on a county task force to discourage teenage smoking and a Florida state task force for breast cancer awareness and coordinated care. Mrs. Callahan received recognition from the Florida state legislature for her promotion of breast self-examination through the Buddy Check program. She was a past President of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Wellesley College Club of Tampa Bay.
Mrs. Callahan is survived by her husband, Dr. Daniel J. Callahan; their son, Daniel J. Callahan Jr., Esq.; by several brothers and sisters and their spouses, Nancy Danahy of Suffern, David Danahy of New City, Jeanne Burden of Franklin, TN, John J. Jr. and Lisa Danahy of Florence, KY, Thomas V. and Elizabeth Danahy of West Nyack, and Kevin R. Danahy of New City; her aunt Joan D. Danahy of Somerset, NJ; her brother-in-law Thomas D. Callahan III and his wife Mary March Callahan of Collingswood, NJ; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dee (Olga Frieda) Howard of Morrisville died Thursday, March 24, 2011. She was 62. Born Dec. 30, 2948, in Omaha, Neb., Dee was a two-year resident of Morrisville and a former resident of Newtown and Bensalem, Pa., and Lawrenceville, N.J. Dee was educated at Wellesley College and she graduated from Yale University. She was an environmental program director of the State of Nebraska and New Jersey and an advertising copywriter. She is survived by her loving husband, Ray Milinski and his family; her two brothers; her nephews and nieces, and her three loving cats.
died January 8, 2011. Raised in India and the Philippines, Priscilla lived in Freeman freshman year, and later in Claflin. A graduate of Michigan Law School, she practiced law in New York before she and her husband moved to a lovely horse farm in Maine, where she continued to practice law in Portland. Priscilla was a competitive carriage driver, and was known for her hospitality and style. She was devoted to Wellesley and for years presented the Wellesley Book Award in local schools. She is survived by daughters Philippa and Millicent Moon, and ex-husband Richard Moon.
died November 26, 2010 of breast cancer. Classmate Ada Meloy reported that Roz stayed close to classmates over the yeras. She remembers her arriving from Nebraska, moving to New York to earn her MBA from Columbia, and then to Los Angeles with a career in finance. Roz served as President of the Los Angeles Wellesley Club. She was devoted to her family and pleased that her daughter, Erika spitzer, '06, also attended Wellesley. They were looking forward having their 40th and 5th reunions together but Roz was taken too soon."
died on August 4, 2010, a year after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She was a graduate of Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Wellesley College, and the University of Louisville (MA and JD). An attorney in private practice, she also served as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the family court system in Louisville. She was admitted to the bar in Kentucky and Indiana. Before attending law school, she was the owner/operator of the old Main Travel Agency. She continued to travel extensively as long as she was able. She served on the boards of JADAC and Seven Counties Services. She was a member of the American Needlepoint Guild (Louisville Chapter) and a life-long member of Lakeside Swim Club.
died July 30, 2010 after a courageous four year battle with pancreatic cancer. She kept her medical diagnosis mainly to herself, so many people who knew Karen were surprised to hear that she had been ill. Karen had been active with our class and produced the record book for our last reunion. Karen was born in Bethesda, Md., on May 25, 1950. She earned BA and MA degrees in economics from Wellesley College and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. Karen moved to Northampton to take a position at Smith College, where she taught economics from 1975 to 1983. At Smith, she was director of the Jahnige Social Science Research Center for the 1978-79 academic year. She then began a career as a consultant, working with other consulting groups and forming her own firm, Streamline Training & Documentation.
Karen was a brilliant scholar with wide-ranging interests. She delved into whatever intrigued her and became expert in it - coming to the study of Russian language and literature through her love of ballet, for example, or to an exploration of punk/goth music through a trip on a Finnish cruise ship that led to fascination with all things Nordic, including the Finnish band HIM. Karen shared her knowledge of dance in her Daily Hampshire Gazette reviews of performances at Jacob's Pillow and other local venues. She was a tireless reader of books and periodicals ranging from The Financial Times to Blender, belonged to local book and play-reading groups, traveled widely for dance and opera performances, and maintained a blog where her professional postings shared space with poetry.
died July 26, 2010 at her home in Park Rapids after a long illness. Barbara began with our class and graduated from MIT in 1972 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During the 1970's Barbara worked as an engineer in England and in California. Her work included supervising a construction crew for an oil rig on the North Sea, monitoring coal mine subsidence in Utah and Colorado,, and working on the design of trestles for the Alaska Pipeline and a borehold plug for the nuclear facility in Hanford, WA. In 1980, Barbara and husband Ed left California to make their home in rural Sebaka, MN. Barbara opened Ransom Engineering in 1981, specilizing in landfill closures and design or recycling centers. In 1981 Barbara returned to school at North Dakota State University from which she received a Masters in Mathematics. She then taught mathematics at Bemidji State University until illness forced her to retire.
died on March 4, 2009. Patricia Holmes Shevlin on learning of her death said, "I remember working with Pam when she organized our reunion - the 2th or 30th --I can't remember which. She was great fun, very enthusiastic and worked super hard to make it a success."
passed away November 13th, 2008 after battling melanoma. During her career, Susan was an executive with Arthur Young, American Express, Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab. She served on the boards of The Waldorf School in Ashland, Oregon and Berkshire Country Day in Massachusetts. She will be greatly missed by husband, Jack Musgrove and son Chase as well as by many classmates. A memorial service was held at the College.
Mary Lee "Mimi" Hearne Barringer, an independent health consultant and a volunteer with church and school groups, died Aug. 15, 2007 of pancreatic cancer at the Capital Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. She had lived in McLean, Virginia since 1984.
Mrs. Barringer was born in Washington, spent part of her childhood in New Zealand and graduated from high school in New Hampshire. After a year at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she transferred to the University of Mary Washington, where she was a leader of the Young Republicans and the college chapter of the National Student Association. While in college, she was interviewed on the "David Susskind Show" about her opposition to the Vietnam War, which took on added meaning because her father was an Army colonel.
Mrs. Barringer pursued graduate studies in politics at the University of Virginia before withdrawing to care for her ailing mother. Developing an interest in medical care, she worked for about four years with the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond.
After moving to Arlington in 1978, she spent several years as a health planner with the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia, then worked as a private consultant in health economics. She was a volunteer member of the institutional review Board of the Inova hospital system. She was a PTA officer at Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean and a member of the board of trustees at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac. She was a member of the Junior League and was known as an excellent cook and hostess.
Mrs. Barringer was a vestry member and senior warden of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington and sang in the choir. She was representative to the diocesan council and a lay leader of the Arlington region. In addition, she helped write a church cookbook and helped make costumes for youth musicals at the church and at her children's schools. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Allen Barringer of McLean; four children, John Paul Barringer and Julianna Barringer, both of McLean, and Laura Barringer and Elizabeth Barringer, both of Arlington; and a brother.
died on February 25, 2007. Kathy was a respected magazine editor at Conde Nast Publications, Hearst Corporation and Grunar & Jahr USA. A 17 year veteral of Vogue where she had several posts indluding Executive Editor, she then went on to executive-level editorial positions at Self and Harper's Bazaar and also edited three books for hearst. In 2001 Grummar & Jahr named her Editor-in-chief of Homestyle magazine.She is missed by her two brothers, and her many firends.
died July 8, 2005. Nancy received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. She joined the firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in 1974, became a partner in the tax department in 1986, and assumed Of counsel status in 2000. She specialized in charitable and not-for-profit matters and in tax controversies, advising foundations and public charities on their tax law obligations. In addition she advised individual taxpayers, trusts, and business entities about charitable giving and income and estate planning. Nancy is survived by her husband Morton L. Pierce and two sons, Matthew and Nicholas.
died November 29, 2004 in Pensacola Florida. Her friend Anne Quisenbery Spaulding reported that her death came nine years after being diagnosed with [cancer and given] ‘a year to live’. Anne says: " Laurie had a mission and that was to see her girls through high school. Sarah (22) and Katie (26) both remind me of their mother. She was a gifted teacher and poet and loved training and competing with her dogs, Jack and Splash. Laurie was an inspiration on how to continue living life with a passion, giving whatever you are doing your all, and never giving up – no matter what.”
died September 26, 2004 from breast cancer. She left her parents, a brother and a daugher, Katherine, at the time a senior at the Madeira School in Virginia. "SKO" Whitbeck and Jennifer Greene had celebrated Kitty's birthday with her in February.
died September 22, 2004 from lung cancer. She was survived by her mother, two sisters and a brother. Lisa Robertson wrote: "Sally was my college roomate and great friend for thirty-six years. Sally was always loyal, unpretentious and un-materialistic. She valued harmony and coworkers who were amusing more than (she valued) advancement or recognition. Her last job was in the compliance department of Franklin Templeton Investments. She loved theater, opera, films, and, like most of us, was a voracious reader. Sally was the best part of my Wellesley experience, and I miss her."
died February 10, 2004. Margot Stout Whiting reported that her dear friend and roomate died after a relatively short and, unfortunately, unequal fight against liver cancer. Pat was survived by her husband David Kopf, daughter Suzy, 15 at the time, and by her mother. Her father survived Pat by only two weeks. Pat was our Class Secretary from 1986 to 1991.
died on July 23, 2003 of breast cancer in her home in West Newton. She was very active in our class and beloved by many classmates. She was a financial manager, determined athlete and volunteer and a lover of flowers. She is missed by her husband David and her daughters.
lost her battle with breast cancer on September 29, 2003. Joan was single and had no children. She lived in Sausalito, California. Kate Cheney Creightson reported that Joan had many close and supportive friends who stayed the sourse with her including Wellesley alums, who traveled from all over the country to see her at the end. She says that "Joan was honest, straightforward, appropriately irreverent, optimistic and great company. She will be missed greatly."
died November 5, 2001 of ovarian cancer. The daughter of Hartford lawyer and former Nuremberg prosecutor Edward Kenyon, Kraw grew up in Wethersfieild, Conn. She fell off her bike freshman year and missed a year of school. She earned her BA from Wellesley in 1972, and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Seattle before graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1978. She joined the law firm of Beeson, Tayer & Kovach and became the firm's first female partner in its 50-year history. She was able to maintain a full practice despite a back condition stemming from the biking accident which left her paraplegic by the time she was 40.
In 1988, Kraw started her own practice in San Jose. Kraw and Kraw focused on employee benefits issues including representing multi-employer, multi-state pension, health and disability benefit plans.
Colleagues say Kraw, who was a frequent lecturer at law schools and professional conferences, helped lay people understand the arcane and sometimes tedious rules of the employee Retirement Income Security Act. Tom Hendricks, a Los Angeles benefit plan administrator, said Kraw's diplomacy brought diverse groups to a consensus while at the same time letting "us think that is was out idea." Kraw was a former chairwoman of the Attorneys Committee of the International foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the California State Bar labor and employment law section. She is survived by her husband and law partner, George M. Kraw, two sisters and her father.
Pauline Boerner Powers died February 16, 2000, at the age of 70. Born in Holyoke and raised in South Hadley Falls, she attended Mount Holyoke College, graduated from Harvard University in 1967 and received a master's degree from Wellesley College in 1971. She was the wife of Donald H. Powers. She had resided in Needham for 35 years and taught high school chemistry at Walpole Public Schools. She moved to East Orleans in 1995 having summered there since 1956. She was a member of the Orleans Federated Church and the Namequoit Sailing Association in South Orleans. She enjoyed singing at various churches and in organized choirs. Besides her husband, her mother and a brother, she is survived by two sons, Richard Powers of Cumberland, RI and Robert Powers of Northport, NY, a daughter Susan Powers of Boston, ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Betsy died December 16, 1993, at the age of 44. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia in June, 1993. Through the rigors of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she maintained an amazing level of energy and characteristic cheerfulness. She succumbed to a viral infection following the transplant. Bety served as our class vice-president from 1986 to 1991. She headed the Southern Connecticut Wellesley Club from 1991 to 1993. Janet Steward wrote: "Those from Severance hall will remember her smile, her great laugh, and her boisterous sense of energy. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, Betsy worked for General Electric before going into private practice in Greenwich Connecticut. Her home was in New Canaan, where she served the schools, scouting and church." Betsy was survived by husband Terry, daughters Susanna, then 13, Meggie, then 11, and Catherine, then 8 as well as her three sisters and her parents. Her mother and two of her sisters were Wellesley alums. Betsy's family set up a scholarship fund at Wellesley in her name. In Betsy's last appearance in our class notes she described taking her 12 year old daughter, Susanna, to the Washington reception for Hillary Rodham Clinton the day before Bill Clinton's inauguration. Betsy said :it was the chance of a lifetime."
Belinda Wilkins Tepper remembers, "Pat Kenowsky was also from California and in Munger. She said Wellesley was her parents' choice and she planned was to flunk out after one semester. I was fascinated by someone so unlike myself, such a live wire. She left and returned to California."
Elizabeth J. Rudman died of leukemia on November 23, 1977. Ellen Littlefield Battistelli wrote a tribute: "Liz finished college at NYU and then went to George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. She got leukemia in her final year but she was able to finish and even practice for a time. She was ill for almost three years and was in and out of Sloan-Kettering in New York. There were good periods for her when I think she was relatively painfree. Sadly, though, the last year was spent in the hospital. I can't tell you how incredible Liz was throughout it all.,, She grew to be a real legend in the hospital for both the staff and the patients/Liz was an amazing person and a true inspiration to everyone who knew and loved her."
transfered to the University of Chicago where she studied music. I believe she died on February 3, 1976. The University of Chicago Department of Music has been presenting an annual concert in memory of Cathy since her death.
died on March 31, 1972, at the Bethesda (MD) Naval Hospital of a chronic condition. At the time of her death she was in her first year of law school at the Georgetown University Law Center In Washington, DC. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.