In Memoriam

With sadness we report the deaths of the following classmates since May 2010. Recent obituaries will be added as they become available. We celebrate their lives, and thank those who have written obituary notices. 


Mary Gordon Roberts, Baldwin, 7/29/19

Sara Jane Mathews, Cutter, 3/19/19, in Albuquerque. Sara received a MA in social work from UC Berkeley. She contributed deep understanding and compassion to autistic and traumatized children in the San Francisco area for over 30 years. Sara was an avid bird-watcher and enjoyed folk dancing and storytelling. For many years until her illness, Sara, Lanier Anderson Williams ‘59, Jane Raiche Ringham ‘59, and Gloria Cook Guzman ‘60 spent a week together every two years playing erratic bridge while catching up. Sara’s humor and passion for social justice will always be remembered.

Jaren Jones Ducker, Jordan, 12/14/18

Caroline Hibbard Buckler, Ziskind, 12/27/17 (notified 12/3/18)

Susan McInnes Howard, Emerson, 11/20/18

Frances Patton Saybolt, Hubbard, 9/28/18

MJ Long, Comstock, 9/03/18 in London. MJ attended Yale School of Architecture, where she later had a professorship. She moved to Britain in 1964, becoming a distinguished architect and powerful design critic and writer. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the queen. Her husband, Sir Colin St. John Wilson, died in 2007. They practiced together from 1965 to 1996, notably on the British Library. She could have styled herself “Lady Wilson” but preferred MJ. She is survived by her children, Harry and Sal, and three grandchildren. Timothy Cantell, her colleague.

Janet Gamer Perlman, Northrop, 8/29/18

Nancy Beck Cross, 6/2/18

Gretchen Leutheuser Davis, Tyler, 3/21/2018 in Devon PA. Gretchen majored in philosophy. She was a librarian for more than 30 years at Easttown Library in Berwyn, PA, where she also served on the Friends of the Library Board. She was an active member of Footlighters Theater for many years. Gretchen enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, movies, theater, and music of all genres. She had a love for nature and animals. She is survived by her husband, Charles Davis III, three children and four grandchildren. Hannah Davis, her daughter.

Nancy Hersey Paulson, Morrow, 1/15/18 in Greenwich CT. Nan was an Economics major and earned a M.A, from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced  International Studies. A self-professed workaholic, she enjoyed a long career as a financial planner. Summers in Maine were her long-time passion. Nan was smart and funny; irreverent and organized: an enthusiastic Morrow House president!  Nan was kind and thoughtful and would drop everything to help friends and family. Nan will be missed by her two sons and their families, and by her many friends.  Diane Manchester Allen ’60

Sandra Newman Colbert, Baldwin

Laura Rollins Hockaday, Jordan, 10/24/17

Wendy O’Brien Marsh, Dawes, 7/ 25/17

Ingeborg von Berghes, Talbot, 6/17

Patricia Watson, Talbot, 4/9/2012 (notified 8/18/17)

Sally MacKinnon, Clark, 3/22/17. Sally died at home in Castle Rock , Colorado. She was born in Chicago, lived in Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City. She transferred to Smith for her sophomore year and studied Philosophy and English. Her housemates remember her wit, independent spirit, and resolve.  Sally forged a most interesting career, that eventually led her to Winston-Salem NC where she become Vice-President of Marketing for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. One of her memorable advertising creations was the tan-clad Camel smoking hero in front of the Egyptian Pyramids. She retired to Scottsdale, AZ, where she lived at the Boulders and pursued her interests in painting, photography, and writing. She was active in the Episcopal Church as a volunteer and choir member. Sally is survived by her sister Mimi and nephews.  Cynthia Ross Burmeister ’60 and Mary Daley Sullivan ’60

Tibby (Mary Elizabeth) Macfarland Rosenberry, Wallace, 2/12/17

Anne Bates, Emerson, 12/18/16

Marilyn Trauner Lager, Hubbard, 12/7/16. Marilyn died at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA, stunning family and friends. Marilyn lived in Penn Valley PA with Eric, her husband of 57 years, with whom she enjoyed an extraordinary partnership. At Smith Marilyn was an English major who was about to take her senior year at Yale, when she met Eric. Instead Marilyn moved to New York where Eric was completing his psychiatric residency, and finished her studies at Barnard. She later earned a Masters Degree in library science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Marilyn was passionate about her immediate and extended families, hosting Thanksgiving dinners that included three generations. Close relationships mattered most to Marilyn, and she had a large circle of devoted friends. Until her retirement, Marilyn was the head librarian at Friends Central School in Wynnewood. She loved reading, writing, traveling, music, art, and photography. She is sorely missed, especially by her Philadelphia area Smith classmates and friends with whom she met regularly for lunch and conversation. In addition to her husband Eric, she leaves her daughter Karen (Ronald) their children Daniel and Julie, her daughter Jennifer, and her son Robert (Karen) and their children Matthew and Sophia. Judy Ebby ’60

Kathleen Driscoll Murphy, Baldwin, 11/25/16

Carol Stanwood, Dewey, 10/11/16

Margaret (Peggy) Sheffield, Chapin, 4/30/16. Margaret died after a long and courageous battle with a crippling lung disease caused by a genetic disorder. A writer and art critic, she was particularly noted for her teaching of writing.

Carolyn Nason King, Laura Scales, 4/8/16. Carolyn died in  Sarasota Florida. She was an avid bird watcher, loved the Boston Red Sox, and was a major volunteer with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.

Ann Cleary Kearns,  Emerson, 3/2/16. Ann was a noted choral director in the Pioneer Valley. A number of classmates and Smith friends gathered at the April 9 memorial service, including Mary Dingman-Abel, Bobbie Morrison Dolp, Robbin Griffith Levy, Nancy Niering Lowry, Ellen Satterthwaite Seibert, Linda Fisher Smith, and Anne Van Zandt Somary ’59. The next day nearly 100 Valley music friends gathered at Sweeney Hall for a sing-in of Brahms’ A German Requiem in Ann’s memory.

Diane Thompson MacKinnon, Martha Wilson, 2/17/16. Diane died  peacefully at home in Chevy Chase, MD. She graduated from Sidwell Friends School, Summa Cum Laude from Smith, majoring in Mathematics. She had a career at IBM, and later as independent consultant. She had great warmth, wit, and strength of character, exemplified by how she battled leukemia over eighteen years, participating in many clinical trials and serving as both a Patient Representative and Advocate while living life to its fullest. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, cousins, and many other family and friends who loved and admired her.  Marna Hayden ’60

Susie (Alice Jane) Ricker Arnold, Morrow, 1/28/16

Lyn McLane Egsgard, Baldwin, 12/9/2015

Beverly Day Gredier, Cushing, 6/13/2015

Orysia Karapinka, Tyler, 6/4/2015, of lung cancer. A native of Ukraine, Orysia majored in history at Smith and spent her junior year in Geneva. She earned a doctorate in Russian history from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught for 43 years at the University of Pittsburgh, retiring in 2010. In 2003 she was enlisted on the faculty honor roll there for her teaching excellence.

Sandra Wilson Wilson, Tyler, 2/10/15. No one who knew Sandy Wilson well, could write an obituary that isn’t filled with love.  The Greenwich, Connecticut paper had a fine piece which spoke of her peaceful death at home and recalled her devotion to children, grandchildren, her husband (who predeceased her) and friends.  But when close friends think of Sandy, they see a quick smile, a sweep of tawny hair, long slender legs; they see a golden girl with a love of sports, and a gift for friendship and kindness.  They remember the energy she poured into her teaching of middle school History and English while raising four children.  That she should have had to undergo seven years of a devastating neurological disease that left her immobilized, seems shockingly unfair but Sandy showed courage, patience,  and a determination to persevere that left us breathless.  In one sense her death set her free, but how we miss her, and how firmly we will keep her safe in our hearts. Frances Stokes Hoekstra ’60

Susan Oliver Montgomery, Gillett,  1/11/2015, in Philadelphia. Susie attended Smith and graduated from the University of Buffalo. In 1960 she married Edward (Ned) Montgomery Jr., who later became vice chairman of Mellon Bank Corporation and chairman of Mellon Bank in Philadelphia. In 1985 the family moved to Philadelphia, where Susie established herself as a civic leader. Among other distinctions, she served on the board of the Library Company of Philadelphia for more than 20 years and was the founding chair of the Friends of the American Philosophical Society. She leaves her husband, two daughters, and two grandsons.

Barbara Johnson Hickey, Laura Scales, 12/3/2014, in Granite Bay CA. Barb loved living near the ocean and treasured windy, foggy days in Nantucket and Half Moon Bay CA. After an active professional life as a journalist and realtor, Barb attended law school, graduating in 1991. She was justifiably proud of being a member of the California and Massachusetts Bars and establishing a successful real estate law practice. Barb was an enthusiastic traveler and hiker; as well as a hands-on grandmother and good friend. She was widowed three times and remained cheery and optimistic during the last 2 years of painful illness. She will be missed by her daughter, two granddaughters and many friends. Diane Manchester Allen ’60

Ellen Kenney Lang, Baldwin, 11/18/2014

Bette (BJ) Epstein Finkelstein, Northrop, 10/3/2012  (notified 10/22/14)

Kathryn Dineen Wriston, Laura Scales, 9/28/2014. Kathy died of complications from a fall at her farm in Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1963. Kathy practiced law at Shearman & Sterling in New York City before her marriage to Walter Wriston, chairman of Citigroup. She served on the boards of several large corporations, of the principal legal and accounting organizations, and of several non profits. Kathy was deeply committed to nature conservation, medical research, and educational institutions. Carolyn Dineen King ’59, her sister

Deborah Moore Geithner, Tyler, 8/12/2014

Elizabeth (Story) Smith Wright, Park Annex, 7/12/2014

Frances (Posy) Bland Youngblood, Cutter, 5/22/2014

Dorothy (Deedee) Feldman Schwartz, Northrop, Wallace, Comstock, 3/03/2014

Jeanne Abbott Dorough, Franklin King, 3/01/2014

Mary Hornby Wiebe, Wilder, 1/14/2014

Eva Agostan Powers, Laura Scales, 1/12/2014

Anne Brower, Gardiner, 10/29/2013

Judith Glassman Daniels, Chapin, 9/01/2013

Phyllis Woods Baldwin, Lamont, 7/22/2013

Anna Held Audette, Dawes, 6/09/2013

Carolyn Hiltner, 12/29/2012

Olga Craven Huchingson, Ada Comstock, 10/15/2012

Helaine Steinberg Obolsky, Dewey, 8/18/2012

Victoria Kelly Byers, Talbot, 8/03/2012

Lee Sumner Cushman, Tyler, 3/13/2012

Sandra Fales Hillman, Clark, 3/02/2011
Eugenie Cochrane Fenton, Northrop, 12/11/2011

Margery Michelmore Heffron, Lawrence, 12/09/2011

Mary Alice Brown, Ziskind, 11/04/2011

Sarah (Sally) Bowles,  Comstock,  6/05/2011

Edith (Deedee) Christian Minear, Tyler, 3/17/2011

Judith Sykes Ardis, Lawrence, 2/19/2011

Helen (Noonie) Zanetti Marx, Talbot, 1/12/2011

Josephine Troxell Gordon, Lamont, 7/16/2010



The Smith Fund Class of 1960 Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Lamont housemates of Josephine (Josie) Troxell Gordon, who passed away in 2010, to honor her and their friendships with her and memories of her. This effort was initiated by Emmy Lou Lehman Smith, then broadened to include other Lamont 1960 classmates who have died. It was subsequently broadened further to include any memorial gifts made to honor friends from our class. The objective of the fund is to recognize “the strong, enduring connections between Smith alumnae and their beloved Housemates.”

  • The scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount raised in the previous year
  • Gifts to this fund are considered Smith Fund contributions and will count in reunion totals
  • Donors will receive information about the scholarship recipient(s)
  • The Fund will acknowledge both the contributors from each house and the housemates who are being memorialized
  • Current assets of the fund are at least $1,000

Gifts to this fund should be sent to the Smith Fund-Class of 1960 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Make checks out to The Smith Fund and mail to PO Box 340029, Boston MA  62241-0429. Please note the person whom you are memorializing and the name of her House.