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Her Northrop House roommate, Mary Tison Wheeler, wrote that Cathy Fey Daumit died of lung cancer at her home in Hawaii surrounded by her family, that more will be in the Summer 2018 Smith Alumnae Quarterly, and that she is sorely missed by her Northrop pals. Her major was Hispanic Studies, she has also lived in Saint Louis, MO. Online searches found an engagement notice but no obit. Please contact Irene Stiefel Starr if you know more.
By Kent Spriggs
Frances Jane (Francie, Fran) Hailman (1939-2013), formerly of Bethesda, Maryland, died peacefully at her home in California on June 24. She was a Mayflower descendant, born in Washington, DC, and was a graduate of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Class of 1957, where she served as secretary of the National Honor Society, sang in the choir, was active in the Student Government Association, and played sports. She attended Smith College for three years and finished her B.A. in 1971 at the University of California at Berkeley, where she subsequently also earned a Master’s degree in English. In 1996, she received a Ph.D. in Consciousness Studies from Summit University of Louisiana. Frances became a successful hypnotherapist, whom one client credited with saving her life by sustaining her through a breast cancer ordeal. Eventually Frances became a certified instructor of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and opened her own school in 1979 in Berkeley called the Intuitive Hypnosis Institute. Here she trained thousands of hypnotherapists over the next 20 years, and also maintained a successful private practice as a hypnotherapist. One person she trained called her the world’s best hypnotist instructor. Health problems forced her to close her school and retire from private practice in 1999. Frances was a gentle, well liked person who will be mourned by many loyal friends. She was also an animal lover who had always kept a large dog until late in life. A talented writer, she wrote extensively both prose and poetry, which she rarely shared with others. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the not-for-profit National Guild of Hypnotists, P.O. Box 308, Merrimack, NH 03054-0308. These donations will be used by the Guild to establish the Frances J. Hailman Scholarship Fund, to assist Guild members in receiving training. Frances is survived by a brother Jack Hailman of Jupiter, FL, nephew Karl and his three children of Madison, WI, and nephew Eric and his two children of Lexington, MA.
From: Liz Weingarten, a Tyler housemate
We are sad to report the recent death of our Tyler House classmate, Mary Woodson Crowell, who died peacefully after combatting a long and debilitating illness, on July 27, 2016, in Pittsfield, MA. Mary was smart, funny, loyal and generous to all of her many friends. She gathered around her diverse people from all areas of her life, and she never lost contact with any of them. She found something interesting in everyone she met; and they loved being with her. Mary had a virtual photographic memory and she became the repository of the personal histories of her close friends. We often laughed about the fact that we would lose our ‘autobiographies’ if she pre-deceased us.
Mary, and her husband, neurosurgeon Robert Crowell, loved to travel which they did extensively. She spent many summers in Santa Fe and on Kiawah Island, SC. After she was no longer able to travel, Mary continued her popular dinner parties which were always made up of a very eclectic group of guests. Although Mary spent her last two years at Rice University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, her loyalties remained to Smith College. She returned to Smith for her reunions and was always one of the volunteers. She frequently gathered Tyler House classmates at her Berkshire home for pre- reunion gatherings. Mary was the only child of Grace and Benjamin Woodson, of Houston, Texas. She is survived by her loving husband Bob Crowell, her two children, daughter Jennifer, son John Dennis and his wife Tracy, and two granddaughters, Grace and Olivia.
From: Julian Yudelson <JEYBBU@rit.edu> Aug 31, 2015
B.J. (Heyman) Yudelson died peacefully at home on Aug, 8, 2015. B.J. forbade the use of “struggle,” “fight” or “died of” in her obituary. She lived with cancer until cancer could no longer let her live.
B.J.’s Memoir “With an Outstretched Arm: A memoir of love and loss, family and faith.” traces her journey from the Southern classic Reform Judaism she took to Smith to her Modern Orthodox resting place. She documented her journey with cancer on Caringbridge.org/bjyudelson. She lived life to its fullest, going for a canoe paddle ten days before she died.