Janet Smith Heard ’35 died on June 13.
Janet attributed her longevity (age 102) to good genes, intellectual activity, and staying fit. Always attentive to manners and well-dressed, Janet attended her 75th Wellesley reunion and proudly rode at the head of the alumnae parade in the Model-T Ford. She held many jobs ranging from human resources at Wellesley and Simmons colleges to retailing and insurance. Janet, husband William, and their daughter, Joyce, made their home in Lexington, Mass. She enjoyed bridge, gardening, church activities, and volunteer work for the Lexington Historical Society.
Joyce Heard, daughter
Elinor Griffith Green ’41 passed away peacefully on May 28 in her Los Angeles home. She was 96.
Elinor was a lifelong tennis player, loved to garden, taught elementary school, loved cats, and became a program coordinator at Planned Parenthood. She married James Wood Green, a physics professor, and is survived by two sons, Jim Green III (an architect in Albuquerque, N.M.) and his wife, Gail, and Brent Green (an organization psychologist in Berkeley, Calif.).
Patricia Stone Colandrea ’41 went to be with the Lord on April 1 at the wonderful age of 95, one week away from turning 96. A son and daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, who knew her as “Nanny,” survive her. Gardening and painting were her passions. Macular degenerative eye disease finally ended her painting when she was 93, as well as her driving! Pat continued her education in 1978, receiving her master’s degree. She always spoke of her wonderful years at Wellesley and shared memories of those years with her family.
Gay Cornwell, daughter
Elizabeth Freeman Little Shippee ’42 died on July 12.
My mother grew up in China, where her father rose to become Inspector General of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. She lived in various coastal cities, mastering Chinese dialects along with Western languages, and graduated from Wellesley with a major in ancient Greek. She was proud of her Wellesley heritage (Agnes Little 1912, Lucy Freeman 1897, and Elizabeth Little Cushman 1892), and instilled in my three brothers and me a deep love of learning. One of her last outings was for the 2016 Connecticut primary election, where she proudly voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69. In so doing, she celebrated a woman’s right to vote through the 19th Amendment that was ratified in 1920, the year she was born.
Elizabeth Shippee Boylan ’68, proud daughter
Helen Hasler Bartlett ’44 died on May 20 in Taos, N.M.
Helen was passionate, and she was social. She loved her family and friends, and she was always up for an adventure. Golfing, skiing, tennis, bridge—she was good at all of them. A strong believer in community, she was a member, board member or president of the Mansfield (Ohio) symphony, Planned Parenthood, AAUW, and more. She loved her husband, Ted, and her children and grandchildren. She was an ardent and lifelong supporter of Wellesley and walked with the Wellesley Stride all her life. An intelligent, sharp, and compassionate woman who didn’t miss a thing, Helen will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to be touched by her presence.
Susan Bartlett ’75
Joan “Joby” Bopp Shor ’46 died on Feb. 15.
Joan was the first student accepted to Wellesley without Latin or Greek. She was a freshman in Webb House (in the Vil), played the lead in Letter to Lucerne, and verified that drapes were drawn during air raid drills. She was a psychology major and math minor. She also took extracurricular wartime non-academic courses: theory of flight, photography, first aid, and auto mechanics.
Highlights after Wellesley: travel in Europe shortly after World War II; earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); teaching at Wells College and Connecticut College; marriage to falconer and U.S. Naval Captain S. W. Williston Shor, with whom she edited a falconry magazine; tennis; fishing; two children and five grandchildren.
Molly Shor, daughter
Jane Redding Winter ’46 died on Dec. 4, 2015.
Jane and Bob moved to our street in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, and our families became close friends. The adults’ discussion ranged from poetry to politics, but Jane also had a gift for conversing with children. We spent many evenings playing games and singing to Jane’s rollicking piano accompaniment. She could play almost any song by ear, but one that echoes is “tra-la-lalala, tra-la-lalala, Weeelllllllesley.”
Jane had me pegged for Wellesley from primary school. I applied, impressed by Jane’s pride in her alma mater and her faith that I could succeed there. And I chose Wellesley, thinking, “I want to be like her, and other Wellesley women I know.”
Kathy McCoy Berman ’72
Ruth Weinstein Spiegel ’48 died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2015.
Ruth’s passion for books was the hallmark of her life. She worked at home as a freelance proofreader while raising her family. During these years, Little Brown and the Princeton University Press were among her employers. In 1974, she entered full-time work at the Smithsonian Institution Press, eventually becoming managing editor. Audubon’s Birds was a signal accomplishment of the press during her 27 years there. She retired soon after 9/11, saying, “I am too old to be in the target zone.”
Toward the end of her life, Ruth lived in various nursing homes, but each of them had one thing in common: an entire wall filled with Ruth’s books.
Anne Weinstein Miller ’57
Nancy Frederick Sweet ’49 died on June 16 in Lake Forest, Ill.
Blessed with musical gifts, Nancy loved playing the piano—and in fact, met her future husband, Philip W.K. Sweet, Jr., a Harvard graduate who became chairman and CEO of Northern Trust, while playing songs at Wellesley. They were married 65 years. She enjoyed bridge at the Everglades Club and at the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach, as well as at the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas. She was greatly loved by her three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
David Sweet, son
Jean Mulvey Friedmann ’49 died on July 25 in Princeton, N.J., after a brief illness.
After graduation, Jean worked as an editor for the Macmillan Company Publishers in New York City. In later years, using the pen name Emily Vincent, she was a freelance book reviewer for the Houston Chronicle, Best Sellers, and other publications, and was a long-time editor of Wellesley magazine’s books section. Jean and John raised their three children in New York City, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and Houston, Texas, retiring to Princeton in 1984. Jean was a familiar figure around town, attending many town and university events, and riding her bicycle and swimming until her final illness. Jean was deeply loved and respected by her extended family and friends.
Pamela Friedmann Lowe ’78
Elizabeth “Bobby” Wester Muzzy ’50 died on May 12.
Bobby was a lifelong musician, a dedicated music educator, and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She received her master’s degree in music education at Iowa University, studied in Vienna on a Fulbright scholarship, and became a music teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She later moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., and Madison, Wis., and taught in Madison’s public schools. She played violin in several professional orchestras and was a founding member of the Mnemosyne Quartet. Elizabeth passed along her love of music to her four surviving children and six grandchildren, who miss her dearly.
Carolyn Wulfsberg Giordano ’82, daughter
Eunice Chadwick Canty ’52 passed away on Feb. 18.
Eunice came to Wellesley from Taunton, Mass., where a high-school teacher saw a spark in her and recommended Wellesley as a place where she could thrive. Eunice’s Wellesley years illuminated her life. She had a happy 55-year marriage to George Canty, was a devoted mother to two sons, and an adoring grandmother to five grandchildren. Eunice transmitted her Wellesley experience by always stressing character, education, and volunteering. She had a deep Roman Catholic faith, a lifelong Red Sox allegiance, an ever-present wit, and a great heart.
John Canty, son
Barbara Cabitt Singer ’53 died on July 8.
A sociology and anthropology major, after graduation she worked as a statistician at the Harvard School of Public Health and then as a biostatistician for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Following a whirlwind romance, Barbara and Arnold were married in April 1957 and had a beautiful marriage for 59 years. Together they raised four wonderful kids. She was active in community affairs for the Lynnfield Public Library, Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody, house tours, and various book groups and stock clubs. Barb will be remembered as an excellent listener and conversationalist, an active stock-market enthusiast, a devoted Red Sox fan, a loving wife and mother, and an adoring grandmother.
Barbara Smart Letts ’55 died on Nov. 30, 2015.
After graduation, Barbara married Roger Letts and taught primary school in lower Manhattan. Later, in New Jersey, Barbara taught at and later directed the West Side Nursery School in Ridgewood. Not only her own three children, but all preschoolers, were her passion. Barbara and I reconnected in Guilford, Conn., where the Letts summered and my family lived for four years in the early ’60s. A devoted reader, she always had a list of great books to recommend. She loved tending her Guilford garden and gave smashing parties on “The Rock.” Her many friends will miss her loyalty, wicked sense of humor, and profound love of life. Good-bye, Energizer Bunny; you’re missed.
Connie George Michel ’55
Helen Hansen Patterson ’56 died on Aug. 8 after battling multiple medical problems for several years. She faced each challenge with courage and grace.
Carol “Bunny” Canaday Brown, Helen’s Wellesley roommate, wrote, “Helen and I were perfect complements to each other. We excelled in different ways. Helen was my typist, my organizer, my buddy, and devoted friend. I was a social butterfly and helped her with people relations. We loved and admired each other ever since.”
Helen married her college beau, Robert Patterson. They lived in Green Bay, Wis., where she worked for the Brown County Veterans Office and was active in church and the community.
We mourn the loss of our gentle and generous friend.
Lucy Fowler Klug ’56
Patricia Mines Veit ’56 died on June 29.
Pat was a cherished confidante and friend. She had the warmest smile, the most beautiful carriage, and a maturity that belied her years. She was soft-spoken, witty, open, unfailingly kind and caring. Pat earned a master’s degree in social work and was still counseling clients until months before her death. With Walter, her husband of 56+ years, she enjoyed tennis, skiing, choral singing, bridge (she was excellent!). They traveled extensively and were immersed in the cultural life of New York City. Pat did it all and still managed to be an accomplished homemaker and a devoted mother and grandmother.
Mitzi Drucker Jonas ’56
Susan Hope Slocum Hinerfeld ’57 died on April 30 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Susan is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Robert Elliot Hinerfeld; two sons, Daniel Slocum (Laura Kleinhenz) and Matthew Ben (Nora Jaskowiak); and five grandchildren. Susan was co-author with her father, Milton Jonathan Slocum, of Manhattan Country Doctor, a best-selling memoir of Dr. Slocum’s 34-year medical practice in Hell’s Kitchen (Scribner’s, 1986); she edited Wellesley After-Images (1974); and was a regular book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. Susan was charming, nurturing, and kind. She was adored by all who knew her and loved dearly by her family.
Sally Thomas Pavetti ’58 died on May 16.
Sally is survived by Francis, her husband of 57 years, daughter Leah, and two grandsons. Sally earned her master’s in American history from Yale, enabling her to teach. However, Sally found her calling in the ’60s when she became associated with the O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. She quickly became known as the country’s expert on Eugene O’Neill while working successfully to restore the O’Neills’ family home, the setting for his famous play Long Day’s Journey into Night. Under her tenure as curator, the cottage became a Historic Landmark. Janet Chacran Jasperse ’58 and I shall always miss our best friend, Sally.
Elizabeth Ulman Koenig ’58
Nancy Allman Ainsworth ’64 died peacefully on April 12 in Shelburne, Vt.
My mother said I was the “class baby” and shared many stories of her college years. She became a specialist in mother-infant relationships. Nancy wrote a chapter in the landmark book Child-Infant Bonding by Kennell and Klaus in 1972. She also appeared on the Today Show with Jane Pauley debating the benefit of having siblings attend the birth of their sister or brother. (She was not for the idea.) My mother was also a poet, a painter, a traveler, and singer in a choir. She was a brave adventurer who accomplished what she dreamed. In addition to her two children, she had a grandson so inspired by her stories, who announced that he, too, would attend Wellesley!
Garland Mathy Cantone ’64 died on Jan. 3, 2013.
Garland was my freshman year roommate in Munger. She left Wellesley in our sophomore year but kept up with Wellesley friends. She had a career in retail sales and with Pan American World Airways. She met her husband, Joe Cantone, while on jury duty in New York. They moved back to Northern Virginia to be near her parents. They had a daughter, Julia (Rucker). Garland was a generous and wonderful friend with a great sense of humor. She was a fine graphic artist (her favorite professor was Jim Rayen), played a good game of field hockey, and loved classical music.
Elizabeth L. Young ’64
Janet McCaa ’64 died on June 5.
After graduation, Janet spent the summer of 1964 at my family’s house in Red Hook, N.Y. We were two happy and idle young ladies enjoying a leisurely summer vacation. Janet flew to Manila in 1966 to meet me after my Peace Corps service was over, and we visited 15 countries together, sharing many adventures. In 1971, Janet was one of three survivors of an Allegheny Airlines crash. Her quickness and athleticism allowed her to escape the burning plane, and she needed all her strength to endure the lengthy, painful recovery. Janet was smart, independent, intense, warm, and perceptive. In August 2015, Janet again visited the house in Red Hook, 52 years after our carefree summer, and we were happy talking about our long history together.
Bobbie Rabin ’64
Barbara Bamford Lynyak ’65 died on July 19 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Barbara, my “freshman” (as it was called then) roommate, had many roles: wife, mother, high-school geometry teacher, “white shoe” lawyer, solo law practitioner, community leader, real-estate developer, and international traveler. For me, her most important role was lifelong friend. She was also an inspiration to live life on one’s own terms. Strongly opinionated, if she thought someone or something was ridiculous, she’d say “Foopgaggle!” Her lightning-quick mind could process ideas faster than the rest of ours. Despite her decline in recent years, I choose to remember her as she was most of her life: generous, vibrant, funny, connected, and irreverent.
Carolyn Kott Washburne ’65
Susan Beidler Tabler ’65 died on May 29. She had two daughters, Justin and Gillian.
Susan received her juris doctorate summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1975, after which she joined the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller. She had a distinguished career in labor and employment litigation for 31 years. The second woman partner at the firm, she was a trailblazer for women attorneys. Susan served as a member of the boards of the Indiana Sports Corporation, Cathedral Arts, Julian Center, and the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Alumni Association.
Martha Hammond Kerr ’66 died on July 8.
I heard of Martha’s death from Wellesley. She was probably my best-ever female friend. We would talk, smoke, laugh, cry, get coffee, strategize, compete over crosswords and English papers, party at Harvard and Dartmouth; and we found husbands together. A petite, sparkly, determined woman who could sing, she was sociable, funny, and fun. After college, she stayed quite conventional; I moved left and abroad. We met infrequently over time, but I always expected to see her again. I miss her being in the world.
Karen Seay Slaney ’66
Emine Kiray ’80 died on March 1 after battling cancer with grace and dignity.
She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 1988 from MIT and joined the economics faculty at Wellesley where she taught for many years, specializing in development economics, and was beloved by her students. She left to serve as co-director of Integral Without Borders, an organization dedicated to integrating multiple perspectives in international development. Emine was incredibly smart, but she also exuded warmth, love, passion for life, and her own brand of wry humor. And she loved to dance. She is missed by many.
Leslie Allen ’80
Sophie France Deprez ’89 died on May 4.
After growing up in New Canaan, Conn., attending Brearley School in Manhattan, and graduating from New Canaan High School and Wellesley, Sophie worked in San Francisco before finding her niche in New York in fund-raising. Sophie’s last career move to become director of major gifts at Hunter College was tragically cut short. Youngest of four siblings, Sophie was a devoted mother to 10-year-old Charlie. She expressed her love of music with singing, piano, and flute, and was the life of the party with her infectious wit, contagious sense of adventure, inspiring passion for the arts, and unmatchable joie de vivre.
Jocelyn Deprez, Sophie’s mother
Ulla Charlotta Aronsson Malkus CE/DS ’84 died on July 1 in Falmouth, Mass. She is survived by her son, Per Malkus, three stepchildren, and seven grandchildren.
We bonded as CE/DS students and Scandinavians. Ulla graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She earned an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, teaching both there and at Lesley College.
I loved her compassion, grace, and fierce loyalty, her love for her family, and her intellectual curiosity. We biked miles in Falmouth, talking all the way; in time, we could have settled the world’s problems. It was my privilege to be her friend.
Inger Nielsen CE/DS ’92