Alumnae Memorials

Alumnae Memorials

Margaret “Peggy” Ould Bell Craig ’40, M.A. ’41, died on April 24 at the age of 99. She was a Durant Scholar, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a master’s degree in physical education and kinesiology. After raising four daughters with her husband, Fred, in Mountain Lakes, N.J., they enjoyed many happy retirement years in Rhode Island near the ocean. Peggy was a devoted wife and mother who was an unfailing supporter of her family. She had a lively and independent spirit, loved to laugh, and always had a smile on her face.

Suzanne Craig and Debbie Merrick, daughters

Alathena Smith Kasten Miller ’42 died in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on April 23 at age 99. She was one of nine proud Wellesley women in her family, including her mother, sister, and granddaughter. Alathena studied psychology and was crowned May Day Queen her senior year. At 24, she contracted polio and was paralyzed from the waist down, but that didn’t stop her from exploring the world in a wheelchair. Alathena was a travel agent, specializing in exotic, luxury travel. She traveled around the world five times, twice alone, and often connected with Wellesley alumnae along the way.

Alathena Byrne Johnson ’00, granddaughter

Jane Kennedy Kimmey ’44 died on Nov. 15, 2017. We were married 74 years.

Jane had four children, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She kept a daily diary all four years at Wellesley, as well as during my two years overseas in the U.S. Army and all 74 years of our married life. Her motto was “Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind.”

John Kimmey, husband

Patricia Slensby Jandl Jones ’51 died on April 25.

Pat served Wellesley in many capacities. She was a founding member of the Wellesley Tupelos, an art scholar, leading docent of the Davis Museum, class president 2001–06, and reunion chair for our 65th.

A distinguished member of the Wayland Garden Club, she gave selflessly to her community and college, although her large family was her first priority, never far from her thoughts and attention.

Close behind came the rest of us, blessed to have had a share in her life. At her service, a grandchild quoted, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?” Well, we did, for a while.

Patricia Cox Mansfield ’51
Ann Williamson McGovern ’51

Marilyn Cohen Levey ’52 died on Aug. 8.

Marilyn and I were roommates, first in Noanett in the Vil, then in Claflin. An art history major, Marilyn participated in numerous clubs while maintaining a superior academic record. She was an ideal companion—thoughtful, bright and fun. Coincidentally, while at Wellesley, we both met the men we subsequently married. Despite my move to the West Coast, we kept up with one another, and enjoyed being together at reunions. After graduation, Marilyn remained in the Boston area, where she raised her family and worked in interior design. She was quite proud of her connection to Wellesley and imbued her children with the importance of education and family.

Edith Lamm Piness ’52 with Brian Levey, son

Carol Foisie Luckett ’56 died peacefully on Aug. 4 in her home in Raleigh, N.C. She graduated with a degree in zoology and raised two children in Texas and North Carolina. She is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She inspired me to attend Wellesley by teaching me how to roll her hoop in the driveway. Throughout her life, Carol loved skiing, gardening, playing tennis, and keeping up with her Wellesley friends. She spoke fondly of her time in what was then the newly opened Bates Hall.

Maggie Thompson ’08, granddaughter

Nancy Clark Curtin ’57 died on July 22. She was the loving wife for 60 years of John Curtin, Jr., loving mother of Maura Lundie, Margaret Begley, and John Curtin III, and grandmother to Ainsley, Nathaniel, Clark, Jack, Carter, Charlotte, and Colton. She had a keen intellect, a fabulous sense of style, a never-ending pursuit of perfection, a broad range of interests, and a deep, abiding faith. Thirty-two years after she graduated from Wellesley, she received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law. She was an indefatigable volunteer for countless charities in Houston and Boston, a passionate gardener, a true friend to many. For a complete obituary, visit

John Curtin III, son

Harriett “Hat” Spalding Hanchett ’57 passed away in her second home in Grosse Ile, Mich., on April 18, with her daughter Susan Hanchett Reaume, her husband of 55 years, James Hanchett, three beloved cats, and one dog at her bedside. She spent the last 30 years of her working life leading the business office of the Chapin School as assistant treasurer, where she was much admired and respected for her dedication to the school, its students, and its faculty. Hat will be remembered by friends and family for her great warmth and wit, her fervor for all critters, her love of cooking, and her endless capacity for kindness.

Susan Hanchett Reaume, daughter

Victoria George Myers ’60 died on May 27.

Her junior year, Vicki married Barton Myers. While Barton was stationed in England in the Air Force, Vicki attend the Royal College of Music in London, and later completed her music degree at the University of Pennsylvania, while Barton studied architecture. Working in partnership with Barton, Vicki served as the C.F.O. of Barton Myers Associates, first in Toronto, then Los Angeles, and finally Santa Barbara. She pursued her love of music and gardening her entire life.

Vicki is survived by her husband, her daughter, and two grandchildren. She will be missed terribly.

Barton Myers, husband

Anne Elder McCormack ’65 died on July 28.

My first memory of Anne was of her talking a distressed classmate back from a jump out the window. This was well before becoming a Bible major or a lifelong Presbyterian.

Anne, despite being bedridden from back trouble when we stopped by with our newborn Christine, had a big smile while holding our baby. How wonderful to have a Wellesley friend nearby!

Recent memories are of dinner at the San Francisco Yacht Club, where Anne worked running the sailing program. Impressive were tales of Anne and Hal’s sailing in races and delivering boats to distant ports.

Betsy Wanner Bikle ’65

Kathie Manly Bell ’71 died on July 9 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Kathie, who followed her mother to Wellesley, was from Raleigh, N.C. Sophomore year, she roomed with Jessie Thompson Krusen (whose mother also went to Wellesley) from Richmond, Va., and May Taylor Hollis from Atlanta. Their room in the Crow’s Nest in Severance was known as the “Southern Triple.” When confronted with a decision to study or play, Kathie always said, “It’s the good times you’ll remember!” Sadly, Kathie transferred to the University of North Carolina, but always kept up with her Wellesley friends. She even attended our graduation. Her graciousness, style, and vibrancy will be missed by many.

May Taylor Hollis ’71

Katharine Brigham ’72 died on March 11.

In 1968, Munger seemed like the back of beyond, and its isolation from other dorms probably played a role in the bonds we newcomers formed quickly, including with Kathy. But it’s at the suite we had the following year that I remember Kathy most vividly. My favorite memory is when she and I started spontaneously quoting A. A. Milne at each other, which had us both laughing. I feel lucky to have had dinner with Kathy a couple of years ago, and our conversation picked up where we’d left off—that early friendship was still alive.

Sheila Connolly ’72

Doreen Foti McCormick ’74 died in her home in London on July 2.

Doreen was known as a chic, fun-loving, and street-smart classmate with intellectual ambition. She grew up in East Boston and came to Wellesley with the aid of a scholarship. She earned her master’s at Tufts and married Barry, an Englishman studying at MIT. Shortly afterwards, they moved together to England. Doreen had a distinguished career as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, working with children facing traumatic illnesses. Her son Gavin writes: “Her approach was to ask what she could do now, that was good for those around her—and to get on and do it.” She leaves Barry and sons Gavin and Hugh and their families.

Barbara Schwartz Garlock ’74
Charlotte Hanna ’74

Mary Lucinda “Cindy” Wight ’75 died on Feb. 10.

Cindy left Wellesley after two years and stayed officially “lost,” but not to her Munger friends. Other dorms had cachet; ours was the “Island of Misfit Toys.” Marooned, we spent hours talking, smoking, and singing with Dylan about “Miss Lonely” “from the finest schools.” Cindy stood out: floppy hats, Indian skirts with cigarette burns—and sharp intelligence for history and math. After a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A from the University of Texas, Cindy became a computer consultant, traveling widely with her well-matched husband, Langston Harris, and settling in Brunswick, Maine. We remember her incisiveness, her laughter—sudden, bright—and her great compassion.

Pat Mayer ’75
Clare Novak ’75
Josephine Garrett ’75
Melissa Ennen ’75

Deirdre Irene Kennedy ’81 died on March 17.

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Dee carried on with her work to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Dee was a wise and generous spirit, her persona modest and unassuming. Outside of work, only family and close friends knew about her remarkable accomplishments and contributions in the fields of criminal justice and domestic violence. Kevin Cullen, a Pulitzer-winning journalist, wrote a wonderful tribute in the Boston Globe titled, “Dee Kennedy saved victims of domestic violence, and families.”

Connections at Wellesley run far, wide, and deep. I am forever grateful that Dee was my freshman-year roommate. Her friendship was like a compass, always pointing True North. I miss her deeply.

Juana Ham ’81

Kari Steinsvaag ’85 died from cancer on April 8.

Kari was my dear friend and freshman roommate. After Wellesley, she attended Fordham law school. She practiced law for a few years, but ultimately decided not to continue. Kari traveled extensively in France, the U.K., Sweden, Spain, and the U.S. She eventually moved to the Denver area, where my family and I live. Here, she pursued skiing with a passion. She became an expert skier, regularly skiing a minimum of 100 days a year! Many Wellesley friends traveled to Colorado to rally by her side during her illness. Kari was a great woman who lived life fully and on her own terms. She was an incredible person and loyal friend.

Lucia Desiderio Meske ’85

Alison Jones Burner ’86 passed away on May 24 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Alison is the beloved daughter of Judith Gaillard Jones ’60 and cherished sister of Lawry Jones Meister ’83. Loving memories of Ali in college and beyond bring thoughts of her compassion, wit, cheeky laugh, intelligence, and stellar cooking—such happy times. After Wellesley, Ali obtained her master’s in education from Harvard and then worked to help other students achieve success at educational nonprofits, living our College’s motto. However, her pride and joy were her husband and family. In recognition of her love of Wellesley and commitment to students in need, a Wellesley scholarship fund has been created, the Alison Jones Burner ’86 Scholarship Fund.

Tina Choe ’86

Isabelle Nel M.S. ’47 died on April 20.

Isabelle will be remembered as a phenomenal woman who endlessly strove to focus on women and physical education in South Africa since the early 1940s. She was the first woman in South Africa to achieve a doctoral degree in physical education, be appointed as full professor in physical education, and serve as acting head of the physical education department at a South African university. She was also the first South African woman to serve on the executive board of an international association of physical education. We salute you and shall cherish your memory.

Doreen Solomons
Edith Katzenellenbogen
Beatrice Wiid

Millicent Earls, an administrative secretary for the director of pre-med students in the Career Center from 1979 to 1992, died suddenly on April 7. She was 88 years old. Millicent and her husband, the late Robert Earls, had retired to Cape Cod after she left Wellesley. There, she was active in church and community activities and was a docent and board member at the Centerville Historical Society. She always cherished her time at Wellesley, particularly the friendships with her coworkers and contact with so many talented students.

Alan R. Earls, son


Mary Simpson Smart, June 10, 2019


Barbara Ford McCuiston, March 30, 2019


Margaret Bassett Stern, July 4, 2019
Elizabeth Fanck Strassmann, April 24, 2019
Katharine Sickels Hayes, April 29, 2019
Alathena Smith Kasten Miller, April 23, 2019


Mary Buck Smith, June 13, 2019
Pauline M. Callahan, July 22, 2019
Jeanne Hammond, May 1, 2019


Jane Burrage Franklin, April 23, 2019
Joan Davenport Lee, Aug. 14, 2019
Claire Freedman Lober, May 21, 2019
Edith Gray Earle, April 26, 2019
Barbara Lotz Donnelly, July 28, 2019


Hildegard Bair Lewis, July 18, 2019
Helen Hagopian, April 29, 2019
Doris King Brubaker, June 5, 2019
Virginia King Delano, June 20, 2019


Virginia Guild Watkin, April 14, 2019
Diana Hawkes Beuttas, April 3, 2019
Phyllis Rosenthal Sands, July 2, 2019
Anne Thurman Gibbs, May 5, 2019


Mary B. Chevallier, Sept. 28, 2018
Diana Harriss Higgins, Dec. 5, 2016
Virginia Major Thomas, April 23, 2019
Isabelle Nel, April 20, 2019
Jean Rowland Haffenreffer, June 2, 2019


Geraldine Coates Noble, June 26, 2019
Marjorie Glassman Lipsky, Aug. 26, 2019
Priscilla Ham Alexander, Aug. 17, 2018
Patricia Siegbert Wolfston, Aug. 2, 2019
Patricia Sollitt Denny, May 9, 2019
Judith Tarcher Krantz, June 22, 2019


Margaret E. Eighmey, July 28, 2019
Margot Hoey Crothers, May 30, 2019
Content Kelly Morse, Aug. 3, 2019
Barbara Miller Brown, July 28, 2019
Amalie Moses Kass, May 19, 2019
Becky Schultz Mayer, Jan. 6, 2018
Fern Schoonmaker Ingersoll, Jan. 22, 2019


Ellen Beardslee Mellen, May 5, 2019
Myra Bloch Low, April 14, 2019
Lois Goldman Friedman, April 27, 2019
Alex MacNutt Usher, July 11, 2019
Eleanor Pope Ammen, Aug. 5, 2019
Lucie Whitehead Bourne, April 25, 2019
Mary Witcher Athens, Aug. 7, 2019


Susan Brailove, July 6, 2019
Barbara Bruning Silge, April 20, 2019
Meredith Cushman Ransohoff, June 25, 2019
Patricia Slensby Jones, April 25, 2019
Margaret Stever Hjelm, June 7, 2019


Marilyn Cohen Levey, Aug. 8, 2019
Phyllis Seltzer Lachs, March 1, 2019
Eleanor Teel Fischer, Aug. 15, 2019
Priscilla Travers Ryan, June 11, 2019


Claire Clark Bennitt, May 5, 2019
Marianne Hamilton Durgin, Aug. 17, 2019
Barbara Polancer Feldstein, May 13, 2019
Lenore Weiser Laupheimer, April 28, 2019


Ginny Angevine Fuller, June 29, 2019
Ann Bachrach Borner, April 30, 2018
Mary Katz Burack, June 1, 2019
Sara Sackett Eick, May 19, 2019
Margaret Smith, July 28, 2019


Caroline Foisie Luckett, Aug. 4, 2019
Beth Smith Horton, Aug. 5, 2019


Nancy Clark Curtin , July 22, 2019
A.J. Fleet Dickey, Aug. 3, 2019
Vitaline O’Connell O’Toole, April 19, 2019
Anne Roberts Marden, July 3, 2019
Harriett Spalding Hanchett, April 18, 2019


Ellen Brooks Baldwin, July 2, 2019
Heather Ogilvy Hutchinson, Aug. 5, 2019
Diane Sze Wei, June 12, 2019


Joan Davis Wheeler, June 12, 2019
Karen G. Hart, Aug. 26, 2019


Victoria George Myers, May 27, 2019


Elizabeth Brenner Younggren, April 27, 2019


Corinne “Cokie” Boggs Roberts, Sept. 17, 2019
Sally Levitt Steinberg, Feb. 27, 2019


Anne Elder McCormack, July 28, 2019


Deborah Davis Caughron, April 18, 2019
Sandra Johanson Meslow, May 10, 2019


Joyce Davidson Daughaday, May 23, 2019
Carolyn Lopes Barkley, May 12, 2013


Susan Schneider Riggins, June 22, 2019


Katherine Manly Bell, July 9, 2019


Doreen Foti McCormick, July 2, 2019
Ann Hart Ramish, May 19, 2019


Marisa R. Shanstrom, Sept. 8, 2018


Ellen E. Banach, April 30, 2019
Kari A. Steinsvaag, April 8, 2019


Alison Jones Burner, May 24, 2019


Florence Byron, July 19, 2019


Melissa Macke Raz, April 14, 2019


Solace R. Duncan, May 21, 2019

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