Elizabeth Weeks Wallace ’40 died of complications from COVID-19 in Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2020.
Elizabeth was the widow of John Wallace. She spent several years in the 1940s in Mexico City, where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, among others. After pursing a degree at night in library science at Simmons, she spent many years as an information scientist at Kodak, supervising several research libraries before her retirement. She was a strong supporter of Wellesley and an advocate for women’s rights.
She leaves behind her son, Andrés Tapia, of L.A., where she spent her final years; her sister, Estelle; her stepchildren, Anne, Joan, and John; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Andrés Tapia, son
Alice Willard Mackey ’41 died on Jan. 12 in Lexington, Mass.
Curious, sociable, fully engaged to the end, we thought Alice would live forever. Raised in small-town Connecticut, Alice’s world opened up at Wellesley. She was freshman class secretary, performed as a flute soloist, was a member of TZE, and maintained a lifelong engagement with the College.
After a career as an accessories buyer for Jordan Marsh, she married and became a mother in her 40s. She entertained frequently, loved travel, music, and the arts, and was always eager to meet new people. She played the flute into her 90s, created needlework, collected miniatures, and relished her grandchildren. She was charming, elegant, opinionated, and funny. She loved fiercely and was a true friend.
Ann Mackey, daughter
Virginia “Jinny” Reid Bowman ’42 passed away on Feb. 5 in Denver.
Jinny was born on March 25, 1921, and was raised in Montclair, N.J. She graduated from Wellesley with a B.A. in history. She met Joseph Searles Bowman (MIT ’41) on a blind date. They were married on Jan. 9, 1943.
Jinny was so proud that she, an only child, raised by a single parent, produced an extended family of 37. Preceded in death by Joe in 2007, she is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Throughout their lives, Jinny and Joe traveled the globe. Jinny, with her collection of cameras, documented it all.
Catherine Bowman Mumford ’69, daughter
Nadia Marculescu Lacoste ’44 died peacefully in Paris on Feb. 12. Born in Romania, she immigrated to New York in 1941. After graduating, Nadia worked for MGM in Hollywood and later in Paris, where she married Robert Lacoste. Masterfully juggling home and work, Nadia created the press office for the Principality of Monaco in 1956, and oversaw public relations for the principality and royal family for nearly 50 years. In 2008, she was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
Nadia was the president of the Wellesley Club of France for many years. With her enduring sense of humor, positive outlook, and generous spirit—a role model to many—she forged lasting relationships transcending age, race, and nationality. Nadia is survived by her son, Thierry, and two granddaughters.
Fatimah Gilliam ’96,“granddaughter”
Sally Katz ’78, “daughter”
Phyllis Creighton Danby ’46 died on Oct. 23, 2020.
Born in Shanghai on Nov. 5, 1924, and brought up in China and Beirut, she majored in geography at Wellesley. She earned a master’s from McGill, followed by a year in Denmark studying on a Fulbright scholarship. Phyl served the U.S. government as a map maker.
While working at Macalaster College in Minnesota, she met and married an English astronomer, Anthony Danby. They had two children, Colin and Dinah. She and her husband settled in Raleigh, N.C., where she worked in land use planning for the state.
Phyl’s indomitable spirit led her to spend her retirement traveling the globe, delighting in the diversity of the countries and continents she visited. She will be missed.
Mary Jane Foster Hutchinson ’45
Kara “Julie” Weeks Race ’46 died from COVID-19 in Marion, Mass., on Nov. 26, 2020.
Julie entered Wellesley in the footsteps of her mother, Kara Stanley Weeks 1917. Wellesley held a special place in Julie’s heart. Accompanying her to her 70th reunion is a very special memory for me. After graduation, Julie drove cross-country with three classmates. She later earned her master’s degree at Rhode Island College and taught in the New Bedford, Mass., public schools for many years. She started Race Real Estate in Marion, Mass., and was especially proud of helping many young people buy their first homes. Julie was a delightful, fun-loving human being who will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.
Margo J. Moore, daughter-in-law
Margaret “Penny” Penning Arthur ’49 died on Dec. 17, 2020.
Predeceased by her husband, Henry (Hank), Penny is survived by her four children, Jennifer, Alison, Rebecca, and Paul. Penny spent the first 20 years of her married life raising her four children, four dogs, and countless cats, hamsters, gerbils, parakeets, and fish.
With the children out of the nest, Penny received her nursing degree from the Stamford (Conn.) Hospital School of Nursing, winning an award for clinical excellence. She was on the staff of the Stamford Hospital for 12 years, finishing her career as head nurse on a 32-bed surgical unit.
Penny loved animals, language, and words, was an avid reader, and became addicted to watching CNN, Googling anything she could think of, and trying to stump Alexa.
Rebecca Arthur, daughter
Marilyn “Lyn” Sweeney Mavrinac ’49 died on Nov. 29, 2020.
From her years at beloved Wellesley, Lyn was a devoted historian, world traveler, and athlete. A history professor at Colby College, she delved deep into French women’s education. She was in her late 60s when she completed her Ph.D. at Harvard, where she had previously met her husband, Albert Mavrinac, in the 1950s. Lyn was very much her own person who followed her dreams, and a fighter for the underdog. Lyn was not afraid to take stands that others might not agree with, even in times when taking those stands was not always popular. Lyn is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren, and myriad friends and colleagues in Maine and throughout the world.
Emily Mavrinac Hayden, daughter
Carol Johnson ’51, Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA ’57, died on Dec. 11, 2020. Carol founded Carol R. Johnson Associates in 1959. Her notable projects include the U.S. Pavilion at Expo ’67, Montreal, John Marshall Park, Washington, D.C., and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, Cambridge, Mass.
Carol had a passion for the outdoors, biking across Europe with Kitty Pierson ’51, climbing New Hampshire’s 48 peaks over 4,000 feet with her dear friend and partner John Werme, and completing two treks in Nepal. She made annual pilgrimages to Newfound Lake with Margaret Depopolo ’54. An extraordinary cook and gardener, Johnson designed her Cambridge garden for parties, and stories of revelry abound.
Honors awarded Carol include the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, honorary degrees from Wentworth Institute of Technology and Gettysburg College, and Wellesley’s Alumnae Achievement Award.
Andie Elwell and Ginna Johnson, nieces
Jean Davidson Schallenberg ’52 died surrounded by family on Dec. 26, 2020, five months after her sister, Ginger Richards ’49. A physics major and Pomeroy resident, Jean earned her M.A. at Harvard Graduate School of Education, later teaching children of farm workers in California. There, she met and married Bill Schallenberg, and they embarked on sailing adventures across the Pacific. Settling in Hawai‘i to raise children William and Virginia, Jean was a beloved teacher at Hanahau‘oli School. Jean and Bill retired to South Carolina, where she volunteered and cared for family. Jean treasured her multiple family connections to Wellesley, including her mother, Virginia Hearding Davidson ’25, and great-nieces Marney ’21 and Virginia ’22.
Catherine Davidson Wood ’86
Carolyn Demarest Wells ’52 of Shrewsbury, Mass., died on Jan. 9 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. Known to friends and family as Demmie, she majored in French literature at Wellesley and minored in bridge. She and her husband, John “Jerry” Shippen Wells, were married on July 17, 1952. She is survived by her husband, her daughter, Elizabeth Wells Moir, her son, Eric Demarest Wells, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. One niece, Anne Demarest Nelson Apgar, is also a Wellesley alumna, class of ’70.
Eric Wells, son
The Honorable Alice Lee Gilbert ’54 died on Dec. 9, 2020. She said she chose Wellesley because it was the best college possible. After Wellesley, she graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, one of only two women in her class. When she was sworn in as a lawyer in 1957, the requirement was to use her married name. With her husband representing her in court, she sued successfully to retain her maiden name.
A trailblazer, she inspired a host of people she mentored, always paving the way for women. In her career as a judge, she presided over more than 110,000 cases. Family and career held equal importance for her. She is survived by her three children: Gwen, Greg, and Dean.
Lois Burnham Pomeroy ’54
Thelma Goldstein Henry ’55 died on Dec. 5, 2020.
Thelma followed her mother, Geraldine Harris Goldstein ’32, from Buffalo, N.Y., to Wellesley and was followed by her sister-in-law, Harlene Henry Marks ’59, and her daughter, Lynn Henry James ’77.
She was married for 65 years to the love of her life, Leon Henry, whom she met her freshman year and married in 1955. Together, they built a successful direct marketing business, had three daughters (Lynn Henry James, Gail Henry Katz, and Barbara Henry Voudy), and eight grandchildren. They loved opera, theater, gardening, and traveling the world.
Thelma remained friends with her Wellesley roommates, Pearl Ann Levy Schwartz ’55 and Ann Hirsch Sklarin ’55.
Lynn Henry James ’77
Suzanne Heckman John ’55 died suddenly on Jan. 21 in Lexington, Mass. Her husband, her family, and her music were her life. Her talent was recognized early, and she studied flute with members of the Boston and Philadelphia orchestras.
After Wellesley, she played in the BMC Orchestra at Tanglewood, studied music history at Columbia University, taught flute at Phillips Andover Academy, and married Richard John in 1958.
As her children grew, she remained an active musical presence in her community, supporting and playing in local groups and churches, coaching in schools, playing in the Lyricum Quintet for 25 years, and teaching a total of 250 flute students.
Throughout, she continued close contact with her three children and eight grandchildren, maintaining her presence of kindness and love.
Margaret John Baker
Isabelle Clore Plaster ’56
Judith Nagle George ’55 passed peacefully on Jan. 3.
With a lifelong passion for learning, Judy earned an M.Ed. in history and education from the University of Rochester and taught junior high school social studies and in gifted and talented programs. She cherished her Wellesley years. To her delight, a granddaughter also graduated from Wellesley. In 1989, Judy combined her love of teaching, history, and people by becoming coordinator of programs and volunteers at the Jefferson County Historical Society. After retiring, she helped found the North Country Support Group for Juvenile Diabetes (motivated by a grandchild with JD).
Judy was a loyal friend and loving mother, and is deeply missed by her four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Anne George, daughter
Shirley Young ’55 died on Dec. 26, 2020, in New York.
Shirley and I roomed together all four years at Wellesley, in Elms and then in Cazenove. We double dated during our Wellesley years and remained lifelong friends. A month-long tour of China with her was a highlight of our well-traveled life. When her two younger sons were at Dartmouth, we saw one another more often. Don’s dance with Shirley’s 100-year-old mother is etched into memory as well. Shirley’s memorial service with its beautiful music was such a fitting tribute. Shirley became a Wellesley trustee, a Stackpole and an Alumnae Achievement Award recipient, but to me and other ’55ers, Shirley was a dear friend and loyal, supportive classmate who came back for reunions and maintained her college friendships over seven decades.
Abbie Emmons Penfield ’55
Carolyn Amoret Evans ’56 died on Feb. 15 after a brief illness.
Raised in Milwaukee, Carolyn followed her mother (Amoret McDowell Evans ’28) and grandmother to Wellesley, and treasured her college friendships. She raised four children, always found time to volunteer, and doted on her six grandchildren. She worked as the registrar at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management near Chicago, then retired to the Jacksonville Beaches. She found there deep love and companionship with the late Dewey Wade, and true joy and discovery with her writer’s group and photography. She had a zest for life, a firm commitment to culture and good manners, and a remarkable ability to adapt and carry on in the face of adversity and change. We will miss her!
Rick Neal, son
Kathryn Keller Powell ’57 died on Jan. 11 in Oklahoma City.
After graduation, Kathryn returned to her native Oklahoma City, where she married and raised three children. A great storyteller with a wide-ranging sense of humor and a warm laugh, she was also an astute businesswoman, working with her husband before his death and afterward on her own. Family always was important to her; she loved that her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren lived nearby. Although Kathryn and her roommate Linda-Lee Reiss Freeman never saw each other after their June 1957 graduation, they stayed in touch for 63 years through long phone calls every couple of months, to the very end.
Linda-Lee Reiss Freeman ’57
Laura Neuhaus Hansen ’57 died in December 2020.
Transferring from Colby College junior year, Laura majored in English and nurtured a lifelong love of literature and art. She and husband Tom settled in Connecticut, raising two daughters while she played flute in chamber orchestras and practiced part-time social work. Retirement to Sanibel, Fla., brought concerts, volunteerism, an increasing collection of art (especially Native American pottery), and international travel, including Antarctica. A grandson added challenges as they raised him from boyhood Scouts through the complexity of teenage years. Laura steadily maintained her devotion to family, joy in the arts, and her keen intellectualism and gaily optimistic sense of humor.
Jane Douglas Moore ’57
Ruth Morris Keitt ’59 died on Oct. 27, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla., after a long illness borne well. She received her M.S.W. as a family therapist in Gainesville. Ruth became a proficient artist and gardener and hosted retreats for mindfulness meditation. She was a cofounder of Plowshares Community Supported Agriculture. Ruth and Alan moved to Vermont for 13 years as founding members of Cobb Hill Cohousing, an intentional community dedicated to sustainable practices and consensual process. She is mourned by her family and her many clients and collaborators who received her wonderful warmth and wisdom.
Alan Keitt, husband
Frances Jean Wells ’59 passed away on Dec. 7, 2020, at a hospital in Arlington, Va. Jean retired in 2000 after a distinguished career of 27 years as a specialist in economic policy in the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. Earlier she received her M.B.A. from NYU and worked at Bankers Trust and at Wellesley in the Development Office. Jean loved to research a myriad of topics, which she shared in email dialogues. Her laser focus on issues of the world was balanced by her deep loyalty to friends and family, and by the very private grace of a devoted Virginian.
Linda DuPlan Rieke ’59
Mary Lee Bennett Noonan ’59
Frances Coulborn Kohler ’59 died on Feb. 20 in Philadelphia. She graduated with a major in classics, then earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature at Harvard University (1973), while also raising a young family. After several years of teaching at Haverford College, she serendipitously discovered her true calling as a literary editor. She was managing editor of the premier journal of history of science, ISIS (1981–91), and then director of publications for the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. She was a devotee of Iyengar yoga and an excellent cook in several Eurasian cuisines, and, with her husband of 63 years, a sharp-eyed collector of current art. She is remembered by all for her intelligence, good humor, and unfailing kindness and generosity.
Patricia “Patty” Grollman Goldman ’60 died on Jan. 9.
Patty and I were close friends before Wellesley, she from Easton, Pa., and I from Flemington, N.J. Brought together by our mothers, who were girlhood friends, we immediately sensed in each other a true sister eager for the heightened intellectual experience of college life. Roommates, Patty and I went to France for the summer at the end of sophomore year. There, her relationship with Dick Goldman blossomed. The two married in 1959, and at their wedding, I met my husband, Marshall Tutun, a young lawyer in Dick’s father’s firm, which Dick joined. We four stayed friends forever.
Margot Topkins Tutun ’60
Sandy Jackson McCartney ’60 died on March 1 from Alzheimer’s disease. Her decline and passing were shockingly quick. A political science major, she was also a devotee of music. In Cazenove—home for three years—she formed a group of friends who treasured her intellectual energy and personal dynamism. She stimulated a love of opera; she kept us alert to contemporary politics. Her passion for travel, history, and geography fed her successful career as a travel agent; a specialist in trips to remote locations, she was always eager to advise friends of her discoveries. For over 60 years, Sandy showed us how to enjoy life and adventure.
Marjorie Myers Arons-Barron ’60
Eleanor Holcombe Friedman ’62 died on March 5 in Sewickley, Pa., with family at her side. Her mother Vivian (’37), step-grandmother Elizabeth Stauffer (1917), and daughter Jennifer (’85) were also Wellesley alumnae. A force to be reckoned with, Eleanor was named the Sewickley “Woman of the Year” in 2014. She particularly enjoyed serving on the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Board. Eleanor loved to travel. She was a wizard of frequent flier programs and will be remembered by her family for always planning a couple of meals ahead, even and especially while savoring the meal in front of her.
Sarah Brennan and Jennifer Bailey ’85, daughters
Barbara Anne Bloom ’63, who had a gift for enlarging others’ lives, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Dec. 7, 2020.
Barbara’s passion for sharing knowledge led her to tap the skills of her northwest Philadelphia neighbors to launch the Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT), which has helped thousands of people grasp hundreds of topics. Barbara also established a tutoring program at a public elementary school. Barbara is survived by her husband, Robert Rossman, and by MALT. MALT was her child. (Mount Airy Learning Tree, 6601 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119)
Robert Rossman, husband
Mary Elisabeth “Libby” Friermood Franck ’64 died on Nov. 22, 2020, in New York City at home.
Libby was a storyteller. She was active in theater and Shakespeare Society at Wellesley and met her future husband, Herb, when he played her son in a Wellesley production. After receiving her master’s in library science at Simmons, she spent most of her career as a librarian in the Natick school system. For many years, she hosted a local access TV show called Tales from Cricket Corner. For the past 15 years, she worked with the Framingham Historical Society to research remarkable Framingham women and present one-woman shows. She is survived by her twins, Alison and Tom, and her beloved granddaughter, Miranda.
Wendy Snow Love ’64
Elizabeth “Willow” Willoughby Newton Reed ’65 passed away suddenly on Jan. 2.
Willow was active in the local community and family was a priority of love for her. Having lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for over four decades, Willow interacted with many parts of the community. She was a staunch supporter of Community Mediation Services, serving on the board of directors, conducting several types of mediation for parents and children, and leading efforts to secure funding. Willow had also taught biology and worked in the writing center at Roane State Community College. She is survived by her husband, Bob, her two children, Michael and Kate, and her treasured grandson. She is also survived by her beloved siblings, as well as many nephews and nieces.
Lees Newton Stuntz ’67, sister
Judith Tamm ’69 died on Nov. 28, 2020.
Judy’s endearing presence defined her. I had lived elsewhere around the country, but in our Facebook was a classmate from Arkansas. I think she lived in Tower Court East, where we chatted in the lobby during freshman year. She talked about Arkansas. I wore navy blue; she was in colors, in bohemian dresses characteristic of the ’60s. I learned that she loved animals; I considered that on brand. Her brother remembers visiting her on campus and seeing the President’s House, which she compared and contrasted to her dorm. I was saddened to hear that she succumbed to COVID.
Jean Baldwin McLevedge ’69
Cathy Raphael ’70 died on Dec. 22, 2020, in NYC of an illness unrelated to COVID-19. An inveterate city-dweller, she credited Wellesley with helping her make lifelong friends from different backgrounds whom she would visit in Seattle, Maine, London, California, and Maryland/DC over the years. Cathy was long employed by the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. When in retirement she reached her target for retrieving $1 million in unclaimed assets for JASA elderly, her glee was well-deserved. Cathy had a phenomenal memory about things that mattered to her: sports, mysteries, politics, and the fortunes of her friends. With her wry and self-deprecating humor, she was a loyal presence in the lives of absent friends and daily acquaintances alike.
Nancy Waters Ellenberger ’70
Bell Coe ’70
Carla Westlund Montgomery ’72 died on Feb 1.
After graduating from Wellesley, Carla received a master’s from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. from MIT. She married Warren Montgomery in 1973. From 1978 on, she was on the faculty at Northern Illinois University, teaching geology and serving as associate dean of the graduate school and later of liberal arts and sciences. She is the author of several books about geology, including an environmental geology text now in its 12th edition. She was an avid singer, performing in several choral groups. She has received awards for teaching, service to the university and to the profession of geology, and her philanthropy.
Warren Montgomery, husband
Beth Pfeiffer ’73 died of brain cancer at home in Southwest Harbor, Maine, on Dec. 4, 2020.
Warm, kind, smart, and fearless, Beth made you feel as if you were the only other person in the room. During our trips to her beloved Maine, I experienced her active life, outstanding cooking, and love of nature. She valued learning and Wellesley and generously gave back to the school and its students.
After a successful career as a banker and entrepreneur, Beth returned to Wellesley in 2005 to study studio art and begin a new career as a talented printmaker. Supported by her adoring family, she faced her cancer with courage.
Martha Reilly Hinchman ’73
Julie Crofoot Simons ’75 died on Oct. 17, 2020, after beating cancer for 13 years. A music major at Wellesley, she received a master’s in music performance from Emporia State in Kansas. She lived in Topeka with her husband, Tony, raising six sons, teaching piano, and being involved in the community. Julie was remarkable, always seeing things others didn’t. She and I both stayed in Boston for some years after college, visiting often. When she was late meeting me, Julie explained it by saying, “I got on a streetcar named Desire.” Julie was ethereal, and a blessing to the world.
Lisa Blumberg ’74
Maria Cordova ’80 passed away on Nov. 16, 2020, at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Alumnae will remember her gentle, centered character, her sharp intelligence, her kindness, and her authenticity. Her relatively small frame belied incredible strength, which became more evident when she began suffering a rare disease, corticobasal degeneration. She settled in Palo Alto after graduation, where she raised two beautiful sons, Michael and Danny, who looked after her. Hosting Michael’s wedding at her house and the birth of her granddaughter Andya were among her most joyous moments. She shared her life openly and generously with them, her parents, and a community of special friends who were there for her and her family until the end. She leaves a legacy of love and caring.
Alina Matas ’80