In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Marcia Lane Feakes ’45 died in her Worthington, Mass., farmhouse on May 26, 2018.

A true Valentine, Marcia was born on Feb. 14, 1924. She shared many fond memories of college life at Wellesley during the war. She went on to study public health at the University of North Carolina. An avid reader with a keen, inventive mind, she pursued a life of education, travel, politics, and gardening. No one loved a lively political debate more than Marcia. She treasured her beautiful perennial garden at the farm, a legacy she passes on to her children and her husband, Frank. She is deeply missed.

Lyn Feakes, daughter

Joy Bailey Osborne ’50 died on Sept. 29, 2018, at her home in Monterey, Calif., peacefully, of natural causes.

After earning her Wellesley chemistry degree, Joy worked in research labs in her native Cleveland for eight years before moving to California, where she went on to earn a master’s in biology. She fell in love with the ecosystems of the California coast and made the Monterey Bay area her permanent home. There, Joy put her scientific knowledge to work in support of conservationist causes, serving for more than 30 years as a docent for Pt. Lobos State Reserve. She was well known among Wellesley alumnae in her area for her work with the club’s annual book sale.

Nancy Joy Allchin, niece

Leticia “Letty” Ramos Shahani ’51 died on March 20, 2017.

I was a Munger friend of Letty’s. When she died, I contacted the Philippine Consulate and learned there was a memorial planned in her honor. I attended. Most of the speakers had known her through bureaucratic contacts. I spoke in particular about her life at Wellesley, where she had been obsessed with the poetry of Coleridge and Wordsworth. Many listeners seemed quite moved to learn of her complexity.

A short documentary showed her in her country residence, where among other retirement pursuits, she was overseeing cattle breeding. She seemed very happy. I always felt her Wellesley education helped her reconcile her complexities.

Mary Evans Richie Smith ’51

Anita Aspen ’52 died on June 25, 2018.

After Wellesley, Anita earned both her master’s and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Tufts. She worked at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Illinois, the St. Louis Medical School, and later at the Worcester (Mass.) Foundation for Experimental Biology. In the 1980s, she became a health information technologist, working in this field until she retired in 2016 after a 60-year, multifaceted career.

Anita also enjoyed researching local history and the history of the women’s movement. She remained connected to Wellesley, and family events were often celebrated at the College Club. She will be missed.

Deborah Aspen, niece
Richard Aspen, nephew

Phyllis Smith Tezer ’55 died on Oct. 29, 2018.

I first became friends with Phyllis when we were sophomores in Munger. After we graduated, Phyllis taught English in Istanbul, where she met her husband of 62 years, Cafer Tezer. They raised two sons while working in Turkey, Iran, and Italy, before settling in Dana Point, Calif. Phyllis and I resumed our friendship at our 50th reunion. We visited Phyllis and Cafer often, sharing what they loved—their ocean vista, their garden, walks by the water, and discussions of world events. Phyllis, with her inquisitive mind, her writing and linguistic skills, her graciousness, and her unflappable nature, was a dear friend for all seasons of life.

Cathie LaGuardia Petersen ’55

Bernice Ann “Boots” Wilson Munsey ’56 died at her home in Leesburg, Va., on Nov. 23, 2018.

Boots had a lifelong devotion to political activism, education-rights advocacy for those with special needs, and to friends and family. She volunteered for numerous campaigns while pursuing appropriate education for a daughter with special needs. Her work contributed greatly to passage of legislation in Virginia and nationally that secured rights and access for special-needs populations. She turned to educational counseling, earning a master’s degree and a doctorate. Boots is survived by her husband, Everard, four children, seven living grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Everard Munsey, husband

Lynn English Ritchie ’65 died peacefully on Aug. 31, 2018, at her home in Hexham, England.

Following her childhood in Summit, N.J., graduation from Wellesley, and a year working in the State Department in Beirut, Lynn landed in Newcastle, England. There she raised two daughters and married her second husband, Chris Potter, her true soulmate. Working as an archivist at Newcastle University, Lynn did pioneering research on Gertrude Bell, a 19th-century English traveler and writer who was one of the architects of the modern Middle East. Lynn contributed to articles, a biography, and a Hollywood film about Bell. Lynn was beloved by all who knew her. We will miss her lilting voice, easy smiles, and perpetual optimism. Her generous spirit lives on in our hearts and minds.

Suzy Russell Strauss ’65
Suzi Flaxman Greenman ’65

Mary Virginia “Ginny” Neil Donahue ’66 died on July 13, 2018.

Ginny will be remembered as an enthusiastic alumna, class officer, and reunion organizer (not to mention a lead in our junior show).

After college, Ginny volunteered and then taught in the Maryland public schools, instructing a generation of students in English composition. Ginny had a lifelong curiosity about music, books, politics, and travel. She was especially known for her razor-sharp wit. She is survived by her husband, Jay, four sons, and six grandchildren.

A loan fund has been established in her name at the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society.

Amy Bright Unfried ’66
Melissa Fox ’66
Ann Gilbert Wylie ’66
Judith Peller Hallett ’66
Paula Thomsen Dalessio ’66
Henry, John, Matthew, and Mark Donahue

Kathryn Whitehead Tohir ’81 passed away on June 24, 2018.

My mother was the true embodiment of a Wellesley woman—ambitious, kind, and ever curious. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she had a successful legal career, but her proudest years were those spent being a full-time wife, mother, and volunteer in New Canaan, Conn. Wellesley was a treasured part of her identity—she was a devoted alumna and maintained close relationships with her Severance friends until her final days.

Her Wellesley spirit continues to live on through myself (’14), her sister, Nancy (’80), two nieces (’14 and ’21), and her beloved Wellesley friends. Her wit, humor, intelligence, and generosity will be missed by all.

Emily Tohir ’14, daughter

Ruth Scott CE/DS ’83 passed away in Wellesley, Mass., on Sept. 12, 2018, after a long illness.

Ruth began at Alderson Broaddus College but later transferred to Wellesley. Her hard work and dedication were rewarded with a membership to Phi Beta Kappa, and again in 1983 when she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in philosophy. Ruth then earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She worked at Hale and Dorr, then served the City of Boston as special corporation counsel. Ruth then joined the administration of Massachusetts Governor Weld, serving as associate general counsel of the division of capital planning and operations. She retired in 1997.

Arnold Scott

Betty Lou Marple died on Nov. 25, 2018.

From 1970 to 1980, Betty Lou was director of the Continuing Education program (CE), now the Continuing Education/Davis Scholar Program (CE/DS). Betty Lou’s love for learning showed in her 40 years working in higher education, but also in the degrees she earned: a Vassar B.A., a Harvard Ed.M., a Boston College Ph.D., and a Northeastern University M.B.A. She was a warm, elegant woman students remember for unhesitatingly clearing the way for their successes. Her generous heart still gives in the form of the Betty Lou Marple Continuing Education Scholarship Fund.

Katie Slezas Durant CE/DS ’11


Jeanne Sincoff Theodore, Sept. 15, 2018


Blanche Curtis Hubbard, Aug. 25, 2018


Betty Anderson Barnes, Nov. 1, 2018

Jane Kohn Wallerstein, Sept. 17, 2018


Ellen Libby Lawrence, Oct. 16, 2018


Elizabeth Boardman Baer, Oct. 2, 2018


Frances Gray Pellegrini, Jan. 27, 2015


Lorna Cooke de Varon, Oct. 6, 2018


Carolyn Merriam Brown, Nov. 10, 2017


Sylvia Bisguier Prival, Oct. 10, 2018
Mary-Alice Ewing Raymond, Sept. 16, 2018


Christine Curtis Leibbrand, July 24, 2018
Miriam Jolley Spencer, Oct. 20, 2018
Marjorie Lent Garrard, Nov. 10, 2018
Louise North Gray, Nov. 27, 2018
Avis Thomson Schmul, Sept. 30, 2018


Jean Marie Jacobsen Wildern, March 17, 2014
Rutherford Lowry Moore, June 27, 2018
Sarah Jane Ramsey Crosby, Oct. 30, 2018


Margaret Batson Christensen, July 3, 2018
Constance Kruger Carter, Sept. 27, 2018
Gloria Miller Davis, Sept. 22, 2018
Josephine Ott, Oct. 20, 2018
Patricia Paul LaFave, Oct. 20, 2018


Barbara Caseley Brodie, July 24, 2018
Jann Goehner Packard, Nov. 22, 2018
Ruth Roberts Cheswick, Nov. 16, 2018
Joan Wilson Hoogesteger, Aug. 27, 2018


Martha Cheek Rudd, Sept. 15, 2018
Sarah Chivvis Willcockson, June 16, 2014
Jennette Cook Jones, Aug. 31, 2018
Jean Titchener Schmid, Sept. 21, 2018


Joy Bailey Osborne, Sept. 29, 2018
Charlotte Deitrick Sidler, Sept. 5, 2018
Mary Gibson Nold, Sept. 4, 2018
Alice Macpherson Ryan, Oct. 11, 2018
Elizabeth Patterson Gardner, Sept. 25, 2018
Barbara Powell, Oct. 1, 2018
Helen Thomas Marchman, Sept. 30, 2018
Jean Wilcox Robb, Oct. 3, 2018


Carol Crockett Meech, Sept. 12, 2018
Joan Klinger Stadler, July 28, 2018
Alberta Mills Nelson, Dec. 4, 2018
Nancy Riebel Snow, Sept. 17, 2018


Anita J. Aspen, Sept. 8, 2018
Helen-Jane Bergen Taichert, Sept 17, 2018
Janet Cox-Rearick, Nov. 27, 2018
Mary Jane Goff Knipmeyer, Oct. 9, 2018
Caroline Hastings Goering, Oct. 27, 2018
Elizabeth Hayden Janssen, Dec. 2, 2018
Dorothy McCann Preston, Oct. 29, 2018
Dorothy Romonek Sherwood, Nov. 8, 2018
Suzanne Thompson Williams, Sept. 2, 2018
Barbro Westerberg Wendt, July 28, 2016
Nancy Whitford Dudding, June 10, 2018


Natalie Kaplan Gendler, Nov. 9, 2018
Virginia Moses Neal, Nov. 23, 2018


Alison Campbell de Frise, Oct. 26, 2018
Jane Sisson Sibley, Nov. 11, 2018


Lynn De Groff Lafferty, Nov. 11, 2018
Audrey Gray Federbush, Oct. 21, 2018
Phyllis Smith Tezer, Oct. 29, 2018


Jane Moss Richey, Nov. 29, 2018
Virginia Ridley Ellis, Oct. 18, 2018
Diane Weeks Cavers, Aug. 14, 2018
Bernice Wilson Munsey, Nov. 23, 2018


Janet Gorman Graham, Sept. 17, 2018
Harriette Upham Brown, Oct. 25, 2018


Sharon Christie Wade, Nov. 10, 2018
Adrienne L. Pauly, Nov. 4, 2018


Margaret W. Jennison, Oct. 27, 2018


Ruth C. Lord, May 16, 2018


Ann Batsford Hohl, March 10, 2015
Joan Marx, Oct. 15, 2018


Marian Willard Blackwell, Nov. 27, 2018


Sarah Bamford Pelot, Oct. 27, 2018


Dorothy Kieffer Maffett, Aug. 1, 2018
Mary Ann Radner Pike, March 7, 2015


Elizabeth Carpenter, Oct. 28, 2018
Lynn E. Ritchie, Aug. 31, 2018


Gabrielle Hamlin Andres, Oct. 20, 2018
Penelope Johnson Wartels, Feb. 13, 2015
Katherine Kolb, Nov. 16, 2018


Sandra L. Cano, June 18, 2018


Judith Rogers Schiff, Oct. 8, 2018


Ellen Armstrong Kanarek, Nov. 22, 2018


Claire Moore Dickerson, Sept. 2, 2015


Dorothy L. Cheney, Nov. 9, 2018


Jane Hinkle, Oct. 21, 2018


Marilyn L. Nichols, Nov. 29, 2018


Laura Schall Gouillart, Nov. 15, 2018


Barbara Adelman Carmen-MacDonald, Oct. 30, 2018
Barbara A. Horwitz, Sept. 9, 2018


Althea Jones, March 25, 2013


Susan A. Denker, Feb. 12, 2016
Lily H. Ling, Oct. 1, 2018


Jane Burgess Fitting, Aug. 3, 2018


Ruth M. Scott, Sept. 12, 2018


Norma Laurenzi, Nov. 16, 2018

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