Remembering classmates who have passed on
KARANEK, Ellen Armstrong of Princeton, NJ passed away on November 22, 2018 of complications of Chacot-Marie-Toth disease and pneumonia. Ellen was a member of the Baker Group, managing the design and analysis of constituent surveys since the firm’s founding in 1999. With an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a MS and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ellen’s worked as the Registrar and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Rider University, as a Research Analyst at the Rutgers University Office of Educational Policy Studies, and as Vice President of Applied Education Research in Princeton, NJ.
On a personal level, Ellen was an avid baker, providing more than a thousand dozen cookies each Christmas, and devotee of music, including singing professionally and working tirelessly for the American Boychoir School in Princeton. Ellen is survived by her husband, Mike, her sons Derek, Graham, and William, and her father, Rev. Dr. Richard Armstrong.
MacBETH, JoAnn Engelke of Washington, D.C. passed away at home on August 5, 2018. JoAnn graduated from Columbia Law School in 1975, and applied her legal skills on Capitol Hill on the Equal Rights Amendment and as a partner at the law firms Onek, Klein, & Farr, and Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where she represented organizations of mental health professionals and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. She worked as Corporate Secretary at National Cathedral Association.
She is survived by her children, Hampden Theodore Macbeth and Cullen Oakes Macbeth and her sister, Susan Shepard. Her husband of 42 years, Angus Macbeth, predeceased her in 2017. As reported by Joseph Gawlerr's Sons, Funeral Directors, 8/6/2018. View her obituary here.
TROLAND, Mary Bower of Washington DC died January 31, 2018. Mary Bower graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond in 1966 (as that year's June Scholar), Wellesley College in 1970, and the University of Montana School of Law in 1975 (again, first in her class). She clerked for Judge Tamm of the D.C. Circuit and worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee before moving to the Justice Department, where she served for over 25 years. She basically wrote the book on asset forfeiture, traveled all over Latin America, and demonstrated her badassery to all whom she met. She even danced with Manuel Noriega. She served as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs and capped her career as the Department of Justice Attache at the United States Embassy in her beloved London. Her active retirement culminated in a cruise to Alaska, the only one of the 50 states that she had not before visited. Her friends and relatives will miss her amazing stories, her strength and wit, her intellect, her seriously genuine smile, and, yes, even her fierce feistiness. In lieu of flowers, do yourself a favor and go live an amazing adventure. - As reported in The Washington Post, 2/14/2018. View her obituary here.
LANE, Adair P. of Centerville, Massachusetts passed away from natural causes on February 6, 2017. Adair graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Psychology. She received her Masters in Physics and Astronomy from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and later her PhD. She taught at Boston University and then worked as an astronomer at The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She was the Project Manager of The Antarctic Sub-millimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (ASTRO) and made several trips to the South Pole. She enjoyed gardening and her cats. - As reported in The Boston Globe, 2/18/17. View her obituary here and a review of her career as a radio astronomer here.
DAHL, Mary-Lib died September 27, 2015, of complications from breast cancer, in Madrid, which had been her home since graduation. I visited her in July. Her attitude was very positive despite the chemo treatments and she was able to accompany me on visits to museums and out for tapas with her husband, daughter Lisa, and Lisa's partner, Omar. She and Alfonso were incredibly gracious hosts.
Our classmate, Ruth Rowse, was Mary-Lib's roommate and became her sister-in-law. She and Chris were in Spain when Mary-Lib died and treasure the time they had with her and her family. This is a huge loss for them. As reported by Wendy Munion, 11/27/2015.
Please forward all information regarding classmates who have passed on to Gwen Peterson