In Memoriam

Remembering classmates who have passed on


ellenarmstrongKARANEK, 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.


linda-boiseBOISE, Linda of Portland, Oregon died unexpectedly on July 2, 2018 while on a road and camping trip with her husband, Steven, to Colorado to visit their son. Linda grew up in New Jersey, attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. After moving to Oregon and having two children, she received her PhD at Portland State University in Urban Studies, with a focus on health policy research.


Before retiring in July 2016, Linda was the education core leader at the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU for 21 years. In 2006, recognizing that the Layton Center’s education programs were not reaching persons of color, she connected with members of the African American community to begin designing culturally specific programs to reach this population. Linda’s commitment to social justice continued in her retirement as she served as Chairperson of the Board for Green Empowerment (


She is survived by her spouse who adored her for 48 years, her son Sylvan Goldberg of Colorado Springs, Colo., her daughter Emily Goldberg and son-in-law Kevin Dilg, and by the 2-year-old granddaughter she adored, Ellis Dilg.  Tax deductible donations in her name may be made to Green Empowerment. - As reported by Holman's Funeral Service, 7/2/2018. View her obituary here.


anne-obrienO'BRIEN, Anne Remington of Penzance, Cornwall, England passed away peacefully on May 17, 2018 in the company of her friend and partner for 38 years. Anne was a stained glass teacher, design and restoration artist, and a creator of glass sculpture, painted glass, and kiln works. She was trained in the US, UK, and Czechoslovakia. A student of Anne's at Penwith College remembered her "knowledge and gentle humour was an inspiration; always ready to experiment and to share new processes."

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.


adair-laneLANE, 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