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Click here for a recent list of alumnae/i whose deaths have been reported to us. To notify us of a death or to post a remembrance, please use the Class Notes form.

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Patty Battle

Class of 1979

I was a school and camp nurse for 19 years. One of my favorite summer camp jobs was in the Swiss Alps at the Leysin American School. 3 years ago I returned to Women's Health. I'm doing triage nursing at the Center for Women at Mount Auburn Hospital. My daughter Hannah is working in Institutional Advancement at Brandeis University while pursing an MBA there. My daughter Alice recently graduated from American University's Washington College of Law. She is a law clerk in Montgomery County Maryland. I stay in close touch with our classmate Barbara (Citronberg) Lown. Would love to connect with more classmates. Find me on Facebook!

Posted on November 6, 2018 in Catching Up

Helen Segall

Class of 1954

Helen Segall, of Strafford, Pennsylvania, died at age 87 in Hope Maine on Wednesday August 29, 2018. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Stanley Segall, sons Hal Segall and Wynn Segall, daughters in law Lauren Gross and Anna Jenefsky, grandchildren Deanna, Hayley, Dora and Adin Segall, and her cousin Glenda Kaufman who was a sister to her. Helen arrived in this country from a displaced persons camp in Germany on Thanksgiving Day 1949, already fluent in Polish and Russian, conversant in German, Ukrainian and English, and having survived the trauma of the Holocaust. She subsequently earned a B.S in Library Science from Simmons College and a PhD. in Russian Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College. She taught initially at Bryn Mawr College and Montclair State University and finally for 24 years at Dickinson College where she was Professor of Russian and Chair of the Russian Department until her retirement in 2000. Dr. Segall was a published scholar of the Russian Avant Garde. Active in numerous professional organizations, she served as President of both the Northeast Modern Languages Association and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. She founded major academic exchanges with the former Soviet Union and Russia, establishing a longstanding exchange program that sent students to Moscow and Russian faculty to Dickinson. In addition, Dr. Segall authored works on the Holocaust, including articles on the liquidations of the Dubno and Mizocz, Ukraine ghettos of World War II, published in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. She spoke on the Holocaust and her experiences during WW II at academic conferences, synagogues, churches and schools, including after her retirement from Dickinson. She was active in the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Decendants. Born in 1931 to a warm and large family in Dubno, Poland (now Ukraine), she lived through the Soviet invasion and occupationof Eastern Poland, including Dubno, in 1939 at age 8, and then, at age 10, the 1941 Nazi onslaught and subsequent loss of nearly all her family. Together with her mother, Charlotte Schwartz (Shwom), aunt Natalie Markowski (Getrajer), and infant cousin Glenda, Helen survived on false papers as a Polish Catholic, including as a slave laborer for a German company in Ukraine and Germany. Helen was enormously energetic and had great zest for life. She was an avid collector of non-conformist Russian art, a lover of opera and classical music, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years, and a gifted gardener. Friend, colleague and mentor, and deeply loved and admired wife, mother and grandmother, she was inspiring to many and will be sorely missed. Internment and graveside service were held on Tuesday September 5, 2018 at Montefiore Cemetery in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Posted on November 6, 2018 in In Memoriam

Emma Therrien

Class of 2016

Emma will begin her second year of law school in the fall. She lives in Portland, Oregon. She is writing to thank everyone who reached out to her at the passing of her uncle, Henry Halko, Professor Emeritus of History at Simmons College.

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Catching Up

Eliza (Pfeffer) Lucia

Class of 2005

Eliza married Ryan Lucia March 10, 2018 at the Belvedere in Baltimore, MD. She is in her 13th year of teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools as a reading intervention teacher and just completed a certification program to earn her Administration 1 degree.

Posted on April 24, 2018 in Marriages

Baiba Rodins

Class of 1973

At the ripe young age of 66 I got married and moved from Chicago to Reno in October, 2017. I have been retired since March, 2017. Have been traveling extensively since.

Posted on December 5, 2017 in Marriages

Myrna Kasser

Class of 1962

We had a really lovely reunion at the end of May. Sorry if you couldn't make it! Happy if you did! The college has done some amazing things in the 55 (good grief!) years we've been gone, mostly all to the good. Please send some news via this website if you can! Richard Druckman took some really lovely photos of those of us who were at the dinner Saturday night. Contact me if you'd like a copy of the Word doc I've pasted them into.

Posted on August 7, 2017 in Catching Up

Ellen Ritz

Class of 1970

May 2, 2016: Ellen Ritz's name was added to Town of North Hempstead Women’s Roll of Honor.

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Career Milestones

Sarah (Sally) Devaney

Class of 1946

Sarah G. Devaney died June 19th, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband, James Devaney, and daughter Mairan. She leaves behind a daughter, Asenath Devaney, Ph.D. and two grandchildren, Leah and Talia. Sally continued her love of journalism as a reporter, writer and editor throughout her life.

Posted on June 27, 2016 in In Memoriam

Julie Neubauer

Class of 1991

I am working as a volunteer at in Arlington, the largest greyhound dog protection organization in the world. I am also a volunteer member of the Board of Directors at, which offers a weekly community supper and food pantry program in the Concord area.

Posted on May 24, 2016 in Catching Up

Melissa Gersin

Class of 2010

While working as a maternity nurse in a Boston hospital, Melissa Gersin came up with an idea for a portable mat to soothe crying babies. After several years of hard work, she has finally launched her idea—the Tranquilo Mat— to the world. Check out her website to learn more about this unique product that mimics the sounds and motions of the womb.

Posted on January 7, 2016 in Career Milestones