Sara Frazer Ellis Award

Pamela PROPST Campbell '65

Pamela PROPST Campbell '65 with Robin Newham , Head of School
Head of School Robin Newham spoke of Pamela PROPST Cambell's accomplishments saying, “I am proud to present this award to you, Pam – for the many years that you have served as class representative with your ubiquitous sidekick, Susan DICKEY Gilmore ’65, and for the uniquely devoted and gentle way that you have encouraged classmates to give to Ellis and to stay connected with one another.  It’s a special kind of leadership that you demonstrate – no limelight necessary, no special notice wanted – so this must be particularly embarrassing to you!  But we have noticed, Pam, even as you have shown by example the importance of focusing on the important aspects of life – family, friends, meaningful work, and The Ellis School.  Keeping focus on what’s important can be challenging in this fast-paced world, but your gracious and humble dedication make us proud to add your name to this illustrious list of Ellis women.  Congratulations and thank you, Pam!”

Past recipients of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award

About the Sara Frazer Ellis Award

The Sara Frazer Ellis Award is given annually to an alumna whose achievements represent the Ellis experience. Award recipients are women who continue to support the Ellis mission of leadership in local and global communities. Recipients have made significant contributions to their fields, to volunteer organizations or to society in general.

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  • 2015 Pamela PROPST Campbell '65

    Head of School Robin Newham spoke of Pamela PROPST Cambell's accomplishments saying, “I am proud to present this award to you, Pam – for the many years that you have served as class representative with your ubiquitous sidekick, Susan DICKEY Gilmore ’65, and for the uniquely devoted and gentle way that you have encouraged classmates to give to Ellis and to stay connected with one another.  It’s a special kind of leadership that you demonstrate – no limelight necessary, no special notice wanted – so this must be particularly embarrassing to you!  But we have noticed, Pam, even as you have shown by example the importance of focusing on the important aspects of life – family, friends, meaningful work, and The Ellis School.  Keeping focus on what’s important can be challenging in this fast-paced world, but your gracious and humble dedication make us proud to add your name to this illustrious list of Ellis women.  Congratulations and thank you, Pam!”
  • 2014 Susan SCHEINMAN Leonard ’64

    In honor of her commitment to education, philanthropy, community service, and leadership, The Ellis School is proud to name Susan SCHEINMAN Leonard ’64 as the recipient of the 2014 Sarah Frazier Ellis Award.

    Ms. Leonard’s commitment to education began with her experiences at The Ellis School. With the expectations inculcated in her by Ellis, she had the confidence to tackle even the most difficult assignments. She graduated from Ellis in 1964 and then from Oberlin College. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Duke University with a concentration in French.

    She began teaching in Durham, North Carolina during the initial days of school integration. In 1970-71, she was voted Teacher of the Year at Durham’s Whitted Junior High, where was an instrumental advocate for Blue Cross/Blue Shield benefits for teachers for the first time.

    Since 1973 she has taught in independent schools in New York City, spending the last 26 years at The Birch Wathen Lenox School in a variety of capacities from College Counselor to Director of the Upper School, Director of the Middle School and, always, teacher. She now serves as Academic Dean.

    Her love of the French language began with the first programs on WQED and was nurtured through Ellis (Merci, Mlle Unkovic!). Her French language major at Oberlin and concentration at Duke served as a preamble to many years of teaching French and leading student trips. Her contact with Ms. Marlene Triaire Guieu, the AFS international high school exchange student her senior year, was a basis for a lifelong friendship that included many trips to Paris, including the weddings of Marlene’s daughter and son, and, now, visits to Marlene’s grandchildren.

    Ms. Leonard was honored to serve as a delegate to the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling, where she worked on the national level. Her college counseling duties also provided her the opportunity to interact with Ellis college counselor, art history, and drama teacher Lu B. Wenneker. “The Class of 1964 dedicated the yearbook to Lu Wenneker. We saw each other at annual meetings and it was a thrill to be her colleague,” said Ms. Leonard.

    As Academic Dean, Ms. Leonard describes her role as “needing two catcher’s mitts” to field the wide variety of challenges tossed her way.  Most important to her is leading the Community Service program at The Birch Wathen Lenox School. “No chance of boredom or retiring here,” said Ms. Leonard.

    When asked about career highlights, Ms. Leonard recalled two especially important moments. The first was receiving a Mother’s Day message from Headmaster Frank Carnabuci, who commended her on behalf of all the students she has nurtured and supported over the years. The second is an honor she’s enjoyed for many years: launching seniors down the aisle for graduation.

    The future will bring more travel and exploration.  Intrepid as ever, and forever an Ellis Girl, she earned a pilot’s license in 1979 and has been a certified SCUBA diver and underwater photographer for many years.  As New York Chair of the Society of Woman Geographers, she has access to the latest research and information about places around the globe.  Last spring, armed with articles about the Moken tribe of nomadic sea people, she visited the Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar. She was also able to visit the International School of Yangon where she taught several Middle School science classes about the plight of the oceans.  Next on her horizon: Cuba.

    Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Susan SCHEINMAN Leonard ’64.
  • 2012 Elizabeth HAMMER Genter '77

    In honor of her exceptional community service, leadership and volunteerism, Ellis alumna Elizabeth H. Genter of Sewickley has been named the 2012 recipient of Sara Frazier Ellis Award.
    Her volunteer service to Ellis started more than 20 years ago when she began raising money to support scholarships and activities for Ellis students. In that capacity she worked to bring extraordinary female speakers to Ellis, including author and journalist Madam Jehan Sadat, Anna Quindlen, and astronaut Sally Ride. Genter was then asked to serve on the Board of The Ellis School, where she deployed her background in investments and finance to strengthen the endowment of the School and to organize bond financing to allow for construction of the new Upper School building, which opened in 2000. Ms. Genter’s first round of board service took place from 1995 to 2003. She returned for a second board term in 2008, and by then was the mother of the three girls, Ellie (now at Quaker Valley High School), and Anna ‘18 and Isabelle ’16, who are both students at Ellis. Genter was instrumental in the complex negotiations involved in acquiring for Ellis the adjacent Armory in 2007, which presents a possible option for expansion of the landlocked urban campus.

    Genter attributes much of her success to the skills she learned at Ellis. “I’ve been very well served by the education and confidence that Ellis provided. Knowing how to attack a problem through research and exploration of options, the team building I learned through sports and activities, and how to bring people together for a common goal are skills I attribute to my time at Ellis.”

    Genter also notes that Ellis provided writing skills that serve her in professional and volunteer service. “If it weren't for the training we received in writing and communication, I could easily just have focused on crunching numbers in a back office somewhere, rather than on bringing people together to solve problems.”

    Genter accepted the award at the Ellis 2012 Reunion, where she stated that her teachers at Ellis—especially Judy Callomon, John Miller, Emily Jarrett, and Bea Vasser—shaped her life and instilled lifelong values of honesty, hard work, excellence and creativity. “There is a special secret that each and every Ellis girl graduates with: the knowledge that she is ready and equipped to do anything she chooses,” said Genter.

    BIOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION: Ms. Genter graduated from Ellis in 1977, then from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1982 with a degree in education. In 1991 she received her MS in education from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997 she founded Schenley Capital, a Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Sewickley, Pennsylvania providing investment services—including money management, financial planning, and portfolio manager searches—to provide thoughtful, customized advice and advisory services to families and institutions striving to preserve and grow wealth. In 2005 she earned an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

    Genter is also a proponent and local community representative for Wilderness Ventures, a wilderness adventure organization that teaches young people leadership and self-reliance skills.
  • 2011 Kathleen OLIVER Parker '43

    Kathleen OLIVER Parker ’43, known as Kayo, was one of The Ellis School’s most loyal and generous supporters. She attended Ellis through the 8th grade and finished her high school education at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Kayo went to Bennington College in Vermont, where she graduated in 1947 as one of only four women with a degree in architecture. Kayo then moved to New York City, where she started her own architecture business and continued to design until she was 82 years old.

    In her lifetime, Kayo donated more than $1.2 million to The Ellis School—enough money to endow faculty chairs in Visual Arts and History. Sadly, Kayo passed away in 2013, but not before making plans to honor Ellis through her estate.

    Kayo was a vivacious lady with a great sense of humor and broad interests in the world. She is greatly missed by a wide circle of devoted friends and the many charities in which she was actively involved. Please join us in celebrating Kayo and all she has done for The Ellis School.
  • 2010 Cynthia SCOTT Amerman '60

    Cynthia SCOTT Amerman ’60 is President of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA), whose mission is to support the empowerment of deafened people. She serves as Group Leader for ALDA-Sonora in Arizona and is a co-founder and Past President of ALDA-Garden State. In New Jersey, Cynthia represented late-deafened people on the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Council. She received the Able ALDAn award in 2008. A member of the International Committee, Cynthia represented ALDA in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and England last summer, attending meetings and visiting many organizations.

    Cynthia taught English, Spanish, Creative Writing and American Sign Language for many years at Hilltop School and Sussex County College in New Jersey. She earned an M.Litt. degree from Drew University and a Master of Social Work from Gallaudet University, interning in Guatemala and connecting Guatemalans with hearing loss to US deaf/hard of hearing communities. After moving to Arizona, she joined the Board of the Adult Loss of Hearing Association (ALOHA) which partners with the University of Arizona to provide community-based workshops.

    A Class Correspondent for Ellis Magazine, Cynthia has expressed her devotion to her alma mater by collecting news from the Class of 1960 for many years.  She also served as the Class Representative for her 50th Ellis Reunion in 2010.
  • 2009 Hester BELL McCoy '59

    “Has Ellis made an impact on my life?  Certainly.  We have a truly unique and affirming class, the Class of 1959.  Live would be very different for me if I could not count on their lifelong friendships.  Ellis’ influence on me is enormous, and the best part of it is, it continues.  Ellis – what a gift I have – we all do.  And it is treasured.”  Hester Bell McCoy, the 2009 recipient of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award, made these remarks nearly 15 years ago when she returned to Pittsburgh in 1994.

    Like many of her classmates, Hester left Ellis after the 9th grade to attend boarding school, but Ellis and the friends she made here stayed with her.  Diagnosed at age 18 with Multiple Sclerosis, Hester finished two years of college, worked at Harvard University’s Student Agencies, got married, had two wonderful daughters, lived in four different places and still found time to volunteer.  She served on the Board of the Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church in New Jersey.  She was a member of the Junior League there and chaired the Membership Committee, served on the Nominating, Education, Advisory and Thrift Shop Publicity Committees.

    Upon her return to Pittsburgh and the center of her closest friends, Hester continued her work as a member of the Ellis Alumnae Committee, and again served on the Boards of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Independent Living Center, The Federation of Independent School Alumnae and the FISA Foundation as well as giving her time to committees at Magee-Women’s Hospital and Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside.

    During the October Reunion, Hilary Mamaux, Past President of the Ellis Alumnae Association said, “Hetsy chose to embrace life and live it to the fullest and that she believed the love of her family and her experiences at Ellis provided a solid foundation to meet life’s challenges, the confidence to pursue her dreams, and a sense of responsibility not only to herself, but to others.”

    Hester Bell McCoy died on July 31, 2009 and was awarded the Sara Frazer Ellis Award posthumously.  Her sisters, Elizabeth Bell Hetherington ’59 and Louise Bell Rogers ’55 accepted the award.
  • 2008 Alice MITINGER '81

    In four short years, Alice Mitinger managed to become an Ellis legend. Before the end of her freshman year she had already been elected Vice President of her sophomore class. While at Ellis she served as President of Guild, Co-Captain of the Field Hockey Team, and Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook.

    Alice is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She is currently employed by Thorp, Reed and Armstrong, LLP practicing Land Use Development and Regulatory law as well as Energy and Natural Resources and Real Estate law.

    She is involved with several civic activities, including the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Pittsburgh; the Board of Trustees for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; Co-Director, Alumni Schools Committee, Yale Club of Pittsburgh; and Trustee, The Eben Demarest Trust. Alice is also on the Board of Trustees of The Ellis School.
  • 2007 Julia HOWARD Grimstad '57

    Sara Frazer Ellis Award Winner Demonstrates Spirit, Strength, and Humor
    The Sara Frazer Ellis Award is given annually to an alumna whose achievements represent the qualities of the Ellis experience. Candidates should have made significant contributions to their fields, to volunteer organizations, or to society in general.

    This year’s winner is julie HOWARD Grimstad, class of 1957. She was selected not only because of her achievements, but because she is so well known, very respected and much loved by the Ellis community.

    Like many of us, Mrs. Grimstad credits her experiences at Ellis and former Headmistress Miss Tilley in particular with providing her with a solid foundation to meet life’s challenges and a sense of responsibility not only to herself, but also to others.

    Many of us know Mrs. Grimstad through her tireless work for Ellis as a parent and an alum. With three daughters at Ellis it was only natural for Mrs. Grimstad to serve for many years on the Ellis PTA> Additionally, she was an active member of the Ellis Alumna Council and co-chaired the Ellisian Feasts Cookbook Committee.

    But perhaps her most important volunteer work has been with Contact Pittsburgh, a crisis and suicide hotline. Since 1988 Mrs. Grimstad has worked as a professionally trained telephone volunteer for Contact Pittsburgh. Using an “alias” she talks to, listens to and tries to help people who may be suicidal, emotionally distressed or just want the reassurance that there is someone they can talk to. Contact Pittsburgh recently honored mrs. Grimstad for her long-standing commitment to and diligent work for their organization.

    Mrs. Grimstad has an admirable resume of accomplishments, but the one she is most proud of is her family. With her husband, Charles, she has raised three amazing daughters and is the proud grandmother of five. As with all families, they have had their share of difficulties, but she has met them with her indomitable spirit, gentle strength and well-honed sense of humor.

    Miss Till was fond of saying, “Grow up and be productive.” I think she would agree that Mrs. Grimstad has - in spades.

    Ellis Magazine, Summer 2007
  • 2006 Jean DAVIS Falk '56

  • 2005 Marcia BELL Jones '55

  • 2004 Polly FOSTER Mullins '59

  • 2003 Janet EDWARDS Anti '68

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  • 2002 Nancy CAMPBELL Fales '57

  • 2001 Joanne WENTZ Stephenson '46

  • 2000 Sally FLANNERY Hardon '55

  • 1999 Eileen HALPERN Lane '64

  • 1998 Blythe JONES Lyons '73

  • 1997 Audrey HILLMAN Fisher '67

  • 1996 Margaret DAULER Wilson '56

  • 1995 Susan DICKEY Gilmore '65

  • 1994 Veolante BENNETT Parran '44

  • 1993 Sandra MARHOEFER Roberts '73

  • 1992 Margot COPELAND Pyle '52

    A retired investment executive, Margot COPELAND Pyle '52 served as a trustee of The Dedham Institution for Savings and Family Service, Dedham, MA, and has been active in the town of Dedham's politics, serving on a number of committees. She has also developed an expertise in independent schools through her role as trustee of Trinity Pawling School in New York. Her commitment to all-girls education is emphasized by her graduation from and ongoing service to Smith College. She is a member of Ellis' National Board of Alumnae Visitors. Ms. Pyle was the recipient of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award in 1992.
  • 1991 Claire Hasson

    Nurse, nanny, and hunter of lost lunches. Miss Hasson did it all.

    If you attended Ellis between the years 1950 and 1991, you most likely will remember a very special woman who considered the Ellis family to be her own: Miss Claire Hasson. She was known for her knowledge of every girl and every family that went through Ellis during her 40-year tenure. She was more than the school secretary. She was nurse, nanny, hunter of lost lunches and friend to all. Miss Hasson died on September 23, 2005 at the age of 85.

    To honor such a committed and caring person, Ellis will celebrate “Miss Hasson Day” by listening to stories of her kindness and creating greeting cards for nursing home residents. Thank you to all of the alumnae who have shared their memories of Miss Hasson.

    “Miss Hasson made me feel not only comfortable, but special-as if I were the only one in her world.”
    - Annette D. GANASSI ‘74

    “Miss Hasson was very close to my heart. She acted as a school time nanny, letting me spend time in the front office before or after school.”
    - Jessica LEU ‘00

    “Miss Hasson was the glue that held The Ellis School together!”
    - Darlynn McCLUNG Benjamin ‘76

    I remember Miss Hasson’s willingness to be interrupted...Years later I was a school secretary/greeter/nurse and I tried to be like Miss Hasson!

    “Miss Hasson, in her Reebok tennis shoes, single handedly caught the man stealing cars from the Ellis parking lot.”
    - Jamea CATALANO Campbell ‘88

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  • 1990 Susan SAYERS Crane '55

    April 15, 1937–January 20, 2015
    A titanic figure in Ellis School history, Susan SAYERS Crane, former 3rd grade teacher and Lower School Director, passed away on January 20, 2015 surrounded by her family. Her daughters, Peggy CRANE Vaughan ’79 and Cathy CRANE Frankel ’82, informed us of their mom's passing; they have honored Ellis by requesting to have their mother's memorial service at the School in June. This seems particularly fitting because Ellis was Susie’s second home and Ellis colleagues her second family.

    Robin Newham, now Head of The Ellis School, remembers that in 1998, when she was a newly appointed Upper School Division Director, she had the pleasure of joining Susie Crane and Sue Kirkpatrick, then long-time Lower and Middle School Directors respectively. Hired as a teacher at Ellis in 1981, Robin had long known and respected Susie as both a teacher and administrator.  

    “Susie remained in her role as Lower School Division Director for only a year,” Newham recalls. “I was so grateful for the one year we worked together as division directors and wished for more. Susie Crane was a grand lady, magnetic and charming, sensible and hilarious. Her quick wit and great storytelling ability endeared her to her colleagues and to her adoring students.”

    Susie taught 3rd grade at Ellis from 1974 to 1987, a linchpin grade in the division. Third grade is the year that students begin to read for content and to study abstraction in math. This, as well as “upperclassman” status, makes it a seminal Lower School grade. In Crane's hands, 3rd grade was both stimulating and manageable; and generations of Ellis women remember Mrs. Crane as THE third grade teacher at Ellis.

    If there was a hat to be worn at Ellis, Susie SAYERS Crane wore it. As the parent of two Ellis students, a teacher, an administrator, a Trustee, and a graduate of the School, Susie knew, perhaps better than anyone, how the School worked. She was a beloved friend and trusted mentor to so many colleagues and parents who sought her counsel. Terri Wilson, who has taught in the Ellis Lower School since the late 1970s, considers Crane a mentor and friend.

    “We could talk about anything,” Wilson says. “I quickly learned that she had a real passion for local and Pennsylvania history, which she shared as part of curriculum, and a deep love of literature. She was warm, easy going, and had a great sense of humor. She told the funniest stories that we would ask her to tell over and over again. She was a storyteller for her students, too. The girls just loved her.”  

    Judy COHEN Callomon ’54, who graduated a year ahead of Susie, remembers her as a leader, even as a student; noting that she won the Augustus K. Oliver Cup for excellence in academics and sportsmanship. Even today, Judy marvels at all that Susie was able to accomplish. “She was a single mother raising two daughters while running the Lower School.  Anything she put her hand to was incredible,” Judy recalled.

    As if all that was not enough, Susie was a creative whirlwind and an athlete. Her talents included painting, tennis, cooking, and sewing. She crafted elaborate costumes for class plays as well as dresses for her girls. Legions of Ellis women recall her decadent pies, Chinese chicken salad, and elaborate desserts.  

    So many wonderful Ellis students and families passed through Ellis during Susie Crane's tenure.  She is survived by her daughters and grandchildren, James, Ian, Henry, and Lillie. She will be missed, but the Ellis legacy she has left in the minds and hearts of thousands of Ellis women will endure.

    Donations may be made in her honor to The Susan Sayers Crane Lower School Fund at The Ellis School.

    This tribute was originally published February 24, 2015.
  • 1989 Ann WOOLFOLK Austin '54

  • 1988 Annie DOAK Dillard '63

    While attending Ellis, Annie Doak Dillard spent her lunch hour in the “creative writing club” during which she says her English teachers “made sure we all knew how to write.” After high school, Dillard attended Hollins College and studied creative writing and religion.

    For the next few years, Dillard wrote poetry, read widely, volunteered at local community agencies, and kept extensive journals of her observations and thoughts. In 1973, she turned those journals into Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, which won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Since Tinker Creek, Annie has continued to write. Some of her other works include Ticket for a Prayer Wheel, a book of poetry, and An American Childhood, an autobiography of her early years. Her writing continues to meet with critical acclaim.
  • 1987 Alice SNODGRASS Beckwith '49

    Ellis lost a dear friend with the passing of Alice Beckwith at her home in Vero Beach, FL, on August 2, 2014. A graduate of the Ellis School Class of 1949, Mrs. Beckwith remained a devoted supporter of the School, serving as an Ellis trustee for a total of 19 years (from 1976- 1995) and as the chair of the Ellis Board from 1988-1992. She was named an honorary trustee by Board President Eileen Lane in 1996. Mrs. Beckwith’s daughters, Kennedy "Kenny" BECKWITH Nelson, graduated with the Ellis Class of 1973 and Kathryn "Kate" BECKWITH Woody, attended Ellis before transferring to and graduating from boarding school; both Kenny and Kate have served as Ellis trustees.

    Mrs. Beckwith embodied the qualities that define an Ellis graduate—smart, strong, and of exceptional character. Her legacy at Ellis is an enduring one, and her generosity of spirit and resources have helped many young women receive the excellent Ellis education that Mrs. Beckwith so valued.

    From Ellis Magazine, Fall 2014.
  • 1986 Janet Jacobs

    A lifetime of Dedication to Education
    The daughter of a physics teacher who served as assistant head of Mercersburg Academy, Miss Jacobs grew up on a school campus. She spent her high school years as a boarding student at Northfield School in Massachusetts and then attended Oberlin College. After teaching one year in a public school outside of Cleveland, she returned to teach at Northfield. During her seven year tenure, she taught history and English, served as college counselor, and for one year was a Fulbright exchange teacher in Kent, England.

    Miss Jacobs spent the next five years as an administrator at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she served as placement director, registrar, and finally dean of freshmen. In 1958, she was asked to return to Northfield, this time as academic dean. In 1971, she was recruited to The Ellis School. Miss Jacobs helped to forge the development of a distinct Middle School and expand the Lower School, as well as increase student activities, develop the after-school program and establish of a number of scholarships to support a more diverse student body.

    Ellis Magazine, Winter 2005
  • 1985 Florence PERRY Heide '35

  • 1984 Hydie RIAL Houston '56

  • 1983 Judith COHEN Callomon '54

  • 1982 Mary OATES Davis '46

  • 1981 Mary McCUNE Edwards '42

  • 1980 Elsie HILLIARD Hillman '43

    Elsie Hillman was a driving force in local, state, and national politics. As chair of the Elsie H. Hillman Foundation, she devoted her efforts and resources to hospitals, schools, cultural organizations, public broadcasting, and organizations addressing social issues.

    Mrs. Hillman served as a principal member of the Republican National Committee for more than 20 years, with a particular interest in organized labor and Pittsburgh’s many ethnic groups. The generosity and dedication of Mrs. Hillman and her husband, Henry, had a tremendous impact in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. The organizations benefiting from their involvement include University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Hillman Cancer Center, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Society, WQED Multimedia, the Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the White House Endowment Fund, Shadyside Hospital Foundation, the Urban League of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh.

    Mrs. Hillman attended the Ellis School, graduated from the Ethel Walker School, studied at Westminster Choir College, and was awarded eight honorary degrees in recognition of her outstanding contributions to society.