Alice Studebaker

Obituary of Alice Studebaker

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Alice Bliss Studebaker, 73, passed away at Princeton Care Center August 30th from complications of a fall at home. Born in St. Louis, MO, she was a member of a family long associated with education in the Middle East. She spent much of her early life abroad, in Bulgaria from 1938 to 1942, then in Istanbul, Damascus, and Beirut in the late '40s and early '50s. After receiving a BS in zoology from Mt. Holyoke College, she taught science in private schools. She received a masters in zoology in 1967 from the American University of Beirut and then became a research assistant to the curator of spiders at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard. She married Joel Studebaker in 1969, and they moved to Princeton in 1979. A longtime member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday school there. She taught swimming to children at the Princeton YWCA for many years, and her other interests included upholstery, playing the recorder, ballroom dancing, and canoeing. A member of the corporation of the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria, she returned in 2005 to the campus where she had spent several of the early years of her life. For Mt. Holyoke, she served as a class agent and participated in numerous alumnae activities. She received a diagnosis of a brain tumor in the spring of 2009, but she came through therapy and lived a full life up until the time of the fall. Her survivors include her husband, children Anna, of New York City, and Daniel, of San Diego, Daniel's wife, Laura, grandchildren Jackson and Patrick, and sisters Joan Wilson and Margit Orange. Her family will miss her generosity, her incandescent smile, and her flair for meeting new people. A memorial service is scheduled for October 1st at 2:00 PM in Nassau Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be sent to Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075, for the support of summer interns in her honor.
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