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Lee Wellman Trow

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 27, 2014 @ 2:06 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

Lee Wellman Trow died in her sleep September, 25, 2014, age 90, at Homestead Village, Lancaster, PA. The daughter of Howard and Charlotte Wellman, Lee was born and grew up in Buffalo, NY.  She attended Bethany College and the University of Michigan, from which she graduated with a BS in Physical Education.  She taught at Mt. Clemens (MI) High School and did her graduate study at the University of Michigan in Political Science.

She and Don were married in 1948 and lived in Mt Clemens, Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, and Hamden, CT before moving to Binghamton, NY in 1960 where Don became Professor of Sociology at Harpur College, now Binghamton University.   Lee was an outdoor enthusiast: camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling, and horseback riding.  She hiked in England, the Austrian Alps, and New Zealand and bicycled in Greece, Crete, England, Ireland, and Nova Scotia, as well as both around Binghamton.  She climbed all 46 Adirondack peaks over 4,000 feet and all 36 Catskill peaks over 3,500 feet, the latter in winter on snowshoes.  She canoed extensively on Adirondack lakes and streams and did the Big Bend stretch of the Rio Grande and a section of the Green River.  She was active in Girl Scouts as a leader, trainer, and Board member of Indian Hills Girl Scout Council.  She did volunteer work for and was employed at Planned Parenthood and the Susquehanna School, and for 25 years delivered meals for Meals-on-Wheels.  She was a member of Binghamton Lyceum, various choral groups, and of Binghamton University Women, from which she was named Woman of Achievement by the Status of Women Council in 1995.  In 2008 she and Don moved to Lancaster, PA.

She leaves many dear friends, including those in the hiking and reading groups to which she belonged. She is survived by her husband, Donald B. Trow, and by their children: son Stephen C. Trow, his long-time partner Robin Kessler, and his children Jennie and Kevin; daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Kirk Liddell and their children, Dr. Jennifer (and husband Dr. Daniel) Kaminstein, Devon, James (and wife Heather) and Tim; son and daughter-in-law W. Clark and Kim Trow and their daughter Leah; and by great-grandsons Noah, Liam, and Asher Kaminstein.

Funeral and interment arrangements will be private.

Condolences for the family of “Lee Wellman Trow”

Condolence from Janet Chandler on September 28th, 2014 12:09 pm

Dear Don,
You have lost a lovely partner. Such a dear woman, and we in Binghamton miss her and honor her memory. I will always be grateful to her for initiating the hiking group, which is my favorite activity each week. We had many hikes at Silver Lake and wonderful swims and picnics on the dock. Happy memories, which is what we all wish to leave.
My sympathy and fond wishes, Janet

Condolence from Sandy Kroger on September 28th, 2014 4:04 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. When I first met Lee in book group she welcomed me as a new friend. Lee was the one woman who convinced me to join the hiking group. I was very reticent as I knew a bit of her outdoor accomplishments. I was never a match for that. However, her encouragement and friendship encouraged my participation. I remain forever grateful for her entry into our lives.
Harry and I will always carry fond memories of you both. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers., Sandy

Condolence from Toni Norton on September 28th, 2014 4:28 pm

Dear Don,

I am truly saddened by the loss of Lee, with whom I hiked, made music, and shared other activities. I last saw you both for lunch in Tupper Lake, after a canoe trip at Paul Smith’s.

My thoughts are with you! Heartfelt condolences to you and your family,


Condolence from Susan Siver Costello on September 28th, 2014 6:01 pm

Steve, Pam and Clark,
I am sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. I remember her as such a nice lady and have fond memories of growing up on Moore Avenue with your family.
Sincerely, Susie Siver Costello

Condolence from Kenna Lou Mills on September 28th, 2014 7:16 pm

Dear Don & family,
I have only good memories of Lee. She was always so pleasant and kind and fun to be with.
My sincerest sympathy to all.

Kenna Lou

Condolence from Lavinia Adler on September 28th, 2014 9:43 pm

What an outstanding person Lee was! Though I spoke with her frequently on Sunday hikes back in the ’60s through ’80s, I hadn’t been aware (due to her modesty I’m sure) of ALL of her activities and achievements. She has certainly left a big footprint on this earth.

My thoughts are with you, Don, and all of your family. — Vinnie

Condolence from Joan and John Eisch on September 29th, 2014 11:09 am

Don, My deepest condolences. Lee was such a great role model for staying active and involved. Such lovely memories of having the hiking group out at your lake cottage. We all think of her often as she started the hiking group here many years ago. She’s up there now in heaven organizing the troops. Love and Prayers, Joan

Condolence from Philip Goodman on September 29th, 2014 11:48 am

Dear Clark,
I was sorry to read that your mother has died. You and I were classmates at MacArthur School in the early 1960’s and at Binghamton Central High School (Class of 1972).

Condolence from Rosemarie Hofferbert on September 30th, 2014 10:57 am

Dear Don,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. It is hard to imagine this world without Lee, her sweet smile and marvelous sense of humor always lifted the spirits of her friends. We will miss her. Rose Hofferbert

Condolence from Stephanie Horowitz on September 30th, 2014 3:49 pm

I will miss Lee and visits to your cottage. She was a wonderful woman.

Condolence from Karen Goodman on September 30th, 2014 5:04 pm

I met Lee through the Triple Cities Hiking Club and came to admire and respect her love of the outdoors and her many activities. I especially remember her and Don’s yearly Windsor-to-Deposit cross-country ski outings and the preceding route-scouting hikes. They were great fun. Lee will be greatly missed. My sympathy to Don and the whole family.

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