When Tracy Spates passed away earlier this year, the Colleges lost a beloved member of the community. Tracy, the wife of Professor Jim Spates, participated in the Global Education Program and opened her home to countless students, faculty, staff members, and trustees. She also touched the lives of hundreds of Geneva families through her work at the Children’s Hours School, where she was co-director and a teacher of art for many years.
This month, the faculty members of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology will plant a sugar maple tree on campus in memory of Tracy Spates. The granite marker at the base of the tree will read, in part, “Picture the World” — taken from the title of her wonderful children’s art book, which Tracy wrote to help children understand, through their own art, “how the world really is our home.”
Contributions to the fund for a tree for Tracy may be sent to Renee Monson, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Box 4022. Checks should be made payable to Hobart and William Smith Colleges.