Stifel, Dell Chenoweth
Dell Chenoweth Stifel, 83, died peacefully in her sleep on July 26, 2013 in her home in Sarasota, FL. Dell, the daughter of Harry Bond and Etta Marie Chenoweth of Cincinnati, OH, is survived by her daughter, Laura StifelMurphy of Sarasota, FL; her son, David Stifel of Easton, PA; her son-in-law, Sean Murphy; her daughter-in-law, Susan Stifel; and her three grandchildren, William Stifel, Nicholas Murphy and Elizabeth Stifel. Dell, a 1948 graduate of Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, OH, earned her bachelor's degree in 1952 from the University of Cincinnati. After earning her master's degree from Syracuse University in 1959, Dell worked on the Dean's staff at Stanford University and was later the Dean of Women at Willamette University in Salem, OR. While at Willamette, Dell met her husband-to-be, Laurence (Larry) Stifel who was a member of the faculty. Dell and Larry began their journey together by moving to Rangoon, Burma in 1962 where they lived for two years. This was just the beginning of their lives together overseas, and was followed by ten years in Bangkok, Thailand, where Dell served on the board of trustees of the International School of Bangkok and as the president of the American Women's Club (AWC). A particularly enjoyable activity for her at the time was organizing and leading tours to Hong Kong, Indonesia and Nepal for the AWC. When the family moved to Princeton, NJ in 1974, Dell didn't skip a beat and wholeheartedly took on her job of helping the unemployed in New Jersey find jobs through her position in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. The travel bug never left her, though, as she and Larry moved to Ibadan Nigeria in 1985 to work at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. They moved to Ithaca NY in 1990, and shortly after Larry passed away in 1995, she settled down in Sarasota, FL. Dell was a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she remained active for many years as an alumna and where she established a scholarship to help ease the tuition burden of young sorority members. A Celebration of Life will be held at The First Congregational Church in Ithaca, NY on October 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2013.