Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ PhD (1943-2014)
Sister Anne served as the President of the Executive Board for Clowns on Rounds since we began in 1992. She spoke at almost every fundraiser we gave, sharing the benefits of humor in healing and leaving our benefactors rolling on the floor with her keen and witty insights.
At the time of her death, Sister Anne was executive director for Counseling for Laity in Albany, a position she had held for 33 years. Sister Anne was a gifted counselor, facilitator, lecturer, consultant and author who inspired thousands. Known for her seemingly endless energy and dynamic style, Sister Anne spoke and presented workshops locally, nationally and internationally on the role of humor and laughter.
Jackie Killeen aka “Dr. Wilma Pinkydoo”
IN HER OWN WORDS:
I started clowning in 1996 after taking a course at Hudson Valley Community College. I never thought it would become such an important part of my life.
My clowning career as “DOLLY-DOO” took off one week after graduation. My hairdresser, who had four kids, asked me to come to her daughter’s birthday party. Knowing most of the people at the party helped me get through my first one-hour show. People liked me!! Suddenly, I was doing many parties, grand openings, company picnics and work for radio stations.
Vera Propp (b. 1935 d. 2011)
Vera W. Propp (1935-2011)
For 16 years Vera served as Secretary on our Executive Board. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend to Clowns on Rounds.
For 25 years, she taught remedial reading in Albany, primarily at Philip Livingston Middle School. She retired from classroom teaching in 1991, but continued to be active in the community and in one of her proudest professional moments, became a published author.