Heather Paltz Ughetta of Camp Pine Cone passed away on December 16, 2021 at the age of 49. She leaves behind her husband, Ted Ughetta, and her teenaged children Teddy and Caroline. In her youth, she excelled at field hockey and academics with degrees from Cornell University. Heather had a successful career in marketing and communications at IBM and Accenture and enjoyed vacationing with family and friends in Lake Placid every year. Heather had a sharp wit, a bright and infectious smile, and a generous spirit. She loved to laugh, have fun and always sought to put others at ease. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, including to many on our lake.
Margaret (Peggy) Hubbell Beebe of Camp Sunnyside died on February 10th. She was 95 years old. After graduating from Pine Manor College, she volunteered as a nurse during World War II writing constantly to the love of her life, John Eldridge Beebe, serving as an Army officer in the Philippines. They married shortly after his return and throughout their 70 years together, they returned each summer to their home in Lake Placid where they were surrounded by friends, family, and the landscape they loved best. Peggy was an avid gardener who loved the hummingbirds that buzzed around her porch feeders and window boxes on the eastern shores of Lake Placid. John predeceased her in 2016, followed by her son, Jack Beebe in 2020. She is survived by her daughter Martha Knowles (Ken), four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The family has asked friends to consider a donation to the Adirondack Foundation for “Keep Placid Pure,” PO Box 288, Lake Placid, NY 12946 .
Dr. Ora Louise Kingsley Smith of Camp Carolina, the Green Boathouse, and Four Corners on Whitney Road passed away on February 17th. She was a role model of intelligence and professional success for her family, medical students, and far beyond. She fell in love with Lake Placid while in college and passed on her passion for the area and winter sports to her family. Ora was a leader in land preservation, and the undeveloped sections along Mt. Whitney Road and Lake Placid Lake are the consequence of her foresight and determination. She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother and a kind, good friend to many people all over the world. She was fair, compassionate, insightful, and fun-loving (especially on the slopes in Austria and Lake Placid), and will be greatly missed. Her husband,
Dr. Howard W. Smith, died in 2020.