Bickimer, who never married, retired from teaching in 1972 and lived out her life in a nursing home. Years ago, she wrote in an alumni questionnaire that she preferred washing her clothes in an old-fashioned wringer and tried each day to perform some act of kindness.
Bickimer never earned more than $40,000 in annual salary, but inherit wealth from family. The school will name a $50,000 scholarship after her.
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