Leslie Elaine Skillman-Hull, 66, of Chatham Township died Feb. 29, 2020. Born in Rochester, N.Y., she lived in Colorado for many years before moving to New Jersey in 1996.
Dr. Skillman-Hull worked as an instructor and assistant professor in women’s health care at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing between 1984 and 1987, and as an assistant professor in women’s health at the School of Nursing of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Campus in 1995 and 1996. She published several academic research papers and a book chapter. Her clinical practice included work at Kaiser Permanente in Colorado; Planned Parenthood in Ithaca, N.Y.; the neonatal intensive care unit at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.; and Myofascial Freedom in Morristown.
She attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1975 with a B.S.N. in nursing. In 1979 she earned an M.S.N. from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Health Care of Women and the Childbearing Family. She was certified by the NAACOG as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner R.N.C. in 1982. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Campus in 1994, with a thesis entitled “She Walks in Beauty: Nurse-Artists’ Lived Experience of the Creative Process and Authentic Human Care.”
A potter, she spent five years studying with Stephen Merritt at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and another 20 years studying with Tom Neugebauer and Carole Wong Chesek at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit. Her work included vases, bowls, teapots and other vessels, and hand-built pieces. She worked with a variety of clay types, and specialized in raku firing. Her pottery was shown at the Center for Visual Arts and the public library in New Providence.
She was involved with many school activities in the Chathams, and was a co-founder in 2004 of Education Counts, an advocacy group supporting strong public schools. She was a singer at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, and participated in several of their Purim spiels. She taught art and pottery to senior citizens for several years at Sage Eldercare in Summit. She enjoyed travel and nature.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Baxter Hull; her daughter, Arianna Sophia Hull; a brother, Evan David Skillman; and her mother, Frances Hartung Skillman Quarles.
Services were held March 8 with arrangements by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Dover. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood or Congregation Beth Hatikvah.