Alice W. Kennedy

NEW HOPE, Pa. – Alice Walsh Kennedy, 89, a native of Saranac Lake who became a professional figure skater and toured with Sonja Henie’s “Holiday on Ice” reviews as well as appearing in New York City’s Center Theater ice shows, and who moved to New Hope, Pa., in 1974 and established “Applause,” an upscale women’s dress shop, died July 11, 2013 at Clare Bridge Care Center in Dublin, Pa.

She had suffered a stroke in November 2012 and had a recurrence two weeks ago.

Alice, the only daughter of the four children of the late Imogene Russell Walsh and John H. Walsh, was born in Saranac Lake and resided at 32 Virginia St. while attending Saranac Lake schools, from which she graduated in 1943.

In 1948, she graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton. She

was a member of Alpha Delta Phi sorority. She served as SLU’s Class of 1948 alumni reporter for many years prior to her death.

She and her late brother, John R. Walsh, an accomplished figure skater who rose to the pinnacle of his profession as the professional skating partner of World Champion Sonja Henie, produced and starred in Saranac Lake’s annual Winter Ice Festivals in the 1940s at what was the Curling Club indoor rink and is now Madden’s Transfer and Storage.

In New Hope, Pa., she became known as the “Queen of the Proms” because she stocked in Applause the most extensive and varied style of prom dresses to accommodate the needs of young ladies attending the 50-plus high schools in the area. Keeping strict records, she never sold two dresses for the same prom.

She was the wife of the late John M. Kennedy, an executive with the New York Times. She is survived by her son, Kevin, and his girlfriend Christine Fratrick of Danboro; brothers Bob Walsh of Summerfield, Fla., and Gene Walsh of Burbank, Calif.; her sister-in-law, Sylvia Walsh of New Hope, Pa.; many nieces and nephews and an extended family of friends.

A celebration of the life of Alice Walsh Kennedy is being planned for the fall in New Hope, Pa.