Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Candace "Candy" Carlucci Backus
Birth: May 22, 1944
Lycoming County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 2010
Talbot County
Maryland, USA

Candy was the best friend of my college "big sister." She was fun-loving, smart, and a great person. I was her "Secret Santa" in 1963. We all lived in Salisbury House on the old campus. The old campus is gone now. So is Candy. Her memory will live forever, though. I never thought she would leave us so soon.

Candy died in her home after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She touched numerous lives within the Skidmore College community and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland through her service and contributions with many civic organizations. Candy served on the Board and was past President of Easton Daycare Center, on the Board and past President of Hospice of Talbot County and a trustee of Academy of the Arts. She became program administrator of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund in 1994 and also served as a trustee of the Fund from 1996 to 2000. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from 1999 to 2005 and again from 2008 and 2009.

While on the Board of the Museum, Candy was Chair of the Development Committee in 2002, the Education Chair from 2003 through 2005 and more recently a member of the Finance and Governance Committees. In 1998 she co-founded the Museum's "Boating Party," the most important annual fundraiser event for the Museum, and continued to be actively involved in the event for 12 years, as Chair in 2001 and Co-chair in 2002, 2007 and 2008.

She also was a member of the Harbor Club and an active member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore. Candy was a 1966 graduate of Skidmore College with a physical education major. As a student she was president of the athletic association and a member of the executive board of the College Governing Association. Upon graduation in 1966 she taught in Niskayuna School District, Niskayuna, NY, for eight years.

Candy began an 11 year career at Skidmore in 1974, serving as Assistant Director of Admissions in 1974-76 and then as executive director of the Alumni Association and Director of Alumni Affairs for nine years (1976-1985), retiring in 1985. The Candace Carlucci Award was established at Skidmore in 1985. The award is presented annually to a member of the college's graduating class who best demonstrates the qualities that Candy brought to her Skidmore endeavors; leadership, dedication, commitment to goals, energy and enthusiasm, and interest in Skidmore's alumni affairs and development program. She was the recipient of Skidmore's Outstanding Service Award in 1996, and continued to contribute to her alma mater as a volunteer. She served on the alumni nominating committee 1999-2002, the leadership gifts task force 1989, the Friends of the President committee 1988-89, awards committee 1985, class president 1987-91, club president 1986-90, and Reunion Fund chair 1986, among other roles.

Candy married Cecil F. Backus, Jr. in 1986,and moved to York Harbor, ME. While living in York Harbor, Candy was Chair of "Auction in the Meadows" to benefit Old York Historical Society. In 1990 they moved to "The Rest" along the Miles River, Easton, MD. With Cecil''s unwavering support, she became active in numerous civic organizations in Easton. In 2002 Candy and Cecil launched a new enterprise, "Silent Sous", baker of custom cakes, which continued through the end of 2009. Those cakes were both beautiful and delicious!

She was predeceased by her parents, Carl P. and Jane C. Carlucci of Muncy, PA. She is survived by her husband, a brother and his wife of Carlisle, PA, a sister and her husband of Waitsfield, Vt., six nieces and nephews, and a grandniece and two grandnephews.

The Washington Post, Washington DC Sept 1, 2010.
Family links: 
  Carl P Carlucci (1909 - 1974)
  Jane Ainsworth Cokely Carlucci (1915 - 2000)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Daddys♥Girl
Record added: Sep 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76157508
Candace Candy <i>Carlucci</i> Backus
Added by: Daddys♥Girl
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- tbickellb
 Added: Apr. 29, 2016

- Rosie♥Mooch
 Added: Aug. 29, 2015

- Rosie♥Mooch
 Added: May. 22, 2015
There are 41 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: Daddys♥Girl

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service