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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XXI NUMBER 1 Fall 2005
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Shadblow Serviceberry
(Amelanchier Canadensis)

Shadblow Serviceberry photoWe are very fortunate at Keene State to have an outstanding example of the Shadblow Serviceberry. Standing behind Monadnock Hall at the entrance to the interior yard shared with Randall Hall, our representative is at the top end of its mature height, at about 35 feet. It adds dignity to its setting: four green dumpsters, a low recycling structure, and a metal fence.

The Shadblow blooms early in the spring with an abundant, showy display of white flowers, which in turn attract a healthy complement of bees - a hazard to open Monadnock windows and sidewalk travelers on Wilson Street. The fruit of the Amelanchier canadensis is black, juicy, and sweet, and it intoxicates our local cedar waxwing flock after their gorging. The bark is smooth and gray, gracing the single large stem of our tree - which is slightly unusual because multistem shades are more common. The leaves are small, finely toothed, and generally elliptic; their fall color is yellow and gold.

Found in the wild along streams and riverbanks, the Shadblow is most often used in naturalized areas in groupings. This small tree is in the rose family and is attacked by the same array of diseases and insects that assail most other roses. I feel the maturity of our plant overcomes most of these nuisances, for it is always very healthy, requiring little of my maintenance. Please enjoy this shy gem of flora at the edge of Keene State as you walk past it to your downtown destinations.

- Jeffrey Garland, College Arborist


Hurricane Katrina Relief

Members of the field hockey Owls collected $400 for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort at the Sept. 3-4 men's soccer Diadora Dunkin' Donuts Soccer Showdown at Owl Athletic Complex. L-R: Katy Pokrwyka, Rachel Ladd, Amy Pokrwyka, Kat Trimmer.


Plymouth State University Honors Stan Yarosewick

Stanley J. Yarosewick, who retired this summer after 11 years as KSC's president, received the Harold E. Hyde Award at the Plymouth State University commencement ceremony on May 21.
Stanley J. Yarosewick photo
"President Yarosewick -- Dr. Y, as he is affectionately known on the Keene State campus by faculty, staff and students - has been an outstanding leader for Keene State, the University System of New Hampshire, and public higher education in the nation," said PSU President Donald P. Wharton. "The exemplary standard of stewardship which he has set during his years at Keene is a model for all of us in higher education to emulate. The good which Stan has done for thousands of Keene State students and graduates is a record of service that will long endure."

The Harold E. Hyde award is named for the 10th president of Plymouth State, who served from 1951 to 1977.


Running with Mr. DeMarathon

Bob Girardin '34 with a photograph of his teacher and running coach, Clarence DeMar. Girardin and DeMar ran the Boston Marathon together more than 71 years ago. Photo courtesy Frank Mortimer and the Foxboro Reporter.Bob Girardin '34 was a 26-year-old senior at Keene Normal School in 1934, one of five students who boarded at the on-campus home of the graphic arts instructor. The teacher was none other than Clarence DeMar, "Mr. DeMarathon," Olympic bronze medalist and seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon.

DeMar had won the marathon four years earlier, but now, at age 45, was just past his prime. As related in a recent interview with Girardin by Frank Mortimer in the Foxboro (Mass.) Reporter, DeMar ribbed his students for sitting around on Sundays doing nothing, and challenged them to a five-mile run. Girardin, a natural athlete, took the challenge and began running with DeMar. After a 20-mile trot to Troy and back, DeMar told the young man, "I'm entering you in the Boston Marathon, and now we'll do some serious running."

Patriots Day found Girardin and DeMar, both wearing Keene Normal School shirts, at the starting line in Hopkinton. DeMar gave Girardin this advice: "One thing you've got to do is run like hell for the first 200 yards or you'll get tripped and squashed." The starting gun sounded. "For about twenty feet," Girardin recalled to Mortimer, "I was leading." Running in his new Keds sneakers - at 50 cents a pair the cheapest ones he could find - Girardin finished 49th. DeMar finished 15th. (The race was won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.)

Bob Girardin graduated that spring and began a long and distinguished career in education, but he kept in touch with DeMar. Their paths crossed once more when Girardin was teaching at the Farm and Trade School on Thompson's Island in Boston Harbor, where boys with disciplinary problems were sent. When DeMar volunteered to come out and speak to the students, he revealed that he had attended the school himself for two years, learning his trade as a printer.

DeMar ran Boston for the last time when he was 65 years old. He died of cancer in 1958. Bob Girardin earned advanced degrees in education and retired from Foxboro High School as an assistant principal. He has served since 1977 as a school district representative, one of the longest-serving elected officials in Massachusetts. He jogged three to five miles a day until he was 80 and, at age 97, walks two miles a day with no complaints. And every year on Patriots Day, Bob Girardin settles down to watch another Boston Marathon, marveling at the speed of the runners.

See Keene State Today, Fall 2004, for more on Clarence DeMar.


Educator and Civil Rights Pioneer Neil Sullivan Dies at 90
Neil Sullivan photo
Neil Sullivan, a 1936 graduate of Keene Normal School and one of the College's most distinguished alumni, died on Saturday, Aug. 6, at his retirement home in Meredith, N.H.
Dr. Sullivan came to national attention in 1963, when Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, acting at the behest of President Kennedy, asked him to go to Prince Edward County, Va., to reopen the public schools, which the county had closed in 1959 rather than integrate. On two weeks' notice, he opened the Free School Association, offering formal education to black students for the first time in four years.
Working in partnership with the Kennedys, Dr. Sullivan later led desegregation efforts in both Berkeley, Calif., and Boston, Mass. He eventually returned to California to chair the department of educational administration at the University of California, Long Beach.
A reminiscence by Dr. Sullivan appeared in the fall 2004 Keene State Today.


Four Generations
4 Generations photoDebbie Gline Allen '81; Suzanne Gline Hoy '06; and Mary Marcotte Gline '56 are joined by the picture and spirit of Mary's mother, Lucille Seaver Marcotte '27, to celebrate the pending birth of the fifth KSC generation. (Reagan Elizabeth Hoy was born June 16, 2005, to Suzanne and her husband, Ben.)





Five Friends

Five friends photoOn a weekend in February, five old friends met to renew memories of Keene. A few extra pounds, numerous aches and pains, and many wrinkles did not distract from having a wonderful visit. They had met once before in Maine seven years ago and this time voted unanimously to do it more often! Pictured, from left, are Judy Desmaris Wilson '61, Cathy White Wolf '61, Margaret Frain Curtin '61, Terry Duggan Broderick '61, and Martha Perkins Ramsey '61.


BBQ on the Quad

BBQ on the Quad photoGathering for Reunion from the Class of 1985 are old friends (seated, l.-r.) Natali Pope, Cheryl Superson Temple, and Alison Ahmed-Regen and (standing, l.-r.) Steve Taylor, Lisa Gagnon, Todd Tousley, Robin Dannhauser Lazinsk, Ed Wojenski, and Steve Brighton.




Praise for Her Professor

Marion Borofsky '78 of Venice, Fla., writes: When the KSC magazine arrives and I read news of some of my classmates, I think that I should write to you for two good reasons. I appreciate all you have done to keep us informed and I remember with fondness and gratitude my education at KSC.

I was a non-traditional student, among several others in our class, meaning that we were older than 18, many years older in my case. I commuted from Claremont. Four of our children had already graduated from college and our youngest was in junior high when I started classes in January 1975, unsure what course my education would follow. I deluded myself into thinking that it was only for enrichment of my life. The following three-and-a-half years until graduation proved to be that and so much more.
Eleanor Vander Haegen photo
With a stroke of luck, Eleanor Vander Haegen became my advisor. Not only did she steer me in the right direction, she guided me, encouraged me, and made me do my best to deal with issues faced by college students. I also think of her and my other professors with fondness and gratitude. When Eleanor suggested that I have an individualized major - social services to older Americans - I followed her advice.

I never could have accomplished what I did without the love and support of my husband Martin and my dear children. As a senior at KSC, I listened to the others talking about jobs and job interviews. I thought, well maybe I could get one of those, too. When I graduated magna cum laude, I learned that our local mental health center had just received a federal grant that mandated social services to older Americans. I applied for a position and the rest is history. For the next 12 years, I worked with the staff of professionals, with whom I still have contact. My husband and I joke about the fact that my 25th reunion at KSC was the same year as his 60th reunion at Dartmouth.

And Thanks

Karen Mailhot '89 of Shaftsbury, Vt., writes: Miss many old friends. Paul, Paul, Jackie, Kathy, Steve, Dane Marc (Main Man!), Gary, Shannon, Derek, Tim, and, not least, Lisa! Professors - Dan the Man (my mentor). Can we say Odets? Shakespeare? Jon - the man who taught me to respect "behind the scenes" and the dedication of those who do it. It is true artistry; don't forget that. Actors out there, beware: they have the power to make you or break you. Don't mess with them. Professor Walker was happy to have me leave shop, although I still know how to operate a radial arm saw (much to his chagrin, I'm sure). Edith - the voice of reason and incredible intuitiveness. Alta Lu - the beautiful, soulful artist who made me realize that my insights were worth exploring. And Marcia, who combined it all and made dance, acting, and performing finally make sense to a reluctant and insecure actress/singer/dancer. Thank you all, and good wishes.


Where in the World

Kristy Doucette '99 and Alison Thompson '04 visited Disney World this past February.  Mickey and friends loved the Red Sox T-shirts.

Kristy Doucette '99 and Alison Thompson '04 visited Disney World this past February. Mickey and friends loved the Red Sox T-shirts.


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