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Class Notes 1931

Linda Hawes Hollister writes: "My mother, Margaret Whitcomb Hawes, who was quite well and still living in our family home in Plymouth, N.H., suffered a sudden stroke that paralyzed her throat - the worst kind of stroke a person can have because you can't eat, talk, or swallow on your own. The paralysis was permanent. She passed away on April 9, 2002.I have both of her yearbooks at my home in Durham, N.H."

Geraline Newell Merriam writes that she was unable to attend Reunion 2002. She had cataracts removed - one in March, one in April. Gerry is delighted that her sight is getting better so she can do some reading. Perhaps we'll see her at Reunion 2003.

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Whitcomb Hawes '31 died April 9, 2002, in Plymouth, N.H. Margaret was Class Marshal in 1930. She taught fifth grade in Whitefield, N.H., until her marriage, and then lived in Groveton and Plymouth.

IN MEMORIAM: Olive A. Webster '31 died February 14, 2000. She had been living in Vermont.


1932

Blanche C. Bailey of Exeter, N.H., retired in 1975 but still has a small group of piano students. Because of sight problems, she no longer drives.

Anna Courtemanche Curtis attended her 70th Reunion at KSC. She was the only representative from her class. Anna spends her winters in Florida and summers in Stowe, Vt. She taught school in Lebanon, N.H., and Stowe. While a student at KNS, she attended the Glee Club performances. Anna enjoys her five wonderful grandchildren and is very proud of all of them.

Charlotte Davison Hamm has settled in her new home in Utica, N.Y. She says it is a nice place with friendly people, paths for walking, and a beautiful chapel with stained glass windows. Charlotte has taken up line dancing and is learning to use a computer. Sounds like a very special place to live.


1933

Margaret (Peg) Feindal Towers sent a lovely photo of herself wearing her new Golden Circle medallion, which she was excited to receive. The photo was on display at Reunion 2002 and then added to the Alumni Album.

Elisabeth Aiken Martin wrote to say that her husband, Howard, turned 92 in April and she turned 90 in June. They have three great-grandchildren.

IN MEMORIAM: Frances Burnham Johnson Pitts '33 passed away October 10, 2001.


1934

Barbara Auderer Goodridge is looking forward to the Golden Circle luncheons that are held in the Concord area. Our luncheons were first suggested by Barbara back in 1997. Thank you, Barbara, for getting us organized.

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Brown '34 is deceased. She had been living in Rye, N.H.


1935

IN MEMORIAM: Meda Koivunen '35 has died. She had been living in Keene.

IN MEMORIAM: Alice A. Ouellette '35, B.Ed.'48 died in the summer of 2001. She had been living in Brookline, N.H.


1936

Sarah Wyman Lake lives in Ludlow, Mass., and is self-employed as a piano teacher. She writes, "Our five children are married. We have 15 grandchildren and 11 great-children. Several of the grandchildren play an instrument - piano, flute, trombone, bassoon, guitar, trumpet!"

Ferne Coffin Fogg wrote from Roundup, Mont. (love the name), that she would like to be at Reunion, but the distance is just too far. Ferne is spending time exploring the outdoors near her new home. She is learning to recognize the wildflowers that grow in the area and making lovely note cards by using flowers she has pressed. She has a dog named Pepper and cat named Sweetie to keep her company while the family is away at work.

From Martin Kadel '71: "Have you ever lain awake at night making a mental list of those folks who have made a lasting difference in your life? For most of us, the list is pretty short. When I learned recently of the death of Kay Currier '36, I knew I had lost the person at the top of my list! When I moved to South Hampton, N.H., for the beginning of my fifth-grade year in 1956, I was a kid who didn't particularly like school, who now had to start all over in a new school with four grades in one room, and who was in the lowest grade. I knew in my soul it was a recipe for disaster...but I hadn't met Mrs. Currier. I had perfect attendance that year and woke up EVERY morning excited about going to school! I still have the Cub Scout key chain Mrs. Currier gave me for not missing any days. Every morning began by entering the room and saying the obligatory ‘Good morning, Mrs. Currier' and waiting for the smiling response, ‘Good morning, Martin.' Everything in Mrs. Currier's class was a learning experience. We couldn't ask for a drink of water, only H2O...If we said ‘ain't' it meant an out for our team at the recess softball game, which she umpired (unless she was playing marbles with us or getting the boys excited about jump rope, or teaching us to square dance). The list of classroom duties was prominently displayed and changed every week. There was a job for everybody. I enthusiastically led the pledge or read the Bible verse (in '56 we could still do that), and I cheerfully watered the plants or clapped the erasers. My favorite job was serving as classroom greeter. Mrs. Currier told us it was OUR room and we should greet all the visitors, introduce ourselves, and show them all the class projects until she was free. I still know all the state capitals and what each flag looks like. I can still recite most of ‘About Ben Adam.' I still have my scrapbook of 54 dried wildflowers. I can still do fractions, sort of. I remember all she told us about Sputnik that year. I never say "ain't." Most of all I remember how she taught us to care for each other, to help each other, to always be courteous and honest, and to aspire to be not the best, but the best we could be. I became a teacher because of her. She really, really loved us, and we really, really loved her! I was visiting South Hampton two years ago and saw her raking leaves in her front yard. I pulled over and said ‘Good morning, Mrs. Currier.' She came over to the car, looked at my face for the first time in over 40 years and said ‘Good morning, Martin.'"

Alfreda Crosby Gallo '55 sent in a note saying that her "5th- to 7th-grade teacher died recently. That was Kathryn Walsh Currier '36, B.Ed. '55." Alfreda also sent a front-page article in the Amesbury (Mass.) Times that told of Kay's influence on a new generation of schoolchildren when her collection of fabrics went into the making of puppets by third graders at Cashman School in Amesbury. "She was a hands-on teacher, years ahead of her time," said Peter Hoyt, principal of Cashman School and a former student of Kay's. He credits her with his career in education, as does Cashman teacher Patti Sanborn, who received the fabric and her own teaching career inspiration from Kay.

Evelyn Pederson Cleary and Ellen Hartshorn Grauer also sent in the article about their mutual friend, Kay Currier, and wrote, "Kay not only made many braided rugs, but beautiful handwork, and at least 30 quilts."

IN MEMORIAM: Kathryn Walsh Currier '36 passed away May 27, 2002, in Newburyport, Mass. She received a master's degree in education from Boston University and had been a teacher 40 years, retiring in 1976 from the Amesbury, Mass., school system, where she taught for 20 years. The other 20 years were spent in South Hampton, Goffstown, and Salem, N.H. She was a member of both the New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Teachers Associations.

IN MEMORIAM: Eleanor T. Cutting '36 of Warner, N.H., died May 8, 2002. She taught home economics in Warner and Brattleboro, Vt., and worked for Pratt & Whitney to assist the war effort during WWII. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter.


1937

Natalie Davis lives in Gilford, N.H., and notes that it is the year of her 65th Reunion. "In the group I traveled with, two are dead, two others are confined to home, one has Parkinson's disease. So far, I keep well. Sometimes I meet KNS friends at Retired Teachers meetings."

IN MEMORIAM: Wendell F. Hawkins '37 died May 16, 2002 in Troy, N.H. Wendell earned degrees in music education from Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He was a well-known baritone soloist and had a radio program, "On Wings of Song," on Boston's WHDH. He sang with the Hartford Oratorio Society and Opera Club, including leading roles in La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana. Wendell was music director at schools in Exeter, N.H., and Wethersfield and Glastonbury, Conn. He was a choir director and founded the Nayaug Male Chorus, serving as director for 27 years. When he retired, he returned to his hometown of Troy and served on the Conservation Committee and sang with the Monadnock Chorus.


1938

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara J. Capron '38 passed away March 30, 2002.


1939

Lloyd F. Sprague sent a note to remind us that he was the first man to receive an M.Ed. degree from Keene Teachers College. Lloyd graduated first in '39, then in '49 with a B.Ed., and finally in '51 with a master's.



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