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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 1 Fall 2002
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Dr. Arthur J. Giovannangeli ‘37Dr. Arthur J. Giovannangeli ‘37 died July 6, 2002, at the age of 89. Dr. Joe, as he was known to nearly everyone, taught at Keene State College for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1976. He was the chairman of the science department for 11 years and served as director of the KSC planetarium.

After graduating from Keene Normal School, Dr. Joe became a teacher and coach at Keene Junior High School, and later he joined the faculty at Keene Teachers College. While teaching at the junior high, he attended Boston University summers and on Saturdays to attain a master's degree. After joining the faculty at Keene Teachers College, he continued to take courses and in 1954 received the doctor of education degree from BU. In between, Dr. Joe served along with his three brothers in the Army during World War II.

In addition to his classroom teaching, Dr. Giovannangeli was active in helping develop and improve other parts of the College. He helped create and manage the annual state science fair and was also an early pioneer in the development of courses of study for teaching alcohol and drug awareness. Dr. Joe co-founded the Newman Center and was active in the KSC Alumni Association. In recognition of this service to alumni, the Association awarded him its Sprague W. Drenan Award in 1971. Dr. Joe was the College's first macebearer and a recipient of the KSC 75th Jubilee Medallion. In 1986 he was inducted into the Keene State College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Art Giovannangeli is survived by his son Arthur J. Giovannangeli Jr. ‘66, his daughter Marcia Giovannangeli DiCostanzo ‘69, five grandchildren, a brother, Egidio Giovannangeli, and his sister Clara Giovannangeli ‘73.


Eleanor Collier Eaby '25 passed away May 10, 2002, two days before her 98th birthday. She died at the home of her daughter in East Orleans, Mass., where she had lived for the past seven years

Martha Hill Robertson '29 died October 13, 1992.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Victor Lundgren '42 died June 3, 2002, in Pensacola, Fla., at the age of 85. He retired from civil service at Naval Air Station Pensacola as a program designer. Victor was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity and a veteran of World War II. His wife, Ruthe Hanson Lundgren '41, died in 1991.

Shirley Carriel Lund '44 passed away March 26, 2002, in Middlebury, Vt. She taught in Marlborough, N.H., and in Ridgefield and Wilton, Conn., before moving to Brandon, Vt. She was also active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire Girls. Survivors include her husband, Barlett Lund '43.

Robert LaBonte '49 died in 1999. He had been a resident of Cavendish, Vt.

Virginia Sargent Young '49 of Bennington, N.H., died in Peterborough. A graduate of Plymouth State College, she earned a master's degree at KSC. She was an elementary teacher in Claremont, Sunapee, and Bennington, N.H., from 1963 to 1990. She was a library trustee and member of the New Hampshire Retired Teachers Association.

Clementine Follansbee Cloutier '52 died in March 2002.

Pierre Greenwood '57 died May 23, 2002, in El Paso, Tex.

George J. Lambert '60 died April 14, 2002, in Poulsbo, Wash. He was an Army Air Corps veteran and taught in Hartford, Conn., from 1967 until 1988.

Kendall C. Menard '60 died April 27, 2002, at his home in Keene. Ken taught English and social studies at Keene Junior High School from 1962 to 1992. He also coached baseball and basketball at Keene High School. He umpired Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball for many years and was president and treasurer of the Keene Babe Ruth League. A die-hard Red Sox fan, Ken was also known for his "Down East" humor and storytelling. He is survived by his wife, Carlene Wyman Menard '62, three children, and seven grandchildren.

David C. Wilson '63 passed away April 17, 2002, in Raynham, Mass. He taught in Charlestown, N.H., substituted in Bridgewater and Raynham, Mass., and worked for 15 years at the Paul Dever State School in Taunton, Mass. He also owned a convenience store and an antiques shop.

Janyth R. Pratt '67 died in April 2002. She lived in Keene and Nashua, N.H., before moving to North Carolina in 1996. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua and Western Wake Hospital in North Carolina.

Evelyn P. Honkala '69 died in May 4, 2002, in Keene. She was a resident of Swanzey, N.H., for 45 years and taught home economics in the Winchendon School District for 30 years before retiring in 1998.

Jonathan Soule Hall '71 passed away May 19, 2002, in Milford, N.H. He was a metallurgist for Hitchiner Manufacturing, past president of the American Society of Metals, and an independent photographer.

Spencer H. Whitney '72 died May 20, 2002, in Montpelier, Vt. He earned a master's degree from the University of Vermont and a CAGS from the University of Connecticut. Spencer served in the Army and was an industrial arts teacher in Essex Junction, Chester, and Barre, Vt., and Great Barrington, Mass. A member and officer of several service clubs and lodges, he also was a hunter safety instructor for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept.

Richard A. Heikkinen '77 died December 17, 2001, in Claremont, N.H., on his 30th wedding anniversary. His survived by his wife, Maureen A. Heikkinen '66, who said he dealt with his illness for a long time.

George Regopoulos, former professor of mathematics, died April 11, 2002. He taught at KSC 1961-1978 and had been living in Florida.

William R. Matson '80 died May 16, 2002, in Keene. A resident of Troy, N.H., Bill graduated with his son, William T. Matson, from KSC. He was a 30-year veteran of the Marine Corps, was a drill instructor at Paris Island, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the Korean War. He held numerous leadership positions in the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the Cheshire County Commission, and Troy committees. He was the town's oldest and longest-serving fireman.

Susan Anathan Weintraub '82 died April 23, 2002, in Avon, Conn. She received her master's degree at KSC and was an amateur photographer and a volunteer with the Haitian Health Foundation.

Guy N. Brown Jr. '89 is deceased. He had been a resident of Nashua, N.H.

Kristine Sowa-LaCoste '91 died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She was comptroller and office manager at Waste Management in Swanzey, N.H. She married Scott LaCoste last December and the couple was living in Winchester, N.H. Kristine was a supporter of Kelly's Angels Relay for Life and an avid gardener and quilter.


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