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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XXI NUMBER 2 Winter 2006
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Professor Edna M. McGlynn died in March in Beverly, Mass., at age 97. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University, Dr. McGlynn earned two doctorates, one from Boston College in medieval history and the other from Georgetown University in American diplomatic history. She was a professor at Keene State from 1928 to 1936. She then worked as a history professor at Salem State College from 1936 to 1976.

Marion Halladay Keef '22 passed away in April 2005 in Concord, N.H., at age 105. She was an artist until her vision failed, had an exceptional memory, and traveled extensively with her husband after his retirement.

Mabel E. Sturtevant '25 died May 15, 2005, in Keene. She attended Worcester State College and Boston University and taught for many years before her retirement in 1968. She was an avid stamp collector and belonged to a library sewing circle.

Faith Sprague '28 died June 3, 2005 and is buried in her beloved Vermont. She would have been 100 years old on Christmas Day.

Elizabeth Strout '30 died October 17, 2004, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dorothy Brooks LaPointe '31 passed away April 18, 2005, in Chatham, Mass. She attended Boston University and earned a master's degree at Columbia University. She taught elementary and secondary school in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Beatrice Pelletier '31 of Concord, N.H., is deceased.

Pauline Wright True '31 passed away July 25, 2005, in Morgantown, W.Va. She taught before her marriage and was active in civic, church, and volunteer organizations.

Paul Rizzi '32 passed away July 11, 2005, in Milford, N.H. He was headmaster at the Youth Detention Center in Manchester and then became a national bank examiner. He was cashier, vice president, president and chair of the board at Souhegan National Bank in Milford.

Elizabeth Aldrich Richards '33 died July 26, 2005, in Keene. She taught at Sunapee High School, Pinkerton Academy, and Griswold (Conn.) High School before moving to Marlborough, N.H., and teaching in the Marlborough school system and Monadnock Regional School until her retirement in 1972.

Jane Langer Ambrose '34 died May 6, 2005, in Meredith, N.H. She earned degrees at New York University and Plymouth Teachers College. She was teacher and coach at Meredith High School, chaired the Inter-Lakes School Board, and was a guidance director at Inter-Lakes for more than 20 years.

Stella Shaw McEachern '34 died July 29, 2005, in New Hampshire.

Francis G. Tate '34 died June 8, 2005, in Manchester, N.H. He earned a master's degree at UNH and an advanced degree in physical education at Boston University. Considered to be the "Father of New Hampshire Track," he coached at Portsmouth, Manchester Central, Manchester West, and Nashua. Overall, his teams won 42 indoor and outdoor track state championships. An annual New Hampshire high school decathlon bears his name.

Ruth Hardy McCourt '35 passed away July 25, 2005, in Portsmouth, N.H. She taught home economics and social studies in Alton, Lebanon, and Portsmouth high schools.

James B. Saunders '40 passed away in December 2004.

Elizabeth Janetos Drouin passed away in August 2005.

Irene Cusano Duprey '42 died April 5, 2005, in Concord, N.H. She worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield and then taught fourth grade at Walker School in Concord for 21 years.

Edna Lord Kennard '43 passed away April 11, 2005, in Wolfeboro, N.H. She taught elementary school in Freedom, Ossipee, Alton, and Wolfeboro, and was principal of Ossipee Elementary School and McClelland School in Rochester, N.H.

Paula Wenzel Juris '51 passed away June 29, 2005, in Merrimack, N.H. She taught distributive education in high school, junior high school, and elementary school, retiring from Main Dunstable School in Nashua N.H., in 1996.

Barrett Waling '53 died May 22, 2005, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Army and was a teacher in Barre, Vt., and Keene, where he taught at the middle school for 20 years. He was owner of Barrett Waling Ceramic Tile and an avid model train enthusiast. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Ann Britt Waling, former dean of professional and graduate studies at Keene State.

Kendall McCormack '55 died March 30, 2005, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Army and was an English teacher at Peterborough and Conval high schools for 30 years. He was also an adjunct teacher at Hesser College.

Loretta "Rett" Soucy Burnham '56 died Aug. 5, 2005, in Wolfeboro, N.H. She was a member of the Newman Club for four years at KSC. She was a second-grade teacher at Tuftonboro School for 20 years, retiring in 1994, and had previously taught in one of New Hampshire's last one-room schoolhouses in Stoddard and in a two-room schoolhouse in Washington. She was married to John "Jack" Burnham '55 for 50 years.

Marian Bentley Mason '67 died June 2, 2005, in Freeport, Maine. She earned a degree from Lesley College in 1935 and spent most of her life in Keene. She taught for 36 years, retiring in 1980.

Kathryn Reid Thane '67 passed away April 28, 2005, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She earned a master's degree from Fitchburg State College and began teaching kindergarten in Boston. She worked at Walter Reed Medical Center during WWII. She taught from 1955 until the 1980s.

Christine Johnson Holmes M.Ed. '75 died Aug. 3, 2005, in Westmoreland, N.H. A bench at KSC has been dedicated in honor of her teaching career. She taught at every elementary and middle school grade level and lived in New Hampshire, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, and Arizona. She once taught at an American Indian Reservation in Gallup, N.M. She taught music, German, Latin, English, Spanish, special education, and typing.

Catherine A. Stauffer '76 died in December 2004 in Concord, Mass. She was director of special education in the Lee (Mass.) School System. She received a master's degree in guidance and CAGS in special education and administration from Westfield State College. She began her career in 1976 as a first-grade teacher at Lee Central School. In 1978, she entered the special-education field and was appointed director of special education in 1998.

Mary Lou "Brownie" Brown '78 died June 15, 2005, in Windsor, Vt. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a paraprofessional in Keene.

Mary E. Alther '82 died May 23, 2005, in Westmoreland, N.H. She earned her degree at KSC after raising her six children and earned a master's degree at Antioch New England Graduate School in 1984. She had a private practice in counseling for many years and was a dedicated community volunteer, for which she received a KSC Woman of the Year award.

Phillip Neal Sawyer '84 died at the Middlesex, Conn., Hospice Center March 31, 2005. He obtained his master's degree in industrial education from Western Carolina University and taught high school for nearly 20 years in Maine and Connecticut.

Robert Fournier '85 died June 6, 2005, in Boston. He earned his degree in management and was an enrollment specialist for Perfect Dollars and Cents, associated with Monadnock Family Services. He collected model antique cars and was active in AARP.

Steven Arthur Whitney '88 died Dec. 25, 2004, at Medical College of Virginia. He earned his master's degree in engineering from Old Dominion University and was a senior project engineer in the Submarine Division of Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding.

Jonathan Morris '91 of Breckenridge, Colorado, died July 8, 2005. He initiated the club hockey team at KSC and was an accomplished golfer.

Kerry Atherton '94 died June 16, 2005, in Keene. She was an administrative assistant at Keene State for 15 years. She compiled a cookbook and worked with the international students at KSC. The annual KSC Thanksgiving basket collection is dedicated in her honor.

John M. Bennett '95 died in June 2005 in Syracuse, N.Y. John lived in Exeter, N.H., and was a buyer and planner in the semi-conductor industry, employed by F.E.I in Peabody, Mass.

Scott Kornfield '99 died May 30, 2005, in Boulder, Colo. He was pursuing a career in business and was a passionate bicycle racer.

Kevin Brunelle '00 died June 24, 2005, in Georgia. He worked for AmeriCorps and the Student Conservation Association.


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