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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XXI NUMBER 3 Spring 2006
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Class Notes 1960

Carmen S. Nalbone of Titusville, N.J., writes: "Went on a three-day bus tour of Washington, D.C., in November. Great!"

From Gail Spevack Sheldon:
"Last October Roy and Dorothy McCarthy Bright explored Sicily for two weeks, returned to their condo in Portland, Ore., and then drove to their home in Tucson to enjoy the weather. They will return to Portland in May.

"Jim and Kathy Bergeron MacDonald took a cruise through the Panama Canal to San Francisco where their daughter Ann Marie lives. They are busy with four grandchildren under three years.

"Sister Kathryn LaCasse retired from teaching and moved to Nashua, N.H., last August.

"Bob 'Lefty' Joy drove from Vernon, Conn., to Concord, N.H., to watch grandson Cole's Concord High soccer team win the New Hampshire Class L championship. Despite the distance, Lefty managed to see all his grandson's games. Cole is named for Lefty's deceased wife Judy Cole Joy '61 .

"Dick and Joanna Cotter are now residents of Leesburg, Fla., having sold their Rye, N.H., home. They intend to spend summers in New Hampshire as often as possible. Also in Leesburg, Fla., Irene Plourde underwent a quadruple bypass the end of January and called to say she is recovering nicely. Her sister flew in from Seattle and many neighbors helped with meals, good wishes, transportation, and care of her beloved cats. Irene will be in Tilton to attend her 50th high school class reunion on June 17 along with Barbara Wheaton James who is serving as chairman.

"Many of us will also be celebrating 50th high school reunions this summer and fall. Keep me informed as to your 'mini' KSC reunions, too. Hopefully, we'll have a class gathering soon! Remember to write Class of '60 on your checks for Alumni Fund. We're building for our class gift in 2010."


1961

From Dorothy Bean Simpson:
"Ruth Doan MacDougall received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Hampshire Writers' Project awards ceremony last fall at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The New Hampshire Literary Awards, the most prestigious statewide awards program to honor outstanding works by New Hampshire writers, are the Granite State's most coveted literary honor. Ruth is the author of 11 novels and she updates the '50 Hikes' books written by her father, Daniel Doan, who received the 1994 NHWP Lifetime Achievement Award. Ruth was born and grew up in Laconia and lives with her husband, Don, in Center Sandwich, N.H.

"Congratulations from all of us at KSC, Ruth!

"Dorothy McGettigan Callaghan was named the Elementary School Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire state VFW in January. Each year the state VFW recognizes high school, middle school, and elementary school teachers of the year, as well as top firefighter, law enforcement officer, and EMT. Dot Callaghan has taught in the Rochester, N.H., school system for 38 years. During summers the last 15 years, she has traveled to New Mexico to teach on the Navaho reservation near Gallup."

IN MEMORIAM: James G. Beckwith '61 died Oct. 9, 2005, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea and then attended Keene State. He was a standout forward on the Owls basketball team, one of only two players to average over 20 points, and was named to the KSC Owls Hall of Fame. He taught wood shop and graphic arts in Connecticut for more than 25 years.


1963

Helen Jamrog Barnhart of Panama City Beach, Fla., writes: "Retired from teaching and now spend many days and weeks cruising."


1964

Linda Blanchard Oja of Dublin, N.H., writes: "I am teaching in the education department at Franklin Pierce College. My husband and I are both retired and travel to Europe as often as we choose. New Hampshire winters are cold and I'd like to be south of the Mason-Dixon line before too long!"

Denny Joy writes to say that he and Joan '65 retired at the end of the 2003 school year. Denny was the superintendent of schools in Newmarket for nine years and Joan was a first grade teacher in Litchfield for 26 years. They now spend half the year in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and the other half in Wells, Maine, having the time of their lives.


1965

From Richard E. Doyle:
"Jack Barry from Keene writes, 'I taught math in the same school for 35 years and never felt like I was going off to work each day.' He partakes of golf, skiing, and biking and has traveled to Washington, Gettysburg, Williamsburg, and the Naval Academy. He and Bobbie have two children.

"Thirteen-thousand-mile trip to Alaska via California in the RV is where Richard Lund from Lakeland, Fla., traveled last year. He enjoys golf, fishing, skiing, and RV travel. He and Joyce have three children and two grandchildren.

"'Daily life is interesting - I am busy and content in what I am doing,' writes Martha Smith Campbell. (Thanks for your nice comments, too.)

"Reading, spending time with grandchild, home school tutor (special needs) for city of Rochester, N.Y., are what keep Jim Plaisted busy. He and Lynn have two children and one grandchild.

"'My new hip is fantastic and is giving me back the lifestyle I had lost,' writes Joy Rogers Brookshire from Eastham, Mass. She and Ed have three children and two grandchildren. Joy is town selectman and enjoys babysitting her grandkids, knitting, and reading.

"Building a barn for woodworking is what keeps Ed Brookshire busy these days. He has traveled to Pine Island, Fla., to their house. He is retired from school committee work since 1999.

"'My main focus in life is striving for spiritual growth and being a 'light' both to myself and others,' writes Judy Stroncer from Englewood, Fla. She and Cliff have one child. She enjoys studying the alternative health field, biking, walking, reading, and taking day trips.

"'I'm still on the green side of the planet,' writes Norm Cain from norm-cain@yahoo.com. He and Margaret have two children and one grandchild. Travels in the past year were to Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Michigan.

"'I live in a log cabin which I decorate with moose, snowshoes, sleds, etc. Makes me feel like I'm back in New Hampshire,' writes Bev Kovacs Spaven from Mechanicsville, Va. Bev spent three weeks in Japan last summer. One week was part of a Citizens' Delegation from Richmond to its sister city Saitama. She then stayed two extra weeks, traveling by train and visiting teachers she once hosted over here. It was an unbelievable trip, beyond her wildest dreams!

"Mary Sullivan Mallery writes from Ballwin, Mo., that she has quit smoking for seven months and will do it this time! She and Paul have four children and seven grandchildren and she enjoys reading, flower gardening, church organizations, cards, and traveling. They have visited Springfield, Ill., to see the new Lincoln Museum, New York City, Boston, and the White Mountains.

"Peter Skjold writes from Somersworth, N.H., that he is retired and divorced with two children. He enjoys writing, traveling, cooking, the ocean, great movies, and astronomy. Pete has been to Texas and Colorado this year and previously to Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and 38 states.

"Carol Jeffrey writes that her travels this year were to Katmandu, Nepal, and Tibet for 12 days and to London.

"Ted Perrin writes from Tilton, N.H., that he has been retired for five years and he and Mary have been married for 38 years. They have thee children and four grandchildren. He has traveled to Canada, the South Seas, and Mexico. Ted enjoys building rustic furniture, going Cape Cod fishing, antique cars, and running two small engine businesses.

"Carol Lanza Sierk writes from Attica, N.Y., that she is a widow and a minister, with two children and two grandchildren. She enjoys travel (Italy, Greece, and Israel), scrapbooking, reading, quilting, community theater, and Red Hatting. Carol has been 'behind the walls of Attica prison where so many were killed in the 1971 riot. I lived in a neighboring town at the time and now minister to this community.'

"Bill Buckler writes from Winchendon, Mass., that he has been remarried for over five years after the death of his first wife, Gail, in 1997. His present wife, Helen, and he traveled to Milwaukee to visit his daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter. He has a son and daughter of his own and a stepdaughter and four grandchildren. Bill buys and sells antiques, collects baseball memorabilia, and spends time with his grandkids. Also, he publishes 'Connection,' a newsletter for retirees in Winchendon where he taught for 35 years. He's been retired since 2004.

"Al Banks writes from Milton Mills, N.H., that he has been retired since 1994. He and Loretta have three children and six grandchildren. Al enjoys photography, woodworking, gardening, and his family. He 'visited the magnificent Boldt Castle in Heart Island in the Thousand Island International Region of New York.'

"Virginia May Parker Ferrell writes from Keene that she married Benjamin on June 5, 2005, and 'remarried' him on Sept. 17 for the benefit of the kids and grandkids. She is working as a social worker but enjoys antique shopping, photography, motorcycle riding, and traveling to Ireland and Scotland. Congratulations to Ginny and Ben!

"Peggy Bodwell Adams writes from Williston, Vt., that she probably won't retire from being co-owner of her apple orchard and farm market! She and John have been married for 37 years and have three children and five grandchildren. They run their orchard from April to December so there's 'not much time for anything else.' The Adamses traveled to Florida last winter including Key West and a Caribbean cruise. She still 'keeps in touch with good friends from our days at Keene. Where did the 40 years go?'"

Robert Folsom of Puyallup, Wash., writes; "Hi. I am alive and well and living in the great northwest. I taught English for more than 25 years after going to graduate school at the University of Washington for five years. I still teach part time at Tacoma Community College. In 1984 I started a business doing sound and lights for festivals and concerts. I would love to hear from anyone I knew at KSC." rob.folsom@comcast.net

Judy Jakobiec Fudala of Charlottesville, Va., writes: "Retired from the Albermarle County school system in September 2005 after 30 years. Took a trip to VSVI over Thanksgiving. Our two grown daughters took a trip to the Galapagos Islands (11-day voyage) in November and we were all together at Christmas sharing experiences. We have two granddaughters, Sarah and Emily."

Aphrodite Vergas Tagalakis writes: "My husband and I both retired in 2004. We are kept very busy with our three grandchildren, Alexia, Nicholas, and Christopher. We love being retired."

IN MEMORIAM: Antony "Tony" Alexander '65 died Aug. 12, 2001, at the age of 58. The Alumni Office just recently learned of Tony's passing. He was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity.

IN MEMORIAM: Gerald F. Smart '65 died Nov. 20, 2005, in St. Albans, Vt. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and operated a painting business before going to KSC. He taught in Epping, N.H., for 23 years until retirement in 1988.


1966

From Nancy Coutts:
"Don't forget, it's our 40th reunion on June 2-4. I have volunteered to take over the Class Secretary position and want to thank Maureen Beaulieu Heikkinen for her wonderful dedication all these years. I still live in the area and have kept contact with many classmates and former students. I retired from KSC in 2001 after about 30 years teaching theatre and speech. Late summer, Joyce and Don Lebrun visited and helped me 'de-clutter' my house. We keep in contact on a fairly regular basis. They are retired now, too, and have a huge RV for traveling the countryside and living the American dream.

"I have volunteered with Bobbie Luce Barry and Tess Wolcott Buswell to coordinate our 40th reunion. Yes, 40! Amazing!

"We are planning all kinds of 'cool' events and want to hear ideas from you as well, my dear classmates. Most of all, we want to see YOU at the reunion, June 2-4.

"Our class has not been very prolific with class notes or reunions, but we want to change all that. We are also putting together a biographical update of our class and will have it available at the reunion or shortly after. Tess is commandeering that project at lbuswell@mfx.net; 207-532-3242. So e-mail or call her about what you've been doing since school days.

"We also have a long list of 'lost' classmates. If you are one or know of someone's whereabouts, please contact Bobbie, Tess, or me, or the KSC Alumni Office, 603-358-2369.

Hope to see you in June. And write, write, write!"

From John Parkhurst: "Carol (Hobbs '65) and I are doing well. Two children with MBAs and three grandchildren! Looking to hear from all 66ers especially Paul Kelley and Fred Gosselin."

Edith McNeal Risher of Bridge City, Texas, writes: "We had lots of Hurricane Rita damage, waiting for a new roof on our house and some rental property. We evacuated to Mississippi for five days, didn't get electricity for two weeks. But we are blessed with no personal injuries."


1967

Robert Ross Jr. writes: "After teaching industrial arts for nine years in Gorham, six years at Monadnock Regional High School, and 18 years at White Mountains High School, I took early retirement in June 2004. I'm enjoying making a shop of my own and playing in it. My wife, Robin '75 is a fourth grade teacher in Gorham and plans to retire in June 2007."

IN MEMORIAM: Roger P. Donovan Jr. '67 died Jan. 7, 2006, in Exeter, N.H. He taught shop and coached basketball at Somersworth High School for 11 years. He was self-employed for several years and then worked for 14 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a marine machinery mechanic. For the past 11 years, he was a maintenance mechanic at the University of New Hampshire. Roger was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity.


1968

Jim Hick s of Chillicothe, Ill., writes: "Still farmin'."

Southern New Hampshire University named Bob Baines, former mayor of Manchester, N.H., as Executive-in-Residence in January. Bob will assist the university in corporate outreach, enrollment, developing partnerships in the private and public sectors, and teaching. Before serving as mayor from 2000 to 2006, Bob was principal at Manchester's West High School from 1980 to 1999. He was also the interim executive director of Community of Caring, part of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation in Washington, D.C., in 1998. Bob was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in February 2006.

IN MEMORIAM: Elaine Simpson Codding '68 died Sept. 7, 2005, in Plaistow, N.H. She earned a master's degree at the University of Lowell and was a fifth grade teacher in Salem, N.H., until her retirement in 2004.


1969

Anne Fitzgerald Boisclair is still teaching in Manchester, N.H., after 38 years. She and husband Leonard live in Bedford, N.H. Their child, Dana, is 24 and owns an environmental company.

From Barbara A. Hamilton:
"Hi folks! Happy spring to you all. I would love to hear from you all so it can be shared with the rest of your classmates. Please contact me via my email. I retired this year after 36 years of teaching special education. I couldn't be happier and continue to wonder how I had time to work. We had a large East Coast gathering last June when Bethany, my daughter, and her fiancé, Chris, came out for my retirement party, along with all of her California family. Her Dad, Bernie Hartshorn '70 , and I couldn't be happier for her and Chris. I continue to explore my passion for quilting and have met a delightful group of women who are wonderful mentors and have become close friends. I traveled to Seattle this summer with a friend and we visited all of the sights. I got to see a number of former colleagues who have settled out there. It was a wonderful time of connecting and reminiscing.

"I heard from Barry Osborn again this summer from Ireland, where they have a summer/retirement home. He also traveled through New Mexico and Dingle, Pa., and to the ocean for seafood this fall. Barry is looking for a career change that will give him more of a challenge. Good luck to you!"

Mary Ellen Bouchie is employed at Katahdin Valley Health Center in Patten, Maine, as a billing clerk. She recently retired from Houlton Internal Medicine as accounts manager after 25 years of service. Mary Ellen lives in Merrill, Maine, with her husband, Albert. The couple has four children, located from Maine to Virginia, and six grandchildren.

Lou Brooks writes: "I had a great and rewarding career in both teaching and with the union as president/president-elect for 30 years. I became the history of our district the last two years as almost everyone I knew had retired. I was the oldest person in my building both in years of teaching and age. I was the 10th oldest in our district of 475 staff, 30 administrators, and 20 key secretaries. I had known most of the teachers, all of the administrators in our district from superintendents, assistant principals, principals, and secretaries. In my last five years of teaching, all that began to change dramatically through retirements. In the end, I knew only about 100. KSC started me off towards my career goals!"

IN MEMORIAM: Paul Richards '69 died Jan. 7, 2006, in Keene. He worked at S.C. Lawrence, the McBick Manufacturing Co., MPB Corp., and Cheshire County Savings Bank.

IN MEMORIAM: John E. Schuck '69 died Nov. 30, 2005, in Madison, N.H. He earned a master's degree at Plymouth State College and taught woodworking, metal arts, and photography at Kennett High School. He also owned a general contracting business.



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