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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XXI NUMBER 3 Spring 2006
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Agnes Kane Hillock '25 died in December 2005 in New Jersey.

Eleanor L. Shaw '26 died Nov. 19, 2005, in Canterbury, N.H. She was a teacher and was also president of the Chichester Phone Company for 26 years before retiring in 1988. Eleanor has attended all the Golden Circle luncheons at the Cat 'n' Fiddle restaurant in Concord, N.H. She will be missed. Our sympathy goes out to Carl, her son, who always made sure she was at KSC gatherings, including Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith last year.

Rosetta Brown Lowe '27 died Sept. 28, 2005, in Townshend, Vt. She was a teacher in Vermont and New Hampshire for many years and retired as principal of the Jamaica (Vt.) School. Our sympathy goes to Rosetta's family. She had become a special friend to Alumni Director Mike Maher '72 and Norma Wright Walker '51 . They had visited many times and Rosetta and Norma exchanged letters several times a month.

Dorothy Burbank Barnaby '28 died Oct. 31, 2005, in Franklin, N.H. She earned a master's degree in education at Harvard University in 1938 and taught English, history, and social studies in Arlington, Mass., for 36 years. She was also the girls' guidance counselor for more than a decade. She later worked for a computer business in Austin, Texas, for nearly 20 years.

Marion Wentworth Browning '28 died Oct. 29, 2005, in Concord, N.H. She taught in Candia, Gilmanton, and Hooksett, N.H., and was a welder in an ammunitions factory during WWII.

Mary Dubois Disnard '28 died Dec. 18, 2005, in Windsor, Vt. She taught music in Europe and French and music in Claremont, N.H.

Faith Carpenter Sprague '28 died at the age of 99, on June 3, 2005, in Gettysburg, Pa. She was born in Readsboro, Vt., and lived most of her life there, teaching second grade for many years before retiring in 1967.

Helen Titcomb Higgins Mallard '29 died Sept. 28, 2005, in Warner, N.H. She had been a reading teacher and consultant in Derry and Salem, N.H.

Pauline Ellison Maynard '30 died Nov. 28, 2005, in Claremont, N.H. She was a teacher and assistant principal in the Newport, N.H., school system for 38 years.

Mary Grace Sullivan '30 died in November 2005 in Weymouth, Mass. She had taught at Pollard Elementary School in Quincy, Mass., for several years.

Mary Grimes Doyle '34 died Jan. 4, 2006, in Peterborough, N.H. She taught third and fourth grade in Dublin (N.H.) Consolidated School for 15 years.

Dorothy Aiken Morse '34 passed away on Jan. 15, 2006. Her early years in rural Putney, Vt., especially in her family's berry fields, set the stage for her lifelong love affair with the natural world as well as the classics. She studied first at Putney's little red schoolhouse and then rode the train each day to Brattleboro High School. After Keene Normal School, she accepted a teaching job at the Maple Corner School in Calais, where she met her husband, Harry. She ended her teaching career at the East Montpelier Elementary School. Her long teaching career is distinguished by people with this message: "Dot Morse was the best teacher I ever had!"

Luther Preston '38 passed away in July, 2005 from cancer. His son, Eugene '69, wrote: "He had a very positive attitude to the very end. He came out to live with us in Brandon, S.D., the last of April. He still enjoyed reading books on forestry and spoke of the interview he had with Angela Frazier '00 when she was preparing the article in the alumni magazine last spring. He always spoke positively of his time at Keene and enjoyed his classmates. On the Saturday before he came to live with us, the Greenland (N.H.) community had a surprise going-away luncheon for him. It was neat to see the young people and children around him and talking with him. He aged gracefully and I think his relationship with young people helped him keep a youthful attitude."

Ruby Whittemore Keegan '40 died Dec. 11, 2005, in Franklin, N.H. She taught high school English in Littleton, Tamworth, and Goffstown, N.H., and was librarian at Tilton-Northfield High School. Later she established and ran libraries in Franklin elementary schools and was a substitute teacher.

Pauline Murtha Jacobs '44 died Jan. 6, 2006, in Ocala, Fla. She taught in Plainfield and Dublin, and was the first reading specialist in the Keene school system, where she worked for 19 years until her retirement in 1981.

Ella Barton Reney '44 died Sept. 22, 2005, in Grantham, N.H. She taught in Grantham and West Lebanon before becoming a program director at WCNL radio and writer for the weekly Argus Champion, both in Newport.

Jeni Klementowicz Bennett '46 died Oct. 12, 2005.

Margaret "Peggy" Clark Helyar '48 passed away after a brief illness January 12, 2006. She lived in West Brattleboro, Vt., and was Class Secretary for her class. Ellie Smith Butler writes: "With deep sadness, I am writing our class notes for Peggy Clark Helyar who passed away after a brief illness on January 12. Peggy, in her customary way, had planned ahead, asked me to cover the Class Notes for her, and mailed me a packet with all her KSC materials, which I received the day before she passed away. We have lost a very special person who was devoted to KSC and lived its motto - 'Enter to learn; go forth to serve.' Our sympathy goes to her family and many friends."

Sallie Ramsay Hesketh '49 died in Feb., 2006.

Richard F. Waldo '55 died Sept. 27, 2005, in Fort Myers, Fla. He served in the Korean War and was superintendent of N.H. School Administrative Unit 6 in Claremont, Cornish, and Unity for 24 years. He did graduate work at the universities of Vermont, Maine, and New York. He was married for 50 years to Janet Tremblay Waldo '55 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Herbert Czarnosz '71 of Venice, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2006, from injuries sustained in an accident. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a finance officer for the N.H. Army National Guard. While in college, he was a member of the Alpha Pi Tau Fraternity.

Gerard P. "Jerry" Knights '71 died Dec. 29, 2005, in Nashua, N.H., at the age of 56. Jerry was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity. During his junior year at KSC, he and his wife Glenna Cleveland Knights lived in Keene on Court Street, as caretakers of the Senior Citizen Center. Their son, Jason, was born in what was then the Elliot Community Hospital, now Elliot Hall. Jason graduated from KSC in 1992.

Marilyn Longa Johnson '72 died Sept. 25, 2005, in Merrimack, N.H. She worked for Matthew Thornton Health Care and managed Johnson's Photography.

David C. Hill '74 died Oct. 19, 2005, in Hinsdale, N.H. At KSC he was president of Kappa Delta Phi. He earned a master's degree at the University of Connecticut and was assistant superintendent of business at School Administrative Unit 29 in Keene. He later worked at Markem Corp. and then in Scituate, Mass., as business director for the schools. He returned to New Hampshire to work for SAU 27 in Hudson and Litchfield.

Douglas A. Annis '76 died Oct. 31, 2005, in Langdon, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a computer programmer for JVC Electronics.

Charles F. Powell '78 died Sept. 13, 2005, in Hinsdale, N.H. He taught physical education at Mount Caesar School in Swanzey and at Westmoreland School, both in New Hampshire. He was married for 32 years to Laurel Manning Powell. '73 .

Keith V. King Jr. '80 died Dec. 1, 2005, in Alton Bay, N.H. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2000. Survivors include his father, Keith V. King Sr. , physical education professor and director of the LIVE program at KSC for many years.

Robert E. Catudal '90 died Feb. 10, 2006, in Manchester, N.H. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and worked in security at KSC. He then became head of security at Notre Dame College in Manchester. He worked at PC Connection in Merrimack and for the past 5 years had been employed in corporate sales at Hewlett-Packard in Littleton, Mass.

Paul Sternfels '97 died in December 2005 in an accident at his home in Westminster, Vt. He was a beloved and respected math teacher in Pioneer Valley school district in Massachusetts. Prior to his teaching career, he worked at Green Mountain Orchards in Putney, Vt.


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