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Class Notes 1970

From Jean L. Cotti-Johnson: "Wendy Maxwell has been teaching elementary school in Hanover, Mass., for 36 years and has loved the children and the school system. However, she is looking forward to retirement in another year and being able to do all the things she never seems to have time for. Wendy has traveled extensively and recently was in Turkey for a family wedding. She says, 'I'm also happy to see classmates start to share things about themselves in our magazine. Write more ... Jean needs your information, so send it along to help her!'

From Susan Campbell: "I guess I will begin by saying something about myself. I retired in 2005 after teaching English for 35 years. I have two grown daughters and a new grandson. I am enjoying retirement and the ability to 'do whatever I want to.' Some of my fondest memories are of the theater with Bill Beard and E. T. Guidotti. I would like to thank everyone who sent in information and encourage everyone who didn't to do so.

"Connie Adams has also retired, is living in Walpole, N.H., and is enjoying herself immensely.

"Zeke Bly is living in Wolfeboro Falls, N.H., and teaches at Moultonboro Academy. He and his wife, Carol, have two children and two grandchildren.

"My cosecretary, Jean Cotti-Johnson, is living in Scituate, Mass. After retiring from 28 years of teaching, she is enjoying traveling on nonschool vacation times with her husband, Gary, who is self-employed. Retirement doesn't mean not busy for Jean.

"Angela Chmielewski Kennedy is located in East Longmeadow, Mass., after retiring from 28 years of teaching family and consumer sciences (home ec) in an inner city school in Springfield, Mass. She plans on retiring in about three years, but plans to continue to work with children. A favorite memory is playing cards in the student union. I wonder how much higher all of our GPAs would have been without cards in the student union.

"Susan Doukas currently lives in Manchester, N.H. She held a number of different teaching positions, but is now retired and enjoys all the activities that go along with it. Dr. and Mrs. Goder are two professors who stand out in her mind as both professionally and personally unique.

"Marjorie Gleason Abram is far away in Orting, Wash. She is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Bill, have three children and seven grandchildren.

"Joan Goodwin Tarleton and husband, Steve, live in Bridgewater, Vt. She has three stepchildren and four grandchildren. She has been teaching for 30 years in several different schools, always in the area of social studies. No plans of retirement yet. Memories include the Star Bar, riding a unicycle down the dorm hallway, and graduating with her mom.

"Pat Lanning Targett and her husband, John, have two children and a Brussels Griffin Terrier named Jack. She spent 15 years in the classroom and doing various other jobs and is now back in the school system.

"Peter Guay is living in Enfield, N.H. He and his wife, Diane, have three children and one grandson. He is semiretired, subs, and works summers at a golf course. Stealing the Alpha duck during pledge week is a favorite memory and he would like to thank George Nostrand for his help.

"Mary Baker Harder lives in Hudson Falls, N.Y. She has two children and two grandchildren. She is a FACS teacher in South Glen Falls and plans on retiring this year. A favorite memory was a huge water fight in the spring of '69 - fun, but a huge mess.

"Joanne Kallio is a practicing attorney in Winchendon Springs, Mass. She has one child and one grandchild. She retired from teaching in '95. She has a wish for the future of affordable health insurance for all, and wouldn't it be swell if a KSC graduate played a significant part in it?

"Eileen Kukish and her husband, Pete, live in Durham, Conn. They have one son. She is semiretired while teaching and tutoring in Middletown.

"Karen Leavitt is living in Deerfield, N.H. She and her husband, Doug, have three sons and two grandchildren. Karen is in her 35th year of teaching at Deerfield Community School. She was Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1999. Snowball fights on the lawn in front of Fiske Hall are a fond memory.

"Heather Locke and her husband, Randy, have retired to Biddeford, Maine, after she taught for 35 years at Keene Middle School. They have one son. Heather enjoys learning to play bridge, knitting, and serving on several boards and committees in the area. Heather has fond memories of Dave Battenfeld's chuckle, which was infectious.

"Carlotta Luinetti lives in Jupiter, Fla. She has one step-daughter and three grandchildren. She is a semiretired practical nurse and volunteer tutor. She remembers Van Panagoulias placing her food tray on the conveyor belt and then deciding to keep eating, so she did, walking right along with the tray.

"Jessica Mortis Wojtokiewicz and her husband, Richard, live in New Ipswich, N.H., and Chappaquiddick, Mass. They have two children. She just retired from 35 years of teaching in Gardner, Mass., and has plans to do a lot of traveling.

"Brian Richardson and his wife, Karen, live in Taylors, S.C. They have four children.

"Carl R. Rouillard and his wife, Liz Endicott, live in Charlestown, N.H. They have three children and four grandchildren. He is retired and enjoys working around the house. He remembers painting Dr. Hayn's house with Bruce Norton. It was like a hundred feet in the air and scared them to death!

"Joan Sullivan Flurey and spouse live in Manchester, N.H. They have two sons and three grandchildren. She is still teaching math at Parkside in Manchester.

"John Smith and wife, Mary, live in Edgewater, Md. They have three children and two grandchildren. He is still punching a time clock as a sales rep for Bulova Watch Corp., mid-Atlantic region.

"Stephen Towle and wife, Janet, live in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. They have two children. He has just retired after teaching for 34 years at N.H. Community Technical College in Nashua.

"Robert Travis and Joan Bleyle Travis are in Litchfield, N.H. They have two children and two grandchildren. He owns an export company dealing in textile recycling on a worldwide basis, with companies on both coasts. As far as retiring goes, Robert says, 'Never. I love what I do for a living.'

"Peter Tucker and his wife, Kathleen Farley Tucker, live in Brewster, Mass. They have two sons. Peter is a retired teacher and assistant principal. Peter and Kathy owned Tucker Machine Company, Inc., which they just sold to their oldest son. They have retired to Cape Cod.

"Evangeline 'Van' Panagoulias Marines and her husband, James, live in Saco, Maine. They have two children. She is teaching grade five in Saco. Her husband retired after teaching for 40 years. They have two sons who are teachers as well. Must be in the genes!

"Don Van Uden and his wife, Barbara, live in Hooksett, N.H. They have two children who are also graduates of KSC. Don is teaching at West High School and serves as social studies department head, while Barbara teaches grade 4 at Hooksett Memorial School. A memory - 'the cross-town bus' in the TKE cellar.

"Charles Varney III and his wife, Susan Prescott Varney, live in Derry, N.H. They have four children and two grandchildren. This is his 36th year at Pinkerton Academy - nine teaching and 26 as assistant principal, and principal as of 2005.

"Lots of grandchildren here! When did we get to be so grown-up (not old)?"

Patricia Avery Haselton writes: "Still in Swanzey. Enjoy piano lessons, gardening. Grandchildren are all grown up - youngest, 14, is home-schooled; two granddaughters in college, one in high school, and oldest grandson is on his own. I'm still active in church activities."


1972

Susan Nugent M'72 is on leave of absence from her teaching position at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., while she finishes her book, Profiles in Conservation Florida Keys: Special Women and Special Places in the Florida Keys. She has been teaching at SFCC since 2000. She was program chair and president of the Florida College English Association and received its Distinguished Colleague Award in November for "significant and sustained contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service."


1974

Steve Borghese and his wife, Carol Bulley Borghese '75, celebrated 30 years of marriage on June 7, 2005. They have two sons, Mike, 29, and Andy, 25. Steve owns his own business, Sharella Transport, LLC, and is a professional driver. Carol earned her master's degree last May and is now a reading specialist at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., where she has been teaching for 16 years in the special education department. They live in Manchester, N.H., and would love to hear from old friends.

From Jane Capuccio Stauffer: "The questionnaires keep coming in with lots of classmates sharing their adventures. The response has been great. Keep it up!

"I just heard from many of our classmates who live and work in Manchester, N.H.

"Carol Pinard Von Suck writes that she and her husband Chris are living in Manchester and she is teaching at the Beech Street School doing the Title I and Reading Recovery programs. They have two children - son Ben attends KSC and Jess attends the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Kathleen Healey Provencher shares that she and her husband, Richard '72, live in Manchester and she has been teaching third grade there for the last 30 years. They have two children - Ryan, a junior at KSC, and Jenna, a freshman at UMass-Amherst. She has many fond memories of her time at KSC, but remembers one day in particular when there was a 'big rain storm that left huge puddles especially by the Commons. Everyone seemed to be there wading and splashing - it really was fun!' I remember that, too. It must have been one of the very rare warm days in Keene.

"Diane Lavallee Demers lives in Hampton, N.H., with her husband, Ron. She has been a guidance counselor at Manchester West High for 31 years. They have one son, who lives in Vermont, and she enjoys spending time with his family and the two grandchildren, Schuyler, 3, and Zoe, 2. Each time they drive through Keene it brings back memories. The two most memorable were the 'panty raids' and Greek weekends. She also reports 'on the seacoast, a few of us have gotten together thanks to the efforts of Susan Bangert Murphy.' Diane writes she would love to hear from Jan Fagerquist.

"Michael Dolphin also lives in Manchester with his wife, Kathleen. He keeps in close contact with KSC through his job as the guidance director at Londonderry High School, where he has been since 2004. Previously he was the guidance director in Hudson N.H. In 1990 he started the New Hampshire Association of Guidance Directors. For travel, he writes, 'My son and I do an annual baseball trip to a new park each year.'

"Pat Sullivan lives in Goffstown, N.H., in her 250-year-old homestead. She enjoys being part of the Goffstown Community Garden Club and is the past president of the group. She works as a registered nurse at Health Dialog in Manchester. In her spare time she works as a medical advocate, which she hopes to develop into a full-time business. Pat would love to hear from Marie Driscoll, Colleen Debbish, and Sue Navin '75.

"I also heard from our classmates from other parts of New Hampshire and New England. Jane Allen writes that she and her husband, Warren, are living in Spofford. When Jane joined the class of '74, majoring in home economics, she was a non-traditional student, 'old enough to be the mother of most of the other students in the program.' She remembers being 'well received and treated by all my classmates!' She is retired, but keeps busy with volunteer work. She was very active in fundraising for construction of the new library building in Chesterfield, N.H., and she still volunteers there. She has been the trustee of the Trust Funds for the town for the past 35 years and is looking for a replacement. Her granddaughter is getting her second master's degree at KSC and her great-granddaughter is a full-time student. She would love to hear from other home economics majors and wonders what they are doing now.

"Lynn Sudlow writes that she and her husband, Ted, live in West Lebanon, N.H., and she owns her own errand and personal assistant company, 'The Complete Errand,' founded in 1999. She is active in the local chamber of commerce board of directors. When she isn't working, her grandsons keep her busy - one 3-year-old and 1-year-old twins. She enjoys travel and has been on a trip to Europe this past year, spending time in England, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.

"Jerry Deschamps lives in Concord, N.H., with his wife, Kathleen. He writes that Kathleen has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for the past eight years. Jerry is retired and is her full-time caregiver. In 2004, they were approached by the New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and asked to work to help enact legislation to include MS in New Hampshire's Catastrophic Illness Program. They wrote testimonials, made phone calls, and asked others to join them in testifying to the state senate subcommittee. 'After many months of hard work and nervous anticipation, Governor John Lynch signed into legislation, in late 2005, the inclusion of multiple sclerosis into New Hampshire's Catastrophic Illness Program.' Jerry also holds the office of advocate in his local Council of the Knights of Columbus in Concord.

"Caren Calafati Showerman writes from Thetford Center, Vt., that she is planning to move to South Carolina. Caren has enjoyed a varied career since her days as a music major and a member of the KSC touring group, Random Concept. She taught music to grades K-12 in the schools while singing professionally with symphonies and choral societies. She founded and owns the National Touring Opera Company and Voice Studios of New England. 'I tried to step in the direction of retiring by buying a house in Hilton Head Island, S.C., but instead my business, the Opera Company and Voice Studios have expanded in that region,' she says. She has two sons - Alex, 17, who will be headed off to college in the fall and sings in musical theater, and Derek, 32, who lives in Boston and works as an administrator in communications. Some of her fondest memories of her days at KSC were performing and touring with Random Concept. She would love to hear from music majors who were part of the group. 'It was likely my inspiration for the professional touring Opera Company which began at Dartmouth College.' She also would love to hear from any alumni who graduated from Northport H.S., Northport, N.Y.

"Rich Colbert and his wife, Joan, live in Bristol, Conn. He is the project manager for the Connecticut Department of Public Works. Rich has worked there for 16 years, managing construction projects. They have three children - Rick, 24, who attended KSC for one year and now works at the Hartford Insurance Co.; Tim, 22, who attended Johnson and Wales University and works as a food services manager; and Katie, 12, who is in seventh grade and in the National Junior Honor Society. Rich, an avid golfer, hopes to retire and move south in a few years so he can play golf year 'round. Last June he met up with several TKE brothers for a golf weekend in the Keene area and stayed on for reunion activities. He would also love to hear from another TKE brother Jonathan Zedalis '73.

"Kathleen Moreau Heb lives in Ayer, Mass., with her husband, Robert. She taught in junior and senior high school for eight years right after graduation, but then lost her job because of 'Proposition 2.' Kathleen is now the co-owner of a transportation and warehousing business. She tells us she 'coached soccer, softball, and basketball for my daughter as she was growing up in rec league and middle school.' Her daughter, Stephanie, is graduating this year from the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Mass. 'I love to golf. I have been at it for about five years. We have a condo in Woodstock, N.H., and enjoy going there, especially in the summer. We hike, bike, golf, and kayak.' In the past year, she and her family took a trip to Aruba, after winning a trip there a few years ago and falling in love with it. While at KSC she especially enjoyed field hockey and a softball trip to Omaha, Neb., with Dr. Bovinet. She would love to hear from Julie Schaeffer '75 and Marge Nostrand.

"Some of our classmates have spread out around the United States. Richard Hamilton and his wife, Marie, live in St. Charles, Ill., where he is the vice president at Global Solutions for ProLogis. He enjoys travel and has done lots because of his job. He also keeps busy with golf and boating. He and his wife have two grown daughters - Erin, who teaches in the NYC public schools, and Lauren, who moved to Chicago in August for a new job. One of his most memorable moments was the 'panty raid' that included Leo Redfern, president of KSC at that time. Rich would like to try and get a Chicago-based KSC alumni association going this year.

"Judy Hessler Blood writes that she and her husband, Dick Blood (Plymouth State '75), now live in Freeville, N.Y. She has spent the last five years teaching grade 4 in the Ithaca City School District after teaching in New Hampshire in the Kearsarge Regional School District. During that time, she was in the Hopkinton and Henniker School, where she was the assistant principal. They moved to Ithaca five years ago, where her husband coaches the women's softball team at Cornell University. They travel extensively for softball, recruiting and to attend games. Judy is also an avid runner and has completed 21 marathons. 'Although I slow with each candle added to my birthday cake, I still enjoy getting outside for a daily run of five to six miles. We look forward to retiring in New England at some point.' Judy would love to hear from Anne Hyland, Margie McDonald, and Art Trottier.

"I have just heard from more classmates, but I will save some for next time. Please keep in touch. Others would love to hear from you."


1975

Norm Muir of Williamsburg, N.Y., writes: "I have completed my second year as dean of undergraduate studies at Medaille College. Donna is a stay-at-home mom for the first time in almost 30 years and is kept busy with our 9-year-old daughter, Alexa. We'd love to hear from June Heinz St. Lawrence and Ted Lindquist."


1976

Ron Demers writes from Lewiston, Maine: "I work for Demers Leather. We sell leather to anyone that uses it - footwear, clothing, furniture, motorcycles. I'm married twice, divorced twice, but I have three great kids out of it all. My son graduated from RIT in May, one daughter goes to SNHU, and my youngest is in sixth grade here in Maine. Unfortunately, I haven't been in contact with any members of the swim team and would love to hear from them."


1977

Carolyn A. Kamuda writes: "I reside in Gardner, Mass., am single, and own a real estate business (www.kamudarealestate.com) I also teach real estate courses for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

Russell Perkins of Concord, N.H., writes: "Recently retired from the NHDOT, where I worked for 16 years. Now teach geography for Plymouth State University. Active in the National Space Society and the Mars Society."

Chad Chamberlain writes from Goshen, Vt.: "We returned March 1, 2005, from a family trip to Chile, homeland of my wife, Fernanda Canale."

Timothy H. Congdon writes: "I live in Keene with my wife, Theresa, and am employed as an optician at the Vision Center. I have two stepsons and two grandsons. I would like to hear from Susan Waitt, Tom Neary, and Mark Yeaton."

Geoffrey Jones was honored by the Northeastern Loggers' Association with the 2006 Outstanding Management of Resources award. Geoffrey has worked for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests for 26 years. His award citation noted, "Jones has made sure that Society lands meet the highest standards of sustainable forestry, earning the organization a national reputation as a leader."


1978

Samuel Conklin III writes from Northampton, Mass.: "Jeff LaValley '88 and I are always chatting on the phone or through e-mails, so I always hear about KSC. We attended the new president's inauguration in April and it was great to see the campus."

Cynthia Glover Ouellette writes from Penacook, N.H.: "I have been teaching high school French at Merrimack Valley School District after a few years' leave to be a social worker and elder counselor in Franklin. I loved the job, but I missed teaching, so I went back. I will be married 21 years this fall to Al, who works for the state of New Hampshire. Our daughter, Aimee, is a senior in high school and will attend St. Joseph's College in Maine in September. She dances, has performed in school musicals, and is very active in our church commun-ity. I'm the proud author of my very first book of poetry, A Piece of My Heart, published through iUniverse.com. This is a dream come true for me, as I have been writing since I was a child and have always wanted to be published one day. I hope my classmates will give it a look online and then order it through the publisher or at www.barnesandnoble.com. I am working on another book and hope to have it ready for publication this summer. I would love to hear from Pat Berthiaume Bocchiarro, Pauline Landrigan, Karen Barlock '79, and everyone else."

Jeanne M. Rudzinski writes: "Finishing my 10th year at Moultonborough Academy teaching and counseling special ed. students in grades 10 to 12. Can't tell you how excited and pleased I am that my son, currently a high school junior, has chosen KSC as his first choice for college!"



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