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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XXIV NUMBER 2 WINTER 2008
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1970

Martin Kallio Jr. is expecting the birth of a new grandchild in December.

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia A. Baldwin '70
October 28, 2007
Keene, New Hampshire


1972

2006 and 2007 were busy years for Peter and Suzanne '73 Brown with the marriages of their two daughters - Kelley (in 2006) and Corey (in 2007) On Dec. 21, 2007. Kelley and her husband presented the family with an early Christmas granddaughter - Bella Raine Luke. The Browns' twins Johnny '07 and Jamie (Suffolk graduate 2007) are out on their own starting their careers and being very successful. Peter has recently visited with Alpha brother Bob Travis and occasionally runs into Alpha brother Frank Pasek. Suzanne still owns and operates her successful residential cleaning service HouseWorks for more 23 years and reports there is still plenty of dirt in Nashua! Peter is just finishing 15 years of selling dental equipment in the dental industry and is looking for new challenges in 2008. They wish everyone well.

IN MEMORIAM: Jon G. Gemmell '72
September 1, 2007
Keene, New Hampshire

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn B. Walker '72
July 15, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island


1973

Alison Saville writes: "In October, Martha (Hamilton) Curtis, Shirley (Gilbert) Fowler, Sylvia (Child) Fry, Debby Kropp, Lorraine and Nick Skaltsis, Chris (LeBlanc) Weishaupt and I finally had a reunion. We met in Concord for brunch. Many of us had not seen each other since we graduated, so it was nice to see everyone again. We caught up on news and pored over old photo albums, remembering the great times we had at Keene State. It would be great to see some of the rest of our old dorm buddies, so we planned a reunion for the same weekend in 2008."

IN MEMORIAM: David L. Knight '73
October 28, 2007
Nelson, New Hampshire


1974

From Jane Capuccio Stauffer: "I heard from Jane Allen, who sent me an obituary stating that Judith Gilman of Richmond passed away in November. All of us home economics majors will remember her from our freshman year when Judith taught our nutrition course. Since then she and Jane have served on the Board of Home Health Care and Community Service. Jane also reports, 'I stay well for an 84-year-old lady. I always look back on my years at KSC with much pleasure. I was old enough to be a mother of all of you yet you treated me as an equal.' She goes on to say that she never took a teaching job but did a lot of substituting at Keene High School and Middle School. Jane also did many years of volunteer work."

Maurice Bilodeau was inducted into the N.H. Officials Hall of Fame in January 2007.

Gary and Kathleen St. Germain celebrated 33 years of marriage this year. Their daughter Katie graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in theatre, and their son, Michael, is a freshman at Northeastern in the international business program. The couple's youngest, Caroline, is a freshman at Old Saybrook High School, where Gary teaches Social Studies. Kathleen teaches SPED in Clinton, Conn.

Richard Hamilton writes: "I had the pleasure of returning to KSC this June for the dedication of the Veterans Memorial on campus. It was a very moving ceremony and a proud moment for those of us who had family, friends, faculty, staff, and classmates serve our country. It was also a wonderful opportunity to see some close (but geographically distant) college friends, former faculty members, and administrators. Dave Gagne '73 and I had dinner and reminisced about funny college stories. I encourage all my classmates to make a visit; KSC has never looked better! I had the pleasure of meeting President Giles-Gee and Alumni Director Jeff LaValley. KSC is in great hands! Hope to hear about how the rest of my classmates and TKE Brothers are doing. Drop me a note if you are ever headed to Chicago (rkhamilton920@aol.com)."

Rena (Holland) Mitchell writes: "After not teaching grades K to 9 since graduation, I am teaching seventh- and eighth-grade history. This is a new challenge for me. But, I am at a wonderful private school where attention to each individual child is highly valued among all teachers and administration. I have been on the look out for Fenibo, Anita, and Dirkje!"


1975

Mary Lou Smith writes: "Just want to keep in touch and say hello. Miss seeing all of you! I want to let you know that my daughter's wedding couldn't have been more perfect. She was one of the July 7, 2007, brides. The weather cooperated, and Rev. Cullity did a wonderful job. Jan (Sousa) Eyman came from Texas and sang. She was my maid of honor and sang the same song at my wedding. I found out that Rev. Cullity's daughter was a gymnast at the American School when Jan and I were coaching. Small world. Gymnastics season will be starting soon, and I will be busy. I was recently honored by my physical education peers by being selected as the Vermont elementary physical education teacher of the year. Thanks Keene State! Hope this finds everyone well, and I hope to get to some event soon. Take care and keep in touch."

IN MEMORIAM: Melody Hastings '75
October 30, 2006
El Cerrito, California


1976

Phil Bellingham writes: "Just checking in with you all to make sure you are still out there. I am looking forward to the autumn, and then it's off to Florida. Orlando and Boca Raton are my favorite spots. It's interesting to fly out of Bradley Airport when the temperature is 28 degrees and swim in the ocean five hours later. As I mentioned in previous notes, the College has a lot of changes taking place. Hope these notes find you having a good time."

Phil Martin has been chosen to be the first recipient of the Keene State College Music Department Distinguished Alumni Award. He currently teaches music at Campbell High School in Litchfield, N.H., where he is responsible for band, jazz band, guitar, music theory, and general music classes. He also taught in Concord, Londonderry, Gilford, and Belmont (N.H.) schools. However, his work in music education has extended well beyond the classroom. In 1981, he was elected All-State Band Manager, his first position on the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Executive Board. He became NHMEA President in 1996 and held national office as Eastern Division President of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) from 2001-03. During that time, he was an avid advocate for and helped design the New Hampshire K-12 Curriculum Framework for the Arts. He also served as representative to the State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards and secured a partnership with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education's National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute. Most recently, Phil received the U.S. Department of Education American Stars of Teaching award. The award honors superior teachers who, through the use of inventive instructional tactics, have improved student achievement, effectively making a difference in the lives of their students. Keene State is proud to recognize Phil as someone who has done all of these things and made a difference in the lives of so many students.


1978

Winnie Ryan writes: "I've been busy since the days at KSC. I finished a Ph.D. It's in marine science, technically, but I work on fishing and coastal communities. My work has been related to fishing labor, fishery management, and hazard studies. I also picked up a Master of Regional and City Planning (MRCP) and a master's degree in anthropology when I was working as an archaeologist. I have a daughter who is 26, working on her Ph.D. in the astronomy of asteroids, and looking to get married. She just missed (by an hour and a half) the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis and was very glad not to have worked late that day. Other than the above, I live in a little house near the edge of the Chesapeake Bay across the York River from Yorktown, Va., with my husband and four collie dogs. I've got a garden with tomatoes and peppers, many fruit trees, several blueberry bushes, and plenty of herbs. Not what you'd call greatly exciting, but wait until the dogs spot a bicyclist, and you've got more than one dog on the leash ... you're flying! My address is 1546 Greate Rd., Gloucester Point, VA 23062; winnieryan@yahoo.com."

From Jan Hussey Doten: "I am living with my family in Fort Myers, Fla. We've been here since 1990 and love it. I have three lovely daughters and two lovely stepdaughters. I am soon to be a grammy; my youngest daughter is expecting in November around Thanksgiving time! I can't wait. I have been teaching family and consumer science since graduation. Over the years, I taught at Interlakes High School in Meredith, N.H.; Timberlane High School in Plaistow, N.H.; Moultonboro Academy in Moultonboro, N.H.; and Estero High School in Estero, Fla. This year, we will be offering culinary operations as a new career course for our students. I spent one week at Johnson and Wales University preparing for it. I had a wonderful time learning new techniques and networking with other colleagues from around the state of Florida."


1979

Larry Colby was recently appointed by Govenor Lynch to the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Men.


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