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IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth (Greene) King '60
April 12, 2008
Port Charlotte, Florida

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew Steenbergen '60, M '70
April 9, 2008
Concord, New Hampshire


Ellen (Given) Wright and her husband, Jim, are proud grandparents of five children. Ellie still substitutes a few times each year, just to keep in touch.

IN MEMORIAM: Tamar (Lister) Gignac '63
June 16, 2008
Pembroke, New Hampshire


IN MEMORIAM: John H. West '64
July 26, 2008
Concord, New Hampshire


Richard E. Doyle writes: "Last summer, I made up a new questionnaire for my class notes column. Unlike other years, I wanted something different from the usual hobbies, travels, and latest grandchildren of past surveys! I decided to do a poll about our days at KSC and see how they affected our lives thereafter and whose results you will read about here. What I got were uniquely different and wonderful replies. I hope you enjoy them as you travel back in time for a brief period of collegiate nostalgia.

"When asked who was the most popular professor during our days at KSC, '65ers named Pauline Croteau of 'Kiddie Lit' fame; Charles Hapgood, who expounded on Atlantis almost daily in his classes; K. V. King, an energetic P.E. professor; Mac Keddy, a genuine English professor; Prof. Dunham; Dr. Eaves; Dr. Joe Giovannangeli; and Mrs. Keddy.

"When asked who was the most respected, Malcolm Keddy came out on top by an overwhelming margin for his vast knowledge of the subject; being a natural teacher, accessible, and understanding (see related information below); and having integrity. He was followed by Ella Keene, a geography whiz; Ann Peters, a fabulous elementary math instructor; Cornelius Lyle, for his academic rigor and interdisciplinary approach; and Harold Nugent, for his humor and practical applications.

"The best things about KSC were small classes, friendships made, the opportunity to grow into an outgoing, independent woman, receiving the foundation to transfer to another college ('but KSC is still my home'), caring professors who knew their field of study, a small friendly campus, low cost, a central location in New England, a knowledge to meet the needs of troubled students, and the accessibility of faculty.

"The worst things were the lack of sufficient dorms, students who went home on weekends, the lack of on-campus activities, no family dining on Sunday nights, the disciplinary council, parking problems, not much for a commuter to do, it didn't last long enough, having to live off campus freshman year.

"Things you wished KSC offered but didn't were more activities for fun on the weekends, courses on abnormal psychology/mental illness in the counseling program, leadership seminars, and a girls' basketball team.

"Favorite memories were electing a campus mayor independent of frats, sneaking into the dining hall with Bermudas under a raincoat defying the silly dress code and never getting caught, freshmen boys twisting under Fiske windows when Mrs. Kilmister (the housemother) cancelled a dance she felt was indecent, being accepted as one of the guys, the March to Concord in 1963, coffee shop chats with Mac Keddy and fellow students, soccer team success (especially our senior year going 9-2 under Coach Sumner Joyce and super teammates), getting an A+ on a kite-flying project, and Mac Keddy's poetry classes.

"When asked if you would go to KSC again if you had it to do over, everyone said yes. Joy (Rogers) Brookshire said it best: 'KSC was a small college with great teachers, pertinent courses, and a fun campus. We weren't just numbers. Professors actually knew who we were.'

"What did the class of '65 do in their spare time and on weekends? We went to the shoebox-size Campus Club (before the student union was built) and sometimes skipped classes to be with friends, went to a lot of movies in downtown Keene, studied occasionally, went home, made friendships regardless of age, hung out with great friends, worked part time, attended frat social affairs, worked on long-term projects, was married ''nuff said!,' played tennis, had wife and family to support with part-time job, and hung out in the music practice rooms.

"How did your degree from KSC help you with your career? 'It made me well prepared,' 'I got a job right out of school,' 'my degree was accepted out of state and I got life certification,' 'I was better prepared than people from fancy colleges with B.A. degrees,' 'I got five job offers,' 'I never actually taught,' 'I became a high school teacher,' 'led to a teaching career and then a business sale career,' 'provided teaching essentials,' and 'its excellent reputation for producing good teachers, coaches, and lifelong learners opened many career paths.'

"When asked if you promoted KSC to students in your charge, the best answer came from Mary Sullivan O'Malley, who said, 'no' since she taught second and third graders. Isn't that priceless? Teachers of older kids said yes.

"So many responses listed Malcolm Keddy as the most respected professor. It's nice to know that Dr. Keddy received the Doctor of Humane Letters in 1971 from KSC, five years after the College started giving them. He was the recipient of a Jubliee medallion awarded in 1984 on KSC's 75th anniversary. On campus, the Keddy House, located on Wyman Way and Main Street, is used as a living and learning community center for student leaders. Both Dr. and Mrs. Keddy are now deceased."


Peter Bixby has two more years of teaching. He and his wife, Francelle, have two sons: Mason (age 32) is living in Vermont and Alex (age 20) is in his second year of college in Boston.

Judith (Mitchell) Whittum writes: "I have been blessed with two wonderful grandchildren-both boys. I have enjoyed every minute of my retirement since 2001. Doug '65 retired in 2003 and did some one-on-one special education tutoring for the Laconia School district. In April 2004, he was asked to serve as interim principal for a local middle school for four months. He has stayed on in a variety of positions since then. He retired from the New Hampshire Marine Patrol this year. He had worked there part-time for 40-plus years. Life at KSC seems so long ago. Doug went to KSC in December with a group of sixth graders and could not believe the changes that have taken place since 1965. The both of us look back at KSC with great fondness."


Jean E. Barden retired in June 2006 after working 25 years for the U.S. Postal Service. Prior to that she taught elementary school for seven years. She and her husband have a son and a daughter. Their daughter, Melissa, graduated from Keene State in 1996.

Michael Carbone has been named the Rhode Island Middle School Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP). Michael will receive his award on October 25 (along with other state winners) in Washington, D.C.

C. James Grant was chosen by the N.H. School Administrators Association for its 2008 Champions for Children award. Jim lives in Peterborough, N.H., and is an international education consultant, educator, author or coauthor of more than 25 books, and cofounder (with his wife, Lillian) of Staff Development for Educators.

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