The Golden Circle gatherings are a great way to meet and chat with KSC alumni. Of course, we all enjoy the food, too. On June 19, I traveled with Ruth Wilson Keddy to the Golden Circle luncheon at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord. Our class was well represented by Joan McCarter, Phyllis Bodwell, Andy Moynihan, Leland Collins, Doug Kimball, Ruth Keddy, Harriet Perkins, and myself. Ideas for our 60th Reunion were discussed.
On August 14, the Golden Circle met at the KSC Dining Commons for lunch and various accounts of happenings by Norma Walker '51. Our class had the largest number in attendance. Andy Moynihan, Leland Collins, Christine Sweeney, Ruth Keddy, and I were present. Norma read a note from Doug Kimball saying he was improving after his heart attack. He thanked friends for their cards and best wishes. We hope he is able to join us, as he has in the past.
Sarah Wyman Mack visited in Burlington, Vt., this summer. Her brother, Wendell Pollock, met her in Mississippi last winter for a short visit. Plan for our 60th, Sarah.
In August, Barbara Charbonneau enjoyed attending her daughter Karlene's wedding.
On September 7, a 60th Reunion-planning workshop was held. Rita Sughrue and Ruth Keddy planned to attend.
IN MEMORIAM: Anna Arnell Hirst '42 died at her home in Ashland, Ore., on November 1, 2002. She taught elementary school in Antrim and Lincoln, N.H., and in Windsor, Vt. She also lived in the Chicago area and taught elementary school in Wisconsin. She was twice president of the Ashland chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Charlotte M. Henderson Ketcham '42 passed away November 3, 2002, in Groton, Conn. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Wolfeboro, N.H., and taught in Groton and Waterford, Conn. She retired in 1978 as director of special services.
Victor A. Lindquist '42 passed away June 12, 2002.
IN MEMORIAM: Una Silloway McKee '44 died June 17, 2002, at her home in Wolfeboro, N.H. She was one of 35 elementary majors who went out to teach in schools during their senior year and returned to summer school to complete their studies. She taught in the Claremont school system for many years.
From Carolyn: Vesta Fendersen Kennedy's husband passed away recently. Our sympathy to Vesta.
There were five members of the Class of '45 at the July Golden Circle luncheon at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord. As usual, we had an enjoyable get-together and wish more classmates could attend these events.
From Grete: For us, the Golden Circle picnic at the Sunapee Resort Area on July 7 was pleasant and rewarding. Barbara and Bob Freese, members of the Class of '41 who are newcomers to Havenwood-Heritage Heights (H-HH) here in Concord, talked us into going. The food was scrumptious and abundant. I had a good visit with classmate Nancy Scripture Ashworth and with former fellow faculty member at Vilas High ('45 -‘46) Ruth Wilson Keddy. We were saddened to learn of the death of Mary Kachavos Kallechey's husband in June. Mary's son stayed with her in Manchester for the summer, as he has in the past. She went "home" to Florida in August. Mary and her sister Demetra joined the Golden Circle theater trip in Meredith on July 31. Connie Swain Donaghey, who was vacationing in the area, also joined the group. A Golden Circle luncheon was planned for October 22 at H-HH. There are a baker's dozen Keene grads now residing in the H-HH community. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please let me know. We would like to hear from other classmates!
Barbara Manning Gregoire of Wilton, N.H., writes, "I'm getting ready for my annual trip to Texas and California to visit family – four grandchildren are now living in Santa Barbara. Mary Buttrick Pelletier and Yaja Sokul Lagace and I had a nice visit at the Cat 'n' Fiddle Reunion lunch."
Barbara Clark Stone of Red Bluff, Calif., writes, "Two of our daughters, our daughter-in-law, and five of our 10 grandchildren are taking college classes. Our other three children are in public administration, store management, and teaching high school band. Dick and I square dance, and I play cribbage. We visited sisters in New England in July. We will camp near Yuma again this winter."
Nancy Scripture Ashworth of Milford, N.H., writes, "Travels – two-week trip to New Mexico and Texas with friends; a week on a Texas ranch; and four days at Big Bend National Park – awesome."
Al Soucy updates us on his music career and other loves. His days at the organ during Parker Hall assemblies gave way to playing the pipe organ in St. Patrick Church. For a while he directed a 20-voice choir singing four-part Latin masses. He later returned to the keyboard, still "by ear," for congregational singing. He chalked up 40 years until his retirement from playing in 2000. Al's son Steve invited him and his wife, Marjorie '50, to join him for a wonderful trip to Arizona in April 2002. They flew to Phoenix, rented a Blazer, and toured the Southwest. Their journey took them to Tucson, saguaro cactus country, Mt. Lemon, then north to Sedona and Oak Tree Canyon. The Red Rock country of Monument Valley in Navajo land was awe inspiring. They continued into the lower Rocky Mountains to Colorado, then westward through Utah and Nevada on their way to California and Yosemite National Park. Al writes that it's difficult to describe the greatness and beauty of the sequoia groves. En route they toured Virginia City, Death Valley, and Lake Tahoe. To quote Al, "Our 4,000-mile journey will be long remembered. Speaking of journeys, I reached that milestone of 80 years of age on May 10; indeed a time in our journey of life to appreciate!" Congratulations, Al!
Ellie Smith Butler and husband John have moved from their home of many years to a nearby condo: 9 Muster Court, Lexington, MA 02420-2001.
Let me hear from more of you, please. I'm hoping for a good turnout for our 55th Reunion in 2003.
IN MEMORIAM: Ethelyn Starkey Oros '48 passed away in August 2002 in Keene. She was a home economics teacher at Lebanon (N.H.) High School, Keene Junior High School, and Keene High School for 37 years, retiring in 1991.
Bob Daly and wife Ann just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland, where they spent a great deal of time in Dublin. A second grandchild was welcomed in May. Her name is Siobhan Daly Themeli.
IN MEMORIAM: Henry C. Mann '49 passed away August 16, 2002.
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