|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 2 Winter 2003|
From Jean L. Cotti-Johnson of Scituate, MA: "I have received our KSC alumni magazine and had many memories flood my thoughts. It's amazing to see the years that have gone by, but the mind still pictures people and places as they were. It always saddens me that there is so little news from our classmates. So here is something for you to share in the next magazine. Hopefully we'll hear from more friends.
Virginia (Ginger) Weldon Knudsen is a learning support teacher in the Upper St. Clair (Pa.) school district. She writes, "We have three children – Heather, 26, graduated from Duquesne, is married and is a physical therapist in Florida; Amanda, 23, graduated from Penn State and is a restaurant manager; C.J., 17, is in high school."
Dave Westover is president of Clark-Mortenson Agency in Keene. He writes, "I ran track for Bob Taft during my undergraduate days. At KSC, I was a sprinter. I have been coaching junior high track for the past 10 years in the Fall Mountain school district and started running masters track meets when I turned 50 three years ago. This summer I got brave enough to enter the national masters track and field championships and am pleased to report that I finished fourth in the country in the 100m dash for my age division, 50-55. It sure brought back some of the positive memories I had while competing at Keene State. I can't believe how nice the KSC campus is these days!"
Frank Feraco writes, "After graduating, I taught grades 5 and 6 in Claremont, N.H. I left for Australia in 1975 and taught in Queensland, New South Wales, and Tasmania in 1975-77, 1980-90. From 1977 to 1980, I taught in international schools in Switzerland and Greece. Since 1990 I've been to Russia and the Republic of Georgia, where I did some teaching as well. I've been working for Long Island University for almost five years."
From Karen McDonough of Peterborough, N.H.: "I am in my second term as president of NEA-New Hampshire. I am on leave from Mascenic High School where I taught English. In my travels to numerous schools throughout the state, I always enjoy running into KSC alumni and former students who are now teachers."
IN MEMORIAM: Helen C. Wills '74 died in Keene, N.H. In the 1940s and 50s, Helen was assistant production editor of House and Garden, publicity director for Wilson Hall Museum at Dartmouth College, and the first woman to have a column in the Daily Dartmouth. Her articles appeared in New Hampshire Profiles, the Keene Sentinel, the Valley News, and the Lewiston (Maine) Journal. She was fashion editor at Yankee and in charge of the Peterborough Players theater programs. From 1956 to 1976, she was editor of People of Precision, a history of MPB Corp. in Keene. From 1964 to1968, she edited the Dartmouth Medical School quarterly.
Norman and Donna Kenzie Muir write, "We are starting our ninth year at Keuka College and have recently purchased a new home. Our five-year-old Alexa started kindergarten this September and is a handful. We'd love to hear from Ted Lindquist and June Heintz St. Lawrence."
IN MEMORIAM: Mary Jane Perry '75 died November 9, 2002.
Well, here it is August 20, almost the end of summer as I write these words of rhetorical wit. We won't have to be concerned about being hot when you read this in the winter. Oh, aren't the four seasons great in New England?
Richard Arvo Heikkinen died in Claremont, N.H., in December 2001 on his 30th wedding anniversary. He was the husband of class secretary Maureen Beaulieu Heikkinen '66, father of Michael, Tammy, and Krista, and grandfather of four. An avid runner, he completed five marathons before triple-bypass surgery ended his running eight years ago. He studied philosophy, religion, and politics, and was a computer consultant.
IN MEMORIAM: Richard Arvo Heikkinen '77 died in Claremont, N.H., in December 2001 on his 30th wedding anniversary. He was the husband of class secretary Maureen Beaulieu Heikkinen '66 and an avid runner and computer consultant.
William Marinone is president and owner of Jopat & Son, Inc., in Windsor Locks, Conn. He writes, "Lynn (Reed Marinone '78) is finishing her degree in education at Bay Path College in Massachusetts. Daughter Kate, 21, works at Hamilton Sundstrom and lives at home. Son Ryan, 18, graduated from high school with high honors, and was president of Honor Society and captain of soccer and baseball teams his senior year. He is going to Skidmore."
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