|KEENE STATE TODAY SPRING 2009|
Mary Kiley celebrated her 80th birthday in November. She is still traveling - London, Scotland, and Norwegian Fjords. Her next cruise is in February to the Caribbean. She spends the remainder of the year at her home in Naples, Fla., and enjoys reading and concerts.
From Norma (Wright) Walker: "Our class was saddened by the death of Jill (Knight) Wyman. She was a strong supporter of class activities and was our class secretary. I hope there is someone else in our class that will do this for us. Is there a volunteer out there among you? It's an opportunity to reunite with classmates and their families.
Margaret Harrigan writes: "I have a new dog, Phoebe, who is 1-1/2 years old and keeps me very busy!"
From Nina Witham: "We had a great gathering in September. Our thanks to Norma (Wright) Walker for bringing wonderful people from KSC with her. Fifty-five years later, we're still together. Hope we can make it to 100th celebration."
IN MEMORIAM: Charlotte "Jill" Knight Wyman '51
Lila Murphy '52
Irene DiMeco Parent writes: "We were very sorry to hear of the death of our classmate Lila Murphy on Nov. 16, 2008. She was a very kind and caring person, loved by her classmates as well as her former students. She will be sorely missed. We send love and prayers to her family.
From Winnie Woodbury Langtry: "Lila and I had special times together, and we were both active with vocational education and Future Homemakers with our students. She and I had a passion also for helping students get equal opportunities in fields not open to both sexes, such as auto mechanics for women and nursing for men. Now there are as many women doctors as male doctors. I am proud to say she was a dear friend. I shall miss her, as will so many others. It was a wonderful tribute to her. Charlie Mitchell and his wife cared and did so much for Lila for such a long time. They are to be hailed for the work they did to help her.
Joann and Irving Baker have been married for 50 years and have five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Life has been focused on marriage, an every-growing family, and a steady stream of cats, gerbils, hamsters, and parakeets. Now they are enjoying retirement. Last year they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a large party with most of the family present. Joann writes that Irv is extremely quiet. He has had nine strokes and two heart attacks, and is on kidney dialysis three days a week. He's very family oriented and adores the children when they visit. Joann also knew Nick Hatzos '51 and Neal Slocum '52. She has been writing to Beverly Slocum. Two of her cousins attended Keene: Dick Smith and Patti Cogswell. At KTC, Irv enjoyed the company of his best friend Arnold Lowry and fraternity life.
Bill Baston writes: "I served in the military from 1946 to 1948 in Panama. From 1949 to 1951, I played baseball in the Red Sox farm system. My wife, Carolyn (Ramsey), and I have one child and three grandchildren. After leaving KTC, I worked as a teacher, coach, vice principal, and principal at the high school level. Later I worked at the New Hampshire State Department of Education and served as superintendent of schools for 20 years. I enjoy playing golf. My fondest memories of my KTC days are meeting my wife and living in Alpha House with Fred Barry and all of our activities there."
From Priscilla (Osborne) Bechok: "Attending our 50th class reunion was a great experience, and reconnecting with friends I had not seen for many years was wonderful. Trying to grasp all the campus changes was almost mind-boggling. It seemed huge compared to what it was in the early '50s. I still like to think back to the way it was, small and intimate, but change and growth are important. My husband, Dave, who attended KSC for two years, then completed his B.A. and M.A. at California State L.A., still likes to think of KSC as his alma mater. Even though we have lived in California for 45 years, New Hampshire will always hold a very special and warm place in our hearts. I taught one year in Walpole, and one year in Hillsborough before we moved. Dave and I taught for 30 and 27 years, respectively, close to the L.A. area. I have always been so glad I chose home economics as my major. I used to tell my students that I chose a career I use every day of my life. Our son just married for the first time last summer to a lovely gal who was sure worth waiting for. She also, was marrying for the first time, and is a high school math teacher. We now live in the San Diego area, in Carlsbad. Dave and I have traveled extensively. In 1976 we were awarded a sabbatical leave from our teaching positions and traveled around the world, visiting 27 different countries in the course of four months. What a fantastic educational experience, which only enhanced our teaching. Since then we have been to Europe again, Hawaii many times, Alaska, cruised the Mexican Riviera and the Baltics, Panama Canal, and other places. We have been very actively involved in our church over the years. God has blessed us immeasurably."
Patricia Bonardi writes: "Since graduating from KTC, I taught in Westport, Conn., for 40 years. After retiring, I returned to my home in Bethlehem, N.H., where I am involved with many civic activities. At the moment, I am in the process of selling my home with plans for a warmer and more diverse area. Bethlehem is lovely in the summer, but I prefer winters here to be a memory. Since our 2003 reunion I have enjoyed Paris (yes in April!) and Venice. I do look forward to seeing many classmates in June. My cherished memories from KTC are those of the friendships. Who could forget Miss Eston? I remember negotiating with Mrs. Randall for later curfew on special occasions, working in the kitchen with Miss Aldrich, and watching Dean Corrigan with a mountain of pots to clean with a smile on his face. How those women in the kitchen adored Dean! And then of course, there was the 'fun' climb up Mount Monadnock and campus politics."
Charlotte (Nelson) Carle writes: "Don and I married in 1953 and have thoroughly enjoyed our three sons and three granddaughters. I taught for 32 years and finally received my master's degree in 1982. As I transferred to Keene State after being at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for two years, I did not know many of the Keene State instructors. However, the teaching and teaching methods of Ella Keene, Mrs. Deans, Mr. Waltz, Dr. Wolffer, and Arlene Lund were long remembered during my years as a teacher."
From Faith Sargent Collins: "I have two children and three grandchildren. My granddaughter Christina Collins '11 is at Keene State College. When we visited our granddaughter we were so impressed with the new, very large school. We were small but very intimate; it's a different world now after 55 years."
Dean Corrigan writes: "Since our last reunion we have moved permanently to our place in Burlington, Vermont. We are not strangers to Burlington since we lived here for nine years in the late '60s and '70s, when I was dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Also, 53 years ago this past December we spent the first night of our honeymoon in Burlington on our way to Montreal, Canada. Many of the faculty and students we worked with are still here, so we have many friends. Of course, we miss Texas friends after living there for 27 years while working at Texas A&M University. My wife, Jane, worked in the graduate college and I served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development, professor, and first holder of the Harrington Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership.
Peg and Ed Curtis write: "Because of another commitment we are unable to be at the reunion this year. We have not missed very many. We both stay busy with club work and Ed also is in the American Legion Color Guard, so he has participated in more than 30 military funerals this year. Ed has also donated more than 32 gallons of blood! We have three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They are spread from Vermont to California to Louisiana. One grandson returned from Iraq this week. He is a corporal in the Marines. Our best wishes to all."
From Don Johnson: "Since our 50th reunion, Jean and I have continued our good life back on my old farm in Deering, N.H., where we retired after 33 years at NYU where I taught Asian Studies and International Education. We keep a small NYU apartment in Greenwich Village. We have three children and three grandchildren.
Beverly (Erickson) Laferrandre-Chess writes: "My first husband, Bill Laferrandre, died and I have since remarried, to Wayne Chess. I have three children and eight grandchildren. During my years at Keene, my roommates Jane Hickey, Peggy Bullard, Pat Wynn, and I decided we wanted to paint our study area (we had two rooms - slept in one and studied in the other). Since it had never been done, we went directly to the president and he said OK. A colorful room soon appeared."
From Claire (Turchon) Martel: "In 1957, I married a retired naval enlisted officer. We have one child and three grandchildren. Since graduating, I have taught in Hanover and Laconia, N.H., and Norfolk, Va. After marriage I lived and taught at a naval high school in Trinidad for three years. Since retirement I am now settled in Ledyard, Conn., and spend six months a year in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Gloria (Richardson) Matthews writes: "My husband, Malcolm, and I have one child and one grandchild. We have been married for 54 years. Since graduating from KTC, I have taught for 38 years, 36 of which have been in Tolland, Conn. We have enjoyed a lot of travel by train. While at KTC, one of my clearest memories is when my boyfriend came from UNH after visiting hours and stood outside Huntress calling my name, waking up many dorm masters. The housemother was not happy. I also remember our visits to the Gilsum potholes for those of us in Dr. Giovannangeli's class. Marguerite Wirth and I spent many hours sorting laundry in Fiske Hall's basement."
From Robert "Bob" Morgan: "I served in the military from May 1944 to June 1946. I served at Peleliu Island in the Western Pacific. I have four children and nine grandchildren. Since graduating from Keene, my highlight was teaching for six years with the DOD's Overseas Dependents' Schools in Europe, North Africa, and Japan. I taught for a total of 33 years.
Patricia "Tish" Hunt Perro writes: "I have six children, 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. I spent 28 years in newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire as general manager/executive editor. I'm now retired and spend six months in Maidstone Lake, Vt., and six months at Caladesi Island (living on a boat), working with State Park Rangers. My memories of KTC include roller-skating around the pool tables at Fiske Hall with Kitty Noonan, repainting our walls in Huntress (chartreuse!) with Irene Terrill, trips to various "night spots" with Bill and Joan Silver and Doc Chase, making hard cider on the fire escapes, waiting tables in the dining room, having Professor Perodin say I should write for publication (I did), being told by the faculty that I couldn't do cartwheels as a cheerleader because it was 'unladylike.'"
Loretta Pollock writes: "After graduating from KTC, I spent 35 years teaching and counseling. Later I worked at the Connecticut College Book Store and retired from there. I am enjoying my life on the shore of southeastern Connecticut and volunteer for the food pantry. I also love to travel far and wide. At KTC I worked in the dining room. Sports days were a lot of fun and very competitive. We fought long and hard for the Red Team. We also had some great all-night bridge parties. I spend a lot of time in the swimming pool, part of the water ballet team. The camaraderie in a small college was wonderful."
From Marguerite Worth Roberts: "Frederick, my husband for 50 years, died in July 2006. We have four children and five grandchildren. Since graduating from Keene, I have worked as a food service supervisor at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University, taught home economics in Hayward, California, and at Hopkinton High School in New Hampshire, and worked for 21 years in the Vocational Food Service at ConVal High School. After retirement I joined the Peace Corps with my husband, and we served in Nigeria in West Africa at the School of Health Technology. I fondly remember the lawn parties at President Young's home and living in Blake House. I especially remember inviting Walt Dropo of the Red Sox to speak at the College."
Wallace Russell writes: "I served in the army from 1953 to 1955 with the rank of corporal and spent time in Japan. My wife, Sandy, and I have three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. We are now retired and living in Pine Brook, New Jersey."
From Mildred Turner: "Since our last reunion there have been many changes in the last five years. I've been on dialysis three times a week for three plus years, and I've had oxygen for about four years. So I won't be going to our reunion this year. I'm doing very well but the procedure is trying. Please stop by to see me if you're in the vicinity. Havenwood is on the east side of Concord."
Nina Whitman writes: "We are well and happy and celebrated 55 years together on June 21. After four years in Portsmouth, N.H., we moved to Marshfield, Mass., with our son Bruce. Summers we spend at York Beach, Maine, where Bob has had a beach business renting floats and umbrellas for more than 50 years. Our son Scott teaches at Rochester Vocational, drafting and woodworking like his dad. Most of our activities have been renovating old houses - the beach house and helping Scott with two he bought. After 38 years of teaching, Bob claims one has to keep active. We've been on a few cruises and to Pacific Groves, California. Our six-week stay at Marco Island, Fla., is our winter R and R, which we enjoy. Reunions have been a nice experience, and Norma Walker has done wonders with the Golden Circle. The class of '51 is happy to claim her as one of the most dedicated."
Bob Whitman writes: "We've gone to all my reunions since the 25th and not till the 50th have there been many from the class of '53. The 50th was a wonderful experience to see all the buildings and changes at KSC, especially Huntress and Fiske. I told our new and personable president those dorms never changed in 50 years. Miss Eton sure gave us a taste of food - jellied beef, baked potato, and peanut butter sandwiches - a memory. We see and are in contact with many from the classes of '51, '52, and '53, who are in the area. Life is good here at York Beach, and we enjoy our many friends and activities. We are at 90 Nubbles Road, and all are welcome any time."
James Parker is enjoying 20 years of retirement and his first great-granddaughter.
Harold Nugent started volunteering for Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges as well as Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park when he moved to the Florida Keys eight years ago. His interest in alligators and education led to his role at Paynes Prairie as a volunteer educator. Harold takes live alligators and crocodiles into classrooms throughout the region and has helped thousands of students understand the role alligators play in our shared ecosystem and the reasons they deserve our respect. In 2003, Harold was named Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Park Service. Harold values environmental education and says he owes a great deal to his KSC professors, especially Malcolm Keddy and Sprague Drennan. In all his educational endeavors, both at KSC and Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, he received constant encouragement from two colleagues in the English department from 1965 to 1990: Fred Fosher and William Sultan.