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1950

Mary Ellen Fifield writes: "I don't feel 80, so I keep making bread the old-fashioned way, gardening, maintaining our house and beach house, traveling, and doing civic work. I enjoy the two great-grandchildren and all the nearby family that keeps us busy too."


1951

Elaine Chesley is returning to New Hampshire after 4-1/2 months in Naples, Fla.

Carol Adamson Reidy just returned from two weeks in Spain. She had a great time.

From Norma Wright Walker: "I am filling in with some class notes until we have a volunteer for secretary. It isn't a time-consuming job, and you will get help and support from the Alumni Office and me. These notes were taken from all the wonderful holiday cards I received from so many of you for which I say a special thank you. It helped to get through a difficult holiday.

"A phone call came from Doc Chase. So nice to chat with him and catch up on the past year for both of us.

"Our condolences to David Staples '55 in the loss of his wife, Betsy. She will be remembered as a dear friend, a prolific knitter of beautiful sweaters (I have one), and a worker at the registration table each reunion. She taught many people to knit also.

"Barbara Ann Sullivan Brooks reports that the antiques shop that she and her son manage had a good year. If you are in the Bristol area drop in at their shop. They will be glad to see you.

"Nina Krochmal Witham and Bob '53 are looking forward to visiting campus and hope to stay in Fiske Hall. She recalled the jellied corn beef and awful baked potatoes we were served. Nina said she ate a lot of peanut butter. Their children and grandchildren keep them busy year round. Always a great time when those that live far away return for a visit.

"A nice note from Joy Clough Webster who was sad to read about the death of Joe McCaffrey. They were members of a group during their freshman year at KTC. Joy has a grand daughter who is applying to Keene State.

"Ruth Bickford Peck always writes a cheery message. She was pleased to have escaped the terrible ice storm of December '08.

"A beautiful holiday card arrived from Sally Barker Andrews. She enjoys hearing the news about our class. It was nice of her to take time to write. Thank you, Sally for your kind words.

"Martha Bassett Sargent always writes a great note. She and Dick have decided to cut back on their community involvement. It is time to down size. The problem they have (as we all do) is going through the accumulation of things as to what to save, what to give away, and what to discard.

"Eleanor Drowne Banfill wrote from Rhode Island that she is thankful for her two daughters. Her grandkids are growing up and some are in the world of work, college, high school, and middle school. Ellie is proud of their accomplishments.

"The December ice storm caused Margaret Rhoades Bost to be with out power for five days. She lives in Alstead where many people were hit hard by the storm.

"Barbara Avery Clark sent a photo of her beautiful family. Two were missing because they were working. Barb is busy making quilts for two grandchildren.

"Charles Plimpton is still working four hours, four days a week at the Lakes Region Community College. He and Lois '54 shared news of achievements and activities of their grandchildren. Isn't it nice we can all do this?

"Beverly Proctor Boyer was surprised by a huge 80th birthday party given by her family and held in Delaware. Family members traveled from Maine, Louisiana, and other locations to help her celebrate the special event.

"A nice note arrived from Pat Parent O'Donnell who lives in Florida, near her sons. She said they let her live her life but are handy when she has tasks that she can't handle. Pat still works part-time and enjoys being out with people. She stated that summer weather was starting to settle in to her area.

"Sorry to report that Daniel Butler passed away in February. His wife sent me the information. Our class is getting smaller every year.

"My children surprised me with an 80th birthday party held in Hancock. I have always wanted to drive a bull dozer, so my son has set it up for me to do in the near future - complete with a hard hat that those who were at the party signed. Maybe I have a new profession ahead of me!

"It was a wonderful reunion '09 on the campus with perfect weather and loads of alumni everywhere. If you weren't there, you really missed a great event. Nina Krochmal Witham, Margaret Harrigan, Dorothy Zekos MacPherson, Charles Manos, Del Langille, and myself attended from our class. It was nice to chat with them, if only briefly. Everyone enjoyed the Centennial display of photos, making the 100 on the quad by Fiske Hall, the dance, and all the delicious meals. Ralph Dwire was on campus Friday evening to attend Helen's '49 gathering. Sorry to have missed him.

"To my surprise as I was packing up my Golden Circle display, I met a fellow I hadn't seen since he was a youngster. It was Jeanne Leonard Deschenes' son Paul Jr., or, as I knew him, 'Buddy.' He graduated from KSC in 1979. Paul teaches in Westmoreland, N.H., and works in Campus Security. What a joy it was to see him after all these years.

"I want to thank so many of you for your notes, phone calls, and e-mails congratulating me on being a 'cover girl' in Keene State Today. It was an honor to be asked to do it, and I feel I was representing all the KSC Golden Circle alumni.

"Don't forget in two years we'll be celebrating our 60th. Let's get a group together to make some plans. Let me know if you are interested in helping. We can meet in a central location."

IN MEMORIAM: Daniel Butler '51
February 11, 2009
Ocala, Fla.

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph McCaffrey '51
October 7, 2008
New Bern, N.C.

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Walker Staples '51
December 13, 2008
Concord, N.H.


1952

Claire Waterhouse Simensen writes: "I attended the regular season final home game of the women's basketball team. One of the senior captains (Jen Kinney) is from Salem. While there I had a nice visit with Don Carle. He is a loyal fan of all the athletic teams. I found out he was off to Florida the next week to visit his brother. I was going to my brother's the next day. When I arrived home, I had a note from Barbara Dupuis McNally. She was letting me know that her husband, John, had passed away in December. We seem to be losing many of our classmates or their spouses. Probably a sign of our age."

"We had a great time at the reunion! I was pleased at the showing from our class, as it wasn't a special year for us. Irene and Bruce Parent, Winnie Langtry, and Grace Chandler worked at the registration desk. Barbara McNally and I arrived on Friday afternoon. Don Carle and Morton and Mable Bradley came soon after. Some of us attended the Friday-night barbeque. Then there was a special showing of a film about the 100 years of the College. Incredible, but it isn't finished yet. Then they had a social followed by a fireworks display.

"Saturday Norma and Bob Mallett joined us, as did Murray and Margaret Ramsey. Norma Walker '51 did her display and conducted the Golden Circle meeting in the morning. She does so much to keep all us 'oldies' informed. Most of us went to the luncheon. Nina and Bob Witham were there, and Barbara and I went out to dinner with them. My first taste of Thai food, and it was good. We had a nice visit - lots of reminiscing. Then Barbara and I went to the dance for a while and watched. What a crowd.

"Brunch on Sunday morning was delicious. Patty Farmer, alumni director, joined us at our table. She is a ball of fire. Dr. Giles-Gee was her usual friendly hostess. We met many of the staff.

"Many of you were missed. We all hope you can join us next year. If all the plans work out the new Alumni Center is due to be opened for the 2010 reunion. It looks beautiful. They are incorporating the old Newman Center into the new building. Peace and love to all."

Morton and Mable Bradley write: "That was a weekend to remember, and we're greatly enjoying our memories of a 100th birthday party! The Centennial movie was great. It was great seeing so many of our classmates.

"Our activities don't change much except we do stuff slower and we've given up golf. We never played very well anyway. After last year's jaunt to Uganda to serve the African Children's Mission, we will probably give up on such long flights. I vowed never to fly across the Pacific again after returning from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2003.

"Our day-to-day routines are mostly volunteer work. We are both deeply involved in AARP Tax Aide for almost six months each year. Preparations start in November. I teach the review class and the new volunteer class in January. Then we work several days each week February through April, and we usually finish the reports and return the computers by the end of May. June through October, I work quite regularly in the Habitat for Humanity cabinet shop. Besides Mable's church work, she also volunteers at a local hospital every Friday. Contract Bridge is a fun pass time for both of us, and we try not to get too serious about it.

"Travel is our big indulgence. We have been taking one or two overseas adventures every year. That may not continue much longer; for one thing we have seen most of the places we're interested in. In all I have tallied up about 60 foreign countries visited. Before we married, Mable saw a few places that I haven't seen so her count goes to more than 60. Since this time last year, we've added Turkey, Uganda, and Panama. Over the years we have particularly enjoyed European river cruises as the most relaxing way to see the world right up close. We went to Panama and had a very comfortable 20-passenger cruise ship and took three days to make the 50-mile crossing from the Pacific to the Caribbean. We have some interesting pictures."

Notes from Winnie Woodbury Langtry: "I am basking in the joy of the wonderful weekend of the 100th anniversary of the College. The weather was perfect. This was not one of the special years for our class, but we had at least 13 members come, many helping as volunteers. I would like to tell of those who could not come but remembered us. Anita Nestor and her husband, Alex, were back in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She sends her love. Joyce Wick sent a message that she will be on a family cruise to Alaska at the time of the reunion and wishes us well. Grace Chandler and I visited Julia Booras and her sister, Mary '56. Julia has a very bad knee and has had surgery so it was not possible for her to come to the reunion this year. I spent the night with Grace in Walpole where we taught our first year and lived in an apartment up over the grocery store on the third floor. It was fun driving around town remembering so much of that year.

"The College is alive and well. President Helen Giles-Gee was welcoming and enjoys meeting each alum. She and Norma Walker '51, of course, were most gracious to us all and thanked us for coming. There were so many Golden Circle alumni (close to 60); they will have to find a bigger room for us to meet next time. On Sunday I was able to meet Sue Gourley Callahan '77; she had not been back to the College since graduation. What fun we had seeing all the changes on campus and sharing the fun of picture taking. We saw and shared things from our college days and what a great time it was.

"We have learned from classmate Morton Bradley that a former member of our class, David Hurd, has died. Dave left our class to join the service, he but did return to KSC to complete his studies at a later date. He was very thoughtful of some of us freshmen when we first came to college. I was glad I located him via email and phone before he died. He and his wife, Alice, had a large family, of which he was very proud. Dave and Morton went to grade school together. I'm sure he will be missed by his family and friends.

"A note to the Golden Circle folks. The Cat 'n' Fiddle has closed but will open later on as a Japanese restaurant. It you have gift certificates, the new owners will honor them. We shall miss the place, but maybe they will have buffets as well.

"I am still active in the Hopkinton Congregational Church, UCC, and also was on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee that moved to the Conference Center of Waterville Valley this year. A friend and I made an altar cloth and communion pieces for the center of our worship area and then had the honor of presenting it to the delegation from Zimbabwe to take back to their country as our gift to them. What a joy that was. Write to me, e-mail me and keep me posted as to what you are doing."

From Irene DiMeco Parent: "After reading Winnie's notes above, I agree that it was a great reunion and wonderful reception and how special the college members and staff made us feel. Beginning with the registration on Friday, ending with the President's Brunch on Sunday, and all the activities in between, it really had an air of fun and excitement (not to mention the great meals). There are many changes on campus and new buildings: a fairly new Science Center, the construction of a new Alumni Center, and a new clock tower donated by the class of '57. We had a fairly good representation of our class. In attendance were Claire Waterhouse Simensen, Barbara McNally Dupuis, Don Carle, Grace MacNevin Chandler, Murray Ramsey and Margaret, Norma Morissette Mallat, Morton Bradley, Winnie Langtry, and Bruce and myself. Norma Walker mentioned her memory book (please send in memories of your days on campus.) She also mentioned the Golden Circle luncheons, which are delicious. This was our 57th year. Join us for our 58th next year, and please send in some news so we can keep track of you all."

IN MEMORIAM: Lila C. Murphy '52
November 16, 2008
Concord, N.H.


1953

Robert Morgan writes: "I have been retired for 22 years after teaching 33 years overseas and here. In August 2008, my fourth great-grandchild was born; he is my second great-grandson. I have three granddaughters and six grandsons. I expect there will be more!"


1954

The class of '54 had more than a dozen participants in Centennial Reunion, including participation from Carolyn Ramsay Baston, Lola Burns, James Carew, Patricia McMahon Clark, June Kingsbury Corrigan, Marie Bergeron Drogue, Joy Johnson Falkenham, Neal Gadway, Sal Grasso, Harold Hapgood, June Hesse Haymon, Marjorie Haines Helmbrecht, Nancy Olson, Beverly Slocum, and Ralph "Rudy" Werninger to name a few. Congrats to Rudy for being elected to the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors!

Esther Copp writes: "Our family is still growing. We have 16 grandchildren and 10 grandchildren. I'm glad I could use my education as a substitute teacher and teacher assistant. My stepgrandson Cody loves poetry. He read at KSC."

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia Gormley Hall '54
March 7, 2009
San Diego, Calif.


1955

Jacqueline Kinney Ray writes: "I look forward to the class of '55 news every quarter and there is none. Why is that? So, I'll begin. I'm 75 years old, with twin sons, now 50. One is married with two daughters (one is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer majoring in biology and on the equestrian team and the other is a sophomore at John Stark high school and on the ski team. The other son works for the government at DISA, lives in Arlington, Va., and travels all over the world. I have many post cards from many places - some I've been to and some I've not. I lived and worked in Connecticut for 42 years, then moved back in 2000 to the town in New Hampshire that I grew up in to be with my mom who is 102-1/2 years old and doing well. Hopefully, someone in this class has something to say."

IN MEMORIAM: Maureen Mannix Mitchell '55
June 23, 2009
Dover, N.H.


1956

Albert Goldblatt is still retired but teaches driver's education part-time.


1957

Kenneth Heath and Claire Dignam say that Terra Snow's history parallels their own. They, too, were the first members of their family to attend college. They both received scholarships and worked on campus.

Cynthia Park Glover writes: "I enjoyed the Stuart, Fla., reunion last winter. The campus and programs are impressive. Since my husband died, I have relearned how to play Bridge and taken up quilting."

From Cynthia Randall Faust: "We were saddened by the sudden passing of Joanne Doten Goodrich on January 31, 2009. Joannie always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. She will be missed by her family and many friends, especially the nine college friends that meet every fall for lunch and keep in touch regularly.

"Mary Lou Stevens LaCoste is a grandmother again. Her daughter, Deb Murray, adopted a baby girl, Abigail, last fall.

"Dorothy Crosby Bresciana has been ill this past year but is starting a new adventure. She is having a new home built in the Carolinas. I would appreciate her e-mail address as the one I have is not current.

"The clock tower committee has worked hard with representatives from the College, through some obstacles and difficulties, to have a beautiful clock tower erected on campus. I believe class members have received a letter with details.

"I would love to hear from classmates. It is so easy now to send a note via e-mail. Classmates always enjoy hearing about you. Please remember to send change of addresses and emails to the Alumni Office."

From Marilyn Britton: "Carl has had many surgeries this year, including knee replacement, so now he'll be able to walk and exercise with no pain or fear of falling. I am president of the Board at our condo, president of the local retired teachers association, and assistant treasurer of our church. Life is busy, but looking up."

IN MEMORIAM: Joanne Doten Goodrich '57
January 31, 2009
Claremont, N.H.


1958

From Jackie Abbott: "Six years ago, we pledged to create a class of '58 fund in which each class member was asked to give back to Keene State College the equivalent of a year's tuition and room and board as it was in 1958. Class members really gave and gave big. As a result, we were able to present to the College more than $50,000, with the stipulation that it would be held in trust for a year and that grant funding be sought to double the gift. As of this writing, no available benefactors were to be found.

"The class designated $30,000 toward a building project and the remaining toward a scholarship fund designated to a junior or senior enrolled in teacher education. I have recently heard that the $30,000 will be used in the new Alumni Center.

"And another year has passed. Several of us were on hand at the 51st reunion of our class continuing to celebrate the Centennial year for Keene State. Marching in the Centennial Parade of Classes were Al Marshall, who couldn't make it to the 50th; Bob Mallat; Dottie Megna; Bill Webb; Myrna Prevost; Hal Nugent; and myself.

"Bill Webb writes that he hopes to return next June for the fourth year in a row to see friends from the class of 1960. Bill is a writer and sends cards to friends every day. I am the happy recipient of many of the cards and occasionally he includes a picture.

"Hal Nugent continues to be very active where he lives in Gainesville, Fla. In addition to being an alligator and crocodile expert, Hal is now the official Chaplin of Tender Tale, formerly known as the USS Fulton, a submarine tender. Hal was on active duty aboard the Fulton from 1951 to 1954. Now he serves it once again as its Chaplin. Nice work, Hal.

"I serve two masters now as I reside in Homestead, Fla., in the winter and Bolton, Conn., in the summer and fall. I works at the local public library while in Connecticut and volunteer at a visitors center in Homestead in winter. Sandy Scripture, a KSC grad, appeared at the visitors center looking for me last winter. Surprisingly we were both at the same place at the same time. What a fine place for a mini reunion."

From Jackie Abbott: "Six years ago, we pledged to create a class of '58 fund in which each class member was asked to give back to Keene State College the equivalent of a year's tuition and room and board as it was in 1958. Class members really gave and gave big. As a result, we were able to present to the College more than $50,000, with the stipulation that it would be held in trust for a year and that grant funding be sought to double the gift. As of this writing, no available benefactors were to be found.

"The class designated $30,000 toward a building project and the remaining toward a scholarship fund designated to a junior or senior enrolled in teacher education. I have recently heard that the $30,000 will be used in the new Alumni Center.

"And another year has passed. Several of us were on hand at the 51st reunion of our class continuing to celebrate the Centennial year for Keene State. Marching in the Centennial Parade of Classes were Al Marshall, who couldn't make it to the 50th; Bob Mallat; Dottie Megna; Bill Webb; Myrna Prevost; Hal Nugent; and myself.

"Bill Webb writes that he hopes to return next June for the fourth year in a row to see friends from the class of 1960. Bill is a writer and sends cards to friends every day. I am the happy recipient of many of the cards and occasionally he includes a picture.

"Hal Nugent continues to be very active where he lives in Gainesville, Fla. In addition to being an alligator and crocodile expert, Hal is now the official Chaplin of Tender Tale, formerly known as the USS Fulton, a submarine tender. Hal was on active duty aboard the Fulton from 1951 to 1954. Now he serves it once again as its Chaplin. Nice work, Hal.

"I serve two masters now as I reside in Homestead, Fla., in the winter and Bolton, Conn., in the summer and fall. I works at the local public library while in Connecticut and volunteer at a visitors center in Homestead in winter. Sandy Scripture, a KSC grad, appeared at the visitors center looking for me last winter. Surprisingly we were both at the same place at the same time. What a fine place for a mini reunion.

"Robert Bellavance retired in 1992. He purchased a new powerboat in 2006. He sold his 36-foot sailboat in 2007 after years of sailing out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

"The class of 1958 celebrated its 50th anniversary a year ago as the College's Centennial began. Our gathering was fantastic with more than 40 class members attending and a number of spouses. We really did it all with a party at Bob and Norma Mallat's on Friday night; the Alumni luncheon at noon on Saturday, where we were inducted into the Golden Circle; and our own special meal on Saturday night on the campus. After the meal we all shared something we were proudest about amid tears and laughter. Very enlightening!"

IN MEMORIAM: Walter Douthwright '58
April 24, 2009
Sun City, Calif.


1959

The class of '59 had a great turnout for their 50th class reunion! Those in attendance included Gordon Bean, Sandy Hussey Bean, Larry Cole, Clyde Collishaw, John Cummings, Nancy Cutter, Robert Cutter, Francis Davis, Tom Graham, Mary-Ann Ganem, LaJeunesse, Ernest Levesque, Howard Main Jr., Judy Palmer Marshall, Nelson Megna, Ann Weeks Pearson, Edmund Poor, Carol Gatcomb Reil, Marion Smith, John Tucker, Richard White, Robert Williams, Nancy Clark Yeaton, and possibly several more!

Frank W. Davis is currently serving his sixth term in the N.H. House of Representatives. He is an assistant majority leader and serves on the House Ways and Means committee.


  
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