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Joan Tripp is retired. She took care of her late husband, Richard (November 2007), a COPD patient, for seven years. Her daughter Coralie helped as well. Joan enjoys the children in her family and her home.

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Croteau '60
February 11, 2010
Keene, NH

IN MEMORIAM: Bernard LaCroix '60
April 12, 2010
Laconia, NH


Bob Saulnier keeps busy with nine grandchildren from 16 months to 17 years old. He is on two association boards and still works three days a week. His four teenage grandchildren are active in sports, and he and wife, Grace, try to go to all of their games.

Ray Clarke and wife, Pat, stayed with Bob and Grace Saulnier at their winter retreat in Destin, Florida, in January. Ray and Bob joined Kappa Delta Phi in 1958 and have remained friends for more than 50 years. The stop was one of several that the Clarkes made during their trip, which included visits with friends in Sarasota and Jacksonville as well as sightseeing in Alabama and Mississippi. Their goal is to visit all 48 contiguous states, and they only have four more left.

Ruth Doan MacDougall recently published a new novel, Mutual Aid. Ruth is the author of a dozen previous novels, including Hikes in the White Mountains and the Snowy Series, including The Cheerleader. Ruth was the recipient of the KSC Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and the New Hampshire Writers' Project Lifetime Achievement Award.

Class secretary Dorothy Simpson writes: "Have you read any of our other classmates' books? Helen Munn Stuefloten wrote Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and There's a Giant in the Garden. Carolyn Woodes Nichols Page wrote Bones of Contention and Barn Flight, a collection of New Hampshire poems. Please let us know if we have other classmates who are authors as well."

Dorothy would like to remind classmates to reserve the first weekend in June 2011 for the 50th reunion. She writes: "Don't forget to earmark your KSC donations to the Class of l961 Scholarship Fund. Please, send us news."

Dr. John C. Shurtleff from Webster, New Hampshire, died February 1, 2010, after a battle with cancer. After graduating from KSC in l961, John went on to receive a master's degree in science from University of Southern California, a certificate of advanced graduate study from Boston University, and a doctorate from USC in l973. John was a military man with the Department of Defense overseas schools. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. John was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work in Berlin. John leaves his wife, Dr. Heidemarie Degen Shurtleff; two daughters, Stephanie J. Shurtleff and Rebecca K. Nordman; and one grandchild. John will certainly be missed.

Nancy Andrews Fessenden and her husband, Chet, returned from a trip to Ireland.

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. John C. Shurtleff '61
February 1, 2010
Webster, NH


Elaine Brandon writes: "In June 2004, I retired from the Milford public school system. I substitute teach twice a week. I continue my involvement in the Milford Education Association as an active member of the Connecticut Education Association-Retired. I am on the advisory board and several committees. I'm also an active member of the Sacred Heart League of St. Augustine's Church, the Red Hatters, and the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, as well as the Derby Historical Society. Occasionally, I dress in my 1762 women's outfit. At present, I am working on a sponsorship to raise money for our 5th- and 3rd-grade program, "A Day in 1762," which allows children to experience life as it was in the 18th century.

"I love to dance and take ballroom dancing lessons. At present, I am taking lessons in Argentine tango. I've golfed for 32 years and try to golf at least once a week. Four years ago, I started to play bridge, at least once a week. I take lessons and/or get together weekly with friends to review what we have learned. I travel for two to three weeks each year. I have visited many places in the United States and have also been to Quebec, Bermuda, and Italy twice. I have family in Italy and plan to return.

"My family is where I get the most enjoyment. I have three grandsons who are involved in athletics. I take great pleasure in seeing them in their individual sports. I also love concerts, plays, and shows. I am a member of the New Haven and Milford Fine Arts councils.

"This past year I helped organize my 45th class reunion for KSC, just as the College celebrated its centennial. My class entered Keene Teachers College in 1960, and four years later we were the first class to graduate from Keene State College. Do you remember our walk to Concord? Those who didn't attend the Reunion celebration missed a superb time. We were able to attend organized events, have a fantastic interaction with classmates, and see fireworks (I love fireworks!). I truly enjoyed the weekend."


Richard and Barbara Loughlin Doyle enjoyed their second winter in Barefoot Bay, Florida. They return to the Granite State six months of the year. Barbara is in her final year as president of the New Hampshire Retired Teachers Association. Under her leadership, the group has fought to maintain their COLA and health insurance benefits. She enjoys being a grandmother to Connor, Calista, and Dylan. Richard is actively involved with the Massachusetts Retirees United as well as promoting his book about his 37-year teaching career. He is also involved with his family genealogy and watercolor painting. After contracting vasculitis, Richard has become active with the National Vasculitis Foundation and is learning to live with the ailment.

Joan Dauphin Buck and her husband have increased their time on Cape Cod as well as in the South with grandsons and other family members. They have been married 44 years and recently travelled to Maui. Joan thinks it would be good to celebrate the class's 45th reunion at the College Camp.

Joy Rogers Brookshire had a hip and knee replaced. She is active as the Eastham, Massachusetts, representative to the Cape Cod Commission, the Septage Plant's board of managers, and the library building committee. She and her husband have been married for 44 years and spend four months a year at their Pine Island, Florida, home. Joy hopes people will attend reunion and suggests getting together at a local restaurant.

Bob "Whitey" Dearborn will not be able to attend reunion this year. He retired from teaching and moved to a two-acre country lot. He enjoys reading, net surfing, and new websites. Whitey would love to hear from classmates; his e-mail address is

John Knowles is happy to be back on the Cape after four years in Florida. He organized his 50th high school reunion last fall, and it was successful. John enjoys local sports, gardening, and landscaping. He looks forward to seeing the campus and socializing at reunion.

Peggy Bodwell Adams is running the family apple orchard with her husband, John, of 41 years. They have travelled to Hawaii, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Thomas, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Peggy enjoys her family and five grandchildren.

IN MEMORIAM: Sheila B. Robinson '65
January 29, 2010
Jacksonville, FL


Tim and Deirdre '76 Angwin live in Bedford. Both are retired from teaching. They owned a bookstore for eight years. They have two children and two grandchildren. They have travelled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Recently, they sailed around Italy on a five-mast clipper ship. They'd love to hear from old friends.

From Nancy Coutts: "My dear '66ers, there were only six of us at last year's reunion. I would love to see more of you this year. You will not be disappointed by the beautiful changes on campus, including the grand opening of the new Alumni Center! I'd like to thank those of you who supported me with your prayers and contributions toward my missionary work in three indigenous villages along the Amazon River in Brazil in fall 2009. What a blessing and awesome experience! See you at reunion."


Martha Ferris Marcette and Bruce Marcette have retired from teaching and are enjoying their retirement. They live in Keene and keep very busy. They have two children, Jessica and Jeremy, and four grandchildren, Jackson, Lily, Isabel, and Owen. Martha works in special education at the Wheelock School part-time and Bruce works at the Cheshire Medical Center part-time. They both enjoy golf, and Bruce keeps busy with a lot of painting. They enjoy traveling and spending winters in Florida, and they recently enjoyed a week of sun in Jamaica.

George Raymond lives in Florida and enjoys the warmer weather. He has been a principal for 17 years at a math, science, and technology K-5 Blue Ribbon school. His school has been active in projects for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education and has just set up a working relationship with the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition.

Dick Conway retired in 2007 and spends half of his time in Melvin Village, New Hampshire, and the other half in Indialantic, Florida. He and his wife, Nancy Osborn Conway '67, are planning to drive out West for their 65th birthdays.

IN MEMORIAM: Anthony John Lorusso '68
December 30, 2009
Stuart, MA

IN MEMORIAM: Paul E. Stagner Sr. '68
January 30, 2010
Lebanon, NH


Gary Puffer and his wife attend all KSC sporting events and love them all.

Jean Blacketor retired in October as associate dean of undergraduate studies at Franklin Pierce. She looks forward to lots of volunteer service.

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