|KEENE STATE TODAY WINTER 2011|
News from Gail Sheldon: "Our class has been participating in Golden Circle luncheons. Joe and Priscilla '61 Dutile went to Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith, NH. Winston Wright attended lunch in the new KSC Alumni Center. Winston's son graduated from KSC and his grandson Ken graduated this past May. (Are there any other third generations out there?) Barbara Judd Lammela participated at Stuart & John's Pancake House in Westmoreland, NH. Betty Staniels, Ruth Knox Fletcher, Lefty Joy (who drove from Vernon, CT), Callie Rand Laverty, and I lunched with the group at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, ME. I am enjoying wearing my bracelet. Many thanks to you all for your kindness. Norma Wright Walker '51 expertly organizes and schedules these pleasant luncheons. I hope more of you will attend next summer and fall.
IN MEMORIAM: Robert D. Barton '60
IN MEMORIAM: John E. Hilliard '60
Dorothy Bean Simpson writes: "Eugene 'Gene' Seaver passed away in December 2010 at home with his family after a brave fight with cancer. He will be missed by all of us. Throughout his life he was active in local, state, and national affairs. You couldn't help but love Gene. Please respond to our questionnaire for our 50th class reunion coming up the weekend of June 3, 4, and 5. Thanks to all of those who are making an effort to attend our fun weekend. More details of the festivities will come to you."
From Richard Simensen: "There was a movie showing on one screen at the gym. I was surprised to see they cited the work of our own Charlie Hapgood and his theory of the Earth's shifting crust. I should try to obtain a copy. I hope we can get together for the reunion."
IN MEMORIAM: Eugene A. Seaver '61
IN MEMORIAM: Brenda J. Silva '61
Class secretaries Stephanie Heselton Baute and Martha Crowley Morse write: "Classmates, we are looking forward to our 50th reunion in 2012 and would love to hear your ideas for that weekend. Our home addresses are also posted in the 1962 class notes section, so send a note to either one of us. Many of us attended our 50th high school reunions not long ago, and it would be great to gather ideas from those celebrations. We send our best and hope to hear from you."
Paul Bouchard retired in July 1999. He's serving a two-year assignment as "past" president of the Maine Education Association, an organization of retirees who work aggressively to preserve, protect, and enhance retirement benefits.
IN MEMORIAM: Scott Althoff '62
Don Mackay is enjoying his three grandchildren, who live in New England.
Betty Butterfly Gilman writes: "In your mailbox in November was a letter to all '63 classmates. We're relying on your participation to generate better communication. Let's stay connected! Please join us on July 13 when a small group of about a dozen people will gather in Sturbridge, MA, for lunch. Contact Becky Abbott via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. Last summer several classmates shared their travels with the group. Marg Merrill Streeter toured Italy, Carol Racicot Lord went to Ireland, and Paul Malinski did a tour of Australia. In August, I went to Zimbabwe for 16 days and stayed with families while visiting such places as Marondera, the Zimbabwe Ruins, and Victoria Falls. Remember to let us know what you're doing."
Mike and Linda Tate and Lee and Shirley '64 Spencer joined Joe and Margie Christiansen and their daughter Kathy at the Christiansen's Meredith Bay home a few days after Christmas 2010. They enjoyed a great dinner provided by Marge and Kathy and lively discussions of current issues, future plans, and shenanigans recalled from their early '60s days at KSC. All are looking forward to the upcoming 50th reunion. The Tates are actively involved in the restoration of their 18th-century farmhouse in Sanbornton, NH. Linda, who left teaching in 1970, has dedicated her professional interests to the purchase and sale of Early American antiques. She's happily to have Mike, who retired from the Chelmsford High Science Department a few years ago, as her able assistant. Their shop, Keepers Antiques, is located on Route 4 in Chichester. Lee and Shirley are entering their 38th year of the development and operation of Chocorua Camping Village-KOA. Their campground, which has twice been recognized as the North American Park of the Year, is located in Tamworth, NH. Shirley taught for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Lee taught science and math for several years, obtained a M.A. in chemistry from Duke University, worked in marine research at Duke and UNH, and served a couple of terms in the NH House of Representatives. The Spencers spend much of the winter months traveling or relaxing at their island vacation home in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. The Christiansens are enjoying Joe's retirement from his 38-year career as an educator at Nashua High School. He served as a teacher, counselor, and department chairman of guidance (for 20 years). They enjoy their new home in Meredith, which is a short walk to the waterfront docks, and their few months' winter excursions to Phoenix and the Venice, FL, area.
Paul Bonneville went to Alaska and the Yukon in summer 2010. Denali more than met his expectations.
Patricia Cook is retired, active in community theatre in Arizona, and loving it.
IN MEMORIAM: Henry V. Gibbons '63
IN MEMORIAM: Judith Sargent '63
Rene Clarke writes: "Janet and I had a busy year in 2010. We each helped plan our respective 50th high school reunions. In June, we went to Jan's (St. Mary's High School) in Claremont. In August, we attended mine (Sunapee High School) in Sunapee. In July, we did an America by Rail trip from Albany, NY, to Chicago to Denver to Salt Lake City. It had been 55 years since we had ridden a train, and it was an interesting experience. We then boarded a motor coach north to Jackson Hole, WY, and Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. We returned via two trains to Chicago and Albany. In Jackson we stopped for a brief visit with our youngest daughter, who is a seasonal Park Ranger at Teton. The last week of October found us on a bus trip to Valley Forge, PA; Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, VA; and the inner harbor of Baltimore, MD. In late January, I traveled to Craftsbury, VT, to race in the National Masters cross-country races and now I'm training for the 2010-11 cross-country ski season. On March 1, I leave for Sovereign Lake (Vernon, British Columbia) to participate in the Master World Cup. I plan to ski in the 10-, 15-, and 30-kilometer races. In 2008, I went to the MWC in McCall, ID, and had a fantastic time. There were 1,250 athletes from 23 countries; being part of it was a memorable experience!"
From class secretary Richard Doyle: "A great big '65 kudo to Cathy Fuhrel Gilbert for attending the 45th reunion last June during KSC Alumni Weekend. She was our sole representative. Thanks, Cathy! Let's hope we can drum up some interest for the 50th in four more years. Put the date on your calendars and send me your ideas."
Bob "Whitey" Dearborn of Lafayette, IN, has been retired since 2009 and enjoys reading, watching TV, gardening, subbing, walking, yard work, and traveling to New Hampshire in the summer to visit family. He says KSC provided him with the opportunity to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood and trained him for a meaningful professional career. Whitey wishes he had worked harder in college and gone into administration or another career with similar aptitude requirements.
Carol Jeffrey is taking advantage of the senior citizen tuition waiver and is back at KSC as student! She also works as a reporter, dispatcher, and solid waste operator. Carol looks after her 90-year-old mother and her two cats. She enjoys reading, traveling, and Keene in the winter! She says, "Anything south of Hartford is too far south!" Carol encourages everyone to share their lives.
Dave Bechok of Carlesbad, CA, writes that he and his wife of 57 years, Priscilla, live in paradise. As an 80 year old, he is still active reading, exercising, and traveling to New England and on cruises. Dave was in the class of '65 for just two years, but he considers us his people!
John Barry lives in Keene. He enjoys golf, skiing, and his two-year-old granddaughter. Jack says his wife, Bobbi Luce '66, was the biggest contribution to his life. He would do nothing differently.
Loisanne Foster has taken up watercolor painting and continues to pursue her writing talents for the NH Troubadour, Poet's Touchstone, and Poet's Guide to NH. She credits much of her writing genius to former KSC professors C. R. Lyle, Malcolm Keddy, and Harold Nugent. Loisanne also helps out at a local shelter and teaches special needs teenagers. She enjoys reading, writing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Al Banks lives in Milton Mills, NH, and enjoys doing woodworking projects for his family, friends, and his wife's craft club. Al says KSC's biggest contribution to his life was his degree and getting promoted to mess sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves by taking extra courses for teacher certification. He plays with his snowblower and Bronco plow in the winter.
Carol Lanza Sierk of Attica, NY, is busy with her ministry but loves her grandkids and their activities. She credits KSC with leadership skills she learned and applied to life. Carol loves her three grandchildren, ages 9, 7½, and 2 years old. She traveled to Italy and plans to retire this summer.
Ed and Joyce Rogers Brookshire live in Eastham, MA. Joy feels like the bionic woman with her new hip and knee replacement. She's on a commission that regulates projects for the Cape Cod preservation. Joy says that KSC made her a stronger person. She likes being involved in her four grandchildren's lives. Ed is in his sixth year on the Nauset Regional school board. He loves his building projects and grandchildren. He and Joy enjoy their second home in Florida in the spring and fall. Ed credits KSC with getting him ready to work with and help kids.
Mary Sullivan Mallery of Baldwin, MO, finds the winters out there not bad at all. She enjoys playing bridge. Mary liked having the teaching profession to rely on while raising her three kids. Ryan, her youngest, got his PhD in astronomy from UCLA.
Judy Stroncer traveled to Sedona, AZ, and the Grand Canyon this year. She loved it. She says KSC helped her realize the importance of lifelong learning, being curious, and keeping an open mind. Judy feels fortunate to be healthy and live in Englewood, FL, eight months of the year.
IN MEMORIAM: John A. Waterhouse '65
Class secretary Nancy Coutts writes: "It's been a long time since I've heard from anyone. I never thought retirement would be so busy. Thank you KSC classmates and friends for the birthday cards and support for the second mission trip to Kentucky in July 2010. It was amazing. Who knew a partying '60s buff would turn into an assistant head missionary around the world? This year is our 45th reunion. I plan to help with the planning and hope to see a lot if you there. Mark your calendars. You won't believe all the great changes to campus and the curriculum. Professor Larry Benquist's film, Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve, will be shown. In sad news, Dr. Harold Nugent died suddenly at age 77. He was one of KSC's excellent professors and responsible for hiring me to teach theatre and speech in 1973. Thank you, Harold, and go on to greater glory. Peace to his wife, Susan, another great teacher at KSC. Peace and love, classmates. I hope to see and hear from you soon."
Corrine Currier Brown writes that her husband, Ken '64, had both knees replaced in 2009 and recovery has been slow. He needs both hips replaced as well. They are looking for a single-story home.
Cynthia Holbrook Sivonen is still teaching part-time online classes. She visited campus last summer with her sisters, Carol and Martha. She enjoys bridge, reading, and knitting. She and husband have two grandchildren who live in Maine and Utah.
Roberta Luce Barry is busy volunteering and enjoying her one grand baby. She lives in Keene and likes attending events on campus.
Edith Richer retired in 2009 after working 21 years at a food stamps office. Church activities, which include study labs for fourth to sixth graders, keep her busy.
IN MEMORIAM: Sharon D. Williamson '66
IN MEMORIAM: Donald A. Lord '68
News from Barbara Hamilton: "Hi, folks. Happy spring! The ground hog says an early spring, but at the moment we are sitting in the middle of five to six feet of snow with an ice covering today. I'm not looking forward to the spring melt off when this is all said and done. It's with great sadness that I let you know of the passing of our classmate Jean Fitch Blacketor on January 20, 2011. Jean was a respected educator in New Hampshire and Vermont throughout her career. Her most recent job was an admissions counselor at River Valley Community College. Jean and her friend, Darrow, were avid travelers, and they especially enjoying cruises. I hear from Ray and Marty Zahn Smith frequently. They are enjoying their grandchildren and living in a warmer, less snowy climate. Jocelyn McDowell and Jeff Davis are also enjoying their granddaughter in Atlanta. They are both looking forward to retiring in the next year. I spent a couple of days this past summer at Joan Baker Benedetto's summer home in Tolland, MA, visiting and exploring the area. Rich and I will be going on a 15-day, seven-country European whirl in March and April. I'm looking forward to the tour experience. We'll go to California in July to visit family and friends and then on to Tennessee in September to visit my sister and enjoy the Rhythm and Roots musical weekend."
Sharon Brown writes: "This year marks my 42nd as a teacher. I have the privilege of mentoring newer teachers. I find their youth and energy complements my years of experience. Two of my former fifth-grade students are now colleagues."
Eugene Preston works in wetlands fields. He is a new grandparent. He participated in the Tour de Kota for 450 miles.
Gene Piurkowski retired from teaching American history after 38 years. Hi wife, Dianne, is an elementary school teacher. They enjoy summers cruising the New Hampshire highways in a classic convertible and traveling to Europe.
IN MEMORIAM: Jean Blacketor '69
IN MEMORIAM: June A. Mugford '69