|KEENE STATE TODAY Summer 2011|
Jean O'Neil is leaving her home in Washington State to work in China at the Dalian American International School. You can view her work at jeanoneil.com.
April Quinn Beauregard writes: "I'm still teaching at an elementary school in New Hampshire. I was awarded Cambridge Teacher of the Year and competed for their top award in the education industry, which I just received! I've been interviewed by the newspaper and acknowledged by my superintendent, taxpayers, and colleagues. I've been teaching since I left Keene State College and will I be working on my master's degree through Lesley University. I love what I do and love to keep the balance going between personal and professional life. I am working on a book for publishing called, Understanding Elderly Parents, which is based on my own experience as a way to help others who may be going through a similar process. I recently drove by the new Alumni Center and can't wait to see the inside of it! My best to Keene State alumni!"
It is with sadness that we share that Jody O'Brien passed away from a long battle with cancer. Jody was a wonderful volunteer who served on the Alumni Board from 1999 to 2003. During that time, she served as vice president and president. She was recognized for her outstanding support of the Alumni Association and KSC with the Sprague Drenan Award in 2006. Jody was active in starting a local chapter for the Association and instrumental in many regional activities. Jody played softball at Keene State and maintained a strong connection to the athletic program. For the past few years, Jody had lived in Maryland. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
IN MEMORIAM: Jody O'Brien '82
IN MEMORIAM: Harry J. Blake Jr. '84
IN MEMORIAM: Stephen L. Taylor '84
Mary Ann Williams and her husband, Bob '59, are enjoying retirement and spending time with their children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
From class secretary Michael Trabucco: "Hi, everyone! I have to say, every time I pester people to write something for class notes, I feel kind of bad. Everyone's busy. Life is crazy. But when the responses start coming in, I think, this is so great! My aim is to have news in every issues of Keene State Today. This time my goal is to hear from someone who I didn't personally harass. Here's my plea: I would love to hear from people I didn't know - or from those who didn't know me - in school. I encourage you to send in a quick update of your life. What have you been up to? Who would you like to reconnect with? I'm waiting to hear from you, and I wish a happy summer to you all."
From Lisa Tyler Askew: "I'm celebrating my 20-year anniversary with Baxter HealthCare Corp. as a pharmacy specialist in June 2011. Then in August, my husband, Eric, and I will be celebrating our 20-year wedding anniversary! We have three children: Erica, age 15; Tyler, age 13; and Trevor, age 12. We live in our hometown of Johnstown, NY. I would love to hear from some of my college ski teammates who I've lost touch with."
Kellyann Sullivan writes: "I've been married to my husband, Steve, for 17 years. We recently returned to Fall River, MA, the city we both grew up in, and purchased a lovely 100-year-old home we adore! After working for 23 years as a loss control consultant/manager for various insurance companies, I now work as an independent safety consultant. My husband is a high school math teacher and coaches the boys' varsity soccer team. We don't have children; however, our nieces and nephews keep me quite busy with all their activities! And I just adore our black Lab, Sasha! I also keep busy with family, frequently traveling to North Palm Beach to spend time with my mom, and I enjoy cruising Buzzard's Bay and the islands on our boat. I keep in touch with Joyce Manegio, Linda Pritchard, Kristina Hooper, Sue and Steve Fortier, and many others. I'd love to hear from long-lost KSC friends! Time passes; friendships remain. Let's catch up! Drop me an e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org - or find me on Facebook! I'd also love to hear from friends who graduated in 1987. Life has been good to me, and I have loads of gratitude!"
Bill Meskill sends his news: "I live in Simsbury, CT, with my wife, Rosemary, and two kids, Ethan and Maddy. I am a high school teacher. Like many parents, my life revolves around my kids. If it's not participating with the swim team with my daughter, than it's Boys Scouts with my son. I never figured I'd be hiking up Mount Monadnock in December or sleeping in a tent when it's only five degrees outside. But that's the fun of being a parent. Two weekends a month, my son and I sleep in tents and get muddy and dirty. It's sad and funny how I get excited when there are no weekend events. It's been 25 years since Keene State; this makes me feel old, real old."
IN MEMORIAM: Timothy J. Dunn '86
IN MEMORIAM: Jane A. Merrow '86
Scott Belanger and his wife, Ellie, attended the wedding of Tom Cook '87 and Beth Molloneaux in July 2010 in Newburyport, MA. Several KSC alums and Alpha Ducks were in attendance, including Alan Burbank '89, Mike Flanagan '89, Bob Garrity '87, Chris McDermott '88, and Jim Tatko '87. Renditions of "Far Beyond Monadnock's Summit" were bellowed as well as several other memorable songs. Scott says, "It was great to reconnect the bonds that were created more than 20 years ago. Keene State was a special time in our lives. We want to re-enroll as freshmen in 2012 to do the things we never tried and do others over again. Warn Ellen Low and Dean Gendron that the Alpha Duck Band is getting back together and Greaser Night is back on for fall 2012!"
IN MEMORIAM: Stephen Geratowski '88