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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 3 Spring 2003
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Class Notes 1940

So nice to have Edith Wirling Lovering and Margaret Noyes Lovett with the Golden Circle luncheon alumni when they gathered at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine. Hazel Nutting and her sister Helen joined the KSC alumni group for lunch at Indian Shutters in Charlestown, N.H. Lillian Rock Congdon and her husband George attend many of the alumni luncheons.


1942

Ruth Callender MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla., informs us that she remarried on Jan. 25, 2002, and her name is now Ruth C. Lee.


1943

Douglas Kimball writes, "I stay involved with Rotary projects, selling fruit and xmas trees. Attend cardiac rehab three days a week. Have made a couple of visits to Concord Hospital."

In September, we joined other alumni in planning the 2003 alumni weekend. Judy Kalich, director of advancement, informed Ruth Wilson Keddy, Louise Whitten Perkins, Doug Kimball, and me of the great help the KSC Alumni Office offers a planning committee. I know you have all received the attractive letter from Ruth Keddy explaining a plan to donate a Brick for Books as a class gift. In November Judy had received more than enough donations for this gift. Any other donations will go to the endowment fund. At the Reunion we are planning a class table display. We encourage classmates to contribute photos and other memorabilia for this display.

We're planning a Friday night dinner at the College, which you will hear more about in the spring. Then we can enjoy the Friday night gathering with other alumni. We'll have a class meeting, have a class photo taken, and join the parade and luncheon on Saturday. Doug Kimball was delegated to be our master of ceremonies. You can also enjoy the Saturday night dinner and dance and end our weekend at the President's Brunch on Sunday. We greatly appreciated the guidance of Judy Kalich and the Alumni Office in planning this weekend.

In September, Mary Farman Bergeron had open-heart surgery. It was successful and we hope her recovery is progressing. In October the Golden Circle alumni met at the Indian Shutters in Charlestown, N.H. Chris Sweeney, Marge Howe Herlin, Ruth Wilson Keddy, Louise Whitten Perkins, Doug Kimball, and I were there from our class. Hope to hear from you in March and visit with you at our 60th Reunion.


1944

Greetings to 1944 KSC classmates in the year 2003 and many thanks to all who sent wonderful holiday messages. It is not too early to make plans for our 59th Reunion, May 30-June 1. For those who live in New Hampshire, it should be easy to contact a classmate and plan for Saturday or a whole weekend on a lovely campus.

We have recently learned of the death of Joy Harlow Pasquarelli on Aug. 3, 2001. Joy was an elementary major at KSC. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Rosina Digilio Stark and Ed observed their 50th wedding anniversary last year. They live in Needham, Mass., and have two daughters. We are told Rosina continues her interest in and plays the piano every day.

Clara Hazelton Digilio lives in Bradford, N.H., with her husband Bob. Clara taught in Marlow, Warner, Franklin, and Concord, N.H., for 40 years and retired in 1987. It was a grade school teacher who fostered Clara's dream of becoming a teacher and allowed her to assist with extra help, special projects, and the many details involved in teaching. Our scrapbook boasts a picture of Clara when she was given the Granite State Literacy Award from the Granite State Reading Council.

Eleanor Strobel Bullock and Bob divide the year between their home in Bedford, N.H., and a condominium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last year and have two great-granddaughters.

Janet Joslin Chin, who lives in Burlington, Mass., visited her three children and seven grandchildren in travels last year, which included Georgia, Montana, California, Idaho, and Wyoming. She keeps busy by tutoring high school students in and out of the school environment.

Marion Provencher Packard and Clare, who lives in Whitefield, N.H., always seem to capture an outstanding landscape on their winter scene Christmas cards.

Virginia Blanchard Dowell died Oct. 20, 2000. After leaving KSC, she earned a master's degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University. She is remembered as the energetic director of the New Britain, Conn., library and fostered the use of the statewide reciprocal library delivery system. She was president of the Conn. Library Association and received their Librarian of the Year Award, and was also a director of the New England Library Association.

Helen Smith Chubb, who lives in Pasadena, Calif., writes they were hoping just for rain, not snow!

Eleanor Wright Kerr spent last October in Ireland, enjoying the green scenery and castle ruins. Her Newport, N.H., students, with whom she volunteers, wrote letters to Newport, County Mayo, students as pen pals. She enjoyed the holidays with her whole family.

Shirley Mills Lang, who lives in Troy, N.H., toured the KSC campus with classmate Signe Olson Oleson last summer. They had a great time seeing the "new look" of the College and realized that "Keene is a beautiful city."

Marilyn Spinney Duclos, who lives in Houston, Texas, often visits with a brother nearby and enjoys the many activities in her retirement home. She recalls life in the dorm as being special and friendly.

Barbara Boudreau Bissonnette continues her busy life with golf and volunteer work at church and a nursing home. She lives in Clearwater, Fla. Her son and daughter-in-law surprised her with a four-island Hawaiian cruise last year. They hiked the highest mountain, Haleakala, walked through a lava tunnel, visited Pearl Harbor, and spent time on Waikiki Beach. A luau and native show was a fitting climax to a memorable trip.

Connie Riley Fullam and Dick live in Fort Myers, Fla., where golf is always part of their life. They have three great-grandchildren.

Best wishes for all 1944 classmates. Good health, happiness, and fond memories in 2003.

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Blanchard Dowell '44 died Oct. 20, 2000. She earned a master's degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University and was the director of the New Britain, Conn., library; president of the Connecticut Library Association; and a director of the New England Library Association.

IN MEMORIAM: Joy Harlow Pasquarelli '44 died on Aug. 3, 2001. Joy was an elementary major at KSC.

IN MEMORIAM: Geraldine de Rochemont Stein '44 passed away Dec. 15, 2002, at her home in Hingham, Mass. She had been suffering from lung and brain cancer. Geraldine was a home economics major at KTC. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Laurence B. Stein Jr.


1948

Thank you for returned questionnaires. I received a surprise bonus from Marjorie "Maggie" Parker in the form of a 2003 calendar featuring flowers of Hawaii.

I visited last summer with Jean Harding Maxwell in Colebrook, N.H., where we enjoyed summer theater and dinner at the beautifully restored Mountainview Grand Hotel in Whitefield. She and husband Reg vacationed in Nova Scotia. Grandson Sabin is a sophomore at UNH and Tom is a freshman at Lyndon State College in Vermont.

I attended a Golden Circle luncheon at Indian Shutters in Charlestown, N.H., in October. Joyce Chickering Jernberg and Herwood "Zeke" Curtiss were there. Joyce's granddaughter is attending KSC.

I hope to see many of you in May!


1949

A gathering of elementaries and home-eccers in the summer at Hart's Turkey Farm reunited Flora Calef Hammond, Wanda Hale Brooks, Lil Hubbard Brigham, Mary Osborne Kolodziej, Phyllis Clement, Carolyn Wyman MacLeod, Edythe Collins Dexter, and Christine Sanborn, who was with us at Keene for a year or two. Although Christine didn't graduate, she also went "forth to serve" as a nursery school teacher in Wolfeboro for many years. They surprised Phyllis with a gift basket since she hadn't been well and hadn't seen many of these gals since our 50th Reunion. Sounded like fun!

A week or two later Mary O. K. returned to Hart's to join Phyllis Curtiss, Norma Davis, Nat Smith, and yours truly at the Golden Circle Luncheon for their wonderful turkey dinner.

I was so disappointed to miss Alumni Reunion Weekend in June. Had made my reservations, but a bout of pneumonia complicated by a reaction to medication kept me away. My old buddy, Norma Davis, didn't make it either, since her daughter got married that weekend in Newport, R.I.

Spent an overnight with Ollie and George Dorr in Goshen in October. My aunt, the last of my mother's siblings, was buried in East Washington, N.H., and I took the opportunity to pay a visit with Ollie, since Goshen is right next door.

Now we know why the last Golden Circle of the year comes in November. On Nov. 6, a stalwart group of Golden Oldies gathered at Lily's on the Pond in Rindge, N.H., despite quite a deposit of snow in New Hampshire. I left Natick in the rain, but by the time I got to Leominster, there was snow. Phyllis and Zeke Curtiss '48 came from New London, bringing Carolyn Wyman MacLeod. Mary Osborne Kolodziej, her sister Rachel, and Phyllis Clement had made reservations, but were unable to make the trip. Norma Paul Davis was home in Keene, without electricity. It was Carolyn MacLeod's first Golden Circle luncheon. She is happily settled in an apartment in Georges Mills near her family. Last winter she enjoyed spending time in Florida with an aunt and her family.

Phyllis, Carolyn, Shirley LaBounty Burt, and I represented the class of '49. Do you remember what a cute couple Irene DiMeco '52 and Bruce Parent '52 were back in the 40s? They got married, they're still cute, and they crossed the border from Ashburnham to come up to Lily's.

Phyllis Curtiss says, "No great trip planned. Gave up tent camping this past year – graduated to a slide-in camper unit on the back of the pick-up truck. It was purchased as a shell and Zeke built in a couple bunks. I miss the tent but time and age march on."

Just received a notice of the death of Elsie Richard Hastings on Oct. 18. A memorial service was held at the Universalist Church in Woodstock, Vt., on Nov. 30. I last heard from Elsie in 1994, as she was beginning to feel the effects of Alzheimer's disease. How sad these last few years must have been for her family.

Henry "Hank" Mann has passed away since our last newsletter. It was so good to see him at our 50th Reunion.

These deaths make us realize how important it is to keep in touch. We were at Keene in the best of times, we made some close friendships, and let's keep those bonds of friendship strong.

IN MEMORIAM: Henry "Hank" Mann '49 passed away.

IN MEMORIAM: Elsie Richard Hastings '49 died Oct. 18, 2002. Services were held in Woodstock, Vt., in November.



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