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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 4 Summer 2003
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IN MEMORIAM: Allen W. Griswold '40 died March 30, 2003, in Barkhamsted, Conn. He was a woodworker, worked for Hitchcock Chair Co., and taught industrial arts in Collinsville and Bristol, Conn. Allen participated in alumni activities for more than 60 years.


1942

Phyllis Ross writes: Anna Arnell Hirst passed away on Nov. 1, 2002, in Ashland, Ore. She taught school in Antrim and Lincoln, N.H., and in Windsor, Vt., and later returned to teaching while living in Neenah, Wis. She and her husband moved to Ashland, where she became active in the library, a book club, the Citizens League, the Shakespeare Festival, aerobics classes, and a biweekly bridge group. Anna and I have been friends since attending Keene Teachers College and teaching together. I will miss her letters and her visits.

IN MEMORIAM: Anna Arnell Hirst '42 passed away on Nov. 1, 2002, in Ashland, Ore. She taught school in Antrim and Lincoln, N.H., Windsor, Vt., and in Neenah, Wis.


1943

There has been a good response to the postcards that were sent to each classmate prior to our 60th reunion. The responses told of humorous and memorable happenings during our years at Keene Teachers College.

At Christmas, cards were received from Marge Howe Herlin, Rita Sughrue, Sarah Pollock Wyman-Mack, Pat and Art Shedd, Ruth Wilson Keddy, Barbara Brown Charbonneau, and Evelyn "Twissie" Woollett.

Twissie sent computer pictures of herself and her dog Winston. She now lives with her daughter June. Her daughter Judy visits whenever possible. Twissie had a hip replacement as a result of a fall that also broke her wrist. She also contracted a lung infection for which she needs medication for a year. She uses a walker or wheelchair and is grateful for the cards and e-mails from friends. Richard Tremblay '50 spoke to me in January. He remembered Twissie as his English teacher at Lebanon High School.

Louise Whitten Perkins called. Both of her sons are involved in the Iraq crisis. We also talked about plans for the reunion. Did anyone see David Perkins on Good Morning America or TV news? David is Paul '39 and Louise's son. He is a battalion commander of American troops in Kuwait.

A letter from Dorothy Lincoln Dattge brought back memories of our teaching careers in Greenville, N.H.

A letter from Lois Moore Querim conveyed the news that, because of her husband's health, she would not be attending our 60th reunion. We missed you, Lois.


1945

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Farnum Aldrich '45 died March 16, 2003 in Concord, N.H. She earned a master's degree at UNH and taught in Walpole, Rye, and Salem, N.H.


1947

Christmas generally brings a bit of news from some classmates, and this past year was no exception. A letter from Ruth Blodgett Washburn described the busy life she and husband Don lead. These two certainly burn up the roadways from Florida to Massachusetts to Ontario to Vancouver and back again. Happy travels, Washburns!

Not all Christmas news is so positive as Ruth's letter. Barbara Follansbee Dessert noted on her card that Bertha Lawson Woodward's husband Andrew died in October. Shirley Hubner Tyler confirmed this, adding that they had been married for 54 years and always lived in Lyme, N.H. Bertha has her own serious health problems and is now in a nursing home. She would probably enjoy hearing from us. Address: Hanover Terrace Healthcare, 53 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755.

Shirley and Fred spent the winter in Florida, and considering the extreme cold and snow this winter brought, they are undoubtedly very happy with their decision.

January brought me a very nice birthday surprise from Mary Esther Nagle Yelda. This prompted a long telephone conversation to San Diego where she resides with husband Joe. Her son Michael and his wife live nearby and daughter Margot and husband are in L.A.


1948

This will be in print after our 55th Reunion and I trust all went well. A Christmas note from Joyce Chickering Jernberg told of her and Marjorie "Maggie" Parker's plan to attend together and then take a trip to Ireland. I hope we will hear more.

Sal '50 and Shirley Bacon Manna's Christmas letter told of their now year-round residence in Florida. Sal is the park president and Shirley keeps very busy there also. They spent Christmas in Massachusetts with daughter Sherry. Grandson Marc, still with them, graduated from college in July and is established with the Realtors Board of Englewood, as well as in a computer business.

I share my home with daughter Mary and family. She and granddaughter Adrienne teach at a local school, carrying on the tradition. Adrienne is planning a summer wedding and younger sister Elaina graduates from Valley Forge Christian College in May. How the years fly by!


1949

Rev. Robert O. Whitehead '49 died Jan. 18, 2003, in Hershey, Pa. Following his graduation, he was a substitute art teacher at KSC. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and then entered Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1958 and attended Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. He served churches in Queens, New York City; and Fayetteville, Scotland, Harrisburg, and Hershey, Pa. His community activities included being a camp director, Salvation Army board member, and chaplain of a Marine detachment. He was an active aviator and was once adopted as chief by the Seven Indian Nations for his charitable activities. In his retirement, he was a chef and instructor at Central Pennsylvania Culinary School.

IN MEMORIAM: Rev. Robert O. Whitehead '49 died Jan. 18, 2003, in Hershey, Pa. Following his graduation, he was a substitute art teacher at KSC. He was ordained in 1958 and served churches in Queens, New York City; and Fayetteville, Scotland, Harrisburg, and Hershey, Pa.



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