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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 4 Summer 2003
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Class Notes In Memoriam

Dr. Lillian Franc passed away Feb. 5, 2003, at the age of 85. She taught French at Keene State College from 1976 to 1995. "She had many happy and productive years as a 20-year member of the KSC faculty," said her brother Joseph.

Christine A. Somerville '25 passed away March 21, 2003, in Nashua, N.H., at age 99. She was an elementary school teacher in Nashua until her retirement in 1969.

Marion Eldrith Hayes '27 passed away 12, 2003, at age 95. She was living in Merrimack, N.H. Marion was an elementary school teacher from 1927 to 1972, teaching in Weare, Goffstown, New Boston, Farmington, and Dunbarton, N.H.

Alice L. Porter '27 died February 28, 2003, in Keene at age 97. She taught in Claremont, N.H., for more than 40 years, retiring in 1971.

Blanche R. Wentworth '30 passed away in August 2002, in Hiawassee, Ga., at the age of 91. She had taught school in Union, Middleton, and Sanbornville, N.H., before she retired.

Robert D. Bailey '32 died March 12, 2003, in Boscawen, N.H. He earned a master's degree at Harvard University and became a teacher and principal of high schools in Dover, Hillsborough, and Goffstown, N.H. Following his career in education, he was a developer and businessman in Concord and York, Maine.

Marianne Nichols Kennedy '32 passed away Jan. 30, 2003.

Florence Child Bingham '33 died Feb. 19, 2003, in Charlestown, N.H., at age 92. She earned a master's degree in library science at UNH and was a home economics teacher and school librarian in Charlestown. In addition, she was librarian at Silsby Free Public Library for 30 years.

Harriet Anderson Blaisdell '33 died January 24, 2003, at the age of 89 in Pine Island, Minn. She taught all six grades at a country school in New Boston, N.H., and taught at Clinton Grove Academy in Weare, N.H. Harriet was always a teacher to her children, her grandchildren, and those in Sunday school.

Walter Moore '35 died Jan. 16, 2003, in Bradenton, Fla., at age 89. He was a resident of Dalton, N.H., and wintered in Florida with his wife. He was manager for the New England Telephone Company for 37 years, retiring in 1978. He was also the recipient of a New Hampshire Tree Farmer of the Year Award.

Arline Lund Gerbrands '37 passed away March 3, 2003, in Sarasota, Fla., at age 85. She earned a master's degree at Boston University and did doctoral work at the University of Florida. She taught in Westmoreland and Keene.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thomas F. Nugent Jr. '50 died Sept. 12, 2002, at his home in Corvallis, Ore. He served with the Navy in World War II and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University. He worked in the mental health field in Oregon and was director of mental health services at Lane County Mental Health at his retirement. He put himself through college by playing in dance bands and, after retirement, played saxophone with jazz and concert bands in his community.

Carolyn A. Gilbo '58, M'71 passed away in Los Angeles, Calif. She moved from Keene to California 30 years ago and taught elementary school there. Recently she was a communications specialist for the Baldwin Park (Calif.) Police Dept.

Donald C. Simpson '58 died Oct. 20, 2002, in Plymouth, Mass. He was a retired mathematics professor at Bridgewater (Mass.) State College.

Charlotte Van Vleck Gemmell M'61 died March 2003 in Keene. She was an elementary school teacher in Keene for 28 years and continued to visit schools to read poetry and stories after her retirement. She wrote articles for Cobblestone Magazine and The Keene Sentinel and performed a one-woman show about Sarah Josephus Hale. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Fay Gemmell, campus minister at KSC for many years.

Carol Dietlein Frechette '62 passed away Jan. 11, 2003, in Manchester, N.H. She taught at Gilsum Elementary School and Parker School in Manchester. She also worked at Casual Male, Family Bank, and Moses & Gagne Financial Planning in Concord, N.H.

Edward F. Green '64 died in January 2003 at his home in Alstead, N.H. He taught physics at Monadnock Regional High School and was an engineer with his own contracting firm, EDK Dynamics. He held master electrician and plumber licenses and two U.S. patents. He lived in Swanzey, N.H., for many years and was the Swanzey building code enforcer at the time of his death.

William E. Bohan M'73 died March 26, 2003, in Lake Wales, Fla. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he flew a B-17 in WW II and was shot down over Hamburg, Germany. He spent two years as a prisoner of war. A long-time resident of No. Swanzey, N.H., he was a senior safety engineer for National Grange Mutual Insurance Co.

Debra Hoffman '80 passed away Feb. 22, 2003.

Shawna R. Gaulin '02 died after a car accident in Connecticut. She received her degree in occupational safety and health and was employed by IKON Office Solutions in Glastonbury, Conn. Shawna was a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Rho Sigma Kappa Safety Honor Society, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, and the National Health and Safety Council of New Hampshire. She was a DARE basketball coach, was involved with the Habitat for Humanity Project at KSC, and was a youth instructional soccer coach.


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