Not having heard from any Class of '40 graduates, I can tell you only about those in this area. The "Round Robin" girls – Marion Dennis Thorell, Evelyn French Braunfeld, Effie Winn Torrey, and I – have a luncheon get-together about every other month. In fact, we attended the Golden Circle gathering in Concord last June. We are joined at these gatherings by Lillian Rock Congdon and her husband, George. As you no doubt know, the Congdons' son was in the second tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and managed to escape.
Marion's husband died last October. Effie and I visited Susan Barrett Olson shortly after she moved from Arizona to Pennsylvania. Effie and I also took a cruise with my daughter and her family in May on the Sovereign of the Seas. We had a marvelous time cruising and spending a couple days in a condo at New Smyrna Beach.
Here are some address changes: Marion Thorell, 37 Ridgewood Rd #26., Bedford, NH 03110; Susan Barrett Olson, 151 Sunset Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013; Barbara Watkins Burt, Merrimack County Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303.
IN MEMORIAM: Florence Bergeron Terrian '42, a lifelong resident of Manchester, N.H., died May 20, 2003. She was a fifth-grade teacher at Jewett Street School in Manchester for more than 20 years before her retirement.
Classmates of '43 enjoyed their 60th Reunion, even though it was another rainy weekend. Classmates and guests who attended the Friday night dinner at the Thorne Art Gallery conference room were Neal and Harriet Perkins, Beatrice and Doug Kimball, Paul and Louise Perkins, John and Polly Croteau, Art and Pat Shedd, Andy Moynihan, Barbara Charbonneau, Barbara Adams, Marjorie Herlin, Mary Bergeron, Ruth Keddy, Judy Kalich, Gladys Shover, Virginia McKenney, and me, Caroline Nichols Pregent.
Doug Kimball led us in prayer. We enjoyed a visit from Dr. Yarosewick, who welcomed us and spoke of the many activities and improvements of the KSC campus. Judy Kalich, director of Advancement and our greatly appreciated mentor, circulated copies of the Memory Book that Whitney Cadmus '88 had compiled from the postcards returned by classmates. Judy announced that a Brick for Books had been purchased from your contributions. The remaining $960 will be earmarked for the Keene Teachers College Endowment Fund for teachers preparing for service.
On Saturday, the group joined the Golden Circle Club and the class parade. We all enjoyed the KSC Alumni Awards luncheon. Art Shedd announced the results of our successful fund drive. Later, Art and Pat Shedd and Barb Adams drove to Nashua to visit Evelyn "Twissie" Woollett. We were glad to hear of their enjoyable visit. Seven of us went to a Keene restaurant for more fun on Saturday night.
On Sunday morning, we gathered again at the Zorn Dining Commons for the delicious President's Brunch. It was time for some of us to say our goodbyes, and we realized how thankful we were that our turnout was so special. We spoke often of the classmates who were unable to join us. Later the dedication of the sundial and circular wall of bricks engraved with the names of alumni and other donors was held in the Mason Library courtyard.
Our 59th Reunion was a challenge as we were guided through jungles, outer space and the depths of the sea. In reality, we did all of the above while marveling at the changes underway on campus.
The welcome back mixer on Friday evening, "Jungle Fever," was lively with friendship-renewing conversations, tempting refreshments, and music. On Saturday morning, under blue skies and sunshine, Golden Circle Society members gathered in Rhodes Hall proudly wearing their medallions.
Harriet Chandler Streeter carried the 1944 class banner with Marjorie Paulsen Hilton, Marilyn Miller Heath, and Rosina Digilio Starr in line. Ruth Patterson DeJeet surprised us in the line.
Saturday evening's theme "Dancing Under the Sea" featured more delicious food and music to keep everyone in a festive mood.
President and Mrs. Yarosewick graciously hosted the Sunday morning brunch "Up, Up and Away," which gave many alumni a perfect way to savor fond farewells.
Many alumni and guests assembled in the library for the dedication of the Mason Library courtyard and the sundial 50th Reunion gift and to view the Bricks for Books on the circular wall.
Now is the time to make plans for our 60th Reunion. We had 30 classmates and 17 spouses at our 50th. We have 47 of our class now living in New Hampshire. Sixteen of us are in Florida. Please let me know what you would like to do for Reunion.
Marjorie Paulsen Hilton joined a group of international travelers to tour Portugal in May. It was an opportunity to see a modern, democratic country looking much like it did when great Portuguese explorers traveled to unknown seas. Of special interest were signs of Moorish influence in buildings, the pilgrimage site of Fatima, the mountains and valleys of vineyards, the Old University, and the modern city of Lisbon.
Classmates eagerly await each issue of Keene State Today. What have you been doing? Please write to your secretary.
Carolyn B. Davis in Rancho Palos Ver, Calif., writes, "Sorry to miss our 55th Reunion. Maybe next year."
IN MEMORIAM: Eileen M. Roy '48 died June 25, 2003, in Laconia, N.H. She was an elementary school teacher for 35 years in Laconia, retiring in 1993.
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