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Elizabeth "Betty" Baird Brown of Sun City, Ariz., loved "the great write-up of the seven ‘girls' who have kept a round robin letter going since 1940!" The story was in the Fall 2001 issue of Keene State Today and Betty is one of the letter writers. "We're still writing!" she says.

Not having heard from any Class of '40 graduates, I can report only on our Round Robin members' activities. Two of the group have recently moved. Sue Olson has come from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Carlisle Pa. The Olsons are in the process of buying a house, so haven't a permanent address as of this writing. Marion Thorell and husband Harry have moved from Auburn, N.H., to an extended care facility in Bedford, N.H. The four New Hampshirites of the Round Robin group had their monthly luncheon in April at the Cat ‘n' Fiddle in Concord. The Golden Circle meeting is held there in June.


Alta M. Saunders of Plainville, Conn., writes, "I am still painting and writing poetry to please my friends."

IN MEMORIAM: Victor Lundgren '42 died June 3, 2002, in Pensacola, Fla., at the age of 85. He retired from civil service at Naval Air Station Pensacola as a program designer. Victor was a member of Alpha Pi Tau fraternity and a veteran of World War II. His wife, Ruthe Hanson Lundgren '41, died in 1991.


I have been pleased to be able to keep in touch with classmates through the Internet. Barbara Brown Charbonneau emailed that she would not be able to attend the 2002 Reunion but is looking forward to the August wedding of her daughter. Rita Sughrue emailed that she wouldn't be able to come to KSC in 2002. Evelyn "Twissie" Woollett emailed me that she has been very sick and wouldn't be able to attend this Reunion. We wish her a complete recovery.

If anyone else tried to email me, I'm sure they realized that a virus attacked my computer in May. What an experience!

Under the direction of Norma Wright Walker '51 and the alumni staff, I joined several groups of alumni volunteers when they were preparing for the 2002 Reunion. Such a faithful group of alumni!

On June 1, Louise Whitten Perkins, Ruth Wilson Keddy, Harriett Thompson Perkins, Douglas Kimball, and I joined the Golden Circle group. We had a planning meeting for our 60th anniversary. We also enjoyed a delicious luncheon in the Mabel Brown Room with other alumni. We were all saddened by the untimely death of our former president, Leo Redfern.

Hope to see you at a future Golden Circle gathering.


Robin and Dick Sargent report, "Our sixth great-grandchild was born in April 1999 and adopted in March 2001. Named Patrick David Favreau, he is very special."

We are saddened to learn of the death of our classmate, Shirley Carriel Lund, on March 26, 2002, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, Vt. Shirley was a loyal and active member of our class. We will remember her in many pictures in our scrapbook and for the photo collage she created for our 50th celebration.

Blue skies and brilliant sunshine made the campus sparkle for our 58th Class Reunion. It was evident upon arrival at the registration that the office staff, committees, and Norma Walker '51 had arranged wonderful exhibits and class memorabilia for us. The Friday evening gathering in Holloway Hall was the time to renew KSC friendships and to reflect and savor memories. Saturday morning, we joined other 50-plus graduates at the Golden Circle meeting for a campus update from President Yarosewick, lively conversations, picture taking, and viewing of our class scrapbook.

Soon it was time to line up for the class march, led by the 1950 class, and we found the 1944 table ready for us. Seated around our table were Rosina Digilio Stark and Ed, Marion Provencher Packard and Clare, Marilyn Miller Heath, Harriette Chandler Streeter, and Marjorie Paulsen Hilton. Saturday evening's "winter carnival" theme made us reminisce about our own winter carnival while in college. President and Mrs. Yarosewick graciously hosted the Sunday morning brunch in the Dining Commons. Many thanks to the grounds crew for keeping the campus so beautiful to return to. To our absent classmates-we send best wishes and fond memories of campus days.

IN MEMORIAM: Shirley Carriel Lund '44 passed away March 26, 2002, in Middlebury, Vt. She taught in Marlborough, N.H., and in Ridgefield and Wilton, Conn., before moving to Brandon, Vt. She was also active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire Girls. Survivors include her husband, Barlett Lund '43.


Myrtie Flanders Kullgren writes, "I feel fortunate to have been able to spend the past 18 winters in Florida and then be able to travel back to beautiful New Hampshire in the spring. I loved my 38 years of teaching New Hampshire's primary-grade children. Who could ask for more in life? Thanks, Keene Teachers College."


Phyllis '49 and Zeke Curtiss have interesting experiences. Here is the latest from Zeke: "We spent the entire month of February in ‘paradise' - New Zealand, that is. We spent the first 10 days visiting at homes where we had stayed in two previous trips there. What a beautiful county! The people are even more wonderful. The Brownlie family will be with us again at the International Tattoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the first week of July. Then they will come back to New London with us until they fly back to New Zealand. We stayed with them in Napier, which is a lovely city on Hawkes Bay. The rest of the time we were in NZ, we traveled around the South Island to places we had not visited before. I will NOT try to drive on the LEFT side of the road, so we got a travel pass that allowed us to go on busses and the ferry between the North and South Islands." Zeke's email address is

Our 55th is coming up in 2003. Let's gear up for a memorable Reunion!


IN MEMORIAM: Robert LaBonte '49 died in 1999. He had been a resident of Cavendish, Vt.

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Sargent Young '49 of Bennington, N.H., died in Peterborough. A graduate of Plymouth State College, she earned a master's degree at KSC. She was an elementary teacher in Claremont, Sunapee, and Bennington, N.H., from 1963 to 1990. She was a library trustee and member of the New Hampshire Retired Teachers Association.

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