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Jim Wheeler writes: "I am enjoying my two grandchildren. I had to wait 74 years to become a granddad, but it was well worth the wait."

IN MEMORIAM: Robert H. Turner '50 died March 15, 2005, in Laconia, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and taught at Concord High School and N.H. Technical Institute in Manchester. He was president of the N.H. Vocational Technical College at Laconia for 18 years.


From temporary secretary Norma Wright Walker: Pauline Bullard Brown broke her right wrist back in January, so I'm filling in for her. Polly is looking for help with Class Notes. Most of our classmates have computers and connect with e-mail. Class Notes can be sent by e-mail to the Alumni Office or to If anyone is willing to help, please contact Mike Maher '72 at Your help is appreciated.

Betsy Walker Staples and David '55 are back in Florida for the winter months. They keep busy with the church choir, weekly craft meetings, and David is the assistant treasurer for their church. He still volunteers at the Ted Williams Museum in Florida.

A surprise phone call came from Del Langille. He has been helping me identify a group of classmates in a photo taken when we were freshmen at KTC. Del was having a great time studying the faces and trying to put names to them. Elsie Bowes Brenner had sent me six wonderful pictures that we have been trying to label. Del was excited to find Robert Rivers '50 in the new KSC alumni directory. They had been friends while students at Keene.

Speaking of the KSC alumni directory, it has a picture of our sundial on the contents page and on page ix.

Marilyn Wilcox writes that she keeps busy playing bridge. She is retired and lives in Nashua, N.H. Always nice to hear from her.

Joan Greeley Simpson and Forest go to Florida for the winter months. They attended several Golden Circle gatherings last summer.

Rita Hayes Evans and Arnold entertained both of their sons and families over the holidays.

Nina Krochmal Witham and Bob '53 worked most of the fall working on a house in South Berwick, Maine, but Nina said they still had time to entertain or to be entertained by friends. They were planning a winter vacation on Marco Island for six weeks. Also, they planned to spend time with June Simpson Chambers '52 and Dick Chambers '52.

A very special card arrived from Shirley Milnor Keith, who lives in Bradford, N.H. It is the first time I've heard from her since we were on campus as classmates.
Homer "Doc" Chase is using his computer to do his letter writing. Always good to hear about the activities he and Fay enjoy each year.

John Wright tried to help me with the class snapshots. His help was appreciated.

Joe McCaffrey and Mary have cut back on their long-distance trips since recently losing many family members who lived in other states.

Martha Bassett Sargent writes that they visited the new Air and Space Museum and also attended the World War II memorial celebration. Last summer they came to New Hampshire for a family gathering and then went to Wisconsin and Colorado. Martha and Dick were recognized for their volunteer work in their hometown.
Always look forward to Beverly Proctor Boyer's newsy letters. She continues to travel to Naples, Fla., for the winter. Bev spent the summer in Delaware and Ocean City, N.J., with family and friends.

Cecil Nash has given up being treasurer of the Marlborough High School alumni. He has also decided to give up similar job with the Cheshire County Retired Educators - a job he had for well over 20 years. Cecil will be missed in both Positions.

Elizabeth Merrill Weston, who was living with her daughter Merrilyn Patch '84, died on January 8, 2005. She had spent several months in the hospital and a nursing home. Liz was able to attend the family Christmas party at the Vestry in Hancock, N.H.

Bevalie Bonardi Bouchard had a great 2004. She loves living in Colorado where she can enjoy many activities, work part time, and spend time with friends. For several months in the summer, she travels from one end of the United States to the other and to Alaska, visiting family and friends. From her letter, it sounds as if her children and grandchildren are living wonderful lives.

A note from Paula Wenzel Juris saying she was unable to go to Florida last winter but hoped to get there in the spring. Always nice to hear from her.

Barbara Sullivan Brooks spent some time in New York City attending the annual Fresh Air Fund Conference. She saw a musical while there. Barbara keeps busy with a weekly craft group, helps with Sunday school, and is a supervisor of the checklist. When she wrote, she had no Power and was getting out her kerosene lamps.

IN MEMORIAM: Charles P. Ricardi '51 died Feb. 18, 2005, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He served in the U.S. Navy and earned a master's degree from Worcester State College. He taught in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida. He also was a NHIAA basketball referee and coached numerous sports teams.


Irene Dunn Wright said she was surprised and amused to read about her own demise in the spring issue. She writes, "I feel it wise to declare myself alive. I live in Franklin, N.H., having retired as principal of Pleasant Street School in Laconia. Currently, I do some contract work for the DOE in career paths (pre-engineering and manufacturing), and post-secondary evaluation teams. I also supervise student teachers for PSU. These activities, travel, golf, gardening, reading, and family keep me active ... and alive." We are so happy to hear from her, and so sorry for the error.

From Irene Parent: Hello from Howard Bergeron. Howard writes that after graduating from KSC, he taught industrial arts in Northbridge, Mass., for 28 years. He married Pauline Bergeron in 1948 and they have three children. He retired from teaching in 1980 and has been very busy ever since. He loves traveling, skiing, gardening, walking, and reading. He is also very active in senior citizen activities and town committees. Sounds like a great retirement. He hails from Weathersfield, Vt. Thanks, Howard, for writing.

I received this very nice note from Bob Cliff Wing, now living in New Port Richey, Fla. He says that following graduation from KSC, he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force and returned a commissioned officer. The next 35 years he spent teaching grades 4-12, teaching at Boston University, principal in Bartlett, N.H., supervising principal in Portsmouth, N.H., director of exemplary projects for N.H. Dept. of Education, instructor in UNH evening courses, instructor at Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H., instructor at Nova University, elementary supervisor in Bethel, Maine, senior high principal in Kennebunk, Maine, and principal in Bethel Christian Academy, Portsmouth, N.H. Quite a spectrum, Bob. In 1986 he retired and moved to Florida and was active in the Lutheran Ministries Guardianship program in Pinellas-Pasco, Fla. In his spare time he serves as treasurer of several community boards. He and his wife Norma thoroughly enjoy their three-times-a-week golf game in their retirement community. He instructs in the sport, while also involving himself in the "Adopt-a-Grandson" program. Thanks for a great write-up, Bob.

From Claire Simensen: "Thanks to all who have responded to our request for news. If you did not take the time yet, please reconsider. We are all interested in hearing about your life since the good old days at KTC.

Heard from Mary Moore Conroy recently. She and Mick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer. Kerry, their daughter, arranged a trip to Washington, D.C., and accompanied them. They spent three nights and four days. Their son Marty's quilt, made by Mary and Kerry, was being displayed on the Ellipse in front of the White House along with 8,000 more. All of the names were read at the opening ceremonies. Mary was a reader and read Marty's name with others. Another highlight was the Holocaust Museum. They had planned to go with Marty (one of his favorites) but never did get there before his untimely death. It was a very emotional experience. The National Gallery of Art was another favorite. Not surprising, knowing Mary's artistic talents. They also enjoyed great restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. What a great gift from Kerry.

When I received the winter issue of Keene State Today, it made me think of Neal Slocum. He was our class agent for so long and did such a wonderful job. Don't know whether anyone has taken over for him yet. Wouldn't it be great if we could increase our donations to the annual fund drive this year as a tribute to Neal? I'm referring not only to the amount our class gives but also to the percentage of givers. Just a personal thought.

Also read Dr. Y's reflections of his time spent at KSC. It was always a pleasure to visit with him at reunions. He was always very welcoming to all alumni. I am sure he will be missed. I know all of our class members who had the pleasure of meeting him wish him and his wife many years of a happy and healthy retirement (if he does actually retire). I can definitely see him getting into a second career.
That's all for this issue. Please keep the news coming. It's the only way we can be sure the Class of '52 section is not a blank."

IN MEMORIAM: Neal Slocum '52 of Burlington, Vt., passed away on Aug. 5, 2004.


Marion Trudell of Berlin, Conn., writes: "I am still teaching ESL to adults, just four classes a week. I would do it for free as I get great pleasure from the people. They teach me a lot."


Please welcome your new class secretary, June Haymon, by sending her some news of your recent activities. Who do you stay in touch with? When did you last visit campus? What's your favorite memory of your College years?

IN MEMORIAM: Russell F. Young Sr. '54 died March 25, 2005 in Peterborough. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He earned his master's degree at KSC and taught industrial arts and woodworking at Conant High School for 30 years.


IN MEMORIAM: Kendall McCormack '55 passed away March 30, 2005, in Keene. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from KSC. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He taught English at Peterborough High School for 30 years and was an adjunct professor at Hesser College from 1989-97.


Mary Marcotte Gline and husband Frank sold their home at 82 Lincoln Street in Keene in July 2004 and now live in a comfortable apartment at Park Place in Keene.


From Cynthia Faust: "Eleven alumni attended the Keene State reunion last February in Fort Myers, Florida. We are hoping that those 11 will spread the word and next year we will have a larger group.

Mike Maher '72 told us about the new buildings on campus and about the future home for alumni to be located at 232 Main St. This is one of the choices for our 50th class gift. When you send your donation, please specify that it should go to the 50-year gift; otherwise, it will go into the general fund.
The committee hopes that you will give serious thought to your donation amount. Committee members are Vincent Riel, Connie Tremblay, Mary Lou LaCoste, Ralph Fuller, Lee Duncan, Cynthia Faust and Nils Petersen. We would appreciate any input you may have."

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Holmes Sr. '57 died March 15, 2005, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and taught in the Goffstown school district.

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