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Class Notes 1930

Louise Marquis Burbank traveled from Lancaster to the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord, N.H., where she shared a buffet with other KSC alums and their guests.

Editor's Note: So nice to have Flora Ide Perkins with us at Reunion 2005. She always adds a little humor to the festivities.

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Strout '30 died October 17, 2004, in St. Petersburg, Fla.


The Strafford (N.H.) Historical Society Ham and Bean Supper/Strawberry Festival was held June 25, 2005. The highlight of the evening featured the presentation of the Boston Post Cane to Iva Stiles, who is 96. This signifies that she is the oldest resident of Strafford. Her great-grandfather, father, and mother have all been previous recipients of the cane. Typical of her sense of humor, Iva related the day of her birth in 1909 when her father's yard was full of men, about 12 of them. However, the reason they were there was to see the automobile in which the doctor arrived, one of the first in the area. When the men got home they were talking about the car, while their wives were more interested in what the baby was. The response was, "It was only a girl!" Iva insisted on standing during the presentation; many who are photographed receiving the cane are either sitting or in bed. She also pointed out that the reason there were so many present at the celebration was that folks wanted to see the cane.

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Brooks LaPointe '31 passed away April 18, 2005, in Chatham, Mass. She attended Boston University and earned a master's degree at Columbia University. She taught elementary and secondary school in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

IN MEMORIAM: Beatrice Pelletier '31 of Concord, N.H., is deceased.

IN MEMORIAM: Pauline Wright True '31 passed away July 25, 2005, in Morgantown, W.Va. She taught before her marriage and was active in civic, church, and volunteer organizations.


IN MEMORIAM: Paul Rizzi '32 passed away July 11, 2005, in Milford, N.H. He was headmaster at the Youth Detention Center in Manchester and then became a national bank examiner. He was cashier, vice president, president and chair of the board at Souhegan National Bank in Milford.


At the 40th anniversary luncheon of the Cheshire County Retired Educators, Frances Shaughnessy received a certificate of membership. She has been a member for over 30 years and also had served as president. Now she is a caller for members who live in the Walpole, N.H., area. Frances and her sister attended the state Women's Club meeting at the Brandon Inn in Vermont. She said it was a lovely place. This year Bellows Falls High School will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Frances' father started the celebration in 1905, and she and Mary will ride in the parade.

Nathalie Scott Tisdale and Margaret Newman Chickering also received certificates of membership from the Cheshire County Retired Educators. Both have been dedicated members for over 30 years.

Lovely Olive Milligan Smith attended the Golden Circle luncheon held in Lancaster, N.H., on July 12. Always nice to have her with us. Olive was recognized as the alum who had graduated the earliest.

Margaret Newman Chickering attended a farewell party for KSC President and Mrs. Yarosewick that was held in the Alumni Center. Later in August, Margaret brought Clara Giovannangeli to the Alumni Family picnic at the College Camp. Clara and Margaret attended a birthday party for Dr. Young's son, where they had a great time.

Louise Chapman Whitehead of Duxbury, Mass., writes, "I am losing my eyesight and cannot do much that I would like to. 94 years old in September."

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Aldrich Richards '33 died July 26, 2005, in Keene. She taught at Sunapee High School, Pinkerton Academy, and Griswold (Conn.) High School before moving to Marlborough, N.H., and teaching in the Marlborough school system and Monadnock Regional School until her retirement in 1972.


Ruth Nelson Towle recently observed her 90th birthday. She was so pleased to receive birthday cards from the alumni. Ruth is a volunteer at the Edgewater Public Library. She remembers Mary Grimes Doyle and the great days they shared at Keene Normal School.

Retired Nashua High (N.H.) track and field coach Francis Tate died June 8 in Manchester, N.H. He was 94. Fran began his teaching and coaching career at Portsmouth High School, founding the Clipper Relays invitational meet in the process. He was known New England-wide as "Mr. Track," with 13 consecutive winter track state championships and 13 spring titles, including eight consecutive, as well as three New England titles. In 1981 the track facility at Nashua High was christened the Francis G. Tate Track. He was in the first class to be inducted into the Nashua High Hall of Fame in 1991. Cited numerous times by New Hampshire, New England, and national coaches associations, Fran received many awards, among them the Carl Lundholm Award, the Walter Smith Award and the William Loeb Award.

Catherine McEachern Redden wrote of her mother: "I regret to inform you that Stella Shaw McEachern died July 29, 2005. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived a long, productive life. She will be sadly missed by family and friends, and by the residents and workers of the Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community and the Rockingham Country Nursing Home where she lived the last two years of her life. Stella kept her sweet disposition and special smile until the end. Her best friends Claris Lacey and Kay Reid were able to attend her memorial service and spoke in tribute to their 70+ year friendship!"

IN MEMORIAM: Jane Langer Ambrose '34 died May 6, 2005, in Meredith, N.H. She earned degrees at New York University and Plymouth Teachers College. She was teacher and coach at Meredith High School, chaired the Inter-Lakes School Board, and was a guidance director at Inter-Lakes for more than 20 years.

IN MEMORIAM: Stella Shaw McEachern '34 died July 29, 2005, in New Hampshire.

IN MEMORIAM: Francis G. Tate '34 died June 8, 2005, in Manchester, N.H. He earned a master's degree at UNH and an advanced degree in physical education at Boston University. Considered to be the "Father of New Hampshire Track," he coached at Portsmouth, Manchester Central, Manchester West, and Nashua. Overall, his teams won 42 indoor and outdoor track state championships. An annual New Hampshire high school decathlon bears his name.


Reunion 2005 brought Alta Perkins Jursa, Bernice Adams Michael, and Alberta Patch Slegaitis to the Keene campus. They celebrated 70 years since graduating from Keene Normal School. "B" Patch wrote a beautiful poem about reunion that she sent to the Alumni Office which we have shared in this issue.

Alta and her husband Adolph Jursa joined over 40 alums and their guests for a delicious turkey buffet at Hart's Turkey Farm.

A wonderful letter arrived from Donald Chamberlain who lives in Coventry, R.I. He was amazed at the growth of KSC after receiving a copy of the Keene Alumni directory. Donald enjoyed attending Keene Normal School but has never returned. He was a member of Kappa Delta Phi. He taught in New Hampshire and for 26 years in his hometown. A son and his wife were also teachers.

Edward Farrar of Homosassa, Fla., writes, "We live in a restricted retirement community and at my age are enjoying life as much as possible."

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Hardy McCourt '35 passed away July 25, 2005, in Portsmouth, N.H. She taught home economics and social studies in Alton, Lebanon, and Portsmouth high schools.


Velma Pierce Smith spent time in Bradford, Maine, when her plans changed for her trip back home to Upsala, Ontario, due to the weather. Velma's daughter had said it was 40 degrees below zero. Then there was a blizzard in Maine with two feet of snow and her daughter worried about the drive to the airport in New Brunswick. Velma did her student teaching at Hancock (N.H.) High School at the age of 19. She started in January to replace the math teacher. Val coached all the girls' sports and was in charge of field day, when several schools came to Hancock. A principal from another school told Miss Manchester, the Hancock principal, that the girls were out on the field without a teacher. Miss Manchester looked out the office window and laughed because there was Val. Today Val walks two miles a day in her living room by following a video and does sewing projects and makes mittens for her family.

Helen Szalajeski Raymond is enjoying the warmer weather in Florida, but not the allergies she has from the trees. She tried raking the leaves, but the wind kept blowing them right back. Helen and Ferne Coffin Fogg keep in contact regularly. They have been close friends since their days at Keene Normal School.

Ferne Coffin Fogg was looking forward to a visit from her grandson and his wife. She enjoys her life on the quiet mountains in Montana where she now lives with her daughter. Ferne feeds and enjoys all the birds that come into the yard daily. Ferne writes lovely long letters. She said the temperature in Montana was 103 degrees. She spends time with a very ill lady who is very lonely. Ferne is always there when someone needs her.

Ellen Hartshorn Grauer entertained her daughter and son-in-law in February. They live in Portland, Ore. Ellen wrote that she enjoyed the photos of the Christmas Tea Party that were sent to her. Ellen also writes that her daughter, two granddaughters, and great-grandson visited her in Peterborough for a week. They had traveled from Portland, Ore.

Bernice Bookstrom Miller attended the ninth annual Golden Circle luncheon held at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord, N.H. Once again, she was recognized for perfect attendance.


Louisa Infanti of Naples, Fla., writes, "Still play 18 holes of golf and walk one and a half miles a day. Thinking of New Hampshire's fresh air!"


Marion E. Sabin of Christmas, Fla., writes, "We moved to Florida last October to be with our daughter and family. I certainly miss being at the alumni reunions, but I won't forget you!"

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