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Jim Wheeler sent a report card of his life: "Health - C (upper half - A, lower half - F); enjoying life - B+ (vacation in St. Thomas, babysitting two grandchildren, taking courses at KSC); happy marriage - A+."

Priscilla Holmes Roberts of Claremont, N.H., and Delray Beach, Fla., writes: "I enjoyed a cruise to Alaska with KSC friend Joan Simpson '51 and her husband, Forest, in August."

Mary Kiley writes: "Enjoying Naples, Fla., all year now. Did two cruises last year - Caribbean and eastern Mediterranean. This year, will cruise the Baltic area for 10 days in June and the western Mediterranean - Greece and Turkey - in September. A relaxed way for seniors to travel."

IN MEMORIAM: Esther Dalzell LaChance '50 died March 18, 2006, in Keene. She taught in Lebanon, West Lebanon, and Marlborough, N.H., where she started the readiness program and kindergarten program.


Our sympathy goes to the family of Russell Allan, who died in June 2005. Russell retired from guidance counseling in Stanhope, Pa. He and his wife, Margaret, were married for more than 63 years.

Nancy Curtis Anderson enjoys keeping in contact with classmates - especially the "Fiske West-Enders." Her husband is having some health problems, so she is unable to attend KSC activities, but she enjoys hearing about them.

David '55 and Betsy Walker Staples spent the winter in Florida, where they enjoy being involved in many projects.

Holiday greetings from Wasilla, Alaska, arrived from Bevali Bonardi Bouchard, complete with a photo of the home she shares with her family. While living in Colorado, she led a busy life volunteering and attending social events. Bev spent some time last summer in Bethlehem, N.H., with sister, Patsie '54, then traveled to see her children and their families. In October, she and her son, Ed, spent six days on the Alaska Highway, with stops in Lake Louise and Banff. They enjoyed the beauty of their surroundings. Bev is now excited to be back home with family and friends in Alaska.

Homer "Doc" Chase and Fay journeyed to New Orleans, San Antonio, Sedona, and the national parks in Utah and New Mexico. They still play bridge three times a week and have met many nice people at bridge tournaments.

Cecil and Corrine Nash celebrated being married 60 years in November 2005. All the cards, letters, and photos they received were immediately put into a scrapbook. They have moved into Pleasant View Retirement Home in Concord, N.H. It is the former Mary Baker Eddy Home and is just beyond Concord Hospital.

Recently, a surprise phone call came from Vernon Dube; we had a great chat, although he was unable to join us at Reunion 2006. Vernon and Marilyn are very happy in their new home in a small town in Kentucky. It reminds them of life back in New Hampshire. They are fortunate to have most of their family living close by.

Beverly Proctor Boyer spent Christmas in Delaware but she was glad when she reached her home in warm Naples, Fla. Bev purchased a Dodge Caravan to carry the materials she needs to make wicker baskets. Elaine Schmidt Chesley lives nearby so they spend time together during the winter months. Bev has a sister living in Lake Charles, La., who survived Katrina.

Winnie Schoolcraft is settled into her new Missouri home. She is working at the Mailbox Club.

Anne Kingston Loebl sent a photo of her beautiful home in Arizona. It looks like a great place to spend six months away from the cold Michigan winters.

Martha Bassett Sargent always writes a newsy letter. She went to Wisconsin for a Christmas holidays visit with family and had a busy summer with her 55th at KSC and Dick's 55th at UNH. Martha and Dick also had civic association, park, and garden club activities.

All of Pauline Bullard Brown's family were home for the holidays for a Christmas Eve buffet and brunch the next morning.

Shirley Milnor Keith has five grandchildren. She enjoys their visits, but is glad when they go home.

Joan Greeley Simpson and Forest joined other snowbirds for three months in Florida last winter. They left Florida in April and made a stop to visit relatives in South Carolina. While in Florida, they spent time with Pauline Bullard Brown and Clayton in Bradenton. The Simpsons joined a group of alums at the winter home of Cindy '57 and John Faust '58 in Fort Myers.

Always nice to hear from Althea Roy Clonaris. She helped identify a group of 1947-48 home economics students in a photo. We send Althea and her family our sympathy on the death of her husband and our classmate, Socrates "Soc" Clonaris.

Ruth "Bicky" Peck has moved to McKeen Woods in Brunswick, Maine, but still has her Topsham home. Always good to see her.

A very busy Delma Langille took a 9,000-mile motor trip to the western part of the United States that lasted over a month. He then traveled to Georgia and Florida over the holidays.

Rita Hayes Evans celebrated the holidays with son, Bill, in Rhode Island. She has a grandson ready for college in the fall.

Margaret Rhoades Best has taken over the care of her 4-year-old great-grandnephew. Otherwise, she keeps busy with church activities, volunteering, gardening, and knitting. Margaret worked with others to make quilts for flood victims in Alstead, N.H. Luckily, Margaret lives on a hill and was safe from the October floods. She had plans to attend a wedding in Maine and to visit family in Baltimore, where her oldest son just retired from the police department.

On a cold, windy January morning, Audrey Tucker Starkey worked with Norma Wright Walker '51 putting names to faces in the six photos that Elsie Bowes Brenner sent. The Keene Kronicles and her Keene High yearbook were used.

Barbara Sullivan Brooks and son have an antique shop in Bristol, N.H., called Tin Shoppe. They are doing well and enjoy the venture. Recently, Barbara sent a note saying she was entertaining friends and then was off to a conference. In February, she attained a lifelong dream by attending the Westminster Dog Show. A scholarship in memory of Barb's husband was awarded this year. What a wonderful gift from a teacher.

Irene McAlister Wilkins lives in Vermont and enjoys volunteering at the local hospital, learning to play "Whisk" at the senior center, and keeping up with six grandchildren. Always good to hear from her.

Elaine Schmidt Chesley of Center Harbor, N.H., writes: "I returned to New Hampshire in April after a busy winter in Naples, Fla. - tennis four times a week and lectures in music at our Philharmonic Center. Of course, Floridians' favorite pastime is eating out."

A nice note arrived from Charlotte Randall Travis who lives in Chester, W. Va. She had helped identify classmates in a set of photos. Charlotte left New Hampshire about 15 years ago but says she still misses New England. They live in the northernmost part of the state, between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her husband is still working.

Stuart Gile tried to help with the class photos taken in 1947-48. He thought it was a great challenge to think back and try to remember names. He recognized faces, but names eluded him.

Charlotte Finch Peterson and husband, Robert, have lived in Raymond, Maine, for about three years. Their home is near their son.

James McShan had the graduation of a granddaughter to attend, so he missed the reunion also.

Daniel Butler sent an e-mail wishing his class a great reunion. He said he might attend our 60th. We'll be waiting to see you, Dan.

Theresa Gove King spent time putting names to faces in our photo collection. Thank you, Terri, and all classmates who worked on this project.

Marjorie McLaughlin Capron and her husband were treated to a trip to Florida, an early 50th anniversary gift from their daughter.

We were all saddened to hear that Alison Gleason is at the Genesis Home on Court Street in Keene.

Charlie Plimpton is not about to retire. He is still teaching at the Tech School in Laconia. Charlie says 16 hours a week isn't bad, so why not do it. Good for you, Charlie.

Jill Wyman had talked to Ruby LaPoint Brannen, who says she is doing pretty well healthwise. Her husband had minor surgery and is on the road to recovery.

Charlie Plimpton, Del Langille, Ruth Bickford "Bicky" Peck, Pauline Bullard Brown, Barbara Sullivan Brooks, Joan Greeley Simpson, Nina Krochmal Witham, and Jill Knight Wyman joined Norma Wright Walker in celebrating our 55th Reunion at Alumni Weekend at KSC. We had a great time seeing classmates and other alumni. The new Zorn Dining Commons is wonderful. One can easily get lost in this huge building!

Martha Bassett Sargent always writes a newsy letter. She went to Wisconsin for a Christmas holidays visit with family and had a busy summer with her 55th at KSC and Dick's 55th at UNH. Martha and Dick also had civic association, park, and garden club activities.

IN MEMORIAM: Socrates Clonaris '51 died February 13, 2006, in New Milford, Conn. Survivors include his wife, Althea Roy Clonaris '51.


Naomi Umenhofer of Milford, N.H., is a retired missionary to France. She walks with a cane to prevent falling and lives at Harborside, a hospital where most residents are in wheelchairs.

From Irene DiMeco Parent: Claire, Don Carle and Charlotte, Bruce and I attended the inauguration of Dr. Helen Giles-Gee at KSC in April. She gave a very inspiring, profound, and hopeful speech. I hope everyone gets an opportunity to read it. Our alma mater's motto, 'Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve,' was never so well- expounded upon as by Dr. Giles-Gee. A must-read for everyone!

"Now for Reunion 2007, June 1-3, 55 years for us!

"Hopefully, you all have received your newsletter from the Alumni Office, reminding us of our 55th reunion. If you have not signed up to help on our committee or to volunteer, please call us soon. If you are willing to help in other ways, please let us know. There is still a lot to be done: Please bring all pictures you can find. Have you thought about a class gift? Any other suggestions from you will be much appreciated.

"What are some of the things you would like to see happen? It really takes input from all of us to make this successful and fun for all. It's not too late to help. Please contact us as soon as possible, via e-mail, mail, or phone. Call Irene (978-827-5978) or Claire (978-827-5978).

"Also, if you know of the whereabouts of our 'lost' classmates, please contact us or the Alumni Office. We would love to hear from them:
Sally Baker
Ossie Brown
Martin Bunce
Eugene Farrell
Lorraine Fistola
Frank Holt
Ester LaPierre
Marjorie Leeds
Arvin Miller Jr.
Willomena Reed
Many thanks for any help you can give us."

From Claire Waterhouse Simensen: "Here I am again, with very little news of our classmates! I did get to visit with Mary Moore Conroy and her husband, Mick, at a high school hockey game this winter. Their grandson is the captain of the Spaulding High School team and played in the state tournament. He hopes to go on and play in college next year. It was great to get to reminisce with Mary.

"Know that Don Carle is still out there supporting the KSC sports teams. I had hoped to get to one of the basketball games but didn't make it. One of our Salem girls had made the team and Don had asked her parents about me. I hope to be able to get there next year.

"By the time you read this, you should have received your class letter. Hopefully, some of you have already volunteered to help with the plans for our 55th reunion. We need to know what you would like to see take place.

"I had dinner with Lila Murphy a few weeks ago. She expressed her willingness to help. Volunteer #1! She was getting ready for a trip to Florida. She had to cancel her trip to Florida last winter. Health and family problems kept her in New Hampshire. She seems to be doing okay now. She had been in contact with June and Dick Chambers and Barbara Dupuis McNally.

"Had a nice note from my KSC roommate, Shirley Coffin Grover. She had three minor strokes and is coming along real well. Cannot drive anymore, but she is still volunteering at the Keene Soup Kitchen every week. Keep up the good work, Shirley.

"Please keep in touch with Irene or me - we cannot keep this column alive without your help. Please send us some info on what is going on in your busy lives.

"Remember to save the dates of June 1-3, 2007, to join us and reminisce about the years we spent together at KSC. You will be amazed at the growth on campus even if you joined us at our 50th. Such progress. Also, you will get the chance to meet our new president. Her inaugural speech was so inspiring. Enjoy your day!"

IN MEMORIAM: Rev. Robert C. Langtry '52 passed away May 17, 2006 in Boscawen, N.H. He attended Hartford Seminary and McGill University and was ordained in 1968 in South Hero, Vt. He was married to Winifred Woodbury Langtry '52 and together they served churches in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania before retiring after 41 years in ministry.


Priscilla Partington Sargent writes: "We have sold our home of 50 years, which was located in Georges Mills on Lake Sunapee. Our daughter, Doireann, and her family are continuing to run the marina there, our family business. We have a son, Duncan, who is involved with computers. While attending KTC for three years, I lived and worked at Dr. and Mrs. Young's home. I helped take care of their sons, Maxfield and Kenton. Maxfield was tragically killed at the age of 17. I have always contributed to the fund in his memory."

Robert W. Morganof Bow, N.H. writes: "At the end of this last school year, I have been retired for 20 years after 33 years of teaching. I've become a snowbird, having purchased a mobile home in Florida. My daughters continue to amaze me; my eldest daughter is a teacher and has four children and three grandchildren; third daughter has five children; second daughter is a veterinarian; and fourth daughter helps her sisters' families."


From June Hesse Haymon: "This info was sent a while ago, but worth including. Joy Johnson Falkenham has written and e-mailed several times. Last September she and Glen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their five children and spouses gave them a great party at the Granite Rose in Hampstead, N.H. Their son-in-law, Enos Arnold '86, husband of daughter Carol '86, is executive chef there. All of Joy and Glen's wedding party members attended, including Joy's brother, Stan Johnson '51, who gave her away, and Ken Aldrich '52, an usher. They enjoy their family, along with 11 grandchildren. They all live close by and Joy and Glen get to attend ice and field hockey games when the grandson and granddaughter play for Salem High School. They sold their four-bedroom house, where the children grew up, and built a smaller house, all on one floor. Glen retired from 34 years at Raytheon as a principal electrical engineer in 1991. After retiring, he designed and did much of the finish work on their cabin in Jefferson, N.H. It is a hunting camp, ski lodge, and family gathering place, enjoyed by all. Joy retired in 1992 from Salem School District as Chapter One director, after 22 years. Both Joy and Glen are in good health and enjoying retirement together. All this news from my bridesmaid of '55! A lot of years, a lot of happenings."

From Dorothy Bushnell Burden: 'As a commuter for most of my years in College, I knew few of the classmates, but it is still nice to read about them. We live in a log home in the woods of Strafford, Vt., over a mile from our nearest neighbor, but we keep in touch with the outside world. Both Bill and I have amateur radio licenses. Our four towers hold most of the antennas for our various radios. Volunteering is a vital part of being retired and I am the chair of the women's group at church. I also started the Strafford Knitwits, a group of knitters who make hats for the cancer patients at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, N.H.'
Dorothy included an obituary for Janet M. Dalton, who died February 20, 2006, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She had taught at Holden, Mass., Elementary School, then went on to raise a family. Our condolences to her family from our class and the College.
From Jesse Evangelou: "As far as news from our neck of the woods goes, I have, thanks to our 50th reunion, reconnected with Sal Grasso and Harold Hapgood, who are in nearby Portsmouth, N.H. Sal lives full-time in Portsmouth with wife, Joan Ricci '55. Harold is in Portsmouth from May to October and is in Culebra, Puerto Rico, the rest of the time. Last September the three of us took a day tour to the White Mountains. Harold served as our tour guide. Sal and I visited Jim Brezinski last year in Manchester, Conn. Sal and I usually try to see high school basketball games and UNH games as often as we can. During the summer, the three of us try to attend baseball games to see the Portland Sea Dogs (Farm Team of the Red Sox). We plan to contact Rod Boivin, who lives in Somersworth, N.H.'
"Nice piece of news, Jesse. I can still picture you playing basketball for old KTC and me drooling along with the other girls! Nice to hear you guys got together and are enjoying your time together.
"My duties in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary have increased. I am very proud to part of the Homeland Security and doing land and water patrols in the NY area. I am also proud of my older son, Lee, who recently earned the rank of Chief in the USCG Reserves.
"A reminder that my e-mail address is Drop me a line and let the class know what you are doing. Be patient, it takes some time before the magazine is published. My deadlines are every three months - June, September, December, and March. My best to all of you."

IN MEMORIAM: Janet M. Dalton '54 died February 20, 2006, in Lebanon, N.H. She had taught in Holden, Mass., elementary school before raising her family.


Glenna Burney Phelps writes from Scottsdale, Ariz.: "Just completed a 'Free to Read Everyday' book program. Distributed more than 82,000 new books to low-income students."


Minot H. Parker writes from Montara, Calif.: "Retirement keeps me busy - as docent at an elephant seal rookery, teaching youngsters how to shoot clay targets, and occasionally doing an auction for charities or non-profits."

Roland Stoodley writes: "Very sorry to have missed the 50th Reunion. I was away and missed the deadline for registration. I really intended to be there."


In March, Dolly Waite Flynn and a group of educators followed 1,000 miles of the western end of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery trail. Sailing from Portland, Ore., to Fort Clatsop near the Pacific and along the Columbia River to the Snake River in Idaho on a sternwheeler, the group visited many landmarks mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals. Other excursions included Mt. St. Helen's, Native American sites, historic museums, and many of the natural and manmade wonders along the way, even jet boating through Hell's Canyon on the Snake River.


IN MEMORIAM: Ernest O. Gendron '59, M'61, M'65, passed away April 1, 2006, in Inverness, Fla. He also earned a master's degree at the University of Bridgeport, where he was director of housing. He was associate dean for student development at KSC, where he worked for 25 years. He established the KSC Parents Association in 1973 and a scholarship endowment bears his name.

IN MEMORIAM: Thelma Richardson MacKenzie '59, M'83, died April 23, 2006, in Westmoreland, N.H. She was a substitute teacher in Keene for many years, secretary for the music department at KSC, and assistant coordinator for continuing education at KSC until 1986.

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