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Sometimes news is not good ... Richard (Dick) Nye passed away on November 13. Dick taught industrial arts at Winnacunnet High in Hampton, N.H., for 31 years. A veteran of the Korean War, he enjoyed reading historical nonfiction, golfing, woodworking, and especially his beautiful family. After retiring, he and his wife, Barbara, enjoyed a second home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He leaves two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and an expected great-grandchild. Perley (Jim) Nye and his wife, Patricia Gonye Nye '61 (who drove from Windsor, Conn.), Betty Staniels (who taught with Dick for many years), and I attended the services.

Dick and Joanna Cotter lost their son, Richard L. Cotter II on October 27. The Cotters also have two daughters who are KSC graduates.

Best wishes for joy-filled holiday memories, good health, and happiness in 2007.

Remember to write "Class of 1960" on your donations to the Alumni Fund.


I recently received a note from John Malsbenden. He and Irene are moving into a new home after 36 years in his old place at Colchester, Conn. After seeing their aging parents go through problems, he wanted less home maintenance. Now a specially designed home by Irene gives them a home that is completely handicapped accessible, with no stairs and a flat, short driveway. They have done a lot of traveling in the last few years. In April, they visited Charleston, S.C., and in May, spent two weeks in Arizona. This summer they visited the Berkshires in Massachusetts for a week and spent time hiking and visiting art museums. In the fall they are headed to Alexandria, Va.; Greece; and Daytona Beach, Fla. John is currently on the local board of selectmen and hopes to see us at the 50th reunion.

Nancy Kidder Howe came to visit New Hampshire this summer. She returned to her KSC alma mater and was greatly impressed by how beautiful the campus looked. Nancy travels from her home state of Florida to spend a month on Cape Cod every summer. She stopped in to say hi at my house and then went up to North Conway to visit her sister-in-law, Sandy. Nancy plans on doing more camping now that she is semiretired.

Please let us know where you are and what you are doing?

John C. Shurtleff writes: "Sorry to have missed the 45th reunion. I was working in Afghanistan for the US Army, as I wrote to Bob Saulnier. The snow-capped mountains of Kyrgyzstan are a pleasant sight after months on the desert in Kandahar. My wife and I will still be working in Europe and Asia for a while longer. However, should we actually retire, I hope to get back for the 50th reunion in 2011."


Wesley McNair recently received a 2006 IPPY Award for best anthology from Independent Book Publishers of America. The award was given for Contemporary Maine Fiction (Down East Books), which features short stories by 14 Maine writers.

In addition, he was one of the first artists nationwide to win a USA Fellowship from United States Artists (USA). Wesley will receive an unrestricted grant of $50,000 to support his creative work. The winners were selected from among 350 nominations representing every artistic discipline and 43 states. Wesley was one of only nine writers to be named a USA Fellow this year. His work began with an interest in the working poor of New England and has become more personal and preoccupied with family over time. He is currently professor emeritus and writer in residence at the University of Maine at Farmington.

IN MEMORIAM: William B. Cameron '63 died June 25, 2006, in White River Junction, Vt. He was an elementary school teacher in Franklin and Laconia, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.


Lawrence Clough has recently been ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ in the New Hampshire Conference.


From Dick, Richard E. Doyle: "Barbara and I have been very busy with our retired activities. She is the new president of the New Hampshire Retired Teachers Association. They are trying very hard to save pension benefits for everybody. Barbara also runs the coastal Red Hat Ladies, and they are always coming and going some place!

I have been elected second vice president of the Essex County Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts, and we are working to increase the three percent COLAs currently based on the first $12,000 only. I am cochair of the Newburyport Retired Teachers Association semiannual luncheons, of which we have held eight so far. Attendance increases each time, so it is always nice to get reacquainted with former colleagues.

We are looking forward to returning to Florida in January this year for four months on the East Coast at Barefoot Bay, after four years at Madeira Beach near Tampa Bay. If anyone is down in Gator Country during this time, we'd love to hear from you!

This is the 25th year I have written these notes. Thanks to all those '65ers who have answered my questionnaires over the years, such as these 19 folks below. So, on this silver anniversary, here we go again!

Elaine Nadeau White of Exeter, N.H., writes that she is business administrator of dining services at Phillips Exeter Academy. She and her husband, Ken, have two children and three grandchildren. Elaine enjoys reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing sudoku.

Bob St. Laurent of Nashua, N.H., writes that he has been retired since 2000 after turning over his construction company to his son. He enjoys building hot rods and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. Bob and his wife, Vivian, have traveled to the Caribbean, Grand Canyon, Scottsdale, Italy, France, and Spain.

Ed and Joyce Rogers Brookshire of Eastham, Mass., write that Ed has retired since 1999 and she is semiretired since 2005. He builds models and does woodworking and she reads books on maintaining good health and is into local politics. Ed and Joy have three children and three grandchildren. They like visiting their home in Pine Island, Fla., each winter. He has been elected to the Nauset Regional school board and she says 'it takes three times longer to get through airport security with replacement parts even though the little plastic card from the doctor telling them you've had surgery is supposed to make it easier.'

Joanne Dubuque Stroshine e-mailed me from Charlotte, N.C., that she is a high school English IV teacher of AP, honors, and creative writing with 180 students to coach and evaluate. She and Bernie have three children and six grandchildren. They have traveled to Florida to visit retired friends and to New Hampshire to visit family.

Virginia May Parker-Farrell of Keene writes that she is an adult protective services worker. Ginny and Ben have two children and two grandchildren. She keeps in contact with them, sings in the Keene Pops Choir, and goes antiquing. The Farrells have traveled to Lake Placid, N.Y., and Ohio to watch their oldest grandson compete in ice dancing skating competitions.

Jack Hansen of Brewster, N.Y., writes that he is a contractor who has been retired since 1989. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have three children. Jack skis, gardens, and does woodworking. He has traveled to Austria.

Peter Skjold of Somersworth, N.H., writes that he is a tutor and mentors young men financially. He has two children. Peter writes, travels, cooks, and collects and sells collectibles! He has traveled to Texas and Colorado for family affairs. Pete is beginning his writing adventures.

Ted Perrin of Tilton, N.H., writes that he has been retired since 1998. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 40 years and have three children and four grandchildren. He enjoys furniture making and saltwater fishing. The Perrins have traveled to upstate New York and Cape Cod this past year.

Francis Tate Jr. writes from Ocean Park, Maine, that he has been retired from being a vocational director since 2005. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children and two grandchildren. Frank enjoys the Red Sox (!) and house construction. He has traveled via the "Cat" from across Portland to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. Frank enjoys being a grandfather.

Carol Jeffrey writes that she had 'a hedonistic week on the Delaware shore this spring, and, last autumn, three weeks in Nepal and Tibet. What a privilege!'

Richard Lund writes from Carson City, Nev., that he has been retired since 1996. He and his wife, Joyce, are still married after 43 years and have three grandchildren. Dick likes golf and skiing. He says that they moved to Nevada after six years in Florida to be closer to the San Francisco area, where all his children and their families live, and the Sierra ski areas.

Mike Edmond from Granville, N.Y., e-mailed me that he is a retired English teacher. He and his wife, Fran, have three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys playing baritone saxophone in the Cambridge (N.Y.) Marching Band and singing tenor in the Granville-area chorus. Mike traveled to Tucson and Florence, Italy, last spring.

Peggy Boswell Adams from Williston, Vt., writes that she runs the Adams Apple Orchard and Farm Market with her husband, John. They have three children and five grandchildren. Peggy enjoys photography, travel, and playing with her grandkids. The Adamses spent six weeks in Florida, cruised to Venezuela and Curacao, and visited Pennsylvania Dutch country. She says, 'not much unique, just keep going in spite of the aging process. We are very lucky to be mostly healthy in our advancing years! We are having fun. We visited with Connie Riley Thompson and her husband. Many good friends from KSC days.'

Al Banks from Milton Mills, N.H., writes that he has been retired since 1994. He and his wife, Loretta, have been married for 46 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Al enjoys photography, woodworking, and cutting firewood. He takes day trips to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. The Banks welcomed their newest grandson, Anthony Jacob Banks, on Jan. 16, 2006.

Dave Bechok of Carlsbad, Calif., writes that he and his wife, Priscilla, have been married for 53 years. He was in our class for just two years, but still feels '65 is his. Dave has been retired since 1997 and recently turned 76. He enjoys cruising, reading, exercising, and Bible study. The Bechoks traveled on a 16-day Hawaiian cruise this past year.

Eileen Dlugosz Labrecque is a first-time responder from Hooksett, N.H. She retired in June 2006. She and her husband, Paul, have two children and two sets of twins (boys and girls) for grandchildren! Eileen likes concerts, their Newfound Lake cottage, and the Corvette Club. They have traveled to Florida, the Caribbean, Lake Placid, and Niagara Falls.

Maureen Talbot Fenton of Harpswell, Maine, writes that she has been retired since 2000 and is now an antiques dealer. She and Fred have two children and four grandchildren. Maureen likes art classes and galleries, gardening, and exploring Maine. She traveled to Ireland last June. She also really likes to play pool on a regular basis.

David Sletner writes from Naugatuck, Conn., that he has been retired since 2005. He and his wife, Edie, have two children and three grandchildren. Dave likes reading and traveling the New England states and Pennsylvania. He is fighting off the ravages of diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

John Knowles of Sarasota, Fla., writes that he is the account sales manager for his own business, Meadows Business Systems. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 41 years and have three children and one grandchild. John enjoys reading, landscaping, golf, and baseball spring training games. The couple travels to Cape Cod to visit family, usually a couple of times a year. Thanks for your good comments, John.

Finally, a thanks to Mike Emond, who I am quoting liberally from his eulogy to Tony Alexander, who died five years ago, but whose death was just learned about last fall. 'Tony was a special man from New York City who met KV King and learned about KSC and decided to attend. Tony pledged Alpha, was quite a musician, and tri-captained the soccer team in our senior year to a fabulous 9-2 record. He was easy going, had a great sense of humor, spoke to everyone, and cared about the serious issues of the day, as well. He married Donna Pariseau and later became a school principal in California. If anyone knows more about his life, please inform.'

Please answer my latest annual questionnaire so I will have new information with which to write this column! I'd especially like to hear from folks who have never responded. We don't do very well with reunions, but correspondence with these questionnaires has always been great. Let's keep it going."


Dear 66ers: what a wonderful 40th reunion we had at good ole KSC; however, good ole KSC is not the same. Our reunion headquarters was in the new Zorn Dining Commons with a four-star luncheon - unbelievable! The old dining commons is transforming into a new media center and, at last, a building for the film and communication departments.

About 60 of the class of '66 showed up mostly for the Saturday events, which included an informal gathering at John and Roberta (Bobbie Luce) Barry's new house on Jordan road right here in Keene. Dick and Lisa Swasey were responsible for our delicious (and again four-star) hors d'oeuvres. Thanks, Swaze.

There we elected officers for our class. Bobbie and I forgot to take notes - we were having so much fun - so we forgot the name of our president. (Please forgive!) Vice president is the honorable Henry A. L. Parkhurst (honorable because he is a representative to the state legislature (New Hampshire, of course!) and has been instrumental in passing positive education laws. Thanks, Henry. Treasurer is Bobbie Barry and I am class secretary.

Speaking of the treasurer, we only collected a paltry amount of money at the reunion for a class gift. Many of us discussed the future possibility of acquiring more funds to help with the renovation of Fiske Hall. Of particular interest is the preservation of the beautiful wood and glass wall separating the large lounge in Fiske Hall. I am sure you all remember that - as it is a main physical reminder of our "happy days" in the '60s. So if you can, pony up to save Fiske Hall's memories and send your contributions to the KSC Alumni Office. Notice: your contribution is a tax write-off. Send it in today to help with the preservation of Fiske Hall. Thanks!

Also, thank you so much for your most helpful assistance and major roles in making our 40th reunion a huge success: Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, new president of Keene State; Mike Maher '72, outgoing alumni director; Melanie Lizotte, alumni staff; Tess Wolcott and Bobbie Barry, our energetic coordinators, and of course, myself, Nancy Coutts, encouraged by Bobbie. I was so blessed by being a part of this great (and growing) institution and its powerful alumni outreach.

A special thanks to Melanie for recently sending me a copy of the class of '66 yearbook that I had lost a long time ago. Thank you so much, Mel. I will treasure it always, as well as the gift of knowing and working with you. You are the best!

Even though our 40th is over, we pledge to meet more often and to track down our lost classmates. Don't forget. Send those cards and letters to me. We are anxious to hear from you.


From Rich Seldow: "I retired in June after 31 years of practice as a chiropractor in central Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful career, but it's now time for the next chapter. My wife and I have done a lot of traveling and plan much more now that work doesn't get in the way. We have two children who are grown and married. Rebecca graduated from Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., in math and is now at the University of Virginia working on her Ph.D. in math. Adam graduated from West Point and is now at Harvard working on his Ph.D. in educational technology. They try to explain what they are doing, but it is way beyond me. Any of my old biology major classmates who would like to tour central Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Gettysburg, or Hershey), drop me a line.

IN MEMORIAM: Christos Papazoglou '68 died Sept. 26, 2006, in Concord, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army and as a supervisor in the juvenile parole office of the Youth Development Center for 25 years. His survivors include his wife, Eleanor Sawtelle Papazoglou '70.


From Barbara Hamilton: "I received a post card from Barry Osborn from Ireland. Thanks for the yearly communication on your trips to Ireland, Barry. He works for the state of New Hampshire and just completed his third Homeland Security training in New Mexico on improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He also found a large sum of money and some cocaine on a mission and gets to keep some of the money. Lucky you!! Barry's daughter, Maria, is in her third year at McGill in Montreal and recently completed her first triathlon, finishing 18th in her age group. His son, Patrick, is a freshman in high school. Barry mentioned e-mailing Mark Taylor, who is in "The Sandbox" for a year.

I recently received a letter from Jean Fitch Blacketor, who shared with me the untimely passing of William "Bill" Hollis in September. Bill had been an elementary school teacher in Marlow and North Walpole for 37 years. He will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, and community members.

Jean reports being busy with all of the changes going on at her university. She ran into Bob Baines, former mayor, in Manchester at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new campus in Manchester. Jean also ran into Barry Osborn at the Plymouth campus where he teaches sociology and criminal justice courses. Jean and her friend Darrow were heading to the Caribbean for a 10-day cruise. I hope you had a great time.

I am enjoying retirement immensely. I continue to quilt, volunteer for Food Share, work with students at Manchester Community College, and participate in the Adult Learning Program at the University of Connecticut, where I am getting to take many courses that I didn't have time for when I was teaching. Life is good. Last year was a busy one - updating my home and flying to California a number of times to help my daughter, Bethany, with her wedding plans. She was married in May to Christopher Graves in a joyful, magical celebration near Los Angeles. Her dad, Bernie Hartshorn '70, and I were very happy for them both.

I recently had lunch with Joan Baker Benedetto to get caught up and to share stories about our children and our lives. Joan is teaching in Cheshire, Conn., and enjoying her classes.

I am planning to go to St. Lucia in March with some friends to celebrate our 60th birthdays. I'm looking forward to a fantastic time exploring the island and relaxing.

IN MEMORIAM: William "Bill" Hollis '69 died in September 2006. Bill had been an elementary teacher in Marlow and North Walpole for 37 years.

IN MEMORIAM: Lillian H. Koski '69 died Aug. 6, 2006, in Newport, N.H. She worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for various businesses and was a Head Start teacher in Newport and an elementary school teacher in Claremont, N.H.

IN MEMORIAM: Richard S. Small '69 died Oct. 14, 2006, in Surry, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Korea. He then owned and operated a distributing company for spices in Massachusetts.

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