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Classmates! Take note of this member of our class. Snowy, the sequel to Ruth Doan MacDougall's best-selling novel The Cheerleader, has been rereleased as a paperback. On the website developed by fans,, you'll find more information about the books, along with a virtual tour of Ruth's hometown, Laconia, N.H., which inspired the setting for The Cheerleader. The site's "Get Real!" page shows other locales that were transformed into fiction in Snowy.

John Shurtleff of Penacook, N.H., writes, "Back in New Hampshire for a while after spending July, August, and September in Kosovo (vacation of sorts). Back to Europe in December."


From Stephanie: Hi classmates. A wonderful summer here on Block Island has come to an end. I promised to get some of the responses to our questionnaires into the next Keene State Today, so I'm sitting inside on a rainy Labor Day afternoon reading through several lives. These will appear in this and future issues in no particular order. Here goes:

Anne Bergeron Quinn has been married to Norm for 40 years! They have two sons and four grandchildren. Anne taught in elementary school for 27 years. She received a master's degree from Antioch. Anne and Norm are both retired, live in Milford, N.H., and enjoy traveling, spending time with their grandchildren, and exercising. She remembers a special bonfire at KTC: "Mr. Hapgood had scheduled a world history test for the following day. A handful of us decided to go to his residence to persuade him to reschedule the test. He came to the door in his robe and slippers. We stated our case. With a slight grin on his face, he rescheduled the exam."

Alan Pratt lives in Bernardston, Mass., with wife Rosalie. They have two children and eight grandchildren. Alan taught industrial arts and driver education for 17 years. During that time he received his master's degree from KSC. After he resigned from teaching he spent 20 years as maintenance chief at a supermarket. Alan enjoys video movies, and woodlot practices. He has great memories of Mr. Lloyd's art class.

Donna Dearborn Woodfin lives in Concord, N.H. She has three children and three grandchildren. Donna was the executive director of the Disabilities Rights Center in Concord from 1978 to 2002. "The DRC provides legal advocacy services to individuals with disabilities. The growth and work of the DRC have been a main focus of my career," she writes. Her children all graduated from college "and have jobs that are fulfilling. It is so much fun to have grandchildren as they learn and grow. They are now ages 9, 7, and 5 and are a source of pride and enjoyment." Donna enjoys knitting, antiquing, reading, keeping up with family activities, and staying in touch with friends. She is now working part-time doing program development and special projects for the DRC.

Richard Walsh has been married for 35 years and has two children and one granddaughter. He and wife Charlotte live in Leesburg, Fla. Dick taught social studies and English, coached football, and started a tennis program in Manchester, N.H. After he earned his master's degree from Rivier College, he was a guidance counselor at Concord High School for six years. Dick became a guidance director at Winnacunnet, where he remained for 27 years, retiring in 1999. "I had a wonderful 37 years in education and owe Keene a great deal for providing me with the foundations for becoming successful in the classroom." Now that he's retired he plays golf, sings in a chorus, plays pickleball, and works twice a week at Disney World. He remembers writing and directing the Alpha Operas and has fond memories of classes with Sprague Drenan and Mac Keddy ‘41.

Barbara Ward Barwood and husband Hal, a software game designer, live in San Anselmo, Calif. They have two children and one grandson who live in Oregon. Barbara taught for four years in Connecticut and Los Angeles before taking time off to raise her children "with all that entails – T-ball, soccer, PTA, school volunteer, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts." She started volunteering as an adult literacy tutor in 1987 and became coordinator of San Rafael Public Library literacy program and director of Marin County Literacy Program. She enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening, and traveling. She has wonderful memories of lilacs in bloom in the spring at KTC.

John Muller writes, "Just for no reason, I retired from education last June (year ago) after spending the last 27 years as assistant headmaster at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. I was in charge of instruction, teacher searches and recruitment, publications such as the course catalog and student handbook, and a zillion other things. I am still working 20 hours a week outside of education. My wife, who graduated from Plymouth State, has been an art teacher in Raymond, N.H., for many years, after raising the three kids, one of whom graduated from West Point and a second from Syracuse. I graduated from Keene State a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, time ago...back in another life. How far back? Sprague Drenan and Malcolm Keddy were two faculty mainstays as I pursued an English major."


Margery Hansen of Arlington, Vt., likes to weave, knit, read, and play puzzles on her computer. She has been retired for 20 years but runs the library book sale for her former elementary school. She and her husband celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary last spring. They have driven to California and back twice to see their grandchildren.

Dave Bechok of Carlsbad, Calif., wrote a nice letter about his varied interests, ranging from reading, traveling, and cruising to writing a book about his life on a farm. He returns yearly to check out KSC and all the growth. Dave turned 71 last fall.

Carol Cook of White River Jct., Vt., loves to travel to Las Vegas, and to watch the Celtics and the Olympics. She has two preteen grandsons, Will and Zeke. Carol is currently employed in home day care for children.

Judy Stroncer of Englewood, Fla., and Hampton, N.H., enjoys the retired life of biking, walking, and reading, as well as massage therapy. She has been retired for a while from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Judy returns to New Hampshire for four months to stay at her condo near us at the beach.

Mike Emond writes from Granvill, N.Y., that he has been retired for three years and enjoys working on his house. He is drum sergeant in St. Andrew's Pipers and Drums, plays baritone sax in the town band, sings, and plays guitar in his church. He likes to travel and has been to China, Ireland, and Italy. Next trip: Thailand. Mike's email is

Ginny Parker writes from Keene that as a member of the Greater Keene Pops Choir, she joined other singers to travel to Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Currently, she is a social worker with New Hampshire Division of Elderly and Adult Services. Her other hobbies are photography, antique shopping, and camping. Ginny enjoys her grandson, Quinn Carpenter, who will be six this winter.

Al Banks from Milton Mills has four growing grandchildren, ages 15 to 7 years. He's retired from four jobs, ranging from machinist to industrial arts teacher, and is now restoring his home, visiting rest home residents, and being active in his church.

Bob Writa from Contoocook has been retired for four years from teaching and enjoys golfing, fishing, and traveling. He recently purchased a winter home in Venice, Fla., where he will live from November to May, then head north to New Hampshire and Nova Scotia until October. Bob has two granddaughters, Tahlia 8 and Raelle 3.

Joan Dauphin Buck from Peterborough has been retired for two years. She now runs a small dried-flower business with her daughter. She has hooked up with Mary Ann Medzela through floral design. Joan plans to live in her New Hampshire condo and her retirement home on Cape Cod. She enjoys her two grandsons, Jason, 2, and Sam, 3.

Lou Whitcomb lives in Grantham and has been retired for two years. He enjoys bowling, landscaping, and home improvements; he's remodeling a bathroom and porch in addition to upgrading his two daughters' homes. He enjoys his two grandsons, Ryan, 5, and newborn Henry. Lou is learning to use his new computer and to cook.

Elinor Scannell Thomas writes, "I enjoyed going to Utah and seeing some of the Olympics 2002. My daughter lives and works in Salt Lake. My son and his wife live in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Love to go and visit and ski."

From Joanne Stroshine of Charlotte, N.C.: "The longer I teach, the more gratitude I feel for the excellent preparation I received at Keene State. Concepts addressed by professors such as the Nugents, Keddys, Dr. Andrews, Dr. Lyle, and many others have sustained me throughout the countless ‘innovations' instituted and abandoned by a multitude of ‘swinging door' administrators."

Gail Greenleaf Pearson of Blue Earth, Minn., writes, "Son Bill and wife Kim have two daughters, Anna 5 and Kate, newborn. I'm enjoying being a grandma!"

IN MEMORIAM: Gerald "Jerry" Britton '65 died in July 2002 in Windsor, Vt. He was a teacher and administrator for 12 years, and later owned and operated a dry cleaning, laundry, and diaper service in Windsor.


My apologies for such a long period of silence and no contributions to our class notes for the past several years. As many of you know, my husband Rick '77 began his battle with heart disease 23 years ago. At that time, he underwent open-heart surgery, which repaired the immediate problem. Over the years the disease progressed through "balloon surgery," a single bypass and, eight years ago, a triple bypass. Until that time, he continued to run, including five marathons. His running created capillary bypasses that kept him alive for many years. When he could no longer run, he began to go downhill. Last December, on our 30th anniversary, he finally succumbed to the disease and passed away quietly in Claremont. He is survived by myself, son Michael, daughters Tammy and Krista, and four grandchildren. During our life together, he cared for our children while I worked; he studied philosophy, religion, and politics; and he gained great proficiency on the computer. My family has suffered a great loss. I have returned to subbing and try to keep active with old friends, in person and via computer. I am returning to my job as class secretary and hope to hear from you all soon. Until then, take care.


From Elaine Simpson Codding of Salem, N.H.: "I've been teaching fifth grade for the past 34 years and will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Bermuda in June. Our daughter Sheila graduated from St. Anselm College with a BS in nursing and works at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston."


Devin Morey, son of John Morey and Nancy Burns Morey '70, is a freshman at UNH. His current major is liberal arts and international affairs, and he is studying Spanish. John is senior auditor at Banknorth in Bedford, N.H., and Nancy is a special-needs teacher in Hudson, N.H.

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