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Bertha Wright Saltzgiver has moved from Connecticut to Reed's Landing, Springfield, Mass., to be near her son, Pere, and his family. She writes, "It doesn't take much to keep me busy. I enjoy reading and do a lot of walking. I make quilts for hospitalized children and people in wheelchairs. I am grateful to keep in contact with classmates by way of Keene State Today."

Elsie King sounds contented in her retirement. She and her sister have lived at a retirement home in Rochester for over five years. She goes with a cane, having had one hip replacement and two knee replacements. She writes, "We still own our car so we can get out to do errands. We go to church each Sunday, but did miss some last winter because of bad weather."

Doris Thompson thinks about attending reunion in 2005. She has a niece in Keene who may be able to assist her. Doris has a comfortable apartment not far from her son's home. He is devoted to her and takes her to church and family affairs. He often has "Doris' Day" with her and they go places and do things. She will be 96 in the fall. She has nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She writes, "Missed so much not being able to attend reunions any more."

Mary Flanders Dodge passed away in February at her home in Cincinnatus, N.Y. She taught homemaking in Walpole and Derry, N.H., and kindergarten in Cincinnatus Central School.

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Flanders Dodge '30 passed away February 17, 2004, in Cincinnatus, N.Y. She taught homemaking in Walpole and Derry, N.H., and kindergarten in Cincinnatus Central School.


Twenty cards, six roses, money, candy, and a spring bouquet of flowers helped Geraline Newell Merriam celebrate a delightful 94th birthday on March 15. She was especially pleased to receive a card from the KSC alumni Office. Gerry's granddaughter, who has the same birthday, brought an ice-cream cake and ginger ale for them to share. Soon other relatives arrived to help them celebrate.

Harriet Richardson Ames has returned to her home in Pittsfield from perhaps her last winter in Florida. She spent Mother's Day weekend at York Beach, Maine, with her daughter and husband.


Margaret Newman Chickering attended the Cheshire County Retired Educators luncheon held in Swanzey, N.H. Always good to see Margaret and to see her lovely smile. Clara Giovannangeli came with her.

Marion Knuckey Pauling always remembers the holidays with beautiful greeting cards.

Natalie Scott Tisdale had a visit from Norma Wright Walker '51. Nat lives at Langdon Place in Keene, N.H. The two friends shared stories about classroom events and a few chuckles. She would enjoy hearing from other alums.

Elisabeth Aiken Martin reports that she and husband Howard now have three great-grandchildren.

Beulah Perkins Thayer of Farmington, N.H., was honored with a 2003 State Champion for Children Award by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association. She was nominated by SAU 16 Superintendent Brian Blake for a lifetime of helping the children of Farmington and Middleton. Beulah, a retired teacher, and her husband donated $2 million toward the building of a new high school in Farmington in 1995. She was involved in the school's design, purchase of furniture, and choice of colors. When the middle school library needed furniture, she donated that. She and the Women's Club host a faculty tea to recognize the teaching staff and she supports several scholarships for graduating seniors. Beulah is always asking how she can help the children. Her family says, "She is still very active and doing all sorts of projects for the education of the students here in Farmington."

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Lane Putnam '33, B.Ed '74, died June 3, 2004, in Jaffrey, N.H. She worked for Public Service Company, was co-owner of Putnams Clothing Store of Wilton, and taught at Lyndeborough Central School.


Barbara Auderer Goodridge sent a beautiful Easter card to Norma Wright Walker '51. She is pleased to have spring finally arrive with longer days. Barbara spent a week with her sister in Wolfeboro, N.H. She called it her "spring break."

Dorothy Aiken Morse enjoyed receiving her Golden Circle medallion along with other goodies. She especially liked the little knitted red sock with KNS on it. Dot lives in Montpelier, Vt.

IN MEMORIAM: Arlene Littlefield Laramie '34, B.Ed. '57, died March 17, 2004, in North Andover, Mass. She taught in elementary schools in Concord, N.H., for 25 years.


Ada Perkins Simmons moved from Santa Barbara, Calif., to North Carolina last October to a retirement community to be near her niece, Peg, who lives about an hour away. She is "still adjusting," she says.

IN MEMORIAM: Alice M. Whitcomb '35 passed away April 23, 2004, in Peterborough, N.H. She earned a master's degree at Middlebury College and taught in the South Orange, N.J., school district for many years.


Marion Rollins Stone of Cornish, N.H., writes that she is "working three mornings a week in Meriden, N.H., at Lamplighter Greenhouse, also cares for lawns at my house and at the Summer House for my landlord. Looking forward to a vegetable and flower garden at my place."


Helen T. Tsiotas of Manchester, N.H., has had a "wonderful, long N.H. retirement. Well worth the effort!" She taught elementary grades in Woodbridge, N.J., and was a social worker for eight years.

Natalie Haddock Davis of Gilford, N.H., writes, "Not many KTC's here. Met Norma Walker '51 when we attended summer school at UNH one summer. She is great on alumni meetings, etc."

IN MEMORIAM: George H. Corson '37 died April 20, 2004, in Nashua, N.H. He taught in Andover and was principal in Andover and Milford until his retirement in 1979.


Barbara Gardner Cox of Neptune, N.J., figures that she influenced the lives of thousands of children over the course of a 20-plus teaching career. She earned a master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and did additional postgraduate study at the University of Innsbruck. During World War II, she instructed pilots in parachute use and safety, and supervised the packing of parachutes. Later, she traveled and lectured extensively as a representative of the National Dairy Council. She assisted her husband in his business and raised four children. An American Association of University Women scholarship is named after her in recognition of her fundraising efforts. At the age of 80 she established an e-commerce business. As a resident of Seabrook Village, she organized a Women in Military Service group, led monthly trips to New York City, and helped establish the Fireside Readers literary group. Her future goal is to learn to type.


Bunny (Ruth) Berry Dodge writes, "We are still spending six months in Palmetto, Fla., and six months in York Beach, Maine, playing lots of golf and bridge. Enjoy having KTC friends visit us periodically."

IN MEMORIAM: Amy Shunman Kimball '39, B.Ed '58, passed away May 14, 2004, in Haverhill, Mass. She was an elementary school teacher in Danville, South Hampton, and Plaistow, N.H.

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