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1980

JoAnne Mead performed as a recital guest an original composition by William D. Pardus called "Rain in Summer." She recently music directed West Side Story for the Moving Company at KSC's Main Theatre. She judges for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She enjoys running into friends from the KSC Music Department, who are now her colleagues throughout the state.

Pamela Penenberg Hopkins writes: "Graduated with a B.A. in journalism and moved to New York City. I worked in publishing briefly but ended up working in theatre as costume designer for 13 years. I moved to Long Island in 1997. I received my master's degree in 2000 and my real estate license in 2007."


1982

From Janet Carsten Shaffer: "I hope this update will encourage others to send an email letting us all know how you are doing since graduation. I myself am teaching in Riverview, Fla. I have three children. My son will be attending the University of West Florida in August, my other son will be getting his drivers license in July and then starting his junior year in high school, and my daughter will be a high school freshman this August. My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage in April. Keep in touch."

Lynne Adams Laramie writes: "I am currently living in Nashua with my husband, Peter, and daughters Emma, 18; Sarah, 16; and Elizabeth, 15. I am a learning center teacher at an elementary school in Acton, Mass., and have been there since 1986 (way too many years to count). My oldest daughter will be attending Keene State in the fall '09. I would love to get in touch with Betsy Webster and any other classmates. Please feel free to e-mail me at larafam5@msn.com."

From Masoud Ghajarzadeh: "Hello, everyone. It's been a long time since I left Keene. I hope some of you still remember me. If so, please send me a note to mgs_704@yahoo.com. I would love to chat with you. Hope everyone is doing excellent."

Kathryn Mangan Christy writes: "I have been teaching elementary school for 27 years. I obtained my M.Ed. from Trinity College of Vermont in educational supervision, received my National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2000. I've been married to Dave Christy since 1987. He is a PGA golf professional, who works for the New England Section of the PGA as the operations manager for the Vermont PGA."

Ann Callahan Kasian writes: "I'm living in Maine working as an accountant for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. My husband, Leo, and I have four children, who keep us very busy. I'd love to hear from my fellow alumni from the management or music programs or my cohorts from SAC or The Equinox."

From Deb Sanders Dame: "I recently got together with several sorority sisters during Pumpkinfest in Keene. We plan to expand our reunion next year. We had a tour of campus and brunch with current students. We had such fun. Meanwhile, I get to attend a reunion of the National Luge Team at the World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. I also continue to work on my doctorate in educational leadership."

Allen Walker writes: "A few years back we purchased a vacation home in Fayston, Vt., just down the road from Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. We occasionally ski with Jeff Buckman '81 and his wife, Beth, and Diane Forester McNeish and her family. I still communicate regularly with many Kappa Delta Phi brothers, some of whom I went to KSC with and others who came along later. All good men."


1983

Jennifer Tibbetts Raiche writes: "If anyone has current information on Anna Ballanti Neufeld (I think that's how her married name is spelled), I would be interested. We have lost touch, and I would very much like to reconnect. Last I knew she was working for CERN in Vienna, Austria."

Lynda Currie Ferland lives in York, Maine, with her husband and two daughters. She teaches Wilson Reading to students in Kittery, Maine. Lynda keeps in contact with Theresa Langley Jones and Alesia Saujon Parks. She would love to hear from former classmates!

Lynn Anderson Smith writes: "I live in the Gays Mills, Wis. Our recent claim to fame is being flooded by the Kickapoo River. The first flood was in August 2007 and the second in June 2008. The water in my basement topped 86 inches. When the water was pumped out there were three fish flapping in the mud on the floor. Decisions are being made by FEMA and the State of Wisconsin that may result in my home being relocated to higher ground.

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Soucise '83
January 14, 2009
Hampton, N.H.


1984

Molly Duffy Chandiramani is completing a doctorate in educational leadership with a minor in curriculum and instruction. My son attends UCF and my daughter will be a senior in high school. My husband and I have enjoyed living in sunny Florida for the past 20 years.

Karen Rosenberg and Brian McMahon celebrate their 25th anniversary. One of their sons - Matt - is at Keene State. Their oldest, James, is at Hobart College, and their youngest, Kip, is in high school.

John E. Hogan writes: "Find me and other classmates on Facebook."


1985

Muriel Johnston's daughter Eileen writes: "My 84-year-old mother, Muriel, left for 27 months of service in the Peace Corps on Monday, March 2, 2009. She will be stationed somewhere in Morocco and begins with a three-month training period, living with a Moroccan family, and learning Berber through total immersion. She will be working with mothers and children in a health care setting. She is well suited since she raised six children herself as well as volunteer for years in a local hospital nursery. She is scheduled to return to the United States in May of 2011!

"My mom has traveled to more than 30 different countries (including Thailand, China, Cambodia, Borneo, South Africa, Northern Africa, Mexico, India, and most of Europe), and the bulk of this travel took place after age 65, all of it on a "shoestring." She's traveled, often solo, by plane, bus, train, boat, caravan, and horseback, camping out or staying in hostels, usually off the traditional "gringo trail." She's the most adventurous woman I know!

"I'm writing to ask you to drop her a short e-mail or note of support, as she embarks on this great adventure. I'm sure it would mean a lot to her, to have your good wishes to buoy her during the challenging times ahead! Here is her contact info. Please put "Friend of E & G" in the subject line. E-mail address: pcmuriel@hotmail.com; blog: http://muriel-morocco.blogspot.com; mailing address: Muriel Johnston, s/c Corps de la Paix, 2 Rue Abou Maroua NE Essaadi, Agdal, Rabat 10100, Morocco."


1986

Michael Chamberland writes: "Sorry to my friends at KSC for not being in touch. After graduation, life got in the way. It would be great to here from the Carle Hall third-floor gang: Mike C., Mike A., Tom S., Chris R., Mark T., Stormy, and Larry. You know who you are. I often remember the spring break trip to Tom's parents house in Florida and of the times when we kicked butt on the flag football field. Also, Peter Faulk, my Owl's Nest roomie. How the hell did we get that bar in the car? I laugh every time I think of that. Robin, Wanda, and Jen - my Fiske Hall buddies - how are all of you doing? Take care all, and hope to here from all of you!"

Each year for the annual New York City Greek Independence Day parade, Chris Pangalos and other Ancient Greek reenactors in full hoplite battle armor from around the country march down 5th Avenue in Manhattan alongside other organizations, bands, church and civic groups, floats and other businesses in support of Greek Independence Day. Hundreds of thousands of wildly cheering supporters line the festive parade route proudly waving Greek and American flags celebrating Greek heritage and the contributions of Greece to the world.


1988

Dee and Joe Dilio '89 welcomed their ninth grandchild, John Patrick, on Jan. 12, 2009. They say hello to "O" staff '87.

IN MEMORIAM: Althea L. Vigeant '88
October 30, 2008
Litchfield, Conn.


1989

Kathryn Graf is substitute teaching and enjoying being a mom of a third-grade daughter. Her husband still enjoys his job at NASA, Kennedy Space Center.

Jeff M. Orgera completed his Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Arizona in 2007.