|KEENE STATE TODAY SUMMER 2010|
Mary Ellen Fifield enjoys gardening, painting, cooking, and baking. She keeps up with church and civic activities. Her grandson graduated from Keene State this year. Another granddaughter is at Plymouth and two others attend universities in New Mexico.
Walter Bucklin writes: "After leaving Keene State, I had teaching positions in New Hampshire and Barre, Vermont. While we were in Barre, our oldest son Charles was diagnosed with asthma and his doctor recommended we move to a warmer climate. I accepted a position as a DCJ coordinator at Manatee County High in Bradenton, Florida. I eventually retired as the director of the Vocational Center. During this time I earned a master's degree and a specialist in education degree. I also served as an instructor for the Air Force reserves. In the meantime, we invested in some land and a cabin in Murphy, North Carolina, where we hide. Our three children graduated from college, and everyone is doing OK. All the best."
A note from Norma Wright Walker: "Once again, reunion brought Nina Krochmal Witham and her husband Bob '53, to campus. On Sunday, Barbara Sullivan Brooks, Pauline Bullard Brown, and Del Langille joined Nina and Norma. Del drove from Nashua every day.
From Claire Waterhouse Simensen: "Here are a few thoughts about reunion 2010. I want to thank all the members of the class of '52 who contributed to the bench for Don Carle. Wish you could have been there to see his reaction! He was so thankful to be remembered by us as well as his other KSC friends.
Winnie Langtry writes: "Our third trip back to Biloxi, Mississippi, was our largest group yet. Twenty-nine individuals came from many walks of life. We all learned to do new things. One house was almost completed; it needed paint inside and out. Siding and railings were placed on a home that had been raised up. We served 75 to 125 people daily at the soup kitchen; meals included breakfast and dinner. A new dormitory for volunteers was our great joy. This was built with money from a grant for that purpose. The new Mica center was opened so homeless people can have a mailbox, a place for employers looking for workers to leave phone messages, a place to take showers, and somewhere to do laundry twice a week.
Irene DiMeco Parent writes: "This year's 57th reunion was a special year. The events were wonderful - from the opening of the new Alumni Center Friday night to the closing at the President's Brunch on Sunday. Don Carle wrote of the bench dedication in his honor, 'I received a tremendous, wonderful surprise.' The bench, presented by our class, will be placed outside the new center in honor of Don's interest and service to Keene State. Don replied, 'To the class of '52 and all those who participated, I thank you very much. You have no idea how much this means to me.' Congratulations, Don, from all your friends. You certainly deserve this honor.
Gilbert and Mary Bulley have enjoyed 25 years in retirement in Naples, Florida.
IN MEMORIAM: Mildred E. Turner '53, M.Ed. '87
Mary Marcotte Gline wrote: "I am the bearer of sad news. Our dear classmate, Milly Ingalls Kittredge, passed away on April 1, 2010. In 2009, Milly went through many chemo treatments for cancer. She completed them and was making a good recovery. But at the end of March, she was admitted to the Concord Hospital. While there, she had a massive heart attack that took her life. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church in Bradford, New Hampshire, on April 12, 2010. Frank, myself, and Anita Stokes, attended the service and a nice luncheon that followed. The three of us had good visits with Milly's husband, Everett, and their three daughters and one son. Ev and Milly have two grandchildren. Milly will be greatly missed."
From Minot H. Parker: "2010 is a great year. I had an interesting and fun trip to Argentina in February and missed the Santiago earthquake by 12 hours. Dove shooting in Argentina was exciting. In June and July we took a cruise from Athens to Istanbul with stops in Corinth, Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, and Rhodes. That's all folks."
Lee Marston Duncan is a busy lady and loving her life. She winters in Florida and spends time with family and friends the rest of the year.
Barbara Lamphere Boe spent two weeks in China as a math education delegate with People to People Citizen Ambassador Program, visiting Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai universities. She even taught first-graders in English.
Mary Mock Minkler is volunteering in the third grade for two teachers at Maniscalco Elementary School at least two days a week. She has also done some traveling.
From Cynthia Randall Faust: "We recently lost another one of our classmates: Margie Walker Briggs of Franklin, New Hampshire, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on August 24. Margie taught in Franklin for 26 years and was active in many community programs. She and her husband, Ed, spent many years camping in Biddeford, Maine, in the summer. Margie was the organizer for our group of girls who get together every October for lunch in Concord. She was full of fun and loved to make sure we all kept in touch over the years. We will miss her.
IN MEMORIAM: Marjorie Walker Briggs '57
Judy and Al Marshall moved to a new home in February. They are enjoying life. Their oldest granddaughter is at Quinnipiac University. They have five grandchildren, with the youngest at 7 years.
From Carol Gatcomb Riel: "One year has gone by since our 50th reunion. It was so nice to see people. This past June, Elaine Stahl Hawthorne and her sister, Connie '58, spent the weekend at KSC. Elaine's husband, Don, passed away in February. He taught at the high schools in Exeter and Hanover for 20 years. He then opened and operated a business in Hanover. Elaine and Don have three daughters and four grandchildren. Their oldest granddaughter graduated from Keene State.
Larry Coles writes: "It's road-racing season, so I have a race nearly every weekend. I'm also playing hockey. I still have an old leather helmet worn by the KTC hockey team in 1951-52. It looks like the protective headgear that boxers' sparring partners used to wear and probably belongs in an athletic museum. Hockey shin pads then were like what baseball catchers wore. I just finished my second term as a selectman in Harwich. I'm also busy organizing a ceremony on Cape Cod to observe the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. At reunion last year, I made a point of visiting the veterans' memorial on campus. When I first attended KTC, there were still WWII vets on the G.I. Bill going to college."
Carl Britton retired early due to constant migraine pain. Any traveling he and his wife, Marilyn '57, do is limited.
IN MEMORIAM: Donald Hawthorne '59
IN MEMORIAM: Roger F. Wilson '59, M.Ed. '65