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Gail Spevack Sheldon writes: "We all had a great time at our 50th reunion! Many classmates attended Friday's dedication of the new Alumni Center. At the luncheon on Saturday, Lee McMahon presented a check to President Giles-Gee to provide for an endowment scholarship to be given yearly in name of our class. Thanks to everyone who continually gave each year so we could achieve this goal. Saturday evening we were first to "inaugurate" Centennial Hall for a class celebration, and we did it in style! Classmates came from all six New England states. Traveling the farthest was Dottie McCarthy Bright and her husband, Roy, from Portland, Oregon. Close behind in distance was Irene Plourde from Leesburg, Florida. Charlie Regan came from Morehead, Kentucky, and Shirley Tolman Shugart from Midlothian, Virginia. Rich Joy and his wife, Joy, came from North Beach, Maryland, proudly displaying a family photo. We were happy to see Nancy Kingsbury Deisroth and her husband, Peter, from Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. As always Carmen Nalbone drove from Titusville, New Jersey, to add to the fun.

"If you sent a response sheet to me, you should have received our class booklet by mail. If you haven't received it, please contact the Alumni Office or me. Once again our class set an attendance record. We hope class of '61 exceeds it, and we will help in any way. Good luck, Dottie!"

IN MEMORIAM: John Gallien '60
April 3, 2010
Rock Hill, SC

IN MEMORIAM: George Rathbun '60
November 22, 2008
Venice, FL


Dorothy Simpson writes: "Keep our 50th reunion date open - June 4, 2011. Your committee is working hard to make sure everyone will come and have a wonderful time. You'll hear more about it. Robert Dinwoodie Jr. will lead our class parade into the luncheon meeting with his bagpipe songs. We are so excited to be having him do this for us. Bob has been to Scotland and Ireland (six times), and he's performed in Exeter (in front of the Bush family) and many other places of interest. He is a part of the Clan MacPherson in North Andover, Massachusetts. Bob and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters and three grandchildren that keep them busy as well."

Ruth Doan MacDougall had a big article written about her and her new book, Mutual Aid, on August 22, 2010, in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Congratulations, Ruth!


From Betty Gilman: "I hope others will take the opportunity to catch up via e-mail. We hope to see Floreen Maroncelli this summer when she returns for a visit after selling her home in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and moving to Southern Pines, North Carolina. We were sorry to read of Judy Geyer's death in March. She had retired and moved to Pennsylvania to be near family during her illness."

Ken McCann writes: "Since we last saw each other, I've had some major changes in my life. I was able to sell my house in Durham and retire for the third time - and hopefully the last. Being single, I decided it was time to do some things that I'd given thought to over the years. In September 2009, I traveled across country, taking about three weeks, stopping along the way as well as going to some predetermined places. I took a route through the Southwest and was enthralled by the beauty of that area - it's so different from New England.

"I ended up in Ellensburg, Washington, as this is where my college roommate and good friend Paul Malinski and his wife, Diane, live. My oldest daughter and twin grandkids live in Seattle. I found it too expensive to live there, so I found a great apartment in Ellensburg. After being here for nearly six months, I really like it here and plan to stay for a while. It's a university town - Central Washington University - and I've made use of its facilities and programs. I'm also traveling around the Pacific Northwest - what a beautiful region. In June, I took a 13-day trip to Alaska. I feel blessed that my health is such that I can do these things. Washington is such a different place than New Hampshire. We are in the dry, desert part of the state, which was quite a surprise for me, not realizing how arid most of Washington is. However, I'm near the Yakima Valley, with its many vineyards and fruit orchards. Would like to hear from people if they care to write:'"

Pat Plante Zemianek went to Hawaii in February with her sister. After only being home for a couple weeks, she joined Betty Butterfly Gilman on a trip to China in March. Each trip was unique, but it was amazing to see the Great Wall covered in snow (but not safe to climb) and the Terracotta Warriors being reconstructed on-site. Touring Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai in seven days was overwhelming and exhausting!


Helen Jette has traveled more than 100,000 miles throughout the United States in her motor home. She is active in the Winnebago club. She is also an officer and a charter member of the club.


Elinor Scannell Torello is thrilled to have a grandchild, adopted by her son, Michael, and his wife, Erin. Elinor is healthy and enjoys gardening, skiing, and biking.


Nancy Coutts writes: "Where are you? I was the only one from our class at the reunion. The new Alumni Center was dedicated and is a fantastic place. You have to see it! I am now a missionary for Agape Christian Fellowship Church in Brattleboro, Vermont. Last September, I was in Brazil for two weeks at three indigenous villages along the Amazon. What a place - it's amazing - especially the people. Everyone was happy to see us. In July, I went to Wheelwright, Kentucky, to help the disabled elderly. I've been appointed assistant head missionary. Please write, call, or visit, and see what fantastic things are happening on the KSC campus."


Jan Metoxen writes: "Hi, everyone, please note the new e-mail address above. My e-mail was hacked into in mid-March, and I lost all messages for about a month. If you sent mail during that period, please send it again to my new address. I'm sorry if I missed your news. Also, remember that any news you send takes several months to be published, as my deadline date is usually about four months ahead of the publication date. I'd love to hear from more of you!"


Judith Poppele Rudas moved to Florida six years ago. She enjoys the warm weather. They don't miss the cold and snow, but do miss their children and granddaughter.