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Charlie Regan is moving to South Carolina. His wife, Betty, accepted a position as the health systems department head at the University of SC. She held a similar position at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Class secretary Gail Spevack Sheldon writes, "Everyone was happy to see Charlie at reunion."

Kathryn "Kay" West Smilo died February 17, 2011, just days after suffering a stroke. She was one of the best and most prompt class responders. Kay and her husband, Rich, attended several reunions both on and off campus. Gail says, "I will miss her letters, notes, photos, and e-mails. I remember her words to us from our reunion booklet: 'Enjoy each day and everyone and everything in it.'"

Janice Brackett went to North Carolina in May to celebrate her grandson's wedding. They also traveled on a cruise to Rome and Florence this spring.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Crompton '60
January 18, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: Kathryn West Smilo '60
February 17, 2011


IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth E. Jenkins '61
February 25, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: James Shaw '61
April 11, 2011


Class secretary Stephanie Heselton Baute writes: "I can't believe we are approaching our 50th reunion from Keene State! When we started it was still Keene Teachers College. It's time (actually past time) for us to begin thinking about (and giving money toward) a class gift. What would we like to leave as a reminder and thanks for our time and education at KSC? If you are willing to get together and brainstorm ideas, please get in touch with me by e-mail or phone, 603-352-8227."


Our condolences go to the family of George Koehler, who passed away last summer. George taught math for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and three children, Theresa, Kati, and Matt.

IN MEMORIAM: Roberta Donahue '63
July 7, 2010

IN MEMORIAM: George Koehler '63
June 24, 2010


From Kenneth R. Morris: "Hello to all classmates from 1964! First, I would like to remind everyone of our fast approaching 50th college reunion in 2014. I would love to see everyone return, but I know many can't make it. However, my goal is to urge folks to start planning for it now. We had a fair showing for the 45th, but we really missed seeing so many of our now golden girls and boys from the early '60s. I'd like to emphasize that we need to think about a class gift for KSC. The class celebrating their 50th in 2009 gave the school a beautiful clock that is about 12 feet tall and stands near (my personal pride and joy) the Lloyd P. Young Student Center. Remember, we were the first graduates of Keene State College, an institution we fought for and walked for, and provided support to Dr. Young in his quest to enhance and enlarge KTC to a full-fledged liberal arts college. This is the key to our college gift. We need to figure it out and start saving for our individual participation in this program! If interested, you can contact me at to organize a committee to start planning. There are people from 2009 who said they were willing to help, so let's talk to each other personally.

"I had a marvelous year filled with adventure. I took two seven-day cruises in the Caribbean. I visited Shanghai and Beijing and climbed the Great Wall. I traveled to Portsmouth, NH, for my 50th high school reunion and visited NYC to see four Broadway plays. I then traveled to Europe and stayed with my nephew, his Finnish wife, their 3-year-old daughter (my god-daughter) and baby boy, Maximillian, in Stuttgart, Germany. We traveled every weekend in the area and visited Neuschwanstein Castle and Munich. I also flew to Spain for a 14-day bus tour of the cities of Spain. Oh, what a fabulous trip! There was only one problem; I had a three-day bout with an episode of Bell's Palsey, which really scared me and now know what people with strokes go through!

"Take care; I send my love, thoughts, and prayers to all my fellow graduates and morn the loss of Brother Waterhouse from the class of '65. He was a warm and loving person and is surely missed by many!"


Ellenmarie Sullivan Widman has been married to her husband, Jack, for 38 years. She received her Masters from UNH and worked as a reading specialist in North Andover, MA. She retired in 2007. Ellenmarie and Jack are snow birds, wintering in The Villages, FL, and spending their summers in Atkinson, NH. They have three children: Mary and Nancy, graduates of UNH, and Joe, who graduated from Plymouth. They also have two beautiful granddaughters: Alexa, 4, and Ava, 5.

Bonnie MacPherson Cahill and her husband, Dick, have been married for 41 years. They have been back in her family home at Cape Cod for 20 years. Bonnie has been a special educator in Brewster for the past 16 years after earning her master's degree. She won't be retiring any time soon as she has only put in 17 years. Bonnie and Dick have three children and four beautiful grandchildren all under the age of five. Another one will be born in the near future.

Alan Hodsdon has been on the KSC Alumni Board of Directors for five years and this year will be president. He is active in the Alumni Association. He works as a contract recruiter for BAE Systems in Burlington, MA, but expects to retire in December 2011. He is married to Sandy Boomer Hodsdon '71. They live in Campton, NH, and have two daughters: Gretchen, who is an admissions rep for Fitchburg State University, and Kiersten, who runs her own day care and preschool in Canterbury, NH. He and Sandy have three grandchildren: Joshua, Josie, and Maddie. Al is still actively ski racing in the USSA Master's circuit and enjoys bicycling and gardening in the summer.

Class secretary Jan Metoxen writes: "I attended reunion this year, and the entire weekend was a lot of fun. There were 10 to 12 people from our class, but I would love to see more attend, especially those who live close. It was amazing how well organized it was and how many fun activities were planned. I hope you will consider going next year. I stayed at Pondside III in an amazing suite-style dorm with three of my Costin House roommates: Holly Davis Smith, Gail Martin Hatem, and Trisha Dow Farrell. We all had a wonderful lunch with our old house parents, Dave '56 and Claire Costin '71. I ran into several other old friends on campus. Some of them have been coming to reunion for years now.

"I also saw Kathy Herold Woods at the reunion. Kathy and her husband, Lon, both retired from the Nashua School District. They have two daughters who graduated from KSC. Ashleigh '00, is a certified athletic trainer. Amy '94, had a double major in social studies and Spanish. She went on to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award, which took her to Australia. She also received the Milken Family Foundation Award for outstanding teaching practices. She currently teaches for Bedford, NH. Kathy enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her two grandsons.

"I want to thank all of you who voted for me for the Alumni Board of Directors. I have enjoyed my first year on the board and been impressed with everything the KSC Alumni Office does to help students and alumni. The board works especially hard with seniors, helping them prepare for job interviews and writing résumés. Our board members serve on several committees that help students; work on the alumni website; plan activities such as homecoming, the winter weekend, and reunion; and provide networking and awards events. The Alumni Office is always looking for volunteers to work in a variety of areas. I have really reconnected with the College and hope I will be reelected to another term in the spring. I encourage classmates to send me news. Please e-mail me or find me on Facebook."

Nancy Ives retired from teaching K-8 art in June 2010. She earned her CNA in December 2010 and has been working part-time at a local health care facility. Her daughter Carrie has cystic fibrosis. She received the gift of a double lung transplant in January 2011 and the family is forever thankful.

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret J. Allen '68
April 13, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: Norma Jean Hebert Brown '68
February 24, 2011


Fred Forbes is living in Palmetto, FL. For a while he enjoyed the company of his daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter living close by - four generations!

IN MEMORIAM: Karen Brown Eglintine '69
May 9, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: Lawrence Lassins '69
March 20, 2011