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From Jean L. Cotti-Johnson of Scituate, MA: "I have received our KSC alumni magazine and had many memories flood my thoughts. It's amazing to see the years that have gone by, but the mind still pictures people and places as they were. It always saddens me that there is so little news from our classmates. So here is something for you to share in the next magazine. Hopefully we'll hear from more friends.

It seems that freshman year created great bonds between many women at Monadnock. Some of the women listed are no longer in education and others had chosen to take careers outside of KSC. But there will always be a Keene State College connection. On August 14, several women from 1st Floor Monadnock got together to share great food, great memories and lots of catching up. The women who were there were Janice Buck Faulkner, Suzanne Foley Costa, Jane Toolin Corliss, Jean Cotti Johnson, Barbara Bialowarcz Van Uden, Lyn Vanni Lambert, Sue Moran Van Der Beken, Nita Frangos Stewart, Linda Couture, Sue Yeaton Bailey, and Betsy Richardson Coll (Betsy was our proctor for freshman year).

Missing on that afternoon were Karen Pecora Turrisi and Connie Arvenitis Dockham. There are about 22 children and 8 grandchildren collectively from the group. The rest of the details are too numerous to list. We wanted you to know we look forward to hearing about our classmates and hope this will spur some on to write."


Virginia (Ginger) Weldon Knudsen is a learning support teacher in the Upper St. Clair (Pa.) school district. She writes, "We have three children – Heather, 26, graduated from Duquesne, is married and is a physical therapist in Florida; Amanda, 23, graduated from Penn State and is a restaurant manager; C.J., 17, is in high school."


Dave Westover is president of Clark-Mortenson Agency in Keene. He writes, "I ran track for Bob Taft during my undergraduate days. At KSC, I was a sprinter. I have been coaching junior high track for the past 10 years in the Fall Mountain school district and started running masters track meets when I turned 50 three years ago. This summer I got brave enough to enter the national masters track and field championships and am pleased to report that I finished fourth in the country in the 100m dash for my age division, 50-55. It sure brought back some of the positive memories I had while competing at Keene State. I can't believe how nice the KSC campus is these days!"

Lucy Provencher Guesnard has recently obtained a doctorate in educational administration. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and has three children. She is currently an elementary principal and would love to hear from any former members of the Random Concept. She continues to sing (in the shower). E-mail: or


Frank Feraco writes, "After graduating, I taught grades 5 and 6 in Claremont, N.H. I left for Australia in 1975 and taught in Queensland, New South Wales, and Tasmania in 1975-77, 1980-90. From 1977 to 1980, I taught in international schools in Switzerland and Greece. Since 1990 I've been to Russia and the Republic of Georgia, where I did some teaching as well. I've been working for Long Island University for almost five years."


From Karen McDonough of Peterborough, N.H.: "I am in my second term as president of NEA-New Hampshire. I am on leave from Mascenic High School where I taught English. In my travels to numerous schools throughout the state, I always enjoy running into KSC alumni and former students who are now teachers."
Nancy Banas McWay of Suffield, Conn., is director of systems project planning at MassMutual Financial Group. She has twin sons, 24, and a daughter, 20. Her husband Hank is an avid RV traveler. Nancy would love to locate her college roommate, Connie Boucher.

IN MEMORIAM: Helen C. Wills '74 died in Keene, N.H. In the 1940s and 50s, Helen was assistant production editor of House and Garden, publicity director for Wilson Hall Museum at Dartmouth College, and the first woman to have a column in the Daily Dartmouth. Her articles appeared in New Hampshire Profiles, the Keene Sentinel, the Valley News, and the Lewiston (Maine) Journal. She was fashion editor at Yankee and in charge of the Peterborough Players theater programs. From 1956 to 1976, she was editor of People of Precision, a history of MPB Corp. in Keene. From 1964 to1968, she edited the Dartmouth Medical School quarterly.


Norman and Donna Kenzie Muir write, "We are starting our ninth year at Keuka College and have recently purchased a new home. Our five-year-old Alexa started kindergarten this September and is a handful. We'd love to hear from Ted Lindquist and June Heintz St. Lawrence."

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Jane Perry '75 died November 9, 2002.

Russell A. Stoddard '75 died July 17, 2002, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a graduate of the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and the Art Students League in NYC. He was an art instructor at KSC, Emerson College, and Franklin Pierce College. Years ago, while in Morocco, he was cast as a double for Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and then had bit parts in The Battle of the Bulge, The Thin Red Line, and What's New Pussycat. He was an accomplished artist who considered his acting an accident of his career.


Well, here it is August 20, almost the end of summer as I write these words of rhetorical wit. We won't have to be concerned about being hot when you read this in the winter. Oh, aren't the four seasons great in New England?
Well, '76ers, don't give up on us. Send in some class notes if you get a chance. Keep the good times rolling out there. I am, therefore, I am.

Robert Powers was named executive vice president for human resources at Textron Financial Corp. in Providence, RI, in November. Before his new appointment, he led human resources for the global sales force of General Electric Company's Power Systems.


Richard Arvo Heikkinen died in Claremont, N.H., in December 2001 on his 30th wedding anniversary. He was the husband of class secretary Maureen Beaulieu Heikkinen '66, father of Michael, Tammy, and Krista, and grandfather of four. An avid runner, he completed five marathons before triple-bypass surgery ended his running eight years ago. He studied philosophy, religion, and politics, and was a computer consultant.

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Arvo Heikkinen '77 died in Claremont, N.H., in December 2001 on his 30th wedding anniversary. He was the husband of class secretary Maureen Beaulieu Heikkinen '66 and an avid runner and computer consultant.


William Marinone is president and owner of Jopat & Son, Inc., in Windsor Locks, Conn. He writes, "Lynn (Reed Marinone '78) is finishing her degree in education at Bay Path College in Massachusetts. Daughter Kate, 21, works at Hamilton Sundstrom and lives at home. Son Ryan, 18, graduated from high school with high honors, and was president of Honor Society and captain of soccer and baseball teams his senior year. He is going to Skidmore."

John Barbieri of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., is head of human resources at Swiss Re America. He writes, "I recently moved back to New York after living in Switzerland. My company, Swiss Reinsurance, moved my family to Zurich for an international assignment."

From Betsy Foss of Rochester, N.Y.: "I noticed that for the past two issues, in the Class Notes section 1979 has not been identified as a class year – it lists 1978 and 1980, but no '79. Having graduated myself in 1979 I know there was a class that year. Even 1935 gets a billing even if they have no secretary (I checked all the years). Is there any way we '79ers can at least have an identifier in the mag (even if we are a rather uncommunicative bunch...I don't even think we have a secretary and 1980 has two!). By the way, if someone from '79 wanted to send in something for Class Notes, whom should they send it to? Thanks bunches for your help on this. Hope all is going well. I was deeply saddened to read about Leo Redfern. I have fond memories of him from my years at KSC. (Even a funny personal encounter at The Pub that I'll always remember.)
Editor's note: If there is no class secretary listed, e-mail your notes to or mail them to Barbara Hall, 44 Gates St., Keene, NH 03431.

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