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From Priscilla Holmes Roberts: Summer events began in June when Patricia Cogswell, Marjorie Soucy, and Joan Greeley Simpson '51 traveled with me to our 56th reunion. We enjoyed the delicious luncheon, the Golden Circle meeting, and a tour of the home of our new president. The decor has changed considerably since the days of Dr. Young.

Norma Walker '51 enticed my attendance at several Golden Circle meetings including the Cat 'n' Fiddle in June, the Wadleigh State Park picnic in July, Hart's Turkey Farm with Arlene Parker Tatro, Betsy Wiggins '54, and Nancy Cross Putney '54 in August, and the Millstone Restaurant in New London in October. Thanks, Norma, for all your efforts.

Band concerts on the common in Newport found the following alums: Al Soucy '48, Zeke Curtiss '48, a former member of the Upper Valley Community Band, Jane Hall Gifford, Marge Soucy, and Marjorie Campbell Apolzer.

While at York Beach, Maine, I visited with Ruth "Bunny" Berry Dodge '39, who may still be found giving her best shots on the golf courses of Maine and Florida.

I looked but was not successful in spotting Nina Krochmal Witham '57 on the beach with umbrellas. Perhaps I'll meet up with some KSC alums this winter in Delray Beach, Fla.

From Jim Wheeler: Patty, my wife, and I spent a glorious week this past September on the coast of Maine. We rented a nice cottage right on the shore in Northport. Where's that? Between Camden and Belfast, looking out onto Penobscot Bay. We were able to tour the area during the day and enjoy the peace and quiet of the cottage in the evening. Our timing was perfect. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed a full moon that shone over the bay. It was so nice and restful that we will probably go back next summer. How about the rest of you telling us what you did last summer or other news we would enjoy hearing about."

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene F. Gober '50 died Oct. 21, 2006, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and taught at Keene High School for 31 years.


Martha Bassett Sargent was in New Hampshire for the annual family reunion the week of July 4. Her daughter and family from Wisconsin attended. Martha and Richard are planning a 10-day trip to Colorado Springs to visit their son.

Richard Rogers, Sarah Weston Hutchins '57, Marion Weston Frazier '63, and Norma Wright Walker attended a Wright family reunion in Charlestown, N.H., recently.

Barbara Sullivan Brooks had a very busy summer with her space at the Antique Shop in Bristol and had plans to attend a wedding on the Cape in September. She took time to kayak and spend time at the beach during the warm days of summer.

A surprise phone call came from Bill Remick saying he would be unable to attend the '51 luncheon in September because of campaigning for a second term in the N.H. Legislature. Bill enjoyed representing several North Country towns. He served on the education committee and was pleased they had some success (even small success) to improve education in the state. He asked about the '06 reunion and those who might have attended. We wish him luck in the upcoming election.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Cecil Nash - our class musician. He often volunteered at the Alumni Office during the annual fund drive and helped at registration on reunion weekends. He will be missed by all of us.

Patricia Parent O'Donnell wrote about an exciting happening she had last year. Her grandson plays basketball, and she attends all of his games. One day she was surprised to see a Largo High student wearing a KSC T-shirt. Pat asked him where he got it, and he said from a KSC student. It seems the basketball team from KSC used the Largo gym for practice during the Christmas holidays. Pat was thrilled to think that her alma mater played in the same gym where her grandson played.

Betsy Walker Staples writes that David '55 has finally got rid of the brace on his leg and is now using a cane. It has been a long session for him. We are glad he is improving so well.

Beverly Proctor Boyer writes: "Busy with nine grandchildren. Whew!"

Congratulations to Claude Leavitt of Colebrook, N.H., for his induction into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in October. Claude was a teacher, coach, official, and administrator for 37 years, and he chaired the NHIAA Basketball Committee for many years.

IN MEMORIAM: Newton A. Lewis Jr. '51 died Oct. 31, 2006, in Connecticut. He served in the Army Air Force and taught industrial arts in Randolph, Vt., and Shelton and Trumbull, Conn.


From Winnie Langtry: "I really enjoyed the gathering in June at the Cat 'n' Fiddle in Concord, N.H. It was difficult because it is the first time I have attended without my husband, Robert, who died May 17. He loved going to the dinners even when he could no longer remember people. We were married our senior year in 1952 and had 54 good years together, serving churches in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, and Pennsylvania. We were happy to retire in New Hampshire and make new friendships as well as renew old ones. I hope to travel some and still have our pop-up trailer to travel with when I can.

I look forward to our 55th reunion next year, although our class gets smaller each time. I would like to add that our class filled a whole table at the restaurant in June. We were delighted to be together even though we missed more of you. See you at our 55th at Keene State.

From Claire Waterhouse Simensen: "I hope all who are reading this have already made plans to be at our 55th reunion June 1-3, 2007. If not, please reconsider and plan to join us. I attended the Golden Circle meeting in Concord in June along with Lila Murphy, Winnie Langtry, Charlie Mitchell, Al Stevens, and Harold Pickwick. It is always a fun time. Wish more of you could join us. Later in the summer Dick and June Chambers were able to join a few of us for lunch. Mary Conroy and husband Mick, Lila, and I were there. We always enjoy reminiscing about the time we spent at Keene.

We are now in the process of getting a committee together to plan some events for our reunion. Hopefully, we can find something to interest many of you. I hope you all received your first letter reminding you of this important date.

Winnie sent me a copy of Bob's obituary. After serving 41 years in the ministry in churches throughout the country, they retired to Hopkinton. Besides Winnie, he is survived by three sons and their families, which include five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, born the day before he died. Our sympathy goes out to all of them.

I'm sure all of you join Irene and me in thanking Anita Rawchuck Nestor for her generosity in establishing a scholarship endowment to help current students in the nutrition program at Keene State. What a thoughtful way to show her appreciation for the education she received at Keene!

Hope you have all your travel plans set for June 1-3. Looking forward to seeing you on campus. Writing these notes gets more and more difficult as we do not get any news from you. Hopefully we will get lots to write about after we see you. All of you must have some interesting events happening in your lives.

Thanks to the work of Norma Walker '51, the Golden Circle meetings give us a chance to see some of you a few times a year now. She does a great job. The last meeting was at Lilly's on the Pond in Rindge, N.H., in November. Our class tied with the class of '53 for the most members present. We had Don Carle, Irene and Bruce Parent, and myself. It is always a good time. Check out the places for next year and maybe more of you could join us.

I had lunch a few weeks ago with some of my retired friends from Lancaster School here in Salem. Four of the six of us were Keene grads: Joy Johnson Falkenham '54, Carol Chase Sinibaldi '56, Mary Ann Fitzgerald Wilson '69, and myself. Some of you will remember Joy, I'm sure. We had one Plymouth grad, and she was really outnumbered. Friendly rivalry, of course.

I keep in touch with Lila Murphy. She had some health problems this past year and did not get to Florida as planned. I stop in to see her when Salem is playing Concord in sports events.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in June. Come prepared to give us some news for future editions of Keene State Today.

From Irene DiMeco Parent: "We were very sorry to hear of the death of Barbara Roy Fee on July 22 after a long period of failing health. She was born in Westminster, Vt. Her husband died in 1987, after 27 years of marriage. She moved to Keene in 1972. She has a son, Robert; a daughter, Jennifer, with whom she lived during the last few months; a brother, Leon; and two beloved grandsons, Lucas and Ben. She taught elementary school for many years in Greenfield, Mass.; Westport, Conn.; and Surry and Sullivan, N.H., retiring in l992. She was a volunteer at local nursing homes and, when her health permitted, was a Eucharist minister. Barbara loved spending time with her family. She loved to travel, read, knit, and bird-watch; she loved the ocean and avidly followed the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Her kindness and sincerity were gifts she gave to everyone.

Anita (Rawchuck) Nestor called me. She and her husband live in Oceanside. They spend their winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She is back here for a month. She was treated for breast cancer a few years ago and has suffered ongoing effects from the chemo treatments. However, she is still bubbly and as friendly as always. We don't see each other very often, but talk on the phone once in a while.

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Bean '52 died Dec. 31, 2006.

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Roy Fee '52 died July 22, 2006. She taught elementary school in Greenfield, Mass.; Westport, Conn.; and Surry and Sullivan, N.H. She retired in 1992.


From June Hesse Haymon: "I got an e-mail from Jesse Evangelou. What a small world! It seems that his wife, who taught physical education at Keene Junior High School, was my critic teacher when I did my student teaching during my senior year. I have fond memories of those educational learning times. It was so fortunate for me to be able to student teach in a brand-new school and have such dedicated supervisors.

Jesse also sent an e-mail that Jimmy (the Pole) Brezinski has passed away. There are fond memories of Jimmy, Sal Grasso, and a bunch of us hanging out together. Our condolences go out to his family.

I received an informative letter from Neal Perkins '41, 412 Georgia Bell Circle, SE, Cleveland, TN 37323. His class was preparing for their 65th reunion in June 2006. He mentioned that most classmates have passed their 85th birthdays and have a good start toward their 90s. He hopes our scholarship fund will be as successful as that of the class of '41. He encouraged me not to get discouraged when some notes arrive much later than it seems they should. I appreciate his thoughts.

Things have tightened up security-wise here in New York. My Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrols now also include Land Patrols, and we Auxiliary members are proud to be serving our country. My son, Lee, was recently promoted to chief in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, which, of course, makes me very proud. He has already served 23 years and is stationed in Sandy Hook, N.J.

I was in Rochester, N.H., in November for the funeral of my older brother, Eddie. I had forgotten how beautiful New Hampshire was.

I need to hear from my classmates. I'm sure your children or grandchildren are accomplishing something; tell me so we can share the news. We should let our college know how busy and involved we are. Take some time to send me an e-mail or drop me a line or two. Stay well.


Mary Gline writes that she had visitors from Claremont, N.H.: Arlene Parker Tatro '50 and Lee Bugbee Fitch Price. Lee started college with the class of '56, but remained for only two years. She has always stayed interested in our classmates. Lee has three grown children and one granddaughter. She and her husband, Jerry Price, live at 2805 Florence Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. She would like to hear from those classmates who may remember her. Lee, Arlene, and I had a wonderful afternoon visit together.

IN MEMORIAM: Grace Cole Hoyt '56 died Apr. 3, 2006, in South Carolina. She was the first teacher at the Jack and Jill kindergarten at the Brick School in Amherst, N.H. She also volunteered at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, N.H.


IN MEMORIAM: Helen Bean Eisenhaure '57 died Mar. 18, 2006, in North Reading, Mass. She was an elementary school teacher at the L.D. Batchelder School in North Reading.

IN MEMORIAM: Isabel Groff Rand '57 died Sept. 4, 2005, in Manchester, N.H. She ran a general store with her husband and taught in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, retiring in 1976.

IN MEMORIAM: Ann Murray Sederstrom '57 died Nov. 13, 2006, in Concord, Mass. She owned and operated Lincoln Country Day School for many years. Survivors include her husband, Richard '58.

IN MEMORIAM: Warren Fisher Jr. '58 died Nov. 4, 2006, in Keene. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and worked for Markem Corporation until his retirement in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie Niles Fisher '58.


IN MEMORIAM: Langdon F. Metcalf '59 died Sept. 29, 2006, in Lebanon, N.H. He was a member of the KSC basketball team and was inducted into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He served in the U.S. Navy and taught for 30 years at Lebanon High School, as well as coaching the basketball team to two state championships. He also coached baseball, cross country, and golf. He was named New Hampshire Coach of the Year three times and inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

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