New Class Notes
Michael R. Richardson is senior vice president of claims for ESIS, Inc., a risk-management services company based in Philadelphia. He will be responsible for the overall execution of claims management services throughout the United States and Canada. He previously worked for 35 years with Liberty Mutual in Boston. Michael earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at Keene State and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designation.
Judith McKinley Hale of Fort Myers, Fla., writes: "I would love to hear from some of my KSC home economics classmates of '71 and '72 - especially Donna Birney, Lynn Bates, Judy Irwin, Ann Purinton, Joanne Valvane, and any others wishing to make contact and renew old friendships of silver and gold. Is anyone still teaching home economics anywhere? It has vanished from curriculum here.
IN MEMORIAM: Stuart A. Bates '72 died Aug. 19, 2006, in Pikesville, Md. He served for 25 years in the New Hampshire State Police where he earned the rank of lieutenant before retiring in 1998.
IN MEMORIAM: Douglas Oster '73 died June 21, 2006, in Farmingdale, N.Y. He earned a master's degree at the University of Bridgeport and taught for more than 25 years in Connecticut. Among his survivors is his brother, Floyd '79.
From Jane Capuccio Stauffer: "It has been wonderful to hear from so many classmates, I continue to get questionnaires and e-mails from all over. Thanks for being patient as you wait for your news. My husband and I traveled to Keene in the fall and attended the Homecoming Weekend on a perfect fall day. We attended the Student Leadership and Alumni Luncheon and had a chance to meet President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee. I had not been back to Keene State since the 1970s, and it has grown quite a bit. There are twice as many buildings, and I understand twice as many students. We had a great time touring the campus, and we even attended the Pumpkin Festival downtown. In October, I was awarded the annual Area Leadership Award at the Massachusetts State meeting of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators International. I have been an active member for more than 20 years, and I would love to hear from any classmates who are members of this very large education organization."
Lucy Brown Wellington writes that she and her husband, David, moved to Cape Coral, Fla., seven years ago. She is a registered nurse and has been a charge nurse since 1983. She started her career working at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and then made the move to Florida. She works at the Healthpark Medical Center. Lucy has three grown children: Eric Johnson, 29, Julie Johnson, 27, and Ryan Johnson, 26. She also has stepchildren: Brian Wellington, 27, Chad Wellington, 24, and a grandchild, Dylan Martin, 4. She would love to hear from Jan Klemarczuk Bastille, Judy Pitman Duda, and Paula Noll.
Rick Kerper lives in Lancaster, Pa., with his wife, Wendi, and two daughters, Alyssa, 13, and Amy, 11. For the past 10 years he has been a professor of children's literature at Millersville University. He is active in the American Library Association, serving on both the Caldecott Committee and the Legislation Committee. In November 2005, Rick was elected to the Manheim Township school board.
Dave Dupont was lost for a while, but is now back in touch with Keene State, thanks to Mike Maher '72, who bumped into him at a KSC soccer game when his son was playing for the college. Dave e-mailed me and reported: 'Diane and I are still in the Houston, Tex., area. I'm semiretired, working only three days a week. My oldest, Jeff, graduated from Keene State in 2003. He's still playing soccer and works locally for a small networking company. Tom just completed his sophomore year at the University of Texas in Dallas. Jeff and I are hoping to attend homecoming this fall. Jeff is contemplating playing in the alumni soccer game. I coach a girls' competitive club soccer in my local area. In the summer of 2004, I took my U12 girls team to New Hampshire to play soccer. We played seven games in six days. We played in Manchester, Nashua, Henniker, Londonderry, and Keene (at Keene State, compliments of Coach Rick Scott). The girls got to see and experience Hampton Beach, they climbed Mount Monadnock, traveled to Boston, and saw the USS Constitution. They did it all in seven days! Upon their return to Texas, in the fall season, they were crowned Undefeated Eastern Division Champions and placed second in the state playoffs. Their only loss of the season was in the state championship game. The girls all believed it was because of that great trip to New Hampshire.'
Marie Driscoll Frash also e-mailed me with the following: "I left teaching 25 years ago and moved to Indiana, after meeting my husband in the Dominican Republic. He was in construction, so I joined his career field and took over running the books for his business. He retired in '93, and we moved to the east coast of Florida (Jensen Beach) full time. That got boring, so he went back into business again in '98, and we now run an aggregate and clean landfill business (environmentally friendly) back in Indiana. We have since move to the west coast of Florida (New Port Richey), just north of Tampa/St. Pete. We spend winters in Florida, and I run the business via computers, faxes, cell phones, etc., and then return to Indiana from late April through early October. I love to ride my Harley-Davidson and have taken several long road trips on it. We have traveled many places over our 20-plus years together. Some of our recent travels took us to the Scandinavian countries in fall 2004, and we cruised the Mexican Riviera last February. I never ended up with my own children, but have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren from my husband. I get along wonderfully with them. I still am in touch with a couple of KSC classmates: Rita Sheinker '73, who is still teaching in Newton, Mass., and Sharon Skibniowsky '75, who is now living in Fort Lauderdale. I have also talked (in the last year) to KT '75 and Evie Rock '75, as well as my old roommate from Huntress Hall, Chris (Proof) Santere. I would love to find Karen Bennett Hanley. I tried to locate her before but without success."
Linda Jenkins Elliott wrote that she lives in Pembroke, N.H., with her husband, Steven. She has been teaching at Epsom Central School since 1986 and is president of the Epsom Teachers Association, the NEA local. Linda just received her master's degree in education from Plymouth State University and is not planning on retiring any time soon. She is an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa in New Hampshire, serving as treasurer, and attended the National Convention in Orlando this year.
Paul Wells lives in Rutland, Vt., and for the past eight years has been the safety coordinator for Baker Distributing Corporation. His has a grown son and keeps busy with the Boy Scouts, working as both a troop leader and with the district.
Nancy Frost Conant returned her questionnaire and sent an e-mail. She wanted to share her experiences on campus in June '05 with the group from our class that I wrote about a while back. "A number of women from the class of '74 got together this past June at Keene State, actually stayed at Huntress Hall, and enjoyed time on campus and time in Keenie Weenie, as we often called it. We gathered from Oregon, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. An unbelievable time was had by all - talking; sharing pictures and stories both past and present; dining out in town; wine, wine, and tequila; and dancing till we figuratively and literally dropped in our tracks. We had a ride around campus at midnight on a golf cart. It is my most memorable time of Keene State right now."
Alice VanFleet Fletcher lives in Canandaigua, N.Y., with her husband, Stephen. Their son, Nathan, 21, is a PFC in the Army and will soon be deployed to Baghdad. Alice has been teaching emotionally handicapped students in Rushville, N.Y., for 32 years. She is planning to retire in two years. "Time for a change," she says.
Nancy Powers Graham writes that she and her husband, Kevin, have had a busy year following the UMass-Lowell baseball team. Their son, Kevin, is the pitcher. Her daughter, Katie, 24, is a pastry chef in Boston.
Robert Johnson now lives in Plymouth, Mass., and for the last 30 years has worked as an environmental engineer for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. His daughter is a junior at Bridgewater State College.
Judith Boulay O'Donnell and her significant other, Glenn Campbell, live in Center Conway, N.H. She writes that she has been working as a dining room waitress at the Red Parker Pub for the past 24 years and has been the hostess at Horsefeather's Restaurant the last two years. She has two children, Cailyn, who is a senior at Keene State, and Jake, who is a freshman at UNH. Last year her daughter was part of an exchange program between Keene State and Sonoma State University, so Judith took the opportunity to travel with her family to Sonoma, Calif. She writes that she still loves rock and roll, and it contributed to her most memorable experiences of her days at Keene State. "Seeing some of the big-named groups was a thrill. I saw Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, and The Marshall Tucker Band, to name a few," she says. She also writes: "No grandchildren yet, but we have three Maine coon cats that keep us entertained on a daily basis."
Joan LeVine Mellion writes all the way from San Rafael, Calif. She is the founder and president of Travel Adventures into Art. She has been running the company for 20 years and loves designing educational and cultural toys from around the world. She considers travel and art her hobbies as well as her profession. She has fond memories of "fabulous hiking on Mount Monadnock with Harry Stout, Karin Stenberg, Tina Cahill, and Cindy Godin '75 in the fall and spring and skiing in the winter."
Suzanne Lester Reynolds also writes from California where she lives with her husband, Tom. They are in Laguna Niguel, where she teaches first grade. She has been teaching at the George White Elementary School for 10 years "after many years at home with my children." Her daughter, Erin, 26, is a graduate of the University of Santa Barbara and works in San Francisco. Her son, Craig, 24, is a supervisor for a UPS hub. She has many great memories of all her good friends at Keene State.
Cliff Smith reports he lives in Carson City, Nev., and works at Nevada Community College, where he has been an instructor for five years. He would like to get in touch with John Dulac again. He tells me he bought John's motorcycle back in 1972 and used it to travel the United States that summer: "an amazing trip!"
Nancy Banas McWay lives in Spring Hill, Fla., with her husband, Harold. She wrote to me on Feb. 22 and wanted all of us here in New England to know it was 78 degrees there. She is retired from Mass Mutual Insurance where she had been working in information technology since 1976. "We sold our home in Connecticut, put all of our belongings in storage, and set out for the South with our two dogs. We ended up on the west coast of Florida, building a house after living in our RV for eight months. Busy with house projects and gardening and just loving the Florida lifestyle." She reports that she was up north for her daughter's graduation at Fordham University in New York and nearly froze (it was May), and they were glad to return home. She and her husband have three children, Lauren, 22, and twins, Adam and Justin, 26. Adam and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Hannah and Andrew, and they live in Iceland.
Where are you? Some members of our class have already connected through class notes. What about you? People have been asking for Karen Bennett, Diane Fleisher, Don Shultleton, Peter Layder, Gary Flonzack, Ken Slattery, Marge Muller, John Dulac, Colleen Debish, Cathy Walsh, Jeanie Watts, and Diane Ramadon. I am wondering where the members of Kappa Pi Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority are. We were the only sorority on campus at the time and were very active in the early 1970s. I still receive the national magazine and hear from members in the Boston area who are not KSC alumni. Is anyone still active in DZ alumni?
Rena Holland Mitchell of Raleigh, N.C., writes: "I would love to hear from Anita, Fenibo, and Diirkje!"
Debbie Newhauser Pepin writes from Englewood, Fla., where she lives with her husband, Leo. Their 23-year-old stepson is living in San Francisco. Debbie is a self-employed education consultant working with charter schools and other education reform organizations. This came after many years in education, including starting her own model school called The Learning Space in New York. Her husband sold his architectural millwork company in January 2006, so they have been traveling and deciding what to do next. In 2005 they were in New Zealand and in 2006 they drove across the country and lived in San Diego for two months. They will be returning to New Zealand in February and March of this year. Debbie's most memorable experience from her KSC days was her work in the Student Senate: "continued balance battles between professors needs and student needs! We did 'fight.'"
Christine Offermann-Maugeri and her husband, Terry, live in Wading River, N.Y., where she is a special education teacher. Christine has worked in the Shoreham Wading River School District for the past 21 years, recently as an inclusion teacher, and her husband is a business coach. They have two grandchildren, Madeleine and Drew, who keep them busy along with traveling yearly to St. Barths in the Caribbean and Florida to visit family. They also get back to New Hampshire to visit family and friends. Christine has many fond memories of all her friends in Huntress Hall from her days at Keene State and her bike trips with her roommate, Linda.
IN MEMORIAM: Jane Steiner Mutch '74 died Sept. 2, 2006, in Ashby, Mass. She taught physical education in Keene and was youth director and swim instructor at the Keene YMCA.
Diane Rasanen Burnett of Peterborough, N.H. writes: "I will be moving up to the South Meadow School as a 1:1 aid in the life skills room. After six years with elementary school-size students, it will be very different to be looking eye to eye or up at middle school students."
Bob Holdsworth and Steve Philp are looking to coordinate a mini reunion for all of the guys who lived in Carroll House from fall 1972 to spring 1973. Check out the website at www.carrollhousereunion.blogspot.com.
Susan Shostak writes: "I keep meaning to write, so when I received the latest alumni magazine I decided to just sit down and do it. I moved to Virginia in 1978 to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia. I have been working for the Fairfax County Schools as an elementary school counselor for 27 years and live in Arlington. I love to travel and have had many wonderful trips visiting six continents over the years. Last summer my son and I had an incredible time traveling in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. My son, Wade, is 18 and away at college, where he studies physics. I find myself with more time on my hands living alone, so if there are any KSC grads in the DC metro area, I would love to hear from you via firstname.lastname@example.org."
IN MEMORIAM: Michael L. Chagnon '75 died Sept. 15, 20006, in Concord, N.H. He had small roles in several films and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and was a special needs teacher in Concord and Pittsfield, N.H.
Kathleen M. Mahoney is senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel at Nash Finch in Minneapolis, Minn. She joined the company in 2004 as vice president, deputy general counsel. Nash Finch is a Fortune 500 company and one of the leading food distribution companies in the United States. Prior to working at Nash Finch, Kathleen was the managing partner in the St. Paul office of Larson King, LLP, and spent 13 years with the law firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP. She earned her JD degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
From Philip Bellingham: "Hello, '76ers. Well, reunion 2006 was, as always, a fun time. Four our 30th reunion weekend, we had four show up from our class. What does that tell you? Oh well, on and on we go. Those attending were Beth Barker, Elizabeth Barrett Hunt, Janet Lovering, and yours truly.
Elizabeth brought a friend, Susan Inglis. Susan brought her daughter, Holly Inglis, and Holly brought John Hunt, who is Elizabeth's son. Hope I got that right.
Received a note from Brian Kane. He writes: "Hope all is well with you. Seems like no one ever writes for our class notes. My oldest daughter is playing softball and is doing very well. Has the highest batting average on the team and the most home runs. In her All-Star game Memorial Day weekend, she had a grand slam over the fence. They stopped the game and announced that in 21 years no one has ever hit a home run over the fence. Great moment for Dad! I plan on building a home on the beach in Mexico, as I vacation there two to three months per year, way down in the jungles in a place called Tulum. Beautiful. I still live in Southport, Conn.,(where Imus lives) and still run an insurance agency in Stamford."
Clayton Foster works at the U.S. Probation Office in Concord, N.H. He writes: "Still married to Denise Bilodeau, a graduate of the Cheshire School of nursing. We have two children, Tamara who is married with two children, and Sean, a correctional officer in Merrimack County. After receiving a promotion to deputy chief, I am now on the short side of that career. Retirement is set for December 2007. After that, a new career, maybe teaching, maybe investigations, but almost certainly somewhere below the Mason-Dixon line. Looking to make contact with some old friends form Keene State and TKE from those fun days in the early '70s."
IN MEMORIAM: Blaine McLellan '76 died Aug. 19, 2006, in Greenwood, S.C. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a law enforcement officer with the Keene, N.H., police department.
Kathy Vincent Harris writes: "I am living in Hamilton, Mass. Recently completed my CAGS in educational administration and am the director of special education services at Marblehead High School. Husband Larry is an independent game designer. Daughter Jen, 25, is completing her master's degree in education; son Michael, 23, recently graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art and is living and working in Cleveland; daughter Courtenay, 20, just returned from a semester abroad in Belgium and is back at college. Life is great. Would love to hear from old KSC friends. What wonderful memories I have of KSC. Would love to find Roxanne Stevens, Gerry Falardeau, and Steve Sandler."
IN MEMORIAM: Alexander Blakney '78 died Aug. 24, 2006. He earned a master's degree at Eastern College and served six years in the U.S. Army. He was a builder and spent eight years in Ethiopia helping with small businesses and hospital maintenance.
Jack Van Wyck writes: "I am employed with the Department of Corrections of North Carolina as senior substance abuse counselor at Pender Correctional Institution (medium security) in Burgaw. I have been a certified substance abuse counselor for the past 10 years. I am married, with one child, Cait, a senior at the Art Institute in Philadelphia. I just realized that this is the 25th anniversary of our graduation. Wow, time marches on. Hope all is well for you in the great north. The south is now my home. I recently spoke to Dr. Steve Smith, who was an education professor in 1979. He still lives in Keene, but is severely afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease."
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