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Robert H. Turner was reappointed to the Advisory Council for the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security by Governor Benson, confirmed by the Governor's Council, and serves as its chair.

IN MEMORIAM: Bertha Tonseth Gleason '50 died May 4, 2003, at her home in Munsonville, N.H. She was a library assistant for the Dublin school district and worked at Trikeenan Tile Works and Granite Lake Pottery


Reunion 2003 brought several classmates to campus, especially to share in the dedication of the Mason Library courtyard, where our sundial sits in the center, surrounded by a lovely brick wall. Norma Wright Walker presented a brief history of the class and the background for the sundial. Others attending were class president Claude Leavitt, Joan Greeley Simpson, Pauline Bullard Brown, Barbara Garland Woods, Dorothy Zekos MacPherson, Margaret Harrigan, Nina Krochmal Witham, Barbara Sullivan Brooks, Delma Langille, and Cecil Nash. As we looked out the windows of the library, our sundial appeared impressive – even in the light mist.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Ruth Glines Roe. She had been living at Langdon Place in Exeter, N.H. She attended Twin Mt. High School before coming to Keene Teachers College. Barbara Garland Woods had kept in touch with her through the years.

Joan Greeley Simpson returned home from Florida in April. She missed having Ruby Lapointe Brannen and Winnie and Nelson Edoff there, because in past winters they spent a lot of time together.

Barbara Garland Woods made a short trip to Florida in April. Her daughter and husband from Michigan met her there.

Ruth Bickford Peck was unable to attend the dedication of the Mason Library courtyard because she had a wedding to go to in Washington, D.C. We missed you, Bickie.

Our class extends messages of sympathy to Archie Gleason and family. Bertha Tonseth Gleason '50 died early in May after a period of ill health. She will be missed by all of us.

Elsie Bowes Brenner writes about the beautiful bluebonnets that cover the fields in Texas. She says the fields turn yellow and red as they pass by. It must be a magnificent sight to see. Elsie and Bruce are looking forward to the racing season. When in Daytona, they hope to see a NASCAR race.

Norma Wright Walker just completed her presidency of Cheshire County Retired Educators. Of the 15 executive board members, 12 are KSC alumni.

Richard Rogers attended a Wright family reunion held in Swanzey, N.H. He hopes to attend some of the Golden Circle luncheons this year.


Please note that Claire has a new address.

Thanks to so many of you who have responded to our "letter of inquiry." We have received many responses, and we hope you enjoy this chance to catch up with your classmates:

Ruth Sakovich writes that she has been undergoing radiation treatment for brain cancer and is slowly recuperating. It will take many months of gradual healing, but she is positive about the outcome. She says, "I put my life in God's hands." Our prayers are with you, Ruth. Her address is 11841 N. Circle Dr., Whittier, CA 90601-2338.

Fred Farley writes, "Greetings from Kittery, Maine. In response to your communication, may I say hello to my former classmates. I think of you often with pleasant memories of KTC. My wife Ellen passed away in l997 after 51 years of a very happy marriage. We have one son, a Navy veteran of 20 years, now an ordained minister in Bangor, Maine. I have a master's degree and a 6th year from the University of Hartford, while my wife earned a degree from UNH and New Britain Teachers College. I taught for 35 years and worked in vocational ed., then woodworking for 10 years, and the last 23 years I was vocational director in charge of developing and implementing vocational programs. It was both challenging and rewarding. Since retirement and the move to Maine in '83, I have been active in a number of civic groups, nursing homes, and church activities; the Lion's club; and the Exchange Club." Thanks, Fred, for your informative letter.

Doris Carpenter Barnes writes from Laconia, N.H., that she has been in education for 62 years. (That might be a record!) She retired in 1992. She was married when she attended KTC and has one daughter, who is also a KSC grad. She has one granddaughter. Doris spends her retirement years volunteering in the community, and tutoring in grades 1-8. She says, "I have enjoyed every minute that I spent helping students." Good for you, Doris! Thanks for writing.

Shirley Coffin Grover tells us that she is now retired and has lived in Gilsum, N.H., for the past 50 years. She taught the first and second grades for 36 years. Shirley lost her husband last year. They had two sons, Norman and Christopher Houle. She and hubby had traveled extensively to many states with their trailer, and now she spends her summers at the Forest Lake Campground in Winchester, N.H. She is quite active in the Keene Community Kitchen. Shirley would love to hear from Mary Conroy and Virginia Leach. Okay girls, here's her address: 20 Spring St. Gilsum, N.H. 03448.

Howard Bergeron sent in some news from Springfield, Vt. He tells us that he and wife Polly Roy have been married 55 years. They have three children, and all are KSC graduates. What a great influence he must have been! He is now retired after teaching for 28 years. He and Polly volunteer their time in community services and town hall activities. They love to travel and planned a cruise to the Baltic countries in May 2003.

Lila Murphy tells us that she had quite a winter this past year. She fell and broke her left arm, and shortly after that, she fell and broke her right wrist; consequently she was housebound for two months. One good thing she learned was that old KSC friends are the best! Charlie Mitchell and his wife, Shirley, were her "angels" and helped her through those difficult days. They were a great taxi service. Lila and Shirley Coffin Grover got together and had much to talk about during their three-hour visit. Lila resides in Concord, N.H.

Anita Rawchuck Nestor is up and traveling again. After spending the winter in Mexico, she will be traveling east (from California) to Marlboro and then will make a fast trip to London and Redding, England, to visit friends. She continues to be a great source of news. Thanks, Anita.

Dick Chambers and wife June write from Holiday, Fla. They have both retired, June in 1990 as a reading specialist in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts, and Dick in l993 after 37 years of teaching at Boston University and the University of Miami. They have two sons, Scott 41 and Todd 40, and two grandchildren to fill out the family tree. Dick and June enjoy life in sunny Florida. They often attend the Florida alumni gatherings and enjoy seeing some of their '52 classmates.

Hi from Murray Ramsey and wife Margaret Russell Ramsay '56. They are retired and have two children, Heather, 37, and Jonathan, 35. Heather is principal of the elementary school in Buxton, Maine, while Jonathan is librarian and computer technician at the Rye Public Library. Murray and Margaret spend six weeks in Venice, Fla., and seven weeks at their cottage in Rye Beach, N.H. They reside in Swanzey, N.H. While in Florida they get together with Nancy '84 and Ray Richards, Rhet '56 and Jake '55 Burnham, and Ed '56 and Georgette '56 Croteau for a luncheon.

Charlie Mitchell checks in from Pembroke, N.H., where he has been living for 37 years. Charlie's wife, Shirley, is an RN from Notre Dame School of Nursing. They have four children, three girls and one boy. Charlie retired after 34 years in education, the last 26 at New Hampshire College in Manchester. He has been involved as a school trustee and a library trustee in Pembroke, in church activities, and in a one-room school project. In the summer he and Shirley live in Dan Hole Pond in Ossippee. They usually take a trip in the fall. They are quite the travelers, having visited 12 countries in Europe. Charlie says they've been fortunate to visit Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Holland. Alaska and the Canadian Rockies are among their favorite places. Charlie and Shirley often see Frank Sorger and Lila Murphy. (A little bird told us that you were the Good Samaritans who helped Lila after her mishaps.) Charlie said he enjoyed the 50th Reunion.

IN MEMORIAM: Catherine L. Noonan '52 died April 23, 2003 in Sarasota, Fla. She earned a master's degree and doctorate at Columbia University and taught in elementary schools in New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, California, France, and Turkey. She was also on the faculties of San Francisco State College and UNH.


Joanne Hanson Hicken in Greensboro, N.C., writes, "I was thinking of you at the Reunion and gave some thought to attending, but I have a health problem that takes priority now."


June Hesse Haymon was instrumental in having her Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla receive a national diversity award by recruiting over 20 new members, many of different ethnic origins.


Members of our class have sent in checks toward a class gift. Thanks to all who have contributed. We wish to purchase a gift for the College before 2006. If you haven't sent in your donation, would you like to do so now? Make your check out to Keene State College, and please write on the memo line "1956 Class Gift." Thank you.


From Jackie: What a great 45th Reunion we celebrated over the last weekend in May. How we wanted to meet all our classmates there to share fond memories! We gathered at Norma '52 and Bob Mallat's home on Friday evening for a delightful reception/party. I will try to include the names of everyone who was there: Dottie and Nelson Megna, Paul and Sandy Jackson, Jim and Betty McGuire, Mort and Polly Shea, Alice and Bill Webb, John and Cindy Faust, Betty and Ray Plante, Bob and Norma Mallat, Ray and Shirley Wagenhorst, Judy and Ernie Barbeau, Paul and Nancy '72 Davidson, Bob and Peggy Holloran, Syd and Carolyn Lorandeau, John Loughlin, Charles and Barbara Hunt, Ted Johansson, Mary Nelson, Gene and Carol Guy, Al Fischer, Frank Taylor, Myrna and Ferd Prevost, and Jackie Abbott.

On Saturday, many of us attended the annual luncheon, and Ernie Moran joined us. We had a wonderful turnout and, speaking for myself, I didn't stop talking and listening for hours. It was great fun.

From John Faust: I recently saw an article in the Lebanon (N.H.) Valley News about a member of the class of '58. Here it is (condensed a little): Jim Marrion, Cardigan Mt. School athletic director, received the Andy Mooradian Award from the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for "distinguished contributions to football" in the Granite State. Jim has been at Cardigan Mt. School in Canaan, N.H., since moving his wife and four children from Hudson, N.H., 36 years ago. He has coached soccer, football, hockey, and baseball as well as teaching math. Now as athletic director, he oversees three squads of football, five in soccer, one cross-country team, three in baseball, four in hockey, two in skiing, one in wrestling, three each in baseball, lacrosse, and tennis, and one each in sailing and track and field. As one alum who knows him well said, "He epitomizes what Cardigan is all about. His whole life revolves around being helpful to young men."

IN MEMORIAM: June True Burton M'58 passed away March 22, 2003, in New London, Conn. She was a registered nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a private-duty nurse, and she taught nursing in Keene. She later taught elementary school and was a school nurse for many years, retiring in 1982.


From Douglas Leslie in San Antonio, Tex.: "I lost two wives to cancer. My third does not smoke and we have been happily married for 12 years. Still going strong after heart problems and 5-way bypass. Play golf and do yoga two times a week and exercise three times a week."

IN MEMORIAM: Cynthia B. Houghton '59 died in Westmoreland, N.H. She taught at Canal Street School in Brattleboro, Vt., and Tiny Tots Kindergarten in Chesterfield, N.H. She was Chesterfield town librarian from 1960 to 1964.

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