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Martha Bassett Sargent and her husband spent Christmas with their daughter in Wisconsin and celebrated their 50th anniversary in July.

A nice note arrived from Margaret Rhoades Bost, who seems to be very busy with church activities, helping with craft fairs, sewing, knitting, and volunteering. She had some sad, but good, news. Her oldest son was in a bad auto accident on I-95 near Baltimore. He spent two weeks in the hospital, but by Christmas, he was walking and able to drive his car.

Irene McAllister Wilkins had her family home for the holidays. She is busy enjoying her new computer, a gift from her children.

The hunting season in Illinois drew Richard Rogers and his son. His wife, Margaret, will join them on their next trip but will stay in the lodge while they hunt.

Can you believe that Lois Wadleigh Kimisky is still substitute teaching? Good for her!

James McShane is still a judge on the TV program "Granite State Challenge." This program consists of two high school teams competing to answer questions and is aired on New Hampshire Public Television, channel 11.

Cecil Nash is busy being treasurer of the Marlborough Educators Association and the Cheshire County Retired Educators Association.

Carol Adamson Reidy, Del Langille, Barbara Sullivan Brooks, Margaret Harrigan, and Charles Ricardi have put Golden Circle luncheon dates on their calendars. Be great to have them with us. We find these gatherings very enjoyable and look forward to them. Norma Wright Walker does a wonderful job organizing these and making them fun for all.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families of Jeanette Whitehouse Hahn and Jerome Rogers.

IN MEMORIAM: Jerome J. Rogers M'51 passed away in Keene, N.H. He taught at elementary schools for many years and coached Little League baseball.

IN MEMORIAM: Jeannette Whitehouse Hahn '51 died Dec. 29, 2003, in Glen Burnie, Md. She had been director of parks and recreation in Baltimore City, Md., for 37 year


From Claire: "Just returned from a couple of weeks in Florida. Had great weather (one rainy day). Played quite a bit of golf, visited museums, attended concerts, etc. Have sent out a half dozen surveys, but only one reply to date. Thanks, Irene.

Irene Jones Dunbar came through with an interesting update on her life after KSC. She had been married to Dick Dunbar '51 for 48 years when he died of lung cancer in April 2000.They had four children and one granddaughter who is a student at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Irene taught home economics for 20 years at Sanborn Regional in Kingston, N.H. She retired in 1986 and they moved to Duncan Lake in Ossipee. They traveled to Prince Edward Island, Canada, for the summers for many years. Irene continues to travel. Last year she drove 9000 miles around the USA (Gulf Coast to the West Coast). After she wrote this news she was traveling by train to Los Angeles with plans to stay at a campground in San Clemente for a month. She also keeps busy with reading, quilting, sewing, and playing bid whist. She is a senior volunteer delivering meals and joined the local Lions Club to get involved in their good deeds. I loved her reply to 'How do you spend your leisure?' She has no time for leisure. It's great to hear you are so busy and happy doing all these activities. Keep it up and keep in touch. Thanks.

I hope the news from Irene Dunbar will inspire the rest of you to respond to our requests. I'll be checking my mailbox for your news. Have a great day!"

From Irene DiMeco Parent: "Hi from Leo Bilodeau. He checks in from Center Harbor, N.H. He tells us that he retired in '82 after 32 years of teaching industrial arts, beginning in Lincoln, N.H., for three years; Hillsboro, N.H., for four years; the University of Connecticut in Storrs, for 25 years. He married Beverly McClearn in 1945 and they have four children: two daughters, both teachers, and two sons, one a dentist and one a business executive. Leo and Beverly also have five grandchildren. They spend fall and winter in Florida and spend spring and summer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Leo enjoys fishing, boating and traveling. They have taken cruises, been to Canada, and traveled in the U.S. Thanks, Leo, for keeping us updated.

Doris Barnes of Laconia, N.H., was written up in the fall 2003 issue, but sent in a few more facts. Doris mentioned that she taught for 62 years, and continues to tutor students in grades 1-12. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, oil painting, and bridge. She has traveled to Alaska, London, California, and Florida. Doris sends a picture of herself with chainsaw in hand, cutting trees for firewood (just to let us know that she is well and still keeps busy). Thanks for the additions, Doris.

In the last issue, we included a list of names of Class of '52 'lost' classmates. We include five more names hoping that someone will know of their whereabouts. Anyone heard from Frank Holt, Esther La Pierre, Marjorie Leeds, Arvin Miller, Wilomena Reed? Please let us know, or ask them to contact us at the above addresses and/or Alumni Office. Thanks."

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph L. Daigle '52 passed away Oct. 7, 2003, in Manchester, N.H. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for the U.S. Post Office and Manchester Building Department.


From Don: "On May 30, some 32 members and their spouses from the class of 1953 gathered to celebrate our 50th reunion. We began in rain on Friday, but Saturday morning brought sunshine that stayed with us through the weekend.

For three days we attended breakfasts, lunches, dinners and parties, but still remained hungry for more news of classmates many of us had not seen for decades. At our class meeting we laughed as we shared reactions to a booklet of our graduation pictures accompanied by brief autobiographies that the attendees had submitted. We then voted to raise more money, over a five-year period, to add to the $3,340 we had in hand to support a student scholarship at our alma mater. We urge all our classmates to send generous contributions for this and future years to make this goal possible.

At our gala dinner, Dr. Y joined us and administered a quiz he had prepared about the major events and personalities of 1953. As we struggled for answers, we were transported back to the days of McCarthyism, songs like 'How Much Is That Doggie in the Window,' films like 'Stalag 17,' and the impact of the Korean War, and wondered how 50 years could have passed so quickly.
Among those who joined our reunion were Bill Baston, who survived years of serving as high school principal and superintendent, to retire in 1989 to days of golf and playing with his three grandchildren. Pat Bonardi, after '40 glorious years' teaching in Wesport, Conn., and there winning the 'Most Committed Citizen' award in 1989, has retired back to her home in Bethlehem.

Mary and Gil Bulley both taught for many years and raised two daughters, both of whom graduated from Keene State. Now both retired, Mary and Gil live in Naples, Fla. Dean Corrigan retired from Texas A&M in 2001 and he and wife, Jan, live seasonally in Texas and Burlington, Vt. Dean served as dean at Texas and survived an assignment as Ross Perot's educational advisor. He was also awarded the 'Golden Apple' as the outstanding teacher in his department.

Ed Curtin, our flag bearer, taught and coached at Cavendish, Vt., elementary school and went on to teach at Frances Hicks School, from which he retired to become an active volunteer in his community. He and wife, Peggy, also a Keene grad, enjoy their three children and seven grandchildren.

George 'Bud' Haywood joined us from Pensacola, Fla., where he now lives. Bud taught at Hopkinton High School, worked as training director for Grand Union, and ended up at Cornell, where he ran the International Food Industry Management Program. Bud has traveled all over the world, including Singapore, Argentina, and Japan. He and Marilyn raised two boys and love his three grandkids.

In subsequent issues we will continue from the H's on through the alphabet, as we trace the last 50 years of our class history.

IN MEMORIAM: William Southmayd '53 died Oct. 2, 2003. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Sanders Associates.


IN MEMORIAM: Raymond A. Klaybor '54 died Nov.1, 2003, in Hanover, N.H. He served in the U.S. Navy, earned a master's degree from Dartmouth College, and taught science in Lebanon for 31 years


From Alfreda: "Betty Kilgore and I arrived at Philippe Park, Fla., at 11 a.m. on Feb. 29, 2004. Mike Maher '72, alumni director, was not there! He was on a cruise, due back at any time. Donald Carle '52 kept us amused. He said that Mike was planning another cruise next year. We will know more about it next month. We finished our lunch before Mike showed up. Everyone asked him where his cake was. He went back to his auto to get it. After it was served, we had our meeting.

Keene State is doing very well this year. The science building is being renovated and expanded. The second and third floors have a lot of laboratory space. KSC continues to receive lucrative federal grants for science research and equipment.

There is a lot of "neat and new stuff" going on. Building prospects are for a new dining commons that should seat 500-1,000 students. Last year, the Hoot and Scoot food shop served about 100 meals a day. Over 1,000 meals per day will be served in the future. It will be a two-story building and eventually should seat over 2,000 people. The basketball team won on Feb. 28 and went on to the NCAA Tournament, division III, when they finished in the Elite Eight.

We need more attendance at our yearly meeting, on the last Sunday in February! We had a long discussion about it. The following alumni attended at this meeting: Neal Perkins '41, Alice Wright '41, Harriet Perkins '43, Leland Collins '43, Barbara Bissonnette '44, John Muzzey '59, Donald Carle '52, Alfreda Gallo '55, Elizabeth Kilgore '55, Mort Shea '58, Pauline Shea '58, Donna Ross '59, Raymond Ross '59, Louise Vallee '71, Gerard Vallee '71, Mike Maher '72, Rachel Cheever '99 and Debbie Murray '99. Please forgive me for any misspelled names.

If you know anyone in Florida, please write to them about the KSC yearly meeting at Safety Harbor and urge them to notify Mike as to their new address. Several alumni were there, only because they met someone who was coming. They knew nothing about the meeting. Besides the KSC business meeting, we are interested in talking to old friends from our College. There are over 600 Keene graduates in Florida. We would like to have more of these alumni gather at our meeting!

IN MEMORIAM: Marie Lucienne "Lucy" Corriveau Walker '55 passed away Jan. 6, 2004, in Manchester, N.H. She was a WAVE recruiter in WWII and worked at Continental Baking Company in New York for many years.


IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn "Molly" Fellows Coffey '56 died Mar. 6, 2004, in Beverly, Mass. She taught in Beverly elementary schools for 39 years.


Richard and Phyllis Manseau Dowd are both retired from teaching a total of 62 years and are very happy to be able to travel.

Mary Mock Minkler of San Antonio, Fla., has been retired since 1986. She traveled to Australia and New Zealand in March 2004.


IN MEMORIAM: Eugene F. Whittemore '58 died Nov. 21, 2003, in Penacook, N.H. He served in the U.S. Air Force and taught industrial arts at Milford and Merrimack high schools.

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas M. Leslie '58 passed away Nov. 7, 2003, in San Antonio, Tex.


David C. Leavitt and his wife, Lori, of Henderson, Nev., spend June through September at their cottage on Lake Massacecum, in Bradford, N.H.

Donna and Edmund Poor took the trip to Ireland sponsored by the KSC Alumni Association the last week of March and first week of April 2003. They report having had a wonderful time: "The second night we all went to the fun-filled and popular Bunratty Castle for a Medieval Times banquet and entertainment...another night we went to an authentic Irish cabaret. The food was always great and the accommodations everywhere were superb...we spent one night in a real castle in Kilkenny and dressed up for dinner in the elegant dining room...Then on to Blarney Castle, where we climbed to the top to kiss the Blarney stone... Next day our bus brought us into the city and dropped us off for six hours; we found Dublin to be very clean and very easy to get around and find things. We went to museums on Kildare Street, plus spent a few hours watching many different musicians on Grafton StreetWe left the Emerald Isle with fond memories and the thought that indeed there's a little Irish in all of us."

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