|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XIX NUMBER 2 Winter 2004|
From Gail: "Retirement is certainly a busy time! Many of you spend some time at former schools. Kathy Bergeron MacDonald volunteers two days a week at St. Bridget's in Manchester, Conn. JoAnn Daily Demars helps each year in the annual musical production at Webster School in Manchester, N.H.
Bob 'Lefty' Joy is very proud of his grandson, Ryan Joy, a senior at Concord High, who was selected for the N.H. All-State soccer team. Also on the team was Brendon Joseph, whose grandfather, Joe Joseph '59, was a fraternity brother with Lefty at Kappa Delta Phi. Lefty traveled from Vernon, Conn., to Concord to visit his grandchildren and see Ryan's games.
Dorothy McCarthy Bright and Roy celebrated 40 years together with a cruise around the horn of South America in February 2003.
John Shurtleff writes that he has been working in exotic places, including Kosovo for most of 2003.
Ruth Jeffords of South Pasadena, Fla., writes that she is "on the board of directors and is restaurant chairman for Tampa Bay Vegetarians. I also take an active part in this condo complex, for three years on the board of directors. I moved to Florida four years ago and not one regret! Summers are so much better in South Pasadena than in New Hampshire. Never above 92 degrees and we all have AC. My two sons, both engineers, live in New Hampshire."
Susan J. Freeman of Ellington, Conn., reports that she is still in the classroom, "second grade, instructional, reading, and testing. They give me a giggle a day."
From Dotti: "Loren and Donna Moore Livengood spend summers in New Hampshire and winters in Florida. They love their homes in both places. Donna spent 26 years teaching reading and English and retired three years ago. Loren works for one of their sons in the summer and otherwise always has a project going. Donna helps with music in churches in both states. They have three sons and one daughter and seven grandchildren. Donna looks forward to taking some art classes. Her claim to fame at KSC was to have their first baby on graduation day. We can't top that!
Dotti and Roger Simpson visited Nancy Kidder Howe in McAlpin, Fla., in March. Being roommates at KSC gave way to lots of good talk about school memories. Nancy's daughter, Kathy, lives next door with her husband and two children. Nancy is working full-time as an inclusion specialist for the state of Florida.
Frederick G. McCann '61 passed away Feb. 5, 2004. He taught math and science at Alvirne High School until his retirement.
IN MEMORIAM: Geraldine Fletcher Orr '63 passed away Feb. 6, 2004
IN MEMORIAM: Leo N. Turgeon '63 died Nov. 23, 2003, in Dover, N.H. He taught industrial arts at Manchester West High School for 30 years.
Helen Jette was elected president of the Rhody Winnies, Rhode Island's state Winnebago club.
Linda Blanchard Oja of Dublin, N.H., retired in June 2002, took a cruise to Alaska that summer, and began teaching at Franklin Pierce College in September 2002. Her husband Will retired from the USPS in January 2003. They've been to Ireland and now are grandparents.
IN MEMORIAM: Thomas R. Doran '64 died Jan. 28, 2004 in Merrimack, N.H. He taught language arts in the Amesbury, Mass., middle school and coached basketball and baseball
From Richard: "I am asking classmates to send me their personal biographies that I hope to have published in a class directory. Our 40th anniversary is next year. I hope you will respond to this directory and maybe get interested enough to consider reuniting in May '05 on campus! By the way, retirement is great!"
David S. Bechok of Carlsbad, Calif., writes, "Even though I only went to KSC for two years, 1961-63, I will always consider it my alma mater. The school has changed in looks and politics, but there are still some conservatives around to keep it in check of any excesses. When my wife, Pauline '53, and I visited last May, the wonderful feeling of past friendships, memories, and having dinner at night with your beloved president and his wife put our alumni experience 'over the top.' God bless."
Judith Plummer Stroncer of Englewood, Fla., retired from teaching and is now a massage therapist. She lives in Florida for eight months a year and Hampton, N.H., the other four.
Roberta Luce Barry writes that she and Jack '65 are retired from their respective school systems (Keene and Monadnock) but are still very busy volunteering and building a house.
From Ronald A. Leslie of Newport, N.H.: "This is my year to retire, 1967 to 2004."
From Janis: "Well, 35 years have gone by, which seems unbelievable to me. I have heard from several old friends through Christmas cards and phone calls.
Martha Ferris Marsette has taken early retirement from teaching and is enjoying her new life. She and Bruce '67 are playing lots of golf and visiting their two children, Jeremy and Jessica.
I recently had lunch with Holly Davis Smith. She is a special ed. teacher and still living with her husband, Jerry, in Canton, Mass. They have two daughters, Fallyn, currently studying in Australia, and Heather, who is in medical school.
Holly and I also had lunch a few weeks later with Gail Martin Hatem. Gail is a teacher of the blind and lives in Clifton, N.J. She has two daughters, Kate and Emily.
I recently heard from Trisha Dow Farrell, who lives in Winslow, Maine, with her husband, Bob. Trish is working as a special ed. aide with autistic children. They have two girls, Kathleen, who is working on her doctorate at Syracuse, and Kelly, who just finished school.
"I would like to hear from the class of '68! Please e-mail me at my new address and let me know what you are up to. Remember, it takes at least six months to make the KSC alumni magazine. I'm tired of seeing no news for 1968, so please e-mail me.
IN MEMORIAM: Paul W. Gowell Sr. '68 died in Keene, N.H. He was a radio announcer with WKBK for several years, owned an insulation and siding business, and worked as an electrician for Kingsbury Corp
From Barbara: "Hi everyone, As I sit here on one of the coldest weekends so far this winter, I think of the warm weather we will be having when you read these notes. The way the time is flying it will be here before I know it and another school year will be over. I will be teaching one more year here and I will be reporting the retirement this year of many of my classmates, I am sure. We have had long, productive careers in education and now will move on to doing all of those things we have put off for years. I plan to travel and to work more on my quilting projects. I obviously have found ways to travel through the years so that won't be much different. Bethany and Chris visited the Northeast over the holidays from L.A. They also ventured to Vermont to visit with her dad, Bernie Hartshorn '70, and his family. I will be going to California in April and again in the summer to visit them and friends I have made there. I will also be volunteering at The Painted Turtle, the new camp of Paul Newman's, similar to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp where I have volunteered here in Connecticut for about 13 years.
I received some holiday greetings with some news of classmates. Jane Fischer of Endicott, N.Y., reports she will be retiring this year after 35 years of teaching. Marty and Ray Smith of Keene have had an exciting year traveling to visit their children in Missouri, Maryland, and Oklahoma. Son Rocky was married this year to Myra in California. The family then went on to visit Hawaii. They also enjoy their two grandchildren, Jordan and Cassidy. Ray has also decided to retire or "change jobs," as he says, at the end of this school year.
I also heard from Jocelyn McDowell Davis and her husband, Jeff, of Doraville, Ga. They have been traveling a lot this year. They went to Chicago for Jeff's brother's daughter's wedding in the summer, visited other family in Phoenix in the spring, went to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving, took trips to New Hampshire and Pennsylvania to visit parents and to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some R&R. Jocelyn and daughter, Mandy, went to NYC to see a play. Jocelyn and Jeff are still active in their church and work long hours at their jobs.
And in the 'small world' department, here is a story from Barry Osborn: "This October in Ireland we attended our annual medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle just outside Shannon. It started out in the usual fashion, pipers leading the way into the main banquet hall where people seated at the long, narrow tables in the main hall. On the way in we were pulled out of line and moved to the front of the hall as the place was filling up. Once seated at the table and in the dim light, I looked across at this dapper gent with white hair accompanied by his wife. Who was it, but Peter and Marilyn Gustafson '68, both retired from teaching and on tour. After a great night of old stories we parted company. The next morning we came down to breakfast at the B & B and who should be sitting down to breakfast? Right, Peter and Marilyn. Small world! All the best, Barry."
Jean Fitch Blacketor of Keene reports she continues to enjoy her job at Franklin Pierce College, her trips on a cruise and to Vermont and Maine, and trips to Boston and Hartford for musicals. Jean and her friend, Darrow, have experienced some medical issues this year and we wish them both a speedy recovery.
From Mike Stone of Gilford, N.H.: "I retired in the spring of 2003 after teaching industrial arts in New Hampshire for 34 years. Since retirement I have been spending time working in my home shop, skiing, rock collecting, and enjoying the amateur radio hobby. Peggy and I also travel by motor home and motorcycle and will now be able to spend much more time on the road."
Marsha Howe Neubert of Manchester, N.H. writes, "I've decided to retire after 36 years of teaching and will be able to spend more time with family and friends."
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