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New Class Notes 1951

From Norma Wright Walker: Once again our class has joined together to support a need at Keene State College. We were asked to raise money to help with the Science Building Fund and we did. Thank you, classmates, from your class agent, Norma Wright Walker.

Already we are looking toward 2006 and our 55th reunion. It will be here sooner than we think. A planning group will meet this summer to brainstorm ways to celebrate. Any suggestions?

Nina Krochmal Witham and Bob '53 are still working on son Scott's home. On their way home from vacationing on Marco Island, they stopped to see June Simpson Chambers '52 and Dick '52.

Dorothy Thompson Henderson lives in Maine in a beautiful home on the ocean. Dottie's family is busy. One person is working as equipment manager for the Boston Bruins and coaching Babe Ruth baseball in the summer months. Another family member works at American Ski in Bethel, Maine, and another raises produce to support a roadside stand in the summer. Dottie enjoys attending plays at Bowdoin. Great to hear from Dottie.

Norma Wright Walker and her husband took Amtrak from Brattleboro, Vt., to New Carrollton, Md. They visited friends in Solomon, Md. The ride was long but comfortable, and so much better than highway traffic.

Elizabeth Merrill Weston, Richard Rogers, and Norma attended a family reunion that was held in Hancock, N.H. Other alums in attendance were Sarah Weston Hutchins '57 and Marion Weston Frazier '63.

Barbara Sullivan Brooks and Marion Knuckey Pauling '33 enjoyed each other's company during the winter months by playing Rack-O and doing jigsaw puzzles. They are winter neighbors.

Richard Rogers and his wife, Margaret, took a tour of Gettysburg, Pa. The best part of the trip was listening to "Abe Lincoln."

Phyllis and Charles Ricardi spent four months in Florida. They returned to Twin Mountain on May 3 to six inches of snow. Their granddaughter, Jen Ricardi, graduated from KSC in June and another grandchild, Caitlin Vecchio, will be a member of the freshman class in September.

Barbara Garland Woods was joined by her daughter and granddaughter on a trip to the San Diego Zoo during the Christmas holidays. They also did a little sightseeing in the area.

Charlie Plimpton was surprised with an Honorary Associate Degree from the New Hampshire Community Technical College in Laconia at its 35th commencement on May 15. Charlie has worked at NHCTC Laconia for 21 years and was cited for his unwavering dedication to students and numerous recruiting initiatives. He served as Lakes Region YMCA executive director prior to joining the college.

IN MEMORIAM: Jeannette Whitehouse Hayn '51 died in December 2003.


From Claire: Time to report on our classmates again. Seems these quarterly dates are getting closer all the time. Maybe it's because I'm so busy! Just recently returned from a week's cruise with my family (Kristen and Pete, Joshua 14, Bridget 12, and Jonathan 10). What a great time! Stopped at six islands (St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, and others). The weather was great - sunny and no rain. Still trying to get in touch with all of you. So far, I'm averaging about two replies out of three requests. We really want to hear from everyone.

Eugene Haight wrote that he taught grades six to eight and was a principal during his 25-year career in education. He worked in Nashua, Kingston, Greenland, and Newfields. After that he worked for the U. S. Postal Service. He married Faythe Foster in 1951 and they had four children and four grandchildren. They did some traveling (Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Hawaii). Fay died in 1996. Eugene says he'll be 80 next year and spends most of his leisure time reading and listening to music. Thanks for the update.

David Field is certainly keeping busy in his retirement. After teaching in Oregon, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut, he spent 30 years in administration in New York. Dave has three children and eight grandchildren. He volunteers his time for the library, YMCA, and Boy Scouts, serving on their respective boards. His hobbies include model railroads, baseball, music, art, and stamp collecting. He spends his leisure time reading, gardening, and traveling in the continental United States and Canada. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about all you do, Dave!

Had a nice note from Joseph Daigle's daughter. Sorry to hear that Joe died on October 7, 2003. Carol did send information on Joe's life after graduation. He was married to Muriel for 45 years. She died in 1991. They had a son and daughter and one grandson. Joe worked for the U.S. Post Office until 1971 and then for the Manchester building department. After retiring at age 68 he volunteered at the Elliot and Veterans Administration hospitals. He and his wife traveled in the U.S. and Canada. Joe was a veteran of World War II and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. (As I am writing this, many of those veterans are in Washington, D.C. for the dedication of their monument.) Thanks so much, Carol, for letting us know about your father.

Hope to hear from more of you before the next deadline. Maybe I'll see some of you at one of the Golden Circle meetings. They really are lots of fun.

From Irene: Hi from Mary Jo Fitzgerald Lynch. We received a very nice note from Mary Jo telling us that she retired in 1995 after 25 years of teaching reading in Springfield, Mass. Following her retirement she became principal of Enfield Christian School and held that position from 1995-2000. Mary Jo writes that she loved it and had a great time teaching! Her husband, a Holy Cross grad, died in 1976. They had four children and she has five grandchildren. Mary Jo enjoys her summer home on Cape Cod. Her favorite activities are walking the beach and exercising. Thanks, Mary Jo, for your update.

Carl Perkins wrote an interesting letter about his travels since graduation. "After graduating from KTC, I spent three years in the Army Security Agency and was stationed in Germany for two years. I was able to spend leave time traveling to England, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Spain, and many of the cities in Germany. I taught for three years in Reading, Mass., and for 32 years in Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Sudbury, Mass. During that time, I had two paid, six-month sabbaticals and visited Austria, Portugal, Greece, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, East and West Berlin, all the countries east and west of Berlin, and all the countries previously visited. During the second sabbatical I spent two weeks going from Edinburgh to Rome. I have also taken several trips to England and have enjoyed visiting the cathedrals in London, Canterbury, York, Chester, Lincoln, and Salisbury. Since retiring I have done volunteer work for the Mass. Association for the Blind and the AIDS Action Committee, and spend time between Brookline, Mass., and Hampton, N.H." Thanks for the informative letter, Carl. It makes us all want to travel.

A research project done by Fred Wilkinson when he was a master's candidate at KSC was brought to life and updated with new technology. Fred wrote a history of his town, Wilton, N.H., for grade school students - a fascinating picture of the town, full of informational gems in an easy reading format. That was 50 years ago. A poor-quality carbon copy of the original document was found last year at Wilton Public Library and has been scanned onto a CD as a much more usable and readable document. "A History of Wilton, New Hampshire" is available to public and private schools, scholars, researchers, and interested readers.

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Daigle '52 died October 7, 2003. He was a veteran of World War II and worked for the U.S. Postal Service and Manchester building department.


IN MEMORIAM: William E. Knight '55 passed away April 10, 2004, in Concord, N.H. He worked for 34 years as teacher and principal in the Concord and Merrimack Valley school districts. He was co-founder of a summer school for children with special needs and an organizer of Special Olympics activities.


From Mary Gline: Hello Classmates. I am retiring from being your class secretary. I am hopeful that by the time you read this, someone will have come forth to be the new 1956 class secretary. This job is really very easy. When classmates write or e-mail you, you send the information to the Alumni Office. This only happens four times a year. All of our classmates' names, addresses, and family information are available in an address book, thanks to Mary Ann Pellerin.

My husband, Frank, and I have our health problems that need our special attention. Both Dotty Binmore Greene and I are cancer survivors. We are very lucky!

Dave Costin asked me to remind you to contribute to our class gift fund for our 50th reunion. It is only two years away.

Thank you for considering taking the class secretary position.

From Mike Maher '72, director of alumni relations: All of us in the Alumni and Advancement Office send our thanks and appreciation to Mary Gline. Mary will be missed as class secretary, but we look forward to seeing her smiling face at alumni and college events in the future.

Minot H. Parker of Montara, Calif., recently attended Missouri Auction School and is now available to do charity and nonprofit group auctions, which he says is a "lot of fun."


Morton A. Shea and wife, Pauline, bought a condo in Sarasota, Fla., so they are now officially "snowbirds."

Dorothy Reed Megna of Portland, Maine, writes, "We visited Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia this winter to complete our goal of touring all 50 states!"

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