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IN MEMORIAM: Harriet Weston Johnson '50 of Bennington, N.H., died Oct. 3, 2004. She was a public school teacher for 28 years in New York, New Hampshire, and in Brandon, Vt., retiring in 1977.


On Aug. 27, Charles Ricardi and his family were on the KSC campus to help his granddaughter get settled in as a freshman. Nice to know our grandkids are interested in our College.

Richard Rogers and his wife Margaret made a visit to Branson, Mo., where they enjoyed several shows. Of course, Richard took his fishing pole. On their way home, they planned to visit in Nashville with a friend who just had a book published.

Del Langille has enjoyed several trips to various parts of the United States. One was not pleasant because it was to the funeral of his sister-in-law in Texas.

Isleboro, Maine, was the vacation home of Pauline Bullard Brown last summer. She enjoyed it so much she decided to extend her stay.

Nina Krochmal Witham leads a busy life in York, Maine. She found this summer a very sad one due to the death on Aug. 23 of a dear friend, Irene Terill Warner '53. Nina and Bob '53 attended several memorial services during the summer. On Sept. 15, they attended Bob's high school reunion in Dover, N.H. They planned to see Dick '52 and June Simpson '52 Chambers on New Year's Eve, then take off to Marco Island for a winter vacation.

Patricia Parent O'Donnell writes from Clearwater, Fla., that Charlie and Frances had come and gone. She was hoping Ivan would pass them by. Pat's 97-year-old mother was safe in a nursing home.

A group of classmates met for lunch in Concord, N.H., on Sept. 17. Lots of laughter and memories were exchanged among Archie Gleason, Jim McShane, Del Langille, Jill Knight Wyman, Joan Greeley Simpson, Elaine Schmidt Chesley, Betsy Walker Staples, and Norma Wright Walker. It was such fun that we decided to meet again in May. Also at the restaurant was Becky James Brusie '52.

Joan Greeley Simpson and Norma joined other Keene State Golden Circle alumni for lunch and a boat trip on Squam Lake in Holderness. It was a perfect day to be on the lake to see loons and locations of scenes filmed in "On Golden Pond."

Jill Knight Wyman and Ruby LaPointe Brannen met for lunch in Lincoln, N.H., recently. Bill Remick ran for a seat in the N.H. House of Representatives for District 2 and won. Congratulations, Bill, from all of us. His district covers nine North Country towns.

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Merrill Weston '51 of Hancock, N.H., passed away Jan. 10, 2005. She taught grades one through six in Hancock for 11 years, and then taught for 21 years in Antrim. Upon retirement, she worked on a genealogy for the town of Hancock.


From Irene: Anita Rawchuck Nestor keeps us informed as to her comings and goings. She and hubby, Alex, spent five months in Mexico last winter, after which Anita and her sister visited their brother in Florida. Took a few days in Boston visiting friends and looking after the old homestead. Last summer, she and Alex took a 10-day cruise, leaving from New York, going up into the St. Lawrence River, and docking in Montreal to see a few sights, then on to Toronto to visit Alex's godchild and family. They headed home to California to pack and head to their winter home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Golden Circle time again in Rindge, N.H. Bruce and I went to the dinner meeting at Lilly's on the Pond, and it was fun visiting with everyone. Claire, Charlotte and Don Carle, Bruce and I were the only '52ers there. The meal was delicious and Norma Walker was once again a wonderful hostess, planning, ordering, preparing, and presenting gifts to everyone. She makes everyone feel so welcome. Thanks, Norma, for all that you do. Wish more friends would join us. It is a very fun time. Thanks, also, to Mike Maher for all his help as well. He has some wonderful cruises planned for this year. Keep in touch for next year as well.

We still have a few "missing" people. Do you know their whereabouts? We'd love to track down Sally P. Barker, Ossie Brown, Marian Bunce, Eugene Farand, and Frank Holt. We will add a few more names next issue. Please call or write or e-mail to me or Claire, or the Alumni office.

From Claire: I attended the Golden Circle meeting at Lilly's in November. Norma Wright '51 did her usual great job of making us all feel so welcome. A few of the staff of KSC, including Alumni Director Mike Maher '72, spoke briefly on some of the changes taking place on campus. Wish more of our class could make some of these meetings. We had a good showing in Concord in June. I think the location makes a difference.

It was at this meeting that we were informed of the deaths of two of our classmates, Irene Dunn Wright and Neal Slocum, and were reminded about the passing of Ruth Wilson Keddy '43. She was a favorite of many of our classmates. Sad news for all. I have little information on Irene. I believe she taught in Franklin and was a principal. It's been a long time since we were all together on campus. I hope some of you who kept in contact with Irene will fill us in. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Received a nice note from Beverly Blasenak Slocum '54 with a copy of Neal's obituary. He certainly lived a busy life. I know that Neal was an active alumnus of Keene State. He served on our class reunion committees and was class agent. Can't you still see him carrying our class banner in the parade at all our reunions? Neal had a lifelong love of aviation. His nickname was "Skybo" due to the hours spent at the Keene airport in his younger days. He also built and collected model airplanes. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-56 as an instructor and instrument technician. Neal taught high school, worked as a custom millwork designer, and served the Burlington public schools as audio-visual graphics designer. He was an active supporter of scouting, an avid photographer, and a skilled woodworking craftsman. We extend our sympathy to Bev and their children and grandchildren.

Heard from Lila Murphy recently. She is still in Concord and keeps busy. She saw June and Dick Chambers this fall. She's not planning to winter in Florida this year. She recently had lunch with Marjorie Dustin Stapleton. Glendle Emerson Kearney had planned to join them but her husband was ill. Murph was invited back to Jaffrey this past summer for the 50th reunion of the class of '54. She had been their class advisor during her first two years of teaching. She had a wonderful time!

I did not receive any replies from my last requests for news. I know that many of you have enjoyed reading about your classmates. Thanks for letting us know! But we cannot continue if we do not hear from you.


IN MEMORIAM: William L. Ray '56 of Sarasota, Fla., died Nov. 13, 2004. He earned a master's degree from Southern Connecticut State College and served in the U.S. Army. For 30 years he taught art and art history at Rippowam High School in Stamford, Conn., and Westhill High School.


Anne M. Brown of Salinas, Calif., is busy with 11 grandchildren and her second term on the school board.

Cynthia Park Glover of Sebastian, Fla., and Bradford, N.H., writes: "Very sad about the hurricane damage and tornado damage here in Sebastian, just north of Vero Beach. Progress is slow. We will not be able to move back in until next fall, fingers crossed. No one here killed or seriously hurt. Bunking with son Tim is a tight squeeze. Bless his heart for taking us in. Our lake home is only a three-season home."

From Richard and Phyllis Manseau Dowd of Manchester, N.H.: "We are both retired-Dick since 1992 after 35 years in Goffstown, N.H.; Phyllis in 1996 after 27 years in Manchester. Married 46 years. Four children and nine grandchildren, so we keep busy."


Harold Nugent is "Mr. Harold" to his audiences at Gainesville, Fla., elementary schools. Harold volunteers with the Florida Park Service, giving presentations on alligators and crocodiles, with live examples, in the state's schools and libraries. He handles young alligators about two feet long and gets his training from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He hopes to break down the stereotypes about the species and help residents, young and old, better understand the animals and their role in the ecosystem.


From Sandy Bean: Gordon and I enjoyed seeing Ann Weeks Pearson, Carol Gatcomb Riel, Judy Palmer Marshall, Ed Poor, and Larry Cole at our 45th reunion.

IN MEMORIAM: George F. Disnard M'59 died Sept. 3, 2004, in Claremont, N.H. He was a former State Senator and superintendent of schools in Claremont, where he began teaching in 1949.

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