|KEENE STATE TODAY||VOLUME XX NUMBER 2 Winter 2005|
Carmen Nalbone of Titusville, N.J., writes: "In October 2004, I went on a cruise to Belize City, Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama. Ernie and Barbara '63 Gendron and friends went on the same cruise. We had a great time."
Robert (Bob) Saulnier is keeping busy in southern New Hampshire with eight grandchildren. Four are really into sports, so they are always going to soccer, basketball, track, baseball, or school functions. Bob says, "Isn't that what life is all about?" Most of us couldn't agree more! Bob is looking for some more volunteers to be on the 50th gift committee to help plan for the class gift. Fred Morgan, Donald Sutherland, and Bruce Sweeney agreed to help at the 45th Class Reunion. Please let us know if you are willing to help for the upcoming 50th Class Reunion.
Nancy Andrews Fessenden keeps busy with kayaking, pilates, yoga, YMCA exercise classes, and enjoying the activities of her three grandchildren, Emily, 12, Kaitlin, 10, and Beckley, 9. Nancy and husband, Chet, travel a lot. Nancy and I had lunch together at the newly renovated Wentworth-by-the-Sea, just around the corner from Nancy and Chet's home.
Ruth Doan MacDougall has a sequel, Henrietta Snow, to her previous two books, The Cheerleader and Snowy. The N.H .Sunday News said, "Henrietta Snow reunites old friends in a book that has New Hampshire written all through it." The reviews have been complimentary. This is a must-read book in itself or enjoy it in a sequel fashion with the other two books. Congratulations Ruth! Great perceptions and writing. For information visit www.ruthdoanmacdougall.com.
Wesley McNair spent March and April in a residency fellowship at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation on Lake Como, Italy, completing his seventh book of poems, The Ghosts of You and Me. He has retired from his position as director of the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has received grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, two NEA fellowships in poetry, an NEH Fellowship in literature, an Emmy award, and prizes in poetry. He will publish his new collection of poems and an anthology of contemporary Maine fiction late in 2005.
Ellen Wright writes from Scotia, N.Y.: "I look forward to observing KSC elementary education students during classes and labs in that fabulous new science facility. Before retiring, I taught sixth grade science and accelerated math. What an asset you have there for future teachers."
IN MEMORIAM: Martha Houston Jones '63 died in Sunapee, N.H. She taught home economics for 14 years in Henniker, and later was a substitute teacher. She initiated and coordinated the Bicentennial Quilt Project in Henniker in 1976.
From Elaine Matricaria Brandon: On June 21, 2004, I retired from teaching mathematics in the Milford School system. I have about 33 years in teacher's retirement and decided that I just want to have fun. When schools started in the fall, I went to Hawaii for two weeks and had a fantastic time. I am excited about having the time to do what I want when I want. It was nice seeing my grandsons off to school their first day and great to be able to attend their school programs. I am looking forward to traveling and will be going back to Italy (my 4th time) taking my daughters, their husbands, and my grandsons. I have family in Italy whom I have visited and would like my daughters and others to meet them. I did not attend our 40th reunion as I attended teacher retirement parties. I have attended our reunions in the past and have enjoyed being there.
IN MEMORIAM: Janice Anagnos '65 of Londonderry, N.H., passed away Dec. 19, 2004.
IN MEMORIAM: Alice Hastings Gaylor M'65 died Jan. 26, 2005, in Moodus, Conn. She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College in 1930 and taught in public and private schools until age 70, when she began a second career in community health.
From Jan: "I have enjoyed being your class secretary but am asking that someone else take over now. The hardest part of the job is trying to get some news from our class. You should have received a letter from me by now. It seems strange, but it takes almost six months from the time news is received until it comes out in the magazine. So if I have heard from you, I will send it along to KSC.
I received a nice letter from Pat Corbin. He and Sandy live on a lake in Windham, N.H., with their two daughters, Michelle and Trisha, nearby. They also have two grandsons. Pat is a high school principal in Nashua, a job he finds very challenging, and has started a consulting firm. He enjoys the consulting and presenting and looks forward to traveling around the country with Sandy giving presentations after retirement. Sandy is still enjoying teaching grade 2 in Salem. She is looking forward to retirement in a year or two. Their daughter Michelle '96 is a graduate of KSC.
After my letter went out, I received letters from two people. Dot Riley wrote to say that she has been traveling since 1989. She mapped a route across the country and traveled her way through several states. I can't begin to tell you all of the places she has been, but her long letter made me anxious to begin traveling. Dot also entered a pencil sketch and a photograph in an art exhibit recently and was awarded first and second place. She says that not having competed before, she was happy to start small. Dot is now living in Oregon and since she does not have a computer, she would love to get mail from her friends: 1920 Arthur Street #21, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603.
I also received a letter from John Collins, who is now living in Stoneham, Maine. After living in the Midwest for 29 years, John returned to New Hampshire and then four years later, he and his wife built their retirement home in Stoneham. This year he was elected a town selectmen and is now involved in small town politics. He and his wife have an English mastiff puppy that, in four weeks, went from 14 pounds to 25 pounds! He should top off somewhere between 179-200 pounds. I can't even imagine.
I recently met Holly Davis Smith for lunch and got caught up with her. One daughter, Heather, is finishing up medical school this year and another daughter, Fallyn, will graduate this spring. Holly is still teaching and tutoring, even during our winter vacation. We do try to get together once or twice a year to talk over lunch.
From Ann O'Rourke: "I moved to Honolulu in 1974 and Maui in 1976. I am a junior high school counselor with no plans to retire in the next 10 years. I have a son, Jeff, 25. I visit Manchester, N.H., twice a year - two months in the summer and two weeks during Christmas vacation."
From George "Don" Raymond: "The years have flown by quickly and offered many opportunities and changes. After serving as the intelligence officer on a naval frigate, I got married and moved to Chicago to teach in the inner city. After five years, I moved to Milwaukee to open an inner-city school that attracted national attention for the success of its programs. I worked with Ron Edmonds of Harvard to replicate the program in other Milwaukee schools as well as in St. Louis. After nine years I wanted a change, so I moved to Florida and returned to teaching so that I would have time to spend with my new son, Andrew. I taught for four years and then helped open a technology pilot school. From there I became an assistant principal in three different schools. The biggest change came when my wife of 27 years died of cancer in the summer of 2001. I remarried this summer. My new wife, Patricia Ann, was a music teacher but resigned to start a Kindermusic program in Marion County. We live in a beautiful home with four bedrooms, three baths, family room, living room, formal dinning room, and an in-ground pool on 1-1/2 acres in the middle of horse country, in Ocala, Fla. I am principal of Dr. N. H. Jones, a math, science, technology, media production magnet school. It is the top-performing school in the county. We have an outstanding media production program that wins 99 percent of the county awards, dozens of state awards, and 1 to 4 international awards every year. I have enjoyed traveling and have visited 47 states and 10 countries. In the evenings I enjoy gardening and photography. I spend way too much time on the computer. Since our school received the same animation software that was used to make Finding Nemo, animation is my new passion. It is nice to read about what other classmates are doing. We certainly had a good time at KSC."
Ed Watson writes: "Dear Jan, thanks for all the years of faithful class notes. It's hard to accept that '68 was that long ago or that far back. But you want to hear about the present so I admit I haven't completed my post-doctoral work in nuclear physics. I haven't got to Bible college yet, either, and it seems to get more distant every day. I'm, so far, a sculptor after many years of travel, pondering, and listening. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Poetry Society since 1990; their critique of my works helps to keep me humble. The babies are long gone, KSC is a distant fragment in time, superceded by many years and experience in the school of life. We '68ers arose in a turbulent time of rebellion, war, protest, riot, and have very little to say about the status quo. My one big brag is that I lived so long, kicking and screaming all the way. My next big brag is that my dearly beloved loves me so incredibly despite all my phobias, quirks, and idiocy. She expects nothing more in return than all my love and the opportunity to remain with me. That comes with one condition - that I love her as she is. At 73 years, I'm putting an extension on my wood shop, cutting down trees, and enjoying the eternal sunshine of Arizona. My town of Ajo is where the summer usually spends the winter. We spent two weeks on a New England fall foliage vacation, touring up past Bangor and through Keene."
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