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40 Class SecretaryEsther Strout Allen, c/o Laplante, PO Box 814, Merrimack, NH 03054-0814Class PresidentHarry B. Shepherd, PO. Box 674, West Bath, ME 04530-0674Next Reunion in 2000.
41 Class SecretaryBarbara Abbott Hall, 7004 Wellington Ct., Baltimore, ME 21212-1929Class PresidentGale Rice Powers, 33 Francis Ave., Newington, CT 06111-1213Next Reunion in 2001. When Bob and Velna Adams Evans left us in Lewiston last June, they headed for the Midwest to visit relatives, returning to North Carolina to finish Beau Rivage, the novel they are writing. Then they were off on a Tauck Tour to Greece, Turkey, and the Isles. Climbing through the ruins, luxuriating on a sailing ship, they soaked up lots of history…. Your class scribe Bobby Abbott Hall reports on a lot of Batesie networking last summer Down East. In Bass Harbor, she joined Martha Blaisdell Mabee ’42 and Martha’s classmates Lib Stafford Sturcke, husband Bob, Norman ’43 and Priscilla Simpson Boyan,as well as Ruth Stevens Haley and Lucille Leonard Jewell in town. At the Hall’s summer home, TajMa Hall, Esther Rowe Tallamy ’39 came to chat up a storm about Bates and the special connection with their dads in the illustrious Class of 1912 (for the record, Charles H. AbbottHarry W. Rowe and, we add, Leo Blaisdell, father of Martha B. Mabee ’42.) The Halls have been everywhere from Hog Bay to New Orleans, Korea, Des Moines, Zurich, Buenos Aires, and still find time for their three girls and several “grands.”… We were so pleased that Stan Austinbrought Orma Thompson Cogswell to Reunion 1996, and more so when we learned that they became Mr. and Mrs. Austin. Orma has always been part of the Bates family as wife of the late Finley Cogswell and cousin of Minert Thompson ’43…. In Concord, N.H., Ruth Bailey McKay is happy at UCC’s Havenwood Retirement Community. She has her own cottage apartment with wonderful neighbors, including a nearby Quaker and peace activist. They have started a monthly peace and justice group there on the campus, and Ruth has accepted modest responsibilities in the Conference of UCC’s Church in Society and in New Hampshire Peace Action…. Floridians Charlie and Trudy Baulch spend time attending granddaughter Jessica’s volleyball games. Granddaughter Stephanie is training as an air traffic controller. Charlie is first tenor in his Boca Raton church choir, and they both trained for a literacy project to teach adults to read and write English. Last January they cruised in the Caribbean…. A year ago in March, Francis and Jeanne Bertocci McVeigh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne’s book, Oliver’s Odyssey, is so sweet — no violence. Alice Morrill Dickinson bought three copies for her grandchildren who were just starting to read…. At the October inauguration of Richard L. Rubenstein as eighth president of the University of Bridgeport, Selma Bliss Clark represented Bates. She received her M.Ed. from the university in June 1960. Selma has her first great-grandchild…. At his last physical, Warner Bracken reports that everything was OK except for a terminal illness called old age…. How nice to hear from Bobby (Abbott’s) freshman Cheney House roommate, Winnie Brooks Turner. Her husband, Jesse, died just before the birth of their first grandchild in 1995. Daughter Patti lives nearby in Brandywine, Md., so Winnie sees little Michael often. She is a substitute teacher in Baden Elementary School…. After a summer in Boothbay, Stella Clifford Gray returned to Wisconsin. She is still looking for the Norton book on Shiloh, the Durham religious group…. Last year Kay DeLong Thompson had her house painted instead of taking her usual trips, but did get to Florida. Three of her four are on the West Coast, but Wendy moved to Kennebunkport, so Kay does get to Maine…. Dick Dearborn represented Bates at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s presidential inauguration. Dick’s daughter, Mary, has written Queen of Bohemia, a Life of Louise Bryant, who was the star reporter for Hearst papers in Russia, a fervent champion of social causes, and wife of radical journalist John Reid. Mary also wrote the biography of Henry Miller and John Dewey, and is working on one of Norman Mailer…. Bob Davenport continues to participate in the Boston area Annual Fund phonathons as a living memorial to Netta Barrus Davenport. Semiretired from his display business, Bob is active with the U.S. Army Retiree Council, chairs the Council’s Massachusetts branch and is chairing the 1998 National Convention of the Reserve Officers Assn. to be held in Boston…. Dick and Dottie Dole Johnson had to hurry home from Reunion to Connecticut in order to move into their retirement condo in Duncater, West Hartford…. Charlotte Dolloff Turadian really enjoyed Reunion especially since sister “Mickey” D. Chesley ’45 also attended. (More 1912 offspring!) Daughter Roxanne and family live in Goshen, Ky, and the holidays were spent with son Allen, wife Marie, and grandson Nicholas, adopted son from Russia. On the way home, Charlotte spent an overnight with Beth Potter Gardnerin her lakeside home in Guilford, Conn…. We are sorry to learn of the death of Dorothy Doten Bentley‘s husband in December 1995…. At Reunion 1996 we enjoyed seeing the fruit of Nancy Field Ahlquist‘s labors — those beautiful award-winning afghans and the thoughtful memorial to our deceased classmates. Nancy says she doesn’t have to do the “hokey-pokey” at airport scanners — her stainless steel wrist goes through fine!… Gladys Ford McFarland reports that she and Frank are well and keep busy. That includes Frank’s walking at least a mile every day. The D.C. area is a wonderful place, offering among other events the Christmas program at the Mormon Temple. It’s worth the trip….This has been a good year for Clyde Glover with his exercise addiction, 4,000 miles on the bike, lots of cross country and telemark skiing that included a trip to Lillehammer to do some of the Olympic trails. Clyde says, “We now have a lovely new granddaughter. She should be a candidate for the Class of 2017.”… We had a note from Anita Hamel Buccigrosswho sees Gloria LeClair Cotton, Mary Dexter Boutin, and Libby Pugsley…. Thanks to Al Rand, Wynne Hansen Seaver can enjoy the video of Reunion that she couldn’t attend. Wynne was able to spend the summer in New England with all five “children,” flying back to Florida with a daughter…. Last year Al and Peg Hubbard Rand went to Kenya and the Seychelle Islands, to Israel (in the same hotel with Warren Christopher), and to the Chelsea Flower Show with its acres of flowers, plus a trip to Nova Scotia…. We were sorry to learn of Ted Newcomb’s death. Maizie Joy Newcomb stays in touch with Kay DeLong Thompson, Betty Swann Jones, and Helene Woodward Kimball…. We trust that Bud and Gloria LeClair Cotton are well in their new home near Marco Island. It’s nice to have a daughter living nearby…. The Ed Leonards celebrated their 56th anniversary in January. Last August a Batesie group had a great time “recalling the past, present and some future” at an Alfred restaurant. Assessing the changes over the years were theBoothbys, Leonards, and the Chandler Baldwins ’42…. Peg and Dick Lovelace posed for a picture near the Firth of Forth Bridge just outside of Edinburgh, where they were attending another good Elderhostel. Dick taught Hamlet in February at their lifetime learning program in both Chatham and Orleans, a
nd they have booked another Elderhostel in Italy for this May…. Beth and Charlie Lovely live in a 200-year-old Cape Cod house in South Wellfleet, Mass., and love their garden. Active grandchildren include an Eagle Scout now at Northeastern’s School of Engineering, an eighth-grade Scout, and three granddaughters who enjoy gymnastics and dancing lessons…. In spite of post-cataract problems, Lois McAlister Bean is now able to read for short spells and drive to the store from her Claremont (Calif.) home…. In Wolfeboro, N.H., Janet McLean Armstrong is involved with the Natural History Museum, Friends of Music, and the Hospice. Son Doug in Virginia retired as captain after 30 years on active Navy duty. Daughter Becky raises and sells organic vegetables from her home near Seattle, while son Charles is with the emergency department at CMMC, and his wife, Andrea Eusden, is a psychotherapist at Bates…. Marilyn Miller Pomeroy now lives on an island off Newport, R.I., and loves the return “to her roots” — a good thing, she thinks, since she doubts that son Jon and wife Pam want to go through moving her again!… Will and Carol Storm Mills continue their activities in many local organizations. Will competes with the deer and other wildlife for a share of their small garden of flowers and vegetables in New Jersey. The Mills had a great reunion with Nancy Hutchison Cole and enjoyed the exhibit at the Barnes Foundation with its many Cezannes. In July they attended a Mills family reunion in Washington state, then drove north to the country described by David Guterson in his Snow Falling on Cedars. Taking the ferries, having meals featuring Pacific salmon, and walking in snow with 90-degree temperatures was a great background for reviewing Snow for her book group…. We had a nice note from Rich North who says, “All is well.”… At the Maine Maritime Academy Museum in Bath, Bobbie Norton Turner attended a great family reunion where there was an exhibit about her great-grandfather Cook and his voyages to Japan in the 1880s working in the “Case Oil” trade (oil was cased in large tins rather than in bulk, then used for many other purposes)…. Brud Oberst still puts in a few hours a week as counsel in a local law firm and continues as a director on the executive committees of Marlin Firearms Co. and its affiliates. He and Ginger spent a few days with the Dick Walls, and sawKitty Winne Tonis on her way back to Stuart, Fla., from Maine. Last September they attended an Elderhostel in Sedona, Ariz., and they really enjoy their A-frame in Otis…. When the weather is not great for golfing, Beth Potter Gardner drives for the Red Cross. On a trip to St. Kitts in the Caribbean, the fall weather was superb. Last fall Beth helped with the Bates phonathon…. Foster and Gale Rice Powers still struggle to keep their old farm going in Chester, Mass., by cutting brush and fields using new and old equipment. They still bake and use the loom on rainy days (a mini-Sturbridge Village). Gale says they do things as their ancestors did. Back in Newington, Conn., she substitutes two or three days a week in West Hartford and is a patient representative for four floors at the hospital. Once a week she and Foster teach “round dancing” and they also helped with the phonathon last fall…. Jane and Ed Rafteryspent a busy summer with grandchildren, then “you reach September and get all the exercise raking leaves, carving pumpkins for the kids, going trick and treating.”… Still living in northern lower Michigan, Dick Raymond has lots of snow to shovel winters and much golfing summers. He spends March each year at Hilton Head, S.C. A daughter lives in Charlotte, a son in the Detroit area, and he has five grandchildren, one at Boston Univ…. In addition to her music, Liz Roberts Barrett enjoys volunteering in kindergarten class and attending art class. Daughter Janet and husband have a trailer on the beach in San Felipe Baja, a wonderful place for beach walks and fabulous sunrises and sunsets…. It is good to have news from Helen Scolnik Hurwitch from her home in West Palm Beach, Fla., where her “in-law” apartment with the second son and family “is very nice.” Last summer in Maine she had her usual visit with her older son and family in Naples. She went with her oldest grandson to watch his younger brother (12) become Maine golf champion for 13-year-olds and under. He also was honored by the Maine Golf Assn. Helen also speaks with pride of “finally” having a granddaughter, who is 4. She says she’s still “alive and about and slowed down plenty!”… Dick and Mary-Jean Sealey Janssen stopped on their way from Vermont to Florida to join a group of duplicate bridgers at Myrtle Beach…. The Halls enjoyed a quick visit at the Taj from Eleanor Stockwell Payne, this time coming with sister Betty Stockwell Oakes ’37. Daughter Barbara Payne lives in Camden, so Maine is a drawing card…. AAUW remains a primary interest for Betty Swann Jones. The international study group that she started in 1978 is still going strong, as is the monthly bridge group. “Other than pumping iron three times a week and walking two or three miles a day, while chattering in French with a friend from France, I’m content to hear from my three and their five, and read good books.”… Al Topham says, “We spend most of our time going to doctors who tell you to lose weight! Jeanne (my spouse of 54 years) has had some eye problems, but still gets around. I still do some furniture work, but it’s slow. We go to Tucson and Fort Worth to see grandkids.”… According to Dick Wall, both of his hobbies keep going up: the stock market and golf scores. Dick and Skip enjoy their comfortable rut of six months on Long Island and six in Stuart, Fla…. Betsy and Jim Walsh have visited England several times and planned a trip to Ireland. They vacation in Maine, and have six grandchildren including twins…. Don Webster misses his contacts with an orphanage in Central America. Promising to attend Reunion in 2001 is “like buying a 10-year subscription to the AARP magazine as far as tempting fate goes.”… Brud and Jean Witty enjoy being in Winter Haven during cold weather but steal away each year to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. They talk with Dot Shannon in Delray Beach and with Bernice and Art Belliveau. Brud also sent good news of Anne Temple Witty ’42, widow of his brother, Delbert Witty ’40…. Helene Woodward Kimball is active in her Hampden Garden Club and is much interested in Harmony Hall, a 170-year-old building on the town’s historical list but not on the state list, since some changes have been made to the original building. The club has a big perennial plant sale in May and a holiday bazaar in October to raise funds for upkeep. Helene keeps in touch with “Pete” Mendall Wixon and Ginny Copeland White… Former classmate Jini Yeomans Ansheles ’40 and Bob live in Myrtle Beach, S.C. With four daughters living in the Portland area, they are not strangers to Maine and are much impressed with the changes at Bates as well as the upkeep on the old familiar buildings.
42 Class SecretaryMartha Blaisdell Mabee, 94 Fifer Ln., Lexington, MA 02173.Class PresidentRuth Wyer Haines, 45 Acadia Dr., Rockland, ME 04841-2509
43 Class SecretaryJean Lombard Dyer, RR 1, Box 191, Chebeague Island, ME 04017-9722Class PresidentMinert N. Thompson, 716 Trombley Rd., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230-1861Next Reunion in 1998. Roy Fairfield still has poetry in his head and ink in his pen. His latest collection of poems, Doing It Over, was recently published by his own Bastille Books of Saco.
44 Class SecretaryVirginia Stockman Fisher, PO Box 7631, Portland, ME 04112-7631Co-Class Presidents: Edmund J. Gibson, 13 Wheeler Park, Brunswick, ME 04011-1635; Richard L. Keach, 51 Randy Ln., Wethersfield, CT 06109-3763Next Reunion in 1999. Despina Doukas Athans has moved to Cape Elizabeth from Montclair, N.J. She’s delighted to have a house with a great ocean view!… Those class officers in the Maine area during the summer of ’97 will meet to make preliminary plans for our 1999 Reunion. Thanks to all of you who sent reunion suggestions…. Batesies galore are on the board of the Casco Bay Development Assn., a group formed not long after World War II to coordinate summer and year-round resident interests and monitor development on Maine’s Casco Bay islands: Ginny Fisher is president, Jean Dyer ’43 is immediate past president, and other board members include Kay ’58 and Gene Taylor ’56…. Trustee Emeritus Vincent McKusick has been reelected to the board of directors of the American Judicature Society. The national, nonprofit organization promotes improvements in the courts. The former Chief Justice is counsel to the Pierce Atwood law firm in Portland…. Thanks to Meredith Williams, we learned that missing classmate Dante Posella died in an apartment house fire March 17, 1957. Dante joined the Canisius College faculty in 1956. Following discharge from the Army, he finished his undergraduate work at Boston University and a master’s from Columbia in 1949, where he had begun his work on his Ph.D.
45 Co-Class SecretariesCarleton and Arline Sinclair Finch, 137 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420-2032Co-Class Presidents: Eugene and Carolyn Peterson Woodcock, PO Box 1979, Helendale, CA 92342-1979Next Reunion in 2005.
46 Class SecretaryRuth Small Harris, PO Box 11, Sunset, ME 04683-0011Class PresidentJane Parsons Norris, 93 Field Ave., Auburn, ME 04210-4522Next Reunion in 2001.
47 Class SecretaryElizabeth Hill Jarvi, RR 1, Box 414 Tyson, Ludlow, VT 05149-9601Co-Class PresidentsStanley and Madeleine Richard Freeman, 13 Glenwood St., Orono, ME 04473-1309Next Reunion in 1997.
48 Class SecretaryMarjorie Willard Travis, 185 Grant St., Lexington, MA 02173-2126Co-Class PresidentsJohn and Isabel Planeta Gaffney, 36 N. Branch Rd., Concord, MA 01742-3808Next Reunion in 1998. Since 1988 Doris Bickert Robinson has worked for the school division of Prentice Hall, part of the Simon & Schuster Education Group that is concerned with middle and secondary language arts and obtaining literary rights, both print and electronic. Doris looks forward to our 50th Reunion and is collecting pictures to bring…. Margaret and George Billias celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a memorable trip to Greece and the islands with a side trip to Ephesus in Turkey — “astonishing, as we were shown how well the people in the ancient world lived.” When at home in Worcester, Mass., George works daily at the Goddard Library for his book on the Constitution…. The major event of the year for Karen and Brenton Dodge was a 12-day trip to England and Scotland to study the history of Baptists and other dissenters…. Now retired from Wellesley College’s biology department, Barbara Fienemann Muise enjoyed five active New England Elderhostel programs. “Feenie” volunteers at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, at Tufts Univ. School of Veterinary Medicine and is a tide pool interpreter at the New England Science Center. She adds that she also enjoys downhill skiing, church work, and gardening. Their five children are spread all around the U.S…. At their home in Concord, Mass., John and Isabel “Pinky” Planeta Gaffney had a meeting with members of the Alumni Office staff to help prepare for the 50th Reunion, “the last big one.”… Jean Holden and her sister swapped timeshares and spent a week in Cornwall, England, “enjoying pansies, roses, and fuschias, while the Midlands and North were blanketed with snow.”… Don and Lori Lorenz Pederson are “enjoying retirement in Madison, Wis., Money magazine’s number-one city.” In the fall of 1995 they saw his ’44, ’45 roommates John Melin, Bert Miller, Paul Mitchell and their wives and planned to meet them last winter in Miami en route to a Costa Rican Elderhostel… Scotty and Roberta Sweetser McKinnell had a wonderful year with skiing, sailing, and driving cross country. Reunion ’98 will also be the McKinnells’ 50th wedding anniversary…. Roy Miller published genealogical and historical material relating to Appleton. Roy enjoyed a get-together in Boston with Ted Hunter, who was visiting from Sweden…. “Still alive and kicking,” writes Priscilla Ribero Neal, “however the kick isn’t as high as it used to be!”… Perry Schwarzer finds that being retired means being busier than ever, even though he closed his second art gallery in Concord, Mass. He writes, “Had a double wedding for two of my sons in September 1996 on the beach at Block Island: one of the better wedding events I have attended. All the children are married now, at least once.”… In Estero, Fla., Don and Rella Sinnamon Dickie have built a house and divide their time between Florida and Connecticut…. Art and Dorothy Tillson Young lead an active life in North Carolina and take time each year to travel around the country to visit children and grandchildren…. In Machias, Marion “Sue” Walch Burke looks forward to news of classmates…. Marjorie Willard Travis had a wonderful trip to the Southwest in May 1996. As your class secretary Midge says, “Please write a note any time — don’t wait for the class letter to send along your news.”… Ella and Leonard “Bud” Wilmot plan to attend their 46th Elderhostel, this time in Australia and New Zealand. Bud volunteers at Longwood Gardens and at the day-care center in their Pennsylvania retirement community.
49 Class SecretaryEdith M. Routier, 2 Wellington Terr., Apt. 2, Brookline, MA 02146-6747Class PresidentHugh Mitchell, 31 Mattoon St., Springfield, MA 01105-1715Next Reunion in 1999. In New York City, Margaret Brewster does her best to keep up with plays, museums, and travel. Last May she went on a QE2cruise to Bermuda, in August to Halifax, enjoying the 72-degree weather, and spent a week in Williamstown in October…. For the past 17 years in West Covina, Calif., Genie Cierpial Arneson has been involved with issues related to a large landfill that accepted hazardous waste. At one point, she and other residents and elected officials were themselves subject to a lawsuit. Finally, the landfill was closed by court agreement. In 1996, she received the community’s United Organization “gold” award for “positive significant impact on West Covina,” as well as an award of merit “in recognition of a dedicated approach to protecting the environmental quality of the city.” The organization Residents Against Contamination of Our Neighborhoods (RACOON) honored her as “Racoon of the Year” and a town councilor cited her as “a determined resident who stood up to a monstrous challenge and showed that honesty and hard work pays off.” We are proud of you, Genie, and congratulate you for this tremendous effort and your perseverance!… June Cunningham Walch says, “Retirement continues to be great!” In September they spent nearly three weeks in Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia, and were thrilled to see those places and learn so much about that part of the world…. In less than a year, Nancy Dean Humphrey and her husband have traveled 15,000 miles across the country in a motor home. When at home in Lansdale, Pa., she continues with real estate and political activities. She left for the Southwest after Christmas, and flew to Hawaii for two weeks in April. In May 1996, Nancy had a great reunion with Bates friends Thelma Smith Blake and Ernie and Dorothy “Doffy” Gaylord Shea…. Ted and Laura deMarco Belsky retired together about five years ago and have traveled, especially with Elderhostels, and in 1994 went to China. They are involved with a group, Learning in Retirement. Last fall it was great to have a visit from Michiko and Bill Sakamoto after a long time. The Belskys have two grandsons…. We are sorry to report that John T. Driscoll died Dec. 10, 1996, and extend sympathy to his wife and family…. In a 1996 trip to the Middle East, Steve Feinberg visited Jordan, Syria, and Turkey, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of New York. During the holidays, the Feinbergs were off to Positano, then to Rome for opening night at the opera, as Steve put it, “for a 38th birthday?”… For six months last year Maury Flagg continued to work with international organization clients in Geneva, Switzerland, and spent a month in Vladivostok, Russia, on an expedition to measure pollution in Peter-the-Great Bay. He continues to search for topics for his monthly newsletter of observation and commentary. This year Maury is chair of the American Red Cross Retiree Council…. Lois Foster Johnson enjoys retirement, traveling with “Friendship Force” to Las Vegas and Phoenix and to an Elderhostel in Florida. She planned to visit Wallingford, England, for the fourth time in July. Lois also expects to see Nancy Gannon McClellan in Phoenix…. Lydia Fox Stoughton‘s comings and goings are still restricted by her “bed-bound” spouse. Recently she had lunch with Helen Odegaard Russell. Helen reminds us that it’s always great fun to hear from fellow classmates — a good reminder…. From Park Ridge, N.J., Jeanne Gillespie Ferrell writes that she acquired three grandchildren all in one year thanks to both daughters and a son, and another was due in April. Jeanne continues to enjoy playing piano, and she started a book club in the local Parents-without-Partners program, where she is treasurer. Jeanne would enjoy seeing Bates friends who are visiting northern New Jersey… Phillips Gordon has been retired since 1980, but continued in a consulting role until 1993. Living in Indianapolis, Ind., he keeps busy maintaining the lawn, garden, and pond, plus plenty of time for golf…. From Wilmot Flat, N.H., Sally Gove Caterine writes that she earned certification in English as a second language (ESL) from Notre Dame College in Manchester. She has been ESL director at Proctor Academy during her transitional year there. She retired at the end of May and celebrated by attending son Darryl’s graduation in June from Univ. of Calif/Santa Barbara, where he earned his Ph.D…. In Fairfield, Stanley Hall enjoys country life with wifeCynthia Black Hall ’50. Living on 55 acres in central Maine, they have granddaughters — 10 and 13 — who live across the street. Stan is semiretired from the Waterville Morning Sentinel, but is called in occasionally to help out with editing. He wants to know the whereabouts of Harris Goldman from Lynn, Mass., and Gerald Anderson ’50. He misses contact with his roommate, Burt Hammond, only 20 miles away in Pittsfield…. Another class traveler, Jane Harrigan Ensign visited friends out West and nine national parks from the Golden Gate to the Grand Canyon. Last fall she was back in New England, and later went to the North Carolina coast just before Hurricane Fran. Jan visited with Jim Facos, spent time with Bobbie Muir Moore, Gwen Staveley Hamlen, and Dorothy “Mich” Collins Buchanan, happily reporting that “we are all aging gracefully as befits Bates ’49ers.”… Midge Harthan Faywrote glowingly of the College’s Danube cruise that took place last summer… On the day she wrote, Arrolyn “Pete” Hayes Vernon reported from N.H. that she and Bob ’47 were shoveling through 19 1/2 inches of new snow. (Those of us in Massachusetts were much luckier.) Bob and Arrolyn had lunch with CarolHappy” Jenkinson Johnson last fall…. From North Vassalboro, John Houston is keeping busy with his camps, blueberry land, hunting, fishing, and Bates friends. He missed the 1946 Glass Bowl team reunion last fall as the date conflicted with the Bowdoin-Hamilton football game in New York. His grandson is a running back at Bowdoin, and once said that since his sister went to Bates to make the fourth generation of Houstons there, “he didn’t have to.”… In Fullerton, Calif., Allen Howlett attended the Glass Bowl reunion and described it as a joyous affair, with 22 players from the team present. The College made every effort to make the day a pleasant one and it succeeded on a grand scale. “They all felt a little special on that day and were grateful for such a thoughtful effort by the school on our behalf. Playing football was a great deal of fun. Being remembered was a moving experience for us all. It brings back memories of an exciting time.”… Frank and Eleanor Kraupner Kveton now have three grandchildren who “fill us with joy.” Frank still works full time, but they manage to take 10 days every six to seven weeks to spend in their condo on Longboat Key, Fla…. Sumner and Evelyn Kushner Perlman enjoy two grandsons and two granddaughters. On a cruise to Alaska in August, Evelyn was delighted to see a glacier. She still works “helping children and families feel better.”… From Cheshire, Conn., Shirley Mann Nelson writes that she is looking forward to our 50th. She keeps in touch with her roommates, Genie Cierpial Arneson and Dorothea “Deedy” Carr Foster, continues to balance her work schedule between teaching and tutoring jobs and still drives her “little ’83 blue Subaru.” Shirley has a new grandson in St. P
eter, Minn…. In Trumbull, Conn., Ollie and Elaine Porter Haggstrom enjoy good health and their retirement. Last August they went on a three week trip to the Maritimes of Canada and attended an Elderhostel on Prince Edward Island. Dorothy “Mich” Collins Buchanan joined them there. Elaine says that anyone who hasn’t tried the Eldershostel experience should do so, that it is an excellent way to explore a new area…. Last October Michiko and Bill Sakamoto came from Kensington, Calif., and visited the campus. Bill, who says that Tim Kane ’82 did a marvelous job showing them around, couldn’t believe the new facilities, “and all paid for!” They visited his nephew and wife, Don ’68 and Margaret Hosmer Locke ’69 in Gardner, Mass., and then went on to see Ted and Laura deMarco Belsky in South Hadley, Mass…. Burnham and Betty Schoenherr Miller still travel to see family in Wisconsin, Florida, and to their second home on Cape Cod. She and her daughter are deep into their family genealogy. They have discovered that her children are related to 12 Mayflower pilgrims, including William Brewster, and six presidents. To her hobbies she has added piano, Chi Gong and Tai Chi. She still quilts, continuing to add more fabric to her stacks from quilt workshops and retail shops…. We are sorry to report that Ernest Shea died on October 4, 1996. We extend our sympathy to “Doffy” and their three daughters…. Connie Stanley Kaminsky is moving to “Bellingham,” a retirement community in West Chester, Pa. She has no plans to retire from her library position and anticipates getting more computer training to “ready her for the 21st century.” Her library expects to install a new computerized circulation/cataloging system…. In Melbourne, Fla., Peggy Stewart Jones is “living the good life, golfing and volunteering.” She and Dana ’51 had a wonderful trip to the Northwest in spring 1996. She visited her roommate, Mary “Molly” Ramsey McPhillips, in Portland, Ore., where they were shown the local sights…. Now retired, Michel Surr still lives at 36 Rue de la Fontaine, Domptin 02310, Charly sur Marne, France. They continue to maintain their home and garden, which is in bloom both spring and summer. We appreciate that Michel keeps in touch from so far away…. In Ledyard, Conn., Arline Sweet Noss Murray continues to live in the house that she and her first husband bought in the fall of 1949. She and Frank ’34 have added on a music studio, where Arline teaches. “The fun and pleasure is often doubled when both pianos are in use together, whether I’m playing with a student, sister Winnie from California, a colleague, or my son from Florida. We are temporary teams enjoying music making, and believe it or not, some people even enjoy listening to us!”… Leo and Athena Tikelis Kutrubes traveled to Longmont, Colo., to spend an extended Thanksgiving holiday with oldest son Jim’75, his wife, and two grandchildren…. Theresa Vassar Perry wrote from Fort Myers that she spends three months at her winter home in Mesa, Ariz., swimming and hiking in the mountains. She also maintains her home in Falmouth with her three sons’ families and six grandchildren “in my back yard.” Each son has built on a three-acre parcel that was part of her property. Her daughter has bought a house with a huge barn, where she has a pottery studio and shop…. John and Alice Weber Cerasaro work with older sons in their Florida jewelry store. She goes beaching and travels, recently to the Northwest and on an Alaskan cruise. From Vancouver they went down the West coast, through the Panama Canal, landing in Fort Lauderdale. The Cerasaros also have taken up Elderhosteling. They enjoy two grandsons, 5 and 2 1/2…. From her home at Aberdeen Farm, Staatsburg, N.Y., June Zimmerman Gillespiewrites that she has retired, but still works a 40-hour-plus week. She volunteers as a member of the continental board of trustees of the Unitarian-Universalist Association, entailing many trips to Boston and to other parts of the country. In her “grandmother” function, she is available to four lively grandsons, 4, 7, and twins 10. She would be happy to see anyone who might care to visit “our beautiful Hudson Valley.”… Class secretary Edie Routier remarks that she perceives a shared mania for traveling — Elderhosteling — and by ’49ers in general. Edie includes her own travelog: her fifth trip to Russia, and the fourth with her Sharing a New Song chorus that shares music wih Russian friends and choruses in Yaroslavl and Zelenograd. Her chorus also traveled to Latvia and gave several concerts in Riga. “Latvia has a great tradition of choral music, since maintaining their folk music and culture was especially important to them during Soviet domination. Riga is a charming old city on the Baltic with many parks and ancient buildings. Our Latvian guide entertained us with folk songs and even taught us one that we incorporated into a church concert program. One of the most emotional visits we made was to the former site of a concentration camp, where stone figures of tortured prisoners were placed all around several acres as monunents to the past. Totally opposite emotions were stirred by sharing music and dance outside with a Latvian folk group near an outdoor museum of wooden architecture. Most unforgettable was a 24-hour sleeping car train ride from Moscow to Helsinki, about six hours longer than scheduled due to a severe storm that had strewn trees and branches across the stretch of tracks in the forests of Finland.” Edie says she had a great visit from Jeanne Gillespie Ferrell in January, who acted as caretaker helping her recuperate from the trip.

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