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50 Class Secretary: Lois Keniston Penney, 75 Hickory Hill Rd., Kensington, CT 06037-1209Class President: George M. Gamble, One Wyeth Rd., Hanover, NH 03755- 2301Next Reunion in 2000.
51 Class Secretary: Dorothy Webb Quimby, PO Box 417, Unity, ME 04988- 0417Co-Class Presidents: Wilfred and Melissa Meigs Barbeau, 1 Grove St., Barrington, RI 02806-1921Next Reunion in 2001.
52 Class Secretary: Florence Dixon Prince, PO Box 594, Monument Beach, MA 02553-0594Class President: John F. Myers, 37 Eagle Wing Ln., Brewster, MA 02631Next Reunion in 2002. Dick and Flo Dixon Prince had a wonderful two-week visit with their Louisville, Ky., family over the holidays, and she spent a special week with a grandson in Kansas City while his parents were in Florida…. Last fall, Paul Balise sent a card from Grand Teton National Park where he was sightseeing and doing a little fishing…. In November Carol and Dick Bellows moved from New York to Lyman near Kennebunk with their seven miniature horses!… Class agents Nate and Harriet Howell Boone will soon be in touch…. “As usual, the weather has been beautiful,” says the holiday greeting from Maui, where Carolyn and Norm Brackett have a vacation home…. After two years of official retirement/counseling, Web Brockelman is investigating an advanced degree program unlike his Bates degree in economics…. In Stillwater, Minn., Carolyn Carlson Leys has three busy children and five busier grandchildren. She knits, sews, plays duplicate bridge, travels, and works part time at a wonderful fabric shop. She walked in the Cotswolds last year and plans a walk in France or Turkey in 1998…. In Chatham, Mass., where Brad and Marilyn Coffin Brown have lived for many years, she met Priscilla MacCharles Rice ’55, who attends Marilyn’s yoga class. Priscilla and Robert spend summers in Chatham and winters in Bethel…. For Dick ’53 and Norma Crooks Coughlin, 1997 was the “year of weddings” including that of Norma’s roommate, Beverly Hauer Gruninger, in May and three more in the summer…. In her 10th year with International Education Forum, Jean Decker Brooks earned a trip to Greece and took her daughter along. Now she assists a severely handicapped community college student with his classes in Greek and Roman history and English literature by taking notes for him…. After a fantastic four-week trip through the Italian countryside last September, Frank and Judy Allen Dudley ’53 look forward to weddings of two sons…. Bill Eveleth lives in Tucson, Ariz., and spends the summer in Quechee, Vt…. As wardrobe supervisor with the New York City Ballet, Larch Foxon Miller joined the company to the Pacific Rim, where they played a week each in Seoul, Taipei, and Melbourne….Margaret Fuller Moore, retired from the banking world last December, spent the winter months in climes warmer than Cape Cod. She and Nancy Reade Suldies get together once or twice a year…. In a shift from professional writing, Don Graves is writing for children, poetry, a memoir of the home front during WWII, and a novel…. Retired from a 33-year practice of internal medicine in suburban Atlanta, Eugene Harley and wife Connie look forward to some relaxed travel and grandparenting time. He keeps in touch with John Duffett in nearby Athens…. Waiting until last October to take a honeymoon trip to Hawaii, Dick and Beverly Hauer Baileyattended our June Reunion where Dick got heartily welcomed into the Bates family…. Highlights of the 1997 Alaska trip for Daniel and Marilyn Jackson Krajcik included a bus trip in Denali Park and a cruise from Juneau to Seattle. In October they celebrated the birth of a new granddaughter…. Last year,Jack and Nancy Larcom Manter drove their RV from Connecticut to stay in Florida for two months. While they attended Jack’s 50th reunion at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, they visited Dick and Flo Prince…. John ’53 andSusan Martin Ames moved to Florida 10 years ago. He recently became interim executive director at the continuing care retirement community where he has worked since he “retired.” Susan works part time in a Siesta Key dress shop and supervised the renovation of their villa last fall…. Leroy and Charlotte Meyer Martin, who live in Raleigh, N.C., are parents of three sons and are pleased to crow about their first grandchild – a boy, of course…. Last October, John Myerswore a kilt at his daughter’s wedding in Scotland. His new son-in- law is the pipe major of the British Airways Pipe and Drum Band. John and Mary have been retired for three years in Brewster, Mass. He is a church trustee and chairs a building committee for a new parish hall. He also teaches a series of lectures on the Canadian Maritimes at the Orleans Library…. Back from many years in Saudi Arabia, Jean and Fred Phillips have retired to Nileville, Fla…. Stan and Katie Lang Patterson ’55 were sorry to miss Reunion. Stan did take his grandson to Scotland for some golf and to show Ian where his great-grandfather was born. They had a memorable week in Ireland for the European Pipe Band championships and attended the twilight matches at Wimbledon…. After 35 years in one place, Dotty Pierce Morris is moving to a new house in an over-50 community where all outside work is taken care of…. Walking the dog before commuting to work in Cambridge and again in the evening keeps Ruth Potter trim but tired. Son David and grandson (4) spend every other weekend with her, and she travels each month to Connecticut to see her 83-year-old mother…. After Austin and Rosella Wilcox Rich planted 150 bulbs last fall, their backs yelled “stop!” Zell’s job as treasurer of a retirement community keeps growing. Austin, an expert cross stitcher, has created “shingles” for a few former students who have become doctors or lawyers…. Margery Schumacher Clark is moderator of her church with a major building project and a search for a new minister underway. She and Charlie ’51 joined a hiking tour of the Lakes District in England last July…. In June 1997, Ernie and Mal Shaylor Mullen moved to a planned community in Grantham, N.H. They have all the amenities for an active life…. Salem, N.C., is home for Eleanor and Ed Swain, but they return to their Rangeley camp in the summer…. Historian Robert Whealey, who continues to write and present papers, is now seeking a publisher for a book on the Bosnian War…. Two weeks in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands were the highlights of 1997 for Jim and Eleanor Wolfe Watt. Her personal high was a visit with her roommate, Lynn Carlson Leys, during the summer…. Another 1997 summer traveler, Betty Zink Momenthyvisited her daughter and family in New Hampshire, in July went to British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, was on Cape Cod in August, explored the Maine coast, visited a son in Chicago in September, then took a bus tour of the Pocanos in October. Back in Bradenton, Fla., she was renovating her condo…. We extend our sympathy to the families of classmatesThomas Crumley and Vincent McGee whose deaths we are sorry to report.
53 Class Secretary: Ronald Clayton, 65 Willow Grove, Brunswick, ME 04011- 9795Class President: Alice Huntington Vannerson, 93 Pokonoket Ave., Sudbury, MA 01776-2320Next Reunion in 2003.
54 Class Secretary: Jonas Klein, N Bay Rd., PO Box 418, Georgetown, ME 04548- 0418Class President: Neil A. Toner, 1070 Sumner Ave., Springfield MA 01118- 2150Next Reunion in 2000. Last winter Ann Chick was off to an Elderhostel in Arizona…. While he was Down Under for a month, Bill Cummings traveled 4,000 miles in Australia, spent three days on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef with 30 shipmates “at least 30 years my junior” and worked on a deer farm in New Zealand. Home for only two weeks, he zipped off to Hawaii for more reef diving and fishing….Barbara Doane says the alumni trip through the Panama Canal was super. She spends three mornings a week with the “wee ones” in her church…. With no retirement plans, Roscoe Fales still practices law at 65 and enjoys his home and family…. Jerry Handspicker and wife Deborah Perkins ’64 divide their week between Newton, Mass., and Bennington, Vt., where Jerry has built a house and is a mile from his oldest daughter. They will commute one day a week to teach at Andover Newton Theological Seminary…. Class agent Frank Hine is enthusiastic about the class participation in the Annual Fund. On a great trip to England he visited the ancestral home of his parents…. Bill Hobbs’ church surprised him with special recognition at the 40th anniversary of his ordination. The highlight for Bill was baptizing his third and newest grandson. He says, “I’m shy but not retiring.” He had a good visit withLuther Durgin at Jerry Handspicker’s wedding…. While in Los Angeles for a three-month visit with their daughter and family, Jonas Klein worked on his Roosevelt historiography. On an antiquing foray in Arundel, the Kleins bumped into Bill’53 and Carolyn Snow Wyman…. Bill and Carolann McKesson Laird look forward to their annual return to Maine (“Mecca”) from Tennessee. While here, they saw Dick andMarianne Webber Brenton ’55…. After years of saying, “We really should go,” Mario and Jill Durland LoMonacowent to the Bates- Hamilton football game. They were rained out and the Bobcats were rained on 17-7. The LoMonacos like living on the “North Coast” and planned an auto adventure around the Canadian side of the Great Lakes…. In Woodstock, Vt., Jan Raymond Marshall continues to train dogs and judge dog shows across the country. And she took her grandson (4) to Disney World…. During the week Bruce McIntyre works with 200 inmates at the MCI Norfolk State Prison to insure that they are “productively employed.”…Harry (Keyes) Meline returned from the Bahamas this March ready for tickling the ivories and cat boarding. “Retire? Never!”… Late of Hong Kong, Dick Melville now lives in South Bristol. At Back-to-Bates he tailgated with Bob Greenberg, Jessie Thompson Huberty ’56, Dave Harkins’53, Paul Barbera ’55, and Leon “Smokey” Stover (who, we are sorry to report, passed away in January)…. When Pat Heldman Monahan quit teaching after 24 years at Cheshire Academy, she loved every minute of being roasted at her retirement party. She is a literacy volunteer tutoring two Polish men and substitutes in the Southington public schools, which gives her a fascinating exposure to the differences in public and private education…. Ruth Scammon Sargent hopes to stay in the cottage by the sea where Ken realized his dream of retiring to the coast of Maine. “He enjoyed the birds and the boats in our harbor, the wildlife in our woods, and the return to his roots.” Ruth looked forward to the arrival of a grandson to carry on the Sargent name…. Recalling high and low points in 1997, Trustee Roger Schmutz included surgery overseen by fellow Trustee Howard Scher , M.D. ’72 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. While recuperating, he and Bet spent five weeks in Gotham taking in several Broadway shows, dining in numerous ethnic restaurants, and enjoying visits from daughter Anne and old friends. He attended the Bates Executive Committee meeting in December, then was off to Florida with family. Roger is back to his regular activities – except tennis….Bob Sharaf relayed the sad news of Andy Ichiki ‘s death. The class was so pleased to have Andy join us at our 40th Reunion in 1994. Since 1980, Bob has cycled over 50,000 miles, half in Europe. On his last trip pedaling off the coast of Lindholm Island in Denmark, he was going to hitch a boat over to take a picture, but the island was restricted because of “sick cow” research. “I didn’t know that Milt’s family had cows!”… Back in Maine, Don ’55 and Ellen DeSantis Smithare in Scarborough, where their New Jersey and Toronto children find it a great place to be in warm months. Before they went to Florida for the winter, they took in a football game at Bates and enjoyed meeting Paul and Elizabeth O’Donnell Barbera ’55, Bob Hatch, and Milt Lindholm’35…. In February last year when Janice Todd O’Rourkeretired from Paine Webber, the office sent her to London for 10 days. She plans on condo living and a trip to France with good friends in the fall…. Neil Toner is packing up his black bag this spring and he and Shirley are house hunting in southern Maine…. In Columbia, S.C., Don and Mary Ellen Bailey Weatherbee spend the academic year where Don holds an endowed chair in foreign policy at Univ. of South Carolina. They attended a university meeting when President Harward gave an address honoring the late Benjamin Mays’20. During the summer at Jamestown, R.I., all five children and six grandchildren visit their folks…. Last July Charlotte Wilcox Weiler was on campus with her grandson (15), with fingers crossed that he will choose Bates. In Breckenridge, Colo., Char serves on church committees, plays tennis, and skis in season. After nine years overseas, her daughter and family have returned to Boulder, although her son-in-law still goes regularly to Kazakhstan on the northern tip of the Caspian Sea…. Pete ’53 and Marion Shatts Whitaker report the prospect of their seventh grandchild…. After 43 years in the chemical business, Tom Whitney is calling it a career. Their plans include the retirees’ favorites: travel, visits with children and grandchildren, and golf…. Lynn and Bev Hayne Willsey ’55 had a mini-reunion at their Vermont farm withPete ’53 and Marion Shatts Whitaker , Al ’53 and Gail Molander Goddard ’56, the Charlie Bucknam s ’53, Jean and Jim Moody ’53.
55 Class Secretary: Joan Davidson Christenson, 148 Parker St., Newton Centre, MA 02159-2553Class President: Edward K. Ward, Briar Ledge, PO Box 39, Bailey Island, ME 04003Next Reunion in 2000.
55 Class Secretary: Thelma L. Pierce, 19 H Wiggins Farm Dr., Simsbury, CT 06070-2471Class President: Jack K. Merrill, 63 Prospect St., West Newton, MA 02165- 2338Next Reunion in 2000. A note in the winter issue onConstance Berry Newman‘s membership on the five-person Financial Control Board in Washington, D.C., incorrectly appeared under the Class of 1957. It was an editor’s error.
57 Class Secretary: Arlene Gardner Foulds, 115 Marshall St., Torrington, CT 06790-2509Class President: Paul D. Steinberg, 106 Peninsula Dr., Babylon, NY 11702- 3336Next Reunion in 2003.
58 Class Secretary: Katharine Johnson Howells, 5337 Baywood Cir., Salt Lake City, UT 84117-7621Class President: Harry W. Bennert, 22 Stormy Brook Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105- 1245Reunion in 1998. After a 30-year U.S. Forest Service career,H. Cook Anderson has been happily retired for seven years. In June he made a two-week trip to Scotland – his second pilgrimage to St. Andrews…. Lori Beer plans to work forever! Last October he became president of Potomac Photonics Inc., a laser micromachining company (catheters, corneal surgery) in Lanham, Md. He skied Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo., plus some local hills, and planned to ski Arapahoe Basin in late spring…. Harry W. Bennert still practices at Maine Regional Medical Center and looked forward to seeing many friends at Reunion…. Kay Dill Taylor‘s retirement from teaching has allowed more time for horse care and riding. She helped select a new health-care provider for Peaks Island, runs Health Center board meetings, serves as secretary of the Neighborhood Assn., delivers meals-on-wheels, and still finds time for reading, gardening, and walking. Trips with Gene ’56 included a week on Eleuthera in the Bahamas, a week sailing on a catamaran in the Virgin Islands last December with three other couples including Grant ’57 and Jo Trogler Reynolds…. Dick Jasper and his wife own and operate a combined restaurant and health supplements business in Lindon, Utah. He has finished two books with four more “in process.”… Harry and Kay Johnson Howells again enjoyed the winter in Hawaii. Last year they took a great driving trip through the San Francisco area, Monterey Peninsula, Hearst Castle, and Yosemite Park. They also had lunch at Stanford with Marilyn Miller Gildea. Last September, Kay and Jo Trogler Reynolds hiked Europe’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt and in October they hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim…. Bill and Coe Jenkins Huckabee are nostalgic, remembering May at Bates 40 years ago when they struggled with Culch and senior theses, looking anxiously ahead to life after Bates! Bill, now partially retired, is trying to decide whether to stay with his unique technique of consumer research based on linguistics or “bite the bullet” and kick back into retirement. Coe directs a summer camp for gifted middle school students at Ohio Wesleyan Univ. and must be there at time of Reunion. They will spend an early 40th wedding celebration renting a yacht to sail in the British Virgin Islands. Last fall they visited Carol Gibson Smith in Plymouth…. Jimand Betsey Gray Kirsch are both retired, enjoy the health club, walking, and cross-country skiing. Being grandparents has added a new dimension to their happiness. In Atkinson, N.H., Jim is president of the condominium complex, code enforcer for the town, and operates a small business with their youngest son…. John A. Liljestrand is in his third year of retirement after teaching 37 years and loving it…. By the time you read this, Marilyn and Bill MacKinnon will be at 706 North Reeve Rd., Dataw Island, S.C. 29920, on the same island as Pete and Jane Anderson Post. Bill figured on winning the award for the highest percentage of ’58 graduates coming from the same state to Reunion…. Phil Main still practices law and serves as Granby (Conn.) probate judge. In spite of accidents and storm damage to their house, he still counts blessings including his daughter’s beautiful wedding…. At Stanford Business School Marilyn Miller Gildea‘s four professors keep her very busy as faculty assistant. The job has been harder with changes in computers and “faxes.”… James Parker has just retired as professor emeritus from Long Island Univ. He writes, reads and travels. We are sorry to learn of his wife’s death recently and send our sympathy to him, his daughter, and grandchildren who live with him…. Jerry andElizabeth Dunn Pratley are moving to the Prescott, Ariz., area to be near a VA Hospital for Jerry. He is making a good recovery from a mild infarction and does all the things required for good health…. In 1996, Elaine Prentice Flynn retired from teaching and celebrated her 60th birthday while on a trip to Alaska by flying over the Arctic Circle in a four-seat plane. This Reunion was her first time on campus since 1962, although two daughters (Peri Ellen ’80 and Mary ’85) are graduates…. Norma (Tennett ’56) and Bill Snider celebrated their 40th anniversary last fall at Pemaquid. Bill had another successful Little League season with some winners. They now have added a grandson to two granddaughters…. Jo Trogler Reynolds celebrated a year-long 60th in a big way. She skied for a week with Grant in Jackson Hole in March, spent three weeks in Maine at Wilson Pond in July, went to Park City, Utah, for a birthday weekend, hiked 177k from Chamonix to Zermatt on the Haute Route (as reported above) with Kay Johnson Howells (plus some sightseeing in Geneva), took the Glacier Express Train to St. Moritz, and had a well-spent day in Zurich. Jo has crewed for Grant’s car races in Indianapolis and Savannah including a stay with the Huckabees; sailed with Kay Dill Taylor, spent Christmas in Vermont, including a visit with Barb Madsen Dehart, and still managed the real-estate business with the help of true friends!… Lucky retireesTom and Carole Carbone Vail‘s four married children live close by with five grandchildren for them to spoil. They traveled south last winter for six weeks, visiting Gettysburg and other Civil War battlefields, plus a few exhausting but very interesting days in Washington, D.C…. Maynard Whitehouse came back to Maine last fall to celebrate his mother’s 80th birthday. He hoped to make it back again in June…. Pat Carmichael Waugh, Sally Morris Thwing, andMuriel Wolloff Brooks had a mini-reunion last fall and considered “maybe” going to Reunion.
59 Co-Class Secretaries: Clifford A. Baxter Jr., Apt. 310, 21400 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367-7043, e-mailbud@lafn.org and loki4@juno.com ; Margaret D. Montgomery, 400 Central Park W, 9K, New York, NY 10025-5838, e-mail mmontgo528@aol.comCo-Class Presidents: Gerald M. Davis, 15 Hamlin Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105- 2205; Henry J. Keigwin, 28 Narragansett Bay Ave., Warwick, RI 02889-6608Next Reunion in 1999.

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