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Forties

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. Classmates extend sincere sympathy toHelen Greenleaf Cook whose husband, Marvin, died July 15, 1997.
42 Class SecretaryMartha Blaisdell Mabee, 94 Fifer Ln., Lexington, MA 02173.Co-Class PresidentsVirginia D. Hayden, 8 Eden Ave., West Newton, MA 02165; John A. James, 559 W. Auburn Rd., Auburn, ME 04210Next Reunion in 2002.
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. Still “In The Mood?” Think Bates! Think 55th Reunion! Mark June 5-7, 1998! Sixteen ’43ers (the largest number of any of the 1998 Reunion classes present) enjoyed a mini-reunion Sept. 12 and 13 as they planned for their 55th Reunion and looked forward to June when the rest of the class will join them. Present were: Phyllis and George AntunesHoward and Lucy Davis BakerBill Buker, Giland Marge Cahall CenterDick Fee, Gina and Web Jackson, Jean Lombard DyerSam and Jane White StoddardNancy Terry Park, Betty and Minert Thompson, Horace and Phyllis Hicks Wood. And this is what they report: Howard Baker says, “We have had a great two days of planning and our 55th should be the best Reunion the Class of ’43 has ever held.”… Lucy Davis Baker: “Do join us for the 55th. Hope we can still have a great time with fond memories of Bates.”… Marje Cahall Center: “Sharing ideas for our 55th Reunion has been fun. Those who missed the 50th as well as those who didn’t, will want to plan right now to be in Lewiston June 5-7.”…Gil Center: “Even though Reunions have something of a bittersweet quality, I always find them to be energizing experiences. I strongly urge you to be there for last one of this century. (Can you believe it?)…Dick Fee: “A great weekend!”… Jean Lombard Dyer: “Come! Come! Come! If you never have come — if you always have come — if you have come sometimes — come this time!”… Sam Stoddard: “One of the pleasantest aspects of our planning the Reunion was to see so many of our old friends. It seems as though we are all hanging in there and are (still) “In the Mood.”… Jane White Stoddard: “Always great to come back to Bates. Ditto on above comments.”… Mickey Walker: “Always great to see old friends.”
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.
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 2000.
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 05149-9601Class PresidentRichard L. Baldwin, 348 Heath Rd., Bremen, ME 04551Next Reunion in 2002. The best Reunion ever was attended by about 50 classmates, many guests, and a delegation from the V-12 led by Dana Smith, who also brought volumes of scrapbooks about the V-12 unit members stationed at Bates and what’s been happening to them since 1944. Reunion activities that we enjoyed included the wonderful banquet Thursday evening with Prexy and Mrs. Phillips as our guests, and the breakfast with President Harward, who had done his research diligently to remind us of life in the ’40s. Among other special events was our special class gathering on Sunday. Outgoing co-president Stan Freeman summed it up: “The turnout at the Ivy on Sunday morning was testimony to the cohesiveness of this class. Clearly we want to hold on to all our classmates by hugging those who are present and remembering those who have passed on.” Recent news: Dick Baldwin was “on the road again last fall” for two weeks in China and a week in Tanzania…. Alton and Marjorie Harvey Moore were in St. Louis in July for the national Shrine meeting. Alton is on his way to be potentate of Aleppo Temple in Massachusetts…. Dick Sprince has a video of Reunion to share with classmates…. And special thanks toMarcia Wiswall Lindberg for her outstanding job on the album.
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. The Reunion committees and class officers met at Bates in September to work on plans for our 50th Reunion, June 4-7 (mark the dates!). Attending wereKeith CunninghamRichard Daly (co-chair of the Gift Committee), Hugh Dinwoodie, John and Isabel Planeta GaffneyJean HoldenHarry Jobrack (chair of the Social Committee), Virginia Millard Kennedy, Royce Miller,Vivienne Sikora Gilroy (co-chair of the Gift Committee),Phyllis Smith BaldwinDonald Sutherland, Marjorie Willard TravisRichard Woodcock, and Lois Young Dennett. The campus looked wonderful — lots of changes. If you haven’t been back recently, one building you will enjoy visiting is the new Alumni House at 67 Campus Avenue. Work is also well underway on the New Academic Building. And when you do come back for our 50th Reunion, you will find that even though Bates has changed, it is unmistakably our “dear old Bates.” So, be there for our 50th. We need you!<
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. Imagine John Palmer’s surprise when he ran into Bates graduate Jacqueline Bussiere ’93 on top of Mount Rainier in Washington state. Both were on vacation (she just graduated from law school). They enjoyed “the spectacular spring view” from the fifth largest mountain in North America and talked about Bates.

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