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Class of 1940

Class Secretary: Jean Fessenden Thomas, 90 N. Main St., South Deerfield, MA 01373

Class President: Elizabeth MacGregor Bates, PO Box 209, Center Sandwich, NH 03227

Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu Len Clough presided at a family baptism, a wedding, a grandson’s bar mitzvah, and was a volunteer at the New Britain (Conn.) Museum of American Art…. Along with volunteering, swimming and exercising, Kay Gould Ball planned to attend an Elderhostel in Prague and Belfast in April…. Our sympathy goes to Mary Gozonsky Freidman who lost her husband last July…. Ruth Gray Russell published her first book, Samples of a Life, that consists of numerous essays about events in her life, some humorous, others serious. It is well worth the $10, as those of us who bought it will agree. In case you want to order one, write Ruth at 15 Acorn St., Sanford, ME 04073…. Betty and Bill Howland, now in Sun City, Fla., reflect on 13 years of teaching bridge and computer science on luxury cruises in many parts of the world. They now live quietly in a retirement community…. Bob Hulsizer was back in Cambridge for his 10th and last year of post-retirement teaching at MIT. He spent a number of productive years on Martha’s Vineyard, but said no one there talked physics!… Wyman Lord’s widow, Ruth, wrote that she now lives in Florida and enjoys getting news from Bates and the class…. Class president Lib MacGregor Bates is learning how to be “online” with her new computer. Last summer they spent hiking and camping and their hope for lots of snow for skiing and snowshoeing certainly was realized!… Bob Plaisted went ocean kayaking last summer with sons and a granddaughter, took a Tall Ships trip to Boston, an October foliage cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, “did” New York City with two granddaughters and saw another one married. He joined the “Young at Heart” Chorus, well known for concerts here and in Europe. He is a church trustee, a guide at Historic Deerfield, and last November was invited to Iran to visit his daughter-in-law’s mother…. Karl and Barbara Rowell Kirkpatrick sold their Windsor home and now live in Winthrop. Their church gave them a wonderful farewell party and honored them for 52 years of membership and service…. Carol Jean Stifler enjoys life in her retirement village in Cromwell,Conn., where she is a concerned friend to many residents. She still drives locally and last August was able to spend most of August in New London, N.H…. In July 2000, Francis “Vic” Stover got together with Lynn and Jan Bridgham Bussey. He and Lynn puzzled over the identity of some in the class picture, not surprising after 60 years…. In Ocean Park, Esther Strout Allen spent time with children and grandchildren including David ’64 and Louise Kennedy Hackett ’65…. As did Bob Plaisted, Les and Jean Fessenden Thomas cruised Boston Harbor to see the Tall Ships and went on the Lake Winnipesaukee foliage trip. Les volunteers at the library, church, and Historic Deerfield. Jean, also a church volunteer, works out at a health club. Last August they combined a graduation and farewell party in Vermont for their granddaughter who now lives and works in California…. Earle Zeigler writes that the first annual Bertha Bell Zeigler Lecture occurred in April, sponsored by the London (Ontario) Regional Art and Historical Museum. His late wife, Bert, was a docent at the museum for 17 years. Last fall Earle was a visiting scholar and consultant at the Baptist Univ. in Hong Kong and in October he was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame at Univ. of Western Ontario, where he was the first intercollegiate coach in 1949.


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