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Class of 1939

Class Secretary: Eleanor Smart Parker, PO Box 210, North Bridgton, ME 04057-0210, eparker@megalink.net

Class President: TBA

Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu! Dorothy Adler Bridges missed a step in her garage and landed on her back and head. She had a concussion and four stitches and has dizzy spells. She still goes to exercise class, raises violets, waits on her old cat, and babysits her granddaughter…. Ruth Butler goes into Boston for opera, symphony, and the Huntington Theater…. Eve Copeland and Mack have visited from Quebec to Pennsylvania and have been visited from even farther afield…. Alice Crosby, widow of Bing, sent a copy of a citation from Suffield Academy noting that Bing was awarded the Fred A. Harvey Award. The award listed his education achievements, his civic activities, and his employment record…. Marita Dick Stratton traveled to Nashville, Tenn., for the wedding of her granddaughter, Delia. Delia is the daughter of Marita’s son, Charles Stratton ’67…. Barbara Kendall Ireland has resumed her volunteer work following the death of her husband, Bob ’40. “I volunteer at Copley Hospital, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Community Church, The Food Shelf, and some other things if needed.”… The 57th Annual New England Camera Club Council Conference was dedicated to Roslyn MacNish and Lois Clark this year. They are currently chairs of the council’s Nature Slide Interclub Competition. Ros and Lois had their pictures on the front page of the program. This is indeed an impressive honor and the dedication has many fine things to say about them…. Helen Martikainen is “educational facilitator” of the American Assn. of University Women of North Carolina’s Initiatives for the Advancement of Quality Care Services and Support for Older People locally and through North Carolina. She also serves on the Carol Woods Residence Community Relations Committee. Helen is to be moderator of one of the four major panels of the 2003 Annual Convention of AAUW-NC at Raleigh. The panel topic is “Emerging Aging Issues: Life Long Learning for All Ages.” Helen is still involved with United Nations and attends monthly programs. She marks the 57th year of its existence and honors FDR for his leadership role. She will be honored in June by Bridgton (Maine) Academy from which she graduated in 1935…. Gil McDonald now and then writes a paper on the history of Alexandria, George Washington’s hometown. This started when he did research on his own home built in 1784. Five or six other papers became offshoots of that research and two of them were published in the Quarterly Journal of the Alexandria Historical Society. He was looking forward to former Bates President Don Harward and Ann moving to the Washington D.C. area…. Chet and Eleanor Smart Parker play bridge and share a potluck once a month with a “jolly couples group.” Chet is active in water district meetings, Lions, and the appeals board in Bridgton, Maine. They took a good trip to Canada in the early fall, visiting Chet’s first superintendent from Bridgewater, up in Aroostook…. Lois Philbrick Child has adjusted to communal life in a care facility. The facility is located near her son, Ken ’65, and his family, so she sees her grandchildren often, including Jonathan ’91 and Meredith ’95…. Don Purinton and Vera love Sun City. Don’s specialty is lawn bowling, indulging regularly two or three times a week and sometimes more. In 2002, Don participated in games the club hosted with England…. Ray Renaud and Ruth saw three of their granddaughters get married last year. They have an adorable great-granddaughter and three more “greats” are expected this year!… Following open-heart valve replacement and removal of a mean and painful gall bladder, Esther Rowe Tallamy “hit the road” in her new down-sized Dodge Ram Van Conversion RV and covered the Eastern Seaboard from New York to Florida and back to Maine in March…. Despite dialysis three times a week, Dana Wallace has been able to ski frequently at Sugarloaf or Lost Valley in Auburn. “New skis, new shape — a challenge to change methods and techniques to adapt for an old dog new tricks!” he says. Dana and Mary, along with two of their daughters, plan a dialysis cruise in Alaska next summer. Dana wants to see the sights and hear the sounds along the Inland Passage…. Jay White won the Queen of the Show Award at the Maine Iris Society Show last year. His flower was eight inches across and blooms for about 45 days. He also had the best seedling of the show and the runner up, both Pacific Coast Iris. Jay was also recently inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame. Jay is also making big waves in Masters swimming. Jay ranks second in the nation for his age in the 200-meter backstroke, the 100-meter backstroke, and the 50-meter backstroke. His relay team had the best times in the nation in the 200-meter medley relay, the 200-meter freestyle relay, and the 400-meter freestyle relay.


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