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Class of 1945

Co-Class Secretaries: Carleton and Arline Sinclair Finch, 612 Rindge Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420, zeke137@aol.com

Class President: C. Keith Wilbur Jr., 397 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060, doctorsbag@juno.com

Next Reunion in 2005. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu! Romeo Baker and Jo, expecting to travel to Puerto Rico, ended up in the Azores — and were happy about it. They were traveling on Space A (available), where you take what’s available. They found the islands pretty and the accommodations the greatest. They flew home on a cargo plane complete with canvas bucket seats. They also enjoyed a week with Kurt and June Lord “attempting to play golf while they really played golf.” They plan a spring visit to the Lords in Tennessee…. Rita Boris Wilkins vacationed in Hilton Head, S.C., and Fairfield Glade, Tenn., where she had a chance to visit with Kurt Lord…. Frank Burroughs and wife LaVerne and their oldest daughter and her husband sailed from San Francisco to Alaska and back, enjoying “this marvelous part of our great country.” Their two sons are still FBI agents and have been very busy lately. “When I was in the Bureau,” Frank writes, “I only chased American-born bad guys.”… Mickey Dolloff Chesley and Jack postponed their trip to Italy after Sept. 11 until late May 2002, and enjoyed their best trip yet. They spent three days in an apartment in Venice loaned to them by Elio, Jack’s pen pal. They also squeezed in a visit with Mickey’s sister Charlotte Dolloff Turadian ’41…. Nancy Farrell Adams says the Patriots’ win in the 2002 Super Bowl had special meaning, since Clayton’s son is on the Patriots’ coaching staff as director of research…. Carleton and Arline Sinclair Finch moved for the first time in 50 years. After hauling away 37 pick-up trucks of “stuff” and giving half of what remained to their children, they managed to squeeze the rest into an eight-room cape. Zeke enjoyed the V-12 Reunion held on campus in October 2002. Lunch was served in the Muskie Archives — the old women’s gym…. Sylvia Gray Sears and husband Dr. G. Alden Sears ’46 go dancing whenever possible. They spent the summer in New Hampshire with all of the their children and grandchildren. Their grandson, Russell Anderson, is a sophomore at Bates and lives in Wilson house where Sylvia once lived…. Mary Guiney O’Leary and Shirley Raymond Blanchard attended the inauguration of Bates’ new president and enjoyed the entire day, despite the pouring rain. She also enjoys an occasional “escapade” with Phyllis Jones Twichell, as well as the annual Lewiston-area mini-reunion…. Mary Hamlin March was planning a weeklong cruise in January to celebrate her brother’s 50th wedding anniversary…. Phyllis Jones Twichell has been globetrotting, logging time in Italy, France, Germany, Dominican Republic, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. She was looking forward to time in the Yucatan, and perhaps Tucson where a daughter lives…. Ruth “Boots” Kennedy Becker and Dick found they missed being away from home all winter, so they have cancelled winter in Florida. In early October, they reunited with Dick’s bomber crew and attended a reunion in Orlando of the 460th bomber group…. David Lindquist and Hildegard are enjoying retirement in Golden, Colo., in the foothills of the Rockies. Nearby are mesas and mountain views and their own herd of deer “who raise hell with our roses.” He still maintains a position in the travel industry, but is getting ready to hang up his travel shoes after 55 years of world travel. “I think about the only countries we haven’t seen are Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, and Somaliland,” he says…. Harold and Blanche Kennedy McGlory are eager to see their new great-grandson, born in July 2002, but across the country in Reno, Nev. Despite a new defibrillator and macular degeneration, Harold is a trustee of their complex and planned to be Santa at the local mall over the holidays. Blanche says she is in good health and still volunteering…. After two years with ALS, Daniel Norte uses a walker but still drives, swims, and attends Rotary. They’ve moved from their two-floor nine-room home on a wooded acre of land to a one-floor, four-room duplex in a restricted community development. They’re still trying to find a place for everything. Dan is part of a trial medicine program through Syracuse Univ…. Barbara Phillips Aalto enjoys retirement at Lasell Village, unique because it is the first continuing care facility owned and operated by a college, Lasell College in Newton, Mass. All residents agree to do 450 hours of educational programs and exercise classes. This provides many opportunities for interaction with college students in classes and other events. And, she says, “The people who live here, attracted by the concept, are active and interesting.”… Besides hosting the highly acclaimed mini-reunion for Lewiston-Auburn natives, Shirley Raymond Blanchard attended the inauguration of Elaine Tuttle Hansen as Bates’ new president. She was especially impressed by the 84 flags hanging overhead, representing the countries of birth of faculty members, staff members, and students. Son Gary ’81 is now a full professor of chemistry at Michigan State Univ…. Richard Smith and Gayle were in Anchorage over the summer for the wedding of one of their sons. They returned just in time for Gayle to resume teaching high school…. Keith Wilbur and Sally had a chance to see the 1647 Swedish frigate Vasa first hand during a tour throughout Scandinavia and Germany. About 95 percent of the original vessel is intact. At the time, it was a state-of-the-art ship, but never made it out of the harbor: a breeze knocked it over because it was too narrow for its length.


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