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Class of 1946

Class Secretary: Ruth Small Harris, PO Box 11, Sunset, ME 04683

Class President: Jane Parsons Norris, 93 Field Ave., Auburn, ME 04210-4522, janenorris@adelphia.net

Next Reunion in 2006. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu! Selections from the recent Class Letter: Sally Adkins MacFarlane Wilbur and Keith ’45 enjoyed a tour of three Scandinavian capitals and were especially impressed with the ship Vasa in Stockholm. It was commissioned by the King of Sweden in 1647. Keith recently completed a small booklet about the war years at Bates for his class, which the Bates Alumni Office printed and sent to his classmates. It contains pictures of Bates coeds, the V-12, and other memorabilia of the time when we also were at Bates…. Dave Brigham likes Brooksby Village more every day. He initiated a monthly “Live and Learn” forum soon after they moved there…. Joyce Cleland Goad writes, “Ken takes care of his animals (goats, a burro, a few cows – one is a longhorn – and four Appaloosa horses) and I play bridge, having ceded volunteer jobs to the younger generation.”… Uncooperative knees restrict Gracie Hall somewhat, but she does a lot of sewing and crocheting for charities…. Priscilla Hemenway Poore writes, “Mort’s Parkinson’s has gotten progressively worse, so our activities are limited and we only travel locally.”… Mary Hoyt Jewett walks two miles every day, volunteers at Meals for ME, and works in the Sunshine Club…. Herbert Knight enjoyed three ski trips last winter, including a Bates get-together at Sunday River. He admits to being a bit muscle-weary, but was pleased that “the old body” held up as well as it did. He and Olga play couples bridge, square dance, and ballroom dance…. Marilyn Meyer Spooner completed a “Grandmother Remembers” memoir for her grandchildren. She’s working on a family history…. Jane Parsons Norris and Leon find the comforts of home most pleasant and enjoyable. She is still a bank director and is on several bank committees. She also has fun quilting, and attending quilting classes and quilt shows…. Don and Penny Gumpright Richter are very busy. Don retired after 50 years with his law firm, but still goes to the office three days a week. Last May, he went off the Suffield Academy Board after 28 years, three of those years as chairman. He still continues as a member of the Walks Foundation, after serving as its chairman. He serves as a trustee for one church, chairs the Rotary reading program for a local elementary school and serves as a trustee and a member of the International Committee of the Hartford YMCA. Penny continues to do Meals on Wheels and play tennis, but finds it harder to get a foursome…. John Scott assists in St. Benedict’s Parish in Plantation, Fla…. Anne Smith Nanavaty writes, “Kris and I are active members of Lion’s Clubs International. We attend our local Southbury, Conn., club, as well as regional and national programs. Most recently, Kris was chairman of the Connecticut State Mid-Winter Carnival at the Farmington Marriott.”… George and Jeannette Packard Stewart help to chair four blood drives a month with the Red Cross. George is church treasurer and active in Rotary…. After living in Chatham, Mass., for two years, Ruth Stillman Fernandez is back in their Newton house…. Muriel Ulrich Weeks finds that her seven church jobs, an investment club, bridge, an auxiliary to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, friends, and, of course, family keep her busy and challenged…. Barbara Varney Randall is “busy as usual with committees, United Way, and volunteer activities as well at senior college classes.”… Marjorie Walther Keach says she is grateful that she’s still able to swing a golf club and do some volunteer work.


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