Class of 1954

Class Secretary: Jonas Klein, PO Box 456, Georgetown, ME 04548,

Class President: Neil A. Toner, 17 Mast Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074-8782,

Next Reunion in 2004. Got news? Tap out a note to!  Bill Cummings, erstwhile class agent and San Diegan, sends cheers and writes that he is “busy, busy with house, book, and consulting work (and) latest advancements with computers.” He is happy to have been honored for contributions to science by the Acoustical Society of America, a division of the American Institute of Physics…. Bob Greenberg reports that he is just the same: “The things I enjoy I do less and the things I dislike I do too much.” However, as always, “Greenie” continues to enjoy staying active…. Regretfully we have been advised of the death of Franklin Harris in Dumont, N.J., on Dec. 1, 2000. Frank had been a production manager at Krohn Technical Products. Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Betsey, and family…. Jonas Klein says the entire adventure of Beloved Island: Franklin and Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello, was a joy, and the best part has been the incredible support and enthusiasm of family, friends and neighbors. He’s made author appearances and signings on both coasts, but especially gets a kick out of making Maine “house calls” to sign copies personally…. We hear from Pete Knapp that John Willis, who taught Cultural Heritage and later became a Jesuit priest, has died. Pete and John shared a love of classical music and saw each other at musical events in Boston. Pete and Christa showed up on one Metropolitan Opera spring visit to Boston in evening dress. “Gee, Pete,” John said, “I hardly recognized you without your jeans!”… By this reading, Bill and Carolann McKesson Laird will be home from their second Bates-sponsored cruise on The Clipper, this time a Central American journey to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and the Darien Jungle. Bill writes, “Small-ship cruising is the best! Just over 100 passengers, young and personable crew, outside cabins, gourmet food, and access to small ports are just some of the reasons we applaud Bates for offering these trips.”… Art Leblanc writes from Kennebunkport that he and Angela still operate Seascapes Restaurant in Cape Porpoise, although it is currently for sale. After three years of treatment, he is now free of cancer. Their oldest son, now retired, surprised Art with a new Lund fishing boat and nine horsepower motor. We just learned of the death of John Lind on Jan. 21, 2001, and send our condolences to his sister, Diane Ela, who wrote us. John had been a radiologist at Ireland Army Hospital in Brandenburg, Kentucky…. The Bates Museum of Art was the beneficiary of an exhibit of Angela and Dick Melville’s Asian art collection. Dick says, “The hardest thing to explain to our friends from away is how lovely coastal Maine is, and how that loveliness is all you need.”… Lynn and Bev (Hayne ’55) Willsey had a wonderful mini-reunion with 14 Bates friends and spouses from the classes of ’52 to ’56 and continue to be in regular contact with “many other Bates friends of that vintage.” The Willseys celebrated the ninth year of operating their “choose and cut” Christmas tree farm and like having their four sons and their families more involved. In the spring, they return to Vermont to help a son with his maple sugaring operation. Lynn declares, “Life is good.”