Class of 1942

Class Secretary: Martha Blaisdell Mabee, 94 Fifer Ln., Lexington, MA 02420-1228

Co-Class Presidents: Virginia Day Hayden, 8 Eden Ave., W. Newton, MA 02465; John A. James, 559 W. Auburn Rd., Auburn, ME 04210

Got news? Tap out a note to! Daniel Dustin and Rachel now live in Rockland, Maine. They hope to spend part of the summer at their cottage in Owls Head…. Barbara Fish Briggs has moved into assisted living — “no more cooking, no grocery shopping, no cleaning or using a vacuum cleaner!”… Lester and Marjorie Lewis Forbes write, “We continue to love our North Carolina home, all the activity here, and especially our Highland Farms family! A friend here has a granddaughter graduating from Bates. A small wonderful world!”… L. Dexter Green works four days a week at the local Civic Center Auditorium to keep busy…. A. Ray Harvey says he is “playing tennis (weakly) three days, and golf (badly) one day.”… Louis Hervey completed the mandatory cataract/laser surgeries and can now watch TV without glasses. He’s on the board of directors of Ft. Drum Regional Liaison Organization, working closely with 10th Mountain Division…. Richard Horton spent a week in Milan in October before joining another Elderhostel tour, split between Liguria and the French Riviera. Apart from opera and symphony, he attends the musical performances of a group specializing in contemporary classical music — not always enjoyable, he says, but a way to keep abreast of current trends. He tackled a book of 160 essays by Jorge Luis Borges; “of the 15 I read, I didn’t understand one — he functioned above the capacity of my mini-brain.”… After a long wait, Elaine Humphrey Meader and Ray are renting an independent apartment on the grounds of the Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford, Conn., with all the privileges of the entire campus…. Marion (Pudge) Ludwick Hewett was facing two knee replacements. “Maybe by the time I go, it will be day surgery!” she says…. Helen Martin Aucoin went to New Orleans with her church group in September and is going to Portugal in July. She is a volunteer “cuddler” at special care nursery, and also volunteers at the Cincinnati Pops and Symphony…. Irene Patten writes that she is still active and doing well in a nursing home. She uses a wheelchair and writes very little, but reads a lot…. Priscilla Simpson Boyan and Norm realized there isn’t much interesting, new, or exciting to say, then decided that was really the best news they could send. It occurs to them that even with the Depression and World War II, “ours may have been the most fortunate generation as well as the Greatest Generation.”… In September, Ruth Ulrich Coffin and her siblings had a reunion in Boston at the Seaport Hotel, where a large contingent of family attended a court session. Then it was back to Maine for the annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, where Cruz Reynoso, former California Supreme Court Justice and longtime legal-aid activist for California’s rural agricultural workers, gave an inspiring lecture and was a delightful friend who partook of their hospitality…. Vera Vivian Peci and Herbert spent most of last summer settling into their retirement home in Delray Beach, Fla. Soon after they moved Herbert was diagnosed with lung cancer and has been on and off chemotherapy ever since…. Natalie Webber Gulbrandsen says, “The world is such a mess and in our own country, everything I have believed in and worked for is being swept away.” She is still involved with the International Assn. for Religious Freedom as co-chair of the U.S. chapter, and she has finished her term with the UU Women’s Heritage Society. Last April, she was told that the UU board had voted to give her the Distinguished Service Award at the General Assembly in Quebec…. After 17 years, Rose Worobel is no longer affiliated with the inner-city school. She’s doing a lot of traveling instead.