Class of 1952

Class Secretary: Florence Dixon Prince, PO Box 594, Monument Beach, MA 02553-0594,

Class President: John F. Myers, 37 Eagle Wing Ln., Brewster, MA 02631

Next Reunion in 2007. Got news? Tap out a note to! Paul Balise spends half the year out west fishing and camping, stopping to visit his children and friends along the way…. Shirley Beal Dallam and Larry spent Christmas in Ohio and Kentucky with family and “were thrilled to awake Christmas morning to freshly fallen snow — a surprise gift from their granddaughters.” The snow was a real treat for these Baton Rouge, La., residents…. Dick Bellows has expanded his home in Lyman, Maine, to gain space for Bellows Associates, as well as a great room for family use. His grandson, James Bellows, is a Bates senior. Dick’s mini-horses are happy in their newly restored barn…. Nate and Harriet Howell Boone spent a couple of days with Cynthia Keating and Mason Tabor at their farm in Vermont. While there, they discovered Dick Nair ’51, a roommate of Nate’s, has property adjoining the Tabors…. Norm Brackett and Caroline are avoiding Maine’s mud season by hiding out at their place on Maui. Norm received the Alumni Community Service Award from the College at Reunion last June. The award is given annually to an alum who has demonstrated distinguished leadership and commitment to serving their community. Norm has served on the Maine Bates Council and as a class agent. He has served on the board of the Portland Stage Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Cancer Community Center. He is a corporator of Maine Medical Center. He is especially active with United Way of Greater Portland and the United Way Foundation Board of Trustees…. Elsa Buschner Carpenter and Bob ’51 celebrated their 50th anniversary by taking the whole family skiing at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., for a couple of days — “right after a two-foot snowfall, just before the Arctic freeze set in, so the skiing was fabulous and the après ski great fun.”… Marilyn Coffin Brown and Flo Dixon Prince helped celebrate Austin and Zell Wilcox Rich‘s 50th wedding anniversary last August. Another Bates member of the wedding party, Paul Koehn ’52, was there also…. Clarice Cornforth Cargill and Dave joined last fall’s Colby-Bates-Bowdoin alumni abroad trip to Normandy and Paris…. Jean Decker Brooks is planning to move closer to her daughter in Philadelphia, but first she has to empty her house, basement, and attic of a packrat’s household memories. While she agonizes over the choices she cheers up thinking of that list of chores that she will no longer have to do when she moves into a condo or apartment…. In Georgia, Frank Dudley started a volunteer job with the Equine Rescue League, a nonprofit that works with the state Department of Agriculture. The league confiscates abused horses and rehabilitates them through proper nutrition, medicine, and TLC…. John Duffett retires in April this year after 17 years at the Univ. of Georgia, 30 years with DuPont, and three years in the Navy…. Virginia Edge Shedd and Charlie celebrated their 50th anniversary with two weeks in England. A place not to be missed: the Eden Project in Cornwall, a former clay pit with flora from all over the world located in two huge plastic biomes…. Donald Graves published his 22nd book last September, Testing Is Not Teaching, and is working on two more…. Jack and Nancy Larcom Manter were honored last fall for 10 years of service as Hospice volunteers…. Susan Martin Ames and John ’53 report that their son Craig had an implant for his Parkinson’s disease, which has made a great deal of difference in his mobility. They are planning a move to Sarasota, Fla…. Ruth Parr Faulkner and Lee ’51 also celebrated their 50th with their family in Mexico and their children now want to know what they are doing for the 51st!… Dorothy Pierce Morris is very active in the Learning In Retirement Assn. at UMass-Lowell and does watercolor painting when there is time…. Wilbur Rust and Sue plan to spend two months in Xi’-an, China, where they will teach English to the professional staff at a hospital. Bill is looking forward to getting involved and learning some of the basic tenets of Chinese medicine…. Marjorie Schumacher Clark and Charlie ’51 also shared their 50th anniversary last summer with all their numerous family members at an inn in Vermont. They followed up with a “crossing” to England on the QE2 and had some pleasant days on the Cornwall coast and in London…. Richard Trenholm and Chris “have had one of those years when the doctor’s office became the number one place to visit.” Rich does intake work at the Survival Center, is an oral history resource person, and, of course, writes for the World Federalists. Chris is taking this semester off from teaching to recover from dealing with hospital and insurance company accounting systems…. Robert Whealey is busy speaking on “WW II as Presented in Bubble Gum Cards,” a talk he presented at Reunion last year. He’s willing to speak to students or groups of interested adults…. Dorothy Wood Gugelman and William celebrated their 25th anniversary this past year with a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.