Class of 1944

Class Secretary: Virginia Stockman Fisher, PO Box 7631, Portland ME 04112,

Co-Class Presidents: Edmund Gibson, 13 Wheeler Park, Brunswick ME 04011-1635; Richard Keach, 51 Randy Ln., Wethersfield, CT 06109-3763,

Harry Barba is one of 1,000 exceptional people selected for the 2004 edition of Great Minds of the 21st Century, published by the American Biographical Institute. It is the latest honor for the former Yaddo resident fellow, Guggenheim fellow, and McDowell Colony residence fellow who was inducted into the hall of fame and named Man of the Year in 2002 by the ABI. Barba, an author who has had a distinguished career in academia, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1985 for his book Round Trip to Byzantium and received the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award in 1985 for his book When the Deep Purple Falls…. Robert Goodspeed represents a shearling tannery in China and has active subagents around the world. He and Joanne spend six months in Hampton, N.H., and six months in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., each year…. Donald Harms and Teddy wintered in Florida again this year, where two of their granddaughters were married a month apart…. Harold Marr reports a “thrill of a lifetime, even at age 82.” Seems wife Dorothy saw an ad for a flight on an AT-6, the popular World War II-era fighter-pilot training plane. Harold, who trained to fly twin-engine planes, saw a chance to realize his dream to fly a fighter. The big day was Feb. 21, and Harold was thinking about the maneuvers he did in basic training 60 years ago. “But like square dancing calls, unless you’re doing them you forget.” FAA rules didn’t allow him to pilot the plane at take-off, but at 4,000 feet the pilot let Harold take over, and he did “simple turns and gaining and losing altitude and maintaining 120 mph. I asked how many G’s I’d pull if we did a loop, and he said about three and a half. I decided against it.”… Joyce Radcliffe Townsend taught a poetry class while living in an apartment complex near Edmonds, Wash. But she found it wasn’t the best place for her, so she has settled into an apartment in Lynnwood, Wash. With some planning, she can use the local transportation system and get around independently. She also took a poetry class and a German class at local senior centers. To her surprise, the German she learned 60 years ago came right back.

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