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The Panama Canal Society Of Florida, Inc.
VOL. 26 MARCH 1992 NO. 1
This emblem is a Registered
reproduction is punishable by
Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Mr. Virgil G. Camby
1st Vice President
Mrs. Faith Brundage
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Mr. Robert Johnson
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mr. Chris Skeie
Mr. Harry Foster
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
President's M message .......................................... 1
From the Secretary ........................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................. 2
Legislative Representative ....................................... 3
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook .............................. "G"
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ....................... 5
R etirem ents ................................................ 6
Reunion Information updated ................ "A" to "P" (Yellow Insert)
Proposed Revision of By-Laws .................................. 7
W here Are You? ............................................ 19
Slate of Officers 1992-1993 .................................... 22
Audit Report for 1991 ....................................... 24
News Clips ................................................ 27
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 28
Alabama .................. 28 Louisiana .............. 44
Arizona ..................30 Mississippi .............. 44
Arkansas .................31 New England ............ 45
California ................. 33 North Carolina .......... 46
Florida ................... 35 Oklahoma .............. 47
Georgia .................. 41 Panama ................ 48
Hawaii ................... 43 South Carolina .......... 52
Indiana ................... 43 Texas ................. 54
Virginia ....................... 56
Congratulations ............................................ 57
W weddings ................................................. 62
B irths .................................................... 67
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 69
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 76
Looking Back .............................................. 82
Announcements ............................................ 87
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 94
Zonian Amigos............95 Holiday Air Conditioning & Refrigeration..................95
J. Grigore........................94 Patsy Detamore.....................95 N. Mellander...............94
Travel Company of Tucker....................96 Bonnet House Restaurant................94
FRONT COVER: Map drawn by Dan A. Fiori, formerly of Engineering Division,
Panama Canal Co. now depicting and celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
BACK COVER: Pen and Ink drawing of Balboa Elementary School, formerly
Balboa High School, drawn by Dan A. Fiori, who has contributed many such
drawings and maps of the former Canal Zone.
DATES TO REMEMBER
South Carolina Meeting/Luncheon, Ming Yat Restaurant, 12;00
Noon. N. Augusta, SC. Info: (803) 663-7465.
PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon, The Fairways, Forest Lakes Country
Club, 2401 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL. 11:30 a.m.
PCSSC's Annual Business Luncheon, Andersens Pea Soup
Restaurant, Carlsbad, CA. 10:30 2:00 Contact (619) 277-5000
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Tampa Yacht and Country Club,
5320 Interbay Blvd. Tampa, FL 11:00 a.m.
Arkansas Annual Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville. 10:30 4:30.
PCSOFL 60th Annual Reunion, Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL
PCSSC Summer Luncheon, Michael's Restaurant, 4500 Los Feliz
Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Contact: (619) 277-5000.
PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
For info: Contact (619) 277-5000.
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Time passes so fast, here we are into another year,
and the 1992 Reunion is quickly approaching, in fact the
Reunion (June 17 June 21) is coming on so fast, that I
urge everyone to get their reservations in NOW.
REMEMBER, this year is the 60th Anniversary of the
founding of the Panama Canal Society.
At the Annual Meeting of the 1991 Reunion, due to
a misunderstanding on the meaning of "closing the
doors," some Society members were denied entrance into
the meeting. I assure you, the misunderstanding has been
corrected, and any member, upon presentation of their
1992 membership card will be admitted into the meeting
room throughout the meeting.
At the January regular membership meeting, at St.
Bede's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, with
a quorum present, the Nominating Committee presented
the slate of candidates for 1992-1993, after which the
meeting was opened for nominations from the floor. The
full slate of officers nominated for 1992-1993 appear with
the ballot elsewhere in this issue of the Canal Record.
Please exercise your right to VOTE, and to assure your
vote will be counted follow the instructions printed with
the Report of the Nominating Committee for Election of
Officers for 1992-1993. The members of the Nominating
Committee are, Fred Huldtquist, Chairman, Muriel
Whitman, Isabelle Gibson, Betty Frassrand and Beverly
Also in this issue of the Canal Record, you will find
proposed revisions to the By-Laws, with the letter
submitting the proposed revisions for membership
consideration, signed by each member of the By-Laws
Committee, Pete Foster, Chairperson; Dorothy
Herrington and Betty Frassrand. I urge each member to
study these proposed revisions and then VOTE.
The members of the Executive Board are a patient
group of individuals. It is not unusual for monthly Board
meetings to last 4 hours. The meetings start at 10:00 a.m.
and lasts until every member of the Board has had an
opportunity to express an opinion before a motion is
A time consuming subject at recent meetings, has
been discussions on how to increase revenue to maintain
an office and staff, publish the Canal Record, and
continue the services our member have come to enjoy
In an effort to reduce the costs of running the office,
I have requested the office staff to take the following
1. The Secretary/Treasurer shall take
advantage of the due dates when paying
invoices. This will allow for monies to
remain in the checking account and continue
to accumulate interest.
2. The Editor of the Canal Record shall
make every effort to reduce publishing costs,
yet maintain the high standards of our
Where possible, the purchase of office supplies shall
be limited to a 60 day supply on hand.
A big item in the office budget is telephone charges.
To reduce this cost I have requested the office staff to
make more use of the mail, and when necessary to use
the telephone, keep the conversation brief. I am sure
there are other means of reducing our costs, and the
Executive Board will continue to make recommendations
for cost reductions.
Since September, the Board has approved 209 new
applicants for membership in our Society, a present total
of 4,700 members. Just think what our membership
number would be if the delinquent members would
renew their membership.
I am sorry that Nancy and I could not follow up on
our plans to attend a Christmas party or meeting in other
areas, but with me as President and Nancy, Reunion
Coordinator, it does not allow much time for traveling. I
thank Joan (Ridge) deGrummond for her invitation to
attend the March 8th meeting of the Southern California
Society in Carlsbad, California, but it comes too close to
the Florida Luncheon, March 7th at Sarasota, and I have
to decline the invitation.
We did travel a few miles to attend the Christmas
Luncheon chaired by Muriel Whitman and her
committee. Stella (Boggs) De Marr entertained with the
accordion and John Whitman led us in singing of
I wish to thank Henry Falk for his donation of
several memorabilia items to the Society, including a
picture of my father's retirement party in August, 1945.
I recommend that members traveling within the
United States to the Reunion, use the Reunion Official
Travel Agency to arrange transportation. Last year
several members reported that Keppie Travel Agency
saved them considerable amounts on their airline tickets.
Also, when members arrange through Keppie Travel,
they are helping the Society. The Keppie advertisement
appears in the yellow pages.
When an individual or Corporation complies with
the Society request for donations, I think they deserve a
public "thank you." So I, on behalf of the Society
members I thank COPA Airlines for their generosity in
giving complimentary airline tickets to bring our Reunion
music makers up from Panama.
I look forward to seeing you at the 1992 Reunion.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
My best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New
I have been busy ever since I returned from the
Christmas Holidays which I spent in Houston with my
two sons, Roger and Randy, and my daughter, Terry and
Mail is still coming in addressed to the Palm Harbor
address. Please be sure to use the current address which
appears in the Canal Record.
Tidbits: We have members who fail to send in a
change of address on a timely basis, which means that the
Post Office tears off the address portion (back cover) of
the Canal Record charges us 35 cents to deliver the torn
portion back to us and discards the rest of the book.
"What a waste."
To those who were delinquent in sending in dues: we
do not send out dues reminders since Pat Beall, our
Editor does print several reminders throughout the
September issue of the Canal Record.
We did have some problems with the mailing of the
December issue. Those members who advised us that
they had not received their Canal Record received a copy
which we mailed directly from our office, after we
verified their membership status.
I have received many nice notes from former
acquaintances and even people I don't know, and I wish
I had the time to answer each and every one of them.
Failing that, I hope to see you at the Reunion in June.
Take care, and hope to see many of you at the
Reunion I'll be working there, so please stop by.
I hope you all had Happy Holidays and let's hope we
all enjoy a healthy and fruitful New Year it's Leap
Year, you know.
We are happy to welcome three new reporters. A
new area is opening up in the New England states under
Debra (Boyle) Farrell, (BHS'79) who had made a fine
beginning in this issue. Blanche (Adler) Browne has just
been elected to serve as Reporter for the South Carolina
branch of the Society, and Barbara (Bonnano) Sanders
will be the new Reporter for the Virginia area. All have
contributed for this issue and their reports look great!
We wish them well and welcome them to the staff of the
Canal Record. We hasten to add our many thanks to Mrs.
Eletheer Catron, who during the past year was our South
Carolina Reporter, and to Mrs. Rachel Burke, our
Virginia Reporter. It's reassuring to see that their places
will be filled by others who will carry on.
As yet, we have not found a permanent assistant for
the Editor. To have to look forward to each issue with
the thought that it may have to be done by only one
person is disheartening. Temporary help has stepped in
and I must thank Marje Foster (fast typist and picks up
our computer program readily) and Maritza Reyes, one
of our Tampa Reporters, who was also pretty handy with
the computer. And I cannot forget Nancy Van Siclen, Co-
Coordinator of the 1992 Reunion, who typed and
compiled the entire center section (yellow pages) of
Reunion information. A beautiful job, Nancy, and it took
a lot of weight off my shoulders. (I really wasted my time
sweating that section out the job was superb).
The last issue was printed without the news from
Panama. I must tell you it was not the fault of the
Reporters both the Atlantic and Pacific side reports
were mailed with a reasonable amount of certainty that
they would arrive by dead-line time. Not so. The Post
Office did their houdini trick and both came much too
late to include in the issue. They should not feel bad,
however, as we just got a letter dated February 1991 in
yesterday's mail. None-the-less, I know both reporters put
a lot of effort into their reports, and it hurts to not be
able to include them with the others. (And they want to
raise the rate from 29 cents to 30 cents? Maybe the horse
from Pony Express broke a leg?).
This issue contains two very important issues the
complete proposal of the revision of our By-Laws, and
the Slate of Officers for 1992-1993 for election. It also
contains the Audit Report for 1991. I urge you all to read
these issues the revision of the By-Laws was long
overdue, and it's the document through which the Society
functions. Each member of the Society is governed by
these By-Laws and each member should exercise their
right to VOTE on them. The same goes for the Officers
YOU want to govern YOUR Society for the next year.
Each member, from California to Maine, from Texas to
Idaho should vote for their choice. You may also like to
read the Audit Report it's interesting. With 5,000
members, we would like to see a little more than 6% of
the members voting as it has been in the past. When I
became a naturalized American citizen, I learned that my
first duty to my country was to vote second, was to pay
my taxes, and third, to defend the Constitution. Let's see
a mail-bag full of ballots come in this time, instead of
just a small paper sack.
I would like to thank those who responded to my ad
for Panama Canal Reviews that were missing. Jeanne
Flynn Stough is currently making a COMPLETE index
of all those Panama Canal Reviews published. There has
never been one made and it's long overdue. There are
several demands for a complete index, including from the
Library of Congress, and the Panama Canal Commission.
She is doing a GREAT job, and after it has been
completed, it may be available to anyone who wants to
If anyone is looking to help out during the Reunion,
I still need help in the Hospitality Suite and for
Registration. I promise you that if you stay in one place
long enough at the reunion, everyone will eventually
come to you! We seem to be doing a good job, and it's
worth the effort. Please call or drop us a line. Thank you!
Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record
EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
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It has been a very slow legislative period because of
the Holiday season, but I will try to bring you up to date
on past influences on our retirements.
As has been reported, retirees under the old Civil
Service Retirement System have received a 3.7% COLA
in their January checks, while those under the FERS
have received 2.7%. Those who retired during the
calendar year 1991 will have their COLA's pro-rated
according to the month in which they retired. Those
retired under Worker's Compensation under the Federal
Employees Compensation Act will get a COLA in March
1992. That figure stands at 2.4% with two months left in
the accounting period. I personally find it hard to
understand how we have three different COLA's for
people retiring from the same government.
I reported that OPM wanted to consolidate the
present 19 fee-for-service insurance plans into 3 or 4
major plans. Pending before Congress is a plan (HR-
1774) that would be a single program merger by OPM.
The Bush Administration, after promising to deliver its
own proposal last year, still has not offered anything but
general outlines. As a result nothing on the horizon.
Insurance advice Do your homework during Open
Season. This applies not only now, but in the future.
DON'T: (1) Assume plans remain the same every year.
(2) Ignore plan features that are unclear to you.
(3) Rely simply on rate comparisons.
(4) Forget to check on the plan's record of service
(5) Forget to check on the plan's catastrophic
The Virginia State Supreme Court has denied a
request for refunds on State taxes that Federal, Postal
and Military retirees living in that state were improperly
assessed on their annuities. The refund issue is pending
in numerous State Courts. The Virginia case is perhaps
the most closely watched because the State is home to a
huge group of affected retirees and an eye-popping $440
million in taxes. The plaintiffs, backed by NARFE, will
appeal the latest decision to the Supreme Court, That
appeal, if accepted, likely would not be decided for many
Another up-date: The source tax which was declared
illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court has gone complete
circle State Supreme Court to U.S. Supreme Court to
State Supreme Court, and still rejected by Virginia.
I have tried to bring a little trivia into each report,
but the lesson for today is the American Pension System.
It is subtitled, "What to look forward to when you retire."
The text is drawn from the Government Rule Book, with
its contradictory and often overlapping laws relating to
1. For the first time the percentage of workers who
will receive a fixed monthly pension is steadily
2. Women who retire from jobs in business receive
smaller pensions than men.
3. The percentage of workers who will receive
reduced pension benefits is growing. And half of all
workers have no pension plan at all.
4. And the people who made it all possible -
members of Congress will continue to receive the
best pensions of all. Label this: "Pension Chaos."
Robert L. Johnson
REUNION GUEST SPEAKER
FRANCES BROWN WHITLOCK
Frances Brown Whitlock was born in 1909 at
Empire, Canal Zone, to Nannie Morrison Brown and
Walter Graham Brown, a machinist and Roosevelt Medal
holder, 1906-1914. Her maternal grandparents are Mattie
Fields Morrison and William Francis Morrison, a
blacksmith and also Roosevelt Medal holder. Soon after
the arrival of her father and grandfather to the Isthmus,
their wives joined them. Aunt Mattie B. Morrison was 5
1/2 years old and her sister, Mattielee was 13 months old
on their arrival to the Isthmus. She has two sisters,
Mattielee Brown White and Minnie Brown Burton, and
two brothers, Jack Pearson Brown and Walter Guy
Frances B. Whitlock
When she was 12 years old, she went to New York
with the Red, White and Blue Troupe in 1921 to perform
at the opening of Madison Square Garden under Coach
Henry J. Greiser. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1927 and attended some classes at Balboa
She married Andrew A. Whitlock on July 31, 1928
and they had four children, Andree Lee, Jacqueline Belle,
Paul Leroy, and Edward Starr.
Frances kept busy during her life in Panama. She
was employed as a clerk-typist in the office of Assistant
to Superintendent of Gorgas Hospital starting in 1928. In
1939 she worked with the US Army Construction
Quartermaster at Albrook Field, then in 1940 with the
Asst. Chief of Staff, G-3, Quarry Heights. During 1941-
1943 Frances worked with the US Navy Cable and Radio
Censor in Balboa, and in 1944 after her husband was
transferred to Cristobal as Plant Engineer of the
Industrial Division, she later worked with the US Naval
Station in Coco Solo. Several years later she was
employed by G-2 Field Office, US Army Intellegence at
After her husband's retirement in 1959, Frances
taught beginner's Spanish at a private pre-school
Kindergarten in Sharpstown, Texas for two years. Then
involved (gratis) in a Remedial Reading Program at Root
School, Fayetteville, Arkansas for two years.
Frances has been active in her community, being
involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and
Mariners (Senior Girl Scouts), and was a member of the
Margarita Civic Council. She is also affiliated with
A.A.R.P., NA.R.F.E., and since childhood has been a
member and supported The First Church of Christ,
Scientist of Boston, Massachusetts and its branches in
the Panama Canal Zone, Houston, Texas, and
Frances has 16 grandchildren and 35 great-
grandchildren, not counting spouses which are too
numerous to list.
"My cup runneth over," she says.
In order to complete our framed display of all the
Past Presidents of the Panama Canal Society, shown in a
place of honor in our central office in Seminole, Florida,
we need photographs of the following:
John F. Warner, Founder
Robert S. Houston, President, 1932-1933
Philip C. Gorman, President, 1933-1936
Rev. C.B. Mitchell, President, 1936-1937
William H. Baxley, President, 1939-1944
Robert W. Glaw, President, 1944-1946
John W. (Bunny) Wilson, President, 1946-1947
Walter L. Hersh, President, 1949-1951
William H. Butler, President, 1951-1953
Charles L. Calvit, President, 1953-1955
Harry J. Lewis, President, 1955-1957
Macon A. Turner, President, 1958-1960
Keith E. Kelly, President, 1960-1962
Photographs can be in color or black/white; any size,
portrait or snapshop (clear), alone or in a group of
people. We will enlarge or reduce each photograph to
show the face only in a 2 inch square, with name and
years of tenure in office below each photo. The Editor
promises to return each photo to the sender. Please send
photos to Richard W. Beall, Editor, Canal Record, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
November 1, 1991
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
President Bob Van Siclen called the meeting to order
at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Invocation by Dottie Yocum.
Pat Beall read the list of those recently departed followed
by a moment of silence in their memory. Herry Foster
led in the Pledge to the Flag.
The President recognized Past Presidents Howard
Clarke, Peter Foster, Al Pate, Muriel Whitman, Eugene
Askew, and Anna Collins. Ann Pennock was welcomed
back, as were Ralph McClain and Bud Kelleher. Anna
Collins introduced Mr. Charles Coffman, guest speaker
from Florida Power Corp. who gave an interesting talk
on "Stress Management," followed by a question and
answer period. He thanked everyone for his warm
The President advised we did not have a quorum,
having only 40 present. Barbara Green read the minutes
of the previous meeting. Name of Mrs. Everson was
corrected to read Phyllis, not Betty. Minutes stand as
corrected. The Financial Statement stands for audit.
President Van Siclen informed the members that Mr.
Skeeter Camby had resigned as Reunion Coordinator due
to work pressures. Bob and Nancy Van Siclen have taken
over the duties as Reunion Coordinator for 1992.
Jeanne Wheeler's resignation as Chairperson of the
Audit and Budget Committee was announced. The
President stated that the Society appreciates the work
she has done.
Bob and Nancy Van Siclen attended the 1st Annual
Central Florida Picnic. About 35 people attended.
Faith Brundage, Telephone Committee, reported one
caller had resigned in St. Petersburg. She is looking for
Muriel Whitman reminded all to make reservations
for the Christmas Luncheon. The President mentioned
that Muriel and John have always done a good job there.
Bob Johnson gave his Legislative Report on the cost
of living. Open season for Health programs is in
Pat Beall explained he had lost some data on his
computer but that the December issue will be on timeA
new application/renewal form has been designed to fit
the envelope and will be used at a later date. He is still
looking for an assistant.
Pete Foster, By-Laws Committee said revisions of the
existing By-Laws were in the works.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee, has sent cards to
Helen Tomford, Bob and Virginia Tulley, Donovan and
Therese Geyer, and asked for prayers for Cel Marceau
who is very ill in Morton Plant Hospital.
Past President Gene Askew suggested we change the
quorum from 50 to 40. The President stated the By-
Laws Committee is reviewing this option.
Pete Foster reported that Keppie Travel will again be
the official air transportation agency for the 1992 reunion.
Sheila Taylor has found a nice restaurant for the
Door prizes were awarded, and the meeting
adjourned at 2:35 p.m.
December 7, 1991
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 noon by the
President who thanked everyone for coming to the
luncheon. The Invocation was given by Dottie Yocum,
followed by a moment of silence for departed members.
Harry Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag, and the
meeting adjourned at 12:04 p.m. for lunch.
Meeting reconvened at 1:10 p.m. and the President
welcomed Past Presidents Muriel Whitman, Anna
Collins, Peter Foster, Al Pate and Gene Askew. He also
stated that Mrs. Frances Whitlock will be the guest
speaker at the Annual Luncheon at the 1992 Reunion.
Minutes of the last meeting was read by Barbara
Green and stand as read.
The President stated he will not entertain the idea, as
reported in the last minutes to reduce the quorum for
regular meetings from 50 to 40. He hopes, after seeing
the good turn-out for the Luncheon that we can expect
more members to attend, followed by a round of
The Financial Statement will stand for audit.
Muriel Whitman was applauded for her work in
arranging the Christmas Luncheon.
Bob Johnson reported on the COLA and gave tips to
watch for when filling out renewal or changes during the
Open Season for health programs.
Pete Foster stated that work on By-Laws revisions
Anna Collins reported on get-well cards sent to
Bob Van Siclen stated that he and Nancy are again
the Reunion Coordinators. The December Canal Record
including the reservation forms, is in the mail. He
reminded all to make hotel reservations as soon as
Fred Huldtquist, Nominating Committee Chairman,
presented the slate of officers for the Society for 1992-
1993, which are: President Robert Van Siclen (2nd
term); 1st Vice President Faith Bruddage; 2nd Vice
President Jane Huldtquist, Director Muriel Whitman;
Director Vicki Sizemore. Other nominations may be
made from the floor at the January Meeting.
Bob Van Siclen reminded all that we need 50
members to conduct business. He also reminded all that
they must have the consent of the person they nominate
before nominating for office. Nominees should be aware
that the By-Laws stipulate they must be available to
attend regular as well as Executive Board meetings.
The meeting on January 10, 1992 will be a covered
Sheila Taylor stated she will be happy to provide
transportation for at least 4 persons to the meeting.
Door prizes were awarded and the President thanked
Stella (Boggs) De Marr for her accordion playing and
leading members in singing Christmas Carols.
January 10, 1992
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the President,
Bob Van Siclen at 12:05 p.m., followed by the Invocation
by Dottie Yocum. Pat Beall read the list of this recently
departed followed by a moment of silence. Harry Foster
led in the Pladge to the Flag and the meeting adjourned
at 12:10 p.m, for a covered dish lunch.
The meeting resumed at 1:30 p.m. Members present
- 70. The President welcomed Past Presidents Al Pate,
Muriel Whitman, Howard Clarke, Peter Foster, Gene
Askew and Anna Collins. Out-of-towners included Carl
and Esther Ahlteen, Gertrude McConaghy, Alice and Bill
The minutes of the last meeting were read and stand
as read. The Financial Report stands for audit.
The President wished those present and their families
a happy and good New Year.
He explained that he had eliminated the reading of
the recently departed at the Christmas Luncheon because
he felt members did not like hearing sad news at festive
occasions. He did ask for a minute of silence in their
memory. He asked those present for their opinion on the
matter. Following discussion, Pete Foster made a motion
that at meetings, we put a list of those departed on each
table, seconded by Bob Johnson. Before the motion was
passed, it was suggested that lists be available at the door
where anyone could pick up a copy. Following further
discussion, Anna Collins moved that a list of the
deceased be placed on each table at all meetings,
including monthly meetings. Seconded by Bob Johnson.
Motion passed. Bob Van Siclen clarified that the list
would include social events.
As a matter of information, 110 new members had
been admitted to the Society since October.
Muriel Whitman thanked those attending December
luncheon. We did make a small profit.
Bob Johnson read his report of Legislative action.
There was no unfunished business from pervious
Fred Huldtquist, chairman of the Nominating
Committee was absent, so Isabell Gibson read the
The President read Article V, Section 2c of the By-
Laws regarding nominations for office. Individuals
nominated for office must have their approval prior to
the slate being published in the March Canal Record to
insure that the nominee agrees to be on the ballot. He
pointed out, that in accordance with the By-Laws, officers
must be able to attend all general and board meetings.
He then repeated the list of nominees submitted by the
Nominating Committee, after which he declared the
meeting open for nominations from the floor.
Two nominations were made from the floor for
Director: Robert Johnson nominated by Marge Foster,
seconded by Grace Carey; Paul Rozmeski nominated by
Barbara Green, seconded by Muriel Whitman.
It was explained that several nominees can be
nominated for the office of Director, however, the two
nominees receiving the most votes will be elected. Jack
Carey moved to close the nominations, seconded by
Ernie Yocum. Motion carried.
The following slate of officers will be presented to
the membership in the March Canal Record for election
to office for 1992/1993:
President Robert Van Siclen
1st Vice President Faith Brundage
2nd Vice President Jane Huldtquist
Director (2) Muriel Whitman
Nancy Van Siclen Reunion Coordinator, gave her
report on the progress of the '92 Reunion.
Bob Van Siclen remained all to get their reservations
in early and asked for volunteers for Hospitality and
Pete Foster stated that the revised By-Laws will be
printed in the March Canal Record and the existing By-
Laws will be printed in the April Directory for
Pat Beall reported that there were mailing problems
with the December issue however we have sent another
copy to those whose label was lost or destroyed, after
their membership dues are validated. The mailer will
compensate for the additional postage. He also stated
that Jeanne Flynn Stough is compiling an Index for all
Panama Canal Reviews which is sought by many.
Bob Van Siclen again mentioned that Jeanne
Wheeler, chairperson of the Budget and Audit
Committee has tendered her resignation and we need to
find a replacement as soon as possible. Jeanne will
prepare the 1992 Budget, but Bob asked everyone to give
him names of a possible replacement.
Pete Foster gave a brief report on the cruise he
organized over the New Year's holiday.
Birthdays and anniversaries were recognized, and
door prizes were awarded.
Harry Foster made a motion to adjourn, seconded by
Adrien "Kibby" Bouche. We adjourned at 2:20 p.m.
Jt iTnz MnEntL
Edmund E. Rogers
Joseph M. Andrews
Erling S. Beck
Donald E. Petersen
Canal Protection Division
30 years 07 months 29 days
23 years 03 months 14 days
18 years 09 months 15 days
33 years 04 months 05 days
DATE: January 16, 1992
TO: Mr. Robert VanSiclen, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM: Peter W. Foster, Chairman, ByI-L.aws Committee.
SU.BJECT: Pr:oposed Revisionr to the :Panama Canal Society of
F orida, Inc. By--L awrs.
The Soc:i et.y 's B y--L.. aws c: c:)( m :i.t'r' here wi s.ij L i. :::i s
pr o o ose ci r- evi :i. o n t oC t i e Soc i ety' B / .. a w s f o r m, e .: e- r:= i I
con s i der at i on a n l app r ova..
The Committee performed an indelpth review f the e :: i.sti ng
By--...aws and determined that they w ou..ci require e::!tnsive evisic:n
i n or d er to eli :ii. n ate ,many amb i g.. :. eS and t o mode rie te t ::
provi de a mor eeff :i. entry and ef ec:tive manner of aini sting
th e Sci ety s central o e op erat i o::n s. r oposii ng 1 i ii d..
amendments for the various Articles and Sections involved woul
be too c:..mbersome an d c: f onfusing to d:!elt e..ge I..tpon our memr!:ers a' a
resu lt, the Committee submits t he attached Proposed and ::Revised
By-i...aws f4 ::or consider at:i.o by Fthe. S: c :::ety s membership p:..
Adoption of the F-rops:): e anid : e vised B y--i.._aws sho..t.d per ,m:i
th e Society to operate :in a more i::.iness lii::e i mannr r r:now a
many years in the f t .. iture ,., I t c t i check i::alanc s a: n
f e x :i. i t y which w:i. e :i. nate Wit e ex .:ce p t i o n o f D u... s) th ..:e
yearly p iec:e meal of amendment patchwor k f+:c::r years to c:::m.
These r:'oposed and Revi sed By -La.. ws:: are to: be published in
its entirety in. the March, ...2 it .12 isue of the Canal Recd They
shall be voted on as a whole:: wi th the ballot havin a si m:::. e
"YES" vote for adopt::t.on and "NO" vote for re j eec: ti. on
I order t t o minimize pI r+ int i nc c: o:st a .n d c:: c. n serve s a c : in t h e
March issue for Reun:ion related informant ion, the Existing By-i...awsv
shall be printed,as scheduled, in the Soci.et y's A p:r i I ir. ec. ory
andc: wi ll perImi t the member shi p: t o c omp ar e th r-e op oseid and
Revised By--I....aws against the. Ex :i. sting By--L...aws. B allot!. s f: o:,r the
proposed Revisi on to the By --L...awms m..st !:::e re ceived by AIril 26,
1992 and shall be c::t..,n. t d at the Sci.ty's May, :19 2 r gcl:. i. ar
The S.ociety's .By.--.!....aws (:Co:mmittee. is of the opinion that the
Pr- oppose o rnd Revised B .y -... ws wi ii. e ms ..: t benef, i c :i al f thei
ef: fi c:i ent opel:r at i on of the So::c: i et y t er fore the B i.... a w
Comm i t. ee r ec: ommern: : s its ADOPTI:: ON.
SRe spect f .. .. y 5 r i m itte i d,
Peter W. Foster, Chai rm-n --Betty K .rassra --Bt -Dorothy erringt..:tn
PROPOSED AND REVISED
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A not-for-profit organization)
We, former and current employees of the United States Government, having served in the construction operation,
maintenance or protection of the Panama Canal, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate ourselves together, as the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Our principles and purposes shall be allegiance, or respect, to the United States
of America, fidelity to our by-laws and preservation of ideals and friendships formed while working and living in the Canal
Zone or Republic of Panama.
ARTICLE I NAME
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
(A not-for-profit organization)
ARTICLE II OBJECT
SEC. 1 OBJECT SHALL BE:
A. To promote the welfare of its members.
B. To perpetuate lasting friendships.
C. Arrange social affairs and meetings.
D. To inform members of Federal legislation/regulations which may affect their welfare.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 1 CODE OF ETHICS:
A. It is the duty of all members to protect the Society against fraud, misrepresentation, or any practice not ethical.
B. The spirit of fair dealing, cooperation, and courtesy should govern relations between members of the Society and
by accepting membership an individual assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in accordance with these
SEC. 2 ELIGIBILITY:
A. Any individual 18 years of age or over who worked or who is or was associated with the operation, maintenance,
construction, contract support activity or protection of the Panama Canal, and family members who were or are
dependents of, reside or resided with this individual, or who are descendants of such individual shall be eligible
for active membership in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
SEC. 3 CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP:
1. Age 18 or over.
2. Both husband and wife who reside in the same residence (both shall be issued a membership card).
3. Both spouses shall have a vote on motions presented at the regular membership meetings and annual
meeting. Both shall be included in the membership count to determine a quorum at these meetings.
a. Only one (1) vote/ballot shall be permitted per Active membership for By-Laws amendments or
election of officers (only one vote per same household membership).
B. Life: Conferred on President on completion of his/her full term of office.
1. Shall be extended to his/her spouse (if living) upon his/her demise.
C. Honorary Membership:
1. May be conferred on any individual for distinguished or exceptional service to the Society.
2. Any active member may nominate candidates for Honorary membership and submit their names to the
Executive Board. The Board shall present such recommendations to the Society by giving notice in the
Canal Record. After publication in the Canal Record, nominees may be elected to Honorary membership
by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of the members present and voting at any Society meeting.
Hereby Apply For:
[ New Membership
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Nickname (If Desired)
Spousel I I I I I
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Nickname (If Desired)
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Mailing Address (Street and/or Box No.)
City or County
Phone, I I 1 I I I
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School Attended and Year Graduated Member
CZ/PC Affiliation: (Mark X in appropriate box MEMBER SPOUSE
and IF RETIRED, PLEASE INDICATE YEAR) (X) Ret/Year (X) Ret/Year
Em ployee CZ/PC ...................................
Employee M ilitary/Civilian ...........................
Employee Contractor (US Government Only) ............
Em ployee Shipping .................................
Dependent of Employee (See Next Line) ...................
Parents Name and CZ/PC Affiliation ..................................................
O RENEWAL: $15.00 Annually (Oct. 1 Sept. 30) per family, including children under 18 years of age. ($10.00 of this amount is
for subscription to the Canal Record for the year. A DELINQUENT FEE of $2.00 will be imposed on dues not post-marked by
Oct. 31 of year due and received by Sept. 30 of same dues year. NOTICES WILL NOT BE SENT OR MAILED!
D NEW MEMBERSHIP: $15.00 annually per family including children under 18 years of age. Half-year membership forjoining
late in year (Apr. 1 Sept. 30) is $7.50.
OI RE-INSTATEMENT: $15.00 shall be required of those who re-apply for membership during the dues year immediately following
the dues year in which they dropped membership. Total fee: $30.00 ($15/Previous year + $15/Current year.
Amount enclosed $ Check M.O. Cash
NOTE: IF CHECK IS NOT MADE ON U.S. BANK, MAKE PAYMENT BY MONEY ORDER.
I, I l l I i III I
I I I I I l I _
SOCIETY PLATE & DECAL
Society Tag, $3.76 + .24 tax
Society Decal, $1.41 + .09 tax
Please Mail to:
Qty. Tags wanted
Qty. Decals wanted
Total Enclosed $
1. J. ______________________
3. Members elected to Honorary membership retain their status, but are not required to pay dues or
4. Non-Active members may attend meetings and speak, but may not hold office, make motions or vote.
They do not pay dues or assessments and are not subject to other obligations. They shall receive a
subscription to the Canal Record.
5. Honorary membership shall be extended to the spouse of an Honorary member upon his/her death.
D. Associate Membership:
1. Individuals who express a continued interest in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. who otherwise
do not meet the eligibility requirements for membership as designated in Article III, Section 2, may apply
for an Associate Membership.
2. Application for Associate Membership shall be submitted to the Society's Executive Board for approval
3. Associate Members shall be assessed an annual fee equal to the Society's annual dues and shall receive
a subscription to the Canal Record.
4. Associate Members may attend meetings and speak, but may not hold office, make motions or vote.
E. Complimentary Membership:
1. May be conferred on individuals or organizations (e.g., professionals/politicians/libraries/business firms,
etc.) who provide a distinct service in promoting the ideals and objectives of the Society.
2. Complimentary membership may be awarded to individuals or organizations by a 2/3 majority affirmative
vote of the Executive Board present and voting at any scheduled Board meeting.
3. Complimentary Membership does not require payment of dues or assessments. It does not permit holding
of office or voting, but does permit attending meetings and speaking.
4. Complimentary Members shall receive a subscription of the Canal Record.
SEC. 4 METHOD OF APPROVAL FOR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND SOCIETY AWARDS:
A. Membership Application:
1. Upon receipt of applications with proper fee, the Secretary shall present a list of all current applicants
to the Executive Board at each Executive Board meeting.
2. The Board shall review the membership application and approve them if it determines that conditions of
eligibility have been properly met.
B. Distinguished Service Award:
1. The Distinguished Service Award is established to reward meritorious or exceptional service to the Society
while practicing the ideals and purposes of the Society as outlined in these By-Laws.
2. Weight and Review factors for the award shall be:
a. Period of service to the Society.
b. Time and effort expended to services rendered.
c. Dedication in performing services to the Society.
d. Contributing factors such as distances traveled to perform services, illness of nominee or family,
3. Award recommendations, in writing, may be submitted by any Society member to the Executive Board.
a. The Executive Board shall review and recommend their approval or disapproval to the Society.
4. Name(s) of the nominees and purpose for the Award shall be published in the Canal Record.
5. Upon publication of nominees) for the Award in the Canal Record, the Distinguished Service Award may
be extended to the nominees) by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of members present and voting at any
regularly scheduled Society meeting.
6. The Award Certificate shall be signed by the elected officers and affixed with the Corporate Seal.
7. The Award shall not be presented more than two (2) times per year to Society members.
C. Certificate or Token of Appreciation:
1. The Certificate of Appreciation is established to reward services or performance by individuals or groups
to the Society.
a. The Certificate of Appreciation may be awarded to Committee members for faithfully and
effectively performing their duties, guest speakers and others who have given benefit to the Society.
b. Certificates shall be presented at the discretion of the President on behalf of the Society.
c. There shall be no limit to the Certificate of Appreciation presentations to regular or non-
members of the Society.
d. Names of the recipients of this Award shall be published in the Canal Record.
e. Certificates of appreciation shall be signed by the President and affixed with the Corporate Seal.
2. In lieu of a certificate, the President may (with the approval of the Executive Board) award a Token of
SEC. 5 DUES OF THE SOCIETY:
A. For the purpose of paying membership dues, the dues year shall be October 1 September 30.
B. Dues shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) annually.
1. Ten dollars ($10.00) of this amount shall be for a year's subscription to the Canal Record (4 quarterly
issues) plus an Annual Directory issue.
O( 2. Delinquent members' and new members' subscriptions to the Canal Record will begin with the issue
immediately following their reinstatement or election to membership.
C. Dues shall be due and payable to the Secretary/Treasurer on October 1 of each dues year.
D. If unpaid, dues shall be considered delinquent after October 31 of the year they are due.
1. A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00) shall be imposed on dues payments not postmarked by October
31 of the year they first became due and received by September 30 of the same dues year.
2. A reinstatement fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) shall be required of those persons who apply for
membership during the dues year immediately following the dues year in which they dropped their
membership in the Society.
3. Once a person has been a member of the Society and has dropped his/her membership, he/she must pay
either the delinquency fee or reinstatement fee, whichever applies, or he/she must wait two consecutive
dues years (beginning with the year in which he/she was dropped from membership) before re-applying
for membership in the Society.
E. Dues for persons applying for membership after March 31 of a dues year shall be seven dollars and fifty cents
1. Five dollars ($5.00) of this amount shall be for Canal Record issues for the remaining months of the dues
year, commencing with the issue following their election to membership. They may receive an Annual
Directory if any are available.
F. Any member delinquent in payment of dues after notification by the Secretary/Treasurer shall be dropped from
the rolls, his/her Canal Record subscription discontinued and all his/her rights and privileges shall cease.
G. Reinstatement may be effected by payment of the full current year's dues plus the delinquency or reinstatement
fee, as required under Article III Sections 5(d)-i or 5(d)-2.
H. Dues of the Society shall be determined by recommendations of the Executive Board.
1. Recommendations shall be presented to the members at any Society meeting as an amendment to the
2. After the recommendations have been presented at a Society meeting, notice of the dues amendment shall
be published in the CanalRecord and amendment procedures established under Article XV, Amendments,
shall be followed.
I. Multiple memberships residing in the same domicile may request that only one Canal Record subscription be
delivered to that domicile.
1. One member in a multiple membership domicile must pay the full membership dues. Each additional
membership may pay the portion of dues not allocated for the Society's publication, provided the following
conditions are met.
a. That the reason for elimination of the portion of the dues allocated for the Society's publication
shall be for health or age.
b. That approval of the Executive Board is obtained.
J. The Fiscal Year of the Society shall be January 1 December 31.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SEC. 1 ELECTED OFFICERS:
A. President, First and Second Vice Presidents and two (2) Directors.
SEC. 2 APPOINTED OFFICERS:
A. Legislative Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms, one (1) Director, Chaplain and immediate Past President, if available -
otherwise any other Past President. These shall be appointed by the President.
B. Secretary/Treasurer and the Canal Record Editor (Hereinafter referred to as "Record Editor"). These shall be
appointed by the Executive Board.
SEC. 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
A. To hold office a candidate shall be an active member for at least one (1) year.
B. No elected or appointed officer, with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain shall
serve more than two (2) consecutive years in the same office.
C. No member shall hold more than one (1) office at the same time.
D. To be eligible for the office of President, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.
SEC. 4 ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
A. Elected officers shall be elected through "mail-in" ballots by a majority of votes of the "mail-in" members' ballots.
1. Shall provide space for write-in nominations.
2. Shall be provided in the March issue of the Canal Record.
a. Mail-in Ballot Forms shall include the slate of candidates nominated by the Nominating
Committee, candidates nominated from the floor at the first regular meeting of the calendar year,
and a space for "write-in" candidates.
3. Shall be addressed to the Chairman, Nominating Committee. They must be received or, if mailed,
postmarked at least ten (10) days prior to the annual meeting.
a. If hand delivered the envelope shall be marked with the date received in the presence of the
member delivering the ballot.
4. For confidentiality and verification purposes, members shall be instructed to write on the exterior of an
envelope or similar sealed container, their name, address and the word "BALLOT." If the Society provides
a combination Ballot/sealed container envelope, it shall be the members responsibility to conceal his vote,
if he/she so desires, by inserting a piece of paper inside the container/envelope.
5. The Nominating Committee shall confirm with the Secretary that the individual voting is an Active member
with current dues paid. If not, the Ballot shall remain sealed and counted among the invalid votes at the
vote count session.
C. Each active membership (member or spouse) shall submit one (1) ballot (only one ballot per membership
household) in a sealed envelope.
D. Counting of ballots.
1. Ballot envelopes shall remain sealed and shall be opened by the Nominating Committee at the annual
meeting in the same location as the annual meeting and shall be open to the membership.
2. Opening and counting the ballots shall begin one (1) hour prior to the call-to-order of the annual meeting.
3. The Nominating Committee, upon opening each envelope, shall immediately remove the ballot and discard
the envelope to insure confidentiality.
E. The oath of office shall be, "I promise to uphold the By-Laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to the
best of my ability and shall fulfill the duties of my office as outlined in the By-Laws." It shall be administered by
the presiding officer.
SEC. 5 CONDITIONS OF OFFICE:
A. Officers and committee chairmen shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out the duties of their
offices, upon presentation of proper bills to the Secretary/Treasurer and subject to the approval of the Executive
1. Costs for traveling to/from regularly scheduled business meetings of the Society and Executive Board shall
not be considered a reimbursable expense.
B. The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Board. The cost of the bond shall be
paid by the Society.
C. Upon completion of a full term of office, the President and his/her spouse shall be granted a lifetime family
membership in the Society.
SEC. 6 SALARIES:
A. The Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Clerical Assistant(s) shall receive a salary.
1. The Executive Board shall determine the basic work assignments of the Clerical Assistant(s).
B. Salaries shall be determined by majority vote of the Executive Board.
C. Salaries shall be paid on the first day of the month following the month in which services were performed.
D. Changes in salaries shall not be made more than one (1) time during the fiscal year, unless at the discretion of
the Executive Board.
SEC. 7 TERMS OF OFFICE:
A. The terms of office shall be one (1) year or until a successor is elected or appointed.
B. Elected officers shall assume office on the first day of the month following the annual meeting.
C. Appointed officers shall assume office on the first day of the month following their appointment.
SEC. 8 REMOVAL FROM OFFICE:
A. An officer shall be removed for failing to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his/her office as outlined in the
By-Laws. Removal shall require the recommendation of at least 51% of the voting members of the Executive Board
and at least a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of members present and voting at any Society meeting.
1. Members of the Executive Board who are absent from three consecutive regularly scheduled Board
Meetings without specific permission of the President shall be removed from office.
SEC. 9 VACANCIES IN OFFICE:
A. Should the office of President become vacant during a term, the First and Second Vice Presidents shall succeed,
in their order, to that office for the remainder of the term.
B. Vacancies in all other elective offices shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the Executive Board.
C. Vacancies in appointive offices, shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the President.
ARTICLE V NOMINATIONS
SEC. 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
A. Shall consist of five (5) members as follows: Chairman to be appointed by the President; two (2) to be elected by
and from the Executive Board and two (2) to be elected by and from the general membership at a regularly
Scheduled Business Meeting.
1. Selection of the Nominating Committee shall take place within the first three months following the Annual
2. Nominating Committee members shall be current Active or Life members.
3. All the members of the Committee shall familiarize themselves with the Articles of these By-Laws related
to the election of officers.
4. No member of the Nominating Committee shall serve for more than one term without an interval of at
least one term between the times of serving.
5. Vacancies on the Nominating Committee shall be filled by the President.
SEC. 2 NOMINATING PROCEDURES:
A. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of candidates to the Executive Board at the Board's November
meeting. The Chairman shall advise the President of the slate as soon as possible after the meeting held to establish
a slate of candidates.
B. All eligible incumbent officers shall be considered first in the selection process of the slate. The Chairman shall
contact each incumbent to determine which of the incumbents are willing to have their names placed on the ballot.
C. The Nominating Committee's slate of candidates shall consist of only one (1) member proposed for each elective
D. The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed slate of officers during the regularly scheduled meeting in
January if there is a quorum, otherwise, at the first business meeting of the calendar year in which a quorum is
1. Upon presentation of the Nominating Committee's slate, nominations from the floor shall be in order.
2. "Write-in" nominations shall be in order, providing the write-in candidate has given his/her consent in
writing and received by the Nominating Committee at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
3. All nominees on the ballot must have given their consent to run for office prior to the printing of the ballot
in the Canal Record. If consent has not been received by the publication's deadline, the nominee's name
shall be omitted and his/her nomination shall be considered invalid.
ARTICLE VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SEC. 1 PRESIDENT:
A. Shall be chief executive officer of the Society.
B. Shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board and perform all the duties of this office.
C. Shall have the overall responsibility for the administration of the affairs of the Society and shall require strict
observance of the By-Laws. He/she shall be kept fully informed of actions taken by all officers and committees.
At each Society meeting, he/she will report on all actions taken by the Executive Board.
D. Shall appoint all appointed officers.
E. Shall appoint chairmen of standing and special committees.
F. Shall appoint a member of the Society to fill any vacancy on the Nominating Committee.
G. Shall countersign all checks with the Treasurer.
H. Shall deliver the President's Report on the Society at the annual meeting.
I. Shall delegate duties to the Vice Presidents, Directors and any other officer in order to coordinate the work and
objectives of the Society.
J. Shall be responsible for all arrangements required for the Annual Meeting, Annual Luncheon speaker, guests and
head table arrangements.
SEC. 2 PAST PRESIDENT:
A. Shall maintain the element of continuity by providing guidance to the Executive Board.
B. Shall perform duties as requested by the President.
SEC. 3 FIRST AND SECOND VICE PRESIDENTS:
A. Shall assist the President and, in their order, shall assume the duties as President in his/her absence or inability
B. Shall perform duties delegated to them by the President.
C. The First Vice President shall be the alternate, in lieu of the President's unavailability, to countersign checks.
SEC. 4 SECRETARY:
A. Shall record and keep the minutes of all Society and Executive Board meetings and shall provide copies of minutes
to the Executive Board members, in the number they require, ten (10) days prior to the next Society or Executive
B. Shall read minutes at Society and Executive Board meetings.
C. Shall be custodian of the Articles of Incorporation, the Seal, original records and papers except for those assigned
to others, and the Treasurer surety bond.
D. Shall be the primary custodian for all files, certificates, correspondence, contracts, legal documents, Executive
Board and Committee Reports, election results and By-Laws amendments.
1. Shall record change of name and address as requested by members (timely submission of request for
changes shall be the members responsibility).
E. Shall handle promptly all official correspondence of the Society as directed by the President.
F. Shall provide copies of all official correspondence and communications to the President.
G. Shall maintain in the name of the Society, a bulk mail permit (2nd or 3rd Class mailing permit as directed by the
Executive Board) for the purpose of informing members by mail of meeting changes, special Society events or
activities and dues related notices.
1. These notices must be directed by or have the approval of the Executive Board.
H. Shall, together with the Record Editor, be responsible for the compilation of the annual Directory issue of the
I. Shall order and purchase all supplies, stationery, etc. as required by the Society.
J. Shall collect membership dues from and issue numbered membership cards to Society members.
K. Shall provide guidance on issues relating to his/her area of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before
the Executive Board.
L. Shall perform other duties as assigned by the President or the Executive Board.
M. Shall act in the capacity of Office Manager in the Society's central office.
SEC. 5 TREASURER:
A. Shall receive and deposit all funds in the name of the Society in a financial institution approved by the Executive
B. Shall sign checks for disbursement of Society funds with the counter-signature of the President.
C. Shall keep current and past financial records.
D. Shall report the financial status of the Society at Executive Board and Society meetings, providing each member
of the Executive Board with a copy of the current report.
E. Shall pay all current indebtedness before the date of termination of office.
F. Shall provide reports and assistance as required by officers and committees to fulfill their assigned duties.
G. Books and records shall be audited prior to delivery to successor; provision of Article X, Section 1-c, as it refers
to the Treasurer, may apply.
H. Shall deliver books and records for audit within 10 days after close of fiscal year.
I. Shall provide incoming President with a year-end report.
J. Shall issue written receipts for all cash collections, using numbered duplicate money receipts.
K. Shall provide guidance on issues relating to his/her area of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before
the Executive Board.
SEC. 6 RECORD EDITOR:
A. Shall perform the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record, under the
direction of the President.
B. Shall bring to the President's attention all non-routine material submitted to or by the Editor for inclusion in the
C. Shall, together with the Secretary, be responsible for the compilation of the annual Directory issue of the Canal
D. Shall be responsible for the distribution of the Canal Record.
E. Shall provide guidance on issues relating to his/her area of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before
the Executive Board.
SEC. 7 DIRECTORS:
A. Shall perform such duties as delegated by the President.
SEC. 8 LEGISLATIVE OFFICER:
A. Shall keep abreast of all legislation affecting members of the Society.
B. Shall report on such current legislation at each meeting of the Society.
SEC. 9 CHAPLAIN:
A. Shall be responsible for devotions at Society meetings or at any other times at the request of the President, but
shall not have a vote on issues before the Executive Board.
SEC. 10 SERGEANT-AT-ARMS:
A. Shall preserve order at all meetings and perform such other duties as may be directed by the President.
SEC. 11 ALL OFFICERS:
A. Shall perform the duties as prescribed in the parliamentary authority in addition to those outlined in these By-
Laws and those assigned from time to time by the President.
B. When their successors take office shall deliver all official material and equipment to them immediately. Receipt
for property shall be exchanged. If necessary, Treasurer will have additional 30 days to comply.
C. Shall attend all meetings of the Executive Board and the Society, unless excused from attendance by the President.
ARTICLE VII PUBLICATION
SEC. 1 CANAL RECORD:
A. Shall be the Official Publication of the Society.
1. Information and articles related to the Society's official activities or operations shall be given priority over
all other articles, advertisements, etc. for inclusion in the Canal Record.
B. Issues shall be published four (4) times a year during the months established by the Executive Board.
C. An Annual Directory issue shall be published and distributed.
D. Deadline for submitting material for publication shall be established by the Executive Board.
1. Late material, i.e., officer's slate, audit report or important announcements approved by the President, shall
be accepted by the Record Editor after the deadline.
E. Deadline for submitting material to be printed shall be coordinated with the Canal Record's Printing Firm.
F. Distribution shall be made as soon as possible after receipt from the printer and performed in a manner as
directed by the Executive Board.
G. Prior to the changing of a printer for the Canal Record, at least three (3) bids shall be received.
1. The Executive Board shall consider all bids and make the final decision in the selection of a Printing Firm.
H. Only members of the Society in good standing may submit articles or advertisements for publication in the Canal
1. Approval of the Executive board shall be required for publication of all articles not submitted by a member
in good standing.
2. The Executive Board may request printing of specific articles.
I. Persons other than Society members may submit advertising copy for publication in the CanalRecord upon payment
of the commercial advertising rate. Commercial rates may be established and approved by the Executive Board
and published in the Canal Record.
1. Advertising copy must be for the benefit of members or related to the Annual Reunion and approved by
the Executive Board.
J. The Executive Board shall have the authority to approve or reject material and advertising copy submitted for
publication in the Canal Record at any of the Boards regular or special meetings.
ARTICLE VIII MEETINGS
SEC. 1 REGULAR MEETINGS:
A. Shall be held monthly on the date, hour and location established by the Executive Board.
B. Notice of meetings shall be published in the quarterly issues of the Canal Record.
C. In the event that the notice of meetings must be changed or corrected as printed in the latest Canal Record the
President may instruct the Secretary to mail notification of the change to members who reside within a reasonable
distance of the Society's headquarters area.
D. The regular meeting just prior to the annual meeting may be cancelled by the Executive Board.
SEC. 2 SPECIAL MEETINGS:
A. May be called by the President.
B. Shall be called on written request of at last 15 members of the Society, notice having been given to the
membership in the Canal Record.
SEC. 3 ANNUAL MEETING:
A. The annual meeting shall be held during the annual reunion of the Society at a place, date and hour determined
by the Executive Board.
B. Shall be for the purpose of counting "Mail-in" ballots, introducing newly elected officers, presenting the President's
annual report and any other business that may arise.
SEC. 4 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS:
A. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held at a date, time and place designated by the President.
ARTICLE IX EXECUTIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
A. Shall consist of all officers.
1. The following officers shall have a vote on issues before the Executive Board: Past President, First Vice
President, Second Vice President, three Directors, Legislative Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms.
2. The President shall vote only when it is necessary to break a tie vote.
3. The following officers may participate in all matters before the Executive Board and shall provide guidance
on issues relating to their areas of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before the Executive
Board: Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain.
rQ) 4. Chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex-officio member
of the Executive Board in an advisory capacity for financial matters concerning the Society. The Chairman
may enter in on discussions of issues before the board, but shall not have a vote on issues.
5. Chairman of the Bylaws Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex-officio member of the
Executive Board in an advisory capacity for the By-laws concerning the Society. The Chairman may enter
in on discussions of issues before the Board, but shall not have a vote.
B. Shall designate the financial institution in which funds of the Society shall be deposited.
C. Shall be authorized, when required, to appoint salaried Clerical Assistant(s) to the staff of the Society's
1. Clerical Assistant(s) salary shall be established in the same manner as the Secretary/Treasurer and Record
2. The primary purpose of the Clerical Assistant(s) shall be to maintain continuity of Society operations if
either the Secretary/Treasurer or Record Editor is unable to perform the duties or responsibilities of their
office due to absence or illness. As a result, Clerical Assistant(s) shall be trained in the duties of their
D. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any elected officer, except the President, until the time of regular elections.
E. Meetings may be regular or special, as indicated in Article VIII, Sec. 4(a)
1. Special meetings may be called by the chairman and shall be called upon written request of five (5)
members of the Executive Board.
F. The Executive Board in a regular or special meeting shall be empowered to authorize the expenditure of Society
funds for the general Society administration, purchase of equipment or supplies necessary for the continuing
operation of the Society activities or functions which are in the best interests of the Society as a whole. Any
expenditures of Society funds or contracts related to Society activities shall be fully reported to the membership
at regularly scheduled and/or annual meetings.
G. Shall establish Rates and/or prices charged for Society sponsored activities, in addition to advertisements printed
in the Canal Record.
H. Shall have the authority to have flyers or post cards mailed to members to notify them of meeting changes, dues
related matters or special Society events.
1. This type of notification may be selectively distributed by State or total membership, whichever the Board
I. All motions requiring approval of the Executive Board for the expenditure of Society funds shall be brought before
the Executive Board at a regularly scheduled meeting or at a special meeting (either meeting must have a quorum)
called specifically to take action on the expenditure. The expenditure must be approved by a majority of Board
members in attendance at the meeting.
J. All members of the Executive Board and Committee Chairmen shall not be permitted to utilize the Canal Record
as a media to voice opposition or imply personal differences to actions of the Executive Board.
K. The Executive Board meetings shall be open to members of the Society. Actions of the Executive Board shall not
be confidential and shall be reported fully to the membership at regularly scheduled membership meetings,
including the annual meeting.
ARTICLE X BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
SEC. 1 BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE:
A. The chairman and two or more members shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive
B. Shall present a Budget to the Executive Board at its November meeting. The Budget shall become effective on
January 1 of the following year.
C. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records two months after the annual meeting and present their Audit Report
to the Executive Board for review and any necessary action. The complete Audit Report shall be printed in the
first issue of the Canal Record following its presentation (if material for publication in the Canal Record has been
submitted to the printer, the Audit Report shall be printed in the following issue).
D. When a vacancy occurs in the office of the President or Treasurer, end of term or for any other reason, the
financial books and records shall be audited and a report presented to the Executive Board at their next meeting.
ARTICLE XI STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
SEC. 1 STANDING COMMITTEES:
A. There shall be such standing committees as are necessary for the conduct of business and to carry out the objects
of the Society.
B. The President shall appoint the chairmen of standing committees.
C. Committee chairmen may appoint members to his/her committee to assist in carrying out his/her responsibilities.
D. Chairmen shall, as requested, make a report at Executive Board meetings on the activities of their committees
and submit a written report to the President, at the annual meeting.
() E. Chairmen of committees for Society activities (luncheons, dinner dances, etc.) shall review the activities expected
costs with the Secretary/Treasurer and present a proposed rate for the activity's tickets to the Executive Board for
their approval prior to publication in the Canal Record.
F. Chairmen of all committees must obtain pre-approval of expenditures related to Society activities. They shall be
reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the duties of the committee's activities.
SEC. 2 THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE STANDING COMMITTEES:
A. Bylaws Shall make a study of the By-Laws and make recommendations on amendments or revision to the
membership of the Society.
B. Program and Entertainment Shall make up the programs and entertainment to be presented at Society meetings
and functions throughout the year.
C. Luncheon Shall be appointed as required.
D. Hospitality Shall be hostess at all Society meetings and functions. See that the President is advised of the names
of long absent or new members or visitors, so that the chair may recognize them. Other duties as assigned by the
E. Publicity Shall arrange publicity through the news media, including TV and radio, for the general benefit of the
Society. Shall be responsible for keeping an accurate and up-to-date record of the Society's publicity and printed
matter concerning Society activities.
F. Sunshine Shall visit sick and hospitalized members, send out appropriate cards in the name of the Society and
furnish the Record Editor with the names of sick, hospitalized or deceased members.
G. Decorating Shall be in charge of decorating for all meetings and functions. Work closely with the program,
entertainment and luncheon committees.
H. Refreshment Shall be in charge of refreshments served at meetings and functions other than at luncheons.
I. Society History Shall keep a narrative history of the Society activities and read it upon request; shall keep an up-
to-date scrapbook of information and pictures relating to the Society; shall keep a record of all officers, appointees
and committee members, with dates that each served.
J. Reunion Coordinator Shall coordinate all activities and functions of the Society's Annual Reunion.
1. The Reunion Coordinator shall be appointed by the President.
2. The Reunion Coordinator may be an officer of the Society, active member or contracted professional.
3. If a professional is contracted to handle the Reunion, Executive Board approval of the appointment is
required and the Society shall not incur any Reunion related expenses and must be guaranteed an income
contribution no less than receipts of the previous year's Reunion.
4. All originals to contracts, correspondence or documents related to the Reunion shall be placed in the
custody of the Secretary.
5. All transactions and agreements related to the Society shall be fully reported to the Executive Board and
to the membership at a regularly scheduled meeting. There shall be no confidential transactions concerning
6. The Executive Board may assign Reunion related duties to the Society's office responsibilities, and if
required shall appoint additional clerical staffing to assist.
SEC. 3 SPECIAL COMMITTEES: May be created as needed by the President.
SEC. 4 THE PRESIDENT shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except the nominating committee.
ARTICLE XII QUORUM
SEC. 1 QUORUM FOR MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY SHALL BE:
A. Executive Board:
1. Seven Officers, five of whom must have voting privilege.
B. Regular Meeting and Special Meetings:
1. One (1) percent (rounded to the next lowest whole number) of the membership indicated by the total
count of member mail-out labels for the previous December's issue of the Canal Record.
C. Annual Meeting:
1. Two (2) percent (rounded to the next lowest whole number) of the membership indicated in the current
ARTICLE XIII DISSOLUTION
SEC. 1 METHOD OF: In the event the Society should be dissolved for any reason, after bills are paid, any remaining
assets shall be distributed as determined by a majority vote of the remaining active members within the scope as specified
in Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code as amended from time to time.
ARTICLE XIV PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SEC. 1 ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, NEWLY REVISED Shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are
applicable when they do not conflict with these By-Laws.
ARTICLE XV AMENDMENTS
SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING BY-LAWS:
A. These By-Laws may be amended or revised upon recommendation of the Bylaws Committee and by a two thirds
(2/3) vote of members submitting their "Mail-in" Ballots.
B. Members) shall present proposed amendments to the Society, through the Bylaws Committee.
C. Proposed amendments) shall be submitted in writing.
D. Proposed amendments) shall be published in its entirety in a quarterly issue of the Canal Record. Publication of
the proposed amendments shall include a printed "mail-in" ballot with a simple "yes" (for adoption) and "no" (for
rejection) and have a deadline for the vote count set by the Bylaws Committee.
E. Amendment ballots shall be addressed to the Chairman, Bylaws Committee and mailed or given to the Society's
Headquarters office. They shall remain sealed and in the office under the custody of the By-Laws Committee
1. Each active membership household shall be permitted to submit one amendment ballot (only one
amendment ballot per household membership).
2. For confidentiality and member verification purposes, members shall be instructed to write their name,
address, and the word "AMENDMENT" on the exterior of their amendment ballot envelope (or similar
sealed container). It shall be the member's responsibility to conceal his vote, if he/she so desires, by
inserting a piece of paper inside the envelope/container.
3. The By-Laws Committee Chairman shall confirm with the Secretary that the individual voting is an Active
member with current dues paid. If not, the ballot shall remain sealed and counted among the invalid votes
at the vote count meeting.
4. After verification, Amendment ballots shall remain sealed and shall be opened only by the By-Laws
Committee at its vote count meeting.
F. Ballots must be received by the Bylaws Committee Chairman at least five days prior to the vote count meeting.
Counting of Ballots shall be performed at the second meeting (skip one meeting) after being published in the Canal
1. If delivered by hand, the envelope shall be marked with the date received in the presence of the member
delivering the ballot envelope.
G. Prior to publication, the By-Laws Committee Chairman shall submit a copy of proposed By-Law Amendments
to the Executive Board for information purposes only.
1. The Executive Board may review the proposed amendments and publish a majority comment, but no
individual Board member may publish criticisms against the proposed amendments except the President.
H. Amendments adopted shall become effective at the first meeting following the vote count.
SEC. 2 METHOD OF AMENDING STANDING RULES:
A. Standing Rules may be amended, suspended or rescinded at any regular or annual meeting by a two-thirds (2/3)
vote of those present and voting, providing there is a quorum present and the proposed change is presented to the
By-Laws Committee Chairman (or his representative) in writing.
1. Standing Rule Amendments adopted shall become effective immediately upon adoption.
1. Order of Business
Call to Order Standing Committee Reports
Opening Exercise Devotions, Pledge of Allegiance Special Committee Reports
Welcome and Introductions Unfinished Business (if any)
Minutes (approval) New Business
Correspondence Election of Officers (Annual Meeting)
Treasurer's Report Installation of Officers (Annual Meeting)
President's Report and Remarks Announcements
Other Officer Reports (if any) Program
Executive Board Report (if any) Adjournment
2. No individual member shall take action in the name of the Society without authorization by the Executive Board.
3. Any member of the Society incurring expenses without the approval of the Executive Board shall be responsible for
4. All reservations for Society functions shall be requested and prepaid not later than the cut-off (deadline) date shown in
Sthe announcement for each event. Refunds for reservations will not be made unless requests for refunds are received
no later than the cancellation date shown in the event announcement.
5. Debate shall be limited to three minutes and each member may speak only twice on the same subject.
6. In the event of a death of a member of the Society, a sympathy card shall be sent.
7. Appropriate cards may be sent to members on other occasions.
8. The Society headquarters mailing address shall be 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642 This
address may be changed by the Society when necessary.
9. Tape recorders may be used only by the President and Secretary in all Society meetings.
10. Executive Board members shall notify the President or Secretary if unable to attend board meetings, and if possible,
provide a substitute with their report.
11. All chairmen shall obtain approval of the Executive Board for any expenditures.
12. President, on completion of a full term of office, shall be presented with a Past President pin.
13. The Society's Official Photographer shall submit a bill(s) for expenses to the Executive Board for reimbursement. Shall
be issued complimentary tickets to all Society functions at which services are required.
14. Past Presidents, Executive Board members, Reunion Committee Chairpersons, Guest Speaker and spouses) shall be
furnished lodging and complimentary tickets to all scheduled Society functions at the reunion.
15. President shall appoint Pages to serve at the annual meeting.
16. The Society shall not permit the sale of commercial articles at general or annual meetings without permission of the
17. The President shall have the privilege of appointing a registered parliamentarian, (member or non-member) who shall
advise on procedures when requested by the President or any member of the Society. Funds, when required for this
purpose shall be recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the Society at any meeting.
18. Admission to the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Reunion will be limited to members whose current dues
are paid and who have provided acceptable proof of membership upon request.
19. All committee chairpersons shall submit a report to the Executive Board concerning the event they have "chaired."
These events include the Annual Reunion, and other Society functions. These reports shall be retained in the Society's
official files. They shall be filed within two weeks or as soon as possible after the event occurs.
20. The President, Reunion Coordinator, First Vice President and Second Vice President shall be included and shall
attend all meetings relative to Reunion Activities.
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Where Are You?
Anyone knowing the addresses of the above, please
write or call Kathleen (Boni) Moffitt, 721 San Luis Rd.,
Berekely, CA 94707: (510) 526-9392...or Margaret
(Cauthers) Braun, 3104 Little Creek Lane, Alexandria,
VA 22309: (703) 780-5647.
LOOKING FOR CHS 1942
Helen G. Anderson
Frank Ballard Stuart Barber
Beverly Brown Virginia C. Wertz
Franklin Enriques Clayton Foster
Earl Gibson Adolph Gillgreen
Raymond Haynes Lucille Hatfield
Geraldine Henson Gwendolyn Henson
Rayebell Jacobs Marilyn Johnson
Bryan Maher Helen Moore
Charles Moschel Hugh Pescod
Robert Rogers Margaret Shea
Bruce Styles Jr. Dick Tawes
Betty Woods Marguerite Zitzewitz
If anyone has any of the above addresses, please
forward them to: Marjean (Metzger) Hang, 1379 N.E.
Viola Rd., Avon Park, FL 33825. (813) 452-0760.
LOOKING FOR BHS '42 GRADS
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LOOKING FOR CHS'46 GRADS
LONG LOST BHS'52 CLASSMATES
Marie Theresa ARICK
Anita Kala BERLEY
Kenneth Paul CAMPBELL
Rosita Lynn CZERNIK
Eleanor Janet FOWLER
Stephen GRACIE, JR.
Dorothy Lee GREY
Lois Lucille HAMILTON
Weimer Frank HEITE
Lois Catharine HOUSEHOLDER
Barbara Elizabeth LAWSON
Hilton Robert McPHETERS
Barbara Mae MILLARD
Eddie Leroy PIPKIN
Norman Charles SLADE
Thelma Marie THOMAS
Dennis Shannon VENNING
Anyone knowing addresses of any of the above,
please contact Eleanor (Williams) Dehl, P.O. Box 1715,
Mill Valley, CA 94942.
WHERE ARE YOU CHS 1949?
Arthur (Reds) Corbett
Dorothy Rowenna Burton
Jose (Babalu) Colina
DeElda Lou Cotanche
Sanna Louise Munden
Enerst (Mitt) Runnells
Betty (Boots) Bougan
James Andie Gracie
Thomas Henry Simmons
WILLIAM AUGUSTUS ALTMAN
LAMBERT OLIVER BAXTER
YOLANDA MARIA BULL
MIRIAM TERESITA CORNEJO
JOAN RUTH CROWDER
JOYCE ANN CROWD
ROBERT DONALD EILER
WILLIAM J. ELTON
EDWARD FRANKLIN ERICKSON
ROBERT AUGUSTINE FONSECA
GLADYS FULVIA FONSECA
IVAN R. GARCIA
FREIDA MARIA GFELLER
JANET JACQUETTE GIBSON
PATRICIA LEE GOTT
ILEANA MAE HANSON
CARMEN M. HATCHER
PAUL EDWARD HERRING
SHIRLEY B. HOLLAND
MARIA THERESA LOPEZ
JOAN MILDRED MACLEAN
JANE BOWLING MALLAN
MARGARET BUTLER MAYHEW
MARCUS R. MCKEE
H. MELVIN MEYER
HCTOR M. MIRANDA
AIDA R. ORTIZ
JACOB PLICET JR.
ROBERT J. RANSON
MARCO ANTONIO RAUDALES-PLANAS
JR. NORMA THELMA REALLY
LEO ROMERO JR.
BETTY MARCELA RUIZ
J. WALTER SANTAMARIA
MARK MOOR SHULZ
SHARON KAY SIGFRED
DIDACITO SILVER JR.
THOMAS RAY TUCKER
MARIAM RODRIGUIZ UNGO
EDNA R. WANTUK
ANN LEE WEST
ROSEMARY MAI WOODCOCK
Please contact Anne "Rusty" Stapler LoFranco, 2701
Goethals Road N., Staten Island, NY 10303. (718) 761-
9270, Milwaukie, OR 97222. (503) 659-1247 if you can
help locate the above classmates.
BHS 1946 WHERE ARE YOU?
LOOKING FOR CHS 1953
JEAN ANNE ENKE
MARY LOU WILBER
HUGO S. PERINO
Please send your input to: Charlie Norris, 1653 Kidder
Avenue, Fairfield, CA 94533.
WHERE ARE YOU CHS 1950?
Please send any of the addresses above to Kathryn
Molinaro Taylor, 4904 Mt. Almagosa Drive, San Diego,
WANTED: CHS CLASS OF '62
Christopher W. Atkins Samuel "Sam" Katz
Jack C. "Joaquin" Attia Jeanette Thelma Kirkland
Charles H. "Chuck: Bath, III Joseph L. "Joe" Lawrence
Terrand Trady Bing Jeffrey L. "Jeff" Leon
Robert Augustus Chan George Wilber Little
Richard Vincent "Rick" Chin Susan Chris McCullough
Susan Jane "Sue" Corrigan Joseph "Long John" McGoff
Sandra "Sandy" (Husted) Cusumano Karen Louis Middleton
Janice Kaye "Jan" Deck Eugene H. "Gene" Pugh, Jr.
Stephen T. "Steve" Franklin Charles P. "Chuck" Rhine
Edward Hewitt Green Aide Maria "Polo" Rigby
Earl William "Bill" Riggs George W. Slaughter
Lennard ALLen "Len" Hakanson Joanne Frances "Jo" Tang
Kathleen F. "Kathy" Hemenway Katherine H. "Kay" Tapie
Verna Raye Hildebrand Virginia "Ginny" Valdez
Mary-Elizabeth "Mary" Jones Robert Willis
Please advise me if you have any of the above
addresses. Edna G. (Morales) Foster, CHS Class of '62
Reunion Coordinator, 1016 N. 3rd. Street, Jenks, OK
74037-3111. (918) 298-5543
Please send names and addresses of classmates
known to: Brian Albright, 619 King St., #310, Columbia,
SC 29205 (803) 252-9300 or Rita Mann Adams, 225 Jill
Lane, Sulpher Springs, TX 75482 (214) 885-4715.
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
MISSING CLASSMATES CHS 1952
Canal Records and correspondence has been
returned from the following. Any information regarding
these member will be appreciated.
If you have any of the above addresses, please send
them to Martha, Keith, Nellie or Anne (See CHS 1952
BOUGAN, ARE YOU THERE?
I am trying to locate any member of the Bougan
family. Mr. Bougan (Tom?) worked at the Cristobal
Commissary during the 1940's.
Please reply to Brian Albright at 619 King Street,
Columbia, SC 29205. (803) 252-9300.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELECTION
OF OFFICERS FOR 1992-1993
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Fred Huldtquist,
Chairman, Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Mrs. Beverly Williams, Mrs. Isabelle Gibson, and Mrs. Betty Frassrand, submitted
the following Slate of Officers for 1992-1993 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 10, 1992 at St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida:
President Mr. Robert Van Siclen
1st Vice President Mrs. Faith Brundage
2nd Vice President Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Director Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Director Mrs. Vicki Sizemore
Nominated from the floor were Mr. Robert Johnson and Mr. Paul Rozmeski for Directors.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
Detach Ballot from mailing envelope (inserted in this issue). Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, placing
an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. Of the four names listed for Directors, vote for two (2). One write-
in nomination for each office is permitted per ballot. Each active member (member or spouse) shall submit one (1) ballot
(only one ballot per member household). Place ballot in envelope marked "BALLOT" placing your name and address in
the upper left-hand corner. Affix a stamp and mail for arrival on or before JUNE 12. 1992. DO NOT USE THE
APPLICATION ENVELOPE FOR YOUR BALLOT. Ballot envelopes will be opened at the Annual Business Meeting in
Orlando. Application envelopes are opened upon receipt by the Secretary/Treasurer, and if your ballot is enclosed therein,
it will be VOIDED.
Slate of Officers for 1992-1993
Robert E. Van Siclen
It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the Society as President for 1991/1992,
and I look forward to serving as President again in 1992/1993 with the memberships
support. I was Coordinator of the 1991 Annual Reunion and I feel that is a good stepping
stone training for the Presidency. I have devoted the past two years to my Society duties,
which has done much to prepare me for another term as President. I am one of seven
.4 : children born in the Canal Zone, attended local schools and graduated from BHS in 1938.
I practiced law in the Zone until called to active duty in the Navy and was assigned as OIC
of the Navy Shore Patrol on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
My wife Nancy and I still reside in Seminole, Florida. I am the father of 7
children, and this year I have had another granddaughter added to my family. I am truly
honored to be nominated to serve a 2nd term as President of the Panama Canal Society
I am interested in serving as 1st Vice President of the Society, because I am
interested in the Society's future. I have attended the regular monthly meetings and
Executive Board meetings while serving as 2nd Vice President for the 1991-1992 term of
office. I have worked in the Hospitality Suite for the past 5 years at the annual reunions
and was chairperson for the Telephone Committee and several other committees such as
Refreshment Committee, Registration at reunions, Office Procurement Committee and am
willing to work where most needed. I am presently Chairperson for the Vendor's
Committee for the 1992 reunion.
After leaving the Canal Zone, I settled in Massachusetts; was active in the Mass.
Association of Insurance Women; held office as Director of my County and was a board
member for 8 years there. In St. Petersburg I am active in the Riviera United Methodist
Church choir, am past president of the Woman's Group, Administrative Board member and
on the Organ Task Force.
I was born on Fishers Island, New York into a military family that was transferred
to the Panama Canal Zone first in 1932, stationed in Fort Sherman, and then to Fort
Amador in 1938. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1942 and married a third
generation Zonian, Fred Huldtquist in 1948. I was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse
Corps for two years during World War II, then attended Canal Zone College part-time, and
Memphis State University during the war, and Florida State University part-time.
I retired from the Panama Canal Company as a Budget Analyst with the
Engineering and Construction Bureau in 1979. I served ten years as a member and later
Chairman of the Audit and Budget Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
two years as Legislative Representative, and as Director this past year. My husband and I
have chaired the Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament during the Reunion for the past
twelve years. I would now appreciate your vote for the 2nd Vice President.
I was born in New York City, New York and arrived in the Canal Zone at the age
of five weeks. I am a third generation Zonian. My father, Gus Holmelen, was Chief
Engineer on the tugboat Alajuela for the Marine Division. I attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1943.
In 1954 I came to Florida with my two children of my first marriage, Pauline and
William Arnold. I then married John Whitman in 1956 and had a daughter, Barbara Jean.
We now have three grandsons and two great-granddaughters.
I have been involved in community activities, Girl Scouts, Crime Watch, and the
American Business Women's Association, in which I was named "Woman of the Year" for
1983. I became a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in 1955 and was elected
President of the Society for the 1987-1988 term. I have held other offices and served on
numerous committees. Currently, I am a Director in the Society and am seeking re-
election while looking forward to continuing work for the Society.
I was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in the Canal Zone. I am a 1970
graduate of Balboa High School, attended Canal Zone College and graduated from the
University of West Florida with a degree in Special Education. I have taught in New York,
Texas, DODDS-Panama Region and am currently employed as a special education teacher
with Polk County School District and am a member of the Polk Education/National
Education Association. I have served as chairperson for the 20th BHS/CHS class reunion
and also served as chairperson for Carnavalito 91, also served on the Dance Committee
'91, the Carnavalito '92 Committee and co-chaired the Annual central Florida Zonian
Picnic. I live in Auburndale, FL with husband Ed Wardlow. We are members of St.
Alban's Episcopal Church where I teach Sunday School and recently coordinated a project
to provide Christmas dinner and gifts to needy families. I am honored to be nominated
for Director and look forward to serving the Society to ensure its continued success.
Robert "Bob" Johnson was raised on the Atlantic side and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and completed his
apprenticeship in 1947 and became active in community and fraternal activities. Over the
years he has held the offices of President of the Gatun Civic Council, President of the
Margarita Recreational Association, Vice-President of Brazos Brook Golf Club,
Commander of the V.F.W., Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, twice held the title
of Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1542, and the District Deputy for the B.P.O.Elks. He
retired from the Locks Division in 1980 with 35 years of government service Since
retirement, Bob has served as President of N.A.R.F.E. in Kissimmee, FL and at present
is working at Countryway Golf Course in Tampa. He has been elected 2nd Vice-President
of the Society for 1989-90, and in charge of Transportation and security at the 1990 Annual
Reunion. He is presently Legislative Representative for the Society.
Paul V Rozmeski
I was born in Bridgeport, CT.; graduated from Warren Harding High School and
volunteered into the Army in 1951, being honorably discharged in 1954. While stationed in
Ft. Kobbe, C.Z., met and married Lilia Flores. Upon discharge from the Army, we returned
to Bridgeport. I was hired by the Panama Canal Company in 1955, working at the old
Cristobal Commissary until it's closure in 1959. I transferred to Gatun Locks as a Guard
and in 1960 joined the Police force and was a detective when I retired in 1980. I was the
Atlantic District Commander, American Legion in 1959 and received a Public Service
Award from the Panama Canal Company for my work in the community and with Little
League coaching the Police Pals. I was also active in the Elks Lodge 1542, Margarita, and
was voted Outstanding Elk of the Year in 1979. I was also awarded their Life Membership.
Lil and I have three sons, Joseph, Jeffrey and Robert.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1991 Audit Report
January 14, 1992
Mr. Robert VanSiclen
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear Mr. VanSiclen
Your Statement of Income and Expense for 1991 and your Budget are attached.
As of December 31, 1991 our paid membership for 1991 stood at 4,570 and our delinquent membership totaled 1,348.
At the end of December 1990, our paid membership totaled 5,227 with 524 delinquents. This would indicate a decrease
of 657 paid members to the Society. Taking into consideration our delinquents, if they renew their memberships, our total
membership (paid and unpaid) would stand at 5,918 December 31, 1991 compared to 5,751 at December 31, 1990, or a
total increase of 167. During 1991 approximately 688 members were dropped for non-payment of dues. We would like
to note that as of December 31, 1991, 16 members had prepaid their dues, compared to 3,566 at the end of 1990, a
decrease of 3,550 in prepaid memberships.
RECOMMENDATION I. It is recommended that a 3.7% Cost of Living increase be awarded to all paid employees of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. commencing with their first paycheck of 1992.
RECOMMENDATION II. The Audut Report for the Reunion for 1991 be included in the Canal Record. This is no
longer included in the Audit of the Society and should be shown to the membership.
FINDING I. Canal Record costs have increased over $10,000 from 1990 to 1991. This is increased printing costs and
wages. With this increase the cost is $15.52 per membership with 4,570 members. Our dues are only $15.00. The excess
of $0.52 and Society expenses are being paid with reunion income, advertising, and interest, decreasing our fund balance.
COMMENT I. Our fund balance decreased $11,438.16 during 1991. It is recommended that a committee be appointed
to determine how much of an increase in dues is necessary to cover our expenses.
COMMENT II. Mileage rate is 28 cents per mile for 1992. This is the rate used by Internal Revenue Service. Please allow
this rate for all claims commencing on January 1, 1992.
Jeanne M. Wheeler
Audit and Budget Committee
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN
FUND BALANCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1991
FUND BALANCES AT JANUARY 1, 1991
Checking Account (Unlimited)
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TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF JANUARY 1, 1991
Annual Reunion 1991
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
TOTAL RECEIPTS 1991
Annual Reunion 1992
Taxes Withheld and Paid
Rent and Move
Travel and Transportation
Cost of Tags, Decals, Pins
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1991
FUND BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 1991
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TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1991
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
October 20, 1991
Mr. Robert VanSiclen
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear Mr. Van Siclen:
Your Audit and Budget Committee has completed its examination of the 1991 Reunion Coordinators accounts.
All receipts, check records, deposit slips and bank statements were verified as correct.
FINDING I: There should be more care in keeping receipts. Receipts for reimbursements totaling $26.11 were misplaced
for one check.
RECOMMENDATION I: Seed money should be given to the Reunion Coordinator early enough so that the Society does
not have to pay for any expenses incurred.
COMMENT I: All papers were in good order, neat and ready for audit.
Attached is a statement of Income and Expenses for the 1991 Reunion.
(Signed) (Signed) (Signed)
Jeanne M. Wheeler Martha Carey (JW) Josephine Attia (JW)
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES
Ball and Dance
Telephone, travel, and postage
Reporter's Luncheon, Security, coffee
Registration, Hospitality and Speaker expenses
Reimburse Society for expenses paid
NET INCOME FROM 1991 REUNION
Balance in Reunion Coordinators Account September 30,
Return seed money to Panama Canal Society
Reimburse Society for expenses paid
Net income from 1991 Reunion for the Society
TOTAL INCOME SEPTEMBER 20, 1991 $36,780.39
TOTAL EXPENSES SEPTEMBER 20, 1991 $30,659.29
WATER PLANTS WORKING TO
On a daily basis, 45 million gallons of water are
processed by the Panama Canal Commission at the
Miraflores water filtration plant. This means that persons
living in the Canal operating area, on the military bases
and the western end of Panama City can be assured that
the water they use is free from harmful bacteria and
fulfills all the requirements of the Environmental
Cholera has officially arrived on the Isthmus of
Panama. However, Miraflores water filtration plant
personnel are not unprepared. Even before the
appearance of the first cholera case in Panama, the Plant
began gearing up to deal with the possible appearance of
vibrio cholerae, the cholera bacteria, in source water.
The plant's microbiologist, Bridget Warren, was
sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for
special hands-on refresher training in the detection of the
cholera bacteria in environmental and potable water
supplies. The training received was put into effect
immediately and there is now routine testing for the
cholera bacteria in the area of the plant intake valves
located in Gatun Lake. The testing is also performed
near the intake valves for the Mount Hope filtration
Daily quality control testing to ensure that the water
supplied to the public does not contain harmful bacteria
is a very important component of water plant
responsibilities. With the presence of cholera in the
Republic of Panama, this monitoring has been expanded
to include specific testing for the cholera bacteria.
The work of the Miraflores plant places it in the
front line in the battle to control the spread of cholera in
Panama. Yet, each of us can also give a helping hand by
following the advice of health authorities.
The Commission is providing safe potable water to
the public through the filtration and chlorination process.
In addition, bathers in Gatun Lake will be notified if the
Miraflores microbiology laboratory ever detects the
cholera bacteria in that body of water.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 8, 1991
ALAN MATHENEY HONORED
Alan Matheney, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Grover
Matheney of Panama, has been elected to the student
senate at Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, Maine.
Matheney is also a member of the Academy's cross
Bridgton Academy is the nation's only all
postgraduate preparatory school.
Bridgton Academy News
October 23, 1991
FRANK LEE NAMED
Frank A. Lee has been appointed to the new post of
Airport facilities foreman at Ocala Municipal Airport. He
will supervise part-time employees, volunteers and
community service workers who maintain buildings, and
grounds; conduct routine safety inspections; initiate
needed corrective measures and provide liaison with
He will also assist and coordinate in the physical
setup for Airport shows and other special events; assist
the Airport manager in compliance with FAR and FAA
requirements; provide input for yearly development of
goals, objectives and policies; enforce rules and
regulations; coordinate Airport activities with other City
departments; and perform other duties as assigned by the
Frank was born in Gainesville, Florida. He enlisted
in the Marine Corps 1953-55, then entered the University
of Florida and graduated with a bachelor of engineering
degree in 1959. He served as an engineer on the Panama
Canal from 1963 till 1984. Since that time, he has worked
as an intern and planner for the City of Ocala in the
Planning, Fire and Airport departments. He is married to
Deborah Jean (Mokray) Lee, a laboratory technician for
the U.S. Geological Survey.
Ocala Flier (Florida)
HELPERS COME TO RESCUE
AFTER SANTA'S BIG WIPEOUT
By Roxanna Cain
Mrs. Santa Claus and Santa's helpers saved the day
this Christmas Eve after Santa ran into problems on his
way to deliver gifts in Panama Canal Commission
Santa (also known as Commission power dispatcher
Robert Dunn), Mrs. Claus (computer specialist Gail
Abbott) and their helpers were on their way to make
their traditional vists to Pacific townsites. Mrs. Claus,
who was riding in the truck in front of Santa's sleigh, says
that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer must have gone
crazy because Santa lost control of his sleigh. Uttering a
well-known expletive, Santa gripped the sides of the
sleigh as it slid across Diablo Road and jolted to a stop
in a ditch.
An ambulance arrived to whisk Santa to Gorgas
Hospital, where doctors and nurses tended to his
sprained ankle and lower back and monor cuts and
bruises. But who would fill in for Santa in delivering the
gifts to the little girls and boys? That's where Santa's
helpers (Canal safety training chief Bryant Teale and
contractor Billy McGann came in.
Gathering the presents that had fallen out of the
sleigh, they sent them and Mrs. Claus with contractor
Gary Abbott to the parking lot of the La Boca printing
plant, the first stop in Santa's schedule. Stepping into
Santa's boots, Mrs. Claus distributed thr gifts to the
In the meantime. Teale and McGann continued with
their plan. Teale knew of a friend, Canal housing official
Ed Ohman, who was attending a nearby adult Christmas
party dressed as Santa. He and McGann hurried to the
party and literally stole the shirt off Ohman's back. They
also "robbed" him of his pants, forcing Ohman to drive
home in his underwear to get a new set of clothes for the
McGann quickly donned the outfit and the hat and
beard Santa had lost in the spill and rushed with Teale to
the next scheduled stop, the Los Rios Elementary School.
McGann then relieved Mrs. Claus of her gift-distributing
duties and completed Santa's rounds with a final stop at
From his hospital bed, Santa thanked his helpers and
Mrs. Claus as well as the Commission Fire Division team
that came to his rescue. And with a jolly ho-ho-ho, he
said he plans to be back on the job next Christmas.
Panama Canal Spillway
January 3, 1992
by Phyllis Barkley
My sisters and I were born and grew up in Panama,
Canal Zone. Our dad worked for the U.S. Government
as a pilot on the Panama Canal and he and my mother
lived there for 25 years.
The families from all over the U.S. that worked in
the Zone tried to have a Christmas as much like those
they remembered in the states. That included a fir tree as
a Christmas Tree. But in all the tropical jungle foliage,
there was not a fir to be found.
In the fall, the Commissary Division took orders for
Christmas trees and brought them down in the hold of
ships along with supplies to be sold in the commissary.
But during World War II, Christmas trees were not a
high priority. Most ships had been confiscated to carry
troops and supplies for the war effort.
But in December of 1944 someone took pity on us
waiting for our Christmas trees and lashed some to the
deck of a supply ship. Now under "normal" circumstances
- that is, being cut somewhere in New England,
railroaded to New York, loaded on a steamer, shipped to
the Port of Colon, unloaded and repacked on another
railroad that took them to the Pacific side of the Isthmus
where we lived and finally transported by truck to us in
Balboa the trees did not look like ideal Christmas trees.
But after surviving salt spray and burning sun for a week
on the deck of a ship, these were truly pathetic trees.
We went to pick ours up. While our dad was tying
the tree to the top of the car, my sister and I scrounged
the commissary loading dock picking up broken branches
and pieces of pine. After getting the tree home and
setting it up came the challenge of wiring on all the stray
branches. When we were finished with it, that tree had
enough wire to build a chicken coop! After the lights,
ornaments and a generous draping of tinsel, you could
hardly tell where we had started with a somewhat
needleless skeleton of a Christmas tree, and it turned out
to be one of the prettiest trees we ever had.
When we "build" our artificial tree these days with
branches that slide easily into their allotted slots, I often
remember our wired tree and the joy it brought in 1944.
(The author, Phyllis (McLaren) Barkley, graduated
from BHS in 1953).
December 25, 1991
Submitted by Mary Jane Paulson, Tallahassee, FL.
Your Reporter Says ...
Now that the holidays are over we can go back to
normal and pay our bills, write thank-you notes or even
send last minute Christmas cards (oops-someone else we
forgot). We started off with a mild winter but now it is
really starting to get cold.
Many of our Dothanites left for the holidays to visit
relatives....some to Panama...others to Florida...some even
up North. Jim and Marie McNamara spent a cool but
lively 10 days of Christmas in Westport, CT. with their
son, Jimmy and family which includes two
granddaughters, all in-laws plus many other relatives and
friends. One highlight of their trip was seeing the
Christmas spectacular at Radio City Music Hall followed
by supper in the restaurant near the skating rink and the
Christmas tree with 10,000 lights. Jimmy, Jr. reports that
he fully intends to be at the BHS '72 reunion in June in
Elsie and Woody Woodruff spent three delightful
weeks during the holidays with daughter and son-in-law,
Darlene and Joseph Hunt and granddaughters, Lisa,
Joanne and Kelly. The Hunt family now resides at Ft.
Amador where they have a spectacular view of ships
entering and leaving the Canal, Taboga Island and the
Since it was their first visit in eleven years many
changes were evident especially in the Canal Zone area.
The weather was perfect and Woody was able to enjoy
many rounds of golf.
Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas of Bricktown, NJ., Louise
(Rathgeber) Hunt of Dothan, AL., Julie Smith McGrath
of Panama, Betty (Olsen) Boyer of Seminole, FL. and
Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff of Dothan, AL. got together for
lunch at the Mariott Hotel. All of them graduating from
BHS in 1943. Elsie and Norine were able to get together
for a visit and luncheon with Carmen (Hernandez)
Massot (BHS Class of '44).
Ft. Lauderdale before leaving on the Caribbean cruise.
The traveling duo returned on the 5th of January...tired
Maggie and John Janssen, Mary Dault, this reporter
and her husband, Eddie hired a limousine (handsome
Mickey Harris our chauffeur) to drive us to the Dugas-
Pennington wedding in Opelika, AL. Leanna Dugas is the
daughter of Ida Dugas and the late Ralph Dugas. Both
newlyweds are attending Auburn University. It was a
lovely wedding with several former Zonites present.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen went to Valrico, FL to
spend the holidays with daughter, Pat Beck and family.
Margaret and Jack Hern went on their yearly Christmas
trip to Panama to spend the holidays with sons, Jack and
Dick and their respective families.
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt enjoyed a five week visit in
Panama with her four children and their families over the
Marriott Hotel, Panama, December 1991, L-R: Norine
(Rathgeber) Lucas, Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt, Julie
(Smith) McGrath, Betty (Olsen) Boyer, Elsie
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Rodman Officer's Club December 1991, L-R: Norine
(Rathgeber) Lucas, Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff, Jerri
(Hunt) Farnsworth, Ted Arias, Jacqui (Hunt) Arias,
Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Billy Hultin, Louise
(Rathgeber) Hunt, Keith Lucas.
Mary Urey was on the road again. She attended the
Dugas-Pennington wedding in Opelika, AL. on the 23rd
of November, returned to Dothan on the 24th and left
the following day for San Antonio, TX where she spent
a few days with her brother, John (Bucky) Gilbert and
wife, Jackie. She then went to Del Rio, TX. to spend the
Thanksgiving holiday with daughter, Michele Perez,
husband Mike and grandsons, Ryan and John Wesley.
On the 14th of December, Mary returned to Dothan
to prepare for the arrival of daughter, Lorraine and
grandson, Brian from Panama and granddaughter, Tricia
They spent the Christmas holiday with her.
Then on the 28th of December off to Miami where she
met Louise Hunt (who had returned from a 6 week visit
to Panama) and they joined the Zonian Amigos group in
El Volcan, Thanksgiving. Back row: Janet watkins,
Jane Hutt, Jean Farnsworth, Donita McConaughy.
Seated: Darlene and Joe Hunt.
Thanksgiving was spent in El Volcan, Province of
Chiriqui, at the Cabanas Kucikas. There were nine
families and each had their own chalet but shared
together with fun, food, games, and relaxation. The group
consisted of the families of Joe and Darleen Hunt, Jerri
and Jim Farnsworth, Janet and Norman Watkins, Jacque
and Ted Arias, Jane and Bill Huff, Russ and Laurie
Herrington, Dick and Sandy Roscoe, Barbara and Ed
Stanford, and Dave and Donita McConaughey and of
course extra young friends that accompanied the kids.
This is the second year that she has been able to share in
the Thanksgiving festivities at the Volcan where these
families get together. Lovely place to celebrate. There
were 50 people at the Thanksgiving buffet held in the
little community center there at the Kucikas property and
dinner was followed by dancing and singing to "oldies but
goodies" music. Of course the younger generation (kids)
split for awhile thinking the music a bit "corny" but soon
returned when they heard everyone having so much fun.
Lou's sister, Norine Lucas and son, Keith, from
Bricktown, NJ came for a three week visit over the
Christmas holidays. Last time they visited Panama was in
1973 for Norine's 30th Balboa High School class reunion
at La Siesta.
Lou had a wonderful tour of the Miraflores Locks
area with them and also their niece, Judi (Rathgeber)
Whitter, her husband, Keith and daughter Megan. Their
tour was conducted by Tony Grenald, Chief, Orientation
Service Unit of the Panama Canal Commission, a very
good friend of Judi's mom, Annie (Carpenter)
Rathgeber. The Whitters now live in Espinar (formerly
Ft. Gulick) where Keith is stationed with the U. S. Army.
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Miraflores Locks December 1991, L-R: Norine Lucas,
Tony Grenald, Judi and Keith Whitter, Keith Lucas,
and Megan in front.
Lou left before New Years to meet Mary (Gilbert)
Urey in Miami and join the Zonian Amigos group for a
week long cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the Costa
Marina. There were over 90 in the group and they had a
great time visiting Cozumel and Cancun, Mexico, Ocho
Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands. Nice way to
end a six week vacation!
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Huntsville, AL: Seated: Linda Fleming, Helen Boswell,
Lotta Kilbourne, Freida Muhn, Baysie Shuey, Ann
Marti, Judy Rose, Ann Willoughby. Standing:
Gordon Boswell, Olivia Martin, Bill Martin, Marian
Fleming, Ed Kilbourne, Ralph Shuey, Bill
Willoughby. Not pictured: Fred Rose, Lee Marks.
Bill (CHS'48) and Ann Edwards('51) Willoughby
graciously took it upon themselves to entertain the
Huntsville Area Canal Zone group in their home this
September. Their Panama house, a separate cottage, with
all it's mementos of the Canal Zone brought back
memories. They even took the group for a sentimental
seven minute trip through the Canal system, ocean to
ocean, via TV video.
Marian (Duggan) (BHS'33) Fleming and her
daughter, Frieda Muhn, recently returned from the Canal
Zone after a visit with Marian's grandson who is
presently serving in the Air Force there. They brought
along some of their purchases to show to the others.
Olivia (Villa Amil-Casis), (Escuela Panama '53)
Martin, a native Panamanian, had also visited her sister
in Panama recently. She reported her reflections on the
current situation. A typical Canal Zone/Panama menu
was served which was a great hit. Other guests in
attendance were: Gordon (BHS'62) and Helen (George)
(CHS'63) Boswell; Linda Fleming, Marian's daughter; Ed
and Lotta Kilbourne; Lee (Hillman) (BHS'49) Marks;
Ann (Park) (BHS'41) Marti; Bill Martin, Olivia's
husband; Fred (BHS'47) and Judy (Jorstad) (CHS'50)
Rose; and Ralph (BHS'59) and Bayse Shuey.
We wish to extend our condolences to the family of
CJ. Spiros and Ralph Harvey who passed away recently
in Dothan. We also wish to extend our sincerest
sympathy to Alice Myers and family of Spring Hill, FL on
the death of our good and dear friend and ex-C.Z.
neighbor, Bud Myers. They all will be missed very much.
Will be glad to see Spring come around as the last
few days have been quite cold. Good sleeping weather,
though. Bless All and God willing will see some of you at
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
The spring luncheon-meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Arizona will be held this March in Chandler,
AZ, a little south of Phoenix. See "Announcements" for
Also see "Weddings" for an announcement and photo
of Capt. Carol Dabill's wedding in October to Richard
Hobbs in Texas. Carol is a physical therapist, like her
mom, Fern Dabill, and has been stationed with the US
Army in Germany for the past three years. Richard is a
playwright, now finishing his studies for a master's degree
at Kansas State University. Carol is now stationed at Ft.
Fern tells us that family came from Florida,
Pennsylvania and San Francisco all across the
contiguous States to attend the reception she gave the
newlyweds in Sun City, AZ. There was Emily (Horine)
Brooks, Fern's sister, with her son, Bill from Huntington
Beach, CA; their brother Conrad, and his wife, Norma,
from San Diego; their sons, Stan from PA and Paul and
his wife, Lorie, from San Francisco; their daughter, Carol
and her husband, David, with their new baby, Lorraine,
from San Diego.
Fern is one busy lady what with her golf, friends, and
Reserve Officers' Association doings. She attended a
weekend meeting of R.OA. the weekend of January 10,
then flew to Washington, D.C. for the national mid-
winter meeting January 18, after which she visited friends
in Virginia and Maryland.
Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl's fabulous collection of
molas was on display at the Sun City Museum November
19 through December 31, and was very enthusiastically
received by the public. In fact, during January, people
who heard of it came to the museum to see it and
expressed disappointment that it was no longer there.
The Hirschls also had a big birthday celebration for
Jeff and Melissa Hirschl's daughter, Audrey Anne, who
was one year old on January 12. Their other son, Dr.
Ron Hirschl completed his fellowship in Pediatric
Surgery at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia on June
30 and returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is on
the staff of the University Hospital doing pediatric
surgery and research.
Cele Wensing, former Canal Zone teacher on both
the Atlantic and Pacific sides, had exciting holidays in
December visiting with another former Canal Zone
teacher, Jean Long. They went sightseeing everywhere
together. Jean was in Scottsdale, AZ, to spend the
holidays, Christmas and New Year's with her
We were saddened to hear that Dan Rambo, who
lives in Kingman, AZ, lost his wife in June, 1991.
Paul Parks, son of Charles and Ann Trimble Parks,
still lives in Panama, but came up to spend the holidays
with Charlie and Anne. Anne says they just pick him up
at the Phoenix airport, and then drive straight north to
Flagstaff, AZ, and dump him in the snow. He loves snow,
and just had his first sight of it, in Flagstaff, four years
ago, at the age of thirty-three! Now he comes up every
winter to see more snow!
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Betty Crooks Ingram
Ontario, CA 12/15/91
Our dear friend,
Betty Ingram, in Ontario,
CA, keeps very busy with
her two small grandsons,
Wayne and Cody, sons of
Michael and Suzy Ingram,
as well as being the musical
director of her church and
soloist and director of a
choral group called the
Mellowdears. Mike and
Suzy have sold their lovely
home in Ontario and bought
a larger one to meet the
growing, active boys' needs.
L-R: Suzy Ingram, Wayne (4), Michael Ingram, Cody
(2), Ontario, CA. December 1991.
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox took a seven-day
Caribbean cruise on the S.S. Costa Riviera the first week
of December as a sort of advance celebration of their
forty-sixth wedding anniversary. They stayed one night in
Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the lovely Marriott-at-the-Marina,
then sailed for St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Nassau.
On their actual anniversary, January 3, 1992, they
celebrated by having thirty friends and neighbors in for
a party. Among the guests were Jane's childhood friend
from Pedro Miguel, Peggy Bradley, looking very festive
in a lovely red-and-green plaid dress.
Jane and Danny Cox in costume for "Italian Night" on
the S.S. Costa Riviera in the Caribbean, December 3,
1991. Danny is in authentic gondolier costume; Jane
bought him the hat in Venice in 1988.
Anita and Rudy Stempel are back in their home in
Panama City, after having served one year as Panama's
ambassador to the Vatican. It was only one year, but a
fantastic, wonderful experience, living in Rome, attending
ambassadorial functions of all nations, and being formally
received by the Pope.
Former classmate, Robert Shultz, enjoyed a trip to
Buenos Aires in the fall of 1991, with his bride, Lydia, to
visit her son and his family. Her sons father-in-law is the
retired Chief of Police of Buenos Aires, so Robert and
Lydia were met at the airport by a limousine, waived
through customs, had the limousine to use throughout
their stay, and really got the red-carpet treatment,
Remember, ALL former Isthmians are warmly
welcomed at the Panama Canal Society of Arizona's
luncheon-meetings, so do plan to attend. And Arizona
residents, keep the news and pictures coming to your
Jane (Dickson) Cox
The remains of the first snowfall of the year of 1992
is what I see as I look out of the window where my desk
sets in our den. Also, the weather has turned bitterly cold
and decidedly different from a few days ago. Your
reporter hopes that the robins that have been in our area
didn't suffer from the turning of the weather.
First and foremost importance for the members in
this area: Our annual summer picnic will be held on May
31, 1992, at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR. Hours are
from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders and Bud Balcer were
guests of the Mertzs-Ruth and Lyle for a very nice
Christmas dinner. It was greatly appreciated by all.
Etta Faye Terrell had her son Lance and daughter
Andrea and son-in-law Paul visiting with her for the
holidays. Enjoyed having them and took in lots of flea
Evelyn Engelke spent the holidays in Silver Springs,
MD., with daughter Judy Montanaro and family and
recovered from surgery.
Jessie Newhard enjoyed a visit of about a week with
her son, Bryan.
Maxine Reinhold enjoyed Thanksgiving in Minnesota
with daughter, Barbara and son Mel and wife Laura
from Columbus, Ohio joined them. They were snowed in
with over 17 inches of snow. Came home for Christmas
and are planning on a cruise thru Panama Canal in April.
Harold and Jerry Harp were visited by Betty and
Jim Stewart ex Gamboaites from Manchester, TN.
during the holidays. Son Jesse toured Europe during the
month of December.
Rita and Harold Grammer became grand-parents
with the birth of Carson Page Pierse in Fountain Hills,
AZ. Parents are Jennifer Grammer Pierse and Daren
Pierse. They also report that George Engelke continues
to be as good as can be and they visit him often.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman decided to spend
Christmas in Panama City, FL., with youngest son James.
Headed to Wynne, AR., to drop off Christmas presents
for Cathy and Will and their four young ones. While
there attended Christmas exercises put on by Stephen
William and his kindergarten class. Then to the gym to
watch Kara and her classmates in athletic events. Opened
some of our presents with the children and then headed
south to visit James. Jim bought a 1992 Jeep Cherokee
Laredo and has a Pekinese pup he calls Bandit. Opened
the rest of the presents Christmas Day and headed for
home on the 30th. Arrived home New Year's eve and
slept soundly from 1991 into 1992.
Norbert and Peggy Keller enjoyed a nice Christmas
and are planning on attending the Panama Canal reunion
Mary Lou Engelke had as guests on
Thanksgiving Day Etta Faye Terrell and Evelyn Engelke
for dinner. Spent a quiet and a very happy Christmas
with daughter Kathleen and family.
Addie and Marion Colclasure Addie home from
Garden City, KS., where she has been taking care of her
two sisters. Came home to take care of some business
and caught the flu. Marion spent the Christmas holidays
in Colorado with friends.
Betty McGilberry spent a quiet Christmas with her
daughter and family. Also, had a quiet New Years.
Alice and Red Nail report that an early frost got most
of the Christmas trees, but people came by and bought
and the crop was not a total loss. They are planning on
attending the reunion in Florida in June.
John and Polly Michaelis stayed at home for the
holidays and are planning an extensive trip to the west
coast later in the year.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders flew to Dallas/Fort
Worth in late November to visit Bruce III and Sandy in
Piano, TX., and to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Allen,
TX., with grandson Curtis, wife Kim and great-grandsons
Ryan, (3 years), and Collin, (3 months). Bruce
successfully completed his second cataract surgery in
December. The day before Christmas, Dorothy fell and
suffered multiple, contained fractures of her upper right
arm. Bruce drove her to the hospital where the arm was
strapped to her body to immobilize it. This was only the
second time Bruce had driven the car since late in
January 1991. Bruce III and Sandy arrived in mid January
for a short visit. Bruce and Dorothy are looking forward
to the 1992 reunion in Orlando and, "God Willing", plan
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders with their great-
grandsons, Collin and Ryan Sanders at Allen, Texas,
on Thanksgiving, 1991.
Jack and Joan Corliss thoroughly enjoyed the
Caribbean Cruise headed by Pete Foster. They, along
with over 90 ex-zonians enjoyed Mexico, Grand Cayman,
and Jamaica. They also enjoyed the week in November
spent on the "Gulf' coast.
Your reporter from this area of Arkansas has had
one of those times in his life that has to be the very
bottom of the barrel. With the passing of my wife, Betty,
in early November and that was only the beginning. My
daughter, Susan Burdette from Ohio and my son, Paul
from Shreveport, LA., came to be with me. After the
both of them returned home, my grandson David
Pedersen left us on Thanksgiving Day. Due to having
prostate surgery the day after Thanksgiving, I was unable
to attend the services in Ohio. I was in the hospital till
December 4th following surgery and Susan returned once
again to stay with me while I recuperated. The surgery
was a success and I have now returned to a normal daily
routine. I am expecting a short visit from my brother, Dr.
Charles Balcer and his wife Elizabeth from Sioux Falls,
SD., in the middle of January and they will help me
celebrate my birthday. Also, Paul and his family plan to
come for a visit during the month of February.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
Harry and Lee Butz, Springdale, report that all is
well with them and their families. They spent
Thanksgiving Day in Supulpa, OK, with Peter and Janice
Butz and the three grandsons, April, Peter, Jr's wife, and
the great-grandson, Petey the 3rd. Needless to say, Petey
the 3rd, who was just learning to walk, was the center of
attraction. On November 29, Peter and April presented
the elder Butzes with a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth.
This Christmas was a very special one for the Butzes,
because it was the first time the whole family had been
together for this festive season since they left the Zone.
Harry (Ricky) and Vida Lee Butz had flown in from
Reno, NV, Esther B. and Bill Clair came from Broken
Arrow, OK, and Peter and Janice and two of the
grandchildren had come from Supulpa, OK. It was a
wonderful reunion, a great time to relive some of the old
times, amidst much laughter. With everyone helping,
things went smoothly. Harry Sr. had even managed to get
the old navy dining room chairs, which had been above
the garage for 23 years, refinished and upholstered for
Gloria Malsbury, recently prepared a program on
Panama culture and customs to present to her Singles'
Ministry at the First Methodist Church in Springdale.
Gary McLendon, son of Frances and Mack
Mclendon, has purchased the old Woolworth Building on
the downtown square in Fayetteville. He is in the process
of renovating and remodeling it. He will use a portion of
the building for his business, GCM Computer, Inc., and
will lease the remaining space to other businesses.
Luke Palumbo was honored at an 80th birthday party
at the Palumbo home in Fayetteville, on January 18.
Hostesses were Luke's wife, Betty, and her daughter,
Pam Nickle. A goodly number of friends and family
joined in the celebration. Representing the family were
Judy Palumbo-Gates from Fairfield, IA, and Sara P. and
Donald Stephens and children, Spencer, Charity and
Gabriel of Fayetteville. Former Zonians attending were
Earl and Maxine Wrenn and Carl and Petie Maedl. Luke
received a beautiful memory album which had been
compiled by Judy Palumbo-Gates.
In December, Ed and Mildred Higgins, Fayetteville,
went to Williamsburg, Virginia, to meet their great-
grandchildren, Joshua and Brittany Higgins. Their son,
David, accompanied by his wife, Barbara, drove them to
From Frances Whitlock: "Yesterday, December 13th,
Old Man Winter (about 2:00 p.m.) blew in with a
blinding snow storm giving us 3 inches of snow (the first
snowfall of 1992)...and Winter Wonderland is everywhere.
In mid November, my cousin Fred Huldtquist, came
from Seminole, FL to visit his mother, Mattie B.
Weiman, who celebrated her 91st birthday November
26th. Fred was able to get in a few rounds of golf with
his friend, Jack Tuck.
On November 23rd, Matie B's granddaughter, Nancy
Whelan, from California, came with her daughter,
Shannon to visit Mattie B. and stayed a week...joining
our clan's Thanksgiving Dinner at Fran Whitlock's home.
Nancy stayed home at Fran's; watched the turkey baking
while everyone else was at church. (Turkey was delish
and a festive time had by all!)
After an 8-hour drive from St. Louis, MO, (after
work) Andree Lee Collins (Fran's daughter), Ginger
Collins, and Andrew Collins (Andree's daughter-in-law
and grandson) came to visit Fran arriving around
midnight. The next day they all celebrated a "mini-
Christmas" and enjoyed Christmas dinner with the family
at Fran's home...played Contract Rummy with the
Burtons. Saturday went shopping and were luncheon
guests of the Burtons. Sunday after lunch, Fran's St.
Louis visitors left for home. Andree Lee Collins, Export
Manager of Brauner's Export Co. of St. Louis, left St.
Louis on the 16th to attend a seminar in Orlando, FL for
3 days, returning home to St. Louis just in time to trim
her Christmas tree and get ready for the holidays.
Andree Lee is a Seminar speaker, instructor, and
consultant, and a member of the International Trade
Institute of Dayton, Ohio.
Christmas morning, Mattie B. Weiman, following a
tradition she practiced while living in the Canal Zone,
made breakfast for the family and a few friends. The
waffles she made were delish...along with the other
goodies traditionally served.
On New Year's Eve, Fran, Min and Mike Burton,
spent the early afternoon playing bridge with Mattie B.
until about 9:00 p.m. Reason for early departure:
Warning from TV that "revellers" might be a problem.
Ours was a safe, sane, and happy New Year's Eve!"
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON at Knotts Berry Farm, an
annual PCSSC tradition was held December 8, 1991. A
happy holiday spirit enveloped the festive room,
decorated with "Carolers" and "Mop Dolls" handmade by
Laurie Zerr Shrader. Holiday greeters George and
Winifred Muller, Eileen and Bill Finken, Mary Lade,
Agnes Davis and Janet Laschinger, warmly welcomed
each and every guest.
The Invocation was given by PCSSC's Patriarch,
Robert Dill. Adele Argo, Co-Chaplain followed,
presenting one of her prized verses. New Members and
guests were introduced by Vice President Warren Wood
as Emily Horine Brooks of Lutz, FL, and friend
Catherine McCarthy, West Covina; Margie and Bob
Tellkamp, guests of Walt and Bess Morton of Palm
Springs; and Aloiuse and Priscilla (Gorgas) Pastor of
Hemet, with their guests, Betty (Gorgas) Hunter and Lily
Hunter. The Pastors recently joined the Society and
Priscilla is a descendant of General William Crawford
Gorgas, known the world over for eradicating Yellow
Fever and Malaria from Cuba and Panama. Mrs. Harriet
Kambestad, Dana Point and her son Jerry and wife, Judy
of Santa Ana were also welcomed.
Continuing our "Canal Zone Family History
Program" George Muller (BHS'42) chronicled his family
history, from Jack and Margaret Muller's arrival in
Gatun in 1912; the growth of the family to seven children;
life in Pedro Miguel, Cristobal and Balboa, and finally
with the spreading of Jack and Margaret's ashes in
Miraflores Lake in 1976. It was a fascinating presentation
- Thank you George!
Jack Taylor briefly commented on Carl Posey's
(BHS'51) recently published article in Smithsonian
Magazine, November '91, entitled 'The Bittersweet
Memory that was the Canal Zone." Copies were
available for those interested.
It was a day filled with Christmas magic music and
carols, led by David Leroy Smith, who with the
accompaniment of Elves, Charles Becktell, John Hanson,
David Hollowell, Leo Krziza and Warren Wood, sang till
the rafters rang. Santa (David Lane) and Mrs. Santa
(Margi Gilbert) charmed us into believing in Santa again.
Christmas troubador David LeRoy Smith and
President Joan Ridge deGrummond.
Door prizes of a Poinsettia-pattern shawl donated by
Letty Moore was won by Esther Krziza Condry; a Hotel
Tivoli drawing by Linda Geyer was won by Charles
Becktell; and two books, donated by Conrad Horine,
Soldiers in Panama and Stories of Operation Just Cause
were won by Mary Lade and John Hanson.
1st prize in the lottery was won by John Hanson; 2nd
prize, Bob Wolfenstein; 3rd prize, Jean McLean.
Raffle winners: Elsa Gonzales, Bill Finken and
Evelyn Wood won Two Carolers and a Mop Doll; Sees
Candies won by Adele Argo and Mary Lade; a Ceramic
Cat donated by Joyce Levy was won by Eileen Finken;
a Guaymi Chaquira donated by Norma Horine was won
by Evelyn Wood, and a 1992 Balboa Union Church
Calendar was won by Margie Morton Tellkamp.
The luncheon concluded with everyone in the
Holiday Spirit, holding hands and singing "Auld Lang
Syne." It was a special gathering. Plan to join us at our
next Luncheon at Pea Soup Anderson Restaurant in
Carlsbad on March 8, 1992.
PCSSC Resident Professional Clown, Lolita
(Provost) Packard, BHS'40, of Westminster, CA
attended the International Clown Convention in England
- 600 International Clowns strong. She presented the
Keys of the City of Westminster, CA to Her Grace, Lord
Mayor Pat. She also spent three weeks touring Belize,
Takal and Honduras. She writes that she enjoyed
tramping through the jungles looking for Black Howler
Monkeys, Mayan Ruins, water falls. The highlight of her
year had to be participating in the Ms. Senior America
Pageant. She did a "Graham Crackers Bedtime Story"
with magic, for her spot. No, she didn't win, but it was
Janet Cameron Ross, Long Beach writes that she
was especially happy to still receive the Balboa Union
Church calendar. She enjoyed Thanksgiving with her son
and Woody Speir (BHS'37) and will spend Christmas in
Las Vegas with Patsy (Boggs) Lord (BHS'37).
Jim and Jane Kaufer (CHS'40) Cochrane sold their
home of 40 years in Sunnyvale, and bought a new home
in an active-adult senior community in Santa Rosa. The
very active Cochranes took a long 14,000 mile trip in
their mini-van visiting friends and family in Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Washington D.C. and Oklahoma. They especially enjoyed
their visit to Cochrane, Alberta, Canada,- treading on
grounds of ancestors.
Marie Hughes Browder, San Diego, visited son, Bill
Browder, Transportation Superintendent for AMTRAK
in Washington, D.C. and with son Capt. Ed (USN Ret),
a Nuclear Engineer for Disposal of Nuclear Waste, in
Albany, NY recently.
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Robert Dill, patriarch of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California celebrated his 102nd birthday in
Christina Kreis Anderson and husband
enjoying Christmas, San Diego style!
Dick Tatelman is finalizing plans for another cruise
in February. He spent a week in San Francisco in
December visiting with his nephew and wife, visiting from
George A. Black, Jr. (CHS'38) and Leo Krziza, co-
workers at the Ancon Corral from the mid-'50s-'70s, met
in Carlsbad recently after a 15 year lapse. George and his
wife, Virginia Black de Quesada from Herida, Costa
Rica, and Mary (Cryan) Lade (BHS'39) also enjoyed the
visit. The highlight of the trip was visiting the Wild
Animal Park in Escondido, CA.
Remember Johnny McNatt? He and wife Joanne
have lived in Juneau, Alaska for the past 12 years. Their
hobby would you believe Salmon fishing? Address is
2340 Kevin Court, Juneau, AK 99901. John maintains
Electrical Airport Systems for the State.
Honeymooners still Jack and Kathryn Argo Taylor
just returned from a cruise aboard the Golden Odyssey,
Royal Cruise Line. Their Ports-of-Call included
Acapulco, Costa Rice, a transit through the Panama
Canal, Curacao, and Aruba.
Bob and Millie Provost, Carlsbad, CA hosted at the
annual gathering of the Provost clan eighteen family
Old friends visit Wild Animal Park, Escondido, CA.
L-R: George A. Black, Jr., (CHS'39) Mary (Cryan)
Lade, (BHS'39), Leo J. Krziza, and Virgiania
Three former P.C. workers meet in Oceanside, CA.
L-R: George A. Black, Jr., Leo J. Krziza, both from
M.T.D. and Lou Tanassy, Engineering Division.
Enjoying the West Coast Reunion are Mary (Cryan)
Lade and Leo J. Krziza, "Ancon Corral." Mary has yet
to return to the Canal after leaving in 1940!
Malcolm and Faye Wheleer, San Diego, spent
November in Hawaii and visited son Malcolm Jr. and
family in Denver, and daughter, Dolores and LeMoyne
Hall and family in San Antonio, TX for Christmas.
Jolie Seeley, Laguna Hills, was recently elected
President of the Laguna Hills Branch of the American
Association of University Women, Congratulations, Jolie!
Blanquita McNatt Schield, Livermore, CA attended
brother Richard and wife, Pandora McNatt's retirement
party in Panama. Richard received the Panama Canal
Master Key Award from Administrator Gilberto Guardia
F. for his service as Assistant Chief of the Community
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Catsy Taylor Schafer and Frances Days Jones
enjoying a beautiful day in San Diego.
Vernon and Catsy Taylor Schafer, San Diego, had a
visit from daughter, Layne Taylor Ashton and her
husband, Tom, of Dothan, Alabama. Vernon, a real
gourmet cook prepared a Texas Barbecue Brisket for the
family gathering a recipe from the kitchen of former
Texan, Willy Bob Morris.
There will be a family gathering of Familia Morris
in Dallas, TX in March. Victoria Morris Hall will be
visiting from Guatemala, and Wil Robb Morris,
Encinitas, CA, Carlton and Bliss Morris Connerton and
husband John live in the Dallas, TX area.
Linda Reimann Morris
A belated Happy New Year to all and hope it is also
a Healthy and Prosperous year for us all.
Had a nice note from Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang. She
and Pete spent Christmas with their expanding family, -
25 in all. This included Mary Lou's Dad and Mom, Earl
and Charlotte (Wahl) Dailey; Pete's Mom, Mina Dee;
daughters Patti McPherson and Shannon Dailey Fletcher
with husband Holly; and granddaughter Kayla Denise
each contributed to Youth and Family Alternatives for
Teens in Crisis.
Guests of members attending were, Martha Carey,
Dorothy Feicht, Margo Jordan, Margaret Leigh, Beverly
Shirley, Ann Sink, Ellen Steiner, Virginia Wood and Bev
Sisters Patti McPherson and Shannon Fletcher
BROWN BAGGERS, back L-R: Mary Egolf, Dorothy
Pate, Dot Herrington, Grace Carey, Muriel Whitman,
Fran Stock. Middle row: Jane Huldtquist, Mildred
Hickey, Carolyn Johnson, Cel Marceau, Issy
Gibson. Front: Dottie Yocum, Helen ledgerwood,
Marie Dube, Sara Rowwley.
Pete Lang (Santa Claus) with granddaughter, Kayla
Denise Fletcher, played Santa to 7 children in the
Pete Lang with his mom, Mina Dee.
The Brown Baggers and Sewing group met for their
joint Christmas luncheon on December 10 at the
Countryside Country Club. Dorothy Herrington and
Marje Foster co-hosted the luncheon for the 35 ladies in
attendance. The dining area overlooked the golf course
and was decorated with large candles and poinsettas as
centerpieces. Each lady had her own place card on an
Xmas wreath made by Dot Herrington. Marje led the
group in a game of Trivia questions based on the season,
followed by Christmas Carols under the direction of Jane
Luncheon was a delicious Roast Pork or Florentine
Marge presented Dorothy Yocum with a gift as a
token of appreciation for her many years of making net
scrubbers for the luncheon. Instead of a gift exchange,
SEWING CLUB: back L-R: Jeanne Wheeler, Mildred
Sutherland, Marje Foster, Alma Seiferlein, Edna
Wertz, Eleanor Buehler, Dottie Sanders. Front: Flo
Mallett, Sara Rowley, Carlie Taber, Aura Erikson,
During a recent Cicero clan gathering at the home of
Craig and Stephanie Cicero in Port St. Lucie, Florida,
shows Joe conducting his Ballet 101 Class in the attached
Joe Cicero and his star pupil, Ballerina Markovich (son
Mark) in their rendition of the Ballad of "Swan Lake" in
Front L-R: Vanessa Hooper, Sonia Valey, Pete and Marje Foster, June Trim, Cheryl and Pat Williams, Skip
Rowley, 2nd row L-R: Patsy Rice, Tommie Lou Horter, Sally Smith, Ginny Rahm, Judy Hooper, Greg
Frauenheim, Fran Brassy, Billie Martin, Jack Taber, Issy Gibson, Aura Erikson, Linda Marshall, Carly Taber,
Betty Snow, Bev Williams, Faith Brundage, Blanche Browne, Jane Huldtquist, Nealy VanSiclen, Rosie Cook,
Dot Yocum, Sara Rowley, June and Dave Stevenson, Lou Hunt, Fred Wellington, Mary Urey. Back L-R: Bob
Harrington, Ted Schwenn, Ruth Harrington, Lynne Frauenheim, Don Wellington, Bud Erikson, Gene
Frauenheim, Jean Schwenn, Kim Alexander, Ben brundage, Jane and Steve Small, Buddy Williams, Bob
Heckman, Fred Huldtquist, Jeannine and Bill Carlin, Joan and Jack Corliss, Glorida and Bob Bearden, Not
shown: Jim, Ann, Kelly and Katie Alexander, Gayle and Jennifer Hope, Brent, Kerry and Lauren Burkhead,
Harry Foster, Darrell, Leslie and Christi Fraunheim, Mae Heckman, Dot and Bob Herrington, Tom, Doris and
Brian Jordan, Michelle Lapicola, Chuck and Louise Rainier, Val Schroeter, Dave and Ann Sink, Bobbye, Brad,
and Cheryl Wellington, Bruce Chan, Paul and Sean Williams and Ernie Yocum.
The Zonian Amigos added another successful group
gathering by "Cruising Italian Style" over the New Year's
holiday on Costa Cruise Lines' newest ship, the 770
passenger Costa Marina.
The Zonian Amigos group of 94 Zonians ranging in
age from 19 months to 80 years converged on December
28, 1991 at the Best Western Marina Inn and Yacht
Harbor in Fort Lauderdale. The next day the group
headed for the Port of Miami via their private cars and
a motorcoach chartered for the occasion by the Zonian
Amigos Coordinator, Pete Foster.
The Costa Marina weighed anchor at 4:30 P.M. and
headed for a very memorable 7 night cruise to the
Western Caribbean Ports-of-Call at mexico's Playa del
Carmen, Cancun, and Cozumel then to Ocho Rios,
Jamaica and Grand Cayman.
Throughout the cruise weather was like the beautiful
dry season days in Panama. As a result, shore excursions
for sight-seeing, shopping, scuba diving and snorkeling
was most enjoyable.
Upon returning to the Port of Miami on January 5,
1992, most of the Zonian Amigos were looking forward
to meeting again on one of the 1992 Zonian Amigos
Tours Panama Revisited in July and August or the New
England/Canada Fall Foliage Cruise.
What a lovely surprise and pleasure to have father
John Kennedy blow into town on December 24 to visit
Beverly and Bud Williams in Palm Harbor. On the 26th
the Williams held an open house for father Kennedy and
mutual friends. Before leaving for Miami, he visited Ceil
Marceau, Dick and Helen Tomford and Ned Neville.
While on a visit to Florida, Kathleen (Boni) and
Frank Moffitt visited Betty Snow in Clearwater. While
here they attended a party given by Dot and Bob
Herrington for Dot's sister, Tommy Lou (Jordan) Horter
and Patsy Rice from Austin, Texas.
Barbara Green and Roger Rios spent the Christmas
Holidays in Houston, Texas, with their sons, Randy of
Clearwater, Roger of Molokai, Hawaii, and daughter
Terry and her family.
Virginia and Joe Wood entertained Maria Hunsicker
with a dinner party honoring her on her 90th birthday.
Another 90th birthday was held in Miami for Marie
(Williams) Henriquez by her children with a birthday
Mass and Luncheon.
The Canal Zone group of Zonians in the Sarasota
area celebrated their annual no-host Christmas luncheon
and gift exchange on December 2, 1991 at the Brenton
Reef Restaurant. It was a festive, fun affair, thanks to
Chairperson Rae Ebdon, Co-chairperson Jay Cain and
their committee. Mary Orr was mistress of ceremonies
and Mayno Walker was Santa Claus. Everyone enjoyed
their gifts by Santa and the elf-assistants, Franny Jones
and Gladys Humphrey. Included in the out-of-town
guests were Louise Bissell and Isabel Gibson from St.
Petersburg; Frances Sharp and "Toodles" (Warren)
Setzer from Sun City; Mildred Sutherland of Clearwater;
Ruth (Moody) Bollea of Tampa, and Sue Ebdon from
Capt. Jeffrey Nelson, USA and family visited his
mother Kathleen "Kay" Nelson in Sarasota over the
Christmas holidays. Jeff completed his tour of duty at
Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, the end of November.
He and his wife, Mary Ann, with their daughter, Leeann,
picked up their car in Los Angeles and came to Florida.
Leeann, who was born in Hawaii, celebrated her first
birthday in San Antonio, Texas on January 8, 1991. Jeff
is attending a six month Advanced Officers Training
course at Fort Sam Houston, TX before reporting to his
next assignment. While with his mother in Sarasota, Jeff
and Mary Ann celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary
on December 17, 1991.
Three generations in Hawaii. Proud grandmother, Kay
Nelson with Jeffrey and daughter Leeann.
Allen and Kay Miller spent Christmas and New
Years with their son-in-law and daughter, Don and
Marge (Miller) Scheiwe, and daughter Melinda Kay at
their home in Monument, CO.
Joe and Rae Ebdon accompanied his brother, Fred
and wife, Bev in Fred's RV on their trip to St. Albans,
VT to visit Jim and Edna Million and join Truman and
Betsy Hoenke of Homosassa, FL who were also visiting
there. Later the four Ebdons traveled to Brandson, MO,
spending five days attending Country Western Shows
there. They also visited Leo and Charlotte Kegley in
Houston, TX and with Helen (Hewett) Alexander in San
On another trip in October, the four Ebdons traveled
together. Joe and Rae visited their son and family, Dick
and Kathy and two children, Geoffrey and Jennifer in
Ervine, CA, and their other son, Tom in Rancho Santa
Margarita. Fred and Bev visited their son, Jim and family
in Napa, CA. Later the group, accompanied by Tom,
went to Park West, Utah to see Tom's recently purchased
condo at a ski resort. They didn't see snow, though.
Early in December, Bill and Susie (Fahnestock)
Ebdon spent several days with his brothers, Joe and Fred
and sisters-in-law. They enjoyed several holiday activities
and celebrations with family and friends before returning
Bill and Maxine Dixon's Thanksgiving was
especially happy as her nephew, Michael Cambers,
serving in the US Air Force in England, arrived
Thanksgiving Day, and his father, Matt Chambers, came
from Hermosa Beach, CA to join them during his ten
Myrtle Hughes spent the Christmas holiday in Deer
Park, TX with her son and his wife, Tom and Lorna
Hughes and other family members. It was a special time
as Myrtle got acquainted with her second great-
granddaughter, Lorna Lyn, born to her grandson, Jeffrey
and Tamara Hughes of Ft. Worth.
George and Mayno Walker enjoyed a full house of
family with the arrival of daughter Jeanne W. Wagner of
Anchorage, AK, and their son Frederick from Balboa,
R.P. for the holidays. Mayno's sister, Zonella (Bliss)
Field came from San Fernando, CA for her annual visit
with her sisters Tinsie Barnes and Gladys Humphrey,
and brother, Curtis H. Bliss and their families. There
was lots of laughter, joy, family get-togethers and much
reminiscing. George and Mayno are always happy with
family around. The highlights of the visitors' visits was
the 50th anniversary party the four children had planned
to honor their parents.
The Walkers with their children and sister Zonella,
drove to the East Coast to visit No. 1 daughter and
family, Martin and Mickey Fitzgerald in their new home
in New Smyrna Beach, FL and also with brother Curtis
and his wife, Emily in Rockledge, FL, who hosted the
group with a "comida tipica" luncheon of Arroz con Polio,
shrimp, plantain, etc. A special surprise guest was their
cousin, Mrs. Fred Lee (Leona Hart) from Merritt Island,
whom they hadn't seen for many years. When they
returned to Sarasota, Zonella remained in Rockledge for
several days. While there, she enjoyed several nice
Christmas programs and visited friends.
Billie Galloway enjoyed a visit from her daughter and
son-in-law, Anna Kathryn and Pat Daniel from Houston,
TX, and celebrated Anna Kathryn's birthday here.
Frank Naughton, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was also a
guest of Billie Galloway and her sisters, Maxine
Hitchcock and Robin Comer, and later visited family in
upper Florida and Mississippi, then returned to Sarasota
for several days before returning home.
Bob and Molly Orvis drove from Naples, FL; picked
up his grandmother, Fran Orvis, and drove to Daytona
Beach to spend Thanksgiving with his parents, Bob and
Lotty Orvis. All the family were there, Nita Orvis and
friend Alena with her daughters; Carl and Christine
Orvis with sons Ryan and baby Ty; Lottie's stepfather
Elton Bell and her aunt Lulu Stevenson, visiting from
Colon, R.P. A great time was had by all.
Fran Orvis enjoyed Christmas with her other son,
Jim and Julie Orvis in Tampa. Also Julie's sister, Berlin
Jones from Gainesville and her daughter from
Christmas morning they watched a video of the
previous Christmas when Jim's son, Andy and wife Linda
and baby Chelsea were there. This year, Andy is in the
Navy and he and family are in San Francisco where he is
Bill and Maxine Dixon recently drove to Safety
Harbor, FL for a short visit with his sister Hilda (Dixon)
Harrold, widow of the late Chester S. Harrold Jr. They
were accompanied by Gini Starke and her daughter
Cassie Lou who visited with Vic and June May in
Holiday, FL while the Dixons were visiting his sister.
Jay Cain flew to Miami for Christmas with nephew
and family, Michael and Cherry Cain and son Jason, and
his mother, Nadine Cain of Houston, TX. Edith Spenser,
a close friend and Miami resident joined the group.
Bitsy Bivin of Sarasota reports visits with family and
friends. Her cousin, Howard Wenzel from Panama, and
his wife, Anne, their son and daughter Doug and
Margaret, came the day after Christmas. Then Harry and
Thelma Chan stopped by for a day's visit, and later
Norma and Sam Irvin came for a few days from North
Carolina. It was fun showing them the sights and
attractions in Sarasota. Bitsy's daughter Margaret,
formerly on the school staff in Dallas, TX for the past
seven years, moved back to Panama in November and is
teaching at Ft. Kobbe Elementary School. Her son, Bill
and his family are also in Panama. Bill and his wife, Ann,
are working on the Bible translation into Guaymi. They
visited his mom in Sarasota last fall. Son David and
family live in Dallas and he is sailing as Chief Mate on
Al and Miriam Bissett chose Thanksgiving week for
an eastern Caribbean cruise on the Holland American
Line. They said the weather was perfect, food delicious,
and company great. Striking to them was the similarity
between the towns in interior Jamaica around Ocho Rios
to those in the interior of Panama. It was like taking a
ride back through Penenome en-route to Santa Clara.
Other ports-of-call, Grand Cayman and Cozumel were
fun places to visit. It was a delightful relaxing get-away
which they highly recommend.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Over Thanksgiving we had a small get together
at the Hilton on St. Petersburgh Beach. Jimmy and
Karen (Newlon) Mullins and their two girls, Jamie and
Kaycee cam down from Tallahassee for the weekend.
Earl and Sue (Roberts) Mullins and their daughter,
Shannon came over from Tampa and myself, Oscar
Nuncio and Jim and Kelly Parthenais had a really nice
visit that Saturday. We also got to visit with Henry and
Jean (Wruck) Dorzback and their little girl Lauryn, who
is one and a half now and is as cute as a button! The
night before a few of us went to dinner on the beach and
happened to meet up with Shiela Rose, Mike and wife
Rose and Charlene Rose. It's fun to run into friends
unexpectedly. Thanksgiving dinner was spent at Dick and
Lynn Cahill's house in Brandon. Their son, Rick and
sisters, Robin and Geri really cooked a great meal,
complete with oyster dressing and sauerkraut.
Happy faces at Thanksgiving in St. Petersburg Beach.
As usual, we have had many visitors in this area over
the past couple of months. Brian and Bridget (Dolan)
came over from Austin, Texas to Miami to visit their
brother Matt Donovan. We got together on the beach
and Jackie (Kerr) Johnson came down from Lake
Worth. Over Christmas, Noreen Hanson and Mitch had
a good time scuba diving. Dick Parthenais was visiting
Miami for the holidays also. For New Year's Bud and
Nel (Newlon) Green and daughter Andrea Green, came
down from Tallahassee and stayed with Gene and Diana
(Newlon) Rendon and their two kids, Michelle and
Russell. Bud, Nel (Mom to me!) and Oscar and I braved
the rains on New Year's Day to go see the University of
Miami smash Nebraska at the Orange Bowl game. It
was fun. So, it's January and I get a call from Shiela
Rose who comes down to Miami on business and we got
together for dinner. She'll be down here a lot these
coming months and we plan to keep her busy sightseeing
And then there's the Duncan deGreef family! Diana
came in on her way back home to Panama from a
business trip on Friday night and we went out to eat Thai
food. Nico, her husband came in on Saturday, and well,
he likes Thai food too. Soon we will have visited every
Thai restaurant in Miami. Speaking of food, while here,
Diana, Nico and I rode bicycles from the beach to the
Grove for "A Taste of the Grove". While there we ran
into Donna McClane, Kathy McClane and her eight year
old daughter, Samantha Parthenias who were visiting the
Parthenais in the Grove. A week earlier, Jim and Kelly
took Samantha up to see her father, Steve Parthenais.
Steve is working in Arizona and was visiting Tom and
Alice (Parthenais) Engelke and their two children, Evan
and Eileen. They had a great time in St. Petersburg
where the Engelke's now reside after coming back from
Germany where Tom was stationed.
We have had so many visitors here that I hope I
haven't left any out. If I do please call me for your
refund. (ha,ha). Hope to see you all in June.
Janice (Cookie) Newlon
(305) 532- 6525
Bernard and Betty Forgeson Comley spent two
weeks in Arlington Virginia with her sister Mary Jane
Lacklen and family, and they also visited with Al and Ann
Bernard and Betty celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary on Feburary 14, 1992. Congratulations to
them and wishing them many more happy years!
Four generations of the Allgaier family. L-R: John
Algaier, great-grandson John Aligaier, John AlIgaier
Jr., George Allgaier.
George Allgaiers cousin of the Hon. Judge John
Kane of Denver, CO., was assigned to Moscow and
Mongolia as a special envoy from the State Department,
advising them on how to draft new constitutions.
Suzanne Allgaier daughter of Edward Allgaier and
granddaughter of George and Gertrude Allgaier
graduated from nursing school in California this past
December, and was married to David Hues the same
month. All the Canal Zoners that I heard from over the
holidays wish all of you that remember them the happiest
and healthiest New Year. Friends are George and
Virginia Tully, Ida McDadle, Dorothy Payne, Lottie Witt,
Donovan and Theresa Geyer and daughter Rita Bell
Geyer from New Zealand and Bob and Mary Hanna.
Howard Clarke reports: On the fourth of January
1992 I was surprised by a call from an old friend Harlan
(Hula) Crouch. He told me our good friend Tom
(Arroz) Rice, was there with him and would pay me a
visit. Hula lives in Safety Harbor, Florida and I gave him
directions to our home in St. Petersburg. A couple of
hours later a large van pulls up in our drive way. Hula
said they made one wrong turn and for a while were
Tom brought along some stickey buns and we sat
down and had coffee and buns. Hula lived in Balboa
with his family, his dad was a locomotive engineer on the
railroad, he started on the big Ditch during the
construction days and had the Roosevelt medal with four
bars. Tom Rice lived in Panama, where his mother
operated a very nice hotel right in the center of Panama
City. I remember visiting their hotel after Tom and I
came from the horse races at the old Juan Franco race
track. Broke again!
We talked over old time in Balboa and Panama,
going to the Chiqueta pool, Chorrera Falls, Taboga
Island, BHS, the old wooded Balboa Clubhouse and all
our old friends, some gone and some still here. I must
admit Hula had the best memory!
Tom Rice reminded us of the good days on Taboga
Island when the Balboa Boy Scouts and the Cristobal Sea
Scouts use to get together and pitch their tents and have
a good time, and of course a lot of the adventerous girls
from both sides of the Isthmus would be there also. Tom
also told us about the Society of California and some
escapades with his old buddies, Hamp Tedder and Tom
Holiday, both from Pedro Miguel.
Hula Crouch reminisced about the "skinny dipping"
events at night at the Balboa pool behind Bill Benny's
L-R: Harlan Crouch, Howard Clarke and Tom Rice.
house. We remembered the Benny's lived adjacent to
the Balboa Clubhouse, the Van Siclens lived across the
street and the Dockerys lived just up the street, what a
gang! We chatted for about four hours, and when they
had left I felt like I had just made a trip back home
during the 30's. Thanks Harlan and Tom!
A friend once asked me where I would like to go
when I departed from this life. I replied "revisit Heaven
again" my friend said, "Heaven again", my answer, "The
Canal Zone during the 30's and 40's.
The holiday season was shared at the home of
Susanne Corrigan of Tallahassee by her family members.
Sisters Shiela Stepp and her two sons Michael and Allyn
and Sue's daughter Lisa (Corrigan) Curtis of
Jacksonville, and her sister, Christine Gibson of San
Diego, her mother Marguerite Horter Sheridan (Peggy)
and father, Dr. Harry W. Mitten of St. Petersburg. Terry
Stepp took photographs.
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** MAIL IN BALLOT **
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Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Tallahassee is please to
have her mother Marguerite Horter Sheridan and her
sister Sheila Mitten Stepp living in Tallahassee.
Christine Mitten Gibson of San Diego visited her
family the month of October; then the three sister drove
down to St. Petersburg to visit with their father Dr. Harry
W. Mitten, Jr. for several days.
The holiday season was shared at the home of
Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Tallahassee by her family
members. Sisters Sheila Mitten Stepp and her two
sons, Michael and Allyn and Sue's daughter, Lisa
corrigan Curtis of Jacksonville, and her sister,
Christine Mitten Gibson of San Diego, her mother,
Marguerite Horter Sheridan (Peggy) and father, Dr.
Harry W. Mitten of St. Petersburg. Terry Stepp took
Larry and Sue just returned from a two week trip
to Guatemala. The last few days of their trip they were
joined by daugther Lisa Corrigan of Jacksonville. Larry
flew home early leaving Sue and Lisa to be able to shop
til they dropped and they also enjoyed the luxury of a
manicure, pedicure and massage (just like back home in
Sue, thank you for submitting this news from
Tallahassee, due to our reporter Patty (Kelleher)
Arosemena being lost -somewhere (ha,ha)
Lynn Dunning went to visit her sister Cheryl for
Christmas and New Years in Germany. Joining her were
"main squueze" Jess Harp, and her parents, Bill and
Betty Dunning. Lynn and Jess toured through Germany,
Paris and Amsterdam and spent New Years at Trafaygar
Square in London.
For the 2nd year in a row Sue went to Tallahassee
for the Annual Zonian Christmas Tree Burn and for
the 2nd time it was rained out, the temperature even got
down to 20 degrees. Had a good time anyhow visiting
with the familiar.
Aunt Pat and Uncle Jack Hunt stopped through
Tampa on their way back to NC. It's always fun to see
them, Uncle Jack still has that same great laugh.
Saw Alan Dekle out celebrating his birthday the other
night. He's working now as a detective in
Margaret Bivin sent a Christmas card and let me
know she's back in Panama. She got hired as a teacher
by D.O.D., can't wait to go for a visit, Maragret!
My brother, Walter Kelleher and his new bride
Christy spent their honeymoon in Panama during
December. Walter had a great time showing it all off,
and Christy fell in love with Panama, (he even has her
making ceviche back in Tally). They went everywhere -
San Bias, the beaches, El Valle, La Boca (to check out
the old homestead at 943-B Perlas Street), the Napoli,
Causeway and many others. When Walter told me they
spent Christmas Eve with my cousins Maureen (Kelleher)
Hatsko, Kathy (Kelleher) Underwood, Bernie and Julie
Kelleher and all of their families, it made me homesick.
We Kellehers used to alternate households each
Christmas Eve; one year at our house in La Boca, then
one year at Aunt Ann and Uncle Bernie's (which was
always completed with a "scary ride" to the Corozal
cementary with Uncle Bernie), and one year at Aunt
Ruthie's house. It's nice to know the tradition still
Christmas Eve we attended a small get together at
Roy and Charlotte (Craig) Reyes' home in Tampa. We
were able to see a few zonians, such as long lost friend
Sandra Fulton (BHS 80'), who is now residing in Tampa,
and is working for Critikon as a Management Trainer.
Christmas eve at Roy's was also spent with Richard
Frensley and his wife Jeanine (Nellis), her sister
Stephanie, Diva Reyes and Johnny Reyes. Richard and
Jeanine showed of their pictures from a cruise they took
to Puerto Rico and other Carribbean islands. They had
a wonderful time and the pictures were beautiful and (no,
Richard did not get sea sick!)
A newcomer to the Tampa area from Washington
state is Denise (Streeter) Clark (BHS 81'), and her
family. Denise moved here after the new year and is still
getting settled in, but once she does, she says she is
hitting the beaches and the Florida sunshine. We
welcome Denise, her family and Sandra Fulton to
Lynn Dunning and Jess Harper in Uermany,
If any one in the Tampa area has any news they
would like us to report, please contact us. See everyone
Susan Kelleher Maritza Reyes
P.O. Box 273171 P.O. Box 273355
Tampa, FL 33688 Tampa, FL 33688
It seems that some male Panama Canal employees
(and retirees) have started their own mini-reunion at
Hooter's Restaurant in Atlanta. Cleve Soper dropped off
some photos of the mini-reunion at Hooter's. Those
attending were: Cleve Soper (Retired Chief, Graphic
Branch, BHS '54 and current Professional Photographer),
Mel Kennedy Chief, Graphic Branch, Office of Public
Affairs, PCC), Joe Trower (Video Consulting Services
and ex-Gamboa Bwoy, BHS '58), Rolando E. Winberg
(Chief, Liaison Officer, Community Services Div., PCC,
BHS '59), and Richard B. Horne (Chief, Industrial
Engineer, Office Executive Planning, PCC, CHS '57).
Cleve says to tell everyone that the Hooter girls shown in
the photograph are from L to R Donna, Dani, Melissa
and Nancy. It seems a good time was had by all and they
plan on making this an annual reunion. The day they
were there, a Hula Hoop contest was held.
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Dick Horne was in Atlanta with his wife Ceci, to
spend the Christmas holidays with their two sons, Carl
and Richard, who both live and work in this area.
Rollo and Maritza Winberg were here to visit with
their two children Katrina and Stephen. Mel Kennedy
and family were also in Atlanta visiting with Odie and
Cleve Soper over the Holidays.
William "Bill" Underwood, BHS '52 and Number 71
on the BHS Football Team owns and operates
"Underwood's Florist's Greenhouses and Nurseries at
1308 Underwood Street, Dalton, GA. His pet project is
growing Aji-Chombo (Habanero). He's shown here with
Cleve Soper in early December. Bill played End on the
football team, and can be reached at (404) 278-5944 or
(404) 226-6084. Anyone in the "area" is welcome to stop
by for a visit.
L-R: Mel Kennedy, daughter Karen, wife Rosalind,
and son, John in Atlanta, GA. December 1991.
Bill Underwood and
Cleve Soper, Dalton, GA.
L-R: Cleve Soper, Mel Kennedy, Joe Trower, Rollo
Winberg, Richard "Dick" Horne at Hooters
Restaurant, Atlanta, GA. Hooter girls are: Donna, Dani,
Melissa, and Nancy. December 1991.
I received a phone call from Phillipa (Monzon)
Privett telling me that Caroline (Price) Benitez (CHS
'58) had a baby boy on November 30, 1991. He weighed
5 lbs., 14 oz., and his name is Roman de Jesus. Phillipa
and I had a nice chat. She visits Panama on a regular
basis to see her son who lives in Las Cumbres, and while
visiting, she always heads out for my favorite place in the
whole world, Coronado. Republic of Panama. Great
place to live, especially when the outside thermometer
says 20 degrees. Brrrrr.
My husband, Davis and I are planning on a Bird
Watching trip to Panama this February. We own a travel
agency and plan on doing bird watching tours to various
countries in Central/South America, so if interested, give
me a call. Our phone number is 1-800-833-3235 for those
of you out-of-state, and for those in the Georgia area, it
is (404) 938-2735. We had a great trip to Paraguay in
September 1991 and saw many exotic and beautiful birds,
including Rheas and Toucans.
Lester Smith has been assigned temporarily to the
Marshall Islands and will be gone about 2-1/2 months.
While he is gone, his wife Andrea (Byrd) Smith and I
plan to do a little travelling of our own in this area. Their
daughter, Christine and baby son Jaenon Matthew
Romero, plan on visiting with Les and Andrea in March
from their home in Texas.
Keep me posted, y'all, on your happenings. Till next
June A. Stevenson
On their Mainland trip, Bill and Jan (Koperski)
Taylor visited two of their sons, Rickie (and Jennifer) in
Sarasota and, later Bill (and Lani) in San Francisco, as
well as Jan's sister Olive Nicholson in Novato, CA.
(Olive's husband "Nick" died last year.) While in Florida,
Bill and Jan spent several days with George and Beverly
(Comley) Dilfer in Boca Raton, and also had lunch with
Barney and Betty (Comley) Forgeson. Indirectly from one
of the comely Comley girls, I learned that the inimitable
Jimmie Triolo, who became a beloved legend in Panama
in the late 30's and early 40's, is very much alive, fiddle-
fit, living (and swimming daily) in the La Jolla area of
California. Friends who visited "Boys' Town", the home
in Bella Vista rented by Jimmie, George Dilfer and King
Evers, remember the great parties held there. The unique
bathroom decor alone brought visitors from far and wide
to see the lovely little fountain cascading gently over the
flowering moss, surrounded by decorator lights and spot-
lighted in changing colors. Jimmie came to Panama
circuitously from Hawaii, where he had been teaching
school and learning the hula and Hawaiian songs, all of
which he tried to teach some of us Zonian friends.
Between his Hawaii and Panama stints, he had been
teaching swimming in a cistern in Bogota.
Nina Adames de White and Col. White are so
pleased that her daughter Clarita and husband LT(USN)
Dale Ramsey (a submariner) have been transferred to
After many years, it was nice to visit again with Ed
Sullivan, son of Tom Sullivan Sr. and a cousin of
Virginia (Ridge) Dolim. Ed and his wife Esther, of
Redlands, CA, and their friend "Pinkie" of VA enjoyed
the one-week cruise among these islands and four days at
the Hale Koa (Army) Hotel on Oahu.
The Dec. 7th ceremonies commemorating the 50th
anniversary attack on Pearl Harbor were very well and
reverently presented and climaxed with the presence of
President Bush. He commended the heroism of Hawaii's
442nd Regimental Combat Team, composed mostly of
Americans of Japanese ancestry and acclaimed as the
most highly decorated military unit in World War II.
On the 100th anniversary of polo in Hawaii, I
recommend to Oahu visitors the polo games at Mokuleia
on the north shore (Apr-Aug). This verdant area is
bordered by ocean and nearby mountains. I really don't
give a whit whose club (or is it mallet?) whacks the ball,
but where else can one watch those handsome horses
(and riders) in such a lovely place while picnicking, and
take a short swim in a comfortable ocean during half
More than half of the 14,000 entrants in the 19th
Honolulu marathon were from Japan, and the first-time
winner from Africa. Honolulu differs from other
marathon sites because of the support of hundreds of
volunteers offering water, sponges and cheers all along
the course and first aid and comfort at the finish.
In barely ten years, "Jawaiian" music has dominated
most every category of popular music in Hawaii a
blending of jazz and Hawaiian, with a touch of reggae,
it's a distinctive island sound (recommend Bruddah
Noland). With the Pro, Aloha and Hula Bowl games and
the Senior Skins game, followed by the Hawaiian Open
in February, Hawaii receives much colorful TV exposure.
Come on over!
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN., had planned to
go to the Panama City Florida area to spend Christmas
and New Year with her oldest son, Mickey, and his
family, her youngest child, Margie Ochstein, along with
her husband and nine year old daughter, Dana from
Boynton Beach Florida. Unfortunately, shortly before the
time for Jane to leave on the trip, she wrenched her back
and despite her doctor's best efforts, she had to cancel
out. Jane is now planning to go to Panama City in April.
Mary McCullough of Michigan City, IN says that she
hopes to attend the Orlando reunion this year and is
looking forward to seeing many dear friends.
Jan Noethe of Middlebury, IN., reports that one of
her best friends, Eda Beechner (BHS '66) has just moved
back to Indiana and came from Carmel, IN., to visit her
Claud and Ruth Lyon of Charlestown, IN., enjoyed
a very Merry Christmas in the company of their
daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-
grandchilddren and other friends and relatives. Almost
every day the Lyons, the Merediths and the Flowers got
together and this represented four generations!
In 1991 John and Shirley Finlason of Sun City, CA.,
helped the Lyon family celebrate their 50th Wedding
Anniversary. This year Claud and Ruth plan to go to
California in July to help the Finlason family celebrate
their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Claud E. Lyon
Blanche Bishop has moved to 25865 Oakely Ave.,
Denham Springs, and not to her daughter Billie's home
which is at 1941 Southwood Crest, Denham Springs, as
reported in December. Blanche purchased a piece of
property and, not being fond of apartment living, had a
2,500 square-foot house built to her own design.
Marian Gregg of Slaughter visited with her daughter
Laura, son-in-law Juan and granddaughter Ann Marie
Roa in Panama recently. Jo Ann Ratkovic shared their
fine time. They hit Elvalle, San Bias, Taboga and Colon.
Marian reports that a blight is killing all the palm trees
in Coco Solo.
Arthur "Pepper" Martin
was honored recently with
induction into the 33rd
annual Baseball Hall of
Fame of the Diamond Club
I of Greater New Orleans, a
baseball fellowship group
That plays, furnishers
speakers to social and civic
groups, and conducts kids'
baseball clinics each spring.
He enjoyed a long
Arthur "Pepper" Martin competitive career in
at age 22. a m a t e u r a n d
playing with such greats as Lou Klein and Al Jurisich of
the St. Louis Cardinals, and Paul Gillespie of the
Chicago Cubs. At second base, he joined a formidable
infield that played together from childhood and included
Jake and W. "Skeeter" Theard and Lou Klein. In 1989 he
received the Outstanding Old Pro Award for his
performance in the Diamond Club Old Timers game,
getting four hits in four trips to the plate. Pepper retired
in 1981 as a PCC/CZG auditor for the U.S. General
Accounting Office. He and his wife Margaret live in New
A newsletter to Alan G. Ridge, 4900 Lisa St., #28,
Alexandria, was marked return to sender, undeliverable
as addresses. If anyone knows Alan's forwarding address,
pass it along. (PSC 632, Alexandria, LA 71311-0001).
David Warren enjoyed a holiday visit and lots of
home-cooking when his parents, Gret and Bill Warren of
New Port Richey, came to New Orleans. The three also
drove to Baton Rouge to give this reporter a rare treat
out to dinner at a popular seafood restaurant. Back in
New Orleans they spent the day doing the French
Quarter, including coffee and doughnuts at the famous
French Market cafe.
In January, Dave went to Bayonne, NJ. for two
weeks training. Gret and Bill returned to their home
Patt Foster Roberson
Chita and Hugh Cassibry, Ocean Springs, were
delighted to have their son Bob and his wife Suzanne
with them for the Christmas holiday.
Richard Dillon (that's Mary's little brother from our
Gamboa days) sent us a clipping about the former
Panama Canal ocean-going tugboat Wallace. Under the
name Concord, it was found to contain more than two
tons of marijuana worth about $6.78 million when it
arrived from Panama for repairs at a Pascagoula shipyard
Victoria Fuentes Green, Sandersville, enjoyed a
recent visit from two of her sisters, Leopoldina Fuentes
from Panama and Alicia Fuentes from Boston. Victoria's
son James is a ship's engineer now in California and son
David is a senior at Northeast Jones High School in
Laurel. Her older sister Luzmila is currently visiting from
David. They shop at a Spanish market in New Orleans
especially to get the kind of corn used to grind for
tortillas and promised to send us some recipes. Victoria
is still a hairdresser at Todd Oliver's Beauty Shop.
Gerda and Owen Smith, Osyka, spend an exciting
Christmas holiday in Panama with family and friends.
First impressions were of snarled traffic and new
buildings everywhere. They fished and swam at Taboga,
visited folks in the Admin Building, Construction and
Maintenance Divisions and shopped. They ate Chinese
and Italian, had lots of red papaya, ripe bananas and
fresh limeades. Christmas Day was great with Owen's son
Rusty, and daughter-in-law Sheila and grandchildren
Owen and Jessica. The kids got "everything Santa had,"
said Owen. Sunday was spent canoeing down the Chagres
River with the gang. New Year's Eve blasted off at 8 p.m.
and didn't end until 4:30 a.m. The Smiths joined about
350 friends and relatives of party-planners, Robert Will
and Rusty. It was BYOB with setups, hot food, dips,
desserts furnished. Entertainment was amply provided by
Lucho and Judy the Disc Jockey. Soon after midnight
Robert Will brought out a birthday cake and champagne
to celebrate Lucho's 80th birthday. In all the excitement
of a really good party, Owen was able to tape about an
hour of Lucho at the organ.
Robert Will presents Lucho with his 80th birthday
Chagres canoe trip, from left, front: Robert, Brian,
Tina, Gary, Denice. Children: Owen, Jessica,
Raymond. Back: Darnel Irene, Rene, Eilene, Jim,
Marty, Pat, Gerda, Rusty, Sheila.
Hot tub devotees from left: Regan, Monty, Tina, Pat,
Ileana, Gary, Rene, Robert, Elaine, Rusty, Sheila,
Jim and Gerda.
Gerda wants us to know she received a note from
Shirley Marine that needs passing along. Someone at
Tommy's high-school reunion asked Shirley for Dee Ditto
Martin's address. Shirley thought it was Gerda, but it
wasn't. So, to whoever wanted Dee's address, it's Mrs.
Juan E. Martin, 1305 Ashley Ave., Lufkin, TX 75901,
Shirley Zemer Swenson, Picayune, is looking forward
to the BHS'52 bash in June. Shirley will be rooming with
Virginia Selby Entrekin and Maryadelia Morley Mantle
and says Beth Lockridge Huls is coming too. Gus
Mellander promises to be there this year too, finally.
Rusty Stapler LoFranco and Jean Harris Milosevich will
be sharing a room with this reporter, and as Shirley says,
we always have room for one more. Shirley spent
Christmas in Memphis with her son John. They had a
nice visit, checked out the restaurants and took in the
movies. Shirley sees the retirement light at the end of the
tunnel while Maryadelia plans to open a "very spiffy"
dress shop in Las Vegas and keep flying for Delta.
Shirley's sister Isabelle is working on her 50th class
reunion and is collecting recipes for a Panamanian
cookbook, let's collaborate! BHS-CHS'52ers should
check out the Announcements in the back of this issue
for the latest developments on their 40th.
Patt Foster Roberson
Well, we finally made it! Yes, in spite of all this cold
weather and recession, a few of us Zonians and related,
are alive and kicking in the New England area. Debra J.
Farrell (Boyle), of Arlington, Massachusetts, is now the
official reporter for the New England area. If anybody,
and I mean ANYBODY, ever comes up this way to ski,
skidoo, or swim in icy waters, please contact me to talk
about the good 'ole former Canal Zone, or just to talk.
To start with, Debra (Boyle) BHS'79, and Joseph
Farrell have an 11-month-old son named Sean (to keep
the Irish tradition). His grandparents, Hubert and
Argentina Boyle of Panama, R.P. and Joseph and Patsy
Farrell of Lisnacuscha, Ireland visited in June of 1991 for
Sean's baptism. Mama Tina made arroz con polio, and
Patsy assisted Debra with the "empies", when the dough
started to crumble, but it was a great day and blessing to
have everyone there from both sides of the family. Patsy
and joe toured all over Massachusetts and they absolutely
loved America, and couldn't wait to tell everyone back
home about driving on the right side of the road, not to
mention the size of the stores.
L-R: Hubert Boyle, Debra (Boyle) Farrell (BHS'79),
Argentine Boyle, (Sean E. Farrell), Father Healy,
Joseph P. Farrell, Patsy Farrell, Joe Farrell at Seans'
Thomas W. Boyle (BHS'79), President of the Ron
Cortez Society of Pensacola, FL and his girlfriend,
Barbara O'Brien, of Paris, Texas, transported some
furniture to Deb's place in May 1991 all the way from
Pensacola to Massachusetts. While there, they visited the
Medieval Manor, to watch the king, his wenches and
jester, hold court and eat dinner. It was definitely
entertaining. Deb's sister, Carolyn (Caroline) Miro
(Boyle) BHS'86, visited in November 1991 for a getaway
from the madness of Atlanta, GA. They took in the
U.S.S. Constitution, Faneuil Hall, and Harvard (Havud)
Square. Poor Joe had to baby-sit a few times while the
girls cruised around town, poor thing!
Anne (Field) Kirrane, BHS/CHS, of Brookline, MA
is interested in a reunion for the spring of 1992 (See
Announcements section). Anne has been involved in
educational programs regarding the Canal Zone to school
age children in the Massachusetts schools. She feels that
we should keep our heritage alive by telling our
youngsters here in the States, all about life in the former
Mr. Frank (former Civil Affairs Director and
Superintendent of Schools) and Ellen Castles are living
in Falmouth, MA, which is the famous Cape Cod
vacation area. They have been there since 1977, after
leaving Panama. He hopes to have all those former
Zonians and related come out of the woodwork in or
around this area for a New England/Panama Canal
I have nothing to report from New Hampshire
(besides its horrible economy), Rhode Island, Vermont
or Connecticut. However, have you ever wondered what
a Maine peeper is? Well, Fred (BHS'47) and Judy
(Jorstad) Rose (CHS'50) strongly suggest that the next
time you get an invite from Roger and Ruth Catherine
(Taylor) Walter (BHS'47) to visit Maine during the fall
color, that you accept it and find out. Needless to say,
those who did join the reunion party this past October -
Harry and Lillian (Norris) Schwarz, their daughter
Linda and grandson Tommy; Barbara (Comber)
McDougal (BHS'49); and of course the Roses enjoyed
three marvelous days with the Walkers.
"'a *i f* '7>
L-R: Judy Rose, Lillian Schwartz, Ruth Walker,
Barbara McDougal and Fred Rose pause from sight-
seeing to record a delightful moment at Evans Notch,
the White Mountains of Maine too bad we don't have
The L.L. Bean Crew, L-R: Fred and Judy Rose, Ruth
Walker, Lillian Schwartz's daughter, Linda, Harry
Schwartz, Barbara McDougal, and Ruth's son Bruce.
Not pictured: Lillian Schwartz and Roger Walker.
Friday was spent at the lake (in Maine it is called a
pond) with a boat ride to see the loons and a walk in the
woods. This was topped off with a fresh/live lobster boil.
Saturday, they all went for a drive through the mountains
to see the fall foliage. Bruce, one of the Walkers' sons,
obligingly chauffeured one of the cars and provided
interesting comments about the area. It needs to be said
at this point that the color in Maine/New Hampshire,
during the fall of 1991, in no way can be outdone by any
other state in these United States. The "contiguous"
blending of the bright yellows, oranges, reds, and deep
burgundy with a scattering of green was suggestive of a
massive patchwork quilt. Unfortunately, the scenery's
effect on us cannot be captured in its entirety on film.
You had to be there! In future years, those same leaves
will not be there and maybe wouldn't be as spectacular.
Sorry, BHS'47 people who weren't there. Dinner at
Channel Crossing on the bay capped Saturday's activities.
Barbara McDougal's word play expresses the sentiments
of all who attended the '47 Reunion in So. Portland, ME:
Nice way to
Ideas, thoughts and photos to
Good friends who
Understand that the
Occasion of our Maine Reunion was the
.Spree for me.
Marti Evans, wife of Bill Evans (BHS'47) had a
flight into So. Portland and joined the group for breakfast
on Sunday. Next stop was a jaunt to L.L. Bean. On a
rainy Sunday, the place was mobbed. Parking was a
problem until Barbara's quick action as a parking
attendant got the group situated and ready to shop. Upon
leaving Bean, Fred's REVERSIBLE umbrella didn't keep
off the rain, but it provided a good laugh. Departure was
made from Maine with a visit to Portland Head Light -
in the heavy fog at dusk Sunday with the horn sounding
and again, Monday morning with a clear, fresh, brisky
day. Quite a contrast! The hospitality and warm
friendship of the Walkers was outstanding. They were
complimented and heartily thanked.
Now that everyone knows we will be keeping up with
the rest of the Society, please come out of hibernation
and let me know what the que pasa is. And remember,
for those of us going 150 miles a minute in these hectic
states, don't be a stranger!
Debra J. (Boyle) Farrell
Pat Hunt and her daughter, Lisa, went to Europe for
two weeks in November. They visited Cheryl Dunning in
Hanau, Germany, and did some touring in Germany.
They went to Paris, also visited Mozart's birthplace,
Salzburg, Austria. John Husum from Panama was a
houseguest of Pat and John in December. Pat and John
spent Christmas with their daughters Lauri and Lisa in
Durham and Ashboro, NC. Then they went to Florida to
see daughter Terri and family in Pembroke Pines, Pat's
sisters Sandi and Vicki in Tampa. They visited Gil and
Sue Smith in their new home in Clearwater
Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero went to Silver Spring,
MD, to spend Thanksgiving with her daughter, Beth, and
family. While there, she helped them move into their new
Jim and Gloria Bradenkamp from Anderson, SC,
overnighted with Wilma and Willie Nowatny and
attended the PCS luncheon in October. Willie's son,
Gerald, his wife, Adrienne, and two daughters came from
Miami for Thanksgiving with them. On Dec. 11th, Wilma
and Willie went to Germany where they visited family
and friends, returning to Hendersonville on January 8th.
In the summer of 1991, Charlotte and Hank Falk
opened their Asheville, NC home as home-base for their
foreign exchange daughter, Audrey Oosthuizen Abate,
(1975-76), her husband, Martin and 18 month old son,
Darren, from Johannesburg, South Africa. The Abates
spent six weeks seeing the U.S. from coast-to-coast.
Charlotte and Hank had visited them for a month the
year before at their home in South Africa, taking side
trips on a camera safari, an interesting tour of Soweto
and took the Blue Train to Capetown. The Falks went to
St. Pete in December and while there, they visited the
new headquarters of the PCS of Florida. From there,
they drove directly to Indianapolis to spend Christmas
with their daughter, Christine Courtney.
Norma and Sam Irvin went to Florida early in
January. They visited Capt. "Rom" and Bianca Pino in
Pompano Beach and Betsy Bivin in Sarasota. On their
way home, they stopped in Hampton, GA to see John
and Gail Edwards.
Betty and Bill Dunning and daughter Lynn went to
Germany to spend Christmas with their daughter, Cheryl.
Betty and Bill also had a delightful tour of Italy.
Jean Dombrowsky had a housefull over Thanksgiving.
Her brother-in-law Alan and his wife, Susan, with their
two sons came from Miami and her daughter, Barbara,
and her family came from Ashboro. Jean spent Christmas
with Barbara in Ashboro.
Martha (Irvin) and Steve Tanner had all of their
children home over the holidays. For Christmas, Donald
came from Tampa, Tita and her husband, Gary Mason,
from Orlando and Amanda and Conway McGee and son,
Tanner, from Beaufort, SC. Ed and his fiancee, Brooke
Passon, from St. Pete were here for a week over New
Years. Martha and Steve will go to Beaufort the end of
January to help Conway remodel the kitchen in their
Ruth and Bill Tillman went on a 7-day cruise on the
Crown Princess in January. They visited the Bahamas,
Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and the Princess Kay Island.
Alice H. Roche
A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to
everyone out there.
Bill Keller reports that Michael, his second oldest
son, is going into the Navy. He will be stationed at Great
Lakes. Bill also has added a fireplace to their home,
just in time to stay warm and toasty while those cold
Woodward winds blow.
Deanna Ames went to Pensacola and Clearwater
during the holidays. While there, she visited various
friends from the Canal Zone.
Lange and Leigh Jacobs visited Ron and Alice
Jacobs for Christmas in Locust Grove. After they left,
Alice and Ron went to California for the Rose Bowl
Parade. They had a great time visiting the sights in that
In November, Virginia (Vidaurri) Sabine, husband
Kirk and son, Miles were in Oklahoma City for
Thanksgiving. This reporter really enjoyed their visit
despite the "shop til we drop" snydrome which attached us
all. Virnna and Kirk have since moved to Cuba, N.Y., to
Truro, Nova Scotia, where Kirk will be youth pastor at
the local Wesleyan Church.
I received a call from Floyd Baldwin, son of Frank
Baldwin, the former Information Officer in the Canal
Zone. Floyd is stationed at Tinker AFB, Midwest City,
OK., he and his wife are currently living in Edmond.
The Vidaurri family at Christmas, 1991.
Jean, Doris and Scott Burns spent seven days in
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the first week in
December at the Jack Tar Village Resort. George Kelly,
a friend from Tulsa, also made the trip. In Dallas niece
and nephew, Dawna and Gary LaBass of Reno, joined
the four of them. In Miami they met their "Panama
Gang" at the ariport, Cathy and Eddie Goodrich, from
Apollo Beach Florida, Ed and Gloria Malin from
Jacksonville Florida, and Frank and Debbie Lee from
Dunnellon Florida; and Elaine and Bob Donaldson, from
Rockland ME. All fourteen of them continued together
to Puerto Plata, and a fun time was had by all.
Doris and Jean Burns and Laura (Burns) Redemann
had a 40th birthday party on January 7th, for Scott
Burns. Approximately seventy people attended the party
to help Scott celebrate the occasion.
I want to apologize to Patricia Anduss, our
Secretary-Treasurer, for not mentioning about our t-
shirts and caps which were distributed at our meeting in
October. Thanks for all the time and work you
contributed in making this project come to pass.
Our next meeting will be in the Spring at Lake
Thunderbird. See you there!
DATELINE PANAMA (Pacific side)...It wasn't the
golf match of the century. In fact, it wasn't even
important to those few who knew about it. That means
it was only significant to the foursome of Bob Best,
Robert Will, Joe Wood and Burt Mead. Why? because
Bob and Robert rudely and disrespectfully challenged Joe
and Burt to a golf match "head to head with no
strokes." Joe and Burt, acting as the gentlemen as they
are, tried unsuccessfully to talk the two measurerss" out
of this ridiculous challenge as they knew what the
outcome would be. The "Match" took place at HoRoKo
Golf Course (the home course of Bob and Robert they
needed every advantage they could get) because Joe and
Burt, men of honor and fair play, kept it close. In the
end, the Amador Golf Course duo of Joe and Burt won
solidly by two holes. There was no bragging or flaunting
by the winners as they departed the HoRoKo Club
leaving the dejected opponents in the clubhouse to sulk.
For Joe and Burt, there just seemed to be an empty
feeling, the same one you get when you beat your maid
in an arm wrestling contest.
i-ront: Konala Meaa, I-rea Meaa noiaing star
attraction Tyler Mead. Back: Ceci, Burt and Carol
Bev and Buddy Williams graced our shores with a
visit this summer and while here, Buddy celebrated his
80th birthday (August 16th). Wife Bev, son Pat, daughter-
in-law Cheryl (Allen), and grandchildren Katy and Sean
surprised him with a fabulous party at Pat and Cheryl's
home in Balboa. The biggest surprise though, was seeing
son Paul Paul flew in from Atlanta for the weekend to
help celebrate the occasion. As a very special treat,
Buddy played his saw you have to see it to believe it!
Buddy said he used to play on stage down here in the old
days with fellow Zonians "Tuck" Hummer and Pete
Another very welcome visitor was Fred "Popsy"
Mead. Fred came down to visit sons Burt and Ronald
"(Tweetie") and daughters-in-law Carol (Morland) and
Ceci (Fong). The Main Event, however was to meet his
new grandson, Tyler, son of Ron and Ceci, Who was
born on June 5th. It was a great visit all the way around.
We were happy to see "Popsy" looking so great and as
handsome as ever.
Speaking of handsome, R.T. "Tex" Vestal made a visit
to daughter Elaine in September. He kept himself busy
helping Elaine move to new quarters in Cardenas. As
always, the time flew by all too quickly for both Fred and
Son Danny, prior to graduation in August from
Georgia State with a degree in International Finance,
traveled to Europe this summer with his Finance
professor and approximately 20 other students from
various colleges and universities around the country.
KimAnn and Danny Coffey following Danny's
graduation from Georgia State in August 1991.
Their travels took them to Frankfurt, Germany;
Brussels, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Paris,
France; and London, England. They visited all the
financial districts of these countries, which Dan reported
was fascinating but not nearly as fascinating as the time
spent seeing the country sides, historical sites, and
mingling with the people. One of the highlights of his trip
was visiting with Steve and Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
in Brussels, Belgium. He was pleasantly surprised to find
that Steve's parents, George and Arlene were visiting also.
To quote part of his letter, "Mary and Steve have two
beautiful daughters, Andrea and Lauren, who are very
sweet and well behaved. The Tochterman Clan
generously filled me with beers, then sat me down for a
meal fit for a king. It was great listening to George's
recollections of his days as a Zonian policeman. Then
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
At the Twin Towers Hotel
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 17, 1992
INFORMATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
REGISTRATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM VOLUSIA ROOM
VENDORS SET UP: 5:00 PM GOLD COAST ROOMS
Thursday, June 18, 1992
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT/LUNCHEON: STARTS AT 8:00 AM
INFORMATION: 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY*
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 8:00 PM GOLD COAST ROOMS
Friday, June 19, 1992
INFORMATION: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:30 PM 5:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:30 PM 5:00 PM VOLUSIA ROOM
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 AM (Members Only) CITRUS CROWN BALLROOM
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 7:00 PM GOLD COAST ROOMS
AREA REPORTERS LUNCHEON: 12:00 NOON 2:00 PM
FASHION SHOW: 8:00 PM 9:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 9:00 PM 1:00 AM EXHIBIT HALL
Saturday, June 20, 1992
INFORMATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY
REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 4:00 PM SEE WEDNESDAY
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 5:00 PM VOLUSIA ROOM
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM 7:00 PM GOLD COAST ROOMS
SPORTS EVENTS: 9:00 AM TILL DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM, LUNCH 12:00 NOON CITRUS
ANNUAL BALL: 8:00 PM 1:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL
Sunday, June 21, 1992
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM GOLD COAST ROOMS
CHECK-OUT TIME: 12:00 NOON
HAPPY YOU CAME HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME ARRIVE HOME SAFELY
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
TWIN TOWERS HOTEL
Room rates are effective from June 14 to June 24, 1992.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 17, 1992.
Parking is free of charge
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game Room. Junior Olympic-size pool.
Restaurant seats 375 persons, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Deli with seating.
DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
Room rates are effective from June 14 to June 24, 1992.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 17, 1992.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game room, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, children's playground and Teddy Bear Club for small children.
Miniature Golf Course.
This hotel is recommended for members with small children. Baby-sitting available.
HOWARD JOHNSON/HOLIDAY INN
Room rates are effective from June 14 to June 24, 1992.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 17, 1992.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Free in-room movies.
American Grill Restaurant open 6:00 a.m. until late night.
Game room pool.
Room rates are effective from June 14 to June 24, 1992.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 17, 1992.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Denny's Restaurant open 24 hours.
Pool Poolside Bar Game room.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
1. Hotel reservations may be made upon receipt of this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Hotel reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1992 dues and all reservations
will be made through the Reunion Coordinator. No phone reservations to be made directly to hotels, please.
a. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel.
b. ONLY ONE ROOM RESERVATION PER MEMBER AT REUNION RATES.
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is May 17, 1992.
3. Hotel reservations must be made on the RESERVATION FORM printed in the Canal Record. PLEASE PRINT
or TYPE and fill out completely.
4. Mail your hotel reservations and one (1) night's deposit to REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 34642. (One night's deposit made out to the hotel of your choice).
a. The deposit is payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable by U.S. institutions to the
hotel of your choice, or by major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD, or other). Please
indicate card number, expiration date and your signature.
5. There are a limited number of rooms available for handicapped guests; if required, please note on the Special
Request section of the Reservation Form.
6. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. Hotel charges listed do not include a 6% sales tax and a 4% resort tax. THESE TAXES WILL BE ADDED TO
YOUR FINAL BILL.
8. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available from $225.00 to $250.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $138.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.
9. MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE THAT FAILURE TO CANCEL RESERVATIONS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO
ARRIVAL DATE, OR FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL ON THE FIRST NIGHT FOR WHICH
RESERVATIONS WERE MADE, MEMBERS WILL LOSE THE AMOUNT OF THE FIRST NIGHTS DEPOSIT
AND THE REMAINDER OF THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.
REQUESTS TO HOLD CLASS REUNIONS, LUNCHEONS, ETC.
There is an agreement with the participating hotels and the Reunion Coordinator that requests to hold Class
Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society Reunion must be approved in advance by
The Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to: Reunion Coordinator,
Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
Chairperson: Faith Brundage
1. Vendor's Applications may be obtained from Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642. They will not be published in the Canal Record.
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of Reunion
3. Space is available for 20 Vendors.
4. Only paid up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of the application will be based on whether
items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of
receipt of application.
5. Instructions are outlined with the Application Form.
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., has appointed KEPPIE TRAVEL of Clearwater,
Florida the Society's 1992 Reunion's OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT.
The Society's Reunion Committee urges all members flying into Orlando for the 1992 Reunion, to make their
reservations through KEPPIE TRAVEL (see ad in this Reunion Section) as it will not only benefit the Society as a whole,
but it will also provide members with an added advantage as KEPPIE will monitor their reservations to obtain a lower
fare should the fares decrease before departure.
The primary purpose of appointing Keppie Travel as the Society's Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society
members the lowest fares available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will
provide the Reunion Committees with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate
Reunion Registration hours, airport ground transportation to/from Reunion Hotels and Hotel Registration Desk staffing.
Upon making a reservation for Reunion travel, the members will be sent a complete travel profile which will permit
members to specify frequent flyer numbers, special meal requirements, seat location preferences, rental car reservation,
airport/hotel limousine transportation and other travel needs.
Keppie Travel, in cooperation with Delta Airlines will offer Society members, during a pre/post 19 day period (June
10 through June 28, 1992) a 40% discount off Delta's roundtrip coach fares and a 5% discount off any published fare
(with a few exceptions). Also, if there are fares or routings on any other carrier which would be favorable to the members,
the member will be advised and given the opportunity to choose the carrier which will best serve the members needs.
In addition to ticketing the lowest rates available on all airlines and Amtrack, Senior Citizen discount rates will be
honored when available. Also, all travel documents will be sent directly to each member making their reservation through
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1992 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of the Reunion Transportation program and complete and mail the Preliminary
Travel Form located on the bottom of KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form in non-binding to you, but it will provide
advance information which may assist in obtaining additional rate reductions from various Gateway cities and will also
provide helpful data for select support functions. '
To make your reservations telephone Keppie Travel at their nationwide toll free number 1-800-768-2131 and ask
for the Panama Canal Society Specialist. The hours of business are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Monday through Friday and these hours will be adjusted as need dictates. If you should call after hours, leave your name,
phone number and request the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.
BABY SITTING SERVICES
AT THE DELTA ORLANDO RESORT: "Wally's Kids Club" (For Guests of Delta Orlando Resort Only)
1. Kids Nite Out: From 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. No children under 6 or over 12 years. Seven nights a week. Charge is
$8.00 per child, includes meal. Maximum children is 20 with no notice; up to 40 children with advance notice
to provide more help.
2. GROUP RATES: Charges and Activities available upon request.
3. INDIVIDUAL RATES: 4 hour minimum $4.00 -$8.00 an hour extra charge for additional children.
CONTACT: Ms. Joanna LaNeave, Recreation Director,
(407) 351-3340 Extension 1634.
AT THE TWIN TOWERS, HOWARD JOHNSON, and DAYS INN there are no babysitting services available.
Those requiring that service may contact the Following:
Fairy Godmothers Child Care Nursefinders of Orlando Super Sitters
4775 E. Anderson Road 701 Altaloma Avenue 1862 Winter Park Road
Orlando, FL 32812 Orlando, FL 32803 Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 277-3724 (407) 894-1112 (407) 740-5516
1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1992 Reunion, you should submit an
application for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
334, Seminole, Florida 34642, before the May 30, 1992 Executive Board meeting.
2. Underage drinking will not be tolerated or permitted at the Reunion. Hotel Security may request proof of age.
Anyone observed supplying intoxicating drinks to underage individuals will be dealt with as deemed necessary.
3. Hotel Security will be increased during the Reunion to prevent vandalism to hotel property.
4. The mixing of your own drinks will not be permitted in any of the hotels, outside of the confines of the guests' room.
5. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, pictures, etc.
on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotels. Any schedules and other reasonable information concerning your
event may be displayed in the Hospitality Suite or at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall.
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or the Annual Ball.
DRINKS OF ANY KIND AND CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL NOT BE PERMFITED ON THE DANCE
FLOORS OF THE EXHIBIT HALL.
CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
Chairpersons Carolyn & Robert Johnson
1. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the Reunion and/or ordering tickets. 1992
DUES MUST BE PAID.
2. Use the Pre-Registration and Ticket Order Forms printed in this section of the Canal Record.
a. Mail these forms INTACT DO NOT SEPARATE, along with your check or money order, payable to
the 1992 Reunion Coordinator and send to Reunion Coordinator. Panama Canal Society of Florida.
8050 Seminole Mall. Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 34642. Those members residing in the Republic
of Panama please use checks on U.S. Banks or money orders or drafts payable by U.S. institutions.
3. At Registration tables located in the Lobby of the Convention Center adjacent to the Twin Towers Hotel, name badges
and pre-paid tickets will be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure that you pick up badges and tickets during registration hours. See Schedule of Events for
Registration hours. Our Registrars are all volunteers and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been pre-registered. If you are
unable to pick them up, a signed note to the Registration Chairpersons, Carolyn & Robert Johnson,
authorizing another individual to pick them up may suffice.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to the Dances or Luncheon.
d. Unsold tickets for the Dances will be for sale at the Hospitality Suite during their operating hours.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should be picked up from the
Chairperson of that event.
5. PLEASE BRING YOUR 1992 MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU TO THE REUNION. THIS WILL BE USED
AS IDENTIFICATION AT THE REGISTRATION TABLES.
If you plan to attend the 1992 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.
For Office Use Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball PZ
Please print or type: Members Number
City: State Zip
List name of each additional person in member's group who are NOT making their own Pre-registration.
NAME Residence State/County
BEHAVIOR UNBECOMING OF A SOCIETY MEMBER OR VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY WILL
RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP AND/OR OTHER ACTION TAKEN.
********** ********** **** ***** **** *** ****** **** *** *****
Please print or type:
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
1992 Reunion June 17 21, 1992
Arrival Date: (Check-in time: 3:00 PM) Departure Date: (Check-out time: 12 Noon)
HOTEL SECURITY WILL BE INCREASED TO PREVENT VANDALISM
Hotel Choice (1) (2) (3) (4) Type of room requested
Twin Towers NO VACANCIES
Delta Orlando Resort Single Double Triple Quad $69/night
*Holiday Inn Single Double Triple Quad $69/night
Days Inn Single Double Triple Quad $69/night
Children 17 and under occupying same room as parents stay free. Rates do not include 10% tax.
*Formally Howard Johnson
Names of all room occupants
GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH ONE NIGHTS DEPOSIT
CHECK ENCLOSED: $ (PAYABLE TO HOTEL OF CHOICE) AMEX VISA MC
OTHER CARD NUMBER
MEMBER'S SIGNATURE DATE:
Room reservations must be received before May 17, 1992 (cut-off date). Reservations received after that date will be
granted on a space-available basis with no guarantee of special room rates.
DID YOU FILL OUT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION FORM? IF NOT, PLEASE DO SO.
MAIL BOTH FORMS TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, 8050 SEMINOLE
MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 34642
PLEASE READ THE YELLOW PAGES.
Registration and hotel reservation requests are being
received daily which is an indication that we will have
another good reunion in 1992.
Order forms for the dances and luncheon will be found
in the "famous" yellow pages which appear elsewhere in
We urge members to send in their order for tickets as
soon as possible. Please remember to fully complete the
order form, send in total payment with orders and make
checks payable to the 1992 REUNION
Dance and luncheon tickets will be enclosed in the
registration envelopes, which may be picked up at the
registration tables during the hours listed on the Schedule
of Events in the yellow pages. Registration envelopes
will NOT be available at the entrances to the dances or
As done last year, security personnel will be assigned
to all doors entering the dance area until 1:00 P.M. So if
you want to attend the dance or ball you MUST purchase
Don't forget we have the Exhibit Hall which is an
excellent area to meet your friends, or to just sit and you
might spot an old friend passing through.
You will notice on the Hotel Registration form that the
Howard Johnson Hotel is now the Holiday Inn. Holiday
Inn has taken over the hotel effective the end of January.
The hotel rooms have been completely renovated and
they are now in the process of renovating the Lobby and
Restaurant, which will be completed by June 1, 1992.
We have some existing news from our Dance
Chairman, Rupert Turner. He reports that Frankie
Pretto, and his band "Parranda", will arrive from the
Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) and set the pace of
things to come with their hot Latino beat! He will bring
his wonderful tropical sounds to Orlando as our
"Headliner" Band for the Panazonian Dance. Also on
stage, Friday night will be Puly Sequeira and his
On Saturday night, the Annual Ball, Lucho Azcarrga
and his Conjunto will be playing for our dancing
pleasure. Lucho's Tipico is legendary to our membership
and will thrill us by his performance of those standard
and favorites of Canal Zone days remembered. Puly and
his group will act as the back-up band for the Ball.
Also, we would like you all to know, that on both nights
of the dances, the Palm Court Restaurant of the Twin
Towers Hotel will be open after the dance for a Buffet
Breakfast. If you didn't go last year year, you really
1. If you cannot arrive at your hotel on your specified
arrival date, BE SURE to notify the hotel 48 hours in
advance. Failure to do so will result in loss of your first
night's deposit and the remainder of your reservation will
2. If you do not receive a hotel confirmation by May
17, 1992 notify the Reunion Coordinators (813)397-5366.
3. Tickets to the Panazonian Dance is a requirement to
attend the Fashion Show.
Don't forget, this is the 60th Anniversary of the
founding of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
and we hope you will be able to attend and join in the
SEE YOU IN JUNE.
Nancy & Bob Van Siclen
1992 Reunion Coordinators
Chairman Pat Beall
The Hospitality Suite was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a
little more pleasant helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Hospitality Suite and the Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published
working hours. Our staff is expreienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.
2. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when where.
3. Advise members of location (hotel only) of friends and guests.
4. Advise members of local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
5. Assist those wishing baby-sitting services.
6. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
9. Place your message on our notice board for friends, guests.
10. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories (Canal Records).
And we also serve free coffee and hot tea throughout our working hours.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1992 ORLANDO REUNION
Announces the Appointment of
A DIVISION OF BOWEN TRAVEL CONNECTION
S As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion
4 b \ The Official Carrier '
He LoveoFly And lthows.
Call KEPPIE TRAVEL for your air travel plans to the reunion. Keppie will find the lowest fare with the best
flights to get you to and from Orlando. If you choose to fly DELTA, you will be offered an additional 5% off
the lowest fare or 40% off the coach fare. KEPPIE will continue to monitor your reservation to offer lower
fares should they go down before you travel. For best rates and flights don't delay CALL TODAY!
Limo transfers from airport to hotel and return also available. Special price discounted for society members
and their guests.
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!
DRIVE TO THE REUNION IN STYLE RESERVE YOUR RENTAL CAR NOW
New 1992 model cars in several categories and rate ranges can be picked up and delivered right at the airport.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion Committee instituted this new program in order to provide
members a more beneficial and efficient method of arranging their air and land transportation. In addition
this program will provide data to improve present and future Society Reunion arrangements.
Please take advantage of KEPPIE TRAVEL's reunion transportation facilities.
Make your travel arrangements early Complete this Preliminary Travel Form and mail to Keppie Travel:
Address: City/State: Zip:
Phone: Senior Citizen: D Yes D No Rental Car: F Yes E No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
Departing From Originating City: Date: Preferred Time:_
Departing Orlando Date: Preferred Time:
Limo Transfer: To Hotel: E Yes ]E No From Hotel: [E Yes ]E No
KEPPIE TRAVEL 1-800-768-2131 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
41 N. FT. HARRISON AVE. 813-446-6332 FAX 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
CLEARWATER, FL 34615 EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Ask for the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY SPECIALIST
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1992
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Thirteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at the Cypress Creek Country Club, 5353
South Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL on June 18, 1992. Please furnish your own transportation.
The field is limited to 120 players. Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed by a "shot-gun" tee-off time at 8:00 a.m.
NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Reservation deadline will be June 8,1992. No refunds made after that date.
Send your registration form early to ensure entry to the tournament. If confirmation is required, include SASE with your
registration form, otherwise consider yourself as playing unless advised.
Breakfast will not be served. Coffee and Danish is available at the club at your expense.
I.D. tags to be given at check-in time at the Club and are needed for admittance to the Awards Luncheon. Display
prominently on your person.
Entry fee has been increased to $42 per player and includes green fees, cart fees, favors, prizes, and door prizes. Still
a great bargain for Orlando!
Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Lake/Osceola Room, Convention Center, Twin Towers Hotel.
Committee requests you go directly to hotel after play for a delicious buffet with plenty of food.
ONE GUEST PER PLAYER will be permitted at a cost of $11.50 each. Signify on the registration form guest's
name, and remittance of $11.50 included. No last minute guests permitted. I.D. tags for guests provided at the door of
the Luncheon. No "gate-crashing" permitted. NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE PERMITTED TO
The format is by flights by age groups, medal play, special events, etc. Age requirements not necessary for women.
You may play with players of your choice however you will compete in your own age group. The committee will pair you
appropriately in your age group and/or handicap if you have no one to play with. Those with PGA handicaps, please note
on your registration form.
Information regarding tournament will be posted in Registration area of the Twin Towers Hotel on Wednesday
afternoon, June 17, 1992. Please refer to the map in the yellow insert for location.
Send your registration form and check payable to R.F. Huldtquist and mail to him at 8447 140th St. N., Seminole,
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are invited to participate but will be ineligible for prizes. This is an
amateur event. Please indicate on your registration form.
NO SPECTATORS ON GOLF COURSE PLEASE. IT ONLY SLOWS DOWN PLAY.
DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGES TO THE COURSE. BEVERAGE CART WILL BE AVAILABLE.
GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM JUNE 18, 1992
NAME (Print) Address:_
I City State Zip_
Telephone Number Exact age as of June 18, 1992: Male Female_
SGOLF AND LUNCHEON persons @ $42.00 per person
LUNCHEON GUEST @ $11.50 per person. TOTAL ENCLOSED: $
LUNCHEON GUEST'S NAME (Print)
Make check/money order payable to R.F. Huldtquist Mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N. Seminole, FL 34646.
SList names of foursome and exact age you wish to play with, or we will pair as appropriate. Please list your handicap or
your average score for 18 holes on a 72 par course. This information to be used for pairing only.
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
I NAME___________________________________ AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
Professional Amateur ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 8,1992.
11902 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
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PHOTOS ON LOCATION!
* SOCIALS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
* DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
* MEETINGS FRATERNITIES
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Citrus Crown Ballroom
President Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1. Citrus Crown Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up (1992 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting, There will be drawings for several prizes.
You must be present to claim your prize.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
MUSIC BY: FRANK PRETTO and PULY SEQUEIRA
Chairperson: Rupert Turner
1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. There will be a Fashion Show from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3. No tickets will be sold at the door.
4. DO NOT bring your own drinks the Twin Towers will have cash bars set up in the
5. NO DRINKS OF ANY KIND OR CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
7. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers and the other three hotels.
8. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers will be open following the dance for a buffet breakfast.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Citrus Crown Ballroom
Chairperson Betty Malone
1. Citrus Crown Ballroom Doors will open at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
2. Tickets are limited to 1,000 persons 10 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
4. Menu: Breast of Chicken Marsala, Vegetables, Bliss Potatoes, Salad, Key Lime Pie, Coffee and Tea.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
MUSIC BY: LUCHO AZCARRAGA & PULY SEQUEIRA
Chairperson: Rupert Turner
1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. No tickets will be sold at the door.
3. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
4. The Twin Towers will have cash bars set up.
5. YOU CANNOT CARRY FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EXHIBIT HALL.
6. NO DRINKS OR CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
8. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers and other three hotels.
9. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers Hotel will be open following the Ball for a buffet breakfast.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M., 2:00 4:00 P.M.
3RD ANNUAL SPORTS EVENT DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
Chairperson John Disharoon
Two events are going to be offered during the 1992 Reunion a volleyball tournament and bingo. If we do not
receive adequate advance pre-registration for an event, it will be cancelled and a notice will be posted in the
Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19, 1992.
The volleyball tournament will be played based on single elimination. The times and teams will be posted in
the Hospitality/Information area. You may pre-register either as an individual or as a team or group of people.
If you pre-register as an individual or group of people, you will be placed on a team as needed. Please check
the boards on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19, 1992 to find out your team assignments and game times.
Additionally, at that time you will need to re-register to confirm that you will be playing so that we have an
accurate count for the tournament and have names/teams for awards presentation.
Bingo will be offered at the Delta Orlando Resort between 2:00 4:00 P.M. We will have several great prizes,
and the staff at the Delta Orlando does a great job of calling bingo. Again, we must ask you to pre-register for
bingo so we have an accurate count for the Delta Orlando staff and to determine whether there is enough
interest to hold the bingo games. Please pre-register at the Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and
Friday, June 18 and 19, 1992 so we have confirmation that you will indeed by playing bingo.
I SPORTS REGISTRATION
Volleyball Pre-registration: Bingo Pre-registration:
Names Ages Names Ages
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Mail this form to Reunion Coordinator,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
Panama Canal Reunion, Bradenton, Florida, February 22, 1940
TICKET RESERVATION FORM
For Office Use Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball Panazonian
Member's Name (Please print)
City State ZIP
MAIL THIS ENTIRE FORM TO:
Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: THE 1992 REUNION COORDINATOR
IPANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Limited to 3000 Capacity Limited to 1000 capacity
$3.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $14.00/Ticket 10 Tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $
No children under 12 allowed 1. Member 6.
at the dance
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ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM 3. 8.
Limited to 3000 Capacity 4. 9.
$10.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member 10.
SNo. of Tickets Total $ Cut-off date for orders June 8, 1992
Cut-off date for refunds-June 8, 1992
No children under 12 allowed
atNo children under 2 allowed MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO 1992 REUNION
at the dance CORDINATOR.-----
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Mary brought out this sinful dessert that will take me
weeks to exercise it off. They were fantastic hosts, and it
was really great to see them all again." Thank you, Mary
Little did Mary and Steve know that on the heels of
Danny would be still another Coffey visitor. Son John
Patrick arrived in Brussels on the 3rd of September to
begin his Masters studies at Boston University Extension.
He was a houseguest of Mary and Steve for 4 days and
he too couldn't say enough about their great hospitality.
He and three other students have now found a beautiful
home with four bedrooms, a garden, a wine cellar and a
maid every Thursday! One of the four roommates
happens to be a young man by the name of Jose Varela
from Panama! Patrick is having a great time and says he
is impressed with the school's facility and enjoying
meeting students from all over the world.
Son Michael, wife Shawn, daughters Madeline and
Alise are enjoying their new lives in Tampa, Shawn's
hometown. Michael continues to enjoy his job as
Regional Manager for Associated Finance. They just
bought a beautiful new home with pool and are expecting
#3 in May. Great surprises do come in small packages!
Received a letter and phone call from Mark Powell
(BHS'79). He had just returned from Europe where he
and Patrick Coffey spent the holidays touring and skiing
in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England. Mark is
a Captain in the US Army and was in the thick of things
over in Saudi during Desert Storm. He just completed a
course at the Combined Arms and Services Staff School
in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He was going to be assigned
to Panama in January, but the Army has postponed that
until May. In any case, I will look forward to that with
great anticipation, Mark. It will be wonderful to have a
"son" here again!
and Tara Wiskowski in Panama -
Our famous "hometown boy," Al Sprague, came to
Panama in November to open his new show at the
Marriott. He dedicated this show to Lucho Azcarraga
because, as Al so aptly put it, "You might say that
Lucho's music inspired all my paintings of those beautiful
pollera and montuna-clad ladies. They are all dancing to
his wonderful music." It was great, Al!
On Friday morning, November 25th, Rick and Scott
Williams of Cardenas took their boat Tropical Wrasse,
along with friends Pat Williams and Hugh Thomas on a
fishing trip to Pinas Bay. They arrived at 4:00 p.m. and
spent the rest of the day fine-tuning their gear for four
days of marlin fishing. Early Saturday morning Scott's
first strike turned out to be a 272 lb. black marlin which
he landed in 15 minutes using a 50-lb. test line. It was
Scott's first marlin ever. Sunday was Hugh's turn to test
the stand-up fishing technique. He landed a 242-lb. blue
marlin which made several spectacular jumps while the
crew tried to film the action on video. Monday didn't
produce any marlin; however, the guys landed the usual
catch of 50-70 lb. amberjacks, 40-50 lb. dorados and
sharks. They also caught nine sailfish, releasing all but
two. On Tuesday Pat had a very big marlin crash his
bonito bait, but the big fish escaped. That afternoon
Hugh got another chance to test his 50-lb. test line. After
a one hour and twenty-five minute battle he landed a
396-lb black marlin. On Wednesday the Tropical Wrasse
sped back to Balboa with a full load of fish for friends
and neighbors. Pat rushed to pack because the following
day he left for a pheasant hunt in South Dakota and a
deer hunt in Georgia.
Along with many kids home for the Holidays in
Panama, Tara Wiskowski visited for the first time in 5
years. She enjoyed visiting with her mom, Carol, her
brother Dane, and wife Joanne (Wruck) and their
daughter Carly. She said the highlight of her trip was
dancing and listening to Lucho at the New Year's Eve
party in Cardenas, hosted by Robert and Denise Will,
Rusty and Sheila Smith, and Tom and Carmen
Matthews. Tara is working as an Environmental
Specialist at Vandenberg AFB, California. Mom Carol is
a Substance Abuse Counselor for the US Army here in
Scott Williams' first Marlin, 272 Ibs. in 15
Hugh Thomas on right.
Mary P. Coffey
(011-507) 52- 6794
Discussing the "good old days." David F. Mead,
seated, who retired in 1976 as records management
chief for the Panama Canal organization, looks over a
1929 photo of co-workers from the former Canal
Records Bureau with employees of today's Records
Managegement Branch. Mead stopped by the branch
while on the Isthmus to visit his son, Burt, chief of the
Panama Canal Commission Systems Division and
daughter-in-law Carol, a Graphic Branch employee.
Standing from left are Administrative Services Division
Chief Carolyn H. Twohey, Samuel Edwards, Elias
Amberths, branch chief Jeanne Hinek, Christopher
Walsh, Dorothy Isenberg and Denise Will.
From Ann Suescum: Enclosed is a photo of Kenny
Morris at his retirement party in September. The party
was a huge success, and was held at the Amador Officer's
Club with Burt Mead as M.C.
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Sonya Valley, Ann Merlino Richardson, Kenny
Morris and Ann Wood Suescum.
FIRST ANNUAL PRO (Pre-Reunion Old Timers)
GOLF TOURNAMENT by Bronco (Burt Mead).
On January 2, 1992, the first annual PRO (Pre-
Reunion Old Timers) golf tournament was held at Ft.
Amador Golf Course in Panama. the 18-hole event was
played under the Mexican Best Ball format (called a
"scramble" in some golfing circles), and was put together
and run by Joe Wood, a former silent member of the
Wally Trout Open tournament committee. Joe thought it
would be a good idea to invite former Pan Canal
employees, who were in Panama during Christmas
visiting family still there, to play in a friendly and fun
(even though Bill De La Mater played) golf tourney. It
was an enjoyable dry season day for the 20 participants
(even though Bill's team finished last).
Special thanks go out to Robin Morland and C.B.
Fenton & Co. Inc. for their contribution of several golf
caps, shirts and other items. Also thanks to Woody
Woodruff for donating a book of Dothan Elk Raffle
The order of finish was: 1st Score 62 (five under
par) Team of Sandy Hinkle, Russ Herrington, Leroy
Wilson, Ed Ohman. 2nd Score 62, team of Bill LeBrun,
Dennis Cowles, Joe Hunt, Bob Hauser. 3rd Score 65,
team of Bob Best, Mac McCullough, Gary Anderson,
Bonnie Wilson. 4th Score 66, Team of Joe Wood, Jay
Dietz, Bob Barnes, Ellen Anderson. 5th Score 66, team
of Burt Mead, Billy DeLaMater, Woody Woodruff,
From Elsie and Woody Woodruff: This group of golfers,
and sometimes as many as 20 meet every Saturday at
11:30 a.m. at HoRoKo Golf Club. Woody had the
opportunity and pleasure of playing with this group three
Some of the golfers who meet Saturdays at Horoko,
four not shown. Russ Herrington, Woody Woodruff,
Al George (contractor), Rolando Diaz (Panama
doctor), Bill Cofer, Don Rudy, Fernando Martines,
Sam Komes (Col. MD Gorgas), Jim Farnsworth,
Dick Roscoe, Terry Jones (contractor), Jack
Anderson (MWR-Ret. Navy), Gary Anderson, Ricky
Cofer, Mike Anderson, L.B. Wilson, Charles ?
There's not a whole lot to report this time,
something our editor is probably happy about. I usually
use my quota of space to the fullest.
First, congratulations to the Cristobal High School
girl's basketball team on winning their seventh
consecutive season under the loving care of good friend
and Coach Gayle Rankin. Keep in mind that these girls
represent a tiny school (six grades with an enrollment
well under 300) and that they compete against all the big
guns from the Pacific side. This year's winning team
included Megan Gibbons, Debbie Price, Jenny Price, Lori
Vega, Kathie Dawson, Sonya Petroni, Ellen Rosales,
Esther Hogan, Misty Landrum, Elsie Botello, Christina
Donahue, Angie Epperson, Jennifer Swords and Tiffany
Cox. Helping out as team managers were Brandon
Gibbons, Marc Johnson, Gianno Feoli and Kent Grubbs.
Congratulations to Kristi Bjorneby who plans to be
married in Panama in December and to Leslie Griffin
who will be married next summer in San Francisco.
Sue Follett reports that she and Norita Scott traveled
together last summer to Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Sue says it was a most fantastic trip, very exciting and full
of wonderful photo opportunities. She and Norita
organized their slides into an "African Photo Safari,",
which they've generously shared with the Audobon
Society and other groups here on the Isthmus.
Kathy and Lee Snider will return to Panama for a
nice long vacation beginning with the holidays, which they
plan to spend with son-in-law and daughter Tim and
Theresa Snider Herring in Gatun. Lee's plans include a
deep sea fishing trip with his son Jim Snider, Sid Coffin,
Wayne Seeley, Rick Doubek and Kenny Hixon, a former
Janet Johnston's first published book, "Ellie Brader
Hates Mr. G." is now a reality, available in bookstores in
the United States and Panama. In her own words, Janet
said learning that Clarion Books would publish her work,
"...was the happiest moment in my adult life."
Congratulations, Jan, keep it up!
Darrel Canamas, Corey Grubbs and Craig Meyer
are roommates this year in Orlando, Florida, each
attending college. Their apartment seems to be a
gathering place for the young generation of Orlando
Zonians. Back in Panama, parents Vincent and Penny
Wilder Canamas, Randy and Donna Grubbs and Ron
and Francis Stabler Meyer laughingly refer to themselves
as "in-laws." They're all looking forward to having their
boys home for Christmas.
The Holidays will also bring Joe and Thelma Stabler
back for a visit, a nice long one this year. They'll split
their time between the homes of Ron and Francis Stabler
Meyer in Los Rios and Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler in
Panama Canal Commission firefighters Victor Sowley
and Dario Rawlins played host to a group of Gatun
youngsters at the Gatun Fire Station during Fire
Prevention Week in October. The kids include from left,
Mary Herring, Sondra Doubeck, Chris Herring,
Giovana Hudson, Mikel Andrade, Robbie Stabler,
Richard Johnston, Monique Herring, Sowley, Joey
herring, James Herring, Junior Hudson, Timmy
Stabler, Roger Braun, Jose Alvarez, Daren Doubek
Congratulations to Tiernan Corrigan, who's getting
lots of jobs as a substitute teacher with DODDS schools
here. She's working on her degree in education through
Florida State University and hopes eventually to have a
classroom of her own.
Well, I said this would be short, and short is is. We
Atlantic siders continue to hang in there. It's not quite
dry season yet, but we know it's coming...
Susan K. Stabler
The Panama Canal Society of South Carolina held
their Christmas luncheon on December the 6th at
Houndslake Country Club, Aiken; and the people who
attended were Peg Hutchison, Arnette and Mark
Schwindt and his mother, Mitzi Schwindt, Verna and
Andy Kapinos, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Scottie and
Jack Steele, Ann and Doc Harley, Grace and BJ.
Hartley, Eletheer and Jim Catron, Blanche Brown, Sis
and Bill York, Lorna Shore, Caroline Westendorff, Trudi
Clontz, Olga Holmes, John Everson, Etheri and J.D.
Tate, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Brian Albright, Bob
Tarleton, and son of Ann Harley.
New officers were installed by outgoing President,
Trudi CLontz. They are as follows, President, Jack
Woodsell, Vice President, Ethel Tate, Secy/Treas., Lorna
Shore, Chaplain, John Everson.
The door prize was won by Andy Kapinos, which was
a live small Christmas tree. Out new President, Jack
Woodzell and his wife were in the Canal Zone from
1975-78, and both worked for the Army at Fort Clayton.
The next meeting will be Ming Yat, North Augusta
at 12 noon on Friday March 6th 1992.
Peg Hutchison spent Christmas with daughter,
Dianne and Jerry Cox, in Goose Creek, SC. Grandson,
Wally Doane, had to stay in Norfolk on board the USS
ROGERS to cook for the crew, but his wife, Jody and
daughter, Shauna, spent the day with us. Jerry is in San
Diego, CA, working for a couple of months on a job
installing communications of ships.
The Catrons had visitors before the holidays.
Nephew Oliver Besley, whose father worked at the
Accounting Division in 1950 with Ross Cunningham,
visited here. Daughter, Penny and Joe Lotterhos, from
MS, and their children, Ed from Annapolis and Karen
from school in MS, were here for several days. Also,
visiting were son Jim and Sylvia Catron and their
daughter Kristen and son Steve from Madison, Florida.
Jim Catron is doing well after a short stay in the hospital
and is back playing a little golf. He's the proud owner of
a black Scottie dog who exercises him at least two times
a day and Eletheer has been seen walking the dog too.
Caroline Westendorff, widow of Jim, visited her
daughter in Columbia over the holidays. Caroline has
been laid up with an injured foot and the flu, but is doing
okay now. She reports that Jim's sister, Edna Mae
Westendorff Reavis, who now lives in Clearwater, Florida
(1) Bill and Sis York (2) Our new President and wife, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell. (3) Grace and B.J. Hartley. (4)
New Officers for the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina, L-R: Jack Woodzell, President; Ethel Tate,
Vice President; Lorna Shore, Secretary/Treasurer;
Blanche Browne, Reporter; John Everson, Chaplain.
days. Then on to Los Altos, CA to visit Jo Anne
(Bishop) and Jim Matthews, her next stop was to visit
with her stepson, David Browne, in Berkeley, Margaret
(Enright) Bunioski from San Jose, and last stop was
with Doris (Brotherson) Hand in Concord. Blanche
enjoyed the New Years Caribbean Cruise with the
Zonian Amigos group with Nealie Van Siclen as her
The year 1991 was going so fast that Peg
Hutchison and Trudi Clontz needed an inspiration to
start writing Christmas cards, so they made a weekend
trip to the Grove Park Inn in Ashville, NC in early
December. They enjoyed a breakfast overlooking the
mountains. Peg may even have discovered a relative as
the waitress' name was Hutchison.
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Scottie and Jack Steele
had a slight stroke and is in a nursing home and is
coming along very well.
John Everson had his brother Louis and Ruth from
Hendersonville visiting him for Thanksgiving. John has
been in the hospital twice and had to cancel his trip to
Texas. John is feeling better and his son is still with him.
Leona and Paul Badonsky spent the Christmas
holidays with their son, Leo and his wife Gabby, and
daughter Natassia. On Christmas day Paula (Badonsky)
Leitch with her husband Al and sons Rob and Adam
joined them for exchange of presents and a delightful
dinner served by Gabby and Leo.
The end of January Bea Lee, sister of Grace Hartley,
will be moving to Merritt Island, Florida to be near her
son, Fred Lee and wife, Leona.
Blanche Browne went to Colorado in November
to visit Dot (Kalar) and Roy Kennedy in Englewood who
took her to visit Norma (Evans) an Al Harrington in
Greely; Margaret (Meigs) Molloy in Bouler; and Mary
Jane (Phillips) and Bob Henderson. She also visited Sue
(Ewing) and Ed Bishop in Colorado Springs for a few
Freeport, Bahamas, L-R: Charlea Shore, Diane
LeBlanc, Lorna Shore, Sandra Davis. (Lorna Shore
and her three daughters).
Lorna Shore and Daughters Charlea Shore,
Diane Le Blanc and Sandra Davis enjoyed a trip to
Freeport Bahamas in October. Lorna had her daughters
Diane Le Blanc of Princeton, Fl and Sandra Davis and
family from Miami over for the Christmas holidays.
Dr. Donald H. Robinson, started his Canal
Zone service during 1948 as U.S. Army assigned to
Governor of Chief, V.D. Control and Pre-employment
examinations, His next assignment was as Chief of
Occupational Health and sometimes, Chief, Preventive
Medicine. When he left the Canal Zone in 1950 he
attended Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and
served two terms in the Korean War. Following
discharge he served as Chief, Medical Service, Pittsburgh-
Allegeney County, PA and taught at the graduate school
of Public Health at Pittsburgh, Dusquene University and
University of San Francisco. In 1957 he became Deputy
Corporate Medical Director of Standard Oil. In 1960 he
returned to the Panama Canal and retired in 1968 to
Aiken, SC, where he has held various medical positions.
Ethel and J.D. Tate spent Christmas holidays
with their daughter, Louise and husband, Irl Schlegel,
and their children Eric and Christina who reside in
Blanche A. Browne
Our Christmas holidays were made a little merrier
with a visit from some of our friends from Panama. T-
Bird Pattison came up to visit his mom Bricky and
brother, Red and his family. Marvin (Duane) Wright
came to visit his sister, Beth Wright. Everyone had a
good time sharing in the Christmas cheer!
Red Pattison had a christmas party over the holidays
while they were here some of the other guests included
Albert and Sue Fehrenbach from Kerrville, Jaco Petiton
from San Antonio, David and Gail Melendrez, along with
the Austin regulars Mary, Margie, and Dave
Fehrenbach, David Jones, and Beth Wright.
The Fehrenbach clan had a visit with their folks over
Christmas at the home of their parents, Ed and Peggy
Fehrenbach at Canyon Lake. Albert and Sue also joined
David Jones made a trip to Baytown, Texas to visit
with him mom, Vanice, and brother Larry and his family.
Vanice is now a resident of Texas, having left Panama at
the end of the year. Really, Vanice, Austin is The place
to be, not Baytown! I guess the grandkids are a big
drawing card, huh?
The gang here had some fun times out with T-Bird
and Marvin. There was the party night at Antones, our
favorite nightspot! Antones has a new poster of a dancing
machine doing the alligator yes, Marvin, it's the talk
of Antones. We understand it's quite impressive. And to
those of you who wouldn't dance that night Marvin says
you're B O R I N G. He claims he had to go back home
to find a dancing partner!!
The holidays brought some news from some old
friends of mine. I heard from Anita Davis (BHS'75), she
has recently had baby #2. Drew Waddell (BHS'74) called
during the holidays, we had a marathon conversation. He
is still living in Hawaii with his wife, Joann, and their two
boys. Kathy (Kuykendall) Stephenson (BHS'76) lives in
Galveston, TX with her husband and son and is expecting
baby #2 also. Thanks for being in touch good friends
are one of life's greatest gifts!
We're all gearing up for our annual zonian camp out
over Memorial day weekend. We already have one out-
of-state camper who's committed to being there, Jennifer
Davidson. Come on, Renee, we promise it'll be fun!
We're also getting ready for the big Brazilian Carnival in
a couple of weeks looking forward to the good music!
Continuing a Christmas season tradition, started in
Kerrville, TX, some years ago, the Hill Country Zonians
gathered for their annual Christmas party on December
14, 1991. Approximately 150 Zonians, relatives and
friends, enjoyed a mini-reunion (as compared to the P.C.
Society reunions) at the Red Lion Hotel in Austin, with
guests coming from as far away as Florida and Maine.
The brief organized program began with a social
hour during which guests mingled, renewed old
friendships and acquaintances, and enjoyed the beautifully
decorated surroundings. Joe Dolan delivered the
Invocation during which he asked guests to honor the
memory of Eddie Coyle with a moment of silence.
Following dinner, Georgia Corin and Thelma Chan
announced the door prize winners. Once again, we saw
a wide variety and great number of door prizes presented
to lucky guests. The party continued after the
presentation of door prizes with recorded music for
dancing, and Christmas Carols. In summary, a good time
was had by all.
Members of the party committee, Ted and Georgia
Corin, Harry and Thelma Chan, Jack and Jo Ann
Morton, want to thank all who were able to attend for
making it an enjoyable evening and to express their
appreciation to the hotel and staff for jobs well done over
the past two years.
A committee of our friends and neighbors in San
Antonio has agreed to organize the Hill Country Zonians
Christmas Party in that city in December 1992. We can
all look forward to a wonderful party next Christmas
In attendance: Patty & Bob Brown, Nivia & Jerry
Brown, Sue & Tye Cagle, Alice Sue Cagle, Marilyn & Van
Carter, Jane & Bill Caskey, Manuel Catzoela, Shirley &
Charles Cavanaugh, Thelma & Harry Chan, Bruce Chan, Mary
& E. Lee Chiles, Jessica Chiles, Christopher Chiles,
Phyllis & Larue Christoph, Carolyn & Bob CiepieLa, Karen
& James Clary, Kathleen & Ted Cooper, Georgia & Ted
Corin, Colin Creel, Nathalie & Andrew DeBoer, Madeleine
& Amos DeRaps, Ann & Joe Dolan, Ruth & Bart ELich, Edie
& Art Farrell, Honey Fealey, Mary & Dave Fehrenbach,
Margaret Fehrenbach, Annette Fields, Faye & Richard
Finegan, Gigi & Bill FLeckenstein, Elsmary & Lew French,
Annette Garcia, Josie & Terrill Goudie, Sue & Bill
Graham, Robert Grier, Ginger Hansel, Eva Harte, Flora
Belle Helmerichs, Jean & AL Hendricks, Iris Hogan, Elena
& Luis Hooper, Gary Hooper, Muriel & Richard Johnston,
Marian Karr, Paul Kramer, Valerie Krueger, Barbara & Buck
Krueger, Billie Landrum, Elsie & Ray Larson, Fran & Bill
LeBlanc, Aurora, William & Patricia LeBrun, Henry Lee,
Dona & Jerry Lepage, Katherine Lessiack, Virginia & R.N
MacDonell, Shirley & Charles McGinnis, JoAnn & Jack
Morton, Lee J. Morton, Darlene & Paul Morton, Agnes &
Earl Mulroy, Glen Nicolaisen, Ruth & Charles Nix, Hugh
Norris, Mary Orr, Alice Palumbo, Jaco Petiton, Dottie &
Bud Plummer, Karen Powell, Sandy & Bruce Sanders, Sharon
& Doug Schmidt, Betty & Edward Sebik, Jacquelyn & Paul
Shacklette, Marie & Bill Shaw, Beth & Karl Shaw, Susan
& Chuck Silverman, Vivian Simmons, Sherrie & Jim SLice,
Jenny Turner, Gail & Jess Totten, Patrice Urick, Peter
Vanoveren, Irma & Robert VonTress, Beth Waddell, Connie
& Al Wanner, Marion & Fred Wells, Judi & Jim Wheeler,
Celina & Lester Wiles, Jewell & Perry Wittington, Gene
& Ray Wi son, Stanley Wright and Anna Lee Young.
Sue Ann Davenport
The Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party in Austin,
TX on Saturday, December 14, 1991 was an outstanding
success. Over 160 enjoyed the good company, food and
music (Lucho tapes). Kudos to the Committee for a job
well done. Sunday morning, several of the out-of-towners
met in the hotel restaurant for breakfast before heading
Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Austin, Texas,
December 14, 1991, at breakfast next morning in Red
Lion Hotel. Clockwise from left: Fred Wells, Harry
Chan, Kathi Lessiack, Jackie Shacklett, Paul
Shacklett, "Pappy" Grier, Marion Wells and Thelma
Honey Fealey hosted her Christmas Canasta/Bridge
luncheon on December 6, 1991. This event has become
an annual affair. We all look forward to it as it begins the
Christmas holidays. The luncheon was held in a local
motel. After a delicious lunch, dessert and exchange of
gifts, the group drove to Honey's home for an afternoon
of Canasta and Bridge. Honey's table favors were
needlepoint kleenex box covers with a Christmas motif
and we each received a needlepoint dove corsage.
Kerrville's Poet Laureate, Marion Wells composed a
lovely and fitting poem for the occasion.
The Grahams at Lake Cheimsee, Germany. L-R:
Rodney, Donna, Jeffrey, David, Bill and Sue.
Bill and Sue Graham visited Germany November 26
to December 8. The nine-hour non-stop flight took them
from Dallas to Frankfurt. The return trip took eleven
hours due to head winds a long time to sit without a 7th
inning stretch!! Their daughter Donna, her husband
Rodney and her two sons, David and Jeffery were at the
airport to meet them and drove them home to
Schweinfurt where Rodney is stationed with the U. S.
Army. Each day Sue and Bill were shown different areas
of Germany including Munich, Neustadt, Cheimsee,
Garmish and Roethenburg. They toured the
Hummel/Goebel factory and browsed through several
crystal factories. While in Garmish, Bill and Rodney took
a cable car to a ski resort and watched David ski. The
Bavarian region of Germany is considered the
Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Austin, Texas, December 14, 1991. (1) At breakfast next morning, Red Lion
Hotel. L-R: Honey Fealey, Mary Orr, Annette Fields. (2) L-R: "Pappy" Grier, Louie Hooper, "Red" McDonnel. (3)
Canal Zone Mental Health co-workers, L-R: Wade Carter, Marilyn Carter, Bea Rhyne, Dona LePage, Jerry
LePage. Seated: Louie Hooper.
We are happy to report that a group from San
Antonio has agreed to host the Christmas party for 1992
in San Antonio. We look forward to seeing many new
faces, as well as the faithful attendees, in San Antonio.
We will support the group from San Antonio in any way
Romantique area and they were in awe of the beautiful
art work painted on the outside of the homes around the
doorways and windows. The trip to Dachau, the
concentration camp, was the most sobering part of the
trip, but they were glad they were able to see it. They will
have many memories of a beautiful Germany for years to
Capt Ralph and Dorothy Plummer drove in their
motorhome from Harrington, ME to Kerrville to visit the
Bill Fleckensteins and other friends. They were able to
attend the Zonians' Christmas party in Austin where they
renewed friendships with former friends and neighbors
from the Canal Zone.
Mary Orr came from her home in Sarasota, FL to
spend the holidays with her family in Kerrville, San
Antonio and Luling, TX. We are always happy to see
Mary. She was the guest of honor at several luncheons.
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Bea Rhyne and Janet Johnston at Janet's Book-
Signing party. First-time author of Ellie Brader Hates
The Harvey Rhyne, Jrs. of Princeton, FL spent
Christmas with Harvey and Bea and New Years in El
Paso, TX. Erick represented his school in an all school
band that played in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso,
December 31 at half time. The game was between Illinois
and UCLA. Bea was "glued to the tube" for a glimpse of
Ed Marshall had orthopedic surgery on his other
knee and is doing well. "Pappy" Grier has just completed
laser surgery on his eye and is in good spirits. Beth
Waddell has her arm out of the sling after shoulder
surgery and doing fine. Jackie Bishop has had surgery,
but is doing well and we hope it won't be long before she
is her vibrant self again.
Kerrville's weather has been wonderful. "Mild" is the
name for it, and now in mid-January we are having a
light freeze at night with sunny days warming up. We had
14 inches of rain in December which assures us of
bountiful wild flowers in the Spring.
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*Another reunion planned*. We couldn't let
the year pass without organizing a get-together, as a
followup to the successful reunion held in Virginia last
March. This year we are organizing something different,
less formal, but as much fun--a Pig Roast at the home of
George and Sue Cotton in Bluemont, Virginia, who say
there's a lot of land for a big gang. Please look in this
issue of the Canal Record for the flyer with all the
information about the upcoming gathering planned for
May 16. We plan to have a great time.
On to some other news: Sue and George Cotton
enjoyed having as Christmas guests Sue's mother,
Dorothy Trim, from Conway, Arkansas, their son, Tim,
who is living in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and
Monica and Larry Milan from Panama.
Ev and Tom Sellers of Manassas, Virginia hosted a
party in October in honor of Charles (Ron) LaValle,
33rd Degree, who, is the Deputy of the Supreme Council
to the Panama Canal, and was in Washington, D.C. for
the biannual session of the Supreme Council for Scottish
Rite. Captain Bill Froude, also from Panama, was
coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason during the session. A
special performance by the U.S. Air Force Band at the
Kennedy Center for the Supreme Council was enjoyed
Mike Glaser, who lived in Panama in the early 1970's
and worked at the Panama Canal Company's Printing
office entertained Gail and Kelly Dawson, Rosemary
Gilead, Pat Lenneville, Barbara Sanders, and Mike's
daughter, Denise, and her friend, Brady, at a Christmas
function in his home. All who attended had a glorious
treat to Mike's gourmet delights, as he is an
accomplished chef of French cuisine.
Rosemary Gilead spent the holidays with her
daughter, Kathleen, in Ft. Lauderdale, and while there
attended a combined retirement/New Year's party in
honor of cousin Pete Sheridan who retired after 32 years
with IBM in Ft. Lauderdale. Rosemary then continued
her travels to Seminole for the surprise birthday party for
Helen (McKeown) Ledgerwood.
Friends of Sarah Storey might be interested in
knowing that she is recuperating beautifully from Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome surgery which she underwent January
I'm going to attempt to report for the Virginia-
Maryland-Washington, D.C. area, and really encourage
folks to send me any special news to my address below.
I work for the Panama Canal Commission in
Washington, D.C., and if there is any general information
you would like about the Canal, please feel free to
3000 Seven Oaks Place
Falls Church, VA 22042
(202) 634-6441 Office
(703) 522-9579 Home
Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
CLEMENTS GOLDEN CELEBRATION MAJ. TED C. McGANN DECORATED
Ruth (Egolf) Clement and Caleb Clement formerly
of Gatun, Canal Zone, were honored on their 50th
Wedding Anniversary with a luncheon at Skopelos
Restaurant in Pensacola, Florida on November 30, 1991,
given by their children, Orrin and Carol Clement,
Maryruth and Steve Vaughn, and Caleb Jr. and Virginia
Clement. Their grandchildren are Carrie, Candace and
Casey Clement; Megan and Drew Vaughn; and Dawn,
Marilee, Barak and Graham Clement.
Ruth and Caleb were married in the Gatun Union
Church on December 16, 1941. They lived and worked in
the Panama Canal Zone for over 60 years. In 1976 they
left their home in the Canal Zone and now reside in
Ruth and Caleb Clement
The celebration was a fun-filled, emotionally-packed
afternoon filled with surprises for Ruth and Caleb from
the moment the limousine picked them up to take them
to the luncheon where they were greeted by family and
friends, to the wedding prayer given by their dear friend,
Rita Wenzel, to the personalized song written by their
niece, Katherine Egolf, to the tribute given them by
Ruth's brother, George, to the congratulatory message
from President and Mrs. Bush, and to the cutting of the
beautiful 50th Wedding Anniversary cake and champagne
toast. As a final tribute they were presented with two
large picture albums, one of Ruth's family and one of
Caleb's family, each spanning three generations truly a
labor of love from Orrin and Carol.
Out-of-town guests included Maryruth (Clement),
Steve, Drew and Megan Vaughn of Houston; Virginia
(Clement) and Wes Townsend; Bobby and George Egolf;
Mary and Harry Egolf; Katherine Egolf; Mary Jane and
Cash Paulson of Tallahassee; and Marion and Paul
Horine of Reading, PA. Other family members included
Barbara (Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux, and Jon, Debra,
and J-Michael Dedeaux of Pensacola, Florida.
Major Theodore C. McGann, United States
Army Reserves, was recently awarded the BRONZE
STAR MEDAL for meritorious service in support of
Operation Desert Storm while assigned to Dammam,
Saudi Arabia. Major McGann served as the Battalion
Executive Officer of the 365th Supply and Service
Battalion, a pivotal unit in the supply and service of the
US. Army Forces in the Eastern Province of Saudi
Arabia and the retrograde of U.S. military supplies and
equipment out of the theater of operation.
Major McGann was also awarded the
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL on his previous
assignment at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia
for his performance as the Commander of The
Departure/Arrival Airfield Control Group in support of
Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Major McGann's other
military awards include the Army Commendation Medal,
Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Army Parachute
Rigger Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge.
Major Theodore C. McGann being presented the
Bronze Star medal by Colonel Gilbert Haysen,
Commander, 593rd Area Support Group, Dhahran,
Major McGann, son of Ted and Alice McGann
of Orlando, is a 1969 graduate of Balboa High School, a
1973 Distinguished Military Graduate of the Citadel, the
Military College of South Carolina, having attended it on
a four year Army ROTC Scholarship. Major McGann
also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the
University of Georgia
Having been on active duty since being
mobilized for Operation Desert Shield in August of 1990,
he will be returning to his home and family in Boca
Raton, Florida upon completion of his current tour this
February and will resume his occupation as a Financial
HENNESSEYS CELEBRATE GOLDEN
Lights, Camera, Action That was the theme for the
Golden Anniversary celebration for Dan and Frances
Hennessey on July 19-22, 1991 in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.
This golden event was hosted by Mary (Hennessey)
and Bob Charles, Wendy (Cotton) and Dennis Corrigan;
Doug and Carolyn (Hennessey) Johnson, and Dan and
Golfers Mac McCullough, Pat Clarke, Dan
Hennessey and George Cotton.
Activities for this memorable weekend included a
party barge on Friday evening; a Dan & Fran 50th
Anniversary Golf Tournament, Saturday morning;
renewal of their wedding vows and reception, Saturday
afternoon; dinner/dance Saturday evening; and a brunch
hosted by the "newlyweds" on Sunday morning. During
the dinner Saturday evening, a videotape played depicting
their 50 years of marriage starting with their wedding day
and ended with the addition of this golden anniversary
More than 125 family members and friends joined in
the festivities. Eighty-eight family members from 17 states
and Panama gathered in Fairfield Bay for a week of fun!
The Burks from New York; the Saums from Maryland;
the Hennesseys, Cottons, Trims from Arkansas; the
Hatchetts and Jacksons from Idaho; the Cottons from
Alabama; the Cottons from Iowa; the Charleses,
Kalanders Clarkes, Flemings, Carrs, Navalanics and
Corrigans from California; the Hennesseys, Fernandeses
from Massachusetts; the Ohmans from Panama; the
Saums, McCulloughs, Pridgens and Stewarts from
Florida; Fr. Angelin and Tom McCullough of New
Jersey; the Hatchetts from Nevada; the Corrigans from
Arizona; the Cottons, Cassons of Virginia; Karen Saum
of Maine; the Reads and Suttons of Texas; Clauss,
Johnsons, Brooms and Cassons of Missouri.
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Don and Frances Hennessey and children, Mary
Charles, Carolyn Johnson, Dan Hennessey.
Fred Hatchett and daughter Pat (Hatchett) Clarke.
Don and Gladys Brayton on their 50th wedding
anniversary. See "Bells ring for Braytons," page 46,
December issue, Canal Record. (Sorry the picture was
PETERSON PEARSON ENGAGEMENT
Tom and Barbara Peterson (formerly of Balboa)
announce the engagement of their daughter, Diane
Margaret, to Timothy John Pearson, of Sarasota, Florida.
Tim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Pearson of
The bride-elect graduated from Balboa High School
and is employed in Sarasota by Bay Marketing Concepts,
Inc., Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
The bridegroom-elect graduated from West Milford
Township High School, New Jersey, and is employed by
PAC TEC/Electronic enclosures.
A February 29, 1992 wedding is planned.
BARTHOLOMEW FAMILY REUNION
Four generations of the Bartholomew family gathered
in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in late November 1991 to
honor the matriarch of the family, Annie Boyd
Bartholomew, on Thanksgiving Day and on her 90th
birthday two days later. In attendance were her son, Bill
Bartholomew, Jr.; her daughter, Barbara Krueger; six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom
traveled from Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Alaska and
Nevada for the occasion.
1st Anniversary Celebration, Bayshore Heights
Retirement Community, Tampa, FL. Don and Louise
Beall, host and hostess, October 1991.
Ann Batholomew on her 90th birthday.
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Bartholomew family reunion. Front L-R: Kate
(Bartholomew) Holt, Izaac Holt, Valerie Krueger
(BHS'73) and daughter Sara, Glen Bartholomew. 2nd
row: Ann Bartholomew (BHS'21), Barbara
(Bartholomew) Krueger (BHS'48), Bill Bartholomew
Jr. (BHS'46), Eric Holt, John Holt. Standing: Holly
Bartholomew, Buck Krueger (BHS'42), Marty
Krueger (BHS'71), Brent Batholomew.
Ann is the widow of Bill Bartholomew, Sr., who
retired from the Dredging Division, Panama Canal
Company, Gamboa, Canal Zone in 1957.
After the family reunion, she moved to Austin, Texas,
to be near her daughter and son-in-law.
ESCALA NOURSE ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Jorge A. Escala, Jr. of Los Rios,
Panama, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Genell Maggie (BHS'84) to James Nourse
Genell Escala and James Nourse
James is the son of Kermit Nourse, formerly of
Cardenas, and Lucy Nourse of Sunnyvale, California.
The couple currently reside in Tampa, Florida. A
Spring '93 wedding is planned.
WALKERS HONORED ON 50th
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker celebrated their
50th Wedding Anniversary on December 7, 1991 with a
reception at their Sarasota home, hosted by their
children, Mabelle "Mickey" W. Fitzgerald of New Smyrna
Beach, FL; Frederick R. Walker of Balboa, Rep. of
Panama; Jeanne W. Wagner of Anchorage, Alaska; and
Carole W. Miller of Tampa, FL.
As the guests arrived, a large poster, painted in gold
was at the entrance greeted the arrivals, saying "George
and Mayno 1941 1991 Bicentennial Celebration of Love,
Family and Friends" which was made by their niece,
Donna (Humphrey) Mann. Additional and appropriate
decorations were throughout their home, including a
collage made up of pictures of family and friends.
George and Mayno Walker honored at their 50th,
hosted by their children, L-R: Mickey Fitzgerald, Fred
Walker, Jeanne Wagner, Mayno Bliss Walker and
Carole Miller. George Walker is seated.
A group "toast" given by their children was shared by
the many guests. A framed picture of the couple and a
poem relating to the lives of George and Mayno over
these past 50 years was written by Mary Orr (cuzzin
Mary) and read to the group. Also a beautiful album
"Golden Memories" containing many pictures, cards and
letters from friends and family, was presented to the
happy couple. Throughout the day friends and family
members who could not be present, phoned with
congratulations and best wishes including calls from
Dot Benny of Dothan, AL and CHS classmates, Elizabeth
"Sis" Hayes Phillips of Arizona, and Charlie South of
The refreshment table included ceviche, Alaskan
smoked salmon, moose sausage and raspados (Colon type
snowballs) prepared by their children and a large cake
decorated in red with two love birds and four small birds,
representing the family.
The Walkers moved to Sarasota in 1977 following
their retirement from government service in the Canal
Zone. George retired from the 15th Naval District, USN
in Balboa and Mayno from the Administrative Branch,
P.C. Co. in Balboa Heights. They have had many happy
retirement years in Sarasota and agree that "Sarasota
adds life to your years and years to your life." HAPPY
DAVID R. WARREN PROMOTED
David R. Warren was promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was
assigned to the 1192nd U.S. Army Transportation
Terminal as Contracting Officer. This unit is stationed
at the Port of Embarkation in New Orleans, LA.
Prior to this promotion, Lt. Col. Warren actively
shipped equipment to Saudi Arabia in support of Desert
Lt.Col. David R. Warren of New Orleans, La.
After his tour ended he returned to his civilian job as
Transportation Operations Specialist in New Orleans.
Lt. Col. Warren is the son of Gretchen and Bill
Warren, formerly of Balboa. He was an honor graduate
of Balboa High School in 1965 and attended Tulane
University in New Orleans where he was a Cum Laude
and Phi Beta Kappa graduate in 1969. Warren then
continued at Tulane and attained a Masters Degree in
June 1972; at which time he was ordered to active Army
duty for three years and Fort Eustis, Va., followed by a
three year tour in Army Transportation at Cadiz, Spain.
From left: Shirley Mildred Persons and Frances
Amelia Hutchings in 1917.
From left: Shirley Persons Smith (Nov. 3, 1991) and
Amelia Hutchings Hunter (Oct. 21, 1991) celebrate
their 80th birthdays!
LISA RAMSEY WINS TWO RIBBONS
Our daughter, Lisa, won two ribbons in the
Anderson County Fair that was held in September. She
placed 1st in the Youth Division for canned tomatoes and
2nd in her division of clay modeling. She was very happy,
needless to say and very proud of them. We are proud
Lisa Ramsey, 1st place canned tomatoes. 2nd place
clay modeling, at the Anderson County Fair, Anderson,
SC, Sept. 1991.
My son, Shawn, and I just got back from spending a
week in Kentucky at my parents, Ken and Ginger Rood's
house. We enjoyed seeing them and they enjoyed playing
with their grandson. We hope to move closer to them
some day so they can enjoy both their grandchildren.
Karen (Rood) Ramsey
CELEBRATES 98TH BIRTHDAY
L-R: Marion Case, granddaughter, Mabel, Christine
Case, great-granddaughter, Marjean Metzger
Koperski Hang, daughter-in-law.
Mabel lived in the Canal Zone from 1933 until 1955
when she and her husband, Ray, retired. Ray had
worked on the Canal during construction days and was
employed by the Customs Division at retirement. Mabel
worked for the Army during and after WW II. They had
two children, Robert and Barbara (CHS '39 and '43).
Mabel now lives at 228"A" Valley Ck. Lane, Danville,
California, 94526 near daughter Barbara Elliot and two
granddaughters, She lives in her own apartment and
regularly attends church, Women's Club and Senior
Citizens. She played bridge until recently. Mabel would
enjoy hearing from any of you who remember her.
GARCIA MORTON ENGAGEMENT
Annette Garcia and Lee Morton (BHS 81)
announced their engagement in Dallas, Texas, in October
Annette is the daughter of Mr. Frank Garcia of Las
Cruces, New Mexico, and Mrs. Helen Castaneda of El
Paso, Texas. Lee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Morton of Austin, Texas.
Louise Beall receiving Resident of the Year Award
during 1st Anniversary, Bayshore Heights Retirement
Community celebration, Tampa, FL. October 1991.
Lee Morton and Annette Garcia
MATE HUMAN ENGAGEMENT
Captain and Mrs. Robert S. Mate of Clearwater,
Florida, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Shannon Marie, to Kevin Antonio Huaman. Kevis is the
son of Dr. and Mrs. Gonzalo Huaman of Sanford,
Shannon Marie Mate and Kevin Antonio Huaman.
Shannon is a graduate of Florida State University.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Presently, they are students in the College of Dentistry at
the University of Florida.
Shannon is the granddaughter of Margaret Lawson.
Annette is the Front Office Manager of the Sheraton
Grand Hotel at DFW Airport and Lee is Assistant
Director of Hotel Accounting for Mariner Hotel Corp.,
Lee and Annette first met in November, 1986, while
working at the Hilton Hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico,
and have continued their hotel management careers in
Las Cruces and Dallas since that time.
A spring wedding is planned.
Kim Marie Bender and Dean Charles Homa were
first joined in marriage on July 1, 1991 in San Francisco
while on vacation and attending the Imperial Shrine
Convention. The impromptu ceremony took place at the
Westin St. Frances Hotel during the Abou Saad Temple's
convention banquet, with thanks to James G. Ridge,
Potentate. The formal wedding took place in Panama on
August 17, 1991 at the Marriott Hotel, with a short
ceremony and reception following.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt
J. Bender, former residents of Panama now residing in
Houston, Texas. Her matron of honor was Laura
Wiggins and her bridesmaids were Julie Young, Donna
(Homa) Kunkel and Mimi (Martinez) Azcarraga, all
currently of Panama. The flower girls were Tiffany and
Kimberly Homa from Dothan, Alabama.
The groom's parents are Mr. C. William Homa of
Balboa, Panama, and Mrs. Irene Key Homa of Miami,
FL. Dean's best man was Vincent Turner of Deerfield
Beach, FL., and his groomsmen were Donald Chadwick,
Michael O'Hearn and Bruce Homa, all currently of
Panama. The ring bearer was originally Zachery Kunkel,
but sudden illness prompted Grant Homa from Boca
Raton, FL., to gratefully fill in.
Kim Marie Bender and Dean Charles Homa
The reception immediately followed the ceremony.
Following the banquet, guests danced to the music of DJ
Greg Norton until the early hours next morning. Plans
are in the making for an anniversary party there in
Kim and Dean will reside in Cocoli, Panama. Dean
is a contractor and Kim is working for the Air Force.
Richard Keith Hobbs and Carol Lynne Dabill are
pleased to announce their marriage, which took place on
October 12, 1991 in SanAntonio, Texas. Carol's mother,
LTC (Ret.) Fern Dabill, gave the newlyweds a reception
on December 21, 1991, at the Union Hills Country Club
in Sun City, Arizona.
Richard Hobbs and Capt. Carol Dabill
Carol and Richard will reside in Kansas, where Carol
is a captain in the US Army, stationed at Ft. Riley, and
Richard is a playwright completing work on his masters
Josephine (Josie) Rain Ferrell (BHS'75), formerly of
Howard Air Force Base, Canal Zone and Terril Ives
Goudie (BHS'75), formerly of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, were joined in marriage on August 10, 1991 in
Houston, Texas at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Josie is the eldest daughter of Lt.Col. Joseph Bryan
and Penny Ferrell, currently residing in Oklahoma City.
Terril is the son of Paul and Ivy Goudie of Morning Sun,
Josie Rain Ferrell and Terril Ives Goudie
After high school, Terril and Josie attended Canal
Zone College for one year before receiving their
respective degrees, Terril at Texas A&M and Josie at
Oklahoma State University.
Zonians, besides their parents who attended the
wedding were Julie Boos, Catz, Mack Lane Jr., Chuck
and Nancy Soukup, John and Sharon Farmer, Jim and
Sandy Simpson and the Ferrell sisters, Debbie Ferrell
Lynn and Neil Lynn and son Thomas, Bryanna (Ferrell)
and Toni Miller and Stephanie Ferrell who was the maid
of honor. Robbie Barnes of Tampa was best man.
We'd like to thank Julie Boos (BHS'75) for reuniting
us in November after 14 years.
us in November after 14 years.
Maerose Fraser Ludlum and Dennis Charles Reilly
were married September 7, 1991 in the Saddle River
Reformed Church, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren
O. Ludlum of Ridgewood, New Jersey. The groom's
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Reilly of Kissimmee,
Florida, formerly of River Edge.
Escorted by her father, the bride was attended by her
sister, Edythe L. Errico as matron of honor and LeeAnn
Kissack and Laura Youakim as bridesmaids.
John Hanlon served as best man. Ushers were
Stephen E. Eiman and Douglas Kissack.
Maerose Fraser Ludlum and Dennis Charles Reilly
The bride, a 1983 graduate of Ridgewood High
School, was graduated in 1987 from Fairleigh Dickinson
University with a bachelor's degree in business
Mr. Reilly was graduated from River Dell High
School and attended the University of Oklahoma. He and
his wife are owners of Fraser Electric, Inc. and Denmar
Construction & Design, Inc.
They are residing in Old Tappan.
Brenda Ann Morrissey (BHS'85) and Kevin Lee
Markovitz of St. Louis were married on October 5, 1991
at a Nuptial Mass at the University of Notre Dame's
Sacred Heart Church. Brenda is the daughter of Capt.
and Mrs. Joe Morrissey of Los Rios, Panama. A
reception followed at the Downtown Holiday Inn in
Southbend, with family and friends attending from most
states of the Union as well as Panama and Ireland.
Friends from the Atlantic and Pacific sides included Patty
Cowles, Thea Smith, Capt. and Mrs. Stan Warner, Capt.
and Mrs. Ron Pino, Leila Hand, Capt. and Mrs. Bob
Bloemer, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fetherson.
Noeline Morrissey (BHS'84) was her sister's maid of
honor, and Patty Cowles (BHS'85), CeCe Mauro, Lisa
Vidergar and Pam Walker served as bridesmaids. Greg
Markovitz was his brother's best man. Groomsmen
included Brian McCarthey, Bruce Guay, Ray Kern, and
Joseph Morrissey (BHS'87). Ed Mauro, Tony Mauro and
Brian Beaty were ushers.
Brenda Morrisey and Kevin Lee Markovitz
Both Brenda and Kevin are graduates of the
University of Notre Dame. She is a research assistant and
candidate for a doctoral degree in government there,
while he is a systems analyst for Dean Witter in Chicago.
They are making their home in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
Kathryn Dugas and Richard Sherman were married
on November 2, 1991 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Kathryn Dugas and Richard Sherman
Kathy is the daughter of Norman and Doris (Gleim)
Dugas of Annapolis, Maryland, and Rich is the son of
Duane and Louise Sherman of Wexford, New Jersey.
The newlyweds reside in Washington, D.C.
Tricia Lee Benny and John Murphy Castille were
married on August 10, 1991, at the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. William Benny
of Columbus, Georgia. Grandparents are Mrs. Tobi Bittel
of Columbus, Georgia and Mrs. Dorothy Benny of
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Murphy
Castille of Lawtell, Louisiana.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid
of honor was Laurie Elizabeth Engelke of Panama.
Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Bowman of New Orleans,
LA, Amy Castille of Lawtell, LA, and Deborah Tibbit of
Columbus, GA. Junior bridesmaid were Tasha Tolar of
Lawtell, Candice Bourgeois of Lawtell, served as flower
Thomas R. Smith of Shreveport, LA served as best
man. Groomsmen were William Benny of Columbus,
GA, Shane Castille of Lawtell, and Christopher Lund of
New Orleans, LA. Junior groomsman was Shannon
Castille of Lawtell.
Ushers were Andrew Castille of Lawtell and John
Thomas of Natchitoches, LA. Ringbearer was Michael
Reno of Grand Prairie, TX.
After a wedding trip to Natchez, Mississippi, the
couple is residing in Baton Rouge, LA.
Lisa Ann Bonk and William Grey were united in
marriage on January 3, 1992 at Incarnation Catholic
Church, Tampa, Florida. Parents of the bride are Ms. Jo-
Ann Bonk of Tampa, FL and Mr. Phillip Bonk of Diablo,
Rep. of Panama. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Roberto Grey of Tampa, FL.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid
of honor was Kari Keuhnast of Tampa. Bridesmaids
were Julie Bush and Lisy Saavedra, both of Tampa.
Venessa Castillo of Tampa, niece of the groom was
Derick Thomas of Tampa, served as best man.
Groomsmen were Robbie Saavedra and Richard Grey.
Eric Belinske of Manitowoc, WI, cousin of the bride,
served as ring bearer. Ushers were Leon, Pete and Pat
Bonk of Tampa, brothers of the bride.
The bride is an insurance clerk and a student at
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. The
bridegroom is a maintenance technician.
After a wedding trip to Treasure Island, Disney
World, Orlando, and to Miami, the couple is now
residing at 13610 S. Village Drive, #209, Tampa, FL
Carson Miller and Edward V. Dolan, Jr. were united
in marriage on May 11, 1991 at Co-Cathedral of St.
Thomas More, Tallahassee, FL. The bride is the
daughter of Allene Odom of Perry, FL. The bridegroom
is the son of Edward Dolan, Titusville, FL and Bonnie
Davis Raftery, Ft. Myers. FL.
Suzanne Miller Raker was matron of honor; Kim
Coleburn was maid of honor; bridesmaids were: Karen
Dolan, sister of the groom, Shirley Davis, Kiki
Wentworth, Beverly Bowman, Kendra Evans and Jennifer
Tim Dolan, brother of the groom was best man.
Groomsmen were: John Hern, John McGee, Jim
Wagner, Brett Barker, Mike Abate, John Psomas and
Carson Miller and Edward V. Dolan
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the
Radisson Hotel. Among the many Canal Zoners
(relatives) that attended were: Mrs. Ralph L. Davis;
William and Cecile Dolan, grandparents; Karen Davis
Schofield and son, Ralph Pyeatt; Jim and Molly Journey
Sullivan and family; Bird Bost and son, Sean
Angermuller; Jim and Rhonda Dolan; Richard and
Karen Dolan; Bob and Sharon Dolan; Madeleine Dolan
and Cecilia Dolan DeBorde, and many Canal Zone
After a two-week wedding trip to Panama, R.P., the
couple is now residing at 2533-1 West Thorpe St.,
Lisa Quakenbush and Corey Ekrut exchanged
wedding vows on November 2, 1991 at the Unitarian
Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The bride is the daughter
of Paul and Sarita Quackenbush formerly of the Canal
Zone, and the grook is the son of Carl Ekrut and
Debbie Olcott was the matron of honor; Jackie
Cooey, Cindy Rondeau, Nancy Grossett and the
bride's longtime friend from the Canal Zone, JoHanna
Leffler, were bridesmaids. Scott Smith was best man; and
groomsmen were David Ekrut, Scott Holden, Brian
Truman and Carl Ekrut. The bride's niece, Shaye
Quackenbush was the flower girl.
Among those attending the wedding were the bride's
grandparents, Walter and Leah Watson of Panama, Many
former Canal Zone relatives and friends of the bride and
family, and out-of-state relatives and friends of the
Lisa Quackenbush and Corey Ekrut
The couple honeymooned on their way to California
where the groom is serving with the U.S. Coast Guard.
They reside at 801 Galway Dr., Apt. 30, San Lorenzo, CA
"Gamboa Kids" Marry. Frankie Jones and David Bell
became friends when they met in Gamboa at age 11 and
remained best friends throughout high school. They
graduated from Balboa High School in 1967 and went
their separate ways until Christmas 1990 when they got
together after 23 years.
They were married November 30, 1991 and will
reside in Raleigh. N.C.
Frankie Jones and David Bell
David is the son of Elizabeth (Sis) Bell of Stanley,
NC and the late Carlton S. Bell. Frankie is the daughter
of Luther F. and Essie Jones of Raleigh, NC. David is a
graduate of King's Point and is a tanker captain with
Vulcan Carriers Ltd.
Tamara Lisa Martinez (BHS'85 PCC'88) and
Gregory Stephen Gramlich (BHS'85 PCC'88) were
married January 13, 1992 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Tamara is the daughter of Vincent P. Martinez of
Diablo, Panama, and the late Carmen D. Martinez.
Gregory is the son of Larry and Agnes Gramlich of
Diablo, Panama, and the grandson of Gregory P. and
Gladys Gramlich of Dunedin, Florida.
Tamara L. and Gregory Gramlich
Tamara received her bachelor's degree from the
University of South Florida. She is now working for the
Pinellas County School Boar as a Second Grade Teacher.
Gregory is an Union Electrician for Local 308 in St.
Tamara and Gregory took an early honeymoon to the
San Bias Islands while on Christmas vacation in Panama.
Adam Nicholas Hamner
arrived with gusto on July
20, 1991. His proud parents,
Mel and Susie Smith
Hamner of Laurel,
Maryland, were pleased to
introduce him to maternal
grandparents, Lorraine and
Gerry Smith. Adam already Adam Nicholas
has 14 cousins, 8 of which Hamner
are from the Smith clan. Cousins include Danielle (5) and
Michael (2) of Steve and Mary Smith, Virgin Is.;
Heather (16) and Jake (6) of Jim and Sharon Smith,
Kearley, FL; Nichole (4) and Tina (2) of Luke and Sheryl
Smith, Danciu, FL; Sarah (5) and Katie (1) of Stuart
and Dana Smith, Arkansas. Adam weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz.
and was 20 3/4 inches long.
David McCoy Denson with parents, David and
David and Cheryl (Wicks) Denson announce the
birth of their first child, David McCoy Denson on
September 23, 1991 in Toccoa, Georgia.
"Coy's" proud maternal grandparents are Charlie and
Lynn Wicks, now retired in Cleveland, Georgia.
Robert and Jessica
(Corrigan) Harrison of
Clearwater, Florida are
pleased to announce the
birth of their son, Justin
F Robert Harrison on
SDecemver 15, 1991.
S. Maternal grandparents are
'- Mr. and Mrs. John (Jack)
Corrigan (Gloria Ely) of
Jstin R ert Clearwater, Florida, and the
stin Rob maternal grandparents are
Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Harrison of Tampa, Florida.
Curtis and Kim
Sanders of Allen, Texas are
happy to announce the birth
of their second son, Collin
Michael, on September 4,
With two grandsons
nearby, it is unlikely
grandparents Sandy and
Bruce Sanders III will be
leaving the State of Texas
Catherine Elena, Janice with Jessica Alexandra
John and Janice Herring are proud to announce the
arrival of their first grandchildren. On the left is
Catherine Elena, born May 9, 1991 in the Arnold Palmer
Hospital in Orlando, Florida, to their daughter Katrina.
Janis is holding Jessica Alexandra, born September 17,
1991, in Mons, Belgium. Brian and Alice Herring are the
proud parents of Jessie. The girls were each 6.5 lbs. and
20 1/2 inches long.
Doug and Chris Mann
of Sarasota are proud to
announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, born
November 27, 1991, at
The baby has been
named Kayla Christine and
weighed 6 lbs. 13 1/2
ounces and measured 20
are Johnny and Brenda Yow
of Sarasota, Fl. The
grandparents are Roy and
Juanita Yow of Sarasota and
Mrs. Ruth Hollifield of
Mann of Sarasota is Kayla's
paternal grandmother and
grandmother is Gladys (Bliss)
Kylee Ann Gill
her paternal great-
Humphrey of Sarasota.
This photograph is of
ylee Ann Gill, the
ughter of Suzanne
olan) Gill and Tom Gill,
2316 Bauer Drive,
The photograph was
cen during October, 1991
ien Kylee Ann was eleven
Agnes (Reardon) and
Ron Hemple are proud to
announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter,
named Christine Lynn
Hemple, born on September
1, 1991, at Humana
Women's Hospital in
Christy Lynn weighed 7
pounds and 15 ounces.
are Rosa and Frank
Proud uncles are
Leo and Jane (Moore)
Buss of Middletown,
Connecticut, are proud to
announce the birth of their
second child, Blake William,
who was born on November
Blake weighed 8 lbs. 8
oz. and was 21 1/2 inches
long. He was welcomed by
his big brother, Evan and
his maternal grandparents,
Ron and Wilma Moore of
Reardon of Panama, Rep. of Panama.
John and Michael Reardon.
DeDe, Tyler and Gary Melant
Van Melant of Panama and Vic Melant of Orlando,
Florida are pleased to announce the birth of their ninth
grandchild, Tyler Warren who was born on September
21, 1991. He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 20
His proud parents are DeDe and Victor Gary Melant
of Waco, Texas, who are experiencing parenthood with
their first child.
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Errett R. Albritton, of Fort Worth, Texas, died
January 8, 1992. He was with the Panama Railroad from
1937 to 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Bertie Albritton, of Fort
L-R: Lynda Schladant, baby Janell, Dottie
Beauchamp, Edith Shutter and Dr. Lori Shutter.
Dottie Beauchamp of Dothan, AL announces the
birth of her first great-granddaughter, Janell, born April
29, 1991 to Lynda and Billy Schladant of Sebring, FL.
The maternal grandparents are Edith Beauchamp
Shutter and Ed Shutter of Miami, FL. Mr. and Mrs. Don
Schaladant of Miami are the paternal grandparents.
Lynda and Edith visited in Dothan in November to
introduce Janell to her great-grandmother. Dottie's own
granddaughter, Dr. Lori Shutter of Birmingham, AL was
also a guest.
Kenneth L. Bailey of Lillian, Alabama, passed away
on November 19, 1991 at St. Lukes Hospital, Texas
Medical Center, Houston, Texas. He began his service in
the Philadelphia Naval Yard and came to the Canal Zone
in 1942. He retired from the Marine Bureau of the
Panama Canal on June 1, 1970 to Clearwater, Florida,
then moved to Lillian, Alabama, where he resided. After
retirement he was a ship hull consultant, traveling
extensively through-out the Far East.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters Elaine
Kennedy and Sandra Bailey; two granddaughters and five
Mark and Gail
(Johnson) Wright of Harkel
Heights, Texas, are pleased
to announce the birth of
their second son, Evan
Andrew, on October 31,
He is a healthy,
happy guy, and his 5 year-
old brother Grant thinks he
is a real treat! The photo
shows Grant holding his 3
week-old brother Evan.
William C. and
Kimberley (Leach) Hall are
proud to announce the birth
of William Thomas Hall on
May 4, 1991 in LeMoore,
CA. Maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Leach of Houston, Texas.
The paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hall
of Sarasota, Florida.
Kim and Will are now William Thomas
living at 1801 Castille Drive, Hall
Orange Park, FL 32073.
Will is now with a F/A 18 Squadron flying out of Cecil
Field, Jacksonville, and the carrier USS Saratoga.
The parents attended Balboa High School in the
1970's and graduated in 1979, Will at Balboa High and
Kim in Virginia where her parents had been assigned by
Betty Balcer, 70, of Bentonville, Arkansas, died
November 4, 1991 at Bates Memorial Hospital in
Bentonville. She was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio, the
daughter of Earl and Hazel Donaldson McCue. She left
the Panama Canal in 1975 where she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and NA.R.F.E.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Balcer of
the home; a son, Paul Allen Rhoads of Shreveport, LA;
a daughter, Susan Burdette of Uhrichsville, OH; a
brother, William McCue of Bentonville; a sister, Helen
Casteel of Dennison, OH; four grandchildren and 3
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society, S.
First and Nursery Rd., Rogers, AR 72756.
Robert F. Boyd, 68, of Largo, Florida, died December
7, 1991 at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He was born
in Staten Island, New York, and retired from the Panama
Canal Zone in June, 1979 with 35 years of government
service. He was a graduate of the Maritime Service
Officer's Training School at Ft. Trumbull, Ct. and
worked as a master mariner, having received his master's
license at the age of 22. He was a pilot for the Panama
Canal as well as an instructor at the Maritime Institute of
Technology, Lithicum Heights, Md. He was an Army and
Coast Guard veteran of World War II with a service date
of December 7, 1941 and died exactly 50 years later. He
served as a deck officer, joining the S.S. Cristobal,
Panama Line, when she was put into service in the
Atlantic as a Troop Transport during WWII, rising from
Grant holding his 3-
week old brother Evan
Third Officer to Chief Officer and then remained with
the ship when she was converted to passenger service
between New York and Panama at the end of hostilities.
He was a member of Lake Seminole Presbyterian
Church, Seminole, Abou Saad Shrine in Panama, Royal
Order of Jesters 89 and Council of American Master
Mariners, both in Tampa, Past Master of Darien Lodge
AF&AM, Panama, a past president of National
Sojourners and a past commander of Hero's of '76.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary E.; a son,
Robert F. Jr., Panama; two daughters, Diane E. Petrosky,
Largo, and Nancy McAleer, Panama; a sister, Elizabeth
Archer, New York; and four grandchildren, Lara, Alex
and Nick Petrosky, and Katie McAleer.
Elvira Byrne, sister of C.L. Lingren, died January 2,
1992 in Napa, California. Both lived in the Canal Zone
for many years.
Forrest R. Cheeseman, 83, of Brea, California, died
November 29, 1991 at the St. Jude Medical Center,
Fullerton, CA. He was born in Mississippi and worked
for the Panama Canal Clubhouses and during World War
II worked as Manager of Ft. Clayton Post Exchange,
living in Panama at least 25 years. He later went into the
poultry business. He graduated from Balboa High School.
He is survived by his wife, Lola Ruble Cheeseman;
and two brothers, James C. Wood of Seminole, FL and
William G. Wood of Clarkston, Washington.
Robert L. Coffey, 75, of Altamonte Springs, Florida
died December 14, 1991 of lung cancer. He was the son
of the late Daniel A. (Roosevelt Medal) and Marie G.
Coffey. Born in Colon, he received his education in
Alabama, Massachusetts, and Canal Zone schools. Prior
to retirement he was a life-long resident of the Canal
Zone where he participated in many activities,
particularly golf and served as Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E.
Lodge 1414. He retired from the Budget Bureau after 40
years of service.
He is survive by his wife, Eugenia (Berglund) Coffey;
two daughters, Carol R. Haase of Denver, CO, and
Susan E. Brooks of Altamonte Springs, FL; a son,
Thomas E. of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Patricia M.
Leishout of Houston, TX; three brothers, William T. of
Panama, Eugene G. of Guatamala and James C. of
Lillian, AL; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel A., John B.
and David E. Coffey.
Richard M. Condry, 87, of Carlsbad, California, died
November 14, 1991, at Kaiser Hospital, San Diego. He
had been under treatment for peripheral vascular disease
and alzheimer's for nearly five years. He was a painter
foreman at the Building Division, Balboa from 1940 to
1943 when he joined Tropical Paint Co./Pinturas
Panama, painting contractors for the U.S. Army during
World War II. In 1946 he returned to the USA, worked
as a licensed Real Estate Broker in Los Angeles area
until 1975 when he retired to Carlsbad, CA. Prior to his
employment with the Panama Canal he was a "self-
employed" bush pilot flying valuable cargos from mining
sites in Colombia to major cities. He was also active in
flying circles at Paitilla Airport in Panama as a flight
instructor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during
World War I, and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National
Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, CA.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Krziza Condry,
whom he married in Panama in 1942. Esther was an
elementary school teacher in Canal Zone schools at
Balboa and Diablo Heights.
Thomas S. Copeland, 76, of New Smyrna Beach,
Florida, died January 2, 1992. He was a retired conductor
for the Florida East Coast Railway and worked for
several years Panama Rail Road in the Canal Zone, also
as a conductor. He was born in New Smyrna Beach and
was a member of Elks Lodge 1557 there, which was his
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a daughter,
Patricia Wilson of Jacksonville, FL; brothers Herbert of
New Smyrna Beach, Irving of Downey, CA; four
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Edward G. Coyle, 73, of Austin, Texas, died in his
home on December 2, 1991 of cancer. He was born in
the old Ancon Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools
on both sides of the Isthmus, graduating from Balboa
High School with the class of 1935 and later earning his
BSBA at the University of North Carolina. During World
War II Ed served with the 103rd Division, F Company in
Europe and upon returning to the Canal Zone joined the
Office of the Comptroller. At the time of his retirement,
Ed was working for the Maintenance Division. He and
his family retired to Austin, Texas in 1975. While on the
Isthmus he was active in the AFGE, Civic Council,
BPOE Lodge #1414, American Legion Post #1, VFW
Post #3822 and many other organizations. In Austin, He
was active in the volunteer program RSVP and the
BPOE Lodge #201.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen (Pecor) of Austin;
daughters Valerie Anderson of Corpus Christi, Texas,
Sheila Coyle of Austin, Suzanne Miller of Benbrook,
Texas, Barbara Coyle of Ft. Worth, Texas; a son, Thomas
Coyle of San Antonio, Texas; and a brother, Francis
Coyle of Minnesota.
Anna Cunningham, 81, formerly of Light House
Point, Florida, died November 22, 1991. She was the
widow of Frank L. Cunningham, deceased May 6, 1986.
She was born in Mapleshade, New Jersey, and went to
the Canal Zone to work at Gorgas Hospital as a nurse
for many years. She had graduated from Temple
University in Philadelphia and was also a member of the
Eastern Star. She married in 1945 at the Balboa Union
She is survived by four grandchildren in Pensacola,
David Hunter "Pappy" Dare, 79, of Sabanitas,
Panama, R.P. died September 21, 1991 in Sabanitas. He
came to the Canal Zone in 1950 to work as a machinist
for the MTD. He later transferred to Gatun Locks where
he became Lockmaster. He then retired from the
Panama Canal Co. in 1972. After retirement, Hunter
operated a Volkswagen repair shop at Pier 1, Coco Solo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Zelda, who passed
away in 1954
Hunter and Zelda are survived by three children;
Gerald "Jerry" Dare of Boulder, Colorado; Mike Dare of
Key West, Florida; Diane Dare Adams of Santa Ana,
California, and seven grandchildren. Hunter is also
survived by his second wife, Yolanda Dare of Sabanitas,
William Houston Esslinger, 89, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died January 31, 1992 at College Harbor. Born
in Gurley, AL, he went to the Canal Zone in 1927 after
working for the U.S. Weather Bureau in New Orleans,
LA. He retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1964
as Chief Hydrographer and Meteorologist with over 44
years of government service. He was active in civic affairs
and was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church,
the Panama Canal Society of Florida and NARFE.
He is survived by two sons, Andrew D. of Bristol,
CT, and Joel C. of Bartlesville, OK; a daughter, Mary E.
Esslinger of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Elsie M.
Esslinger of Broken Arrow, OK; and two granddaughters.
Capt. Reuel R. Farley, 70, of North Wales, PA
passed away at his home on March 30, 1991. He started
his maritime career as an ordinary seaman and worked
up through the ranks. He was appointed to the Merchant
Marine Officers School in New London, CT where he
graduated with a U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Officers license
and a commission. He worked for the Armed Forces on
various transports and cargo ships and became 3rd officer
with the Panama Railroad Company operating three
passenger and cargo ships, and after 15 years was
promoted to Chief Officer and Relieving Captain of the
S.S. Cristobal and became permanent Captain for two
years. In 1968 he was selected to the Panama Canal
Pilots Assoc. and worked as a Canal pilot until he retired
in 1977 after 35 years spent at sea.
He is survived by a niece, Donna S. Morris, of
Ramona (Polly Perkins) Grimes, of Port St. Lucie,
Florida, died July 10, 1991. Formerly of Whittier,
California, she was a graduate of Balboa High School
Class of 1940 and attended Canal Zone College until
1942. She and her husband lived in Venezulela until 1980,
then moved to Westport, Connecticut, wintering in Port
St. Lucie, Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Frank E. Grimes of
Westport, CT., and Port St. Lucie, FL.; three daughters,
Barrie McNichol, Sarasota, FL., Suzanne Braman,
Fairfield, CT., and Alicia Grimes, Westport, CT; a sister,
Marybelle Perkins Kean of Greenfield, MA., and seven
Ralph Edward Harvey, 78, of Dothan, Alabama, died
December 13, 1991 at Flowers Hospital after a short
illness. Masonic funeral rites were conducted at the
Funeral Home. He was born in Lawrence, MA. and
enlisted in the US Army. After his tour of duty he was
employed as an accountant with the Panama Canal. He
retired in 1968 after 34 years of service, and moved to St.
Petersburg, FL where he resided for 17 years, after which
they moved to Dothan. He was active in the Masonic
Order and was Past Master of Chagres Lodge in
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Thomas Harvey;
a son, Hugh Harvey, Dothan; a daughter, Gail Layson,
Braselton, GA; seven grandchildren and three great-
Bessie (Betty) C. Herring, 86, a resident of
Salemburg, North Carolina for 29 years, died November
5, 1991. She had been in Sardis Nursing Home,
Charlotte, North Carolina for the past year. She lived in
Gamboa, Canal Zone for 25 years, and taught school in
Pedro Miguel, retiring in 1962. She was the widow of
Capt. Bernice A. Herring, Sr., a retired employee of the
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce C. Stewart, of
Charlotte, North Carolina; two sons, Burnice A. Herring
of Vienna, Virginia, and Leon D. Herring of Baltimore,
Maryland; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-
Harland Vance Howard, Jr., 71, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died December 30, 1991 at home. He was born
in Ancon, Canal Zone and retired on December 31, 1977
from the Construction Division as an engineer for the
federal government and a contracting officer and agent
for the Panama Canal Zone government after 38 years of
service. A Mason for 50 years, he was a past potentate of
Abou Saad Shrine Temple in the Canal Zone; an
associate member of Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa; a
past master of Isthmian Lodge AF&AM, Canal Zone; a
member of Gulf Beach Lodge 291, St. Petersburg;
Scottish Rite, York Rite Bodies, Fun & Frolic Unit of
Egypt Shrine Temple, and was a past patron of Fern Leaf
Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia; a son, H.V.
Howard III, Largo; a sister, Lena Mae Krout, Camp Hill,
PA; and two grandchildren.
Juanita "Nita" Jensen Houk, 72, of Woodland Hills,
California, died December 24, 1991, in Los Angeles after
a long illness. Born in Tacoma, Washington, she arrived
with her family in the Canal Zone at the age of three
months, spent her youth there and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1936. Following residence in the
Baltimore area after her father retired, she was employed
as a civilian by the U.S. Army, serving in intelligence in
Panama, Guatemala, Spain and Cuba. In Havana, she
also worked as secretary to Ernest Hemingway, who gave
her away at her wedding in 1952 and held the reception
at his estate. Later that year she moved with her husband
to an American Embassy in Tokyo, where her first child
was born. Subsequently she resided in the San Francisco
Bay area and, since 1963, in Los Angeles.
She is survived by her husband, Walter; her son Paul,
of Menlo Park, California; her daughter Tina, of Los
Angeles; and a brother, Ralph Jensen, of Bremerton,
Juanita "Nita" Orr Jones, 82, of Mountain View,
California died November 1, 1991 after a long illness. She
was born in the Canal Zone and was the widow of the
late Russell J. Jones, who died in 1980. They both retired
from the Panama Canal Co. in the mid '60s.
She is survived by a daughter, Juanita Girand of Palo
Alto, CA and three granddaughters.
Charles King, formerly with Personnel, Panama
Canal, died in October, 1991 in Easton, Maryland. He
and his wife left the Canal Zone in the 50s.
Ephriam Babauta Leon-Guerrero, 63, of El Sobrante,
California, passed away on December 10, 1991 from a
massive heart attack at the San Ramon Valley Medical
Center in San Remon, CA. He was born in Agat, Guam;
attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN and
graduated from Armstrong College, Berkeley, CA.
During the Korean War he served three years in the US
Army mostly in Korea, and was awarded medals for
Korean Service, National Defense, UN Service, and Army
of Occupation (Japan) on discharge as Master Sergeant.
He was an audit manager with the General Audit Div. of
th P.C.C. and retired in 1986 with 20 years of service,
returning home to El Sobrante. He was a member of
AARP, NARFE, St. Mary's Church in Balboa, St.
Callistus Church, El Sobrante, The California Grand
Jurors Assn., American Legion, Panama Canal Societies
of Florida and Southern California, Gamboa Yacht Club,
Diablo Spinning Club, Balboa Elks Club, U.S. Navy
League and B.SA Council, where he was awarded the
District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver. The
Cayuco Race Sportsmanship Trophy was named after
him for being Race Master for many years. He was
awarded the P.C. Honorary Public Service Award in
1985. He was active in the Hercules Lions Club and was
incoming president of the Diablo Valley Blind Center
and was also active in the Student Speakers Contest. He
was treasurer of the Oakland Power Squadron and was
very active in US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was
employed as photographer for a vehicle publication at the
time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Tam Leon-
Guerrero; a daughter, Teresa Maria Cajandig, Vacaville,
CA and a son, Ephriam Daniel, El Sobrante; two
brothers, Jesus B., Springfield, VA and Thomas B., Agat,
Guam; two sisters, Ignacia Grace and Rosa Cruz of Agat;
and a granddaughter, Anamaria Cajandig, Vacaville.
Mary Miller Long, 87, died September 25, 1991 in
Weslaco, Texas. She was the widow of J. Leonard Long
who worked with the Postal Division on the Atlantic side
of the Isthmus. She worked for R. & FA. in Cristobal at
the Terminal Building. She and her husband retired to
Mercedes, Texas and were originally from Beeville,
She is survived by a niece living in McAllen, Texas.
Thora S. Mahoney, 80, of St. Petersburg, FL., died
December 2, 1991. Born in Moscow, Idaho, she left the
Panama Canal in 1968, where she was a legal secretary
for the Panama Canal Company for 22 years. She was a
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Richard
J.; a son, Patrick J., Chatanooga, TN.; a daughter,
Margaret E. Winfrey, Atlanta; a brother, Fred Sweger,
San Francisco; and four grandchildren.
Hattie Belle Marshall, 83, of Houston, Texas, died
February 2, 1992. She was born in Wheeling, West
Virginia, she moved to the Canal Zone in 1916 and
initially came to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1961.
Survivors include a daughter, Melinda Irwin, St.
Petersburg; a son, James; a stepdaughter, Margaret Ann
Raney; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Raymond F. Masino, 64, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died October 26, 1991 at home. Born in Brooklyn, NY,
he was a certified public accountant for the federal
government. He was a member of the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants; a member of Sons of
Italy John Paul Lodge 2427 and Knights of Columbus
Council 5131, Gulfport, FL. He was an Army veteran of
World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; a son, Anthony,
North Carolina; a daughter, Dawn vestal, St. Petersburg,
FL.; a brother, Francis, Farmingdale, NY; a sister, Teresa
Santoro, Middle Village, NY; and a grandson, Robert
Vestal, St. Petersburg, FL.
Amy Aglis Vincent McCormack, 89, of Charlotte,
North Carolina, died December 26, 1991 at the Avante
Nursing Home in Charlotte. She came to the Canal Zone
with her husband in 1936 and established the Isthmian
Historical Society, serving as its first president. As society
editor for the Panama American newspaper in the 1930s,
she often visited with the "Old Timers" and from their
conversations, and accounts taken from her husband, an
electrical engineer on the Canal, she wrote a book
entitled South To Panama, a fictional account of the
building of the Panama Canal that earned her many
honors. She was also author of a book of poems called
Smoke on Pink Clouds and was listed in Who's Who of
American Women. She was presented the Key to the
Panama Canal by the governor for the goodwill she had
promoted between U.S. citizens and others in the Canal
Survivors are her husband, Cornelius; a daughter,
Mrs. Sue Clark; two grandchildren, and three great-
Gustavo "Chichi" Moore, a well-known jockey who
rode in his native Panama, and then enjoyed a good
career in the United States, died December 22, 1991 in
Hialeah Hospital. He was 81 years of age and had been
ill for some time. After he hung up his tack, he was an
assistant trainer with Frank Martin and Joe Pierce, Jr.
"Chichi," as he was more commonly known, rode for
many years at the defunct Juan Franco racetrack. He was
adopted by the late Sydney Moore, formerly of Ancon,
C.Z. whose daughters, Mrs. John Hern and Mrs. E.C.
McGriff live in Dothan, Alabama.
He is survived by his daughter, Aleida and son,
Julie Ann Asparren de Palm died at her home in
Panama City, R.P. on January 7, 1992. Mrs. Palm was
born in Balboa, Canal Zone. She was a Balboa High
School graduate, Class of 1934, where she was named
Outstanding Athlete. Mrs. Palm was owner/manager of
the Junior Bazaar Dress and Beauty Shop in Panama
City for many years. She was also an avid bowler and
represented Panama in National and International
She is survived by her husband, John; and three
sisters, Juanita Young of DeBary, Florida, Dolores
Coffey and Armenia Metzger, both of Ormond Beach,
Jack R. Mosely, 47, of Florence, South Carolina, died
December 24, 1991 at his residence after a brief illness.
He was a native of Harriman, Tennessee, lived in
Florence most of his life and had returned to Florence
after working for the Panama Canal Company for 13
years as a policeman during the late '60s and early '70s.
Survivors include his mother, Billie Mosely of
Florence; father, Jack Mosely of Florence; Brothers,
Donald of Decatur, John of Florence; sisters Darlene
Higgins, Florence, Mary Mosely, Montgomery;
grandfather Will P. Burch, Florence; step-grandmother,
Minnie Burch; 10 nieces and nephews.
DeWitt E. (Bud) Myers, 68, of Spring Hill, Florida,
passed away on December 20, 1991. Born in Sayre, PA,
he went to the Canal Zone in 1947 as science supervisor
in the La Boca Occupational High School; subsequently
taught at Balboa High School and the Canal Zone
College. As Chairman of the Science and Math
Departments there, he spearheaded the medical
technology and radiologic technology programs in the
college. He was elevated to Assistant Professor with the
first group so ranked. He received many honors during
his teaching career in the C.Z. to include several
outstanding performance awards. He continued his
studies at M.I.T., the U. of Connecticut, Temple
University, and San Jose State University, U. of
Colorado, Bridgewater State College and Michigan State
University. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in
Balboa, was a golfer and was active in the B.P.O.E.
Lodge 1414 where he was Exalted Ruler in 1980-81.
Lately he was a Past Exalted Ruler of Brooksville Elks
Lodge 1582 in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Fairbrother) of
Spring Hill; two sons, Gary of Spring Hill and Paul of
High Springs, FL; two daughters, Lynn and Mary Alice
(Albritton) of Tampa; two brothers, Harry of Fargo, ND
and Mark of CA, and a sister, Martha of Dakota City,
Laurraine Nilsen, wife of former Panama Canal
pilot, Capt. Jens Nilsen, died in Massachusetts in
October, 1991. She was living in a retirement home called
"Elmhurst" in Melrose, Massachusetts.
David M. Pedersen, 30, of Uhrichsville, Ohio, died
November 28, 1991 in his home after a long illness. Born
in the Republic of Panama, he was the son of Norman H.
Pedersen Jr. of Port Orange, FL and V. Susan Rhoads
Pedersen Burdette, with whom he resided. He was a
graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1979. He was
also an Air Force veteran. He worked as a graphic
illustrator with the Creative Loafing Magazine in Atlanta,
GA prior to his illness.
Surviving, in addition to his parents are two brothers,
Michael of Freeport, FL and Paul of Port Orange; a
stepfather and stepmother, Ricard L. Burdette of the
home and Marixenia Pedersen of Port Orange; grand-
parents, Norman H. Pedersen of Port Orange, and
Robert Balcer of Bentonville, AR; five stepsisters and
stepbrother, Lutcia and Anabella Pedersen of Port
Orange, Mrs. Timothy (Linda) Weddington of Dover,
OH, Mrs. Randy (Cathi) Scott of New Philadelphis, OH,
Mrs. James (Debbie) Lee of Phoeniz, AZ, and Richard
A. Burdette of Hanau, Germany.
Mary Ann (McCoy) Poznick, 58, died November 21,
1991 at her home in Pitman, NJ, after a long and brave
fight against cancer. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, she was
a 1950 graduate of Balboa High School. She received a
bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and a
master's from Glassboro State College. A Remedial
Reading Specialist and a certified teacher of Spanish and
English, she was employed for a number of years in New
Jersey schools. She later became engaged in library work
and held various positions in the local library system,
including that of Children's Librarian in Pitman. She was
active in church and community affairs and a member of
the choir of Church of The Good Shepherd Episcopal
She is survived by her son, Jeffrey, of Pitman; a
daughter, Julie Sargent, Memphis, TN.; her mother,
Almena McCoy, St. Petersburg, FL.; and sister, Judy
Crawford, Tallahassee, FL.
Luisa Carolina Cant de Reeves, 91, died of cancer
on her birthday, November 5, 1991, at Gorgas Army
Hospital in Panama. Born in Boquete, Panama, on
November 5, 1900, she was the widow of Thomas Patrick
Reeves, former Panama Canal Engineer, who
predeceased her in 1950. The two are buried near one
another at Corozal Cemetery in Panama.
Luisa is survived by her only child, Charles "Chuck"
Reeves, former Cristobal High School teacher now living
in New Port Richey, Florida; five grandchildren, Cheryl,
Patricia, Lisa, Pamela, and Charles I; and four great-
Ralph J. Ridge, 65, of Hamilton Square, NJ died
November 6, 1991 at the hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA after a short illness. Born
in Ancon, C.Z., he graduated from Balboa High School
in 1943 and from La Salle College in 1950. He was
employed with the Mercer County Board of Social
Services as an Income Maintenance Specialist. He was
ordained in 1980 as a Deacon of St. Gregory the Great
Church, leader of the New Creation Prayer group at Our
Lady of Sorrows Church and was a Navy veteran of
He is survived by his wife Winifred R. Prynoski
Ridge; two sons, Timothy J. of Windsor, NJ and Mark C.
of Mt. Holly, NJ; a daughter, Margaret M. Unger of
Newton, PA; four brothers, Robert of Archer, FL,
Vincent of Center Valley, PA, Patrick of St. Augustine,
FL, and Joseph of Burlington, IA; three sisters, Joan M.
deGrummond, Laguna Hills, CA, Mary Gribben,
Trenton, and Margaret Coffey of Chalmette, LA, and
many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his
brother John E. Jr. and Elbert F. (Bubber) and sister,
Nyra Bell Evans Riley, 67, of Dothan, Alabama, died
January 20, 1992 at Flowers Hospital after a lengthy
illness. She was born in Iowa and resided there until
1945. Upon her marriage to James W. Riley Sr., she
moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she lived until
1979 and resided in Missouri until 1980, then moved to
Dothan. She was a member of the First Presbyterian
Survivors include her husband, James W. Riley, Sr.;
two sons, James W. Riley Jr. and Jeffrey J. Riley, both of
Panama Canal area; her mother, Mrs. Pauline Evans,
Ozark, AL; a brother, Paul Evans, Foley, AL; a sister,
Judy Rudd, Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Traci
Oliver, Las Cruces, NM, James S. Riley, Panama Canal
(Troy University), Christopher Riley, Panama Canal; and
a grandchild, Wade Oliver, Las Cruces; and several
nieces and nephews.
Mary "Patsy" Ryan, 88, of Englewood, Florida died
January 20, 1992. She was born in Chicago and left the
Canal Zone 35 years ago. She became a self-employed
gemologist, a local artist and also wrote the "Patsy's
Notebook" column for the Englewood Herald for five
years. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Church, the 3rd Order of St. Francis and the Alter
Society of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Raphael's Catholic
Church. She was past president of Business and
Professional Women, past president of the American
Legion Auxiliary in Port Charlotte, and life member of
American Legion in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by a nephew, John J. Weber Jr. of
Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Ronald L. Seeley, 64, passed away at home in Laguna
Hills, California on January 18, 1992. He was born in
Panama City, the son of Morris M. Seeley, a Roosevelt
Medal holder. He attended Canal Zone schools through
Canal Zone College. He graduated from Denver
University and obtained his Master's degree from the
University of Pittsburgh. His career began at 14 as a
helper at Summit Gardens. He served as Director of the
C.Z. Selective Service, Director of the C.Z. Chapter of
the American Red Cross, on the Board of Trustees of the
C.Z. United Way, and Secretary of the C.Z. Heart
Association. He was on the Board of Directors of the
C.Z. Credit Union, the Chagres Fund and was Chairman
of the Board of Trustees of the C.Z. College. In
recognition of his many contributions to the community,
he received a Silver Public Service Award in 1981. He
also received a Master Key to the Panama Canal as
"Master People Pusher" for his outstanding personnel
achievements. During World War II he received an
appointment to Kings Point Maritime Academy and later
served as a Cadet Midshipman primarily in the Pacific
and Indian Oceans. From 1978 until his retirement in
1989, he was Personnel Director of the Panama Canal
Commission. Upon retirement, he received the
Distinguished Service Award from Administrator D.P.
McAuliffe. Since retirement, he has resided in Leisure
World, Laguna Hills, CA.
Survivors include his wife, Jolie of Laguna Hills;
daughter, Laura Rydell of Mission Viejo, CA; son, Glenn
and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Nicholas, and Evan
Seeley of Garland, TX; his mother, Marie; two sisters,
Mildred Hammond and Norma McGahhey; and two
brothers, Vernon and Rodney.
CJ. Spiros, 71, of Dothan, Alabama, died October
28, 1991 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center following
an extended illness. He was born in Temple, Texas and
lived in Texarkana, AR. until joining the U.S. Air Force
at age 18, serving on active duty for 21 years and retired
in the Canal Zone. He was then employed as a Panama
Canal tour guide for 4 years, after which he served for 14
years with the U.S. Justice Department. He has resided
in Dothan since 1981 and was employed by the County
Sheriffs Department as a warden until his recent illness.
He was Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge #1414,
Panama; a 32nd degree Mason; a member of the Alcazar
Temple and the Wiregrass Shrine Club; and a member of
St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Marge O. Spiros, Dothan;
two sons, Rodney, Dothan, and Randy, Austin, Texas; a
daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bill Brady,
Columbia, SC.; his stepmother, Sapopa Spiros,
Texarkana; four half-brothers, Gus, Ralph, Rudy of
Texarkana, Johnny of Oregon; two half-sisters, Mary
Sandaval, of CA., and Elvira Horne of Orlando, FL.; two
grandchildren, Bill and Bonney Brady and several nieces
Carl H. Starke, 75, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away
December 18, 1991. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio,
and retired from the Panama Canal Company on January
7, 1973 from the Industrial Division with 39 years of
service. He was rated as a salvage diver in 1944 in the
Mechanical Division, later changed to Industrial Division.
These qualifications as salvage diver were the equivalent
of a salvage diver in the U.S. Navy. He retired as
supervisor, who was in charge of salvage operations. He
was a 33rd degree Mason, held all chairs in the Scottish
Rite and was a member of the York Rite, the Royal
Order of Jesters Court and Abou Saad Shrine Temple,
all in the Canal Zone. He was a member of Sahib Shrine
Temple and a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church,
both in Sarasota; the Elks Club 1542 Cristobal, Canal
Zone, and was President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. during 1988-1989 of which he was a member
for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a daughter,
Cassie; and a sister, Nance J. Koch, all of Sarasota.
Montford M. Stokes, 70, of Kingman, Arizona, died
September 17, 1991 in Kingman. He was born in
70s. He was in Pearl Harbor working in the Navy Yard
during the attack by Japan on December 7, 1941.
Hugh E. Turner, 86, died January 9, 1992 at his
home in Alexander City, AL. He moved to the Canal
Zone with the U.S. Army, and afrer an honorable
discharge he began working for the P.C. Co. in 1927. He
retired in 1965 with nearly 41 years of government service
as Assistant Superintendent of the Storehouse Branch,
Supply Division. He was a Past Master of Chagres
Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian F. Turner of
Alexander City; two sons, Hugh A. of Stuart, FL and
Richard H. of Seattle, WA; two daughters, Patricia A.
Gielow of Tampa, FL, and Dr. Diana T. Perkinson of
Seattle; two brothers, Russell of Alexander City and
Ralph of Talladega, AL; and five sisters, Mrs. MOzelle
Gooden and Mrs. Levis Hughes of Alexander City, Mrs.
Mary Rogers and Mrs. Voncile Hawkins of Goodwater,
AL and Mrs. Euline Houseman of Destin, FL.
Estelle (Cody) Sullivan, 93, of Laguna Hills, CA died
April 2, 1991 at the home of her son in Redlands, CA.
She was born in Renovo, PA and came to the Canal
Zone in 1908 with her mother, brother and sisters Alice
and Anna. Her father was employed during the
construction of the Panama Canal from 1907 until he
retired in 1927. He and two uncles and two cousins
received the Roosevelt Medal. The family moved to
Corozal just prior to the opening of the Canal. Estelle
was a member of BHS Class of 1917 and was married in
August of that year to Thomas C. Sullivan who died in
1975 in Arcadia, CA. She was predeceased by her son
Thomas Jr. (BHS'38) in 1966. She was a member of a
large C.Z. family the Codys, Wards, Sullivans, Careys,
Seaveys, and Ridges.
She is survived by her son Edward J., BHS'38; a
daughter, Elaine S. Larkin, CHS'44, Laguna Hills; sisters
Anna C. Carey, Deltona, FL and Alice C. Seavey, San
Juan Capistrano, CA; ten grandchildren and twelve freat-
Cullen Tomlinson, of Vincentown, New Jersey, died
July 4, 1991 while visiting in California. He was a
supervisor in the Mechanical Department of Refineria
Panama. The family resided in Colon for sixteen years.
He retired in 1981. He was Past Master of Sibert Lodge,
AF&AM, Gatun, and was active in numerous Masonic
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary
Tomlinson; five children, John and Mary Hart of New
Jersey, Margaret, Judith and Scott of California.
Frank J. Trykar, 72, of Portland, Oregon, died
December 8, 1991. He was a former marine pipefitter
with the Panama Canal, and came to the Industrial
Division, Balboa in 1942, working between Balboa and
Cristobal dry docks until retiring to Oregon in the late
Menzies W. Turner, 76, passed away October 24,
1991 in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Isafold, Canada
and his family moved to Donna, Texas when he was 8
years old and graduated from high school there. He then
went to Flight School in Lincoln, NE which began a 49-
year career in flying. He went to the Canal Zone in 1938
and worked for the Panama Canal. He was also a flight
instructor in Panama at Paitilla Airport. He also worked
on the PanAmerican Highway with Tucker-McClure and
spent 2 years in Alaska as a pilot. He left the Canal in
1955 and worked for FAA, then retired in 1977 with 35
years of civil service. He was a member of the FAA
standard Retiree's Association, Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, and the Hella Shrine Temple in Dallas, TX.
He is survived by his wife, Billie; his daughter, Linda,
of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren; sisters, Beth Masden
of Phoenix, AZ and Catherine Hyde of McAllen, Texas.
Abbie (McKeown) Kerr Walker, 91, of Falls Church,
Virginia, died November 9, 1991. She was employed by
the Canal Zone Government in Balboa, until 1934 when
she moved to Washington, D.C. and retired from the
General Accounting Office.
She is survived by her brother, Richard McKeown of
California; two daughters, Marion Unger of Falls Church,
and Marjorie Dempsey of St. Petersburg, Florida; 12
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
John M. White, 63, died January 29, 1992 at
Jacksonville, Florida. He was a former locomotive
engineer with the Panama Railroad on the Atlantic side
of the Isthmus.
He is survived by his wife, Nina, of Jacksonville; two
daughters, Nancy E. Marsh of Houston, Texas, and
Patricia A. White of Washington, D.C.; his mother, Mrs.
Eugene White and sister, Leah Jean Cobb of New
Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Margarite A. Williams, 79, widow of the late William
E. (Willie) Williams, passed away October 10, 1991. She
was a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida since 1964. She
was a resident of the Canal Zone from 1934 till
retirement in 1964.
She is survived by her sons, Michael of Amarillo,
Texas, Gary of Phoenix City, AL., and Roger of Castro il
FL., and Catherine White of Plantation, FL.; 17
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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AT MEMORIAL DEDICATION
On October 14 and 15, three generations of the
Nadeau family met in Washington, D.C. to participate in
the dedication ceremonies for the National Law
Enforcement Officer's Memorial. The Memorial is
inscribed with the names of all law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty. The names of three Canal Zone
Police Officers, George Nadeau, Arthur Smart and
Samuel Violin are listed on the Memorial.
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Memorial wall with names of three Canal Zone Police
officers' names inscribed.
Lydia Nadeau and her daughter Karen Nadeau Price
traveled from College Station, Texas to attend the
dedication ceremonies. They were joined by Lana
Nadeau Gagnon, George Nadeau, Jr., George's wife
Debbie and daughter English, all from Homestead,
Florida, and Lydia's grandson Steven Price who is
currently stationed at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The dedication ceremonies consisted of a parade on
October 14 that began at the White House lawn and
ended at the Memorial. The parade participants included
police officers representing every state, and the survivors
of the deceased officers. The Memorial was officially
dedicated by President Bush on October 15 in a very
beautiful and emotional ceremony
FROM AL SPRAGUE
The Coffey tradition is still alive and well in St. Pete,
FL where Coffey's Fish will soon be produced. Gerald
Williams Coffey, son of Gerald Coffey of Panama and
Lillian "Sam" (Ward) Wilson of Spencer, IN has been a
disturbing new factor in recent diving and fishing
tournaments in the Tampa area. Distrubing only to the
"old timers" who used to walk off with the prizes and now
have to contend with "Jerry the kid." "Damn," one of the
old timer diver-fisherman exclaimed loudly, "Things were
real good around here 'till that Coffey kid showed up.
Takes every trick of the trade to just score now, because
that kid is walking off with all the prizes. Having him
move into the area is like letting a fox loose in a chicken
coop!" Well, in Panama we all know of the Coffeys'
superb prowess in diving and fishing. Father, sons and for
that matter the whole Coffey clan, have been outfishing
everyone since we all can remember legends in their
own times. When asked by astounded by-standers where
they caught so many fish, the standard Coffey answer has
always been, "In the mouth."
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Jerry Coffey doing what comes naturally!
I was recently on the spearfishing team of "Jerry the
kid" in the latest St. Pete Open Spearfishing Tournament
at Treasure Island, FL (the largest spearfishing
tournament in the world) in August. Man, I never won
anything in my life until that tournament. All I did was
what Jerry told me to do and we loaded up on the fish.
Sure, he shot twenty to my one, but he let me claim some
of the prizes. Where will it end? Probably never. Not as
long as there are still Coffeys and fish. "Jerry the kid's"
kid is now going into the water and driving the boat.
Matthew is only five!
Another Zonian success story. Jim Deslondes is now
the golf pro at the Buena Vista Golf Club just outside of
Mt. Dora, FL. One of the best golfers to come out of
Panama, Jim's latest talent is now blossoming. Not only
does he run his own successful pro golf shop at the club,
but he is now seriously training for the professional golf
tournaments around the country in the Senior Class. He
travels the 45 minutes from his home to Disney World
weekly to train under the watchful eyes of the golf
trainers who train the greats. His game is outstanding.
Jim Deslondes at home course in Mt. Dora, Florida.
"Maybe I wasn't the greatest mathematician is
school," Jim says, "but I can judge distances and put the
ball down just about where I want it. Besides, a low score
is what you want in golf."
Jim's lovely wife Linda is also an avid golfer and
backs him all the way. His equally lovely daughter Lisa
also plays a mean 18 holes and helps Jim run the golf
shop when not attending college at Mt. Dora. The
Deslondeses are a happy, successful family and destined
for greatness on the fairways in the future.
HOENKES AND MILLIONS CRUISE
Early in December, Jim and Edna Million of
Sarasota and Truman and Betsy Hoenke of Homasassa,
FL enjoyed a week's cruise aboard the S.S. Sovereign-of-
the-Seas, which is the largest passenger ship of the Royal
Their first stop was in Nassau where they enjoyed a
four-hour tour and took a good many pictures.
The highlight of their trip was seeing and visiting Joe
and Rosemary (Dignam) Martinez in San Juan, Puerto
Rico. Jim and Rosemary met the ship and took them on
a wonderful tour of the city as well as the beautiful
country. They all agreed it was a day to remember, as
well as the evening at their condo, with a lovely view.
After a delicious dinner, their hosts took them back to
St. Thomas was their last very enjoyable stop. They
reported there was something to do every minute of the
day as well as entertainment in the evening. They will
always have fond memories of their cruise.
THE CURLES FAMILY
The New Year started off with a bang! I had just
sold my home in Clearwater, Florida and had gotten
permanently moved onto my 14 x 44 houseboat on the St.
Johns River halfway between Orlando and Daytona
Beach. New Year's eve was spent at a river party in
which 7 houseboats anchored for the night at an island
up river. Pot Luck dinner was had, conversation and
champagne at midnight!
In March Mel Alewine and I sold all of our trucking
equipment and got out of the Long Haul Trucking
business. We then semi-retired!
April had my sister, Edna Cooley (BHS'50) and me
flying to Corpus Christi, Texas, to see her son, Ensign
Jeffrey Bain (son of Clyde Bain, BHS'49) get his Navy
Pilot wings at a very impressive ceremony. While there
we spent 3 days with Alice LeBlanc Palumbo (BHS'55) at
her house on Padre Island. I hadn't seen Alice since 1974
in San Diego, CA so it was a gabfest for three days. Alice
is a realtor, owns her own company, and builds custom
houses on the Island.
Alice LeBlanc Palumbo and Marge Curies Maxwell.
In May, Mel and I headed on our Grand Voyage!
We took the houseboat up the Intercoastal Waterway to
Norfolk, VA and back. My parents, Ralph (Marine
Bureau, retired 1970) and Marie (IAGS, retired 1970)
Curies went with us! We left May 13, returning June 26.
Ralph got in his hand at piloting and also helping me -
should say me helping HIM handle lines and anchors.
We circled Mile Marker 0 at Norfolk, VA then came the
return route through the Dismal Swamp route surveyed
by George Washington. We went through 3 locks along
L-R: Sherry Bain, Marie Curies, Edna Curies Cooley,
Marge Curies Maxwell, Ralph Curies.
Edna met us at Astor, FL to pick up my parents as
they were "jumping ship" at this point. Mel and I were
continuing down to the Florida Keys. We returned to
Sanford, FL on August 26. We had put over 3,000 miles
of water travel under us.
The first week of October had Mel and I heading to
Albuquerque, NM to the International Hot Air Balloon
Fiesta held October 4-13. We are crew members of the
Balloon Federation of America and helped our "next
boat" neighbor who was out there for the duration inflate
his balloon so he could take up passengers.
On the way over we stopped at Abilene, Texas, to
see my sister and her husband, Barbara (BHS'49) and
David Aycock (CHS'48). They had been on a trip to Las
Vegas, NV in September, where they joined Bette
Farrell (BHS'49) and Richard "Buckeye" Swearingen
(CHS'47) of Ft. Collins, CO. They had so much fun they
are going to do it again soon.
Edna, meanwhile, has gone on vacation to
Niagara Falls, NY. On the return route she visited with
son, Jeff Bain, and his wife, Sherry, at NAS Pax River,
MD where he was on assignment.
Ralph and Marie celebrated their 61st wedding
anniversary on August 17. This year they had a quiet
family affair, as last year for their 60th Barbara, Edna,
Margaret, David Aycock and Mel Alewine took them on
a cruise to the Bahamas. This was the first time since
1948 that all has been together ON A SHIP. Ralph and
Marie left October 18 for a two-week drive up to
Norfolk, Va to visit old friends. They hope to be able to
see Leland Brooks (Gamboa and Balboa, Retired) in
Matthews, VA. They had had a visit from Louise and
Ralph Mendenhall (Pan Canal pilot) the end of
September at their home in Dunnellon, FL. Tey attended
the Panama Canal picnic in Ocala. They stated there was
a good turnout.
Margaret Curies Maxwell
Lake Monroe, FL.
Joe Ridge, BHS'48, at right with his wife, Sue, and
son, Corporal Michael J. Ridge, of Burlington, Iowa.
Joe and Sue were among the many families and
friends welcoming their service personnel home at Fort
Riley, Kansas, last spring, following Operation Desert
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