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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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VOL. 27 DECEMBER 1993 NO. 5

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by

FOR 1993-94

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist

Mrs. Marje Foster
1st Vice President

Mr. Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Betty Malone

Margot Jordan

Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Past President

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

James Slover

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)


President's M message ..............................
From the Secretary ...............................
Editor's Corner .................................
Legislative Representative .........................
Amendments to Standing Rules .....................
Reunion Audit Report ............................
Announcements .................................
Presentation by Raymond P. Laverty, 1993 Reunion .......
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...........
"Where Are You?" ...............................
Retirem ents ....................................
N ews Clips .....................................
Your Reporter Says ..............................
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Arkansas ................ 25 Mississippi ...
California ................ 27 North Carolina
Colorado ................ 30 Northwest ....

Florida .................. 31
Georgia ................. 34
Hawaii .................. 36
Indiana .................. 37
Iowa .................. 37
Congratulations ...................
W eddings ........................
With Deep Sorrow .................
Letters to the Editor ................
Looking Back .....................
Class Reunion Announcements ........
For Sale or Wanted ................

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Pennsylvania ..
South Carolina
Texas .......
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FRONT COVER: Christmas motif, wishing all Panama Canal Society members a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
BACK COVER: Christmas design, drawn by member Bradley Pearson, Alameda,
California, who has contributed so many of his Christmas drawings to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. in the past.



JANUARY 21, 1994


December 4

December 5

December 8

December 4

January 7

February 5

March 4

March 6

April 1

PCSOFL Annual Christmas Luncheon Columbia Restaurant,
The Pier, St. Petersburg, FL.
PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
For info call Edith Wimmer. (818) 349-6903. 10:30 2:30 P.M.
PCS South Carolina Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Country
Club, Aiken, South Carolina. 12:00 Noon.
Hill Country Christmas Party, Embassy Suites Hotel, San Antonio.
For further info, call Shirley Polston (210) 520-1828.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Covered Dish. 12:00 Noon.
CARNAVALITO Las Fontanas, Clearwater, FL. 15481 49th
Street N. 6:00 P.M. Midnight. Charlie Cooper & Band.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Covered Dish. 12:00 Noon.
PCSSC Annual Business Luncheon at Pea Soup Andersen's,
Carlsbad, CA. Call Edith Wimmer for details.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Light refreshments. 1:30 P.M.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

oiI0f ., (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0 To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
The membership fee is $20.00 annually, $11.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The Third Class ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year for $2.00
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $2.00 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society
and will be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for
advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 346424712
(813) 391-4359
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625

4:c/U 1;ay

I'd like to say at the start of my message, that I've
been overwhelmed since the September issue of the
Canal Record by the many calls, cards, and
congratulatory letters received from the membership
wishing me well, along with the new Executive Board,
and offering your support in countless ways. I thank each
of you so very much, and as I have said before, I will not
betray your confidence in me.
It has been a very busy five months for the Executive
Board, and I'm fast becoming indoctrinated into the
many faceted duties of being your president. Besides the
preparation of agendas for two meetings a month
(business and executive), there is a mountain of
paperwork in connection with the running of the
organization on a day to day basis. Dues are coming in at
a rapid pace, and Barbara Green and her new assistant
Shirley Boswell are handling them in a most expeditious
manner. "Pat" Beall, along with his assistant Carol
Masino are always busy putting the finishing touches on
one issue of the CanalRecord, and preparing for the next
one. A Super Staff!
Marje Foster and all her chairpersons have finalized
the YELLOW REUNION PAGES for the 1994 Reunion.
You will notice that everything concerning the 1994
Reunion is in this December issue, which includes the
requests for tickets to Reunion events along with Hotel
Reservation forms. Please read Marje's column carefully,
as changes have been made this year. These pages will
also be included in the March issue, but I would advise

you to get your ticket orders and reservation forms in
The Executive Board has chosen a theme for next
year's Reunion, entitled "THEN AND NOW." In
conjunction with the theme, we are excited to announce
that Mr. Robert "Bobby" Rupp, Executive Director of the
Panama Area Personnel Board has accepted our
invitation to be our guest speaker at the Annual
Luncheon. His topic will be Living and Working in the
Canal Zone Today. More information about Mr. Rupp
appears elsewhere in the Canal Record.
All negotiations for the 1995 and 1996 Reunions have
been finalized and both contracts have been signed. As
many of you know, we will be leaving the Twin Towers
in 1995 and 1996, and we will be moving our Reunions to
the Marriot Orlando World Center. This move has
become necessary because of the limitations imposed by
Fire Code Regulations on the number of people allowed
in the Exhibit Hall of the Twin Towers for our dances. If
you read my article concerning reunions in the
September issue, you will realize why we had to find a
larger convention area.
The World Center is located in Orlando, Florida,
Exit 26A, coming from West or East on Interstate 4. It
is situated at the entrance to Disney World, EPCOT and
the MGM Studios. It has 1503 rooms, and a complete
convention center of its own. It is surrounded by an 18-
hole Championship Golf Course, and countless other
amenities, including 9 restaurants and lounges. As we


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near these Reunions, more information will be published
in the Canal Records. Anyone wishing a brochure at this
time may write to the Society Headquarters in Seminole.
Although it is a little more expensive, we will be enjoying
two years at the largest. most beautiful, self-contained
resort in the State of Florida.
We had a wonderful luncheon in Sarasota in
September, thanks to Co-Chairpersons Barbara and Tom
Peterson, ably assisted by Marion and Mike Greene and
Jay Cain. The October Picnic, chaired by Bob Johnson,
and his assistants, Faith Brundage, Betty Malone,
Barbara Green, Dotty and Ernie Yocum, Randy Rios,
and Virgil Camby was a huge success. The weather was
beautiful in the 70's and a good time was had by all.
We're looking forward now to the Christmas
Luncheon, Chaired by Muriel Whitman at the Columbia
Restaurant on The Pier of St. Petersburg, and of course
the Carnavalito in February, chaired by Virgil and
Shirley Camby. See Announcements for more
You have all promised your support to me, and the
best way to fulfill this promise is to attend our meetings
and events. Your Executive Board and Chairpersons
work so very hard to plan "fun" programs for you, and we
have to "scramble" for a quorum to hold our meetings
and accomplish the work of the Society. Please refer to
the "Dates To Remember" column on the inside front
cover of each Canal Record and the "Announcements"
section for upcoming events and meetings.
An item that was eliminated by the membership at
the regular business meeting held in Sarasota was the
complimentary luncheon tickets to the Executive Board,
and Chairpersons of Reunion Committees, and Past
Presidents at the Annual Reunions. Refer to "Proposed
Amendment to Society's Standing Rules" in this issue.
I am fast acquiring the reputation of being a very
"wordy" president, and I know that those of you who
know me personally will agree, so I'd better conclude this
message "pronto." Until March then, let me wish each of
you a Blessed Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays
and New Year.

Jane Huldtquist

Certificates of Appreciation

In accordance with Section 4C(a) of the By-Laws of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., Certificates of
Appreciation were awarded on August 14, 1993 to Mr.
Raymond P. Laverty and Mr. Ernesto Holder of the
Panama Canal Commission. Mr. Laverty was the
Luncheon Guest Speaker at the 1993 Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Florida, and Mr. Holder was in charge of the
Graphic Coordination.
Their most informative presentation concerning "The
Panama Canal as it is Today," gave our members insight
into the important and challenging tasks that lie before
the United States and the Republic of Panama in the
future. Mr. Laverty's speech is published in this issue of
the Canal Record, for the interest and enlightenment of
the entire membership of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.

These two gentlemen are deserving of these
Certificates of Appreciation, because of the time and
effort they both contributed in preparing this
presentation, which added to the success of the 1993
Reunion. Along with these certificates, and on behalf of
the Panama Canal Society, may I add my special "Thank

Jane Huldtquist

From the


Another year is fast drawing to an end. The past six
months seem to have flown as a result of all the changes.
We are sorry that so many of our members were
confused by the message regarding members who had
not paid their dues by June 1, 1993. It has caused quite
a bit of extra work for me since many members who
were current in their 1993 dues thought they had to pay
the $10.00 administrative fee for not paying their 1994
dues by June 1. I apologize for the confusion. Those
involved in writing the message thought it would be clear.
1994 dues are $20.00.
I am sorry I did not have time to write a short note
to each and everyone who wrote, thanking Pat and me
for our good work. It means a lot to us to know that we
are appreciated.
To make your renewal easier, if you have no changes
in your status, just send a check and I'll take care of the
rest. However, if you have any changes in your status or
address, please provide us with that information. If you
are paying for someone else, be sure to jot the name(s)
on a slip of paper and include it with your check. New
members, or members who wish to re-join the Society
must complete the application form. Also, if you are
paying for a daughter who had a change of name
(married, etc), be sure to include her former name or I
may not be able to identify her in our records.
If you know, or hear of any members who are ill,
please let us know so that our Sunshine Committee
Chairperson, Mrs. Anna Collins, can send an
appropriate card.
If you do not receive your Canal Record in a timely
manner, please check first with your Post Office. Second
Class mail is not the highest priority and it may be held
up for many reasons. If you still haven't received your
Canal Record after a few days, please advise us and we
will send you a replacement. Remember to provide us
with your change of address.
Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season. Until
next time take care and be happy.
Barbara Green
(813) 391-4359

October 4, 1993

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
President, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642

Dear Mrs. Huldtquist:

Thank you for your letter of September 1, 1993. My congratulations on your recent election as president of your fine

I would like very much to take this opportunity to send, through you, my warmest greetings and best wishes to the entire
membership of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. I assure you all, no one appreciates more than I do the exemplary
dedication and effort of former Canal employees and their immeasurable contribution in building and maintaining the
magnificent enterprise we have today.

I am delighted you have chosen Bob Rupp to be guest speaker at the 1994 Annual Reunion; I fully endorse that choice.
I am confident Bob, in his uniquely creative way, will be able to recall for you many cherished old memories and provide
you with a vivid portrait of life as it is today on the "old turf'.

In closing, I want to say I hope some day to be able to attend a reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida myself
to meet personally as many of you as I can.


Gilberto Guardia F.


O Corner

A few years ago, the Society was moved to purchase
a computer to handle the ever-increasing volume of
membership in order to keep track of dues paid, address
changes, nicknames, maiden names of spouses, etc. At
that time, I mentioned that this Society had become a
full-time and legal business and that those little favors,
those wonderful close relationships we (the Secretary and
I) had between us and the members, and general hand-
holding would have to become a thing of the past.
To overcome this loss of personal association, we
have taken great pains to publish items concerning
membership, dues, events, etc. in the Canal Record for all
to read digest and act accordingly. Unfortunately this
information doesn't seem to get to all our members. Still,
we try to accommodate those as best we can who miss
out on the printed word- we have always done so. We do
realize that some have difficulty reading or writing and
allowances are made.
We, (the Secretary and I) appreciate those who take
time to READ (to explain, hence to read) news items

concerning them and act accordingly. They often send
little notes with their dues or letters thanking the
Secretary (and me) for taking the time to be so
accommodating to the membership and how much they
appreciate it. If it weren't for those nice people, our job
would not be as enjoyable as it is.
PLEASE read the notices we print for your benefit
and information. Our job is to keep members informed
and we are trying to do just that.
On the brighter side, this issue contains the article I
requested from KerryYoung, our Mid-East Coast Florida
reporter, on Canine Companions For Independence,
titled "Contemplations of a Puppy Raiser" in "Letters to
the Editor." After reading your local newspaper about
all the bad things going on in this world, it's refreshing to
read about someone who is doing something GOOD for
mankind for a change. Thanks Kerry for a beautiful and
interesting story. "Good on yer'," as they say in Australia.
Regretfully, there is more bad news. Four of our
Area Reporters have left us sad to say. Niza Boynton
Greig of the Northwest and Margery "Marge" Coffin of
the New Jersey column will be missed. Happily, both
have recruited substitute volunteers and we welcome Bill
Poole of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania and Henry Cruz of
Edmonds, Washington to our staff. To those in the New
Jersey, Pennsylvania area, Bill's address is 142 W.
Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050 Tel: 215-623-
8591, and for those in the Northwest, Henry's address is
19819 82nd Place W., Edmonds, WA 98026. Tel: 206-
774-8947. Our many thanks to Niza and Marge for their

contribution in making the Canal Record an informative
publication. The other two reporters are two of our
veterans, Catherine (Whelan) Filo of Dothan, Alabama,
and Jane Cox of Arizona. Catherine is one of our oldest
(in terms of service!) reporters and Jane was the one
who founded the Arizona Society for that area and
nurtured its growth. Both claim ill health for their leaving
us and it is to their credit that they have kept on
reporting for so long, feeling as they have. I hope they
both have a good rest and can recover from their ills.
Both will be missed and their familiar names following
their usual and interesting reports will also be missed.
Catherine has found her replacement in Dolores
Cleveland, (205) 793-4812. This issue will hold
Catherine's last report, while the past September issue
was Jane's last report. We wish both of them the very
best. I'll miss ya.'
For those class reunion coordinators who want to
find classmates, there is a company that specializes in
doing exactly that, and more, and it's called, "Find People
Fast." There is a charge for their service, and we have
seen results already. Call them at 1-800-829-1807 or FAX
them at 314-832-0029 for particulars. Their office hours
are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central time, Monday thru
Friday. For finding those who is or have been in the
military, there is a book entitled How to Locate Anyone
Who is or Has been in the Military, An Armed Forces
Locator Directory, by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson,
published by MIE Publishing, P.O. Box 340081, San
Antonio, TX 78234.
We received a very nice letter from Mrs Barbara
Kelly of Dunnellon, Florida, who thanked us for
mentioning a memorial fund that had been set up at
Operation PAR in Largo, Florida in memory of her
deceased son, William Kelly-Colbert. The results were
excellent and Bill's dream has come true. After a lot of
hard work, and some very wonderful people donating
both funds and equipment, a dedicated computer has
been set up for use by residents at PAR. Mrs. Kelly
believes there were some "unthanked" people whose
checks were not credited to the fund and "Thank you"
letters were not sent them. Mrs. Kelly wishes to thank
them now and tell them how much they appreciated their
help. Thank you for your kind letter, Mrs. Kelly.
One last thing I have been asked MANY times why
we don't print more 'Bajan stories why can't you get
Bocas Leeser to come out with some more of his
priceless tales? In order to keep that 'Bajan talk alive, we
need to get it down in pen and ink for posterity. Those
experts who mastered the lingo, among us Zonites, are
the only ones who can perpetuate that colorful and
wonderful sing-song talk which we loved so much. I am
asking all of those who know 'Bajan jokes (clean or dirty
- we'll sort them out), stories, tales (true or false), songs
(good or bad), or anything that will remind us of our
"second language" in the Zone, to send in what you can
and I'll print it. I'll even make a contest out of it and
send a prize each issue for the best contribution. If dat
doan move yo', rass, we is gone. Sen' me a likkle story,
no? I KNOW dere is people dem who still talk like so in
dis place. Yo' MUS' h'answer de call!
More on ARTURO SAUCE: Julie Kaus of the Red
Wing Company, 196 Newton Street, Fredonia, NY 14063
tells me they have "streamlined" their ordering process.
The elimination of some distribution centers have been

instrumental in making it go through less hands. All
Arturo Sauce orders must be processed through the
Fredonia office now, and is sold only by the case of 24.
Price remains the same: $15.83 which includes UPS
delivery. Some items have been dropped from their
inventory their great stewed tomatoes is one. There is
no further need to put "Attention Julie" on your envelope,
although Julie really has no objections, and she likes the
attention we give her.
LATE NEWS: The deadline was October 21 I let
it pass on to Monday, mail-time, October 25. Since then
I have received 16 letters with requests to have their
article in the December issue. Sorry about that. Those
late will see their news in the March issue. The book is
being put together starting October 29 in order to get it
to the printer on November 1. Please note the deadline
dates listed in each issue. Please do not send me mail
for the Canal Record to my home. I recently moved and
the forwarding mail addressed to my old address takes
about a week in this place. To those of you who write
me personally, my address has changed to: 1978 Radcliffe
Dr. N., Clearwater, FL 34623-4431.
My best wishes to you all, far and wide, who have
supported the Canal Record, and may you all have a
great and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Pat Beall
(813) 391-4359



The U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Indiana ruled
July 6, that a retiree was entitled to
a refund of the tax he paid on the
lump-sum, with interest, on the
grounds that the payment should
have been tax-free. This is good
news for those retirees who took the
lump-sum payment when they retired. For example, if
your lump-sum payment was $50,000 and if $12,000 was
deducted for federal income tax, you would be eligible
for a $12,000 refund with interest if this ruling becomes
law. The Indiana case is one of several that is being
pursued. In the Indiana case, it was argued that the
lump-sum distribution is based on a separate contract or
pension plan and that it should be tax free because the
money has already been taxed. The Judge accepted that
argument, despite the fact that several other Courts have
ruled that the lump-sum is taxable.


The General Accounting Office reported that high
school graduates employed by insurance companies
typically process up to 400 Medicare claims a day. These
high school graduates make the decisions whether or not
your bill for the doctor was medically necessary. Only
one in ten claims are ever reviewed by a doctor or nurse.
These medical claims are made by employees who are

expected to review a new claim every 72 seconds, eight
hours a day. Congressman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said
"nearly two-thirds of these Medicare denials are reversed
on appeal. There is little testing of these harried workers
to determine if they are making fair and consistent
decisions." It is important to remember that if you submit
a Medicare Claim under Part "B" and it is turned down,
you should ask that your claim be reviewed. You may
have a good chance of having your claim honored.


Retirees who apply to have their Health Benefit
coverage changed can currently expect to wait about two
weeks for the process to be completed. OPM's estimated
time frames for various retiree services are anywhere
from six to eight weeks. For example, it takes two to
three weeks to handle a death claim application. If you
apply for a survivor annuity it may take six to seven

weeks. To notify OPM of an address change may take
three weeks. If you request a tax withholding form
(W4PA) it may take four weeks before you receive the
form. If you lose a check, expect to wait two or three
weeks. Change of marital status takes five to seven
weeks. When you write OPM concerning a problem,
don't expect quick action, and with all the cut-backs going
on, it may even take longer.


The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled
hearings on legislation that would prohibit states from
collecting taxes on federal pensions from those retirees
who have moved to other states. California is the only
state using the "source tax." Other states are looking to
see what Congress will do on this subject. If Congress
approves of the "source tax" then several states will try to
collect money from federal employees who worked in

Proposed Standing Rule Amendment Passed

DATE: August 26, 1993
TO: Chairperson, By-Laws Committee
FROM: The Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

SUBJECT: Proposed Amendment to the Society's Standing Rules.

In order to maintain reasonable Reunion Luncheon prices for our members and to assist in reducing the Society's
Reunion costs, the Executive Board proposes that Standing Rule No. 13 be deleted and Standing Rule No. 14 be amended
as follows:

EXISTING: Standing Rule No. 13.

"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".

PROPOSED: Delete Standing Rule No. 13 in its entirety. Change Standing Rules No. 14 to No. 13; No. 15 to No. 14;
No. 16 to No. 15; No. 17 to No. 16; No. 18 to No. 17; No. 19 to No. 18, and No. 20 to No. 19.

EXISTING: Standing Rule No. 14.

"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".


13. Reunion Guest Speaker, assistants and their spouses) shall be furnished Reunion lodging and complimentary tickets
to all scheduled Reunion functions; Reunion Chairpersons and their spouses shall be furnished Reunion lodging and
Reunion Dance tickets. Executive Board members, Past Presidents and all their spouses shall be furnished complimentary
Dance tickets and may receive Reunion lodging, not to exceed three nights each.

It is requested that these proposed amendments to the Standing Rules be presented to the membership at the September,
1993 business meeting. The Executive Board recommends adoption of the Proposed Amendments to the Standing Rules.

For the Executive Board,

(Signed) Jane Huldtquist
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

The Proposed Amendments above, were passed on September 4, 1993 at the Regularly Scheduled Business Meeting,
pursuant to By-Laws Article XV Amendments, Section 2A, Method of Amending Standing Rules, and Section 2A1.

their state. I have a video cassette tape on the California
source tax and if the members would like to see this tape
I will be glad to show it at a meeting.
Older Americans have been waiting patiently for the
final version of the Health Care Reform Bill. This plan
has been delayed several times. It was to be presented to
Congress in May, then it was June or July. Now we can
expect to see some action on this bill later this year.
What has held up the Health Care Reform Bill was the
Deficit Reduction Bill. One major road block for this bill
is how to figure out the proper balance between
comprehensive health coverage, which can be expensive,
and budgetary considerations, which limit how much can
be spent. The biggest problem facing congress is where
the money for health care reform will come from. A
large part of the funds are supposed to be generated by
employers and future savings in Medicare. Older
Americans will have to pay more for their Medicare
coverage. Whenever the health plan becomes a reality, it
is expected to include prescription drug benefits and
long-term care.
The Deficit Reduction Bill is now law and it is
designed to slice the federal deficit by more than $500
billion over the next five years. The Republicans have
been saying that this new law will only reduce the deficit
by $340 billion. The Democrats say the savings would

come half from tax increases, roughly, and half from
spending cuts. The Republicans say taxes will outweigh
spending reductions by 3 to 1. Something to remember:
It doesn't make any difference who is correct on the
budget figures. The government will still need to find
another $500 billion in deficit reduction by the year 2000.
Therefore, between now and then, Medicare, Social
Security, COLA's, Health Insurance and all the other
benefits will be scrutinized by the Congress to see if
further cuts can be made. Just imagine if your family
made $100,000 a year but you spent $124,000, including
$25,000 to service the payments on your home. You
would be in big trouble. This is the problem that the U.S.
Government has with the budget.
James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(813) 894-2478


Address Changes of Members
November 26, 1993

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At each mailing of the "Canal Record," the mailing Post Office (Tampa,
Florida) counts the issues to be mailed and charges the Society accordingly.
Their invoice to the Society reflects the amount of books mailed, which we
verify with the amount of labels printed by the Society.
The routes taken by your books before they reach you vary they may
pass through as many as six (6) hands, sometimes more, sometimes less,
before delivery to you. The entire Postal system is being automated.
Since the Society knows the books were mailed, we recommend that you
notify your local Post Office initially if you did not receive your copy of the
"Canal Record."
If the Post Office finds no trace of your copy, search your files to see if
you mailed in your change of address or paid your current dues. If you are in
good shape on both counts, THEN notify us. Your book may have been
inadvertently lost enroute to you, and we will do our best to send you another
copy, if extra copies are available.


October 1, 1993
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Huldtquist:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the 1993 Reunion Coordinator's accounts. All
receipts, check records, deposit slips and bank statements were verified as correct.
All papers were in good order, neat and ready for audit.
As suggested in the Audit Report on the 1992 Reunion, the Reunion Coordinator maintained a cash receipts journal,
showing the composition of receipts by category, which facilitated the examination of this year's Reunion.
Attached is a statement of Receipts and Expenditures for the 1993 Reunion.

Respectfully submitted,

Frank Matters Jeanne Wheeler
Chairperson Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee



Luncheon $ 5,544.00
Ball 13,550.00
Panazonian Dance 5,384.00
Vendors 2,000.00
Overcollection of funds, refunds and donations 1.097.75
TOTAL RECEIPTS $ 27,575.75


Luncheon 6,241.86
Ball and Panazonian Dance 8,563.71
Security 2,339.25
Telephone, Travel and Postage 2,527.69
Hotel Charges 3,217.93
Supplies 2,015.54
Printing, Registration, Hospitality and Speaker's Expense 452.04
Overcollections and Refunds 998.50
Miscellaneous 380.10
Hotel Damages (See comments below) 1.920.72

Expenditures over Receipts from 1993 Reunion $ (1.081.59)

Balance in Reunion Coordinator's Account September 1993 2,918.41

Panama Canal Society advance for 1994 Reunion 81.59

Seed Money for Reunion Coordinator's Account for 1994 Reunion $ 3.000.00


The Hotel sought $3,175.12 from the Society for damage to hotel property because of the acts of vandalism that occurred
during the Reunion. This amount was subsequently reduced by $1,254.40 through discussions and negotiations by the
Society's President and Reunion Coordinator.



Saturday, February 5th 1994
:00pm till Midnight
Paradise Ballroom,
Clearwater, Florida
~t 54 I49th St. North.
S Charlie Cooper
and his Copra Band

S additional Information
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15481 49th STREET NORTH
(813) 530-9771

TIMES: 6:00 to 8:00 Coctel y hora de
8:00 to 9:00 Comida


9:00 to 12:00 Dancing
Broiled Petite Filet and Marinated
Chicken Breast
Mixed greens w/ cherry tomatoes,
Chopped egg Julienne of beets,
croutons, choice dressing.
Parsley Potatoes
Medley of Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Rolls & Butter
Coffee & Iced Tea

WHO: Open to all members of the Panama
Canal Society and their guests.
PURPOSE: To celebrate the annual tradition of
Carnavalito and to preserve the fine art of Canal
Zone friendships.

There will be a van to shuttle those that stay at
the Holiday Inn overnight and have reservations.
The van will leave the Hotel at 6:00 to 6:30 P.M.
Take you to Las Fontanas. Will pick you up at
12:00 to 12:30 A.M. and return you to the Holiday


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3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 34622
(813) 577-9100




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TRIPLE $49.00 Room Rates)
QUAD $49.00

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PCSOFL Annual Christmas Luncheon
Columbia Restaurant, The Pier
St. Petersburg, FL.
Lunch & Meeting starts 12:00 noon.


If you have any old eyeglasses that you don't know
what to do with, please send them to Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714. A group of area
opthalmologists make annual trips to Central America to
perform surgery and distribute eyeglasses, where they
see about 13,000 patients, perform 700 cataract
operations and distribute 7,000 pairs of glasses. If you can
help, please do.

Robert Rupp
to be Guest Speaker at
1994 Reunion

Robert "Bobby" Rupp, Executive Director of the
Panama Area Personnel Board will be the guest speaker
at the Annual Luncheon of the 1994 Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. His topic will be "Living and Working in the
Canal Zone Area Today," with accents on "Living." He
will be coordinating his presentation with the theme of
the 1994 Reunion "Then and Now," and will include a
slide nresentation.

Robert (Bob) Rupp was born on July 21, 1947 in
Panama, Rep. of Panama. He and his family moved into
the Canal Zone when his father came to work as the
Chief of the Gorgas Hospital Eye Clinic. After
graduating from Balboa High School in 1965, Bob
attended Canal Zone Junior College for one year and
then finished his studies at West Virginia University
where he graduated in 1969 after earning a B.S. in
Journalism. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S.
Air Force. During his four year enlistment, 18 months
were spent as a radio/TV announcer with the American
Forces Radio and Television Service (Channel 8) at Ft.
Clayton, Panama. Upon his discharge from the Air
Force, Bob returned to Panama and went to work as a
motion picture production specialist with the Panama
Canal Company's Graphic Branch. In 1974 Bob took a
two year leave of absence to pursue a Master's degree in
Business Administration from Northern Arizona
University. Upon receiving his MBA, he returned to
Panama and continued his employment with the PCC
Graphics Branch. In 1977 Bob made a change in his
career path and moved into the Personnel field. After
progressing through various jobs of increased
responsibility with the PCC Personnel Bureau, he
transferred from the PCC to the Panama Area Personnel
Board (PAPB) in January 1980. In 1984 Bob was
promoted to Deputy, Executive Director of the PAPB
and in January 1987 he assumed the duties of Executive
Director, the position he currently holds.
Among his interests and other activities, Bob is an
active member of the Air Force reserves and provides
counseling and assistance to students who are interested
in attending the Air Force Academy or applying for
AFROTC scholarships. He is actively involved in many
community activities throughout the Canal Area and his
favorite hobbies include golfing, boating and fishing. Bob
is married to the former Jeanne Chance and has three
children; Shawn 13, Ryan 10, and Breanne 7.

PCSOFL Regular Meeting
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL.

Robert (Bob) Rupp


What are your memories of Gamboa? Anyone who
has memories of Gamboa or pictures to share, especially
of Girl Scout Little House, Civic Center (1940's 1960's),
houses on the ridge (1940's 1960's), Gravel Alley,
Williamson (1936-50), houses in the Dust Bowl, Boy
Scout meeting site, Halloween in the gym, the bowling
alley, beauty shop, barber shop, shoe repair, library, etc.,
please contact Donna Gillis, PSC #2, Box 926, APO AA


You are invited to join the Isthmian Collectors Club, for
an interesting Journal on just about everything having to
do with the Canal Zone. Little known bits of Isthmian
history; meetings of aficionados; picture post cards;
books; stamps; medals; tokens and coins; memorabilia;
and values thereof. A fascinating history of the Canal
Zone, beginning to end, can be found in the story of its
stamps. Did you know that Christie recently auctioned off
just one Canal Zone lot for $35,000? Those old envelopes
of yours are worth something! If you want to get a stamp
for the 100th birthday of the Panama Canal...
Don't Let Them Forget Us!
Write to Bob Karrer, Isthmian Collectors Club, Box
6094, Alexandria, VA 22306. $7.00/year. Write to Bob for
a free copy of the ICC Journal.

Initial plans have begun for the 1st Ham Radio
Reunion for all ham operators and supporters. Ed Parker
of Slidell, Louisiana, and James O'Donnell of St.
Petersburg, Florida, will host the luncheon reunion on
Friday during the Panama Canal Society Reunion, June
1994. Anyone interested in participating in this amateur
radio reunion, please write or call one of the committee

James J. O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-2007
(813) 894-2478

Ed Parker
2985 Camellia Drive
Slidell, LA 70458
(504) 643-5603


I am researching the Red, White and Blue Troupe
and would appreciate correspondence or phone calls
regarding locations of any collections of historical
material either private or public or the organization.
I was a member in the 1930s and 1940 in Gamboa
under Coach Henry Greiser.
I am particularly interested in doing an oral history
project of women members of the Troupe as the
women held many championships. Please contact:
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, 163 Nenue Street, Honolulu,
HI 96821. (Daughter of Eleanor Farrell McQueary)
(808) 373-4836.

PCSOFL Regular Meeting
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL

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April 1, 1994
ICSIfL leaular Meetina
St. Cede's lEiscoPal Church
25CC 1th Street
St. Detersburg, IFL.

February I, 1994

Las Fontanas
15481 49th Street N.
Clearwater, Florida
6 P.M. Midnight Charlie Cooper & Band


From class reunion chairpersons, please send a
copy of your yearbook update or printed program as
distributed to class members at your get-togethers. We
are collecting them in the interest of future historical
research and preservation. Please send a copy to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Alien Court, Baker, LA 70714.

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Panama Canal Society of Florida,
June 12, 1993

(References to photo slides have been omitted by the
Canal Record Editor during editing process. No material
has been excluded from the original presentation.)

Good afternoon.
It is a real pleasure to
be here in Orlando
among friends and
families, who together
have been responsible
for building the legacy
of such a great
enterprise as the
Panama Canal. Your
loyalty and dedication
over the years have
been the key elements
in preserving the
traditions of the
waterway. It is that
common bond pride in the Canal and concern for its
future that brings us together, not only for these
traditional annual reunions, but whenever and wherever
Panama Canal alumni meet.
This afternoon I first will bring you up to date on the
Canal as it is today and then give you some insight into
the important and challenging tasks that lie before the
U.S., the Republic of Panama and the Panama Canal as
we transition to the complete transfer of the Canal to
Panama in only six and one-half years. And that will
include a general overview of the military drawdown in
Panama and its impact on the Panama Canal
Commission. In my conclusion, I will share with you my
personal views and expectations about the future of the
Panama Canal.
Many of you here today were working or resided on
the Isthmus just prior to and during the very difficult
stages of the Treaty implementation in the late 1970's
and early 1980's. Accordingly, you experienced numerous
changes that took place that profoundly affected the
Canal organization and its employees as well as other
federal agencies in Panama. In retrospect, given the
magnitude and the dynamics of that historic period, it
went amazingly well. Further, not only have the Canal
and Canal organization survived, I can assure you that
they continue making positive progress.
Clearly, the events that took place during the first
decade of Treaty transition can be characterized as the
groundwork and foundation for the greater and final
transition that of preparing the Canal and its employees
for a smooth, and hopefully a seamless transfer to full
Panamanian control at noon on December 31, 1999.
With those comments as background, I now want to
profile for you what has been going on at the Canal.
There have been significant changes which have taken
place in the transportation industry and these have
captured a substantial share of Canal container cargo is
a typical one to one and one-half mile long double stack

train, moving container cargo from the West coast to
points in the Midwest and East coast; the opening of
several major automobile manufacturing plants in the
U.S. by Japanese auto-makers, thus shrinking the volume
of automobile trade through the Canal. The substantial
growth in ship size requiring improvements to the
waterway and the use of additional resources; a
temporary traffic surge due to the Persian Gulf War and
the list of impacts on Canal business goes on and on.
Despite these very dramatic changes and events, and the
protracted political crisis which plagued Panama (and the
Canal) in the late 1980's the Panama Canal has continued
working very well and is handling more trade than ever
Reflecting on Canal traffic, last year, over 12,600
oceangoing transits, or nearly 35 ships a day, carried
some 160 million tons of cargo through the waterway.
The tolls revenue generated by this level of business
amounted to about $370 million, and total Canal revenue
was more than a half billion dollars.
In mid-fiscal year 1992, an economic slowdown in the
U.S. and Japan caused a slight decline in Canal traffic
which continued into the first few months of the current
fiscal year. Stronger traffic levels have been experienced
during the last quarter and our projections indicate this
fiscal year will end with some marginal growth compared
to last year. A moderate improvement in traffic levels
should continue in 1994 as the economies of the U.S. and
Japan recover and as certain trades expand. Over the
longer term, our forecasts, however, indicate only
relatively small changes in basic traffic patterns and
overall growth is predicted at low rates about 2 percent
on average through the year 2000, declining to about 1.5
percent through year 2010.
For those of you who may have visited the Canal in
recent years you undoubtedly felt dismayed, and some
perhaps even horrified, by the changes in Canal
communities and surrounding areas. You also may not
have readily observed any outward signs of change with
the waterway itself and its operations, because after all,
for example, the locks and many of the facilities, on the
surface, look pretty much the same. However, the Canal
has undergone a number of significant changes and
improvements. It also has become one of the
technological leaders south of the U.S. border. The goal
of these efforts has been to enhance Canal efficiency and
to ensure that we turn over to Panama a Canal that is
modern, safe and fully equipped to meet the current and
projected demands of world shipping. I would like to
provide you with some meaningful examples.

A long term major program to widen Gaillard Cut
was initiated in January 1992 with the initial dry
excavation on the West bank near Gamboa. We have
already accomplished nearly 2 million cubic yards of the
22 million cubic yard dry work portion of this program.
In preparing the various excavation designs, our engineers
work with state-of-the-art intergraph computer stations.
Using this system, maps of the cut are prepared from
aerial photographs at a fraction of the cost required to do
so previously with field survey crews. This topographic
information permits modeling of the entire cut and
various channel layouts and excavation scenarios can be
explored, enabling the entire cut widening program to be

continually optimized as it progresses. When completed,
this program will allow two-way transit of all vessels
throughout the waterway, regardless of size, without
compromising navigational safety, and the Canal then will
have sufficient capacity to handle projected future traffic
well into the next century.

The ever-present risk of landslides demands practical,
predictive tools to ensure that earth movements are
promptly detected. In our Landslide Control and Bank
Stabilization Programs, high precision laser-beam
technology is being utilized to provide electronic distance
measurement. Information gathered from these
measurements, combined with regular on-site inspections,
provide a solid basis for the engineering programs
undertaken and for evaluating their effectiveness.

Another channel improvement project designed to
enhance capacity and safety for transiting vessels, which
will be completed this fiscal year, is the widening of the
Pacific channel entrance, stretching from the approach to
Miraflores Locks to the first buoy in the Pacific
anchorage. Work will be initiated at the beginning of
fiscal year 1994 to widen the Atlantic channel entrance.

Another important improvement underway on the
Atlantic side is the construction of a new signal station at
the far end of Cristobal Mole. When completed, the
station will be equipped with the latest vessel monitoring
radar equipment and communications systems. The
station also will house the Atlantic Canal Operations and
Admeasurement Units.

The Marine Traffic Control Center in La Boca will
be linked with this new signal station via computers,
radios and other communications systems. Visitors to the
Marine Traffic Center these days are impressed with its
highly advanced computer systems and vessel monitoring
capabilities. Closed circuit video monitors provide on-
scene coverage of transiting vessels transmitted by
cameras strategically positioned throughout the Canal
channel and the locks. Similar camera and monitoring
systems are being installed at various facilities to provide
for added security surveillance of critical Canal

A computerized, detailed Maintenance Management
System has also been developed to more effectively p
an nd program maintenance or replacement of important
Locks equipment and machinery, and floating and
industrial equipment. Specially developed microcomputer
software, which drives the new system, has received the
praise of managers, technicians and foremen for its
sophisticated, yet easy to use design. Incidentally, many
of them, even in the shop areas now use microcomputers
as they were another tool in the tool box. One of the
most significant communications improvements,
benefitting the day-to-day operation of the Commission,
has been the ongoing enhancement of our
telecommunications system.

Through the use of a Central Computer Network,
any Commission office can electronically communicate or
interlink with one or more offices within the agency at
any given time. Urgent information can now be
transmitted instantaneously to any or all network offices
on both sides of the Isthmus, including our Washington
and New Orleans offices. We now have over 2,500
microcomputer systems throughout the Commission for
information and operational applications and over 1,000
work stations whose remote terminals have on-line access
to the mainframe computers.

In addition, we have replaced our entire telephone
system, and installed state-of-the-art fibre optic cable, to
provide the agency with the most modern
telecommunications capabilities, while keeping pace with
advancements in the electronics industry. As you can see,
we have been hard at work modernizing the Canal
through the application of new technologies both in the
office and in field operational settings. This philosophy is
also being pursued in the area of physical maintenance.

For example, during annual overhauls of Locks miter
gates and valves, and during maintenance of sluice gates
and other Canal equipment with prolonged exposure to
water, new maintenance techniques and improved
coatings are being applied to help extend the
maintenance intervals and overall service life of this vital

Another example is the new composite flat fenders
which have been installed along the center ways and wing
walls to the Locks. Their more durable "sandwich" type
design incorporates the use of plastics, hardwood and
rubber to provide superior compression and friction
qualities. These fenders have proven to withstand the
greater stress loads exerted by larger, heavily laden
Also of interest is that we have expanded our
emergency response programs and now regularly run a
variety of exercises to test our capabilities. In this
scenario we successfully tested a new marine foam fire
protection system installed at Miraflores Locks. Work is
in progress to install a similar system at Pedro Miguel
Locks with Gatun Locks to follow.

Another emphasis in recent years has been to pursue
efficiencies and economies by contracting out the
current buzzword is outsourcing certain functions where
it is cost effective and quality service is available. As the
Panamanian economy has developed and diversified,
more specialized services requiring specific skills and
equipment have been procured from qualified local firms.
This includes contracts ranging from selected
maintenance projects, such as sandblasting of miter gates,
to non-critical repair of operational facilities to major
civil construction and earth movement projects. Total
outsourcing contracts amounted to nearly $40 million in
fiscal year 1992, most of which were awarded to local

firms. Although we have been pursuing an expanded
program of outsourcing, and are remaining alert to
additional outsourcing candidates, it is management's
view that the Commission must, from a strategic
perspective, retain under its complete control all mission-
critical core activities such as towboat operations,
dredging, pilotage, and a wide range of other essential
transit-related activities. The option of more widespread
outsourcing at the Canal is limited by its location or by
the fact that Panama does not have a significant
industrial base and has virtually no heavy industrial or
marine type services. The Canal is, in fact, the largest
industrial operation in the country.
The overriding point I should make, however, is that
regardless of how we perform various functions, whether
by contract or with in-house resources, we must ensure
that the end result is the most efficient and effective way
to achieve our goal of providing quality transit service at
reasonable and competitive prices.
Fulfilling the mission of the Canal requires a team of
highly skilled, well trained employees. In the spirit of the
Treaty, the composition of the Canal's work force
continues to reflect a strong increase in Panamanian
participation. Today, Panamanians comprise 88 percent
of the Commission's work force. More importantly,
Panamanian participation has increased significantly in
the higher skilled areas vital to the Canal operation. Over
half of our professionals and managers are Panamanians;
as are more than eight out of nine skilled craftsmen and
nearly three-fourths of our floating equipment employees.
The number of Panamanian pilots is now up to 110, from
just over 4, over thirteen years ago, and we have others
in the training pipeline. We are basically on schedule
according to the terms of the Treaty and we fully expect
to achieve our goal of a virtually 100 percent Panamanian
work force by the year 2000.
As we look to the future, we must recognize that
customers of the Panama Canal actually are not
concerned about the internal management and operation
of the waterway. They really have only two primary
concerns. These are:

"Will the Canal continue to provide efficient
and dependable transit service over the long
term?" and "What will be the price?"

These two customer concerns are being more
frequently echoed as Canal users face the
uncertainties of the transition to Panamanian

Furthermore, as competitive alternatives to the Canal
continue to evolve over time, like the highly sophisticated
and efficient container transfer facility in Long Beach,
California, the frequency and size of Canal toll increases
will be a critical element affecting Canal traffic. The
psychological signals that these actions send can have a
dramatic impact on traffic levels and customer
confidence. Since the Canal has historically been
operated on a self-sustaining, non-profit basis, Panama
must give careful consideration to the tolls policy it
decides to adapt and then it is vital that they market that
policy even prior to assuming its role as the new steward
of the waterway.

I would now like to shift direction and try to give you
some insight into what lies ahead for the management
and operation of the Canal and the planning efforts that
are actively and vigorously being pursued by a number of
players -- both U.S. and Panamanian -- as we move
toward the year 2000. First, I will highlight certain
planning initiatives being undertaken by the Panama
Canal Commission and other U.S. elements that will
have profound impact on the Commission organization
and the Canal itself.
Last year Congress enacted special legislation which;
in effect, requires that a comprehensive study be made to
determine the feasibility of making changes to the
governance and financial structure of the Commission in
order to make the Commission a more autonomous,
apolitical, market-oriented and business-like enterprise.
The underlying objective is that such changes would
make the Commission a better and more viable model
for transitioning the Canal to Panama than a pure
traditional U.S. governmental agency would be.
The Commission, with the assistance of outside
consultants, has the lead role in this pivotal study. Input
also is being obtained from the Departments of Defense,
State, Treasury and others. The Binational Board of
Directors, as well as Canal management, are deeply
involved in this study at this very instant. As a matter of
fact, on my way up to the Reunion, the Panamanian
Administrator and I spent two days in Miami at a special
meeting with our Binational Board of Directors and the
consultants to discuss and deliberate this very subject.

We hope to wrap-up the study and develop appropriate
recommendations to submit to the Congress by October
of this calendar year. Although I cannot pre-judge what
those ultimate recommendations will be, to give you a
flavor of the type of issues being addressed I can note
that one of them involves the feasibility of converting the
Commission to a full Government corporation and
another involves the possibility of relinquishing some of
the Government's general financial and operational
oversight requirements to the Commission's Binational
Board of Directors.
Another important element just around the corner
impacting on Canal operations will be the gradual
drawdown of U.S. Defense forces in Panama. That full
process is now scheduled to begin next year and it will
begin in a meaningful and highly visible way.

U.S. military officials now estimate that more than
forty percent of the 10,000 U.S. troops currently stationed
in Panama will have departed by the end of calendar year
1995. In turn, there obviously will be reductions in the
number of military families and the size of the DOD
civilian work force. In consonance with the drawdown in
population, there will be, of course, a drawdown in the
number of military facilities on the Isthmus. More
specifically, Pacific bases and military areas identified for
early transfer to Panama in the calendar year 1994-95
time frame include:

Fort Amador, including the O'Club, golf
course and family housing; and

Curundu townsite, including the Jr. High
School (whose students will begin attending
Balboa Junior/Senior High in August 1995).

At this time it appears that the pace of the rest of
the drawdown will be gradual on the Pacific side where,
for example, other DOD schools and hospitals could be
substantially unaffected until much later in the decade.
Change, however, will occur much more rapidly on the
Atlantic side, as the military currently intends to close
Coco Solo Hospital in June 1994, and Forts Davis and
Espinar (Gulick), and all of the Atlantic side schools and
related family services by mid-1995. To graphically
illustrate that impact, by January 1996, the only townsite
on the Atlantic side with U.S. citizen families will be our
own Gatun.

Current thinking envisions that military units
remaining in Panama later in the decade will consolidate
into a large combined Army/Navy/Air Force Base on
the West Bank of the Canal known as the Horoko
Complex. For the remainder of the treaty period that
complex will serve as the main military operational base
in Panama along with a support center at Corozal on the
Pacific side, and Galeta Island and the Jungle Operations
Training Center at Fort Sherman on the Atlantic side.

As stated earlier, of concern is the impact of the
DOD withdrawal on our small U.S. citizen work force
living on the Atlantic side -- totaling less than 110
families as of June 1 of this year. These changes,
particularly the closure of all Department of Defense
family support activities, including schools, such as
Cristobal Junior/Senior High School, by the summer of
1995, will impose significant changes on those employees
and their families who continue to live on the Atlantic
Despite these announcements, morale among our
Atlantic side residents remains high. They are well aware
that while the military withdrawal from bases and training
areas may impact on the quality of life in those areas, the
Atlantic side will continue to be the home for such
important Canal operations as the Gatun Locks, Gatun
Dam, Power Generation Plant and the Mt. Hope
Industrial Division. It will also serve as an important base
of operations for several other Canal operations,
including pilot, tug and launch operations. Because of the
importance of Atlantic side installations to Canal
operations over the long term, we have asked the
operations leadership of all the bureaus, as well as
others, to mount a dedicated effort to develop ways to
meet our short and long-term needs to preserve a skilled
and dedicated work force on the Atlantic side and this
applies to both our U.S. and Panamanian work force.

A major responsibility for transition planning and
preparing for the change in Canal ownership and control
is, of course, vested in the next steward -- Panama itself.
While Panama lost valuable time during the dictatorial
regimes which ruled the government in the past, the

current government of Panama has accelerated the
planning process and has now established forums and
committees to study and review Panama's future

Of particular significance is that a Presidential Ad-
Hoc Commission has been appointed to develop
recommendations for the type of agency which will
manage the waterway and the general policies that entity
should implement. This Planning Commission has eight
The Commission has been working cooperatively
with the Planning Commission and these subcommittees,
as well as with the government of Panama in general, in
order to provide extensive information about the Canal,
its management structure, fiscal policies, personnel
programs, tolls policy, maintenance and improvement
programs and a gamut of other important issues. Lengthy
detailed briefings have been developed and are being
presented on a regular basis not only to Panamanian
government officials but also to a variety of civic and
commercial organizations in Panama. It is important to
point out that these non-governmental organizations are
showing an increasing interest in developing a better
understanding of the Canal operation and are beginning
to offer input into Panama's transition planning. All these
are positive and constructive developments as long as
Panama remains focused on appropriate goals and
objectives, and avoids political diversions.
The transition planning process being pursued by
Panama, however, by its very nature, will be complex,
time-consuming and challenging. For example, in focusing
on the type of management control structure the next
entity should have, Panama will first be assessing whether
or not that entity should be a pure governmental agency
similar to other government of Panama agencies, or an
autonomous governmental corporation, or a privatized or
semi-privatized enterprise such as is being done with
utilities in a number of other countries, or a mixed
enterprise arrangement shared between the government
and the private sector or various other possible control
structures. This is just one of the many significant issues
Panama must address in its planning process. Tolls, labor
and wage policies are some of the many other
challenging issues. The complexity of the challenges,
however, are understandable because as we here know
quite well, the Canal, and its wide range of policies and
programs which have evolved over years of trial and
error, are truly unique. There is really nothing analogous
to it any place else in the world.

I have an additional comment about the transition
planning Panama now has actively underway, I should call
your attention to another very positive recent
development. A short time ago, the Panama Legislature
approved the creation of an authority called the
Interoceanic Regional Authority and has approved the
appointment of an apolitical, professional board to
supervise that Authority. That Authority has been vested
with the responsibility of managing the use of all the U.S.
reverted or transferred areas and property, both past and
future transfers. In that regard, special attention will be
given to the U.S. military property transfers I noted
earlier. Hopefully, that Authority will become

immediately active so that this property can become
valuable assets and not liabilities for Panama.
That leads to my concluding comments about my
personal view of what the Panama Canal will be like
come the year 2000 and into the next century under total
control of Panama. Will it be dismal as many may
speculate or is there hope for a sunny future?
To be perfectly candid, the Canal Zone and its
associated living environment is now virtually gone. But
the Panama Canal -- as an efficient, competitive business
enterprise and as a provider of high quality service -- is,
as I have profiled earlier, in excellent shape, and,
although the Canal work force has changed considerably,
it still has that sense of loyalty and pride that is the
magnificent tradition at the Canal. Therefore, the
foundation for a solid future is in place and I firmly
believe it will still be in place come the year 2000.
We all know, however, that the future of the Canal
depends on a great deal more than just this foundation.
And that naturally brings up the question as to whether
or not Panama will be a responsible steward and be able
to properly administer the Canal.
I am personally confident -- "Bottom Line" -- that it
will be for several reasons. I will mention only two of
Panama is finally beginning to understand and
appreciate the incredible challenge it is facing
and the huge responsibility it will have in only 6
1/2 years, the last one third of the twenty-year
treaty period initially available to Panama for
planning and preparation. In that regard,
Panama is now addressing the transition in a
deep and sincere way. There are concerned and
conscientious citizens involved in the process.
The signs are relatively positive and I am very
encouraged by what I am seeing.
I can best explain the other reason with an
example. We are all aware of what has sadly
happened to the Panama Railroad since its
transfer in 1979. Unfortunately, many point to it
as a physical omen of what will happen to the
future Panama Canal. Fortunately, others,
including myself, point to it as a physical
reminder of what cannot be allowed to happen
to the Panama Canal. I liken the Railroad to a
damaged finger or toe -- the body can still
function quite well and can still prosper. The
Panama Canal, however, is the very heart of the
body. It underpins the economy and the society.
One can be careless with a finger or toe, but not
with the heart. It is the very core to healthy and
prosperous survival. Therefore, Panama's future
demands a successful transition and a successful
stewardship. It will happen because it must
happen. Failure simply is not an available



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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

August 6, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Jane Huldtquist called the meeting to
order at 1:28 p.m. Mrs. Muriel Whitman gave the
Invocation, followed by a moment of silence for recently
departed members. Mr. James Slover led the
membership in the Pledge to the Flag. A total of 43
members attended.
President Huldtquist welcomed everyone and
acknowledged Past Presidents Robert Van Siclen, Muriel
Whitman, Peter Foster, Al Pate and Eugene Askew.
Members who had not attended in some time were
recognized: George Felps, Bob Patterson, Fred and
Marie Dube and Frances Sharpe.
Minutes of the July 9 meeting were approved as
read. Notes from members commending the work on the
Canal Record were mentioned. July Financial Statement
was read and stands for audit.
During the past month, President Huldtquist wrote
thank you notes to all officers and committee
chairpersons and chairpersons of events held in other
areas along with an article regarding the organization of
our reunions which will appear in the September Canal
Record. She also clarified her statement made at the July
9 monthly meeting regarding tabled items. She meant and
should have said that she had reviewed minutes as far
back as July 1992 and any items tabled would be handled
by the Executive Board. She apologized to Past President
Van Siclen for the misunderstanding.
At the July 22 Executive Board Meeting eight new
members were voted in. Barbara Green and Pat Beall
were reappointed to their respective positions and Shirley
Boswell was approved and hired as Assistant to the
Secretary/Treasurer effective August 1. Robert Van
Siclen and Virgil Camby volunteered and were appointed
to serve on the Nominating Committee as members of
the Executive Board together with Muriel Whitman and
Faith Brundage, appointed from the membership. Betty
Frassrand, Nominating Committee Chairperson will
meet with her committee soon.
Actions taken by the Executive Board: Approval of
$100 for needed expenses for the Sarasota Luncheon;
Shirley and Virgil Camby were appointed Chairpersons
for the Carnavalito; Al Pate volunteered to serve on the
By-Laws Committee; voted approval of Columbia
Restaurant at the Pier for the December Christmas
Luncheon; approved purchase of new monitor for
Secretary's computer; approved Certificates of
Appreciation for Raymond Laverty and Ernesto Holder;
voted for a registration fee for the '94 Reunion; cancelled
the contract with Holiday Inn for '94 Reunion due to
small attendance; reviewed Annual Audit Report;
approved Orlando World Center for 1995 Reunion;
printers for Reunion Coordinator and Secretary were
First Vice President Marje Foster named
Chairpersons for the '94 Reunion: Registration Bob and

Carolyn Johnson; Dances Jim and Gemma O'Donnell;
Vendors Nancy Van Siclen; Hospitality Pat Beall and
Jeanne Wheeler; Security Bob Van Siclen; Golf -
Margot and Hubert Jordan; Sports John Disharoon.
All forms for '94 Reunion will be in December issue.
Reason for the Registration Fee was explained.
Past President Van Siclen's article on vandalism at
'93 Reunion will be published in the September issue.
Discussion followed.
Barbara Green thanked Muriel and John Whitman,
Helen Ledgerwood and Faith Brundage for assisting her
in preparing 4,120 '94 dues notices, mailed August 1.
Looks forward to working with new assistant. Two CD's
maturing in August will be reinvested. By-Laws
amendment ballots were turned over to Mrs. Whitman,
By-Laws Chairperson. New decals and license plates will
be ordered at a later date.
Mr. Beall stated the September issue was sent to the
printer early so he could take time to move house and
stated that problems encountered with the June mailing
had been discussed with the Post Office and the Mailing
personnel and has been assured the problems have been
resolved. Mr. Ken Loper, Postal Inspector performed the
Annual inspection and no discrepancies were found. The
Museum donation cut-out will appear in the September
Virgil and Shirley Camby, Olga Disharoon, Digna
Bonneau, Barbara Green, Roy and Becky Bonneau will
serve on the Carnavalito committee. Mr. Camby should
have more information by the next Board meeting as to
location. He will contact bands shortly. Tentative date for
event is February 5, 1994.
Margot Jordan has written letters to the hotel and
Golf Club regarding renewal of contracts for tournament
and luncheon. A meeting will be held August 19 with all
concerned and hopes to sign contracts at that time.
Legislative Representative James O'Donnell gave an
excellent report; copies of which were placed on each
table. Copy of report is attached to original minutes.
By-Laws Chairperson Muriel Whitman reported 74
ballots on Amendment 1A were received from the entire
membership. 5 were invalid, and there were no negative
votes. Christmas Luncheon is set for December 4 at
Columbia Restaurant at the Pier; there is ample parking
and valet parking for a fee. Reservation forms have been
placed on each table cost per person is $12.00.
President Huldtquist recapped the Annual Audit
Report. Monies in the hands of the reunion Coordinator
and Golf Chairperson will be shown as a footnote on the
monthly Finance Statement, starting with August report.
All '93 Reunion files will be delivered to the office by
the '93 Reunion Coordinator; and audit will be
performed. Due to the vandalism damage, we did not
make a profit this year.

Unfinished Business:

Contract for the 1996 Reunion will be discussed at
the August 26 Board meeting. The committee with Mr.
and Mrs. Huldtquist, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson and

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Foster will meet with the Orlando
World Center and Twin Towers management on August
18 and 19. A letter has been written to the father of the
young man who was evicted from the hotel at the 1993
Reunion. Mr. Sam Modica, Sales manager, Twin Towers,
has been requested to reserve the Exhibit Hall on Sunday
morning, June 12, for use by the Society Hospitality,
photographer and vendors.
"Attendance prize" tabled at the July 9 meeting was
voted on and approved at the July 22 Board meeting. The
prize will honor members who attend the most meetings
from now to March. Five will be eligible to receive two
tickets each to either dance or luncheon and all will be
seated at a reserved table. Officers, Committee
Chairpersons and their families are not eligible to
compete. Clarification and discussion was held prior to
the vote regarding legality of members voting for
expenditures of monies. It was explained that the By-
Laws state all motions regarding expenditures was in the
hands of the Executive Board.
Mrs. Foster felt the letter to the parent regarding the
vandalism should be read to the membership since the
problems were mentioned at the Annual meeting and the
members are paying for the damage incurred. The
president will read the letter at the next meeting if the
members desire.
New Business:
Mr. Bob Van Siclen and Mr. Pete Foster have been
appointed to set guidelines for the formation of Society
The Yellow Card received from Irving Mason
recently regarding the Board's decision not to publish his
ad for his controversial book was discussed. Denying
publication of his ad is in keeping with the statement in
the masthead printed on page one of each Canal Record.
The Board decided not to concern itself with Mr.
Mason's card.
The Board discussed and refused a proposal from
Bill Bright to hold a "Bright and Fish" extravaganza at
the '94 Reunion.
Proposal from Robert Patterson to coordinate
reunions was discussed and refused at this time. It may
be brought up at some future time.
The president contacted COPA regarding their
donation of four round trip tickets to Panama in
exchange for four free ads in the Canal Record. They are
used as door prizes for Christmas Luncheon, Carnavalito
and the Annual Business Meeting.
Members who have not paid their $20.00 dues for
1994 by October 31 will not receive their December
Canal Record.
Pete Foster motioned to destroy ballots for
Amendment 1A. Seconded by Bob Van Siclen, motion
Margot Jordan motioned the meeting be adjourned,
seconded, and adjourned at 2:52 p.m.

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January 21, 1994

September 4, 1993
Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club
Sarasota, Florida

President Jane Huldtquist called the meeting to
order at 12:08 p.m. Invocation was given by Mrs. Dorothy
Yocum, followed by a moment of silence for recently
departed members. Mr. Robert Johnson led the
membership in the Pledge to the flag. A total of 86
members and guests attended.
President Huldtquist welcomed Past Presidents:
Eugene Askew, Anna Collins, Bill Wheeler, Betty
Frassrand, and Muriel Whitman.
Meeting recessed at 12:10 p.m. for lunch. Meeting
reconvened at 1:15 p.m. Minutes of August 6th meeting
stand as read. August Financial Statement stands ready
for audit. President Huldtquist welcomed all the
members and guests. Tokens were handed out to
chairpersons and members of committees.
Mrs. Huldtquist recapped business conducted at the
August 26th Executive Board Meeting. List of damages
done to the Twin Towers and letter to Mr. Dave
Niedzialek, whose son was evicted from the Twin Towers
because of problems he and his friends committed in his
hotel room, were read.
Society Picnic will be held on October 2nd at
Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs at 12 noon. Carnavalito
will be held on February 5, 1994 at the Las Fontanas
Restaurant; cost will be $28.00 per person. Annual
luncheon will cost $15.00; the menu has not been firmed
up as yet.
During the month two CD's were reinvested one
for one year and one for 18 months; a safety deposit box
was rented; 500 decals and 1,500 license tags were
ordered. Approximately 1,000 members have paid their
'94 dues. Shirley Boswell started working as Assistant to
the Secretary/Treasurer; all forms for the '94 Reunion
will appear in the December Canal Record.
The mailers were preparing the September Canal
Record for mailing. Problems with the bar coding and zip
plus four had been discussed with the mailers. An
interesting article written by Kerry Young, trainer of
Seeing Eye Dogs, will be published in the December
Canal Record.
Copy of Legislative Report is attached to original
Proposed amendment to delete Standing Rule No. 13,
which deals with providing the official photographer with
complimentary tickets to all Society functions, was read.
Standing Rule No. 14 which stipulates that 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 were read.
Recommendation was that the complimentary luncheon
tickets be eliminated for everyone except the guest
speaker and his or her assistants) and spousess, at a
considerable savings to the Society. Mr. James O'Donnell
made a motion that we accept the recommendations of
the Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee as presented,
seconded by Ms. Betty Frassrand. Motion carried.
Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 4th
at the Columbia Restaurant at the Pier in St. Petersburg;
cost $12.00 per person.
Ms. Betty Frassrand expressed her pleasure at having

been asked to serve as Chairperson of the Nominating
Committee. Members of the committee are Muriel
Whitman, Faith Brundage, Virgil Camby and Robert Van
Siclen. Anyone interested in running for an office next
year should contact her or a committee member.

Unfinished Business:
Letter has been sent to Mr. Sam Modica, Sales
Manager of the Twin Towers advising him that we will
not be renewing contracts with the Twin Towers for the
1995 and 1996 Reunions. President Huldtquist gave the
various reasons for the Executive Board's decision.

New Business:
The Executive Board voted on the Membership
Appreciation Contest. Five members will be selected and
will be given a choice of receiving two tickets to either
the dances or the Annual Luncheon. Members will be
allowed to purchase tokens left over at the end of the
business year at cost price.
Mr. Robert Rupp will be the guest speaker at the '94
Reunion. Mr. Richard Morgan informed the members of
a Caribbean Cruise on November 14th being planned by
Panama Canal Pilots.
The next business meeting will be held at the
October 2nd Picnic. Dues are due October 1st;
delinquent after October 31st.
President Huldtquist thanked everyone for attending
with a special thanks to Tom and Barbara Peterson for
chairing the luncheon. Motion made and seconded to
adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

October 2, 1993
Anderson Park
Tarpon Springs, Florida

President Huldtquist called the meeting to order at
12:03 p.m. The Invocation was given by Chaplain Dorothy
Yocum, and Virgil Camby led the Pledge to the Flag. A
moment of silence followed for those departed, and the
meeting recessed for lunch at 12:05 p.m. and reconvened
at 1:37 p.m.
The president thanked all for a delicious meal.
Minutes were read and Financial statement stands for
audit. Tokens of appreciation were presented to those
assisting with the picnic. The president also explained
that most of the Executive Board were absent due to
extenuating circumstances.
A recap of accomplishments since the last meeting
was given. The 1994 Reunion will be held at the Twin
Towers. 1995 and 1996 Reunions will be held at the
Orlando World center. The 1995 Reunion will be held
July 5 to 9; the 1996 reunion during July 3 to 7. Robert
Rupp is guest speaker for 1994. His bio and photo are in
this issue. His topic will be "Living and working in the
Canal Zone today." The theme for 1944 will be "Then
and Now." All information and reservation forms will be
in the December issue. Frankie Pretto will play for the
Annual Ball and Leroy Lewis will play for the Panazonian
Mr. Neville Harte donated a video tape about
petroglyphs, and huacas to the Society. There will be a
showing at the May luncheon at St. Petersburg Yacht
Club and information will be printed in the March issue.

President Huldtquist gave a short briefing on the
Legislative Report and copies were distributed.
Past President Van Siclen invited all to attend the
monthly meetings and expressed pleasure at seeing
Virgil Camby gave an update on plans for the
Carnavalito, to be held on February 5, 1994 at the Las
Fontanas Restaurant. Holiday Inn will provide a shuttle
bus service to and from the Restaurant for those staying
overnight. Those will be asked to donate a gratuity to the
Games were played and prizes were awarded. The
meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.

Where Are You?

Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.


BHS 1964

Vincent Abea
Louis Adams
Gina Albaugh
Harry Ashby
Mario Ayala
Marie L. Baquie
Sandra Bauchman
Linda Bell
David Blake
Gene Blumberg
Brabara Brazile
Helen Bright
Michael Bruce
Evangeline Buenafe
Josefina Caballero
Peter Carison
Willie Castro
Cheryl Cheaney
Irene Conn
Jose Davilla
Pat D. Roach
Susan Diercks
Mike Donaldson
Nancy Donaldson
Ann Edberg
Donna Emerson
Bonita Ensey
Juanita Ensay
Ron Evers
Fred Eversole
Edwin Fehrenbach
Diane Gillman
Joe Goff
Ann Griffin
Nancy Jo Grube
Margaret Harrell
Jennifer Horner



Mary Kippenham
Linda Hughes
Sigma Jameson
Barbara Janowitz
Pearline Jemmott
James Jenkins
Helen Jones
Bill Keene
Kathy Kervin
Charlie Keys
Vina L. Kimbrough
Nancy King
Leffel Kirkman
Elizabeth Kitterman
Jon Klages
Angele LaGrave
Maj. Randolf J. Leber
Paula L. Martin
Ruth Litvin
Martha Lucus
Beverly Mahone
Linda Mapes
Jolene Marcey
Albert Martin
Carry McDaniel
Stephen Mcllvain
Jim McKenna
Richard McLean
Alicia McMurray
David McPherson
Paul Meyer
Gerald Moore
John Morton
Earl Nelson
Judith Nuchols
Richard Orvis
David G. Parker
Charles Willman



Elva Perez
Alete Pinilla
Antonio Price
Pauline Pyer
George Reichart
Emma Reynolds
Lillian Roe
Olav Roos
Robert Rowe
Enrique Salerno
Charles G. Sanders
Martha Schuck
Paul Sheffield
Julie Shipley
Carol Showalter
Ed Sigerfoos
Richard Sillick
Joan Silva
William Singleton
Russell Slough
A. Richard Smith
Kay Snowden
Maria Solerno
CRaig Steffenides
Eliza Stephens
John Swain
Jane Swasick
Vilma Tarman
Victor Trevino
Pearl S. Unrau
Max Velez
Richard S. Wallace
Don Watkins
Sandra Watson
Rebecca Webb
Douglas Webster
Maria Wilkins

If any found, please notify BHS REUNION
COMMITTEE, c/o Carole (Salonick) Barber, 404
Marble Cove Way, Seal Beach, CA 90740.



Anyone knowing the whereabout of the above
individuals, please contact the following:

Ed Aanstoos
222 Creekstone Bend
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(404) 487-8967

Bucky Hall
1542 Georgetown Lane
Sarasota, FL 34232
(717) 946-5161


If anyone knows any of the above addresses, please
contact one of the following:

Robert E. Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Drive
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 55-1986
Paitilla, Republica de Panama


As a precursor to a possible half-century Reunion of
the BHS Class of 1945, we would like to locate the
missing classmates listed below. Will anyone knowing the
location of any of them, please urge them to get in touch
with us or, failing that, kindly provide us the address of
the missing member. Any help will be sincerely
appreciated. Send info to: Mannie Quintero, 4375
Greenberry Ln., Annandale, VA 22003-3220. (703) 354-

Paul C. Bell, Jr.
Gloria Elvira Caries
Leonard L. Collins
Foster L. Esleck
Leila May Fice
William S. Hall
Henry B. Holle
Deena Miriam Koch
Helen M. Madrigal
Frances May E
William A. McKie
William B. Moye Jr.
Charles R. Nelson
Jean E. O'Brien
Dorothy Mae Peterson
Dolores D.C. Reyes
Billy J. Shelton
Ruth May Smith
Anna T. Sullivan T
Harold Tuttle

Kenneth Borsch
Reinaldo T. Carrera
Carlos A. DeLa Ossa
Patricia May Everett
Robert F. Finch
Mary Sue Hand
Roderick Humber
Hubert T. Leggett Jr.
Robert Maduro
lizabeth C. MacKenzie
Una Mizrachi
John Moynihan
Barbara Nobles
Geoffrey Osorio
.Richard G. Porter
Carl Malcom Rice
Mary Kathryn Schutt
Elia Elena Stark
heodore D. Sundquist
Eve Warner

John Calobreves
Shiriey M. Clemens
Kathryn J. Edge
Lynn C. Fern
Mary C. Fredette
Julia Ann Henderson
Mary L. January
Eleanor M. Uopis
Marcel R. Martin
Mildred Monroe
James F. Murray
Fayetta B. Norton
Yolanda E. Paredes
Betty Jane Reif
Ricuarte Rivera Jr.
Leona Ruth Smith
Bert St. Germain
Clyde Towery
Maria Elena Valdes
Marilyn Alice White



Frances H. (Patchett) O'Sullivan is interested in
knowing where any graduates of the 1936 Cristobal High
School Class are. Please drop me a line. Frances H.
O'Sullivan, 1303 Cambridge Road, Dothan, AL 36301,
Phone: (205) 794-0134.

BHS'34 and CZJC'36 NEWS?

What has happened to
BHS Class of 1934 and CZJC Class of 1936? Would
love some news. Bill French, 614 Cypress Lane, Severna
Park, MD 21146.



If the addresses of any of the above classmates is
known, please advise Maria Kerley Hernandez, 291 El
Dorado Parkway, Plantation, FL 33317. (305) 587-4391.

Carl. E. Britton
Robert N. Hulick
Paul Leffler, Capt.
Leo A. Austin
Eugene M. Butler
John J. Plunkett
Luther A. Caddie
Ingeborg Kincaid


Logistical Support Div.
Locks Division
Pilots Division
Maintenance Division
Industrial Division
Engineer and Construction
Canal Protection Div.
Office of Equal Opportunity

30 years 07 months 14 days
40 years 11 months 00 days
30 years 05 months 04 days
24 years 02 months 11 days
21 years 10 months 18 days
40 years 11 months 27 days
40 years 00 months 22 days
29 years 08 months 10 days



Oil Portrait Survives
Golf Club Fire

By Susan K. Stabler

You could tell by the look on her face that Carol
Mead was upset. She had just heard the news that the
Brazos Brook Golf and Country Club had burned to the
ground. Mead, an administrative assistant in the Office of
Public Affairs, lamented that not only did the site hold
many happy childhood memories for her; she was also
sure that the fire had destroyed an oil portrait of her
father, Gilbert Morland.
One of the club's founders, Morland helped dedicate
the club's original wooden structure on December 7,
1941, six hours before the Japanese attacked Pearl
Harbor. In 1972, shortly after Morland's death, the large
portrait of him was presented by the club to his family,
and it had been hanging in the bar ever since.
The day after the fire, Mead learned from her
brother Peter Morland that the portrait had been saved.
She understood that an elderly caddie named "Shine" had
run into the burning building, snatched the portrait and
then delivered it the next day, charred and stained, to
C.B. Fenton & CO., SA. in Cristobal, the office of her
brother Gilbert Robin Morland.
And that might have been a fitting end to the story -
except that it didn't happen that way at all.
"Shine," it turns out, couldn't have been the one who
saved the portrait because he died several years ago of
natural causes.
In fact, no one "saved" it. It survived the fire all by
itself, hanging stoically in the bar above the windows that
face the swimming pool. The bar, though scarred by the
fire, smoke and water, escaped the worst of the blaze that
destroyed the adjoining dining area and ballroom.
Alfonso Groves, a long-time C.B. Fenton employee
and friend of the Morland family, drove to the club on
the day of the fire in the hope that he could retrieve the
portrait. He says, "The place was still burning, still
smoldering, so I couldn't go inside."
The day after the fire, reported a tall, middle-aged
caddie named "Slim," when people began cleaning up the
mess, he removed the blackened portrait from the wall
and placed it, along with other items, in a storeroom near
the pool.
Groves returned to the club later that day, picked up
the portrait and took it to his home in Brazos, near
Margarita, where he cleaned it up as best he could. He
says, "It was very dark from all the smoke. My kids were
afraid of it because they said they saw the eyes move."
A few days later, Groves delivered the portrait to his
neighbor, Sunny Morland Mizrachi, Atlantic
Maintenance Branch secretary.
"The portrait is now sitting in my house," says
Mizrachi, "waiting to be delivered to my mother, Virginia
Woodhull Morland, in Panama City."

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 30, 1993

Admeasurer gives first aid to
restaurant shooting victim

By Joaquin Horna
When the shooting stopped, Panama Canal
Commission Admeasurer Robert Will emerged from
underneath the long table where he and 11 friends had
been dining on the patio of a downtown pizza restaurant
one night last month.
"Robert, don't get up," warned the friend he had
pushed against the wall a few seconds earlier. The bullets
had been flying just as the group was about to order
dessert. Will was pretty sure he knew which direction
they had come from--he also remembered from his U.S.
military service in Vietnam how much harm the small
pieces of lead could do.
In 1969, while leading his platoon out of the Vietnam
jungle, Will was hit in the thigh with an AK-47 bullet. It
took nearly three years for him to recover. In fact, he was
still wearing a leg brace when he joined the Panama
Canal apprenticeship program in 1971. He graduated as
a power plant electrician four years later and became an
admeasurer in 1979.
Now Will was facing danger again. As he left the
shelter of the table, he replied to his worried friend, "I
have to see what's happening."
In front of the restaurant, he saw its private security
agent standing near a man who was lying in the street,
bleeding from the head. He also noticed that the security
agent had been hit in the arm. Will recalls, "He was
bleeding badly--I knew he was on our team and needed
By this time, people were coming out of the
restaurant, but, according to Will, nobody did anything.
Without thinking twice, Will took off his shirt and
wrapped it securely around the security agent's wounded
arm to help stop the bleeding.
He said later that he knew what to do thanks to the
first aid training he received while in the military and,
more recently, through Panama Canal Commission
courses. Will says, "If nobody else takes charge, you have
to take charge of the situation."
An ambulance arrived shortly. Will helped the
wounded agent to the ambulance. Inside, he used his
pocket knife to cut bandages for him, for the downed
hoodlum and for a bystander who had been hit in the leg.
This is not the first time Will has responded to an
emergency. Years ago, he witnessed a car accident on the
road to Portobelo. Although other people saw it too, they
stood by and did nothing. Smelling gasoline and afraid
the vehicle would ignite, Will hurried to it and helped the
occupants escape.
"You always wonder if you're going to react correctly
in a situation like this," he points out. "I only hope I do
the right thing."
Last week, Will visited the young security agent,
Eduardo Martinez, in the hospital. That's when he
learned what had actually happened the night at the

Martinez explained that two hoodlums had taken him
by surprise. While one pointed a gun to his head, the
other demanded his weapon. When Martinez refused to
cooperate, they started shooting. One bullet caught
Martinez in the arm and another just missed his head.
Although wounded, Martinez managed to subdue the
injured hoodlum and fire at the one who fled.
In the crowded hospital room, the two men shook
hands like old friends. Will learned that Martinez is
awaiting bone graft surgery on his arm. Breaking the
language barrier, they recalled each other's actions the
night they met at the restaurant. Will said, "It takes a lot
of guts to do what he did."

largest seizure of counterfeit Levi's 501 made to date in
the United States...
...In recognition of Miami's efforts to crack down on
the transshipment of counterfeit merchandise, Levi
Strauss and Company presented an award to the
participants credited with the Levi's seizure. Among those
awarded was Inspector Harvey Rhyne, Miami District
Trade Enforcement Team, the son of Bea and Harvey
Rhyne of Kerrville, Texas.

Global Trade Talk
July/August 1993

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 16, 1993

New England School of Law
Awards Juris Doctor Degree

BOSTON--(August 12, 1993) -- Nancy J. Fugleberg,
of Norfolk, MA, received a Juris Doctor degree from
New England School of Law during commencement
exercises held at the Wang Center for the Performing
Arts in Boston on May 28. A cum laude graduate, she is
the daughter of Ernest and Joan McLaughlin of
Pasadena, CA and she is married to Jonathan Fugleberg,
an engineering training specialist at Factory Mutual
Engineering in Norwood, MA.
While at law school, she served as technical
coordinating editor of the New England Law Review; her
article, "McDermott v. Wilander: Seaman Status
Revisited" is published in the 1993 Law Review. She is a
graduate of Polytechnic High School in Pasadena and
Smith College ('83).
New England School of Law was founded in 1908 as
Portia Law School, the only law school in the world
devoted exclusively to the legal education of women. The
law school held its inaugural commencement exercises in
1911, became coeducational in 1938, and was fully
accredited by the American Bar Association in 1973.
Approximately 600 students attended the school's day
division, while another 500 pursue their degrees in the
evening division. Another program designed for students
whose primary responsibility is raising their children
allows for part-time study and individualized study

Immediate Release
New England School of Law
154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Customs Automation Helps
With Roundup
By Frank Hautzinger
The Miami Seaport Operations Branch seized 21,600
pairs of counterfeit Levi's with an appraised value of over
$600,000 recently. It was a coordinated effort that
involved the Miami Seaport's Trade Enforcement and In-
Bond Manifest Review Teams and that led to a seizure
that Levi Strauss and Company estimated as the second

Defense Mapping Agency
Honors Dr. Robert H. Hughes

FAIRFAX, VA.--Dr. Robert H. Hughes, a physical
scientist at the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA), was
presented with the DMA Outstanding Personnel of the
Year award by Air Force Major General William K.
James, DMA Director, in ceremonies held at Ft. Myer
Officers' Club, VA. Hughes is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Hilton F. Hughes of Dunnellon, Fla.
He was recognized for
his exceptional performance
as physical scientist in the
source acquisition division
of the Programs, Production
and Operations Directorate
and for his management of
DMA's mapping, charting
and geodesy (MC&G)
counternarcotics program.
He has demonstrated sound
judgment, initiative,
leadership and skill in
Hilton and Margaret advocating programmatic
Hughes and operational guidance to
meet MC&G mission
Hughes' early career accomplishments include
serving as chief for Doppler surveys in several Latin
American countries and was a member of the first DMA
survey team into the Amazon Basin. He was chief
instructor of remote sensing and geographic information
systems at the DMA Inter American Geodetic Survey
Cartographic School. Hughes managed many
international mapping projects.
Hughes graduated from Balboa High School in the
Republic of Panama in 1968. In 1981 he earned a Ph.D.
from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
Hughes and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Centreville,
VA. They have three children: Jennifer, Rebecca, and
DMA's mission is to provide support to the Office of
the Secretary of Defense, the military departments; the
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Joint Staff; the
Unified and Specified Commands; and the defense
agencies and other federal government departments and
agencies on matters concerning MC&G.

Defense Mapping Agency
Public Affairs Office
Fairfax, VA

Your Reporter Says ...


We know summer is gone and fall is here when we
are experiencing such beautiful, cool mornings
and perfect days, blue skies. It could not be better and
more welcomed after such a hot summer.
Maggie and John Janssen went to Washington, DC,
and Alexandra, Va., to meet their new great-grandson
Joshua and to visit with their son and daughter-in-law,
John Jr. and Teresa. After a week or so in Virginia, they
flew to Illinois to visit with John's family. They were
there for about a week.
Jess and Olga Gettle had as their guests Olga's
brother Bill and his wife Ginny. They came from
Pennsylvania to play in the "Gas House" golf tournament
which was held here in Dothan in early October.
Jacque (Hunt) and Ted Arias arrived in Dothan
from Panama on July 16. They were able to spend two
nights in their home before heading out to the Rathgeber
family reunion in Toms River, NJ. Jacque's mom Lou
(Rathgeber) Hunt accompanied them on the auto trip.
Their first stop was with Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas in
Bricktown, N.J. After a 4-day visit they all went to the
family reunion. It was three days of fun, reacquainting
and constant chatter. Next, Lou, Jacque and Ted drove to
Danville, Pa., to visit with Ted's sister and mother,
Joanna and Una Arias. Also, Ted's brother George, his
wife Kathy (Cardin) and their daughters, Anna, Sarah,
Tamara were visiting from Brasilia, Brazil. They had left
their son David in California where he will be attending
college. The Arias family also had a reunion. Talk about
lots of embrazos!
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Una Arias and children, George, Ted and Joanna.
Next stop was in Annapolis, Md., to visit Jane
(Tompkins) and Les Heselton. (Lou and Jane were BHS
class of '40 graduates). We had a great two-day visit at
their lovely home and one day they escorted us on a tour
through the Naval Academy. That was Les' alma mater.
He showed us the Academy with great pride.

One more stop in Jonesboro, Ga., to stay with Annie
(Carpenter) Rathgeber and then back to Dothan. It was
a wonderful two-week trip. At least Jacque and Ted were
able to spend 3-1/2 weeks in their home in Dothan
before going back to Panama. Their sons, Trey and
Donovan, had stayed in Panama for the summer and
both worked for contracting companies.
We were deeply sorry to hear about the death of our
dear friend, Dick Tomford. He will be missed by his good
friends, especially those of us who would sit with him and
Helen at the reunions.
The traveling girls, Arlene Abbott, Alice Clark, Edna
Kovel and Edna O'Donnell have had a very busy 1993. If
travelling means not staying at home, they are living
every letter of the word. In February, Arline and Alice
went to Atlanta to see "The Will Rogers Follies". The trip
also included a tour of Stone Mountain, Ga. Edna
O'Donnell went to Wyoming to visit her daughter Ann.
In March they went to Rattlesnake Rodeo in Opp, Ala.,
after which Arlene left for Wisconsin to visit her brother.
Alice and Edna Kovel attended the antique bottle show
in Mobile, Ala. In April, Arlene went to Orlando to meet
her son Greg and family for a few days of visiting the
parks. In May, Edna O'Donnell went to Pennsylvania to
visit daughters, Kathy and Mary, and met the other
travelling girls in Atlanta and it was off to Las Vegas for
their annual trip. From there, Edna O'Donnell and Edna
Kovel went to California to visit friends. In June it was
back to Wyoming for Edna O'Donnell and Orlando for
Arlene. There she met son Gary and his family and
Gregg who were attending the Panama Canal reunion.
Alice Clark took off for Richmond, Va., with Dona
Helmerichs from Slidell, La. They attended a "special
birthday" party for Shirley Makibbin. It was great
meeting some of her other teacher friends.
In July, the girls were off to Arlene's time-share
week in Ocean Springs, Miss. After visiting several of the
new casinos, their wallets were a little lighter but they did
do a lot of sightseeing. In August Arlene, Alice, her son
Jeff and daughter-in-law Tammy were off to the Virgin
Islands for a week at Alice's time-share exchange. They
also visited St. John Island and did lots of sightseeing and
shopping. Edna Kovel and Edna O'Donnell were off on
a tour to Ashville, N.C.
They still had time to travel so Arlene, Alice, Edna
Kovel, Edna O'Donnell, Dolores Cleveland and Dot
Benny took off the end of September for an 11-day bus
tour north into Canada and back via Niagara Falls and
the Amish country in Ohio. They had a good time but
most came back with a cold and "dog tired". Arlene will
be going to Wisconsin in October and will be in Panama
in December. Edna O'Donnell will be on a Caribbean
cruise in October and will be spending Christmas in
Pennsylvania with daughters. November will bring a one-
day Amtrak trip to Tallahassee which includes a boat
trip. Those four girls will be there.
The Canal Zone Womens Group of Dothan just
completed their September community service delivering
"Meals on Wheels" to those who are home bound. The

ladies who gave their time and effort were: Rosemary
Anderson, Dorothy Benny, Jean Cirulli, Dolly Currie,
Flossie Derrer, Catherine Filo, Pat Finneman, Mary
Hollowell, Ermine Highly, Louise Hunt, Edna Kovel, Pat
Norris, Edna O'Donnell, Gertrude Paige, Vera Ryan,
Marge Spiros and Kay Wallace. We have to thank
Freeland Hollowell who drove Mary who delivered the
meals. Our next community project will be supplying
Christmas dinners, clothes and toys to two needy families.
We want to congratulate George and Jean Fears and
Rosemary and Frank Anderson on the arrival of their
mutual granddaughter, Carly Erin Anderson, on July 20
in Gainesville, Fla. Carly is the daughter of Frank and
Shirley (Fears) Anderson.
Dear friends...this will be my last report for the
Canal Record. Regretfully, I must give up this job
because of poor eyesight and my poor, old typewriter has
given up. I am of the old school that I cannot type on an
electric typewriter but I guess I will just have to learn in
the future. I want to thank all who told me how much
they enjoyed my column and for the many friends I
made. I also want to thank our editor, Pat Beall, and his
staff for coping with my old typewriter and for all the
help and encouragement. My replacement will be
Dolores Cleveland who has resided in Dothan for many
years. She resided in Curundu when her husband,
Roscoe, was employed with IAGS. I know she will be an
outstanding reporter and hope she will get the wonderful
cooperation that was given to me.
May our Lord bless you all and hasta luego. Feliz
Navidades y Ano Nuevo.

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145

Gas House Gang Golf Tournament

The annual Gas House Gang Golf Tournament was
held on October 4, 5 and 6 at the Olympia Spa in
Dothan, Ala. Our committee Louise Hunt, Vera Ryan
and Bill Sherlock did a tremendous job this year adding
many new innovations to the tournament. Sixty-three men
and twenty-one ladies took part in the golf. We were
fortunate in having three beautiful sunny days.

After the first day of golf we enjoyed an evening of
dancing to a group called "The Moonlighters" who played
music from the "Forties" and "Fifties". The dance floor
was always crowded denying the fact that we are "old
The Wednesday night banquet was a huge success.
One hundred and thirty five attended. No one can take
the place of our Master of Ceremonies Jim Coman.
Every year he oozes with Canal Zone sentiment pulling
us all together as one happy family. His patter and Bajun
stories are always new and different. We thank you again,
Jim, for putting the finishing touches on a perfect Canal
Zone Golf Tourney.
Bocas Leeser further added to the entertainment
with his repertoire of Panama stories. Bocas, next year
we will be expecting a whole new bag of jokes.
Dick Duncan carried us along further on our
"sentimental journey" to the past with renditions of
Sinatra and Como songs.
Prizes for the winners were many and varied, thanks
to Woody Woodruff and Ron Smith. We were all
winners--just being there was a prize to be cherished. A
very special prize was contributed by Bill Bingham, a
driver golf club. We must not forget our yearly toast to
Dora Kridle on her birthday. This year Dora was 95
years young. She looked so lovely sporting her rose-
colored corsage as she stood to accept the applause.
We had folks attending from many states. Florida as
usual sent a large contingent: Norman and Aggie
Anderson, William and Bill Bingham, Sadie Bryan, John
and Clara Brayton, Bill Carlin, Jack Curies, Louis and
Barbara Dedeaux, Robert Diaz, George and Lucille
Hoffman, Russ Hoogland, Mike and Carol Kandrin, Pete
and Mary Lou Lang, Roy Leeser, Jim Orvis, Burton
Powell, Bill and Laurena Powell, Don and Edythe
Rogers, Mel Smith, Al and Ann Terwilliger, Pat Waring,
Bill Wheeler, Leroy and Bonnie Wilson, and finally Bill
and Ginger Young.
Our neighbor, Georgia, sent us: Al Collins and
Charlie and Joyce Fears. Just one couple came from
Indiana, Bill and Geri Ward and the same from Illinois,
Andrew and Bernice Jackson. Our faithful Gene Gregg
drove from Louisiana. The couple from the farthermost
state this year was Noel and Camilla Farnsworth from
Minnesota. Ohio and Oklahoma were represented by
Harry and Millie Heintz and Robert Norman, Tennessee
by Bob Harris, South Carolina by Leon and Claire

1. Bill and Laurena Powell, Frank and Rosemary Anderson. 2. Judy Myers, Roy Leeser, George and Lucille
Hoffman, Al Terwilliger.



1. Tuesday Scramble: Pete Lang, Bill Carlin, Vera Ryan, Frank Guy. 2. Dick Tucker, Bernice Jackson, Jesse
Gettle, Tim Hotz.

1. Ron Smith, Bud

and Lois Thomas. 2. Barbara and

Louis Dedeaux.

Ron Angermuller, Tim Hotz, Willy and Wilma
Nowotny and Jim Reese arrived from North Carolina
along with Gordie and Maggie Dalton.
We must not forget our guests from Texas: Dale and
Jackie Bishop, Charles and Shirley Cavanaugh, Anna
King, Ed and Anna Mulroy and Jack and Marge Ruoff.
Our state of Alabama was well represented with:
Frank and Rosemary Anderson, Ed and Virginia Blount,
Bob and Dolly Curry, Jim and Frances Coman, George
and Jean Fears, Ed and Catherine Filo, Jesse and Olga
Gettle, Bud Huldtquist, Lou Hunt, Dave Lowe, Hugh and
Pat Norris, Jim Riley, Fred and Vera Ryan, Bill and
Mary Sherlock, Jack and Lois Smith, Ron and Debra
Smith, Bill and Helen Sullivan, Bud and Lois Thomas,
Bill and Sylvia Wolford, and Woody and Elsie Woodruff.

The Committee


This is the weekend that Northwest Arkansas comes
alive with its annual Arts and Crafts Fairs weekend.
Within a radius of thirty miles of Bentonville, there will
be between ten and fifteen of them. Estimated numbers
of vehicles is at 150,000 and the estimated number of
people is around 300,000. Some of the fairs will have
between 500 and 600 exhibitors.
When our group got together for the annual fall
dinner everyone was pleasantly surprised by the
attendance of Jessie Newhard who was brought by her
sister-in-law Mrs. Helen Parks. Another in attendance
was Georgia Gwinn of Springfield, Mo., who was

accompanied by her niece Marthann Hoover. Their
attendance brightened the day for everyone. The most
important thing of the meeting was the selection of the
new officers for the 1994-1995 terms of office. The new
president will be Mike Horoda and the new secretary-
treasurer is Lynn (Dunning) Harp. We wish both of
them all the best. Our next annual get together will be
held on Fathers' Day in June 1994 and will be a picnic-
type meeting. Time and place will be announced later.
Mary Lou Engelke and her daughter Kathleen
Crowell were busy overseeing the weddings of two of
Kathleen's daughters: Erin Swift married in September
to Kenneth Brock and daughter Allison Marie married
John Shnedler, October 2, 1993, at Mary Lou's home in
Rogers. Many friends and family were in attendance.
Allison was "given" in marriage by her father Richard
Crowell from Georgia.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman had Kathleen's sister,
Elinor Callahan, from Commack, N.Y., for a three-week
visit in October. Also arriving from Nashville, Tenn., was
Elinor's daughter Kathleen Callahan to attend the local
arts and crafts fairs. The oldest son also visited with Red
and Kathleen and he participated in a golf tournament at
Champions Golf Club in Rogers, Ark. Willy's team won
low net in their division. Come Thanksgiving the
Huffmans plan on being in Nashville, Tenn. with
Kathleen Callahan and her mother Elinor and attend a
show or two at the Grand Ole Opry.
The Horodas Mike and Henrietta along with
Harold and Jerry Harp attended the Oklahoma Panama
Canal Society Fall Picnic on October 2nd at LaFortuna
Park in Tulsa, Okla. Their son Michael also was home
from Fort Worth, Texas for a visit.

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The Harp's family reunion.

In mid-August Dorothy and Bruce Sanders
welcomed Texas clan members Bruce and Sandy of
Piano and Curtis, Kim, Ryan and Collin from Allen for
a visit of several days to celebrate Dorothy's birthday.
Grandson Doug Sanders was a special surprise when he
flew in from Los Gatos, Calif., just for the day.
A telephone conversation with Judy Montanaro tells
us that her mom Evelyn Engelke is about the same.
The rehab is coming along but is a slow process. Visitors
have included her sons Louis and family in August and
John and family in September. Both of them are still in
the "Canal Zone".

Addie Colclasure and grandson Danny Colclasure
visited her son David Colclasure in Decatur, Ala., from
October 11-15. While there she and David spent a lot of
time at the library looking up family ancestry of the Key
Your reporter spent a few days at his home in
McGregor, Iowa, in mid August to help his stepmother
Edna Balcer celebrate her 85th birthday. Friends and
relatives helped make the day. Then, on the first weekend
in October he went back to attend the 55th reunion of his
graduation from high school. Of 13 surviving members of
the class, 8 were in attendance. They enjoyed reminiscing
about old times and plan to do it again in three years.
In August Harold and Jerry Harp of Bentonville,
Ark., and their son Jess and his wife Lynn of Rogers
hosted their biennial family reunion. Attending were Bill
and Susan Harp and daughters Liana and Teresa of
Panama; Rebecca and Joey Sprinkle and children, Joey
Jr., David, Morgan and Tiffany of Louisiana; Jackie and
Rod Walker and son Ben; Laurie and Bret Moreland and
sons Zeke and Eli, and Mary Harp, all of Colorado. Also
attending were Jerry's sisters, Shirley Parker of Idaho
and Jackie Coughlin and her husband Bob of Berryville,
Betty McGilberry went on a trip to California and
visited with her brothers and sisters. Betty also said that
Marylin Annen was in the area for a visit with her son
and daughter. While here, she and her daughter took in
most of the arts and crafts fairs.
John and Polly Michaelis are kept busy getting
things ready for cold weather.
The same can be said of William "Red" and Alice
Nail. Red was under the weather for a while but is doing
much better now.
Etta Fay Terrell had her son Lance visit with her in
early September for three or four days before he
continued on to Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Her
daughter Andrea Oliver, from Metairie, La., also came in
September to help Mom get some things done. Lance
stopped once again on his way back to Austin, Texas.
Andrea and Paul Oliver returned later driving a new
Saturn and spent about ten days. While here they drove
to Branson, Mo., and took in a couple of the shows.
Maxine Reinhold is visiting her son Richard and his
family in Columbus, Ohio, prior to his being transferred
to New Hampshire.
Joan and Jack Corliss are contemplating a cruise of
the Caribbean in November after Joan retires from her
job on November 1, 1993.
The Kellers Norbert and Peggy report nothing
exciting, except that Peggy has become a "senior citizen".
Those attending the fall dinner meeting of the
Northwest Arkansas PanCanal Society were: Jessie
Newhard, Helen Parker, William "Red" and Alice Nail, Marian
Colclasure, Robert Balcer, Addie Colclasure, Maxine Reinhold, Jack
and Joan Corliss, Etta Fay Terrell, Elinor Callahan, Kathleen and
Willard Huffman, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders, Jess and Lynn
(Dunning) Harp, Mike and Henrietta Horoda, Mark Horoda, Michael
Horoda, Jerry and Harold Harp, Mary Condon, Glen Conklin, Carl
and Petie Maedl, Georgia Gwinn, Marthann Hoover, Dr. William and
Marjorie Scarborough, Earl and Maxine Wrenn, John and Polly
Michaelis, Luke and Betty Palumbo.

Robert (Bud) Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Northwest Arkansas

About two years ago, Keith York, Fayetteville,
started making pens and earrings from wood he had
brought with him when he left Panama in 1982. In his
collection he had 30 kinds of wood, mostly from Panama
but a few imported from Africa. Among the Panama
woods were cocobola, guayacan (lignumvitae), and
amarillo. Having worked with lathes since the tender age
of ten when his father taught him, Keith now uses a
jeweler's lathe to make pen barrels. He orders the gold-
plated parts and the inner workings and assembles the
completed pens. As for the earrings, he creates his own
designs. The earrings are made from wood and are inlaid
with pieces cut from the ivory nut which is a fruit of the
tagua palm. Keith insists this is simply a hobby and is not
done for commercial gain.
Francis Whitlock reports that cousins Betty and Bud
Huldtquist from Dothan, Ala., arrived in Fayetteville on
October 10 to visit Bud's mother Mattie B. Wieman,
affectionately called "Miss B", and other relatives,
including Frances, Minnie and Mike Burton, and Judy
Daily, Minnie's daughter. While here, they enjoyed an
excursion to Apple Town near Lincoln, Ark., to indulge
their appetites for Arkansas' most famous apple
dumplings. They had several family get together at Miss
B's house and enjoyed her southern hospitality. One sad
note: On October 13, Andrea Daily Reading, daughter of
Judi Daily, flew in from Austin, Texas, to attend on
Wednesday morning, with family and friends, the
graveside memorial service for Doshi Daily, Andrea's
paternal grandmother. Frances stated, "This sad event
binds our hearts more closely together in our circle of
love." On October 16, the Huldtquists left for Houston,
Texas, to visit cousins, Mary Jane and David Dickerson,
Mary Jo Yaeger, and Betty "Mo" Rathgeber. They went
on to visit Betty's brother L. I. Presley of Shreveport, La.,
before returning to Alabama.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn, Springdale, and their
daughter-in-law Nancy Wrenn, of Tyler, Texas, drove to
Grand Cane, La., to help Lottie Tinnin celebrate her
92nd birthday on October 2nd. Also joining them for the
occasion was Fronia Fender of Bradenton, Fla. The
Wrenns reported that Lottie is "doing great!".
Peter Butz, Jr., eldest grandson of Harry and Lee
Butz, is now attending Northeastern University in
Tahlequah, Okla. He and his family live in family
quarters on the campus. The middle grandson, George,
entered DeVri University in Kansas City, Kan., the latter
part of October. Lee Butz has been an active member of
the Cooperative Extension Service of the U. of Arkansas
for many years. The past two years she was Global Issues
Chairman for Washington County, which has 34 clubs. In
June 1993 she attended an awards program at Harding
University at Searcy, Ark., at which time she received a
third place award in the Northwest District of Arkansas
for the yearbook she had prepared. Global Issues
promotes literacy and engages in various activities,
including raising money for scholarships to be used by
the Ozark Literacy Council, collecting books to be used
by "Head Start" and others, setting up booths at the "Mall
Walk" and the Washington County Fair to encourage
literacy, and making 1000 bookmarks which were given to
libraries in the county as awards and incentives for

children during the reading programs at the libraries.
Dr. Bill and Marjorie Scarborough, Clarksville, sent
this item which they thought would be of interest to
Zonians. They quoted an article which appeared in the
Russellville Courier on September 22 which stated that
George A. Crocker had been promoted to Major General
and is Commanding General of the Southern Command
Region, which encompasses Central and South America,
and has its headquarters in Ft. Clayton, Republic of
Panama. Crocker, a 1961 graduate of Russellville High
School and a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, has served a variety of command and staff
positions throughout the world including two tours in
Vietnam, one tour in Germany, in the 82nd Airborne
Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., and with the Special
Operation Command/Pacific at Camp Smith, Hawaii. He
is married to the former Vonda Jones of North Little
Rock, Ark. They have two daughters and one son.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The PCSSC August Luncheon held at Taix
Restaurant, Los Angeles, proved to be a most pleasant
afternoon. The group was congenial and everyone had a
great time visiting before, during and after the meeting.
Greeters Ed and Letty Moore, Bill and Eileen Finken
and Warren and Evelyn Wood made everyone feel so
welcome. The invocation was given by Adele Argo who
read one of her priceless verses "Why Worry".

Attending PSSSC summer luncheon at Les Freres Taix
restaurant, Los Angeles, August 1, 1993. L-R: Eddie
Moore (BHS'40), Bob and Rosa Dill, Vince (BHS'37)
and Dottie Ridge, and Letty (Lopez) Moore.

President George Muller then opened the meeting
and after a brief bit of business, the entertainment began.
Clyde Austin, a former Panama resident, presented a
harmonica recital, playing old favorites and Panamanian
songs. He soon had us all tapping, humming and singing

Claude Austin and wife with new members George Shon n, ik n, n Aln
and Susan Holt at 'Taix" Restaurant, Los Angeles. Sharon O'Brien, Mike Young, and Alison Date
a enjoying the Panama Canal West Coast Reunion, San
Everyone was happy with the many prizes. Lucky Diego.
Lottery Winners were 1st prize: Evelyn Wood; 2nd prize,
Ann Ashley, guest of Eileen Peterson; and 3rd prize,
Gerda Lewy. Door prizes included a Linda Geyer print
"Montuno" won by Eileen Peterson; a Panama Canal
Index won by Ed Moore; pen and pencil set won by
Eileen Finken; another Geyer print "Colon Hospital" won i
by Agnes Reinke Davis. Two books donated by Eileen .- '
Peterson, "The Path Between the Seas", were won by
Edith Wimmer and Ivan Fenton. Also two handpainted 7
Bateas donated by Ella Norton were won by Lupe Austin
and Letty Moore. |
The West Coast Reunion held September 10, 11, and
12th at the Bahai Hotel-San Diego was once again a
resounding success. Coordinator Conrad Horine and his "' '
committee are to be saluted for a most excellent L. ~fJ '* -
weekend. The theme "The Way It Was" was complete l '- .
from the centerpiece Chivas handmade by Nana O'Brien
Roberts on every table to the replica of the Cristobal
docked at the entrance. L-R: Stella (Boggs) De Marr, Norma Johnston Rose,
There was also a twelve-foot Chiva complete with Regina Rau Stroop.
Panama and Canal Zone plates ready for camera buffs.
Everyone had a chance to pose for posterity, amidst
bright parrots and baskets of tropical fruit. The typical
graffiti printed on the side of the Chiva brought many a
nostalgic smile.

MGEN James Weir, David Hollowell (CHS'42), Alice
Ray Weir (BHS'43) and Kathleen (Boni) Moffitt
Joan (Kenney) Hoyt, BHS'43, enjoying her "Happy (BHS'42) at the PCWCR, San Diego. Alice Ray and Jim
Birthday" tribute, with Linda (Woodruff) Weir, her drove from their home in Tabernash, CO for the 50th
mother, Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff, and Norine anniversary reunion of her class.
(Rathgeber) Lucas, at the PCSSC West Coast
Ron Wanke is to be congratulated for his outstanding
And of course there was Tito! Tito Mouynes was job of organizing the Balboa High School Class of 1943
extraordinary with his repertoire of Panama favorites and reunion. His group had a busy week in San Diego, Baja
dancing cheek-to-cheek music. The dance floor was Mexico and at the Reunion functions. Bill March
always crowded, even Allie McKeown was in full-dress mentioned "...the reunion took me back 50 years to my
regalia with his much-used Montuno hat rakishly in place. high school years!"

Rear: Bill (BHS'43) and Thelma (Vahey,
BHS'44)March. Seated: Delia Henderson, Letty
(Lopez) abd Eddie Moore (BHS'40), at the PCSSC
West Coast Reunion.

L-R: Norma Johnston Rose, BHS'44, Regina Rau
Stroop, (BHS'44), Beatrice Wolfarth Kongable,

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David C. Hollowell and sister, Hope H. Hirons at Pan
Canal West Coast Reunion, San Diego.

The Golf Tournament organized by Bob Morris at
the Techolote Canyon Golf Course was fun. There were
prizes for the winners and lots of camaraderie. Everyone
went back to the hotel with a smile on their face.
Everyone seemed happy with the door prizes and raffles
which were announced all night.

West Coast Golf Tournament: Wilson Purvis, Bob
Morris, Fern (Horine) Debill, Tom McGuinness, Wil
Robb, Carlton Morris, Josie and Ken Ruffennach,

Jimmy Doyle, Balboa, R.P. and John Connerton
having a good time.

Sunday's brunch was savory and plentiful. The
program included a musical patriotic salute, dancing and
lots of chatter. For those who didn't join us, we missed
you; for those in attendance, wasn't it great? We'll see
you again next year!
A wonderful family reunion in honor of John and
Phyllis Magee, Balboa, Rep. de Panama, was planned by
sister Ann Magee Severy in August. Matriach Susan
Magee, mom, grandmom, and great-grandmom of the
Magee clan attended. As did sister Susie and husband
Stan Allen and cousin Kathleen Steiner Bennett and
husband Court. And, of course, countless cousins and
babies. Tom O'Donnell and Linda and Bob Morris also
feasted on the wonderful food and enjoyed themselves.
Newsy letter from Walt and Bess Morton recently
relocated in Mocksville, N.C., from Palm Springs. Their
move included 110 boxes which are all unpacked and the
kitchen remodeled already. The Mortons have started
many activities which include canning produce from their
garden and caring for three acres of mowable grass.
Eddie and Letty Moore enjoyed an excursion to
Canada Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and Montreal with
an international group. One of the highlights of their trip
was lunch atop of the Minolta Tower which overlooks the
Canadian Niagara Falls and later dinner at the Raymond
Masey Family mansion.
Bill and Boz French just returned from a ten-day
cruise from Ft. Lauderdale through the Canal to
Acapulco on the Noordam-American Holland Line.
Clancy and Martha Aller, former Curundu neighbors in
1942 and workmates at the PAD, were shipmates. They
enjoyed the cruise but were sorry they couldn't get off to
visit their old home.


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Attendees at the Santa Rosa picnic See September
issue, page 49. Front L-R: Bobbie (Styles) Field,
Lorraine Juvet, Norine (Kaufer) Crnich, Jane
(Kaufer) Cochrane, Harriet (Smith) Dunsmoor,
Bobby Dunsmoor. Back L-R: Ed Field, Jim
Cochrane, Bob Crnich, Gary Dunsmoor.

Joe and Ella Norton, former DelMar residents, have
moved to Santa Rosa to be closer to family. We will miss
them in the San Diego area.
Cousins Dick Tatelman, Helen Hasemann Ress and
cousin's husband Bob Hanson had a chance to catch up
on family news at the West Coast Reunion. Dick will be
taking a Xmas Transcanal cruise with Betty Chan Snow,
Clearwater, Fla., who incidently was resplendent in her
Kuna Indian costume at the dinner dance.
"On the road again" Bob and Linda Morris spent a
five-day holiday during Labor Day weekend in Reno and
Lake Tahoe. They "played" tourist visiting Virginia City
and Carson City. Son, Carlton, Seattle, Wash., was in
town for the West Coast Reunion.
October 23rd has rolled around again and Robert
LeRoy Dill is still "rolling along" at 104 years of age. At
a special birthday luncheon in Hemet, the PCSSC
honored Bob Dill on Sunday, October 24th. Bob was
presented with a matted and framed letter of recognition
by Gilberto Guardia F., Administrator, Panama Canal
Commission. A color aerial photograph of Gatun Locks
was included in the framed document. He also received
a tie-tack huaca from Panama with a matching pin for
Rosa. The indefatigable "Mr Dill" was interviewed on
A&E Cable for viewing later this year.
A bunch of the boys were whooping it up at the
UCLA vs San Diego State football game in September -
Spike Capwell, Allie McKeown, Charlie Becktell and Bob

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729


Margaret Malloy (Meigs), (BHS'38), reports that she
visited her daughter Barbara and granddaughter Alice in
Sarasota, Fla., for 10 days this Fall. She also met Frances
Violet Sharp for an afternoon in Sun City where she,
Frances and Roy agreed to make the March 1st trip to
Panama. From Sarasota, Margaret flew to Newark, N.J.,
where she attended her niece's wedding (father is Jim

Meigs, BHS'37). In closing, Margaret notes that her
daughter Kathy and son-in-law Joe are now in Budapest,
Hungary, where he is in graduate school. She plans to
visit them for a few weeks in the near future. "It's a
beautiful city where I've never been, so why not." Because
dey don't speak Bajun dere, Margaret.
Nobody else, dey don't report nutting. I think tings is
goin on, but mos people dey is too tired to write abote

R. T. (Stew) Brown
(303) 440-8456

A memorable reunion of eight Panama Canal Zone
teachers met in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the home
of Bill and Tobe Ely Easton (Balboa Elementary 1949-
53), September 17-21, 1993.
Those attending were: Pat Jorgenson Giles (Diablo
Elementary, 1949-51) and husband from Odessa, Fla.;
Dona Frye Helmerichs (Cocoli Elementary, Balboa
Elementary, Ft. Kobbe and all of the schools on the
Atlantic side, 1949-82) from Slidell, La.; Doris Holly
Dalack (Balboa Jr. High, 1949-51) and husband George
from Largo, Fla.; Mary Donaldson French (Cocoli
Elementary, 1949-50) from Tujunga, Calif.; Vivian
Simmons (Cocoli Elementary, 1949-50, Balboa High
School, 1950-53, 1962-84) now living in Austin, Texas;
Barbara West (Balboa High, 1950-51) from Wink, Texas
and friend Jimmy Bisang; and Lorraine Juvet (Balboa
High, 1949-51) from Santa Rosa, Calif.

L-R: George and Doris Dalack, Bill and Tobe Easton,
Barbara West, Jimmy Bisang.

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L-R: Dona Helmerichs, Mary French, Vivian
Simmons, Lorraine Juvet.

Everyone had a fabulous time reminiscing over
snapshots, videos, slides and events of the times and
sightseeing in the area of Manitou Springs. Tobe and Bill
drove the group to the Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs, Garden of the Gods (where a TV ad for Lexus
was being filmed), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Old
Colorado City, all of which are located in a picturesque
setting with a view of Pikes Peak. Some took the cog car
to Pikes Peak for a wonderful view.
Sunday brunch was enjoyed at the Officer's Club,
while evenings were spent dining at the Moroccan "Fez"
restaurant sitting on cushions and being entertained by a
belly dancer (George was invited to participate for part
of a dance); the Flying W Ranch for a chuck wagon
dinner and country western musical program; and the
Craftwood Inn where after dinner Vivian led the group
in singing songs from the 40's and 50's -- we even had
requests from the restaurant patrons.
Our thanks to Bill and Tobe for making our reunion
a spectacular event.

Lorraine Juvet

Jim and Gemma O'Donnell visited Stone Mountain,
Ga., and watched the Laser Lights display there which
was excellent. They then went to Hendersonville, N.C.,
and visited Pat and Jack Hunt, long-time friends, for a
few days. On the way home, they visited the town of St.
Mary's located on the lower east coast of Georgia.

Jim O'Donnell, Pat Hunt at
Hendersonville, N.C.



Cecile Marceau (Mrs. George) was honored on her
70th birthday on July 26 with a coffee hosted by her
daughter Cecelia Marceau, and Colette Foster Carlisle.
Young Wade Carlisle very deftly and gallantly served the
honoree and guests who were Pete and Marje Foster,
Dot and Bob Harrington, Cecile and Norman Demers,
Marian Seifert, Jennie Harrington, Shirley Boswell,
Barbara Green, Helen Ledgerwood, Betty Snow, Betty
Boyer, Naomi Foster, and Judy Hooper.


Cele Marceau with Colette Carlisle. holding cake.

The Buehlers, Eleanor and Howard "Bucky", visited
their family in Iowa in August. While there they
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their very
dear friend Millie Southerland was there to celebrate
with them.

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Jack Hunt, Gemma O'Donnell, Pat Hunt, Bill
Dunning, at Hendersonville, North Carolina.

While in San Diego attending the BHS Class of 1943
50th class reunion and the West Coast Panama Canal
Reunion in September, I ran into Verna and Daryl
Bullinger as well as Marie and Gerald Neal. This was
when they "crashed" the high school Hospitality Room.
Anyway, I'm glad they did as they informed me they were
also at the Bahia Hotel for a 5-day reunion of the USS
Guam. Both men had served on this ship.
Do you know many families who have the same
wedding anniversaries? I do! Bob and Nikki Medinger
share September 26 with his parents, Captain John and
Edith Meeker. Paul and Pat Williams share September
25 wedding anniversaries too and with their grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. "Charlie" Williams.
While in Atlanta eating at a Mexican restaurant with
her family, Bev Williams was caught kissing the "waiters"
-- Kenny Morris, Jr., Keith Mead, and Paul Williams.
Keith and Kenny were in Atlanta to be in Paul's wedding.
This trio have been close best friends since kindergarten
and first grade. It's wonderful that so many Zonians
maintain such close, warm, long-term friendships.
The song "La Bamba", I think, will be Keith Mead's
introduction to fame and fortune. He was heard singing
and dancing "La Bamba" in the cocktail lounge of the
Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. He was terrific! The singer
of the band gave him the microphone and the dancing
couples cleared the dance floor for his impressive and
impromptu performance.

Harry and Thelma Chan were touring Europe about
the same time as Pete Foster's group. They had planned
to meet these Zonian friends in London, Paris, or Rome,
etc., but never connected as everyone was on local tours
that didn't allow time for meeting. What a shame.
At last some members are calling in news to this
area reporter. Hope the younger members continue to do
this so others won't complain that news of their age
group is not found in the Canal Record.
Since mid-September Terril and Josie Ferrell Goudie
have returned from Texas to live in Clearwater. He
reports that he is with Dean Witter, a brokerage firm in
Port Richey, and Josie is a flight attendant with
Continental Airlines. They had dinner with Bob and
Nikki Medinger and an early October visit by Dee
LaPorta of Ft. Lauderdale. The Goudies would like their
friends to contact them at (813) 573-3935.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769

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Lloyd W. Peterson and son-in-law, Robert T. Russell,

I've had no news from this area from the local
gentry. However, I did get a nice letter from Cheryl
Russell with a picture of Lloyd W. Peterson and son-in-
law Robert T. Russell, Jr. who is Potentate of Abou Saad
Temple in the Canal Zone. They were at the Shrine
Convention in Savannah, Ga., recently and also there
were June and Davis Stevenson from Lawrenceville, Ga.,
my daughter and her husband who is a Past Potentate of
Abou Saad. Which by the way, I just returned from
Lawrenceville. My niece Joy VanVliet Lindell and I drove
up in my new Mercury Sable "had to try it out on a long
haul" to my son's home in Tallahassee, Fla., and then
on to Lawrenceville. A big clan reunion was held at Stone
Mountain, Ga., where I met a 2nd cousin I never knew
until this trip. It was an exciting event, regardless of a
drizzling rain that persisted all day.

Sara Rowley
(803) 531-7339

East Central Coast

Walter and Pearl Brown of Merritt Island visited
Panama in September. Walter has been retired for 23
years and before this trip they had only gone through on
cruise ships. (Walter was used to transits though, he was
the first baby through the canal back in 1914). They flew
into Panama and stayed for a week. With a personal tour
guide, they made their way from Gamboa to El Valle and
many places in between. They were very pleased with the
whole trip and were excited with many of the changes
and disappointed with a few. Empire Street where they
lived didn't seem the same, but then again the vendors
set up around Miraflores Locks were a bit different also.

They were photographed in front of the Admin
building and may be seen in the Spillway. As you can see
above, they were also caught in their skivvies. They
sounded very excited about all that they saw and did
(how did they fit it all into one week) and said that they
would highly recommend the trip "home" to everyone.

Kerry L. (Kent) Young
(407) 299-6919


Talk about happy travellers, Sarasota takes the prize.
Allen and Kay Miller and her nephew Tom Peterson, all
of Sarasota, drove to Danville, Ill., to visit Allen's uncle.
Later they continued on to Portage, Wis., for a visit with
Tom and Kay's elderly aunt. Shortly after his return to
Sarasota, Tom Peterson met with George Tochterman of
Seminole, Fla., to drive to Green Bay, Wis., to watch
their team, the Green Bay Packers, win their football
game. Great fun!
Billie Galloway recently returned from a week in
Houston with her son-in-law and daughter, Patrick and
Anna (Galloway) Daniel, and to get acquainted with her
newest great grandchild.

Gladys McLain spent a month in Cincinnati, Ohio,
with her daughter Judy (McLain) Feintuck and family.
Judy's husband Joae Feintuck was in Israel due to the
recent death of his mother.
Rae and Joe Ebdon travelled with his brother Fred
and wife Bev (Moody) Ebdon in their motor home to
visit Joe and Rae's son Dick Ebdon and family in
Atlanta, Ga. Dick and family lived in Irvine, Calif., until
his recent transfer to Atlanta.
Robert and Kimberly Barnier and their son
Jonathon of Phoenix, Ariz., were weekend guests of his
aunts and families, Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith, and
Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene. They were honored
guests at a family get-together dinner party. Kimberly
Barnier is a Pediatrician and had attended a medical
conference in Orlando, Fla.
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Bradenton recently
attended the DeMarr family reunion in Delaware,
accompanied by Rick Nelson. Later they drove to
California to attend the Panama Canal West Coast
Reunion in San Diego, and Stella entertained with her
"happy" accordion. En route they visited with Fern
(Horine) Dabill in Phoenix, Ariz., and also contacted
several CZ friends on their way home. A great time was
had by all.
Blanche Hartman welcomed visits from several of
her family members. Her son and daughter-in-law, Leo
and Susie McIntire, of Tulsa, Okla., came for a visit in
September. Later in October, she enjoyed a holiday
weekend visit from her granddaughters and their families,
Ken and Cheryl (McIntire) Burkemper and two children
from Bethany, Okla., and Jim and Vicki (McIntire) Healy
and two children of Tulsa, Okla. Though Blanche had an
active "full house", sightseeing, shopping and swimming
were happy activities all enjoyed.
Myrtle Hughes had a very special visit from her
daughter Sandra (Hughes) Claflin of Merritt Island, Fla.,
who came to celebrate her mother's birthday. She also
attended the Panama Canal Society of Florida luncheon
meeting at the Fairways Restaurant in Sarasota.
Others attending the PCS luncheon were Marilyn
(Roth) Banks with her daughter Melissa of Tampa
Palms, Fla., who came to visit with her parents, George
and Tommy Roth.
Joe and Rae Ebdon were pleased to have their son
Tom Ebdon of Irvine, Calif., here for that weekend also.
It was a great weekend get-together for so many; young
and old alike.
Tom and Barbara Peterson enjoyed a great family
reunion with all family members together at the same
time, including their seven grandchildren who really kept
them busy. The highlight of the visit was the several days
they spent at Treasure Island. It was hard to know who
had the best time. They all went home with many happy
memories as Donald and Carol (Peterson) Heintz
returned to their home in Orlando; Michael and Elaine
(Peterson) Little headed to the airport to fly home to
Panama, and Timothy and Diane (Peterson) Pearson
stayed in Sarasota.
Merry Ole England certainly lived up to its name for
Al and Miriam Bissett and another couple from Sarasota
part of the last two weeks in September. Since the friends
had never been to London before, they made that their
headquarters and the Bissetts served as guides. Special
times were day trips to old favorites: Oxford, Stratford,
Bath, and Stonehenge. Another day they went south to

Chichester and Arundel to see old friends. The son in the
family at one time stayed with Al and Miriam while he
studied at Manatee Community College. Now they were
thrilled to see his home and visit with his wife and three
daughters. Buckingham Palace was opened to the public
this year and of course the group toured those
magnificent rooms. A jolly time was had by the four.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

We recently saw Joe and Jim Cronan in South
Florida. Joe (CHS'70) and Jim (CHS'66) both work for
Martin Marietta in California and were working out here
for a few weeks. We were able to visit them at Ed Filo's
(BHS'70) in Stuart. It was an especially nice visit for
Gene Rendon (BHS'70) and his wife Diana (Newlon)
Rendon (BHS'71). It was Joe and Ed who had originally
introduced Gene and Diana. Ed Filo has been painting as
a hobby for a number of years and his work is excellent.
(This comes from a big art enthusiast.) He will be in a
local art show called Art Feast in the Stuart area the first
weekend of December. If you're in the area, you should
check it out.

Standing L-R: Jim Cronan, Joe Cronan, (Diana
(Newlon) Rendon, Michelle R., Gene Rendon.
Sitting: Ed Filo, Russell Rendon.

I was in California during September for Karyn
Dumas' wedding to Ken Fish. I met up with Jim and
Kelly Parthenais and we were able to visit with Paul
(BHS'76) and Beth Goodrich in Burlingame. We had
some good sushi that night. John Meeker came into San
Francisco later that week and took us up to Sonoma
Valley to the wineries. One especially nice winery is
called Lake Sonoma Winery where they get their grapes
from the Meeker Vineyard. I wonder why John insisted
on going there?
Well, I work in a pretty big building; we have 55
floors. The other day, I'm in the courtyard and I see
Zenobia Lopez from Gamboa Elementary School. Wow,

Panama must be the center of the universe. Also got a
birth announcement from Jean Wruck-Dorzback in
Tampa. She had her third baby, a boy, born on my
birthday. How neat.
OK, by the time you all are reading this issue, the
holidays will be upon us. Hope they are happy ones
shared with family and friends. Wishing you the best in
the New Year. Let's make the most out of 1994.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


This past weekend, our cousin Eric Gunn paid us a
short visit upon his arrival from England. He just
completed a tour with the U.S. Air Force at the Royal
Air Force Base in Alconbury, England with the 6952nd
Electronic Security Squadron, which supported the U-2
operations throughout the European and Middle East
theaters. He flew into Tampa, Fla. on October 10 to visit
with his father Lanny Gunn and his new wife Jane of
Sarasota, Fla., where he picked up his brand-new car, an
Acura Integra. This was his starting point for his new
assignment for which he will be an instructor for the U-
2 systems. From Sarasota he visited his stepmother Eddie
Gunn in Orlando, Fla. then on to Jacksonville, Fla. for a
visit with his stepgrandmother Joyce Gunn. He arrived in
Tallahassee, Fla. to visit with his sister Bonnie (Gunn)
Abellera and while here visited with his cousin Skip
Rowley, another cousin Joy (VanVliet) Lindell and his
aunt Sara (Gunn) Rowley. Skip, Joy, and Sara had just
returned from Atlanta, Ga., where they attended the 21st
Annual Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish
Festival with Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson, Lori
(Stevenson) Snow and children. From here, Eric is going
to Asheville, N.C. to pay a visit to his mother Dorothy
(Gunn) Lawing. After which, he will drive to Yuba City,
Calif. to visit with his sister Lisa (Gunn) Weber and then
on to his new duty station at Beale Air Force Base,
Sacramento, Calif.
A few weeks ago we visited with our daughter Renee
(Rowley) Friedel, her husband Brian and our
granddaughter Miranda in their new home in Orlando,
Fla. Renee has a beautiful home which she is very proud
of and is having a ball decorating it with wallpaper
borders and sponge painting her walls.
My Sweet Adelines chapter here in Tallahassee has
recently acquired a new male director who is very
enthusiastic and very talented, so we are hoping to go to
competition this next year. Skip is also still singing with
the barbershop group and we recently attended the Labor
Day Jamboree in Innisbrook, Fla. for three days of sun
and fun and singing. It was well attended by
barbershoppers from all over the Southeast, including
"Acoustics" the 1990 International Quartet Champions
from Dallas, Texas. What a thrill it was to hear them

Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151


My "big" news for this edition is that our daughter
Lori Lee (Stevenson) Snow, and her husband Virgil,
presented us with our 3rd grandchild and 2nd
granddaughter, Sara Ann, on August 27th. (See births).
Dave Baglien wrote that he and his wife Bernice
were heading off to Minneapolis to see their new
grandson Eston Graham Dawson-Baglien, born on
August 3rd to his daughter Julie and her husband Dr.
Gary Dawson. Dave spent the summer confined to his
home due to breaking the end off both bones in his right
leg while mowing his lawn. However, he is almost
completely well, so is raring to go traveling once again.


Linda and Jim DesLondes in Atlanta, GA. Sept. '93.

Jimmy and Linda DesLondes were in Atlanta in late
September stopping for a quick visit with Cleve Soper.
Jimmy was here to do some golfing on our lovely courses.
As you can see, they both look great, so golfing must
agree with them.

Front: Bob and Cheryl Russell, Davis Stevenson.
Standing: Chris Powers, Bruce Homa, June
Stevenson in Savannah, GA. August 1993.
In August, Davis and I drove over to Savannah for
the Southeastern Shrine Club Convention and while there
visited with some good friends from the Canal Zone.
First and foremost, was the current Potentate of Abou
Saad Temple, Bob "Chief" Russell and Cheryl. Also,

Bruce Homa and Chris Powers. While there we all had
a great time together, visiting and catching up on all the
news. Davis became the official "chauffeur of the
Potentate" and, honestly, we didn't get lost once. Cheryl
and Chris hit the big Mall there and Savannah is greener
for their visit. I had forgotten how hungry one gets for
the great shopping in the United States, but was quickly
reminded when I tried to keep up with those two ladies.
We also saw Charlie Taylor, who used to be a pilot on
the Panama Canal. He is now living in Louisiana and
looked wonderful. Driving back to Atlanta, my husband
and I felt a little bit lonely after spending those very few
days with such old and good friends.

Stevensons and Snows in Lawrenceville, GA. L-R:
Lori (Stevenson) holding Nick and Allie, Sydney
Stevenson and wife Stella, Davis Stevenson and
Virgil Snow.

Al Graham wrote me to tell me what has been
happening in Macon. His daughter Gigi had an especially
busy summer spending six weeks as a horseback riding
instructor at a summer camp, then going off to New
Jersey to visit with her grandmother and other relatives,
and then on to Denver to see the Pope! They also had a
visit from Jeannine Eggleston who was a nurse with
Mariette in Gorgas Hospital, and a surprise visit from
Roy Gelbhaus who was a Fire Officer in the Zone. Roy
lived in Gamboa and is now living in Denver where he
works as a Fireman. He was touring the country on his
Harley Davidson and having the time of his life. Al has
changed jobs since he last wrote, now working as Chief
Engineer with Courtyard by Marriott, so don't go to see
him at his old job at the Holiday Inn.
Talked to Mary (Scigliane) Leach who told me that
her oldest son Jonathan was married on July 31st to
Marlo Orlin from Miami. Jonathan is an Attorney in
Marrietta, Ga., and met Marlo at Emory University while
on the debate team. Marlo is a 3rd-year law student at
Georgia State. Mary assured me that in our next issue of
the Canal Record she will have a photo and article to put
in about the wedding couple. Mary also mentioned that
her baby sister June (Scigliane) Lane, who still resides in
Panama with her husband Rob, is visiting her parents
here in Georgia for a couple of weeks. June and Rob
love Panama and plan on staying there as long as

My brother-in-law Sydney Stevenson and his wife
Stella stopped by in October for a short visit and to say
"good-by". They have decided to return to Panama to live
so have put their home up for rent in Lakeland, Fa.,
packed up all their household goods in a large container,
and are going to drive back to Panama. They have land
in Cerro Azul where they plan on building a large home
with a swimming pool.

L-R: June Stevenson, Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn,
Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Hansen and Dave Stevenson.
Marilyn's home, in South Atlanta.

Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn invited Davis and I to her
beautiful home at the Wind Song Plantation in South
Atlanta to visit with her and Elizabeth "Betty Ann"
(Allen) Hansen, who was visiting from her home in
Dunedin, Fla. Sissy invited us to her Country Club for an
absolutely delicious Sunday brunch, and we spent a very
enjoyable day again being with old and dear friends.
Betty Ann was on her way to visit with her daughter
Debbie and family who have recently moved to
Kennesaw, Ga. We enjoyed seeing Sissy's home with her
Molas hanging in her Panama room. I would say the
Kuna Indians have done real well with the "Zonies" as we
all seem to have our Molas somewhere in our homes
here in the U.S.A.
Anona Kirkland called me from Julieta Burda's
home in Stone Mountain to say "hi". She has been in the
U.S. for about two months, visiting her daughter in Baton
Rouge, La., and then staying in her home in Martha's
Vineyard. Anona and Julieta were driving in Stone
Mountain when they were stopped by two women who
recognized Julieta's Panama license plate. The two
women turned out to be Helen Spector and Nancy
Morency, both originally from Gamboa, and now living
in Seminole, Fla. Small world, isn't it? Anona is returning
to Panama towards the end of October.

Louis and Susan Griffith with painting by Louis's
mother, Olga Conley.

During the summer Olga Conley spent a couple of
weeks in Ft. Wayne, Ind., visiting her son and daughter-
in-law, Louis and Susan Griffith. Louis and Susan are
standing next to a painting of the Canal and Bridge of
the Americas painted by Olga. The Conley family also
went to Kings Point, N.Y., for the graduation of their son
William R. Conley from the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy. William was the speaker for the 1993 class as
Valedictorian at the commencement exercises which
included the Dept. of Transportation Secretary, the
Honorable Federico Pena and other dignitaries of the
maritime service. Al Sprague made a special trip for the
event. Congratulations again to Olga and her husband
Roger on the academic success of their son, William.
I'll be working on a BHS/CHS class reunion next
year for the class of '54, so anyone reading this article
please pass the word so that we have a good turnout.
Till next time have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Hawaii has been so hot in September I thought I
must be back in Panama with temperature and humidity
up to 91 degrees and 93 percent, respectively. A good
time to take a trip and I did.
Frances (Farrell) Vieglielmo went to California to
visit in Los Angeles and to see a BHS'49 classmate Bea
(Reyes) Gunn after an absence of 36 years. Another
BHS'49 classmate and friend scheduled to reunite with
them but was unable to was Joyce (Masters) Danford
(nanny for Tom Selleck's daughter).
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L-R: Joyce (Masters) Danford and Frances (Farrell)
Viglielmo in Honolulu.
Frances assembled and put out the 1989 40th
anniversary reunion yearbook. She discovered, during her
library research on Panama, that about 1949 Mr. Subert
Turbyfill, BHS (and my) drama and English teacher,
published a small and absorbing book titled "My Panama
Canal Theater Adventure". One very interesting chapter
covers the Turbyfills' activities for the USO in the jungles
of Panama.

Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan spent three weeks in
France with friends, partly on a riverboat going through
canals and locks, including a week in Paris. Another
memorable canal trip was through the Corinth Canal, on
which construction was started about 50 A.D. by Nero
and completed in 1893 by Ferdinand deLesseps. Margaret
also spent a week on Kauai Island in a portrait workshop
for artists.
Delightful, nostalgic correspondence from George
Fitzgerald brought fond recalls of many Canal Zone
friends on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus.
He enclosed a photo of us CZ girls, taken in front of my
mother's quarters on Holden Street, Balboa Flats (all
the other girls lived in concrete quarters). (Could it
possibly have been nearly 60 years ago?) George and his
wife Joan frequently visit Virginia (deYoung) Simpson in
Lehigh, Fla., and it was Virginia who sent the picture via
George, which I had copied and returned to her.
Virginia's back is turned to display the hibiscus in her


L-R: Tharon Haldeman, Harriet Kalar, Virginia de
Young (facing rear), Olive Koperski (in back), June
Tilley, Lois DeLaMater and Beverly Carruthers,
Balboa Flats, about 1934.

George and Joan also visited Eadie McAllister
(Connie Bishop's sister) who is now 83, and is recovering
from a series of operations after a fall and a broken hip
some months ago. Eadie was a very helpful receptionist
at Gorgas Hospital when the Fitzgeralds first knew her.
George feels that a story in the Canal Record about
my late Uncle Bob Worsley would be good reading, in
view of Bob's remarkable adventures and
accomplishments during his 70 years of Panama living.
Called a telephone number someone had given me
for a former Zonian and had a long and wonderful talk
with him Ed Brady who lived in Panama from 1957 to
1987. First on the Atlantic side (working at Gatun Locks)
and later working for Surveys Branch of the Engineering
Division, mostly at Gamboa, while living in Balboa. (In
20 years of running the red light on Gamboa Bridge, he
was caught only once.) He knew my brother Billy D. and
late Uncle Bob Worsley very well. He had a visit recently
from Paul Shacklette of San Angelo, Texas, who was
Chief of the Hydrographics Section of the Surveys
Ed says going to Panama was the luckiest event in
his life. He had sailed there en route elsewhere but fell
into a government job on the Canal Locks overhaul. He

says Hawaii is a lovely place but Panama is 100 times
better, and he plans to return there soon, along with his
wife who is a Panamanian-U.S. citizen. He last visited
Panama in November 1992 and may fly his own plane
down there next trip.


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Two "Panamaniacs" on Waikiki Beach, L-R: Duncan
Ballanger and Freddie Dietz.
Freddy Dietz stopped by while his ship was in port
here for quite a spell a pleasant break for the crew. In
Honolulu Harbor, Freddy located an old Panamanian pal,
Duncan Ballenger, aboard his Matson Line containership,
and they had a good reunion. (Freddy is known aboard
his ship as "Panama".)
Freddy plans to retire before long to his condo in
Panama and lead a Panama country gentleman's life
(especially at Carnaval time). Plans to live there forever
till his ashes are scattered at Rio Mar.
Bill Brophy reports that the Hawaii Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce is moving forward, now has over
50 members.
One October eve I chanced upon a TV program
about the Guaymi Indians of Panama. By calling the
telephone number given, I met a lovely lady with the
Baha'i Center which presented this film Elena Fernie.
She was married in Balboa, Panama in 1953 to Roy
Fernie, son of the owner of C. Fernie Steamship
Company. They left Panama about 1954 and lived in the
Gilbert Islands. Elena is known also as Marsella Fernie
and lives in Honolulu. She referred me to Mr. Rockland
Freitas, who said the Guaymi show will be shown again
In September my daughter Katya DeLaMater and I
(and another woman friend from here) were guests on a
one-week cruise of Southern Caribbean Islands in a
package deal from Chicago to San Juan for the sailing
and return, then back to Chicago to visit a week at our
host's nice home in the lovely town of Crystal Lake. The
MS Windward of the Norwegian Cruise Line was a new
and beautiful ship, and we were intrigued with the Virgin
Islands so much cleaner and tidier than this island of
Oahu and everyone everywhere was so gracious. Our
Chicago visit was teeming with parties, people, shopping
with our host's daughter and friends, climaxed with a
rousing jazz/dinner evening at a place called River's
Bend in Gary, Ill.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Bill and Geri Ward from Indianapolis have almost
completed a 30'x40' pole barn on their little hobby farm
this summer. It has been one tough project--almost too
much to take on. They are hoping to wrap things up soon
so that they can get out to Arizona for the winter again
this year.
Coming back from Tucson this spring they stopped
to visit their daughter Sue and her husband Greg in
Plano, Texas, which is just north of Dallas.
During the layover they also got to visit with a long-
time dear friend Juanita Karst who resides in Dallas.
She sure hadn't changed much and is still the same old
Nita, quick witted and fast on her feet. She is an
inspiration. A true Zonian in every respect. Don't know
if that is good or bad these days. She was thinking of
moving to Florida and may have moved by now.
Bill and Geri said when they go to Arizona for the
winter this year, they will be stopping at Las Cruces,
N.M., as they did last year, to visit Royce and Sue Lewis.
Royce and Sue took them around the area last year and
it was appreciated so much. Royce's dad, "Bum" Lewis,
and Bill's dad, "Wormy" Ward, were great friends in the
old days. How they came by those nicknames is not
known, says Bill. Maybe Royce knows?
Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Ind., and her
daughter Sheila Marshall and Sheila's two daughters
drove in August to Lynn Haven, Fla., to visit Jane's son
Mickey, his wife Peggy and their twin teen-agers Pam and
Robin. Jane said they all received true southern
Jane also reports that United Airlines is building a
huge maintenance facility in Indianapolis. It will be
completed in 1995 and will have five thousand mechanics
working there. She is delighted that her son Dennis will
be among the first two hundred mechanics transferred to
this facility. Dennis' wife Carol is from Vincennes, Ind.,
and so the families on both sides of that marriage are
eagerly awaiting the time when their loved ones will be
living closer to home.

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


The Flood of '93 did not affect Fairfield although the
constant rain reminded me of a Panama rainy season.
Wayne and Ruth (Limkemann) Smith along with their
three daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Jessica from
Fairfield, Ohio, came to celebrate the 4th of July with
Robert and me. The celebrations were rained out, but we
had fun anyway, just being together again. When the
Smiths left, they crossed the Mississippi River only a few
hours before the bridge was closed.
Neighboring Van Buren County was hit hard by the
flood. Our church's Outreach Committee organized work
parties and started a flood fund to provide financial
assistance. Despite no longer being front page news,
flood victims are still reeling from the devastation. If

you'd like to help, you may send donations to the First
Christian Church/Flood Fund, 207 W. Burlington Ave.,
Fairfield, Iowa 52556. (By the way, through the Canal
Record I learned about the Medical Group Missions of
Christian Medical and Dental Society. Our Outreach
Committee now collects eye glasses for this group.
Thanks for the tip!)
Vannia Evans came from Los Angeles for a week's
visit in July, sharing a day of her brief vacation helping
with flood cleanup. Vannia's fiance, Edison Saldano, was
to join her in Iowa. His plane was unable to land,
however, because of a terrible electrical storm. With too
little time and too many detours, Edison had to turn back
without setting foot in the great heartland though he did
circle over it several times. Naturally, this turn of events
put a damper on things. Vannia and Edison are to be
married in Los Angeles next summer. Since "Papa" Gates
is to conduct the ceremony, we will be heading for
California. Unfortunately, I will have to miss the CHS
Class of 64's reunion in Florida.
Elaine and Jack Streeter of Banks, Ore., stopped in
Fairfield for a visit on their way to see son Tony and his
family in North Carolina. Tony was leaving for an
unaccompanied military tour in Korea. Wynne Streeter
flew out to join her family in N.C. Jack and Elaine's
overnight visit to Fairfield was, of course, too short. They
look great! I would have included a photo but my camera
disappeared. Along with it went all photos of Vannia and
the Streeters.
With a new camera in hand, Robert and I made a
Labor Day trip to see the covered bridges of Madison
County. The best-seller The Bridges of Madison County
was written by Robert Waller, a professor from the
University of Northern Iowa. I have "almost" received an
MA in Library Science from UNI. Courses are completed
and I'm in the final stages of research. If I can finish my
thesis by the end of this year, I will join my nieces and
nephews in their 1994 graduations: Angelina Palumbo,
Master's in Physical Therapy; Lisa Palumbo-Smith, BA
in Art; Spencer Reed (sister Sara's son), Fayetteville
High School diploma; and Kenneth Palumbo, Cristobal
High School diploma.

Judy Palumbo-Gates


Bill Hatchett of Metairie writes that Kenny Morris
came by for a 10-day visit in September. They played a
lot of golf and went to two Saints games. Saints won, of
course. Jim McKeown played several rounds of golf with
them and he and Denise hosted a lovely dinner at their
Dona Helmerichs of Slidell drove to Richmond, Va.,
picking up Alice Clark in Dothan, Ala. along the way, to
help Shirley (Sullivan) Makibbin, Director of Education
for DODDS's Schools, celebrate her birthday. Shirley's
daughters and granddaughters joined the fun. In
September a get together of teachers who went to the
Zone in 1949 was held in Manitou Springs, Colo. with
Bill and Tobe Ely Easton hosting. On the final night the
group dined in an elegant restaurant and serenaded
patrons with songs from 1949.

Shirley (Sullivan) Makibbin of Richmond, VA.

L-R standing: Lorraine Juvet, Vivian Simmons, Tobe
Ely Easton, Mary Donaldson French and Doris
Holley Dolack. Sitting, Dona Helmerichs and Barbara

John Gough, Sr. of Marrero attended the first
reunion of the Crossroads Bible/Curundu Protestant
Church in June at St. Simon's Island, Ga. calling it the
frosting on the cake after his first ever PanCanal reunion.
Leonard Urback, a retiree from PCC Engineering, was
elected chairman for the next church reunion to be held
at St. Simon's Island in 1996, which will mark the 50th
anniversary of the Crossroads Bible/Curundu Protestant
Among those attending this year were Elmer and
Gladys Anderson; Ken and Bitsy Frensley Atkinson; Jean
Reimer Barsness; Ken and Beth Bassett; Bob and Vicki
McCoy Boatwright; Dick and Nancy Boss; Bob and Ethel
Buker; Hal and Ginny Cocanower; Fred, Jacquie and
Leslie Cotton; Bill and Maria Johnson and two children;
Keith and Martha Cotton and three children; Mirko and
Traci Cotton Delibasich and two children; Lou and
Shirley Hall Diaz and two children; Bill and Zenobia
Dunn; Bob and Mary Gunn; Jerry and Betty Harrell;
Bob and Doris Hall; David and Pamela Hall and two
children; Willeen O'Sullivan Hodge and two children;
Kathy Bassett Horn; Lois Leidig; Milton and Jodi Leidig

and two children; Jeff and Marion Steers Jones and
three children; Vannie Jones and Jennifer Jones Howitt;
Chung-Li and May Ling.

Sybil Harley Stinson (BHS'81) and husband David
Stinson (BHS'79) of Dothan, Alabama.

Betty Harrell, Jean Reimer Barsness,
Urback at Crossroads Bible Church
Simon's Island, Georgia.

and Marleen
reunion, St.

Also, Jean Macomber; Ken and Dotty Manthorne;
Don and Fay Mason; Ken and Jo Matros; Dick and Pam
McClain and three children; Cleve and Bonnie Oliver
and four children, including April Oliver Smith and her
infant daughter; Gordon and Ruth Omland; Manuelita
O'Sullivan; David and Leann Steers and two children;
Jeff and Yolan Steers Payne and five children; Brenda
Scott Senecal and three children; Bill and Pat Scott;
Mark and Patti Stinson and four children; Maxine
Stinson; Garry and Betty Smith; Phil and Maria Steers;
Leonard and Marleen Urback; Johnny and Shirley
Vaucher; Dan and Eileen Webb; and Robert and Hallie
A quarterly newsletter is available for those who
attended the Curundu Protestant/Crossroads Bible
Church in Panama between 1946 and now. Called
Panama Postscripts, an annual subscription is $4.50
domestic, $6 foreign; send to Pat Scott, Editor, 12705 SE
65 St., Bellevue, WA 98006.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761

SEditor must have by:
SJanuary 21, 1994


Clairee Chisolm of Union is looking forward to
Sheila and family moving back by her after they sell out
their chicken houses. Sheila's son Jeremy stays with
Clairee and goes to school at Union. Clairee would like
to borrow 1964 and 1965 BHS yearbooks to have copies
made for the kids. Perhaps Carole Salonick Barber,
Sherry Sabo Hozack or Jane Holgerson Thompson, who
are organizing the BHS 30th reunion, could come to her
assistance. Clairee's address is Rt. 4, Box 241, Union, MS
A gorgeous pollera postcard just came in from
Jeanne Stough of Boerne, Texas, who enjoyed a beautiful
September in Panama.
Shirley Zemer Swenson of Picayune sent us the
correct spelling of relief: RETIREMENT. After 31 years
of teaching, she's decided to hang it up. So, what does a
teacher do upon retirement? She becomes a student, of
course. Shirley has enrolled in plant science and dance at
Perkinson JC this fall. She spent the summer traveling to
San Antonio and Austin, then to California to visit her
family and back to Memphis and Hayesville, N.C.

George Fryer, Hilda and Don Fletcher.

The Gulf Coast picnic was held at Davis Bayou
Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean
Springs, in October. There was lots of good fellowship
and plenty of good food, including CZ favorites --
empanadas, seviche and Johnny Mazetti. Among those
who attended were Audrey Benoit Bowman, Metairie;
Polly and Jim Calhoun, Slidell; Roland Casanova, Slidell;
Chita and Hugh Cassibry, Ocean Springs; Billy and
Michelle Deaton and son Ben (8), Ocean Springs, with
Billy's parents, Rose and William Deaton, Wilmington,
N.C.; Hilda and Don Fletcher, Baton Rouge; George
Fryer, New Orleans; Libby and Aldon Fulcher, Niceville,
Fla.; Gene Gregg, Zachary; Bess and Frank Martin,

1. Roland Casanova, Audrey Benoit Bowman and Ed Parker. 2. Polly Calhoun, Aldon and Libby Fulcher.

1. Bud and Martha Richardson. 2. The Deatons, L-R: Michelle, Billy, Rose and William. in Front, Ben, with
painted face. 3. Hugh and Chita Cassibry.

Gulfport; Ed Parker, Slidell; Martha and Bud
Richardson, Gautier.
Bess and Frank Martin, who recently retired, have
settled Stateside at 33 30th St., Gulfport, MS 39507-1804.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Words seem inadequate to describe the beauty of the
area with the fall colors at their peak. "They" say it is the
best it has been in ten years.
Ron Angermuller went to Dothan for the Gas House
Gang Tournament in early October. On the way home,
he stopped in Atlanta, Ga., to pick up Mildred Gray who
spent several days with Linnea and Ron.
Jean and Malcolm Stone left Hendersonville in late
June for a trip across country. From here, they headed
south to San Antonio, Texas for the Shrine Convention.
San Antonio was full of Shriners. A large group from
Panama and former Panama Shriners were there.
Needless to say, there was a lot of chitchat. Then the
Stones went to San Marcos, Texas and visited Bill and
Carol Forbes in their lovely new home. Jason, Joan and
Ed Ohman were there also and they enjoyed seeing them
all. On to Alamogordo, N.M., to visit their son David,
who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed at
Holloman AF Base. While there, their daughter Lynn
flew out from her home in Westminster, Md., so they
could all have a few days together. Lynn teaches Biology
and Photography at Liberty High School. On to Santa

Rosa, Calif., to see Malcolm's dad, Earl and Juanita
Stone. They had an enjoyable time with them. On the
way back east they visited Betty and Buckeye Swearingen
at their home in Ft. Collins, Colo. After they had settled
back at home, Malcolm's brother Kenny and his wife
Celine came from Los Angeles for a visit. Ann and John
Redman stopped in for a visit on their way home to St.
Augustine, Fla. They had been on a vacation in Murphy,
N.C. The 1st of October Cob and Tee Barrett came by to
see them. The Barretts live in St. Augustine also. On
October 11th, the Stones had a wonderful surprise. Their
son, David, arrived unexpectedly from New Mexico for a
couple of days with them.
Norma and Sam Irvin and the Stones went to Berea,
Ky., to see the fall colors and visit the Appalachian craft
Elizabeth Quintero's daughter Ruth Schmidt from
Maryland spent five days in September with her.
Betty and Bill Dunning are going to Germany late in
October to spend a month with their daughter Cheryl
and her husband Mark Lowery in Little Frankfurt.
Willie and Wilma Nowotny drove to Panama City,
Fla., and visited there for a few days and then went on to
Dothan for the Gas House Gang Tournament.
Jean Dombrowsky's son Dale, his wife Lynn, son
Jason and a friend spent a week with her in the middle
of October.
My daughter Noralie (Roche) Shobe from
Bellingham, Wash., spent a week with me in October.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


On Saturday, August 7, 1993, the Northwest branch
of the PanCanal Society held its annual reunion picnic at
Millersylvania State Park, south of Olympia, Wash. We
had been enjoying hot Panama-like weather, but it turned
more Northwest-like and cooled off. Because some
campers had come down with some unidentifiable rash,
the lake was placed off limits. This, however, did not
dampen anyone's spirits and apparently everyone had a
good time. Thanks to the fine efforts by Floyd and Bev
Baker, and Lee and Kathy Snider, who put it all
together. Approximately 180 persons attended, some
from as far away as Florida and Maryland. A special
thanks to Jim Shobe for his prompt reply in furnishing
the list of those attending:
Robin Erixon, Ed and Sue Carwithen, Mike and Inez Plucker,
Bill Plucker, Floyd and Bev Baker, Lil and Gene Nott, Vivian and
Walter Mikulich, Dino Barkems, Jeremy and Dolores Bosley, Ed,
Mellie, Robert and Joyce Kennedy, Wesley, Jim, Clove, Josh and Tina
Duffus, Mary, Guy, Jamie and Guy E. Fealey, Bruce Sosie, William
and Barbara Behre, John Dodds, Gwen Blair, John and Garnett
McLaughlin, Jan McLaughlin, Mattie and Ron Everman, Louisa and
Jim Duffus, Ann Grimm-Richardson, Al Richardson, Bob and Mary
Thompson, Murray and Candy Falk, Henry and Pat Cruz, Bill and
Marti Lohr, Kathy and Lee Snider, the Dohertys, Jim and Noralie
Shobe, Don Sandi Seymour, Niza Boynton Greig, Jim and Eleanor
Russell, Bob and Barbara Ross, Marilyn M. and Tom Marsh, Paul
Baker and Suzette Connolly, Cecil and Donna Caudell, Ken and Cleo
Hixson, Joan Doherty Stoltz, Jack and Elaine Streeter, Betty and
Careen Faulkner, Bill Bailey, Elizabeth Engoman, Russ and Leslie
Shorten, Howie and Clara Davidson and son Adam, Clara Bullard,
Cheri and Randy Henderson, George L. Cooper family, Phil and
Wealcia Wilkins, Stephen Shobe, Deborah Rowley and April, Scott,
and Dillion, Ed Cruz-Segarra and Teena, Ray and Gladys Benson,
Odilia Blessing, James and Gladys Roddy, Dick and Betty London,
Wink (Lavinia) Greene, Lavinia Sheppard, Pablo and Cynthia
Carrasquillo, Susie Slover (Wells), Dan Wells, Nancy Slover, Gary and
Barbara Hudson, John and Mildred Troja, Michael, Leslie and Kristin
Collins, and Larry Barkema.

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A raffle of Panamanian artifacts, including Mola
print picnic tablecloths, was held and emceed by Jim
Shobe, whose family became the fortunate recipients of
many prizes. The articles were provided by Kathy Snider.
She had been in Panama for the birth of granddaughter
Madeline with Tim and Theresa Snider Herring.
Jim Roddy of Bellevue, Wash., wrote to tell me that
the reunion was a great success. His wife Gladys had
phoned me before the picnic trying to make contact with
former Zonians. At the time, I informed them of the
forthcoming picnic. They attended and were impressed
with all the Spanish-speaking Panamanians present. They
exchanged many phone numbers and their phone has
been ringing off the hook ever since.

L-R: Jim and Gladys Roddy, Pat and Henry Cruz.

L-R: Sean McHenry, Angela Kotek, Dan Wells, Terrie
McHenry, Sue (Slover) Wells, Dorothy Doherty, Jan
Doherty Nelson, Nancy Slover, Chuck Nelson.
(Sean and Terrie McHenry and Emily Kotek are Angela
- Kotek's children. Angela is Joan (Doherty) Stoltz's
daughter. (Submitted by Joan (Doherty) Stoltz.)

Group picture of Northwest Reunion, Millersylvania
State Park, August 9, 1993.

Bruce and Susie Behre, Marine Division, 1940-54,
guests of Scotty and Pat Scott travelled from Clarksville,
Tenn. Ken and Cleo Hixson (Balboa 1976-72 and 1976-
80) came from Pomfort, Md., as guests of Cecil Caudell
and Kathy and Lee Snider. Phil and Wealcia Wilkins of
Venice, Fla., were visiting children and Gary and
Barbara Hudson of Sarasota, Fla., were visiting parents,
John and Mildred Trojan.

L-R: Gladys Benson, Gladys Roddy, Odilia Blessing,
Maria Thompson.

The Association gained another member when Odilia
(Lily) Blessing asked me for an application to the
Association. I delivered it to her in Portland, Ore., where
she is president of the Blessing Electric Co. However, she
had already left for the weekend when I delivered it to
For those of you who would like to attend, the
Northwest reunion picnic is held annually on the first
Saturday in August. Each year someone volunteers to
host it, and next year's hosts will be Jim and Noralie
Shobe. The location will be designated later and everyone
notified. Volunteer hosts are always welcome. The main
duties include locating a suitable picnic site, making the
reservations, and notifying the group.
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Marymoor City Park, Redmond, WA., "Dad and Me Fun
Run," June 19, 1993. Stephen Cox (grandson), Henry
Cruz, and Kathy Cox, daughter.

Finally, for those of you wondering, I still run but
only once a year during the Annual Dad and Me Fun
Run which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs. This year,
I ran a mile and a half with my youngest son Ed, and a
half mile with my youngest grandson Stephen Cox and
daughter Kathy Cox. Stephen didn't make it when he
tripped, and I had to carry him over the finish line.
Incidentally, Ed got married in July in Bellingham,
Wash., and my mother Silvia and sister Landy Donahue
came up from the San Francisco Bay area where they
reside. My mother was Honored Matriarch.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947


The Oklahoma Chapter Picnic was held at the
LaFortune Park in Tulsa on October 2, 1993. The visitors
were Harold and Jerry Harp from Bentonville, Ark.;
Mike and Henrietta Horoda from Rogers, Ark.; Lydia
Czapek from Tucson; Wade and Marilyn Carter from
Kerrville, Texas; George and Elsa (Kaplan) Vass from St.
Augustine, Fla. Regulars attending were Eli and Lydia
Lugo; Toy Barnard; Paulino, Julia and Chris Allande;

Jean and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Tomas, Aymee,
Michelle and Michael Diaz; Rick and Renee (Carter)
Collins family; Carol Vidaurri; Lillian Greniger; Patricia
Anduss; Janet Anduss; Ron and Alice Jacobs; Tom and
Deanna Ames; Bill and Teresa Keller and family, and
Jimmie Wickham. Win, Linda and Zack Rice became
new members. We had some ex-Zonians (dating back to
the 40's) as visitors from the Tulsa area: Jess and
Georgia Love and Niel and Lister "Lee" Greene (who
became members).

The Fantastic Members at the fall Picnic at La Fortuna
Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 2nd!

Laura (Burns) and Mike Redemann with daughter
Elizabeth moved July 18, 1993 from Tulsa, Okla., to
Hawaii for three years. Their new address is: 1445
Akamai St., Kailua, HI 96734-4131 (Tele: 1-808-263-
0326). Mike and Laura both are working with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
Doris and Jean Burns plan to go to Weatherford,
Texas, on October 13-14 to visit with Bob and Vicki
(Hutchinson) Boukalis when they are visiting with his
dad and mom, Jim and Julia (Prusko) Boukalis. Doris
and Jean leave for Australia on October 18, 1993 and will
visit with Laura and Mike over Thanksgiving on their way
back through Hawaii. Doris and Jean also spent seven
days in the Dominican Republic in August.
Phil and Arlene Larke, from Minneapolis, visited
Deanna and Tom Ames in Tulsa. A good time was had
by all antiquing and visiting with other Canal Zone
Patricia Anduss, of Bartlesville, spent two weeks at
a National Geographic-sponsored institute and is now an
OKAGETC (Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic
Education Teacher Consultant). Mark Anduss of Falls
Church, Va., and Patricia will be spending Christmas in
Ron Jacobs retired from the Locust Grove School
system in May 1993. He had retired from the DODDS
in Panama in 1986. George and Elsa (Kaplan) Vass of
Florida visited Ron and Alice in October.
After leaving the dog and bird with Esther's parents
in Springdale, Ark., Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair left for
a four-week vacation on September 9. The couple visited
new and old friends and relatives during their trip. They
also enjoyed seeing a foggy battlefield in Gettysburg, the
nation's capitol in D.C., early Fall colors in Vermont and
Maine, Acadia National Park in Bar Harbour, Maine and
the beautiful Niagara Falls by the Canadian border. The

couple arrived home on October 7th. Esther and Bill just
celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on October
Eli and Lydia Lugo and Toy (Lugo) and Al Barnard
will be going to Puerto Rico for two weeks at the end of
The Vidaurri family had a pretty big year. Virnna
had a baby girl last December. Her name is Kendra
Alexia Sabine. Virnna and her husband Kirk along with
son Miles live in Nova Scotia. In June, Vincent was
married to Theresa Crase of Oklahoma City. They
honeymooned in Jamaica and are living in Oklahoma
City. Vera had a baby girl in July. Her name is Savanah
Lee. She and family also live in Oklahoma City.
Bill and Teresa Keller and family live in Woodward,
Calif. Their son Troy is a 1993 graduate of Woodward
High School and is now attending Oklahoma
Northwestern State University in Alva. BJ is now a junior
at Oklahoma Southwestern State University in
Weatherford, Okla. Mike is in the Navy in San Diego
and is working in the Naval Hospital. Gregg is a junior at
Woodward High School and is working at a local radio
station. Kim (their daughter) is in the 5th grade and was
recently on the TV series "Unsolved Mysteries" regarding

the Woodward tornado in 1947. Bill and Teresa are
taking the family to Panama in December for a two-
week vacation and plan to spend a few days at Taboga.
Renee (Carter) Collins enjoyed a visit from her
parents, Marilyn and Wade Carter, in early October. The
visit was made in time to attend the meeting of the
Oklahoma Chapter at LaFortune Park in Tulsa. Everyone
enjoyed the wonderful Fall weather and seeing familiar
faces again. Renee told everyone within earshot of a
wonderful restaurant discovered this past Spring called
Aristi's Latin Grill. It serves excellent Latin dishes, many
of which Canal Zone people are familiar with Arroz
con Polio, fried yucca, shrimp seviche, hot Peruvian
seviche, paella, empanadas, flan and so forth. It's
definitely worth a try if you are in the Tulsa area.
This reporter wants to thank all the members for
their support at the Fall picnic and their help with news
bits. Bill and I hope to see all of you at the Spring Picnic.
God Bless and take care. Have a Merry Christmas and a
Wonderful and Blessed New Year.

Esther L. B. Clair
(918) 254-9633


1993 Poconos Reunion

Billy Michaelsen made up a list of those attending
the reunion. Last year's larger attendance was swelled by
special guests.
We had a full house here in Lansdowne having Gene
and Faye (Brewer) Hamlin and Vince and Wilma
(Reynolds) Reynolds as house guests prior to our driving
up to Tannersville in the Poconos. We took two cars and
arrived about noon to find some of our group already
there. The weather, which had been threatening, turned
about and cooperated again.
As usual we set up the tables and chairs outside for
those who didn't mind the slight chill and others gathered
in the Lounge to pick up where they had left off last
year; and, of course, others had to join us in the
restaurant for counter-style food.


Bill Poole (Photographer and Acting Secretary) Gene
Hamlin, Elaine (Bohan) Hooper, Tom Halliday
(Photographer) Photo (duplicate) by Bill Poole and
Tom Halliday.

1. Marjorie Halliday. 2. Jean (Dennis) Herbert. 3. Rosemary (Millett) Gilead. 4. Norma (Stillwell) Martin. Photos
by Tom Halliday.

1. L-R: Norma (Stillwell) Martin, Betty (Bohan) Saltzman, Andy Stergion, Blanche Adler Browne. 2. L-R:
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Sarah P. Storey, Jo (Dennis) Konover. 3. L-R; Betty (Brooks) Stergion, Elaine
(Bohan) Hooper. Photos by Bill Poole

1. L-R: Vince Reynolds, Jo (Dennis) Konover, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Wilma (Reynolds) Reynolds. Photos by
Tom Halliday. 2. Marjorie Halliday, John Clark, Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman.

1. Grace (Jones) and Jack Carey. 2. Vince and Wilma (Reynolds) Reynolds. 3. Jean (Kalar) McAndrews and
Len Krouse. Photos by Bill Poole.

1. Olive (Kalar) Krouse 2. Warren and Merle (Simons) Harrington 3. Faye (Brewer) and Gene Hamlin 4. Gwen
and John Logsdon. Photos by Bill Poole

1. Len Krouse, Gene Hamlin, Andy Stergion. 2. Billy and Mary Michaelsen. 3. Father Daniel Renaldo C.M.,
Vince and Dottie Ridge. Photos by Tom Halliday

1. Ed and Virginia Blount. 2. Frances and Jim Coman.

1. Betty (Nolan) Lefferts and Horace Lefferts. 2.
Schwindeman and Augie Schwindeman.

Supper time was on us all too soon interrupting
many serious conversations. After Vince Ridge said grace,
we enjoyed our family-style meal which was good and
While the writer was about preparing for a slide
show, Billy Michaelsen told a story about a dog named
Rex or something that sounded like Rex. It must have
been funny to judge from the laughter. I came back into
the room again to hear the end of a discourse by Vince
Ridge. It must have been about his travels to a place
called Timbuktu. Don't know why that was so funny.

Marge and Joseph Coffin.

3. Eleanor (Hammond)
Photos by Tom Halliday

The slides shown were the usual slide copies of
photos of the last Poconos reunion, the Carnavalito, a
tour of the home of Vince and Wilma Reynolds and a
few of the reunion in Orlando. Also shown were slide
copies of some special postcards by Bob Karer of
engravings from a book written during the French Canal
building period.
Particularly good were slides made by Vince Ridge
which were portraits of many members of our group.
Vince employs a special closeup technique and calls the
pictures "O'Ridgenals".

Saturday was a beautiful day and the golfers, Billy
Michealsen, Horace Lefferts and Andy Stergion were off
to an early start. It seems that they needed the early start
as someone had moved the golf course. It was found with
I expected to have an easy day doing what I do best,
nothing. However, this was not to be. Gene Hamlin and
Betty (Brooks) Stergion wanted to visit a nearby flea
market to look for old CZ postcards. Betty's car wouldn't
start so I was appointed driver. So much for the morning
-- I did buy some goodies which I didn't need. I
understand others explored the area, which is interesting
and beautiful.
The buffet table was set up and well supplied with
goodies of which I can remember only those which I ate.
Of interest was the wonderful red papaya brought up by
Vince and Wilma Reynolds which they had grown in
Florida. The restaurant let Wilma and Grace Carey
prepare it in their kitchen. Marge Coffin made a Taco
Pie, Shirley (Jennings) Erickson a curry, chutney and
cheese dip, Betty Stergion some brownies, Dottie Ridge
a vegetable platter, somebody's peanuts and for those not
mentioned, I'm sorry, but thanks to all. We sat down to
Saturday dinner and were pleased to have a new guest
with us, Father Renaldo, C.M., who was kind enough to
say grace for us. Vince Ridge knew Father Renaldo from
his association with St. Mary's in Panama.
We would also like to welcome Warren and Merle
(Simons) Harrington and Robert and Beulah (Simons)
Jones attending our reunion for the first time.
Saturday dinner was again delicious and plentiful,
family style. Tables were arranged differently to clear the
dance floor as we expected to have dancing after dinner
after a brief slide show.
This time I prepared for the slide show ahead of
time so as to be present if any stories were told. Alas,
there were no stories, but better, we had songs. We sang
a Happy Birthday to Bill and Gwen Logsdon and to
Sarah P. Storey. Vince Ridge serenaded Mary
Michaelsen with his clear tenor rendition of "Mary,
You're a Little Bit Old Fashioned" and then to all the
others "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New".
Billy Michaelsen was asked to report on the golf
match and reluctantly he disclosed that he did not win by
last year's rules which were "high score" wins. By this
year's rules he tied for first with Horace Lefferts. Billy
warmed up in the telling and it would seem that this
must have been a "world class" course as it had the
longest 18th hole with the biggest green extent.
Our coordinator announced that we would have the
reunion again at the Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, Pa.
about the same time on September 9, 10, 11 and about
the same cost.
The owner of the restaurant said she would be happy
to have us again. We were pleased with the food and the
The slides shown were furnished by Gene Hamlin
and were from very old postcards depicting scenes from
the French and early American construction days. We
had seen part of this selection before but they were worth
seeing again.
We had planned to try dancing again, a first time
after many years. The music was from tapes and was
comprised of some Panamanian, Latin and 40's swing
bands. The music was okay and the dance floor was fine
but not really crowded. Maybe we had waited too long,

or was it too late? Maybe--waltzes?
Sunday was beautiful again. We have been lucky.
Outside was deserted, seems like everyone was having
breakfast; country-style breakfast that is with all that
It was a nice place to say goodbye. 'Til next year.

Bill Poole
(215) 623-8591


The Panama Canal Society of South Carolina held
their quarterly luncheon meeting at Shealey's Restaurant
in Leesville, S.C., on September 24th with 18 members
and friends attending: Leona and Paul Badonsky, Fina
and Frank Balinski, Stade Carlson, Trudi Clontz, John
Everson, Betty Galardi, Ann Dwyer, Olga Holmes, Peggy
Hutchinson, Eddy Mullins, Josie Tilley, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell (President), Al and Norma West, and Dr.
Rasmussen. The Wests lived on the Atlantic Side and
retired from there. Dr. Rasmussen served on San Jose
Island off Panama during the war for three months -- it
was a testing area. Charlotte (Kilbey) Mullins spent a
week in Laguna Hills with her sister Jolie Seeley and
niece Laura (Seeley) and Richard Rydell; also went to
Tijuana, Mexico. Husband Ed has retired from the Army
and Civil Service with 45 years! Charlotte is still working
for Army at Ft. Gordon, Ga. Lorna Shore is recovering
at home from a broken hip. Daughter Sandra Davis and
grandson Adam came up from Miami, Fla., and they had
motored to Ottawa, Canada in July. While there, June
Burns from Kerrville, Texas, and daughter Adele from
Austin, Texas, visited them. Fortunately for Lorna,
Sandra was still with her in Aiken when she had her fall.

~-U 'i--

Betty Forgerson and Virginia Reese, Crystal Lake,

1. Al and Norma West, Trudi Clontz, Ann Dwyer. 2. Leona and Paul Badonsky with Eddy Mullins in the center.
3. John Everson, Betty Gilardi*, Stade Carlson, Dr. Rasmussen*, (*Door prize winners).
I-, Adl-.-- -- ..---.

1. Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison)
Forgeson and Ruth Zelnick.

Cox. 2. Bea and Worden French with Betty Forgeson. 3. Betsy Hoenke, Betty

The Badonskys took a short trip to Ohio upon the death
of his brother-in-law. Daughter Paula and family
attended a convention in California, and vacationed in
San Francisco, Texas, Chicago, Alabama, returning to
their home in Lexington, S.C. Betty and Pete Barr and
grandson went on a 19-day trip to Montana to a Fly
Fishing Federation. Grandson won a fly-tieing kit and
Betty won a flyfishing picture. On their way back they hit
the floods along the Mississippi, which wasn't pleasant.
Blanche (Adler) Browne had many visitors at her summer
cottage in New Hampshire. Grace and Ed MacVittie
(retired Pan Canal) came from their summer home in
Williamsville, N.Y., to spend a week. Visited Virginia
Reese (retired Pan Canal) at Crystal Lake, N.H. Blanche
entertained the MacVitties, Ed and Mary Doolan, and
Colin and Rosemary Campbell for dinner one evening.
Betty (Comley) Forgeson (BHS) from St. Petersburg,
Fla., spent a week with her before going on an 11-day
bus tour of Eastern Canada with Ruth (Connors)
Warner (BHS) and Nealie Van Siclen (BHS). Betty
returned to Blanche's for a few more days and drove as
far as Scranton, Pa., with her where Blanche returned to
Columbia. During Betty's visit, they spent a day with
Ruth (Wright) Zelnick (BHS) and Betsy Hoenke (BHS)
at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., and another
day with Bea (Cotton) and Worden French at
Woodstock, Vt. Doris Leeser (Dothan, Ala.) joined
Blanche in Columbia, S.C., and they attended the Mt.
Pocono Reunion in Pennsylvania September 10-12, 1993,
then on to Avon, N.Y., and spent a day with the

Ethel (Westman) Tate (CHS) was hospitalized with
pneumonia in September and daughter Louise Schlegel
(BHS) came from Brownsville, Texas, for a week to help
her. At present, Blanche and Doris are in Canaan, N.H.,
where Blanche is undergoing medical treatment for a bad
fall. She says the fall foliage is gorgeous. In July Trudi
Clontz headed for New England. She spent several days
with Lee's grandson and family in New Hampshire, then
to "Golden Pond" in Hopkinton, Mass., where her
brother now lives. After several days there (without
seeing Henry Fonda or Kate Hepburn), she visited her
nephew and family in Wellesley, enjoyed the lovely cool
weather, and returned to Aiken hoping the unusual hot
weather had vanished -- no such luck. Trudi and Peggy
(Sealey) Hutchison took a 3-day bus trip to Snowshoe,
W.Va., where they enjoyed the spectacular fall colors and
lovely cool weather. Peggy's daughter Vicki and husband
Bob Boukalis spent a week with Forest and Ray
Robberson in Lillian, Ala., and had dinner with Polly
Wise and Lillian Abell. They were on their way to see
the Boukalises and family in Weatherford, Texas; visit the
Purcells in Tuscon, Ariz.; on to Las Vegas to join David
Bishop and Bud Kelleher; then spend a week with Peggy
and Dianne (Hutchison) and Jerry Cox before returning
to Panama.
Eletheer and Otis (Jim) Catron have had a busy
time -- many doctor appointments, lab work, and a week
in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer for Otis. He has a
kidney condition and has been advised to go on dialysis
program. On the brighter side, they have had many
visitors which Otis enjoyed. Old friends Ron and Winnie

Brome and son Dennis from Miami, Fla., Nellie
(Bruland) Jansen from Essington, Pa., Penny (Catron)
Lotterhos and family from Mississippi. Their son Ed is a
senior at Annapolis and daughter Karen is a sophomore
at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Catron's sons, James
C. Jr. from Madison, Fla., and Bill and daughter Glenda
from Ft. Lauderdale, Jim's sisters from Orlando, Mildred
and her husband, Nancy Schmidt and her husband, and
Marion Madden from Orlando. Eletheer took a couple
of days R&R with a group from St. John's Methodist
Church to Lake Jupaluska. Fortunately Otis was able to
eat at the hospital where they prepared his special diet.
Evelyn (Condon) Hilborn and husband took a two-
week trip up to their time share in Foxwood Hills, S.C.,
and to Ohio to visit Evelyn's sister and Howard's
daughter in Tennessee.
John Everson has been in and out of the hospital
with heart problems, so we were glad he was able to
attend our luncheon.
Our Christmas Luncheon meeting will be held on
Wednesday noon, December 8th, at Houndslake Country

Peggy Hutchinson
Acting Reporter
(803) 648-7005



Over the late summer we had a big bash in honor of
Mom (Bricky) Pattison's birthday. The party was hosted
by her sons, Red and T-Bird. They really know how to
throw a birthday party. There were all kinds of surprise
guests who showed up as a gift to Mom. People came
from Panama, the Northeast, and lots of other places.
The big birthday bash was actually on Saturday, but it did
pretty much last all weekend with lots of guests staying
with Mom. Her big birthday gift from the "gang" was
some patio furniture, which will come in handy around
the pool. Some of the people who were lucky enough to
be a part of the event, and came from out of town were:
Panama T-Bird Pattison, Paul Parks, Donnie Chadwick,
Mickey Young, Don and Betty Ross; San Antonio Rick
Pratchett, Spike and Wendy Baldwin, Cassie Lane;
Kerrville Albert and Sue Fehrenbach; Corpus Christi -
Bo Lane, Billy Bell, Carlton (CB) Bell; Dallas Noreen
Hanson; Houston Katz Catzuela, Ed McArthur; Florida
- Chuck Petersen; Washington, DC Dave Wyatt; Puerto
Rico Piv Pivarato. And, my sincere apologies for the
names I've left off I know there must be some, so this
is my very informal disclaimer.
Music for the party was provided by the "Over the
Hill Country Boys Latin Combo" these same "Boys" who
provided music to us when we were in high school. They
were great you really couldn't tell if it was the Boys or
if it really was Santana. The band members were: Albert
Fehrenbach, Stanley Wright, Mickey Young, and Jaco
Petiton. Other entertainment was provided by Bo Lane,
he did the "hanging" dance for us. And best of all, we
have it on video.

Then on Sunday, Stanley Wright had everyone over
to his place for a pool party to finish the weekend right.
As the afternoon went on, folks were headed to the
airport to return home after such a great weekend. Hats
off to Red and T-Bird for putting on such a nice party -
and may you have many more happy ones, Mom.
The Austin gang all caravaned down to San Antonio
to see a concert starring Ruben Blades. I understand it
was, of course, a great concert and once in a lifetime
since Ruben Blades doesn't make the concert circuit too
often. Alex and Janie Petiton hosted a get together for
everyone the weekend of the concert.
We're all getting ready for the wedding of Dave
Fehrenbach and Tina Holloman. It's happening on
October 30th in the back yard of my new "old" home.
The next article will have all the details. This, too, will be
another fun Zonian wedding.
Lastly, I want to point out that I have a change in my
address and phone number. Please make a note of the
changes and continue to keep me informed of all the
great happenings. My new number if (512) 451-6919 and
my address if 8204 Burrell Drive, Austin, TX 78758.
From all of us Zonians here in Austin to all of our
Zonian friends worldwide, we wish you a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your holidays be
filled with much happiness and may 1994 bring you lots
of good memories.

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 451-6919


Harvey G. Rhyne was totally surprised September 13
when his daughters, Barbara Stanford and Camille
Eastham, from Panama and his son H. G. Rhyne, Jr.
from Miami walked in to surprise him for his 80th
birthday the following day. Bea was aware of the plans
but was able to keep the secret. The Rhynes' neighbors
helped to keep the secret by bringing a delicious BBQ
dinner complete with birthday cake. The "kids" spent a
week with their parents and it was an unforgettable time.
It had been over ten years since all five Rhynes were
together at the same time. The girls' gift to their dad was
a "Book of Memories" filled with letters and pictures
written by his friends and family. H. G. Rhyne, Jr.
brought video tapes of the 8mm motion pictures and the
slides of the children as they grew up--priceless! Another
memorable gift was an AKC Miniature Schnauzer puppy,
black female, that Harvey named Mandy.
Robert B. "Pappy" Grier and his son Bob Jr. recently
took a cruise from Vancouver, B.C., to Alaska via the
inland waterway. Stops were made in Juneau, Skagway,
Glacier Bay and Ketchikan. They took trips in Juneau, a
train ride following the old gold rush trail aboard the
White Pass and Yukon Route, narrow gauge railroad in
Skagway. Then to Glacier Bay where the ship
maneuvered in close for photo taking and watching huge
chunks of ice come crashing down in the bay with a
thunderous bang and wave. Then to Ketchikan to visit
Saxman Village (home to the world's largest collection of
totem poles). The accommodations, service, food,

1994 Reunion
At the Twin Towers Hotel


Wednesday, June 8, 1994


Thursday, June 9, 1994


Friday, June 10, 1994


Saturday, June 11, 1994

INFORMATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM. EXHIBIT HALL
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM 7:00 PM. GOLD COAST ROOMS

Sunday, June 12, 1994


Our committees are hard at work on the 1994 reunion and can only hope that our plans will fall into place with as
much ease and efficiency as in past reunions. Our capable chairpersons for the 1994 Society Reunion are:

Registration Carolyn and Robert Johnson
Dances Gemma and Jim O'Donnell
Hospitality and Information Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
Luncheon Betty Malone
Security Robert Van Siclen
Golf Margot and Hubert Jordan
Vendors Nancy Van Siclen
Sports John Disharoon

We have made a few changes this year For the convenience and comfort of our members, we will move
Registration, Hospitality and Information into the Exhibit Hall where our members can gather and sit to visit with each
other and see all those passing by.
Plans are underway to move the Bingo game into the Twin Towers. The location and time will be announced in the
March Canal Record.
Due to the rising costs of administering the Reunion, the Executive Board voted to charge a $3.00 non-refundable
registration fee to offset these expenses, payable with each Registration Form submitted.
All the forms have been printed in this issue. Please read the directions for completing your Registration Form, Hotel
Reservation, and Ticket Order Forms. Incomplete and incorrect information on the forms may result in a delay in
processing your reservation forms, so please follow the instructions carefully.
Please note that we are utilizing only two hotels, the Twin Towers and Delta Orlando Resort. Initial hotel requests
must be mailed to the Reunion Coordinator, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712 for membership
Tickets to the dances will be limited to the capacity of the Exhibit Hall due to stricter Fire Codes this year. SEND
Reservations have already been made for several high school reunions to be held during the 1994 Reunion and we
await requests from others that have expressed a desire to hold class reunions. At a recent Executive Board meeting,
the Board voted to open Friday night so class reunions could be held for those who wish.
Requests to hold non-Society functions in a contracted hotel during the 1994 Reunion must be submitted, in writing,
to the Reunion Coordinator NO LATER than April 15, 1994.
The Executive Committee has approved 20 tables to be set up in the Vendor area. The area will be the same as last
year, which will be locked during non-vending hours. Vendor tables will be assigned in the order Vendor Applications
and Fees are received.
If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1994 Reunion, you should submit an
Application for Membership to the Secretary, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
FL 34642-4712 between now and April 28, 1994, Executive Board Meeting.
Many door prizes will be awarded at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday morning, June 10, with a special grand
prize of TWO (2) round trip tickets Miami/Panama/Miami donated by COPA Airlines. Support your Society by attending
this meeting and see if you are the lucky winner.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has once again been designated as our official travel agent and we urge our members
to utilize their services, thus enabling us to receive complimentary tickets to bring our musicians to the Reunion. They
will obtain the best flight schedule and lowest rate to get you to and from Orlando.
During the past three years we have some very dedicated members in the Zone who have agreed for the 4th year
to accept and provide the yellow pages for those not receiving their copies on time. Atlantic siders may contact Sue
Stabler, and Pacific siders may contact Bev and Joe Wood for their reunion forms. What would we do without you? Thank
you again for your help. Please call me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all in June.

Marje Foster, 1994 Reunion Coordinator
(813) 785-8555




FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 1994
Convention Center Orange Room
President Jane Huldtquist

This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership be there
for election of Officers and Committee Reports.

1. Orange Room. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up (1994 Dues) members will be admitted. Please show your Membership Card.
4. There will be drawings for several prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket
at the entrance to the meeting,





1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1994 Reunion, you should submit an application
for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712, before the April 28, 1994 Executive Board meeting.
4. 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 or reasonable information concerning your event may
be displayed in the Hospitality Suite or at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Jeanne Wheeler.
5. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or Annual Ball.





Room rates are effective from June 5 to June 15, 1994.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 6, 1994.
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 Palm Court seats 375 persons, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Deli with seating.
Room rates are effective from June 5 to June 15, 1994.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 6, 1994.
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.
Restaurants Two.
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.

Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen
1. A Vendor's Application for the 1994 Reunion may be obtained from Nancy Van Siclen, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. They will not be published in the Canal
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the 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 and vendor's fee.
5. Instructions are outlined with the Application Form.
6. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Vendor Area is PROHIBITED.
7. The Deadline for receiving Vendor's Applications and for refunds is May 6, 1994.


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 of Florida Reunion must be approved in
advance by the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to: Reunion
Coordinator, Marje Foster, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida,



1. Please register yourself, family and/or guests if you plan to attend the Reunion. ALL FORMS ARE INCLUDED
2. A non-refundable registration fee of $3.00 per Registration Form (not per individual) is being charged to offset
reunion expenses incurred throughout the year due to rising costs.
a. Fee is payable to: 1994 Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. This fee must not be included in your hotel deposit but may accompany
your hotel reservation form, or ticket order or golf registration form on a separate check or money order.
b. 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.
c. If you delay registering until you arrive at the Reunion, you must register at a designated station in the
Registration area and pay your registration fee of $3.00 per member number before you can receive your
badges or purchase tickets to the dances.
3. At Registration tables located in the Exhibit Hall of 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 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 or 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 at an
increased cost.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, etc. should be picked up from the Chairperson of that event.


Exhibit Hall
Chairpersons: Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
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 experienced 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. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
6. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
7. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
8. Place your message on our notice board for friends, and/or guests.
9. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories and Canal Records.
10. The center for "Lost and Found" items.
11. Sell dance tickets (if available). You must show identification badge to purchase tickets.
We are at your service.



1. Reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1994 dues and all reservations will be
authorized through the 1994 Reunion Coordinator. Please do not phone reservations directly to hotel.
a. Hotel will make room assignments. MEMBERS MUST MAKE ANY CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is May 6,1994.
complete form properly will delay processing of your reservation.
a. This form must be accompanied by a REGISTRATION FORM and a non-refundable registration fee of $3.00
(Payable to 1994 Reunion Coordinator) DO NOT INCLUDE THIS FEE IN HOTEL DEPOSIT PAYMENT.
3. Mail Hotel Reservation and one (1) nights DEPOSIT MADE OUT TO HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE to 1994
Reunion Coordinator, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.
a. Deposit payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable to U.S. Institutions to the hotel of your
choice, or by major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC or other). Please indicate card number, expiration date and
4. A limited number of rooms for handicapped guests will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please note your
request in the Special Request space on Reservation Form.
5. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available for $225.00 to $300.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $140.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.


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 4 or over 12 years. Seven nights a week. Charge is
$10.00 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.
CONTACT: Ms. Laura (Bracken) Lewis, Recreation Director,
(407) 351-3340 Extension 1634.
AT THE TWIN TOWERS there are no babysitting services available. Those requiring that service may contact the

Fairy Godmothers Child Care Super Sitters
4775 E. Anderson Road 5375 Emerald Isle Drive
Orlando, FL 32812 Orlando, FL 32812
(407) 277-3724 (407) 382-2558


1. If you have not submitted a Hotel Reservation Form or Registration Form, please attach your Registration Form and
a non-refundable $3.00 Registration Fee with this Ticket Form. PRE-ORDERING tickets will result in a savings of
$2.00 ($1.00 for each dance).
2. Ticket orders will be accepted from only those members submitting a Registration Form and non-refundable
Registration Fee of $3.00.
4. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets will be limited to seating capacity-of Exhibit Hall. IF TICKETS ARE
COST. It is advised that you order your tickets in advance since there is no guarantee that there will be tickets
available at time of Reunion.


Saturday, June 11, 1994 Chairperson Betty Malone

Limited to 1000 capacity 1. Citrus Crown Ballroom Doors open at 11:30 a.m.I
$15.00/Ticket 8 Tickets per member Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 8 per member.
No. of Tickets Total $ 3. Seating will be at tables of 8 persons.
1._ 4. Menu: Roast Turkey w/dressing
2. Glazed Sweet Potatoes
3.__ Mixed Vegetables
4. Caesar Salad, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce
5._ Carrot Cake
6. __ 5. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
7. May 23, 1994 and will not be re-sold at the Reunion.
Saturday, June 11, 1994 REUNION DANCES
Chairpersons James and Gemma O'Donnell
Limited to 1500 Capacity
$11.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member 1. Exhibit Hall 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
S2. Tickets will be limited to capacity of Exhibit Hall
I No. of Tickets Total $ (Approximately 1,500).
2.__ 4. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
3. May 23, 1994 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
S4. 5. Hotel will provide cash bars.
__7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted
at the dances.
Friday, June 10, 1994 Informal dress.
9. SOCIETY ANNUAL BALL Semi formal dress NOI
ILimited to 1500 Capacity SHORTS OR JEANS.
I $5.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member 10. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED TICKETS
No. of Tickets Total $ REGISTRATION TABLES.
I 1.
S2. PANAZONIA4N DANCE Music by Leroy Lewis
I 3. BALL Music by Frankie Pretto

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M.
Chairperson John Disharoon

Two events are going to be offered during the 1994 Reunion A Volleyball Tournament and Bingo. The Volleyball
Tournament will be played based on single elimination. If you show up at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 11, you will be
assigned to a team.
Bingo will be played at the Twin Towers Hotel between 2:00 4:00 P.M. We will have several great prizes.

Chairpersons Margot and Hubert Jordan

The Fifteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will again be held at the Cypress Creek Country Club,
5353 South Vineland Rd., Orlando, Florida on June 9, 1994. Please furnish your own transportation.
The field will be limited to 120 players. Check-in time will be 8:00 A.M. followed by a "shot-gun" tee-time at 8:30
A.M. NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Reservation DEADLINE will be May 20, 1994. No refunds will be
made after that date. Send your Registration Form early to ensure entry into the tournament. If confirmation is required,
include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your Registration Form, otherwise consider yourself registered unless
advised by the committee.
Breakfast will NOT be served, but Coffee and Danish will be available at the club at your expense.
The Entry Fee is $46.00 per player which includes green fees, golf carts, awards, favors, door prizes and luncheon.
The Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:30 P.M. at the Lake/Osceola Room, Convention Center, Twin Towers Hotel
immediately following the completion of play. I.D. Tags, given to you when you check in at the golf club, are needed for
admittance to the Awards Luncheon, so please display them prominently on your person. One guest per player will be
permitted to the luncheon at a cost of $13.50 if pre-registered. No last minute guests or CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS
All men's flights will be established by age. There will be one women's flight and the age requirement is not
necessary. Prizes will be based on medal play and special events. You may play with players of your choice, however, you
will compete in your own age group. The committee will place you by age or handicap if you do not select anyone to
play with. If you have a current PGA handicap, please note it on the Registration Form. Information regarding the
tournament will be posted in the Reunion Registration area of the Twin Towers on Wednesday afternoon, June 8, 1994.
The location of the golf course is noted within the yellow-page inserts of the Canal Record.
If you have not submitted your registration form along with the non-refundable registration fee of $3.00 required of
1994 Reunion attendees, please attach form and fee made out to the Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are invited to participate, but are ineligible to receive prizes.


Member Number_

NAME (Print) Address:

_City State Zip

STelephone Number Age as of June 8, 1994: Male

GOLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON persons @ $46.00 per person

LUNCHEON GUEST @ $13.50 per person. TOTAL ENCLOSED: $

Make check/money order payable to Margot Jordan, 16409 Lake Byrd Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33618. Tel: 813-963-6998.

List 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.




Professional Amateur ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 20, 1994.
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11902 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
(813) 868-3669


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The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1994 Reunion.
Each air travel reservation made through BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL on DELTA AIR LINES will benefit your
Society by reducing air travel costs which the Society provides for the Reunion musicians.
The primary purpose of appointing an 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
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate Reunion Registration
hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights from those
locations where a significant amount of members depart from. Chartering flights would provide a considerable reduction
in reunion travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL or DELTA AIR LINES (with
the latter, you must use the Delta File Number). The advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that, in addition to
providing a complete travel profile, advanced seat arrangements, boarding passes and free ticket delivery BOWEN-
KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available and monitor reservations to obtain a lower fare for the member should fares
decrease before departure.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from June 5 through June
15, 1994.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1994 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 on BOWEN-KEPPIE's advertisement. The Form is non-binding to you, but it will also provide advance
information for select support functions. BOWEN-KEPPIE has modified its handling of these forms to provide a more
efficient and expeditious response to the membership.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE advertisement and if you
should call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request the Panama Canal Society Specialist to return your



The 1994 Reunion Dance Committee is making arrangements for two great musicians to play for the 1994 Reunion
dances. Frank Pretto and his Parranda Band, who performed at the 1992 and 1993 Reunions will return and be the
featured musical group for the Ball Saturday night.

For the Friday night dance, we will have a return engagement of Leroy Lewis. Leroy did an outstanding job at the
1993 Reunion. Leroy Lewis is remembered for his organ playing at the Hotel El Panama. Since leaving Panama, Leroy's
list of organ concerts include Radio City Music Hall, Resorts International and others.

Rick Smith, in conjunction with the Hotel will provide the sound system. Rick's sound system is technically the most
advanced state-of-the-arts and we received many compliments at the 1993 Reunion.

The 1994 reunion dances will begin at 8:30 P.M. and doors will open at 8:00 P.M. Tickets will be limited to the
seating capacity of the Exhibit Hall, approximately 1,500. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The
Committee recommends that you order your tickets with the order forms printed in this issue. TICKETS WILL NOT

Reserved tables will be limited to Reunion Committee Chairpersons and Society Officers. Any reserved table not
occupied after the first half-hour of the dance will be released to the general membership. Cigarettes and drinks of any
kind will not be permitted on the dance floor. The Hotel will have pay-as-you-go bars available in the Exhibit Hall the
nights of the dances for your convenience.

We are looking forward to another great Society Reunion in 1994 at the Twin Towers Hotel, June 8th to 12th.

Gemma and Jim O'Donnell
Dance Chairpersons

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Each Reunion associated air reservation to Orlando, Florida on DELTA between June 6, 1993 through June 16, 1993 will
help your Society obtain complimentary Air Tickets for the transportation of the Reunion Musicians and in turn reduce
some of the Society's Reunion Costs.
For your convenience you may phone DELTA direct, 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservation under FILE No.
J0316. Unfortunately, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservation should air fares
reduce before your departure or the possibility of offering a better flight schedule on another carrier, but the Society will
be credited.

Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests OR,
New 1994 model cars in several categories and rate ranges can be picked up and delivered right at the airport.
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!

Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down before you depart.
Make your travel arrangements early Complete this Preliminary Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Passenger Names:
Address: City/State: Zip:
Phone: Senior Citizen: E Yes D No Rental Car: El Yes El No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
Departing From Originating City: Date: Preferred Time:
Departing Orlando Date: Preferred Time:_
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entertainment, activities and overall considerations were
excellent. Bob Jr. is presently enrolled in the U.S. Naval
Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. where he is
pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science as a
Captain, U.S. Army. Pappy is still in Kerrville.

Robert B."Pappy" Grier and his son, Bob Jr. aboard
cruise liner Crown Princess.

Dottie and Vince Ridge stayed with Anna Calvit
while visiting Kerrville. They visited with their niece
Cathy and Don Adams. Pappy Grier took Vince to see
Ed Kunkle and Bob Dunn and show him points of
interest in Kerrville. Dottie and Vince have been
traveling by car since the Orlando Reunion and are now
heading home.
Marilyn and Wade Carter had a mini-fall vacation
going to Shreveport, La., to visit relatives, then on to
Broken Arrow, Okla., to visit their daughter Renee
Collins, her husband and family. While in Oklahoma,
they attended the Zonian picnic in Tulsa. It was a
pleasure to see friends whom they had not seen since
their days in the Zone. Renee's homemade empanadas
were a huge success at the picnic and quickly
disappeared. After enjoying the Collins for several days,
the Carters headed to Dallas for the Texas State Fair
before returning home to Kerrville.
Honey (Bergman) Fealey flew to Seattle, Wash., at
the end of July for a six-week visit with her children and
families (Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey) and (Jimmy and
Sudy (Bryson) Fealey). Her time was spent on Whidbey
Island in the middle of Puget Sound. She really enjoyed
her grandchildren. She attended the Northwest Canal
Zone reunion held in a beautiful national park. The
Fealey family and the Ed Kennedy family drove down in
tandem, and enjoyed seeing Marty and Bill Lohr, Pat
(Baron) and Bill Scott as well as Bill Bailey. Besides
visiting with her family, Honey went on picnics with
Millie (Turner) and Ed Kennedy and their family. A high
point of one get together was visiting with Howie
(Adams) and Gary Laatz and son "J". She took a trip
with the Kennedys to Squim, Wash., and visited with Bill
and Marty Lohr in their home. She enjoyed her visit with
Charlotte Kennedy and says Charlotte looks wonderful.
Honey always enjoys the fresh seafood and the
blackberries and raspberries that grow wild all over the

San Antonio, Texas Hosts Shrine Convention
By Cheryl Russell

Shriners from Abou Saad Temple, Panama Canal,
were among the thousands who marched past the Alamo
on July 5, 1993, during the Shriners' annual convention.
The convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, July 3-
8, 1993, and was attended by shriners from 191 temples
throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and
The historic Fairmount Hotel was the headquarters
for many of the Abou Saad Shriners (nobles); others
stayed with friends or relatives in nearby areas. Close to
sixty Abou Saad nobles enjoyed getting together, talking
over old times, and catching up on the latest news. It was
a mini-Panama Canal Reunion!

L-R: Roy Wilson, Robert T. Russell Jr., Potentate;
Bill Homa and Gene Wilson.

One of the highlights of the convention was the Abou
Saad Temple Hoe Down at the Rio Cibolo Ranch. The
evening was packed with excitement and adventure.
There were gunfighters, a longhorn steer and a trick
roper for entertainment. Plenty of good Texas barbecue
was served and a live country-western band provided the
music while 105 transplanted Texans tried to do the
Texas Two Step and various line dances. The Texas Two
Step will never be the same.
Among the former Canal Area Shriners now living in
Texas were: Jim Willis, Roy Wilson, John Nolan, George
Ropke, and Illus. Dave Stocker. Other Texans in
attendance were Darrell Sponberg and Bruce Topletz.

Dale and Jackie Bishop have just returned from a
ten-day trip to Alabama and Florida. They attended the
Gas House Gang Golf Tournament, an annual event, in
Dothan, Ala. On the way they stopped in Fairhope, Ala.,
to visit Shirley Musselman in her home. At the golf
tournament, Dale was one of the 80 golfers and he saw
several of his former golfing buddies: Hugh Norris, Jim
Riley and Bill Wheeler. The Dothan ladies had their
monthly Birthday Luncheon and the "golf widows" were
included. Jackie saw many old friends among whom were
Ginger and Bill Young, Marge and Jack Ruoff, Barbara
and Louie and Leon and Claire Dedeaux, Maggie and
Gordon Dalton, Emily and Charlie Newberry, Wilma and
Willie Nowotny, Elsie Woodruff, Lois Thomas and Helen
Sullivan. From Dothan they drove to Tallahassee, Fla. to
visit Jackie's brother John (Bill) Schmidt. Bill had a

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family dinner for Jackie and Dale. Jackie and Dale spent
a day with Bill and Barbara Wichmann and visited Herb
Mitten who makes his home with his daughter Sue and
Larry Corrigan. They ran into Bert and Carol Mead who
were visiting in the area and talked on the phone with
Pat and Bess Conley. All in all it was a wonderful trip
and they will be enjoying the memories for a long time.
Allan Wells and his son Michael visited his father
Fred Wells in Kerrville. Allen and Michael were in Texas
to see the Confederate Airforce in Midland, Texas.
Jeanne Stough has just returned from a trip to
Panama and she is walking on "cloud nine". Look for her
write up elsewhere in this Canal Record.
Well, good friends, this wraps up another year as
your reporter. Your support and comments inspire me to
continue sending in Kerrville news. Merry Christmas and
a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Richard and Audrey Chambers of Richmond report
the pleasure of a visit by Richard's mother, Clara M.
Chambers, of Fort Worth, Texas. They enjoyed hosting
an 83rd birthday celebration for Clara, which included
two of her grandchildren and four of her many great
grandchildren among the special gathering. See in the
photo her true allegiance to the Washington Redskins.
She was "initiated" by Audrey (a Redskins fanatic) into
the Chambers band of true Redskins fans and took a
lifetime oath of irrevocable allegiance. Upon her return
home to the state of Texas, she was warned by the
"Dallas Cowboys supporting den of heathens with whom
she resides" to wear the hat only on game days.

Clara M. Chambers

Plans for two area reunions: Rae Donaldson
(BHS'68), Barbara Sanders (BHS'71), and Rosemary
Gilead (BHS'44) are planning a potluck
evening/gathering of Canal folks in the MD-VA-DC area
at the huge party room of Rae's apartment building:
Roosevelt Towers, 500 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Falls Church,
VA 22044 (telephone 703-538-2463). We hope to see a
large gang come, so please mark your calendars for
Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. We will make arrangements
for drinks and beverages (for which we'll ask a $3.00
donation), and ask that you bring a potluck dish. For
further information, please call Rae at the above
telephone number or Rosemary at 703-243-6408 or
Barbara Sanders at 703-536-8760. Really hope to see you.
Watch for additional information in a future Canal
Record on plans for a more formal gathering in October
1994. We plan to have on hand to provide great
Panamanian dance music the renowned Tito Mouynes
who has played at previous Panama Canal Reunions in
Florida, and plays annually at the San Diego Reunion.

Barbara Sanders
(703) 536-8760



Henter-Joyce, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious
1993 Act VI Distinguished Vendor of Adaptive Technology
Award by the United States Department of Commerce.
This award is given to only one vendor a year in
recognition of their exemplary contribution by providing
valuable adaptive technology and support services for the
The award was presented in Washington, D.C. on
October 5, 1993. Ted Henter, BHS'69 is President of
Henter-Joyce, Inc. based in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Anne Newins, a 1971 graduate of Balboa High
School, has been awarded a doctoral degree from the
University of LaVerne, LaVerne, California.
Dr, Newins is the daughter of Walter A. Dryja,
former Assistant Marine Director. He and his wife,
Janice, were in California in May of this year for a
ceremony honoring all persons receiving doctorates
during the past year from the university's School of
Educational Management.

Her grandfather, Albert H. Clagg, was employed as
a mounted policeman with the Canal Zone Police during
World War I. Following the war, he worked as a tugboat
engineer for the Port Captain, Cristobal.
Dr. Newins is Dean of Instruction at Merced College
in Merced, CA. where she was employed in 1985 as a
student services manager. She also directs the Federal
Tech Prep Grant, a nationwide educational reform
initiative, which includes the effort to improve the quality
of vocational education in California.

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A Change of Command ceremony was held at Ft.
Jackson, South Carolina on September 26, 1993 in which
Commander James M. Smith, USNR relinquished his
command of Naval Construction Force Support Unit
Three to Commander Kenneth G. Fortner, USNR, of
Lawrenceville, Georgia, who then assumed command of
that unit.

Anne Newins

Prior to her present employment, she spent nine
years working in the public sector, serving the mentally
ill, chronically unemployed and developmentally disabled.
She received a bachelor's degree in English from
Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas in
1974, and a master's degree in student personnel work in
higher education in 1976 from North Carolina State
Her husband, Jack Newins, is a marriage and family
therapist in private practice in Merced.

Commander Kenneth G. Fortner, USNR


Robert J. Bloemer, son of Captain and Mrs. R. J.
Bloemer, retired Panama Canal pilot, was pinned Lt.
Colonel during swearing-in ceremony by LTC John
Jackson, Commanding Officer of 87th Flying Squadron
on July 29, 1993 at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas.

L-R: Angie Bloemer, mother, and Kimberlee Bloemer,
wife, watch LTC Robert J. Bloemer sworn in by LTC
John Jackson.

Commander Fortner received his commission as an
Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps upon graduation from
Auburn University in August, 1975. After completing
training at CECOS, he reported for duty as Staff Civil
Engineer at the Naval Communication Station, Norfolk.
Subsequent active duty assignments included Assistant
Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Norfolk
Naval Shipyard; Postgraduate School, Georgia Institute of
Technology; and assignments as the Assistant Operations
Officer, Operations Officer, Detail Officer-in-Charge, and
Training Officer within NMCB 133. Since release from
active duty Commander Fortner has been assigned to
Officer in Charge of Construction, Southern Europe;
Construction Battalion Hospital Unit 8A; and the Third
Naval Construction Regiment as Operations Officer.
Commander Fortner is employed by CH2M Hill, Inc.
in Atlanta, Georgia, as Department Manager for
Engineering and Construction Management Services
within the Project Implementation Division.
Fortner is the son of Mavis (Beall) Fortner who
attended the ceremony, and the late Gayle G. Fortner of
Orange City, Florida, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Ken graduated from Balboa High School in 1971. He and
his wife DeLight and two children, Charisse and David,
reside in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


Emily Henter has been
selected to be in the
National Junior Honor
Society. She has been
nominated and interviewed
in September and was
notified October 8, 1993, of
her accomplishment. Emily
has a 3.9 grade point
average, was a member of
the student council, and
active after school in sports.
To cap off this
accomplishment she was
Emily Henter voted to be Captain of the
Cheerleading Squad. Emily
attends St. Petersburg
Christian School and takes advanced studies.
Her proud parents are Ted and Mel (Little) Henter.
Her paternal grandparents are Ted and Emily Henter, all
are from Balboa, Canal Zone, now residing in St.
Petersburg. Maternal grandparents were the late Charles
"Bugs" and Pauline Little.


On September 26, 1992,
CMSGT James J. Reynolds
was inducted into the
USAFSS/ESC Association
Hall of Honor at Kelly
AFB, Texas. He was cited
S. as the "Focal Point," "The
Command Spokesman" for
technical advances infused
mission. He established
USAFSS as the leader in
James J. Reynolds Improved AG-22 Terminal
System (IATS). He changed
the way USAFSS/ESC conducted
evaluations/management/feed-back at field sites and
airborne units. He was recognized by NSA as "The
Military Expert" on matters ranging from collection
management to computerized collection forwarding; from
debugging software to writing a computer operator
training package; from the radical new collection
management concept called Collection Objectives
Priorities and Evaluation System (COPES), to writing an
operator handbook which simplified COPES and was
eventually used throughout the cryptologic community.
Joe Reynolds grew up in Pedro Miguel and Balboa;
attended St. Mary's Parochial School; BHS 1955-1959;
and CZJC 1959-1961. Both his parents worked for the

Canal; his father, Edward S. Reynolds worked for the
Locks Division, retiring in 1977 as Lockmaster,
Miraflores. He passed away in 1992. His mother worked
for the Payroll Branch and also retired in 1977, and she
passed away in 1989.
Joe joined the Air Force in 1961 and retired in 1987.
He has a daughter, Jacqueline Marie (25) and a son,
James J. (20) of Auburn, Washington. Since retirement,
he and his wife settled in Mt. Home, Texas.


Captain Howard (Bucky) and Eleanor Buehler were
honored by their children at a weekend celebration of
their 50th wedding anniversary in St. Cloud, Minnesota,
August 14-15. Hosting the party were Judy and Sid
Williamson, Beverly and Richard Grassy, Paul Buehler,
and grandchildren Kathy and Matt Williamson and
Sarah Grassy.

Capt. Howard and Eleanor Buehler

Beginning on Friday evening with a barbecue at Judy
and Sid's home which also celebrated Paul's birthday,
continuing with a cruise on the Mississippi River and
dinner on Saturday evening, and ending with a brunch on
Sunday morning, the weekend was spent in a reunion
including over forty relatives and friends.
Former Zonians included Mildred Sutherland, who
drove to Minnesota with Eleanor and Howard, John
Harris, Kim Norman and Tom Stiers.
Following the celebration the Buehlers spent several
weeks visiting and traveling in the Midwest before
returning to Florida in mid-September. In October they
enjoyed a trip to Washington, DC--a gift from their


In November, Rita Harvey,
daughter of Theresa
(Washabaugh) and Mel
Harvey, and granddaughter of
Rita Washabaugh, will fly to
.' Miami to join the touring
company of Andrew Lloyd
Weber's "Phantom of the
|Bm. Opera." Twice a week, for
the next year, she will be
playing the role of Christine
Rita Harvey in Miami, Chicago, Boston
and Minneapolis.
Rita received her Masters
in voice performance at
Northwestern University several years ago and has
marveled audiences with her clear soprano voice ever
since. Currently she is starring in "Oklahoma" at the
Marriott Lincolnshire in Chicago.


Gemmie and Paul Moser of Douglasville, Georgia,
enjoyed a wonderful visit with son, Mark and wife Linda
in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

L-R: Linda Moser, Capt. Mark Moser, Gemmie and
Paul Moser, Laura (Moser) and Stephen Austin.
While there, they attended a Change of Command
ceremony at which time Captain Mark Moser assumed
command of "C" Company, 1st. Bn. Attack, 82nd
Airborne at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Mark is an
Apache helicopter pilot.
Also present for the occasion were Laura (Moser)
and Stephen Austin.


Joe Plaisance (the mad bomber) made it to the New
Hampshire Regional Championships for Boys Downhill
Racing. He has been skiing since he was five.
The winter of 92-93 was his first year in competitive
Skiing. He came in 8th place for the local divisions and
traveled to the White Mountains of Northern New
Hampshire to compete with professional racers between
the ages of 8-16.


Joe Plaisance, 'The Mad Bomber."
His mother, Marcie Zaharee (Hepner) and
stepfather Eric Zaharee (National Ski Patrol) are very
proud of him.
Joe resides in New Hampshire where he goes to
school, plays baseball, basketball, skiing, icer skating, and
is involved with Cub Scouts. During the summer months
he visits with his father, Brian Plaisance, in Panama
where he fishes every day.


Dr. Bob Berger and Rida Berger of Radford,
Virginia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in
Daughters Diane Berger and Roberta (Bobbie)
Berger made it a small and wonderful family celebration
with them.

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"Tina" Owens of San Clemente, California, was married
on August 21, 1993, shown with Mary Thompson of
Vancouver, WA. "Tina" is the daughter of Mary
Thompson's sister, Mercedes (Wade) Owens.

Billy Brady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brady of
Columbia, S.C., recently won another coloring contest.
Pictured is Billy receiving his check from the manager of
Wal-Mart. He won first prize and so did his sister
Bonney for their age group. Billy also won 2nd prize in
the State Newspaper Christmas contest last year, first
prize (a bike) in the Belk Easter coloring contest. His
sister Bonney is right behind him with three monetary
awards for coloring contests.

Billy Grady receiving check.


Former Atlantic Sider Nancy Ridge (Class of '73)
married Jaycee Williams on July 31, 1993 in Dana Point,
Many friends and relatives attended the wedding.

Back, L-R: Norine (Kaufer) Crnich, Greg, Rachel
(Ridge) and Caitlin Feuerbach, Jerry Ridge, Kim and
Eileen (Ridge) Jones, Steve Cartotto, Joan Ridge-
Smith. Front L-R: Dotty Ridge, Jaycee Williams and
Nancy (Ridge) Williams, Vince Ridge and Joan

MSG and Mrs. James Wight Phillips (nee Judi Lynn
Rathgeber) were married on June 11, 1993 at
Fayetteville, N.C. Judi is the daughter of Annie R.
(Carpenter) Rathgeber of Jonesboro, Ga. and the late
Donald R. Rathgeber. Jim's parents are Mrs. Elizabeth
G. Phillips of Cortland, N.Y. and the late Dr. Webster V.

Judi Lynn Rathgeber and James Wight Phillips.
The newlywed couple spent their honeymoon in
Panama, and now reside at 1009 Christina St.,
Fayetteville, N.C.


Jean Elizabeth Thebault and Shawn Jeffrey Breunle
were married on August 20, 1993 at the Middleton
Congregational Church in Middleton, Mass.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Cynthia A.
Thebault of Fryeburg, Maine.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Phillip C.
Breunle of Aurora, Colo. Shawn attended Canal Zone
schools during 1972-77, the period his father, now a
retired Army Colonel, served as Military Assistant to the
PCC/CZG Governor and Assistant to the Health Bureau

Rear L-R: Lori Nickisher, Mitchy Hern, Barbara
Carlin, Kim and Jim Stonecypher, David
Stonecypher, Brian Muniz, John Lenz. Front L-R:
Erika Welch, Margie Stonecypher, Alice Riviezzo,
Jeff Morgan, Louis Najmy, Bruce Morgan.
The wedding week was a fun mix of families and
friends from all parts of the U.S. and Panama. Kim and
Jim took a short honeymoon trip to central Florida and
now reside in their new home at 2142 Ivy Place in
Sarasota. Kim is employed as a speech correction
therapist in the Bradenton public school system, and Jim
is manager of a retail hardware store on Longboat Key,

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Jean Elizabeth Thebault and Shawn Jeffrey Breunle.
Following the ceremony, a dinner reception was held
at the Sheraton Tara Hotel and Resort in Danvers, Mass.
Many out-of-town relatives and guests attended the event
including several immediate family brothers and sisters of
the bride and groom.
After spending their honeymoon in Aruba, the
couple now reside near Boston in Somerville, Mass.


Kim Irene Morgan and James Lester Stonecypher
were married on May 1, 1993, during an evening wedding
mass held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic
Church in Bradenton, Florida. Kim is the daughter of
Richard and Julieta Morgan, formerly of Panama for 25
years and residing since early 1990 in Sarasota, Florida.
Jim is the son of Charles L. Stonecypher of Bedford,
Texas, and Mrs. Margaret Morse of Sarasota. After the
service, a reception dinner dance was held at the Brass
Parrot Dinner Club in Sarasota.
Kim's maid of honor was Barbara Carlin of
Sarasota, a close friend since their childhood in the Canal
Zone. Bridesmaids were former Panama residents Mitchy
Hern, Lori Nickisher, Erika Welch and Alice (Furlong)
Riviezzo, and Margie Stonecypher, sister of the groom.
Jim's brother David served as best man, assisted by
groomsmen Bruce Morgan and Jeff Morgan, formerly of
Panama and now living in the U.S.; and Florida friends
Brian Muniz, Louis Najmy and John Lenz.


Patricia R. Jablonski and Robert H. Sauerteig III
were married on March 20, 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia.
They were attended by the bride's sister, Theresa
Jablonski, as maid of honor and the groom's best man,
David Sauerteig. Patricia is the daughter of Captain and
Mrs. Theodore Jablonski, former residents of Los Rios,
Panama. She will be graduating from Georgia State
University in the spring with a BBA in Accounting.
Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sauerteig II
from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Robert is a graduate of
the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and is an
auditor with NCUA.

The Jablonski Sauerteig wedding party.


Kimberly Marie Greene and Lee Harold Green were
married at Concordia Lutheran Church, Sebastian,
Florida, on July 3, 1993. Kim is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Greene, Fort Pierce, Florida. Lee is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Harold (Bud) Green, formerly of
Gamboa, and now residing in Tallahassee, Florida.

Kimberly Marie Greene and Lee Harold Green
Samantha McKee was the maid of honor. Chantel
Chenier was the bridesmaid, and Jamie Mullins, was
junior bridesmaid, with Kaycee Mullins and Nicole
Chornoby as flower girls. Kamie and Kaycee are
daughters of James and Karen (Newlon) Mullins,
formerly of Gamboa. The bridesgroom's father was the
best man. Groomsmen were Christopher P. Greene, the
bride's brother, and Bob Gehringer, formerly of
Margarita. The ring bearer was Maria Dyer.
Lee and Kim reside in San Juan, Puerto Rico where
Lee is employed by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Stacey Ann Neal and David Robert Dahlstrom (BHS
83) were married June 19, 1993 at Pisgah United
Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. The ceremony
included three songs performed by David's father Robert
Dahlstrom (Sister Bay, Wis.) and a scripture reading
read by David's sister-in-law Linda Dahlstrom (Fort
Clayton, Panama). Stacey's parents are Robert and
Phyllis Neal, Hobe Sound, Fla. David's parents are
Robert and Martha Dahlstrom, Sister Bay, Wis. and
Linda and Victor Carter, Balboa Heights, Panama.
Maid of Honor was Patricia Neal, Marietta, Ga., the
bride's sister. Best Man was Murray McArthur, Dallas,
Texas. Bridesmaids were: Darcy Foster, Tallahassee, Fla.,
and Cherisse Carone, Lenox, Mass. Junior bridesmaid
and flower girl were Robyn Neal and Rebecca Neal,
Germantown, Md., the bride's nieces. Groomsmen were:
Gabriel Castaner, Orlando, Fla., and Harris Hurst, Ft.
Worth, Texas. Ring bearer was Nathaniel Neal,
Germantown, Md., the bride's nephew. Ushers were:
Steve Dahlstrom, Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Rick
Dahlstrom, Fort Clayton, Panama, brothers of the
groom. Wedding helpers were: Robert Weldon,
Tallahassee, Fla.; Edmund Bringas, Orlando, Fla.;
Henrietta Wolf Hurst, Ft. Worth, Texas; Tracey Helin,
Tallahassee, Fla.; Carson Dolan, Daytona Beach, Fla.;
Cathy Felty McArthur, Dallas, Texas, and Julie
Gremillion Collins, Tallahassee, Fla.

David Dahlstrom and Stacy Neal Dahlstrom
A reception was given by the couple immediately
following the ceremony at Dorothy B. Oven Park in
Tallahassee, Fla. Several members of the family and
Canal Zone friends came from near and far to join in the
wedding festivities.
The Dahlstroms enjoyed an extended honeymoon on
Anna Maria Island, Fla., and Fourth of July weekend in
Washington, D.C. Both David and Stacey earned a.
Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from
Florida State University in April of 1990 and currently
reside in Tallahassee, Fla. David is employed by the State
of Florida Department of Community Affairs. Stacey is
employed by the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning


Charlotte Sellers and Ken Klimchock were married
on May 22, 1993 at the All Saints Catholic Church in
Manassas, Virginia. Parents of the bride are Tom and Ev
(Menges) Sellers, formerly of the Canal Zone. The bride
attended Curundu Jr. High School until 1984 and
graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in
Manassas, VA. in 1988.

Charlotte Sellers and Ken Klimchock

Parents of the groom are Jerry and Carol Klimchock
of LaTrobe, Pennsylvania. The bride and groom are
employed by the federal government in the Washington,
D.C. area and reside in Centerville, Virginia.


Patty Givonetti (BHS'76) and Robert Gaston were
married May 15, 1993 at Bergstrom AFB Chapel in
Austin, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Shirley Givonetti
(CHS'46), Austin, Texas, and the late Paul Givonetti
(Locks Div. Ret. 1976). The groom is the son of Kay
Hurley, Austin, Texas, and the last Jim Gaston.
Herb Carlson (Marine Bureau, Ret. 1985) had the
honor of walking his niece down the aisle.

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Patty Givonetti and Robert Gaston
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
American Legion Mansion. Out-of-state guests included
the bride's sister, Terry (Givonetti BHS'67) Carroll of
Sandy, Utah; Tammy (Kessler BHS'76) Shaffer and her
son, Tyler.
After a brief honeymoon, the couple resides in
Austin, Texas, where Patty works for the University of
Texas and Robert is a Realtor.

Julie Deanne Davenport and Charles Forbes Davis.
The bridegroom is the son of Charles and Geri
(McGriff) Davis of Columbus, Georgia. His grandparents
are Corbin and Muriel (Moore) McGriff, Sr., and Mrs.
H. C. Davis and the late Henry C. Davis, all of Dothan,
He is a graduate of Pacelli High School in
Columbus, Georgia and a graduate of Auburn University
where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science
and Pre-Law. He also received a Masters Degree in
Public Administration from the University of Alabama,
He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity where he
served as Chaplain. He is employed as an account
executive for Interstate/Johnson Lane, Stock and Bond
Brokers in Columbus, Georgia.
After a honeymoon in San Francisco and the West
Coast, the newlyweds will reside in Columbus.



Julie Deanne Davenport of Monroeville, Alabama,
and Jackson, Tennessee, and Charles Forbes Davis, of
Columbus, Georgia, were united in marriage at 7:00 p.m.,
August 21, at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
Jackson, Tennessee.
The bride is the daughter of Nancy Davenport of
Jackson and James Davenport of Oxford, Alabama.
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Davenport and
Mr. and Mrs. James Lamport, all of Jackson.
Julie is a graduate of Northside High School of
Jackson, and a graduate of Auburn University of
Alabama where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Textile
Engineering. She also received a Masters Degree in
Business Administration from the University of Alabama,
Tuscaloosa. She is an ATEF scholarship recipient, Pi
Kappa Phi "Little Sister" and 1991 MBA "Student of the
Year". Julie is presently employed as flow replenishment
administrator with Vanity Fair Mills in Monroeville,

Myra Lynne Collins and Scott Alexander Ross were
married on September 4, 1993 at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church in Benicia, Calif.

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Myra Lynne Collins and Scott Alexander Ross

The bride is the daughter of Herb and Leilani
(Walston) Collins of Vallejo, Calif., and granddaughter
of Myra (Davis) Walston, also of Vallejo.
The groom is the son of Delbert Ross of Benicia,
and Chris Weirather of Modesto, Calif.
Serving as one of the bridesmaids was her cousin
Elizabeth (Sanders) Reichert, daughter of Laura
(Walston) Sanders and the late Philip Sanders. Her
children, Karl and Kristina Reichert, served as ring
bearer and flower girl.
Following a honeymoon in Las Vegas, the couple will
live in Benicia.


On September 18, 1993, Karyn L. Dumas (CHS'77)
was married to Ken Fish from San Jose, California. The
wedding took place in Santa Barbara, California, at 5:00
in the afternoon. The ceremony was performed at Stow
House in a garden wedding.
The bride was attended by three bridesmaids, Kim
Harris, Santa Barbara, CA., Janice (Cookie) Newlon
(BHS'76) and Susan Bell (CHS'77). Ken's groomsmen
were all Californians; Jim Hurrell, Richard Fish and Jeff
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Karyn L. Dumas and Ken Fish

The reception was held at the Timbers Restaurant in
Santa Barbara, and a good time was had by all. Karyn's
family, Atlantic side, Ed Dumas, Dad, Joanne Dumas,
Mom and sisters, Sharon, Dana and Kassie came to
celebrate the marriage. Also from Panama were Paul
Goodrich (BHS'76) and Dennis Schreiber (CHS'77).
Everyone danced the night away.

Due to space limitations and to provide equi-
tableness to all members, adding guest lists
cannot be printed in the future. Members are
asked to summarize and not list each name.


Sonya Helene Riboloff and Derek Dante Dean were
united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony on August
21, 1993. The ceremony was held beachside at Patrick
Enlisted Beach Club, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
Derek is the son of Roger and Nancy Dean, formerly
of Gamboa, now residing in Melbourne, Fla. Sonya is the
daughter of Grace Riboloff, Cocoa, Fla.
Sonya's matron of honor was Traci Deakins (Rick)
and Derek chose his father as best man. The groom's
brother Darren Dean served as usher.


Sonya Helene Riboloff and Derek Dante Dean
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
beach club and was attended by family members, friends
and former Canal Zone residents.
Derek is employed at Professional Engineering
Consultants, Inc. as a Civil Engineer and Sonya is a travel
agent working at Uniglobe Personal Touch.
The couple honeymooned in Jamaica and now reside
at 2825 Montmart Dr., Orlando, FL 32812.


Virgina Davis Burt of Ponte Vedra, Florida, and
Paul Martin Williams of Atlanta, Georgia were married
September 25, 1993 at St. James United Methodist
Church in Atlanta.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Henrietta
McCarthy of Jupiter, FL. and Hilliard Pace Burt of
Albany, GA. She is a graduate of the University of
Georgia. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Williams, formerly of La Boca, Panama, and now of
Palm Harbor, Fl. He is a graduate of Auburn University
and Georgia State University and is president of The
Wheatstone Energy Group, Inc., in Atlanta.


Virginia Davis Burt and Paul Martin Williams

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs.
Thomas Hilton, sister of the bride, was matron of honor
and Patrick Williams, the groom's brother, was best
man. Ushers were Kenneth Morris and Keith Mead,
both former Panama residents, Pace Burt, the bride's
brother, and Todd Livengood. Several of the bride's
godchildren were a charming part of the wedding as
junior bridesmaid, niece Pace Snellings, flower girls,
nieces Augusta Burt and Carlisle Harris, and ringbearer,
nephew Thomas Hilton.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Among the guests were
many out-of-town relatives and friends.
After a honeymoon inSaint Bart6lemy, French West
Indies, the couple now make their home in Atlanta.


Laura (Moser) and Stephen Austin are pleased to
announce the birth of their first child, Leah Catherine
Austin, on January 21, 1993. Leah's grandparents are
Gemmie and Paul Moser and Ann and Jerry Austin of
Douglasville, Ga. The Paul Mosers retired from the
Schools Division in 1979.

Bill and Kathleen (McConaghy) Campbell with Sam.

Sam was born on April 29, 1992 and came to live
with Bill and Kathleen (McConaghy) Campbell in
August, 1992.
Sam's great-grandparents are Til McConaghy who
lives in Clearwater, Florida, and the late John

Larry and Cindee Kelly of Longwood, Florida, are
delighted with their new son, Jackson, born August 18,
1993, at Arnold Palmer Children and Women's Hospital
in Orlando. His three year-old brother, Dylan, is busy
helping take care of the new addition to the family.
Grandparents Barbara Kelly of Dunnellon, FL., and
Rick Kelly of DeQueen, Arkansas, and Ed and Chloe
Brown of Ocala, FL. are very proud of the new member
of the family; as are a couple of great-grandmothers,
Dorothy Colbert of Hingham, Mass., and Naurine Sutton
of St. Petersburg, Florida.

daughter Dylann Farrell Swearingen and grandpa
Buckeye (CHS'47) Swearingen. Dylann is 13 months
old, born July 30, 1992, and is Jody Swearingen's
and wife Cathy's daughter. They live in Sandy, Utah.
Right: Patrick Lee Swearingen and grandma Bette
(Farrell, '49) Swearingen in front of Bette's and
Buckeye's home in Ft. Collins, CO. Patrick is Lee's
(CHS'79) son, born December 12, 1993.

Lori (Stevenson) Snow and new daughter Sara Ann.
Lori (Stevenson) Snow and her husband Virgil of
Lawrenceville, Ga., announce the birth of their 3rd child,
and 2nd daughter, Sara Ann, on August 27, 1993. Sara
weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long.
She joins her older sister Alexandria "Allie", age 7, and
brother Nicholas "Nick", age 4. Sara is named after her
great grandmother, Sara Rowley, of Clearwater, Fla. The
proud grandparents are Davis and June (Rowley)
Stevenson, also of Lawrenceville, Ga., and LaVoyce and
Virgil Snow of Griffin, Ga.

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Mike and Cindy Paulson with Sarah Anne.
Mike and Cindy Paulson are proud to announce the
birth of their first child, Sarah Anne, who was born
August 7, 1993.
Sarah is the 12th grandchild of Cash and Mary Jane
Paulson, formerly of Gatun, CZ. Both parents and
grandparents now reside in Tallahassee, Fla.

Andy and Nannette (Coffin) Halliwell with daughter
Carolyn and new son David.
Andy and Nannette (Coffin) Halliwell of Red Lion,
PA., announce the birth of their son, David Coffin
Halliwell. David was born on August 19, 1993 weighing
six pounds 5.3 ounces and was 17-3/4 inches long.
Nannette is formerly of Gatun. David joins his sister,
Carolyn, born October 17, 1992.
David's proud grandparents are Joe and Marge
Coffin and Nancy and David Halliwell, all of York, PA.


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Four Generations L-R: Great Grandmother Muriel
Moore McGriff, Granddaughter Danni Davis Harris
holding 12-day-old Molli Laine Harris, and
Grandmother Geri McGriff Davis.
Molli Laine Harris, first child of Bill and Danni
(Davis) Harris, was born June 19, 1993 in Columbus,
GA. Molli is Charles and Geri (McGriff) Davis' first
grandchild and Corbin and Muriel (Moore) McGriffs


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Linda (Magee) Michelson with son Kyle Austin and
daughter Ashley (3).

Mark and Linda (Magee) Michelson are happy to
announce the birth of their son Kyle Austin on June 3,
1993. He is welcomed by sister Ashley, 3 years old.
Ashley and Kyle are the grandchildren of John and
Phyliss Magee, Balboa, Rep. de Panama, and nephew of
John and Nancy Magee, and great grandchildren of
Susan and the late Charles Magee, Vista, Calif.

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Patricia Sheppard Anderson, 45, eldest daughter of
Ralph and Diana Sheppard died October 1, 1993 in
Louisville, Kentucky. Her death occurred during an
emergency surgical attempt to repair a suddenly ruptured
aorta. The rupture was a complication of the Marfan
Syndrome from which she had suffered since birth. Pat
was an inspiration to many concerned overseas-based
parents when during an acceptance of an award from the
Keesler Officers Wives Club in Biloxi, Miss., she
reminded them that she had gone to 10 different schools,
including seven years of overseas DODDS, was chosen
as a Presidential Scholar and presented a medal at the
White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson. She was
also awarded a four-year National Merit Scholarship. Pat
was an attorney, a member of the Ohio Bar Association
and a professor of legal research and writing. Her main
interest, however, was in breeding, raising and showing
purebred Arabian horses. She first learned to ride while
her father lived in England, and later "fell in love" with
the Arabian breed during her father's assignment to
Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya.
Patricia is survived by her parents, Diana and Ralph
Sheppard of Largo, Florida; two brothers, Tom of
Burnett, WI, and Larry of Valrico, FL; and a sister,
Marilyn Sheppard Harmon of Pensacola, FL.

Bryan David Steitz and great-grandmother Billie
Bryan David Steitz was born June 13, 1993, to Kathy
and Dave Steitz of Paris, Ky. He is the grandson of Anna
(Galloway) and Pat Daniel of Houston, Texas, and the
great grandson of Billie Galloway of Sarasota, Fla.

Geraldine Bartley, 65, a registered nurse at Sunny
Pines Nursing Center in Rockledge, Florida, died July 14,
1993, at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge. Born in
Chicago, she was a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Bartley of
Merritt Island; daughters, Claudia O'Leary of Fort Knox,
Ky., and Paula Moise O'Brien of Eagan, Minn.;
stepdaughters Bonnie Bartley of Largo, Fl., Diane Jones
of Baton Rouge, La., and Pam Heidorn of Lancaster,
Ca.; sisters Eunice Eccles of Roseburg, Or., and Diane
Stone of Lockport, II. and eleven grandchildren.

George J. Booth, 73, of Ocala, Florida, passed away
unexpectedly on September 3, 1993, after a short illness.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he lived briefly in New Orleans,
LA., and in Panama for many years before moving to
Ocala in 1978. The son of R.K. Booth, a Roosevelt
Medal holder, and Ena Victoria Sanchez Booth, he came
to Panama at age 7; raised in Cristobal and attended
Canal Zone schools until graduation from CHS in 1939.
He was a champion swimmer and diver and proud
member of the Red, White and Blue Troupe. He
subsequently completed a four year apprenticeship as a
blacksmith (industrial) and worked for the old
Mechanical Division, then transferring to the Locks



Division in 1956. During World War II he served in the
U.S. Navy in Panama and worked at the Naval Ship
Repair facilities there. He retired from the Panama
Canal in 1977 as a Marine Bureau Safety Officer and
with more than 38 years of service. He was a member of
Elks Lodge 1542, Cristobal, a life member of VFW Post
3822 Curundu, and a long time member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. George was noted for his
professional skills, personal integrity, gracious charm,
good humor, funny jokes, and graceful dancing.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons, George
J., Ocala, Richard E., West Palm Beach; a daughter,
Patricia A., Ocala; a brother, Kenneth RA., Mission
Viejo, CA.; a cousin, Sidney R. Taylor, Los Angeles, CA;
a brother-in-law, Herman Huss, Staten Island, NY, and
many nieces and nephews.

Selveig (Sue) O. Bruland died on May 10, 1993, in
Philadelphia, PA. She was born in Philadelphia in 1913,
went to the Canal Zone with her parents, Marie and
John Bruland, who was Chief Engineer of the Dredging
Division when he retired. She attended school in Balboa,
graduating from BHS in 1932, then went to Nurses
Training at Women's Hospital in Philadelphia. After
graduating, she worked in Panama Hospital under Dr.
Raymond for a number of years, returning to
Philadelphia to work at Frankfort Hospital, Jeannes
Hospital in Philadelphia, until retirement.
Sue is survived by one sister, Nellie (Bruland)
Jansen, of Essington, PA.

Frances G. Clary, 94, of Orlando, FL., died Saturday,
June 12, 1993. Miss Clary was a retired schoolteacher for
the government in the Panama Canal Zone. Born in
Melrose, MN., she moved to Central Florida in 1960. She
was a member of St. James Catholic Cathedral. She is
survived by four nieces.

Richard Wayne Coy, 75, of Clarkston, Georgia, died
August 20, 1993 in Atlanta of lung cancer. Born in
Muncie, Indiana, he was assigned in 1939 to Albrook
Field, after which he was discharged. He became
employed by the Commissary Division of the PCC, then
worked for the Balboa Naval Supply Depot and Post
Engineer, Corozal. After a brief stay in his hometown he
returned to the Canal Zone where he worked at the
Naval Fuel Annex, Tivoli Hotel, and Electrical Division.
He graduated with honors from the CZ Jr. College, then
attended L.S.U. at Ft. Clayton, Ball State U. in Muncie,
and Indiana U. He became a member of Institute of
Internal Auditors and joined the comptroller's office,
PCC, serving there until his retirement in 1974. He then
worked for Price & Waterhouse in Los Angeles. He was
active in sports and was honored by Govs. Potter and
Leber for his efforts in that behalf. He also founded an
employee Mixed Bowling league and Pacific Softball girl's
league. He was a Catholic.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen "Frede" Mosquera
de Coy of Clarkston; a son, William A. of Guatemala
City, Guatemala; a son-in-law, Larry A. Sheets of Stone
Mountain and five grandchildren.

Albert Burkett passed away on July 2, 1993 in the
Hospital at David, Chiriqui, Rep. of Panama from a
heart attack. He was buried in Los Lomas Cemetery,
David, R.P.
Survivors include a son, Albert (Butch), a retiree
from the Maintenance Division, PCC, and his wife,
Delores, of Holder, Florida; a brother, David J. Burkett,
who retired from the Dredging Division in 1972 and his
wife, Edna, of Orlando, Florida.

Raymond N. Carpenter, 69, of Green Bay,
Wisconsin, died August 26, 1993 at his home. He served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had been
employed by the Green Bay School system. He served in
the Canal Zone from 1950 to 1953 with the Canal Zone
Police. His service included duty in Balboa, Cristobal and
the Canal Zone Penitentiary. He was preceded in death
by a relative and fellow CZ Police Officer, Leonard
Survivors include his brothers and sisters and their
spouses; Harold and Margaret Carpenter, Mrs. Norbert
Dora Fonder, Ralph and Betty Carpenter, Gilbert and
Joyce Carpenter, Bernice and Merle Larner, Green Bay;
Mary Ann and Levern Schmit, Seymour, Theresa and Bill
Piton, Spokane,; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Floyd (Martha)
Carpenter, Mrs. Gordon (Dorothy) Carpenter, Green
Bay; many nieces and nephews.

Mahlon D. Davis, 88, of Coral Gables, FL., died in
New York City on September 13, 1993, a few days after
he and his wife arrived for a visit with their son and
daughter-in-law. Mr. Davis, who was born in Nebraska,
would have been 89 years old on September 25th. He
retired on December 30, 1965, after 33 years of
Government service (1932-40 with the U.S. Air Corps
and 1940-65 with the Panama Canal Accounting
Division). He and his family then spent six months in
Spain and one year in Texas. He then settled in Coral
Gables where he worked with a Miami firm until the age
of 87.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife Mary; his son
Rafael of New York City; two daughters, Margarita
Hudson of San Diego, CA., and Marisol Daugherty of
Miami; and five grandchildren, Ralph (19), Monique (17),
Marissa (14), Kevin (10), and Meghan (5) Daugherty.

Harry A. Dockery, Jr., 46, passed away October 11,
1993 at his home in Merritt Island, Florida, from cancer.
Born in the Canal Zone, he graduated from Cristobal
High School, then joined the Air Force, serving 20 years.
He retired in 1986 with tours of duty in Vietnam, Japan
and Korea. He and his family then moved to Florida. He
was supervisor of Security at Port Canaveral and an avid
fisherman in both ocean and fresh water.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter Beverly
Ivy and Jennifer Dockery; a son, Harry A. Dockery III;

grandchildren John and Michael Ivy; Parents Harry and
Jean Dockery Sr. of Albuquerque, NM; brothers Patrick,
William, Michael and John; sisters Pauline Weaaver,
Kathleen Higgenbotham and Sylvia Matthews.

William Droz, 68, of Sorrento, FL., died Friday,
August 20, 1993. Mr. Droz was a clerk for Publix Super
Markets Inc. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, he moved
to Central Florida in 1979. He was a Marine Corps
veteran of World War II. He is survived by his mother,
Etelvina, of Sorrento; brother Ralph, New York; sisters
Anna M. Perez and Dora, both of Sorrento; and Connie
Orlando, Leesburg.

Panama, she moved to Tampa in 1977 after the
retirement of her husband. She was a homemaker, a
member of Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, and a
volunteer for the Tampa Crisis Center.
She is survived by her husband, John H. Foster,
formerly of the Electrical Division with 36 years of
service; two sons, John H. II of Kentwood, MI., and
William A. of Fremont, CA; three daughters, Kathy
Curtiss of Indianapolis, Debbie Sorchinski of Jackson,
NJ., and Nancy Jenkins of Tampa; a brother, Juan
Wilson of Mazan, France; three sisters, Olga Nance,
Dorothy Wilson and Ruth Lewter, all of Panama, and
eight grandchildren.

Marjorie L. Engel, 87, of Tampa, Florida, died
August 27, 1993 at University Community Hospital. She
was born in Des Moines, Iowa and came to Tampa in
1964 upon her retirement from the Panama Canal
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy B. Matters
of Clearwater, Florida.

Esther Rightmyer Fisher, 101, a former resident of
Springfield, Ohio died September 7, 1993 in Moraga,
California. Born in Springfield, Esther attended local
schools and attended Wittenberg College and graduated
from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1916. She then taught
in rural schools in the area. She moved to the Canal
Zone in 1919 with her husband, William G. Fisher where
they resided in Balboa, Ancon and Gatun, teaching for a
number of years at the Methodist Mission School in
Panama and later at the Armed Forces schools in the
Canal Zone. During World War II, she was employed by
the Army at Ft. Davis and Ft. Gulick, and was also active
in Sunday School and church work. She was an officer in
the O.E.S. She returned to Springfield in 1950 and was
employed at Wright Patterson AFB until her retirement.
She was a member of Central United Methodist Church
and served 4 years as president of the Missionary Circle.
She was also active in the Travel Club and
Grandmother's Club of Springfield. She moved to
California in 1984.
She is preceded in death by her husband; and a son,
William S. Fisher. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Phyllis Beum of Lincoln, NE.; a son, John of Moraga,
CA.; and seven grandchildren.

William "Bill" Fitzsimmons, of 7284 Pentz Road,
Paradise, California died on April 5, 1993. He was
formerly an employee of the Industrial Division, Panama
Canal Company.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella, of Paradise.

Earl M. Freund, 82, of Yalaha, Florida, passed away
September 27, 1993. Earl worked for the Louis Sommers
Construction Company on the Canal Zone and in Alaska
before starting his own electrical contracting business in
the Canal Zone during the late 1950's. He retired in 1973
and drove to the United States through the Central
American countries. Once retired, his summers were
spent trout fishing in Colorado, and during the winters he
was active in his bowling league. He was a member of
the First Baptist Church, Leesburg, Florida, and burial
was in East Cole Camp, Missouri where he was born.
He is survived by his wife, Marien Dougherty Freund
of Yalaha; a daughter, Betty Stewart, and granddaughter
Sandra Dye of Alexandria, VA; a son, Gilbert Freund,
Panama Canal Area; a stepson, Col. George Bull (Ret)
of Yalaha; two stepdaughters, Sharon Nichols and Robin
Dougherty of the Tampa Bay Area; eight grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor Bowers
and Mary Scott of Missouri, and one brother, Luther
Freund of Kansas.

D. Irene Gauger of Tallahassee, Florida, died
September 13, 1993. Raised in the Pocono Mountains,
Pennsylvania, she lived in Tallahassee since 1982. She was
a member of the Epiphany Lutheran Church in
Tallahassee and a former member of Redeemer
Lutheran, Canal Zone for 16 years. She graduated from
the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Nursing and received a degree in Nursing Education
from Indiana University. She served as a First Lieutenant
in the Army MA.S.H. Unit 8063 in the Korean War and
was a nurse at Gorgas and Gadsden Memorial Hospital.
She was also active in the Camera Club and the Gem
and Mineral Society in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband George W. Gauger;
her son, Bradley and daughters Karen M. Gauger and
Lisa Gauger Lulofs, all of Tallahassee. Her son, Geoffry
resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Gloria M. Foster, 72, of Tampa, died October 5,
1993 at AMI Memorial Hospital. A native of Colon,

Kathy Gegg died in Colon, Rep. of Panama, from a
fall on April 26, 1993.
She is survived by her mother, Anne; brothers
Donald and Stephen; and a sister, Barbara Kelley.

Robert Gegg, 85, died in Panama on June 15, 1993
after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, sons Donald and
Stephen, and a daughter, Barbara Gegg Kelley.

Darrell C. Greene, 58, died September 17, 1993 in
Houston, Texas. He was born in Colon Hospital, the son
of the late Clarence A. Greene, former Gatun Locks
employee who retired in July, 1963 and passed away in
Anniston, AL in December 1963. Darrell grew up in
Gatun and attended CZ schools. Following graduation
from CHS, Class of 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
After his discharge he returned to the Zone, attended CZ
Jr. College and then the U. of Alabama where he
graduated with a degree in Political Science. He began
his career with NASA in 1967 as a draftsman and
continued his education, graduating from the U. of
Houston with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He
worked on system analysis on the space shuttle and
continued his education.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Greene; a sister,
Velvalyn (Greene) Rudic, former Zonian; several
stepchildren and stepgrandchildren. Also his stepmother,
Era Lee Greene of Anniston, AL; and three stepsisters,
Huey (Lee) Clark, of Elba, Al, Peggy (Lee) Luke of
Leeds, AL, and Patsy (Lee) Moore of Humble, Texas, all
former Zonians.

F. Louise Greve, 92, passed away July 14, 1993 in San
Diego, California. She was born in the Denver area in
1900. She resided in the Canal Zone approximately from
1941 to 1948, where her late husband, Claude, worked
for the U.S. Navy.
She is survived by two daughters, Jackie and Jerry,
and a son, Claude.

William Anthony Hadarits, 85, died September 28,
1993 in Augusta, Georgia. He was a native of Cleveland,
Ohio and served and retired from the Locks Division,
Panama Canal in 1968 after 27 years of service. He lived
in Coco Solo and Margarita.
He is survived by his wife, Aurelia Dixon Hadarits,
Toomsboro, Georgia and a son, Philip of Augusta,

Frank L. Hooper, 69, of Tigard, Oregon, died after
a long bout with Parkinson's disease on June 19, 1993.
He was born in Colon Hospital and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1942 and Canal Zone College.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He
married Claire "Betty" Anderson in 1949 and graduated
from Cal Tech two years later. He worked as a chemical
engineer before retiring. He moved to Oregon in 1963,
and loved to play the violin. He sang with the Forest
Grove Gleemen in the 1960s, and also enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, of Tigard; a son, Henry of
Portland; Jeanne Stevenson of Tigard; brothers Luis of

Ft. Worth, TX., and Nathan of California, and two

Frances Days Jones, 81, of Sarasota, Florida died
suddenly on September 12, 1993, while visiting her son-
in-law and daughter, John and Dona (Jones) Brophy, in
Castine, Maine. She was born in Ancon and graduated
from Cristobal High School with the class of 1930. She
worked for the United Fruit Company, the United States
Army and the Panama Canal Company. She was
Executive Secretary and Budget Analyst to the Director
of the Panama Canal Fire Division until her retirement
in 1972, when she moved to Sarasota.
She leaves a daughter, Dona J. Brophy and her
husband, John of Castine, ME; a son, Albert D. Jones
and wife Lola (Frauenheim) of Portsmouth, RI; four
granddaughters, Tara, Lisa and Ashlyn Jones of
Portsmouth, and Charlene Brophy of Castine, and a
great-granddaughter, Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations
be made in her memory to the Bagaduce Ambulance
Corps, P.O. Box 522, Castine, Maine 04421.

Dr. Benjamin H. Kean, 81, of New York City, N.Y.
died at home on September 24, 1993. He arrived in the
Canal Zone during early war years and was employed at
Gorgas Hospital, and was the Pathologist when he left
the Zone circa 1946. He authored a book called M.D.
One Doctor's Adventures among the Famous and
Infamous from the Jungles of Panama to a Park Avenue
No survivors are listed.

Mary Jane (Mickey Lavallee) Klunder, 53, of
Plantation, Florida, passed away August 10, 1993. The
daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary Lavallee, she was
born in Worcestor, Massachusetts. She grew up and
attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1958 and C.Z. Junior College in 1961. She
also graduated from Our Lady of the Lake College in
San Antonio, Texas and Northeast Missouri State
University. She worked as an instructor at the Canal
Zone Junior College and as an administrative assistant at
Balboa Police Station until leaving the Canal Zone in
1964. At the time of her death, she was employed by
Broward County, Florida as a Training Manager.
She is survived by her husband, Todd of Plantation;
children, Mark of Arlington, VA., Ryan Klunder and
Erin Klunder, both of Plantation; and a sister, Kathleen
(Kathie Lavallee) Sears of Curundu, Rep. of Panama;
and two nieces, Katherine T. Sears and Shauna J. Sears,
also of Curundu.

Jimie N. Lang, 67, passed away on September 28,
1993 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was born in Sunny
Hills, Louisiana and retired from the Panama Canal
Schools Division, having taught in the Balboa Elementary

She is survived by her sister, Peggy Maddox of
McComb, Mississippi, and a brother, Perry Fortenberry
of Magnolia, Mississippi.

Mildred Rhyne Largent, 75, of West, Texas, died
August 17, 1993 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in
Waco, Texas. She was born in Teague, Texas and
received a Registered Nurse's degree from Harris
Memorial Hospital in Ft. Worth. She was a nurse for the
Panama Canal Company hospitals for 27 years before
retiring in 1973, when they returned to Texas. She
worked at Park Plaza Nursing Home in Whitney, TX.,
from 1975 to 1982. She was a member of the O.E.S.
Chapter 930 in Whitney, and was a U.S. Navy veteran
during World War II as a nurse in Panama, Brooklyn and
Jacksonville, FL., prior to being discharged as a
Lieutenant in 1945. She was a member of the American
She is survived by her husband, Lester L. (Sam)
Largent of West; a daughter, Nancy Suzan Largent and
husband Larry Wilson of Vancouver, B.C.; a brother,
Harvey G. Rhyne of Kerrville, TX., a sister, Elsie
Dieterman of West; and one-half sister, Lita Faye Olsen
of Waco, Texas.

John F. LaRue, Jr., 71, of Houston, Texas, died
October 14, 1993. He was born in Toledo, Ohio to John
and Rebe LaRue, both former Canal Zone employees
and deceased in the Canal Zone. John Jr. worked for the
Dredging Division in Gamboa during the 40's and 50's,
then moved to Houston where he retired from Armco
Steel and Co. after 28 years. He was a 50-year member
of a Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife Nancy of Houston; and a
sister, Carolyn Hughes of Kerrville, Texas.

Charles LeRoi Leeser, Sr., 92, died on August 14,
1993 in a nursing home in La Porte, Texas. He was a
former employee of the Panama Canal Printing Plant in
Mount Hope, and he retired in 1954 with over 25 years
of service, all on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. He was
a member of the Pasadena, Texas Masonic Lodge #1155
AF&AM; Arabin Shriners Temple AAONMS, and
Scottish and York Rite Bodies.
He is survived by his son, Charles L. Leeser of
Bayonet Point, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria
and Michael Theologian of Houston, Texas; five
grandchildren, Pamela J. Widdecke, and Penny J.
Ellenor, both of San Diego, CA., Charles LeRoi Leeser
III, Hatboro, PA., Russell A. Leeser, Tacoma, WA., and
Julie Schmidt, Houston, Texas, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Richard D. "Mac" McGraw, 59, of Pensacola, Florida
died May 6, 1993. He was retired after 21 years of service
as Chief Engineer from the Panama Canal Company. He
was a Mason of Ancon Lodge, member of the Panama
Canal Scottish Rite Bodies and the Abou Saad Shrine

He is survived by his wife, Carmela, of Pensacola; a
daughter, Barbara Baker of Oxnard, CA.; a son, Markus
of Pensacola; two grandchildren, Shane and Pauline
Baker, both of Oxnard, and a brother, Wilson, of
Clarkton, NC.

Murrell Mitchusson, died August 25, 1993 at the
Sacramento California Mercy American River Hospital.
Murrell was born March 5, 1924 in Grayson County,
Texas. She spent 36 years and 4 months working for the
Federal Government (Navy, Army and Air Force). She
came to Sacramento in May 1967 from Panama, where
she had been working at Albrook AFB, to work for the
Air Force at McClellan AFB where she retired as
Production Management Specialist in February 1985. She
is survived by her sister Billie McKinstry of Wylie, Texas;
nephews John Charles McKinstry of Wylie, Texas; Jack
Henry McKinstry of Pottsboro, Texas; and Victor
Mitchusson, Ft. Gibson, OK.

Richard S. Ostenso, 69, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin,
passed away at home October 5, 1993. He was born in
Montevideo, Minnesota, served in the U.S. Navy and the
Volunteer Ambulance Unit of the British Indian Army
during World War II. He served as Director of the
American Red Cross in China and lived in Hong Kong
and Japan before returning to the U.S. He graduated
from medical school in 1954 and practised medicine at
Gorgas Hospital, C.Z. for eight years, establishing Little
League Baseball there. Following his service in the Canal
Zone, he practised medicine in several areas and became
a noted surgeon and a member of the American Board
of Otolaryngology.
He is survived by his wife Victoria, two sisters, two
brothers, four daughters, six sons, a nephew, 14
grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Florence Page, 76, of Downingtown, PA, formerly
from New York, passed away March 21, 1993. She has
been laid to rest in St. Agnes' Cemetery in West Chester,
PA., with her husband Andrew "Andy" Page who passed
away in 1986. She was an active member in the
community, especially dedicating her time to the Girl
Scout Council and St. Mary's Mission. She and her family
lived in the Zone from 1961-1973.
Florence is survived by her three children: son
Andrew and daughter-in-law Madeline with children
Karen and Steven; daughter Andrea Tarr and son-in-law
Richard Tarr with children Erica and Kenneth; and
daughter Alexis Gipson and son-in-law Ronald Gipson.

Florence E. Parker, 85, of Clearwater, Florida, died
July 28, 1993 at Largo Medical Center Hospital. She was
born in Hempstead, New York and left the Panama
Canal Zone in 1960. Her memberships include St.
Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Largo, Clearwater
Republican Club, Retired Officers Wives and Widows
Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 2473,
Hospice Auxiliary and World War I Auxiliary Club, both
in Winter Haven, and M.I. Hummel Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Parker,
Clearwater; a son, Ralph, Nashville, Tenn.; and several
nieces and nephews.

Ann Lorraine Pennock, 81, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died August 26, 1993 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She
was born in Pope, Mississippi and left the Canal Zone in
1959 upon the retirement of her husband. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and the
Order of the Eastern Star Adah Chapter 219, St.
Petersburg. She was a member of the Clearview United
Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Sims, St.
Petersburg; a son, Winchell T. "Bub" Jr., Portland OR;
two brothers, Stanley Williford, Sterling VA, and Jack
Williford, Pope; two sisters, Virginia McGee and
Elizabeth Williford, Pope; and five grandchildren.

George Kenneth Phillips, 45, of Ohatchee, Alabama,
died July 24, 1993. Kenny was born in Gorgas Hospital,
the son of Vera and Lewis Phillips, both deceased. An
older sister, Beverly Phillips Gross lives in Beavercreek,
Ohio. The Phillipses lived in Pedro Miguel and Diablo.
Kenny graduated from BHS in 1965, attended CZ Junior
College and graduated from Marion Institute, Marion,
AL. He was active in CZ scouting and Little League. He
was a guard on the BHS football team, taught Sunday
School at Balboa Union Church, served as Demolay
master counselor in 1965 and was a regular in the coast-
to-coast cayuco races. He was a helicopter and fixed wing
pilot in Korea and Vietnam. He traveled extensively,
spent several years stationed at Ft. Clayton and retired
from the Army after 22 years of service.
Besides his sister, survivors include his wife, the
former Beverly Abernathy; a daughter, Mrs. Kris
Humphrey of Birmingham; a son, David K. of Corpus
Christi, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and
Henry Gross of Beavercreek, OH, and a niece, Phyllis
Gross of Orlando, FL. Memorials may be sent to the Big
Oak Volunteer Fire Dept., Ohatchee, AL 36271, where
Kenny was a volunteer.

Russell A. Potter, 48, of Edina, Minnesota, died
September 17, 1993 of a brain cancer. He was born in
Gorgas Hospital and was a graduate of Balboa High
School Class of '63 and Iowa State University. "Russ" is
survived by his wife Arlette; a daughter, Amy Joy, 19; a
son, Aron Russell, 18; his parents, Kathryn and Richard
of Horseshoe Bend, AR.; and a brother, James, of
Lakewood, CO. He was the grandson of the late Russell
B. Potter, a Roosevelt Medal Holder.

Tom Cahill Robertson, 83, of Flower Mound, Texas,
passed away September 15, 1993 after a long illness. A
native Texan, he came to Panama in 1939 and worked for
the Electrical Division, later enlisting in the Army and
served in the Pacific theater, seeing action in Okinawa.
He returned to Panama in 1945 and the Electrical

Division and temporarily became an electrical contractor
in Tulsa, OK from 1948-52. He retired from the PCC in
1971 as Supervisor of the Northern District after 28 years
of service and settled in Springdale, AR. and continued
working as an independent contract inspector. He was an
Episcopalian, member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple,
Scottish Rite and Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone, the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and was a lifetime
member of International Brotherhood of Electrical
He is survived by his wife, Georgette, of Flower
Mound; a son, Tom Jr. of Montgomery, AL; a daughter,
Pamela Malcuit, Flower Mound, and five grandchildren.

Delta Irene Smith Sampsell, 86, of Frederick,
Maryland, died October 14, 1993 at Frederick Memorial
Hospital. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal
Church, and St, Mary's Chapter of the church. She also
served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the
Orchid Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Balboa, Rep.
of Panama, the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
NA.R.F.E. She was a graduate of the Childrens Hospital
School of Nursing, Washington, D.C., and retired in 1965
with 26 years of service as a nurse for the federal
government on the Isthmus of Panama, as supervisor of
Obstetrics at Gorgas Hospital.
She is survived by her brother, Paul E. Smith of
Hampstead; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Dr. Alan Paul Smith, 48, of Panama, died August 26,
1993 in Miami of complications from cancer. He was a
plant ecologist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute in Panama, and was best known for advancing
the study of the tropical forest canopy and the plants and
animals that live in the treetops high above the forest
floor. He designed cranes that allow scientists to enter
the canopy safely.

Josephine M. (Jo) Sprague, 85, wife of the late
Howard H. Sprague of the Internal Audit Department of
the Panama Canal Company died peacefully in her sleep
on August 13, 1993, after a brief illness. She was living in
Titusville, Florida at the time. Jo was born in New York
and graduated from Pratt Institute, subsequently working
as a fashion designer before coming to Panama in 1938
with her husband. While in Panama, she lived on both
the Atlantic and Pacific sides. She was successful both as
an insurance agent for Lincoln National Life Insurance
Co. and a sales representative for Encyclopedia
Brittanica, McGraw-Hill and other educational publishing
houses. She was a talented painter and spent her later
years enjoying this pastime.
She is survived by her four children, Josephine Joan
Kilgallon of Potomac, MD., Alwyn Sprague of Grafton,
VA., Robert Sprague of Balboa, Panama, and Teresa
(Terry) Gills of Titusville, FL.; thirteen grandchildren and
six great-grandchildren. Her family will always remember
the countless ways she showed her love for them.

Richard J. Tomford, 78, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died September 24, 1993 at St. Petersburg General
Hospital. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, he retired from
the Canal Zone Police in 1977 were he was a police
officer for 36 years. He was a member of Elks Lodge
#1542, Margarita, Canal Zone, and locally, he was a
member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include two sons, Richard J. Jr., and
Dennis M., both of St. Petersburg; and several cousins.
Internment was private.

Walter E. Trout of Port Orange, Florida died
peacefully in his home on August 25th, his 63rd birthday.
He had been battling cancer for two years. He was born
in Colon, Panama and graduated from Cristobal High
School, Class of 1946, where he was considered to be one
of the best athletes to ever come out of the Canal Zone.
Following his service in the Army during the Korean
War, he became a policeman in the Canal Zone and
worked his way up through the ranks to become Warden
of the C.Z. Penitentiary at Gamboa. He retired in
December 1979 with over 28 years of government service.
He will be greatly missed by his many friends and
especially his family, both immediate and extended. He
was very proud at the end of his life for two years of
complete sobriety, during which time many of us got to
really know and appreciate the man that he was.
Wally is survived by his wife of 37 years, Beth
(Hatchett) Trout; his children, Michael, Gelana, and
Michel (Trout) and David Baker, and granddaughter
Corey Elizabeth, his pride and joy for the last few
months of his life; and a brother, James, of Riverside,

John E.W. Wheatley, of Fairfield, Iowa, died January
27, 1993. He was associate Pastor at Balboa Union
Church from 1972-1976, and interim Pastor for 15
months at Margarita Union Church from June 1980
through September 14, 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia E. Wheatley of
Fairfield, Iowa.

Byron A. Wilson, 91, of Orange City, Florida, died
September 3, 1992 at John Knox Village. He was born in
Minerva, Ohio, and taught school in Arizona, Ohio and
the Canal Zone before his retirement. He was a member
of the First United Methodidt Church of Orange City,
the Cristobal Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone and Blue
Spring High 12 Lodge 517.
Survivors include his wife, Lavonne I.; a son, dennis
B., Apple Valley, Minn.; a daughter, Joan Perry, Paris,
Ky.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lois Browning Woodruff died Easter Sunday, April
11, 1993, at Woodland Care Center, Lawton, OK, where
she had been a resident for 5 years. She was 94. Born in
Henderson, Texas, she accompanied her family to the
Canal Zone in April, 1906. She was the last living child
of Walter Seymour Browning (Roosevelt Medal holder)
and Maggie Brown Browning. In September 1916 she
married Barton Collins Woodruff who retired from the
Governor's Office in 1950, following daughter Shirley's
graduation from Balboa High School. The Woodruffs
lived in Pinellas Park, FL., until October, 1969 when they
moved to Arlington, VA., to be near their daughter and
their four grandchildren. Following her husband's death
in 1976, Lois moved to Tallahassee, FL., with Shirley and
youngest granddaughter, Lois Elizabeth Hicks, where
Shirley completed graduate work in music, then moved to
Lawton, OK., where Shirley was employed at Cameron
University. Lois, known to half the "Zone" as "Aunt Lois"
will be greatly missed.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Hicks; three
granddaughters, Jeannine Stanton and Lois Hicks of
Tallahassee, and Susan Parker of Cross, SC.; a grandson,
Thomas Parker of Jefferson, Iowa; seven great-
grandchildren and a raft of nieces and nephews, including
Margaret and Larry Broggini of Sun City Center.

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Letters to the Editor

Hanesworths visit Panama

Margie Morris Hanesworth, husband Dan, and
children Brooks and Holly, flew to Panama in late July to
attend the wedding of Mercedes Morris and Jeremy
Brown. The ceremony was held at the Morris beach
house in Gorgona. Mercedes is the daughter of Margie's
brother Charles and his wife, Julieta Morris. We had a
nice visit with family including mother, "Moe" Morris,
who turned 85 on September 8. A trip to Taboga Island
was interesting and the hotel and grounds are lovely. The
children enjoyed a tour of the locks and watching a very
large tanker transit that day. Panama is still lush,
beautiful and rebuilding.

Howdy Bailey,
Custom Yacht Builder

Howdy Bailey (BHS'57) paid his dues the other day
and included a brochure on his custom yachts. (Wow!)
He continues to build an international reputation for
finely crafted yachts where he includes cleverly designed
touches that can't be found on production boats.
Under construction is a BOC Challenge yacht made
with 70% recycled aluminum and a 100-foot carbon rig
with more sail area than usual.
Howdy is married to Joanie (Thayer) and makes his
yachts in Norfolk, Virginia.

Contemplations of a

Puppy Raiser

The single most often asked question of a puppy
raiser is "How can you give them up?" As if grief only
comes at the end of the relationship. In my experience as
a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence,
I have found that grief comes in one stage or another
through all the months of puppy raising. With me it
began with:


Somehow you hear about Canine Companions for
Independence, maybe you meet a puppy raiser as I did
when I met John. A little boy with a disability of his own
who, together with his grandmother, was raising a puppy
to give away to someone else. However you become
interested, you then begin to ask questions and learn
some of the history of CCI; finding out such things as: it
was founded in 1975 by a California schoolteacher who
trained her own dog to assist a woman in a wheelchair,
and has grown from her own house to now reach every
corner of the United States through five regional centers.
As of December 1992, CCI has teamed 750 people with
dogs to assist them with their disability (other than
blindness). These dogs assist their owners in such daily
tasks as alerting a deaf person to a knock at the door, a
baby crying in the next room, or someone calling their
name out on a busy campus; tugging a heavy door open
for someone in a wheelchair, retrieving money from a
bank teller behind a counter that can't be reached from
a chair, or even pulling the chair up an incline that is too
steep. Once you learn all these things, you are convinced
this is an organization you would like to be involved with.
You are then faced with the task of convincing others in
your family what a wonderful project it is. Bargaining to
become a puppy raiser at this point can involve rash
promises such as "I'll keep the house spotless, you'll
never know we have another dog" and may even include
small doses of manipulation; your husband may even
begin to feel like a newlywed again. This stage usually
ends soon after the 8-week-old puppy enters the home
and is helped in its departure when the new pup, anxious
as always to please and realizing the importance of
keeping promises, pitches in to help on his first night
home by toilet papering the room at 3:00 a.m. and then
waking everyone in the house so they can admire his


Now you have this beautiful little bundle of fluff who
keeps you so busy with potty training, finding appropriate
chew toys (no, Havana, you mustn't chew on great
Grandmom's Chinese carpet) and working around nap
schedules that it's easy to pretend that this little mischief
magnet is settling in for life. Then your puppy raiser ID
card comes in the mail. You open the letter from CCI
Puppy Coordinator with excitement and anticipation.
There on the card you see with pride your name as

official puppy raiser of Havana. And look, even the tattoo
number from his ear is recorded there. With this card
and a copy of Florida Law which states that all puppies
in training are allowed equal access to public facilities,
you can go virtually anywhere with your puppy. But then
you make your mistake, you read too far and there it is -
the expiration date. This card expires in July 1992 at
which time said dog is scheduled to leave you and go on
to the wide world of graduate school at the advanced
training center in Long Island, N.Y. As one little tear
rolls down your cheek, you realize the denial stage is

"Panama" and "Gray" greeted allcomers at the 1993
Panama Canal Society reunion, shown with Kerry and


Your puppy is now three months old, has all his
shots and now it's time to begin puppy classes. You
arrive bright and early on the second Saturday of the
month at a local elementary school. All the other local
puppy raisers and their puppies are there. As you
struggle to get your puppy to do one thing, any thing
right, you watch with a disbelieving eye as every other
puppy there seems to do everything they are asked.
Without even realizing it you have fallen into the puppy
raiser guilt stage, while seeing only the best in everyone
else's dog, you see only the worst in your own and you
just know that if this puppy fails it will be all your fault.
Forgetting the fact that you are comparing a 3-month-
old puppy to the 14-month-old puppy of someone who
has done this two times before, you never realize that
every other puppy raiser there is having the same
thoughts and doubts. This stage never really does end,
which can have a positive effect. When you raise your
next puppy, things will come just a little easier due to
experience and most especially you'll empathize with

first-time puppy raisers coming in and help them to
realize that their best effort and a lot of time and
patience is all that is needed to raise the perfect CCI


Housebreaking complete, it's time to begin your
puppy's outside socialization, probably the most
important job that you have. When this dog is completely
trained and working with a disabled person, it is
important that they not come across anything frightening
which may cause them to spook and bolt away. For that
reason, as a puppy raiser it is your responsibility to take
your puppy into as many varied places and situations as
possible so the puppy can learn to behave properly. After
dressing your pup in his yellow cape which identifies him
as a working dog, you timidly enter your first store. Just
a few minutes you say, there are not many people, a
perfect time to run in and out. Just inside the door you
are stopped. "My, what a pretty dog." "Is that a racing
dog?' "I didn't know I could bring my dog in here!" As
you begin to enthusiastically explain the CCI mission your
kids roll their eyes at you. "Oh no, not the dog thing" and
they head off into the store without you. Fifteen minutes
later they return to find that you have only progressed
three steps and are surrounded by a whole new group of
people. You may even find yourself tempted occasionally
to put on dark glasses and pretend to be blind so you can
actually get some shopping done. On the whole though
you begin to enjoy your new job in public relations for
CCI. Soon you find a whole new career opening up for
you. You get offers almost on a daily basis to train other
people's dogs. The advice that you hand out freely about
others' doggie problems would even fill a book. You find
yourself being treated as an expert in the field. With all
the praise and notice that comes you may even find
yourself believing that you own the most perfect dog in
the world. Then your puppy turns six months old and the
office is asking if you have scheduled your dog to be
neutered. "You know," you tell them, "I've had top
breeders tell me how perfect this dog's confirmation and
temperament are, wouldn't CCI rather keep him as a
breeder?" No matter how tactfully you are told no, we
need to place him with a person and he must be neutered
(or she spayed) to help deter wanderlust; there is still a
little bit of resentment that CCI would throw away the
potential lineage of such a magnificent creature.

Ten months have gone by and you celebrate your
puppy's first birthday. You now have a beautifully
mannered, full-grown gentleman. With a few expectable
rough spots, he is dependable and predictable. You have
socialized him in all conceivable situations and know that
he will act steady under any circumstances. Life is great
and you have no worries. Months go by and though that
day is somewhere off in the future you really don't pay
much attention to it because it is in July and this is only
May. Until the day when someone comes in and asks,
"How many weeks until Havana leaves?" You glance
casually at the calendar and, to your horror, the weeks
only add up to six. Somehow seeing it in weeks seems so
much shorter than months. You have just entered a full-
blown stage of fear. What if his hip x-rays are bad? Hip

dysplasia is one of the major causes of dogs being
released from the program, with bad hips they cannot
jump up to high counters and pull wheelchairs. Will they
love him at the center? Did I write on my last progress
report that his favorite game is "Hide and Seek" with a
purple mouse squeak toy so the volunteers at the center
will know? Will he miss me? Will he even notice I'm not

"Gray" wants a little attention from Kerry as 'Panama"
patiently waits the next well-wisher.


You look in the rear-view mirror before making a
turn and the head that is usually blocking part of your
view is gone. You wake to go to the bathroom in the
middle of the night and walk carefully so you won't trip
on the dog. You are back in bed before you remember
the dog isn't even there. It takes days to adjust to the fact
that your personal shadow is missing. You restrain
yourself for as long as you can and when you can take it
no longer, you call the center. "My name is Kerry, and I
dropped my dog Havana off there yesterday. Can you
please tell me how he's doing?" "Oh, you mean Einstein.
We're using him for all our demos and he's been on two
TV spots so far, all the kennel workers are fighting over
who gets to groom him and all of our volunteers have
voted him the most popular." Maybe I'll wait and call the
center another day. There's no way real life can live up
to my fantasy. He will be there for eight months, learning
all of the little specialized commands a service dog needs,
such as turning lights on and off, taking phones down off
hooks and retrieving items from shelves. I can call as
often as I like to check on his progress.


You get the call one day that your dog is
participating in team training, the two-week training
session in which the disabled participants are matched
with their dogs and learn to work together. Your dog,

you are told, is matched with someone and expected to
graduate. With your heart in your throat you head for
New York to see your puppy for the first time in eight
months and to meet his new owner. And though your
pup is excited to see you, and his eyes may even follow
you around the room, he stays right next to his new
owner. You are graciously thanked, as if you had raised
this dog specifically for this one person and you can see
the bond of love and affection that is already forming
between the two. When the time comes for them to
leave, your pup takes one last look at you before turning
to heel perfectly out the door. At that moment, you
finally accept the fact that he is no longer your dog.
Nothing else could sever those ties. Not signing a
promise to return him, not turning him into a center, not
even being apart for eight months. Whether he's a social,
service, hearing or even a released placement, it's
knowing that your pup is filling a void in someone's life
that nothing else in this world could. That allows you to
finally and completely just let go.


You return home from graduation and things start to
fall back into a routine. The emotional roller coaster that
you were on is settling into a steady dull awareness. But
soon it hits you, you could be anywhere, even in the
shower. You find yourself crying uncontrollably. But it's
not hurt that is making you cry, it's joy pure
unadulterated joy. It has just registered, the awareness
that you have done something really great. If you died
right then, in that instant, it would be okay because you
did something with your life. You helped make this world
a better place. And, if you haven't already been there
before this point, you now find yourself full circle and
back at the bargaining stage. "See, dear, being a puppy
raiser wasn't so bad, was it? I hear there is a yellow Lab
puppy coming named Gray..."

Postscript: Havana graduated in March 1993 and now
assists his new owner, Allen, with his daily routine at
home and at work in the State Department in
Washington, DC. Gray was turned in to the center on
Long Island, N.Y., on July 25, 1993 and is expected to
graduate in March 1994. I am now working with dog
number 4, Runes, another yellow labrador retriever. I am
expecting puppy number 5 sometime in October. CCI is
a lifetime commitment for me, I plan to raise fifteen dogs
by the year 2000. As a puppy raiser, I assume all
responsibility for the care and feeding of the dog while he
is in my possession. Even with the contribution of all the
vet care and feeding for these young pups, it still costs
CCI approximately $10,000 to place each dog with an
individual and follow up on their progress. A disabled
individual needing a dog must pay only $125 to receive
the dog, and most of that is simply supplies that they
need to care for the dog. Unfortunately, there is a two-
and-a-half-year waiting list for people wanting dogs. If
you would like to help you could: become a puppy raiser
for CCI. Volunteer at a center if you live near one (Santa
Rosa, Calif.; Long Island, N.Y.; Delaware, Ohio;
Orlando, Fla.; or San Diego, Calif.). Donate money
towards the placement of a dog (Panama a dog named
in honor of yours and my birthplace) will be entering a
center for advanced training in March 1994 and expected

to graduate in November 1994.
Spread the word about CCI in your area to increase
public awareness. If you would be interested in helping in
any or all of these areas, you may contact me directly at
1425 Hernandes Dr., Orlando, FL 32808 or call for
information on the center nearest to you. My number is
(407) 299-6919.

Kerry K. Young
Orlando, FL

Van Siclen Get-together

For the first time in several years, all of Bob's
children had a family reunion at Cape Cod, Mass. We
started arriving on August 15th for a week of sun,
beaches, and sightseeing.
The picture above shows all of Bob's children (each
wearing a T-shirt purchased at the 1993 Reunion from
vendors Eric Petron and Lee Tatem).
Also attending the week's festivities were all eight
grandchildren and a few of the sons-in-law. The week
went by very quickly and a good time was had by all.

L-R: Amy deGroot, Boca Raton, FL., Mary Ann
Storms, Luxembourg, Betsy Borrelli, Exeter, NH.,
proud Dad, Bob, Robert "Skip" Van Siclen, Setauket,
NY., Nancy Van Siclen, East Hampton, NY., Susan
Brickley, Amagansett, NY., and Robin Basirico,
Middle Island, NY.

Bob and I left the Cape and headed to Exeter, N.H.,
for a few days sightseeing and visiting with his daughter
Betsy and her family. From there we headed out on all
little back roads (not one major highway) to explore New
Hampshire and Maine. One of our stops included
Norway, Maine where Bob spent a couple of summers
with the Boy Scouts back in 1931 and 1933. Bob
recognized several places including the American Legion
Hall, where they used to put on shows for the local
After our journey and over 2,000 miles on a rental
car, we headed back to East Hampton, N.Y., for a few
days of rest and flew home to Florida at the end of
August. For the first time in several years we were not on
a time table and really enjoyed the month up north with
all the children and grandchildren.

Bob and Nancy Van Siclen
Seminole, FL

A Sentimental Journey

That is what it was for our group of former Zonians
and friends who set out from Tampa on September 25,
1993 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1943
graduating class of Cristobal High School. The itinerary
for this cruise on the S.S. Oceanbreeze included Aruba,
Curacao, Cartagena, the Panama Canal and the San Bias
Those leaving from Tampa were: John and Muriel
Whitman, Robert and Carolyn Johnson, Robert and
Bonnie Haywood, Pat Beall, Frank Morales, Pauline
Arnold (and six friends), Sugar (Calloway) Di Roma,
Olga Disharoon, Billie Martin, Nealy Van Siclen, and
Marie Park. In Miami we were joined by the following:
John and Frances Haywood, Richard and Donna
(Hansen) Teachman, Joseph and Clara (Jillson)
Meighen, Avanell (Barker) Graddy and friend, Gayle
(Holmelin) and Courtney Norris, Jean (Holmelin) Kirk,
Muriel (Kirk) Oglesbee and friend, Carol (Kirk) Knode,
Helen and Cheryl Etheridge, Lorelle (Fontaine) Ansley,
James and Mary (Hunt) Parker, William and Florence
Griffin, Warren and Regina Stroop, Patricia Strickland
and four friends, Donald and Dee Hendrick, James and
Rusty Petters.
Although seeing Panama again was the highlight of
the trip, being among old friends to recall the people and
events associated with growing up there, created a
wonderful feeling of nostalgia.
We had a lot of fun soaking up the history and
touring Cartagena and doing some shopping. In Curacao,
our intrepid Record Editor, was in such a hurry to start
his shopping that he was the first one off the boat. The
rest of us were about 45 minutes behind him. The
unexpected opening of the pontoon bridge caused several
people in the group to demonstrate their athletic ability
as they jumped across the widening gap between the end
of the bridge and dry land. We were all startled by this,
but no one was injured.

The San Bias Islands offered another opportunity to
do more sightseeing and shopping, but this was a
different kind it was for molas. If you want to sharpen
your bargaining skills, this would be the ideal place to do
it. Pat Beall maintained his composure when the motor
on their cayuca stopped running, and assisted in
transferring everyone to another one without getting wet.
Good job, Pat!
The final day and night of our excursion was spent at
the luxurious Costa Linda Resort on Aruba. This was the
perfect place to relax, enjoy the sights and sounds of a
beautiful island, and bring our sentimental journey to a
The following morning, we boarded our charter flight
back to Miami, where we bid goodbye to all our
companions, and sadly went home in different directions.
Our next trip, which will be in 1994, will probably be to

Class of CHS 1943, Front L-R: Donna (Hansen)
Teachman, Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman, Avanell
(Barker) Graddy, Clara (Jillson) Meighen. Middle L-
R: James Petters, Lorelle (Fontaine) Ansley, Sugar
(Calloway) Di Roma. Back L-R: Warren Stroop,
Donald Hendrick, John Haywood, Robert Johnson.

CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL GROUP AND FRIENDS. Front L-R: Robert Johnson, Muriel Whitman, Sugar Di
Roma, Mary Hunt Parker. 2nd row L-R: Dee Hendrick, Jean Kirk, Billie Martin, Marie Park, Flo Kupiszewski,
Bonnie Haywood, Lorelle Ansley, Olga Disharoon, Helen Ethridge. 3rd row L-R: Donald Hendrick, Muriel
Oglesbee, Carol Knode, Gayle Norris, Courtney Norris, Nealy Van Siclen, Clara Meighen, Donna Teachman,
James Parker, Pauline Arnold, Barbara Shellman, Patricia Strickland, Florence Griffin, Cheryl Ethridge, Lynn
Leeson. Back row L-R: Robert Haywood, John Haywood, Clyde Leeson, Elaine Leeson, Joseph Meighen,
Richard Teachman, Frank Morales, John Whitman, Pat Beall, Bill Griffin, Ann Noble.

~at~. ;E

BHS Class '43 50th Reunion

The eighty-eight classmates, spouses and friends of
the BHS Class of 1943 met at the Bahia Hotel in San
Diego, Calif., September 9-12 for four days of
reminiscing, touring, dancing, dining, laughter and fun. A
wonderful time was had by all.
Committee members arrived Tuesday evening and
were delighted to find that some classmates had arrived
early too, and were able to join the committee for dinner
at Anthony's on the pier.
Wednesday was spent organizing registration
envelopes with Isabelle Zemer Lively and Iras Remington
Gabryelewicz pressing Mary Elizabeth Howard Ames and
husband Sandy into service. Betty Chan Snow and Joan
Kenney Hoyt wrapped door prizes and Chairman Ron
Wanke supervised all. Hospitality host Bill Diez and
Rosemary arrived in time to go with Gordon Hoyt on a
shopping expedition for hospitality supplies.
Thursday, Registration Day, saw the Hospitality Suite
crammed with classmates and friends hugging one
another and talking about old times. The bulletin boards
filled with pictures and keepsakes (even a dance card
from a Tivoli Hotel formal dance) was a focal point of
attention. Each person, as he registered, was given a
bound book of biographical sketches, a classmates'
Panamanian cookbook, and a bound Memory Book (over
one hundred pages of high school memories written by
many classmates and edited and bound by Bud Pierce).

11 nul

Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas and Elsie (Lawyer)
Woodruff at the PCS Dinner-Dance, San Diego, CA.

After the cocktail party in the Hospitality Suite, the
classmates adjourned to a special dining room for the
class dinner. A spirited auction was led by Betty Chan
Snow and John McCuiston, followed by the flag salute
and invocation given by Chairman Ron Wanke. Iras
Remington Gabryelewicz instructed everyone on how to
make a paper flower from the kit at each one's place and
viola instant centerpieces.
Dinner was served and enjoyed after which Ron
Wanke thanked the committee and presented each
member with a book on the Panama Canal, "The Path
Between The Seas". Ron then thanked that most special
person, Ernest "Bud" Pierce, for his publication The
Golden Parrot, the newsletter of the Class of '43, which
has kept the class bound together in friendship. Ron
presented Bud with a beautiful plaque bearing words of
praise and a replica of the golden parrot. Not to be
outdone, Isabelle Zemer Lively, on behalf of the women,
gave Bud a framed parrot mola. She then thanked Ron
Wanke for his hard work as Reunion Chairman and gave
him a framed certificate of appreciation and a clock
inscribed Class of '43-Reunion '93 as a remembrance of
the occasion.
Recognizing the efforts of spouses and special
friends, Joan Kenney Hoyt, on behalf of the committee,
installed Peggy Wanke, Barbara Pierce and Kathleen
Boni Moffitt into the order of the Golden Parrot and
presented each with a gold parrot lapel pin. Each person
attending the dinner received a bottle of California wine
in a cloth case decorated with a small mola. (Bags
compliments of Kathleen Boni Moffitt.)
After dinner, Ramon "Tito" Mouynes spoke movingly
of his adventures in Panama opposing General Noriega's
regime and broadcasting anti-Noriega messages from
secret radio locations. When General Noriega's
henchmen discovered who was behind the radio
broadcasts, Tito was warned just in time to escape with
his family to a US Army base to seek asylum. They
arrived in Florida with no more than the clothes on their
backs. Tito, an engineer, was able to obtain work soon
and is now employed and living in Seattle, Wash.
On Friday, Bud Pierce led a group of 42 on a bus
tour to Ensenada with lunch at world-famous Hussong's
Cantina. Shopping in Ensenada brought back memories
of shopping in Panama City. On the trip back, shoppers
compared notes with many saying "Well, first he wanted
$25 for this bracelet, but I got it for ten!" and other such
bargain-type remarks.

1. BHS'43 Class Reunion, making flowers at their Class Dinner. 2; The Balboa High School Class of 1943 Class

! ..... --I &-"

BHS'43 members climb aboard the chiva at the PCS
Dinner-Dance, San Diego, CA.

The wine tour through San Diego County's "Wine
Country" was interesting for participants of the Saturday
trip. Sandwiches purchased at a little family-owned
winery were eaten on the bus on the way to the next one.
Those who elected to go to the Wild Animal Park
had a wonderful (but hot) day and all wished they had
more time to spend there.
Saturday night's Dinner Dance with the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California was another
opportunity to visit with old friends and show them that
the old moves on the dance floor were as good as ever.
Tito's Panamanian music brought almost everyone to the
dance floor and the shouts of "PESCADO!" shook the
A Marine color guard presenting the flag set the
tone for Sunday's farewell brunch, also with the PCSSC.
The singing of the Panamanian National Anthem and
"The Star Spangled Banner" moved us all. Following a
buffet, a patriotic music and slide show concluded the
reunion. The warm hugs and farewells were difficult to
do, but the Class of '43 will meet again in two years and
Bud Pierce's Golden Parrot will continue to keep us
Joan Kenney Hoyt
Anaheim, CA

Zonian Amigos Invade Europe

On September 1st, the Zonian Amigos from various
states converged on Atlanta to team up with Pete and
Marje Foster and begin a fantastic Continental Profile
Their direct overnight flight to London was smooth
and the group was introduced to sunny mid-seventy
degree weather which followed them throughout the 16-
day tour of Europe.
A two-day stay in London gave everyone time to see
many famous landmarks such as the Tower of London,
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. In
addition to shopping at Harrods, they enjoyed Andrew
Lloyd Webber's musical "Miss Saigon".
Upon crossing the channel to France, their first stop
was Paris where they were awed at such historic sights as
the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Champs-Elysees, Notre
Dame, Eiffel Tower, Versailles. They topped their 2-day
Paris visit with a dinner and French cabaret show.
The tour proceeded to Brussels (the Lace capitol),
then to Amsterdam, to take in the Diamond Factory,
glide through the maze of canals and a visit to the
wooden shoe factory and windmills.

The group's motor coach proceeded on to the
German Rhineland stopping at Cologne, Heidelberg, an
afternoon cruise on the romantic Rhine river, with its
vineyards and castle-crested cliffs. Then it was on to
Switzerland via the Black Forest and the thundering
Rhine Falls.


Zonian Amigos at Rome's Colosseum. Front L-R: Al
Maale, Pete and Marje Foster, Elma Seiferlein, Rosy
Cook, Buddy Williams, Harry Foster, Joy Maale. 2nd
row, L-R: Issy Gibson, Kathy Gabriel, Bev Williams,
Patsy Rice, Tommie Lou Horter. Back, L-R: Dot and
Bob Herrington, Fred Wellington, Mary Urey and
Nellree Berger.
Upon arriving at picture book Lucerne everyone was
impressed with its alpine beauty. The group arrived on
the day of the first snow on the mountain tops. The view
from the top of Mount Pilatus (7000 feet) was
breathtaking. It was one of those days so clear that you
could see forever.
Pete and Marje Foster left the group for the day to
visit with their Swiss friends Max and Claude Jordi,
former long-time residents of Colon.
After their two-day stay in Lucerne, it was on to
Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Venice (ah Venice!), Florence
and the eternal city of Rome. What a way to end a tour
taking in the sights of Michelangelo's David, the Basilica,
the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and a multitude of
historical sights.
On September 16th the group returned to the good
old USA with many fond memories and are now looking
forward to 1994 when the Zonian Amigos will take a 7-
day All American Hawaiian Cruise in November and a
14-day Transatlantic Cruise in May.

Pete Foster
Palm Harbor, FL

Senior Olympics, 1993

By Patt Roberson
Eight former CZ athletes qualified to compete in the
U.S. National Senior Sports Classic IV in Baton Rouge
this summer. And now they challenge all those senior CZ
athletes (you know who you are) to become qualified so
they can get together in San Antonio for Classic V in
1995. This could be the start of a whole new CZ
gathering place.

It's not surprising that swimming is the most popular
sport for the Zonians. Floann Pierce Gray (BHS'50),
Blue Ridge, Ga., and Frances Veach Haywood (BHS'49),
Severn, Md., competed in freestyle and breast stroke
events. Frances placed seventh in the 100-meter freestyle.

. .

Senior Olympics athletes, L-R: Floann Pierce Gray,
Larry Horine, Mary Ellen Stacy Horine and Conrad
Conrad Horine (CHS'44), Bonita, Calif., and his
brother Larry (CHS'49), Boone, N.C., competed in
breast stroke. Larry took ninth place for the 60-64 age
group in the 50-meter breast stroke. Larry also swam in
butterfly (placing seventh in the 100 meter) and
individual medley, and placed third in shot-put, fourth in
javelin and sixth in discus. Larry is director of
international studies and a professor of health, physical
education and recreation at Appalachian State University.
Jim Stevens,
- -rU Albuquerque, N.M., swam
witthe 55-59 age group in
breast stroke, butterfly and
---4 freestyle events, placing
seventh in 50-meter breast
stroke and eighth in 100-
meter breast stroke and
100-meter butterfly. Jim
would have graduated from
BHS in 1952, but left in his
junior year. He finished high
school in Albuquerque,
Sr. Olympics swimmer, graduated from the
Jim Stevens, University of New Mexico in
Albuquerque, N.Mexico. foreign service and served
as Director of the Peace
Corps for Latin America 1964-69. In the 1970s he
competed in National Masters swimming and diving

Johnny and Frances Veach Haywood, Senior
Olympics athletes.

Johnny Haywood (CHS'43), Severn, Md., tied for
third place in shot-put in his 70-74 age group and placed
sixth in discus. Mary Ellen Stacy Horine (BHS'50),
Boone, N.C., qualified for 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter
racewalk but was sidelined by an injury. Besides the
Haywoods and Horines, numerous other husband-and-
wife athletes participated. Floann and Mary Ellen were
BHS cheerleaders; Floann was named Most Athletic and
Mary Ellen, Most Talented in their high-school class of

Senior olympics golfer Harriet Keenan Wollmers with
her support team, brother Howard Keenan, left, and
husband George Wollmers, right.

Harriet Keenan Wollmers (CHS'47), Sun City, Fla.,
placed third and won a bronze medal in golf. She was
cheered on by husband of five years George and brother
Howard (CHS'32) of LaGrange, Ill.
The number of sports has increased at each National
Game. Swimming (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly,
freestyle) draws the most competitors, followed by track,
then field events (discus, high jump, long jump, pole
vault, javelin and shot-put), then bowling, tennis, cycling,
softball, racewalk, road race, volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball,
badminton, table tennis, horseshoes, golf, shuffleboard,
racquetball, archery and triathlon. There's something to
suit nearly everyone's ability in this mix.
The U.S. National Senior Sports Organization
promotes health, fitness and sport interests of the
country's mature adults age 55+. The first Senior
Olympics were held in St. Louis, Mo., in 1987 with 2,500
participants. In 1989 the games were held again in St.
Louis, but with 3,600 athletes. In 1991 in Syracuse, N.Y.,
5,000 competed.
Only a relatively small number of the 250,000 seniors
who competed in the 90 local games throughout the
country last year made it to the national championships
in Louisiana. Harvard Medical School was so impressed
that it sent researchers to evaluate the effects of long-
term athletic training on mature athletes.
To participate in the biennial National Games, an
athlete must be at least 55 and qualify by placing first,
second or third in a USNSO-recognized local senior
game. Except for team sports, all competitions are
classified in five-year increments from age 55 to age
100+ for both men and women. A Friends of the
USNSO has been established to help support activities.
Dues are $25, $10 of which may be designated for a local
USNSO member game. Friends get their names in the
National Games program, receive a membership
certificate and a quarterly USNSO newsletter.
For more information about events in your area,
contact USNSO, 14323 South Outer Forty Road, Suite
N300, Chesterfield, MO 63017, or call (314) 878-4900.

Sweet Memories Revisited

About nine months ago June (Walters) Murray of
Georgia decided on a search and find of her childhood
school friends she grew up with in Quarry Heights, 1937-
1942. With great determination and "smartz" she located
Mirium (Mickey Tatum) Wahlstrom, Longwood; Betsy
(Buderer) Bivin, Sarasota; Patsy (Pearson) Brevard,
Colorado; Bee (Honey McGuire) Schierloh, Orlando; and
Bill Tatum (Mickey's brother), Arizona. Mickey
graciously invited us to her home in Longwood when her
brother was visiting from Arizona. Unfortunately, Pat
Brevard's hubby, Hugh, was not well so they could not
make it.

L-R: Bill Tatum, Mirium (Mickey Tatum) Wahlstrom,
Betsy (Buderer) Bivin, Bee (Honey McGuire)
Schierloh, and Jane (Junie Walters) Murray.
A great time was had by all -- sweet memories
revisited. It had been 51 years since they last saw one

Bee (Honey McGuire) Schierloh
Orlando, FL.

(Betsy Bivin also wrote a similar news item about the
event. She mentioned all were Army brats at Quarry
Heights and all, with the exception of June Walters
Murray, were sent back to the U.S. at the outbreak of
WWII. They wondered where Jerry Prager is (BHS'45?).

The Foster Reunion

The W.W. Fosters hit the highways and drove to
California to visit Scott, wife Valerie (Vallance) and
young Danny. Our first time West proved to be exciting
just viewing the scenery. We were sure John Wayne was
out there somewhere. Driving in the mountains among
those many rock formations was fantastic, except once
when we found ourselves moved abruptly onto the
shoulder of the road by one of those "cross-winds." We
found the center of the road to be our favorite lane and
hugged it closely the rest of the way.
Scott gave us the grand tour of Chula Vista and San
Diego, all points of interest right down to those "rock-
squirrels." Jaunting over to Mexico for a day of lunch,
sightseeing and roadside shopping brought fond
memories back of the Panama interior, El Valle, etc. At
home, Valerie barbecued some pork ribs and her sister

Crissy and mom Carol (formerly Albrook AFB) were
there to help us eat. We found their weather to be
temperature perfect, but to us small-towners, the area
was like one big traffic hazard it's a risk just going out
for a quart of milk.
It was a long haul but we soon found ourselves
heading for the Orlando PC Reunion to meet good
friends Fred and Claudia Robinson. We had picked up
our niece Theresa Duffy in Ocala and she was thrilled to
see friends she hadn't seen for nine years, saying the
reunion was like being home again.
At this time, grandson Danny flew in from California
to join us on our drive to Chicago to meet eldest son Bill
and wife Laraine (Gaul) and two sons flying in from
Panama to attend the Foster family reunion with us. It
was a huge success with close to 50 family members
present, some whom Bill hadn't seen in over 20 years.
Our grandsons were ecstatic over having so many cousins,
aunts and uncles. They were hosted through the Windy
City up the Sears Tower, seeing their grandpas
hometown for the first time. It was a fun Fourth of July
week and with sad goodbyes we all headed back to
Dunnellon, arriving in time to greet Laraine's parents,
Gene and Jane Gaul (formerly of Diablo) now from
We celebrated grandson Bill's 14th birthday while
cousins Jerry, Theresa and Patty from Ocala were on
hand for the unveiling of grandma Ruth's painting of
grandson Eric Lee. Nephew Mike Heidinger (formerly of
Curundu) visited us for the weekend. He recently
married in Las Vegas. Lovely wife Mary Lynn was unable
to come due to pending birth of her first grandchild.

Bad L-R: Bill Foster II, Woody Foster, Bill Foster and
Loraine Foster. Middle: Eric Foster, Front: Danny
Foster, Mike Heidinger.

At last, some work! With the help of Bill and three
grandsons, we raised our entrance sign up across the
road. Thanks, kids, it looks great. After a lot of tree
removing, burning, bush-hogging, remounting old bird
houses blown down by our "no name" storm, the building
of a tree house, trips to Disney World, and much playing
in the pool due to the hot weather, vacations ended and
all good things were put on hold 'til next year, while you
and I, grandpa, get some much needed rest.

Ruth (Rose) Foster
Dunnellon, FL.

George Husum and wife Barbara greet Bobby
Bowden, the #1 Florida State University football coach
at George's Outback Steakhouse in Gainesville,

Panama Ping Ding Picnic
in Northern California

The Northern Californians held another Ping Ding
Picnic in Antioch, on August 7, 1993.
Those attending are pictured in the photograph.

Back, L-R: Mike Young, Jim Smith, Bob Smallings
and sons, Debbie (Lawyer) Arsenault, Lance
Hughes, Maria Teresa Smallings, Paul Arsenault,
Steve Cartotto. Front, L-R: Jerry Ridge, Don Hughes,
Jason Arsenault, Dave "Heavy" and Joan Ridge

A Summer To Remember

This has been a happy/sad year for the family of
Beverly Phillips Gross (BHS'62). In May after daughter
Phyllis graduated from Florida Southern College with a
degree in communications specializing in public relations,
husband Henry, Phyllis and Beverly went on a cruise that
included a Panama Canal transit. Jeannine Hebert Wilder
(BHS'62) joined Bev aboard the Westerdam while
transiting on Mother's Day, the first time they had seen
each other in 31 years. Bev's brother Ken (BHS'65) and
his wife Beverly were on a Caribbean Windjammer cruise

about the same time. In July Bev enjoyed a visit with
Carolyn Musselman Wolfe (BHS'61), cut short by the
death of Bev's brother Ken. In August Bev and Henry
moved a load of furniture and household things from
their home to Orlando where Phyllis now lives and
works. While there Bev got to see Shirley Million Muse
whose mother taught Bev piano in the CZ. Later Bev got
together with Jeannine Hebert Wilder and Sharon
Phelan DeSteffano. The three went to their BHS Senior
Prom on a triple date. The summer of 1993 will long be
remembered as the summer of Ken's death, Phyllis'
graduation and a warm reunion with CZ friends.

Beverly Gross
Dayton, Ohio

There are more in Arkansas

Where, oh where is Harrison, Arkansas? Well, it's
just 35 miles south of Branson, Missouri. It is the home
of several former Zone area residents, including Nicki
and Hank Thompson, Joanne and Dick King, Bee and
Jerry Williams.
Recent guests to the Harrison area were Howard
Clark and his new wife, Annette from Texas. At the same
time, Tom and Darlene Gibson were visiting the area
from Florida. A nice lunch was provided at a local
restaurant with lots of memories and a very lovely

At Hank and Nicky Thompson's Lake House, Front,
L-R: Ivy Goudie, Tom Ames, Bee Williams, Joanne
King. Back L-R: Nicky Thompson, Jerry Williams,
Tom Leavy, Marge Leavy, Hank Thompson, Dean
Ames, Fred Smith, Sue Smith, Paul Goudie, Dick

Another big get-together was out at the Lake home
at Diamond City of Nicki and Hank Thompson. This
included other former teachers. Tom and Deanna Ames,
Oklahoma; Paul and Ivy Goudie, Iowa and Florida; Tom
and Marge Leavy, Florida, and Fred and Sue Smith from
Missouri. The Kings and Williams were also there and
helped provide the refreshments and food. It was decided
that it was great to see each other after so many years
and that another gathering should happen soon.

At a local Gardens Restaurant, L-R: Dick King,
Darlene Gibson, Joanne King, Hank Thompson,
Nicky Thompson, Jerry Williams, Annette Clark,
Bee Wiliams, Howard Clark.

The next day we went to Gilmantin Iron Works to
see Virginia Reece and her wonderful lakefront cottage
and to enjoy a drink and lunch with Virginia. She is still
very active and going strong with vitality and friendship.
Her home is on Crystal Lake and is settled in a fine
wooded area. Her health and vitality glow in her smile -
a real friend.
After four days with Blanche we left the New
England area and returned to our summer home in
Williamsville, N.Y., with fine memories and pictures of
our visit to wonderful historical areas. We heartily
recommend all Zonians who are in this area to visit these
sights and enjoy the beauty of New Hampshire and

Edmund R. and Grace E. MacVittie
Sun City, AZ

MacVitties' Summer of 1993

The summer of '93 was very eventful for Grace and
me. As we visited Blanche (Adler) Brown at Canaan,
N.H., for four days and visited all the wonderful places in
that area in the time we had. We had an excellent
evening with Ed and Mary Doolan having cocktails,
dinner and talk about the area and the New England
states. Ed and Mary are in excellent health and he is a
historian of the New England states and I learned many
things about them while talking with Ed. The next day we
took a trip to the Baron Von Trapp home and guest
houses in Stowe, Vt. We could see why the Von Trapp
family settled there as the landscape is very similar to
that in Austria. The tour of the home and the guest
houses was very interesting and is a must for all travelers
who visit close to Stowe.
The following day we went to Augustus Saint-
Gaudens historical site and saw his home and all the
wonderful settings for his sculpture. The home was an
inn along the Old Stagecoach Road between Windsor
and Meridian prior to its purchase by him. Many of his
copies of sculpture are placed in garden settings and one
can sit there in this wonderful setting and contemplate
the work and the beauty of the works. His ability at
sculpture is outstanding and one cannot in one day
appreciate the wonders of his works. The home is a real
monument and one can appreciate the marvelous work
of his wife who talked him into buying the inn. She was
responsible for the lovely landscape and the gardens. The
Shaw Memorial, the Puritan, the Adams Memorial and
the first cast of the Gold Coins are all in wonderful
settings and are worth sitting and enjoying them. The
Gold Coins studies in plaster are well exhibited and one
can imagine the hours he spent in the design to make
them the finest coins of the USA. At the end of the walk
we saw the temple where his ashes were placed after his
death in 1907. Later on, his family's and his wife's ashes
were placed there also. The temple is a very simple
design of four columns resting on a marble base and
within the columns there is a cube of white marble
holding the ashes. The entire temple is of white marble
and is wonderful to behold in the sunset at the end of the

Cheri (Daisy) and Randy Henderson with sons Joey,
(top) and twins (L-R) John and Ken.


Panama Canal 1993 Reunion, NW Picnic: The Duffus
family, Shobe Family, and Henderson family.

From Christy Ford

This past summer was very eventful for my Zonian
clan. Kristine Stromberg married Alan Eckel on July 23,
1993. The reception was held in Tampa, Florida, at the
Rusty Pelican. It was a beautiful ceremony and festivities
afterwards lasted all through the night. I was able to
catch Kristine during the reception for a Kodak moment
with all her friends and Henry Twohy in the middle. Mr.
Twohy, known as "Papa Twohy" by all of us, enjoyed
being the center of attention with all of his "daughters."

Back, L-R: Karen Kirby, Lisa Hunt, Kara Twohy,
Kristine Stromberg, Stephanie Helin, Zenia Morris,
Lis DesLondes, Christy Ford, Reyna Royo, Lisa
Sasso, Jenny Sweeney. Front L-R: Leanne Watkins,
Henry Twohy, Jen Ender, Jackie Brogie, Leann

Back: Pam Snell, Leanne Watkins. Front: Christy
Ford, Terry Hunter, Kara Twohy.

Earlier this summer, Leanne Watkins and Kara
Twohy visited me in Columbia, S.C., where I am currently
going to the University of South Carolina. They drove all
the way from Tampa. In Columbia, we went to the Pub
where Terry Hunter, also a Panama native, works. It was
a great time being with friends from home.
I enjoy reading every issue of the Canal Record.
Although I am currently attending school at USC, my
permanent residence is still in Panama.

Julee Christine Ford
Columbia, SC

Greetings from Hobe Sound

Allen and Gertrude Wiggins (Allgaier) attended the
Shrine Convention at San Antonio, Texas, in July staying
at the Meager Hotel across the street from the Alamo.
There was a three-hour parade with men from Shrine
Temples from all over the states and Canada, Panama
and Puerto Rico with happy clowns, beautiful horses,
many bands including 3 units of highlanders (bagpipes),
miniature motorcycles and scooters, and camels. There
was another parade at night two days later. Visiting the
Alamo, a trolley ride to the Mexican market, a horse and
buggy ride, and a boat ride on the river were all enjoyed.
In September we flew to Aruba. We boarded the
Ocean Breeze and sailed to Cartagena, Venezuela, and
Colombia, Panama Canal through the Gatun Locks to
Gatun Lake and returned to go to San Bias Islands and
Aruba then flew to Miami and home.
Should any of you come our way do drop in to see

Gertrude Wiggins
Hobe Sound, FL

Away Alone

First trip away from Daddy and Mommy was taken
this past summer by six-year-old Andy Augustus
Whitlock III to Tia Marjorie Egger's in Fayetteville, N.C.
What a trip! Andy also was lucky enough to spend time
with his Nana Egger, who was visiting from Winter
Springs, Fla.

Andy Augustus Whitlock III and Marjorie Egger

Eyeglasses Appreciated

Readers of the Canal Record have once again
responded generously to a request for old prescription
eyeglasses, empty frames, loose lenses, sunglasses and
eyeglass cases. In September 1992 we reported that more
than 200 pairs of glasses had been donated. As of
September 1993 an additional 117 pairs have been
received and forwarded for processing to those far less
fortunate than we are. Keep up the good work!

Donation to Society

Ruth K. Schuller and OsvaldoMufiiz arrived at our
Society office in Seminole recently and surprised us by
donating a wonderful painting of the Isthmus of
Panama to the Society. The painting was approximately
30" x 50" and was framed in mahogany around a
printed cloth.

Ruth K. Schuller and Osvaldo Muiiiz, with painting
donated to the Society.
Osvaldo is a friend who was visiting Ruth, from
Panama, where he is a government employee in
Needless to say, the picture is displayed
prominently in the Society's office and has been the
object of many wonderful comments from our
members who visit.

Army Buddies Meet Again

Pat (Neckar) Coleman, who worked with USARSO
at Fort Clayton and now lives in Ft. Myers, Fla. is
pictured with Jerry Fields outside his Art and Framing
Studio in the Royal Oaks Shopping Center in Valrico,
Fla. Jerry and Eva spent two tours in Panama with
MEDDAC, residing at Quarry Heights. Major Jerry
Fields' art work was popular, depicting favorite points in
Panama and the Canal area. He is enjoying retirement by
doing art and framing.

Patricia N. Coleman
Ft. Myers, FL

Pat (Neckar) Coleman and Jerry Fields

Baumans on the Move

Louise Bauman with daughters Kelly (back row),
Jamie and grandson Anthony. Kelly transferred with
Chrysler Corp. in April 1992 from Marysville, Mich., to
New York Parts Depot, Tappan, N.Y. Jamie is in the
U.S. Air Force, stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.,
where Anthony was born September 1992.

Louise A. Bauman
Port Huron, MI

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Louise Bauman with daughters Kelly (back), Jamie
and grandson Anthony.

Whitams visit Keenans

Bob and Pat (Heitman)
l Whitam stopped at Bob and
Betty Keenans' home in
Poison, Montana, for two
days to talk about their
upcoming 50th Class of '44
BHS/CHS Reunion. The
Keenans have a beautiful
home overlooking Flathead
Lake, and Bob Keenan was
their tour guide for a day to
see some gorgeous scenery,
a delicious lunch at the
Bob and Betty "Montana" Grille and grand
Keenan with Pat steak (Montana style) for
(Heitman) Whitam dinner. They are all looking
forward to seeing their
classmates next June in Orlando.
It took them all of one minute to forget almost fifty
years that they had not seen each other and to begin to
reminisce about their high school days. Bob Keenan
graduated from CHS while Bob and Pat were in the BHS
Class of 1944.

Rathgeber Reunion

The Rathgeber family reunion was held on July 23,
1993 to July 25, 1993 at Toms River, NJ., at a Holiday
Inn. Cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, husbands,
wives and, of course, the four sisters gathered. Fun
galore, with laughs and tall tales being exchanged.
Reminiscing took top priority.
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The Rathgeber clan Reunion.

The Ed Rathgeber family was well represented by
four daughters from the area, and one from Delaware,
his six grandchildren and widow. Two daughters of the
late Jack Rathgeber and their families were also present.

Bernice Rathgeber Jackson
Des Plaines, IL

McFarland Clan Update

Renata (BHS'78) married Bill Bateman who has two
daughters. She has been teaching physical education at
Haverhill, Mass. She has an MEd from the University of
Lowell, Mass. Brittany, age 2+ and Jon, born in March,
keep her busy.
Chantell married Charlie Bauer and has a 1 year-
old son, Ryan. They live in Key West where Chantell
works as a registered nurse. She graduated from
Worcester State College in Massachusetts and Key West
Community College.
Brent is a Cape Codder who works as a house
painter with many enterprises as a sideline. He attended
college with Chantell but chose to be a free spirit.
Colin lives in Manhattan and works as a Bank
Examiner for the government. He received a Masters in
Business from Northeastern in Boston.
Nicole lives in Key West with yours truly. She
graduated from Dean Junior College in Massachusetts,
and is currently working for her brother-in-law at the
Hog's Breath Saloon as one of the assistant managers.
Her business travels take her to many places New
Orleans, Fort Walton Beach, Mexico, Virginia Beach, etc.
where she manages to get in touch with Pan Canalers.
Yours truly is a registered nurse in Florida (winter)
and Masssachusetts (summer). This was Ed's dream for
retirement, i.e. retirement from teaching, and I am busy
keeping his dream alive. The local Key West Hospital

Old neighbors meet again! Nicole McFarland, left,
daughter of Ed and Lee McFarland and Weecie
(Favorite) Hollenbeck, daughter of Ada and Ben
Favorite, with Ryan and Alexandra Hollenbeck at a
reunion at Virginia Beach, July, 1993.

Renata McFarland-Bateman family, back row, L-R:
Jamie (15) Brittany (2), husband Bill, Jennifer (18).
Front: Renata with Jon born in March, and AFS
Exchange Student Luis (18). Renata is teaching
Physical education in Haverhill public schools in

keeps me busy during winters and working and going to
school and camp with quadriplegic children keep me
active the rest of the time.

Lee McFarland
Key West, FL

Greetings from New Hampshire

Your card was a gentle reminder that it was time to
write a check! Thanks.
June 4th we joined the 50th anniversary club and had
all four boys home to help us celebrate first time all
together in 10 years. Hugh, our youngest, just made it
back from Saudi the afternoon of our anniversary.
Our son Paul in Texas just added another grandson
to our growing list on July 23rd.
We have been traveling this summer in our motor
home and were in Iowa for a Winnebago Rally just as
the floods started rising. Another week and we would
have had to detour many miles to get home.
"Hello" to all the folks down there who remember us.

Hazel and Howard Richards
Nashua, NH

Slover Family Reunion

Greetings from the Slover Family: Ann and Jim from
Columbus, Ga.; J.L., Marsha, Jonny, Charlie and Robbie
from Albuquerque, N.M.; Susie and Dan Wells and
Nancy from Federal Way, Wash. We had a family
reunion here in June. Susie, Dan, Nancy, Jonny and I
went to Orlando and had a ball. Jim had not been too
well the past year so he and J.L., Marsha and the other
two boys stayed here. Time passed much too fast, but
was wild.


Granddaughter Honored

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my
16-year-old granddaughter Tiffany Marie Brady. She
attends St. Cloud High School, St. Cloud, Fla. Her
mother, my daughter Ivy Rose Dunnagan, is a single
mother raising two teenage girls she is doing a great
Tiffany was born in Baltimore, Md., December 31,
1976. She lived in Woodruff, SC, until July 1988 when,
while on a visit to Florida for a family reunion, her
mother decided to make this their home.
Tiffany has been nominated to be included in the
27th Annual Edition of Who's Who Among American
High School Students, an honor reserved for only 5
percent of our nation's high school students.

Mary Virginia Larson (Cunningham)
Orlando, FL

The Slover family get-together in Columbus, Georgia.

Susie, Dan, Nancy, Marsha and I met in Las Vegas
in February for four days, didn't get much sleep but did
a lot of talking and going from place to place. Nancy and
I are going to Biloxi October 22nd to celebrate her
birthday. Jim is going to stay with our two dogs, Paula
and Pepe. Fr. Gonzalez had come back to Ft. Benning
after his three years in Germany and is stationed in the
basic training area where we go to Mass and is glad to be
there to say nothing of us being glad to have him back.
Cecila married in December and is still in Columbus.
We belong to the rock club and enjoy it very much.

Ann Slover
Columbus, GA

Bill, Sam and Kathleen (McConaghy) Campbell with
Charlie and Suzy (Hele) Carlton in Alexandria, VA.
Kathleen and Suzy were classmates. (BHS'60).


On a trip going through Irvine, CA., Bette (Farrell)
BHS'49 Swearingen saw cousin Billy Collins (BHS'44
or '45). They haven't seen each other in 41 years and
they had a great time together.

Report of Trip to Panama
in September 1993

Thanks to Bea we went to Panama in September
with Win Rice's Discovery Tours and had the time of our
lives! The Panama Tourist Agency (IPAT) met us at
Tocumen and whizzed us through immigration and
customs in about ten minutes, first class all the way.
IPAT has launched a new campaign to remove the
blacklisting and win back tourists lost during the time of
Noriega. We stayed at the Granada Hotel, small, clean,
and friendly once we learned to ask for oatmeal with
Some of the group took the completely escorted tour
so Win Rice led them all the way and they reported he
couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. I rented my
own car (AVIS is great) and went off on my own driving
with the mad hatters in Panama City, WOW! (That just
happens to be the way I like to drive and in the States
they won't let me.) Panama City is bursting at the seams;
the roar of activity is deafening; the traffic problem is
critical and I wonder how they will solve it? For only one
dollar a taxi will take you almost anywhere you want to
go. I only got in trouble once the Guardia stopped me
and told me to fasten my seat belt, stern but friendly,
polite, and didn't ask for a "tip".
It was rainy season so Barneby Street looked
gorgeous. Green velvet grass covered the land with a
rainbow of colors in flowers blooming. The tulip trees on
Barneby meet overhead like the trees on Roosevelt
Avenue used to, a shady tunnel all the way. After six
years absence I had forgotten what a tropical rain was
like, unique in this world. It comes down suddenly, so
intense and with such force, that it slaps, stings, and blots
out the sun. For a moment you are blinded. Then just as
quickly it goes away, the sun comes out, and one
continues about his business. I love it. My skin felt so
fresh, hair curly, and the eyebrow pencil worked. The
Balboa Yacht Club is still active, with a bar and for boat
moorings, but until they get a clear title on who owns it
no entrepreneur cares to reactivate the restaurant. That
used to be the best place for corbina. It was great to be
able to buy things at stores in the "Zone". Whatever the
circumstances years ago, I remember the stricken look on
the faces of tourists who came from the ships at Pier 18.
They wandered Balboa, thirsty and hungry, and could not
buy anything. Now I was the tourist.
We walked down the mall that is now Central
Avenue, shopped and talked to everyone, all the way to
Santa Ana Plaza. All were nice and friendly and I rue the
hours I wasted worrying about maleantes; we never saw
a sign of one. But then I was wearing my magic montuno
hat (sombrero pintado) which does give me a charmed
existence. I wear it just to watch people's reactions: in the
States clerks drop what they are doing and wait on me;
in Panama they seemed to find it amusing on this blond
Margo Grimm, Lina Diaz, and I zigzagged around
the rainy season potholes up the road to El Valle, called
the shake and bake road. It was passable though and well
worth the rough ride. El Valle is exquisite, the market on
Sunday mornings bigger than ever, with hordes of visitors
in spite of the rains. Don't miss the "totumas", lovely
paintings on a calabash gourd in different sizes $2-$12. I
am happy to report that the golden frogs and square

trees (Quaribea) are not extinct. We finally found Ed and
Olga Nance, perpendicular up the side of the mountain,
in the most gorgeous of all the homes Ed has built up
there. Incidentally, the Nances have turned two bedrooms
with bath into "bed and breakfast" for $35 a night and
their telephone in El Valle is 93-6126.

Jean Stough, Ed and Olga Nance, El Valle,

Rep. of

One member of our group was Walter Brown who
has the unique honor of being the first baby through the
Panama Canal. No children allowed, but he was three
months old nursing at his mother's breast on that first
ship through in 1914. Like the Panama Canal, he soon
will celebrate his 80th birthday, fit as a fiddle and still
traveling the world. Again we see the nourishment and
staying power of the Chagres.

Top: Walter Brown and Lina Diaz. Bottom: Pearl
Brown, Margo Grimm and Win Rice.
We still have many friends in Panama, both
American and Panamanian, but since they live all over
the place one has to dig them out. Alas, I did not have
time to see them all but I did talk to Faye and Preston
Minton, Elizabeth Dillon, Carmen Massot, Tim
Corrigan, Arnie Cevallos, Rose Parker, Marc Quinn,
Shiela, Cuesa and Bromley Endara, Dave Young, Viola
Weeden Dominguez, and our beloved reporter Mary
Coffey, all thriving. Tim Corrigan and Marc Quinn are
leading an effort to form a new "Society of Descendants

'eston Minton, at Playa Coronado, Rep. of Panama.
reston Minton, at Playa Coronado, Rep. of Panama.

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