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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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VOL. 8 MARH 199 NO.



VOL. 28

MARCH 1994

NO. 1

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 ......................................... 1
Robert L. Dill Tribute ....................................... 2
From the Secretary .......................................... 5
Editor's Corner ............................................ 5
Legislative Representative ..................................... 6
Announcements ............................................ 8
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 10
A M otion Passed ........................................... 10
Slate of Officers 1994-1995 .................................... 12
Certificates of Appreciation ................................... 16
"Where Are You?" ............................... ......... 17
R etirem ents ............................................... 18
N ews Clips ................................................ 18
Your Reporter Says .........................................20
Alabama .................. 20 Mississippi .............. 33
Arkansas .................. 21 North Carolina ........... 34
California .................. 23 Northwest ...............34
Florida .................... 26 Oklahoma ...............35
Georgia ...................28 Panama ................36
Hawaii .................... 30 South Carolina ........... 36
Indiana .................... 31 Texas .................. 37
Louisiana ..................32 Virginia ................39
Congratulations ............................................ 39
W eddings ......................................... ....... 45
B irths .................................................... 49
With Deep Sorrow ............................... ......... 51
Letters to the Editor .............................. .......... 59
Looking Back ................................. ............ 70
Class Reunion Announcements ................................. 80
For Sale or Wanted ............................ ..............84

FRONT COVER: Robert Leroy Dill, last surviving Roosevelt Medal holder passed
away December 21, 1993. Shown shortly after his 104th birthday celebration, given
by the Panama Canal Society of Southern California.
BACK COVER: Ship being lowered down to sea level at Miraflores Locks.
Painting by well-known Canal Zone artist Al Sprague, now of Grafton, Virginia.

APRIL 21, 1994


March 4

March 6

April 8

May 6

May 7

June 8-12
June 19

August 6

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. 10:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Light refreshments. 1:00 P.M.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11:00
A.M. Social hour, Buffet at 12:00 Noon.
Oklahoma Annual Spring Picnic. Call Oklahoma Area Reporter
(918) 254-9633 for details.
PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL.
N.W. Arkansas Annual Summer Meeting/Picnic, Agri Park,
Fayetteville, AR. Bring covered dish and tableware.
1994 Northwest Reunion/Picnic. Twanoh State Park, Union,
Washington. See 'Announcements" for reservations, etc.

p ZONThe Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. -THE Sro

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
B 1 To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships C
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 $4.00 each, (postage included) to members
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 34642-4712
(813) 391-4359
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


JU A/ag

As many of you know, I lost Fred, my beloved
husband of 46 years on January 1st. If I may, I would like
to thank all of you for your calls, cards, floral
arrangements, food, visits, and your generous donations
towards masses, and contributions to your favorite charity
in his name. Never before have I experienced such an
outpouring of compassion from so many caring people.
Once again, if I may repeat myself, I am so proud to be
a part of you. You have touched me in a way that I will
always remember and never forget. THANK YOU.
Elsewhere you will read that an additional tribute
was bestowed on my husband. At the January 7, 1994,
business meeting a motion was made to name the next
Chagres Invitational Trophy commencing in 1995 after
Fred. As many of you know, Fred and I co-chaired the
Annual Reunion Golf Tournament for twelve years, and
Fred worked so hard on it to make it successful. Again,
my thanks to the membership for this wonderful tribute
to him.
Our Christmas Luncheon was a huge success despite
the delay in getting onto the Pier. It seems that Santa
Claus decided to make an early appearance in St.
Petersburg, and consequently our luncheon was held up
for an hour. But being the understanding people that we
all are, we stood back and gave Santa his moment in the
"Sun". Of course we had no choice, but that's another
story. Thank you Muriel Whitman (Chairperson), John
Whitman, Dorothy Pate, Al Pate, Carolyn Johnson,
Barbara Green, Dorothy Yocum, Stella DeMarr, and
Faith Brundage.

By the time you read this article, our Carnavalito will
have come and gone, and the "fish" will have been buried.
Co-Chairpersons Virgil and Shirley Camby, along with
their committee members Digna Bonneau, Barbara
Green, Roy and Becky Bonneau, Betty Frassrand, Olga
Disharoon, Rupert Turner, and John and Liz Disharoon
outdid themselves, along with Charlie Cooper's Copra
Band to make it a wonderful evening of dining and
As Marje Foster will be reporting in her Reunion
Coordinator's Report, reservations are coming in at a
rapid pace for the 1994 Reunion. This issue will be the
last issue for Reunion documents, so get them in soon.
My personal thanks to Marje and her committee
chairpersons, along with Barbara Green, Shirley Boswell,
and Nancy Van Siclen for the excellent transition of the
computer work and recording work of the Reunion into
the office.
We're looking forward now to our May luncheon that
is always a huge success at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Once again it will be chaired by Anna and Joe Collins.
The coupon for reservations will be found in the
Announcements Section of this edition of the Canal
Record. Valet parking has been arranged for our elderly
members, and this year we have the added attraction of
the first showing of Mr. Neville Hart's video entitled
PANAMA". It promises to be a wonderful day, so please
try to make it, and get your reservations in before the


May I remind you that this issue contains the ballot
for the upcoming election in June of our new officers for
1994-1995. Please, please send in your ballots and show
your support for these fine people who give so willingly
of their time to keep our organization running smoothly.
Next year, we will be going into a new and beautiful
hotel, THE ORLANDO WORLD CENTER, and those
newly elected officers will have the job of organizing one
of the biggest reunions ever. Let them know how much
you are behind them in their endeavors, and appreciate
all of their hard work by voting with your ballot.
You will note in the Editor's Corner that the
Executive Board has voted to increase the cost of
advertising in the Canal Record, and the cost of the

decals and license plates commencing on June 1st.
Another step in the right direction for economic reasons
and a balanced budget.
In closing, may I extend my deepest sympathy to the
Robert Dill family, and all the families of the Society who
have suffered the loss of a dear one they shall be
missed by many.
I'll be looking forward to seeing you at our meetings
and special events, so please do attend and join your
friends in the Society for good times, good food, and
good conversations. Till June, I remain your President,

Jane Huldtquist

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Robert L. Dill, 104 years of age, the last surviving
Roosevelt Medal holder of those 7,391 pioneer men and
women who received the decoration for their work during
the period of 1904 to 1914 for the construction of the
Panama Canal, passed away suddenly December 21, 1993
in his home at Hemet, California.
He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and was a
descendant of several distinguished early colonial
ancestors. His grandmother, Elizabeth Pierce, was
honored by the DA.R. Chapter in Pittsfield, Maine,
which bears her name as descended from Thomas Pierce,
who helped to found Harvard University, and Franklin
Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. Bob
moved to Houston and graduated from the University of
Houston with a degree in accounting, and began his
career there with three years at the Southern Pacific
Railroad and four and one half years with the National
Bank of Houston.

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#6726, Robert Dill, went to
work on the Panama Canal
on July 7, 1911, starting first
as a machinist on heavy
equipment earning 380 an
Sour with the Isthmian
Canal Commission and
Bob Dill in 1915 soon, because of his
with the Panama experience in accounting,
Canal Company. was promoted to property
accounting where he set up
the accounting system for the Mechanical Department as
well as the inventory of all non-expendable property for
Col. Goethals, who was very cost conscious. After the
Canal was completed the Commission changed to the
Panama Canal Company, where he worked at various
positions in Gorgona, Corozal, Empire and Balboa.
In 1914 he spent six weeks in the hospital with
typhoid fever, and when he returned to work, found he
had been transferred to Sammy Grier's office with the
Panama Railroad. At that time he served as relief
Secretary for the newly formed Metal Trades Council and
was elected as the first president of the Chauffeurs
Union. He also served on the committee to establish the
wage scale for the Panama Canal Company. He left the
Canal to return to the United States in 1916 to join the
U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I, spending 13
months at Ellington Field, near Houston, attaining the
rank of Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1919.
After the war, Bob Dill distinguished himself in
various endeavors, including a successful business career
in automobile and tire distributorships and, ultimately,
after World War II he entered Civil Service becoming
an examiner for the Office of Defense, Transportation.
He was then sent to San Diego where he became Chief
of the Priority Division in the War Assets Administration
in the disposal of surplus materials and property, retiring
in 1954.

Throughout his life,
Bob has maintained an
active interest in the Canal
and has given public talks to
many different groups about
the construction of the
Panama Canal. He has
given special private talks
and slide showings to
medical and other
professional groups. His
Bob delivered many greatest thrill was in 1986
talks on the Canal. when he was invited to be
guest speaker at the
Panama Canal Society of
Florida Reunion. He was also honored with "Pop" Ebdon
in June 1990 at the Panama Canal Society Reunion as the
only two living Roosevelt Medal holders. He has
distinguished himself as a Mason as an active member of
Lodge No. 65, the Scottish Rite Club, the Hi-Twelve
Club, and the Ramona Shrine Club, all in Hemet. He
was also an Elk and held many honors there also. Most
recently he was honored upon his 104th birthday by
members the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California, of which he is also a member, where he was
presented a framed photograph of a ship passing through
Gatun Locks together with a congratulatory letter from
Panama Canal Commision Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F. by PCSSC President George E. Muller.

President George Muller of the Panama Canal Society
of Southern California presents Bob Dill a gift on his
104th birthday, a framed photo of a ship in the Locks
and a congratulatory letter from Panama Canal
Commission Administrator Gilberto Guardia F.
No longer may we shake the hands of any of those
7,391 who braved the heat, malaria, work conditions and
dangers on the Isthmus of Panama. We honored them
for their immense contribution in helping to make the
Panama Canal another Wonder of the World. The only
link we have now with those pioneers of the Panama
Canal is through those generations of sons and daughters
of those honored few, and we will honor them. They may
be gone, but they are not forgotten. And now, we may do
so through his widow and closest survivor, Rosa, who he
married in 1980, and his niece and nephew, Jeanne and
Jerry Mason, and another niece in Houston, Texas..

and his wife, Rosa, at a recent meeting.

Sons and daughters of Panama Canal Old-Timers with
Bob and Rosa Dill on his 104th birthday. Three great-
granddaughters of Major General William Crawford
Gorgas were also present.

Although he had none of his own, he loved children,
and his fondest wish was to continue to support those
children who needed help the most. His wish, upon his
death, was to ask those who were able, to send
contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled
Children, c/o El Bekal Temple, 1170 Gene Autry Way,
Anaheim, California 92805-6789.
As a memorial from all the Panama Canal Society
members, living in the United States and abroad, we
dedicate this issue of the Canal Record to our departed
member, the last of the honored few, Robert L. Dill.

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,Auust 15, 1993

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recognize 4th fuorh gVo bib in ontributing to the monumental effort of Vanamna anal ronstruction-

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passage across Fanama fuas ote of tec supreme Ipmnnat aciefiaments of all time, tile culmination of an
heroic bream of four Ilpnbrrb ezars anb of more tijan tfcnmtg gears of pipmomenal effort anb sacrifice."

tFe successful completion of tie fanamt a ranal fura inbeer an afun-inspiring aclitenment, anhb J am
fcrg pleseb to Ilafb tip opportmuitg to express appreciation to someone PnIao participate in this
extraorbinarg enbreabor. P am sure gon Ioafe a sense of great accomrplislpent for gour part in t*e
building of tlye Qnal anrb a particular pribe in being a recipient of tile BflebaL, Pt is also
comment able tipt, cben as gou approaclJ gnur 104tl birtfibag, gon continue to speah to groups
informing tflem about tiF Iistorg of tipe (TanaL

lour periob of serfoice faith e tIpti rt ian (lanal lmmunission, from 3ullg 7, 1911 to Becember 31,
1916, fans bring an unnnusualg momentous time, anb gon foere fortunate to be able to take part in tie
final phases of construction anb tfien see tile lanal in operation-

A&1 of us nofi inhoalfrb faith thIe bailg operations of tie fraterfong are conetantig reminbeb of lforkers
like gou fhldo fucre responsible for creating this engineering fnonber of tihe foarib. VE tank gou for a
job fuel bone anb filish gnu a erg Ipppg birfthbag.


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"The Panama Canal-Serving World Shipping for Over 75 Years"

Jro m


It's back to work after a very nice holiday. The office
was closed from December 23 to January 1 and when I
returned to work there was a lot of catching up to do.
But, keeping busy keeps me out of trouble.
The 1994 Reunion work is being performed in the
office this year; Shirley Boswell and I have been getting
involved which is a good experience.
Here I am, back again, this is my fourth try to get
this message typed.
Please make sure that we have your correct address -
especially those living overseas or out of the country. The
space allotted for addresses in our computer program is
limited and we generally have to abbreviate; help us out
by giving us an acceptable abbreviation of all addresses.
If we can't get your address on three (3) lines, we must
abbreviate. We want you to get your copy of the Canal
Pat and I thank the members who sent Christmas
cards to the office. We decorated our office with them.
Don't want to bore you, so I'll close by wishing
everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Barbara Green

4 Editor's


We were all very much saddened during this past
holiday season over the passing away of Robert L. Dill,
the only surviving Roosevelt Medal holder, and of
Rudolph Fred Huldtquist, husband of our Society
president. It is never easy when we lose close friends, but
we accept the fact that there is a higher calling, and it
was time to answer the call. We shall miss them both
very much. Past President Betty Frassrand made a
motion, which passed unanimously, to name the Chagres
Invitational Golf Tournament Trophy in Fred
Huldtquist's name starting in 1995. A very worthy
accolade for a very worthy gentleman.

We also felt it would be proper to dedicate this issue
of the Canal Record to Bob Dill. He stood for so much
and he represented so many as the last of the honored
few. He was joined by men of good company and he did
his best to uphold their trust in him until the end. The
Panama Canal Society of Southern California will have a
Memorial Service for him during their Annual business
meeting on March 6. We will see that the cover of the
March issue, with Bob's photo and our articles on Bob
Dill will be in their hands at that time, even though the
March issue will not reach California in time for the
On a more pleasant note, we see that Mrs. Trudi
Clontz has been re-elected again as the Reporter for
South Carolina. You may remember that Trudi was the
reporter for a long time and gave it up at the end of
1989. Welcome back, Trudi! You were a great reporter
then and I know you'll continue as you did before.
For some strange reason I have had several requests
to provide members with the recipe for PCC French
Fruit Cookies. So here goes:
Bowl mixture: 1 1/2 cup cane sugar; 1 cup brown sugar;
11/4 cup Crisco shortening; 1 T salt; 1 T baking soda; 4
cups all-purpose flour*. Blender mixture: 3 eggs; 1/3 cup
water; 1/2 tsp vanilla; 1 cup glazed fruit, packed; 1 cup
raisins. Combine bowl mixture ingredients in large mixing
bowl with the exception of the flour. Cream together.
Combine all blender mixture into bowl mixture, combine
ingredients, then add flour. Mix well. Drop onto
ungreased cookie sheet with tablespoon. Bake in 350-
degree oven for 15-18 minutes.
*Recipe needs more flour to obtain same texture as old
PCC French Fruit Cookies. Bake a test batch first. Then
if test batch is flat, add more flour to get proper texture.

I Editor must have by:
I April 21, 1994
February is a short month, consequently scheduling
with the printer is very tight. We have to be ready for
them earlier in January to make the March 1 delivery
date. If your report or news item did not make it this
trip, it's because you failed to get it to us by the deadline
of January 21. We regret that. Please look for it in the
June issue. Members are asked to send news items in
their complete format just as you would like to see it
printed. Please don't ask us to write your item for you.
You may not like the way we do it, and unfortunately, we
don't have time to do any research on the subject.
Please note that the fees for members advertising
have increased. It was determined that what we charged
didn't really pay for the cost of the advertisement. The
new charges are indicated in the "For Sale or Wanted"
column in the back of the book. Those who have paid for
ad space in advance are not subject to the increases until
they renew their advertisement in the future.
You may also note that the Executive Board has
increased the cost of mailing individual Canal Records to
members from $4.00 per issue to $5.00 per issue in order
to meet actual costs of printing and mailing, effective

June 1, 1994. This information is found in the Masthead
on page 1 of each issue.. The Board has also increased
the cost of the sale of Decals from $1.50 to $2.00, and
License Plates from $4.00 to $5.00, also effective June 1,
Our solice goes to those who experienced damage
through the recent earthquake in the Los Angeles area.
We hope that they may recover their losses and hope that
they did not suffer physically.

Pat Beall



There is a school of thought that
holds that entitlements are doing
exactly what their architects intended
and exactly what they ought to be
doing. It is true that entitlements are
^ growing. They are supposed to grow,
especially during bad economic
times. The so-called automatic
stabilizers such as unemployment, insurance and food
stamps are designed to pick up the slack in tough
economic times. Entitlements are not responsible for the
federal deficit of the last decade. The huge surge in
entitlement spending came in 1966 to 1976. It was then
that the creation of programs such as Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps and Supplemental Security
Income combined with expanded Social Security benefits
provided an enormous boost to entitlement spending. The
recent worsening of the deficit situation has little to do
with entitlement spending. Economists say deficits during
the 1980s and early 1990s were pumped up by huge tax
cuts that were not offset by spending cuts, as well as by
a declining economy, the savings and loan bailout, and
other factors. We should be concerned about entitlements
and what is going to happen in the future. Projections
show overall spending beginning to grow faster than
revenues in 1996, driven largely by Medicare and
Medicaid. Projections show Social Security and other
federal retirement programs staying relatively flat as a
share of the economy through the near future, while
Medicare and Medicaid nearly double their share of the
Gross Domestic Product.


(1) Social Security began in 1935 during the depression
and now is the largest of all entitlements. Social Security
comprises two distinct programs. The Old Age and
Survivors Insurance program provides monthly benefits
to retired workers and their dependents and to survivors
of insured workers. The Disability Insurance program,
added in 1956, now provides monthly benefits for
disabled workers and their dependents.

(2) Medicare began in 1965. This two-part program
helps the elderly and disabled pay for health care costs.
(3) Deposit Insurance began in 1934 and was created in
the wake of the big Depression. It was to help failed
(4) Medicaid began in 1965. It is a joint federal and
state program providing health services to low income
(5) Federal Civilian Retirement started in 1920.
Originally created as a stand alone program, federal
civilian retirement was overhauled in 1986 to move the
system toward greater parity with private pension plans.
COLA's were added to help keep pace with inflation.
(6) Unemployment Compensation began in 1935 as part
of the Social Security Act of 1935. This program
temporarily replaces at least part of the wages of workers
who lose their jobs involuntarily and helps stabilize the
economy during recessions.
(7) Federal Military Retirement goes way back to 1776.
The first national military pension law formally codified
benefits for disabled soldiers, who were to get half pay
for life or for as long as they were disabled. The current
system provides benefits for regular retirees of all
services along with the COLA.
(8) Food Stamps started in 1961 as a pilot program by
President Kennedy to provide coupons for low income
households which could be redeemed for enough food for
a minimal, nutritious diet.
(9) Supplemental Security income began in 1972. "SSI"
was created as a means tested program to provide
monthly cash payments to the needy elderly 65 or older,
blind or disabled.
(10) Aid to Families with Dependent Children first
started in 1935. This was also started by the Social
Security Act of 1935. It is a means tested, cash grant
program to enable states to assist needy children and
certain others in the child's household who have been
deprived of parental support and care.


The first solution is program-by-program cuts which
would mean going through mandatory spending programs
one by one looking for ways to trim benefits, limit
eligibility or force recipients to pay more in the way of
premiums, fees or other offsets. Federal civil or military
retirees, for example, might have their cost of living
adjustments cut. Medicare recipients might have to pay
higher premiums. A second solution may be to cap
entitlement spending. A growth cap would limit the
growth of all entitlements. The third solution would be to
raise taxes on everyone to supply the necessary funds to
balance the budget.


The new budget law makes it much harder for
middle-class retirees to obtain Medicaid coverage for
nursing home stays. Medicaid generally pays for nursing
home costs if a person has limited income and less than
$2,000 in assets, excluding a house, car and some
personal possessions. New rules require Medicaid to
count assets an applicant has given away in the last 36
months. A house, however, may be transferred to a

spouse or a child who has lived in the house or a child
under 21. But once the owner dies, Medicaid may try to
seize the house to help cover the Medicaid cost that was
provided. On August 10, 1993 Congress changed the
Medicaid law. These changes make it more difficult for
you to qualify for Medicaid. You should look at the
changes that have occurred since August of 1993. The
average cost of nursing home care ranges from $2,000 to
$5,000 per month. Many members think that Medicare
will pay for their nursing home costs. But Medicare pays
for less than 5 percent of nursing home care, and if it
applies, it pays in full only for the first 20 days. Medicaid
will pay for your nursing home expenses only if your
countable assets and income are below certain amounts.


Senior citizens' organizations are supporting the
Clinton Health Care Plan as the best of the health care
reform ideas coming out of Washington. People who are
enrolled in Medicare would stay in Medicare. They could
not join the system of health alliances that will be set up
to provide a guaranteed set of benefits at relatively low
cost. That means Medicare enrolles would miss out on
three big pluses of the new health alliances. 1. Low
deductible charges and co-payments. 2. An annual cap on
the amount consumers will have to pay out of pocket. 3.
New preventive care coverage. The inequity between
coverage under Medicare and the health alliances is
rooted in Clinton's attempt to keep Medicare intact and
not disrupt the lives of the 31.3 million seniors who rely
on Medicare. The new program does have some new
benefits for seniors. The plan would expand coverage for
long-term care, extend Medicare to cover prescription
drugs and make slight improvements for nursing home


There are those who plan to obliterate the national
deficit by calling for families with incomes of more than
$40,000 to get less cash from the federal government,
including Social Security. Warren Rudman, the former
Republican senator from New Hampshire, has suggested
that the government cut 50 domestic programs. Most of
the savings would come from cuts in government
payments to middle and upper income families. For
example, any family that receives Social Security or
Medicare would see its government checks reduced by 10
percent for every $10,000 of income over $40,000. At the
present time the government is paying about $81 billion
to six million people in families with incomes above
$50,000. Suggestions are being made that within the next
few years the government will limit the write-off on home
mortgage interest to $20,000 for couples. By the year
2000 the government will need to find an additional $500
billion to balance the budget.


When you go to your local library, look for these
books. They may be helpful in understanding the federal
budget deficit. The Zero Deficit Plan by the Concord
Coalition (74 pages). Facing Up by Peter Peterson (388

pages). Bankruptcy 1995 by Harry Figgie (289 pages).
The Trillion Debt by the Concord Coalition (50 pages).
The Economic and Budget Outlook by The
Congressional Budget Office (62 pages).


If the Clinton plan is approved it will be ambitious
and expensive. AARP believes that if nothing is done in
the long run it will cost us more. Nonetheless, there are
those who want to trim or delay benefits to save money.
There are two areas that our members should give
particular attention. One is the long-term care and the
other is prescription drugs. By the end of this century
many of our members will be in need of long-term care.
It is therefore essential that any plan Congress enacts
ensures such care in the home, community center or
nursing home. The average consumer price for
prescriptions has more than doubled in the last decade.
Federal retirees should ask themselves if the health care
plan will take care of their own particular health needs.
Will the Clinton plan add or subtract from the Federal
Employee Health benefit Plan?


Federal employees and annuitants who currently
participate in FEHBP would be required to transfer to a
state health alliance when such an alliance is created in
the state where they reside. This provision is subject to
change because the Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) officials have recommended to the President's
Health Care Reform Task Force that the transfer of
federal retirees and employees into the new plan be
postponed until health alliances are established in all 50




Those federal retirees receiving an annuity and
health benefits on or before the Clinton proposal became
law would be "held-harmless" for the cost of health
benefits paid under the new plan. In other words, those
retirees would pay no more for their health care coverage
than they were paying the day the Clinton proposal
became law.
James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(813) 894-2478

Commonly used conversion factors

From English Multiply by To Metric
system system

Inches 25.4 Millimeters
Feet 0.3048 Meters
Gallons 3.785 Liters
Pounds 0.4536 Kilograms

For example, to convert 100 feet to meters, multiply by 0.3048 to
obtain 30.48.


St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida



Initial plans have begun for the First Ham Radio
Reunion for all ham radio 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
members below.


Panama Canal College, formerly Canal Zone Junior
College, is reactivating its Alumni Association originally
founded in 1983.
As the College prepares for transition to a new era,
the Association is seeking graduates and former students
interested in becoming members.
Dr. Ronald Woodbury, Dean of the College, will be
available at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in June
to answer questions about the transition of the College to
the University of the Americas, an American University
in Panama.
Also attending will be Guillermo Mendez, '35,
President of the Alumni Association, and Joe Wood, '57,
Treasurer, to talk about the Association and the role
which alumni can play in the future of the College as a
private institution.


We are forming a society, ROOSEVELT MEDAL
DESCENDANTS. To keep alive the memories, meet one
another, share experiences, celebrate the Canal's birthday
on August 15, and for all the good that we can do, we
want to hear from you with your ideas too.
It was an extraordinary feat performed by 7,391
hardy souls who worked during construction days,
between 1904 and 1914, to build the Panama Canal. We
want to know your forebear's name? Where did he or she
work? and What do you think of the idea? Would any of
you like to go to Panama in August 1994 to help
celebrate the 80th birthday of the Panama Canal?
Descendants of U.S. citizens who worked on the
construction of the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914
are requested to contact: Marc Quinn, PSC #2, Box 118,
APO AA 34002 or Jeanne Stough, 8618 Bold Forbes,
Boerne, TX 78006 in the USA.

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

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

April 8, 1994

DCSOFL Ieaular Meeting
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
250C 16 th Street
St. 1etersburg, FL.
17UL.AU Al[EETING 1:00 P.M.


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 Grieser.
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)


The Northwest Annual Reunion/Picnic will be held
on August 6, 1994 at Twanoh State Park, on the
Southwest area of Hood Canal, over on the Olympic
Peninsula. Address: Twanoh State Park, E12190 Hwy
106, Union, WA 98592. Telephone: (206) 275-2222. The
park takes reservations on a first come, first serve basis.
Alderbrook Inn has 13 guest rooms at approximately $89
each, less a 20% discount. Reservations must be made
prior to July 4th and mention Pan Canal Reunion. (1-
800-622-9370). The Belfair Motel at the Belfair State
Park, approximately 8 miles away, is also offering a 20%
discount to Pan Canal members. (206) 275-4485.
Arrangements were made by Cheri (Daisy) Henderson of
Allyn, WA. The Reunion hosts for 1994 are Jim and
Noralee Shobe of Bellingham, WA. A newsletter with
more detailed information and maps will be mailed to
previous attendees and those listed in the Panama Canal
Society Annual Directory, Northwest area,


A second reunion is being planned for persons who
lived at Albrook AFB from approximately 1968-1978.
This get-together is for parents and their family members
and will be held from June 16-19, 1994, at the Hacienda
Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, NV. For further information
contact Derek Nelson, 319 Vallarte Drive, Henderson,
NV 89014 (702-451-0647 Home) (702-649-0346 Work); or
Ray Mastin, 310 Farming Creek Drive, Simpsonville, SC
29681 (803-963-1606 Home) (803-458-1963 Work).


The 1994 Poconos Reunion will be held from Friday
noon to Sunday noon during September 9-11, 1994 at the
Hill Motor Lodge (Best Western), located at Exit 45 on
1-80 in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
Reservations by phone at (717) 629-1667.
The rate for the weekend is $68.00 per person
(double occupancy) for two nights lodging and two
dinners (friday and saturday) at the Train Coach
A great time is guaranteed! Golf is available. A
wonderful time and place for those holding MINI-CLASS
If additional information is needed, call Billy
Michaelsen, Reunion Coordinator: Between January and
April at (904) 683-0826. After April call (914) 271-3097.

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We're going to the
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
S/for Lunch, Meeting and to
fy see Neville Harte's video,
"Petrogliphs, Pottery and
Huacas of Panama!"


May Luncheon/Meeting May 6, 1994
Social Hour 11:00 a.m. Buffet 12:00 Noon

WATERFRONT ROOM St. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida

Joe and Anna Collins will once more co-chair the
May Luncheon/Meeting at the renovated Yacht Club
located in downtown St. Petersburg bordering on Beach
Drive and 1st. Avenue. Please call the Secretary of our
Society for up-to-date parking instructions.
The buffet luncheon will consist of Breast of Chicken
with Lemon Peppercorn Sauce, Shrimp Salad, Rice Pilaf,
Vegetables, Assorted Salads, Relish Tray, Tossed Salad,
Rolls/Butter, Assorted Desserts and Coffee/Tea.
The cost of the Luncheon is $14.00 per person, tax
and gratuity included. We must have a minimum of 100
members attending.
Deadline for Reservations is MAY 2.

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St. Petersburg Yacht Club
May 6, 1994
Please make reservations at $14.00 per person. I

Total enclosed:

Make checks out to: Panama Canal Society of I
Florida, Inc., and mail to Panama Canal Society, I
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.



City State Zip_
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A Motion Passed...

January 7, 1994

Approximately twelve short years ago, two people
took over a project within the Panama Canal Society of
Florida into which they poured not only their energy but
also their hearts and souls.
There are of course many individuals in this
wonderful organization of ours that fit this description. I
am however, referring to the Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament and to Jane and Fred Huldtquist.
In 1989, the Ray Will Trophy was inaugurated into
the Chagres Invitational Hall of Fame and has been used
ever since. This trophy was started to honor a man whose
love of golf was known to all.
Like Ray Will, Fred Huldtquist was an avid golfer
who was loved by everyone whose life he touched. Like
Ray Will, Fred's enthusiasm and love of golf was very
obvious as soon as a golf club was in hand actually it
could probably be seen as soon as he tied the laces on
those funny looking shoes golfers wear. And there was
never a more charming Master of Ceremonies than Fred
at the Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Luncheon.
With these thoughts in mind, I would like to
recommend, no, I feel so very honored to recommend
that commencing at the Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament of 1995, that we inaugurate the R. Fred
Huldtquist Trophy.
1994 will be the year that the plaques on the Ray
Will trophy will be filled, and is a perfect time to begin
the R. Fred Huldtquist Trophy in honor of a man who
dedicated so much of himself to the tournament.
While the Chagres Invitational is basically self-
sufficient and not dependent upon Society funding, the
Panama Canal Society has historically purchased the
trophy for the tournament. I would recommend that the
Panama Canal Society continue this tradition.
While it is a pity that we honor many deserving
individuals only after they leave this life on earth, I can't
help but see Fred looking down on us, very modestly
smiling, while Ray Will and Pete Tortorici and the other
golfers who have left us are waiting for him to tee off on
the biggest golf course imaginable, thanking God for no
sand traps and thanking God for having been blessed
with so many good friends.
Ladies and gentlemen, I move that the Panama
Canal Society of Florida purchase a new trophy for the
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament beginning in 1995
and name the trophy the R. FRED HULDTQUIST

Betty Frassrand
Past President

The motion was passed unanimously at the January
7, 1994 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Highlights of Minutes

from Regular Meetings

November 5, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Huldtquist opened the meeting at 12:10
p.m. and Chaplain Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation.
After a moment of silence for those departed, James
Slover led in the Pledge to the Flag, then the meeting
was recessed at 12:14 p.m. for covered dish lunch, and
reconvened at 12:55 p.m.
The minutes of October meeting were read and
stand as read. The financial statement stands for audit.
The president welcomed Past Presidents Robert Van
Siclen, Muriel Whitman, Al Pate, Anna Collins and Gene
Askew, and thanked all for attending.
Tokens of appreciation was given to Al Pate for his
work as Service Officer, member of By-Laws Committee
and helper at monthly meetings; and to Dottie Pate for
her untiring work as Hospitality Chairperson.
The president gave a brief report of accomplishments
and events since the last meeting. Of the 4,998 members
recorded, 3,883 had paid 1994 dues.
All information and reservation forms for the '94
reunion will be in the December Canal Record. A
Registration Fee of $3.00 by member number was
approved by the Executive Board. A Reunion account for
$3,000 was opened by the Reunion Coordinator.
Robert Johnson thanked those who helped make the
annual picnic a success in October.
In October, $10,000 was transferred from checking
account to the money market account to take advantage
of slightly higher interest rates.
The December Canal Record, of 112 pages, was
delivered to the printer on schedule.
Past President Van Siclen informed members that
establishing chapters in other areas is proving to be more
difficult than anticipated. Indications are that it will be
expensive and involved. Subject will continue to be
Carnavalito will be held at Las Fontanas Restaurant
on February 5, 1994. Arrangements were made with
Holiday Inn to shuttle service for members to and from
the Carnavalito for those staying there overnight. Rooms
are $49 plus tax/night. Contracts will be approved by the
Executive Board and information will be in December
Canal Record.
The Legislative Report was given by James
O'Donnell and copy is included in this issue.
Contracts for musicians for dances at the '94 reunion
are being reviewed. Christmas luncheon reservations are
arriving and a special prize of round trip ticket on COPA
to Panama will be awarded.
Mr. Pate suggested everyone get their estate in order
so that survivors can avoid probate in court. Mrs. Pate
thanked all for bringing food and attending.

Motion was made by Hubert Jordan to purchase
four decanters for use at monthly meetings. Motion was
seconded and passed.
Mrs. Collins gave report on 'get well' cards sent
during month.
New Business:
Executive Board meeting of October passed a motion
not to allow paid employees to be members of By-Laws,
Nominating and Budget and Audit Committees.
The slate of Officers for 1994-1995 will be presented
at the Christmas Luncheon if the Executive Board
approves at their November 18 meeting. This will allow
members to make nominations from the floor at the
January Business meeting.
The 1994 Budget will be presented at next Executive
Board meeting.
The Executive Board approved a 2.6% COLA
increase effective December 1 for all paid employees of
the Society.
A short discussion was held regarding damage done
to Twin Towers Hotel during 1993 Reunion. The
president will check into obtaining covering insurance for
the future.
Door prizes were awarded; birthdays and
anniversaries were noted. The president wished all a
happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
The meeting adjourned at 2:04 p.m.

Two Directors are to be voted for and one is
appointed by the incoming president.The ballot will be
published in the Canal Record.
The Society office will be closed from December 23
through December 31, 1993.
All reservation forms and information for the 1994
Reunion are in the December Canal Record.
Following a discussion regarding the 2.6% COLA for
the Secretary/Treasurer and Canal Record Editor that
was approved by the Executive Board at the November
18 meeting, the members present voted to approve the
Board's decision. The raise will be effective December 1
and payable on January 1, 1994.
Addresses for the Canal Record were printed on
labels for the December issue in lieu of printing on books
due to computer program glitch. 45 books were mailed
overseas by First Class mail.
Following the Christmas Program, door prizes were
awarded. Round Trip ticket to Panama, donated by
COPA, was won by Ms. Pat Barriteau.
The next business meeting will be held January 7,
1994 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, as a covered dish
President Huldtquist wished everyone a good holiday
season and good wishes for the coming year, on behalf of
the Executive Board and the Society.
The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

December 4, 1993
Columbia Restaurant, The Pier
St. Petersburg, Florida

The president, Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, called the
meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. and welcomed the 137
members and guests attending. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave
the Invocation and the meeting was adjourned at 1:18
p.m. for lunch. It reconvened at 2:30 p.m. and James
Slover led in the Pledge to the Flag.
The minutes of the November 5 meeting were read
and stand as read, and the Financial Statement stands for
The president thanked Mrs. Muriel Whitman and
her committee for their work in organizing the Christmas
Luncheon. She also recognized Past Presidents Robert
Van Siclen, Muriel Whitman, Peter Foster, Al Pate, Bill
Wheeler, Anna Collins and Gene Askew. She then
presented tokens of appreciation to those members and
committee members who worked for the Society.
President Huldtquist then stated the
accomplishments of the Executive Board at the
November 18 meeting, including a balanced budget. She
indicated that the Slate of Officers for 1994-1995 will be
read at the January 7, 1994 meeting and that members
may nominate from the floor at that time. Nominees for
President should have served at least one year on the
Executive Board. The Slate of Officers for 1994-1995 are
as follows:
President Marjorie Foster
1st Vice President Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President James O'Donnell
Director Virgil Camby
Director Margot Jordan

January 7, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
ST. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Director and acting president,
called the meeting to order at 12:13 p.m. as the president,
1st vice president and 2nd vice president were absent.
She followed with the Invocation. The acting Sergeant-
at-Arms, Virgil Camby led the membership in the Pledge
to the Flag. The meeting was adjourned at 12:19 p.m.
Mr. Robert Johnson, arriving late, reconvened the
meeting at 1:03 p.m. and thanked Mrs. Whitman for
opening the meeting.
The Secretary read the minutes of the December 4,
1993 meeting and they stand as read. She read the
Financial Statement and it stands for audit.
Past Presidents recognized were Gene Askew, Al
Pate, Muriel Whitman, Betty Frassrand and Anna
Collins. Out-of-town members recognized were Bill and
Alice Forrstrom, Rhode Island; Sarasota members Mike
and Marion Greene and Lee and Marian Kariger. Brian
Gerhardt from Germany was also welcomed.
Mr. Johnson informed members that the quorum for
1994 is 41. 43 members were attending this meeting. He
also announced the death of Mr. Fred Huldtquist,
husband of the president and of Mrs. Naomi Foster,
mother of Past President Pete Foster.
Mrs. Whitman announced that the Christmas
Luncheon was well attended 137 members and guests
enjoyed the food and entertainment. $204.47 was left over
after expenses.
Mr. Johnson reported that eight new members were
voted in at the December Executive Board meeting. He
mentioned that all Reunion work is being performed in

the office by the Reunion Coordinator and office staff,
and that copies of the Legislative Report and Carnavalito
Reservation Forms had been placed on the tables.
Flowers were sent for the services of Robert Dill, the last
surviving Roosevelt Medal holder, and for Fred
Huldtquist. As of January 6, 14 reservations for
Carnavalito had been received. Members were reminded
to get their reservations in early.
Mrs. Margot Jordan reported that reservations for
the Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament are beginning
to come in. She has signed the contract for the Golf
Mrs. Betty Malone stated that the Annual
Banquet/Luncheon contract has been signed and
reminded all to get reservations in early.
Mr. Virgil Camby announced that the preparations
for Carnavalito were going well.
Mr. Richard Beall reported that the March Canal
Record will be dedicated to Robert Dill; his photo will be
on the cover and an article will be printed, both of which
will be forwarded to the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California for inclusion of their Memorial
Service to Mr. Dill on March 6. He also reminded the
members that any members nominated from the floor at
this meeting must provide a photo and a short bio for
publication in the March Canal Record.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported that arrangements for the
May luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club have
been made.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand, Chairperson of the Nominating
Committee read the report and slate of officers for the
1994-1995 year.
President Marjorie Foster
1st Vice President Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President James O'Donnell

Director Margot Jordan
Director Virgil Camby
There were no nominations from the floor. The slate
of officers stand as presented. Mrs. Muriel Whitman
motioned to close the nominations, seconded by Bill
Forrstrom. Motion passed.
Mrs. Frassrand read a motion that inasmuch as the
Ray Will trophy will be retired next year, that the
following trophy be named the R. Fred Huldtquist
Trophy, commencing in 1995. She recommended that the
Panama Canal Society of Florida commit to the purchase
of this trophy as they did for the Ray Will Trophy.
Motion seconded and passed unanimously.
Motion was made to adjourn the meeting, seconded
and adjourned at 1:35 p.m.


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The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mrs. Betty Frassrand,
Chairperson, Mrs. Isabelle Gibson, Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Mr. Robert Van Siclen, and Mr. Virgil Camby submitted
the following Slate of Officers for 1994-1995 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 7, 1994 at St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida:

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Mrs. Robert Johnson
Mr. James O'Donnell
Mrs. Margot Jordan
Mr. Virgil Camby

There were no nominations from the floor.

Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, placing an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. Vote
for two (2) Directors. One write-in nomination for each office is permitted per ballot. Each active member (member or
spouse) shall submit one (1) ballot (only one ballot per member household). Vote for your selection of officers indicated
on the cut-out BALLOT and BALLOT ENVELOPE. Fold ballot to inside of ballot envelope and fold envelope over your
ballot with the Chairman, Nominations Committee address on the outside, and close with tape or staples. Do not detach
ballot from the envelope. Place your name and address in the upper left-hand corner. Affix a 29 stamp and mail before
JUNE 1. 1994. Ballot envelopes will only be opened at the Annual Business Meeting in Orlando.

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Slate of Officers for 1994-1995

Marjorie (Harrington) Foster

Marjorie Foster has worked closely with the Society since 1985, first as Assistant
to the Secretary/Treasurer and then as Secretary/Treasurer for several years. She is
presently First Vice President and the 1994 Reunion Coordinator. Marje attended Cristobal
High School, graduating in 1947. It was while attending CHS that she met and married Pete
and they are the parents of two daughters, June Foster Boeckel and Colette Foster Carlisle.
Marje retired with over 22 years of service in Personnel and Payroll with the Panama Canal
Company in 1982. She and Pete settled in Palm Harbor, Florida, where Marje obtained her
Real Estate License with the State of Florida, and for the past several years, she has
assisted Pete in planning trips for the Zonian Amigos.

Robert "Bob" Johnson

g'- ,, Robert "Bob" Johnson was raised on the Atlantic side and graduated from CHS
in 1943. A World War II veteran, he completed his apprenticeship in 1947 and became
active in community and fraternal activities. He has held the offices of President of the
Gatun Civic Council, President of the Margarita Recreational Association, Vice President
of Brazos Brook Golf Club, Commander of the V.F.W., Grand Knight of the Knights of
Columbus, twice held the title of Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1542, and the District
,- \ ~ Deputy for the B.P.O.Elks. He retired from the Locks Division in 1980 with 35 years of
g service. Since retirement, Bob has served as President of NA.R.F.E. in Kissimmee, FL.
He was 2nd Vice President of the Panama Canal Society in 1989-90, and in charge of
Transportation and Security at the 1990 Annual Reunion. He was Legislative
Representative in 1991-92, Director for 1992-93, and 2nd Vice President for 1993-94.

James J. O'Donnel

James J. O'Donnell, during his career while in the Panama Canal Zone has been
elected the president of the Coco Solo, Margarita, Balboa, Diablo and Los Rios Civic
Councils. He has been very active in the Canal Zone Labor movement, and has also been
L a registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. in support of the Central Labor Union and Metal
Trades Council in the Canal Zone. He has been elected president of the American
Federation of Government Employees, Local 14, and has made several contributions
Stewards labor protection during the 1979 Panama-Canal Zone treaty negotiations. At the
'. present time, during the 1993-1994 term, he is the Legislative Representative for the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Jim is married to Gemma (Wright) and they have four

Margot (Smith) Jordan

I was born in Minnesota but fled the cold weather in 1963 to make my home in
Panama for the next 28 years. I have three sons and a daughter, all living near me in
Florida. I worked for 15 years in Panama as a Budget/Management Analyst for the U.S.
f Army Information Systems Command. When my husband Hubert retired in 1991 from the
Panama Canal Company Locks Division with 33 years of service, we moved to our new
home in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I are currently serving as co-chairpersons for the
B -, Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament and I am presently serving as a Director in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida for 1993-1994. It has been a pleasure to do my part in
serving the Society and if elected as Director, I will do my very best to fulfill the duties to
the best of my ability.

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby

I am a third-generation Zonian, born on the Atlantic side and raised on the Pacific
side. My grandfather retired as a mule operator at Gatun Locks and my father was a
detective in Balboa. My mother retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Clayton. I graduated
from Balboa High School in 1962, spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, attended Los
Angeles City College and the University of South Carolina. I am President of Aquatech
of Florida, Inc., and am married to Shirley (Bonneau) a CHS gal, and have four sons. I
was your first Member-at-Large and served as 2nd Vice President 1990-1991, 1st Vice
President 1991-92, Sergeant at Arms 1992-1993. I was Chairman of The Friends of Panama,
which because of you, was very successful. I have served on several internal committees
with pleasure and pride. I am a nominee for Director. If elected again, I will happily serve
the Panama Canal Society of Florida to my very best.

Certifitates of Ippretiation

November 8, 1993

Jane Huldtquist, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

1. I recommend Mrs. Catherine Filo for a Certificate
of Appreciation.
2. Mrs. Filo has served diligently as the Area Reporter
for the Alabama area for more then eighteen years. She
has continually provided well prepared, interesting and
informative news of all the newsworthy events in her
area. She seeks news when it is not provided to her and
maintains a strong alliance with all the Society members
in her district. Her reports have always been neat,
presentable and concise, never once having to be
corrected or called on for clarification.
3. As an Area Reporter, Mrs Filo's job was to gather
and report news from approximately 175 members four
times a year meeting a deadline. It was a task for which
Mrs. Filo should be commended. Her absence will be
4. If this request is approved, request the certificate be
presented at the Reporter's Luncheon at the 1994
Reunion after notice has been printed in the March issue
of the Canal Record.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard W. Beall
Editor, Canal Record

November 8, 1993

Jane Huldtquist, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334.
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

1. I recommend Mrs. Jane Cox for a Certificate of
2. Mrs. Cox has served as the Area Reporter for the

Arizona area for the past eight years in a very diligent
and selfless manner. During those years of service she
has provided guidance and has contributed to the growth
and progress in recruitment of qualified members within
the Southwestern area of the United States. Through her
tireless efforts, she has brought together these members,
truly adhering to our motto, "To Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships." As the Area
Reporter, she is to be commended for bringing together
a new branch of the Panama Canal Society in the
Southwest area.
3. Reports from Mrs. Cox have been to the point, well
prepared, factual and delivered to the Editor in a
professional manner. She has whole heartedly given of
her time and expertise to the Arizona branch of the
Panama Canal Society. The members can be justifiably
proud of her achievements.
4. If this request is approved, request the certificate be
mailed to Mrs. Cox after notice has been printed in the
March issue of the Canal Record.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record

Where Are You?


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




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-

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.


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.

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 El
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. Sundquis
Eve Warner

John Calobreves
Shirley M. Clemens
Kathryn J. Edge
Lynn C. Fern
Mary C. Fredette
Julia Ann Henderson
Mary L. January
Eleanor M. Llopis
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
t Maria Elena Valdes
Marilyn Alice White




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




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 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.


SEditor must have by:

April 21, 1994




Gina Albaugh Carol Ann Getman James McKenna
Victor Alers Diane Gilman John Millar
Gary Anderson Joe Goff Walter Monroe
Linda Bell Warland G. DeJanon John Morton
Gene Blumberg Ann Griffin Chuck Moses
Barbara Brazile Montie Hess Cinders Murdock '65
Helen bright Robert W. Howard Leanne Petrosky
Elizabeth Brown (Hilton) Ellen Hunnicutt Laura Walston (Sanders)
Evangeline Bueafe Barbara Janowitz Nancy Shaver
Christian P. Carlson James Jenkins Paul Sheffield
Willie Castro H. Tyler Johnson Julie Shipley
Priscilla Raines Bill Keene Carol Showalter
Irene Conn Kathy Kervin A. Richard Smith
Jose Davillia Charles Keys Kay Snowden
Susan Diecks Elizabeth Kitterman John Swain
Mike Donaldson John Klette Jane Swasick
Nancy Doanaldson Sheila LaPorta Victor Trevino
Ron Evers Randy Leber Susan Unrau
Fred Eversole Paula Leftridge Richard Wallach
Kathy Foster (Curtiss) Linda Mapes Don Watkins
Sandra Watson William Weeks

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



Joseph Costa
Camille Alvirez
Norelin Anderson
Susan Arbaugh
Deborah Archer
Donald Austin
Roger Beale
Christopher Benson
Paula Blanchette
Charlotte Boyland
Pamela Bridwell
Amber Brown
Debra Brown
Elizabeth Burgess
Robert Carter
Rosemarie Casey
Kim Cataloni
Robert Citron
Charles Cleveland
Linda Coale
Alexis Coleman
James Collins
Michele Darcy
Raymond DeVault
Ramon Diaz

Angie Duran
Alynn Evans
Paul Evans
Jeanne Fiely
Josefa Gonzalez
Maria Gonzalez
Karen Goulet
Daniel Green
Francisco Hamilton
Michael Hamm
Thomas Hardegree
Gregory Haynes
Cynthia Heath
Mirna Hormechea
Uef Irion
Michael Jeffries
Charles Judge
Ralph Kelly
Laura Larrain
David Lee
Victor Lee
Raymond Lewis
Janice Lusk
Marlene Meraz
Daniel Minehart

Robin Mills
Tom O'Donnell
Rafael Ortiz
Valerie Owen
Jorge Padro
Billy Parsons
Peter Poage
Helen Reed
Jerry Reynolds
Vielka Ridley
Edna Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
Bruce Schmidt
Dennis Shaw
Kurt Snyder
Jeannie Stanfield
Kathi Stevens
Geraldine Usher
Terry Varoz
Paula Vaught
Cliff Welch
Vickie Whipple
Greg Williams
Margarita Wilmont

Pleae send any information regarding these classmates to:
Mrs. Cheryl A. Kresge Gillespie, PO Box 778, West
Barnstable, MA 02668 (508) 362-9026.

Marc Quinn
William A. Rankin
Richard A. Cheville


Office of Ombudsman
Industrial Division
Occupational Health Div.

17 years 10 months 27 days
36 years 08 months 00 days
32 years 08 months 20 days


Wood retires after
serving three decades

Tomorrow marks the end
of not only 1993, but also
the 32-year Panama Canal
career of Executive
Administration Director
Joseph J. Wood. In addition
to numerous awards over
,r the years for outstanding
performance and leadership,
Wood was honored this
Smooth with the
Distinguished Service
L Award, the highest
recognition given by the
/ Panama Canal Commission

for career performance, and the Master Key Award in
the grade of "Champion of the Isthmian Community".
Born and raised in Panama, Wood attended the
University of Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in
business administration and later studying at its graduate
school. In 1961, he joined the Canal organization as a
graduate intern. After serving in increasingly responsible
management positions, he was selected as deputy
executive secretary in 1979 and appointed to his present
position in 1980.
"I am very proud of this office having a reputation
for solving people's problems," says Wood about his job.
"I will miss the variety of work and the challenge of the
complex issues facing the Panama Canal. And I'll miss
the excellent group of people I work with."
Wood also has reason to be proud of his efforts to
help others outside of work. He has received the Panama
Canal Honorary Public Service Award, the Panama Canal
College Medal, the Boy Scouts Distinguished Medal and


the "Buenas Obras" award from the Panama Canal
Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The awards reflect many hours of active involvement
in volunteer projects to improve the quality of life locally.
Wood has devoted his free time and leadership skills to
the Boy Scouts of America, local sports leagues, the
United Way (now the Combined Federal Campaign), the
Canal Committee for Aid to Handicapped Persons and
the Dollar Club, an organization he helped establish to
give financial assistance to indigent persons. He also
served on committees for many other groups, including
the Panama Canal College Board of Trustees. A former
student of the college, he is a founding member of the
school's alumni association.
"Baseball was probably the most satisfying volunteer
work I did," Wood says, "I started when my sons were
playing and then was president of the Pacific Little
League for several years."
Well known as a University of Florida football fan,
Wood is also an avid golfer. But he is probably best
known by co-workers and friends for his integrity and his
amazing ability to remain calm in the eye of a storm. "It's
just my nature, I guess," he says. "I take a more relaxed
attitude toward crises because I think you can resolve
problems better if you sit down and talk things over."
Longtime friend Burt Mead, who is chief of the
Systems Division and known for his sense of humor, says
this about Wood's character: "Joe's reputation for honesty
and keeping his temper is beyond reproach, but I do
remember the mysterious disappearance of some of my
marbles when we were kids. And there was one incident
a few years ago when he got so distressed over a missed
golf putt that he put a power swing on the ball and ended
up hitting our former chief financial officer, Dick
Burgoon, on the foot with it." Mead claims that, to this
day, Burgoon walks with a slight limp.
Wood's wife of 22 years, Beverly, is the
administrative officer for the Marine Bureau. "She has
been my best supporter all these years," her husband
notes. They have three sons--Craig, attending graduate
school at Rollins College in Florida; Brian, going to
North Carolina State; and Scott, studying at his father's
alma mater, the University of Florida.
Following retirement, Wood plans to spend his free
time researching the genealogical history of his mother's
family in Panama, taking a more active role in the
Panama Canal College Alumni Association and, of
course, playing more golf.
A retirement party was held at 6 p.m. January 22 at
the Fort Amador Officer's Club. Music was provided by
Lucho Azcarraga and disc jockey Tyler Quinn. There was
also a buffet dinner and pay-as-you-go bar.

The Panama Canal Spillway
December 30, 1993

Dengue reported in Panama;
educational campaign part of
Commission battle plan

Several confirmed cases of dengue fever in Panama
were reported by Ministry of Health authorities early last

week all from the Santa Librada area of San Miguelito,
a suburb of Panama City. These were the first recorded
cases on the Isthmus since local health officials went on
alert following the outbreak of a dengue epidemic in
Costa Rica in October.
Ministry of Health officials held a press conference
last week to announce increased fines for people whose
property is found to be harboring potential Aedes aegypti
breeding sites and to discuss the requirements for
government agencies (including schools and police and
fire stations) to maintain a clean area of at least 200
meters (660 feet) around the buildings. "Without breeding
sites, there are no Aedes aegypti; without Aedes aegypti,
there is no dengue," is the slogan adopted by Panama
Health officials for their dengue-control campaign.
The Panama Canal Commission is also taking
preventative measures. "The Occupational Health
Division has been preparing for the arrival of the virus
for some time," explains acting chief Dr. Maria A.
Antoniadis, who notes that an intensive educational
campaign is one of the weapons being used by the
As part of this effort, Dr. Paul Reiter, chief of the
Puerto Rico entomology unit for the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control, visited Panama this week at the
invitation of the Commission. An expert in control mea-
sures for dengue epidemics, Reiter held educational and
planning meetings with health officials from the Canal
agency, the U.S. military and Panama, and also visited
Panama City neighborhoods for a first-hand look at the
mosquito-control challenge Panama faces...
...Everyone is being urged to promote community
efforts to destroy Aegis aegypti breeding sites in their
neighborhoods and around schools. Objects that can hold
water for a week or so, such as old tires, flower pots,
children's toys or discarded plastic containers, should be
removed or stored in a dry, protected area. Trees and
gardens should be checked for holes that can hold water,
and debris should be cleared away.
Although the Aegis aegypti mosquito does not fly far
from where it breeds, it likes to lurk under the seats and
dashboards of cars and buses, which enable it to travel
considerable distances to establish new breeding sites. It
also likes to hide out in closets; under tables and beds
and bathroom sinks; and in other dark places indoors. It
bites mainly during daylight hours, from dawn to mid-
morning and from mid-afternoon to dusk.
In most cases, aerosol bombs are not recommended
for controlling mosquitos in the home as they work for
only about 15 minutes, with little effect on new mosquitos
entering the area after that period...
...Once dengue is contracted, symptoms come on
suddenly and at first may be mistaken for the flu. The
victim experiences high fever, severe headache, pain in
the back of the eyes and in the joints and muscles and,
occasionally a rash. The pain can be so severe that
dengue is sometimes called "breakbone fever." Intense
symptoms last from five to seven days, but patients may
feel weak, tired or depressed for as long as a month.
Anyone experiencing symptoms such as those
described above should immediately seek medical
attention so the appropriate diagnostic tests can be made.

The Panama Canal Spillway
December 3, 1993

Canal defense vital
during WWII

By Susan Harp

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor. Because of fears that a similar attack on
the Panama Canal might follow, total blackouts were
ordered for the areas surrounding the waterway. To
make absolutely sure that the blackout was enforced,
Canal officials pulled the central switches and cut off
electricity to Canal area townsites the first two nights;
after that, electricity was available, but residents were
responsible for complying with the blackout.
Fortunately, the Japanese never arrived. But a war
was on, nonetheless and Canal operations changed
accordingly. From fiscal year 1941 to 1942, the amount of
tonnage carried through the waterway on commercial
transits plummeted by 50 percent because sea travel was
so dangerous. War-related tonnage doubled.
The Canal defense plan banned photography of
Canal installations. In addition, the military devised a
network of metal cables through the airspace over the
locks to trap enemy planes that might fly over the
waterway. The cables were held aloft by barrage balloons.
Unfortunately, high winds caused problems for the
hydrogen-filled giants, and the Canal's 1943 annual report

recorded 15 interruptions of electric service caused by
balloon cables sweeping across electric lines.
To reduce visibility for any enemy planes flying over
the Canal, the military set up a network of smokepots
similar to those used to combat frost in Florida's citrus
groves. The pots, when ignited, would theoretically create
a smokescreen over the waterway. The 776th Chemical
Company was in charge of the pots in an area covering
about 60 square miles. The troops camped out in nearby
tents, ready to ignite the pots if the air-raid sirens
sounded. However, dry-season winds proved to be too
much for both the balloons and smokescreen plans, and
they were soon abandoned.
Metal cables stretched across the bottom of the
Pacific entrance of the Canal near the Thatcher Ferry
landing, ready to ensnare enemy submarines, and floating
mines guarded both Canal entrances. Tragically, in 1943,
the Dredging Division tug Chagres hit one of the mines
and eight of its crew members were killed.
Ships transiting the Canal did so under guard by U.S.
Marines from the Second and Third Guard. Guards with
machine guns stood watch at strategic points along the
banks of the waterway as well as the locks, Miraflores
swing bridge and Fort Amador causeway.

The Panama Canal Spillway
November 5, 1993

Your Reporter Says...


After a very busy holiday season, we are settling
down to our daily routines. We hope that you all had a
great Christmas and that 1994 will be even greater.
Millie Patton spent the Christmas holiday weekend
with daughter Linda and her husband Mike Basham of
Enterprise, AL. The Bashams' son, Karl (20), has
completed fifteen months of his two-year mission with
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the
Washington, DC, area. He is using his spanish as there
is a spanish mission nearby. Daughter Susan (17) has
recently completed her three-year dedication to the high
school marching band. She also has a new pet whose
name is Nicodemus and is an iguana about one foot long.
I'm sure we all are familiar with this animal. Linda
Basham continues in her Civil Service career with the
U.S. Army. She is very busy with countless VIPs and
planning numerous social functions. She truly enjoys her
work. Mike completed additional graduate math courses.
He has a part-time teaching position at Troy State of
Dothan. During the day he substitutes in the local city
school system. He hopes to get a full-time teaching
position in the local high school.
Dot Yost, Margaret and Jack Hern flew to Panama
to attend the wedding of their grandson, Johnny Hern.
Johnny was married to Kristin Louise Oates, daughter of
Marine Colonel and Mrs. Ronald C. Oates of Quarry

Heights, on November 6th at Sacred Heart Chapel in
Margaret and Jack Hern's granddaughter, Mitchie
Hern, and friend, Stanley Perkins, also flew to Panama
from Lafayette, LA. She was one of the bridesmaids in
the wedding party.
The group made side trips to Coronado, El Valle,
and Contadora Island which they greatly enjoyed along
with the beautiful weather.
Johnny arranged for a tour of Panama City. The old
Union Club was gutted during the invasion. It had been
the Guardia's Club. They were sad to see just the shell of
the building left. They went on to the Bovedas and
lunched at a new restaurant. The dungeons under the
defensive sea wall of the Old City have been converted
into a chic new French restaurant. The tour then
continued to the new Panama: Paitilla, San Francisco,
Obarrio and La Cresta. They tell us it was unbelievable.
There are now skyscrapers, thirty to forty stories high.
Margaret compared it to a large metropolitan city. For
those of us who have not been back, it is mind-boggling.
The Herns returned to Dothan for Christmas while
Dot Yost went to Texas to visit her son Teddy, daughter-
in-law Karen, and grandson. Then she traveled to Las
Vegas with Betty Rathgaber and returned to Dothan for
Christmas to a surprise visit from her grandson Ted Yost,
son of Wanda and Buddy Yost. Ted was on leave from
the Coast Guard in Michigan.

SAnd, before I forget, the annual summer
meeting/picnic will be held on Father's Day, June 19,
1994, at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR. All are welcomed
A and bring a covered dish and tableware.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders flew out to Santa
Barbara, CA, in November to spend a week with son
Jack, granddaughters Jennifer and Jacqueline, and great-
grandson Jonathon. A highlight of their visit was a
Sunday afternoon motor trip into the nearby hills to visit
the "Danish" village of Solvang. In December they flew to
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX, to spend the Christmas week with
Bruce and Sandy in Piano and with grandson Curtis, his
wife Kim, and great-grandsons, Ryan and Collin. It was
good to be around small children again at Christmas
time. During 1993 Bruce and Dorothy saw, at one time
or another, all their offspring. It was great.
Maxine Reinhold spent Thanksgiving in Nashua, NH,
with son Richard and family.
Our 11-day Canadian trip, L-R: Arlene Abbott, Dot President-elect Mike Horoda spent seven weeks with
Benny, Edna O'Donnell, Edna Koval, Dolores his mother in East Gary, IN, helping her recuperate from
Cleveland. knee replacement surgery. Wife Henrietta spent
Christmas with their sons in Texas.
Terry Willis went to Panama in August for the
wedding of her granddaughter, Michele Mendez, to Julio
Quijano. Michele is the daughter of Mary Mendez and
the late Nat Mendez. Terry then spent the holidays with
her daughters, Marian Geoghegan and Elizabeth
Slaughter, and their husbands in Las Vegas.
Marie (Raymond) Bierbaum and daughter Theresa
(Raymond) Brown and daughter, Barbara Brown, and 4
son, William Brown, of Dothan all enjoyed a visit from : "
Raymond Bierbaum and wife, Marty, from Portsmouth,
VA, and Theresa (Raymond) Bennett of Sabael, NY,
during the Christmas holidays. While her guests were
here Marie and daughter, Theresa Brown, visited Marie's
daughter Carolyn who is living in a home for retarded
citizens in Wetumpka, AL. During his visit Raymond
played golf as the guest of Bill Sullivan and Jim Riley at
the Olympia Spa.
Our Women's Birthday Group entertained spouses
and single PanCanal men at our monthly Christmas
luncheon. A good time was had by all. L
In a final note, I know I shall never replace President-Elect, Mike Horoda and Wm. "Red" Nail.
Catherine File. Her reports were quite special but I shall
try, so please bear with me.
Evelyn Engelke, according to a note from her
Dolores W. Cleveland daughter Judy Montanaro, was able to spend Christmas
Reporter with them at home and enjoyed Christmas dinner.
(205) 793-4812 Alice and William "Red" Nail report that Christmas
tree sales amounted to about 400 trees sold, mostly to
out-of-state people who have moved into the area.


As I sit here at my desk and look out the window
where the snowflakes are falling and the temperature is
in the mid-twenties, I remember the times in the Canal
Zone when the temperatures were warm and the cool
breezes were coming in from the ocean. Some great
memories. as(
The "retirees" both military and government were ,
the recipients of the first refund from the State of
Arkansas on the 15th of November 1993. The next refund
should occur about the same time next year. Alice Nail, Jesse Newhard, Etta Faye Terrell

Willard and Kathleen Huffman made a two-day trip
to Branson, MO, and enjoyed four outstanding Christmas
shows. The tour bus stopped at a winery and they showed
them the modern way of bottling their product. Also,
they were invited into the lounge to sample several of the
wines. Willard, being a former bar manager, enjoyed the
sips of wine. They motored to Kathy and Willy
Huffman's house to enjoy Christmas with them and their
four lovely grandchildren in Wynne, AR. Santa Claus
dropped off a bunch of presents as he does every year.
Willy, Kathleen, and Willard took off for Mississippi to
visit their gambling casinos. Willy made a few bucks, but
Willard and Kathleen donated. Air Force Staff Sgt.
James E. Huffman has arrived for duty at Misawa Air
Base in Misawa, Japan. Huffman, an aircraft armament
systems technician, is the son of Willard and Kathleen.
When contacted, Addie and Marion Colclasure were
battling some sort of illness (not flu) and staying close to
home. Other family members were doing okay.
Peggy and Norbert Keller were suffering from the
Jack and Joan Corliss thoroughly enjoyed an eleven-
day cruise to the Caribbean that included a trip through
the Panama Canal (Gatun Locks) and return, and Joan
says she enjoyed shopping in the San Blas Islands. Joan
and her daughter Leslie Everett were going to Florida to
visit her sister Joy Lindell and to attend the 80th birthday
of her aunt Sara Rowley. Joan says retirement is great.
John and Polly Michaelis are making plans for a trip
to Texas and Florida come spring.
The Harps, Harold and Jerry, told me that they
were "doing nothing".

Tom and family and daughter Sue also showed up. On
New Year's Day attended a Christmas tree burn at
Eckerd College hosted by a group of ex-Zonians Littles,
Nehrings, Henters, and others. Then to Tampa, FL, to
see Joe and Darlene Hunt stationed at MacDill AF Base.
While there, they had dinner with Elsie and Woody
Woodruff, Hubert and Margot Jordan, and Linda Weir -
a very enjoyable evening. Prior to Christmas, their
daughter Kathleen's youngest daughter, Laura Crowell
and Tony Clariday were married.
This reporter spent the Thanksgiving weekend in
Shreveport, LA, with my son Paul Rhoads, his wife
Melissa, and granddaughter Jennifer. Had an enjoyable
time, but the weather forced me to stay longer due to an
ice storm in northwest Arkansas. Also, I went there again
for Christmas and the weather was outstanding -
temperature in the high 60s and very sunny. Now, once
again "old" Mother Nature has decided to vent her wrath
and let us have another ice storm traffic not advised by
local police and about one-half inch on roads, trees, and
power lines. Plans for me are to be in Orlando for the
next reunion. Looking forward to seeing lots of old
friends. Ice storm mentioned above occurred on January
16, 1994. The pictures were courtesy of Bruce Sanders.
Though it is a little late, everyone is wished a "Healthy,
Happy, and Prosperous New Year".

Robert (Bud) Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Northwest Arkansas

Jerry Harp, Jess Harp, Lynn (Dunning) Harp,
Sec/Treas for 1994-1995, Henrietta Horoda.

Etta Faye Terrell had son Lance from Austin, TX,
and daughter Andrea and her husband Paul Oliver of
New Orleans, LA, here for Christmas.
Betty McGilberry said she was planning a Caribbean
cruise in March.
Lynn (Dunning) and Jess Harp were visited by Bill
and Betty Dunning, Hendersonville, NC, for two weeks
at Christmas.
Mary Lou Engelke went to Florida for the holidays.
Spent Christmas in Jacksonville, FL, at home of her
daughter Sue. Son Tom, his wife Alice and children were
also there. Then on to St. Petersburg, FL, for a week
with son Bobbie John, his wife Nellie and family. Son

Among those from out of state who visited relatives
in Fayetteville over Christmas were Dan and Jane Gruver
and family from Bismarck, ND. The Gruvers had gone to
Panama in 1961, at which time Dr. Gruver began his
residency training at Gorgas Hospital. Jane taught speech
and drama at Balboa High School.


j ; ^^~'

Jane and Dan Gruver with one of the molas in their
collection on exhibit at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

During their 21 years in Panama, the Gruvers took
a keen interest in the Kuna Indians in the San Bias
Islands. Dr. Gruver made numerous trips to the islands
and, among other things, performed corrective surgery
for cleft palates and harelips, of which there is a high
incidence among these indians. In addition, he set up a
supplementary feeding program for preschool children
and pregnant women on Ailigandi to help supply protein
to their diet. Jane became interested in purchasing molas
from the different islands, and whatever profits were
realized from the resale of the molas was used for
scholarships for Kuna students. While in Fayetteville,
Jane put on a fine exhibit of molas and also gave a slide
presentation on the San Bias Islands. This was attended
by a number of former Zonians and others. Since moving
to North Dakota in the early eighties, the Gruvers have
continued their interest in San Bias and usually make one
or two visits to the islands every year.
Judy Palumbo-Gates and Bob Gates from Fairfield,
Iowa, spent a week with Luke and Betty Palumbo over
Christmas. They also visited Judy's sister Sara Stephens
and her family.
Charles and Mary McGimsey were very pleased to
receive a unique Christmas gift which consisted of 45
stereopticon slides showing the Panama Canal during
construction. Mary's sister had purchased the slides in an
antique shop in Iowa.
Keith and Winona York went steamboating on the
Mississippi in early December. They took a five-day
round-trip cruise on the Delta Queen from New Orleans
to Natchez and back. They are looking forward to a visit
in March from Winona's daughter, Kerry Smith Davis,
who lives in Grenoble, France.
Bonnie Conklin McClish, daughter of Glen Conklin,
who has lived in Rogers, AR, for a number of years has
moved to Clarksville, IN.
Carl and Petie Maedl had as their guests over
Thanksgiving weekend Pat and Jim Krough from
Deephaven, MN, and Pam and Vince Gutowski, Jennifer,
Carl and Frank from Charleston, IL.
Mary Condon drove to Dothan, AL, to spend the
Thanksgiving weekend with Mary and Herb Taake, who
have moved into a new retirement center called
Homestead Village. The Taakes are very comfortable in
their apartment and are enjoying the many amenities that
come with residency in Homestead Village. In early
December, Mary and Gloria Malsbury made a trip to
San Antonio, TX, with a Heritage Tour, sponsored by the
Worthen National Bank of N.W. Arkansas. San Antonio
was ready for Christmas. The events occurring along the
candle-lighted river walk, plus the other tourist
attractions and a stop at the SAS Shoe Factory, made for
a most enjoyable experience, the best part of which was
having someone else to do the driving and to arrange all
the accommodations and activities. Later in December,
Mary flew to California to spend the Christmas holidays
with members of her family. She didn't enjoy the cold,
foggy weather of Fresno and Stockton but thoroughly
enjoyed the sun, warmth, and the beauty of the ocean at
Long Beach.
Harry and Lee Butz flew to Reno, NV, to spend
Christmas with Rickey and Vida Butz. Shortly after their
return from this trip, Lee was hospitalized for a bad case
of pneumonia. She was released from the hospital after
two weeks and is much improved.
"Que pasa" from Frances Whitlock. In December, a

cousin of Frances and Minnie Burton, Flora Belle
Helmerichs, from Houston, TX, visited their aunt, Mattie
B. Wieman, for about a week. Judy Daily, Minnie's
daughter, prepared Christmas dinner for the family. The
day after Christmas, Fran's daughter and granddaughter,
Andrea Lee Collins and Ginger Collins, arrived from St.
Louis for a week's visit. The two of them treated Judi
and Frances to lunch at the Red Lobster to celebrate
Judi's birthday (December 29) and Frances' (January 5).
On December 27th, Mike and Minnie Burton went to
Memphis to visit Mike, Jr. and Caroline, and their
daughters, Michel and Tracy Jean, who had moved to
Tennessee in November. The weather was bad but the
visit was wonderful. Mike and Minnie are diligent mall
walkers and have been for years. They go to the N.W.
Arkansas Mall four times a week to make their brisk
two-mile walk.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The December 5th Holiday luncheon/meeting of the
PCSSC was held at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park.
Greeters Ed and Letty Moore, Bill and Eileen
Finken, Leo Krziza and Mary Lade in turn welcomed
everyone as they arrived from Northridge, Hemet, San
Diego and points in between to the Hacienda Room.
President George Muller opened the meeting and
called upon Bob Dill to give the invocation. Pledge of
Allegiance was led by David Hollowell. Adele Argo
offered a humorous glimpse of family life and winter
Innovative John Hanson introduced new members
and guests with brief anecdotes where appropriate. We
welcome and appreciate these new attendees.
George announced an upcoming program on A&E
Cable Network which will be featuring a program on the
Panama Canal. The network sent a film team to record
an interview with Bob Dill last September. The program
will be aired the first week in March 1994.
A delicious luncheon was served and after eating,
George introduced the Katella High School Jazz
Ensemble who presented a program of Christmas carols.
This group sang a cappella under the direction of
Mr.Terry Sanford of the school's music department. The
music was of a multinational nature with carols from
France, Germany, Spain, Russia, England and the
Caribbean. Of course, included were all-time favorites
and we enjoyed joining in the singing.
Santa and Mr. Claus made their annual appearance
with peppermint canes and tasty sugar cookies. (No one
recognized Charlie Becktel or Laurie Shrader in those
whiskers and red suits.) They visited each table and
greeted attendees with good wishes and Ho-Ho-Hos for
the holidays during the drawings for door prizes, raffle
and lottery. The lucky winners were as follows: Door
prizes Linda Geyer print "Summit Gardens" won by Bob
Wolfenstein; Panama CanalReview, Roosevelt Centennial,

won by Gerda (Halvorsen) Lewy. Raffle prizes Color
photo of the ship Unison by Skip Rowley won by Evelyn
(Belanger) Wood; White booties by Letty Moore won by
Evelyn (Belanger) Wood; Green booties won by Blanca
Wolfenstsein; Red booties won by Elsa Gonzales; 1994
Balboa Union Church Calendar donated by Agnes
(Rienke) Davis won by Clyde Austin; 1994 Balboa Union
Church Calendar won by Joan (Ridge) deGrummond;
Panama Canal Review Alphabetical Index donated by
Jeanne (Flynn) Stough won by Bernard Liebmann;
Needlepoint Christmas kleenex box by Evelyn Wood won
by Leo Krziza; Tooties donated by Dr. John Hanson won
by Clyde Austin; and Tooties won by Col. Ed Lang.
Lottery prizes 3rd prize: $7.00 won by Joan (Ridge)
deGrummond; 2nd prize: $13.00 won by Eileen Petersen,
and 1st prize: $17.00 won by Elsa Gonzales.


Joe and Ella Norton, Ukiah, CA, announce the
arrival of their first grandson Gregory Alexander born on
October 16th and weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces. Proud
parents are Doug and Becki Norton of Santa Barbara.

Celebrating Bob Dill's birthday: Leo
Fitzpatrick, and Mary Cryan Lade.

Krziza, Francis


Proud grandparents, Joe and Ella Norton of Ukiah.
CA. showing off their first grandson, Gregory

Nola (Swain) and Richard Boyer are delighted to
announce the birth of their third child Nicklas Swain
Boyer. He was born July 17, 1993, and weighed 8 pounds
3 ounces. He joins big sister Alina born February 8, 1990
(pictured), and big brother Tristan born October 12,

Alina and Niklas Boyer

Hedvig (Sunberg) Seedborg, BHS'32, sends her New
Year's greetings to all from her new home in Reedly,
The. meeting adjourned to more visiting, hugging and
wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New
Year. (Submitted by George Muller).

Holidays greetings received from Les Cofer, formerly
of Palm Springs. Les writes that he is recovering from a
bad fall and living with son Bill Cofer in Panama. Les'
wife Lil is presently in a rest home in Palm Springs with
Altzheimer's Disease. Visiting with the Cofers in Palm
Springs over a breakfast at the Pancake House is a ritual
Bob and I will miss. Get well soon, Les!


Marie Ciepiela and Stephen Texeira were married at
a ceremony at "The Douglas Beach House" in Miramar,
CA, on November 27th. The bride's parents, Bob and
Carole Ciepiela of Richardson, TX, and sisters Cathy and
Marie were present as were many cousins and aunts. The
Texeiras will make their home in San Francisco. Cathy
Ciepiela was awarded her Doctoral degree and is on the
faculty at Amherst teaching Russian Language and
Literature; Ceila is a Trade and Investment Analyst at
the U.S. Agency for International Development in
Washington, DC.
Bob and Linda Morris visited family and friends in
Costa Rica and Guatemala for three weeks in October
and November. They spent ten days in a total immersion
Spanish class at the "Centro Linquistico Maya" in
Antigua, Guatemala. Daughter Victoria, husband Ken
and baby joined them sightseeing in the Guatemalan
highlands on weekends. Bob, who is often mistaken for
President Bill, was stopped more than once in remote
areas of Guatemala with "Senor You Presidente
Clinton?" and would you believe he even plays the sax!
Frank Stabler of Frankfurt, and daughters Erika and
Monika continue to travel Europe when not busy at
work. Frank works for the U.S. Immigration Department.
The Stablers will be attending the Orlando Reunion in
We received a Christmas card from Judge John and
Jeanne Baker, Castine, Maine, who are enjoying
retirement and travel. We extend a personal invitation to
the Bakers to join the mirth and merriment at the
Orlando Reunion we've never seen them there.
Jack and Kathy (Argo) Taylor haven't let the grass
grow under their feet this year. After the Florida reunion,
it was a wonderful week of "sun and fun" in Jamaica.
August found them in Tennessee for a Masonic function
with time to explore the beautiful countryside; also three
days in Spartanburg, NC, with sister-in-law Shirley
Keepers Taylor. October found them in San Francisco -
which included a mini get-together in San Jose with Pat
(Leach) Koenig, Ellinore (Williams) Norris and Chuck
Norris. Christmas was a wonderful family affair with
Kathy's sister Grace (Argo) Allen and her two children in
town for the holidays.
Delia and Jim Henderson's holidays were happily
spent with son Derek home from Amherst College and
daughter Cathy.
Joe and Helen Haseman Ress spent Christmas with
daughter and grandkids in Ft. Worth, TX.
"Hail, hail, the gangs all here..." at Anne Magee
Severy's home in Oceanside, CA. Brothers John and
Phyllis Magee and family of Balboa, Buddy and Fresia
from Chicago, and sister Susie and Stan Allen and clan
from Los Angeles. Grandmama Magee was delighted to
have the family together.
Carlton Morris in process of move back to Texas
from Seattle. He will be Vice President of Sales in the Ft.
Worth office.
A delightful post-Christmas reunion was held on
December 29th at the Palo Alto Neiman-Marcus
Restaurant by a group of former Canal Zone ladies, the
participants were: Susan Ewing Bishop from Colorado
Springs who was in the Bay Area visiting her daughter Jo
Anne Mathews during the Christmas holidays. Dorothy
Hinds Davis and her daughter Valerie Davis who was
also in the Bay area for the holidays. Valerie resides in
Globe, AZ. Margaret Enright Buniowski and her sister

Jane Enright Cusner, both from San Jose. Also attending
were Doris Brotherson Hand and her daughter Debbie
Maghanoy from Concord and Doris' granddaughter
Emily Maghanoy from Pittsburg, CA.
It was a lively and happy occasion for these former
Canal Zone residents. Doris Hand and Dorothy Davis
had not seen each other since their Balboa High School
days 56 years ago. The group hopes to meet again in
the summer.

Having fun in Idylwild, CA.: David Allen, Laurie Allen,
Pamela Moore, Grace (Argo) Allen, Ann Moore.

Both Jolie Seeley and Joan Ridge deGrummond of
Leisure World were packed and ready to evacuate homes
with November's Laguna Beach/Canyon fire. Looking
from their balconies, they watched the line of flames
march closer and closer. Thankfully the strong winds
reversed directions and the flames subsided.
Jolie Seeley traveled to London on December 26th
for a week-long Theatre Tour of England. After
attending Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" on
the evening of the 31st, Jolie and friends planned to join
the mob ringing in the New Year in London's Trafalgar
Square -- anyone see her in that 10-second TV shot?
Joan deGrummond spent Christmas with daughter
Tina Ress and family and son Steve Cartotto, who
continues to stay busy with remodeling of home and
demanding job at the Disney Studios Music Department.
The PCSSC is mourning the loss of Bob Dill, last
Roosevelt Medal Holder, who died on December 23rd.
Everyone who knew Bob Dill admired him for his "True
Grit". He will be missed! The March 6th annual business
meeting to be held at Pea Soup Anderson's Restaurant,
Carlsbad, CA, will be dedicated to him.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729

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Edna Wertz set a precedent in November by treating
the Sewing Club to lunch at the Sweet Tomato to
celebrate her birthday. Her guests were Millie
Sutherland, Laurene Keller Powell, Sara Rowley, Carlie
Taber, Aura Erikson, Elma Seiferlein, Betty Snow,
Eleanor Buehler, and Jeanne Wheeler. Lennie Wertz and
Renee Nellis took Edna out to dinner on her real
birthday on November 7th.
Helen Dolan Clark and Betty Snedeker recently
drove down from Jacksonville to visit Mr. George O. Lee,
retired BHS biology teacher. They report that he now
makes Lake Como, FL, his permanent home and that he
is very active and alert. At age 95, he still chops wood,
does yard work and walks to the grocery store.
The Brown Baggers attended a pre-holiday fashion
show luncheon at the Bath Club on Redington Beach on
November 17th. Those attending were Nancy Van Siclen,
Isabel Gibson, Muriel Whitman, Dottie Pate, Dottie
Yocum, Sara Rowley, Betty Snow, Betty Boyer, Carolyn
Johnson, Jane Huldtquist, Fran Stock, and Marie Dube.
Muriel hosted the delightful pre-holiday event.
It was so nice to see so many of the younger people
at the very well-attended Christmas luncheon at the
Columbia Restaurant at the Pier in St. Petersburg.
Among those were Randy Rios, Robert Dillon, Gladys
Mead, Nellie Wood Engelke, and Lynn Frauenheim
Hoch. This was the first time Robert Dillon had ever
attended a PanCanal Society event and was thrilled to be
among Zonians again. Robert is the son of Carolyn
Rowley Dillon (one of my former Pink Girls at Coco Solo
Hospital) and the grandson of Mrs. Elizabeth Rowley, a
former 4th grade teacher in Margarita. He would like his
friends to call him at (813) 446-7897.
Pat Barriteau won the lovely and much coveted door
prize of a COPA airline ticket for a trip home to
Panama. Buy #68 in the lottery that was her lucky
number. So many of us rely on the old "Dream Book" to
win. How many remember relying on this book to win in
the Panama lottery?
The Annual Brown Baggers/Sewing Club Christmas
luncheon was held at the Countryside Country Club on
December 7th. Chairman Aura Erikson was assisted by
Co-chairmen Edna Wertz and Elma Seiferlein and Carlie
Tabor. Door prizes were anonymously donated as well as
eight Bing and Grondahl Christmas plates generously
donated by Edna Wertz. Table favors were made and
donated by Elma Seiferlein, Millie Sutherland, and Dottie
Marje Foster emceed while Jane Huldtquist and Bev
Williams led the group in singing carols. Guests were: Jo
Attia, Margaret Martin, Francis Gilley Smith, Sally
Hancock Smith, Ann Sink, Dorothy Seicht, Emily Horine
Brooks, Bev Shirley, and Marie Wertz Ayala.
Instead of exchanging gifts, Eleanor Buehler
collected $260 for her pet charity The Runaway Shelter
of the Youth and Family Alternatives in New Port
This year the annual Thanksgiving dinner of "The
Canal Zone Group" was held at the home of Grace
Schack Wilson in Dunedin. Those present were Lorraine

Terry Gilmore, Joe Schack, Lin and Jackie (Bowen) Hall,
Doris VanEvera Graganm, Isabel Gibson, Doris Gibson
(Mrs. Archie), Frank Riley, Dottie Robinson, Grace's son
David and his wife Allie with their 10-day-old baby,
Jimmie Wilson. He is Grace's newest grandson who
honored her by making this dinner his very first outing.
The Boyers enjoyed great times over the holidays
while Bob and Betty were in Panama visiting their
children. Also spending a Panama holiday were Jim and
Barbara Boyer Slover accompanied by daughter Linda
and granddaughter Jamie.
Other Zonians spending the holidays in Panama were
Jim and Gemma Wright O'Donnell. During their three-
week visit, Gemma, unfortunately, was down with a bad
cold. To quote Jim, he "spent a lot of time with THE
BOYS" Nick Hunger, Bobby Williford, John
McTaggart, David Niedzialek, and Gerald McElroy. Jim
and Gemma spent Christmas in the Volcan with sons,
Joe and Steve, and with many of their friends in the old
Canal Zone area. Among those attending a large dinner
held at the Balboa Elks Club were Pat and Cheryl
Williams, Bob and Nikki Medinger, Sam McGinnis,
John McGinnis, and Bob Rupp. I'm sure Bruce Chan
and Bill Morrison were at this dinner too as they were
houseguests of the Pat Williamses during their fifteen-
day tropical Christmas.

L-R: Nick Unger, Bob Williford, Jim O'Donnell, John
McTaggart, John Niedzialek, Gerald McEIroy.

Dottie and Ernie Yocum had a two-week holiday visit
with Dottie's two sisters, Violet Smith from Wadsworth,
Ohio, and Rosalie Cook from Hampton, VA.
Captain Robert and Colleen Lawson Mate were in
Middleburg, FL, to be with daughter Shannon Mate
Huaman and her husband Kevin on the young couple's
first wedding anniversary on November 20th. The Mates
were in Jacksonville on business so Colleen took time to
visit her mother Margaret Williams Lawson in
Clearwater. Over the holidays Margaret was visited by
daughter Stephanie Lawson Menges accompanied by
husband Paul and son Paul, Jr.
It was good to get a call from Ed Donohue to tell me
about his daughter Caroline's LPN degree from Indian
River Community College on December 12th. She is the
daughter of Ed (CHS'60) and Jeanne Buss Brecke
(CHS'62) and now works at the Largo Diagnostic Clinic.
Ed retired in 1990 from the Office of General Counsel.
Caroline would like her friends to contact her at 4053
Daventry Lane, Palm Harbor, FL, (813) 785-1565.

The M/S Vistafjord transited the Canal on December
29th while on its transcanal cruise. It was a thrill to be
piloted through the Canal by a Panamanian and
American pilot. The American pilot was Captain Rolf T.
Halsen, husband of Elizabeth Albritton Halsen. While
going through Gatun Lake, he ate lunch with Dick
Tatelman and Betty Snow on the Lido deck. During the
transit, the only other Zonians we saw were Dick's cousin
Jim Doyle and wife Betty who waved, yelled and shook
plastic balloons at us from the visitors stand at Miraflores

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769


Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene hosted 24 guests
at their annual Thanksgiving dinner party at their
residence. Guests included four generations of Rob and
Elsie (Neely) Smith's family: Rob and Elsie of Sarasota,
their daughter Robin (Smith) Larsen and husband Ron
of Bradenton, their grandson Daniel Larsen and his wife
Pepi, and great-grandchildren Sarah and Christopher
Larsen. Others attending were: Bishop John Smith and
wife Victoria of Charleston, WV; Rev. Mainert Peterson
and his wife Virginia from Louisville, KY; George and
Tommy Roth of Sarasota, their daughter Marilyn (Roth)
Banks and husband Arthur and their daughter Melissa
from Tampa.
Jay Cain has enjoyed visits with Tom and Lenoir
Putnam of South Hampton, NJ (cousins of Jay's husband,
the late Harry Cain) who were spending two months at
Sarasota Lakes in their Airstream RV.
She and Myrtle Hughes also enjoyed a seven-day
cruise on the Delfin Line Sea Breeze to Nassau, San Juan
and St. Thomas with other members on the NARFE
Gladys McLain, with her sister Madeleine Perez of
Sarasota and their cousin Lorraine Alberga of Riverside,
GA, enjoyed a cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas and St.
Martin. They visited relatives living in the area where
they made stops. Earlier Gladys had returned from a visit
with her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Yossi
Feintuck, and their children in Cincinnati, OH.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed visits from both their
daughters and their families. During the summer Dale
and Martha (Miller) Hoskins with their son Michael of
Portland, OR, spent several weeks with their parents.
While in Sarasota Michael was honored with a special
celebration of his tenth birthday. The Hoskins recently
moved to Canberra, Australia, when Dale (a retired
research scientist) received the Sir Frederick McMasters
Fellowship. They plan to return after six months.
Later in the year, Don and Marjorie (Miller)
Scheiwe with their daughter Melinda arrived from
Monument, CO, to spend a month with Allen and Kay.
While here they celebrated their 16th wedding
anniversary at a family dinner which included her cousins,
Tom and Barbara Peterson. They also celebrated with a
three-day trip to Disney World.

Allen and Kay also enjoyed a visit from Roberta
Peterson and her daughter Kitty and family from
Area friends will be pleased to know Almond and
Diane (Skinner) Snider of Falmouth, MA, arrived in
January for their annual stay in their Sarasota vacation
residence until May when they will return to
Massachusetts. En route to Sarasota they visited Diane's
mother Carlene "Snookie" (Wertz) Skinner in Winter
Park, FL.
Gladys Humphrey and her daughter Donna
Humphrey Mann enjoyed a most relaxing five-day
getaway cruise on the Regent Rainbow to Cancun,
Cozumel and Key West to celebrate Donna's birthday.
Donna was surprised to be honored with birthday
greetings being sung to her as she was presented with a
special birthday cake. It was great!
Gladys spent the Christmas holiday in Palm Bay, FL,
with her son Donald Humphrey, his two daughters and
great-grandson Glenn Michael. She returned home to
enjoy the New Year festivities with her daughter Donna
and family.
Bill and Maxine Dixon spent the holidays in Safety
Harbor with Bill's sister Hilda D. Harrold. Virginia
Starke and her daughter Cassie accompanied Bill and
Maxine and spent Christmas in Clearwater with Sandra
(May) Robinson and family.
The first meeting of the CZ Birthday Club in 1994
was held at the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant in Sarasota in
January, hosted by Ramona Barnes with Jay Cain as her
birthday girl. Out-of-town guests included Jay's cousin
Lenoir Putnam from New Jersey, and Roberta "Bobby"
(Jacques) Gabel of Tampa, the hostess' friend of long
standing. As Jay has a large collection of angels, Ramona
"Tinsie" used angels for her theme at the luncheon. It was
a most successful party.
Several classmates from Cristobal High School class
of 1934 met for a luncheon at Brenton Reef Restaurant
in Sarasota, FL, to greet our out of owners and to plan
for 60th class mini-reunion at the 1994 Annual Reunion
in Orlando, FL. Those attending included Colin and
Rosemary Campbell of Hanover, NH; Jerry and Roslyn
Gorin of Pawtucket, RI, and Florida classmates Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr, Bev and Fred Ebdon, Bill Wheeler and
Mayno Walker. It was great fun getting together.
A most interesting tour was enjoyed by three sisters,
Mickey W. Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Jeanne
W. Wagner and daughter Jeannine Wagner of
Anchorage, AK; and Carole W. Miller of Tampa, FL.
The first stop was in Washington, DC, revisiting the
Capitol, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and a visit
to the Senate Office of Alaskan Senator Frank
Murkowski. While there they arranged for an American
flag to be sent to their mother, Mayno Walker, with a
certificate stating it was flown over the Capitol on her
November birthdate. They also met with their cousin
Barry DeMarr, son of Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, who gave
them a personal visit and tour to the "Old Guard" Stables
at Fort Myers, VA, where they saw the beautiful horses
and learned the special requirements for horses and
riders to qualify and participate in the funeral processions
to Arlington Cemetery.
Later they motored to Dover, DE, to visit with
Jeannie's son Scott Wagner and family. Then another
special stopover in Richmond, VA, to visit with Carole's

sons, Mike and Tommy Peregoy and family, including her
one-year-old grandson Alexander Nelson Peregoy, and
also the paternal grandparents, Bea and Irving Peregoy.
After the many sightseeing and family visits, they
were homeward bound to have "Show and Tell' with
pictures and souvenirs at the Walker home in Sarasota,
FL. A wonderful trip that was greatly enjoyed in their
youth but appreciated more as an adult. It really made
them proud to be Americans and to live in our wonderful

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900


Congratulations to Shawn!
We would like to congratulate Larry and Margaret
Solien on the birth of their first child, Alissa Solien. We
would also like to extend our congratulations to Dr. and
Mrs. Danny Satzman on the birth of their first child,
Samantha Satzman.
If any Bay Area residents have any news to share,
please contact: Genny Nourse (813) 264-5645, Nancy
Escala (813) 5421, or your reporter.

Denise Clark
(813) 969-1875


On August 14th Drew and Julie (Smith) McCullough
threw a housewarming/first-year anniversary bash. There
to celebrate this happy occasion were Linda (Smith)
Silliman; Tom Connors and fiancee Lisa Humpidge;
Denise Streeter-Clark; Brenda and LeaAnn McCarthur;
Milly, Billy and Stevie Joyce; Marco and Lisa Robinson;
and Laurie Fennell. A great time was had by all.
S. -a J aPi. A

Standing: Linda (Smith) Silliman, Brenda McCarthur,
Drew McCullough, Julie (Smith) McCullough,
Sitting: Steve's friend, Stevie Joyce, Marco Shaw, Lil
Shaw, LeaAnn McCarthur, Billy Joyce, Denise
(Streeter) Clark, Mark West. 1st row: Tom Connors,
Milly Joyce.

We would like to welcome Pat Smith and his family
to the Tampa area. They have recently relocated here
from California.
We recently spoke with Bob and Iraida Clingan.
They have been quite busy with the construction of their
new home in Odessa, FL. Bob recently spent time with
son Gary in Atlanta, GA, attending Laser Printer School.
Mr. Clingan will be starting his own company "Florida
Laser Printing Service". We wish him lots of success.
Mickey Escala, Nancy Escala and Genny (Escala)
Nourse flew up to Portland, OR, in September to
celebrate the wedding of their cousin Shawn Day. Also
attending were John Reardon and Michelle Streeter.

Al Graham wrote from Macon to tell me what has
been happening with his family. He erected a beautiful
Christmas tree that he floated in the swimming pool of
the Courtyard at Marriott Hotel where he works. He says
it went over big with both guests and employees of the
hotel. He also played Santa Claus at the hotel Christmas
party and commented that it was hard to believe that
when he graduated from BHS in 1951 he weighed 127
pounds and has grown enough over the years to now play
Santa Claus. Al and family also went to Memphis to visit
daughter Anna Maria in November and toured Mudd
Island where the B-17 Memphis Belle is on display and
the river walk is a replica of the Mississippi. They also
won tickets from a radio show to the Fantasy of Lights at
Calloway Gardens, GA. He says it was very beautiful.
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Friends and family of Mrs. Sara H. Rowley at 80th
birthday celebration held in Clearwater, Florida on
January 15, 1994.
My mother Sara Rowley was here for the holidays,
and we loved having her with us even though the weather
was colder than she liked it. She stayed through New
Year's and her birthday, then on January 4th she flew
back to Clearwater on board ValueJet, which she said
was a smooth and delightful trip. Speaking of her
birthday, Sara had a special birthday party given to her by
her family and many friends in Clearwater, FL, on
January 15th. There were 32 people at the Clearwater
Club to help Sara celebrate her birthday. Among the
guests were her daughter Dorothy Rowley Gerhart,
husband Jim, and their children Suzanne and Brian who
flew over from Heidelberg, Germany, and Kenneth, who
flew in from Arlington, VA; her son Skip Rowley and
wife Beverly and daughter Adriane from Tallahassee;

granddaughter Renee Rowley Friedel and husband Brian
from Orlando; nieces Joan Van Vliet Corliss and
daughter Leslie Everett from Roger, AK; and Joy Van
Vliet Lindell and her husband Bruce from Pinellas Park,
FL. Also present were her nephew Lanny Gunn with his
wife Jane from Sarasota, FL; her grandson Davis R.
Stevenson from Lilburn, GA; and granddaughter Lori
Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil from
Lawrenceville, GA. There were also several special
friends present to be with Sara on her birthday party
night. They were: Al and Marie Dube, Vincent and Willie
Reynolds (along with Vincent's daughter Lynn), Grace
and Jack Carey, Millie Sutherland, Betty Snow, and
Todd Williams, a friend of Suzanne Gerhart. Of course,
my husband Davis and I were both there, and pleased to
be with everyone to celebrate Sara's birthday.
Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith, along with their
daughter Christine, her husband Jaeson Romero and son
Jaenon, drove to Clearwater, FL, to spend Christmas
with Andrea's mother, Frances Byrd. Their daughter
Kimberly flew in from Ft. Collins, CO, where she is an
exchange student at Colorado State from the University
of Georgia, and Andrea's brother, Ron Byrd, and a
friend flew up from Panama to be with them in Florida
over the holidays. Lester, after spending 16 months in
Miami working for FEMA on the devastation caused by
Hurricane Andrew, finally came back to Georgia in time
to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Lester's job keeps
him traveling, and in January he headed for the Midwest
to work on the flooding situation there.

L-R: Teresa and Vincent Tapia with Odie Winberg
Soper in Atlanta, Dec. 1993.

Sheila Curling Heath with daughter and husband,
Glen (Dick) Heath in Atlanta. Sheila and Dick live in
Frostproof, FL. and were visiting daughter in Georgia.

Cleve Soper says he had visits from Vincent and
Teresa Tapia of Panama, R. De P., and Glen (Dick) and
Sheila Curling Heath from Frostproof, FL, visiting with
their daughter in Douglasville, GA.
Bill Morrison, who
lives in Atlanta, and Bruce
Chan from Oklahoma flew
to Panama over the holidays
to get some warm weather
j4 and visit with friends. After
being picked up by Fred
and Melanie Trim Bales at
the airport, they drove to
Margaret Biven's
Apartment, dropped off their
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Bill Morrison, Bruce Napoli for some delicious
Chan, Jeff Scott. pizza and Cerveza Panama!
They spent the next few
days visiting old haunts, including the causeway, and
stopping by the Yacht Club for some seviche.

The Biven family in Panama, R.P., L-R: Ann Biven
holding daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Biven, Bill Biven
with children.
They did the traditional Christmas Eve candlelight
service at the Balboa Union Church and spent Christmas
day at Fred and Melanie Bales' home. Bill and Bruce
said to say a special "thank you" to Fred and Mel Bales
plus Margaret Bivens and Pat and Cheryl Williams for
showing them such a wonderful time in Panama.

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Dinner at Pat and Cheryl Williams' home in Balboa,
Panama. L-R: Bill Morrison, Bruce Chan and friend,
Pat Williams, Cheryl Williams, Friend, and Kathy

Pat Williams took them deep-sea fishing where they
were able to catch a few amberjacks, mackerel, mahi-
mahi and dolphins. They went back to Pat's where they
fried them up and ate with gusto. He and Bruce coined
a phrase when flying down to Panama first class, saying
"Life is Good". They used that expression many times
while in Panama, and eating the seafood was one of
those times.

Marisol Wallace, Bruce Chan, Sharon Thompson.

Bill also recommended a great Spanish restaurant
called Cafe Belear. Says the people of Atlanta would
break the doors down getting in as the food was plentiful
and delicious. While there they also saw Bill Biven and
his wife Ann and their kids in Cardenas, plus Sharon
Thompson, Glenn Seeley, Clea Efthimiadis, Billy
McGann, Kim Atkinson, Jennifer Jones, Perry Reitz,
Ernie Holland, Rick and Linda Dahlstrom and many
more too numerous to mention. After spending time at
the beach, El Valle, Stevens Circle and Panama City, it
was time to return to the USA. Leaving Panama was not
easy, after all, how can you top waking up in Paradise
every day?

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


How nice, at last, to meet two Panamanians residing
in Honolulu whom I've often talked with on the phone,
namely Ricardo (Rick) Royo and Patricia (Trish)
(Szymanski) Royo, who were married in Tampa
September 18, 1993. Rick's aunt Marilyn Moss, formerly
married to Paris Royo, held a wedding reception for
them in Honolulu attended by both Trish's and Rick's
business associates and friends. For Thanksgiving, the
Royos had as guests Rick's brother and sister, Reynaldo
and Reyna Royo, Reynaldo's girlfriend Erika Webb and
her friend Julie Ranahan, as well as Rick's ex-
roommate's family, the Isherwoods. They attended the
UH/CA Berkeley football game, hiked Diamond Head
to the North Shore, and some of them went scuba diving
at Turtle Canyon.

Bride and groom, Rick and Trish Royo, Hawaii.

Rick has his own architecture business in Honolulu;
Trish has been busy decorating the apartment and getting
to know Honolulu, while planning to resume studies at
UH. We hope to get together soon with other
"Panamanian Hawaiians".
Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim had a fine
quadruple-reunion trip in October attending reunions of:
(1) Hank's 485th Bomb Group (Italy) at Albuquerque;
(2) Virginia's FAA Air Traffic organization at Las Vegas;
(3) Hank's 20th Troop Carrier (a Panama AF group
from Howard Field) at Myrtle Beach, SC; and (4) Hank's
flying school class at San Antonio. Lila (Chipman)
Ensign and her husband, a retired AF colonel, live in San
Antonio. The Chipman family, including Lila's sister Ann,
lived at Ft. Amador in 1939 and 1940 and Lila was
married there. The Ensigns took the Dolims to visit John
and Maxine (Gilbert) Henry's home in San Antonio
(John Henry is a retired Major General). The Dolims
rented a car to drive the 1900 miles to Biloxi, New
Orleans, Houston and San Antonio. Virginia says her
brother Jim Ridge has moved into a classy new
condominium in Panama, somewhere back of Curundu.
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo was elated with the visit
in November of two good friends Barbara (Curles)
Aycock and husband Dave who took in the seven-day
interisland cruise on the SS Constitution. Barbara was a
friend way back in their Pedro Miguel days and a
classmate at BHS'49 and CZJC.
Heard on the radio a pleasing and unfamiliar musical
selection by a very familiar composer, William Grant
Still, which was entitled "Panama".
Virginia Dolim recounts an incident at an Annapolis
bowling event when Kathleen (Phillips) Herblein (who
lived in Cristobal) met a Navy wife (name not given)
BHS'40 and a member of PCSFL. The Navy wife showed
Kathleen a copy of the Canal Record in which, to her
amazement was a picture of Kathleen and Virginia in my
During the ongoing LA. earthquake recovery, the
Dolim's son Herk (Hank Jr.) on a business trip in Brazil,

tried to call his family in Palos Verdes, CA, to check on
their safety but could not get through to California.
AT&T relayed the call effort to his wife, who could not
get through to Brazil, and therefore called the Dolims,
who were able to call Herk directly from Honolulu and
reassure him that the family were all okay.
My son Paul Bates had a grand experience on a boat
trip, a 28-foot Vikina craft headed from Hawaii Kai to
Molokai, where he and Rebecca went ashore briefly, then
on to Lanai for a scuba dive. Later, they sailed through
several schools of porpoises, the second one having about
200 of them. When the porpoises began to leave, Pablo
slapped the water hard and they returned, so he and
Rebecca swam with them for about ten minutes until the
mammals swam on. Finding their way back into Hawaii
Kai channel and dock at night with spotlights only was
For Isle visitors: Roy's restaurant (at Hawaii Kai)
was voted best in Hawaii by readers of the Honolulu
Magazine; the Society of Seven (Outrigger Hotel) is
excellent entertainment; for Latin music perhaps "Eddie
y su Grupo", wherever they may be playing; and The
Links at Turtle Bay (north shore) was honored by Golf
Digest as the fourth best, new resort course in the nation;
the one-and-only Charo closed her show after a four-
and-a-half year run at the Tropics in the Hilton Hawaiian
My daughter and I had a extreme change of weather
and lifestyle when we were gifted with a trip to Crystal
Lake near Chicago for a white Christmas and New
Year's holiday. For two weeks we enjoyed the hospitality
of our dear friend and host and his wonderful extended
family, who came and went in varying numbers along
with some nice samoyed and poodle friends. This, my
first real winter, was a chilly thrill and the snows a
magnificent scene, but the weather, at times from
freezing to 400 below zero (factoring in the wind chill),
was too much for me, especially when Katya and I were
accidentally locked out in the snow at 20 below!

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Jackie and Marcel Werbrouck of Mishawaka, IN,
celebrated Thanksgiving with a family gathering at their
daughter's home in Granger, IN. Besides Jackie and
Marcel, those present were Cassie Reese and her family,
in whose home the get-together took place, and another
daughter, Beth Dokey and her family. Jackie and Cassie
traveled to Buchanan, MI, to spend the weekend with
Beth. The three of them fulfilled what has become a
family tradition for them -- being together, and using
their time to begin their Christmas shopping.
Jackie and Marcel also spent an enjoyable Christmas
with their daughter Cassie, her husband John, son John
Michael and daughter Vanessa.

In February, weather permitting, Jackie, Cassie and
Beth plan to go into Chicago for a weekend of shopping
and to attend "The Phantom of the Opera".
Jane McCauley from Terre Haute, IN, spent
Christmas day at the home of her daughter Sheila
Marshall, her son-in-law and two granddaughters who
live near Indianapolis. She had a very nice time.
Jane is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her son
Dennis who is being transferred by his employer, United
Airlines, from the San Francisco area to the Indianapolis
area. Dennis is supposed to arrive during the first week
in February. He and a fellow worker will be driving their
vehicles. Jane has been assured that both vehicles will
have tire chains, walkie-talkies and other safety devices to
avoid complications as much as possible.
Jane reports that her son Mickey's stepdaughter,
Pam Williams, flew from Florida to Panama during the
Christmas vacation to visit friends and relatives. She had
a fine time. Pam and her twin Robin are doing well in
college at Tallahassee.
Jane plans a trip when the weather in Indiana warms
up a little. She will probably drive to visit her sister
Susan who lives near Nashville, TN. She will then
continue on to Boynton Beach, FL, to visit her daughter
Marjorie, her husband Harold and their eleven-year-old
daughter Dana.

Charles (Chuck) Parietti and Judy (Stepp) Parietti,
July 1993.

Ruth Lyon received a letter from her niece Judy
(Stepp) Parietti, who lives in Maryville, MO, with her
husband Charles (Chuck) Parietti and her father Charles
Stepp. Over the years Judy has made a few trips to
Louisville, KY, not far from Charlestown, IN, where
Ruth lives. The purpose of those trips has been to bring
one of her dogs to a dog show. Judy sent a page from the
Maryville Free Press. It shows her with her dog and names
her as the first place winner (unable to copy photo).
"Judy Parietti, Maryville, is the owner and handler of
Blitz, a female German shorthaired pointer, who was the

first place winner of the Hunting Dog Stake at the Heart
of America German Shorthaired Pointer Club's Fall Field
Trial at the Pony Express Wildlife Area Oct. 2. This was
the first field trial for Blitz, with seven braces competing
in the stake. In addition, all handlers were male with the
exception of Parietti. Blitz also holds an AKC show
champion title as well as an AKC senior hunter title."
Judy attended the 1993 PanCanal Reunion in
Orlando last year and after the reunion she flew to
England to join her husband who is temporarily assigned
there. The two of them then went on a safari in Africa.
Back home in Missouri, both Judy and her dad went
hunting one day during deer hunting season. Each went
to a different location on the property on which they live.
Both were successful in shooting a deer. Judy shot a 10-
point buck and Charles shot an 8-point buck. They have
enough deer meat to last them for a good while.
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon visited their daughter
and son-in-law, Marjorie and Roy Meredith, in
Jacksonville, FL, for a couple of days in October. They
then drove to Fort Lauderdale where they boarded the
Scandinavian Dawn for Freeport on the Grand Bahama
Island. They spent five days and four nights on the island
before returning to Fort Lauderdale and then continuing
on to Miami, FL, where they spent a couple of days with
Claud's brother and his wife, Carlyle and Betty Lyon.
They also visited a niece and nephew in the area. Claud
and Ruth drove to Palm Harbor and spent a few days
with Dick Parker. While there they were able to visit
other relatives formerly from Panama, including Norman
Finlason, Eola Hamblen, Terry and Chris Hamblen.
From there Claud and Ruth drove to Orlando and spent
a couple of days with Teddy and Alice McGann. Claud
and Ruth then drove to Lafayette, LA, and spent a week
with Ruth's brother and his wife, Robert (Bobby) and
Diocelina Wood. While in that area there were
opportunities to visit with both of Bobby and Diocelina's
sons, Robert, Jr. (Junie) and David and their wives Gail
and Christine and two of Robert and Gail's children,
Koby and Garrett. Claud and Ruth also visited Marilyn
Wood and McKay Wood, widow and son of Ruth's
brother, William Wood, who died several years ago.
Through two separate side trips other members of the
family were visited. Nick and Dora Dilaura in Walker,
MS, and Isabel, Helen and Beryl Breau in Westwego,
LA. On this same trip they also visited with John Gough,
Sr. of Marrero, LA. John and his wife Kathleen, now
deceased, were former residents of the Canal Zone.
After all that visiting it was time to go back home so
that is what Claud and Ruth did.
Christmas turned out to be a white Christmas for the
second year in a row. It has been pretty cold in this part
of Indiana this year. It makes you think of how nice it
will be when the temperature warms up a little.
Besides the snow and the cold we have had so far in
January, we have had something much nicer happen to
us. Our fifth great-grandchild was born on January 6th.
It was a boy, which thanks to modern technology was no
surprise. The score now stands at three great-grandsons
and two great-granddaughters -- but then, who is really
keeping score?

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Nate Atkinson, a BHS graduate and former
employee at the Canal Zone fuel oil handling facilities,
dropped by for a visit with John Gough, Sr. in Marrero
while between ships. Nate works for Candies Inc.,
Louisiana's largest ship company. In the 1960s he was in
John's Sunday School class. John was busy painting the
house and Nate arrived just in time to pitch in.

Nate Atkinson in the workroom of John Gough Sr's
home in Marrero.

John Gough, Sr. spent the Christmas holidays in
Copperas Cove, TX, with his grandson S/Sgt. John
Gough III, his wife Bridgitte and son Justin (5). Sgt.
Gough was born and reared on the Canal Zone and
attended CHS. He is a 12-year Army veteran and a
Bradley Fighting Vehicle commander having served in
missions to Korea, Germany and Kuwait.

L-R: John Gough Sr., S/Sgt. John Gough III,
Bridgitte and Justin Gough, 5, with John's Bradley
Fighting Vehicle, Fort Hood, Texas.

John Sr.'s son William Gough III (BHS'67) suffered
serious injury to his right leg November 6th when a
drunken driver ran a stop sign and hit his motorcycle. He
is facing more surgery in the West Jefferson Medical
Center and would appreciate hearing from Canal Zone
friends. His address is 2825 Dolores Dr., Marrero, LA
Another son John Gough II (BHS'64) is recuperating

from a five-bypass heart operation performed in mid-
November, only a week after his brother's accident. John
is doing well, has returned to work and resumed normal

Robin's younger brother Chris from Georgia; and older
brother Adam, who lives in Metairie. Robin and Larry's
daughters are Alexah (2) who has learned to say no really
well, and Kasey (1) who is walking, singing the Barney
songs and doing "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" for her parents.
Larry's older daughter Jessica (9) is doing well in the
fourth grade. In their spare time, Robin and Larry have
taken up couple country dancing including the two-step,
East Coast swing and waltz. Robin also enjoys line
dancing with girlfriends. Through the Canal Record she
hopes to get back in touch with Becky Hunt who she
thinks has moved.

Bill Ward and Gene Gregg at the Gas House Gang
Golf Tournament, Dothan, Alabama.

Gene Gregg in Slaughter writes that about 80 golfers
enjoyed the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament in
Dothan, AL. Fritz and Betty Frey stopped by to see the
Greggs in October. They were attending a gathering
commemorating the Korean War. Shortly after their visit
Marian and Gene went to West Virginia to see Marian's
mother who is 93, and other relatives.

.. --

Bud Hallett, Teresa and Don Hirsch.

Bud Hallett in Shreveport went to a school reunion
in West Virginia last October and, while there, dropped
in for a visit with Teresa and Don Hirsh in Charleston,
WV. Bud brought along a few of his father's photo
albums for a good time reminiscing about Canal Zone
Robin Lacrouts of St. Rose reports an excellent
Christmas with husband Larry giving her a Rolls Royce!
Coming to visit over the holidays were Robin's older
sister, Tasha Mitts Buttler, her husband Imo and their
children, Travis (3) and Cal (5 months), from Indiana;

Larry and Robin Mitts Lacrouts of St. Rose, LA. with
their children, Kasey, 1; Jessica, 9; and Alexah, 2.

Ed Parker (WA5YFA) of Slidell (Tel. 504-643-5603)
will co-host with James O'Donnell (KB4HMO) of St.
Petersburg (Tel. 813-894-2478) the first ever luncheon for
amateur radio operators at the PanCanal Reunion. It will
be held Friday, June 10th. Anyone interested can contact
one of the hosts by phone or radio for details.
David Warren, New Orleans, played chauffeur for his
parents, Gret and Bill Warren, of New Port Richey when
the three visited this reporter in December at her Baker
dome home. Lots of chitchat playing catch-up, then off to
a late lunch at Don's Seafood Restaurant in Baton
Rouge. Gret and Bill spent Christmas in New Orleans
and stayed on into the new year to celebrate David's 47th
birthday January 13th and Bill's 84th on January 24th.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Catherine and John Boswell have moved from
Hattiesburg to 18 Telde Circle, Hot Springs Village, AR
71901, and have been very busy fixing up their new place
and taking part in community activities. They are
enjoying their new neighbors including three friends they
knew while working in the Canal Zone.
Clairee Chisolm of Union would like to borrow 1964
and 1965 BHS yearbooks to have copies made for the
kids. Perhaps those involved in organizing the BHS 30th
reunion could come to her assistance. Clairee's address
is Rt. 4, Box 241, Union, MS 39365.
Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg, teaches math
at the University of Southern Mississippi and will take on

an added responsibility of visiting student teachers this
spring. She enjoys occasional visits with BHS '52
classmate Shirley Zemer Swenson, who lives in Picayune.
Had a delightful telephone chat with Opal Harvey of
Meridian. She lives with her daughter Carol, a CHS
graduate, and Carol's husband. Opal will be 90 in April,
has had a pacemaker for many years and still gets around
the house without help. She and her late husband
Raymond were on the Zone, mostly in Cristobal from
Norman Lewis dropped us a gorgeous card of pink
dogwood giving his new address as P.O. Box 5072, Biloxi,
MS 39534-5072. His old address was in Gulfport. He
missed the Gulf Coast picnic in October because of a
reunion in Seattle but is looking forward to this year's
picnic. Watch "Announcements" in the next issue for
A letter sent in October to Susan and Mickey
McGroarty in Vicksburg was returned marked "Order
Expired". If anyone has their new address, please send it
along. Thanks!
Lucille McLaughlin, formerly of Vardamen, has
moved to 674 N. Pontotoc St., Houston, MS 38851-1707.
No further information is available at this time.
Gerda and Owen Smith, Osyka, enjoyed a week's
visit in November from Gerda's cousin Gisela and her
husband Dieter Raabe from Hamburg, Germany. They
took a trip to Natchez to tour old homes, enjoy lunch on
the Mississippi River and drop a few dollars aboard the
Lady Luck, a riverboat gambling casino. Owen's new toy
is a CD-ROM computer that translates Morse code into
English and vice versa. It does the same with an English-
German package. Gerda made a lateral move to the vo-
tech school as a secretary in January.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


For the first time in many years, this area had a
white Christmas. We are having a very wintery January,
Elizabeth Quintero spent a week at Christmas in
Orlando with her daughter Barbara and Jerry Coleman.
Her daughters Carol Manning and Beth Schmidt with
Beth's daughter, Amanda, came to Orlando from Silver
Spring, MD, and stayed with their father, Oscar O.
Brown. On Christmas Eve, they all gathered for a party
at Barbara's. Barbara's children, Lyza Byrne, Orlando,
and Michael Byrne, Kentucky, were there also.
Jean Dombrowsky went to Asheboro, NC, to spend
the holidays with her daughter Barbara Sanders and
family, and to attend the wedding of her granddaughter
Jennifer. Carol Sanders, who graduated from N.C. State
in 1993, has accepted a position with BASF in Columbus,
Ohio, starting February 1st.
Betty and Bill Dunning spent Christmas and New
Years with their daughter and husband, Lynn and Jeff
Harp, in Rogers, AK.

Pat and Jack Hunt celebrated Christmas in
Rougemont, NC, with their daughters and families,
Laurie and Sam Trinca and boys, and Lisa and William
Johnson from Ramseur, NC. Then they, accompanied by
Lisa, went to Davie, FL, to visit daughter Terri and
children, Jennifer and Michael Watkins.
Jean and Malcolm Stone had a houseful over the
holidays. Jean's mother Catherine Pearson from
Delaware, and her aunt Ina Gross from Philadelphia
were here. Also, their son David from New Mexico and
daughter Lynn from Maryland.
Ruth and Louis Everson spent Christmas in
Rochester, NY, with their daughters, Deborah Hodge and
Kirsten Jackson, and four grandchildren.
Norma and Sam Irvin flew to San Diego, CA, to
spend 10 days over Thanksgiving with their son John and
family. They were delighted to see their new grandson,
John Robert Irvin, Jr., born October 28th. Back in
Hendersonville, their son Sam III was home from sea
duty so he and his family and their son, Tom, from
Virginia were with them for Christmas.
Wilma and Willy Nowatny had several houseguests
over the holidays. Willy's son Gerald with his wife
Adrienne and girls, Alex and Jackie, from Miami were
here for Thanksgiving. Wilma's daughter Terri
(Densmore) Field and her two boys, Ahren and Brandon,
from Oklahoma, and her son Michael from Missouri
came for Christmas. Patricia Fraser, Bradenton, FL,
arrived December 28th and her daughter Sherri and a
friend came for New Year's Eve. Early in January,
Wilma and Patricia took a trip to Lexington, KY. On the
way home, they stopped at Berrea, KY, to visit the
college there.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


1994 is upon us and hopefully everyone is in good
health and making plans to attend this year's reunions to
relive old memories of the old Canal Zone as we
remember it. Also, to see what everyone else is up to.
Received a phone call and informative Christmas
card from Robert Blake of Seattle. Now retired from
PAA (Airlines), he wrote to say that he was in Panama
from 1935-37, during which his father was Squadron
Marine Officer for the Special Services Squadron, home
ported in Balboa. They lived in Bella Vista. This was
before they built the Naval housing at Locona for the
military at Rodman Submarine Base. In fact, our family
was one of the first ones to move onto the base. At the
time, my dad, an active duty Chief Petty Officer, was
running the BOQ at Rodman. Robert later became a
Naval Aviator himself during WWII. His last visit to
Panama was 1974, and he attended a BHS reunion in
1986 at Tampa. Says he has traveled extensively this year,
to Florida and Russian Far East and Siberia, including
three days on the Trans-Siberian RR. Incidentally,
Robert said he managed to squeeze in a quick reunion at

Sea-Tac airport last July with old BHS classmate Todd
Lipzinski, who now lives in Grand Rapids, MI, and had
been visiting eastern Washington.
Received a call and card from fellow reporter and
classmate, Patt Foster Roberson, of Louisiana (BHS'52,
CZJC'54) who's now a professor of Journalism at LSU.
She congratulated me on my new reporter's role. We
reminisced and had a lengthy discussion on participating
in the forthcoming Senior Olympics.
Also spoke with ex-classmate Vern Neal (CZJC'54)
who recently had a cancer operation and is now
recovering nicely. Vern is now an instructor of English as
a second language at the Monterey Community College
in California and resides in San Francisco. Incidentally,
Patt and Vern delivered me to the Rodman Naval Station
when I joined the Navy and left Panama. Reliving the old
days at the Metropole, names came up such as Sonny
Rivet now in Florida, Johnny Albritton still in Panama,
and George Metivier in Southern California and his
brother Bob in Rhode Island. On Christmas day I read
in the local paper where Bob Metivier is now the mayor
of Pawtucket, RI. He wants the world, or at least
"Nurses" fans to know that his town isn't a "real pit", and
a "completely erroneous description of our beautiful city".
Unfortunately, we also have to report that Jim lost
his son John G. Shobe on December 22, 1993. John had
been despondent over the loss of his son. His family
remains at Stronvar Bridle Row, Ryde I.O.W.U.K., PO
333LQ. He arrived there via the Marine Corps. Survivors
are his wife Stephanie, children Natalie (11), Nicole (9)
and Leo (3-1/2). They will remain in England. He also
leaves a brother Stephen, sister Clovis Duffus, five nieces
and nephews.
In October 1993, Hannah and Jim Byrd of Hood
Canal, WA, lost their son Raymond in an auto accident.
He was on his way home from Tech School in
Wenatchee, WA, when he unfortunately ran off a cliff
during one of their infamous dust storms.
From Camano Island, heard that Jimmy Young had
a successful open-heart surgery and is recuperating just
fine. He plans to travel to Panama in February to attend
the annual Jimmy Young Bass Tournament, obviously
named in his honor. Good luck to a fellow bass
While enjoying a lengthy visit with Coach Walter
Mikulich (BHS) during the last reunion, he told me that
he had an eye operation and now enjoys 20/20 vision.
This, after using eye drops for over twenty years. He has
now moved to Everett, WA, from Sequim on the
Olympic Peninsula. Said he felt somewhat isolated from
medical assistance in Sequim.
Lastly, Steve Shobe has retired from the Air Force
after 20 years, as an E-6, CEC, and is living in Wauna,
WA. He is employed in the Heating, Ventilation and
Airconditioning Department of the Seafirst Building.
Steve served in Operation Desert Storm, and even
remained afterwards to reactivate the Kuwait
International Airport.


Greetings from Oklahoma! Now that the holidays are
behind us, some unwanted guests have been visiting many
families around the state. Pneumonia, colds, bronchitis,
strep throat and the flu have come earlier this year than
usual and may continue to overdo their stay. Everyone is
hoping for a brighter Spring.
Jean and Doris Burns left for Australia on October
18th and returned home on December 1, 1993. While
they were there, they visited New Zealand. Then, on their
way home, they spent Thanksgiving with daughter Laura
(Burns) Redemann and family in Hawaii.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Matthews from Palmyra, VA,
visited Jean and Doris Burns during the week of January
17th. The Matthews will visit their son Ed Matthews and
family in Dallas, TX, before returning home.
Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair of Broken Arrow drove
up to Quincy, IL, to spend Christmas with Bill's parents
and brothers, Donald and Steve. Despite icy winds and
some snow, everyone had a good time. Prior to traveling
north, Esther completed a pencil dog portrait for a client
in Houston, TX. She does pencil or pastel portraits of
dogs, cats, horses and llamas for local and out-of-state
clients out of her home in Broken Arrow.
In December Mary Graham flew down to San
Antonio, TX, to have fun at the Hill Country Zonian
Christmas Party. There were about 200 people there and
everyone had a wonderful time. Mary's older son Peter
Van Overen and Ginger came from Austin and spent the
weekend with Mary at her hotel.
Peter and Janice Butz with son Jason drove up to
Kansas City, MO, to spend Christmas with son George.
Peter Jr. and April Butz with their two children drove up
from Tahlequah to have some Christmas cheer with
Peter and Janice after Christmas.
Esther's mother, Mrs. Lenor Butz, has been in the
hospital at Springdale, AR, with a rough case of
pneumonia since January 4th. Presently, she is feeling
much better and hopes to go home soon. Mr. Harry Butz
also had a cold, but is feeling great now. The illness and
cold had been a letdown after visiting son Rickey and
wife Vida in Reno, NV, during Christmas. They also
visited Peter and Janice Butz and Esther and Bill Clair
before returning home on December 31th.
Renee (Carter) Collins is going on a ski trip in
February to Durango, CO. The ski resort, Purgatory, is
located outside of Durango. On May 19, 1994, Renee
plans to visit Panama and will attend the Florida reunion
before returning home. She hopes to visit El Volcan, El
Valle, the San Bias Islands, and, of course, all the
The Spring picnic will be on May 7th. (Call me for
details.) I hope to see everyone there. Remember, don't
forget your news. Vaya con dios.
P.S.: Mrs. Lenor Butz arrived home Monday, January
20th. She feels good.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947

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

"What Belongs To Everybody Belongs To No One"


Pacific Side

Early morning of November 27th found brothers
Rick and Scott Williams, Pat Williams, Hugh Thomas,
and Mark Haddaeus aboard the Tropical Wrasse headed
for Pifias Bay. Arrangements for a pre-season trip were
made through Terry and Mike Andrews, owners of the
Tropic Star Lodge. The club and its hospitality are world

Standing L-R: Hugh Thomas, Mark Haddaeus, Scott
Williams. Kneeling: Rick Williams, Pat Williams.
This was Mark's first year fishing with the crew of
the Tropical Wrasse. Given first chance at fighting a
marlin, Mark proved himself equal to the task. The
second day out he caught a 688-lb. black marlin and
landed it in only 20 minutes. Mark commented that
catching the fish was the easy part getting it into the
boat was the chore! Two days later it was Rick's turn. In
about seven minutes he caught and released a 250-lb.
blue marlin. As the fish was released it almost jumped
into the boat giving everyone, except Rick, a few gray
hairs. The next day Pat Williams hooked a feisty 450-lb.
black marlin. Pat brought the marlin to the boat in 17
minutes and released it. The following day Hugh Thomas
adjusted the pattern of lures intended for tuna. In less
than a minute a 450-lb. black marlin crashed the lures.
Hugh fought the fish for over an hour as it made many
spectacular jumps. As Hugh brought the marlin alongside
to release it, the fishing pole broke. Disappointed with
his luck, Hugh was satisfied the fish would live to fight
another day. Although Scott did not catch a marlin this
year he was instrumental in maneuvering the Tropical
Wrasse so that the rest of the crew was successful. As
they headed back to Balboa, the boys were already
making plans for a marlin trip to Coiba Island and the
Hannibal Bank, scheduled for February '94.
Prior to the Canal Reunion last June, Jack Hern, Bill
Cofer, Ed Donohue, Rolo Winberg, Nancy (Morency)

Jeffcoat, and Helen (Spector) Gentry spent an evening on
a "Moonlight Cruise" in the Florida intercoastal waterway.
They were hosted by a senior and experienced PCC pilot.
It was an evening of fun and concern to the passengers
that were practically stranded due to low tide and
sandbars. Skipper Ed Donohue, applying the same
knowledge used to instruct students at Skipper Ed's
Maritime Academy, assisted our captain in making sure
the passengers made it to shore dry and safe. He then
applied some of those leadership qualities that he used in
the Claims Branch to organize an exquisite private (so
late, no other customers) dinner at a seafood restaurant.
After a hearty meal with some lively conversation about
Gamboa girls, all the passengers returned via taxi to the
departure point, while our captain awaited high tide or a
torrential rainstorm to depart.
Rich and Dot (Metzger) Stomvoll enjoyed a visit
from their daughter Erica in December. Erica is a
Principal and Co-founder of Greystone Realty Advisers,
Inc., headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA. She is a
patron and volunteer for Children's Hospital Center and
the Christmas-in-April program for the renovation of
metropolitan Washington, DC, homes.
Many "kids" were home for Christmas, and it is
always wonderful to see and spend time with them,
hearing of their experiences and accomplishments. They
continue to make us proud!
To all of you from all of us here in Panama, may the
new year begin by: adding to your life many happy
moments, reducing your sorrows, multiplying your
successes, and dividing your love amongst all your friends
and loved ones.

Mary Coffey
(011-507) 52-6794


Our Christmas luncheon was held December 8th at
the Houndslake Country Club, and was attended by 33
members and guests. Present were: Sis and Bill York,
Blanche Browne, Annette, Mitzi and Mark Schwindt,
Eletheer and Jim Catron, Olga Holmes, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell, John Everson, Ethel and DeWitt Tate, Josey
Tilley, Fina and Frank Balinski, Scottie and Jack Steele,
O. Dombrowski, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Vera
Jackson, Leona and Paul Badonsky, Bea Lee, Anne Dyer,
Grace and B. J. Hartley, Lorna Shore, Peggy and Doris
Hutchison, and Trudi Clontz.
After the luncheon and gift exchange, new officers
for 1994-1995 were installed as follows: President, Mark
Schwindt; Vice President, Blanche Browne;
Secretary/Treasurer, Peggy Hutchison; Reporter, Trudi
Clontz; Chaplain, John Everson; Sergeant at Arms, Jim
Lorna Shore is making good progress, and hopes to
retire her walker in the near future. Over the holidays
she had as guests daughter Diane (Shore) LeBlanc,
granddaughter Samantha (LeBlanc) Dillon, Sandra
(Shore) Davis, husband Bob and grandson Adam.

Carolyn (Holmes) Morris, Board Chairman for March
of Dimes, with the World Champion Wrestling Rookie
of the Year, Marcus Alexander Bagwell, who was in
Augusta, GA. for a March of Dimes autograph session.

During the holiday months Bobby Rowe drove up
from Florida several times to visit his dad, Bob Rowe,
and his mother, Billy, who is in a local nursing home.
Peggy Hutchison, as usual, has been busy hosting
family and friends at a Thanksgiving dinner then in
December her sister-in-law, Doris Hutchison, visited for
several weeks. Doris graduated from BHS in 1936,
worked for the Commissary Division until 1950 when she
moved to St. Petersburg to live with her parents. She
worked for a bank there until retirement. While visiting
she attended the Canal Zone luncheon and made a
weekend bus trip to Myrtle Beach with Peggy and Trudi
Clontz, where they enjoyed two Christmas shows.
On Christmas Peggy was in Charleston with daughter
Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, son-in-law Jerry and grandson
Wally. Wally, who is in the Navy, had returned from a 6-
month cruise around South America. While in Panama
he saw his Aunt Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Bob
Boukalis, and other friends. Bob is now retired, but Vicki
plans to work for the Commission for a few more years.
Blanche (Adler) Browne is going to Panama in mid-
January to visit her daughter and husband, Ellen and
Landis Major, and her son and family, Grover and
Freddieann Matheney and will be acting as a tour guide
for a couple traveling with her.
Ethel Tate is still recuperating from the illness she
suffered last September, and her daughter Louise
Schlegel of Brownsville, TX, is staying with her.
At Christmas time Eletheer and Jim Catron had
their share of visitors daughter Penny Lotterhos and
family from Mississippi, and Jimmy Catron and family
from Madison, FL especially interesting since Ed
Lotterhos attends the Naval Academy and Kristen
Catron attends West Point. In early January Eletheer and
Jim drove to Orlando, FL, for a visit with Jim's sisters.
Shortly before Christmas, Sis and Bill York sold their
home in Aiken and moved to Martinez, GA, on

December 22nd to be nearer their daughter, Norma
Holder and their three granddaughters and they all had
a Merry Christmas at Norma's home. Sis and Bill also
had as visitors Norm and Anne Shore from Wilmington,
NC, and Nancy (York) Coffey and son Chris of Keystone
Heights, FL.
At the December luncheon, our new President, Mark
Schwindt, mentioned that they had two exchange students
staying with them. Later the same week we were shocked
to hear that the day following our meeting his house
burned down. Fortunately, one of the students woke up,
roused the rest of the family, and though they lost all
their possessions, no one was injured.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759



Our big news of the last quarter of 1993 was the
wedding of David Fehrenbach (BHS Class of '74) and
Tina Holloman. They were married on October 30, 1993.
The wedding was beautiful. The best man was longtime
friend, Jaco Petiton, and the maid of honor was the sister
of the bride. There were lots of Zonians in attendance.
The weather was quite cold that weekend it was a
record-breaking low! Congratulations to you both, Dave
and Tina you do make a great couple!
The Annual Hill Country Zonian Party was in San
Antonio, Texas again in 1993 at the Embassy Suite Hotel.
It was again very nice. There seemed to have been more
people who attended last year than this year. It was good
to see friends we hadn't seen since last year.
In honor of Jaco Petiton's 40th birthday, his brother
Alex and sister Edda threw a surprise party at the home
of Edda and her husband. The party was great and was
a great surprise to Jaco. It lasted into the early morning
hours, then moved to the home of Alex and Jane Petiton
and lasted into the late morning hours. Nice party, Alex
and Edda! And, yes, Jaco you (and the rest of us) are
getting old!

Sue Ann Davenport
(512) 451-6919



The Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party
held on December 4, 1993, in the Embassy Suites Hotel
in San Antonio was a smashing success. There were
approximately 200 in attendance. The entertainment by
the Conjunto Folklorico Viva Panama, with Gladys
Gutierrez, Directora de Coreografia, was outstanding.

The authentic Polleras and accompanying jewelry were
beautiful and unusual. The Panamanian music by
Miguelito Nacel couldn't have been any better. This
successful party would not have been the success that it
was without the hard work of the Committees:
Chairpersons: Dianna Lassalle and Shirley Polston;
Arrangements: Dianna Lassalle and Bill Caskey;
Entertainment: Nivia Brown; Lottery: Paul and Maria
Walker and Jeanne Stough; Hospitality: Jim Wheeler and
Gerry Brown; Reservations: Judi Wheeler; Registration:
Christi Allen Sagemuehl, Carol Kelly, Nathalia and Andy
DeBeor; Program: Jeanne Stough, Becky Young and Don
Nagel. Congratulations for a job well done! We are
indeed fortunate that the San Antonio group has agreed
to host next year's party again. California, Florida,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Panama were represented as
well as many cities and towns from our great state of
Texas. We bid a fond farewell to Nathalia and Andy
DeBoer as they leave San Antonio for their home in
California. We will miss them and their contributions to
the parties and hope that they will be numbered among
the out-of-town guests at the next party.

tenter: Maria walKer. Kneeling L-M: uaroi Kelly,
Christi Allen Sagemuehl, Shirley Lawson Polston,
Becky Young, Nivia Brown, Bill Casky, Jane Casky,
Jeanne Stough, Gerry Brown, Jr. Standing L-R: Paul
Walker, Dianna Lawson Lassalle, Jim Wheeler, Judi
Wheeler, Nathalie DeBoer, Gerry Brown.

Another annual event that we all look forward to is
Honey Fealey's Christmas Luncheon and Canasta Party.
This year's party was held in the newly refurbished dining
room of the Inn of the Hills motel in Kerrville on
December 3rd. There were 40 ladies for lunch. Honey
had made Christmas corsages and each place had a
handmade Santa wall hanging. There were 20 ladies who
met in Honey's home after the luncheon to play canasta
and bridge and enjoy Honey's homemade desserts all

afternoon. Marion Wells contributed to a memorable
afternoon with her Merry Christmas/Happy New Year
On September 23rd Marion Wells flew to Perth,
Australia, to visit her son Fred Jr. and family, Tricia,
Jacqui and David. No need to say she had a lovely three
weeks. On her return, Fred Jr. flew to Sydney with
Marion and they had three wonderful days sightseeing.
While Marion was away, son Alan and grandson Michael
from Atlanta visited Fred Sr. These airplane buffs took
in the Confederate Air Force show in Midland, TX, and
had a great time together.
Mary Orr, Sarasota, FL, visited Fred and Marion
Wells, her brother Bob Orr and family and other
relatives in the area during the Christmas holidays.
Camille and Leo Eastham visited Leo's sisters
Rosanna Blais and Tina Kelleher and their families in
the Dallas area and Camille's parents, Bea and Harvey
Rhyne, in Kerrville on their tenth wedding anniversary
trip to Texas. They were able to attend the Christmas
party in San Antonio before returning to their home in
We are happy to see that Sue and George Cotton
have returned to live and work in Texas. Sue's job was
transferred from Washington, DC, to San Antonio and
they now live in New Braunfels.
Frankie and Roy Sharp of Sun City, FL, visited the
Fred Wells and other friends in this area and attended
the Christmas party in San Antonio where they saw many
old friends before heading back to Florida.
Helen and Ezra "Smitty" Smith have been enjoying
their motor home. They took a trip to Durango, CO, and
rode the restored, narrow-gauge Silverton Train through
the mountains and saw Old Faithful in Yellowstone
National Park in the spring. In the fall, they toured the
Big Bend area and Cheyenne, WY, and visited with Hy
and Delores Overall in Loveland, CO.
Anna Calvit had a wonderful Christmas season with
both her daughter Helen and son Tim and their families
here in Kerrville. They all traveled from Florida in Helen
and Larry's van. While here, they enjoyed the Mexican
foods which, they say, are not the same in Florida.
Bob and Lois Byrd made a trip to see Lois' son.
Bob's son Don of Houston gave them a trip on a
schooner through the Caribbean. Bob's daughter Pidgee,
son-in-law Chris Stone and family all joined Don in
Houston for Christmas.
Pappy Grier had his son Bob home for the holidays.
Eleanor and Art Miller had a visit from their son
Ronald and family from California in November.
Melida and Bill Beebe's son and family are now
living in Kerrville. Bill Jr. retired from the service.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643

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April 21, 1994


Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a very
pleasant holiday. I spent part of my holiday with family
in New York. I can't believe we are in 1994 and in the
office we are already talking about the 1995 budget. Can't
we slow down time?
I'm off today to Panama with Sarah Storey and
Rosemary Gilead. Main event in Panama is Joe Wood's
retirement party on January 22nd. It will be a rather
special gathering and celebration for him. We are off to
El Valle tomorrow.
I've received some information on Cynthia (Shaw)
Fiori from Rosemary. Cynthia just retired from the Army
Material Command here in Virginia with many years in
federal service, twenty two of which were spent in the
Canal Zone (1954-56, 1961-81). During her career she
has received many awards and honors, and has traveled
extensively in England, Europe, the Middle East, Central
and South America, and the Caribbean. She was also
involved in community service in various Scout
organizations, the Rainbow Girls, and Beta Sigma Phi
Sorority. In addition to her career and community
service, she has 5 children, six grandchildren, and owns a
horse ranch and is a farrier. She is temporarily living in
Florida at 1940 26th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960-
I have nothing else to report for this issue.
Barbara L. Sanders
(703) 536-8760


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Victoria Sizemore was
elected to the office of
Commissioner for the city of
Auburndale in the general
election held November 3,
1993. The City Commission
is comprised of five
members, including the
Commissioner Sizemore is
a graduate of the University
of West Florida and Balboa
High School, Class of 1970.
She is the daughter of the
Commissioner late Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lamar
Vicki Sizemore Sizemore and the late Mrs.
Mary Sizemore.
Commissioner Sizemore resides in Auburndale with
her husband Ed Wardlow, formerly of Balboa, Canal


Pamela L. Wulff recently received her B.S. Degree
from Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, and is
presently employed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
Dept. of the Interior. Pamela is the daughter of Charles
T. Reeves, retired former teacher at Cristobal High


Jim Stevens, Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a gold
medal in the 100 meter butterfly at the World Senior
Games held in St. George, Utah, last October. He won
six other medals in three sports (swimming, racquetball
and track). While in the area he tried to find Irwin Frank
(BHS'52) at Indian Springs Casino, but Irwin had retired
and now lives in Granada Hills, California.

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Dr. and Mrs. Everett Corbin McGriff, Jr. of Jackson
announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa
Shannon McGriff to Stephen Douglas Johnston, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Wendell Johnston of Jackson.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Charles
Fuller Byrd of Augusta, GA, and the late Mr. Byrd, and
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Corbin McGriff, Sr. of Dothan,
She is a graduate of Jackson Academy and the
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she
graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in
dietetics. She graduated in August from the University of
Mississippi, where she received a master's degree in
exercise physiology.
While attending the University of Alabama, she was
a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was the
recipient of the Mable Adams Scholarship and the Myrtle
Berry Bullen and Omer Bullen Scholarship and was a
member of Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Sigma, and Phi
Upsilon Omicron. Melissa was selected to serve as the
dietitian at the Student Health Center in Tuscaloosa
during her senior year. She also was chosen as a dietetic
intern at Canyon Ranch Health and Fitness Spa/Resort
in Tucson, AZ. She received her registration in dietetics
in October 1992, and is currently employed with Marriott
Health Care Services in Atlanta, GA, as a clinical

The prospective bridegroom in the grandson of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Douglas Brogan of Laurel,
MS, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wendell Johnston
of Mobile, AL. He is a graduate of Forest Hill High
School and attended the University of Mississippi where
he graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in
banking and finance and managerial finance.
While at "Old Miss", he was a Hearin-Hess Business
scholar, elected as Student Body President, and was an
active member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Johnston was also
a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, and ODK,
and was the recipient of the Mississippi Young Banker of
the Year Award and the W.P. McMullan scholastic award
in Banking and Finance. He was selected to the Ole Miss
Hall of Fame, and was recognized by the Mississippi
Legislature as Most Outstanding Student at the
University of Mississippi. Johnston is currently employed
with First Union National Bank in Atlanta, GA, as a
corporate associate.
Wedding vows will be exchanged at 7:00 p.m.,
January 22, at Christ United Methodist Church of
Jackson, with Reverend David McIntosh officiating the


Earl and Ida Keeney celebrated their 50 years of
marriage on November 28, 1993 during several
memorable hours of food and song (provided by a
"modified" Mariachi band) at the Fairway Resort,
McAllen, Texas. Their kids (Brian, Ron, and Janet) and
their daughter-in-law (Candy) and son-in-law (Bob)
joined in the celebration along with the Keeney's many
frendcn frnm Tp-Yn

Earl and

The Keeneys lived in the Canal Zone for over 30
years. At the time of their retirement in 1977, Earl was
Treasurer of the Panama Canal Company. They live in
Mission, Texas.


On September 4, 1993, Freddieann (Gallardo) and
Grover Matheney celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary (Sept. 7) at a Surprise Party given by their
gifts from God, Audra Anyse, Alan, and Tamara.

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The Matheney Family Standing L-R: Audra Anyse,
Alan, and Tamara; Seated: Grover and Freddieann
The festivities were held in Salon Rocomar at the
Panamar Restaurant. Rev. Jack Kane blessed the renewal
of Freddieann and Grover's marriage vows as their
children, best man from 25 years ago Sandy Hinkle,
and their friends witnessed the blessing renewal. Lucho
Azcarraga y conjunto kept everyone's feet a'moving 'til
past the bewitching hour. A wonderful time was had by


Ray Paul
Robinson, son of Fred A.
and Claudia D. Robinson
who formerly resided in
Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, was commissioned an
officer of the United States
Navy in Washington, D.C.
on December 18, 1993.
After a short leave, Ray
Paul reported to Port
.n. Hueneme, California for
S initial training in the Civil
Ray P. Robinson Engineering Corps.
Ray Paul was selected
for the Navy BOOST
Program after high school graduation and subsequently
was awarded a full scholarship to the George Washington
University where his major was mechanical engineering.
Ray Paul's parents now reside in Kernersville, North
Carolina where his father works as port director of the
local U.S. Customs facility.


Lt.Col. Joseph and Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt of
Valrico, Florida, announce the engagement of their
daughter, Lisa Michelle Hunt to Jason Brian Sweeney,
son of James and Diane (Asbury) Sweeney of Fort
Amadnr. Panama.

Lisa Michelle Hunt and Jason Brian Sweeney.

Lisa will graduate from the University of Central
Florida, Orlando this summer. Jason, a graduate of the
University of California, Santa Barbara, will enter the
U.S. Air Force in January, 1994 and commence training
at Lakeland Air Force Base, Texas.
An August 1994 wedding is planned in the Tampa
Bay area.


David Wayne
Williams, grandson of the
late Elizabeth B. Bell and
Carlton S. Bell, and son of
Wayne and Betsy Williams
of Stanley, NC, received his
B.S. Degree in Arson
Investigation with a minor
in Criminal Justice from
University of New Haven,
West Haven, CT, on
David Williams January 15, 1994.


Adrea Dempsey, daughter of H.W. Dempsey, Jr.
(Bud) and Valerie (McIntire) Dempsey, pictured with 1st
place trophy. Adrea, along with the other 14 girls on the
Cheerleading Squad for Edgewood Jr. High School, came
in FIRST PLACE out of 7 squads at the Annual Brevard
County Cheerleading Competition in Eau Gallie, Florida.

Andrea Dempsey
She also placed 2nd in the 440 yd. run at the Brevard
County Track meet, 1/4 second behind 1st place, held at
Palm Bay, Florida. In addition to all her sports, she
maintained a 4.0 grade average and was initiated into
The Beta Club (Honor Society).


Teresa and Louis Caldwell celebrated their fiftieth
wedding anniversary on October 17, 1993. The couple
were married at Saint Mary's Church, Balboa, Canal
Zone, on October 17, 1943.

Teresa and Louis Caldwell.
A luncheon was given for 30 guests at the Hotel
Marriott Caesar Park in Panama City, Republic of
Panama. Louis retired in 1976 from the Finance Division,
Panama Canal Company.
The Caldwell's daughter, Vera Hanna, and husband,
John Hanna, who currently reside in San Antonio, Texas,
visited Panama for the occasion.


Lt. Col. Vernon and Catsy Taylor Schafer celebrated
their 31st wedding anniversary at the "Island Club",
Coronado. CA. Thev live in San Diego.


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Lt.Col. Vernon and Catsy Taylor
They were married at Fort Clayton Chapel, Panama
Canal Zone, on December 3, 1962. Attendants then were
Mrs. Lucille Davis, now of Titusville, FL; Mrs. Lorraine
Spencer, now of Tallahassee, FL; and Mrs. Gloria Lord,
now of St. Petersburg, FL.

Bob Geddes celebrates 80th birthday.
Bob Geddes, honored at Space Coast Annual Picnic,
October 24, 1993, on his 80th birthday. Bob retired from
Panama Canal Water and Lab Branch in 1973.

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Thelma and Jesse (Dee) Collins celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 31, 1993,
with family at home in Fletcher, NC.
Thelma and "Dee" lived and worked in the Canal
Zone for many years before retiring from the Panama
Canal Company in 1980.

Thelma and Jesse "Dee" Collins

They were married on December 31, 1943, in
Greenville, SC.
They are the parents of three sons: Bob, of Transfer,
PA; Ron, of Marathon, FL; and Gary, of Galveston, TX;
and they also have four grandchildren.
"Dee" retired from Marine Traffic Control, and
Thelma from Procurement and Supply at Coco Solo
An anniversary cruise is being planned for them
shortly a gift from their sons.


Jeanne Burgoon of Sarasota was inducted into the
Sarasota Womens Bowling Association Hall of Fame at
an Installation Banquet Ceremony held December 5,
1993, at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn, Sarasota.
Jeanne was an avid bowler in the Canal Zone and
became active in bowling locally when she and her
daughter moved to Sarasota with her husband, the last
James "Buster" Burgoon, following his retirement from
the Panama Canal Company in Balboa, C.Z. in 1963.
Jeanne won many awards for her bowling ability and
has participated in 25 SWBA and 23 FWBA tournaments
and helped form the Early Birds League at Sarasota
Lanes. She has served as Secretary and President for
many years and was to 19 National and 10 State
She was elected to the SWBA Board in 1966 and
served many years as Director, Treasurer and Sergeant-

Jeanne Burgoon (left) is welcomed into Sarasota
Bowling Hall of Fame by Rose Marie Piper.


Norris (Jim) and Thelma (Memy) Fussell of Lake
Worth, Florida, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
in June. A gala event at the woodland home of their
eldest daughter was attended by their many friends and
family members. The affair was hosted by their
daughters, Rebecca Wessen and Linda Pierce, and son,
Norris Fussell of California.
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L-R: Rebecca Wessen, Nory, Norris, Thelma, Linda
Pierce, Dr. Paul Wessen.

The entertainment highlight of the evening was a
duet by pianist Paul Wessen and violinist Wally Scherer.
Other entertainment was provided by singer Leah
Buynak, pianist Judy Scherer and story-teller Javier
DelSol. A buffet of magnificent proportions made the
evening complete.
Norris was Past Master of Darien Lodge, AF&AM,
Balboa, and served from May 1990 to July 1993 as
District 10 Leader, Florida Federation of Chapters,
NARFE, and again as President of the Lake Worth
Chapter 160 NARFE. He is also Treasurer of Lake
Worth High 12 Club and Treasurer of their Homeowners
The photo shows the gathering on the evening before
their 50th.


Bridgitte Matherne Gough, wife of S/Sgt John R.
Gough III, Copperas Cove, Texas, was presented a
Certificate of Appreciation by Lt. Col. Peter Cassi,
Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion (Mechanized), 41st
Infantry Regiment, for significant volunteer contributions
last year while serving with the Bravo Company Family
Support Group. Her service played a vital part of the
team effort to raise funds, provide support and provide
activities for members of the Bravo Bears. As a key
member of the Bravo Company Family Support Group,
she helped plan, organize and conduct activities that
measurably improved the quality of community life in the
battalion and significantly contributed to the overall
success of the Family Support Group. Her selfless service
and contributions bring great credit to herself, the
Straight and Stalwart Battalion of the volunteers at Fort
Hood, Texas.


Robert and Terry Smith, parents to Lester Smith of
Lawrenceville, Georgia, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary with all their children here in Lawrenceville
on August 14. 1993.

Bottom: Robert and Terry Smith, top L-R: Robert,
Jack, Lester and Terri Ann.
All children were present, including Robert from
Washington State, Jack from Houston, Texas, and Lester
and Terri Ann who live here in Lawrenceville. It was the
first time in fourteen years that Robert and Terry were
together with all of their children.


Sonya Michelle Dedeaux, born in Pensacola, Florida,
is the daughter of Jon Louis and Debra Ann Dedeaux of
Pace, Florida, granddaughter of Louis and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux of Pensacola, and Jack and Delila
Hepler of Robertsdale, Alabama, sister of "J" Michael
Dedeaux, now age 5.

Sonya Dedeaux and Kevin Maggio with Michael
Kevin Scott Maggio, born in Balboa, Panama, is the
son of Janice and Stephen Maggio, now living in Boise,
Idaho. Stephen is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army.
Kevin is the last of four children, Sandy, Susan and
brother Chris.
Kevin and Sonya announced their engagement
November 25, 1993. The couple met at David Giant
Medical Center while stationed at Travis AFB in
California. Kevin is a Logistics Specialist studying as a
pediatrician. Sonya is a BioEnvironmental Engineer
Technician working towards a degree in Engineering.
Both plan to pursue degrees before uniting in
marriage on May 12, 1995 in Pensacola, Florida.


Heather M. Slimon, daughter of Captain and Mrs.
Hamilton Slimon of Sarasota, Florida, was promoted to
the rank of major, effective January 1, 1994.
Heather is currently a research dietitian at Brooks
Air Force Base, Texas.

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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



With the Reunion in early June this year, this issue of the Canal Record (March) will be the last issue to carry all
the information on the 1994 Reunion. The June Canal Record will not have the yellow pages.
If you are planning on attending the Reunion, please use the yellow forms and get your reservations in EARLY.
TICKETS will be limited.
Please remember to fully complete the order form, send in total payment with order and make checks payable to the
Dances and luncheon tickets will not be mailed, but will be enclosed in the registration envelopes, which must be
picked up at the registration tables during the hours listed on the Schedule of Events. Registration envelopes will NOT
be available at the entrances to the dances or the luncheon.
As done last year, security personnel will be assigned to all doors entering the dance area until 1:30 A.M. So if you
want to attend the dance or ball, you MUST purchase a ticket.
Remember to join your friends and guests in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday morning for a farewell get-together over
coffee, Danish and bagels from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Once again, this year we have a very special grand prize to be awarded at the Annual Meeting on Friday morning,
June 10th. One member will receive TWO (2) round trip tickets Miami/Panama/Miami donated by COPA Airlines. Both
tickets have an expiration date of June 30, 1995. Come to the meeting, support your Society and see if you are the winner.
This has been my first year as Reunion Coordinator and I have many to thank for making my job easier. First of all,
Nancy Van Siclen, coordinator for the past three years has been my right hand man (woman) and has kept me on the
straight and narrow. Thanks, Nancy!! Thanks to Jerry Boswell who has added to, improved upon and kept our Reunion
computer program up to date and working efficiently. My job has been made easier since Jane and I decided to bring
the Reunion work back to the office and it seems to be working well, with Barbara opening and recording the mail, and
Shirley inputting all the information into the computer. Last but not least, thanks to our wonderful volunteers and our
capable Chairpersons who work very hard to make our Reunion a success!
Carolyn and Robert Johnson, Co-Chairpersons of Registration. This is their fourth year as chairpersons and they do
an excellent job of keeping everyone happy as they pick up their name badges and tickets.
Richard "Pat" Beall and Jeanne Wheeler, Co-Chairpersons of Hospitality and Information, assist the members with
information about the Orlando area and the whereabouts of their fellow members and friends.
Betty Malone, Chairperson of the Annual Luncheon, who knows exactly who to sit with whom. She and her committee
decorate the tables and makes sure the luncheon runs smoothly.
Jim and Gemma O'Donnell, Chairpersons of the Dances, a big job arranging for the musicians, decorations and
seating. This is their first year and they are working hard to insure a good time for all!
Margot and Hubert Jordan are chairing the Golf Tournament for the first time and are doing a great job!
Nancy Van Siclen, Chairperson of Vendors, her expertise will be an asset for the Reunion and the Vendors
Robert Van Siclen, Chairperson of Security, who has assured us that he will be keeping a sharp eye out for any
problems and will take necessary action to avoid incidents such as last year.
John Disharoon, Chairperson of Sports, has successfully run the games in the past and provided prizes for our
members who participated in the Sports events. This year he recommended Bingo be played at the Twin Towers so more
members can participate.
Pete Foster as liaison with Bowen-Keppie Travel Agency, has again worked with various airlines to obtain the best
flight schedules and ticket prices for our members.
Bev and Joe Wood and Sue Stabler, who for the fourth year agreed to receive the famous "yellow pages" and
distribute them to members on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Zone. We all appreciate your help.
I along with the Reunion committees hope that the 1994 Reunion will be enjoyed by all, and hope you return home
from this Reunion with many happy memories.
Hope to see you at the Reunion!

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.

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If you plan to attend the 1994 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.
Office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amt Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian

Please print or type: Member Number:_
$3.00 Registration Fee:__
IMember: Tel.No._
iAddress: I
City: State Zip__
IList name of each additional person in member's group NOT making their own Pre-registration
INAME Residence State/Country

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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
TWIN TOWERS: 1-800-327-2110 DELTA ORLANDO RESORT: 1-800-634-4763
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.
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Please print or type 1994 Reunion June 8-12, 1994
Member Number:


City: State Zip_

ARRIVAL DATE: (Check-in 3:00 PM) DEPARTURE DATE: (Check-out 12:00 Noon)

Hotel Choice (1) (2) Type of room requested
I Twin Towers Single_ Double Triple_ Quad $72/NIGHT
IDelta Orlando Resort__ Single_ Double Triple Quad $72/NIGHT

Tel: Twin Towers: 1-800-327-2110 (Changes or Cancellations) Tel: Delta Orlando: 1-800-634-4763
(Children 17 and under occupying same room as parents stay free. Rates do not include 10% tax.)
I Special Requests

Names of all room occupants



Room reservations must be received before May 6, 1994 (Cut-off date). Reservations received after that date will be
Granted on a space-available basis with NO guarantee of special room rates.

8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 34642-4712.
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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.


I 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
I 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.
2. Tickets will be limited to capacity of Exhibit Hall
INo. of Tickets Total $ (Approximately 1,500).


Friday, June 10, 1994

ILimited to 1500 Capacity
I $5.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $
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4. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
May 23, 1994 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
5. Hotel will provide cash bars.
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted
at the dances.
8. PANAZONIAN DANCE Panamanian attire or
Informal dress.
9. SOCIETY ANNUAL BALL Semi formal dress NOI

PANAZONIAN DANCE Music by Leroy Lewis
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.

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Member Number_

INAME (Print) Address:_

_City State Zip

I Telephone Number Age as of June 8, 1994: Male

GOLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON persons @ $46.00 per person

I 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.


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

Announces the Appointment of

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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: 0 Yes E No Rental Car: E Yes O No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
Departing From Originating City: Date: Preferred Time:
Departing Orlando Date: Preferred Time:
Limo Transfer: To Hotel: [E Yes E No From Hotel: D Yes E No
Special Instructions:

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that are easy to take.
COPA flies Boeing 737 jets with one-class
service. We call it Preferential Class,s" and a few words
will tell you why: Champagne, vintage wines and premium
liquors, all complimentary. A choice of entrees. And friendly.
courteous service.
For up-to-the-minute fare information and reservations.
call your Travel Agent or COPA at 1-800-FLY-COPA.
(In South Florida, call 305 477-7333)


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Alicia Marie Morris and 1st Lieutenant Edward Lee
English, USA, were married May 15, 1993, during a
nuptial mass at the Chapel of the Centurion, Ft. Monroe,
Alicia is the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Curtis
Samuel Morris, USAF, of Fairfax, VA. They had recently
returned from a 3-year tour of duty with the Southern
Command in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Lee is the son of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Edward B.
English, USA, of Norfolk, VA. (Mrs. English is the
former Andra Nash of Gatun.) He is the grandson of the
late Lee and Peggy Nash, long-time "Gatunites".

L-R: David English, Ed English, Ann English, Alicia
English, Lee English, Andra English, Matt English.

The mass was celebrated by Fr. Max Saldua, Ft.
Eustis Army Chaplain. Maid of honor was Carmen Elena
Morris, sister of the bride and a junior at the University
of Virginia. Best man was David Nash English, brother
of the groom and a senior in NROTC at the University
of Pennsylvania. Ushers were Matthew Cory English and
Ryan Curtis Morris, brothers of the groom and bride,
The bride graduated from Virginia Tech on May 8,
1993, with a double major in Communication Studies and
International Studies. She was President of Kappa Kappa
Gamma sorority and a member of the 1992 Homecoming
The groom is a 1991 graduate of Virginia Tech
where he was a member of the Cadet Corps and Alpha
Tau Omega fraternity.
A wedding reception was held at the Langley Air
Force Base Officers Club.
Following a wedding trip to the Canary Islands,
Spain, the newlyweds live at Ramstein Air Base,
Germany. Lt. English is in the Army Transportation
Corps and a platoon leader with the 89th Transportation
Company in Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Chriseve Maupin and Joseph Mallory Cronan were
united in holy matrimony on September 4, 1993, at St.
Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Santa Maria, CA,
with the Rev. Fr. Mark Newman officiating.
The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, John
Leek, of Mississippi. The maid of honor was Nicole
Appelgate and the best man was Joe's brother, James M.
Cronan. Readers were Jim and Mary Spallino and Celia
Miller, Joe's sisters. Presenters of the gifts were Molly
Miller and Joe's daughter, Marna Cronan, of Illinois.
Evie Cronan made and decorated the bride's wedding
The Unity candle was lit by Elizabeth Leek, the
bride's aunt of Mississippi, and Mary Cronan, Joe's
mother of Santa Maria, CA, and formerly of the Panama
Canal Zone. Joe's father was the late William J. Cronan
and his grandfather was Thomas Foley, both of the
former Canal Zone Police Department.

Chriseve Maupin and Joseph M. Cronan

Following the ceremony a reception was held at the
Santa Maria Inn which included country dancing. Out-
of-town guests were Cheryl Beach and Carol Maupin,
the bride's sisters, and John and Elizabeth Leek of
Mississippi. Joe's aunt Idele Cronan with daughter Sandy
and Steve Ashla and their daughters, Mallory and
Margaret, arrived from Marina del Rey, CA. Arriving
from San Diego, CA, were Dianna and Ray Husum,
Joe's cousins.
The newlyweds' honeymoon took them on a seven-
day cruise to Mexico. They are now at home in Santa
Maria where they are both employed nearby.


Heather Lee Moore and Jason Brent Leigh of
Humble, Texas, were united in marriage on May 15, 1993
at the First United Methodist Church in Humble, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Patsy Lee Moore of
Humble, and David Moore of Birmingham, Alabama,
and the granddaughter of Era L. Greene of Anniston,
Alabama. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald
R. Leigh of Humble.
The bride was escorted in marriage by her father and


Kristen Oates and John F. Hern, III were united in
marriage on November 6, 1993, at Sacred Heart Church
in Ancon, Panama. The bride is the daughter of Colonel
and Mrs. Ronald Oates of Quarry Heights. The groom is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hern, Jr., of Balboa
The maid of honor was Laura Campbell, the
bridesmaids were Mitchie Hern, sister of the groom, and
Myra (Brannon) Grimison. The best man was John
Magee, and ushers were Kaye Richey and Bill McGann.

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!r Lee Moore Jason Leigh

Following the ceremony, a reception was held for
two hundred guests at the Walden Country Club.
Heather and Jason are graduates of Sam Houston
State University in Huntsville, Texas. Heather is teaching
a first grade class in Humble, and Jason, an
Environmental Science major is working with Dupont de
Nemours in Houston.
Family members attending included the bride's
grandmother Era L. Greene, aunts Peggy (Lee) and Bill
Luke of Birmingham, AL., Charles and Huey (Lee)
Clarke, Elba, AL., Tara and Tom Powell and son Clark,
Birmingham, AL.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Corpus Christi,
Texas, and are now residing at 3700 Kingwood Drive,
#3527, Kingwood, TX 77339.

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

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hern, III

Following the ceremony the reception was held at the
home of the groom's parents. Out-of-town guests
included many family members and friends, including the
groom's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hern, Sr,
and Mrs. Dorothy Yost of Dothan, Alabama.
Kris is a graduate of The American School in
London, England, and attended Penn State University.
John is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
George Wallace College. They are both employed by
U.S. Army South in the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
Department. Following a honeymoon in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, they returned to their home in Curundu.


Jennifer Lynn Sanders and Kenneth Ronald Parks
were united in marriage on December 31, 1993. The
ceremony took place in the home of the groom's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parks in Asheboro, NC. The bride
was escorted to the ceremony by her father, Gordon
Sanders. Carol Sanders, sister of the bride was the maid
of honor. Bridesmaids were her sister, Cindy Sanders,
and a friend, Brooke Mitchell. The groom's father was
his best man.

Jennifer Lynn Sanders and Kenneth

Ronald Parks

A reception followed the ceremony. After a short
honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, the couple will reside in
Jennifer is the daughter of Barbara Sanders of
Asheboro and Gordon Sanders of Knoxville, TN, and the
granddaughter of Jean Dombrowsky of Hendersonville,
NC, and Jeanne Sanders of Inverness, FL.


Laura Ann Gneckow (PCC'89) and Darren
Demetrius Dean (BHS'89) were united in marriage in a
double ring ceremony on December 19, 1993, at the
home of the groom's parents.
Laura is the daughter of RAdm (Ret.) Gerald
Gneckow (COMUSNAVSO) and Pat Gneckow (Nurse-
Gorgas) formerly of Ft. Amador now residing in
Lauderhill, FL. Darren is the son of Roger and Nancy
Dean of Melbourne, FL, formerly of Gamboa, Canal
A pre-ceremony piano program of traditional
Christmas carols was presented by Sue Deakins.
Laura and Darren chose their parents as attendants.
The ceremony and buffet dinner reception was attended
by family, friends and former Canal Zone residents.

Laura Ann Gneckow and Darren Demetrius Dean.

The couple honeymooned in Breckenridge, CO, and
now reside in the Republic of Panama where Darren is
a teacher (DODDS) at Balboa High School.


Jolene Corrigan and Richard Spraggins exchanged
wedding vows in a double-ring ceremony on August 28,
1993, at the Holiday Inn Central in Clearwater, FL. A
very good time was had by all at the dinner reception
held immediately following the ceremony.

Jolene Corrigan and Richard Spraggins

The bride is the daughter of Jack and Gloria (Ely)
Corrigan of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Balboa. Parents
of the groom are Terry and Christine Peugh of
Stockbridge, GA. Following a seven-day honeymoon
cruise in the Caribbean, the couple now reside at 201
Club Lakes Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30244.


Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo (Rick) Royo (nee Patricia
(Trish) Szymanski) were married September 18, 1993 at
a civil ceremony in Tampa at the home of her
grandparents, Frederick Sr. and Ana (Castrellon)
Szymanski, on the grandparents' 50th wedding
anniversary. Guests for the ceremony and anniversaries
included Morton and Gloria (Szymanski) Fredericksen,
visiting from Denmark and celebrating their first
anniversary, the bride's father Fred Szymanski Jr. and
mother of the groom, Ana (Proback) Strub; and many
other family relatives and friends.

Marian C. Crouch and Louis P. Ange

L-R: Fred Szymanski Jr., father of the bride; Trish
(Szymanski) Royo,,bride, and Rick Royo, groom.
Rick and Trish Royo had a brief honeymoon in San
Francisco, California and visited with relatives there.
They reside in Honolulu in the Waikiki area. Rick is an
architect and has his own business in Honolulu, and Trish
plans to continue her education at the University of


Marian C. Crouch and Louis P. Ange were married
November 24, 1993, at the Pinellas County Courthouse,
Clearwater, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Harlan and Georgia
Crouch of Safety Harbor. The bridegroom is the son of
Josephine Ange of Rochester, NY.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School
(Panama Canal Zone) and St. Petersburg Junior College.
She is employed by the Florida Department of
The bridegroom is a graduate of Eastridge High
School (New York) and the State University of New
York at Utica. He served in the U.S. Army and is
employed by Local 111, Plumbers and Steamfitters
They live in St. Petersburg.


John Anthony Serafini II and Lisa Ann Castagno
were married recently in a beautiful ceremony performed
at the home of Mr. John Serafini and Barbara
(Hammond) Serafini with a garden reception
immediately following. The approximately 140 guests,
friends and bridal party were accommodated within the
shelter of a large tent set up on the spacious grounds.

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Back L-R: Lineece Serafini Figura (great-
granddaughter), Barbara (Hammond) Serafini
(granddaughter), Mildred (Seeley) Hammond
(daughter), Marie Louise Seeley, Tamara Serafini
(great-granddaughter). Front L-R: Briel Serafini (great
great-granddaughter), Lisa Worth (great great-
John is the great-grandson of Marie Seeley. There
were five generations of the extended Seeley family at the
wedding. Extended family present but not in the enclosed
photograph were John Anthony Serafini II (the groom),
Ann SerafiniWorth (great-granddaughter), Cara Serafini
Haskel (great-granddaughter), two additional great great-
granddaughters, and four great great-grandsons.


Lisa Denise DesLondes (BHS'90) and Mark A.
Caffrey (BHS'89) were married August 7, 1993 at Bethal
Assembly of God in Mt. Dora, FL. The groom graduated
in 1993 from the University of Miami with a degree in
Advertising and Spanish.
The bride is the daughter of Jim and Linda
DesLondes of Mt. Dora, FL, and the groom is the son of
Col. (Ret.) Dennis and Monika Caffrey of Miami, FL.
Attendants were Leslie Burke, maid of honor; Renee
(Rowley) Friedel (BHS'88) and Nicole Caffrey (BHS'91),
bridesmaids; Miranda Friedel, flower girl; Kevin
Coleman (BHS'88), best man; Bryan Caffrey (BHS'92)
and Col. (Ret.) Dennis Caffrey, groomsmen.

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Susan Coyle Miller and family.

Caroline Renee Miller arrived on August 27, 1993.
She is the first child of Suzanne (Coyle) and Keith Miller
of Benbrook, Texas. Caroline is also the first
granddaughter of Ellen Coyle of Corpus Christi, Texas,
formerly of the Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are
Lilyanne and John Miller of El Paso, Texas.

Back L-R: Jim L. DesLondes, Linda C. DesLondes,
Lisa D. Caffrey, Mark A. Caffrey. Front: Jim J.
DesLondes, Tom Anderson. August 7, 1993.
The wedding took place at 2:30 p.m. and a reception
followed the ceremony at the Mt. Dora Country Club.
Many Canal Zone friends attended of both the bride and
groom. After a honeymoon in a cabin in the mountains
of North Georgia, the bride and groom are residing in
Apopka, FL.

Richard and

Lisa Conley with son, Kyle.

Richard and Lisa Conley of Macon, GA, are proud
to announce the birth of their son, Kyle, who was born
February 6, 1993. Paternal grandparents are Roger and
Olga Conley of Forest Park, GA.

Julie Baglien and son Easton G. Dawson-Baglien.

Julie J. Baglien (BHS'74) and her husband, Dr. Gary
A. Dawson, are thrilled to announce the birth of their
fourth son, Eston Graham Dawson-Baglien, on August 3,
1993. Eston weighed nine pounds six ounces and was 22-
1/4 inches long. He completes the quartet of Dawson-
Baglien boys living in Onondaga, MI, by joining older
brothers Evan (8), Ethan (6), and Erik (3).
Former Zonians Dave and Bernice Baglien of
Toccoa, GA, are the proud maternal grandparents.
Paternal grandparents are Lois and John McMackin of
Bradenton, FL.

Steve Steuart and Miko Baptism Day in front of Dr.
Malo's home.

Deanna (Malo) and Steve Steuart are proud to
announce the birth of their first child, Nikolas Arman
Steuart. He was born in Tallahassee, FL, on June 30,
He is the grandchild of Joe and Oty Steuart of
Tallahassee, and Dr. T. Malo of Ancon, Panama.
Deanna, Steve and Niko now reside in Mexico City,

L-R: Larry Jr., Larry Sr. holding Alessa and Margaret
Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Solien, Jr. of New Port
Richey, Florida, announce the birth of their baby
daughter, Alessa Gabrielle Solien, born July 27, 1993.
Alessa is the granddaughter of Larry D. Solien,
formerly with the Canal Zone Police on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus, now living in New Port Richey, FL.

Kathleen LeBrun and Gene Lavelle with daughter,

Kathleen LeBrun (BHS'66) and Gene Lavelle of
Marina del Rey, CA, joyfully announce the birth of their
daughter, Marjorie Kathleen LeBrun Lavelle (Kate), on
April 30, 1993. Kate weighed seven pounds ten ounces
and measured 20 inches.
Maternal grandparents are Pat LeBrun of
Sacramento, CA, and Bill LeBrun of Wimberly, Texas.
Maternal great grandmother is Marjorie Fuller LeBrun,
formerly of the Canal Zone and now residing in Oxnard,
CA. Paternal grandparents are Eugene and Marjorie
Lavelle of Scranton, PA.

Diane (Peterson) and Timothy Pearson of Sarasota,
FL, proudly announce the birth of their second child,
Michelle Leigh Pearson, on November 2, 1993. She
weighed eight pounds twelve ounces and measured 21-
1/4 inches. Michelle has an older sister, Kristle Marie.
Maternal grandparents are Tom and Barbara
Peterson, formerly of Balboa, now residing in Sarasota.
Paternal grandparents are Joe and Linda Pearson of

Brian and

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Sarah Friedman with their son, Zachary

Brian and Sarah Friedman announce the birth of
their first child, Zachary Jacob Friedman, on November
14, 1993, in Houston, Texas. Zachary weighed eight
pounds three ounces at birth, and measured 20 inches
from tip to toe.
Brian is a 1979 graduate of Balboa High School, and
Sarah has visited Panama and Zachary's paternal
grandparents, Dottie and Ed Friedman of Balboa, R.P.,
several times over the past three years.
The maternal grandparents are Karmen and
Waldemar Schmidt, of Oregon City, OR.


Effective for the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will net be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. lease
see "Editcr's Corner." 9/92.

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Louise Medard Beall, 82, of Tampa, Florida, passed
away January 22, 1994 at home. A lifelong resident of
Tampa, she was a homemaker and a member of St.
John's Episcopal Church. She also belonged to the
Episcopal Church Women St. Anne's Chapter, P.E.O.,
Chapter BR; a past member of the Parliamentarians, and
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. She was
affectionately known as "A Do Gooder Who Always Does
She is survived by her husband, Donald H.
(BHS'43); and a brother, Justin Medard of Tampa.

Elizabeth B. Bell, 76, of Stanley, North Carolina and
Houston, Texas, died December 3, 1993 in Houston. She
was a native of Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of the late
Ernest W. and Elizabeth Pinson Brown, and widow of
the late Carlton S. Bell. She was a stenographer for the
Department of the Army, Panama Canal Zone and
retired in 1969. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church,
Alexis, N.C.
Survivors include a son, David E. Bell of Raleigh,
NC, two daughters, Bonnie C. Howle of Houston, Texas
and Betsy Williams of Stanley, NC; and four

Adah C. Boughner, 78, of Inverness, Florida, died
January 7, 1994 in Hollywood. She was a native of
Shadyside, Ohio, and a member of Northwood
Presbyterian Church, Clearwater; and of East Gate
Chapter No. 307 O.E.S., Clearwater. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Clarence Raymond Boughner.
Survivors include sons, James John of Cooper City,
and William Raymond of Washington, D.C.; sister Sarah
W. Davis, Tampa, and two grandchildren.

Gloria R. Brown, 71, of Arlington, Virginia, died
December 20, 1992. She was born in Washington, D.C.
and she met and married her husband at George
Washington University and they moved to Panama in
1955, living in Curundu for 15 years while her husband
was employed by LAGS. They returned to Arlington in
1970 where Gloria worked as an enrolled agent doing tax
returns for Ross & Moncure. She loved the sea from her
years in Panama and spent most of her vacations in the
Caribbean snorkeling. She worked and swam until her

She is survived by her husband, Merrill Brown of
Arlington; two daughters, Diane Linfors of Durham, NC,
Noelle Calkin of Hollywood, CA; four sons, James A. of
Chapel Hill, NC, Brian and Davin of Raleigh, NC, and
Kelvin of Ft. Worth, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to her sister,W.K. Galloway, she is
survived by two more sisters, Alice Jones and Maxine K.
Hitchcock, all of Sarasota, and 'several nieces and

Joseph Bernard Burgoon, 71, of Dothan, Alabama,
died January 2, 1994 at Flowers Hospital. Memorial
services were held January 5, at Byrd Funeral Home.
Joe was born in the Panama Canal Zone, attended
Canal Zone schools there, graduating from Balboa High
School in 1940, and lived most of his life there. He was
a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. While
living in the Canal Zone, he was employed as Manager
of the Ancon Laundry, servicing all uniform and linen
needs of hospitals and restaurants in the Zone as well as
transiting ships. He retired from the Supply Division on
September 30, 1979 with over 27 years of service. He was
an avid golfer, active in numerous golfing associations in
both Panama and Dothan. He was a member of St.
Columba Catholic Church in Dothan.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Brid Burgoon of
Dothan; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph "Joey" B. and
Cheryl Burgoon, Jr., Dothan; two daughters and sons-
in-law, Glorie and Marvin Wright, and Elizabeth and
Jeffrey Lyle, all of the Panama Canal; a brother and
sister-in-law, Richard Osgood and Sofia Hilbert Burgoon,
Miami, FL,; six grandchildren, and several nieces and
nephews and cousins.

Raymond James Byrd, 19, of East Wenatchee,
Washington, died October 29 following an automobile
accident. He was born in the Canal Zone to parents,
Hannah and Jim Byrd of Grand Coulee, Washington.
He is also survived by a brother, Richard;
grandmother Thelma Byrd, and grandparents Elba and
Raymond Leroy Rowley, and several uncles, aunts and

Dolores Russon Campbell, 75, passed away
December 8, 1993 after a long illness. She went to the
Canal Zone in 1929 with her parents. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1936, and married Walter
Campbell in 1938. They left the Canal Zone in 1949 and
she went to work for the Ford Motor Company for 25
She is survived by her two daughters, six
grandchildren and her sister, Carol Russon Wright.

Robin Lee Comer, 81, of Sarasota, Florida, died
December 8, 1993 after a lengthy illness. She was born in
Enterprise, Mississippi and went to the Canal Zone in
the early 1930s. She worked in the Accounting
Department at the Cristobal Terminal Building, and
retired as Supervisor in 1971 with 30 years of service, and
moved to Sarasota to reside with her sister, Wilhelmina
K. "Billie" Galloway.

Samuel Ross Cunningham, 85, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died November 27, 1993 in North Carolina. He
was born in Sedalia, Missouri and retired from the
accounting division of the Panama Canal Co. in the early
1960s. He was a member of the Order of Demolay,
Sedalia and was past president of a square dance club in
Panama. Locally, he was a member of Northeast
Presbyterian Church and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janet P.; three
sons, Richard R, of Miami Lakes, Edward R. of St.
Petersburg, and John T. of Denver, CO; a daughter,
Linda Sue Emmons, of Winston Salem, NC; a sister,
Daisy Deuel, of Columbia, MO; 10 grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren.

Oscar Howard Daubman, 78, of Fort Myers, Florida,
died December 4 at Cypress Manor. He was employed by
the Panama Canal Co. and also served in the Army Air
Corps during World War II. He taught high school in
Fort Myers and owned and operated the Howard
Daubman Insurance Agency. He was a member of First
United Methodist Church, The Edison Pageant of Light
and the High Noon Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Larimer
Daubman; a son, Howard W.; a granddaughter, Sherry
Ann Daubman Pena and great-grandson, Santos III;
sister-in-law, Florence Latimer Black; nieces and

Thomas Justin Dee, 88, of Sarasota, died January 16,
1994. He was born in Yonkers, NY and came to Sarasota
27 years ago from the Panama Canal where he had
retired as General Foreman of the Electrical Division
after 28 years. He was a life member of the Ancon
Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish
Rite. He was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; a daughter,
Patricia Mead of Panama City; a sister, Katherine
Charmoille of Yonkers, and two grandchildren.

Robert L. Dill, 104 years of age and only surviving
Roosevelt Medal holder, died December 21, 1993 of a
cardiac arrest. He started work on the Panama Canal on
July 7, 1911 and left the Canal Zone December 31, 1916,
and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his
discharge he was employed in the automobile industry
and later held administrative positions in the Office of
Defense, Transportation and War Assets Administration

until his retirement in 1954. He continued to be very
active in the Masons, serving with distinction in many
capacities in the Scottish Rite and Shrine as well. He
became a member of the Presbyterian Church in San
Diego in 1945 and was Chairman of the Board of
Trustees and a Ruling Elder. (See article "The Last of
the Honored Few" on page this issue.)
He is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee Dill of Hemet,
California; a niece and a nephew, all of Houston, Texas.

Joanne Dumas, 52, died unexpectedly after a brief
illness on January 8, 1994 in Brevard, North Carolina.
She lived in Ft. Gulick from 1976 to 1979. After leaving
Panama, she lived in Florida. She was a friend to anyone
who knew and loved her and will be sadly missed by
everyone whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her father, Charles K. McKinney
of Brevard; her sisters and their families, Joyce
McKinney of San Francisco, CA, Beverly Walker of Los
Angeles, CA., her daughters, Karyn of Santa Barbara,
CA., Sharon of Homestead, FL., Denise of Surf City,
NC., Dana of Miami, FL., Diane, of Tampa, FL., and
Kassie of Charlotte, NC., and many other relatives. She
was preceded in death by her mother, Lois McKinney
and granddaughter, Stephanie Kase.

Naomi A. Foster, 93, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
January 4, 1994 at Manor Care of Palm Harbor where
she had resided since November 1993. She was born in
the Cayman Islands, British West Indies, and raised in
Mobile, Alabama. She arrived in Panama with her
husband Van in 1929. They retired to St. Petersburg in
1957 where she was a homemaker and a charter member
of Liberty Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Elton E. of Pass
Christian, Mississippi, and Peter W. of Palm Harbor,
Florida; eleven grandchildren and nine great-

A memorial service was held on November 17, 1993
to commemorate the life and say goodbye to Captain
Michael L. Gilmore, a Panama Canal pilot. He was taken
to the Lord on November 13, 1993, very gently in his
sleep during a hunting trip in East Oregon. We rejoice in
the memories we all have of "Big Mike" and the
knowledge that we will be together again at the
He is survived by his wife, Beatriz M. Gilmore, of
Pendleton, OR; a son, Matt (age 21); and a daughter,
Shaine McDonald.

Walter A. Gray, 76, of Tupper Lake, New York, died
May 1, 1993 at the Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac
Lake, N.Y. He resided in the Canal Zone for fourteen
years where he was a Sergeant in the Canal Zone Police

Force. He then became assistant manager of H.C.
Bahack Co. grocery chain for fifteen years. After
retirement he and his wife operated the Porch Restaurant
in Saranac Lake until 1976 when they moved to Tupper
Lake. He was employed as a cook at Mercy General
Hospital, retiring about 5 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Rita J. (Duffy) Gray; two
daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary Theresa) Radamsky of
Newtown, CT, and Mrs. Robert (Kathleen) Cardin of
Corpus Christi, Texas; seven grandchildren; a brother,
Ennis Gray of Indianapolis, IN, and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia, in 1971.

Fred J. Haggan, 88, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, died
April 24, 1993. He came to the Canal Zone in the late
'20's to work for the Army Corps of Engineers as a
draftsman and civil engineer. He later returned to the
U.S. where he worked in New Mexico, Florida, Georgia,
Indiana and Kentucky, retiring from the Corps of
Engineers in 1960.
He and his wife, Lillian L. Haggan are survived by a
son, James, and two grandchildren, all of Elizabethtown.

Lillian L. Haggan, 89, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky,
died December 18, 1992 at home. She had come to the
Canal Zone as a young girl with her parents, Michael and
Molly Kenney, and three sisters, Marion (Journey)
Campbell, Beatrice Minnix, and Norma Angermuller. She
married Fred J. Haggan and they later left the Canal
Zone just before World War II.

Hattie R. Hall, 87, of Clarksville, Texas, died
September 29, 1993. She was born in Manchester, Texas,
and retired from the U.S. Army Finance Office in
Corozal, Canal Zone in 1969. She was an active and
charter member of Rebekah Lodge in Balboa, C.Z. and
a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Fern Leaf
Chapter. In retirement, she enjoyed living in Commerce,
Georgia, Decatur, Alabama, and Clarksville. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Casey Hall, a retired
C.Z. police officer, and a son, Henry Varner, a U.S. Air
Force retiree.
Hattie is survived by a sister, Telitha Spangler of
Kilgore, Texas; a brother, Alvie Richson of Winters,
California, and a granddaughter, Linda Burris of El Paso,

Luella Harness, widow of James William Harness,
formerly of the Canal Zone, who died in Vietnam in
1968, passed away October 14, 1993 after a short illness
in Dallas, Texas.
Luella is survived by her stepfather, Oscar Tucker, of
Seagoville, Texas and by Jim's mother, Janet Nesbitt
Laschinger of Lemon Grove, California. Luella has been
laid to rest alongside Jim in Sparkman-Hillcrest Park in
Dallas, Texas.

Margaret J. Harvey, 91, died October 8, 1993. She
was the Manager of the Diablo Heights Clubhouse
Bowling Alley, and later became an employee of the
Army payroll office in Corozal. She also started the
Women's International Bowling Congress Chapter in the
Canal Zone and was one of the better women's bowlers.

Charles Heim, of Crestline, California, passed away
November 20, 1993. He was formerly employed by the
Health Bureau of the Panama Canal Company,
Sanitation Division on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
He is survived by a son, William; sisters, Louise
(Heim) Saum, St. Petersburg, FL; Frances (Heim)
Hennessy, Jean (Heim) Calander, and daughter Carol
Nalin, nieces Pat Hatchett Clark of Sacramento, CA,
Barbara Hatchett Jackson of Boise, Idaho, and nephew
George Hatchett of Incline Village, Nevada. He was
predeceased by his wife, Hazel; sisters Lois Heim Cotton,
Hazel Heim "Snookie" McCullough, Mary Heim
Hatchett, brother William Heim.

Walter Hobby of South Daytona, Florida, passed
away December 29, 1993 at his home. He was formerly
employed by the Motor Transportation Division of the
Panama Canal Company.
He is survived by his wife, Jewell W. Hobby of South

Rudolph Frederick "Fred" Huldtquist, 72, of
Seminole, Florida, died January 1, 1994 after a brief
illness at Suncoast Hospital, Largo, Florida. Fred was
born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone and settled in
Seminole, Florida, after his retirement from the Marine
Bureau of the Panama Canal Company in December
1977 with over 35 years of government service. He was
the Port Engineer at both the Atlantic and Pacific
Terminals of the Panama Canal. He was an honor
graduate of the California Maritime Academy in
Sausalito, California, receiving a degree in Marine and
Electrical Engineering, Class of 1942. He graduated from
Balboa High School class of 1939. During World War II,
he served as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy in
the Pacific Theater of Operations. He retired as a
Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was
an active member of the Retired Officer's Association,
and was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1542,
Margarita, Panama Canal Zone. He was also a member
of the Seminole Lake Country Club, the Seminole
Duffers Bowling Association, the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, and the Panama Canal Bowling Association.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane, of
Seminole, Florida; his mother, Mattie B. Weiman, of
Fayetteville, Arkansas; and a brother, E. Guy "Bud"
Huldtquist of Dothan, Alabama.

Marian L. Keen, 82, formerly of Farquhar Estates,
died December 8, 1993 at the Rest Haven-York. She was
a 1929 graduate of William Penn Senior High School,
York, Pennsylvania. She was born in Philadelphia, and
was the widow of the late Robert Wood, supervisor of
Track and Signals, Panama Railroad, Canal Zone. She
was a dental hygienist for the U.S. Army, in the Canal
Zone. She was a member of Trinity United Church of
Christ and its Stitch-in-Timers. She was also a member
of the Women's Club of York.
She leaves her present husband, Edward K. Keen;
son, Joseph Wood, Springboro, OH.; a step-daughter,
Cynthia Witt, Dover, DE.; two grandchildren; a great-
grandson, two step-grandchildren; and sister, Sue
Brubaker, Lebanon, PA.

Edward A. Kienzle, 75, of Raleigh, North Carolina
died November 9, 1993. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey,
he moved to Brazos Heights, Canal Zone in 1966 with his
wife Ethel and their five children. He worked for the
United Brands Company (formerly United Fruit Co.) for
44 years and managed their Cristobal office for 12 years
before retiring in 1978. He was a WWII Army Air Corps
veteran in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was a
member of Elks Lodge #1542, Margarita; a member of
Brazos Brook Country Club and a parishioner at the
Holy Family Church, Margarita, and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. He is preceded in death by his firt
wife, Ethel (Reeves) Kienzle, and his second wife, Grace
(Zieverink) Kienzle.
He is survived by daughters Mary E. Kienzle, OSF of
Buffalo, NY, Anne R. Kienzle of Arlington, VA,
Margaret C. Kienzle of Washington, D.C., Frances A.
Kienzle of Boston, MA; a son, Edward C. of Needham,
MA; granddaughter Kathleen C. Kienzle of Needham;
and a sister, Margaret G. (Kienzle) Glennon of Raleigh,
North Carolina.

Dora Mercedes Baker Kridle, 95, of Dothan,
Alabama, died November 4, 1993 at Flowers Hospital,
Dothan, following a brief illness. She was born in
Latrobe, Pennsylvania and resided the early years of her
life there. She moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1941
and was employed by Headquarters U.S. Southern
Command until her retirement in 1968. She had resided
in Dothan for the past 12 years and was a member of St.
Columbia Catholic Church.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law,
Helen and William "Bill" Sullivan, and Lois and Hugh
"Bud" Thomas, all of Dothan; nine grandchildren; two
step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Edgar H. Light, 79, of Aberdeen, South Dakota,
passed away November 15, 1993 at St. Luke's Midland
Regional Medical Center. He was born in Roscoe, S.D.
and attended school there, graduating from South Dakota
State College with a degree in pharmacy. He practiced
pharmacy for the Deadwood Drug Company and the
Panama Canal Company for about eight years. He served

in the Panama Canal Marine Division as a quarantine
officer. He also determined toll charges for ships
transiting the Canal. He married Gladys Elkins in
Panama in 1956 and they returned to the U.S. in 1957
where he was employed by the U.S. Public Health Indian
Health Service and retired in 1971, maintaining his S.D.
pharmacy license for 50 years. He was a member of
many Pharmaceutical and fraternal organizations as well
as the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Aberdeen; and
a sister, Marjorie Lowary of Aberdeen.

James Rufus Lovelady, 53, of Tucson, Arizona, died
January 2, 1994 after a long bout with cancer.
He is survived by his mother, Ida Sternberg Lovelady
of Tucson; brothers Bruce (Dee) Lovelady of Germany,
and Lewis (Chris) Lovelady of San Manuel; and a sister,
Jacqueline (Mike) Hooper of California.

Robert W. MacFarland, 67, of Miami, Florida died
September 30, 1993 at Cedars Medical Center, Miami,
which he had entered September 23 for knee
replacement surgery. Three days into recuperation things
seemed to be going well but blood clots blocked the
lungs; he was transferred to intensive care and he died
the next day. He was born in New York City and taught
Spanish at Cristobal High School during the 1960's,
leaving in 1969. Thereafter his career included several
positions as a specialized language teacher in New York
and Florida schools, public relations for a large Catholic
School in Miami, and superintendent of a Dept. of
Agriculture Foreign School in Mexico. The last four years
he was a member of the staff of Seoul Foreign School,
the largest private Christian School in Korea, from which
he retired in June of 1983.
As a Third Mate in the Merchant Marine and a
Captain in the Coast Guard Reserve, he always liked
living by the sea, so per his request he was cremated and
his ashes scattered at sea.

George D. Makibbin, 70, passed away on October 28,
1993 in Fayetteville City Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, attended Canal
Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in
1940. He then attended Penn State University and later
served as a U.S. Navy torpedo-plane pilot during World
War II in the Pacific Theater, where he earned the
Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals. George
worked in Panama for over 30 years, first as an employee
of British American Tobacco and later as a shipping
agent for Seaboard Marine and became the
owner/manager of the freight company, Sea Cargo.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Sullivan Makibbin
of Alexandria, Virginia; two daughters, Marsha Sprague
of Grafton, Virginia and Lisa Barnett of Gordonville,
Texas; a brother, Henry Makibbin of Fayetteville,
Arkansas; a sister, Mildred Higgins of Fayetteville,
Arkansas; and two grandchildren, Dagny Sprague and
Kelly Barnett.

Anne Maner, of Leicester, North Carolina, widow of
Conrad "Slim" Maner, passed away on October 8, 1993,
a month after her husband, from cancer, in the Hospice
Cancer Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Anne was
active as a volunteer "Pink Lady" at Gorgas Hospital and
in community affairs. There are no known survivors.

Conrad "Slim" Maner of Leicester, North Carolina,
passed away September 7, 1993 in the Hospice Cancer
Center in Asheville, North Carolina from bone cancer
and an aneurysm. He was employed by the U.S. Army on
the Atlantic side and later served in World War II as a
Seabee of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific theater.
He worked a short time in Costa Rica installing new
cables for a new telephone exchange, and met his future
wife there. He was a member of Sibert Masonic Lodge
and the Scottish Rite. He retired as the General
Foreman of the Outside Plant, Telephone Systems
Division of the U.S. Signal Corps in Corozal in 1971 and
settled in Leicester, where he owned a small farm. He
and his wife Anne moved to a retirement home in March
1993 for 6 months before he passed away.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, of Leicester.

Edmund R. MacVittie, 82, died October 31, 1993 in
Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, New York. He and
his wife were natives of Buffalo. He was a retired
Colonel in the U.S. Army, and he retired from the
Panama Canal as an architect in the Engineering and
Construction Bureau in June, 1970 with over 31 years of
service. Memorial services were held in Amherst
Lutheran Church and also in Sun City, Arizona, his
winter home.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Grace
Engelbert; four brothers, Vincent of Sun City, AZ,
Arthur of Elma, NY, Charles of Amherst, NY, Thomas
of Lockport, NY; and three sisters, Viola Augustine of
Buffalo, NY, Elizabeth of Illinois and Rosemary White of
Amherst, NY.

Cecile ("Cel") G. Marceau, 70, of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died October 31, 1993 at Manor Care Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in Palm Harbor. She was born
in Chicopee Falls, Mass., graduated from Chicopee High
School and completed one year at the BayPath Institute
of Business. She met the late George J. Marceau upon
his return to Chicopee from World War II, who left for
a job with the Panama Canal Company in June, 1946.
She joined him on August 27, 1946 and on the day of her
arrival she married George twice, once in the Canal
Zone and once in Panama. She began her career with the
U.S. Navy and subsequently with the Terminals and
Motor Transportation Divisions of the Panama Canal Co.

She retired as an administrative assistant from the Motor
Transportation Division in January 1985, after 31 years of
service. A resident of both the Atlantic and Pacific sides,
she will be remembered for her wit and outgoing
She is survived by a daughter, Cecilia G. Marceau of
Palm Harbor, Florida; two sisters, Theresa Mason of
Chicopee, MA., and Alice McCracken of Somers, CT.;
and a brother, Norman Lareau of Chicopee, MA.

Grace (Dowell) McCormick, 84, of Port Charlotte,
Florida, died October 26, 1993. She was born in the
Canal Zone and came to Port Charlotte 20 years ago
from Hightstown, New Jersey with her husband, the late
Rear Admiral James McCormick, USN Ret. who passed
away September 2, 1993 in Port Charlotte. She was a
concert violinist and played with the Philadelphia
Harmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania. She was also a
music teacher.
Survivors include a daughter, Beverly (McCormick)
Scarani of Springfield, PA; a brother, P. Harry Dowell of
Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren and six great-

Albert McKeown, 91, of South Pasadena, Florida,
died January 1, 1994 at Majestic Towers Health Care
Center. He was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone and
retired from the Industrial Division as a supervisor of the
Panama Canal Company in March, 1957 after over 34
years of service. He was a member of Darien Lodge
AF&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Balboa and Abou Saad
Shrine, all of Balboa. Locally he was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and Trinity United
Church of Christ.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Sasson; Bogota,
Colombia; five nieces and three nephews.

Dorothea F. McNall, 94, of St. Petersburg Beach,
Florida, died November 16, 1993 at Crown Nursing
Home. Born in Chicago, she retired from the Panama
Canal Company's Comptroller Office after 24 years of
service in 1961. She was a member of St. John's Catholic
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Glenn; a
son, John H., of St. Petersburg, and two grandchildren.

Thelma Zona Zerbest Millett passed away January
18, 1994 in Kansas City, Missouri after a long illness.
Thelma graduated from Balboa High School in 1946.
Services were held and graveside services followed at
Moutn Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri.
Thelma is survived by her husband, Thomas F.
Millett II; children: Winona Mae Fix of Olatha, KS.,
Elizabeth A. Coleman of St. Charles, MO., Eddie J.
Millett of Grandview, MO., Colleen F. Testerman of

Belton, MO., Maureen L. Jacks of Peculiar, MO.,
Thomas F. Millett III of the Navy Station, Navato, CA.;
her mother, Alma C. Zerbest of Shawnee, MO.; and her
sister, C. Marie Zerbest Yates of Shawnee, MO.

Dr. Ronald E. Moore, 65, of Melbourne, Florida, a
general practitioner and sports enthusiast, died December
6 after a long illness at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge,
FL. He was a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana
and received his medical degree from the University of
Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was an Army veteran
and during his tour was sent to Panama where he stayed
to live and work, being on the staff of Coco Solo Hospital
for 22 years, retiring in 1979. After retirement, he went
to Saudi Arabia as chief of emergency room and
outpatient clinic at Tabuk Hospital. He also worked
closely with the Saudi Arabian Royal Air Force and
Army. In 1984 he moved to Khartoum, Sudan where he
was the on-site medical director for the Chevron Corp.
While in the Canal Zone, he was a member of Elks
Lodge 1542, American Legion, Panama Canal Yacht
Club, Gatun Yacht Club and Margarita Union Church.
He was a diplomat of the American Board of Family
Practice from 1973-1993, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma; daughters, Dr.
Jane Buss of Middletown, CT, and Maurie Moore and
Cynthia Forsythe, both of Palm Bay, FL; his mother,
Dasie Mueller of Longboat Key, FL; brothers Don
Moore of Cincinnati, OH., and Dean Moore of Greeley,
CO. and three grandsons.

Annie Louise Nesbitt, 91, died December 23, 1993 in
a nursing home in San Diego, California. She has been
laid to rest beside her husband, William Herbert Nesbitt
in Arlington National Cemetery. She was accorded a
Military Body Brigade and a Chaplain read the services.
Annie was born on the Isle of Malta, and was adopted by
Ernest Williams, and grew up in Constantinople, (Now
Istanbul) Turkey. She was fluent in several different
languages and married Bill Nesbitt in Turkey in 1920,
immediately becoming a U.S. citizen (formerly British).
She and her family arrived in the Canal Zone from
Newport, R.I. in 1926, and she left in 1945.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet N. Laschinger
of Lemon Grove, CA., and a son, Raymond A. Nesbitt of
San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, William
H. Nesbitt Jr. in 1972 and her grandson, James W.
Harness who died in Vietnam on November 13, 1968.

Alice L. Nolan, 72, of East Wenatchee, Washington,
died January 7, 1994 in East Wenatchee. She was born to
Elmer and Ethel (Johnson) Stetler at Colon, Panama
Canal Zone where she was raised and educated. She
married James P. Nolan at Balboa, Canal Zone where
they made their first home in 1942. In 1946 they moved
to Torrington, Wyoming until 1979 when they moved to

East Wenatchee. She was a member of the O.E.S. in
Torrington, WY.
Survivors include her husband, James P., at home; a
son, John Michael "Mike" of Salem, OR; a daughter,
Mrs. Douglas (Martha Ann) Funk, Wenatchee; a sister,
Elizabeth "Betty" Stetler, Walnut Creek, CA; and five
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents
and a brother.

Eloise M. Orr, 70, was born in Lone Oak, Texas and
died January 13, 1994 from lung cancer at the Elbo
Ranch in Gonzalez, Texas. She was interred at the Luling
City Cemetery, Texas. Eloise was the wife of Robert H.
(Bunny) Orr, BHS'41, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H.
Orr of Pedro Miguel and Balboa, Canal Zone. Robert
worked for the Administrative and Records Branch of the
Panama Canal Co. and served in the U.S. Army prior to
his discharge in 1946.
Eloise is survived by her husband, Robert; two
daughters, three sons, six grandchildren, two great-
grandchildren, four brothers, a sister, uncles, aunts,
nephews and nieces; also two sisters-in-law, Mary Orr
and Marion Orr Wells; and a brother-in-law, Mattes Orr.

A. Irma Quintero, 66, of Annandale, Virginia, was
killed instantly in an automobile accident near Pound
Ridge, New York, on December 23, 1993. She was born
in Vallegrande, Bolivia, grew up and attended school and
university in Cochabamba, and married her husband
there in 1950. She lived in Curundu from 1953 to 1960,
and in Winter Park, FL until 1963 when she and the
children accompanied her husband to the Sudan, living
two years on the Red Sea at Port Sudan and two years in
Khartoum. Shorter periods were spent in the Washington,
D.C. area, Tehran, Iran, and Mexico City until she
traveled with her husband (with the Defense Mapping
InterAmerican geodetic Survey) to reside for almost 8
years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Upon his retirement in
December, 1981, they returned to Annandale.
Survivors include her husband, Manuel A. (Mannie)
Quintero; daughter Patricia Collins, Gaithersburg, MD,
born in Cochabamba, and two children; and daughter
Lisa Martin of Pound Ridge, born in Gorgas Hospital; a
sister in Marina del Rey, CA, another in Houston, Texas;
another in Rio de Janeiro, another in Cochabamba, and
four brothers in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Her life was devoted
to being a mother and wife.

George Louis Robinson, 83, of San Mateo,
California, died in Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, CA.
He was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and lived in
San Mateo County for the past 48 years. He served his
apprenticeship in the Canal Zone as a machinist, later
serving with the Police Division for two years, leaving the
Canal Zone in 1943. He was predeceased by a brother,
William F. Robinson, who was manager of the Balboa
Commissary when he retired from Panama Canal service.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine; sons George
Jr. and Michael; a daughter, Kay; a brother, Albert E. of

Pensacola, FL; a sister, Thirza Guttman of San Antonio,
Texas; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth A. Rose, 68, of Bloomington, Illinois,
passed away September 5, 1993. She was a graduate of
the University of Illinois in 1943 with a masters degree in
Latin. She worked for the U.S. Government in Germany,
Italy and finally in the Canal Zone as a budget analyst
for the Panama Canal Co. for eleven years.
She is survived by a sister, Frankie King of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL., and a brother, Thomas P. Rose, of
Crown Pointe, Indiana.

George J. Roth, 81, of Sarasota, Florida, died
December 29, 1993. He was born in Port Chester, NY,
and left from Gatun, Canal Zone in 1970, to Sarasota
when he retired as a law enforcement officer for the
federal government of the Canal Zone with over 28 years
of service. He was a Shriner and a member of Sahib
Temple, Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters and was a
member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn "Tommy;" a
daughter, Marilyn R. Banks of Tampa; four sisters,
Margaret Kutka, Mildred Dumphy, Ruth Coupe and
Katherine Ruth, all of Port Chester; two brothers, Walter
and Edward, also from Port Chester, New York.

Eugene F. Sanders, 78, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died
December 11, 1993. He was born in Panama and was a
summer resident of Louisville, Kentucky. He was a
supervisor for the U.S. Navy and an Army veteran of
World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Jewell; two daughters,
Brenda Klemens of Florence, KY, and Beverly Bieber of
Louisville; two sisters, Genevieve Mattingly of Louisville
and Eula Mae Boston of Monticello, KY.; a brother, Jack
of Nashville, TN.; four grandchildren and four great-

Ruth Milgaard Sill passed away January 18, 1994 at
the Carolina Village Health Center, Hendersonville,
North Carolina. A native of Argyle, Minnesota, she was
the widow of the late Frederick DeVeber Sill, and lived
in Balboa Heights in the Panama Canal Zone prior to
moving to Hendersonville. She was a graduate of Wesley
College where she was an honorary Durant Scholar. She
became a teacher of Latin and French at Concordia
College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and also at St. Olaf
College in Northfield, Minn. She later taught at Ancon
Elementary School in Ancon, Canal Zone. She was a
member of St. James Episcopal Church in
Hendersonville; Friends of Library, the Brevard Music
Camp; Opportunity House and was active in the Pardee
Hospital Auxiliary and League of Women Voters.
She is survived by a son, Frederick P.S. Sill of Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. A memorial Service and internment will
be held at St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, Panama on April
8, 1994. No local service is planned.

Charles Summer South, 78, of Niceville, Florida,
died October 2, 1993 in Minneapolis, MN, after a brief
illness. He was former Senior Vice President of Braniff
Airways International and a pioneer in South American
aviation. He completed high school in the Canal Zone
and attended Asbury College and the University of
Kentucky, then worked for Pan American Airways in
Panama before joining Braniff in 1946. During this
almost 35-year career with Braniff, he was instrumental
in opening up aviation to many South American
countries, among them Brazil. He was golf club
champion in Rio de Janeiro and president of the
American School Board there. Returning to the U.S., he
was vice president and executive assistant to the president
of Braniff and was a member of the Burning Tree Club
and the Chevy Chase Club in Washington, D.C. He then
moved to Dallas, Texas. He retired from Braniff in 1980,
did consulting in Peru and Colombia before moving to
Niceville where he became a member of the Rocky
Bayou Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Mason Major); son
and daughter-in-law John and Martha South; daughter
and son-in-law Patricia and James Nitschke; a son,
James; brothers Claude Campbell and Kenneth
Campbell, and three grandchildren, and many nieces and

Ora Virginia Stitch (Ding Ewing), 83, of Singer
Island, Florida, passed away November 18, 1993 at her
daughter's home. She was born in Ancon Hospital
(Gorgas) and retired from the Panama Canal as Medical
Librarian at Gorgas Hospital, and moved to New
Orleans, Louisiana where she lived for many years. She
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Ewing of Ancon,
C.Z. who was a Roosevelt Medal holder. A few years ago
she went to live with her daughter, Winfred Ann Barnes
and son-in-law, Russell Barnes.
She is survived by a sister, Winfred Ewing
Haussmann (Wink) who resides in Panama City, R.P.;
her daughter, and three grandchildren, Katherine, Natalie
and John Russell Barnes; and a great-grandson, Andrew,
all of Singer Island.

Charles S. Stough, 75, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne,
Texas, died at home of heart failure on November 1,
1993. A native of Decatur, Illinois, he graduated from
high school in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the
University of Southern California. He joined the Army in
1939. He was stationed in the Canal Zone shortly
thereafter and married his wife, Jeanne Flynn in 1943. He
served in World War II in Europe and received a Bronze
Star and two Purple Hearts and Combat Infantryman's
Badge. In Korea, he was a battalion commander. He
retired after 23 years service in 1963. After retiring, he
became a candidate for Congress from the 21st District
in 1982. Previously he was a member of the Democratic
National Committee for 10 years and was listed in Who's
Who in American Politics. From 1970 to 1980 the Stoughs
again lived in the Canal Zone and during this time he
was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention
and served as delegation chairman. He was a member of

Sons of the American Revolution. He was buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Jeanne (Flynn) of Fair Oaks
Ranch; two sons, Steven R. of San Antonio, Texas, and
Charles S. III of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Paul of
Scottsdale, Arizona; two grandchildren and two great-

Elizabeth M. Turner, 95, who retired from the
Panama Canal Company on January 1, 1951, died
December 15, 1993 at Flower's Hospital in Dothan,
She is survived by two sons, William J. of Newton,
AL., and Milton L. of Zephyrhills, FL.; son-in-law and
daughter Richard D. and Adaline Duncan of Newton,
AL.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two

Cecil "Bill" van't Veld, 71, died December 5, 1993 at
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, from
complications following a stroke. He was born in Gorgas
Hospital, grew up and attended schools in Pedro Miguel
and Balboa, and completed his education in the
Netherlands. He and his brother, Jim were interned by
the German occupation forces when the U.S. entered
World War II, and placed in a POW camp from 1943 to
1944. Due to his mother's tireless efforts, the
Panamanian government, and Dr. Alfaro, Minister of the
Interior, both he and his brother were repatriated in
1944. Bill immediately joined the Army Air Corps, and
served at Howard AFB, Albrook AFB and in Peru. After
his discharge in 1947 he worked with the Army
Quartermaster in Corozal. In 1950 he went to work for
the CIA, served in Germany, Florida, and Washington,
D.C. until 1962. He went into private business and took
a course in computer programming as a systems analyst,
returned to Federal service and retired from Military
Sealift Command in 1972 as a Systems Analyst. He
invented a paper form guide for computers, selling the
patent to IBM. He also invented and designed a
retractable fishing net.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Caffrey;
a brother, Hendrick "Jim" of McLean, VA., a sister,
Violet "Vickie" van't Veld Johnson, Falls Church, VA,
and a niece, Bobbie Lynne Oliver of McLean, VA.

Doras M. Walker, 72, of Norfolk, Virginia, died
November 6, 1993 in a Norfolk Hospital. She was born in
the Canal Zone and worked for the Chicago Civic Opera
and the New York City Opera Company. She had worked
for Guy Lombardo Beach Productions; sang in Aida,
Rigoletto, Tourandot, Chocolate Soldier, Showboat and
Arabian Nights from 1950 through 1956.
Survivors include her husband, George G.; three
stepdaughters, Gloria Gilley, Savannah, GA, Patricia
King, Riverdale, GA, and Suzette Walker, Statesboro,
GA; a stepson, John Walker of Cairo, Egypt; a sister,
Elaine Fryberger of Collinswood, NJ, and three

Howard E. Walling, 79, of Seattle, Washington, died
December 14, 1993 following a long illness. He was a
retired employee of Public Works, U.S. Navy of Pier 91.
As an infant in 1916, Howard and his mother, Leora
Mendenhall, left Muncie, Indiana with his father, W. Earl
Walling, returning to Panama Canal service as a two-bar
Roosevelt medal recipient. Howard, with his wife Irene
and daughter, Leslie, moved from Balboa, Canal Zone
to Seattle in July 1957 and now survive him along with
two grandchildren. Howard was active for many years in
the Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Shrine, and alumni of
Purdue University.

Frank Wilder, 77, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, died
November 4, 1993 at home. He was born in Tampa and
returned to Tarpon Springs in 1970 from the Canal Zone
where he worked as a security specialist for the Panama
Canal Company. His memberships included First Baptist
Church and NARFE Chapter 1683, both in Tarpon
Springs, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and Sons
of the American Revolution.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine, a son, Frank
C., Tarpon Springs, and a sister, Lois Wilder of
Clearwater, Florida.

Letters to the Editor


Don E. Lewis flew over from Pisa, Italy to visit his
dad, Donald C. Lewis, on what his dad said was his 41st
39 th birthday on October 15, 1993.
Both are avid sports fans and they enjoyed the
baseball play-offs and world series and dozens of football
games on the TV together.

Donald C. Lewis and son, Don E. Lewis of Pisa, Italy.
Don was born in the Canal Zone when his father was
employed in the Customs Division there, and attended
Canal Zone schools through the 10th grade. He finished
his high school education at Camp Darby, a U.S. base in
Livonia, Italy, and attended Florida State University
Extension Course where he was an outstanding athlete.
He was on the All-Stars in the football, basketball and
track teams while at the U.S. School in Italy.
He is now employed on the base.

Donald C. Lewis
St. Petersburg, FL


With reference to 'Senior Olympics 1993' by Patt F.
Roberson in the December Canal Record, please include
me with the former Canal Zone athletes who attended
the National Sports Classic IV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
last June. I am a graduate of Balboa High School class of
At the Sports Classic, in the 75-79 age group for
swimming, I won the 50 meter and 100 meter butterfly;
3rd in the 100 meter Individual Medley; 4th in the 50
meter and 100 meter back stroke, and 5th in the 50
meter and 100 meter freestyle. I qualified for the doubles
in Shuffleboard but left before the event. In 1991 I won
in the doubles.
The former athletes of the Canal Zone are missing
a great opportunity to enjoy an event of fun and
fellowship. Missing this event brings back recollections of
how much Canal Zone athletes missed out by not
attending U.S. National AAU events.
I hope those athletes over 54 will get qualified for
the National Sports Classic V in San Antonio in June
1995. Each state will have one qualifying site. To qualify,
a person must get at least a third in an event.
Good luck and let's have a big Canal Zone turn-out
in 1995!

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, MO.


On September 6, Joe and I flew to London which
was the first stop on our first trip to Europe!! After two
days of sight-seeing we proceeded to Harwich, England
where we boarded the ship Sun Viking for a twelve day
European cruise. When we arrived at our stateroom we
were surprised to find a huge basket of flowers and a
bottle of champagne with a Bon Voyage note from all
our kids! What a great way to begin our trip!

We had six ports of call where we went on tours.
They were: Amsterdam, Le Havre and La Rochelle,
France, Lisbon, Portugal, Gibraltar and Barcelona, Spain.
On the 21st, we docked in Genoa, Italy, where we
boarded a train to Rome. After two days of sight-seeing
there, we flew to Milan where we boarded our flight for
home. Many wonderful memories were made on this trip!
Two things stand out in my mind though nothing
can compare with our trips on the Panama Railroad
ships, and there's no place like the U.S. and HOME!

Ann and Joe Dolan on the Rock of Gibralter.

Front, L-R: Tom Bill, Suzanne (Dolan) Gill, Bridget
(Dolan) Donovan and Brian Donovan holding Kyle
Gill. 2nd row: Shelby Powell, Ginny (Dolan) Perkins,
Joe and Ann Dolan, Lillian (Chase) O'Hayer. 3rd
row: Travis Powell, Eileen (Dolan) Powell, Kathe
(Dolan) Mazur. 4th row: Lynn Powell, Paul Dolan,
Tim Mazur, Joey Dolan, Elaine (O'Hayer) Everett,
Jim Everett, Danita and Mike Dolan.

On July 4, 1993, the entire family of Ann and Joe
Dolan gathered together in Austin to celebrate our
Independence Day and Joe's birthday. A barbecue was
held at the lake-side apartment of Bridget (Dolan) and
Brian Donovan. Out-of-state family who attended were
Lillian (Chase) O'Hayer, Sun City, AZ, and Elaine
(O'Hayer) Everett and her husband Jim, from Peoria,
AZ. It was a wonderful day.

Ann Dolan
Austin, Texas


The Panama Canal Bowling group held their annual
dinner party at the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on December 1, 1993. The festive decorations
and superb cuisine were thoroughly enjoyed by those

Clockwise from left: Fred and Jane Huldtquist, Bob
and Carolyn Johnson, Bob Herrington, Issy Gibson,
Fred and Marie Dube, Pete and Marje Foster, Nancy
and Bob Van Siclen, Nealie Van Siclen. (Dot
Herrington took the picture).
The bowlers meet every Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the
AMF Clearwater Lanes on Hercules in Clearwater, and
welcome anyone wishing to join them for an afternoon
of fun and companionship.
It is with deep sorrow that Fred Huldtquist will no
longer be with us, however, his quiet manner and
friendship meant so much to all of us and we will long
remember him telling us, NOBODY EVER MISSES


tmlly rearson ana Nancy i inKier
The Tinkler girls, Emily (Tinkler) Pearson, BHS'67
and Nancy Tinkler, BHS'66, take a sampan cruise
through the Aberdeen Harbour for a fascinating glimpse
of the fisherfolks old way of life during their December
'93 trip to Hong Kong.


1993 200 yd Free 3:24.42

How sweet it is! Pictured here are Bruce and Sandy
Sanders, Jack and JoAnn Morton and Charlie McArthur
at a Dallas area restaurant enjoying their leisure, and
long friendships.
Thank you for a great publication.

Jack Morton
Austin, TX.

1993 50 yd Back

45.37 Sec. 1st (New MD Record)

1993 100 yd Back 1:47.67

The 1992 events in which we placed 1 through 3
qualified us to compete in the National Senior Olympics
held in June, 1993 in Baton Rouge, LA. It was really a
great thrill to be part of the over 7,000 participants who
attended. There were approximately 60 contestants in
each age group for each event. The competition was
intense. My results were:

Shot Put

Results for Frances:

50 Meter Free
100 Meter Swim


44.19 sec.

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L-R: Bruce Sanders, Sandy Sanders, Jack Morton,
JoAnn Morton, Charlie McArthur.


The year of 1994 State Senior Olympics will be the
qualifying events for the next National competition to be
held in San Antonio, Texas in 1995. Health permitting,
we will be there.
In Baton Rouge, we saw Larry Horine, who was also
competing, and his wife, Mary Ellen. Both were Balboa
High School classmates with Frances. Patt Roberson
called and met us for a brief visit too. We Zonians really
get around!
John Haywood
Severn, Maryland

Dear Pat:
It was very nice of you to have an interest in our
activities and as you requested, I'll give you a recap of
our Senior Olympics in October 1992 and 1993.
I participated in the following events in the Maryland
Senior Olympics of October 1992 and 1993 for age group
Event Time/Distance Place
1992 Discus 92'10" 1st
1993 Discus 99'09.50" 1st (New MD Record)

1992 Shot Put
1993 Shot Put

1992 Javelin
1993 Javelin

1992 High Jump

My wife, Frances
group 60-64:



(Veach) Haywood participated in age

1992 Basketball Foul7 of 25 shots

1992 Basketball FloorlO of 15 shots

1992 50 yd Breast 1:00 min.

1992 50 yd Free
1993 50 yd Free

44.29 Sec.
37.56 Sec. 1st.(New MD Rec

Patricia Markun presents copy of her newly
published book, a true story published by Bradbury
1st Press (Macmillan) of New York to Fernando Espino,
'The Little Painter of Sabana Grande" himself at the
1st Escuela Segundario de Montagrillo in Chitr6 in the
Azuero. Murals of his students can be seen in the
3rd background of this new, handsome school. The book
is being translated into Spanish by McGraw-Hill, and in
1st 1995, Harcourt, Brace is including it in a second-grade
ord) text to be called, Treasury of Children's Literature.

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ZONIAN AMIGOS NEW YEAR'S CRUISE. Front, L-R:Cheryl Wellington, Lauren Burkhead, Lindsey Lawyer, Katie
Alexander. 2nd row L-R: Brent Burkhead, Stewart Roberts, Pete Foster, Kelly Alexander, Greg Frauenheim,
Wade Carlisle, Karen Lawyer, 3rd row L-R: Leslie Frauenheim, Kerry Burkhead, Patty Nations, Patsy Rice, Lynn
Nations, Tommie Lou Horter, Bob Herrington, Marje Foster, Al and Joy Maale, Bobbye and Don Wellington,
Brad and Wendi Wellington, Ann Alexander. back row L-R: Colette and Drake Carlisle, Lynne Frauenheim,
Darrel Frauenheim, Dot Herrington, Gene and Christi Frauenheim, Mary Urey, Fred Wellington, Kim Alexander,
Jane Lawyer, Jim Alexander, and Stacy Lawyer.


On December 26th thirty-nine Zonian Amigos
converged on Montego Bay, Jamaica, meeting up with
Zonian Amigos Coordinators Pete and Marje Foster, to
celebrate the group's third annual New Year's cruise
featuring the Panama Canal. The group enjoyed sunny
days at sea and in ports and even experienced an exciting
rescue at sea.
The cruise began with the Regent Star departing
Montego Bay with four of the group, Jim and Ann
Alexander and their two daughters, Kim and Katie
missing the ship due to holiday air travel congestion.
However, they were flown to the first port-of-call, Costa
Rica, where they joined us on board.
The Regent Star transited the Gatun Locks into
Gatun Lake, then turned around and headed for
Cartagena, Colombia. About 100 miles from Cartagena
on the way to Aruba, the ship sighted a swamped fishing
boat and proceeded to circle the area for survivors, which
turned out to be an exhilarating experience for all when
two fishermen, floating on a make-shift raft were saved -
unfortunately, we later learned that three others were
lost at sea. The Zonian Amigos were attending their
private cocktail party at the same time and had an
excellent view of the entire rescue operation which gave
them good reason to celebrate when the two fishermen
were plucked from the Caribbean Sea.

After ringing in the New Year's on the Caribbean, all
returned home January 2, 1994, and are now looking
forward to the next Zonian Amigos trip beginning
November 26, 1994. It will be a seven-day ALL
AMERICAN CRUISE of the Hawaiian Islands with the
sights and sounds of the Big Bands Remembering the
40s theme cruise. AN AMERICAN SHIP AN

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My tour company, Panama Discovery Tours, based
in Clarita, Oklahoma recently escorted our first three
Zonites to Panama. They included Walter and Pearl
Brown of Merritt Island, Florida, and Jeanne Stough of
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.
During the eight day tour, Walter, Pearl and I poked
around the streets of Panama City, the Zone, Pacific
beach area and El Valle. Jeanne rented a car and struck
out on her own and was only periodically seen during the
eight day visit; once in El Valle where she boasted having
bought the prettiest Montuno hat in Panama. She had a
lot of tracks to make and a lot of old friends to look up
and didn't want to be slowed down by us.
Walter and Pearl enjoyed a modified itinerary with
several days of visiting in the Canal Zone and showed me
a few historical facts I wasn't aware of. In Balboa, Walter
pointed to the Chase Manhattan Bank and said, "This is
where I met my wife. I was going down the steps and she
was going up," he said "and I've had my eye on that
pretty little blond ever since."
Being a first for Walter in the Canal Zone record
book dates back to 1914 when his father and mother,
Walter and Nannie received an invitation from Col.
Goethals to make the first canal transit aboard the SS
Ancon. Kids were not allowed on ship but Walter, being
only three months old was invited...sort of a package deal
which made him the first baby to transit the Canal.
Walter was born at the old Ancon Hospital. His
parents and grandparents were construction workers
during the building of the Canal and at one time, Walter
had over 50 family members in the Canal Zone. His
grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
in Panama. Now 79 years young, Walter can tell you who
lived in each house in most of the neighborhoods where
he lived as a young boy. Passing a house, he pointed out,
"That's where little Timmy lived" (Tim Corrigan), now
chief of the printing plant in La Boca.
Walter's first job was as an oiler on the ferry boat
and later became a machinist after his apprenticeship. He
worked as foreman in the instrument repair shop in the
Industrial Division.
Pearl came to Panama when she was eight years old.
Her mother was Mattie Morrison and stepfather was
Herbert Shaw who worked in the coppersmith shop.
When he died of a heart attack in 1937, the family was
repatriated to New York within a week's time, which was
the policy then. Walter was a third year apprentice only
making 760 an hour, and saved his money to travel to
New York to get Pearl. They were married there and
quickly returned to Panama where he eventually became
a permanent employee, eligible for family quarters. While
there, they raised a fine son, and finally, 23 years ago,
retired and moved to Florida. Although they have been
back to Panama on several cruises, this was the first real
chance they've had to really stretch their legs since they
lived there.
Walter and Pearl have nothing but fond memories of
life in Panama. "We worked hard, but every day was a
pleasure. I was happy all the time," said Walter as we
drove through the beautiful Ancon area. "This was the
best place in the world to grow up and raise a family." It
was a treat for me to watch their faces and listen to them

reminisce of the old days in the Canal Zone. I arrived in
Panama in 1969 and listening to their stories made me
wish I had been a part of the 'good old days' in Panama.
Like Walter, I can't remember a time I didn't feel good
about my life there.
Other memories they elaborated on was the
train...that beautiful old train. "In those days," said
Walter, "the seats were caned and reversible so you could
always face forward by changing at the end of the line.
The first train was a locomotive and the cars had
kerosene lanterns down the middle aisles. Later they put
electric lights in." He also pointed out that this was their
only transportation to the Atlantic side until they built
the road. It was sad having to see the train fallen into a
state of decay. At present, the Balboa Train Station is
being restored and rumor has it that a British company
bought the line and put it back in operation. I was not
able to verify this rumor.
Walter also remembers the construction of the Third
Locks Project sites, Cocoli and Diablo Heights, especially
the Clubhouse. He can also tell you about town sites such
as Empire which have long vanished beneath the Canal.
Lots of things have changed in Panama, but it's still
Panama and the place we used to call home. You can
still get a 10" pizza at Napoli's for $2.50 and Cerveza
Panama is still the best beer in the world. Via Argentina
is dotted with many open air restaurants where fantastic
meals can be had for under $5.00 at places like La
Cascada, Del Prado and Trapichi's.

I ....,.

Like a giant outdoor Mall...Avenida Central restored to
original brick street, pedestrians only with trees,
comfortable with best prices around. Napoli's around
corner with 10" pizza still for $2.50.
Shopping on Avenida Central is like being in a huge
outdoor mall. There is no car traffic there now and the
street has been stripped of pavement down to the original
bricks. Old fashioned street lights and huge planters line
the street edges. You can't find better prices anywhere.
During our shopping trip there, we got caught in a
tropical downpour, so we ducked into McDonald's for a

break. There are old shopping haunts such as Sol de la
India and Solomans, and guess what? La Pantera Rosa is
no longer a bar but a department store.
Rio Mar's beach resort is still the same but much
cleaner under new management. Beautiful as ever with
new swimming pool in front of the restaurant on the bluff
overlooking the ocean.

Russell Leeser, son of Roy (Bocas) Leeser of
Bayonet Point, Florida, is the Chief Engineer aboard the
sleek MV. Hornet, a tuna boat fishing in the Micronesia
area of the Western Pacific ocean.

Tuna Boat Hornet III, Russell Leeser, Chief Engineer

Walter and Pearl Brown, Walter's childhood

home in

The Browns shopping at Steven's Circle.

What can be said for El Valle on market day? It is
still breathtaking with the Sleeping Indian Mountain in
the background and the Campestre Hotel still as
charming as ever. The market seems to be bigger and
more attractive than before, unless I'm more wide-eyed
than before.
This trip to Panama was probably among my best. I
couldn't ask for better tourists than the Browns and
Jeanne Stough. We all had a good time and wish the best
for Panama's future. Panama has been through a lot but
it's apparent they are trying hard to make things safe and
comfortable for all. They invite tourism and
accommodated me very graciously. Although it will take
time, I think Panama is recovering well. The people are
friendly and there is absolutely no tension in the air.

Winston Rice
Panama Discovery Tours
Society member # 529
Clarita, OK

Russell Leeser in helicopter out to look for schools of

Russ is shown in the ship's helicopter, carried aboard
the Hornet and used to locate schools of tuna from the
Russell has traveled the world and presently makes
his home, when not at sea, in Tacoma, Washington.


Dear Mrs. Huldtquist:
I was delighted to read your acceptance message on
page 1 of the Canal Record. You sound like the kind of

person who would truly enjoy my second published novel
about Panama, Panama Glory (Dell Publishing Co., NY,
1982). Please accept the enclosed copy as a token of my

My tirst novel, Panama Flame, is passe it we
consider the current awareness our society has of the
nature of rape...other than that, however, Panama Flame
is a beautiful novel about Panama shortly before 1880
and sold more than 89,000 copies in the States in the first
six months after publication (had two printings) in 1982.
...Congratulations on being elected president.

Dear Mr. Beall:
I have never written anything about my work or my
family to the Canal Record, and it suddenly struck me
that now is the time to do it, before my children become
senior citizens!
I was graduated from BHS in 1959, went my
freshman year to college at Incarnate Word College in
San Antonio, Texas. Shortly afterward, I married Alex
Perez-Venero, also BHS'59.
After three degrees each, culminating with our
Ph.D.'s from Louisiana State (LSU), and three children,
Rochelle (Rockie), Lynda and Marc, we headed for
Europe and have lived in Austria for the last 20 years,
where Alex has been working for the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization.
I am in the process of getting several novels
published here in Europe. Let me backtrack.
In 1982, Dell Publishing Co. of NY published
Panama Flame...In 1985, Dell published Panama Glory,
about Panama at the turn of the century, when the
Americans were interested in building the canal and the
civil 'Thousand Days' war was raging across the Isthmus...
In the meantime, for ten years, I have worked on my
"masterpiece", tentatively entitled through the years,
Panama Desire or Love's Sweetest Fire. The novel has
been accepted for publication in Slovakia, to be published
in Czech, Slovak and Hungarian in 1994.
Following that, a more dramatized and beautifully
written version of Panama Glory will be published as
Roses of Fire, and -- I hope -- the third novel about the
building of the Canal, tentatively entitled Panama
Splendor, will also find a good publisher.
My dream is eventually to base a mini-series for TV
on these three novels about the building of the Canal. I
am having bad luck finding the persons who have the
connections, the power and the vision to see what I see -
- success with a sweeping saga about one of America's
greatest triumphs, the Panama Canal, with a story line

based on the personal sagas of three women of three
generations and the men in their lives.
I am even having trouble convincing the American
publishing community that a passionate novel about the
building of the Panama Canal would find excellent
reception in today's reading climate if marketed correctly.
I had the good luck in
being born and raised in
Panama; my mother is Latin
American (Nicaraguan). My
father was American (West
Point Class of 1920) and so
was my beloved step-dad.
All my life I attended
American schools, then
universities. My Ph.D. is in
Spanish and Latin American
Literature (My dissertation
for LSU written in Spanish
is about race, color and
Mirna Pierce, BHS'59, prejudice in Panamanian
wife of Alex Perez- novels about the canal), with
Venero, BHS'59. a minor equivalent to a
master's degree in French
and French literature...
...I enclose an extra
picture I found of our son,
Marc. He was graduated
from West Point, Class of
1992, and is currently a
lieutenant in Korea. Marc
went one year before West
Point to Mississippi State
University at Starkville,
where he was a President's
Scholar and played soccer,
one of the five sports in
which he had lettered while
at the American
Son Marc Perez-Venero, International School of
West Point grad, Class Vienna. He speaks four
of 1992. languages, English, Spanish,
German and French (says
his French is quite rusty). His senior picture is enclosed.
Seniors are called "firsties" at West Point. The photo was
taken when he was a Cadet Captain, Company (E4)
Commander in his last semester...

...I promise that when I
find some extra photos of
our daughters, I'll send in
some interesting info about
them. They are lovely
women. Rockie teaches high
school math with English as
a second language (her
German and Spanish are
great!) in Palm Springs,
California, where my
mother lives (also my sister,
Edith Pierce Allen, BHS
Zack Jones, grandson student through the 9th
of Mirna Pierce and grade back in '59). Our
Alex Perez-Venero. younger daughter, Lynda, is
an aspiring actress and
trained dancer in the New York area who recently

established an after-school program teaching dance and
German to children in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Our four-year-old grandson Zack (Rockie's boy) is
the sweetheart of the family. I love him. I saw him in
May and June in California. Alex saw him in September.
Congratulations on your fine magazine, which we
have enjoyed for many years.


We've recently made a big move. My husband Jeff
and I have moved to Japan from Fort Benning, GA.
After a very active summer of business and vacation
travel to Mexico, Florida, Washington, DC, and Texas,
we arrived in Japan the first week in September. We are
stationed at a small Army post called Camp Zama. Jeff,
a major in the Army, is assigned to Headquarters, US
Army Japan as the Deputy Inspector General. I was also
lucky enough to obtain a job transfer over here, and
landed a job in the Intelligence Branch of the

L-R: Terri (Salyer) (CHS'77) and Jeff Lang, John and
Virginia (Aanstoos) (BHS'75) Taylor at the Lang's
home at Camp Zama, Japan, Christmas 1993.

It is definitely a small world and we Zonians are
everywhere. I had read several issues back about Virginia
(Aanstoos) Taylor (BHS'75) being over here. Being the
small place this is, it was not long before we ran into
each other. It had been some 15 years since we'd seen
each other, back at Canal Zone College circa 78-79!
Virginia is one of the division chiefs in the Resource
Management Directorate here in the Army headquarters.
She and her husband John, an airline pilot, live here with
their two children. I have also run into an old CHS
classmate, Miguel Jiminez, formerly of Ft. Gulick. He
attended CHS through 1975 and would have graduated in
1976 had his family not moved back to the US. He is a
captain in the Army and works in the same building with
Virginia and me. I'm sure there are others who have
lived in Panama but we haven't found them yet!

Since being over here, Jeff and I have already taken
one trip to Hawaii in October. Jeff competed in the
Gatorade Ironman Triathlon World Championship, held
each year in Kona, Hawaii. The race consists of a 2.5-
mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and a 26-mile run (all in
one day). We had a great week out in Kona, and Jeff
finished the race with a super time of 10 hours 17
Japan what a place! The culture shock is intense,
the language is hard and the writing those kanji symbols
everywhere. You can't read anything here. But we're
adjusting and growing to like it here more and more each
day. It is a beautiful country and the people are very nice.
We'd like to hear from friends, the mail is wonderful to
get over here. If you're coming this way, please get in
touch. Sayonara!

Terri (Salyer) Lang (CHS'77)
Unit 45013 Box 2852
APO AP 96338


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L-R: Kerry (Jellum) Robertson, Jonathan, Katherine
and Norman Robertson.

Norman and Kerry Robertson with children
Katherine and Jonathan from Aberdeen, Scotland,
visited in St. Petersburg over Christmas with Norman's
mother, Betty Mead Robertson. Norman is General
Manager of Perry Tritech in Scotland and travels
extensively through Europe.

Ellen M. Robertson
St. Petersburg, FL

Our recent move from the Middle East (Qatar) to
the Caribbean island of St. Lucia was emotional for both
of us. We enjoyed the family spirit that expats share
abroad very similar to those in the Canal Zone while
living in Qatar, and it was very difficult to leave those
friends and social life. However, the opportunity to live
and work again in a lush, tropical climate was too
alluring and we packed up for the land of bananas and
coconuts. The difference in family and friend's attitude to
visit us overseas has been monumental. I can't imagine
that one would rather wander through rain forests than
desert fossils! Needless to say, we are experiencing
bookings at the "Conrad Hilton" in the range of four to
six a month with my son, John D. Dear, the first to visit.
Recently, Marshall and Sandra Harris with their
daughter Amanda, Robert Valentine and four other
guests spent the Thanksgiving holidays with us and had
a wonderful time. We sailed aboard a square rigger down
to the famous volcanic pitons where we visited the
"Drive-In Volcanoes", sulphur springs, and the botanical
gardens where Napoleon's troops recuperated in the
healing baths a couple of centuries ago.
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The visitors enjoyed the delights of swimming,
snorkeling and diving the pristine waters and living coral
reefs, while dining on the local cuisine of breadfruit,
chayote, yucca, yams, plantain, bananas, codfish cakes,
johnny cake, and other foods indigenous to the island.
The mangoes were out of season, so they had to settle
for pineapple and oranges to complement their coconut
rum. My maid was tickled to find these Zonians who
truly appreciated her native cooking.
Since I'm teaching in a former colony school, the
British curriculum is followed and I had no time off to
guide the guests around the island. My brother-in-law
Marshall found no problems adjusting to right-hand drive
mini-buses and readily honed his Colon Bus School skills
as transport driver for the group. His mastery of pot-
hole diversion, hairpin maneuvers, and alleyway
aggression was superb for the entire 9-day term. His
license is valid for 90 days so he plans to return for more
experience with fervor during his validity period.
My husband's job as the sole resident marine pilot at
Gess's Oil Terminal leaves little off time, but we invite
our adventurous friends to come for a stay at the Hilton
and enjoy a "Panama reminiscence" island style vacation.
If you can still speak "Bajan", you'll have no problem with
the language.

Carla and Wolfgang Conrad
St. Lucia, W.I.


Greeting from San Antonio, Texas. Here is a picture
of two longtime Canal Zone people and their spouses.
Barbara and Joe were visiting Ross and me in San
Antonio for the Christmas holidays.

Rob Valentine on a stroll through the Botanical
Garden, Soufriere, St. Lucia.

Marshall Harris taking a "N.A. Cerveza" on his break
as conductor busito for the group.

L-R: Ross Stilley, Christopher Stilley, Stacey
(Follett) Stilley, Barbara Follett, Joe Follett.

We had perfect weather a far cry from the cold of
New Hampshire.
By the way I'm expecting our second child in

Stacey (Follett) Stilley
San Antonio, TX.


John Disharoon and his wife Elizabeth visited
Panama during the Christmas season. John had not been
back in nearly 24 years and Elizabeth had never been.
John and Liz stayed with Sam McGuiness and his
lovely family. Sam and John grew up together in the
"Zone". In fact, Sam's mom and John's mom attended
school together. They both attended Panama's Instituto

Dinner at 'Jimmy's' in Panama. Clockwise from left:
Ron Farnsworth, Ron Meyer, Fran Meyer, Liz
Disharoon, Tim Corrigan, Taffy Corrigan, Ginger
and Dicky Zornes, Norm and Janet Watkins, Bonnie
Bishop, Tom Duncan, Lorraine McGuiness, Lars
and Marcella Morales and Sam McGuiness.

BHS Class of 1968. Panama Reunion in honor of John
Disharoon's first visit in nearly 24 years. John was S.A.
President in 1968. Reunion held at 'Jimmy's' restaurant
in Paitilla. L-R: John Disharoon, Johnny "Ton Ton"
Thompson, Ginger Wertz, Tom Duncan, Fran
(Stabler) Meyer, Janet (Hunt) Watkins, Sam
McGuiness, Ron Farnsworth, Taffy (Koepke)
Corrigan, and Lars Morales.

While the Disharoons were in Panama, they had a
reunion dinner in John's honor at Jimmy's Restaurant in
Panama City. Sam McGuiness coordinated the entire
event. Among those present were: Ron and Fran
(Stabler) Meyer, Ron and Nancy (Williford) Farnsworth,
Norm and Janet (Hunt) Watkins, John and Faye (Foret)
Thompson, Lars and Marcella (Hawk) Morales, Tim and
Taffy (Koepke) Corrigan, Dicky and Ginger (Wertz)
Zornes, Sam and Lorraine (Huerbsch) McGuiness, Tom
Duncan and Benny Bishop, John and Liz Disharoon.


Dianne (Geddes) Schmenk, Bud Risberg, Pat
(Geddes) Risberg and Tom Schmenk in front of the
"Touchdown Jesus" mosaic on the library at the Notre
Dame University, South Bend, Indiana. Dianne and Pat
are both CHS graduates and Pat and Bud both retired
from the Panama Canal Commission in 1981.

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Dianne (Geddes) Schmenk, Bob Risberg, Pat
(Geddes) Risberg, and Tom Schmenk.
Notre Dame is Bud's Alma Mater and the visit
coincided with the Purdue-Notre Dame football game on
September 25. Purdue is Dianne's Alma Mater and both
Dianne and Tom are on the staff at Purdue. Tom is
Chief, Facilities Planning and Dianne heads up their
Design Studio.


"I had a disparate collection of molas from my time
in Panama, and what I really wanted was a mola spread
or quilt. After five years of looking I met Marsy Burns
at a craft show this summer. She thought it would be a
challenge to assemble my molas into a quilt."

Bill Ganser, tucking in his mola quilt.

"As molas have no fixed size or shape the first thing
she did was to fit them together on her living room floor
into a double bed shape. She carefully laid them out in
such a way so as not to cut into any of the molas, and
sewed them together so they could be removed without
damage if I later want the individual molas again."
"Mrs Burns is a member of the Michigan Sewing
Guild and twice exhibited the molas at Guild meetings,
where all the members were astonished at the quality of
work and craftsmanship of the Kuna women."
"Now when I dream of Panama times, I do so from
under a unique piece of it." Mrs. Burns can be contacted
at 08264 Burns Rd., Oyster Bay, Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Mr. Ganser taught at Cristobal High School from
1962 to his retirement in 1988. He has just taken
possession of a mobile home in Ocala, FL. where he
spent January and February of this year, but he's "not
convinced" that he wants to become a permanent resident
of that State.


Vince and I left Center Valley, PA on June 8 for a
once-in-a-lifetime trip. Our first stop was a visit with
friends, Kay and Bob Green, in Bay Village, Ohio. Bob
and brother Jack walked to Panama in 1939 and they
worked in the C.Z. for a few years. Then on to
Columbus, Ohio to visit brother Bob and Patricia Ridge.
Visited Bob in the VA hospital where he had been for a
number of weeks. Had a nice visit with them and then on
to Chicago to visit my cousin and her husband.
Joe and Sue Ridge in Burlington, Iowa were our next
stopover. Enjoyed the entertainment celebrating
Burlington Days. Our visit was before the GREAT
FLOOD. From there to Joanne and Bud Allen's in
Colorado Springs. They were our neighbors and friends
in the CZ for many years. Steve, Bill and Lori Allen
Gayagas with her youngest son, Sammy, were there.
Joanne was not in the best of health when we were there
but I'm happy to report that she is making progress each
day after her heart transplant. We then visited Buckeye

and Bette Swearingen in Fort Collins. Buckeye drove us
up to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rockies
are surely a majestic sight to behold. Then on to
Yellowstone Park. Old Faithful did not disappoint us -
saw many different animals and spectacular scenery.
Then on to Canada. The Barbershop International
Convention was held in Calgary, Alberta, and for seven
days we enjoyed the top ranking quartets and choruses
and the beautiful scenery in Calgary, Banff and Lake
Louise. Bumped into Ed and Sue Carwithen at our
motel. Was wonderful seeing them after so many years.
They both look great. We then went to Jasper and
enjoyed the beautiful sights before heading for Vancouver
and Victoria, British Columbia. We have never seen cities
with so many beautiful flowers everywhere. We did not
have enough time to spend in Victoria and would like to
go back sometime. On our way down to Southern
California we visited Ed and Mellie Kennedy and family,
Floyd and Bev Baker, Tom and Marilyn Marsh and
Buddy and Jerrye Stumpf. It was great to see everyone
again. Did a lot of sight-seeing including San Francisco.
Our daughter Nancy's wedding to Jaycee Williams
was on July 31. We arrived about a week and a half
before to help with any last minute running around. Our
eldest daughter, Eileen, and our youngest granddaughter,
Kim, who was the flower girl flew out and spent two
weeks in California. After the wedding we took a trip to
Yosemite National Park with Vince's sister, JoanMarie
(Ridge) deGrummond. We had a memorable time there
and at San Diego's Sea World and Tijuana, Mexico. Our
three weeks in Southern California was too short a time.
We did see Bob and Ruth Adams, their daughter
Howie and husband Gary, and Irene Will.
On our way to Arizona we stopped in El Cajon to
visit for a few hours with Harry and Jean Townsend.
While there, Howard and Rita Will and Jim and Evelyn
Cullen stopped by. Visited in Arizona with Tom and Cec
Gove and George and Martha Holten. Was great seeing
From Arizona we headed for Kerrville, Texas to visit
Cathey and Don Adams. Anna Calvit provided, in her
own words, a Bed and Breakfast for us however, it was
more than that. Vince also visited with "Pappy" Grier, Ed
Kunkel and Bob and Delle Dunn. We are sorry we
missed so many other friends as time ran out and we had
to head for Corpus Christi to visit Julie Ridge and her
daughter, Sister Terese Ann Ridge. Had a wonderful visit
only it was too short.
From Texas we went to New Orleans to see
Margaret Ridge Coffey and her family. While there,
Margaret became a grandmother for the second time.
Norm and Doris Dugas, who now live in Spring Hill,
Florida was our next stop. Had a great time with them at
their new villa. While there, Hurricane Emily was
approaching Florida so we cut our trip short.
Spent only a few hours with Pat and Jo Ridge in St.
Augustine before heading up the East coast. We arrived
home August 31 after having driven 12,774 miles. Our
only regret is that we were not able to see as many of
our friends as we would have liked. Believe me, we have
so many memories and pictures of friends and places we
have been to that we will never ever forget. IT WAS

Dottie Ridge
Center Valley, PA

Marlins in Panama

The sport of Big Game Fishing has always beckoned
to sportsmen and sportswomen willing to travel far afield
and to seek out new localities where that "biggest and
games of all" is waiting for their hooks. For such true
devotees of Isaac Walton, the fish in Panama Bay are
literally the "answer to prayer." The name PANAMA
translated from the Indian means "abundance of fish, and
Panama Bay situated at the Pacific terminus of the
Panama Canal, spreading out for approximately 10,000
square miles, harbors the famous Pearl Islands in whose
neighboring waters lurk the world's greatest game
fighters, the Pacific Sailfish and Black Marlin.
Actually Black Marlin fishing started in Panama.
Louis Schmidt (who holds the only award ever given for
a 1,000 pound Black Marlin, one of the world's greatest
fishing feats) and his family were taking Black Marlin
when nobody else thought of them. The Schmidts were
ahead on technique and had worked out the ideal
equipment by the time other fishermen started to go
after them.
To catch a Makaira Marlina or the Black Marlin, as
it is called, is the ultimate aim of all sport fishermen.
Little is known of this species and catches are rare. How
large this giant grows can only be guessed, but it is a well
known fact that they reach the 1,500 pound mark and
some estimates have placed them at over a ton.
It is rarer than the broadbill blue marlin, striped
marlin and the white marlin, larger and a more
spectacular fighter whose aerial antics, long runs, and
terrific battling will give the most ardent angler the thrill
of his life.
In the history of fishing in Panama Bay, over fifty
specimens have been caught ranging from 212 1/2 to
1,006 pounds. One giant was washed ashore near Fort
Amador and found dead very lean for the length and
weighed 965 pounds. In a healthy condition it is
estimated that this fish would have topped the scale at
1,500 pounds.
Very little is known of Black Marlin habits. There
has never been one taken containing either roe or sperm.
For years scientists have been attempting to find out the
spawning places of the species.
Captain Louis Schmidt and his children, Carl, John,
Louis, Theodore, Marie (Parks), Ruth (Tortorici) and
Iris (Waggoner) got an early start in establishing
themselves as masters of the deep. Although Louis had
a handicap of having only one leg and one arm, due to a
childhood accident, he was the second Zonian to land a
black marlin on July 30, 1933, weighing 265 pounds.
Previous to that, Dr. Harry W. Mitten, Sr., on September
6, 1932 was the first to catch a black marlin, weighing 250
pounds. Up to August 1940, 31 other anglers have landed
black marlins, the record being held by George Baker, Jr.
of New York City, N.Y. on July 9, 1936 with a catch of a
622 lb. black marlin, with John Schmidt as his guide.

Early photo of some of the Schmidt family with their
catch from their usual fishing expertise. L-R: Marie
Schmidt (Parks), father Louis Schmidt, Ruth
Schmidt (Tortorici) and Theodore (Ted) Schmidt.
This photo was taken on the side of the Balboa
Stadium across the street from the Commissary cold
storage section.
During that time, Ernest "Tex" Stahler caught four,
of 396, 322, 566, and 388 pounds. Mr. and Mrs. Stahler
were one of Panama's most enthusiastic fishing couples
and their launch, appropriately painted black and named
Marlin, was out in the bay almost every Sunday and
holiday, the year round. John Schmidt also caught four
of 424, 245, 464, and 337 pounds. John T. Gorin caught
five at 600, 212, 487, 305, and 575 pounds.
The Schmidts, as their reputations grew, were
frequently sought as guides for notable persons. Their
repeated successes proved that they were thoroughly
familiar with local fishing spots. One such notable was
screen star Clark Gable, shown with Louis Schmidt, Jr.
on the Caiman, during the summer of 1939. The Caiman
II, was being built in 1940 by John, Theodore, and Louis
Schmidt Jr. On board was Charles "Buddy" Williams
who took the photograph of Clark Gable and Louis
Schmidt. When it began to rain, Buddy was sent forward
to look for logs, washed down from the rivers of the
islands. Gable joined him at the bow in the rain saying he
would rather be there with Buddy doing something useful
than shoot the breeze in the stern, keeping dry.
Other notables coming to Panama to fish in Panama
Bay were President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Duke of
Sutherland, John Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.,
Zane Grey, Count Felix Von Luckner, Thomas Sopwith
and many famous and avid fishermen from all over the




Twelve marlin flags flying from the Caiman II announce
that she has broken the record for the largest number
of marlin caught on any one trip in Panama waters.
Theodore Schmidt captained the successful trip. This
record was broken in early January, 1967 by the boat
Seri which boated 20 marlin during a two-week trip.

Charles "Buddy" Williams and Clark Gable on board
the Caiman during the summer of 1939.

A happy man, and why not? Frank Violette landed this
662-lb. black marlin in 15 minutes at Piiias Bay.

Clark Gable, Hollywood celebrity and movie star,
greets Louis Schmidt Jr. on board the Caiman on
their way to deep sea fishing waters in Panama, during
the summer of 1939.

Holding up four marlin, which were caught during the
second day's fishing are Col. Woody Post, Capt.
Harry Wilder, Dr. Bill Bailey, and the Captain and
guide, Theodore Schmidt.

The big day came on the 11th of June, 1949, when
Louis hooked a large black marlin. The marlin ran deep
and Louis, being handicapped with only one leg and one
arm was put to the test immediately. After a few hours
of stiff opposition, Louis' harness broke and he was
loaned another, not exactly to his fit. After about 10
hours, Louis suffered abrasions and cuts on his back from
the ill-fitting harness and finally passed out. His place
was quickly taken by his brother, John, who landed the
Marlin after another half hour. Being too big to bring
aboard, the marlin was towed to a nearby Island for
weighing. Inasmuch as the scales only went to 800
pounds, the marlin had to be cut in half (see photo) and
each half weighed separately, thereby losing a number of
pounds through loose scraps of meat from chopping. The
marlin weighed 1006 pounds a worlds record.
Unfortunately, fishing world records are recognized only
if the fish is caught and landed by the same person, so
Louis was denied the honor. He did receive a wonderful
write-up in Field and Stream magazine and was amply
rewarded by receiving many pieces of fishing gear of the
same make and manufacturer, of the gear he used to
land this huge fish. A photograph of Louis and his fish
appeared in nearly all the sports magazines and in many
of the shops and watering holes in Panama and the Canal
Zone. That picture is reproduced in this article.

When Louis passed away, he was cremated and his
ashes scattered in Panama Bay, near Taboga Island. As
the party was leaving the area, it is said, a sailfish was
seen jumping in the water, with the sunset behind it. The
underwater creatures were also saying "goodbye."

Capt. Harry Wilder caught four of the twelve marlin
caught on the Caiman II on her January 1958 trip. He
is shown here with one of the four, a 535-lb. black

The prize marlin was taken ashore for weighing. The
scales only read up to 800-lbs. so the marlin had to be
cut in half for weighing.

John Schmidt lends a hand at chopping the record
marlin in half for weighing.

Happy fisherman Leo Krziza with two marlin he caught
in a single afternoon.

Mr I.

each and W/O "Pee Wee" Rogers caught 1. At a later
date, in January 1967, Leo Krziza and his wife Ruth
caught 20 marlin, the largest being an estimated 522-lbs.
during a fourteen-day fishing trip in the Bay of Panama.
He also caught one of 540-lbs. in 1960, which was 12 feet
1 inch long and a girth of 64 inches. It was landed in only
35 minutes. Leo even had it mounted and it adorned his
office wall at the Motor Transportation Division in

Fisherman Leo Krziza examines his fishing trophies
under the gleaming bulk of a 540-lb black marlin
decorating the wall of his office in Ancon.

LOUIS bcnmiai ur. prouaiy stanas Desiae nis woria
record 1,006-lb. marlin, a record which was denied
Deep sea fishing in Panama began to attract other
notable fisherman from all over the world. Not to be left
out of the picture, were fishermen from the Canal Zone
who also made their mark catching the black marlin.
Frank Violette became an avid deep sea fisherman, and
caught many a black marlin, as did many others.
In January 1958, Theodore Schmidt captained and
guided a party on an eight-day trip and caught twelve
marlin: Capt. Harry Wilder boated 4, Ted Schmidt
boated 3, Dr. Bill Bailey and Col. Woody Post caught 2

Leo rrziza witn me Dig one or nis rourteen-aay rising
trip. a 522-lb. marlin (estimated) which fought for 52
minutes on an 80-lb. test line the largest of the 15 he
caught on that trip.

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The black marlin did not only attract men, but quite
a few women, both local and from other parts of the
world were able to get some pretty good entries into the
record ledger. Most notable was Mrs. Helen Robinson of
Key West, Florida who not only held three Canal Zone
records but also owned eight world records for different
types of fish before she died in 1990. Although only five
feet four inches tall and 125 pounds, she was a master in
her own right. She holds the world record for a 584-lb
marlin caught on 50-pound line, and under the guidance
of the Schmidt brothers, John and Louis, she caught a
Canal Zone record for women, a 796-pound monster in
Pifias Bay on August 16, 1961. She caught two more
black marlins over the 700 pound class one in Cabo
Blanco and the other at Cairns, Australia.
Catching deep sea fish in Panama has almost become
a matter-of-fact event during the following years. Many
other fishing trips have been made by many others, and
little has been heard from them. No one, however, has
broken Louis Schmidt's record 1,006-lb monster in
Panama waters. The largest black marlin caught so far
was by Ralph Gassell, off Talara, Peru which weighed
1,560 pounds. Frank Steiner of Chicago boated a marlin
in Panama waters which weighed more than the 800
maximum pounds weighing scale would hold, so the true
weight will never be known, however it was not thought
to outweigh Louis Schmidt's 1,006 pounder. Our own
Johnny McConaghy caught a 932 pounder in the Perlas
area, and Eddie Kennerd (now in Dothan, AL) caught
one at 846 pounds or so, also in the Perlas Islands. And
just recently, on November 28, 1993, Mark Haddaeus
caught a respectable 688 lb. black marlin in 20 minutes.
(See photo in Mary Coffey's report "Your Reporter
Says...Panama, page 36). And so it goes. The fishermen
didn't organize nor have an historian, and facts were kept
only by those who caught fish or those who saw them do
it. Both fishermen and memories fade away and
unfortunately a running log has not been kept of those
catching the black marlin nor their weights. From time to
time, articles are printed about some particular fishing
trip which helped to establish a few facts and that's about
all that's available.
There was little fishing during the war years due to
the lack of fuel. Shortly after the war, it was reported
that Ken Middleton discovered a reef near Pifias Bay
with one of the first depth finders in Panama, and it was
then when black marlin were caught more often, at the
Pifias Reef.
There was a Peruvian silver trophy with small
plaques on the side of the base showing the names of the
angler and the weight of the black marlin presented each
year. The name of Schmidt appeared on the plaques
most often, and at one time was given to John Schmidt
by Leo Krziza because the Schmidt names were the more
The Schmidt brothers have all passed on to their
favorite fishing grounds in the sky; the Caiman II still
roams the Panama waters looking for that "big one," and
if they do get him, they will remember that the Schmidt
boys led the way. Carl, John, Louie, Ted and old "Pop"
Schmidt took more than a page of Panama fishing with
them and they set a standard in deep sea fishing circles
in Panama that will never be surpassed.
Appreciation is extended to Marie (Schmidt) Parks,
and to Leo Krziza for providing background information
for this article, as well as articles from the Panama Canal

Review, Panama Canal Spillway, and The Amelican
Society of Panama Bulletin.

A Quarter Century
for the Junior College

Twenty-five years ago this month on September 26,
1933 65 young men and women sat in the patio of what
is now the Balboa Elementary School, making history.
That they were 24 hours late making it was no fault
of theirs. A Caribbean hurricane had delayed the arrival
of the SS Cristobal which had aboard 42 Canal Zone
teachers, including some of the men and women who
were to embark this first class of the Canal Zone Junior
College on the first collegiate curriculum ever given in
the Canal Zone...
...More than 300 persons turned out for the first
college assembly, aside from the students and college
faculty, which was headed by Howard G. Spalding. He
had been assigned the duties of "principal" of the new
junior College along with his other responsibilities as
principal of the Balboa elementary, junior and senior
high schools.
The main speaker for this momentous occasion was
Gov. Julian L. Schley. For the time being, he told the
Canal Zone's first college class, their school buildings
were "not what they should be." This unfortunate
situation would be remedied soon by completion of a
frame building (now the Junior High School) and an
appropriation from the national Recovery Public Works
coffers would enable a Science Building (now the
college's main building) to be ready for their second year,
he said...
...Of the Junior College's first class, two were
Panamanian citizens. This number has steadily grown;
last year's graduating class of 43 members, included eight
citizens of Panama...
...In a few cases, no information was available on
some of the original class, despite the assistance of scores
of the Canal Zone young old timers whose help is
hereby grateful acknowledged.


Carlos A. Arroyo, Frederick B. Banan Jr., Dorothy May
Becker, John Crede Calhoun, Bruce D. Cook, Howard
Daniels, William Francis Daniels, William Henry
DeVore, John A. Dombrowsky, Marian Leah Dugan,
Thomas Joseph Ebdon, Jr., Dorothy Charlotte Erickson,
Edward Gormley, William T. Halvosa Jr., Harriett
Winifred Kalar, Charles S. Malsbury, Mary Margaret
McCormack, Guillermo Mendez Jr., Clara Lillia
Monsanto, Elwin G. Neal, Carol Dean Palmer, Frederick
Harvey Smith, Howard E. Walling, Ruth P. Walston.


Jeanette Yvonne Alexander, Eloy Alfaro, Hunter
Alverson, Carmen Isabel Arias, George Howard Arvin,
Antoinette Sara Baker, Pembrooke Clayton Banton,
Robert S. Blake, Roberto Boyd, Henry J. Chase, Alice
Cook, Wallace I. Crawford, Ernest Gregory Cuesta,

Marylee Donovan, Harry C. Egolf, Robert Vincent
French, Frances M. Friday, Bernita Elizabeth Hale,
Eleanor Hammond, Charles Emory Hill, George Bernard
Knecht, Ferne Eileen Kyleber, Charles Kent Lambert,
Wilma Virginia Lawson, Mildred May Makibbin,
Kenneth Maurer, David Frederick Mead, George Francis
Novey Jr., Clarence H. Peterson, John H. Poole, Thomas
Lee Rankin, Sara Irene Reynolds, Wilma B. Reynolds,
Janet E. Robinson, David Henriquez Sasso, Joseph
Shirley, Mary Elizabeth Smawley, Jose A. Sossa D.,
Stanwood Specht, Nina Irene Taylor, June Tilley,
Charlotte Wahl, Alice Esther Westman, Earl George
(Although it is not called the Canal Zone Junior
College any longer, nor are they in the same location, the
college body itself is 50 years old this past September 26.
1993. Ed.)

The Panama Canal Review
September 5, 1958

Late John K. Baxter Pioneered
Panama Canal, Panama American

John K. Baxter, whose death in Florida at the age of
78 was reported today, was one of the real pioneers of
the Panama Canal.
He was also the real pioneer editor of The Panama
American in 1925 and a columnist the like we could use
more of in these conformist days.
I'll leave Pete Brennan to tell of JKB's newspapering
tomorrow. Today I'll tell you something of the JKB I
knew on the Panama Canal.
He, with the late CA. Mcllvaine, Bill May, M.
Deputron and the late John O. Collins, was a member of
the brain trust that took many of the non-engineering
details off the hands of Gen. George W. Goethals.
He also worked with Mcllvaine in planning the
permanent organization of the Canal and in preparing
the rules and regulations for its operation.
He was the first Chief of the Division of Civil Affairs,
a post he held when he resigned to enlist in the Canadian
Army in World War I.
John was a non-conformist and ill-suited to the
military life. He served in France, as he said, without
distinction, which was the way he wanted it to be. I had
letters from him from the front. In one, he reported that
he had been a Lance-Corporal for three months, but had
asked to be reduced to Private in which rank he finished
the war.
He was not only the founder of the J Street Country
Club, and one of the founders of the University Club, but
the reporter of the activities of the late Joe Wynn and
John Hart in his newspaper columns.
Once, Joe Wynn wrote a letter to JKB's column
which he ended by saying; I am an Irishman, a Catholic
and a Democrat, and I don't give a damn who knows it."
John Hart was a cockney from Whitechapel who had
a second hand furniture store on Central Avenue where
JKB often stopped to chat and get material for his

I sat across the desk from John when he was Chief
of Civil Affairs and it was a constant pleasure and liberal
education. He never tried to hog the work, especially
when he had a book to read.
I remember once when he received a five page letter
from a postal clerk telling why he should have a raise in
pay. John replied: "Your letter of even date has been
received and contents noted."
Adm. Hugh Rodman was chairman of the board that
was drafting the rules and regulations for operation of
the canal. He clashed with Baxter frequently. If anything
looked like it might be hard to control, Rodman's rule
was to prohibit it.
One day Goethals sent Baxter, for comment, a
memorandum from Rodman that broke the record for
The gist of Baxter's comment was that "unless
somebody stops Admiral Rodman he will have more
'verbotens' in the Canal Zone than they have in the
Fatherland." The Governor backed up Baxter.
Not long afterwards Rodman blustered into the
office and threw a letter down on the desk before Baxter.
"Read that," he said.
Baxter read the letter and looked up at the Admiral
and said nothing.
"Now this is what I want to say to the damn fool," the
Admiral raged. Then after outlining the reply he said, "I
want you to write the letter and take the damned hide off
him, just like you did to me last week."


With the exception of the late Dr. Henry Carter who
was assistant to Gen. William Gorgas in the Health
Department, John Baxter was the best educated man and
the best scholar ever to work on the Panama Canal.
His sense of humor and wit were unmatched and
only the late John O. Collins came near matching him.
At one time he lived in quarters near the Tivoli Hotel
with Capt. Fred Cook, John Collins, Bill May and
Martin Connelly. It was my good luck to dine there
occasionally and it was real fun.

The Panama American
June 22, 1960

(Submitted by Marcella Green, Cincinnati, Ohio.)

Founding Editor J.K.B. was
Egghead to Remember

PETE BRENNAN, now deputy marshal of the District Court
at Ancon, recalls the reign of John K. Baxter, founding editor
of The Panama American, who has died in Florida at the age of

John Kirkman Baxter, editor of The Panama
American, with degrees from Harvard, Heidelberg and
Balboa Heights, walked in to the office at 7 o'clock that
night, put the dark blue milk-of-magnesia bottle on his
desk, and said in his squeaky voice: "If you have a story
about Oscar Blickson, don't use it. He got into some
trouble last night and has been pestering me all day to
keep it out of the newspaper."
I found the story, written by Evelyn Moore, our star
reporter, and handed it to JKB as he was signing his copy
as was generally known. As he read, he chuckled
appreciatively, then threw it back to me.
"Put it on the front page," he said, "a good story."
With the Blickson problem disposed of, Editor
Baxter sat down at his desk to compose Pro and Con, the
daily column of wit and wisdom which was his and The
Panama American's liveliest feature.
He first fortified himself with a swig from the dark
blue bottle which held his nightly ration ofIstmefio rum.
He said once that drinking rum from a milk-of-magnesia
bottle deceived his liver, which had a low IQ and thought
it was absorbing a laxative instead of alcohol.
The Panama American in the period to which I refer,
about 1927, was published and had its offices in the
Benedetti printing plant on Avenida Norte, Panama City,
near the Presidencia. The paper was an eight-page
tabloid printed on a flatbed press which was fed by hand.
It was a drab and unappealing product but it was
vitalized by Baxter's daily column and by the explosive
personality of Nelson Rounsevell, its publisher. Both men
referred to the paper as "the rag."
JKB had been tempted away from his desk job with
the Panama Canal in 1925 by the fast-talking, quick-
spending Rounsevell who had come here from Lima,
Peru, to start an English language newspaper and wanted
an editor who had "name appeal."
Only a spellbinder like Rounsevell, the ex-carpenter
and bedpan attendant in World War I (as he described
himself) could have sold Baxter on the change.
JKB had come to the Canal Zone on 1905; he was
one of the top men in construction days and in 1914, with
the Canal completed he enlisted in the Canadian Army.
Now in 1925, he was content with his position as a civil
servant. He had served with distinction in the building of
the Panama Canal, one of man's great achievements in
the twentieth century, and he had done battle in a world
He was 43 years old. Why leave the security of a
government job with liberal retirement at age 62, for the
uncertainty of life as editor of a newspaper still in the
Whatever the reason, JKB succumbed to
Rounsevell's blandishments and now, two years later, he
had learned it costs a heap of money to establish a
His column, Pro and Con, was read by everyone, but
the banks would not accept popularity as collateral and
Rounsevell's original capital had been depleted.

It is difficult, looking back, to explain why Pro and
Con pleased so many readers. Baxter wrote, for the most
part, of local people and I think like H.L. Mencken, one
of his heroes, he had a talent for shocking the public with
the obvious.
And he had a gift for reporting in this sense; he
would sit around a table in the Ancon Inn, which he
made famous as the Jay Street Country Club, and listen
to what is colloquially known as "shooting the breeze." He
could weave such small talk into a column which made
all concerned appear to be witty and highly intelligent
He was a poor conversationalist. He invited Ted
Wirz to luncheon one day and Ted, a frank fellow, said:
"Mr. Baxter, the last time we had lunch, you hardly spoke
to me."
JKB's mother came to Panama to visit him once. She
was tiny and wore a bonnet and looked like Mrs.
Whistler. The columnist's popularity was so great that
everybody wanted to do something in her honor, but she
remained in the background.
One night, while she was here, Baxter took a friend,
Mrs. Paul, to Kelly's Ritz, then the most popular night
club. A gushing Zone woman came up to their table in
the dim darkness and said: "Oh, John, do introduce me
to your mother."
On the following day, the telephone rang at the
office. It was Mrs. Paul. She was telling JKB, in effect, "I
know you! Don't make a column about that woman
mistaking me last night for your mother, or I'll never
speak to you again!"
Baxter listened for a long time. Then he sighed,
turned to his typewriter, and wrote the story. But Mrs.
Paul, angry as she was, must have spoken to him again -
because she married him later.
It was a delightful experience for me to be working
for two such characters as Baxter and Rounsevell. I was
still wet behind the ears and did not know such people
existed outside of books.
For instance:
The phone rang at midnight. JKB said: "Somebody
drove a car over Pier 15 into the drink. Go down and see
if you can get the story." He passed me the dark blue
When 1 returned at 1:30, I told him how divers had
brought up the car with a man in it, his feet wired to the
pedals. Baxter stared at my white face and said: "Write
it, but first have a little milk-of-magnesia."
One night Baxter and Rounsevell left the office and
went out into the street to have a curbstone conference.
When they returned, they told me the paper would
suspend publication on the following Sunday.
The people in the Canal Zone were so shocked by
the news that they offered money to keep the paper
going. Rounsevell immediately launched a stock issue of
$50,000 and within a year we had our own building and
But Baxter was disturbed because he felt that some
people notably the West Indian colony in Panama -
were using their life savings to buy stock and he resigned,
actuated by the same principles which had guided him in
1905, in 1914 and in 1925.
In this small community we have had many writers
whose talents have projected beyond the local scene.
Nelson Rounsevell wrote a column after JKB left, which

culminated in a trial in District Court which made him
internationally famous.
Jules Dubois, who first worked for The Panama
American, is a top flight correspondent for the Chicago
Tribune and has written two books.
Ted Scott, who resigned from the paper with Baxter,
only recently was deported from Cuba and has a solid
reputation as a broadcaster for NBC, in addition to his
talents as a columnist and reporter.
Bill Forbis and Philip Payne, one-time reporters for
The Panama American hold important jobs with Time
But JKB in my opinion, ranks with the best of them.
He wrote, always in impeccable English, of people and
world events. He was an "egghead," by today's curious
standards. He was of the upper echelon by birth, training
and position but the boilermakers loved him as well as
the bureau chiefs.
In one little word, he was a man to be remembered.

The Panama American
June 23, 1960

By Eva M. Harte

The remnants of a cemetery on Gorgona Island was
surprisingly revealed when the waters of Gatun Lake
receded more than usual last dry season.
I noticed many gaping holes filled with water, also,
two blackened water-logged coffins, half filled with clay.
One box was very small, perhaps it held a child of two or
three years of age. I pondered the fate of the child; was
it a victim of malaria, yellow fever or some other tropical
decease? What of the child's mother, what were her
thoughts in her grief? Did she curse the cause that
brought her down here to be at the side of her husband,
who was helping to build the "big ditch?'" what a
sacrifice, to make way for progress! Her thoughts and
feelings are lost in time, but the success of the cause will
go down in history. Possibly, the cemetery anti-dated the
U.S. construction era.
The 1913, the cemetery, along with most of the
island, was flooded to produce the second largest man-
made lake, when construction of the Panama Canal was
nearing completion.
In earlier times, about 1835, the native village of
Gorgona, on the banks of the Chagres River, was the
main stop-over place for trading boats plying the Chagres
from its mouth at Fort San Lorenzo, on the Atlantic side,
to the town of Cruces, on the Pacific side.
Here, the boatmen could rest for the night, before
attempting to battle the severe currents in the rise to
Cruces, six miles away. It is believed that, because of
these currents the village received the name Gorgona,
which is interpreted as "dangerous waters," possibly from
the Indians.
Gorgona was a landmark of Isthmian transit during
the "gold rush" days in the middle of the 19th Century
when the "Forty-niners" trekked across enroute to the
California gold fields.

A check of the old records of the Panama Canal
Company discloses that Gorgona had been a settlement
of considerable size long before initiation of construction
by the French Canal Company in 1822.
The French had established their machine and
manufacturing shops near the village and were active for
seven years before their collapse in 1889. Work was
resumed by another company in 1894, and was continued
until the formal transfer of property and equipment to
the United States on May 4, 1904.
Operations under Chief Engineer Wallace started
July 11, 1904. More new machinery was ordered and
some old French equipment was repaired and put into
use. French dredges and locomotives have long been
landmarks of a great try along the Canal route.
As the work progressed, the population in Gorgona
increased. Quite a few American families were lodged
there. The first American Christmas (in 1906) was
celebrated by singing old home songs in the French
Courthouse. A fruit-bearing orange tree served as a
Christmas tree for the children.
At the time of the Canal Zone census in 1908, the
population numbered 1065 white, 1616 black and 39
Chinese people.
Despite the many insects, tropical ills and many rains
nine months of the year, life in the community was
brightened by the establishment of organizations and
clubs, Masons, Eastern Star, Knights of Columbus, Red
Cross, Salvation Army and many others. There was also
an Anti-Cigarette League organized by a representative
from Chicago who visited the Isthmus! Its membership
reached thirty non-smokers.
Gorgona machine shops were the principal repair
center during the United States construction era. They
remained active until 1912 when they were replaced by
today's modern shops at Balboa and Cristobal.
Gatun Lake was expected to rise to an elevation of
56.28 feet above sea level, hence the abandonment of the
settlement. The move was completed by 1913, and shortly
afterwards Gorgona and its cemetery disappeared under
The partly exposed burial ground jutting out from
the lake at its unusually low level, mute evidence of all
that remains, Gorgona represents a stepping stone of
progress in construction of the so strategic Panama

September in Panama
September 1954

(EFF. JUNE '93)
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Reputation of Canal's Fire
Division Built on Long
Tradition of Readiness

By Joaquin Horna
With 155 employees, state-of-the-art equipment and
a rigorous program of continuous training, the Panama
Canal Commission Fire Division protects not only
Panama Canal installations and equipment and the ships
that transit the waterway, but also the people who work
and live around it and privately owned property. Over the
years, Canal firefighters have established a reputation for
preparedness and dedication -- and it all started almost
88 years ago with one man.
On December 1, 1905, more than 1-1/2 years after
the Canal excavation work was initiated and back in the
days when men and horses moved hundreds of feet of
coiled hoses to combat fires, the Canal organization's fire
department consisted only of its chief, Charles E.
Weidman. Born in Illinois, Weidman had climbed the
ranks from fireman to fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., before
coming to the Isthmus. When he arrived, he was told that
there were a mere 195 chemical extinguishers in storage
for him to use to protect thousands of frame buildings
under construction at several townsites along the 50-mile
Canal line.
Weidman started to organize a force at once. For the
Cristobal company, the first to be established, he ordered
a steam fire engine that was capable of spraying 600
gallons of water per minute. All the parts that would be
used for pumping salt water were to be made of the best
bronze. The order also included a horse-drawn wagon
with 2,500 feet of reeled hose and other equipment
common at the turn of the century.
The new fire department made great advances in
1906. Weidman and a small clerical staff organized
volunteer companies of Canal construction workers at
Gorgona, Empire, Culebra, La Boca, Ancon and Pedro
Miguel. These outfits were equipped with horse-drawn
hose wagons, handheld hose reels and chemical
extinguishers. Similar companies were organized in
Tabernilla, Gatun, Paraiso and Corozal the following year
and at San Pablo, Portobelo and Bas Obispo in 1908. The
volunteers were paid $1 an hour for the time lost from
their work while on duty at a fire or drill, and they also
received monthly passes for travel on the Panama
The first paid company--comprised of a captain, a
lieutenant, an engineer, 13 firemen and a clerk--was
installed at Cristobal in 1906. The men were relieved
from duty once every 15 days and earned $100 a month
for the first six months and $125 a month after that.
They had a chance to demonstrate their skills to U.S.
President Theodore Roosevelt during his 1906 visit to the
Isthmus. Within four minutes of the sounding of the
alarm to begin their demonstration, the firemen had run
from the engine house to the Colon train station,
attached hoses to nine hydrants and had sprayed 18 65-
foot-high streams of water onto the station. John F.
Stevens, chief engineer for the Canal construction
project, later wrote to tell Weidman that Roosevelt had
been very impressed, saying that few towns in the United
States could even approximate the results of the local

By 1908, the fire department had grown to 49 paid
firefighters and 226 volunteers. They were furnished with
the most modern equipment available at that time,
including a hook-and-ladder truck and a chemical engine
with two 45-gallon tanks.
Fire alarms were installed in the Canal area and in
U.S. properties located in Colon and Panama. The ability
of the newly formed force was demonstrated in part by
its responses to fire in Colon and near Cathedral Plaza
in Panama City in 1907.
Strict safety measures were established and enforced
in the Canal area. Buildings were built at safe distances
from each other, and fire-prevention specialists oversaw
the installation of stoves and electric wiring and regularly
inspected all buildings. Waste, flammable materials and
oil were not allowed to accumulate near any installation,
and large buildings were fitted with extinguishers,
standpipes and hoses.
After the Canal opened to world shipping in 1914,
only seven of the construction-day fire stations remained
-- at Balboa, Ancon, Corozal, Pedro Miguel, Paraiso,
Cristobal and Gatun. The fire and police forces merged,
with 43 firemen and staffers and 121 volunteers dedicated
to firefighting activities. Chief Weidman resigned and
returned to his home in Lincoln; he was replaced by
Charles F. Koerner, who occupied the post until 1950,
when the fire and police forces were separated.
The Fire Division is now composed of an
administrative staff, training and inspection units and 135
firefighters and officers. In the Southern District, there
are seven stations (Corozal, Fort Clayton, Gamboa,
Rodman, Howard Air Force Base, Pedro Miguel West
and Miraflores West), with three in the Northern District
(Gatun East, Sherman and Gatun West).
The stations are manned around the clock by a fire
officer, a driver-operator and two firefighters. The
Rodman, Clayton and Gatun East stations also house
ambulance crews of a fire sergeant and firefighter-driver
who are both certified emergency medical technicians. All
Commission firefighters work closely with the
Panamanian firemen assigned to Canal area stations that
have been transferred to Panama.
Commission firefighters are now equipped with fire
trucks that are capable of discharging at least 1,500
gallons of a water-and-form solution per minute -- almost
triple the output of the first Canal fire engine in 1905.
Improvements to fire protection systems at the locks
and enhancement of the firefighting capability of the
Commission towboat fleet have made the Fire Division
more effective in its mission of providing fire protection
service to meet the industrial requirements of the Canal
and the needs of the communities around the waterway.

The Panama Canal Spillway
October 8, 1993

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Through expert analysis by both Alan Ford and Billie Bowen Martin, the names of those Red, White and Blue
Troupe members who were pictured aboard the USS Constitution during its visit to the Panama Canal in 1932 are
as follows: 1. Billy Hutchings 2. Libby Lundy (?) 3. Joanne Walters 4. Harold Sanborn 5. Alan Ford 6. Marjorie
Walters 7. Doris Pearl 8. Isabelle Zemer Lively 9. Bob Hutchings 10. Billy Zemer 11. Dot Kalar Kennedy 12.
Opal Lundy 13. Jeanne Rocker Welch 14. Billie Bowen Martin 15. Dorothy Walters 16. Evelyn Pearl 17. Angus
Matheney 18. (?) Walters. Two of the twenty were not identified. Anyone care to guess?


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ATLANTIC LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 1966. Back row, L-R: Mr. Mazzerole, Coach, Bill Deaton, Jim Collins,
Gary Shiebe, Kenny Porter, Rick Kresge, Greg Gougen, Cubby Clement, Ted Finneman, Coach. Middle row,
L-R: Tony Barr, Bobby Austin, Harry Studebaker, John Alexaitis, John Fleckenstein. Front, L-R: Ted Deaton,
Tom Finneman, George Cruz. Submitted by Cheryl Kresge Gillespie.


Leaving New York, Sept. 20, 1912

Aanstoos T.A.
Abel E.J.
Belmore O.H.
Bessey R.F.
Blake A.O.
Brown F. & wife
Beall M.E.
Brown J.H.
Bryant J.H.
Carter Miss C.
Clifton D.W. & wife
Conger F.J.
Carpenter C.P.
Crag D.
Dreman R.P.
Dysart E.O.
Donnely, J.W.
Esk J.
Elliot Mrs. W.S.
Edmonds Miss M.

Harfield B.G.
Hyatt C.B.
Halloway W.
Hunter R.B.
Heil W.J.
Heppler J.H.
Hout H.
Hurley J.P. & wife
Irvine T.O. & wife
Jones G.A.
Kane J.F.
Kane Mrs. I.H.
Kineall E.L.
Lillycrop Mrs R.A. & 5 child.
Leason K.
Lambert H.
Lerocker F.W.
Modin Miss E.
McGee Mrs A.C.
McGee Miss L.

Fitzgerald G.C. & wife Modin H. wife & child
Ferro Miss E.M McGee P.
Fewler F.W. Mills R.S.
Farrel W.H. wife & chi Mohring W.H.

McDermott H.
McCullough A.
Noon R.G.
Oettle C.
Omelia Miss R.
Perry A.
Poole J.L.
Pelley C.J.
Potts Miss I.B.
Peters Mrs. F.C.
Pearman F.E.
Purchase R.A.
Poole J.H. & wife
Rottman C.
Reed Miss Etta
Reed Miss M.M.
Riley Miss 0.
Reeves G.
Raynor W.
Schjott Mrs & child
Smith Miss C.
Seeley N.M.
Soder F.J.
Shea Miss M.

Goodfellow R.C. Murray T.B. Shearer S.G.
Green 0.1. Mosteller Miss A. Strineer J.E.
Greener F.J. & wife Mathews W.F. Swenson F.
Griley Mrs. G.L. & chil Munroe Miss G.I. Thibault J.T.
Gallagher M. Mallory Miss B.H. White J.W.
Grinder Mrs J.B. & 5 child Mills R.L. Wantz Mrs W. & child
Holt X.D. Morassas J. Whipple C.E. wife & son
Harvey W.S. McKray H.A. Wellman G.E.
Holt Mrs. S.F. McKinley D. Ward J.W.
Huntsman F.W. Murwin W.H. Weiss C.
Hamilton C.J. & wife McTucker E. & wife Western G.K. & wife
Harley W. McDade J. Whiting Miss W.A.
Hunter H.H. McDevitt J.F. Whitney G.A. & wife
McEllery F.J. U.S.M.
J.H. Poole & wife, as listed, was John H. and Mary Johnson Poole,
mother and father of Bill and "Jack" Poole of Lansdowne, PA. on
their honeymoon voyage. Lots of other familiar names. Ring a bell,


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Class Reunion Announcements


Standing L-R: Jerry Gorin, Fred Ebdon, Bill Wheeler,
Bev Ebdon, Rosemary and Colin Campbell. Seated
L-R: Mabelle Mayno Bliss Walker, Stella Boggs
DeMarr, Roz Gorin.

The steering committee pictured above, have
resolved that the 60th Reunion will tentatively convene
on Friday, June 10, at the Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando,
Florida. It is important that you contact the address
below if you plan to attend.


All members of the CHS Classes of 1949 and 1950
are invited to plan on attending a joint 44th/45th year
Class reunion event in Orlando this coming June 1994.
As before, this event will be held during the annual
Panama Canal Society reunion. Make your plans now to
attend and enjoy the many events that take place with all
the old friends from the Zone.
With the Twin Towers fully in operation we will have
many time periods, and locations, to just sit and bring
each of us up to date.
Costs and exact dates will follow after the first of the
year, but you need to renew your Panama Canal Society
of Florida membership by the time you get this issue to
be sure you receive all the information for the actual
Hotel Reservations and other Main Reunion events.
Your class reunion committee will be in touch with
the addresses that are known to us. Please do not
hesitate to contact either of the following if you have not
been contacted before this notice, or have information on
some of our missing classmates.

J.E. Dorn Thomas
1809 Elmart Lane
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 745-1754 Home
(804) 276-6322 Work

Brian Albright
619 King Street, #310
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 252-9300 Home

R.W. Bill Wheeler, Sr.
12504 Wild Turkey Lane
Bayonet Point, FL 34667
(Tel) 813-863-1489

Jean (Dough) Judge
11402 Third Street N. #3
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(813) 577-4976 Home

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