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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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VOL. 28

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NO. 4

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reproduction is punishable by law.

FOR 1994-95

Mrs. Marjorie Foster

Mr. Robert Johnson
1st Vice President

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
2nd Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Margot Jordan

Mrs.Nancy Van Siclen

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Past President

Mrs. Betty Snow
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
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 2
Legislative Representative ..................................... 3
Audit Report, July 1, 1993-June 30, 1994 .......................... 6
Announcem ents ............................................ 8
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .................. ... 12
'D is is 'de place!! ........................................... 16
1994 R union .............................................. 19
"Where Are You?" ....................... .... ............ .45
R etirem ents ...............................................46

News Clips ..........
Your Reporter Says ...
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Arizona ........
Arkansas .......
California .......
Florida .........
Georgia ........
Hawaii .........
Louisiana .......
Congratulations ......
W eddings ...........
Births ..............

............. ....................... 46
. .. .. .. . . 48
.......... 48 M ississippi ..............59
.......... 49 New England ............ 59
.......... 49 North Carolina ...........60
.......... 51 Northwest ...............62
.......... 53 Oklahoma ...............64
.......... 56 Panama ................65
.......... 57 South Carolina ........... 68
.......... 58 Texas .................. 69
..................... .............. 70
. . . . . 77
. . . . . 80

W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 82
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 86
Looking Back ................... .......................... 93
Class Reunion Announcements ................................. 97
For Sale or Wanted ....................................... 100
Application for Membership ................................. 107

September 3 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon, Fairways of Forest Lakes Country
Club, 11:00 a.m. Pay-as-you-go bar, Lunch 12:00 noon.
September 9-11 Poconos 1994 Reunion, Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, PA. (See
Sept. 16-18 West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, California.
September 24 Pensacola Get-Together, Live Oak Nat. Seashore Park. 9-5 p.m.
October 1 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL.
(See Announcements).
October 1 South Carolina Potluck Luncheon, Senior Citizens Clubhouse,
Crossland Park, Aiken, S.C. 12:00 Noon.
October 3-5 Gas House Gang Golf Tournament, Olympia Spa Motel, Dothan,
AL. (See Announcements).
October 4 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, "Ocala Zonians," Stacy's
Buffet, Noon, 717 NE 36th Ave. (904) 622-7076 for more info.
October 8 Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs, MS.
Starts at 11:00 a.m. (See Announcements).
October 8 October Reunion of the Mid-Atlantic Gang, Doubletree Hotel, 300
Army/Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, 6:30 p.m. (See Announcements).
October 23 Bruce Sanders Memorial Dinner, Clarion Inn, Fayetteville, AR,
just off highway 71 N. & S.
November 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St.Bede's Episc. Church, 2500 16th St.
St. Petersburg, FL. COVERED DISH. 12:00 noon.
November 5 Arizona Noon Luncheon, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Chandler Blvd,
Chandler, AZ. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
December 3 Hill Country Christmas Party, New Braunfels, Texas. (See
Announcements for details).
December 4 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA. Call
Edith Wimmer (818) 349-6903 for details.
December 9 South Carolina Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Country Club,
Aiken, S.C.
December 10 PCSOFL Annual Christmas Luncheon. The Wine Cellar, 17307
Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, FL. 11:00 a.m.

zo C T The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. vlfE S

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

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December ly
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 ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year.
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
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 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) 3914359
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


Thank you for electing me as your President for
1994-1995. I had a hard act to follow as Reunion
Coordinator after Nancy Van Siclen and now I have a
hard act to follow as President after Jane Huldtquist.
Jane was so organized and well versed, you may have to
bear with me if I goof a little, or even a lot! Fortunately
Jane will continue on the Board as Past President and
keep me in line.
Having worked with the Society in the office for so
many years, I do feel that I have a pretty good
understanding of the workings of the office and the
wishes of the members.
I have always had a special feeling for the Society
and its members. We all need to be grateful to the Past
Presidents, Executive Boards, and volunteers, past and
present, who have given of their time and expertise to
enable our organization to continue to grow while
keeping alive the friendships and memories of our lives
in Panama. Comments from hotel personnel and visitors
are always so complimentary of our group, they are
amazed at the love and camaraderie they see at our
gatherings. The class reunions have brought classmates
together who have not seen each other since graduation.
What a wonderful tradition for our sons, daughters and
grandchildren to carry on in our footsteps.
I am happy to announce that we have some new
participants on the Board who will work along with our
very capable elected officials: 1st Vice President, Robert
Johnson; 2nd Vice President, James O'Donnell;

Directors, Margot Jordan and Virgil Camby. Jane
Huldtquist will remain on the Board as Past President.
Nancy Van Siclen, who you all know as a diligent
Reunion Coordinator for three years, has accepted a
Director's post; Betty Snow, our new Legislative
Representative, will keep us up to date on what's going
on with our benefits. James Slover will continue as
Sergeant at Arms; and the Board would not be complete
without Dorothy Yocum, our Chaplain, who always
manages to come up with just the right prayer for the
occasion. Frank Matters has agreed to stay on as
Chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee. He puts
in a lot of time and effort making sure that we don't
overspend and stay within our budget. I reached out to
Sarasota and Thomas Peterson accepted Chairmanship
of the By-Laws Committee, a very important position
since the By-Laws govern our Society. Although Frank
and Tom as ex-officio members of the Executive Board
do not have a vote, we certainly value their input at the

Chairpersons of our other Standing Committees are:
Historian Mrs. Beverly Williams
Nominating Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Hospitality/Refreshments Mrs. Dorothy Pate
Sunshine Mrs. Anna Collins
Service Officers Mr. Eugene Askew
Mr. Al Pate

(AJ'cLtnt J


Special Events:
Sept. Sarasota Luncheon Mrs. Jay Cain
October Picnic Mr. James O'Donnell
Christmas Luncheon Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Mrs. Dorothy Herrington
Carnavalito Mrs. Jane Huldtquist

I have appointed Robert Johnson as Reunion
Coordinator for the 1995 Reunion. Bob has had vast
experience in organizing events having worked with the
Elks and different organizations in the Canal Zone. He
and Carolyn have chaired registration at the past three
reunions so they have excellent background for the job
We all look forward to our move to the Marriott
World Center Resort in Orlando for our reunion in July
of 1995. It's truly a beautiful resort and our members can
enjoy a variety of restaurants and recreational activities
right on the premises.
I have been concerned about the small attendance at
our monthly meetings; some of our members have
suggested that we might have better attendance if we
planned luncheons every two months rather than holding
a monthly meeting. It's true our luncheon meetings in
restaurants do draw a larger crowd; however, it's also
true that every time we change our meeting place or
time, we loose a few more attendees. Also, this would
require a change to the By-Laws and may present a
problem when the newly-elected officers begin their
tenure. I would appreciate your input on this subject.
I look forward to an exciting year with our first
luncheon in Sarasota, September 3, followed by our
picnic at Anderson Park on October 1st and our
Christmas Luncheon on December 10th. (See
Hope to see you all in attendance at these functions,
more good times to come in 1995!! Hasta luego!

Marje Foster

of April. Address labels are printed the last week of the
preceding month. If we do not receive your address
change by that time, you could miss out on receiving your
Record. As soon as I receive an address change, I make
the correction in the computer.
accordance with stipulations in the By-Laws, if we do not
receive your dues for the CURRENT YEAR (1995 -
October 1, 1994 through September 30, 1995) by JUNE
1, 1995, we will remove your record from the computer,
you will be considered a new member and, thus, have to
pay the additional $10.00 Administrative Fee. If you have
any doubts regarding whether or not you have paid your
dues, check your membership card which has the
expiration date below the year. Contact me if you still
have doubts; I am always available to help you.
I look forward to working with, and for, you for
another year. Please remember that I am always available
to help you. My thanks to the many members who have
taken the time to compliment me on my work many
have become close friends and acquaintances.
Till next time.

Barbara Green

FRONT COVER: The elected officers of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year 1994-1995 are
pictured, standing, left to right: Jim O'Donnell, 2nd Vice
President; Bob Johnson, 1st Vice President and 1995
Reunion Coordinator; Virgil "Skeeter" Camby, Director.
Seated, Left to right: Margot Jordan, Director; and
Marje Foster, President.
BACK COVER: Painting by distinguished Canal Zone
artist Al Sprague, now of Grafton, Virginia.


We had a great Reunion this year. The fact that we
had less members attending did not dampen the mood of
those who did attend. Comments received were all
positive. Everyone involved in organizing the Reunion
should be commended for a great job.
Once again, I must remind our members to send in
a change of address as soon as possible. We had covers
from 33 June Canal Records returned to us with correct
addresses provided by the Post Office. Canal Records are
mailed out the first week of March, June, September and
December. The Annual Directory is mailed the first week

2A Editor's


It was a good reunion. Small enough to be able to
see just about everybody there, and best of all, there
wasn't that almighty crush and bellowing in the reception
area this time. I thought the BHS/CHS Classes of 1944
did an excellent job with their reunion, and heard that
several others went over big also. Can we improve on this
with our next reunion in 1995 in that huge, wonderful
Marriott Orlando World Center? Egads most of it is
beyond belief. Once you get in the place, you don't want
to leave.
We are having a bit of a turnover with our Area
Reporters lately. Was very sorry to see that Mary Coffey,
our Panama-Pacific Reporter had to call it a day, being


loaded with lots of work and little time to do it in. She
has, however, found a very able replacement in Eva
Anderson. Mary tells me that Eva is an "energetic young
lady that will add a new spark to the reports from the
Pacific side." If she's only half as good as you were, Mary,
she'll do just fine. Her address is PSC 02, Box 2321, APO
AA 34002. Tel: 87-5781. I wish you all the best Mary, I
hate to see you go.
We have a new reporter in Arizona who took Jane
Cox's place, however, I have no address or telephone
number as she is not a member of the Society. I do hope
she joins soon so we can all enjoy her news from that
area. A new reporter has volunteered to take over in
Pensacola, Florida. His name is Bill Drummond and his
address is: 4643 Tradewinds Circle, Pensacola, FL 32514.
Tel: 904-476-1966. You will note that Bill has already
started his reporting from that area of Florida. Keep it
up, Bill, you're doing just fine.
Our Virginia reporter has moved (and I'm glad she
didn't quit). I thought I could put her in charge of seeing
that Rosemary (Millett) Gilead's photographs crop up
only once every 6 months, but I think Rose has her own
campaign going. (Luv ya' Rose!) Barbara Bonanno
(Sanders) now lives at 6014 Crocus Court, Alexandria
VA. Her group is having quite a reunion on October 8
(see Announcements) and I wish I were there to see and
hear it all. Although Barbara does not have a column for
this issue, she has contributed a great deal in other
Some of our reporters complain that NO ONE sends
them any news. I know that this is true, and I strongly
suggest to all members who have Area Reporters, to
send your news to the reporter nearest them they will
appreciate it and see that it gets to our office before
dead-line time. So many members send news to our
office AFTER the deadline, and it's a shame they didn't
send it to their reporter so it could be received on time.
There must be hundreds of ex-Zonites out there who just
keep mum. We'd like to hear from you! Just say that
you're alive and well your friends would like to hear
At this point, it looks as if this issue of the Canal
Record will go over the maximum allowable pages. If this
is the case, I will state my regrets beforehand, that I must
delete some of the photos sent us by both our reporters
and our member-readers. As much as I regret to do it,
it's the only solution. We have already done some
watering-down on a few of the news items sent in to save
space. Our Reporters already know that we may not be
able to print everything they send in and there is no
"saving it for next time" either. Since this column is the
last to be typeset before putting the issue together, we'll
get on with the job right now. Adios.

Richard (Pat) Beall
(813) 391-4359


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SOctober 21, 1994

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Your Federal Employee Health
Benefit (FEHB) program has been
facing a tough fight for survival.
Several months ago Congress and
other health reform experts were
t praising our program. The House
Post Office and Civil Service
Committee held hearings in which
FEHB was cited as a model of good health insurance and
Congress was urged to leave it alone. But now the tide
seems to be turning against us. The major health plan,
which is being drafted in the Ways and Means
Committee, is silent on the subject of our FEHB plan.
Observers say that even the Post Office and Civil Service
Committee, which consistently supported employees and
retirees, may not be in a position of recommending that
our FEHB be saved as we know it today. The best we
can hope for in the short run is language assuring that we
will be left no worse off after being moved into a national
health plan. You should write to your Congressional
representatives and tell them to protect your Federal
Employee Health Benefit plan.


The amount of wages needed to earn one Social
Security "credit" is $620 in 1994, up from $590 in 1993.
The maximum number of credits that can be earned each
year is four. Thus, anyone earning more than $2,480 in
1994 will receive the maximum of four credits for the
year. To be eligible for Social Security benefits, a worker
needs a specific number of credits. The number depends
on his or her age and the type of benefit involved. Most
people need 40 credits to be eligible for retirement
benefits, but younger people may qualify for disability
and survivors benefits with as few as six credits. Social
Security recipients who work will be able to earn more
money in 1994 without reducing their Social Security
benefits. The maximum amount of money that
beneficiaries between the ages of 65 and 69 can earn in
1994 without reducing their Social Security benefits is
$11,160. In 1993, the limit was $10,560. For every $3 a
person earns over $11,160, $1 is withheld from his or her
benefits. For beneficiaries under age 65 in 1994, the limit
will be $8,040. In 1993, the limit was $7,680. For every $2
a person earns over $8,040, $1 is withheld from benefits.
The earnings limits do not apply to benefits for people
age 70 or older who continue to work.

Several proposals are circulating on how to reduce
spending. 1. Keep the across-the-board general schedule
raises to less than 2 percent. 2. Cut federal jobs by
252,000 over a five-year period. 3. Require annual cuts of
$65 billion, with automatic cuts kicking in if Congress and
the White House can't agree. 4. Partial civilian hiring
freeze. 5. Freeze on COLAs for federal retirement and

certain other entitlement programs. 6. Review entitlement
spending, such as retirement benefits. If you don't fight
now, you will not have anything to fight for later.


A bill to make the Social Security Administration an
independent agency has passed the Senate, but political
obstacles may prevent it from becoming law. The
measure would remove Social Security from the
Department of Health and Human Services and place it
under a seven-person advisory board with an appointed
administrator. Supporters say this would make the agency
more accountable and less susceptible to political
influences. Although the House has passed a similar bill,
its version contains major differences that the two bodies
in the past have been unable to reconcile. Also, the
Clinton administration opposes the change.


Some insurance companies would like to head off a
major overhaul of the American health system. "People
are being subjected to misleading scare tactics about
health reform," says AARP. "Some insurers and direct-
mail groups are giving older Americans a completely
false impression that they have more to lose than gain
from reform." AARP supports real health care reform
that provides every American: Quality health care
coverage; Long-term care benefit; Prescription drug
coverage; System-wide cost containment; Financing that
is fair and adequate.


For the last 18 months I have been your legislative
representative and I have enjoyed writing the legislative
reports. I would like to thank the Board members for
helping me do my job. I would like to request that the
membership continue to make their views known to
members of Congress. The Society has a large voting
strength, tell your Senators and Representatives what you
think about cutting your COLAs and entitlements. Let's
finish 1994 off right. Let's send a hard and clear message
to Congress: "We deserve more respect; we are entitled
to better representation than we are receiving."

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(813) 894-2478


Last November, by Executive Order 12878, President
Clinton established the "Bipartisan Commission on
Entitlement Reform". This Commission, chaired by
Senators Bob Kerrey and John Danforth, is charged with
making recommendations for budget savings involving
"revisions to statutory entitlement and other mandatory
programs and alternative tax reform proposals". The
Committee has 32 members, including 12 Senators, 10
Representatives and 10 from the public. Unfortunately,
we do not have a representative from the group
representing the seniors. This Committee will make their

report in August.


Dan Rostenkowski recently announced a proposal to
overhaul the Social Security system by reducing benefits
for future retirees with average or above-average
incomes, increase the retirement age, reduce annual
COLAs by a half-percentage point, increase payroll
withholding, and lower the thresholds for taxing social
security benefits. Everyone is looking to reduce your
Social Security benefits along with your Civil Service
retirement benefits.


Congressman Bilirakis spoke to some 70 District
Nine members about his proposed "Health Reform
Consensus Act of 1994" H.R. 3955. This bill has over 50
co-sponsors and would incorporate many of the best
features of several health plans now under consideration.
Some of the changes the Congressman would like to see
are insurance reform, limiting pre-existing condition
restrictions, improvement of the prosecution of fraud and
abuse, tightening controls on malpractice claims,
simplification of administration procedures and expansion
of preventive care programs. One of the main points of
H.R. 3955 would leave our FEHBP intact.

H.R. 1056 would get our Civil Service Retirement
Fund off budget and back to its original status as an
independent trust fund. This bill now has 60 co-sponsors.
The main problem we now face is we do not have anyone
in the Senate sponsoring a similar bill.

Many of the same Representatives who drafted and
voted for the Penny-Kasich amendment are preparing
another plan to cut spending. At least 266
Representatives have co-sponsored legislation, H.R. 3266,
which would allot a special 56-hour time period during
which Members would propose and vote on yet to be
revealed plans to cut spending. This bill is called the A to
Z Open Season for spending cuts. This effort is to cut the
deficit by further spending cuts, without benefit of
committee action.

Representatives Andrews and Zeliff have filed a
discharge petition #16, House Resolution #407, which
has obtained 165 signatures. If the discharge petition
obtains 218 signatures (a majority of Representatives),
the House would devote 56 hours to debating and voting
on any number of separate amendments to reduce
spending. This could be very bad for retirees because
these amendments could seek reductions in COLAs and
health benefits of all federal retirees and other

Senator Kennedy announced he would modify
President Clinton's health reform plan by retaining our
FEHB Plan. At the same time he plans to open up our
FEHB Plan to everyone; making it possible for any
American to buy the same insurance offered to federal
employees and retirees. NARFE supports Sen. Kennedy's
decision to retain FEHBP, but his proposal would reduce
our benefits and choice of plans. Opening FEHBP to all
may increase premiums. NARFE members are urged to

make their Senators aware of these concerns.

Less than 45 legislative days remain until Congress
plans to adjourn. They would like to stop working by
October 7th. With so little time remaining, the health
care reform is in a crucial phase. All members of
Congress need letters and telephone calls to remind them
that it would be a tragedy if the best health insurance
system in America (FEHBP) is terminated by health care
reform legislation.

Inflation measured by the CPI-W rose 0.2 percent in
April according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At this
time last year the CPI-W had risen 2.0 percent. By
December of this year it could be as high as 5.0 percent.
There are many in Congress who do not want you to
have a 5-percent adjustment in your retirement check.

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(813) 894-2478


This is a law that affects Social Security spouses' or
widows' benefits. If you worked for a Federal, State or
local government where you did not pay Social Security
taxes, the pension you receive from that agency may
reduce any Social Security benefits you qualify for.
There are two laws that may reduce your benefits.
One of them affects the way your Social Security
retirement or disability benefits are figured. For more
information about that provision, contact Social Security
for the fact sheet, "A Pension from Work Not Covered
By Social Security" (Publication No. 05-10045).
The second law affects Social Security benefits you
receive as a spouse or widow. This fact sheet provides
answers to questions you may have about this provision.
You can get more information 24 hours a day by
calling Social Security's toll-free number 1-800-772-


Lawmakers are finding it hard to please everyone as
they try to equalize annual pension increases for
government civilian and military retirees. Under the
current law Federal civilian retirees will receive their
COLA in April 1995 and 1996. The Senate now proposes
COLAs be delayed until July 1995 and 1996, and until
May 1997 and 1998. The current law for military retirees
is for COLA in October 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. The
Senate now proposes COLA be moved up to July 1995
and 1996 and to May 1997 and 1998.
Paul Acari, lobbyist with the Retired Officers
Association, NARFE, and other lobbying groups prefer

a proposal passed by the House that would move up next
year's COLA for military retirees to April. That would
put both groups on an equal footing and deliver their
increases sooner. Update: As of July 11, 1994, civilian
retirees will be paid COLA in April as scheduled and
military retirees will be moved up to July payments.


President Clinton is adamant about providing
universal health care coverage for everyone. Proposals for
Medicare prescription drug coverage and long-term care
is being whittled away. Senator Edward M. Kennedy's
(D) Massachusetts Plan, like Clinton's, aims to cover all
Americans by requiring all employers--except small
businesses--to provide insurance to their employees and
pay most of the cost.
Senator John Breaux (D), Louisiana, proposes
America wait until 1999 to see whether changes in
market forces will enable everyone to have health care
insurance. The key issue in determining whether there is
a major reform is "Money". More money is needed to pay
for new benefits and to help pay for the subsidies to
small businesses and low-income Americans.


PCC retirees who need to apply for repayment of
expenses incurred for treatment of their injuries or
equipment (e.g., hearing aid, protheses, etc.) should
contact the Office of Workers Compensation Program.
OWCP will review the case and then contact the claimant
directly. The address is: Panama Canal Commission,
Workers' Compensation Office, Unit 2300, APO AA
34011-2300, Tel. No. (507) 52-3431.
Be sure to send a letter documenting the injury while
working for the Panama Canal Commission.


All but a small segment will be paid to employees on
retirement as of October 1, 1994. Initially it was paid to
all new retirees. Only two categories of retirees remain
eligible. One group is those involuntarily separated
(forced into retirement) and those who have to retire
because of a life-threatening condition.

Betty C. Snow
Legislative Representative


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SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.

July 1, 1993 through June 30, 1994

July 11, 1994
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Foster:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period July 1, 1993 through June 30, 1994.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and other miscellaneous records were verified as correct.
As of June 30, 1994, paid membership was 4,485. At June 30, 1993, paid membership was 4,917. This is a decrease
in membership of 432.
At June 30, 1994, 426 members had prepaid their 1995 dues, compared to 595 at the end of 1993.
We have no major findings or recommendations resulting from our audit. Our comments are attached hereto, along
with the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures as of June 30, 1994 and one schedule.
We would like to compliment Mrs. Barbara Green in her duties as Secretary/Treasurer. All records were accurate,
neat and ready for audit. They were always available when needed.

(Signed (Signed)
Frank Matters, Chairperson Jeanne Wheeler, Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee

Attachments: As noted.


July 11, 1994

Having completed our audit on July 11, 1994 for the period July 1, 1993 through and including June 30, 1994, we, the
Budget and Audit Committee respectfully submit the following comments to the Executive Committee.

COMMENT I: As recommended in our prior audit report, The Secretary/Treasurer is showing funds in the hands of the
Reunion Coordinator and the Chairperson, Golf Tournament as a footnote to the Statement of Financial Transactions.
These funds will continue to be shown in this manner until the computer program can be revised to accommodate them
directly in such statement.

COMMENT II: The Miscellaneous receipts of $2,170.67 include $544.00 representing amounts received from members
residing overseas to offset First Class Mail charges for the Canal Record. These amounts, starting in November 1993, are
now shown under Dues, Administrative Fee and Overseas Mailing Charge.

COMMENT III: This Committee noted that from June 30, 1993 to June 30, 1994, the Society's cash balances decreased
by $10,907.01 despite a $5.00 dues increase effective October 1, 1993. We proposed, in November 1993, a calendar year
1994 budget which projected a gain in receipts over expenditures of $1,450.00.

In January 1994, the Executive Committee approved various increases in the prices of decals, tags, copies of the Canal
Record and charges for advertisement in the Canal Record. The effect of these revenue-enhancing measures is not known
at this time, however, if all goes as projected, the Society's cash balances should show an increase at the end of the
Calendar year. At that time, we believe the Executive Committee should review the Society's cash balances and determine
if any further actions might be appropriate.

Respectfully Submitted,

(Signed) (Signed)
Frank Matters, Chairperson Jeanne Wheeler, Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee



Fund Balances at June 30, 1993

Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (6 months) Expires 08-03-93
CD (1 year) Expires 09-09-93
CD (1 year) Expires 12-10-93
CD (1 year) Expires 02-04-94
CD (1 year) Expires 05-05-94
CD (2 years) Expires 05-05-95
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balances as of June 30, 1993

$ 8,067.13

$ 94,434.69


Dues, Administrative Fee and Overseas Mailing
Charge (includes $8,520.00 in prepaid dues)
Society Functions
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Records)

Total Receipts June 30, 1994

$ 88,304.00

$ 104,966.44


Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1994
Society Functions
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid

$ 29,729.70
( 7,706.20)

Office Expenses:

Maintenance Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Petty Cash Canal Record, Society, Refreshments
Bank Charges
Capital Expense/Improvements

Total Expenditures June 30,1994


8 115,873.45

Fund Balances at June 30, 1994

Bank-Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (1 Yr) Expires 08-09-94
CD (1 Yr) Expires 12-10-94
CD (18 mos) Expires 02-09-95
CD (2 Yrs) Expires 05-05-95
CD (18 mos) Expires 08-10-95
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balance at June 30, 1994

* 7,252.58

$ 83,527.68

JULY 1, 1993 JUNE 30, 1994


Sarasota Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon


May Luncheon

9/3/93 $ 1,092.00

12/4/93 $ 1,644.00

2/5/94 $ 2,184.00

5/6/94 $ 1,260.00


$ 883.52

$ 1,439.51

$ 2,225.63

8 1,227.36

Society Functions are planned on the basis of breaking
all functions, except Carnavalito, showed a gain.


S 208.48

$ 204.49

S ( 41.63)

S 32.64

even. This year


October 1, 1994

The Panama Canal Society of Tarpon Ave. E.
Florida will hold its Annual Picnic at noon,
Saturday, October 1, 1994 at Pavilion #3,
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs. 19
Anderson Park is located 7/10 mile
north of Klosterman Road, or 9/10 mile
south of Tarpon Springs/Keystone Road on 19
the East side of Highway 19.
Pavilion #3 has ample parking, ANDERSON PARK ___. /
handicapped drop-off, wheel chair ramp and
an excellent view of Lake Tarpon, and is Lak
close to rest-rooms. Tarr
Everyone attending is asked to Klosterman Rd.
bring a covered dish to share and your own
soft drinks. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and paper cups.
Members are reminded that the
park does not allow alcoholic beverages on the premises.


A short business meeting will be held after lunch.
The coordinator is James O'Donnell, (813) 894-2478.

Conrad Horine's work with the index of CHS-BHS
persons. Please contact Norma Horine at 5728 Barley
Court, Bonita, CA 91902.

Co-Chairpersons: Dorothy Herrington and Nancy Van Siclen
December 10, 1994

17307 Gulf Boulevard
North Redington Beach, Florida 33708

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Christmas Luncheon will be held at The Wine Cellar. 17307 Gulf
Boulevard, North Redington Beach, on Saturday. December 10. 1994.
A cash bar will be set up to commence at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting following at 12:00 noon.
The menu will be a choice of Boneless Breast of Chicken "Cordon Bleu" or Braised Swiss Steak. Each entree will
include Wine Cellar Salad, Duchess Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, and dessert of Cream Puff with Vanilla Ice Cream with
Chocolate Sauce, Coffee or Tea.
Please specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost of the luncheon is $15.00 per person, tax and gratuities included. Deadline for RESERVATIONS and
REFUNDS is Monday, December 5, 1994.
Start the Holiday Season by attending the Society Christmas Luncheon and gathering with old friends from the
CANAL ZONE.We will have entertainment, along with door prizes. Come and have fun and show your support for the
SOCIETY. There will be a short business meeting.
Tables will be for 8 and if you wish to reserve a table for you and your friends, please fill out the form below and
list the names of your guests.
The Wine Cellar has plenty of FREE parking for our members.
We have included directions for all our members from the North, South, East and West. Hope to see you on
December 10th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Dot Herrington at 813-796-8120 or Nancy Van Siclen at 813-397-
Grand Prize Two round trip tickets, Miami/Panama/Miami, donated by COPA.
r- -- -------- ----------- ----- --f
U& December 10, 1994
D1 The Wine Cellar

Member Name Membership No.

Telephone Number

Please make Reservations at $15.00 each. Total enclosed is: $

SPlease indicate preference: Chicken "Cordon Bleu"

Braised Swiss Steak
Names of Guests: (PLEASE PRINT)

1. 5

2. 6

3. 7.

4 8

Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
S8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.

The Wine Cellar
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 15 West. o
Gandy Blvd. turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on Park k B SEMINOLE
until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The Wine Park Blvd.
Cellar is on the left at 173rd Ave. TO TAMPA AN S 75
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 15 West TAA. S 275
and follow directions above. SHORES p e. 0
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to Park Blvd. d p173SIdA i 0
and follow directions in No. 1. NORNTHO i Celr
REDINGTON Wine Cellar B lvd.
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd. which runs BEACHay lines
into Bay Pines Blvd., bearing left to cross Tom StuartINGTN
Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Turn right and proceed REDINGTON BEACH
North to 173rd Ave. Wine Cellar is on the right.


November 4 104

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



It has been a long time since a lot of us have seen
each other. If you are interested in getting together for a
lunch in Orlando, Florida at the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in 1995, please contact one of those listed
below. Let your friends know so everyone can make plans
now for next year. More details in following Canal

Sue Cain Betty Kelleher
102 Turf Trail Place 106 Huckleberry Lane
Fountain, CO 80817 Dothan, AL 36303
(719) 382-3260 (205) 793-2118

Ann Buchter
2440 Winding Ck Blvd. #301
Clearwater, FL 34621-2558
(813) 797-2170

on Red, White, and Blue Troupe film taken in mid 30's.
Has anyone got a copy? Please call (collect): Jackie
(Dorgan) Meketa, 43 Agua Sarca Rd., Placitas, NM
87043. (505) 867-6939.

LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army/Navy Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202, Tel: 703-892-4100 or 1-800-222-
TREE (Across from the Pentagon and near motorail and
shopping, minutes to D.C.). WASHINGTON ROOM
Accommodation for 150 people only.
TIME & EVENT: October 8, 1994. 7:00 p.m. to
midnight. DINNER and cash bar. Gail Dawson will be
the illustrious Mistress of Ceremonies and will narrate a
repeat slide presentation given by Bob Rupp at the June
Reunion. ALSO, Michael Rhode, Jr., Secretary of the
Panama Canal Commission, will discuss the Canal's effort
in transitioning to Panama's control in the year 2000.
ROOM RATES: For those folks who would like to stay
the evening, the hotel is offering a single room with an
all-inclusive rate of $86.70 per night and $97.67 per night
for double occupancy.
COST PER TICKET: $30.00. Parking at the hotel is free.
RSVP: PLEASE send your payment by SEPTEMBER 15
and ask for meal selection to Rosemary Gilead (703)243-
6408, 1608 N. Utah Street, Arlington, VA 22207-2134) or
to Bob Nordstrom (703-573-5588, P.O. Box 505,
Annandale, VA 22003-0505) or to Barbara Bonanno,
6014 Crocus Court, Alexandria, VA 22310 (New address)
(703) 922-5746. Office phone is 202-634-6441, Panama
Canal Commission.)

Don't miss out on this great opportunity for bienvenido,
and bochinche.


Some seventy-five descendants of Roosevelt Medal
recipients were enrolled in the Descendants organization
during the 1994 Orlando Reunion. They joined a growing
list of members living in the U.S. and Panama.
Descendants of medal holders interested in learning
more about Roosevelt Medal Descendants are urged to
write to Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants,
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama.

October 3, 4, 5, 1994

Mark your calendar for a good time
in Dothan, Alabama on October
S' 3, 4, and 5. The annual Gas House
I Gang Golf Tournament will be held at
Sthe Olympia Spa Motel in Dothan. We
V i are looking forward to seeing all of
you who were here last year. If you
have never attended, you have missed
a wonderful get-together for golfers
and non-golfers to renew
acquaintances. A special invitation to
all you lady golfers to get a group
together and come enjoy this beautiful
course and the new Robert Trent golf course, The
Highlands. The Itinerary is:

Oct. 3 Practice round.(Make your own foursome)
Music in the evening.
Oct. 4 Mexican Best Ball Tournament male and
female mixed scramble.
Oct. 5 Mexican Best Ball Tournament separate
male and female division. Cocktail hour,
banquet and awards in the evening.

PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 days and 3 nights lodging,
3 rounds of golf (entry fee, cart, green fees and prizes),
3 breakfasts and 2 dinners, cocktail party, banquet and
prizes. All prices include taxes.

COSTS: Per couple (both golfers)
Per couple (one golfer)
Single golfer (with/roommate)
Single golfer (staying alone)
Single (non golfer)

each 197.50

NON-PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 rounds of golf
(entry fee, cart, green fees and prizes). Music Monday
night, cocktail party and banquet on Wednesday night.

Club Member (golfer)
Non-Club Member (golfer)
Cocktail party & Banquet only

$64.00 per person
$100.00 per person
$15.00 per person

All reservations will be made directly to the
OLYMPIA SPA MOTEL, Manager Joe Bates, P.O. Box
6108, Highway 231 South, Dothan, AL 36302. Telephone
is: (205) 677-3321. For additional information please call
any of the following: Vera Ryan (205) 793-6316, Lou
Hunt (205) 793-4690, Bud Huldtquist (205) 793-5186, Bill
Sherlock (205) 794-5933, Jim Coman (205) 284-0771.


Society members continue to show their kindness and
generosity by sending in old eyeglasses. If you have any
that you don't know what to do with but can't bring
yourself to throw away, then please recycle them by
sending them to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker,
LA 70714.

Opthalmologists and surgical support teams donate
their time and expertise to make annual trips to Central
America to perform surgery and distribute eyeglasses. On
each trip they see thousands of patients, perform
hundreds of operations and match up thousands of your
old prescription glasses with people who may never have
worn glasses before and who desperately need them.
Please do your part to help those less fortunate. What
finer gift than the gift of sight!

Kelly and Sharon Dawson


The ZONIAN pin, a custom designed rhinestone pin
honoring those Americans who lived and worked and
loved the Canal Zone, has been produced by Dawson and
Daughters (Gail, Sharon, Erin and Kelly). It was
introduced for sale at the Panama Canal Reunion in
June. The joint effort has consisted of creating several
designs, locating a manufacturer, and writing and printing
an enclosed gift card. The pin is an elegant accessory for
all clothing. It is a delightful present to one's self (if you
are a "Zonian" or if anxious to attract a Zonian) and
definitely a thoughtful and welcome gift for any "Zonian"
friend! The pin comes gift boxed with a printed card
describing this highly unique group of people! If
interested, please contact Gail at (703) 578-1150.


The Annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic will be
held starting at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 1994, at
Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off Highway 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Everyone in the area or passing through is invited to
attend. Just drive through the park and look for the
bohio with the artful CZ banner, compliments of our
artist-in-residence Gerda Smith. And, if you have any
good old CZ recipes, bring them along too. One day we
will have a cookbook and you won't want your goodies
left out.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups and a dump
station. For camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For additional picnic details, please contact Gerda or
Owen Smith at (601) 542-3441.


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Make plans now for our next Hill Country Christmas
Party, December 3, 1994. The 1993 party was a
resounding success and now we are gearing up for the
Best One Yet! This year's party will be held in New
Braunfels, Texas, at the Elks Lodge. Take a step back in
time with us and celebrate the coming of Christmas. For
those who want to stay overnight, you can stay at The
Faust, an antique and quaint Historical Hotel across from
the Elks (it brings to mind the old Tivoli Hotel).
Cocktails will be at 4:00 p.m. with dinner served at
6:00 p.m. (choice of steak or chicken). Following dinner
will be a band we can dance to. An array of door prizes
and a great raffle is programmed. A Panamanian dance
troupe and musicians will be performing. More info in
the next issue. If you would like to be added to our
mailing list, please contact any of the following; Judy
Wheeler, 5730 Misty Glen, San Antonio, TX 78247 (210)
590-6202; Shirley Lawson-Polston, P.O. Box 27792, San
Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 520-1828; Dianna Lawson-
Lassalle, 9702 Valley Crest, San Antonio, TX 78250 (210)


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.


The "Ocala Zonians" extend an open invitation to all
who may be in Ocala on Tuesday, October 4, 1994 to
visit with us and help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary
of our founding.
Our luncheon meeting starts at noon in Stacy's
Buffet, 717 NE 36th Ave. in Ocala south of East Silver
Springs Blvd. (Hwy. 40 E).
For further information (if required), give Harry
Pearl (904) 622-7076 or Red Townsend (904) 629-1338 a

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May 6, 1994
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Huldtquist called the meeting to order at
12:00 noon. Invocation was given by Mrs. Dorothy
Yocum, followed by a moment of silence for recently
departed members. Mr. James Slover led the
membership in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Meeting recessed at 12:04 p.m. for lunch. Meeting
reconvened at 1:04 p.m.
Minutes of the April 8th meeting stand as read.
Financial Statement stands for audit.
Mrs. Huldtquist welcomed everyone and thanked Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Collins for arranging the luncheon.
Past Presidents attending were Robert Van Siclen, Muriel
Whitman, Pete Foster, Al Pate, Eugene Askew, and Anna
President Huldtquist reported on the April 28th
Executive Board meeting, explaining insurance policy for
office property. Reunion Coordinator Marje Foster
reported that 1600 members and guests had registered
with 800 dance and 700 ball tickets sold. Folkloric
Dancers will perform at a Despedida on June 12th;
coffee and goodies will be served. Reunion chairpersons
gave their reports, and a meeting was scheduled for May
18th between chairpersons and hotel personnel.
Mr. O'Donnell recapped his Legislative Report. He
also scheduled a meeting with his Dance Committee
members for May 10th.
Mrs. Whitman informed that a proposed amendment
to the Bylaws to eliminate Associate Membership would
be published in the June Canal Record. Mrs. Huldtquist
stated that Frank Matters is working on guidelines for
the disposition of old records.
Mrs. Huldtquist was honored with a round of
applause and presented with a bouquet of roses. There
was no unfinished or new business.
Door prizes were given out prior to the showing of
Neville Harte's video on Petroglyphs and Huacas.
President Huldtquist thanked everyone for their help
during her year in office. Mrs. Betty Malone made a
motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Mrs.
Dorothy Yocum. Meeting adjourned at 2:12 p.m.

Editor must have by:

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June 10, 1994
Twin Towers Hotel
Orlando, Florida

The Annual Meeting was called to order by
President Jane Huldtquist at 10:07 a.m. Sergeant-at-
Arms reported 195 members present. Quorum: 82
Invocation given by Mrs. Dorothy Yocum was
followed by a moment of silence for departed members.
Mr. James Slover lead the membership in the Pledge of
President Huldtquist welcomed everyone to the 62nd
anniversary of the Panama Canal Society and the 80th
anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.
Outgoing Board members were introduced by Mrs.
Huldtquist who thanked them for all their work, as well
as the support they had extended to her.
Past Presidents attending: Eugene Askew, Gaddis
Wall, Robert Roy, Albert Pate, Anna Collins, Peter
Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Betty Frassrand
and Robert Van Siclen. Howard Clarke and Dewey
Goodwin were absent.

Mr. Sam Modica, Twin Towers' Director of Sales,
welcomed everyone and said that the hotel staff will miss
working with the Society next year and hopes we will
return to the Twin Towers. On behalf of the Society,
Mrs. Huldtquist extended appreciation to the hotel and
staff for their hospitality and cooperation over the years.
Minutes of the May meeting stand as recorded. The
May Financial Statement stands for audit.
Nancy Van Siclen, Dottie Pate and Carolyn Johnson,
Pages in charge of handing out prizes, as well as
members stationed at the door, Shirley Boswell, Jeanne
Wheeler and Dorothy Herrington, were introduced.
Mrs. Huldtquist recapped events and
accomplishments during her tenure as President (copy
attached to original minutes). All officers expressed their
appreciation for having been given the opportunity to
serve the society and they enjoyed working with outgoing
President Jane Huldtquist (copy of comments attached to
original minutes). Copy of reports given by Barbara
Green, Secretary/Treasurer; Richard Beall, CanalRecord
Editor; and James O'Donnell, Legislative Representative,
are attached to the original minutes.
Committee Chairpersons expressed their pleasure in
having worked for the Society and with the Board
(reports attached to original minutes).

PAST and PRESENT PRESIDENTS: Standing L-R: Eugene Askew 1974-76; Gaddis Wall 1976-77; Robert Roy 1977-
78; Albert Pate 1982-83; Robert Van Siclen 1991-93; Ray "Bill" Wheeler 1986-87; Peter Foster 1985-86; Seated:
Anna Collins 1983-84; Jane Huldtquist 1993-94; Marje Foster 1994-95; Muriel Whitman 1987-88. Missed the photo
session: Dewey Goodwin 1962-64; Howard Clarke 1978-79; Betty Frassrand 1989-91.

Mrs. Marje Foster, Reunion Coordinator, welcomed
everyone to the 1994 Reunion. She thanked Barbara
Green, Shirley Boswell, and Pat Beall for all their work
in the preparation for the reunion. Appreciation was
extended to Jerry Boswell who made improvements to
the Reunion Coordinator's computer program to make
entries more efficient. She also thanked all the vendors
for their donations of prizes and Chris Skeie, who
printed the T-shirts worn by the desk clerks. Volunteers
and chairpersons were extended appreciation for their
hard work. Special mention went to Nancy Van Siclen for
her guidance.
Reunion chairpersons were called on for reports
(attached to original minutes).
Mrs. Foster reminded everyone about the Despedida
on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., hosted by the Twin
Towers. The Balet Folklorico Dancers from Orlando
were scheduled to perform.
Past President Rob Roy congratulated Past President
Robert Van Siclen for his article which appeared in the
September 1993 Canal Record, regarding the vandalism
which occurred at the 1993 Reunion.
Mr. Beall received information that the Ft. Worth
Museum can no longer accept memorabilia for the
museum since they have run out of space to display or
store the material.
Mrs. Frances Viglielmo, Hawaii, recapped plans to
write information regarding the Canal Zone and Panama
to pass on to future generations; a table has been set up
in the Exhibit Hall to provide information. Ms. Ella Mae
Morales Conrad asked that the Board members
acknowledge the documents which she had forwarded to
the Society regarding the promise of world peace and
racial unity.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand, Nominations Chairperson,
gave results of the ballot count. A total of 199 ballots
were received:
President Mrs. Marjorie Foster 179
Write Ins 4
1st VP Mr. Robert Johnson 182
Write Ins 2
2nd VP Mr. James O'Donnell 190
Write Ins 1
Directors Mrs. Margot Jordan 187
Write Ins 1
Mr. Virgil Camby 186
Write Ins 2
Total Ballots 199
Invalid Ballots 4
Incoming officers were sworn in by President Jane
Huldtquist; Mrs. Marjorie Foster was presented the
President's gavel.
Incoming President Marje Foster thanked everyone
for their support in electing her President for 94/95. She
presented outgoing President Jane Huldtquist with the
Past President's pin and a token of appreciation from the
members of the Society.
Mr. Peter Foster made a motion to destroy the
ballots; seconded by Mr. Joe Collins. Motion Carried.
Grand prize, two round-trip tickets to Panama via
COPA, was won by Mrs. Jean Herbert. Prizes, most
donated by vendors, were awarded during the meeting.
Motion to adjourn made by Robert Johnson;
seconded by Peter Foster. Meeting adjourned at 11:35

July 1, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

Newly-elected President Marje Foster called the
meeting to order at 12:09 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave
the invocation followed by a moment of silence for
recently departed members. In the absence of Sergeant-
at-Arms James Slover, Mr. Harry Foster led the
membership in the Pledge of Allegiance. Forty-six
members were in attendance.
In keeping with the 4th of July holiday, Mrs. Dorothy
Pate read a short poem about "Old Glory". Mrs. Faith
Brundage led the membership in singing the "Star
Spangled Banner". President Foster thanked Bob and
Nancy Van Siclen; Dorothy Pate and Pat Beall for the
congratulatory decorations.
Meeting recessed at 12:20 p.m. for lunch and
reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
President Marje Foster welcomed everyone and
acknowledged Past Presidents: Gene Askew, Al Pate, Bill
Wheeler, Bob Van Siclen, Peter Foster and Jane
Huldtquist. Mrs. Foster introduced the 1994/1995
Executive Board and handed out name tags to new
members of the Board. Committee members were
Mrs. Foster gave her President's report and asked
the membership to support their officers and offer
suggestions for increasing attendance at the monthly
meetings. She pointed out that office expenses had risen
considerably due to Workmen's Compensation and
Liability Insurance.
Mrs. Foster discussed accomplishments during the
last month of Past President Jane Huldtquist's term. She
further pointed out that complimentary airline tickets
given the Society by COPA are for stand-by travel and
may not be used during peak times. The Society is not
responsible for the arrangements made between the
winner of these tickets and COPA Airlines.
Board members were called on for reports. Past
President Jane Huldtquist congratulated Mrs. Foster on
her election, as well as, the incoming Board and
Committee Chairpersons.
Chairperson, Sarasota Luncheon, Mrs. Jay Cain
reminded everyone about the luncheon.
Mrs. Foster gave her Reunion report; over 2,300
members and guests attended with over 2,000 registered.
The registration fee helped to defray administrative
expenses. 524 attended the annual luncheon and over
1,100 attended the Panazonian Dance and the Ball. The
Despedida and the Folkloric Dancers were a huge
success. Vendors reported they did real well. There were
no security problems other than noise. The Golf
Tournament and luncheon went over well.
Under unfinished business, Mrs. Foster asked for a
motion to award Honorary Membership to Joe Wood.
Pete Foster moved that the honorary membership be
awarded; Mrs. Dorothy Yocum seconded, and the vote
was unanimous. Committee for disposal of office records,
headed by Mr. Frank Matters, will meet after the annual
audit is completed. A review of workhours and salaries of
office staff is underway. Everyone was reminded to vote
on amendment in the June Canal Record.
Under new business: Mr. Thomas Peterson has

offered to work with Marc Quinn on the formation of a reminded everyone to mark their calendars for the
club for descendants of Roosevelt Medal Holders. Sarasota Luncheon on September 3rd and the Annual
Frances Sharp asked the members to contact her if they Picnic on October 1st at Anderson Park. She announced
had any information concerning the Audubon Society that the membership attendance contest would start with
which existed in the Canal Zone. today's meeting. Door prizes were handed out.
Next meeting will be held at St. Bede's on August Motion made by Jay Cain to adjourn the meeting;
5th, light refreshments will be served. Mrs. Foster Bill Wheeler seconded. Meeting adjourned at 1:52 p.m.

Important Notiee to Soeiety Members!

Many of our members have been
submitting an additional $10.00 with their
Renewal Dues payment due to a
misinterpretation of a statement appearing
on our membership application.
1995 dues are due on October 1, 1994. You
are not required to pay your dues until
October 1, 1994 and will not be removed
from the Canal Record distribution list if
you have paid your 1995 dues no later than
October 31, 1994. The 1995 Renewal Dues of
$20.00 pays your dues in full from October
1, 1994 to September 30, 1995. You MAY pay
your dues in advance but it is not
necessary. Prompt payment of 1995 dues
insures delivery of the December issue of the
Canal Record!

The $10.00 Administrative Fee will be
charged for new members and for those
members who have allowed their 1995 dues
to lapse past June 1, 1995, in which case,
they must be entered on the membership list
as new members!! Back issues of the Canal
Record may be purchased for $5.00 per issue
if your name has been removed from the
Canal Record distribution list!!


SOiando odd Center

July 5 9, 1995
1503 Rooms, (101 suites, 567 kings, 834 doubles)
27 stories, 12 story lobby atrium
Joe Lee designed Golf Course, Par 71 6,150 yards.
Situated on nearly 200 acres
Dance Hall 2.24 times bigger.
13 water features including fountains and waterfalls.
On-site greenhouse, services 5,600 plants and landscaping.
13 man-made lakes on the property.
On Premise Car rental
1 Hour Photo
I All rooms larger then the average guest room
20 min. from the Orlando International Airport
4 minutes from Walt Disney World
q 15 minutes from Universal Studios
10 minutes from Sea World

Remote-control color TV
In-room movies
Separate ceramic tile bathroom and vanity
Spacious, private balcony
Express check-out
Pull-out sofa bed
In-room safe ($3.00 per day)
Ironing board and iron
Coffee Maker
Hair dryer

Golf Facts and Information

Director of Golf: Tony Austin
Assistant Golf Pro: Pete DeBraal

Lesson Rates:
Rentals: Clubs...

Range Balls

No. of water hazards
Number of sand traps

18 hole par 71 Joe Lee designed Golf Course
One of the top 20 Resort Golf Shops in the Country.
$40.00 per hour (private) Arrangements can be made for group lessons.
$25.00 for 18 holes
$12.50 for 9 holes
$10.00 for 18 holes
$5.00 for 9 holes
$5.00 per bag
Complimentary putter for putting green
19 (affecting 15 of the 18 holes)
Approximately 85

Marriott's Orlando World Center Golf Club is situated on more than 130 acres of the hotel's 200 acre
site in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The course surrounds the hotel building.

The full service golf club includes a pro shop, featuring the finest in clothing
Professional club service, including club storage, rental and cleaning, is available.

The golf course clubhouse offers men's and ladies' locker rooms, and the Golf Grille
breakfast, lunch and dinner. A practice range is available for lessons or practice.

and equipment.

restaurant serves

U.S.G.A. Rating: From the Championship tees: 71.0. From the men's tees: 69.5. From the women's
tees: 69.5.

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C. Atlanta Room
D. Boston Room
E. Chicago Room
F. Denver Room
G. Los Angeles Room
H. Miami Room
I. New Orleans Room
J. New York Room
K. Washington Room
L. Tampa Room
M. St. Louis Room
N. San Francisco Room
O. San Antonio Room

Easily Accessible From Interstate 4
Take Exit 26A then 536 East

1994 1


The 1994 Reunion was smaller than those of the last
couple years, but from all the comments received, it did
not deter anyone from having a great time, actually, it
was easier to see everyone and visit.
Moving Registration and Hospitality/Information
into the Exhibit Hall was definitely a PLUS for the
members and the committees. Approximately 2,300
attended, counting those who did not register.
I could not have coordinated this event without the
help of so many others. First, Nancy Van Siclen who
helped me over the rough spots; Jane Huldtquist, who
supported and advised me, and all of our wonderful
chairpersons, Carolyn and Robert Johnson, Richard
"Pat" Beall, Jeanne Wheeler, Gemma and Jim O'Donnell,
Margot and Hubert Jordan, John Disharoon, Betty
Malone, Nancy and Bob Van Siclen, Peter Foster, and a
special thanks to all the volunteers who work year after
year on these committees.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Barbara Green,
our Secretary, and Shirley Boswell, her assistant who
handled the paper work coming in from the members, in-
putting the data into the computer and furnishing me
with accurate and complete lists of Reunion attendees,
their assigned hotel, ticket orders, etc. This was the first
year that we brought the work into the office and it
worked beautifully and took a tremendous load off my
shoulders. Pat was always available to help out with signs,
fly-sheets, invitations, etc. Jerry Boswell kept our
Reunion computer program up to date and added some
improvements along the way.
Last but not least, I would like to thank the Vendors
who donated door prizes for our annual Business
Meeting, and to Chris Skeie for providing T-shirts for all
the hotel Registration Staff. WE appreciate your
participation and generosity.
I am still finishing up on last minute expenses, etc.,
but from all appearances we will realize a small profit.
The Registration Fee really helped to defray our
administrative expenses.
Bowen-Keppie Travel donated two tickets up-front
for our musicians, but unfortunately, not enough of our
members are using the travel agency to warrant enough
complimentary tickets. They refunded money to several
members when airline ticket prices dropped for a short
time. We encourage our members to book their flight
reservations through our official travel agency so that we
may benefit by obtaining plane tickets for our musicians
to attend and play at the Reunion.
Robert Johnson will be Reunion Coordinator for the
1995 Reunion to be held at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center Resort and Convention Center, and from all
indications, it looks like it will be a BIGGIE! Hope to
see you all there!
Marjorie Foster
1994 Reunion Coordinator

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President's Reception

The President's Reception was held on Friday, June
10, 1994, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the President's Penthouse
of the North Tower of the Twin Towers Hotel.
Fifty-four people were invited which included the
Executive Board, Chairpersons of Standing Committees,
the entire office staff, and three members of the hotel
staff and their dates and spouses.
The purpose of the reception was to introduce our
guest speaker, Mr. Robert Rupp, and his wife to the
officers of the Society.
Six Society coasters were presented to both Mr.
Rupp and Mr. Holder. Hors d'oeuvres, snacks, and wine
were furnished.
The hotel had presented me a bottle of wine as a
welcoming gift, which was donated to the Bingo games
for a prize, along with three other bottles of wine
purchased for the reception. We also furnished snacks
to the Bingo games for refreshments for the players.

Jane Huldtquist

Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., was held in the Orange Room of
the Convention Center of the Twin Towers Hotel on
Friday, June 10, 1994. It commenced at 10:00 a.m. with
195 members in attendance at the beginning of the
meeting. Thirty-three other members arrived late and
were admitted. A grand total of 228 members were in
All officers and chairpersons of the Society were in
attendance. Pages were Nancy Van Siclen, Carolyn
Johnson, and Dorothy Pate. Ladies at the door included
Shirley Boswell, Jeanne Wheeler, and Dorothy
The meeting went along very well and was finished
at 11:30 a.m. Mr. Sam Modica, Sales Manager for the
Hotel, welcomed our Society to the hotel; Executive
Board officers gave their reports along with Reunion
Coordinator and her chairpersons; door prizes were given
out periodically, which were donated by the vendors, and
two COPA Airline tickets to Panama were won by Mrs.
Jean Herbert.
No other new business was presented. Mrs. Foster
was presented with the President's Gavel; Mrs.
Huldtquist was presented with the Past President's Pin.
Mrs. Huldtquist was also presented with a lovely
arrangement of flowers from the Executive Board.

Jane Huldtquist

Panama, 1 de June 1994.

Mrs. Huldtquist
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

Dear Mrs. Huldtquist:

Please receive my best wishes on the occasion of the Panama Canal Society's 1994 annual reunion.

I want to take this opportunity to say to your membership that I am committed fully to bringing about the reconciliation
of all the components of Panama's national life. The government that I will head as of September 1 of this year will give
just consideration and due respect to all who have taken part in forging the history and promoting the progress of our
cherished Isthmus of Panama.

A large number of you, with your families, spent significant parts of your lives here in Panama where you provided
exemplary service in the construction, operation, maintenance and security of the Panama Canal. Many of you were born
and grew up here.

Each and every one of you should feel assured that you are always welcome here, a place which has also been your home.


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to Panama Canal Society of Panama
June 11, 1994

(Running commentary he gave on the photo slides has
been omitted by Mr. Rupp. No material has been
excluded from the original presentation.)

Madame President, distinguished guests, ladies and
gentlemen. Good Afternoon. It is indeed a pleasure and
an honor to be here with you this afternoon in beautiful
Orlando, to share with you what I hope will be an
interesting pictorial trip "back to the future" of the Canal
area and Panama. When your President, Jane
Huldtquist, called me several months ago and asked me
to be the Guest Speaker at this luncheon, I asked her--
what would the membership like me to talk about--
without any hesitation she said a "Now and Then" type of
presentation which would give the audience a sense of
what it is like to work and live in the Canal area today as
opposed to 30 or 40 years ago. Just based on the fun I

have had putting these pictures together, I think Jane hit
the nail right on the head.
As you will see, there have
been many changes in the
Canal Zone and in Panama
in the past 4 decades--some
changes for the better and
others not so much for the
better. As we all know,
however, change is a fact of
life. None of us can stop it.
But I think most of you will
agree after viewing this
presentation, that while the
Canal Zone "ain't what it
used to be", it still offers a
very nice way of life that is
unique, in a country that is
Robert Rupp blessed with a great climate
and natural beauty. Having
said that, I need to stress
one very important point: our situation in Panama would
not be what it is today had it not been for the events of

December 20, 1989. As many of you are well aware,
things in Panama from the mid-80's to late 1989 were
steadily deteriorating and had nearly reached the point
where a total evacuation of U.S. citizens from Panama
was not out of the question. Then, as they say in
Hollywood, the cavalry arrived in the nick of time and the
rest is history. There is no doubt, in my mind at least,
that the liberation of Panama and the installation of a
democratic government has had a dramatic, direct and
positive impact on the quality of life, not only for the
Panamanian people but also for those of us who live and
work in the Canal area. Let me also tell you that there is
another important factor that has contributed to our
overall quality of life--and that factor is very evident,
specially at gatherings such as these. It is simply this:
whenever you find a group of people who have tasted the
sweet waters of the Chagres, you can bet your sweet
bippy that no matter what the situation, we will find a
way to enjoy ourselves. In any event, I have talked
enough and its time for the slide presentation--but I do
need to say one more thing--I would be remiss if I did
not give my most sincere appreciation to the Chief of the
Graphic Branch, Mel Kennedy, and the Chief of the
Audio Visual Section, Ernie Holder, who accompanied
me on this trip. Had it not been for them, and all the
great people of the staff of the Panama Canal Graphic
Branch, this presentation could not have been possible.
The presentation is divided into two major subject
areas: landmarks and recreational activities. First, we will
take a look at familiar landmarks and buildings in both
the Canal area and in Panama, then we will explore the
many off-duty after-work activities that are available to us
and our families. All of this will be done in a "Now and
Then" theme. The "then" pictures will appear on the
screen to your left, the "now" pictures on your right. So
let's begin our trip "back to the future" as we move from
the Pacific to Atlantic and revisit some old familiar
landmarks and buildings.
(At this point Mr. Rupp gave a running commentary
on some 80 different slides depicting well-known
landmarks and recreational areas in Panama and the
Canal Zone. Also, as an added treat, Mr. Holder of the
PCC Graphics Branch presented a 2-minute slide show
summarizing the beauty of Panama to the tune of the
well-known melody "My Name is Panama". The speech
then continued with closing remarks with "then" and
"now" slides of Miraflores Locks in the background.)
As we come to a close of today's presentation, I
think it is appropriate to show these two slides depicting
an aerial view of Miraflores Locks as it looks today vs
forty-five years ago. As you can see, while there have
been some changes, I think the striking thing about these
pictures is how many details remain unchanged. I point
this out because it is a great testament to the ingenuity
and foresight of the Canal builders to have built a canal
nearly 80 years ago with a basic structure and design that
has withstood the test of time...and that leads me to an
important conclusion that I reached as I put this
presentation together. The quality of life which we as
Canal employees and our children enjoy today depends
on the many facilities still standing in the Canal area
today such as schools, roads, swimming pools, houses and
the like. These facilities were built and maintained by
many of you who today sit in this very room...and you did
so following the same tradition as the Canal builders.
You built and designed these infrastructures with the

future in mind. While much credit must be given to those
who have kept up and administered these facilities during
the recent past, there is no doubt in my mind that the
quality of life that I and my family enjoy today is due in
no small part to the work you all did before us...and for
that, I can sincerely say from the bottom of my heart,
'Thank you, thank you all very much."

POSTSCRIPT: To all of those who had wanted to chat
with Bob and Jeanne after the luncheon and did not get
a chance to do so, the Rupps apologize, but for reasons
beyond their control it was imperative that they return
to Panama that very afternoon.

The oldest former Panama Canal boilermaker, on left,
and the oldest Panama Canal shipfitter also both
former production superintendents of the Industrial
Division. Left: Dennis Gilbert. Right: Cy Field. A
meeting of two former "greats" of the Canal Zone.



HAM RADIO REUNION. Bottom L-R: Bob Geddes,
Jim O'Donnell. Middle row L-R: Paul Ebdon, Connie
Ebdon, Nancy Eide, Lois Salyer, Marian Kariger.
Top L-R: "Obe" Oberholtzer, Dr. Ernest Kredell, Vilma
Kredell, Charles Salyer, Mrs. Montgomery, Bob
Ausnehmer, Lee Kariger, Ed Parker, Judith Flores,
George "Lanky" Flores.

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Chagres Invitational Golf

The Fifteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held on June 9, 1994, at the Cypress
Creek Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Hubie and I
had many anxious moments after we arrived in Orlando
and found the golf course had been closed for two days.
The course was extremely wet and it looked unlikely that
our golfers were going to be able to play but after a
restless afternoon and night we all watched the sun push
its way through the rain clouds and allow most of our
golfers to finish 18 holes.
Ninety-seven enthusiastic players showed up to make
our tournament a success and thanks to our wonderful
committee which consisted of Anna and Joe Collins,
Betty Frassrand, Don and Loretta Date, Margaret Leigh,
John Gough and Jim Slover the glitches that took place
were smoothed over without notice. Our current
President Jane Huldtquist was gracious enough to
present Panama Canal tiles to the committee members
who donated their time to assist in running the
Following the tournament, a delicious buffet was held
at the Lake/Osceola room of the Twin Towers Hotel
with 116 attending. Our guest of honor was Mrs. Irene
Will who came from California to present the Ray Will
Memorial Trophy to the Champions. She was very
gracious and understanding when we realized that the
trophy had been forgotten, but we assured her that we
would retrieve it and put the Champion's names on it.
Starting next year we will dedicate our new trophy to
Fred Huldtquist, a man who put many long hours
alongside his wife Jane to make this tournament a
success. The new trophy will be called the Fred
Huldtquist Chagres Invitational Trophy.
The luncheon tables were decorated with Panama
buses with the names of the different Panama golf
courses on them. These were drawn by Donna Date
Smith and colored and assembled by Hubie and I. The
large banner behind the head table was painted and
donated by Rupert Turner last year.
Forty-one door prizes were given at the luncheon and
we would like to acknowledge the following people for

donating gifts that helped make the tournament such a
success: Two homemade afghans made by Irene Will; two
bottles of Spanish Sherry donated by Cecile and Norman
Demers; a round-trip ticket for two to Panama and 3
nights at the Club Suites de Golf donated by George
Downing; 12 golf balls donated by the Dothan Olympia
Spa Golf Resort; a golf umbrella, 1 set of head covers
donated by Donald Schmidt; a Tivoli Guest House shirt
was donated by John Gough and 150 bags of peanuts
donated by Woody Woodruff. I got a lot of orders for the
cookies I donated but only the lucky winners walked off
with them. The Cypress Creek Country Club donated all
of the balls for favors in addition to 10 dozen golf balls
given for prizes. See what you've been missing by not
Our ladies' champion was Margaret Leigh shooting
a 92 and our men's champion was Arthur Eggar shooting
a 73. The committee wishes to thank all participants in
the 1994 Chagres Invitational. Your cooperation and
"patience" were greatly appreciated and we look forward
to another great tournament next year at the Marriott
Orlando World Center.
First place winners: Ladies Flight, Margot Jordan;
Flight A, Leo Barker, 80; Flight B, Mark Stock, 73;
Flight C, Jim Orvis, 76; Flight D, Bill Lebrun, 84.
Second place winners: Ladies Flight, Maurie Moore;
Flight A, Kim Norman, 86; Flight B, Barry Adubato, 75;
Flight C, George Downing, 83; Flight D, Edward Stroop,
Third place winners: Ladies Flight, Sue Deakins;
Flight A, Mark Deakins, 88; Flight B, J.D. Bryant, 79;
Flight C, Louis Dedeaux, 85; Flight D, Bob Johnson, 87.
Fourth place winners: Ladies Flight, Jane Huldtquist;
Flight A, Tom Wilder, 89; Flight B, Bob Rupp, 82; Flight
C, George Holt, 88; Flight D, Melvin Smith, 92.
Fifth place winners: Ladies Flight, Kay Pierce; Flight
A, Paul Myers, 89; Flight B, Larry Corrigan, 86; Flight
C, Ron Angermuller, 88; Flight D, Ted Melanson, 92.
Sixth place winners: Ladies Flight, Nora Melanson;
Flight A, Kerrie Ward, 92; Flight B, Butch Hope, 86;
Flight C, Richard Duncan, 88; Flight D, Bill York, 95.
Seventh place winners: Ladies Flight, Jane Buss;
Flight A, Jim Nourse, 92; Flight B, Terry Deakins, 86;
Flight C, Jim Kenealy, 93; Flight D, Tony Frangioni, 100.
Eighth place winners: Ladies Flight, Terry Blog;
Flight A, Paul Eisenhower/Frank Anderson (tie), 93;
Flight B, Bob Boyer/McNair Lane (tie), 88; Flight C,
Carroll Taylor, 94; Flight D, Hugh Norris, 105.

Margot and Hubert Jordan

1. Cypress Creek Country Club. David Graulau giving final instructions to golfers before take-off. 2. Co-Chairperson
Hubert Jordan hit first ball off #1 Tee to start tournament. 3. Cypress Creek Country Club Pennant. 4. Committee
members John Gough, Margaret Leigh, Mauri Moore help Hubert and Margot Jordan, Co-Chairpersons with

1. Golf Co-Chairpersons Margot Jordan and Hubert Jordan receive tokens of appreciation from President Jane
Huldtquist. 2. Margot Jordan addressing golfers after luncheon. 3. President Jane Huldtquist presents token of
appreciation to Loretta Date.

1. L-R: Jane Buss, Cindy Forsythe, Mauri Moore, Carol Sullivan. 2. L-R: Winters Hope, Hubert Jordan, Don
DeStaffino, John Gough. 3. L-R: Margaret Leigh, Sandy Sanders, Terry Blog, Margot Jordan

1. Committee member Betty Frassrand and President Jane Huldtquist. 2. Honorary Guests Irene Will and daughter
Lauray Will Griffin. 3. Committee members Joe and Anna Collins begging for mercy.

1. Clockwise: Brian Kennon, Ray (Bill) Wheeler, Ed Curtis, "Emo" Everson, Frank Anderson, Buzzy Kennon,
Bill Kennon, Butch Kennon. 2. Annual Luncheon Guest Speaker Bob Rupp, Panama Canal Commission and friend,
3. Clockwise: Bill York (seat vacant) "Sis" York, Jim Orvis, Guy Huldtquist, "Woody" Woodruff, Roy "Bocas"
Leeser, Helen McGuinness, Tom McGuinness, Peter Zolik.

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1. 1st Place winner, Ladies Flight, Margot Jordan. 2. 1st Place winner, Flight "D", Bill LeBrun. 3. 5th
Flight "C", Ron Angermuller. 4. Tim Lane receives his prize, for Flight "D" from Betty Frassrand.

Place winner,

1. Betty Frassrand presents prizes to: 1. Third Place winner J.D. Bryant, Flight "B". 2. Third Place winner Louis
Dedeaux, Flight "C". 3. 1994 Champions Arthur Egger and Margaret Leigh being awarded prizes by Joe Collins
and Betty Frassrand. 4. 4th Place Ladies Flight winner, Jane Huldtquist. 5. 4th Place winner, Flight "D", Mel Smith.

1. 8th Place winner, Flight "C", Carroll Taylor. 2. 8th Place winner, Flight "B", Bob Boyer. 3. George Downing
presents door prize of round trip ticket to Panama. 4. Door Prize winner, Hugh Norris.

Reunion Registration

Moving 1994 Reunion Registration to the Exhibit
Hall in the Twin Towers was a complete success!
Members, please believe the new registration fee is vital,
in order for the Society Reunion to continue.
Attendance was low this year due to many reasons;
however, over 2,000 were registered. Doubtless many
members attended but did not register. Please do not be
"put off' by registration fee.
Once again we want to thank all of our volunteers.
We could not have done it without you! We urge you all
to volunteer in 1995 for the incoming registration people.
Last, but not least, thanks to the President and the
Reunion Coordinator for their help.

Reunion Sports Tournament

Once again everyone had a great time with sports at
the annual reunion. This year we played the volleyball
tournament with four players per team. The team of
Mainor Yocum, Ingrid Diaz, Jimmy Conner and Jean
Gramlich walked away with the 1st place trophy. They
were followed closely by the team of Brian Camorda and
Howard, Bryan and Wayne Favorite. The team of
Amparo Paul, Chuck Wicks, Dave Payne and Scott
Burns grabbed the 3rd place prize.
The grand prize winner in bingo was Mrs. Carmen
Thacker. This was the largest group of bingo zealots in
years. Seventy-five players participated!

Robert and Carolyn Johnson
Registration Co-Chairpersons

John Disharoon
Sports Chairperson






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Ham Radio Reunion

James J. O'Donnell and Edward Parker. Co-
chjirmen. hot-ed the Iirst ham radio luncheon it [he
Twin Towcrs Hotel in Orlindo. The follol,.ing ham
operators \Tre in iattndance.

President-Elect Marje Foster presents President Jane
Huldtquist with a bouquet of flowers from the
Executive Board as a token of their esteem and
appreciation for her outstanding term as president.

1994 Vendors

Ed Parker recommended that this group meet each
day except Sunday on 7.295 at 0915 EST. The next Ham
Radio Reunion will be held at the next Panama Canal
Reunion on Friday, July 7, 1995, at 12:30 p.m. Anyone
interested in participating in the next amateur radio
reunion, please write or call one of the committee.

We had a total of 31 members request Vendor
Applications for the 1994 Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Out of those requests 25 submitted applications.
Due to illness and other commitments, by the start
of the Reunion we had 19 vendors, with one vendor
having a second table, scheduled to open on Thursday at
12:00 noon.
We had several new vendors this year and each one
had something new to offer our members. For those
members who did not visit the Vendor Room you missed
some very nice things for sale.
Once again, all the vendors donated a prize to be
awarded at the Annual Business Meeting, and on behalf
of the Society thank you very much.
Also, all vendors are urged to remember that if they
are planning to be a vendor at the 1995 Reunion, get the
request in as soon as the December 1994 Canal Record
is received and remember that your items for sale must
pertain or be affiliated in some manner to Panama
and/or the former Canal Zone.

Nancy Van Siclen
1994 Vendor Chairperson

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

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

Reunion Security

At the Pre-Con meeting with management of the
Twin Towers Hotel on May 18, 1994, the hotel
management in attendance were advised that they were
to immediately contact the Society Security Chairperson
of any incident involving a member of the Panama Canal
Society in the hotel.
I am pleased to report that there were no significant
security problems at the 1994 Reunion.
The hotel security called me several times Friday and
Saturday nights in the early morning hours, because of
complaints of noise on the 17th and 9th floors.
Accompanied by a security officer of the hotel, we
visited the rooms from which the noise was coming. Each

room was advised of the complaint, told to tune the radio
down, reduce the noise in the room, keep the doors
closed and stay out of the elevator lobby. Also, if there
were further complaints, the hotel management may put
all persons in the room out of the hotel, and if that was
necessary, the Orlando Police would probably be called
in to handle the matter.
I am pleased to say that all the persons in these
rooms were pleasant and polite, and there was no further
I do compliment the hotel security officers who
accompanied me to the rooms. They handled the
situation very well, and were polite.
I was not advised of any security problems at the
dances, but I have heard that some people did get into
the dances by devious means. However, this was minimal.
The security guards at the dances were from a local
contract security service, "Vanguard Protection Services,
Inc.". The personnel were neatly dressed and with one
exception did a very good job. (The one exception was

not assigned to our account on Saturday night.)
Based on the performance of the Vanguard
personnel supplied this year, I would recommend them
for supplying security at the 1995 Reunion.
I am sure many of the attendees at the dances or
who were wandering the hotel late at night noticed a nice
looking young man walking all around. Well, I feel I
would be remiss if I did not thank him, Mike Peer, the
night manager of the Twin Towers Hotel, for his help in
maintaining security in the hotel he kept me advised of
several conditions which we were able to "nip in the bud".
I do want to commend the young people with whom
I came in contact for their courtesy, manners and
reducing the noise after being advised of the problems.

Robert Van Siclen
1994 Security Chairperson


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Reporters Luncheon

The Area Reporters Luncheon was hosted by the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and held in the
Sarasota Room, Twin Towers Hotel at 12:00 noon,
Friday, June 10, 1994.
Special guests were President Jane Huldtquist,
President-Elect Marje Foster, Secretary/Treasurer
Barbara Green, and Assistant to the Editor, Carol
Masino. Reporters attending were Robert (Bud) Balcer,
Arkansas; Gladys Humphrey, Sarasota, Fla.; Betty Chan
Snow, Clearwater, Fla.; Henry Cruz, Northwest; June
Stevenson, Georgia; Sara Rowley, Largo, Fla.; Pat Hunt,
North Carolina; and Beverly Rowley, Tallahassee, Fla.
After a light lunch, the Editor read a citation and
presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Alice Roche,

the former Area Reporter of North Carolina who had
been their reporter for the past 17 years. The Editor
asked that Pat Hunt, the new reporter for that area,
present the framed certificate to Alice Roche on his
behalf, with his and the Society's thanks and best wishes.
President Huldtquist then presented tokens of
appreciation from the Society to those reporters present
for their dedicated approach to their reporting news from
their area for all the members to enjoy.
The Editor then read excerpts of what can happen if
sentences are not structured correctly in their report, and
how they can be misinterpreted. After this brief interlude
of levity, the reporters were again thanked for their
continued efforts to report the news from their area and
the luncheon closed t" Be
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Response and support by Society members in the
utilization of the Official Reunion Travel Agent,
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, was very poor for the 1994
There were 35 Air Reservations made through
Bowen-Keppie Travel. Members made 31 of these
reservations directly through the Official Travel Agent.
Two (2) of these reservations were donated by BOWEN-
KEPPIE TRAVEL for use by the Reunion musicians and
two were purchased by the Society for the Reunion
Air rates fluctuated during the first part of the year
and several refunds were sent, automatically, to those
members who had reserved through the Official Travel
Agent and whose rates had reduced. In addition, the
Society received a refund of $70.00 due to the reduction
of rates on the two tickets it had purchased.
The Official Travel Agent did its utmost to
encourage members to use their services. BOWEN-
KEPPIE TRAVEL mailed a flyer to each member who
had pre-registered as a back-up to its ad in the Canal
Although response to the Society's Official Reunion
Travel Agent services has been very poor over the past
three Reunions, they have been an important feature in
helping to keep the Reunion Air Travel costs down.
Naturally, we can expect a few slightly different changes
to our Official Travel Agent agreement.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has enjoyed working
with our members and is looking forward to another

Peter W. Foster
1994 Reunion Transportation Liaison

time when they were locked up in our temporary storage
area in the hotel.
Those who volunteered for Information included
Muriel Whitman, Betty Frassrand, Anna Collins, and
Jeanne Wheeler. Those volunteers who served at
Hospitality were Sarah Cohen, Sheila Bolke, Betty
Malone, Bob Nordstrom, John Whitman, Carol Masino,
Betty Snow, Lionel Barfield, John Hayes and Jeanne

Richard "Pat" Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
Co-Chairpersons, Hospitality and Information

Richard "Pat" Beall his son, Robert G. Beall from
Santa Rosa, California

Hospitality and Information

Once again, the Information booth was busy
answering questions and providing information regarding
different aspects of the reunion. Quite a number of long
distance telephone calls were transferred to the
Information booth for up-to-date information and
guidance. The knowledge and expertise of our
Information Officers made things a little easier for many
members attending.
A major factor leading to the success of the
Information booth was it's location at the entrance to the
Exhibit Hall, where everyone, at one time or another had
to pass. It was a very convenient location for all
concerned, and accessible to everybody attending the
Inasmuch as the new Registration Fee was the key,
which led to the control of purchasing dance and
luncheon tickets, the best place to review those records
was with the Registration section, where upon
confirmation, dance and luncheon tickets could be sold to
those qualified. Therefore, the Hospitality Suite did not
sell either dance or luncheon tickets this year.
However, the sale of License Plates, Decals and
Canal Records netted the Society the amount of $593.00
even though there was a loss of 35 license plates at some

Major Jan Caffey, USA and LtCol Ted McGann, USA.

Special group essions

2. sa4a. Union Ch,,wch L/endars

3. l/rioer. LCon/ rence

Panazonian Dance and
Annual Ball

The Panazonian Dance and Annual Ball Committee
consisted of Gemma and Jim O'Donnell, Chairpersons,
and Virgil and Shirley Camby, Stella DeMarr, Lois
Jones, Lori King, Rick Nelson, and Muriel Whitman.
Josephine Johnson and Barbara and Jim Slover ably
assisted members of the committee in decorating the
ballroom on Friday and Saturday.
The committee held several working lunches at the
O'Donnell home to make plans for the dances. In
addition to some prizes donated by members of the
Dance Committee, Betty Snow generously offered
contributions to be used as prizes from the unique
collection of the late Andrew Lim, who in past years had
been a vendor at the reunions. Among these were
beautiful clothing in Kuna and Guaymi Indian designs,
and Panamanian native jewelry.
At the Panazonian Dance, the incomparable Leroy
Lewis and his organ opened with a conga in which
members of the Dance Committee led a lively start to a
festive evening. Numerous Pan Canal Society members
were in native costumes. Tables adorned with masks,
serpentine, confetti and colorful rosettes complimented
the tropical atmosphere set by the decorations of golden
sunbursts, and paper wall hangings of green palm trees
and multi-colored parrots. Liz Beall's hand-painted
replicas of Panamanian bateas completed the picture.
Saturday's Annual Ball was very well attended and

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music was provided by the superb talent of a conjunto
consisting of Father Frank Pretto (formerly of Panama),
Frank Garcia, and Roosevelt Armendariz. Besides the
organ they used congas, drums, maracas and native
instruments. Garlands of red, white, green, blue and gold,
representing the school colors of the high schools and
college of the former Canal Zone, were strung across the
ballroom. On the tables, place mats made up of the
school colors held boxes of popcorn, candy bars and
bubble gum. And, just in case anyone didn't get the
message that this was a night to take them back to the
"then" of old school days, the four posts in the ballroom
were covered with school pennants. Most everyone,
however, did seem to want to "....remember the days
from September to early in June," and there were no lack
of participants when the school song contests were held.
The success of this dance could be measured by the fact
that when 1:30 a.m. rolled around, no one wanted to
leave the dance floor, so Frank Pretto and the band
graciously consented to play for an additional half hour.
Over 1,100 tickets were sold for both dances.
Letters of appreciation have been sent out to
acknowledge the creativity and hard work that committee
members put into making these dances so successful, but
special thanks also go to Marje Foster (Reunion
Coordinator) and her husband Pete for help in collecting
decorations, returning the rented music instruments and
in helping to make the reunion dances a success.
Jim and Gemma O'Donnell



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Reunion Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon was held in the Sarasota
Room of the Convention Center of the Twin Towers
Hotel on Saturday, June 11, 1994, at 11:30 a.m. (doors
opening) with luncheon commencing at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. Betty Malone and her committee were in
charge of the luncheon set up and table assignments.
Centerpieces were made and brought to the luncheon by
the Graphics Branch of the Panama Canal Commission
by Mr. Robert Rupp. The theme of the centerpieces and
the luncheon and the guest speaker's presentation was
"Then and Now". Each table contained a centerpiece
which consisted of four pictures in black and white and
color. The centerpiece itself was an inverted V
construction, also showing the logo of the 80th
Anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.
The head table consisted of Mrs. Huldtquist, her
brother Lem Presley, Mr. Robert Rupp (Guest Speaker),
Mrs. Jeanne Rupp, Mrs. Marje Foster, President-Elect
of the Society, and Mr. Peter Foster, Past President.
Each lady at the head table was given a corsage of roses
from the Society.
After the luncheon, a presentation was given by Mr.
Robert Rupp of the Panama Canal Commission, assisted
by Mr. Ernesto Holder, also from the Panama Canal
Commission. The topic was "Then and Now" and
consisted of a slide presentation, with a commentary by
Mr. Rupp.
Mr. Rupp was given a standing ovation, and the
presentation was very well received. Mr. Rupp was
presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the
Mrs. Huldtquist was presented with a mola bag by
Mrs. Marje Foster from the society.

Jane Huldtquist

There were 524 tickets sold. It was a pleasure, once
more, being Luncheon Chairperson at the Reunion. The
cooperation from the hotel was great, the food was
outstanding, and the speaker's presentation outstanding.
I have heard nothing but good reports to date.

Betty Malone
Chairperson, 1994 Luncheon

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CH S 1934. Seated L-R: Victoria (Hollowell) Alien, Marguerite (Winn) Currie, Sis (Hayes)
Phillips, Mayno (Bliss) Walker, and Helen (Leach) Meisinger. Standing L-R: Carlton Horine, Bill Wheeler, Fred
Ebdon, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, David (Levy) Leeds, Colin Campbell, and Jerry Gorin.



CH S 1954: Seated L-R: Barbara Hickey Grinnell, Rudy Smith, June (Rowley) Stevenson,
Joan (Holgerson) Collins, Sheila (McNamee) Taylor. Standing L-R: Dick Cunningham, Topper Didier, Ernest
Forrest, Bob Hodges, John Hatgi, David Lane, Bruce Newhard, John Hayes, Bruce Sanders, Tony Dyer.


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1944. Seated on floor, L-R: Nora (Anderson) Jenkins, Elizabeth (Lundy) Davis, John

Mayles, Frances (Austin) Dunn, Norma (Johnston) Rose, Milo Alexander, Robert (Bryson) Mitchell, Dorothy
(Fritz) Garry, Sally (Hancock) Smith, Marion (Price) Royston, June (Walter) Murray. Second row, L-R: Alice
(Fairbrother) Myers, Marie (Raymond) Bierbaum, Peggy (Henry) Muller, Regina (Rau) Stroop, Phyllis
(Birnbaumer) Lee, Sheila (Randolph) Price, Grace (Cooper) Franklin, Mildred (Gilbert) Patton, Beatrice
(Wohlfarth) Kongable, Mary (Sullivan) Young, Priscilla (Price) Lane, Jacquiline (Dorgan) Meketa, Mary Jean
(Carey) Kammerer. Third row, L-R: Jennings Turner, Robert Nordstrom, Sam Irvin, Elmer Moolchan, Robert
Whitam, Harry Dannals, Patricia (Heitman) Whitam, June Hattaway, Carmen (Hernandez) Massot, Paul
Debehnke, Bertha (Frensley) Atkinson, Louise (Murwin) Sale, Robert harvey, Honey (Bergman) Fealey, Doris
(Connor) Fredette, Nancy (Chapin) Donaven, Dolores Suisman, Thelma (Vahey) March, Shirley (Cullen) Jones,
Harold Harstad. Fourth row, L-R: William True, Robert Kunkel, Alan Bentz, Robert Boyer, Ted Melanson,
Thomas Millett, Frank Gerchow, Robert Fredette, Eddie Doran, Rudy Jimenez, Richard Rasmussen. Not in
picture: Georges Bouche, Murriell Souder, lola (Dilbeck) Louda, Charlene (Miller) Barnard.


CH S 1944. Back row, L-R: Bill Moot, Eusebio Lee, Ed Aanstoos, Bob Keenan, Raoul
Therialt. Middle row L-R: Ed Stroop, Reginald "Flip" Sterns, Bucky Hall, Vincente Valle, Rafael Bringas, Hollis
Collins. Front L-R: Mary Margaret (Davis) Hopkins, Elaine (Sullivan) Larkin, Irma (Patchett) Kruzich, Ruth
(Boseman) Schroeder, Anna Marie (Chase) Dolan, Patricia (Snyder) Parsons, Ermin (Willett) Highly, Esther
(Drew) Prudhom. Not in picture: Peggy (Belden) May, George Egger.

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BHS 1944

1. Ray and Louise (MUrwin) Sale. 2. Bob Whitam, John Mayles, Bob Harvey. 3. Dolores Suisman, Nancy
(Chapin) Donaven, Bob Nordstrom, Connie Nordstrom.

1. Vincent Valle (CHS'44), Ed Aanstoos. 2. Alice (Fairbrother) Myers, Ann (Nichols)
Jean (Carey) Kammerer, Eddie Doran.

1. Marion (Price) Royston, Mannie Quintero (BHS'45) 2. Thelma (Vahey) March, Mickey Kenealey, Pat
(Heitman) Whitam. 3. Bob Fredette and Thomas Millet.

1. Jim Kenealy (BHS'43), Ann (Nichols) Mayles. 2. Georges Bouche, Pat (Heitman) Whitam. 3. Jackie (Dorgan)
Meketa, Ray Sale, Louise (Murwin) Sale.

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1969. Back L-R: Frank Martin,
Don Benson, Frank Kerley. Front L-R:

Maria (Kerley) Hernandez, Barbara Martin, Glenda
Barry Grier, Dennis Gilbert, Robert Beall, Enrique

BHS Class of '69
Still Rockin' After 25 Years!
(from the top, L-R) Row 1: Pablo
Prieto, Paul Reitz, Dave Vosburgh,
Marc Stock, Row 2: Ted Henter, Rob
Roy, Ed Ohman, Row 3: Mary Wells,
Guy Fealey, Gordon Graham, Jeff
Zakel, Row 4: Pat Edwards, Connie
Clinchard, Mike Young, Carl Harnish,
Row 5: Paul Veno, Mildred Wilmoth,
Rose Mcllvaine, Steve McCauley,
Row 6: Rusty Russell, Janine Kinney,
Peggy Anderson, Delores Lancaster,
Row 7: Chris Wheeler, Debbie Brown,
Ginger Newland, Bill Brooks, Nick
Lancaster, Row 8: Janelle Morse,
Choco Will, Mario Jones, Tom
McClean, Row 9: Russ Bowen, Bruce
Robinson, Steve Bristol, Jerry Harvey,
Row 10: Patty Dertien, Janet Husum,
... ., Jeanne Chance, Neil Frauenheim,
Kathy Mulroy, Penny Leeser, Kathy
Wainio, Pat Perry, Row 11: Mel Little,
Ted McGann, Betsy Morrison
Helen Braswell, Sue Waters, Marsha
Makibbin, Darlene Daly, Elaine
Dorfman, Bob Wheeler, Pat Grimm

President Jane Huldtquist is presented a mola tote
bag by President-Elect Marje Foster, in the name of
the Society for her dedication to her position as
President of the Society during term 1993-1994.

The Frank Pretto group is here to play music for YOU!


SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.

Where Are You?


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

REPPA, Robert



Dan Sander, Colon boy, where are you? I have some
coins I know you will be interested in. Give me a shout
at (813) 787-5519. Pete Lang, 2766 Brattle Lane,
Clearwater, FL 34621.



Have you seen any of the following critters
wandering on your street? All are wanted dead or alive
by BHS'46 classmates.They are considered lost and
harmless to themselves and others. They were last seen
in Panama and/or parts of the U.S. They can be living
under assumed married names or aliases, and are only
known to classmates as:

AXE, John BAILEY, Gladys BARGMAN, Phillip
BENITEZ, Lillian BTESH, Pamela BUCKALOO, Beverly
CASTRO, Dorothy CLAXTON, James COOPER, Verle
EISENHAUER, Albert ENKE, Jean Anne ENTEBI, Vistoria
FABREGA, Carmen FISKE, Walter FREEMAN, Dorothy
GALLO, Barbara GALLOWAY, Charles GNEHM, John
GRIFO, Mercedes HAUGHTON, Alfonso HILL, Milton
LAKUS, Norma LALLY, Kathleen LIBBY, Patricia
McGOVERN, Rodney McKEOWN, Betty MOEN, Joice
MURRAY, William NEALE, Bonnie NORRELL, Frankie
NYGARD, Virginia OLIVA, David PERINO, Hugo
SOLIS, Jorge WILBUR, Mary Lou

If you know where any of our classmates are, please
let Charlie Norris know as soon as possible, as time is
running out to notify them of their 50th Class Reunion.
Telephone (707) 442-6812, or write him at 2442 E.
Atlantic Avenue, Fairfield, CA 94533.


Does anyone know where Norman Slade is? He was
a Customs Inspector on the Atlantic side and was very
active in the "Little Theater." He was last known to be in
California, however he has moved. Please notify Dorothy
Pate, 5698 44th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. (813)

Norman Lewis, of Williston, Fla., has been reported
missing since the latter part of March 1994. The police
have found no trace of him to date. He left his wallet,
checkbook, licenses, etc., at home before leaving in his
Chevrolet truck. Both he and the truck have not been
found. He was formerly a boiler tender at Gamboa and
was a U.S. Navy retired veteran. He retired from the
Dredging Division in June 1973.
He has a brother Joe in Williston, who is a realtor,
and two sisters, one in Orlando and another in North
Carolina. Any information on his whereabouts would be
appreciated by the editor.
His case is to be shown on the "Unsolved Mysteries"
TV program in the future.


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-

Kenneth Borsch
Reinaldo T. Carrera
Kathryn J. Edge
Leila May Fice
Roderick Humber
Hubert T. Leggett Jr.
Robert Maduro
Lina Mizrahi
James F. Murray
Fayetta B. Norton
Dorothy M. Peterson
Dolores D. C. Reyes
Billy J. Shelton
Ruth May Smith
Harold Tuttle

John Calobreves
Leonard L. Collins
Foster L. Esleck
Mary C. Fredette
Mary L. January
Eleanor M. Llopis
Marcel R. Martin
Mildred Monroe
Charles R. Nelson
Geoffrey Osorio
Richard G. Porter
Carl M. Rice
Mary K. Schutt
Elia Elena Stark
Maria Elena Valdes

Gloria Elvira Caries
Carlos A. DeLaOssa
Patricia May Everett
Julia Ann Henderson
Deena M. Koch
Helen M. Madrigal
William A. McKie
John Moynihan
Barbara Nobles
Yolanda E. Paredes
Betty Jane Reif
Ricuarte Rivera Jr.
Leona Ruth Smith
Clyde Towery
Marilyn Alice White

SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.

Frederick R. Call
George A. McArthur
Donald R. Rudy, Jr.
Richard J. Bjorneby
George R. Gohde, Jr.
Thomas P. Judge
Jack B. Love
MaryAnn Nita
Kenneth F. Millard


Maintenance Division
Locks Division
Office of Inspector General
Canal Services Division
Maintenance Division
Financial Planning Division
Electrical Division
Fac. Mgt. & Support Division
Locks Division

36 Years 01 months 04 days
40 years 01 months 16 days
28 years 05 months 11 days
42 years 09 months 21 days
23 years 05 months 30 days
22 years 05 months 05 days
41 years 09 months 02 days
23 years 09 months 10 days
39 years 04 months 03 days


The O'Brien makes way for the shores of

By Senior Master Sgt. Steve Taylor
Chief, Tropic Times

It was hard to keep up. The 135-degree heat was
dripping wet, yet there was virtually no sweat on his aged,
but rugged face. At 75, Richard Brannan was serving as
chief engineer, and just getting him to sit still for a
moment was a challenge. He was busy with the 1940s-
vintage steam engine that was propelling us through the
Panama Canal.
Finally he stopped for a moment, elbow on knee, but
never took his eyes off the engine while waiting for
another command from the bridge.
There wasn't much time to talk. "If you really want
to know what I'm like, think of Ben Canon." That was in
reference to a series of articles that ran in the 1930s
Saturday Evening Post about a merchant marine engineer.
But whether or not he is like the original Ben Canon, this
engineer from the "bay area of California" sailed through
"his" engine room like a spry cat after a mouse, leaving
nothing to chance.
The ship itself, as if returning from the dead, is the
last floating survivor of the Normandy invasion of World
War II, and is now on yet one more voyage, manned by
a volunteer crew that averages 62 years young.
The SS Jeremiah O'Brien and its crew plan to be in
Normandy, France, by June 6 to take part in the 50th
anniversary celebration of that historic event.
And in another repeat of history, the O'Brien sailed
through the Panama Canal for its third time Sunday. It
had been through once in 1944 and once again in 1945.
But the "highlight" of the O'Brien's career began on
June 6, 1944, when the Allies invaded the European
Operation Overlord, as it was known, began 15
minutes after midnight with the dropping of two
battalions of British and American pathfinders into the
moonlit sky over Normandy.

Offshore, more than 200,000 soldiers rode more than
5,000 ships across the English Channel toward the five
beaches along the Normandy coast. What author
Cornelius Ryan would later describe as "the longest day
in history," the invasion had begun the liberation of the
continent from Nazi domination.
The O'Brien sailed the next day from Southampton,
England (some accounts put it June 9) for Omaha Beach
with 700 soldiers aboard. From the personal log of one
of the crew: "Saturday, June 10, 1944. Arrived at the
Omaha beachhead. Thousands of ships were in the
harbor, of all types. Warships provided a semi-circle of
The O'Brien would make 11 such trips to the
Normandy beaches during its fourth voyage to England.
This voyage is the eighth for the O'Brien, which
began in San Francisco, where the 441-foot ship is
berthed as a museum.

SS Jeremiah O'Brien entering Miraflores Locks, East
lane, bound for Plymouth, England and D-Day
festivities. (Panama Canal Commission Photo).

While the oldest reported crew member on the ship
was the captain at 78 (no one could find out the age of
the admiral; he wasn't saying), the youngest was just 19.
"You can learn so much just being on this ship.
Everyone is a master. You can't find this much
experience anywhere," said Nate Whitlock, a cadet from
the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Whitlock is one of 54 men and one woman who
volunteered to crew the O'Brien for its three-month trip.
And it was volunteers, led by Merchant Marine Rear
Adm. Thomas Patterson, who saved the ship from decay
in a ship graveyard, destined to be sold for scrap.
As a member of the Maritime Administration in
1962, Patterson came across the O'Brien, and eventually
it was the last Liberty-class ship left out of 2,751
originally built during World War II.
Patterson became the ship's only hope. It would take
a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of people to restore
the ship, to build a working, living museum out of its
rusted, ancient hull.
"I didn't know what to do," Patterson told us as we
stood on the O'Brien's bridge deck, surrounded by the
cliffs of Gaillard Cut, half-way through the Canal.
But as he spun his tale of raising money, equipment
and supplies to refit the ship, we all gained a sense of the
enormity of the project, which took a decade to complete.
To board the O'Brien was like boarding a ship just
out of the shipyards, but from a time past. After sitting
in a shipyard for 33 years, its crew of volunteers began on
March 29, 1978, when five volunteers logged the first 35
hours. More than 400,000 would follow in the years
The ship doesn't look old, but everything about it is
old. While there are two other World War II ships still
afloat, the O'Brien is the only original still remaining,
Patterson said. From the engine room to the radio room,
the ship operates with its original equipment. There have
been additions, such as the new lifeboats to meet Coast
Guard standards, but the original, restored lifeboats still
sit on the O'Brien's decks.
The group of ancient mariners, after two years "hard
labor" and nearly $1 million raised from government
grants, and private and corporate donations, got the ship
sea worthy once more. Then, on May 21, 1981, the
O'Brien sailed again.
The story of the Jeremiah O'Brien could truly be
called a labor of love. "These guys have a genuine love
for what they do," said cadet Whitlock, a native of Ft.
Worth, Texas. "They're passing on an art form, one that's
(Staff Sgt. Richard Puckett contributed to this report.)

Tropic Times
Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama
May 6, 1994
Note: The Jerimiah O'Brien arrived safely in
Portsmouth, England, and on Sunday, May 29th, a total
of 8,179 visitors came aboard. On Tuesday, 10,032 visitors
came, second only to H.M.S. Illustrious, the Royal Navy's
biggest aircraft carrier. Also visiting was a Coast Guard
Lieutenant and a Chief Petty Officer who came to see the
captain of the O'Brien.
They notified the captain that he did not follow
regulations by allowing 60 military and former veteran
Merchant seamen aboard when they transited the
Panama Canal. The captain's reply was not readily
available however it is known that the two Coast
Guardsmen made an unduly smart departure.
Two "war babies" came aboard with pictures of their
American fathers and stories of long but eventually
successful searches for their fathers. One found her
father in Benson, Arizona, now living in Whittier,

California, and the other found her father near Los
Alamos, New Mexico. He is the fire chief there. Both
women came aboard just to say, "Welcome, America."
The crew of the Jeremiah O'Brien made ready to
proceed to anchorage for a fleet review on June 5 for
Queen Elizabeth II and President Clinton.

Veteran was rescued
'by two brave Texans'

Roddy Stinson Column

CHEER: "On April 6, at approximately 2 a.m., my
life was saved by two very brave Texans, James and
Nathalie Taylor of Hunt.
"This happened
after a friend and I got
caught in a storm while
fishing at Choke Canyon
"We had a series
of misfortunes that ended
when our boat turned
over, throwing us into the
"I was seriously
James J. Reynolds injured, so my friend, Jay
Rogers, pulled me to a
tree, and I tied myself to it. He them swam ashore to
find help.
"Only one vehicle, the Taylor's motor home, was in
the area. Jay knocked on the door and woke up the
Taylors and explained the situation.
"Without hesitation, they got into their small
aluminum boat which really didn't belong on the lake
on a stormy night and started to search for me.
"Fortunately, a light we had been using to attract fish
was still working and was shining a beam into the night.
Following the light, the Taylors located me and pulled
me into their boat.
"Somehow we got back to shore, and these
wonderful, gracious people gave Jay and me food,
blankets and the reassurance we needed.
"I'm retired from the Air Force. I have spent a lot of
time in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. But never in my
career was I as close to dying as I was that night. I have
thanked God many times, for my buddy Jay and the total
unselfishness of Jim and Nathalie Taylor.

JJ. Reynolds, Member #2930
Lakehills, Texas.

The Taylors are retired schoolteachers.
"We just did what we thought we had to do,"
Nathalie told me. "We didn't think about it until we were
in the water and turned into the wind and the waves
started coming into the boat. Then I said a prayer.
'Good Lord, you're going to have to take care of us. We
have to find this man.'
"Between Him and us, we got it done."

San Antonio Express-News
April 25, 1994

Official Heads To Washington

Assistant City Attorney A White House Fellow

Journal Staff Report

Assistant City Atorney David Iglesias has been
selected as a White House Fellow, along with 16 others
across the country.
The non-partisan program, established by President
Lyndon Johnson nearly 30 years ago, selects candidates
for full-time positions at the White House and Cabinet-
level agencies for a year.
Fellows serve as special assistants to senior officials,
writing speeches, chairing meetings, drafting legislation
and implementing policy.
A White House spokesman said that Iglesias will
compete in July with other Fellows in interviews to
determine which agency he'll be assigned to.
Iglesias will join the ranks of a group whose alumni
include former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin
Powell, Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Henry Cisneros and former New Mexico Governor Garry
More than two dozen former Fellows now serve in
the Clinton administration. Two alumni are members of
Iglesias, 36, was born in Panama where his parents
were missionaries, and is a member of the Cuna tribe.
He is a former attorney in the U.S. Navy whose
defense of Marines in a court-martial became the basis
for the Tom Cruise-Demi Moore movie, A Few Good
Iglesias heads the civil rights division of the City
Attorney's Office, where he defends police officers in civil
rights suits.
He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Claudia
and Amanda.

Albuquerque Journal
June 9, 1994

POSTSCRIPT: Born in Panama, David spent the first six
years of his life in Mulutuppu, San Bias, with his family.
They moved to Oklahoma but returned to Panama in the

early 70's and David attended BHS for two years. Later
he had a football scholarship to Wheaton College, earned
his law degree and became a Judge Advocate in the U.S.
Navy. He has been in the U.S. Naval Reserve since 1988.
(Submitted by Mrs. Petie Maedl, Fayetteville, AR.)

Commission Presents
Public Service Awards

The 24th annual Panama Canal Honorary Public
Service Award Ceremony was held Wednesday in the
rotunda of the Panama Canal Commission
Administration Building. The award was established in
1970 to recognize voluntary contributions or services that
have helped the Canal organization achieve its mission or
improved the quality of Isthmian life. It is accompanied
by a gold, silver or bronze medallion, depending on the
scope and significance of the recipient's contributions.
During this year's ceremony, Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F. presented the gold medallion toJos6 C. Ja6n
Jr. in recognition of his many years of dedicated support
to the Special Olympics Committee and other local sports
Deputy Administrator R. P. Laverty presented silver
medallions to recognize David G. Clark for his efforts on
behalf of local youth, Cedric W. Gittens for his service to
the American Red Cross and other organizations,
Lorenzo I. Quarless for his support of sports and
charitable activities, the Rev. John D. Rutledge for his
contributions to local scouting activities and Darrell L.
Sponberg, who was posthumously honored for his service
to local youth and to religious and fraternal
Receiving bronze medallions from Executive
Administration Director James E. Ferrara were Maj.
Michael L. and Jeanene B. Dillard, Deborah A. Dorcas,
Dr. Lorna G. and Dr. Howard Dodge Engelman, Joshua
R. Knight, Col. Michael A. McConnell, Edwin C.
McIlvaine Jr., Eduardo C. Quarless, Staff Sgt. Estill G.
Richardson, Nicholas L. Unger and Victoria L. Webster.

77e Panama Canal Spillway
May 6, 1994

Your Reporter Says ...


I'm sure you all have been reading about the
disasters occurring in our area. Alabama, Florida, and
Georgia were extremely hard hit by severe storms and
flooding. Locally, we had some damage but the outlying
areas were badly damaged with homes being washed
away, farms under water and bridges and roads
impassable. We are still getting some showers but the
weather is clearing. It is now time for many to begin the
clean up. Our prayers are with them!

Maggie Janssen had a fall in her home and suffered
a broken hip and knee. She is confined to Flowers
Hospital in Dothan for about six weeks.
Also, Marie Bierbaum is recovering nicely at home
after knee surgery.
Millie Patton, her daughter Linda Basham, and
Marie Bierbaum drove to Orlando for their 50th Class
Reunion from Balboa High School. Linda was not there
for the 50th Reunion; however, they all attended the
annual Reunion. Marie met Peggy (Henry) Mueller from
Lakeland, Fla., who was a classmate and a close friend.
She also saw Frances Sampsell, a former resident of

Dothan, Ala., now residing in Tennessee. It was a neat
time to identify people they had not seen for some time.
They all admitted it was not difficult because none of
them had changed much. A good time was had by all!
Kay Daniel had a visit from her son Bob, wife Jessie
(Whitbrad) Daniel, granddaughter Amanda and grandson
David, and Jessie's mother, Mrs. Angelica Whitbrad,
from Las Cruces, N.M. I'm sure they enjoyed their visit
and we hope y'all come back soon.
.Nancy (Basham) and Larry Stanford and children
Jill and Lee from Cappell, Texas, visited Nancy's mom,
Marty Bradford, and brother and sister-in-law, Mike and
Linda (Patton) Basham, of Enterprise. They enjoyed
their mini-reunion.


Seated: Mom/Grandma Judy (Jorstad) (CHS'50) and
Dad/Grandpa Fred (BHS'47) Rose. Standing: Rose
children/spouses and grandchildren.

The following comes from Huntsville, Ala.:
Fred (BHS'47) and Judy (Jorstad) Rose (CHS'50)
celebrated their 40th anniversary in June at their home in
Huntsville. Their sons and daughters, pictured with their
families, were responsible for the affair, and are to be
complimented for a job well done. Others in attendance,
not shown, were local friends and neighbors.
I do wish some of you other PanCanalers and former
CZ residents in Alabama would give us an update on
your doings. It would be great to hear from you.

Dolores W. Cleveland


The Arizona Panama Canal Society met in Tucson
for the Spring meeting March 26, 1994. Jeff Hirschl,
President, opened the meeting with a welcome to many
new attendees from Tucson. A brief business meeting
was held for the election of officers.
Newly-elected officers are: Jeffrey Hirschl, President;
Chester Oakes, Vice President; Evelyn White, Recording
Secretary; Mary Grace Oakes, Notice Secretary; and Dan
Hirschl, Treasurer. Nancy Koepplinger volunteered to
become the new Area Reporter.
The members voted a lifetime membership for Jane
Cox for her longtime support of the Arizona Panama
Canal Society. She has been an active member since
January 1986. Through those years she was an Area

L-R: Chester Oakes, Jane Cox, and Daniel Cox

Reporter for the Canal Record.
Membership notes of interest: Dan and Miriam
Hirschl are the proud grandparents of Jacob born to Ron
and Barb Hirschl of Michigan. Jacob was born January
1, 1994. The letter nominating Jane Cox for a Certificate
of Appreciation was read for those attending from the
March 1994 Canal Record. It was announced that James
Lovelady passed away in January 1994. Also, Carol
Lovelady recently broke her ankle.
Every third meeting was voted to be held in Tucson.
The minutes showed that 34 members attended the Fall
1993 meeting in Chandler. Attendance for the Tucson
meeting was 27.
The program consisted of the membership telling
their tales and "tall tales" of their times in the Zone. The
Panama trivia sheet which was presented at the Fall 1993
meeting by Chester Oakes was distributed and enjoyed by
The program for the meeting November 5, 1994, to
be held at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Chandler Blvd.
and 1-10, will be a presentation by the Eides and the
Hirschls on their recent trips to the Zone.

Mary Grace Oakes


In May, Luke C. Palumbo sustained serious injuries
to his left hand when it inadvertently got caught in an
electric fan. Fortunately, he has made a good recovery
and expects to regain the full use of his fingers on that
hand. As of this writing, he is planning to be in Panama
to attend the last Football Jamboree at Cristobal High
School on September 2. The first Football Jamboree,
which was organized by Luke, was held at the Mount
Hope Stadium on September 28, 1950, with Canal Zone
College, Balboa High School and Cristobal High School
participating. Besides visiting his sons, Luke (Todd) and
Jim, Luke anticipates making contact with some of his
former athletes, one of whom is Kaiser Bazan, now of
Panama City.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn flew to York, Pa., on July
2nd to join the Joe Coffin family in celebrating Joe's 75th
birthday. The Wrenns returned home July 9th.
Mildred Higgins reports that she has been busy
picking wild blackberries and making blackberry cobbler.
She and Ed enjoyed a visit from their daughter Sherry

Downing from New Jersey. Sherry went on to Louisiana
where her daughter was expecting a baby.
Bob McGimsey participated in archeological
excavations in 5 "Bluff Shelters" near Deer, Ark.,
sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Society and the
U.S. Forest Service from June 10 to 24. A total of 170
persons participated in the program. Bob gave the three-
hour orientation lecture daily to all the new participants
in this training program for amateur archeologists. He
was formerly Director of the UA Museum and was
professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas.
Mary McGimsey is the photographer for the UA
Museum and has also worked part time at the Shiloh
Museum in Springdale. In 1955-57, Bob drove the electric
mules at Miraflores Locks and Mary taught at Cocoli.
Last Christmas Mary gave Bob a set of 40 old
stereoscopic pictures of the Panama Canal construction

Marge and Bill Scarborough of Clarksville, AR. at the
Pan Canal picnic in Fayetteville, AR.

Frank Gutowski carried the Panamanian Flag at an
AFS program at Charleston High School, Charleston,

The latter part of May, Carl and Petie Maedl drove
to Charleston, Ill., to attend the high school graduation
of their youngest grandchild, Frank Gutowski, son of
Pamela and Vincent Gutowski. Frank will be leaving
Chicago on August 15 to fly first to New York City for
orientation and then on to Amsterdam. He is scheduled
to spend a year in the Netherlands as part of the AFS
(American Field Service) program. The Maedls went on
to Minnesota to spend some time with their other
daughter and family, Pat and Jim Krough. They had a
very nice get-together at Covenant Manor in Golden
Valley with other former Zonians, Grace and Jim Pfau
and Ted and Marion Franklin. The Franklins expect to
move into Covenant Manor soon, and Ted will serve as
part-time chaplain at this retirement village.
In July, Keith and Winona York had visitors from
Panama, Keith's son, also Keith, and his two daughters
and a son. Keith II is employed by the U.S. Government,
and he lives in doctors' quarters near Gorgas Hospital.
After they left, Winona's daughter Kerry Davis and her
three children from Grenoble, France, came for a few
days' visit.

Petie Maedl

The annual fall dinner and get-together for those in
this part of the country will be held October 23, 1994, at
the Clarion Inn located in Fayetteville, Ark., just off
Highway 71 N & S. We have also decided that this dinner
meeting will be called the Bruce G. Sanders Memorial
dinner. The price will be $9.70 per person and that
includes tax, gratuity, and beverage. Hope to see you all
Visitors of Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp were
Lynn's sister Cheryl and husband Mark Lowery from
Germany, and Lynn's parents, Betty and Bill Dunning,
from Hendersonville, N.C. Since Mark was taking classes
in Tahlequah, Okla., which is only two hours from
Rogers, the whole family including Harold and Jerry
Harp were able to have several enjoyable get-togethers.
The Huffmans, Willard and Kathleen, enjoyed a nice
visit with son Will Huffman and his family in Wynne,
Ark. Watched Stephen Wm., their grandson, play a
baseball game. His father Will is the manager of the
team. Son James came to Arkansas after attending the
20th anniversary of his Cristobal High School class
reunion. Jim went to the greyhound race track in West
Memphis, Ark., and contributed to their feed bill.
Joe and Gretta Vowell were going to West Memphis,
Ark., to attend the wedding of Doug Gibbs and Camille
Gibson. Hope to have the newlyweds come this way for
a visit.
Maxine Reinhold just returned from New Hampshire
where she baby-sat while her son Richard and his family
moved into their new home. Plans are to leave on a trip
to the Scandinavian countries on or about July 30th.
Dorothy Sanders had son Bruce III and his wife
Sandy come for Mother's Day. Also, Bruce III has
returned since then to help his mother with things around
the house. Her grandson Doug visited from California in

Etta Fay Terrell reports she is taking things easy.
Mary Lou Engelke also said that she hadn't been
anywhere and that no one had come by.
Betty McGilberry is staying put and trying to "beat"
the heat.
Red and Alice Nail journeyed to Alabama because of
the death of one of Red's sisters. Their garden, apple
trees and walnut trees were damaged by a localized wind
and hail storm. Some of the hail stones were as big as
Peggy and Norbert Keller have slowed down
somewhat and decided not to have a garden this year.
The Harps Harold and Jerry- have been kept busy
with Harold's work.
Joan and Jack Corliss went to Gulf Shores, Ala., and
had a very enjoyable time relaxing on the beach.
Addie and Marion Colclasure Addie just returned
from Goodland, Kan., where she was helping take care
of her two sisters. Marion is planning a trip to Colorado.
Your reporter enjoyed his trip to the reunion. The
incoming slate of officers has their work cut out for them.
On my way to the reunion, spent time with my son Paul
Rhoads and his family in Shreveport, La. Took my
granddaughter Jennifer Rhoads to Gloster, Miss., so she
could spend a week with her grandmother Sue Koen.
Then on to the Florida Panhandle and a visit with
grandson Michael Pedersen and his wife Vivian, and
children Stephen, Joshua and Natasha. They had really
grown since last year. Then on to Ocala, Fla., and spent
the night with Ralph and Clair Amato with whom I had
worked and bowled with while in the Zone. On my way
back, spent some time with Bruce and Ginny Hassler in
Brandon, Florida. Also, old friends that I had bowled
with in the Zone. Just reversed my trip on the way back
home. Drove up to McGregor, La., to help my
stepmother Edna Balcer make a couple of trips to the
eye doctor and the dermatologist. The trip up and back
was highlighted by thunderstorms. But got there and back
in good shape.
Don't forget that date in October for the Bruce G.
Sanders Memorial dinner and get-together October 23,
1994, at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville, Ark.

Robert Balcer


A letter from Bob and Blanca Wolfenstein, Buena
Park, tells of a wonderful three-week vacation to San
Jose, Costa Rica, after a twenty-two year hiatus for Bob.
The Wolfensteins visited Blanca's family and enjoyed
seeing some of Blanca's schoolmates not seen in over
fifty years. They also visited with Clyde Surgi, a former
Boy Scout Executive from New Cristobal fifty-three years
ago. Highlights of the vacation included a visit to Lake
Arenal, the Irazu Volcano and Cartago.
Edith Wimmer is recovering from foot surgery and
is presently confined to a wheelchair, with a reprieval into
a leg cast promised in early July. This has been a most
challenging year for Edith, with earthquake damage to

her home in Northridge just miles from the epicenter.
Edith writes that when the insurance inspectors came to
evaluate the damage, they spotted what appeared to be
a long coiled snake under her house and refused to
continue with the inspection. Pest control representatives
were called and upon further investigation the snake
proved to be a curiously bent pipe cover much to
everyone's relief!

Ap/ .i I ,
Top, L-R: Jeff Carl, Brandy Coffey, Tony
Blennerhassett, Mary Beth Bowerman, John
Bowerman, Daryl Fishbough. Middle L-R: Tati Ayarza
and friend Mary Helen, Monique and Gui Payne,
John Blennerhassett, Karen Rankin, Ken Little,
Robin Baerg, Louis Payne, Terri Forest, Trina Bojai,
Eric Little. Bottom L-R: Monica (Reyes) Carl, Kerri
Leggett, Nancy Magee, Melinda Grimison and
boyfriend Tom Niemeyer, and Chino.
Summer is Zonians favorite time of the year!
Recently some West Coast Zonians got together to kick
off the season with what else, a party. The festivities were
held at Jeff and Monica (Reyes) Carl's home in Orange,
Walt and Bess Morton write that they enjoyed the
Christmas Luncheon at Knotts' Berry Farm, Buena Park,
especially seeing old friends. The Mortons have relocated
to North Carolina.
Catsy Taylor Schafer has had a left hip replacement
and is back "doing her many things!"

now to recover Trom a nip replacement! uatsy laylor
Schafer and grandson, Nicholas Pitney, attend the
Del Mar, CA. Fair, June 17, 1994. (Just to let my
friends know I'm OK!)

William and Kelly Adams, Costa Mesa, have been
doing a lot of work on their home. They don't get to
many meetings, but do enjoy hearing from their friends.
Lola Cheeseman, Brea, is eighty-seven years young
and doing just fine, Thank you very much!
David Lane, former Southern California resident,
was in San Diego during the Memorial Day weekend
visiting Margie Gilbert from Escondido. David has
relocated to Bay City, Michigan, and is the Executive
Officer with the Environmental Protection Agency.
He and Margie have planned to attend the PC
Reunion in Orlando and then spend time "seeing the
sights" in Michigan. David, longtime coordinator for the
West Coast Reunion Committee, will be back in San
Diego "dancin' shoes n'hand" to join in the Carnivalito
Jack and Kathy Argo Taylor will be cruising Alaska
on the Alaska Sightseeing Cruise Line, a small but
comfortable ship that is able to access areas unaccessible
to larger ships. The Taylors are a "GO GO COUPLE"
involved in many things Masonic work, PCSSC West
Coast Reunion and still have time for fun.

Clinton look-alike Bob Morris practicing his scales.

Susan Ewing Bishop (BHS'39) was visiting daughter
Joanne Matthews in Los Altos, California, when word
was received that the ladies, respectively, were first-time
grandmoms and first-time great-grandmoms. This called
for a party! So, to celebrate the arrival of the new baby,
a luncheon at the Los Altos Country Club was planned.
Attending were Margaret Bright Buniowski from San
Jose; Doris Brotherson Hand from Concord; and
Dorothy Hinds Davis from Menlo Park. Also in
attendance were Jean Walsh Kaufman (CHS'37), Menlo
Park; and Jane Enright Cuzner (BHS'37). It turned out
to be an exciting affair for all the ladies. In all the
excitement, no mention was made of the baby's name.
Jean Walsh Kaufman would love to hear from her
friends and former classmates living in the San Francisco
Bay area. Her address is listed in the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Directory.
Marie Browder, San Diego, does not drive freeways
anymore but would love to hear from her friends.
Bob and Linda Morris are grandparents for the fifth
time. Kristal Lynn Hall, 8 pounds 2 ounces, born in
Guatemala to daughter Victoria and Ken Hall. This is
the first girl baby after four wonderful grand boys.
The Morrises will be en route to San Antonio, Texas,
for a four-day convention and then on to Dallas to see
son Carlton and daughter Bliss and families. A mini-
reunion with all friends from Dallas is planned.

William and Carrie Edwards, Northridge, had
extensive earthquake damage to their home and are
presently renting while home is rebuilt.
George and Wini Muller's summer travels are
already in full swing. First, a trip to Oregon to visit son
Richard and family and then on to Seattle for a visit with
nephew Andrew, just in time for the memorial weekend.
It was on to Helena, Mont., for a reunion with Stan Salo
(BHS'43, CZJC'48). Highlight of the visit was a boat trip
to Lake Hauser and the Missouri River.

Reunion of old friends, Louise Salo, (BHS'43 -
CZJC'48), Stan Salo and Winifred Muller.
Then it was on to Yellowstone Park, where they
explored the sights with Wini's sister and brother-in-law.
They saw geysers and waterfalls, rock and steam vents
and also experienced sunshine, rain, and snow flurries all
within an hour. In the Grand Teton, they enjoyed a
spectacular boat trip across Jenny Lake and a hike to
Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. There was also an
amusing encounter with a black bear that was climactic,
as the running joke had been "we haven't seen a bear
On the trip back home, they met Adrian (Kibbie)
and Jean Bouche in Salt Lake City for dinner and a few
hours of reminiscing. The final chapter for this thrilling
summer will be a grand celebration of brother John and
wife Betty's fiftieth wedding anniversary in Albuquerque.
All party arrangements have been made by sisters
Adrienne Muller Neuhaus and Catherine Muller
An exciting new group project has been planned by
President Louise "Nana" Roberts for the 1994-95 PCSSC
social year. Building on a statement made by Past-
President George Muller "...everyone has a shoebox filled
with memories", Nana has planned to compile a booklet
of Canal Zone vignettes. All members are encouraged to
jot down their special anecdotes of life in the Canal Zone
- they can be short or sweet, prose or poetry, happy or
sad, a tale for all to enjoy.
The Summer Luncheon will be held on August 7th,
at Rueben's "Ship Room" at Marina del Rey. The menu
has been chosen with you in mind fresh, light, and
delicious. There will be speakers, jokes by the "Bajun
Mistress" Janet Laschinger, raffles, lottery and plenty of
time for mingling with special friends and acquaintances.
This centrally-located new location will hopefully entice
more members to join the festivities.

Linda Reimann Morris



The 1994 Panama Canal Reunion was, as usual, a
reunion of family and friends and I as a Reporter for this
area enjoyed the lovely Reporters Luncheon hosted by
our editor, Pat Beall. Especially since our outgoing
President Jane Huldtquist and incoming President Marje
Foster joined us at the luncheon. Pat gave each reporter
a tile with the Panama Canal Society seal on it in the
name of the Panama Canal Society and President Jane
While in the Vendors section, a picture of part of my
family was taken with my niece Lisa Gunn Weber of
California joining us. The picture shows Lisa, my son
Skip and Beverly Rowley, and Sara Rowley with daughter
June Stevenson with vendor Davis Stevenson, my
granddaughter Lori Stevenson Snow with her three
children Nicholas and Alexandra, and Sara Ann being
held by her mother. Later I bought a license holder with
"I'm from the Canal Zone" on it which Lori put on my
Florida license plate. (Picture is in Vendors section).

Lori Stevenson Snow installing new license plate
holder on my car.
Irene Chan, Betty Snow's sister from Brockport,
N.Y., was a first-time visitor to the Reunion. She visited
Betty for about six weeks and while here she was a guest
at one of our Sewing Club meetings hosted by Elma
Seiferlein. And, for two days in June, the four Chan girls,
Irene, Doris, Beverly Williams and Betty had a ball being
together again. Doris and husband Neelie Etchberger
came from Dothan, Ala., for the visit.
Another interesting section of the Vendors was that
Dick Parker and son Bill with wife Cathy were selling a
new line of Costa Rican huacas. They were lovely with
beads interlocking the gold chains with a huaca in the
middle. I bought a chain so I can use my Panama huacas
I've had for years. I've had many compliments on my
necklace. I understand Bill bought out Neville Harte
years ago I still have some of Neville's work.
Now, away from the Reunion in Orlando, and read
about one nearer, and that is about Al or Fred Dube and
Marie Dube's 59th wedding anniversary in our
"Congratulations" column.
Spoke to Mildred Sutherland a short time ago and
she has recovered from a fracture of her left ankle while
in Jacksonville, Fla. Her plan to go to California with her
grandson Dodd Dufree was disrupted, but she is now fully
Sara Rowley

Clearwater (cont'd):

Catherine Hample gave husband Johnny a surprise
75th birthday party on March 20 at the Glen Lake
Country Club. Among the 50 friends attending were Bill
and Laurena Keller Powell. Johnny is an ex-Gatun
policeman and now, in retirement, is writing a book on
The nurses held their monthly luncheon at the
Pepper Mill Restaurant in downtown Clearwater on May
21. The birthday honoree was Marie Corrigan. Attendees
were Kay Taliercio, Ann Buchter, Clara Saarinen, Henri
Skeie, Fran Stock, Kay Butler, Irene Chan (guest of
sister Betty Snow), Tess Owen and Tillie McConaghy.
Jackie Linker and Irene Ladrach were unable to attend
as they had just returned the previous day from a 5-day
cruise on the Regency Rainbow to Cozumel, Playa del
Carmen, etc.
Mike and Marion Greene of Sarasota were seen
enjoying the Reunion again this year. They now keep the
record 30 consecutive reunions to their credit. Wonder
how many consecutive reunions Gladys Humphrey has
It was good to see the Flynn and Kenealy cousins at
the Reunion this year. The Flynn group consisted of
Jeanne Stough, Rae and Pete Flynn, Jr., and the twins -
"Cissie" and "Babe". Jim and Mickey Kenealy and Dennis
and Pat Kenealy were the other cousins.
It was a great surprise and pleasure to see Pat after
50+ years. She enjoyed the Reunion so much that she
has promised to make a great effort to attend her next
class reunion during Carnavalito '95.
The Hickey family were well represented at the
Reunion this year. Mother, Millie, was accompanied by
daughters Barbara Grinnell (Tampa) and Diane Irvine
(Tewksbury, Mass.) and son Tom and wife Ann (Sierra
Vista, Arizona). Besides enjoying the Reunion, Barbara
attended her 40th class reunion. After the reunion, Millie
flew to Arizona for a two-week visit with Tom and Ann.
The Bill Powells want their friends to know of their
latest move to Clearwater and would like their Canal
Zone friends to come by for a visit at 2221 Norwegian
Drive #35, Clearwater, FL 34623 (Tel. 813-724-9718).
In early July, Donald and Marsha Kat with
daughters, Megan and Tania, visited with his mother
Helen. After a week the young Kats were off to Orlando,
San Francisco and Colorado Springs before heading
home to Panama.
Marsha reports that Jerrilynn and Noel (Jim)
Farnsworth with teenage daughters, Noelle and Brooke,
will soon be moving to Merritt Island, Fla., after he
retires from the Dredging Division.
Where were you, Dr. T. Malo? Sheila, Arthur and
Diane Egger, Anita and Ted Kaufer, Shirley and Jimmy
Steele and Bob and Alice Forsythe among many others
were anxious to visit with you at the Reunion. At last, the
solution: out shopping with daughters, Eliza and Deanna,
or babysitting grandson Nickolas.
While on TDY from her job with the Defense
Department in Washington, D.C., Kathleen McConaghy
popped over for a surprise visit with her mother, Tillie
McConaghy. This afforded them a lovely weekend visit.
June was a great month for Barbara Green. Her
daughter Terry (Rios) Castellano came from Houston on
June 3. After spending a few days visiting her father

Roger Rios and his wife Joan in Lutz, she attended the
Reunion with Barbara and her brother, Randy Rios. The
only sour note of her visit was that she had to return
home before her brother Roger Rios arrived from Hawaii
for his 20th class reunion (BHS'74).
Roger Rios arrived on June 23, left for Jacksonville
Beach and his class reunion on June 24. He returned to
Tampa on the 26th. From then on he kept on the run
between visiting his father, Roger Rios, and his wife Joan
in Lutz, sightseeing and visiting with Barbara and his
brother Randy Rios. Roger enjoyed visits to Busch
Gardens, Epcot Center, Disney World and Tarpon
Springs. He also had a very pleasant visit with Richard
and Jeanine (Nellis) Frensley. Although he did not get to
see others, he spoke with them on the phone. He
thoroughly enjoyed the seafood and couldn't get over the
reasonable prices. After all the running around and
eating out, he said he had to go home to rest up and lose

Betty Snow


A Panama Canal Zone pool party was held July 3,
1994, at the Drummond's residence in Pensacola, Fla.
We were fortunate that Hurricane Alberto missed us. As
a result, there was plenty of sun and new friends to meet
that afternoon.
The pool party was scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.;
however, people started to arrive long before that time.
Among those present were Josh Arnette and Denise
(Graff) Arnette from Robertsdale, Ala., and Joellen
(Bird) Graff from Lillian, Ala. Also present were Louis
and Barbara Dedeaux, Darla Vose and her son Shane
Vose, Robert Vose, Jennifer Findlay, Rebecca Joseph,
Tom Broyles, William and Nivia Drummond, Bill
Drummond, Jr., Don Drummond, John Drummond,
Mark Drummond, Melva "Tia" Montenegro, Dio (Diaz)
Stone, Michael Stone, Coomely McGraw, Travis Gray,
Rebel Gray and Mireya (Smith) Gray, Mireya's mother
Maria Smith, and Maria's grandsons Peter Smith and
David Smith, Robert Ave, and Olivia Reina. Zonians of
all ages attended.
There was lots of food, including shrimp seviche,
tamales, arroz con polio, and homemade sangria.
Folklore music from Panama was also played while
swimmers attempted to display their best dives or
cannonballs off the diving board. Into the night, Zonian
pool games began to form, and lots of fireworks were
shot off.
We want to thank everyone for coming to the pool
party, and we hope to see you again. Another Zonian
get-together is being planned for Saturday, September 24
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will meet at Live Oak
National Seashore Park by the Santa Rosa Sound. We
will also be inviting a Panamanian Folklore Dance group
to come out and perform. You are invited to bring a
covered dish or meat to barbeque. A large gazebo is in
the park in case of inclement weather. There will be
swimming, boating and volleyball. Come one, come all
for an enjoyable day.

If there is anybody in or near the city of Pensacola
who would like to join us or share any news, please call
Bill Drummond, Jr. at (904) 476-1966 or Tom Boyles at
(904) 494-1220.

William R. Drummond, Jr.


Mrs. Florence Dee was the guest of honor at a
farewell luncheon at the Sahib Shrine Temple in Sarasota
hosted by Mrs. Maxine Dixon and Mrs. Gladys Conley.
Florence and the late Tommy Dee have been longtime
residents of Sarasota and were quite active in the
community, including participating in many charitable
organizations, bridge clubs, and bowling leagues. She left
the latter part of April for her new residence at 833 Frost
Rd, Apt #803, Streetsboro, OH 44241, and would like to
keep in touch.
Besides the guest of honor, invited guests included
Frances Orvis, Jay Cain, Alberta Allen, and Mary Orr.
Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene entertained the
Reverend and Mrs. Milton Cookson at an open house for
friends to come and renew their long-standing
friendships. The Cooksons stated this is the first chance
in 38 years to see so many Canal Zone friends.

L-R: Mike Greene, Imogene and
Marion Greene.

Milton Cookson,

The Rev. Cookson was originally at St. Andrews
Church in Cocoli in 1947 and later was transferred to the
Church of Our Saviour in New Cristobal. He also served
a tenure in the newly-built St. Margaret's Church in
Margarita until their departure in 1956 for activities in
the United States.
They returned to Cocoli Church in 1973, expecting a
short tenure, and retired in 1979 after the signing of the
Panama-U.S. Treaty of 1979. Mrs. Imogene Cookson
taught Art and English at Canal Zone Junior College
during their stay in the Canal Zone.
The Cooksons have been travelling extensively
visiting family and friends before returning to their
retirement home at 1000 Fountain Terrace Dr, Suite 203,
Lewistown, MT 59457.

Gerald D. Bliss III and his wife Betty Ruth of San
Jose, Calif., were recent houseguests of his aunt Ramona
"Tinsie" (Bliss) Barnes, while visiting with his other
aunts, Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey and Mayno (Bliss)
Walker and her husband George Walker, and with the
younger family members. Jerry is the son of Eleanor
(Lawson) Bliss of Campbell, CA, and the late Gerald D.
"Budd" Bliss, Jr.
As Jerry and Betty Ruth's visit coincided with Jerry's
birthday, he was honored with a surprise 55th birthday
party at the home of the George Walkers, and was joined
by other family members. A nautical theme was used for
the party as he had over 25 years in the Navy and Naval
Reserve. Jerry had retired from the Navy in 1984 as U.S.
Navy Master Chief Petty Officer in the submarine unit.
He also worked for Ford Aero Space Company and
has recently retired from the company as Senior Software
Engineer. For the past eight years he has been working
for the company in London, England.
Since Jerry's retirement and their return from
England and a visit with their children in California, Jerry
and Betty Ruth have been travelling extensively from
coast to coast visiting and getting reacquainted with
family and friends.


Front: Betty Ruth, Jerry Bliss. Standing: Gladys
Humphrey, Tinsie Barnes, Mayno Walker.

The annual Panama Canal Society Reunion brought
many happy memories and seemed to extend longer in
Sarasota for the many visitors and family members who
remained in the area.
Many Sarasotans brought their houseguests to
Marion Greene's traditional "after the reunion" coffee.
Mary Orr's guests were her sister Marion Wells and
Honey Fealey from Kerrville, Texas; Kay Miller's guest
was Nellree Berger of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; Blanche
Hartman brought Caroline (Hulseboch) Estelle of Ft.
Myers; Marion Kariger brought her daughter Nancy
(Kariger) Eide of Tucson, Ariz., and daughter-in-law Nell
Kariger of Long Beach, Calif., and we can't forget Isabel
"Toodles" Setzer from Sun City, Fla. Musical
entertainment was furnished by Nellree Berger and Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr. As usual the table was so full of
"goodies" it was hard to make a selection. We always look
forward to this coffee which has been traditional with
Marion for many years.
The Sarasota Branch of American Association of
University Women named a monetary gift to the
American Fellowship Endowment Educational
Foundation in honor of Gladys Conley, an active member
since 1976. Certification was made during the May 14th
Spring Luncheon at Chez Med Restaurant at Siesta Key,
Sarasota, Fla.

Ray and Joe Ebdon spent a week in Marietta, Ga.,
with their son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Kathy
Ebdon, before flying to California for a two-week visit
with their other son, Tom Ebdon of Rancho Santa
Margarita, Calif. They also visited Rae's niece Carol
(Newhard) Blakely and her husband, Capt. Andrew
Blakely, USN, Retired, and another niece Anne
(Newhard) Franklin and her husband, Dr. Omar
Franklin of Visalia, Calif. The Franklins were recently
honored with a celebration of their 40th wedding
anniversary, arranged by their daughters and sons-in-law,
Marvin and Ellen (Franklin) Gutierrez and David and
Lori (Franklin) Irvine.
After their two weeks' visit Rae and Joe flew back to
Georgia for another week's visit with Dick and family in
Marietta before returning to their home in Sarasota.
Mary Orr enjoyed a visit with her sister Marion
(Orr) Wells and Honey (Bergman) Fealey of Kerrville,
Texas, and her brother Bob Orr of Luling, Texas, who
came for the Reunion, and to attend Bob and Honey's
BHS'44 50th Class Reunion.
After the Reunion, Marion and Honey remained in
Sarasota where they were royally entertained by former
friends and neighbors.
Bill and Maxine Dixon motored to Safety Harbor,
Fla., to visit his sister Hilda Harrold. They were
accompanied by Cassie Starke, who spent a week's visit
with Tom and Sandy (May) Robinson in Clearwater, Fla.
Jay Cain has returned from a ten-day visit with
family members in New Jersey. She also enjoyed
renewing friendships with former friends.
In April, Emo and Fi Everson took a 17-day
transatlantic cruise on the SS Regent Spirit of the
Regency Line. They boarded the ship in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, and made day-long stops in the Dominican
Republic and the island of Martinique. After spending
seven days at sea, they arrived at the Madeira Islands
where they spent the day in the capital of Funchal. From
Funchal they sailed to Malaga, Spain. Due to unusual
circumstances, they missed the scheduled ports of
Casablanca, Morocco and Cadiz, Spain and flew home
from Malaga by way of Madrid, Spain.
Gladys Conley recently spent a week touring
Branson, Eureka Springs, and St. Louis, Mo. She
attended several performances at Main Street Opry:
Bobby Vinton, Andy Williams, and the Shoji Tubuchi
Show. Also included were tours of the St. Louis Arch,
Fantastic Caverns, a winery and a duck ride.
Gladys McLain spent a month in Cincinnati, Ohio,
with her daughter Judy Feintuch and family and with
them attended the ordination of her son-in-law Yossi
Feintuch on June 4, 1994.
Rabbie Feintuch has been assigned to the synagogue
in Curacao in the Netherland Antilles, which is the oldest
synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Rabbi Feintuch
and family will be leaving on August 14, 1994, to accept
his new assignment.

Gladys B. Humphrey


Laverne Larrabee flew to Cincinnati, Ohio, for her
mother's 87th birthday and had a wonderful visit. She
also visited her daughter Joyce Russell in Bernardsville,
NJ., and had a great time. Laverne mentioned that
Eugenia Bing had knee surgery not long ago and is
mending well.

L-R: Christie Dear, Michelle Mercer, Grace
Patterson, Veronica Chandler, Lori (Merrill) Sytsma,
Rose Wand, Susanna Apold, Nancy Othon.
On May 7th we attended the wedding of Lori
(Merrill) Sytsma to Jon Sytsma in Tallahassee. The
reception was held outside at the groom's parents' home
and it turned out to be a perfect evening. Lori and Jon
are presently living in Key West, Fla., but are returning
to Tallahassee in August to live.
In June we drove to Daytona Beach, Fla., to attend
the wedding of Chantal Everette and Robert Thrift, Jr.,
son of Pat and Robert Thrift, Corozal, Panama. The
wedding was beautiful and it was great seeing old friends.
Our three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter Miranda
Friedel was the flower girl.

Beverly Rowley


Well, the 1994 Panama
Canal Reunion is now a
memory, but I did manage
to take a few photos to help
me remember it. I've
included several for this
article. One is a photo of
Cynthia Hare-Goodman of
Orlando with her 13-
month-old daughter,
Whitney Alexandra. Cynthia
is the daughter of a dear
friend of mine, Mary Hare,
of Orlando. Another is a
photo of my two grand-
children, Allie and Nick
Cynthia Hare-Goodman Snow, taken with the
with daughter Whitney. Panamanian dancers on the
last day of the Reunion.
Allie and Nick are the children of my daughter Lori
Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil.

Besides having wonderful memories of the Panama
Canal Reunion, my high school graduation class reunion
dinner was held on June 9th. We had a total of 96
classmates from both CHS and BHS, plus spouses and
friends, and a good time was had by all. I won't mention
the year, but trust me, we are all young!
I received a letter from Ed Aanstoos (a Colon Beach
bwoy). He said that he and his wife Virginia (Martin)
and daughter, Virginia Joan, spent a week in London in
June following the Reunion in Orlando. It was his 50th
class reunion, and proved to be a thrill within a thrill.
While in England they visited Janet Dagnall who lives in
a 300-year-old house in the town of Charlbury near
Oxford. She was a CHS'44 classmate and could not
attend their reunion so they brought the reunion to her!
In the enclosed photo, Ed is giving Janet a large
photograph of the QE II in Miraflores Locks. It is a
memento from her classmates to show how much she
was missed.

Ed Aanstoos presenting photo of QE II to Janet
Surprise! Eunice
Richards of Jonesboro, Ga.,
won 3rd prize in a flower
arrangement contest. Eunice
is a member of the Forest
Park Garden Club, and even
though she didn't win 1st
Space, she was very happy as
this was the first time she
lt'h n y has entered a flower
arranging contest.
Eunice Richards holds Congratulations, Eunice,
her award winning your arrangement is
flower arrangement. beautiful. Next time I know
you will win the blue ribbon.
Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber of Jonesboro, Georgia,
was delighted recently when she was visited by both Mary
Ellen (Sykes) Hensley of Overland Park, Kan., and her
mother, Jessie Sykes. Jessie is a resident at the Fairburn
Health Center nearby, and is the widow of Ewing O.
Sykes, employed by the Panama Railroad. They left the
Canal Zone in 1949.

village of Hana and other Maui vistas. The trip was a
graduation present for Kelly, who will soon be married.
Rosemary had returned to Panama and was working at
Fort Amador from 1973 to 1978. We enjoyed some time
at the Elks Club, along with Virginia and Hank Dolim,
who had driven Rosemary and Kelly around on the
"Dolim city tour". Rosemary recommends, as I do, for
Isle visitors spending a whole day touring Hickam AFB,
Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl National Cemetery, downtown
Honolulu, the Iolani Palace, blow hole and Hanauma

Anne Rathgeber with houseguests Jessie Sykes and
Mary Ellen (Sykes) Hensley of Kansas.

I spoke to Al Graham of Macon, Ga., on the phone
about all of the flooding that they were having in July
due to the remnants of tropical storm Alberto. Al said
that although their home was on high ground and not
damaged by the flooding, they had been without water
for almost a week, and he was in the process of pumping
water into his home from their swimming pool. Nothing
like a little "ingenuity" from our ex-Zonies.
Speaking of "Zonies", we had a few of them over in
July for a bar-b-que "birthday party" for my husband,
Davis. Bruce Hearn and his wife, Jini; Annie Rathgeber
and Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn, along with our children,
grandchildren and other friends. A good time was had by
all, but we sure missed having "hired help" to clean up

June A. Stevenson


Frances (Farrell) and Valdo Viglielmo had a six-
week vacation trip to New York, Florida and then to
California, where they visited their daughter who works
as a journalist on the Ukiah Daily Journal. While in
Florida Frances enjoyed once again experiencing the
Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando (which I missed,
alas). Among the fine accommodations was the "writers'
conference table" set up for her with an appropriate
plaque. People who stopped by to "talk story", and others
through letters received, showed an eagerness to
participate in a continuing writers' conference, with a
broad interest, though her focus is on the experience of
living on the Canal Zone. Frances said special mention
was made by the Panama Canal Commissioner at the
Reunion luncheon of my brother Billy D's honor the
dedication and naming of the Pacific Softball League
Field to the Bill De La Mater Softball park bueno!
Frances also praised the terrific Panama band that played
for the ball at the reunion.
The Honolulu visit of Rosemary (Millett) Gilead of
Arlington and her niece Kelly was a pleasure, following
their private tour of the Island of Maui where they visited
relatives and explored the Haleakala Volcano, the quaint

Rosemary Gilead, Kelly Gilead, Henry and Virginia
Dolim at Elks Club in Honolulu.

The traveling Dolims Hank and Virginia (Ridge) -
enjoyed their trip to Boston for their granddaughter's
graduation from Northeastern University. They visited
Cape Cod, then Los Angeles to attend grandson Scott
Dolim's wedding at Chevy Chase Country Club in
Glendale (at 103 temperature!), then on to Vallejo and
San Francisco with many BBQues along the way.

Mike Royo, Tommy Fennel at Elks Club.

Mike and Trish (Szymanski) Royo have had welcome
company this year: Ruthie MacArthur from the Zone
visited them in February, Mary Claire Pascavage (BHS
about "83) was here on a Naval Reserve trip, and Mike's
brother and sister, twins Reynaldo and Reyna Royo
(BHS'83) are moving here from Panama and will attend
UH. Reynaldo has already arrived, stayed with Mike and
Trish a while, and now has his own apartment. Trish had
a call from her mother in Panama, Anna Probeck, about
her recent marriage she's now Anna Opel. Trish also
talked to her Aunt Dottie Meissner, who had assisted
with Anna's wedding.

In May I got together a group of former Panama
residents for a no-host meeting at the Elks Club. There
were a few absentees, but we had an animated group of
about sixteen and much Panama habla. I spent some
effort and many calls trying to reach Nesta (Lee Morales)
LaMontagne and Suzanne Caracciolo (two of us found
Suzanne's street but not the address, to deliver a back
copy of the Canal Record). Those who attended our
jaunty get-together are pictured here. Sam Atcherly lived
in Panama many years. More about him after his next
visit to Hawaii.

Back L-R: Ed Brady, Virginia and Henry Dolim, Mike
Redemann, Sam Atcherly, Katya DeLaMater. Front
L-R: Irma Brady, Marie Greene, Margaret McMillan,
Laura Redemann and daughter Elizabeth. Elks Club,

Laura (Burns) and Mike Redemann, who moved to
Kailua, Oahu, from Tulsa, brought her daughter
Elizabeth to the get-together. Laura's parents, Jean and
Doris Burns, now live in Tulsa. Jean was well known for
playing Santa Claus on the Zone for ten years 1973-
1983. They are visiting Laura and Mike for the imminent
birth of Laura's next child, due date July 18.
A periodical of the YMCA where I work out and
swim carried a story in memory of George Fox, a physical
fitness specialist and lifetime "Y" member, who passed
away in April at age 92. In 1937 George moved from the
Embarcadero YMCA in San Francisco to the Canal
Zone where he worked with the Army-Navy YMCA until
1947, when he came to Oahu. I recall him, at volleyball
practice at the Balboa "Y", along with my uncle Bob
Worsley, an official and active participant for many

Lois DeLaMater Bates


Barbara McShane Barnickel, with husband Rick and
daughter Corrie, headed to Houston in July to see the
closing performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The
Phantom of the Opera" and to meet the latest addition to
the family, Erin Michael McShane, who was born on
June 5 in Houston to Barbara's brother Mike and his
wife Valli. Mother and son are doing fine.
Rusty Folger, New Orleans, is recovering nicely from
hip replacements, the first in January, the second in June.
All the pain from arthritis has disappeared and she looks

forward to September when the doctor says she'll be able
to toss aside her walker and slip on her dancing shoes
once again.

Rusty Folger of New Orleans with her grandsons:
Jason, 14; Jonathan, 9; and Jordan, 13.

Capt. Joseph Fuller (BHS'52) hopes to be in the
Baton Rouge area this spring to participate as a Union
re-enactor with his unit at the battle of Port Hudson.
John Gough, Sr. of Marrero was selected "Official
Photographer" for the grand opening powwow of the
Nine-Mile Point Trading Post in June. He took more
than 100 shots during the event which featured Native
American dancers of the Houma Indian Nation; Indian
artwork; silver-and-turquoise jewelry; as well as
handmade dreamcatchers, tom-toms, moccasins and
ornamental neckpieces.
John's houseguests, ex-Zonians Jonathan J. Green
and his mother Lyla, of Alberta Lea, Minn., also enjoyed
the powwow and a swamp boat tour with Capt. Cyrus
Blanchard and his pet, a live 30-pound alligator, and a
boardwalk tour through the pristine swamp at Jean
Lafitte National Historical Park, Barataria. John and
Jonathan reminisced over their frequent visits with the
Cunas at the San Blas Islands. John plans to attend the
intertribal powwow near Folsom in November.
Marian Gregg is safely back home in Slaughter after
climbing her share of steep, narrow castle steps from
Dover to Scotland during a June visit with daughter and
family, Gail and Bob Weien, Molly, 5, and Sarah, 3, in
England. Daughter Laura Roa is up from Panama for a
summer visit with her children Ann Marie, 4, and John,
2. Son Gene's National Guard Engineering Unit is back
from Jordan after two weeks of 12-hour days in 118-
degree weather. Daughter Lynn Brown and family are off
to Destin for a week in a condo. Daughter Nancy, who
holds an AA degree in petroleum engineering, is working
offshore for Conoco.
Marian heard from former classmates June Clayton
of Franklinton, La., and June Harris in Georgia and they
are all going to the CHS Jamboree this fall. Pappa Gene
plans to go too, but will travel with Laura so he can help
with the grandchildren.
Mother's Day at the Vegases in Marrero was a busy
time. Yvonne Morales Vegas entertained her mother,
Deya Morales of Lakeland, Fla., widow of Ralph
Morales, formerly of Margarita. Joining the festivities
were Yvonne's daughter Lorna Arabie Bairnsfather and

son Ronald Arabie Jr., along with their families. Yvonne
and husband Nathan spent Fourth of July weekend in
Houston watching the Astros wallop the Chicago Cubs,
and at Astroworld where they took in the new "Police
Academy" stunt show, the new medieval King Arthur's
Court and dined at the Sword & Crown Restaurant.


Four generations in Marrero, La. Back, L-R: Lorna
Arabie Bairnsfather, Kelly Bairnsfather, Deya
Morales, Karey Dufrene. Front, L-R: Ronald Arabie
Jr., Whitney Arabie, Yvonne Morales Vegas.

David Warren, New Orleans, recently returned from
a training session in Bayonne, N.J. He is doing nicely
following successful cataract surgery. His parents, Gret
and Bill Warren, came from New Port Richey to be with
him through the ordeal.

Patt Foster Roberson


Bess and Frank Martin spent most of June in Sicily
and Italy. Bess' sister and husband, Mary and Robert
Webb, who work in Sicily gave the Martins an island tour
that included Messina, Palermo, Syracusa and to the top
of Mount Etna. Also, they were delighted to attend the
graduation of their nephew Bobby Webb from Sigonella
High School. In Italy the Martins went sightseeing and
shopping in Rome, Pompei, Naples and Sorrento. Now
back home in Gulfport, they are looking forward to the
Gulf Coast picnic October 8 at Davis Bayou
Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean

Frank and Bess Martin touring Syracusa, Italy with
brother-in-law/host Robert Webb at the reins.

Meanwhile down on the farm the doc took six
stitches to close up Gerda Smith's lip after she drove into
a tree chasing horseflies out the window. Life is not all
easy down on the farm. The real fun began when Owen's
grandson Kyle Dixon, Carol Leigh's son, visited from
Palm Harbor, Florida. They spent most of June
bushhogging, fishing, attending Vacation Bible School, a
golf tournament and weekend dirt-track car races. Kyle
received formal training in the use and firing of weapons
so the Dead-Eye Smith & Dixon Boys could bag their
limit on the hunt for duck-eating turtles.
After chores, they hitched up the trailer and went
camping in Tennessee--Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge,
Cherokee Indian Village, Cades Cove, Townsend Caves.
Gerda and Kyle got in some ice skating at Ober
Gatlinburg and Owen won free dinners for the trio after
his impromptu on-stage performance with a singer at one
of the shows. As Kyle left for home, the Smiths headed
north to visit Gerda's daughter Karen, near Lexington,
Virginia, and Owen's brother Hugh and his wife Darline
on the Eastern shore. They'll be back for the opening of
Gerda's Vo-Tech August 1.
The Smiths have not moved but the post office has
changed their address from a route number to 1046
Jimmie Wall Lane, Osyka.

Patt Foster Roberson


Reporting from Cape Cod, Cheryl (Kresge) Gillespie
(CHS'74) of West Barnstable, Mass., reported having
attended her high school reunion in Tampa and had a
wonderful time. She reunited with people who were
former swimming students while she was a lifeguard at
Gatun Pool, as well as seeing her brother-in-law Russell
Gillespie and his family. She also had a great time
catching up with her longtime friend, Sue Weiselogel, of
Texas. But when she got back, the promises of the Miata
were, as we say in Spanish, nada (private joke to Bill
Gillespie). Cheryl also visited Priscilla Husband
(CHS'74) in South Dennis for daughter Caitlin's birthday
party earlier this year.

L-R: (Bea's baby Shower) Connie Carrasquillo, Lina
(Campbell) Marohl, Joanne (Campbell) Chiari, Bea
(Dunn) Weiler, Lori (Matros) Herrington, Mary
Thompson) Snavely.

Your reporter had another great trip home in April
to Panama with husband Joe and son Sean Farrell. We
were greeted at the airport by my parents, Hubert and
Argentina Boyle, of Panama City, my sister Caroline
(Boyle) Miro (BHS'86), and (the biggest surprise) my
very good friend Beatrice "Beatrix" (Dunn) Weiler
(BHS'79), her daughter Jessie and son, baby Patrick. We
were thrilled to see them. After a two-night stay in
Panama City we headed to the guest quarters on Barnaby
Road. We sped over to meet Leslie (Berger) Tassell
(CHS) to get the keys to the Tassell's beach house in
Playa Comejen (Que le vaya bien) and took off for the
beach that night. It was another comical scene of my
dad's Jeep Grand Wagoneer filled to the brim with three
kids, two maids, four adults and all our things, traveling
on the Pan American highway at night. All the while
trying to balance the Seco and beers in my lap and
listening to my sister Caroline catch us up on her life
since last year. The four days there were beautiful and
well worth the hassle of getting it together.
When we got back from the beach, we were treated
to a great dinner party thrown by Bea and Steve Weiler
and their children, baby Patrick, Willy and Jessie. There
we reunited with our good friends Lori (Matros)
Herrington (BHS'79) and her daughters, Melanie and
Cassie; Joanne (Campbell) Chiari (BHS'79) and her
daughter Tessie. It was very interesting to see our
children playing together and made me wish we were
closer in distance.
While home, I also saw my good friend Rosa Sucre
and her friend Geronimo who treated us to a very nice
dinner in Panama City, and then went dancing at a local
club. Another highlight was dinner at La Ginza with my
old pals and their spouses, Lori and Russ Herrington,
Bea and Steve Weiler, Joanne Chiari and Mary Snavely
(sorry we missed you John).
We were treated to another great dinner given by my
cousin Grace, who is a teacher for DoDDS and professor
in Panama City, and her husband Byron Rodriguez. We
also saw her son Ivan (class president BHS'94) who
looked very handsome in his tux for his high school
prom. My husband Joe and I managed to sneak away one
day and night by ourselves to El Valle and stayed at the
Hotel Campestre. We saw the square trees, conservation
land and waterfall, golden frogs; and dashed back to the
city the next afternoon for a birthday party for a family
friend, with my nephews Ricky and Tito Miro.

Joe Farrell on his way to see the square trees

Again, as with most vacations, it was too short and
we had to leave to come home to our reality.
Ann Field Kirrane (BHS and CHS) reported she is
working for her youngest daughter Paula. Paula is the
owner of a bakery in Newton called "The Icing on The
Cake", where every cake is custom designed and
decorated. The bakery specializes in artwork cakes and
beautiful life-like icing flowers. She also reported that her
father, Sam Field, of Los Osos, Calif., passed away at the
end of November 1993. He died at home peacefully with
his wife Madeline holding his hand. Sam Field went to
Panama at the end of 1940 and returned to the United
States at the end of 1957 (our condolences to you Ann).
Ann reported that Sue Mable Halbosa, who grew up in
Pedro Miguel and Diablo, after living many years in the
Miami, Fla. area, moved briefly to Vermont. Then, in
order to take advantage of a special program at Emory
University, she moved to Atlanta, Ga., and graduated.
We discussed the possibility of having the New
England/Panama Canal reunion on November 5th in
Massachusetts. We hope to have details in the next
publication, but again welcome ideas for places and
No more news, folks! But what would you New
England Zonians say if I were to offer an undisclosed
prize for the first three people to send me news of your
summer activities for the next publication? "What's the
prize?' you are saying. I'm sorry it's not a winning
Megabucks ticket, but you'll have to send some news in
order to find out.

Debra Boyle Farrell


The spring meeting of the WNC Society was held on
April 28th at the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse in
Hendersonville. Eighteen members were present.
President Ron Angermuller opened the meeting with an
appeal for a new reporter to replace Alice Roach, who
has been the reporter here for the past seventeen years.
I agreed to take over the job and at the reporter's
luncheon in Orlando I was privileged to accept for Alice,
a certificate of appreciation from the Society, for her
years of faithful service. I presented the certificate to her
on my return to Hendersonville. She will be a hard act to
follow as they say and I only hope I will be able to keep
up the high standards she has set.
Noticeably absent from the meeting were Willy and
Wilma Nowotny who I am told were busy changing the
sheets for their next set of guests. Their "Bed and
Breakfast" has certainly been busy this spring. Latest
guests included Marge and Jack Ruoff from Houston and
Angela and Frankie Azcarraga from Panama. Angela and
Frankie brought Lucho's latest CD which aroused
wonderful memories of Panama times. Marge and Jack
enjoyed the beautiful North Carolina scenery and a
couple rounds of golf, as well as a lovely cocktail party
hosted by the Nowotnys. Guests included Malcolm and
Jean Stone, Bill and Betty (Flenniken) Dunning, Pat and

Jack Hunt, and Pat Fraser from Bradenton. Pat made
several visits to Hendersonville this year and decided to
make it permanent. She moved into her new home in
June and has become a very welcome addition to the
area. Daughter Sherri Beth is attending school in Tampa.
Pat's move will of course free up a room at the Nowotnys
now but you still have to book early if you want to visit.
In May Willy's brother and sister-in-law, Klaus and
Karen, arrived from Germany for a short visit. While
here they enjoyed side trips to Nashville, Tenn., for
excitement and Hilton Head, S.C., for some sea, sand
and sun! I'm not sure when they rested for almost as
soon as Klaus and Karen left some very good friends
from Germany, the Kinnamans, arrived and off they
went to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the "Sun Fest".

L-R: Willy and Wilma Nowotny with Angela and
Frank Azcarraga at Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah
National Forest, North Carolina.
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Malcolm Stone, Bill Dunnin
Hunt at the Nowotny home.

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L-R: Jean Stone, Patricia Fraser, Betty Dunning,
Marge Ruoff, Patricia Hunt, at the Nowotny home.

There they enjoyed a marvelous sand castle building
contest, watched the Presidential Honor Guard Drill
Team perform, and attended an Air Force Band concert.
Willy and Wilma also managed to squeeze in a trip to
Florida, where they attended Willy's son Gerald's
graduation from the University of Miami Law School
(see Congratulations).
Also absent from that April meeting was Malcolm
Stone, who according to his wife Jean, was out "clowning
around" somewhere. Malcolm is still very active with the
Shriners. The Stones are running a close second in the
"number of visitors area". Malcolm's sister Lorna Hopper
(CHS'53) and husband John arrived in June, their first
visit since Malcolm and Jean retired. They enjoyed our
breathtaking scenery and spent hours reminiscing about
life in the Zone. Don't we all. I don't know if Lorna
remembers or not but we used to play together in Pedro
Miguel during our grade school days when she would
come to visit her grandmother, Florence (Neville) Miller.
Some of the old timers may remember Mrs. Miller as a
supervisor in the Pedro Miguel Clubhouse.
Early July brought Andy and Carol (Newhard)
Bleakley (CHS'55) to the area and while they were here
Bob and Elida Emerick called to say hello; and the call
culminated in an evening get-together, not only for
Zonians, but for the three CHS classmates who
graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy together
in 1959. Bob and Andy had not seen each other since
graduation. Bob and Elida had spent 4th of July at Kay
and Bob Rodgers in Bakersville, along with Steve Belok
and about 35 other guests at the Rodgers' annual bash.
They were on their way back to Panama from here. The
next day Jean, Malcolm, Carol and Andy headed for
Connestee Falls to visit the Cunningham clan. Mrs. Janet
Cunningham hosted lunch and dinner and the couple
enjoyed seeing Dick (CHS'54) and his wife Lynn and
Linda Cunningham (BHS'61). It should be noted that
Mrs. Cunningham was the only person in the "over 50"
group that braved the cold mountain lake water for a
The Bakersville area has had several other visitors
also. Terry Fuqua and his wife Mary De Heck were there
visiting his mom, Jane Fuqua, and sister and brother-in-
law Stephanie and Alex Hinek. Mary is now teaching in
Okinawa. Lucky Summers and Harry and Joan Rinks
were also guests of the Hineks. Kay Rodgers' daughter
Laurie Knapp (BHS'85) left her vineyards in New York
for a short vacation. Probably resting up to produce
another award-winning wine.
The four children of Marge and Art Sherry hosted
a surprise birthday party for their mother on April 23 at
the Echo Mountain Inn in Hendersonville. For
compassionate reasons I won't mention which birthday it
was but it was somewhere in the neighborhood "above a
half century and below three quarters of one". Barry and
Karen (Sherry) Winters, Linda, "Turito" and Mark
Sherry planned the celebration "long distance" with the
help of Betty and Bill Dunning. Out-of-towners besides
the children included Marge's Aunt Vera and cousins
Ruth and Bill Kehrly from Pennsylvania, Pat and Sherri
Fraser of Bradenton, Jan and Charles Braun of St.
Augustine, and Bill and Fran Stock of St. Petersburg.
The Hendersonville guests were especially delighted with
the seviche and empanadas and the beautiful Panama
decorations. Only thing missing was the micha. On the

day after the party, Bill and Betty Dunning hosted a
picnic lunch for the entire group at their Laurel Park

Back, L-R: Betty Dunning, Art Sherry, Bill Dunning,
Pat Fraser, Marge Sherry, Jack Hunt, Fran Stock,
Malcolm Stone, Pat Hunt, Wilma Nowotny, Willy
Nowotny and Jean Stone. Front L-R: Turito
Sherry,Mark Sherry, Bill Stock, Linda Sherry, Barry
Winters, Karen Winters.
Victor and Virginia (Shay) Hernandez of Miami
stopped briefly in Hendersonville to visit the Hunts. Pat
and Virginia talked Sacred Heart and choir for two
hours! One of these days we are going to plan a choir
reunion. Bob and Shirley (Million) Muse also stopped by
but unfortunately the Hunts were not back from the
reunion in Orlando. They made several detours along the
way to visit Pat's sisters, Sandi and Vicki and Joe and
Fran Maravilla in Ocala. Next time Shirley. Other North
Carolinians seen at the reunion included Ron
Angermuller, Lee and Marian Kariger, Norma and Sam
Irvin, and Sam's sisters, Betty Quintero and Marty

Jean and Peg at the famous General Grant tree in the
Redwood Forest.
Jean Dombrowsky and Peg Hutchinson spent part of
their summer on a 16-day cross-country bus trip. Their
trip covered over 7000 miles and they returned to Aiken,
S.C., tired but happy after a wonderful vacation.
Bill and Betty Dunning spent three weeks in
Arkansas welcoming their first grandchild, Samantha
Rae, to the family. Samantha is the daughter of Jess and
Lynn (Dunning) Harp. While there they were joined by
their daughter Cheryl and husband Mark from Germany.
Cheryl is teaching with DOD schools and Mark recently
retired from the U.S. Army. I am sure the Arkansas
reporter will have more on this major event in her
column. Any other exciting newsworthy events will have
to wait till next time. Patricia Hunt


Well, the Orlando Reunion seemed to go off without
a hitch, and although the gathering seemed smaller
everyone seemed to be having a grand old time. Some
of our Northwest representatives present were Floyd and
Beverly Baker, son Paul Baker, daughter Carol (Baker)
Goodwin of Denver, Colo., Glen and Diane Baker and
two granddaughters from Houston, Texas, and Guy and
Mary (Wells) Fealey of Oak Harbor, Wash., according to
Floyd Baker. Nancy (Kariger) and Darrell Eide, who
have moved from Bremerton, Wash., and now reside in
Tucson, Ariz., had just returned from Panama. They
regaled us with tales and outstanding videos of her
various residences throughout the old Zone, plus many of
the familiar sites in Panama City as well as the Interior.
It was all very fascinating and Darrell was very visibly
impressed and excited by the flora and fauna of this place
we all once called home. It was his first visit there.
The luncheon presentation by Mr. Robert H. Rupp
was well received by the audience. The dances were not
quite so crowded, and the Latin beat had everyone
hopping. The rest of the time, as usual, was spent
renewing acquaintances, such as Virginia Tam, now one
of our vendors, a grade school classmate over 50 years
ago, and reminiscing with old friends. (Sorry, Al Graham,
for omitting you from the list of plankowners at the

L-R: Donna Caudill, Bill Lohr, Kathy Snider, Jim and
Noralee Shobe, Sherry Hansen, Garnett and John
McLaughlin, Lee Snider, Bev and Floyd Baker, Pat
Nellis, Jim Hansen.

News from Sequim: Floyd Baker has won five out of
the last seven races during the annual Indy 500 gathering
of Zonians at the home of Bill and Marti Lohr. It was
the consensus of those attending: Floyd and Bev Baker,
Cecil and Donna Caudill, Lee and Jim Snider, John and
Garnett McLaughlin, Jim and Noralee Shobe and Dan
and Pat Nellis, that next year they would just send him
the money, then forbid Floyd from rolling the dice and
betting. Fortunately no one complained when Marti won
the women's pool the first time in the thirteen years the
Lohrs have held it here in the States.
The middle of June they all repacked the RVs and
headed to Chelan for another talk-a-thon at the
McLaughlins. They were joined by Jim and Sherry
Hansen and Kathy Snider who returned recently from
Panama and brought them up to date on happenings
there. All enjoyed a trip aboard the mail and supply boat
on the 55-mile-long Lake Chelan. The upper thirty miles

of the lake is only accessible by boat so residents,
backpackers and vacationers along the way merely have
to flag down the 100-foot Lady of the Lake for pickup,
delivery and/or ordered supplies.
They had heard that Floyd Baker had won the table
prize at the recent Annual Reunion, so they made sure
he didn't win at the poker table.

honoring Fred Hatchett (90th birthday) from Pedro
From Jan Kinnier, the Pacific Northwest was its best
for a wonderful reunion of Canal Zone friends and
classmates July 7-14 in the Seattle area. The special event
was planned by Barbara (Comber) McDougal, Peggy
(Veney) Hansen, and Janet (Kimmel) Kinnier, all
BHS'49, who live relatively close to each other. The
kickoff for the reunion was a picnic at the Hiram
Chittenden Locks in Ballard. The next three evenings
featured dinner and lots of conversation at the three host
family homes. Of course they had arroz con polio,
chayotes, and empanadas among other goodies. There
was remembering the past but also lots of sharing about
their lives since, and about their future plans. The
spouses joined right in the fun and all agreed they would
choose each other for friends again!

L-R: Bobby McConnell, Matt McConnell, Richard
Greene, John Bundy, Mark Bundy.

L-R: Leigh McConnell, Patty McConnell, Michele
Bundy, and Arlene Greene

News from Seattle: John and Michele (Greene)
Bundy and their son Mark flew to Boston in June for a
Greene family reunion. Arlene Greene and Richard
Greene flew in from South Carolina and they all
descended like a swarm of locusts on the home of Patty
(Greene) McConnell and her husband Bobby and kids,
Leigh and Matt. It was the first time that Patty, Michele
and Richard had all been together with their mother
Arlene in 22 years. John, Michele and Mark left the
Canal Zone in 1978, returning briefly in 1979 when Ed
Greene died. Arlene lives with Richard in Piedmont, S.C.,
where he works for ATT (formerly NCR). This was the
first time that the cousins, Mark, Leigh and Matt, had a
chance to get to know each other. A first-time trip to
Boston for John and Mark meant sightseeing; the walking
tour of Boston, including the Commons and Fanueil Hall.
Then a trip down to Middletown, R.I., where John was
born when his dad was stationed at Newport. And, of
course, a ride down to Cape Cod, all the way to the end
at Provincetown. Saying goodbye was hard, but promises
were made not to let another 22 years go by without all
getting together. (Submitted by Michele Bundy.)
Mary and James Young had visitors in July. Mr. and
Mrs. William D. Young of Ormond Beach, Fla.; Mr. and
Mrs. L. Kent of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Lorri and Jay
Gibson and sons Chris and Lee of Gamboa, Panama. A
Canal Zone party was held on July 9th at their home on
Camano Island. Guests included: Frank Young, Dean
Young, Gail Eshelman, Mike Jablonski, Capt. "Red"
Charles Peavley, Mary and Dick Taht, Mrs. Florence
Gale, Mrs. Ruby Kent, Betty (Shytle) Taht. The Kents,
Gibsons, Jim and Mary Young had been to Roseburg,
Ore., over July 4th to attend Hatchett family reunion

L-R: Janet (Kimmel) Kinnier, Peggy (Veney) Hansen,
Barbara (Comber) McDougal on the occasion of
Peggy's retirement as Archivist for the Episcopal
Diosese of Olympia. The three planned a mini-reunion
of C.Z. friends.

Mini Reunion in Seattle, July 7-14. Back, L-R: Marilyn
(Jennison) Waggoner, Barbara (Comber) McDougal,
Gloria (Ives) McGinn, Jack Gladwell, Peggy (Veney)
Hansen, Jim Macoubray, Tita (Smith) Buxton,
Joann (Standefer) De Loof, Catherine (Manush)
Benson, Bill McGinn. Front: Mabel Kimmel and
Janet (Kimmel) Kinner.

The reunion continued with a boat trip to Tillicum
Village on Blake Island for the Native American Salmon
Feast and "Dance on the Wind" featured show of legend,
dance, masks and costumes. During the last three days,
some of the reunion group toured the Olympic Peninsula,
seeing wildflowers and deer on Hurricane Ridge, sea
stacks and giant driftwood on Mora Beach, old growth
trees and an elk herd in the Hoh Rain Forest, a taste of
Northwest seafood in Dungeness, and historical tours in
Port Townsend.

Those attending were: Catherine (Manush) and Neal
Benson from San Jose, Calif.; Tita (Smith) and Len
Buxton from City Island, N.Y.; Jo Ann (Standefer) De
Loof from Seabrook,. Texas; Jack and Gail Gladwell
from Roberts Creek, British Columbia; Peggy (Veney)
and Walter Hansen from Redmond, Wash.; Janet
(Kimmel) and Dick Kinnier from Edmonds, Wash.; Jim
and Ruth Macoubray from San Diego, Calif.; Barbara
(Comber) and Lowell McDougal from Monroe, Wash.;
Gloria (Ives) and Bill McGinn from Palos Verdes, Calif.
Mabel Kimmel, mother of Janet Kinnier, was able to
attend one of the dinners and was so delighted to see so
many familiar Zonians. Mabel, 94, lives in a retirement
home in Edmonds, Wash., and looks forward to every
issue of the Record.

A ship's clock was presented to Bea Gilmore in
memory of her late husband, Captain Michael Gilmore
on March 4, 1994 prior to her departure from the
Isthmus. Presentation was made in behalf of the
Panama Canal Pilot's Association by Captain Hank
Ceely at a barbeque at the Union Hall in Balboa. L-R:
Bea, Capt. Ceely, Matt Gilmore, Capt. Vic Faulkner.

Henry Cruz


Greetings from Oklahoma! About fifty of us attended
the May 7th picnic/meeting at the Bob Hope Pavilion by
Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City, Okla. Despite the chilly
wind off the lake and cloudy skies above, everyone had a
great time. Notice the photograph below and see what a
large family we have. There was much to tell and share
as we huddled for warmth. We welcomed visitors Liz and
John Roberts and children from Noble, Okla.; James and
Wilma Humphrey from Lexington, Okla.; and George
Scoggin from Ada, Okla. We were also very pleased to
have Lenor and Harry Butz from Springdale, Ark., who
have become regular visitors to our Chapter. The
Roberts family and George Scoggin joined the Chapter
as new members.
Our fall meeting will be held on October 1, 1994, at
the LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Okla. At that time, the
election of new officers will take place. We hope to see
everyone there. Please bring your ideas, friends and

The great Oklahoma members at their May 1994

Bill Keller and family went to Panama in December
1993 for Christmas vacation and returned home on
January 7, 1994. They visited lots of friends and ate a lot
of wonderful food. They visited Evangeline Melant, who
works for the Army and is also Bill's "Auntie". Bill and
Teresa just recently renewed their wedding vows on their
anniversary, April 24, 1994. Their son Mike was home for
the event, from the Navy at San Diego, Calif. They
enjoyed all the family being back home for this.
Jean and Doris Burns, Tulsa, Okla., drove to
Orlando for the Reunion this year. They stopped in
Dunnellon to visit with Frank and Debbie (Mokray) Lee
and then also stopped in Apollo Beach to visit with Eddie
and Cathy Goodrich on the way.
Jerry and Bee Williams, Harrison, Ark., and Art and
Marjorie Goe, West Memphis, Ark., visited briefly for
lunch June 29, 1994, with Jean and Doris Burns in Tulsa,
Okla., on their way to Denver for the National Shrine
Jean and Doris Burns are spending three weeks in
July in Kalua, Hawaii with their daughter Laura and son-
in-law Mike Redemann and granddaughter Elizabeth.
The occasion is the first granddaughter for the Burns as
Laura is expecting in mid-July. Congratulations, Laura
and Mike.
Two McAlester teachers recently visited the Republic
of Panama during their spring break. Karen Jones, third-
grade teacher at Will Rogers, and Jimmie Wickham,
Chapter 1 teacher at Eugene Field and Edmond Doyle
took advantage of the time off to travel. It was the first
time Ms. Jones had ever been to Panama, but it was a
homecoming for Ms. Wickham who had lived in Panama
for sixteen years. The last time Ms. Wickham was in
Panama was during the "Just Cause" war when the U.S.
invaded the country. Ms. Jones, who taught for DoDDS
in Italy, Germany and Korea before coming to
McAlester, met several of her former co-workers there
and heard about many others. She collected lots of
information, arts and crafts to bring back to her class for
their armchair trip to Panama.
There were two unexpected highlights of the trip.
The first was when they went to Albrook Air Force Base
to get a pass. They met a handsome young M.P. who told
them he was from a small town in southeastern
Oklahoma that they probably never heard of. Then he
told them he was from McAlester. When they told him
they were also from McAlester he thought they were
playing on joke on him until they showed him their
drivers' licenses. The young man's name is Marty
Schumaker. He graduated from MHS in 1990 and asked

that they say hello to all his family and friends.
The second highlight occurred during their visit to
the central agricultural market. While there they saw a
large political rally because Panama was getting ready for
Presidential elections in May. Ms. Wickham recognized
the Presidential candidate, Ruben Blades, who is a
famous singer and film star. He graciously agreed to have
his picture taken with the two teachers from McAlester.
The whole week was filled with a variety of activities
which included a trip to El Valle to visit a native market
in the mountains; a dry season (summer) outdoor concert
by the U.S. Army band, and a trip to the Free Zone on
the Atlantic side which is the largest duty-free shopping
area in the world outside of Hong Kong. Of course no
trip to Panama would be complete without a visit to the
Panama Canal to watch the ships go through the locks.
In May, Mary Graham went to New Orleans to
attend the 50th Anniversary of graduation from Tulane
Medical School. Mary's two sons, Peter Van Overen,
Austin, Texas, and Christopher Van Overen, Portland,
Ore., visited her for the Easter weekend in April.


L-R: "Cookie" Janis Newlon, Mike Young, Renee
Carter Collins at the 1994 Ball.

Renee (Carter) Collins would like to give all her
great friends in Panama a personal "muchisimas gracias!"
for a wonderful three-week stay during May and June. A
special hug to the best hombre in town, Mike Young.
What a cook, tour guide, and full-time entertainment
committee of one. I was able to visit the Volcan, Costa
Rican border, Rio Mar, El Valle, the San Bias, Gamboa
Lake and all the familiar Zone spots. Special memories
include dinner at T-Bird and Giselle Pattisons. T-Bird
makes the most excellent chicken enchiladas I've ever
tasted. What a chef. Thanks too for the gift of fresh
lobster for the farewell dinner for Mike and I. To Bobby
and Mindi Dollar, thanks for letting us stay in Gamboa
at their beautiful home. What a view they have of the
Canal from their back porch. Thanks also to Ty and Julie
Young for chauffeuring to El Valle and for having us
over for Ty's own "good cooking". These men in the Zone
have taken over the kitchens it's great. Mike and Elaine
Little and Lucho and Mimi Azcarraga all have great kids
in their families and I enjoyed spending time with each of
them. While I was in the Zone, Diana (Duncan) DeGreef
hosted a delicious lasagna dinner party for about a dozen
members of the BHS Class of 76 so that we could get
our plans off the ground for our 20th reunion. It's only

two years away! Thanks, Diana, for having us all over.
Those Rottweilers of hers are huge. And very obedient
too, thank goodness. The Zone and Panama may have
changed in some ways but there is still an abundance of
beautiful tropical surroundings and wonderful people. I'll
be back soon. Thanks to grandma Marilyn Carter for
taking care of things at home so this trip was made
Again, it is hoped that I'll be seeing a lot of you this
fall. Everyone is welcome to join us even though you may
be from another state. Friendship and memories have no
boundaries. Do have a great summer and go with God.
To all who came in May, thanks a bunch.

Esther Clair


Atlantic Side

Not really a whole lot to report this time. Our
Atlantic numbers are so small anymore that when
summer comes and folks go on leave, there's not too
much going on.
The Tarpon Club Roy Rinehart Fishing Tournament
ended yesterday, or I should say at midnight last night.
For several months there's been quite a fishing frenzy
going on. I hear Collin Corrigan and his nephew Russell
Cheezem, visiting from Orlando, yesterday made a last-
ditch marathon effort to get a big catch on the board, but
all the big ones got away. Maybe next year, fellas.
Unofficially, some of the winners in the ladies class
include Jennifer Holland kingfish; Penny Cafiamas -
barracuda; Gayle Rankin wahoo; Bonnie Seeley jack,
and Gayle Abbot grouper. In the angler class the
unofficial results include Wayne Seeley tarpon; Hello
Alves shark; Mike Bell wahoo; and Rick Doubek -
marlin, and in the novice class it's unofficially Darlene
Seeley snapper and jack, and Sarah Bell barracuda.
I'm sure there are others, and I won't be surprised if a
couple of the ones I've listed here are wrong, but it gives
you the idea. Sid Coffin's name may come up as the
winning boat captain, we'll just have to wait and see.
Although they didn't win any prizes, Ray and J Laatz
each caught a big marlin this year. J's was a 220-pounder
caught in Bobby Novey's boat Decisions, and Ray's was a
170-pounder caught in Sid Coffin's boat Odyssey. Ray has
returned to California for the rest of the summer for a
six-month work coop job with Allied Signal and then to
Cal Poly for his final courses.
Captain Ted Bailey's ashes will be scattered in the
Canal on July 12 from on board a Canal tugboat, with
dozens of his former students and friends paying their
last tributes to one of the Canal's great men.
Cristobal High School held its next to last graduation
ceremony on June 14 at the Fort Davis Theater. A lovely
outdoor ceremony had been planned in the quadrangle in
front of the Fort Davis PX, but rain drove things indoors.
In or out, it was one of CHS's usual extraordinary
ceremonies -- there's something wonderful to be said for

small schools and small graduating classes. I think there
were about 25 graduates this year, and when the
ceremony was over, each graduate plucked two long-
stemmed yellow roses from a huge bouquet on stage,
then walked into the audience and handed the roses to
their parents or other dear friends. It has us all in tears.
The Gatun kids included Valedictorian Gloria Gorton,
Jack Dewhurst, Jennifer Flockhart, Laura Kraemer, Joel
Prescod, Sonja Petroni, Honorine Millar, Derek Smith
and Ellen Rosales. Congratulations and best wishes to all.
Penny and Vincent Cafiamas are looking forward to
a visit from Janet Cooper Vermilyea, her sister Susan
and Susan's husband Tom, all from San Diego. They
arrive July 9 for a couple weeks.
Happy to have jobs here for the summer are Vicki
Seeley, Dyonne Cafiamas, J. Laatz, Ricky Alvarez, Jenny
Price, Debbie Price and I'm sure others that I just don't
know about. It's wonderful having these kids around.

Wrapping up another Atlantic-side softball season for
the "Hustlers" are, back row, Eleonor Lewis Johnson,
Bonnie Willis Seeley, Penny WilderCaiiamis, Marr
Shan Modisette, Jennifer Holland, Linda
Mazerolle, Margarita Martinez, Roxanne Woolard
and Coach Robert Rankin. Middle: Alice Berard,
Laura Kraemer, Gayle Fettler Rankin, and
Phoebe Catron. Front: the "grandmothers." Grace
Whitney Kraemer, Edith Rosette and Sue
Lessiack Stabler. Not pictured is Coach Vincent

Finally, I can't finish without bragging about the
Hustlers again. This time we came out champs in a
military volleyball league sponsored by the Fort Davis
Fronius Gym. We only lost one game all season, and then
came out totally on top during the tournament.
Congratulations to Captain Bonnie Seeley, Gayle
Rankin, Penny Cafiamas, Sue Stabler, Debbie and Jenny
Price, Eli Johnson, Grace Kraemer, Phoebe Catron,
Alice Berard, Margarita Martinez, Jennifer Holland and
Coach Robert Rankin.
And that's about all I've got this time.

Susan K. Stabler
(011-407) 52-6794


P Editor must have by:

SOctober 21, 1994



Joe and Beverly (Bowman) Wood had houseguests
over the 4th of July weekend. Beverly's brother, Bob
Bowman, his wife Jill, and their son Michael visited
Panama for the first time in 20 years! They spent a very
busy four days golfing, shopping, eating, and generally
playing the tourist role. Bob is a pilot for USAIR, and he
and family live in Charlotte, N.C.

L R: Michael, Bob and Jill Bowman; Bev, Joe and
Scott Wood.

Jack and Fran Hern have just returned from a
month-long vacation in Zephyrhills, Fla., where they have
been making plans to start building their home on Lake
Bernadette. They are quite excited about it all. Their
heads were spinning when it came to making the
monumental decisions of tile, colors, furniture, fabrics,
etc. In fact, Fran's head was in such a spin that she told
me she was on her second cup of "coffee" one morning
when she realized that she had not put any coffee
grounds in the pot and was actually on her second cup of
hot water with saccharin! That's OK, Fran, it will all be
worth it.
I am turning over the reins of reporter, Pacific side,
to Eva Anderson. Eva is the daughter of Kenny and Patti
Anderson a "CZ Brat" like many of us. Eva received her
Bachelors Degree in Communications from West Florida
in Pensacola and is currently working part time as an
Educational Technician at Ft. Clayton Elementary
School. She is a darling, energetic young lady who I know
will do an outstanding job as a reporter for the Record.
Can never thank Pat Beall enough for the
tremendous work he does as our Editor. Long hours,
stress, energy, dedication, pride -- those functions and
more go into Pat's goal of producing an outstanding
publication every time. It has been my pleasure and
privilege working with you, Pat -- THANK YOU AND

Mary Coffey
(011-507) 52-6794

Hola amigos! I am very pleased to be your new
Pacific side reporter. I am looking forward to working
with you and continuing the wonderful success Mary has
had. Please feel free to contact me with any news you
wish to have published. And now...on to the news!

Panama Canal College celebrated its sixtieth annual
commencement on June 15. The address was given by
President of Seguridad Tecnica, Mr. Henry Ford.
However, ten minutes before the program began, an
unscheduled speaker requested an appearance to
congratulate the sixtieth class of Panama Canal College.
President of the Alumni Association, and a member of
the first graduating class of Canal Zone College,
Guillermo Mendez, asked Dean Woodbury if he could
share a few congratulatory words with the class of 1994.
His charming humor and inspirational words were a
pleasantly unexpected highlight of the evening. Among
those who graduated with the class of 1994 were: Rachel
Bottin, Robert Boyer, Anick Buval, Luis Cantu,
Christopher Cook, Cecy Brayton, Maria Claus, Kayla
Duty, Joann Eckel, Richard "Jimmy" Groom, Gladys
Hattabaugh, Leticia Higley, Aileen Jenkins, David Kemp,
Gwendolyn Lawson, Aaron Lewter, Evan Rodaniche,
Steven Wheeler, Thomas Ellis Jr., Jon Hanna,
Christopher Hovan, Mayra Nieves, Judith Ritchie,
Ramon "Moncho" Sirias, Martin Tremblay, and Robert
Womble Jr.

Panama Canal College graduation day, June 15, 1994,
L-R: Eva Anderson, Evan Rodaniche, Aaron Lewter,
Leticia Highley, Aileen Jenkins, Gladys Hattabaugh,
Jimmy Groom.

Brenda McArthur will be leaving us soon to visit her
daughter Dawn McArthur Wetherby in Hattiesburg,
Miss. Dawn was married in Panama in December to Jeff
Wetherby, son of Barbara Johnson. Barbara's father Ray
Johnson was a Panama Canal pilot who left Panama in
1944. Dawn and Jeff are expecting their first child in
September. Millie Joyce will be meeting Brenda in
Mississippi to visit the newlyweds. Brenda will come back
to Panama, and then return to Mississippi in September
for the arrival of the baby.
Like migratory birds, every summer Panama is
flocked by the return of our college friends. Leann
McConaughey, Leanne Watkins, Natalie Watkins, Jackie
Brogie, Katie Goodwin, and Brian Dugan wasted no time
in appreciating our tropical paradise. The group,
accompanied by the Watkins family, McConaughey
family, Kirkland family, and Lorraine Dugan chartered
the Black Stallion for a four-day visit to the beautiful San
Blas islands. Snorkeling and fishing the blue waters was
the highlight of the trip, as well as combating seasickness
(we won't tell it was you, Leann), and the rain as they
slept aboard on the deck of the boat.

Among our other visiting college friends were:
Denise Alberga, Scott Wood, Christy Ford, Kara Twohy,
Ken Jenkins, Karen Kirby, Reyna Royo, Kim Thompson,
John Niedzialek, John Haines, Andrew Tomlett, Rob
Petroski, Jennifer Ender, Robert Meyers, and Yvonne
Earlier this summer, members of the Grimison
family returned to Panama for a visit. Matt Grimison and
his brother Richard stayed with Patrick and Mayra
Grimison, who are stationed in Rodman. Needless to say,
the brothers spent many days riding the waves at their
old surfing spots. However, they did manage to take
some time out to enjoy a Cerveza Panama at the Balboa
Yacht Club with some friends.
Eduardo "Fulo" Real, a graduate of Tulane
University Law School is back in Panama. An Atlantic
sider at heart, he's now working for DeCastro & Robles,
a maritime law firm on the Pacific side.

Members of the "C.Z's Burningest Band" Tempest.
Carl Bristol, Walter Crouch, Evan Rodaniche.

"C.Z.'s Burningest Band," Tempest, broke up in May
after five years of making music in Panama. Drummer
Carl Bristol is leaving to attend the University of South
Florida in Tampa. Bassist Walter Crouch continues to
attend Panama Canal College. Guitarist and vocalist
Evan Rodaniche just graduated with the sixtieth class of
Panama Canal College and will be pursuing his musical
career here in Panama with his new band, "Cage".
Tempest still has tapes and "C.Z.'s Burningest Band" T-
shirts available for sale. Evan Rodaniche can be reached
for further information at PSC #02 Box 2240 APO AA
The Balboa train station recently underwent a
facelift. It is now the home of McDonalds, a travel
agency, car rentals, and even a dentist office. The Golden
Arches can be viewed from the Administration Building
and other points in the Canal area.

Eva Anderson
(011-507) 87-5781


Our Spring Luncheon was held at Ft. Jackson's
Officer's Club in Columbia, and was attended by Mark
Schwindt, Mitzi Schwindt, Peggy Hutchison, Blanche
Browne, LeJeune Lard, and grandson, Nicholas Lard,
Virginia Smart, George Brady and daughter Jean
Barranco, Grace and BJ. Hartley, and Trudi Clontz.
Blanche Browne has been enjoying cool June
weather in New Hampshire and en route there stayed
with Shirley (Jennings) Erickson in Carlisle, Penna.
Earlier she visited J.D. and Ethel Tate at their new home
(63 Forest Oaks Way, Spartanburg, SC 29308). They
would love to hear from their friends. For July Blanche
has scheduled a two-week cruise on the MS Statendam to
the North Atlantic as far as St. Petersburg, Russia.

Miguel. They now reside in Arizona golf five times a
week and are enjoying retirement. Gladys is at home,
fully recovered and had as visitors her brother Jimmy
Salterio and wife.

Betha Masden, Peggy Hutchison, Robbie Turner,
Catherine Turner with (sitting), Gladys (Saltero)

Jerry and Dianne (Hutchinson) Cox flew to
California for a week. Jerry was there on business, but
they did stop to see Dianne's uncle, Bud Phillips and
wife Dotty, in Laguna Hills. In July Jerry will fly to Japan
on business.

April 10th "Despidida" for Ethel and J.D. Tate. L-R:
Trudi Clontz, Jim Catron, Sis York, Caroline
Westendorff, Louise (Tate) Schlegel, Blanche
Browne, Eletheer Catron, Peggy Hutchison, Bill

June events remind us that grandchildren are "aging".
Leona and Paul Badonsky attended the commencement
exercises at Heathwood Academy in Columbia of Rob
Leitch, the son of Al and Paul (Badonsky) Leitch. Rob
will be a student at Vanderbilt University this fall.

Gary Hutchison and family.

Peggy Hutchinson traveled to Texas to the
commencement exercises of her grandson Shane, son of
Gary and Pat Hutchinson. Their other son is a junior this
year. While in Texas, Peggy visited Robbie Turner and
his mother Gladys (Salterio) Turner who was recovering
from surgery. Betha (Wilenson) Masden and husband
Ward and her other sister-in-law, Catherine, were with
Gladys. Betha worked many years for Army Finance in
Corozal and Ward with FAA and had lived in Pedro

Dottie and Buddy Phillips with Dianne (Hutchison)
Cox at Laguna Hills, CA.

In June Eletheer and Jim Catron drove to Orlando
to visit a relative and then attended the Panama Canal
Reunion. Eletheer reported there seemed to be few from
the Police and Health Departments present. Grandson
Ed Lotterhos spent two days with the Catrons after his
graduation from Annapolis, and stopped by on his return
to duty in Rhode Island where he is stationed for seven
months. His parents, Joseph and Penny (Catron)
Lotterhos, are spending a month in Europe.
In mid-June Peggy Hutchinson and Jean
Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, N.C., made a 16-day bus
tour which took them, among other places, to Boys Town
in Omaha, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, Great Salt
Lake Desert, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, the
Grand Canyon and the Alamo. They also enjoyed shows
in Reno and Las Vegas. If you see Jeanie be sure to ask
her who she saw in Reno!

jeannie (Uoieman) uomorowsKy, ieg (sealey)
Hutchison, Gene (Sexton) Clary at luncheon in
Hendersonville, North Carolina.
While Peggy and Jean headed west, Trudi Clontz
flew east on her first trip to England and thoroughly
enjoyed the southwestern section, the beaches, the Isle of
Wight, the beautiful countryside, charming old villages
with thatched or slate roofs, churches, castles, all in
sparkling, sunny, cool weather. Earlier in June she made
a bus trip to the only tea plantation in the United States -
the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.
There are so many other residents of South Carolina
who do not share their news with us. I wish they would.
If it is sent to me, I need to forward it at least ten days
before the deadline Pat Beall indicates in the issues of
the Record (the mails are that unpredictable).

Trudi Clontz



To make up for not writing an article last time,
here's a bit of news that should have made it in the
previous issue. In honor of Mary Fehrenbach's 40th
birthday, her sister Margie and I threw her a surprise
party. It was a nice party and a complete surprise to
Mary. All of our regular Austin gang was there, and Jaco
Petiton and Lorna Wiles from San Antonio.
We had our annual Memorial Day camping trip at
the Davenport Ranch in Bandera, Texas. Once again, it
was lots of fun and all the gang was there. To those of
you who live close enough in Texas, this is an annual
event and really is a fun thing to do. It seems every year,
it gets bigger and bigger, so pack your camping gear and
plan to be there next year. Keep it in mind Memorial
Day weekend.
Red and Kat Pattison took a family vacation to the
West Coast in June. I'm sure they looked up some
former Zonians while there. I took a vacation in July and

went to see my brother David in Pennsylvania. He
transferred there about six months ago. Beth Wright had
a visit from her brother Duane, also in June.
Congratulations to Noreen Hanson upon her
marriage to Mitch McGaughey. They were married on
May 5, 1994, and have relocated to 5256 S. Danube
Street, Aurora, CO 80015. Congratulations to them on
their marriage and their new home.
On a personal note, my husband and I had a baby
boy on June 22, 1994 Ronald James Davenport-Dendy.
"Ronnie" weighed six pounds three ounces and was
welcomed by his immediate and extended families of
aunts, uncles, and cousins. Photo to follow in the next
Now a personal plea because I now have a baby, I
have no time in my life for anything else and I'd like to
give up the job of area reporter. I'm going to continue
doing it until someone speaks up, but, if you'd like to
take it over, please call me. I really am strapped for time
these days and it has become more and more difficult to
get this done on time. So, all you former Zonians-turned-
Austinites speak up!
Until the next time, call with any news and/or if
you're interested in being a reporter.

Sue (Ann) Davenport


W. R. "Bob" and Lois Byrd spent Father's Day
weekend with son Donald in Galveston at the Moody
Gardens. The complex includes outdoor gardens, an
enclosed rain forest and a 3D I-Max theater. It also has
shops and restaurants. The Byrd's dinner was served on
the patio facing the Dancing Fountains. Sunday, after the
gifts were opened, Donald took them to the Windom
Hotel for a Champagne Brunch. Donald is a Vice
President and Branch Manager for the Bank United of
Texas in Houston.
Dale and Jackie Bishop drove to Durango, Colorado,
in June, where they spent two weeks at a Summer
Getaway at Fort Lewis College "Colorado's Campus in
the Sky". The Getaway Program is an educational
Hostelship for Active Retired Persons. Participants share
the campus with a variety of youth and educational
conferences that are held concurrently during the
Getaway sessions. Dale took a class in History and
Culture of Southwest Colorado and Jackie took Tai Chi
Chih, a gentle oriental-type exercise that relaxes and
energizes, and a class in the Art of Basket Weaving using
Cherokee and Appalachian designs. Classes were in the
morning hours so the afternoons were spent sight-seeing,
shopping and enjoying the perfect weather. They rode the
Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton, saw
a real melodrama and vaudeville show, went to the Bar-
D Ranch for a chuckwagon supper and show and drove
to Telluride for the day. In addition to this, Dale was
able to play golf every other day. They had a wonderful
time and recommend the program to all their friends.
Alice O'Neal Grove and her husband Bill, daughter
Jana and nephew Will (Margaret O'Neal's son) are
visiting Panama for the first time since the O'Neals
retired from the Marine Bureau. They have been

revisiting old, familiar places and renewing old
friendships. The family is enjoying all the interesting
sights and places--to say nothing of the native foods--
and Alice is on "cloud nine" showing her family where
she grew up. The Groves are living outside Atlanta, Ga.
Mary Cryan Lade and Leo Krziza visited Anna
Calvit in Kerrville, after attending the Canal Zone
Reunion in Orlando, a trip to Panama and Costa Rica.
They arrived here about an hour before the "June storm"
which some people said was a tornado--did quite a bit of
damage in some areas. Anna had several visitors since
the early part of the year. Dave and Robin (Harrison)
Walker were in the area visiting their son and his family
and drove on to Kerrville to spend the day with Anna.
Robin is the daughter of Lois and the late Charles
Harrison. Fred and Caroljune Calvit visited with Anna
on their way home from Las Vegas, where they had been
to visit their daughter Linda, to their home in Orlando in
their trailer. It was a wonderful surprise as Anna had not
seen her brother-in-law in many years. Both looked
wonderful, Anna said. Jeanne Flynn Stough and her son
Charles and his wife, visiting from Ohio, came to
Kerrville for lunch with Anna. Eleanor Miller had a
birthday lunch for Anna with several of their neighbors
in attendance. The following day, Bob and Lois Byrd
took Anna to San Antonio for a birthday lunch. Way to
go, Anna--keep having fun!
Helen and Ezra Smith had a visit from Dr. Frank
Smith of Easley, S.C., and Dr. Frank Schloeder of
Houston who were in the area birding. While in
Kerrville, the Smiths took their guests to see old friends:
Pappy Grier and the Rhynes. It is always great to catch
up with old friends.
Harvey and Bea flew to Panama to attend the
graduation of their grandson Edward G. (Eddie)
Stanford, son of Ed and Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford. It
was quite an emotional event as Eddie is the 3rd

generation to graduate from BHS, 55 years after Bea's
graduation. Camille (Rhyne) and Leo Eastham hosted a
birthday dinner at the top of the Marriott Hotel in
Panama City for Bea. Barbara and Ed Stanford had an
open house and a "comida tipica" for Bea and Harvey.
The Balboa Railroad Station has been freshly painted,
streets cleaned and a modern McDonalds installed. The
food and service were good and the decor charming with
railroad memorabilia. There is a dentist's office, travel
agent and a dry cleaning establishment in the old station,
with more stores to come. It was gratifying to see the
derelict station revived. We saw a few old friends who are
still living in Panama: Bill Rogers, Bert and Helene
Shelton, Cody Hollowell, Ronnie Byrd, Mickey Maguire,
Billie Hultin, Carol Wiskowski and Carl Tuttle, to name
a few. We also saw Jim and Niza Lowe who had come
down from North Carolina for the graduation of their
grandson, and Lou Hunt from Dothan visiting her
daughters and their families.
The three weeks flew by and it was time to say
"goodbye". We ran into Monty Trim at the Tocumen
Airport. We wouldn't have recognized him if he hadn't
come up to us. What a godsend Marty was, when we got
to Houston. He stayed with us to help with the luggage,
get us through Immigration and Customs, and pointed us
in the right direction for our connecting flight to San
Antonio. If it had not been for Monty, we would never
have been able to make it. We arrived at our gate
minutes before takeoff. The "icing on the cake" was that
Barbara and Ed allowed us to bring our granddaughter
Cheryl home with us for a visit. It has been a delight and
joy to have her here and we have been busy with
shopping, sight-seeing and just enjoying her company.

Bea Rhyne



Margaret (Alley) Broggini (BHS'34) and her
husband Larry Broggini celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on April 12, 1994. To commemorate this
occasion they sailed aboard the Queen Elizabeth II from
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to England and flew back on the
Concorde to Washington, D.C.
While in England for nine days they visited wartime
friends as well as a trip to Margaret's Army Hospital.
While in London they stayed at the Mount Royal Hotel
where Larry had been billeted for two years before the
Margaret and Larry met at Governors Island, N.Y.,
in November 1941. She was an Army Nurse at Ft. Jay
Hospital. He, a lieutenant in the Signal Corps, was a
During the war both went over to England on the
original Queen Elizabeth. She sailed in June 1942 and he

came over in August of the same year. Larry was
stationed in London and Margaret in Mansfield near
Nottingham. Both were in England for two years prior to
Before 1944 army nurses were not permitted to
remain in the Corps if they married. When this
restriction was lifted, they were married in London, just
59 days before D-Day.
Interestingly enough, Larry was aboard the SSAncon
as a Signal Officer during the invasion. Margaret arrived
in France on July 14, 1944. They were able to see each
other occasionally during the year. They celebrated their
first anniversary in Antwerp, Belgium.
When the war ended they went to the Canal Zone to
visit her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Feeney. While on the Zone Larry was hired by the Corps
of Engineers and Margaret worked at Gorgas Hospital.
Several years later they were assigned to Turkey where
they lived in Ankara for three years.
Upon return to the United States, Margaret and

Larry lived in Arlington, Va., while Larry worked with
the Corps of Engineers and, later, as Supervising
Engineer of the Library of Congress.

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Margaret (Alley) and Larry Broggini on their 50th
anniversary cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth II.

Upon his retirement in 1976, they moved to Sun City,
Fla., where they still reside and travel frequently.
Margaret's grandfather, Walter S. Browning, was a
holder of the Theodore Roosevelt medal.


Harvey and Bea Rhyne are celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary this year and went back to where it
all began. They were married in the Pedro Miguel Union
Church September 10, 1944. The trip to Panama was
wonderful. They did see many changes and some were
for the better.


In March 1994, Jamie Reid (10) took home a fistful
of 8 medals at the 1994 Age Group Regional
Championship Swim Meet held at the King County
Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. This swim meet
is participated in by five states in the Pacific Northwest -
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Jamie
consistently placed in the finals including a second-place
finish in the 100-meter backstroke. At the end of the
meet she had earned a total of 8 medals, which included
1 second place, 4 third place, 1 fourth and 1 sixth place.
Jamie is now ranked 17th in the United States for her
age group. This June she competed at the Western Zone
levels in Hawaii. Jamie credits some of her talent to the
early training she received at the Balboa Swimming Pool
and her instructors "Shorty" and "Vincent". Jamie hopes
to one day compete in Latin America, possibly
representing Panama.

Jamie Reid

Eight-year-old Lindsey Reid, also a competitive
swimmer, recently started Kung Fu lessons and won two
second place medals at her first meet. During the match
she won her event in a surprising 30 seconds. Lindsey
plans to break some of her sister's records this summer
at the long course regional swim meets and possibly
qualify for Zones in Hawaii.
Jamie and Lindsey are the children of Jim and Pam
(Scott) Reid.

Bea and Harvey Rhyne

Lindsey Reid


Another Canal Zone brat makes good -Rob Roy, Jr.
with proud dad, on July 14, 1994 received his Master
License (unlimited tonnage/all oceans).


Leah M. Garcia, daughter of Joe and Pinky (Fulop)
Garcia, graduated magna cum laude from Mary Baldwin
College, Staunton, Va., on May 29, 1994. Leah majored
in Marketing Communications. She was awarded the
college's prestigious Bailey Scholarship in 1990 and was
recently named to Wio's Who Among Students in
American Colleges and Universities.
The Garcias left Panama in 1986 and now reside in
Port Orange, Fla.

Leah M. Garcia


Anne (McCabe) and Joe Snyder (BHS'39) of
Eastham, Mass., were given a 50th anniversary party by
their son, Jim, and daughter, Joanne, at the Harbor Point
Restaurant in Comaquid, Mass.
Anne and Joe were married in East Orange, N.J.,
on June 28, 1944. Many friends and relatives from
Chicago, Massachusetts and New Jersey helped them
celebrate the happy occasion.


David James Hudson of Cocoa, Fla., received his
Master of Science Degree in Space Systems from Florida
Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., at
commencement ceremonies on May 7, 1994.
David is presently working for NASA preparing
equipment that holds design experiments in the Space

David Hudson graduates from Florida Tech.
He is the son of Gary and Barbara Hudson of
Sarasota who attended the commencement program with
other family members. David graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1985. He is married to the former
Michelle Minniek. They have a son Joshua David and
live in Cocoa, Fla.


The President of
the United States, in
conjunction with Secretary
of State Warren
Christopher, has appointed
Valerie Shaw to be Vice
Consul of the U.S. Embassy
in La Paz, Bolivia.
Since graduating from the
University of Texas at
Austin in 1984, Valerie
(BHS'80) has held several
Valerie Shaw positions with the U.S.
Government, the most
recent being in Houston,
Shortly after passing the written and oral Foreign
Service Officer exams in December 1993, Valerie was
invited to join the Foreign Service and received her
appointment to La Paz, Bolivia. She will arrive at her
new post in early August 1994.
Friends wishing to write can address letters to:
Valerie Shaw, AmEmbassy La Paz, Unit 3909, APO
AA 334032-3220.
Her family and friends wish Valerie well on her new
diplomatic adventure.


Karen (Binki) Nadeau Price, daughter of Lydia
Gravatt Nadeau and the late George F. Nadeau received
her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas
A&M University on May 13. 1994.


Ryan Edward Moore, 18, graduated from El Segundo
High School, El Segundo, Calif., on June 23, 1994. He is
the son of Edward A. and Patricia Moore and the
grandson of Eddie Moore (BHS'40) and Letty Moore,
also of El Segundo.

Karen (Binki) Nadeau Price

Karen has been employed by the Registrar's Office
at Texas A&M since 1972, and was promoted to
Assistant Registrar in February 1993. She began taking
classes at A&M during her lunch hour in 1974, with the
idea that she would probably graduate at the same time
as her sons. Her oldest son, Michael beat her and
graduated in 1992, but Steven the youngest, is currently
a Junior scholarship cadet at Texas A&M, following a
three-year detour into the U.S. Army.


Emmett Zemer celebrated his 99th birthday on June
26, 1994 at the Saratoga Country Club.

Emmett Zemer's 99th birthday family gathering.
Since the Fourth of July is Emmett's favorite day,
everyone came dressed in red, white and blue.
Unfortunately, the entire family wasn't able to get into
the photo. Congratulations, Emmett!!

Ryan Edward Moore
Ryan was Valedictorian at the graduation ceremony
as he was number one in his graduating class and has
been a straight A student since middle school. He has
received several prestigious awards including the
Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Allied-Signal
Corporation Science Award, U.S. Air Force
Math/Science Award, ESHS Biology Club membership,
Tandy Technology Scholarship, and others.
Ryan will be attending Occidental College in Los
Angeles next September as a Pre-Med student and also
will be playing football there.


,- .Herbert C.
Dawson, Jr., son of Herb
and Gail Dawson, graduated
from George Mason
University in Fairfax, Va.,
on May 21, 1994. Herb's
degree is in Latin American
Studies. His language ability,
a by-product of growing up
in Panama, has been well
used in a variety of part-
time positions during his
college years. A graduation
r gift was a trip to Mexico
City to join his brother
Herb C. Dawson, Jr. Brian there on business.
Future plans will focus on a
career dealing with the Latin American region.


Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Teel of Valley View, Texas,
announce the engagement of their daughter Rebecca to
Christopher Conway of Denton, Texas.

Rebecca Teel and Christopher Conway
Rebecca attended North Central Texas College and
is presently working for FEMA.
Christopher (CHS'85) graduated from the University
of North Texas and is employed by the Denton County
Sheriff's Department. He is the son of Harold and Dale
Conway, former teachers on the Atlantic side.
A December wedding is planned.


Collin and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan of Gatun,
Panama, are proud and pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter Tiernan Colleen (CHS'87)
to Todd Owen DuPree (BHS'86).

Dodd Owen DuPree and Tiernan Colleen Corrigan

Dodd is the son of Janet Sutherland, presently
residing in Dunedin, Fla. (formerly from Balboa, Canal
Zone) and Frank DuPree of Taboga Island, Panama.
A December 17th ceremony is planned in
Jacksonville, Fla., following Tiernan's graduation from
the University of North Florida with her teacher's degree.
They will make their home in San Diego, Calif., where
Dodd is employed with U.S. Customs.



Albert Hele of Lake Worth, Fla., celebrated his 80th
birthday with family members at a local restaurant in
Lake Worth.

L-R: Suzy Hele Carlton, Debby Hele Lopez,
Gilbert Lopez, family friend Larry, Albert Hel6,
Kathleen Hele and Charlie Carlton.

Jim Wagner, son of Jacqueline (Ashton) Wagner of
Waynesboro, Penn., and the late John Y. Wagner,
formerly of the Canal Zone, received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Administration from Florida
State University in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 30, 1994.
Jim has accepted employment with Sherwin Williams in
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Al and Marie Dube celebrated their 59th anniversary
on June 1, 1994. They enjoyed a one-week stay at
Madiera Beach, Fla., celebrating with all their children
and friends.
Grandson Timothy and wife Elfriede came from
Palm Harbor, Fla., for the holiday weekend. Son Fred
and family arrived from Homestead, Fla., and daughter
Agnes Burns came from Largo, Fla., and all spent the
week with them.
Later this month, Al and Marie will celebrate
together, taking a 12-day cruise on the SS Sun Viking
through the inside passage to Alaska.


John Wagner (BHS 1983) and Jody Godby have
announced their engagement and upcoming nuptials on
November 19. John is the son of Jacqueline (Ashton)
Wagner of Waynesboro, Penn., and the late John Y.
Wagner, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
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Mr. and Mrs. Sten Ahlberg of Harestad, Sweden,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine,
to Jeffrey Louis Pitney, son of Sue Taylor (BHS'58) and
Louis J. Pitney of San Diego, Calif.
The wedding will take place in Sweden on July 30,
1994, and the bridal couple will return to their studies at
Palomar College near Escondido, Calif., after their

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Jackie Wagner, Jim and John Wagner

Jody, the daughter of John and Nancy Godby of
Zanesville, Ohio, is a special events consultant to area
shopping malls, and John is a member of the Boca
Raton, Fla. police force. The location of the wedding
ceremony was unknown in July, the deadline date for this

Catherine Ahlberg and Jeffrey Louis Pitney
Sue, Lou, son Nicholas James Pitney and daughter,
Layne Catherine Pitney of San Francisco will leave in late
July to attend the wedding.
Jeffrey is the grandson of Catsy Taylor Schafer and
the late William (Bill) Taylor of the Personnel Division,
Panama Canal, and Mrs. Mary Pitney of Derby, Conn.
and the late James Pitney.


Mr. and Mrs. Don Goode of Panama announce the
engagement of their daughter Rommy Goode to Jaime
Fernandez, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Federico
Fernandez of Panama City.


Jacoba "Co" Joustra of Sarasota was honored with
a surprise birthday party for her 92nd birthday, while at
the Sarasota Nursing Pavilion. The party was given by
officers and members of the Sarasota Police Department,
who were co-workers of Co's daughter, the late Grace
Joustra. Bill and Maxine Dixon, and Gladys Conley were
among the Zonians present.

Jaime Fernandez and Rommy

Miss Goode is the only daughter of Don and Gizelle.
She is the sister of Michael Goode of Galveston, Texas,
and Benjamin Goode of Balboa, Panama.
The bride-elect (Balboa High School class of 1983)
attended the University of Texas at Austin and received
her BS degree in Photo-Journalism in 1987.
Following a March 25th wedding, the couple will
make their residence in Panama.

"Co" Joustra, 92 years young. L-R: Bill Dixon, Co
Joustra, and party hostess.


Gerald R. Nowotny, the son of Willy W. Nowotny
and Antionette Muniz, recently became a member of the
Florida Bar Association. Gerald graduated from the
University of Miami School of Law where he received
both his Juris Doctor and LL.M. in Estate Planning.
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Adrienne and Gerald R. Nowotny

Gerald grew up in the Canal Zone where he
attended Los Rios, Curundu, and Balboa schools. He is
a graduate of Culver Military Academy and School for
Girls, Culver, Ind. Prior to attending law school he served
with the U.S. Army for five years after graduating from
the United States Military Academy, West Point, Class of
Gerald worked as a Financial Planning professional
while attending law school. He is a Certified Financial
Planner (CF), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and
Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He serves as a
Vice President with American Life Underwriters and will
maintain a law practice.
Gerald and his wife, the former Adrienne Bermudez
of New York City, and their two daughters, Alexandra,
age 8, and Jacqueline, age 5, reside in Miami, Fla.


We have two people honored this month, a
wonderful couple who do so much for Kenneth City. Al
is currently the president of the Home Owners
Association and Dot makes the coffee and bakes
Cholesterol free cakes for our meetings. Dot and Al are
always helping someone, they are the kind of people who
just give of themselves.
In addition to all the good work this couple does,
they also help deliver our Kenneth City News and have
done so since the paper was started.
Kenneth City thanks this couple and we are happy
that they live in our city.

Kenneth City News
May 1994

(Ed. Note: Dot makes the refreshments at the monthly
meetings of the Society and Al is one of our service


Dr. Patt Foster Roberson (BHS'52, CZJC'54),
professor of mass communication, Southern University,
Baton Rouge, La., has been selected as one of 15 persons
to participate in the 1994 National Workshop on the
Teaching of Ethics in Journalism and Mass
Communication. More than 600 educators applied for the
10th workshop funded by the Freedom Forum and co-
sponsored by the University of Missouri School of
Journalism and the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication. Besides the
United States, universities in Estonia, France, Germany
and Spain will be represented.


Marshall Edward
Tolbert, grandson of Irene
Hasemann and the late
Louis Hasemann, and son
of Gayle Hasemann Tolbert
of Jacksonville, Fla.,
received his Doctorate of
Biomedical Sciences from
Wright State University,
Fairborn, Ohio, on June 11,
Marshall E.Tolbert 1994.
Marshall will enter
the University of Cincinnati
School of Medicine in the fall term.


To celebrate the 80th birthday of Annie Torbert
Wainio (Mrs. John E.), on June 18th, 1994, a party was
hosted by her children, Kathy of Miami, Fla., and John
T. and his wife Kathleen of Falls Church, Va., at Kathy's
home in Miami.
Local and out-of-town guests included brother
Woodrow Torbert of Hallandale, Fla.; her nephew
William Torbert of Houston, Texas; niece Myrna Sasso
Dubroff of Rockledge, Fla., accompanied by her husband
Jack and their son, Ted; Helen Leach Meisinger, a Canal
Zone friend now living in Hallandale; and many members
of her church, Holy Sacrament Episcopal of Hollywood.
The food was provided by a Panamanian caterer and
included arroz con polio, caramifioles, tamales,
empanaditas, plitanos fritos and sopa borracha, a real
treat for the former Zone residents and also for those
who had tasted some of it for the first time.
Annie gives thanks to God for His many blessings,
her good health, her loving family, and her dear friends.


Anna A. Strub (Proback) and Carlton G. Opel,
Major, U.S. Army, were joined in marriage at a civil
ceremony on June 28, 1994, Ancon, Panama. Witnesses
for the event were April A. Dillon (Leaver) and Stanley
C. Leon (CHS'62). On June 30, Anna and Carl hosted a
celebration of their marriage at the Quarry Heights
Officer's Club, which was decorated with an ocean motif.
Stan Leon officiated as master of ceremony for the
exchange of rings and toast. Many friends from Panama
were in attendance along with Anna's son Rick
Szymanski; daughter Jenilee Szymanski; and sister Dottie
Meissner (Miller) of Clearwater, Fla. Dottie surprised
the couple with a limousine which took them for a sunset
ride, with champagne, through the former Canal Zone
(the Causeway) prior to arriving at the reception. The
couple's first dance was to "Unchained Melody" and was
followed by a special dedication from Stan Leon, "Ebb


Michelle Streeter and Mickey Escala were married
on June 4, 1994, in Tampa, Fla.
The bride is the daughter of Bob and Dianne
Streeter of Mill Springs, N.C. The Streeters formerly
lived in the Canal Zone at Ft. Amador.
The groom is the son of Jorge and Genell Escala of
Los Rios. Panama.

Mickey and Michelle Escala

Mickey and Michelle have chosen the Tampa Bay
area for their residence. Mickey currently works for
Hondaland in Tampa and Michelle is a leasing agent in
Following the ceremony, in which many former and
current Canal Zone residents attended, the couple
enjoyed several days in the sun at the Palm Island


Mr. and Mrs. William A. Violette announce the
marriage of their daughter Judy to Lt. Terrance A. Rowe
in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 29, 1994.

Anna A. Strub (Proback) and Carlton G. Opel

Special thanks to Dottie Meissner as wedding
consultant and stateside buyer, Stan Leon as Master of
Ceremony, Jenilee Szymanski and Tommy Ellis as
unofficial photographers, Olga Lincoln for handling the
guest register, Kerri Rodriguez (Krapfl) for "something
borrowed", Patricia Royo (Szymanski) and husband
Ricky for their many anxious phone calls from Hawaii
before and after the ceremony, and all the guests for
having such a great time.
Anna and Carl will remain in Panama. Their address
is: PSC 2 Box 1545, APO AA 34002.

Judy Violette and Lt. Terrance A. Rowe

Terrance is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Rowe and
Carol Ann Rowe. He is employed with the Sheriff's
Office, West Palm Beach. Judy is legal assistant with the
law firm of Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach.


Lisa Marie Feil and 2nd. Lt. Frank David Alberga
(BHS'87) were married May 21, 1994, at Albrook AFB
Chapel in Albrook, Panama.
The bride is the daughter of Debbie Feil of Colorado
Springs and Robert Feil of Nebraska. Lisa is currently
attending Florida State University, Panama Canal Branch.
The groom is the son of Marcia (Pinto) Alberga and
Frank R. Alberga of Diablo, Panama. Frank is a 1991
graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
Springs, Colo.

Katherine Williamson and Robert Martinson

Lisa Marie Feil and 2nd Lt. Frank D. Alberga

The maid of honor was Denise L. Alberga (BHS'89),
sister of the groom; flower girl was Erica Franks and the
best man was Bernard Josephs (CHS'87). The ushers
were Chris Balcik, Chris Blaz, Terry Hunter and Bob
Tammaro. The groom's cousin, Randolph (Randy)
Alberga from Riverside, Calif., also attended the
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Albrook Officers' Club Ballroom. The newlyweds now
reside in Albrook, Panama.


Katherine Kay Williamson and Robert Ronald
Martinson were married June 4, 1994, at Atonement
Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minn. The bride is the
daughter of Sid and Judy (Buehler) Williamson and
granddaughter of Capt. Howard "Bucky" and Eleanor
The couple honeymooned in Barbados, and now
reside in Ames, Iowa, where the bride attends the
College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.
The groom also attends Iowa State University and is
studying Chemical Engineering.
Former Zonians attending the wedding were Eleanor
and Howard Buehler, Beverly (Buehler) Grassy, Paul
Buehler and John and Karen (Schmidt) Deming.


The day after his graduation from Wright State
University on June 11, 1994, (See "Congratulations"),
Marshall Edward Tolbert wed Dawn Deiss, on June 12,
daughter of Gladwys and Daniel Deiss of Cedar City,
Utah, in a garden wedding at the Coxe Arboretum,
Dayton, Ohio.

Marshall Tolbert and Dawn Deiss

A reception followed the ceremony at the Pinehurst
Club in Dayton. Following a honeymoon in Montauk,
Long Island, N.Y., the couple returned to Fairborn where
Dawn is completing work toward her doctorate in
Dixie Stoudner Jeavons, formerly of Balboa, Canal
Zone, attended the wedding. Following the weekend of
festivities, Gayle Hasemann Tolbert (the groom's mother)
visited with Dixie and husband Tom in their home on
Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio.


Elizabeth Rae Russell and Jeffrey Morgan were
married May 7, 1994, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The bride
is the daughter of Marvin and Geraldine Russell of
Seattle, Washington. Jeff is the son of Richard and
Julieta (Preciado) Morgan, formerly of Balboa Heights
in Panama and now residents of Sarasota, Fla.

Carolyn Sue Garner and Robert Louis Hummer.

Jeff and Elizabeth Morgan at Blackbeard's Tower, St.
Thomas, U.S.V.I., May 7, 1994.

Maid of Honor was Claudine Russell, sister of the
bride. Bridesmaids were Laura Kirkland and Marie
Berry, friends of the bride. Best Man was Todd Assini,
and groomsmen were Mark Klimek and Bruce Morgan,
Jeff's brother who resides in Houston, Texas. The fathers
of Elizabeth and Jeff participated in the ceremony with
the scripture readings, and the mothers signed as the
witnesses to the wedding.
Jeff, a five-year resident of the island, is employed as
Purchasing Manager of the Grand Palazzo Resort Hotel
in Great Bay, St. Thomas. Elizabeth manages the
Pfalzgraff Stoneware store in Charlotte Amalie. The
wedding reception was held at Blackbeard's Castle Hotel,
a beautiful site overlooking one of the most scenic harbor
bays in the Caribbean. Jeff and Elizabeth honeymooned
in Venezuela and Panama, where they visited with family
and friends in the city and spent several days at
Coronado and El Valle.


Carolyn Sue Garner and Robert Louis Hummer
were married March 29th at Grace Chapel Church of the
Nazarene in Danville, Ark.
The matron of honor was Betty Lambert and best
man was James (Bo) Garner.
The bride was given in marriage by her two sons,
David and Todd Garner. Flower girl was the bride's
granddaughter, Dani LaRoe, and ring bearer was the
groom's grandson, Robert Louis Hummer III.
The ceremony was officiated by Phyllis Fuller, pastor
of Grace Chapel. A reception was held in the fellowship
hall for family and friends.
The couple will reside on Chickalah Mountain. They
will have a delayed honeymoon trip in July when they will
attend a Hummer family reunion in California.


Lori Marie Merrill (BHS'88) and Michael Jon
Sytsma were married on May 7, 1994, at the Killearn
United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla.

Lori and Michel Sytsma
Lori and Michel Sytsma

Maid of honor was Veronica Chandler, bridesmaids
were Christie Dear, Michelle Mercer, Grace Patterson,
Nancy Othon, Suzanna Apold and Rose Wand. Best man
was Chris Sytsma, brother of the groom and the
groomsmen were Jay Hansli, Mark Bryars, Taylor
Parsons, Kevin Collins, Christopher Stokes and Robby
Cartwright. Flower girl was Kirby Schnoor of
Chowchilla, Calif., cousin of the groom and ring bearer
was Daniel Wand, San Diego, Calif., nephew of the bride.
The couple honeymooned in the Bahamas and are
residing in Key West, Fla. Lori is in the Navy and
Michael works for Promethian Adventures Charters, Inc.


James Michael McNaniara IV

Belated Reward: Jim McNamara (BHS'72) was
married in 1977 and daughters Elizabeth and Christine
arrived promptly in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Both girls
are already devoted baby-sitters for their new brother,
James Michael McNamara IV, born May 14, 1994.
The picture attached, taken May 24 confirms that
James, the youngest, inherited his dad's black hair, hazel
eyes and good disposition. All other favorable features
(eight pounds four ounces, 19 1/2 inches, smooth
complexion, etc.) were added by his mother, Lana
Vayslep, who grew up in Dallas, Texas, and met her
future husband Jim in Graduate School.
Grandparents Jim and Marie, who spent over 30
years in the Canal Zone, believe that this latest child is
a gift from God who may well be destined for greatness.

Graciela (Chele), Dirk, Peter and Gisela Baldwin.

Sainantha Rae Harp
Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp of Rogers, Ark.,
announce the birth of their first child, Samantha Rae,
who arrived five weeks early on May 24, 1994. She
weighed five pounds 7 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Jim McNamara with James

Michael McNamara IV.

Peter Andres Baldwin
Dirk and Graciela Baldwin (Cedeno) are happy to
introduce their newest addition, Peter Andres. Peter was
born on June 21, 1993. He joins his big sister Gisela.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. Guillermo E. Cedeno
and the late Eligia Cedeno, formerly of Ancon. Paternal
grandparents are Harry and Shirley Baldwin of Hot
Springs Village, Ark.

Jess and Lynn Harp with Samantha Rae


Adarn Jonathan Herne

John and Kris Hern of Curundu, Panama, are
overjoyed to announce the birth of their son Adam
Jonathan, born April 13, at 4:11 a.m. at Paitilla Hospital.
Adam weighed eight pounds, eight ounces and was 22
inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Colonel and Mrs. Ron
Oates, U.S. Marine Corps, and paternal grandparents are
Jack amd Fran Hern.

Tyler Shane Graver arrived on March 19, 1994. He
weighed eight pounds two ounces and was 21 inches long.
He is the first child of Lee Graver (CHS'84) and his wife
Sandee of Arlington, Texas.
Tyler is the first grandson of Jane and Jerry Graver
of Goliad, Texas, formerly of the Canal Zone. Maternal
grandparents are Donna and Frank Lessing of Arlington,
Texas. Tyler is the Lessing's fifth grandchild.

L-R: Jane, Sandee, Tyler, Lee (CHS'84), and Jerry
Graver. Back: Shelly Graver (CHS'80).

John and Kris Hern with son, Adam.

Williani Andrew Tunis

Mr. and Mrs. T. Bradley Tunis (nee Susie Violette)
announce the birth of their third child, William Andrew,
born June 29, 1994 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Christopher Paul Bain

Lt. Jeffrey S. Bain, USN, and his wife, Sherry,
announce the birth of their son Christopher on January
2, 1994. Christopher weighed in at six pounds four ounces
(although a month premature).
"Grandma" Edna (Curles) Cooley made a special
trip to Hawaii to see the new addition.
Paternal Grandfather is Clyde Bain of Williston,
Fla. (BHS'49). Maternal great-grandparents are Marie
and Ralph Curies of Dunnellon, Fla. (formerly of
Gamboa and Balboa, Canal Zone).

Lt. Jeffrey

S. Bain, Sherry Bain and Christopher

Mr. and Mrs. T. Bradley Tunis (nee Susie Violette)
and William Andrew.

Domninique Victoria Claus

Jaime and Kitty Claus of Panama are celebrating the
birth of their first child. Dominique Victoria Claus was
born on June 24 in Hospital America weighing seven
pounds, two ounces.

Tyler Shane Graver

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Dr. Carl Y. Ahlteen, 69, of Spring Hill, Fla., died July
13, 1994, at the HCA Oak Hill Hospital.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he moved with his
family to Panama at the age of ten years. As a graduate
of Davenport Chiropractic College and California
Chiropractic College of Los Angeles, he practiced his
profession in Panama City, Republic of Panama,
California, Michigan and Sweden.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church, of the
Masonic Lodge, Brotherhood #375, Commandry of
Spring Hill and Hernando Shrine; also, a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Esther (Miller), a son,
George Eric, of Gallena, Ohio; a daughter, Lucy Behling
of Spring Hill; a sister, Margarita Sullivan of Alameda,
Calif., and six grandchildren.

Beatrice A. Avery, 65, of Clearwater, Fla., died July
24, 1994, at home. She was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone
and left Panama in 1983 where she was a secretary and
translator for the U.S. Air Force. She was a member of
St. Michael's Catholic Church, Clearwater.
Survivors include her husband, T.E.; three daughters,
Irma B. Avery and Shirley A. Bentley, both of Tampa,
and Helen E. Lopez, of Panama; two brothers, Ernest
Agostini of Costa Rica and Ralph Agostini, Augusta, Ga.;
a sister, Irma Bagby, Tullahoma, Tenn., and three

Captain Theodore L. Bailey, 71, of Dunnellon, passed
away at his home on May 7, 1994. Ted was born in New
Orleans, La., and went to the Canal Zone as a child with
his family. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1941, and was a graduate of of the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in 1943. He served in the
Merchant Marine in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean
war theater until 1945. He returned to the Canal Zone in
1953 as a towboat master. In 1978 he became Towboat
Training Officer for apprentices and taught at the
training school (Baileys Point) until his retirement from
the Navigation Division in April, 1985 with 33 years of
government service. Memorial Services were held on the
Tug Harding at Gamboa on July 12, 1994 a great tribute
from his former students.
Survivors include his sons, Ted E. Bailey, Ann Arbor,
Mich., and Bill L. Bailey, Inverness, Fla.; sister, Margie
Bunch, W.Va.; and two grandchildren, Matt and Sam.

Robert (Bob) L. Blaney, 84, of Harrisburg, N.C., died
of cancer on June 26, 1994. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he
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1914 when he was four years old. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1927, and was one of the
organizers of Canal Zone Junior College night classes.
He worked for the RIFA from 1927 until 1931 when he
transferred to the Auditors Office. He retired from the
Terminals Division (Pier 18, Balboa) in 1963. He was a
member of the Canal Zone Central Labor Union, Diablo
Civic Council, Boy Scouts Council, and various other
organizations. He was also a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Upon retirement he moved to
North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Trudy; sons
Allen Blaney of Panama and Robert W. Blaney of
Salisbury, N.C.; daughter, Jeannette Springer of
Hyattsville, Md.; ten grandchildren and five great-

Harry Vern Colbert, Sr., 88, passed away January 20,
1994, at Rosemont Health Care Center in Orlando, Fla.
He was born in Monmouth, Ill., and he enlisted in the
U.S. Army where his first duty station was Fort Clayton,
Panama Canal Zone, as a member of the 33rd Infantry.
He rose to the rank of Sergeant very quickly. He won
boxing titles in Lightweight, Welterweight and
Middleweight Divisions throughout the Caribbean Armed
Forces Basin. He continued fighting professionally in
Iowa and Illinois after his discharge in 1929 from the
Army. He returned to Panama in 1936, re-enlisting with
the 33rd Infantry. Upon his discharge in 1940 he joined
the U.S. Army Caribbean Corps of Engineers, where he
advanced to lead foreman of roads and grounds, retiring
in May of 1961 with 31 years of exemplary government
He was elected into the Pan Canal Bowling
Association Hall of Fame on April 14, 1962, and won the
club championship at Summit Golf and Country Club in
the Canal Zone. He was the commander of Cabana
Colony VFW Post 6671 in 1965, a lifetime member of
VFW Post 4143 in Riviera Beach and of the Elks in
Cristobal, Canal Zone. He was also a member of the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Graciela "Grace"
Colbert of Lake Park; his children, Harry V. Colbert, Jr.,
of Tampa, Laura (Colbert) Taft and son-in-law Scott of
Orlando, and Jim Colbert and daughter-in-law Cyrese of
Palm Beach Gardens; two sisters, lone Johnson of
Galesburg, Ill., and Helen Stevenson of Monmouth, Ill.,
and a brother, Mahlon Colbert, of Galesburg, Ill.; two
grandchildren, Donovan and Laura-Cyrese Colbert, of
Palm Beach Gardens.

Julia L. Daniel, 71, died suddenly April 22, 1994 at
her home in Randolph Center, Vt. She and her husband,
Ennis E. Daniel, moved to the Canal Zone in 1958,
where he worked as a Canal pilot until his retirement in
1986. Julia was educated in Randolph Center schools,
graduated from Randolph High School and Simmons
College in Boston in 1945. She was a home economist,
working in a test kitchen in New York City for Mable
Stegner. She also wrote a cook book. In the Canal Zone,
Julia was active in the Coco Solo Civic Council and
edited the council's newspaper, The Sand Flea, for many
years. In 1973 she was awarded the Honorary Public
Service award for exceptional public service to the Coco

Solo community. She was also active with the Gold Coast
Orchid Club and the Isthmian College Club. Upon
retirement in Randolph Center, she was a member of the
Randolph Historical Society and the Randolph Center
Congregational Church, serving as a trustee, church
council and composed the church newsletter.
Survivors include her husband; a son, George Daniel,
of Randolph Center; two daughters, Emilie Holness of
Los Rios, Panama and Charlotte Daniel of Randolph
Center; a brother, Joseph Lawsing, of Windsor Locks,
Conn.; three sisters, Margaret Magnusson of Arlington,
Va., Francis Lawsing of San Francisco and Elizabeth La
France of Randolph Center; two grandchildren, nieces
and nephews.

Pauline "Polly" Shanks Daniels, 73, of Tallahassee,
Fla., formerly of Greene County, died Saturday, May 21,
1994, at Tallahassee County Hospital.
She is survived in Greensville by her mother, Dove
L. Shanks.
She attended Tusculum College and was graduated
from Maryville College. She was a retired teacher from
the Department of Defense, having taught for 25 years in
Panama. She had also held teaching positions in
Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.
She was a Presbyterian.
Additional survivors include one daughter and son-
in-law, Linda D. and Thomas O. Wheaton, of
Tallahassee; two granddaughters, Angela L. Summerfield
of Orlando, Fla., and Debra P. Smith of Thomasville,
Ga.; and one great-grandson, Emery James Smith, of
She was a daughter of the late Walter E. Shanks and
was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Ann

A private memorial service was held in Albuquerque
on April 20, 1994. The eulogy, a collection of the family's
fondest memories, was written and read by his daughter,

Carmen H. Eggleston, 82, of Houston, Texas, died
July 19, 1994. She was born in Philadelphia and left the
Canal Zone in 1968 where she was an executive secretary
for the chief of staff, U.S. Armed Forces, Southern
Command. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament
Church in Seminole, Fla., where she formerly resided
after retirement.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Eugene, Panama,
and Anthony Raymond, Houston; three daughters,
Cecelia E. Haborak, Charleston, S.C., Teresa E. Mueller,
Spring, Texas, and Carmen R. Eggleston, Bellaire, Texas;
a brother, Alerto M. Hele, Lake Worth, Fla.; two sisters,
Martha Sides, Anniston, Ala., and Alicia Glaze, Crestline,
Calif., 12 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Ted E. Englebright, Sr., 89, of Tucson, Ariz., died
May 27, 1994 He was born in Little Rock, Ark., and
was a retired Panama Canal police officer. He was a life
member and past master of Sojourners Lodge A.F.&
A.M. in Cristobal; a member of Tucson Scottish Rite,
Tucson York Rite, Sabbar Shrine Temple, Altan Kol and
High Twelve Club #430, all in Tucson.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; a son, Ted Jr. of
Topock, Ariz.; daughters Norma Lee Deaton and
Dorothy M. Dunn, both of Fairburn, Ga.; stepdaughters
Marjorie M. Presson of Collinsville, Ill., Dolores H.
Harris and Beverly A. Fraim, both of Tucson; 16
grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two great-great
grandchildren and one sister.

Harry A. "Doc" Dockery, Sr., 75, passed away on
April 17, 1994, in Albuquerque, N.M. "Doc" was born in
the Canal Zone in 1918 and was proud to have grown up
there. He worked his way up from timekeeper, eventually
becoming assistant manager, Mt. Hope Supply Division.
He retired in 1975 to Alabama and later moved to New
"Doc" grew up on the Pacific side and was known as
an agitator in his younger years. In 1940, he married the
former Jean Grabhorn and they raised 8 children on the
Atlantic side. He loved all sports and was both an avid
spectator and participant. Baseball was his favorite; he
was an umpire and, later, a coach in both Little League
and Pony League. He also enjoyed a good round of golf
and could be found frequently at Brazos Brooks and Ft.
Davis Golf Clubs. "Doc" was a member of the Panama
Canal Society, Elks Lodge #1542, Gatun Yacht Club, and
an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in
Margarita. However, he was best known to Atlantic
siders for his bingo calling at Margarita Clubhouse on
Tuesday and Saturday nights.
"Doc" is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; his
sons, Patrick, William (Bill), Michael, and John;
daughters, Jean Weaver, Kathleen Higginbotham, and
Sylvia Mathews; 25 grandchildren and 7 great-
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son,
Harry A. Jr., in October 1993.

Euphemia B. "Betty" Estabrook, 79, of Clearwater,
died July 20, 1994, at Morton Plant Hospital. She was
born in Walham, Mass., and came to Florida in 1972
from Panama. She was a Christian. Survivors include her
husband, Roger T., and several nieces and nephews.

John F. Flatau, 93, of Dickinson, Texas, passed away
April 9, 1993. He was born in Pazen, Germany and
resided in Panama for over forty years. As a member of
the U.S. Army he came to the Canal Zone and served at
the Engineer Reproduction Plant in Corozal, Canal Zone
and remained on the Isthmus after his tour of duty had
He became a well-known commercial photographer,
founder of Foto Flatau, producer and distributor of color
postcards in which he captured the beauty of the Panama
Canal and the Republic of Panama. He was a charter
member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Balboa,
Canal Zone.
He sold Foto Flatau in 1970 and retired to
Dickinson, Texas, where he remained very active in his
hobbies of photography and stamp collecting.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ivy May Flatau
of Dickinson, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Rudy and
Marla Flatau of Woodland Hills, Calif.; two daughters

and sons-in-law, Betty and Carroll Taylor of Dickinson,
Texas, and Patsy and Carlos Ambrogio of Houma, La.,
eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Frances K. Graham, 78, passed away in Paitilla
Hospital, Panama, on January 24, 1994. She was a
teacher at Balboa High School from 1947 to 1977 after
teaching for a year in Egypt. She was married to Gordon
A. Graham, a second generation Zonian.
Upon retirement, moved to Playa Grande. She is
survived by a son, Gordon D. Graham, Chattanooga,
Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Scott and Katherine.

Robert D. Harris, 69, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed
away on April 16, 1994.
He went to live in Panama at the age of 2 and
attended schools there until graduation in 1941. He
attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.,
and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering there.
"Bob" was an avid deep-sea diver and motorhome
enthusiast, and was also a worker with the V.F.W. over
the years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Camp) Harris;
sons, Robert M. Harris, Gresham, Ore.; Howard D.
Harris, of Greenback, Tenn.; and Edward L. Harris, of
Richardson, Texas.

Additional information has been received on the
death of Victor Albert Herr, 66, on December 12, 1993.
Mr. Herr died at home in Nueva Suiza, Volcan, Republic
of Panama, after an extended illness of cancer of the
tongue. He was a former music teacher at Balboa High
School, coming to the Canal Zone in the early 50's and
retiring to Panama in the 1970's. He is survived by his
wife, Mary Ann Taylor Herr, of El Volcan; and Hazel
Marie Herr, of Everett, Wash.

William C. Keepers, 84, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
passed away July 19, 1994 at Carrington Place Nursing
Home. Born in Key West, Fla., he retired from the Lock
Operations, Electrical Locks Division of the Panama
Canal Company in 1965 as an electric supervisor with 35
years of service. He was a member of International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Madeline J.;
three sisters, Naomi Bohannon, Winter Park, Fla.,
Elizabeth Simon, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Marjorie
Egger, Cocoa, Fla; and several nieces and nephews.

John O. Keller, 81, of Walnut Creek, Calif., passed
away January 7, 1994, after a long illness. He worked at
Rodman Naval Base as a civilian in the Public Works
Dept. from 1952 until his retirement in 1961.
He was a life member of Ancon Masonic Lodge and
a 32d degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. A masonic
funeral was held in the Chapel at Santa Rosa, Calif., with
burial immediately following.

He is survived by a daughter, Ann (Keller) Daykin,
Walnut Creek; a son, Donald L. Keller, of Concord,
Calif.; two sisters, Doris and Eva, and two brothers,
Roland and Bill, all of Ft. Worth, Texas; eight
grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Ralph H. Kirkpatrick passed away on May 29, 1994.
No other information has become available.

Glenn A. Lasher, 76, passed away at home in
Vancouver, Wash., on May 15, 1994. He was born June
10, 1917, at Juniata, Penn. He went to the Canal Zone in
June 1935. He served an apprenticeship as Battery
Repairman, Operator, and Electrician with the R. and
F.A. at Cristobal. Following his apprenticeship, he
worked at the Coaling Plant and Charging Station, also
at Cristobal. In 1940, he went home to Pennsylvania and
married Gladys E. Dean and took her to the Canal Zone.
They left the Zone in 1948 and returned to Pennsylvania,
where he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Co.
In 1959 he returned to the Canal Zone with his family
and worked for the Locks Division at Gatun. He retired
as a Lockmaster from Gatun Locks in April 1976, and
settled in the Vancouver, Wash., area. Surviving him are
his wife, Gladys, of 54 years; four children, Tim, Connie,
Betsy, and Chris; a brother, John, and a sister, Velda;
nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Roy Glenn Lattin, 89, of DeLand, Fla., a retired
Marine engineer for the U.S. Government, died Friday,
June 10, 1994, at DeLand Convalescent Center.
Mr. Lattin was born in Spokane, Wash., and came
here in 1967 from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a
member of Foothill Lodge 564 F&AM, Oakland, Calif.,
a life member of Abou Saad A.A.O.N.M.S., Scottish Rite
Bodies A.&A.S.R., and Balboa Orient Temple, all of the
Panama Canal Zone. He also was a past president and
charter member of N.A.R.F.E., past president of DeLand
Shuffleboard Club, and a member of the DeLand
YMCA, and the West Volusia Humane Society.
Survivors include his wife, Ann; a stepson, Roy H.
Trullinger, DeLand; and three grandchildren.

Raquel del Pino Meggers, 79, died July 1, 1994 after
a lengthy battle with emphysema. She was born in
Panama City, R.P. and married Albert L. Meggers in
1937. After retiring from FAA in 1966, they relocated to
Long Beach, Calif. Raquel was predeceased by her
husband in 1976. Her life was devoted to being a mother
and wife.
She is survived by two sons, Carlos of San Francisco,
Calif., Albert of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters, Haydee
Barkema-Richardson of Long Beach, Calif., and Mariella
McNally, Stone Mountain, Ga.; a sister, Gladys del Pino
de Estribi, Panama City, R.P.; eleven grandchildren and
one great-grandchild.

William "Billy" Millar, 49, died tragically of suicide
at his home in Gatun, Republic of Panama, on January
6, 1994. A memorial service was held in his name at Holy
Family Catholic Church in Margarita. At the time of his
death, Billy was employed as an Industrial Equipment
Mechanic Foreman at the Atlantic Maintenance Division,
Mount Hope Filtration Plant. He is survived by his wife,
Letty, and their three daughters, Ponell, Honorine and
Sabra, currently of 265 Hill Street, Solana Beach, CA
92075, and by his brother, John Millar, of Petaluma,

Dr. Harry W. Mitten, Jr. died in Tallahassee, Fla.,
June 25, 1994. Dr. Mitten was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone on December 2, 1912, and as a youth attended
McDonough School in Maryland and graduated from the
University of Maryland and Columbia University in New
York. He practiced orthodontia for many years in the
Canal Zone and later in San Francisco and Oakland in
California. He was an avid golfer and was known by
nearly everyone in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his three daughters, Sheila Stepp
and Susanne Corrigan of Tallahassee, Fla., and Christine
Gibson of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Billie Berk Hoy of
Lakeland, Fla., and three grandchildren.
His ashes will be interred at the Mitten family plot
in Westmirnsler, Md.

Catherine Barbara Moehle, 73, of Dunedin, Fla.,
died Thursday, June 16, 1994, at Mease Hospital
Countryside, Safety Harbor. She was born in Brooklyn,
N.Y., and came here in 1981 from Mishawaka, Ind. She
worked as a key punch operator. She was a Catholic and
a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Survivors include her
husband, Frederick; two sons, Paul Edward, Pasadena,
Calif., and Kenneth Frederick, Chicago, Ill.; and three

Carmen R. Nagy, 80, of Land O' Lakes, Fla., died
Friday, October 15, 1993. A native of Panama City,
Panama, she moved to Land O' Lakes from Panama 20
years ago. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah's
Witness. She is survived by her husband, Andrew C.; two
daughters, Armida Stickney of Land O' Lakes and Adilia
Escobar of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Guillermo Rose of
Panama; three sisters, Olga Galego and Dora Endara,
both of Panama, and Blanca Plummer of Tampa; six
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edward B. O'Brien of Jacksonville, Fla., died
February 13, 1994, in Fairfax, Va., at the home of his
daughter. Obie first came to the Canal Zone as a
member of the U.S. Army and after his discharge he
remained in the Zone and was employed by the Panama
Canal Company. There he met and married Eilcen
McAuliffe. He was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus and the Rotary Club. He was president of the
Breakers Club and an avid golfer. Upon retirement, he

was Superintendent of the Terminals Division. After
retirement, he and his wife moved to Ft. Lauderdale
where he worked as the purchasing agent for Cathers
Construction Co. He also had a second career as father
("Bompa") to his four grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen; daughters
Margaret and Katie; four grandchildren and one great-

Joseph Dill "Joe/Dusty" Rhodes, 68, of San Carlos,
Rep. of Panama, passed away at Gorgas Hospital on May
19, 1994 after a short bout with cancer. He was born in
Delaware and served with the U.S. Navy, Army Air
Corps and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior
Master Sergeant with 30 years of service. He was a
veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and served
in Vietnam and Laos. He came to Panama in the early
50's and was presented the Soldier's Medal at Ft.
Clayton. He returned to Panama after retirement, living
in La Chorrera until 1993 when he moved to San Carlos
Beach. During his stay in Panama he was employed as a
Security Guard and later as a Customs Inspector with the
Panama Canal Company, and as a Alcohol and Drug
Abuse Counselor at Gorgas Hospital until his second
retirement in 1992.
He is survived by his wife, Xenia, of 43 years;
daughters Bessie Jane Prickett of Conyers, Ga., Isolina
(Lina) Norris, of Curundu, R.P., Xenia E. Seiler of
Tampa, Fla., and Franchesca (Fran) Quijano of Las
Cumbres, R.P.; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Alma
Roberts of Jacksonville, Fla.

Ruth Elizabeth (Betty Bohan) Saltzman, 77, of
Mountain Home, Ark., died May 19 in Mountain Home.
She was born in Ancon Hospital, Ancon, Canal
Zone. She was a retired registered nurse. She graduated
from Balboa High School and the Elliot Hospital School
of Nursing in Manchester, N.H. She was a member of the
Ozark Science Club, St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic
Church, and the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Ben Saltzman, of the
home; a daughter, Sue Adams, of Arlington, Texas; sons,
John Saltzman, of Batesville, Ark., and Mark Saltzman of
Dallas, Texas; a sister, Elaine Hooper, of Jonesboro,
Ark.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Courtney Sampson, Jr., 61, Sarasota, died May 19,
He was born February 5, 1933, in Ancon, Canal
Zone, and came to Sarasota 20 years ago from Boston.
He retired as Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 after 20
years. He became a licensed practical nurse after
retirement and worked at Doctors Hospital for five years.
Survivors include a brother, Ronald G., of Boston.

Norma Davis Short, 78, of Hollywood, Fla., passed
away on June 16, 1994, following a lengthy illness. She
was born in Ancon Hospital and was the daughter of

Police Capt. and Mrs. John M. Davis. After graduation
from Cristobal High School in 1934 she was employed by
Isthmian Airways in Cristobal where she met and
married the late Joseph M. Short. Following the close of
Isthmian Airways, they moved to Lima, Peru, where Mr.
Short was employed by Fawcett Airlines. They returned
to the Canal Zone in 1940 where he was employed by the
U.S. Army. After his retirement in 1966, they moved to
Hollywood, Fla. She is survived by two sons, Milton Short
of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Norman Short of Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., a sister, Myra Davis Walston of Vallejo,
Calif., and four grandchildren.

Russell D. Steele passed away at his daughter's home
in California on May 24, 1994, from pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Shelby, Ohio, attended Ohio Wesleyan
University where he met his future wife, then attended
medical school at (Case) Western Reserve University.
Shortly after his marriage in 1932 he went to the Canal
Zone to serve his internship at Gorgas Hospital, staying
in the Canal Zone during the 30s and through World
War II, during which time he was activated from the
Army Reserves. After the war he served at the Pentagon,
Indiana, Korea, Japan and retired from the Army in 1960
as a Lt. Col. with 32 years service. He then moved to
Cincinnati at Rollmans Hospital as Director of Resident
Training, staying in Cincinnati until 1993 when he moved
to California to be near his family. He was a member of
the Hyde Park Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two daughters,
Janice and Margaret Ann; two sons, Jim and Charles; 12
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Virgil Eugene Voyles, 52, of Orange City, Fla., died
June 18, 1994. He was born in Chicago and retired as a
law enforcement officer in the Panama Canal Zone in

December 1981 with over 20 years of service. He was a
member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in the Canal Zone
and Past Master of his Masonic Lodge there. He moved
to Central Florida in 1985, and was a pre-trial release
counselor with the Volusia County criminal justice
system. He was a member of the Orange City United
Methodist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, Vance of
England; a stepson, Brian Oliver of Lewiston, N.Y.;
daughters, Joni, of Miami, Julie of Orange City;
stepdaughter, Beth Dweyer of Tampa; brothers James of
Deltona, Fla., Joel of Chicago; and a granddaughter.

Lorenzo "Ed" Walton, 57, died on Friday, April 29,
1994, in the Brandon Hospital, Brandon, Fla. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society, served in the U.S.
Air Force and also worked on the Canal Zone in the
Electrical Division. No further information was available
at press time.

William E. Weigle, 79, a retired Canal Zone Marine
Traffic Controller, died Monday, April 25, 1994, at
Parrish Medical Center.
Mr. Weigle came to Brevard County in 1974 from
the Panama Canal Zone, where he was born. His youth
was spent in the Canal Zone, Washington, D.C., and
California. Upon his retirement, he had spent 39 years
and 6 months in government service.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Weigle, of
Titusville, Fla., but now living in Durham, N.C., with
daughter Sandy; sons, Don Ponder, of Tryon, N.C.,
William Weigle III of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jerry Weigle
of Houston, Texas; daughter Sandra Wainio of Durham,
N.C.; brothers, George Weigle of Washington, D.C., and
Richard Weigle of West Palm Beach, Fla.; nine
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Letters to the Editor


Reunion 1994 Panama Railroad Engineers Charlie
Salyer, Buddy Williams and Leroy Barfield.

Roosevelt Medal Descendants

On August 15, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
celebrated the Canal's 80th anniversary with a cocktail-
reception held in the garden of the Administrator's
House at Balboa Heights. The festive gathering was
catered by Descendant Charlie Collins, one of Panama's
leading chefs.
The following morning, the group was taken by
Panama Canal Commission water transportation to
Gaillard Cut where a ceremony honoring Americans who
worked on the Canal's construction took place.
This was the first of what is hoped will be an annual
event at the Canal.

Marc Quinn
Balboa-Ancon, Panama

The Whites report
from Phoenix

In May and June we left the warming sands of
Arizona for six, mostly cool weeks in England. Except for
the last week in London, we stayed at timeshare condos
around the country. Ev's son Vince Smith and wife Vicky
of Wilmington, NC, came along for the first two weeks,
and the L.C. Whites of Glendale, Ariz., locally famous as
"the other Loring Whites" (but no relation) joined us for
the last three weeks. Our condos were fully equipped two
and three-bedroom units, located either near water or in
scenic hilly areas.
Our locations were South Devon (southwest),
Cumbria (northwest), Rutland (east midlands), near
Litchfield (west midlands) and Sussex (southeast). Except
for the occasional laundry day, we were off in our rental
car each morning to see stately homes, cathedrals,
castles, villages, Roman ruins, and museums. Unless we
felt like a pub lunch, we filled our Playmate cooler (it
flies as luggage), with a picnic. On the return, we often
hit one of the huge Safeway stores, where they also sold
the cheapest gasoline. Our kitchens saved us many dollars
on the food bill.
We also saved big on admission fees to attractions.
Although many things were either free or inexpensive,
stately homes and castles charge (in dollars) from about
$4.00 to $9.00. Before leaving, we joined the National
Trust, England largest property owner, by purchasing a
family membership for $60 from the British Tourist
Authority (NY or LA). These "Royal Oak" passes
admitted us to 28 attractions that would have cost us
almost $300, saving us about $240.

Highlights of the trip include the lovely coastline of
Devon where we attended an early D-Day ceremony for
the GI's, about 2,000, who died at Slapton Sands in the
April 1944 rehearsal when German E-Boats ambushed
their unprotected landing crafts. We also enjoyed the
great cathedral and castle of Durham; the natural beauty
of the low fen country and Ely; the village of Glemsford
in Suffolk were Vince saw the graves of his Smith
ancestors; Litchfield with its lovely cathedral and glorious
choir and organ; the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, which
looks like a major mosque on the outside and a gorgeous
Chinese palace on the inside. The snapshot shows us at
Bodiam Castle, Sussex, during week 5. This was the last
castle built in England (late 1300's), and it never heard a
shot fired, either bow or gun.
Maybe our most satisfying experience came at
Baddesley Clinton, a moated manor house between
Warwick and Birmingham. John Brome, an ancestor of
Loring's, purchased it in 1438. This family held it during
the Wars of the Roses (1450-85). There is a tale of
Brome's murder by Warwick partisans, and the bloody
revenge taken by his son, Nicholas. We became friends
with John and Stella Jarman, National Trust Stewards,
who gave us a personal tour. John Jarman and Evelyn
traded information on Brome family history.
In London, we made repeat visits to places like
Westminster Abbey and the Tower, but Kensington
Palace, where Queen Victoria grew up, was new to us.
We enjoyed several shows, including Blood Brothers, an
outstanding musical. Our hotel was the Regent Palace,
superbly located in Piccadilly Circus. For about $95/day
total we got a room with bath service you call the maid
who takes you to a clean bath or shower down the
corridor. We also received a full buffet breakfast and a
three-course dinner. The Regent Palace is a Forte Hotel,
and we were able to dine in other London hotels in that
chain. This program is called "Leisure Breaks" and is a
good deal! We are now trying to sort out all the pictures
and brochures. It was a marvelous trip.

Loring and Evelyn White
Phoenix, Ariz.

Evelyn and Loring White at Bodiam Castle, Sussex.
Evelyn and Loring White at Bodiam Castle, Sussex.

Amateur radio operators Ed Parker and Rusty
Oberholtzer hamming it up at the 1994 Reunion. "lz
dat you, K70B?" "Yes, WASYFA, I hear yo' talking wat
do yo'?

Old Friends Meet

Mary Urey of Dothan, Alabama, met and visited Liz
Clark, widow of the late Charles R. Clark, Director of
Transportation and Terminals in the Canal Zone, at the
Officer's Club, Luke AFB, Ariz.
Mary was secretary to Col. Clark in Cristobal, and
they hadn't seen each other in 16 years.

Mary Urey and Liz Clark

family and brought pictures to share. Allison Hoffman
stopped for an overnight on her way from Texas to
Wisconsin where she has worked as a waitress for the
past three summers. Her brother Scott is back in school
for a master's he plans to teach. Kent Grubbs will start
his freshman year this fall, joining the Hoffman kids at
Texas Lutheran in Seguin.
The Wayne Smith family of five came from Fairfield,
Ohio, for their traditional 4th of July visit after staying
with Ruth's mother, Verna Limkemann, in Quincy, Ill.
Oldest daughter Liz just graduated from high school and
begins her freshman year at North Park College in
Chicago this fall.
Busy with a bilingual education class, I missed the
CHS class of '64's thirty-year reunion in Orlando. As
compensation, I attended my first NW Arkansas Annual
Reunion in Fayetteville on Father's Day. My minister
husband Robert Gates misses out-of-town activities that
occur on Sundays. My dad also missed the Pan Canal
Reunion; he had a bad accident cutting his fingers in a
fan. Fortunately, the doctors were able to save his fingers.
Determination and therapy have him back at weekly
golfing with good buddy, Earl Wren.
Luke Palumbo will return to Panama for Cristobal
High School's final football Jamboree on September 2,
1994. As originator of this event, it is appropriate for him
to attend its finale. Big brother Luke says "many" are
coming down from the states for the occasion.
Unfortunately, commitments make it impossible for the
Gates family to be among them.

Golden Girls Report

The three St. Pete Golden Girls, Jo Johnson, Lori
(Willard) King and Lois (Hollowell) Jones headed to the
PC Reunion in June. What a great time we had meeting
old friends and neighbors! We were glad to help Jim and
Gemma O'Donnell with the Dance Committee and also
Bob and Caroline Johnson with the Registration.
Shortly after the reunion, I headed out to Yelm,
Wash., to visit my daughter Margie Sage and family. My
youngest grandson Andrew Jones, 5, accompanied me
and it was his first trip away from his mom and dad. He's
been having a great time with his Aunt Margie and his
cousins Cody and Kelly, exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Called Floyd and Bev Baker and got a chance to see
them, our friends and neighbors in Coco Solo. Also spent
time visiting with my cousin Bill Lang and his wife Mary
Jo and their children in Olympia, Wash. Bill is a labor
mediator for the State of Washington.
See you all at the September luncheon.

Lois (Hollowell) Jones
St. Petersburg, FL.

News from Fairfield, Iowa

It has been a good year with quite a few visitors.
Vern Caturia, Jr. came through for an overnight stay on
his way home to Minnesota after attending a training
school in Texas. He had recently seen the Jerry Graver

Judy Palumbo-Gates, Betty and Luke Palumbo at
the PanCanal picnic in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Lisa Palumbo-Smith graduated with a degree in art
from the University of Florida and was recently invited to
join the artist guild of Gainesville. She is now selling her
art. My graduation present from her was a silk scarf
painting of a royal blue butterfly gorgeous! Be sure to
check out her art table at the Reunion next year if you
missed her this year. Lisa's graduation present from her
father (Luke T.) was a trip to Panama; she and hubby
Dirk Smith went down last March. They came back with
36 rolls of film and lots of ideas for Lisa's "biomorphic"
art designs. Now that Lisa has finished school, Dirk is
beginning his studies at a community college.
No visit this year from Vannia Evans, who continues
to be in remission from Hodgkins and doing great. She
took a two-week summer vacation in Panama with her
fiance Edison (formerly of Belize) and called with "hot-
off-the-press news" Marty Hoffman is to be principal at
CHS for its final year. Just confirmed this by phone with

Bev Hoffman who was in the states this summer.
Sister-in-law Karen Palumbo of Iowa City has joined
a weavers guild and is busy as usual with original craft
ideas. As a volunteer project she creates cuddly creatures
for children having surgery at the University Medical
Center where she works.
Virginia Wheatley has had a lot of health problems
this year but is a real fighter and never complains. She is
adjusting well to life as a widow. Son John, in search of
the right place to live, decided on Fairfield. He's a great
addition to our community and a plus in Virginia's life
That's it from Iowa.

Judy Palumbo-Gates
Fairfield, Iowa

Family Reunion

On June 11, 1994, in Pascagoula, Miss., a family
reunion was held by Ruth (Erikson) Scranton, sister of
Bud Erikson. The families traveled from all over the
south to attend the gathering. Tales from the Erikson and
Scranton families, of being born and raised in Panama,
have always intrigued those relatives not fortunate
enough to have experienced the amazing life of a Zonian.
Bud and Aura Erikson arrived from New Port
Richey, Fla. Barbara (Erikson) Adamson and Paul,
Buddy and BJ. arrived from Birmingham, Ala. Paul and
Barbara have two other children, Kim (Adamson) Spivey
and husband Jeff plus their children, Chase, Malia and
Luke. Kim and family live in Dothan, Ala. Alice
(Adamson) Barrett and husband Tim have two children,
Brandon and Blake, and they reside in Panama City, Fla.

Standing, L-R: Paul Adamson, Bud Erikson, Barbara
(Erikson) Adamson, Aura Erikson, Jeff Spivey and
baby Luke, Kim Adamson Spivey and Buddy
Adamson. Seated L-R: Tim Barrett and baby Blake,
Alice (Adamson) Barrett and Brandon, B.J.
Adamson with nieces Malia and Chase Spivey.

Ruth Scranton, surrounded by Lenny and Ann's
family and Mary Lou and Rick's family.

Ruth Scranton and family live in the Pascagoula and
Mobile area. Lenny Scranton and Ann live in Pascagoula
along with their four children and lots of beautiful
grandchildren. Mary Lou (Scranton) and husband Rick
Rakes live in Mobile surrounded by their children and
grandchildren. Ruth still lives in the old Scranton home
in Pascagoula. The house dates back to before the turn
of the century with high ceilings and long windows to
accommodate the gulf breezes that flow from the beach."
Ruth enjoyed putting together the festivities for the 80 or
more relatives, who thank her for giving them the
wonderful memories of a family reunion.

Paul B. Adamson, Jr.
Birmingham, Ala.

Two Classmates Meet Again

Jack Wohlman, CHS/BHS'73, of the U.S. Embassy,
Security Officer in Dubai, United Arab Emerites, met
recently with Joe Smith, CHS'73, of the U.S. Merchant
Marine, Military Sealift Command, aboard the USNS

Jack Wohlman and Joe Smith at the "'93" Canal Zone
Reunion in Dubai, United Arab Emerites.

Henderson Loses but Wins

I was recently crowned Queen of TOPS #WA1032,
Belfair Chapter. TOPS means Take Off Pounds Sensibly,
and I was Queen because I had lost 80 pounds to reach
my goal weight. It took me nine months to lose the 80
pounds and I've had it off now for nine months.
Besides the encouragement I received from my
husband Randy Henderson, my children John, Ken and
Joey, my aerobics instructor and all of my TOPS pals,
I've changed my whole life style. I walk two miles three
times a week, do aerobics three times a week, count
calories and fat grams all the time, volunteer at the boys'
school, and joined a bowling league.

Baglien-Dawson Vacation

During February's frozen Michigan winter, Julie
Baglien (BHS'74) and her husband, Dr. Gary Dawson,
took their four young sons on a two-week vacation. The
first week was spent in beautiful Bradenton, Fla., with
Gary's mom and her husband. In addition to Busch
Gardens and other local sites, Julie was thrilled to
introduce her husband and boys to her former BHS
counselor and family friend, Marie Weir, who treated us
to a lovely lunch on The Pier, at St. Petersburg. The
second week was spent sailing the Caribbean on an
American Family Cruise almost as great as the SS

L-R: Carl and Beth Williams, Dave and Bernice
Baglien, Julie Baglien and Gary Dawson.

Cheri Henderson, before and after.

I participated in two 10-mile Walkathons with my
best time of two hours and forty-five minutes to finish.
Also, was in two 10K Walkathons. Recently I was on
stage in front of 2100 people at our Washington State
Recognition Days Convention and was recognized for my
large weight loss and I also graduated (with cap and
gown) to KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). I now have
to stay in a 10-pound leeway for the rest of my life as
long as I stay with TOPS so I won't ever gain all that
weight back.
It's great not being overweight anymore. I can
actually run and catch my kids now! TOPS is really great.
Hi to all my long-lost friends.

Marie Weir with Julie Baglien and sons Evan, 8,
Ethan, 6, Erik, 3, and Eston, 6 months.

This summer brought much of the Baglien family to
Michigan. Dave and Bernice Baglien were here in July as
were Beth Baglien Williams (BHS'70), her husband Carl
and their two children. That gave Dave and Bernice a
chance to see six of their nine grandchildren ranging in
ages from Julie's 10-month-old son to Beth's 13 year-old
Plans are now underway for a Christmas reunion in
Georgia that will also include Lynn Baglien Barnes
(BHS'66) from Texas and Joel Baglien (BHS'76).from
Minnesota and their families. It should be easy for Dave
and Bernice who recently organized the 1994 Georgia
NARFE Convention for a slightly larger group!

Cheri Henderson
Allyn, Wash.

Julie Baglien
Onondaga, Mich.

Gagnons visit Greece
and Turkey

Jim and I flew to Athens where we spent two days
seeing all the sights.
We then boarded cruise ship Renaissance IV for a 7-
day cruise of the Greek Islands and ending in Istanbul,
Turkey. Each day we were at a different port. Day 1 was
spent on the beautiful Island of Santorini. Rode donkeys
up to the village.

Gerry Simon Gagnon
Greece, April 1994.

receives national television coverage each year, so look
for Jeff and Terri on the starting line at this year's race.
Terri is a graduate of CHS class of 1977, and is the
daughter of Charles and Lois Salyer of Jacksonville, Fla.

and Jim Gagnon in Santorini,

Day 2 we spent on the beautiful Island of Mykonos
(my favorite). Then on to Rhodes and Postmos. Our next
stop was Kusadasi, Greece, then on to Cannakale and
finally Istanbul. Can you imagine 4,000 shops. That's what
there are at the Grand Bazaar.
The weather was perfect. I understand it can get very
hot in the summer.
Our last night in Istanbul we went to a spectacular
dinner and show at the Kempinski Palace. What a great
way to end a fantastic trip.

Gerry and Jim Gagnon
Ocala, Fla.

Langs Compete in
Ironman Japan Triathlon

Terri (Salyer) and Jeff Lang, who reside in Japan
where Jeff is stationed in the Army, recently competed in
the Ironman Japan Triathlon at Lake Biwa in Hikone,
Japan. The race, which took place on July 3, consisted of
a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Biwa, a 112-mile bicycle race
through the hilly, mountainous area, followed by a 26-
mile marathon run (all in one day). Jeff finished the
triathlon in 10 hours, 45 minutes. Terri finished in 11
hours, 53 minutes, placing third in her age division. Her
finishing time qualified her to compete in the world
championship of triathlon, the prestigious Gatorade
Ironman Triathlon held each October in Kona, Hawaii.
This year will be Jeffs third time at the Gatorade
Ironman, and Terri's first. The distances are the same as
the Japan race, but in different surroundings with
different conditions. To qualify for the Gatorade Ironman
Triathlon Championship, athletes must compete and
qualify at various international qualifying races and
qualifying events held in the United States. The Ironman

Terri (Salyer) Lang crossing the
Ironman Japan Triathlon.

Terri and Jeff Lang in Hikone, Japan.

Edna Cooley Visits Hawaii

Just recently I returned from a trip to Hawaii and
thought I'd share a few tidbits about the trip. I visited my
younger son, Lt. Jeffrey S. Bain, USN, and his wife,
Sherry, who had a baby on January 3, 1994 (see births).
While in Honolulu, I had several opportunities to see
my lifelong friend, Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo (BHS'49),
and take in a few of the local sights. Also had lunch with
Frances and Lois (DeLaMater) Bates (Hawaii Reporter)
the day before I left.
With my family, I was able to visit Waikiki Beach,
Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor (we attended church
services at the base Chapel where Christopher was to be
baptized on Mothers' Day), the Arizona Memorial, the


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International Market Place, the Pali Highway and the
I stayed two extra weeks to help my son and family
move into military housing at Red Hill (near Honolulu)
near CINCPAC, Camp Smith, where Jeff is stationed as
part of the joint forces there.
It was a fantastic trip, and I really enjoyed the
wonderful weather, as it reminded me so much of

Edna (Curles) Cooley BHS'50
Ocala, Fla.

Cristobal High School
Class of 1934 60th Reunion

The members of the Cristobal High School
Graduating Class of 1934 attended their 60th Class
Reunion at the Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, Fla., during
the Annual Reunion. Thirteen classmates, with their
spouses or friends, attended: Victoria (Hollowell) Allen;
Colin Campbell; Marguerite (Winn) Currie; Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr; Violet (Randell) Deakins; Fred Ebdon;
Jerry Gorin; Carlton Horine; David Levy Leeds; Helen
(Leach) Meisinger; Elizabeth "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips;
Mabelle "Mayno" (Bliss) Walker, and Ray W. "Bill"
In the afternoon at our Bienvenido get-together in
the St. Johns Court Room at the hotel, we shared
pictures, newspaper clippings, Caribbean yearbook
graduating members' pictures, etc. Stella played her
accordion and we all sang our CHS school song and
other familiar tunes.
At the evening party in the Palm Court Room, we all
told of our activities and accomplishments since leaving
CHS. Prior to our departure, Carlton Horine gave a very
impressive memorial service in memory of our departed
At the Annual Luncheon on Saturday, we had tables
reserved for our CHS class group to sit together. We
enjoyed hearing the guest speaker, Bob Rupp, narrate an
interesting and nostalgic slide presentation of the Panama
Canal "Then and Now".
Hopefully, we'll have another reunion honoring our
great Cristobal High School, and the Class of 1934 "The
Best There Is".
Until next time Adios!

Mayno Bliss Walker
Sarasota, Fla.

Moores visit South America

Eddie Moore (BHS'40) and his wife Letty of El
Segundo, Calif., had a lifetime dream come true in April
1994 when they took a 14-day tour of South America.
They flew to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a beautiful city
where they went up to the base of the Statue of Christ at
Corcovado Mountain, also to Sugar Loaf Mountain, had
dinner at a "churrasqueria" (barbecued meats) and to a

samba show; to Petropolis, the summer palace of the last
Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro II. Then they flew to the
magnificent Iguazu Falls, Brazil. From there they flew to
Buenos Aires, Argentina, "the Paris of the Americas"
where they visited La Recoleta Cemetery where Eva
Peron is buried and to the Metropolitan Cathedral and
General Jose de San Martin's (the liberator of
Argentina) Mausoleum, and to a tango show and dinner
at a "parrillada". They flew to Santiago de Chile and
enjoyed the hospitality of the Chilean people. They spent
the last day of the tour at their hotel visiting with Letty's
brother, Abdiel, his wife Nora and daughter, Veronica,
who live in Los Andes, a town about 1-hour drive from
Santiago. They also went to Valparaiso and Vina del
Mar, all beautiful cities. It was a wonderful tour that they
recommend to everyone.

Eddie Moore (BHS'40) and wife, Letty at Iguazu Falls,
Brazil, April 19, 1994.

News from the Bennetts

In June, Jerry and Ann Bennett spent a week in
Phoenix, Ariz., with their son and daughter-in-law and
grandson, David, Becky and Dylan Bennett. They also
visited Jerry's brother Ken.

Annie Bennett and Alan Griffin, both formerly with
Schools Division.
Jerry and I with Ken and Fern Fugelberg recently
celebrated Ken's and Jerry's birthday with a picnic and "a
night under the stars with an old-time band" at the
Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Allan Griffin of San Francisco visited us at our home
in June.
In August, Jerry and I will be moving back to 820 E.
Edinburg Way, Belleville, IL 62221.
Ann Bennett
Belleville, Ill.


By Al Sprague

The spine-tingling, nail-biting escapades of "Indiana
Jones" are not as far-fetched as one might believe. I have
been both lucky and fortunate to have been through a
few of my own. Lucky to have experienced them and
fortunate to still be here to tell about them. One such
incident occurred in the early 1970s off Isla Iguana, near
Punta Mala, Panama.
The Coffey family has always been noted for their
outstanding fishing and diving abilities, but one individual
will always stand out in my estimation as the greatest
fisherman, especially skin diver, that Panama has ever
produced. That would have to be Gerald Coffey, Sr., or
Jerry Coffey to all of us who know him.
I grew up with Jerry, fishing with him as a teenager.
I always admired his skill as a fisherman, but more so as
a diver. He dove in almost reckless abandon, in places no
one would dare to swim, using primitive gear, back in the
days when skin diving was in its infancy, and sharks were
ever abundant and aggressive. Very few people were
"macho" divers back then, but Jerry was, in the real true
sense, and that's what this story is about.
Jerry, Bob Hummer, Bubbie Raymond, Mike Bolton,
Adolfo Arias, and I packed up our diving gear, after
hearing from Adolfo and Mike grand tales of fantastic
diving and spear fishing off of the small flat island of
Iguana, not far from Cape Mala. With the aid of Adolfo's
friend, Beto Luis, we rented two native cayucos out of
Pedosi, and had two local fishermen take us to Isla
Iguana for our diving adventure. I'll never forget
someone asking one of the fishermen if there were many
sharks there. His answer, in broken English, was, "No
many sharks, but beeg!" He held his arms not apart, but
around, as if he were hugging a huge barrel. That
comment and gesture had a lasting impression...on all of
The water around Isla Iguana was glassy clear, but
full of treacherous currents. As we neared the island we
began to see the emerald greens of the bottom, speckled
with small and large dark patches of rocks and coral
beds. It looked too idyllic and beautiful to even hint of
danger. Suddenly, off of our bow a huge black shape
swam languidly towards us and under the boat. It
emerged from the other side and disappeared into the
depths. "Did you see that?" I exclaimed excitedly. "Yeah,"
Bubbie Raymond nodded. "It wasn't any manta ray
either. It was a regular torpedo." My stomach dropped a
bit. That was a BIG shark. Suddenly the thought of diving
here in this paradise didn't appeal to me as much as
before. We moved on a bit further to a place where Beto
Luis knew there were plenty of pargo (snapper) and
bojala (amberjack). Then the two cayucos cut their
engines and the fishermen threw out their anchors, which
were nothing but pieces of junk iron tied to ropes. "Here
we are!" Beto yelled across from the other boat. Free

diving from anchored boats in this current, with no life
preservers, using no safety precautions except for trying
to get behind the other guy so the shark will get him
instead of you, was the madness of youth, the ultimate
"machismo" trip. Two ships of fools.
Immediately we were in the water. I was the only one
with an underwater camera, as I was taking pictures from
which to paint later on. Everyone else had spear guns. I
wasn't in the water five minutes when I saw a big shark
swim recklessly through a school of snapper on the
bottom. Suddenly Mike Bolton cried out that he had just
shot a snapper. Then he yelled, "Shark!", ducked back
under the water for awhile and surfaced again saying,
"Don't have a fish anymore. Shark got it." He was
thoroughly razzed by everyone from across the water for
crying wolf and trying to get attention. Mike blew his
stack, but no one seemed to care. Actually, they cared
very much but didn't want to believe him.
The water became deeper as the current swept us
away from the anchored boats. Schools of jack and
mackerel swarmed around us as we drifted into territory
that seemed to get wilder by the second. Dark shapes
swam back and forth below. There were plenty of big
snapper, but they were deep and the current was strong.
It took strong lungs and tough eardrums to make those
deep dives in that current.

Jerry Coffey holding the head of a 30 lb. snapper he
yanked out of a shark's mouth. (Photo taken in the late
Up ahead Coffey and Adolfo were joined by
Raymond and the three of them were seemingly flushed
out to sea by the current. That's when I heard something
that stopped my heart and chilled me to the bone.
"Sh-a-a-a-rk!" It was a blood-curdling scream. Again
that shout of terror reached across the water to me from
the three divers being swept to sea. It didn't seem like a
call from someone who had just seen a shark, but rather,
by one who was being attacked by a shark.
What could I do? All three of those guys were much
better divers than I. I had a camera, not a gun. If I swam
for them we would never get back to the boats. The
fishermen in the boats hadn't or didn't acknowledge

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hearing anything. Those three were gone to sea unless I
could get a boat and get them. I wrapped the camera
around my neck and swam against that current for all
that I was worth. I didn't seem to be making any
headway when I compared my position with the distant
island, but when I looked at the sea floor beneath me I
could see that I was indeed making progress. Each
horrifying scream of "Sha-a-rk!" "Boat!" just made me
swim all the harder. Finally I made the boat, climbed
aboard, told the fisherman to start the engine, and began
pulling up the anchor. It was stuck! Again and again the
cries of "Shark!" "Boat!" rang out across the water. Finally
I cut the anchor rope and the fisherman begrudgingly
started the engine and headed for the trio.
In the meantime, while I was swimming to the boat,
an underwater drama was being played out. Jerry Coffey
had shot about a thirty-pound snapper. It has pulled him
out into the current and he was fighting it on the end of
his line. As he was struggling to the surface for air, a
huge shark came from out of the depths and, without
hesitation, swallowed the snapper. For a shark to swallow
a snapper of that size, it had to be huge. Now the three
of them, Jerry, Bubbie, and Adolfo were involved, with
no place to go and a menacing shark in a frenzy beneath
them. Jerry yanked back on his spear and pulled half the
snapper out of the shark's mouth. The shark turned and
grabbed the chunk of mutilated fish head that was still
attached to the spear. Jerry yanked back again, and again
the fish head popped out of the shark's mouth. "Gimme
my damn spear back!" Jerry grunted at the shark below
when he surfaced for air. "What the hell're you doing?",
Bubble yelled at him. "I want my damn spear back,"
Coffey gurgled as he submerged again, being towed by
the shark. The only thing that was showing in the
monster's mouth was the spear shaft. What was left of
the fish was inside the shark's mouth. "For God's sake,.
Coffey, give the damn thing the spear. I'll buy you a new
one," Bubble pleaded with him. Neither the shark nor
Coffey was about to give an inch and things were looking
grim. At times the shark, with spear in mouth, would
swim by them so close they could almost touch it. It was
really a BIG shark.
The show ended when the boat arrived and the three
of them exited the water like fleas off a burning dog.
Jerry at last had enough leverage in the boat to pull the
remains of the snapper free from the shark's gullet and
flopped the almost-eaten fish, with the valuable spear in
it, aboard.
I must admit that was probably Jerry Coffey's finest
moment. He was shaken, no doubt, as he was as white as
a sheet, but he showed no emotion or fear in his face. In
fact, he kind of reminded me of Tarzan after a battle
with some wild creature in one of the Edgar Rice
Burrough's novels. The Perfect Hero.
"Coffey, you're crazy!" Bubbie said shaking his head
in amazement. "Why didn't you cut the line and let the
damn shark have the works?"
Coffey flashed a sarcastic grin. "That was a big shark,
"I'll say it was," Bubbie agreed.
"He really wanted that fish, didn't he?"
"Damn right."
"We were out in the middle of nowhere with no way
back, right?"

"Well now, what do you think that big shark would
have wanted to eat way out there if he wasn't so
concerned with that snapper head?"
There was no comment.
"Besides," Jerry chuckled, "I didn't have a knife."
Jerry Coffey praised the courage of Bubbie Raymond
and Adolfo Arias for sticking by him and not panicking
when the chips were down. And courageous they were.
But Jerry Coffey, whom we dubbed "Aqua Man", always
had the edge on all of us.

Teddy Roosevelt Decorated
Shore for Canal Work

Charles P. Shore, 71, a Hicksville resident who was
decorated by President Theodore Roosevelt for his work
on the Panama Canal from 1907 to 1914, died on May 4,
1946, at the home of his sister, Miss Emily C. Shore,
Convent Avenue, Amityville, after a long illness.
His home was at 137 West Marie Street, Hicksville.
He was born in Farmingdale, the son of Nicholas and
Anne Shore.
A pioneer in the automobile industry which is
celebrating its golden jubilee this year, he built one of the
first commercial cars to be exhibited in the first auto
show in New York City. He also built and drove one of
the first racing cars on the West Coast. One of those cars
has been in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
D.C. He competed in races with the renowned Barney
Mr. Shore went to Panama in 1907 and worked in
the mechanical department until the "Big Ditch" was
finished in 1914. Returning in that year with his family,
he became associated with the Shore Instrument
Manufacturing Co. of Jamaica, L.I., manufacturers of
scientific testing instruments. He was testing engineer
until his retirement due to ill health.
He passed away at the family homestead on Convent
Avenue where, because of its quiet environment, he spent
much of his time, attended by his wife and sister.
Mr. Shore is survived by his wife, Madeline; four
sons, Albert, William, Charles and Norman; a daughter,
Mrs. Leona York; three brothers, Edward, William and
Ferdinand, and two sisters, Mary and Emily Shore.

Cristobal St. Mary's. Date ?. Back, L-R: C. Harrison, J.
Thomas, R. Gibson, E. Corbett, M. Brzinski. Front L-
R: D. Aycock, Capt. D. Kane, V. Yohros, Wm.
Blackburn, R. Kariger, V. Levi, Wm. McLaughlin,
Wm. McGinn.

C.Z. Junior College All-Star Womens Softball 1947-48.
Front L-R: Helen "Chicky" Hobbs, Helen Rae Souder,
(Captain), Margaret Howell. Back L-R: Marion
Schjeveland, Joanne Flynn, Emelina Schmidt,
Shirley Weltz, Charlotte Dye.

Powell Little League Baseball Team, circa 1950. Front
L-R: Charlie French, Rusty Fields, McCullough,
Keith Kulig. Middle row L-R: Billy Hitchcock,
Bobby Williford, Top row L-R: Mike
Greene, Coach, George Kirkland, Lewis Taber,
Sonny Williford, Manager.

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Gatun Junior Baseball League, 1947-48. Front L-R:
Dorn Thomas, Richard Sassara, James Gracie,
Keith Moumblow, James Roddy, Howard Munroe.
Back L-R: Geo. Egolf, Robert Karriger, Larry Horine,
Buddy Thomas, Fred Templin, Robert Stern, Coach
H.M. Woods.

Front: Joan Horter, Captain. Middle row, L-R:
Rosemarie Bender, Joan Williams, Carol Brentner,
Jane Williams, Beatriz Reyes, Joyce Engelke. Back,
L-R: June Atkinson, Margaret Rathgeber, Nuvia
Pasamante, Barbara Fritz, Eleanor Parker.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.

Brownie Troop 98, Curundu, Canal Zone 1963. Row 1: Lynn Mary Fontaine, Dianne Jackson, Christina
SRow 2: Pattie Janice Dasen, June Scigliani, Denise Dasen, Laurie Nygard, Ada Beechner,
Row 3: Kathy Marylynn Kenner, Norma Espiau, Ann Wright. Back:
Assistant Leader: Leader: Margaret Fontaine.

Fisher Trophy Football Team, 1936. Back L-R: Zip Zierten, Mr. Fisher, Ed Sullivan, Scoops Carey, Seiler, Wally
Dyer, Francis Coyle, Coach Lockridge, Coach Crowley. Front L-R: ----, Harry Foster, Roth, Joe Young,
Walbridge, Archie Byrne.

Class Reunion Announcements


There is an agreement with the Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort 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, Robert Johnson, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
.Florida, 34642-4712.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1995.


We are planning to hold a teacher reunion as part of
the 1995 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando. This
will be the first reunion in several years we've had after
school in Panama is out for the summer. We would like
to make it a banner year for getting together with our
friends, many of whom we haven't seen in a long time.
Watch future issues of the Canal Record for details. In
the meantime please contact us if you have any
suggestions for the reunion and begin letting your friends
know about it.

Roger Dean
(407) 723-8487
7600 Norwood Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32904

Kathy Egolf
(813) 397-6814
3848 90th Terrace North
Pinellas Park, FL 34666

Jan Whitney
(904) 562-4886
4819 Deer Run Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303

45/50 4 BHS FUN!

Anyone from the BHS Class of 1945 wishing to help
organize or seriously intending to attend, a Half-Century
Reunion sometime in the middle of 1995, place unknown,
is urged to make his feelings known to: Mannie
Quintero, 4375 Greenberry Lane, Annandale, VA 22003-
3220. Tel: (703) 354-2037.
Given enough interest in having a reunion, an
organizing committee will be formed.


This is the first call to remind CHS '47 classmates
that our 50th Reunion is not too far in the future for
planning purposes.
We need your most current address and telephone
number including those of any other classmates which
you may have.
THIS IS THE BIG ONE and we need your input
and assistance. We want to hear from you by January
1995 to determine if there is enough interest or support
for a 50th.
The location and type of reunion will be up to you -
write or phone: PETE or MARJE FOSTER at 2389
Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34683. Phone


Progress is being made on our 50-year Class
Reunion, planned in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida annual gathering in Orlando in June
1998. We have located nearly half of our classmates and
most of the responses from them have been enthusiastic.
1998 seems a long way off, but already a year has passed
since we began this tracking down process. We continue
to need help in locating the rest of us. If you were in the
BHS Class of 1948, or if you know where any of our
classmates are, please send names and addresses to:
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, 10518 Providence Way, Fairfax,
VA 22030-3106. Telephone: (703) 273-2654.
Note to CHS '48 Class: Pat (Leach) Koenig has
volunteered to head up a Cristobal High School Class of
'48 Reunion. You can contact Pat at: 14904 Freeman
Ave., San Jose, CA 95127.


Patt Roberson is collecting old yearbooks and
yearbook updates that some classes distribute at class
reunions in Florida. They are being collected in the
interests of future historical research and preservation
and will end up in the Pan Canal Museum in Fort Worth.
So, if you have any old yearbooks or if your class
prepared an update for your class reunion, please send
along a copy to: 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-
2253. Thank you!


WORLD CENTER, headquarters for the annual Panama
Canal Society of Florida reunion. Any classmate who has
not heard from Shirley Smith O'Connor, Chairman,
please contact me at 1109 Anita Drive, Arlington, Texas
76012, with your address so you can be kept informed.
The classes of 1948, 1949 and 1951 are cordially invited
to join our celebration.


Our 35th
class reunion
will be held in
with the
Panama Canal
Society of
reunion being
held on July 5
to 9, 1995 at
the Marriott's
World Center.
For further
please contact

either of the following:

Bryce Kimberling Eileen Cowell
13440 Jerusalem Hill Rd. NW 639 Honeysuckle Lane
Salem OR 97304 Severna Park MD 21146-3413
(503) 868-7624 (410) 647-2630


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Our 35th class reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society of Florida reunion being
held on July 5 to 9, 1995 at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center. For further information please contact the
following: Joni Page Smith, 418 Girard Street #T-1,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877. (301) 869-4666.

50th Birthday Party Announcement

The classes of 1963 are planning a combined BHS
and CHS 50th Birthday Party! We'll all turn 50 years
"old" in 1995 and we are just in the planning stages, but
mark your calendars for sometime during the Summer or
Fall of 1995 in San Antonio, Texas.
We expect this to be a great party and we need your
ideas, recommendations and special requests to make this
a great bash. Please contact Bev, Lew or any of the
planning committee with your suggestions or if you would
like to be on the Planning Committee. Also, please send
addresses of other classmates you know.
Planning Committee:
Bev Dockery Vaughn CHS, Co-Chair. 404-942-1032
Lew French BHS, Co-Chair 512-327-3399/984-3217
Mike Albanese BHS 1-800-844-6721
Carlos Beechner BHS 210-246-9622/734-0995
Sue Barfield Geer CHS 318-343-9240
Patty Lawyer Heileg BHS 904-492-6968
Mary Lerchen BHS 404-371-1234/488-4795
Lesley Hendricks Litzenberger BHS 203-454-2682
Peggy Flynn Mattey BHS 716-426-1696/473-0595
Celia Cronan Miller CHS 408-281-8612/999-7160
Patsy Lee Moore CHS 713-852-2405
Diane Roscoe Murphy CHS 813-924-8840
Barbara Dom. Sanders BHS 919-626-7725/625-6626
Eddie Wilder BHS 713-392-5263/223-5800
Betsy Mallory Duncan (719) 481-3334

Stay tuned for more details and spread the word to
other 1963 classmates.


A big THANK YOU to all of those who donated
time, talent and dinero to pull together our 25th Class
Reunion at Church Street Station! (Saw a lot of bleary-
eyed people poolside the next day so it must have been
fun!)(See Reunion Section for our photo) For those of
you who received a photo and want it enlarged, write the
photographer and they will do it, no extra charge. Those
wanting to order a photo, send $10 for a 5x7 to: Christie's
Photography, 5422 Carrier Drive, Suite 307, Orlando,.FL
32819. Paul Reitz and his wonderful wife, Trudy, have
offered to input information received at the reunion into
a databank so let's keep our mailing list current!. Send all
info to Paul and Trudy Reitz, 330 West 56 Street, 8D,
New York, NY 10019. Hope to see many of you at the
Marriott next July. Let's keep rockin'! Betsy Vossburgh.

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