Canal record


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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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VOL. 30


NO. 3

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.

FOR 1996-97

Mr. James J. O'Donnell

Mrs. Margot Jordan
1st Vice President

Mr. Thomas Peterson
2nd Vice President

Mr. Paul Rozmeski

Mrs. Faith Brundage

Mr. Peter Foster

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Past President

Mr. Charles Hummer
Legislative Representative

Mr. James Slover

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)

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

President's Message ...............................
From the Secretary ...............................
Editor's Corner .................................
Legislative Representative ...........................
Budget and Audit Report ...........................
Award Nomination ...............................
Local Announcements .............................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...............
"W here Are You?" ..............................
Retirements ....................................
News Clips ....................................
1996 Reunion .........................................

Your Reporter Says ................
Arizona ...................34
Arkansas .................. 34
California .................. 35
Florida ....................36
Georgia ................... 38
Hawaii ................... 39
Indiana .................... 40
Louisiana .................. 41

. .. . . 3 .
Mississippi ..............41
North Carolina ........... 42
Northwest ............... 43
Panama .................44
South Carolina ........... 46
Texas ..................47
Virginia ................ 48

Congratulations ..................................
W eddings .......................................
W ith Deep Sorrow ................................
Letters to the Editor ...............................
Looking Back ....................................
Announcements and Class Reunions ...................
For Sale or W anted ...............................

. 63
. 83
S. 84

FRONT COVER: James J. O'Donnell, elected President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida for the 1996-1997 term. Long history of activity in Canal Zone
Labor movement, President Emeritus of AFGE Local 14 and two years as
President of NARFE Chapter 845, Largo-Seminole, Florida. Married to Gemma
(Wright) and has four children.
BACK COVER: Panama Canal Dredge Cascadas in Culebra Cut continuing the
dredging of the Canal. The painting was done by Canal Zone artist Al Sprague.


September 20-22Panama Canal West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA.
Contact Jack and Kathy Taylor (619) 277-5000
October 1 Ocala Zonians meet at Maggie's Buffet, 717 NE 36th Ave. at noon.
For further info, contact Bill Muller, (352) 854-7902.
October 5 PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC, A.L. Anderson Park, Hwy 19 N.
Tarpon Springs, 12:00 Noon.
November 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 Noon. COVERED DISH.
December 6 South Carolina Meeting/Luncheon, at Houndslake Country Club,
Aiken, S.C.
December 7 PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, The Wine Cellar, 17307
Gulf Blvd, North Redington Beach, FL, 11:00 a.m. (See
December 8 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills,
CA. Contact Eileen Cryan Finken (714) 838-2930
January 10 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. COVERED DISH.
February 1 PCSOFL CARNAVALITO, Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400
Treasure Island Causeway, St. Petersburg, FL. (See
March 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 noon, COVERED DISH.
April 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 p.m. At 12:30 there will be

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

S(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0o "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
/ 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 0088-020) is published on April, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for April, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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 bi-ennually.
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 33772-4712
(813) 391-4359 FAX 813-391-0736
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625

I would like to thank the Society members for
choosing me as president for the term 1996-1997.
The past year has been a difficult one for our
Society. But through it all, your Executive Board has
managed to keep our membership intact and has
defused several plans that would adversely effect our
membership. We were able to hold the line in
several areas.
My goal for the next twelve months will be the
retention of current members, and with your help, we
can enlarge our membership listing by helping to sign
up new members. In the past, members have been
asked to assist in encouraging others to join the
Society in order to bolster our membership listing
which will help alleviate our financial problems.
The last membership report shows that efforts
are being made. As of July 21 we had a total of
4,280 paid-up members. Our old nemesis, non
payment of dues, is one reason for the decline of
our membership. If we wish to have a working
Society, paid-up membership must be maintained. A
concentrated effort by everyone must be ongoing in
order to have an active Society. Each Society
member should consider being a recruiter.
One of the Society's best member-retention tools
is the Society's Canal Record that is printed three
times a year and which keeps our membership well
informed. Another retention tool is to attend regular
meetings in your area. Society activities are discussed
and often actions taken there that can chart a future
course of the Society.
During my term of office the Executive Board
will be made up of the following: First Vice
President, Margot Jordan; Second Vice President,
Tom Peterson; Directors, Faith Brundage, Paul

Rozmeski and Peter Foster; Sergeant-at-Arms, James
Slover; Legislative Representative, Charles "Chuck"
Hummer, and due to the resignation of Past
President Bob Johnson from the Executive Board, I
have appointed Past President Jane Huldtquist in his
Having the right person for the right committee
is also very important, therefore, I have appointed
Tom and Barbara Peterson as Co-Chairpersons of
the Sarasota Luncheon in September. The October
Annual Picnic will be chaired by Faith Brundage.
The Christmas Luncheon will be chaired by Nancy
Van Siclen. Lori King and Lois Jones will conduct
the February Carnavalito, and our May Luncheon
will be chaired by Anna Collins.
In addition, I have asked the following
chairpersons to serve on various committees. For
Budget and Audit, Frank Matters. By-Laws
Committee: Betty Snow. Chaplain: Dorothy Yocum.
Historian: Beverly Williams. Hospitality/Refreshments
Committee: Dorothy Pate. Sunshme Committee: Anna
Collins. Service Officers: Eugene Askew and Al Pate.
I will also ask all past Society presidents to serve on
a committee that will make suggestions to me as
president, on how to improve our Society.
In the past, you have given your support to the
Society. Now, I am asking you to give your support
again this time with recruitment of new members.
Support your Executive Board and its committees. If
you have any suggestions on how to improve our
Society or how to increase our membership, please
let me know.
James J. O'Donnell





1997 dues must be paid by October 31, 1996, in
order for you to be included in the label printout
for the December Canal Record. Members who miss
out on an issue must pay $5.00 for a copy if the
wish to have one. The Bylaws Sec. 5, Paragraph
A.l.a. clearly states that subscription to the Canal
Record and Directory shall begin with the issue
immediately following their payment of dues. We
recently had two members resign from the Society
because they did not want to pay for issues they
missed since they had not paid their dues. I do not
make the rules, it is my unpleasant duty to see that
they are enforced.
Don't forget to send in your new Zip code or
area code. Many have not sent in the extended Zip
We had a nice reunion not as many people as
last year but I enjoyed it more because I was able
to see more people. Being a short 4'11", it is difficult
to see anyone above belt level when the area is too
crowded. I missed a few friends that I was looking
forward to seeing Fran and Bob Morrissey and
Charlie and Emily Newbury. Maybe they'll make it
back next year. I did see Tom and Connie Stoakley
who never fail to look for me at the Secretary's
desk. I'm looking forward to next year.
Until next time.
Barbara A. Green



The 64th Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal
Society is over. It wasn't as big as last year but we
saw a lot of new faces. My son, Bob from California
was with me and that made everything pleasant he
even helped me do a few chores! As always, I really
didn't have the opportunity to chat and gab with
friends as I would have liked. Just once, I would like
to be free to sit and chat with friends whenever I
want, and I'm sorry I always seemed to be busy
doing something or about to do something.
Through the kindness of several of our members,
we have received two Fax machines and several
monetary donations towards the purchase of same.
One is operational already and the other will
probably be used to support the Reunion
Coordinator. Upon approval of the Executive Board

and those who sent monetary contributions, we may
look to using that money to upgrade our two other
old, old, computers who are running out of memory.
The two Fax machines were donated by James A.
Vaughn of Sunrise, Florida, and Davis Stevenson of
Lawrenceville, Georgia. Both have received
commendations and our sincere thanks for their
generosity. They have made our job a little easier
and more in touch with the upsurge in the
communication capabilities.

OFFICE FAX IS: 813-391-0736
There has been somewhat more of a delay in
getting the news out to you due to the 3 issues per
year concept. It was a necessary action resulting from
the strain on our annual budget. As I write this, I
cannot be sure everything you members have sent
will be published as there may be a lack of space
resulting from the annual reunion photos and other
necessary information. So please bear with us. If we
have to cut back, we will try to single out items that
have no time requirements, and put them in the
December issue. We have done our best to eliminate
excess verbage in what has been sent us.
The Editor's Corner in the April issue outlined
some suggestions on how to help the editor make
sure your news item or report is printed. From the
input for this issue, it doesn't seem like many people
read it. We (the two of us) don't have the time to
edit everything we get. We could move the deadline
back to a month before the book goes to the
printer, but then you would have pretty stale news.
Please don't send newspaper articles and expect us to
sort through them to pick out what you want
printed. It's probably copyrighted anyway and unless
you get the newspaper's and author's permission to
reprint, and underline what you want printed, please
don't waste the postage sending it to us.
Remember, if you don't see your article in this
issue, look for it in the next issue. We'll try our best
to get it in this one.
Pat Beall

Editor must have by:

November 17, 1996

Our office has been given a
new Zip + 4 effective July I,
1996. It is:

Please use the above Zip Code
for all future correspondence to


These issues are several that the
National Association of Retired
Federal Employees (NARFE) have
identified as key to the future of
Federal retirees and which each
of us may wish to express our
Opinions to our elected

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAS)
Whether in the private or public sectors, COLAs
are intended to offset the impact of inflation or
retirement income. COLAs preserve the purchasing
power of retired workers. In real terms, COLAs do
not increase annuities, but rather preserve the value
of earned annuities.
The federal government has already saved almost
$50 billion as a result of legislated changes in the
way cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Civil Service
retirees has been computed and paid. These changes
have included shifting from semi-annual to an annual
COLA; delaying effective dates; temporarily reducing
COLAs for retirees under age 62; and completely
denying the COLA in 1985. In 1993, Congress passed
and President Clinton approved a three-month delay
in the payment of COLAs for federal retirees for the
years 1994, 1995 and 1996. This delay cost federal
retirees $779 million over that three-year period.
Throughout this period of reductions, elimination and
delays in the COLAs of federal employees, COLAs
for Social Security beneficiaries have gone
unchallenged, always paid in full and on time.
Proposals to single out Civil Service annuitants
for continuation of the three-month COLA delay
have been included in recent budget plans approved
by Congress and the White House. If this delay is
extended for six more years, Civil Service annuitants
will lose an additional $2.2 billion.

Changes in Medicare are now being debated. The
proposal under consideration would establish a
voucher plan whereby participants could join a
managed care plan instead of the traditional
Medicare fee-for-service program. The legislation fails
to coordinate coverage between the proposed
Medicare voucher system plan and employer
sponsored health insurance including Federal
Employees Health benefit Plan (FEHBP)- for
beneficiaries eligible to participate in both programs.
As a result older Americans lose the full value and
coverage provided by the coordination of benefits
between Medicare and their employer-sponsored
Second, Medicare provisions would significantly
reduce payments to providers for fee-for-service
beneficiaries. If initial provider payment reductions
fail to adequately contain costs, so-called "fail-safe"
provisions would impose subsequent cuts in the
Medicare fee schedule causing fewer providers to
accept assignment of Medicare fee-for-service
beneficiaries. Absent a viable fee-for-service program,
enrollees lose the freedom to choose a doctor. And
since FEHBP plans are required by law to use the
Medicare fee schedule to reimburse providers for
medical expenses of enrollees 65 or older, reductions
in the Medicare fee schedule have analogous results
for older FEHBP enrollees.

Finally, the plan to reform Medicare would shift
increased beneficiary out-of-pocket costs to employer-
sponsored health insurance. As a consequence,
carriers of such insurance -- like FEHBP -- will be
compelled to raise premiums for all enrollees.

Medicaid is the only program available in the
United States that provides long-term care to severely
disabled individuals of any age. These individuals are
frequently compelled to turn to Medicaid since few
Americans have private long-term care insurance
which is frequently unaffordable or inadequate. Even
fewer Americans have the money to pay the $30,000
to $50,000 annual cost for nursing home care.
Individuals caught in this situation must spend down
their assets to become eligible to participate in
Medicaid, but without it they would have to go
without the care they need.
There are now proposals to end the present
guarantee in law that provides Medicaid nursing
home care to any eligible individual. While states
could still provide long-term care benefits to eligible
individuals, fewer federal and state dollars would be
available for such care under the legislation.
There are also concerns that reduced provider
payments and state-imposed "provider taxes" will
encourage nursing homes, doctors and hospitals to
shun Medicaid participants in favor of patients with
enough money or private insurance to pay for long-
term care. Limitations on growth in federal spending
on Medicaid, coupled with a reduction in the
maximum state Medicaid match, will substantially
reduce the amount of resources available to serve
eligible participants.
Current federal protections against provider
practice of balanced billing would be eliminated
under some reform plans, saddling nursing home
residents and family members with significant costs.
Since Medicaid participants must impoverish
themselves to become eligible for the program,
balanced billing costs would be unaffordable.
Some reform provisions would eliminate the
federal law that protects the spouses and adult
children of nursing home residents from
impoverishment. Without such protections states could
require family members of nursing home residents
to relinquish their assets to Medicaid. Also, there is
a plan to eliminate federal standards that protect
residents from abuse and require safe and sanitary
operation of nursing homes. Variants of this plan
would retain some federal standards, but delegate
enforcement to the states.

Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
Legislative Representative

July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996

July 29, 1996
Mr. Robert L. Johnson
Chairperson, Executive Board
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear Mr. Johnson:
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, 1995 through June 30, 1996.
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, 1996, paid membership was 4,286. At June 30, 1995, paid membership was 4,454. This is a
decrease of membership of 168.
At June 30, 1996, 339 members had prepaid their 1997 dues, compared to 389 at the end of 1995.
Our comment is attached hereto, along with the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures as of June 30, 1996
and one schedule.
I 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.
Frank Matters, Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee
Attachments: as noted

July 29, 1996


The Budget and Audit Committee completed its audit on July 29, 1996 for the period July 1, 1995 through
and including June 30, 1996. The following comments are respectfully submitted to the Executive Board.
COMMENT: In prior audit reports, this committee has commented on the need for an up-to-date financial and
accounting computer program and a modern computer with greater memory capability. This need still exists and
the Board should carefully consider this need.
Frank Matters, Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee

JULY 1. 1995 JUNE 30, 1996


Sarasota Luncheon 09/09/95 $ 1,044.00 $ 950.10 $ 93.90
Christmas Luncheon 12/09/95 $ 2,080.00 $ 2,005.66 $ 74.34
Carnavalito 02/03/96 $ 2,520.00 $ 2,310.39 $ 209.61 *
May Luncheon 05/03/96 $ 1,152.00 $ 1,170.04 $ (18.04)
Society functions are planned on the basis of breaking even. This year all functions, except the May
Luncheon, showed a gain. *Includes $100.00 donation to offset expenses.


Fund Balances at June 30, 1995

Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (18 mos) Expires 08-10-95
CD (18 mos) Expires 02-11-96
CD (1 yr) Expires 04-14-96
CD (20 mos) Expires 10-14-96
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balance as of June 30, 1995

8 8,079.61

8 82,522.43


Dues, Administrative Fee and Overseas Mailing
Charge (includes $6,780.00 in prepaid dues)
Society Functions (includes $13,766.36 from
Annual Reunion)
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Records)

Miscellaneous (includes

$4,430.28 from MBA)

Total Receipts June 30, 1996


Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1996
Society Functions
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid

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 30,1996

Fund Balances at June 30, 1996

Bank-Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (11 mos) Expires 01-12-97
CD (11 mos) Expires 01-12-97
CD (6 mos) Expires 10-18-96
CD (20 mos) Expires 10-14-96
CD (11 mos) Expires 07-10-96
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balance at June 30, 1996

6 92,218.00


8 128,819.32

S 29,356.23
( 7,361.75)


S 97,487.18

8 23,140.40

$ 113,854.57

Nomination for Award

August 2, 1996
TO: The Executive Board
Panama Canal Society of Florida, inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The following is a recommendation for the
Nancy Van Siclen, former Director of the Executive
Board and many other distinguishing activities in
support of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Can you figure it out?

The Lord had it before, the devil had it behind.
Adam and Eve never had it, Cain didn't have it,
But his brother Abel had it behind.
All Angels have it, sinners can't have it,
Methuselah lived 969 years and had it only once,
Jonah didn't have it, but the whale did,
Daniel had it behind, but the lions had it before,
Samson didn't have it, but Delilah had it twice,
Even King Solomon in all his glory had it once.
Answer on page 74


I recommend Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen for the
Mrs. Van Siclen has held an unusually large
amount of voluntary offices in the Panama Canal
Society over the years. She was the Reunion
Coordinator for the 1993 Annual Reunion; She was
the Co-Chairperson for the Christmas Luncheon in
1994, then Chairperson in 1995 and 1996;
Chairperson for the Vendors at the Annual Reunion
for 1994 and 1995; Chairperson for Hotel
Reservations to the 1996 Reunion; appointed as
member of the Office Committee in 1995, and was
elected as Director for the Executive Board for the
1994-1995, and 1995-1996 terms.
She has selflessly and whole heartedly devoted
her best efforts and an exceptional amount of long
hours to help create a lasting organization, which is
a high tribute to her ability, perseverance and
dedication to a worthy cause. She has pursued these
voluntary offices with exacting detail and with all her
expertise. In carrying out these duties, she has
dedicated her best in being highly accurate, honest
and effective in every respect.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida is deeply
grateful for her earnestness toward her job and the
support she has given the Society, both outside and
during her terms of office.
Respectfully submitted,

James Slover
Member, Executive Board

Dr. Nicolas Ardito-Barletta

Guest Speaker
1996 Christmas Luncheon
The Wine Cellar,
North Redinton Beach. Florida
December 7. 19%
Nicolas Ardito-Barletta is General Administrator
of the Interoceanic Region Authority (ARI) since
June 1995.
Dr. Barletta is a former President of Panama,
and is now in charge of supervising the reverted land
from the former Canal Zone to Panama. The
Panama Canal Society has always showed continued
interest in the former Canal Zone. Dr. Barletta plans
to show several slides concerning the exciting
opportunities which are emerging as more of the
U.S. installations are turned over to Panama each
year. Among those opportunities is the possibility for
U.S. retirees to purchase homes in the former Canal
Dr. Barletta believes that Panama is an ideal
location for retirement communities for several
reasons. The Government of Panama has made the
development of the Canal area its highest priority.
A commitment to modernize the country's economy
has led to reforms of the labor, maritime and
tourism laws. High on the subjects to be discussed
will be the turn-over of Curundu, Albrook and Fort
The following is a list of benefits for U.S.
citizens who retire in Panama:
50% discount on entrance fees for recreation and
training activities; 30% discount on all public
transportation (air fare); 30-50% discount on hotels
and motels; 15-25% discount in restaurants; 10%
discount on medical services; 10% discount on
technical and professional service by lawyers,
architects, nurses, physical therapist, etc. No tax on
home furnishings, and exemption from property tax.
Attend our Christmas Luncheon and hear all the
benefits available to U.S. citizens retiring in Panama.


Descendants of medal holders interested
in learning more about

Panama Canal (1904-1914)

are urged to write to
Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama

Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen
December 7, 1996

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17307 Gulf Boulevard
North Redington Beach, Florida 33708

It is that time of year again, and the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has signed a contract with
THE WINE CELLAR in North Redington Beach to hold the Society Christmas Luncheon on Saturday,
December 7, 1996. The committee is already hard at work planning table decorations, etc. to make for an
enjoyable afternoon.
A cash bar will be set up to commence at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon and Monthly Meeting to follow
at 12:00 noon.
The menu will be a choice of New York Strip Steak and Ressale Potatoes or Boneless Breast of
Chicken Milanaise with Pasta. Each entree will include Wine Cellar Salad, Fresh Vegetables and dessert of
Cream Puff with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce, Coffee or Tea.
Please specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost of the Luncheon is $16.00 per person, tax and gratuities included. Deadline for
RESERVATIONS and/or REFUNDS is Monday, December 2, 1996.
Begin the Holiday Season by attending the Society Christmas Luncheon and gathering with your friends
from the CANAL ZONE. We will also have some door prizes. Come and have some fun and show your support
for the SOCIETY.
Tables will be for eight people, and if you have a group of 8 and wish to sit together, you may reserve
a table for you and your family and friends. Please fill out the form below and list the names of who you want
to sit with.
The Wine Cellar has plenty of FREE parking for our members.
We have again included directions for all our members, in case you have not attended the Christmas
Luncheon before. SEE PAGE 8 FOR DIRECTIONS.
The Christmas Luncheon Committee has been working very hard the last few months on decorations and
new ideas for your enjoyment. Hope to see you on December 7th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 813-397-5366.

December 7, 1996
The Wine Cellar

Member Name

Telephone Number:

Please make Reservations at $16.00 each
Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak
Names of Guests: (Please print)

Total enclosed
Breast of Chicken Milanaise



Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and mail to The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.




tOb" so, 19*

The Panama Canal
SSociety of Florida will hold its
Annual Picnic at noon, Saturday,
.... ", October 5, 1996 at Pavilion #3
-4 iof A.L Anderson Park, Tarpon
S., Springs, Florida.
Anderson Park is located
7/10 mile north of Klosterman
Rd. or 9/10 mile south of
Tarpon Springs/Keystone Rd. on
the east side of Highway 19.
Pavilion #3 has ample parking space,
handicapped drop-off, wheel chair ramp and an
excellent view of Lake Tarpon, and is close to rest
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered
dish to share and your own soft drinks. The Park
does not allow alcoholic beverages on the premises.
The Society will furnish plastic plates, utensils
and cups, so y'all come!
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.


The Wine Cellar

1. Members from the South Take 275 North to Exit 15
West. Gandy Blvd. turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on
Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The
Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd. Ave.
2. Members from Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit
15 West and follow direction as above.
3. Members from North Pinellas Take A-19 South to
Park Blvd. and turn right on Park Blvd. and follow
directions as in No. 1.
4. Members from South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd., bearing left to cross
Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Turn right and
continue North to 173rd. Ave. Wine Cellar is on the
right hand side of the street.

PCSOFL Regula Meet ng

Nevem ber 1, 1996

St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg. Florida
Covered Dish 12:00 Noon
Regular Meeting 1:00 p.m.

PCSOFL Regular Meeting

January 10, 997

St. e&d's Epicoate e(alu
2500 16d Steet
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The Annual Carnavalito Dinner/Dance of the Panama Canal Society will be held on Saturday, February 1,
1997 at the Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, Florida.
There will be ample parking on the premises.
The cost of the Carnavalito Dinner/Dance will be $24.00 per person which includes dinner, taxes, gratuities,
music and other expenses. There will be a choice of two entrees. Roast Breast of Turkey with dressing, or Top
Round of Beef with Mushroom Sauce, Salad, Potato, Green Beans Almondine, Roll and Butter, Dessert, Coffee
or Tea.
Hotel accommodations will again be available at the Bilmar Beach Hotel located on the beach at Gulf
Boulevard and the Treasure Island Causeway at a special rate of $71.00, double occupancy. Make reservations
directly by calling Danah Williams Heye at 813-360-5531. Reservations must be made by January 1, 1997.
Transportation to and from the Yacht Club/Bilmar Beach Resort can be arranged through a local Cab
company at a minimal cost. Arrangements can be made through the Bilmar Beach Resort.
PULLY Y SU CONJUNTO, the Latin Trio that delighted us with their music at our last Carnavalito will
again provide the music.
Mrs. Muriel Whitman will once more be in charge of decorations. Donations of prizes will be greatly
appreciated. Please call Barbara Green at the Society office (813) 391-4359 if you wish to make a donation.
Anyone planning a Class Reunion at this time is invited to join us. We will be happy to assist you in any
way we can.
More details and directions will be in the December issue of the Canal Record.
Please direct any questions or suggestions to Lois Jones, 813-898-1219 or Barbara Green at 813-391-4359.

FROM THE NORTH: 1-75 south to Tampa (from the East, 1-4
west to Tampa) then 1-275 to St. Petersburg and the 5th
Avenue North Exit. Go straight ahead to Central Ave., then
turn right. Central Ave. ends at Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island
and the Bilmar Beach Resort.
FROM THE SOUTH: 1-275 north across the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge to the US 19 Exit. Go straight ahead to Central Ave.
in St. Petersburg (approx. 3 3/4 miles) then left. Central
Ave. ends at Gulf Blvd. in Treasure Island and the Bilmar
Beach Resort.



February 1, 1997
Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club
400 Treasure Island causeway
Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, FL
Member Name
Member No. Tel:
Please make Reservations at $24.00 each

Total enclosed $

Select Roast Beef

Names of Guests (Please print):
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
Make checks out to the Panama Canal Society
of Florida and mail to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, FL 33772-4712.

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

March, April, May, June, and July 1996
Regular Meetings

Executive Board approved Commendation to
Jerry Boswell based on his computer work for the
Society. Presentation made 4 at his home.
Certificate of Appreciation to Charles Norris
for signing up over 25 new members approved by
Executive Board.
Amendment to Standing Rule #17. accepted
change to delete everything after "whose current dues
are paid". Passed.
Mr. Dwight McKabney, former General Counsel,
Panama Canal Commission, advised that Mutual
Benefit Association has a small monetary residual in
non-interest bearing account for Society; it is
CD maturing April 14 will be reinvested. 1,122
dues reminders mailed cost approximately $244 plus
labor; 66 responses received, totaling $1,320.
$200 deposit made to Wine Cellar for Christmas
Luncheon; $100 advance to Chairperson Nancy Van
Siclen for expenses.
President Johnson recapped phone call regarding
Gorgas Memorial plaque mounted at Gorgas Hospital
which will close in 1997.
Donations for purchase of FAX machine so far
total $250. Money left over will be used to upgrade
computers. Arrangements made to have membership
application form and Reunion Schedule of Events on
Society donated $50 in Jerry Boswell's memory
to Hospice of Pasco.
New office zip code-33772-will go into effect July
1st. Results of Bylaws Amendment #7: 144 ballots
received, 7 invalid. Yes votes 115; no votes 20.
Amendment adopted. Amendment #8: 144 ballots
received, 7 invalid. Yes votes 124; no votes 13.
July 5, 1996
Marriott's Orlando World Center
Orlando, Florida

Mr. Dennis Johnston, Sales Director, Marriott's
Orlando World Center, introduced. He welcomed us
to the hotel. Jayne Bennett, Convention Manager,
also introduced.
President Johnson explained that future of the
Society is very dim; potential for new members is
decreasing. Office Study Committee made
recommendations to help reduce expenses have been
implemented. We are now on INTERNET. $560 in
contributions will be used to upgrade computers.
(Board stipulated that the money will be used for
FAX machines; it can only be used for other
purposes with express approval of the Board.)
Mrs. Grace Hartley of Columbia, SC, won the
Bowen-Keppie prize refund of one-way fare from
port of debarkation.
Davis Stevenson was presented Appreciation
Award; similar award mailed to James A. Vaughn
for donation of FAX machines. Letter of
Appreciation awarded to Charles Norris for
recruiting over 40 new members.

Several members made comments: read the
Bylaws regarding objective of the Society, raise dues
to keep the Society solvent; vote for officers during
Annual Meeting. Pat Beall and Barbara Green were
commended for their work.
It was again pointed out that of 4,286 members,
only 421 ballots for election of officers were received.
Those elected were:
James J. O'Donnell President
Margot Jordan 1st Vice President
Thomas Peterson 2nd Vice President
Paul Rozmeski Director
Faith Brundage Director
Newly elected officers were sworn in by Outgoing
President Robert Johnson.
Mr. Eugene Askew, Senior Past President,
selected winner of grand prize two round-trip
tickets to Panama donated by COPA, won by Mrs.
Thelma Collins of Fletcher, NC.
Suggestion made that everyone consider giving
their children gift memberships in the Society.
President's gavel presented to James O'Donnell;
Past President's Pin and gift, on behalf of the
Society, was presented to Robert Johnson.

Where Are You?


William O. Alexander Maria Franceschi Clifford C. Myers
Ruth E. Appin Ernest Freudman Dorothy E. Nauert
Berta Azcarraga Guido Garcia Walter C. Olhoeft
Fred Aydlett Beryle M. Garnas Aurelio Parra
James Ball John Gill Liesl S. Pollak
Carolyn N. Bell Nydia Gonzalez Beatriz Quintero
Carolyn Bell Mead S. Gruver Ana Rios
Clotilde Benavides Jane M. Hanford Elaine C. Ruggles
Dorothy Bower Jean M. Hanford James Russell
Carmen A. Bright Robert A. Hanson David C. Ryan Jr.
Ben Burns Dorothy Harrison Sarita Sasson
Charles Carney Nancy Heffington Hormecinda Schmidt
Homer Min-Jen-Chen Ida Henley Darrel B. Seeley
Peter Min-Chung-Chen Barbara Hentgen Marilyn Sisson
Ronald C. Chisholm Enrique Ho Hugh Smith
Patrick S. Coakley Fred Hodges Elvia Suazo
Michael J. Cody Robert Homer Franklyn E. Tillman
Nancy Coleman Fred Horton Carlos Tong
Maxine Couchman John E. Johnson III John Toone
Charles Cousland James A. Jolley Tommy N. Tyler
Clarence Crenshaw John D. Landers Michael Valtierra
Marcos DelBusto Russell Lawrence Patricia A. Vesser
Nellie Delvalle Lois G. Lee Audrey Wagner
Bill Edwards Rene Uopis John H. Wallace
Ralph W. Fels Charles Maldonado Roberta M. Warden
Ruby E. Ferguson Victor Mason Isabel Washburn
Joan Ferro Elsa McGowen Clifford B. Weaver
Genoveva Fonseca Elizabeth L.McNew Donald G. Weinert
Robert L. Jordan Ramona E. Muller Enrique H. Leong
Aurora Uribe Thomas B. Woods
Barbara Hatchett Jackson Barbara Fritz Reyle
11503 Roxbury Ct. 10518 Providence Way
Boise, ID 83713 Fairfax, VA 22030
(208) 322-1950 (703) 273-2654


We have located over half of our CHS'47 classmates
but we need your help in locating the remainder as we
proceed with plans to create a committee for the big 50th
Class Reunion. Hey!! Where are you??

John Buckley
Robert Knoop
Charles Madison
Robert Richardson
Marilyn Malpass
Hank Villars

Bill Caswell
Arline Lincoln
Virginia Merrill
Walter Templin
Beverly Reeves
Denia Wong

Mercedes Chong
Marie Little
Rene Osorio
Ruth Muckle
Kenneth Settler
Dorothy Worrall

If you have any information on the whereabouts of
any of the above persons or would like to assist as a
member of the CHS'47 Reunion Connittee please contact
Pete or Marje Foster at 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm
Harbor, Florida 34683-3214; Phone 813/785-8555.


So far the class of 1947 Reunion
locate the following classmates.

Abadia, Hilda
Andress, Kyle
Bacuetes, Beatriz
Balschum, Ruth
Baverstock, Charlotte
Caicedo, Harry
Canavaccio, Yolanda
Castro, Alice
Colston, Richard
Davila, Alicides
Dolan, Francis
Duncan, Kathnley
ouque, Thomas
Ferguson, Harry
Fong, Phyllis
Garlington, Albert
Gonzalez, Armando
Grosso, Carlos
Gruver, Sue
Hanners, Priscula

Harris, Beverly
Holland, Bernard
Houston, Patricia
Johnson, Evelyn
Kennedy, Alvin
Kepford, Dorothy
Kern, Karl
Klotz, Catherine
Kueter, Doris
LaClair, Philip
Undell, Clifford
Luttell, Viola
Maldonado, Charles
Maloney, Jim
Mclntyre, Lois
Metz, Richard
Moore, Patricia
Neumann, Eileen
Nichols, James
Noriega, Alberto

committee cannot

Osigian, Paulino
Regnell, Don
Peters, Paul
Peterson, Don
Pike, Nelly
Ponce, Ninfa
Price, Nelda
Quintero, Carmen
Roy, Milanta
Schulze, Marion
Sinnett, Joe
Smith, Bowie
Smith, Ralph
Tuttle, Elaine
Vermellion, Rene
Villars, Horace
Wescott, Paul
Wieman, Walter
Zeese, Shirley

If you know where any of these missing people are,
please send their names and addresses to one of the
committee members, or please have them write to one of
the following committee members.

Louis Dedeaux
8415 Lofton Dr.
Pensacola, FL

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
Spartanburg, SC

Lois Jones
3265 Maple St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Fred Rose
639 Versailles Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35803

Jim O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


WANTED: Contact from, or information about Violet
Scott Huling. Her parents were the Edward P.
Scott's who lived in Balboa during the 1940's and
1950's. Please notify Barbara Hayden Usher, 552 S.
Delaware, Salina, Kansas 67401. (913) 827-2870.

Rogers Family?

Urgently need to contact the Rogers family that
lived on the Pacific side of the Canal in 1963. The
family had a daughter about 17 years of age who
was possibly attending Balboa High School. Anyone
knowing this family please contact Barbara Green,
5180 88th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33782 or phone
(813) 545-9214.


In an attempt to locate as many classmates of
BHS'57 for a 40th reunion "Back to Panama Tour" in
February 1997, we will be listing the entire class. Many
names have changed, but we are looking for you! Please
contact; June Barlow Reisz, 8 Crossway Court-West,
Palm Coast, FL 32137. Phone (904) 445-2839.

Irene Abadi Lillian Rebecca Abell Nancy Acly
Patricia Helen Adams James Walter Albin Tomas Dan Alexander
Texana Allen Eda Edelmira Altuna Yvette Amar
Frederick D. Andrew Marcia C. Archbold Leopoldo D. Arosemena
Charles Nolan Ashley Yvonne M. Azcarraga Louis J. Barbier, Jr.
June Carol Barlow Jose Guillermo Barr Rachel Elizabeth Barr
Edna L. Beasley David S. Behar James Edward Benson
Helene S. Bishop Joseph Frank Blackburn Doris Jean Bleakley
Robert Borgstede Cesar Alberto Bouza Agnes Esther Brin
Rose Btesh Cesar Augusto Campagnani, Jr. James A. Carlin
Carmen Elena Casira Vilma Edith Casira Joseph D. Chalmers
Roberto A. Chan Edward B. Clifford Brenda M. Cunningham
Ruth E. Coppenhaver Carolyn Anne Corn Emerenciana Cosca
Ralph Wellington Cox Harriet Critch Bette Louise Davis
Joan Degenaar Durfee Leon Dobrowolski William Edward Dolan
Carrie J. Doner James Laurie Doran David Potter Drennan
Gerald A. Durfee Madeline M.EberenzWilliam H. Edmondson
Barbara Anne Elich Judith Evelyn Engelke Edith Estrada
Jenette B. Fahrubel Mauricio Fallenbaum Michael Patrick Fallon
Barbara L. Farbman James G. Farrell Jr. Robert Ford Fearon Jr.
Carlos M. Fernandez Rafael G. Fernandez Jr. John Holder Flowers
Peggy M. Foiles Clinton K. Fulleton Joseph C. Galloway Jr.
Markelda Ester GarridoMildred Rose Gibbs Sheila Anne Gilbert
Marie Louise Girard Hallie Ann Glenn Sara D. Green
Ralph R. Grassau Jr. Harrison C. Griffin Rodger W. Griffith Jr.
Carolyn Hail George HHamilton Jr. Robert B. Hamilton
Lendy Ove Harris Audrey D.Hearne Christian W. Hearon
Rose Adele Hensler Minerva Diana Herrera Marilyn Kay Howard
Phoebe Jean Hughes Margery Marie Ecke Diane M. Jacobs
Linda Marie Jacobs Donna Jean Jenkins Mamie Lynne Jones
Melba C. Jones Marilyn Beth Kelly Elma Victoria Kent
(To be continued next issue)


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




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Ft. Worth Museum Folds

The Panama Canal Museum in the Ft.
Worth Stock Exchange Building is no longer
associated with the North Fort Worth Historical
Members are asked not to continue
sending memorabilia or artifacts to them.
Donations to keep the museum going
has become non-existant and our museum can
no longer continue under these conditions.
A permanent site for our museum is
under investigation and the new site will be
announced as soon as possible.


Editor must have by:

November 17, 1996


Gorgas Army Community Hospital is
scheduling a closure ceremony for 6 June 1997
as a result of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaty. If
interested in attending, you are welcome. Also
interested in seeking to invite past directors or
commanders to participate during historical
ceremony. If you have a way to contact them,
please share their names and addresses with us.
U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Panama
Unit 7139
APO AA 34004-5000
(507) 282-5665
FAX (507) 282-5911
MEDCOM ccMAIL: FtClayton,chIMD
For additional info, contact 2LT Drouillard
(507) 282-5323 or DSN (313) 282-3806


Due to the escalating interest in the new e-mail
craze, we have taken the hint from The Golden
Parrot, (BHS'43 Newsletter) to publish the following
e-mail addresses/ internet home pages that have

come our way.

John Rossetti
Janet Johnston
Jill Berger
Stacy (Parker)
Mitch Blanchette

Melinda Grimison

Susan Knapp Light

Web Site for Panama and CZ Tours
http:/ panama+ canal
Web Site for CZ High School/CZJC Grads Listings
America On Line

Margaret Briscoe Abele


Panama Canal Commission
http:\\\Pan canal\


Looking for all those who were
employed by Gorgas Hospital (does not include
Health Bureau). We would like your name,
address, telephone number, position at the
Hospital and dates of employment. This request
is to identify those who may be selected to be
included in the 1997 Reunion Luncheon
Please send your information to the
Secretary, Panama Canal Society office.

tcfQ tLE nt ti

Thomas L Matthews
Betty J. Blanchette
James P. Bradley
Frank M. Cambridge
Rolando A. Linares, Jr.
Rodolfo Madrid
Robert H. McConaughey
Ruperto A. Gordon
Michael Rhode, Jr.
A. Sonia Schack
Edmund S. Stallworth, Jr.
Coleen R. Thale
Mario I. Barboza
Royce D. Dunlap
Elwood S. Eckel III
Richard A. Gilman
Carey J. Goodwin, Jr.
Carlos E. Pinzon
Emita C. Rigby
James Roberts
Luz E. Sedda
James Wilkins
Robert L. Williams
Capt. Henry G. Ceely
Honor V. Herrera
Carmen M. Martino
Thomas S. Paradise
Richard N. Phillips
Wilford H. Smith


Budget Management Division
Occupational Health Division
Electrical Division
Maintenance Division
Safety Division
Canal Services Division
Locks Division
Locks Division
Off. of the Sec., Washington, D.C.
Pers. Operations Division
Electrical Division
Electrical Division
Facilities Mgmt. & Support Div.
Canal Services Division
Admeasurement Division
Facilities Mgmt. & Support Div.
Management Information Syst.
Traffic Mgmt. Division
Accounting Division
Canal Protection Division
Budget Management Division.
Canal Protection Division
Locks Division
Pilot Division
Accounting Division
Data Processing System Division
Safety Division
Maintenance Division
Safety Division

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28 years 00 months 13 days


On your mark, get set,

by Pvt.2 Kenneth K. Rockett
Tropic Times Sports Editor
DIABLO-The water is like a mirror, reflecting
the sun's brilliance, blinding vision and baking the
skin. Salt spray is scattered by the wind, cutting into
the eyes, the face. Weary muscles grind in a
continuous cycle, providing the force needed to
overcome the thick, watery resistance.
This has been going on for hours and there is
yet more before the day is through. It happens each
year. Some people have done it for many years and
will do it again. It's a challenge for all participants,
but most of all, it's a race.
Forty-four teams and almost 200 people took this
challenge and competed in the 43rd Annual Boy
Scouts of America, Panama Canal District Ocean to
Ocean Cayuco Race, held over three grueling days,
Friday through Sunday.
Records were set on several stretches of the race
by the co-ed boat Sudden Impact and the race's top
male finisher. Rapid Transit repeated last year's
victory and also broke the ocean-to-ocean overall
record of 1994 by more than two minutes.

Racing in male, female and co-ed categories in
both patch and trophy classes, participants ranged in
ages from 14 to over 60 and included people from
all over the spectrum, U.S. military members,
families, Panama Canal Commission employees,
Panamanians and more.
Reasons for racing were as varied as the racers
themselves. "It's a challenge and an opportunity," said
James L Tiffie of Canal Zone, the third place patch
boat finisher.
"There's probably eight different reasons," said
Carol Bryant, member of the eight-person crew of
the Slave Galley. "It's Panama, it's unique. I can say
I paddled from the Atlantic to the Pacific."
According to Slave Galley captain Denise
McLaughlin, her crew has been practicing on
weekends since Christmas. Other crews practiced
every day, some hadn't practiced at all.
Members of the Rapid Transit had practiced two
hours a day for the last two months. Team captain
Ryan A. Sweeney also said they ran every day and
were on a diet high in carbohydrates for extra
But sometimes it just comes down to "whoever
pulls harder" said Wayne M. Watkins of Rapid
There was plenty of hard pulling when the
cayucos began their journey at the Cristobal Yacht

Club for the first stretch of the race.
As the starting pistol fired, boats jumped forward
as the race officially commenced.
The first day was the shortest and was only a
taste of what was to come. Some had put down a
firm lead while other cayucos were separated by
mere tenths of a second.
The second day was what many consider the
more grueling stretch. Starting at Gatun, racers made
their way to Gamboa with the average travel time
well over three hours.
The third day was actually three races in one.
Teams had to race from Gamboa to the Pedro
Miguel Locks, then to the Miraflores Locks, and
finally to the finish line at Diablo.
"It was fantastic," said Bob H. Rupp of El Tuco
at the end of the race. Rupp participated in the
cayuco Race in 1962 and went this time with his
son. The other two members of El Tuco were also
father and son, making it the first time an all father-
and-son team had competed together. Another boat,
the Como Tu had a mother and daughter.
"What a great event. We really enjoyed it," said
Jerry Venteicher of the Slave Galley. Carol Bryant of
the Slave Galley also expressed her excitement with
having finished and stressed the great amount of
teamwork involved.
Bryant also said she made a lot of new friends
and a lot of credit goes to- those people who put
this event together.
Sunday night awards were given out at Curundu
Middle School. Although some received trophies and
medals, everyone received a special patch designed by
the previous year's teams. But for many, an award
wasn t needed. The thrill of personal accomplishment,
the bragging rights to say, "been there, done that"
and the memories of a lifetime, that was enough.

Former Governor Carter Dies

William Arnold
Carter, governor of the
former Canal Zone from
1960 to 1962, died of a
lung ailment on May 18,
.. ; 1996 at a hospital in
SVirginia. He was 88 years
t old.
S- Carter served as
governor for a short year
and a half. During that
time, he carried forward a
number of programs
begun by his predecessors.
A project to widen the
Maj.Gen. William A. CarterPanama Canal continued,
the Thatcher Ferry bridge
(now called the Bridge of the Americas) took shape,
the first of the new locks towing locomotives arrived,
three new towboats were ordered and plans were
made to convert the Canal's Marine Traffic Control
Center to an electronic operation. Under his
leadership, new methods of locks overhauls were
studied to reduce time lost while chambers were
drained for maintenance.
A very visible leader, Carter travelled widely
throughout Panama seeking to improve U.S. relations
with the Panamanian people and their leaders. A
group of Panamanian friends presented him with a
gold medal and hailed him as a "Friend of Panama."
In addition to his service to the Panama Canal,
he was a combat engineer in World War II and was
chief engineer of the II Corps in the Mediterranean
under Gen. Omar Bradley and chief engineer of the
1st Army for the Normandy invasion and European
campaign. Gen Carter earned a Distinguished Service
Medal. After retiring from active duty, was senior
engineering adviser of the Inter-American
Development Bank in Washington, D.C.
Panama Canal Commission
Press Release

Victor G. Canel dies in France

Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
Chairman Joe Reeder, center, presents a framed print
of a painting by well-known local artist Al Sprague to
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F. and his wife,
Teresa. The print, autographed by both U.S. President
Bill Clinton and Panama President Ernesto P6rez
Balladares, was presented in the name of the entire
Board, including former members during Guardia's
tenure as Administrator, at a dinner hosted by Reeder
at the Administrator's residence for the Administrator
and his wife, in recognition of many years of service to
the Canal organizatior(Photo by Armando de Gracia).

Victor G. Canel

Victor G. Canel,
former Director of Public
Affairs for the Panama
Canal Commission, died in
Chinon, France after a
brief illness.
In 1964 he was
hired by the Panama
Canal Office of Public
Affairs and in the course
of the next 17 years
Canal became Assistant
Director and then
Director of the Public
Affairs office. He retired
in 1981.
Please see "With
Deep Sorrow."

Panama Canal Commission
Press Release


1996 Chagres Invitational Golf
Annual Reunion Report Report

I would like to thank all of the committees who The Seventeenth Annual Chagres Invitational
worked to make the 1996 reunion a success. Several Golf Tournament was held on July 4, 1996, at the
chairpersons did an outstanding job. For example, Marriott World center Orlando, Florida. I arrived in
Muriel Whitman and Dorothy Pate stayed at the Orlando on Wednesday to find the golf course in
dance doors until after 11 p.m. Friday night to assist extremely good condition and the skies blue with no
our members with tickets. Pat Beall also stayed both hint of rain.
nights to sell additional dance tickets. He and 106 players showed up and thanks to our
Barbara Green put in many extra hours before and wonderful committee consisting of Betty Frassrand,
during the reunion. Beverly Wood, and Barbara Slover, headed by
Nancy VanSiclen worked beyond the call of duty Margot and Hubert Jordan, everything ran smoothly,
to help members secure rooms at the hotel. Margot making the tournament a success.
and Hubert Jordan should be congratulated for two Following the tournament, a buffet was held in
excellent dances and a very successful disco. Betty the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott hotel with 130
Malone again produced an outstanding luncheon with attending. Everyone missed Golf Chairperson Jane
specially made "Uncle Sams" for center pieces, as Huldtquist who missed the tournament due to illness.
well as miniature Panamanian and American flag All golfers signed a large plaque which was presented
sets. to Jane at the Rehabilitation center.
Everyone I talked to said this year's Vendors The luncheon tables were decorated in red, white
room was the best ever. Marje Foster should be and blue, commemorating the 4th of July, and 4th of
proud of herself for a job well done. Security during July hats were at each table as centerpieces. Every-
the reunion was supervised by Bob VanSiclen and one agreed the tables looked wonderful.
only a few small problems were reported. Jane 49 door prizes were given out. We thank the
Huldtquist made most of the arrangements for the generous people who donated the gifts, helping to
Golf Tournament before she became incapacitated, make the tournament such a success; Irene Will,
Margo and Hubert Jordan, with Jim and Barbara Olympia Spa, Alabama Peanut Producers, and Woody
Slover stepped forward and accomplished the Woodruff, who always comes through by getting
necessary arrangements for the completion of the donations from others to be presented at the
tournament and an impressive golf luncheon, luncheon. Each player has an excellent chance of
Tom Peterson supervised the necessary winning these donated prizes so be sure to join us
arrangements for fifteen different Class and Mini- next year.
Reunions and they all went on to enjoy their Our ladies champion was Margot Jordan shooting
respective reunions throughout the hotel. Pete Foster a 75 and Mike Smith was our man's champion, also
made sure that everyone using the official Society shooting a 75. The results of the tournament are as
travel agency, Bowen-Keppie Travel of Clearwater, follows:
were treated as VIP travelers. First Place Winners, Ladies Flight; Carol Berger,
Information/Hospitality, chaired by Pat Beall were 84; Flight A: Tom Nickisher, 77; Flight B: Jerry Lee,
in a great location and he and his volunteers were 79; Flight C: Ray Robberson, 77; Flight D: George
kept busy helping members and providing Society Downing, 77.
information. Muriel Whitman and Dorothy Pate Second Place Winners, Ladies Flight; Karen
chaired the Registration Committee which required a Mescall, 95; Flight A: Pat Smith, 80; Flight B: Bob
great deal of preparatory work, and they did an Askew, 80; Flight C: Hubert Jordan, 81; Flight D:
excellent job of seeing that all members had their Tom McGuinness, 78.
tickets and name cards. Muriel reported a total of Third Place Winners, Ladies Flight; Maggie
2114 members attending the reunion. Faith Brundage Windle, 96; Flight A: Jim Duffus, 81; Flight B: Tom
had approximately 50 members participating in Bingo. Frensley, 80; Flight C: John Arms, 81; Flight D: Jim
Lottery tickets were given as prizes. So far, I haven't Orvis, 83.
heard if we had a 6 million dollar winner. Paul Fourth Place winners, Ladies Flight: Sue Deakins,
Rozmeski had 5 volleyball teams signed up but due 98; Flight A: Stephan Falaska, 81; Flight B: Jess
to inclement weather, the games had to be canceled. Bryant, 80; Flight C: Butch Hope, 82; Flight D: Dick
The Despedida, held Sunday morning was a great Burgoon, 86.
hit with the Panamanian Folkloric Dancers and they Fifth Place Winners, Ladies Flight: Kay Pierce,
were enjoyed by all. Betty Snow is to be Flight A: Mark Deakins. Flight B: Craig Holiday.
congratulated for chairing this event. Flight C; Joe Wood. Flight D: Ron Angermuller
Margot Jordan will be the Reunion Coordinator Sixth Place Winners, Ladies Flight: Marguerite
for the 1997 Reunion next year on July 2-6, and I Zumbado. Flight A: Arthur Egger. Flight B: Gordan
know she plans to have another outstanding reunion. Sanders. Flight C: Billy Hatchett, Flight D: Jim
James J. O'Donnell Seventh Place Winners, Ladies Flight: Carolyn
1996 Reunion Coordinator Falaska. Fl e. light A: Tom Wilder. Flight B: John
Brigadier. Flight C: Charles Clark. Flight D: Ed

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1. L-R: Rick Deakins, Sue Deakins, Ann Richardson, Mark Deakins. 2. L-R: 1996 GOLF CHAMPIONS:
Margot Jordan (75), Mike Smith (75) No relation. 3. L-R: John Rathgeber Jr., Bob Askew, John
Rathgeber, Joe Hunt.

1. L-R: Ed Blount, Ralph Frangioni, Kay Pierce, Jerry Pierce. 2. Buddies meet again. L-R: Tom Nickisher,
Patrick Smith, Arthur Egger, Nikki Blaise. 3. L-R: Hugh Norris, Louis Reyes, Rolando Linares, Hubert

1st Place winners, L-R: Ray Robberson, George Downing, Jeriy Lee, Tom Nickisher, Carol Berger. 2nd
Place winners, L-R: Bob Askew, Pat Smith, Hubert Jordan, Karen Mescall, Tom McGuinness. 3rd Place
winners, L-R: Jim Duffus, Jim Orvis, John Arms, Maggie Windle, Tom Frensley.


4th Place winners, L-R: Dick Burgoon, Butch Hope, Stephen Falaska, Sue Deakins, J.D. Bryant. 5th Place
winners, L-R: Joe Wood, Craig Halliday, (not shown): Kay Pierce, Mark Deakins, Ron Angermuller. 6th
Place winners, L-R: Marguerite Zumbado, Gordon Sanders, Betty Frassrand (committee member), Arthur

Closest to the pin: Ladies Margot Jordan
Closest to the pin: Men Bob Berger
Jim Slover
Co-Chairperson, Chagres Invit. Golf Tournament

1996 Hotel Lodging Report

Let me begin by saying that the Panama Canal
Society signed a contract with the Marriott Orlando
World Center for a block of 800 rooms to
accommodate our members for the 1996 Reunion.
When the Society signs a contract of this size,
the Hotel gives us a cut-off date of a month before
the Reunion. This year, the cut-off date was June 2,
1996. After that date, the rooms that are not
assigned revert back to the hotel for their use.
Members must understand that after the cut-off
date, the hotel is not obligated to fill any more
rooms for our members at our contract price, which
was $89.00.
The Marriott Orlando World Center was
extremely cooperative, and this year we filled almost
200 rooms at the $89.00 rate, after the cut-off date
of June 2, 1996.
For those who were unable to obtain a room a
few days prior to the Reunion, since the hotel was
completely occupied, and to those who sent in their
forms after the cut-off date and were on a waiting
list, I would like to suggest the following:
If you cannot make definite plans during the
early part of the year, I suggest you submit your
Society Registration Form along with your
Registration Fee and your Hotel Reservation Form as
soon as the forms appear in the Canal Record.
You then have the opportunity to cancel your
hotel reservation, 72 hours in advance, with the hotel
if you become unable to attend. You will only lose
your Registration Fee which is non-refundable. In the
meantime you will know you have a room at our
contract price.
I hope you all enjoyed the Reunion and that
your accommodations were to your satisfaction. The
hotel did their best in placing members in connecting
rooms or nearby, for those who made such a
Remember, get your reservations in early for
1997. You can always cancel if your plans change.

Nancy Van Siclen
1996 Hotel Lodging Chairperson

1996 Registration Report

Happy to report that Registration at the 1996
Panama Canal Society Reunion was very successful
and everything went smoothly.
We would again like to thank our faithful
volunteers listed below for the wonderful job they
did. Without these great volunteers, Registration
would not have been successful.
Lucille Abernathy, Robert Adams, Janice Andino,
Lou Andino, Bitsy Atkinson, Nellree Berger, Emily
Brooks, Agnes Burns, Virgil Camby, Shirley Camby,
Marie Corrigan, Eula "Sugar" DiRoma, Rae
Donaldson, Marie Dube, Marion Greene, Michael
Greene, Jean Herbert, Carolyn Johnson, Lois Jones,
Lori King, Sheila LaBella, Mary Lou Lang, Pete
Lang, Al Maale, Joy Maale, Betty Malone, Patrice
Norris, Gemma O'Donnell, Albert Pate, Amparo Paul,
Harold Paul, Owen Smith, Betty Snow, John
Whitman, Dorothy Yocum, Ernest Yocum.
As of July 3, 1996, we had pre-registered 1,980
members and their families. At the Reunion, we
registered another 134 making a grand total of 2,114
registered. We also had 192 name badges that were
not picked up, and a number of tickets for different
affairs were not picked up.
Our special thanks to John Whitman who again
did a great job printing all the name badges and
helped stuff tickets in envelopes. John also set up
and removed our material for lock up at the end of
our day. His help was greatly appreciated.
It was a nice reunion and to our volunteers,
we thank you for a job well done.
Muriel Whitman and Dorothy Pate
1996 Registration Co-Chairpersons

1996 Luncheon Report

There were 445 tickets sold, four of which were
complimentary for the Guest Speakers. 405 lunches
were guaranteed prior to the Reunion.
The Hotel has billed us for the 405 lunches.
A Letter of Appreciation has been sent by me to
the Manager of Catering Services, Mr. Rick Galipault
reflecting the compliments received on the quality of
the food, service and kitchen staff.

Betty Malone
1996 Luncheon Chairperson

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Mini-Reunion Report

At the 1996 Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion, there were seven (7) high school class
reunions and five (5) other mini-reunions. The
Balboa High School Class of 1976 had an organized
trip to Panama early enough so that members of the
class could attend our annual reunion.
There were no difficulties with the hotel
concerning arrangements by the different reunions.
There was a misunderstanding concerning the
deduction of the deposit from the final bill of one of
the mini-reunions, however, the hotel was contacted
and the matter has been resolved satisfactorily.
The mini-reunions held are listed below:



of 1941 Gamboa Townsite
of 1946 Pedro Miguel Townsite
of 1956 Canal Zone Teachers
of 1966 Ham Radio Operators
of 1968 Panama Canal Masons
of 1976 Reunion
of 1986


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1996 Mini-Reunion Coordinator

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1991; Muriel Whitman, 1987-1988; Marjorie Foster, 1994-1995; Peter Foster, 1985-1986; Robert Johnson,
1995-1996. Front, L-R: Albert Pate, 1982-1983, Eugene Askew, 1974-1976; Ray (Bill) Wheeler, 1986-1987.

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1996 Vendors Report

A total of 25 members requested Vendor
application forms. 20 returned their applications and
there were five requests for a second table. Due to
other commitments, two cancelled resulting in a total
of 23 tables.
Although we had only 18 Vendors this year, the
quality and variety of merchandise available was
excellent. The vendors were extremely pleased with
the layout and size of rooms A through F of the
Crystal Ballroom. The expanse allowed them to
spread out with lots of room to display their
Members were able to shop in comfort, plenty of
room to stop and look at each table without being
The Hotel was very cooperative in assisting and
furnishing the Vendors with equipment to set up
their displays.
Although a CD player and some loose change
was taken either Saturday evening or Sunday
morning, there was no evidence that any of our
members were involved.
The Vendors were all courteous and pleasant to
work with and look forward to coming back in '97.
They generously donated prizes to be awarded as
door prizes at the Annual Business Meeting. On
behalf of the Society, we thank you again.

Marinrie I. Finter

Transportation Report

A total of 81 Society members made their 1996
Reunion Air Travel reservations through Bowen-
Keppie Travel. This was over twice as many
reservations made during last year's Reunion.
An Air Travel Drawing sponsored by the Official
Travel Agent was held at the Society's Annual
Business Meeting for those who made their
reservations through Bowen-Keppie's services. The
lucky winner, Mrs. Grace Hartley of Columbia, SC
received a check reimbursing her for the full amount
of her round trip travel from Bowen-Keppie Travel.
An advantage for members using Bowen-Keppie
Travel is that their air rate is monitored for
reductions from the time of their reservation to three
weeks before departure. This has resulted in many
members being reimbursed, some refunds as high as
$600 due to rate reductions. In addition, Bowen-
Keppie is not locked into a particular airline and will
select an air carrier with an air rate most beneficial
to the member.
The Executive Board appointed Bowen-Keppie
Travel as the Society's Official Travel Agency for
year round, full service. As a result, many members
have utilized the travel agency's services all during
the year and have been pleased.

Pete Foster
Transportation Chairperson

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Volunteers for Information/Hospitality were:
Manny Quintero, Betty Frassrand, Marcia Barrere,
John Hayes, Betty Malone, Sarah Cohen, Sheila
Bolke, Frank Matters, Tom and Barbara Peterson
and John Whitman, who did double duty.
Inasmuch as volunteers were not as numerous as
they have been in previous years, the Information
section was emphasized rather than Hospitality. It
was a good move as more information and assistance
was provided than what we did in sales, and I
recommend that it be called just Information in the
Our sales of license plates, decals and Canal
Records amounted to $465.00.
Our location could not have been better and we
were pleased about the amount of attention that
came our way. Most of our volunteers are veterans
of this committee, and they did an outstanding job
in helping and guiding members who needed
assistance. My thanks to all our volunteers; I was
proud of how they conducted business for the
Richard W. Beall
Chairperson, Information/Hospitality Committee

Ham Radio Reunion

The Third Annual Panama Canal Ham Radio
Reunion was held at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center with a no-host luncheon on Friday, July 5 at
1:00 p.m. All Ham operators and xyl's met in front
of the Panama Canal Society's Registration desks
then proceeded to the restaurant for lunch.
During the Panama Canal Reunion, several of
the Society members were on 2 meters, they
contacted one another on 146.55 simplex. During the
year Panama Canal Ham operators can find other X-
Canal Zone Ham operators every day except Sundays
on 7.295 at 9:15 a.m. EST.
The following attended the luncheon:
Darrell and Nancy Eide N7K00, Caleb and Erika
Wright WA2JJX, James J. O'Donnell KB4HMQ,
Ken and Alice Daly WB4LOV, Robert F.
Ausnehmer KB8CXV, Charles R. Salyer -
KC4ZRU, Ed Parker WA5YFA, Owen Smith -
WA3GNO, Lee and Marian Kariger WA6VYQ,
Bob Geddes WB6NPS, Wade Huffman KZ5WH,
and Carol Staude.
Anyone interested in participating in the next
Amateur Radio Reunion, please write or call one of
the Committee members below.

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

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

Alex "Slim" Reyes and David "Shorty" Steitz,
producers of "Life on Mango Street" compact disk.

Elected officers for 1996-1997: Back L-R: Paul
Rozmeski, Director; Faith Brundage, Director; Bob
Johnson, Past President. Front L-R: Margot
Jordan, 1st Vice President; James O'Donnell,
President; Tom Peterson, 2nd Vice President.

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1996 Security Report

All things considered, everything was pretty quiet
at the 1996 Reunion. In fact, I was not called by the
Hotel security staff at any time to respond to a
Upon checking with the Loss Prevention
Manager, he did state that some minor problems did
arise, such as turning over the plant urns. However,
the urns were not destroyed.

On Sunday morning there was a report of a
theft in the vendor's area. I did discuss this with the
Loss Prevention Manager on Monday, July 8th. He
does have a report on the matter and it is being
I will call the Loss Prevention Manager at some
future date, and will report back to the membership
any information I receive.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1996 Security Chairperson

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Dance and D.J. Report

Friday night we enjoyed Leroy Lewis and Charlie
Cooper and his Copra Band. Leroy added a few new
members and instruments to his band this year and
sounded better than ever. Father Frank and his
Paranda Band brought even the weary to the dance
floor on Saturday night and no one wanted to leave,
begging for more at 1:30 a.m. When Father Pretto
plays, the Panamanian/Zonian spirit truly comes alive.
This year we didn't allow smoking in the Ballroom
and everyone cooperated making it enjoyable for
All the tables were decorated with the Fourth of
July theme, such as Fourth of July hats, balloons,
confetti, weighted star sprays with balloons and star
dust. Thanks to my family and friends and committee
members, we were able to blow up 1,200 balloons
and set up the decorations on time. Special thanks
go to my children, Mike, Pat, Nancy, and Donna
Date Smith; my daughter-in-law, the Nickishers and
especially Bob and Maritza Bates who worked long
and hard to help us make the dance a success.
We held our first DJ Dance in an effort to offer
entertainment for our younger members during the
late hours (11:00-3:00 a.m.). The DJ dance was held
in the Anaheim, Atlanta and Boston Rooms,

decorated with mirrors and candles. I am sorry to
say that most of our members went to the
"Champions Bar" until 1:00 a.m. spending only two
hours with Jim Duckworth from the Associated
Entertainment Network of Orlando. A few members
under 18 enjoyed the DJ early in the evening while
their parents were attending the dances, and we were
happy to see them. We sold only 214 tickets this
year but know that next year, our members full
participation next year would help us support our
reunion. Comments received from the younger
generation were positive, so I hope everyone will get
behind us next year and make this dance a real
success. We have taken one giant step forward, let's
not slide back.

Tickets sold:
Panazonian Dance
Annual Ball



There were 953 members less than last year at the
dances. Remember that the sale of these tickets are
largely the sole support of your reunion.
Margot and Hubert Jordan
Co-Chairpersons, 1996 Dances

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last day of the Reunion. The Ballet Folklorico was
well received and the dancers in their traditional
Panamanian dress performed beautifully. Mrs. Josefa
Cummings explained the three types of polleras -
applique, cross stitch, and the embroidered designs -
the jewelry and hair ornaments called "tembleques."
The dance troupe was accompanied by tambores,
accordion, gourds and a singer. The music was so
exciting and rhythmic that a 2 year old girl was seen
dancing on the edge of the dance floor. Mrs. /
Cummings, the Folkloric Group Publicity
Representative, this may be a future dancer for your
Again the Society furnished the coffee and the
hotel sold sweet rolls, etc. This continental breakfast
was enjoyed by all while members said their
despedidas and expressed hope for Bienvenidos at
the 1997 reunion.
Outgoing President Robert L. Johnson being
Betty (Chan) Snow presented with a gift from President-elect James J.
Despedida Chairperson O'Donnell.

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Your Reporter Says ...


"BJ." and "Fritz" Frey of Tucson had the time of
their lives at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX, in
September 1995. Why not? After all, "their" team
(Navy) won 33-2. Then, after only a short stay back
in Tucson, they spent the three winter months at
their beach house in Kino Bay, Mexico.


On July 14, Harry and Lee Butz of Springdale
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. This was
also Lee's birthday. Joining them for the occasion
were family members, Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair
from Lawrenceville, GA; Peter and Janice Butz from
Sapulpa, OK; the oldest grandchild, Peter, Jr., his
wife April, and their two children from Tahlequah,
OK; and, as a planned surprise, Rickey Butz flew in
from Nevada to join them.
The family attended church together, and
following the service, Harry and Lee repeated their
wedding vows. After an anniversary dinner at the
Executive Inn, the family gathered at the Butzes'
home to continue their reunion celebration.

B.J. and "Fritz" Frey at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas,
September 1995.
Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox celebrated their
fiftieth wedding anniversary with friends, neighbors,
and relatives at a buffet supper on January 3, 1996,
in Tucson. Among the guests were Peggy Bradley,
Jane's childhood friend from Pedro Miguel, and
Danny's brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Helen
Cox, of Ontario, CA. Peggy lives in Tucson not far
from the Coxes, and also celebrated Jane's 1995
"Cinco de Mayo" birthday with them.


L-R: Peggy Bradley, Jane and Danny Cox, Jan. 3,
1996. Back to camera, Richard Cox, Danny's brother.
This summer the Coxes are spending ten days at
Topaz Lodge on Topaz Lake, Gardnerville, NV,
where they go every summer. While there they visit
with Danny's cousin, Margaret Cox Daries, and cruise
the gambling casinos with her.
Nancy Eide
(602) 577-7284

Harry and Lee Butz
Since this was near the time when the Olympics
were being held, the Clairs, who live near Atlanta,
presented the elder Butzes with a certificate stating
that a brick inscribed with their names would be
placed in the Centennial Olympic Park. The Clairs
left on the 19th to return to Georgia. They had
tickets to attend five of the Olympic events.
Joe and Marge Coffin of York, PA, visited Earl
and Maxine Wrenn in Springdale over the Fourth of
July, and spent a couple of weeks with them. Later,
over the July 28th weekend, the Wrenns' sons, Chris
from Tyler, TX, and Keith from Nashville, TN, and
their families visited the Wrenns and helped celebrate
Maxine's birthday.
In July, Gladys Maria York, daughter of Keith
York, Fayetteville, and her daughter, 12, and son, 15,
left Panama to relocate in Connecticut. She had been
employed as a computer programmer with the U.S.
Army on the Pacific side, but since this operation is
being phased out, she has taken a position with a
commercial firm.
The latter part of May, Jackie and Marcel
Werbrouck from Mishawaka, IN, spent a few days
with Jackie's mother, Frances Whitlock, in
Fayetteville, and then drove her to St. Louis to visit
her other daughter, Andrea Lee Collins. Later,
Andrea Lee and her daughter-in-law, Ginger Collins,
drove Frances back to Fayetteville and spent a few
days with her.
In May, Mary Condon had the pleasure of a visit
with Virginia Wilcox of Sequin, TX, who was in
Fayetteville visiting family. While she was here, her
son John from Colorado and his family came to

Fayetteville for a visit. Virginia's late husband, Tom
Wilcox, taught Spanish in the Canal Zone schools.
On June 29, Nancy Crooks Kettlinger, the elder
daughter of Minnie Burton, and her friend Edna
LaBrie of Tucson, AZ, came to Fayetteville to spend
two weeks with Minnie and Mike Burton. During
this time, Minnie's other daughter, Judy Crooks
Daily, renowned for her cooking skills, took time off
from work to prepare the noon meal each day. Part
of this time they were joined by Mike's son, Mike,
Jr., his wife Caroline who teaches at N.W. Arkansas
Community College in Rogers, and their daughters,
Tracey Jean who will be a senior at the U. of
Tennessee in Memphis this fall, and Mischele who
will be a sophomore at the University of Arkansas.
Mike, Jr. and Caroline live in Springdale. Minnie
expressed the thought that they felt singularly blessed
that their families could get together like this.
Carl and Petie traveled to Minnesota in June to
spend a couple of weeks with family and friends. In
the Minneapolis area, they visited their daughter and
son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough; their grandson Todd
and his'family, and a granddaughter Leslie. Another
grandson Webster is spending a few months on the
island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf on a special
assignment with British Air Ways. While in
Minneapolis, the Maedls visited Jim and Grace Pfau
at Covenant Manor. Jim was scheduled to sing in the
choir for the Billy Graham Crusade being held in
the Twin City area in June. They also visited Roscoe
and Kathleen Haining at their summer cottage on
Palmer Lake. In the Canal Zone, Roscoe had
worked as an administrator in the Silver City schools.
The Maedls went on to Sturgeon Lake, near Duluth,
to visit Marguerite Hauberg at her summer cottage.
Here they spent a lot of time looking at pictures and
reminiscing about their experiences together in
Panama. Both Marguerite and her late husband, Cliff,
had taught in the Canal Zone before making their
home in Northfield, MN.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


Our annual PCSSC "Business Meeting" was held
on March 3rd at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA.
Sixty-nine members were in attendance. After an
hour of socializing, President John Hanson called the
meeting to order. Members of the Orange County
Marine Color Guard demonstrated their precision
march and the presentation of the Colors.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Chaplain Warren
Wood, led a brief memorial service in remembrance

of departed members.
The following officers

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Newsletter Editor
Hospitality Secretary

Membership Secretary

were elected to serve in

Bartley "Bob" Wolfenstein
Dr. John Hanson
Delia Henderson
Eileen Petersen
Eileen (Cryan) Finken
Linda Reimann Morris
Stephanie Milburn
Evelyn Belanger Wood
Warren R. Wood

Our heartfelt thanks to Joan Ridge de
Grummond, who has served as President, Vice
President, Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and
Membership Secretary twice. Joan has resigned from
the limelight for awhile and plans to enjoy her many
hobbies--photo and CZ postcard collections, books,
stamps and travel. Joan will finally write her long-
planned autobiography.
Our guest speaker, Adrian "Kibby" Bouche, came
all the way from St. George, UT, to show his
exciting slides of the Canal during construction days
and later. His historical factoids and folksy
presentation were well received. We even elicited a
promise for a repeat performance.
Two of Hanson's Ministers, Priscilla Gorgas, the
Minister of Good Health, and Janet Laschinger, the
Minister of Bajun Humor, also participated in the
program. They were both interesting.
The lotteria and prizes were given out. Door
Prize was won by Bill Finken; Raffle prize was won
by Bud Rice; a book was won by Ed Rice; plastic
sign "Parking for Panamenos Only was won by Joan
de Grummond. Lottery winners were 1st prize, Helen
Crenshaw; 2nd prize and 3rd prize, Marion Rice.
Remember the West Coast Reunion at the Bahai
Hotel, San Diego, September 20-22. Golf,
camaraderie, dancing and lots of good friends plan
on coming.
John and Phyllis Magee and sister Susie Magee
Allen flew to Panama for a two-week visit in March.
In May, Anne Magee Severy, Susie Allen, and Phyllis
Magee took a trip to the Holy Land. They all
agreed it was a fascinating trip.
Susie Taylor Pitney had a chance to visit her
grandchild, Katy Oliva, in August.
Rob and Cristina Anderson are proud new
parents of Carly Grace born April 11, 1996.
A moving letter was received from Gary Irving.
It was a loving tribute to his mother Vera Grace
Irving, who died January 14, 1996, in Reston, VA.
We all miss Grace's wit and humor.

L-R: Catsy Taylor and high school friend Florence
Gibson meet Jim Roberts, star of "Gotta Sing, Gotta
Dance" at the Welk Theater in Escondido, Ca. Roberts
was with the Lawrence Welk group for 28 years.
Walter Sanford, Honolulu, HI, included a brief
update with his membership renewal. Walter
celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on February
18, 1996, to Billie June Payne.
Walter was born in Balboa, but by school age,
his family had moved to Cristobal, where he attended
grade school and later Cristobal High School. He left
CHS in late 1938, when his family moved to the
United States. He served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII, married Billie and raised a family of five
children. The Sanfords moved to Honolulu when they
both retired in 1995.
Bob Wolfenstein wants to thank all members of
the Society and friends for prayers, calls and cards
while interned at St. Jude's Hospital for three weeks.

He is home now and on the road to complete
Lettie and Eddie Moore spent sixteen days in
Italy in May. Bob and Linda Morris spent a week in
Chicago on business and pleasure in July. They did
all the tourist things gawking and walking, museums,
restaurants even saw "Damn Yankees" with Jerry
Lewis. They also spent time with son Charles and
grandson Carli visiting from Dallas, and Chicago
residents, Dan and Marnie Morris Hanesworth.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 453-3305



They've done it again. Mike and Marion Greene,
Sarasota, attended the Reunion for the 32nd
consecutive year. We appreciate and value their
loyalty in attending the annual reunion.
In July Margaret Martin was honored on her
80th birthday by a surprise party held at the home
of her daughter Elaine Smith of Clearwater.
Margaret's six children, their families, and her friends
enjoyed a delightful buffet.
Bob and Betty Olson Boyer had Juanita Borgis
Karst as their houseguest for ten days in mid-July.
Betty took Juanita as her guest to a Brown Bagger's
luncheon where Juanita enjoyed chatting with several
old Zonian friends. The Boyers entertained Juanita
and several of her Zonian friends who live in the
Tampa Bay area. Werner and Maxine (Juanita's
daughter) and two children flew in from their home
in Switzerland for a five-day visit with Juanita while
they all were houseguests of the Boyers. All these
houseguests left for Juanita's home in Houston.
The City Players sponsored by Clearwater Parks
and Recreation Department presented "Funny Girl"
at Ruth Eckerd Hall on August 2-4. Linda Woodruff
Weir, Clearwater, performed in this musical. It's
admirable that she continues her participation in
theatre and singing. She received a wealth of
experience in Bruce Quinn's theatre productions
while she grew up in the Canal Zone.
In August, Barbara Hickey Grinnell was off to
Boston to visit her sister Diane Irvine and her
family. While there she also visited with several
nursing school classmates. Her next visit was with
Joan McKenzie Kozar in Cape Cod then finally
home to Tampa.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769


On April 14, 1996, Jim Lovelady came to
Pensacola from Tallahassee to go on a deep-sea
fishing trip for monster cobia. It was an extremely
foggy day and very difficult to navigate in the choppy
Gulf waters. We managed to make it back safely and
even helped another boat home to safety. The fishing
was great, and we hooked into several large cobia.

William R. Drummond, Jr. and James Lovelady in
the early morning hours before deep sea fishing trip for
the monster Cobia.
In late July, Tom Boyle went to Boston, MA, to
visit his sisters Debbie and Carolynn and mother
Tina Boyle.
We held our first annual "Preunion" get-together
at the Holiday Inn's Coconut Bay. Everyone brought
their favorite covered dish or dessert. This time we
set up a table with historical information about the
Canal zone including old Canal Zone Reviews and
other articles from Panama. Hopefully, this will be an
ongoing project, and someone will want to be our local
Canal Zone historian at our gatherings here in Pensacola.
Ed Williams cooked up some great tasting yucca for
everybody; it was a smashing success and we just cannot
get enough of it. This time, Carlos Mattos helped out as
acting disc jockey. Another addition to this get-together
was a local artist who draws portraits. She set up her
drawing tools, and the first bold poser was Shane Vose.
We were happy to meet those that made it to our get-
together for the first time, and we want to thank
everyone for coming to the "Preunion" and making it a
great day. We hope to see you again.
Among those present were Rick Sears, Carolyn
(Rowley) Dillon, Maria Smith, Mireya Gray, Randy and
Denise Williams, Ismael and Tonita Mattos, Carlos
Mattos, Roberto Sobenis, Patrick Strickland, Linda Lee,
Gene Shumate, Olivia, Betsy, and Hengel Reina, Aura
Giese, Wayne and Violetta Gordon, Marcos Gordon,
Michale Gordon, Bea Sears, Raheem Abdual, Gaddis
and Byrle Wall, Mildred Hearne, Marilyn Nerod, Mark
and Carmela McGraw, Nivia, Mark, and Donald
Drummond, Jeniffer Shepard, Ed and Tina Williams,
Leslie Gillespie, Randy and Denise Williams, Rebeca
Joseph, Ted and Indiany Pabo, Dioveldis Stone, Jon and
Debbie Dedeaux, Barbara, Darla, Bobby, and Shane
Vose, Charles and Dorothy Lavallee, Rod Snyder from
Texas, Delia Rogers from Dothan, AL, Dorothy McNeil
from Panama, and myself.
We are planning our second annual Canal Zone
family picnic for Saturday, October 5, 1996, at the Naval
Live Oaks Gulf Island National Seashore recreational
park in Gulf Breeze, FL, next to the Santa Rosa Sound.
We will be barbecuing, boating, and kneeboarding. We
hope to see all Pacific and Atlantic siders in the area.
Moreover, if anyone would like to help us organize our
next get-together or share any news, please call me.

William R. Drummond, Jr.
(904) 435-5500


The annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
brought together many families and friends. An
especially happy time was shared with newlyweds,
Carlton and Elizabeth "Pam" (Sis Hayes) Horine of
California and Arizona, at a luncheon at the Crab
Trap in Palmetto, FL. 1934 CHS classmates Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr and Mayno Walker, Emily (Horine)
Brooks, Harry and Mary Egolf and Rick Nelson
attended the luncheon.
Mrs. Blanche (Mclntire) Hartman also had
several family visitors. Her sister, Mrs. Dora (Walker)
Chatburn of Salinas, Ecuador, came for a two-month
visit. While here they went with niece, Stella (Boggs)
DeMarr, to visit niece, Zona (Boggs) and Dr. Harry
Dowell in Jacksonville, FL, and Anita (Boggs) Collins
at Ft. Valley, GA. They visited Disney World and
the Fish Aquarium in Tampa, FL.
Additional guests included another niece, Frances
Ann (Thompson) Clinton, of Marietta, GA. She was
attending her BHS class reunion.
While in Sarasota they all visited with their
brother and uncle George, and Mayno Walker who
were unable to attend the Reunion.
Captain Drummond and Betty McNaughton have
had a busy winter season at Misty Creek. Son Drum
visited for Christmas and a few rounds of golf from
Austin, TX, where he is employed by Dell Computer
Co. The New Year brought Drummond's brother,
Alan, and wife Ann from Sandwich on Cape Cod. In
January, daughter Bonnie Jeanne, husband, eight-
year-old Brian and six-year-old Stacy escaped from
the snow and cold of Massachusetts for ten days of
sun, swimming in the pool and even a couple of
days at Disney World. March brought Captain James
and Sue (Inga Frier) Wallace from Kennebunk, ME,
for sun, golf and a relaxing ten days. While here,
Sue and Jim had visits with Captain and Mrs. Harry
Bentzen and Suzie Belzer. She and Jim's son, Kirk
Wallace, and his wife Karen came for overnight and
took Sue and Jim back to their home for another
ten days.
Gladys McLain had a houseful when her son and
daughter-in-law, Douglas and Cindy McLain, and
their three children arrived from Belgium for a
summer visit. They also attended the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando.
Doug was employed by DODDS as Band
Director at both Balboa and Cristobal High Schools
for several years before he was transferred by the
DoD to Europe and is presently Band Leader and
teacher at the NATO High School. One of the
highlights of his visit was meeting and reminiscing
with some of his former Canal Zone students at the
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed a two-week visit
with their daughter and family, Donald and Marjory
(Miller) Scheiwe, and daughter Melinda "Mindy" from
Monument, CO. They also spent a week in a time-
share apartment in Fort Lauderdale. Nellree Berger
of Signal Mountain, TN, spent several days with
Allen and Kay following the PC Reunion.
In July Louise Pustis' son, Steve Pustis and his
son Robert and daughters Brenna and Lyssa, arrived
from Bend, OR, for a two-week visit. They spent a
lot of time at the beach, the Ringling Museum and
on trips to Busch Gardens and Disney World.
George and Mayno Walker enjoyed having
their children Mickey W. Fitzgerald of New Smyrna
Beach, FL, Fred R. Walker of Corozal, R.P., Jeanne

W. Wagner of Eagle River, AK, and Carole W.
Miller of Tampa, FL, visit with them in May and
June. They planned special celebrations for Mothers
Day and Fathers Day and were fortunate to get a
family picture with all the children together. Coming
from such varied areas, it was a nice surprise.
In June Mary N. Orr had as her houseguests
her nephew and his wife, Joe and Sonia Orr with
their daughters Ashley and Shannon, of San Antonio,
TX. They spent the weekend in Sarasota so the
children could see their Aunt Mary before going to
Disney World.
Robert H. Orr of Luling, TX, came to
Sarasota early in July to spend several days with his
sister Mary and accompany her to the Reunion.
After twenty-four years of travel by motor
home, Fred and Beverly Ebdon have decided to hang
it up. While in Oregon, they transferred the motor
home to son Paul and returned home in the little
tow car.
Fred states they have owned six motor homes,
travelled across country twenty-six times, logged over
300,000 miles, and visited forty-six states and Canada.
They especially enjoyed their trips through
Canada. On some trips they were joined by friends
and family. Others, they travelled alone. Fred said its
sad giving up the motor home, but considering the
tremendous traffic buildup and the years added since
retiring, it "ain't" as easy as it used to be.
Bev said they returned home just in time to
help her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth (Moody) and
Peter Bollea, celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary. They are better known as Hulk Hogan's
Gladys Humphrey
(941) 955-1900


What a year we have had since my last
communication. Skip's Barbershop Quartet "Rare
Rendition" was hired to record a "Super Lube" radio
commercial. It aired for several weeks across the
northern part of Florida, southern Georgia and
Alabama. Then Skip, along with many other
barbershoppers from Tallahassee and the Jacksonville
"Big Orange" chorus, were invited to participate in
the Walt Disney Easter Parade at Disney World
which was nationally televised one week later. They
got very little sleep, but had a blast.
Then the quartet went to State competition in
Jacksonville, FL, in early May, along with his chorus,
S"The Capital Chordsman". His quartet placed 13th in
the State, while the Chorus tied for eighth place in
the Sunshine District. Not too shabby for the first
time up. They learned a lot, so that the next time
they will be better prepared for the rigors of
SPEBSQSA competition. On May 31 and June 1 of
this year "The Capital Chordsman" put on their
annual show in which they had the "Dapper Dans"
from Disney World as their guest quartet. One of
Skip's dreams came true by being allowed to sing
with them. As their show was a Disney theme, his
quartet chose to dress up as "Mickey Mouse" for the
first half. During the second half, they dressed up
in their black tuxes and they looked and sounded
sharp. Then to top it off last month, they were
asked to sing a few patriotic songs for the Olympic

torch ceremony and were introduced on the front
steps of the Capital building by Lt. Governor Buddy
Mackay. Skip is so involved in, and enjoys, his
Barbershop singing more than boating or flying (well
maybe not boating or flying) but at least it keeps
him busy and out of trouble.
On May 19th while on a surprise weekend visit
to St. Petersburg to celebrate my father Browne
Shircliffe's 80th birthday, Skip's mother Sara P.
Rowley passed away in her sleep at home.
After the PC Reunion, we had a very pleasant
visit from our nephew Kenneth Gerhart, who
graciously cleaned up and loaded several new
programs in our computer. He is such a genius when
it comes to computers. Ken and Skip took some time
for shooting at the gun range.
John Schmidt is at home and resting after his
double bypass surgery this past week. He said that
while in Europe earlier last month, he was having
chest pains but passed it off as just being exhausted.
Then while at the PC Reunion dance, he again had
the same pains. So he scheduled a stress test and
found he had a blockage, and immediately went for
surgery. He said to give his regards to all and that
he just needs rest now and to get his strength back.
Joe and Bev Wood, along with Burt and Carol
Mead, have bought lots next to each other and are
having houses built on the Killearn Golf Course.
They hope to move in by Thanksgiving, but most
probably around Christmas. Everyone is welcome, so
come on by.
Sharon Smith is going great guns with her real
estate business. She seems to be having more fun
than three barrels of monkeys. She can be seen
darting all over Tallahassee on any given day.
Sue Corrigan is working hard to earn a Mary
Kay pink cadillac. Just where she gets all her energy
is a mystery to me. Larry is playing golf with Joe
Wood, Burt Mead, Jim Givens, and Mike Smith, and
any other Zonians they can find. It seems that
Tallahassee is being discovered as a new retirement
community for ex-Zonians. I heard through the
grapevine that Ed and Carrie McIlvaine just bought
a new house here and will be coming up next year,
and that Rick and Sherry Williams are also going to
settle here.
As for me, when I'm not working my forty
hours a week, or not traveling with Skip, I am as
busy as ever singing with "Southern Blend", the local
chapter of Sweet Adelines which we just chartered a
month ago so we have really been excited about that.
Now that we have some new Zonians in
Tallahassee, I hope that it means that we can have
more news to report, other than what happens in the
Rowley clan. So please call me up or send the
information by mail. Let's make a better effort for
the next issue.

Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151


Most of my family attended the 1996 Panama
Canal Reunion and saw many friends once again.
Phyllis and John Magee were there and they both
looked wonderful. Said they love retirement on the
West Coast. Also saw Andy Frazier, formerly from
the Atlantic side, who looked great, so took a photo
of him along with my brother Skip.

Andy Frazier and "Skip" Rowley, Orlando, July 1996.
Al Graham sent me a photo showing him
receiving a medal from the Macon Convention and
Visitors Bureau. Al said it was a "proud day". He
also said that Leo and Grace Shadeck spent a great
weekend with him and his wife visiting the Robins
Air Force Base Museum. He highly recommends
visitors in the area to visit that Museum. They also
went to Juliette, GA, to see the location of the
filming of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes", and a
good time was had by all. Al says that his daughter
Gigi is teaching horseback riding at the local Girl
Scout camp, and his wife Marietta is still working as
a Home Health Nurse Supervisor. They see Regina
Mullins pretty regularly (she is Moon Mullins'
daughter), and she is excited about her BHS class
reunion at the next PC Reunion.


Al Graham receiving a medal from Larry Justice,
Macon, GA City Commissioner, with Heidi Brau,
General Manager of Macon Courtyard by Marriott, and
the Chairlady of the Visitor's Bureau, July 1996.
Spoke to Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn and she told me
she returned from a two-week trip to Panama in
June, where she spent part of the time with her
cousin Abdiel Flynn and his wife Pat. She loved
being back in Panama, said that Abdiel and Pat were
wonderful "hosts", and is looking forward to another
trip down there as soon as possible. She also said
that by wearing a mola shirt to the Olympic Village
here in Atlanta she ran into two people from the
Canal Zone. Sissy is looking forward to hosting Mary
Ellen and Larry Horine during the Olympics,
Apparently she was able to get some great tickets to
popular venues, so I was envious. Especially the
gymnastic tickets.
When I returned from the PC Reunion, I
learned from Lester Smith that his brother Jack, age
43, had died unexpectedly on July 2. Lester and
Andrea (Byrd) Smith had both been in Seattle, WA,
on a mini-vacation when they received the word, and
had to cut their trip short to fly to Jack's home in
Houston, TX.

John and Phyllis Magee at Panama Canal Reunion,
Orlando, July 1996.
On the brighter side of my news, the Olympics
are now jn full swing here in Atlanta, and, although
I am not attending any of the venues, everything
seems to be going well and the opening ceremonies
were beautiful. I especially enjoyed them in the air-
conditioned comfort of my living room.
On September 12th, I shall be heading out for
Europe for a month's vacation with two of my
friends, Judy Baerg and Sidney George. While there
we plan on traveling to Rome, Florence, Assisi, and
Venice, Italy, and then on to Vienna, Austria, to
visit with Sigi and Tony Espino who are currently
residing in Vienna. After that I will go by Eurorail
to Heidelberg, Germany, to visit with my sister
Dorothy and her husband Jim.
Well, till next time.
June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


The long-anticipated visit to Hawaii of my
brother Bill and Thelma (Leignadier) De La Mater
finally occurred, to the delight also of my daughter
Katya, who came from Big Island where she is now
living. My son Paul Bates and Becky unfortunately
were away on a trip. Bill and Thelma arrived laden
with lovely Panama gifts, as well as a fascinating
itinerary for their two months' travel through SE
Asia and Polynesia. In Beijing, China, they visited
her son Paul Conover and his wife Maruca and
baby, and Bill visited areas where he had been
stationed in China while a young lad in the First
Marines during WWII. I'm sure Bill was grieved to
be leaving here just before my move to a smaller
apartment, unable to help (Apt. 302, same address).
A chore, after 21 years.
So happy to report that in April my son Paul
and Rebecca Dixon were married, after a brief
courtship of about 17 years. The ceremony was
performed at Lake Tahoe, in a park on a bridge
over a steam in a snowstorm. Becky is Director of
Personnel at the East-West Center of the UH.
Another happy surprise for me was the visit of
my double first cousin Jacque and husband Rush
Williams of Monrovia, CA. Jacque is the daughter of
the late Bob and Ann Worsley of Balboa. The
Williamses had a beachy time staying in the Kihei,
Maui beach condito belonging to her sister Roberta

and Stan Richards. We had a wonderful talk time,
partly at the Warriors Lounge of the Hale Koa
Hotel, among friends.

Paul and Rebecca Dixon Bates at Lake Tahoe

Paul and Rebecca Dixon Bates at Lake Tahoe

Jacque (Worsley) Williams and husband Ruslh
Williams visiting Honolulu.
My lifelong pal from Cristobal days, Jean Walsh
Kaufman and her husband Willie had a cruise to
Panama and some Caribbean stops with their
daughter Christina. A nostalgic taxi ride to all the
old residences and haunts in Colon and Cristobal was
a startling experience, after perhaps 50 years, but
lovely Christ-Church-by-the-Sea was well preserved.
My family lived in the adjacent old French quarters
in the '20s. My brother Billy D claims that our De
La Mater family has held the same post office box
in Balboa longer than any other probably from
1931 to date.

Bill Brophy, center, with Honolulu's Mayor Jeremy
and wife Ramona all nicely lei-ed.


Bill Brophy of Panama City origins (the best
known Panamanian in Honolulu of my acquaintance)
has been given an award in recognition of his varied
contributions toward economic development,
community awareness, and education of the Hispanic
community of the State of Hawaii and City and
County of Honolulu. Mayor Jeremy Harris made the
presentation. Also, Bill organizes Hispanic parties at
Rumours in the Ala Moana Hotel, and is co-
coordinator of the annual Hawaii Hispanic Heritage
Festival in Kapiolani Park on October 15, 1996--a
big affair of a fair with all-day events, entertainment,
ethnic foods, displays and much salsa (all kinds).
Bill tells me it's possible in Hawaii to tap into the
local Panama newspapers, Tourist Bureau and Free
Zone administration with one's computer. His mother,
Gladys Altamirando, recently moved back to Panama
from Florida (a friend of my sister-in-law, Thelma
De La Mater).
S. i Freddy Dietz came by
J to visit when his ship was
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Freddy Dietz

UOCKeU a real Harbor, a
tanker delivering JP5 to
Navy vessels for the
Rimpac exercise forces of
many countries. He visited
Panama during Carnaval
(as always) and had a
frolicsome good time at
Las Tablas, where among
other things he was in
charge of the fireworks
committee. He lent me
three video tapes of the
Carnaval's colorful

madness at both Rio de Janeiro and Panama -
Norbert Enos, of the VFW here, left phone
messages when he returned from a visit to Panama
and working with Billy D. The Department
Commander of the VFW said Norbert, as their Chief
of Staff, is his No. 1 man, and that Norbert is now
on a cruise to Alaska.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


L-R: Olga (Johnston) Conley, Louis Griffith, Phillipa
Privett, Abigail Jean Griffith, Susan (Ball) Griffith.

Louis J. Griffith, who lives in Ft. Wayne, IN,
wrote to say that he, his wife Susan (Ball) Griffith,
and their daughter Abigail Jean Griffith had a great
Spring trip to Atlanta to visit his mother Olga
(Johnston) Conley, Roger Conley and friends. They
enjoyed delicious Panamanian food at the home of
Phillipa and Garland Privett in Griffin, GA.
Ruby "Kitty" Robinson of Franklin, IN, and her
husband "Frosty" wrote that Donald Humphrey, a
long-time neighbr from Panama, had stopped by for
a visit. Kitty's brother Eddie and his wife Janet from
Louisville, KY, came for a visit at the same time.
Everyone enjoyed the visit and talking over the good
times back home. Kitty said it was good to see
Donald again.
William and Geraldine Ward of Trafalgar, IN,
report that they spent another wonderful winter in
Tucson, AZ, in the Rincon Country RV Resort
where they now have a permanent domicile. They
returned to the farm in Indiana on May 1st. They
then went in their travel trailer to Naples, FL, to see
their latest great-grandchild Trevor who is their
fourth great-grandchild. Of course, it was also great
seeing their grandson Shane and his wife Alethea. On
the way back from Florida, William and Geraldine
stopped in Carthage, NC, to visit their good friends,
Gene and Faye Hamlin. Gene had just gotten out of
the hospital after gall bladder surgery, Faye was
recovering from a broken hip, and Faye's sister
Annie Margaret was convalescing from a shoulder
replacement. William and Geraldine had arrived at a
time when their friends could use a little help--so
they stayed for ten days before they had to leave to
return to Indiana. Before they left, some more
friends, Bob and Jean Wainio, came by for a visit
and it was good to see them and talk over old

L-R: Ruth (Wood) Lyon, Shirley (Crews) Finlason,
John Finlason.

Claud and Ruth Lyon of Charlestown, IN, were
visited by Ruth's cousin, John Finlason and his wife
Shirley. John and Shirley live in Sun City, CA. They
had been to the PCSOF Reunion and to a reunion
of a church they used to attend in the Canal Zone.
That reunion was held in North Carolina. The four
of them enjoyed six days together and did a lot of

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


George and Chizuko Austerfield are new
members in Shreveport and sent in a picture and
story about an old steam engine used in Canal
construction days. Their daughter Sherry graduated
from BHS and was a crew member aboard the Chief
Aptkisic sailboat when it sailed from the Zone to the
States for the 1976 parade of tall ships. Sherry was in the
first all-girl crew to race a cayuco from the Atlantic to
the Pacific. The four girls were among the winners who
completed the race. George writes that all their children
are proud of having lived in the Canal Zone for more
than seven years and have friends all over the country.
They especially remember all the good times at Mrs.
Francis Graham's beach house at Playa Grande, not far
from El Valle. The Austerfields were bottle collectors,
treasure hunters, and George volunteered on the Friends
Hot Line.
Barbara Barnickel, Leesville, served her seventh
term on the state student council leadership workshop
staff held at Nicholis State University in June, after which
she took student delegates to Fort Meade High School in
Florida for the National Student Council convention.
Earlier in June she was promoted to assistant principal at
Pickering High School, Leesville, and will take a
sabbatical next spring to continue working on a specialist
degree in educational administration at McNeese State

commissioner for the Port of Wichita, Dean signed
Lucienne, his wife, on board the USMMV WWII
memorial since she still has her librarian seaman's
papers. Dean is recovering nicely from left knee
replacement surgery and the Bruchs are looking forward
to the Gulf Coast picnic October 5th.
John Gough Sr. of Marrero reports that his grandson
John III has returned from Korea and, after spending a
month on leave with his wife Bridgitte and their sons,
Justin, 7, and Andrew, 18 months, has been stationed in
Fort Carson, CO. John Sr. had them over for dinner
several times and they were joined by John's son Bill
(BHS'67) and his sisters-in-law, Beryl and Isabel Breaux.
John Sr. enjoys time spent mentoring neighborhood
schoolchildren to improve their grades and spark their
interest in school subjects and science projects. Andrew
Baggett, science teacher at Worley Junior High,
Westwego, sent him a letter of appreciation and gratitude
for his work with students, saying students need role
models and wishing there were more like John in
David Warren, New Orleans, is looking forward to a
visit from his parents, Gret and Bill Warren, of New Port

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Capt. and Mrs. Dean Bruch at
Memorial in Wichita, Kansas.

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the Merchant Marine

Capt. and Mrs. Dean Bruch attended the U.S.
Merchant Marine Veterans World War II Memorial
dedication in Wichita, KS, in May, where the Merchant
Marines and the U.S. Navy Guards who provided them
armed escort were recognized. Dean, who was born and
reared in Kansas and graduated from the USMM
Academy, Kings Point, NY, was keynote speaker for the
reunion banquet. The volunteer Merchant Marine cargo
fleet transported 92 percent of ammunition, weapons and
supplies used on American fighting fronts in the North
Atlantic, North Africa, Italy, Normandy, Philippines,
Okinawa and elsewhere. Its casualty rate was grim -- one
of every 2.3 died or was injured which is only 1 percent
below the Marine Corps rate; 866 ships were sunk or
damaged, 142 died including 10 from Kansas, 609 were
taken prisoner, 54 of whom died in prison camps. At the
dedication each surviving vet received his long-awaited
military discharge papers. On a lighter note, as shipping

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Now that our loyal BHS'52 class secretary, Ginny
Selby Entrekin, has retired from teaching math at
the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg,
she has taken up a "few" new endeavors. She enjoys
spending time at the Institute for Wellness and
Sports Medicine doing aerobics and swimming. She
says starting piano lessons has helped keep the brain
from turning to mush. Jay Troup and Louie Celerier,
BHS'51, have contacted her suggesting a joint
reunion in 1997. Looks like BHS'49, '50, '51 and '52
may be headed for Florida next summer. What do
you think? Ginny and Jay would appreciate any
thoughts you may have on this idea.

As we go to press, Penny Catron Lotterhos and
husband Joe of Clinton, are planning to meet their
son, Ed, in Norfolk, VA, when Ed's ship, the USS
Samuel B. Roberts, arrives following a six-month
deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. Ed left an
ensign and is now a Lt(jg) wearing a SWO (surface
warfare officer) pin. Since her mother's death in
June, Penny has been helping her mother's Scottie,
Maggie, adjust to life in the Lotterhos household. No
doubt Maggie is doing her part to relieve Penny's
grief too. Raggedy Ann and Andy hope to see
Maggie and Penny at the Gulf Coast picnic October
Meanwhile, down on the farm, the weather is not
good for raising crops and the animals have eaten up
practically everything that comes out of the ground,
including the growing ends off a long row of
cantaloupes. So, Gerda and Owen Smith may move
to a new place up in East Fork near Gerry Clower.
They had a good time at the reunion, especially with
the Class of '46. Owen saw a lot of people he knew
in Cocoli in the early 1940s. They went to Florida
ahead of time so they could visit Owen's brother in
DeFuniak Springs, the Paulsons in Tallahassee and
Owen's daughter, Carol Leigh and her family, before
the Reunion. One of Owen's favorite pastimes
continues to be his computer. He's on the Internet
now; E-mail address is
Shirley Zemer Swenson of Picayune is planning
a move to Wilmington, NC, this fall. She's bought a
townhouse near UNC-Wilmington and is fifteen
minutes from the Atlantic and fifteen minutes from
historic downtown Wilmington on Cape Fear River.
Shirley was delighted to hear recently from early
childhood CZ friend, Jayne Armstrong, who lives
with her family in Nassau Bay, TX. Jayne left Balboa
in 1942 and moved to Ohio. She sent Shirley
pictures of the two of them taken at Farfan Beach
and in Shirley's yard on Barnaby Street. How's that
for a voice from the past!
Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Son Jim and wife Sherry (Anderson) Bradley
visited in May and took one dog home with them to
Albuquerque, NM. Since then Jim and Sherry have
moved to Savannah, GA; just about the same time
brother, Mike, and wife Kim transferred out west.
Pat Fraser spent three weeks in April on a
marvelous tour to Egypt. She flew into Greece and
then on to Cairo. Although the pyramids and the
Sphinx were fabulous, she enjoyed her trip down the
Nile the most. Pat is still wearing her traveling shoes
as she and daughter Sherri went to Panama in June
to attend the wedding of 'Turito" Sherry and
Tamara Matheney.
Mary and Paul Schulte visited with Pat and Jack
Hunt after Easter. They were on their way back to
Minnesota after visiting daughter Jennifer (BHS'91)
in Guatemala. Jennifer has been in Guatemala for a
year working as a volunteer with The Godchild
Project, a Catholic medical/mission service. She
returned to Minnesota in May and will enter medical
school in the fall. Mary and Paul were in Guatemala

during Holy Week and said the celebrations there
are unlike any they have ever seen. There is no way
to adequately describe the making of huge colorful
carpets by the natives for the Holy Week parades,
but if you ever have a chance to go at that time of
year it would be well worth your while. On their way
to and from Guatemala, Mary and Paul visited with
several former teachers, Tom and Deanna Ames of
Tulsa, OK; Frank and Bess Martin in Gulfport, MS;
and Bill Trycinski, who retired from Los Rios
Elementary in December 1995. Bill lives in Haines
City, FL. They also visited with George and Elsa
Vass in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Elsa was a teacher and
George worked with Customs. Mary and Paul and
the Hunts had lunch with Marlene and Len Urbach
at their home in Arden, NC. Marlene was a teacher
at Balboa Elementary and Len was an engineer at
the Admin Building. The Urbachs spend a lot of
time on the road, also. They recently went to Boston
to attend daughter Julie's (BHS'85) graduation and
to New Orleans to celebrate the arrival of a new
grandson, John Mark, born to son Mark and wife
Lynn. They also made a quick trip to Minnesota and
stopped to visit daughter Anita and family in their
new home in Lexington, KY.
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Marlene and Leonard Urbach, Mary and Paul
Schulte, and Pat and Jack Hunt at the Urbach's
Malcolm and Jean Stone toured the United
States via Amtrak during the month of July. They
headed first to the Shrine Convention in New
Orleans, then traveled along the Southern route to
California and back along the Northern route home.
They had a great trip but unfortunately missed the
annual picnic which was held July 20th. Quite a
number of folks attended, including Tom and
Barbara (Dombrowsky) Hanna, who made the trip
from Asheboro, not only to attend the picnic but to
visit with Barb's mom, Jean. Jean attended the
Orlando Reunion and saw several old Pedro Miguel
friends at their gathering. She experienced a
potentially disastrous incident at the hotel when she
lost her tote bag, containing her wallet, airline
tickets, jewelry and camera, among other items.
Luckily someone, and she has no idea who, turned
the bag in to the hotel desk with everything in it. A
very heartfelt thanks from Jean to the good
samaritan who found the bag. It is so nice to hear
about something good happening for a change.

West North Carolina Society Meeting, April, 1996. Bidding farewell to Betty Quintero and welcoming Jim
and Diane Bradley and Nicki and Tye Erickson.

In April we had our Spring luncheon meeting
and it was with great sadness that we said goodbye
to Betty Quintero, who was moving to Maryland to
live with her daughter Beth. Betty has been a long-
time resident of Hendersonville and we will miss her.
However, in losing one friend and member we gained
a couple more, Jim and Diane Bradley arrived just
before Easter to settle permanently into their new
home in Hendersonville. Jim retired from the
Electrical Division with, I think, at least 100 years of
service and Diane with a few less from the Army.
Their trek from Panama in March with, among other
things, three dogs and a five-year supply of fish,
shrimp and caramanoles, is a story in itself. Suffice
it to say that Miami International won't forget them
for awhile.
I understand the reunion was a great success and
I am sorry to have missed it. Jack and I had gone
to Ft. Lauderdale to attend the wedding of Mark
Baker to Dawn Brinnegar on June 1st, and visited
with several good friends and relatives on the way
down and back. It took a month to get back to
North Carolina so we couldn't turn around and go
down again. Jack missed his 50th class reunion, which
was a huge success. Kudos to Charlie Norris for all
his hard work in organizing that reunion.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny had their usual steady
flow of visitors this summer. Marge and Jack Ruoff
stopped on their way to or from Atlanta in early
June. They had been golfing, I believe, in Virginia
and visiting with friends there. Tony and "Sigi"
Espino were also here from Vienna, Austria, where
Tony is presently the Director of Finance for the
United Nations, Atomic Energy Project.
One final note, Bob and Fran Morrissey from
Merritt Island, FL, stopped for a couple of days to
visit Jim and Diane Bradley. Unfortunately, they were
not here long enough to see much. Diane and Jim
had to make a quick trip to Florida to see Jim's
mom, who had fallen and broken some bones. On
their way south, they stopped to visit Richard and
Olga Phillips in Conyers, GA. Richard retired
recently from the Maintenance Division.
That's it from Western North Carolina till next
Pat Hunt
(704) 696-3995


Kudos to Dr. Gus A. Mellander (BHS'52), Dean
of the Graduate School of Education at George
Mason University in Virginia, who recently received
the highest overall performance rating for his position
in the annual review by the Faculty Senate. The
highest rating for any of the specified areas for the
Dean of the Graduate School of Education, with
90.5% rating, his performance in fiscal management
was excellent.
Anne and Jack Rocker were down from Alaska
in May and had a get-together at Jim and Noralee
Shobe's home in Bellingham, WA. Also present were
Jim and Mary Young of Camano Island, who left
later to attend the Panama Canal Society reunion in
Florida. The Shobes and Dan and Pat Nellis from
Sequim, WA, were all scheduled to travel to Alaska
in their RV's in June and were hoping to locate Ted
Paine (ex-Atlantic sider) and his gold-mining
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Anne and Jack Rocker, Jim and Noralee Shobe, with
Jim and Mary Young at the Shobe's home in
Bellingham, Washington, May 1996.

Received a surprise phone call from former
schoolmate Elaine (Clark) Cook (BHS'53) on
Memorial Day. Now a retired school teacher, she
and her husband, Dr. Warren Cook, have been
tripping around the country, including San Diego and
San Francisco and were due to arrive the next day.
We greeted them at the airport, checked them into
a hotel and enjoyed a light dinner at the Cuter's
Restaurant by the Pike Place Market. The next day,

after a quick tour of the town, took them to our
home in Edmonds where we viewed a video on the
state and reminisced. Found that we just missed each
other in East Lansing, MI (MSU) and each had a
son born in the same hospital there. Enjoyed dinner
at Anthony's Beach Cafe at the Edmonds Yacht
Basin, and returned them to their hotel. They were
going to Canada before returning home to Ocala,
FL. Elaine later wrote that a close friend, Vaniece
Roberts (CZJC'55) moved to Seattle in June where
she will stay for a year on a trial basis. I contacted
"Niecy" and she will try to attend the NW Reunion

Warren and Elaine (Clark) Cook, and Henry and Pat
Cruz at Anthony's Beach Cafe at Edmond's yacht
basin, May 1996.
Luis Celerier (BHS'51) wrote that both he and
his wife Etheleen have retired in Longview. TX, after
forty years as advertising and sales manager for an
oil field equipment manufacturer. He's trying to
locate old friends and perhaps publish a small
directory, possibly leading to a reunion. His cousin,
David "Toti" Azcarraga, lives in Vancouver, WA, and
I've contacted him about our reunion.
Jay Troup (BHS'51) of Myrtle Beach, SC, has
sent a flyer stating he is compiling a directory of
names and addresses of classmates in the '49 through
'52 years for a possible reunion in 1997.
Marti Lohr, Sequim, WA, sent a letter saying to
be sure to stop at PEAK'S PUB in Port Angeles.
Owners Andy Peake (BHS) and wife Laurel feature
micro-brew beers and homemade lunches. Best time
to catch him are lunch hours and evenings.
Marty and Bev Hoffman enjoyed a visit from son
Scott (CHS'88) in May. Scott is a 2nd. Lt. at
Whiteman AFB, MO. Marty retired in 1995 as
principal of Cristobal High School. Golf occupies his
free time and he enjoys singing with the Straitmen
Barber Shop Chorus. Bev, an English teacher at
CHS, is busy learning the flora around their home.
Because of the strong winds, the Canadian
Swiftsure Race became the fastest in history. Paul
Baker (CHS'75) was aboard the Caseopia which won
the race. Neil Lohr was fourth in their class aboard
the Handiman.
Marti Lohr hosted their annual Indy 500 party
and joining the party were Floyd and Bev Baker,
Cecil and Donna Caudill, Jim and Noralee Shobe,
Dan and Pat Nellis, Jim and Sherry Hansen, Andy
and Laurel Peake, Marty and Bev Hoffman.
On a recent trip to the Northwest, Tom Halvosa
of Lawrenceville, GA, covered more territory in 7
days than most of us see in months. Neil Lohr's
home in Anacortes, WA, was central base. The San
Juan Islands in a small boat, the Whistler Ski Resort
in Vancouver, BC, a trip over the North Cascades
highway, Baker Lake, Olympic Peninsula, Cape
Flattery, a night ferry to Seattle for a front-row seat

for the 4th of July fireworks, a circle tour of Mt.
Rainier, and a glacier hike--all before returning to
Atlanta for the Olympics.
Timothy N. Lasher, just retired, enjoys days on
the golf course and at trap shoots. A CHS graduate,
he became a machinist apprentice; served in the
Navy during the Vietnam conflict; resumed civilian
status and transferred to McNary Dam, then
reassigned to Lower Granite Dam, retiring with over
33 years of service.
Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947


Atlantic Side

Wallace Teal and Janet Johnston were informed
that the traditional Ft. Sherman Easter Sunrise
Service was not to be in existence this year. Wallace
decided to do something positive. He started by
borrowing the enormous cross from the Atlantic
Army DEH Office and erecting it across from the
Gatun Fire Station, in the field overlooking the lake.
He lit it with spotlights all night throughout the
week. On Easter morning, Teal's wife, Janet got the
fire fighters to help decorate the cross. They draped
purple satin around the cross pieces of it and where
the two sections crossed, attached peach colored
lilies. Dark red bougainvillea was placed in a large
vase at the base of the cross, and a crown of thorns
hung on the top.
The people started arriving quite early and there
were 45 in all. The minister, Sgt. Lester Hayes, gave
an inspiring sermon. After the service, everyone
enjoyed donuts, coffee and juice at a reception
hosted by the fire fighters in the Fire Station. It was
a lovely Easter and since the cross has remained in
Teal's possession so far, it appears that it might
become a Gatun tradition.


Gayle's Gang and Capt. John Carey on his Hotel
California. L-R: John Carey, Sylvia Landrum, Janet
Johnstone, Gayle Rankin, Joan Newell, Mary
Blennerhassett, Linda Mazerolle, Coral Adema.
Gayle's Gang in still going strong. Sue Stabler,
Sylvia Landrum, Janet Rigby, Sandy Pace, Karen
Hillar, and Betsy Inig, are some of the old friends
who's company we've enjoyed.

Just as we finished Tita's Dunlap's tour with a
day at Pifia, we'll say good-bye to Coral Adema with
a day at Isla Grade.
C.M. Landrum and J. Laatz have given new
meaning to "ASKA" as they joined the Coast Guard
together under the buddy system. They are slated to
continue to train together and eventually, after
completing basic training, the dynamic duo will be
stationed at Grand Isle, LA.
The 4th of July brought a fish fry at the Gatun
Yacht Club put on by Camille (Maz) Mazerolle who
was assisted by Sid Coffin. Maz's fried fish was as
good as his ceviche, and that's really saying
Seen back visiting are some Herrings, some
Stablers, and some Doubek kids. Joey Plaisance, who
is now a teenager, was back from the States for the
Davis Landing has been rejuvenated by a new
dock and boat house. Those who caught snook,
should take a look.
Fort Espinar (Gulick) is mind boggling to those
who knew it before. Every blade of grass is cut and
it is spotless. The large houses in the very back have
undergone a transformation by the private owners.
Any day, you see people making improvements. The
colors of the houses make it look like Key West
with pale pastels trimmed in white.
Those who have inquired into Billy Rankin's
health after his recent heart attack will be glad to
know that he is doing fine, and continues to jog and
play golf, which is just what the doctor ordered.
Margarita school complex is a busy place. La
Salle School not only uses every inch of space, they
are building more to contain their overflow of
Coral and Eric Adema are retiring to Kerrville,
Texas in the Hill Country. Their new address is:
2200 Medina Highway, Kerrville, TX 78028.
Tita and Lucky Dunlap's new address in New
Mexico is: Box 155, Glenco, NM 88324. (e-mail They're very enthusiastic
about their new life and they welcome visitors.
Beverly Teal finished Air Force basic training
and is now stationed at Lackland AFB, Texas, where
she works in the psychiatry section of the hospital
and loves it.
Sid Coffin has been scooping lots of fish into the
Odyssey. Also in the Tarpon Club Tournament due
to catches are Penny Cafiamas, Sid Coffin, Wayne
Seelev. Frnie nlland and CGail Sanver

Justin Younce with grandfather Robert Rankin and
great-grandfather Al Rankin.

Is there a doctor in the house? We'll settle for
one in the town. Dr. James Denham is ready to
open his Gatun office at Building #217. It seems
like a good plan for all concerned.
Joe Stabler, Lew Stabler's father, an 80 year-old
retired fire fighter, was the recipient of a deluge of
mail from Atlantic firefighters. When they heard that
the family was soliciting cards for his 80th birthday,
they all responded.
The old Mt. Hope Warehouse is now home,
sweet home to Panama's prisoners. The new jail is
now "stocked" and operative and the other jail in
Colon is closing down. Conditions in the new
institution are much better than the previous one.
Janet and Butch Eckel have retired and are
living the good life in Odessa, Florida. They can be
reached at 16405 Offenhaur Rd., Odessa FL 33556.
Recently Gayle Rankin could be seen burning up
the highway, going to the other side to work as a
volunteer coaching high school volleyball. Seems that
there were some left-over Tigers on the team whom
she could help. When asked about the practicality of
making that long drive and working for free, she
explained, "But they're just Tigers in different
uniforms." And so they were.
Janet Johnston
Reporter, 443-5305
Box 37301 AAC 1143
Washington, D.C. 20013-7301


Congratulations to the winners of the 43rd
Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race! Louis Vogel,
Wayne Watkins, Ryan Sweeney, and Donovan Arias
made a "Rapid Transit"with an overall record time of
5:13:13. The Defiancetook the female category, while
the Sudden Impactwon Co-Ed. The Tsunamiwas first
for the Patch category. The Rapid Transit crew
became Master Paddlers as they won every stretch of
the race, breaking their own record for the Lake
beating last year's time by five minutes. King of the
Rapid Transit is Mark Roscoe. Rapid Transit Queen,
Trina Clark (BHS'87) is a military contractor who
refuses to leave Panama until after the year 2000.


Rapid Transit crew 1996 Ocean to Ocean Cayuco
Race winners, L-R: Louis Vogel, Wayne Watkins,
Ryan Sweeney, and Donovan Arias.

Trina's sister, Pamela Clark (BHS'86) is President
of a music label production company,
G.M.Productions. A minister and a contemporary
Christian singing artist, she has recorded a CD
entitled "Project Vizion", and hopes to complete
another CD at the end of next year. Pam was a
finalist in Panama's prestigious OTI (an international
songwriter's competition, spanning Central and South
America). She has toured in Honduras with Christian
artist Nancy Honeytree for a USO Concert. Pam also
brought to Panama Eric Champion, an Epic Records
artist, for a benefit concert raising public awareness
in the "Just Say No To Drugs" campaign.
John and Yolanda Jordan of La Boca received
a visit from their daughter Claudia and husband Joel
Baldwin, and Joel's sister Kelly (Baldwin) Morris in
June. Claudia and Joel had a daughter Call Ravai on
December 9, 1995. Joel has been a US Navy Seabee
for seven years, and was recently accepted to the
State Department at the US Embassy. They will be
transferring to his new command in October. Joel's
brother, Andrew Baldwin, also joined the US Navy
and will be stationed in Pensacola, FL, in November.
Kelly Baldwin married Craig Morris in December '94
in San Antonio, TX, where Kelly's parents, Wendy
and Spike Baldwin, reside. Claudia's sister, Jessica
(Jordan) Bishop, will be graduating in Psychology in
December. She currently resides in Maryland with
husband Michael and son Stephen Michael.
Karen Dolan and Edward Castleton are engaged
to be married on August 3, 1996. Visiting Karen this
summer were her father, Edward Dolan, and aunt
and uncle, Karen and Roger Schofield, who spent
one month in Panama. Coming soon for the wedding
will be Karen's mother Bonnie Davis, grandmother
Marion Davis, brothers Tim and Edward Jr. with
wife Carson and daughter Morgan.

Gorgona Beach, Panama. Sitting L-R: Liz (Simons)
Grafe, Jeannie (Simons) McNulty, Kathy (Simons)
Heddaeus. Standing: Lisa Marie Grafe, Ken Grafe,
Kenny Grafe, Mark Heddaeus, Jillian Heddaeus.

The three Simons sisters had a two-week family
reunion in Panama when Liz (Simons) Grafe, her
family, and Jeannie (Simons) McNulty came to visit
Katherine (Simons), Mark and Jillian Heddaeus. Liz
was here for her 20th class reunion (BHS'76).
Panama Canal College celebrated their 62nd
Annual Commencement on June 14, 1996. Dr.
Nicolas Ardito Barletta gave the Address, while Mr.
Fernando Manfredo gave the Presentation of the
Panama Canal College Medal, and the Conferring of
Degrees. Congratulations to my brother, Luke D.
Anderson, for his Associate in Arts degree. He will
be attending the University of West Florida in
Pensacola this fall. Other graduates included:

Donovan J. Arias, Henry B. Twohy III, Sonya
Petroni, Joel M. Gibbs, Audra A. Matheney, Linda
L. (Riley) Kemp, Matthew A. Sweeney, John F.
Thompson Jr., William B. Huff III, Arthur Robert
Krapfl Jr., and Nayda Nieves.

BBQ at Jack and Fran Hern's in Zephyrhills, FL.
Sitting: Fran Hern, Hubert Jordan, Ruth and Charlie
Leves. Standing L-R: Gary Anderson, Christine
(Mallia) Wilder, Jack Hern, Beverly (Gregory) Post,
Rolo Winberg, Mike Baker, Molly Williford, Bill
Cofer, Dick Hern, Margot Jordan, Ed Donohue,
Ellen (Wilson) Anderson, Carol and Henry Twohy,
Bobby Williford.

Ellen (Wilson) and Gary Anderson spent time
this summer enjoying their beautiful, new, soon-to-
be retirement home in Zephyrhills, FL. They were
visited by Ellen's son, Stephen Mallia, and daughter
Christine (Mallia) Wilder. Gary's mother, Agnes
Anderson; brother Kenny Anderson; and Luke
Anderson also stopped by for a dip in their Jacuzzi.
After a day of golf, Ellen and Gary's Zephyrhills
neighbors Jack and Fran Hem hosted a barbecue at
their home and celebrated Ellen's birthday.
Eva V. Anderson
(507) 263-2390


Our March luncheon at the Ming Yat restaurant
in North Augusta, SC, was attended by Olga Holmes
and daughter Carol Morris, Beverly and Oscar Lard,
Trudi Clontz, Lorna Shore, Sis and Bill York, Phyllis
and Jack Woodzell, Blanche Browne, Leona and Paul
Badonsky, Nora and Charles Green, Josey Tilley,
Peggy Hutchison, Scottie Steele, Grace and BJ.
Hartley, Tina and Frank Balinski, and Mitzi
Schwindt and son Patrick.
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L-R: Lorna Shore, Peggy Hutchison, Blanche
Browne, Olga Holmes, taken at June "Pot Luck."

The June "pot luck" luncheon at the Senior's
Club in Aiken was enjoyed by many of the above.
Also present were Howard and Evelyn Hilborn,
Kathyrn Burkett, Mark Schwindt, Doris Leeser of
Dothan, AL, Marjorie Davison (sister of Phyllis
Woodzell), Dianne and Jerry Cox, Nancy Coffey (the
Yorks' daughter of Keystone, FL), and Lorna Shore's
daughter Diane LeBlanc, who retired in May 1995
from the City of Miami Police and has moved to
Aiken from Princeton, FL.
In April, Mark Schwindt and family traveled to
Key West, FL, for a four-day stay, and northbound
visited family in Miami, and spent a week at Disney
Easter guests at Peggy Hutchison's were her
daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Jerry Cox of
Goosecreek, SC, and her nephew and wife, Richard
and Olga Phillips, who retired from the Panama
Canal in December, and are now living in Conyers,
GA. The Coxes and Phillipses were among those who
attended the Florida Reunion.

Jerry Cox, Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, Olga Phillips,
Richard Phillips, Peggy Hutchison.
Blanche Browne still has her running shoes on,
although most of the time has had one arm in a
sling. Her 1995 holidays were spent in Panama with
her daughter Ellen Major and son Grover Matheney.
A highlight was the December 30th engagement party
for Matheney's older daughter Tamara to Arthur
Sherry. The last of January, Blanche and Doris
Leeser joined a Columbia group on a three-week trip
to Australia and New Zealand. They flew to Cairns
for a trip to the Barrier Reef which was fascinating,
returned to Sydney to cruise on the Crown Princess to
Melbourne, Tasmania, around the South and North
Islands of New Zealand, and headed back to the United
States from Auckland.
Blanche made two trips to Miami; one to attend a
shower for her granddaughter Tammie, the second to
consult a doctor about her arm. On May 10th she had an
operation for a torn rotator cuff, and reports the results
have been good and with therapy hopes to regain normal
use of that arm. Her friend, Doris Leeser of Dothan, has
been with her to help with the daily routines and the
chauffeuring. In June Blanche attended her
granddaughter's wedding in Panama. She was
accompanied by Grover's ex-landlady from college days,
Susan (Ewing) Bishop (BHS'39), her granddaughter
Kelley Bishop, and Sue's daughter and son-in-law, Jo
Anne and Jim Matthews of Los Altos, CA.
The Fourth of July found Trudi Clontz in Hopkinton,
MA, where she visited her brother, and later in the week
in Wellesley with her nephew and family. The weather
was a welcome change in the 60s and 70s just before
the heat went north.

Lorna Shore's grandson, Steve LeBlanc, and her
daughters, Diane LeBlanc and Sandy Davis, were also
among those at this year's reunion in Florida.
The end of May, Jack and Phyllis Woodzell traveled
to North Bend State Park in Harrisville, WV, to attend
Phyllis' family reunion. Her sister Marjorie Davison
returned to Aiken with them. In July they returned to
West Virginia for Phyllis' 50th high school reunion at
Harrisville High School.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759


The 17th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party will be held in Kerrville on December 7, 1996,
in the Holiday Inn/Y.O. Ranch, 2033 Sidney Baker,
1-800-531-2800. The hotel offers Hill Country Zonians
rates: Double $79.00; Single $69.00. The meal choices
are Roast Beef or Grilled Chicken. Children: Burger
with fries. The cost of the meal for adults is $16.00
each and children 12 and under, $6.75. Send your
reservations to Sue Graham, 906 Lake, Kerrville, TX
78028, telephone (210) 896-1321. Cutoff date for
reservations is December 2, 1996. Mailouts in
November will provide more details. Gift
contributions to the Lottery drawing would be
appreciated; please gift wrap. All welcome to join the
fun and a chance to see and visit with your Zonian
friends. Marilyn Carter, 702 Blue Bell, Kerrville, TX
78028, telephone (210) 896-4596, is available to
answer your questions regarding the party.
Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan has had a busy summer.
She first went to Austin, TX, in May to bowl in the
State Tournament. No one won anything but the trip
was worthwhile. Also in May, Iris was in Dallas to
attend the wedding of her son, Michael Redmond;
the graduation of her grandson Greg Redmond (son
Ralph's son); and the 10th birthday celebration of
granddaughter Jessica Chiles (daughter Mary's
daughter) all on the same day -- May 25th. Iris and
Kathi (Adams) Lessiack left early in June to spend
a month in Florida visiting Iris' brother Louis
Dedeaux and family in Pensacola, FL, and her
daughter Lois (Redmond) Healan and family in
Deltona, FL. While in Deltona, Iris and Kathi
attended the Pedro Miguel reunion in Orlando and
the main luncheon at the Annual Panama Canal
Marilyn and Wade Carter enjoyed a vacation in
May to celebrate Marilyn's birthday. They visited with
their daughter Renee Collins and family in Broken
Arrow, OK. Then spent a day of shopping in Eureka
Springs, AR. From there they headed for Branson,
MO, to take in all of the great shows. They found
the star performers very friendly and willing to give
autographs and allow photos. Marilyn was
photographed with and collected autographs from
several of the famous stars.
For those of us who didn't travel this summer,
we were busy with visitors. Anna Calvit had visits
from her daughter Helen from Florida, Ted Landon
from Florida and Polly and John Michaelis from
Arkansas. She also had her cousin from California.
Anna is the linchpin that keeps them all connected.
Her heart and her home are always open to

Bob and Lois Byrd have had family visits from
Lois' family and Bob's son Don from Houston.
The Rhynes have had visits from their daughters,
Camille Eastham in April and Barbara Stanford
came in June for Bea's birthday. California cousins
came the end of June and granddaughter Cheryl
Stanford came for a week then grandson Eddie
Stanford came for the last week of July. Billy,
DeeDee, John Hanna (along with their niece)
surprised the Rhynes with an all too short visit while
traveling through Kerrville.
Congratulations to Marjorie (Midge Dennis)
Bain for being the May Resident in the Spotlight,
Summer's Landing Personal Care Residence, Rome,
GA. Midge is the third generation and her children,
Bonnie and Dennis, are the fourth generation to live
in the Canal Zone.
Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


For the Virginia report this issue, Nona (Cain)
Gallardo submitted to the Virginia reporter last year
the following events that she and husband Derek
Gallardo participated in with special friends from the
former Canal Zone. (I was remiss in submitting it
timely for inclusion in the Canal Record.)
The enclosed photo is a particularly special one,
as it shows friends gathering at the Elaine and Ted
Robles' home in Seabrook, MD, and includes David
C. Payne, who passed away last year after a battle
with cancer.

concert where approximately 20 progressive bands
played. It was a beautiful day where Elaine Robles,
Ted Robles, Tony Martino, Brian Garcia, Nona and
Derek Gallardo, and other co-workers and friends
attended. Some of the bands included "Bush", "Better
than Ezra", "Juliana Hatfield", "Soul Asylum",
"General Public" and "The Ramones". Tony Bennett
even made an appearance and sang a few songs.
On June 9, 1995, a dinner gathering took place
at the Robles' residence. Penny and Reuben Robles
(currently residing in Amador, Panama) were up
visiting their children (Elaine and Ted) in Seabrook,
MD. Other friends who attended the delicious dinner
were Vene (Lietans) and Julian Rodriguez (formerly
lived in Balboa), Nona and Derek Gallardo, David
Payne (BHS'83), Tony Martino, Jean-Marie Langan
(not pictured) and Courtney Alcock (not pictured).
On June 18, 1995, Nona and Derek Gallardo
attended a "Boston" concert with Laura Medigovich
(BHS'83) and Brian Garcia at the new Nissan
Pavilion in Virginia.
On June 21, 1995, Nona Gallardo and Tania
John (BHS'84) were invited to lunch with classmate
Lynn Stone (BHS'84). The last time all three of
them had lunch together was probably eleven years
ago in the BHS cafeteria. After meeting for lunch in
Georgetown, Nona found out that Lynn was also at
Preakness--small world.
So when you feel alone in a crowd, just remember
there might be someone there from Panama.
Barbara Bonanno
(703) 922-5746

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November 17, 1996

Back, L-R: Julian Rodriguez, Nona Gallardo, Ted
Robles, Reuben Robles, Tony Martino, David
Payne, Derek Gallardo. Front L-R: Elaine
Robles,Penny Robles, Vene Rodriguez.
The Preakness Stakes horse race, which is one of
the Triple Crown races, was held on May 20, 1995,
in Baltimore, MD, and was attended by several
friends from Panama. Elaine Robles (she was in the
class of '86, but she graduated in Germany), Ted
Robles (BHS'83), Nona (Cain) Gallardo
(BHS'84/PCC'86), Derek Gallardo (BHS'83), Tony
Martino (BHS'86), and Brian Garcia (BHS'84). Ted
Robles was the only lucky horse race winner because
he chose the winning horse "Timber Country".
On June 3, 1995, there was a festival at RFK
Stadium in Washington, DC. It was an all-day

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From Democrat Staff Reports
GREENSBORO Larry Horine of Boone won
the indoor title in the shot put and tied for second
place in the high jump in the 65-69 age group at the
National Master's Track and Field Championships on
Saturday and Sunday (March 30-31) at Greensboro
He came through with a 12.24 meters throw in
the shot put and jumped 1.35 meters in the high
It was the second national master's shot putting
title for Horine.
Horine holds the records for the shot put and
discus for his age group in North Carolina Seniors
Games, but he had not jumped for over four
The meet drew about 700 competitors from all
over North America. A large number of the
competitors came from California.

Larry Horine, Masters Track Competitor, shown
throwing in the World Masters (WAVA) Track Meet in
Buffalo last summer, recently won the National Indoor
Shot Put title in the championships in Greensboro, NC.
The United States Masters Track and Field
competition is for women 35 and older, and men 40
and older. All competition is in five-year age groups.
Horine said, "This is one of the few times in life
when one is actually pleased to pass into an older
age group as one moves into another five-year group,
and thus are the youngest competitor in an age
group. On the other hand, when one reaches the
third or fourth year of an age group, it is most
difficult to compete favorably on the national level".
The next large masters track and field meet for
the Eastern U.S., the Southeastern Outdoor Master's,
is in Raleigh, NC on May 3-5...
(Larry graduated from Cristobal High School in
1949; coached at BHS from 1956-1961 and was Canal
Zone Director of Physical Education and Athletics
from 1961 to 1968. He is now Professor Emeritus
from Appalachian State University. Ed.)
Watauga Democrat
Boone, NC
April 3, 1996


Marjorie (Fuller) LeBrun, a former employee of
the Accounting Division, Coupon Branch, of the
Panama Canal Company, observed her 103rd birthday
on May 28, 1996.

Marjorie (Fuller) LeBrun, 103 years young!

Mrs. LeBrun resides in Texas with her son Bill,
his wife Aurora and daughter Laura.


Congratulations to
S Tom M. Sellers, son of
Tom and Ev (Menges)
Sellers, who earned the
rank of Eagle Scout on
1 February 17, 1996 in
-Manassas, Va.
1% Tom was born in
SPanama and at the age of
five moved with his family
to Manassas. He joined
the Scouts and served in
leadership positions and
was inducted into the
Order of the Arrow in
He is involved in
many other activities and
is the Deputy State
Tom Sellers Master Councilor of
DeMolay in Virginia and
travels extensively in support of these activities.
Tom currently attends Northern Virginia
Community College, and in the Fall of 1997 hopes
to transfer to the College of William and Mary and
be admitted to Law School.


On November 18, 1995, Ann and Joe Dolan of
Austin, Texas, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary with a party hosted by their children.
The family gathering was held at the Wyndham
Hotel in Austin.

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The Joseph Dolan family. Standing L-R: Mike,
Eileen, Joey, Bridget, Kathe, Suzanne and Paul.
Seated: Ginny, Joe and Ann (Nanny Chase).


Congratulations to Pappy Grier, and to his son,
on the promotion of his son, Robert B. Grier, Jr. to
Major at Fort Huachuca, Arizona on June 1, 1996.

Pappy Grier and Major Robert B. Grier, Jr., June 1,
Pappy attended the services and pinned the Oak
Leaf on his son. Major Grier is the son of Robert
(Pappy) and the late Verla Grier of Kerrville, Texas.
He was born in San Fernando Clinic, Rep. of
Panama and attended Balboa Junior High School
until his father retired and moved to Kerrville. Major
Grier completed his education at Tivy High School,
Kerrville and graduated from Texas A&M. He
entered the service in 1984 in the field of
intelligence and received his Masters degree in
Computer Science in Monterey, U.S. Naval Post
Graduate School in California. Major Grier was
stationed at Fort Hood, Texas,and also served in
Germany. He will have no permanent station as he
will be sent where needed.


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Justin and Margaret Bonanno

Gary and Mary Huffman Novak were married at the
Holy Family Church in Margarita 25 years ago. Their
two children Heather Marie and Casey William along
with Willard, Kathleen and Jim Huffman celebrated
this special event.

Justin and Margaret Bonanno of Bradenton,
Florida were invested as Knight and Lady of the
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
in September, 1995, along with a class of 96
candidates including nine Catholic priests, from
throughout the Southeastern United States.
The Equestrian Order is the only Order of
Chivalry within the Catholic Church.


On November 15, 1995, beautiful Amanda Kaye
was born to Paul and Darlene Morton in Irving,
Texas. Amanda has two brothers; Paul and Dustin.


Danny and Jane Cox celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in Tucson, Arizona on January
3, 1996. They met at the Ester Witkin USO (also
known as the J.W.B.) in Balboa on February 22,
1945 where Jane (formerly Jane Dickson of Pedro
Miguel) was singing a French operatic aria in a USO
show. Sgt. Danny Cox, beloved by Isthmians during
WWII for his beautiful tenor voice, happened to be
in the audience.
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Jo Ann (Harte) and Jack Morton with Amanda Kaye
Maternal grandparents are Sophia and Don
VanWormer of Toledo, Ohio, and paternal
grandparents are Jo Ann (Harte) and Jack Morton
of Austin, Texas.


Congratulations to John R. Gough III on his
recent promotion to Sergeant First Class. John is the
son of Diane and Jay French of Ft. Collins, CO.
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Sergeant First Class John R. Gough III
John just returned from his third tour in Korea.
He and his family will be moving to Colorado
Springs where he is being assigned to Fort Carson,
4th Inf. Div. as a Platoon Sergeant.


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at their Golden
1996 at Tucson,

They were married January 3, 1946, in New York
City, at which time Jane was working as a model
with the Ford Agency, and Danny, newly discharged
from the Air Force, was embarking on his long
career as a night club, concert and sacred singer.


Bud Balcer, was honored recently by the
Bentonville Kiwanis Club as "Kiwanian of the Year"
for 1994-1995.
The award was presented by David Green,
lieutenant governor-elect of Division 19 of the Mo-
Ark District of Kiwanis International and Jim
Friesen, 1995-96 president of the Bentonville Club.


Cody Robert Sage
graduated with honors on
June 8, 1996 from Yelm
High School, situated in
Yelm, Washington, during
a colorful graduation
S- Cody is the son of
SMarjie (Jones) Sage,
formerly of Coco Solo,
SCanal Zone. His
grandmother, Lois
S (Hollowell) Jones, flew
from St. Petersburg,
Florida to attend the
Cody Sage graduation ceremonies.
Cody is planning to
attend college in Centralia, Washington

Danny and Jane Dickson Cox
Wedding Celebration, January 3,



Steven Price, son of Lee and Karen (Binki
Nadeau) Price, graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas on
May 11, 1996

L-R: Karen (Binki) Nadeau Price presents diploma to
son, Steve Price.
His mother is the Assistant Registrar at Texas
A&M University, and presented Steven with his
diploma at the graduation excercises.
Steven is the grandson of Lydia Nadeau and the
late George Nadeau.

On May 3, 1996, Jaime Russell Hockin, son of
Russ and Marianne (Field, CHS'67) Hockin,
graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in
Melbourne, Florida. Jaime attended FIT on a four-
year tennis scholarship and graduated with academic
honors in Business Administration.

Jaime Hockin with paternal grandmother, Grace
Hockin and maternal grandfather, Cy Field.
Attending graduation ceremonies were Jaime's
parents, along with two of his three brothers, his
paternal grandmother, Grace Hockin, and maternal
grandfather, Cy Field. Ann and George Downing who
recently moved to Melbourne, also joined in the
Jaime is presently employed as a financial analyst
with Galaxy Scientific Corp. in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leann McConaughey, daughter of David H. and
Donita (Crull) McConaughey of Cardenas, Panama,
graduated from the University of Central Florida,
Orlando, Florida, on May 4, 1996. Leann earned a
Bachelor of Science degree for exceptional child
education, specializing in specific learning disabilities.
Leann is looking forward to teaching special
education in Florida.

Hope Lee

granddaughter of Lin and

Hope Lee, daughter of
Susan Hall and John Lee,
formerly of Corozal, Rep.
of Panama, received her
Bachelor of Sciece degree
in Nursing from the
University of
Massachusetts on June 1,
Hope was named to the
Dean's Honor List and
Sigma Theta Tau Society
due to her excellence in
academic work. She
intends to continue her
studies in the field of
Hope is a fourth
generation Zonian and
Jackie Hall of Clearwater,

Leann and Ryan McConaughey

Ryan D. McConaughey, Leann's brother,
graduated from the Lake County Vocational-Technical
School, June 12, 1996, as a firefighter. He is also an
emergency medical technician (EMT) and is Florida
State certified for both.
Maternal grandparents are Donald L. and Ellen
(Ward) Crull of Summerfield, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Richard H. and Juanita
McConaughey of Ocala, Florida.

Leanne M. Watkins
(BHS'91) graduated on
May 4, 1996 with a
Bachelor of Science
S degree in Nursing from
the University of Central
Leanne has accepted
a position at Holmes
Leanne M. Watkins and Regional Medical Center
Louise R. Hunt in Melbourne, Fla.
Leanne is pictured
with her grandmother, Louise R. Hunt, of Dothan,
Ala. (formerly of Balboa, CZ) who attended the
graduation ceremonies along with the rest of her


1. Bill Winford graduates. 2. Melissa J. Winford graduates. 3. Kenneth J. Jenkins graduates.

Melissa J. Winford (BHS'91), daughter of Marcia
and Billy Winford of Panama, graduated from the
University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., on May
4, 1996, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Brother Bill C. Winford received his Masters in
Business Administration from the Florida
Metropolitan University System Tampa College on
May 18, 1996.
Those present at the ceremonies were their
parents, sister and brother, Melissa's boyfriend
Kenneth Jenkins, and Bill's girlfriend, Tina Mills.
Both graduates continue to reside in Tampa, Fla.
Kenneth J. Jenkins, son of Olga and Kevin
Jenkins of Panama, received his Masters in Business
Administration from the Florida Metropolitan
University System Tampa College on May 18, 1996.
Attending were his parents, sister Aileen and
girlfriend Melissa Winford. He resides in Tampa.

Victoria A. Cannon,
daughter of Leo J. and
Sarita (Boyd) Cannon of
Gainesville, Florida and
formerly of Diablo,
graduated from the
University of Florida in
Gainesville on May 4,
She earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in Civil
Engineering. She also
received a fellowship to
pursue a Master of
Science in Civil
oria Cannon Engineering, specializing in
Victoria A. Cannon Structures.
She served as Treasurer
of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society,
also as President of the Hispanic Engineering Society
and was an active member of the American Society
of Civil Engineers.
A graduation celebration was held at Casa
Cannon where we also honored the UF graduates
Marisol Zamora and Ramon Inchausti of Panama
whose parents were present-


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November 17, 1996

Katherine Williamson
Martinson received the
degree of Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine, with
distinction, from Iowa
State University on May
11, 1996.
Kathy is the daughter
of Sid and Judy (Buehler)
Williamson of St. Cloud,
Minnesota, and the
granddaughter of Eleanor
and Howard Buehler of
New Port Richey, Florida.
Former Zonians
attending the graduation
included Kathy's parents
Katheine W amson and grandparents, Beverly
Katherine Williamson (Buehler) Grassy and Paul
Martinson Buehler.
Kathy and husband
Bob Martinson reside in Ames, Iowa, and Kathy is
employed by Prairie Meadows Race Track as a State
Veterinarian, while Bob finishes his studies in
Chemical Engineering.

PI-" Brenda Markovitz,
daughter of Capt. and
9 Mrs. Joseph Morrissey of
Los Rios, Republic of
Panama and East
Hampton, New York, has
been awarded a doctoral
degree of comparative
politics and international
relations from the
University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, Indiana at
commencement exercises
on May 19, 1996.
A recipient of a full
fellowship from the
Kellogg Institute for
Brenda Markovitz International Studies, she
wrote a dissertation titled
"Instrument of War or Peace? The Utility of U.S.
Economic Sanctions against the Republic of Panama
Brenda lives in St. Louis with two year old son
Ryan and husband Kevin, who received a Masters
Degree in Business Administration in June 1996 from
De Paul University in Chicago. They are expecting
their second baby in October.

Major and Mrs. Thomas Randall Carroll (US
Army Ret), of Stafford, Virginia, are pleased to
announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan
Ann to Joseph Randal Zornes (BHS'94), Cardenas,
Rep. of Panama on 21 June 1996.
Joseph is the son of Richard (BHS'67) and
Virginia (BHS'68) Zornes of Cardenas, R.P. He is
the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wertz,
Fruitland Park, Fl., formerly of Curundu Heights and
Albrook AFS, Canal Zone and Mr. Roy C. Zornes,
Denver, Co., and the late Myrna J. Zornes, formerly
of Cnrnli and Plrfan rnals 7nnp

Joseph Randall Zornes and Meghan Ann Carroll
Meghan is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs.
Phillip Carroll of Columbus, Ohio, and Col. James
F. McCarthy III (US Air Force Ret) and the late
Alice McCarthy of Fairborn, OH.
Joseph is currently a junior at Savannah College
of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., and Meghan will
attend Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in the
fall. No date has been set for the wedding.

Karla Rene Burrell and James Sharpensteen,
both of Bentonville, Arkansas, announce their
engagement and approaching marriage.
Ms. Burrell is the daughter of Shirley Rambin of
Greenwood, and Harold Burrell of Crane, Mo. She
is employed in corporate training and communication
at Wal-Mart Home Office in Bentonville.
Sharpensteen is the son of Leon and Kathleen
Sharpensteen of Rogers, Ariz. He was a former
Canal Zone Postal employee. He is now employed by
Arkansas Insulation in Springdale, Ariz.

Emma Rhiane Huff, along with her grandparents,
Jane (Gabriel) and Bill Huff of Los Rios, Panama,
is pleased to announce the engagement of her
mother, Elizabeth Brandy Huff to Richard William
Cofer, son of Bill Cofer of Balboa, Panama and
Donna Follese (Voet) of Coral Springs, Florida.
The couple both live and work in Panama and
the wedding will take place in Panama on March 1,

Cathleen and Ronald Baker of West Palm Beach,
Florida, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Rhonda Baker, to Jim Wagner, son of Jackie
Wagner of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and the late
John Y. Wagner.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Tallahassee
Community College, Tallahassee, Florida, and is
employed as a nurse at Integrated Health Services,
West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rhonda Baker and Jim Wagner
The groom is a 1987 graduate of Balboa High
School and a 1994 graduate of Florida State
University. He is presently the Branch manager of
Sherwin-Williams, Pompano Beach, Florida.
A garden wedding ceremony is scheduled for
December 21, 1996, at the home of the bride's aunt
and uncle, Cindy and Greg Rofflow of Fort Pierce,

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coon of Stuart, Florida are
happy to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Michelle Suzanne to Mark S. Sherry (BHS'88), son
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Art) Sherry of Panama,
Rep. of Panama.

Michelle S. Coon and Mark S. Sherry
Michelle and Mark are graduates of the
University of South Florida m Tampa, where
Michelle is a member of Kappa Delta .Sorority and
Mark is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Michelle
is an elementary school teacher and Mark is
employed by Skil-Bosch Power Tool Company.
A December 27, 1997 wedding is planned in
Stuart, Florida.

Photograph by Anna Marie Monson of her
daughter Teresa Andrea Monson (BHS'90) of La
Boca, Panama, and fiance, Mr. Philip Strnad, son of
Dr. Jardon Strnad and Barbara Strnad of Overland,

Philip Strnad and Teresa Andrea Monson
Teresa is also the daughter of Capt. William
Monson, currently a Panama Canal Commission Pilot.
The couple are planning mid-September wedding
in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Landis C. Major, of Punta Paitilla,
Panama, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Laura Carlisle, to Mr. Robert C. Morris, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert J. Morris of Maryland.
Miss Major is a graduate of Westover School,
Middlebury, Connecticut and of Georgetown
University, Washington, D.C.


Angela Kay Armentrout and Brett Lee Coffey
were united in marriage in the First Congregational
Church, Terre Haute, Indiana on August 26, 1995.
The bride is the daughter of Bill and Letha
McCarty of West Terre Haute, Indiana and the late
Larry Armentrout. She holds an associate's degree
from Indiana State University and is employed by
Bemis Co., Inc., Terre Haute.
The bridegroom is the son of Gerald Coffey,
Balboa, Rep. of Panama and Don and Lillian Wilson
of Ellettsville, Indiana. He holds a bachelor of
science degree from ISU and is employed by Digital
Audio Disc Corp., Terre Haute.
The bride was given by her stepfather. Jill Earls,
the bride's sister was honor attendant. Janelle
McCarty, the bride's sister, and Jaclyn Edwardson
were bridesmaids.

Eric Coffey, the bridegroom's brother, was best
man. Jerry Coffey, brother, and Steve Mallia were
groomsmen. Brad Justus and Jeff Yesh were ushers
and Samantha Deischer registered guests.
A buffet followed in St. George's Social Center,
Terre Haute. A disc jockey provided music and Janet
Newman, Charlynn Weddle, Myrna Haseman and
Michelle Gross assisted.
The couple took a wedding trip to Jamaica and
now reside in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Diana Rae Huff (BHS'89) and Thomas Richard
Grimison (BHS'80) were united in marriage May 25,
1996 at St. Mary's Church, Balboa, Panama. The
bride is the daughter of Dennis and Peggy (Hale)
Huff of Los Rios, Panama. The groom is the son of
Tom and Nancy (Burns) Grimison of Satellite Beach,
Florida, formerly of La Boca, Panama.
The bride's maternal grandparents are Anne
(Edwards) Hale of Yalaha, Florida and the late
Hugh Hale. Her paternal grandparents are Esther
(Kadoch) Huff of Margarita, Panama, and the late
William Huff, Sr. All are from the Canal Zone. The
groom's maternal grandparents are Mary Burns and
the late Patrick Burns of Easton, Pennsylvania. His
paternal grandparents are the late Helen (Cawl) and
Rex Beck. formerly of the Canal Zone.

Diana Rae Huff and Thomas R.


The bride's matron of honor was Dawn
(McArthur) Wetherby. Bridesmaids were cousins of
the bride, Brandy and Allison Huff, the bride's aunt,
Glenora (Hale) McInerney, and Christy Ford. Nieces
of the groom, Erin and Colleen Fahy served as
junior bridesmaid and flower girl respectively.
The groom's brother Patrick Grimison served as
best man. Groom's attendants were Eric and
Matthew Grimison, brothers of the groom, Jes Little
and Paul Myers. Ring bearer was Todd McInerney,
cousin of the bride.
A reception was held following the ceremony at
the Amador Officer's Club. Entertainment was
provided by the Bohio Boys and the Murga de Calle
Arriba de Las Tablas.
After a honeymoon to Europe, the couple now
resides in Merritt Island, Florida.


Warren Bell and Alexandra Dellemonache were
united in marriage on January 1, 1996 at the
Edwards Mansion Chapel in Redlands, California.
Warren is the son of Michael Bell of St.
Augustine, Florida and Carol A. Fritz of Peachtree
City, Georgia. Alexandra's father, Ron Dellemonache
of San Clemente, California and stepfather Marke
Sinclair of Florida attended the wedding also.
Out of town guests included the bride's sister,
Chanda Sinclair, the bridegroom's grandmother, Liz
(Zent) Beall, great uncle and aunt, Howard and
Marge (Zent) Garner, and his mother and stepfather,
Carol (Beall) and Gene Fritz._

Alexandra Dellemonache and Warren Bell.
Warren graduated from Cristobal High School in
1986, and he met Ali in West Palm Beach, Florida
in 1992 while he was working for the Scuba Club
and Ali was working for Supercuts. Ali is currently
working for Clippers Salon in Yucaipa, CA and also
for J. Richards Salon in Costa Mesa, CA. Warren is
working for Frito-Lay in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Both are getting settled in their new residence in
San Bernardino, California.


Tamara Anne Matheney (BHS'89) and Arthur
Wayne Sherry (BHS'82) were united in Holy
Matrimony on June 22, 1996 at St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, Rep. of Panama.
Tamara is the daughter of Grover and
Freddieann (Gallardo) Matheney of Panama and
Arthur is the son of Art and Marge Sherry of
Panama. The maid of honor was the bride's sister,
Audra Anyse and the bridesmaids were Lisa Clark,
Adrienne Oliver, Tammy Barriga and Kelli Eich. The
flower girl was Katherine Seitz. The best man was
the groom's brother, Mark Sherry, and the
groomsmen were Alan Matheney, Jim Ribelin, Barry
Winters and Brian Clark. The ceremony was
attended by many friends and family members from
Panama as well as from out of town.

Tamara A. Matheney and Arthur W. Sherry
A beautiful reception followed at the El Panama
Hotel in the Bella Vista Room. A marvelous time
was had by all and the bride and groom danced 'til
the wee hours of the morning.
After their honeymoon, the newlyweds will reside
in Panama, Republic of Panama.



Wendy (Forster) and Erik Staffeldt
Wendy Forster and Erik Staffeldt were married
in Dallas, Texas, on June 15, 1996.
They currently live in Metaire, Louisiana at 210
East Gatehouse Dr., Apt #5, 70001.

Corey Grubbs and Yitsel Del Carmen Ramirez
were pronounced man and wife at the Holy Family
Catholic Church in Margarita. Following the
ceremony, a reception was held at the Elks Club
which was arranged by Chef Otto and enioved by all.

Yitsel del Carmen Ramirez and Corey Grubbs
Corey works for Fernie Steamship Agency in
Cristobal, while Yitsel works in the Free Zone. The
couple are residing in France Field with their two
giant German Shepherds, Lady and Blanchy.


Ken Crowley and Ayse Uzer were married July
13, 1996 at McLean Baptist Church in McLean,
Virginia. Ken is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth
Crowley of Panama and Ayse is the daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. Yuksel Uzer of Washington, D.C.
Dr. Crowley served as best man, joined by
matron of honor Leyla Uzer. Groomsmen were Josi
Tufion, Jason Sweeney, Roger Herrmann, William
Moore and Todd Songstad; and bridesmaids were
Mary Lembke, Lisa Pagano, Annabelle Redway,
Melissa Underwood and Leslie Uzer. Ken's sister
Brenda (Crowley) Putt highlighted the ceremony with
a wedding poem to the couple.

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Ken and Ayse Crowley
Ken is a 1989 graduate of BHS who received his
bachelor's degree in political science from the
University of Northern Colorado and his master's in
international transactions from George Mason
University. Ayse received her bachelor's in political
science and history from the University of Richmond
and her master's in public administration from
George Mason University.
Ken is director of marketing and operations for
Advanced Technology Systems International, and Ayse
is the office manager for a private medical practice.
A reception followed at the ANA Hotel in
Georgetown with several Zonians attending.
The newlyweds honeymooned for two weeks in
Italy, touring Rome, Florence and Venice. They will
reside in McLean, Virginia.


Alida Engblom and David Wallace were married
in Astoria, Oregon, May 5, 1996. David is the son of
Lester and Billie (Marsh) Wallace of Clatskania, and
the grandson of Merilyn and Tom Marsh. After a
year of college, David started an electrical
apprenticeship this year in Portland, Or. Alida is the
daughter of Patti and Gene Engblom of Kappa and
works as a Teacher's Aide, and also coaches sports
at Jessel High School.
The reception was held at the Clatsop County
Fairgrounds and a Western Decor was carried out in
the bride's colors.
The guests, who numbered over 400 attended the
reception and enjoyed lots of food and danced to a
western band until 1:00 a.m. Out-of-town guests
nearly filled one wing of the Astoria Red Lion Inn.
After a honeymoon in Disneyworld and Daytona
Beach, Florida, they will be home in Seaside,

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Alida Engblom and David Wallace


Debbie Reilly and Steve Motsinger were married
October 7, 1995, at the Living Water Christian
Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina. The bride is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. (Velma) David C.
Reilly of Curundu. She is a graduate of Balboa High
School, Appalachian State University, and Troy State
University where she received her Masters degree in
Management. She currently has a position teaching at
H.M. Arndt Middle School in Hickory, NC.
The groom is the son of Mrs. (Betty) Tom
Mangum and Stoney Motsinger, both of Charlotte,
NC. Steve is a graduate of Appalachian State
University where he received his bachelors in
Business Administration and his Masters degree in
Sports Management. He works for Air Walk of
Boone. NC.

Debbie Reilly and Steve Motsinger
Matron of honor was JoAnn (Reilly) Yoder, sister
of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kelly Bryant and
Stephanie McDonald. Flower girls were Stacy Lynn
Jordan and Kassie Casner. Best man was Stoney
Motsinger, father of the groom. Groomsmen were
Jeff Motsinger and Dwayne McDonald.
Following the reception at the Church Fellowship
Hall, Debbie and Steve honeymooned in the
Bahamas. The couple resides in Boone, NC.


Hope M. Gibson and Brian H. Beall were united
in marriage on May 4, 1996 aboard the Show Queen,
a 150 passenger triple decked river boat in
Clearwater, Florida, by Capt. Jerry Graham, master
of the vessel..
Hope is the daughter of Ann and Bruce Gibson
of North Miami, Florida, and Brian is the son of
Betty Beall and Donald H. Beall of Tamoa.

Brian Beall and Hope Gibson
After the wedding ceremony, the Show Queen left
the Clearwater Marina Beach dock and a reception
followed. While the vessel cruised the inland
waterways, lunch was served, followed by toasts to
the new bride and groom and dancing to disc jockey
music. The vessel cruised the waterways for several
hours, adding to the joviality of over 100 family
members and guests.
After a honeymoon cruise, Hope and Brian will
make their home in Palm Harbor, Florida.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Y. Chan Jr., announce the
marriage of Sharon Van Camp and R. Bruce Chan
on June 29, 1996 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic
Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia. They spent
their honeymoon in Hawaii and are now residing in
Norman, Oklahoma.

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Sharon Van Camp and Bruce Chan
Many members of the family and guests from the
Canal Zone attended the ceremony.


Lisa Phelan (BHS'63) of Gurnee, Illinois and
Jerry R. Lee of Antioch, Illinois were married on
February 29, 1996 at the Candlelight Chapel in Las
Vegas, Nevada.

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L-R: Richard Lee, Jerry Lee, Lisa Phelan, and Chad
Lisa is the daughter of the late Ed Phelan,
formerly of the Canal Zone Police Department and
Mary Phelan Nagel, now of Port Orange, Florida.
Lisa's younger son Chad McCarragher of
Chicago was her attendant. Jerry's father, Richard
Lee of El Paso, Texas, was best man. Many of the
family were among the guests attending the wedding.
The couple honeymooned in Las Vegas and will
reside in Gurnee.


Gerald Corrigan (CHS'89) and Alice Huey were
married June 23, 1996 at the Thilani Resort in Ko
Olina, Hawaii. The groom is the son of Collin and
Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan of Gatun, Panama.
Maid of honor was the bride's sister, Margaret,
and Tiernan (Corrigan) DuPree (CHS'87) was one of
the three bridesmaids. Following the ceremony a
reception was held in the Lurline Room in the
resort, where everyone was treated to a lovely

Alice Huey and Gerald Corrigan
The following day the bride and groom graciously
gave up their time alone to spend the rest of the
week showing Alice's hometown to Collin, Alberta
and Tiernan. It was a wonderful trip and Collin and
Alberta are already making plans for another.
Gerald and Alice are presently planning a trip to
Panama next summer, so Gerald can show Alice his


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Karen Elaine Rankin and John Arthur
Blennerhassett were married June 8, 1996 in
Lakewood, Washington at the home of the bride's
parents, Billy and Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin, formerly
of Gatun. John is the son of Ned and Mike (Coffey)
Blennerhassett of Santa Rita, Panama. Both bride
and groom are graduates of Cristobal High School.
Karen's sister, Sandi Siano, was her matron of
honor and Tony Blennerhassett was his brother's best

Karen Rankin and John Blennerhassett
The backyard ceremony was witnessed by family
members and friends on a perfectly beautiful day.
John just graduated from a 5-year electrical
apprenticeship with a perfect attendance record for
which he received a $200 cash award. He is currently
employed as a journeyman wireman with Neal
Electric. Karen is a cosmetologist at Primo Hair
After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple are
now at home in San Diego, California.


Carol J. Wiskowski and Stephen S. Belok were
married on June 7, 1996 at the Four Seasons Resort
on the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis, West
Indies. The couple enjoyed a two week honeymoon
on St. Kitts and Nevis.
Carol is the daughter of Lorraine Edwards and
the late Eugene Edwards of Edgerton, Wisconsin. She
retired in 1996 from MEDDAC, Panama where she
worked as a Psychiatric Nurse and Drug and Alcohol
Counselor since 1970. Carol recently received her
Masters degree from the University of Oklahoma,
Panama Branch in Educational Psychology.

Carol J. Wiskowski and Stephen S. Belok
Steve is the son of Kate and Alfred Belok of
Delray Beach, Florida. He is currently employed as
Chief, Industrial Engineering Branch for the Office
of Executive Planning, Panama Canal Commission
and has lived in Panama since 1969. Steve is a
graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a Masters
degree from New York University.
The couple plan to retire in Florida upon Steve's
retirement next year.


Lynn M. Austin and John E. Parsons were
married December 29, 1995 at the Grace Baptist
Church, Joplin, Missouri.
The bride is the daughter of Teresa Ann. Jenkins,
Joplin, Mo., and Leo Austin, Miami, Fl, both former
residents of the Canal Zone and the bridegroom is
the son of Doris Parsons, Joplin and John Parsons,
Sr. of Lafayette, La.

Lynn Austin and John Parsons, Jr.
The bride was escorted by her grandfather,
Charles W. Brown, a former long time Canal Zone
resident. Maid of honor was Amy Dalton and John
Morgan served as best man.
The wedding reception was held at the Ramada
Inn. After a honeymoon in Louisiana, the couple will
reside in Joplin, Missouri.


One down and many, many more to go... When
Panama friends get together it always proves to be
a great time. This time, however was a special
occasion. Ken Little (son of Carolyn and Terry Little
of Panama) was married to Pam Duffy (not pictured)
on May 16th in Cabo Pulmo, Baja, California

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Back: L-R: Steve Mallia, Eric Little, Ashley Anderson,
Buddy (Theron) Sims, Cortland Little, Tiger (Rene)
Acuna and Jesse Morris. Front L-R: Harris Hurst,
Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst, Michelle Kauffman, Ken
Little (the groom), Nancy Magee and Mike Woerner.
We trekked in from many places including Texas,
Arizona, California, Kansas, and of course Panama to
partake in marlin fishing, scuba diving, kayaking,
snorkeling and relaxing with a few Pacifico beers and
too many Tequila shots. Oh yeah, and the wedding
was absolutely beautiful. The whole Panama group
consisted of those pictured.


Kim Holt, daughter of Bill and Doris Holt, was
married to Terry Griffin, son of Michael and Valerie
Griffin of Manchester, England, at St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, Florida on
February 24, 1996.


Terry Griffin and Kim Holt
Following a skiing honeymoon in Breckenridge,
Colorado, Kim and Terry are in the process of
looking for a home in the Clearwater, Florida area.


Clarence (Harry) and Joan (Coffey) Reinks take
great pleasure in announcing the marriage of their
daughter, Monica Elizabeth, to Gary Ray Michalosky
on June 9, 1996.
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Joan Rienks, Monica Rienks and Gary Michalosky,
Harry Rienks and Mary Lou Michalosky.
Monica and Gary were married at the gazebo in
Fort Amador with a reception following at the Fort
Amador Club.


Susan K. Craig (BHS'70), daughter of Lt. Col.
and Mrs. Delbert Jellum of El Paso, Texas, and
James A. Fish, (BHS'73), son of Kenneth L. and
Dilsa M. Fish of Tamarac, Florida, were married
February 3, 1996 at the New Mexico Military
Institute Chapel in Roswell, New Mexico.
Maids of honor were Melanie A. Craig and
Sharon L. Whitford. Best men were Philip L. Wolf
(BHS'73) and William J. Bright (BHS'72).

Susan Craig and James Fish
Despite wintery weather conditions many of Jim
and Susan's friends and relatives braved the snow
and attended the festivities. A good time was had by
all and the couple now reside in Roswell, New


Shelly M. (Lund) Lutz of Burke, Virginia, and
James A. Kais of Roebling, New Jersey were united
in marriage in Springfield, Virginia on November 25,

James A. Kais, Marjorie Lutz and Shelly (Lund) Lutz
The bride, (CHS'71) is the daughter of the late
Marjorie and Howard Lund, formerly of Margarita,
and is the Founder and Principal of Transition
Management. The groom is president of J.A. Kais
Associates, Inc., a manufacturing sales representative
firm. The couple have made their home in Burke,
Virginia. Accompanying them in the photo is Shelly
Kais' 13-year old daughter, Marjorie Lutz.


Austin Shea Fletcher

Austin and Shannon (McPherson) Fletcher of St.
Petersburg, Florida proudly announce the birth of
their son, Austin Shea Fletcher on August 25, 1995.

The Fletchers Kayla, pet Snowy, Austin H., new son
Austin Shea and Shannon.
Austin is the brother of Kayla Fletcher, the
grandson of Peter and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang of
Clearwater, Florida and the great-grandson of the
late Earl and Charlotte Dailey of St. Petersburg,

William Carter Baird

Mr. and Mrs. John Baird of Katy, Texas, are the
parents of a new son, William Carter Baird, born
March 1, 1996. He weighed 9 lbs. 10 oz. at birth.
His proud mom is Kim Carter Baird. William
has four other siblings.

Cassidy Marie Silliman

Linda Smith Sjlliman, of Mount Plesant, South
Carolina, with Zachary Joseph (4) and Cassidy
Marie, born February 13, 1996.

Ki (Carter) Baird with son, William Carter Baird.
Kim (Carter) Baird with son, William Carter Baird.

Thomas Jose Roa

Juan Carlos and Laura (Gregg) Roa of Diablo,
Panama, are the proud parents of Thomas Jose Roa
born March 1, 1996 (almost a leap year baby!), at
Paitilla Hospital in Panama City, Panama.
Thomas has an older brother John, 3 years old
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Laura and Juan Roa with baby Thomas Jose Roa
Thomas' maternal grandparents are Eugene and
Marian Gregg of Slaughter, La., formerly of Coco
Solo, CZ. Paternal grandparents are Carlos and Alina
Roa of Panama City, Panama. Thomas was named
after his mother's uncle, Thomas Lynch Gregg who
was born and raised in the CZ and worked many
years as a mule operator at Gatun Locks.

Bianca Renee Evans

Deanna (Briem) (BJS'83) and Monte Evans of
Muskogee, Oklahoma are pleased to announce the
arrival of their daughter Bianca Renee Evans on
December 5, 1995. Bianca weighed in at 8 pounds 10

Deanna and Monte Evans with baby Bianca Renee
Proud grandparents are Allen and Dilsa Briem of
Diablo, Panama and Gene and Cozetta Evans of
Houston, Texas.

Jared Michael Sheets

Jackie and Dale Bishop are proud to announce
the birth of their daughter Jeanne's first child, Jared
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Rick Lloyd Deakins II

Rick and Tracie Deakins of Port St. John,
Florida, are proud to announce the birth of their
son, Rick Lloyd Deakins II, on April 26, 1996.
Ricky weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces and was 21

Michael and David Sheets.

Jeanne and her husband, David Sheets live in
Austin, Texas. Also in Austin are the Bishop's son
Mark, his wife and two children.

Rick and Tracie Deakins with Rick Lloyd Deakins III.
Proud grandparents are Randy and Joella
Deakins of Rockledge, Florida, and great
grandmother Violet S. Deakins of Titusville, Florida.

Jeanne, Jared

Kendall Leann Taylor

Al Sprague proudly announces the newest
addition to his family, Kendall Leann Taylor.
Kendall, Al's first grandchild, is the daughter of Al
and Kassie Taylor. Born March 18, 1995, she
weighed 6 lbs 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Al first visited Kendall when she was 6 weeks
old. It was then that he decided to paint mother and
child. In March 1996, the painting "In the Garden"
was completed and is now proudly displayed in the
home of Al and Kassie.
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"In the Garden", an original Al Sprague oil painting of
daughter, Kassie, and granddaughter, Kendall.
Kendall is now 16 months old and just returned
from a week visit with "Grandpa" in Newport News,
Virginia where her favorite activity was listening to
grandpa play his ukelele and sing his many songs.

Joshua Jefferson Morgan

Jeff (BHS'84) and Elizabeth Morgan of Buellton,
California, announce the birth of their first child,
Joshua Jefferson, on March 12, 1996.
Joshua's grandparents are Dick and Julieta
(Preciado) Morgan of Sarasota, Florida, retired from
the Panama Canal Commission since 1989.
Jeff and Elizabeth relocated to California in late
1995 after one too many hurricanes in St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands, where they had lived for five

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Patricia Adams, 79, of Pass Christian, Mississippi,
passed away on March 25, 1996 of heart failure. She
was employed by FAA in the Canal Zone for many
She is survived by her husband, Robert H.
Adams of Pass Christian; a daughter, Susan
Epperson; two sons, Mike Halley and Robert Roy

Dorothy Jean Hoffman Allen died January 13,
1996 at Seal Beach, California. She was the widow
of the late William H. Allen, and they resided in Ft.
Davis and the 15th Naval District. She was a
member of the Society for over twenty years, and
was active with the Girl Scouts, the Balboa Union
Church, and was a member of the Order of the
Eastern Star.
She is survived by daughters Elizabeth Allen
Kane, Ventura, CA, and Nella Allen Twinks, Irvine,
CA; a sister, Kathleen Replinger, (USAF Ret.) and
a grandson, Derek Allen Webster.

Howard "Alex" Alexander, 77, of Spring Hill,
Florida, passed away June 2, 1996 at Spring Hill
Regional Hospital. He was born in Bolton, TN, and
was an Army veteran of World war II. He retired
from the Panama Canal Fire Division as a
Lieutenant in February 1977 with over 34 years of
government service.
Alex is survived by his wife, Mildred of Spring
Hill; two daughters, Sharon Martin of Huntsville,
AL, and Linda Borgmeler of Orange Park, FL; two
brothers, Marvin of Sommerville, TN, and Paul of St.
Louis, MO; and two grandchildren.

Jessie W. Anderson, 95, of Seminole, Florida,
died April 30, 1996 at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo.
He was born in Kent, OH, and lived for a time in
the Canal Zone, where he founded the SPCA and
the CUNA House of the Red Cross. He was a
member of the National Writers Association.
He is survived by two daughters; Mary A. Hale,
Largo, FL, and Dorothy A. Evans of Staunton, VA,;
six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Osmond Nathaniel "Ozzie" Austin, 78, died in
Miami, Florida, on June 29, 1996 following a lengthy
illness. "Ozzie" retired from the Locks Division,
Miraflores Locks in November 1973 with over 33
years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Olga Rivero Austin,
and sons, Osmond N. Austin Jr., and Leo Alexander
Austin who reside in Miami; seven grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.

Patricia R. (Sinclair) Bailey, 65, of Inverness,
Florida, died February 2, 1996. She was born and
grew up in New York City, NY, and was a member
of the 1948 USA Olympic Swimming Team. She
married the late Theodore L. Bailey and moved to
the Canal Zone in 1953 where she was employed as

a Swimming Pool instructor and manager m the
Gatun, Balboa and Coco Solo swimming pools until
the early 1960s. She was also known for her work as
an artist and for, her volunteer work with the
handicapped and various church organizations. She
moved to the Dunnellon/Inverness, Florida area in
1985 and lived there until her recent death.
She is survived by two sons, Ted Bailey of Ann
Arbor, MI, and Bill Bailey of Panama; a sister, Julia
Searle of Dunnellon and two grandchildren.

Gayle MacDonald Baldwin, 63, of Poison,
Montana, passed away April 8, 1996 at her home
from cancer. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1951 and
the University of Montana in 1955. She also held a
master of social work degree from Temple University,
PA. During the six years after she married her
husband in 1955, they lived in five states and West
Germany. In 1961 they moved to Belleview, WA and
for several years she worked for Eastside Community
Mental Health Center and was a charter member of
St. Peter's Methodist Church there. In 1976 they
moved to Swarthmore, PA, where she continued her
involvement with youth-oriented social work, and
was employed for five years by Presbyterian
Children's Village, Rosemont, PA. Following their
retirement in 1989, they returned to Montana, on the
shore of Flathead Lake. Gayle was preceded in death
by her parents, Lloyd A. and Doris Buck MacDonald,
and a son, David.
She is survived by her husband, Boyd of Poison;
three children, daughter Laura Gonzalez and son
Steven Baldwin of Redmond, WA, and Susan Troyan
of Bethlehem, PA; her brother, Dr. Charles L.
MacDonald of Falls Church, VA, and four

Elva M. (Reed) Beaty of Tucson, Arizona, died
June 1, 1996. She was a Balboa High School Class
of 1940 graduate.
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia (Ginny)
Beaty of Tampa, FL, and a brother, Arthur Brown
of Boston, MA.

Phyllis A Fisher Beum, passed away in Lincoln,
Nebraska on January 22, 1996. Born in Ancon, she
grew up in Gatun in the 30s and 40s, and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1949 where she was
a National Honor Society member. While at Ohio
State University, she and a classmate rode bicycles
across the United States to California and drove a
motorcycle back. She worked for the Batelle
National Research Institute until her marriage and
relocated to Lincoln. She eventually retired from the
Nebraska State Department of Health and was a
member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Valerie and
Elaine; a son, Paul; and four grandchildren all living
in Lincoln; and by a brother, John D. Fisher in
California who was also born and reared in Gatun.

Frederick Charles Bitter, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died May 10, 1996 at St. Anthony's Hospital.
Born in New Rochelle, NY, he left the Panama
Canal Zone in 1968, where he was senior chief
marine engineer. He was a member of Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, the U.S. Naval
Institute, National Rifle Association, the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees and the Pinellas

Association of Retarded Children. He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E; four
nephews, Dennis M. and Richard J. Tomford Jr. and
F. Stuart Clemmons, all of St. Petersburg, and Jay
Clemmons, of Clearwater.

Matilda (Van Siclen) Bogle, 88, of Poughkeepsie,
New York and formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died July 25, 1996 at home. Born in Brooklyn, she
went to the Canal Zone in 1914 and attended
Balboa schools. She was a member of the Red,
White and Blue Troupe and was a former member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. She left the
Isthmus about 1928 and became a graduate of
Grasslands School of Nursing, Valhalla, NY and was
a registered nurse at Grasslands Hospital for 30
years. She moved to Florida in 1972 from
Poughkeepsie and returned in 1993. Locally, she
attended St. Mark's United Methodist Church and
was a volunteer at the VA Medical Center at Bay
Survivors include a son, William N.; a daughter,
Barbara A. Lang, both of Poughkeepsie; two
brothers, William A. Van Siclen, Fort Lauderdale,
FL, and Robert E. Van Siclen, Seminole, FL; a
sister, Cornelia E. Van Siclen, St. Petersburg, FL;
five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Gloria G. Borell, 73, of Daytona Beach, Florida,
died February 29, 1996 at Horizon Health Care and
Specialty Center after a prolonged illness. She was
born in New York City and came to the Canal Zone
in 1961 when her husband Jim (Dutch) Borell
transferred as Chief Mate, SS Cristobal, to Master,
Towboat, Gamboa, Dredging Division. She had always
been an active member in her community, serving
several terms on the Civic Council, active in the
theater group and president of the Woman's Club.
She started the coffee shop in the local theater's
basement and represented Gamboa at meetings with
the Governor. At Daytona, she set up a Thrift store
for the Y.W.C.A.
She is survived by her husband, James W.; three
daughters, Gloria Layne, Tenafly, NJ, Victoria
Edwards, Homestead, FL, and Janet Flud, Allandale,
FL; a son, James J. of Burke, VA; eight
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jerry D. Boswell, 64, of Holiday, Florida,
formerly of Palm Harbor, died May 18, 1996 at
home. He was born in Akron, Ohio and left the
Canal Zone in 1982 where he worked as a foreman
for the Engineering Division, Department of Defense
in the air conditioning and refrigeration branch. He
was a decorated Marine Corps veteran of the Korean
conflict. He was a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge
1542, Margarita, Canal Zone and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida where he was recently honored for
his support and service to the Society.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley A.; two sons,
Steven of Holiday and Michael of Houston, TX; a
daughter, Debra Sanders of Friendswood, TX; his
mother, Lucy Boswell, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; two
sisters, Kay Wingard, Cuyahoga Falls, and Jocile
Green, Akron.

Isabelle Pat Thompson Medling Bujalski, of West
Haven, Connecticut, died on May 22, 1996. She was
a graduate of Balboa High School Class of 1947.
She is survived by her husband, Paul, of West

Haven; three sons, John, Egan, and Tracy; a brother,
Jimmy Thompson of Englewood, FL; her mother,
Belle Jones Thompson Schroeder, of Elim Park
Baptist Home, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT
06410; and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased
by a daughter, Kathleen.

Sylvia A. Burke, 85, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died June 2, 1996 at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in
Panama City, Rep. of Panama, she came to Florida
in 1980 from England. She was a member of
Apostolic United Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include a son, Roy O., of St.
Petersburg; a daughter, Beryl Hart, of Orlando, FL;
and two grandchildren.

Cleo Burns, 91, of Four Oaks, North Carolina,
died March 9, 1996. She was the widow of Jim
Burns who predeceased her in 1973. Cleo was buried
in Mathews, VA, in Pear Tree Cemetery. She was a
well known golfer while in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by a brother, J.D. Howell of
Brogden, NC, and two nieces.

Jeanne McKean Cabral, 33, of Brandon, Florida,
died June 14, 1996. She was a graduate of Balboa
High School and graduated from St. Leo College
with a degree in business administration. She was
the owner of Cabral Insurance Services, Brandon and
president of Paca Foods in Tampa. She left the
Canal Zone in 1979.
She is survived by her husband, Robert L.; a
son, Sean P. of Brandon; her father, John McKean
of Panama, her mother, Fay P. McKean of Dade
City, FL; a sister, Christine Darlene Ellis of
Dunnellon, FL; maternal grandfather, Arnold A.
Portier of Dade City.

Victor G. Canel, 75, a former director of the
U.S. Government's Information Office for the
Panama Canal Zone died April 29, 1996 in a
hospital in the southwestern French town of Chinon,
where he had moved after retiring from the Panama
Canal Company in 1981. He suffered from
emphysema, his widow, Joyce Canel said and was
hospitalized about two weeks before his death after
suffering from complications of that disease. He was
born in Staten Island, NY, and grew up in the
Cuban sugar mill town of Chaparra and spoke fluent
Spanish. He was a WWII veteran of the Marines and
participated in some of the bitterest fighting on Iwo
Jima, Saipan and Tinian Islands. He held the rank of
Sergeant and received the rank of Purple Heart.
Following service in the Marines, he joined the news
bureau of Pan American World Airways in Miami,
and after 16 years with Pan Am, he joined the
Panama Canal's information office, in 1964 and rose
to become assistant director and then director before
retiring in 1981. After retiring, he dedicated his life
to art, his first love, and turned to cartooning where
his work was published in the Tico Times in Costa
He is survived by his second wife Joyce, of
Chinon, France; his first wife, Wanda; five daughters
and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers, E.B. "Buck"
Canel, Spanish language boxing and baseball
broadcaster, and Jimmy Canel, United Press foreign
desk reporter.

Thelma P. Carey, 78, of Charlotte, North
Carolina, died July 23, 1996 at Presbyterian Hospital.
She was born in Swissvale, PA,. and received her
nursing degree from Conemough Valley Memorial
Hospital in 1940. She enlisted in the Armed Forces
Nurse Corps in 1942 and served in Europe during
WWII. In 1948 she was honorably discharged as a
Captain, then served for 23 years as a nurse in the
Canal Zone, retiring in 1990 to Charlotte.
She is survived by a son, Harry H. and his wife,
Sue of Tracy, CA; daughters Cissy Kotulski and
husband Dave of Lewisburg, PA, and Debbie
Swearingen and husband Paul of Charlotte; three
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Archie Benjamin Carroll, Jr., 76, of South Hill,
Virginia, passed away February 19, 1996. He was
born in Salt Lake City, UT, and served in World
War II in North Africa and Italy from 1942 to 1945.
He moved to Panama in 1956 and he and his wife
were active in the Balboa Union Church for many
years. Upon retirement from the Supply Division in
June, 1979, with over 27 years of service, he and his
wife settled in Haines City, FL. Due to his wife
Margaret's failing health, they moved to Virginia to
be closer to sons Rick and Steve. Margaret passed
away in April 1995.
Survivors include his six children, Archie B. III,
Athens, GA; Ronald I. Sandy, UT; Michael C., Elma,
WA; Richard D. and Steven R, both of South Hill,
VA; Margaret C. Newberry of Sugar Hill, GA; two
sisters, Dorothy Slama of Utah and Ruth Whitmer of
Salinas, CA; 18 grandchildren and five great-

Maj. Gen. William Arnold Carter, 88, of
McLean, Virginia, died March 18, 1996 of a lung
ailment at a Northern Virginia Hospital. He was the
governor of the former Canal Zone from 1960 to
He is survived by his wife, Sara, of McLean; two
daughters by his first marriage, Jane Carter Webb of
Newport News and Linda Carter Bell of Falls
Church; three stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and 12
great-grandchildren. (See News Clips)
Jane V. Catanzaro, 96, died at home in Chicago,
Illinois, on April 29, 1996. She was the widow of
the late Anthony J., retired employee of the Panama
Canal Company. After his death in 1959, she made
her home in Chicago and Houston, TX. She was
preceded in death by her daughter, Rose Brogie.
Survivors include two sons, John (and Olga) of
Houston; Thomas of Chicago; a daughter, Anita
Oberholtzer of Balboa, Panama; a sister, Virginia of
Chicago; a brother, John of Chicago; nine
grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and three
great-great-grandchildren. Internment was in Corozal
Cemetery following Mass at St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, Panama.

Eletheer B. Catron, 85, of Aiken, South Carolina,
passed away June 11, 1996. A native of Fairfax
County, VA, she obtained her registered nursing
degree from the Emergency Hospital in Washington,
DC, her pediatrics training at Children's Hospital in
Philadelphia and in obstetrics at Johns Hopkins in
Baltimore, MD. She served in the Salvation Army
Welfare Camp for underprivileged children, the
surgical ward of the Cornell Medical Center, the
Department of Agriculture and the Emergency

Hospital of Washington, DC. She was also a nurse
supervisor at Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal Zone,
later becoming a public health nurse for the Canal
Zone towns of Gamboa and Santa Cruz. In Aiken,
she worked at the Aiken County Hospital, and was
a member of St. John's United Methodist Church,
Aiken. She was the widow of James O. Catron.
Surviving are two sons, James O. Jr. of Madison,
FL, and William L. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a
daughter, Penny Catron Letterhos, Clinton, MS; a
brother, William Besley, Mineral, VA; a sister, Mary
Elizabeth Vizolo, Mineral; and five grandchildren.

Captain Joe Young Christian, 70, of Cape Coral,
Florida, died July 6, 1996 at Cape Coral Hospital
from complications following a fall. Born in
Waycross, GA, he graduated from the United States
Merchant Marine Academy in 1946, and was
employed in the Merchant Marine until entering the
U.S. Navy in 1950. After serving for 712 years in the
Navy, he was employed as a Panama Canal Pilot,
then resigned in 1965 and returned to Southport,
NC, as a Cape Fear River Pilot for three years. He
then returned to the Panama Canal as a Pilot and
remained until his retirement in 1985, moving to
Cape Coral in 1987. He was a member of Abou
Saad Shrine Temple, Balboa, and Cape Coral First
United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia C. Christian
of Cape Coral; two daughters, Christian C. Walentine
of Grapevine, TX, and Rosemary Christian of Felton,
CA; a son, Joe Y. Christian II of Pasadena, CA;
four grandchildren; a brother, Jack Christian of New
Smyrna Beach, FL, and an aunt, Mrs. Evelyn Young
Christian of Southport, NC.
Henry Jackson "Jack" Chase died Saturday, July
27, 1996, at Madison Parish Hospital in Tallulah,
Louisiana at the age of 81. Jack was born in Santa
Maria, Columbia. He came to the Panama Canal
Zone at six months of age and stayed until his
retirement from the Panama Canal Company on
January 13, 1971. After retirement, he resided in
Winter Haven, FL, until October 1993 when he
moved to Vicksburg, MS.
He began work for the Panama Canal selling
pickles at the Balboa Commissary delicatessen
counter and retired as the Assistant to the General
Manager, Supply Division, after more than 37 years
of service. During his career with the Panama Canal,
he served as manager of the Balboa Clubhouse, and
also managed both the Tivoli and Washington Hotels.
Jack was a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of
America attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and later
becoming the Scoutmaster of Balboa's Troop Three.
He was a lifetime member of the Canal Zone
Masonic Lodge and served for a number of years as
the National Vice President of the AFGE.
Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy Phyllis
Chase (nee Hallbergh) of Vicksburg; his son, Alfred
W. Chase of the Republic of Panama; his daughter,
Phyllis Ann Birchett of Vicksburg; two grandchildren,
Mark Birchett of Vicksburg, and Beryl Ann Chase of

Caleb C. Clement, Sr., 81, of Pensacola, Florida,
died May 4, 1996 at his home. He was a native of
Ancon, Canal Zone and had resided in Pensacola for
the last 14 years. He was a former pipefitter/diver of
the Atlantic Locks Division in Gatun and retired in
December 1973 with over 37 years of service. He
was a World War II veteran, having served in the

U.S. Navy Sea Bees; a life member of the American
Legion; a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1542; Sibert
Masonic Lodge AF&AM of Gatun; Scottish Rite
Bodies of Balboa, C.Z; and Abou Saad Shrine
Temple of Balboa. He was also a member of Gatun
Union Church for 45 years and was locally a
member of Summit Park United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth E. of Pensacola;
two sons, Orrin and wife Carol of Pensacola, and
Caleb C. Jr. and wife Virginia of Vancouver, WA;
a daughter, Mary Ruth Vaughn and husband Steve
of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Carrie, Candace
and Casey Clement of Pensacola; Drew and Megan
Vaughn of Houston, Dawn, Marilee, Barak and
Graham Clement of Vancouver; a sister, Virginia
Townsend and husband, Wesley of Ocala, FL; sister-
in-law, Barbara Dedeaux and husband, Louis of
Pensacola; two brothers in law, Harry Egolf and wife
Mary of Seminole, FL, and George Egolf and wife
Bobbie of Pinellas Park, FL; and several nieces and

Gertrude J. Connard, 86, of Aiken, South
Carolina, died March 23, 1996 at Aiken Regional
Medical Centers. She was a native of Gorgona, Canal
Zone and was a retired manager of the Commissary
of the Panama Canal Company with over 22 years of
service. She was a member of AARP, The Panama
Canal Society of Florida, and NARFE Chapter 934
of Aiken.
She is survived by three daughters, Margery
Meyer of N. Augusta, Barbara J. Connard of
Colorado Springs, CO, and Linda Lee Connard of
Aiken; a son, Robert J. of Ashland, OR; a brother,
Joseph E. Angel of Minneapolis, MN; eleven
grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Charles J. Connor, 91, of Clearwater, Florida,
died July 2, 1996 at Regency Oaks, Clearwater. He
was born in New York City and left the Panama
Canal in 1967 where he was a captain of a drill boat
with the Dredging Division, with over 26 years of
service. He was a member of St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons,
Donald of Spokane, WA, and Robert "Bob", Norman,
OK; a sister, Agnes Kelsh, Lakewood, NJ; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Covington, of Albuquerque, New
Mexico, died February 9, 1996 of a stroke. He was
formerly employed by the Dredging Division, Panama
Canal Zone, as an operator on the dredge Las
Cruces and the dredge Mindi
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Simms), and
six children; Robert, Caroly, Rosie, Capt. George,
Cecilia and Virginia; and many grandchildren.

Isabel Schloming Cummings, 78, of Largo,
Florida, died May 3, 1996 at home. She was born in
the Panama Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1935. She moved from Albuquerque,
NM, to Largo in 1987. She was a teacher and a
member of the University of Washington Alumni
Association, and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include a son, Richard, of Clovis, NM;
and a daughter, Joan Semcer, of Naples, FL.

Esther W. Currier, 100, died June 22, 1996 in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She was born in Minneapolis,
MN, and was a graduate of Miss Woods School
(Macalester College). She lived in the Canal Zone
from 1919 to 1928 and 1936 to 1957 when she
retired from the Commissary Division with over 18
years of service. Upon retirement she moved to
South Gate, CA, where she was the director of a
nursery school until moving to St. Petersburg in 1972.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris C. Post of
St. Petersburg, and Donna C. Gude of Big Canoe,
GA; five grandchildren and twelve great-

Lydia Czapek, 78, died July 15, 1996 in Tucson,
Arizona where she lived since retirement. She first
worked for IAGS, then the P.C.C Engineering
Division as a draftsman, and finally in the Geodetic
Survey Department. Her long time hobby has been
gems and minerals. She was a member of Tucson
Gem and, Mineral Society and Old Pueblo Lapidary
Club and the Micromount Society. She taught
underprivileged youths how to facet gemstones.
No known survivors have been listed.

Marylee (Kelly) Davison, 70, died suddenly of a
heart attack on February 4, 1996 in Fredericksburg,
Texas. She was born in Butte, MN, and was very
active in many groups in the Coco Solo and Atlantic
area. She ran the "Red Barn" Youth Center, was a
member of the Atlantic Civic Council, worked at the
Coco Solo Thrift Shop and many other community
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jack
C. Davison, formerly of the Maintenance Division
(Mount Hope Water Plant) for 16 years; three
children, John (CHS'76) of Ft. Collins, CO, Paula
Davison (CHS'78) of Austin, TX, and Jennifer
Davison (CHS'79) of San Antonio, TX; and two

Emma Marie Englebright, 91, of Tucson,
Arizona, died February 27, 1996. She was a member
of Arizona Chapter #2, O.E.S., Tash Tonlik Court
#10, Order of Amaranth, Assembly #115, Special
Order of the Beauceant, Oasis Court #75, L.O.S.
and Olana Temple #131, Daughters of the Nile. She
was an associate member of the F.O.P. She was
preceded in death by her husband, T.E. Englebright
and her son, Frank Lindstrom.
She is survived by her daughters, Marjorie M.
Presson of Collinsville, IL, Dolores H. Harris, Beverly
A. Fraim, both of Tucson; stepchildren, Norma Lee
Deaton, and Dorothy M. Dunn, both of Fairburn,
GA; Ted E. Englebright Jr. of Topock, AZ; a sister,
Sophia Gustafson of Tucson; 16 grandchildren, 31
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Erma Caswell Forbes, well known Canal Zone
schools nurse, died at age 91 on May 10, 1996 in
her hometown of Sun City, California. She was born
in Rixford, PA; retired from the Canal Zone in 1963.
To further honor her 35 years of nursing service, the
president of Panama presented her with a medal of
recognition. She lived 21 years in Sun City where she
was an active member of the Sun City First Baptist
Church. She also belonged to the City of Hope
NARFE, and several missionary organizations.
Survivors include a son, James and daughter-in-
law Nancy of Vancouver, B.C.; a daughter, Joan Rae

Astrin of Sparks, NV; seven grandchildren; two great-
grandchildren; a niece, Jean Atkinson of PA; and an
uncle, Ellsworth Schoenbach of Sun City, CA.
Thomas Frey, 61, of Coronado, California, died
at home on June 13, 1996. Born in Point Pleasant,
WV, he grew up in the Canal Zone where he lived
from 1936 to 1951. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa
from the University of California, Berkley in 1958
and retired from California First Bank in 1990 where
he was called an "Economic Guru." His hobby was
orchids and had finished his manuscripts, after years
of research on the origins of orchid names.
He is survived by his brother, Frederick of
Tucson, AZ, and several nephews and grandnephews
and grandnieces.

Jane L Frost, 72, of Tampa, Florida, died March
10, 1996 after battling emphysema. Born in
Connelsville, PA, she lived in the Tampa area most
of her life. In the 1960's the family resided in Coco
Solo, Canal Zone for several years while her husband
was employed by the Mechanical Division. She
reopened and managed the Teen Club in Coco Solo.
Locally, she was an LPN at Asturiano Hospital from
which she retired in 1985.
She is survived by her husband, John Frost of
Tampa; three sons, John and Fred of Tampa, and
Jim of Blackshear, GA; three daughters, Dotty Hon,
Vicki Frost and Debbie Frost, all of Tampa; eleven
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by a son, Tommy in 1979.

Dorothy P. Gallagher, 77, of Orange City,
Florida, passed away June 24, 1996 at Bryn Mawr
Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA, from a stroke. She was a
homemaker was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, John J.
Gallagher; a daughter, Mary Ann; two sisters. Ethel
Gealer and Evelyn Henzy; three brothers, Wesley
Long, Leonard Long, and Robert Long. She was
predeceased by a brother, Edward Long.
Internment was in Broomall, PA.

Robert T. Geddes, 82, a retired water treatment
operator for the federal government, died Wednesday,
July 17, at Parrish Medical Center. He was employed
by the Panama Canal Company until his retirement
in 1973. His father, Thomas, was a Construction Day
employee and held the Roosevelt Medal, along with
his two brothers, Al and Joe.
Mr. Geddes was born in New York City. He
came to Brevard County in 1987 from Ocala.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Roosevelt Medal Descendants Society and
International Union of Operating Engineers.
Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Risberg
of Titusville, FL, Dianne Schmenck of West
Layfayette, IN, and Barbara Tung of Denver, CO,
sons, Robert Geddes Jr. of Balboa, Panama, and
William Geddes of Tulsa, OK; brother, Frank Geddes
of Inverness; sister, Gloria Parker of Inverness; nine
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Interment took place in Ocala, FL.

Nora F. Green, 78, of Aiken, South Carolina
died May 8, 1996. Born in Colon, R.P., she attended
Canal Zone schools, graduating from Cristobal High
School in 1937, and attended business school in
Brooklyn, NY. She worked several years for the

Cristobal Commissary, and lived on the Atlantic side
until 1967. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic
Womens Association, the Florida and South Carolina
Panama Canal Societies, an several local bridge clubs.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years,
Charles L. Green; a son, Edward H. of Kalamazoo,
MI; a daughter, Virginia A. Machak of North
Augusta, SC; and three sisters, Helen Alexander of
San Antonio, TX, Margaret Sapp and Edna Ogletree
of St. Petersburg, FL; and two grandchildren.

Ben B. Gupton, 83, passed away on May 31,
1996 in Silver City, New Mexico. Ben worked for the
U.S. Customs, mostly at Pier 18 in Balboa. He
retired from the Canal Zone in February 1969.
He is survived by his wife of 50 plus years,
Lorenza, of Silver City, and his daughter, A. Suzanne
Poole of St. Louis, MO.

Kenneth Jason Hall, 28, of Guatemala City,
Guatemala, Central America was killed on June 23,
1996 piloting a small aircraft.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Morris Hall
and three children; Kenneth James, 4, Krystal Lynn,
2, and Devon Anthony, 10 months. Parents-in-law,
Bob and Linda Morris flew to Guatemala for the
funeral. Brother Carlton and brother-in-law John
Connerton were also in attendance.

Opal Harvey, 91, died September 1995 in
Meridian, Mississippi. She lived in Old Cristobal and
Margarita from 1946 to 1962. Her husband was with
the Motor Transportation Division at Mount Hope
and predeceased her in 1981.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Johnson,
with whom she drove to California when she was 90
to see three great-granddaughters, Amanda, Desiree
and Elizabeth.

Harry C. Heintz, Jr., 73, of Springfield, Ohio,
died unexpectedly on April 28, 1996 at home. He
was born in Covington, LA, but was raised in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1941. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He worked at the Panama Air Depot and later
transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB and was in the
Structural Test Division He retired in 1978 with 32
years of service. He attended St. Joseph Church and
was a member of NARFE; the Knights of Columbus;
and was an avid golfer, regularly attending the "Gas
House Gang" Golf Tournament with his wife.
Survivors are his wife, Mildred B.; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Harry C. and Nancy Heintz III of
Phoenix, AZ, and Kurt W. and Christine Heintz of
Urbana, OH; three grandchildren; a brother, Lionel
Heintz of Oklahoma and several nieces and nephews.

Albert B. Hendricks, 75, passed away suddenly on
April 8, 1996 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was the
son of a Roosevelt Medal holder with four years
service with the Isthmian Canal Commission. He was
a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of 1937
and majored in Business Administration at the U. of
North Carolina until WWII started when he enlisted
in the US Army, serving in North Africa, Italy,
England, France and Germany, ending active service
as a Captain. Upon returning to Panama he worked
for the Accounting Division, Budget and Rates
Division and Systems Division. He was also self-
employed in an accounting practice. He was active in

the Reserve Officers Association and Balboa Yacht
Club. Upon retirement in 1977, he and his wife
sailed their boat Blue Manx from the Canal Zone to
North Carolina where they built a home and resided
before moving to Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Jean"; two
daughters, Lesley Hendricks Litzenberger of Beaufort,
SC, and Camille Bassett of Atlanta, GA; a son,
Beattie of Corpus Christi; five grandchildren and two

Hilda J. Hinz, 90, of La Boca, Rep. of Panama,
passed away April 10, 1996 following a brief illness.
Born in Curacao, Netherland Antilles, she was the
widow of Charles F. Hinz who was employed for 31
years in the C.Z. Postal Service. Fluent in six
languages, she served throughout World War II in
the Balboa Office of censorship, and was a member
of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son, Charles J. Hinz of
the Panama Canal Commission; two grandsons, Karl
Hinz of Orlando, FL, and Dr. Charles W. Lester of
Miami, FL; and a granddaughter, Heidi Hinz of
Panama City, Rep. of Panama.

Margaret Hardy Hollowell, 91, of Gainesville,
Florida, passed away April 30, 1996 after a brief
illness at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Margaret was born in East Tawas, MI. She married
Charlie Hardy in 1922 and moved to the Canal Zone
in 1926. She worked for the United Fruit Company
for several years and Charlie was manager of the
Washington Hotel. He retired in 1953 and died in
1972. Marge then married Ross Hollowell, past
president of the Panama Canal Society in 1973. After
is death in 1988, she moved to Gainesville to be
near her son and family. She was a member of the
Eastern Star and The Panama Canal Society of
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
Chuck and Lucy Hardy of Gainesville; eight
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a
step-daughter, Lois Jones of St. Petersburg, FL.

Robert Mackenzie Hull, 72, of Sarasota, Florida,
died on June 12, 1996 at Doctors Hospital in
Sarasota. Bob was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England,
and moved to Canada at age 15 to attend Trinity
College School in Port Hope, Ontario where he
excelled in track and field, hockey and football.
Following graduation, he moved to the Rep. of
Panama where he met and married Lia Osorio. He
worked as a shipping agent at C. Fernie & Co. until
he retired in 1981. During his career in Panama and
the Canal Zone, he was active in Little Theater. the
Boy Scouts of America, and Brazos golf. Bob spent
all his retirement years in Sarasota where he pursued
his love of golf.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife, Lia; two
sons, Richard of Sarasota, and Randy of Westwood,
NJ; five grandchildren, Randy, Ryan, Chris, Jeff, and
Cyndi. He was recently preceded in death by a
granddaughter, Heather.

Vera Grace Irving, 92, passed away January 14,
1996 at the Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia. She
resided in Sterling, VA, for the past eight months.
After her automobile accident in May 1995, she
developed a cold which went into bronchitis and her
lungs, heart and kidneys began to fail. She had many

dear friends and was a devoted mother and
grandmother. She was also a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
She is survived by her children, Vicki, Kim,
Wade, Erin and Gary, who all went to Illinois for
their mother's burial.

Evelyn Johnstone, 69, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
passed away on April 25, 1995. She was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and an
active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral in
Ancon, Canal Zone. She was presented with the
Episcopal Cross prior to her departure from the
Isthmus. Evelyn was an active member of the
Amateur Radio Operators of the Canal Zone and
was known by her call letters KZ5EJ.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years,
Captain Henry "Hank" K. Johnstone of Pinellas Park;
and two daughters, Kathleen Johnstone of Alabama
and Eileen Legg of Mississippi; a son, Joseph of
North Carolina, and five grandchildren.

Lydia Powell Jones, 93, of Punta Gorda, Florida,
passed away on April 11, 1996. She was born in
Altoona, AL, and came to the Canal Zone in 1936
where she lived mostly in Pedro Miguel. She was
preceded in death by her husband, James "Horace"
Jones who retired from the Pacific Locks Division.
She is survived by a son, James A. of Punta
Gorda, FL; a brother, Clyde Powell of Birmingham,
AL; three grandchildren and three great-grand-

T. Dwight Ladd, 87, of Claridon, Ohio, died June
28, 1996 at home. He served in the U.S. Navy
during WWII. In 1940 he was employed by the U.S.
Government in Washington, D.C. and then
transferred to the Panama Canal Company where he
worked for ten years, making many friends on the
Atlantic side. His wife taught school in Margarita for
a short time. He returned to Ohio in 1953 and
taught English and Journalism until he retired in
1969. He published a book of his poems called
"Buckeyes and Bougainvilleas".
Survivors are his wife, Elizabeth (Clark) Ladd;
two daughters, Carane Ladd and Felicia (David)
Dixon; two granddaughters, and a sister, Barbara
Ladd of Claridon Township.

Irene A. Ladrach, 81, of Seminole, Florida, died
June 2, 1996 at Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio. She
was born in Twinsburg, OH, and left the Canal Zone
after she retired in December 1973 with over 30
years of government service. She graduated from
Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing, and
was a Army Nurse Corps veteran in the European
theater of World War II and returned to the Canal
Zone immediately thereafter. She worked 28 years as
a nurse supervisor at Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone.
Her memberships included American Legion Post
1223, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, New
Philadelphia VFW Post 1445, the Ragersville, OH
Historical Society, and N.A.R.F.E.
Survivors include a sister, Alberta Stein, Dover,
OH; a niece; and nine nephews.

Ann T. Lattin, 86, of DeLand, Florida, died
March 8, 1996 at Mariner Health Care. She was
born in Smithville, TX, and left the Canal Zone in
1967. She was a member of the First Church of
Christ Scientist, Boston; a member and first reader

of the First Church of Christ Scientist, of DeLand,
FL; West Volusia Arts Inc.; and the National League
of American Pen Women, where she served as a
past president. She was a former Christian Science
Survivors include a son, Roy H. Trullinger of
DeLand and three grandchildren, George Trullinger
of Las Vegas, Bobby Trullinger of Miami, and Sandy
Trullinger of New York City, NY.

Ethel Laurie, died December 5, 1995. She had
alzheimer's decease for the last eight years, but died
from a heart problems. She was a high school
mathematics teacher, both on the Atlantic and Pacific
sides of the Isthmus. She was the widow of the late
Walter Laurie.
She is survived by her son, Steve Laurie,
grandson Tanner, and step-daughter Christine
(Laurie) Gaehring; and her brother Ed Pitche of
Albany, NY, and a niece, Lauray I. Will.

Norman Lewis, 76, of Williston, Florida, was
found in his Chevrolet pick-up in a water-filled
quarry after a two year search on April 4, 1996. He
was last seen on March 24, 1994. His body was
found by six members of Explosive Ordinance
Detection Mobile Unit 6 from Mayport Naval
Station, near Jacksonville, using an underwater metal
detector following a Psychic's tip given nine months
ago. He was reported missing in the September 1994
issue of the Canal Record in the "Where Are You"
column which stated that he had left his wallet,
checkbook, licenses etc. at home. He was formerly a
boiler tender in Gamboa, a U.S. Navy veteran and
retired from the Panama Canal Dredging Division in
June, 1973 with 35 years service. He was also a
former member of the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by a brother, Joe, in Williston;
two sisters, one in Orlando and another in North

Billy M. Lohr, 76, of Sequim, Washington, died
March 21, 1996 at home. He and his wife, Martha
arrived at the Canal Zone in 1959 aboard their
sailboat Serai He was employed as an engineer and
later was plant engineer, Locks Division. At the time
of his retirement in 1980, he was Chief, Motor
Transportation Division. He was a 35 year member
of the Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone, Scottish
Rite, Abou Saad Shrine Temple and Royal Order of
the Jesters, as well as a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida and Sequim B.P.O.Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Martha, of Sequim; a
son, Neil of Anacortes, WA, and a granddaughter,
Captain Samuel Londynsky, 75, of Blauvelt, New
York, died February 22, 1996. He last worked as a
Panama Canal Port Captain in Balboa, Panama, for
the Panama Canal Commission. He was a 1944
graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at
Kings Point, NY, and joined the MM&P in 1946. He
and his first wife, the late former MM&P Associate
Counsel, Betty Olchin, helped ensure that the
Panama Canal Pilots Association remained a strong
part of the MM&P in the 1960s. He later served as
business Agent for the Panama Canal Pilots
Association in the 1970s and was promoted to
Assistant Port Captain in 1978, and Port Captain in
1979. He served at the end of World War II with

the War Shipping Administration and also the U.S.
Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member
of the Council of American Master Mariners and
was awarded the Silver Mariner Award in 1994 by
the Kings Point Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Joan (Stevenson)
Londynsky;. two sons, MM&P member Paul
Londynsky of San Remon, CA, and Capt. Jeffrey
Londynsky of Maywood, NJ. He is also survived by
two sisters, three grandchildren, several nieces and
Ellis J. Lowe, 79, died at home in Diablo,
Panama on April 14, 1996 after a long illness. He
served with the US Army Air Corps and the US
Navy during WWII and came to Panama in 1952
where he was employed as a refrigeration and air
conditioning mechanic at Gorgas Hospital. When he
retired in 1977, he was in charge of the hospitals'
refrigeration and air conditioning plants. After
retiring, he continued to work as a mechanic. He
was always there to help a friend.
He is survived by sisters, Joy Stafford and
Katherine Farrell of Tucson, Arizona, and was
preceded in death by brothers Edward and George
Lowe. He was given a military funeral at Corozal
Cemetery, Panama.
Maryjane Fraser Ludlum, of Ridgewood, New
Jersey, passed away March 28, 1996 of Idiopathic
Pulmonary Fibrosis, an incurable sickness. Raised in
the Detroit area, she was the daughter of David
Fraser, automotive engineer and early pioneer in the
auto industry. She attended Albion College and the
University of Michigan where she was a member of
Alpa Delta Pi sorority. She taught in the Detroit
Public Schools and received her Masters Degree from
Wayne State University. In Ridgewood, she became
a member and past president of the Ho-Ho-Kus
Volunteer Ambulance Corps and also assisted in
forming the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
She became a registered nurse in 1973 and worked
at Valley Hospital until her health failed recently.
She is survived by her husband, Warren 0.
Ludlum (BHS'41) of Ridgewood; daughters Edythe
Ludlum, Maerose Ludlum and son-in-law Dennis
Reilly of Old Tappan, NJ.

Robert Lulfs, 64, of Deerfield Beach, Florida,
died June 26, 1996 after a lengthy illness. He was
stationed in Quarry Heights from 1950-1952 and
married his wife during that time at Ancon, who had
resided in the Canal Zone for 12 years, graduating
from Balboa High School in 1951.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Ladd) Lulfs
of Deerfield Beach, FL, five children and seven

Bea Mable, 85, died May 10, 1996 in LaFollette,
Tennessee. She was the widow of James A. Mable,
a Locks Division retiree. They lived in Pedro Miguel
and Diablo, Canal Zone, and Port Richey, FL.
She is survived by a daughter, Sue Halvosa, and
a son, Carl Mable, both of Atlanta, GA; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

John Fred Martin, 73, of Las Vegas, Nevada,
died March 7, 1996 in a local hospital. He was born
in Illinois and retired from the Panama Canal Postal
System in April 1978 with over 31 years of

Government service. He was also a veteran of the
U.S. Army and settled in Las Vegas after retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Olga; sons, Jose,
Robert and Jaime; a daughter, Sonia, all of Las
Vegas, and two grandchildren.

Ruth (Myers) Montanye, 73, of Vernon,
Connecticut, wife of Kenneth Montanye Sr., died on
April 22, 1996 at Rockville General Hospital. She
was born in Jackson, MI, and was a Vernon resident
for 29 years. She served as a Second Lieutenant with
the Army Nurses Corps in the Pacific Theater, on
the island of Saipan during World War II. She later
worked at Cleveland's Veterans Memorial Hospital;
Gorgas Hospital in Panama Canal Zone and retired
in 1987 as a staff nurse at Rockville Memorial
Nursing Home. She was a communicant of St.
Bernards Church, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son,
Kenneth Jr. of Eau Clair, WI; daughters Mary of
Ellington, CT, Carol of Avon, CT, Kathy of Tolland,
CT, and Nancy of Vernon; 18 grandchildren, and one
great-grandchild. She was buried with full military
honors in St. Bernards Cemetery.

Robert O. Morgan, of Rockport, West Virginia,
passed away June 1, 1996 from cancer. He retired
from the Panama Canal Company Dredging Division
in 1980 with over 33 years of service. He was a 32"
KCCH Scottish Rite Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sumie
Morgan; a son, Albert S, of Ft. Campbell, KY; a
daughter, Ruth Moran, Del City, OK; and three

Walton Gray McGee, 73, of Phenix City,
Alabama, died March 4, 1996 at Phenix Regional
Hospital in Phenix City. He was born in Savannah,
GA, and retired from the Panama Canal Company
as Lock Master in September 1977 with 29 years of
service. He was a veteran of WWII and also a
member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Phenix City.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Miller
McGee of Phenix City, two daughters, Karen Gruver
of Phenix City and Sheliah Gilpin of Lumberton, NC;
two grandchildren, Russell Gruver and Natasha
Gilpin; and one nephew.

James M. McClain, 46, of Savannah, Georgia,
died February 29, 1996 at home. He was a native of
the Republic of Panama and was a long time
resident of Chatham County, GA. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Army and was active in local veteran
organizations. He was employed as a master
mechanic with the city of Savannah.
He is survived by a daughter, Amanda McClain
of Durham, NC; his father and stepmother, Ralph
and Jane McClain of Jacksonville, FL; his mother,
Carol Bova of Inverness, FL; and five sisters, Sherry
Lee McClain of Indian Rocks Beach, FL, Melissa
McClain of New York, Tauni M. Roster of Golden
Gate, FL, Gabrielle E. Kemeny of Los Angeles, CA,
and Gina Fogle of Boston, MA.

Almena A. (Mrs. John G.) McCoy, 95, died June
21, 1996 at her daughter's home in Tallahassee,
Florida. Born in Floyd, VA, she followed her
husband to the Canal Zone in 1928, and held several
jobs with the P.C. Co. before 1941 when she

transferred to the 15th Naval District until retirement
in 1954. The McCoys first settled in Orlando, then
to St. Petersburg in 1965 where she became active in
the Christmas Toy Shop, reconditioning and dressing
dolls for needy children. Her husband passed away in
1966 and by 1992 her eyesight and hearing
deteriorated to a point where living alone became
uncomfortable, and moved to her daughter's home.
She is survived by a daughter, Julia McCoy
Crawford of Tallahassee; a grandson, Jeffrey Poznick
of Pitman, NJ; a granddaughter, Julia Sargent of
Memphis, TN; a brother, Henry Agnew of Kingsport,
TN; a nephew, Bob McCoy, formerly of the C.Z.
lives in Girard, OH, and several nieces. She was also
predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Poznick in
Gerald Levi Neal, 82, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died March 21, 1996 at Columbia Northside Medical
Center. Born in Costigan, ME, he left the Canal
Zone in 1972, however he retired front the Panama
Railroad Division in 1968 as a conductor, with over
34 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II, serving on the battleship USS Guam
and was a member of American Legion Post 13, St.
Petersburg. He attended the University of Miami and
the University of Maine, and was a life member of
the Elks Lodge and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and the Cathedral of St. Jude the
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Marie
Helen; a daughter, Marguerite H. Zumbado, Orlando;
two brothers, Elwin G. of Miami and William of
Titusville; a sister, Laura Gallant of Gardiner, ME;
two grandchildren, Joseph Robles of Elkins, WV, and
Esther Robles Aronson of West Hartford, CT.; and
five great-grandchildren.

Charles J. "Chuck" O'Brien, of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater,
Florida on April 4, 1996. He was born in Zenia,
Ohio and was a WWII Army veteran. He was
employed in air cargo sales in El Salvador, Colombia
and Panama and later served as Vice President of
North American Van Lines. He retired from the
Panama Canal Commission Administrative Services
Division in May 1988 with over 17 years of service,
and was a Catholic.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sally of
Palm Harbor; a son, Kenneth, of Panama; daughters
Sharon O'Brien of San Diego, Melanie of Panama,
and Leslie Sanders of Fort Hood, TX; sisters, Mary
Kay Thorton of St. Petersburg and Eileen Heller of
Brooksville, FL, and seven grandchildren.

Ruth Brown Robertson, 77, of San Diego,
California, passed away in her sleep on May 25,
1996. She lived in Pedro Miguel from birth until she
married in July 1941 to Grady Robertson. She was
a BHS'1937 graduate. He father, Fred W. Brown,
worked at Miraflores Locks and had been a Panama
Canal employee from 1909, and held the Roosevelt
Medal with Bar. Ruth worked for an insurance
company in San Francisco, CA, for 25 years and
after retirement, moved to San Diego to be near her
She is survived by her son, Grady, and three
grandchildren, Kathleen, Grady Jr., and Laurie
Robertson, all of California.

Julian S. Rodriguez, 89, of Venice, Florida, died

June 23, 1996. He was born in the Philippines and
was a -professional musician.
Survivors include a daughter, Valerie Rodriguez
Tio of King of Prussia, PA, two sons, Julian P. of
Warenton, VA, and Kenneth of Venice; nine
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Robert G. Rowe, 88, died at home in Aiken,
South Carolina on April 21, 1996. A native of
Arcadia, NE, he retired from the Supply Division, as
retail manager in 1969 with over 27 years of service.
He was a member of NARFE, the Panama Canal
Societies of Florida and South Carolina and the Elks
Club. His wife, Meda "Billy" Rowe preceded him in
death in November 1995.
Surviving are a son, Robert C. and
granddaughters Stacy and Kelly of Pembroke Pines,
FL; and sisters Mary Walden and Irma Schrey of
Glendale, CA.

Sara P. Rowley, 82, of Clearwater, Florida,
passed away suddenly of natural causes on May 19,
1996 at home. She was born in Birmingham,
Alabama and came to the Canal Zone when she was
4 years of age, and lived on both sides of the
Isthmus. She was the widow of Capt. Samuel H.
Rowley Sr., formerly of the Navigation Division, who
passed away June 18, 1983. Upon his retirement, they
came to Clearwater in 1966 to make their home.
Sara was a member of the Red, White and Blue
Troupe during her school years and later was active
in the O.E.S., while remaining active in the Shrine
Auxiliary and other Masonic organizations. She was
an avid bridge player and member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida where she was a reporter
for the Canal Record for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy
Gerhart of Heidelberg, Germany, and June Stevenson
of Atlanta, GA; a son, Samuel H. "Skip" Jr. of
Tallahassee, FL; seven grandchildren, Kenneth,
Suzanne and Brian Gerhart, Davis R. Stevenson, Lori
Stevenson Snow, Renee Rowley Friedel and Adriane
Rowley, and five grandchildren; Alexandria, Nicholas,
and Sara Snow, and Miranda and Matthew Friedel.

Ellen Catherine Seaman, 87, of Covington,
Georgia, passed away March 24, 1996. She had at
her side; her three daughters, Jean Maher of
Massachusetts, Carol Gerrald of Conyers, GA, and
Pat Seaman of Covington; her husband, Harry C.,
who retired from the Commissary Division in 1963;
and four of her grandchildren. She also leaves behind
three great-grandchildren.

Earl W. Sears, 77, of Pensacola, Florida, died
April 9, 1996, at home following a prolonged illness.
He was a native of Springfield, OH, and had been
a resident of Pensacola for the past 20 years. He
arrived in the Canal Zone in 1940 with the U.S.
Army as a master sergeant in the Adjutant General's
Office, Quarry Heights. He married a local girl,
"Bea" Bathmann, daughter of a structural engineer
with the PCC in 1945, then joined the PCC with the
Supply and Community Services Division. He retired
as Chief of the Division in December 1974 with 34
years of government service. He spent his leisure
time working with Boy Scouts, Boys State, Little
League and was on the Board of Directors of the
American Legion. He was also an avid fisherman.
In addition to his wife, "Bea", survivors include
sons Jeffrey of Balboa, R.P., Gregory of Raynham,

MA, Richard of Pensacola and Douglas of Anson,
ME; a daughter, Cathy, also of Anson; two sisters,
Evelyn and Sandra of Culver City, CA; a brother
and sister-in-law David and Juanita of Fort Pierce,
FL; and five grandchildren, Katherine of Chapel Hill,
NC, Shauna of Curundu, R.P, Jason and Kelly of
Raynham, MA and Holly of Anson, ME.

Wayne Beachy Shutt, 92, of Raleigh, North
Carolina, died March 11, 1996 at Wake Medical
Center. He was born in Baltic, OH, and graduated
from Ohio State University as a civil engineer. He
worked on construction projects in the Western U.S.
and from 1938 to 1951, worked for the Panama
Canal Company. He later worked on other projects
in Medellin, Colombia before returning to the U.S.
with his family. He retired in 1962 as chief engineer
for Superior Stone Company (Martin-Marietta Corp.)
in Raleigh but continued to be a consultant on local
He was predeceased by his first wife, Martha L.
Queen and his second wife, Ruth L. Walker. He is
survived by a sister, Mary Hahn of Cleveland, OH;
daughters, Mary Kathryn Warther of Dover, OH,
Suzanne Griffin of Worthington, OH, and Polly
Marks of Raleigh; a son, James W. of Neenah, WI;
13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Julia T. Slice, 82, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed
away on May 17, 1996. She was born in Panama,
Republic of Panama and was married to James G.
Slice. Julia was very active in the VFW Ladies
Auxiliary, and was a member of Post 3822, Curundu,
Canal Zone and Post 2117, Venice, FL.
She is survived by her family, Gloriella and Ray
Walker of Las Vegas; Jim and Sherrie Slice of New
Braunfels, TX, and Tom Slice of Redlands, CA; five
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Dr. Frank Page Smith, 73, of Easley, South
Carolina, died May 29, 1996 at home following an
extended illness. He graduated from the Universities
of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Harvard and
was in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps for two years.
He trained further at Vanderbilt University, Boston
City Hospital, Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn and
returned to Gorgas Hospital in 1954, where he
served as assistant chief of internal medicine until
he retired in 1979. He was known by family and
friends for his good humor, jokes, storytelling and
generosity. His pastime was bird watching and
Panama was ideal for his hobby. He was also an
adventurer who loved to travel. In 1951, he and a
friend drove a jeep for 56 days from Buenaventura,
Colombia to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Surviving are his wife, Doris; four children, Myke,
Nick, Andy, and Maggie; two stepdaughters, Cathy
M. Harbin and Rhonda M. Colley; a brother, Dr.
Lloyd H. Smith; four grandchildren and five step-
grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife,
Thora Mykland Smith, and a brother, Senator Harris
Page Smith, and a sister, Peggy Page Smith.

Jack Smith, 43, died unexpectedly while at home
in Houston, Texas on July 2, 1996. He was a
graduate of BHS Class of 1971, and was the Canal
Zone's first official "Dog Catcher" before he left the
Canal Zone and settled in Houston where he worked
for the School's Transportation Department.
Surviving are his parents, Robert and Terry

Smith of Miami Lakes, FL; brothers Robert of
McCord AFB, WA, and Lester of Atlanta, GA; and
a sister, Terri Flynn, also of Atlanta, GA.

Edith L. Spencer, of Coral Gables, Florida,
formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, passed away on
November 10, 1995 after a prolonged illness. She was
born in Boston, MA, and worked as a Claims Officer
for the U.S. Army in Ft. Clayton. She retired in
1970 after 30 years of service. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Leslie M. Spencer in 1968.
She is survived by two daughters, Valerie A.
Cronan of West Chester, PA, and Janice D. LaCapra
of Miami, FL; and four grandchildren, Christopher
and Ashlee Cronan, and Christian and Judson

Kathleen Boling Standefer, 66, of Azle, Texas,
passed away March 17, 1996 at home. She was born
in Fort Worth, TX, and lived there most of her life.
She was a member of Ridglea Baptist Church; Past
President of the Junior Women's Club; Fort Worth
Garden Club, Canwick Club and Ridglea Country
She is survived by her husband, John E. "Jack"
Standefer (BHS'45)(CZJC'46); daughter Sandra Kay
Standefer of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law Jana
and Michael Boswell of Dallas; father and step-
mother Wallace and Ruth Boling of Fort Worth;
bothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Warren B. Boling and
wife Carlene of Arlington, W. Barton Boling and
wife LaNelle of El Paso; Sisters-in-law Mrs. H.B.
Standefer of Azle and Mrs. E.W. McLeon of
Charlotte, NC; and granddaughters Courtney Lynn
and Lindsey Dale Boswell of Dallas. She was
preceded in death by her daughter Deborah Kathleen
Standefer and her mother, Mrs. Wallace B. Boling.

Earl M. Stone, 86, of Santa Rosa, California,
died June 20, 1996 at home. He went to the Canal
Zone in 1942 and was an employee with the
Commissary Division and Customs Division until his
retirement in July, 1970 with over 28 years of
service. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge
1542 in Margarita, a Master Mason in Darien Lodge
(now Gatun Lodge) and played golf at Summit Hills.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; a daughter,
Lorna Stone Hopper of Fairfax, VA; sons Malcolm
J. of Hendersonville, NC and Kenneth S. of Mission
Hills, CA; and five grandchildren.

Shirley Keepers Taylor, 58, died June 22, 1996
of natural causes in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Born and raised in the Canal Zone, she was
graduated from CHS'56. She was the daughter of
erman and Annie Keepers.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Taylor; a
son, Lance of San Diego, CA; a daughter, Sherilene
Cooper of Boiling Springs, SC; and three brothers,
Herman of Vallejo, CA, William of Panama Canal
Zone, and Curtis of Tempe, AZ; and a grandson.

Lucille E. Torstenson, 78, of Minnetonka,
Minnesota, died December 24, 1995. She was born in
St. Paul, MN, and lived in the Canal Zone from
1945 to 1971. She was a teacher with the FSU
extension program; was president of the Girl Scout
Council, Canal Zone and established a Girl Scout
Camp in Gatun. She was a member of Royal Palm
Chapter #2, O.E.S. in Cristobal, of which she was a

past Worthy Matron. She and her husband retired to
Grand Rapids, MN and founded the Nordstjernen
Lodge, Sons of Norway. She resided in Kingsland,
TX, for the past 12 years and moved to Minnetonka
in October 1995.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford, of 54
years, who retired from the Navigation Division in
1971 with 29 years of service; daughters Mary
Gruman and husband William, of Plymouth, and
Carol Torstenson of Kingsland; a sister, Mrs. Hugh
T. Burns of Richfield; and two grandchildren, Nathan
and Gillian Gruman.

William Jennings Turner, 70, of Midland City,
Alabama, died May 27, 1996 following an extended
illness. He was born in Mulberry, FL, and moved to
the Canal Zone in 1930. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran during World War II and after his military
duty he returned to the Canal Zone as a Panama
Canal employee. He was Chief, Power Plant (Hydro),
in Gatun until his retirement in 1973 with 27 years
of government service, and settled in Zephyrhills,
FL, with his mother until 1993 when he went to
Alabama to join his sister and brother-in-law, Alene
and Dick Duncan who survive.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law,
Milton L. and Elsie Turner of Zephyrhills; nieces
and nephews including Debbie Gohde and Audrey
Bradley of Dothan, AL.

Dr. Charles H. Wall, 63, of Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, died June 8, 1996 in his home. He was
a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a
graduate of Waynesburg College, University of
Arkansas, Miami University of Ohio, with additional
studies at West Virginia University, University of
Pittsburg, University of Virginia, and Penn State
University. He was an English teacher with the Canal
Zone Schools Division at Balboa High School from
1963 to 1985 when he retired. He then joined the
English faculty at Penn State University. He also
served six years as President of the Pacific Chapter
of American Federation of Teachers and as Wage
and Grievance Officer for the Canal Zone Central
Labor Union.
He is survived by several cousins.

Robert E. Welborn, 79, of Indianapolis, Indiana,
died June 11, 1996. He was a technical editor 15
years for Howard W. Sams Co., retiring in 1979.
Previously, he was a fireman in the Panama Canal
Zone. He was also a Navy veteran of World War II;
a member of the American Relay League, and a
member of Saint Monica Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Victoria L. Amato
Welborn; children, Marilyn Peelle, Julie Scott, Robert
M., Anthony E.; sisters Helen Foster, Norma Zink,
Dianne Welborn; and five grandchildren.

Roy R. Wilferd, died February 16, 1996 of Lou
Gehrig's decease. He retired on December 9, 1978
from the Panama Canal Railroad as a conductor
from the Atlantic side with over 38 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Toni; a daughter and
son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Morris of Rocky Mount;
granddaughter. Kimberly Morris of Greenville, and a
grandson, Thomas Morris of West Palm Beach, FL.

Homer L. Winford, 90, of Lakeland, Florida, died
May 29, 1996 at Lakeland Health Center. Born in
Jonesboro, AR, he moved to Lakeland from the
Canal Zone in 1972 where he was employed as a
refrigeration mechanic. He was an Army veteran of
World War II and a member of the Disabled
American Veterans, Chapter 28 in Lakeland.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice J. of
Lakeland; Two sons, Robert of Inman, SC, and Billy
of Panama; six grandchildren, Melissa, Bill, Diana,
George, Bobby, Billy and Roseanna Swicegood; and
eight great-grandchildren.

Juanita Young passed away June 11, 1996 at
Ormond Beach, Florida. She was the widow of James
P. Young, a Canal Zone Police retiree in 1950. Mr.
and Mrs. Young spent most of their Canal Zone
years in Pedro Miguel.
She is survived by two sisters, Dolores Coffey
.and Armenia Metzger, both of Ormond Beach; a
son, James P. Young Jr. of Camano Island,
WA; and six grandchildren, Eleanor of Berkeley, CA,
James P. Young III, Thomas Young, Michael Young
and David Young of Panama, and Francis Young of
Seattle, WA.; and two great-grandchildren, Shannon
and Jack Young.

Bertha (Betty) Moya Wachta de Zerbinati, 69,
died of cancer of the liver in Panama City, Rep. of
Panama on October 13, 1995. She was born at
Gorgas Hospital in Ancon; graduated from Balboa
High School in 1944; worked for the Schools
Division and Esso Standard Oil Company in the
Canal Zone. She was the daughter of Eloisa and
Gilberto Moya, who was well known as the barber at
the Tivoli Hotel and later at the Balboa Clubhouse
for 45 years.
Betty is survived by two daughters by her late
first husband, Anthony J. Wachta; Mary Louise
Brown of Riverside, CA., and Cecilia Hahn of
Alexandria, VA; and two sons by her second
husband; Roberto Zerbinati of Panama, R.P. and
Tito Carlo Zerbinati of Alexandria, VA; a sister and
brother-in-law, Olga Moya Cadet and Emilio D.
Cadet of Panama, R.P.; five granddaughters; two
grandson; four great-grandsons and one great-

Emma W. Zierten, 89, of Seminole, Florida, died
April 23, 1996 at Columbia University General
Hospital, Seminole. She was born in Barrington, IL,
and left the Canal Zone in 1962. She was a middle
school teacher and was a member of Westminster
United Presbyterian Church, Seminole. She was
predeceased by her husband, Harold J. "Zip" Zierten
on March 22, 1981.
She is survived by a stepson, John Zierten of
Huntington, IN; a stepdaughter, Jeanne Goldsberry,
Lima, OH; a brother, Herbert H. Walbaum,
Barrington; a sister, Rose W. Brintlinger, Barrington;
two nephews, Charles H. Brintlinger and John
Walbaum; and two nieces, Jane Leck and Mary

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1st row, L-R: Bill and Gretchen Warren, Pete Foster. 2nd row, L-R: Jane Huldtquist, Anna Sprouse, Betty Snow,
Issy Gibson, Jean Schwenn, Joan Kozar, Ted Schwenn. 3rd row, L-R: Joy and Al Maale, Neallie VanSiclen,
Claude Jordi, Harry Foster, Max Jordi, Bob Harrington. Back, L-R: Marjorie Foster, Wheeler Griffin, Capt.
Richard Sturge.

A group of Zonian Amigos arrived in San Juan,
Puerto Rico on May 17, 1996 to join Pete and
Marje Foster a day before departing on a seven day
Southern Caribbean cruise. Their early arrival gave
the group time to sight-see, shop, visit the beautiful
hotels and casinos and dine in a local restaurant on
native dishes.
The following afternoon the group boarded the
newly refurbished 760 passenger Cunard Princess for
a cruise to four islands, Dominica, Granada, St.
Lucia and St. Kitts, which are not normally on many
cruise ships itineraries. Included in the ship's ports-
of-call were St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Thomas.
It was pleasing to see that St. Thomas had recovered
from their hurricane damage. Shopping in St. Thomas
was a pleasure as they had made their main street
a pedestrian mall.
While cruising, the group celebrated Jane
Huldtquist's and Ted Schwenn's birthdays. They also
enjoyed their private cocktail party with the ship's
Captain Richard Sturge, his wife Sandy and Staff

Captain Nick Bates. After the party, the captain
invited the group on a tour of the bridge to have a
special view of St. Kitts as the ship departed.
The group was surprised in encountering
Rosemary Reardon Martinez, dressed in a mola
outfit, on board. She lives in San Juan with her
husband and sails on various ships as a bridge
On May 26, the group returned to San Juan and
departed for home with the unanimous opinion that
they were part of another enjoyable cruise.
In closing, I would like to dedicate this cruise to
my late brother-in-law and very special friend, Jerry
Boswell whose expertise in computer programming
has helped me coordinate all my trips ABBA LA
Pete Foster

(The letter L)


To begin, I'm sure that many society members of
different generational age groups have seen the
wonderful movie now showing, "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Seeing this tribute to the teaching profession brotight
to my mind the wonderful teachers of the Canal
Zone schools of the thirties Ms. Candee, Ms. Frost,
Mr. Hatchett, Ms. Wardlow, Mr. Lee (both of them)
and many others. In looking back on those times I
never realized that my formal education was in the Z
best hands of a dedicated professional group. My
grades certainly did not reflect the teacher's expertise
I was being exposed to, but that was not for the
lack of trying. I learned to respect, them more and
more as the years passed. They were all wonderful
teachers and their success in my generation is
demonstrated by the many Canal Zone students of
the thirties being successful craftsmen, professionals
and military in the forties and fifty yders.
SIn viewing "Mr. Holland's Opus" I thought of the
Canal Zone students of the fifties and sixties and
recognize that they too had premiere type teachers.
The students of that era have gone on to successful
careers, and although I did not know many of the
teachers, one teacher came to my mind in viewing
"Mr. Holland's Opus", and that was the highly
popular and innovative Victor Herr. I didn't know
Vic Herr personally but, I felt the effect of his
teaching through the conversations of my children
and their friends. Vic Herr came to the Canal Zone
as a music teacher, band leader and orchestra -
director. I'm not sure what the year was, but I
gradually became aware of his effect on the students
by the increase in the sound of music at school 1937 Pin-ups on a ladder, Top to bottom: Mary Jane
gatherings, and his easy going manner with all the 7 P- ade, O tar ane
students both the music study students and all the Comley, Betty Haldeman, Olive Kalar?, Katherine
other types. Adams, Gail Haldeman. Submitted by Tom Rice.
Because of Vic, the spirit of Christmas and other
holidays became more evident around the Zone
communities. How many recall his four piece
oompahh" band playing Carols at Christmas outside
the Clubhouse and Commissaries? His student
German Band was enjoyed not only by the shoppers,
but also the tourists and others passing by the
Balboa Circle. He really had a wonderful rapport
with all the students and they respected and loved
Vic Herr remained in Panama after he retired
and lived in the village of Cerro Punta in the
mountains of Chiriqui until he passed away a few
years ago. The people of that region were fortunate
to have had this noted man amongst them in his
final years.
Our Canal Zone's Vic Herr was a real life "Mr.
Holland" in the movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus."

George Fitzgerald
Dunnellon, FL.


The November issue of Retirement Life cover
picture was of Arlington Cemetery in Washington,
.C. The tombstone in the foreground is that of CHRISTMAS 1995 IN CARDENAS: Back, L-R: Brian
Kennett F. Fussell who was the older brother of Bill Plaisance, Maurine (Cary) Dominich, Mann, Geri
and Norris Fussell, both very active NARFE Foster (Blanchette). Kneeling L-R: Lou Dominich,
members. Norris is also a member of the Panama Dorothy Cheshire, Bill Foster, Alan Cheshire.
Canal Society of Florida. Thanks to the Dominich family for the dinner!

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Four Generations L-R: Kathleen McConaghy, Seoul,
Korea, Til McConaghy, Clearwater, Florida, great-
grandson Sam Moore, age 3, Austin, Texas, and
granddaughter Kristin Moore, Austin, Texas.


My thanks to my former student Allen Brown of
Fort Worth, Texas for submitting the picture of the
1936 Sixth Grade Class of the Cristobal Elementary
School for the April Canal Record.
This was a wonderful group and I still remember
them after all these years.
With best regards and best of luck to all of you.
Your 1936 Sixth Grade Teacher,
Mrs. Borghild L. Herma Misenheimer
1490 N. Lake Mirror Dr. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881


Photo shows participants of the wedding rehearsal
dinner for Wendy Forster and Erik Staffeldt which
was to be held in Dallas, Texas, on June 15, 1996.
Zonians are identified with year of graduation in the
Canal Zone.
The wedding party was mainly from the Canal
Zone since both the bride and groom graduated from
Balboa High School in 1989.

L-R: Lisa P. Moffitt '89, James Wheeler '93, Anne
Staffeldt-Rivera '86, Charles Rogers '89, Carl
Dragseth '89, Eileen Bradley '89, Jeri Wheeler '90,
Wendy Forster '89, Valerie Forster '90, Erik Staffeldt
'89, Rebecca (Wetzstein) Rushmore '89, Kevin Rule,
Mike Garguilo, Xavier Rivera.


In May 1996, Georgia and Ted Corin, along with
the Friendship Force of Austin, Texas, spent one
week in Piacenza, Italy (near Milano) where they
were home-hosted by members of the Friendship
Force of Piacenza. FFI is an international
organization that brings people together through
homestay exchanges, creating unforgettable
experiences that build lasting bonds of friendship.
They also visited Milano, Mantua and Cremona while
in the beautiful and prosperous Po River valley.
After the exchange, a weekend was spent in the
Swiss-Italian Alps amid breath-taking scenery with
Swiss friends from their Panama days.
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Georgia and Ted Corin in Milano, Italy, May, 1996.

The next ten days were enjoyed with Capt. and
Mrs. Peter Kropotkin, also good friends from Canal
Zone days. They have a charming villa overlooking
the Tuscan hills just north of Florence, which Peter
says is at least 1,000 years old, and served as an
elite hunting lodge during the middle ages. The area
still abounds with pheasant, wild boar and porcine
mushrooms. Their place provided a great location for
visiting the art-historic sights in Florence and Siena,
as well as a peaceful place to relax between
excursions. Because Angela Kropotkin and Georgia
were both art history teachers in the Canal Zone in
the 70's there was much talk of monuments and
Friends will also be happy to know that the
Kropotkin's three Panamanian parrots and one
macaw are thriving in Italy, where they enjoy the
view of the beautiful Tuscan hills from the front
porch while munching on Peter's home-grown
Ted and Georgia Corin
Austin, Texas


Eddie Moore (BHS'40) and wife, Letty at the
Colosseum, Rome, Italy. April 26, 1996. They also
visited Florence, Pisa, Milan, Capri, Venice, Sorrento,
Assisi, Verona, Stressa and Genoa.

William's daughters Roseanna, and her husband
Frank (OR) and Laura (VT) could not attend. Laura
was awarded the position with the United Nations in
Washington, D.C. which will continue through May
1997. David and Ruth (McArthur) Ingram traveled
from Paris, Texas with son Terry and his children,
Adam and Heather. Also with them were their
grandchildren, David and Tiffany. Bobo and Tulia
McArthur came up from Los Santos, Panama,
bearing gifts of empanadas and ceviche. His son, Ed
and wife Vicki drove in from Houston with their two
daughters Narcissa and Autumn. They are expecting
their third child in September. Also from Houston
came Dalyce (McArthur) Cohorst and their children
Natalie and Brandon. Her husband Rusty wasn't able
to make it. Richard and his wife Monica and their
son Christopher flew in from Everett, WA. Ruth and
fiancee Britton Coffman also drove up from Houston.
Dallas residents Edna (McArthur) Mikez and their
children George and Debbie's husband Tim and
children Michael and Brian were in attendance.

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In June, 1996, the McArthur family held a three-
day reunion in Dallas, Texas. The families of
William, Ruth, Bobo, Edna, Charlie and George
traveled from all over the U.S. and Panama to be
welcomed with a Texas-sized BBQ at the house of
Tim and Debbie (Mikez) Conard. The festivities
continued the following day with swimming pool
activities, a special reading of the McArthur family
heritage and puro bochinche" from the adults.

The McArthur Family Reunion, June 1996

To add to this special occasion, Dallasite Charlie
McArthur was proud to announce the marriage of
his son Murray to Valerie Goldsmith. The couple,
along with Valierie's lovely 4-year old daughter,
Haley, will reside in the Dallas area. Dr. Lisa
(McArthur) Ward and husband Kerry from Dayton,
Ohio attended the wedding, then joined the reunion
after the ceremony. George McArthur traveled from
Florida, but very much missed were his children
LeeAnn (FL), David and fiancee Jane McColl, both
residents of Gamboa, Panama, and Dawn (McArthur)
Wetherby (FL), her husband Jeff and daughter
Dayton. Also in attendance were Lucy (Samudio)
Johnson and her niece Dalyce from Metairie, LA.
The reunion concluded Sunday with a Father's
Day brunch at a local hotel. The reunion was a
special time to share stories, old family photos and
to meet new family members.
Ed McArthur
Katy, Texas


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Back row, L-R: James Slater, Eddie Fuller, Wayne Hughes, Gary Abbott, Tom White, Sedrick Hodges,
Jessie Medina, Kenny Roscoe, Joe Barkowitz, George Richel, Mike Litte, Paul Brondson, Jay Foster,
Mike Young, Manuel Azcarraga, Jeff Otter, Gus Warner, Matt Lamer, Russ Patchett, Andre Siaca, Paul
Dolan. Middle row L-R: Gerry Brown, Robert Weiss, Tracy Dyches, Renee Collins, Teresa Tartar, Liz
Simmons, Johanna Buese, Lina Rhodes, Letty Garcia, Lina Campbell, Maria Botin, Margaret Brown,
Helen Malin, Tammy Kessler, Lee Whitney, Cookie Newlon, Pat Sullivan, Mike Castillo. Front L-R:
Melody Baker, Carol Peterson, Becky Fuller, Danaliz Quintero, Mary Broussard, Monica Richey, Liz
Carteret, Maria Archuleta, Diana Duncan, Debbie Niskanen, Nuria Pecot, Sue Violet, Pam Thompson,
and Janet Kot.


What a blast! Big Success! Never to be outdone,
the Class of 1976 had their 20th class reunion in
Panama. Thanks to the help of many people (the
Canal Record for one!) the reunion was a
tremendous event.
We left Miami on a chartered COPA flight on
Thursday, June 13 and landed in Tocumen about 5
p.m. We received a warm welcome from Diana
Duncan, Debbie Niskanen and others who had a big
banner. From the airport we had a chartered bus
that took us to the El Panama. We were given
Panama mugs and beers on the way to the hotel.
That first night after check-in we held a cocktail
reception in the Vertigo room on the top floor with
"Shorty and Slim" playing. A DJ from SCN Radio
was there to take our requests and dedications for a
four hour radio show that SCN aired later that
weekend. At the reception we were joined by the
local Panama 76'ers. It was only the beginning....
Friday morning we boarded buses once again for
a short tour to the Causeway, Contractor's Hill and

then Mike Young's house in Cocoli where we
lunched on Napoli Pizza and of course, Panama
Beer. The buses then took us to Miraflores Locks to
observe ships transiting the Canal. That evening we
enjoyed a boat cruise from Pier 18 out to Panama
Bay with Tom Patterson's band, "The Visually
Impaired Lizards, The Blind Gekos". Mike Young
assisted on the timbales and James Slater (our
musician in Europe) joined in on the keyboard. It
was also Tom Young's birthday that night. We were
joined by a lot of our friends who are still enjoying
life in Panama. And yes, it is still humid at night!
The band played "La Bamba" and we cruised back to
dock at around 1 a.m.
Saturday we were up early to take the bus to
Balboa High School where we took our group photo.
We were able to stroll through the building, reliving
our school days there. On we went to Stevens Circle
to buy souvenirs and then to different town sites to
see our old homes. That evening we went to the
Balboa Yacht Club which we were sorry to hear will
be torn down this fall. We were back at the hotel
early that night to relax by the pool and get some
rest for the trip to the beach on Sunday.
Sunday we left the hotel about 7 a.m. (whose

idea was that?)and headed for El Valle where we
shopped for local crafts. Then it was on to Rio Mar
where we enjoyed the beach and corvina lunches.
Yes, I Yum! We headed back to the hotel around 3
or so, just in time to shower and change for our
evening activity. The formal evening banquet and
ceremony at the El Panama was organized by Pat
Thompson and we were able to enjoy some last
memories before departing back to the states. We
were entertained by pollera dancers and Panamanian
music thanks to Danaliz Quintero who was one of
the dancers. I can tell you, I wasn't the only one
with tears in my eyes. Monday morning the buses
brought those returning to the States to Tocumen.
How did we do it? It happened with the help of
so many. Renee Collins (Carter)f Diana PDeGreef
(Duncan), Mike Little, Mike Young,; Lucho
Azcarraga, George McFadden, Paul Londynsky and
Terry Mendez (who did our cool directories) and I
could go on and on. Renee, Diana and I started the
project about 2 years ago with surveys to classmates.
From there, arrangements were made through a
travel agency. Local arrangements were helped by
Diana, Mike L, Mike Y, Lucho, George, Dave Young
designed T-Shirts and Hats that Mike Y had printed.
I will be keeping an update of addresses (Cookie, 78
Brandon Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93117) Also, the
group photo is available through Diana Duncan for
15.00 each (PSC #02, Box 1795, APO AA 34002.
My thanks goes to everyone.
Cookie Newlon
Santa Barbara, CA


The Ocala Zonians extend an invitations to other
ex-Zonians to attend our next semi-annual meeting;
Tuesday, October 1, 1996 at Maggie's Buffet
(formerly Stacy's), 717 NE 36th Ave, Ocala, FL
(south of east Silver Springs Blvd. (Hwy 40E)
Restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon meeting
at noon. More info: Bill Muller, (352) 854-7902.
Our last meeting, April 2, was attended by 52
members and visitors, an increase of 60% over
previous meetings. Reports by two recently retired
Canal Zone" couples, Bob and Kathie McConaughey
with grandson Kyle Parkhurst, and Jack and Nancy
(Askew) Goodwin, answered questions regarding
changes and the future operation of the Panama
Canal as the U.S. influence wanes.
Along with our faithful Ocala Zonians were some
new, but well-known faces, notably Joe Maravilla,
"Baldy" Baltozer, "Gladie" Knapp (Zeno), Ted Norris,
Edwin Jones, Zeno and Marie Hatcher.
Irene Bissell reported on a recent trip with
Several couples plan to be in Orlando for the
Annual Reunion. Bill and Jean Muller were making
plans for his BHS'46 Class 50th Reunion and her
49th reunion (Yoe High School '47, Cameron, TX).
Interest is growing in our Ocala group with folks
outside Marion County (Homosassa, Titusville,
DeLand, Inverness, Chiefland, Lake Panasoffkee,
Merritt Island and Tarpon Springs) becoming
regulars. If you are looking for something to do
on Tuesday, October 1, please come visit with us.

Bill Muller
(352) 854-7902


A small band of Zonians descended upon
Washington, D.C. for the July 13 wedding of Ken
Crowley to the former Ayse Uzer of Washington,
Four of Ken's friends arrived two days prior to
the wedding. Ken Jenkins, Matt Grimison, Jose
Tunon and Jason Sweeney managed to regroup at
the ANA Hotel in Georgetown and met the bridal
party at a reception for the couple. Soon after,
traditional Zone activities commenced in several local
bars in Georgetown.

wedding Ellen Bradley of Virginia and Charles

the ANA Hotel.
Back, L-R: Matt Grimison, Ken Crowley, Charles
Rogers, Ken Jenkins, Jose TuSon, Eileen Bradley.
Front, L-R: Jason Sweeney, Brenda (Crowley) Putt,
Annette Barr, Ayse Crowley.

Two more Zonians joined the group for the
wedding Ellen Bradley of Virginia and Charles
Rogers of North Carolina, and the group again
celebrated in loud Zonian fashion at the reception at
the ANA Hotel.
Matt Grimison
Satellite Beach, FL

Frank Kerley and Maria Kerley Hernandez enjoyed
an evening aboard the Vegas Express with fellow
Zonian, Capt. Andrew Efthimiadis.


May 5th, 1996 was the day Micalla Elise
Hoffman was christened. It was also the day the
photograph of the four generations was taken.
The photo was sent by Juanita Webster, who was
mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lindenmeyer, with Kagen Hoffman (17 mos.),
Juanita Webster, grandmother, and Debra Hoffman,
daughter of Nancy with her daughter Micalla Elise, (8
weeks) at Debra's home at New Windsor, MD at day of
christening of Micalla on May 5, 1996.


I spent several weeks in Panama in March and
April, visiting friends and getting reacquainted with
the new look of Panama City.
I plan to return again soon and stay longer....

Former Nurse of the

Corozal Mental Health Center,
Ruth K. Schuller
Seminole, FL
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Ruth Schuller and friend.


Amanda Marie McCullough, daughter of Drew
and Julie (Smith) McCullough, of Jacksonville,
Florida, celebrated her first birthday in April, 1996.
Zonians attending were Larry and Sandy Smith with
sons Stephan and Jared; Tom and Lisa Connor with
daughter Andrea; John and Lisa (Corrigan) Turner
with daughter Tara, and Mike "Sally" Patton.

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L-R: Lisa (Corrigan) Turner with daughter Tara, Mike
"Sally" Patton with dog Kali, Lisa Connor with
daughter Andrea, and Julie (Smith) McCullough with
daughter Amanda.
After the festivities slowed down, more Zonians
arrived to crank it up again. They were Kevin Joyce
with fiancee Pam Wulf, Nancy Escala and Jim and
Ginny (Escala) Norris. Fun was had by all.


A group of classmates from Cristobal High
School, Class of 1943, met during the 1996 Reunion.
We enjoyed a nice luncheon in the American Grille
on Friday, July 5, 1996. Those attending were: Robert
and Carolyn Johnson, John and Frances Haywood,
John and Muriel Whitman, Donald and Dee
Hendrick, Eula "Sugar" DiRoma, Lorelle Ansley and
Wheeler Griffin.
It was nice to get together and talk about our
childhood and our days in C.H.S. The memories
were wonderful.
On November 2, we will again be taking another
cruise, and other classmates will be joining us. We
have a super good time and are looking forward to
the cruise. Hope to see you all again at the 1997
Reunion in Orlando.
Muriel Whitman
St. Petersburg, FL

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Several Zonian friends and relatives got together
recently in Clearwater, Florida to honor Linda
(Smith) Silliman of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
at a baby shower.

Back L-R: Linda Silliman, Christina Volonnino, Julie
McCullough, Sue White, Lee Gaul, Sharon Smith.
Front L-R: Mary Frensley, Kelly Fenton with daughter
Rachel, Sandy Smith with niece Amanda
Those attending were Christina (Grimison)
Volonnino of Melbourne, FL, Julie (Smith)
McCullough of Jacksonville, FL, Sue (Kellcher) White
of Tampa, FL, Lee (Nickisher) Gaul of Clermont,
FL, Sharon (Mahoney) Smith of Tarpon Springs, FL,
Mary (Jablonski) Frensley of Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Kelly (Morris) Fenton and daughter Rachel of
Clearwater, FL, Sandy (Sylvester) Smith of Tampa
and niece Amanda McCullough of Jacksonville, FL.


I returned to Miami on March 6, 1996 from a
Condor Tour of Panama, led by Davis Stevenson of
Lawrenceville, GA, via COPA Airlines at about 12:00
noon. While waiting for my bag to go through
customs I snapped a picture of some fellow
passengers. For this action, I received a public
address announcement that picture taking was not
allowed. My bag was easily spotted as it came with
nine others which was wrapped in plastic because the
locks had been cut off on the trip to Panama. I was
scheduled for a TWA flight at 7:30 p.m. to St.
Louis, MO. With hopes for an earlier flight I rushed
toward the TWA counter which was at the other
end of the airport. While proceeding over the
numerous walks, I placed my suitcase in front of me.
My attention was momentarily diverted to the man
behind me. At the end of the walk, my suitcase
stopped. I did not, and took a flying dive over the
suitcase. I landed on the floor and only hurt my left
hand slightly.
After a detour to find a men's room and after
considerably more walking, I found the TWA
counter. They gave me a "stand-by" ticket for a 1:30
flight. That flight was cancelled. A flight for 2:30 was
booked. I was given another "stand-by" for 3:30.
After waiting about two hours I decided to recheck
my status. There was another Grant going to St.
Louis, and the. clerk assumed there was only one. I
was lucky to get on the plane.

The plane arrived in St. Louis about 6:00 p.m.
While waiting for my bag I asked the Information
Clerk which carrousel my bags would arrive on. Mine
did not arrive there. I went to the TWA lost bag
office and waited about half an hour while people
were describing the contents of their lost bags.
Finally, a clerk sent me to a carrousel where I found
my bag. The plastic wrap was covered with wet green
dye. I ripped the plastic off and got my hands well
covered with green dye, then proceeded to the Metro
Rail Line. I couldn't find the slot for a ticket and
bus transfer, so I bought just the ticket, and ran to
get on the train. Once I realized that I had not
validated my ticket, I had to go back to the entrance
end of the platform. I placed my suitcase between
the train's doors in the hopes that the train would
not leave without me. I made it back to the train on
At the next station, the train became packed with
students going to a concert at the Kiel Auditorium.
They were a noisy and jolly crowd. At the Kiel stop
where I got off, I was swept up to 14th Street by
the crowd. I waited for a bus there and the weather
was a cold 21 degrees. I was in tropical clothes and
I had feared that the bus wasn't running, because
traffic was being diverted due to the concert. There
were no taxis available, but a bus finally arrived. The
driver was kind enough to accept my ticket without
a transfer, and a three-block walk from the bus stop
got me to my house. I had left my keys with a
tenant, and he wasn't at home. I had an extra key
to my car in my wallet and hoped to find my extra
house keys in the car. I couldn't find them.
I went to a bar, hoping to find the tenant there
who had my house keys. He wasn't there. I returned
to the house and with the help of a pair of pliers I
was able to open the front door to my house.
The next day, I found the keys in my car under
the carpet where I had placed them, so that I could
get to them easily.

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, MO
(What can I say? Life is sometimes tough. Ed)

L-R: "Rojo" Huffman, Kathleen and Master Sergeant
James Huffman, on his way to Seymour Johnson AFB
in North Carolina to conlude 20 years military service.


Pat Barriteau and Betty Yerxa took a spring
break and drove to West Virginia to visit Zip and
Lisa Barriteau and family.
On the way home, they stopped in
Hendersonville, North Carolina and called on Steve

T. Dayle and Virginia Norton of East Palatka, Florida
finally have another junk car put together, a 1937
CORD Beverly. (Great job!)

Pat Barriteau, Betty Yerxa, Mary and Dick O'Donnell
Then they drove on down to Savannah, Georgia
and stayed a couple of days with Mary and Dick
O'Donnell and got caught up on their pastimes.
Betty Yerxa
Orlando, FL

The Sprague family, taken on New Years' Eve. L-R: Al,
Dagney, Mark, Marsha and Joanie Sprague
Kilgallon, at Al and Marsha's home in Grafton,
Virginia. Note Al's painting in background of Pollera
girls of Panama..

Myrna Boynton Ericksen (BHS'52), of San Jose, CA.,
Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco (CHS'51), of Foster City,
CA., and Rena Boynton Soddy, (BHS'51), of Clovis,
CA. got together along with Mrs. Maria Boynton, of
Madera, CA at Rena's home in March 1996.

Steamshovel Record

Steamshovel No. 134 (H.F. Huth, engineer and
Michael J. Carroll, craneman) working in the red
clay borrow pit for Gatun Dam, excavated on
September 20, a total of 3,910 cubic yards in the
working day of eight hours.
This is the highest daily record for a 70-ton
shovel since the beginning of operations by the

September 16, 17, and 18 by steamshovel No. 120

Kelleher and Simonson, operators) which loaded
199, 196 and 214 large Oliver cars, respectively, in
the working day of eight hours.
S(Ed. Note: Michael J. Carroll's son, John Carroll
e.. ,- -, ^. .

is a resident of Clearwater, Florida and frequent
visitor to the Panama Canal Society of Florida offices
in Seminole. His father later became General
Foreman at the Spillway Mixing Plant and Unloading
Dock at Gatun.)
Canal Record
September 25, 1912

Michael J. Carroll

Michael J Carrol l
Michael J. Carroll
makes a most excellent
official in the position of
General Foreman at the
Spillway Mixing Plant and
Unloading Dock at Gatun.
'" It is here that the rock
from Porto Bello quarries
and the sand from thd
pits at Nombre de Dios
are unloaded and the
concrete mixture is made
ready for use. It is a very
busy place and needs in
the position of General
Foreman a man who can
keep his eyes on a lot of
Michael J. Carroll things at once. Such a
man is Mr. Carroll and
he has been successful
from the first day that he went into the job. He has
had two periods of Isthmian service and has tried
several lines of work. He first came to the Canal
Zone on the first of June, 1907 and was employed
for five months as a Fireman on a steam shovel.
From Fireman he was promoted to Craneman, but
after two months gave it up, and for six months was
a Night Hostler in the Central Division. He then
returned to the United States, but the call of
Panama was too great and so he came back to the
Zone. This time he went to work on a locomotive
crane at the Gatun Spillway, and at the end of the
year was promoted to his present position as General
Foreman at the Spillway Mixing Plant and Unloading
Dock. He is married and is a member of the
International Brotherhood of Steam Shovel and
Dredgemen and also belongs to the local fraternal
order named the Independent Order of Panamanian
Kangaroos. In addition to these he is an enthusiastic
member of the Spillway Volunteer Fire Company,
No. 3. Mr. Carroll is a native of the New England
states having been born in the Connecticut city of
Naugatuck. It was there that he attended public
schools, securing a good education, and it was in
Connecticut that he learned the steam shovel
business, working in Waterbury for five years before
coming to the Isthmus.
The Makers of the Panama Canal, 1911

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Gatun Union Church Sunday School, circa early 1950's. Submitted by Andra English, Norfolk, Va.

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Gatun Union Church Sunday School, circa early 1950's: Back row L-R" Jeannette McLaren, Loretta Newhard, Mae
Hallett, Mrs. Hawthorne. Middle row L-R: Brian McNamee, Kathy Asbury, Paul Ebdon, Pam Theriot, Leroy
Werlein, Judy Hallett, Elaine Mann, Laura lou Gavin, Elizabeth McLaren, Arthur Lawrence, Gilbert Sullivan,
Beverly George, Lucinda Smith, Judy Gray, Nancy Gibson. Front L-R: ??, Bobby Panzer, George Cotton, ??,
Eberenz?, Andra Lee "Andy" Nash, Billy Thrift, John Paul Hawthorne, Mickey Cunningham. Submitted byAndra
Lee Nash English, Norfolk, Va.



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

Can you help? Collection has begun for 1996
and a few pair of glasses have already been received.
Please look around the house, gather up your old
eyeglasses and send them to Patt Roberson, 2801
Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Over the past
three years members of the Panama Canal Society
have donated 481 pairs of glasses to those less
fortunate in Latin America. You can make a
difference. Do it today!

. qv wh


A Reunion Luncheon is being planned for the
1997 Panama Canal Society Reunion. All Panama
Canal Masons, Eastern Stars and friends of the
fraternity are cordially invited.
Details will be printed in forthcoming Canal
Records. It will be scheduled for Friday, July 4, 1997,
at the Reunion Hotel.
Anyone having suggestions or wanting information
may write to Tom Peterson, at 6534 Samoa Dr.,
Sarasota, FL 34241-5637.

Sept. 30 Oct 2, 1996


Sept. 29 Package rates available to those who
want to come early.
Sept. 30 PACKAGE BEGINS Practice round
(tee times in Pro Shop)
Oct. 1 Mexican Best Ball Tournament. Scramble
with a shotgun start. Ladies and men
Oct. 2 Mexican Best Ball Tournament. Scramble
with shotgun start. Ladies & men
separate. Cocktail party from 6-7 p.m. in
Ballroom area before Buffet Dinner.
Casual dress.
Oct. 3 Check-out time is 1:00 p.m. PACKAGE
ENDS. For those staying an extra night,
package rates are available.
PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 days and 3 nights
lodging, 3 rounds of golf (entry fee, cart, green fees
& prizes), 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners, cocktail party,
buffet dinner & prizes. 18 motel rooms face golf
course. Add $6.00 if you request one of these rooms.
First come first served.

At Spa Per couple, both golfers $395.00
Per couple, one golfer 315.00
Single golfer (w/roommate) each 197.50
Single golfer alone 245.00
Single non-golfer 117.50
Not at Spa entry fee includes: tournament, prizes,
cocktail party & buffet dinner.
Golfer club member each $59.00
Golfer non-member each 95.00
Non-golfer, cocktail party and
buffet dinner only, each 15.00
Tax and gratuities included in prices above.

Spa's mineral pool & exercise facilities open to all
participants. Bring bathing suit.
Golf Committee: Lou Hunt, 334-793-4690, Vera Ryan,
334-793-6316, Bill Sherlock, 334-794-5933, Bud
Huldtquist, 334-793-5186, Jim Coman, 334-284-0771
Monday evening is special night as "Moonlighters"
play the Big Band sounds in ballroom. Dinner begins
at 6 p.m. with music & dancing from 7-9 p.m.


The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
will be held starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 5,
at Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore, off highway 90 at Ocean Spring,
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 (and
especially the Chicken-in-the-Basket from the Gatun
American Legion) please 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 Spring, MS 39564.
Patt Roberson will be collecting news for the
December edition of the Canal Record, so don't
forget to jot down a news item and bring a picture.
For additional picnic details, please contact Gerda
or Owen Smith at (601) 542-3441.


Members of Roosevelt Medal Descendants held
their third annual gathering at the Panama Canal to
observe the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the
waterway to world commerce.
On August 16, the group went by launch to
Gaillard Cut to conduct a ceremony honoring over
7,300 Americans who participated in the construction
of the Canal (1904-1914) and were awarded the
Roosevelt medal by the President of the United
Roosevelt Medal Descendants, legally constituted
as a not-for-profit civic organization, is composed of
direct descendants of Roosevelt Medal recipients.
For further information, please contact: Marc
Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants, P.O. Box 3344,
Balboa-Ancon, Panama. (TELFAX Panama 2648957)


It takes time to organize a class reunion, and
therefore it is not too early to start organizing and
planning for the 60th ANNIVERSARY of the
alboa High School graduating Class of 1938.
To get started we need your current address and
telephone number, and those of other classmates you
are aware of.
Let's get plans started for holding our 60th Class
Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida 1998 Reunion in Florida.
Let's hear from you soon.

Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
BHS Class of 1938
9816 Lake Seminole Dr. W.
Seminole, FL 33773-4521
(813) 397-5366


Committee members met in Orlando during the
1996 Panama Canal Reunion. The Class of '47
Reunion activities are now being finalized. More
work is needed before the final plans are completed.
We are clearly at the point now where we need the
support of those planning to attend. Our 50th class
reunion will be held in the Marriott Orlando World
Center during July 2 6, 1997.

Louis Dedeaux
8415 Lofton Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
Spartanburg, SC

Lois (Hollowell) Jones
3265 Maple St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Fred Rose
639 Versailles Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35803

Jim O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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 as soon as
possible 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


Cooperative efforts on the part of Barbara
Hatchett Jackson, Royna Reece Thomas, Jack
Hilliard and Russ Drew resulted in our first class
reunion newsletter this past May... many thanks to all
of those for a job well done. All BHS '48ers whose
addresses we have should have received a copy.
Classmates are reminded to send a completed Alumni
Data Sheet from the newsletter to Elaine Lombard
Newland so that everyone can be included in a
booklet to be issued at the reunion. Elaine's address
is on the data sheet. Continue to send tidbits of
news to Barbara Jackson for future newsletters.
Russ Drew will be taking on a major role in
overall reunion organization. Committees will be set
up and as we make progress, classmates will be
informed via newsletters. Suggestions and ideas are
always welcome.
Lori Willard King will be heading up a
committee for hotel arrangements for our own
upcoming reunion in 1998.
Our missing classmates are listed in the "Where
Are You" section. Please notify the committee below
if you know of any of their addresses.

Barbara Hatchett Jackson
11503 Roxbury Ct.
Boise, ID 83713
(208) 322-1950

Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-2654


The 40th class reunion which has been organized
as Farewell to Panama has been finalized. The 12th
of February 1997 (Wednesday) is scheduled for this
7-day excursion leaving Miami via American Airlines.
Return will be on Tuesday, February 18th. Those
wanting to remain in Panama for optional tours -
San Bias Islands or for other reasons can be
accommodated. Family and friends are welcome to
join this group. Sights included are: Atlantic and
pacific sides, partial transit of the Panama Canal, Rio
ar, El Valle and the Coronado Beach Resort in
the interior.
For complete information for joining the above
group and for brochure, please contact:

June Barlow Riesz
8 Crossway Ct.-West
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(904) 445-2839


Mark your calendar.... July 2,3,4,5, 1997. Plans
are well along for our 35th Class Reunion in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion at the Marriott's Orlando World Center.
A newsletter will be sent out in October with
more details. Please send any new addresses since
1992 to: Karen (Schmidt) Deming, 1 Forest Creek
Lane, Wilmington, Delaware 19809. (302) 798-4760.
FAX (302) 798-4760. e-mail:


All those interested in a
BHS Class of 1967, please
below. Any and all volunteers
Engelke, 10764 Ironstone Dr.
32246. (904) 641-2742.

30th Reunion of the
contact me, address
are welcomed. Susan
So., Jacksonville,, FL

30th Reunion
July 2 6, 1997
Marriott's Orlando World Center

Questions or Comments? Contact:

Jack Sanders
PSC #02, Box 1373
APO AA 34002
FAX 011-507-263-3336

Sue (Phillips) Fisher
3895 Burton Rd.
Valkaria, FL 32950

OR: Mark Burbine
266 Concord Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730


First call to remind BHS'77 classmates that our 20th
reunion is coming up in '97. We need your current
addresses and telephone numbers, including those of
other classmates you may be in touch with. If you would
like to volunteer to help in organizing the reunion, let us
know when you send in your addresses.
Start marking your calendar for July 1997 in Orlando
in conjunction with the Annual Panama Canal Society

Mary Lou Buford (Pascavage)
6226-B Summer Pond Dr.
Centreville, VA 22020

Lori Snow (Stevenson)
1455 Rilla Circle
Lawrenceville, GA 30243


ATTENTION: It is beginning to be that time
again. Betty K and I are looking to start collecting
addresses for our 20 year reunion. Look for more
information to be posted in future Canal Records.
Look forward to seeing you in 1998. Ciao for now!
Please send addresses to:
Stacy (Parker) DeRaps Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
17312 Hialiah Drive P.O. Box 243
Odessa, FL 33556 Dade City, FL 33526-0243
(813) 920-5787
E-mail address:

BHS 1987 10th REUNION

Balboa High School Class of 1987's 10th
anniversary reunion is due this coming year, during
July 2-6, 1997 with the Panama Canal Society's
Reunion in Orlando at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center. We need names and addresses and telephone
numbers of those interested in attending. Please send
to: Nancy Smith, 9302 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
#228, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 620-1185


Looking for all those who were
employed by Gorgas Hospital (does not include
Health Bureau). We would like your name,
address, telephone number, position at the
Hospital and dates of employment. This request
is to identify those who may be selected to be
included in the 1997 Reunion Luncheon
Please send your information to the
Secretary, Panama Canal Society office.

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Effective September 1, 1996, the
advertising rates will be increased as
1" x 31/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/10th page (Bus. card) $15.00
1/5th page $30.00
1/4th page $40.00
1/2 page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep.
Send all ads to The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole
Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-
4712. Ads accepted from members only.

WANTED: On VHS or Beta, silent cartoons,
"Farmer Brown," "Terrytoons" (as seen on RPC-
TV4); old commercials. Details: WBA, Box 291554,
Tampa, FL 33687-1554.

GRADUATING CLASS: Looking for your
classmates? See the CHS Homepage on the Internet:

ARTURO SAUCE I GOT IT! A case for $22.00
plus $7.50 shipping and handling. Write to:
Shiela Lawrence, 21144 Butchers Holler, Estero,
Florida 33928.

FOR SALE: Button-down golf shirts with Panama
Canal Reunion logo on front. High quality 100%
cotton. (Medium and Large) Limited supplies
available! $10.00 each plus $3.00 shipping and
handling. Golf caps also available with same logo,
$5.00 each plus $3.00 shipping and handling. Send
check or money order to Bliss Connerton, 8220
Willow Creek Dr., Frisco, TX 75034. 214-335-3668.

TIVOLI HOTEL Professional Photo and Frame,
Black and White, Approx. 22"x18". $60.00 plus
shipping. Camille Van Hoose (219) 447-9699.

WANTED: Would like to buy a 1950 Zonian
Yearbook of Balboa High School. Barbara (Bobbie)
Hayden Usher, 552 South Delaware, Salina, KS

Panama Canal Anniversary & Christmas on the Isthmus Specials

8 days 7 nights (August 12 19 December 23 30)
Land Package includes:
* Day 1, Monday Arrival at Tocumen Airport and transfer to the hotel. 0
SDay 2, Tuesday Guided city and Canal Zone tour. Evening at Las Tinajas, Panama's finest typical Panamanian restaurant.
Day 3, Wednesday Full Panama Canal transit. Food and drinks included.
* Day 4, Thursday Visit to the Embera Indian village of Pararara Puru and the natural
* Day 5, Friday Trip to Taboga Island
SDay 6, Saturday Historic tour of Portobelo with a boat tour stopping at sites of interest
including Drake's Island, the burial place of Sir Francis Drake.
* Day 7, Sunday Pontoon boat expedition into The Panama Canal's Gatun Lake and L
around neighboring islands. An eco/ cultural experience with island visits and visits with
* the primitive Embera Indians. Food and drinks included. And a Night Bay Cruise. A 4
Day 8, Monday Return to Tocumen airport for your trip home. +
Hotel Single Double Triple
Deluxe $1960 $1445 $1277 3e/
Standard $1592 $1246 $1120 7T-/. s
a Economy $1246 $1015 $952
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Up to a15% discount available for large groups on land packages 1-8 0-813-311
SBulk or group alrfare also available
* *
We specialize in every type of tour to fit anyone's needs, tastes and abilities. We offer everything from
* rustic to luxury accommodations and tours ranging from the most adventurous to tame leisure trips. All I
of owr tours include a partial or full Canal transit. Let us plan your next homecoming or class reunion.

$10 from each "Zonian" booking will be donated to the Panama Canal Record

Former Zonian doing Ph.D. dissertation on: world's leading organization specializing in CZ stamps
and other postal history topics related to the CZ.
Founded in 1952 and over 800 members strong it
HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE CANAL ZONE also has an annual Mail Sale of CZ stamps, post
1904-1945 cards and books with a value over $100,000. Send
one dollar for a sample issue of the quarterly CZ
Philatelist or $8.00 for a full year's membership to David
Do you have any of the following from that time Zemer, P.O. Box 1432, Aptos, CA 95001.
period, or do you know whom I might contact?

DIARIES CHURCH GROUP INFO Rosebud Arts & Entertainment
PHOTOS CZ WOMEN'S LEAGUE, ETC. Rosana E. Boucher Molas & Mola Designer
18081 Midway Rd. #1013 Cards, Gift Bags, Etc
Please contact Paul (Buddy) Morgan at Dallas, Texas Vendor July, 1996
Please contact Paul (Buddy) Morgan at: Write or Call: 214-306-9797
(Retaier The Mola Collection)
253 Sturgeon Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312

All materials will be carefully handled and
returned, and I will reimburse postage. MANNING Manning

Please help me give credit to the mothers, wives, /
sisters, and friends who contributed so much to 2663 Louisiana Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110
our lives in the Canal Zone. 888-3360 888-8838 Fax Tax ID No.02-262157-001

1997 Annual Dry Season in Panama

Panama has always been an interesting place to visit, and for us old (and not so
old) Zonites, this trip could be your last opportunity to return to your favorite
haunts before the transition is complete. This coming dry season will be your
opportunity for a coast-to-coast / border-to-border tour of Panama. The tour
lasts 10 days and includes the following:

* Airfare from Miami to Panama
(Exit Fees in Both Countries)
* Tourist Card
* All Meals While in Panama
* Tips & Baggage Handling
* Hotels

* Transportation on Air-Conditioned
* Special Dinner at Restaurant of the
* Farewell Dinner / Show at
Las Tinajas Restaurant

Tour will be led and conducted by Davis Stevenson who, beside
being born and raised in Panama and the Canal Zone, is com-
pletely bi-lingual. We sold out in 1996.
If you did not make it in '96 we look forward to seeing you on
our '97 all-inclusive tour of Panama. For further information and
details, contact Davis Stevenson at (800) 783-8847.
Davis Stevenson 1780 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30243
(770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017

C.D. $15.95
PLUS $2.00 FOR S&H

1420 BAY Dr.
FOR INQUIRES CALL (803) 249-6252





By Patsy C. Detamore
Who wouldn't like to explore a tropical jungle without having to worry
about getting lost or fighting off hungry insects? Or carve out your own road
with a caravan of Jeeps? Maybe a day devoted to filling your boat with 25-
pound game fish would be more to your liking. Make it the same jungle where
Vasco Nuliez de Balboa discovered the Pacific, Henry Morgan laid waste the
city of Panama and Teddy Roosevelt dug his Big Ditch, and you've got MAMA
WORE JUNGLE BOOTS. It will take you into Panama's jungle and make you
want to stay. This 256-page paperbound, 6"x9" book may be purchased directly
from the author for only $16.45. Books will be autographed upon request at
no extra charge.
Please send check or money order to: Patsy C. Detamore, 3835 Rex
Circle, Rex, GA 30273-1320.

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about 3" in diameter;
fish, birds, bu-.tiniie .
MOLITAS--small molas
about 5"x7; bird, fish,
animal designs
MOLAS--about 13"x17"

with loop for hanging;
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Christmas or Ci
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$2.50 ea (12 or more)
$3.50 ea for 5-11
$4.00 ea for 1-4
$4.50 ea (12 or more)
$7.00 ea for 5-11
$9.00 ea for 1-4

$25.00 ea

$3.50 ea (12 or more)
$6.00 ea for 5-11
$7.00 ea for 1-4
hristmas (Santas, bells, stars...)
natural (owls, fish, cats, birds...)






(site of the Annual Panama Open)

Tours available to all areas of Panama

Call for information on rates.
Discounts for retirees (rooms & meals)

Direct line to Coronado Hotel

Ask for Janina Henriquez
or call
407-676-0660 George & Ann Downing

about 13"x14"; mola
panel on front; hole
to insert stuffing
MOLA MASKS--face-sized;,
eyeholes; string for tying
necklaces of
western Panama
chaquiras worn by both
children and adults

crafted fiber bags

$27.00 ea

$0.25 ea for 1-4
$1.00 for 5

$25.00 ea

$12.00 ea

$15.00 ea

FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Information on other mola
items and framed molas, molitas, and mola patches
i- i,!!r-le. upon request.

GUARANTEE: You may return your order within 30 days of
receipt for a complete refund if it doesn't meet your
Please enclose check or money order for the total amount
payable in US funds (5% discount to Canal Record
subscribers; MI residents add 4% sales tax) to:

PUERTO PANAMA, Route 1, Box 63, Calumet, MI 49913
THANK YOU for your order!

8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

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18 years of age. (A portion of this amount is for subscription to the Canal Record
for one year).

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of age, plus a $10.00 Administrative Fee for new members and individuals who have
not renewed their membership prior to June 1 of the current dues year shall be
considered a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee.

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Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
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Nobody's Friend

My name is gossip. I have no respect for justice.
I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with
The more I'm quoted, the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless. They cannot protect
themselves against me because I have no name
and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try,
the more elusive I become.
I'm nobody's friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and wreck marriages.
I rum careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches
and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
My name even hisses. I am called Gossip, Office
Gossip, Shop Gossip, Party Gossip, Telephone
Gossip. I make headlines and headaches. Before
you repeat a story ask yourself, is it true? Is it
fair? Is it necessary? if not, SHUT UP.

Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(ISSN 0528-0001)
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

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