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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. 31 FEBRUARY 1997 NO.1


VOL. 31

NO. 1


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 ...........................
1966 Reunion Audit Report ..........................
Local Announcements .............................
"W here Are You?" ..............................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...............
Slate of Officers 1997-1998 ..........................
Retirements ....................................
TO ALL MEMBERS ..............................
"And the Memory Lingers On" Homage to Lucho ...........
News Clips ....................................
Your Reporter Says .........................................
Alabama ................. 19 Louisiana ...............

Arizona ...............
Arkansas ..............
California ..............
Florida ................
Georgia ...............
Hawaii ................
Indiana ................
Congratulations .............
W eddings ..................
Births .....................
With Deep Sorrow ...........
Letters to the Editor ..........
Looking Back ..............
By-Law Amendments #9 ......

. 21
. 22
. 22
. 24
.. 26

Announcements and Class Reunions .
For Sale or Wanted .............
New Members/Changes of Address .
Statement of Ownership ..........

Mississippi ...
Northwest ....
Oklahoma ....
Panama ....
Pennsylvania ..
South Carolina
Texas .......


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............ Inside Back Cover

FRONT COVER: Cristobal High School before it was turned over to Panama in
1959 according to the 1955 Treaty. The Class of 1959 graduated from the newly
constructed high school in Coco Solo. The Cristobal High School (Coco Solo) was
also closed due to treaty directives in 1995.
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.


March 7

April 1

April 4

May 3

May 3

June 6

July 2-6

July 26

PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 noon, Please BROWN BAG.
Ocala Zonians meeting Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Maggie's
Buffet, Ocala, FL. Luncheon meeting starts at noon. For info,
contact Bill Muller at (352) 854-7902.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 p.m. At 12:30. Please
Oklahoma Chapter of the Panama Canal Society picnic, 12 noon,
covered dish, at Andrews Park, Norman, OK. For info, contact
Laura (Burns) Redemann at (918) 745-1337.
Luncheon/Meeting, Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Treasure
Island Causeway, St. Petersburg, FL. See Local Anncouncements
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon, Please BROWN BAG.
PCSOFLANNUAL REUNION. Orlando's MarriottWorld Center,
8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida. (See yellow pages).
Northwest picnic, Coos Bay, OR. Contact Claudia Davis of 10632
Lighthouse Way, Coos Bay, OR 92740 or telephone (541) 888-
5868 for details.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

u 4 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0ob "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 February, June, and October, by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
3rd Class postage paid at Largo, Florida for February, June and October issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 337724712
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 337724712
(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



A few of the enjoyable and beneficial thing I do
as President of the Panama Canal Society is to host
different meetings during the year. These get-
togethers are designed to provide an ongoing forum
to hear directly from as many members as possible.
Having conducted several of these functions for the
past several months, I have found them to be the
best two-way communication vehicle to hear from our
members. So far this year I have attended the
Sarasota Luncheon, Annual Picnic, Christmas
Luncheon, and several covered dish meetings at St.
During these gatherings I had a chance to visit
with many of our members, discussing a variety of
subjects and concerns. My first covered dish luncheon
at St. Bede's Church on August 2nd was attended by
45 society members who turned out to wish our
Society success for the coming year. During this
meeting I announced the appointment of a special
committee of past presidents to give me guidance in
running our Society. I also announced that the
Deputy Commander of Gorgas Army Hospital for
Administration, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mouritsen,
has been invited to be our guest speaker at the 1997
Reunion in Orlando.
Barbara and Tom Peterson did an outstanding
job for the Sarasota Luncheon on September 7th
where close to 100 members attended. A delicious
lunch was had by all with very nice door prizes. The
society honored Tom and Barbara with a Certificate
of Appreciation. At this same time we also honored

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Olga Disharoon with a Certificate of Appreciation
for her work at the St. Bede's luncheons.
During the November covered dish luncheon we
had a wonderful talk on the history of St. Petersburg
by Caroline Krombach, Marketing Associate from the
Princess Martha Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg.
Our annual picnic, which was chaired by Faith
Brundage, on October 5th was very well attended.
Anderson Park overlooks Tarpon Lake and was a
beautiful setting for the affair. It was good to see so
many new faces attending. The Society presented
Faith with a Certificate of Appreciation. Everyone
had a good time with games and bingo and all
enjoyed the variety of food.
The Christmas Luncheon was held December 7th
at the Wine Cellar. Nancy Van Siclen made the
necessary arrangements for another wonderful affair.
She was in charge of the 1995 Christmas Luncheon
as well. Because of this, during the luncheon, the
Society recognized Nancy with an Outstanding Service
Award. Speaking for the Society, I would like to
congratulate Nancy and her committee for a job well
I encourage all our members to attend our
luncheons and bring a member with you; take
advantage of these opportunities to voice your
James J. O'Donnell


4^^^^-I .Decretaru

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I spent
Christmas in Austin, Texas with my daughter and her
family and my sons, Randy and Roger, who came
from Hawaii. We had a nice family Christmas.
Please accept our apologies for confusing so
many of you. We tried to let those of you who had
not paid 1997 dues know that they were due. As a
result, many of you sent duplicate payments. What a
lot of extra work. Anyway, with a lot of hard work
on the part of your secretary and our assistant, Carol
Masino, we are caught up. Also, when sending out
the notices, we included some of the Society
functions that are coming up even though we know
that many of you would not be able to attend. In
our attempts to keep expenses down as much as
possible, we decided to consolidate as many messages
into one as we could. Again, we apologize for the
I will be taking time off from time to time for
medical reasons. Carol Masino will cover the office
as much as possible when I have to be off and Pat
Beall, our ever supportive Record Editor will be in
the office.
1997 dues are still $20.00. Many have sent an
additional $10.00 for late fees. We no longer have
late or delinquent fees. I have had to send out a lot
of refunds. You only owe the administrative fee of
$10.00 if you are a new member or if you have
dropped your membership for a year. The Executive
Board has voted to send out dues notices every year.
In addition, reminders are printed in all Canal
Records. You don't need your membership number
when sending in dues. I can pull you up in the
computer by name only. The dues year is from
October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1997.
Reunion forms are in this issue. Get your
reservations in early there is a lot of work involved
in getting all the paper work processed. Please read
the instructions carefully it makes our job so much
easier and we can process your paperwork faster. See
you at the Reunion!
Barbara Green

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We hope that you all had a very enjoyable
Christmas Holiday season 'tis the season to be
jolly, and let's hope it was jolly for all.
We are sorry that our reporter for Pennsylvania
and environs, Bill Poole, can no longer be our
reporter for that area because of strong personal
reasons. We thank you, Bill, for your past reports
and sincerely hope things improve for you. We will
miss your humor and contact. To take his place, my
classmate (forgot the year) Shirley (Jennings)
Erickson has agreed to take over Bill's chores and I
know she will do a good job because we were both
initiated into our class roster at the same time, by
reason that we were in that class for ages, but just
didn't get to graduate with the rest. Welcome aboard,
our Editor decided it was time for a break and
took off to Panama to do a little research on articles
for future issues of the Canal Record. Tried to find
swimming records got some. Visited Jennifer Jones,
Editor of the Panama Canal Spillway who has always
helped the Canal Record. Spoke with Sue Stabler,
former reporter for the Atlantic side, and visited
many other haunts, including my old work area -
even had a few there I actually knew and
remembered! Spent several days in the Library and
got most of my research done, even got Harriet B.
Morrow's monument in the Balboa Pool identified
for the Pool supervisor. Also got the latest up-date
on Vital Statistics; who to write to, costs, etc.
Unfortunately, a hefty rear-ender in the car
immobilized me for a couple of days and I crawled
back to Clearwater with jumbo shrimp and corvina
It has been difficult to fit the news items into
the scheduling of the three issues of the Canal
Record equitably but we are trying. There are several
activities that need announcing in a timely manner
that cannot be accommodated in the scheduled issues
but we are doing our best.
With three issues per year, we are no longer
eligible for 2nd Class mailing privileges. We must
mail 3rd class at present and this presents a few
problems for us. With 2nd Class mail, the Post
Office would always return a member's label with the
correct address if he had moved and we didn't know
it (That would cost us 50e). With 3rd Class mail,
they don't do that. Solution: GIVE US YOUR
otherwise it's $5.00 a book for replacement. This also
means we must order more books than usual to take
care of this problem, which means higher costs..
Keep the faith we're trying to.
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record.




It is always a pleasure to report
some good news and the recent
action or inaction by the Congress
resulted in some good news. The
COLA payments to retirees has
been delayed from January to
April for the last number of years
as a "deficit reduction" measure.
Because the Congress has failed to act, the deferral
has expired and we can now look forward to our
COLA in January until further notice.
Some more good news is that the Bureau of
Labor Statistics inflation figures released on October
16 pegs the COLA increase for civil service, social
security and military retirees at 2.9 percent. Current
law provides that the adjustment becomes effective
December 1, 1996, and will be reflected in the
retirement checks received the first of January 1997.
Happy New Year!! A thank you letter to your
representative might be a nice way of saying how
much we appreciate the benefit.
For those who retired after November 3, 1995
the COLA will be prorated to reflect only the
number of months they have actually been on the
retirement rolls. Those who retired from the Federal
Employees Retirement System (FERS) and who are
over age 62 will receive a 2.0 percent increase.
As the Congress rushed home to join the
election fray, they also pushed through the Omnibus
Appropriation Act for the Fiscal Year 1997 and
President Clinton signed in into law on September
30, 1996. This huge appropriations act consolidated
six unfinished appropriation bills. It was signed just
in time to prevent a repeat of last years debacle of
government shutdowns. It is an election year, folks.
By the time you get this issue the elections will
have taken place and we will know who our
president is. We will also know the composition of
Congress. I hope that each of you will be able to
say that you exercised your precious right to vote
and to determine your government. If you did not,
then please do not complain regardless of the
outcome, you just don't deserve the right to
complain. Unless we vote, we are merely swept along
by the action of others. Thanks to all that did vote.
Florida statistics show that folks in the over 50 age
bracket vote to a far greater degree than the
younger folks. When one looks at the concentration
of mature voters in our communities, we represent a
powerful political block, if we cared to organize and
exercise it. The successful letter writing campaign by
NARFE regarding the COLA deferral is a prime
example of the power our voting block has. Your
Legislative Representative wrote each of his
Congressional delegation on that issue, and hope that
each of you did the same.

In future issues we will be talking about an
initiative to seek Congressional assistance in
establishing a Panama Canal Memorial Museum. The
American Panama Canal will cease to exist in a

short time and will mark the end of a proud and
productive era that is the special glue that binds
each of us together in this Society. We either
establish a memorial to collect and display this
heritage now, or it will be lost forever. As a major
goal, a memorial museum symbolizes the essence of
why our founders formed the Society to memorialize
working and living in the Panama Canal Zone. The
Society has done a fine job in that regard, but we
see a new era coming. Who is better suited or
motivated to mark the special contribution that we
and our forbearers made to the world in the form
of the Panama Canal. We do not have much time,
so please be ready to do your part as we develop a
firm course of action. If you support this initiative,
let your officers know. This will be a huge effort
and only with the support of a majority of you will
it have a chance.
Chuck Hummer
Legislative Representative

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

E Mail Additions:

Georges Bouche (America on-line)
Jim Latimer
Charles/Judy Lavalle 73663,
Jill Berger
Karen Deming
Anne Grimm-Richardson
(Davis Stevenson)
Their Panama Info web:
http:/ condor
James Belzer
Marshall Harris
Mayra Linares Seitz
Kathy Barrere
Mannie Quintero
Nicki (Harper) Dawson America On Line:
Edward Overstreet
Stacy Parker DeRaps
Gordon Davis
Owen W. Smith
Janet Johnston
Melinda Grimison


October 17, 1996

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mr. O'Donnell:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the 1996 Reunion Coordinator;s accounts.
The Committee also examined the Golf Chairperson's accounts. All receipts, expenditures, check records, deposits
and bank statements were verified as correct.
We would like to commend you for your excellent records. It certainly made auditing a pleasure. The in-
depth computer information, provided by Mr. O'Donnell, will be an asset for future Reunion Coordinators.
Attached are statements of Receipts and Expenditures for the 1996 Reunion and the 1996 Golf Tournament.
Respectfully submitted,

hirley Boswell, Chairperson

Nancy Van Siclen, Member




Registration Fee
Panazonian Dance
Disco Dance
Overcollections, Refunds and Donations


$ 4,670.00


$ 39,810.25


Ball, Dance and Disco
Hotel Charges
Telephone, Travel and Postage
Hospitality, President's Reception and Despedida
Overcollections, Refunds and Bank Charges

Net Receipts for 1996 Reunion

Balance in Reunion Coordinator's Account October 1996

Return Net Receipts to Panama Canal Society

Seed Money in Reunion Coordinator's Account for 1997 Reunion



Cash on Hand July 1995
Expenditures over receipts
Cash on hand October 1996

$ 7,874.34

$ 34,283.15



$ 3,000.00

$ 7,323.29
$ 7,438.90

$ 462.62

( 115.61)
$ 347.01

PCSO7L SpC ing Luncheo
C a rp'ersons -1nna and Joe Clin
flay 3, 1997

a sIL off to the
't-" Treasure Island Yacht Club
on May 3, 1997!

The .Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its May SPRING LUNCHEON on
Saturday, May 3, 1997 at the Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway,
St. Petersburg, Florida. The BUFFET luncheon will be held on the second floor.
There will be a Cash Bar from 11:00 a.m. until noon when the buffet will open. A short
business meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. The cost of the BUFFET will be $13.00 which
includes tax and gratuity. It will include the Shrimp Salad and dessert.There is a Toll charge
of 500 upon entering the Causeway from Central Avenue.
Parking is available, however it is suggested that car-pooling be used as much as
possible to avoid any parking problems with other patrons of the Yacht Club.
The elevators are on your left as you enter the Yacht Club; stairs are on the right. As
you exit the elevator on the second floor, the dining room will be directly ahead.
We hope to see you on May 3, so please jot the date on your calendar so that you
won't forget to make your reservations. RESERVATIONS or requests for REFUNDS must be
in the office by April 29, 1997. Directions to Yacht Club are on page 6.
There will be door prizes.
If you have any questions, please call Anna Collins at (813) 894-8484
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May 3, 1997
Treasure Island Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member Name Membership No.
Telephone No.
Please make Reservations at $13.00 each. Total enclosed: $
Names of Guests (Please print)
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
DEADLINE: April 29, 1997
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole. FL 33772-4712

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
Reach Resort.

PCSOFL Regular Meeting

March 7, 1W97

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April 18, 1997

PCSOFL regular Meeting

AprlI 4, 1997

St. Jede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
please Xrown Xag it this time
Regular Mjeeting 1:00 p.m.

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

PCSOFL Regular Meeting

June 6, 1997
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Please Brown Bag it this time
Regular Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Where Are You?


So far the class of 1947 Reunion committee cannot

locate the following classmates.
Abadia, Hilda Harris, Beverly
Andress, Kyle Holland, Bernard
Bacuetes, Beatriz Houston, Patricia
Balschum, Ruth Johnson, Evelyn
Baverstock, Charlotte Kennedy, Alvin
Caicedo, Harry Kepford, Dorothy
Canavaccio, Yolanda Kern, Karl
Castro, Alice Klotz, Catherine
Colston, Richard Kueter, Doris
Davila, Alicides LaClair, Philip
Dolan, Francis Undell, Clifford
Duncan, Kathnley Luttell, Viola
Duque, Thomas Maldonado, Charles
Ferguson, Harry Maloney, Jim
Fong, Phyllis Mclntyre, Lois
Garington, Albert Metz, Richard
Gonzalez, Armando Moore, Patricia
Grosso, Carlos Neumann, Eileen
Gruver, Sue Nichols, James
Hanners, Priscula Noriega, Alberto

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.


William O. Alexander
Ruth E. Appin
Berta Azcarraga
Fred Aydlett
James Ball
Carolyn N. Bell
Carolyn Bell
Clotilde Benavides
Dorothy Bower
Carmen A. Bright
Ben Burns
Charles Carney
Homer Min-Jen-Chen
Peter Min-Chung-Che
Ronald C. Chisholm
Patrick S. Coakley
Michael J. Cody
Nancy Coleman
Maxine Couchman
Clarence Crenshaw
Marcos DelBusto
Bill Edwards
Ralph W. Fels
Joan Ferro
Geneva Fonseca
Genoveva Fonseca

Robert L. Jordan
Aurora Uribe
Beryle M. Garnas
Nydia Gonzalez
Jane M. Hanford
Jean M. Hanford
Robert A. Hanson
Dorothy Harrison
Nancy Heffington
Ida Henley
Barbara Hentgen
Enrique Ho
Fred Hodges
in Robert Horer
Fred Horton
John E. Johnson III
James A. Jolley
John D. Landers
Russell Lawrence
Lois G. Lee
Rene Uopis
Charles Maldonado
Elizabeth L. McNew
Ramona E. Muller
Clifford C. Myers

Burt Benoit
2917 Danbury Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70131
(504) 394-9542

Dorothy E. Nauert
Aurelio Parra
LiesI S. Pollack
Beatriz Quintero
Ana Rios
Elaine C. Ruggles
James Russell
David C. Ryan Jr.
Sarita Sasson
Hormecinda Schmidt
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn Sisson
Hugh Smith
Elvia Suazo
Franklyn E. Tillman
Carlos Tong
John Toone
Michael Valtierra
Patricia A. Vesser
Audrey Wagner
John H. Wallace
Roberta W. Warden
Isabel Washburn
Clifford B. Weaver
Enrique H. Leong
Thomas B. Woods

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

Louis Dedeaux
8415 Lofton Dr.
Pensacola, FL '

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

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
Spartanburg, SC

Fred Rose
639 Versailles Dr.
, Huntsville, AL 35803

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


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




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.


Want to contact or get information about Eileen
Suisman, R.N., Atlantic City Hospital graduate, who
worked at Gorgas Hospital. Please advise J.F. Stow,
4128-B Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ. 08203.


(Continued from September 1996 issue of Canal Record):
Susan E. Knapp Carroll E. Kocher, Jr. James S. Kraemer
Robert G. Laatz, Jr. Erie V. Larsen Marcia S. Lewis
Nils Linfors, Jr. Patricia A. Loar Mary G. Lombana
Martin Lopez, Jr. Melina Marshall Julia Ann May
Judith A. McCullough Geraldine McGriff Robert T. McMath
Ronald E. Mead Nadia Mendieta R. Dorothy A. Metzger
Carrie E. Miller Gladys E. Miller Silka M. Mills
Evelyn Mohl Jean Molyneaux Elizabeth D. Monagan
Frank R. More, Jr Ana R. Moreno George J. Moreno Jr.
Kenneth L. Morris Gail S. Mullarkey Charles M. Napier
Helen J.J. Nita Jeanette D. Orr Niza E. Pasamante
Sheila E. Paterson Mary F. Pennington Carol A. Perantie
Jayne R. Peterson Victor M. Piti Felix A. Poller
Susan R. Potter Luis C. Prosperi, Jr. Nancy F. Purdy
Joseph E. Pustis Robert W. Rennie Louis R. Reyes
Virginia Reynolds Richard K. Richardson Carol K. Roberts
Charles L. Robinson Arcadio F. Rodaniche Olga M. Rodriguez
Patricia C. Samson Herbert R. Schneider William T. Sears
Carol R. Seise Eleanor D. Selby Allen C. Sheppard Jr.
Robert L. Shirer Judith M. Sigl Nancy E. Simon
Carolyn J. Small Aileen F. Smith John H. Smith
John B. Stevens Martha M. Stevenson Robert E. Stumpf
Carol A. Styles Owen C. Sutherland Michael W. Taylor
Benjamin L. Thomas JrRobert E. Toothman Claudette A. Toussieh
Sandra M. Turner Laura Urriola Raquel Urriola
Carol A. Voortmeyer Ethel L. Voss Wayne D. Wall
James W. Watson Jr. John R. Wibel Norman H. Wiley Jr.
George R. Wills Daniel G. Winklosky John E. Winklosky II
Forest B. Wise Joseph C. Wood Lewis W. Wood
Richard W. Wright Wesley E. Zorn Jr.

Please contact: June Barlow Reisz, 8 Crossway Court-
West, Palm Coast, FL 32137. Phone (904) 445-2839.

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

August, September, October, November
and December 1996 Regular Meetings

Lt.Col. Paul Mauritsen, Gorgas Hospital Liaison
Officer was invited to be guest speaker at the 1997
Office lease renewed until January 31, 1998 at
present rate of $710.80/month except for August and
September which will be $380.28 each.
President will appoint Chairperson for
Nominating Committee. Two members to be
appointed by the Board, and two members were
nominated from the floor. They were Ray Wheeler
and Steven Nehring.
Frank Matters resigned as Budget and Audit
Chairperson. Past Presidents were appointed to a
committee to suggest ways to improve the Society.
The president appointed Robert Van Siclen as
Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. The
Board nominated Jane Huldtquist and Charles
Hummer. The Employment Policies and Procedures
Committee will consist of Peter Foster, Chairperson,
James O'Donnell and Thomas Peterson as members.
The Computer compatibility Study Committee will
consist of Peter Foster, Charles Hummer and
Richard Beall. The Budget and Audit Committee has
been appointed by the president with Shirley Boswell
as Chairperson and Nancy Van Siclen as a member,
with assistance by Jane Huldtqulst and Jeanne
The president presented a Certificate of
Appreciation to Faith Brundage, Picnic Chairperson.
Mrs. Brundage then presented tokens of appreciation
to her committee consisting of Carol Masino, Betty
Snow, Marie Corrigan, Mildred Hickey, Barbara
Green, Steve Nehring, Gemma O'Donnell and Peter
Mrs. Boswell, Budget and Audit Chairperson
briefed members on plans to use Dean Witter
Reynolds, Inc. for banking purposes in order to get
better interest rates.
The Employment Policies and Procedures were
voted on unanimously and passed by the Executive
The net receipts from the Reunion was $5,527.10
after the president found over $6,000.00 in
discrepancies in the hotel bill.
Panama Discovery Tours has donated $260.00 in
support of their advertisement where they promised
to donate $10.00 for each Zonian booked for their
Legislative Representative reported that a 2.9%
COLA will be effective December 1, and payment
started on January 1, 1997.
A bouquet of flowers was sent to Barbara Green,
our Secretary/Treasurer, at her home for a hasty
recovery from her recent surgery.
Nancy Van Siclen was presented with a
Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding
service to the Society during the past several years.
Nancy Van Siclen presented tokens of
appreciation to her committee for their assistance in
conducting the December Christmas Holiday
Luncheon. They were Shirley Boswell, Marje Foster,
Barbara Slover, Isabel Gibson, and Dorothy

The Society's Office will be closed during the
Christmas holidays, from December 24 to January 2,
Nominations for Officers for 1997-1998, provided
by the Nominating Committee were read during the
December 7, 1996 Luncheon/Meeting. They were:
President, Margot Jordan; 1st Vice President, Tom
Peterson; 2nd Vice President, Charles "Chuck"
Hummer; Director, Faith Brundage; Director, Betty
Snow. Nominations from the floor will be accepted
during our January 10, 1997 Regular Meeting.


The Annual Picnic of the Panama Canal Society
was held at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida
on October 5th. 88 members and guests attended.
Food and desserts of all varieties, prepared by
the members, was enjoyed by all. Games such as toss
the bean bag, a huge success last year, as well as
Bingo, were a highlight of the day. There were
several prizes including several lottery tickets. Mr.
O'Donnell was the bingo caller and kept the
audience awake at all times.
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Some of the Picnic attendees, L-R: Faith Brundage,
Barbara Green, Carol Masino, Steve Nehring, Betty
Snow, Pete Foster and Tilly McConaghy.



President Jim O'Donnell presents a Certificate of
Appreciation to Picnic Committee Chairperson Faith

Cost of supplies, decorations and prizes totaled
Picnic Committee members, in addition to myself,
were Marie Corrigan, Mildred Hickey, Gemma
O'Donnell, Betty Snow, Steve Nehring, Peter Foster,
Carol Masino and Barbara Green. Tokens of
appreciation were presented by President O'Donnell
and Mrs. Brundage.
I strongly recommend that we continue this event
in the same place since it is, for the most part,
convenient to the members who reside in northern
areas of Pinellas and Pasco counties as well as some
in the Tampa area.
Faith Brundage
Chairperson, Picnic Committee


The start of the Christmas Holiday began on
Saturday, December 7, 1996, with the Panama Canal
Society holding its annual Christmas Luncheon at the
Wine Cellar Restaurant in North Redington Beach,
St. Petersburg, Florida with 147 members and guests
in attendance.
The Christmas Luncheon committee consisted of
Shirley Boswell, Marje Foster, Dot Herrington, Issy
Gibson, and Barbara Slover.

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The table of, L-R: Gemma O'Donnell, Tom Peterson,
Barbara Peterson, Laurie King, Frank King, Jo
Johnson, Lois Jones, Jim O'Donnell.
For a third year, Bill and Jeanne Wheeler
donated a three-day-two-night stay at the Grand
Shores West on North Redington Beach which was
won by Beverly Williams.
Our grand prize of two round trip tickets from
Miami to Panama on C.O.P.A. airlines was won by
Tom Peterson, the winning number being drawn by
Gene Askew, our senior past president.
After the luncheon, the members were led in
singing Christmas Carols by Frank King and
President Jim O'Donnell.
Our many thanks to the members for supporting
the Societies 1996 Christmas Luncheon.

1996 Christmas

I ne u;nrstmas Luncn comminee wln ine president, L-
R: Nancy Van Siclen, Dorothy Herrington, Marje
Foster, Shirley Boswell, Isabele Gibson and Barbara
The luncheon theme was Christmas trees and
packages. The center-piece for each table was a
Christmas tree, all hand-made by Shirley Boswell and
Marje Foster. Dot Herrington and I spent two days
decorating. Each place setting had a Christmas box
with candy inside, each made by Marje Foster and
myself from an original idea by Helen Foster of
Mississippi. Each center-piece was awarded as a table
Issy Gibson and Barbara Slover greeted each
member at the door with hand made name badges
of a Christmas tree trimmed with snow.
As usual, the Wine Cellar food and service was
outstanding and we hope everyone enjoyed the
afternoon (except for the terrible rain upon leaving).
All door prizes were donated again this year, and
our thanks go to Stuart Warner, Tom and Barbara
Peterson, Jane Huldtquist, Issy Gibson, Betty
Forgeson, Betty Snow, Nealie Van Siclen, Anna and
Joe Collins, Margot and Hubert Jordan, Jean and
Bill Wheeler, Dot and Bob Herrington, Marje and
Pete Foster, and Bob and Nancy Van Siclen.

Nancy Van Siclen receives the Distinguished Service
Award, from President James O'Donnell, for her
continued outstanding service with the Society.


The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Robert Van
Siclen, Chairperson, Jane Huldtquist, Steve Nehring, Bill Wheeler and Chuck Hummer submitted the following
Slate of Officers for 1997-1998 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 10 at St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, St. Petersburg, Florida:
President Mrs. Margot Jordan
1st Vice President Mr. Thomas Peterson
2nd Vice President Mr. Chuck Hummer
Director Mrs. Faith Brundage
Director Mrs. Betty Snow
Mrs. Muriel Whitman was nominated from the floor for Director by Mrs. Barbara Green.

Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, and vote for two (2) candidates for Director as indicated
on the ballot, placing an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. One "write-in" nomination for
each office is permitted per ballot providing the "write-in" nominee gives his/her consent in writing and is to be
received by the Nominating Committee at least 10 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Refer to By-
Laws, Article V, Section 2 (D.2)). Each active member/member and spouse may submit one (1) ballot (only one
ballot per member household). Vote for your selection of officers indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT
ENVELOPE. Fold the ballot to inside of ballot envelope and fold envelope over your ballot with the
Chairperson, Nominating Committee on the outside, and close with scotch tape. Do not detach ballot from
envelope. Place your name and return address in the upper left hand corner. Affix a 32c stamp and mail before
June 25, 1997. Ballot envelopes will only be opened at the Annual Business Meeting in Orlando on July 4, 1997.

Slate of Officers for 1997-1998

Margot (Smith) Jordan

Even though I wasn't born in Panama, I lived there for 30 years and consider
myself a Zonian. I am presently married to Hubert Jordan who is a third generation
Zonian. Since our retirement I have committed myself into an active role with the Panama
Canal Society of Florida Executive Board because I want it to exist for my children in the
years to come. For two years I served as a Director on the Board in conjunction with
managing the Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament at the Reunion. Last year I
served as 2nd Vice President and was Chairperson for the Reunion Dances. This year I am
serving as 1st Vice President and am also the Reunion Coordinator. Further, I am trying
to introduce new ideas for future reunions that will consider not only the members, who
are the backbone of our Society, but also for our children who will carry on after we leave.
A vote for me is a vote for the future.

Thomas C. Peterson

I was born in Ancon, Canal Zone in 1931, attended the Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1949. I subsequently graduated from Canal Zone
Junior College, Birmingham-Southern College and the Graduate School of New York
University. My wife, Barbara and I have three daughters, Carol, Diane and Elaine, all born
in the Canal Zone, and nine grandchildren. We have been members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida since the 1960's. My father, Charles H. "Pete" Peterson was a Roosevelt
Medal holder. For my charity work in the Canal Zone and Panama, I was awarded the
Master Key to the Panama Canal by Governor Harold R. Parfitt with the rank of Master
Benefactor. I have also been very active in the Masonic Fraternity in the Canal Zone. I
retired from the Panama Canal Commission in 1981 and Barbara and I have made our
retirement home in Sarasota, Florida. I have served as Chairman of the By-Laws
Committee of the Society, Director and am currently serving as 2nd Vice President.

Charles "Chuck" W. Hummer, Jr.

Chuck Hummer is a third generation Zonian and grandson of a Roosevelt Medal
Holder. He graduated from BHS in 1955 and the U. of Notre Dame in 1959 with degrees
in Chemical Engineering. He worked in the Canal Zone from 1960 to 1979, leaving as
Assistant Chief of the Dredging Division. He retired from the H.Q. of the US Army Corps
of Engineers in Washington, D.C. in 1989 as Chief of the Dredging Division. He is a
consultant and author on environmental and maritime matters. He is past president and
chairman of the Western Dredging Association and the World Organization of Dredging
Associations. He currently volunteers as President of his homeowners association in Haines
City, Fl., Treasurer of the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc., an AIDS service
organization in Orlando, and secretary of the Waterways Committee of the American
Society of Civil Engineers. He is married to Sandra Lary Hummer and currently serves as
the Legislative Representative for the Society and Security Chairman for the 1997 Reunion.

Faith Brundage

Having served as an officer of the Executive Committee, I wish to continue serving
as a Director of the Panama Canal Society of Florida because I am concerned for the
Society's future. I have regularly attended monthly meetings. I have also attended meetings
while serving in the offices of 2nd and 1st Vice President and, presently, am serving as
one of the Directors. I have served as Chairperson in various activities; i.e., By-Laws
Committee Chairperson, Carnavalito, Telephone Committee, Annual Picnic twice, and
Hospitality. During the Annual Reunions I have worked with the Registration and have
assisted the Secretary/Treasurer for the past three years.. Due to my husband's illness, I
had to resign my position as 1st. Vice President before completing my term. I have been
the 1st Vice President of the Mobile Americana Association, with considerable holdings,
and was also one of four partners in the Robert Clark Insurance Agency, Inc., a $2,000,000
operation in Boston, MA. I have served for 10 years as Vice President of the Vesper Choir
in the Association. In 1996 I served as Chairperson of the World Day of Prayer.

Betty (Chan) Snow

Born and raised in the Canal Zone, Betty is a graduate of Balboa High School,
Class of 1943 and Canal Zone College Class of 1945. After 25 1/2 years service with the
Health Bureau and MEDDA Panama on both sides of the Isthmus, she settled in
Clearwater. She was also employed as a nurse psychotherapist for three years in her late
husband's (Dale B. Snow, M.D.) psychiatric practice in Shrevesport, Louisiana. Since
moving to Clearwater she has been very active in the Society serving on several committees,
2 years as Legislative Representative, the Chairperson of the By-Laws Committee, the
Clearwater news reporter for the Canal Record and helping out where needed, especially
at the annual reunion.

Muriel Whitman

I was born in New York City, New York and arrived in the Canal Zone
at the age of five weeks. I am a third generation Zonian. My father, Gus
Holmelen, was Chief Engineer on the tugboat Alajuela for the Marine Division. I
attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1943.
In 1954 I came to Florida with my two children of my first marriage, Pauline and
William Arnold. In 1956 I married John Whitman and we had a daughter, Barbara
Jean. We now have five grandsons and four great-granddaughters. I have been
involved in community activities, Girl Scouts, Crime Watch and the American
Business Women's Association, in which I was named "Woman of the Year" in
1983, and in Kenneth City Home Owners Association which I am now Vice
President. I became a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in 1955
and was elected President of the Society for the 1987-88 term. I have held other
offices and served on numerous committees. I am seeking election as a Director
in the Society and looking forward to continuing working for the Society.

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Janis M. Eckel
Charles E. Leves
Wilbert E. Reese
Capt. Jonas S. Thorsteinsson
Capt. Frederick W. Skousgard III
Eric Adema
James A. Brewer
Fabio Gonzalez
David A. Nelson
Jean P. Piediscalzo
Capt. Kenneth P. Puckett
Jacquelin L. Arias
Robert T. Geddes Jr.
Darryl L. Steiner
Michael C. Tatman
John E. Thompson


Industrial Division
Dredging Division
Facilities Mgmt. & Supply E
Pilot Division
Pilot Division
Canal Services Division
Data Processing System
Electrical Division
Dredging Division
Logistical Support Division
Pilot Division
Maritime Training Unit
Canal Services Division

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34 years 09 months 17 days
divisionn 25 years 01 months 02 days
15 years 00 months 24 days
28 years 01 months 08 days
28 years 01 months 14 days
25 years 04 months 11 days
24 years 06 months 00 days
21 years 04 months 26 days
30 years 01 months 01 days
36 years 08 months 25 days
24 years 00 months 23 days
29 years 03 months 26 days

Management Information Systems 38 years 01 months 28 days
Locks Division 23 years 00 months 07 days
Locks Division 25 years 05 months 13 days


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Friday, July 4 Saturday, July 5

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Tickets may be ordered by filling out request on Page "J" of the Yellow Pages of
this issue when you are registering to attend the Reunion. You may also purchase
tickets at the Information/Hospitality Desk during the Reunion.

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From: Budget and Audit Committee

January 10, 1996
The proposed 1997 budget indicates a net loss in expenditures over receipts of ($2,580). We have a critical
situation in declining memberships, which has been decreasing steadily over the past six years. In 1994 the dues
were increased to $20,00, yet the fund balance continued to decline. In 1994 a committee was established to
study the problem and rather than effect another dues increase, they recommended the following cost-cutting
methods: elimination of one temporary position, reduce publication of the Canal Record to three issues and
publish the Directory every other year, and discontinue issuing a Dues Card. These cost cutting efforts have not
had the desired effect of putting the Society in the black once more. Existing computer equipment is antiquated
and in need of replacement, however, the funds are simply not there.
When our members look at the fund balance they assume we are in a good financial condition, however, the
interest earned from these investments are necessary and without these investments the Society would soon
become insolvent. We have prepared a hand-out (below) indicating the effect the interest income has on the
Society's solvency.
The Budget and Audit Committee made a recommendation to the Executive Board at the December meeting
and the following was unanimously approved: Increase the dues with an additional $10.00 per year effective
October 1997 and resume publication of four Canal Records and a Directory each year beginning in 1998. The
committee has concluded that the resumption of the Dues Card is not cost effective at this time.
Our prime objective is to continue keeping our members informed and keeping the spirit of the Panama Canal
alive in all of us. Implementation of the Treaty has created a situation which eliminates the potential for growth.
We must face the reality of a declining membership and do what is necessary to continue serving our members.
Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) Shirley Boswell (Signed) Nancy Van Siclen
Chairperson, Budget and Audit Committee Committee Member


1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Accumulative
PROFIT 1,691 (1) 16,734
LOSS 11,439 4,889 10,537 7,971 16,411
ISSUED 5 5 5 5 5 3
PROFIT 12,234 (2)
LOSS 19,659 10,637 14,354 1,734 11,931 46,081
ISSUED 5 5 5 5 5 3
(1) Profit due to a $5.00 dues increase in 1994
2) Profit includes a one-time MBA donation of $4,679 and the Society issued two less Canal Records at an
approximate $18,000 savings. Without these two factors, the Society would have had a loss of ($10,445).

LingesI on .

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Mke thans you, do much

See, than k fAr the memories,
L-R: Helen Kissam Hall, Pat Geddes Risberg, Nancy our .ic le a Leat,
Kaufer Lanfranco, and Jane Compton ot Ic all our et,
Wagenbrenner. /he cow eM / o ng
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L-R: Judy (Buehler) Williamson, Joella (Jenkins)
Deakins,Karen (Schmidt) Deming, Janice Scott,
John Deming. So, than/ i r te nmemorieS,
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2e than/ you so much.
Richard Cheville, MD
Occupational Health Division


New Administrator Sworn
in at Canal
With his left hand resting on four Bibles, one for
each member of his family, Alberto Alemin Zubieta
was sworn in as the second Panamanian to be
nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed by
the U.S. Senate to serve as administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission. Board of Directors
Chairman Joe R. Reeder officiated at the event which
took place on the steps of the Administration
Building on Sunday, August 18. The Bibles, a gift
from Reeder, were later presented by him to the
AlemAn Zubieta family.

Panama Canal Commission Board of Director.
Chairman Joe R. Reeder, swears in new Panama
Canal Commission Administrator Alberto Aleman
Zubieta. Official witnesses to the ceremony included
Panama Canal Commission Secretary John A. Mills;
U.S. Southern Command Deputy Commander in Chief
Rear Admiral James P. Perkins III, USN; U.S.
Southern Command Chief General Wesley K. Clark,
USA; U.S. Ambassador to Panama William J. Hughes;
Panama Minister of Foreign Relations Ricardo A.
Arias; Aleman Zubieta's children, Ana Isabel, Alberto
A. and Rafael Ernesto; Deputy Administrator Joseph
W. Cornelison; former Administrator Gilberto Guardia
F.; Aleman Zubieta's wife, Ana Matilde de Alem.n;
interpreter Roxanna Cain; and board members
Fernando Cardoze, Emanuel Gonzalez Revilla; also
president of the Panama Transition Commission for the
Transfer of the Canal, Mois6s Mizrachi, Albert H.
Nahmad and Jorge E. Ritter who also serves as
executive director of the Panama Transition
Commission for the Transfer of the Canal.
Photo: Panama Canal Commission
Recommended by Panama President Ernesto
Perez Balladares, Aleman Zubieta succeeds former
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F., who announced
his resignation last October.

Speaking in Spanish to invited guests and
dignitaries and identifying himself as the newest
employee of the Panama Canal Commission,
Administrator AlemAn Zubieta said in his first official
speech, "Together we will show that we are one
team, made up of men and women capable of
continuing to provide to the world, now and in the
future, even better service than that provided to
Canal users during the past 82 years." A reception
followed at the Administrator's residence in Balboa

Former Adiministrator Gilberto Guardia F. and wife
Teresa bid a fond farewell during a ceremony held in
the Administration Building rotunda. Administrator
Guardia was also honored with the Commission Master
Key Award. Honoring Guardia as a widely respected
man of vision, honor and integrity, the award
designates him as "Master of the Path Between the
The next day, the Canal's newest employee was
on the job as administrator, attending his first
Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
meeting since his appointment, paying a courtesy visit
to Panama's Presidential Palace, attending a post-
board meeting press conference and co-hosting a
briefing at Miraflores Locks on a Canal infrastructure
study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
Panama's Blue Ribbon Committee.

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 23, 1996

Plans announced last week
for widening of Bridge of

Plans to widen the access lanes for the Bridge of
the Americas were announced last week by officials
from Panama's Ministry of Public Works and
Andrade Gutierrez-Preacero Pellizari, the international
consortium that will carry out the work, during a
press conference at the Balboa Tarpon Club

Inaugurated on October 12, 1962, the bridge was
built with four lanes under its arch and three lanes
on its inclines. Traffic congestion from increased
usage has made it necessary to widen the structure
to include four lanes over its entire length.
The work will be carried out in four phases and
will include the removal and replacement of corbels,
sidewalks, support beams and concrete slabs on the
northern and southern ends of the bridge. The new
slabs will be prefabricated to allow for easier
installation. In addition, new posts and wire fencing
along the entire length of the bridge will bring it
into compliance with international safety regulations.
At a total cost of $11.8 million, the project will
also include the rehabilitation of the bridge entrance
ramp near Amador, as well as improvements to
Avenida de los MArtires and to the Chorrillo
intersection with the construction of new ramps.
Prior to the actual work on the project, The
Ministry of Public Works and the U.S. based
company TYLIN International will carry out an
inspection, assessment and approval process over a
period of approximately eight months beginning in
Miguel Vergara, the national inspections director
for the Ministry of Public Works, says the widening
project was designed to meet the needs of
commuters and to minimize interference with traffic
during its execution. Although some inconveniences
will be expected during the work, the project, once
completed, will significantly reduce the time that it
takes commuters to cross the bridge.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 1, 1996

A Canal that is finishing one chapter and
beginning to write new and daring chapters in its
proud history;
A Canal that is part of a country and not an
appendage to it, that is fully integrated into the
nation, that is a cornerstone in its development
and not an island of riches in a sea of poverty;
A Canal that makes the people proud and not
A Canal that understands the business it
serves, that stays ahead of the game;
A Canal that is the most important element of
an integrated transportation system, with modern
ports at its entrances and providing a full range of
maritime services to its clients;
A Canal that is modern, with more capacity
and state-of-the-art technology, always at the
cutting edge of progress and innovative practices;
A Canal that is fit, that is cost-effective and
cost-efficient and that serves as a model for
Panama's future development.
It will be better, new, dynamic, it will be a
Canal that everyone will be proud of having had
the opportunity to serve. This is our Canal.
This is a beginning, not the end. We have a
unique opportunity, we are empowered to make it
happen and we are going to take full advantage of
this opportunity. I am committed to it.
This is my vision. Make it yours. I hope I can
count on you.
Thank you.
Alberto Alemin Zubieta

The Panama Canal Spillway
September 20, 1996

Administrator shares his vision Former Commission Secretary
for Canal's future dies of cancer

Sworn in as Panama
Canal Commission
administrator a little over
one month ago, Alberto
Alemdn Zubieta recently
shared with the agency's
top managers his vision of
the Panama Canal. A firm
believer in the need to
S maintain a positive attitude,
particularly in times of
great change, the
administrator asks all
employees to share in his
vision of Panama and the
I have a dream. This
Alberto Alembn Zubieta dream is about Panama,
about its people, about a
A Canal that has withstood time, that will
continue to serve its customers, that is willing to
change and adapt to changes, that is dynamic and
A Canal where there are no inequities, where
management and labor work for the same purpose,
where they debate issues of concern but always
with a higher goal in mind;
A Canal that cares for its employees, that
teaches and trains, that is supportive but not over-

Michael Rhode Jr., the former secretary of the
Panama Canal Commission died of liver cancer on
May 17, 1996 at the age of 63. Rhode was appointed
Commission Secretary on July 1, 1980, and retired
from the post on December 31, 1995. While in the
position, he managed the Commission's office in
Washington, D.C., and served as the Commission's
primary representative to the U.S. Congress and
other U.S. government agencies, as well as a liaison
between the Commission Board of Directors and
agency management.
During his tenure, which included service under
six chairmen, he helped shepherd a number of
important legislative initiatives through Congress,
providing authority for such things as the settlement
of vessel-accident claims, regardless of the amount or
accident site; the continuation of Panama Canal
operations in situations when the annual budget was
not approved by Congress; the waiving of the 180-
day notice requirement for reporting to Congress
before transfer of the property to the Republic of
Panama; and the purchase of catastrophe insurance.
He also spearheaded the more-recent legislation
to convert the Commission to a government
corporation, one of many initiatives that have been
taken to ensure the successful transfer of the Canal
to the Republic of Panama on December 31, 1999.
Just before coming to the Commission, Rhode,
a retired U.S. Army colonel, served as the military
assistant for Canal Affairs to the Assistant Secretary

of the U.S. Army for Civil Works. He was liaison to
the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of the Army for
four years and was charged with the preparation of
legislation to implement the Panama Canal Treaty of
1977. He also served the U.S. Department of
Defense as a coordinator with the U.S. State and
Treasury Departments on Canal affairs.
Panama Canal Commission
Press Release
May 17, 1996

Local resident earns
academic honors at
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Midshipman J. Elliott Carlson has received a
gold star for academic achievement during the
recently completed second quarter at the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.
Gold stars are awarded to students who achieve a
grade-point average of 3.5 or better during a quarter.

A graduate of Balboa High School, Carlson is
the son of John and Jacquiline Carlson of Cardenas,
Rep. of Panama. He was nominated to the academy
by Panama Canal Commission Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F.
The academy, dedicated in 1943, trains young
men and women from across the nation to be
merchant marine and Naval Reserve officers and
awards them a bachelor of science degree.
Midshipmen spend one year of the four-year program
at sea aboard U.S. commercial ships. The academy
is a federal institution operated by the U.S.
Department of Transportation's Maritime
Office of Public Affairs,
Panama Canal Commission

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Your Reporter Says ...


Mary Urey and Ida Dugas flew to Panama last
January 30th, Mary to visit daughter Lorraine Dugan
and Ida to visit relatives in Panama City. Saw old
friends but biggest surprise for Mary was meeting
Bertha Reid at a party given by the Fennels. Billy
Hultin, Bertha and Mary worked at the Naval
Station in Coco Solo in 1956/57. They then
transferred to the Terminals/Port Captain's Office
when the Navv closed the base.

Mary Urey and Elsie Garcia
Mary Urey and Elsie Garcia

L-R: Billy Hulton, Bob Reed, Mary Urey, Bertha
Made side trips to El Valle for the long
weekend and had a delightful visit with Elsie Garcia
at her lovely home. Mary said Elsie has some of the
most beautiful birds she has ever seen. To the
Atlantic side to see Sunny Mizrachi who also has a
lovely home in Brazos. Mary drove by the old
homestead in Margarita and was shocked to see it
stripped of all the lovely plants that she had.
Mary and Ida were back home on the 22nd of
February with wonderful memories of a terrific visit
with family and friends.
Locally, Saundra and Gene McGriff hosted a
family reunion at their home in Dothan honoring
Gene's father "Mac" McGriff on his birthday, August
1st. Muriel and "Mac" really enjoyed having their
children, grandchildren, relatives and friends joining
them for this very special occasion.
Margaret and Jack Hern Sr., Fran and Jack

Hern Jr. ventured to Greensboro, NC, recently for
a visit with Johnny Hern, wife Kris Oates Hern and
sons Adam and Darien. They told us they went to
see Johnny and his wife but I would say that
grandparents, Fran and Jack Jr., and great-
grandparents, Margaret and Jack Sr., spent their time
enjoying Adam and Darien.

^ ^,,JM

Johnny Hern, with wife, Kris Oates Hern, and Adam,
(2 yrs) and Darien, (1 yr) during Christmas in
Zephyrhills, Florida (1995).
Ted and Karen (Hirt) Yost from Houston, TX,
came to town to spend a few days with Ted's mother
Dot Yost and family. They had a great 4th of July
fiesta. It was a fun reunion for all.
This summer was a summer of weddings for
Neilson and Doris Etchberger. For the first time in
twenty years, all five Chans--Irene (Paulding), Doris
(Etchberger), Harry, Betty (Snow), and Beverly
(Williams)--were together in the same place at the
same time. They gathered to attend the wedding of
Harry's son Bruce and Sharon Van Camp on June
29 in Parkersburg, WV. It was a lovely afternoon
wedding followed by a reception on board a paddle
riverboat that steamed a few miles down and back
on the Ohio River. Next, Neilson and Doris drove to
Williamsburg, VA, to attend the wedding of Neilson's
niece Karen and John Wicker on August 31. The
wedding was held in a quaint, little country church,
and the wedding supper was held at an Outback
Restaurant. A hurricane threatened to interrupt John
and Karen's wedding trip, so Neilson and Doris
hurried back to Dothan. Karen is the daughter of
Neilson's brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Doris
Marty Bradford, her son Mike, and daughter
Nancy attended the wedding of Marty's
granddaughter Pheobe Christian in North Carolina.
The wedding was beautiful, and a good time was
enjoyed by all.
Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812


The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held their
regular luncheon on November 2 at the Wyndham
Garden Hotel in Chandler, AZ. Twenty people
attended and were entertained with a speech by
retired Air Force Colonel Al Thogersen of Tucson,
AZ. Al was commander of Albrook Air Force Base
from 1976 to 1979, and gave a very interesting talk
on military life in the Canal Zone.
Loring and Evelyn White of Phoenix enjoyed a
summer of traveling. In June they attended the Scott
Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, where they
heard some of the best piano players in the country.
Then Loring presented a theoretical paper on
theories of the decline of Rome at the annual
meeting of the International Society for the
Comparative Study of Civilization at Cal Poly in
Pomona, CA.
In July they attended the unveiling of a bronze
plaque honoring Loring's grandfather at Bemidji State
University in Minnesota. In late summer they drove
7600 miles visiting Illinois, Ohio, New York,
Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Virginia,
North Carolina and Tennessee. While in Tennessee,
they visited Bob Bowen, Loring's old friend and
colleague from Canal Zone College days. In
November they are heading to the Lawrence Welk
Resort in Escondido, CA. While there, they will
enjoy a reunion with Loring's California cousins.


Evelyn and Loring White, at Five Islands,
Georgetown, Maine. September 1996.
Nancy and Darrell Eide spent August in the
Pacific Northwest enjoying old friends and Nancy's
son and Darrell's mom and sisters. In September
they drove their RV back to Arizona, stopping in
Cooper's Lake in Montana to visit some Arizona
friends and also in Walsh, CO, to visit with Joyce
(Zeeck) and Bill Mundell on their ranch. Nancy and
Joyce had not seen each other since the 1950s.
In October, they flew to New Bern, NC, to
attend the reunion of Darrell's Marine Corps
Avionics Shop that was stationed in Japan in the
1950s. In December they will travel to Florida to
compete in the National World Team Tennis
Championships in Tampa, FL.
Nancy Eide
(602) 577-7284


The annual Bruce G. Sanders fall dinner was
held at the Clarion Inn at Fayetteville, AR, and we
had about 25 in attendance. Also discussed were
plans on changing the meeting place for our
upcoming picnic on Fathers Day in June 1997.
Entertainment was the showing of a video of the
building of the Panama Canal. It was enjoyed by all
of those in attendance.

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The Harp family: Dave, Mary holding Sarah, Jess
holding Jess N., Lynn holding Samantha, Leona,
Susan, Bill and Tereza, Harold and Jerry, Rebecca
and Morgan, Laurie, Bret, Keke and Eli, Ben,
Rachel, Rod and Jacquelyn.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman had Kathleen's
sister Elinor Callahan and her daughter Kathleen
visiting for the Arts and Crafts fairs in northwest
Arkansas. After Kathleen returned home, Elinor and
the Huffmans took off for Tunica, MS, to visit the
Members here in northwest Arkansas have
learned of the recent deaths of Irene McLaughlin
and Jane Funderburk, who were employees of Coco
Solo Hospital during their time in the zone.
At the time of this report, Maxine Reinhold was
visiting in New Hampshire. She was there for the
christening of her two granddaughters.
Dorothy Sanders had son Bruce and wife Sandy
come up from Allen, TX, to help her celebrate her
Polly and John Michaelis John celebrated 80th
birthday in October. They may go to Houston, TX,
for Thanksgiving.
Joan and Jack Corliss ventured to Dothan, AL,
for the Gas House Gang golf tournament. Had a
good time. Went on to visit with Jim and Diane
Bradley in North Carolina. Then on to Washington,
DC, and got to see the AIDS quilt before coming
home. Had June and Davis Stevenson come by for
a visit while the Stevensons were at Branson, MO.
With the help of their children, Leslie and John, had
a small party for their 40th wedding anniversary.
Marion Colclasure had her mother Addie and
her aunt Juanita come from Garden Grove, KS, in
early October for about a three-week visit.
Your reporter went back home in late September
to attend his 58th high school class reunion. We had
eight out of eleven still around that showed up.
Really enjoyed myself and got to see family that
hadn't seen in quite some time. Read an
announcement in a recent railroading magazine that
KCS Industries has entered into a joint venture with
Panamanian and other U.S. firms that I thought
might be of interest to everyone. It stated that
Kansas City Southern was awarded the concession to

run the 40-mile Panama Railroad Company and that
the 5-foot-gauge pike needs substantial rebuilding.
I have no confirmation of this.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Mary and Lee Butz left Springdale October 11 to
drive to Lawrenceville, GA, to visit their daughter
and son-in-law, Esther and Bill Clair, and to help
the Clairs celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary.
While in Georgia they got to visit a number of
historic and scenic spots, including Stone Mountain.
They returned home November 3, having had a very
good trip and visit.
Gloria Malsbury is recuperating well after surgery
on November 7 to repair a tendon in her right wrist.
She expects the cast to be removed before Christmas.
Joe and Marge Coffin visited Maxine Wrenn and
together they went to Branson, MO, to take in some
of the shows. Later the Coffins took her to
Nashville, TN, to spend Thanksgiving with her son
Keith and his family.
Ed and Mildred Higgins are working on having
some of their poetry and music published. Ed had
been a music teacher and had taught in Arkansas,
Missouri, and Florida. At one time he had written
and produced a "Classical Production of the Three
Pigs". This was well received and was presented a
number of times. Most of Mildred's poems deal with
her experiences growing up in Panama.
Carl and Petie Maedl had as guests over
Thanksgiving family members, Pat and Jim Krough,
from Deephaven, MN, and Pamela and Vince
Gutowski and children, Jennifer and Frank, from
Charleston, IL. Another grandson, Webster Krough,
returned to Minnesota after a five-month assignment
in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. Sometime earlier,
Pamela had sent a full-page clipping from the
Charleston-Times Courier containing an article and
pictures of a petite, dark-haired lady from Panama,
named Noris Lopez. In 1970-71, Lopez had been an
AFS exchange student from Panama at Charleston
High School and she stayed with her host parents, Al
and Vesta Rundle. At that time she told them that
one day she would be an engineer. She had come
back to Charleston to visit Mrs. Rundle, whose
husband had died in June. Noris Lopez is currently
in charge of handling the Gatun Locks and
locomotives of the Atlantic Branch of the Panama
Canal, the first woman to hold this position.
Mary and Bob McGimsey spent five weeks this
past summer in their 14-foot RV visiting family in
Missouri, Iowa, and Colorado. Then they toured the
southwest with Mary taking photographs at Great
Sand Dunes National Monument, Taos, Santa Fe,
and other photogenic areas. Only a few weeks after
returning from this trip they left New Orleans on a
three-week trip aboard a containerized freighter
stopping at Houston, Caracas, Rio de Janiero, Santos,
and Buenos Aires. They flew back. It was great fun.
The rest of the year saw activity in the areas of
photography (Mary) and family history (Bob).

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The West Coast Reunion held on September 20-
22, at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego ended with a
bang. Chairperson Kathryn Taylor announced that
the annual celebration held for ten years there would
no longer be planned in the same format. Escalating
prices and declining attendance are the culprits.
A fond "despedido" to the past. Congratulations
to the hard-working committee members: Jack and
Kathryn Taylor, David Hollowell, Norma Horine, Ted
and Beth Sunquist, Bill and Nana Roberts, Jean
Pence, and Ken and Celine Stone for a job well
In retrospect, those attending this year's Reunion
did enjoy the gathering in the Hospitality Suite, a
Saturday morning golf tournament arranged by Bob
Morris, and a smaller, more intimate dinner-dance.
The fabuloso Tito Mouynes was missed and one last
performance would have been fitting.
It was wonderful seeing out-of-towners Sue and
Royce Lewis from Las Cruces, NM, Rae Donaldson,
and Dave and Margie Gilbert-Lane from the
Washington, DC, area.
Local toe-tappers Jack Clay, Leo Krziza, Tom
and Helen McGuiness, Tom Rice (recovering from
recent knee surgery wasn't dancing too much) and
Marion, 'and brother John (Bud) Rice and Rose still
enjoyed the fun.
Jolie Kilbey Seeley danced every dance and was
a delight to watch. Roger and Rochelle Stubblefield
Thompson drove in from Yuma, AZ, and handed out
photographs from last year's function. What a great
A Memorabilia Luncheon was held on August 4,
1996, at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hill, CA. Many
door prizes and raffle prizes were won by attendees.
It was reported that the meeting was refreshing.
Mark your calendar for the Holiday Luncheon on
December 8th to be held at the same location

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 453-3305



In mid-October Jack and Carlie Tabor sailed on
the Star Princess for 10-day cruise through the
Caribbean. Jack decided it was very relaxing on the
cruise away from the drudgery of mowing lawns,
puttering around the house, washing his car, etc.
Vermont was the destination for a three-week
trip taken by Aura Erikson and daughter Barbara
Adamson. They visited Aura's brother Hiram J.
Huntoon of Brandon, VT. Hiram was raised on the
Atlantic side and is now a gentleman farmer since
his retirement. He took time from farming to take
the girls to the Killington Ski area where he is a ski
instructor. Aura and Barbara enjoyed the gorgeous
fall foliage and were worn out mountain climbing :n
the cold, crisp October weather.
Christmas plans for Elma Scheibe Seiferlein of
New Port Richey are a visit with her daughter Kathy
Gabriel and her family in Houston. Elma's son Gary
and family are planning to join them from their
home in Louisiana.

Tom Hickey, Sierra Vista, AZ, recently retired
from his civilian job at Fort Huachuca, AZ. His
retirement is enjoyable but Mildred Hickey hopes
he'll come for a visit when it palls as she's filling a
"job jar" for him.
At last some news about the younger members.
Gladys Mead reports her son Rick has moved to
Daytona Beach where he is happily settled and
enjoying his new job. Son Keith and his wife Cindy
recently moved into their new three-bedroom house
that they had built in Tallahassee.
A great part of our lives has come to an end
with the passing of Lucho Azcarraga. His music was
such a great part of our lives. Remember the dances
at the Tivoli Hotel, Sunday mornings at the Balboa
Gardens, El Rancho, the various Officers' Clubs,
Union Club, etc. He was a memorable institution.
Charles Green, Aiken, SC, was the honored guest
at a dinner hosted by Mildred Hickey. He will be
remembered as one of the well-known policemen on
the Atlantic side. While in Florida he visited with his
sister-in-laws Edna Ogletree of Pinellas Park and
Margaret Sapp of St. Petersburg. Guests at Mildred's
Clearwater home were Margaret Martin, Isabell
Gibson, Edna Ogletree, Margaret Sapp and Betty
It is such a pleasure to have some new
volunteers at the October picnic and the November
business meeting. Those volunteers for the picnic
were Grace Carey, Marie Corrigan, Mildred Hickey,
and Steve Nehring. Volunteers for the November
business meeting were Marion Kariger, Jay Cain,
Myrtle Hughes, Marion Green, Kay Allen, and
Barbara Peterson (all from Sarasota). I hope all
these people will continue to volunteer.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769


The 45th semi-annual reunion of the Ocala
Zonians on October 1st was well attended and many
friendships were renewed. Newcomers Richard Lopp
(Gainesville) and his brother George Lopp (Panama)
were introduced. George was visiting in the U.S. and
is now back in Panama.
The group also welcomed Roy Trullinger and his
wife Charlene who now reside in DeLand, FL. Roy
attended Balboa High School but he joined the U.S.
Navy before his class graduated in 1947, and lived in
Gamboa, CZ, from 1944-1988.
Wesley "Red" Townsend and Harry Pearl attended
with their wives--Virginia and Virginia. They were
requested to talk about their time spent in the Canal
Zone. Red proudly admitted to being 94 years young
(as of November 5). He graduated from Michigan
Tech before joining the Section of Surveys at
Madden Dam. He remarked about living in
Tavernilla which is now covered by Gatun Lake. He
retired in 1962 and has been living in Ocala for the
past 25 years.
Harry Pearl followed in Red's footsteps as he
joined the Survey Branch in 1933 and retired in 1968
with 35 years service. Both gentlemen retired with
the same auspicious title of Chief of Surveys.
Carrying on with tradition, they "set their boundaries"
when they moved to Ocala and have remained here
ever since.

Emily (McGahey) and husband Wally Crawford
now live in Dunnellon. Agencies Crawford was their
business in Panama and they also operated the Dairy
Queen on 4th of July Avenue.
Bill Muller had a interesting experience recently
while relaxing in the hospital in Ocala (a minor leg
problem which is still on the mend). Bill woke up
around 1:15 AM upon hearing a conversation
between a nurse and a patient being admitted. The
word "Panama" kept surfacing in their conversation
and the new roommate turned out to be David
Speir. Then another ex-Zonian surfaced--a nurse that
had lived in Fort Clayton during the sixties. We had
our own Panama Canal reunion at 4 AM. David had
his gall bladder removed with only minor glitches.
His parents visited him and we talked about the
Canal Zone schools.
If you are our neighborhood next April 1st,
please come visit with us. We would be happy to see
Best wishes to all for the Holiday Season!
William "Bill" Muller
(352) 854-7902


The Panama Canal Society of Florida ends
another year with many happy activities and
memories of longtime friends and families.
Mayno (Bliss) Walker was honored with a special
celebration for her 80th birthday arranged by her
daughters, Mabelle "Mickey" Fitzgerald and Carole W.
Miller, and other family members held at the George
Walker residence. Their home was decorated with
balloons, red and white streamers, and a "Happy
Birthday Mayno" poster with a picture showing her
as a two-year-old child and a "Look Who's 80"
printed thereon.
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L-R: Daughter Carole W. Miller of Tampa, FL., Mayno
Walker of Sarasota, and daughter "Mickey" Fitzgerald
of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Curt Bliss was the master of ceremonies for the
party. The oldest grandchild Frank Fitzgerald,
representing her many grandchildren and great-
grandchildren, presented her with a new American
flag for their flagpole which Mayno proudly raises
and lowers daily. Music was played and songs sung
including "Memories" and the "C.H.S. Alma Mater
and "Happy Birthday".

Phone calls from their son Fred Walker in
Panama, daughter Jeanne W. Wagner in Alaska, and
good friend Faye Wheeler in California were received
during the festivities. Guests included many family
members, Canal Zone neighbors, the "Birthday Club
III" and George's helpful "caregivers". An
unforgettable 80th birthday celebration ended with
many laughs and happy memories.
Curt and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL, were
houseguests of his sister Rae "Tinsie" Banies for the
weekend to help his sister Mayno Walker celebrate
her birthday. They, along with Tinsie, assisted with
the plans for the successful celebration.
Allen and Kay Miller had as their houseguests
George and Grace Dunlap of La Fervia, TX. Allen
was a co-worker with George in the Electrical
Division in the Canal Zone. The Dunlaps left the
Isthmus in 1956.
The Millers entertained their houseguests with a
dinner party at their home, including other former
co-workers and friends. The Dunlaps were returning
from Jupiter, FL, where they had attended their
grandson's wedding.
Gladys McLain returned in October from a two-
week visit in Panama with her brother and sister-in-
law Clarence and Leah Watson. She said she ate her
fill of corbina, tamales, and other delicious
Panamanian native foods.
Late in October, Lorraine (Frankel) Alberga,
widow of the late Llyod Alberga, and her mother
Edith Frankel of Riverside, CA, spent three weeks
in Florida with her cousins Gladys W. McLain,
Thelma W. Maguire, Madeline W. Perez and her
aunt Elaine Robles. While here, Lorraine and her
mother enjoyed a week-long Caribbean cruise on the
Princess Line. Visiting with family and longtime
Canal Zone friends is always a joy and they coffeee"
at the home of George and Mayno Walker to
"bochniche" with mutual friends.
Rae and Joe Ebdon celebrated their 56th wedding
anniversary at a dinner party with close friends and
their son Tom Ebdon. Tom spent a week with his
parents to help them celebrate their anniversary and
also his dad's birthday before returning to his home
in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
In November Rae and Joe spent Thanksgiving in
Marietta, GA, with their older son Dick Ebdon, his
wife Kathy and two children. Their grandson Geoffrey
was home from Texas Christian University in Fort
Worth, TX. Their granddaughter, 18 year-old
Jennifer, is a high school student and is into
gymnastics. During the Summer Olympics, she
participated with the gymnastic groups performing
during the closing ceremonies.
Al and Miriam Bisselt say no matter how many
times you've had the experience, taking a cruise to
the islands of the Southern Caribbean is a marvelous
vacation. So they boarded the M.S. Ryndam on
October 29th and sailed from Fort Lauderdale to St.
Marten, St. Lucia, Guadaloupe, Barbados, St. Thomas
and Nassau. Good food and excellent service on the
ship plus beautiful views on each island made for a
delightful time.
Mrytle Hughes and Jay Cain enjoyed a wonderful
cruise with thirty-three other Canal 2one folks. They
were on the Celebrity Lines, Meridan Zenith. Their
day tours took them to a number of islands--San
Juan, St. Thomas, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Aruba and
also La Guaira, Venezuela. Just being with all the
Canal Zone folks made the Zenith southern
Caribbean cruise a great joy.
Blanche IIartman enjoyed a week's visit from her
Granddaughter and family, Ken and Cheryl (Mclntire)

Burkemper and children Jessica and Eric of Bethany,
OK. While here the family enjoyed a trip to Disney
World and spent time at our beautiful beaches.
In October, Jay Cain spent a week in New
Hampton, NJ, with her cousins Tom and Lenore
Putnam and attended her family reunion with 85
members present. Jay also attended the christening
ceremony of her namesake Jeannette Eibe, the
adopted daughter of her cousins, Mr. and Mrs.
Dennis Eibe, of Tacoma, WA.
Gladys B. Humphrey
(941) 955-1900


Bonnie (Gunn) and AJ Abellera celebrated their
10th wedding anniversary and their youngest son's
(Richmond) second birthday with a big garden party
at Dorothy B. Owen Park in Tallahassee, FL.
Bonnie's mom, Dorothy Lawing, AJ's parents, Robert
and Priscilla Abellera, and AJ's sister, husband and
children traveled from out of state to attend the
event. Over a hundred other guests attended the
September Potluck Picnic in the Park. Zonians in
attendance were Skip, Bev and Adriane Rowley
(cousins of Bonnie). Entertainment,' for the event
included the Panamanian dance group based in
Tallahassee "Mi Nombre es Panama (daughter
Lillian, 8 years old, dances with the group); the Big
Bend Philippine Association musicians who played
several songs on the "Anklung" (bamboo chimes); and
short limousine rides for everyone who attended the
party. Bonnie and AJ's son, Robert, kept everyone
entertained and helped with the cake cutting. The
weather was beautiful and everyone danced, ate or
played throughout the afternoon. Bonnie and cousin
Skip Rowley ended the day with a Karaoke duet as
people were leaving.

Lillian Abellera, daughter of Bonnie and AJ Abellera
dances at her parents 10th anniversary party. Dance
group was "Mi Nombre es Panama".

George and Ruth Gauger recently made an
extended trip to several points of interest including
Alaska. On July 26, they flew to Sheboygan, WI,
where they attended George's 50th High School
Reunion which was held on July 27th. After visiting
with friends and relatives for several days, including
George's mother who will be 100 years old this year,

they flew to Seattle, WA, for three days where they
saw many points of interest, including a tour of the
USS Constellation which was docked there at the
time and the Space Needle. The Gaugers then
boarded the M.S. Westerdam for a seven-day cruise
(innerpassage) which included stopoffs in Ketchikan,
Juneau and Sitka. The ship spent one day in Glacier

George and Ruth Gauger in Ketchikan, Alaska with
local friendly polar bear.
Recently the Tallahassee Democrat wrote a
featured article on senior citizens back in the
classroom. Our own Eugenia Bing, who retired from
the Canal Zone schools, was one of the featured
persons. In the article she says, "I'm not a typical old
person. I'm motivated because I don't want to be a
vegetable". Keeping active helps stave off Parkinson's
disease. She is about three times as old as her
FAMU classmates and has to work about three times
as hard. "The old cells aren't what they used to be.
I have to blow up everything I read which isn't
always convenient....It seems a type of time travel to
resume the role of student, particularly if your
teacher is young enough to be your granddaughter."
This past October Skip's quartet "Rare Rendition"
traveled to Fort Myers, FL, to compete in the
Sunshine District Fall Barbershop Singing competition
for which they came in thirteenth in the state out of
one hundred eighty six active quartets in the state of
Florida, not all of which were there singing. It was
quite an improvement from the Spring competition in
Jacksonville. Their goal right now is to be in the top
ten in the State. They are becoming well known in
the north part of Florida and are singing more and
more for various official functions around the
Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151


On September 12th, I met up with Judy Baerg
and Sidney George in New York, where we boarded
a plane for Italy and spent the next three weeks
traveling by Eurorail to Rome, Assisi, Florence and


Venice. We then traveled to Vienna, Austria, where
we were met at the train station by Tony and Sigi
Espino. Tony is the Director of Budget and Finance
for the International Atomic Energy Agency in
Vienna, and he and Sigi invited us to spent part of
our vacation with them. While staying with them in
their beautiful apartment, Sigi and Tony treated us
like royalty, showing" us different historical and
beautiful sights, not only in Vienna but in the
surrounding areas. Tony's office is located in the UN
compound, and while visiting his office we stopped
to have a photo of us by all the United Nations
flags. I am holding the Panamanian flag and Sidney
is holding the U.S. flag. After Judy and Sidney
returned to the United States, my sister and her
husband, Dorothy and Jim Gerhart, drove to Vienna
from their home in Heidelberg, Germany, to pick me
up and the three of us headed to Prague, East
Germany, and then back to their home--worn out,
but a happy and wonderful European trip.


Tony and Sigi Espino with June Stevenson at an Arts
and Crafts fair in Vienna, Austria. Sept. 1996.

June Stevenson, Sidney George and Judy Baerg at
U.N. Building in Vienna, Austria holding the
Panamanian and American flags. September 1996.
A week after returning to the U.S., my husband
and I drove to Roger, AR, where we spent two
nights at the' home of my cousin Joan and her
husband Jack Corliss. It was good to see them both
once again. Steve and I then drove to Branson, MO,
to join the Zonian Amigos for six days of stage
shows. The shows were great and we enjoyed every
one of them. At the Shoji Tabuchi show, a roving
photographer captured Pete Foster and Jim
O'Donnell washing their hands in the luxurious men's
room. It was a fun trip seeing friends from the Zone
once again, and the trees in the Missouri/Arkansas
hills were in their most beautiful fall colors. Pete and
Marje Foster did an outstanding job as host and
hostess for this trip, and I understand they plan on
doing this same trip again next year.

June Stevenson with her cousin, Joan and Jack
Corliss in front of their home in Roger, Arkansas.

On November 1st, the Panama Chamber of
Commerce here in Atlanta had a Panamanian
Independence Day dinner and dance at the Ft.
McPherson Officer's Club. Several Zonians attended,
i.e., Andrea and Lester Smith, Kathleen Sheridan,
Frank Baldwin, Ray Burda, Mary Leach and her
mother Mary Scigliane, Rosemary Abad, Mariella
Meggers, Bill Arnold and his wife Carole, Richard
Phillips, Diane and Dick Wallace, and my husband
Davis and me. We all enjoyed the good Panamanian
food and the great Panamanian music, and again, the
friendships. Richard Phillips, who is now living in
Conyers with his wife Olga, enjoys living in Georgia.
He said that Olga was traveling to South America
and, therefore, missed all the Panamanian festivities.
During Thanksgiving week, my husband and I
will travel to New York to enjoy the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade and see the Rockettes put
on their Christmas extravaganza at Radio City Music
Hall. Our daughter Lori and her three children will
be going with us.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year.
June Stevenson
(770) 995-7537


Virginia and Hank Dolim spent September on a
"See America First" vacation, visiting friends along
the way after flying from Honolulu to Atlanta, then
driving 2500 miles around the South. At Savannah,
they attended Hank's 485th Bomb Group reunion (B-
24s in Italy) and visited with the late Jim Ridge's
sons (Larry in Charlotte, NC, and Jim Jr. in Boca
Raton). While they were briefly in Dothan, Virginia
did much telephone visiting with Billy (William A.)
Sullivan, son of the late Jake and Gladys Sullivan of
Balboa; former Balboa Prado neighbor Louise
Rathgeber Hunt; Alice Straus McClean (who also
lived on Plank Street when they both were young);
Pat Ryan Hunter, and other old-time Zone friends,
covering the good and not-so-good events of the last
50-some years. The Dolims then flew to Los Angeles
where Tracy Johnson, their granddaughter, is a
newsreporter with the Los Angeles Times and showed
them some sights unseen during their residence in
Los Angeles long ago.

At K-Mart store in Pearl City, my daughter
Katya and I met a pretty, friendly girl from Panama,
Jamilet Garcia Samaniego nickname Koky. Her
mother is a retired teacher; her father Tito
Lambolgea, a mechanic in Chorrera, Panama; her
two brothers Felipe and Yesenia also live in Panama.
Koky left Panama in December 1994 married to a
r, Navy man who had been stationed in Rodman, CZ,
and now is stationed at Camp Smith, Hawaii. They
have a nine-month-old baby. Koky said she misses
the much more reasonable cost of livin in Panama.

L-R: Bill De La Mater, Larry Redden, Katya De La
Mater, Lois Bates, Hank and Virginia Dolim.
(Thelma was behind the camera).
My cousin Arline Winerman is doing well with
teaching line dancing and couples country-western t
dancing, as well as the two-step, west-coast swing,
cha cha, waltz and triple two-step (whatever that is). .
She lives in Florida but, along with her coach,,
competes with dancing around the country (e.g., .. a
Orlando, New Orleans, Biloxi, Fort Lauderdale) and
probably will compete in the senior category of the
world dance competition in Anaheim, CA, next year.
I remember when swimming championships and baton a 'A
twirling were her forte. 3.

A pretty pollera in Kapiolani Park. Who is she?

At the annual Hispanic Festival at Kapiolani
Park I met and photographed an attractive young
Panamanian girl in Pollera attire, but I've lost my
shorthand notes about her. I think she is from
Chitre, Panama, married to a serviceman stationed
here in Hawaii. Perhaps someone can recognize her
from this photograph.
During the recent visit here of my brother Bill
and his wife Thelma De La Mater, we had a gala
time at the Waikiki Yacht Club, reminiscent of great
Arline Winerman in western dance attire times and boat trips enjoyed at Balboa Yacht Club.
Enjoyed a telephone visit with Adeline Shrapnel, Lois DeLaMater Bates
widow of Dr. Bliss Shrapnel of the well-known Bliss Reporter
and Shrapnel families of the Canal Zone. Since Bliss (808) 923-2766
died late last year, Adeline has been adjusting to a
different life but keeping up her daily surfing of the
last thirty years--with a standard surfboard, not the
boogie board I've played with in the surf. She's had
no serious accidents, just a fractured leg from a
surfing collision last year.

Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN, telephoned
to say that she had a wreck with her new car on
October 4. Jane escaped serious injury but is taking
treatments for strained ligaments. All of her children
have been to see her and help her out. Other than
that Jane said that she has not been doing anything
Robert and Ann Mowery of Linton, IN, wrote to
say that they had a very neat summer. In June, they
traveled to Europe. They toured through Germany,
Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria. They had a
wonderful time and thought the countries were
Koky Garcia Samanlego with leis and a Hawaii floral beautiful. After returning home, Robert and Ann
calendar drove to Branson, MO.

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Ann and Robert Mowery in Salzburg, Austria, June

In August Robert and Ann had a nice visit from
Harold and Doris Short from Kansas. Harold taught
at Cristobal when they lived in Panama. Robert and
Ann also had a visit from the Tom Mimmicks. Tom
was in the Army stationed on the Pacific side while
they were in Panama.

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Millie Damerau Boudreau in Washington writes
that she was born and reared in Panama, attended
Ancon Elementary, BHS and CZJC, and often
wonders about the people she went to school with
and knew so well during those impressionable years.
She would love to hear from them by letter or
phone. She's in the directory. Millie's younger son
married last year and lives in Baton Rouge. The
older son and his wife recently had a daughter
Caitlin. Millie and her husband Kirt are busy most
weekends with their musical combo, playing gigs for
political parties, weddings, dance clubs, anniversaries
and private parties. They recently added a male
vocalist. Kirt played trumpet ,in a midwestern big
band in the 1940s and is teaching Millie jazz. She's
the combo's pianist. They are planning a trip to
Veracruz, Mexico, in February and hope to get to
Panama before 2000. Meanwhile, they've joined
Animals in Distress, a volunteer wildlife rehabilitation
program, working mostly with injured squirrels.
Millie works for Louisiana Department of
Wildlife & Fisheries and we hope to see her at the
Louisiana version of the national Becoming an
Outdoors-Woman workshop in April at a 4-H Club
camp near Alexandria. Nearly every state has a BOW
program. If you're a woman who enjoys outdoor
activity, you may want to look into the program in
your state. Four classes are offered over a weekend.
Besides hunting and fishing, many other outdoor
topics are included. Participants choose their own
schedules. Class topics vary from state to state,
depending on the climate and terrain. No experience
is necessary. Most equipment is provided.
Gene Gregg in Slaughter says he's off to
Telluride, CO, in December with the Browns and
Nancy. They to ski, he to watch. Gene went to the
annual Gas House Golf Tournament in Dothan, AL,
in October and had a good time playing golf with
Larry Jones and Bill Allan.

Bud Hallett in Shreveport made a sad trip to
Sherwood, AR, recently. His daughter's son James
Routt was shot to death on a school bus, one stop
from his house. The family is still in shock. Bud
thinks it is easier to accept death when it happens
to someone older and with a terminal sickness. But
when it happens in a flash to someone still in
school, it is different. Bud took James to two
reunions years ago and they had a really good time.
Keep the family in your prayers.
Virginia Harris, formerly of Leesville, moved last
August to Lewisville, TX, to be closer to family. Her
son Joe Harris grew up on the Zone and left the
year before his class (BHS'81) graduated. His father
Johnny Harris, who died in 1980, worked for the CZ
Police and was area commander of PanCanal
Protection on the Pacific side. Joe is also in law
enforcement. He is a sheriffs department warrant
officer, traveling around the country to transport
felons back to Texas.
The Army Transportation Unit in New Orleans
where David Warren works is closing in April. This
is where the Panama Line used to dock. David is
being transferred to an Army Transportation Unit in
Pittsburgh on December 12. No new address yet.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Elton Foster (CHS'43) and his wife Helen of
Pass Christian recently took a six-week trip with their
travel trailer across the country to California and
back. One of the highlights of the trip was a week
spent with Warren Stroop and his wife Regina at
their home in Santa Maria, CA.
Bess and Frank Martin of Gulfport are looking
forward to some cold weather sailing aboard
Hoecake, their 22-foot Catalina sailboat. They are
also planning a trip to Branson, MO, with the Friday
Poker Group of Gamboa. The men intend to play
serious poker while the ladies take in the shows and
shop, also seriously.
All is quiet down on the Smith farm in Osyka
at the moment. Owen has been cutting firewood for
the winter. He says the woolly worms are very dark
this year and we know what that means--cold! He
and Gerda have been going up to the new place to
get small things done before it gets too cold. No
news yet on when the big move will take place.
Shortly after Hurricane Fran hit the East Coast,
happily retired schoolteacher Shirley Zemer Swenson
departed Mississippi for a new life in a new
townhouse in Wilmington, NC. Just in time for
Christmas, she sent us a copy of Carrie Nellis' lyrics
for the "Twelve Days of Christmas" on the Isthmus.
The annual Gulf Coast picnic in October
provided a happy gathering. We saw a recent
Internet press release about the planned conversion
of Fort Amador into the "tourist center of the
Americas". The project includes an 18-hole
championship golf course with clubhouse, pier for
cruise ships, yacht club, marina, hotels on Naos,
Perico and Flamenco Islands, a tourist village,
causeway and island trolley cars. The village will
include stores, restaurants, cafes, cultural and
educational attractions including a museum housing

the-history of the Panama Canal, culinary institutes
denoting typical Panamanian cuisine, instructions on
crafts molass, bateas), an exhibit center set up by the
Smithsonian Institution.
Those who attended the picnic included Lisa
Abbott, Patricia Bosarge, Audrey Bowman, Lucienne
and Dean Bruch, Roland Casanova, Carolyn and
Richard Dillon, Bill Epperson, George Fryer, Libby
and Aldon Fulcher, Penny and Joe Lotterhos with
Maggie and her father Malcolm, Dwayne Love, Bess
and Frank Martin, Ed Parker, Martha and Bud
Richardson, Red Robertson, Gerda and Owen Smith
with Kessi and Hildi, Becky and Dennis Wood and
this reporter with Raggedy Ann and Andy.
Dwayne Love is the son of Jack Love, BHS'52,
and is planning to marry Lisa Abbott January 17.
We've been promised details.
Two of the original picnic organizers, Chita and
Hugh Cassibry of Ocean Springs, were unable to
attend the picnic this year. They were missed and we
wish them well.


Another successful Northwest picnic was hosted
by the Walter Kleefkens and Paul Ebdons at the
Dalles, OR, on a beautiful sunshiny day, where many
also enjoyed a short train ride and tour of the dam
and fish ladder. Maurice and Harriet Tewinkle
travelled all the way from Gainesville, FL. Gladys
(Teodoro) and Jim Roddy provided some succulent
seviche, and empanadas were prepared by Maria
Thompson, Connie Ebdon and Candy Falk. Murray
Falk used the reunion as his first day of retirement
from the Postal Service and Candy provided a large
cake in his honor for all to share. Walter and Paul
said they received quite a compliment from the
Corps of Engineers at the Visitors' Center on how
well behaved and controlled the large group of
Zonians were.

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Pacific Northwest reunion. The Dalles, Oregon, August
3, 1996.

Chita and Hugh Cassibry
Carolyn and Richard Dillon reported that their
son John Dillon (BHS'83), after speaking before
Troop 244 in Scottsboro, AL, about Panama and the
Canal Zone, led a group of 22 boys and 11 adults
to Panama for a week. Derek Egger and Danny
George were their Panama contacts. The group went
to Barro Colorado, El Valle, paddled from Gatun to
Gamboa spending a night on an island, snorkeled at
Isla Grande on Atlantic side, toured Miraflores Locks
and explored the Fort Sherman breakwater. John
belonged to Troop 21 in Diablo, became an Eagle
Scout, won the patrol flag contest at the 1981
National Jamboree and earned a spot on the staff at
the International Jamboree in Banff, Canada.
Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761

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April 189 1997

Murray and Candy Falk celebrate his first day of
retirement from the Post Office, at the Pacific
Northwest reunion.

Virginia (Selby) Entrekin (BHS'52) is once again
attempting to arrange a class reunion, perhaps in
conjunction with the classes of '49-'52. It is planned
for July 2-6, and she has requested a Friday get-
together from 3 to 5, preceding the Panazonian
Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh of Oregon City, OR,
and husband Tom say they had a busy trip to
Florida in January, where they visited her sister and

husband Earl Halopka in Sebring, drove to St.
Petersburg and stayed with Al and Dottie Pate, then
drove to Safety Harbor for dinner with Hilda
Harrold. Then, on to Sarasota to visit Bill and
Maxine Dixon, where Ginnie and Cassie Starke
shared dinner. Back to Orlando for dinner with Greg
Seeber at Disney World. Next evening they met their
niece Marion Case and'nephew Robin Koperski and
his wife Mary at the Huge Log Hotel in the
Frontier area for dinner. Back to Oregon and
flooding; they were spared damage.
Billie (Marsh) Wallace at Clatskanie was isolated
by floods. He teaches in Veronica, where the town
was flooded twice and school closed for a month. In
April, Edythe (Marsh) Marshall had her parents to
Concord for a visit, where the grandparents had their
first visit with one-year-old Morgen. In May, Ede and
Heidi returned the visit to Oregon during David's
"Western" wedding. All participants wore western

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J.D. Bryant, Marty Hoffman, Tim Dunlavey, Ann
(Cowles) and Bobby Best in Olympia, Washington.
J.D. Bryant recently stopped by to visit friends in
the Pacific Northwest. He has been traveling as a
caddy on the Nike Tour for golfer Tim Dunlavey.
While in western Washington, J.D. spent several days
with Marty and Bev Hoffman in Sequim and Bobby
and Ann Best in Poulsbo, WA. He also had the
opportunity to visit with Lee Snider and got in some
golf with Bobby Best and Jim Snydcr. Marty, Bobby
and Ann spent the last day of the Nike Tour
following J.D. and Tim at the Indian Summer Golf
and Country Club in Olympia, WA.
Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947


The Oklahoma Chapter of the Panama Canal
Society held its Spring picnic May 4, 1996, at
Andrews Park in Norman, OK. We celebrated
Paulino Allande and Tomas Dias becoming U.S.
Wally Matthews (Engineering & Construction
Director's Office, Administration Building) from
Richmond, VA, came by and visited with Doris and
Jean Burns in Tulsa for three days the last of May.
He was on his way to visit his son Ed and his family
in Richardson, TX.

In June, after four years of work and planning,
the 20th reunion of the Balboa High School (BHS)
Class of 1976 was held in Panama for four days.
Additional classmates, already in Panama, joined the
chartered COPA flight for activities, which included
a trip to the El Valle Sunday morning market. Rio
Mar Beach for a seafood lunch, happy hour at the
Amador Yacht Club, evening dinner cruise at Taboga
aboard the Fantasia del Mar, tour of the locks, gala
banquet with program at the El Panama, and much
more. Rainy season cooperated by only raining when
reunion participants were inside or under cover.
Renee thanks all those who participated, including
those of other classes or schools; those individuals
stateside who kept at the work of organizing and
planning for literally years; and those in Panama who
finalized the details and who helped make the
reunion a success. Anyone stateside wanting a
directory of the reunion should contact Renee at
telephone number (918) 357-1601. The cost is $6.50.
Anyone overseas wanting a directory should contact
Diana (Duncan) DeGreef, PSC 2, Box 1795, APO
AA, 34002-5000.

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Reunion organizers enjoying the Napoli pizza and
Cerveza Panama keg party at the home of Mike
Young. L-R: Renee Carter Collins, Diana Duncan
DeGreef, Janice (Cookie) Newlon, and Pam
Thompson Langston.

Renee Carter Collins in BHS Library during reunion
tour. Johanna Buese (former classmate) and son join

Julia and Paul Allande had a barbeque to
celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on July 6,
1996. It just happened to be Tulsa's hottest
temperature of 111 degrees, but their pool helped
cool everyone down. They had a great turnout.
Matthew D. Armistead, a member of the
Oklahoma chapter, has set up a Home Page for the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. He is looking for
any information on the Panama Canal Zone, i.e.,
pictures and stories. He has a wonderful color
graphic of the Canal Zone Seal. He can be reached
at marmi/canalhome.html.
His e-mail is John Raffler's
e-mail address is and Jean
Burns' e-mail address is
Scott A. Burns
(918) 595-6659
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Panama Canal
Society held its Fall picnic October 5, 1996, at
LaFortune Park, Tulsa, OK. Attendees were Paulino
and Julia Allande, son Chris and visiting friend
Marisa Fernandez from Spain; Toy (Lugo) Barnard;
Jean and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Tomas and
Aymee "Amy" (Lugo) Diaz, daughter Michelle and son
Michael; David Lugo and friend Shirley Daley; Eli
and Lydie Lugo; John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler
and daughter Kristin; Laura Redemann (Burs),
husband Mike and daughters Elizabeth and Cheyenne;
new members Charles Brown and fiancee Erma
Coiner of Joplin, MO; Daniel Gonzalez and Hubert
Hammond of Edmond, OK, and guest David
Williams of Tulsa. New officers were elected and
they are Amy (Lugo) Diaz, President; John Raffler,
Vice President; Jean Burns, Sec/Treasurer, and Laura
(Burns) Redemann, Reporter. Despite the small
group a fun day was had by all who attended.

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Panama Canal Society of Oklahoma at their La Fortune
Park, in Tulsa.
William "Bill" and Teresa Keller and daughter
Kim have moved from Woodward, OK, to Jackson,
Jean and Doris Burns visited with Bob and Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis and Wally Matthews at the
home of Forest (Wise) and Raymond "Ray"
Robberson in Lillian, AL, and then all continued in

New Orleans November 13 to 17th. Everyone had a
great time together.
Please come see us at the next Oklahoma
chapter of the Panama Canal Society covered-dish
picnic at 12:00 noon on May 3, 1997, at Andrews
Park, Norman, OK.

Laura (Burns) Redemann
(918) 745-1337



Gayle's Gang has been off on various adventures.
I (Janet Johnston) went to the States to see my
parents and kids. Not very adventuresome? It is
when you know that I have Parkinson's and it was
my first vacation after brain surgery. Sandy Cargill,
my housekeeper, came along to help. Sandy, who is
from Bocas Del Toro, was taking her first trip on a
plane. While she visited her sister in California, my
mother Muriel Johnston from Texas served as
caregiver. Big responsibilities that were greatly
Two more traditional adventurers were Mary
Michael and Ned who took a 10-day rafting trip
down the Colorado River. Using a little larger vessel,
Joan and Bob Newall took a seven-day Alaskan
cruise as sort of a last fling before becoming
grandparents, which they did on October 14 when
Lorianne-Marie was born to Stuart and Miriam
Gayle and Robert Rankin will be having a
houseful of family/company soon (the best kind)
when daughter Jennifer and her husband John and
daughter Kindra and her husband David and the
piece de resistance, grandson Justin. Robert is
determined that his grandson will catch his first fish
on this trip but since Justin is only a year old, it
strains everyone's credibility except, of course,
Also coming to the Rankins in December and
staying through Christmas, is Gayle's mother Vera
Fettler and dear family friend Jim France. Vera is
an honorary member of Gayle's Gang and she will
join us every Thursday while she's here. (She often
calls us on Thursday when she's not here just to
keep informed.)
Since usage of the gym has increased by the
new, active ("young") citizens of Gatun, the gym is
now open seven days a week.
The town's ablaze with all the street lights being
repaired. It looks beautiful, like a Christmas card.
Truly, the most beautiful town on the Atlantic side.
The Gatun Catholic Church sponsored a Family
Day on a recent Sunday. Held across from the fire
station and sponsored by Al and Nina Cohen, it was
a great boost for community spirit.
Fifty frightening ghosts and fairies graced the
Gatun Gym Halloween party on Halloween night,
parading m their costumes before going out trick or
treating in the neighborhood. It was a welcome sight
to see that many kids in Gatun again.
The Gatun fire fighters had a PCC/Bombero day
that involved their families and races at the pool,
and basketball at the gym, and a great feast eaten
down at the ball park. Super cooking by fire fighters
Barker and Neblett.

Speaking of cooking fire fighters, Wallace Teal is
sponsoring a fish fry at the Gatun Yacht Club for
the Gatun Yacht Club on Panama Independence
Day. Though Teal is cooking, probably the most
important person involved is Sid Coffin who donated
the fish.
UPDATE: The fish fry was yesterday (11/3/96)
and it was a great success. Wallace Teal earned the
$500+ for the club that he had set as his goal. Fun
diversion was Gayle Rankin bringing the kayak and
decided that everyone had to try it. You can take
the coach out of the gym, but...well, you get the
drift. I would like to publicly thank Sandy Cargill for
her dedication in volunteering her time and effort (a
huge amount of effort) to make the fish fry a
success. The citizens of Gatun thank and salute you.
Sid has won the Labor Day tournament in his
usual dramatic fashion. When the time came down to
the wire, Sid radioed in to say he was coming in and
they should get out the big scales for a marlin that
weighed in at 286 pounds.


Howie Laatz took the honors with a 63 lb. Wahoo on
a 20 Ib. test line.

Not as dramatic but twice as cute, Howie Laatz,
took the honors with a 63-pound wahoo caught on
that lucky boat Sid's Odyssey. Caught on a 20-pound
test line, the fish fought for 20 minutes before
Howie dominated it. It is the largest wahoo ever
caught in a Tarpon Club tournament by a man or a
The shoppette looks ready. It should open soon.
It even has covered parking making it very high tech.
Let's see if the proprietor, who hasn't been selected
yet, will have the good sense to carry Dove bars,
which is of major concern to some people.
Corey Grubbs, after being back in Panama for a
year, has just become involved in a business licensed
by the Panamanian government. The Prance Express
is a newspaper-delivering business and his territory is
the entire Atlantic side including Coco Solo,
Margarita, the Free Zone, France Field, and Gatun.
With a rapidly growing subscription list, it appears
that Corey will continue to keep busy.
Alberta and Collin Corrigan will become proud
grandparents when Alice and Gerald become parents
in March.

I'm sad to report that Pat Holmes' father, Sam
Ernest, recently died. He will be missed by family
and friends. His ashes were scattered, joining those
of his beloved wife, on a hill in Santa Riata.

Janet Johnston
(011-507) 443-5305



A sibling reunion for the Trim family was
spontaneously organized in August at Dorothy Trim's
house in Conway, AR. All of Dorothy's children, Sue
Trim Cotton, Phyllis Trim Rachal, Melanie Trim
Bales, Dottie Trim Turney, and Monty Trim spent
the weekend together. Monty was the last to arrive
and was greeted at the airport by his four sisters in
Hawaiian muumuus dancing among black balloons to
the Macarena which was blasting from Dorothy's
boom box. The Trims celebrated Monty's 47th
birthday together on August 11.
Faye and John Thompson left Panama for
Thibodeaux, LA, in August. John retired from the
Locks Division. Faye is sorely missed at the New
World Gallery but still keeps in touch with the girls.
John's parents reside in Panama, so we are expecting
the Thompsons to return for a visit.
After 80 years, Balboa Elementary School will
close its doors in June of 1997. Georgina Bibbo
Quinn is putting together a special yearbook. She is
looking for information, photos, mementos, classwork,
etc. The deadline is February 28, 1997. For more
information, contact Georgina at (507) 272-2702 or
Jackie Fearon, Llori Gibson, Debbie Sykes,
Mayra Scitz, Rebecca Highley, Jane McColl, Julie
Young, and Lina Marohl organized the annual
Gamboa community Halloween Party at the Civic
Center. The girls set up decorations, organized
games, and a costume parade for the 50 or so
children who attended. The annual Gamboa
Christmas party is now in the works.
Patty Cowles also hosted a Halloween party
(complete with a bruja pinata) on the roof of her
apartment building on Via Argentina. Food was
plentiful, as was chilled Cerveza. Patty is known for
her special touch with detail and the place was
decorated as only she can do. Some in attendance
were Mike Goldstein, Geri Dee, Ken Waugh, Trina
Clark, Heidi and Paul Schraeder, Evan Rodaniche,
Eva Anderson, Fulo and Shannon Real, Tommy and
Zenia Morris, and Jennifer and Ernie Holland.
Keeping busy, Patty hosted a baby shower on
November 14 for Karen (Dolan) Castleton. Karen is
due to have a boy on December 10. Among those
who attended were Mrs. Castleton, Kelle Campbell
Company, Geri Dee, Mariette Staha, Melanie Bales,
Laura Roa, Teresa Martinez, Michelle Kaufman,
Mayra Seitz, Jane McColl, Eva Anderson, and Heidi
Despite the rainy season, Karen Gabrielson,
Laura Reyes, Monica Reyes Carl, Mickey Stern,
Charlotte "Lutty" (Schulz) George, Anita Oberholtzer,
and Sweety Brogie hopped a boat to Barro Colorado
for a day of hiking, and enjoying the local flora and
fauna. Howler monkeys were heard but not seen;

however, Mickey Stern claims to have spotted a
yellow-breasted poo poo head, Laura saw an osprey
and a keel-billed toucan. The Reyeses (Laura, her
children Monica, Daniel and Alex with his fiance
Vivian Alvarado, and Monica's daughter Laura Ray
Carl) also enjoyed a family outing to the little village
of Arenosa on the mainland off Gatun Lake. Alex
was their "tour guide" as they enjoyed a day of
swimming. For $8.10 the entire group "ate with the
people". Ramon, head of the Reyes clan, had all his
children and grandchildren here this summer. Joining
his sons (Daniel and Alex), his daughter Monica and
husband Jeff Carl, along with their baby girl, Laura
Ray now also resides in Panama. Ramon Jr. along
with his wife Beth, daughter Lindsey, and sons Jesse,
Connor, and Gabriel came for a summer visit.
In August, Treva and Brence Bedwell and Aaron
Crump traveled to Santa Catalina--the hottest surfing
spot in Panama. They enjoyed 12' waves, clear water,
and visiting with fellow surfers from Hawaii, Holland,
the U.S., and Panama. They are looking forward to
a Christmas trip to the big surf. Hopefully, it will be
drier weather so they won't get stuck in mud, drop
the front wheel in an exposed telephone pole hole,
or have a flat tire.

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Eleanor "Ellie" Foley Husum and Dillon Lynch in
front of Balboa Elementary School last Christmas.
Eleanore celebrated her BHS 50th class reunion this
summer, the same year Dillon entered kindergarten -
a 62 year span.

David Seitz rented a boat from Randy Robertson
and took Darren and Laura Dean, Jeff Carl, and
Marcia Hashman fishing in the bay of Panama.
Although weathering a storm, the group had a good
time catching fish. David and Mayra Seitz (with their
four children) made a two-day trip to Cerro
Campana with 22 students from Balboa High School's
Biology Club. Darren and Laura Dean helped
chaperon. Some of the students were Janelle Hauser,
Justin Staha, Lynley Weade, Amanda Gabrielson,
Phillip Herring, Stephanie Wolf and Aaron Vidaurri.
The group spent the night at John Wolfs house and
enjoyed climbing to the Cross in Cerro Campana and
going on a 4-1/2 hour hike with David and Darren.
The Seitzes plan on taking the Biology Club to
Bocas del Toro over Christmas break, a trip they
have done for the past two years.
David and TY Young, Jeff Carl, Jack Whitlock,
Jason Critides, Jane McColl and David McArthur

(recently engaged) spent three days. in the little town
of Pedasi, 30 minutes past Las Tablas. The group
enjoyed the long weekend surfing and fishing in a
rented "panga" complete with a captain. After 400
pounds of tuna were hauled in, they had to call it
Gamboa boys, Jason Critides and Jamie Clause
had a BBQ for Steve and Mirla Bernasconi. David
McArthur supplied the Ron Cortez and limes. The
Bernasconis are here on TDY for 1-1/2 months and
are staying with Steve's brother, Al Bernasconi.
On November 19 the Balboa High School All-
stars will play Antilles High, and Commonwealth
High School in Puerto Rico. BHS Head Coach will
be Fred Bales, Offensive Coordinator is Bill Faye,
Defensive Coordinator is Al Grade, and the Special
Team Coordinator is Eric Holland. Some of the BHS
All-stars include Jelani Jordan, Kris Gibson, Billy
Foster, and Trevor Vogel.
Katie Williams (along with Cheryl and Pat
Williams) will be going to New York to march in
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with a group of
cheereaders selected by the Universal Cheerleading
Association. Katie is Captain of the Green Devils.
Other cheerleaders (and parents), also chosen by the
UCA, are heading off for a Magic Kingdom Main
Street Thanksgiving Parade in Orlando. They are
Sarah and Kari Batalden McIlvaine; Jillian, Mark
and Katherine Heddaeus; Samantha Parthenais and
Kathy McClain Reid; Catherine Husum, Vivianne and
Maggie Cedeno; Melanie, Russ and Lori Herrington;
Hilary Underwood and Kathleen Hovan; and
Christine Hotsko with sister Jennifer and mom
"Shorty and Slim," aka David Seitz and Alex
Reyes, are going into the studio to begin recording
their second CD. Jim Hashman, music teacher at
Curundu Middle School, is working with them and
giving them hints on musical arrangement. Shorty and
Slim hope to spend a month recording, and are
looking for a release probably near February 1997.
The boys aim to sell and perform at next year's
Eva V. Anderson
(011) 507-263-2390


September 6th, Best Western, Tannersville, PA,
in the Poconos and here we were again.
Those who dared to defy that trouble maker
"Florence" had mainly driven in from the mid-
Atlantic states with no difficulty. We had gotten in
ahead of the bad weather though many of us waded
through it on the way home. Ask Rosemary Gilead,
who drove the group to Virginia.
Our numbers at this year's affair were
considerably smaller, but those who came made up
for it with warmth and enthusiasm.
As we checked in we were hit with the shocking
revelation that our chef for the weekend was just
starting that day. It appeared that we might be about
to literally bite the bullet as we thought we would
get something inedible. But, proving superficial
appearance judgements can be deceiving, the dinner
was served beautifully and it was delicious as well.
We conveyed our kudos (and silent relief) to the
main man.

Vince Ridge offered the blessing. From then until
the dueling Bajan story tellers began, dinner was
eaten and appreciated. Billy Michaelsen told his
usual funny stories, which like fine wine always get
better. Vince remembered and told a few as well.
Three of the members of the class of '44 sang
several verses of "Panama Mama" receiving
enthusiastic applause. Later, the total assemblage
joined in with the usual Carnival songs interspersed
with a few dozen verses of "Slide Mongoose" (as
titled on the song sheet--always called "Sly
Mongoose" by me). Our good buddy and accompanist
Wendel (Cinco) Allen tried his best to follow our
strange and varied meters and keys. We liked it.
Fred and Ginger did their thing on the dance
floor. Sometimes they're called Mary and Billy, Mary
with her little montuno straw hat smiling up at Billy,
making us all wish we had a partner to look at us
like that.
It wasn't quite the same, but we leaped to our
feet to attempt the Macarena sans accompaniment,
this year's "Hokey Pokey" dance. Any dance you can
do at a ball field, in the stadium (better than the
"wave") can't be all bad.

BHS graduates w/friends/family, Front L-R: Frances
Violette Sharp ('37), Jean Kalar McAndrews ('32),
Shirley Jennings Erickson ('40), Frank Key ('32),
Margareta Key, Doris Leeser, Olive Kalar Krouse
('38). Rear L-R: Norma Stillwell Martin ('37), Jean
Dennis Herbert ('37), Gwen and Bill Logsdon ('39),
Roy Sharp, Rosemary Millet Gilead ('41), Sarah
Storey, Blanche Adler Browne ('39).

BHS graduates w/family/friends. Front L-R: Muriel
Poole, Mary Michaelsen, Vera McGuire, Vince Ridge
('37), Betty Comlet Forgeson ('36), Wendell "Cinco"
Allen, John "Mickey" McGuire. Rear L-R: Bill Poole
('35), Jack Poole ('33), Billy Michaelsen ('32), Dottie
Sanders Ridge, Joan Ridge deGrummond ('40).

BHS'44 and family members. Front L-R: Doris Conner
Fredette, Nora Anderson, Alice Fairbrother Myers,
Thelma Fahey March, Georgia Alexander, Marion
Price Royston. Rear L-R: Bob Fredette, Ruth Connor
Warner ('39), Pat (Heitman) and Bob Whitam, Bill
March ('43), Milo Alexander.
The hit of the evening was watching Poole's
annual slide show. This was more fun than most. We
saw dozens of pictures of young guys cavorting on
boats they proudly worked on. They also found time
for fun, some of which they did by posing in the
almost altogether. They were saved by a fig leaf or
two tastefully and strategically placed. Flora and
fauna does have its uses. If the correct names could
be put with the most exotic models, someone could
exact some high-priced blackmail.
Time came for goodbyes, "see you next year" (I
Shirley Erickson
(717) 486-5660


Attending our September luncheon at Bobby's
Barbeque were Bill and Sis York, Fina and Frank
Balinski, Lorna Shore, Howard Hilborn, Jack and
Phyllis Woodzell, Trudi Clontz, Jack and Scottie
Steele, Kathleen Burkett, Shirley Burkett, BJ. and
Grace Hartley, Olga Holmes, and Peggy Hutchison.
Sandra (Shore) Davis and son Adam of Miami,
FL, spent several weeks this summer with her mother
Lorna in Aiken. In August they drove to Ottawa,
Canada, to visit family and friends.
There were other visitors to Canada in August -
Peggy Hutchison and her daughter and son-in-law,
Dianne and Jerry Cox, flew to Maine and from there
motored to Prince Edward Island to see relatives.
Peggy returned in time to take off for London
with Trudi Clontz, Doris Hutchison, and Jean
Dombrowski. From there they started a 16-day tour
covering parts of England, Ireland, Wales and
Scotland...m good weather. Some of the sights they
saw were Stonehenge, Bath, the Waterford plant in
Ireland, Blarney Castle, Ruthin Castle (where they
ate a banquet medieval style with fingers and a
dagger), Edinburg Castle, Stafford-on-Avon and
others too numerous to mention. It was a wonderful
tour...but it was good to get home and rest after the

Trudi Clontz at the Waterford Plant in Ireland.

Peggy Hutchison, Jean Dombrowsky and Doris
Hutchison in London, England.
In early November while on vacation in the
States, Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis visited
Peggy and were joined in Aiken by Jerry and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox, who came up from Goose Creek,
Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759

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Plans for the return of the Annual Hill Country
Zonians Christmas Party to Kerrville are going ahead
nicely. Notices have been sent; arrangements have
been made; and we are looking forward to seeing all
of our friends at the Y.O. Holiday Inn in Kerrville
December 7, 1996.
Honey Fealey made her annual escape from the
Texas heat to Whidbey Island, WA, to visit her sons
Jimmy and Guy Fealey and their families. She
stopped in Phoenix, AZ, for a visit with her sister
and husband, Lois (Bergman) and Bob Carpenter.
Marion Wells and Honey Fealey attended the
initiation of their granddaughter Jamie Fealey into
Rainbow Girls in Whidbey Island, WA. Jamie is the
daughter of Guy and Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey.
While in Washington, Marion met and visited with
her son, Dr. Fred Wells, of Australia. Upon her
return to Kerrville, Marion was surprised with a visit
from her son, Dr. Alan Wells, of Atlanta, GA.
Camille (Rhyne) and Leo Eastham visited her
parents in Kerrville during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Sharon O'Brien of San Diego, CA, joined them for
a weekend in the Rhynes' home in Kerrville to help
Camille and Leo celebrate their 13th wedding

Muriel Johnson named 1995-96 Alumna of the Year
by the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Congratulations to: Muriel Johnston for being
named the 1995-96 Alumna of the Year by the
University of Texas San Antonio. Tech. Sgt. Harvey
G. Rhyne, Jr., U.S. Air Force Reserve, for winning
Top Gun at the 3rd Annual Top Gun competition in
Homestead, FL. Hal Conway of Denton, TX, for
being honored as a Community Hero at the Kick Off
Campaign Luncheon for the United Way of Denton
County. And to Cheryl Schmidt on her engagement
to Kenneth Allen Fritz of Harper, TX.
We wish you all of the best for 1997.
Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643



On Joe Stabler's 80th birthday his children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends
gathered to honor his day. The family converged in
Titusville in late July and joined Joe and his wife
Blanche for three hectic and fun-filled days. Joe's
birthday celebration was held at the Royal Oak
Country Club complete with a surprise slide show
entitled "Down Memory Lane". The slides depicted
Joe's life from childhood to the present. Beautifully
narrated by granddaughter Monika Stabler, the
presentation included anecdotes about each child,
their spouses, and the grandchildren, with each
followed by a few personal words spoken directly to

The Stabler family reunion, celebrating Joe Stabler's
80th birthday.
A special dinner was enjoyed by all. Prayer was
given by Mrs. Maxine Logan and a wonderful Irish
blessing was recited by longtime friend, Ken Daly.
Out-of-town family included Joe's two sisters, sister-
in-law, and brother-in-law from Houston, TX; sons,
Frank and John, and John's wife Lilia from Miami;
Lewis and his wife Sue (Lessiack) from Panama;
daughter Frances and her husband Ron Meyer, also
from Panama; and daughter-in-law Cindy (Becker)
Stabler from Wisconsin. Grandchildren and great-
grandchildren came from California, Florida, North
Carolina and Panama. It was a first for the entire
Stabler clan to be together. Joe, a retired Panama
Canal Company Fire Department officer, left Panama
in December 1972 and has enjoyed 24 years of
retirement, which has included two holes-in-one.


Hal Conway of Denton, TX, was honored as a
Community Hero at the Kick Off Campaign
Luncheon for the United Way of Denton County. He
received the honor for his work in several areas of
volunteer activities but especially for his efforts in
organizing a chapter of US TOO, a support and
educational group concerning prostate cancer.
Hal and his wife Dale taught in the Atlantic Side
schools for several years and lived in Coco Solo.


Mr. and Mrs. Jesse (Olga) Gettle celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary. They were married in Lebanon,
Pennsylvania on October 19, 1946.


Frank and Jac Dorsch celebrated their 65th
wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 21, 1996.
They were married in Snow Hill, MD, on December
21, 1931. Family and friends attended their
celebration. They lived in Cocoli from 1940 to 1951
where Frank worked on Miraflores Locks.
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Frank and Jac Dorsch celebrate their 65th wedding
They have three sons, Barry of Wilmington, DE;
Jack of Eureka, CA; Frank, Jr. of Birds Nest, VA;
and five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Bob and Alice Forsythe celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in Rancho Cordova, CA, on
September 21, 1996. They met in October 1945 at
the Canal Zone Air Terminal (known more recently
as the Civil Affairs Building) and were married
September 21, 1946, in Panama.

Bob and Alice Forsythe
In 1979 upon retirement from Gatun Locks after
28 years of service, Bob and Alice settled in Rancho
Cordova (outside Sacramento), CA.


The Barriteau and Yerxa families celebrated Zip's 40th
birthday and Labor Day at Brenda and Gary
Mannings's in Alabama.


Dr. Ronald B. Hirschl of the University of Michigan
Medical Center and son of David and Miriam Hirschl of
Sun City West, AZ, has developed a new experimental
technique called partial liquid ventilation--literally
breathing liquid, to be used on patients with respiratory
failure. This is a simple explanation of the procedure: a
fluid, which is twice as dense as water, is poured into the
patient's lungs, filling them up to their residual capacity.
Then a standard mechanical ventilator is turned on
adding the oxygen and taking away the carbon dioxide.
This technique holds lots of promise for premature
newborns, patients with Legionnaire's disease, and
patients with respiratory failure. Some thirty medical
centers are trying out Hirschl's new technique.


Congratulations to Tim Calvit, son of Anna
Patchett Calvit and the late Robert (Bob, Benny)
Calvit of Kerrville, TX. Tim has just become a
licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of
Florida. He was born at San Fernando Clinic,
Republic of Panama, graduated from Balboa High
School in 1976. After retirement of his father, Tim
resided in Kerrville, TX, for a short time before
enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in the Canal
Zone and Texas. After his three years in the service,
Tim enrolled at Texas State Technical College in
Waco, TX, receiving his Associate Degree in Civil
Engineering. He worked for Kling Engineering and
Survey Company in College Station, TX, on a
surveying crew while attending night classes.
Tim then attended Texas A&M University full
time, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science
Degree. He has been working with Hazen & Sawyer,
Environmental Engineers & Scientists, in Hollywood,
FL, since his graduation from Texas A&M. Hazen &
Sawyer is a Civil-Sanitary Consulting Engineering
firm, specializing in water resources and supply
facilities, waste-water collection, treatment and
disposal, solid and hazardous waste and
environmental projects.


Mary Jane and Cash Paulson celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary, May 15, 1996, in a
whirlwind way. Surprised with visits from their
children: Mark Paulson, San Francisco, CA; Judy
Weaver, Beaufort, NC; Jill and Skip Berger and
grandson Bert from Margarita, CZ.

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The Paulsons, May 15, 1996
The family united in celebrating Mary Jane and
Cash's Golden Anniversary with dinner parties at
their children' homes in Tallahassee. Beginning at
the home of Jane and Milton Martin and
grandchildren Alan and Jessi Martin; at the home of
Mike and Cindy Paulson and granddaughter Sarah;
and the grand finale at the home of Leo and
Cynthia Paulson and grandchildren Lisa, Naren and
Dustin. They were joined by many local Zonians and
friends from Tallahassee and long-time friends, Orrin
and Carol Clement, Mrs. Ruth Clement and Coach
and Barb Egolf from Pensacola, FL.
The excitement continued into June when Cash,
Mary Jane, Jane and Milton took a trip to
Pennsylvania for Cash's 60th High School Reunion.
His 1936 class had the highest percentage of alumni
present. Then on to Niagara Falls, Canada for a
second honeymoon.


Ethel Purvis was honored at the Georgia State
Capitol on October 1 when Governor Zell Miller
presented her with a proclamation recognizing her
many church, family, and volunteer achievements. She
represented Georgia at the National "Mother of the
Year" competition in Lincoln, NE, on April 24-29.

Ethel Slay Purvis and Wilson Purvis (BHS'43)
Ethel was a registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital
from 1948 to 1952 where she met her husband,
Wilson Purvis, BHS'43. They were married at the
Balboa Union Church in December 1948. Wilson was
employed in the Canal Zone Postal Service.
Ethel and Wilson have four grown children and
five grandchildren, all living in the Metro Atlanta


Miss Antoinette Huff became a member of the
Letitia Coxe Shelby Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution, in La Mesa, CA, recently.
After her induction, member Catsy Taylor Schafer,
presented Toni with a 1935 DAR Magazine in which
there was an article written by her grandmother, Mrs.
Donald Baker, about the Panama Canal Chapter,
DAR. Catsy was Regent of that chapter in the 1950s
and was also Senior President of the Children of the
American Revolution in the Canal Zone when Toni
was a member. Toni underwent a liver transplant in
July and is recovering very well.

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Catsy Taylor and Toni Huff


Steve Goodman, BHS'69, has been the PGA Golf
Professional at Shenandoah Crossing Resort and Country
Club, Virginia, since March.
Steve is the son of Jeanne Hart, Stuart, FL, and Dick
Goodman, well-known former "golf pro" in the Canal
Zone, now residing in Stafford, VA, where he continues
to teach golf.

BHS'69, PGA Golf Pro


Ramon Reyes was awarded the honor of being in
the 1996 Who's Who Among American Teachers.
Ramon resides in Diablo, Panama and has been
teaching for over 33 years. He is currently teaching
at Balboa High School.

Ramon and Laura Reyes, Sr. pictured with
grandchildren, L-R: Lindsey Reyes, Jesse Reyes,
Gabriel Reyes, baby Laura Carl and Connor Reyes.


Shaun Bath has been
chosen as one of the top
Five basketball players in
his region for the State of
Georgia for his senior
year m high school.
The Top Five
Preseason List was
published in the Atlanta
Journal, however his name
was misspelled as Shawn
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'*'. Shaun is the son of
Wayne R. Bath (CHS-58)
-. of Ellijay, Georgia and
the grandson of the late
Shaun Bath Charles H. Bath.

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Susan M. Luke (BHS class of '71), daughter of
Dolores W. Cleveland of Dothan, AL, and the late
Roscoe Cleveland, graduated from Wallace College
with an ADN-RN degree in Nursing.

Her capping and pinning ceremony was held on
March 14, 1996, and was attended by family and
friends. She is currently employed in the Intensive
Care Unit at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center
in Dothan, AL.

Lisa A. Grey, daughter of Phillip Bonk of Panama,
R.P. and Jo-Ann Carroll of Tampa, FL, graduated from
the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, on May 4,
1996. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Management Information Systems.
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L-R: Phillip Bonk,
Nichole Grey.

Lisa Grey, Jo Ann Carroll and

Lisa is working with an Information Systems
Contractor in Tampa, FL.

Paul (BHS'58) and
Delia Hurst proudly
announce the graduation
with honors of their son,
Dr. Paul Williams Hurst,
MD, (BHS'91), from the
Universidad Autonoma de
Centro America Medical
School on July 13, 1996,
in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Other family members
attending the
commencement ceremony
Dr. Paul W. Hurst were brother Paul G.
Hurst (BHS'80), Elizabeth
(BHS'91) (Gonzalez) Hurst
(BHS'81) and their
children; sister Helen (Hurst) Loera (BHS'81), Wally
Loera and children; brother Harris W. Hurst
(BHS'85) and Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst (BHS'85) and
Brian Wood (BHS'91), from San Antonio, TX.
After the graduation formalities in Costa Rica,
the family reunited in Panama with many friends and
relatives at Villa Helen. Everyone was also
celebrating the expected arrival of Paul G. and
Elizabeth (Gonzalez) Hurst's third child in November.
Harris and Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst also announced
that they are expecting their first child in February
1997. Paul will begin his year-long internship in
Panama in April 1997.

Harlan P. Crouch, son of Walter and Jane
(Holcroft) Crouch of Los Rios graduated from Kings
Point U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in June.

Harlan P. Crouch II
Harlan is a graduate of Balboa High School and
Panama Canal College. He is currently employed by
Keystone Marine Company as 3rd Mate on SS
Chestnut Hill.
He is working on his Master's license with the U. S
Coast Guard.

Dirk Bussiere (BHS'85), son of Ron Bussiere of
La Cresta, Panama, graduated from Duke University
in Durham, NC, in May 1996 with a Ph.D. in
biophysics. He previously graduated from
Northwestern University with a B.S. in biochemistry,
and an M.S. from Yale. Dirk is currently employed
as a medical researcher with Abbott Laboratories in
Waukegan, IL.

The Sears girls (Kate and Shauna) had two
graduations recently. Kate graduated from the
University of Chapel Hill in December 1995. She was
the Salutatorian of the Balboa High School Class of
1993. At Carolina, Kate was involved in the Habitat
for Humanity, the Carolina Girls Glee Club, and the
Newman Center.
Shauna graduated from Balboa High School on
June 8, 1996. She was the Captain of the Cougar
Volleyball Team, and also lettered in Swimming and
Soccer all three years at BHS. Shauna is presently
enrolled in the School of Design at North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, NC.
Kate and Shauna are the daughters of Kathleen
Lavallee Sears, Diablo, Republic of Panama and
Jeffrey Sears, Balboa, Republic of Panama, the
granddaughters of Beatrice Bathman Sears and the
late Earl W. Sears of Pensacola, FL, and the late
Wilfred and Mary Lavallee of Worcestor, MA.

L: Katherine Sears, University of North Carolina
graduate. R: Shauna Sears graduates from BHS.

James Stephan Riley, son of James W. Riley, Jr. and
Marie Riley of Lake Mary, FL, and formerly of La Boca,
graduated from the University of Central Florida on May
4, 1996, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal
Former. Zonians attending the graduation and party
that followed were James' parents; grandparents James
W. Riley, Sr. of Conway, AR, Manuel and Ana Serrano,
who flew up from Panama for the ceremonies; uncle Jeff
from Naples, FL, as well as Beth Gaul of Ponte Vedra
Beach, FL, and Jean and Gene Gaul of Clermont, FL,
and many good friends from Lake Mary.
On December 16, 1996, James also graduated from
the Police Academy Class #53.

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Dirk Bussiere, Duke Uiversity graduate!

James S. Riley with proud parents, Marie and James
W. Riley, Jr. of Lake Mary, Florida.


Ray and Diane (Roscoe)
Murphy of Sarasota, FL,
and Leonard Wertz of Los
Rios, Panama, announce the
engagement of their son
David Leonard Wertz to
Deborah Molly Naidel,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Naidel of Osprey,
FL. David is the grandson
S' of Mrs. Edna Wertz of San
Antonio, TX.
David graduated from
David L Wertz and Balboa High School in 1991,
Davidis employed by Publix
Deborah Molly Naidel Supermarkets and is
attending Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale,
FL. Debbie graduated from Venice, FL High School and
is attending the College of Pharmacy at Nova University
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The wedding will be on July 25th in Sarasota, FL.

Reina Maria Miller and Cecil (Buzzy) Kennon
both announce their engagement.
Ms. Miller is the daughter of Alice Miller and
the late Capt. Fred Miller of San Antonio, TX, and
formerly of Diablo.
Buzzy is the son of William S. Kennon and Ann
B. Kennon of Plant City, FL, and formerly of Los

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Cheryl Lynn Schmidt and Kenneth Allen Fritz
The prospective groom is a 1981 graduate of Texas
A&M University with a BBA degree in Finance, and an
associate of science degree from St. Phillips College in
San Antonio, TX. He is currently employed with Kee
Motors in Kerrville, TX.
An April 19, 1997, wedding is planned at the First
United Methodist Church in Kerrville, TX.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wheeler III (formerly of
Diablo, Canal Zone) (Judi Warford, BHS'64) of San
Antonio, TX, announce the engagement of their
daughter Jana Renee Wheeler to John David Potts,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Potts of Castorville, TX.

Reina Maria Miller and Cecil (Buzzy) Kennon
The couple are planning a November wedding in
San Antonio, TX, where they will reside.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Schmidt of Kerrville, TX,
announce the engagement and approaching marriage of
their daughter Cheryl Lynn Schmidt to Kenneth Allen
Fritz of Harper, TX. He is the son of Helen B. Fritz and
the late Francis J. Fritz of Harper, TX.
The bride-elect is a BHS graduate class of 1986 and
a 1992 graduate of Angelo State University with an
associate of science degree in Nursing and is currently
employed as a Registered Nurse at Sid Peterson
Memorial Hospital, Kerrville, TX.

Jana Renee Wheeler and John David Potts

Jana is a registered nurse with the Baptist
Memorial Hospital System in San Antonio. John will
graduate in May 1997 from the University of Texas,
San Antonio, with a BS Degree in Marketing. A
May 18, 1997 wedding is planned in San Antonio.

Nelson and Regina Swartwood, Tampa, FL,
announce the engagement of their daughter Brenda Lee
to Ralph E. Furlong III, son of Ralph and Brenda
Furlong of Tampa, FL. Ralph graduated from BHS in

Brenda Lee Swartwood and Ralph E. Furlong III
The bride-elect is owner of Brenwood Medical in
Tampa, and the groom-elect is employed by Anheuser
Busch in Tampa. A February 1997 wedding is planned.


Cynthia J. Maus and Keith P. Mead, both of
Tallahassee, FL, were married July 20 at the home
of the bride's parents.
The reception was held there also. After a
wedding trip to Bryson City, NC, the couple will live
in Tallahassee.
Cynthia is employed by the Tallahassee Parks and
Recreation Department and Keith is employed by
NCR Corporation.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Maus of Tallahassee, and parents of the groom are
Gladys Mead, Clearwater, FL, and Mr. and Mrs.
Burton F. Mead, Tallahassee, FL.


Heather D'Ann Erickson and Thomas Joseph
Dupuis were joined in marriage on August 17, 1996,
in a ceremony officiated by the Honorable Robert
Butler. The ceremony at the Martha-Mary Chapel
was followed by a reception at the Clarion Carriage
House Inn in Sudbury, MA.

Heather D'Ann Erickson and Thomas J. Dupuis
The bride is the daughter of Tyrone and Niccole
Erickson of Asheville, NC (formerly of Balboa, R. de
P.). The groom is the son of Joseph and Norma
Dupuis of Framingham, MA.
The matron of honor was Denise Foster and
bridesmaid was Jean Dupuis. The best man was W.
Scott Foster and ushers included Brad Erickson, Rob
Ames and Frank Todaro. The flower girl was Sadie
Whiting and the ring bearers were Tinmy Evans and
Stefan Bishop.
The bride is a 1987 graduate of Balboa High
School and graduated from Framingham State
College, Framingham, MA. She is employed by CBE
Technologies in Boston, MA. The groom is a
graduate of Keefe Tech in Framingham and is
employed by the Brittany Healthcare in Natic, MA.
After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple
are residing in Framingham, MA.


D. Robert LaPorta and Terry Bunn were married
August 23, 1996, in Peckam, VT.
D is a graduate of Cristobal High School, 1976,
and is the son of the late Lt. and Mrs. Robert
LaPorta of Margarita, Canal Zone.
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Terry and D LaPorta
Terry, born in Germany, was a ballet soloist with
the New York Dance Theatre and is now earning a
second degree in Physical Therapy. D is an Account
Executive with the Dean Witter Investment firm.
The couple reside in Boca Raton, FL.


Curtis E. DeTore and Janet L. Kight were united
in marriage on September 18, 1996, at Prince of
Peace Catholic Church, Chesapeake, VA. Father
Christian J. Haydinger presided over the ceremony.
A reception was held at the home of the parents of
the groom.
The maid of honor was Mary Beth Graybeal,
friend of the bride. Attending as bridesmaids were
Jennifer Kight, sister of the bride; Sara Godwin,
cousin of the bride; and Stephanie Bell, friend of the

Jennifer Menges and Thomas D. Angelucci
The bridal party included the bride's cousins
Jeanne (Pinto) Harper and Charlotte (Sellers)
Klimchock as bridesmaids, and Jamie Lee Sigmon as
flower girl. The bride's brother Paul Menges was one
of the groomsmen and played the "The Trumpets
Voluntary" during the wedding entrance ceremony.
A reception was held following the ceremony at
the DoubleTree Guest Suites near Baltimore-
Washington International airport. Guests included
former Zonians and relatives of the bride.

Charles E. DeTore, father of the groom, served
as best man. The groom's brother, Philip A. DeTore,
was unable to attend the wedding as best man for
he was on Marine reserve active duty orders to
Panama, R. de P. Serving as ushers were Greg
Parsons and Kevin Mince, friends of the groom.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs.
Curtis S. Kight of Portsmouth, VA. She is a
graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA,
and is presently employed by Sam's Club.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
DeTore of Chesapeake, VA. He is also a graduate
of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and is
presently employed by EA Engineering, Science and
Technology, Inc., Loveton, MD, as a hydrologist.
After a honeymoon to Powhatan Plantation,
Williamsburg, VA, the couple now reside in
Forestville, MD.


Jennifer Michelle Menges and Thomas D.
Angelucci, Jr. were united in marriage on October
12, 1996 at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish, Severn,
MD. The bride is the daughter of Paul and
Stephanie (Lawson) Menges (CHS'67&'69) of
Hanover, MD. The groom is the son of Thomas and
Barbara Angelucci of Stratford, NJ.
The bride's maternal grandparents are Margaret
(Lawson) Williams of Clearwater, FL, and the late
Colin Lawson. Her paternal grandparents are Melvin
and Consuelo (Robles) Menges of Aiken, SC. All are
formerly of the Canal Zone.


The marriage of Sharon Kay Tischer and
Charles Hoyt Cooper took place May 26, 1996, in a
candlelight ceremony at the West Tampa Convention
Center, Tampa, FL; with reception following for
friends and family.

Charlie and Sharon Cooper, May 26, 1996

Charles Cooper, AKA Charlie Cooper & The
Copra Band, played on July 5, 1996, at the annual
PCSofFL Reunion in Orlando, FL.
Charlie Cooper lived in Panama for ten years
with his parents and attended Cristobal High School.
The couple resides in Tampa, FL.


Yvette Michelle Spraker and Abelardo Hernandez
exchanged wedding vows on March 30, 1966. The
Nuptial Mass was performed by Reverend Joseph
Knerr at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in
Fountain Valley, CA.
The bride was attended by Diana Letts, maid of
honor, and Leslie Ishida, bridesmaid, both longtime
friends. Flower girls were Kathleen Martin, niece of
the bride; Dillian Hernandez, niece of the groom;
and Kesley Janet. Ringbearers were Christian
Dominquez, grand-nephew of the groom, and Zachary
Janet. The groom's best man was John Archibald
who flew in from Venezuela for the ceremony. The
groomsman was Darren Baysinger who flew in from
South Carolina. The ushers were Eric Castillo, Rick
Galicinao, Dennis Gerdes and Hector Hernandez, all
longtime friends of the groom.


Yvette Michele Spraker and Abelardo Hernandez
Yvette is the fifth generation of Panama Canal
Zone pioneers. Parents of the bride are Alan and
Teresa (McGann) Spraker (BHS'65) of Irvine, CA.
Maternal grandparents are Ted and Alice McGann
(Rodman, CZ) of Orlando, FL. Paternal grandparents
are Earl Spraker and the late Alice Spraker of
Westlake Village, CA. Mother of the groom is
Joaquina Hernandez of Huntington Beach, CA.
Family members attending were Alice McGann,
Teddy McGann (Panama Canal Zone), Patty McGann
Martin (Oakridge, TN), and Mary Ellen McGann
Thomas (Jacksonville, AR). Guests traveled from as
far away as Spain, Mexico and throughout the
United States to share in the happy event.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Monterey and
Sonoma and are now residing in Huntington Beach,


Monica Jean Livingston (BHS'86) and Dan
Hogan Parkhurst were united in marriage on March
16, 1996, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in
Tallahassee, FL.
Monica is the daughter of Bob and Kathie
(Nehring) McConaughey of Merritt Island, FL, and
Mike Livingston of San Diego, CA. The groom is
the son of Patricia Parkhurst of Tallahassee and Jim
Parkhurst of Ft. Lauderdale. Grandparents of the
bride are Mary and Val Lynch of Tallahassee; Dick
and Juanita McConaughey of Ocala, FL; and Karl T.
Nehring of Crystal River, FL.

Monica Jean Livingston and

Dan Hogan Parkhurst

The bride was given in marriage by both her
fathers and was attended by her sister Stacey
(McConaughey) Bercik and Tanya Meyers Oglesbee
(BHS'86). The best man was the bride's brother,
Cliff Livingston (BHS'84) from San Diego, CA. The
flower girl was Summer Rayne Bercik and the ring
bearer was Kyle Matthew Livingston, son of the
bride (who, since the marriage, has been officially
adopted and is now Kyle Matthew Parkhurst).
Dan and Monica honeymooned in Helen, GA,
and now reside in Tallahassee where Dan works for
an electronics firm and Monica is attending nursing


Donna Jenkins Franton (BHS'57) and Albert
Clapp of San Gabriel, CA, were united in marriage
on September 28, 1996. The ceremony was held in
the Kensington Ballroom, and the bride's son Dennis
Franton officiated the ceremony. Donna was given
away by her dad, Ivan Jenkins, of Lake Forest, CA.
The bride's daughter Darla Joyce was matron of
honor. Her daughter Debra Nash and the groom's
daughter Linda Clapp and daughter-in-law Denise
were bridesmaids. James Clapp, the groom's son, was
best man.
Out-of-town guests included Linda Jacobs Ellis
(BHS'57) from Wrenthom, MA, who along with 290
other guests enjoyed a beautiful reception.
The bride and groom honeymooned in Lake
Mead, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. They are at
home in Lake Forest, CA.


Tanya Lynn Johnson and Jason L. Smith were
united in marriage on July 15, 1996, at Mission
Santa Clara, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA,
where she was a 1994 graduate cum laude. The bride
is the daughter of Dennis and Karen (Wanke)
Johnson of San Jose, CA, and is the granddaughter
of Patsy (Kent) and Carl Wanke, formerly of Balboa,
Canal Zone, and Pedro Miguel. She is also the
great-niece of Jo (Hatchett) and Lloyd Kent of Boca
Raton, FL.


Dr. Monica Leonor Richey and Bryan Dean.
Walker, whose engagement was announced in the
April 1996 issue, were married April 27 in a poolside
ceremony at Nokomis, FL. The bride is the daughter
of Kaye and Leonor Acuna Richey of Venice, FL.
The bridegroom is the son of Lawrence D. Walker
of Harrisburg, PA, and Betty I. Walker of Nokomis.

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Tanya Lynn Johnson and Jason L Smith
The groom is the son of Marty and Jerrie Smith
of San Jose, CA, and is a floor layer with Harry L.
Murphy Floors, Inc. in San Jose, CA.
After a beautiful ceremony in the Mission, Tanya
listened to a song that was sung to her during the
ceremony that was recorded by her late great-
grandfather Carl Wanke Sr. who was Captain of the
Canal Zone Police Department until retiring in 1954.
After celebrating with a multitude of friends and
family from four different states including Hawaii,
they left on their honeymoon to the Hawaiian
Islands. They now reside in San Jose, CA.

David Warren (BHS'65) of New Orleans married
Linda Touchet in a double-ring ceremony October 12
at the home of the bride's sister in Metairie, LA. It
was the second marriage for both. The bride was
escorted by her son Ronald, 15. David's son Bradley
who is an LSU student was best man. The bride also
has a daughter Helen, 18.

David and Linda Warren

Front L-R: Erica Bernice Richey, Hobart Christian
Richey, 2nd row: Hobart K. Richey, Lsa Wilkins
Richey, Cristina Holden, Barbara Richey Holden,
T.G. Kaye Richey, Monica Richey Walker, Bryan
Walker, Blake Holden, Leonor Acuna Richey, Kaye
Richey, Val Richey-Klein, Burkhard Klein.
The bride was given m marriage by her father.
Matron of honor was Val Leslie Richey-Klein of
Naples, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were the
bride's sister, Barbara Raquel Richey Holden of Fort
Benning, GA, and the bride's sister-in-law, Lisa Anne
Wilkins Richey of Osprey, FL. The bride's niece and
nephew, Erica Bernice Richey and Hobart Christian
Richey, served as flower girl and ring bearer.
Best man was James P. Herbert of Sarasota, FL.
Groomsmen were Larry D. Walker of Harrisburg,
PA, brother of the bridegroom, and Carl May of
The reception, which featured a salsa band from
Miami, FL, was attended by former Zonians Sheila
Rose, Bill and Laura (Sutherland) Patrick, Dick and
Susie (Sutherland) Dalton, and Raul and Rosi
(Manning) Cortes.

Due to space limitations and to
be as equitable as possible with
all announcements, wedding
guest lists will not be printed
in the future. Members are
asked to summerize and not list
each name. (Editor, 03/01/94).

Editor must have by:

April 18, 1997


Ann and Jack Beers of Port Charlotte, FL, are
the proud grandparents of Matthew Joseph, first child
born to Elizabeth (Flumach) and John Beers of Fort
Lauderdale. He was born May 7, 1996, and weighed
7 lbs. 5 ounces.

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L-R: Ann and Jack Beers, Elizabeth (Flumach) with
Matthew, and John Beers.

Robert and Elizabeth Belzer became the proud
parents of a daughter, Antanina Sarah, on April 2,
1996, in New York City.
The christening of Antanina was attended by the
equally proud grandparents, Suzi and Dick Belzer
from Sarasota, FL, along with the new uncles, Rick
and James. The christening was on June 15, 1996,
with James attending as the godfather and Anne
Guimard, a close friend of Elizabeth's from Paris,
France, attending as the godmother. Many relatives
from Montreal and Toronto were present as well as
Suzi's brother and nephew, George and Sam Evalt,
from Detroit, MI.

L-R: Rick, Suzi,
Belzer, Elizabeth

The proud parents Wayne and Julie Forrest are
happy to announce the birth of their second child,
Taylor Alexis, on June 25, 1996, in Largo, FL. Taylor
weighed in at 8 lbs. 9 ounces. She joins big brother
Ethan Austin, 2 years old, who is delighted with his
new baby sister.
Taylor is the sixth grandchild of Ernest and
Ladonna Forrest.

Wayne and Julie Forrest with Ethan, 3, and Taylor

Timothy and Leanne (Thrift) Krafft of Clermont,
FL, are proud to announce the birth of their first
child, Tanner Michael, born October 10, 1996.
Tanner weighed 8 lbs. 12 ounces.

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Rob with baby Antanina, Dick
and James.

The additional weekend festivities included the
50th wedding celebration of Elizabeth's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Julius Bulota, from Denver, CO, on June
13, 1996.
Antanina is the first grandchild for both sets of
grandparents. Robert and Elizabeth have recently
moved to Millburn, NJ.


and Leanne (Thrift) Krafft with Tanner

Maternal grandparents are Robert and Pat Thrift
of Port Orange, FL. Paternal grandmother is
Margaret Kraftt of Deland, FL, and the paternal
grandfather is the late Leo Kraftt.


Violet Deakins of Titusville, Florida, holding her great-
grandson, Ricky, born April 26, 1996.

Tara (King) and Greg Werner of El Dorado,
Panama are proud to announce the birth of their
twins. Summer Tea Werner (7 pounds, 3 ounces, 19
inches) and Skyler King Werner (6 pounds, 12
ounces, 19-1/2 inches) were born September 8, 1995,
at 7:41 a.m. and 7:43 a.m. Maternal grandparents are
Anna Jacobs King, formerly of Balboa, now of
Sherman, TX, and the late Lt. Col. James F. King
III. Paternal grandparents are Gail (Martin) and
Gordon Werner.

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Greg and Tara (King) Werner with son
and daughter Summer Tea.

Walter and Cristy Kelleher of Quincy, FL, are
proud to announce the birth of their son, Walter
Watts Kelleher II on February 19, 1996.

Walter and Cristy Kelleher with son, Walter Watts
Kelleher II.
Maternal grandparents are Dorene Fussell,
Englewood, CO, and Guy McMechen, Merritt Island,
FL. Paternal grandparents are David and Betty
Kelleher of Dothan, AL.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Conley of Flowery
Branch, GA, are the parents of a daughter, Hannah
Grace Conley, born May 24, 1996.


Skyler King

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Harriet Conley Patterson holding Hannah Grace
Hannah's great-grandmother Harriet Conley
Patterson, wife of the late Dick Conley, is proud of
her first great-granddaughter.

Editor must have by:
April 18, 1997

1997 Reunion


Wednesday, July 2, 1997

BALLROOM "A" thru "F".

Thursday, July 3, 1997


Friday, July 4, 1997

Saturday, July 5, 1997

BALLROOM "G" and "H".
(No scheduled Reunion activity will re-open until Annual Luncheon has adjourned)

Sunday, July 6, 1997


Reunion Coordinator (813) 963-6998

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Margot Jordan, 1997 Reunion Coordinator
(813) 963-6998
Our 1997 Society Reunion will be held again at the beautiful MARRIOTT'S ORLANDO WORLD
CENTER. Making your reservations early will help us to fulfill your expected hotel needs and will
help to avoid unnecessary problems caused by a lack of available rooms.
In these yellow pages you will find all the forms necessary to attend reunion functions. PLEASE
1. A Registration Form and $5.00 must accompany 'any ticket order or member application.
2. Registration, Luncheon and Dance ticket forms should include checks payable to
3. Hotel Registration Form should have a separate check payable to the HOTEL but mailed
The DANCE and LUNCHEON tickets are not mailed to you. You can pick them up when you
register at the Society's Registration tables located in the Grand Ballroom during hours listed in the
Schedule of Events. If you are unable to pick up your tickets yourself, please write a note to the
Registration Chairperson delegating someone else to pick them up for you. For your convenience we
will have one of our Chairpersons at the dance door selling tickets during the dance for those of you
who get there late. Also for your convenience, SMOKING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at any of the
It was such a success in 1996 that we have decided to CHECK YOU IN ON THE
HOTEL ROOM. The hotel has parking for the disabled, regular parking, and valet parking
for a nominal fee.

BEVERAGE BARGAINS: The Society has made arrangements with the Hotel to sell all types
of beverages at reduced prices, but only on the lower level. Showing your AARP card at the American
Grill Restaurant will get you a 20% discount and some great buffets. I understand that you can
purchase a cup of coffee on the main floor which entitles you to free refills for the rest of the
TRAVEL SPECIALS: BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has again been designated as our official travel
agent and we urge our members to use their services, enabling us to receive complimentary tickets
to bring our musicians to the Reunion. You won't be able to beat the flight schedules or fares.
VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for volunteers that will give an hour or so of their time during
the Reunion to help our Registration Chairperson. If you have been attending our reunion each year
and would like to show your appreciation by helping out in 1997, please contact Faith Brundage, our
Society Registration Chairperson, Tel: 813-527-6925. Making a reunion successful depends on your
generosity Give us some of your time. Our Volunteer Chairpersons are:
SOCIETY REGISTRATION Faith Brundage and Olga Disharoon
GOLF TOURNAMENT Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover
SECURITY Charles "Chuck" Hummer
VENDORS Muriel Whitman
DANCES and DJ DANCE Barbara and Tom Peterson
FINANCES Jeanne Wheeler

Peter Foster Transportation Chairman (813) 785-8555

The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1997 Reunion.
The primary purpose of appointing an Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society members the lowest fares
available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will provide the Reunion
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attenders. This data may be utilized to coordinate Reunion Registration
hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk Staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights at those locations
where a significant amount of members originate. Chartering Flights would provide a considerable reduction in Reunion
travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, or Delta Air Lines. With Delta
you must use the Delta File number indicated in the Bowen-Keppie Ad located in the Reunion yellow pages. The
advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that in addition to providing a complete travel profile, advanced seat
assignments, boarding passes and free ticket delivery BOWEN-KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available on any Air
Carrier and monitor reservations for significant fare reductions in order to provide refunds to members when applicable.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from June 28th through July
9, 1997. Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1997 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts. Please take advantage of the Reunion Transportation program by completing and mailing the
Preliminary CONTEST/TRAVEL Form in BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form is non-binding to you, but it
will also provide advance information for the Reunion support functions.
or FROM TAMPA or ORLANDO. One leg of air travel must be to or from either Tampa or Orlando and the other leg
of air travel can be from any other Florida Air Gateway City.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE AD and if you should
call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.

Chairpersons: Faith Brundage and Olga Disharoon (813) 527-6925

1. Please register yourself, family and/or guests if you plan to attend the Reunion. ALL FORMS ARE INCLUDED
2. A non-refundable registration fee of $5.00 per Registration Form (not per individual) is being charged to offset
reunion expenses incurred throughout the year due to rising costs.
a. Fee is payable to: 1997 Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712. Do not include Registration Fee in Hotel Deposit, but may accompany
your hotel reservation form, or ticket order or golf registration form on a separate check or money order.
b. Those members residing in the Republic of Panama please use checks on U.S. Banks or money orders
or drafts payable by U.S. Institutions.
c. If you delay registering until you arrive at the Reunion, you must register at a designated station in the
Marriott Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, and pay your registration fee of $5.00 per member number
before you can receive your badges or purchase tickets to the dances.
3. At Registration tables located at the Marriott Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, name badges and pre-paid tickets
will be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure you pick up badges and tickets during Registration hours. See Schedule of Events for
Registration hours. Our Registrars are all volunteers and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been pre-registered. If you are
unable to pick them up, a signed note to the Registration Chairpersons, will be necessary, authorizing
another individual to pick them up.
c. Tickets for the Dances will be for sale in the Registration area during operating hours.
d. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, etc. should be picked up from the Chairperson of that event.


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If you plan to attend the 1997 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.

Office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ Dance


Member: Tel.No.


City: State Zip_
List name of each additional person in member's group NOT making their own Pre-registration. LIST NAME AS YOU
NAME Residence State/Country






Coordinator: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359

The Mini-Reunion Coordinator will aid and assist all high school, college and ancillary reunions to be held during
the 1997 Reunion. All those planning a mini-reunion at the Marriott's Orlando World Center must receive advance
approval through the Mini-Coordinator prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise you as much as possible
as well as coordinating all those activities within the Society's planned schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will
have the responsibility of making their own arrangements with the Hotel for their function. Upon completion of their
arrangements, please notify the Mini-Reunion Coordinator at The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole
Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712. He may also be contacted at (813) 461-1377.
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1997

Grand Ballroom
President James J. O'Donnell (813) 894-2478

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

1. Grand Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING AT THE BUSINESS MEETING.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up members will be admitted.
4. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket
as you enter the Ballroom for the meeting.



1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1997 Reunion, you should submit an application
for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712, before the June 26, 1997 Executive Board meeting.
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, notices, pictures,
etc. on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any schedules or reasonable information concerning your event
may be displayed at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Margot Jordan at the reunion.


Reunion checking into the hotel will not be at the same place as it was last year. It will
be at the LOWER LEVEL of the hotel where the dances and vendors were located last year.
The hotel wants to keep the upper lobby from being congested like last year, so they will
process your check-in to the hotel for two days only. These two days have not been decided
yet, therefore the check-in at the lower level will be in effect ONLY WHEN THE PICTURED
As you enter the hotel grounds from Route 536, about half way up to the main entrance
of the hotel, make a right turn, where a sign on the right says "Guest Parking" and you will
see a white sign with blue letters on your left saying "Panama Canal Hotel Registration" After
you make the right turn, follow the arrow on the photo to your left until you get to the
Hotel Registration Entry for the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Personnel (bus-boys) will be there to assist you with your baggage and take you to .your
room after you register. If you ignore these directions and go to the top of the road as you
did last year, you will be asked to back-track to our Registration area. To save you the
trouble, please heed these directions. WATCH FOR THE SIGNS.

Hotel Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand
Telephone No. 352-567-5594

CUT-OFF DATE for Hotel Reservations is June 2. 1997.

Reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1997 dues and whose reservations have

1. Any changes/cancellations will be made directly with Hotel Lodging Chairperson, Betty Frassrand, (352) 567-5594.
2. Room reservations for members are at reunion rates and all members WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY
DAMAGE TO ROOMS. The STATE OF FLORIDA LAW allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.
3. Please PRINT or TYPE Hotel Reservation Form in full. Along with this form attach the following and send to 1997
Hotel Lodging Chairperson, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712:
a. A Registration Form with a $5.00 Registration Fee made payable to the 1997 Reunion Coordinator. **
b. One (1) nights deposit MADE OUT TO HOTEL. (This deposit can be by check on a U.S. Bank, money
order or draft payable to U.S. Institutions, or any major credit card. For credit card include card number, expiration
date and signature.
4. Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES will be assigned on a first come, available basis. Please note your request
in the Special Request space on the Reservation Form.
5. There are a limited number of roll-away beds and refrigerators available. Requests will be assigned on a first come,
available basis.
6. SUITES. There are one and two bedroom suites available but you must contact the HOTEL LODGING
CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and approval. Request must then be put on the Hotel Registration Form.
7. FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to arrival date or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO HOTEL on the
first night your reservations were made will cause members to lose their first nights deposit and the remainder of their
reservation will be cancelled.
8. A SALES and RESORT TAX will be added to your final bill.
I M k i ~d C\n~r \Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
SO ando Tdd C Ientr 1997 Reunion July 2 6, 1997
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call Requests must be received by: June 2. 1997 ARRIVAL: TIME:
Hotel Lodging Chairperson b Month/Date
at 352-567-5594 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 PM. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 AM. DEPARTURE: TIME:
Last Name F first Name USE ONLY
company Name Name(s) of additional persons) sharing room

Street Address or P.O. box Number Last Name 1i st Name
City State Zip Code Last Name First Name
Ione Number ax Number Las Name First Name l I
Are a Code P hone Nuimber F-ax Number Last Name First NameI

No. of Rates
Rooms P ACCOMMODATIONS Single-Double
No Preference 89.00
One King Bed. 89.00
Two Doube eds, .00
Accessible oom One King ed Only 9.00
Non-Smoking Room $89.00
One King Bed 89.00
E wo 0 ouble Beds 8.00
Suite i2oo.oo UP

Number of People in Each Room
Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:
American Express Visa/Master Card
Diner's Club Discover
Credit I I I
Card # I I I I I I I I I II I I

For Suite information contact Hotel Lodging Chairperson at 813-567-5594 Expiration Date
I One Bedroom Suites Expiration Date
I Two Bedroom Suites I
Hospitality Suites (Non-bedded) FOR ALL RESERVATIONS
I I understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
SSPECIAL REQUESTS: deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event I do
SPECIAL REQUESnot check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 72 hours
prior to arrival.

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Marriott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairpersons: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a little more
pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and surroundings. The
Society Information and Hospitality Desk is open to any member during the published working hours. Our staff is
experienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Provide information regarding activities within and outside the Reunion.
2. The center for "Lost and Found" articles.
3. Sell Society license plates, decals, available Annual Directories and Canal Records.
4. Place your message on our bulletin board for friends and/or guests.
5. Guide members to proper channels regarding hotel complaints..
6. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
7. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
8. Advise members of local transportation available for outside Reunion confines.
9. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when what where.
10. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.

We are at your service.

Make Reservations Early!

Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F
Chairperson: Muriel Whitman Tel: (813) 544-0214

1. A Vendor's Application for the 1997 Reunion may be obtained from Muriel Whitman, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712. Applications will not be published in the Canal
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Reunion
3. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A"-"F" will provide vendors with a very large single room area.
Vendor's hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. PLEASE SEE HOURS IN SCHEDULE OF
4. Only paid up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of the application will be based on whether
items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of
receipt of application and Vendor's fee and Society Registration fee of $5.00. Checks should be made out to 1997
Reunion Coordinator, and mailed to the Society office.
5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking in the Vendor area is PROHIBITED.
6. The Deadline for receiving Vendor's applications and for REFUNDS is June 2, 1997.
7. Instructions and Restrictions are completely outlined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read all instructions
very carefully. The Marriott World Center has some restrictions which cannot be broken, such as attaching anything
to the walls, etc.
8. The Society is not responsible for any losses that occur in the Vendors Room.
9. For Vendor information, please call Muriel Whitman, (813) 544-0214.

FRIDAY, JULY 4th, 1997, 2:00 4:00 P.M.

Chairperson Paul Rozmeski (813) 849-8294
Anaheim, Boston and Atlanta Rooms

Bingo was such a hit at the 1996 Reunion, we are offering it again in 1997.
Bingo will be called on Friday, July 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the Anaheim, Boston and Atlanta
Rooms., located on the lower level of the Convention Center, at the bottom of the escalator on the right.
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 4th. You'll like the prizes!

Chairpersons: Barbara and Tom Peterson (941) 371-7731
Plans for the 1997 Panazonian Dance, the Annual Ball and the DJ Dance are under way once again and
these events promise to be memorable.
Friday night we will enjoy the music of LeRoy Lewis, who is well known for his organ entertainment at the
El Panama Hotel.
Saturday night the Annual Ball will welcome once again Frank Pretto and his Paranda Band. Father Frank
has been with us since 1992 and when he plays, the Panamanian/Zonian spirit truly comes alive and you will
find it difficult to remain seated.
Both dances will open their doors at 8:00 p.m. with the dance beginning at 8:30 p.m. and continuing until
1:30 a.m.. Tickets may not be available at the door so please purchase your tickets as early as possible so you
won't miss these wonderful events.
CLASS REUNIONS: If you are organizing a class reunion and would like to reserve a table, please let the
Chairperson of Class Reunions: Pat Beall or the Dance Chairpersons, Barbara and Tom Peterson know of your
request. There will be a limit on the number of tables each class will be able to reserve. Once we receive the
various requests, we will be in touch with you to let you know how we can accommodate your needs. It is again
suggested that you make your requests as early as possible.
To accommodate the majority of our members there will be NO SMOKING inside the Grand Ballroom
during the dance. We ask that you smoke outside the Ballroom during the music breaks.
We will be having a DJ Dance entertain our younger members during the late hours (11:00 3:00) on
Friday and Saturday nights at the 1997 Reunion. The DJ, Dr. Duck will offer an evenings entertainment that
will please the younger generation. The DJ Dances will be held in the Crystal Ballroom "G". Tickets for the DJ
Dances can be ordered when making reservations for the Reunion or may be purchased in the Registration

Disc Jockey Dr. Duck
Friday July 4th and Saturday July 5, 1997
11:00 pm 3:00 am
Crystal Ballroom "G"


Member's Name:

July 4th: $5.00 per ticket July 5th: $5.00 per ticket

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1. If you have not submitted a Hotel Reservation Form or Registration Form, please attach your Registration Form and
a non-refundable $5.00 Registration Fee with this Ticket Form.
2. Ticket orders will be accepted from only those members submitting a Registration Form and non-refundable
Registration Fee of $5.00.
4. No tickets will be sold at the door. It is advised that you order your tickets in advance since there is no guarantee that
there will be tickets available at time of Reunion.
TICKET RESERVATION FORM--------------------------


Saturday, July 5, 1997

$18.00/Ticket 10 Tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $


Saturday, July 5, 1997

$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.

No. of Tickets Total $

Friday, July 4, 1997

$8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $

Chairperson Betty Malone (813) 896-5459

1. Grand Ballroom Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
4. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
June 6, 1997 and will not be re-sold at the Reunion.
6. MENU: Ensalada Verde, Mixed Greens, Haricot
Verts, Corn and Carrots, Tomato Wedges, with Garlic
Vinaigrette; Arroz Con Polio (PCS Recipe) Chicken
Quarters, Cooked Yellow Rice, w/Olive Oil "Sofrito"
and Herbs, Garnished w/Fried Plantains, Red Pimento
Strips and Green Peas. Coconut Cream Cake OR
Bread Pudding, Baked Cuban Bread, Coffee, Brewed
& Decaf, and Select Herbal Teas.

Chairpersons Barbara and Tom Peterson
(941) 371-7731
1. Grand Ballroom 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
2. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
June 17, 1997 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
3. Hotel will provide cash bars.
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted
at the dances.
7. PANAZONIAN DANCE Panamanian attire or
Informal dress.
8. SOCIETY ANNUAL BALL Semi formal dress NO

PANAZONIAN DANCE Music by Leroy Lewis
8:30 PM 1:30 AM
ANNUAL BALL Music by Frankie Pretto
8:30 PM 1:30AM


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Chairperson: Betty Snow (813) 799-4769
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention Center
at the Marriott's Orlando World center on July 6, 1997. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. when the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc. will furnish free coffee and the hotel will have sweet rolls for sale.
Again the Ballet Folklorico of Orlando will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 10:00 A.M. This
dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of

Chairpersons Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover.

The Eighteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center Golf Course, 1 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida on July 3, 1997.
The field will be limited to 136 players. Reservation DEADLINE will be June 16, 1997. Check-in time will be 7:30
A.M. followed by a "shot-gun" tee off of 8:00 A.M. NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Entry fee will be $67.00 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, luncheon, awards, favors and door prizes.
Luncheon will be served promptly at 1:30 P.M. in the Grand Ballroom, Nos. 4-6, in the Convention Center. One guest
per player will be allowed at $18.00. I.D. tags for players and guests will be received at the entrance to the ballroom.
No "Gate Crashing" will be allowed at the Luncheon, nor Children under 12 years of age.
As in the past, players will be flighted by age group, however, at the request of some of our lower handicap players
who wish to compete against one another, we are setting up a special flight, (0-12 handicap range), regardless of one's
age. These players will compete against one another, just like the age group flights, however there will be included in this
flight former Canal Zone golfers who are now professional golfers. If this flight is not supported by at least 15 players,
the entrants will be placed in an age group flight. Golfers will be playing medal play in all flights. You may play with
players of your own choice, however you will be competing for prizes in your age group flight. If you do not select anyone
to play with, your committee will pair you by age group. BECAUSE THIS IS AN AMATEUR TOURNAMENT, NO
Information regarding the tournament will be posted in the registration area of the Marriott Convention Center on
Wednesday afternoon, July 2, 1997.
Golfers may drop off their golf clubs at the baggage drop or at the Bell Captain's Station upon arrival and the Pro
Shop will store them for the tournament for a nominal one-time fee of $5.00 plus tax. Clubs may remain at the Pro Shop
at no additional cost for the duration of the Reunion in the event you plan to play the course again. Your clubs must be
in the Pro Shop by 7:00 A.M. on July 3, 1997 for loading on golf carts. Golf shoes cannot be worn in the Marriott Hotel.
Please change them at the Club. COOLERS AND GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE. If you care
to play prior to or after the tournament, the fee will be $45.00 per person plus tax.
In order to participate in any Reunion function, a member and his/her guest must be registered with the Reunion
Coordinator, and a $5.00 registration fee is required. Please see another yellow page in this section for instructions.
Please send Golf Registration Form directly to Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, 9200 Park Blvd. #205, Seminole, FL 33777.

Make Reservations Early!


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NEW THIS YEAR ** DELTA discounted Air Fares offered from June 28, 1997 through July 9, 1997 for REUNION
TRAVEL to or from EITHER TAMPA or ORLANDO and any other Florida Air Gateway.
Send in a completed CONTEST/TRAVEL FORM below. The Contest Drawing will be held during the Annual Reunion
Business Meeting. The winner will be reimbursed the cost of one roundtrip ticket (not to exceed a maximum value of
$400.00 and purchased through the Reunion's Official Travel Agent) between the winner's continental U.S. major Air
Gateway City and Orlando, Florida.
For your convenience you may phone DELTA direct, 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservation under FILE No.
XG559. Regrettably, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.
Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests, OR
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!

Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down significantly before you depart.
Make your reservations early ** Complete this CONTEST/Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Passenger Names:
Address: City/State Zip_
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D. Boston Room
E. Chicago Room
F. Denver Room
G. Los Angeles Room
H. Miami Room
I. New Orleans Room
J. New York Room
K. Washington Room
L. Tampa Room
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N. San Francisco Room
O. San Antonio Room

Caroline Rose Friedman is admired on her birth
day, September 28, 1996, by her parents, Sarah and
Brian Friedman, of Tucker, GA, big brother Zachary,
and grandfather Ed Friedman of Balboa, Panama.
Grandmother Dottie Friedman was the photographer.
Caroline Rose weight 8 lbs. 4 ounces at birth,
and was 20 inches long.
Her maternal grandparents are Karmen and
Waldemar Schmidt of Oregon City, OR.

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Kyle Thomas Parks was born March 23, 1996 to
Sgt. Lawrence and Judy Parks in Fort Bragg, NC.
Paternal grandparents are Charles and Anne
Parks of Port St. Lucie, FL, and maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. Rasmusson of
Minneapolis, MN.

Sgt. Lawrence Parks with son Kyle.

Chantal and Robert Thrift (BHS'89) of Orlando,
FL, are proud to announce the birth of their second
child, Tyler Patrick, born April 18, 1996. Tyler
weighed 7 lbs. 15 ounces.

Caroline Rose Friedman with parents, Sarah and
Brian Friedman, brother Zachary, and grandfather Ed


Andrew John Parks was born on May 17, 1996
to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parks of St. Paul Park,
MN. Paternal grandparents are Charles and Anne
Parks of Port St. Lucie, FL, and maternal
grandparents are Alden and Kay Lundebick of
tarbuck, MN.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parks at christening of son,
Andrew John, with daughters Hannah and Shawn.

The Thrift family.
Seen in the photo are Robert Jr., Chantal, Tyler,
Grandma Pat Thrift (Chase) and Grandpa Robert
Thrift (BHR'69), formerly of Corozal, Panama, and
now residents of Port Orange, FL. Maternal
grandparents are Lillian Everett of Holly Hills, FL,
and James Mathews of Florence, SC.


Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
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The following obituary was copied from a newspaper
publication verbatim, and was printed in the
September 1996 issue of the Canal Record. The
newspaper copy was incorrect. The corrected copy is
printed below:

Jessie W. Anderson, 98, of Seminole, Florida,
died April 30, 1996 at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo.
She was born in Kent, OH, and lived for a time in
the Canal Zone where she founded the SPCA and
the CUNA House of the Red Cross. She was a
member of the National Writers Association.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary A. Hale,
Largo, FL, and Dorothy A. Evans of Staunton, VA;
six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

George N. Ateek Sr., 68, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died September 29, 1996 at home. He was
born in Bridgeport, CY, and retired in December
1980 from the Storehouse Division with over 23 years
of service. He retired as the head buyer/purchasing
agent for the Panama Canal Company. He was an
Army veteran of the Korean war and a 1947
graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He was a
member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Frances M; a
daughter, Adriana Berky, of Milford, OH; a son,
George Jr. of Tampa, FL; a brother, Louis E. of St.
Petersburg; three sisters, Olga LoVern, St. Petersburg,
Evelyn Page, Largo, FL, and Helen Judson,
Seminole, FL.; and a grandson.

Lucho Azcarraga passed away at his home on
November 10, 1996 after a long illness at the age of
84, but still playing at the Union Club in Panama
City and special occasions. He was born as Luis
Azcarraga and became a polio victim at eleven
months old; his right foot crippled for life. He used
to skip school from the Instituto Nacional to play
the piano at the old Amador Theater during the
silent movie era. Later, he was taken by his brother-
in-law, Floyd H. Baldwin to New York where he
learned to play the organ, taught by the famous Lew
White of the Roxy Theater and Jessie Crawford at
the Paramount. He eventually taught these two
masters Latin style music, such as the Tango, Rumba
and Sones. They pleaded for him to stay but he was
homesick and preferred to play at the old Cecilia
Theater in Panama. He started with large orchestras
at the Miramar, Century Club, Union Club and
Strangers Club in Colon, plus most of the Officers
and NCO Clubs in the then Canal Zone. He was a
favorite of the Elks, American Legion, with the Pan
Canal organization at Fairs and always in Pan Canal
floats during carnivals. He also played at the Tivoli
Hotel and CZ high school dances. He later made
records and tapes and wrote several songs including
the famous US Medley which included songs of
different Armed Forces and God Bless America, and
he proclaimed himself as an Honorary Zonian. He

played at the New York Worlds Fair, the San
Antonio Hemisphere, Las Vegas, Hawaii, also cities
like New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. He
and his combo played for many years at Ft. Bragg,
NC during the summer, and also passenger ships,
including the Cristobal where he felt at home. He
also played several times for the Dallas Cowboys at
their functions. Lucho met many dignitaries,
presidents and royalty, playing many times at the
Panama Presidencia and CZ Governor's house. He
was also decorated by several governments including
the Vasco Nufiez de Balboa from Panama. During
the Christmas season he played at the Gamboa
Penitentiary, Palo Seco Leprosarium and Corozal
Hospital and many charitable affairs.
He leaves two sons, Frankie and Chipi, and a
daughter, Teresita, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
numerous relatives and his beloved Panama. His wife,
Aida predeceased him a few years ago.
Frank A. Baldwin
Nephew and former P.C. Information Officer

Margaret P. (McConaghy) Benny, 86, of Hatch,
New Mexico, died July 27 at the residence of her
son, Walter E. (Ed) Benny following a long illness.
She was born in Philadelphia, PA. After moving to
the Canal Zone she attended school and graduated
from Balboa High in 1927. She married Walter E.
Benny and resided in various Canal towns until
moving to St. Petersburg, FL, on Walter's retirement
from the Panama Canal Co. in 1961 with over 42
years service. She was a life-long member of the
Catholic Church and a long-time member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Following the
death of her husband in April of 1966, Margaret
continued to live in St. Pete until she moved to
Hatch in 1987.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia A.
Chappelle of Tyrone, NM, and Marie (Dolly)
Housley of Milton, FL; a son, Walter E. Benny, of
Hatch, NM, and numerous grand and great-
grandchildren. Margaret is also survived by a brother,
James McConaghy and family, and a sister, Gertrude
Roberto, both of Clearwater, FL.

Curtis L. Berg, 90, of Tampa, Florida, died at
home suddenly of a heart attack on September 13,
1996. He was born in Perth, ND, and was graduated
from North Dakota State Agricultural College in
Fargo, ND, in 1928 with a degree in civil
engineering. From that year until 1942, he worked
for the United Fruit Company in Puerto Armuelles,
Panama; for the Chiriqui Land Company in Panama;
and for U.S. contractors during the construction of
Madden Dam and the improvement of military
installations just prior to World War II. From 1942-
1954 he worked as a civilian for the U.S. Navy as a
gauger at Arraijan Tank Farm; as a planner and
estimator for Public Works at the administration
building at Rodman NAVSTA, Canal Zone, until he
retired in July 1970 and made a permanent move to
Tam a with his wife and youngest daughter.
He is survived by a sister, Inez Leonard, of Las
Vegas, NV; his wife of 57 years, Margarita, of San
Martin, Chiriqui Province, Panama, and his six
children: Inez Clark of Curundu, Panama (BHS'59);
Carl of Tempe, AZ (BHS'60); Stan of Phoenix, AZ
(BHS'61); Franz "Shortv" of Snellville, GA (BHS'63);

Janice of Raleigh, NC (BHS'65); and Betty of
Panama City, Panama; fourteen grandchildren and
one great-grandchild.

Dalila Berry, 70, passed away September 2, 1996,
in The Colony, Texas, after a long bout with cancer.
Born in the Republic of Panama, she later resided in
the Canal Zone from October 1950 until her
husband's retirement in December 1979. Her
husband, Frank Berry, was the last Fire Chief of the
Canal Zone Government and the first Chief of the
Canal Commission.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years,
Frank Berry, son, Frank Douglas Berry and wife
Lynn; daughter, Cindy Sue Smith; 4 grandchildren,
Phillip and Veronica Smith and Frank Loren and
Ashley Michelle Berry, 4 sisters and 1 brother from
the Republic of Panama; numerous nieces and

Arthur M. Bogue, 62, of Florissant, Missouri,
died suddenly of cardiac arrest on February 12, 1996
at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Andrea
(Armstrong), CHS'56, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone; a son, FCC Mark S. of King George, VA,
aboard the USS Vella Gulf; a daughter, Suzanne M.
Cruch, also of Florissant; and three grandchildren.

Donald J. Bowen, 76, of Sun City Center,
Florida, passed away September 29, 1996 of head
and lung cancer. He retired from the Accounting
Division of the Panama Canal Company in
December, 1976 with over 36 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes, of Sun City
Center; a son, Stephen; a granddaughter, Sarah and
a daughter-in-law, Mary of Baton Rouge, LA.

Donald E. Bruce, 81, of Deltona, Florida, died
August 12, 1996 in Sanford, FL. He was born in
Sanford, ME, and moved to the Canal Zone in 1930
and was a BHS'32 graduate. He began his
employment with the Commissary Division and
worked both sides of the Isthmus. He retired in 1973
as manager of the Coco Solo Commissary complex.
He was an avid golfer and remained in Panama as
the manager of the Brazos Brooks Golf Club. He
then moved to Titusville, Fl, in 1976 and moved to
Deltona in 1992. He was a member of the Deltona
Hills Golf & Country Club; a life member of
Sojourners Masonic Lodge and the BPOE Elks
Lodge 1542, both in Cristobal, Panama, and
transferred his Elks membership to Lodge 2113 in
He is survived by his wife Shirley (Brayton
Wertz); a son, Donald Jr. of California; a daughter,
Gayle Merkiewicz of Titusville; two sisters, Maude
Boyce of Carmel, NY, and Nell Ballard of Cary, IL;
stepdaughters Donna Sasso (Wertz) of Panama and
Carol Goguen (Wertz) of Phoenix, AZ, and
numerous grandchildren; one great-grandson and
nieces and nephews.

Burdell M. Bunnell, 66, of Sigurd, Utah, died
August 26, 1996 at the Utah Valley Regional
Medical Center. He was born in Orem, Utah, and
has lived in Hawaii, the Panama Canal Zone,
Washington State and Sigurd. He had worked as a
machinist, crane and elevator inspector and planner-
estimator for the U.S. Government. He was a
member of the Latter Day Saints Church.
He is survived by his second wife, Donna of
Sigurd; three sons and four daughters: Diane
Singleton of Orem, Don Olsen of Sigurd, Christine
Olsen of Sigurd, Beverly Bouch of Orem, Dennis
Bunnell of Vancouver, WA, Cheryl Griggs of Las
Vegas, NV, Steven Ledingham of Provo; nineteen
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two
others and a sister: Velma Pronk of Pleasant
Grove, David R. of Logan, Randall Knight of
Pleasantview, UT.

Eldridge N. "Mike" Burton, Sr., 89, of
Fayetteville, Arkansas, died September 30, 1996, at
Washington Regional Medical Center.
Born in Macon, GA, in 1907, he was a 37-year
employee of the Panama Canal Post Office and had
served as Postmaster. He was a member of the
Christian Science Church and a Mason. He was a
member of the National Association of Retired
Federal Employees and had served as president for
several years. He was also a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. He had resided in
Fayetteville since 1965.
Survivors are his wife, Minnie Brown Burton, of
Fayetteville; two sons, Robert Crooks of Mansfield,
OH, and Eldridge N. "Mike" Burton, Jr., of
Springdale; two daughters, Nancy Koepplinger of
Tucson, AZ, and Judith Daily of Fayetteville, eleven
grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two

Frank A. Chollar, 84, of Fort Worth, Texas, died
August 21, 1996. He was a retired photo
lithographer. He was born in Cleburne, TX, and was
employed by the Panama Canal Company from 1941
to 1967. He was a member of Darien Masonic Lodge
and of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, both of the Canal
He is survived by his wife, Dorris Chollar of
Fort Worth, TX, and nieces and nephews.

Florence E. Derrer, 71, of Dothan, Alabama, died
October 23, 1996, at Flowers Hospital following a
brief illness.
Mrs. Derrer was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lived
the early years of her life in New York State. In
1959 she moved to the Canal Zone and resided
there for 22 years where she retired as Chief of
Payroll with the Canal Zone. Mrs. Derrer lived in
Dothan for the past 16 years and was a member of
St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, George A. Derrer,
Dothan; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and
Jerry Roach, Dothan; Gail and Robert Norton,
Brooklyn, NY; Nancy and Greg Newman, Columbia,
SC; eight grandchildren and seven great-

Alice Sherry Ethridge, 88, of Auburn, CA., died
August 24, 1996. She was born in Wichita Falls,
Texas, and lived in Cristobal, Canal Zone from 1940
to 1947, working in the accounting office of the
Commissary Division in Mt. Hope. She also worked
at the YMCA restaurant in the evenings during
World War II.
She is survived by a son, Charles A. (Art) Sherry
of Panama, and daughters Mary Ford of Auburn,
CA, and Barbara FitzGerald of Fair Oaks, CA,
sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

George G. Felps, 81, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died September 4, 1996 at home. Born in Louisiana,
he left the Canal Zone in 1958. He was a retired
engineer and was a Methodist and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Survivors include two sons, Barry C. of
Jacksonville, FL, and Brian L. of St. Petersburg; a
daughter, Judith C. Spaziano of Margate, FL.; six
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

William E. French, 79, of Severna Park,
Maryland, died August 24, 1996 of kidney failure. He
was born and raised in the Canal Zone, graduating
from Balboa High School and Canal Zone Junior
College. He moved to Baltimore in 1936 and
completed his college education at Loyola College
after World War II. He joined the Army in 1942
and saw action in Europe under Gen. Patton, earning
a Bronze Star. He then returned to Crown Cork and
Seal for 21 years, then became associated with the
First National Bank of Maryland, then left the bank
to become manager of services with A. and H.
Shillman Co. He was a member of Severna Park
United Methodist Church.
There are no immediate survivors.

Stephen Fulop, 83, died October 26, 1996, at
Carpenters Home Manor in Lakeland, Florida. Born
in East St. Louis, IL, on August 15, 1913, he went
to the Canal Zone with the U.S. Army during World
War II and remained there as a civilian employee of
the Army until he retired in 1968. He was a member
of the Elks Club and the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Fulop,
Lakeland; two sons, Michael C. Fulop, St. Petersburg,
FL, and Douglas J. Fulop, Port Barre, LA; a sister,
Bridget Doll, Lakeland; seven grandchildren and two

Rita Duffy Gray, of Tupper Lake, New York,
died recently in her residence where she lived for 26
years. Shortly after her marriage to her husband,
Walter Gray in 1940, they went to the Canal Zone
where Walter became a sergeant with the Canal
Zone Police. After their first child was born they
moved back to the estate cottage of the senior
Grays. They moved to Northport and in 1971 to
Saranac Lake where they opened a successful
restaurant and then to Tupper Lake to retire.
She is survived by daughters, Kathleen Cardin,
Mary Radomski and the late Patricia Craft who died
after giving birth to a daughter; sister Mary Duffy

Baird, wife of the late Edward J. Duffy, formerly of
the Locks Division; brother-in-law Ennis Gray, six
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Aurelia Dixon Hadarits, 83, of Toomsboro,
Georgia, passed away August 5, 1996. A native of
Toomsboro, she retired in 1970 after spending 30
years in the Canal Zone with her late husband,
William A. Hadarits. While there, she worked for the
U.S. Navy Supply Facility in Coco Solo, the Aids to
Navigation in Gatun and Gamboa and finally for the
C.Z. Schools in Margarita. She was active in the
Royal Palm Chapter of the O.E.S., serving as Worthy
Matron in 1952. After retirement, she was active with
local garden clubs, the Toomsboro Methodist Church
and NARFE.
She is survived by her son, Philip and grandson
David Hadarits of Augusta, GA; a brother, William
R. Dixon od Sarasota, FL, and a sister, Hilda D.
Harrold of Safety Harbor, FL.

Ruth (Masis) HIatchett, 65, was born in Chicago,
Illinois. She met and married George Hatchett,
Balboa High School Class of 1947, in San Diego,
CA, in 1951. She passed away September 6, 1996, at
home in Incline Village, NV. Services were held in
Reno, NV, and she was buried in San Diego. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
She is survived by her loving husband, George;
and four sons, Steve and Jim of Boise, ID, and Mike
and David of Lake Tahoe, NV.

Alfred (Wayne) Henderson, 71, of Sunny Hills,
Florida, died August 1, 1996 at his home following
a brief illness. He was born in Pensacola, FL, and
retired from the Electrical Division in 1980 with over
36 years of service as a telecommunications engineer.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Balboa and
moved to Dothan, AL, for several years. He was an
active member of the Sunny Hills Volunteer Fire
Department and was a resident of Sunny Hills for
the past six years.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Sunny Hills;
four sons, Ronnie D. of Pensacola, James R. of
Chipley, Charles D. Stallings of Texas, and Jeff E. of
Kentucky; a daughter, Dianne Wiley of Orlando, FL;
a sister, Marie of Winter Haven; several grandsons
and granddaughters.

Agnes "Pete" Johnson, 92, passed away on
October 3, 1996 in Plantation, Florida. She was born
in Round Grove, IL, on July 24, 1902. She was the
oldest of four children of Berger and Sigrid Peterson
who were both natives of Sweden. She grew up in
Tampico, IL, where one of her playmates was
Ronald Reagan, later to become President of the
United States. The family moved to Herman, MN,
and later to Milltown, WI.
Pete graduated from teachers college at St.
Cloud, MN. She taught school and was a school
principal in Aurora, IL. She took a teaching job in
the Panama Canal Zone where she met her husband,
F. R. (Bob) Johnson. She developed an interest in
art and attended Columbia University where she

received a master's degree in art. She was also a
member of the InterAmerican Women's Club of
Panama and the Panama Canal Branch of the
National League of American Pen Women, Inc.
The Johnsons retired from the Canal Zone to
Plantation in 1972. Pete became active in the
Plantation Women's Club, the Plantation United
Methodist Church, and the Plantation Art Guild. She
continued her teaching of art to private students.
They moved to Covenant Village in 1985 where she
organized the "Little Gallery" to display the work of
village artists. Her husband Bob died in 1990 and
she moved to the Palm Villa assisted living facility at
Covenant Village later that year.
She is survived by her sister, Emma Solenberger,
of Prairie Village, KS, and two nephews, David
Solenberger of Prairie Village and John Sanford of
Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her
brother, Oscar Peterson of Frederic, WI, and her
sister, Esther Sanford of Milltown, WI.

Murray Klipper, 91, of Lighthouse Point, Florida,
died at home on November 15, 1996. He was born
in New York City and retired in 1967 after 27 years
of service with the Panama Canal Company, with the
Electrical Division and the Contracts and Inspection
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Florence,
of Lighthouse Point; a daughter, Barbara of Houston,
Texas; sons, Michael of DeLand, Florida and Robert
of San Antonio, Texas; and eight grandchildren.

Michael J. Kotalik, 66, of Anchorage, Alaska,
died March 22, 1996 at Mile 96.8 of the Parks
Highway, as a result of an automobile accident. He
was born in Elkins Park, Pa. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1948 and joined the Air
Force, then moved to Anchorage in 1965. He retired
from the Air Force after 20 years of service in 1968,
and then worked for ITT Arctic Services as an
inventory specialist for eight years, then with Alyeska
Pipeline Co. for 16 years. He retired in July 1993.
At the time of his death Mr. Kotalik and his sons
were building their retirement home in Trapper
Creek. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic
Church and Anchorage RE-ACT. He was also a
member of the Knights of Columbus and the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. He enjoyed the "Good
Sam" RV Club, reading and playing pinochle.
He is survived by his wife, Rose of Anchorage;
a daughter, Debby and a son, Mark, both of
Anchorage; a son, David of Trapper Creek; a
daughter and son-in-law Marie and Sonny Bakker of
Anchorage; sisters Helen Barrett of Jacksonville, Fl.,
Theresa Anna Collins of St. Petersburg, Fl., Rita
Washabaugh of Sheffield, Pa., and Sue Graham of
Kerrville, Tx.; sister-in-law Carmen Kotalik of El
Paso, Tx.; many nieces and nephews and his faithful
dog, Annie.

Richard E. Kresge, 65, of Savannah, Georgia,
died May 15, 1996. He was born in Scranton, PA,
and went to the Canal Zone with the military. He
retired from the Gatun Locks Division in July, 1980
with over 31 years of government service.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Kresge)
Gillespie of West Barnstable, MA; sons, Richard A.
of Warminster, PA, and John E. of Athens, GA.

Milton "Mike" LaCroix, 82, of Merritt Island,
Florida, and a retired Civil Service employee of the
Panama Canal Company, passed away on August 12,
1996 at home. He was born in Chicago, IL, and
went to Panama in 1943. After 30 years of service as
a diesel mechanic, he retired from the P.C.C. in 1973
and moved to Merritt Island. He was a lifetime
member of BPOE Elks Lodge 1542 and was Past
Grand Exalted Ruler, and Past District Deputy of
that lodge. The Governor of the Panama Canal
awarded him the Silver Honorary Public Service
Award for his service and commitment to the
community throughout his 30 years in the Canal
Zone. He was President of the Margarita Recreation
Assoc. for 2 years and was very active in Scouting at
all levels and assisted in the annual Ocean to Ocean
Cayuco Race for many years. He was also a member
of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Merritt Island. He
loved to fish, hunt, golf and dance.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy LaCroix of
Merritt Island; a son, Michael of Des Plaines, IL; a
daughter, Carol Hamilton of Merritt Island; two
grandsons and one granddaughter.

Raymond P. Laverty Jr., 64, of Odessa, Florida,
died December 6, 1996 of cancer. Local services were
held December 10. Mr. Laverty retired in July, 1995
from the Panama Canal Commission as Deputy
Administrator with over 38 years of government
service. He served as Deputy Administrator since
September 1990. On behalf of the President of the
United States, Administrator Guardia and Chairman
Reeder accepted his announced retirement with
regret, noting Laverty's immeasurable contributions to
the United States and Panama in the form of
"selfless service to the Canal". Laverty was also the
Guest Speaker at the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in 1993. He received the Department of the
Army's Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service,
an award the highest of its kind issued by the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Marilynn, of Odessa,
and three children, Bryan E. and Michael A. of
Tampa, and Kathleen A. of Odessa.

Bernice Jean Leber, wife of the former Canal
Zone Governor Walter P. Leber, died September 26,
1996 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart,
Florida. A native of New Castle, PA, she was active
for several years in the Officers' Wives Club for the
U.S. Corps of Engineers and served as president of
the organization in 1960. She was also involved in
other community affairs, in addition to enjoying bird-
watching, gardening and dress styling. Her husband,
a retired Army lieutenant general, served as Canal
Zone lieutenant governor from 1961 to 1963 and as
governor from 1967 to 1971. Prior to her death, Mrs.
Leber had been a resident of Stuart for some 22
years and was a member of the Episcopal Church of
the Advent in Palm City, FL.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Randolph
F.; a daughter, Bonnie G. Dehlinger; a brother,
George Palus; and five grandchildren. Another son,
Philip Kevin Leber, predeceased her.

Donald C. Lewis died August 19, 1996, at his
residence in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He was born in Ohio, and went to the Canal
Zone in 1951 where he was employed in the

Customs Division for over 22 years.
He was an all-around athlete in high school.
After school he played semi-pro baseball and was an
accomplished tennis player. He was also a member
of the Steubenville Little Theater, as well as a
performer in minstrel shows.
He was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, the Elks, the Presbyterian Church,
the U.S.A. Baseball Association, and the U.S. Tennis
He is survived by a son, Don Eugene Lewis, of
Livoro, Italy.

Susan M. Magee, 95, of San Marcos, California,
died March 4, 1996. She was born July 19, 1900, in
New York City to Margaret Breheney Allen and
William J. Allen, a Roosevelt Medal holder. In 1912
Sue moved with her family to the Canal Zone to
join her father, who had preceded them to the
Isthmus to work with the Panama Canal. She
attended schools in the Canal Zone. After attending
business college in New York, she returned to the
Zone where she met and married Charles F. "Mugsy"
Magee in 1927. Sue was employed in the Accounting
Division in Balboa for many years, and left the
Canal Zone for the United States in 1956 when
"Mugsy" retired. They lived in the Boston area for
years where Sue continued to work for the U.S.
Government until her retirement in 1964. In 1982
they relocated to Arkansas where Sue was preceded
in death by "Mugsy" in January 1983. She was also
preceded in death by a son, William Allen Magee, in
1936. Since 1989 Sue resided in San Marcos, CA.
She is survived by her children, Mary Margaret
(Peggy) Keller of Rogers, AR; Charles F. Magee, Jr.,
of Pembroke Pines, FL; Anne C. Severy of
Oceanside, CA; John J. Magee of Oceanside, CA;
and Suzanne M. Allen of Northridge, CA. She also
leaves eight grandchildren and three great-
Other survivors include a brother, William B.
Allen of Dunedin, FL; and sisters, Marian (Dolly)
Steiner of Seal Beach, CA, and Edna Slusher of
Pensacola, FL.

Betty Sutherland Malstrom, class of BHS 1940,
died in McHenry, Illinois, on November 12, 1996
after a long illness. Her husband, Bob, predeceased
her. She is survived by six children and her sister,
Mary Jane McClellan.

Rosemary (Dignam) Martinez, 73, of San Juan,
Puerto Rico, died unexpectedly in her sleep at home
in the early hours of September 26, 1996. Her family
moved from Ohio to the Canal Zone in 1928 and
she lived mostly on the Atlantic side. She transferred
from the Panama Canal Dredging Division to the
Veterans Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
in October 1970 and retired in 1978 with 39 years of
government service. Rosemary had her mitral valve
replaced by Dr. Cooley in Houston in 1978. After
retirement, golf and especially bridge were her
pastimes. On September 19th she accompanied her
husband to a Scottish Rite meeting in Denver, CO,
where she fell, fracturing her left ankle and heel
and returned to San Juan. She passed away shortly

She is survived by her daughter from a previous
marriage, Rosemary (Reardon) Lacomba of St.
Petersburg, FL; a sister, Mary D. Brzezinski of San
Antonio, TX; and her husband, Joseph L. Martinez
of San Juan, PR.

Angus O. Matheney, 76, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died October 9, 1996. He was born in
Colon, Republic of Panama, attended schools in the
Canal Zone, and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1939. After service in the U.S. Navy during
WWII, he worked on the Canal Zone and in
Panama with a family business. He later worked as
construction engineer on projects in Canada, the
Navajo Reservation, Sinai Peninsula and Saudi
Arabia. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and the B.P.O.Elks Club of St.
Petersburg, FL.
Survivors include his wife, Martha of St.
Petersburg; daughter, Ellen (Matheney) Major; a son,
Grover and five grandchildren, all of Rep. of

Dr. Robert G. Matheney, 78, of Sun City,
Arizona, died September 18, 1996. He went to the
Canal Zone at the age of 6 months, attended Canal
Zone schools and graduated from BHS. In 1943 he
graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree
in veterinary medicine and in 1958 earned a post-
doctoral master's degree magna cum laude in public
health from the graduate school of the University of
Michigan. Dr. Matheney was Chief, Division of
Veterinary Medicine, Canal Zone Health Bureau. He
retired in 1979 after 36 years of service when he and
his wife settled in Sun City, AZ. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; nephew,
Grover Matheney, and niece, Ellen (Matheney)

Elizabeth A. McNevin, 86, of Bennington,
Vermont, died February 8, 1996. She was born in
Lexington, VA, and attended Florida College for
Women, Tallahassee, FL, and New York University.
She went to the Canal Zone in 1944 and left in
1972 where she had been a kindergarten, first grade,
and special education teacher. She was a member of
the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her only son,
She is survived by a sister, Josephine Withers,
Manchester, VT; and a brother, Dr. Robert Witkens,
Tampa, FL.

Carl Russell Meissner, 63, of Satellite Beach,
Florida, and Acton, Maine, died July 30, 1996, in
Acton. Born in San Francisco, CA, Carl moved at an
early age with his parents to the Panama Canal
Zone. His father was the late Russell C. Meissner
who retired from the Panama Canal in 1971.
After graduating from Balboa High School, he
served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, two of
which were in Saudi Arabia. He then returned to the
Canal Zone to serve an apprenticeship with the
Panama Canal Company. He retired as General
Foreman of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Department for the Zone.
After his retirement, Carl moved to Satellite
Beach, FL, where he worked for several years for
Johnson Controls at the Kennedy Space Center.
He is survived by his mother, Kathryn Meissner
of Hayes, VA; Julie Mazzacane of Satellite Beach,
FL; one daughter, Denise L. Collins of Charleston,
SC; three sons, Carl R. (Rusty) Meissner, Jr., of
Hayes, VA, Kurt L. Meissner of Altus, OK, and
Brian P. Meissner of Clearwater, FL; one sister,
Adele Meissner of Tampa, FL; and seven

Maxine Curtis Meyers, 78, passed away at home
in Chesterfield, Illinois of heart failure on September
23, 1996. She was born in Corinna, ME, graduating
from the University of Rhode Island and the
Columbia University School of Nursing. She enjoyed
living in the Canal Zone for many years and was a
nursing service supervisor at Gorgas Hospital before
retiring. She was the widow of James R. Meyers,
also of the Canal Zone and Chesterfield, and was
first married to George T. FitzGerald, Sr., currently
of Dunnellon, FL. She was a member of the Society,
the Polk Township Home Extension Association and
a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She will be greatly missed by her three sons and
their wives, Curtis and Mardette FitzGerald of
Lexington Park, MD, George and Joy FitzGerald of
Austin, TX, and John and Jeanne FitzGerald of
Auburn, CA; stepchildren Sue Hutton, Beverly
VanGaabeck and James Meyers, Jr., all of Miami,
FL, and fourteen grandchildren.

Nellie Charlotte Mounts, 86, of Kansas City,
Missouri, died October 20, 1996.
Mrs. Mounts was born in Blackwater, MO. She
worked as a finisher for Hartzfields, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of the Worldwide Church of
God, and a former member of the O.E.S.
She was married to Fred Mounts, who retired in
December 1964 from the Canal Zone Government.
She is survived by her husband; a son, William
Mounts, Washington, DC; a daughter, Carolyn
McLeod, Raymore, MO; a sister, Ruby Hampton,
Cameron, MO; and four grandchildren.

Review Board. He was a member of the St. Simon
and Jude Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; sons Marcos
D. Ostrander, Jeffrey, George and John Slaughter,
and Michael Alexander; daughter Kimberlee Coblentz;
and sister, Lucille Pilz; brother, John T. and twelve
grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cornelius J. O'Sullivan, 83, of Dothan, Alabama,
died February 27, 1996 at home. He was born in
North Dakota and came to the Panama Canal in
1944 where he was employed at the Balboa
Commissary as a supply division manager until he
retired in 1974. He was a member of St. Columba
Catholic Church in Dothan, and the Canal Zone
Elks Lodge 1414.
Survivors include his wife, Frances H. O'Sullivan;
a daughter, Tami Chalker, Dothan; a sister, Leone
Morey, San Diego, CA, a grandchild, three great-
grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.

Henry "Hank" Calvin Poole, 77, of Chula Vista,
California, died August 22, 1996 at La Mesa
Community Convalescent Hospital of complications
from diabetes. He was born in Colon, and attended
grade schools in Cristobal and Balboa and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1938. He was editor of
the Zonian for his graduating class, then went to
Canal Zone Junior College. He worked for the Canal
but took leave of absence from June 1941 until
September 1942 when he toured with the U.S. Good
Will Swimming Team throughout Central and South
America. During the summer of 1944 he visited
Costa Rica where he met and married his wife. He
retired from the Canal Zone in 1956 as a Customs
Inspector and moved his family to Chula Vista,
where he worked for Rohr Corporation as an aircraft
parts quality assurance inspector until retiring again
in 1985.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mercedes,
and a son, John; four granddaughters, Jennifer,
Christine, Sarah and Teresa of La Mesa, CA; and
two brothers, William R. (Bill) and John H. (Jack)
of Lansdowne, PA.

Frank L. Ostrander, 80, of The Woodlands,
Texas, died May 25, 1996 after a brief illness at The
Woodlands Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of
the University of Miami and immediately joined Pan
American World Airways. He returned to Panama in
1952 and later joined the Panama Canal Company
from where he retired in 1979 from the Supply
Division and settled in The Woodlands where he was
associated with many clubs and associations. In
Panama, he began a long and distinguished career in
community service, receiving many awards from the
Rotary International, Life Member of the U.S. Navy
League, member of the Canal Zone Council, Boy
Scouts of America and participated, in many
automobile races, becoming President of the Isthmian
Autosport Association. He was also charter president
of Panama West Rotary Club. After retirement, he
followed his community service becoming president of
Grogan's Mill Village Association and was associated
with many of The Woodlands' clubs and served on
the Board of the Montgomery County Appraisal

Dorothy (Straus) Moore Romeyn, 67, passed away
October 5, 1996 at her home in Medford, Oregon.
A graduate of BHS Class of 1947, she worked in
Payroll at the 15th Naval District before leaving the
Canal Zone in 1956. During World War II, she
performed with the Madge Locke Dance Troup USO
shows in Panama and Costa Rica. She worked in
Payroll in Capitol Records in Los Angeles and
retired from Aramark, Burbank, CA, before moving
to Bedford, OR, in 1994. She was a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and a
volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center in Medford.
She was predeceased by her father, Robert J. Straus
in 1977.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; two
daughters, Mary Burleson and Katherine Deppe, both
of Simi Valley, a son, T/Sgt Clifford Moore of
Abilene, TX; her mother, Ruth Straus of Burbank;
sisters Mary Hollowell of Dothan, AL, Margaret
Edwards of Burbank, and Ida Gifford of Orem, UT;
six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Cemetery needs help finding persons

with reserved plots

The Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial is running out of space for burial plots. The
American Battle Monuments Commission has attempted to contact holders of reserved plots to
determine if any of the plots may be released, but has not been successful in reaching the
individuals named on the reservation list appearing below. The full names of the individuals
concerned are shown when available; in other cases, only the last names or the last name and
an initial are indicated.
Anyone who may have information about someone appearing on the list is requested to contact
the American Battle Monuments Commission by calling (Panama 507) 285-5050; sending a facsimile
(FAX) to (Panama 507) 285-5016; or by writing to PSC 04 Unit 1331, APO AA 34004. The
information can also be forwarded through the Panama Canal Commission from Panama by calling
Pablo Prieto at 272-7520 or Tom Pierce at 272-7757. Prieto and Price may be contacted TOLL
FREE from the United States by calling 1-800-622-2625 and requesting extensions 7520 and 7757
when the PCC Operator answers.

BERRY, Michael J.
BOWEN, Carol L.
BRADY, William W.E.
BROWN, Judith
CRITCH, Victoria
GROTE, Janthia M.
HARE, John W.
HARE, John W.

KIRKLAND, Mercedes
KRAMER, Nicholas
LAWSON, William H.
LEWIS, Ronald J.
MAY, Dorothy B.
McCOY, William S.
MIRANDA, Mercedes
OHMAN, Beatriz
OURADA, Isabel P. de
PITTMAN, Maryilynn
POWELL, Lucilla A.
QUINN, Berta

RiOS, Sabina
SEXTON, Mathilda K.
SMALL, Edward A.
SPENCER, Leslie M.
SUISMAN, Dolores E.
THORNTON, Manford L.
THORNTON, Manford L.
THORNTON, Manford L.
TROWER, Rudolph N.
WRIGHT, Clarita A.S.

Adelaide "Cindy" (Monaco) Seldon, 75, of
Panama, R.P. died 29 November, 1996 at Paitilla
Hospital, Panama of complications. She was the
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pete Monaco, and
was a former resident of Balboa and Panama City,
Florida. She worked in the Administration Building
and retired from the Treasurer's Office in Ancon.
She was the widow of the late Lou Seldon who
retired in 1972 as an electrician from the Electrical
She is survived by three children, Louis, of Coral
Springs, Fl., Barry, of Richardson, Tx., and Debbie
Blackman, of Centersville, Ga.; two grandchildren,
Crystal of Panama City, Fl., and Michael of
Richardson, Tx.

Marie Mitchell Shaw, 69, of Dallas, Texas, died
September 24, 1996 in Roanoke, Virginia, due to
cardiac arrest. She went to the Canal Zone in 1966
and lived there until 1989 when her husband, Bill,
retired from the Meteorological and Hydrologic
Branch. She lived the last seven years in Dallas
enjoying her home and family. She was an active
participant in the John Calvin Presbyterian Church
and the Sparkman Community Club; a private piano
teacher; served in the Canal Zone Girl Scout
Council, and is remembered by family and friends for
her bravery in the face of adversity, loving kindness
in everything, her passion for all music and her
multiple home-making accomplishments.
While her husband Bill, her son, Karl and her
daughter Beth Bird, will miss her, we know that she
is at rest with God, deserving of his loving kindness.

Virginia Smart, 88, died October 9, 1996, at
Aiken Regional Medical Center. She was the widow
of Frank Smart and they lived on the Atlantic side
in the late 1920s, where Frank worked for the Post
Office and Coca Cola. She is survived by her
daughter, Beverly Lard of Aiken who was born in
the Canal Zone, her son-in-law Oscar Lard, a
grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Col. Sherwood J. Stacy, 92, of Boone, North
Carolina, died July 23, 1996 at Watauga Medical
Center in Boone. He was born in Marion, Ohio and
received his civil engineering degree from Bethel
College. He was with the Wyoming State Highway
Department from 1925 to 1940, after which he was
employed by the Panama Canal Company for the
Third Locks project. Shortly thereafter, he entered
active military duty with the Corps of Engineers, U.S.
Army Caribbean Command and retired from active
duty as a colonel in 1963. He was a registered land
surveyor and professional engineer in Wyoming; a
member of the American Society of Civil Engineers;
life member of Darien Masonic Lodge an Abou
Saad Shrine and was a 32* Mason.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Horine
of Boone, a son, Everett S. of Cocoa, FL; a sister,
Geraldine Selby of Fallbrook, CA; six grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.

John (Jack) Marshall Stuart of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died September 9, 1996 at Palm Gardens
Health Care after a long illness, Born in Brooklyn,
NY, he went to the Canal Zone in 1953 where he
retired as a Pilot in 1979 with over 28 years of
service. He was a member of St. Lukes Cathedral;
was a coach in Little League Baseball, Past President
and Honorary member of the Panama Canal Pilot's
Association; Darien Masonic Lodge, Abou Saad
Shrine Temple; Royal Order of Jesters; Balboa Yacht
Club; Elks Club and Alumni Association of Maritime
College of New York.
He is survived by his wife, Tove (Judy); three
children, Janet, John Jr., Sally and four
grandchildren, David and Lindsay Willingham, and
Jared and Natalie Selles.

Alice E. Suisman, 91, died November 10, 1996,
in her Sun City Center, FL, home where she had
lived since 1979.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, she moved to the
Panama Canal Zone in 1941 and lived there for 38
years. She worked for the Canal Zone Government's
health Bureau antil her retirement.
The widow of Benjamin Suisman, a long-time
Canal employee, she is survived by her son, Robert,
and daughters, Dolores and Eileen, all of Sun City
She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic

Herbert F. Take, 88, of Fairhope, Alabama, died
August 4, 1996 of cancer at the Veterans Home
following several operations. He was a member of
Fairhope United Methodist Church, the V.F.W., the
American Legion, Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner.
He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Taake, of
Fairhope, formerly a Schools Division employee.

Lottie Tinnin, 94, died July 8, 1996 and was
buried in Grand Cane, Louisiana. She was the widow
of the late Harold Tinnin who worked with the
Supply Division of the Panama Canal Company and
retired in September 1964 with over 27 years of
She is survived by a sister, Jean Courtney of
Grand Cane, LA.

Billie B. Turner, 77, of Phoenix, died October
17, 1996. She was born in Donna, TX, and lived in
Panama, Massachusetts and Kentucky. She lived in
Dallas 30 years with her husband, Menzies, until he
died in 1991, when she moved to Phoenix. She is
survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and
Roger McCurley; six grandchildren, two great-
grandchildren and many friends and relatives.

Vida Cameron Weeks, 89, passed away January
31, 1996, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She came to
the Canal Zone in October 1945 and worked for
IAGS, USAF and the U.S. Army in Ft. Clayton for
many years. She and her husband, Homer Mercon
Weeks (who died in 1986), retired to Lufkin, TX,
where they were active in the Great Books Group
and St. Ciprians Episcopal Church. Mrs. Weeks
received a certificate of recognition for her
organizing of the area's Aging Committee, which
went on to include many activities.
She was born in Rockland, TX, in 1906 and is
survived by son, Mercon A. Weeks, of Mobile, AL,
and Vida Weeks Roth of San Pedro Sula, Honduras,
four grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Malcolm Ross Wheeler, 81, of San Diego,
California, died on June 26, 1996. He never fully
recovered following major surgery at the Mayo Clinic
in March 1995. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone
and graduated from Cristobal High School. After
serving in the Navy during WWII, he returned to
the C.Z. to work for the Panama Canal Company.
He retired from the Office of the Comptroller where
he was an auditor in 1971. An avid sportsman, he
was well known on the Isthmus for his proficiency in
tennis and golf, winning numerous trophies as well
as a tennis scholarship to the University of Texas.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years,
Faye; a son, Malcolm Edward of Denver, CO; a
daughter, Dolores of San Antonio, TX; three
brothers, Bill, Edward and Robert; a sister, Rhoda
Ann; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and

Philip F. Whitney, 78, a retired marine traffic
controller, died October 25, 1996, at home.
Mr. Whitney was born in Rochester, NY, and
came to Brevard County in 1975 from the Panama
Canal Zone, where he lived and worked for 30 years.
He was a long-time member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Whitney of
Titusville; daughter, Katherine Whitney of California;
stepdaughters, Sandra Christofferson of Titusville and
Charlene Brocie of the Republic of Panama;
stepsons, James Bowen of Eagan, MN, and Kevin
Bowen of Titusville, and nine step-grandchildren.

Ewald A. Wiberg, Jr., 77, passed away August 5,
1996. He came to the Canal Zone in 1942 while in
the Army and was instrumental in creating the
Armed Forces Radio Station, and was one of their
first disk jockeys. Upon discharge he went home to
Brooklyn, NY, but returned to the Canal Zone in
1948 as an employee of the Electronics Section and
retired in 1974 as the Supervisor of that department.
He was active in Little League, United Fund and
was active in Scouting in Margarita. He was also a
member of the Union Church in Margarita and the
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Balboa. Since
retirement he lived in Margate, FL, and traveled
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Georgette;
sons Ewald III (BHS'64), and Kenneth (BHS'70); two
grandsons, Ewald IV (Ned) and Tyler, both students
at Clemson University, SC.

Earl Walton Wrenn, 79, of Springdale, Arkansas,
died August 31, 1996 at Northwest Medical Center
in Springdale. He was born in Scottsbluff, NE, and
retired from the Fire Division of the Panama Canal
Company in January 1976 with over 32 years of
service. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal
Church in Springdale; Gatun Lodge AF&AM of
Panama; Martha Chapter 215, OES, of Rogers, AR.;
Abou Saad Shrine Temple of Panama; Royal Order
of Jesters, Court 18 of Panama; Northwest Arkansas
Shrine Club, NARFE and BPOE Lodge 1542 of
Balboa, Panama, and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Maxine, of
the home; two sons, Dr. Christopher Wrenn of Tyler,
TX, and Dr. Keith Wrenn of Brentwood, TN; a
brother, Cecil Wrenn of Tacoma, WA; and six

Letters to the Editor

Front L-R: Carolyn Johnson, Faith Brundage, Sugar DiRoma, Jay Cain, Helen Ethridge, Muriel Whitman, Mary
Lou Lang, Myrtle Hughes, Dorothy Yocum, Peggy Booth, Mary Parker. Back L-R: Horacio Alvarez, Rosa
Alvarez, Robert Johnson, Robert Haywood, Bonnie Haywood, Betty Brendel, John Haywood, Frances
Haywood, John Whitman, Carol Masino, Peter Lang, Robert Adams, Mary Carey, John Carey, Ernest Yocum,
Jack Carey, Grace Carey, Olga Disharoon, Jim Parker.


The 21/2 hour flight from Tampa seemed much
shorter when we saw the walls of Morro Castle. Our
arrival in San Juan, where our ship waited for our
cruise from November 2 to 9, was just minutes away.
Those taking part in our adventure were all
those pictured, plus Kim Hughes, Avanell Graddy,
and Lois Carastro. Those unable to go because of
illness were Fred and Jean Kirk, and Betty Malone.
Our ports of call were all warm and friendly. St.
Thomas was noisy, crowded and full of commercial
activity. Pointe a Pitre, capitol of Guadaluope was an
enormous traffic jam, but people were friendly.
Grenada was lush, tropical and fragrant with the
aroma of flowers and spices one of our favorite
islands and full of history. The ride to Grand Etang,
a lake in the crater of an extinct volcano was

exhilarating and 10 cooler than the city below. Our
driver was knowledgeable, friendly and had the
reflexes of a stunt pilot. Aruba is a shoppers
paradise, with a sense of order and security that
makes you feel comfortable.
Dorothy and Ernest Yocum wanted to expand
their trip and went to Caracas, Venezuela, where
they saw a confrontation between the police and a
group of demonstrators. Some shots were exchanged
and several demonstrators were arrested. The tour
ended there and a bus returned the group of
travelers back to La Guaira, where our ship was
docked. The Yocums were shaken by the experience
and were glad to return to the ship.
The weather was perfect on this cruise and our
traveling companions made it one that we will always
remember. As for our next adventure Costa Rica?
Muriel Whitman

Kneeling L-R: Larry Chambers, Marje Foster, Judy Hooper, Pete Foster, Peggy Pruitt, Dave Stevenson. Standing
1st row, L-R: Jane Huldtquist, Vera Ryan. 2nd row: Mary Urey, Gloria Bearden, Buddy Williams, Harriett
Wollmers, Lou Hunt, Bev Williams, Betty Snow, June Stevenson, Patsy Rice, Tommie Lou Horter, Betty
Forgeson, Jo Attia, Fran Brassey. Back row: Harry Foster, Jacque Clements, George Wollmers, Burley Pruitt,
Harry Chan, Jim O'Donnell, Bob Herrington, Thelma Chan, Dot Herrington. Not Shown: Shirley Boswell, Bill
and Gretchen Warren, BJ and Evelyn Brady.

Departing early on October 22, 1996, a group of
34 Zonian Amigos flew into Springfield, MO, to
begin what was to become one of their most
unforgettable tours arranged by Pete and Marje
The group boarded the Zonian Amigos private
motorcoach to begin six days of Branson's fabulous
shows. Upon arriving at Branson's Knights Inn with
its marquee welcoming the Zonian Amigos, the group
began six days of twelve entertaining shows starting
with Wayne Newton and including Bobby Vinton,
the Braschlers, Andy Williams, Shoji Tabuchi, Yakov
Smirnoff, the Osmond Family, Tony Orlando, Doug
Gabriel, Lawrence Welk, Jim Stafford and Anita
Bryant. In addition to the twelve outstanding shows,
the tour included their lodging, all sit-down dinners
and a Branson area tour with views of the
breathtaking fall foliage.
An optional tour for the group was a scenic ride
into the beautiful surrounding mountain and lake on
an amphibious WWII "Duck.
Upon departing Branson for their trip home, the
group insisted on doing it again--they wanted a
return tour in 1997 to see the spectacular Branson
Christmas shows. As a result, Pete has arranged
another Zonian Amigos six-night Holiday Season
Branson Tour during November 1997.
Pete Foster
Zonian Amigos Coordinator


Charlie French (BHS'59)
Charlie French, (BHS'59) played in the USGA
Senior Amateur Championship at the Taconic Golf
Club in Williamstown, Mass. on September 14-15.
Charlie was one of 156 qualifiers to make into the
championship field from an original 2,500 hopefuls
from around the country. His 71 was the medalist
score at the regional qualifier in Vermont. Charlie
was the only Vermonter to qualify. His score of 160
(79-81) did not make it into the match play portion
of the championship but he ranks the experience as
the highlight of his golfing life.
Lew French (BHS'63)

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Violet Deakins of Titusville, Florida, with daughter-in-
law Joella Deakins of Rockledge, Florida, who is
wearing a Pollera that Violet made.

L-R: Terry Deakins, Sonja Haynes, Randy Deakins
at Space Coast Picnic.

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Kibby (Adrien) Bouche stands under his son's name
town, which he ran into on one of his many trips out
West. His son spells it Adrian.

L-R: Dr. Noel McGinn and wife, Mary Lou in center,
then brother Bill McGinn (former CHS Student
Councel Prez o/a 1948) and wife Gloria (Ives) of
Balboa. Brother Charlie McGinn took photo, married
to Jean (White) of Gamboa. Dr. Noel, last to retire of
the four McGinn boys (Gatun) gave his Godbye Mr.
Chips farewell address at the Harvard Faculty Club,
June '96. He was a well-liked psychology professor and
was active in the development of education and
training capability around the world.


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L-R: Bill and Jean Muller, Pansy Crawford, Donna
and Robert Legg, Allen Muller. Missing from foto:
Grandmother Peggy Muller and Robert's father,
"Chuck" Legg.

Copperas Cove, Texas, was the scene as five
generations gathered together to meet the newest
family member. Allen Muller's daughter Donna Legg
introduced her son, Robert Legg, to great-
grandparents Bill and Jean Muller of Ocala, FL, and
great-great-grandmother Pansy Crawford of Cameron,


On November 2, 1996, the Davis clan held a
private 75th birthday anniversary celebration for their
mother, Dorothy Hinds Davis, at the Palo Alto
Holiday Inn.
Attending the celebration were daughter, Dottie
McCloskey from San Jose, CA; son, retired Lt. Col.
Homer L Davis III, Mrs. Roz Davis, and grandson
Richard Davis, all from Cupertino, CA;
granddaughter Kim McCloskey and great-
granddaughter Samantha Serpa from Freemont, CA;
grandson John A. McCloskey and family from
oodside, CA. Daughter Valerie Davis flew in from
Globe, AZ, to join the festivities.
Later in the day, an Open House was held at
the Homer Davis' estate in Menlo Park for friends
and neighbors.
Dottie McCloskey
San Jose, CA


On Saturday, October 12, 1996, Margaret Knapp
and Ray Burda put together a picnic at Piedmont
Park in Atlanta for a very special group of "Zonians"
and friends.. We couldn't have ordered a more
perfect day, as it was 65 degrees and the sky was
"baby eye blue". We ate, played frisbee and shared
a lot of stories, old and new. Ted and Jacque Arias
were on vacation and up visiting Ray Burda. They
are getting their new home ready in Dothan for the
move in January, when Ted retires. Jorge Arias was
up from Brazil for a seminar at the CDC and
decided to drop by. He looks great and loves Brazil.
Louise Hunt was up visiting Anne Rathgeber.
Everyone looked great and life is certainly agreeing
with them in the States.

First Annual Panama Canal Picnic. Back L-R: Ted and
Jacque (Hunt) Arias, Anne (Carpenter) Rathgeber,
Patty (Albritton) Henson, Carol and Bill Arnold,
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt. Front L-R: Daron Fox, Trey
Arias, George Arias, Kim Thompson, Margaret
Knapp. Foto by Ray Burda.
We want to thank everyone for coming out for
a beautiful and fun day and those of you who
missed it, well, maybe you can come next year.
Those attending in addition to those mentioned
under the picture were Minnie Mouse, Camille
Hendricks Bassett, Larry Harrington, Terry Hunt
Rhodes, Michael Watkins, Jennifer Watkins, Brian
Zweifel, Richard and Olga Phillips.

A group of Gold Coast Zonians gathered in
Lighthouse Point, FL, over Labor Day weekend to
celebrate a golden moment -- the marriage of D and
Terry LaPorta.

D LaPorta (third from left) with the Panamanian
Squash Team in El Salvador.

Front, L-R: Chris, Brittany and Samantha Wilder,
Kelly and Wendy Alexaitis. First row L-R: Cathy and
Tom Wilder, Terry and D LaPorta, Teddy "Mom"
Parker, Roderick Snyder. Second row L-R: Donna
Ender, Stacy DeRaps, Holly Coe, Tom Finneman,
Rich Bradford, Cheryl Alexaitis, Betty Frassrand,
Scott Parker (check the feet). Back L-R: Joe Ender,
Brian DeRaps, Charlene and Richie Murphy, Tim
Allen, Winship Dowell, Paul Alexaitis.
The home of Jimmy McCarrick was the host
residence where he and his roommates, Scott Parker
and Tom Finneman, hosted the festive weekend.
Situated on the inter-coastal waterway, it was a
perfect setting for reminiscing of days gone by and
for the making of new memories.
Scott Parker put on his Chefs cap and created
some delectable dishes including fried yucca,
plantains, empanadas and, to top it off, managed to
get some Ron Cortez flown in for the occasion.
The weekend was also the site for the first
annual Lighthouse Point Invitational Tennis
Tournament. This year's main event featured Winship
Dowell and D. LaPorta pairing off against Tom
Finneman and Roderick Snyder. Tom, although
handicapped with a broken wrist from a previous
sporting event, was able to hold his own for his
team but was indeed, again, our only casualty -
having run into the fence in an attempt to return a
deep lob from the opposing team.
A wonderful time was had by all and it was
again difficult to leave old friends after yet another
memorable Zonian weekend.

Anne Rathgeber
Jonesboro, GA

Betty Frassrand
Dade City, FL

Front, L-R: Lisa Moffett, Lavi Sheppard-Moran, Paul
Froude. Back L-R: Sam Fowler, Sheila Fonken,
Jaquie Lavallee.

A Zonian reunion from the BHS class of '89 was
held in Seattle in August. All, except me, are living
in the Seattle area now. I was there for two family

Lisa P. Moffitt
Colorado Springs, CO

Patricia (Leach) Bjorneby and her sister Marion
(Leach) Papson had a mini-family reunion during the
recent Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando. Pat,
husband Dick, and their youngest daughter, Kristi
(Bjorneby) Vanella, drove up from their home in
Bonita Springs, FL. Marion, husband Jim, daughter
Wendy, along with Pat's oldest daughter, Jan
(Bjorneby) Krajewski, and her son Nathan drove
down from Buffalo, NY. They stayed with their aunt
Helen (Leach) Meisinger in Orlando for several days.

Back: Dick Bjorneby, Kristi (Bjorneby) Vanella,
Wendy Papson, Nathan Krajewski, Marion (Leach)
Papson, Pat (Leach) Bjorneby. Front: Jan (Bjorneby)
Pat's sons, John (Buzz) and Marc, were unable
to attend as was Marion's son, Jacob. Also attending
the mini-family reunion was Marion and Pat's cousin,
Jim Selby and his wife Jeanne from Dunwoody, GA.
Richard Bjorneby
Bonita Springs, FL

Standing L-R: Electra de Chacon, Maria de Vergara,
Bob Rosania, Gus and Nello. Seated, L-R: Vilma de
Montero, Ada de Wolf, Analida Irizarry (friend) and
Elbita Tribaldos (Gus's wife).
The Rosania gang held a long overdue reunion
from July 14-28 in Panama City, Panama.
It had been ten years since I had seen most of
them or Panama and Panama sure has grown (up)
with tall buildings everywhere. I enjoyed two weeks
in Panama and two in Quito, Ecuador where I
enjoyed the scenes and snow-capped Andes, middle
of the earth and Otavalo Tours with my sister Vilma
and her husband Cristobal Montero (retired
Bob Rosania
Longwood, FL

Mrs. Ann Slover, Past Mother Advisor, Ancon
Assembly #3, attended the closing ceremony of the
Georgia Grand Assembly, Order of the Rainbow for
Girls on July 14, 1996, Macon, GA. Also attending
were Linda Cassbery Sims, Ancon Assembly #3; and
Samantha Sims, Past Grand Worthy Advisor, Ancon
Assembly #3.

Linda Cassbery Sims, Samantha Sims, and Ann
Linda called me while I was in Seattle in June
and when Jim told me I was so surprised--after 30
years. What a good time we had talking when I got
home. She told me that Fern Morse had told her we
live here. Sharon Mills and her family also live at
Warner Robbins where Linda and her family are.
July 14th was a day I will never forget.

After I got back, I called Fern and we have
decided that it would be a great idea if Ancon
Assembly had a reunion at the PCC one in '97. If
any of "our" girls are interested, please contact Mrs.
Morse at 316 Center St., Vermillion, SD 57069-2116,
or Mrs. Ann Slover, 4954 Manassas Dr., Columbus,
GA 31909. See you there.
Ann Slover
Columbus, GA

The third annual Panama Canal Reunion held
Sunday, August 18, 1996, in Santa Rosa, CA, was a
big success. About thirty-two former Zonians as well
as some non-Zonian spouses attended. Most lived
within driving distance, some drove as far as 100
miles. We shared memories of the Canal Zone and
got caught up on all the news about old friends.
Lots of good food, including some typical
Panamanian dishes prepared by Don and Lance
Hughes, empenadas by Joan Smith, was enjoyed by


Front, L-R: Jim and Joan (Ridge) Smith, Lance and
Don Hughes, Pat Leach, Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane,
Lilia Freed, John Freed, Jim Cochrane (with
grandson Kevin), Norine (Kaufer) Crnich. Back, L-
R: Willie and Lee Doyle, Roger and Lenore Weidoff,
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco, Bobbie (Styles) Field,
Mike Young, Helen Braswell, Carline and John
Lindgren, Eleanor (Williams) Diehl, Martin
Lanfranco, Lorraine Juvet, Jerry Ridge. (Not in
photo) Louise and William Clute, Joyce Dupriest,
Bob Crnich).
When Zonians get together they don't really
need entertainment since talking and visiting are the
main activities, but one of the highlights of the
afternoon was everybody learning to do the
"Macarena", the latest dance craze led by very
capable teachers--Norine Kaufer Crnich and Joannie
Ridge Smith.
The fun went on until about 4 o'clock when
goodbyes were said and we all promised to meet
again at the fourth annual Northern California
pcmnc--same time, same place, next year.
Jane Cochrane
Santa Rosa, CA

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April 18, 1997

We took a trip to St. Clairsville, Ohio to visit
Randy's parents (Dorothy and Ralph Henderson). We
stayed with Gary Henderson, Randy's brother in
Columbus and Joey, my older son went ahead to St.
Clairsville with Dorothy and Ralph. Grandpa Ralph
put together mini-bikes for the boys which he had to
keep repairing after wrecks.
The last weekend we were there we had a big
Henderson Reunion at the 100 year-old Henderson
farm, and we landed back home in Washington.
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Joey, Chuck, Ken, Dorothy, Ralph and Randy. Front:
Shawna and John.
Shortly thereafter, John, one of my twins
accidentally got his finger cut off, helping Joey chop
wood. The paramedic found the finger and five hours
later John went into surgery where the surgeon was
able to re-attach the finger. After a period of strict
convalescense, John is now able to move his finger,
but can only move a little at the tip joint. Randy has
since built a log-splitter.
Hopefully, 1997 will be a better year for us. We
plan to visit my dad's (Bob and Marg Daisey) home
in Florida next summer.

Cheri (Daisey)

Allyn, WA

John Monson, Giles Monson, Gabe Brandenburg
and lan Monson in Paris, France.

Gabe Brandenburg (son of Hap and Beth (Lewis)
(CHS'68&69) of Riverview, FL, spent three weeks
with his aunt, Janet (Brandenburg) Monson (CHS'72)
and family in England in July/August.

Beth Brandenburg
Riverview, FL

Jerry Coffin (CHS'73) of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn,
NY, made his first visit to Panama in eighteen years.
Two great fishing trips were had with Sid Coffin
on his boat Odyssey with Gary Laatz, Wayne Seeley,
Ed Standford, Gary's brother Chuck of Memphis,
TN, and his son of Los Angeles, CA.

Jerry Coffin (CHS'73), New York City, with 25 Ib. Jack
caught in Panama, September '96.

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Capt. Sid Coffin (Gatun) with 283 Ib. Blue Marlin
caught at El Volcan reef, Panama, September '96.
Jerry Coffin
Brooklyn, NY

Having retired from all practice for several years,
I am now a Tourista Pensionada, living in San
Francisco, Panama City, Panama in the Country
Parks building.
I have not found all of the perks which have
been said to be available to former Canal Zone
personnel retiring here in Panama. My free car cost
me about $4,000 to bring to Panama (a 1993 Grand
Cherokee Jeep). Food discounts have been good, but
no one has volunteered to reduce the medical and
lawyers fees. Furniture was allowed in but the broker
fee was paid. We have found that purchasing
furniture can be cost effective, and the quality is
better for the price. Air travel is the best perk that
we have found, and the rates on tickets purchased

here are good. Immigration is a bit bureaucratic and
the Exit Visa and Pase Salvo are an unnecessary
inconvenience. Time and money are involved in
obtaining these important documents. I have property
here (my car and apartment) and I am interested in
finding out about the tax. I will endeavor to find out
how I can get copies of the law.
At any rate, Vilma and I will be glad to share
our knowledge "on moving to" and "living in" Panama
with those in the Society who are interested and who
may wish to call us if they visit Panama. We have
learned a bit through trial and error. The bottom
line is that we are very happy to be back, and the
inconveniences are worth it.

Wallace and Vilma Snyder
Phone and Fax: 507-226-8032
Apartado 672, Panama 9A, Rep. de Panama

Johnny and I enjoyed a two-week visit to
Panama with our four oldest children who live and
work in what used to be the Canal Zone. It was
really great to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary
(October 11) in the place where we were married
and brought up our family.
We could not have been treated more royally,
surrounded by our children, their children and other
family members.
Slowly we are settling in, making new friends and
learning how to get around in the town of
California, MO. There are still many large boxes in
our large garage, full of things we have lived without
since July. That fact alone leads me to believe that
many of us pack too much baggage and could get
along with far less in the way of material
Margaret Kuhn Morales
California, MO

Tom Peterson, George Tochterman, and Dave
Kelleher traveled to Green Bay, WI, in mid-October
to see the Packers defeat the San Francisco 49ers
23-20 on Monday night football. Since this was
Dave's first visit to Green Bay, he was given the
grand tour including the Packer Hall of Fame and
some of George's old hangouts.
Tom Peterson
Sarasota, FL

Tom Peterson, George

Tochterman, and Dave

Steve and Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman are still
enjoying living in Brussels, Belgium where they have
livedfor the past six years. Steve is employed as a
Civil Aviation Security Liaison Officer with the
Federal Aviation Administration and covers the
countries of Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg,
Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Steve and Mary
have three daughters, Andrea, 9, Lauren, 7, and
Kerry, 1. They love living in Europe and have really
been able to do some traveling.

Zonians living in Europe: L-R: Tom Snider, Steve
Tochterman with daughter Kerry and Ken Croft.


The Young Travelers: Lauren, Kerry and Andrea
Tochterman. Kristin, Kyle and Ryan Snider. Jamie
and Stormy Croft.
The Tochtermans were ecstatic to hear of other
Zonians living in Europe. In May they traveled to
Landstuhl, Germany, and stayed with Tom and
Evelyn (Barraza) Snider and their three children,
Kristin, 11, Kyle, 9, and Ryan, 6, for the weekend.
Everyone had a great time and on Saturday Ken and
Roseanne Croft and their two children, Jamie and
Stormy, came for dinner. The typical, gourmet
Panamanian meal of the evening was prepared by
Tom Snider. The following day the Tochtermans and
Sniders were invited to the Crofts for another typical
Latin meal prepared by Ken and Roseanne.
Mary really enjoyed seeing Ken especially since
they had grown up together in LaBoca. All the
Tochtermans, Sniders and Crofts had a great
weekend and hope to get together soon.
Steve and Mary were sad to see Steve's brother,
Gary, and Sue Tochterman and kids leave, for the
past six years, Gary, Sue, Rob and Kim had been
living in Manchester, England, but recently moved
back to Keene, NH.

After a ten-day bus tour through Greece, Marian
and Lee Kariger boarded the S/S Stella Polaris in
Piraeus (Athens, Greece) for a seven-day cruise to
Istanbul and Ephesus, Turkey, and Patmos, Greece.
In Patmos we visited the Monastery of St. John, also
the cave where St. John lived and wrote the "Book
of Revelations".

Marian and Lee Kariger aboard the Stella Polaris.
We visited several other Greek Islands including
Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. All of these islands
are very interesting and have many historical ruins of
the old cities, many of which are still being
excavated. Many of the cities date back to the 4th
century and earlier.
On Crete we visited Konossos, center of the
5000-year-old Minoan civilization, a most interesting
experience to see the ruins of the Palace, Hall of
Double Axes and the Queens Chambers. All in all,
a most interesting and educational trip.

The Karigers
Sarasota, FL

Jim O'Donnell with friends Tilly and John McTaggart.
John and Tilly McTagart dropped in on their old
friend Jim O'Donnell on their way back to Fort
Lauderdale, where daughter Darcy and granddaughter
Tiffany reside.

Steve Tochterman
Brussels, Belgium

Jim O'Donnell
St. Petrsburg, FL

Betsy Dykes Leitzes sends greeting to all old
friends. She, Jerry, and daughters Cary Estes and
Sarah Bosley were royally entertained over Christmas
by Ellen Matheney Major, Landis, Laura, and

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L-R: Landis and Ellen Major, Carey
Dykes Leitzes, Andrew Major, Bob
Major, Sarah Bosley Leitzes.


Estes, Betsy
Wood, Laura

The two-family caravan stayed at the Panamonte
reaching the summit of El Baru, enjoyed lobster
cocktail at Coronado, and swam in river pools in El
Valle. What nostalgia for "Home".
Betsy Dykes Leitzes
Irvington, NY

Hal and Dale Conway of Denton, TX, spent a
month touring Greece, cruising the Mediterranean
and finished their holiday driving the coast of Spain.
Our Canal Zone Spanish helped ask directions while
driving in Spain but we couldn't always understand
the answers. We were impressed with the fact that
the people were so eager to help us and so patient
when we didn't understand.
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Hal and Dale Conway in Athens, Greece, August,
We cruised from Athens to Barcelona on the
Marco Polo and met many wonderful people. The
food and entertainment on the ship was well above
average. We stopped at many historic and scenic
ports and even toured what might be the lost city of
Atlantis. The photo was taken in Athens, Greece -
city of a million hills to climb.

Bill and Lois Riley at the Pyramids, Egypt.
Bill Riley (BHS'52) and wife Lois went on a
three-week land and cruise tour in October. The tour
included Egypt, Jerusalem, Greece, Italy and the
Vatican. Also visited were the Leaning Tower of Pisa
and Pompeii.
William B. Riley
N. Eastham, MA

Nicholas "Nico" Pitney, son of Susan Taylor and
Lou Pitney, and his grandmother, Catsy Taylor
Schafer of San Diego, California, spent a week in
August 1996 on the S.S. Rotterdam of the Holland
American Line, cruising the Alaskan Inland

Nicholas "Nico" Pitney and his grandmother, Catsy
Taylor Schafer aboard the S.S. Rotterdam.

The ship is familiar to the Panama Canal and
after one more cruise around the world this winter,
she will be replaced by a new S.S. Rotterdam, now
under construction.

Dale Conway
Denton, TX

Catsy Taylor Schafer
San Diego, CA

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Bill and Jean Muller greeted Jerry and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox upon their recent move into their
future retirement home in Ocala, FL, and the Oak
Run Retirement Community.

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L-R: Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Jerry and
Dianne (Hutchison) Cox with "Lacy".

L-R: Bill and Jean Muller, Dianne and Jerry Cox.
Later, Jerry and Dianne had only recently moved
into their retirement home when visitors came
"knocking at the door". Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis stopped by while on a vacation trip from
Panama. They later were joined by Bill and Jean
Muller for a dinner date at a local steak house.
Bill Muller
Ocala, FL

James (Jimmy) Booth Grattan McGroarty
A Story of Friendship

Jimmy Booth and Grattan McGroarty were not
the best of friends when they were in Balboa High
School. In fact they were staunch competitors and
among the leaders of the Class of 1932. Our class
benefited considerably from the competition between
these two leaders.
During our Sophomore year, Jimmy was Vice-
President of the class and Grattan was Treasurer. In
our Junior year, Jimmy was President and Grattan
was Vice-President. In our Senior year, Grattan was
President and Jimmy was Vice-President of the class.
Jimmy Booth, of Cable Heights, Ancon, was an
Englishman and in 1938 he left the Zone and went
to England to join the Royal Air Force. He fought
as a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain, in North
Africa, and in Western Europe and had a
distinguished and decorated career with the RAF.
While Jimmy was in England fighting the Battle
of Britain, Grattan became a newspaper reporter and
eventually a war correspondent and he turned out
to be an exceptional one.
Grattan eventually ended up in North Africa,
during Jimmy's assignment there in the North African
theater, however, neither knew that the other was

One day, Grattan heard about an English pilot
who had just shot down two enemy fighter planes
and had succeeded in safely landing his own badly
damaged plane. Grattan covered that story for his
newspaper. The British pilot was Jimmy Booth and
for the first time in many years these two fierce
competitors met, in of all places, an airfield in North
Africa during a World War. Grattan reported the
story to his newspaper and also sent a copy of the
report to the Star & Herald and to the Panama
American. Thereafter, while they were in North
Africa, the two men became very close friends.
Later on in the war Grattan received very serious
and incapacitating wounds and injuries and was
returned to the States. It was obvious that he would
not have long to live. His sisters, who lived on the
Zone, asked that he be transferred to Gorgas
Hospital and he eventually spent some time there.
After the war was over, Jimmy Booth went to
work for a British airline and was assigned to
Central and South America. He came to Panama and
heard that Grattan was in the hospital. It was the
first time that he had heard of Grattan's wounds. He
visited Grattan in the hospital several times and the
two old friends became even closer. Grattan died
shortly thereafter.
I knew nothing about this story until 1994 when
my wife and I visited Jimmy in England and he told
us about it. These were two of my best friends and
those two became the closest of friends. Jimmy died

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in September, 1995 at his residence in the RAF
Officer's Retirement Community in Sussex, England.
I think it is a poignant story. NEXT DEADLINE:
William (Billy) Michaelsen Editor m ust have by:
Croton-on-Hudson, NY and
Spring Hill, FL. April 18, 1997


Date: January 20, 1997
To: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Through: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: Betty Chan Snow, Chairperson, By-Laws Committee
Due to the findings of the Budget & Audit Committee which indicated that there is a critical situation in
the Society's income due to an accumulative loss from 1991 through 1996 in the amount of $46,081.00 in
addition to an estimated loss for 1997 in the amount of $2,580.00. This loss is primarily attributed to declining
membership and increased operating expenses.
The cost cutting efforts of past Executive Boards, e.g., improving interest income on its CD investments,
elimination of one part-time position, elimination of one Canal Record publication and changing the Directory
publication to every other year, etc., has not had the desired effect of placing the Society in a good financially
stable position. The Budget and Audit Committee's financial review concludes that a dues increase of $10.00,
effective October 1, 1997 should resolve the Society's poor financial condition for the foreseeable future.
Since the Society's Executive Board concurs in initiating amendments to resolve the problems indicated above,
and in order to expedite the necessary actions required, I propose the following By-Laws amendments to be
presented to the Society's membership for their approval. (over)

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E to J (No change)

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Chan Snow, Chairperson, By-Laws Committee

Your Vote is important!

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Tivoli Hotel welcomed Canal
construction era tourists
in grand style

The Tivoli Hotel, which once
stood in Ancon in the area now O
occupied by the Smithsonian /,
Tropical Research Institute was
hosts to visitors from all walks of *
life, including presidents and royalty.
It was an important center of
community life in the former Canal
Zone until it was closed in 1971,
and many Canal Zone employees
arriving on the Isthmus from the United States spent
their first few days there while quarters were made
The hotel received its first guests even before it was
completed, when President Theodore Roosevelt and his
party visited the Isthmus in November 1906. On
February 1, 1951, its status changed from being a
commercial hotel to that of government guest house.
The article below, reprinted from the March 29, 1911,
Canal Record, talks about the Tivoli providing insight
into construction-era tourist activities at the Canal.
Two buildings formerly used as servants' quarters
and one family house situated in the rear of the
Hotel Tivoli have been remodeled for the
accommodation of guests. They are furnished and
equipped uniformly with the rooms in the main
building, and baths and toilets are provided. The
annex gives additional accommodations for about 60

persons. The hotel servants will be quartered in two
barracks which have been moved from the Spanish
camp to a site back and near the hotel.
Additional accommodations have been made
necessary by the large increase in the number of
visitors to the Isthmus during the dry season. Interest
in Canal construction attracts tourists, and healthful
conditions having been established on the Isthmus, a
considerable number of persons came here to escape
the rigors of the winter months.
The Tivoli was completed in 1907 and
accommodated about 115 guests. Since that time the
interior of the building has been remodelled, so that
150 persons may be accommodated without incon-
venience. The trade during the dry season runs from
120 to 170 guests, in the wet season the average
drops below 100. In addition to this transient trade,
the hotel provides for large tourist parties from the
States which visit the Isthmus on an average of once
in three weeks from December to April. These
excursions carry from 250 to 450 passengers. The
tourists usually cross the Isthmus in special trains,
arriving in time for lunch at the hotel and returning
to Colon in time to sail on the evening of the same
day. For tourist lunches, tables are set in the ball
room, the tea room, on the south veranda and the
billiard room. The regular staff of waiters is
supplemented on these occasions by ships' stewards,
one steward to eight persons being sent over to
assist. The hotel kitchen has been recently improved
and enlarged and there is dining room equipment
sufficient to provide for 600 persons at a sitting.

The Panama Canal Spillway
March 22, 1996

THE BALBOA BASEBALL TEAM OF 1952 Front, L-R: Bob Carlin, Abdiel Flynn, Richard Ostrea, Pinky Arias,
Edgar Kourany, Eddie Napoleon, Lambert Mantovani, Raul Sualm, Lee Meyers. Back L-R: Jim May, Jerry
Halman, Bob Peacher, Jim Weeks, Bob Lomedico, Snooky Rowley, Don Morton, David Henderson, Fred
Raybourne, Jerry Halsall.

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With regret, the West Coast Reunion Committee announces
that this year 1996 will be the last reunion held in this
format. Declining numbers and rising prices force us to seek
a different type celebration in the years to come.
Thanks to you all for caring and attending.


How about a final GRAND Class Reunion in
Panama in 1999? We are thinking of putting together a
final class reunion in February of 1999. It will be the
beautiful dry season weather, and a great time to visit the
Canal before it is turned over on December 31, 1999.
Davis Stevenson has had experience in putting
together great tours to Panama, and is already making
plans for one final last "splash." We will spend 7 full days
in Panama, plus a day for traveling each way, making a
total of 9 days. Davis will make all the arrangements for
7 wonderful fun-filled days, to include a grand Reunion
dinner dance for all classes, plus lots of other activities,
i.e., picnics, a day at the beach and the El Valle Indian
Market. This will be a trip of a lifetime and not to be
missed. If interested, please call us at 1-800-783-8847.
We are compiling a data base for all interested
parties, regardless of whether you went to BHS or CHS.
Even if you didn't graduate from either of the two
schools, but still want to come, please let us know. And
it you have any ideas of what you would like to do or visit
while in Panama, let us know that also.
Davis is going to Panama again on his annual Dry
Season tour, and will make some of the arrangements at
that time. His trips are always "all inclusive," to include
your air fare out of Miami and back, your hotel, food,
transportation to all functions, and exit and entry fees.
Since Davis is completely bi-lingual, you can relax and let
him do all the work for you.
Does this sound like a great trip? You bet it does!!!
Call (or write us) and let us know you are interested so
that we can keep you up to date on the plans and the
final cost.
(Note: This reunion is not sponsored by the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.)

During the 1996 Reunions in Orlando in July,
and the Poconos in September, several different
members of the Class of 1937 from BHS resolved
that we would try to see if there was any interest on
a no-host dinner at both of these reunions in 1997.
It has been sixty years since we graduated. Plans for
the dinner in Orlando will be the evening of the
Panazonian Dance at 5:30 p.m. in the American Grill.
In the Poconos, (See Poconos notice) it will be
a special seating on Friday evening, and since the
dinners on both nights are part of the cost for
attending, only your tip will be the added cost.
Committee for Orlando: Frances Violette Sharp,
Virginia Morgan Cooper, Jean Dennis Herbert and
Ruth Bauman Yeilding. Committee for the Poconos:
Norma Stillwell Martin, Jean Dennis Herbert,
Frances Violette Sharp and Vincent Ridge. All
addresses are listed in the Society Directory.

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

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
;partanburg, SC

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


Russ Drew, our Class Reunion Chairman, has
bee busy-plus laying the foundation for what promises
to be a "celebration worthy of the 50-year wait".
Issue #2 of the class reunion newsletter, El Loro
Viejo was sent in the fall to all classmates whose
whereabouts were known. It was full of news,
including details about the various committees that
are forming. Jim (Leroy) Lundy and Bo Gruver will
assist Russ as reunion co-vice-chairmen. Jim will also
chair the Program Committee. Lori Willard King
agreed to head the Hotel Arrangements team and
Barbara Hatchett Jackson and Royna Reece Thomas
continue as co-editors of the newsletter. Royna will
all head the committee to gather photos and other
memorabilia that will bring back memories of our
high school years. Elaine Lombard Newland is in
charge of putting together a reunion yearbook. Burt
Benoit and I are coordinating the search for missing
classmates...see the "Where Are You?" section of this
issue. Volunteers are stili needed to help all these
folks. Enthusiasm and momentum is building for
"Orlando in '98, HERE WE COME!.
Barbara Fritz Reyle, 10518 Providence Way,
Fairfax, VA 22030. (703) 273-2654.

BHS 1949, '50, '51, '52

Forty-five years have passed since many of us
have had any contact with our friends and classmates
of 1949, 50, 51 and 52. For myself I know I am
overdue in reconnecting with those days.

We are compiling a directory of names and
addresses of all our classmates and their interest in
joining us for a reunion in 1997. We need your help
and input to make this endeavor a success so please
take a moment to drop us a note, letter or call.
Even if you aren't interested or are unable to attend
a reunion we would still enjoy hearing from you and
to correspond with you. A. Jay Troup, P.O. Box
1283, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-1283. (803) 449-8186,
or Patt Foster Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker,
LA 70714. (504) 774-7761.


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. Don't delay in joining this fun group.
Sights included are: Atlantic and Pacific sides, partial
transit of the Panama Canal, Rio Mar, El Valle
(Indian Market) and the Coronado Beach Resort in
the interior. Bring along family and friends for this
"awesome" trip!
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.

Class of 1957, BHS and CHS

A wonderful trip to Panama in February 1997
has been organized as a 40th class reunion. However,
there are many who cannot make this trip and
others from the trip who might be interested in a
get-together during the Panama Canal Society
reunion in July. We need to determine if there is
enough support for such an event. We are also
looking for a CHS graduate to coordinate the CHS
effort. We don't have much time so please contact
ASAP. Jerry and Joan Durfee, 1958 Slone Blvd.,
Melbourne, FL 32935. Ph: 407-255-2877. Fax: 407-


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) 798-4740. e-mail:


We have begun to plan our 30th class reunion in
conjunction with the July 2-6 1997 Panama Canal
Society in Orlando. Our goal is to keep it simple but
fun. Please make every effort to attend.

Susan Engelke will be assisting with the
organizing of th reunion but her schedule will no
longer permit her to be the coordinator.
Whether or not you can come to the class
reunion, we would like your most current phone
number and address, and those of all classmates you
know. Please send these names and address to:
Frankie Jones Bell Valerie McIntyre Dempsey
5329 W. Wenesly Court 1450 Mercury Street
Raliegh, NC 27616-7826 Merritt Island, FL 32953
(919) 878-8765 (407) 459-1525

30th Reunion
Drop us a line or give us a call if
you can attend.

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

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

Mark Burbine
266 Concord Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730

30th Reunion Summer of 1998

The BHS Class of 1968 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Florida in 1-5 July, 1998. Bob Hughes
and Marshall Harris, still nursing their twisted arms,
need to hear from you soon to plan the spectacular
event you have come to expect. CHS'ers are
encouraged to write as well our last joint reunion
was a great success. Let us hear your ideas and plan
to attend.
Bob Hughes Marshall Harris
5209 Nanticoke Ct. 16640 Cypress Rd.
Centreville, VA 20120 Summerland Key, FL 33042
(703) 830-3522 (305) 745-2908


Plans are well underway for a get together in
Orlando this summer. Mark your calendars to attend
the Panama Canal Society reunion on July 2-6. The
BHS'77 activities will be on the 4th and 5th. We will
have a dinner Friday night; Saturday activities are in
the planning stages. We have about 100 addresses
but are short of our graduation number, so if you
have any, please send them in.

Mary Lou Pascavage
3710 Freehill Lane
Centreville, VA 22033

Lori Snow (Stevenson)
1455 Rilla Circle
Lawrenceville, GA 30243
Fax 770-339-3507

CHS Class of 1977 20th Reunion

Attention all graduates and friends of CHS Class
of 1977: We are starting work to organize a CHS
Class of 1977 20th year reunion to be held in
conjunction with the 1997 Panama Canal Reunion.
Those classmates we have addresses for will have
received an interest survey by the time of this
printing. If you are interested in attending and/or
helping organize this event, please contact one of the
individuals below, as we may not have your current
address. We need many of our classmates' addresses,
especially those who were military kids so please
give one of us a call. We look forward to hearing
from you.
Terri (Salyer) Lang Karen (Paine) McAlpine
5052 Cliff Point Circle W. P.O. Box 1393
Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Buckely, WA 98321
(719) 528-1948 (360) 829-2885

Ed Overstreet
118-B Falcon Blvd.
Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
(817) 855-7773

Evangeline Thompson
5726 Hazeltine Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 908-0355

BHS Class of 1978
20th Anniversary Reunion
Believe it or not, it's time to start making
arrangements for our 20th Anniversary Reunion. We
would like to make plans for a 2-part reunion. Part
1 to take place in conjunction with the PCSOFL
Summer reunion and Part 2 to take place in Panama
later in the year. We want to pick a time for part
2/Panama that doesn't conflict with the primary
holidays, but yet a time when most people can get
off work. Let's start getting names, addresses, e-mail
and phone numbers of our classmates, do a poll and
pick the best time. I'll be going to Panama for a
week at the end of November to check things out.
Wouldn't it be great to get as many classmates
together as we can for a reunion picture on the
front steps of BHS! James Belzer, 51 W. 8th Street
#14, New York, NY 10011. (212) 598-9877 (H),
(212) 334-6420 (0) Fax: (212) 219-4045. E-Mail:


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:


Editor must have by:

April 18, 1997

BHS Class of 1982

Preliminary plans for our 15 year reunion are in
the works. The reunion will be held in conjunction
with the 1997 Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando. Please send us your names, addresses and
phone numbers so that we may contact you when
details are available. CLassmates who left the Canal
before graduation and early graduates are welcome
to attend. If you would like to help plan the reunion
or have any ideas, please contact one of the
Mayra (Linares) Seitz David Sutherland
PSC #2, Box 15 925 So. Tropical Tr.
APO AA 34002 Merritt Island, FL 32952 (407) 459-0879

Kathy Barrere
2131 Lake Debra Dr.
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 295-2922

Patrick Grimison
#1128316 Woodbury Pine Cr.
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 277-0355

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

GRADUATING CLASS: Are you looking for your
classmates? See the CHS Homepage on the Internet:


Our tally for 1995 is 138, bringing the grand
total since collection began in 1992 to 781 pairs.
Wow! They came from coast to coast, from border
to border; wrapped in newspaper, tissue and plastic;
packed in boxes, bubble wrap and brown paper.
Society members once again came through with
glasses, empty frames, loose lenses and empty cases
in a wide variety of fashion styles.
You will never know the gratitude and joy you
bring to the poor patients in Latin America jungle
clinics who once again will be able to lead
productive lives through your generosity and
thoughtfulness. Some blessings we, in this country,
just take for granted. Don't let your forgotten
eyeglasses gather dust cluttering up a corner some-
where. Wrap them up and send them in. Collection
begins at once for 1997. Send them to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714. It's
a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contribution.


Yes, Balboa Elementary School, in accordance
with the 1977 Treaty, is closing its doors at the end
of this school year. In order to celebrate our history
and commemorate this event, the current PTO
(Parent-Teacher Organization) is publishing a special
hard cover edition of the yearbook.
We are in search of historical background and
would like to hear from you. Tell us about yourself.
When did you attend Balboa? What grades were you
in? What is your fondest memory? Where are you
and what are you doing now? Do you have photos,
classwork or mementos you would like to share?
Submissions for possible inclusion are needed by
March 7, 1997.
Send your memories, and request information on
book orders and costs, to Balboa Elementary School,
Attn: Mrs. Joy Quinn, DOD Panama Reg-Unit
#0925, APO AA 34002, Fax: 011-507-272-2527 or
through E-mail:


There will be a Panama Canal Masons and
Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July 4, 1997, at the
Marriott Orlando World Center, Orlando, Florida, in
conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society of
Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12 noon immediately
after the Society Business Meeting. The cost of the
luncheon is $21.00 per person.
Allthose Panama Canal masons, eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the Fraternity are invited.
Dress for the occasion will be semi-formal.
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Marriott Orlando World Center
8701 World center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821-6358

July 4, 1997

Luncheon 12 Noon
Cost: $21.00 each

(A) Grilled Pork Loin
B) Linguine Siena & Chicken Breast

Please make Reservations and meal selection of
(A) or (B) below:
Total enclosed: $
Make U.S. Postal Money Orders or checks payable
to Thomas C. Peterson, and mail to him at: 6534
Samoa Dr., Sarasota, FL 34241-5637.
List names of persons attending (and meal selection
for name tags:A

Deadline for reservations is June 25, 1997


The 1997 Canal Zone Poconos Reunion is
scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 5, 1997 to
Sunday, September 7, at the Hill Motor Lodge (Best
Western), Tannersville, Pennsylvania. The Motor
Lodge is located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in Tannersville.
The cost is still $70 per person double occupancy
and includes dinner on Friday and Saturday night.
This is an ideal time and place to hold Mini-
Class Reunions and a great place to relax and enjoy
the company of fellow Zonians. Golf is also
For additional information, call Billy Michaelsen:
between January and April (352) 683-0826. After
April, (914) 271-3097.


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 them to: 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-
2253. Thank you!


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



WANTED: Cups and saucers, Royal Doulton China,
Old Leeds Spray (Pattern No. D3548) green trim -
flat sided, Ann Edwards Willoughby, 2607 Vista Dr.,
Huntsville, AL 35803. (205) 881-3657.

WANTED: I would like to buy a 1950 Zonian
Yearbook from Balboa High School, OR even a
good xerox copy. Any help gratefully appreciated.
Geraldine T. Clausen (Geri Snodgrass) 4355 Stinson
Dr. W., Columbus OH 43214.




Effective September 1, 1996, the
advertising rates will be increased as
1" x 3/2 (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.


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.

Original Stationary Wall Mount
German made, Plated steel, Red Logos
Actual Size: 2 3/4" x 3 1/4" f VE"4
$6.00 each, buy 5, get 6th free A, A
S & H Paid, 2 weeks delivery *, n 111 t /
Real Panama nostalgic gifts
I >John Bateman
580 No. 2, Meteor St. /
0 Jacksonville, Florida 32205
(904)-384-5206 (BHS'61, CZJC'63-'64)

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"HERE STILL BEATS THE HEART OFA NATION' Painting by Elizabeth (Lundy) Davis, on acid free paper, 22" x 32".
Limited Edition, signed and numbered: $125.00. Artist's Proof: $175.00. Check or money order to Elizabeth L. Davis,
P.O. Box 1521, Sugar Land, TX 77487. Credit cards may be used if ordered through Antique Center of Texas, Dealer
208. Tel: 713-688-4211.

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

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




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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 Nufiez 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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In Panama one English-language book has created more interest and sold more copies
than all other similar books put together. Intellectuals and journalists have uniformly praised
it. So many Panamanians can't be wrong. The author, Luis Murillo, professor of international
business at the University of San Francisco, has been interviewed on radio and television.
"Monumental... The definitive history of modern Panama..."
- Betty Brannan reporting from Washington for La Prensa, the largest daily in Panama City
"I consumed it with much interest and gained great instruction from it..."
-John le CarrE, British novelist
"I found much I didn't know and nothing I could dispute..."
- R. M. Koster, American writer resident in Panama
"Accurate, well researched; the best up-to-date source on Panama and the Canal."
- Miguel Antonio Bernal, professor, Florida State University Panama Canal Branch
"Indispensable for the serious Panama scholar."
- Brittmarie Janson Perez, PhD, University of Texas, author of doctoral thesis on Panama
"Outstanding. Careful systematic research. Professor Murillo has written a highly documented book
about Panama. It gives us a clue to what the future holds."
- Gustavo Mellander, Graduate Dean, George Mason University, author.
This encyclopedic volume of 1,096 pages has 46 chapters, 8 appendices, 72 photographs, 3 maps,
huge bibliography, list of army officers, presidents, ministers, ambassadors. Based on interviews, fact-
finding trips, bank reports, 150 books, 3,000 press reports. Written by Luis Murillo, University of San Fran-
cisco, San Francisco, California.
Cataloged at Library of Congress. Copies at Miami Dade County Library, New York City Library,
and many other libraries. Obtain through inter-library loans at your city or college library, at quality
bookstores or order from
Video -Books, PO Box 3197, Berkeley, CA 94703
1096 pages 72 i/us. ISBN 0-923444-02-5 $32 hardcover Free shipping within USA
Adapted from an ad in the New York Review of Books, July 20,1996

1998 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, besides
being born and raised in Panama and the Canal Zone, is com-
pletely bi-lingual. We sold out in 1997.
If you did not make it in 97 we look forward to seeing you on
our 98 all-inclusive tour of Panama. For further information and
details, contact Davis Stevenson at (800) 783-8847.
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30243
(770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017



A one of a kind book about the Panama Canal, it's history and the adventures of the people; the
ones who built it, the ones who protected it during WWII and those who stayed because they
loved it. Written by a Canal Zone Police Officer who shares his adventures as well as those of
his friends to give you an inside look at life in the Zone.

The Search for a Gateway
Balboa-Hypocrisy and Deceit
Morgan Invades Panama
The Birth of a Republic
Building the Railroad
Living in the Canal Zone
The Birth of Gatun Lake
Bomb Proofing the Locks
Carnival Time in Panama

Political Unrest
Operation Transfers
Panama's Rebounding
Indians of the Darien
The First Canal
Drake's Revenge
Rebirth of Panama City

Digging the Ditch
Policing the Zone
Catching the Fever
Life on the Pacific Side
Sovereignty Reclaimed
Training & Development
Catching the Big Ones
Viva Panama

Implementation of Government and Treaty

For each copy of this 52 x 8/ paperbound book send $16.00 plus $ 4.00 sh. & hdlg. to:
Please allow 4 6 weeks for delivery

For Sale: Button-down golf shirts with Panama Canal
Reunion logo in 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. 972-335-3668.

SPanama Canal Anniversary or Christmas on the Isthmus

(August 13 20 or December 23 30)
8 days 7 nights (The Panama Canal Anniversary tour itinerary may vary slightly)
S Land Package includes; Hotel accommodations, all transfers on airconditioned buses, meals listed in the itinerary, baggage handling etc.
* *
Day 1, Tuesday Arrival at Tocumen Airport and transfer to the hotel.
* Day 2, Wednesday Guided city and canal tour. Evening at Las Tinajas. Panama's finest typical Panamanian
restaurant. Entertainment and meal included.
* Day 3, Thursday Trip to Taboga Island. Lunch included. *
SDay 4, Friday- Historic tour of Portobelo includes a boat tour stopping at sites of interest including Drake's '
SIsland, the burial place of Sir Francis Drake. I.unch included. Night Bay Cruise with Argo Tours.
Day 5, Saturday Panama Canal transit with Argo Tours. Food and drinks included.
Day 6, Sunday- Trip to El Valle and the Canopy Adventure. See the rain forest from the tree tops. Lunch /
e included. Or White water rafting on the Chagres River. Breakfast. lunch and snacks included.
* Day 7, Monday Pontoon boat expedition into The Panama Canal's Gatun Lake and around neighboring
islands, an eco cultural experience with the primitive Embera Indians. Food and drinks included
Day 8, Tuesday Return to Tocumen airport for your trip home.

SHotel Single Double Tripe
0 Deluxe 1960 $1445 S1277 800 8 3 311
Standard S1592 S1246 S1120 1-800-813- 115
Economy S1246 S1015 S952 S10from EACH"Zonian"
0 Up to a 15% discount available for large groups on land packages booking will be donated to the
Bulk or group aidare also available Book early to get the best prices CANAL RECORD
0 *
e Prepare for the MILLENNIUM. As you know, on the first second, of the first minute, of the first hour, of the first day, of the
* year 2000, control of the Panama Canal will be handed over to Panama nearly a century after it's construction by the
0 Americans. Only three more years until the "Changing of the Guard" and our special Christmas on the Isthmus tour. If you
can't make the tour of the century, let us plan your next homecoming, class reunion or special get together in Panama. See
it and savor it now before it changes eFOREVER




;, 97,

Rosebud Arts & Entertainment

Rosana E. Boucher Molas & Mola Designer
18081 Midway Rd. #1013 Cards, Gift Bags, Etc.
Dallas, Texas Vendor July, 1996
Write or Call: 214-306-9797
(Retaier The Mola Collection)

* See our home page on the internet





(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 3" in diam
fish, birds, butter
about 5"x7; bird,
animal designs
MOLAS--about 13




$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

3"x17" $25.00 ea

NTS-- $3.50 ea (12 or more)

with loop for hanging; -. $6.00 ea for 5-11
stuffed; check $7.00 ea for 1-4
Christmas or Christmas (Santas, bells, stars...)
natural designs natural (owls, fish, cats, birds...)
about 13"x14"; mola
panel on front; hole
to insert stuffing
MOLA MASKS--face-sized $15.00 ea
eyeholes; string for tying
MOLA PATCH POSTCARDS $0.25 ea for 1-4
colorful! $1.00 for 5
CHAQUIRAS--beaded $25.00 ea
necklaces of
western Panama"
GARGANTILLAS--small $12.00 ea
chaquiras worn by both
children and adults
CHACARAS--Guaymihand- $15.00 ea
crafted fiber bags
FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Information on other mola
items and framed molas, molitas, and mola patches
available 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
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ADAMS, Robert
ADEMA, Eric & Coral
AGUIRRE, Hertha L.
AIELLO, Sandra
ALLEN, B.G. & Joanne
ALVES, Susan E.
ANDERSON, Michael & Kristy
ANDERSON, Thomas & Kathleen
ANTONE, Wilbur T.
APOLD, Susannah
ARIAS, Jacquelin & Theodore Jr.
ASKEW, Eugene & Ethel
ASKEW, Robert N. & Cheri L.
AURICH, Robert & Judith
AUSTIN, Nelson C. & Laura
AUSTIN, Patricia A.

BAAS, Matt & Katie
BACCIGALOPI, Marcella & Ted
BAILEY, Nancy J.
BAIN, Marjorie (Dennis)
BALDWIN, Frank A. Jr.
BALDWIN, Graciela & Dirk
BALDWIN, Rev. William W.
BARBIER, Dr. George H.
BARCA, Lawrence & Sue
BARKER, Robert P. & Nancy
BARNES, Andrew
BARNES, Grover W.
BARNES, Kevin M. ]
BARNES, Robert & Betty
BARNES, Thomas W. & Martha
BARR, Tony
BARRERE, Richard & Marcia
BARRETT, William J. & Evelyn
BASMESON, Roland & Yolanda
BAUMGARDT, Roberta & Richard
BEEMAN, Jill & Randolph
BEERS, John A. & Ann
BEHRE, Benford Jr. & Susie
BELL, Billy D.
BELL, Capt. David E. & Frankie
BELZER, Robert & Elizabeth A.
BEMBENEK, Melida & Ted
BENNINGHOFF, Ronald & Dalys
BENNY, William E. & Deborah
BERG, Carl & Patricia
BERGER, Dr. Robert & Beverly
BIRCHETT, Phyllis & Thomas

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25300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48075-1776
"A" Co., 2nd Br. 505 PIR, Ft. Bragg, NC 28307
3rd Pit., PSC Box 20098, Camp LeJeune NC 28542-0098
P.O. Box 320153, Tampa, FL 33679
4300 18th Street W. #207K, Bradenton, FL 34205-9130
1005 Bransome Blvd., Aiken, SC 29803
4814 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32819-3231
CMR 421, Box 206, APO AE 09056
12065 Greywing Square #C-2, Reston, VA 22091
4525 Cove Circle #1206, St. Petersburg, FL 33708-2844
836 Woodshire Lane K-6, Naples, FL 33942
2611 N.E. 125th St., Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98125
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2215 Cork Oak St., Sarasota, FL 34232-6804
18605 McCoy Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33948
1017 Ross lane, Clarksville, TN 37042-6845
P.O. Box 386, Honea Path, SC 29654
5329 Wenesly Court West, Raleigh, NC 27616-7826
13 Ocean Street, Millburn, NJ 07041-1119
1638 N. Hermitage Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33919
5504 Pentail Circle, Tampa, FL 33625
201 Boyce Road, Dothan, AL 36301
5925 South Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283
1205 Estremandura Drive, Bradenton, FL 34209
333 S. Patrick Drive #27, Satellite Beach, FL 32937-3775
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BIVIN, David
BLAKE, Robert W.
BLANEY, Gertrude
BLENNERHASSETT, Mary "Mike" Coffey
BOALO, Barbara & Tom
BOALT, Frederick & Lydia
BOLAND, Donald & Geneva V.
BONDURANT, Beverly & Albert
BONANNO, Barbara L.
BOOS, Julie A.
BOOYE, Denise
BORSELLINO, Frank Jr, & Marcelina
BOSWELL, Steven & Carmel
BOYER, Harriett M.
BOYER-BELLER, Rena & Aaron
BRADLEY, James & Diane
BRADLEY, James & Sherri
BRADY, George W. & Genevieve
BRADY, James
BRAMLETT, Margaret S.
BRANDENBURG, Clark L. & Annie
BRANN, Eda Beechner
BRASWELL, Marvin C. Sr.
BRAYTON, Rodman F.
BREADEN, William & Sherri
BREWER, David & Cathy
BRIDGES, Jon K. & Dorothy
BRIDGES, Paul J.& Nivia
BROCKMAN, Leonard & Janis
BROWN, Gerald L. & Nivia
BROWN, Jim N. Jr.
BROWN, Joseph G.
BROWN, Theodore & Shirley
BROWNE, Blanche A.
BRYAN, Frank & Claire
BRYSON, Dennis & Kim
BUEHLER, Capt. Howard & Eleanor
BULLOCK, Nancy Ladd
BURGESS, I. Nelson
BURBACH, Jeffrey & Mary
BURK, Susan & James
BURTON, Gwendolyn & Samuel
BUONO, Roberta
BYRD, Austin J. III & Hanna

CABEZA, Anjanette & Guillermo
CAHILL, Richard L. & Billie Lynn
CALVIT, Helen I.
CAMPBELL, Kathleen McConaghy & William J.
CANAMAS, Vincent & Penny
CANCIL, Marjorie Malone & James
CAPWELL, George & Noreen
CAREY, Jack & Ruth
CARLSON, Jacqueline & John W.
CARLSON, Jon Elliott Box
CARNEY, Jacqueline & Robert
CARR, Alvis B. Jr. & Janice
CARR, Lynn C. & Nicholas E.
CARROLL, John & Mary
CARTER, Wade V. Jr. & Marilyn

P.O. Box 647, Silver Springs, FL 34489-0647
2109 Smokey Mountain Trail, Mesquite, TX 75149
1082 Gardena Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024-4604
900 Warren Ave, N., Seattle, WA 98109-3637
P.O. Box 701, Ocean Springs, FL 32182-0701
2107 Deepwood Circle, Harrisburg, NC 28075-8740
PSC 02 Box 2831, APO AA 34002
701 Andover Circle, Winter Springs, FL 32708
c/o D. Taylor, 1218 Highland Blvd., Jackson, MI 49203
18616 Livingston Ave., Lutz, FL 33549
728 Shadow Mist Lane, Columbia, SC 29210
8126 Tone Street, Las Vegas, NV 89123-0213
6014 Crocus Court, Alexandria, VA 22310-1638
2391 52nd Street N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710-3544
2810 Linkwood Dr., Houston, TX 77025
12959 Lantern Lane, Victorville, CA 92392-6310
1 Alta Vista Court, #E, Novato, CA 94949-6542
3519 Trask Dr., Holiday, FL 34691-3364
9803 S.W. 59th Street, Cooper City, FL 33328
2150 S.W. 10th Court, #219, Delray Beach, FL 34445-6018
P.O. Box 4041, Bremerton, WA 98312-0041
22333 Stillwood Dr., Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
16 Chestnut Top Circle, Arden, NC 28704
7452 Longview Dr. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120
901 Fairwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29209
218 Rainbow Dr., Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
1472 Ashbourne Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501
PSC 2, Box 53, APO AA 34002
4978 Limberlost Trace, Carmel, IN 46003
1601 S.W. 27th Ave. #704, Ocala, FL 34474
PAC 230, P.O. Box 37301, Washington, D.C. 20013-7301
96 Sawmill Rd., West Springfield, MA 01089-1669
400 1st. Street S. #J, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
P.O. Box 3310, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-0310
2601 Forest Run Court, Clearwater, FL 34621-3718
1055 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell, GA 30075-2203
Apartado 2689, Balboa-Ancon, Rep. de Panama
2726 Bear Springs Dr., San Antonio, TX 78245-2225
1506 Maiden Dr., Florence, SC 29505
PSC 4, Box 322, APO AA 34004
4002 South Shore Drive, Pascagoula, MS 39581-2133
3509 Lake Ave. #1229, Columbia, SC 29206-5126
1120 Valencia Way, Pacifica, CA 94044
381 Tantum Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
4615 Stonehaven Place, New Port Richey,.FL 34652
5295 Fox Ridge Dr., #204, Mission, KS 66202
2308 Wickersham Lane, #1806, Austin, TX 78741
111 N. Seneca Rd., Oak Ridge, TN 37830-8406
OPM-SANG, Unit 61304, APO AE 09803-1304
3225 Middle Road, Highland, MI 48357
6511 S.W. 7th Place, North Lauderdale, FL 33068-2607
1480 S. Schodrack Road, Castleton, NY 12033-9644
P.O. Box 1616, Morton, WA 98356-1616
9924 Costa Del Sol Blvd., Miami, FL 33178
5447 Kaiki Drive, Diamondhead, MS 39525
6305 Garfield St., Hollywood, FL 33024-5919
FKJ3-RM, PSC 303, Box 27, APO AP 96204-0027
AAC 1002, Box 37301, Washington DC 20013-7301
2210 W. Zion Road, Salisbury, MD 21801-2229
RR 2, Box 2136-J, Wampum, PA 16157-9315
56772 Kismet Road, Yucca Valley, CA 92284-4301
1441 N. Atlantic Blvd. #118, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
PAC 0777, P.O. Box 37301, Washington, D.C. 20013-7301
64, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY 11024
2721 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
1567 Huntington Court, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
1014 Devonshire Drive, New Bern, NC 28562-7203
6700 150th Ave. N., #232, Clearwater, FL 34624
119 Longhorn Trail, Kerrville, TX 78028-9495

CAZOBON, Felipi & Alma
CELERIER, Luis R. & Etheleen
CEREZO, Lourdes
CHANG, Jaime F.
CLARK, Fred L. & Inez H.
CLARK, Dr. John W.
CLARK, Jeffrey & Tammy
CLAPP, Donna J. & Albert
CLARAMUNT, Juan & Carol
CLARY, Gene S.
CLAXON, James L. & Virginia
CLINGAN, Gary & Tressa
CLINTON, Richard E. & Frances
COCHRANE, Jane & J. Edward
COFER, William O. & Anna
COFFEY, Brett & Angela
COFFIN, Joseph W. Jr. & Margery
COLLINS, Grover C.
COMAN, James B. & Frances M.
CONNARD, Linda Lee
CONRAD, Ella Mae & Dr. Larry
CONVERSE, Taryn & Darrin
COOK, James E. & Rosaura D.
COOK, Rosalie
COOPER, Charlie & Sharon
COOPER, Alfred E.
COOPRIDER, Mike & Stephanie
COPE, Ben & Kristine
COTTON, George H. & Sue
COTTON, Keith & Martha H.
COWLES, Dennis & Dena
COWLES, Gregory S.
COWLEY, Claudia & Lawrence
COY, Eddie
CRAIG, James E.
CRAIG, William T. & Margaret
CRAMER, Martha L. & Ted L.
CUMMINS, Anne & Lance
CURTIS, Jerald & Minerva
CZWAKIEL, Leslie & Raymond

DANIELSEN, Richard J. & Joyce
DANNALS, Harry J. & Katherine
DAVIDSON, Tommie & Jennye
DAVIS, John W. & Diana
DAVIS, Judy & Ron
DAYHUFF, Charles Hal & Barbara
DEAKINS, Rick & Tracie
DEBOER, Phyllis
DEMPSEY, David P. & Suzanne
DENNY, Rodger
DeRAPS, Cheryl Alyce
DERR, William R. & Mary Elizabeth
DERTIEN, Donald & Patricia
DICKINSON, John & Jamie
DILLOW, Sheila & Bill

P.O. Box 1512, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970-1512
113 Janet Kay Drive, Longview, TX 75605-8005
2432 Loiza, Street, San Juan, PR 00913
2750 Associated Road #D-100, Fullerton, CA 92635
PSC 4, Box 538, APO AA 34004-5000
1304 Pennsylvania Ave. Room 301, Hagerstown, MD 21742
4850 Pilgrim Trail Road, Molino, FL 32577-9544
21101 Knights Glen, Lake Forest, CA 92630-7246
329 Fernbank Court, Alphabetta, GA 30201
P.O. Box 1909, Hendersonville, FL 28793-1909
4885 Garvers Ferry Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068
1001 Eden Isle Blvd. N.E. #4, St. Petersburg, FL 33704-2449
3026 Arden Way, Lithonia, GA 30058
1176 Ashley Lake Dr., Marietta, GA 30062-2934
6427 Stone Bridge Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409
PAC 245, Box 37301, Washington, DC 20013-7301
125 N. 35th. Street, Terre Haute, IN 47803
PSC 02, Box 504, APO AA 34002-5000
100 Camelot Arms, York, PA 17402-1863
P.O. Box 431, Rogers, AR 72756
17189-7 Terraverde Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908
6647 Windwood Circle, Douglasville, GA 30135
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210 Rosecliff Drive, Harvest, AL 35749-9791
24056 E. King Court, Broken Arrow, OK 74014
289 Adler Drive, Montgomery, AL 36116
1264 Crossland Dr. N.E., Aiken, SC 29801
3221 S.E. 32nd. Ave., Ocala, FL 34471-6948
465 Bradfort Street, Lineville, AL 36266-4313
PSC 37, Box 1322, APO AE 09459
PSC 02, Box 3233, APO AA 34002
19 Ramsey Court, Hampton, VA 23666
10914 Arden Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
235 S. Wymore Rd., Altamonte, FL 32714
14187 S, St., Rd. 59, Jasonville, IN 47438
6340 N.W. 25th Court, Sunrise, FL 33313
102 Melisa Ave., Ozark, AL 36360
11721 Mastin St. #1708, Overland Park, KS 66210
2058 Candlelight, Canyon Lake, TX 78133-4002
508 Halifax lane, Coppell, TX 75019
601-B Rollingway, Round Rock, TX 78681
11511 Metric Blvd. #918, Austin, TX 78758-4039
19435 Nottingham Lane, Helotes, TX 78023-3222
6411 N.W. 192 Terrace, Miami, FL 30015
100 Col. Wilson Dr., Tuscumbia, AL 35674
3840 Marsh Creek Road, Raleigh, NC 27604
205 Brereton Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615
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750 Dalrymple Rd., E-2, Atlanta, GA 30328
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DORFMAN, Bernard & Grace
DOHERTY, Neil & Tammy
DOHERTY, Dorothy
DOLAN-GILL, Suzanne & Thomas
DONALDSON, Robert & Arlene
DONOHUE, Edward J.
DOWELL, Paul H. & Zona
DOWNING, George & Ann
DRUMMOND, William Jr.
DRYJA, Walter & Janis
DUNCAN, Betsy & George
DUNNELL, Vernon A. & Celina
DUNNING, William & Betty
DURFEE, Gerald & Jean
DURRANT, Sandy & Bruce

EBERENZ, John & Linda Jo
ECKEL, Richard A. & Kristine
ERICKSON, Shirley & Robert
ESTRIBI, Fulvia Correa
EVANS, Paul L. & Vilma
EVERSON, Col. John C.

FALASCA, Carolyn & Angelo
FALLON, Florence K.
FARNSWORTH, James & Jerrilyn
FARRAR, Marion & William
FATTOROSI, Louis & Karen
FEARON, Kenneth
FERGUSON, Jacquelyn
FERGUSON, James M. & Maureen
FIELDS, Bernadette
FINDEISEN, Edgar J. & Irene
FINEGAN, Faye & Richard
FISH, Karyn
FISHER, Susan & Jon
FITZGERALD, George T. Jr. & Joan
FITZGERALD, John & Jeanne
FLINT, Mason & Karin
FLORES, George O.
FLOWERS, Vivian G. & Dale
FOLGER, Wayne & Lisa M.
FORBIS, James & Carolyn
FORD, Deborah L. & John J.
FORD, Julee Christine
FOSTER, Gilbert C. & Mildred
FOX, Bryan
FRANK, Irwin & Sherrill
FRASER, Andrew
FUCIK, Edward & Margaret
FULLER, Catherine
FULLER, Manley
FULOP, Stephen & Lucille

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