Canal record


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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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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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VOL. 31



This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.
FOR 1997-98

Mrs. Margot Jordan

Mr. Thomas Peterson
1st Vice President

Mr. Charles Hummer
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Murlel Whitman

Mrs. Faith Brundage

Mrs. Betty Snow

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Past President

Mr. Roy Culbreth, Jr.
Legislative Representative

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

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

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)


President's Message ................................... 1
From the Secretary ................................ 2
Editor's Corner .................................. 2
Legislative Representative ............................ 3
Local Announcements ...... ... ..... .. ....... .. 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............... 10
"Where Are You?" .................................. 11
Retirements ................... .................. 12
News Clips ...................... ................ 12
1997 REUNION .................................. 14
Your Reporter Says ................... ........... 34
Alabama .............. 34 Midwest .. ......... .. 43
Arkansas ............. 35 Mississippi ............ 44
California ............. 36 North Carolina .......... 45
Colorado ............ 37 Northwest ............. 46
Florida ............... 37 Oklahoma ............. 48
Georgia ............. 41 Panama ..............48
Hawaii ............... 42 South Carolina .......... 50
Indiana ............... 42 Tennessee .............50
Louisiana ............ 42 Texas ............... 53
Congratulations ....................................55
Weddings ..................................... 61
Births ...................................... .. 65
W ith Deep Sorrow ................................ 69
Letters to the Editor .............................. 77
Announcements/Class Reunions ........................ 83
Looking Back ................... ................. 86
For Sale or Wanted ................ .. ......... 88
New Members/Changes of Address (Incomplete) .. ........... 94
Application Form ................................ 99

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FRONT COVER: Newly elected President Margot Jordan, for the 1997-
1998 term. A short bio of Margot appears after the President's Message.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as
others await their turn to descend into the launch from the deck of a

Japanese ship.

Painting by Al Sprague, renowned artist of the former Canal


November 7

December 6
December 6


December 7

January 9

February 7
April 3

May 2

June 5

July 1 5

August 1

PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Please BROWN
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon. See page 6, this issue.
Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Bluebonnet Room of
Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, TX. Starts 5:30 p.m. $17 each.
reservations to:Elsie Larson, #8 Paradise Ave. Kerrville, TX
78028. Cut-off: Nov. 28. Further info: (830) 257-4204.
PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd. Laguna
Hills, CA. 10:30 2:30 pm. Info: Joan deGrummond (714)
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church. 2500
16th St. St., Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
PCSOFL CARNAVALITO. See page 8 of this issue.
No Meeting Scheduled.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon. Time and Place in March Canal
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's World Center
Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL. (See Yellow
1998 Northwest Picnic at Sequim, Washington. Host: Marti
Lohr, P.O. Box 1145, Sequim, WA 98382. (360) 683-9612.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

i (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"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 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published bi-ennually.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any
advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property
of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(813) 391-4359 FAX 813-391-0736
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


6AFi dant

Many thanks to all of you for electing me as
your new president for 1997-1998. I know I will have
my hands full trying to follow my predecessors, but
having served several years on the Board, I feel that
my knowledge and experience will aid me in getting
us off to another successful year. Of course, some of
my confidence lies in the fact that I have excellent
people on my Board to assist me when I goof.
I was asked by many of our members to look
into changing the dues year from October to
January, and that was one of the first things I
addressed to the Board. I'm afraid that after I
received the following facts, they overwhelmingly
favored the October dues frame:
1. That after the Reunion there is very little cash
flow from July to January and collection of dues is
the only cash liquidity available to the Society during
this time frame.
2. That the workload in the Society office drops
during August-January (with the exception of two
issues of the Canal Record) which makes the
collection of dues easier. Ordering of Reunion tickets
commences after Christmas and increases the work
load from January to July.
3. The Annual Directory scheduled for April
would only allow three months for newly paid-up
members to appear in our directory if we collected
dues in January.
I'm sorry we couldn't accommodate those who
requested the change and I hope they understand the
reasons why the change could not be considered.
Input from the younger generation this year
showed that the Marriott is fulfilling most of their

entertainment needs, and having been there for a
couple of years now, everyone is more comfortable
with the surroundings. I know we had a few glitches
with the rooms this year but considering the amount
of rooms we filled, the errors were minuscule, the
Society predicts rooms needed a year in advance and
based on past experience we didn't expect to fill 740
rooms on Friday night. Over 125 members waited
until two weeks before the deadline to book rooms
and found none available. Please book hotel roms
early (Apr.-May) so we can go back and negotiate
additional rooms if we need them.
Elected officials on my Board this year are: 1st
Vice President Tom Peterson, who will be your 1998
Reunion Coordinator; 2nd Vice President Charles
"Chuck" Hummer; and Directors Faith Brundage and
Betty Snow. I have appointed Muriel Whitman as a
Director and Virgil Camby as Sergeant-at-Arms. Jim
O'Donnell will remain on the Board as past president
and will chair our Nominating Committee. Jane
Huldtquist will be Chairperson of the By-Laws
Committee and will continue to run our Annual
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament along with Jim
Kenny Morris and Louis Reyes have joined our
Board this year and Kenny will chair our Budget and
Audit Committee. Roy Culbreth, our new Legislative
Representative, is another newcomer this year. Based
on the credentials of these three individuals, I know
they will do a wonderful job and bring new ideas
into the Society. I have asked the following to
continue in their present offices: Dorothy Yocum,
Chaplain, Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee, Eugene

Askew and Al Pate, Service Offices, and Beverly
Williams, Society Historian.
For our Picnic and Luncheons this year: Barbara
and Tom Peterson chair the Sarasota Luncheon
(September) and Steve Nehring heads the Annual
Picnic (October), Muriel Whitman is in charge of the
Christmas luncheon (December); Jim and Gemma
O'Donnell will chair the Carnavalito (February), and
Anna and Joe Collins head up the Spring Luncheon
It was wonderful to see so many members this
year and now that you are acquainted with the
Marriott, we hope to see you and your friends again
next year!
Margot Jordan


Margot Jordan was born in Minneapolis,
Minnesota and moved to Panama in 1963 where she
brought up four children, Michael, Patrick, Paul and
Nancy. After two years of college she started her
career as a Budget Clerk with the U.S. Army and
worked her way up to a Management Analyst.
In 1991, after husband Hubert retired with 35
years of service, Margot gave up her 15 year civil
service career and they retired to Tampa, Florida.
Margot has been a volunteer at the Performing
Arts for the past three years; is President of the
Tambay Womens Golf Association and still bakes
those cookies she is famous for.
Margot first became active in the Panama Canal
Society m 1992 when she was appointed Director on
the Executive Board and Chairperson of the Reunion
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament. After two
years she was elected to 2nd Vice President and
Chairperson of the Annual Reunion Dances, then
elected to 1st Vice President in 1996 and served as
Reunion Chairperson in 1997.



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Quite a few of our members missed the full page
Dues increase notice printed on page 4 of the June
Canal Record. This nessesitated a post card advising
of the increase and a delay in posting dues. Please
read all special notices.
Zip code for the Society office is 33772-4712.
Don't forget to send in your Zip Plus 4 code.
We have several events coming up in the next
few months Christmas Luncheon, Carnavalito (we
always have a roaring good time there) and the
Spring Luncheon. We hope to see some of you at
these events. And don't forget that we do have
business meetings when we do not have a special
event we need your support so plan to attend. If

you are visiting the area, we'll be glad to welcome
and see you. All meetings and events are printed in
"Dates To Remember" on the inside-front-cover of
every Canal Record.
Dues have been increased to $30 for members
in good standing; $40 for new members and for
members who dropped membership even if only for
one year ($30 dues plus $10 administrative fee). Our
dues year runs from October 1, 1997 to September
30, 1998. If your dues are not paid by June 1, 1998,
your name will be removed from our records and
you must rejoin as a new member. Save yourself $10
- keep your dues current. A good portion of your
dues pays for your Canal Record and Annual
Those members living abroad have the option of
receiving their Canal Record in a more timely
manner by sending the Society an additional amount
for postage. Those living in the Western Hemisphere
(Canada to Argentina) are charged an extra $14/year,
and the rest of the world (Europe, Asia, Africa,
Pacific Rim) are charged an extra $25/year. Send
your extra postage together with your dues or
separately, if dues are already paid.
A membership card will be printed on the
outside back cover of each Canal Record, starting
with this October issue. Our computer program does
not allow for printing your membership number
above your address, as we had hoped. However, if
you know your membership number you may print it
in the proper section of the card. If you don't know
your number, we hope to be able to print it above
your address label in the next issue. Also, there is
only one card per each Canal Record but you may
use the one on the next issue for your spouse.
Remember you PAID for your membership and
Canal Record don't pass your Canal Records
around, encourage your friends and family members
Pat and I are sorry to report that our assistant,
Carol Masino has terminated her employment with
the Society due to pressing personal reasons. She
was especially helpful when I found out about my
illness and I really appreciated that. We will miss
her and wish her luck.
'Till next time,
Barbara Green
(813) 391-4359



It was a sad, sad day when I got the news that
our Panama-Atlantic Reporter, Janet Johnston (Teal)
passed away recently. Her serious illness did not stop
her from writing, which was one of the things she
did best and she did a magnificent job in reporting
from an area from whence there was a consistent
drop of members, yet the pages she submitted in her
reports were always full of interesting news. We shall

miss her and the example she set in tenaciously
battling her illness.
We have also picked up some new reporters. A
replacement in Oklahoma we welcome Renee C.
Collins, and a new Area Reporter for the Mid-West,
Carlton A. Morris. Hope to hear lots more from
them soon!
Our troubles are nearly over! This is the last
issue for 1997 and the last of the 3 issues a year
program. It was a good try, but we didn't really save
that much after all. In 1998, the Executive Board has
approved going back to what we had before an
issue in March, June, September and December, with
an Annual Directory in April. Inasmuch as there was
quite a gap between this October issue and the next
March issue, The Board decided to delay the
October issue from the 1st of October till the end of
October, so we would have time to include the
yellow pages for the 1998 Reunion. It is a revised
copy of the old version where we list only those
functions where members need to-apply through an
application for those functions, such as hotel
reservations, ticket sales, Golf Tournament, etc. That
which was omitted in this issue will be in the March
With the four issues per year, we will be eligible
for 2nd Class postage again which will be better for
the members and easier on our budget.
We had planned to re-issue the membership
cards through the least costly manner possible, and
that was to print the blank card on the back cover
of each issue and after members pay their dues, they
could insert their membership number and signature,
clip it out of the back cover and put it in your
wallet (or purse). Unfortunately, we found that
printing your membership number above your name
m your address label cannot be done with the
program we are using now. If you know your
membership number, write it in and sign it, and
you're home free, otherwise please wait until we
untangle the chokers in the existing program.
Now, that program is in the Secretary's computer
and it's still functioning. Mine died. As I write this
article, our new computer is being put together in a
shop and they are having problems copying the back-
up tape. However, through the kind efforts of Chuck
Hummer, we have established an alternate route and
your October Canal Record should be on time. We
had to unravel some loose ends and there may be a
distinct possibility that something may still slip
through our fingers, like errors, omissions, etc. If
your report is not in this issue, look for it in the
More sad news has just reached us too late to
include formally in this issue, as the book went to
press several days ago. Our eldest living past
president, Eugene Askew, 88, of Largo, Florida,
passed away September 30, 1997 at Columbia Largo
Medical Center. He was born in Hickman, Tennessee
and left the Canal Zone in 1970 where he was a
chief marine admeasurer specialist. He was an Army
veteran and a member of Gordonsville, TN.
Methodist Church. He was a past president of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, a Mason, and a
member of Orchid Chapter OES and Elks Lodge
1414, both of Panama, also NARFE and AARP.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ethel; two
sons, Stephen, Clearwater, and Robert, Hailey, Idaho;
two daughters, Nancy Goodwin, Ocala, and Linda
Martin, Mobile, AL.; six grandchildren and a great-
Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record


Annuity Cost-of-Living
Adjustment (COLA) The retiree
pay raise will be at least 1.9 %
The next cost of living adjustment
for most federal and postal
retirees will be at least 1.9
percent. There are two months
remaining in the countdown for
the final figure. The hike will be
reflected in January checks, which is the first time in
years that the COLA has not been delayed until
April as a deficit reduction measure.
Federal Health Insurance for Former Spouses -
Thousands of people who never worked for the
federal government many of them former spouses
of federal employees are covered under the Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program. Many thousands
more are probably qualified, even though they don't
know it.
The federal health program is one of the best in
the nation, especially for retired people or those with
major medical problems that make them virtually
uninsurable through private plans. The program
provides lifetime coverage for participants, spouses
and surviving spouses at group rates. Participants can
change plans each year if they want. They typically
have about 20 options to choose from, and they can't
be turned away from a plan because of age or
health. In most cases the government pays 71
percent of the total premium. Even though many ex-
spouses must pay 100 percent of the premium, the
program offers the best (and lowest cost) coverage
available to them.
Unfortunately, many ex-spouses and many of
their attorneys are not aware of the insurance
coverage ground rules. According to OPM, "former
spouses may enroll for the federal employees health
benefits (FEHB) coverage in their own right if they
meet the requiments of the FEHB law. Former
spouses of federal employees or retirees may not
continue to receive FEHB coverage under the
employee or retiree's enrollment after divorce."
Entitlement to continuation of health coverage
after divorce, OPM's rule book says, is contingent on
four requirements. The former spose must:
* "Be covered as a family member under the
employee/retiree's FEHB enrollment for at least
one day during the 18 months prior to divorce."
* "Be entitled to receive a portion of the
retirement annuity after the employee retires or
a survivor annuity at the time the
employee/retiree dies."
* "Within 60 days after divorce, apply to the
agency employing office where the federal
employee worked at the time of the divorce by
submitting written notice that he or she wants
to continue FEHB coverage under the spouse
equity provisions of the FEHB law (if divorce
occurred after retirement, the employing office
is the retirement system)."
* "Not to remarry prior to age 55."
(This material was excerpted from Mike Causey's column, Fed Week and NARFENET)
Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
Past Legislative Representative.


Eugene I. Askew was
born in Hickman,
Tennessee on October 3,
1908 and passed away on
September 30, 1997, three
days shy of his 89th
birthday. He worked for
the Panama Canal
SCompany for over 38
years as Chief Marine
Admeasurer and retired in
1970. He was engaged
e i earlier during his career
in the medical field in
Eugene I. Askew Panama, Honduras and
the Canal Zone.
After Mr. and Mrs. Askew settled in St.
Petersburg, Florida, it wasn't long before he became
active in the Panama Canal Society. Mr. Askew
began on the Executive Committee in March, 1972
and then was elected president in March 1974
beginning a 2 year term until March, 1976. He
remained on the Executive Committee until 1980,
then again in 1983. He chaired the Golf Tournament
at the 1980 Annual Reunion, and Nominating
Committee in 1981. Following that, he began his long
tenure as Service Officer from 1986 until he was
taken from us. It would have been unusual not to
see him and his wife Ethel at any Reunion or
Regular Meeting thereafter.
Eugene Askew was a gentle man, fair,
sympathetic, and always sought to do his duty
honorably and justly. His assistance, as Service
Officer for the Society was greatly appreciated by all
those members who required his expertise and
understanding during their time of sorrow and need.
Throughout his association with the Panama Canal
Society, he will be remembered for his genial
personality and the generous instincts of a fine man.
His passing leaves a void in our hearts and in the
organization that will be difficult to fill. We are
indeed fortunate, that in our lifetime, he came our
way. It is with the deepest sorrow and grief that we
conclude this tribute.


Notice is hereby given that Amendment #10 to
the By-Laws was passed by the membership effective
September 6, 1997. This amendment is hereby
incorporated into the By-Laws of The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. as of that date.
Paragraph A is hereby deleted from the By-Laws
and new paragraphs A,B,and C are added. In
reviewing the amendment it was discovered that
additional typing errors were made in paragraph B and
are hereby corrected. The word following "By-Laws"
should be "or" instead of "of". Following the word
"Procedures" there should be a comma, followed by
the words "if applicable". The word "Removal" should
start the next sentence following the words "if
applicable". These corrections were brought to the
attention of the Executive Board who approved the
corrections on September 18, 1997.
The result of the balloting on this amendment is
as follows:
Ballots received 59
Invalid ballots 7
Valid ballots 52
Votes for 37
Votes against 15
(Signed) Jane Huldtquist
Chairperson, By-Laws Committee


Bob Graham, D-Fla.
Connie Mack, R-Fla.(Jr)
Karen Thurman, D-Fla.(5)
Cliff Sterns, R-Fla. (6)
John L. Mica, R-Fla.(7)
Michael Bilirakis, R-Fla.(9)
Charles T. Canady R-Fla.(12)
Dan Miller, R-Fla.(13)

This notice is being printed to alert our membership that
at the Annual Business Meeting held at Orlando, Florida
on Friday, July 4th, 1997, Mr. Louis Seldon challenged
the membership to match his $10 donation to the
Computer Fund and $10 to the Panama Canal Memorial
Museum Fund. Donations may be made to the Panama
Canal Society. Please indicate on the memo line on your
check the intent of your donation Computer Fund or
Museum Fund. All donations will be greatly appreciated.
To date, the Computer Fund has received $1,075.00, and
the Panama Canal Memorial Museum Fund has received

Dave Weldon, R-Fla.(15)
Mark Foley, R.-Fla.(16)
Peter Deutsch, D-Fla.(20)
Alcee L Hastings, D-Fla.(23)
Sheila McNamee Taylor
John R. Gough II
Vicki Whitmarsh
PCC Washington Office
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Robert G. Beall
Walt "Babe" Morton
Margie Brett
Gene Sexton Clary
Shirley Bruce
Pat Geddes Risberg
Dianne G. Schmenk
Catsy Taylor Schafer
Carlton A. Morris
John Schmidt
Brian Albright
Richard Bailey
Capt. Paul & Ann Guerriero
Roy E. Howell
Matthew D. Armistead

Herbert W. Breaden
James E. Cook
Bernard I. Everson
Donald P. Garrido
Richard A. Gilman
Guy U. Hall
Stevin C. Helin
Bruce M. Homa
Dean C. Homa
Charles R. Lavallee
John P. Mercier
Edwin L. Rindfusz
Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Thomas R. Fulcher
James E. Henderson
Darryl L. Steiner
Richard A. Wharry
Barbara Slover
Bill Muller
Brian E. McNamee b
Ivette K, Dela Reza
Charles W. Hummer,
Lauray Will Griffin
Laurie Will Engelke
Robert/Denise Will
William/Patty Will
Randy Rios
Linda Ramey
Ody Ramey
Ingrid Bryan



The members' ballots have approved the raise
of the annual dues, starting October 1, 1997 to:

$30. 0/Year




In 1996-1997 the Society reimbursed over $1,400 in overcollections from overpayment
of dues. Some of our members may have intended these overpayments to be donations to the
Society but did not stipulate their intention; therefore, the overpayments were reimbursed. The
Executive Board, after discussing the matter, voted not to refund any more overpayments
beginning with the 1998 dues year (October 1, 1997) and to consider all overpayments as
DONATIONS to the Society.

Chairperson: Muriel Whitman
, December 6, 1997

3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Florida 34622

Now is the time to make your plans to attend the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Christmas
Luncheon. This year the Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Select located at 3535 Ulmerton
Road, Florida on Saturday, December 6, 1997

Drinks will be available from 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon and Monthly Meeting at 12:00 Noon.

The cost of the Luncheon will be $13.00 per person, and this includes the tax and gratuities. Monday,
December 1, 1997 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Honey Grilled
Chicken with Rice, or Traditional Roast Beef with
Bordelaise Sauce with Potato. Each entree will
include Garden Salad, Bouquetiere of Vegetables,
Rolls, Dessert, Coffee or Tea. Be sure to specify your
choice of entree on the Reservation Form.

When filling out your Reservation Form, be
sure to list who you want to sit with. The tables will
be for eight. If you have a group of eight you can
reserve a table for your group.

If you have any questions, please call Muriel
Whitman, Chairperson, at (813) 544-0214.

The Committee will be working hard to make
this a Special Luncheon. There will be door prizes
and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you on
December 6, 1997. Mark your Calendars now!


December 6, 1997
5 Holiday Inn Select

Member Name

Please make Reservations at $13.00 each

Please indicate preference:

Names of Guests: (Please print)

Traditional Roast Beef

Telephone Number:

Total enclosed

Honey Grilled Chicken





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





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January 23, 1998

The Annual Carnavalito Dinner/Dance of the Panama Canal Society of Florida will be held
on Saturday, February 7, 1998 at the Santa Madeira Restaurant, 601 American Legion Drive,
Madeira Beach, Florida 33708. There will be ample parking on the premises.
Cost of the Carnavalito Dinner/Dance will be $24.00 per person, which includes dinner,
taxes, gratuities, music and other expenses.
There will be a choice of two entrees: Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, au jus; or Breast
of Chicken Marco Polo. Each entree will include an Appetizer, Tossed Garden Salad, Vegetable,
Freshly Baked Rolls, Dessert and Beverage. A Cash Bar will open at 5:15 P.M. and there will be a short
meeting at 6:15 to 6:30 P.M. Dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. and dancing will be from 7:30 11:30 P.M.
Deadline for reservations to Dinner/Dance is February 1, 1998.

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February 7, 1998
Santa Madeira Restaurant
601 American Legion Drive
Madeira Beach, FL
(813) 397-0020

Member Name:

ITel. No:

Please make Reservations at $24.00 each.

Total enclosed: $ Select Prime Rib
Select Chicken

INames of Guests (Please print):

1. 5.
12. 6.
13. 7.
_4. 8.
Make check out to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, and mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL
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Hotel accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Madeira Beach, 15208 Gulf
VOeiAnL Blvd., Madeira Beach, Florida. Guest Room Rates are $77.00 for Run of house (standard)
.. hotel room (two double beds), and $97.00 for Beachfront Rooms, Occupancy 1-4 persons,
"EA HE" 5th person $10.00 additional per night. These rates will be made available three (3) days
prior and three (3) days after February 6-7, 1998 for those guests wishing to extend their
stay, based on hotel availability. Reservations must be made direct with the hotel at (813) 392-2275, (800) 360-
6658, or FAX 813-398-1190, for proper tracking. A Hotel Reservation Form provided by the hotel, below, may
also be used. A deposit in the amount of first night's room and tax ($85.47) is required on ALL reservations.
This may be done by check or money order (credit cards accepted). Full prepayment upon arrival at the hotel
is required. Deadline for Hotel Reservations is January 15, 1998. Airport transportation to hotel and return can
be arranged through The Airport Connection Limo Service by calling (813) 572-1111.

PULLY Y SU CONJUNTO, the Latin Trio that delighted us at our last Carnavalito will again provide the
music for dancing.

There is no toll charge to cross Tom Stuart Causeway. The Carnavalito Committee will be pleased to
receive any type of prize donations. Please call the Panama Canal Office at 813-391-4359 to make donations.
Committee members are: James O'Donnell, Chairperson; Muriel Whitman, Lois Jones, Lori King, Barbara
Green, Faith Brundage, and Steve Nehring.


FROM TAMPA: Proceed South on 1-275 to Exit 13
(38th Ave.) Proceed west oh 38th. Ave. (approx. 5
miles) and turn right onto Tyrone Blvd. Proceed on
Tyrone/Bay Pines Blvd. for 2/2 miles and follow
signs to Madeira Beach and onto Tom Stuart
Causeway. For Restaurant: Turn right at Duhme
Road, then left on American Legion Dr. Parking on
left in front of Restaurant. For Hotel: Proceed on
Tom Stuart Causeway until reaching Gulf Blvd.
Hotel is to your right on west (shore) side of Blvd.
1-275 to Exit 13. Follow directions as above.

on either US-19, 49th St., 66th, St. and turn right
onto 38th Ave. Proceed as directed above. From
Seminole Blvd. proceed south and follow signs to
Madeira Beach, then proceed as above. From
113th St./Duhme Rd. proceed South and turn right
to American Legion Dr. just before reaching Tom
Stuart Causeway for Restaurant. For Hotel, proceed
South and turn right on Tom
Stuart causeway to Hotel ----
across Gulf Blvd.

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MADEIRA BEACH FLORIDA Panama Canal Society of Florida
Member's Name Phone #

Dates Requested: Check In

Check Out

# in room Smoking Non-smoking Standard Bchfront

Deposit details:_
Standard Hotel Room; Group rate of $77.00 + 11% tax. per room, per night. One night's deposit of
room + tax (S85.47) requested. Beachfront rooms S20.00+tax additional per room, per night. Fully
refundable if canceled 72 hours prior to arrival. Deposit may be made by personal check, money order
or credit card. Reservation may also be called in to hotel directly.
Please complete and mail with deposit or call:
15208 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708 (813) 392-2275 or (800) 360-6658
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May, June, July, September
1997 Meetings
MAY 3: Meeting held during Spring Luncheon,
Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club, St.
Petersburg, Florida. Use of complimentary rooms at
hotel during Reunion explained by President
O'Donnell. $50,000 in Money Market account with
Dean Witter moved to a CD for better interest.
Executive Board approved overpayments of dues to
be considered as donations unless otherwise stipulated
by member.
The Executive Board passed a motion to charge
anyone over 18 attending 1998 Reunion a $5.00
Registration Fee. The proposed amendment to By-
Laws to increase dues to $30.00/year effective
October 1, 1997 was voted on by most members and
JUNE 6: Meeting held at St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, St.Petersburg, Florida, conducted by 1st. Vice
President Margot Jordan while President O'Donnell
was in Panama attending Gorgas Closing Ceremonies.
Mr. Chuck Hummer, Mr. Joe Wood, Mr. Adrien
"Kibby" Bouche and Col. Phillip Breunle have been
working on feasibility of establishing a Panama Canal
Memorial Museum. The Executive Board agreed to
have an official web page. There is presently an
unofficial web page under "Lost Paradise" which has
membership application and Reunion information.
Canal Records were mailed June 4. Members
advised to check with their local Post Office if
delivery is slow. There will not be any August
Regularly Scheduled meeting as previously planned.
JULY 4: Held during Annual Reunion at
Marriott's Orlando World Center. Attended by 275
members. President O'Donnell explained that
complimentary rooms are provided at no cost to the
Society as they are earned through sale of hotel
rooms to members. They are used for guest speaker,
band members, reunion chairpersons and past
presidents and saves the Society paying for these
rooms. He also reported that all members over 18
will be charged a $5.00 registration fee to attend the
1998 Reunion.
The Executive Board and Committee
Chairpersons gave short reports on their activities.
Mr. Hummer gave a short briefing on proposed
establishment of the Panama Canal Memorial
Museum project. A prospectus is available. Donations
may be made to a separate fund of the Society. The
Society is on Internet, compliments of ex-Zonian,
Matthew Armistead at no cost to the Society.
Computer requirements for Society office are being
studied. A member donated $1,000 towards purchase
of a new computer, and Mr. Louis Seldon challenged
members to match his donation of $10 to each the
Computer Fund and the Museum Project.
The president stated the vote count for
amendment to raise dues to $30 was 152 for and 38
against. Dues increase is effective 1 October 1997.
Reunion Coordinator Margot Jordan asked for
reports of Reunion Chairpersons. 2,256 members pre-
registered, 96 more on Wednesday/Thursday, total

2,352 to date. 97 golf players and 121 for golf
luncheon. 1,027 Panazonian Dance tickets sold to
date; 1,094 Ball tickets and 122 DJ Dance tickets
sold to date. 26 Vendor tables reserved.
Distinguished Service Awards presented to Anna
and Joe Collins for their many years of service to
the Society and to Nancy Van Siclen for her
dedicated work during Reunions and work with the
Executive Board.
Nominations Committee Chairperson reported the
vote count for 1997-1998 Officers were, for President,
Margot Jordan with 206 votes; for 1st Vice
President, Tom Peterson with 210 votes; for 2nd Vice
President, Charles Hummer with 205 votes; for
Directors, Faith Brundage with 163 votes and Betty
Snow with 131 votes. Incoming Officers were installed
by President O'Donnell.
Grand Prize of two r/t tickets from Miami-
Panama-Miami donated by COPA won by James
August: No meeting scheduled this month.
September: Luncheon/Meeting was held at
Fairways of Forest Lake Country Club, Sarasota,
Florida. 1997-1998 Executive Board members
announced by president, and that Board voted against
changing dues year from October to January due to
workload, lack of revenue at that time of year and
publication of Annual Directory. Money donated by
members was used to replace Record Editor's
computer which gave out after over eight years. A
separate checking account was opened for money
donated for the Panama Canal Museum. Board voted
to purchase a FAX designated for use by Reunion
Coordinator. Carol Masino, assistant to both Record
Editor and Secretary/Treasurer resigned. Mrs. Barbara
Slover was hired to replace her. $5,000 was
transferred back to Dean Whitter from checking
account. Notices to be mailed out mid-September
with dues increase.
Executive Board approved extension of deadline
for October issue of Canal Record so as to include
1998 Reunion yellow pages. Board also approved
1998 issue frequency as March, June, September and
December with Annual Directory in April.
Jane Huldtquist, By-Laws Chairperson gave vote
results of Amendment #10. Only 59 ballots received
from over 4,000 members, and 7 were invalid. 37
voted for amendment, 15 against.
Carnavalito will be held February 7, 1998 at
Santa Madeira Restaurant, Madeira Beach, St.
Petersburg, Florida. Holiday Inn on Madeira Beach
offered special room rate for those over-nighters.
President stated that no hotel in Tampa area can
accommodate over 500 guests, therefore we will
return to Orlando World Center Marriott in 1998.
Contracts for 1999 and 2000 being worked on.
Request for two nominations to serve on the
Nominations Committee was made. Mrs. Lori King
and Mrs. Lois Jones were nominated and elected.



Members attending the Society Spring Luncheon,
held May 3, 1997 at the Treasure Island Tennis and
Yacht Club were pleased with their meal, service and
atmosphere. Arrangements were made by Co-
Chairperson Anna Collins. Unfortunately, Mrs. Collins
had a fall and fractured her upper left arm in three
places, therefore could not attend. Her husband and
Co-Chairperson Joe Collins did attend.
Committee members Muriel Whitman, Olga
Disharoon, Faith Brundage and Barbara Green
checked entrance at the door and dispersed door
prizes. Raffle of painting of Summit Garden bridge
over pond painted and donated by Sue Graham of
Kerrville, Texas was won by Ruth Warner. The raffle
netted $100.00 for the Society. All door prizes were
donated. Mrs. Collins made numbered name tags
which served for awarding prizes. President O'Donnell
presented notes and tokens of appreciation to the
A total of 75 members and guests submitted
reservations. We were charged for 75 meals although
three had cancelled Co-Chairperson Anna and two
due to illness.
We look forward to another luncheon at this
club. We missed the "Clearwater Group" but hope
they make it next year.
Joe and I thank everyone for their support.

Anna Collins
Co-Chairperson, Spring Luncheon.



Aleguas, Mary
Archbold, Terry
Brayton, Alice
Collins, Wilma
Cotanche, Delores
Coulter, George
Crandall, Helen
Dixon, Tom
Dougan, Audra Joan
Furey, Mary
Gumban, Emilia

Yohros, Ben

Gumban, Maxine
Hoffmeyer, William
Johnston, Edward
Korenbrot, William
McKenzie, Loring
Pretto, Eola
Rosskopf, James
Russell, Virginia
Serko, David
Tesch, Jean
Thompson, Delores

If you have any information or any leads on how to locate
our missing classmates please contact:

William McGinn
38 Clear Vista Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
(310) 258-9044

Edward G. Corbett
106 Forge Road
Coventry, CT 06238-1415
(860) 742-8163


Would anyone have the address of Jean Mitchell
Smith? I believe she lives in Menlo Park, California,
however, my letter was returned. Please contact Ruth
Drake, 55 North St., Dalton, MA 01226.


Since we first announced plans about holding a
60th Class Reunion, we have heard from several
classmates and friends of the Class of '38 advising us
of the whereabouts of some of the graduates. We
are still trying to locate the following BHS 1938

Emiro Borden
Margarat Mae Brown
Virgmia Cabell
Damian Caries
Horace Gordon Cobb
Geneva Beryl Cooke
Edward Stevens Cornwell
John Joseph Dalton
Margaret Frances Davidson
Manone Lucille (Journey) Da
John Gaylor de Camp
Edward H. Delvalle
Margaret Clark Douglas
Dorothy E. Esperanza
Martin James Fitzpatrick
Margaret Campbel Grier
Patsy Marie (Ryan) Hunter
Neva Sara Henrie
Anita Louise Komp
John Clark McMurray
Patricia Margaret Madigan
Adolfo Malo

Kathryn Lillian Marchuldkitis
Helen (Michaelsen) McGrun
Blanche Wells Miller
Eugene Gregory Mulling
Geoffrey Maurice O'Donnell
Tomas Alberto Paredes
Diogenes P. Quintero
Larry Wilber Roberts
Raymond Albert Runyan
vis Betty Frances Sanderlin
Elsie Sanger
Judith Segard
Vernon Doyle Snyder
Charles Wallace Stewart
Dorothy Maria Stilson
Ruth Joanne Udden
Julio Ramon Valdes
Benjamin Grant Weir, Jr.
Virginia Ann Welch
Kermit Nelson Westbrook
Robert Linden Whiteley
Sarah Jean Williams

Marcos R. Zappi
If you know where any of these classmates are,
please send their names and current addresses to the
undersigned so we can advise them of the pending
60th Class Reunion in Orlando, Florida in July 1998.
We will keep you posted on plans.
Also, please see notice for BHS 1938 under the
announcement section of this Canal Record

Robert "Bob" VanSiclen
BHS Class of 1938
9816 Lake Seminole Drive West
Seminole, Florida 33773-4521
(813) 397-5366


William 0. Alexander
Ruth Appin
Fred Aydlett
Berta A. Azcarraga
James J. Ball
Dorothy Bower
Ben Bums
Homer Min-Jen Cher
Peter M.C. Chen
Maxine Couchman
Michael J. Cody
Clarence Crenshaw
Jose M.G. del Busto
Nellie Del Valle
William P. Edwards
Joan G. Ferro
Genoveva Fonseca
Beryl M. Gamas

Nydia Gonzalez
Jane M. Hanford
Jean M. Hanford
Dorothy Harrison
Nancy Heffington
Barbara Hentgen
Robert D. Homer
n John J. Horton
John E. Johnson III
James A. Jolley
John D. Landers
Russell W. Lawrence
Lois G. Lee
Carlos Maldonado
Eizabeth L McNew
Ramona E. Muller
Dorothy E. Nauert
Leisi S. Pollack
Thomas B. Woods

Beatriz Quintero
Ana T. Rios
Elaine C. Ruggles
James Russell
David C. Ryan
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn S. Sisson
Hugh Smith
Elvia Suazo
Franklin E. Tillman
Carlos Tong
John L Toone
Aurora Uribe
Patricia A. Vesser
Audrey M. Wagner
John H. Wallace
Isabel Washbum
Clifford B. Weaver

Please advise the Search Committee, below of any
known addresses:
Barbara Fritz Reyle Ruth Rose Foster
10518 Providence Way, 10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22030 Dunnelon, FL 34433
(703) 273-2654 (352) 489-3264


Tony Ramirez is interested in hearing from John
A. Morales. Please contact Tony at 803 Berkeley
Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025-33509.


Looking for Peter Gurney, a 1974 graduate from
Balboa. If you know the whereabouts, please notify
Louis (Bobby) Sommer, 2300 Salem Rd., Fayetteville,
AR 72704 tel. 501-442-9043.


George Berman Jr.
Capt. James W. Carlton
German E. Flores
Alan D. Gordon
James R. Hovan
Capt. George E. Smith
Frederick R. Walker
Ronald B. Wallace
Ellen W. Anderson
Elida del C. de Arias
Stephen S. Belok
Capt. Gerold R. Cooper
John G. Riley
George T. Hull
Brunilda I. Long
Fernando Martinez
Capt. Gerard P. Petroni
Noemy S. Soriano
Capt. Siegmar J. Wise
George E. Berlin
Capt. Leslie E. Highley
William S. Winkle
David C. Baerg
Carlos E. Dudley
Nicolas A. Mendoza
Muriel D. Mizrachi
George F. Patton Jr.
Robert S. Fishbough
Gerald V. Gorton
Richard G. Keith
Capt. Earl F. Moochler
Lou E. Saunders
Susan K. Stabler


Engineer & Const Bureau
Pilot Division
Engineering Division.
Management Inf. Sys. Div.
Dredging Division.
Pilot Division
Electrical Division
Construction Division.
Admin. Services Division.
Logistical Support.
Off. of Exec. Planning
Pilot Division
Admin. Services Division.
Marine Director's Office
Locks Division
Engineer & Const. Bureau
Pilot Division
Accounting Division
Pilot Division
Electrical Division
Pilot Division
Off. of Exec. Planning.
Off. of Exec. Planning.
Tech. Support Division
Canal Services Division
Maintenance Division
Industrial Division
Engineering Division
Canal Protection Division.
Maintenance Division
Pilot Division
Office of Director-IM
Office of Director-PA


Sister Barbara Barr Celebrates
Fifty Years in Maryknoll

Maryknoll Sister Barbara Barr celebrated 50
years as a Maryknoll Sister with 21 others at a Mass
on May 4, 1997, in the Chapel at Maryknoll Sisters
Center in Ossining, New York. The entire Jubilee
group totalled 39. They are serving in Africa, Central
and South America, the Islands of the Central
Pacific, Asia and the United States.
Barbara Frances Barr was born in Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone, on August 12, 1928, to Mary
Frances Westberg and Robert Warren Barr. She had
four brothers and one sister. She attended Ancon
Grammar School and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1946. She attended Canal Zone Junior

College for two years obtaining an Associate in Arts
Degree in 1947. She worked as a cashier for the
Panama Canal Company from 1945 to 1947.
Barbara entered Maryknoll on September 6, 1947,
at Maryknoll, New York. She was later given the
religious name of Sister Mary Barbara Frances. She
made her first profession on March 7, 1950, at
Maryknoll, New York, and her final profession on
March 7, 1953, in Bolivia. She attended Maryknoll
Teachers College at Maryknoll, New York, from 1949
to 1952, obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in
She was assigned to work in Bolivia in 1952.
After some language study, she became principal in
the primary school in Guayaramerin for six months.
She then taught shorthand, typing and English in
professional schools in San Jose and Riberalta, in the

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Beni Vicariate of Bolivia until 1955. In that year she
went to Lima, Peru, where she taught fifth grade for
the next four years. From 1959 to 1964, she taught
high school art and grade three in Santa Ana Parish
School in Cochabamba, Bolivia. From 1964 to 1966,
she taught sixth grade in Cobija, Bolivia, and was in
charge of the youth club. She returned to Riberalta
in 1966 where she served as principal of the Parish
Primary School until 1970.
Sister Barbara returned to the United States in
1970 and did Mission education work in Texas and
Chicago for one year. She returned to Bolivia in
1972, serving as principal of the primary school in
Guayaramerin in the Beni Vicariate. She also worked
with the Parent Teachers Association and did in-
service training for teachers until 1979. In 1979 she
went to Santa Cruz where she worked on the
Evangelization by Radio for rural areas. She wrote
scripts for the radio programs and assisted in the
production of them until 1984. She then turned her
attention to Religious Formation in Public High
Schools. In 1984, she moved to Montero in the
department of Santa Cruz to work on the Rural
Pastoral Project for the next three years. She began
work with the Center for Integral Promotion of
Rural Women (CEPRIFEM) in 1988.
Sister Barbara returned to Maryknoll, New York,
in 1990, serving in the Communications Department
as staff writer and Information Officer until 1993.
She also served as a member of the Center Council
until 1994. She then returned to Santa Cruz and the
work with CEPRIFEM.
Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters were the
first United States Catholic Women's religious
community to send missionaries overseas. More than
700 Maryknoll sisters are presently active in 31
countries of the world. Members now come from 22
nations and serve in Asia, Africa, Latin America,
Micronesia, the Islands of the Central Pacific and the
United States.
Office of Public Affairs
Panama Canal Commission

Commission tugboat to be
named for Canal's
longest-serving employee

With 69 years of service, the oldest U.S. Federal
Government employee, Panama Canal Commission
Inventory Management Specialist Cecil B. Haynes,
will be recognized in a unique way for his long and
loyal service to the Panama Canal. Having received
two congratulatory letters from U.S. President
William Clinton, one for his service to the Canal
and one for U.S. Federal Government service,
Haynes will obtain a different kind of recognition.
Panama Canal Commission Administrator Alberto
Aleman Zubieta announced, at a reception held at
the Administrator's residence on August 15, that the
second tugboat the Commission is purchasing in line
with scheduled Panama Canal modernization plans
will be named after Haynes.
Naming the tugboat after Haynes recognizes not
only his own long and dedicated service, but also
the Canal contributions of the many thousands of
dedicated employees who served the waterway during
and since construction days.
Haynes passion for his work is reflected in his
unblemished attendance record during the last 69

years. Born in the townsite of Gatun, Colon, in 1913,
Haynes started working for the Panama Canal agency
Storehouse Division as an "office boy" at the age of
14. In 1968, at the age of 55, Haynes decided to
postpone retirement for as long as possible,
preferring to keep on working, as he still does...
...The first tugboat that is being built under this
contract will be named after the first Panamanian
Commission Administrator Gilberto Guardia F...

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 29, 1997

Canal Authority Chairman

The position of chairman of Panama's new
Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has been filled by
appointment of Dr. Jorge E. Ritter. The PCA is the
agency that will succeed the Panama Canal
Commission following the Canal's turnover to the
Republic of Panama at noon on December 31, 1999.
The position carries the rank of Minister of Canal
Affairs. Panama President Ernesto Pirez Balladares
announced the Ritter appointment at a press
conference held at the Presidential Palace on July 7.
Commission Chairman Joe R. Reeder said of the
appointment, "Dr. Jorge Ritter brings enormous
intellect, industry, integrity and expertise to this
critically important leadership position for the
transition and early years of full Panamanian
stewardship. This is another "home run" for President
Perez Balladares. Commission Administrator Alberto
Alemin Zubieta said, "I think Ritter's appointment is
most appropriate to guarantee a smooth transfer of
the Canal to Panama."
Currently, Ritter is a Panama Canal Commission
Board member, Executive Director of Panama's
Transition Commission for the Transfer of the Canal
and Panama's negotiator for the establishment of a
proposed multi-national drug control center at
Howard Air Force Base.
The PCA Board of Directors will be directly
involved in the remaining months of the Panama
Canal transition process and will prepare the
necessary legal, administrative, and operating
procedures that will ensure a successful transfer of
Canal to Panamanian hands.
Ritter says of his new responsibilities, "The Board
of Directors over which I will preside will have as its
almost sole function, from now and up to the year
2000, the approval of regulations and of those
contracts and budgets that the PCA will need beyond
the year 2000."
The PCA organic law establishes that its board
of directors will comprise 11 members. In addition to
the chairman nine other members will be appointed
by the President, with the consent of the Cabinet
Council and the ratification of the Panama
Legislative Assembly; the latter is in charge of
appointing the eleventh board member. Care has
been taken to stagger the length of initial
appointments to maintain experience, continuity and
political independence.
According to the recently enacted PCA organic
law, the duties of the board of directors chairman
include presiding over board meetings; attending
meetings of the Cabinet Council with the right to
speak and vote; proposing and defending, together
with the administrator, all the actions pertaninm to

the Authority, submitting and justifying to the
Cabinet Council the draft of the annual budget of
the Authority and justifying it to the Legislative
Assembly, submitting and justifying to the Cabinet
Council the revision of tolls, fees, and rates charged
by the Authority-, keeping the board of directors and
the administrator informed about the policies,
programs, and projects of the national government
that may affect the operation and modernization of
the Canal; and submitting annual reports of the
operations and finances of the Authority to the
President of Panama, the National Assembly and the
Comptroller General's Office.
"The Panama Canal Authority will have an

arduous and challenging task during the last 30
months before the transfer of the waterway to
Panama," says Ritter, adding that PCA regulations
must be approved by the board of directors in
advance of entering into effect on December 31,
Since 1973, Ritter, who has a doctorate degree
in law, has held many Panama government posts,
including Minister of Government and Justice,
permanent representative to the United Nations,
Minister of Foreign Relations and personal advisor to
the president.
The Panama Canal Spillway
July 18, 1997


This was a great reunion and according to the
many members that I talked to, one of the best ever.
Most of our members had no trouble finding the
different events this year and so they seemed to be
more relaxed. All of our activities were a success and
I want to extend a very special thank you to all
those members who attended.
We had 24 Vendors this year and there wasn't
a time that I walked in there that the place wasn't
packed, except, of course, when they were setting up
the first day. The vendors were so pleased that most
of them have asked to reserve tables again next year.
We had DJ. Music on Friday and Saturday from
11:00-4:00 a.m. It was a great success again but it
was pretty empty until 1:00 a.m. so let's get the gang
in earlier next year and out of Champions. We are
open to suggestions as to the times you want the
DJ. so let us know your thoughts. Both of our other
dances were successful and on Saturday night when
Charlie Cooper's band quit at 1:45 a.m., the dance
floor was filled with a lot of happy Zonites.
I thoroughly enjoyed the food at the Annual
Luncheon except for the plantain. I understand they
used green plantain and it was difficult to cut, even
with a knife. The golf luncheon buffet was excellent
and the guys ate to their hearts' content.
This Reunion could not have been successful
without the help of my Chairpersons, Jane
Huldtquist, Jim and Barbara Slover, Faith Brundage,
Olga Disharoon, Betty Frassrand, Betty Malone,
Charles Hummer, Muriel Whitman, Peter Foster,
Tom Peterson, Pat Beall, Betty Snow, Jeanne
Wheeler, and Paul Rozmeski. A very special thanks
to all of these VOLUNTEERS and those
VOLUNTEERS who helped these chairpersons. They
work year after year on these committees, you should
recognize the names and faces by now.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Barbara
Green, our Secretary, and Pat Beall, our Editor,
who are the core of the Society and do so many
different things that they are too numerous to
mention here.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank the
VENDORS who donated door prizes for our Annual
Business Meeting. We appreciate your participation
and generosity.
Bowen-Keppie Travel donated two tickets that
were given away at the Annual Business Meeting.
We encourage all our members to book their flights
through our official travel agency. They will see that
you are treated right.

To our members I give a big thanks. Without
you, we could not continue to throw this grandiose
party each year. Please keep coming and support our
year-round efforts to set up entertainment that you
will enjoy while visiting with friends you haven't see
for awhile.
Tom Peterson will be your new Reunion
Coordinator for next year. Show him the same
support you have shown me and I know next year's
reunion will be a successful one.

Margot Jordan
1997 Reunion Coordinator

Chagres Invitational Golf

The 18th Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held on July 3, 1997 at the
Orlando World Center Marriott's, Florida. 97 golfers
tried to beat the "heat and the course". The Awards
Luncheon immediately followed with 121 golfers and
guests enjoying a picnic style menu of Fried Chicken,
Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Corn on the
cob, Rolls, Beverage and Apple Pie.
Co-Chairpersons Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover
with committee members Barbara Slover, Betty
Frassrand, Joe and Anna Collins, Margot and Hubie
Jordan, and Aura Erikson checked the golfers in at
the club, got them started, and returned to the hotel
to decorate tables, put out the prizes and coordinate
the luncheon with the hotel.
Door prizes were awarded throughout the
luncheon in addition to the flight winner prizes.
Peter Zolik of Utah won the 3 day-2 night stay at
Saddlebrook Golf and Tennis Resort in Wesley
Chapel, FL., procured by Betty Frassrand. Hubert
Jordan and "Woody" Woodruff won the two beautiful
afghans made and donated to the tournament by
Irene Will in memory of her husband Ray Will.
Michael Smith of Georgia donated two handmade
putters, won by Paul Hieronymous and Louis Reyes.
Other donations came from Dothan, Alabama via
"Woody" Woodruff; two bottles of Cream Sherry and
Panamanian glasses came from Mr. and Mrs. Norman
Demers; and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Van Siclen, Mr. and
Mrs., Ernest Yocum, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Jordan,
Bill Wheeler, Frank Baldwin, and the Panama Canal
Society also donated prizes. We wish to thank all
those generous people.
Our champions this year are John Nickisher who
shot 3 over par 75 and Margot Jordan with an 86.

The Fred Huldtquist Trophy was presented to them
upon which their names will be engraved, along with
two crystal Ice Buckets. Closest to the Pin events
were won by Tom Frensley and Margot Jordan, each
winning a bottle of champagne.
The Flight Winners were: Ladies Louise
Murphy-93, Carol Falasca-100, Maggie Windel-101,
Harriet Wollmers-102, Darla Hall-103, Ann
Richardson-120. Flight A: Mark Arms-78, Bob
Gibson-86, Doug McAlpine-88, Arthur Egger-89,
Michael Smith-89, Jim Bradley Jr. and Patrick Smith
(tied)-90. Flight B: Tom Frensley-77, Peter Dehlinger-
77, Ed Malin Jr.-80, Frank Anderson Jr.-80, Marc
Malovasic-82. Don Bensen-87. Flight C: Ray

Roberrson-77, Hubert Jordan-85, John Arms-88,
Charles Leves-89, Gordon Sanders-89, Jim Bradley
Sr.-90. Flight D: George Downing-76, Louis Dedeaux-
83, Ron Angermuller-89, Dean Bright-89, Ed Stroop-
90, Jim Brady-91 tied with Ed Waishkey-90.
Discussions held during the luncheon concerning
ways to improve and "speed up" play because of the
heat. Most players satisfied with format but all
suggestions will be considered and included in next
year's tournament, if feasible. Look for some changes.

Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover
1997 Co-Chairpersons, Chagres Golf Tournament

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1. 1997 Golf Committee. Top: Jane Huldtquist, Co-Chairperson. Middle L-R: Betty Frassrand, Hubert
Jordan, Jim Slover, Co-Chairperson, Margot Jordan, Joe Collins, Anna Collins. Front: Aura Erikson,
Barbara Slover. 2. 1997 Chagres Invitational Golf Champions being awarded the Fred Huldtquist Trophy,
John Nickisher, Jane Huldtquist and Margot Jordan. John and Margot also received individual trophies
of a Crystal Ice Bucket each. 3. Winner of the 3-day Weekend at Saddlebrook Resort, Peter Zolick, with
Margot Jordan.

1. Fathers and Sons: Ed Malin, Sr., Bill Baldwin, Frank Baldwin, Ed Malin, Jr. 2. Russell Herrington,
Louis Reyes, Rolando Linares. 3. Andy Barna, Jim Slover, Robbie Boyer, Peter Flynn.

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1st Place Winners: Tom Frensley, Mark Arms, Louise Murphey, Roy Robberson, George Downing. 2. 2nd
Place Winners: Bob Gibson, Peter Dehlinger, Carol Falasca, Louis Dedeaux, Hubert Jordan. 3rd Place
Winners: Doug McAlpine, Ed Malin Jr., Maggie Windle, Ron Angermuller, John Arms.

4th Place Winners: Frank Anderson Jr., Harriet Wollmers, Arthur Egger, Charles Leves, Dean Bright. 5th
Place Winners: Gordon Sanders, Darla Hall, Marc Malavasic, Micheal Smith, Ed Stroop. 6th Place
Winners. Jim Brady, Jim Bradley Jr., Don Bensen, Ed Waishkey (tie), Jim Bradley Sr., Pat Smith (Tie-

1997 Hotel Lodging Report
I hope that everyone had a wonderful time at
the Reunion! As we now begin working on next
year's reunion, I'd like to make a few suggestions to
all our members. IF YOU ARE EVEN REMOTELY
the event you decide not to come, you may always
cancel the reservation and, provided it is done within
72 hours prior to arrival, you will not be charged.
We ran into a situation this year where we had
to refer many of our members to other hotels as the
Marriott was full. The deadline is adhered to very
strictly by the Marriott. Once the deadline is reached,
all rooms revert back to the Marriott and we are not
able to fill any of the rooms at our discounted rate.
This year, we reached our block just short of the
deadline therefore, many of the members who sent
in their reservations the week prior to the deadline
could not get a room at the Marriott.
If we receive reservations early enough in the
year and we see that there will be a bigger turn out
than anticipated, it affords our Board the opportunity
to go back to the hotel to attempt to increase our
block. We cannot, however, do this thirty days prior.
It must be done as early as possible. Therefore, as
I have stated above, GET RESERVATIONS IN
We had some questions this year about the $5.00
registration fee. This fee was imposed by the Board
a couple of years ago to help defray some of the
costs of the reunion. This fee is to be paid prior to
a reservation for ANY of the activities being
processed. Some reservations did not contain the
5.00 registration fee and therefore were delayed in
being processed and forwarded to the hotel.
Although most members were thankful when we
called to tell them of the oversight, we did have

some members who took the approach that it is only
$5.00 and the forms should be processed anyway.
Again, this is a fee imposed to ALL members by the
Board and therefore it is not fair that someone not
paying the fee be treated the same as those who saw
to it to pay the fee as directed. Hopefully, this year,
we will not run into the same problem.
I also received many complaints about the form
and directions for the hotel being confusing. This was
a very good point and we are working to make the
form less confusing.
I'll close by saying that serving as the Society
Lodging Chairperson challenges and all was a
pleasant experience. I was able to meet a lot more
of our members which is what our organization is all
about. I assure you we did our best to accommodate
all of our members to the best of our ability. GET
Betty Frassrand
1997 Society Hotel Lodging Chairperson.

Luncheon Report

I want to thank the Society for their confidence
in me and the pleasure of once more being your
We had 458 places at the luncheon, consisting of
8 complimentary luncheons and 450 tickets sold.
Except for the fact that the luncheon that was
served was not what we had expected, the Guest
Speaker, LtCol. Paul B. Mouritsen was well received
by all and his speech was a most informative one
and enjoyed by all.

Betty Malone
1997 Chairperson, Reunion Luncheon

Registration Report
Registration was made easy and pleasant thanks
to the wonderful volunteers we had.
The registration count is as follows:
2,259 pre-registered as if 6/30/97
160 registered at the Reunion
2,419 total registered. There were many
who did not register.
There were 110 envelopes not picked up; 14 had
dance tickets. A total of 218 name badges were not
picked up.
As I have been appointed to chair the
Registration next year, I have kept all the supplies in
my possession.
I thank Barbara Green, Muriel and John
Whitman for their help, and my Co-Chairperson Olga
Disharoon together with all our wonderful volunteers
for a job well done.

Bingo Report
Bingo was held in the New Orleans/New York
rooms at the Orlando World Center Marriott at 1:00
pm of July 4, 1997. Approximately 110 members
attended. 12 games of double bingo, 12 games of
triple bingo and one Cover-all were played.
Prizes consisted of 12 porcelain "Chivas" from
Panama and several Panama Canal Society license
plates. Cover-all prize was a sculptured 3-D picture
donated by Faith Brundage.
Everyone had a good time.
I recommend that the Society purchase new
Bingo supplies, including colored markers and better
Bingo cards. These items are available at K-Mart,
Walmart, and even flea markets. Prizes should be
purchased, donated or from the supply of tokens
which the Society keeps on hand. Bingo should
definitely be continued.

Faith A. Brundage
1997 Co-Chairperson, Registration

Paul Rozmeski
1997 Bingo Chairperson

Transportation Report
The Society membership response for utilizing
the Society's Official Travel Agent, Bowen-Keppie
Travel of Clearwater, Florida exceeded those of the
past five years. A number of members received
refunds or Airline Credits between $40 to over $500
in their Air Tickets due to reductions in Air rates
which occurred after they had paid for their
reservations to attend the 1997 Reunion.
Bowen-Keppie retains members' air tickets until
three weeks prior to the reunion. This policy enables
them to monitor members reservations and, if there
is a significant rate reduction, they can pass the
savings on to the member with either a refund or
Airline Credit. This policy has its good and bad
points. The good points are that members may
receive a refund the bad is that the agents'
commission is reduced. Since airline ticket costs vary
from one day to the next, Bowen-Keppie feels it is
the job of the agency to look out for the best
interests and lowest fares for their clients.
The winner of the 1997 Reunion Travel Contest
was Denise Alberga. She was a happy member when
she contacted Bowen-Keppie to redeem her prize
(reimbursement for her travel ticket to and from the
1997 Reunion) she was further delighted when
advising the Agency that she wanted to buy a ticket
to another location, Bowen-Keppie awarded her with
a ticket of higher value to her new location instead
of reimbursing her Reunion ticket.
As more and more members utilize the Society's
Official Travel Agent, it will have an overall benefit
to the whole Society. The 1997 Reunion Travel
Program was very successful.
Pete Foster, Chairperson
Bowen-Keppie Travel, Official Society Travel Agent

Security Report
The Society once again employed the services of
a professional security firm to provide personnel to
monitor the three dances sponsored by the Society
and to provide overnight security for the musical
instruments. They provided nine security personnel,
including a shift supervisor.
We coordinated closely with the Loss Prevention
Office of the Orlando World Center and dealt with
several incidents involving attendees of the Reunion.
The hotel security staff were extremely cooperative
and handled these incidents in a professional manner
while also insuring the overall pleasant atmosphere of
the hotel was maintained. This can be a difficult task
and they did a fine job in helping make the Reunion
a successful one.
The number of incidents of unacceptable
behavior on the part of attendees at the Reunion
were minimum and were handled effectively. The
Society will take appropriate actions to notify those
involved that such behavior will not be tolerated in
the future.
I was honored and proud to serve as Reunion
Security Representative, and I have written letters of
appreciation to both the security firm and the hotel
regarding the security aspects of the Reunion.
Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
1997 Security Representative


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1997 Information Report

The Information table had 14 volunteers
conducting business during the designated hours of
operation. Most were veterans, having taken part in
this section before. The location of the tables was
ideal for the assistance and guidance we were able
to provide for our members.
Besides providing information to the members,
we sold DJ Dance tickets, Panazoninan and Ball
S tickets, license plates, decals and the latest Canal
Record. Our busiest time was Friday, July 4, from
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. when Marcia Barrere and Steve
Nehring took in over $2,300.00. They are to be
congratulated for their expertise in handling money
J. and providing information and help at the same time.
Our total sales were as follows:
Panazonian Dance tickets: 299 $2,392.00
Annual Ball tickets: 337 $4,044.00
DJ Dance (Friday) 15 $ 75.00
WE CAI DJ Dance (Saturday) 18 $ 90.00
RESE Reunion Account: $6,601.00
NY TIC License Plates 66 $ 330.00
Decals 98 $ 196.00
Canal Records 30 60.00
Society Account: 586.00
? Total: $7,187.00
My thanks to all our volunteers; they did a great
job under difficult conditions, nonetheless, we were
stationary and all the members had to pass before us
at one time or another. It's a great way to meet
long lost friends!
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
1997 Information Chairperson


Vendors Report
We had twenty-three vendors and three had an
extra table twenty-six paid for. Several vendors
S requested extra tables however there was no more
1, space in the vendors room to accommodate them. If
the participation of the vendors increases next year,
we should check with the hotel for a larger area.
The vendors had a variety of items for sale and
some were new members. They all donated a door
prize to be presented at our Annual Business
Meeting. They all informed me that they had a
profitable week and would be back next year.
The Vendors area was usually filled with
members purchasing and was a very busy place. It
was pleasant working with them and they were very
cooperative and helpful. Mr. Jack Prather made
himself available to help clear out the room at
closing time and assisted when needed.
I had asked the vendors for their remarks and/or
changes. I have received some answers which I am
submitting to the Reunion Coordinator for our
consideration. I am looking forward to next year as
Vendors Chairperson.
Muriel Whitman
1997 Vendor Chairperson

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Mini-Reunion Report

There were 13 Class reunions held during the
July 2-6, 1997 Reunion. BHS 1968 came in at the
last moment, and the others were: BHS'47,
CHS'47,BHS'49-'51, BHS/CHS'57, BHS'62, BHS'67,
CHS'67, BHS'72, BHS'77, CHS'77, BHS'82, and
Other mini-reunions were: Gamboa Get-together,
Girl Scout Troop 27, and the Masonic/Order of the
Eastern Star Luncheon.
The mini-reunions brought in a great many new
members. This was attributed to each of the mini-
reunion chairpersons who provided applications for
membership to their class members. Another great
source of new membership was brought about
through the Internet web which provided a wealth of
information regarding the reunion. Through the web,
many former Zonians learned for the first time that
there was a Panama Canal Society!
Five mini-reunions for 1998 have already started
looking for classmates, and two for 1999 are doing
the same.
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
1997 Mini-Reunion Coordinator

Panazonian Dance, Annual Ball
and DJ Dances Report

The Panazonian Dance was held on Friday, July
4th, the Annual Ball on Saturday, July 5th, and the
two DJ Dances were held Friday and Saturday
nights. All were well attended. There were 940
tickets sold for the Panazonian Dance, 1,343 tickets
sold for the Annual Ball, and 941 tickets sold the DJ
At the Panazonian Dance, the incomparable
Leroy Lewis and his band entertained members of
the Society. Father Frank Pretto and his band played
for the enjoyment of our members at the Annual
Dr. Duck, an Orlando disc jockey, played for the
DJ dances.
A great time was had by all.
Tom Peterson
Barbara Peterson
Reunion Dances

"Despedida" Report

The last day of the 1997 Reunion ended with
another successful Despedida featuring the
Panamanian Folk Dance Group of Orlando.
This year the group performed a new program
under the direction of Seiior Aramis Carvajal,
Director and Choreographer.
The dance troupe performed in their traditional
costumes pollers, montunas, and montunos. They
were accompanied by tambores, accordion, gourds
and a singer. The group's M.C. explained the three
tes of dress worn by the women, explaining that
t ere are three types pollera embroidered, applique,
and cross-stitch, adorned by traditional jewelry and
hair ornaments called "tembleques."
The Society furnished free coffee, however sweet
rolls were available on the main floor and many
members missed the opportunity to buy breakfast
rolls there. In spite of this, the Despedida was a
huge success, attended my a large amount of fans.
Despedidas to 1997 and Bienvenidos to the 1998
Betty (Chan) Snow
1997 Despedida Chairperson

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1996-1997; Marjorie H. Foster, 1994-1995; Jane Huldtquist, 1993-1994; Robert Van Siclen, 1991-1993;
Muriel Whitman, 1987-1988; Seated L-R: Ray W. "Bill" Wheeler, 1986-1987; Peter Foster, 1985-1986; Anna
Collins, 1983-1984; Robert J.Roy, 1977-1978; and the late Eugene Askew, 1974-1976. Not pictured, but
at the reunion: Betty Frassrand, 1989-1991.

Three Distinguished
Panama Canal Masons Honored

On July 4, 1997, at a Masonic/Order of the
Eastern Star luncheon held in conjunction with the
Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., in Orlando, Florida, M.W. Arthur E.
Johnson, Grand Master, presented three 50-year
Veterans Medals to the following Panama Canal
Masons: R.W. and Ill. Norman B. Davison, Past
District Grand Master of the Canal Zone Masonic
District and Past Deputy of the Supreme Council,
33*, SJ., USA; Wor. Ralph K. "Tony" Frangioni, Past
Deputy District Grand Master of the Canal Zone
Masonic District and Inspector General Honorary,
Supreme Council, 33*, SJ. USA; and Wor. John

W.R. Muller, Past Master of Canal Zone Lodge
(Now Ancon Lodge) and KYCH.
Also present on this auspicious occasion with
many other Panama Canal Brethren and their ladies,
were R.W. James E. Cook, District Grand Master of
the Panama Canal Masonic District, and R.W. Louis
Harmon, Grand Marshall, and their ladies, and M.W.
Alberto Lalo, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of Panama.
R.W. and Ill Thomas C. Peterson, Past District
Grand Master of the Panama Canal Masonic District
and Past Deputy of the Supreme Council, 33*, SJ.
USA, organized the luncheon and acted as Master of
We look forward to the 1998 Masonic/OES

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BHS'47 50th Reunion Blast
Never, which is a long time, have so many
friendly, intelligent, and distinguished long past
acquaintances gathered and had such an outstanding,
memorable event.
Some 35 BHS'47 classmates along with their
sweethearts and/or wives (57 total) were present at
the Marriott during the Panama Canal Society's
Reunion to celebrate their 50th high school
graduating class reunion.
Conversations and story-telling seemed to pick up
precisely where they stopped 50 years ago. Classmates
came from Maine, Washington, California, Florida,
many states in between and Panama. Good fellowship
ruled the days. The accomplishments of each and
every one of them were shared as a group, and all
attributed their successes to fine teachers and the
unique environment of the Canal Zone.
We are all looking forward to the next reunion
(not 50 years hence maybe 5, maybe less). Those
who were unable to attend were in the thoughts and
remembrances of those there. It is hoped that the
next get-together will include you in the festivities.
All of those who participated in the accomplishment
of this event are commended for a job well done.
Submitted by:
Frederick J. Rose, BHS'47


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CHS-47, 50th Reunion. Front L-R; Nisla Aizpurua, Jeanne Boles, Hedy Kellman, Jack Taylor, Dick
Scheidegg, Joo Smith, Alice Benthall, Andree Whitlock, Harriet Keenan w/spouse George Wollmers,
Lanky Flores. 2nd Row L-R: Larry Treadwell (Zeke's spouse), Tom McGinn and wife Dreena, Dick Nitto
and wife Jane, Gloria Bomefeld, Norma Lee VanSiclen, Helene Diaz and spouse Jack Brunner, Eric
Page (Hedy Kellman's spouse), Betty Blackburn (Sam's wife), Buckeye Swearingen, Sam Blackburn, Joe
Snyder, Jane's brother), 3rd Row: Jack and Skippy Pescod, Zeke Campbell, Jane Snyder, Pete and
Marje Foster, Elena and Loule Hooper, Phyllis and Ken Sether. NOT in picture, Betty Watts Kelleher.

BHS-47, 50th REUNION. Front L-R: John Mallia; Anita (Catanzaro) Oberholtzer; Bob McCarrick; Peggy
(Sylvestre) Simpson; Catherine (Taylor) Walker; Jimmy O'Donnell; Lois (Hollowell) Jones, Dwight Van
Evera; Clarice (Dettor) Brainard; Eileen Newman; Middle L-R: Buddy McGee; Bill McDougall, Edwin
Baumbach; Al Johnston; Joanne (Flynn) Farley; Joe Kunkel; Bernice (Israel) Karlan; Roy Tullinger,
Louis Dedeaux; Elaine (Tuttle) Mount; Teresa (Grimm) Stelnacker; Ellen (McClain) Coburn; Yolanda
(Canavaggio) Kochman; Fred Rose. Back L-R: Dean Bright, Edna (Russell) Ritcher; Helen Rae (Souder)
McDougall; Marion (Schjeveland) Thompson; Bert Nelli; Ronald Angermuller; Niza (Boyton) Grieg;
George Hatchett; Bill Evans; Jim Maloney; Henry Joe Leisy.


CHS 1977: Back L-R: Donald Tanner, Jeff Fryer, Ted Kaufer, Scott Tomlinson, Dennis Palomares,
Richard Todhunter, Peter Collins, Jeff Rozmeski, Lee Shultz, Ed Herring, Jon Dedeaux, Drake Carlisle,
Paul Alexsitis. Middle L-R: Francisco Lee, Dennis Schreiber, Maggie Bauer, Rod Snyder, Roberta
Sanchez, Ron Pierce, Mary Welch, Karen Paine, Karyn Dumas, Ed Overstreet, Sue DeGraw, Lou Ann
Phares, Nancy Blount, Joe Finneman. Front L-R: Amanda Turner, Sue Bell, Cindy Mann, Tracy Scott,
Unda Wilford, Kim Hetrick, Terri Salyer, Eva Thompson, Theresa Behre, Carol Berger, Wanda Bath,
Rhonda Bath, Gina Rossi. Not pictured: Steve Waggoner, Steve Trickier, Elizabeth "Pepper: Mufioz.
Submitted by Terri Salyer Lang, CHS'77 Reunion Coordinator.






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BHS Class of 1937 Reunion
The Sixtieth Reunion of BHS Class of 1937 was
held with a dinner at the American Grill restaurant
during the July Reunion of the Panama Canal
Society in Orlando. A total of 15 friends managed to
attend the lively dinner. Those present were: Jim and
Evelyn Cullen, Graham and Grace Brotherson, Iris
Dedeaux Hogan, Jean Dennis Herbert, Virginia
Morgan Cooper, Howard and Emmy Lou Clark;
Flora Belle Moon Helmericks, James and Lester
Meigs, Ruth Bauman Yeilding, and Frances Violette
and Roy Sharp.
Submitted by:
Frances V. Sharp, BHS'37

Your Reporter Says ...


Beverly Kinsey returned home July 1st after
attending her niece's April wedding in Pennsylvania.
She then traveled on to Kennebunkport, ME, where
she met and shook hands with former President Bush
on Memorial Day. However, she was so excited to
see him and his wife, Barbara, she did not get his
autograph. Her next destination was Twin Mountain,
NH, for two more weeks of sightseeing. Then off to
Michigan to attend her granddaughter Sandie's
graduation. From there she went to Frankenmuth,
MI, staying at the Bavarian Inn, famous for its old
world atmosphere and year-round Christmas stores.
She sounds like she had a great time, but I do
believe she was glad to finally get home.
Alice Clark, her son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law
Tammy, and Arlene Abbott left in late July for St.
Maartins in the Caribbean for a late summer holiday.
They reported the weather was beautiful and the
beaches were magnificent. A good time was had by
Just back from Las Vegas are Edna Kovel and
Arlene Abbott. They took a side trip to Mesquite,
NV, and did some gambling. Like all of us who go
there, their luck was unbelievable and we will take
that either way.

Stella Nita and her daughters, Mary Ann Nita
and Tony Kalb, spent a week in Panama City Beach,
FL. Stella reported that they enjoyed the sunny days
and sandy beaches.
In late September, Muriel McGriff, Margaret and
Jack Hern, and Dolores Cleveland will be going on
a Southwest Adventure with Southern Touch Tours
to the Lone Star State of Texas, San Antonio in
particular. We are really looking forward to this trip
and I'm sure we will have a great time. Will report
on our escapades next time.
Guess that is all from the Hot Southeastern part
of Alabama called Dothan.
Dolores W. Cleveland
(334) 793-4812

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January 23, 1998


The Bruce G. Sanders Memorial Dinner will be
held at the Clarion Inn, Fayetteville, AR, October
12, 1997, from 12 noon until 4 p.m. The cost of
buffet lunch will be $9.95.
At the Blanch Shaw picnic held on Father's Day,
the society members were glad to have the following
persons come forward and agree to run the society
for the next two years: President, Louis R. Sommers,
Jr., and Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Crooks
Koepplinger, both residents of Fayetteville, AR.
There were 42 members present.
John and Polly Michaelis had son Zachary visit
with them in June. They also drove to Houston, TX,
to spend Father's Day with son Gregory and his
Alice Nail enjoyed a float trip on the Elk River
with the local Shriners clown group.
Etta Faye Terrell is spending some time in
Metairie, LA, with daughter Andrea and son-in-law
Paul Oliver due to a medical problem.
Joe and Gretta Vowell enjoyed a three or four-
day visit with Doug and Camille Gibbs who have
since returned to Panama.
News from the Colclasures Addle and Marion.
Addie came from Kansas accompanied by her sister
Juanita Tarpley to attend the graduation of David
Colclasure from the Univ. of Arkansas. Also, Danny
Colclasure came from Florida to attend the
graduation. Marion spent a week in Utah to attend
the 150th Anniversary Mormon Centennial in Salt
Lake City.
Joan and Jack Corliss enjoyed the Reunion and
their subsequent cruise. They also became
grandparents when daughter Leslie became the
mother of Kelsie Joan Everett. Now Joan babysits
five days a week.
Harold and Jerry Harp were packing their bags
for a trip to northern Idaho when I called them.
Betty McGilberry and Maxine Reinhold were
contacted and reported nothing exciting.
Dorothy Sanders had son Bruce Jr. come up
from Piano, TX, in July for a few days. He helped
Mom with some fixing up around the home place.
Peggy and Norbert Keller says things are pretty
much the same.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman motored to Biloxi,
MS, to visit with son, M/Sgt. James Huffman, who is
attending computer training classes at Keesler AFB,
MS. Their next trip will be in September to visit
with Elinor Callahan and Bob Donahue in New
Mike and Henrietta Horoda had daughter Pamela
and grandson Blaine Rogers up from Texas for a
visit. Also, Mike spent about three weeks with his
mother in Indiana during the month of June. Then
there was a reunion of family and friends at
McCormick Creek State Park near Spencer, IN.
While on the trip, they took their grandson to meet
his great-grandmother and the Museum of Science
and Industry in Chicago. The 4th of July was spent
in Texas with son Michael and family.
Due to the passing of his wife, Willa, Herbert
O. Engelke moved from Springfield, MO, and is now
in a nursing center in Fayetteville, AR.
Jess and Lynn Harp, and their two children,
Samantha and Jess, attended a Hunt/Dunning family
reunion in North Carolina. Upon their return home,
they had a Flenniken family get-together that
included Freda Storer, Betty Dunning, and Carol

Schoenke and their families.
Your reporter enjoyed his time at the Reunion
in Orlando and was glad to see "old" friends not
seen since leaving the Zone. Hope to attend again
next year. Will be driving back home to northwest
Iowa to help my stepmother, Edna Baker, celebrate
her 89th birthday in the middle of August. While
traveling to and from the Reunion, I got to visit
with my son Paul Rhoads and family and my
grandsons Michael Pedersen and his family.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Keith York reports that his daughter Gladys
Maria York, who is employed with the Southern
Command, has recently purchased a home in
Pembroke Pines, FL, west of Miami. His grandson
Francisco Percy will be entering Michigan Tech in
Houghton, MI, the same school that Keith attended.
In June, Keith and Winona visited Winona's daughter
Kerry Davis in Salt Lake City.
Harry and Lee Butz report that their daughter
and son-in-law, Esther and Bill Clair, are planning a
trip to Perth, Australia, in October for a two-week
visit with friends. The Clairs live in Atlanta, GA.
Sara Palumbo Stephens' second oldest son
Spencer Reed returned to Fayetteville on July 31
from Navy duty in Guam. Her oldest son Steve, also
at home, has been employed for two years installing
ponds and fountains, utilizing hand-made rock. The
Stephens' daughter Charity is a senior at Fayetteville
H.S. this year, and she works part time at Catfish
Hole. Gabriel Stephens is an eager third grader.

Louis R. Sommer, Jr., president, and Nancy
Koepplinger, secretary, for the Panama Canal
Society of Northwest Arkansas.

Carl and Petie Maedl made their usual mid-
summer trip to Minnesota to visit friends and family
in Minneapolis and other parts of the state. Former
Canal Zone friends that they saw were Marguerite
Hauberg at her summer cabin on Sturgeon Lake and
Jim and Grace Pfau and Ted Franklin at Covenant
Manor in Golden Valley. They spent several days
with their daughter and son-m-law, Pat and Jim
Krough, in Deephaven. They were entertained royally
at the home of their grandson and wife, Todd and
Liz Krough, who hosted a family gathering which

included two other grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren. In early August No. 2 grandson,
Webster Krough, who works for Carlson Industries in
Minneapolis, flew to Thailand, and on August 16, he
and Pattamon Yomchinda were married in Bangkok.
The young couple will make their home in
Minneapolis. Pamela Maedl Gutowskl, from
Charleston, IL, flew to Orlando to attend her 30th
CHS class reunion which took place over the 4th of
July. She enjoyed this very much and derived great
satisfaction from seeing former classmates and
1997 seems to have been a year for seeing
Panama Canal friends for Mary Condon. In April,
she and Maxine Wrenn drove to Granbury, TX, to
visit Bob and Marcia Jones, formerly with the
Railroad Division and Health Services, respectively.
In May, when Virginia Wilcox of Sequin, TX, came
to visit her granddaughter in Fayetteville, Mary
showed her some of the highlights of N.W. Arkansas.
Virginia and Box Wilcox had lived in Balboa, and
Bob taught Spanish at BHS. Later in May, Frank
and Marge Price Dougherty and Frank's sister from
Spokane, WA, came for a few days' visit.
In late May, Mary and Maxine drove to St.
Louis where they were guests of Carl and Elaine
Bretscher. Carl was formerly a pastor at Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Balboa. In addition, they also
visited Ron and Mary Ann Rall and family. Ron had
served as a vicar at the Margarita Lutheran Church.
They drove on to York, PA, for a few days with
Marge and Joe Coffin, formerly with the Gatun Fire
Department. They drove on to Alexandria, VA, to
visit Wendel Allen, who lived for a time in Gatun.
The three of them drove down to Richmond, VA,
one day and had lunch with Anne Beckley, a former
resident of Balboa. The last place on their itinerary
was Virginia Beach where they visited Mary Stuart,
a retired Canal Zone teacher, and Art and Jan
Meyer. Art was a former pastor at Redeemer
Lutheran Church, Balboa. On their way home they
stopped in Springfield, MO, for a night and called
Georgia Gwinn, another former Canal Zone teacher,
and she came over to their motel for dinner and a
good visit.
On September 5th, Mary (Condon) joined a
troup in Fayetteville for a guided ten-day tour to the
Canadian Rockies.
On August 10th, Carla Meehan Homan, of
Rockford, MI, and Judy Palumbo-Gates, of Fairview,
IA, and Luke Palumbo, Fayetteville, stopped in to
visit the Maedls. They had a great time reminiscing
about former days in the Zone as well as being
updated on current family news. The next day Judy
accompanied Carla on her drive to Dallas, TX,
where Carla intends to make her home. Then Judy
flew back to Iowa in time for the opening of school.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033

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A special meeting of the PCSSC met on August
10th for an update on the continuance of Society of
Southern California. Response to a recent
newsletter, detailing the grave circumstance of the
Society, resulted in much concern but no solution.
The slate of vacated offices: President, Vice-
President, Secretary, and Newsletter Editor, have
remained vacant, with no viable candidates willing to
The meeting prompted discussion again the
possibility of a "Support Committee" composed of
Board Members, who would plan and organize group
functions. A vote taken at the end of discussion
resulted in a "No final action" an impasse once
However, a Christmas Luncheon was scheduled
to be held at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, on
December 7th. The social hour starting at 10:30
a.m. will begin the festivities. Menu choices have
been selected: Chicken or Yankee Pot Roast. Call
Secretary Eileen Petersen (213)-464-0330 with your
This gathering could determine the future of the
society. Plan to attend. In retrospect, the Society
was established in 1921, and has had a long and
illustrious history. It is now up to the younger folks
"To Take the Reins" to keep the Society spirit alive
and well.
Kathryn Taylor, Chairperson for the first "mini"
West Coast Dinner Dance to be held in San Diego
on September 20th, announced that interest is good
and reservations arriving steadily.
This year, the event is scheduled at the "Bay
View Restaurant" which overlooks a beautiful marina,
on an inlet of San Diego Bay. Anyone in the area
not attending will be sorry.
Jack and Kathy Taylor attended the Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando. Jack celebrated his "50th
High School" gathering while Kathy spent time
"catching up" with old friends. They both had a
great time.
Hedwig Seedborg will be re-settling at Sierra
View, a retirement home in Reedley, Ca. She'll
have help with chores and meals, which will be a
welcome change. We wish you well, Heddy.

Kreis family reunion. L-R: Patty Kreis Witt with
daughter Stefanie, unnamed, G-mom Elisa Kreis
Moore, unnamed, Back: Crisina Kreis Anderson
with daughter Carly Grace.
Robert and Cristina (Kreis) Anderson had a
houseful of family and friends, at their home in Pt.
Loma, CA, to celebrate the baptism of daughter,
Carly Grace, at St Agnes Catholic Church.
Grandmom Elba Moore and husband Jim were in

attendance. Sister Patty (Kreis) and Geoffrey Witt
came in from New York, with their two children
Stephanie and Emory. Brothers Richard resides in
Norway and Donald is living in Benecia, CA.
Joan deGrummond, has planned a vacation to
England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales the end of
September. She will be joined by daughter Tina and
family and son Steve Cartotto and his bride, also
Linda and Bob Morris spent Labor Day week in
Frisco, Texas with daughter Bliss, John, JJ and Drew
Connerton. The Morrises were house-hunting, as a
move back to Texas is on the drawing board. A
mini-family reunion, at the Trail Dust Restaurant,
was enjoyed with the Connertons and son Will Robb,
Barbara, Robie, Jr, and Alexandra.
This will be my "Swan Song" for the California
newsletter. It has been a great experience.
Oh, response for the four time-tested empanada
recipes was astounding! I've got more....send a large,
self-addressed envelope to: The Casa Morris, 3005
Governor Dr., University City, San Diego, CA 92122.
Linda Morris


Penny (Pennington) Graham writes, "In May V.
G. Paige stopped by and stayed with us. We've
known each other since 8th grade. We renewed our
contact when my eldest daughter lived in Mesa, AZ,
where V.G. now lives."
Penny also reports that she and her husband,
Bob, made the reunion trip to Panama in February
with the Davis Stevenson group and had a great time
except that "It saddened me to see Gamboa as a
ghost town. All the houses I lived in through
elementary school are now empty or have squatters
living in them. It was such a great town to live in."
(Penny must've never made the bi time.
Everyone knows that Diablo was where the cool
school lived.)

Stew Brown
(303) 440-8456



In late May, Kevin Bradley came from Panama
for a 3-day visit with his mother, Helen Kat. Kevin
is an avid golfer so besides visiting he played lots of
golf in Melbourne, Orlando, Plant City and
Dan Pagenta reports he spent a week in
Panama, visiting his many relatives and old friends -
Drs. Dennis Lindo, Manuel Preciado, Perez Venero
and Sr. Roberto Halphen. His most enjoyable
activity was dim sum (Chinese breakfast) at the Lung
Fung Restaurant and many criollo meals at Niko's in
PanamA City.

After reading an article in the June issue of the
Canal Record re the SS America visiting the Canal
in February of 1941, Mr. Stewart Brown, Pinellas
Park, reminisced about his time on the US West
Point. The SS America was commissioned a Navy
transport and named the US West Point on June 15,
1941. He was one of the 900 crew members
assigned to this ship. He boarded the ship for the
last time with his wife, Kay, in 1972 when she was
the Greek luxury liner, the Australis, docked in
Balboa. He said his last "good-byes" to his old ship,
"The Wee Pee."

Recent golf outing at "Silverthorn" golf course,
between Southern golfers and Northern Florida
golfers. Back L-R: Pete Lang, Willie Holt, Lou
Reyes, Fred Sapp, Al Carr, Will Nickisher, John
Arms, Jim Givens, Ray Nickisher, Jim Orvis,
Jack, Gary Anderson, Mel Smith, Danny
DesLondes, Joe Wood. Middle L-R: Joe Cicero,
John Demas, Front L-R: Bobby Diaz, Bert Mead,
Bill Wheeler, Kenny Morris, Larry Corrigan,
Ralph "Dewey" Harris, Hubert Jordan. Unlike last
time the South met the North. This time the South
won. However, the North wants revenge later.
Who remembers Eddie Wood, a great Canal
Zone swimmer in the 1930's? A recent old rerun of
a Tarzan movie was shown on local TV and Eddie's
name was seen in the movie credits.
In late June, Jane Huldtquist flew to
Longmount, CO to attend the wedding of her niece
Laura Presley to Robert Reynolds. Laura is the
daughter of Bob and Jan Presley. Erin, sister of the
bride was maid of honor. A lovely garden wedding
was held, with a reception following at their home.
It was unusual but lovely that the groom wore kilts
to honor his Scottish ancestry.
A long standing childhood friendship between
Steve Featherstone and Teddy Kaufer, Jr. continues.
Steve and Theresa spent 5 days in August visiting
Teddy in Tampa with their 3 children Jessica (9),
Monica (6) and Joseph (3). While here Anita and
Ted Kaufer, Sr. entertained them with a Panamanian
dinner arroz con polio and all the trimmings. The
Featherstones motored from Chicago in their van
and then joined his parents, Capt. Ed and Betty, and
brother, Lee, in Pensacola. After a few days there,
they all went home to New Orleans to continue the
family reunion before Steve and family returned to
their home in Chicago.
Shirley Harrington Boswell reports that her June
trip to Houston was a wonderful experience to see
her two granddaughters participate in several events
in the Championship Horse Show, 19th District.
Caitlin and Maria are the daughters of Phil and
Debra Boswell Sanders and granddaughters of Dottie
Sanders of Hudson, FL.
The Peter Fosters were visited by Marje's sister,
Peggy Currier. While with the Fosters, Peggy and
daughter, Michelle, visited other Herrington relatives

during the week they were in Palm Harbor. The
shopping in Tampa Bay area apparently is better
than their hometown of Murfreesboro, TN as much
time was spent shopping. The hot weather in early
August didn't slow down the avid shoppers.
In early July, Robert Herrington, Akron, OH,
came for a 4-day visit with relatives mother Jenny
Herrington, aunt Marion Seifert, sister Shirley
Boswell and sister, Marje and Pete Foster.

Betty C. Snow
(813) 799-4769


The Ocala Zonians (Panama Canal Ditchdiggers)
were well represented at the 65th annual PCSOFL
1997 Reunion in Orlando. Among those renewing old
acquaintances were Ruth (Rose) and Woody Foster;
Diane (Hutchison) and "Jerry" N. G. Cox; Joan
(Powell) and Rolf Arndt; and Juanita McConaughey.
Newcomers were Charlene and Roy Trullinger.
He celebrated with his BHS'47 classmates although
he joined the U.S. Navy during his senior year and
wasn't there for graduation. His wife informed me
that Roy could identify the young ladies from his
class (notably the former Miss Barbara Curles--now
the lovely wife of David Aycock). He had trouble
recalling more than one or two of the guys.
Virginia Booth and daughter Patricia had their usual
front corner tables in the Vendors Room. Business
seemed to be very good for all the vendors and the
display and variety of items was enough to deplete
the biggest wallets.
Had a "nice chat" with Bob Rosania and recalled
some of the antics of his brother Gus who has
displayed his artistic talent with some marvelous
Met Mark "Mike" Maravilla who informed me
that he, too, was at the family reunion last Easter
John and Betty Muller were there with daughter
Joanie (Minco, OK). John received his 50-year medal
award from the Grand Marshall at the Masonic/OES
luncheon -- "thanks to Tom Peterson!". John's sister
Catherine (Muller) and husband Ray Peabody drove
over from Albuquerque, NM, for the ceremony while
brother Bill and wife Jean "dropped in from Ocala".
Roy and Charlene Trullinger informed me that
their son George performed at the Daytona Beach
Theater "Legends in Concert" in September. George
is famous for his "Buddy Holly" impersonations.
Holly's wife, upon meeting George, was quite
impressed with his ability to sound as good as the
"original" Buddy.
Talked to several of my classmates (BHS'46) who
were in Orlando last year, namely "Liz" Zent Beall
and Paul Kramer.
Enjoyed the Reporter's Luncheon with the
PCSOFL new President Margot Jordan. Eva
Anderson came up from Panama (Pacific side) to
"report" in. Henry Cruz received a special award
from Pat Beall. Betty Snow, Gladys Humphrey and
"Bud" Balcer were among some of the others
present. Your continued support and input is
Audrey (Benoit) Bowman was radiant as ever
during her visit to Orlando. She has several more
visits planned before returning home in Metairie, LA.

Irene Bissell informed me of her travels
throughout the USA during the past year, including
a tour of Key West, FL. She highly recommends
cruising in the Caribbean on 7-day cruises. She wrote
that sailing on the M.S. Westerdam was a "special
Joan (Powell) Arndt has also "been on the go".
While her son Jim and daughter-in-law Martha were
on a trip to Italy, Joan met her son Max at the
Chicago airport and they visited another son Rolf in
Highland Ranch, IL. She reported the weather was
enjoyable for her grandson's 8th birthday. Joan also
spent four weeks in Akron, OH, with daughter
Diana, where she helped celebrate her grandsons
Patrick's (4th) and Jack's (3rd) birthdays before
returning home to Rainbow Springs (Dunnellon).
Joan sends "kudos" to Jim O'Donnell and the
entire PCSOFL "staff" for a marvelous Reunion 1997.
Edna (Curles) Cooley informed me that she
was traveling in the Pacific Northwest. She was
visiting her son Jeff and Sherry Bain and their 3V2-
year-old son Christopher. Jeff is in the Navy and his
carrier is presently at the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard. Edna and family, also travelled through
Yellowstone National Park and viewed the Grand
Teton Mountains; travelled by ferry boat from Port
Townsend to Whidby Island; motored to Bellingham
to visit the Shobes--Jim and Noralie (Roche)--where
they ate lunch at a nearby marina. Also visited with
Joan (Walker) Smith. Hugh Smith (BHS'48) is in a
nursing home with Alzheimer's disease. In Vancouver,
they visited Jimmy (BHS'50) and his wife Nancy
Forbes and had dinner with them.

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(Roche) Shobe, and Joan (Walker) Smith.

Jimmy and Nancy Forbes

Edna also visited former Zonian Bob Ross (ex-
BHS'49) and wife Barbara. Bob joined the Navy in
1948 and missed graduating with his classmates. His
father worked in Payroll for the Dredging Division in

Barbara and Bob Ross.
Latest word on Captain Ralph Curies is that he
has recovered from his recent hospitalization, and
after open-heart surgery and a valve replacement the
end of May, Marie Curies is driving again and
recently had "lunch-out" with daughters Barbara and
Edna--followed by a "shopping spree". Captain Ralph
and Marie celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary
on August 17th.
Barbara and Dave Aycock (CHS'48) returned
from a month-long stay in Anchorage, AK, minding
the house and dog for daughter Kathleen who went
to Europe with her Aunt Mary Jo Aycock (CHS'56).
Margaret (Curles) Maxwell (BHS'55) continues
to transport assorted vehicles throughout the U. S.
Jean (Crawford) and Bill Muller were in Texas
to visit her mother who recently fell and broke her
hip and is recuperating in Irving, TX, at Jean's sister
Dorothy's home. Jean visited her hometown for her
class reunion (50th)--Cameron Yoe High School '47.
Jean was awarded a "Dreamsicles" status for driving
1200 miles to attend. They also visited their sons--
Allen (in Copperas Cove) and Dean (Arlington) while
in Texas. Then on to Bremerton, WA. for a visit
with daughter Beverly and son-in-law Jan along with
granddaughter Kimberly before returning back to
George Muller (Anaheim, CA) informed me of
a meeting to reorganize the PCSSC. They urgently
need someone to accept the responsibilities of
holding office.

William "Bill" Muller
(352) 854-7902


A Panama Canal get-together was held on
Sunday, May 4, 1997, at the new home of Russell
and Leslie Gillespie. It was nice to see everybody
again and to meet new people. Those who were at
the get-together were Joe Finneman, David
Finneman, and Andy Norval from Louisiana; Libby
and Aldon Fuldner from Niceville, FL; Lane and
Georgia Thompson from Shalimar, FL; Jeff Clark
(76) and Jane Thomas (Garber) (78) from Molino,
FL; Janet Slaughter (Martin), Germaine York

(Martin), Norma Martin, Ted and Indrany Pabo, Bill
and Margaret Hicks, Randy Williams, Elsa Nunes,
Carmela and Mark McGraw, Phil and Betty Gabriel
(Seaman), Deb and Jon Dedeaux, Tom and Barbara
Gabriel, Yvonne Smith (81), Denise Williams, Gene
Shumate, Ismael and Tonita Matos, Kimberly
Borden, William, Nivia, and Donald Drummond.
Janet Slaughter has been touring. In March, she
cruised on the Seawind Crown to Aruba, Curacao,
Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia. In May, she
cruised aboard the Enchanted Isle out of New
Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman,
Montego Bay, Jamaica, drove to Ocho Rios where
she climbed "Dunns Fall". She will be going to China
and the Yangtze River in November.
William R. Drummond, Jr.
(904) 435-5500


Rae (Newhard) and Joe Ebdon enjoyed a visit
with her niece Carol (Newhard) Bleakley and her
husband, Captain Andrew Bleakley, Jr, USN (Ret)
from San Diego, CA. They were accompanied by
Andy's mother, Jean (Bleakley) Webster, who had
been in North Carolina and will be returning to San
Diego with them as she had closed up her home in
Palm Beach Garden, FL.
Your reporter, Gladys, a close friend of the
Bleakleys, also enjoyed the afternoon at the Ebdon's
home. It was great seeing them again and
reminiscing over the many happy years and activities
in the Canal Zone.
Carol has been teaching the Montessori program
at Ramona Community School in Ramona, CA.
Andy has also been working in the school following
his retirement from the Navy.
Blanche Hartman of Glen Oaks enjoyed a visit
from several family members who shared in the
various social gatherings. Her sister, Dora (Walker)
Chatburn of Salinas, Ecuador, enjoyed the Birthday
Club parties, as well as visits with her brother,
George A. Walker, and her niece, Stella (Boggs)
DeMarr of Bradenton. During her Florida visit,
Dora took a trip to Calgary, Canada, for a week's
visit with her son-in-law, David and Mabel
(Chatburn) Powell. Blanche and Dora also enjoyed
an afternoon with their niece Anita (Boggs) Collins,
her husband, Albert Collins and their daughter,
Brenda (Collins) Rice of Jupiter, FL. Before her
departure for Ecuador Dora also visited with another
niece, Vilma (Sasso) Jaen in Fort Lauderdale.
In September, a long time Canal Zone friend,
Caroline (Hulsebusch) Estelle from Fort Myers, was
another visitor at the Hartman house, and attended
the P.C. Society Annual September luncheon at the
Fairways Restaurant in Sarasota. Caroline is the
daughter of the late Peter and Louise Hulsebusch,
who came to the Canal Zone in 1913. He worked
on the Drydock in Cristobal. Caroline is a CHS
classmate of Stella (Boggs) DeMarr and Mayno
(Bliss) Walker.
Gladys McLain enjoyed a ten day visit with her
son-in-law and daughter, Rabbi Yossi Feintuch and
Judy (McLain) Feintuch and their children, Levi,
Eran and Maayan. The family arrived from
Curacao, before traveling to Yossi, a new assignment
in Columbia, MO.

Tom and Barbara Peterson, winners of the
COPA tickets to PanamA at the 1996 Christmas
luncheon, traveled to PanamA in March for three
weeks and stayed with their daughter and family
(Elaine and Mike Little, Tommy, Sidney and
Chimere). All three grandchildren are active in
baseball so many afternoons were spent at the
baseball park. They did spend a weekend at Pal
Mar and had a wonderful time. Tom went to
MacDonalds several mornings for "coffee" and also
visited the Scottish Rite Temple several times to
renew old friendships. Bob Hauser arranged a no-
host luncheon at the former Elks Club with several
of Barbara's former co-workers and what a gabfest
they had!! Tom and Barbara enjoyed attending
Easter Sunday services at the Balboa Union Church
(Tom, by the way, was baptized in that Church on
Easter Sunday many years o). They had a great
time and hated to leave.
Margie Schiewe and Martha Hoskins (from
Colorado and Oregon, respectively) co-hosted an 80th
birthday party for their mother, Kay Miller, on
August 7th at the Miller home in Sarasota. The
highlight of the party was the surprise arrival of
Kay's sister, Harriet, from Montana, who came
especially for this auspicious occasion. Delicious food
(including homemade empanadas and plantain chips)
was served to more than 40 friends and relatives who
were there to wish Kay a "Happy 80th".
Myrtle Hughes has enjoyed recent visits with
her daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin from Merritt
Island. When visiting in August she attended the
Canal Zone Birthday Club hosted by Marion Greene
and her mother was the surprised girl. Sandra also
attended the P.C. September Luncheon with her
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New Smyrna
Beach, who was visiting her parents, the George
Walkers, was Marion's invited guest, as well as
Gladys Humphrey's daughter, Donna Mann. It was
great and the luncheon even greater.

these glorious retirement years in beautiful homes
located on the Killean golf course so the guys can
watch golf when they're not playing it themselves.
We sure do love having them close by.
We are also lucky to have other terrific families
moving to Tallahassee: Ed, Kari, Nathan and Sarah
McIlvaine just arrived in August, after building a
stunning home that is nestled in the woods, affording
a incredible North Carolina-type view of foliage,
trees, and wildlife. Mike and Elaine Stephenson are
in the process of building a gorgeous Rutenberg
home high on a hill with a panoramic view, and
Henry and Sunny Mizrachi just bought a beautiful
house almost "wine carrying distance" from the
Woods and Meads. Other newcomers to the area
include Clarence and Rosita Payne (Clarence was the
pastor at the Union Church) and Doris Hunt. Pat
and Bess Conley had a welcoming party for the
Paynes, with Capt. John and Joan Thurber, Tom and
Lorraine Spencer, Val and Mary Lynch, and the
Woods and the Meads joining in the embrazos. Doris
Hunt had a lovely pool/housewarming party with
Laverne Larrabee, Capt. Chris and Phyllis
Gundersen, Bill and Mary Beck, Mike and Sharon
Smith, and the Woods and Meads enjoying good
food and companionship.
Another successful event was the 6th Annual
Hunt Classic held in March of this year. This is a
very exclusive event (only 4 players) that rotates
location: California, Texas, and Florida. The fearsome
foursome includes Sharon Shaw, Joe Norton, Mike
Smith and the purple hightop sneaker-wearing golfer
after whom the tournament is named: Jim Hunt.
Great golf it is not; great fun and camaraderie is the
goal. This year, Herb Carlson accompanied Sharon
Shaw on his journey to Tallahassee just for the sheer
pleasure of watching these guys putt (or is that
Well, it's been fun telling you about the
happenings in our fair city. If you have something
you'd like to put in the Record, please call me.

Gladys Humphrey

Sharon Smith
(904) 668-4121


This is my first turn as reporter for this area,
and the first thing I want to do is give Bev Rowley
a pat on the back for the outstanding job she has
done for these many years--she deserves a break. I
also want to thank Bev and Skip Rowley, and
Laverne Larrabee for organizing the Tallahassee Pan
Canal Picnic each year. This year's event, held in
May on the shores of Lake Jackson, was another
success. Despite the rain, many families enjoyed great
Zonian friendship.
The next thing I want to do is welcome some
new Zonians to our fold. I guess the secret is out:
Tallahassee is breathtakingly beautiful, the natives
charm you with their friendliness, and it is truly
Florida with a southern accent. Joe and Bev Wood
and Burt and Carol Mead decided to call Tallahassee
home, after literally searching the continent for
utopia. They gave me the task of finding two homes
"within wine carrying" distance of each other.
Obviously, not an easy proposition and only possible
if they built near each other. They are now enjoying


The Reunion has come and gone, and again, I
feel it was a great success. Saw lots of friends, some
that I had not seen in years, like Linda Geyer and
Tatina Joyce. Linda had come for her class reunion,
and I was able to get a great photo of her and
Johnny Hatgi, both from CHS, along with one of the
Panamanian dancers. I was also able to capture a
photo of Bill and Ginger Coffy Young, along with
Joan Van Vliet Corliss, showing off the latest photos
of her new granddaughter, Kelsey Joan Everett, born
May 26th. Some of the Georgia people at the
Reunion were Mary Scigliane Leach and her mom,
Mary Scigliane; Rosemary Abad; Sissy Flynn; Al and
Mariette Graham; Lori and Virgil Snow and family;,
Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith, and Ray Burda.
Again, everyone seemed to be having a wonderful

Don and Jane Ponder at Grandfather's Mountain
in North Carolina.
Earlier this year Al Graham sent me some news
from Macon telling me that he and his family had a
surprise visit from Roy Gelbhaus, an ex-firefighter
from the Canal Zone, and his new wife, Nancy.
While visiting Al and Mariette, they went on a tour
of Atlanta and saw all the sights. Al says that he,
along with some other people, are working on an
Albrook AFB Veterans Reunion for next July in
Orlando. Interested parties should contact John
Schmidt or Al. This includes basic training squadron
members and others stationed there who were
involved with the Canal Zone.

Johnnie Hatgi and Lnda Geyer with Panamanian
Dancer at our Orlando Reunion., July 6, 1997.

'Bill and Ginger Young witn joan (vanv=nei
Corliss at Panama Canal Reunion, Orlando, 1997.
The week after the Reunion, Davis and I drove
up to North Carolina for a weekend visit with Jan
and Don Ponder. While there we drove over to
Grandfather Mountain to take in the Scottish
Highland Games. We had a wonderful time, both at
the Highland Games and visiting with the Ponders
and two of their children. Jan and Don are now
planning on coming to Georgia in October to take
in the Gathering of the Scottish Clans at Stone

Roy Gelbhaus and wife, Nancy, visiting with Al
and Mariette Graham of Macon, Georgia.
We just returned from a long weekend in
Savannah, GA, for the Southeastern Shrine
Convention. While there we saw Dick and Jean
Gilman and Lilia and Bill Buziak, both from the
Pacific Side. This was my second trip to Savannah,
and I was able to get out and see more of the city
this time. Took a tour on the sights from the book,
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", from a
fourth generation Savannian.
My husband and I are going on a cruise to
Alaska on August 18th so by the time this article
comes out, we will have returned and started packing
for our next trip to South America. Retirement is
June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Virginia and Hank Dolim had a call from a
former Cristobal resident, resulting in a get-together
at the Elks Club with them and me to meet Walter
and June Sanford, who have lived in Hawaii several
years. Walter was born at Gorgas Hospital, attended
Cristobal schools and did a lot of sailing there. His
mother (Vaughn family) was born in Panama; his
father was stationed with the Army at Fort Davis
and later was superintendent of the oil handling
plant at Mt. Hope. Walter is now chairman of the
Wall Street Cafe, Inc., an internet cafe in Honolulu
where people can work computers and enjoy New
York deli food and drinks and socialize.
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo (Gamboa/Pedro
Miguel/BHS/CZJC) had the interesting pleasure of
meeting with a Panamanian author, Louis Murillo,
whose book has been mentioned in an ad in the
Canal Record. Mr. Murillo teaches at USF; his
mother had been librarian at the Smithsonian Library
in Ancon. Frances recommends the book to any
former Zonians as the most comprehensive book on
the Torrijos-Noriega period in Panama history. And,
she suggested Mr. Murillo become a member of the
Panama Canal Society. Frances and her husband
attended the reunion in Orlando. She was most
interested in the plan to set up a foundation
independent of the PCSOF for the purpose of
establishing a Panama Canal museum in the United
States. She enjoyed the Gamboa reunion, visiting Jim
and Julie Orvis in Temple Terrace, cousins Jeanne
Burgoon and her daughter Karen O'Neill in Sarasota,
and Jackie Fenron. Frances also researched Panama
Canal archives in Washington, DC.
Caught Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan between
two trips leaving next day for a 50th wedding
anniversary of friends in California, and an earlier
excursion to Alaska and Siberia on an elder hostel
trip. This meant spending two weeks in Siberia, in
nice weather, where it never got dark. Another trip
had taken her to visit Sister Mary Young on Camano
Island, north of Seattle, where a small family reunion
developed. For interesting Panama reading, she
recommends "The Lure and Lore of the Jungle" by
Ernest Pierce, who apparently spent much time in
the bush.
Flying in from a Maui visit in May were my
double first cousin Jacque Williams and husband
Rush, residents of Monrovia, GA. We had a grand
visit, partly at (their) Hale Koa Hotel, following the
"ono" (delectable) Sunday champagne brunch. Jacque
is one of the daughters of the late Bob Worsley who
was for about 75 years prominent in CZ-RP business,
sports, church and social activities "Uncle Bob".
Just received the splendid volume "From Atlantic
to Pacific 115 Years of Medicine on Ancon Hill"
which calls for much historical study time. The photo
on page 31 of the LCC Hospital in Colon recalls my
fright as a toddler, walking on the wooden bridges
from shore to clinic, over ocean and coral. Had not
seen a photo of that hospital nor talked with other
Atlantic siders old enough to remember it.
Bill Brophy ("Mr. Panama" in Honolulu) says
Godzilla will invade Panama in a big way next
summer, but the Panama portion is now being filmed
in Hawaii, at the Ko'olau Ranch. Bill consulted for
the film regarding casting, and says it may be the big
movie next summer. Bill send muchas alohas (fond
greetings) to friends in Panama.
My activities have been restricted after a

lobectomy surgery (removal of a lobe of a lung for
malignant tumor), but I'm recovering well, thanks to
help and inspiration from family and friends, near
and far. (This tumor was discovered through a
routine X-ray; don't neglect chest X-rays!)
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Louis Griffith from Ft. Wayne, IN, and his wife
Susan (Ball) had a visit from his mother Olga
(Johnston) Conley who lives in Atlanta. The highlight
of the visit was when Susan gave birth to their
second child, Andrew (see Births).
Claud and Ruth Lyon of Charlestown, IN, had a
visit in April from David and Christine Wood of
Arnauldville, LA. David is the son of Robert (Bobby)
Wood who was a mule operator on the locks on the
Pacific side of the Canal. It was an enjoyable visit-
only not long enough.
On Saturday, July 5th, Claud and Ruth Lyon had
a family reunion at their home. None of Ruth's
family live in this area so all the attendees were
Claud's family. A total of 42 people were present.
Entertainment offered included hiking, swimming and
hay rides. Those attending who had formerly lived in
the Canal Zone or Panama, beside Claud and Ruth,
included their two daughters, Marjorie (Lyon)
Meredith and Marlene Lyon. Also Claud's sister and
her husband, Leila (Lyon) and Hobart Mills and
their two daughters, Shirley (Mills) Slayton and
Patricia (Mills) Ray.
Claud and Ruth also had a visit from Betty
(Clay) Hoverter and her husband Mac. It was a very
enjoyable visit but they could only stay an hour or
Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Millie Damerau Sellers Boudreau, Washington,
writes that she and husband Kirt had parts in
"Marvin's Room" at the Opelousas Little Theater.
They hope to make the Gulf Coast picnic after a
visit to Mexico City. Millie recently retired after 17
years with the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife &
Fisheries and plans to keep busy traveling and
teaching Spanish and piano. She's looking forward to
the birth of a second grandchild in December.
Received a note and picture (with permission to
print) from Joan Gibson Conover (BHS'52) astride a
camel in Egypt. Earlier this year, on a six-day Nile
cruise, she toured Cairo, El Alamein, Alexandria,
Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, Valley of the Kings and Abu
Simbel. Joan collects camels but didn't ride one until
on her way to the Giza pyramids. There, like being
on a PBS special, she climbed up inside Cheops to
the burial chamber. Shopping in the Khan el Khalili
Bazaar helped increase her camel collection. She sent

this reporter a cheffiyeh and agal, the linen and cord
worn on the head for protection against the sun and
ideal for Louisiana canoe trips. On a sad note,
Joan's grandmother, 104, who lived in the Canal
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Joan Gibson Conover in Egypt.
Jonathan Green and his mother Lyla Green of
Albert Lea, MN, recently enjoyed a week's visit to
Marrero with John Gough Sr. Jonathan taught in
Canal Zone schools and retired a few years ago. The
three raided local thrift shops and the Algiers Flea
Market. John was delighted with the developing
project for a PC Memorial Museum. His Isthmiana
collection is well known to serious collectors and he
acknowledges the need for members to take an
inventory of what they have so items may be legally
donated or willed to the museum. The prospectus
has proven to be a good tool to generate interest. If
anyone else is interested in getting a copy, this
reporter has a few left.
All five Gregg daughters attended their younger
brother's wedding June 21 in Baton Rouge. Gail
came in from Hawaii; her husband Bob, with the
U.S. Army Medical Corps, has since been transferred
to Monterey, CA. Laura came up from Panama
where she teaches French at BHS. Lynn, Helen and
Nancy live in Louisiana. Lynn is in Zachary with her
family. Helen is in Jackson working with infectious
diseases. Nancy works offshore for Shell. Like their
mother, Gail, Laura and Lynn are RNs.
Bud Hallett, Shreveport, has his father's
collection of Canal Zone memorabilia and has
arranged for the Panama stuff to go to the museum.
Bud's grandfather operated a train in 1905 during
construction. An old PRR engine is rusting away in
Shreveport park, Bud said, and he would like to see
it saved for the museum. Julius Grigore Jr. recently
published "Diagrams and Photographs of Railroad
Equipment Used to Construct the Panama Canal
1881-1914," researched and drawn by the late Bert E.
Davis, who worked as a PCC engineer beginning in
Bill Hatchett, Metairie, and Jimmy McKeown,
Destrehan, were golfing guests of Kenny Morris in
Tarpon Springs, FL, for a few days before the
reunion. As always, Kenny is a great host and they
had a ball, Bill said. Jimmy has moved from Ormand
to LaPlace where he has a lovely home on the 15th

hole of Belle Terre Country Club. Bill enjoyed
Mothers' Day with his mom and sisters in Miami.
Dr. Gus Mellander writes that he finally "did
the deed" in June -- left the graduate deanship at
George Mason University for a faculty position, then
moved to a high-rise condo overlooking the Potomac
River and DC. Wife Nelly continues to teach at the
same university. We missed them at our BHS'52
Carol Sponberg, Bossier City, has returned
home and recovered from her first PCS reunion and
is planning, designing and building a new home on
Black Bayou in Benton. Son David enjoyed his first
class reunion in Orlando, Class of '87, and daughter
Lee Ann, Class of '92, saw many friends from her
Canal Zone school days. Carol was thrilled to see so
many friends from her years in Panama.
Donna and Fritz Cooke have left Slidell and
their new address is 85 Wakefield Dr., Washington,
WV 26181-9785.
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Jonathan J. Green of Minnesota visits John R.
Gough Sr. of Marrero.
Polly Ann Frazier South (BHS '52) gave us a
call on her way to a well-deserved vacation at Ocean
Isle, N.C. She's recovering nicely following a heart
attack in April and surgery in July. She looked
forward to contacting Shirley Zemer Swenson in
Wilmington, N.C., and Jay Troup in Myrtle Beach,
S.C., while on vacation.
Dr. Wendall Spreadbury (BHS'50) needs our
help. Since retirement from Stephen F. Austin State
University, he's been entertaining himself with a fleet
of antique cars and has begun to build a replica of
a chiva which he plans to bring to Reunion 2000.
He's doing research and is looking for more pictures
and a 1940 or 1950 Panamanian license plate. He'd
love to hear from anyone with a similar interest.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


As a new reporter based in the Chicago, Illinois
area, I look forward to filing reports from Zonians,
not only in the Chicagoland area, but from anywhere
in the Mid-West. Any society member with news to
share, feel free to contact me at the number listed
below, or via the wonderful world of cyberspace. My
e-mail address is

As for myself, I was married to Shannon
Henson in January on the Island of St. Lucia, where
we spent 8 fantastic days at the all-inclusive Sandals
Resort. My brother Will Morris (BHS'78) and wife
Barb met us there for the ceremony and 3 days of
roughing it on the emerald beaches. Days were
spent golfing, scuba diving, horseback riding, shopping
(ladies only) and of course, lounging with cold
drinks. From St. Lucia, Will and Barb were off to
Puerto Rico for a 10 day cruise to many interesting
ports of call in the Caribbean.
Upon our return to Chicago, Shannon and I
tended to our business for 5 weeks before heading
to Sao Paulo, Brazil as guests of the Band Deep
Purple. While there, we saw three of their shows,
golfed at a spectacular country club and enjoyed a
beautiful part of the world. While in Sao Paulo, I
caught up with former Panama resident Ricardo
Radwanski, (PCC'81) who is working as an
international banking officer with one of the largest
banks of Brazil.
Margaret Hanesworth (BHS'63) and husband
Don reports all well with their family and that
daughter Holly is starting graduate school at the
University of Colorado where she will pursue a
Master's Degree in communications.
Mark Powell (BHS'79) included Chicago as a
stop on one of his recent road trips. Mark joined
us on a trip to Wisconsin where we rented a
lakeside cottage. Days were spent fishing, jet skiing
and playing bocce ball.
Charles (BHS'55) and Julieta Morris, of
Panama, will be visiting Chicago in October for a
work related conference being held here. We look
forward to their visit and to providing jackets and
sweaters if needed.
For those folks still living in Panama, I am
working on having Deep Purple play a concert down
there in late November. We already have confirmed
dates in Mexico and in Costa Rica and are hopeful
to include Panama.
Anyone who explores the Internet, take time to
visit The Lost Paradise Home Page. It is an
excellent site involving our former homeland. (See
E-Mail listings)
Carlton A. Morris


BHS'52 Class Secretary Virginia Selby Entrekin
wrote a terrific four-pager to Sally Ackerman Estes,
Dianne Hanrahan Coughlan, Karen Saum and
Kayleen Vinton, who couldn't make our July reunion
in Orlando. Here's a short recap. We stayed in
lovely suites behind the hotel past the golf course.
For the party, Virginia's upstairs suite served food;
the downstairs suite, featuring the multitalented
Panama Joe Fuller at the improvised bar, dispensed
a wide variety of beverages. The day before the party
Major Joe led the troops -- Virginia, Jean Harris
Turner, Rusty Stapler LoFranco and Patt Foster
Roberson -- on a buying expedition for food and
drink. Joe's wife, Margaret, took time off her job at
Disney to help slice, dice, roll and arrange food
trays. She also donated Disney day passes that were
won by Jody Baron Lamkin and Jimmy Neabrey.

The party was a major success, even though it turned
out to be Florida's hottest day of the year. People
were upstairs, downstairs and spilling out over the
lawns, talking, laughing, hugging, taking pictures. Jay
Troup deserves our deepest gratitude for researching,
writing and publishing his "Cass of 1951-2 Directory
& Update," some 116 pages of pictures, addresses,
bios, reminiscences, maps of towns as they were then,
and more. This book is so good that it could be
used as a guide when other classes want to update
their yearbooks. Louie Celerier and Shirley Zemer
Swenson wrote lots of letters and Virginia collected
and dispensed funds. What a team!
Some thought hip replacements might be needed
as they danced the evenings away. Gorgas Hospital's
history and closing was the luncheon speaker's topic.
When the Gorgas "babies" were recognized, we heard,
"If they had used more birth control back then, there
wouldn't have been so many people to come up
front for the picture and I would have shown up
better." Now we know why she was named "wittiest
in our class. Shopping was a real treat with lots of
vendors displaying lots of Canal Zone and
Panamanian items at reasonable prices. Now we wish
we had bought more. Virginia is already making little
noises about a 2002 reunion.
Penny and Joe Lotterhos, from Clinton, MS, had
lunch with Faye and Bob Lee in Jackson a few
months ago. The Lees were attending an Eastern
Star meeting. It had been more than 30 years since
they had seen each other. The Lotterhoses had
planned to attend the reunion, but a conflict
developed. They were in Virginia with their son. His
ship, USS Eisenhower, arranged a trip where parents
came aboard, went to sea and saw the jets take off
and land. What terrific Navy Public Relations! Penny
has discovered Lost Paradise, a page on the net with
Canal Zone information. She warns it generated lots
of e-mail for her. Its creator is Matthew D.
Armstead whose e-mail address is
Gerda and Owen Smith have moved from Oyska
to Smithdale, MS, where they have been fixing up
their home and Owen has been working on getting
his ham radio antennas up. At the time of his
letter, he was undergoing daily radiation therapy and
chemo every four weeks. His spirits are high and
he's in contact with the ham radio bunch every
morning. He's enjoying a new computer program
that draws maps so well it can lead you to anyone's
Jean and Lee Wade, of Clinton, enjoyed the
reunion and on the way home detoured to
Melbourne to visit and spend one night with Jean's
cousin, Lonnie and Lorice Knight, who moved from
Mississippi to be closer to their daughter Karen and
her family which includes an 8-month-old son. In
Tallahassee the Wades spent a night with good
friends, Mary Jane and Cash Paulson, who were
unable to make the reunion. The Wades visited
Carol and Burt Meade in their new home. Carol's
sister Sunny Mizrachi and Henry were their house
guests after the reunion. Jean says it was so great
to see everyone. July 26th found them in Pascagoula
with their youngest child, Tracy Money and Harold
and their 7-year-old son, Andrew, to celebrate baby
Alyssa's 3rd birthday. When the weather cools off
a bit, Jean and Lee plan a trip to Dallas-Fort Worth
to see children Hal Wade and Melanie Walton.
Penny Catron Lotterhos writes that in May
husband Joe retired from the Navy Judge Advocate.
General's Corps after 30 years. The retirement
ceremony was at the New Orleans Sheraton with

their son, LTJG Ed, taking part. Penny and Joe
met while he was stationed at Amador. In June
Penny and Joe went to Norfolk, Va., to participate
in Family Day on the aircraft Carrier USS
Eisenhower, where Ed is assigned as a Combat
Information Center Officer. They cruised out on the
Virginia cape and watched jets take off and land on
deck, weapons demonstrations and a simulated attack.
Penny says it was the opportunity of a lifetime. At
daughter Karen's August graduation from Texas
A&M, Penny's BHS'62 classmate Karen Nadeau
Price, presented Karen's diploma. Karen is on the
Texas A&M faculty and the freshman orientation
camp is named after her. After graduation they
went to the town of West, TX, to visit Sam Largent.
Sam and Penny's dads were police officers when
they lived at Gamboa Penitentiary. Penny and Sam's
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From left: Captain Joe Lotterhos (JAG USNR),
wife Penny, daughter Karen and son, Lt.j.g.
Lotterhos (USN), New Orleans, La.

Sam Largent of West, Texas, with Karen and
Penny Lottterhos.
After sliding along ice-covered piers last winter
to check mooring lines, Bess and Frank Martin,
Gulfport, sold their sailboat Hoecake. Frank calls
the sale the most joyous time of boat ownership.
The Martins recently returned from a trip to
Morning Sun, Iowa, where they visited with Ivy and
Paul Goudie. They'll meet again in Pigeon Forge
for the Gamboa Poker Club get-together.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


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January 23, 1998


It seems like forever since I have written from
North Carolina and lots has been happening, and a
great deal of it has been happening to Jim and
Diane (Stephenson) Bradley. They visited with
Richard and Olga Phillips in Conyers, GA, in early
June. At the same time Charlie Leves and Ruth
King were visiting Richard and they drove up to
North Carolina for some golfing and sightseeing.
The four of them stopped off in Jacksonville, FL, to
see son Jim and Sherri (Anderson) Bradley for a
short visit on their way to the PCC Reunion. After
the reunion the Bradleys visited with Jim's mom,
Helen Kat, in Palm Harbor, FL, and then spent a
few days with Fran and Jack Hern in Zephyrhills.
Had a great time golfing with the Herns and Gary
and Ellen Anderson. Upon their return to North
Carolina, they were visited by daughter Eileen and
her fiance Per, and his parents from Germany.
Eileen flew to Germany with Per and will be
working there. Both Bradleys must be getting older
as they became grandparents again. Mike and Kim
Bradley had a little girl in April.
Bill Carlin, Gil Smith and his brother Joe drove
up to spend a week in Sapphire Valley during
August. While here they lunched with the Bradleys
and were the guests of honor at a dinner hosted by
Bill and Betty Dunning. The Bradleys attended, as
well as Pat and Jack Hunt and Ron and Linnea

Back, L-R: Betty Dunning with Samantha Harp,
Lynn Harp, Zachary Trinca. Front L-R: Jess Harp,
Justin Trinca, Sandy Dunning Ingle, Vicki
Dunning Howe, Jack Hunt.
Both the Hunts and the Dunnings had a busy
summer with lots of visitors. Bill and Betty celebrated
their 45th wedding anniversary in June. Daughter
Lynn Harp and her two children, Samantha and Jess
spent the month of June with them and daughter
Cheryl and her husband Mark Lowery flew in from
Germany for a few days. They arrived just in time
to celebrate Aunt Pat and Uncle Jack Hunt's
birthdays, along with the Hunts' kids, Laurie, with
husband Sam and sons, Zachary and Justin Trinca;
John Hunt, Jr.; Lisa Johnson and Terri with children
Michael and Jennifer Watkins. It was a great family
reunion. Pat and Bill D.'s sisters, Vicki Howe and
Sandy Ingle from Longboat Key, FL, also spent
several days in Hendersonville. Marge and Jack Ruoff
of Houston, TX, paid the Hunts a surprise visit in
early June also. They were on their way to
Cherokee, NC, to "camp out" with their children
before driving to Florida for the wedding of great
niece, Lisa Michele Hunt and on to the PCC
Reunion. We had a wonderful evening reminiscing.

In July the "Father of the bride," Jack's nephew,
Joe Hunt of St. Pete and his mom, sister-in-law Lou
Hunt, spent a few days with Pat and Jack. We did
a little sightseeing and a lot of talking. Later that
month Pat and Jack and Lisa Johnson drove to
Atlanta to help celebrate grandson Michael Watkins'
17th birthday. My, how time does fly.
The Society here had its annual picnic at Jackson
Park in August and there was quite a turnout. The
regular Hendersonville crowd was joined by several
"out of ownerss, including Laurie Trinca and Zach
and Justin of Durham; Lori Ridge Philyaw with
children Piper and Zone from Simpsonville, SC. Lori
is the daughter of the late Bubber and Leida Ridge
from the Atlantic side. She and Pat Fraser spent the
time talking about how they are "almost related".
Andrew Fraser, a cousin of Pat's late husband Jim
and Leida (Klelfkins), Lori's mom, were related--I
think cousins. Anyway it was nice having her with
us. Pat was limited to sitting as she was still in a
boot cast after breaking her foot in several places
early in the summer at home. Malcolm and Jean
Stone brought a couple of "guests" also. Jean's mom,
Cat Pearson and Aunt Ina Gross were visiting from
Delaware and Pennsylvania. Nicki and Ty Erickson
recently returned from Panama where they attended
all the festivities surrounding the closing of Gorgas
Hospital. They enjoyed seeing several of Nicki's
coworkers, and had a ball at the Union Club dinner
Also attending the picnic were Bob and
Claudette Arnold. Although they live in
Hendersonville, they had lost touch with the society.
This goes way back now--Bob worked at the
Quartermaster Depot in Corozal and with the Army
Corps of Engineers from 1938-1943. Anybody out
there remember him? Others attending the picnic
included Bob and Priscilla Dunn, daughter Katrina
and child, and Ruth and Bill Tillman. Bill was just
recently injured in a freak accident when a backhoe
tumbled down a 70-foot embankment. As of this
writing in early September, he remains hospitalized.
Till next time.

Patricia Hunt
(704) 696-3995


Heard from Bill Fullerton (BHS'53), now residing
in California. Bill said that after an Air Force stint,
he worked for the CIA. He plans to retire in El
VolcAn and will drive down to Panama. Having
done this previously, Bill does not foresee any major
Joyce "Coy" McCaughey Gasing (BHS'57), now
of W. Fargo, ND, said she was elated to read in the
Record that this reporter had run into Tony Teta at
the old Balboa Post Office, and that he was very
much alive. She had been told that Tony had
passed away. He had been their maintenance man
at the Russo Navy Tank Farm near Lacona and
Cocoli, and her family was very fond of him. We
had been unsuccessful in obtaining his address and
would appreciate the reader's help. This is another
good reason why we should try to get everyone we
know to join the Society. Unbeknownst to us, there

are some people out there who care where we are,
and how we are doing. (Beats letter writing, don't
you think?)
The Society's Annual Florida Reunion was well
attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
It was great seeing old friends, especially classmates,
and reliving old memories but, also sad to learn that
some had passed away. Thanks to the efforts of
Ginny Selby Entrekin, Jay Troup and Louie Celerier,
the BHS'51 and '52 joint reunion was a success.
Special plaudits to Jay Troup for the informative
souvenir booklet he put together.
During the Reunion, had a nice visit with Karen
Magnuson and her mother. Karen performed in
ballets at the Teatro Nacional in PanamA, where I
enjoyed some of her performances. She became a
successful ballerina, and now owns her own studio,
where she shares her success and expertise with
future dancers. She inquired about Kay, Mary and
Jeannine Hebert with whom she had shared the stage
in PanamA. Karen now lives in Florida.
Northwest members seen at the Reunion were:
Jim and Noralie Shobe, Jim Roddy, Cita Gates and
Ray Nickisher. Most of the old gang who used to
go to the flicks and then the Metropole were
present: Jerry Halsall, "Mayor" Bob Metivier, Sonny
Rivet, Al Graham and Will Nickisher.
Mary and Jim Young wrote that on Memorial
Day they joined Marti Lohr and other Canal Zone
friends at the Lohrs' home in Sequim for the annual
Indy 500 party. In June saw Bucky and Ann Hall
from Florida on their way through Seattle to Alaska.
They, along with Bob and Anne Best from Poulsbo,
had lunch at the home of Irma Patchett in Juanita,
WA. Also in June, son Jim and grandson Jack
Young from Panama visited for a week, taking in a
Mariner's game in Seattle, along with Frank Young,
Mike Jablonski, Dean Young and Gail Eshleman.
Daughter Ellie Young also visited from Berkeley, CA.
They were expecting visits from son David Young
from Panama and sister Margaret Sullivan McMillan
from Hawaii.

Claudia Davis' four generation photo. Seated: Jim
Allsup (son), Margaret Davis (mother) with
grandson James Allsup, Kimberly AIlsup.
Standing, Pat and Don Bright, Claudia Davis.

Claudia Davis and family hosted the Northwest
picnic at Shore Acres near Coos Bay, OR, which
was scheduled to coincide with the local music
festival, which many of the attendees enjoyed. Early
arrivals, the Marshes, Bakers, Marti Lohr, the Notts
who arrived on Thursday, and the Shobes and
extended family on Friday, gathered around this
reporter's campfire, where we did the usual
"remembering" until late into the evening. After the b ,,
picnic, we gathered for an evening buffet dinner at
the local Portside restaurant, where we enjoyed a
sumptuous meal prior to the departure of some of
the members to enjoy one more concert. Some of
the visitors who came from long distances were: Gil
and Marilyn Waggoner from Mill Valley, CA, Bob
Geddes, Ft. Jones, CA, Jim and Nancy Forbes from
Vancouver, B.C. (Many of us fondly remember Jim's
mother as the BHS school nurse. Bob and Ellie
Maloney ('40-'56) of Livingston, who are touring
the U.S., were greatly surprised when they
accidentally picked up a local newsletter in Coos Bay,
in which Claudia Davis had inserted an article
headed "Have you ever been to Panama?" Claudia's
mother Edith Davis and sister Pat and husband Don
Bright came all the way from Union City and
Pametto, GA, respectively. The Richardsons had
their daughter up from Florida. Tom Baake, a local
author and Claudia's guest, wrote a very nice article
in the local newspaper, about some of the people
whom he interviewed during the picnic.

The CZ Gang at the annual Indy 500 at Marti
SLohrs', Sequim, WA. Back, L-R: Noralee Shobe,
S Pat and Dan Nellis, Jim Young, Floyd Baker,
John McLaughlin, Jim and Sherry Hansen,
Donna and Cecil Caudel, Lee and Kathy Snider.
Front L-R: Jim Shobe, Marti Lohr, Mary Young,
Bev Baker, Garnett McLaughlin.
AOur 1998 Northwest picnic will be hosted by
NEXT D ADLINE: Marti Lohr, P.O. Box 1145, Sequim, WA 98382,
S (360)-683-9612, on August 1st, at Sequim, WA.
Editor must have by:

January 23, 1998 Reporter
(206) 774-8947


Greetings from Oklahoma. Our Oklahoma
Chapter enjoyed getting together this past Spring at
Andrews Park in Norman on May 3. The group
picture includes attendees Calvin and Maria Aldridge,
Mark and Aurybel Aldridge, Brenda Armstrong, Toy
Barnard, Jean and Doris Burns, Scott Burns, Renee
Collins, Tomas and Aymee Diaz, Michael Diaz,
Danny Gonzalez, William Gonzalez, Bert Hammond,
David Lugo, Harley McGinnis, John and Madeleine
Raffler, Kristin Raffler, Mike, Laura, Cheyenne and
Elizabeth Redemann. Guests in attendance were Matt
Christian and Shirley Daisy. Our next meeting is
scheduled for October 4, 1997 at the home of
Paulino and Julia Allande, 8523 East 5th Place,

s S *.

The Spring Get-together at Andrews Park, Norman,
Raymond and Forest (Wise) Robberson of Lillian,
AL, were overnight guests at Jean and Doris Burns
in Tulsa on June 21. They had been gone for over
a month on a trip to Alaska and were on their way
Dean Kelly of Canisteo, NY, his daughter
Annette March and her daughter Kelly of Scio, NY,
were guests of Jean and Doris Burns and Scott
Burns July 7 and 8 on their way to Houston to visit
with Raymond Kelly. Annette and Kelly were guests
again July 21-25 on their return through Tulsa. Dean
had to return home unexpectedly when his wife
Freda became ill.
Jean and Doris Burns, Scott Burns, Toy Barnard,
Charley Brown and friend Irma Coiner of Joplin,
MO, attended the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando
July 1-6. Doris had an unexpected illness upon her
return to Tulsa and was operated on July 10 of her
right kidney and a tumor. She is recuperating and is
doing a lot better at the present. Doris wishes to
thank everyone for their prayers and their many
letters, cards, flowers and telephone calls.
David (Eli Jr.) Lugo and Shirley Daley were
married May 9, 1997, in Gainesville, TX. The happy
couple honeymooned in Puerto Rico, and will make
their home in Norman, OK.
Renee Carter Collins somehow landed the job of
reporter during our chapter meeting this Spring. It
will be fun to take this on, even if it means one
more thing to do. Elizabeth Collins is packed and
moving off to college at Oklahoma State University
for her freshman year. She was awarded two
scholarships upon graduation this past May. I had

the pleasure of a quick 3-day trip to Seattle during
July. What a beautiful area! is I could have
stayed longer.
Renee Carter Collins
(918) 357-1601



The morning is that kind of day when it has
rained the night before so all the clouds look
cleaner. The grass is that crisp made of green and
the purpose blossoms of the trees stand out against
the light blue sky.

Alberta Corrigan with grandson Jordan at Shimmy
Beach. This kid will have his B-badge before long.
Taken with Gayle's Gals on Thursday morning
On a trip from Gatun to Fort Sherman we saw
a sampler for creatures just made for our admiration.
We saw a mother and two baby coatimundis crossing
the road in front of the car making us quickly slow
down. We heard not saw the fierce sound of howler
monkeys in the trees near the road. We saw a royal
blue butterfly, certainly the only other blue that
bright is a figment of our imagination, and we saw
three stately black hawks on the top of the
telephone poles. They own them.
On the way back, we saw a sloth crossing the
road, depending on the drivers' willingness to avoid
him as he walked his slow, stretchy walk.
In the afternoon the clouds came in, pushing and
shoving aggressively and later opened to pour down
the rain. By evening it had stopped but outside felt
like that velvety darkness for rainy season that is
special to and from Panama.
Janet Johnston
(011-507) 443-5305


On December 26, 1996, Bob Boukalis boarded
the Aguja, a 48-foot Buddy Davis owned by Jim
Wiese, for a five-day marlin trip. They managed to
catch and release ten sailfish during the first two
days. On the afternoon of the third day, the first
marlin hit Bob's bonito. after the hook was set, the
fish thrashed the surface many times and ran off 400
yards of line. Each time she surfaced, Jim backed his
boat (at 25 mph) in her direction which allowed Bob
to reel in some line. Exhausted from an hour and 40
minute game of tug-of-war, the fish dove 20 yards
then swam to the surface and laid over on her side
just 15 yards from the boat. Bob reeled her to the
Aguja where the pulled the lifeless fish onto the
deck. Bob an Jim each took the marlin's
measurements and applied them to the standard
formula for determining the weight to arrive at the
same estimated weight of 852 pounds.

An 852 lb. Black Marlin caught in Pinas Bay by
Bob Boukalis.
Carlton and Anna Proback (BHS'68) Opel visited
Florida for her nephew's (Ricky Mead) wedding on
March 29 in Daytona Beach. During their short stay
in Florida one evening was spent with nephew Greg
Gramlich, his wife Tammy (Martinez) and little
Jason. After Florida they head off to Radford, VA,
to attend daughter Jenilee Ann Szymanski's (BHS'93)
Dean Scholar Ceremony on April 5 at Radford
University. Jenilee was selected as the 1997 Dean
Scholar for the Department of Foreign Languages
and Literature. Carl and Anna returned to Radford
in May for Jenilee's graduation ceremony.
On July 23, ten members of the class of '88 got
together at Pizza Italia. Eric Walcott had come to
Panama on business and decided he wanted to see
some old classmates. He got in touch with Frank
Nunez and Cristina Brandenburg and they made a
few calls. About twenty-three members of BHS'88
still reside in Panama. Those in attendance at Italia
included: Patrick Fahy, Eric Walcott, Cristina
Brandenburg, Frank "Tony" Nunez, Sari Holland de
Moreno, Maria Claus, David Smith, William Palm
and his girlfriend, Chacha. In addition to the 10
members attending, there were 16 members from
Panama who were unable to attend. The '88 group,
looking forward to their upcoming 10-year reunion,
are planning monthly mini reunions.

Class of '88 at Pizza Italia, L-R: Patrick Fahey,
Eric Walcott, Cristina Brandenberg, Willie Palm
(sitting), Chacha, Tony Nufiez, Sari Holland
Moreno, Maria Claus, Wendell Sasso.
Elaine (Peterson) and Michael Little and their
children Thomas, Sidney and Chimere were among
many families, including Administrator and Mrs.
Aleman, who went on a Panama Canal Commission
launch to Gaillard Cut for a ceremony honoring the
achievements of our forbearers. (This was also the
occasion of the Canal's 83rd Anniversary). The
Roosevelt Medal Descendants organization held its
4th annual gathering at the Canal, and is dedicated
exclusively to keeping alive now, and beyond the year
2000, the memory of Americans who were engaged
in the construction of the Panama Canal. The
Roosevelt Medal holders are made up of over 7,300
U.S. citizens who took part in the 1904-1914
construction of the Panama Canal. To date, the
membership has totaled 340 descendants of Roosevelt
Medal descendants. Persons interested can contact
Mr. Marc Quinn at PO Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon,
Panama, or phone him at 001-507-264-8957.

Katherine, Mark, Jeanette, and Jillian in Bonaire.

In June, Mark and Katherine (Simons)
Heddaeus, their daughter Jillian, and Katherine's
sister, Jeanette (Simons) McNulty visited Bonaire.
They went there with Hugh, Blake, and Colin
Thomas, Renee Nellis, and Lenny Wertz. Bonaire is
an island off the coast of Venezuela where you go
to scuba dive. The hard core divers (Mark, Hugh,
Renee and Lenny) did 22 dives in 5 and a half days.
The rest of the group didn't work so hard. The
Heddaeus' (Mark, Katherine, and Jillian) also
attended the Panama Canal reunion, with Katherine
helping Kassie Taylor sell the Al Sprague art. In
Panama, Katherine continues to represent Al Sprague
and is preparing to show his oils in two upcoming
shows, one in September at the Beirnheim Gallery,
and his annual show in November at Raymond and
Jessie's Gallery.
Ginger and Dick Zornes traveled to Fruitland
Park, FL, to visit with Ginger's parents, Joe and
Peggy Wertz, for three weeks this summer. Plans
included attending Dick's 30th class reunion, and a
get-together with their sons, Jeff and Joey, and their
respective fiancees. In addition to having a great time
all together at the reunion, Ginger and Dick decided
that Lake Bernadette, Zephyrhills, FL, will be their
choice for building a home. Ginger and Dick give
thanks to Jack and Fran Hern who gave them a
tour of the area, and answers to loads of questions
about settling there. Dick and Ginger report that
both Jack and Fran, and Gary and Ellen Anderson
(who will be their neighbors in Epping Forest
Estates) have beautiful homes which could easily be
showcased in "Better Homes and Gardens".

Simons' at CZ Reunion, L-R: Carl and Tita
Simons, Bob and Bea (Simons) Jones, Warren
and Merle (Simons) Harrington.

David Young, TY Young, and Jack Young (Jack
is the son of James III and Mary Beth Andrews
Young) enjoyed a few days in the small town of
Pedasi. The Young clan enjoyed Pedasi's fishing (a
sixteen-foot hammerhead shark was caught there in
December of '96). They were later joined by Matt
Tomlett and Jack Whitlock at Venoa beach, a local
surf spot 6 hours away from Panama City.

Eva Anderson
(001-507) 263-2390


Our June "potluck" luncheon at the Senior
Citizens' clubhouse in Aiken was attended by Lorna
Shore, Oscar Lard, Debbie Lard, Blanche Browne,
Sis and Bill York, Olga Holmes, Trudi Clontz,
Howard Hilborn, Frank and Fina Balinski, Peggy
Hutchison, and Jack and Scottie Steele.
Peggy Hutchison spent Memorial Day weekend
with her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jerry
Cox, in Ocala, FL then with her nephew, Richie
Phillips and his wife Olga of Conyers, GA. They all
drove to Melbourne, FL, to attend the high school
graduation of Christy Fisher. Christy is the daughter
of Peggy's niece Sue (Phillips) Fisher and Jon
Fisher. She graduated with honors.

L-R: Jack Kromer, Millie (Seeley) Hammond,
Betty (Comley) Forgeson, Jean (Coleman)
Dombrowsky, Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison, Ruth
(Bauman) Yielding.
In July Peggy flew to the Canal Zone Reunion
where she was joined by the above family members
plus Buddy Phillips and Dottie Phillips of Laguna
Hills, CA; his son Doug grandson John and family
grandson Daniel Fisher and granddaughter Kathleen
After the Reunion, Buddy, Dottie and Richie
Phillips visited Peggy in Aiken. In August Peggy
headed to Cleveland, OH, to attend a church

Trudy Clontz
(803) 649-2759


Rich Mahoney, BHS 62 e-mail found me. After
graduating from UT-Knoxville, he went down the
road to Chattanooga. Since 1967 he has been
teaching middle school Social Studies -- God Bless
him for that-- and says retirement is not too far
away. His daughter married last year and is moving
south to Georgia. Do I see a trend here and after
a few generations of Mahoneys moving south one
might make it to Panama? His son, a Computer
Tech, is also living in Chattanooga. I won't pass on
the remarks he enclosed about he and my brother
My husband Phil and I journeyed to Orlando in
July and enjoyed a wonderful time at the Reunion.
It was an opportunity to see my brother Brian and
visit many Zone friends. It certainly was good
chatting with three of the four "McGinn" boys, only

1998 Reunion


Wednesday, July 1, 1998
BALLROOM "A" thru "P'.
Thursday, July 2, 1998
INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM; 7:00-9:00 PM, CONVENTION CENTER LOWER LEVEL.
Friday, July 3, 1998
DJ DANCE: 11:00 P.M. 4:00 A.M. GRAND BALLROOM 9-14.
Saturday, July 4, 1998
Sunday, July 5, 1998

Reunion Coordinator

(941) 371-7731


Reunion Cooardisator's Notebook
Thomas Peterson, 1998 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: (941) 371-7731. FAX: (941) 371-7731

One Reunion just over, and we are already preparing for 1998!
Members will find that the following "Yellow" Pages have been adjusted, refashioned or revised so that
members may become clearer about what is expected of them and are made simpler to follow. Some activities
have been omitted intentionally, as we were more concerned about activities that required submitting an
application or request, and providing this for our members at an early date. Those activities omitted in this issue
wiil be listed in the next issue. We regretted the lateness of the information being published for the 1997
Reunion and we don't want that to happen again.
The volunteer Chairpersons for the 1998 Reunion are listed for your information:

Society Registration:
Hotel Reservations:
Golf Tournament:

Faith Brundage
Betty Frassrand
Pat Beall
Jane Huldtquist
Jim Slover
Bob Johnson
Muriel Whitman
Peter Foster

Dances & DJ Dance
Equipment Storage
Annual Luncheon

Charles Hummer
Pat Beall
Virgil & Sbirley Camby
Betty Malone
Jeanne Wheeler
Pat Beall
Betty Snow







Panama Canal Society of Fla.

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Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

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

NOTE: One check can be made out to cover Registration Fee, Dance & Luncheon Tickets.

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL Jane Huldtquist Jane Huldtquist
GOLF TOURNAMENT 9200 Park Blvd. #25
LUNCHEON: Seminole, FL 33777
HOTEL REGISTRATION Orlando World Center Marriott Soc~y Lodging Char
8050 Seminole Mal, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

1. Lodging is contracted 2 years in advance so it is crucial that members reserve rooms
early, giving us a chance to ask for more rooms if needed. We CANNOT get more
rooms or fill cancellations after the hotel's deadline.

2. Make one (1) night's deposit by check or money order on a U.S. bank or use a major
credit card and include card number with expiration date and signature on Application

3. Hotel Reservations must be made through the Society Lodging Chairperson, NOT THE
HOTEL, and any changes/cancellations must be made directly with the Society Lodging
Chairperson, BETTY FRASSRAND, (352) 567-5594.

** IMPORTANT: To participate in the above functions you must have paid your 1998
membership dues and the $5.00 Registration fee (See Page "C").

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Chairperson: Faith Brundage (813) 527-6925
office Use Only Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian DJ Dance
Please register yourself, family and/or guests.
Member: Tel.No.
City: State Zip

List the name of each person in member's group and include


$5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST


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Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 567-5594
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not check I on my scheduled rival date or cancel my reservation 72 hour
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1. Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll away beds and refrigerators will be
assigned on a first come, available basis.
2. SUITES: Members must contact the SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and
approval and then submit their request on the Hotel Registration Form.
3. FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO
HOTEL on the first night will forfeit your first nights deposit and your reservation will be cancelled.
4. A Sales and Resort Tax will be added to your final bill.
5. The State of Florida allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.

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Chairperson: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions
held during the 1998 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at Marrott's World Center must receive
advance approval from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise
as much as possible while conforming with the Society's schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will be
responsible to obtain the necessary Society membership application and ticket forms for those in their group from
the Mini-Reunion Chairperson. They will also be responsible for making their arrangements with the hotel for
their function. Upon completion of their arrangements, they must notify the Mini-Reunion Chairperson, at The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.

Chairperson: Charles "Chuck" Hummer (941) 421-4758
1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from members who have paid their 1998 dues and have paid the $5.00
Registration fee. (See page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 1998 and will not be resold
at the Reunion.
3. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted entrance to the dances.




Music by Frankie Preto Saturday, July 4, 1998 Music by Lroy Lewis Friday, July 3, 1998
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8 8:30 p.m.-1:30 am. Grand Ballroom 1-8
$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.
No. of Tickets Total $_ No. of Tickets Total $
Special Request: Special Request:

Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS. Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.

Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, 1998
11:00 p.m. 4-00 a.m.

July 3rd: $5.00/Ticket
No.of Tickets: Total $
Special Requests:

July 4th: $5.00/Ticket
No.of Tickets: Total $
Special Requests:

SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712.



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Chairpersons Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover


Make Reservations Early!
Entry Deadline: June 13, 1998
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SThe Nineteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Orlando World I
ICenter Marriott's Golf Course, 1 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida on July 2, 1998.
The field is limited to 136 players. Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed by a "shot-gun" tee off at 8:00 amn.
Entry fee will be $68.00 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, luncheon, awards, favors and door prizes.
ILuncheon will be served promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom 3-6 in the Convention center. One guest I
per player will be allowed at $18.00. I.D. guests tags will be received at the entrance to the ballroom. No Gale
ICrashing" will be allowed at the luncheon, nor children under 12 years of age.
I As in the past, players will be flighted by age group. Some changes in format will be implemented and indicated
'in the March issue of the Canal Record
TELEPHONE NO. Age (7/3/98) (Males only)
Atlantic Sider Pacific sider Professional Amateur
BLVD. #205, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33777. TEL: (813) 397-5846.
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Chairperson Betty Malone (813) 896-5459
1. (Location to be assigned) Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
5. MENU: (To be listed in March issue).
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Saturday, July 4, 1998
S$18.00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets Total $
1. 6.
2. 7.
3. 8.
I4. 9.
*5. 10.

STickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of June 5, 1998 and will not be resold at the Reunion.

Luncheon Program: "Love in the Afternoon" A Musical Variety Show with Lnda
Woodruff Weir, Erin Hatchett, Bob Teta, Kenn Lantry and other guest performers.


MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 33772-4712.

Chairperson: Muriel Whitman (813) 544-0214
1. Only paid-up members of the Society who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 1998 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor
Chairperson, Muriel Whitman. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record The deadline for
receiving Vendors applications and for REFUNDS is June 1, 1998.
3. Approval of the application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama
memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendors application and fee of $100.00.
Instructions and Restrictions are completely defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the
instructions carefully. The Marriott's World Center have certain restrictions which must be complied with such
as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F" will provide vendors with a large single room
area. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 aJm. Thursday morning. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED HOURS

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 1998 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
Deha 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, 1998. Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1998 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.
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.


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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.

As a service you may phone DELTA at 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservations under FILE No. 107445A.
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
with Reunion Air Reservations.

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 and automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down significantly before you depart.

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Noel was missing. I hope all is well with him.
Being a Gatunite, seeing the likes of the Lawrance
"lads", Eddy and Spike brought back many nostalgic
A note from Jana Hooker McCormack lauded
the Society's Annual Reunion. Jana resides in
Memphis with husband John and children Tucker and
Buck. Last year long-time friend Jerry "Tiger"
Maloney convinced her to make the trip to Orlando
and I hope it won't be her last. After nine years of
losing touch with each other, Jana and Tiger have
renewed their friendship and Tiger will be spending
Christmas with them in Memphis.

L-R: Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, Lorraine (Morrison)
Descalzo, Kathi (Adams) Lessicak.

Jana Hooker McCormack of Memphis, TN.
Noting our neighbors to the north -- Society
members m Kentucky have no official report, I would
like to include them in the column. My correct e-
mail address is printed in the current issue of the
Canal Record.

Sheila McNamee
(615) 456-4830



Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan and Kathi (Adams)
Lessiack had a nice reunion with Lorraine
(Morrison) Descalzo, a dear friend from Pedro
Miguel and Balboa High School days. Iris, Kathi and
Iris' sister-in-law Claire Dedeaux were in Reno, NV,
for a bowling tournament in the Women's National
Tournament. Rainey's daughter drove her from her
home in Pacifica, CA, for the overnight stay in
Reno. No prizes were won bowling, but they were
winners by being together again after so many years.
Pappy (Robert B.) Grier has had a bit of bad
luck lately. Early in June, he fell and broke his hip.
He was transferred from the Kerrville VA Hospital
to the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio
for an operation. Not too long after the accident, he
fell and broke the hip again. He is in the Kerrville
VA Hospital receiving therapy. Pappy would like to
hear from his friends. You can write to him at his
home address.

Back L-R: Sam Largent, Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne,
Harvey Rhyne, Nancy Largent-Wilson. Front L-R:
Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr., Sonia (Bowker) Rhyne,
Taffy Rhyne, Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford, Ed
Stanford, Cheryl Stanford.

Bea and Harvey Rhyne had a visit from their
daughter Barbara and granddaughter Cheryl Stanford
from Panama. Cheryl had just graduated from BHS
Class of '97. Son-in-law Ed Stanford arrived in time
to celebrate Father's Day, as did Glenn, Sonia, Erick,
Taffy and Erick's fiancee Christina from their home
in Homestead, FL. It turned into a family reunion
when Sam Largent of West, TX, and daughter Nancy
Largent-Wilson from Vancouver, B.C., arrived,
followed by Ed's brother and sister-in-law Larry and
Nancy (Basham) Stanford of Coppell, TX. It was a
wonderful reunion. Nancy Largent had not seen her
cousin Barbara Stanford in almost 20 years and had
never met Cheryl.
Kathy (Orr) Keenan with her son Cody and
daughter Camille stopped for a short visit with the
Rhynes in Kerrville. They had just come from Sea
World in San Antonio where Cody had been in
summer camp.
Paul, Margaret (Brown), Kelly and Paul S. Karst
from Panama came to Houston in July to visit with
Nita (Borgis) Karst. Lois (Johnson) Evitt also had a
visitor at the same time, her son Rick Alexander
from San Francisco. Paul and Rick had not seen
each other in about 20 years, so it was quite a
reunion. A get-together was held at Lois' home with
the following Canal Zone friends in attendance: Ted
Melanson, Rick Alexander, Paul E. Karst, Paul S.
Karst, Florence (Thompson) Samoniego, Lois
(Johnson) Evitt, Nita (Borgis) Karst, Margaret
(Brown) Karst, Kelly Karst, Pam (Evitt) O'Conner
and Michele Melanson.

LaDonna's parents, Charles and Helen Rowe, of
Warren, IL. They celebrated with a picnic in
Dubuque, IA. Their three children, all grandchildren
and great-grandchildren attended. Members of Ernie
and LaDonna's family attending were: Ernie and
LaDonna of Garland, TX; Ronnie, Elaine, Ean and
Erin of Garland, TX; Kelly, Kym, Melissa and David
of Rowlett, TX; Terry from San Diego, CA, and
Wayne, Julie, Ethan and Taylor from Largo, FL. It
Swas wonderful having all the family together. It just
doesn't happen very often when the children grow up
and are on their own.

Back L-R: Ted Melanson, Rick Alexander, Paul E.
Karst, Paul S. Karst. Middle L-R; Florence
(Thompson) Samaniego, Lois (Johnson) Evitt,
Nita (Borgis) Karst, Margaret (Brown) Karst,
Kelly Karst, Pam (Evitt) O'Conner. Front: Michele
Melanson. Back L-R: Ronnie, Elaine, Kym, Julie and Wayne
SI holding Ethan. Middle L-R: Ean, Terry, Ernie,
LaDonna holding Erin, and Kelly. Front: David,
Melissa and Taylor sleeping.
This being the last issue of the Record for
1997, I wish you all a Happy Halloween, Happy
Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year. Please note that our area code has been
changed to 830.
Our Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party will
be held in the Bluebonnet Room of Inn of the Hills,
Kerrville, TX. Starts at 5:30 p.m. $17.00 each.
u nSend reservations to: Elsie Larson, #8 Paradise
S.,; tAve., Kerrville, TX 78028. Cut-off: November
28th. For further information call: (830)-257-4204.

Bea Rhyne
BHS Class of '71: L-R: Bobby Baldwin, Camile (830) 896-8643
(Rhyne) Eastham, Cindy (Copskey) Coman, Mike
Coman (Col. USAF), Kari (Batalden) Mclivaine, Ed
Cindy (Copskey) Coman and her husband LTC 1998
Mike Coman have been stationed in Panama. Cindy DUES
was in 7th heaven showing her 13-year-old son where DUES
she had lived and gone to school. She met her old 9, ARE
friends Karl (Batalden) McIlvaine and Ed McIlvaine,
Camille (Rhyne) Eastham and Bobby Baldwin. They DUE
had an impromptu BHS Class of '71 reunion at O I
Camille and Leo Eastham's home in Cardenas, R.P. OCT 1
Come to find out, Kari, Camille, Bobby and Ed were
all classmates in Mrs. Wanda Jenkins' 5th grade class 1997
in Balboa Elementary School. r..
We have lost several old and dear friends this 7
year and send our condolences to the families ofr
Clara Chambers, Elizabeth Sudron, Janet Johnston,
Mary Orr and Lillia (Monsanto) Dean.
Our congratulations to Doug and Sharon
Schmidt on the marriage of their daughter Cheryl
Lynn Schmidt to Kenneth Fritz.
In June Ernest and LaDonna Forrest and their
family attended the 60th wedding anniversary for



Jenilee Ann Szymanski
(BHS'94) graduated from
Radford University,
Radford, VA., on 3 May,
1997. Jenilee received her
Bachelor of Arts degree
with a double major in
Foreign Languages -
Spanish and Media
Studies. She graduated
Magna Cum Laude and
was the 1997 Dean
Scholar for the
Department of Foreign
Languages and Literature.
Jenilee Ann Szymanski Jenilee accelerated
her college curriculum and
completed her studies in
three years. She also participated in Radford's Study
Abroad Program and spent the Fall '96 semester in
Spain studying Spanish.
Attending the Commencement Ceremony were
her mother, Anna Proback Opel (BHS'68), stepfather
Carlton G. Opel, and Tia Dottie Miller Meissner

Kathleen Phillips of
Miami, Florida, daughter
of Sandra (Allen) and
Louis Reyes of Wesley
Chapel, Florida (formerly
from Los Rios, Panama),
and Richard and Olga
Phillips of Conyers,
Georgia, was named to
the Dean's Honors List at
St. Thomas Law School,
Miami, Florida, for her
achievement and
excellence of academic
Kathleen, who just
completed her second year
of Law School, graduated
from the University of
Florida, Gainesville, in
; 1986 with a de ree in
Criminal Justice. Kathleen
plans to continue her
Kathleen Phillips studies and acquire her
law degree in 1998.

Christopher James Riley, son of James W. Riley,
Jr. and Marie Riley of Lake Mary, FL, and formerly
of La Boca, graduated from Seminole Community
College in 1996 with an Associate of Arts Deeree.

Christopher J. Riley with proud parents, Marie
and James W. Riley, Jr. of Lake Mary, Florida.
Chris is a graduate of the Balboa High School
Class of 1994 and is currently pursuing his Marketing
Degree at the University of Central Florida. He lives
in the Orlando area while continuing to be
employed at Seminole Community College.


Eileen Paige Bradley was graduated from the
University of Virginia School of Architecture in May
1997, with a Master's degree in Environmental
Planning in Develonine countries.

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She will travel to Germany with her fiance, Per
Petzold, to pursue a career in environmental
conservation, clean-up, and sustainable development
with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Karen Elizabeth Lotterhos, daughter of Penny C.
and Joseph E. Lotterhos of Clinton, MS., received
a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering
and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from
Texas A&M on August 15, 1997. She was a student
research assistant in the chemistry department, served
as a secretary/treasurer and then vice president of
the American Chemical Society, and was a member
of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and
the Society of Woman Engineers' Mentor Program.
Her social sorority was Alpha Gamma Delta where
she served as vice president for scholarship and as

From left: Karen Nadeau Price and Karen
Lotterhos at their Texas A&M graduation ceremony.
She was orientation leader for the Texas A&M
Panhellenic Rush Team and Panhellenic scholarship
chairperson. She received the Mississippi A&M Club
scholarship, the 12th Man Foundation Scholarship,
the Fred and Marie Monk Samp Scholarship and the
Order of Omega. Karen is employed with
Schlumberger Corporation as a field engineer in
Abilene, Texas. She attended Clinton public schools
and graduated from Mississippi School for
Mathematics and Science, Columbus, Mississippi.

Back: Breanne and Meagan. Seated: Derek, "Pos"
and Gloria, at 25th wedding celebration.


On June 7, 1997, Jennifer Ebdon graduated with
honors from George Walton Comprehensive High
School in Marietta, Georgia. She plans to enter the
University of Denver in Colorado in the Fall. She
received a scholarship in Gymnastics.

Front: Kathy (mother), Jennifer (graduate), Rae
Ebdon (grandma). Back: Dick (dad), Joe
granddad, and Geoffery (brother).
Jennifer is the daughter of Dick and Kathy
Ebdon of Marietta and the granddaughter of Rae
and Joe Ebdon. Those who attended the ceremony
were her parents and her brother, Geoffrey, who is
a senior at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth,


On May 3, 1997, Jill Denise Roscoe graduated
with honors from the University of Florida in
Gainesville, Florida. Jill majored in Microbiology with
a major in chemistry. She will begin medical school
in the fall at the University of Miami.
Jill is the daughter of Dick and Sandy (Tortorici)
Roscoe of Alachua, Florida.

Jill with proud parents, Roscoe and Sandy.
Out of town guests attending the commencement
exercises were her parents and family members. Also
attending were Ruth (Schmidt) Tortorici, John and
Colleen Tortorici with sons Jonathan and Eric, and
Ted and Jacque (Hunt) Arias.


Mr. and Mrs. Keith W. Nelson of Cut Bank,
Montana, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Nicki Joann, to Lt. Jeffrey Shane Zornes,
USAF, Great Falls, Montana, formerly of Cardenas, Rep.
of Panama. Nicki is the daughter of Keith and Debra
Nelson bf Cut Bank, and the granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert W. Nelson and the late Mr. and Mrs.
Norbert V. Hietpas of Cut Bank. Nicki is currently
employed by Ultra-Med Transcription Services as a
Medical Transcriptionist. She will be pursuing a degree
in Forensic Biol.

Lt. Jeffrey Shane Zornes and Nicki Joann
Jeff (BHS'90) is the son of Richard (BHS'67) and
Virginia (Ginger Wertz, BHS'68) Zornes of Cardenas,
Panama. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A.
Wertz, Fruitland Park, FL., formerly of Curundu Heights
and Albrook AFS, Canal Zone and Mr. Roy C. Zornes,
Denver, CO., and the late Myrna J. Zornes, formerly of
Cocoli and Far Fan, C.Z. Jeff graduated from Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL with
a B.S. degree in Aerospace Studies. He is currently
serving as a Missile Combat Crew Commander with the
564th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB. MT.
The wedding will be held in Great Falls, Montana on
June 20, 1998.


Jeff Adema (CHS'82) has recently published a
cookbook. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute
of America, Hyde Park, and along with his wife,
Louise has been pleasing palates in his restaurant
"Three Seasons" in Romulus, NY. for the past five
years. When the magazine Bob Appetit did a feature
on the Finger Lakes Region of New York state, they
included a picture of Jeff and Louise, a recipe and
flattering remarks. It appeared in the July '97 issue.
Way to go Jeff! His telephone is 315-568-1516.


On June 7, 1997, George and Helen Gercich
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Windows
on the Bay in Newport Beach, CA. Present were
over 70 family members and friends, including their
four daughters and families and their five sisters and

George and Helen Gercich at their first 50th
anniversary celebration.
Before lunch Jim Clark, brother-in-law,
prayed for continued blessing on the honorees and
their family. Kimberly Heaps, niece, sang "Great is
Thy Faithfulness"; Irena Duringer, granddaughter,
sang "I Will Cast all my Cares Upon Him"; and
Ashley Nelson, granddaughter, played a clarinet solo.
Adam, grandson, brought a short greeting.
Special memories were recalled by the sisters,
daughters Nancy DeLima from Panama spoke and
Cheri Gaylord of Laguna Niguel, CA, was the
toastmistress. Her husband, Dave Gaylord, offered a
toast and best wishes and John Nelson, Nina's
husband, recalled memories from the many years
George and Helen spent in Panama and the years
since retirement in 1986. Slides taken in Panama
were shown at the conclusion of the program.


Christine (Tina Kilbey) Luken, of Appling,
Georgia, works in the Department of Managed Care,
Regional Referral Center, at the Eisenhower Army
Medical Center as the point-of-contact for the
Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Specialized Treatment
She was recently commended for her work there.
The Nominator's comments were: "Mrs. Luken has the
special project of organizing the Specialized Treatment
Service for Cardiology/Cardio-thoracic Procedures
project into a workable program. This involves creating
a standard operating procedure for the program,
networking with managers of post billeting as well as
local hotels/motels, creating documents and pamphlets,
notifying outlying Healthcare Finders, MTF
Commanders and briefing house staff on the upcoming
program, as well as giving newspaper, radio and
television interviews."
Christine said "The program I work on is for the
retiree who is not on Medicare." She was always
interested in furthering her career. Her father was m
civil service in the Panama Canal Zone for 33 years
and both her sisters and their husbands retired from
Civil Service. One of her daughters is in the military
and one of her sons-in-law is also in the Civil Service.
Her other interests are walking, gardening and
spending time with her family.


Fourth-generation Zonian Brian Gerhart received
his Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Tourism
and Recreation Management from Cemson
Universi South Carolina, in June.
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Brian Gerhart and family graduation photograph.
With Brian are his parents, Jim and Dorothy
(Rowley), brother Kenneth, and sister Suzanne
Gerhart. Ken had preceded Brian at the University
of Maryland campus in Munich, Germany, where
both earlier received Associate of Arts degrees, and
Suzanne in turn is a previous Clemson grad. Brian
has started working in the field of photography at
Ocean City, Maryland.


Erika Reyes, currently a junior at Zephyrhills
High School, Florida, was presented the "All
Conference Award" by the Sunshine Athletic
Conference in recognition of her outstanding athletic
achievement in tennis. Erika played as the No. 4
seed in singles and as No. 2 doubles on the ZHS
Varsity Tennis Team. ZHS claimed the school's first
back-to-back titles when they defeated River Ridge
thanks to a 7-4 tie-breaker in the No. 2 doubles
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This is Erika's second year on the ZHS Varsity
Tennis Team. She received the "All Conference
Award" last year when she played as their No. 5
seed. She was also a member of the Balboa High
School Cougars Varsity Tennis Tean as an eighth
grader at Curundu Junior High School. Erika is the
daughter of Louis and Sandra Reyes, formerly of Los
Rios, Panama.


Jeri Ruth Wheeler (BHS'89) received her Masters
of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies on 24 May,
at Columbia International University (Columbia
Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions),
Cnlnmhia South Carnlina

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L-R: Proud dad, Jim, grandmother Grace, Jeri,
proud mom Judi (Warford) (BHS'64) and Tia Cecy
Jeri is currently spending five weeks in Europe,
and has accepted a position with Columbia
International University. She plans to continue her
studies and pursue a certificate in Teaching English
as a Foreign Language (TEFL).


Macel and J. Morton Thomson, Jr. celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary with a family reunion
at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Their children
and grandchildren came from Maryland, Arizona, and
Tennessee to join in the celebration.

J. Morton Thomson Jr. and family at their 50th
Anniversary at Hilton Head, South Carolina.


Jack and Nancy (Askew) Goodwin of Ocala, FL,
announce the engagement of their daughter Kathryn
(Katie) Michele, to Brian Keith Dugan, son of
Lorraine (Urey) Dugan of Balboa, Panama, and the
late Thomas R. Dugan.
Katie is the granddaughter of Ethel and the late
Eugene Askew of Largo, FL, and the late Dr. Carey
and Christine Goodwin of Fayetteville, NC. She is a
1992 graduate of Balboa High School, a 1996
graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Dietetics, a 1997 graduate of
the Dietetics Internship from the Houston VA
Medical Center, and is completing work on her
Masters Degree from Texas Women's University,
Houston, TX.


Frank and Nena Kerley celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on July 5, 1997, in Orlando, FL,
with their family and friends. They were married in
Havana. Cuba mi 1947.

Kathryn (Katie) Michele Goodwin and Brian Keith
Brian is the grandson of Mary G. and the late
John Urey of Dothan, AL, and Mary and the late
Ralph Dugan of Clermont, FL. He is a 1992
graduate of Balboa High School, a 1996 graduate of
the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Building Construction, and is employed as
a project engineer with ABCO Builders in Fort
Worth, TX.
The wedding is planned for April 25, 1998, in
Ocala, FL.


Michael and Marion (Neely) Greene of Sarasota
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 8,
1997. They were married May 8, 1937 in Cristobal,
Canal Zone and Colon, Rep. of Panama, and have
lived in Sarasota for 32 years. They celebrated with
family and friends at a dinner party in their home.
Mr. Greene is retired from the Customs
Department in Cristobal, Panama, with over 30 years
of government service.
Mrs. Greene retired as a civilian employee of the
U.S. Navy in Coco Solo, Canal Zone with 25 years
of service.
Both were active members of the Masonic Order
and Order of the Eastern Star in Panama, and are
members of the Church of the Palms Presbyterian
where Mike is an usher, here in Sarasota. He is also
a member of Sahib Temple, Sarasota.


Father John Rutledge was recognized by the
Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks with the
Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of his
many years of unselfish service to the Panama Canal
and Republic of Panama communities. Father
Rutledge has served as parish priest at Sacred Heart
and St. Mary's churches for more than 20 years, as
chaplain at Gorgas Army Hospital for more than 12
years and as chaplain to the Canal area scouting
program for more than 20 years.

L-R: Fanny Chial, Secretary; Gladys Saarinen,
President; Victor P. Carter, Exalted Ruler Elks
1414; Father Rutledge; Michael Progana, Deputy
Exalted Ruler Elks 1414; Henry Twohy, Parish
Council Rep.; Carol Twohy, Society Vice President.
He was honored for his dedication to charity,
justice and brotherly love--cardinal principles for the
Order of the Elks. The presentation was made during
a recent meeting of the Rosary Altar Society for the
Sacred Heart Church.

Ralph and Marie Curies celebrated their 67th
wedding anniversary on August 17, 1997. They were
married on August 17, 1930 in South Mills, North
Carolina and now reside in Dunnellon. Florida.

L-R: Barbara Aycock, Marie Curies, Ralph Curies
and Edna Cooley.
Daughters Barbara Aycock (with husband David)
and Edna Cooley treated them to a lovely dinner at
the Plantation Inn in Crystal River, Florida to
celebrate the occasion. Their youngest daughter,
Margaret Maxwell was unable to attend.


Jim and Diane Bradley
the engagement of their
Bradley, to Per Petzold.

are happy to announce
daughter, Eileen Page


Captain Julius Grigore, Jr. of Venice, Florida, a
founding member of the Panama Historical Society
is one of the thirty academicians and historians
throughout the world who has been invited to
participate in El Comite Organizador del Encuentro
Academico Internacional Sobre el Canal de Panama.
This committee is sponsored and assembled by
the University of Panama and University of Santa
Maria of Antigua, and will meet in Panama City on
the 4th and 5th of September, 1997.
The purpose of this select committee of
academicians and historians is to discuss the various
prospects available to the Government of Panama
with respect to operating the Panama Canal after the
year ending in 1999.


Michael Ray Sommer
has been selected to be
on the academic honor
roll at Holcomb
Elementary in Fayetteville,
Arkansas. He is in
kindergarten and is the
brother of Cassandra, the
son of Louis and Gaye
Sommer. He is the
grandson of the late
Louie Sommer, former
Michael Ray electrical contractor and
Sommer the late Frankle Thomson.


Percival R. Alberga and W. Audrey Ernest of
San Jose, Costa Rica, and Riverside, California,
commemorated the 60th wedding anniversary of their
betrothal on July 7, 1997. In honor of their special
achievement, their children and grandchildren issued
a formal announcement of the momentous occasion.

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Eileen Page Bradley and Per Petzold
Per is from Berlin, Germany, studying in
Charlottesville, Virginia, as a visiting medical student
in various Virginia University hospitals. After a short
trip to Panama, they will fly to Germany in August,
where Per will begin his residency in Orthopedic

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On November 29, 1996, Cheri Yvonne Gercich
was united in marriage to David George Gaylord at
Mariners Church in Newport Beach, CA. The
beautiful candlelight service was attended by over 160
family members and friends.
The bride's attendants included close friends and
three of her nieces, Christina DeLima from Boston
College and Panama; Ashley Nelson, Junior
Bridesmaid; and Irena Duringer was her flower girl.
Adam Nelson, nephew, served as ringbearer. The
groom's attendants included his father George,
brother John. and son Derek.

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To the beautiful processional "Canon in D" by J.
Pachelbel and "Trumpet Voluntary" by J. Clarke,
Cheri was escorted and given in marriage by her
father George Gercich. The double-ring ceremony was
conducted by Rob DeKlotz, pastor of Mariners
Church, and guest soloist was Janet Terrell of
Newport Beach, CA. Pianist was Rodger Whitten. A
reception was held immediately following the
ceremony in Irvine, CA.


Cheryl Lynn Schmidt became the bride of
Kenneth Allen Fritz on April 19, 1997. The couple
was wed at the First United Methodist Church in
Kerrville, TX, with the Reverend Warren Hornung
officiating. Following the ceremony, a reception was
held in the Bluebonnet Room at the Inn of the
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Douglas C. Schmidt of Kerrville, TX. The groom is
the son of Mrs. Helen Fritz and the late Francis J.
Fritz of Harper, TX.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was
Sally Reimer of Austin, TX. Bridesmaids were:
Jeanne Sheets of Austin, TX, cousin of the bride;
and Bernadine Dittmar, of Kerrville, TX, sister of
the groom. Flower girl was Bethany Tolar of San
Antonio, TX, and ringbearer was Bray Parson of San
Antonio, TX.
Serving as best man was Bob Tolar of San
Antonio, TX, and the groomsmen were Terry Fritz
of Kerrville, TX, and Keith Fritz of California.
Ushers were David Sheets of Austin, TX; Brian
Marschal of San Angelo, TX; and Scott Marschal of
Dallas, TX.


Cheryl Lynn Schmidt and Kenneth A. Fritz.
April 19, 1997
The bride graduated from Balboa High School in
1986 and Canal Zone College in 1988 in the Canal
Zone. She is a 1992 graduate of Angelo State
University, San Angelo, TX, and is presently
employed as a Registered Nurse at Sid Peterson
Memorial Hospital in Kerrville.
The groom is a 1981 graduate of Texas A&M
with a bachelors degree in Finance. He is also a
graduate of St. Phillips College in San Antonio with
a degree in Automotive Technology. He is presently
employed at Kee Motors in Kerrville.
Following a honeymoon in San Francisco, CA,
the couple is at home in Kerrville.


Janice Cookie Newlon (from Gamboa) and Bill
Hurney (Boston) were married in Santa Barbara,
California on August 9, 1997. Nell Green, the bride's
mother, escorted Cookie down the aisle at Our Lady
of Sorrows Catholic Church.
Karyn (Fish) Dumas served as maid of honor
and Jack Hurney served as best man.

Janice "Cookie" Newlon with Bill Hurney.
The outdoor reception was held at the Historical
Museum's Casa Covarubbias. The bride and groom
were blessed with an abundance of family and friends
who came to celebrate this wonderful day.
Bill is an Electrical Engineer who works with
Raytheon, and Cookie is Director of Operations at
Alliance Manufacturing Software. They will make
their home in Santa Barbara.


Patti Ann Fitzgerald and Luis Rauld were
married April 26, 1997, at the San Diego Polo Club,
Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The bride is the daughter of
Helen Fitzgerald Olsen and Richard Olsen of Fairfax,
VA. The groom is the son of Sue Rauld Barca and
Lawrence Barca, Jr. of Largo, FL, formerly of
Balboa Heights.
The bride is a graduate of Fairfax High School,
Fairfax, VA, and Colorado State University. The
bridegroom is a 1971 graduate of Balboa High
School, Florida State University, and the American
Graduate School of International Management,
Glendale, AZ.

Patti Ann Fitzgerald and Luis Rauld
Lucho's brother, Bill Rauld (BHS'79) of
Lauderhill, FL, was his best man. The bride's sister,
Sarah Fitzgerald of San Francisco, also attended the
ceremony as well as her aunt, Alice Pofahl, of Kent,
The theme of the event was polo and six of
Lucho's teammates formed an honor guard dressed
in the club's colors. A luncheon served outdoors was
followed by dancing in the clubhouse to a steel band.
Among the many out-of-town guests were the
groom's sister, Tibby Rauld Ford (BHS'71) and her
husband David Ford of Bethesda, MD. Sharon
O'Brien (BHS'71) of San Diego also attended.
After a honeymoon in Acapulco, the couple
returned to their home and Patti's two sons, Sean
and Chase, in Cardiff by the Sea, CA.


Mr. Oscar O. Brown of Orlando, FL. and Mrs.
Elizabeth Quintero of Ijamsville, MD. announce the
marriage of their grandson John O. Manning to Miss
Jeannie Marie McDermott on May 31, 1997 at the
home of the bride's parents, in Forest Heights, MD.
A reception followed, immediately after.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George E. McDermott. The groom is the son of John
(Pat) and Carol (Brown) Manning, and the grandson
of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Manning of Balboa,
Canal Zone and Tampa, Florida.
Out-of-town guests were Helen Manning of
Dallas, TX., Mr. and Mrs. Mark Manning and son
Mark of Charlotte, NC, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Coleman
and Lyza Byrne and Michael Byrne of Orlando, FL.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Irvin and Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen Tanner of Hendersonville, NC.
After a honeymoon at Colonial Beach, VA., the
couple will be home in Silver Spring, MD.

Jana Renee Wheeler and John David Potts were
joined in holy matrimony on May 18, 1997, in a
garden wedding at Forest Waters Country Club,
Garden Ridge, TX. Jana is the daughter of Jim and
Judi (Warford BHS 64) Wheeler, formerly of Diablo.
Jana is a registered nurse. John is the son of John
and Jean Potts of Castroville, TX, and is a recent
graduate of the University of Texas, San Antonio.
After honeymooning in Mazatlan, Mexico, the couple
is making their home in San Antonio, TX.

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and Mrs. John O. Manning

Deborah Mollie Naidel of Osprey, Florida, and
David Leonard Wertz of Sarasota, Florida were
united in marriage July 25, 1997 at St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church on Siesta Key, Sarasota.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Patricia
Naidel of Osprey. The bridegroom is the son of
Diane (Roscoe) and Ray Murphy of Sarasota and
Leonard Wertz of Los Rios, and the grandson of
Edna Wertz of San Antonio, Texas.
Maid of honor was the bride's sister, Susan.
Bridesmaids were Jill Roscoe of Alachua and
Barbara Vivetta of Italy. Flower girl was Lauren
Murphy of Lakeland, FL. Best man was the bride's
brother, Jeffrey Naidel of Nokomis. Groomsmen were
Mark Roscoe and Tony Gagliardi.
The reception was held at the Oaks Country
Club in Sarasota. After a wedding trip to Bonaire in
the Leeward Islands, the couple will reside in
Plantation, Florida where Debbie attends The College
of Pharmacy at Nova University, and Dave works for
PRC and attends Broward Community College.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Potts, 18 May 1997, shown
with sister and maid of honor, Jeri Ruth Wheeler
(BHS'89) and best man, Glenn Massey.

Sheila Coyle, BHS'75, daughter of Edward and
Ellen Coyle, formerly of Balboa and Diablo, was
married to Charles Moss of Austin, Texas, on March
27, 1997, in Long Beach, California. After a trip
through the western states, the couple was honored
with a reception in the home of Valerie Coyle
Anderson of Corpus Christi, Texas. Sheila and
Charles will reside in Austin, Texas. Sheila is the
granddaughter of two Roosevelt medal holders, Eileen
and Barnie Covle.

Coyle and Charles Moss

of David Wertz


Joe and Darleen Hunt of Largo, Florida are
pleased to announce the wedding of their daughter,
Lisa Michele to Timothy Joseph Setnicka on June
13, 1997. The wedding took place at Espiritu Santo
Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, Florida. A reception
immediately followed at the Countryside Country
The bride is the daughter of Joe and Darleen
(Woodruff) Hunt of Largo. The groom is the son of
Jack and Mary Jo Setnicka of Daytona Beach,
The maid of honor was the bride's sister, Joanne
Hunt. Best man was longtime friend of the groom,
Sean Gallagher. Bridesmaids were Lisa's sister Kelly,
her cousin Jennifer Weir, and sister-in-law Amy
Setnicka. Groomsmen were brother Jay Setnicka,
brother-in-law Mark Barrett, and friend Mike Rose.
Ushers were Wayne Watkins and Trey Arias, cousins
of the bride, and Skippy Kettler, friend of the
groom. The groom's niece, Alice Setnicka was the
flower girl and his nephew, Dillon Barrett was the
r~n iom

Mrs. William G. Chidester. The ceremony was
attended by the entire Gregg family and many
friends from out of town.
The bride is the daughter of Judy and Jack
Burk of Baton Rouge. The groom is the son of
Marian and Eugene Gregg, formerly of Coco Solo.

Eugene John Gregg and Melinda Lee Burk.
Matron of honor was the bride's sister, Martha
Carol Stewart. Best man was the groom's father. The
newlyweds spent nine days in Jamaica and then six
days at the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando
where they learned that Melinda had been hired by
the Department of Defense Dependents School
System. The couple has left for Seoul, Korea, where
Melinda will teach special education classes at an
elementary school.

Lisa Michele Hunt and Timothy Joseph Setnicka.
Many out-of-town guests attended the wedding
including Lisa's grandparents, Elsie (Lawyer) and
Woody Woodruff and Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt, all of
Dothan, AL. Tim's grandmother, Marie Setnicka of
Titusville, FL. also attended.
Tim is a Chef at the Don Cesar Beach Resort
and Spa, St. Petersburg Beach, FL., and Lisa is the
Catering Director at Countryside Country Club.
After a week long honeymoon in Ocho Rios,
Jamaica, the Setnickas will reside in Palm Harbor,


Melinda Lee Burk and Eugene John Gregg were
married June 21, 1997, at St. Jean Vianney Catholic
Church, Baton Rouge, LA. The Rev. Donald V.
Blanchard officiated. A reception followed at the
home of the bride's sister and her husband, Mr. and

MEAD WEDDING. Front I-r: Dottie Miller
Meissner, groom Ricky Mead, bride Maria Mead,
Rhonda Meissner, Gladys Miller Mead, Keith
Mead, Cindy Mead. Back, I-r: John, Carl Opel,
Anna Opel, Brian Meissner, Rusty Meissner.

Patti Revello and Harry Bilgray, Jr. were married
May 3, 1997 at Cheval Country Club in Lutz, Florida.
Patti is the daughter of Dr. Raul and Maria Revello
of Ancon, Panama who now reside in Tampa, Florida.
Harry is the son of Mr. Harry Bilgray, Sr. of Colon,
Panama and Ms. Laura (Russon) McDill also of
Colon, Panama.


Nicholas Charles Michael
Steven and Carmel Boswell of Holiday, Florida,
are proud to announce the birth of their son,
Nicholas Charles Michael Boswell born July 16, 1997.
Nicholas came in at a whopping 9 lbs. 22 oz.
and 21 3/4 inches long. He is welcomed into his
family by Jennifer, Steven, Jr. and his paternal
grandmother, Shirley Boswell.

Steven Sr. and Nicholas Charles Mich

Patti Revello and Harry Bilgray, Jr.
The wedding party consisted of: Maid of honor,
Jaden Smith; best man, Joe Madera (Chicago);
readers, Marina Zamora, Nancy Smith; ushers,
Martin Revello (brother of the bride), Patrick
Lincoln. Also present were Dawn Bilgray and Tatiana
(Bilgray) Ortiz, sisters of the groom. Many "Zonians"
from the Tampa Bay area attended the ceremony.
After honeymooning in Acapulco, the couple
returned to their home in Lutz, Florida.

Andrew James Griffith

Andrew James Griffith was born June 21, 1997
in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz.
Happy parents are Louis J. and Susan (Ball)
Griffith. Andrew also has a sister, Abigail Jean

Jordan Patrick Tatsuro
Gerald and Alice Corrigan of Honolulu, Hawaii
are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jordan
Patrick Tatsuro Corrigan. Jordan was born eight
weeks premature on January 19, 1997. Since that
time he has been doing extremely well and is now a
healthy happy baby.
Maternal grandparents are Collin and Alberta
(Wilder) Corrigan of Gatun, Panama. Great-
grandparents are Joseph and Lucille Corrigan of
Orlando. FL: and Albert Wilder of Ocala. FL.

Hunter Scott Brandenburg
Hunter Scott Brandenburg was born on February
16, 1997, to Kevin and Dena Brandenburg of Oviedo,
FL. He weighed 9 lbs. 10 oz. and was 22 inches
long. The proud grandparents are Clark "Brandy"
and Jean Brandenburg of Balboa, Panama. Hunter's
aunts Andrea and Cristina, and cousins Kelsea and
Colton also live in Balboa, Panama.
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Kevin, Dena, and their

Gerald, Alice and

baby, Hunter Scott

Jordan Corrigan

Rachel Rochelle Conway

Rachel Rochelle Conway was born March 21,
1997. She is the daughter of Chris (CHS'85) and
Becky Conway of Bonham, TX. Grandparents are
Harold and Dale Conway, formerly of Coco Solo.

Harold and Dale Conway with granddaughter
Rachel Rochelle Conway.

Donovan Sidney Hayes
Stephanie and George Barkley Hayes of Cardenas
Village, Panama announce the arrival of their second
child, a son, Donovan Sidney Hayes, born October 2,
1996, at Gorgas Hospital. He joins big sister Summer
Marie born July 18, 1994, also at Gorgas.
Grandparents are Dan and Pat Nellis of Sequim,
WA, and Berniece and the late Sydney Hayes of St.
Petersbure. FL.

Stephanie and George Hayes with Summer Marie
and Donovan Sidney Hayes.

Kevin Charles Ward
Kerry and Lisa (McArthur) Ward are proud to
announce the arrival of Kevin Charles Ward on May
21, 1997 in Dayton, Ohio.
Kevin's maternal grandparents are Barbara
(Klipper) Miller of Houston, Texas, and Charles
McArthur of Dallas, Texas. Paternal grandparents are
Karen Hofman of Centerville, Ohio and Charles
Ward of New Lebanon. Ohio.

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Lisa (McArthur) and Kerry
child, Kevin Charles,

Kendall Lynne Bradley
Michael and Kim (Lauderbaugh) Bradley of The
Woodlands, Texas, announce the birth of their
second child (first daughter), Kendall Lynne Bradley
on April 28, 1997.
Grandparents are Jim and Diane (Stephenson)
Bradley of Arden, North Carolina. Kendall weighed
in at 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Cameron (age 2), Kendall and proud father,
Michael Bradley.

Austin Newcomb
Hunter Newconmb

Penny (Pennington) Graham announces the
birth of newest grandbabies, twins Austin and Hunter
Newcomb, born to Penny's youngest daughter
Sheridan and husband Lance Newcomb.
These grandbabies make a total of five all
under ae 3.
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Penny (Pennington) Graham with twin grandsons,
Austin and Hunter Newcomb.

Reena Michelle
Schroeter John
Proud grandmother Val Schroeter is delighted
to announce the birth of her first grandchild, Reena
Michelle, on September 20, 1996. Dr. Tina Schroeter
and her husband Christopher John of Austin, TX,
traveled to Nepal and spent five weeks in
Kathmandu finalizing Reena's adoption. Tina and
Chris fell in love with Nepal and its people in 1995,
when they took off six months to backpack around
the world. When they returned to Kathmandu last
December, they fulfilled their dream of starting a

Reena Michelle

Carly Anne Grimison

Carly Anne Grimison was born on July 13, 1997,
at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, FL.
Proud parents are Diana (Huff) and Richard
Grimison of Merritt Island, FL. Carly Anne weighed
5 Ibs. 9 oz. and measured 171/2 inches at birth.
Paternal grandparents are Nancy and Tom
Grimison of Satellite Beach, FL, formerly of La
Boca, Panama. Maternal grandparents are Peggy
(Hale) and Dennis Huff of Los Rios, Panama. Carly's
early arrival from her August 1 due date prompted
some changes in travel plans for Peggy and Dennis
who joined the baby and her parents in Florida
shortly after the birth.
Carly received the Sacrament of Baptism
according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church
on August 3, 1997, at Church of Our Savior, Cocoa
Beach, FL. The baptism was attended by aunts,
uncles, cousins and many family relatives.


Proud parents and Grandparents with Carley Anne,
L-R: Dennis and Peggy Huff, Diana (Huff)
Grimison holding baby Carley Anne, Richard
Grimison, Nancy and Tom Grimison.

Stavros A. Ktenidis

Heather (Slimon CHS'78) and Dimitrios
Ktenidis are happy to announce the birth of their
son, Stavros A. Ktenidis on March 9, 1997. Stavros
weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces.
Starvros is the grandson of Hamilton and
Yolanda Slimon, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone,
and now of Sarasota, Florida, and of Averil and
Anthony Ktenidis of the United Kingdom.

Zachary Allen Parkhurst

Bob and Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey are
proud to announce the birth of two new
The first new grandchild is Zachary Allen who
was born November 23, 1996, to Dan and Monica
(Livingston) (BHS'86) Parkhurst of Lawrenceville,
GA. Zachary was also welcomed into the family by
his 7-year-old brother, Kyle; grandfather, Mike
Livingston; and great-grandparents, Dick and Juanita
McConaughey and Mary and Val Lynch.

Dan and Monica Parkhurst with Zachary Allen
and his brother Kyle.

Paden Robert McConaughey

The second new grandchild is Paden Robert who
was born May 7, 1997, to Dan and Deanna (Taylor)
McConaughey of Tampa, FL.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Charlie and
Gail (Harvey) Layson and Jim and Donna Titus;
great-grandparents are Dick and Juanita

Dan and Deanna McConaughey with Paden


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Bill and Barbara Wichmann with their twin
granddaughters, Anna and Mary. Parents are Bill
Wichmann Jr. and Cathy Konstance Wichmann of
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Natalie Jill Dominguez
Natalie Jill Dominguez was born on July 10,
1996, in San Diego, CA. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 8
ozs. and was 19-1/2" long. The proud parents are Eric
and Beckie (Ramsey) (BHS'78) Dominguez of
Escondido, CA.
Former Gamboa, Canal Zone residents John and
Jeanne Ramsey of Escondido are her maternal
grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa Ramsey have
come out of retirement to run a personal day care
center just for Natalie. Grandpa has Natalie cheering
for the San Diego Padres and Chargers while
Grandma has taught her everything there is to know
about the mall and shovoine.

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Reverend William Wescott Baldwin, Sr., departed
this life on April 23, 1997 in San Diego, CA of
pneumonia. He had stoically battled a myriad of
illnesses, the last and worst of which was Alzheimer's.
He was born in Patchogue, New York and came to
the Canal Zone in 1940. His wonderful wife, Lucky
(Ruth Electra Bernadette Vunck of Sayville)
predeceased him in 1981.He was ordained a priest of
the Episcopal Church in 1953 and was Priest-in-
Charge at St. Andrews, Cocoli, for 17 years;
Chaplain at Gorgas and Corozal Hospitals; and was
active as Chaplain in most CZ organizations.
He is survived by son Spike of Texas and
daughter Vicki Pederson Fischer of California; five
grandchildren Joel, Kelly and Andrew Baldwin and
Kristina and Rob Pederson Fischer; two great-
granddaughters (Auriana and Cali); in-laws Wendy
and Greg, and five more grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren by marriage.
El Padre's ashes will be placed at St. Luke's
Cathedral in Ancon, placed beside those of Electra
who predeceased him in 1981. Vaya con Dios, Papa.
(Please see "Looking Back" for article on Rev.
William W. Baldwin).

Richard T. "Baldy" Baltozer, 79, of Ocala,
Florida, died April 24, 1997 at home. Born in
Harrisburg, PA., he retired from the Locks Division
of the Panama Canal as a machinist in April 1973
with over 35 years of service.
Survivors include a son, Rick of Ocala, Florida;
a daughter, Dianne Wardlow, Pinellas Park, Florida,
and two grandchildren, Ed Wardlow Jr. of St.
Petersburg, Florida, and April Wardlow of Central
Islip, New York.

Harvey Earl Bernat, 50, of Palm Coast, Florida,
died June 23, 1997, after a year-long battle with
cancer. Born in Mansfield, OH, he lived in
Riverdale, GA, after his retirement from the Army
and then moved to Florida. He was a member of
the Lions Club, Moose Lodge of Ormond Beach, FL
and First Baptist Church of Palm Coast.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Shirley
(Barlow) Bernat; a son, daughter in law & grandson,
Ryn, Tesha, & Jacob Bernat of Stone Mountain,
GA.; four brothers & three sisters-in-law, Paul Stuff,
Tom & Cindy Bernat of Mansfield, John & Anne
Bernat of Satellite Beach, FL, Gene & Nancy Bernat
of Dearborn Heights, MI, and a sister & brother-in-
law Charlotte & Dan Dickey of Las Vegas, NV.

William G. Bingham, Sr., 65, passed away
December 8, 1996, at Columbia-Orange Park Medical
Center. He had been suffering from a rare
progressively debilitating neurological condition. Bill
joined his parents in the Canal Zone as a young
teenager, graduating from Cristobal High School and
with honors from Canal Zone Junior College,
completing his education at the University of Miami.
During his years of employment in the Canal

Zone, he was employed with the Health Bureau,
short stints with the Locks Division and Marine
Controller before moving on to Manpower Office. In
1972, he moved with his family to Miami and was
employed by the Army at Homestead Air Force Base
until their closure in 1979. At that time, he was
transferred to NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL, as
Manpower Officer. Bill retired from Civil Service in
December 1985, and became active as a volunteer
Clay Co. fire/rescuer until his death. Full fireman's
honors were bestowed at his funeral.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Moose Lodge 2020 of Orange Park, FL,
and an avid golfer who enjoyed several Gas House
Tournaments in Dothan, AL. Survivors include his
wife, Kathryn (Lynch) former Gorgas Hospital nurse;
son, William, Jr., and daughter, Deborah.

Digna R. Bonnean, 79, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died September 7, 1997 at Clearwater Community
Hospital. Born in the Republic of Panama, she left
the Panama Canal Zone in 1963. Locally, she was a
member of Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, a
member and past secretary of the Legion of Mary
and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley A.
Camby of St. Petersburg, and Mary A. Campbell of
Clearwater, Florida; two sons, Don W. and Roy P.,
both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Judith Garcia, and a
brother, Carlos O. Quintero, both of Panama; eight
grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Merrick I. Campbell, 90, of Virginia Beach,
Virginia, died June 4, 1997 in a local hospital. At an
early age, he moved with his family to Panama
where his father was an engineer during the
construction of the Panama Canal. The family
returned to Florida, where he graduated from hig
school in Fort Pierce. He subsequently practiced law
in Norfolk for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley G. of Virginia
Beach; two daughters, three stepdaughters, two
grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Stade M. Carlson passed away at his home in
Aiken, South Carolina on July 27, 1997. While in
the Army he was stationed in the Canal Zone for
about four years in the early 1940's. He served
sixteen years in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired
as a Major. Stade was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of South Carolina, NARFE, VFW, and
the Retired Officers Club.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Elizabeth
Rasmusson Carlson; daughter Barbara Ann Pike of
Littleton, CO; and a sister, Amy Nordin of Bryan,

Richard Henry Carpenter, 52, of Nashville,
Tennessee, died at his home on April 25, 1997. Rich
was born in Panama and graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1963. He left that year to attend
college in the States. During his years at the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, Rich
formed a folk trio that later toured with Fred
Waring and the Pennsylvanians. After leaving that
group he settled in Nashville and founded a
successful professional sound company and toured
with major entertainers during the '70s and '80s. In

addition, he taught three "sound reinforcement"
classes at Belmont University for the past 15 years.
He is survived by his mother, Edith Maxine
Carpenter (wife of the late Henry Thomas
Carpenter), a resident of Nashville since 1988; his
wife of 21 years, Margaret Carpenter; and his three
sons, Trey Folis, Erin Carpenter and Haley
Carpenter, all of Nashville.

Clara Chambers, 87, of Kerrville, Texas, died
May 8, 1997 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born in
Kenton, Ohio and was an honor graduate of
Cristobal High School. She retired from the
Navigation Division of the Panama Canal in 1967, as
supervisory administrative assistant for the Port
Captains office with over 27 years of service. She
was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in
Kerrville, Christian Women's Club and Women
Aglow. She was Past Noble Grand of Cristobal
Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, IOOF in 1934 and 1950 and
affiliated member of Kerrville Rebekah Lodge No.
239. She was past worthy matron of Royal Palm
Chapter, O.E.S. in the Canal Zone and was also a
member of Altrui Court No. 59, Ladies Oriental
Shrine of North America in San Antonio, Texas. Her
husband, Harold E. Chambers predeceased her in
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John
"Alice" Wiedenhoff of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Jeff D.
"Jeannie" Thompson of Kerrville, and Mrs. Joe F.
"Carla" Spofford III of Denton, TX; a son, Richard
L. of Richmond, VA; nine grandchildren; and 12

Arthur C. Cherry, 87, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
died May 24, 1997 at Mease Countryside Hospital,
Safety Harbor, FL. He was born in Williamsville, IL
and retired from the Panama Canal Navigation
Division as a tugboat captain in 1970 with over 28
years of service. He was a veteran of the US Navy,
a member of Elks lodge 1542 and Chagres Masonic
Lodge as well as a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include a sister, Ida Mae Robinson of
Inverness, Florida; several nieces and nephews, and
several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Joseph B. Clemmons, Jr., 85, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died July 20, 1997 at Freedom Square Nursing
Pavillion, Seminole, FL. He was born in New Orleans
and retired in 1969 from the Panama Canal Company as
assistant director of Civil Affairs with over 30 years of
He is survived by two sons, Joseph B. III, Clearwater,
FL. and F. Stuart, St. Petersburg, FL; and five

Dr. William H. Clinchard, 89, of Blairsville,
Georgia, died April 10, 1997. He was a retired
dentist from the Panama Canal Zone and a resident
of Blairsville for the last 19 years. Dr. Clinchard was
a Past Master of Chagres Lodge, Past patron of
Eastern Star Orchid Chapter and a member of the
Scottish Rite and of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, all
of the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea; a daughter,
Connie Tellex and husband Michael; sister Connie
Wright, and brother, Gene Clinchard, both of

Pinellas Park, Florida; a stepson Michael Cole and
family, and grandchildren Christopher and Brittany
Gladys Attick Conley, 83, of Sarasota, Florida, died
July 31, 1997. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She
was a buyer for the Panama Canal Company and retired
in June, 1976 from the Supply Division with over 34 years
of service, after which she came to Sarasota. She was a
member of Church of the Palms-Presbyterian, Coral
Palm Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Sari-
Court 79, Past Matrons Association and the American
Association of University Women.
Survivors include a cousin, George A. Smith of Camp
Hill, Pennsylvania.

Albert B. Cooper, 83, of Sulpher Springs, Texas, died
luly 22, 1997 at his residence. He was born in Campbell,
TX, graduated from North Texas State University, and
also attended East Texas State and Texas A&M
university. He retired from Police Division of the
Panama Canal Company where he worked from 1940
until his retirement in 1964 with over 23 years of service.
He retired again in March, 1997 from Farmer's Co-op in
Sulpher Springs as a lab technician. He was preceded in
death by five brothers, four sisters, and a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife, Adelle R. (Womack); two
sons, Kenneth W. of Pittsburg and Ronald G. of
Palestine; a daughter, Sharon Lynn Smith of Pittsburg,
two sisters, Juanita Defoor of Paducah, and Coy
Drybread of Bisbee, AZ.; nine grandchildren and seven

Arthur T. Cotton, 89, died July 5, 1997 at the
Memorial Hospital, West Volusia, DeLand, Florida.
He was born in Revere, MA, in 1908 and went to
the Canal Zone in his teen years with his family,
residing on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the
Isthmus. He worked in the Postal Division for almost
40 years and retired in 1964 as Postmaster in Balboa.
Before moving to the Florida Lutheran Retirement
Center in DeLand in 1993, he resided in San Diego,
CA, for 29 years, where he moved after his
retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife of
65 years, Dorothy Wertz Cotton, and a daughter,
Nancy Horter.
Survivors include Fred Cotton, Schroon Lake,
NY; Dottie Manthorne, Deltona, FL; five
grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Donald W. Date died on August 9, 1997 at St.
Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, of a rare blood disease,
Polycethemia Vera. He was Chief, Architectural
Branch, Engineering Division when he retired in
1984. Many of his projects still stand today in
Panama as a tribute to his endeavors. He was
selected Outstanding Alumni by his Alma Mater
Lawrence Technological Univ. in 1982; he was a
registered architect in the State of Michigan; a
member of the National Council of Architectural
Registration Board; the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Tampa.
He is survived by his wife Loretta of Tampa; son
and daughter-in-law Daryl and Sandy of St. Croix,
VI; daughter and son-in-law Alison and Eric Black,

La Honda, CA; daughter and son-in-law Donna and
Mike Smith; and granddaughter Candace of Palm
Beach Gardens, FL.

Lllia Monsanto Stromsten Dean, 81, of Iowa
City, Iowa, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, after a
short illness.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was a
1933 graduate of Balboa High School; a 1935
graduate of Canal Zone Junior College (the first
class graduated at CZJC where her name is on a
plaque at the college); and a 1937 graduate of the
University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in
journalism. She worked for Panama American, a daily
newspaper in Panama City as a reporter; Killian
Company in Cedar Rapids as an advertising copy
writer; and owner of Stromsten Studio from 1941 to
1976. Her publications included numerous magazine
and newspaper articles and two books, Once is a
Habit in 1962, and These Special Ones in 1977. Her
portraits for which she had won awards were
exhibited in many professional and national exhibits.
She was a member of the Congregational
Church of Iowa City, Altrusa Club of Iowa City and
Isaac Walton League of America. She was
predeceased by her first husband, John A. Stromsten,
and her second husband, Henry L. Dean, and a
Survivors include one brother, Allan Monsanto
of Iowa City, and one stepdaughter, Ann Dean Kohl
of Iowa City.

Vernon Cole Douglas, 79, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died July 1, 1997 at Bon Secours-Mana
Manor. Born in Chicago, he retired from the Panama
Canal in 1980 where he was a maintenance
supervisor in the Maintenance Division with over 38
years of service. He was a US Navy Seabee veteran
of World War II serving in the Pacific. He was also
a member of Elks Lodge 1414, the V.F.W., the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was a
50 year member of Ancon Masonic Lodge and of
the Grand Lodge, AF&AM, of Massachusetts.
Survivors include his wife, Janet S.; three sons,
Bruce T. of San Francisco, Barry C. of Ridgecrest,
CA., and Douglas Paiak, of Owensboro, KY.; three
daughters, Catherine E. Smallwood, Sarasota, Mary L.
Quinette, St. Petersburg, and Terisia A. Davies,
Herefordshire, England; a stepson, Randall L.
McNabb, St. Petersburg; a half brother, Richard
Douglas, Paradise Valley, AZ; 11 grandchildren, and
a great-grandchild.

Genevieve Bernice Dyer, 76, passed away on
August 10, 1997, in Cameron Park, California. She
was born in Red Lake Falls, MN. She worked as a
registered nurse for 35 years in the Panama Canal
Zone; Concord, and Martinez, CA. She was a truly
good human being and her generosity and love for
her family and friends was evident in countless ways.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years,
Wallace "Bud" Dyer; son, Eric Dyer, and his wife
Kate of Livermore, CA; daughter, Debbie Dyer; son,
John Dyer and his wife Ann of Chickasha, OK; and
daughter, Beverly Whitcomb, and her husband, David,
of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren, Marc and Jennifer
Dyer; Kevin, Meghan, Kellen, and Mallory Dyer; and
Justin and Adam Whitcomb.

Cyrus W. Field, 83, of New Port Richey, Florida,
died on May 3, 1997. Born in Port Au Spain,
Trinidad, he retired from the Panama Canal as a
Production Superintendent of the Industrial Division
in 1972. He was a Catholic and a lifetime member
of the Elks, Eagles of New Port Richey, Florida and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was
predeceased in death by his wife, Genevieve Foley
Field, and a son, Rusty Field.
He is survived by sons, Mel M. of Tampa, and
Kenneth V. of Valrico, FL.; a daughter, Marianne C.
Hockin of Portage, MI.; sisters, Vanessa Eisenmann,
Rep. of Panama and Daisy Ligon, New Port News,

Kenneth L Fish, 80, of Lehigh Acres, Florida,
passed away on March 19, 1997. Born in Huron,
South Dakota, served in the Merchant Marine during
WWII and was stationed at Pearl Harbor December
7, 1941. Became plumbing and general contractor
after the war then returned to Merchant marine
during Viet Nam war. Came to Panama in 1968 and
worked as chief engineer on Dredge Mindi Retired
from Dredging Division in 1979.
He is survived by his wife. Dilsa M. Fish of
Lehigh Acres; daughters, Keyna Burns, Samantha
Morris and Carol Mcllvaine of Cardenas, Panama; a
son, James A. of Houston, Texas, and two

M. Madeline Witt Funk, 77, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
died July 29, 1997 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety
Harbor. She was born in Atlanta, Texas and was the
widow of the late Marvin Funk, former Deputy Warden
of the Gamboa Penitentiary. He predeceased her in 1995.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Roger S. of Largo,
Florida and Gregory W. of Pensacola, Florida; and a
brother, Ray Shirley Witt of New Blaine, Arkansas.

Noel E. Gibson, 69, passed away at his home in
Largo, Florida on May 1, 1997 after a long illness.
He was born in Peoria, Illinois and traveled to the
Canal Zone in 1934 with his parents and younger
brother. He was a graduate of Cristobal High School
Class of 1946 and attended Bradley University,
Peoria, II. He retired from the Dredging Division in
October 1979 with over 30 years of service and
settled in Largo. He was predeceased by his father
and mother, Noel and Elsie Gibson, former school
teachers with the Schools Division of the Panama
Canal, and his brothers, William H. "Bill" and
Charles R. "Bob".
He is survived by his wife, Trudy Gibson; four
sons, Hal of Largo, Dean of Santa Clarita, CA., Jay
of Gamboa, R.P., and Guy of Houston, Texas: two
daughters, Kyle Lopez of Houston, and Robin Collins
of Ft. Valley, GA; and twelve grandchildren.

Arnold A. Hannberg, 81, of Cape Coral, Florida,
died May 31, 1997 after a lingering illness. While in
the Canal Zone, he spent most of his time on the
Atlantic side, living in Fort Gulick and working for
the Department of Engineers (Army) as the general
foreman of the carpentry shop in Fort Davis. He was
a past commander of the American Legion Post in
France Field; a member of Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, and was a permanent contributing member

of the Shriner Hospitals for Crippled Children.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jeanette
Colhern and Arlene Lansberry and their families of
Fort Myers, Florida.

Mary Sarah Calvit Harrison, 104, of San Diego,
California, passed away in her sleep on April 16,
1997, in "The Cloisters nursing facility. She was the
widow of T.W. "Will" Harrison, a Roosevelt Medal
holder. One of six children, they came to the Canal
with their mother and cousin, Joe Ebdon from
Houston, Texas in 1907 to join their father who
came in 1906. She became active in the Eastern Star
in the Canal Zone and was awarded trophies for her
golf there. She enjoyed playing bridge and raising
hybrid tea roses as well as enjoying a good party,
especially if there was cake, ice cream and balloons.
She is survived by her eldest child, Gertrude M.
Gibson of San Diego; and grandchildren Joan
Conover of San Diego, Robin Walker of Baltimore,
MD, Catherine Parrish of Tallahassee, FL, Gail
Penna of Homestead, FL, Harry J. Harrison of
Panama, R.P., and Thomas William Harrison III of
Bradenton, FL. She leaves 28 great grandchildren
and 15 great-great grandchildren. Two sons
predeceased her; Charles W. Harrison and Harry J.

Neville A. Harte, 90, of Holiday, Florida, died
June 21, 1997. He was born in Newcastle, England,
and migrated to the United States in 1923. He
journeyed to the Panama Canal Zone in 1941 for
employment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
for more than 25 years. Neville, along with his wife
Eva, pursued his amateur archeologist avocation in
Panama, enjoying the friendship of the National
Museum of Panama. He became known and
respected for his well-documented discoveries and
papers published in this endeavor. Employing the lost
wax process, Mr. Harte produced hundreds of
replicas of the ancient Indian gold artifacts (Huacas).
He was known as the "Huaca Man."
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eva; a
daughter, Jo Ann Morton of Austin, Texas; two
grandsons, Paul and Lee of Texas; and three great-

Roy L Hearn, 89, passed away in Menlo Park,
California on April 13, 1997. He was born in
Mississippi but was raised in the Canal Zone from a
very young age with his brothers and sisters. His
father, John Hearn was a foreman of the Atlantic
side breakwater project during the Canal construction
and was a Roosevelt medal holder. Roy spent his
early years in the Merchant Marine, returning to the
Canal Zone in 1939 with his wife, Olwen, starting
first with service on tugboats, then joining the pilot
force in 1944. At the time of retirement m 1964 he
was a senior pilot on the Atlantic side, rated as
"outstanding" by the Port Captain, Cristobal.
He and his wife raised a son and daughter in
Cristobal and Margarita. His wife Olwen predeceased
him in 1984.

McAllen William Fritz Humphreys, 93, died at
Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas on
May 10, 1997. He was born in Denton, TX, and
earned a bachelor of Arts degree in History from

NTSU in 1923 and his Master of Science degree in
Economics from Columbia University. He was in
Panama from 1929 to 1959 and was vice-president of
Chase Manhattan in the Virgin Islands when he
He is survived by his wife, Doris Carpenter
Humphreys of McAllen; a sister, Mary Humphreys of
Dallas, TX.; and two nephews.

Evelyn M. Johnston, of Pioneer, Ohio, passed
away on May 20, 1997 after a short illness.
She is survived by her husband, Walter D.
Johnston, retired as Carpenter Foreman, Locks
Division, Gatun, in 1976 with over 28 years of
service; a daughter, Pamela L. Gorski, son-in-law and
two grandchildren; a son, Roger D., daughter-in-law
and two grandchildren of Fairview Park, Ohio.
Memorial services were held in Montpelier, Ohio.

Janet Ellen Johnston (Teal), 53, of Gatun, Rep.
of Panama, passed away June 25, 1997. She was born
in Pittsburgh, PA., and had lived in Panama for the
past 25 years. Janet taught English and Literature in
the DODDS system at Cristobal Junior/Senior High
Schools. She was a writer and had just completed a
sequel to her children's novel, "Elfie Brader Hates
Mr. G." (Clarion Publishing). She submitted a wealth
of material in her reports as a reporter for the
Canal Record. Some of Janet's activities were
curtailed by the early onset of Parkinson's disease
but she used her wonderful sense of humor, her
giving nature and creative spirit to help her husband,
Wallace, fight Parkinson's.
She is survived by her husband, H. Wallace Teal,
of Gatun; three daughters, Dawn Teal (Fruge) of
Prescott Valley, AZ., Beverly Teal Ridge of San
Antonio, TX., and Andrea Teal of Montgomery, AL;
a son, Kevin Teal of Miami, FL; her parents,
Richard and Muriel Johnston of Kerrville, TX., three
brothers, Richard of Whidbey Island, WA., Gary of
Fort Collins, CO., and Lionel of The Colony, TX;
two grandchildren, Kaitlin Ridge and Casey Ridge of
San Antonio, TX; and several surviving nieces and

Virginia Rose Keenan, 72, of Sun City Center,
Florida, died June 10, 1997 at Sun Terrace Nursing
Home. Born in Cristobal, Canal Zone, and was
raised in Gatun. She graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1942 and graduated from college in
Greeley, CO. in 1946. She taught physical education
at Balboa High and also at Cristobal High after
graduation. She also served in the Air Force for
about 14 years and then moved to Orlando where
she worked for the Postal Service until her
retirement in 1989.
She is survived by three brothers, Howard of La
Grange, IL., William of Unionville, IN., and Charles
Marvm of Houston, TX; and a sister, Harriet
Wollmers of Sun City Center, FL.

Edward Edwin Kennerd, 82, of Dothan, Alabama,
died July 14, 1997 at Northwest Florida Community
Hospital in Chipley, Florida. He was born in Crandon,
WI. and moved to Billings, MT. where he lived the early
years of his life and became the Billings Marble
Champion. He attended Curtis Wright Aviation
Mechanics School and was employed by Pan American
Airlines in Brownsville, TX. He was a veteran of World

War H, serving in the Navy where he flew hospital
supplies to the troops in Europe and North Africa. He
was then employed by the Water Filtration Branch,
Maintenance Division, Panama Canal Zone until his
retirement in 1974. He was a lifetime member of the
American Legion and a past commander. He was also a
member of NARFE, AARP, VFW, a Mason, a past
chaplain in the DeMolay, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. He was a Methodist. He was
preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Wilma Wickens
Kennerd in 1994.
He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law,
Lodema and Selden Jones, Moses Lake, WA. and Edith
Bollengier, Sunriver, OR.; and several nieces and

C. R. (Buck) Lightell, 55, of Chicago, Illinois,
passed away on May 25, 1997 in Panama City,
Panama. Buck retired from the Army in 1980, serving
17 of his 20 years of service with the Special Forces.
Since 1988 he worked as an Army civilian with the
United States Army South in the Directorate of
Intelligence. Buck was also known for his service to
the community as a certified NAUI instructor who
prepared countless individuals to enjoy the
underwater beauty of Panama as certified SCUBA
divers. His favorite diving spot was Isla Grande on
the Atlantic Side, where he was affectionately known
as "Paco".
Buck is survived by his wife, Carol; a son,
Daniel, and daughter, Monica.

Chester L Lindgren, 86, of Napa, California,
died April 4, 1997. Born in Forest City, MN, he
graduated from Balboa High School in 1929 and
earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the U. of
Minnesota m 1936. Returning to the Zone, he
worked for the Municipal Engineering Division and
later as an Admeasurer in Cristobal. He was a 32*
Mason and Shriner. He and his family left the Zone
in 1955 and worked for Kaiser Steel Corp. in Napa
until retirement in 1976.
Survivors include his wife Noella; son John, both
of Napa; and daughter Jeanne Nelson of Colfax, CA;
four grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy A.L Linkogle, 71, of Clearwater, Florida,
died June 20, 1997 at home. She was born in
Chicago and worked as a stenographer in the
Admeasurement Office for the Panama Canal. Locally
she was chairwoman of the worship committee and
a choir member at Northwest Presbyterian Church,
St. Petersburg. She was a volunteer at the Food
Survivors include her husband, Earl; four sons, E.
Jay of DeLand, FL, James K. of Pinellas Park, FL,
John Scott and Robert L., both of Clearwater; two
brothers, Leroy Korte and Kenneth Korte, both of
Alton; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Mary Adeline Mallia, 95, of Dothan, Alabama,
died September 10, 1997 at home. She was born in
Dunleary, Ireland and lived her early years in
England, then resided 47 years in the Panama Canal
Zone prior to moving to Dothan in 1982. She was a
homemaker and the widow of Felix Joseph Mallia
who died in 1981. She was a member of St.

Columba Catholic Church in Dothan.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law,
Mary and Earl Mullins of Dothan, 3 sons and a
daughter-in-law, John of Dothan, Louis of Piano, Tx.,
Thomas and Janice of Mandeville, La.; nine
grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-

Elaine E. McConaghy, 74, of Clearwater, Florida,
died June 17, 1997 at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She
was born in New York City and moved to St.
Petersburg in 1957 from Long Island and to
Clearwater in 1975. She was co-owner of Vigilant
Real Estate, St.Petersburg and was a member of St.
Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater,
the Countryside Country Club, the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and Mease Hospital Clowns.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, James
P. McConaghy; a daughter, Karen Marie Wilson of
Clearwater; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Waltraud Edieth McCoy, 73, of Melbourne,
Florida, passed away August 30, 1997 at home. She
was born in East Prussia and left the Canal Zone in
1984 upon retirement of her husband, formerly of
the Storehouse Division. She was a homemaker and
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years,
Andrew McCoy of Melbourne.

Robert Clark (Bob) Mcllhenny, Ph.D., 71, died
December 23, 1996, at Baton Rouge (La.) Medical
Center. He was born at Gorgas Hospital, graduated
from BHS in 1943 and from Rice University in 1948,
with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He
received a master of science and doctorate in
inorganic chemistry from the University of Tennessee.
He was an LSU professor of industrial engineering
and a former radiation safety officer for the LSU
systems and former assistant professor of nuclear
He was secretary-treasurer of the American
Chemical Society, 1955-6; Fellow of American
Association for the Advancement of Science;
president of Deep South Chapter of the Health
Physics Society, 1981; LSU Industrial Engineering
Professor of the Year, 1992; and LSU Engineering
Council Professor of the Year, 1995-6. He was a
U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII.
At BHS he was active in softball, served as a
physics lab assistant and was a charter member of
the Victory Corps, which organized student activities
for the war effort.
Survived by wife, Anne Williamson McIlhenny;,
mother, Elenore Hopwood Mcllhenny, Cleveland; a
daughter, Kathleen Turk, and two grandsons, Robert
and David Turk, all of Sugarland, TX; stepdaughter,
Lee Anne Hyman; stepsons, Emmett E. Batson Jr.
and Andrew Batson; brothers, William F. McIlhenny,
Lake Jackson, TX, and David McIlhenny, Carlisle,
MA. He was preceded in death by father, Isbell
Franklin McIlhenny.

Donald V. Mitchell, 74, of Sacramento, California,
died February 15, 1997 of heart disease after a long
illness at his home. A native of Portchester, NY, he spent
most of his childhood in Panama, where his father,
Vernon Mitchell was an engineer for the Panama Canal,

and a Roosevelt Medal holder. After attending the
University of California, he joined the US Army,
spending three years in the Philippines. Leaving the
military, he graduated from Hastings School of Law and
practiced law in San Francisco before moving to
Sacramento where he became a former partner in the
Law firm of Hannah and Brophy until he retired in 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda; sons,
Pat of Spokane, WA., and Jim of Orinda, CA; daughters
Sally Hedges of Portland, OR., Jean Holland of Portola,
CA., and Vera, (Jean and Vera were born in Colon and
grew up in Balboa); and five grandchildren.

C. Eunice Monroe, 88, of Ventura, California,
Sassed away on July 7, 1997 at Victoria Care Center.
he was born in Pierce, Colorado and attended the
U. of Northern Colorado where she received both
bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She
began her teaching career n a one-room school in
rural Colorado and in 1944 moved to the Canal
Zone where she taught first grade for the next 27
years. She authored two phonics textbooks, and
retired to Ventura County, living in Ojai until 1979,
then moving to Ventura. She was a member of St.
Paul's Episcopal Church and both Pi Lambda Theta
and Kappa Delta Pi sororities.
She is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Ray
and Marion Monroe of Ventura and Clyde and Lyda
Monroe of Cutbank, MT.; brother John Monroe of
Erie, KS; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lillie Dael and
Arne Haynes of Eatonville, WA., and JoAnn and
Don Blik of Aliso Viejo, CA; and sister-in-law Edna
Monroe of Greeley, CO. and many nieces and

Margaret M. Morgan, 80, of Quincy, Florida,
died February 11, 1997. Born in Selma, AL., she
attended Florida State College for Women (Now
FSU) and came to the Canal Zone as a bride in
1939 where she lived for 30 years on the Pacific side
and became a member of the Balboa Union Church.
Upon her husband's retirement from Gorgas Hospital
in 1969, they returned to their home in Quincy, FL.,
where she was predeceased by her husband in 1989.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
Paul Jr. (Buddy) and Stacia (Tess Walsh) Morgan of
Tallahassee, FL; daughter and son-in-law Margaret
(Peggy) and Bill Brown of King George, VA, as well
as several nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and

Commander Walter E. Muller, Sr., U.S. Navy
(Ret) passed away June 2, 1997 in Dallas, Texas
after a brief illness. He was a BHS'38; CZJC40
graduate and was first on the Isthmus to receive an
appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating
with honors through accelerated classes m 1943 so as
to serve in World War II. He then became a
submarine officer in the Pacific, and then was
designated a Naval aviator. He was one of a few
Naval officers to wear Dolphin insignia, Pilots wings
and Battleship insignia. He also served as aide to
General Douglas McArthur in Japan. His career in
the military was distinguished and earned him many
honors and decorations. He became a Registered
Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the American
Association of the Advancement of Science, Director
of the Military Operations Research Society, Master
of Engineering Administration, George Washington

University and Doctorate of Science. He was a 32
Mason. He was preceded in death by his first wife,
Kathleen Bailey in 1968.
He is survived by his wife, Delores; sons, Peter
of Centreville, VA, and Walter "Skip" Jr. of Dallas;
daughters Pamela Bentley Muller of Southlake, TX,
Mary Coerver of Benson, AZ, Schuyler Muller of
Barboursville, VA; brothers John of DeLand, FL,
George of Anaheim, CA, and William of Ocala, FL;
sisters Adrienne Neuhaus and Catherine Peabody,
both of Albuquerque, NM; two stepchildren; two
foster children, and 12 grandchildren. He was laid to
rest at Arlington National Cemetery with Naval
Military Honors.

Carl R. Newhard, 91, of Battle Creek, Michigan,
died September 3, 1997, at Independence House,
Fostoria, OH. He was born in Jersey Shore, PA. and
retired in 1962 with over 38 years of service as
Atlantic district supervisor of the Electrical Division
for the Panama Canal Company. He lived in
Bentonville, AR. from 1962 to 1987, where he was
a member of Bentonville Kiwanis Club and the
Bentonville First Presbyterian Church. He was
preceded in death by his wife and one brother, Fred
Survivors include three sons, Bruce of Battle
Creek, Samuel of Tiffin, OH., and Carl Jr. of
Rogers, AR; a sister, Rae Ebdon of Sarasota, FL; a
stepbrother, N. Dean Eppley of Vienna, VA; seven
grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Gale O'Connell, of Paradise, California, died
July 16, 1997 in a Chico Hospital. He was born in
Portland, Oregon and retired from the Panama Canal
Commission as a structural engineer in 1979 after
over 34 years of service. He graduated from Balboa
High School in 1942. He moved to Paradise in 1992
from San Jose, California. He was a volunteer for
Paradise Hospice and Homecare. He enjoyed golfing,
wood working and refinishing furniture.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of
Paradise; two daughters, Lynn Doyle and Kim
O'Connell, both of San Jose; a half-brother, Jerry
Heistand; his stepmother, Blanche Heistand, both of
Castro Valley; two grandchildren and two great-

Mary N. Orr, 79, formerly of Sarasota, Florida,
died July 22, 1997 in a Kerrville, Texas nursing
home. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, Panama,
and came to Sarasota 23 years ago from there, after
36 years with the Panama Canal Company as a
secretary and adiminstrative aide. She was a business
graduate of Canal Zone Junior College and was
chairman of the Colonel Miller Bridge Club for 17
years, was past matron of Orchid Chapter No.1 of
the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the
Balboa Union Church in the Canal Zone. She was
also a friend of the Hunt United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph H.
Orr, Jr.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law,
Marion Orr and Fred E. Wells, of Kerrville, TX; a
brother and sister-in-law, Franklin M. and Selwyn H.
Orr of Loghill Village, CO.; brother Robert H. Orr
of Sun City, Georgetown, TX; sister-in-law
Marguerite M. Orr of San Antonio,; eight nephews
and 13 great nephews and nieces.

Natasha Nichole Pederson, 6, of Vernon, Florida,
passed away May 19, 1997 at Tallahassee Memorial
Regional Medical Center In Tallahassee, FL. Miss
Pederson was preceded in death by her grandfather,
Colin J. Brady.
She is survived by her parents, Michael and
Vivian Pederson of Vernon; brothers Michael
Stephen and Joshua Samuel, both of Vernon;
maternal grandparent Luevenia Padgett of Crestview,
FL; and paternal grandparents Norman H.Pederson
of Panama and Susan Burdette of Uhrichsville, OH.

Pablo Prleto, 82, of Curundu Heights, R. of P.,
passed away on July 19, 1997, at the Centro Medico
Paitilla, R. of P. Throughout his life, he was known
for making charitable contributions to his mother's
native town of Calobre, R. of P. He was a veteran
of World War II and retired in Panama after 52
years of federal service with the Department of
Defense. He was a founding and lifetime member of
VFW Post 3822. He is survived by his wife Maria,
daughters Paquita and Christina; sons Marco and
Pablo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Vincent Reynolds, 83, of Bradenton, Florida, died
suddenly on May 12, 1997 at his home. He was born
in Worcestershire, Massachusetts and moved to the
Canal Zone in 1922. He graduated from Balboa High
School in 1931 and from Lehigh University in 1935.
He was employed by the Special Engineering Division
from 1935 to 1949 and served in the U.S. Army
during World War II. Much of his work in the C.Z.
dealt with site planning for possible construction of
a new Canal. He later worked for Ford Motor
Company in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1952 until his
retirement in 1978. He was interested in aviation and
was much involved in the introduction of commercial
aviation to Panama. He held pilot and instructor
He is survived by his wife, Wilma; a son, Peter;
a daughter, Lynn Price; a stepdaughter, Debbie Slack
and six grandchildren.

Robert J. Saarinen, 65, of Balboa Heights,
Panama, passed away suddenly of natural causes on
August 18, 1997 at home. He was born in Newark,
New Jersey and came to Panama in 1939. He was a
graduate of Cornell University and a veteran of the
U.S. Army. He retired from the Panama Canal
Commission in October 1991 with over 32 years of
service while appointed as Deputy Director, General
Services Bureau since 1990. He was awarded the
PCC Master Key Award as Master Philanthropist and
Gold Honorary Public Service Award. He was a
member of Ancon Lodge AF&AM, lifetime member
of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite bodies and York
Rite Bodies, Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Royal Order
of Jesters and Elks Lodge No. 1414. He was the
Past Potentate of Abou Saad in 1990 and their
Recorder for almost 27 years. Bob was awarded
many honors by the Shrine for his dedicated and
loyal service, and was commonly known as "Mr.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Gladys;
his son Albert of Panama City, Panama; two
daughters, Lynn Saarinen Jahnke of Houston, Texas,
and Laurie Siltz of Prince George, Virginia; a step-
daughter, Lisa Scullen of Detroit, Michigan; two
sisters, Carol Smith of Valrico, Florida and Jean

Haydel of Memphis, Tennessee; parents-in-law Bolivar
and Veridiana Rodriguez of Panama City, Panama
and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his
son, Donald.

Virginia Welch Sawyer, 76, died April 24, 1997
at her home in Tacoma, Washington. Before her
marriage, she was secretary to the US Ambassadors
of Ethiopia and Panama. She married her husband
in 1959.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond
Sawyer; a daughter, Ginny Sawyer-Munson and
husband Doug of Tacoma; a son, John of Tulsa, OK;
grandchildren Kane and Bronwyn Sawyer and a
brother, Gerard Welch, of Palm Harbor, Florida.

George W. Seanor, 92, of Bayonet Point, Florida,
died November 21, 1996. He was born and raised in
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent his
entire working life for the U.S. government, first in
Detroit for the Veteran's Bureau, later transferring
to the Forest Service at Munising, MI., and was later
transferred to the DoD at the Panama Canal Zone
as Purchasing Agent. Years later he was given the
"Secret" certification of the Armed Forces and
became an auditor of Army offices in the Zone. He
retired in 1950 and spent considerable time traveling
the world. His last home was a retirement apartment
at Bayonet Point, FL., where he died.

Hellin Anna-Maia Louhi de Shelton, former Pan-
Canal employee and long time Isthmian resident,
died on May 30, 1997 m Panama City, Rep. of
Panama following a long illness. Hellin worked until
retirement for the Canal Zone library system. She
was chief of the 5th District Law Library for most of
her career, but also worked for the Balboa High
School, the Civil Affairs Building, and the Gorgas
Hospital libraries. She also served until retirement as
Vice-Consul of Finland to Panama. She received the
equivalent of a Knighthood from the Finnish
government for her foreign service and for assisting
her countrymen abroad.
Hellin leaves behind her husband, Bert Jack
Shelton V; her two children, Bert Gustav Shelton L.
and Leila Rosamaya Shelton L. In addition, she is
survived by her sister, Maija-Liisa Louhi Vesanen,
who still resides in their hometown of Merikarvia,
Finland, and by many other relatives and friends.

James LeRoy Snyder, 73, of Dothan, Alabama,
died May 10, 1997 at Flowers Hospital. He was born
in Beverly, MO. He was a veteran of WWII and
served in Panama as an officer until 1953 when he
began to work for the Panama Canal Co. until his
retirement in 1979 as general merchandise manager.
He was a member of Chagres Lodge AF&AM,
Balboa; the Dothan Elks Lodge and VFW. He was
also a member and president of NARFE, Dothan
Chapter 1609 and a member of Trinity Church.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude E. of
Dothan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James L. Jr.
and Jae Sil Snyder, Mansfield, TX. and Frank 0. of
Montgomery; a brother and sister-in-law Jerry and
Jeanne Snyder, Kansas City, MO.

Col. Cleveland C. Soper, USAF (Ret), of Sunny
Hills, Florida, died April 21, 1997 in a local nursing
home. He was a retired chemist from Eastman

Kodak Co., and was the head of the Kodak Tropical
Research Laboratory in Panama from 1946 to 1965,
when he returned to Rochester, NY. He was an
Honorary Member of the Smithsonian Institute;
assistant chief of the Sunny Hills Volunteer Fire
Department and was also a paramedic.
He is survived by a son, Cleveland C. Soper III
and wife Odie of Daphne, AL.; a daughter, Renee
Joyner-Soper of Panama City, FL.; two grandchildren,
Michael Todd Soper and wife Patricia of North
Carolina and Karen Ann Soper of Texas; and two

Eugene A. (Gene) Steele passed away at home on
July 6, 1997 from lung cancer. He was a veteran of
WWII serving in the Navy and was employed by the
Locks Division, Panama Canal Co. until his
retirement in 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geri
Steele of Stafford, VA; a son, Michael E. of
Stafford; two daughters, Jeannie Foster of Manassas,
VA. and Jeri Ann Van Enige of Cary, IL; thirteen
grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Elizabeth M. Sudron, 91, of San Antonio, Texas,
died May 18, 1997. She met and married her
husband, Stanley Sudron in the Canal Zone and she
worked in and retired from the Claims Branch,
Accounting Division in 1967 with over 24 years of
There is no record of family survivors.

Eileen Suisman died at her home in Sun City
Center, Florida on September 5, 1997 after a long
illness. She was 67. Born in Atlantic City, New
Jersey, she lived most of her life in the Canal Zone
where she graduated from Balboa High School in
1947. She returned to Atlantic City to study nursing
at the Atlantic City Hospital, then worked as a
registered nurse in Atlantic City, New York City and
at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone.
Preceded m death by her parents Alice and
Benjamin Suisman, she is survived by her brother
Robert, and her sister, Dolores, both of Sun City
Center, Florida.

Alexander Sutherland, 66, retired Air Force
lieutenant colonel died August 31, 1997 in
Melbourne, Florida. He left the Canal Zone in 1981
and retired in 1986. He was a member of Oceanside
Evangelical Free Church in Satellite Beach, FL.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; sons Charles,
David and Lawrence; daughters Nancy Bailey, Susan
Dalton, Laurel Patrick, Robin Sutherland, Dawn
Jones, Kim Sutherland; stepdaughters Maureen
Hotsko, Ruth Ann Smith, and Kathleen Hovan, all
of Panama Canal Zone; stepsons Bernard Kelleher of
Ft. Worth, TX., and Maurice Kelleher of Norfolk,
VA., a brother, Lawrence of Poulsbo, WA., and 28

Marion Everett Taake, 80, of Fairhope, Alabama,
died March 6, 1997 at the Veterans Home in Bay
Minette, AL., a victim of Alzheimer's disease. He
retired from the Locks Division in January of 1976
as a crane operator at Gatun Locks with over 30
years of service. He was a life member of several
organizations in the Canal Zone; the V.F.W., Sibert
Lodge, Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Shrine Temple.
He had been appointed to serve as Temple

Ambassador by several Potentates. He lived in
Fairhope since his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Emma of Fairhope;
and a son, Edward Albert of Hobart, Indiana.

Dorothy A. Theriot, 84, of Mathews, Virginia,
passed away on August 7, 1997. She lived in the
Panama Canal Zone for 25 years before moving to
Mathews in 1967. She was a member of the Oriental
No. 30, Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Semon Theriot.
She is survived by a daughter, Pamela A. Brown
of Colorado Springs, CO.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey
S. Coskey of San Diego, CA., and Sean A. Cox of
Colorado Springs, CO.; and three great-grandchildren.

Eugene C. Vollmert, of Lake Worth, Florida,
died March 9, 1997. This was the only information
provided by his estate representative. A review
indicated he retired from the Navigation Division on
June 1, 1985 with over 24 years of service and that
he was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. No further information is available.

Joseph M. (Joe) Watson, 77, died July 7, 1997 in
Sarasota, Florida, where he resided since 1975. He

was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and
moved to Sarasota 22 years ago after retiring as the
Administrative Assistant for the Engineenng and
Construction Bureau of the Panama Canal Company.
He was a US Navy veteran of World War II; a 32*
Mason and a member of Temple Beth Shalom where
he was active for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey, a daughter,
Marjorie J. Christensen of Tucson, AZ; a son, Dr.
Russell W. of Sierra Vista, AZ; four sisters, Thelma
Maguire, Gladys McLain, Madeline Perez and Joy
Finnemore, all of Sarasota; a brother, Walter C. of
Panama; four grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Isabel Fajardo Wood, 89, died suddenly at home
in Burke, Virginia, on July 29, 1997. Mrs. Wood was
born in Panama, the daughter of Carlos Fajardo and
Isabel Moore. She was the widow of Joseph J.
Wood, former Supervisory Auditor for the Panama
Canal Company, who passed away in 1957.
She is survived by two daughters, Isabel Wood
Egan and Anna K. Wood Sanchez of Burke, VA.;
and a son, Joseph J. Wood of Tallahassee, FL.;
seven grandchildren, Melissa, Raymond, Christina, and
Daniel Sanchez, Craig, Brian and Scott Wood; a
sister, Raquel Fajardo, and a nephew, nieces, and
cousins in Panama and Costa Rica.

Letters to the Editor

Front, L-R: Marje and Pete Foster, Billie Martin, Dollie Hicks, Al Maale. 2nd row L-R: Tommie Horter,
Patsy Rice, Issy Gibson, Doris and Norm Dugas, Martha Carey, Claude Jordi, Betty Snow, Nealie Van
Siclen, Joy Maale, Jane Huldtquist, Carlie Taber. Back L-R: Ruth Schmidt, Carolyn Vezina, Mary Urey,
Lou Carlisle, Fred Wellington, Bob Herrington, Wheeler Griffin, Dot Herrington, Pat Christian, Shirley
Boswell, Mary Ann Gibson, Nancy and Bob Van Siclen, Jack Taber, Max Jordi, Harry Foster, Anna


In the wee hours of the morning on April 19th,
a sleepy-eyed group of thirty four Zonian Amigos
shuffled on a motorcoach for a smooth ride from
the Tampa Bay area to Fort Lauderdale and the
cruise ship SS Meridian. on arrival there, they had
ample time for shopping or sightseeing there before
boarding the ship for the seven day cruise to

Bermuda. The ship's course was set to cruise two
and a half days to and from Bermuda with a two
day docking in the port town of King's Wharf.
Bermuda was settled by the British four hundred
years ago, as a rich colonial heritage. The friendly
Bermudians were quick to inform the group that
their island is the oldest British Colony and boasts
the second-oldest parliamentary democracy. It was
apparent that their people were proud of their
British dependency and Bermuda's bursts with Old

World ambience and quaint colonial architecture.
With the Meridian as their hotel, and Bermuda's
mild sunny days, the group was awed by this
subtropical island, covered with its 22 square miles of
natural beauty with stunning pink sand beaches,
lovely azure waters, charming pastel houses against a
backdrop of lush green hills. In addition to the ship's
shore excursions, many of the group used the Islands
public transportation to visit the capitol city of
Hamilton and the old capitol city of St. George, for
a ten dollar one-day bus pass.
As the Meridian departed this dazzling British
island, the Zonian Amigos agreed that this was a
cruise to be remembered and maybe one day return
to the perfect setting of past, present and beauty
which exists on this island surrounded by turquoise
seas. They enjoyed the ship's service, cuisine
and fabulous entertainment throughout the cruise.
Topping off this cruise was the continuous
celebration of a birthday each day for Nancy and
Nealie Van Siclen, Billie Martin, Betty Snow, Jack
Taber and Pete Foster. (What a party!)

Pete and Marge Foster

Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley (CHS'60) went to La
Corufia, Spain in May to visit her daughter, Maria
del Pilar Rodriguez-Leon and son-in-law, Juan de
Jesus Garcia-Fernindez. La Corufia is a beautiful city
with nearby beaches and a large seaport. The city is
in the province of Galicia. Construction is constantly
going on in the city and suburbs. They took me to
visit a border town in Portugal and I indulged in
different types of seafood for which the area is


Leila, Pilar and Juan at
Spain, May 1997.

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"Marina" in La Corura,

John Disharoon and his BHS coach, Herb
Raybourne, watching the Texas Rangers vs.
Chicago White Sox. Fellow BHS Alumnus Eddie
Napoleon is first base coach for the Rangers.

On August 14, members of Roosevelt Medal
Descendants and their families held their fourth
annual gathering at the Panama Canal as part of
observances marking the 83rd anniversary of the
Canal's opening to world commerce.
The group went to Gaillard Cut by PCC launch
to conduct a solemn, but simple, ceremony honoring
the achievement of their forebearers.
On the evening of August 15, Medal descendants
were represented at a reception hosted by
Administrator and Mrs. Aleman at which President
and Mrs. Perez Balladares were the guests of honor.
Roosevelt Medal Descendants is an organization
made up of direct descendants of over 7,300 U.S.
citizens who took part in the construction of the
Panama Canal (1904-1914). Persons interested in
obtaining further details about the organization
should write to Marc Quinn, P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-
Ancon, Panama.

One day I experienced my first-ever earthquake
(a 5.1 on the scale) and the aftershocks for two
weeks thereafter. It was supposed to be hot, spring
weather, but it was cooler than expected and rainy.
Reminded me of Panama.
Pilar and Juan are expecting their first child in
December, which will finally make me a "young
One of my stops on the way to Madrid was
Newark Airport in New Jersey where I had a
wonderful meeting with a former CHS'60 classmate,
Hugo E. Tompkins, for two hours. If anyone would
like his address and phone number, please contact
me. We have been looking for him for years for our
class reunions. See you all there in 2,000!
Leila A. Cheesley
Sierra Vista, AZ


After spending all of March in Lemoore, Ca.,
John has qualified to fly the Navy's top-of-the-line
fighter attack aircraft..The F/A-18 Hornet. He is
presently assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare
Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, NV. The Center primarily
flies the Hornet to train aircraft carrier airwings for
their 6-month deployments. After a month of
academics, simulators and training flights, John has
returned to Fallon, qualified in the Hornet and will
participate in Airwing Training.
John will fly the Hornet m Fallon until October
'97 when he will return to Norfolk for 3 months
training in the E-2 Hawkeye Radar Aircraft. After
returning to Fallon to pick up Julie, Patricia and
Robbie in January, the Irvins will most likely be
assigned to San Diego for another tour of duty,
assigned to a squadron and an aircraft carrier.


Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, U.S.
Arrmy Surgeon General and James J. O'Donnell,
President, of The Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., who was invited to the Ceremony, pose for the
cameras at the Closing Ceremonies for Gorgas
Hospital in Ancon, the former Canal Zone on June
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We enjoyed them all and plan to return to
Norway in three years. Murray speaks enough
Norwegian to say: "Jeg forstar ikke Norge." I
understand no Norwegian. We plan to take more
Norwegian language classes before our next trip.
Public transportation is great. Candy was
fascinated by the underwater tunnels and the islands.
We are now both ten years younger, having
consumed water from Flindevossen Falls, Norway's
fountain of youth.
In Alesund, we climbed Mt. Aksla. There were
418 stairs to the top, not counting the distance in
between. Thank God for rest stops.
We arrived in Molde during the International
Jazz Festival, and met five young ladies who have
organized their own saxophone group. They were

Jim O'Donnell and Lt.Gen. Ronald R. Blanck,
Army Surgeon General at Gorgas Hospital Closing
Ceremonies, June 1997.

The Bjornebys and Conways, former residents of
Coco Solo, truly enjoyed being together again during
an Alaskan land and sea tour aboard the Dawn
Princess. We cruised the Inside Passage from
Vancouver to Seward and then flew to Prudhoe Bay
to start a week long trek south to Anchorage.

Hal and Dale Conway, left, and Dick and Pat
Bjorneby, right.
Traveling the gravel highway from Prudhoe Bay
to Fairbanks was an adventure! Snow cold
temperatures, slippery roads and native animals made
for an exciting ride. Another unforgettable ride was
white water rafting in Denali Park.

Murray and Candy Falk at viewpoint at Grotli
Mountains overlooking fjord at Geiranger, at 4,500
ft. above sea level.
Murray never thought he's eat fish for breakfast,
but by the fourth day he was a true Norwegian. Saw
a lot of great scenery and beautiful old stone
churches. The glaciers and fiords were awesome.
Leaving Norway we flew to Scotland. We visited
many historic sites, including Loch Lomond and
Edinburgh Castle. The crown jewels are still intact.
Moved on to London where we connected with
family and had a nice visit. Murray toured the
Masonic Grand Lodges of Norway and Scotland, as
well as two blue lodges in Norway while I shopped.
He was thrilled and is still talking about it.
We came home with lots of wonderful memories
and photos, and can hardly wait to go back.
Candy Falk
Lacenter, WA

Editor must have by:

January 23, 1998


When I was living in Cristobal in 1943, I
attended an art class with Mr. JJ.Ecker as instructor
along with some 10 or 12 students from the Atlantic
Side mostly adults.
A young man from Cristobal posed for several
lessons and this was one of my efforts. I do not
remember his name. While clearing out my basement
locker I came across this painting somewhat the
worse for going through some dampness but still in
fair shape.

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Painted by Catsy Taylor Schafer in 1943 during
art class with Mr. J.J. Ecker does anyone
recognize this young man from Cristobal and his
location now?
Does anyone recognize him or know where he is
now? I would be glad to send it to him free of
charge if he wants it. Since it has been 54 years and
if he was 15 or 16 then, I would venture he is now
about 70 years old!
I was Catsy Taylor in those days so it is signed
"Taylor '43". It was in one of Mr. Ecker's Art Shows
at the Hotel Washington.
Catsy Taylor Schafer
San Diego, CA


Cousins George Cotton (CHS 1961) and Lew
French (BHS 1963) enjoyed a motorcycle ride to
Willie Nelson's in Luckenbach, Texas (population 3)
in May.

L-R: Lew French (BHS'63) and George Cotton
George has a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster and
Lew has a Honda 750 Nighthawk. Lew hopes to
have a Harley when he is as old as George!


I'm sending a recent photo of my children,
Christie and John David Dear and myself taken in
Ft. Myers, Florida in January '97 while David and I
were visiting Christie there.
John David works for CNN Business News in
Atlanta as assistant producer of several daily shows
while Christie teaches Special Education at Benita
Springs Middle School near Fort Myers.

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In foreground, Muriel (Morales) Attkinson of Mt.
Pleasant, TN. celebrating her birthday with family in
Panama at the Cardenas home of her niece,
Jeanette (Morales) Keepers.
Back row: John Morales, Anne (Stapler)
LoFranco, Violet Morales, Marcella Evie, Lars
Morales Caroline, Frances (Flynn) and Kenny
Morales, and Jeanette.

L-R: Christie Dear, John Dear and Carla Dear
Conrad in the Windward Island of St. Lucia.
Wolfgang and I live and work 8 months a year
in St. Lucia where Wolfgang pilots tankers for Hess
Oil at their terminal on the island. They spend the
other 4 months either in Florida or canoeing the
rivers and lakes in Canada each summer.
We invite anyone visiting the honeymoon island
to give us a call and visit our mountain-top home.
Phone/Fax: 758-452-2460.
Carla (Dear) Conrad

On Saturday, July 5, 1997, a group of Zonian
surfers rented Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon and
held a private surf session. The event coincided with
the Panama Canal Annual Reunion held in Orlando,
FL. The Surf Session was organized as a memorial
to Greg Martinez and David Payne, two Zonian
surfers who died of cancer. Both Greg and Dave are
respected by the Zonian surfing community as well
as the community at large for their integrity,
character, and good will and they served as an
inspiration to many, both before and during their
battles with cancer.
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ZONIAN SURFERS, L-R: Ed Dolan, John Magee,
Tom, Richard, Pat, and Matt Grimison, Mark
Dekle, Brian Robinson, Alan Dekle and Louis
Surfers participating in this event were Alan and
Mark Dekle, Ed Dolan, Tom, Richard, Patrick, and
Matt Grimison, John Magee, Louis Martinez, Paul
Myers, and Brian Robinson. The participants hope to
make this an annual event during the Reunion
weekend and hope to organize it as a fund-raiser for
cancer charities. Anyone interested in participating in
the future should contact Richard Grimison at (407)

Betty Forgeson and Balboa Union Church Pastor
Mary Jane Lyon at the Reunion. That's the place
where you get those calendars from.

George Pepperdine College located in Malibu,
CA, honored George Gercich and other members of
the class of 1947 on April 22, 1997. The class of
1947 were invited to the home of the President of
George Pepperdine University for a luncheon and
time of remembrance.

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George Gercich and fellow-classmate at George
Pepperdine College reunion .
Lunch was served on the patio overlooking the
beautiful Pacific Ocean. After lunch the class of '47
donned caps and gowns and were escorted to the
graduation area where they joined the graduates of
the class of 1997, who received their diplomas and
were challenged by an outstanding graduation

Sharon Glassburn was the winner of an original
Al Sprague oil at the Reunion in July. This original,
"Tropical Rain Forest" was raffled by Sprague
Editions. A portion of the proceeds were donated to
ANCON, an organization dedicated to preserving the
Panamanian Rain Forest.
Sprague Editions plans to raffle an Al Sprague
original each year at the July reunion to raise money
for different Panamanian charities.

W. Loa

Sharon Glassburn, winner of the original Al
Sprague oil, "Tropical Rain Forest", with Kassie
Sprague Taylor, Kendall Taylor (granddaughter of
the artist), and Katherine Heddaeus at the
Sprague Editions' reunion booth.



Standing, L-R: Angela Bloemer, Edi Farrell, Carol
and Robert Ciepiela. Seated L-R: Art Farrell,
Robert Bloemer.
On February 8, 1997, a Panama Canal Mini-
reunion of the people who live in the Dallas, Texas
area was held at Christina and Glenn Seeley's home
in Coppell, Texas. There was a DJ. and plenty of
Panamanian food and drinks. Photo enclosed of some
of those who attended,

Angela Bloemer
McKinney, Texas


Do you remember that "human friendly" chicken
named Charlie that used to hang around the Balboa
Post Office? Charlie was the most unusual chicken
you could imagine. Well, the co-owner of that
chicken, Dorothy Chase, was also the head of the
Chase School of Dance and well known for her
dance instruction as well as the guidance she gave
her students. Dorothy's daughter, Phyllis was the real
owner of Charlie. Her dad, Jack Chase, during one
of his poker week-ends, was said to have borrowed
50o to buy Charlie who everyone thought was a "he"
until "he" started laying eggs. Charlie passed away
one year while the Chases' were on vacation.
Well, Dorothy has been ailing of late with a
wretched disease that has kept her well off her usual
self and is in a nursing home. It would give her a
tremendous lift at this time if friends and former
students would send her a card wishing her well. It
would mean so much to her.
Dorothy can be reached through her daughter's
home address which is: Dorothy Chase, c/o Phyllis
Birchett, 1820 Vicklan St., Vicksburg, MS 39180-


Johnny and Barbara Johnson enjoying
dancing Salsa, PCSOFL guests of Fred
and Judy (Jorstad) (CHS'50) Rose.

first time

Ed Napoleon talking to John Disharoon and Ken
Justice before Spring Training game in Sarasota,

Lou "Sparkle" Seldon and wife Suzette visited Bill
Thrift in Gainesville, Florida, while delivering
furniture to their daughters, Shawn and Leah, who
are beginning their fourth and first years at the
University of Florida.

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and Fred "Mr. Wonderful" Boalt of Sierra
Arizona, visited old friend Pat Beall
home in Clearwater, Florida, while traveling

Bill Thrift, Lou "Sparkie" Seldon and wife Suzette.
If you try to call Bill, he is in the Gainesville
directory, although his address is in Newbeny. This
caused Lou quite a delay getting in touch with him
since when you call the Newberry Information
number, they don't have him in their directory!

at his
in the

Five Zonians met in Sisters, OR for the Velocette
Club of North America's Great Volcano Tour. Forty
two vintage bikes participated in a six day event in
the Cascade Mountains. L-R: Bill Weigle, Mark
Bunday, John Bundy, and Guy Fealey. Michelle
Bundy, who also participated, took the picture.

L-R: Bob Hummer, Arkansas, Mack Landrum,
Gamboa, and Ed Marshall, Kerrville, TX. Taken
during a mule ride while visiting Mack and Sylvia
(Glass) Landrum, dry season '97.



Since our first announcement about plans for the
60th ANNIVERSARY of the Balboa High School
graduating Class of 1938, we have received several
responses from our classmates who are interested in
getting together during the 1998 Annual Reunion of
the Panama Canal Society from July 1 through July
We have also sent out a questionnaire to our
classmates in late May and if you have not
responded as yet, please complete the form and
return as soon as possible.
Also, in this issue of the Canal Record, we have
placed a new notice under the "Where Are You"
section listing several members of the Class of 1938
we are still looking for. We have heard from several
friends and classmates who knew the whereabouts of
some, but we are still looking for others. If anyone
knows the whereabouts of any of these classmates,
please advise the undersigned and we can send them
a notice.
Let's hear from you soon.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
BHS Class of 1938
9816 Lake Seminole Drive West
Seminole, Florida 33773-4521
(813) 397-5366


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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.


BHS Class of 1948 reunion chairman Russ Drew
reports progress on all fronts. Editors Barbara
Hatchett Jackson and Royna Reece Thomas will send
out issue #4 of El Loro Viejo, the reunion
newsletter, early this fall. Jim (Leroy) Lundy,
program chairman, is planning memorable
entertainment. Lillian Norris Schwarz and Jean
Saarinen Haydel, hospitality co-chairs, have been busy
putting together ideas for a warm welcome to all in
the class hospitality suite. Lori Willard King's hotel
arrangements are taking shape with many final
decisions to be made this November. Elaine Lombard
Newland, as reunion yearbook editor, is coordinating
info about the last 50 years in classmates' lives.
Ruthie Rose Foster and Barbara Fritz Reyle report
that their list of missing BHS'48 folks is getting
shorter. (See "Where Are You" section of this
Orlando, are you ready for us? We're getting
ready for you!
Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-2654

CHS 1948

Buddy Corbett, Bill McGinn and I are planning
to have our 50th Cristobal High School (CHS) reunion
in conjunction with that of the Annual Panama Canal
Societys' Reunion. I spoke to Barbara Fritz Reyes and
Russ Drew who are way ahead of us for BHS and are
planning to do the same. We are very receptive to any
suggestions that you guys might have. I know that
Pete Foster's class had an excellent reunion. My fax
number is 561-362-0395 and my home phone number
is 561-393-6566. Charlie Harrison.


Plans are being made to hold a BHS Class of
1949 50th Anniversary reunion in 1999. It's never too
early to start planning. We would like to hear from
classmates who have any suggestions or advice on the
reunion. We would like to hear whether to have the
Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion or to arrange a trip to Panama
(probably in the spring of 1999). The year 1999 is
not only our 50th Anniversary but it is the last year
of Balboa High School and the U.S. involvement
with the Panama Canal. Volunteers interested in
assisting in arrangements for the reunion may

Bea (Reyes) Dunn
545 Moss
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-3686

Tom Peterson
6534 Samoa Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241-5637
(941) 371-7731

We would appreciate receiving current addresses
of all classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters
were returned marked "undeliverable". If you know
addresses of classmates who are not members of the
Society, please include those as well.


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


We cap-and-gowned in '53 -
'Most 40 years have passed,
So we'll re-unite in '98.
(Gee, doesn't time go fast?)
Mark it on your calendar
And spread the news around:
Old friends will meet in Orlando;
Old friendships will abound.

July 1 5, 1998

Please contact:
Edna Hart Musso
437 N Pine Meadow Dr
DeBary, FL 32713
(407) 668-1894

Hubert Jordan
16409 Lake Byrd Dr
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 963-6998


Due to the "super" response to the 1957 Class
Reunion Trip in February, I have been asked to
organize one for a New Year's "Bash" which will
take place at the Coronado Hotel and Resort in the
interior of Panama. Anyone interested in joining this
group which is "Gateway to the World 'Viva
Panama'" for December 30th to Jan. 5, 1998 inclusive
with additional tours and many sightseeing ventures
such as Barro Colorado Island and a half-day trip
through Miraflores Locks, please get in touch with
June Barlow Reisz, 8 Crossway Ct. West, Palm
Coast, FL 32137 or phone (904) 445-2839 for a
complete itinerary and details.


BHS Class of 1966 invites classmates as well as
BHS classes of 1965 and 1967 to join us on a cruise
immediately before (June 30 to July 2, 1998) the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
"Take the Boat" to the '98 Reunion and join in
our "Turning Fifty" celebration. Please join us for a
4-night 3-day Carnival Lines cruise out of (and) back
to Port Canaveral, Florida. Lots of fun, dancing and
activities. Now everyone can "Take the Boat" to the
States (i.e., the Reunion). Group rates. A classmate
is a travel agent and is making arrangements. Special
events planned. Call Bob Askew (208) 788-2253 or
write at PO Box 2511, Hailey, ID 83333. Email

30th REUNION Summer '98
The '68 Tigers of CHS will hold their 30th Class
Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Florida, July 1-5, 1998.
Mark your calendars now! We know the where
and when, but the exact "what" is to be determined.
But, if previous reunions are any indication, it will be
fun. Previous CHS'ers and BHS'ers are welcome. Let
us hear your ideas and if you have any "lost Tigers'
addresses, call or write: Renee (Ballon) Krimminger,
5917 Cherrycrest Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217. Tel:

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

BHS Class of '69-30th REUNION!!

Plans are underway for summer 1999, and we
want YOUR ideas; Stateside or Panama? Daytime or
Evening (or both)? Putting together a database and
mailer. Call or E-mail suggestions, etc. ASAP to:

Mel Henter
(813) 821-8181

Steve Bristol
(818) 386-6888

Betsy Vosburgh
(407) 779-3017

BHS Class of 1978
20th Anniversary Reunion
Plans are underway for our 20th Year Reunion
get-together in Orlando during July 1-5 summer of
1998 weekend, with a dinner tentatively scheduled for
Saturday, July 4, before the Society's Annual Ball.
We'd also like to organize an El Panama Casino
Night Virginia (Vargas) Gasta has been in Las
Vegas since graduation and will lend a hand to help
make Casino Night a hit.
Diane (Lester) Sanchez and other have been
helping coordinate names, addresses, phone numbers
and e-mail's of our BHS'78 classmates. Drop us a
line, pass the news around and let us know who
you've been in touch with so we can get the word
out to everyone! James Belzer, 51 W. 8th Street
#14, New York, NY 10011. (212) 598-9877 (H);
(212) 334-6420 (0), AOL E-Mail: jbfromcz. 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
-mail address:

Saturday, July 4, 1998
(during the Annual PCSofFL Reunion)
We are getting together to renew friendships and
enjoy happy memories. Bring your family and photos
of school events, ball teams, swim meets, Scouts,
everything. We have a list of over 70 families, and
it won't be complete without you. Call, write or e-
mail us as soon as possible:
Fred and Kay Walker Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald
P.O. Box 986 1381 Scarlett Trail
Riverview, FL 33569 New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(813) 671-0260 (904) 428-2791 (evenings)
Bruce and Diane Bateman
314 Wesley Road
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
(904) 282-7650


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. 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: Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court,
Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!


With only three Canal Records during 1997, we
had only three chances to ask you for your old
eyeglasses you know, the ones in the backs of
bureau drawers or closet shelves. A sincere thank-
you to those who responded. Our 1997 tally is 88
pairs, bringing our new grand total since we started
m 1992 to 869 pairs. That's 869 people who now are
able to lead productive lives through your generosity.
Congratulations! Collection begins at once for 1998
and a prize will be awarded for the person sending
in the 1,000th pair. Pairs of loose lenses count;
empty frames do not (but we'll take them anyway as
someone else's loose lens will fit them). So wrap
them up and send them to Patt Roberson, 2801
Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.

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Father Bill Baldwin
Reverend William Wescott Baldwin was born in
Patchogue, New York, May 22, 1907, son of Anna
Louise Traber and Robert Wescott, Jr., he died of
pneumonia on April 23, 1997. A carpenter by trade
and adventurer at heart, he spent his youth on Long
Island with his brothers, Leslie and Ken, learning
boxing and construction from their father. During the
Depression, he went to California and found work as
a cowboy.
In 1935 Bill sailed to Maracaibo, Venezuela and
later to Aruba to work for Caribbean Petroleum. He
returned to Long Island and on May 20, 1939, wed
the brilliant and beautiful Electra (Lucky) Vunck, of
Sayville. In 1940 Bill earned his pilot's license and
when he was rejected from the U.S. Army Air Corps
as too old, he accepted a carpenter job for the
Panama Canal Company. Lucky gave up her dream
of Law School, sailed to Gatun, and rather became
wife, mother, VP, secretary/treasurer, hostess, and
chef extraordinaire. Bill transferred to Miraflores
Locks in 1942, and was carpenter Foreman and mule
operator until 1953.


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r Baidwin ana Aunana rernanuez.

Father Bill was ordained a priest of the
Episcopal Church and was Priest-in-Charge at St.
Andrew's Church in Cocoli for 17 years. In 1955 he
completed Clinical Pastoral Training at Massachusetts
General Hospital. He was Chaplain at Gorgas and

Corozal Hospitals, Alcoholics Anonymous, the
Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association, and most
of Canal Zone organizations. Father Bill was said to
be ..."ecumenical in the truest sense of the word." At
the age of 78, he received an award for "Exceptional
Service to the Radio Community", for establishing the
"Bejuco Net" which kept those in the interior of
Panama in is the "William W. Baldwin
Award." A legend as counselor and advisor, he
touched the lives of thousands. His carpentry skills
were still put to good use, as were those craftsmen
who "volunteered at Saint Andrew's, they doubled
seating, added a new Baptistery and a beautiful
sanctuary with windows Father Bill helped design; in
Santa Clara, they built Saint Clair's Parish; and
finally they built "Jubilados" next to the Chiriqui
Viejo River. Bill and Lucky retired to El VolcAn,
PanamA in 1970, and El Padre continued his ministry
in David, Bocas, Puerto Armuelles, the Chapel of
Saints John, and on the air as a "ham"' operator.
In 1989, "el crisis" together with his failing health
forced him to leave his beloved Panama and cast his
lot with daughter Vicki and Greg Fischer. He and
the Fischers moved from Virginia to Hawaii to
California, and while he missed his home and friends,
he enjoyed his status as Great-grandfather.
Thanks to all who sent cards and letters with
stories and reminders of how special a man Bill
Baldwin the Irish say "the likes of him we
shall never see again."
Submitted by Vicki Fischer and all of El Padre's


On the suggestion from a Canal Zone member
of the Merchant Marine, this column will be the
beginning of a series relating to those who grew up
watching ships transit the Canal and who decided to
make a career of sailing ships. It also includes
stories of those who came to the Canal as pilots -
the men who made the transits possible through
seafaring training, the same which our own lads are
undergoing now. We hope each of you mariners will
submit a short article about where and what year
you graduated from high school, Merchant Marine
school attended and year graduated, your present
position and other capacities under which you have
served, your ship(s) and company names, ports
visited, etc.

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