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VOL.33 SEPTEMBER 1999 NO.3
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. Steven Nehring
1st Vice President
Mrs. Darleen Hunt
2nd Vice President
Mr. William McLaughlin
Mr. Christian Skeie
Mr. Paul Rozmeski
Mr. Thomas Peterson
Mr. Robert Russell
Mr. Peter Lang
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Ms. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
President's Message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's Comer ..................................................... 2
Legislative Representative ............................................ 3
E-Mail Address Update ............................................. 4
Audit Report ....................................................... 5
Museum News ..................................................... 8
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 9
Local Announcements .............................................. 11
News Clips ........................................................ 13
"Where Are You?" ................................................. 17
BHS End of an Era .............................................. 18
REUNION ......................................... ............. 22
Your Reporter Says .............................................. 44
Alabama .................... 44 M ississippi ................... 55
Arkansas .................... 45 North Carolina ................ 55
California ............ ...... 45 Northwest .................... 56
Florida ..................... 46 Oklahoma .................... 57
Georgia ..................... 52 Panam a...................... 58
Hawaii ..................... 53 South Carolina ............... 60
Louisiana ................... 54 Texas ....................... 60
M id-W est ................... 55 Virginia ..................... 61
Congratulations ............... .... .................. .. ......... 61
Weddings ..................................... ............... 64
Births ........................................................... 67
With Deep Sorrow ................................................. 67
Letters to the Editor ............................................... 73
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 81
Looking Back ...................................................... 83
For Sale or Wanted ................................................. 86
Application Form ................... ................................ 91
FRONT COVER: Our newly elected President, Faith Brundage. Faith has held every
elected office of the Society and is continuously busy helping all the committees in
charge of Society activities. She has also served on several Standing Committees since
her retirement from private business in 1984 after leaving the Canal Zone, and her
residing in St. Petersburg. She has also spent a great many hours helping with office
work during peak periods. BACK COVER: Filling the chamber almost wall to wall, this
large cargo vessel appears to be part of the locks. Up forward on the deck, a Canal pilot
watches the stabilizing cables attached to the towing locomotive. Painting by Al
Sprague, noted artist from the Canal Zone.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 2 Annual Gulf Coast Picnic, 11 a.m. at Davis Bayou Campground of
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs, MS. Further details:
Gerda Smith 601-567-9870/Patt Roberson 225-774-7761.
October 2 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Lake Seminole Park FL. 12:00 noon. See
October 5 Ocala Zonians Silver Anniversary Meeting at Maggie's Buffet. Lunch
at noon. Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902 for more info.
October 9 NorthEast Florida Picnic, at NAS JAX picnic/lake area. 11:00 a.m.
Bring Panamanian dish for potluck. Kathy Saville (904) 642-6835
November 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
December 5 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Road, Laguna Hills,
Ca. Further details: Harold Wickersham, (323) 262-6996.
December 11 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon, Holiday Inn Select, See page 12
of this issue.
January 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
St. St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
February 5 Carnavalito, Further information in December issue.
ZONE The Panamna Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
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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 Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
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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.
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On behalf of the newly elected officers, I want to
take this opportunity to thank you for your confidence and
trust in electing us as your officers for the 1999-2000 term.
We shall work for the Society and the members, and
endeavor to perform our duties and responsibilities in a
This past year has been a learning experience for
me. It was a privilege to have been First Vice President under
Past President Tom Peterson, who was a good example of
a great president and teacher. I learned a great deal working
with him and I hope I can do as well as he did.
The Officers of the Executive Board for 1999-2000
1s Vice President
2nd Vice President
Richard "Pat" Beall
Chairpersons for our Standing Committees are:
By-Laws Muriel Whitman
Nominating Anna Collins
Hospitality-Refreshments Olga Disharoon
Sunshine Anna Collins
Special Events Chairpersons are:
September Luncheon (Sarasota)
October Picnic (Seminole Park)
Ray "Bill" Wheeler
Richard "Pat" Beall
We had another very successful reunion and I would
like to thank all those Chairpersons and volunteers who
worked so hard to make this such a great reunion. Without
them it could not have been done, our thanks to each and
everyone of you. We had two new events this year at the
reunion, on Thursday night we hosted a free disco dance and
on Saturday we gave a Continental Breakfast for all the
volunteers and both of these events were well received. Many
members said that this reunion was great, so all the hard
work involved in putting it on was well worth all the work.
Thanks again to all our volunteers.
Please come out and support your society, we are
here for you, and open for your input and ideas.
Looking forward to seeing you at our meetings and
/ fromi M
I know I've said this before but I am repeating it
because I still have not received the additional zip-plus four
digits for many of your zip codes. Please remember to send
yours in just a post card or email will do. The Post Office
has stated that the lack of the zip-plus four digits can delay
delivery of your mail.
As you know, we do have email capability.
However, we are signed up with JUNO which is free. The
drawback is that the basic service is limited to the number of
kilobytes per message we can receive; therefore, we cannot
receive attachments. Sdrry. We did sign up with GTE for
internet service but for some reason could not get on line so
we had to cancel it. We will attempt AOL, which many of us
have at home and we are happy with. By next month we hope
to have this resolved.
Our dues year, by vote of the membership, changed
to January through December each year. Dues must be paid
by November so that they can be posted by early January.
This will ensure your being on the mailing list for the March
Canal Record. Just as a matter of information, if you joined
before the reunion, your dues were applied to 1999; if you
joined after the reunion, your dues were applied to 2000. If
this is not clear, give me a call or email me. In the event your
dues were applied to 2000 and you would like a copy of the
September or December 1999 Canal Record, send $5.00 and
I will mail you a copy.
That's it for now. keep well.
Barbara A. Green
The 1999 Annual Reunion was a blast. All sorts of
people came that hadn't been before and the Mini-Class
reunions did much to bring them together again. As usual, we
were too busy to spend as much time with friends as we
would have liked, but I did make it a point this year to spend
a little time with son Bob, his daughter and my
granddaughter Jordan. He and his class of CHS'69 put
together a wonderful booklet for their classmates to keep and
treasure for years to come. He and Jordan left during the
Reunion to catch a flight to Blighty (England) to spend a
couple of weeks sightseeing. They weren't back very long
before I was told I was a great-grandfather again by Warren
and Alexandra Bell of San Bemardino, Ca. (See "Births")
I just finished telling our reporters to quit writing about their
families only, and here I'm doing the same! Sorry.
When you send us photographs to put in the book,
please do NOT crop them. All photos should have
90'corers. That goes for making montages as well. I try to
be careful about how photos appear in the book, and I often
find myself looking at a photo that looks like it was bent
from the vertical. Thank you.
The reunion photographs were not as plentiful this
year. Our photographers, living in a different hotel, were
robbed of everything they had and had to spend quite some
time with the police, the hotel wallahs and getting organized
again. Luckily, they had most of their photographic
equipment in our storeroom at the Marriott, but they had to
pass up several of our requests, unfortunately. Lesson #1 -
don't go to hotels that have those metal keys to your rooms.
They are easily copied by the occupant prior to your rental.
Looking forward to another good year, but we also
need your support to keep us going past the year 2000. Those
who volunteer their services, no matter how little, are truly
appreciated and especially by those older, always there folks.
Editor, Canal Record.
Editor must have by:
October 18, 1999
After July 1999, all former Canal Zone high schools
and college transcripts and student records may be
obtained by writing to:
Educational Testing Service Dante's Program:
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6605
Tel: (609) 921-9000
There is a charge of $10.00 per transcript, by check
made out to Dante's Program.
This is my first report as your Legislative Representative
and I hope the items presented are of interest to you. My
sources for the information contained in this report are
FEDweek, the Federal Employees News Digest and the
NARFE publication, Retirement Life. I hope you find the
report useful and informative.
RETIREE TOPICS OF INTEREST
1. The House Government Reform Committee has had
two pieces of legislation recently referred to for action. They
are HR-1769 and HR-2096. HR-1769 was introduced by
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and would allow fire
fighters, air traffic controllers, law enforcement officers and
nuclear-materials couriers to receive the enhanced annuity
for such occupations after 20 years of qualifying service
regardless of the employee being forced to retire before the
age of 50 because of a disability or involuntarily separation
(not for cause). Current legislation prohibits such employees
from receiving the enhanced annuity if they were forced to
lave government service prior to reaching age 50. In other
words, with passage of this legislation, an employee who has
20 years of qualifying service in previously mentioned
occupations and who were forced to retire before the age of
50 because of a disability or involuntary separation (not for
cause) will be eligible to have his or her retirement computed
using the enhanced annuity formula instead of the regular
HR-2096 was introduced by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-
NY) and would allow employees to add a dependent
parents(s) to his or her health benefits plan.
2. HR 1111 was introduced by Rep. Connie Morella
(R-MD)and pertains to long term care insurance. The bill
provides OPM guidance on benefit design and requires
consumer protection standards for long term care insurance
sold through this program. Also, HR 1111 is the only bill
that makes members and retirees of both the uniformed and
civilian services eligible for participation. Participation by
both groups will expand the consumer base and make greater
group discounts possible. NARFE supports this bill. The
Senate version of this bill is S. 894 and was introduced by
Senator Max Cleland.
3. As a result of the passage of certain Social Security
Amendments in 1983, the social security retirement age will
increase next year. Beginning in the year 2000 and
continuing through 2005, the full retirement age increases to
66 in two month increments. It will stay at age 66 through
2016 and then in 2017 increase by two month intervals until
age 67 becomes the full retirement age in 2022.
4. Money in the Thrift Savings Plan government
securities G fund is being invested this month at the
annualized rate of 6.25 percent. This is an increase of .125%
over the July rate of 6.25% and an increase of .25 percent
over the June rate of 6 percent.
5. OPM recently told Congress that the results of a
survey conducted by that agency indicate that employees and
retirees enrolled in the Federal Employees Group Life
Insurance program (FEGLI)are currently satisfied with the
program. However, the survey also indicated that a
significant number of the enrollees support adding additional
options such as coverage that builds cash value and optional
accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
These additional options are currently under review by
OPM and the decision of how to propose such options will
not be available for some time. In fact, the agency has come
under criticism from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla) of the House
Civil Service Committee for taking too long in its
deliberation on these issues.
Also, it should be noted that other subcommittee
members have received complaints from their constituents
about the higher rates associated with continuing "additional
optional" (option B) coverage with undiminished value after
age 65. OPM defends the new rate structure (which will go
into effect in about two years) as necessary because
premiums from that option must cover costs in each age
group and that allowing undiminished benefits would
increase the number of full claims filed.
6. As additional information, the following websites are
available to you for up-to-date information concerning topics
affecting retirees: http//www.fedweek.com and
http//www.narfe.com. It should be noted that you must first
contact Coordinator Mr. Russ Boor at email@example.com for
instructions on how to join the NARFE net. It should also be
noted that you must be a NARFE member to use the
Narfe.com website and must also contact Coordinator Mr.
Russ Boor before using it.
The purpose of this article is directed to all
those insured who have the Mutual Of Omaha Life
certificate. As everyone knows, in 19990 Mutual was
replaced by Pan American Life Co. (PALIC) in New
Orleans, La. Due to this change, replacement
certificates were issued to all members. There are over
2,300 unclaimed certificates, many of them residing in
As The Association (former Group Insurance
Board) is interested in locating all members, it is very
difficult to meet this challenge. We have considered
approaching the Society to assist us in this campaign
with the concurrence of the Executive Board of
ThePanama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
For the benefit of those insured who wish to
update their beneficiaries' records, please contact
Palic at (504) 566-3561 and ask for Ms. Ana Lucas.
In view of the forthcoming changes at the end of the
year, The Association plans to establish contact with
the Society for further assistance.
Julio A. Cisneros
President, The Association.
July 23, 1999
E-MAIL UPDATE SEPTEMBER '99
Werling, Carroll Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
Cox, Dianne/Jerry email@example.com
Latimer, Charles L. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraser, Andrew W. email@example.com
Martinez, Teresa D. Panamatdm@hotmail.com
Stroop, Warren/Regina firstname.lastname@example.org
Orvis, Carl/Christine email@example.com
Brunson, Jon L. brunj @ibl.bm
Gibson, Dr. Charles "Bobby" firstname.lastname@example.org
Steward, Don email@example.com
Gilead, Rosemary (Millett) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bull, Susan email@example.com
Avery, Sandra Seahorsefl@aol.com
Cockle, LtCol George R. firstname.lastname@example.org
Laatz, Robert/Howie email@example.com
Huff, William/Jane firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedefio, Margarita/Camilo maggierc @sinfo.net
Cook, James E. email@example.com
Beattie, Susan Susan_Beattie@yahoo.com
Meyer, Ron/Fran firstname.lastname@example.org
King, Tara email@example.com
Perry, Mike firstname.lastname@example.org
Dolim, Henry/Virginia Dolims@aol.com
The Panama Canal Society of Florida email@example.com
Matthews, Tom/Carmen TomNCarmen@aol.com
Thrush, Terrilynn firstname.lastname@example.org
Brockman, Len lenbroc@BellSouth.net
Seals, Lamont email@example.com
Gewin, Billy/Elda firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmody, Rose M. email@example.com
Crosby, Charles firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott, Frank/Olga Franolga@Panama.c-com.net
Underwood, Raymond B. levonel @ sinfo.net
McLean, Emily (Wilkinson)/Gary email@example.com
Frank, John/Anna firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis, Elaine V. Lewis email@example.com
Wilder, Dave/Jeannine firstname.lastname@example.org
Wood, Joe/Bev email@example.com
Zornes, Dick/Ginger firstname.lastname@example.org
Long, John/Joan email@example.com
Dawson, Nicki DNicolene@aol.com
Fernmndez, Dr. Nida firstname.lastname@example.org
Fearon, Bob/Jackie email@example.com
Barkema, Dino firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose, Fred/Judy (Jorstad)
Davis, Gordon H.
Peterson, William J.
Toscar, Joan (Hensler)
Mellander, Gus A.
Toscar, Joan (Hensler)
Spreadbury, Wendell N.
Morris, Linda R.
All of these names and email addresses have been
transferred to the Alphabetical listing for Annual Issue..
After reading Bill Diez's (wonderful) account of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion, I feel it is apropos
to (add my)comment. The Society. operated by our friends,
has done a yeoman's job to get the Society established and
keep it maintained with such professionalism. Imagine the
logistics and planning required to implement a 4 day irkni
of some 2,000 people. Imagine the tons of letters, sorting,
editing and formatting that it takes to put out such a
professional magazine as the Canal Record (special thanks
to Pat Beall). Two thousand of our associates, classmates
and friends had a great time at that reunion. Sure they paid
hard cash to attend the various functions, but paying the cash
is the easy part when considering the dedication,
responsibility, effort, exertion and elbow grease that it takes
to make such an organization and its programs a success. We
must not take the dedicated efforts of the officers and
workers of this society for granted. They need our continued
financial support (membership), or gratitude and our
accolade for a job well done.
Ernest E. Pierce, Editor
The Golden Parrott
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA INC. OFFICE
WILL BE CLOSED
FROM DECEMBER 23, 1999 to JANUARY 3, 2000
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY AUDIT REPORT
January 1- December 31, 1998
June 28, 1999
To the Board of Directors of
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
We have reviewed the accompanying statement of assets, liabilities, and fund balance cash
basis of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. as of December 31, 1998, and the related
statement of revenues, expenses, and fund balance cash basis for the year that ended in
accordance with Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services issued by the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. All information included in these financial
statements is the representation of the management of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
A review consists principally of inquiries of company personnel and analytical procedures applied
to financial data. It is substantially less in scope than an audit in accordance with generally
accepted auditing standards, the object of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the
financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.
Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the
accompanying financial statements in order for them to be in conformity with the cash basis of
GODELS & SOLOMON, L.C.
Certified Public Accountants
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES, & FUND BALANCE CASH BASIS (UNAUDITED)
DECEMBER 31, 1998
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 272,308.29
Total Current Assets $ 272,308.29
Furniture & Equipment 34,833.37
Less: Accumulated Depreciation (29,061.13)
Total Fixed Assets 5,772.24
TOTAL ASSETS $ 278,080.53
LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE
FUND BALANCE $ 278,080.53
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENSES, & FUND BALANCE CASH BASIS (UNAUDITED)
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1998
Sales Tags, Decals,Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
Cost (Canal Record)
Payroll & Other Taxes
Petty Cash Expenditures
CASH BASIS NET INCOME
FUND BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 1998
FUND BALANCE, DECEMBER 31, 1998
Reunion revenues and expenses for the year ended December 31, 1998 were as follows:
Luncheon....................................................... ..................................... .......
DJ Dance............................................. ..........................................................
Overcollections, Refunds, and Donations...........................................................
T ravel................................................................................................................ 946.84
S upplies............................................................................................................ 905.20
P stage ............................................................................................................... 580 .92
S ecurity............................................................................................................. 2 ,72 1.55
Master Account........................................................................... .................... 3,830.21
D espedida.................................................................................................... 1,583.84
M iscellaneous................................................................................................... 3,833.35
R efunds........................................................................................................ 4,277.28
NET............................................................................. ........ ................. 7,620.85
Panama Canal Museum in Florida Takes Shape
Members of the Society have formed the Panama Canal Society Foundation, a non-profit tax exempt organization
distinct from the Society. The sole purpose of the Foundation is to establish a museum to preserve the American Era of the
Panama Canal. Because of the location of a large population of former Panama Canal employees and their families and the
location of the annual Society reunion, the Foundation will locate the museum in the Tampa Bay area. Plans are to have a mini-
museum and office open by the end of the year.
Already the Foundation has collected a significant collection of artifacts and documents that have historical value. (See
the article in this issue of the Canal Record.) Many more donations have been offered, but the Foundation has asked donors of
artifacts to postpone their donations until the museum storage has been expanded and an organization to catalogue and document
donations is in place. Right now, the foundation is in need of funds to commit to the acquisition of an office, a mini-museum and
As president of the Panama Canal Society this past year, I have fully endorsed the museum project and have personally
offered my help to the Foundation board. I might add that the Foundation has included the president, secretary-treasurer and
Canal Record Editor as ex-officio members of the Foundation board of directors. So while the two organizations are separate,
provision was made to insure close and continuing collaboration.
It is my sincere belief that if we are to preserve the memories and history of the place that is so close to our hearts and
lives, that we must do it now. I fear that not to establish a museum now will mean that many valuable artifacts and mementos
of the Panama Canal Zone will fade into history as the American Era comes to an end.
The idea of a silver commemorative medallion to serve as a piece of the history of the Canal Zone and at the same time
raise funds for the project is a wonderful one. I hope that all of the members of the Society and their families will take the time
to buy one or more medallions for your children and grandchildren. What a great way to keep the Canal Zone alive in history.
I look forward to working with the museum in the coming year as it opens its doors to the public. Please help us make this project
Thomas C. Peterson
Past President, 1998-1999
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
MUSEUM ACQUIRES TREASURES
The Panama Canal Museum has been fortunate
already to acquire some truly memorable artifacts. The
Cristobal High School Bell, the Balboa Elementary School
Bell, the bust of Balboa, and many other items have been
donated or loaned to the museum. These items are now in the
Foundation's temporary storage areas in Pinellas Park. Many
more very significant items are just waiting for the museum to
find a home as the limited storage available already has filled
As we move toward the end of the American Era in
Panama, our goal is to strive for increased financial support to
fund the space needed to open and operate a museum. To
date, thanks to some very generous contributors, the
Foundation has received donations sufficient to cover initial
,- start-up expenses. In addition, a commemorative, limited
edition, silver medallion, designed to honor and preserve the
American Era in Panama, was recently issued to serve as a
major fund-raiser for the Foundation.
In just a few short weeks, medallion sales reached
S: nearly 500, and orders are coming in daily. The medallions,
with space for customized engraving, provide a piece of
history to enjoy now and to pass on later to our descendants and are available for sale until the end of this
year, when the American Era comes to a close.
Some high school classes have undertaken fundraising as class projects, and the Society and
other organizations have contributed or indicated they will be contributing in the near future.Perhaps you
can think of other ways to raise the funds that are needed to get the museum up and running. Please let us
Time is getting short as the end of the American Era races T-- l -^.i
toward us. The Foundation board has set the establishment of a mini-
museum and office in the Tampa Bay area as a priority objective for
the next two months, but to expand beyond that and develop a
sustainable museum that will last well into the future will require
significantly more funding.
Please do take the time as you read the Canal Record, to.
send a donation or buy some of the medallions for your family and
friends. They make great gifts! .
Many of us speak about how we always want to remember i "
the place, the people and the times we enjoyed at the Panama Canal. If
we do not move ahead now and put those words into actions, we stand .:
to lose a golden opportunity to preserve our heritage. This is truly a
cause that, with your support, can become a reality. We urge you to
get involved now; volunteers are also needed in addition to funds. '
If you are attending events where you may help promote
medallion sales, just drop us a note or an Email and we will send
order forms for you to distribute. Golf tournaments, picnics, holiday ..
parties, dances, carnivals and other Zone-related events are perfect
opportunities to make people aware of the museum and the
medallions. The more the project is made known, the better the
chance there is to be successful.
Do it now, for tomorrow may be too late.
Panama Canal Society Foundation
PO Box 1145
Haines City, Florida 33845-1145
Internet Address for Teachers and names ot persons to contact at the Department of
Defense Dependents Schools' headquarters in Washington,
The Panama Canal Federation of Teachers (PCFT) D.C. and can provide information to teachers who have
has setup a website with information for any former Panama recently left Panama, retired or resigned. The PCFT website
Canal/DoDDS teachers. This site has the phone numbers address is: http://members.xoom.com/PCFT/PCFT.htm
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
May 1, 1999
The president called the meeting to order at
Clearwater Yacht Club, Clearwater, Florida at 12:10 p.m.
with 55 members and guests attending.
Mrs. Barbara Peterson gave the Invocation
followed by the Pledge to the Flag by Mr. Bob Russell. A
moment of silence followed for those departed.
Past Presidents were recognized as Anna Collins,
Ray Wheeler, Betty Frassrand and James O'Donnell..
The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 for lunch and resumed
at 1:00 p.m.
Faith Brundage moved to dispense with reading of
the minutes, seconded. Financial Statement stands for audit.
Membership Appreciation Award winners were Lee
and Marian Kariger, Connie Wright, A.C. Nagy, Betty
Forgeson, and Ruth Schmidt and they were advised of their
Mrs. Brundage announced that 1,604 have
registered for the Reunion, however not all persons over 18
have paid their registration, therefore the count is not true.
Nominating Committee Chairperson Betty
Frassrand reminded all that there is still time to vote for
officers for next year.
The Proposed Revised Bylaws are in the mail. If
anyone has questions, ask Kenneth Morris or Roy
Culbreth. Chris Skeie commented that the Constitution of
the United States is only nine pages, and the Society's
Proposed Revised Bylaws is 23 pages.
Mrs Collins asked to be advised of anyone who is
ill so she may send get-well cards. She was also thanked by
the president for chairing the Luncheon, and she in turn
thanked her committee of Olga Disharoon, Chris Smith and
Ray Wheeler stated the Nominating Committee
tried to do a good job, as prescribed, however one of their
members talked out of turn regarding the elections and hurt
the entire committee.
The September Luncheon will be held at Sarasota
Forest Lakes Restaurant on September 4th and will cost
$13.00. Deadline in August 27. Tom and Barbara Peterson
Charles Hummer briefed all on the medallion
being struck for the Panama Canal Museum Foundation as a
fund raiser. Order blanks will be in the June issue of the
Canal Record and at the Annual Reunion. Storage space to
store materials and donations to the Museum has been rented
There were good comments regarding the Annual
Directory; suggestion was made to publish alphabetically one
year and by state the following year
The proposed revised Bylaws calls for two
additional officers: a Treasurer and a Director who will not
be effective until Bylaws have passed. If they are not passed
the two positions will be voided. Nominations from the floor
would be accepted at this luncheon, the June Business
Meeting and the Annual Business Meeting. Nominations
were opened by the president. Chris Skeie nominated
Barbara Green for Treasurer, seconded by Elaine Lewis.
Ken Morris pointed out that a paid employee cannot hold
two positions on the board. Mrs. Collins felt it was too early
to accept nominations since many have not had the time to
read the proposed revisions to the Bylaws and many have not
received their copies. No further nominations were made, and
will remain open until the Annual meeting.
Ms. Frassrand stated the Marriott is just about
filled up, and we do have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn
Sunspree Resort. She will fill cancellations with members
who have reservations at the Holiday Inn first, then she will
go to the waiting list.
Mr. O'Donnell asked about status of year 2000
reunion. It was explained that the dates did not coincide with
what we were used to, so we canceled the Orlando Marriott
and are going to the Tampa Marriott Waterside for years
2000 and 2001. Contracts are being finalized and presented
at the May Board Meeting. The Annual Ball would be held
at the Tampa Convention Center.
The president stated some members living south of
the bridge are interested in getting rides to the Reunion.
Those interested can contact the president. The Mears Shuttle
is offering a discount on shuttle service from the Orlando
airport to the Marriott.
MAY LUNCHEON REPORT
It was Kentucky Derby Day when the Society met
at the Clearwater Yacht Club on May 1st for our Spring
Luncheon. Many members sipped Mint Juleps during the
Social hour. The view of yachts, and sailboats on the blue
waterway off the Gulf was magnificent as we munched on
shrimp, chicken and tuna salad, hot rolls, and enjoyed a
yummy chocolate dessert.
President Peterson welcomed 55 members and
guests. Woody and Elsie Woodruff from Dothan, Alabama
were our members from the greatest distance.
Many thanks to the members who donated lovely
door prizes which our guests enjoyed winning.
We cleared $28.20 on this event. Barbara Green
and Olga Disharoon and a friend of mine, Crys Smith
served on the committee with me.
Anna T. Collins
May Lunch Chairperson
June 4, 1999;
Meeting called to order at 11:35 a.m. Dorothy
Yocum gave the Invocation and Robert Russell led in the
Pledge to the Flag. 45 members and guests attended. Meeting
recessed at 11:37 a.m. and resumed at 12:30 p.m.
Minutes of May Luncheon corrected to state that no
one member of the board may hold two offices. Minutes
moved to accept corrections, seconded and stand corrected.
President reported contracts for years 2000-2004
have been signed with Tampa Marriott Waterside and Hyatt.;
one nomination made from the floor for Treasurer is required
by revised bylaws was made at May luncheon: COPA
donated four round trip tickets Miami to Panama; two will be
awarded at annual meeting and two at other functions;
Membership Appreciation Award won by Ruth Schmidt,
Marian and Lee Kariger, Betty Forgeson and A.C. Nagy.
As of may 26, 1883 have registered for the reunion;
Marriott is filled up and Holiday Inn is filling up fast. 80
members have registered for the golf tournament and 17
more for golf luncheon. Two class reunions are holding
individual golf tournaments; about 400 annual luncheon
reservations received; Bingo will be held Friday and
Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; 28 vendors
signed up. Leroy Lewis to provide music for Panazonian
Dance. Father Pretto will play for Saturday Ball. Tickets will
be sold at Information and Hospitality and at door to dances,
About 54 transportation reservations have been made with
Bowen Keppie; 16 mini-reunions are scheduled. Free Disco
Dance to be held Thursday night. Doors will open 8:30 a.m.
Sunday for Despedida; dancers will begin performing at 9:30
a.m. Coffee and tea will be available at no charge. Hotel will
3,947 members have paid '99 dues; Executive board
voted an average of 45 new members in past 6 months. June
Canal Records were delivered to the Post Office June 3"
Charles Hummer gave a short report on status of
museum and medallion. Site for museum not yet determined.
Proposed revised bylaws calls for two new voting
positions: Treasurer and Director. If Bylaws are rejected,
these positions will be moot. President opened floor for
nominations for Director. Marjorie Foster nominated Betty
Boyer, she accepted. Paul Rozmeski nominated Barbara
Peterson, she accepted. With no further nominations, the
Director nominations were closed. President called for
nominations for Treasurer. Called three times; no
nominations and they were closed.
Mrs. Foster mentioned the group from University
of Texas-Houston who asked to speak at annual meeting re:
C.Z. people affected with cancer. President explained the
Board's decision to reject the request, but approved for a
table to be available at the reunion to conduct survey, which
was published in the Canal Record and granted them
permission to reserve rooms at the Holiday Inn at Society
rates. The board feels that if they allow one group to speak at
annual meeting, others will expect the same.
Mrs. Collins stated that class reunion golf
tournaments interfere with Society activities. Class reunion
coordinators were advised no function were allowed-to-
interfere with Society functions. We were not aware of these
golf tournaments until this date.
President asked if Bylaws Committee were prepared
to give a report and if he should prolong the meeting. Mr.
Culbreth first asked that the meeting continue; he later
reported that the count was so close, they would have to do
a recount, and all were invited to stay to hear the results. Mr.
Culbreth and Mrs Huldtquist explained that the Standing
Rules and Articles of Incorporation had passed but the count
on the Bylaws was close and would require a recount.
Objections to the process were voiced by some members and
discussion was held regarding several points were brought up
by Mr. Chris Skeie. The committee consisting of a past
president and two members worked for two years on this
project. Mr. Russell commended the committee, appointed by
the president, for their excellent work. Kathy Egolf pointed
out that many people had not received their issue of the
Proposed Revised Bylaws and did not have enough time to
review the changes before the deadline. She pointed out that
it took the committee two years to complete their work, then
the members should have more than two weeks to vote on
this important issue. Mrs. Huldtquist reported that 339 ballots
were received. Following additional discussion, James
O'Donnell motioned to move to the next order of business,
seconded by Barbara Peterson. Mr. Hummer asked how
the last order of business stood. Mr. O'Donnell explained
that there was no motion on the floor, so he made a motion
to move on and Barbara Peterson seconded.
The Bylaws Committee then informed the president
that they would not recount the votes that day and Mr.
Culbreth took the ballots home.
Mr. O'Donnell made a motion to adjourn, Robert
Russell seconded. The president declared the meeting closed.
Members gave President Peterson a round of applause for
his dedicated service over the past year.
The meeting adjourned at 1:46 p.m.
July 2, 1999
President Peterson called the meeting to order at the
Orlando World Center Marriott at 10:05 am. Dorothy
Yocum gave the invocation, and the pledge to the Flag was
led by Robert Russell after which Mrs. Nellree Berger lead
the 281 members in singing "God Bless America." Mr.
Peterson introduced the past presidents in attendance.
Mr. Bill Wichman moved to accept the minutes of
June 4th Business meeting. It was seconded and passed.
Chuck Hummer moved to accept the financial statement as
read. It was seconded and passed. Financial statement
stands for audit.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Betty
Frassrand for her work as Lodging Chairperson and Mr.
Scott Peavey from the Marriott Hotel for his assistance over
the years. Mr. Peterson thanked the Society office staff,
Executive Board, Committee Chairpersons and their
committees for their support over the past year.
Mrs. Brundage, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator, thanked everyone for their work on making the
reunion a success. Mr. Roy Culbreth reported on outcome
of proposed bylaws and mentioned that the Articles of
Incorporation have not been modified since 1966 and should
be reexamined for changes. Mrs. Brundage presented
Barbara Peterson with a gift for helping with the reunion
computer work. She also thanked Richard "Pat" Beall,
Barbara Green and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis for their help
and expressed special appreciation to all volunteers.
Mrs. Jordan reported that 104 players took part in
the golf tournament and 126 attended the golf luncheon. The
winner of the golf men's division was J.D. Bryant and the
women's division was won by Margot Jordan.
Transportation Chairperson, Pete Foster, said that
59 Society members had reserved flights through Bowen-
Keppie. Ms. Rachel Baumgardt (New Jersey) won the
refund trip fare from her home port to Orlando.
Mr. Chuck Hummer, Executive Vice President for
the Panama Canal Society Foundation gave a short report on
the status of the museum. A shipment of artifacts and
memorabilia from the Canal Zone and Panama was received
and is in storage in St. Petersburg. Mr. Joe Wood, President
of the Foundation, presented a certificate to the Society for
their support of the museum project. He also thanked Pat
Beall and Barbara Green for their assistance and support.
Mr. Peterson read the letter from the Society welcoming the
Foundation as an Honorary Member of the Society. A
special certificate was presented to Mr. Peterson for a
donation made to the foundation from the Society on his
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Matt
Armistead and Bill McLaughlin for their Society support
on the internet; to Olga Disharoon for chairing Hospitality
for monthly meetings; OY Thomas and Associates for their
many years of service as official photographer of the Society;
Stella Boggs DeMarr for playing the accordion for business
meetings and society functions and for providing members
with transportation to attend meetings. Betty Frassrand was
presented a gift of appreciation for her work as Lodging
Chairperson and hotel contract coordinator for upcoming
reunions. The Distinguished Service Award was presented
to Barbara Green for her many years of service to the Society
and its members.
Mr. Peterson was presented with an acrylic shield
with the Society emblem for his work with the Society by his
three daughters.. Mrs. Brundage stated that it is customary
at the end of each president's term, to present a gift to the
outgoing president. Instead of accepting this gift for himself,
the Society donated $100 to the Foundation his name.
Betty Frassrand reported that we have signed
contracts with the Tampa Marriott Waterside for year 2000
through 2004, and thanked the board for their confidence in
appointing her to negotiate the contracts. As Chairperson of
the Nominating Committee, Ms. Frassrand thanked all her
committee members and announced the winners of the
election for officers 1999-2000. President Faith Brundage
(401 votes); 1st Vice President, Steve Nehring (373 votes);
2nd Vice President Darleen Hunt (305 votes); Directors--Bill
McLaughlin (411 votes); Chris Skeie (330 votes). A total
of 564 ballots were received. Mr. Peterson thanked Ms.
Frassrand and her committee for their hard work.
New Officers were sworn in by Mr. Peterson who
begin their term on August 1. Mrs, Brundage presented Mr.
Peterson with the Past President's plaque on behalf of the
James O'Donnell made a motion to destroy the
ballots; Dorothy Yocum seconded. Ms. Frassrand will
destroy the ballots. Ms. Lizette Gutierrez and Ms. Paula
Re, from COPA Airlines presented grand prize round trip
airline tickets to Panama to the winners of the drawing,
Charlie Howe and Robert Wheeler
Door prizes were award throughout the meeting. the
meeting adjourned at 12:20 PM.
Roosevelt Medal Descendants
Roosevelt Medal Descendants, legally constituted in Panama
as a not-for-profit civic organization, exists for the following
a. To preserve the memory of American citizens who were
engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal and
who, for their noble effort were awarded the Roosevelt
Medal by the President of the United States.
b. To establish an association of descendants of Roosevelt
Medal recipients to promote civic and cultural activities
designed to honor the contribution of their forbears in the
construction of the Panama Canal.
c. To encourage research and investigation related to the role
of Roosevelt Medal recipients in the creation of the
d. To disseminate information and to conduct public
ceremonies to ensure that the historic achievement of
Roosevelt Medal recipients are not forgotten.
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS assemble at the
Panama Canal on or about August 15 every year to pay
tribute to the United'States citizens in the building of the
All direct descendants of the Roosevelt Medal recipients are
eligible to apply for membership in ROOSEVELT MEDAL
P.O. Box 3344 Balboa-Ancon
Rep. of Panama
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Chairperson: Muriel Whitman
December 11, 1999
Clearwater, Florida 34622
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. annual Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Select located
at 3535 Ulmerton Road, Florida on Saturday, December 11, 1999.
Drinks will be available from 11:00 a.m. with a bar set up in the room where the luncheon will be held. The Luncheon
and Monthly Meeting at 12:00 Noon.
The cost of the Luncheon will be $16.00 per person, and this includes the tax and gratuities. Monday, November 29,
1999 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Honey Grilled
Chicken Garden Salad, Boneless Char-Broiled Breast of
Chicken marinated in a Tangy Bland of Honey, Dijon and HOW TO GET THERE -
Our Chefs Own Secret Herbs and Spices, Rice, Medley of
vegetables, Rolls and Butter, Iced Tea & Coffee Dessert.
London Broil Garden Salad, Thinly sliced London
Broil topped with Mushroom Sauce, Potato Medley of
Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Dessert, Ice Tea & Coffee Roet St. Petersburg/ ,,
When filling out the Reservation Form, be sure to 6) learwater Airport
list who you would like to sit with. Tables will be set for o
eight. Also, please indicate your choice of Honey Grilled
We 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 11, 1999. MARK
YOUR CALENDARS NOW. It is not too early to make your \ I
Questions? call Muriel Whitman, at (727) 544-0214.
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 11, 1999
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Member Name: Telephone Number:
Please make Reservations at $16.00 each. Total enclosed
Please indicate preference: Honey Grilled Chicken London Broil
Names of Guests: (Please print)
Please make checks payable to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to: The Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
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PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
October 2, 1999
The Annual Picnic will be
held on October 2, 1999, at the Lake
Seminole Park, located at 10015
Park Blvd., Seminole, from 10:00
S a.m. until?. Shelter #13 has been
,L y reserved for the Society.
SThis year's picnic will be
hosted by Steve Nehring,
Chairperson, and his committee.
Plans include providing
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and drinks
free of charge. Cover dishes and desserts are optional, but
will be appreciated.
Plans also include Softball, Horseshoes, and Bingo. The
shelter is near the bike/skate path and the boat ramp for those
who want to skate or bike.
Directions from 1-275 Southbound from Tampa: Take
Exit 15, go West on Park Blvd. Those Northbound from
Sarasota, take Exit 15 and go west onto Park Blvd.,
approximately 3-4 miles with the park on the right side of the
Please don't feed the alligators. Hope to see you there.
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Panama Canal announces contest
to design monument honoring
The Panama Canal Commission announces it will be
receiving proposals for the design of a monument to honor
the workers who built the Panama Canal, to be unveiled in
the context of ceremonies commemorating the transfer of the
Canal to the Republic of Panama. The winning design will be
awarded a cash prize of $10,000, and special recognition
during one of the formal ceremonies of the transfer.,
A panel of judges appointed by the PCC will
evaluate the proposals and select a winner. The designs will
be evaluated on the basis of originality, constructability,
recognition of the Canal as one of the foremost engineering
undertakings of the 20th century, and on its strength as a
catalyst of national pride. The monument will become the
centerpiece of a memorial park dedicated to all that
contributed to make the Canal a reality. The Vasco Nufiez de
Balboa monument on Balboa Avenue and the Goethals
Memorial in Balboa provide good examples of the desired
spirit of the monument and its envisioned scope.
The memorial park will be located on a parcel of
land on the east bank of the Canal, overlooking the
Miraflores Locks. The PCC's Engineering Division will
design the landscaping, an access path, and improvements to
the parking and other area facilities. A monument footprint
not to exceed 6 meters x 6 meters is recommended. However,
if a particular submission requires other dimensions that are
compatible with the topography of the area, they will be
considered. The PCC will provide potable water and
electricity to the site, and designs may incorporate all such
installations. A drawing provided by the PCC will indicate
the desired location of the monument within the park.
The contest is open to all residents of the Republic
of Panama, including PCC employees.
Contestants must submit their entries by 4:15 p.m.
on August 1, 1999, in the Public Relations Division, Office
100, PCC Administration Building, in Balboa. The winner
will be announced on August 15, 1999. Contestants shall
submit their entries in a sealed envelope, identified only by
a pseudonym. They should be submitted as best they
represent the artist's concept, with detailed drawings that
must additionally indicate the materials, colors, and finishes
intended to use. The presentation of a mock-up, in addition
to the drawings is accepted. but not required. The participants
name, address, and other information must be submitted in a
separately sealed envelope identified by the pseudonym on
Once the winner is announced, he or she will be
obligated to go over the drawings with the PCC Engineering
Division to make sure the monument meets all the required
technical, structural and construction standards and to define
finish, etc. The construction of the monument must be
completed before December 1, 1999.
The winning design will become the property of the
PCC and may be modified by the PCC to facilitate
construction or for other reasons.
The Panama Spillway
June 18, 1999
Retiree completes Parkinson's
awareness cross-country bike
By Ariyuri H. de Mantovani
Last March 3, Wallace Teal, a retired fire chief at
the Panama Canal Commission, started a 3,174-mile long
bicycle journey across the United States. Although the bike
tour with pedaling partner Donna Kos allowed them to see
a great deal of the United States, its aim was to disseminate
information about Parkinson's disease, to allow more people
to understand it and how serious a disease it is. Both Teal
and Kos lost loved ones to this disease.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive illness of the
nervous system that generally appears in old age and whose
causes are yet unknown. The disease is named after British
physician James Parkinson, who wrote a treatise on the
disease in 1817. Symptoms include tremors, which are more
evident when the body is at rest; rigidity; loss of balance and
difficulty of motion due to the combination of symptoms.
Teal began the cross country race in Loma Linda
Medical Center in California, where his deceased wife, Janet
Johnston, who suffered from the disease, had undergone
brain surgery before to improve her quality of life by
alleviating both the rigidity and the pain.
For the race, Teal and Kos symbolically used the
blue and gold colors of the former Cristobal High School,
where Janet Johnston was a teacher until the illness forced
her to retire. Teal had first used the colors in 1997 when he
organized a bicycle fun race in Panama to raise funds for
Parkinson's research. The fact that the national Parkinson's
Foundation officially adopted these colors for its awareness
campaign meant a great deal to Teal.
Along the way, many people supported Teal's and
Kos' cause. Some put them up in their own homes. Others
organized meetings where the riders could share experiences
about Parkinson's. They received recognition in five cities
and offered interviews to three television stations, two
medical journals, and several radio stations. Additionally,
they participated in the dedication of the Muhammad Ali
Parkinson's Research Center, in Phoenix, Arizona, where
they presented two T-shirts with the logo and colors of the
race to the former heavyweight champion, who also suffers
from Parkinson's disease.
Many people joined the race as it made its way
across the country. One was Bobby Gonzalez, the fastest
bicycle racer in Texas, who welcomed them and joined the
race in El Paso, Texas. A 12 year-old boy rode with them for
18 miles to honor his grandfather and a five year-old raced
two miles for his great-uncle. It turned out later that both
boys were riding to honor the same man. When the race
arrived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a fire truck provided
them an escort for eight miles from the entrance of town.
"I believe that people are more aware about
Parkinson's disease, especially the kids," said Teal. Thanks
to their teachers, more than 800 children followed Teal's race
on the Internet. "Two schools that are very important to me
participated in this crusade: the Curundu and Howard AFB
elementary schools in Panama," said Teal., adding that he
will send certificates to every child who supported the race.
Teal and Kos completed their crusade at 1 p.m. on
May 7, in St. Augustine, Florida, where a crowd of
supporters greeted them. "I had never attempted anything like
this. In the beginning I was worried I would not be able to
finish the race, if I got hurt or had a fall that prevented me
from finishing. But when day six arrived, I told myself that
nothing was going to stop me," said Teal, thanking everyone
for the support received.
The Panama Canal Spillway
June 18, 1999
Panama Canal College
installations transfer to R.P.
By M. Gabriela Guardia Noiran
After 66 years of operation, the Panama Canal
College ceased to exist, and its installations were transferred
to the Republic of Panama in accordance with the Torrijos-
Carter Treaties. Its last and historic graduation took place
yesterday, May 20, in the Balboa High School auditorium.
The College, as it was better known, came into
being during the 1930's and the great Depression, when civil
organizations and parents advocated the need for college
courses in the former Panama Canal Zone. Their insistence
on creating a college in Panama stemmed from financial
difficulties involved in sending children abroad for college
and the shortage of jobs locally.
The Canal Zone Junior College was inaugurated on
September 26, 1933, by Canal Zone Governor Julian L.
Schley. In his opening speech, Schley said the goal of the
new institution was to become an instrument of international
friendship. "While this Junior College is established
primarily for the sons and daughters of our employees, we
have considered it desirable to open its doors to the sons and
daughters of our neighbors." he said.
The newly constructed Balboa High School annex that
was to be occupied by the Canal Zone Junior College
until 1963, before it moved to its permanent campus in
The permanent campus in La Boca of the Canal Zone
The College was the first institution of higher
learning to exist in Panama, followed by the founding of the
University of Panama in 1935. Of its first 65 students, only
two were Panamanian. Later, not only did Panamanian
student enrollment increase, but also enrollments by students
from all over Latin America and the world.
After completing their two-year curriculum in 1935,
twenty-one students became the college's first graduating
class. Guillermo Mendez, who was a member of the first
class and presently serves as president of the alumni
association, recalls that the first graduating class left as a
legacy a bronze plaque with their names inscribed on it that
was on display at the college for over six decades. "This
year, the alumni decided to donate it (the plaque) to the
Interoceanic Canal Museum to keep the name of our alma
mater alive." he said.
With time, the name of the college underwent
changes. In 1963, the word "junior" was dropped, and it
officially became the Canal Zone College. And other changes
followed. When the Torrijos-Carter Treaties entered into
effect on October 1, 1979, the college's name was changed
to the final version, Panama Canal College.
On June 4 this year, another important event will
take place when the keys of the Panama Canal College will
be handed over to Panama's Interoceanic Region Authority
(ARI). ARI will in turn transfer the installations to the City
of Knowledge Foundation, which on May 7 signed an
agreement with the Florida State University whereby FSU
accepts a commitment to continue and supplement course
offerings and open its doors to students of all nations ,
following Schley's dream.
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 21, 1999
Over 30,000 passengers come
ashore from cruise liners
anchored in Gatun Lake
On January 28t, 1998, a historic visit was made to
Gatun Lake by Premier Cruises passenger vessel
Oceanbreeze. Once anchored, some 348 passengers
disembarked for various tours and to experience an
entertaining day at Gatun Yacht Club (GYC). Since that
historic day last year, over 30,000 visitors from passenger
vessels have disembarked in the lake and enjoyed their day
at GYC. Nearly 4,000 have sailed down the famous Chagres
River and afterwards entered the rain forest on especially
prepared trails to see monkeys, etc. Over 5,000 have visited
Fort San Lorenzo and another walk in the jungle close to the
fort. Nearly 2,500 have taken exhilarating helicopter flights
either to see the Canal/Panama City and the Pacific Ocean
(and the Atlantic Ocean at the same time) or over the Atlantic
entrance of the Canal, Fort San Lorenzo and then a flight up
the Chagres river, at tree top height! Other flights take the
passengers down the Atlantic coast to Nombre De Dios and
then return through the mountains and finally a low level
pass around the Gatun Lake islands before returning to base
At the GYC passengers are entertained by various
singers, musical groups including a calypso band and
folkloric dancers, both adults and children. Embera Indians
are also there to add color and to dance for the guests. All
day passengers may indulge in free Panama beer, sodas,
coffee, ice cream, fresh fruits and pick-ups. they may also
buy souvenirs and when there are no alligators around, they
may swim in the Panama Canal. Free visits to locks and
nature are also arranged by the GYC. Other tours now being
offered are to Portobello, a bus ride around some of the
former Canal Zone housing and military areas, and a Bird
and Nature walk into the rain forest guided by one of the
leading ornithologists in Panama.
Since Premier Cruises pioneered this highly
successful call at GYC, Regal Cruise Lines have made
several calls and recently Holland America Line made a
"test" call with their vessel the Noordam. This latter visit was
also highly successful and thoroughly enjoyed by 800
passengers who came ashore. Costa Cruise Line have now
confirmed their calls at GYC next year and Thomson
Holidays from the UK are also looking into making several
calls next season. Other major cruise lines are now
This program has been very successful for many
reasons apart from the enjoyment experienced by the cruise
ship passengers. It has generated over 80 new jobs,
desperately needed in the city of Colon. It has further added
to the economies of such companies as Cerveza Panama,
Estrella Azul, Coca Cola, El Rey and various vendors in the
Colon market. Many artesian suppliers have also benefitted
from the program like T-Shirt Interamerica, My Name Is
Panama, and many artefact vendors in Panama. Boats and
buses, all IPAT approved, together with expert guides
supplied by Nattur Panama S.A., have all helped to safely
guide the visitors around the Atlantic entrance to the Panama
Canal. Helipan SA have also provided superb and
uninterrupted helicopter service to thousands of passengers.
It is hoped that this small, yet historic and highly successful
prqiram will be the catalyst to bring many more cruise ships
into our country and to various destinations. The program
was prepared and operated jointly by C. Fernie & Co. as
Ship's Agent and Agencias Blok SA as Tour Operator. IPAT
have also been of great assistance in making it so successful.
May 7, 1999
This is/was an historic venture which has turned out
to be a great success and now we have Radisson, Holland
America, Regal Cruises and Costa all making several calls
next season (Nov/April 1999/2000) thus members of the
Society may like to consider a cruise down to visit their old
Fax (507) 441-4168
July 23, 1999
Time's up for Panama high
BALBOA, Panama (AP) After Balboa High
School seniors walk across the bright green grass and out
into their futures this weekend, it will be more than just the
class of '99 that will be gone. It will be a way of life.
The mix of English and Spanish bouncing off the
walls of the crowded corridors will fall silent. There will be
no more lunchtime sprints for quick meals of rice and "ropa
vieja" a savory Panamanian dish of shredded beef with a
name meaning "old clothes."
The last of the teens who've enlivened Balboa High
since 1916 will pack up with their parents mostly U.S.
military personnel, civilian base workers or employees of the
U.S. government's Panama Canal Commission who are
leaving Panama this year.
On December 31, the United States turns the Canal
over to Panama, ending a relationship between the two
countries that began with Panama's birth as a nation in 1903.
The students will leave their lives on Panama's
military bases or in the lush "Canal Zone" and move to new
homes many to the United States. They say they will miss
the mix of American Caribbean and Latin American cultures
they found in Panama.
Most of Balboa's 525 students are bilingual. Rap-
flavored reggae in Spanish is the music of choice. Friends
follow the Latin custom of greeting each other with a kiss on
A group of"Zonian" seniors hanging out in the gym
of the U.S. Defense Department School wonders how they
will adapt to being Americans living in the United States for
the first time.
They worry about a U.S. society they see as
materialistic, plagued by drug use and violence, stressed by
expressway commutes and uptight compared to the beach-
oriented, close knit culture they've enjoyed.
Co-valedictorian Steve Bowman, who plans to
attend the University of Virginia in the fall, said one of the
main reasons is "to find out if I can live in the United States."
Like many "Zonians," bowman admits he's had it
pretty good. A nice home only steps away from Balboa High.
A housekeeper to free him from chores. Surfing on the week-
Asked whether he was deprived of anything by
going to school in Panama, Bowman said no, then
reconsidered. "Well, it deprives me of a few things crime,
having to go through metal detectors," he said. "We don't
have fights. We don't have drug problems. We do not have
the things like what happened in Littleton, Colorado."
The April slaughter-suicide that killed 15 shocked
Balboa teens, not only for its violence but for the idea that it
could happen at all. Students here said they know each other
so well many from infancy that either they or their
teachers notice when one of them is acting strangely.
Cliques are based on not so much on race or
interests but on where kids live: Howard Air Force Base, Ft
Clayton, the "Zone." There is nothing in Balboa that would
pass for a gang, students agree.
Even the idea of teen rebellion is foreign to many.
Latin culture puts heavy emphasis on respect for the family,
especially for one's mother.
"If I disrespect my mom it's just something you
don't do," 17-year old Ed Sail said.
Others added that teens and adults in the United
States would get along better if teens were given a little more
Panama's legal drinking age is 18, and even that is
"I believe the problem in the States is since they
have the drinking age so high they want to find out: 'Oh,
what the big deal about drinking?'" said 18-year-old Eddie
Diaz. Families in Panama expose teens to alcohol at an
earlier age, "so you know what it's about."
Going to Panama City nightclubs is a big part of the
social scene for many Balboa students.
Some joke that oddly enough, the song chosen to
represent the Class of '99 is Semisonic's "Closing Time,"
about the closing of a bar.
Authorized for reprint by
Daytona News Journal
May 15, 1999
Retiree prepares for Animal
By Carolyn Mitchell, freelance writer.
Vivian L. Williams, who retired from the Panama
Canal Commsiion as a marine traffic controller in 1990, is
planning initiatives on behalf of animals in her native home
of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Williams recently spent a week at Best Freinds
Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, attending a seminar on
starting an animal shelter. With over 1,800 formerly abused
and abandoned animals, Best Friends is the largest sanctuary
for domestic animals in the U.S.
"I have always been interested in animals and
shocked at the inhumane treatment they receive all over the
world," says Williams, who was born in Montevideo, grew
up in Buenos Aires and lived in Panama for 22 years. In
1990, she returned to Montevideo.
Williams hopes to establish an animal adoption
program there and to work for passage of animal welfare
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
WHERE ARE YOU?
MISSING OF CHS 1940
Albritton, Carrie Nitto, Ethel
Badgely, Jean Oswald, Peggy
Bailey, Josephine Randles, Ruth
Brennan, Dorothy Raymond, Jean
Brown, Mary Pat Stroop, Rose Margaret
Casey, Sarah Frances Attia, Isaac
Drenan, Evelyn Caries, Andres
Grabhorn, Jean Crandall, John
Taylor, Mary Alice Coffin, James
House, Helen Fernandez, Robert
Tuthill, Anna Frances White
Please advise either of the committee members listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those above.
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY -
WHERE ARE YOU?
The BIG BHS Class of 1950 50th Reunion in the year 2000
committee has still not been able to contact or account for its
classmates. Below is the latest list of those missing:
Blanca I. Alejandro
Manuel Jose Berrocal
Iva Jean Bolin
Eleanor Jane Buel
Richard E. Burns
Jorge J. Calvo
Elsa Lee Chang
Emma Jean Clement
Joe W. Crawford
Herman R. Davila
Carlos U. deGracia
Fred A. Durling Jr
George Keith Ford.
Irma R. Hernandez
Egbert C. Jones Jr.
Kenneth J. Kadock
Carol Ann Kepford
K. Keith Kreth
Robert Gene Leggit
Barbara A. Woods
Pedro Moreno, Jr.
Dorothy L. Netcel
John E. Nixon
Katherine A. Ward
Ruth T. Warren
Louis Williams Jr
Perry R. Young
Barbara G. Golden
If you know the addresses of the above classmates, or if they
have passed on please let us know. Thanks.
Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS Class 1950 Reunion 9770 S.W. 198th Circle
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21-E Dunnellon, FL
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 34431-4149
(409)564-0620 Fax (409)569-2514 (352) 489-3887
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of William
Lierman please contact Helen McKeown Ledgerwood at
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
THE END OF AN ERA
THE LAST DAY OF
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
I stood in the center of my totally empty room, 204.
I stood quietly, squarely in the middle, with nothing in my
room except the wall to wall blue rug on which my feet
rested. Not a desk, not a cabinet, trash can, or chair remained.
Even the Stars and Stripes had been removed. As I turned in
a slow circle right where I stood, looking at the bare walls,
the floodgates of my memory burst and I was overwhelmed
with myriad thoughts. Twenty-seven years have a way of
indelibly imprinting upon your psyche subtle nuances which
make the places and buildings, the events and the activities,
become as much as a part of you as the muscles and sinew
and fiber which hold you together. Dances, athletic events,
club meetings, concerts, and graduations, all intrinsic
experiences which occurred at BHS, as they do in all schools,
came to me in torrents.
Yet as I stood lost in thought, what impacted me the
most were images of students. It has been the students that
have given BHS its uniqueness. Our students are different.
Primarily, they are American by birth, having grown up in
homes no different from any in the United States. They have
also taken from the Panamanian culture the zest for life, the
joy of partying, a genuine appreciation of nature and all that
it offers, and a laid back approach to life that, especially for
a teacher, at times was frustrating. Nevertheless, it did
bestow on them a charm and magnetism which set them apart
from their peers in the United States.
This blending of two cultures has in effect produced
a hybrid which neither one culture nor the other, Panamanian
nor American, can fully understand. Their outlook on things
was different. The students were fond of their teachers,
befriending many. Wholesome and good relationships were
developed, lasting far beyond graduation and family and
career. As a whole, they were respectful and considerate,
willing to please.
I am realist, however, and fully understand, perhaps
better than most due to my daily interaction with kids in the
classroom, the innate rebellion of youth, the strong-willed
assertion of self. This is standard fare for youth worldwide.
These also made up part of our student body at BHS.
Yet, BHS is different, it is unique in ways that can
only be attained as a result of generation after generation
living the "extended family" atmosphere a hallmark of life
in the Zone. Today, the internet has ushered Panama into the
21"s Century. There was a time prior to the net when it was
common knowledge that Panama, and as a result the Zone,
was "behind the times". In retrospect, however, what was
then considered a drawback, in reality was a blessing in
disguise. Panama did not have the huge malls or the arcades,
both of which vie for the attention of all youth. Instead, kids
here had only the school and community. BHS was a place
where lasting friendships were engendered and nurtured.
School became more than a place where kids went to be told
what to do. It was a good place to be; it cared about them; it
was their school. And newcomers, kids who transferred in
from other schools, also felt these differences.
I stood there thinking these and myriad other
thoughts. I thought about how much it has meant to me to be
able to teach in the school where my father and uncles
attended. The school where my wife was a cheerleader and
Homecoming Princess and Prom Queen. The school where
my oldest son was Junior Class President and football team
quarterback, where my second son was on the Prom Court,
voted Cutest Couple along with his girlfriend by the Senior
Class, and standout midfielder on the Bulldog soccer team.
The school where I played football and basketball and fell in
love and formed life-long friendships and touched the lives
of literally thousands of students who in turn, and more
importantly, touched my life in a way that I will never forget!
And I wept.
OBSERVATION OF '99
Just a letter to tell you about our FINAL
GRADUATION at Balboa High School! Thankfully, it
didn't rain and it was cool until about 8:45 a.m.. The stage
was the most beautiful ever with drapes of blue and white
material hanging as a backdrop. Ken Waugh (the Senior
class sponsor and US Government teacher at BHS) saw the
idea in a Spiegel catalog and duplicated the rounded draped
sham on the top of the building. Draped blue and white
material was hanging from classroom windows on the third
floor down to the lawn. (Note: For those of you who may
not know, the graduation exercise was held on the front lawn
of BHS, where the flagpole and the bust of Vasco Nunez de
Balboa used to stand.) That was most impressive!
Alumni begin seating under class year placards. Photo
by Lou Seldon.
The last Balboa High School Graduation Class of '99
on May 15, the front lawn, showing graduates, stage,
and alumni signs for those classes attending.
The Class of '99 sign was in huge white styrofoam
on the royal blue covered wood, on the railing outside the
library. Ken had saved the last 4-5 years of graduation logos
and mounted them on the lawn beside the front steps. There
was $3000 worth of bright blue carpet on the stage. The
brass plaque (that used to be imbedded in the terracota tile
outside the main office) was shined up and mounted on a
royal blue felt board above the stage right below the Class of
'99 letters. There were 3000 folding chairs and a semi-circle
of bleachers in the back for general seating. Two VIP
sections on either side of the lawn were available to current
and former school principals and other dignitaries. The 150
graduates were seated in two sections directly in front of the
stage. Ken had made signs for each year that alumni would
be present. They were posted along the alumni seating
section. We taped each alumnus' NAME and YEAR they
graduated onto 800 white folding chairs...(rented at 50 cents
each!). When the name callers read the alumni year, a BHS
student volunteer carried the sign and placed it in the ground
in front of the stage, so by the end of the ceremony there
were signs from 1933 to 1998 posted in a single row. It was
such a clever idea and looked beautiful.
A class representative from each year walked up
onto the stage and received an envelop of certificates for
each alumni in attendance and a DoDDS graduation
certificate as well as a special "you attended the final BHS
graduation" certificate. A gold plated coin with a profile of
the head of Balboa on one side and the Balboa High School
seal on the other was also given to each alumnus.
Remember those flags that hung in the Amador
Officers' Club? Well, Ken got those from the Rodman gym
(which is now closed) and we put those around the fence and
the around the school. That looked so cool, too!
Spectators and alumni gather in front of Balboa High
School for the final graduation ceremonies held May
15, 1999. Photo by Lou Seldon.
Steve Bowman and Emily Duffus were the co-
valedictorians and both gave excellent speeches. General
Kensinger gave an address to the graduates and Dr. James
Wolf, the former Director of the Department of Defense
Dependents Schools spoke to the alumni. Dr. Renz from the
Office of Dependents Education in Washington and Dr.Ruth
Russell, the current Superintendent of DoDDS-Panama,
presented the diplomas. The new US Ambassador to Panama
was present, but he chose not to speak; he only wanted to
participate in the ceremony. He seems to be a real down-to-
earth person. He wore a short sleeved guayabera while Dr.
Wolf and the Principal, Mr.Tom Price, were in suits!
There was a row of three coca-cola tents way over
on the right side of the front lawn across from the Industrial
Arts building, with student volunteers handing out free Coke
and Sprite. We had 90 underclassmen volunteers wearing
specially made Red BHS graduation shirts--all of us (faculty
and staff) who "worked" at graduation received a free shirt
also! The media coverage included CNN and the Canadian
Broadcast Network and all the Panama news cameras. CNN
interviewed four BHS Junior class members (Class of 2000)
and they plan to track them next year and report on where
they go and what they do when they leave BHS. Special gifts
were given to the oldest and the youngest graduate in
attendance at the graduation. Corinne Boyer, who just
turned 17 was the youngest and gifts were presented to Paula
Baca, former BHS student and current computer teacher at
BHS and Ken Waugh for all their hard work. Paula is our
"web-master" and kept track of the 800 alumni who sent in
their names. She also printed up the certificates, along with
Marietta Staha, an office worker. Rich Gamble, made up
beautiful tickets for the alumni, parents, graduates and VIP's.
The Panama Canal Commission printed the 30 page
program. Paula Baca and Dave Young (former graduate of
BHS and current Art teacher at BHS) designed it. Dave's
t-shirt logo was used on stage. It was Balboa's head with the
Panamanian flag and map of Panama behind it, shaped in a
crest, like a police badge.
The teachers enjoyed bagels, juice and mimosas
afterwards in the Teachers' Lounge; then there was the
Alumni Brunch at the Clayton O'Club with tons of vendors
selling Panama and BHS memorabilia. Wish you all could
have been here. It wasn't the same without you!
Melanie (Trim) Bales
BHS Graduate and BHS Teacher
Rick Williams, Tom Price, BHS Principal, and Louis
Husted, English teacher, with the plaque in front of
the Balboa High School.
L-R: Tom Price, Principal of Balboa High School and
Billy McGann with the plaque from the hallway of
Balboa High School.
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Distinguished guests, faculty, alumni and
classmates. Today is a truly momentous occasion. One
hundred and fifty three careers are beginning, and an era is
ending. In my view, Balboa High School has long stood as
a symbol of ambition that was realized on August 15, 1914
when the SS Ancon made the first Canal transit. However,
even before the first toll was collected, an institution for
secondary education was founded to prepare the children of
those few canal workers for the rigors of reality. Judging by
the success of the many alumni present, that ambitious
vision has also been realized. For the class of 1999, our time
In a way, we are like the Canal that brought us
together. Our time here is short, transient and regimented
just like a ship's transit. All ships have different origins and
destinations, but share the same path, just like us. Most
importantly, ships have precious cargo inside them that will
be used somewhere, someday, such as the knowledge that
each of us carries with us today and for the rest of our lives.
As students and members of the class of 1999, we must
acknowledge one key truth. We are merely containers of
personality, intellect and achievement that were filled at one
port, measured and monitored along the way and now must
Fortunately, as a class we are prepared for the seas
and tides that lie ahead. Our teachers taught us well; we are
a united class and the culture inherent in being schooled
abroad---a sort of worldliness--has given us a huge advantage
over other graduates. We may have to modify our behavior,
such as walking out of Mr. Ame's class or sleeping in Ms.
Sosa's, but we will succeed in the end. Another comforting
fact is that we have the support of our parents, our tightly
knit communities, each other, and of course, thousands of
alumni, at least 900 of whom are present today. If that isn't
enough, then we shall bet on the luck and good karma caused
by the end of a millennium. Either way, as Wu-tang puts it:
"we shall triumph."
As a class, we look to the future with eager,
optimistic eyes. To the faculty, especially our principal, Mr
Price, and our senior class sponsor, Mr. Waugh, we
appreciate your help, fairness and dedication throughout
these past four, arduous but pleasurable years. On behalf of
my class, we are grateful to have been a part of Balboa High
School and its rich history. I'm sure I speak for all when I
say that I am deeply saddened to see it go, but at least its
spirit will live on through all who've attended or simply
gazed at its elegant architecture. I wish the best to all present
and to Balboa High School, gracias por los recuerdos.
Steven M. Bowman
BHS Class of 1999
Good morning to you all. Graduations everywhere
are inherently emotionally-charged, memorable occasions,
but today at Balboa High School, the awesome significance
of our own event almost overwhelms us! There is an
intricate, exciting multitude of blessings to be shared by all
of us gathered here this morning.
For some of you, your ties to BHS have been brief,
yet extremely meaningful. Nevertheless, for others, such as
myself, your family history has been deeply rooted here,
perhaps back to the 1950s as when my grandparents came to
Panama, or to the '60s and '70s when my grandmother taught
in our school system, or to thirty years ago when my father
received his BHS diploma, or to the present time where some
of you have been my mother's students in our school. At this
point I could easily be tempted to lament the fact that now
my sister will not have the opportunity this fall to be a
freshman at Balboa, but I refuse to give in to melancholy
because here at the Crossroads of the World we are all,
students, families, and faculty alike, being forced to focus on
the future. There is life after Balboa High School and the
former Canal Zone! It is a formidable, character-building and
perhaps undesirable challenge, uncomfortable to many, but
to quote the book of Mark, Chapter 9, verse 23, "Anything is
possible if you have faith.
We must now step out in faith, taking our rich
heritage with us in order to share our unique experiences
wherever we are destined to go and are we all going places!
Just look at the four of us seniors who have the honor and
privilege of addressing you now: Jackie Barnash will be on
the West Coast, Stephanie Herrera is going to Texas, Steve
Bowman's plans are in Virginia, and I am becoming a New
Englander. May we all strive to be successful in making a
positive impact in our distant new settings. After all, we are
well equipped to do so, having been educated in an
atmosphere exuding not only proud tradition, but also
innovation, quality, diversity, and open mindedness.
Here on Roosevelt Avenue, it is only fitting to take
note not only of President Theodore Roosevelt's influence on
our Panama Canal past, but also on his words of wisdom for
our future. He said, "The most important single ingredient in
the formula of success is knowing how to get along with
people." Surely the best way to accomplish this is to focus on
our future confidently, yet unselfishly. Let us shake off the
stereotype of the me-centered "X" generation by embracing
the ambitious opportunities ahead which will benefit not only
us, but others too, while at the same time generously and
humbly giving of ourselves in the process. Often when we
serve others without expectation of reward, we then truly
find ourselves achieving success while simultaneously being
blessed immeasurably, having acquired a newfound maturity
and sense of self as a result of our efforts. I encourage the
Class of '99 to be visionaries who are compassionately
service-oriented, keenly aware of other's needs. I close now
by echoing the simple advice of John Wesley:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you can.
With this as our action plan, the spirit of Balboa
High School will most assuredly live on. I sincerely thank
you for your kind attention. Classmates, please know that you
are ever in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you in
our days ahead.
L-R: Margaret Kuhn Morales, Betty Comley
Forgeson, Katherine Adams Lessiack, some of the
many who returned for the final ceremonies.
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1999 REUNION COORDINATOR'S
The 1999 Reunion was held in Orlando at the
Orlando Marriott World Center Resort. From all reports
everyone themselves and will be looking forward to the 2000
Reunion which will be held at the new Tampa Marriott
I would like to thank the following Chairpersons
and their committees for all their hard work: Hotel and
Lodging, Betty Frassrand; Registration, Bob and Carolyn
Johnson; Panazonian Dance and Ball, Rupert Turner;
Luncheon, Muriel Whitman; Vendors, Steve Nehring;
Disco Dances, Michael Smith; BHS/CHS Thursday Night
Disco Dance, Betty Frassrand and Jacque Vowell;
Information/Hospitality, Pat Beall; Security, Roy Culbreth;
Class & Mini-Reunions, Paul Rozmeski; Transportation,
Pete Foster; Golf Tournament, Margot and Hubert
Jordan; Despedida, Olga Disharoon; Bingo, Jim
O'Donnell. This Reunion was a success due to their
dedication and efforts.
Faith Brundage, President-elect, with Jayne Bennett,
Marriott Hotel Convention Manager on left, and Nector
Collazo, Marriott Hotel Catering Manager on right.
I would be remiss if I did not give a big THANK
YOU to Barbara Peterson who came to the office every
week to post reunion requests in the computer. Our
Secretary/Treasurer, Barbara Green, Canal Record Editor,
Pat Beall, Office Assistant, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and
President Tom Peterson were all there when I needed help.
These folks are the greatest!
In this issue of the Canal Record you will find
reports from the chairpersons who will give you more details
of each of the activities.
I would like to thank all the vendors who donated
door prizes for the annual meeting. Your generosity was
The Reunion Chairperson for 2000 is Robert
Johnson I ask that you support him and all the
chairpersons for our next Reunion. I enjoyed serving you as
the 1999 Reunion Coordinator and I look forward to seeing
you at more of our society functions throughout the year.
1999 Reunion Coordinator
20th CHAGRES INVITATIONAL
It was my pleasure to again host our annual golf
tournament held on July 1, 1999 at the beautiful new Hawks
Landing Course at the Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel.
After a very wet Wednesday evening we were greeted
with a gorgeous golf day on Thursday where 104 golfers
enjoyed the day. We changed the format by playing a point
system and everyone seemed to be happy with how quickly
we all finished. Afterwards, all the golfers and their guests
enjoyed a typical "Fourth of July" feast consisting of fried
chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, corn and apple
Margot and Hubert Jordan, Co-chairpersons of the
tournament, along with Roy and Milla Culbreth, Anna
Collins, and Donna Smith, all committee members, spent
the day checking in players, decorating the tables, and setting
up prizes to be given to the winners.
I would like to recognize all those who donated gifts as
our door prizes. Mike Smith (from Georgia) donated two
homemade putters, He restores clubs and gives them away as
a hobby, so if you have any to donate, contact him directly.
Jane Huldtquist brought various golf gifts along with two
beautiful crystal candy dishes which were won for Closest to
the Pin by Sandy Rose and Jim Nourse. Mr. and Mrs.
Norman Demers donated several sets of drinking glasses,
and Woody Woodruff, although not present, still sent
peanuts from Dothan, along with golf balls, umbrellas, and
shirts. We all missed him and hope he will be able to join us
next year. Others who donated were the Jordans, Ralph
Furlong, Mike Smith, Pat Beall and Charlie Leves.
Champions this year were Margot Jordan and J.B.
Bryant. The Fred Huldtquist Trophy was presented
together with two wooden golf statues.
The following are the winners by flights:
Flight "A", Men: 1st: John Nickisher, 2nd: Tom Nickisher,
3rd: Arthur Egger, 4th. Jim Nourse, 5th: Kevin Barsness,
6th: Rory Summers.
Ladies Flight: 1st: Carol Falasca, 2nd: Karen Mescall, 3rd:
Louise Murphy, 4th: Margarite Windle, 5th: Maurie
Moore, 6th: Maureen Whitlock.
Flight "B", Men: 1st: Marc Stock, 2nd: Raymond Ubben,
3rd: Frank Anderson, 4th: Mike Smith, 5th: John
Dunham, 6th: Tom Wilder.
Flight "C", Men: 1st: Bob Askew, 2nd: Mac Lane, 3rd:
John Morris, 4th: Ray Bierbaum, 5th: Max Sanders 6th:
Flight "D", Men: 1st: Louis Dedeaux, 2nd: Jim Riley, 3rd:
Al Neckar, 4th: Hubert Jordan, 5th: Jim Orvis, 6th: John
It ha- been my pleasure to run this tournament and in so
doing I have had so much fun and have met so many new
friends. Thanks to everyone who has supported this
tournament, and me as Chairperson. See you next year in
1999 Golf Chairperson
(1)1999 Champions Margot Jordan and J.D. Bryant. (2) 1st Place winners: Louis Dedeaux, John Nickisher,
Carol Falasca, Bob Askew, Mark Stock. (3) Mac Lane, Jim Riley, Karen Mescal, Tom Nickisher, Raymond
Ubben. (4) Art Egger, Louise Murphey, John Morris, Frank Anderson, Al Neckar.
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(1) Mike Smith, Margarite Wendel, Jim Nourse, John Morris for Ray Bierbaum, Hubert Jordan. (2) Mauri Moore,
Kevin Barsness, John Dunham, Max Sanders. Not shown: Jim Orvis. (3) Maureen Whitlock, Tonm Wilder, John
Reisz, not shown: Rory Summers, Al Schonert.
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(1) Hubert Jordan, Marie (Peanuts) Morris, John Morris, Dick Roscoe, (2) Front: Maggie Windle, Mary Waller,
Karen Mescall, Margot Jordan. (3) Buzzy Kennon, Richard Morse, Brian Kennon, Sid Kennon.
Vendors with their Arts and Crafts
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ANNUAL LUNCHEON REPORT
The annual luncheon was held in the Royal Room,
at the Orlando World Center, and was dedicated in Loving
Memory of Betty Malone, who for many years was the
chairperson for our annual luncheons. A table draped in
white was set up where Betty always sat and a large portrait
was displayed together with recent pictures of her.
The theme used for the luncheon was the "End of an
Era" during 1999. This year is the 95th year of an era which
started with our Chief Engineer George Washington
Goethals. We were fortunate to have had his grandson,
Thomas R. Goethals, a historian, as our Guest Speaker. He
provided us with a great deal of background and interesting
information on his grandfather.
Each of the tables had a threefold centerpiece
displaying a photo of General Goethals, builder of the
Panama Canal, three photos taken during the construction of
the Canal and two photos of the Goethals monument. Each
centerpiece was given out as table prizes.
There were 416 attending the luncheon. The
cooperation of the hotel was great and the food was
outstanding, as was the speaker.
I would like to again thank my committee, Janice
and Lou Andino, Jay Cain, Myrtle Hughes, Olga
Disharoon, and Dottie Yocum for their help.
1999 REUNION LODGING REPORT
The Lodging portion of the reunion had very few
problems this year. The Holiday Inn Sunspree served as our
overflow hotel and from all the reports received, the
members who stayed there were pleased.
For the year 2000, we have contracted with two
hotels in Tampa. The Tampa Marriott Waterside will be the
host hotel where all our events will be held and where we
will occupy 700 of the 717 room available. The Tampa Hyatt
downtown will serve as our overflow hotel with 300 rooms.
The hotel Registration Form will appear in the December
issue of the Canal Record. Please send in your reservation
early if you even remotely think you will attend the reunion.
More detailed instructions regarding the reservation form
will be in the December issue.
I would like to thank those members who made it a
point to introduce themselves to me at the reunion. It is
always nice to meet you and be able to put a name with a
face. I would specifically like to thank Barbara Green for
all her help and support throughout the year. Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis was also very helpful and I appreciate all the
assistance she gave to both Barbara and me.
I hope everyone enjoyed the reunion and are
looking forward to the 2000 Reunion in Tampa.
Muriel Whitman Lodging Chairperson, 1999
1999 Annual Luncheon Chairperson
1999 REUNION DANCE REPORT
It was a great pleasure working with all my
committee members: Jayne Yocum and her daughter, Ruby;
Chris Skeie; Paula Boger; Lucky Summers; Gerald and
Carol Coffey; Dino Barkema; Mellody Taylor, Colleen
Lau; Rae Donaldson and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis. I could
not have done it without them. Thanks to each of you!
It was also a great pleasure working with our
musicians, Leroy Lewis and Frankie Pretto and his group.
I was personally pleased that so many people inquired or
commented on our visual presentation, the giant mola-like
backdrop that featured a ship transiting the Canal. Also,
quite a few members commented very favorably on the table
The Panazonian Dance Friday night was well
attended and the members danced to the familiar sounds of
Leroy's music. The Ball on Saturday night was fantastic and
the dance floor was packed with people. Everyone was
thrilled with the rhythmic sounds of Frankie Pretto and his
conjunto. The inclusion of Ralph Smith on percussion added
a special touch to the group.
It was a pleasure serving you as 1999 Reunion
Dance Chairperson and I'll see you all in Tampa in 2000.
This event began a few years ago to accommodate
those folks who either don't attend one of the larger society
dances or who seem to just get going when those dances
were ending and wanted a place to "party on." The D.J.
Dance was an excellent solution, as a DJ Dance can
accommodate a wide range of music tastes offering a larger
selection of popular forms of dance music at a much lower
cost than a live band. It also serves as an alternative place to
congregate from the lobby or hallways.
The attendance this year averaged over 365 people
a night! Everyone seemed to have a good time and the
chairperson, Mike Smith, received many positive comments,
showing that members really enjoy having this entertainment
available. The D.J played a good variety of music from the
70s, 80s, 90s, with some salsa and reggae mixed in. The
attendees were as well behaved as any carnival comparsa.
There were no other problems other than we will look to
increase the number of "watering holes" due to the apparent
average society members consumption of liquid being far
above that of the normal Marriott guest.
To those attending, we thank you for your support
and for supplying the festive mood. If you missed it this year,
we hope to see you next year in Tampa!
Reunion Dance Chairperson, 1999
Donna Date Smith.
Annual business ~eetina
Annual Business Meeting
President's Annual Report
First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank
all the members of the Executive Board who served the
Society and me during the 1998-1999 term. I want to thank
all chairpersons of all committees and their committee
members who worked so hard and faithfully for the Society.
The members and I appreciate your dedication and service.
\ Hope you are all enjoying the Reunion and will
continue to have a great time through our Despedida on
Sunday. Our Coordinator and her chairpersons have worked
hard to bring you a successful 1999 Reunion.
This year we have added a few things for you. Last
night we produced a BHS/CHS and Friends Disco for the
first time. Hope you liked it and enjoyed yourselves. The
Reunion Coordinator has added a Volunteer's Continental
Breakfast for all reunion volunteers and we have added a
second day of Bingo for your enjoyment.
During the year we signed a contract and moved
into a more spacious and better Society Office next door to
our old office. The address of the Society remains the same
as well as the telephone number.
Over the Thanksgiving holidays last year, my wife
Barbara and I visited the grave sight of Gen. George
Washington Goethals in the Military Cemetery at the
United States Military Academy at West Point. We paid our
respects in behalf of the Society.
This year we arranged and published the Annual
Directory alphabetically rather than by States. Hope you
liked the format.
The Executive Board approved a pay raise and
increase in hours for the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record
Editor. We increased the hours of the Secretary/Treasurer
from 25 to 40 hours/week and the Record Editor from 20 to
30 hours/week. The work of the Society offices require an
average of 40 hours/week to accomplish its mission. The
hourly rates of pay were brought in line with salaries paid for
similar positions in the private sector in the Tampa Bay area.
We abolished one part-time clerical assistant position to help
cover the cost of the raises. The Society employed Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis in the other clerical assistant position. I might
add that Elaine is doing a super job. All of these actions were
taken after a complete and detailed study.
Barbara, Pat and Elaine, thanks for your dedicated
work for the Society. I spent one or two days a week in the
office in the past year and I can vouch for the excellent work
performed by these three Society employees.
We have the honor of having Dr. Thomas R.
Goethals, the grandson of Gen. George Washington
Goethals, as our speaker at the Annual Luncheon tomorrow
in the Canary Room.
The Bylaws Committee headed by Roy Culbreth
forwarded to the membership proposed revised Society
Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and Standing Rules. The
ballots were counted on June 4th and recounted on June 8th.
The proposed revised Bylaws, Articles and Standing Rules
did not pass. I would like to thank Roy and his committee (
Jane Huldtquist and Kenny Morris) for the long hours and
work they put in.
Our next Reunion is going back home, so to speak.
We are returning to Tampa for our year 2000 Reunion. Due
to conflicts with space and time at this Marriott Hotel, We
have a contract with the new Marriott Waterside Hotel
(scheduled for completion this year) and the Hyatt Hotel
across the street. The dates will be July 5-9, 2000. The
headquarters hotel will be the Marriott Waterside and we will
use the Hyatt for overflow. The Annual Ball will be held at
the nearby Tampa Convention Center while all other
activities will be in the Marriott. All information will be
presented to you by Betty Frassrand, Chairperson for Hotel
Contracts, later in the meeting.
I'm extremely proud of this term's new Society
membership. During the 1998-1999 term, we have taken in
532 new members. In reviewing records back to 1994, the
highest intake of new members previously was 508 during
Some of our computer equipment was upgraded. We
now have e-mail and are on the Internet. After the Reunion,
we will set up our own website. Elaine has been very helpful
in accomplishing this. Since we now have a FAX machine in
the office, we had a dedicated line installed to cover the Fax
The Executive Board approved contracting with a
private CPA firm to prepare the audits of the Society and the
Reunion. We expect full reports to be published in the
September issue of the Canal Record. In the past we have
had members perform our audits but we were not successful
in getting any member from the greater Tampa Bay area with
financial/audit background to volunteer. A private CPA audit
is considered the best way to go now and in the future.
The theme for my term. has been "End of an Era".
It marks the 95th anniversary of the United States
construction of the Panama Canal. The 14th of this month
marks the 67th birthday of our Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. We are extremely proud of both the Panama
Canal and of our Society.
It is my honor at this time to present our
Secretary/Treasurer Barbara Green with the Society's
Distinguished Service Award for her continued dedication
and expertise as our Secretary/Treasurer; Bill McLaughlin
and Matt Armistead with the Society's Certificate of
Appreciation for their contribution to our web-site; to Olga
Disharoon for her continued service as Hospitality
Chairperson at our Regular Meetings; and to O.Y. Thomas
& Associates for their continued support as photographers
at our reunions; and to Stella Boggs DeMarr for her
entertainment support during our Regular Meetings.
It is also my honor and pleasure to present our
Society's Certificate of Appreciation to the Marriott's Hotel
Staff, namely Jayne Bennett, Convention Manager, Dennis
Johnston, Senior Sales Manager, and Nector Collazo,
Catering Manager. Scott Peavy, Hotel Registration Manager
will be presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Betty
Frassrand, our Society Lodging Chairperson.
In conclusion, it has been a good year for the
Society. We have had our rough spots but overall we have
run smoothly. Our staff is being paid at reasonable rates, our
office space and capabilities have significantly improved,
membership continues to grow, and monthly meetings and
special events are well attended, and the Reunion looks like
it will be another success.
I want to thank my wife, Barbara, who supported
me this term while I was President of the Society.
Last but not least, I want to thank each of you for
the opportunity to serve you as president.
Thomas C. Peterson
July 2, 1999
The 1999 Reunion Vendor Program was very
successful this year with a total of 28 vendors signed up with
one vendor allotted one (1) extra table for a grand total of
$2850.00 from table leases.
This year, the space allotted was much larger which
enabled the vendors to set up their tables and displays with
adequate room to interact with their customers. The few
minor problems that arose were quickly resolved to the
satisfaction of all.
I would suggest that the hours for vendors set-up on
Wednesday be rescheduled to allow more time, as the various
vendors arrive at different times. The vendor room should be
available following the meeting with the hotel staff and
chairpersons for the reunion.
1999 Vendors Chairperson
1999 THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE
The dance held Thursday night, July 1, was
fabulous. We would like to thank all who attended and made
it a great success. Reminiscing and having fun with our
friends from the "other side" was the focus of the evening.
The friendly rivalry continued from the dance and hula-hoop
contests to the ball-in-the-basket contest. The ball-in-the-
basket contest was won by Glenda Kochel (CHS) and the
70's dance contest was won by Debbie Arsenault and Ric
The decorations were complete with school colors.
The tables were made most memorable because of the chivas
made by Jacque Vowell. The beautiful chiva backdrop was
done by our in-house artist, Rupert Turner. It was a
magnificent addition to the room and added a touch that only
Rupert can provide.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our
committee, Casey Vowell, Barbara Green, Bob and Nancy
Van Siclen, Rupert Turner, Jan and Lou Andino and
Kenny Morris. We had many other volunteers join us while
we set up the room: Marj and Pete Foster, Pam Crowell,
Sandra Chessom, Al and Joy Maale and Amy DeGroot.
Thank you so very much for helping us make this event so
Betty Frassrand & Jacque Vowell
Thursday Night Dance Co-Chairpersons, 1999
Registration for Reunion 1999 was extremely
smooth. We give our heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteers
who worked so diligently every day. A special thanks must
also go to President Tom Peterson and his wife Barbara
and to our Reunion Coordinator, Faith Brundage. Some
very special people helped on special occasions, and have
our thanks too: Linda Marshall, Linda Weir, Bob and
Hallie Witcher, and more.
We encountered one major unforseen problem area,
in that we had not anticipated the large amount of Dance
tickets sales on Friday and Saturday, after 8 p.m. Since
Hospitality people were not prepared to handle this particular
buying spree, this problem should be addressed for Reunion
2000, and not left for Registration to handle.
We want to take this opportunity to say we enjoyed
(According to the Registration Chairpersons, 2347
members registered for the Reunion).
Robert and Carolyn Johnson
There were 15 requests for Mini-Reunions at the
1999 Panama Canal Reunion. Twelve were for high school
reunions and three were for other reunions. Of those requests
there were 10 high school reunions and 3 other reunions
There were no major problems and those minor
problems we had were resolved by Mr. Nector Collazo,
Catering Manager of the Orlando Marriott. There was a
concern regarding the hours the mini-reunion could be held.
This was cleared after discussion with the Society Executive
Board. The mini-reunions were authorized to be held but no
music could be played during Society functions. Mini-
reunions held were as follows:
BHS Class of 1949
BHS/CHS Class of 1954
CHS Class of 1959
BHS Class of 1969
BHS Class of 1979
Panama Canal Masons & OES
St. Mary's School Alumni
CHS Class of 1949
BHS Class of 1959
BHS Classes of 1966/1967
CHS Class of 1969
BHS Class of 1989
Curundu SCUM Row
Paul and Lil Rozmeski
1999 Mini Reunion Coordinators
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
And the music went round and round
...and the beat goes on...
Masons and Eastern Star Luncheon
Masons at the Masons and Eastern Star Luncheon. Guests included, L-R from fourth from left, front row: R.W. Jack
Tutzauer, District Grand Master, Panama Canal, M.W. Fred Bauer, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts, and R.W. Fred Dobson, Grand Marshall, of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
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Ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star at the Masons and Eastern Star Luncheon.
BINGO REPORT VOLUNTEER'S BREAKFAST
The Annual Free Bingo of the Panama Canal
Society was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Orlando
World Center from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One hundred and eight members and guests
attended. Several outstanding prizes were won, such as four
Chaquira necklaces made by the Guaymi Indians of Panama,
T-Shirts, aprons, American Flags, cash prizes and other small
An excellent job was done by the Bingo Committee
members, who were Dan O'Donnell, Roy Culbreth, and
Chairman Jim O'Donnell. A good time was had by all.
A Volunteer's Breakfast was held at the 1999
Reunion to show our appreciation for their help during the
Reunion. This was the first time that this has been done for
the ever faithful volunteers. The Executive Board voted to
have this occasion to let our volunteers know how much they
mean to the Society.
A beautiful buffet was set with pastries, muffins,
bagels, croissants, coffee, juice and trays of fresh fruits.
Each volunteer was presented with a PCSOFL tote bag. This
event may become an annual part of our Society at each
Chairman, Bingo Committee
1999 Reunion Coordinator
Information and Ieoistraticn
PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Past Presidents of the Panama Canal Society of Florida: Back row, L-R: Betty Frassrand, '89-'91, Bob Van Siclen,
'91-'93, Jane Huldtquist, '93-'94, Marje Foster, '94-'95. Jim O'Donnell, '96'-'97, Margot Jordan, '97-'98, Tom
Peterson, '98'-'99. Seated L-R: Muriel Whitman, '87-'88, Bill Wheeler, '86-'87, Pete Foster, '85-'86, Anna Collins,
'83-'84, Howard Clarke, '78-'79, Rob Roy, '77-'78. Not shown: Bob Johnson, '95-'96, Al Pate, '82-'83, Gaddis
This and that here and there
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A total of twelve volunteers, covered seven shifts
throughout the Reunion. The members attending the reunion
were provided updated information service, and as usual,
each shift provided instant information of all types when
The sale of Canal Records and Directories, decals,
license plates, and.both dance tickets was brisk, and the
committee turned in $5,146.00 to the Reunion account and
$451.00 to the Society account, and Petty Cash of $100.00
was returned to the Secretary/Treasurer, for a total of
The location where Information/Hospitality is set
up is ideal, and providing information to members through
our telephone installation calling the hotel is also important.
I wish to thank all our volunteers, several of them
continuing from former years experience once more.
Richard (Pat) Beall
1999 Reunion Information Chairperson.
The final event of the 1999 Reunion, the
"Despedida" was very well attended.
The dancers arrived with their colorful outfits and
put on a terrific show. In addition, they stayed long enough
to allow photo opportunities for everyone.
I would like to thank the hotel staff, Faith
Brundage, Pat Beall, Rupert Turner and everyone else
who helped me make this event a success.
1999 Reunion Despedida Chairperson
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Tampa Marriott Waterside
(Yellow pages in December issue)
Folkloric Dancers Despedida
BHS Class of 1949: Front, L-R: Barbara Curies Aycock, Frances Farrell Viglielmo, Carol Thornton Hoover,
Dd4bres Lowrey Snyder, Carol Brentner Slavens, Peggy Evans Darden. 2nd row L-R: Palmer Smith, Herb
Dawson, Louis Mallia, Mary Lea Azcarraga Christiansen, Joyce Dugas Joubert, Jane Warden Peria, Rened
Entebi Ceasar, Mary Sol Acoca Chocr6n, Yvette Abadi Btesh, Bea Reyes Gunn, Bobbie Ann Robinson
Brentner, Bette Farrell Swearingen, Helen Rose Shapiro, Margie Rathgeber Ruoff, Helen Alrick Barnes. 3rd
row L-R: Dorothy Dedeaux Pape, Martha Zent Bull, Catherine Muller Peabody, Violette (Vickie) van't Veld
Johnson, JoAnn Standefer DeLoof, Marilyn Jennison Waggoner, Janet Kimmel Kinnier, Gloria Ives McGinn,
Loretta Smith Buxton, Jean Ann White McGinn, Lois Johnson Evitt, Barbara Boyer Slover, Betty Newlin
Murray, Joyce Masters Danford, Betty JoAnn Underwood, Eileerr Peterson, Anne Marie Schultz Falcone,
Anne Carpenter Rathgeber. 4th row L-R: Bill Carson, Charlie McArthur, Bob Leisy, Raul Arango, Felipe
Cazobon, Jack Ruoff, Fletcher Phelan, Bill Zimmerman, Bill Clarke, Donald Boland, Jim Orvis, Tom Behre,
Marvin Banton, Douglas Andrews, Tom Solan, Terry Trumble, Edward Hatchett, Marc Quinn,Jack Wilkinson,
Barbara (Pat) Baron Scott. Back, L-R: Jim Thompson, Jacob Baker, Doug Suddaby, Tom Peterson, Harold
Wilson, Alfred Neckar, Loren Long, Stan Klepper, Bob Swadell, Peter Flynn, Howard Hanners, John Madden,
Jim Lovejoy, Charles Lord, Charles Hinz, George Downing, Willy Simpson.
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BHS Class of '69 30th Reunion. We came, we saw, we partied! L-R Front row: Paul Reitz, Daryl Date, Bob
Cruz-Segarra, Ernie Horter, Mike Young, Leslie Affeltranger Ehlert, Kathy Mulroy Keitzer (with her feet
stretched out) Connie Clinchard Tellex, Tony Garcia, Ted Henter, Bruce Robinson, Jim Wiese, Pablo Prieto,
Dennis Gilbert. Second row: Dave Vosburgh, Gail Goodrich, Madeleine Dolan, Pat Chase Thrift, Virginia Hoyle
Lankarge, Kay Strickland Haker, Penny Leeser Ellenor, Betsy Morrison Vosburgh, Mel Little Henter, Janine
Kinney Wolcott, Patty Dertien, Janet Husum Herrington, Linda Lowe Maloney, Mildred Wilmoth Sanders,
Kathy Burns, Marilyn Gilley. Third row: Chaco Will Smail, Kathy Wainio, Adele Farbman Adams, Ed Ohmann,
Bob Thrift, Henry Swann, Cynthia de La Cruz Carrasquillo, Pat Grimm, Alicia Velasco Whitley, Elaine Dorfman
Wheeler, Sue Waters, Marilyn Hare Spilling, Helen Braswell, Annete Violette Deming, Denise Haff Booye,
Mary Sneed Hinkel, Terry Scanlon Rossman, (Above Chaco and Kathy Wainio are Roy Truxton and Jim
Latimer). Fourth row: Russ Bowen, Bill Brooks, Steve Small, Steve McCauley, Gordon Graham, Charlie Myers,
Neil Fraunheim, Mario Jones, Pablo Carrasquillo, Rick Wilder, Clifford Mullins, Steve Bristol, Bob Burleson,
Rick Brady. Not Pictured: Jon Dunham, Tom Frensley, Bert Scott, Roy Archer, Kathy Rosenblatt Mosier, Bud
Bouche, Penny Earl Bittenger, Dottie Detamore Kaufman. Rumor has it that others from our class were seen pool
side; can't say for sure).
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Decendents of Builders of the Panama Canal, Front L-R: Annie Carpenter Rathgeber, Anna Kotalik Collins,
Muriel Holmelin Whitman, Jeanne Flynn Stough, Ethel Kozak Askew, Pam Hayes Horine, Sharon DeVore
Glassburn, Mary Bradney Egolf, Aura Huntoon, Erikson, Marguerite Flynn Kessler, Mercedes Peterson Salter,
Cheryl Peterson Russell, Joanne Flynn Farley. Second row, L-R: Patt Kerr Speiars, Virginia Coffey Young,
Maxine Conover McDonald, Joan Powell Arndt, Jeanne Mallett Wheeler, Ruth Bauman Yeilding, Anita Boggs
Collins, Thomas R. Goethals, Mayno Bliss Walker, Katherine Egolf, Barbara Erikson, Joan Ohman, Marilyn
Flynn, Eddie Willoughby, Curtis Bliss. Third Row, L-R: Lewis Taber, Mark Conover, Bud Kelleher, Dick Mallett,
Frances Kerr, Shirley Smith O'Connor, Flora Bell Moon, Jean White, Charles Thomas, Anne Thomas O'Neal,
Carol Thornton Hoover, Emo Everson. Fourth Row, L-R: George "Buddy" Zidbeck, Peter Germain Flynn, David
Kelleher, Connie Zemer, Betty Jane Kenealy Geerer, Thomas Peterson, Bob Askew, Ray Bierbaum, Fred
Rose, Dorn Thomas, Elaine Peterson Little, Carol Peterson Heintz, Diane Peterson Pearson.
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CHS Class of 1969: Front, L-R: Frank Martin, Maria Kerley Hernandez, Glenda Lewis Kochel, Jenny Johnson
Holland, Christine Amato Ross, Frank Kerley, Steve Ramsey. Back, L-R: Robert Beall, Dennis Gilbert, Boode
Swain, Barry Greer, Donald Bensen, Ann Riggs Herring.
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to R- Back: Linda Morris; Patt Roberson; Pat Hunt;
Kathy Seville; Elaine Lewis; Pat Beall; Bill Muller.
L to R- Front: June Stevenson; Nancy Eide; Betty
Snow; Faith Brundage (incoming President); Barbara
Vose; Gladys Humphrey.
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt joined five of her
classmates (BHS'40) in May for a week at Rehobeth Beach,
Delaware. Their hostess was Jane (Tomkins) Heselton.
Jane and her husband Les, graciously offered their two
beach apartments for their get-together. Jane has been after
them for more than a year for their high school group ( the
S.L.O.P.S. they thought those initials were pretty cool at
the time!) to get together. They had a week of reminiscing,
shopping, eating out and eating in (their kitchen crew were
great) and they shared a lot of sentimental moments that
have happened to them these past 59 years (wow!) They
shared a great time and promised one another they would
meet again at their 60th class reunion next year, if not
Those attending were Peggy Brugge, Bel Haven,
VA., Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy, Englewood, CO., Mary
Jane (Phillips) Henderson, Broomfield, CO., Agnes
(Atkinson) Anderson, Zephyrhills, FL., Lou Hunt,
Dothan, AL., and Jane Haselton, Annapolis, MD.
After their week at Rehobeth Beach, Aggie
Anderson and Lou Hunt accompanied Peggy Brugge to her
lovely home in Bel Haven. Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas,
Brick, NJ., and Connie (Trowbridge) Bishop, Bethesda,
MD., drove from their homes and joined the others. They all
enjoyed a relaxing good time that week at Peg's.
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox from Ocala,
FL., spent five days with Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis in Foley, Alabama. At the same time, Julie
Werkheiser was spending a week with Ray and Forest
(Wise) Robberson in Lilian, AL. Julie worked at Quarry
Heights with Diane and Peggy Hutchison, so they all got
together for dinner and a nice long visit. Jack Goodwin,
who was visiting his and Nancy's new grandson in
Mississippi, drove over to spend a few days with Bob and
Vicki. He and Bob spent one day fishing off the gas rigs in
Mobile Bay and managed to catch a few nice size red
Jean Fears tells me that Gladys Graham D.D.
M.D. who now resides in Littleton, CO., and formerly of
Balboa, C.Z. has again given her permission to sell her book
"Tropical Cooking" (see ad in Canal Record) written in
1947 and recently reprinted in Dothan.
This book contains recipes using the many fruits,
vegetables, fish and meats found in Paniama. It also explains
that these products (many known locally by another name)
can be obtained in our locations. It also contains
information about caloric value and vitamin content.
Dr. Graham, since moving to Colorado has been a
co-pastor of the Chapel of the faith (interdenominational)
and taught Mind to Mind healing, was president of the
Colorado Chapter of American Massage and Therapy
Association. She also writes non-fiction when she has time.
On Father's Day about 35 people attended the Pan
Canal Society of N.W. Arkansas semi-annual pot luck at the
Jones Family Center in Springdale. Many people brought
items from Panama to display. Nancy Koepplinger brought
her father's (Homer Crooks), police uniform. It was the last
one. he wore before he retired in 1957. We felt sad to have to
tell the group that Robert J. "Bud" Balcer, their faithful
news reporter for so many years, was seriously ill. (Bud
passed away July 3d in Louisiana)
On May 26, Dorothy Sanders moved from
Bentonville, her home for 27 years, to an assisted living
facility, Appletree Court, in Richardson, TX. Her son and
daughter-in-law, Bruce and Sandy Sanders, of Allen, TX
assisted her with the move. They had previously researched
the Dallas area to ascertain what assisted living facilities
were available. Dorothy felt this was the right time for her to
make such a move, although she regretted having to leave
good friends and neighbors in Bentonville.
In July, Marge Price Dougherty and husband, Frank,
from Spokane, WA who were on an extensive trip through
the country, visited Mary Condon at Butterfield Trail
Village in Fayetteville. Marge had taught at the Margarita
Elementary School starting in 1947 before moving to the
Pacific side during the 50's.
Carl and Petie Maedl drove to Minnesota in mid-June
to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough,
and other family members in Deephaven. Jim had just
finished running the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. The
Maedls also visited several former Zonians, including Jim
and Grace Pfau and Ted and Marion Franklin at Covenant
Manor in Golden Valley; Marguerite Hauberg at her
summer home on Sturgeon Lake, near Duluth, and Roscoe
and Kathleen Haining on Palmer Lake. On their return trip
to Minneapolis they spent a couple of hours in Sauk Rapids,
where they had taught from 1935 to 1938 before going to
Panama. They were given a guided tour of the present high
school and were quite amazed at the wide variety of courses
in many fields being made available to students today.
Marguerite Hauberg and Petie and Carl Maedl met at
a restaurant in Moose Lake, MN, in June to renew
acquaintances. Marguerite and her husband Cliff
taught in the C.Z. schools in the late '30s and early
'40s. Marguerite makes her home in Northfield, MN.
Gloria Malsbury flew to Cantox, GA to visit former
Zonian Caroline Price Benitte, her husband, Frank, and
two children. She later accompanied the family to Ft. Myers,
FL, to visit other members of Caroline's family. She returned
to Springdale on June 16th.
A happy celebration of Harry Butz, Sr's 90th birthday
took place on July 5th at his home in Springdale. His three
children, Harry Jr of Carson City, NV, Peter of Sapulpa.
OK and Esther Clair of Lawrenceville, GA and Harry's
wife, Lenor, hosted the gala affair. Other family members,
Canal Zone friends and neighbors joined in wishing Harry a
Frances Whitlock reports that in May her daughter,
Andree Lee Collins, and granddaughter, Ginger Collins,
drove from St. Louis for a week's visit with her. Andree Lee
told about her Condor Travel tour (arranged by Davis
Stevenson) for CHS '47 classmates. It was named "Zonian
Amigos Final Hurrah", and included a partial transit of the
Canal, trips to Old Panama, Puerto Bello, Santa Clara and
other beaches, and El Volcan. While in Panama, Andree Lee
was able to visit her nephew (Frances' grandson) Jack
Whitlock, who lives and has his own business in Balboa-
In June, Frances' daughter Jacqueline Werbrouch and
her husband, Marcel, arrived from Mishawaka, IN. A day
later there was a meeting of the clan (18 relatives) who
enjoyed dinner together at Ryan's Restaurant. Jackie, an
excellent cook, not only prepared meals but stored dishes in
Frances' "freeziator" which she could enjoy later.
Macel "Mr. Fix-it" trimmed bushes and checked smoke
alarms. On their way home to Indiana, the Webroucks
stopped in St. Louis to attend a get-together with Andree
Lee's large family of her children and grandchildren.
Judy Palumbo-Gates from Fairfield, IA, visited Luke
and Betty Palumbo in Fayetteville for a week in July. She
also visited her sister, Sara Stephens, and her family. Judy
and Luke stopped to see the Maedls, former neighbors in
Coco Solo. Before returning home, Judy visited a friend in
Kansas City and attended wedding of Scott Hoffman, son of
Marty and Beverly Hoffman in Lee's Summit, MO.
Keith and Winona York enjoyed a visit in June from
Winona's son, Kelly Smith, his wife and their infant
daughter from League City, TX. Later, Winona's daughter,
Mary Davis, and three children from Salt Lake City, UT,
visited them for a week.
On April 18, Nancy Crooks Koepplinger, her sister,
Judi Crooks Daily, and her cousin, Betty Crooks Ingram,
headed in Judi's van for Eldoredo, AR, to attend Betty's
BHS '43 class reunion. What a great three days. Donna
Hamilton Huldtquist was also there and accompanied the
three ladies back to Fayetteville. She visited Nancy's aunt,
Frances Wbhitlock, for four days.
Nancy was very excited about a two day visit in June
from a dear friend, Dr. Jack W. Robinson and wife, Karen,
from Tucson, AZ. Nancy sang with Jack in the Tucson Opera
Co., Southern Arizona Light Opera Co. And the Gilbert and
Sullivan Repertoire Co. For many years. She had not seen
Jack since 1997.
With a sad heart, we learned that our friend and reporter,
Robert "Bud" Balcer passed away on July 3" at his step-
son's home in Louisiana. More information will be printed
as it is received. Our former reporter, Alice Nail has been
kind enough to continue, temporarily, his reporting from
Addie Colclasure and her sister, Juanita, returned
from Kansas for a little stay in Addie's home and to welcome
their brother and his wife from Colorado Springs. They ran
around seeing things of interest, especially the Passion Play
in Eureka Springs, AR. Also coming to visit was Addie's
granddaughter, Wendy Sutherland, her husband Darrell,
and their two boys, Randy, 10, and Ryan, 5, who traveled
from Wisconsin. The boys were thrilled to be able to hand
feed a troop of the wild racoons which abound in the area.
Jack and Joan Corliss had a great time at the Florida
Reunion. That was followed by another great time a Caddell
Tours bus trip to the Pacific Northwest Washington,
Oregon, and Northern California. Most memorable were the
opportunity to see and hear the Tabernacle Choir as it
recorded a live radio program, and the immense beauty of the
Peggy Keller has recovered quite well from her knee
surgery, and therefore able to have a wonderful time at the
Florida Reunion. Her sister, Susie Allen, came from
California to join her. And, part of their fun was the result of
sharing their hotel room with Florida friends, Mary Rosetti
and Betty Anne Hanson. And seeing many old friends from
school was a big plus. The final word: "It was a really NICE
Polly Michaelis rebounded from her heart by-pass
surgery amazingly well. She is now living in Houston with
son Gregory Michaelis, his wife Charmaine and their two
beautiful daughters. Her move was accomplished with the aid
of Greg and Charmaine and son Zachary Michaelis, who
flew from California to lend his muscle to the loading of the
Joe and Gretta Vowell were pleased when Doug and
Camille Gibbs, recent Panama retirees, stopped in to visit.
At present the Vowells are planning a plane trip to the South
Pacific, specifically to Yap, in Indonesia.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman enjoyed their cruise
to Alaska in May. Their next trip will be to visit Kathleen's
sister, Elinor Callahan, in Watervliet. NY in the middle of
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California held
a luncheon meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Laguna
Hills, CA on May 2, 1999. Fifty seven members were
treated to a very interesting presentation by Bill Monsanto
on the current situation in Panama and the future of the
Panama Canal. Grant and Audie Westbrook brought their
photo album of their recent trip to Panama and shared
experiences. Also, in May, Joan de Grummond of Laguna
Hills spent three weeks with her sister, Margaret Coffey,
and family in New Orleans. Their brother-in-law, Jack
Gribbin, his son, Tom, and family of Trenton, NJ, visited at
that time and all enjoyed touring the area.
Vince and Dottie Ridge of Center Valley, PA, visited
Joan and family in June. Celebrating Father's Day with
Vince and Dottie were daughter, Nancy, granddaughter,
Natalie, age 4, of Mission Viejo; Tina (Cartotto) and
Michael Ressa of Rialto; Steve and Tina (Johann)
Cartotto and son, Evan Gregory Cartotto, who was born
on March 19, 1999, and Grandma Joan.
Several family members spent a day enjoying all the
rides and attractions at Southern California's newest family
park, LEGOLAND, just north of San Diego.
From June 30-July 3 they attended quartets' and
choruses' competition at the Annual International
Barbershop Convention at the Anaheim Pond. Vince sings
with the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers, Bethlehem, PA, and
they won the Small Chorus Competition in the Northern
Division, Mid-Atlantic District, in early June. Vince and
Dottie met several friends at the Pond from the Mid-Atlantic
District, some competing, some spectators. Vince's chorus
did not compete then, but all enjoyed the beautiful harmony
of groups from around the world.
I 1 L U M MMl
BHS'40 classmates attending PCSSC's luncheon on
May 2, 1999, at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA, L-R:
Arlo Grant Westbrook and wife Audrie, Joan (Ridge)
de Grummond, Edward and Leticia ("Lefty" Lopez)
Moore and William J. M. Monsanto
The West Coast Reunion will be held Saturday,
September 18, 1999 at the Bay View Restaurant, Marine
Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego. For more information,
call Norma Horine at (619) 472-6693. The Christmas
Holiday luncheon will be on held on Sunday, December 5,
1999 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Laguna Hills, CA.
Joan de Grummond
Northeast Florida's First Semi-annual Picnic was
held on Saturday, April 10. The picnic was held at Hanna
State Park on Jacksonville Beach. The skies were beautiful
and the turnout was great.
Those in attendance were Bruce, John and mom
Bateman; Bud, Etta and grandson Engel; Judy Hicks
Figueroa and family; Will, Will Jr., Claire and Katherine
Hall; Louis Hasemann; Mac and Dorothy Hicks; Donald,
Sharon and Samantha Love; Virginia and Bill Lyons; Ed
and Gloria Malin; Richard, Ruth and granddaughters
Mallett; Pat McDonough; Pete, Kathy and Celie Proctor;
June Barlow Riesz and guest; Garrett, Christina Cody and
Caleb Rigby; Kathy Malin Saville; Nancy (Bateman) and
Kristy Sokoloski; Gayle Tolbert; Rod and Gloria
The group reminisced about the good times in the
Canal Zone and enjoyed getting together. The next picnic is
planned for Saturday, October 9, at NAS JAX picnic/lake
area. Come at 11:00 a.m. and bring an ethnic Panamanian
dish for potluck.
Carol (Fish) and Kenny McIlvaine are looking for
a home in the Jacksonville area after retiring a couple of
months ago. Another retiree and family just moved to the
Ormond Beach area, Denise (Bullinger) and Robert Will
and kids. WELCOME ALL!
Marc Theriault, Debbie (Lawyer) Arsenault, and
Linda Christy opened "Break'n A Sweat", a fitness wear
store at the beach. Soon they will have a website that can be
found at Jacksonville Com. When in the process of getting
their licenses. Debbie also ran into Anna Lisa Ocuto at City
L-R Seated: Mack, Judy, Pam Hicks (holding
grandson) Gloria Malin, Kathy Saville. Standing: 2
Hicks family members); Louis Hasemann, Gayle
Tolbert, Bud and Etta Engel, Dottie Hicks, June
Barlow Riesz, Richard and Ruth Mallett, Ed Malin,
Pat McDonough, Virginia Lyons.
Mrs. Bateman, Kathy Saville, John Bateman, Kristy
and Nancy Sokoloski, Etta and Bud Engel, Bruce
Will Jr., Claire, Katherine and Will Hall, Donald
Love, Pete Proctor, Sharon and Samantha Love.
BHS Class of '74, at the last graduation in the former
Canal Zone on May 15,1999.
In early June. the Malin family, (father Ed, Gloria,
Helen, Kathy and son Shane) drove to Atlanta for the
wedding of son Ed Malin to another Zonian, Dottie
Coleman. They met at their 25th Balboa High School reunion
in Orlando. Other BHS'72 classmates in attendance were
George Nufiez, Pricilla Landrum and Alice O'Neill
Northeast Zonians can contact this reporter with any
news regarding visitors, vacations, information, etc. about
Kathy Malin Saville
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers will
be celebrating their Silver Anniversary on October 5th at a
noon luncheon/buffet meeting at Emerald's Buffet and
Dinner Club. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Bring an appetite
and meet your fellow Zonians.
The annual PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando was well
attended. Many familiar faces from Ocala were in attendance.
Among them were the McConaugheys, Fosters, Arndts,
Aycocks, Trullingers, Mullers, Virginia and Patricia
Booth and Betty Blanchette. While there, the Mullers had
the opportunity to chat with Nona Jean (Tewinkel) Stone
and Olga (Henderson) Reyes. Nona Jean's parents,
Murice and Harriett Tewinkle were from the Ocala area.
Would you want to spend your honeymoon at a
PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando? After meeting each other on
one of the Stevenson's tours in Panama, Larry Didier and
Edna (Curles) Cooley were married in Ocala on July 2nd and
spent the weekend at the Reunion at the Marriott World
Center as newlyweds. Larry grew up on the Atlantic side and
attended CHS. Edna was a BHS '50 graduate. Best wishes
Margaret (Curles) Maxwell, BHS '55 was
recently in Alamogordo, NM and another sister, Barbara
Aycock, returned from her trip to Alaska. Jim and Ethel
Wich of Lecanto visited their sons, James and Richard, in
Maryland and attended the graduation of their grandson,
Matthew Wich. Matthew was Senior Class President, gave
the farewell speech as well as acted as the Master of
Ceremonies for the Senior Awards Program. He earned
seven awards. Matthew plans to attend the University of
Pennsylvania on a scholarship this fall. His sister graduated
from Princeton University in 1998 and works for Sky
Communications in Hialeah, FL.
H.G. "Andy" and Garnet Anderson (originally
Ocala Zonians) moved to Grand Junction, CO to be with
their daughter, Jean (Anderson) Foster. Woody Foster of
Dunnellon arranged a flea market sale for Andy and Bill
Muller paid out some serious hard cash. Wes "Red" and
Virginia Townsend are doing well. Son Frank and his wife
Marvel live in Gainesville. He is a professor of Civil
Engineering at the University of Florida. Daughter, Sydney
and her husband, Ron Corbett now live in Ocala. Syd
"turned off the lights" at Balboa High School as an English
teacher before leaving Panama in May. We attended a quiet
memorial service for Wes' sister, Emma Rose (Townsend)
Catharine (Muller) and her husband, Ray
Peabody, stopped off in Ocala for a visit with the Mullers
on their way to Orlando and her 50th class (BHS '49)
reunion. Bill and Jean Muller will celebrate their 50th
Golden Wedding Anniversary September 10th. They were
married in the Balboa Lutheran Church in 1949.
William "Bill" Muller
Editor must have by:
October 18, 1999
A lovely bridal shower
was held at my house on June
19, 1999 for my son, Bobby's
fiance, Dawn Berg. Their
wedding is scheduled for
August 14, 1999 in
SI received a call from
Janet (Martin) Sloughter,
Pensacola, to tell me that she
and her sister, Yvonne
: i (Martin) Stegman recently
took a 17 day tour to Turkey.
She'll have an article and
photos in the next issue.
In April, my grandson,
Shane, and I went on a trip to
Rosa and Bob Fishbough's
in Oviedo, FL, to be
Confirmation Day, Godmother in Confirmation
Yvonne Fishbough for Yvonne Fishbough. It
and Barbara Vose was a beautiful ceremony.
While there, we took a trip to their Condo in Cocoa Beach,
visited Sea World and Margaritaville.
Bridal shower for Dawn Berg, June 19, 1999. L-R: ,
Theresa Berg, Dawn Berg, Barbara (Hall) Vose,
Sandi Berg (mother of the bride) Darla (Vose) Creek.
My son, Kevin and I had a great time at the Reunion
this year. I saw so many friends and took lots of photos. My
buddies Helen Spector and Tita Clark haven't changed in
all these years. While there, I attended my first Reporter's
Luncheon and had a great time meeting all the people who
report the news for the Canal Record.
A surprising and wonderful part of the Reunion was
seeing Father John Kennedy and being able to participate in
one of his Masses with all my St. Mary's friends. It was like
being home again.
After the Reunion, Kevin and I saw Bobby and Craig
Fishbough, Dena and Hunter Brandenburg, and Kevin
Fishbough and his 2 1/2 year old son, who is just precious.
I know his grandparents, Brandy and Jean Brandenburg
are so proud of him.
Reunion 1999. After Mass in the Miami Room, L-R: Jo
Anne (Belinski) Bonk, Father John Kennedy,
Barbara Hall Vose, Alice (Fairbrother) Myers,
Wings at Froggers, April 1999. L-R Yvonne
Fishbouth, Debby Kyle, Bobby Fishbough, Barb
(Hall) Vose, Rosa and Bob Fishbough.
My daughter, Daria, gave birth to a son, Jonathan
Thomas, on July 16.
Please pass on to me any news you may have. Hasta
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Joe Galloway returned in April from a delightful 2-
week vacation in Panama. He was a guest at the home of
longtime friend, Ann Richardson. Ann was a most gracious
hostess and truly made the trip a real joy.
There were many memorable highlights an
overnight trip to beautiful Taboga Island as the guest of
Sonya Valley; a Lock tour arranged by "old buddy" Charlie
Morris; a city bus tour; a partial canal transit and so many
pounds of corbina eaten! Joe also visited with a number of
old friends and had lunch with Charlie Morris and Rolo
Winberg. Ann and Joe had dinner with Doug Gibbs and his
wife, and visited Jackie and Bob Fearon at their hime in
Joe Galloway and Ann Richardson in Panama.
To quote Joe, "It was a wonderful time plenty
nostalgic to say the least. What a beautiful country! I did so
many things I'm sure I forgot to mention some!"
The Panama Canal Society Reunion was great this
year with many Sarasota residents enjoying the various class
reunions and getting together with old friends from near and
Kay Miller spent the month of June visiting her
daughter Marjorie Scheiwe and family in.Monument, CO.
They attended the 50U wedding anniversary for Kaye's sister,
and brother-in-law in Livingston, MT. Kay and Marjorie flew
back to Florida and Kay's daughter Martha and family from
Portland, OR. arrived too. Kay and her two daughters
attended the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando.
Fred and Bev Ebdon enjoyed a visit in their home
with Richard "Buckeye" and Betty (Farrell)Swearingen
of Ft. Collins. CO. They enjoyed much reminiscing and
sharing stories of their Canal Zone days.
Early in June, Ernest Faris and his daughter Jani
Faris of Kingman, AZ. were guests of Maxine and Bill
Dixon. They were all very active in the Masonic
organizations in the Canal Zone. Ernie's sister, Virginia
"Vergie" Angle along with her son Andy and her nephew
Wayne Faris of Flagstaff, AZ., were also among their
Joe and Rae (Newhard) Ebdon enjoyed tYir
guests, her niece Carol (Newhard) Bleakley and her
husband, Captain Andrew Bleakley, Jr., USN (Ret), and his
mother, Jean Bleakley Montgomery. After a visit of several
days, Carol, Andy and Jean returned to their home in San
Gladys McLain returned from a most enjoyable
visit to Columbia, MO., with her daughter and son-in-law,
Judy and Rabbi Yossi Feintuck and their three children,
Levi, Eran and Maayan. She was pleased to attend the Bar
Mitzvah of her grandson, Eran Feintuck.
Several CHS classmates and friends got together for
their annual luncheon at the "Crab Trap" in Bradenton during
the Panama Canal Reunion. Carlton and Sis (Hayes) Horine
of Monte Serreno, CA. who had come for the Orlando
Reunion joined the group that included Emily (Horine)
Brooks of Lutz, FL, Mary Egolf of Seminole, FL and
Sarasota residents Fred and Bev Ebdon, and Mayno ) Bliss
Walker.. There was a lot of happy talk.
The Canal Zone Birthday Club #1 had a very special
birthday celebration at the "Heron House," the new home of
Mike and Marion Greene. Jay Cain was the host for the
last birthday of the 35" year. It seems fitting that Marion
Greene was the "Birthday Girl" for this last party of the year
of the club that her departed sister, Mildred Neely founded,
and her mother was an honorary member. We remembered
eight other departed members and six other former members.
Our group had dwindled in size, but our spirit and friendship
is as strong as ever.
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey traveled to Malabar, FL
to attend the "Wild Hog Cookout and Get Together" that her
son Donald Humphrey hosts preceding the Panama Canal
Reunion. This has been an annual event that Donald has had
for several years now. The 40 guests included Zonians and
friends from around the area. Out of town guests included
Joni (Page) Smith, Ft. Pierce, FL., his sister, Donna
(Humphrey) Mann and her son, Doug and daughter,
Deannine, all of Sarasota. Donald's house guests included
Donnie Bruce from New Jersey; Carl Tuttle from the Canal
area; Luke "Toddy" Palumbo and Jim Palumbo of the
Canal area. Jim has just retired after 29 years as a teacher in
the Canal area and plans to make his home in the Malabar
area. Lots of good food, good stories and old memories were
shared by all.
Everyone has raved about the good time they had at
the Panama Canal Society Reunion at the Hotel Marriott in
Orlando this year, with many mini-reunions and visits with
old-time friends and classmates. This reporter will never
forget the pride she felt as she joined her daughter Donna and
son Donald with all the CHS alumni at the end of the Annual
Ball as we sang the "CHS Fight Song" and our CHS "Alma
Mater". Many thanks to the committees for a wonderful
reunion. We are looking forward to next year's reunion at the
Marriott Waterside in Tampa..
Gladys B. Humphrey
Hello from sunny South Florida! I am the new
Canal Record reporter. My name in Joanna (Rivera) Van
Oss, (BHS'76). Yes, Cookie Newlon and I were
classmates! I lived in "the fishbowl, "just above Gorgas
Hospital and right below the governor's house on Ancon
Hill. Other fishbowl dwellers were John R. Gough Sr.,
Kevin and Olga Jenkins and their children, Kenny and
Ilene who were all seen having a fabulous time at the
reunion. Having recently moved to Ft. Lauderdale from
many years of living all over the United States, my most
recent home being San Francisco, I decided to get back to
my roots and get involved with the Panama Canal Society.
What better way of doing so than to become a reporter and
to attend my first Orlando reunion with family members.
Members of the Rivera clan attending the many
festivities were my mother, Cristina Rivera and good
friend and neighbor Cleo Martin. Ricky Rivera,
(BHS'89) and his wife Nesha, their three children,
Brittany, Lauren and Ashley. Amy (Rivera) Ellis,
(BHS'80), and her two girls, Monica and Emily. Family
members not attending but wanting everyone to know their
whereabouts include my father, former lockmaster Andres
Rivera. Andy has been happily retired for many years now
and is living in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ivan
Rivera, (BHS'77) is now living in Charleston, S.C. and is
engaged to be married in December. Cindy (Rivera) Bise
(BHS'79) recently moved to Tennessee with her husband,
Rick. David Rivera, (BHS'82) is living in Maryland.
Finally, Linda (Rivera) Fussell, (BHS'83), her husband,
Mark and children Adrian and Hannah are living in
Geneva, Switzerland. Mark is on loan from the CDC to the
World Health Organization and is currently working on
controlling the spread of TB on a world wide level. Linda
recently received her Masters in Education and is the only
American diplomats wife working in the school system in
I had the opportunity to run into many friends at
the Orlando reunion and had a fabulous time! Hobey and
Lisa (Wilkins) Richey and most of their family members
were in attendance. Hobey and Lisa (BHS'77) would have
won the award for most time spent on the dance floor.
Mary (Bedsworth) Chrysson (CHS'77) from both sides of
the Canal was the surprise mystery guest. Mary is now
living in North Carolina with her husband, Gus, and their
three children. Other reunion party goers included Lucho
Azcarraga, his lovely wife Mimi, Jaime and Amy
Rheberg, Mike Little, Mike Young, Matt Lamar and
Rose Pascavage., all BHS'76 graduates. I also had fun
running into quite a few other BHS graduates from various
years including, Mary Lou Pascavage, Corey, John and
Kelly Morris, Leonie Critides, Terry and her brother
Randy Rios, Kelly Levy, Debbie (Boyle) Farrell, and her
brother Tom, Vivian Simonson, Jackie Kerr, Beatrice
Dunn, and Tom and Cathy (Clarihew)Anderson. The
nicest surprise of all was spending a few moments with Joe
and Marcia Cicero who I have always held most dear.
Anyone out there who hasn't had the great fortune
to attend a reunion, please do so, it's an incredible
experience. I am already planning for next years!
If you have any news, pictures or plans for
activities in the South Florida area, please do not hesitate to
contact me. My email is email@example.com. We have a lot
of catching up to do!
Joanna I. Rivera Van Oss
We welcome several new families to Tally! Mark,
Katherine and Jillian Heddaeus arrived in Tally to find
their beautiful new home completed, although Mark says he
plans to build the deck himself. Jillian has already started
high school soccer camp and has just been offered a job
teaching gymnastics. I am in awe of so many of these kids
who spent most of their lives in Panama and the Canal Zone,
making the transition so quickly, and so well, to a
monumental change in their lives. For example, Jillian's
friend, Sara Mcllvaine and her brother, Nathan, excel in
everything they do. Sara just won a co-ed triathlon and rows
on the school crew team. Additionally, she maintains
excellent grades--and ditto for Nathan, who now manages to
knock the socks off his father, Ed, at golf!
Another family just moved here---Constance
(Woody) Chase and Armenia, Stephanie, David and
Michael. Actually, Michael was here and will graduate from
FSU in August. Other newcomers include Russ and Kathy
Stromberg, who are building a lovely new home on the golf
course and Lloyd and Margaret Spradlin who were lucky
enough to find a stunning California contemporary home
near Richard and Angie Linton, Ed and Kari Mcllvanine
and Rick Williams. Of course, the Spradlins have lived
stateside for many years but moving from California to
Florida was still quite a change. The Woods and the Meads
went to San Diego to help their friends pack up--then Lloyd
and Maggie started the long journey to Florida in two cars,
with one dog and two cats. Welcome all!
Laverne Larrabee called me to share some news.
She went to Miami to attend the May 22nd wedding for Jeff
and Jan Cline's daughter, Stacey. The Clines had a place
in Coronado where Laverne spent many happy times. While
in Miami, Laverne met up with Dick and Sophie Burgoon
and later spent several days with them down in the keys.
John Schmidt also contacted me to share a really marvelous
memoir of his trip to Panama with members of the 33rd
Infantry Regimental Combat Team Association.
John E. Schmidt, Jr.
In March, for my daughter, Kristin Kirkby's 21st
birthday, we took a trip to New York City and were joined by
my aunt, Doris (Rusty) Folger and my niece, Alice Ensor.
We splurged, staying at the Marriott Marquee, in the heart of
the theater district. From here, we could walk to the theaters,
great restaurants and most tourist attractions, such as the
Empire State Building and Central Park. If the walking
seemed a bit much, we hopped on a bus. I had not been to
NYC since 1973 and I can honestly say that the Republican
mayor has done an incredible job of cleaning up the city and
making it safe. It was simply beautiful. While there, we saw
Miss Saigon and the Scarlet Pimpernel. We had hope to see
Panama's very own Sara Knapp, in the Scarlet Pimpernel,
but she was not performing that evening. However, we did
have a chance to meet her after the show and tell her how
much we enjoyed it. I understand Bruce Quinn (Sara is one
of his proteges) invited Sara to perform in Panama in August
during the extravaganza planned to commemorate the
transfer of the Canal.
Once again, don't forget to call or email YOUR
Tampa Bay Area
Betty Boyer has been shuttling Carlie Taber to and
from our Sewing Club since she found out that Carlie needed
transportation. We are happy that Carlie can once again
One of the performers at a recent GEORGE STRAIT
FESTIVAL was country singer, Kenny Chisney. Shown in
accompanying photo is left to right: Kathy Tacie, Kenny
Chisney and Warren Gibbs. Warren is the son of Paul and
Margarita Reiman Gibbs. Warren is a firefighter and also
works for a CBS radio station Q105 Country in Tampa as a
producer and on air radio personality (D.J.). He loves the
radio business and hopes to someday be part of a morning
Kathie Tacie, Kenney Chisney, Warren Gibbs.
BHS Class of '43 really enjoy getting together. Several
met at the 1999 Reunion to reminisce and recount childhood
stories. Present were: Tommy Lou Jordan Horter, Vic
Melant, George Chevalier, Bill March, Bill Diez, Larry
Jones, Gordon Davis, Vonna Hamleton Huldtquist, Betty
Mae Crooks Ingram and Betty Snow. Gordon really
enjoyed his first visit. Friends of Class of '43 attending were:
Eddie Doran, Paul DeBehnke and Libby Lundy.
Bob Van Siclen's two daughters and their families
surprised him by showing up at the reunion. They were
staying at a nearby property of the Marriott complex. His
niece and husband, Amy and Ron De Groot were there as
vendors. Bob and Nancy enjoyed the visit but it was over too
L-R: Amy, Ron deGroot, son Corey, Bob Van Siclen,
Nancy Talasko, and daughter Julia and husband Alan
of East Hampton, NY, Betsy Borrelli, husband Bill
and son Mike of Exeter, New Hampshire.
Betty Comley Forgeson spent a memorable 9 day trip
to Panama; she attended the last Balboa High School
graduation and alumni reunion. The baccalaureate address
at the BHS graduation was unforgettable. Her friends Phyllis
and Bernhard Everson gave her two COPA tickets which
they won at the 1998 Reunion. Betty and Frances Brassy
were met at Tocumen Airport by Lotte Zelenka, owner of
Morrison's Variety Stores. Betty and Frances went on two
sightseeing tours of Panama City.
Betty's sister, Beverly Dilfer, was also in Panama
visiting her son, James, and his family who live in Diablo.
They will be going to Okinawa where Lynn has been
assigned to DODDS. Many Comley/Dilfer dinners, get-
togethers, sightseeing trips and church services at Balboa
Union Church were enjoyed.
Blanche Adler Brown was also in Panama to attend
the graduation/alumni events. Her son, Grover Matheney,
provided his chauffeured van to take Betty, Beverly and Fran
on daily shopping and sightseeing trips all over the Canal
Zone, Panama and the Interior. Fond memories and feelings
were experienced by all, and lunch at the Washington Hotel
was especially poignant.
Carol Barlow Vezina was recipient of a surprise 75th
birthday hosted by her sister, Ruth Schmidt and her son,
John Jr, and other family members. John's wife, Alice,
organized the menu. Carol's son from Toms River, N.J. and
four nieces from Palm Cove, Fl. attended. Carol's 88 year old
friend from Hartford, CT joined the party. Twenty three
relatives and friends, including 16 Brown Bagger ladies were
there to share in the festivities.
A couple from Sarasota whom Carol had not seen in 45 years
surprised her with their presence.
Betty C. Snow
52 (727) 799-4769
The Balboa High School Class of '55 held its 45th
reunion in Orlando this July. Thanks to classmates
Marguerite and Bob Zumbado, we were able to put
together a delicious dinner at the Marriott World Center.
There were 60 alumni in attendance and judging by the
laughter heard throughout the evening, everyone had a great
time. The night before the dinner, we had a get-together
cocktail party in my hotel suite for all our classmates and
began renewing friendships from our school years.
Classmates visiting at Sissy Flint's home. Mary Ellen
(Stacy) Horine, Phyllis (McLaren) Barkley, Betty
Jane (Keneely)Geerer, Shirley (Smith) O'Connor.,
Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn had her annual "Zonie Get-
Together" at her home in Stockbridge, Georgia from May 12-
19, 1999. Sissy had quite a few Zonies visit with her and she
made sure everyone kept very busy seeing the sights. Bruce
and Ginny Hearn also participated in the activities, but were
not in the photo. One of our gatherings was at the famous
Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA, for lunch and the food
there is not only wonderful, but enough to feed an army!
Zonian get-together at Diane and Dick Wallace's
home on May 22,1999.
Diane and Dick Wallace also had a "Zonian" get-
together at their home in Norcross, GA on May 22. Besides
many of the regular group, there were several out of state
guests, Maxine (Baggott) Nolde, Larry Nolde, Sandy
(Wallace) Brunner, Joe Lastinger and Neil Doherty. The
music was Latin and quite lively and the food was
While on one of our tours to Panama, Lori
(Stevenson) Snow and her son, Nick, went on the Barro
Colorado Island tour. Nick saw many monkeys swinging
through the trees, which thrilled him, as we don't get to see
too many monkeys in the trees in Georgia.
Missing the reunion at Orlando was a big
disappointment to me, but I look forward to a full report and
pictures from my brother, Bill De La Mater and his wife,
Thelma, who also attended our Worsley family reunion at
Carolina Beach. NC. Our cousin Arline Winerman of St.
Petersburg was a pleasing component of the latter, I am told.
While occupying their alternate home in Hawaii, Hank
and Virginia Dolim attended a reunion on Maui Island of
former residents of the sugar plantation village of Keahua.
(Hank was born in Kehua, a village now all planted in sugar
cane.) A group of relatives of former Japanese residents
demonstrated Japanese Taiko drumming and chanting to their
spiritual world. Others joined in a Bon Dance honoring their
ancestors a dance performed during Bon festivals held
yearly all over Hawaii.
Nick and his mother, Lori (Stevenson) Snow at Barro
Colorado Island in Panama, R.P. on June 3,1999.
Dave Stevenson with newly weds Larry and Edna
(Cooley) Didier. Larry and Edna met on a "Dry
Season tour to Panama."
While at the Panama Canal Reunion, we saw Edna
Cooley and Larry Didier. They announced they had gotten
married on July 1, a year and four months after they met on
the 1998 Dry Season Tour to Panama. They were grinning
from ear to ear and announced that because of us, they had
met and fallen love. We were delighted with their wedding
news and wish them the best in their future years together.
Hank and Virginia Dolim beside the largest "Taiko"
drum on Maui.
Billy Brophy, "Mr. Panama" here, has invited
Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris to attend the inauguration
ceremony on September 1st of Panama's new Presidente Sra.
Mireya Moscoso (widow of Arnulfo Arias). No response
A nice letter from Betty (Comley) Forgeson brought
me a fine photo of herself and my brother Billy D taken at
the last graduation ceremony of our alma mater Balboa High
School. (Only two members of my class of 1935 attended.)
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan tells of a big Jlly
reunion of the Sullivan and Young families in San Diego.
Also, that some of Margaret's paintings are on display at
Honolulu Hale (City Hall) and at Manoa Marketplace.
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Kirt and Millie (Damerau) Boudreau of
Washington, LA have returned from a June Alaska cruise.
Before returning home they visited with Millie's sister and
brother-in-law, Kathy and Brian Noffz and the Noffz
talented daughters Jessica and Roxanne, who play drums,
dance and sing.
Mildred (Mrs. Gilbert) Foster celebrated her 90t
birthday in April at the home of her daughter, Betsy Astin
in Decatur, GA. Mrs. Foster's older daughter, Patt
Roberson, who lives in Baker, LA joined the festivities as
did former Zonians Mary Sullivan and her son, Dan of
Tucker, GA. Mrs. Sullivan is Betsy's godmother. Mrs.
Foster resides at Manor Care Nursing Home in Decatur.,
Mildred Foster at her 90th birthday with daughters Patt
Roberson (left) and Betsy Austin.
John Gough, Sr. and his fiancee Terri Ruff
recently hosted a Louisiana crawfish boil at their home in
Marrero. About 50 relatives, friends and neighbors enjoyed
120 pounds of crawfish, sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob
and jambalaya. At the July reunion in Orlando, John and
Terri met up with John's sons, John (BHS '64) and Bill
(BHS '66). John Sr., had an opportunity to visit with former
Sunday School students, Nate Atkinson, Alfred Creque,
Russell Leeser, Bob Russell and Fred Webster. On the
way home, John Sr., Terri and Bill stopped in Alachua to see
nephew Bertie Cooke (BHS '47) and his wife, Mavis and
Bitsy Frensley Atkinson, John Gough Sr. and
Mayno Bliss Walker, former Administration Building
Bud Hallett of Shreveport has a new "typewriter".
With failing eyesight, he has discovered the benefits of using
a tape recorder instead of a typewriter. That's ingenuity!
Let's hope he will be interested in providing an oral history
of his CZ days for the museum project. Bud enjoys hearing
from old buddies, especially Norma Stillwell Martin of
Leesburg, VA and his first best friend, Bobby Van Siclen of
Seminole, formerly of Tavernilla St. in Balboa. Bud's wife,
Mary Ann, is his reader.
Joyce Dugas Joubert and her husband Herbert
attended her 50th class reunion in July. They visited her
brother Norman and wife, Doris, in Spring Hill, FL and
they all went to Orlando together. Joyce was particularly
pleased to spend time with Janie Warden Perla of Orlando,
her best buddy from BHS days. Joyce was maid of honor at
Janie's wedding at St. Mary's and is godmother to her first
born, Janie. Joyce also reminisced with Loren Long of San
Diego. Both were in the trumpet section of Mr.
Branstetter's band and orchestra. Loren was voted "Most
Talented" in the '49 Zonian.
Norman Dugas, Herbert Joubert and Joyce Dugas
Joubert, at her 50th.
Veralea Landrum of Anacoco reported a great trip
to the July reunion where she met with other "Gorgas gals",
Ann Buchter, Janine Eggleston, Nicky Erickson,
Mariette Graham, Carmen Herberg, Betty Moore, Tess
Owens and Grace Shadeck. They found Goethal's talk
excellent and the vendor's goodies so many that they plan to
return next year.
Anne "Rusty" Stapler LoFranco is visiting in
Austin, TX and assisting with the care of a cousin who is
suffering with non-Hodgin's lymphoma. In addition to
mourning the death of her mother, Electra Morales Stapler
(BHS '33) in June. Anne is trying to decide where to retire.
Dick Sena of Chalmette sent us an article about the
December turnover of the Canal which was first printed in
the Los Angels Times and later reprinted in the New Orleans
Times-Picayune. Former Zonians mentioned in the article
include Peggy Acker, Robert Christenson, Patricia Egger,
Scott Foster, Dave Furlong, Kay Hamilton, Luke
Lambert and George Zidbeck.
Bob Wertz of Belle Chase, LA is the recipient of
the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards
Wright Brothers Golden Eagle Award for having served as
a pilot for over 50 years in the military and as a civilian. Bob
has logged more than 22,000 landings in the past 56 years
and spent some 5,400 hours in the air. Asked how long he
will continue to fly, the 77 year old said, "At least two more
years if I pass my next physical." He is the flight instructor
at the New Orleans Naval Air Station Flying Club and
currently has four students. He has taught about 300 others
to fly and has flown 20 different types of aircraft. His
favorite these days is a Cessna 172. In September, Bob and
his wife, Evelyn celebrate 50 years of marriage.
Patt Foster Roberson
Many thanks for the wonderful job done by the
volunteers who helped coordinate and plan this year's
excellent reunion! It was my class's 20'h BHS Reunion. It
was great to see faces I haven't seen in many moons. We are
already planning our 25th!
The Chicago area finally had some visitors. Among
them were John Morris (BHS '79) who stayed with my
family and me while attending a friend's wedding. He
remains a character. We had a great time jet-skiing, eating,
drinking and telling old stories.
In late July, Mark Nelson (BHS '75) of Chicago
was married. Also in town for the festivities were Mark's
parents and brothers, David (BHS '78) of California and
Josh (BHS '79) from Seattle. Josh's recent bride, Mary
Jablonski was also in town for the fun. With Mark Powell
(BHS '79) and family also there, it soon resembled a mini-
Carlton Morris, Mark Powell, Mary and Josh Nelson
at Mark Nelson's wedding reception.
Margaret (Morris) Hanesworth (BHS '63) told me
she was going to be a grandmother, times two! Her son,
Brooks and his wife, Carolyn, are expecting twin girls in
Ginny Entriken (BHS'52) in Hattiesburg is
learning to operate her first-ever computer and e-mail. She
and husband Rod are going to San Antonio for the BHS
Fiesta October 5-8. Louie Celerier, Judson, Texas, is
coordinating. Ginny looks forward to some "girl time" with
BHS buddies Anna, Jodi, Karen, Sally and Shirley. A
second grandchild, Lillie Louise, was born May 17. The
first granddaughter, Selby (which is Ginny's maiden name,
celebrated her fourth birthday June 27. Ginny claims not to
be in the entertaining business, but often seats 20-30 for
lunch or dinner in her home.
Marion Fahnestock of Ocean Springs sent some
new information about getting to the Gulf Coast Picnic.
Hanley Road leading to the Gulf Islands National Seashore
has been closed. Visitors are to enter on Park Road which
is three traffic lights further east than Hanley Road off
Highway 90. If traveling west Hwy 90, watch for Park signs
before you reach Ocean Springs Hospital. If you get to Wal-
Mart, you've gone too far. Marion is married to John
Fahnestock Jr., CHS'52. They have lived in Ocean Springs
since 1964. Hugh Cassibry was a first cousin. After
Hugh's death last May, his wife Chita moved to Paso
Robles, Calif. John's dad was a district commander on the
Atlantic side police force, retiring in 1955.
Gerda Smith in Smithdale, is mapping out a new
schedule of exercise, church work and classes in German
and drawing. Where she lives, she said, "Geezers get to go
to the junior college free so why not!" Shortly after the
reunion, Gerda was delighted with a wonderful three-day
visit from Rusty Smith and his children Jessica and Owen
Patt Foster Roberson
The Western Carolina Society had its annual
business/social meeting at Ryan's Steakhouse in late April.
Ron Angermuller is still the president so we didn't elect any
new officers. The only new business we had was planning
our July picnic at Jackson Park. Both events were successful
with the usual crowd attending, Pat Fraser and Wilma
Notwotny drove to Kentucky for a short but delightful visit
with Pat's cousins-in-law, Betty and Basil Gaither, who
own a small horse farm there. Pat also made a trip with
Cherry Stalman up to the Amish country in PA. It was a
great trip with lots of sightseeing and wonderful Amish
cooking. Nicki and Ty Erickson have been on the move
lately. They spent Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore with
their son Brad and his wife, Jennifer helping them move
into their new brownstone home, which they have been
remodeling since the first of the year. Daughter, Heather,
and her husband Tom Dupuis also came from MA for the
weekend, so it turned out to be a family reunion as well as a
house warming. They attended the Reunion in Orlando and
made a four day visit to Williamsburg, VA, where they
visited with friends they had known in Germany 33 years
ago. After the reunion they drove to Minnesota to see
Nicki's mother. All in all, it has been a very busy summer.
Jim and Diane Bradley attended the Reunion along
with their son, Jim and his wife, Sherry, and granddaughter,
Candace Bradley. Son, Michael and wife, Kim Bradley
and daughter, Eileen and her husband, Per Petzold came
from Germany. They also visited with Jim's mother while in
Chuck and Alice Latimer of Greenville, SC missed
out last meeting and have been traveling a bit. They attended
the graduation of their oldest grandson, Edward, from the
California Academy of Mathematics and Science in June.
Edward will attend Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA on a
ROTC scholarship. Alice is currently president of the South
Carolina Counseling Association and recently attended the
American Counseling Association annual meeting in San
Diego. Bill and Betty Dunning spent a couple of weeks in
July in Rogers, Arkansas visiting their daughter and son-in-
law, Lynn and Jess Harp and their three grandchildren.
Daughter Cheryl and husband Mark Lowery were also
there., home from Germany for the summer. Cheryl and
Mark visited their folks in Hendersonville on their way back
and all the Hunt cousins were here to see them. All my
family was at the reunion and while there we helped Lisa
celebrate her birthday, in a big way. I doubt there was
anyone in the hotel who didn't know how old she was. It was
a great party, attended by my dear friends and relatives,
including my sister Vicki Howe and her daughters, Nanette
Runion and and Brandi (my nieces) and granddaughter
Kaitlyn Runion and my sister Sandi Ingle, her son Shawn
and granddaughter Kelsey. My two grandsons, Zach and
Justin Trinca and I spent a week in Longboat Key with my
sisters after the reunion. In early June I attended the
graduation of my oldest grandson Michael Ryan Watkins
in Atlanta, Ga. He will be attending college in September on
a Hope scholarship.
My 45" high school graduation was great and it was
wonderful to see everyone, especially the old gang from
Pedro Miguel. We were well represented. Those of you who
missed it should start planning for our 50th. Let's make it a
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Helen "Howie" (Adams) and husband Robert
"Gerry" Laatz have moved from Panama's Atlantic side
to the lovely port of Anacortes, Washington, where they are
planning to build a home. In May, they were guests,
together with Jim and Noralee (Roche) Shobe, at Henry
and Pat Cruz's new home in Bellingham, Washington,
where they enjoyed a fresh poached northwest salmon
dinner. It combined a welcome to the Northwest for the
Laatz's and housewarming for the Cruz's. Howie was the
Atlantic side's highly effective reporter who will now bring
her expertise to this area. She has agreed to assume the
reporting duties for the Northwest branch of the Panama
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Gerry and Howie Laatz, Noralee and Jim Schobe
and Pat Cruz, who prepared a salmon dinner at the
new Cruz home in Bellingham, Washington, to
welcome the Laatz's to the Pacific Northwest.
Being retired Navy, this reporter picked up a
newspaper at the Everett, WA. Naval Base and was
pleasantly surprised by an article describing an outstanding
young sailor born in the Canal Zone. Later, there was
another article relating his wife's problem getting out of
Colombia with their child. The young Legalman 2nd Class
was Petty Officer Jonathan Borsellino, previously of the
Atlantic side. Got in touch with Jonathan and informed him
of the Panama Canal Society and of the forthcoming
Northwest Picnic Reunion, where he might rejoin other
former Zonians. He said he would try to attend since it's not
Barbara (Comber) McDougal, who worked so
diligently at contacting and rounding up her '49 classmates
for a reunion in Florida this year, had an unfortunate
experience on her way down. She and her husband left their
home in Monroe, WA in May, to visit friends along the
way, when suddenly while on the North Carolina coaather
blood pressure shot up and she lost part of her vision in her
right eye. Needless to say, this precluded her attendance at
the reunion. The good news is that she has basically
recuperated. Her blood pressure is back down and her
doctor says she can drive again, but she will play it safe by
not doing so. In the meantime, she has heard from, and
received, many pictures from her classmates.
Finally, this reporter has enjoyed the privilege of
being your Northwest voice and wants to thank the many of
you who made the job easier with your contributions for the
Canal Record, Starting with the next issue, your reporter
will be: Howie Laatz, (360) 293-0923.
The Oklahoma group held its Spring business
meeting and picnic on May 1, 1999 at Will Rogers Park in
Oklahoma City. Attendees were Toy (Lugo) Barnard; Jean
and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Tomas, Aymee, David and
Shirley Lugo; John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler; Mike,
Laura (Burns), Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann and
guest, Rich Coughlin. The occasion marked the tenth
anniversary of the Oklahoma Chapter. Everyone enjoyed the
camaraderie, the Latin music and door prizes (provided by
Scott), the meat (provided by chapter dues and prepared by
Laura) and the side dishes (provided by everyone).
Jean, Doris and Scott Burs and Vicki and Bob
Boukalis (of Foley, AL) flew to London in early May. The
group went on a 22 day coach trip through the British Isles.
Jean and Doris were most impressed with the countryside,
the sights of the major cities and the cleanliness of each
country. Scott's major highlights were getting to know each
of the 50 people on the tour bus, doing the pub-crawl in
Scotland, visiting St. Andrews Golf Course and seeing
Robert Bur's birth place.
beaches and visited relatives. Aymee loved the shopping and
eating at the Plaza Las Americas and San Patricio shopping
Mike, Laura, Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann
enjoyed a two week car trip in June. They visited New
Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. They also went on a
seven day car trip to Wisconsin in July as well as a two day
trip to the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin. It was Laura's first
time in that area and she was impressed with the sights.
The John Raffler family is enjoying the summer,
which definitely beats the heat of last summer. They are
expecting friends of the family from the Canary Islands in
August. The well known May tornado affected a lot of
John's co-workers and left many homeless. John says it is
one thing to see the destruction on the news and another to
witness it on a daily basis while driving to and from work.
John and Madeleine and Madeleine's father, Eli recently
attended an exciting Redhawks ballgame at the new ball park
Kurt and Kellie Meissner celebrated the second
birthday of their twin daughters, Kylie Anne and Kaylie
Kathryn on July 30, 1999. Big brother, Jake, also
celebrated the day The Meissners invite everyone to visit
their website at www.intellisys.net/klmeissr, to see more
photos of their entire family.
Vicki Boukalis and Doris Burns with a Beefeater tour
guide at the Tower of London.
Kurt and Kellie Meissner and family.
L-R: Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Scott Burns, Doris
Burns and Jean Burns in Tralee, Ireland.
Aymee (Lugo) Diaz and father, Eli Lugo and
children Michelle and Michael went to Puerto Rico for two
weeks in June. They went swimming at many of the different
Jimmie Wickham mentioned that Maria Aldridge
just returned from a trip to Panama. Maria went to visit her
mother who lives in Chiriqui. Maria and Ray's daughter,
Raylene, graduated from Texas A&M University in May.
Helen Braithwaite is spending the summer in Oklahoma
City before transferring to her new position with DoDDS in
Okinawa, Japan. She and Jimmie had a nice visit catching up
on all the DoDDS news. Jimmie just retired from teaching in
McAlester, OK and is looking forward to do whatever it is
that retired people do.
Our upcoming Fall picnic will be on October 2,
1999, at LaFortune Park in Tulsa. The picnic begins at 11:00
am and all interested are more than welcome to stop by and
Laura (Burns) Redemann
Karen (Rankin), Ryann and John Blennerhassett.
L-R: Susan (Newall), Michael and Hanna Sasters,
Miriam (Ng), Lorianne and Stewart Newall enjoying
Christmas in Santa Rita with Roy and Joan Newall.
The former Canal Zone may be looking more like a
ghost town, but our tribal community still thrives. With
recent loss of the Balboa Yacht Club and a need for another
gathering place, Tommy Morris and Jaime Claus have
organized get-togethers at the Cardenas Civic Center. Every
Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM the BBQ is fired up and the
frisbee and soccer games begin. On one particular evening,
Michael Stump, who sponsors local soccer, brought over his
team, USA International, from Maranon and Caledonia.
They defeated the Zonians mercilessly 9-1. Among those in
attendance were Zenia and Tommy Morris, Kitty and
Jaime Claus, Nicole and Michael Stump, Denise and Carl
Winkler, Cathy and Kboy Richey, Jeff, Danny, Sue and
Mike Norman, Trina Clark, Kris Gibson, Trevor Vogel,
Christy Ford, Michelle Womble, Eric Holland, Corinne
Boyer, Lynley and Nathan Weade, Edgardo Tirado,
Allison Doubek, Dave McArthur, Reyna Royo, Gabe
Prieto, Kathy Bottin, Marelisa (Samuels) and Dean
Smith, Ginny Jackson and more. Each weekend seems to
draw a larger crowd as the word spreads of the event.
Michael and Nicole Stump took a year off from the
Department of Defense Dependents Schools in order to
remain in Panama. Mike is the Director of Athletics for
Cable and Wireless and coaches soccer to children ages 12-
17 who come from all provinces in Panama. Mike will also
be training local coaches in soccer. Nicole is teaching a
combined group of first and second graders at the Christian
Academy at Crossroads Bible Church in Cardenas. They are
also proud parents of their first born son, Beau Tyler Dale
Kboy and Cathy Richey are also proud parents.
Their daughter, Laura, was born on June 7, 1999 in Paitilla
Hospital. The family will move to Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico
Newly weds Marelisa (Samuels) and Dean Smith
will also leave Panama in September for Ft. Gillem, Georgia.
The couple was married on July 24th at Iglesia San Jose
(Church of the Golden Altar) in Casco Viejo.
Also married on August 21 were Rebecca (Wilbur)
and Matthew Tomlett in Bryn Mawr, PA in an outdoor
family wedding on Rebecca's great aunt's property.
Rebecca's parents Reverend William and Eleanor left
Panama to attend the wedding. Rebecca's twin brother,
David, arrived from Orlando. After walking his daughter
down the aisle, Reverend Wilbur took over the ceremony
from Rebecca's uncle, also a reverend, to marry his own
daughter. Matthew's parents, Capt Philip and Sue Tomlet,
formerly of Cardenas, arrived from Woodstock, VT where
they have been residing since their retirement from the
Panama Canal Commission. Matt's brother, Andrew, a
pilot for Northwest Airlines, arrived from Michigan to attend
the wedding. Capt. Philip has recently recovered from open-
heart surgery and we wish him well.
Christy Ford enjoyed a visit to Rio de Janeiro in
May. Her brother, Mark Ford, has been living there since
October '98. Mark works for Texaco and was previously
residing in Peru.
Erik Little visited Panama in June and enjoyed
going to the San Blas Islands and Isla Grande before
traveling to Guatemala to join his family there for the
marriage of his brother, Cort Little (BHS '90) to Bethany
Trapp (BHS '91). Their mother, Caroline Little, will be
leaving Panama to transfer with DoDDS to Japan.
Pam Clark (BHS '86) has released her second CD,
Primary Colors, which was written, produced and recorded
at her home studio, Salt Mines Studio, for GM Productions.
The CD is available through her record label, Broken
Records, on the internet at www.brokenrecords.com. Pam
performs concerts throughout all of Panama's provinces,
continuing her ministerial work throughout Central and
South America. She can be contacted at
In the middle of dry season, the Balboa High School
baseball season featured several exciting games. This year
saw only one team fielded by BHS, coached by Vince
Martinez and Larry Quinn, playing against two teams from
Panama and a BHS Alumni team organized by Eric Holland
under the Athletic Club banner. The after-game celebration
was held in the Balboa stadium parking lot, with chorizos,
burgers and cold Panama beer. After attracting the attention
of local police, the party moved to the Pacific Softball Park
where it continued until 2:00 am amid lamentations for the
soon-to-disappear ball park and nostalgic recountings of
numerous Canal Zone adventures.
BHS Final Graduation oldest alumni present (BHS'28)
BHS Alumni team wins championship. Back L-R:
Andrew Efthimiadis, Brad O'Donnell, Kboy Richey,
Dave McArthur, Eric Holland, Javier Fabrega, Mike
Robison, Steve Carlock, Danny Bright, Robert
Cowes. Kneeling L-R: Ricky Malave, Donny Husted,
Agusto Vergara, Scott Tweed. Not pictured: Herman
The final graduation of Balboa High School on May
15, 1999, brought many alumni and visitors back to Panama.
Among them was a large group of people from BHS Classes
of '74 and '75. Lorrie Husum (BHS '74), Cathy Scribner
('74), Ron McLaren ('75) Llori Gibson ('74) and Julie
Booz ('75) were the primary organizers of this big reunion.
The group took in the usual sights and sounds of Panama and
reminisced about their high schools days. A highlight of
their reunion was a slide show presentation by Ron McLaren
featuring graduates of the entire class of '74 and '75, then
and now! aooroximately 130 attended.
BHS Alumni attend final graduation. L-R: John Magee,
Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst, Mike Werner, Tommy Morris.
Class Salutatorian Kristan Lloyd Gibson at PCC
final graduation received his AS degree and will be
going to UCF in Orlando. Congratulations, Kris.
A funny thing happened on the first day of Yvonne
Cooper's new job at Corozal). The MP at the gate would
not let her in with her US passport as her only form of ID, so
she began to commiserate on how Zonies always get the raw
end of the deal, whether it be in Panama City or on the US
military bases. Then she found out that the MP's sergeant,
was no other than fellow Zonie, Carl Orvis, who graduated
from BHS with Yvonne in 1980 and was in Panama for the
first time in 19 years doing his two weeks active duty for the
National Guard. That same week discovered that fellow
classmates Pat Gordon (in Panama setting up an Outback
Steakhouse) and Stephen Appin were also visiting. By now
the ball was rolling and on June 10th the Class of '80 held a
reunion organized by Yvonne Cooper at the new Mangos
Restaurant for a night of fun. Classmate Dinorah Charles
(Dini) was there singing with her band, "The New
Woodstock" and kept them dancing until the early morning.
Quite a few of the members of the Class of '80 still live in
Panama but were unable to attend on such short notice.
However, everyone is looking forward to their 20' in Tampa!
The long awaited third CD by Shorty and Slim,
entitled "Tird One", was released in August. In Panama, it
will be available adjacent to the Starlite Travel Agency, in
the old New World Gallery. They are currently trying to
make it available for those in the U.S. and the information on
how it can be purchased will soon be announced.
One final note, your reporter has moved! I have
joined many Zonians in the move to Albrook. Some
neighbors include Joy and Larry Quinn, George and Luz
Patton, Katherine (McClain) and Jim Reid, Jason and
Leslie Critides, Kenny Myers, Jack Whitlock, Bryan and
Vicky Teal, Ginny Ann Jackson, Sarita and Ernie
Holland Sr., Michelle Kaufman, Sam Castleton, Matthew
and Rebeca Tomlet, Maria and Luther Quinn Sr.,
Michael Brady, Alex and Vivian Reyes, Isabel M. Hoard,
Cindy (Kinkaid) and Ed Rumold and Wayne Hemm.
Please note my new address and phone number. 1
am waiting for a local post office box to become available.
PTY-3236, 1601 NW 97th Ave
P.O. Box 025207
Miami, FL 33102-5207
We had our "pot luck" luncheon June 5th at the Senior
Citizens' Clubhouse in Crosland Park, Aiken. Some of our
members missed it Jack Woodzell was in West Virginia
attending the annual reunion of Phyllis' family, he then
went on to Washington, DC to see his daughters. Bill and Sis
York were absent due to his continuing recovery from
surgery. We were glad to see Leona Badonsky who is
residing at Eden Gardens, a retirement home in Aiken.
In May Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz ventured
to Hilton Head for a week's vacation. The weather was
excellent and they thoroughly enjoyed it once they became
Diane (Shore) LeBlanc attended the Florida reunion
and is now visiting family in Miami. Sandra (Shore) Davis
and son, Adam, spent a few weeks in Aiken with her
mother, Lorna Shore.
In April Blanche Browne made her Mediterranean
cruise on the original "Love Boat" and reports the highlights
of the trip were the visits to Egypt and the Holy Land. In
May she attended the graduation in Boca Raton of her
grandchild, Audra Anyse Matheney, from Lynn University.
She then went on to Panama for the last graduation of
Balboa High School and the impressive ceremony for the
alumni. Blanche is now at her summer home in Canaan, NH
and has been visited by Mary and Ed Doolan of Sarasota,
FL and Rosemary and Colin Campbell (CHS).
In July Nancy (York) Coffey and son Chris traveled
from Florida to help the Yorks celebrate Sis York's birthday.
The weekend of July 4th Jerry and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox of Ocala, FL, Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis of Foley, AL, and Ritchie and Olga Phillips of
Conyers, GA stopped by to visit Peggy Hutchison.
Enjoying the Orlando Magic: Former Las Cruces Street
neighbors Ellie Husum and daughters Lorrie and Mary told
of their visit to Panama for "The last graduation." Lorrie was
one of the organizers for the BHS'74 reunion there, which
was, from all accounts, fantastic!
More Neighbors hereabouts: Tom and Rita Hannigan,
David and Terry (Rios) Hannigan, Charlie Brown, Gary
and Ellen (Wilson) Anderson and daughter Carrie. Rick
Geyer, Jolie Seeley, Ed and Gloria Malin, Laura Reyes
with Alex and Beth all had a catch-up gab fest!
On the scene from Dallas: George McArthur and son
Murray. Art and Edie Farrell leisurely drove from
Richardson, Texas, stopping at casinos along the Gulf states.
Also Sheila Gilbert Bolke, the Ciepiela family, where Bob
danced almost every dance with the four Ciepiela ladies,
Carolyn, and daughters Cathy, Celia and Marie. A
November wedding is planned for Marie and Patrick
Gaughan at the Fort Mason Officers Club overlooking San
Francisco Bay. Sisters Cathy and Celia will be bridesmaids
and the maid of honor will be Kerri Mazzone, a long time
friend of Marie's from their Harvard days.
Also mingling and deep in confab were Jack and Jo
Ann (Harte) Morton and Bruce 'n Sandy Sanders, who
just returned from an exciting road trip with grandchildren to
visit son Doug in Los Gatos, Ca. Alice Lim celebrated her
45th anniversary (CHS'54) and sister Angela (Lim) Wong
and husband Luis joined the get-together with former
classmates at their class reunion held Saturday, July 3.
Father John Kennedy, formerly of St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, celebrated a Mass on Saturday eve in the Miami
Room where past and present members of St. Mary's joined
in the fellowship and camaraderie. Father Kennedy recently
celebrated his 50th anniversary of Priesthood and is
presently stationed in Philadelphia.
We enjoyed a glass of wine (or two) in the Party Suite
of Class of BHS'79 with son Carlton. We enjoyed chatting
with Donna (Winklosky) and husband Mike; Kelly Leavy,
Christina (Grimison) Volonino, Capt. Jeff Burbach and
wife Mary (Davis) and Lori Chevalier.
Etc, etc.... Louie and Elena Hooper live in North
Richland Hills, TX. Son Gary (BHS'77) and daughter
Vivian and husband live just six blocks away in opposite
directions. Louie is kept busy maintaining lawn equipment
for Gary Hooper's Lawn Service. He sends his regards to
all his Society friends. Cory Green (BHS'77) was in Dallas
attending the Memorial Service for classmate Karl Shaw
(see obit). Cory is a dad, after seventeen years to daughter
Soledad how about a proud dad? Andrew and Maureen
(Egger) Whitlock, Ft. Worth, are proud parents of three
exceptional youngsters. Mom writes that Andrew III,
achieved First Place in Ft. Worth "Wiz Quiz" competition.
Raymond won second in Texas State for gymnastics. His
team took 1st place in the age 6-7 class of boys. Patricia
performed in her first piano recital, while mom and dad are
still playing soccer and loving it. The Eggers attended their
BHS'79 20th class reunion and enjoyed it.
-Victoria (Morris) Hall (Guatemala City) and three
children, Kenneth, Krystal and Devon will spend a month
in Piano, TX. visiting parents, Bob and Linda Morris. A
family reunion is planned for mid-August.
Linda Reimann Morris
The 20th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party will be held on December 11, 1999 in the Inn of the
Hills, Kerrville, Texas, beginning at 5:00 PM. Elsie Larson
is Chairperson for the third year which guarantees a great
party. Notices will be mailed in September. For hotel
reservations, call the Inn of the Hills 1-800-292-5690. For
dinner reservations and further information call or write Elsie
Larson (830) 257-4204, 8 Paradise Ave., Kerrville, TX
78028. Ya'll come!
Marilyn Carter in front of the steam locomotive used
first to help build the Canal; then sent to Alaska to help
build the highways, now on display in Anchorage.
Marilyn and Wade Carter had a spectacular ten-
day vacation in Alaska in May. They drove all over the
"great land" and were dazzled by the natural beauty. They
saw two types of whales, black bears, Dall sheep, puffins,
sea otters, bald eagles and sea lions. They experienced a
close up view of Aialek glacier from the ship and an
awesome view of Mt. McKinley. The experience of Alaska
will not be forgotten.
We welcome Jo-Ann Fields, Bob and Jackie
Fearon and Barbara and Ed Stanford and daughter,
Cheryl, to Kerrville. They recently moved to this area to
make it their new home after leaving Panama. Jo-Ann Fields
is the daughter of Annette Fields and the late J.B. Fields,
long time residents of Kerrville. Jackie Fearon is the
daughter of Bob and 'Delle Dunn and Barbara Stanford is
the daughter of Bea and Harvey Rhyne.
Bill Monsanto, Santa Ana, CA visited his sister
Bea Rhyne and family and was here to welcome his niece
Barbara Stanford and her family to the good ole USA. Eddie
Stanford and Wendy Winkler, Tallahassee, FL drove to
Kerrville for a visit with his grandparents, Harvey and Bea
Rhyne and his parents, Barbara and Ed Stanford. They
stopped in Mississippi for a visit with John Williford and
his family. Camille Eastham joined the family early in July
Dale Bishop is recuperating from a triple by-pass
surgery. He is doing very well and hopes to be fully
recovered before long. We add our best wishes for a speedy
recovery. Anna Lee Young joined her family at the
Reunion in Orlando. She reports having a wonderful time
and saw lots of old friends. Iris Hogan and Kathi Lessiack
represented their respective classes of BHS '37 and '38 at
Balboa High School's final graduation ceremony in Panama
on May 15, 1999.
Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne
Tom and I attended the reunion in July and had a
wonderful time renewing old friendships and making new
friends. Tom's class, CHS '59 held their 40th Reunion on
Thursday evening and it was a lot of fun- -thanks to all who
made it possible. We also found time to spend an entire day
at Universal Studios and it is awesome- -definitely worth the
effort. We would like to have had the time to revisit Epcot
but we didn't and since we had visited it last year it wasn't
too high on our "wish" list. After departing the reunion we
headed to Aiken, SC where we visited with my parents (Mel
and Connie Menges, formerly of Margarita, CZ). Prior to
the reunion we had our own big event- -we welcomed our
newest grandson, Aaron Matthew Klimchock, born on June
13, 1999 to Charlotte (Sellers) and Ken Klimchock in
Centerville, VA. Aaron joins his brother Timmy (age 2) and
his cousin Nicholas (age 2) and brings our grandbabies total
to three boys and zero girls.
Dale and Betty Cockle traveled from Texas to
Manassas in June for graduation of their grandchildren.
Kathryn Sanchez graduated from Osborne Park High
School and Clare Sanchez graduated from Parkside Middle
town guests (Uncle) Dave and Sylvia Robles of Panama.
Their son, Joe Robles and wife Beth and family of
Colombia, SC also attended.
Before I close I would like to notify all Zonians in the
Northern Virginia or metro area that we are planning another
get together at the Red Moon Saloon at the Fair Oaks
Holiday Inn in late September. I will contact those for whom
I have email addresses. Please contact me at address/phone
number/email address shown below if you are interested in
attending and I will notify you of date/time.
(703) 614-9810 WK
Ev (Menges) Sellers
(703) 361-7176 HM
GABE BRANDENBURG GRAD
Dale and Betty then traveled to Hayes, VA in the
Tidewater area to visit daughter Kathryn Morehouse and
her family. While in the area, Dale attended a Change of
Command ceremony at his old Army telecommunications
unit at Fort Detrick, MD. We did not get a chance to see Dale
and Betty this trip although we were fortunate to meet them
a few years ago when they visited their daughter in this area.
On Sunday, July 18th we attended party hosted by my
brother Paul Menges and his wife Stephanie (Lawson)
Menges in Hanover, MD. The party was in honor of out of
Gabe Brandenburg, son of Hap and Beth
Brandenburg of Riverview, Florida, graduated from
Bloomingdale High School, Bloomingdale, Florida on May
Gabe is the last son of Hap and Beth Brandenburg
to graduate from high school.
LeBRUN WINS HONORS
Laura LeBrun, daughter
of Aurora and William
Le Brun of Wimberley,
Texas, has been
nominated to attend the
1999 National Youth
Leadership Forum on
Defense Intelligence and
Diplomacy this fall. Laura
will join 350 other
outstanding high school
juniors and seniors from
across the United States.
The National Youth
Leadership Forum is a
Laura LeBrun dynamic, interactive six-
day introduction into the
fields of national and
international security, diplomacy, foreign affairs, and related
career opportunities. Former Secretaries of Defense William
Perry and Frank Carlucci are among the faculty at the forum.
Laura is a junior at Wimberley High School and is
in the top 15% of her class. She has been identified by the
US Air Force Academy, West Point and the US Naval
Academy as a candidate upon graduation from high school in
2001. She is a member of the high school's varsity golf team,
has lettered as a member of the school's dance team and was
a charter member of the Wimberley Junior High School
National Honor Society.
MARY HARRIS AWARDED
Mary Harris, daughter of the City of Dothan
Transportation Department Director (acting) Mickey Harris
and Anne Marie Dewey of St, Ignace, Michigan was
awarded a college scholarship valued at more than $40,000
during her high school's Honor Assembly May 20.
Ms. Harris, a graduating senior from La Salle High
School in St. Ignace, maintained a 3.58 average during her
high school years and was on the highly prized principals list
for the upper peninsula of Michigan. Mary plans to attend
Michigan State University in the fall and thinks she may
study psychology or take a pre-medicine curriculum.
WALTER H. MORTON HONORED
President Walter H. Morton, Past District
Governor of London Bridge Lions Club of Havasu City,
Arizona, was honored by his Club presenting him with the
Melvin Jones Fellow plaque in recognition of his
commitment to thirty years of Humanitarian Service. During
these 30 years of perfect attendance he was a 100%
president. He holds the Master Key in membership, five
extension awards, two as Governor, nineteen Lioness
Extension Certificates, formed the first Lioness multiple
District in the World, was District Governor in Oregon, was
a hold-ver Governor and was the Secretary/Treasurer of the
Council of Governors.
Walter H. Morton, (right), receiving the Melvin Jones
Fellow plaque from District Governor Les Gaviet.
He also received awards of Merit from International
President Ralph Lynam and Joe McLoughlin. He has been a
Cabinet Secretary and Treasurer and has attended fourteen
WENDY PAPSON NEW GRAD
Wendy Papson, daughter of James and Marion
(Leach) Papson of Hamburg, New York, recently graduated
from Jacksonville University located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Wendy received her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a
minor in Chemistry.
James Papson, Wendy Papson and Marion Leach
Wendy is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and
has served as the university's homecoming queen and the
"Sweetheart" of the Iota Gamma chapter of Sigma Chi
fraternity. She is currently a finalist for the position of
"International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi." Wendy's aunt and
uncle Pat (Leach) and Richard Bjorneby were also able
to attend Wendy's graduation.
PETERS FRENCH ENGAGEMENT
Jessie and Lee Peters of Hesston, Kansas announce
the engagement of their daughter Trish Peters to William J.
French, son of Diane and Jay French of Ft. Collins,
Colorado. William is the grandson of the late Dr. Willard F.
French and Marjorie French and the late Lee R. Sparks
and Myrtle P. Sparks of St. Augustine, Florida. All were
long time residents of the Canal Zone.
A/ U I I E
Trish Peters and William J. French
Trish is a social work graduate of Colorado State
University and William will graduate with a degree in
computer information systems from the same school. Both
are employed as computer consultants at Center Printers of
The couple plan to wed June 6, 1999 at the
Immanuel Reformed Christian Church in Ft. Collins,
Dottie Coleman Whitlow (BHS'72) and Edwin R.
Malin, (BHS'72) were married on June 12, 1999, in an
outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Ray's By The River
Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia. Dottie's son, Jody Whitlow
served as her escort and as Ed's best man. A luncheon
followed for the guests who shared in toasts and cake-
Dottie Coleman Whitlow and Edwin R. Malin
Dottie is the daughter of Patricia (Neckar)
Coleman (BHS'51) of Ft. Myers, Florida and the late
Kenneth "Red" Coleman, and Robert May (BHS'51) of
Tampa. She is K-12 Mathematics Coordinator for the
Douglas County School System in the metro Atlanta area. Ed
is the son of Edwin and Gloria Malin of Jacksonville, Fla.
and is the Associate Dean of Information Technology at the
American Intercontinental University in Dunwoody, Ga.
Many former Zonian friends attended the ceremony
and luncheon. Following a wedding trip to the Canary
Islands, the couple made their home in Marietta, Georgia.
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE
PAID BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
Melinda Suzanne Grimison, (BHS'86) and
Thomas Albert Niemeyer exchanged marriage vows during
a Nuptual Mass held May 15, 1999 in Holy Name of Jesus
Catholic Church., Indialantic, Florida. The bride is the
daughter of Tom and Nancy Grimison, formerly of La
Boca, now residents of Satellite Beach, FL. The bridegroom
is the son of Albert and Brenda Niemeyer of Kissimmee,
The bride's sister, Rebecca Pletcher was matron of
honor. Sisters of the bride, Myra Grimison, and sister of the
bridegroom, Sheila LaMont, served as bridesmaids. Nieces
of the bride, Erin, Colleen, and Shannon Fahy, Chelsea
and Carly Grimison, served as junior bridesmaids and
flower girls respectively. The bridegroom's attendants
included his brother Steve as best man; his brother-in-law
Larry LaMont, Pierre LaPorte (who traveled from London
for the affair). Ron Muller and John Pavone as groomsmen,
and the bride's brother's, Richard, Patrick, Eric and
Matthew as ushers. Nephews of the bride, Brandon
Grimison and Dylan Pletcher, served as ring bearers. The
Fahy family and the Richard Grimisons came from Panama
for the occasion.
Megan Harding of Neskowin, Oregon and Greg
DeBoer of Seattle, Washington were united in marriage on
July 10, 1999 in Neskowin, OR at the parent's home of the
bride in the meadow.
Megan is the daughter of Goody and Katherine
Harding of Neskowin, and Greg is the son of Phyllis and
Fred DeBoer, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Megan and Greg DeBoer
Many Zonian friends attended the beautiful outdoor
ceremony along with many friends and relatives of the bride.
The couple will reside in Seattle after their honeymoon trip
Stacey Lynn (McConaughey) Bercik and Jon
Peyton were married on June 12, 1998 in Las Vegas,
Stacey is the daughter of Bob and Kathie
(Nehring) McConaughey of Merritt Island, Florida.; and
Charlie and Gail (Harvey) Layson of Jefferson, Georgia.
Melinda (Grimison) and Thomas Niemeyer.
"The Wedding Song" was sung by the sisters and
brothers of the bride, and other music before and during the
ceremony was performed by George and Erma Kobosko.
The Scripture reader was Brian Burns and the Prayer of the
Faithful was presented by the bride's father, and the
Presentation of Gifts was performed by Diana Grimison,
Bill Fahy, Ed Volonnino and Geoffrey Pletcher.
A reception was held immediately after in the Eau
Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbor Beach, Fl. Melinda works
as an instructional designer for Interactive Media, in
Orlando, and Tom is a mission integration manager for
NASA at Kennedy Space Center. Many of the numerous
guests were former friends and neighbors in the Canal Zone
Stacey Lynn (McConaughey) Bercik and Jon
Jon is the son of Gerry and Diane Peyton of
Macon, Georgia. Stacey and Jon live and work in
Judi Ruth Wheeler and Peter C. Hsu were
married April 10, 1999 at the Westminister Presbyterian
Church in Columbia, South Carolina.. The bride's attendants
were her sister, Jana Wheeler Potts, Wendy Forster
Staffeldt (BHS'89) and Lisa Moffitt (BHS'89). They
celebrated with over 400 friends and family from around the
world, Hong Kong, Scotland, Panama, Africa and the U.S.
The bride is the daughter of Jim and Judi Wheeler
(Warford, BHS'64) of San Antonio, Texas, (formerly of
Diablo, Panama. She graduated from Southwest Texas State
University and obtained her Masters degree in Intercultural
Studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary.
Jeri Ruth Wheeler (BHS'89) and Peter C. Hsu
The groom is the son of Peggy and Zachary Hsu of
Hong Kong, China. Peter received his Electrical and
Electronic Engineering degree from the Harry Watt
University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and recently completed
his Masters in Divinity from Columbia Biblical Seminary.
The young couple honeymooned in Panama and
have been traveling throughout the United States. They will
travel to Hong Kong in August for training with the Far East
Broadcasting Company before moving to Manila, Philippines
to begin their missionary service in October 1999. They can
be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shannon Marie Wiles and William Ralph
Drummond, Jr. were married April 24, 1999 at The
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bride is the
daughter of Louis and Kathy Wiles of Fairhope, Alabama.
The groom is the son of William and Nivia Drummond of
Pensacola, FL. The bride chose her sister, Michele Cohen of
Sylacauga, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Andrea
Rhodes, of Fairhope, Jennifer Miller of Daphne, and
Sherry Franklin of Pensacola. James Lovelady of
Tallahassee was best man.
Shannon Marie Wiles and William Ralph Drummond
Groomsmen were Donald Drummond of New
York City, John Drummond of Pensacola, Mark
Drummond of Pensacola, Fernando Rincon of Orlando
and James Stinson of Pensacola. Christina Rhodes of
Fairhope was the flower girl and Eric Harmon of Daphne
was the ring bearer.
A reception at the Towle House in Mobile followed
the ceremony. After a cruise to the Bahamas, the couple will
reside in Pensacola, Florida.
Francia Olmos and Joe O'Donnell were united in
marriage in a Garden Ceremony at home in Los Rios,
Panama, on March 20, 1999.
Francia is the daughter of Sra. Conchita Olmos
and the late Oscar Olmos of David, Province of Chiriqui,
Panama, and Joe is the son of Gemma and Jim O'Donnell
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
W I A I. AJ&IMM,
Francia Olmos and Joe O'Donnell
Francia has been employed by the Gillette
Company in Panama as Administrative Assistant, and Joe has
been a DODDS teacher at Ft. Kobbe Elementary School.
Next year they will be re-assigned to Roosevelt Roads Naval
base in Puerto Rico.
Beau Tyler Dale Stump
Michael (BHS'87) and Nicole Stump of Curundu,
Panama, proudly announce the birth of their first son, Beau
Tyler Dale Stump, born in Paitilla Hospital on April 23,
1999. and weighine 8 pounds and 6 ounces.
Michael and Nicole Stump with baby.
Beau's paternal grandparents are Carol and Victor
Hernandez, and Gary Stump of Panama. Michael's sister,
Lisa (11 years old) is the proud aunt!
Maternal grandparents are Jamar and Terry
Schoessow of California. The proud grandparents were in
Panama for Beau's birth. Beau shares his middle name with
his grandfathers, and father: Gary Dale, Terry Dale and
Jacob Cody Stonecypher
Jim and Kim (Morgan) Stonecypher of Sarasota,
Florida, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a
son, named Jacob Cody Stonecypher, on February 16,
1999. Jacob arrived weighing almost nine pounds, and has
been growing fast ever since.
Kim, Jim and Jacob Stonecypher
Maternal grandparents are Dick and Julieta
(Preciado) Morgan of Sarasota, Florida, who left the Canal
Zone in early 1999. Kim is a 1986 graduate of Balboa High
Haley Rene Eckel
Lisa (Sasso) and Thomas Eckel of Tampa, Florida,
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Haley
Rene Eckel, born on January 5, 1999. Haley weighed 6 lbs.
13 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long at birth.
Britney Nicole Bell
Warren and Alexandra Bell of San Bernardino,
California are proud to announce the birth of their second
child, a daughter, Britney Nicole Bell, on August 1st, 1999.
She joins her brother, Ryan, of 19 months and she weighed
six pounds 15 ounces at birth.
The proud grandparents are Carol (Beall) Fritz of
Peachtree City, Georgia and Michael Bell of St. Augustine,
Florida; Ron Dellemonache of San Clemente, Ca. and
Susanne Martin of San Bernardino. Great-grandparents are
Paul and Gloria Martin of San Bernardino, Elzabeth A.
Beal of Largo, Fl., and Richard (Pat) Beall of Clearwater,
Lisa (Sasso) and Thomas Eckel with daughter Haley
The proud grandparents are Wendell and Donna
(Wertz) Sasso of Balboa, Panama, and Elwood and Janis
(Brogie) Eckel of Odessa, Florida.
Kyler Nolan Cruz
Henry and Pat Cruz, who moved to Bellingham,
Washington in March 1999 to be near son Ed and his wife
Carrie, were rewarded on April 17, 1999 with a grandson,
Kyler Nolan Cruz. The first "Cruz" grandson.
Carrie, Ed, Henry and Kyler Cruz
Henry has two other grandsons, Michael and
Stephen by daughter Kathy and husband Ron Cox.
Austin Michael Sena
Richard and Penny (Mutz-Herty) Sena of Meraux,
Louisiana, are proud to announce the birth of their son,
Austin Michael Sena, at 7 lbs and 20 inches, on December
Pennie Mutz-Herty Sena, Richard Sena holding
Austin Michael Sena, and Dorothy Lynne Herty.
He.was welcomed by his sister, Dana Lynne
Herty. Paternal grandparents are Elaine and Orlando
(Dick) Sena of Chalmette, Louisiana, formerly of Los Rios,
C.Z. Maternal grandparents are Helen and Merlin Mutz and
the late Shirley (Doblowsky) Mutz of Metairie, Louisiana.
Ian James Wallace
Kirk (CHS'78) and Karen Wallace of Orlando,
Florida are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian
James Wallace. Ian was bor on March 1, 1999, at 6:32 a.m.
He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches
Kirk, lea and James Wallace
plan's paternal grandparents are James (Jim) and
Inga (Sue) Wallace of Kennebunk, Maine. Captain Wallace
is a retired Panama Canal pilot. Sue Wallace was born in
Panama; her grandfather received a Roosevelt Medal for his
work in the Canal.
Marcus Antonio Baldwin
Dirk and Graciela (Cedefio) Baldwin proudly
announce the arrival of Marcus Antonio on July 7, 1998.
Graciela (Chela) Baldwin (Cedefio) with Peter, 6 yrs.,
Marcus, 8 mos., Gisela 9 yrs.
He joins his sister Gisela (9 yrs) and brother Peter
(5 /2 yrs). The Baldwins reside in Racine, Wisconsin.
Jordyn Lynn Van Nortwick
Steve Van Nortwick and Lyza Byrne announce
the birth of their daughter, Jordyn Lynn Van Nortwick on
April 19, 1999. Jordyn weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19.5
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Coleman (Barbara Brown) of Orlando, FL., and Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Byrne of Bowling Green, Ky. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Van Nortwick of
Clearwater, FL. Paternal great grandmother is Mrs. Sarah
Davis of N. Williamson, NC. Maternal great-grandmother is
Elizabeth I. Quintero of Ijamsville, MD.
Maxwell Joseph Pitney
Susan (Taylor) Pitney, BHS'58, and her husband,
Louis Joseph Pitney announce the birth of their third
grandchild, Maxwell Joseph Pitney, in San Diego on June
Catherine and Jeffrey Pitney with Max
L-R: Great-grandmother Elizabeth Irvin Quintero,
grandmother Barbara (Brown) Coleman with 4th
generation Jordy Lynn Van Nortwick, and mother
Parents are Catherine (Ahlberg) and Jeffrey Louis
Pitney. Maternal grandparents are Birthe and Sten Ahlberg
of Herestad, Sweden. Mrs. Ahlberg was in San Diego for a
month. Great grandparents include Mrs. Ruth Jacobsen of
Copenhagen, Denmark, Mrs. Mary Pitney of Derby, CT,
and Catsy Taylor Schafer of San Diego.
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Robert H. Adams, 86, of Clearwater, Florida, died
May 6, 1999 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor.
He was born in Queens, New York and came to the Canal
Zone with his father, "Scottie" Adams and his mother in
1913. He retired in 1968 from the Storehouses Division as
Chief of Warehousing with over 35 years of service and
received a Key to the Locks. He and his wife Pat managed a
Motel Six and was also a Deputy Sheriff in Harrison County,
Mississippi. He was a past Exalted Ruler of BPOElks 1414,
a Mason, and a life member of the Shrine, the Union Church
in Balboa and of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include two sons, Rob Roy Adams of
Mississippi and Mike Halley of North Carolina; and a
daughter, Sue (Halley) Epperson of Cardenas, Panama.
Calvin Morrey Anderson, of Jacksonville, Florida,
died on January 3, 1999 at St, Catherine Labour6 Manor
where he had been a resident since 1994.
He is survived by his sister, Adamary Anderson
Bright of Jacksonville, Florida.
Robert "Bud" Balcer, of Bentonville, Arkansas,
died July 3, 1999 in Louisiana. He retired on March 29, 1975
from the Panama Canal Postal Division with over 34 years of
service. He was a champion bowler, winning many prizes
while in the Canal Zone. After retirement, he became an
Arkansas Reporter for the Canal Record. Additional
information will be printed as it becomes available.
Marvella Mae Balmas, 71, of Monett, Missouri
died May 10, 1999 at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage.
She lived with her family in the Canal Zone from October
1960 until December 1979, when she and her husband Frank
retired to Missouri. Those who attended or worked at Canal
Zone College between 1965-1979 were touched by Marvella.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Ebdon; two
sons, Steve and Randy; six grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren; a brother and six sisters.
Clara K. Brayton, 84, of Crystal River, Florida,
died July 30, 1999 at the Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa,
Florida.. In 1940, Clara moved her family to the Canal Zone.
She worked as a Postal Clerk for 32 years, retiring in 1976.
She was a past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star
Orchid Chapter #1. She and her husband, Jack Brayton, upon
his retirement from the Terminals Division in 1978, moved
to Crystal River in 1978.
Clara is survived by her husband, Jack; a daughter,
Annette Godby Stocking; three grandchildren and two great
Stewart J. Brown, 77, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died July 19, 1999. Born in Pittsburg, he left the Panama
Canal in 1980 where he served as a teacher, coach and school
administrator in his 28 year career there. During that time he
was the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award, the
Superior Service Award and the Honorary Community
Service medallion. He earned his bachelor of science degree
in 1949 and his master of education degree in 1950; both.
from the U. of Pittsburg. He was a Past Exalted Ruler and
Past District Deputy of Elks Lodge 1414; a Master Mason,
a Shriner and member of the VFW, having served in the
Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; two daughters,
Laurel Griffin, Pinellas Park, and Margaret Karst of
Englewood; and two grandchildren.
Col. George McLeod Bull, USAF (Ret) 69, of
Yalaha, Florida, died May 2, 1999 in Eustis, Florida. He was
born in Colon, Rep. of Panama to Stonewall "Stoney"
Jackson Bull and Lelia McLeod Freund. He attended Canal
Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in
1949, after which he attended Bradley University in Peoria,
Illinois. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force where he
was a pilot. He flew reconnaissance missions in the U-2
aircraft over Cuba during the missile crisis and was the
squadron commander of the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance
aircraft during the Vietnam war. He retired in 1981 as a
Colonel and resided in Yalaha until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Martha (Zent) of Yalaha;
daughters, Susan of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Linda
of Raymore, Missouri; a son, Michael and his wife Denise of
Shawnee, Kansas; and four grandchildren, Regan, Nicole,
Tristan and Megan.
Dorothea R. Clinchard, 87, widow of the late Dr.
Wm. H. Clinchard, of Lakeside Village in Blairsville,
Georgia, died May 3, 1999 at her daughter's home in
Wellington, Florida. She resided in the Blairsville area for
the past 21 years, before which she lived in Lake Worth. FL.
and Ancon, Canal Zone. In the Canal Zone, she was active in
Eastern Star, Orchid Chapter and the Rebecca Lodge, Order
of the Oddfellows, and she enjoyed playing the organ. She
also enjoyed fishing in their boat until her husband, Dr.
Clinchard retired from the Ancon Dental Clinic in 1969.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie C. Tellex
and her husband Michael of Wellington, Florida; a son,
Michael Cole and wife Judy; a sister, Helen Hooker of
Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, Kelly
Ann and Kevin.
Florence Kane Fallon, 68, of Dothan, Alabama,
died July 17, 1999 at Flowers Hospital following an extended
illness. She was born in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania
and moved to the Canal Zone at an early age where she
resided for 35 years. She resided in Dothan since 1978 and
was employed with the City of Dothan as administrative
assistant to the Fire Chief, and retired in 1996 after 15 years
of service, to the city of Dothan. She was a member of St.
Columba Catholic Church and the Panama Canal Society of
She is survived by five daughters, Kathleen Mosier,
Ft. Worth, TX., Cynthia Auscher, Milan, MI., Carrie Mills,
Atlanta, GA., Constance Rosenblatt, Pensacola, FL.,
Kimberly Rider, Jacksonville, FL; seven grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren, a step-daughter, Kathryn Castleman,
Dothan, a step 'son, Patrick Fallon, Austin, TX., a brother,
Gerald Kane, Pacific, MO., her former husband, John J.
Fallon, Dothan; several nieces and nephews.
Angel Flores, 77, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico,
died July 4, 1999. He was born in Camp Gaillard, Canal
Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1943 and
from Canal Zone College in 1949. He served in the Navy
from 1944-1946 and during the Korean War from 1950-
1952. He graduated from New York University in 1956. He
was a CPA in New York and moved to New Mexico after
retirement in 1994. He was a volunteer worker in the fossil
works at the New Mexico Museum of natural History and
Science. He also served on the board of the Sandoval County
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of Rio
Rancho, NM; a son, David and a daughter Nancy of New
York two brothers, Johnnie and Robert of San Antonio,
Texas; and sisters Gloria Calvert of San Antonio and Lil
Rozmeski, and husband Paul of Tampa, Florida.
Margery N. German-Coffin, 69, of York,
Pennsylvania, died July 5, 1999 at home. She retired as a bus
driver for Central York School District and was also a cook
in the cafeteria at St. Patrick School. She was a member of
St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic
minister, and a member of American Legion Auxiliary,
She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Coffin,
formerly of the Panama Canal Fire Division; a daughter,
Alice Hinkle of Reading, PA., two sons, Edward German and
Michael German, both of York; Nine step children; a
granddaughter; and two brothers, Stanley S. Nahill of Baton
Rouge, LA., and Thomas E. Nahill of Wilkes Barre, PA.
Emma Rose Townsend Noe, 94, of New York
City, NY., died June 29, 1999. She was born in Chattanooga,
TN. and her father was employed by the Isthmian Canal
Commission in 1909. The family moved to Tavernilla and
later to Gatun, from where she graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1922 where she excelled in basketball and
swimming. Coach Greiser had her in training to swim the
English Channel. She won several trophies for golf and was
pianist at Cristobal Union Church and was active with the
Red Cross during WWII and later with the Salvation Army
in New York. She was a graduate of Julliard School of Music
and accompanied several promising singers at the beginning
of their careers. She moved to Ocala, Florida in March of this
She is survived by a brother, Wesley "Red"
Townsend of Ocala; a niece, Sydney (Townsend) Corbett of
Ocala (a recently retired BHS English teacher) and a nephew,
Frank Townsend of Gainesville, a professor of Engineering
at The U. of Florida.
Florene Hambleton Olsen, 79. of Napa, California,
died June 15, 1999 after a long effort to recover from a
severe fall. She was born in Randlett, Oklahoma, and
received her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Women's
College majoring in education. She taught for two years
before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAC)
and served until the end of WWII. She returned to Oklahoma
and got married, and she and her husband began working in
the Canal Zone in 1951, at the Army Hospital, Ft. Clayton
and Gorgas Hospital. Florene taught school in Curundu Jr.
High School for several years and later received her masters
degree in Art (Educational) from the University of
Oklahoma. Recently, she focused much of her time to the
National Monument Honoring Women in the Services, and
gave liberally of her time to other community groups and
She is survived by her husband, Philip; four
children, Kathleen Olsen of Reno, Michael of Kauai, Hawaii,
Dorothy Ann Shelley of Napa, and Keith of Healdsburg,
California and two grandchildren, Marie and Emily Shelley.
the Track and Field Association, enjoying officiating at many
state and national track meets, his favorite being the Special
Olympics. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy.
He is survived by his daughter Ann Sevaaetasi of
Port Orchard and grandchildren Michelle Pearson, Sasa
Sevaaetasi and Lepeka Sevaaetasi, all of Port Orchard.
Virginia K. Reece, 96, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died June 21, 1999 at Suncoast Manor Health Center, St.
Petersburg. Virginia was born in Swampscott, MA and
moved to the Canal Zone in 1929. She lived in Cristobal and
was employed by Pan American Airways, the Standard Fruit
and Steamship Company and the Panama Railroad before
becoming secretary to the Civil Affairs Director. During her
years in the Canal Zone, she was active in the Balboa Theatre
Guild and St. Luke's Cathedral. She and her late husband,
Roy, retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1962 and
drove to the U.S. via the rugged Pan American Highway.
They settled in St.Petersburg where she was active at both St.
Matthews's and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches.
Survivors include her foster sister, Allie Hill of
Hillsboro, NH and her stepchildren, Royna R. Thomas of
Plant City, FL, James W. Reece of Charlotte, NC and David
M. Reece of Bloomington, IN.
Mary Nell Sanders, 77, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
died May 15, 1999 at home under the care of Hospice of
Florida Suncoast. She was born in Glasgow, Kentucky and
left Margarita, Canal Zone in 1979 when she retired from the
Panama Railroad as a personnel administrative Secretary.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and the Elks Auxiliary, of Panama.
She is survived by two sons, John M. II of Palm
Harbor and Jack W. of Tarpon Springs, Florida; two
daughters, Sheila Lawrence of Estero, Florida, and Karen
Schorejs, Westerville, Ohio; a sister, Dixie James, Glasgow,
Kentucky; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Capt. Bradley Pearson, 77, of Port Orchard,
Washington, died July 26, 1999 at Port Orchard Care. Born
in Ancon, Canal Zone, He was a BHS 1941 graduate,
excelling in both Track and Field and Swimming. After
graduation he attended Kings Point Merchant Marine
Academy and began a long career at sea. He was a recipient
of numerous medals and ribbons associated with his sea
service during both WWII and the Vietnam war. He retired
as a Merchant Marine and was just awarded veteran status
for his service to his country. He was a member of the
American Legion, Bremerton, Washington, The Merchant
Mariners of the East Bay and Puget Sound regions. He was
also an accomplished artist contributing his work to the
Panama Canal Society, of which he was also a member, and
his work was also shown in galleries on both the East and
West coasts. After retirement, he contributed his services to
Karl Dennis Shaw, 39, of Dallas Texas, died of
acute arteriosclerosis at home on July 13, 1999. He was the
only son of Bill and Marie Shaw of Dallas. He was a
graduate of Balboa High School Class of 1977 and the
University of Texas. He was a Certified Public Accountant
and a Captain in the Texas National Guard.
He is survived by his father, sister Beth, and a niece
and a nephew.
Robert S. Jeffrey, 75, of Bisbee, Arizona, died
June 12, 1999 at the Tucson Medical Center, Arizona. He
was born in Bisbee and graduated from Bisbee High School
in 1942 and joined the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943
to 1946. He then attended the University of Arizona earning
a bachelor's degree in education and later a master's degree
in history, after which he taught school in Bisbee and Tucson
until 1952. He and his family then moved to the Canal Zone
where they lived for 27 years before his retirement and return
to Bisbee. He held the titles of Administrative Assistant to
the Governor and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Canal
Zone when he retired in 1979. He was a kind man who cared
about the problems of the Canal employees. He was an avid
bird watcher and traveler and a member of the National
He is survived by his wife, Janet Spencer Jeffrey of
Bisbee; three sons, Robert S. Jr. and his wife Catherine of
Florida, John and wife Esperanza of Panama. and Ray and
wife Sherry of Texas; daughters Alice Jeffrey of Phoenix,
Jan Beckley and husband Rob of Texas; eleven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His remains will
be taken back to his beloved Panama Canal for private
disposition, according to family members.
Elva (Smith) Keenan, 89, of Quincy,
Massachusetts, died April 23, 1999 at the Meadow Green
Rehabilitation and Nursing center in Waltham, Ma. after a
long illness. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and raised
in Balboa Heights. She was the daughter of the late John H.
and Ruby L. (Bladen) Smith, and wife of the late John Paul
Keenan. She lived for a time in Haiti, Ecuador, Rossmoor
and Silver Spring, Maryland. She was a member of River
Bay Club and sang in the choir at Rossmoor
She is survived by her daughter, Paula Keenan of
Boston, Ma.; her brothers, John R. Smith and Ralph E,
Smith, both of Sarasota, Florida and many nieces and
John Lawrence Lindgren, 60, of Napa, California,
died May 22, 1999 of brain cancer. He was born in Stevens
Point, Wisconsin and he and his parents came to the Canal
Zone when he was six months old. He became active in Boy
Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and was in the first
cayuco race traversing the canal. He spent two years at
Cristobal High School and in 1955 moved to Napa where he
finished high school He then attended San Jose State
University and spent two years in the Army at Ft. Dix and
Okinawa. He later graduated from Sonoma State University
with a degree in Political Science. then worked for Napa
County as a social worker for the next 32 years. He retired in
He was predeceased by his father, Chester; aunts
Evelyn Paine and Elvira Byrne and uncle Ernie Payne, all
former employees of PCC. He is survived by his wife
Carlene; his mother Noella Lindgren of Napa; a sister,
Jeanne L. Nelson of Colfax, CA; two nephews and two
nieces; and a great nephew and four grand-nieces
Technical Institute in Waco and later attended a computer
school in Harlingen, Texas. He moved to California in 1984
joining the California Ironworkers Union out of Long Beach
where he apprenticed and became a certified welder. He was
a member of the Church of Christ in Kerrville and then later
in Long Beach.
He is survived by his parents, John and Eugenia
Litton of Kerrville; and sisters Peggy VanDusseldorp of Iowa
and Kathleen Gilley of Florida. Memorial services were held
June 21 in Kerrville.
Patricia (Patsy Boggs) Lord, 79, of La Mesa,
California, died June 1, 1999 after a long struggle with
osteoporosis. Patricia was born in the Canal Zone. She and
her brother, Roy Boggs and sister, Beverly Boggs grew up in
a small tropical paradise called Pedro Miguel. She was a
Patricia is survived by her son, George Gregory Jr.
of Seattle, Washington; a daughter, Beverly Post of La Mesa,
California; six grandchildren, and also her best friend, Janice
Ross of Long Beach, California.
Hugh T. Maloney, 76, of Lake of the Woods,
Virginia, died July 8, 1999 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruth Menzel
Maloney; a son, Pat Maloney; two daughters, Barbara Grant
and Marianne Ha.nger; and four grandchildren.
Robert B. "Bud" Mills, 71, of Valrico, Florida,
passed away on March 16, 1999 at Brandon Regional
Hospital. Born in St. Clair, Pa., he became an accomplished
athlete in baseball, football, basketball and boxing, earning
two Golden Glove awards. He moved to the Canal Zone in
1948 and began a career with the C.Z. Police Department,
starting as a foot patrol officer, earning nine badges and
retired a Major as District Police Commander when he
retired in 1978.He was active in coaching baseball teams and
was a member of the Elks, VFW, Knights of Columbus and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Upon retirement, he
and his wife Eve moved to Santa Clara where they
entertained a growing family and was known by Americans
and Panamanians alike as someone they could count on in
times of need. He relocated to Valrico in 1989 and continued
to host visiting family members on the patio he built
overlooking the golf course.
He is survived by his wife Eve; seven children,
Donna, Sandra, Kay, Bud, Sharon, Ron, and Rick.; 14
grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
John "Buzzy" Litton, 41, died March 25, 1999
after an extended illness with cancer. He was born in Panama
City, Rep. of Panama. He came to Kerrville in 1975 and
graduated from Tivy High School. He attended Texas State
Electra Stapler, 84, of Stapleton, New York, died
June 12, 1999 in Golden Gate Health Care Center where she
had been a resident since March. Born Electra Morales in
Ancon, Canal Zone, she moved to Stapleton in 1957. She
was a newspaper columnist for The Panama American and
created her own column, "Around the town with Electra."
After settling on Staten Island, she worked for the
Department of Social Services as a transcribing typist and
retired in 1981 after 25 years of service. She was a member
of the Cassidy Coles Senior Citizen Center and had
volunteered in the Sisters of Charity Medical Center, St.
Vincent's Campus. Her husband, John, predeceased her in
She is survived by her daughter, Anne LoFranco of
Staten Island, NY; two brothers, John and James; four
sisters, Anita Buhleman, Lee LaMontagne, Muriel Atkinson,
and Violet Morales; three grandchildren and six great-
Doris Pearl Stallings, 73 of South Pasadena,
Florida, died at St. Anthony's Hospital on May 14, 1999
after a lengthy illness. Doris was born in Baltimore, Md. and
as a child moved with her parents to the Canal Zone. She left
the Zone in 1955 and settled in St. Petersburg, Fla. to be near
her parents who had retired. In 1995 Doris retired from HRS
in Pinellas County.
Survivors include her son, James Stallings of Punta
Gorda, Fla.,; a niece, Margaret Corrigan Park, with husband
and children of St. Petersburg; a nephew, Robert Corrigan
of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and an uncle, Harry Pearl of Ocala,
Eileen Malone Stayer, 77, died April 25, 1999 in
Pompano Beach, Florida after a brief illness. She was born
in Gorgas Hospital, and attended school at Colegio de Sion
in Costa Rica and the Canal Zone schools, graduating from
Balboa High school in 1940. She was a true descendant of
builders of the Panama Canal, as both her grandfather,
Thomas Halligan and father, Pete Malone were holders of the
Roosevelt Medal, with a total of 12 years of construction
days service. Eileen was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic
Church in Balboa and was with a travel agency in Orlando
Florida for some time.
She is survived by a daughter, Molly; sisters
Kathleen Malone Williams and Mary Malone Franzetti, a
brother, Jim Malone and many grandchildren.
Leona Margaret Stewart, 77, of Panama, Illinois,
died in St. Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, Missouri after a
long bout with emphysema on April 25, 1999. Born in New
Orleans, La., she came to the Canal Zone in April 1946. She
was employed by the Clubhouse Division as assistant
manager at the Cocoli, Gamboa, Diablo and Balboa
Clubhouses. She later became asst. manager of the Fort
Amador American Legion Club. She was active in the
Eastern Star, Rebecca, and the American Legion Auxiliary,
later becoming its president.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Stewart of
Panama, II., daughters Susan Cain of Fountain Co., Audrey
A. Schmidt, Inianola, Ia., and Jan J. Stewart of Marysville,
Ca.; and four grandchildren
Letters to the Editor
Hamming it up at the 1999 Reunion, Ham Radio
Operators. Bottom: George (Lanky) Flores KZ5FG,
Ed Parker Kz5PE. Top: Russell Oberholtzer K70B,
Charlie Salyer KZ5PRR, Mary Jane Paulson -
"Sparkie" Seldon at Box "Y" Lodge, near Jackson
Hole, Wyoming, with his snowmobile.
Balboa High School Class of 1943
El Dorado, Arkansas, April 1999
Those attending were: Diane and Charles Mason, Ernie and Barbara Pierce, Bill and Rosemary Diez, Joan and
Gordon Hoyt, Collin and Lorraine Moore, Claude and Ethel Purvis, Ron and Peggy Wanke, Vonna H.
Huldtquist, Betty C. Snow, Isabelle Z. Lively, Mary Lou Grier, THE CROOKS COUSINS: Nancy Koepplinger,
Betty Mae Ingram, Judi Daily.
Pat and Virginia Booth, popular vendors at each
Reunion, pose for a well-earned portrait.
Among those attending the CHS'69's Thirtieth Annual
Reunion are L-R: Glenda (Lewis) Kochel (CHS'69)
and son, Dylan, and Mike Hernandez, son of Maria
(Kerley) Hernandez (CHS'69).
BOB BEALL & DAUGHTER VISIT
Robert BeaU and daughter Jordan of Santa Rosa,
California, visited England for two weeks in July. Bob
attended the Panama Canal Society Reunion where he was
coordinator for his CHS'69 Class Reunion and they left at
noon the next day, flying from Orlando. His sister, Carol
(Beall) Fritz came from her home in Peachtree City, Georgia
to wish him and his daughter farewell. They were able to
enjoy a short visit prior to them leaving, and they did meet
again in Atlanta upon returning from England through
Scotland and Brussels, Belgium, tired but happy.
Bob Beall and daughter Jordan, meet sister, Carol
(Beall) Fritz prior to Bob and Jordan's two week trip to
Bob wanted to show Jordan some of the places in
England that he enjoyed seeing while on a family trip in
1960. He is an architect for an architectural firm in Santa
"The last of the Gamboa kids" taken in Gamboa, May
1999 Top row L-R: Nicole Highley, Lindsey Sykes.
3rd row: Ryan Marohl, Allison McLaughlin. 2nd row:
Jonathan McLaughlin, Chris Highley. Bottom:
Brittany Sykes, Kelsey McLaughlin, Angel Marohl.
Roy "Bocas" Leeser enjoying his son, Russell's bike.
Dorn Thomas finds a Panama Canal "Mule" in
Here we are: TOGETHER AGAIN ....after all these
years! The first week of May, Marge (Zent) BHS'55 and
Howard Garner drove in from their California retirement
home for a brief visit with Kay (Frangioni) BHS'55 and
Jerry Pierce BHS'53 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
During the visit, Marge and Kay celebrated their
mutual birthday together for the first time in over 40 years!
While in Junior High and High school in the Canal Zone, the
Zent and Frangioni families were often together at birthday
time so Marge and Kay picked up where they left off!
Marge (Zent) and Howard Garner with Kay
(Frangioni) and Jerry Pierce.
Inasmuch as Robert W. White (BHS'79) was unable to
attend his class mini-reunion in Orlando this year, he
sends a family photo instead. Pictured are Robert
(Robby) White, his wife Karen, daughter Meagan (5
F. yrs), and son Matthew, born August 11, 1998, weighed
in at 10 lbs. 5 oz. They live in Smyrna, Tennessee, and
while it is not Gamboa, it's home.
Marge (Zent) Garner and Kay (Frangioni) Pierce, at
Corpus Christi, Texas, May 4, 1999.
From Corpus Christi Marge and Howard headed for
Florida stopping first in Huffman, Texas to see Howard's Zonian friends gathering in Neskowin, Oregon, for the
uncle and then on to Fort Walton Beach to have lunch with wedding of Greg and Megan DeBoer, L-R: Bev
Tony and Dorothy Frangioni before going on to Marge's Hoffman, Pat McDonough, Marty Hoffman, Adam
three sisters, Lou Gaines, Liz Beall and Martha Bull and McDonough, Greg DeBoer, Megan DeBoer, Phyllis
brother Butch Zent in the Tampa area for a Zent family DeBoer, Missy DeBoer, Tita Dunlap, Kim
reunion. McDonough, and Lani Carey.
BAR-BE-CUE GROUP MEETS IN
George and Ann Downing arranged a mini-
reunion for their bar-be-cue group in Panama before the
PCSOFL Reunion in Orlando. The group included Bette and
Buckeye Swearingen, Jack and Marge Ruoff, John and
Ann Hall, Bill and Ginger Young, and Louie and Barbara
Dedeaux. Extras included Larry and Mary Ellen Horine
and the Ruoff s daughters and families, Jay and Dianne
Heimberger with Claire; Tom and Gena Robinson with
Lee Marie; and Debbie Swearingen, daughter-in-law of
Betty and Buckeye, along with grandson, Branden.
Bar-B-Q-Group meets in Panama
Everyone met at the Coronado Beach Club where
they talked and reminisced about their former days and fond
memories of the Canal Zone 20 years ago. The bar-be-cue
group originally got together years ago after the local
athletic games. While in Panama, side trips were made to all
the usual sights. Another highlight of the mini-reunion was
held at the beautiful finca of Felisa and Charlie Hinz at
Santa Clara. The visit was made complete with a dinner of
paella, fruit, pan de micha, sopa de Gloria and a typical
rainy season downpour which did not dampen anyone's
Edna (Hart) Crandell and her husband Stan hosted a
CZ gathering at their new home in Melbourne, Florida
in March 1999 just prior to Edna and Stan's trip to
Panama. Attending were, Front L-R: Hubert Jordan,
Leone (Hart) Lee, Edna (Hart) Crandall. Middle L-R:
Ginger Jeffries, Jennye (Stephens) Davidson, Kay
(Cross) Carson, Beth (Lockridge) Huls, Rosa
Fishbough. Back L-R: Tom Grimison, Bob
Fishbough, Fred Lee, Ralph Huls, Bill Carson,
AT AUGUSTA GA. DURING THE
MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Excitement was in the air around the home of
Margot and Hubert Jordan when their son, Mike Smith
announced they would all be leaving Easter morning for
Augusta, Georgia to attend the Masters Golf Tournament.
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Coast to Coast in 1 1/2 hours. Panama Railroad
Engineers Leroy Barfield, Charlie Salyer, Charles
Margot and Hubert Jordan at Augusta, Georgia.
Words cannot describe the beauty of the course and
the thrill to have been part of it all. A memory that will stay
with us forever.
TOM and CARMEN MATTHEWS
Tom and Carmen (Valencia) Matthews of
Puyallup, Washington received a visit this May from
Carmen's daughter Tricia Ward and her fiance Craig
Outtrim from Sydney, Australia.
Joy and Al Maale, while traveling in their motor home
This April, May and June, stopped in Pinehurst and
Cary, NC. We visited fellow classmates from CHS'45.
The three day get-together was a long time in coming.
Pictured are Joy and Al on the left, Charleen
(Hellums) and Roy Atwood in the back and Joan
(Millspaugh McCarthy in front of Roy. Besides
graduating from high school together, Charleen, Joan
and Joy Attended Bryant College together in
Tom Matthews, Tricia and Craig at the Pacific -
Science Center in Seattle, taking in the sights of the
beautiful Pacific Northwest. /Ii yy
Tom, Tricia and Craig are shown here at the Pacific
Science Center in Seattle.
Joy and Al Maale take pride in displaying their
personalized, specially painted mural shown on the
rear of their beautiful motor home, by a firm in Eagan,
Minnesota. The mural shows that Joy is a CHS'45
graduate on the left of the CZ Seal and Al as a CHS'46
grad on the right, all in beautiful color.. Also, on close
examination, Al Maale has his license plate ID with his
name, rather than numbered.
Editor must have by:
Barbara Green, Secretary/Treasurer of the Society October 18, 1999
enjoys a free moment at the Reunion.
SHARON GLASSBURN VISITS
DAUGHTER IN ENGLAND
Sharon visited her daughter and son-in-law, Drs.
Tracy and Paul Slusarewicz, in Bedford, England for the
month of May. Joanna Holly was born December 18, 1997
and Tracy is staying home to care for her after spending her
life as a research scientist in geology.
She is in "Who's Who in the World" for 1998-2000;
"Who's Who in Science and Engineering" 1996-2000,
"Who's Who in America" 1997-2000, "Who's Who in
American Women 1997-2000 and "Who's Who in the East"
Sharon (De Vore) Glassburn with granddaughter
Joanna Holly Slusarewicz in Bedford, England.
Dr. Paul Slusarewicz has his doctorate in
microbiology and is the head of the hair research department
Sharon is active in the Morton Plant Hospital
Auxiliary in Clearwater, Florida, where she has 14,500+
volunteer hours and 23+ years of service. She is Past
President of the 1,200 member auxiliary and is now Service
Chairman of their brand new service Centralized Service
Twenty-one former Zonians gathered at the Ramada
Plaza Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach from May 4' to 6".
Those attending were Malcolm and Jean Stone, Gordy and
Ruth Poulsen, Kenny and Nancy Roscoe, Norman and
Vera Davison, Bob and Cheryl Russell, Jr., Bob Russell
Sr., Tony and Dorothy Frangioni, Tom and Barbara
Peterson, Dick and Jean Gilman, Corky and Mary Lou
Elbertson, and Woody and Judy Mitchell.
Wednesday evening, L-R: Vera and Norm Davison,
Tony and Dorothy Frangioni, Barbara and Tom
Peterson, Mike and Elaine (Peterson) Little.
In addition to catching up on the latest happenings
in each other's lives, we went shopping at an outlet mall, had
a Putt-Putt golf tournament and a Scrabble Tournament. The
weather wasn't too cooperative as regarding swimming,
however. On Wednesday evening, we had a delicious meal
at the renowned Landry's Steak and Seafood Restaurant in
Destin. Mike and Elaine (Peterson) Little, who recently
moved to Niceville, joined us on this occasion. On Thursday
evening, Woody and Judy Mitchell hosted a barbeque at their
The get-together was such a success, that the group
plans to meet annually and next year's trip will be in St.
Harry J. Harrison Jr., Postmaster, Fort Sherman,
which closed April 30, 1999. Photo taken August 15,
1998. Submitted by Jeanne Stough.
Angel Vazquez and Everett White enjoy the natural
wonders of Panama at Angel's newly constructed bar
in his home in Parkland, Florida; "Ron Cortez and
Panama Beer." Note the stained glass Panama Beer
The afternoon was spent in reminiscing about the
Canal Zone days of the past and what is happening in
Panama at the present time.
Those attending were: Myrna and Harold
Erickson, Sharon (Sheridan) Marucco, Sheila (Sheridan)
Bowen, Celia (Cronan) Miller, Nancy (Kaufer)
Lanfranco, Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane, Patricia (Leach)
Koenig, Roger Kelley, Rebecca and Brian Tabert, Rose
Gordon, and George (Buddy) and Judy Zidbeck.
Lew French, (BHS'63) and cousin Wendy (Cotton)
Corrigan (CHS'58) in San Marcos, Texas, after the RAUL ARANGO JOINS SOCIETY
Cotton family reunion in July, 1999.
Gasteazoro, known by
his many friends as
only "Baby" is a new
member of the Panama
Canal Society. He is
President of the
National Liberal Party
in the Republic of
Panama. Raul is a
graduate of Balboa
High School, Class of
1949. He celebrated
his 50t anniversary of
graduation with his
classmates at the
Jul y Raul Arango Society Reunion in
July of this year. He also graduated from Rider College,
Trenton, New Jersey. Raul has had a distinguished career in
public service in Panama. He has served as a Senator in the
Panamanian Legislative Assembly, Presidential Chief of
Staff, and Foreign Affairs Minister, among other political
offices. Currently, Raul is President of the Partido Liberal
Nacional (a political party in the Republic). He has also
received a myriad of awards for his service to the
Panamanian Government throughout his distinguished career
in Panama. We are pleased to have Raul "Baby" Arango as
a member of The Panama Canal Society and happy that he
attended our 1999 Reunion and the 50' Anniversary Reunion
of the BHS Class of 1949.
Grandpa George Cotton (CHS'61) with his handsome
grandsons, Cody and Lucas Corbin.
MINI REUNION IN SAN JOSE
Myrna Boynton Erickson's house was the scene
of a mini-Panama Canal Reunion held on April 10th in San
Many brought a typical Panamanian or Zonian dish
to the potluck luncheon. The menu consisted of Johnny
Mazzetti, choyote, frijoles borrachos, plantain, empanadas, Possibly the last "Live" photo of Balboa Yacht Club,
ceviche, sliced mangoes, red papaya, venison chili dip and with Nina Kosik. August 15, 1998. Submitted by
various desserts as well. Jeanne Stough
CLASS OF CHS 1940
We are thinking of having a 60" reunion in the year
2000 in Florida and we need the addresses or information on
the list of classmates printed in the "Where Are You" section
of this issue. Please give us your ideas a 60th reunion
happens only once in a lifetime let's make the most of it.
You may contact either of the following:
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton., FL 33434
CALLING ALL BHS'75 GRADS!
Let's celebrate our 25th in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society's reunion at the Tampa Marriott
Waterside during July 5-9, 2000! I need help in planning for
this special occasion. I have many email addresses (thanks to
Ron and Julie, but we have many classmates out there who
have yet to be found. After September 15 I hope to have a
web site about our reunion plans at
www.paradisegraphix.com/joanie. Please contact me as
soon as possible if you would like to help me plan our
reunion, or if you want to share ideas.
Joanie Ridge-Smith, 1417 Michael Way, Roseville, CA
95661. Telephone (916) 780-1417. Fax:(916)780-1400
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
The Year 2000 ...50th Reunion
Please read our notice under "Where Are You?" in
this issue of the Canal Record to find out who of our
classmates are still missing. We had a planning session
meeting at the '99 C. Z. reunion, Friday, July 2, in the
lower lobby of the Marriott which was headed by Joan
(Powell) Arndt. We are well under way for the year 2000
50t BHS Reunion. Members of BHS Classes of '49 and '51
are cordially invited to attend. Please contact us about the
2000/50th BHS Reunion and we will send you the necessary
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E 9770 S.W. 198th Circle
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 Dunnellon, FL
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1970
The BHS/CHS Class of 1970 will be holding their
30th class reunion in July 2000 in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion. Please send us your current
address/e-mail to ensure you receive further information.
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, FL 33823.
21 La Palma
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
9090 S. Waterview Drive
Floral City, FL 34436
BHS CLASS OF 1980
The Twentieth Reunion for BHS Class of 1980 will
be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida Annual Reunion in Tampa, July 5 to 9, 2000. Class
members may contact the following reunion committee
members for more information.
Margaret Bivin Coffin Richard Grimison
2533 Wrencrest Circle PAC 733 Box 37301
Valrico, FL 33594 Washington, D.C. 20013-7301
Sue Kelleher White
1824 Woodcut Drive
Lutz, FL 33549
6409 Hunt Road
Port St. John, FL 32927
BHS CLASS OF 1990
10 Year Reunion
Plans are being made for our 10 year Reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Tampa, from July 5 to 9, 2000. Check out our
web site for further information, www.revstudios.com/bhs/
or contact us by phone, mail or email address.
Leann McConaughey Teresa Monson-Strnad
4053 Crossroads Place 4854 Chalfont Drive
Casselberry, FL 32707 Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 696-6722 (407) 859-2939
Leannmac2@aol.com Diztown @ aol.com
2003 Northside Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
FIRST PANAMA GOLF VENTURE
BHS/CHS ZONIANS (and guests): Mark your calendars...DECEMBER 1-8, 1999!!!. Plans are in place for our
First Panama Golf venture. We will be playing four (4) rounds of golf at the following golf clubs Horoko Golf Club, Club
de Golf de Panama, and Coronado Golf Club. Also included are many excursions and sightseeing adventures for golfers and non-
Since our Class of 1957 excursion was such a success, I have decided to organize the above for those who couldn't make
it before. This will be a "biggie" since the Canal will be transferred to Panama at the end of the year. Let's remember those
special days and join in the fun for the first "annual Panamanian Golf trip" for all golfers from the Panama Canal Zone. Departure
is from Miami.
For further information, contact: June Barlow Riesz, 8 Crossway Court-West, Palm Coast, FL 32137. Our phone is:
(904) 445-2839. email: JohnRiesz@aol.com.
DON'T MISS THE 37th ANNUAL
CANAL ZONE POCONOS REUNION
The 1999 Canal Zone Reunion is scheduled to begin
Friday Afternoon, September 10, 1999, through Sunday
Afternoon, September 12, 1999, at the Hill Motor Lodge
(Best Western), Tannersville, PA. Following last years very
successful Flapper Theme, it has been decided to have a
"Country Western" party in 1999. The Hill Motor Lodge is
located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in Tannersville. The cost is $72 per
person, double occupancy and includes dinner on Friday and
Saturday nights. Telephone reservations may be made after
January 1999 by calling (570) 629-1667 Make sure you get
the special Canal Zone rates.. This is an ideal time and place
in which to hold mini-class reunions and a great place to
relax and enjoy the company of fellow Zonians. Golf and
shopping is available as well as good restaurants in
Tannersville and the Delaware Water Gap which is only
minutes away. Please note the area code change when
requesting the September 10th and 11th reservations. Mrs.
Paul no longer works there. If additional information is
needed, call Bob Whitam at (330) 725-5087 or Bill March
at (609) 772-9458.
Most of us recycle glass, plastic, newspapers, metal,
cardboard, etc. Why not add your old eyeglasses to the list?
Recycling unwanted glasses, empty frames and lenses will
help visually impaired people in Third World countries. You
can make a difference, so do your part. Send yours to:Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
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!
As for the yearbooks that some of you want, unless there
are duplicates, those I'm collecting are dedicated to the
Museum. However, if you reimburse the cost of
photocopying and postage, you can still get the book,
provided I have the right year. Please include a SASE with
your query. Thanks.
ST. MARY'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
There are tentative plans for a reunion of St. Mary's
Parochial School alumni. Sisters, Priests and lay-teachers
planned for a 2000 stateside most likely in conjunction with
the Society reunion. If you are interested in further
information and/or attending please send the following
information: NAME (including maiden, adopted if you
attended under another name) FULL ADDRESS,
HM/WK/FAX Numbers, E-MAIL Address. Years attended
and year graduated from St. Marys to Kathleen Welch at:
((727)797-7139, email@example.com, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE
PAID BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
Canal Zone Police Closing out Ceremony March 31,1982
Spectators listen as Dr. Richard A. Cheville delivers a commemorative address on behalf of the Canal Area to representatives
of the Commission Police Division as they stand in formation on the Administration building's steps during a closing out ceremony
on March 31, 1982. Tears came to the eyes of many a listener as Dr. Cheville recounted his own experiences working with the
"Commissions finest" and described their many community and humanitarian activities.
A special commendation from the International Association of Chiefs of Police was presented to the remaining Police
Division members in recognition of their significant contribution to law enforcement in the Canal Zone. The commendation read
Whereas, the Canal Zone Police Division was established in 1904 for the purpose of preserving the integrity of the United
States interest in an unfamiliar and challenging setting: and
Whereas, The Canal Zone Police Division has performed its mission for a period of 77 years, transforming every crisis
into an opportunity and every difficulty into a positive action, meeting its obligations professionally and loyally: and
Whereas, the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 terminated the 1903 Isthmian Canal Treaty, thereby transferring the Canal
Zone to the Republic of Panama, which will bring to an end the work and responsibility of the Canal Zone Police Division on March
31, 1982; now therefore, be it
Resolved, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police does hereby hail the Canal Zone Police Division for its
77 years of productive, professional law enforcement activity, and commends it for its dedicated service, having performed
brilliantly in a multicultural, multilingual, international setting, fraught with perilous times and laden with salutary experiences....
The Canal Zone community and its police organization yielded to the progressive ideas of the times. The Panama Canal,
it was believed, was to be best served through the exercise of jurisdiction by the Republic of Panama over the entire Isthmus.
Having outlived its utility to the Isthmian waterway, the Canal Zone Police disappeared from the Panamanian landscape like its
former police districts which have been covered by the flood waters that created the Panama Canal.
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Cut named for construction-day
By Joaquin Horna
When Maj. David du Bose Gaillard was
summoned to work on the construction of the Panama Canal
in 1907, the Isthmus was viewed by the rest of the world as
a graveyard. Gaillard, however, dutifully accepted his post
with the Isthmian Canal Commission and said goodbye to
friends in the United States, many of whom never expected
to see him alive again. Ironically, his life would be cut short,
but not by pestilence in Panama. In fact, rather than being the
death of him, Panama became his ticket to immortality.
Gaillard was born September 4, 1859, in South
Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in
1884, fifth in a class of 35. After studying 2 V years at the
Engineer School of Application, he launched a solid career
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working on rivers,
harbors, fortifications, boundaries, aqueduct, and dams in
several states until the outbreak of war with Spain in 1898,
when he was appointed commander of the Third U.S.
In 1903, he was picked to serve on the new Army
General Staff. The corps of 44 officers also included George
W. Goethals, who was later to become his superior as chief
engineer of the Canal construction enterprise.
Gaillard and Goethals arrived on the Isthmus
together on March 12, 1907. There was no reception. Since
John J. Stevens still occupied the official residence of the
chief engineer, the two officers moved in with Dr. William
Crawford Gorgas, the military physician in charge of
sanitation, at Ancon. Gaillard and his wife, Katherine, later
moved to the town of Culebra.
After Goethals reorganized the construction effort,
Gaillard was assigned overall responsibility for the central
district which stretched 32 miles from Pedro Miguel Locks
to Gatun Dam and included Culebra Cut..
Described by a visitor as "the greatest liberty ever
taken with nature," the digging of Culebra Cut lasted seven
years, from 1907 through 1913. In any one day, there would
be 6,000 men and 50 to 60 steam shovels at work in the cut,
with the dirt trains running continuously. Gaillard led the
army of workers and machines quietly and clear-sightedly, as
if engaged in any ordinary engineering task.
But orderly it was not. Many were killed and injured
in accidents, including the premature detonation of
And then there were slides.
The more they dug, the more digging there was to be
done. As the cut grew deeper, the slides grew worse. A single
avalanche of earth and rock could wipe out months of work.
Gaillard described the slides as tropical glaciers, made of
mud instead of ice.
Gaillard, who had been promoted to lieutenant
colonel in April 1909, completed the seemingly
insurmountable task with the help of his dedicated diggers.
The cut was filled with water, and the Panama Canal opened
nearly a year later on August 15, 1914 six months ahead
But tragedy prevented Gaillard from seeing this
great day. In 1913, following tremendous slides, he suddenly
suffered what appeared to be a nervous breakdown and left
the Isthmus never to return. A tumor was found in his brain,
and, after surgery and hospital treatment, he died in
Baltimore on December 5, 1913. He was 54 and had been
promoted to colonel only a month before.
Culebra Cut was renamed Gaillard Cut on April 27,
1915, and a bronze tablet honoring his memory has occupied
a prominent position there since 1928. The tablet was
provided by Gaillard's family and the regiment he
commanded during the Spanish War. The greatest memorial
to Gaillard, however, is the cut itself a lasting legacy that
testifies to his proficiency and perseverance.
Extended from its original 300 feet to 500 feet
between the 1930s and 1971, the cut is currently being
widened again after a long term program to increase the
Canal's capacity and safety. The work will help the waterway
meet the demands of the future. Improvements such as this,
together with the Canal's commitment to preventative
maintenance, ensure the heroic engineering accomplishments
of Gaillard and other Canal builders will continue to benefit
international commerce for generations to come.
The Panama Canal Spillway
ag4 Loweraing, 4t4b4a HeiC
Caa one 30 Seatemwe 1979
Old Glory came down on "The Hill" tonight,
To those who felt; a heartbreaking sight. Her pride
Her colors stood fast,
She fluttered and furled and flapped till the last.
Then she waved....
"It's over. It's past."
"Land where my fathers' died,
Land of Thy Pilgrims pride."
They were Pilgrims.
Many did die.
We sang in church today
We've fought the world round,
Kept Her whole, kept us sound.
Do politicians resound,
When She's spat upon, torn,
And thrown to the ground?
A sight I can't bear to witness again,
"Goodbye: Won't you stand by me, my friend?"
Dona Jones Brophy
3rd Generation Zonian
Dona is the wife of Canal Pilot, Capt. John Brophy;
Daughter of Frances (Days) and Donald Jones;
Granddaughter of Joseph and Maria Days
Original Panama Canal Photo No. 56-A-2 (430), Employees of the Treasurer's Office, Finance Bureau, Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone, May 31, 1951. (Employees identified by Joan Ridge deGrummond, 5/3/99.)
Front, L-R: Arthur J. Wynne, Margaret F. Wiggin, Harry E. Musselman, William H. DeVore and Robert F.
Roche. Rear, L-R:...?, ...?, Roy F. Burr, Jerome E. Steiner, Jack K. Campbell, Jack C. Paige, Jack B.
Egozcue, J. Wendell Green, Ellen Conlan, Alice H. Roche, William Lundy,...?, Florence M. Peterson,
Joseph C. Turner, Stephen A. Bissell, and ...? Not pictured was John R. deGrummond, Jr. on states leave.
Can anyone fill in the four blanks?
lln the June 1999 issue, Page 78: Barbara Krueger says her mother, Annie (Boyd) Batholomew is second from the right, front
row. and Peggy Keller says the lady in the front row with the pearls around her neck is her mom, Sue Magee (Nee Allen) Thanks
for the help.
I TOO REMEMBER MY VISIT WITH
I was glad to see the article by Joe Ridge in the
June Canal Record as it brought back the memories of my
youth while living in Pedro Miguel and my memorable day
that I met Joe Dimaggio.
I had long thought that the Yankee team came down
for spring training in 1947 because I have a ball autographed
by members of the International team of Montreal with
Jackie Robinson and other members of that team when they
were there for spring training. My autographed Dodger ball
is dated 20 March, 1947. So, according to Joe Ridge, the
Yankee team was there in 1946 and if that is the case, I was
a freshman at BHS at the time.
My good fortune started at a cocktail party that our
town mayor, Mr. Curling hosted for the Yankee team at his
house in Pedro Miguel. My parents, John and Kitty
Schmidt were there along with other guests and during the
gathering, my mother asked Joe Dimaggio if he might be able
to get an autographed ball for me. My mother remembered
well his response to tell me to get his attention the next day
at the park in Balboa.
All I can remember is standing back and above the
dugout that day when Joe came in from the outfield. I caught
his attention and said, "Hi, Mr. Dimaggio, I am Billy
Schmidt". Before I could say any more, he said, "Son, just
one minute." He then stepped into the dugout and came back
with a ball with not only his name signed on it, but 24 others
as well. He handed me the ball, I shook his hand, and my
moment of glory was forever sealed!
I have always been a fan of the Yankee team and
having an autographed ball with the entire teams' signature
seemed to make it all the more personal as I followed the
In the very recent past, I tried to reach Joe and tell
him how much I appreciated his gesture to me some fifty
years ago. Unfortunately, his close associates were not
inclined to allow such personal contacts, even receiving
letters from fans.
Both of these treasured baseballs contain many
names in baseball history and heroes. I am proud to own
them with the names of such great and fine men as Joe
Dimaggio and Jackie Robinson and the other members of
those teams some fifty-three years ago.
John (Bill) Schmidt
1" x 31" x 3/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/10th page (Bus. Card) $15.00
1/5th page $30.00
1/4th page $40.00
1/2 page $75.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and
make all checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
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Jim Fulton Jr., 3566 Cosmos Street, Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida 33410-5641
Dining room set, Baco wood; made by
Cia. Caoba Ratcliffe Ltda.
Table, 7 ft. $150.00
9 Chairs $180.00
1 Buffet, 7 V2 Ft. $200.00
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Call: Emily Brooks, Tel: (813) 973-1138
Troptieal (ooking in PanamHa
Hand/ool of tropical ood
by Gladys R. Graham
For information write or call Jean Fears
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tele: (334) 793-0935
UNION CHURCH CALENDARS-
Point of contact: Billie Hultin,4781 Marshfield
Rd. Sarasota, FL 34235-5661. Calendars for year
2000 are priced at $5 each plus postage; 1999
calendars are also available at $5 each plus
postage. Checks to be made payable to Women's
Auxiliary, Balboa Union Church.
Limited Edition Print,
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3882 Paddrick Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Mobile (850) 980-0296
Home (850) 668-4121
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Dear Fellow Panama Canal Society Members,
As the American presence in Panama comes
to a close, you may be thinking about where to
put down permanent roots. Let me suggest a
place many former Zonians have discovered:
Tallahassee will remind you of Panama: rolling hills, lush vegetation, a
sportsman's paradise, and friendly southern hospitality!
Write, call, or e-mail me for information about this wonderful town. I'd love to
call you neighbor!
Condor Travel Offers
Panama Canal Society Members...
Wine Sampling Tour to Uruguay *
Visit Uruguay's wine-growing regions to sample world class wines and sample
some "old-world" hospitality during your stay.
Guided Whale-Watching Tours *
Patagonia, Argentina *
View whales up close in their natural setting, so close you can almost touch them.
Set among some of the most unspoiled areas on earth, these and other natural
wonders will amaze you on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to southern Argentina.
SNDOR Condominium Rentals *
Throughout the United States. Reasonable rates.
*Special prices for Panama Canal Society members.
For More Information Contact:
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017
e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.condortravel.com
BHS-CZJC GRADUATE GUS MELLANDER'S LATEST
How did it really begin?
A look at the 1904-06 Panama years.
Many Americans played a key role in building the Canal.
Others worked hard to establish working relationships with the
new Republic of Panama. We recognize many of their names,
but one early canal pioneer has been forgotten.
Charles E. Magoon was both Governor of the Canal Zone and
Minister to Panama and at the same time! His contributions
affected the Canal Zone and Panama for nearly 100 years.
"Scholarly, insightful and well-written --- A must read!"
Thomas J. Dodd, U. S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
Charles Edward Magoon: The Panama Years
by Gus and Nelly Mellander
Editorial Plaza Mayor, P. O. Box 3148, Guaynabo, P.R. 00970-3148
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SHORTY & SLIM CD's
The Shorty & Slim Music Collection
Shorty & Slim is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae and Carribean sounds with a touch of Rock-n-Roll. It is written all about Panama and
the Canal Zone by Zonians, and it's the only musical production of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living or
visiting this beautiful Paradise. It's feel-good music that will make you laugh, cry and remember the days, and it is a must for all Ages.
Four Easy Ways To Get Your Copies ($15.00/ea for Life on Mango Street and Gone Platano
$12.00/ea for Shorty and Slim's Tird One
1. Send Check or Money Order to: Shorty&Slim clo D.Seitz, PO Box 1482, Purvis MS 39475 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Log onto the Internet at canalzone.com and open the "Merchandise" folder.
3. Go to The Canal Zone Reunion in 2000 and look in the Vendors Room.
4. Write us: David Seitz in Germany (email@example.com) and Alex Reyes in Panama (firstname.lastname@example.org)
P4e 4u ... 2000 PANAMA CANAL TOUR
njoy a coast-to-coast/border-to-border tour of Panama,
conducted by knowledgeable, bilingual guides who are
specialists in Panama and the Canal Zone. BOOK EARLY!
Due to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
to be a part of a Panama adventure.
This 10 day tour includes the following:
* Round Trip Airfare Miami/Panama Hotels
(U.S. Exit Fees) Transportation on Air-Conditioned
* Tourist Card Busses
* All Meals While in Panama Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
(Except One) Farewell Dinner
* Tips & Baggage Handling
We have added some great tours for 2000.
Davis Stevenson 1730 Omie Way Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(800) 783-8847 (770) 995-7537 FAX: (770) 995-8017
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