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VOL.34 JUNE 2000 NO.2
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Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. Steve 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
Mr. William McLaughlin
President's Message ...................... ................... 1
From the Secretary .............................................. 2
Editor's Corner ............. ................................... 2
Legislative Report .............. .................... ............. 3
E-Mail Update ................................................ 3
Museum News .................................................. 4
CZ Health Survey, Preliminary Findings. ................................ 5
Clarification on Flag Lowering ..................................... .. 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 7
Local Announcements ................ .............................. 9
W here Are You? .................................. ............. 10
News Clips ........................................................ 11
Your Reporter Says ............................................ 13
Alabam a .................... 13 M ississippi ................... 23
Arkansas .................... 14 N orth Carolina ............... 23
California ................... 14 Northwest ............ 24
Florida ..................... 15 Oklahom a .................... 26
Georgia ..................... 21 Panam a ...................... 27
Hawaii ..................... 22 South Carolina ................ 29
Louisiana ................... 23 Texas ....................... 29
Congratulations ................................................ 30
Weddings .............. ................... .................... 33
Births ............. ............................................. 35
With Deep Sorrow .............. .................... ............ 37
Letters to the Editor .............. .............................. 42
Announcements/Class Reunions ................. ................... 51
Looking Back ...................................................... 56
For Sale or Wanted ............. ... ............................. 60
Application Form .............. ................................. 63
Retirements ..................................... ................. IBC
FRONT COVER: Aerial view of the "Flats" area, Balboa, Canal Zone, showing
Administration Building in the background. Taken February 1950. PCC Photo
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
DATES TO REMEMBER
June 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16'
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH, 11:30 lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
.July 5-9 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Tampa Marriott Waterside, 405 Ice
Palace Drive. Tampa, FL.
July 28 24th Pacific Northwest Panama Canal Reunion, Pot Luck dinner,
North Bonneville City Park Gazebo, 7 p.m. Following day Picnic at
Robins Island Picnic Shelter, Bonneville Dam. 10 a.m. For more info,
contact Jim/Clover Duffus: (509) 427-4490, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
September 2 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon, The Fairways Forest Lakes Country
Club. See page 9 of this issue for details.
September 23 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San
Diego. For information, call (949) 951-4801
October 3 Ocala Zonians Semi-Annual meeting at Maggie's Buffet. Lunch at
noon. Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902 for more info.
October 7 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. Details on page 10 of this issue.
November 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16'h
St. St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH, 11:30 lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
December 9 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon. Details in September issue.
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This will be my last President's message. During the
year we made quite a few improvements to improve
efficiency in the office.
New membership and reunion computer programs
were developed; these have improved our record keeping
both for the reunion and membership data; increased memory
was installed in both computers; new Society banner
purchased to replace cumbersome flag we used to carry to
meetings; hired a CPA firm to conduct reviews of society and
reunion books; prepare Tangible Tax and Tax Return; after
a year and a half, renewed trademark has been received,
thanks to the efforts on the part of Barbara Green who was
in constant contact with Trademark Office; Articles of
Incorporation updated; here again Barbara Green assisted
Muriel Whitman in researching and documenting changes
since 1990; executive board approved new travel agent for
Society; this will be reviewed annually; purchased new, more
efficient copier; obtained debit card through Dean Whitter in
order to sign up for website and Staples Credit card; through
the efforts of Thomas Peterson, with assistance and input
from Pat Beall, we are finally working on the history of the
No organization runs on its own and I would be
remiss if I did not give thanks to all who helped make this a
successful year for me as well as the society. The executive
board has been delightful to work with; I thank each and
every one of you. Special appreciation goes to out Barbara
Green, Secretary/Treasurer, who has gone over and above
her job to keep things running smoothly; without her I would
have had a difficult year. Thank you, Barbara.
Pat Beall was always there to help in any way he
could. His dedication to producing an enjoyable, professional
Canal Record is exceptional. Thank you, Pat.
Tom Peterson has offered guidance whenever
needed; always willing to answer questions and provide
Muriel Whitman and Bob Johnson were available
whenever I called on them for assistance.
My one concern for the Society is that many
members are not supporting the society and our functions
which is causing a split in the membership. Our monthly
meetings have been poorly attended and I think this is
something that has to be corrected. Personalities should not
become an issue in our organization. This should always be
a cordial, friendly society; it is no longer that. I ask you
members to please try to get back to the good old days.
I am proud to have been your president and hope my
accomplishments have pleased the membership.
Can't believe it's time for another message. I guess
I must be having fun because time sure goes fast around here.
The reunion is just around the comer again. Seems like I was
just enjoying the last one.
Many of our members are confused about the dues
year. Our new dues years runs from January to December -
as voted on by the members. If you are not sure if you paid
your dues. just call me. Another quick way to know if you
paid your dues is if you received the latest issue of the Canal
Record.. Your name would not have been included in the
mailing labels unless your dues were paid up.
The Post Office returned several covers from the
March Canal Record because we did not have a current
address from our members. Please remember to send in your
address change as soon as possible.
Also, we had a number of members send in checks
for the reunion which included Society dues. This delays
posting of your dues since we first have to deposit them in
the Reunion Account, then wait for a check to be issued by
the Reunion Finance Chairperson (fortunately she is very
prompt in taking care of this). This could mean that you
could miss out on receiving your Canal Record. The Society
and the Reunion have separate accounts.
It has been a good year overall. Working with the
present board has been very gratifying since they make it a
point of appreciating what Pat and I do to help them out. I
hope to work for at least another year with the Society,
providing everything goes well and my health holds out.
Stop by and say "Hi" if you come to the Reunion.
As usual, I'll be at the Secretary's desk. For those of you
who can't make it, my fondest regards.
uanai riecoros ana annual uirectones rur Ir
present, bound, in Editor's office. (Not for sale).
Members are beginning to send us photos that have
been scanned by their computers or are laser copies on
paper that they wish to be published. We have sent back a
few that came crumpled or damaged through our snail mail.
No cardboard or insulators was provided to protect the photo.
Please protect those scanned and/or laser-printed photos if
you want them published. The photos published will be as
clear as those you send us. We are also still unable to receive
attachments through e-mail.
We would also like to request that members do not
crop photos sent for printing. All covers must be 90 in
order to fit in the column properly. The editor will crop any
photos needed to be cropped (at no charge) to required
We have found that quite a few copies of the March
Canal Records never arrived at their destination. Members
call us up to complain. We reply that both the mailers and the
Post Office certify the amount of books addressed and
mailed which agrees with the total we have sent them. One of
the reasons is that the Post Office functions in a strange way.
You will get a book and your neighbor doesn't. If the
neighbor complains and tells the Post Office that their friend
next door got theirs a week ago, their book will appear in
their mailbox soon after. It is not called "snail mail" for
nothing. Another reason is that many state they don't get
their book, and we find that their dues are delinquent that's
why no address label was sent to the mailer. We, the office
staff send books to be mailed to dues paying members only.
When they pay their dues, plus $5 for a book to be sent them,
their names will be re-instated in our records, and they will
receive their books in the future just as long as the Post
Office does its job. Checking to see if you have a canceled
check showing dues paid helps a lot.
Also, if you want us to print your e-mail address
properly, please carefully print or type it so it is readable
with capital letters where required and lower case when not.
I thank those of you who sent me get-well cards and
notes. It was a piece of cake, actually, but it took me about
ten days to unleash myself from all those sedatives, etc. that
they pump into you. Hope to see many of you at the Reunion!
Editor, Canal Record.
Editor must have by:
July 31, 2000
Congressional Budget Office Outlines Possible Benefit
The CBO has released the latest version of an
annual digest of spending-cutting options, including several
proposals affecting federal employee benefits that have been
advanced in past years. In the health benefit area, CBO
mentioned adopting a voucher plan for the Federal
Employees Health Benefits program, in which the
government would pay a flat rate for its share of premiums,
based on the current average payment, and increasing that
rate annually by the rate of general inflation rather than
according to the usually higher inflation rate in the health
care sec. Another FEHB option would be to reduce federal
retiree health benefits for those with relatively short careers
by decreasing the governments share of the premium by 2
percentage points for each year of service under 30 years.
Retirement Options Also listed
The CBO report (Budget Options March 2000) also
lists several potential changes to the retirement program,
including deferring cost-of-living adjustments for civil
service retirement program (CSRS) Annuitants until age 62,
limiting CSRS COLAS to a half percentage point below
inflation, reducing COLAS for all middle and higher income
retirees, and changing the salary used to set annuity rates
from the highest three consecutive salary years to the highest
four. It also raises the possibility of restricting and
restructuring the government's matching contributions to the
Thrift Savings Plan for FERS employees. Check
http://www.fedweek.com and click on "Hot Free Info" for
pertinent details of this important CBO report.
Earnings Test Targeted
The proposal to create a long-term care insurance
benefit for federal employees, retirees and family members
as well as members of the military community has taken
another step forward with approval by the House
Government Reform Committee. The quick action by the full
committee, only a week after subcommittee approval, is a
sign of eagerness of sponsors to get the bill moving in what
will be a relatively short congressional work year. A vote in
the full House appears likely soon.
The Social Security Administration estimates that
more than 800,000 Social Security beneficiaries or
dependents are currently affected by the earnings test
applying to those ages 65-69 and that another 100,000
persons have not even filed for benefits because they are
continuing to work beyond that age or are a dependent of
someone who is. Both the House and Senate have passed
legislation to repeal that test, which results in a reduction of
$1.00 in Social Security benefits for every $3.00 earned over
$17,000. The test is primarily of interest to FERS retirees
because Social Security is a main part of their federal
retirement benefits, but could also affect CSRS retirees who
have enough Social Security credits to qualify for a benefit.
Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
are encouraged to express their support for these important
legislative initiatives to their own representatives and
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Some bo their best, some buib, some make,
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Panama Canal Museum
S8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727)394-2737
a MUSEUM PLANS REUNION ACTIVITIES
Plans are underway for the museum's activities at the July 5-9, 2000, Panama Canal Society's 2000 Reunion at the
Tampa Marriott Waterside. On tap are:
A museum board meeting at 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 6.
A Panama Canal Museum Room where the theme of this year's Reunion Exhibit will be "The Canal Zone and DoDDS-
A table in the Vendor's Room. One of the items available will be a 2001 calendar, the first annual calendar to be offered by
the museum. "The Canal Zone and DoDDS-Panama Schools" is the theme of the museum's first calendar. Copies of back
issues of the Review and other publications featuring articles about the Panama Canal, Tampa Reunion t-shirts, a map of the
Canal Zone, museum hats and mugs, and bottles of Panama Canal water are among the other items that will be sold at the table.
A public information meeting about the museum after the Panama Canal Society business meeting on Friday, July 7.
MUSEUM PLANS PANAMA CANAL EXHIBIT FOR AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP
The Panama Canal Museum has been invited to hold an exhibit on the American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum
Ship in Tampa for about six months beginning in the fall. Director-Curator Brian Albright has planned an exhibit depicting the
history of the American Era of the Panama Canal. The American Victory project's volunteer historian, Ron Heimburger, has
learned that the American Victory made at least sixteen transits of the Panama Canal between 1952 and 1969.
MUSEUM SEEKS PANAMA CANAL PATCHES
The Panama Canal Museum is trying to compile collections of all types of patches used in the Canal Zone and the
Panama Canal during the American Era in Panama (1903 through 1999). These patches include:
* Cayuco Race patches (1954 through 1999)
* All other Scouting patches (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies)
* All Bureau, Division or Unit patches (such as, but not limited to: Police, Fire, Customs, Locks, Electrical, Maintenance, Canal
Protection, Supply Division, Mechanical and Building Divisions, etc. etc.)
If you have any of these patches and want to donate them to the museum's collection, please contact Rick Williams,
who has volunteered to compile them for the museum, at:
* E-Mail Address: CZPD534@hotmail.com
* Mailing Address: 3968 Royal Oaks Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308
* Telephone: 850-894-9222
CONTACT MUSEUM ABOUT MEDALLIONS
It is the sincere hope of the museum board that all those who ordered limited edition silver commemorative medallions
have received them. If you haven't, please write, call or e-mail the museum. We appreciate the patience shown by those whose
orders were affected by problems the mint experienced during the production of our medallions.
MUSEUM RECEIVES AND SEEKS DONATIONS
The museum board appreciates the recent generous donation made to the museum by Robin and Peter Morland on
behalf of C.B. Fenton & Co., S.A. While the museum board plans to seek donations from other corporations, the museum
currently relies heavily on individual donations for its support. The board was, therefore, grateful to Beverly Williams, who
suggested donations made to the museum in memory of her husband, Charles "Buddy" Williams, by those wishing to honor
him in this way. Beverly joins the board in thanking those who have donated in memory of Buddy.
A Donor Information Card appears elsewhere in this issue of the Canal Record. We encourage you to use it to make
a donation to the museum.
Panama Canal Zone Residents Environmental and Health Survey
Preliminary Findings April 2000 Update
Over 37% of 360 participants in a recent survey are worried about their health as a result of exposure to
environmental hazards while residing in the Panama Canal Zone. Only 36% of respondents claimed to have
had no adverse health effects from exposure to environmental hazards. University of Texas-Houston School
of Public Health (UTSPH) researchers, Dr. Deborah del Junco, Dr. Anne Sweeney, and graduate students,
Ms. Tracie Gardner and Ms Kathleen Pitts conducted the study from July 1999 to April 2000. The
preliminary results have made it possible to pursue further research thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded to
Ms. Gardner by the UTSPH Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the National
Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health.
Of the 360 survey participants, 57% were women, 43% were men and the average age was 55 years
(range 25-95). A total of 206 participants (57%) reported exposure to hazardous environmental agents while
living in the Zone and another 31% were unsure as to their prior exposures. Nine percent of participants
believed they had experienced adverse effects as a direct result of exposure to environmental hazards while
living in the Zone. Eighty-six percent of participants said they would agree to take part in a more in depth
health study and eighty four percent would consent to a review of their medical records. Eighty-seven
percent of participants were willing to provide a future blood sample to test for the presence of
environmental chemicals, and sixty-six percent were willing to identify other family members for further
With Ms. Gardner's grant award, it will be possible to extend the study to include additional
participants and to collect blood samples from a small group of participants for testing of persistent
environmental chemicals. The researchers are interested in the experience of all former residents of the
Panama Canal Zone, regardless of past or current health status. Results from further research will be critical
to the development of a comprehensive and scientifically definitive investigation. The research team is
indebted to the Panama Canal Society of Florida and the individual former residents of the Zone for their
continued support and encouragement.
The research team will continue to work with the Panama Canal Society and Web-based list servers
to disseminate important aggregate information as soon as possible. Limited resources and the unexpectedly
high interest in the health survey have made it difficult for the researchers to respond to individual
participants' questions or concerns. The team looks forward to improving communications with individual
study participants as additional funding becomes available. For further information, contact Dr. del Junto
at UTSPH (PCZR), P.O. Box 20186, Houston, TX 77225 or email ddeljunto@ sph.uth.tmc.edu.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM DONOR INFORMATION CARD
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CLARIFICATION ON FLAG LOWERING CEREMONY DECEMBER 30, 1999
In the March 2000 issue of the Canal Record the photo caption on page 25 needs clarification. The photo
caption stated the lowered American flag was presented to Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso. Actually, the
authors of the original article were misinformed. After being ceremoniously folded, "Old Glory" was presented to the
Honorable Luis Caldera, Secretary of the Army and Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission, in a very moving
and dignified ceremony. He represented the United States and accepted "Old Glory" with the words, "Long may she
wave". Concurrently with the lowering of the American flag by a Special Joint Honor Guard from the United States
Southern Command, the Panamanian Honor Guard lowered their flag. The Panamanian flag was then presented
to President Mireya Moscoso.
The joint flag lowering ceremony took place at the Panama Canal Commission Administration Building in
Balboa Heights and was symbolic of the partnership Panama and America have had in building and operating the
Panama Canal since 1903.
The American flag was lowered at 5:00 PM on the 30th. of December 1999. The Panamanian general public
expected the flag lowering at 6:00 PM, and so coverage of its final lowering was missed by some of the local news
media and many expected it to come down for the last time at the final transfer ceremonies the next day. The
unexpected lowering created some controversy in the local media but it was designed to prevent disruption of the
solemn event by radical groups. The ceremony was very moving and dignified, with few of the public in attendance.
The American flag would not be raised again on the 31st of December 1999 and was not flying during the final
transfer ceremonies on that day.
"Old Glory" proudly waved for almost 96 years over the Panama Canal area. Lieutenant Mark Brooke, U.S.
Army Engineer Officer, raised the American flag for the first time in Panama City on May 4, 1904. He raised our flag
atop the old Grand Hotel, just after the signing and exchanging of papers transferring property from the defunct
French Canal Company to the new builders of the Panama Canal. Very few people were present, as the signing
and very short ceremony started at 7:30 in the morning.
The United States has now folded "Old Glory" for the last time in Panama and turned the monumental duties
of maintaining and operating the Panama Canal to the Republic of Panama. Best wishes to Panama in this important
endeavor and congratulations to all who worked during the American Era to make the Canal a grand wonder of the
world and a prime example of efficiency for all to see. All Americans can look with great pride and sense of enormous
accomplishment as the sun sets on America's work in Panama. Well done!
Respectfully submitted by
LtCol. Joseph L. Hickey
Commander, U.S. Army Visual Information Center
M* 7LT -ba'' ^' BHBE
PHOTO LEFT: Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Luis Caldera receives"Old Glory" from SSG Ronald Wallace
(US Army) of the Special Honor Guard. Also in the picture is the U.S. Ambassador to Panama the Honorable Simon
RIGHT: Secretary of the Army and Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission the Honorable Louis Caldera (right)
greets President of Panama Mireya Moscoso (left) after the final lowering, folding and presentation of the American
Flag to Mr. Caldera at the Panama Canal Commission Administration Building at Balboa Heights..
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
January 7, 2000
Meeting was called to order at 11:32 a.m. at St.
Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, with 33
members attending. Mrs. Barbara Peterson gave the
Invocation and Mr. Pete Lang led in the Pledge to the Flag.
President. Brundage welcomed all, and Past Presidents, and
Bill and Alice Forsstrom of Rhode Island and Bill and Jean
Muller of Ocala, Florida. She also expresses members'
pleasure at seeing Mike Greene attending. Meeting
adjourned at 11:36 a.m. for lunch and reconvened at 12:30
Minutes stand as recorded and Financial Statement
stands for audit.
Mrs. Brundage reported on her visit to the new
hotel. Guest speaker for the Annual Luncheon will be Mr.
Ernest Pierce; an announcement will be in the March issue.
Since the last board meeting in December, 72 new
memberships have been received.
Mr. Johnson was informed that the Tampa Marriott
Waterside should be opened on February 19 with their first
The Annual Luncheon will cost $18.00 per person,
the menu will be in the March Canal Record. About 30
golfers have signed up. 20 vendors have requested tables. All
activities will be on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Mr. Johnson
announced that Paul Rozmeski has been appointed Co-
Chairperson for the Reunion.
Steve Nehring reported that between 70 80 people
attended the Christmas tree burn; he plans to have another
tree burn next year.
Chris Skeie announced the Carnavalito will be held
February 5' at Banquet Masters; reservation forms are on the
tables, and Pully will provide the music.
Tom Peterson reported 12 groups have scheduled
Barbara Green stated that Carol Masino is once
again working as assistant for the Society. Gift memberships
were again recommended. A new computer program for the
Reunion has been installed and the Society membership
program is being revised.
Pat Beall stated he will be hospitalized on January
19 followed by a recuperative period. Deadline for the March
issue is January 17 and will be adhered to. He announced he
will no longer accept obituaries by e-mail unless they are sent
by family members. Barbara Peterson offered to help in the
office during his recuperating period.
Mrs. Whitman announced that the proposed
amendments will be in the March issue and asked everyone
103 members attended the Christmas Luncheon and
there was a $35.00 profit. Kathy Egolf gave a report on
museum activities, stating they are receiving support from the
Society. The meeting adjourned at 1:12 p.m.
February 5, 2000
Meeting called to order at 6:32 p.m. at Banquet
Masters in Seminole, Florida during scheduled Carnavalito.
There were 55 members and guests attending. The president
thanked the Carnavalito Committee of Chris Skeie, Paula
Boger, John and Muriel Whitman, Shirley and Skeeter
Camby and Barbara Green for their work.
A moment of silence observed for recently departed.
Mrs. Brundage informed that Ernie Yocum, Chaplain
Dorothy Yocum's husband, passed away on February 2,
2000. Peter Lang led in the Pledge to the Flag. Mrs.
Whitman moved to dispense with reading the minutes of
January 7th meeting. Minutes stand as recorded. Financial
Statement read and stands for audit.
Mrs, Brundage pointed out new Society banner
purchased to replace large flag; new Reunion software has
been purchased; new Society membership software is being
developed. Reunion reservation are coming in steadily and
the March Canal Record will be mailed out in early March.
All were reminded of the Spring luncheon to be held
May 6th at Landry's Seafood House.
The Invocation was given by Barbara Peterson
immediately preceding dinner. Meeting was adjourned at
6:40 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.
March 3, 2000
Meeting was called to order at 11:29 a.m. at St.
Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida with 32
members attending. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation and John Whitman led in the Pledge to the Flag.
A moment of silence followed for those departed.
The minutes stand as recorded and the Financial
Statement stands for audit.
Since the last meeting: Mrs. Brundage has been in
contact with Ernie Pierce, Guest Speaker for the Annual
Luncheon; Charles Godels, Auditor reviewed Society and
Reunion books, tax return and tangible tax; Neil Zirin will
produce a new membership computer program; and a Society
banner was made to replace Panama Canal Company flag.
She also mentioned the response to our meetings and
functions was below normal and that without a quorum,
business cannot be conducted. Ballots for Officers and for
Amended Bylaws are in the March issue of the Canal
Record. The Executive Board approved 141 new members in
January and 53 more in February.
Mr. Nehring checked out several places, including
Tampa for the October picnic and suggested a member in the
area could chair the picnic. He did not recommend returning
to Seminole Park as no water hook-ups are available there.
Suggestions to improve attendance at meetings included
holding meetings on Fridays and Saturdays alternatively and
to hold meetings at different places. These will be discussed
at a board meeting. A Suggestion Form will be available to
members at the reunion.
Reservations at the Marriott Waterside are filled.
We have 700 out of 724 rooms. A free shuttle runs by the
hotel to Ybor City. There is a large parking lot near the hotel.
Mr. Rozmeski suggested everyone use the valet parking.
Mrs. Brundage stated that Paul Rozmeski is working with
Mr. Johnson as Reunion Co-chairperson due to Carolyn
Johnson's poor health. As of February 29, 1,388 members
and guests had registered for the Reunion. 561 have
purchased Ball tickets; 507 purchased Panazonian Dance
tickets, 138 Friday Disco tickets and 128 Saturday Disco
tickets, and 57 luncheon tickets have been sold. All
information on the luncheon is in the March Canal Record;
limit is 600 for the luncheon. All dances will be held in the
hotel instead of the Convention Center.
Mrs. Brundage reported a $329.50 loss for the
Carnavalito. Sarasota Luncheon to be held September 2nd.
The Legislative Representative, Robert Russell resigned;
replacement to be appointed.
Barbara Green reported Carol Masino handling
most of Reunion paper work. Dues arriving slowly, will ask
Board to mail out dues reminders. About 2000 members yet
to pay dues.
Mr. Beall stated March books are in the mail; three
obits omitted will be included in the June issue..
Dorothy Yocum thanked the Society for Lung
Association donation in memory husband Ernie.
Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for Holiday Inn
Select. Muriel Whitman is Coordinator.
Kathy Egolf gave short report on Museum. A
display on Liberty Ship to be docked in Tampa in May is
hoped for. They will be selling items in vendors room and
have a display table by the Society information desk. A board
meeting is scheduled for March 10 and 11. Letters of
appreciation will be sent soon for donations received.
Anna Collins, Nominating Committee Chairperson
informed that ballots for officers are in the March book and
asked everyone to vote.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
April 7, 2000
Meeting was called to order by the President, Faith
Brundage at 11:30 a.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Petersburg, Florida, with 29 members present, with no
quorum. Chaplain Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation and
Pete Lang, Sgt. at Arms led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Meeting adjourned at 11:35 for lunch, and reconvened at
12:30 p.m. The minutes of the March meeting were read and
stand as recorded. The Financial Statement will stand for
The president reported that after a year and a half,
and through the efforts of the Secretary Barbara Green, the
renewed trademark has been received. The Executive Board
approved the president's appointment of chairpersons for the
September Luncheon, October Picnic and Christmas
Luncheon, and the functions will be advertised in the June
Mrs. Hunt reported there are 35 reservations for the
Spring Luncheon. The maximum is 100 but we aren't
required to have 100.
28 members have paid for vendor's tables; two are
sharing tables. Chris Skeie, Vendor's Chairperson advised
that members will be limited to 30. Several others have
expressed interest in vending and he has a waiting list for
The president reported that the Sarasota luncheon
will be held September 7. Robert Russell resigned as
Legislative Representative and she has appointed John
Whitman as his replacement. Deadline for Officers ballots
is June 11.
The secretary received complaints from members
who did not get their March books. 1,361 members have not
paid their year 2000 dues and the board approved mailing out
late dues notices.
The Editor reported the Annual Directory will be
delivered to the mailer on April 14. Articles for the June
issue are slowly coming in. He apologized by letter to those
three obits who were omitted by accident.
Mrs. Whitman reported that with the help of
Barbara Green, the Articles of Incorporation have been
updated and mailed to Tallahassee. Proposed Amendments
to the ByLaws are in the March book and asked everyone to
vote. ByLaws Committee is working on additional changes.
Mrs. Whitman later clarified that Barbara Green did not work
on proposed Bylaws, only the Articles of Incorporation.
Kathy Egolf stated that the Museum board met in the
Society office in March They are looking for a larger location
in the St. Petersburg or Tampa area to house the museum.
They will have a room and a vendor at the Reunion.. The
theme for the museum this year is schools and they will sell
calendars for each theme She has a table set up for the
meeting with some museum items for sale.
Bob Johnson reported that 1,771 have registered so
far for the reunion. Tickets sold to date are 761 for the Ball,
678 for the PZ dance, 180 for each Friday and Saturday
Disco and 174 for the luncheon. The Marriott is filled. Ten
rooms held for handicapped are filled. Those members
wanting rooms will be placed in the Hyatt. He will look into
the possibility of getting transportation between hotels. He
was informed by the Hotel that there are no activities for
young people. We still have vacancies for golf. and that the
Marriott is a "no smoking" hotel. He has Paul Rozmeski as
his assistant reunion coordinator.
Mrs. Hunt showed letter she received with a sample
ballot. Barbara Green admitted mailing them. Mrs. Hunt
questioned if Society stamps were used to mail the letters.
Barbara assured her that she purchased the stamps. The
matter will be brought to the Executive Board.
Rick Nelson and Stella DeMarr reported that the
"Roaring 20's" restaurant in Ellenton, Exit 43E, is owned by
Bill and Marge Dickerson who are from Panama. It was
suggested that we hold a meeting there.
Door prizes were awarded. Flower arrangement
donated by Travelworld was won by Mary Lou Lang.
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Just do it,.,
Do more than exist live.
Do more than touch feel.
Do more than look observe.
Do more than read absorb.
Do more than hear listen.
Do more than listen understand.
Do more than think ponder.
Do more than talk say something.
Thank you for keeping your membership
September 2, 2000
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. September Luncheon/Meeting will be held in
Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, September 2, 2000 at the Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club,
2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be available at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting scheduled
for 12:00 noon.
The menu will consist of your choice of Roast Loin of Pork or Chicken Francaise. Please
specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form. Payment must be made prior to the luncheon.
The cost is $14.00 per person, and gratuities are included. The deadline for Reservations
or Refunds is THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2000.
Tom and Barbara Peterson will be our co-chairpersons for this favorite event and they and
their committee promises the same wonderful repast as before and a good time for all. Door prizes
will be awarded during the meeting, so let's all head South, North, East or West to the Fairways
Forest Lakes Country Club for some more of their delicious food as we have our Regular Scheduled
PCSOFL SARASOTA LUNCHEON
September 2, 2000
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August 4, 2000
5t. Sede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
,t. Petersburg, Clorida
Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular MIeeting at 12.30 p.m.
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Andrew A. Whitlock II Joseph McDonald
Janice M. Mclnvale
Marvin D. Wright
PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
October 7, 2000
BHS'51, WHERE ARE YOU ALL?
The Annual Picnic will be
held on October 7, 2000, at the Bay
Pines Veterans Park, located at
,, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd. Seminole,
from 10:00 a.m. until?. Shelter #4 has
f i ,','.i: been reserved for the Society.
"'; This year's picnic will be
hosted by Steve Nehring,
j Chairperson, and his committee.
Everyone attending is asked
to bring a covered dish to share and
your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow alcoholic
beverages on the premises. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and cups.
GAMES AND PRIZES TOO!
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.
Alvarado, Rosario Harris, Richard
Arango, Maria Teresa Hellwig, Laticia
Arias, Eduardo Holland, Gloria P.
Arauz, Adilia Ester Jackson, Howard D.
Baxter, Carol Sue Jackson, Mary.
Beauchamp, Sandra Jamiesson, Paul J
Blohm, Eunice R. Jimenez, Julio E..
Bradley, Doris Johnson, Jerry.
Brassfield, Maria E. Johnson, Joyce Ann
Btesh, Linda B. Johnson, Richard A.
Burset, Miguel A. Karst, Zoe Ann.
Cermelli, Arturo Kouppermann, Yvonne
Cherry, Edward Kridle, Helen J.
Cucalon, Roberto Lao, Florence.
Divney, Mary Lou Lee, Elita J.
Entebi, Elias Lora A. Mercedes.
Feuille, Rene P. Mallan, Merry Stuart
Finley, Robert McCarty, Florence M.
Fuentes, Brisseida J .McCloud, Barbara.
Fullman, Beverly McKeown, Edward
Garrido, Mayra E. Menasche, Jack
Grahe, Agnes Metevier, George
Grifo, Carlos Osigian, Amalia
Hamerschlag, Susanne Ostrea, Nydia G.
Pederson, Anton C
Rosgal, Elsa M
Rowland, Louise Jane
Saiz, Lia Noel
Shore, Sidney Thomas
Smith, Dorothy Elaine
Waesche, William A
Walker, Ellen Joan
Welz, Emil W
PCSOFTL regular Meleting
November 3, 2000
St. 'edes faisopal Chwutch
2500 16 Street
St. Peterwsb r, lorida
oveewd vid at 11:30 a. w.
'Regda Meeting at 12:30 ,. ,m.
If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates, or
if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!
Fran Elmendorf Marilyn Flynn
300 Cedar Haven Dr. 521 Country Club Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356 Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314
pczfran @ theramp.net email@example.com
Arlene McKeown Tochterman
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777
Editor must have by:
July 31, 2000
Panama Canal Named Civil
Engineer Monument of
Last month, just before the Panama Canal was
transferred to Panama by the United States, ASCE marked
the auspicious occasion by declaring the world-famous
waterway a Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium.
"Unparalleled in its scope and size, The Panama
Canal continues to serve as a symbol of engineering at one of
its finest moments in history, inspiring generations of
engineers to continually challenge those who say, "It can't be
done," said President Delon Hampton. The canal is the first
project to garer distinction from ASCE as a millennium
monument, but during this year it will be joined by other
projects in the following 10 areas: airport design, dams,
highways, long-span bridges, rail transportation, sanitary
waste disposal systems, skyscrapers, wastewater treatment
and disposal, water supply and distribution, and water
transportation (ports and canals).
In other remarks, Hampton said that the "canal is the
greatest sea-to-sea canal of all time and the epitome of
engineering ingenuity and perseverance. It is fitting that it is
the first project that ASCE chose to give this special honor."
(ASCE presented a bronze plaque to the Panama Canal
Authority on December 31, when the authority assumed legal
control of the canal from the U.S. Panama Canal
Earlier, ASCE had named the canal one of the
Seven Wonders of the Moder World, a distinction it shares
with the Channel Tunnel (linking England and France), the
CN Tower (Toronto), the Empire State Building (New York
City), the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco) the Itaipu
Dam (Brazil/Paraguay), and the Netherlands North Sea
Protection Works. These projects were selected because of
their pioneering design and construction, the contributions
they have made to society, and the difficulty of the
engineering challenges that had to be overcome.
The Panama Canal was designated an international
historic civil engineering landmark in 1984. ASCE has
conferred this status on 25 such international landmarks,
including the Eiffel Tower, the Iron Bridge, and Hoover
dam. Also, 169 U.S. projects have been designated national
The Panama Canal today.
While the Panama Canal had been a dream of the
Spanish and the French since the 1500s, it was not until the
early 20th century that American engineers developed the
technology that would make such a dream a reality. The U.S.
engineer John F. Stevens, the second person to be named
chief engineer for the canal (and ASCE's president in 1927),
designed the 50 mile system of locks, man-made lakes, and
channels and utilized a massive steam shovel and a complex
rail system to excavate the canal The project, which began in
1904, took 10 years and required 75,000 workers and almost
Digging the Big Ditch in the early part of the 20th
Sojourner Bill Monsanto speaks
Chapter Los Alamitos #519 of the Sojourners
recently had Sojourner Bill Monsanto (BHS'40) and Dave
Slayton speak about their war exploits under the thumb and
rule of the enemy. Both were former U.S. Army World War
II POWs, captured during the bitter "Battle of the Bulge". At
the conclusion of their talk they presented the chapter with a
POW-MIA black remembrance flag which will be displayed
near the shadow of the Stars and Stripes, for so many will
never understand the sufferings of those who have been a
NAPOLEON MAY BE TAKING HIS LAST
By Dennis Maffezzoli, Staff Writer
In 1972, Doug Melvin, a right-handed pitcher from
Chatman, Ontario, Canada, signed with the Pittsburgh
organization He was assigned to the Pirates' short-season
Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton, Florida.
His first manager paced the dugout during the
games, often quizzing the players on certain situations.
"He wanted to make sure you were paying
attention," Melvin said. "He would ask the count, how many
outs. He was always talking."
That wasn't the only thing Ed Napoleon did during
that 21-39 season. "He was frustrated," Melvin said. "One
time he kicked the ball bag and broke his toe. But he
Napoleon didn't want his players limping or trotting
to first base when they hit the ball. Their punishment for not
hustling 20 wind sprints.
"He taught us not only about the game," Melvin
said. "He taught us how to behave off the field. He took a
fatherly type of approach. He taught the basic fundamentals.
He was so good with the young players; I don't think they
wanted to move him up."
Now fast forward 28 years, Melvin is the general
manager of the Texas Rangers and Napoleon is the team's
first base coach.
"He made an impression on what pro ball was all
about," said Melvin, who never made it higher than the mid-
minors. "There's a lot to learn in this game, and I received
a lot of knowledge from him."
Melvin ended up working for the New York
Yankees after he retired in 1978, moving up to scouting
director in 1985. He then spent nine years with the Baltimore
organization, first as the director of player development and
then as an assistant to general manager Roland Hemond.
I might never have been in the game today if it
wasn't for Knapp," Melvin said. I was around only two
years, and I only knew a few people. I'm almost sure I
wouldn't be in the game today if it wasn't for him."
Following the 1994 season, Melvin was hired as
general manager of Texas. Two weeks later, Napoleon
became the Ranger's first base coach.
"He was easy to hire," Melvin said. "(Manager)
Johnny (Oates) knew him from his Yankee days and he was
an easy guy for Johnny to hire."
Napoleon is beginning his 45"h year in professional
baseball. It's possibly his last.
He began hinting before spring training began that
this would be his final year.
"I'll probably go into retirement and spend some
time with my family," Napoleon said before the rangers
departed Port Charlotte. "If I was alone, I'd probably stick
around. Physically, I'm well enough to be around. I can still
throw batting practice and hit fungoes. But I've got
granddaughters and sons I would like to see, instead of being
away six, seven, nine months."
The Rangers coaching staff has been together since
Oates took over as manager prior to the strike-delayed 1995
season. It's the longest stint in the majors.
"It's been a pure pleasure to come to work",
Napoleon said. "It'll really be hard to renounce myself from
it. but once you cut the ties, that's it. I'll have to get used to
not being around them. I've been doing it for three-fourths of
my life. If I really hated it, that would be a different story.
This is a part of my life I really enjoyed."
Napoleon doesn't look or feel 62. "I feel like I'm 30
years younger" he said. "It's not really hard physically or
mentally. I try to keep myself in good shape by jogging and
doing sit-ups. I got used to the traveling, the long hours, the
late hours, the early mornings. I don't have any hobbies, like
golf or hunting. I like going places. I guess that's my hobby.
I like to travel."
Ed Napoleon, (BHS'56)
This past off-season, Napoleon and his wife Marcy,
who will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary on April
17, took a tour of some of their stops when they first
"We retraced all our steps when we got married,"
said Napoleon, who married Marcy during his ninth year of
pro ball in Asheville. "We went to Gastonia and Roanoke.
We went looking for the first place we lived in, but it wasn't
there. We took a lot of pictures."
While he likes to travel, Napoleon would like
nothing more than to sit in his recliner in front of his
television when he finally hangs it up.
"It's nice to go home and sit down and do nothing
for three weeks knowing I don't have to be at BP at this time
or a meeting at that time," Napoleon said. "I enjoy watching
television. That's what I like to do. I'll watch the Three
Stooges. and watch somebody else take a beating for a
Printed by permission by the
Sarasota Herald Tribune
April 1, 2000
Editor must have by:
July 31, 2000
Goethals descendent. Henry Goethals,
grandson of construction-era chief engineer George
W. Goethals, shares anecdotes about his grandfather
with members of the American Society of Civil
Engineers during the conference "Honoring the
Panama Canal Past, Present and Future" held in
Panama recently. Goethals voiced satisfaction that his
ancestor's contributions to the Canal are still used.
Photo by Armando De Gracia
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 5, 1999
Vessel catches fire. The Liberian-flag vessel
Galapagos Discovery lies on its side in Canal waters
after catching fire during maintenance operations at the
former Rodman Naval Station. The fire did not affect
Canal operations thanks to the swift response of the
Panama Canal and Panama firefighters. Canal
tugboats moved the ship into the waters of the old
third-set-of-locks project, on the Canal's west bank, to
protect Canal installations, prevent a disaster and keep
the ship at a safe distance from the Canal
channel.Photo by Jaime Yau.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 5,, 1999
Your Reporter Says...
Spring is here and it is lovely here in Dothan, AL!
Hoping everyone is enjoying the weather as much as we are
Father Francis Lynch, C.M. celebrating 501h
Anniversary Mass at St. Columba Catholic Church in
Father Francis Lynch, C.M., came to Dothan on
March 14th for a Mass and Reception at St. Columba Catholic
Church, to celebrate his fifty years of priesthood. Father
Lynch is pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Tallassee,
AL. He served at Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon in the
Panama Canal Zone for many years before coming to
Alabama. His many friends and former parishioners honored
him with a special Anniversary Mass and at a reception that
followed in O'Hara Hall. Ann Harper, who lives in
Tallassee, accompanied Father Lynch to Dothan and tells me
that while her father was working in the Canal Zone, Father
Lynch baptized her in 1961. Some thirty years later, he
performed her wedding to Michael Harper in Tallassee.
Edna Kovel, Edna O'Donnell and Arlene Abbott
flew to Las Vegas recently and while there saw Wayne
Newton. They did some shopping but did not mention
gambling. However, they did come home smiling.
Elsie and Woody Woodruff left Dothan recently
and will take up residence in Florida. They will be staying
with Joe and Darlene Hunt in the Clearwater area until they
settle in a place of their own. They will be missed by their
Dothan friends, but we know will be warmly welcomed by
our Florida neighbors.
Well, that's all for now. Hoping this finds everyone
truly enjoying this springtime weather.
Keith and Winona York enjoyed a visit from their
daughter Gladys Marie York and son Keith (Kiko) York,
both from Miami, FL, from March 20 to April 4.
In February, Mary Condon was visited by Dick
Condon's niece, Canny McHenry, her husband Jim, and
Canny's mother from Westchester, OH. Canny is a pilot for
US Air. Mary gave them her usual tour of places to visit in
Northwest Arkansas. In March, Mary and a friend drove
down to Granberry, TX, to visit Marcia and Bob Jones for
a few days. In early April, Mary's niece and her husband
from Ironwood, MI, came for a visit. All in all, Mary has
been having a lot of company, something she enjoys very
Nancy Crooks Koepplinger and Henry V. Vega
were married on March 21 in Tucson, AZ. On March 23,
they traveled to Fayetteville, AR, where Nancy has been
living with her mother Minne Brown Burton for the past
three years. The Vegas are presently searching for an
apartment which will be close to Nancy's mother and also to
her aunt, Frances B. Whitlock. Some time between Easter
and May 15, Henry and Nancy will renew their marriage
vows at the Wiggens Methodist Church, where Nancy's
sister Judy Crooks Dali is a member. Nancy will be singing
"The Lord's Prayer" at the opening session of the Arkansas
State NARFE Convention to be held at the Clarion Inn May
Francis Whitlock is happy to be home again after a
short stay in a nursing home. Although requiring some
outside help, she is managing very well. She expresses
appreciation for the messages of encouragement she received
from her PC Society friends.
Carl and Petie Maedl drove to St. Peter, MN, in
early April to attend the dedication service for the new
Student Center at Gustavus Adolphus College. On the trip
north, they experienced a fairly heavy snowfall in upper
Iowa. Fortunately, the snow didn't last long, and the Maedls
had good weather for the balance of their visit. While in
Minneapolis, they visited many of their kinfolk from both
sides of the family.
Bob and Blanca Wolfenstein, Buena Park, look
forward to their trip to Europe in May. They'll fly to
Barcelona and cruise to the Riviera in France and Italy. Visits
include Florence, Pisa, Naples, Rome and the Sistine Chapel
in the Vatican, Sicily and Venice.
BHS'40 classmates are meeting for their 60th
anniversary reunion, May 22-24, in Exmore, on Virginia's
Eastern Shore. Margaret "Peg" Brugge, Belle Haven, VA,
and Fernando Tapia, M.D., Scottsdale, AZ, are planning the
interesting activities. Looks like we're having a very good
turnout. Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan, Honolulu, HI,
called to say she plans to attend as well as several friends and
relatives of our class.
Anna Kiernan (Mrs. Emmett "Mickey"
Kiernan), Lyme, CT, appears in a photo in the April issue of
Retirement Life official magazine of NARFE (page 39).
The Connecticut Federation President, Catherine Nasin,
presented the Honorary Life Membership certificate to Anna
at the New London Chapter 158. Anna is a longtime member
of our Panama Canal Society of Florida. She and Mickey
were our neighbors at 0589 Bayano St., Ancon, CZ, in the
1950's. Mickey, all decked out as Santa Claus, visited our
little ones, 15-month-old Tina and 5-day-old Steve Cartotto
on Christmas Eve 1951.
Four generations, Front L-R: gr.grand Sarah Moore,
Adele Argo holding newest gr.grand Desiree Allan
and gr.grand Pam Moore. Back L-R: gr.Laurie Allen,
Kay (Argo) Taylor, gr. Ann Moore, Grace Argo)
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer's May travel plans include
visiting Prague, a medieval city that was bombed in WWII;
Salzburg, the baroque city of Mozart and "The Sound of
Music"; Oberammergau, the charming Bavarian village in the
Ammer valley and site of "The Passion Play", and "Mad"
King Ludwig's Castle at Neuschwanstein. Then to Milan to
view the restoration of daVinci's "The Last Supper", and
stand on the roof of the magnificent "Duomo", the largest
Gothic cathedral in Europe. In Venice, the Bridge of Sighs,
Basilica, Doge's Palace, etc. To Pisa "I understand that one
cannot climb the Leaning Tower any longer. In 1959 I went
there with a wonderful group from the Canal Zone and
Panama. Bitsy Gates was my roommate." Lastly, Catsy tours
Rome for a few days before returning home to San Diego.
So sad to say goodbye to family members cousins
Ellis D. "Jack" Carey, BHS'38, and Paul Ridge, BHS'41.
Also, our BHS'40 classmates, Eileen (Cryan) Finken and
Dr. John Wilson Clark. All were born in Ancon Hospital
(named Gorgas Hospital in 1928), Ancon, CZ.
My grandson Evan Cartotto enjoyed his first ice
cream and cake when he celebrated his first birthday on
March 19 at his home in North Hollywood. His parents,
Tina and Steve Cartotto, along with family and friends,
joined in the fun.
Several classmates and I are on the way to our St.
Joseph's College reunion in Emmitsburg, MD, April 28-30,
to celebrate the new millennium. We'll visit and tour in
Cleveland, OH; Harrisburg, PA, and Hershey's Chocolate
Factory; Gettysburg, PA, and Richmond, VA.
Joan de Grummond
Laguna Hills, CA
The 3rd semi-annual North Florida Zonian picnic
was held April 8. The wind was a little chilly but the faces
were friendly. We had new faces and many returning. Not as
many as the October picnic but with spring events, some had
to miss. The music and food were great as usual. The next
picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14th at NAS Jax and
with a potluck menu. Vera Soukup will try and keep her
food on her plate and not on Rod Underhill's neck. Bryan
McKeen made his great ceviche again and rumor was--
Cerveza Panama was in his truck. Charles Tobin, who was
relieved of his pet sitting chores, was in attendance. Dwayne
Love, who just moved here from New Orleans, came with
family and friends. Diane (Hutchinson) and Jerry Cox
came up from Ocala and just heard their son Wally will be
visiting soon from Spain for R&R. Sandra (Hughes) Claflin
drove up from Merritt Island and brought her son Scott who
resides locally. Sheri (Alexaitis) Kimball drove up from the
Clearwater area to visit me and attend the picnic.
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October 9 picnic in Jacksonville. Hicks family in
The site of the semi-annual North Florida Picnics.
In April, new retiree Debbie Soukup and daughter
Christa are flying in from Vera Cruz, Panama, to visit her
parents, Chuck and Vera, in Gainesville. Debbie will be
visiting her other children, Dee and Paul, and looking around
for employment. If she finds a job, she plans to settle in the
Gainesville area. This summer, Chuck and Vera Soukup are
planning a trip to Texas to visit their son Chuck, his wife
Nancy Knick and kids in Houston. Then on to Ft. Worth to
visit their daughter Patti, her husband Charlie Lee and kids.
Laurey (Will) Griffin visited Ft. Lauderdale to see
Jimmy and Sharon Brooks. Jimmy is the Maestro for the
Symphony of Americas. On her way back home, she stopped
by Melbourne and attended a cookout with Jim and Ely
Palumbo and Donald Humphrey.
Jim Brooks, two friends, Sharon Brooks and Lauray
Frank and Judy Hoover visited Peter and Shirley
Proctor last October then drove on to New Orleans to visit
daughter Kelly. Continuing their journey with a camper, they
drove to Los Angeles to visit son Frankie. They are now
headed back to Jax on their way home to Pennsylvania. In
March, Steve Proctor flew to Panama where he went fishing
in the Chagres with Bill Bailey; then visited Herman
Wilkinson in Balboa.
Last Thanksgiving Pam Hicks and Charles C.
Adams announced the engagement of their daughter Amyjo
Walker to Tom Means. The wedding is planned for July 29
in Callahan, FL. The date is special because it is Pam's
birthday. The Hicks family is the biggest supporters of our
June (Barlow) Riesz will miss our next picnic
since she will be off on another adventure cruise. She will be
cruising the Mediterranean. If anyone is interested, there are
a few cabins left. Contact June in Palm Coast, 904-445-2839.
Bill Weigle's 1967 Velocette Scrambler won first
place at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Brian
Redman, the Honorary Chairman of the event, presented the
trophy. Brian is a three-time Formula 5000 Champion;
winning at the first Long Beach Grand Prix, the 24 hours of
Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring. The trophy is a die cast
Porsche and a replica of the car he won with in Daytona.
Bill Weigle's 1967 Velocette Scrambler winning a first
Ed and Gloria Malin will be celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary on July 1st. Donna, Adam, Sam and
Ben Myerson will be flying in from San Francisco. Ed and
Dottie (Coleman) Malin and son Jodie Whitlow will drive
in from Atlanta. From Jax, Helen Malin-Christiansen and
Amy and myself with son Shane will be celebrating with our
parents on the special occasion before heading to the reunion.
See you all in Tampa!
Kathy (Malin) Saville
e-mail: ssaville @ worldnet.att.net
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers met
for their 52nd semi-annual luncheon meeting at Maggie's
Buffet and Restaurant in Ocala, FL, on April 4th with 48 in
Wesley "Red" Townsend (97) was unable to attend
due to a recent fall. Virginia Townsend was accompanied
by Sydney (Townsend) and Ron Corbett, who talked about
his franchise for Cafe Duran coffee.
Harry Pearl (89) and wife Virginia were talking
proudly about their great-grandchildren, Austin (son of
Steven Dahlstrom) and Samantha (daughter of Mike
Pearl). Harry was the guest speaker for the March meeting
of the Ocala Kiwanis Club. He lectured on "The 20th
Century's Biggest Giveaway" which he highlighted with an
interesting slide presentation from his personal collection.
Harry promised to bring his slides to our next OZ/PCDD
meeting in October. He was a Hydrographic and
Topographic Engineer for the Panama Canal Company from
1933-1968 and retired as Chief of the Division. The Pearls
chose Ocala as their retirement home and helped organize the
OZ/PCDD with the Townsends and others.
Joan (Powell) Arndt and husband Rolf will be
celebrating her BHS '50 class reunion (50th) in Tampa in July
at the PCSOFL Reunion. She spent a busy Spring visiting in
Highland Ranch, CO, and attended her grandson David
Arndt's "school grandparent's luncheon". David read his 5th
grade class assignment--a biography of his grandmother--and
presented her a copy. Joan and family also celebrated
Mother's Day, David's 11th birthday, and the 19th wedding
anniversary of son Rolf and his wife Crystal. Upon Joan's
return home to Florida, the Ardts' daughter Diana and her
sons Patrick (6) and Jack (5) flew in from Indianapolis for
a week's visit.
Barbara (Curles) Aycock, BHS'49, and sister
Margaret (Curles) Maxwell, BHS'55, drove their mother
Marie Curies to the Georgia Welcome Center where they
met up with Marie's sister Catherine from Ft. Lauderdale.
They all continued on to Norfolk, VA, for a large family
gathering including another sister and four brothers. Barbara
and husband Dave, CHS'48, were joined by Shirley Smith
Top left: Harry and Virginia Pearl fill in Robert Parker (L) on Harry's Kiwanis Club lecture. Top right: Leo Shadeck,
Ruth (Rose) and Woddy Foster chat with Richard McConaughey at the Ocala meeting in April. Bottom left:
Charles "Joe" and Sylvia "Helen" Roth-Roffy came to Ocala from Fayetteville, NC for a 1st time visit. Bottom
Center: L-R: Ethel and Jim Wich came from Lecanto and Don and Dee Ellsworth from Homosassa to visit other
Zonians at our meeting. Bottom right: John Balschun, Ron Corbett and Helen Roth-Roffy recall good times in the
O'Connor, BHS'50, on a Holland American Eastern
Caribbean winter cruise.
Charles "Joe" and Helen Roth-Roffy of
Fayetteville, NC, travelled to Ocala for our meeting. Joe
retired in May 1980 as Housing Manager, Cristobal. He now
travels extensively but plans to eventually "settle down" in
the Ocala area. Their daughter Sandra lives in Maitland, FL;
son William is a Lieutenant in the Fayetteville Fire Dept.;
son Charles divides his time between Washington, DC (six
months working as an electrician) and Panama (six months);
a third son Thomas is a National Safety Board Marine
Accident Investigator in Washington, DC.
John Balschun, BHS'48, was talking about his
planned trip around the USA (East Coast and West Coast) on
Amtrac and North into Canada via "Rail Canada".
Edna (Curles) Didier, BHS, and husband Larry
CHS, flew to the West Coast in April/May to visit his mother
and friends in Fullerton, CA. Visits were to include Larry's
son Sammy and family as well as daughter Nicole and her
husband. They will also drop by the lumber yard where Larry
worked for 35 years to celebrate and informally socialize
with some of the gang that he supervised. The Didiers went
on a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean on the Premier Cruise ship
Rembrandt in February. They toured the Bacardi Rum
factory in San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the
Virgin Islands. They also visited ports in Nassau and St.
Johns, V.I. Souvenirs and good food emptied their pockets
while they enjoyed their Valentine's Day trip.
William "Bill" and Jean Muller were visited by his
two sisters from Albuquerque, NM, during the winter
months. Adriene (Muller), BHS'41, and Harold Neuhaus
were followed a week later by Catherine (Muller), BHS'49,
and Ray Peabody. The visits also included a meeting with
brother John Muller, BHS'32, in Deland, FL. They are all
planning to attend the PCSOFL Annual Reunion in Tampa
next year for their class reunions--Adrienne's 60th and Bill's
Others not mentioned who attended our meeting:
Virginia Booth, Peggy and Roger Dubble, Jerry and
Marcy Fox, Jerry Coffey, Betty Blanchette, Dianne and
Jerry Cox, Robert and Elba Parker, Wally Crawford,
Roland Lees, Elaine Austin and Eleanor Hesser.
Long-distance travellers were: Jim and Evelyn
Cullen, Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Don and Dee
Ellsworth, Roy and Charlene Trullinger, Jim and Ethel
Wich and Bruce Ruiz.
William "Bill" Muller
Blanche (Walker) Hartman of Glen Oaks enjoyed
a much-anticipated visit from her son Leo McIntire of
Tulsa, OK. Leo is a Computer Systems High Visibility
Consultant with Hewlett Packard and was attending a
regional meeting in Atlanta, GA, and he seized the
opportunity to come to Sarasota to visit his mother for a long
weekend. While here Blanche had a dinner for Leo (BHS'50)
with his good friend Milton Altmark (CHS) and his wife
Shirley as well as Rick Nelson and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr
of Bradenton and family friend Mel Supple. Lots of good
food and stories of the Canal Zone days were shared by all.
Although the visit was all too short, it is always great when
Leo and Blanche can get together.
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey managed to break her
wrist in three places. Needless to say she caused great
concern for her family but her three Sarasota grandchildren
Donald, Doug and Deannine Mann pitched in and took
charge as her daughter Donna (Humphrey) Mann was in
Arlington, TX, visiting her daughter Debbie. Although
Donna enjoyed her much needed three-week vacation, the
last week was spent burning up the phone lines checking in
and advising her mom's care. Donald Humphrey came for
Gladys' wrist surgery and was able to return home after she
was settled in knowing she was in excellent capable hands.
After her six weeks of therapy, Donna and Gladys spent a
long weekend in Malabar, FL, with Donald Humphrey and
family. While there Donald, Donna and Gladys were dinner
guests of Ely and Jim Palumbo in their new home. Jim
retired from the Canal Zone last year and now makes his
home in Malabar, FL.
Gladys McLain had a most enjoyable visit with her
daughter and son-in-law, Judy (McLain) and Rabbi Yossi
Feintuck who were accompanied by their three children
Levi, Eran and Maayan of Columbia, MO, who basked in
the Sarasota sun for Spring Break. Grandson Eran is an
eighth grader and received an invitation to join the National
Honor Society for his achievement of straight A's.
Jay Cain, Miriam Bissett and Kay Miller enjoyed
the Easter Pageant "The Life of Christ" at the First Baptist
Church in Sarasota.
Rob and Tommy (Roth) Smith enjoyed a visit
from son Bishop John and daughter-in-law, Victoria Smith.
John served 12 years as Bishop in Shepherdtown, WV, prior
to his retirement.
Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes welcomed Jeffery and Lois
Ann (Carder) Smith and their two children, six-year-old
Kelsey and four-year-old Carder for their annual visit. Lois
Ann is the grandniece of the late Julius "Barney" Barnes
who retired as C.Z. Chief of Payroll Bureau in 1953. Lois
Ann spent many summer visits in Florida growing up and
now enjoys an annual visit with her family taking advantage
of our beautiful beaches. After a week visit with Aunt Tinsie
they headed for Disney World before returning home to West
Capt. Ove Hultin and wife Billie (Crump) Hultin
of the Meadows in Sarasota spent three weeks with family
and friends at their second home it Contador Island in
Panama Bay. Billie's son and daughter-in-law Charles and
Barbara Crump joined them with daughter Christina who
is a freshman at International School of Panama.
Gladys B. Humphrey
In mid January, Tom and Julie Young flew to
Quepos, Costa Rica with longtime friend Alan Gaver and
his girlfriend Cheryl for a week of fun, surf, fishing and
relaxation. Julie and Cheryl went for nature walks in Manuel
Antonio National park with their guides while TY and Alan
sampled exotic fermented beverages and went surfing. The
trip down was uneventful but on the return leg, it seems that
TY's surfboard had grown and would no longer fit on the
plane. After much hand flailing, mangled Spanish and
bartering, he and Julie managed to secure a flight to San Jose
on a small Cessna. They found that if they positioned the
surfboard just so, the pilot could see out of his side of the
plane to fly and Julie could make the hand signals when they
needed to turn. Fortunately they landed safely and made it
home in one piece, including the long board which almost
became a short board.
Mindy Dollar, Geri Foster, Maureen Domenech at
the Tampa Bay Blues Festival.
L-R: Mimi Azcarraga, Maurie Moore, Manuel
Azcarraga, Big Mike, Annie Drennen, Jim Hattrick,
Mindy Dollar, Priscilla Hernandez at the Tampa Bay
On March 22nd, Vern Scholey, a marine biologist
who runs the tuna research lab near Pedasi, arrived in Miami
from Panama. After bribing me with bottles of Cortez and
Gilberto's Elk Club pepper sauce in return for getting him
out of Miami alive, we set out to St. Petersburg and back for
the 6th Annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival. We were joined in
St. Pete by Mimi (Martinez) and Manuel "Lucho"
Azcarraga who also visited with Jim, Kelly and "Big Ben"
Parthenais. Other Stateside Zonians in attendance were
Wilma, Jane and Maurie Moore, Don Ross, Wayne
Bryant, Jr., Bob and Mindy Dollar, Paul "PK" and
Margaret (Brown) Karst, Kathy (Malin) Saville, Sheri
(Alexaitis) Kimball, Annie Drennan, and Maureen
(Carey) Domenech. Traveling from Panama were Bill and
Geri (Blanchette) Foster, Emilie Daniels, Jim Hattrick,
Jennifer (Jones) and Tony "TFJ" Howitt, Jay Sieleman
and Priscilla Hernandez. We got together with a contingent
of Blues lovers we had met a few years ago aboard the now
defunct Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise. We were about
200 strong and made our presence known at the festival.
Good food, great music, lots of laughs and sore feet were the
order of each day.
Well, TY is back traveling again. This time it was
back to Panama. He went surfing at Playa Venado and
fishing at Los Frailes down in the Azuero Peninsula with his
brother, Dave Young, Darryl Barnes, Stover Jenkins and
Val Richey. The only one missing was Val's husband. No
one can tell a bad joke better than Burkhard. Big surf and
big fish made the trip worthwhile. After that, everybody but
Dave drove up to Chiriqui and went river rafting down the
Chiriqui Viejo. They all got dumped out of the raft and got
a quick lesson on the powerful forces of Mother Nature.
From there it was on to Rio Mar for body surfing, lobster
salad and cold Soberanas. Tom barely made it back in time
to be the best man at his brother Dave's wedding to Natalie
Angulo. As of this writing, Dave and Natalie's plans are
uncertain. They did manage to honeymoon in the Florida
Keys and made a trip to Disney World before going back to
Panama. TY also managed a quick fishing trip to Gatun Lake
with Donny Chadwick. Donny was pulling up nothing but
trash fish but TY swears he brought up the granddaddy of all
Peacock Bass that would finally settle the long running feud
over who was the best fisherman of the family and put Julie
in her rightful place as a bait-girl. Unfortunately, no pictures
were taken and the kids at the dock accidentally filleted the
trophy, but it was huge! No lie!
Tom Finneman and Scott Parker threw a BYOLC
(Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) birthday party/slopshot pool
tournament on April 8". Birthday boy was Jaime Neida. The
Slop-Shot pool players were Mimi, Lucho, Tom and
Jaime's wife, Amy, Robert D. and Terry LaPorta
rounded out the crowd along with Jaimecito Neida and
Dave and Terry (Rios) Hannigan. We enjoyed arroz con
pollo, fried yuca, patacones, and Scott's own wonton recipe
that tastes surprisingly close to the old YMCA ones. I have
a feeling that he had done a lot of research in his youth and
spared no expense in getting the taste just right.
Other local news, former classmates Fernando
Cabeza, Kevin Coleman, Teresa Martinez, and John
"Mike" Sampson (BHS'88), participated in a Zonie for old
times sake golf tournament at Grand Palms, Pembroke
Pines, that ended up being a free-for-all Mexican Best Ball.
Only one problem trying to find at least one best ball!
Finally, I know there are many more of you living
down here in South Florida than I have written about in this
issue. I have no way of knowing what you are up to unless
you call me, write me or invite me. Once again, I live in
Pembroke Pines and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the Reunion!
Springtime Tallahassee was glorious: Huge parade,
followed by music, great food, and fun entertainment in the
downtown park. Newcomers to Tally and old-timers alike
enjoyed the activities. Then, it was time to enjoy the annual
spring Zonian picnic. With over 100 Zonian families living
in Tallahassee, it was quite a day. I ran around taking
pictures and Joe Wood managed to talk to just about
everyone and e-mailed me the following report.
"Skip Rowley did it again! As in years past, Skip
organized, arranged for and coordinated another great picnic
(Top L): Tallahassee Picnickers. (Top R); Sue Corrigan, Bev Wood, Armenia Chase, Kathleen Heddaus.( 2n row
L): Maria Mead (baby due in June), Rick Mead, Carol Mead, Sunny Mizrachi. (2nd row R); Larry Corrigan, Lloyd
Spradlin, Mike Smith, Don DeSteffano, (3rd row L): Joe Wood, Mike Stephenson, Elaine Stephenson, Jack
Hern. (3rd row R: All former Police Officers: Tom Robertson, Richard Linton, Don DeStaffino, Ray Wilson, Lloyd
Spradlin, Jack Hern, Gary Anderson, (front) Rick Williams. (4th row L): Wain Casteel, Stacy Smith, Rick
Williams, Gary Anderson, Ellen Anderson, Richard Linton, (front: Allen Steiner, Burt Mead, John Steiner, Tom
Robertson, Angie Linton. (4th row R): Jan Weade, Woody Chase, Jillian Heddaeus, Zoriada Larrabee, Armenia
Chase. Jan Weade giving Armenia Chase a watercolor she painted of Cayuca Race for her birthday.
for the Tallahassee PanaZonians. He even cooked the hot
dogs and burgers and helped Sharon Smith take pictures of
the whole gang. We wouldn't let him collect the money,
though, so Jan Whitney handled that job nicely.
It was chilly. The wind was blowing pretty hard, but
the warmth of good friends and lots of food made the day
more than pleasant. Several visitors from the deep south
(Zephyrhills)--Glen and Ellen Anderson and Jack and Fran
Hern--had to bundle up to keep from getting frozen. There
were many regulars in attendance and some newcomers to
Tallahassee and the picnic, namely, Rich and Angie Linton,
Lloyd Spradlin, Rick Williams, Connie and Armenia
Chase, Mark, Katherine and Jillian Heddaeus, Gary and
Barbara Hudson, Doug and Zory Larrabee, and Ruth
L-R Back row: Craig Wood, Brian Wood, Joe Wood,
Bob Bowman, Michael Bowman, Audry Bowman
Natalie Bowman, Kristan Bowman, Front L-R:
Heather Gormley, Jill Bowman, Bev Wood, Ron
Allen Steiner came all the way from Houston to be
with his brother John, who was recovering from surgery on
his leg. Don DeStaffino was in town visiting Lloyd Spradlin
(while Margaret was in California being a grandmother
again); Tom Robertson was passing through after having
bought some property in Tallahassee, where he plans to move
when he retires; and Mike and Jan Weade drove up from
Gainesville to check out some Seminoles. All in all, it was
another great day and a great way to keep up with the good
friends we all have and the good times we all had."
Thanks for the report, Joe. On to reports from other
folks (gee, you've made my job easy this time). Ellie Foley
Husum reports the following: "Catherine Husum, daughter
of John and Lorena Husum, and Susan Mcllvaine and
Bruce Laferiere, graduated from Lincoln High School in
Tallahassee. The graduation took place on May 27, 2000.
She will be attending FSU this summer. Her twin sister,
Rebekah, graduated early from Lincoln High School last
year. Rebekah is now attending Tallahassee Community
College. Stephanie Chase and Jillian Heddaeus will
graduate from Lincoln with the class of 2001. Bryan
Larrabee will graduate with the class of 2002." Now, let me
add that all these Zonian kids were interviewed for the school
newspaper and had quite an article written about them.
Shirley Hicks, proud mother of Lois Hicks, sent
me the following e-mail: "Lois was selected to perform at the
year 2000 World Saxophone Congress being held in
Montreal this summer. She is playing the piece Mike
Titlebaum wrote for her for her Carnegie Hall Recital (it was
written for string quartet and sax, and Mike re-did it for a sax
and woodwind quartet, after Lois joined the West Point
On a sadder note, the Hunt Classic (a crazy event
that the four amigos, Jim Hunt, Joe Norton, Mike Smith
and Sharon Shaw put on each year) was cancelled because
Sharon Shaw just underwent bypass heart surgery. His
amigos said they didn't want to have to "hit a ball and drag
Sharon, hit a ball and drag Sharon." Seriously, we can report
that Sharon is recovering very nicely.
Guess that does it from Tally. If you have news, call
or e-mail me.
Paul and Stephanie Lawson Menges paid
Stephanie's aunt, Beverly Williams, a surprise visit on
March 17th. They went to lunch and dawdled four hours over
their meal while reminiscing and catching up on family news.
The most exciting news was reports of the home they are
having built in South Carolina.
Speaking of the Carolinas, two BHS classmates met
in Fayetteville, NC--Barbara Boyer Slover and Ann
a no classrmaes uaroara (ooyer) lover danu miun
(Carpenter) Rathgeber, meet in Fayetteville, North
An 80th surprise birthday party for Donald "Pos"
Parker was given by Brian and Stacy Parker DeRaps of
Odessa, FL. Pos thought he had been invited to a family
dinner but was very surprised to find many of his old Gas
House Gang. Wife Gloria said he almost blew the surprise
by insisting they arrive early.
Besides the DeRaps' children (sorry too many
names that I've missed) Mark, Scott and Teddy Parker
were in attendance. The Atlantic side friends were Jack
"Puss" Brayton, Joanne a friend, Shirley Brayton Bruce,
Donna Brayton and Wendy Sasso, Albert Collins, Mark
Collins, Elba and Bob "Bugger" Parker, Pat Geddes and
Bud Risberg, Harlan "Hula" Crouch, Teddy and Anita
Kaufer, Betty Frassrand, Albert "Sonny" Terwilliger
alias "Twig" and Betty Snow.
Everyone enjoyed many libations and a delicious
Cuban food buffet and hours of reminiscing and good
Now that they have a condo in St. Petersburg, Tom
and Shirley Marine spend several months there. Tom plays
golf with several of his old Zonian friends and Shirley keeps
busy with the condo and lunches, etc., with their friends in
this area. Hope they'll attend the reunion, especially the
The BHS'43 reunion will be held in Ernie Pierce's
suite. Larry Jones and Bill Diez are again in charge of the
bar. I guess Gordon Davis of West Chester, PA, will be their
"helper". Gordon had such a wonderful time at his first
reunion last year that he looks forward to this year's reunion.
Our old BHS'43 class president will be the guest speaker at
the annual luncheon so his classmates are looking forward to
hearing him speak.
I heard Lee, Capt. Featherston and Steve with his
family spent a week in Tampa sightseeing and visiting the
Kaufers--Ted, Anita and Teddy. Sorry I didn't get the
details of their visit.
I received a nice long letter from Gary and Cissy Collins
who are living in Douglasville, GA. Gary and Cissy left the
Canal Zone in 1988 where both had taught school, Cissy in
the PE Dept. in Curundu and Gary as a math teacher. In the
12 years since their departure they have both continued to
work in the school system here in Georgia, with Cissy
retiring two years ago. Their oldest daughter Jillian
(BHS'84) is now Mrs. Richard Walker, living in Clarkston,
GA, about 45 minutes from Gary and Cissy. Their youngest
daughter Stacy (BHS'87) married Todd Young of Winter
Park, FL. They are now residing in Apopka, FL, along with
their new daughter Sydney Grace. Cissy and Gary are
delighted at becoming grandparents. It was great hearing
from the Collins family, and I hope I continue getting more
news from them and other ex-Zonies living here in Georgia.
Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil and
children all went on a week-long skiing trip to Steamboat,
CO, in February. They came back all excited about skiing
and have vowed to make it an annual vacation. They are
talking about skiing in Bariloche, Argentina, where you can
ski during our summer months and, therefore, not have to
take the children out of school. I was unable to go skiing with
them to Colorado as I had to have an emergency operation
about that time, but I've since recovered and am ready to go
try out the slopes with them on their next trip.
We did our annual dry season tour to Panama on
February 23rd, and I did manage to go on that trip. My
husband Davis led the tour, and is shown taking a five-
minute rest break at Miraflores Locks along with our two
guides in Panama, Yenia Mendoza and Connie Folse. Jan
and Don Ponder, who left the Canal Zone in 1977, were
with us on the Dry Season tour, and they were excited about
returning to Panama and being able to go to El Volcan once
again and see their beautiful home nestled in front of a
mountain full of flowers. On leaving Panama, they sold their
home to Vera and John Hanna who owned it for many
years prior to their departure from Panama. So many of you,
who are familiar with the Volcan, may know the place. It
really was a nice home and I know my husband and I enjoyed
many a delightful time there.
Don and Jan Ponder at
Panama, February 2000.
Pedro Miguel Locks in
Virgil and Lori Snow in Steamboat, Colorado, on their
week long skiing trip in February, 2000
Davis Stevenson taking a rest break at Miraflores
Locks in February 2000. Yenia Mendoza and Connie
Folse were resting with him.
My sad news to report with this article is that our
good friend Bruce Hearn (BHS'51) from Cumming, GA,
lost his wife Ginny to cancer on April 1, 2000. Ginny was
not from the Canal Zone, but she was an enthusiastic admirer
of everything pertaining to the Zone. She went to visit
Panama last February with "The Last Hurrah" group that my
husband had put together, and fell in love with everything
she did and saw. Ginny even went to our annual mini-
reunions that Sissy Flynn would put on for her classmates at
her home in Stockbridge. Ginny met them all, and enjoyed
hearing about all our experiences in the "Zone".
She was a real trouper, and will be missed by all who knew
Remember, if anyone has any news that they want
to give me for the Canal Record, please call me or send me
June A. Stevenson
Representing the City and County of Honolulu and
the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Bill Brophy ("Mr.
Panama") had a booth at the EXPOCOMER event in Panama
where he lei-ed with Hawaii flowers Her Excellency Mireya
Moscoso, Panama's President, and officially invited her to
visit Hawaii. The Hawaii booth was colorfully supplied with
Hawaiian products and trimmings. Bill found Carnaval
activities greatly diminished but much interest in the filming
of the story "The Tailor of Panama" by Le Carre, which is to
star Peter Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Bill Brophy has
now been recognized by the State Department as the
Honorary Consul General of Panama in Hawaii.
Bill Brophy, representing the Chamber of Commerce,
Hawaii, places a flower lei upon Mireya Moscoso,
President of Panama.
On a crowded bus I saw a man wearing a handsome
sweatshirt with a mola design and the inscription "Mola Art".
Wonder where he got it. Like the time I was riding the up
escalator at Ala Moana Shopping Center, wearing a Mola
blouse, and passed a woman on the adjacent down escalator.
She hollered "Mola!" and I responded with "Mola!". The guy
in back of me said, "What's that, a foreign language?"
After her home in Farmville, NC, was completely
flooded, my aunt Juanita Worsley Williams learned that her
house was in the 400-year flood zone, not in the 100-year
zone which would have provided some flood assistance.
Juanita not much older than I is now gradually moving
into her rebuilt home. She recalls my family visits to the
North Carolina farm in my childhood, when I taught her the
dances learned at the Sexton-Sears Dance School at Old
Cristobal Clubhouse, and which she later taught to her
girlfriends. How I envied the "big girls" (high school age)
such as Phyllis Murray, Donna Eaton, Norine Rakovski,
The video of my cousin Arline Winerman and
partners dancing the paso double, bolero, tango, waltz and
mambo in competition is stunningly professional. She is now
teaching western, country and line dancing in the St.
Hank and Virginia Dolim flew to California for the
memorial services for her brother Paul Ridge who died in
March. Hank and Virginia are recovering nicely from minor
injuries from an auto accident that occurred here. Olive
(Koperski) Nicholson now lives in a residential care facility
in Santa Rosa, CA; Jean Walsh Kaufman (CHS'33?) lives
in a retirement complex near Palo Alto called The Sequoias,
where Jean Mitchell Holland resides.
The Honolulu Elks Club is functioning well, under
changed management and a good new Exalted Ruler Gary
Grimes. The schedule offers varied menus and "pupu at the
bar" (appetizers). Also, the beach is returning.
In response to many visitor inquiries, there is much
good Hawaiian music around, especially the back-yard,
informal type, as well as the excellent new show of the
Society of Seven, the House Without a Key with Sonny
Kamahele, Genoa Kiawe, Hale Koa Hotel with Danny Couch
and Duke's at most any time.
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Caterin Cedefio Estrada, center, teaches two visitors
some hula movements.
I like what Greg Ambrose praises in the Star
Bulletin newspaper: "Surfing, after midnight, out in the
moonlight, is a great way to catch the ride of your life or find
eternal bliss away from the usual crowds."
Okole maluna (cheers) this Y2K from Waikiki.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
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July 31,9 2000
We extend sincere and deepest sympathy to Millie
Damerau Boudreau in Washington, LA, on the sudden
death of her husband Kirt in November. They had returned
from a wonderful Alaskan cruise when Kirt was diagnosed
with cancer. He spent his last few weeks at home in comfort
with Millie. They shared a short but happy life together and,
especially loved their music; Millie on piano, Kirt on
trumpet, in their popular Skyliners Band. With
encouragement and support from family and friends she is
now co-directing a musical "Bedside Manor". Kirt was not
from the Canal Zone.
Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge has sent us two
impressive formal documents. One lists Panama Canal pilots
for the first 50 years (1914-64). The other is a tribute to
Panama Canal pilots and is signed by 67 master mariner
POWs while they were imprisoned during WWII in
Germany. Capt. Bruch suggests that the museum may wish
to duplicate these for its gift shop.
Louie Celerier (BHS'51) and Emil Preiss passed
through Baton Rouge recently, stopping to tour the state
capitol and to enjoy a typical Louisiana lunch of red beans
and rice with sausage. In Fairhope, AL, they had dinner with
Jim and Pat Neabrey. They regret having missed
connections to visit Pete Bouche Budreau in Sandestin, FL.
In Natchez they toured antebellum homes before heading
home. Louie and Emil worked together for Axelson, Inc.,
manufacturers of oil and gas production equipment. Louie is
coordinating a three-day 50th class reunion for October 2001
in San Antonio. Others helping are Tomas Pasamante, Jay
Troup, Ed Browder, Sonya DiSalvo, and Beth and Ralph
John Gough Sr. of Marrero is busy packing up his
household in anticipation for the arrival of his son and
daughter-in-law, John and Ellen, of Tampa. John Sr. has
decided to move to Bayview Gardens in Clearwater. He plans
to reserve some of his CZ artifacts for the museum.
Mary Jane Hallett of Shreveport writes to let us
know Kansas City Southern Railway in Shreveport is
shipping a 1956 2,000-horsepower diesel-electric locomotive
to Panama, where it will help rebuild the railroad. In June
1998 Panama signed the railway over to Panama Canal
Railway Co., owned by KCS and Mi-Jack Products of
Hazelcrest, IL. Mary Jane, husband Bud and their four
children attended Greenbriar Military School alumni reunion
in Lewisburg, WV, in October. Daughter Amy came from
Houston. They were joined by sons Buddy and Carey, and
picked up daughter Carol Rudd in Little Rock, AR.
Patt Foster Roberson
Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg has
discovered that retirement is tough what with church
activities, USM sporting and musical events, and keeping up
with grandchildren. Hardly leaves time to take a nap. She's
planning a fall trip to Maine to visit Karen Saum. Jodi
Baron Lamkin, Sally Ackerman Estes and Dianne
Hanrahan Coughlan are going too. All are BHS'52 gals.
Virginia visited Anna Galloway Daniel in Enterprise, MS,
in March, when Anna came to bury her brother Joe and her
aunt Maxine Hitchcock. Come to find out, Anna's aunt was
a Kamper whose family started Laurel, MS, with a sawmill
and named the town. Kamper Park in Hattiesburg is also
named after the family. Joe was a good friend of Virginia's
brother Jim who lives in Atlanta. There's some talk about a
50t reunion for BHS'52. Who wants to get the ball rolling?
Penny and Joe Lotterhos of Clinton have returned
from a trip to Vienna where they also visited Baden, a health
resort with medicinal springs, and took a side trip to
Budapest. The family is now preparing for daughter Karen's
August wedding in Jackson, MS. Karen is a chemical
engineer with Teccor and her fiance Todd, is an electrical
engineer with Marconi. The couple will live in Grapevine,
Gerda Smith in Smithdale enjoyed a Christmas
visit with her mom and mom's husband in Florida. She went
ice skating on the three regulation rinks in Ellenton, FL. She
spent time at Carol Leigh's with the Dixon family.
Norman's sister DeeDee was there along with Carolyn and
Robert, Toby and husband Barry Meyers, and Kyle. Gerda
has reconnected with former Zonian pal, Anita McAndrews,
who is a partner in an art gallery in Newport, RI. The puppet
team from church is having a working vacation in Gatlinburg
and Gerda is going to chaperone, do devotions, guard kids
and go ice-skating. In July she plans a trip to Germany to
Patt Foster Roberson
There's quite a bit of news this time, especially
since I missed the January deadline. We have another Zonian
family in the area now that Bob and Fran Morrissey have
moved here from Florida. Too much traffic (you got that
right) and too much hurricanes!! We are delighted to have
them. Fran has been teaching since January and they are busy
getting the house in order. Jim and Diane Bradley spent
about three weeks in Panama to get away from the cold
weather. They had a great time, enjoying the weather, the
beach and old friends. And I understand Jim only went to the
Electrical Division once. On the way to and from, they
visited friends and family in Florida.
Norma and Sam Irvin and Marty and Steve
Tanner enjoyed a weekend visit in March from Sam and
Marty's sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Quintero and her
daughter, Beth (Brown) Schmidt from Maryland. Beth's
daughter was in a basketball tournament in Asheville, so they
made a mini-family reunion out of the trip.
Jeannie Dombrowsky was hospitalized recently
with a compressed fracture of the spine, but is recovering
nicely. I understand she only missed one gossip session at the
sewing club! Daughter Barbara and son-in-law Tom Hanna
came from Asheboro to help Jean move into a new
apartment, and I understand she is doing well.
My golfing brother, Bill Dunning, had a hole-in-
one on the 31"t of March. Needless to say, he was very
pleased with himself. His other hole-in-one, several years ago
was on April Fools Day. Nobody believed him, so he decided
to make this one the day before! He and his wife, Betty
(Flenniken) celebrated by going to Germany for three weeks
to visit their daughter Cheryl and went on a day tour to
Poland while there. They have made so many trips to Europe
that it's just old hat anymore. They have been everywhere.
Laurie Hunt Trinca, accompanied her husband
Sam on a short business trip to Tampa in February. They
were able to get together with their aunts, Vicki (Dunning)
Howe, and Sandi (Dunning) Ingle and cousins Nanette and
Brandi. They didn't get thrown out of the restaurant, but
Sam made the statement that they were the loudest family
he'd ever met!
I also made a trip to Florida in March. Spent almost
two weeks with my sisters on Longboat Key and visited
friends in the Tampa, St Pete area. Spent a night with Jim
and Gemma O'Donnell and had a great time. Vicki, Sandi
and I met Ron Ward and his wife, Bobbie at a place in
Ellenton (just below Tampa) called The Roaring Twenty's,
Pizza and Pipes. It is the home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe
Organ. It was a wonderful evening's enjoyment and was like
being back in Panama at the El Panama and Continental
Hotels when Leroy came to Panama to play the big Wurlitzer
organ we had there. The organ comes up out of the floor and
the organist plays for about an hour at a time, takes requests,
and talks with the audience. I had a chance to talk with the
organist and I told him about the one in Panama and he
introduced me to the owner who is from Panama. Small
world. His name is Bill Dickerson, and I believe he said he
graduated from BHS in 1979. His father, Bill Dickerson was
a businessman in Panama and owned an import-export
company. I seem to remember a big warehouse on the way to
the airport. If that isn't correct, Bill, I apologize. It is worth
the trip down for a wonderful evening's entertainment. The
place is right off 75 and 301. I also visited with Gil and Sue
Smith in Clearwater, and with John and Jack Sanders in
Palm Harbor. Had some delicious fish for dinner which was
mmmmmm good right, John?
On a sad note, I must report the recent death of
Robert Dunn, Jr. Our sympathies go out to his wife
Priscilla and her family.
I had a wonderful surprise visit from Sheila
(Curling) and Richard Heath and their son, Glenn in
February. Glenn lives in Greenville, SC, which is about 45
minutes from here. Dick and Sheila were on their way to visit
daughter Carrie in Florida. Carrie is a foster Mom to several
Am looking forward to seeing some Sacred Heart
friends in Philadelphia at Father Lynch's 50" anniversary.
The announcement of the celebration was in the last Canal
Guess that's it for this time. See you at the Reunion
Many of us watched the Seattle Kingdome
demolition on March 26 with very mixed emotions.
Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin drove from
Sequim to San Francisco in late March to visit with daughter
and son-in-law, Jennifer and John Lewis, who were out
from Charlotte, NC, on business. Robert built a kit kayak and
did a wonderful job, according to sea trials. A kayak trip
around Seal Rock reminded them of Ft. San Lorenzo beach
area, and playful seals followed their boats for some time.
Honey (Bergman) Fealey flew in from San
Antonio to help son Guy celebrate his -0th birthday in late
March. Celebrants included Guy's wife Mary (Wells) and
his brother Jim and friend, Ed and Mellie (Turner)
Kennedy, and Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz. While
here, Honey, Marti Lohr, and Howie drove to Stanwood to
visit Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young in their lovely home
and were shown many of the lovely quilts Mary has made.
Class of BHS'51 and '52: L-R, ascending steps: Miss
Vivian Simmons, Sam Maphis, Bill Riley, Sheila
Fearon Weldon, Beth Lockridge Huls holding
banner. 3rd row: Irwin Frank, Henry Cruz, Fred and
Leona Hart Lee, 4th row: Coila Goodin Maphis, Joan
Baron Lamkin, Gladys Pasamante Norwood, Betty
Wilkinson Boetto, 5th row: Jack Clement, Sally
Akerman Estes, Kayleen Vinton, 6t row: Lilia Flores
Rozmeski, Diane Hanrahan, Barbara Shaw Abbott,
Ginny Selby Entrekin, Bob Hentschel, Top row:
Shirley Zemer Swenson, and Dick Abbott. Photo by
Roger Adams, son of Roger and Katy (Schafer)
Adams of Kirkland, WA, and wife Mary, and kids Nina and
Adan have moved from Michigan to Laramie, WY, where
young Roger has a new job, still in radio.
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe just adopted 6-
month old Emma a dachshund. Noralie had knee surgery on
December 20, and still was able to have a good Christmas
and then both she and Jim flew to Winchester, MD, for the
January 15 wedding of granddaugther April, Steve and
Debbie (Rowley) Shobe's daughter.
Wallace Teal, in Sequim, recently threw a surprise
birthday party for friend Bev Jones enjoyed by guests Tim
and Theresa (Snider) Herring, Bev and Marty Hoffman,
and Gayle and Robert Rankin. Marty Hoffman is a member
of Sequim's Straitmen Barbershop singers and Rainshadow
Blend quartet. Bev is a master gardener and is enjoying these
lovely spring days gardening. Son Scott and wife Nichole
(Forrester) are in Laramie, WY, where Scott is an ROTC
instructor at the University of Wyoming. Daughter Alison
Hastings is in Seauim teaching at the middle school.
Ed Kennedy's birthday party. L-R at table: Ed
Kennedy, Olga (Turner) Wallace, Joe Wallace..
Standing: Wesley Kennedy, Howie (Adams) Laatz,
Joyce Kennedy, Rachel, Mellie (Turner) Kennedy
and Robert Kennedy. G.Laatz Photo.
Wayne Smith,formerly of Margarita Union Church
is now pastor at Tacoma's Harvard Covenant Church and
was joined for his first Sunday there by the Hoffmans and
Jack, former Coco Solo Hospital pharmacist, and Ruth
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Space needle: Jim Shobe, Shirley Zemer Swenson,
Noralee Roche Shobe, Lilia Flores Rozmeski, Betty
Wilkinson Boetto, Coila Goodin Maphis, Henry
Cruz. Photo by Pat Cruz
Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett and daughter
Ryann visited Karen's folks Billy and Ginny (Kleefkens)
Rankin and grandmother Jibby Kleefkens in March. Along
with daughter Sandy (Rankin) McClanahan and grandson
Seth, they motor homed for a day trip to Northwest Trek
wildlife park. Billy is still golfing almost daily, and Ginny is
able to spend a lot of time with Seth.
Photo left: Michelle Bundy and Joe Wallace at the
Bremerton Elks CZ Get-together, December 1999.
Photo right: Jim Snider and Pat (Rudge)Nellis at the
NW Christmas Ping Ding, Bremerton Elks Club. Photos
by Gerry Laatz.
Chris and Frank Bru recently bought property in
Diamond Point and will soon be neighbors of Randy and
Donna Grubbs still in Okinawa, the Hoffmans, Robert
Rankins and Wallace Teal and friend Bev Jones.
Cathy and Lee Snider went to San Antonio to help
out while son John had hip-replacement surgery. Lee and
Bob Best continue as admeasurer partners and enjoy a good
variety of jobs including trips to Alaska and Canada.
Sue (Lessiack) Stabler was recently in Idaho to
celebrate son Tim's 14th birthday at his school in Bonners
Ferry, where Tim just advanced to the Quest level and is
rightfully very proud indeed. Lew Stabler had been there
earlier for a teacher conference and was quite pleased with
Ed Herring, Tim's youngest brother, and Ed's two
boys Taylor and Alex, drove from Arizona to visit Tim and
Theresa in Silverdale for spring break and also to Portland,
OR, to visit brother Steve Herring and his wife Jamie, sons
Aydan and Gannon, and daughter Samantha.
The annual Northwest picnic will be held on July 29
this year in North Bonneville, WA. Flyers should be out in
the near future.
We thank the Bests, Shobes, Nina Kosik, and
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer and others who share e-mail news
of Panama with us. And we send special thanks to Art
Mokray who puts in many hours reading the Panama
newspapers and making site visits and then sending his
thorough write-ups through cyberspace. We really appreciate
all your time and efforts.
Jean and Doris Burns went to Puerto Penasco,
Mexico in February for twelve days. They traveled with
Vicki (Hutchison) and Bob Boukalis from Alabama and
Bob's parents Julie and Jim Boukalis from Texas. A good
time was had by all.
Not getting in enough dry weather or traveling, Jean
and Doris then drove to Good Year, AZ (Phoenix area) in
March for two weeks to spend time with Doris' two sisters,
who flew in from Colorado and Nebraska. The four stayed at
the home of Doris' nephew and a relaxing time was had by
Oklahoma Spring Picnic, May, 1999 at Will Rogers
Park, Oklahoma City, OK.
Doris and Jean Burns at Grotto Bay, Bermuda, Nov. Renee Carter Collins' son Chris is being sent to
1999. Kuwait this summer for his first overseas assignment in the
Army. Her daughter Elizabeth has announced her
engagement and is planning on a wedding in December 2000.
Renee was just given an appointment to the Fetal and Infant
Mortality Review Board of Oklahoma. This select board
convenes monthly to review infant deaths (to the age of
twelve months) in an effort to lower this statistic in
Oklahoma. In addition, Renee has completed advanced child
sexual assault exams training at the Justice Center for
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Julie and Jim Boukalis,
Jean and Doris Burns, and Bob Boukalis at Puerto
Oklahoma Chapter Fall Picnic, October 1999 at La
Fortune Park, Tulsa, OK.
Christopher Wade Collins and Renee Carter Collins.
at Fort Benning, Georgia, August 1999.
Michelle Collins in Paris, June 1999 (Center, back
Kimberly Keller is preparing for the Miss
Woodward Pageant which will be held on April 22. Kimberly
is the daughter of Bill and Teresa Keller. She is also
preparing for the National American Teenager Scholarship
Program at OCU in Oklahoma City on May 12-13. Son Troy
will graduate from West Texas A&M in December, with a
Master's Degree in Animal Science. All of the rest of their
family is well and doing good. Bill's employer was taken
over by Duke Energy and Bill is working the same job for
less pay. Teresa is still working at the Woodward Hospital,
filing insurance claims in their business office.
If anyone plans to be in the area during the October
time frame, plan to attend our Fall picnic in Tulsa. More
details to follow!
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First Place: Patch Regatta 2000. L-R: Tommy Morris,
Claudio Regonati, Caroline Hinkle, Reyna Royo-
Sucre, Luigi Regonati. Crew of the Predator.
In the Open category First place went to the
Predator with a crew of Tommy Morris, Reyna (Royo)
Sucre, Caroline Hinkle, Luigi and Claudio Regonati;
Second place, Almost; Third place, Expreso Comando
(crewed by members of the Panamanian police force); Fourth
place, High Anxiety. Many thanks to all who helped make
this event possible: Race Coordinator, Pablo Prieto; Race
Master, Marc Ostrander; Assistant to Race Coordinator,
Craig Broussard; President of the Balboa Paddle Club,
Marisa Prieto; Treasurer and Publicity, Sue Stabler;
Starter, Jaime Celawa; Chief Timer, John Husum; Boat
Timer, Irene Ostrander; Finish Line Judge, Carlos
Sanfelippo; Gamboa Area Coordinator, David Bishop;
Regatta 2000, Gamboa Panama. Male heat with
Jungle Crews looking on,.
Cayuco season is here! The annual Regatta in
Gamboa was held April 1" and was a great success. About 35
cayucos sprinted in a series of elimination heats in four
categories: Male, Female, Co-ed, and Open/Patch.
The final results in the Male category are: First
place, Carioca with a crew of Tomas Pinzon, Carlos
Donado, Rene Vargas, Fernando Lopez, and alternate
Roque Maldonado; Second place, Rapid Transit; Third
place, Nic; Fourth place, Almost. In the Female category First
place went to the Deception with a crew of Stevie Bodden,
Cambry Sanchez, Allison and Sondra Doubek; Second
place, Jungle Crews. In the Co-ed category First place went
to the Deception with a crew of Brian Husted, Allison
Doubek, Larry Quinn, and Anthony Bibbo; Second place,
Delfin; Third place, Front Runner; Fourth place, The Most.
Escort boats and donating time and help, John Bates and
Bob Huerbsch; Awards Coordinator and Publicity for Abou
Saad, David Moreno; thanks also to Abou Saad Shriners for
food stands (they sold out!). A great thanks to the Autoridad
del Canal de Panama for continuing to support the Regatta
and Cayuco Race.
Some stateside Zonians arrived to participate in the
race, Brian Husted is paddling with Larry Quinn's crew in
the Almost. Johnny Magee is paddling in the Slave Galley
with Diana (Huff) and Richard Grimison, Andrew
Efthimiadis, Zenia Morris, Dennis Huff, and William
Huff. Shannon Young, visiting from Georgia, participated
in the Open category in the Regatta. She paddled in her old
boat, the Deception, which she paddled in '99 with Stevie
Bodden, Allison and Sondra Doubek. Shannon and Mary
Young visited Panama for one week to attend the wedding of
Dave Young on April 8.
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Gibson, visiting Panama during April 2000.
Congratulations to Jay and Llori (Kent) Gibson
who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Jay's
gift to Llori was quite a surprise! Jay's son Lee Gibson
arrived with his daughter Kailee and Llori's sister Bonnie
Kent for a one-week surprise visit. Jay saw his new
granddaughter Kailee for the very first time when the group
arrived on April 1st and surprised Jay at the Regatta. Also in
Panama to help celebrate the Gibson's 25th anniversary are
Lloyd and Jo Kent, who are also celebrating a wedding
anniversary their 52nd!
The Canal Zone has been undergoing changes in the
past year. The old Balboa Bowling Alley is now Nico's
Cafe, nicely decorated with early 1900 black and white
photos of the Zone. It has become a local hangout for retirees
who have dubbed it "the clubhouse". On any given day you
are likely to run into locals like Ron Bussiere, Bob Barnes,
Henry Twohy, and Bill Brunner enjoying their "jubilado"
Count down clock, photo taken approximately 3:09 PM,
December 30, 1999 the last day the U.S. flag flew at
the Panama Canal. Flag was lowered at 5:00 PM.
Albrook's Florida State University Branch has
moved to the old Panama Canal College building. On
February 12, FSU's Athletic Department sponsored a Field
Day with local bands, vendors and food stands. The first-ever
event was a great success and many thanks go to FSU
Athletic Director, Eric Holland (BHS'91) and Physical
Education Assistant, Denise (Alberga) Winkler (BHS'89).
Unfortunately, the photos for the 1999 Shrine Bowl
arrived too late for publication in the March issue. The
following is a re-cap of that event:
This year's Shrine Bowl took place on December 18
and featured two games, the Junior All-Star game with the
White team, coached by Jose Luis Ibarra, victorious over
the Blue Team, coached by Rory Egger, 18-0; and the
Senior All-star game with the White team coached by
Rogelio Castrellon, defeating the Blue Team, coached by
Gary Dalton, 8-0. The MVP for the Junior teams were
Anthony Ferrera and Jose Villanova. The Senior MVP's
were Tito Stabler and Brian Huerbsch. Every player and
cheerleader received a trophy and the John Bates family
donated trophies to the MVP's. All proceeds from ticket
sales were donated to the transportation of Abou Saad's Bur
and Crippled Children fund.. The games were well-attended,
however it seems as if the ARI plans to demolish the field.
This may have been the last season at BHS stadium.
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Arthur Kerr, Abou Saad Shrine Potentate, Princess
Angela LaRocca escorted by Rafael Caries, Queen
Annie Dillon escorted by Carlos Diaz, Princess
Theresa Harp escorted by Miguel Ortiz, Princess
Marie Jaramillo escorted by Luis Cargiaevlo, and
Dennis Allen, Abou Saad Chief Rabban,
The King, Carlos Diaz, and Queen, Annie Dillon, for
the 1999 Shrine Bowl saluting the spectators,
accompanied by Arthur Kerr and Pablo Prieto.
Bill and Sis York with daughter Norma Holder (York)
and W.D. Hall.
On April 6th Peggy Hutchinson drove to
Hendersonville to visit Jean Dombrosky who is now living
at Pine Park Retirement Inn. While there, Peggy had lunch
with Ruth Tillman and Jean.
On March 4th, twenty-one members and guests
enjoyed a luncheon at the Red Lobster restaurant in Aiken.
Attending were Blanche Browne, Olga Holmes, Peggy
Hutchison, Trudi Clontz, Kathleen Burkett with daughter
and granddaughter Shirley and Hope Burkett, Arlene
Hopkins, Charles Green, Caroline Westendorf, Lorna
Shore, Diane LeBlanc (Shore), Beatrice and Joseph
Marriott, Jack Woodzell, Joan Phillips, Beverly Lard,
Bill and Sis York, Norma Holder (York), and W.D. Hall.
It was the first time that we noticed "corvina" on the
menu--guess what the ex-Canal Zonites ordered. It also
happened to be Charles Green's birthday..29 and holding!
Peggy Hutchison, Trudi Clontz, Olga Holmes, Bill
York, Past Presidents of the South Carolina Panama
Canal Society, and the current President, Blanche
In January, your reporter spent two wonderful
weeks in St. Thomas and St. Croix. She had never been to St.
Croix and was totally smitten. She visited the Eastern most
point of the United States while in St. Croix. ( Never knew
that, did you?) While there, Bea had an all-too-short visit
with Darrell Barnes, BHS 1970. Darrell is a lawyer in St.
Croix and doing quite well with his practice, his music
(guitar) and tennis. The islands and life-style suit Darrell
well. He still looks like the teenager and fine young man that
Bea remembers in the Canal Zone and at Rio Mar, R.P.
Marion and Fred Wells went to San Francisco, CA
in February to help Marion's brother Mattes Orr celebrate
his 80th birthday. Mattes' family arranged for his siblings to
fly in for the celebration. Fred Wells, Jr. came from
Australia, and George Fenton, Delmont, PA, a life-long
friend from Canal Zone days, was able to join in the
celebration. Marion said it was a fabulous party, complete
with limousine service.
Honey Fealey flew to Whedby Island, WA early in
March to be there for the celebration of her son Guy's 50th
Camille Eastham flew to San Diego. and
Sacramento, CA for a reunion with her two best friends,
Sharon O'Brien and Cindy Copeskey Coman. What a
wonderful time the three friends had together.
Jackie and Bobby Fearon were off to New Orleans
for the Mardi Gras.
Iris Hogan has had a successful heart valve
replacement in San Antonio. She is out of the hospital and
was recuperating at her daughter Mary's home in
Fredericksburg, TX. She is doing so well that she is planning
a trip to Dallas to attend her son Ralph's wedding April 16
Kathi Lessiack will be going with her.
Bea's daughter-in-law Sonia Rhyne and
granddaughter Taffy Rhyne flew in from their home in
Vancouver, B.C. to Austin, TX. Grandson Erick Rhyne
came from his home in Miami, FL to join his mother and
sister in Austin. While in the area, they drove to Kerrville for
a visit with Bea Rhyne and Camille Eastham.
Jerry Cooper, Tampa, FL came for a weekend with
Barbara and Ed Stanford in Kerrville. While here, Jerry
met his old friends and neighbors from Gamboa, Jackie and
Bobby Fearon. They had a great get-together.
Sue and Bill Graham have Sue's sister, Rita
Washabaugh visiting them. Sue's friends have been keeping
Rita busy with luncheons and Canasta games.
I had a phone call this morning from Janet Chang,
(Alberto Chang's wife, formerly of Gamboa Golf Club)
telling me she is going to visit her mother in Hong Kong to
celebrate her mother's 101"' birthday! Her three sons are
living and working in New York and doing very well.
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The six most important words: '7 admit I made a
The five most important words: "You did a good
The four most important words: "What is your
The three most important words: "If you please."
The two most important words: "Thank you."
The one most important word: "We."
The least important word: "I"
JEAN PAGE MORRIS GRAD _
The Morris and Maisano families were in
attendance in December when Jean Page Maisano Morris
graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Women's
University with a bachelor of science degree in human
biology and a minor in chemistry.
From left: Kenneth Morris Jr., Jean Page Maisano
Morris, Hannah Morris and Kenneth III
She lives in Piano, Texas, with husband Kenneth
Morris Jr. (BHS'79) and two children, Kenneth III, 12,
and Hannah, 10. Page is the daughter of Gloria Sigl
Maisano (BHS'59) and Joseph Maisano of New Orleans,
La. and the daughter-in-law of Kenneth Morris Sr.
(BHS'57) and Diane Vestal Morris (BHS'59) of Tarpon
Springs, Fla. Page is now employed as a sales representative
Bill and Sheila (Reynolds) Dillow (BHS'62-CZJC'64)
of Jonesboro, Illinois celebrate their 25th wedding
anniversary, in September, 1999.
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AUDRA MATHENEY HONOR GRAD
On May 8, 1999, Audra Anyse Matheney
(BHS'94), daughter of Grover and Freddieann Matheney,
graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Education from Lynn University, Boca Raton,
Florida. She served as Historian for Kaona Delta Pi.
THRIFTS CELEBRATE 30th
Bob and Pat (Chase) Thrift (BHS'69) celebrated
their 30th wedding anniversary on April 23rd at their home in
Port Orange Florida
Audra Anyse Matheney
The occasion was celebrated with a luncheon which
was enjoyed by all. Anyse was accompanied by her family,
grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from Miami,
Tampa, Tallahassee, New Jersey and many other places.
Anyse has accepted a First Grade teaching position
at the Balboa Academy, Clayton, Rep. of Panama and started
Food for Thought:
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody
There was an important job to be done and Everybody
was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody
realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when
Nobody did what ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE!
Bob and Pat (Chase) Thrift (BHS'69)
They have two children, Rob, a District Manager
with American Express, and Leanne, presently a stay-at-
home Mom. Bob and Pat have three grandsons, Tyler,
Tanner, Brett and one granddaughter, Haley.
Their son Rob and his wife, Chantel, presented
Bob and Pat with a get-away gift to Las Vegas, Nevada.
TIM KRAFT FLA. DEPT. LAW
Leane (Thrift) Kraft (BHS'91) smiles proudly
after attending the graduation of her husband, Tim, from the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in
Leanne (Thrift) Kraft (BHS'91),
sons Tanner and Brett.
Prior to his promotion to FDLE, Tim was a Deputy
Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriffs Department. Also
attending the graduation were their two sons, Tanner and
Brett, and Tim's in-laws, Pat and Bob Thrift. After nine
weeks of training, Mom and the boys were happy to have
Dad home again
POS PARKER CELEBRATES 80th
Pos was feted at a surprise birthday party at the
home of Brian and Stacy DeRaps in Odessa, Florida on
Sunday afternoon March 26h. Pos was really surprised to
see so many old friends there to offer their good wishes
personally. Al Collins, with his son Mark, drove down from
Georgia just to help Pos celebrate. Pos's friends and relatives
all contributed stories of events they had shared with Pos
which Stacy made into a Memory Book that was outstanding.
She combined all the letters with pictures and graphics in
what will be a family heirloom.
Mike and Vee Gomez
The entire Gomez family and their spouses extend
endless love and thanks for the exemplary parents and
grandparents that Mike and Vee have been. They wish for
them many more years of wedded bliss.
GORMLY WOOD ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gormley of Sorrento,
Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Heather, to Craig M. Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph J. Wood of Tallahassee, Florida.
Gloria and Donald "Pos" Parker
The buffet consisted of all Latin foods roast pork,
arroz con polio, plantain, empanadas and seviche. The cake
depicted Pos's favorite pastimes, golf and fishing. His
granddaughters, Breanne and Meagan DeRaps, videotaped
all the festivities. Pos was toasted with champagne by his
stepson, Brian, and all joined in. Pos told his wife Gloria: "It
was just like, "THIS IS YOUR LIFE POS PARKER!" A
good time was had by all and we intend to repeat it ten years
GOMEZ'S CELEBRATE 51st
Col. (Ret.USAR) and Mrs. Mike Gomez celebrated
their 5s1" wedding anniversary February 4, 2000 with a Mass
at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Maria Olga Villanueva, familiarly called Vee, and
Capt. Mike Gomez were married in 1949 at the Coco Solo
Naval Chapel in the Panama Canal Zone.
Their seven children were all born and reared on the
Isthmus of Panama. Mike and Vee's children and spouses
presented them with an anniversary gift of a trip to a place of
their choice. They are: Diane (BHS'68) and husband Dr.
James Soler, Norma (BHS'69) and husband, Gary Paglia,
Thomas Gomez (BHS'71) and wife Sue, Rita and husband
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, Bernard Gomez and wife Madeline,
Michael Gomez and Dr. Dalys Gomez.
Also celebrating the occasion were their eight
grand-children, Michael and Marc Soler (San Antonio, TX),
Alaina and Michael Paglia (New Wilmington, PA.) Robyn
Dalys Gomez (Houston, TX) Dalys Melinda Gonzalez
(Fair Oaks Ranch, TX) and Christian and Aaron Gomez,
Heather is a 1998 graduate of the University of
Central Florida, with a bachelor's degree in Education. She
currently teaches third grade at Lawton Elementary School in
Oviedo, Florida. Craig graduated from Balboa High School
in 1989 and from the University of Florida in Gainesville,
Florida in 1993. He received a Master of Business
Administration degree from Rollins College Winter Park,
Florida in 1995. He currently works in Ocala as a Customer
Center manager for American Freightways Company.
The couple plan to be married at Debary Golf and
Country Club in Debary, Florida, on October 21. 2000.
ROYO- SUCRE r t.
Reyna Royo (BHS'89) and Rolando Sucre were
married on January 2, 2000 at Costa Esmeralda Beach. It was
a small, private wedding on the beach with barefooted guests
dressed in white. The reception was held in San Carlos.
Mellisa Renfroe and Walter Hoffman
The wedding reception was held at the home of the
bride's parents with many of their family and friends. The
bride is the granddaughter of Edith Stiebritz of Ocala,
Florida and the late Ernest Stiebritz. The couple will reside
in Ocala with their 18-month old son, Jason.
Reyna Royo and Rolando Sucre
The bride is the daughter of Ricardo Royo
(BHS'55) and Vilma R. de Royo. Guests included family,
Lourdes (Royo) Genier (BHS'80), Ricardo Royo
(BHS'81), Roby Royo (BHS'86), and Reyna's twin brother
Reynaldo Royo (BHS'89); and friends, Matron of Honor
Zenia (Neely) Morris, Tommy Morris, Gina Bonilla,
Marita Jaen, Juan Carlos Jaen, Michelle Jaen, Denise
(Alberga) Winkler, Carl Winkler, Lisa Palm, Christy
Ford, Terry Thrush, Maria Claus, Marelisa (Samuels)
Smith, and Ana Lampas.
Reyna and Rolando enjoyed their honeymoon in
Bocas del Toro, Cerro Punta and a cruise around the
Melissa Renfroe and Walter Hoffman were united
in marriage on December 17, 1999 in Ocala, Florida. Melissa
is the daughter of Wendell and Sylvia (Stiebritz, CHS'69)
Renfroe, of Ocala, Florida. Walter is the son of Walter and
Georgiann Hoffman of Port Richey, Florida.,
The bride's friend, Yvonne Rodenhiser was the
matron of honor and the bride's cousin, Jesse Ilderton, son
of Alice Stiebritz, served as best man.
Pamela Grace Brookins and Kevin Michael
Parker of Atlanta, Georgia, were married on September 4,
1999 at the Tate Mansion in Tate, Georgia.
The bride is the daughter of Paul Brookins of
Kennesaw, Georgia (Ft. Amador '67-'68). The groom is the
son of Richard and Judy Parker of Roswell, Georgia.
Pamela Brookins and Kevin Parker
Kevin is a graduate of Georgia State University and
is a computer consultant. Pam is a graduate of Reinhardt
College and works in accounting. The couple honeymooned
on St. John and reside in Atlanta.
On September 18, 1999, Elizabeth (Leesie)
Thompson and Lonnie Easterling were married in a garden
setting at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in
Memphis, Tennessee. Leesie is the daughter of Maria
Thompson, now of Memphis and the late Robert
Thompson, both formerly of Gatun. Lonnie is the son of
Philip and Joyce Easterling of Memphis.
Leesie was given away by her brother, David
Thompson. Her maid of honor was her sister, Patty
Thompson of Memphis, and Amanda Thompson, her
niece, was bridesmaid. Lonnie's best man was Bruce
Thompson, brother of the bride, and the usher was John
Kennedy of Knoxville, TN., son of Mel and Roz Kennedy
of NC, formerly of Los Rios.
Cheryl Ann Otto and Leon James Bonk (BHS'82)
were united in marriage on March 18, 2000 at the Palma Ceia
United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida, followed by a
reception at the Tampa Women's Club, Tampa.
The bride is the daughter of Diane Dill, Tampa, and
Michael Otto, New Milford, CT. The groom is the son on
Jo-Ann Bonk, Tampa, and Phillip Bonk, Rep. of Panama.
The bride was given away by her father.
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leryl Ann Otto and Leon James Bonk v
bridal party in Tampa, Florida
Elizabeth Easterling and Lonnie Thompson
The reception was held on the Museum's esplanade
and included Maria's special empanadas, arroz con polio and
Panama beer. The DJ played much music Panamefia,
which brought most of the guests to the dance floor. Many
out-of-town guests attended.
The couple honeymooned in Chattanooga, and now
reside in Memphis where Lonnie is Marketing Graphics
designer for the Albertson's/Seesels's grocery chain, and
Leesie is Manager of a Wolf's Camera store.
Maid of honor was Sarah Otto, sister of the bride,
Tampa. Bridesmaids were Mary and Anmarie McCarthy,
cousins of the bride, from Tampa. Junior bridesmaids were
Charlene Dill, sister of the bride and Nichole Grey, niece of
the groom, of Tampa. Ariel Grey, niece of the groom was
flower girl. John Hildebrand, Tampa, was best man.
Groomsmen were David Mullis and Brian Calzon. Joseph
McCarthy, bride's Godson was ring bearer. Ushers were
Joshua Otto, Robert Prendes, bride's cousin, and Pete and
Pat Bonk, brothers of the groom, all of Tampa.
Family and friends attended from Wisconsin,
Panama and Oklahoma. After a wedding trip to the Smoky
Mountains of Tennessee, the newlyweds will reside in
Due to space limitations and to
accommodate all members with
their announcements as equally
as possible, wedding guest lists
will be limited and members are
asked to summarize as much as
possible and not list each name.
Eff ective June 1, 1999
Evan Gregory Cartotto
Benjamin Malin Meyerson
Adam, Donna, and Samuel (age two) Meyerson
announce their latest family addition Benjamin Malin
Meyerson born on December 5, 1999. Donna is a BHS'80
graduate and currently resides with her family in the San
Adam and Donna (Malin) Meyerson with second
son, Benjamin Malin Meyerson.
Ben's maternal grandparents are Edwin and Gloria
Malin of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Balboa, Canal
Stephen Anthony Cartotto, (BHS'70) and his
wife, Christine ("Tina") Marie Johann, of North
Hollywood, California, proudly announce the birth of their
son, Evan Gregory Cartotto. on March 19, 1999.
Bieve ,arnono ana Ima jonann win son, rvan
Gregory Cartotto at Grandma Joan's, Laguna Hills,
CA. on December 19, 1999.
Maternal grandparents are Mary Johann, of
Saginaw, Michigan and the late John Johann. Paternal
grandparents are Joan Marie (Ridge) deGrummond,
(BHS'40) of Laguna Hills, CA. and the late Gregory
George Cartotto, formerly Chief, Claims Branch, PCC. He
is also welcomed by his aunt and uncle, Christine
(Cartotto-(BHS'68) Ressa and Michael Ressa, and cousins
Vinnie and Steve Ressa of Rialto, CA.
Nicholas Harris Hurst
Harris and Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst (Both
BHS'85) are proud to announce the birth of their son,
Nicholas Harris, on November 11, 1999 in The Woodlands,
Texas. Nicholas came in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and 19.5 inches long.
Harris and Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst with daughter
Madeline and new arrival Nicholas.
Nicholas' maternal grandparents are James and
LaVerne Wolf, retired in Missouri City, Texas, and his
paternal grandparents are Paul ( BHS'58) and Delia Hurst
of Panama City, Rep. of Panama.
Jacob Hunter & Jordan Tyler
Ralph and Brenda Furlong III of Tampa, Florida
are proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Jacob
Hunter and Jordan Tyler Furlong on March 11, 1999.
They are shown with their two year old brother, Matthew
Ralph and Brenda Furlong III with their twin boys
Jacob Hunter and Jordan Tyler, and older brother
Proud grandparents are Ralph and Brenda
Furlong, Jr. and Nelson and Regina Swartwood, also of
Deborah Lynn, Heather Marie
Jeffrey Thomas Hannigan
Wendy and Brian Hannigan (BHS'83) together
with son, Kevin Patrick, age 4, announce the birth on March
7, 2000, of triplets; Deborah Lynn, Heather Marie and
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Brian Hannigan (BHS'83) with Kevin, (4) and
Deborah Lynn, Heather Marie and Jeffrey Thomas.
Maternal grandparents are Pat and Barbara Tasca
of Greenwich, CT. Paternal grandparents are Tom and Rita
Hannigan of West Hartford, CT.
Dalys Melinda Gonzalez
Dr. and Mrs. Ramon Gonzalez (Rita Gomez) of
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, proudly announce the arrival of
Dalys Melinda Gonzalez, on August 27, 1999. Dalys
weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches lone.
Gary Paglia, Norma (Gomez) Paglia, Rita (Gomez)
Gonzalez with baby Dalys, and Dr. Ramon Gonzalez
at private family christening, December, 2000 in San
Maternal grandparents are Col. (Ret.USAR) Mike
Gomez (G-4, Ft. Amador) and wife Vee Gomez (Miss Villa,
Colon Hospital nurse) of San Antonio, TX (formerly of
Curundu Hgts.) Paternal grandmother is Hermelinda
Gonzalez of Rosenburg, TX; great uncle is Rolando
Villanueva (Cristobal Storehouse 1941-50) of San Antonio,
TX, and Godparents are Norma (Gomez BHS'69) and
husband Gary Paglia of New Wilmington, PA.
Sydney Grace Young
Cissy and Gary Collins of Douglasville, Georgia
are proud to announce the birth of their first grandchild,
Sydney Grace Young, born October 4, 1999 to their
youngest daughter, Stacy (Collins) and Todd Young of
Gary and Cissy Collins with daughter Stacy and her
husband Todd Young and their first granddaughter,
Sydney Grace Young, born October 4, 1999.
Sydney weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 22 inches at
birth. Stacy graduated from BHS in 1987.
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issue, 1993, baby pictures
will net be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. Please
see "Editor's Corner." 9/92.
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Wynifred Audrey Ernest Alberga, 86, of
Riverside, California, passed away January 14, 2000 at her
home. She was born in Cardiff, Wales, England, was raised
and educated in Cartago, Costa Rica from 1920-1937, then
married and lived in Colon, R.P. from 1937-1974. Her last
residence was Riverside for twenty-five years.
Her survivors include her husband Percival of 62
years; two sons, Randolph and Douglas; a daughter-in-law
Magda Flor-Alberga; three grandchildren, Karen Martinez,
Donovan and Paul Alberga and a great-granddaughter Sofia
Martinez-Alberga; a half-sister, Olga Marta Alvarado of
Vallejo, CA.; two first cousins, John M. Ernest of Juan
Vinas, Costa Rica and Sarita G. Chamberlain of Palm
Springs, CA.; sisters-in-law Loraine F. Alberga and Lilia W.
Alberga of Riverside, CA; a brother-in-law Frank W.
Alberga of Panama City, R.P. and many nieces, nephews and
Loraine Anderson, 94, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died April 15, 2000 at Edward White Hospital. Born in
Coalport, Pennsylvania, she left the Panama Canal Zone in
1965 where she was a clerical worker for the U.S. Navy.
Locally, she was a member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal
She is survived by a son, Kenneth A. Anderson of
Pinellas Park; two grandchildren, James B. Anderson of St.
Petersburg and Elizabeth E. Owen, Parrish; a niece, Jean
Friedman, and four great-grandchildren.
James Bernard, 65, of Satellite Beach, Florida, had
been in poor health for several years and passed away on
February 13, 2000. He was born in Washington, D.C.;
attended the Catholic University of America, and worked as
a surveyor for the Army Map Service in the Canal Zone. He
retired in 1992. Although he was in poor health, he traveled
around the world in December and January and was in Paris
a month before he died. Upon his return to Florida, he went
on a Caribbean cruise to escape the cold weather. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by daughters Michele Bernard of
Tempe, AZ., and Jacqueline Corey, Waddell, AZ.; two
sisters, Jackie Muller of Denver, CO., and Betty Shandor, of
Philadelphia, PA., and nine nieces and nephews.
Joseph Augustine Bialkowski, 87, of Kerrville,
Texas, died January 21, 2000 in San Antonio. He was born
in Electra, Texas and attended the University of Texas at
Austin and St. Edwards University, also in Austin. He retired
in December 1973 from the Ports Division as an Admeasurer
with over 30 years of service. He was a member of the Notre
Dame Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus Father
Henry Kemper Council No. 6409, the Elks Lodge No. 2081
and the German Club. He was preceded in death by his first
wife, Ethel in 1982 and by a daughter, Charlotte V. Wynne.
He is survived by his second wife, Lorena R. of
Kerrville; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lozano of Premont,
Texas; two sons, Joseph A, Barrett of Denver, CO., and
Charles V. Bialkowski of Houston; a brother, Franklin L.
Bahle of St. Louis, MO., and six grandchildren and one
Donald R. Brayton, 80, of Deltona, Florida, passed
away in his sleep at home on February 21, 2000 after a
lengthy illness. He was born in New Cristobal, Rep. of
Panama and began his career with the Panama Railroad
Company, which was interrupted by a tour in the U.S. Navy
during WWII. Thirty seven years later he retired as Deputy
Director of the Transportation and Terminals Bureau. In
1974 he received the Management Improvement Award from
President Gerald Ford for his work with the PRR, and
received numerous performance awards from the Panama
Canal. He was a member of the Board of Director of the CZ
Credit Union; and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1414.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys
(Wertz) Brayton, sons Rod and Jack, daughter-in-law
Sharon, brother John K. "Jack" Brayton; sisters Dorothy
Hoverter, Shirley Bruce, Alice Mix; grandchildren Shannon
Eisele, Dawn Benson, Jennifer Brayton, Kristy Anderson,
Cecy Henschen, Ross Brayton, Michael Baisden, and great-
grandchildren Jordan, Tyler, Sidney and Brandon.
Edna B. Campbell, 84, of Sarasota, Florida, passed
away March 1, 2000. She was born in Philadelphia and
retired from the Coco Solo Hospital, Canal Zone in January,
1976, as a Registered Nurse with over 29 years of service,
then settled in Sarasota. She was active in the Red Cross and
was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a nurse.
She was a Catholic.
She is survived by a brother, Edward Demaree, of
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ellis (Jack) Carey, 78, of Daytona Beach, Florida,
died at home on February 26, 2000. He was born In Ancon,
Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone schools and graduated with
the Balboa High School Class of 1938, where he was a well
known athlete. He attended Woodbury College and received
his BA in Business Administration in 1951. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran and resided in California for 35 years then
came to Daytona Beach 11 years ago. He continued to enjoy
tennis and all sports..
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth
(Kupka) Carey; a son, John of Baker, Ore; two daughters,
Jeanne Carey of Salem, Ore, and Cody Francis of Newport,
Wash; his mother, Ann Carey of Deltona, Fl., a sister, Mary
Kammerer, Deltona,; seven grandchildren and 11 great-
Dr. John W. Clark, 77, of Hagerstown, Maryland,
passed away February 17, 2000 at Coffman Nursing Home.
He was born in Ancon, the son of Dr. Herbert and Jessie
Clark. He was a BHS'40 graduate and a 1944 graduate of
Haverford (Pa.) College. He earned a dental degree from The
University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry 1948 and a
medical degree from N.Y. Medical College in 1955. He was
a local surgeon since 1962, serving as chief of plastic surgery
for Washington County. He was a member of St. John's
Episcopal Church; a member of Plastic Surgery Society of
Maryland; American Medical Association; a fellow of
American College of Surgeon; American Society of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Society of
Peru. He served on Handicapped Children's Services and
Oro-Facial Clinic of Hagerstown as well as many other
medical associations. He was a member of the Chamber of
Commerce, Mason Dixon Boy Scouts of America, and was
founder of Mason-Dixon Canoe Cruisers.
He is survived by two daughters, Jeanne "Dusty"
Clark Graham of Hagerstown and Ann Clark Lafferty of
Silver Spring, Md. two sons, David W. of Berwyn, Pa., and
John W. of Denver; his former wife, Barbara Sowers Thomas
of Hagerstown and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased
by his first wife, Jeanne McLavey Clark in 1980.
Bill D. Dillow, 67, of Jonesboro, Illinois, passed
away on March 3, 2000 at Southeast Hospital in Cape
Girardeau. He was born in April in Anna, Illinois and
married Sheila Reynolds BHS'62-CZJC'64, in September
1974 in Florida. He was a retired Electrical Field Engineer
for Rockwell International. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran
of the Korean War; a member of the Murphysboro American
Legion Post 127 and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila (Reynolds) of
Jonesboro; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Danette
of Louisville, Ky., and Scott and Mary of Anna; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Tony Mills of Anna,
and Yvonne and Michael Kuftic of Port St. Lucie, Fla., three
sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Ted Gleason, Sonya
and Chuck Fazio, and Toni and Ron Ruden; seven
grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and
Bernhard I. Everson, 87, of Sarasota, Florida, died
February 16, 2000. He was born in Norway and left the
Canal Zone in 1973 upon retiring from the Office of
Director, Civil Affairs Bureau after over 40 years of service.
He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Engineering in
1934 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a
member of Delta Sigma Lambda fraternity, and earned many
honors there. He lived on the Isthmus of Panama for 60
years, and retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lt. Colonel.
He. was a member of the Balboa Union Church, and he also
served 46 years is Scouting, serving two terms as President
of the Canal Zone Council BSA and was awarded the Silver
Beaver by the Canal Zone Council and Distinguished Eagle
from the National Council. He was a member of the
Committee of Management for the YMCA for 21 years,
serving as Chairman for 9 years. He was a member of the
Cancer Society Board and Drug Abuse Committee. As a
Mason, he was Past High Priest of York Rite, Past Potentate
of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, and Intendent General of the
Red Cross of Constantine. He was Director of the Jesters and
a member of Sarasota Shrine Temple and Sarasota Rotary
Club. He was also a Meritorious Citizen of Colon, R.P. and
an Honorary member of the Panama Consular Corps
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Anne of
Sarasota; three sons, John C. of Fairfax Station, VA.,
Randall L. of Hoffman Estates, IL., Bernhard I. Jr. of Dallas,
TX; four grandchildren and a brother, Louis N. of
Eileen A. (Cryan) Finken, 77, of Tustin,
California, died January 21, 2000. She was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone schools, graduating
with the BHS'40 class and CZJC in 1942. She worked with
the Navy in Balboa, C.Z, Baltimore, MD., Bermuda and
Hawaii, where she met William Finken, a Marine, and were
married in 1948. They returned to the mainland in 1949,
assigned to El Toro MCAS, CA; bought a home in Tustin
just before Bill was sent to Korea, and Eileen returned to
work in 1971 as a clerk, Municipal Court, Fullerton for 10
years. They were active members of the American EX-POW
group and attended conventions of former POW's and 4th
Eileen is survived by her husband, William; a son,
William Jr. of Tustin; a daughter, Dee Anne Megrditchian of
Vancouver, WA; two grandchildren, and a sister, Mary
(Cryan) Lade, (BHS'39) of Tustin. Eileen was predeceased
by her parents and twin brothers, Matthew and Frank Cryan.
James L. Fulton Jr., 64, passed away February 23,
2000 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was raised in the
Canal Zone from early childhood and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1954. He served on the C.Z. Police Force
until the end of the U.S. jurisdiction. He retired from the
PCC in 1986 and moved to West Palm Beach where he lived
for the last 14 years. He was known as "Jungle Jim" in high
school and the "Iron Man" on the BHS football teams of
1953-53. He also learned Spanish fluently before high school
and won the award for the best Spanish speaking American
in his high school class..
He is survived by his wife, Nicolasa; three
daughters, Sandra, Constance and Kathleen; a brother,
Dorman of St. Anthony, Minnesota.
Watkins L. (Jim) George, 85, of Clearwater,
Florida, formerly of Cardenas/Rousseau, Canal Zone died
March 11, 2000 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He
was born in Oakman, Alabama and retired after 38 years as
air traffic manager for the Federal Aviation Administration
at the International Flight Service Station, at Balboa, Canal
Zone. He was a Navy veteran of World War II; was at Pearl
Harbor at the beginning of the war and at Tokyo Harbor for
the signing at the end of the war. He was an elder of the
Balboa Church of Christ, Clearwater.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret
Louise; two sons, James A. of Largo, Fla., and Thomas L. of
Wilmington, CA; a daughter, Janis E. Burda, St. Simon, Ga.;
a brother, Thomas S. of Livingston, AL; and two sisters,
Margaret Runyan and Carrie L. Neuhauser, all of Livingston,
Alabama, and two grandchildren.
Louise M. Hebert, 92, of Forest Grove, Oregon,
passed away on June 20, 1998 of age-related causes. She was
born in Mankato, Minnesota, and as an elementary school
teacher, she taught in Minnesota and briefly in Panama.
Married to Walter Holly Hebert in 1934, they lived in the
Canal Zone from 1934 to 1962 when Holly retired as the
Director of Admeasurement from the Navigation Division
after over 33 years of service, and they moved to Eugene,
Oregon. Louise's interests included traveling, gardening,
music, politics and sports. Locally she belonged to a travel
club, a Spanish club, a book club and to the McKenzie River
Grange. While in Forest Grove, she was a volunteer tutor and
also volunteered, at 91 years of age, to read to elementary
school children. She was predeceased by her husband in
She is survived by three daughters; Katherine Myers
of Kinder, LA; Mary Hilden of Forest Grove, and Jeannine
Wilder of Cardenas, Panama, now of Guntersville, AL; seven
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Oliver Kelley, 63, of Killeen, Texas, died April 3,
2000 at home. He was born in Sherman, Texas, graduated
from Wichita Falls High School and earned his bachelor of
arts degree from Midwestern State University. He then
graduated from Southern Methodist University School of
Law. After three years of private practice, he joined the
Army as an officer and attorney. His 20 years of service
included tours at Fort Hood, Germany, Korea and Panama.
His service in Panama occurred during the Panama Canal
Treaty transition period. He was the head of the legal
division for the U.S. Commander in Panama, where his
duties included supervising division attorneys and staff and
rewriting the laws governing Americans in the former Canal
He is survived by his wife of over 38 years, Mary
Ann; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Boyd Kelley; his two
children, Mary Christine and Andrew, and son-in-law Bill
Rosenberg, and a grandchild.
Ann Bishop Kennon, 71, of Plant City, Florida,
died January 11, 2000 at home. She was born in Jacksonville,
Florida, and became a telephone operator for the Military and
also worked as a recreation specialist for the Canal Zone
Schools Division. She retired as a telephone operator for the
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She
was a Baptist and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. She was preceded in death by a son, William.
She is survived by three sons, Butch of Pompano
Beach, FL., Brian of Winter Haven, FL., and Buzzy of
Orlando, FL; and six grandchildren.
Robert D. (Bob or "Old Man Chagres")
Lawrence, 65, of Estero, Florida, died February 4, 2000.
Bob, Parents and brother Henry came to the Canal Zone in
1940. He was a CHS'53 graduate and started to work for the
Panama Canal Company and retired from the Industrial
Division in 1988 with over 35 years of service and then
moved to Estero. His great joy was fishing for tarpon.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila (Sanders) of
Estero; a son, Robert M. of Ft. Myers, FL.; a daughter, Mary
Rose Meador; Four brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and
Joyce of Louisville, KY, Edward and Nina of La Grange,
GA, William and Gail of Tampa, FL, and Arthur and Judy of
Tallahassee, FL; a grandson, David M. Meador; a
granddaughter, Candice R. all of Lehigh Acres, FL. and a
daughter-in-law, Charlene Lawrence of Ft. Myers, FL.
Mary Ellen Lemmel, 77, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
formerly of Spring Hill, died at home on February 17, 2000
She was born in Dover, Delaware and left the Canal Zone in
1969. She was a homemaker and a member of the First
Christian Church, Spring Hill.
Survivors include a son, Bill of Palm Harbor; a
daughter, Connie Salyers of Sarasota, Florida; two
grandsons. Tyler and Travis Lemmel, both of Palm Harbor
and a granddaughter, Tiffany Plummer, of Sarasota.
Merrill E. "Mel" Lichti, 71, of Clarkdale, Arizona,
died January 20, 2000. Born in Clarence, New York, he
served in the Marine Corps and later worked with Bildon
construction with Foster Construction in the Canal Zone as
a general superintendent. He was a member of Elks Lodge
1414 of Balboa and a life member of Ancon Masonic Lodge,
VFW Post 7400 and American Legion Post 25.His hobbies
were hunting, fishing, golfing, Nascar driving and flying his
plane, all shared with his wife, Ruth.
Mel leaves his wife, Ruth Ellen (Baumbach) Lichti
of Clarkdale; a brother, Clayton D.; two nieces, Lynette
Hodde and Colleen Jowagic; nephews Robert and David
Lichti all of Brenham, Texas; and the Baumbach families of
Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Evelyn P. Matheney of Sun City, Arizona passed
away December 19, 1999 at home. She was the widow of Dr.
Robert G. Matheney and they formerly resided in Ancon,
Canal Zone. She was a member of the St. Clement of Rome
Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Alter Rosary Society in
Ancon and the Pen Women's Society.
She is survived by two nephews, Robert Nold of
Wisconsin and Grover Matheney of Panama, R.P.; two
nieces, Elizabeth Shields of New Hampshire and Ellen R.
Major of Panama, R.P. and their families.
Richard James Metzger, 53 of Ormond Beach,
Florida, passed away on February 19, 2000 at Ormond
Memorial Hospital. He was born and raised in the Canal
Zone and was a 1966 graduate of Balboa High School. He
left the Canal Zone in 1967 to settle in Ormond Beach.
Richard is survived by his mother, Armenia, of
Ormond Beach, a brother, George of Daytona Beach,
Florida, and a sister, Dorothy Metzger Stumvoll of Panama
City, Rep. of Panama.
Rosa Elvira Monzon, 81, of Dothan, Alabama,
died January 29, 2000 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center
following an extended illness. Rosa was born in Panama
City, R.P. and resided most of her life in the Canal Zone
before moving to Dothan in March 1999. She was a
homemaker and widow of William J. Monzon who preceded
her in death in 1991. She was very active in Don Bosco
Catholic Church, Rep. of Panama and St. Columba Catholic
Church in Dothan,.
Survivors include two daughters, Irene M. Barnes
(Robert) and Rose M. Rindfusz (Edwin), both of Dothan;
four grandsons, SSG Grover Barnes, Ft. Bragg, NC, Kevin
M. Barnes, Dothan, John W. Rindfusz, Buford, GA, Jared A.
Rindfusz, Jupiter, FL; a granddaughter, Beverly Starling,
King, NC.; a great-granddaughter, Leigh Ann Wilson,
Buford, CA; two sisters and three brothers living in the
Republic of Panama.
Blanca A. Morales, 78, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 9, 2000 at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in
Panama City, she came to Florida from San Francisco. She
was a secretary for Wells Fargo and a member of
Transfiguration Catholic Church where she served as a
reader and catechism teacher and was a member of the
Rosemary Crusade. She was also a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Frank
J.; two nieces, Sylvana Carroll of Dallas, Texas, and Berta A.
Morales of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
member of the OES Orchid Chapter and a member of Balboa
Union Church. She was also a member of the Curlew United
Methodist Church of Palm Harbor, FL. and the church's
Women's Club. She was a volunteer for Sutherland
Elementary School, Palm Harbor.
She is survived by a son, John of Dunedin; two
daughters, Roberta Reif of Melbourne, FL., and Catherine
Neff of Oldsmar, FL.; a sister, Jennie Johannes of Palm
Harbor; a brother, Guy Johannes of Carson City, NV., and
Robert "Doc" Warren Morse, 53, of Cardenas,
Panama, died suddenly at home on December 30, 1999. Born
in Glendale, California, he came to the Canal Zone in 1951
from South Dakota. He attended Canal Zone schools,
graduating from Balboa High in 1965. He served as a Navy
Corpsman for 4 years, assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps in
Vietnam. After returning to the Canal Zone, he served an
apprenticeship and was employed until his death by the
Panama Canal Commission as an Instrument Repair
Mechanic/Marine Machinist. He was known by his friends
as an accomplished locksmith and precision machinist and
hosted many social afternoons at his Diablo boat shed.
He is survived by his wife, Rosario and two
daughters, Angelique Marie and Jennifer now residing in
Albrook, R.P.; his parents, Fern and Warren Morse of
Vermillion, SD; three brothers, Richard of El Paso, TX.,
Douglas of Grand Bay, AL., and Charles, of Vancouver,
WA; two sisters, Janelle of Irene, SD., and Adrienne of
Vermillion; five nephews and three nieces.
Arthur J. O'Donnell, 84, of Tarpon Springs,
Florida, died April 8, 2000 at home. He was born in Jersey
City, N.J. and left the Canal Zone in 1977 when he retired as
Chief of Operations, Locks Division with over 34 years of
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Geraldine;
a son, Jeffrey of Alexandria, Virginia; two daughters, Alice
O'Donnell of Pembroke Pines, Florida and Sharon
O'Donnell of Tampa, Florida; and two grandchildren.
Lilyan Panzer, 79, of Clearwater, Florida, where
she resided since June 1985, passed away January 26, 2000
in Houston, Texas. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and
was the widow of Buster Panzer. The Panzers were noted for
their Christmas decorations and Saint Bernard dogs while in
Diablo, Canal Zone. She was employed by the Office of the
Comptroller, U.S. Southern Command, Fort Amador. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
the Crossroads Bible Church.
Survivors are her son, Bob Panzer and his wife, Pat;
two grandchildren, Cathleen and Robert Panzer, all of
Roberta Guy Paterson, 82, of Dunedin, Florida,
died February 1, 2000 at Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation
and Care Center. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and
retired from the Panama Canal Co. in 1979 from the
Storehouses Division as an accountant. She was a lifetime
Norman Howard Pederson, 84, of Panama City,
Rep. of Panama, formerly of Largo, Florida, died December
2, 1999 in Panama City. He was born in New York and left
the Canal Zone in 1970 after he retired as a civil servant with
the U.S. Navy, and returned there recently. He was a life
member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers and a 32 Mason.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Paul, Panama
Canal Zone, and Norman Howard, Daytona Beach; 12
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. .
Marie Phillips, 86, of Winter Haven, died Tuesday,
April 11, 2000, at Winter Haven Hospital.
She was a native of Wellborn, who came to the area
from the Panama Canal when her husband retired from
government work in 1971. She was a homemaker and
member of Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church in
Winter Haven, where she was a member of the Wesley
Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was a past matron of
the Panama Canal Orchid Chapter No. 1 O.E.S. She holds
the women's record for holes in one at the Willowbrook Golf
Course with four holes in one.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Monroe
Phillips of Winter Haven; a daughter, Fran Lyle of Winter
Haven; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Betty S. Reif, 88, of Johnson City, New York, died
on February 12, 2000, at the Susquehanna Nursing Home.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon C. Reif Sr. in
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law,
Capt. Gordon C. Reif and Roberta Paterson Reif, USN Ret.,
and William and Maria Reif; a daughter and son-in-law,
BettyJane and John Bunnell of Windsor, New York; four
grandchildren, one sister and one sister-in-law.
Paul A. Ridge, 76, died unexpectedly on February
28, 2000 at Kaiser San Mateo Hospital, California. He was
born in Gorgas Hospital and was a BHS 1941 graduate. He
completed his CZ apprenticeship as a machinist, then
resigned to join the Navy. He was in active combat in the
Pacific theater aboard the USS Birmingham where he
survived a kamikaze attack and bomb attacks. After WWII he
returned to Balboa and graduated from CZJC in 1948. He
then graduated from Iowa State University in 1950 with a BS
in Industrial Engineering. He and his wife, Judy
(McDonnell), a former nurse at Gorgas Hospital lived in San
Mateo since 1953. Paul was an engineer with, and retired
from an electronics firm in Silicone Valley. He was very
active in his community. He was the youngest son of the late
Larry (a Roosevelt medalist) and "Goldie" (Sullivan) Ridge.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; four children and
their spouses; Jody and John McAllister, Dr. Michael and
Trish, Paul and Anne, and Jeff; a sister, Virginia Ridge
Dolim, six grandchildren, a niece and three nephews, and
many of the "Jack Ridge" and "Tom Sullivan" families.
Dorothy Sanders, 86, passed away on January 28,
2000, in Richardson, Texas of congestive heart failure. She
was born in Caseville, Michigan and went to the Canal Zone
in 1935 to visit her aunt. While there she met Bruce Sanders
Jr. and they were married 13 days later. At the time of his
death, they had been married 58 years. They retired to
Bentonville, Arkansas where she remained until moving to
Texas in May 1999. She taught kindergarten in Margarita and
was a ham radio operator with call signs KZ5SS and
WA5NUQ. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth in
an accident in 1963.
She is survived by two sons, Bruce III of Allen
Texas and John of Hilo, Hawaii; two sisters, Agnes Tetereau
of Bay City, MI and Joy Malpass of Midland, MI; four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Beulah Marie Smithson, 83. of Springdale,
Arkansas, died January 8, 2000 in Springdale. She was born
in Storm Lake, Iowa, and went to the Canal Zone as a nurse,
working first at Colon Hospital and later at Coco Solo
Hospital. She left Panama in 1977 and made her home in
She is survived by a cousin, Doris Latta of Marion,
Nona Jean (Tewinkel) Stone, 52, of Spokane,
Washington, passed away January 27, 2000. She was born in
the Canal Zone and lived in Diablo Heights and Curundu
Heights for 15 years. She graduated from high school in
Sacramento, CA.; received her bachelor's degree in Hotel
and Restaurant Administration and Master of Trade and
Industrial Education at Oklahoma State University. She was
employed as food service manager with Spokane County
School District. She was a co-sponsor of a vendor's booth in
the 1999 Panama Canal Reunion.
Nona is survived by her husband, Bobby Stone; of
Spokane; a son, Chris of Spokane; a daughter, Chrissy
McCarthy of El Sobrante, CA.; three grandchildren; sister
and brother-in-law Margaret and Jim Davidson of
Gainesville, FL; and her parents, Maurice and Harriet
Tewinkel of Gainesville, FL.
Leonard Benjamin Talburt, 74, died in San
Antonio, Texas on February 26, 2000. He was a retired
Balboa High School English teacher, and also sponsored the
Zonian yearbook for 16 years. He was born in Aurora,
Missouri, was a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of Southwest
Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., with a Masters
degree from Steven F, Austin University in Nacogdoches,
Texas. He was active in the camera clubs and with the theatre
groups while living in Balboa. He retired to Johnson City,
He is survived by his wife, Sally, a retired Balboa
Elementary School teacher; and a son, Benjamin, both of
Brent D. Trotter, 40, of Alamagordo, New
Mexico, died March 17, 1999. He was born in Reno, Nevada,
the son of Benjamin Franklin and Flora Oreray (Navarro)
Trotter. He was a BHS'77 graduate and worked for Adex
Corporation as a Telecommunications Technician.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia J. Struthers-
Trotter of the family home, a daughter, Desiree Oderay
Trotter; two sons, Brent David II and Michael Nathan, all of
Alamagordo; a sister, Mary Ann Trotter-Paxton of Panama,
Canal Zone; three brothers: Mr. and Mrs. William M. Trotter
of Raton, New Mexico, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Trotter of
Panama, Canal Zone, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Trotter of
Ranch.Cucamonga, CA., and numerous uncles, aunts,
cousins, nieces and nephews.
Edward B. Webster, 87, of Denison, Texas, died
on October 29, 1999 at the Care Inn of Denison. He was born
in 1912 in Whitewright, Texas and majored in business
administration with the American Tech Business College in
Chicago. He went to the Canal Zone in 1940 as an employee
of the Municipal Engineering Division. He transferred to the
Dredging Division in 1943 as property control clerk until
1951. He then was employed with the Supply and Fiscal
Dept. at U.S. Naval Station, Rodman,and returned to the
Panama Canal Company Supply Division and in 1963
transferred to the Housing Branch as Housing Office Project
assistant, and worked as assistant housing manager on both
sides of the Isthmus. He retired to Kerrville, Texas in 1970
with 30 years of service, and worked for a building
contractor, where he helped fellow Canal employees find
housing, and finally moved to Denison in 1991.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita
Langdon Webster of Denison; two daughters, Martha Green
of Austin and Nancy Lindenmeyer of Severna Park, MD.; six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
John E. Wilcox, 100, of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania,
died January 26, 2000. He came to Panama as a teenager in
1909 where his father was an engineer during the Canal
construction era. He was a member of the first Balboa High
School graduating class of 1918. After the Canal was
completed, the family returned to Wellsboro and he
graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
with a degree in mechanical engineering and went to work
for the New York Telephone. He then became interested in
flying where he became an instructor and later became
director of the aeronautics department and contributed a great
deal to the FAA He later got interested in Ham Radio and
became an FCC licensed examiner. He also won awards for
his paintings, which he did with equal enthusiasm as with all
his other activities.
John has a son, John Jr. No further information is
Charles Joseph "Buddy" Williams, 88, of Palm
Harbor, Florida, died of lung cancer on March 9, 2000 under
the care of his family and Hospice. He was born in National
Park, New Jersey and in 1915 he and his family went to the
Canal Zone. He was a Panama Railroad engineer who
operated steam (including the well known engine 299) as
well as diesel locomotives. He retired from the Panama Canal
Co. in 1972 with over 36 years of service. He was a U.S.
Navy Reserve veteran and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church in Dunedin, Fla. ; Knights of Columbus
Fourth Degree,'Elks Lodge 1414, Balboa, Canal Zone. He
and his wife left the Canal Zone in 1986 and settled in
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Beverly; two
sons, Patrick Charles of Birmingham, Ala., and Paul Martin
of Atlanta, Ga.; and five grandchildren.
Lee A. Wilson, 53, of Safety Harbor, Florida, died
March 11, 2000, at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater. He
was born in the Panama Canal Zone and came to Florida
from Rock Island, Illinois. He worked as a freelance artist
and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a
Survivors include his wife, Karen; a daughter,
Andrea Riuzzo Chiappinelli, Clearwater; a son. Timothy of
Tampa, his mother, Grace (Schack) of Dunedin, Fla.; three
brothers, David of Palm Harbor, Jimmy of Gainesville, Fla.,
Larry of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Patsy Moore and
Judy Sanfilippo, both of Jacksonville, and Twink Wilson of
St. Augustine, Fla.; and three grandsons.
Ernest P. "Ernie" Yocum, 86, of Largo, Florida,
died February 2, 2000 at Largo Medical Center. He was born
in Seville, Ohio and left the Canal Zone in 1976, where he
worked 20 years for the Federal Government as Assistant
Manager for the Ft. Gulick Commissary, also the
Commissary Division of the Panama Canal. He was a
member of Indian Rocks Baptist Church, Largo, and the
church's Super 70's group; the Panama Canal Society of
Florida; a past master of Sibert Masonic Lodge of Gatun,
Canal Zone; and a member of Abou Saad Shrine, Scottish
Rite and York Rite. He was also a past matron of the Order
of the Eastern Star, all of Panama.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy
"Dottie" (Smith)Yocum of Largo; sister in laws Rosalie
Cook of Hampton, Va., and Violet (Smith) Wadsworth, OH,
a niece, Jane Yocum, and several other nieces and nephews..
Letters to the Editor
Hi! My name is Kimberly Michelle Andrews,
daughter of Kay Stephenson Wilson, (BHS'67). Both my
mother and aunts, Dolores Underwood and Diane Bradley
I will be graduating from Florida International
University this summer with a Bachelor of Science in
Criminal Justice.(actually, I will participate in the actual
commencement ceremonies to be held April 30). In addition,
I also have an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from
Miami-Dade Community College. received in December
1998. I am an active member of the Alpha Phi Sigma, the
National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and I am currently
in the hiring process with the Miami-Dade Police Department
as Police Officer. My goal is to became a Homicide
Detective and will also pursue the FBI's Behavioral Science
Division as a Profiler, as well as pursuing my Masters degree
in Criminal Justice in the next two years.
VONNA HAMBELTON VISITS
FAMILY ON 76th BIRTHDAY
In March 2000, Vonna Hambelton (BHS'43)
Huldtquist of St. Petersburg, Florida, celebrated her 76th
birthday at Citrus Heights, California, with her children,
John and Nancy Huldtquist (CHS'66) Whalen.
L-R: Nancy (Huldtquist)
Attending were grandchildren Christian and
Kamber Whalen Doucette and their children, Clint and
Zoe of Woodlands, California; Scott and Shannon Whalen
Millhollen of Los Osos, CA. Shannon and Scott were
married in March 1999 in Sausalito, CA. Friends of Nancy
and John also attended the festivities, which included hours
d'oeuvres, Lasagna, salad, wine, a cake with the traditional
candle blowing and ice cream.
THE NICEVILLE, FLORIDA GET-
A group of former Zonians (civilian, military and
Panamanian) from Niceville, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach,
Navarre and Mary Esther had a get-together on Saturday
evening, March 18th. at the home of Ed and Jean
Armbruster of Niceville, Florida. Elaine (Peterson) Little
assisted as well. Everyone contributed food and liquid
refreshment. About 65 were in attendance. Gene and Robert
Bryan from Pensacola provided DJ music. They have a CD
for sale, entitled "Panama "Last Man Out". They wrote all
the songs on this CD which commemorates Zonians. The
cost is $10.00 and Gene and Bob will be selling them at the
Reunion. ($2 for shipping and handling).
Entertainment was also provided by a Panamanian
dance group called "Raices Panamafias" which was formed
in October 19998. Those participating were Ted and
Indrany Pabo, Svetlene and Mitch Blocker, Vielka Forbes
and Athan Datu. Two of the ladies are from Panama and
one from Holland and the men are from Hawaii, Spain and
the United States all of them live nearby.
There was a great amount of typical Panamanian
food and everything was delicious. A good time was had by
all and it is hoped that this group (and other Zonians) can get
together a few times a year to renew friendships and talk over
their respective lives in the Canal Zone and Panama.
STOAKLEYS ON THE ROAD
Connie and Tom attended the Pacific Northwest
Canal Zone picnic last summer and met many old friends and
made some new ones. Murray and Candy Falk hosted the
event which was attended by several Zonians. Everyone had
a great time.
In their travels, they stopped in Albuquerque, NM
and had a nice visit with John Victor Brown, a former CZ
Police colleague and his wife, Madolyn. While in the area,
they visited Virginia Hellmund, her son, Jimmy and twin
daughters, Linda and Marsha Hellmund-Slover and
Marsha's husband, Jim Slover.
Jim "Red" Barnes, another former CZ Police
Officer and his wife, Yvonne, enjoyed entertaining Connie
and Tom when they stopped in Dallas, Texas.
After spending the winter in Yuma, AZ they
departed for Las Vegas, NV on April 12th. Connie's parents,
also traveling in an RV, joined them for a visit and Bill and
Dee Dee Hanna, Brookings, OR, stopped by. Tom and
Connie say that there's plenty to do in Yuma, just not enough
time to do everything and see everyone.
Next stopover for Tom and Connie will be the
Society Reunion in Tampa, Florida in July. They are really
enjoying "Life on the Road."
Left: Libby, Aldon Fulcher and Jim Amason. Right: Panamanian Dancers
1::!lll -7r a 11661,
Left: Jean Armbruster, Larry Corrigan Elaine Little. Right: Ed Armbruster, prop cop of Canal Zone finest,
Barbara Peterson, Chimere Little, Elaine Little.
MAYNO WALKER AND
DAUGHTERS VISIT BRANSON
Mayno Walker and daughters Jeannie Wagner
of Alaska, Mickey Fitzgerald and Carole Miller of Florida,
enjoyed a holiday tour to Branson, Missouri.
Besides sightseeing, they visited Trout Farms,
enjoyed a dinner show on the Branson Belle Steamboat, saw
the lovely homes of the many entertainers, and enjoyed the
holiday decorations which included life-size scenes of the
"Twelve Days of Christmas."
Mickey Walker, Mayno Bliss Walker, Carole Miller,
Jeanne Wagner boarding the steamboat Branson
Belle for the dinner theater in Branson, Missouri.
The entertainers were outstanding the Bobby
Vincent Show, Robert Goulet, Debbie Boone, the Rockettes,
and a most entertaining Russian Comedian named Yakov,
who related the various interpretations of a newcomer to the
Visiting the Agricultural College of the Ozarks is
very unique as everything is farmed, raised and developed by
If you get the opportunity, it is a very worthwhile,
fun trip, and the best time is in November-December, as it is
the most comfortable weather and very beautiful. Many of
the entertainers and visitors leave by last December. Enjoy!
THE HOWES CELEBRATE
Charlie and Marion Howe had a beautiful
Thanksgiving at their home in Columbia, South Carolina.
Their children were all there, however, thirteen grandchildren
and great grands unfortunately were not able to make it.
This get-together was all planned by Jolene and
Nathan, after Charlie had a triple by-pass in April in Ocala,
Florida. He is doing so well now. Everyone did their share of
making their Thanksgiving week-end such a success.
Hope this finds you all in great health.
Marion E. Howe.
Fenny uanamas (nee wilaer) caught mis i arpon on
the Chagres. She said it weighed 138 Ibs.. It looks
more like 238 Ibs!
CANAL PILOTS VISIT EUROPE
The Millennum found former Panama Canal pilots
getting together for a trip to Spain and Portugal. Photo taken
in Spain, January 14, 2000.
L-R: Capt. Bill and Mary Lou Kern of Houston, Texas,
Capt. Don and Carol Lyn Hoffman of New Orleans,
La., Capt. Mike and Barbara Hoyne of Boise, Idaho,
Capt. Carl and Thelma Dingier of Oxnard, Ca.
On December 31, 1999, a New Year's Eve party
was held at the Quality Suites Hotel in Melbourne Beach,
Florida to celebrate the Millenium and mourn the passing of
the Canal Zone.
The committee for this party was Randy and Joella
Deakins, Terry and Sue Deakins, Bob and Fran Morrisey,
and Norm and Janet Watkins. The Lucho style music was
played on the organ by Fran Morrisey and Sue Deakins.
The Tivoli decorations were made by Terry Deakins.
Saturday, January 1 was a fun day where everyone
sat around talking, sharing memories, playing games and
enjoying the guitar music and songs played by Norm
Watkins and Jim Farnsworth. A good time was had by all.
The 69 Zonians who attended were: Terry and Sue
Deakins, Randy and Joella Deakins, Norm and Janet
Watkins, Bob and Fran Morrissey, Larry and Sue
Corrigan, David and Donita McConaughey, Earl and
Nancy McMillin, Bob and Kathy McConaughey, Al and
Sheila Schonert, Jim and Jerry Farnsworth, Jack and
Myrna Dubroff, Thomas and Lois Gibbs, Dick and Sandy
Roscoe, Ted and Jackie Arias, Louise Hunt, Linda Weir,
Woody and Elsie Woodruff, Joe and Darleen Hunt,
Kathleen Sheridan, Dave and Judy Jenkins, Gloria
Mitchell, Violet Deakins, Jack and Marge Ruoff, Charles
and Sheryl Alberga, Mike and Christine Parrish, Earnie
and Jeanne Hickman, Bill and Virginia. Young, Jill
Roscoe, Natalie And Leanne Watkins, Darrell Cafiamas
Kelly Hunt, Craig Wood, Steve Reed, Jennifer Edder,
Dawn Bilgray, Wayne Watkins, Barbara Bonanno, Jay
Marshell, Lean McConaughey, Kerry and Sean
Morrissey, Janice Scott, Gerry Cooper, Jim Smith,
Tiffany Cafiamas, Heather Gormley and Kara Wilson
I WAS THERE
I stood there on the Administration Building hillside
that September 30, 1979, my vision clouded by sentiments
welling up inside me and the sedating effects of three days of
celebration (mourning) to mark the "End of an Era", as the
parties were dubbed, and watched as Harold Parfitt
performed his final official acts as the Governor of the Canal
Zone. I can still see him at the podium in front of the large
rock dug out of Gaillard Cut, and remember as the stars and
stripes were lowered for the last time from the position of
honor, to be raised the next day as the subservient flag of the
two nations that were to transition the Canal for the next 20
years into the hands of the Government of Panama. Around
me were many familiar faces that in a very short time would
be forgotten among the many who made their exodus to other
places. What lay ahead for us who stayed were changes that
if we knew in advance the effect they would have on us, and
the twists our lives would take, I doubt we would have batted
an eye at joining the exodus.
Top Left: Party Room. Top left Center: Master of Ceremonies, Terry Deakins. Top right Center: Terry Deakins,
Christine Parrish, Nancy McMillan, Dave Jenkins. Top right: Lois Gibbs, Sheila Schonert, Joella Deakins,
Gloria Mitchell, Judy and Dave Deakins. Center left: Randy Deakins, Bob and Kathy McConaughey, Jack and
Myrna Dubroff. Center right: Christine Parrish, Nancy McMillan, Barbara Bonano, Jay Marshall, Mike Parrish.
Bottom left: Joella Deakins, Sheila Schonert, Randy Deakins. Bottom Center: Lois Gibbs, Randy Deakins, Dave
and Judy Jenkins, Joella Deakins, Gerry Cooper, Thomas Gibbs, Bill Young, Earl McMillin, Nancy McMillin.
Bottom right: Darleen and Joe Hunt, Kathleen Sheridan, Jim Farnsworth, Jerry Farnsworth, Janet Jenkins,
We saw the familiar blue of the Canal Zone Police
replaced by the green of the Guardia Nacional in 1982; the
loss of commissary and postal privilege in 1984; the closing
of the Balboa Clubhouse, the Noriega crisis of 1986-89,
when the police changed the names to Fuerzas de Defensa,
and instead of protecting us from thieves and criminals, we
had to figure out how to protect ourselves from them,
culminating in the Invasion dubbed Just Cause, which
brought us a genuine sigh of relief; the change to a
Panamanian Administrator in 1990; the changes of the street
names in the former Canal Zone; a gradual erosion of the
benefits we cherished; the closing of the schools and the
mass exodus of the Department of Defense Schools and
Atlantic side Community; the closure of Gorgas Hospital and
the various bases, to include Curundu, Summit, Gulick,
Davis, Albrook, Sherman, Farfan, Clayton, Howard, and the
last to go was Corozal. What impressed me about the "base
drawdowns" as they were called, was the sense of loss felt as
I drove through the empty neighborhoods of Sherman,
Clayton and Howard, and could only imagine the people who
used to live there, and feeling like an Omega man, not a soul
to be seen on the streets. What impresses me further is seeing
the beautiful homes that are currently being renovated in
Albrook and that these communities will once more be
thriving. Also we saw the rebirth of the Balboa Clubhouse
under the name of Niko's and moved to the old bowling alley
location, with its beautiful early Canal Zone photos. Through
all that we continued to enjoy Panama's beautiful beaches
such as Coronado, Palmar, Santa Clara, Pifia and Playa
Blanca, surfing at Venado, Catalina, and Playa Teta, diving
at Portobello, Isla Mamei, Isla Grande and Bona, fishing, San
Bias, El Valle, Volcan trips, Gatun lake, Taboga, Contadora,
Carnavals in Penenom6, Los Santos, Las Tablas, and Pedasi,
dry season barbecues and concerts by the 79th Army Band,
mornings sipping Caf6 Duran, Napoli pizza, ceviche, micha
bread, the Yacht Club, the causeway, Christmas on the
Isthmus, tree burns, New Year's at the Amador Officer's
Club, then later at the El Panama Hotel, going to the other
side, shopping in Central, and best of all, visits by friends
and family that had left. These things made staying quite
I stood there again, this time at the base of the
Administration building hill, near the Goethals Monument,
at noon on December 31, 1999, this time in full sobriety,
absorbing the historical implications, as the Secretary of U.S.
Army, Luis Caldera, and Panamanian President Mireya
Moscoso, signed the documents that place the Canal for the
first time officially into Panamanian hands. The Stars and
Stripes had been lowered the evening before for the last time,
unannounced and an hour earlier than normal, never to fly at
the Panama Canal, where it had done so for the previous 95
years. My emotions were totally mixed. As the Canal went
into transition to Panama hands, those of us Zonians still left
were also forced to change. It was the only way to survive. It
was a ball set in motion, which we were powerless to stop.
For me, the Canal had been in Panamanian hands since 1990,
which marked a negative change in policy towards all those
things pre-treaty, to the point that if you were one, you were
referred to as "Federali". Though we first resisted, upon
finding it fruitless, a decision had to be made: accept it or
leave. The last survivors here decided to evolve and stay, and
I do not regret that decision.
I watched as the fervor grew that day with each
passing of the seconds of the Countdown Clock. During the
weeks previous to this, the Panamanian press had done all it
could to motivate the people to join the celebration, evoking
ghosts of the past, to include treaty negotiations, film clips of
the 1964 riots, and interviews with government officials. One
group of marchers hoisted the Panamanian flag at the Balboa
High School. Another gioup of PRD protesters marred the
joy of the occasion for others by shouting boring slogans and
evoking memories of a dead man, Omar Torrijos. I couldn't
help but think that once the gringos were gone, who were
they going to blame for their problems? As the last ten
seconds ticked off, the crowd rushed up the hillside and
"Occupied" the Canal, shouting out, "El Canal Es Nuestro!"
Tears flowed freely, not only from Panamanian eyes but
Zonians as well, perhaps for different reasons. It was hard
not to be caught up in the joy of the occasion, as I felt a relief
that, finally, it was all over, the Canal was turned over to
Panamanian hands successfully. The Americans and Zonians
had worked side by side with their Panamanian counterparts,
and had done what we promised to do: turn over an efficient
and modernized Canal, ready for them to operate. I believe
that though we mourn the loss of the life we once knew,
many of us sincerely hope that the Canal will continue to
prosper. It will only prove that we did it right.
In the past 20 years, I have felt respect and
admiration for my Panamanian co-workers to whom we have
given the Canal. We exist because of the Canal, since we
never would have been here, where our parents met, had it
not been for this monument to American ingenuity. Those
that came here to build it were integrated into the
Panamanian culture eventually, be they from the states,
Europe, the West Indies or China. Many of us grew up
expecting to work on it and did, it was part of our blood.
Others wanted to, but couldn't because of the treaty. Most of
us embraced both our Panamanian and American roots with
equal fervor, selecting the best of both cultures to revel in.
For us, the Canal really wasn't American nor Panamanian, it
was our Canal, and making it work with the highest quality
was our goal. Though our way of life has turned another page
and begun another chapter, we are still content with the
enriching memories of friends, places and activities we had
here. It is not over, as there are still great memories to be
lived, and meanwhile, ships to be put through the Canal.
*by and daughter Kim, taken in London,
TOUR TO PANAMA IN
It was a fun trip. Our first day in Panama was spent
on the Atlantic side, touring the different areas such as the
Washington Hotel, old Cristobal High School, Margarita,
Gatun and ruins of Porto Bello, where we enjoyed a corvina
dinner at Los Canones restaurant. On our return, we had our
dinner at pool side, enjoying the tropical night. The following
day we had a brief turn of the Pacific side, including
Miraflores Locks, then to lunch at the old Elks Club, now
called "The Tarpon Club". In the evening we went to Las
Tinajas for a Panamanian dinner and wonderful floor show.
- "- ._ --- -L -- "-'" 7 -'-T."-~ -
L-R: John Hayes, Bill Herblin, Kathryn Herblin,
(hidden behind Doris Hand) Suzanne Griffin, Jim
Meeks, Carole McCotter, Marilyn Meeks, Jan and
Don Ponder, Jim McCotter, Luis and Idalia
Rodriguez, Yenia Mendoza. Kneeling: Connie Folse
and Zachary Jambor. February 2000.
John Hayes, (CHS'54) at El Valle, in front of Hotel
Campestre, February 2000.
The following morning we made a partial transit of
the Canal where you can now transit through both Miraflores
Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. Then on to the beach and
golf resort of Coronado in the interior for some R&R. On
Sunday we drove to El Valle, another highlight of our trip,
and a wonderful place for taking photos. I think if I ever
return to Panama and live, El Valle would be my first
choice., and it is not that far anymore from Panama City with
the new highway in place.
After leaving Coronado on Monday, we drove all
the way up to El Volcan, with stops along the way to shop
for native Panama hats in Penenom6, and again for
Chiquiras and Guayami dresses in the mountains of Told. For
those who have not been to the Volcan, you have missed one
beautiful place in Panama. The hotel we stayed in is lovely,
the food delicious and the weather perfect. Some of the
braver, more adventurous souls rose early in the morning to
climb a mountain to see the most beautiful bird in the
Western Hemisphere, the Resplendent Quetzal. He is
awesome and worth the trip alone. Our last day in the
Chiriqui Province took us to Boquete, another beautiful part
of Panama, and we decided to have another photo session in
front of another beautiful bougainvillaea plant.
Our last day in Panama was spent shopping! What
can I say. This is one of my favorite days. We also had lunch
at the famous Napoli Pizza Restaurant where one is never
disappointed. They are the best, bar none.
June (Rowley) Stevenson
THE BLOEMERS TRAVEL
We all cruised from Acapulco to Ft. Lauderdale on
Ryndam, Holland America..
Purposely made the trip and sad to be transiting the
Canal once again before Panama becomes in control.
We arrived, celebrated New Years Eve at anchor
and then transited the Canal on January 2"d
We were overwhelmed being at and transiting the
Canal after 18 years away. A great thrill.
Illi I -
L-R: Donald Bloemer (BHS79), Robert J. Bloemer,
Ret. P.C. Pilot, Paul Coroneos, Commander, U.S.
Military, Panama, Harriett Coroneos, Angela
We were invited to the Bridge and had an
opportunity to speak to the Pilot on duty. One change only,
my husband noticed one Pilot was on the bridge and the
other Pilot was in a cabin, resting. When the U.S. had
control, both pilots had to be on the bridge during the entire
transit. The ship had a smooth transit, without any problem.
The photos were taken at the Captain's Dinner aboard ship.
CONWAYS AND BJORNEBYS
It was cold, rainy and not a typical dry season day
at the Gatun Yacht Club as we observed the flag raising
ceremony on December 31, 1999. Richard and Pat
Bjorneby with Hal and Dale Conway, formerly of Coco
Solo, watched as the flag of Panama was raised at noon on
The Gatun Yacht Club was a stop as part of a cruise
on the Oceanbreeze of the Premier Cruise Lines. Roy
Newall and his associates certainly do a great job providing
varied experiences for the passengers. We would recommend
the visit for first time visitors as well as for former residents.
The only disturbing part of the day was a quick visit
to Coco Solo. Our beautiful ocean view apartments are gone
and a container park is located where our children went to
school and played. Other former Panama Canal buildings in
the town are in ruin, if not completely torn down. It was a sad
SISTERS VISIT BOGOTA
On March 4th two sisters, Shirley Bernat and June
Riesz, left for Bogota, Colombia, South America. In Bogota,
they were met by their cousin, Sarita Gutt and Mayer
Sasson, who had come with his wife, Fanny Sanin, one of
Colombia's top ten artists. On March 8th, they attended the
inauguration of Mrs. Sanin's works from 1987 to 1999 which
was held at the Casa de Moneda (Biblioteca Luis Angel
Arango). Ms. Sanin works are perfected in color and
It had been 50 years since the four cousins had been
together for a family-type reunion. Their time in Bogota was
spent reminiscing about their families and grandparents who
originally had come from Colombia. While in Bogota, visits
were made to an underground Salt Cathedral in a nearby
town, visiting old parts of the colonial area of the city, and
other tourist sights.
L-R: Hal and Dale Conway, Pat and Richard
Bjorneby boarding the Oceanbreeze, Premier Cruise
anway with two polleras at the
L-R: Mayer Sass6n, Shirley Barlow Bernat, June
Barlow Riesz, Fanny Sanin, Sarita Sass6n Gutt.
On March 9 the three cousins, June, Shirley and
Sarita flew to Cartagena which is a port where the
grandparents had married in 1884 in a beautiful cathedral
within the walled city. A day trip by boat took us to the
Oceanarium which is built right over the natural environment
of the ocean. Fascinating stories about the various species of
marine life and how they protect our natural resources was
given by an expert. An outstanding performance by the
dolphin show terminated the day's activities.
After the four-day visit in Cartagena, meeting
friends and relatives, Shirley and June returned home to the
Palm Coast of Florida.
June Barlow Riesz is a BHS'57 graduate.
Shirley Barlow Berat is a BHS'59 graduate
Sarita Sasson Gutt is a BHS'48 graduate.
Hale and D
RESIST PRINTING THIS
Great-grandpa Pat Beall cannot resist printing the
photos attached. Great-grandson Ryan Bell with his dad
Warren Bell (CHS'86) and Ryan's new sister, Britney
Nicole, taken during the Christmas holidays. Great-grandpa
has seen some pretty good looking kids (including his own)
in the Canal Record, and thinks these deserve honorable
took US 1, which is the coastal route, and what a beautiful
drive that was, but very demanding on the driver. Then we
drove across the mountains to Red Bluff which was really a
trip, for some of the road was washed out. All in all, we
drove a total of 3,200 miles.
Nina L. DeTore
PARKER AND GRESSANG ON
THE ROAD AGAIN
Dawn Parker (BHS'55) and Dan Gressang
(BHS'54) were on the road again. We went to Maryland to
visit Dan's son and family for Christmas for several days and
then went to New Jersey to visit my children. While there, we
went to New York city to Radio City Music Hall to see the
Christmas show and then walked around Rockefeller Plaza
and saw the beautiful tree and other wonderful decorations
there. Then on to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square.
It was 23 that day, but we were dressed "toasty warm". We
spent New Years Eve with my good friend, Jackie Mort and
went to the "Outback" for dinner and then to her home to
watch the "Ball Drop" in New York on TV.
Dad, Warren Bell with son, Ryan and daughter,
Britney Nicole Bell.
DETORES VISIT ALASKA
In September we took a bus tour with a cruise to
Alaska. We flew from Norfolk, Virginia to Salt Lake City,
Utah. Then we got on a bus and drove through Idaho,
Montana and British Columbia to Vancouver where we
boarded the MS Veedam, of the Holland America Line, for a
seven day inside passage to Alaska. The ship stopped at
Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and then returned to Vancouver.
From there we went by bus through Washington, Oregon and
the tour ended in San Francisco.
From the San Francisco airport, we rented a car and
drove to see Kathy DeTore in Red Bluff, California. We
Mule locomotive on display in Roanoke, Virginia
Transportation Museum. Dan Gressang (BHS'54) also
The next day we left to return to Dan's son's home
for two days and then on to the Transportation Museum in
Roanoke, Virginia where there is a "mule" locomotive on
exhibit that was used in the Canal Zone. We then traveled the
Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, North Carolina and saw
the awesome "Biltmore Mansion," a wonderful day!.
Also while in New Jersey we went to Penn's
Landing in Philly and toured a submarine and the Olympia,
the ship that fired the first shot in the Spanish-American War
and had lunch on the Moshula, a beautiful 4-masted sailing
schooner that is permanently moored there.
We both had a wonderful time with our children and
grandchildren and that's what made this vacation great!
Charles and Nina DeTore at Glacier Bay, Alaska in
Ormond Beach, FL.
NANCY ASKEW GOODWIN ON
THE ALASKA HIGHWAY
Nancy (Askew) Goodwin points to the Panama
Canal Society plate she and her husband Jack placed in the
famous sign village in Watson Lake on the Alaska Highway
during their three-month trip to Alaska during the summer of
Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley with her children, Juan A.
Rodriguez and Maria del Pilar (Rodriguez) Garcia, in
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Society plate she and her husband placed in the
famous sign village in Watson Lake on the Alaska
On their way back to Florida, they visited with Tom
and Carmen Matthews in Tacoma, Washington and with
Bob Askew and family in Hailey, Idaho. They later sold the
5th wheel trailer they took to Alaska and acquired a smaller
camper which they are preparing for their next northwest trip,
to the Calgary Stampede in July 2000.
TOGETHER AT LAST
From 13 August through 17 September 1999, after
a long, patient wait, Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley, (CHS'60) of
Sierra Vista, Arizona, finally flew to Santa Cruz (La Corufia)
in the province of Galicia, Spain to meet her first grandchild.
Alejandro was bor on December 10, 1997 to my daughter,
Maria del Pilar (Rodriguez) Garcia and Juan Garcia-
Fernandez. Alex, as he is fondly called, had me down on the
floor of his room in no time, building "LEGO" bridges,
singing long forgotten nursery rhymes, dancing to music and
getting back in touch with my childhood memories. We even
got into the habit of taking him for long strolls in his
carriage. We always headed towards a beach, close to the
condo which had many facets to see.
Leila A. Cheesley with grandson Alex, in Spain.
We also had a quality time mini-reunion with both
my children (on the same continent in four years) for some
great "kodak" moments. We had a wonderful time together,
visiting with other family members, going to the three nearby
beaches, indulging in wonderful Spanish meals and seafood
and visiting a small border town in Portugal for shopping. I
even celebrated my 57' birthday with both my children in the
same country for the first time in 21 years.
On December 17, my second grandchild, Andrea
Lisette Rodriguez made her appearance in Seattle, who I
plan to meet in May. I am now looking forward to seeing my
classmates at our 40th reunion in Tampa in July. See ya!
Lelia A. (Leon) Cheesley
Sierra Vista, AZ
Class and Group Reunions
BHS CLASS of 1940
60th ANNIVERSARY REUNION
The Balboa High School Class of 1940 will have its
60th Anniversary Reunion at the Best Western Shore Inn,
Exmore, Virginia, on May 22, 23, and 24, 2000.For
Reservations call 1-888-768-8313. Family and friends
invited. For reunion reservation form call Fernando Tapia,
23029 No. 94th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85255, or phone (480)
585-4951, or e-mail FTapia@aol.com
CHS CLASS OF 1940
The CHS Class of 1940 will have a luncheon at the
Marriott Hotel, Tampa on Friday, July 7, 2000 at 1:00 PM.
All members of CHS Classes 1939 and 1941 are also
welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact:
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane Rose (Stroop) Carmody
6427 Stone Bridge Rd. 2737 Jay Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Sarasota, FL 34235-9015
(707) 537-1924 (941) 365-3361
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
The Year 2000 .....50th Reunion
Plans will soon be solidified for our great BHS '50/50th
Reunion. If you have NOT yet sent your $50 registration to
Joan please do so immediately. Contact either of us
mentioned below for details. If you e-mail to Wendell please
include your snail mail address AND telephone number in
order that the necessary forms can be sent to you quickly. Do
you have a BHS Class group graduation photo or other
photos that we can put on our Picture Board? Members of
BHS Class of '49 and '51 are also cordially invited to attend.
Please read our notice under "Where Are You."
Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E 9770 S.W. 108th Circle
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 Dunnellon, FL 34431-4148
(409) 564-0620 FAX 569-2514 (352) 489-388
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF
1951, 50th ANNIVERSARY REUNION
The Balboa High School Class of 1951 will be having an 50th
Anniversary Reunion. This reunion will be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida in
2001 and it may be a joint reunion with the CHS Class of
A Class page in presently being formatted and will
be available in the near future at:
Information regarding our reunion will be posted to this web
site as well as published in the Canal Record. We have many
email and postal addresses, but there are many classmates
who have yet to be found. Please check the "Where Are
You?" section in this issue for a list of those classmates.
Anyone interested in attending this reunion, please contact
us. If anyone would like to help with this reunion or has any
ideas or suggestions to make our reunion a memorable one,
please let us hear from you. Thanks.
Fran Elmendorf Marilyn Flynn
300 Cedar Haven Dr. 521 Country Club Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356 Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314
Arlene McKeown Tochterman
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777
REUNION CLASS OF 1956
Date: July 2001
Location: In conjunction with Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Tampa, Florida.
For Info: Contact:
Bill Burns, 505 Benton Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
E-Mail: HOMBREDELFUEGO @ HOTMAIL.COM.
Telephone: (870) 425-6328
SENIOR SKIP DAY YEAR 2000
REUNION FOR BHS CLASSES OF
1956 AND 1957
Welcome to the 2000 year CZ Reunion. The Hospitality suite
will be available to you throughout the Reunion July 6th ,
7h, and 8th. from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.-to whenever.
Please bring any Senior Skip Day mementos from Taboga
Island, BHS or Canal Zone. Even if you were not a
classmate, but a cheerleader/teammate, please stop in to say
"hello"! See you in Tampa!
For more information, contact:
Daniel G. Winklosky
1362 Brookwood Dr.
High Point, NC 27262
Tel: (336) 882-8579
John B. Stevens
1106 Coles Knob Rd
Pilot, VA 24138
Tel: (540) 651-8277.
CHS CLASS OF 1975
25th YEAR REUNION
Plans are underway to hold the CHS Class of 1975
25" Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion during July 5 to 9, 2000 in Tampa, Florida.
Please contact me with your current address/telephone/and
e-mail, and also those of any other classmates you may know
of, to ensure that everyone receives our reunion information.
Cherie Danielsen Lee, 5515 Cactus Forest Dr., Houston,
TX 77088. (281) 999-8368. email@example.com
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
member 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
CALLING ALL BHS'75 GRADS!
Let's celebrate our 25" 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
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-Strad
4053 Crossroads Place 4854 Chalfont Drive
Casselberry, FL 32707 Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 696-6722 (407) 859-2939
2003 Northside Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
AN AL SPRAGUE ART COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT THE 2000 REUNION
The Sprague Family proudly announces a plan to honor Al Sprague and his 45+-year career in art with a special
showing of his original work at the 2000 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tampa.
Marsha Sprague, Al's wife, and Kassie Sprague Taylor, Al's daughter and owner of Sprague Editions, will sponsor
a retrospective show of Sprague's Panama work spanning from 1959 to 2000. All work will be on loan from
The show will open on Thursday, July 6t" with an invitational reception for lenders and special guests of the family.
The work will be on display during Reunion hours on Friday and Saturday for all attendees to enjoy.
In conjunction with the show, Sprague Editions will donate a percentage of print sales of Sprague's newest canal
print, "Transit 2000" to the Panama Canal Society to foster the continuation of its mission.
Anyone who is planning to attend Reunion 2000 and is interested in loaning an original oil, watercolor, drawing, or
sculpture to this show is urged to contact Marsha at SpragueArt@aol.com, or (757) 898-1704 or Kassie at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-549-2483.
THE ANNUAL POCONO C.Z.
REUNION 38 YEARS OLD
(and still going strong)
And it is set to run from Friday, September 8, 2000
until Sunday, September 10, 2000. As usual, it will be held
at the Hill Motor Lodge in Tannersville, PA. Our theme this
coming year is PANAMA so come dressed in montuno and
pollera and participate in the "first-ever" Pocono bash after
the demise of the Canal.
The lodge is just off Interstate 80 at exit 45. Costs
are $100 for single occupancy and $160 for doubles. Price
includes dinners on Friday and Saturday nights with the
menu to be Chicken cordon-bleu on one night and a "buffet"
on the other. Make your reservations after January 2000 by
calling 570-629-1667, and make reference to the Panama
Canal group rates.
As a Jewish mother would say. "try it, you'll like
it!" For further info, if needed, call Mannie (ie not y)
Quintero at 703-354-2037 or Bill March at 609-772-9458
or either of our e-mail addresses from the Annual Directory.
TEACHERS AND DEPENDANTS OF
Often mentioned in last year's BHS'49 anniversary
was how lucky we were to have such excellent teachers and
schools on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides. After the
reunion, the memories still warm, some classmates started
looking for teachers. Locating C.R. Vosburgh (now 87) ,
Bob Swadell, Marilyn Jennison Waggoner and I enjoyed
conference phone conversations. Other teachers contacted
were Patricia Bathman O'Connell Jones, Marie Weir,
C.R. (Bob) Bowen, Bill Zemer, and Mrs. Borgie Hermo
Misenheimer (now 92). All made significant changes in our
lives. Many of you are interested in catching up with their
lives, families and accomplishments. By honoring our
teachers, we also honor our own history. Let us pay tribute to
those no longer here by inviting their descendants to
participate. Especially descendants of early teachers, many of
whom wed original Canal builders, started families, and later
served as tutors. Thus, I am making the following
Invitation and Solicitation to
Panama Canal Isthmian Teachers or Descendants For
Bio's, Memoirs & Photographs for publication in:
Treasured Teachers of the Panama Canal Isthmus:
Kindergarten through College, 1904 through 1954
In addition, poems, anecdotes, tributes and
photographs of favorite teachers from students during 1904-
1954 time span are invited. Teachers, whether from Atlantic
or Pacific sides included. as well as teachers from School
Division, Playgrounds & Recreation, tutors or any Isthmian
community program. The time frame pertains only to the date
a teacher began his or her teaching activity.
Submit to: Betty JoAnn Underwood, 318 E. Smith Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47401-3524. Tel: (812) 333-4390. Email:
email@example.com. Deadline: Thanksgiving 2000
Publication to be presented to Panama Canal Museum
One facet of your museum committee is to gather
and preserve historical information by recording interviews
with former participants in the American era in Panama. If
you would like to contribute a story or two of your Canal
Zone days (work, school, play all are important,) contact
Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
for details on how to proceed. Handwritten or typed life
stories from your CZ days are equally valuable to the
archives. If you are writing your life story for the
grandchildren, please send us a copy too. A self-interview
guide has been developed for your use.
If you would like to discuss your plans or progress
in writing your Canal Zone life story, please leave a message
for me at the Tampa Hyatt during the Reunion.
TWI-LIGHT LEAGUE BASEBALL
Those interested in a reunion of the Atlantic side
Twi-Light League and the Pacific side Twi-Light League
Baseball players, wives and fans, please telephone the
following with any suggestions:
Richard "Buckeye" Swearingen
John "Bucky" Hall
Editor must have by:
July 31, 2000
SUBMARINES IN PANAMA
Two submarine colleagues of mine, together with a
Naval Historian, are co-authoring a history book to be
entitled "Submarines in Panama: 1942-1999" and published
by the Naval Institute Press. They intend to chronicle the era
of Rodman Naval Station which seems to have been
overlooked in history. Any information you have or contacts
that might have information that would be useful to include
in the book would be appreciated. Please contact me or the
Edward H. Browder R.Adm. M.H. Rindskopf, USN Ret.
877 Morgan Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org
Niskayuna, NY 12309
(518) 393-4869 Gerald R. Menefee, EdD
email@example.com 1134 South Shasta Drive
Lt. Charlie Maher USN
West Covina, CA 91791
ATTENTION FORMER CHS JR/SR
Plans are being made to have a reunion of all former
Cristobal Tiger Cheerleaders. If you were on either the Junior
or Senior High squad, plan on attending the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion in Tampa, next year during July
5-9. If you know the addresses or phone numbers of former
cheerleaders, please contact Jane Graver, 684 Canyon View
Drive, Goliad, Texas 77963. (361) 645-3189, or e-mail:
j anegraver@ hotmail.com.
Old eyeglasses that are cluttering up your drawers can
be recycled to someone less fortunate than you. Do your part
today to help a visually impaired person in a Third World
country. Every single pair counts. Send yours to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. A
progress report will be made in the December issue.
MASONS and OES LUNCHEON
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, July 7, 2000 at the Tampa Marriott
Waterside Hotel in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost
of the luncheon is $19.00 /meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the Fraternity are invited. Dress for the
occasion will be semi-formal.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
:Friday Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.
July 7, 2000 Cost: $19.00/meal
(A) Tarpon Springs Chicken
(B) Grilled Center-cut Pork Loin
Please make reservations and meal selection of (A) or I
Total enclosed: $
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable tol
Robert Russell and mail to 3023 Bent Creek Drive,:
!Valrico, FL 33594.
List names of persons attending (and meal selection) for
Deadline for reservations is June 23, 2000
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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.
NORTHWEST PAN CANAL PICNIC
Place: Columbia River Gorge, 40 miles East of Portland, OR
Time: July 28 29, 2000
A no-host pot luck Friday July 28 at 6:30 PM, North
Bonneville, WA park bohio.
Annual Picnic on Saturday, July 29 at 10 AM at
Bonneville Dam, Robbins Island picnic area.
There will be the "Loteria & Allegria". If you have
items you'd like to contribute to the auction, please bring
them or send to Jim and Clover.
Block of rooms available at the Best Western
"Columbia River Inn" at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade
Locks, OR., about 4 miles east of Bonneville Project on
Interstate 84. Call 1 (800) 595-7108 for reservations.
Mention "The Panama Canal Reunion". Reservations also at
Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA. (509) 427-7700 or the
Econo Lodge in Stevenson, WA. (509) 427-5628. Camping
reservations can be made at the Lewis and Clark
Campground & RV Park, N. Bonneville, WA (509) 427-
5982. There is also a KOA site in Cascades Locks, OR. (541)
For more information, call Jim and Clover Duffus
at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: (509) 427-4490. Looking
forward to seeing you there!
SWEET ADELINE REUNION
Plans are being made for a Sweet Adeline Reunion
to be held during the July 5-9, 2000 Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Tampa. Please contact the following if you are
interested and if you have any information or ideas to help
make this event possible. Lil Rozmeski. 17770-A Lake
Carlton Drive, Tampa, FL 33549. (813) 961-9230. e-mail:
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Saturday, September 23, 2000
Bay View Restaurant & Lounge
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, CA
Conveniently located near downtown San Diego
Overlooking a beautiful marina on an inlet of San Diego Bay
Saturday: 5:00 7:00 PM
8:00 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 12:00 AM
Dancing Live Music
Brunch at Roger & Rochelle Thompson's in Pacific Beach
Mail reservations for meals (including name and address of each individual attending)
and your phone number and e-mail acct. if available, with check for $37.00 per person payable
to Reunion Account.
Mail to: Kathryn Taylor 507B Ave. Sevilla, Laguna Woods, CA 92653-3874
Amount enclosed: persons @ $37.00 = $
Your phone number with area code:
Mini Reunions: Kathryn Taylor 949-951-4801
General Information: Bill and Nana Roberts 619-440-3071 Jean Pence 858-566-1831
Ted and Beth Sundquist 619-669-1127 Norma Horine 619-472-6693
David Hollowell 619-424-5704
Where to stay: Please make hotel reservations directly with the motel. The following motels are
suggested only. They are one street over from the MCRD.
Days Inn Suites Rosecrans St. 619-224-9800
Howard Johnson- Rosecrans St. 619-224-8266 or 1-800-742-4627
Both have discounts, so please ask.
We are pleased to welcome BHS Classes of '40 and '45 this year. Welcome!
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The Graduation Class of 1956 of Saint Mary's Parochial School, Balboa. Father Loeven in the center background.
Some of the graduates are Kathleen McConaghy and Suzanne Hele. The teachers were Franciscan Nuns under
the school principal Nellie Rooney.
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Albrook Field Swimming Pool. June, 1961. Top L-R: David Warren, Mike Papcum, Bruce Perry, Ricky Patton,
John Morales, Jimmy King. Bottom L-R: A.J. Eubanks, Robert Sims, Jan Jarvis, Pat Smith, George Cawl, Kyrt
Lane, Richard Roberts, John Roll, Don Baker. Photo by John Morales, California, MO.
I got this box when I worked as Chief Engineer for
the Panama Canal Company in the Dredging Division located
in Gamboa, Canal Zone. I was working aboard the steam
Dipper Dredge Cascadas built in 1913 with a 16 cubic yard
bucket. This dredge was used in the digging and widening of
the Canal. The box was gievn to me by another engineer,
John Campbell, and it was old then. I guess that it is now ,
at the very least 50 or more years old. This type of box stored
stick dynamite that we used in the Dredging Division.
Aboard the dredge we would go out and try to pick up huge
boulders that are pushed up on the bottom of the canal, and
also some that were too large to pass through the door of our
bucket. These rocks were so large that it always amazed me
just how the operators could bring them to the surface. They
would hang out over the bucket, balanced there by the skill
of the operators. We had to use all our steam power to bring
them up. Then we would put on the dog on the gear to keep
the bucket from backing down while the crew would drill
holes in the rock to be packed with dynamite and blast them
into smaller pieces so they may be picked up to load in our
scows to take to the dump. We kept our dynamite locked in
these boxes in the dynamite barge anchored a safe distance
from the dredge. After we drilled the holes, the mate would
row over to the barge, get the dynamite and bring it to the
dredge, after which we would pack the dynamite into the
holes and hook up the orange and yellow dynamite wire. This
wire was familiar to all employees in town, where it was used
in all household chores in every family, such as hanging
pictures and other useful jobs. We had an ordinary door bell
that the captain of the dredge hooked it to. Then he would
signal for full steam so he could life the bucket up off the
locking dog. The oiler would then pull back on the dog and
the captain would let the bucket drop down under the water,
push the door bell which ignited the blasting caps that ignited
the dynamite blasting the boulders into small pieces so we
could dig them up from the bottom of the Canal.
So this box played a small part in our great history
of the Canal. I gave this bix to my son David so he could
store some of his gun collection in it. He wanted to know the
story of this old piece of Panama Canal history.
George F. Smith
MY MOST MEMORABLE
EXPERIENCE IN THE CANAL ZONEP
There were so many
Coach Grieser, the Red White & Blue Troop, Alan
Ford, Tom Connors, (whom I could never beat in the crawl,
I was always a split second behind him). The coach made me
swim a mile a day, varying on all strokes. When I was tired
and out of breath and I wanted to quit, the coach wouldn't let
me quit. I learned the biggest lesson of my life and from him,
never give up. It served me all my life. When I got my Senior
Life Saving certification, it was only because of the coach.
Connors and I won the Olympic finals in Panama's
Olympic Pool. We were selected to compete in the
PanAmerican Games in Chile, representing Panama and the
Canal Zone, but in those days, you paid your own way and
we didn't have the money.
Alan Ford was in the Navy during the war, and
when he came through the Canal he gave a demonstration on
his swimming ability was he ever fast! his records stood for
I remember in 1938, George Mindi (his father was
Chief of Police, Mindi street was named after him) and I
would have to clean out the stalls at the corral (later the
Transportation Division), after which we would saddle up
some police horses and go for a ride in the clay hills, which
later became Panama Air Depot and the town of Curundu.
That in high school became our stomping grounds, what fun!
My greatest memories are all that, Balboa High
School and all the kids in school.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Inaugural transit: This photo shows the inaugural
transit of the SS Ancon on its passage through
Miraflores Locks on August 15, 1914.
The Panama Canal Spillway
Coco Solo Cub Scouts, Circa 1974-75: Back row L-R:
Leader Lynn Beach, Scott Mendenhall, David
Beach, Leader Bonnie Manns. Middle row: Cesar
Camacho, Chris Conway, Jaime Clause, Bobby
Fournier, (?), Marc Bjorneby, Michael Manns. front:
Jaime Pujals, unknown, Jimmie Moebus, Photo by
For five days in June, Tampa will be embraced by
nostalgic, merrymaking Panama Canal Society
members. No politics, please.
By Robert A. Casterline
The harried desk clerk at the large downtown Tampa
hotel pressed the telephone receiver against one ear, the palm
of her hand against the other to shut out some of the din. "I
can't talk to you now," she told the caller. "I don't know
what's going on the whole lobby is filled with people
hugging and kissing each other!"
Two matronly tourists paused to peer through the
doorway of a large meeting room in a downtown Tampa
hotel, observing the people partying inside. "Who are those
people?" asked one. They are all kissing each other." Told it
was a hospitality gathering for members of the Panama Canal
Society, and that hugging and kissing is de rigueur among
members, the woman said to her companion, "Sounds like a
group we ought to join."
It was well after 2 AM when the two Tampa policemen
walked into the crowded lounge of the downtown hotel. The
bar was closed, the band had stopped playing, drinks and
food were no longer being sold, and the crowd was getting
bigger rather then smaller. As a last resort, the cops had been
summoned to help clear out the place.
They watched the crowd, noting that no one was
disorderly or drunk, that everyone simply appeared to be
laughing and having a fine time they didn't want to end. The
cops asked some questions about the folks occupying most
of the tables and bar stools, and were told they had
something to do with the Panama Canal.
"It looks like they are having a ball," one cop told the
other. "We ought to come back here tomorrow night in street
Another Panama Canal Society Reunion was in full
Later this month, from June 28 through July 2, the
Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold what may be its
final Tampa reunion. The celebration of the 75th anniversary
of the opening of the Canal may be the last time the city
reaps the benefits (to the tune of $1.5 million) it has gained
annually from past gatherings of the "Zonians" the workers,
or descendants of the workers, who built the Panama Canal.
Orlando will be the reunion site in 1990 and perhaps,
But for five days this month as many as 3,500 people
from all over the country and several others will frolic in
Tampa. Like brothers and sisters, or parents and kids, they'll
squeal and shriek and grin and hug and kiss each other,
slapping backs, patting shoulders, and gripping hands 3,500
members of one huge family. And that's one reason their
event is called a reunion, rather than a convention or
conference. It's the Panama Canal family getting together
Formed in 1932 by 14 Americans who were returning
from Panama to the United States and retirement aboard
the S.S. Ancon (coincidentally the first ship officially locked
through the Canal), the Society vowed to meet as often as
Today, its membership rolls include more than 5,000
families scattered across the country and around the world,
but the largest single concentration is in the Tampa Bay area.
Less organized, but equally enthusiastic groups meet
frequently in many other states.
The Society's professed sole aim, as proclaimed in its
official publication, the Canal Record, is "To preserve
American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships." today,
perhaps more than ever before, that is a complex task.
Though the turmoil in the land where they worked and
reared their families makes front page news on a daily basis,
there won't be much political table-thumping at the 1989
Panama Canal Society Reunion, even though the guest
speaker at the a annual banquet will be Dennis P.
McAuliffe, Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission.
According to the treaties, he will be the final American to
serve in that position. A Panamanian will take the top spot on
January 1, 1990, and Panama will make all subsequent
appointments (the U.S. has the right of approval, but in the
end, a Panamanian will serve as Administrator ever after).
Large blocks of rooms have been set aside in four
downtown hotels, plus some backup space in the West Shore
area. Headquarters will be the Hyatt Regency, whose 450-
room block was sold out in March. Even members who live
within the commuting distance reserve rooms for the reunion
- "They don't want to miss a minute," says Helen Tomford
of St. Petersburg, who retired in 1977 after 37 years in the
Panama Canal Company's payroll department. Her husband,
Richard, was a policeman for the Canal Zone.
Two dances are scheduled; the Panazonian Dance with
"The Baytown Brass" Friday night and the Annual Society
Ball Saturday night. Tito Mouynes and his band will be
imported from Panama for the bash, and Charlie Cooper's
"Copra Band" from Tampa will also play.
The Friday dance will be held at the Hyatt, but the Ball
moved to the Curtis Hixon Convention Center a couple of
years ago. The floor of the Hyatt began to bounce under the
weight and enthusiasm of the dancers one year, and worried
engineers stepped in and stopped the party.
That's not the worst problem they've ever had at a
reunion, though. Back in 1982, when the Society was
celebrating it's 50" anniversary, the crowd actually drank the
Airport Holiday Inn dry.
"The hotels were told what to expect" says Carl Starke
of Sarasota, president of the Society, "but apparently they
just didn't believe us." Apparently not, because sure enough,
the Society drank up all the hootch in the place $25,000
worth according to Richard ("call me Pat) Beall of
Clearwater, and the hotel staff had to go on late night search-
and-borrow missions to liquor closets at other Tampa
After that, the hotels began laying in large supplies of
beer and liquor especially Ron Cotrez (rum) from Panama
for the reunion. "That may be a problem this year because of
the political situation," says Vic May, the reunion
coordinator. We really don't know how many members to
expect from Panama. We're hoping for about 500, but what
with the Eastern Air Lines problems and the other turmoil,
we may not have that many."
Two you can count on seeing though, are Bob Dill and
Tom (Pop) Ebdon. They are two of the four surviving
winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Medal, awarded for
actually participating in the building of the Canal.
Dill, 99 years old, lives in Hemet, California, but seldom
misses a reunion. Ebdon, who lives in Sarasota, hit the 100-
year mark in January. Starke says he expects Pop to attend at
least the Saturday luncheon banquet. Ebdon, who worked as
a mechanic and a railroad engineer for 44 years in the Zone,
says he shook hands with four U.S. presidents; both
Roosevelts, Warren G. Harding and William Howard
Taft. Hr remembers squiring Alexander Graham Bell
around the locks and operations tunnels for some sightseeing,
and dined once with WWI General John "Black Jack"
Pershing. The other two Roosevelt medal winners, Adrien
M Bouche of Panama City, Florida, and Gregor Gramlich
of St. Petersburg, both also nearing the century mark,
probably won't be able to attend.
If they do, though, you will probably find them digging
into the empanadas tart shaped meat pies that everyone
devours by the dozen at the reunions, and then says were
good, but "not as good as the ones in the Clubhouse" back in
Memories of Zonian delicacies, such as empanadas,
fresh caught corbina, tasty limes and navel oranges, are just
some of the ties that bind together the members of the
Panama Canal Society..
"We are far away from home," says Helen Tomford, "far
away from our families. So it isn't unusual to have 12 or 14
people in for a holiday dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas."
"It was a unique life-style," says Starke. "The closeness
started early, partly because of the language barrier with the
Panamanians. And I've always believed that Zonians are a
special breed of cat."
Beall, who is editor of the Canal Record spent more than
48 years in the Zone, retiring as a general foreman for the
Army's telephone system. He puts out the thick, name-newsy
magazine five times a year from a crowded office in his
Clearwater home. He keeps in touch with most Society
members, corresponding with a two dozen reporters about
hundreds of Zonians thousands, if you count repeated
names every year.
"We are all close, inside a 40-square mile area, an hour
away from the Atlantic of Pacific oceans, living together,
working together, all with the identical goal, whether we are
Army or civilian. And even though we're not there anymore,
we just don't want to let go."
His publication, with its homey news of births and
deaths and weddings and vacation trips and anniversaries and
graduations and job promotions and their children and their
children's children even into the fourth generation- makes
it easier for members to hang on to each other.
To assure a continuing flow of such family happenings,
Beall keeps the magazine totally devoid of politics. At the top
of page one runs a disclaimer reserving "the right to refuse
anything derogatory or of a controversial nature..."
The Panama Canal Society, true to its self imposed rule,
remains steadfastly neutral on the question. Society president
Starke refuses to even discuss the matter. "We have
absolutely no position on the political situation in Panama,"
Starke indicates that even though the U.S. presence in
the Zone is diminishing, membership in the Society is
growing. "Lot's of dependents are joining," he says.
Frassrand says younger people are signing up at a $20-a-
That could affect the Society's neutral position too. "The
younger members might want to make some changes,"
speculates Starke "You know how young people are."
Only time will tell whether the Society will begin to take
political positions as younger members assume its leadership.
In the meantime, in Tampa, this month, the turmoil in
Panama will be set aside in favor of abrazos (hugs) for all
those who take pride in preserving the memory of working in
the Panama Canal Zone of accomplishing their primary
objective of putting ships through the Canal.
Tampa Bay Life
1954 BHS CHEERLEADER SQUAD
L-R: Sue Warren, Sophomore, Blanquita McNatt,
Senior, Edna Jenkins, Senior, Marguerite Neal,
Captain, Senior, Alice Paxton, Senior, Andy Mulligan,
Senior, Anne McGee, Senior.
Photo: Blanquita McNatt Schield, Murphys, CA
Ferry: The first ferry in the Canal area was
established by the United States Armed Forces north
of Pedro Miguel locks in 1922, by using tugs and
barges to connect both banks.
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The Commercial rates have been approved at the August 26,
1999 Board Meeting. These rates are for those who are not
members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, and who
wish to advertise Panama Canal Related Objects or
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will not compose, design or size any commercial ads
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Transit Operations Division 21 years 04 months 01 days
Dredging Division 24 years 03 months 23 days
Transit Operations Division 23 years 08 months 15 days
Transit Operations Division 19 years 04 months 18 days
Contracting Division 40 years 07 months 30 days
Off. of Secretary Disability (FERS)26 years 01 months 11 days
Transit Operations Division 20 years 06 months 30 days
Retirement listings were stopped being mailed to the Society after the March 1999 issue of the Canal Record due to the
overwhelming amount of retirees which were to be processed prior to the turn over of the Canal to Panama. An
envelope with approximately 200 pages of retiree pages arrived shortly after the March 2000 issue went to press, from
the Panama Canal Commission. Only those retirees listed as U.S. citizens were selected for printing, and presented
in the order that they were listed. The majority of the list of retirees were printed in the April Annual Directory. We were
unable to include the entire listing in that issue, and those retirees listed above complete the listing sent us, and which
will close the RETIREMENTS section of the Canal Record.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF FLORIDA, INC.
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
2000 MEMBER'S SIGNATURE
Expires December 31, 2000
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