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FOR 2001 2002
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. William McLaughlin
Ist Vice President
Ms. Elaine Vestal Lewis
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Beth Brandenburg
Mr. Tom Wilder
Mr. Kenneth Morris
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
Mr. Jim Parthenais
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Mr. William McLaughlin
President's M message. .................. ................... .... 1
Secretary's Message. ................. .......................... 2
Editor's Corner................................................. 3
Legislative Report ...............................................3
Audit Report ............ ............................. .......... 5
E-Mail Update ............ .......................................7
Museum News ................ ................................. 8
Highlights of Minutes of Regular Meetings. ........................ 9
Local Announcements ......................................... 11
Where Are You? ............ ....................................13
News Clips .....................................................13
2001 Annual Reunion .............................................16
Your Reporter Says ................... ......................... 31
Arkansas............ 31 North Carolina .............. 43
California. .......... 31 Northwest ................ 44
Florida. ............. 34 Oklahoma ........... ...... 45
Georgia............ 41 Panama................... 46
Hawaii............ 42 South Carolina.............. 47
Louisiana ........... 43 Tennessee. ................ 48
Mississippi. ......... 43 Texas. ................... 48
V irginia .................. 50
Congratulations .............................................. 51
Weddings. ................. ................................... 55
Births. ........... .................................... 57
With Deep Sorrow. ................. ........................... 58
Letters to the Editor. ................. .......................... 65
Announcements/Class Reunions. ................ ................ 72
Looking Back ........... ......................................74
For Sale or Wanted ............................................. 80
Application Form. ................. ............................. 83
FRONT COVER: The Past Presidents at the 2001 Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Those shown are, Back L-R: Marje Foster 1994-95, Jim
O'Donnell 1996-97, Margot Jordan 1997-98, Tom Peterson 1998-99, Faith
Brundage 1999-2000. Front L-R: Rob Roy 1977-78. Anna Collins 1983-84, Pete
Foster 1985-86. Bill Wheeler 1986-87, Betty LeDoux 1989-91, 2000-01, Bob Van
Siclen 1991-93. BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deck hand comes down a jacob's
ladder as others await their turn to descend into a launch from the deck of a Japanese
ship as the Cargo ship leaves the Locks system. Another painting by Al Sprague,
renowned artist from the Canal Zone.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 6 Gulf Coast Picnic, 11:00 a.m. Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf
Islands National Seashore. For info: Gerda Smith (601) 567-9870.
October 27 PCSOFL Regular Meeting & Space Coast Group Picnic. 11:00
a.m. Stratham Park. near Titusville. Florida. Call Terry Deakins
(321) 631-9209 for more info.
October 27 Alabama Picnic. Goose Pond Colony. Call Keith Moumblow for
more info at (256) 587-6824. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting and Bazaar, St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, 2500 16th Street, St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30
Lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
November 20 Zonian Amigos ten-day Southern Caribbean Cruise. Contact Pete
Foster for further info, and see "Announcements" section.
December 8 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon. See announcement and reservation
form in this issue.
December 9 PCSSC Christmas Luncheon, Laguna Hills. California. Contact
Kathy Taylor (949) 951-4801 for more information.
December 29 Annual Xmas Tree Burn. Eckerd College at 4200 54th Ave. S, St.
Petersburg, FL. 4:00 p.m. Info?: Steve Nehring (727) 528-6133.
December 30 Mini Canal Zone Reunion December Cruise. Contact June Riesz at
(904) 445-2839 for more info.
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It is an honor for me to once again serve as
President of this great organization of ours and thank each of
you who took the time to mail in your ballot. Although the
races were uncontested, the ballot returns are still a good
measure as to the job that the Board is doing and I was
encouraged by the votes that were received. We pledge to
continue our efforts started last year into the 2001-2002 term.
It is with mixed emotions, however, that I inform
you about the retirement of our Record Editor, Pat Beall.
The Executive Board was thrilled to present Mr. Beall with
a plaque depicting his 20 years of unselfish dedication to the
Panama Canal Society in general and to the Canal Record in
particular. Pat very deservingly received a standing ovation
from the membership following this presentation and for the
first time in a very long time, Pat was speechless. It was quite
an emotional moment. Pat announced at our board meeting in
August that he has decided to retire and while we are
saddened by his departure, we are excited for Pat, as he has
experienced a few health setbacks this year and is now
feeling good and should enjoy his life to the fullest. Very few
people know the countless hours that Pat spends thinking
through and putting the Canal Record together it has truly
been his life for the past 20 years. So, it is now time for Pat
to enjoy Pat's life. Pat will continue with us through the
completion of this October issue and he has promised to be
available for us in the event we need his advice and will
allow us to tap into his expertise. So, Pat, on behalf of the
entire membership, I wish you well and can't begin to thank
you for all that you've done for this organization. You have
helped make it what it is today and your contribution will
never be forgotten.
The Reunion was nothing less than magnificent. Bill
McLaughlin and his committee chairpersons worked
diligently for months prior to the reunion and during the
reunion to make it the success that it was. I thank all of you
who took the time to tell us that the Reunion was a happy
experience and that you looked forward to next year.
For those of you who did not attend the Reunion this
year, we included in a welcome packet a questionnaire that
was given to each registrant. We asked that these
questionnaires be completed and returned to us. We have
received many of them and once again I am encouraged by
the response to what we have been and are doing and am
especially appreciative of the ideas that have been presented.
We would certainly like to hear from those of you who did
not attend the reunion. The questionnaires are available
through the Society office and we would welcome your
phone call and request to send a questionnaire to you.
I would also like to send a special Thank You to a
man whose family has been a friend of the Society for many
decades. Alfredo "Chipi" Azcarraga presented me with a
bit of Canal Zone history just prior to the reunion the bells
from the Cristobal that were used to call everyone to meals.
We opened up the Annual Meeting by playing these chimes
and I couldn't help but notice several people wiping a tear
from their eye as their memories flashed on the good days on
the Canal ships. I am hopeful that the use of these chimes
will become a tradition with the Society, as I can't think of a
better way to start our meetings with a gentle sound and a
fond memory. So, Chipi thank you you created a beautiful
start for our annual meeting.
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The Annual Luncheon this year was another
emotional afternoon for most members. Kurt Muse was our
Guest Speaker and not only had an incredible story to tell,
but made each one of us feel that we were there with him -
there was hardly a dry eye in the room. I recall hearing
someone saying as they approached Kurt after the luncheon
to get his autograph that they were finally able to pull
themselves together enough to talk to Kurt only to well up
with tears again once he shook Kurt's hand. Kurt and Anne -
thank you so very very much for making our Luncheon the
success that it was. It was our great honor to have you as our
Guests and we hope to see you again soon.
The composition of the Executive Board will stay
basically the same for the upcoming year. We are sorry to
lose our 2"d Vice President Darleen Hunt who decided not
to run for re-election this year. Darleen's contribution to the
Executive Board and the Society were immeasurable. Not
only did Darleen chair the Dance committee at the reunion
this year, but also she was the May Luncheon chairperson for
the past two years both events being enjoyable affairs.
Darleen, we'll miss you.
The officers for the 2001-2002 term are:
1s Vice President:
2nd Vice President:
Sgt. At Arms:
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Bob Russell Jr.
The administrative staff consists of Nancy
VanSiclen as Secretary and Carol Masino as Assistant to
the Secretary and Record Editor.
We had previously posted a notice that we were
looking for an apprentice to the Canal Record Editor. This
notice resulted in our receiving two applications from two
very capable and qualified individuals. I was told that there
were many others interested in the position, but despite our
notices and announcements, we only received two
applications. The Executive Board originally decided to hire
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell in the apprentice position on a
trial basis. However, given Pat's announcement of
retirement, the board voted to bring Jacque on in a more
permanent manner. Jacque has already started working with
Pat to try to capture all the vast knowledge that Pat has stored
in his head. Jacque will have big shoes to fill, but we are
confident given Jacque's experience with such projects and
her determination and perfectionist approach to things, she
will be an excellent addition to our team.
In closing, I would like to remind each of you that
we are continuing to strive for a participative membership,
and I therefore heartily encourage each of you to join us in
our activities and/or to offer us your thoughts, suggestions
and constructive criticism. We need your input if we are
going to serve you properly and meet your needs. We have
already received some great suggestions and are looking
forward to receiving many more.
As you receive this issue, Fall will be upon us. I
wish each of you a Happy Halloween, and a blessed
y S ec retar
Well, we are back from the 2001 reunion and from
the comments of many of the members, it was a very
successful one. So many of the members stopped by to pay
their dues for the coming year, and it was nice to put a face
to the name.
You will notice in this issue of the Canal Record
that we are reminding everyone to pay their dues for 2002.
Where does the time go? It seems like the other day that
Carol and I were accepting dues for the 2001 year. We have
had several members already pay for 2002. Hope you are one
of them. Your dues for 2002 should be paid by December 31,
If you have any questions about your membership
dues and are not sure if you have already paid, please give us
a call at the office on the toll-free number: 1-866-726-2262
and we will be happy to check your membership status.
Nancy Van Siclen
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW OFFICE ADDRESS
Effective August 1, 2001
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7985113t Street Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
Another annual reunion has passed, and a good one
it was. We ran into a few roadblocks here and there, but they
were all taken note of and are numero uno on the file list for
improvement next time. It was great returning back to the old
stamping grounds once more, and the next one will be in the
same place from July 3 to July 7, 2002.
Of worthy note to me was the attendance of my
three children (?) and we lost no time in arranging for a
family photo by our expert photographer, O.Y. Thomas. So,
daughter Carol Fritz, sons Richard Jr. and Bob, with his
daughter Jordan posed proudly, and I can't remember how
long ago the three were photographed together. It was
something I had wanted for many years. Didn't take long to
have the photo framed this time, either!
Another great surprise was Betty's presentation to
me of that wonderful award for the 20 years of being your
editor. It was a plaque with aircraft in flight and a citation at
the bottom. It came as a complete shock to me and I had to
look down a couple of times to hide my face in case I shed a
tear. It didn't stop there either. A couple of members stood
up and made comments about "fighter pilots" which changed
my outlook, as they were rather comical. So my face went
back to normal. My many and sincere thanks to all for their
interest and pleasure with the Canal Record and to all those
who wrote, phoned, e-mailed and told me personally that they
enjoyed the Canal Record, which made me try to carry on as
you wished. I really enjoyed your letting me be your editor
for those 20 years. I shall never forget that special time in my
life. Thanks to you all!
All goods things must come to an end, they say, and
my end was no different. I submitted my resignation to the
President and the Board on Saturday, August 25th. I felt it
was time to do a little visiting and doing some of the things
I had been missing for some time. It was time I got on with
my own needs as one grows older. I left reluctantly but
promised to complete this issue before I left. By the time you
read this, therefore, I may be trying to get my pilot's license
and starting all over again. Goodbye all, it was a pleasure
working for you.
Richard (Pat) Beall
MY APOLOGIES FOR THREE VERY STUPID
MISTAKES AND/OR OMISSIONS.
After spending some very important extra time
cleaning up the text errors, to where it looked more like a
professional undertaking, I let three other omissions and
mistakes rear their ugly heads instead.
1. My apologies to Betty Dunning for having
omitted her name in the caption of the Sweet Adelines on the
cover of the June issue. (Sixth from the left, back row)It
wasn't the fault of the two ladies who provided the names.
2. After looking in the Society Announcements for
the info on the Poconos get-together, as announced under the
Dates to Remember, inside front cover, you wouldn't find it
because I forgot to put it there, even though it was typed and
ready to go. Both Manny Quintero and Bill March, co-
chairpersons, have been very generous in helping to cover up
3. If Carlton A. Morris looks funny to you in a
WEST t-shirt, as shown on Page 25, it's because I let the two
captions under those two photos thereon, be mistakenly
switched one of the things I have been afraid of doing these
past 20 years. I have sent Carlton a letter of apology in the
hopes that he helps to keep all the others from bruising the
Editor any more than he feels very bruised already.
I'm sorry, you all. I'll see that it doesn't happen
again, which is not much consolation to you, I'm sure, but it
shows that we are not all perfect, and maybe a mistake or two
may humanize one from time to time.
Since the last publication of the Canal Record, a lot
has transpired in Congress that may be of interest to you. In
order to facilitate the reporting of this information, I have
changed my report to a more readable format. Accordingly,
the following are the items I have chosen to report in this
COLA: As of August, the Consumer Price Index
for urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is
2.4% higher than last year's third quarter average base index
which is used for computing the next cost-of-living
adjustment in federal retirement benefits. Two months
remain before the final adjustment is determined.
FECA: As of June, individuals awarded benefits
under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA)
have banked 2.3% toward their next adjustment. Six months
remain in the calendar year before the final adjustment will
Premium Conversion (PC): House and Senate
companion bills (HR 2125 and S 1022) would allow civilians
and military retirees to pay their health care premiums with
"pre-tax" dollars. If this legislation is enacted into law,
Federal annuitants could realize a 300 to 500 dollar tax
savings. The National Association of Federal Employees is
planning a post card campaign in August to urge the
Congress to support this legislation. All readers are urged to
write to their Senators and respective representatives to
support these bills. HR 2125 has 59 co-sponsors and S 1022
has two co-sponsors.
Government Pension Offset (GPO):
Legislation (HR 664 and S 611) to reform the onerous
Government Pension Offset is gaining more co-sponsors. As
of July, HR 664 has 274 co-sponsors and its Senate
companion bill, S 611, has 25 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Windfall Elimination Provisions (WEP): There
are currently two bills being proposed in the House of
Representatives that would repeal or modify the WEP. The
repeal bill (HR848) has 117 co-sponsors and the
Modification Bill (HR 1073) has 204 co-sponsors.
Total Repeal of both GPO and WEP: On July 25,
Rep. Howard McKeon (Ca-R) introduced a new bill (HR
2638) to repeal both the GPO and WEP. This "dual-duty" bill
is co-sponsored by 28 representatives.
Off Budget Legislation: Legislation (HR 572) in
the House of Representatives to exclude the Civil Service
Retirement and Disability Fund from the budget of the U.S.
Government currently has 77 co-sponsors. This legislation if
enacted would remove the issue of Civil Service Retirement
from the political arena of budget politics.
Lorazapan or Clorazepate: Patients who
purchased these two drugs (used for Alzheimers, anxiety and
other chronic conditions) from January 1, 1998 through
December 31, 1999, may be entitled to a refund under a
recent settlement that ended an anti-trust lawsuit. The
lawsuits were against Mylan Labs and other companies. The
settlement agreement administrator must receive claims by
September 29, 2001. For claim forms and more details, go to
www.agesettlement.com or call 1-800-899-5806.
Medicare Penalty: As of July, the House bill (HR
1177) to limit the penalty (to 10% and twice the period of
non-enrollment) for late enrollment under the Medicare
Program has 46 co-sponsors.
Long-Term Care (LTC): In late June, the Office
of Personnel Management (OPM) put out a contract proposal
to the insurance industry seeking bids from companies
interested in participating in the I TC program. The bids are
due back to OPM by August 22. OPM has to approve a
contract by this fall so that it can prepare informational
materials for an open enrollment season. The enrollment
season may begin in June or July of 2002 and extend into
calendar year 2003. The effective date for coverage to begin
is October 1, 2002. OPM anticipates the program to work
like the FEGLI program, which has one provider. However.
the legislation that was passed gave OPM the discretion to
pick one or more carriers.
FEHBP and TSP Open Seasons: The next open
seasons for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHBP) and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) will run from
November 12 through December 10, and November 15, 2001
through January 31, 2002, respectively.
FERS Re-deposit: A bill (HR 1939) was recently
introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (Va-D) to allow employees
who had previously separated from government service
under FERS and who had withdrawn their retirement
contributions, to redeposit that money if they later return to
government service. The bill is co-sponsored by 5
representatives and the DC delegate.
Social Security Bi-partisan Commission: On May
12, President Bush established a 16-member bi-partisan
commission on Social Security. The commission is
composed of 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats and has been
tasked to "...study and report specific recommendations to
preserve social security for seniors while building wealth for
younger Americans." It is co-chaired by a Republican and a
Democrat. The Commission has scheduled public hearings
and must report their findings by this fall. Needless to say,
this is an important issue and many organizations will be
following the actions of the Commission; especially the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Tax Parity: Legislation (HR 2462) was recently
introduced by Rep. Robert Brady (Pa-D) to extend to public
pensions from federal, state and municipal governments the
same tax preferred treatment accorded to Social Security
benefits up to $25,000 for an individual return and $32,000
for a joint filing. The bill has 6 sponsors at this time.
Frequent Flier Miles: The House recently passed
legislation (HR 2456) that would allow federal employee
travelers to keep frequent flier and related benefits that
accrue due to their official travel. The bill will now go to the
Senate for consideration.
Patients' Bill of Rights: By a vote of 226-203, the
House passed HR 2563, the Patients' Bill of Rights. The
liability provisions of this legislation will be the main points
of contention in a House-Senate Conference Committee this
fall. The good news is that neither the House nor Senate
version (S 1052) of the Patients' Bill of Rights opens the
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to
include Medical Savings Accounts. (MSAs)
OPM Director: On July 13, the Senate
unanimously confirmed Ms. Kay Coles James as the new
director for the Office of Personnel Management. This
position is one of the most important with regard to Federal
employees and annuitant programs as the incumbent will
directly have an impact on such programs. If you would like
to know more about the new director, go to the OPM web
site: http://www.opm.gov/news/bios/james l.html.
This concludes my article for this edition of the
Canal Record. I hope that you have found the information to
be interesting and informative. Also, I urge each of you to
write to your respective congressional representatives on the
issues you deem important. Your involvement will make a
Robert T. Russell, Jr.
I fell asleep the other'night and
while i had my snooze,
I dreamed each member stepped right
up and promptly paid his dues.
But when I found t'was but a dream
I nearly threw a fit.
It's up to you to make it true.
SUGGESTION: PLEASE REMIT!
STHE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
7985 113TH STREET (727) 391-4359
SUITE 334 (866) 726-2262
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712 FAX (727) 319-8593
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY AUDIT REPORT
JANUARY 1, 2000 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2000
July 31, 2001
Ms. Betty LeDoux
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7985 113h Street Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Dear Ms. LeDoux:
The Society's financial activity for the period of January 1, 2000 through
December 31, 2000 was reviewed by myself and fellow board member Ken Morris.
Our audit consisted of, but was not limited to a review of the Society's policies
and procedures as they relate to financial activity as well as all financial transactions.
There were no irregularities noted, however there were a few minor recommendations to
the board that should enhance efficiencies and accurate record keeping.
Attached hereto is a Statement of Changes in Fund Balance and a Statement of
Revenues and Expenses. In our opinion, the statements fairly and accurately represent
the results of activity during the accounting year and accurately state the Society's fund
balance at December 31, 2000.
/-..;. -. .
James M. Parthenais
Budget & Audit Chairperson
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000
Statement of Changes in Fund Balance
General Checking Account
Reunion Checking Account
Fixed Assets (Net)
Statement of Revenues and Expenses
Maintenance, Office Equipment
Net Expenses over Revenues $ (2,365.68)
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Scheina, Susan/Martin email@example.com
Scott, Frank W. firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith, Frank myke@Ieee.org
Smith, Joni (Page) email@example.com
Spurlock, Maj-Britt/Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
Standefer, Luke/Joyce email@example.com
Stiles, Wally firstname.lastname@example.org
Sykes, Edward/Debra email@example.com
Thompson, Hank firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tooke, David/Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org
Tremblay, Lou email@example.com
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Voyles, Joan M.
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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113t St, Suite 100, Seminole, Florida 33772
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
As we prepared the Museum Update for the last
issue of the Canal Record, we were sure we would be
moved by June 1. However, consultations with a lawyer
and our insurance company, protracted lease negotiations,
and the changes we requested for the new unit all took
longer than we had anticipated Although the move took
place later in the summer than expected, we are pleased that
we took the time needed to get details properly worked out
with the leasing company. It will take us awhile to get
completely settled in, but progress is being made everyday.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have gotten us this far.
Would you like to help us get further along? We need all
kinds of help! Please give us a call at the phone number
WE HAVE A NEW ADDRESS!
Even though we've just moved downstairs from
our previous location, we have a new street address (7985
113" Street) in addition to our new unit number (100)! The
United States Postal Service changed the address for the
entire Seminole Office Center effective August 1, 2001.
We hope the new address will clarify our location for those
trying to find the museum for the first time. You should
now start using the address shown above on all the mail you
send to the museum.
MUSEUM SOLICITS SUPPORT FROM COMPANIES
IN PANAMA AND THE UNITED STATES
During the summer we sent out the first of our
solicitation requests to companies in the United States and
Panama We are hopeful the glossy folder with a beautiful
colored picture of Gatun Locks on it and its contents (a
letter from our President; our newsletter, stepped red, white,
and blue pages explaining the rationale for the museum;
and a donor's card) will bring additional needed support to
Although support from these companies is
important and would help us move forward, the financial
support from individual Society members has been and will
continue to be critical to the day to day existence of the
museum. Thank you for your ongoing backing of the
museum. It is exciting to see how far the museum has
progressed with so many of us pitching in.
MAPS PRESENTED IN PANAMA
When board member Chris Skeie goes to Panama
on vacation, the vacation much of the time turns out to be a
bus man's holiday as he works as hard there for the
museum as he does here in Florida! Besides seeing that our
solicitation folders were delivered to their destinations in
Panama, Chris joined Marc Quinn, another museum board
member, in presenting large copies of a very old, historical
map of Panama City that Bob Karrer, still another board
member, had located for us. The Canal Administrator,
Mayor of Panama City, President Moscoso, the
Interoceanic Canal Museum, and Instituto Nacional de
Cultura all appreciated receiving the map, and the Panama
Canal Museum looks forward to continuing good relations
with these individuals and organizations.
MUSEUM AGAIN GOES TO THE REUNION!
In August at the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion, the museum once again had a room for its
activities, which this year included an exhibit featuring the
Panama Canal Postal Service. The museum's 2002
calendar, a museum t-shirt honoring the Panama Canal
Postal Service, and postcards were offered for sale and
further carried out the theme of the exhibit
Among the other new items available for sale at
the museum's tables in the Vendors' Room were Tervis
mugs and tumblers (with a lifetime guarantee!) and baseball
caps featuring the patch of the museum's new logo; the
April 2001 issue of Cobblestone Magazine, a children's
magazine, completely devoted to the Panama Canal and
edited by Patt Roberson, a museum board member, two
novels (Panama by Carlos Ledson Miller, and The Young
Balboas by George King); and a museum tote bag
The museum board greatly appreciates all the
support shown for the museum at the Reunion. This
support was demonstrated through visits to the museum's
room and table in the Vendors' Room, purchases of items
the museum had for sale, donations of items and money,
and volunteer help. Thank you to all Society members who
were part of the excitement! Please visit us again at the
reunion next year, when our exhibit theme will be the Canal
SEE OUR AD AND VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
Check our ad at the back of this issue and click on "Gift Shop" at our website (panamacanalmuseum.org).
You will be sure to find something that you must have or that would make a great gift!
Highlights of Minutes of Regular Meetings
President Betty LeDoux Frassrand called the
meeting to order at 12:00 noon at the Florida Seafood Bar
and Grill, Cocoa Beach, Florida, and welcomed the 107
members in attendance, saying how absolutely gratifying it
was to have an overflow crowd at a regular meeting. In the
absence of our Chaplain, Cheryl Russell gave the Invocation
and Sgt.-at-Arms Ed Wardlow led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
The president recognized Past President Bob Van
Siclen and also members Lee and Marian Kariger, from
Sarasota. She also thanked Randy and Joella Deakins and
their committee of Terry and Sue Deakins and Bob and
Kathy McConaughy for their hard work in making this
meeting a success. The president also introduced Janice
Scott, Mayor of Cocoa Beach and a member of the Society.
Ms. Scott presented the president a Key to the City of Cocoa
Beach, and thanked the Executive Board for holding a
meeting on the east coast of Florida. The meeting was
recessed for lunch and reconvened at 1:40 p.m.
Inasmuch as the meeting at St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, St. Petersburg, in March did not have a quorum, the
February and March minutes were read. A motion to accept
the minutes of February 3 as read, was made by Bob Russell,
seconded by Ed Wardlow. Motion carried. Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis made a motion to accept the minutes of March,
seconded by Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer. Motion
The president introduced the Executive Board to the
members present and stated the traveling meetings have been
successful and that one may pay dues on-line now; that the
Past President's Council has reconvened; posting of minutes
of Executive Board being included in the Society web page
and that Beth Brandenburg should be commended for
helping our members with the former Mutual of Omaha
Insurance in Panama.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator. reported
that reunion arrangements are going smoothly, emphasizing
the hotel renovation and that 1,312 members, so far, have
Darleen Hunt spoke of the reunion dances that
have the hours extended for the Friday and Saturday night
dances, and also reported that the fee for the May Luncheon
at the Columbia Restaurant is $18.00, not $16.00 as printed.
Elaine Vestal Lewis reported that 25 vendors have
signed up. Kenny Morris, Co-Chairperson for the Golf
Tournament stated vacancies exist and will make decision as
to format at later date. Bob Russell, Legislative
Representative reported that legislation on patient's bill of
rights, Medicare late enrollment eligibility and increasing the
government's share in federal health insurance premiums
have been put in motion. OPM will post on April 9, 2001
information on long term care insurance. Ed Wardlow
reported that 84 members attended Carnavalito, which was
enjoyed by all and hopes next year's turnout will be larger.
Tom Wilder, Bylaws Chairperson, announced two,
amendments will be in the June issue of the Canal Record
dealing with a Volunteer Service Award and inconsistency
regarding payment of dues.
Bill McLaughlin, also a Director on the Museum
Board indicated that plans now are to solicit companies in
Panama and the U.S. for support, and that the museum was
presented with one of the last flags that flew over the Canal
on December 31, 1999. The museum will also relocate to the
first floor of same building they are in now and that 2002
calendar will feature the CZ Postal System. They are also
looking for Boy Scout badges from the CZ.
The president reminded all of the May Luncheon,
June meeting in Jacksonville and September meeting in
Randy Deakins announced that the Space Coast
Picnic will be October 27 and will be announced in the June
The president presented a token of appreciation to
Randy and Joella Deakins, Terry and Sue Deakins and
Kathy and Bob McConaughy for hosting the luncheon. The
meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
May 5, 2001
President Betty LeDoux called the meeting to order
at 12:00 noon at the Columbia Restaurant, Clearwater,
Florida. Chaplain Dottie Yocum gave the invocation
followed by Sgt-At-Arms Ed Wardlow who led in the
Pledge to the Flag.
The president recognized Past Presidents Anna
Collins, Peter Foster, Marje Foster, Margot Jordan, Tom
Peterson and Faith Brundage. The meeting recessed for
lunch and reconvened at 1:45 p.m.
The minutes of the April 7'h meeting were read; Pete
Foster motioned to accept the minutes, seconded by
Barbara Peterson. Motion carried. The Financial Statement
for March was read and stands for audit.
The president reported that the traveling meetings
have been successful. The June meeting will be in
Jacksonville, hosted by Jan and Lou Andino, changed to the
Roadhouse Grill. The president said it was noteworthy to see
members attending from other areas and the Board was
encouraged by the turnouts and the favorable comments from
members who attend.
Betty LeDoux apologized for the delay and stated
that the financial statements have now been finalized and
copies are available to all members. Jim Parthenais will
report on the new program which greatly improves our ability
to process data, maintain our accounting records and to issue
financial statements. She also announced that the Board was
considering a new program set up for non-profit
organizations to better serve our members.
The president reported that Historian Tom Peterson
has completed the task of compiling and writing the history
of the Society from 1932 to 1999, and is in the final stages of
typing. She also announced that the Board had approved 296
new members since January 1, 2001.
Due to the Reunion Coordinator's illness, the
president reported for those chairpersons not in attendance,
as follows: the Annual Luncheon has 215 members
registered, with guest speaker Kurt Muse a BHS graduate
involved with the downfall of the Noriega regime in Panama.
and finally, that approximately 200 members have registered
for the Friday and Saturday Disco dances. Darleen Hunt
stated that 800 tickets have been purchased for each of the
Friday and Saturday dances. The Charlie Raymond Band
will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and that the Canal Zone All-
Stars will take over at 11:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. The
Saturday dance will feature Father Pretto until 2:30 a.m.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis announced that 28 vendors have
already registered, and will have additional space to use.
Beth Brandenburg announced that name badges would be
printed by computer this year and measures were being taken
to make registration more member-friendly.
Bob Russell announced that to date, 1.7% has been
banked toward next year's COLA and that his complete
Legislative Report was available to all. Ed Wardlow, Co-
Chair of the Golf Tournament reported suggestions are
welcome to make the tournament easier to play. He and Ken
Morris would appreciate any help. Jim Parthenais
explained the options in improving office management
computer system and that efforts will continue for the rest of
The president reported, in lieu of Tom Wilder,
Bylaws Chairperson, that two amendments will be in the
June issue concerning a Volunteer Service Award and to
correct an inconsistency concerning dues dates. Pat Beall
announced the June issue would be at the printers on March
7th. Kathy Egolf reported for the Museum that handouts
were on each table regarding museum activities and asked for
volunteers to help move the museum to the first floor.
The Attendance Award went to Olga Disharoon,
Kathy Egolf, Lee and Marian Kariger for 7 meetings;
Elsie and Woody Woodruff for 6 meetings; Mary Lou
Lang, Betty Snow and Barbara Slover for 5 meetings.
The president announced that inasmuch as the June
meeting will be in June, the Board decided to cancel the July
Regular Meeting due to the proximity of the Annual Meeting
at the Reunion. She then opened up the meeting for members
comments or suggestions. Vickie Sizemore complimented
Darleen Hunt for a wonderful luncheon. The president then
thanked Darleen and her committee, Joe Hunt, Nellie
Engelke, Elsie and Woody Woodruff, and Linda Weir and
presented them with a token from the Society.
The meeting was turned over to Darleen Hunt to
award door prizes. Past President Pete Foster thanked the
current hoard and the president for an outstanding job this
year. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
June 2, 2001
The president called the meeting to order at 12:15
p.m. and welcomed 69 members in attendance at the Road
House Grill in Jacksonville, Florida. The Honorable Senator
Dan Jenkins gave the Invocation in the absence of Chaplain
Dorothy Yocum. The president recognized Past President
Bob Van Siclen and welcomed Arden and John O'Daniel
who drove from North Carolina to attend. The meeting
recessed for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
The minutes of 5 May were read, motion was made
by Bill McLaughlin to accept as read, seconded by Jan
Andino. Motion carried. The Financial statement for April
was read and stands for audit.
The president reported that the traveling meetings to
Ocala and Cocoa Beach were successful and we have
approved 377 new members. We have also implemented on-
line registration for the renewal of dues and are now posting
a synopsis of our board minutes on the Society's web site to
keep the membership advised of the subjects addressed by
The president announced that a history of the
Society from 1932 to 1999 has been completed by the Board
Historian, Thomas Peterson, and that a copy will be made
available in the Society office for members use. She also
announced that the guest speaker for the Annual Luncheon
is Kurt Muse, a BHS graduate, who will speak about his
involvement in the downfall of the Noriega regime in
Panama which should prove interesting.
The president encouraged members to vote in the
election of officers and to review and vote on the proposed
two bylaw amendments in the June Canal Record. She stated
there was a typographical error on the ballot which does not
effect the legality of the ballot.
Bill McLaughlin, 1s' Vice President, Reunion
Coordinator and Webmaster announced that since 1998 there
have been 85,400 visitors to the website, and since January,
it has averaged 1,000 per week. He also announced that 950
room assignments have been made to date for the reunion,
and also covered the reunion dances, bingo on Friday and
Saturday, also the nightly disco dances and the Sunday
morning Despedida. He also announced that there are
openings for the golf tournament
Betty LeDoux reminded members of the
complimentary Thursday night dance for all to attend.
Randy Deakins asked that extra seating be made at
the Convention Center and the Reunion Coordinator said he
would look into this with the hotel.
Beth Brandenburg, Director, spoke of the response
concerning the former Mutual of Omaha insurance and that
a great deal of success has been made in getting the monies
due to members through the Panama office, and getting the
members properly registered with the new underwriters.
The Legislative written report was made available
to members at the meeting.
Under new business, the president announced the
position was open for an apprentice/assistant to understudy
the editor and that interested parties should contact her or
The president opened the floor for questions,
suggestions or comments for the board to consider.
The president thanked Jan and Lou Andino for
hosting the meeting, as well as Bruce and Diane Bateman,
area reporter for Northeast Florida, who sent out post cards
reminding members of the meeting and gave them each a
token of appreciation from the Society.
Door prizes were awarded by Jan and Lou Andino.
and the president thanked all for coming to this last traveling
meeting this year, and wished all a safe journey home.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
October 27, 2001
The PCSOFL Regular meeting will be held on
October 27, 2001 in conjunction with The Space Coast
Picnic at the Tom Stratham Park, on the river side of U.S. 1,
adjacent to the Space Center Executive Center. The picnic
will start at 11:00 a.m. and our meeting will start at 12:30
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, give Terry Deakins a
call at 321-631-9209 or Randy Deakins at 321-632-4057.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
November 3, 2001
St. Dede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular Meeting at 12:30 p.m.
LOST & FOUND AT THE REUNION
FOUND: Car Keys found at tables 49-50 at the
Annual Luncheon. Call Elsie Prather (334)671-8803
LOST: Sunglasses, belonging to Joanne. Call Kelly
Hunt, (407) 977-3195
FOUND: Gold Ear ring, round, size of a 5 cent piece
FOUND: Black frame Ray Ban sun glasses, Model
FOUND: Photo ID, corroded, of E.D. Burnham,
dated November 27,1945.
FOUND: Gold ring, plain, initials "JR".
FOUND: Button cover, of Panamanian 25 Cent coin.
Call 727-391-4359 for information
Chfeaireron: B^ neth B andeburg
ZEmiEi-n 8, 2001
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its Christmas LUNCHEON on Saturday, December
8, 2001 at Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 34630. The
luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:00 to be followed by our regular monthly
The entrees are as follows:
1. Chicken "Alicante" a boneless breast of chicken with onions, green peppers, a rich Spanish brown
gravy, olive oil, fresh garlic and sauterne wine. Topped with roasted almonds.
2. Merimza "Romana" A fresh filet of North Atlantic White fish lightly seasoned and floured and
sauteed with lemon butter and topped with fresh sauteed mushrooms.
3. Roast Pork "A la Cubana" Slices of lean choice pork marinated in Cuban spices and white wine then
4. Boliche sliced eyeround of beef seasoned with Cuban spices and stuffed with chorizo (Spanish
sausage) and roasted in flavorful Spanish gravy.
All entrees will be served with salad, yellow rice, yucca and platanos. Dessert will be Flan or
Spanish Carmel Egg Custard. Included is coffee, tea, soda and fresh Cuban bread and butter.
The cost is $18.00 per person including tax and gratuity. The DEADLINE is December 1, 2001
Map to the Columbia Restaurant is on page 73 of this issue.
PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 8, 2001
Telephone Number: _
Please make Reservations at $18.00 each.
Entree Selection: Chicken "Alicante" Merimza "Romana" Roast Pork Boliche
Names of Guests: (Please print)
1. 5. __
DEADLINE: December 1, 2001
Please make checks payable to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to: The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. 7985 113"h Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT-AND
SUPPORT THE PANAMA CANAL
WHERE ARE YOU?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
You may support the Panama Canal Museum by
making a monetary donation. Donations will be
recognized on a Wall of Honor where names of
donors will be displayed for each level of giving.
The Wall of Honor will have along its length an
artist's rendition of the Panama Canal.
It will be divided according to Canal landmarks, with
each landmark representing a different level of giving.
All donations are cumulative. Donors' names on the
Wall of Honor will be shown on small cayucos, so
that they can advance, or transit, through the Canal
to succeeding levels with contributions over time.
Multiple transits are encouraged and will be
recognized by different color cayucos.
The transit begins with the Pacific Anchorage and
proceeds to the Atlantic Breakwater, as shown below.
* Pacific Anchorage
* Amador Causeway
* Balboa Yacht Club
* Bridge of the Americas
* Miraflores Locks
* Miraflores Lake
* Pedro Miguel Locks
* Gaillard Cut
* Barro Colorado Island
* Gatun Lake
* Gatun Locks
* Cristobal Yacht Club
* Cristobal Harbor
* Atlantic Breakwater
* Complete Transit
($1 to $99)
($100 to $199)
($200 to $299)
($300 to $399)
($400 to $499)
($500 to $599)
($600 to $699)
($700 to $799)
($800 to $899)
($900 to $999)
($1,000 to $1,099)
($1,100 to $1,199)
($1,200 to $1,299)
($1,300 to $1,399)
($1,400 to $1,499)
City:_ Slate: Zip:
Amount of Donation:
O S1500 Q $1000 $500 Q $250 O $100 0 575 0 $50 O 525 C Other __
Check or Postal Money Order number
I would like my donation to be in memory ol (il applicable):
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113'" Street, Suite 100
Seminole. Flonda 33772-4712
Tel. (727) 394-9338
Fax. (727) 394-2737
Emuail president @panamacanalmuseurn.org
PCSF 9/00 4.000
John W. Anderson, Jr.
Ryan M. Egger
William T. Coffey
CHS CLASS OF '76
LOOKING FOR PEOPLE FROM CHS CLASS OF '76
If you are one or know of someone who is, please email me,
Parish nurse groundbreaker in
Coral Edema, one of only two parish nurses in
Kerrville, is part of a growing trend in the country and a
pioneer in an emerging field for professional nurses.
Edema received her certification for recently
completing a parish nurse ministry study at Zion Lutheran
"In the past five years, the parish nurse concept has
grown dramatically in all denominations," she said.
The parish nurse is a registered nurse with a current
license working within a church to promote wellness by
addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the
individuals. She provides preventative health care services
and helps members access the health care system. Edema
emphasizes parish nurses are not in competition with other
health agencies, but available to connect persons to
Parish nurses serve in four basic roles; health
educators, health counselors, coordinators of volunteers and
as liaisons to the community's resources.
"Most important of all, the parish nurse is an
integrator of health and faith as she includes the great healer
in all she does and calls upon him to intervene in the lives of
people," Edema said.
Edema, husband Eric and daughter Carolyn came
to Kerrville in 1996 from the Panama Canal Zone. They
began attending Zion Lutheran, where a healing ministry was
Efforts had begun to add a parish nurse to that
ministry. Laura Veale, a member of Zion, had sent for an
introductory video about the parish nurse distance learning
program from Concordia University in Wisconsin in the fall
of 1997. Edema saw the video, attended a workshop,
featuring parish nurses in San Antonio. When the church
ordered the study program from Concordia, she stepped
She earned her degree in nursing in 1968 from St.
Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in North Dakota after
getting the urge to be a nurse instead of a kindergarten
teacher by being a nurse's aide during her senior year in high
school. She worked for the Panama Canal Company from
1970 to 1976 as a nurse. When she came back to the States
she received a nurse practitioner certification at George
Washington University that allows the holder of the
certificate to treat minor illness and prescribe.
Edema returned to the Canal Zone in 1978, working
for the Department of Defense after the Panama Canal Zone
Treaty in 1979. She was a staff nurse, an occupational health
nurse and a school nurse.
At the beginning of the Zion program, Edema
arranged to study at the church two days a week to establish
a presence and to avoid distractions at home. From the
beginning, she was overwhelmed with the needs of
congregation members who took advantage of her open door
policy, which is still in effect.
"People came to see me and the ministry grew so
fast I could hardly keep up. I learned along the way." she
said. Therefore what was to be a year-long study took two
and a half years.
The initial Parish Nurse Advisory Board, which
provided leadership for Edema and the program, included
Mary Amburn, Linda Corder, Carol Diltz, Ronnie
Pitman, Merri Jean Seibel, Marguerite Sweeney and
For the first year, Edema volunteered her time. Then
the church began paying her for 20 hours a week. Today, she
is at the church Monday, Wednesday and Friday and puts in
at least 25 hours per week.
Tasks include regular hospital visits, visits to the ill
and shut-ins at home and in facilities, assisting with nursing
home placement, arranging food for the ill, health education
and counseling, being a resource person plus listening and
Being a good listener, she feels, is perhaps her
greatest role and asset for Zion members.
Edema hopes to help people to understand the
relationship between faith and health.
Besides the formal study course, Edema attends
conferences and networks with other parish nurses. She and
the Wesley nurse at First Methodist Church have lunch on a
regular basis to compare notes.
The Edemas bought a house in the Kerrville area in
1990 and moved five years later.
Submitted by Bea Rhyne, Reporter
from the Kerrville Daily Times
May 8, 2001
Authorization to reprint granted by Editor, Greg Shrader
Hughes Keeps White House in Line
By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
President Bush had just moved into the Oval Office
when Karen Parfitt Hughes, his closest aide for the past
seven years, dropped by to chat about her new job as
"counselor to the president."
With characteristic terseness, Bush said, "I want
you in every meeting where major decisions are made."
Hughes, 44, is Bush's security blanket. She spent
more time with him than any other staff member when he
was Texas governor and during his presidential campaign.
Now she works in the West Wing with a view of the White
House residence and has been given the broad authority by
a president who puts a premium on image and tone.
She tinkers with speech drafts to make them sound
more like him. She goes on most of his trips to be sure the
television pictures look right. And she is one of the few
people in the White House who can and will say, "Mr.
President, you are wrong."
Although busy moving into their new home, the Parfitts
managed to find time for a family photograph at their
new residence. From left to right are daughtersKaren
future counselor to President and Beverly, the new
Lieutenant Governor, Col. Harold H.Parfitt and Mrs.
The Panama Canal Review
This baseball mom and Presbyterian elder,
transplanted from Austin to Arlington, is a key to the
discipline and insularity of the Bush presidency. Her brash,
protective style has combined with Bush's acute sense of
order to produce a White House where the official line
drowns out the dissent and intrigue that seep from most
administrations. Largely because of Hughes's example,
officials in this White House generally refuse to
acknowledge even obvious Bush shortcomings or setbacks.
"I feel that I have a duty to let people know the
things that I know about him, which are good things,"
Hughes said. "I'm sure there are plenty of people who are
available to criticize. That's not my role."
Hughes is one of the three most powerful aides in
the White House, along with Chief of Staff Andrew H.
Card, Jr. and senior adviser Karl C. Rove.
She is also the highest ranking female aide to a
modern president. Bill Clinton promised an administration
that looks like America but it is Bush, a Republican, who has
installed more women in top White House positions than any
other president. At the senior staff meeting at 7:30 on
weekday mornings in the Roosevelt Room, eight of the 18
attendees are women.
Before Bush had the Secret Service to form a
bubble around him, he had Hughes, a five-foot-10 former
television reporter. When he seemed at a loss at a news
conference, she answered. Texas reporters considered that
standard operating procedure. So did Bush; occasionally he
turned to her and she jumped in.
Hughes is known for robotic devotion to Bush and
his agenda, and she engages in none of the winking or off-
the-record leveling that is typical among political operatives.
"Even after a glass of wine, she's 'on message."
says Wayne Slater, Austin Bureau chief of the Dallas
Morning News, who has known her for 11 years, and has
socialized with Hughes and her husband, Jerry, a retired
Karen P. Hughes is known for her devotion to her
boss, President Bush.
BY LUCIEN PERKINS THE WASHINGTON POST
Longtime colleagues says Bush trusts Hughes so
thoroughly because her ambition is for him, not for herself.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't believe it," she said.
"This is not a game for me." She is the daughter of a Major
General in the Army Corps of Engineers, Harold H. Parfitt,
who was the last governor of the Panama Canal Zone. She
graduated summa cum laude in 1977 from Southern
Methodist University, where she was a double major in
English and journalism. For the next seven years she was a
reporter for the NBC Station at Fort Worth, and traveled to
New Hampshire and Iowa to cover the unsuccessful 1980
presidential campaign of Bush's father, former President
George Bush. Hughes said her journalistic experience
helped her in politics.
"I can read a speech and say, "There's no sound bite
here. I don't know if that's a very valuable skill, but it seems
to come in handy around here."
Karen P. Hughes, counselor to the president, is the
highest ranking female aide to a modern president.
BY LUCIAN PERKINS THE WASHINGTON POST
Hughes left the station to serve as Texas Press
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2001 ANNUAL REUNION
Orlando World Center Marriott
The 2001 Panama Canal Society Reunion is now
over and what a success it was. Hundreds of hours of
coordination and planning, and the many volunteers involved
made this a flawless reunion. Everyone had a great time and
was very pleased with the schedule of events. There were
2,732 people registered for the reunion with 1150 hotel
We were centrally located in the Crystal and Palms
Ballrooms area, and used three sections of the Palms
Ballroom for our dances and the room was packed. For a
moment on Saturday night, I thought we were going to run
out of room. Everyone had a great time dancing to the music
both nights. We had one of the Palms Ballrooms for the
Vendor area, which gave plenty of room to hold the 37
vendors with some being able to use two tables. The vendors
were selling a wide variety of great items for sale. The
Crystal Ballroom was used for many different functions such
as the Golf and Annual Luncheons, Registration, Business
Meeting, the three nightly Discos and Bingo. One nice
feature this year was having a headquarters office with a
large counter for our Information/Hospitality. We had several
new programs this year, which included a slide show,
seminar, a Catholic Mass and a Protestant Service.
On-line registration was used for the first time this
year and was a total success. We are going to do a little
adjusting here and there to make it even better for next year.
There were 277 members who used the on-line reunion
registration. This number increases when you add the guests
who were registered under each of these members. The hotel
registration could not be done on-line because the forms that
you mail in have to go to the hotel.
For the 2002 Reunion in addition to the on-line
registration we plan to have all the forms available in
printable format on the Panama Canal Society web site.
My heartfelt thanks to the fantastic group of people
who made up this year's Reunion Committee. All our
members appreciate the hard work they have done for the
past 12 months and at the reunion.
In addition, I thank all the vendors for their
participation in the reunion. Their hard work in putting
together their displays and merchandise is a vital contribution
to the success of the reunion.
Mark your calendars for July 3-7, 2002, for next
year's reunion. Registration begins after the December 2001
issue of the Canal Record is released.
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Paul and Lilia Rozmeski
Jeanne Wheeler, Co-Chairman, "Information
Pat Beall, Co-Chairman, "Information"
John and Muriel Whitman
CHAGRES AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
(Left)"Mister and Mrs" Bishop, Flight winners. (Center) Tournament Champs:George Downing and Margot
Jordan with Past President Anna Collins. (Right) Flight Winner Shelly Sanders.
L-R: Bob Gibson, Paul Forrest, Andy Whitlock, Artie L-R: Rod Snyder, John Coffey, Mike Coffey, Billy
Egger Rankin, Tom Snider.
(Left) Tom Finneman, Scott Parker, D. La Porta, Tom Wilder. (Center) Chairperson Ed Wardlow overlooking
the last of the door prizes. (Right); Paul Karst, Mrs. Bishop, Dave Bishop, Ed Beasley.
.Flight winners Carlos Hattabaugh and Will Clarke
L-R: Warren Ashton, Tim Corrigan, Bob Boring, Mac
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Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, and Carol Masino Carol Masino, Assistant to Secretary
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Joy Maale, Marje Foster and Jim O'Donnell
Joe Wood and helper in Museum display
Mary Urey and Dot Herrington
Section of Museum Display
Thank you for keeping your membership
Nector Collazo of the Marriott World Center
Attendees at Annual Business Meeting
Lori Kina. J. O'Donnell. Lou Reves at Ballott count
Lou Andino. Janice Andino and friends.
Tom and Barbara Peterson and Bob Zumbado
Bill McLaughlin, 1st Vice Pres/Reunion Coordinator 19
Beth Brandenburg, Director
Tom Wilder, Chairman, By-Laws Committee
Bob Russell Jr., Legislative Representative
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
Jim Parthenais, Chmn. But
Louis Reyes, Chmn. Nominating Committee
Jeanne Wheeler receiving Distinguished Service
Award from President Betty LeDoux
Chuck Hummer, President, Panama Canal Museum Officers elected, T. Wilder, W. McLaughlin, Betty.
LeDoux, E. Lewis, B. Brandenburg
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CHS CLASS OF 1951 REUNION, ORLANDO, FL, Aug 10, 2001: Front row: Lois (Howard) Murray, Renee (Harper)
Jones, Helen (Kissam) Ericson, Pat (Geddes) Risberg, Leo Turner. 2nd row: Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco, Joan
(Reilly) Townshend, Shirley (Harrington) Boswell, Sandra (Hammond) Mcllvaine, Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart,
Jack Randall, Bob Wilford, Pat (Rudge) Nellis. 3rd row: Albert Attia, Henry Wachtel, John Davis (behind Shirley)
John Allgaier, Carol (Harvey) Johnson, Dick Sullivan, Luciano Arias, Tom Jordan, Art Sherry. Missing: Jane
(Compton) Wagenbrenner, Anne (Fisher) Manahan, Rita (Fisher) Roxbury, Ed Stevenson, Dan Nellis, Jim
Nellis, Barbara (Gillick) Johnson. (Photo by Carlos Ibaiez)
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It's up to you to make it true
SUGGESTION: PLEASE REMIT" '
Reprint from Florida Federal Retiree NARFE
Your Reporter Says ...
The Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
met Saturday, June 23, for a pot luck luncheon at the Jones
Center for Families in Springdale, AR., with 21 persons
attending. Among those who came from some diatance away
were Dr. William and Marjorie Scarborough from
Clarksville, AR, and Jean and Doris Burns from Tulsa, OK.
As usual, the people enjoyed chatting with each other and
sharing information about their activities and about their
families. Nancy Vega is stepping down as secretary and
Gretta Vowell from Rogers agreed to take over this duty. It
was agreed that the fall gathering of the group would be held
Sunday, October 21, at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville.
Summer time is a great time for family reunions, and
there have been many of them in this area. The weather has
been ideal for this purpose. Mary Condon drove to Bull
Shoals, AR for a reunion with her side of the family. Carl
and Petie Maedl are driving to Minnesota July 1 for two
weeks to join their family and expect to divide their time
between two lakes, one near Detroit Lakes and the other near
Brainerd. Among family members entertaining them will be
daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough from
Nancy Crooks Vega stated that her mother, Minnie
Burton, has been in a nursing home for five months. Anyone
wishing to send her a card may send it to: 2831 Strawberry
Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72703. Nancy had triple by-pass
surgery on April 9, and has been steadily improving since.
She began teaching piano again in the middle of May and
says this is one of the big joys in her life. On July 20, she and
her husband, Henry Vega, will go to Tucson, AZ for two
weeks, and they are both looking forward to that.
On July 14, the children of Harry and Lenore Butz
will be hosting a 901h birthday celebration for Lenore at the
Butzs' home in Springdale. They have invited many
neighbors and friends to join in this festive occasion.
Sixty-one members and guests attended our spring
luncheon meeting at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, on May
20, hosted by Louise (O'Brien) Roberts of San Diego.
The highlight of the meeting was David Hollowell's
slide show, covering the Atlantic and Pacific-side areas
during his recent trip to Panama.
The door prize won by Leo Krziza was an official
Panama Canal photo, entitled "Scene at Aspinwall New
Several prizes were donated by Ivan L Jenkins of
Lake Forest, also by our Society, Evelyn Wood, the West
Coast Reunion Committee and Dr. John M. Hanson. The
book, "Portrait of the Panama Canal From Construction to
the Twenty-first Century" was donated by our society and
won by Margaret (Ridge) Coffey of Chalmette, LA. (Text
by William Friar, son of Ms. Willie K. Friar, former
Panama Canal Information Officer; forward by George R.
Goethals. ISBN L-55888888688-477-8. Other prize winners
were Joseph Grills, Warren Wood, Harold Wickersham,
David Hollowell, Ronald Wanke, Jean (O'Brian) Pence,
Cynthia (Evarts) Totty, Truman Lee, Grace (Argo)
Allen, Bill Monsanto, David Lane, and Joan
Bill Monsanto of Santa Ana sold lottery tickets and
we had three winners.
Many thanks to all those who participated in this
luncheon. Louise ("Nana" O'Brien) Roberts for being the
emcee; Bob Wolfenstein for arranging for the Color Guard;
Warren and Evelyn Wood for handling the raffle and lottery;
Ed and Letty Moore for greeting our members and guests;
Joan DeGrummond for handling the financial end, name
badges, etc.; David Hollowell for the wonderful slide show,
and Kathryn Taylor for taking the reservations, tallies and
We missed Ivan at the luncheon, as he underwent
surgery that week. He came through with flying colors, and
is already driving across country to visit his daughter, Nancy,
in Mumford, Alabama; they'll travel together to see relatives
in Ohio and Maryland before attending the Annual Reunion
Cynthia Totty and Margaret Coffey were happy
to meet again at the luncheon after nearly 50 years. They
were classmates at BHS through 1950; then Margaret moved
to Margarita and attended CHS, when her father transferred
from the Mechanical Division, Balboa, to the new Industrial
Division in Mt. Hope.
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Elaine (Sullivan) Larkin, CHS'44, is enjoying her
new apartment at Regents Point, Irvine, Texas. She and
cousins Margaret Coffey and I, spent a wonderful evening
This spring, Margaret spent six weeks with me in
my new home in Laguna Woods. We spent Easter Weekend
in Santa Barbara with family, then in Solvang for a few days,
and in Valencia with my son, Steve Cartotto, and babysat
for Evan, age 2, while his Mom went camping along the
northern coast with her nephew from Slidell, LA., during his
school break. We spent two weekends with my daughter,
Tina, husband Michael and their son, Steve Ressa, who was
at home from college. We missed Vinnie who is at college in
N. California. Noble A. (Buddy) and Dottie Phillips moved
from Leisure World, Laguna Woods in June. Their new
address is: 23442 El Toro Rd., #E 327, Lake Forest, CA
Leo Krziza planned to move to Ocala, Florida this
summer, and he will be missed at our luncheons and
Ivan Jenkins' daughter, Donna and her husband
Albert Clapp of Lake Forest look forward to her BHS class
reunion in Orlando next year.
Harold Hancock, (BHS'43) of Orem, Utah called
me recently. He and my late brother, Ralph Ridge were
classmates. Harold and his sister, Sally Hancock Smith,
Pat, Ralph and Joan Ridge were members of a Llona
(Rathbone) Sears' Cotillion Club, Ancon, Canal Zone,
1939-1940. We learned all of the new dances of the day. A
photo of the class should appear in the next Canal Record.
It's wonderful to visit with Canal Zone friends. Harold's e-
mail address is: hhancock@x mission.com.
In May, Evelyn and Warren Wood attended the
annual reunion of his shipmates who served aboard the light
cruiser USS Raleigh in WWII. This year it was held in
Laughlin, Nevada, and another regular attendee was Mannie
Quintero of Annandale, VA. The Woods then spent
Memorial Day weekend camping in Buellton, near Solvang,
CA. They meet there regularly with daughters Claudia and
Lynda and families. Jack and I used to camp there on our
way home from Northern California.
Eileen Petersen, BHS'49, and past secretary of our
PCSSC now lives in Columbus, Ohio, a block from her
sister, Sr. Mary Loretta Petersen at the Notre Dame
Convent. They took a senior's bus tour to Cleveland in June
to see the Cleveland Indians' game.
In July, Julia Belle (Wilson) Ridge, Corpus Christi,
Texas and daughter Sr. Therese Ann Ridge (BHS'62) of
Edinburg, Texas, along with several friends, are spending ten
days touring in Ireland.
In June, Steve, Tina (Johann) and Evan Cartotto
visited Tina's mother, brother and family in Saginaw, MI.
They camped in the "U.P" Upper Peninsula with friends,
and several California friends visiting near Saginaw, so it
was like "Old Home Week' for them.
Kathy Taylor's granddaughter Pam is spending a
few months with her in Leisure World, Laguna Woods. Pam
attended college in Monterey, CA. and is working nearby for
the summer. Kathy keeps busy with her church activities,
delivering meals on wheels, exercise and computer classes.
We look forward to seeing our members and friends
at our holiday luncheon, December 9, 2001 at the Holiday
Inn on La Paz, Laguna Hills.
Kathryn (Argo) Taylor
Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond
In late May, the Green and Newlon clan gathered
in Tallahassee to celebrate Nel's birthday. Nel and Bud had
19 people at their house for the weekend. What a great Time!
We swam in the pool, drank rum and cokes under the bohio
and BBQ'ed all weekend. The retired life looks pretty good!
This was the first time that the Newlon and Green family had
been together since Nel and Bud were married in Panama.
Lee and Kim Green came from South Carolina with kids,
Buddy and Chad. Amy (Green) and Jeff Andrews came
from Tampa with their girl, Stacey. Diane (Newlon) and
Gene Rendon came from Ft. Lauderdale with kids Russell
and Michele. Karen (Newlon) and Jimmy Mullins came
from Maryland with their daughter Kaycee. Bill Hurney and
Cookie Newlon came with their friends, Jim, Kelly and Ben
Parthenais. We had a wonderful weekend!
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The Green and the Newlon Clan in Tallahassee.
The Green and the Newlon Clan in Tallahassee.
L-R: Karyn Fish, Dennis Schieber, Sue Bell. 33
We have been fortunate to have a few visitors pass
through town. This photo shows Karyn Dumas Fish with
Sue Bell and Dennis Schreiber (all CHS'77). Dennis lives
in Ventura, CA and works for a software company. Sue lives
in Yuba City and was driving to San Diego with her kids
(Zack and Kyland) to visit her sister, Janet.
Kelly Cahill Parthenais (BHS'81) stopped over for
the weekend on her way to a business conference in San
Diego. Kelly works for PeopleClick in Tampa and was
attending a HR conference. We really enjoyed her visit.
Meanwhile, back in Florida, Jimmy Parthenais and son,
Ben (18 months) had a visit from Jimmy's dad, Dick
Another visitor who came our way is Diana
Duncan (BHS'76). Diana lives in Panama and was in Las
Vegas for about ten days. She was able to make a side trip to
Santa Barbara. We did the usual tourist attractions, Missions,
Courthouse and of course, Brophy's. It's a restaurant/bar
that overlooks the marina. Sound familiar?
That's all for now. Please call or write me if you
have any news to report for this area.
Janice Cookie Newlon
The cousins, Bateman
Jr., and Woody
June Barlow Reisz in Marseilles, France.
June Barlow Reisz in Marseilles, France.
The Malin family celebrating their new great-
granddaughter at Easter. L-R: Amy and Helen Malin-
Christiansen (BHS'76); Gloria; Kathy (Malin) Saville
(BHS'74) and proud grandma; Hall, Shane and
Lindsey Saville; Ed Malin (BHS'72); Ed; Dottie
Coleman Malin (BHS'72)..
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers will
meet Tuesday, October 2nd at Ryan's Family Steak House,
3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (Hwy 40E), in Ocala. The 55th
semi-annual luncheon meeting will welcome regulars and
guests to enjoy the camaraderie of our group. Sign-in after 11
President Chuck Hummer (Panama Canal
Museum) was the guest speaker at our last meeting. He
explained the goal of the museum and the support it needs to
succeed and grow. Virginia Booth told us about her annual
visit to Panama and the many changes. We enjoy hearing
from those who have current information of interest on the
old Canal Zone and our fellow ex-Zonians.
We have once again lost one of the "founders" of
the OZ/PCDD. Harry Pearl, 90, passed away on April 5,
2001, in Ocala. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife
Virginia, daughter Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and family.
See "With Deep Sorrow" for additional information.
Back home in Dunnellon (Rainbow Springs), FL,
SJoan was visited by her son Jim and family who recently
moved into their new home in Hampton, VA. By mid-July,
Joan was off to Carmel, IN, for a visit with her daughter
Diann. Birthday celebrations were on the agenda for her
grandsons Patrick (8) and Jack (7).
Joan's sister Celeste (Powell) Fulton, BHS'5 1, was
unable to attend her 50" class reunion in Orlando due to ill
health. Her daughter Celeste (Fulton) and son-in-law Rudy
Antonnuci made reservations to attend in her stead.
Jean and William "Bill" Muller planned a family
reunion with his brother John Muller (DeLand, FL) and
sisters Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus and Catherine
(Muller) Peabody (both from Albuquerque, NM). Adrienne
signed up for her BHS'41 60th class reunion and Bill his
BHS'46 55TH class luncheon. John's daughter Joanie
Chuck Hummer, President of the Panama Canal (Muller) Wright, BHS'66, from Minco, OK, is visiting in
Museum, informs the OZ/PCDD about the goals and DeLand for the summer. Catherine, BHS'49, and her
operation of the museum. Photo by Barbara Barton. husband Ray Peabody completes the reunion.
Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier were in Los
Angeles in June for his daughter Nicole's graduation. His
son-in-law also graduated in a separate ceremony. They also
enjoyed a family gathering on Father's Day in the
The Didier's book, "How Christmas Came to the
Ghetto" won an advertising Addy Award in Birmingham,
AL, where the book was published and a Silver Award in a
Virginia Booth reported on her annual trip in January .
to Panama. Photo by Barbara Barton
Linda had a visit from her brother Ken and his wife '
Carolyn of Spring, TX. Afterwards, Linda and Virginia
traveled to Deerfield, FL, to be with Linda's three sons:
David (Hollywood, FL); Steve (Boca Raton, FL); and Rich
(Deerfield Beach, FL).
Joan (Powell) Arndt enjoyed a 7-day Carnival
cruise with some 30 BHS/CHS '50/'51 classmates. The
cruise was organized by "Sissy" Flynn along with Mary
Ellen (Stacy) and Larry Horine. Ports-of-call were New
Orleans, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The
Jamaican street vendor couldn't sell Joan her wares but the
photo cost her a buck.
'- -; Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier on a visit to Seward,
Alaska, enjoy the beauty of Exit Glacier. Photo by Edna
From the warm climes of Los Angeles it was off to
the icy cold of Anchorage, Alaska, to visit her son Jeff and
his wife. Then on to Seward where they were in the midst of
many glaciers and picturesque scenery. A further trek took
Joan (Powell) Arndt tries to bargain with sidewalk them to Resurrection Bay, the Gulf of Alaska and Harris Bay
vendor in Jamaica during her Caribbean cruise. Photo to see the Northwestern Glacier.
by Joan Arndt. 35
They observed Beluga whales, orcas, bald eagles,
puffins, sea otters, sea lions and Dall sheep. On to Denali
National Park where they were exposed to many other
creatures of the wild and a magnificent view of Mt.
Edna "relaxed" upon her return to Ocala by taking
her mother Marie Curies shopping.
Talked to a pair of new arrivals in Ocala (Oak Run),
"Kit" (Anthony) and Jerry Tatum. She attended Balboa Jr.
High School in 1946 and 1947 when her mother was a
WAAC officer assigned to Headquarters in Quarry Heights.
Does anyone out there (BHS'52) remember Kit? She moved
on to Houston in 1948. She remembers a Carl Meissner as
one of her classmates.
For a full report of our October luncheon and
OZ/PCDDers at the Canal Reunion read the December issue
of the Canal Record.
If you live in Marion County or its environs, why
don't you give us a call and come to our October luncheon
and meet your fellow ex-Zonians?
William "Bill" Muller
NORTHWEST FLORIDA/GULF COAST
The 3rd Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast
Panazonian Mini-Reunion was held on May 27th, 2001 at
Coconut Bay Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola.
There was a pay-as-you-go bar, Canal Zone and comida
tipica to include ceviche, platano, Johnny Mazetti,
empanadas, rice dishes (arroz con pollo, arroz con guandu,
etc.) pineapple upside down cake, Mary Jane Fruit cookies,
ropa vieja and many varieties of chicken. There were free
sodas for everyone, plus many door prizes for adults and
Entertainment was supplied by Eddie Williams
(CHS'82), who showed his Panama video and a special treat
from El Conjunto Raices Panamefias headed by Ted and
Indrany Pabo, with groups of adult and children dancers.
They were fabulous in their beautiful Panama dance
costumes and brought back many memories of Panama.
There were many new faces this year and lots of
regulars, approximately 80 people this year many children
who really enjoyed themselves. All ate heartily and had a
great time reminiscing with old friends about days gone by.
Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion
On June 30th, we had a baby shower at home for
daughter-in-law, Dawn. We had a nice crowd, lots of fun and
games and good food (I made the centerpiece of a sit-up
Baby Teddy Bear Cake) and Dawn received many lovely
gifts for the baby.
Barbeque in Pensacola, Jeff Creek and Brent Kulig.
There were our usual displays of Panama and Canal
Zone memorabilia and the Panamanian flag which is a
regular fixture at Coconuts. People came from as far as
Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and other parts of
Florida (Tallahassee, Ft. Walton Beach, Tampa and
Thanks to all who made this event a great success -
especially Steve Ramirez (manager and ex-Zonian) who
donated Coconut Bay for this function, and Barb Dedeaux,
Keith and Brent Kulig and Darla Creek.
I want to extend a special thanks to all who attended
and a personal invitation to return again next year. The 4th
Annual Mini-Reunion is scheduled for next year on the
Sunday of Memorial Day weekend at the same location.
Please contact me for additional information if you are
interested in attending.
Barbara (Hall) Vose
I had a full house of visitors in the end of May who
came for the 3rd Annual Northwest Florida Panazonian Mini-
reunion here in Pensacola. The night before the reunion we
had a barbeque with son Bob and Keith's son Brent doing
the cooking. Darla (Vose) Creek, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux.
Dawn Vose and I made all the trimmings, including the
desserts after the shrimp, ribs, chicken, hot dogs and
hamburgers. All the family attended except Kevin (now
living in Arkansas) plus Barb and Louie Dedeaux, Brent
College from Houston and my brother Butch from
On May 9'h, Keith and I went to his yearly office
picnic at Dave and Buster's in Jacksonville an arcade/dining
fun center. The food was delicious and I won lots of stuffed
In June, Olga (Grau) Scott, Keith's Godmother.
and her husband Frank came from Panama to visit their
children in New York and Tampa. While in Tampa. Keith
and I went to see them and had a short, but memorable visit.
Both looked great and had a nostalgic time talking about our
families and the past.
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Baby Shower for Dawn Vose, L-R: Darla (Vose)
Creek, Nivia Drummond, and Shannon Drummond
Barb and Louie Dedeaux had a busy spring seeing
many friends and family. Just before Easter, Leon (Louie's
brother) and Claire Dedeaux stopped by on their way south
to a bowling tournament. They also stopped off to see sister
Dorothy (Dedeaux) and husband, George Pape, their family
and especially their new grandbaby.
Clement family May, 2001. Back row: Dan Hopson,
Carol Clement, Orrin Clement. Front: Carrie
(Clement) Hopson, Casey Clement and Candace
Clement Wedding, May 28, 2001. L-R: Coach Doug
Litton, Jon Dedeaux, Coach Louie Dedeaux, Jack
After they left, they began getting into the pre-
wedding partying for Orrin and Carol Clement's daughter
Carrie's wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding and
reception. Carrie and Dan Hopson were married on May
28'h. Carrie's attendants were her sisters, Candace and
Casey, and Dan's sister. The beautiful affair included
several days of celebration with family and friends. Zonians
attending were Barb and Louie, their son and family, Jon,
Debra, Sonya and J. Dedeaux, Maryruth (Clement), Steve
and Megan Vaughn, Mary Egolf, Katherine Egolf, Bobbie
and George Egolf, Jack Sanders, Leo, Cynthia and Destin
Paulson, and Jean and Doug Litton.
Barbeque in Pensacola: L-R: Louie Dedeaux, Barb
(Egolf) Dedeaux, Darla (Vose) Creek.
Louie still enjoys his senior golf tournaments while
Barb enjoys a job-share and works Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday only. She says it's an easy way to slip into
retirement come December or March. Son Jon's job often
takes him out of town, so they see a lot of J, their soon to be
13 year old grandson. Barb says that Helen Swearingen
(Buckey's mother) is much in their thoughts this month
(July) as she celebrates her 91st birthday with family and
I had a surprise call from an old friend, Linda
(Shumate) Doege, Gene Shumate's (CHS'59) sister who
lives about 30 minutes away in Elberta, Alabama and works
at the Pensacola Naval Station. She left Panama after
completing 8'" grade in Cristobal, a CHS'63 graduate had she
continued. We have spoken a few times and we plan to get
together with her sister, Bonnie, soon.
My son Kevin now resides in New Blaine, AR with
Cissie Witt, her son Colin and her parents Eula and John
Witt while attending the University of Arkansas. He is doing
well in school and we miss him!
In May, Tommy Little (18), Elaine (Peterson) and
Mike's son and Tom and Barbara Peterson's grandson was
in a terrible accident in Niceville (about 45 minutes from
Pensacola). Tommy is still in West Florida Hospital,
Pensacola, recovering. We are all praying for a full and
speedy recovery for Tommy. Please keep him and his family
in your prayers.
If you have any news for the next article, please
contact me. Hasta Luego!
Barbara (Hall) Vose
Greetings from hot and steamy South Florida. Rainy
season is here and for once everybody includingg my lawn) is
Back in April, Jaime and Neidda threw a picnic/
birthday/anniversary bash at Tradewinds Park up in Boca.
The "fair" winds Gods were with us and Jaime's band played
an outstanding gig. Jaime and Amy's grandson is a natural on
the congas. The kids had a bounce house to play in which the
A-team boys managed to deflate on more than one occasion.
I also seem to recall that they locked their maid out of the
house in Gamboa on more than one occasion. Panamanian
Tipico food was furnished by Jaime's parents and all. There
were far too many people in attendance to name and that
includes practically Jaime's whole family.
Mimi (Martinez) Azcarraga visited Bob and
Mindy Dollar in Annapolis in late April and indulged in
their foresty-marsh back yard, along with a spread of local
delicacies from nearby Chesapeake Bay. Islay Lamberty
was also in town visiting. Bob had his hands full, being the
only man among three Agave filled women reminiscing about
the great times they had back in Gamboa. Mimi was also
there to ensure that progress to their infamous party deck was
underway. Bob complains that he didn't work all those years
as chief engineer on tugboats just to be demoted to a deck
D. LaPorta and his wife Terry (who is due in
October with their first) threw another birthday party at Boca
Raton South Inlet Park in early May. "D" was 43 for the day,
but now he's on the down side of 44 (and I'm not talking belt
size......yet) It was a beautiful sunny day at the beach and
some great food. Highlight of the day was the "This side" vs
the "Other Side" volleyball game. Most of the Atlantic siders
were younger and a little more fit than their Pacific side
opponents (they were just kids, for Pete's sake) Regardless,
when you take into account all the cheating, taunting, shouts
of "look over there, is that a nude sunbather?" It's no wonder
the "other side" won. George Cruise, his wife, Tena, and
family are the new kids on the block. I'm sure they won't be
strangers to all our gatherings. Greg Norton was also in
town on a stopover from Puerto Rico as was Maurie Moore
who was down for the weekend from Palm Bay, Florida.
After the picnic, Maurie, Conrad Bryant Jr., Jonn Maas,
Norton and I went to the annual Ft. Lauderdale Crawfish
Festival. Maurie and I are big fans of Chubby Carrier and
we took everybody back stage after the show to hang out with
the band. Norton ate his first crawfish and after a little
training he was eating them "Louisiana Style." We also
reminded him to wash the spice off his hands real good
before he touched anything delicate.
In mid-May, after a day and evening of Mexican
food and drink at Rancho Pajaro, most of my house guests
ended up in the pool and only half on their own volition. I
don't think the Fajitas had anything to do with it, but the
recently fixed pool light (thanks to Chuck Peterson), the
"Tribal Council" Tiki torches and the Margaritas may have
contributed. Regardless, it made for a memorable birthday
party. In deference to the guilty, I'll omit the names. I made
a trip to Memphis over the Memorial Day weekend to attend
the annual Handy Awards. The Handy is similar to the
Grammy but it's for blues music. My friend Taj Mahal and
his band recently won a Grammy for their "Shouting in Key"
album and were also honored with a Handy nomination.
After they also won a Handy, we went to an all-night jam
session where we smoked a few of the fine local Gloria
Cuban cigars I brought for the occasion. While in Memphis
I enjoyed a BBQ with Mike and Sandy Rose at Mike
Young's house. Jay Sieleman and Priscilla Hernandez
were also in town and we had a great time talking about their
recent trip to South America. Jay and I held daily business
meetings at the Flying Saucer which boasts a wall of taps.
We tried unsuccessfully to float the keg of Sierra Nevada
Celebration Ale. After all, it is a "seasonable" and it was
Locally, Tom and Kim Vasquez hosted their
annual Memorial Day picnic on the beach in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, they got rained out and had to retire to a
friend's house to continue the party.
The Azcarraga family has been very busy this
summer. Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga and his son Adam
visited Mary Azcarraga in Indio, CA (near Palm Spings) in
June. The trip was supposed to be a working vacation..
However, while Lucho was working outside in the dry desert
heat, Adam, his helper, was too busy shopping, going around
the town with a local neighbor, and keeping cool in the pool
Lucho's wife Mimi also took a trip to the desert
southwest in June visiting her brother Louis "Luno"
Martinez at Tucson, AZ. They both passed the time by trail
riding the local mountains, climbing a few cliffs and seeing
the local sights. Mimi found the local cuisine was to be quite
delicious, especially the Mexican. How about the Tequila,
Meanwhile, their oldest son, Alex, visited Mimi's
sister Maria and husband Jim Witte up in Auburn, AL.
Both Drs. Jim and Maria are professors at the local university
and Alex was able to meet the local staff officials, ride the
elevator for fun and played basketball in the Coliseum.
Fishing, Iron Forging (with Unka Jim) at the local blacksmith
shop, and feeding at the local restaurants a favorite by all
was catfish. Alex didn't realize how many ways you can
cook a catfish.
And last but not least, Teresa Martinez has made
the move north to New Jersey. She will be missed. However,
she left Maria Claus and Michele Kaufman behind to carry
on the tradition.
And finally, I made a trip out to Austin, TX for a
couple of weeks in late June and early July to visit with my
mother "Bricky", brother "Red", his wife Kat and their two
kids, Tom "Scruffy" and Megan. Megan doesn't have a
nickname yet but give her time. Red and his family were on
their way to Kuai for six days and I stayed behind to do a
little work on mom's house in Round Rock. Val Krueger
and my friend Leslie Landreth came over a couple of times
to help with the landscaping. I did find time to visit Don and
Betty Ross who threw a grand pre-fourth of July party at
their home in Austin. We feasted on Tommy Hill's famous
brisket, listened to a live band and swam in the pool. I even
got a chance to play a little guitar with the band. Other
Zonians at large were, Beth (Wright) McDowell, Spike and
Wendy Baldwin, Jaco Petitone, his fiance Cheryl and
Stanley Wright. I also ran into Charlie Thrush at Blues on
the Green in Zilker Park earlier that week. I heard that he,
Stanley, Brian Donovan and some others went down to San
Antonio for a "Oldies Concert". It seems that only Stan had
actually seen any of the bands during their heyday.
The next week I went tubing down the Guadeloupe
with some friends and stopped in Gruene for some
refreshment at the Gruene Hall, the oldest dancehall in
Texas. Had a blast, but, boy is it hot in Texas.
So here I am back home frantically trying to get this
in the mail before the deadline and I must close with three
more things. First of all, thanks to "cub reporter" Mimi for
all her help; secondly, apologies for no photos to accompany
this report; and lastly, although it may seem that I write about
the same people over and over, it's the only input I get.
So..........if you don't write me, phone me or invite
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
Hot as the devil in Tally, but at least we've had
some rain after such a long drought. The Woods and the
Meads are heading to cooler places a visit to Seattle and
Salt Lake City. More about their trip when they return. Joe
and Bev Wood have other news though. Their son, Brian,
and his new bride, Dariana Olivares of McAllen, Texas,
visited Tennessee in June, on their way from Tampa to
Texas. During the visit, the newlyweds, Joe and Bev hosted
a small, informal reception for family and friends in honor of
the young couple. Brian recently transferred from USAA
Regional Offices in Tampa to the USAA headquarters in San
Antonio, where the couple will make their home.
John Schmidt e-mailed me the following about his
recent trip. John and twenty-six members of his BHS Class
of 1950/51 enjoyed a wonderful cruise in the Caribbean
aboard the Carnival Lines ship Inspiration. Sissy Flynn,
Larry Horine, and several of the group that meets annually
in Atlanta decided on a cruise this year. The vacationers
included John, Sissy, Babe (Flynn) and Bill Kessler, Mary
Ellen (Stacey) and Larry Horine, Floann (Pierce) Gray,,
Bruce Hearn, Wally Christmas, Phyllis (McClaren) and
Joe Barkley, Joanie (Sprague) and Joe Kilgallon, Nick and
Sandy Gorman, John Geisinger and his wife Velma,
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor, Anna and John Remington,
Annette (Godby) and Bill Stocking, Jackie (Hutching)
Baker and her sister Susan Gregory, Joan (Powell) Arndt,
Wendall and Connie Spreadbury.
Sissy and Larry got the ball rolling with
arrangements, and in May, the group departed New Orleans
for a seven day trip of balmy Caribbean seas and weather.
The group was able to sit together (three tables) for all their
meals and enjoyed all the culinary delights. Many times John
and others looked at the menu and said, "One of each!" With
stops at Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and
Cozumel, Mexico, there was excitement enough for
everyone. John particularly enjoyed swimming with the sting
rays in the waters off Grand Cayman. That alone was worth
the price of admission! John will be off again, this time to
Colorado Springs to help celebrate the graduation of his
grandson, John Brandon, from high school. John will attend
the UTniversitv of Northern Colorado in Grreelv.
L-R: Carl Simons, Tita Simons, Jillian Heddaeus,
Jean Heddaeus and Bob Heddaeus at Jillian's high
Others who celebrated high school graduations are
Mark and Katherine Heddaeus, for their daughter, Jillian.
Jillian was thrilled to have both sets of grandparents attend
the ceremony. See photo of Carl Simons, Tita Simons,
Jillian Heddaeus, Jean Heddaeus, and Bob Heddaeus.
After the graduation ceremony, Mark and
Katherine hosted a large gathering of well-wishers. Jillian
will be attending Florida State University home of the
National Champion football team, the Seminoles.
Burt and Carol Mead recently had visitors: Carol's
sister, Mary Coffey and Diane Morris were in Tally for 1
brief visit. Carol hosted an elegant, scrumptious luncheon..
Attendees included Sunny Mizrachi, Elaine Stephenson,
Bev Wood, Kari McIlvaine, Katherine Heddaeus, Angie
Linton, Margaret Spradlin, and Margaret's friend from
California, Lynn Garza and Sharon Smith. A truly
wonderful time was had by all.
Send me your e-mail, folks!
After many years, the Sewing Club members finally
decided to change their name to Canal Zone Ladies Club. But
ironically, the women still use the name, Sewing Club. As a
member of over 12 years, I've never seen anyone sew. Millie
Hickey always knits booties.
Girls are generously donating yarn for the booties
she makes as presents to friends and to nursing homes. Yarn
has been donated by Ruth Schmidt, Barbara Slover, Betty
Boyer and Dot Harrington.
On April 24h, Jeanne Wheeler hosted the Sewing
Club oopss, Canal Zone Ladies Club) in her home in Bayonet
Point. The picture of the present members is enhanced by
Clementine, a most lovable Labrador belonging to the
Front L-R: Aura Erikson, Clementine, Beverly
Williams. Middle row L-R: Carlie Taber, Millie Hickey,
Grace Carey, Dottie Sanders. Back L-R: Betty
Boyer, Betty Snow, Jeanne Wheeler, Eleanor
The Panama Pals Pinochle Players meet every
Friday to play pinochle. The girls take turns hosting the game
day. Snacks and drinks are served during the games, then
dessert is served at the end of the games. The players are a
foursome made up of Shirley Whitlock, Barbara Slover,
Nita Karst and Betty Boyer.
Panama Pals Pinochle Players: L-R: Shirley
Whitlock, Barbara Slover, Nita Karst, Betty Boyer.
In mid-May, Margaret Leigh had her sister, Ann
Cardoze from Panama visit her with her daughter, Denise
Clement, for a week. Margaret also had a reunion at the
Tradewinds in St. Petersburg Beach with all DODDS
teachers and administrators. Those present are named in the
caption of the enlarged picture.
DODDS Teachers and Administrators; L-R: Wanda
Fanning, Bobbie Berger, Margaret Leigh, Mary
DesLondes, Kathy Lively, Pattie Mathews Trim.
Jack Taber was the honored guest at his 90th
birthday party hosted by daughter Alice Taber. He was a fire
chief on the Atlantic side, then made his home in Seminole
after retirement. About 25 guests attended the party held in
the nursing home where Jack resides. April 23 was Jack's
birthday and now his wife, Carlie celebrates her 90"h birthday
on July 11. I'm speculating that Alice will host a birthday
party for her mother and since this article goes to press
before the birthday, I predict Carlie's friends, her Sewring
Club, will be among the invited guests.
At press time, Mary Hanna is still finalizing plans
for their 50th wedding anniversary. Bob still plays in three
dance bands, so Mary wants several of his musicians to play
at the celebration. More details will be reported in the next
issue of the Canal Record.
Melissa, Mike and Mariela (Meggers) McNally, Bill and
Carole Arnold, Richard and Laura Jack, Lester Smith
and June (Rowley) Stevenson. The plan, after our delicious
Panama type dinner was that all would adjourn to a Latin
Dance Club to dance the night away, but I left early, and had
the feeling that most of the group also opted not to dance the
Zonian get-together at Coco Loco Restaurant in
Buckhead, Georgia, April 2001.
Sandy Wallace with brother Dick and his wife, Diane
at Coco Loco Restaurant in Georgia.
I spoke to Ray Burda and his wife, Patty, and was
told they were selling their home here in Atlanta and moving
to Florida. I was sorry to hear that, as they will be missed at
There was a gathering of Zonians here in the Atlanta
area on April 21st at the Coco Loco Restaurant for a
Panamanian style dinner. At first I didn't think I would make
it, but fortunately, Lester Smith, who lives near me, was
going, so I hitched a ride with him. His wife, Andrea, was
unable to make it, which is too bad, since it was a lot of fun.
Those attending were Margaret "Maggie" Knapp, (the one
who put this dinner together), Robert and Sue (Knapp)
Light, John Coffey, Skeeter Hirons, Ann Richardson,
Camille and Larry Harrington, Ray and Patty Burda, Pat
and Jerry Dockery, Mae Jacques, Richard and Olga
Phillips, Dave and Bev Vaughn, Charles Womack, Carol
Neal, Dick and Diane Wallace, Sandra (Sandy) Wallace
(all the way from Alabama), Bob Nooney and friend
Cissy and Gary Collins of Douglasville, GA spending
the day with Sarah Finklestein on the Isla of Palms in
South Carolina, April 2001.
Cissy and Gary Collins of Douglasville, GA wrote
about how much they enjoyed their retirement and traveling
and visiting with friends. In April, they spent a week at Sea
Watch Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC and loved it. They also
spent two days in Mt. Pleasant where they took side trips to
the Isle of Palms and Sullivan Island. Sullivan Island is
where Dorothee Benton Frank's book, Sullivan Island, took
place. They made contact with Sarah Finkelstein, a former
friend from the Canal Zone, who now lives on the Isle of
Palms. Sarah and her husband, Morris, had gone to the
Canal Zone in 1962 where Morris (now deceased) taught
and coached sports. They were able to spend the day with
Sarah and Leah Barkowitz who also lives on the Isle of
Palms and later joined them for lunch. Sarah told them that
her son, Joseph, lives in Acworth, GA, and Matthew lives
in Savannah. While in South Carolina, Gary and Cissy spent
another week in Edisto to just relax and enjoy life. The nicest
part was that there was very little traffic.
Cissy and Gary Collins with friends and family in
Florida. L-R: Carolyn (Hale) Pearson (BHS'84), Louie
and Robin Husted (Schools Division 2000), Bob and
Betty Dahn, Ron, (Marine Traffic?), Fran and Nikki
Meyer and Stacy (Collins) Young (BHS'87) with 19
month old daughter, Sydney Grace.
In May, Cissy and Gary spent a week in Apopka, FL
visiting Stacy, Todd and Sydney (Young). During that week
they managed to get together with some of the CZ folks for
lunch at Chili's, near the Orlando Airport. Starting from left
to right:Carolyn (Hale) Pearson (BHS'84) Melbourne;
Louie and Robin Husted (Schools Division 2000) (Merritt
Island), Bob (Ret. Military) and Betty Dahn (Schools
Division (Rockledge), Ron, Fran (Stabler) and Nickki
Meyer (Merritt Island); Gary and Cissy Collins (Schools
Division '88) and Stacy (Collins) Young (BHS'87) with
granddaughter Sydney Grace (19 months) (Apopka).
In May, my daughter, Lori Snow and family, plus
my husband and I flew to Washington D.C. for the wedding
of my niece (and Lori's cousin), Suzanne Gerhart on May
19. I feel sure that her wedding photo plus write up will also
be in this edition, so all I will say is that the bride was
beautiful and the wedding was exquisite. My two
granddaughters, Allie and Sara Snow, were both in the
wedding party, and also looked beautiful. Suzanne, by the
way, is now Mrs. Sean George.
Teresita Azcarraga de Richa, Lori (Stevenson)
Snow, June (Rowley) Stevenson in front of the White
House, Washington, D.C., May 2001.
While in the Washington DC area, my daughter and
I did a little sightseeing and toured the White House along
with Teresita Azcarraga De Richa, daughter of Lucho, and
a good friend of my nephew, Kenneth Gerhart. Teresita
had flown up to Washington DC from Panama to visit with
Kenneth and take in the wedding festivities. We found that
getting around the DC by Metro was very simple, and it took
us everywhere we wanted to go. I like going to DC, as there
is so much to do and see.
Lori and her husband Virgil Snow went on a short
Caribbean cruise this summer and enjoyed it so much they
are planning on going again in December. They went on a
Royal Caribbean ship, but are willing to try them all to see
which is the line they like best.
Jan and Don Ponder stopped by our home for a
weekend visit to help me celebrate my birthday the last week
in June. They were lots of fun to have, and kept me from
being too lonely while my husband, Davis was away in
Uruguay. Jan and Don own a small condo in Daytona Beach,
FL, and were on their way there for their six-month stay.
Remember, if anyone has any news that they want
to give me for the Canal Record, please call me or send me
an email. Till next time.
June A. Stevenson
While visiting Panama during March and April, Bill
Brophy participated in the EXCOMER 2001. As the
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Panama to
Hawaii, he worked on facilitating local (Hawaii) firms doing
business in Panama. Bill was pleased to meet four times with
President Moscoso who had been invited officially to visit
Hawaii. Bill also met with my brother, Bill DeLaMater and
his wife, Thelma.
Jimmy DesLondes telephoned the sad news of the
death of his mother, Beverly Stiles. He brought her to the
PCSOFL reunion a few years ago so that she and I could
visit and reminisce on the good old Canal Zone days.
L-R: Bill DeLaMater, Panamanian model displaying
hula attire, Thelma DeLaMater, Bill Brophy at
The well- traveled Margaret McMillan is staying
home for a change to take care of some "operational
matters." Hank and Virginia Dolim, still abiding in their
California casa, report they will return in September to their
"little grass condo" near the beach in Honolulu.
Aloha (farewell) Beverly, Mayno, Tinsie.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Barbara McShane Barnickel in Leesville has been
promoted to principal at her former school, Pickering High
Norman Dugas of Spring Hill, Florida visited his
sister Joyce Joubert and brother LeRoy in Baton Rouge
recently. Norman and LeRoy, along with Joyce's husband
Herb, enjoyed a fishing trip to Grand Isle, La. No
information of their catch.
L-R: Norman Dugas, Joyce Dugas Joubert and
Thea Thomas in Mandeville reports that her son
Andy (BHS'90) plans to marry Karen Decker in Oregon
this month (September). Other BHSers in the wedding party
are Chris Berrean (BHS'90) and Andy's brother Chad
(BHS'86). Several others plan to attend from Panama, and
they are Nick Lang (BHS for two years), Ann and Judy
The 2001 Summer National Senior Olympics are
under way in Baton Rouge as we go to press. Larry Horine
(CHS'49) of Boone, NC is, so far, the only former Zonian
discovered to be competing. We'll have details and results in
the December issue. This reporter serves as a Media Center
When the games were held in Baton Rouge in 1993,
former Zonians competing besides Larry included William
H. Grant, Jr. (BHS'32), Floann Pierce Gray (BHS'50),
Frances Veach Haywood (BHS'49), Johnny Haywood
(CHS'43), Conrad Horine (CHS'44), Mary Ellen Stacy
Horine (BHS'50), Jim Stevens (BHS'52) and Harriet
Keenan Wollmers (CHS' 47).
Patt Foster Roberson
The guys at Diamond Head have been burning up
the links and folks are looking forward to the Gulf Coast
Picnic in October.
Tropical Storm Allison caused millions of dollars of
damage across the Gulf Coast, especially in Texas where the
Medical Center in Houston was devastated. The center
includes Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital,
Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Heart Institute at St.
Luke's Episcopal Hospital, University of Texas' M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center and the university's Health Science
Participants in the Panama Canal Zone Residents
Environmental and Health Survey will be relieved to know
that this research and its findings sustained no damage to any
paper or computer files, according to project director Dr.
Deborah J. del Junco, assistant professor of epidemiology.
Patt Foster Roberson
Seems like I just finished this article for the June
issue and here we are again. We've had lots of happenings in
North Carolina since then. Fran and Bob Morrisey had
visitors in April when Terry and Sue Deakins arrived from
Florida to check out the area once more. They had considered
moving up here but have decided to stay put in Merritt Island
for the time being. Both Allison and Mark will be living in
Florida again which made the decision easier. They enjoyed
the sights here and I was able to visit with them one evening
Willi and Wilma Nowotny have had lots of
company, as usual. I hate to mention the B&B word in
connection with them but they have had friends from
Germany, and Wilma's daughter Terri Densmore visited for
several days from Texas. She flew in to Atlanta and they went
to Wilma's father in Georgia to help celebrate his birthday. I
think it was his 90'h! Gisela Stowski was expected to arrive
shortly after Terri left. Gisela is still living in Germany.
Cherry Stalhman was back home in Hendersonville
for a couple of weeks on her summer vacation from teaching
in Puerto Rico. As of this writing she isn't sure whether she
will return to Puerto Rico next year, transfer somewhere else
in DODDS or retire-------again! Whatever, we were glad to
have her back for a while. She and Pat Fraser had a lot of
catching up to do.
Sam and Norma Irvin became grandparents again
in April with the arrival of Sara, Number 5, born to Tom and
Kathy Irvin. (See Births). Sam's sister, Elizabeth (Betty)
Quintero has moved back to Hendersonville from Maryland,
where she has been for a few years now, and is currently
residing in Pine Park Independent Living area. That is the
same complex where Jeanne Dombrowski is living, so I am
sure there will be lots of Canal Zone business discussions
going on It is good to have her back. Hendersonville must
have a little of that Chagres Water around.
I had a call recently from John Ibarra. He attended
Cristobal High School from '68 to '70 and would have
graduated with the class of '72. His father was military,
stationed in Ft. Gulick. John was very active in sports at CHS,
playing football, baseball and swimming. In fact, he holds a
record for a softball throw at CHS, which is still standing. I
can't remember if it was for the longest throw or the hardest,
or what, but his dad saw the plaque on the wall in CHS when
he returned to Panama several years later. He and his wife
Patti have been married 17 years, have one 16 year-old
daughter and are now living in Charlotte, NC. He is working
for Qualex, a division of Eastman Kodak. He plans to join the
Society and hopes to attend the reunion next year. He would
love to get in touch with some of his former classmates.
I flew out to Denver in late June to visit friends.
While there I saw Sheila (Curling) and Dick Heath. They
are living in Littleton near their daughter Cindy and family.
We had a short but pleasant visit as they were leaving next
morning for North and South Carolina and Florida. Sheila's
niece, Holly, daughter of Joyce Curling, and her husband
Jack live in Tyron which is only about 30 minutes from me.
When I returned home from Denver, I got a wonderful visit
from Jim and Gemma O'Donnell of St. Petersburg, Florida.
We did a lot of sight-seeing and we had lovely "cool"
weather while they were here. They hated to return to the 90
days in Florida. After they left I drove over to visit my
daughters, Lisa Johnson and Laurie Trinca and families.
Lisa and her husband William are building a new house so
we spent a lot of time "looking for things and painting!!"
Laurie, Sam, Zach and Justin Trinca spent the 4th of July
at a lake in Virginia. My daughter Terri Rhodes visited
from Atlanta and we drove to Boone, NC to see John Hunt
and Jennifer Watkins who is living up there also. John just
returned from a trip to Telluride, Colorado, a beautiful state.
The mountains are spectacular. I spent a week in
Breckenridge, a ski resort area and also visited the Vail area
while I was out there. Malcolm and Jean Stone were out of
town when I tried to contact them. They were in Maryland
preparing for their daughter Lynn's wedding. Details in the
next Canal Record..
Jim and Diane Bradley spent a week in Destin,
Florida with their children and families. They enjoyed the
beach and being all together. Jim and Diane came to dinner
while Jim and Gemma were here and the two Jims discussed
the Electrical Division from A to Z.
Hello to all from the great NW. We have reports of
at least three who graduated from Washington high schools:
In North Bonneville, Tina Duffus, daughter of Jim and
Clover (Shobe) Duffus with honors grandparents Jim
and Noralee (Roche) Duffus attended; in Oak Harbor, Guy
E. Fealey, son of Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey; and in
Silverdale, WA, Mary Herring, daughter of Tim and
Theresa (Snider) Herring.
Jim Duffus, Sr. and Jr. and Jim and Steve Shobe
recently attended the World Championship Motorcycle Trials
in Goldendale, WA, which they described as awesome.
Noralee Shobe recently visited high school classmate Hazel
(Griffith) Berry in Phoenix, AZ, and did lots of reminiscing
and catching up.
Henry and Pat Cruz, Jim and Mary (Sullivan)
Young, Jack and Ann Rocker and Jim and Noralee Shobe
hold a monthly luncheon get-together in Bellingham, WA,
area, so if you plan to be in the area and want to join in, give
one of them a call.
Marty and Bev Hoffman celebrated their 35th
wedding anniversary with a trip to London and Greece and
took their two children Scott and Allison, and their spouses
Nichole and Doug with them. The six of them spent quality
time with each other and managed to get a few games of
cards and Scrabble in between seeing the sights.
Marti Lohr held her annual Indy 500 gathering
attended by Floyd and Bev Baker, Cecil and Donna
Caudill, Marty and Bev Hoffman, John and Garnett
McLaughlin, Dan and Pat Nellis, Jim and Noralee Shobe,
and Lee and Kathy Snider. Weather was great and winners
were Cecil, Garnett, and Floyd.
Dave Mcllhenny recently called former classmate
Henry Cruz to say he would be in Seattle on a Boeing consult
job. The Cruzes were to be at their daughter's place close to
Seattle to attend a fun run. Henry and Dave met up and took
in Snoqualmie Falls, the Ballard Locks, where the salmon
were running in record numbers, Edmonds, and Seattle
suburbs and enjoyed a couple of fine meals in waterfront
restaurants. Dave finished the Boeing job early and was able
to go to Mt. Rainier and do a climb/hike.
Henry Cruz, Dave Mcllhenny have dinner at
Anthony's Restaurant, Seattle, Washington
Theresa (Snider) and Tim Herring have had a few
visitors this summer: Theresa's sister Patty Morgan and
daughter Katie from Topeka; Tim's sister Anne Marie and
son Mark; Tim's brother Joe's wife Renee and her 3 kids,
Rachel, Joey and baby Markie and Tim's brother Mike's
wife Anne (Riggs) all from the Florida Panhandle while the
guys stayed home to fish; and Theresa's sister Beth
Hutchinson from Denver. All were there for Mary Herring's
HS graduation, which Theresa says was really special. The
Herrings held a reception for the graduation attended by Bob
and Ann Best, John Carey and Janet Rigby, Marty and
Bev Hoffman, Lee and Kathy Snider, Wallace Teal and Bev
Jones, Theresa's brother Jim Snider and wife Mary, and
Mary Herring's godmother, Beth. Mary Herring is in
Greenville, RI, for a 6-week lay missionary training for the
Catholic Church, which she is loving. The Herrings' son Joe
is spending a month in Phoenix with big brother Chris. Tom
Herring and friend Erin recently spent three weeks in
Panama with Lew and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler and their
three sons and brought home seviche, coffee, hot sauce and
Mary (Wells) Fealey and daughter Jamie recently
attended the Washington State Grand Assembly of Rainbow
Girls in Tacoma where Jamie was appointed as the Grand
Representative to Georgia. Shortly thereafter, the two flew to
Georgia for the wedding of Krista Wells (Alan Wells and
Kathy Jane's daughter) which was attended by Fred and
Marion Wells from Texas; Fred Wells, Jr., from Perth,
Australia; David and Chandra Rice from Connecticut;
Katherine Melanson and daughter Susanne from
California; Polly Wells (Fred's sister-in-law) from New
Jersey; and Selwyn, Lynn, Susan and Katherine Orr
(Mattes Orr's family Marion's side). Jamie and Mary
spent a few days with Mary's brother Alan and wife Kathy
Jane then went to Columbus, GA, for the Georgia Grand
Assembly. Mary ran into Linda (Cassidy) Sims (Ancon
Assembly #3, Class of 67) and Mrs. Ann Slover, former
Mother Advisor for Ancon. The Fealeys expect Honey
Fealey for a month's visit at the end of July.
Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz recently returned
after a 6-week jaunt, first to Panama City, FL, for their son
J's wedding to Sunshine Ray. Many friends and relatives
attended the ceremony. After the wedding Gerry, Howie,
Ray and Emese Laatz flew to Panama and were joined by
Carol Manning (Pat Manning and Sid Coffin were off on
a dive trip in the Galapagos). They visited El Valle, Santa
Clara, Isla Grande, and La Guaira where Al and Hilda
cooked up their famous Puerco Cubana, and were joined
there by J and Sunshine Laatz. On the Pacific side, we saw
Lew, Sue (Lessiack), Tito, Tim, and Rob Stabler, and their
guests Tom Herring and friend Erin, Vince Cafiamas, Nina
Kosik, Rolando Linares, Lenny Huff, and met Art
Mokray. After the Laatz sons and their wives left for the
U.S., Carol and Howie flew to David, motored to Boquete
(Panamonte), Cerro Punta where they stayed at a lovely B&B
owned by Glenn and Janet (Tilley) Lee and in the Los
Quetzales resort in a cabin high up on Baru, then to
Almirante in Bocas del Toro (an exquisitely beautiful drive)
and took a water taxi to Isla Colon. On returning to Albrook
airport, Howie ran into John Wolff who is now a pilot for
Aviatur, a Panamanian air company. Back on the Atlantic
side, Howie joined the Atlantic Thursday gals at Donnie
Pierpoint's lovely home in Santa Rita and saw Mary
(Coffey) Blennerhassett, Kathy Blennerhassett and son
Nate, and Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett, daughter
Ryann and new son Jason, and Alberta Corrigan. While
we were staying with Sid Coffin in Gatun, we visited the
Locks control tower and Ft. San Lorenzo, kayaked down the
Chagres, watched the tear-down of several New Town
houses very sad, saw the new railroad starting up with
passengers, and visited Industrial Division and saw Collin
Corrigan and Dave Miller.
We NWers are looking forward to the annual picnic
in Florence, OR, at the end of July. And so adios for now.
The Oklahoma Chapter held its Spring semi-annual
business meeting and picnic on May 12, 2001, at Andrews
Park in Norman, OK. The attendees were Paulino and Julia
Allande; Charley Brown and Irma Coiner; Doris and
Jean Burns; Scott Burns and friend Miya Dodd; Tomas,
Aymee (Lugo), Michael and Michelle Diaz; Eli Lugo, Sr.;
David and Shirley Lugo; John, Madeleine (Lugo) and
Kristin Raffler; Mike, Laura (Burns), Elizabeth and
Cheyenne Redemann; and Steve Helin. Everyone had a
great time and we could not have asked for better weather.
We welcomed Steve Helin for the first time and as a new
member. Steve Helin reports that he and wife Esther are
finally feeling settled in their new home in Edmond, OK.
Steve attained his real estate license the first of the year and
is plying his trade with Bob Linn, GMAC Real Estate in
Oklahoma City. Esther continues her long hours as
Marketing Director and Physician Liaison Officer of the
rapidly growing 24-doctor, McBride Clinic, in Oklahoma
City. In their "spare" time they still enjoy entertaining,
especially old and not so old friends from Panama. They have
had several visitors over the last year and a half, so if you are
traveling that way and want to stop by, get your reservations
in early. Their B&B fills up fast. Seriously, though, if anyone
is passing through, please feel free to give them a shout.
The Oklahoma Chapter Picnic at Andrews Park,
Norman, Oklahoma, May 12, 2001.
John Raffler reports that his wife Madeleine and
daughter Kristin traveled to Europe for two weeks with
Kristin's Spanish class, and they both had a blast. They
visited England, France and Spain. Their first stop was
London where they spent four days. Then they went to Paris,
by way of the Euro Star which crosses the channel between
England and France under the ocean, at 190 miles per hour.
Paris was beautiful. However, according to Madeleine and
Kristin, Spain was the most fun. They were able to speak to
Marisa Allande over the phone in Madrid. Marisa lived for
a while in Tulsa with her uncle Paulino Allande and his wife
Julia. Madeleine wished she could have stayed longer in
Madrid since there was so much to see. Madeleine's Aymee,
husband Tomas and daughter Michelle took a trip to Panama
with some longtime friends. They enjoyed a lot of activities,
including a tour of the Canal.
Renee (Carter) Collins reports that daughter
Christina Renee Collins graduated from Broken Arrow
Senior High School in May and is currently employed with
RCB Bank. Christina plans on seeking a degree from the
University of Tulsa. Renee was just leaving for a two-week
vacation to Canada, to a nature preserve called Quelttico, not
far from Lake Superior. She was looking forward to catching
some delicious Walleye.
Jean and Doris Burns enjoyed the Fourth of July at
the home of Capt. Robert Norman and wife Fran. From the
Normans' house everyone had a great view of the annual
fireworks display launched from the 21s' Street bridge in
Tulsa. Jean and Doris enjoyed seeing Mrs. Jimmie
Wickham at the Normans.
In June Mike, Laura, Elizabeth and Cheyenne
Redemann enjoyed a two-week car trip to Wyoming,
Montana and Canada. Highlights of the trip included Glacier
National Park in Montana, Waterton Lakes National Park in
Alberta and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
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Laura L. Redemann
Brian Robinson (BHS'83), Luke Givens
(BHS'83), and Mark Baker (BHS'84) spent one week in
Panama this summer and enjoyed visiting with friends Jack
Whitlock, Jason Critides, and Jim Young. They spent three
days at Venao beach with Jason and Jack, surfing and fishing
in Pedasi, Frailles, and off the point of Bucaro, catching
dorado and mackerel (and losing three tuna). They also spent
a day fishing in Perlas with Jack on his boat. Besides fishing,
the group enjoyed a stop at the Balboa Yacht Club for a few
Soberanas and Ron Cortez. While Brian has visited Panama
regularly, Mark and Luke haven't been back since '95 and
'96, respectively. During their trip and the two days they
spent sightseeing, they were surprised by some of the
changes; driving through Albrook and seeing fabulously
reconstructed homes from the old military housing, the
closing of Steven Circle, the unfortunate abandonment of the
Balboa Clubhouse, many new roads, including a new road
from the airport and two lanes in each direction going up to
The last few times Cindy Toda (BHS'82) visited
Panama was for two to three-week stays mainly to visit
family and to shop. Wanting to take it all in, on leave as a
computer programmer in San Diego, she spent two months
here. Cindy enjoyed skating the causeway and Ancon Hill,
and riding around the old Canal Zone. She visited Santa
Clara and Corona beach, and fishing in Pedasi where she
caught some tuna and a wahoo. She and her sister Olga Ring
(BHS'69) made a road trip to Boquete and other hidden
treasures of the interior. As for driving in the city, Cindy tells
me that is a sport she's grown to dread and love. Mayra
(Linares) Seitz, currently a DoDDS teacher in Germany,
emailed me about Cindy's visit and together with Evan
Rodaniche and Kim Holmes, we met her at the Yacht Club
for a few cervezas. Cindy plans on coming back in November
for a few more months, and is considering driving down. She
also plans on attending the reunion next year for her 20th
class reunion celebration.
Ernie Holland Jr. is a regular visitor to Panama,
and gives us another fishing report. He began his visit here
on a two-day trip to Volcan Reef catching tuna and wahoo
with Sid Coffin and Gary Laatz. Next, Ernie went to Coiba
for a three-night trip with his father Ernie Holland Sr. ,
Wendell Sasso, Matt Tomlet, and Jack Whitlock. Ernie's
boat, La Tortuga, caught 18 wahoos, along with dolphin and
tuna. Matt's boat, The Warhog, spear-fished 11 wahoos.
Ernie made another spear fishing trip to Tabogilla on Kyle
Wiese's boat, Diablito. Visitors Wayne Seeley from Japan,
and Darrell Cafiamas from Orlando, FL, joined them for a
day of diving in the bay. They shot pompanos and snappers.
Later, Ernie took brother-in-law John Williams of Ft.
Worth, TX, and his friend on a two-night trip to the San Bias,
where Ernie's boat, La Tortuga, became a real tortuga one
of the engines died on the second day. Despite breaking
down, they had a super trip with perfect weather and caught
8 barracudas. At deadline time (hoping for marlin) Ernie was
on a one-night trip back to Volcan Reef with Sid Coffin,
Wayne Seeley, and Darrell Cafiamas, staying at the north end
of the Chagres River on Sid's boat, Oddyssey. The following
day the group joined their families for a weekend of
snorkeling and sunning on Isla Grande, staying at La Cholita
hotel. Another family day trip for Ernie and Jennifer
Holland with three-year-old son Dylan, was to Taboga on
the boat, Cheers, with Wayne and Bonnie Seeley and
daughter Darlene, Vince and Penny Cafiamas, Darrell
Cafiamas, Jacob Pohl of Boca Raton, and Donna Kunkel
and family. While in Panama Ernie celebrated his birthday
hosting a BBQ with friends Wendell Sasso, Kenny Meyers,
Alex and Vivian Reyes, and Vince Cafiamas. Jennifer
Holland enjoyed kayaking Ft. Amador Beach and shopping
downtown with Bonnie Seeley, Donna Kunkel, and Penny
Cafamas. Ernie and Jennifer also enjoyed trips to Palmar
Beach and the Yacht Club.
I heard from Kim Holmes and Brandy Coffey,
who left Panama about one year ago to work in Puerto Rico.
Rene (Tiger) Acuna visited Brandy for about two weeks.
Tiger lives in Vail, CO, where he is the Executive
Housekeeper at the Vail Cascade Resort Condominiums.
They enjoyed skin diving for a dozen or so small lobster, and
fishing off of Brandy's favorite beach on Roosevelt Roads
military base where Brandy caught a barracuda and Tiger
caught a small tarpon. Kim took Tiger to El Yunque where
he enjoyed swimming in a beautiful rain forest waterfall and
hiking to the highest peak in Puerto Rico. Mike Freund is
also in Puerto Rico and the group gathered at his house one
evening for a BBQ and to watch local hero boxer Trinidad
take the title. The streets were filled with revelry that night.
Brandy also took Tiger to the luxurious El Conquistador
Resort for sushi and gambling. He also enjoyed two tank
dives off of Palamino Island, reporting that the water
temperature was the same at 60 feet as it was at the surface -
approximately 82 degrees. Tiger also reports that he saw my
father Ken Anderson playing a few holes on the base's golf
course. Tiger is now looking forward to a visit from Alex
Reyes and family in August.
I also heard from Michelle Kaufman who left
Panama a few months ago to join Miami Air International,
where she is a First Officer flying the 737-800 to exotic
locations like Russia, Aruba, and Iceland. She will be
heading to England for two months to fly for a sister
company called Excel during their high season. She will be
back for Miami's busy season in the Fall when they fly the
football teams around. While in Panama, Michelle had
worked for Alas Chiricanas and then for Copa for five and a
half years. She joined her brother Kirby Kaufman in Miami
who is a first officer for United Airlines on the 767. Kirby is
newly married to Marita Jaen, formerly of Balboa, who is
now a nurse at Doctor's Hospital in Coral Gables.
In a few days from deadline, the Yacht Club will be
celebrating its first anniversary in July with an extended
Happy Hour, and entertainment by Alex Reyes and company,
playing the music of Shorty and Slim. Alex is looking
forward to the event, telling me that the Zonian crowd is the
best crowd to play for, we are few but loyal. I hope to have
a full report of the event for the next issue.
In closing, I would like to hear from members of the
community with their news. Please email or call.
Our June potluck luncheon at the Crosland Park
Clubhouse was enjoyed by sixteen members: Jack and
Scottie Steele, Mitzi Schwindt with sons Mark and Brian,
Joe and Bea Marriott, Arlene Hopkins, Blanche Browne,
Beverly Lard, Charles Green, Ruth Lee Lam, Olga
Holmes, Lorna Shore, Trudi Clontz, and Peggy
In May, Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison spent a
delightful week at Hilton Head. After that, Peggy took off to
Boston and Bermuda. In Boston, she took a bus tour,
attended the Mother Church (The First Church of Christ,
Scientist) on Sunday. She reported that some things in
Bermuda are similar to Panama; plazas, narrow streets, and
a few carimettas, but no empanadas or plantain. The weather
was perfect for sightseeing.
Upon Peggy's return to Aiken, her daughter and
son-in-law, Dianne and Jerry Cox visited enroute to Norfolk
Peggy "baby-sat" their little Jack Russell. On May 14h,
Peggy became a great-grandmother! A baby girl was born to
Shane and Bekah Hutchison (Gary's son).
Lorna Shore's daughter, Sandra Shore Davis and
grandson Adam came up from Miami for three weeks in late
June. During their stay, Vaudie Robinson Dunning drove
down from Candler, N.C. for an overnight visit. Sandra and
Vaudie were classmates at C.H.S.
Between our March and June meetings, Blanche
Browne and Arlene Hopkins have been to China. She
reported on this trip at our June luncheon. I remembered her
mentioning the Terra Cotta Army in Xian, and thought I'd
check on some of the other places she visited, but, she is
gone again. This time on a trip across the United States.
On April 9-11 Timmy, Taffy and Colleen
Corrigan (Centerville, Va.) visited Gail, Gary and Kisa
Abbott and Rob Sargent, both from Knoxville, Tn. and
came over on the first night and had dinner with all of us.
Gary and Tim went to play golf and Gary said it was great
playing with Tim as he gave him some great golfing tips that
helped him improve his game. The girls all went to
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and spent a wonderful day that
was full of fun and laughter!. SO much fun was had, we hope
they will be back soon.
Jack and Nancy Goodwin (Palm Harbor, Fl)
visited with the Abbotts, while traveling around looking in
different areas for almost two years, for a new place to settle
down. Their search ended in Knoxville. The Abbotts and
Rob Sargent are very happy that they found a lovely home
here and are looking forward to having them close by.
On April 19", Gary and Gail spent one night with
Arlene Abbott (Dothan, Al). While in Dothan, they had a
nice visit with Jacque and Teddy Arias. The next day Gary
and Gail went to Niceville, Fl. to visit Robert (Titi) Rafa
Kelsie and Samantha Diaz. While in Niceville they were
able to see Mike and Elaine Little and children. On
Saturday night, the Littles, Diazs, Marge (Dehoyas) Naylor
and the Abbotts all enjoyed the Craw Fish Festival in Destin,
That's all there is. Keep up the good work.
Sheila McNanee Taylor
Andrew and Maureen (Egger) Whitlock, Fort
Worth, Texas, write from Sacheon, Korea where they are
temporarily assigned on project with Lockheed Martin
Aerospace International Services.
The Andrew Whitlocks visit the "Great Wall of China"
Andrew, (BHS'80)son of Paul L. Whitlock and
Marylou Maher of Gamboa, Maureen Egger
Whitlock, (BHS'79)daughter of Richard and Sheila
Egger of La Boca, Andrew Whitlock III, 14 yrs.,
Raymond P. Whitlock, 10 yrs. and Patricia Whitlock,
Andrew (BHS'80) an engineer with Lockheed, one
of the largest defense companies in the USA will attend the
Orlando reunion, after a visit with grandmom, Sheila Egger
in North Carolina. After the reunion, they will travel to
Seattle for a family reunion with Mary Lou (Allen)
Whitlock-Maher. They will return to Korea the end of
August, just in time for school for Andrew (14), Raymond
(10) and Patricia Lynn (9). Maureen writes that they have
visited many wonderful places but the "Great Wall of China"
was the most thrilling.
The Bob Bloemers have reserved Season Tickets to
the Dallas Summer Musicals and have enjoyed "The Civil
War", "Les Miserables" and "Jekyll and Hyde", so far. They
will spend two weeks on Hilton Head Island in August
playing golf and enjoying the Atlantic.
The Jones brothers Chris and Ben Jones relaxing at
home in Granbury, Texas.
Proud grandparents Bob (Railroad) and Marcia
(Public Health) Jones write that grandson Benjamin Jones
recently graduated from Texas A&M "Summa Cum Laude"
with a degree in Bio-genetics. He will attend Baylor Medical
School next year. Ben is presently in Costa Rica, studying
Spanish while working and living with a medical professor
and his family. Ben is the son of Dr. Daniel and Pamela
Jones who reside on Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Texas.
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Bobby Morris portside on recent 17 day cruise to
A "Grand" family gathering (before the Orlando
Reunion) is planned for the Morris's. Almost the full "clan"
will be enjoying the sun and surf in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Victoria (Morris) Hall and three kiddos, Kenneth (8),
Krystal (6) and Devon (5) from Guatemala. Carlton,
Shannon, Carlton (14) Gabriela (3) from Chicago. John,
Bliss (Morris), Jake (13) and Drew Patrick (4) Connerton
from Frisco, Texas and grandparents Bob and Linda Morris,
Piano, Texas. Shannon's family beach house will be bulging
at the seams but what fun!
Bob and Carolyn Ciepiela, Richardson, are
spending another year at Lake Barren in the Laurentian
Mountains, north of Montreal.
Still waiting for more news from North Texas. Call,
or e-mail me.
Linda Reimann Morris
Elsie Larson, the Chairperson for the Annual
Christmas Party, says that plans are in the making for another
great party. Elsie asked that everyone be reminded that they
are all welcome with or without the mailed notices. If you
want to be included in the mailing list or want more
information, call Elsie at (830) 257-4202. Y'all come,
The Les Johnson family was gathering for their
annual family reunion here in Kerrville when Les had his
second stroke. He is in the VA hospital and doing well as can
be expected. Fortunately, the family is all here which is a
great help to Mnriel. We wish Les a speedy recovery and
will keep them all in our prayers at this happy/sad time.
Marion and Fred Wells attended their
granddaughter Christa's wedding in Atlanta, GA. Christa is
the daughter of Alan and Cathy Jane Wells. Fred Wells of
Australia was in the U.S, on business and was able to visit
with his parents in Kerrville and join the family in Atlanta for
his niece's wedding.
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Bea's surprise birthday party. L-R: Thirza Robinson
Guttman, (BHS'33), Marion Orr Wells (BHS'39) and
Bea Monsanto Rhyne (BHS'39.).
My family honored and surprised me with an 80'
Birthday Bash. I hadn't a clue and the fibs they told to keep
me in the dark were something else. What a surprise it was
and the party continued into Father's Day weekend. Being 80
is not so bad if I can continue to have my health, family and
party! Family and friends came to help me celebrate from
Vancouver, B.C., Florida, Austin. Houston, San Antonio,
San Marcos, and Waco, Texas.
The Ed Stanfords had visitors Ann and Manny
Lopez from Okinawa, Japan. Ann is with the DOD in
Okinawa and they came to the U.S. to visit their sons in
Florida and the Stanfords in Texas. Jim and Sherry Slice,
New Braunfels, spent a fun weekend with the Stanfords.
The, H.G. Rhynes Jr. GI enn and Sonia were here
to help with my surprise party plus visiting with their family
in Austin. The whole family, Landon, Kenneth, Erick and
Taffy have all re-located in Austin. Sonia is a grandmother
for the third time when Landon and Roxane's son, Preston
Marshall arrived in April.
Kathi Lessiack went to Florida one weekend in
June to attend a family wedding. Daughter Sue Stabler met
Kathi in Atlanta and they continued on together.
Another visitor to Kerrville was Denny Weldon, El
Volcan, Panama. He was in the area to visit his in-laws,
Bobby and Jackie Fearon. I didn't get to see Denny, but we
had a nice telephone chat and hope to visit with him next
The Fearons have just returned to Kerrville after two
weeks of travel around the country visiting family and friends
in their trailer.
Honey Fealey will escape the Texas heat when she
leaves on July 31 to spend three weeks with her sons and
their families on Whidbey Island, WA. She hopes to see all
her friends who have relocated in that area.
L-R: Diana Duncan, Kristen Potts, Liz (Carteret)
Potts, Kayla Potts and "Fred" and "Cunita".
Greetings from the Virginia/DC/MD area to our
Robin Harrison Walker (BHS'55) of Reistertown,
MD, writes that she is moving into a lovely condominium in
Owings Mills, MD near Pat Anderson Marek, a
transplanted Zonian from Kerrville, Texas. In April, Robin
visited her son, David Walker and his lovely family in
Pflugerville, Texas. While there, she visited with fellow
Zonians at the home of Dale Cockle and his wife Betty who
have an Emu Ranch in Burnet, Texas. Dale hosted a mini-
reunion and other Zonians in attendance were Velvia
Bringas and Lou, Bill Eldridge, Carlos Ledson Miller
(author of "Panama") from the Galveston area and Robin's
friend Jack Greenberg from Baltimore. Anna Calvit of
Kerrville. widow of Benny Calvit made the empanadas and
sent along many fruitbreads to help celebrate. Robin also
visited with Mary Fehrenbach of Pflugerville while in
Liz (Carteret) Potts (BHS'76) and her two
daughters. Kristen. 10 years old and Kayla, 6 years old took
a trip to Panama for Easter vacation this year. Unfortunately,
hubby Terry had to stay behind and work! They visited with
her parents. Thurman and Candy Carteret. both PCC
retirees and sister Gysell Carteret (BHS'83)
They also spent a lot of time visiting Kristen's god
mother. Diana Duncan (BHS'76) and Dave Bishop. Diana
and David hosted a superb party "Panamanian" style with all
the "tipico" trimmings, such as arroz con polio, platanos
ententacion. ensalada. bollos rellenos, ceviche de
Front row (L-R) Carol Wickham, Milton Leidig, Gordi
Will. Back row (L-R) Gysell Carteret, Hugh Thomas,
Rick Velasco, Liz Potts, David Bishop, Chris Homa,
Lyle Wickham, and Bobby Cruz.
combinaci6n, caramifiolas and many cervezas Panameio and
Ron bottles. Also in attendance were familiar faces as
Milton Leidig and son, Rick Velasco, Lyle and Carol
Wickham, Bruce and Chris Homa, Pablo and Maritza
Prieto and son. Johnny Bates, Bonnie Bishop and Ed
Beasley, Ted and Mel (Little) Henter and family, Gordi
Will, Bobby Cruz and Hugh Thomas. They made the usual
rounds to the causeway, did a little fishing with Grandpa in
Gamboa Lake, revisited Liz's old stomping grounds at
Albrook AFB (where she grew up as a child in the "flats"
and again lived as an adult serving in the Air Force). Took an
exciting bus ride in a "chiva" by Pier 18, Balboa High School
and Central Avenue. The trip could not be complete without
a couple trips to Coronado, Palmar, and Rio Mar beaches.
Kayla wanted to keep going back to Aunt Diana's pool
(Coronado Golf and Country Club)!! Liz and the girls of
course had to stay at her parents' bed and breakfast, Cabanas
Gysell, in El Valle which recently ranked No. 1 in the area
for its hospitality, service, rooms and prices. The girls
enjoyed relaxing in chair hammocks, horseback riding,
visiting the golden frogs, square trees, the India Dormida and
the famous Chorro macho, as well as, buying many souvenirs
at Don Pepe's. The trip wouldn't have been complete without
eating at all of Liz's "favorite" eating establishments such as
Napoli Pizza, Siete Mares (formerly Cocina Vasca), Meson
del Prado and El Trapiche.
As soon as they arrived back in Maryland, the girls
wanted to know when they were going back again!! All in all,
a successful trip.
Last Friday evening Tom and I were on our way to
a Playhouse to see an off Broadway production showing at
the west end in Alexandria, VA. Close to our destination we
found a place called Mango Mikes and checked it out for
dinner. Turned out to be a great choice, the d6cor is really
nice and the food was delicious. But added to this was the
fact that our server turned out to be Steve Hovan from
BHS'90.Imagine my surprise while asking about the different
items on the Menu. I asked if they had Corvina to which
Steve responded "no, but they had Corvina a few weeks
prior". I commented that I was surprised he knew what
Corvina was, since most people/places have no idea when I
ask for it. Then he told me he was from Panama. Small
world! We liked the place so much and it is centrally located,
so I spoke to the Manager before we left about having a CZ
get-together there some time in late September or October.
We are so glad we stopped there to eat!
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McLEAN HUFF ENGAGEMENT
William (CHS'63) and Jane (Gabriel) Huff
(CHS'70) of Merritt Island, Florida, proudly announce the
engagement of their son, William Bond Huff III (BHS'95)
of Jacksonville, Florida to Michelle Marie McLean
(BHS'98). also of Jacksonville. Florida.
Michelle Marie McLean and William B. Huff III.
Michelle is the daughter of Thomas McLean
(CHS'68) of El Dorado, Republic of Panama and Judy
(Fears) McLean (BHS'73) of Gamboa, Republic of
A wedding is planned for October 13, 2001 at Our
Saviour's Catholic Church in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
SWEET ADELINES HEADING FOR
Ann Beers and Pat (Neckar) Coleman proudly
display the second place medals they won in April this year.
Both, formerly of the Crossroads Chapter in the Canal Zone
are members of the Spirit of the Gulf Chorus, Fort Myers,
Florida, who placed second in statewide competition in
Orlando this year and the Chorus has accepted a wildcard
invitation to compete at the International level in Nashville
in November 2002.
Ann Beers and Pat (Neckar) Coleman
Ann and Pat are quite excited about competing for
the first time at the International level.
Llori Kent Gibson's new endeavor in Miami, open
for all to see. Congratulations, Llori!
LLORI KENT GIBSON BECOMES
DR. WILDE OF THE MIAMI
METRO DADE ZOO
It is with great pride that I write this article. I never
thought my sister and Jay (Gibson) would be the last to
leave Panama. But now as I have seen the enormous love for
the country that we were born and raised in, I am a believer.
It is that love that has led my sister into becoming
Dr. Wilde of the Miami Metro Dade Zoo. That and her gifted
talent to create life-like plants in silk. She recently came to
Florida for the month of May to help create a new exhibit at
the Zoo. She turned a completely bare exhibit into a tropical
rain forest with her plants and creativity. Pictures of Llori
with indigenous people from the Tropical American rain
forest are throughout the exhibit. It was the experiences with
the Indians that first gave Llori the idea to open a business in
Panama, to help bring their work to the eyes of the public.
Hand woven baskets, and tagua carving has been her passion
of the Indians. With this new position here in Miami she is
now able to help educate the kids of North America about the
Indians as well as the rain forests in which she lives so close.
The exhibit not only has the showing of the baskets/taguas,
but many other items that come from the Central and South
American countries. From animal skulls to cayucas, to videos
of animal life and sounds of the rain forests. Three videos
which are displayed throughout the exhibit as Dr. Wilde
welcomes you into her exhibit, then takes you on a personal
tour of one of her travels, then last but not least hopes you
had a great time and welcomes you back to another
The opening was on June 2nd. The Mayor of Miami
as well as the Mayor of Panama were there to open the doors.
In attendance was her husband, Jay, sons Lee and Kris, as
well as her parents Lloyd and Jo Kent, both her sisters,
Kerry and Bonny, her aunt Beth and grandmother Veta
Hatchett and Bobbie and Jackie Fearon from Texas. Jay
flew into Miami two days prior with two of Llori's Wounaan
Indian friends, Filadelfia Conquista who weaves the most
gorgeous of baskets, and Octaviano Chamarra who carves
the most lifelike animals and flowers, etc. This was their first
ever trip to the U.S. as well as first airplane travel. They
spent four days here in Miami, showing their talents and
explaining their work to many curious viewers.
Llori as well spent her weekend there, dressed in her
explorer outfit, signing autographs for kids and adults on
rainforest posters as well as Dr. B. Wilde dolls. (Couldn't
have gotten the hair color any closer).
I have spent the last 20 years away from my sister
and who knows how many more. But at least now, when I
miss her the most, I can drive 15 minutes and see her pasted
all over the Miami Metro Zoo, or on a billboard on US 1 in
I think I speak for the whole family when I say, we
love you Llori and we couldn't be any more proud of what
you have accomplished.
Your Lil Sis, Bonny
HELIN BACOT ENGAGEMENT
Esther and Steve Helin celebrate the recent
engagement of Stephanie Helin, Steve's daughter, and
Jason Bacot with dinner at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Tampa,
Esther and Steve live in Edmond, Oklahoma, and
will be celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary in
L-R: Esther and Steve Helin with Stephanie Helin
and Jason Bacot.
Esther and Steve Helin will be celebrating their 2n"
wedding anniversary in November. Their wedding
photo was taken November 27, 1999
TED and MEL CENTER TURN 50!!!!!
Ted and Mel Henter celebrated their 50"h birthdays
in style, with over 150 friends and family turning out for the
event. The party site had been transformed into a tropical
paradise, complete with running waterfall and tiki huts.
Guests were treated to a delicious buffet style dinner, with an
open bar and plenty of mouth watering desserts. First rate
musical entertainment was provided by the talented Tito
Mouynes and his Conjunto, and Sony recording artist
Bertie Higgins and his Band of Pirates. The two bands
alternated sets, keeping guests on their feet dancing all night.
One of the highlights came shortly after dinner,
when the Conjunto broke into the traditional birthday song
and a mini fireworks display erupted behind the birthday
Ted and Mel Henter celebrate their 50th. Congrats!
Ted and Mel were happy to celebrate this important
milestone with so many special people. Guests from the
Canal Zone included: Sisters Lynn Nehring, L'aine Little,
Sue Nolan, and Cindy Eggleston; brother Norman Little,
Al and Sheila Schonert, Joella and Randy Deakins, Terry
and Sue Deakins, Bill and Sandy Weigle, Bob and Katie
Hughes, Russ and Candee Bowen, Tom and Alice
Engelke, Bob and Nellie Engelke, George and Cindy
Ateek, Jack and Sue Lubera, Jack and Gloria Corrigan,
Burt and Carol Mead, David Corrigan, Larry Corrigan,
Sue Mitten Corrigan, Steve Nehring, Pablo Prieto, Bruce
Robinson, Bo and Chaco Small, John Gough, Tracy and
Kay Howard, Dick Rathgeber, Mary Alice and Mark
Albritton, and Diane and Kelly Morris.
VEE and JACK MacLAREN
CELEBRATE THEIR 50th
Vee and Jack MacLaren made it to that Golden
Year on July 28, 2000. Their children delighted them with a
glorious party with 150 friends and family at the beautiful
Baltimore Hotel in Coral Gables. Florida on the next day.
Vee and Jack MacLaren on their 50th anniversary.
The party was preceded by our Renewal of Vows at
our church, just across the street from the Hotel. We and
many of our guests spent the week-end at the hotel, so we
partied rather heartedly for several days!
They came back to reality in time to enjoy the
holiday season and began preparing for the next party my
dear mother, from Boca Raton, Florida, Vita Hatchett's 90th
birthday in April 2001. It was another weekend bash held at
Embassy Suite in Deerfield Beach. My brother Bill Hatchett
and daughter Cissy O'Connell were both confined to their
rooms with a "bug". About 50 friends and family had a
wonderful time, and Mother never stopped smiling!
JILLIAN HEDDAEUS GRADUATES
Jillian's parents and both grandparents attended her
graduation ceremonies and graduation party attended by a
great crowd of friends. Congratulations, Jillian!.
Mark, Jillian, Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus
LAUREN GRAHAM GRADUATES
Lauren Graham, daughter of Will and Denise
Graham, Olympia, Washington, graduated from Capitol
High School on June 12, 2001.
accepted by Virginia Tech University, Texas Christian
University, Southwest Texas University and was a candidate
for the U.S. Naval Academy. She chose UTA because of its
excellent program in architecture and ROTC program.
Upon completion of her four years at UTA, Laura
will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.
Laura graduated from Wimberly High School in
May 25, 2001, where she has been an honor student since
Bill, Lauren and Sue Graham
Grandparents Sue and Bill Graham, Kerrville,
Texas arrived in Olympia June 7th to visit their family and
Lauren will enter Western Washington University
in Bellingham, this fall.
L-R: Dan Graham, Will Graham, Andy Stedman,
Lauren Graham, and Denise Graham.
LAURA LeBRUN SELECTED FOR A
4-YEAR ROTC SCHOLARSHIP
Laura R. LeBrun, daughter of Aurora and William
LeBrun, of Wimberly, Texas, has been selected to receive
an Army ROTC four-year scholarship. Laura received
notification of the award from Major General John T.D.
Cassey, CO of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, who stated
in his letter that "Your accomplishment is commendable."
Laura selected the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Maverick ROTC Battalion there has been recognized as
the best in the country, earning numerous awards for
leadership, academics and its drill team. Laura was also
TODD BRANDENBURG, FLAGLER
Todd Brandenburg, son of Hap and Beth
Brandenburg (CHS'68 and '69) of Riverview, Florida.
graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida
with a degree in Business Administration this past April.
Todd and dad Hap Brandenburg
Daisy Wendy Winkler (BHS'96) and Edward
Glenn Stanford (BHS'94) were united in marriage February
23, 2001 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Tallahassee,
Wendy is the daughter of Dayce and Gerald
Winkler of Panama. Edward is the son of Edward L.
Stanford (BHS'70) and Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford
(BHS'70) and the grandson of Beatrice (Monsanto) Rhyne
(BHS'39) and the late Harvey G. Rhyne, all of Kerrville,
Maids of honor were Marjorie Ceballos (BHS'96),
Orlando, Florida and Melissa Hart (BHS'96), Los Angeles,
CA. Best Man was Ryan McConaughey (BHS'94),
Orlando, Florida, and groomsman was Kyle Husted
(BHS'96), Gainsville, Florida.
Daisy Wendy Winkler and Edward Glenn Stanford.
A dinner reception and dance was held at the
Ramada Inn, Tallahassee and a BBQ the following day at the
home of Edward and Tracy Winkler, brother of the bride.
Friends and family came from the former Canal
Zone and Panama, plus family and friends from Alabama,
California, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.
The young couple honeymooned on an Alaskan
cruise and visited family in Vancouver, BC while in the area.
Eddie and Wendy are now at home in Tallahassee, Florida.
Suzanne Kathryn Gerhart and Sean Michael
George were united in marriage on May 19, 2001 at St.
Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. Suzanne,
born in the Canal Zone is the daughter of Jim and Dorothy
Rowley (CHS'51) Gerhart, residing in Silver Spring, MD.
Sean is the son of Keith and Lenore George of Bowie, MD.
The ceremony featured a beautiful baroque music
theme and the many guests attending included four
generations of Seans family. All of the couple's aunts and
uncles and 12 cousins attended. Friends and relatives among
the guests represented all of the schools each had attended
and all the places Suzanne has lived including Berlin and
Suzanne and Sean George at the Tidal Basin in D.C.
Paige Steen served as maid of honor, and Matt
Williamson was best man. Bridesmaids were college friends
Liana Grassi and Traci Cooke and Suzanne's cousin
Adriane Rowley. Bridesmaids and flower girls were second
cousins Allie Snow, Miranda Friedel and Sara Snow and
Jacquiline Fasulo second cousin of the groom. Groomsmen
were Denis Gillen, Kevin Sutter, and Mathew Trott.
Brothers Chris George and Kenneth (BHS'73) and Brian
Gerhart served as ushers.
An evening reception followed the ceremony at Fort
McNair Officers Club in nearby Washington, D.C. Guests
filled the upstairs ballroom which overlooks the Potomac
River Channel. The newlyweds later traveled to Virgin Gorda
Islands, B.V.I. for their honeymoon.
Suzanne, a graduate of Clemson University, is
employed as Director of Meetings & Conventions for Central
Station Alarm Assn. in Vienna, VA. Sean graduated from
the University of Maryland, is a software developer with
Telispark Inc. in Arlington, where the newlyweds will reside.
Stacy Jo Wheeler and Charles Parker were
married May 5, 2001, aboard the Starlite Princess out of St.
Petersburg, Florida. The Captain of the ship presided and a
full dinner reception followed after the ceremony as the
guests enjoyed a three hour cruise along the intercoastal
waterway. A fun evening was enjoyed by all guests as they
danced the evening away.
Stacy is the daughter of Capt. Robert (Bob)
Wheeler (BHS'64) and Linda Wheeler. She is the
granddaughter of Bill Wheeler (CHS'34) and Jeanne
Wheeler of Bayonet Point, Florida. Charles is the son of
Mister and Mrs. James Parker of Redington Shores, FL.
Maid of honor was Christy Wheeler, sister of the
bride. Attendants were Karen Parker, Alyssa Gregorius. Robert "Bob" Wheeler and daughter Stacy Jo
Groomsmen were brothers of the groom, Rob, John and Jeff Parker, a very happy father with a very happy daughter
Parker. Flower girl was Brittany Didden and ring bearer at her wedding reception.
was Gage Gregorius.
Valerie MacLaren and Robert Gaines English
were united in marriage on July 7, 2001 in their family
Church in Coral Gables. Valerie is the daughter of Vee
(Hatchett,BHS'46) and Jack MacLaren of Coral Gables,
FL. 150 friends and guests attended the ceremony. A
cocktail reception and dinner followed at the Country Club
in Coral Gables.
The party wound down when the "cousins" coerced
the band to play "We are Family". The Rocketts have nothing
to worry about good, they aren't loud yes! They love
getting together and it was a joy to watch them in rare form!
Stacy Jo Wheeler and Charles Parker i
Out of town guests included the bride's sorority
sisters of Pi Beta Phi, family and friends. Family members
attending formerly of the Canal Zone were Kenny Wheeler
(BHS'56), Sharon (Wheeler) Baker (BHS'65), Dick
Mallett (BHS'50) and Marie (Wheeler) Partik (CHS'69).
Stacy is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University
and is currently employed as an occupational therapist for All
Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida. Charles is a
graduate of Florida State University and is Assistant Director
of Publications for the Tampa Bay Devil Ray major league
The couple spent their honeymoon at the Plaza
Hotel overlooking Central Park in New York City. They are Valerie Lynn MacLaren and Robert Gaines
now residing in N. Redington Beach, Florida. English
Ian P. Herring (BHS'84) and Erin Stimson were
married in a small candlelit ceremony at Nesselrod-on-the-
New, Radford, Virginia on November 18, 2000.
In attendance were plan's family, formerly of Las
Cumbres, Rep. of Panama, which included his parents,
Mayor Janice G. Scott (Cocoa Beach) and John J. Herring
(Crestview) Florida; sister, Katrina and her two daughters,
Catherine and Sofia (Cocoa Beach, Florida) and two
brothers, Geoffrey (Blacksburg, Va.) and Brian (Ft.
Lauderdale, FL) and Erin's parents, Polly and Robert
Stimson (Gilford, NH) and her brother, Matthew (Omaha,
lan and Erin Stimson
Drs. Ian and Erin Stimson Herring are both
veterinarians at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine at Virginia Tech (TPI) where he specializes and
teaches veterinary ophthalmology. Erin is a honor graduate
of Duke University, North Carolina State University and
VPI, where she specializes and teaches small animal internal
medicine. After honeymooning in Apalachicola, Florida, the
newlyweds are at home in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Ian is the grandson of the late Janice G.Scott, who
retired from the PCC Maintenance Division and the late
Edward (Ted) W, Scott, well known New Zealander and
editor of The Panama American newspaper, best
remembered for his popular daily column "Interesting if
True" in which people and events of interest to residents of
the Canal Zone and Panama were discussed.
Stacey and Jennifer (Hanna) Morris are proud to
announce the birth of their daughter, Josie. Jennifer is a
graduate of Balboa High School.
The happy maternal grandparents are Bob and Jean
Hanna, former residents of Cardenas. Bob and Mary
Hanna of Clearwater, Florida are thrilled to welcome their
first GREAT grandchild! Josie's three GREAT uncles, Billy,
Tommy and Johnny Hanna, also think she is pretty special!
Stacy and Jennifer Morris with Josie
Samuel Joseph Spraggins
Jolene (Corrigan) and Rick Spraggins of
Stockbridge, GA are pleased to announce the birth of their
son, Samuel Joseph Spraggins. He was born on May 17,
2001 weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Samuel is the grandson of Gloria (Ely BHS'54) and
Jack Corrigan (BHS'54) of Clearwater, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Terry and Christine Peugh of
Jolene (Corrigan) and Rick Spraggins of
Stockbridge, GA with Samuel Joseph Spraggins
Sam and Norma Irvin of Hendersonville, North
Carolina, formerly of Los Rios, Canal Zone, announce the
birth of their granddaughter, Sara Irvin, born on April 13,
2001, the first child born to Tom, former resident of the
Canal Zone, and Kathy Irvin,
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Percival R. Alberga, 88, of Riverside, California,
passed away June 29, 2001. He was born in Colon, Republic
of Panama and worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank for
over 46 years. You may remember him as "Percy" the
banker, or umpire. He had retired in 1974. He was a 32
Mason, coin collector and golfer. He was buried with the
ashes of his wife of 62 V2 years, W. Audrey Ernest Alberga.
He is survived by his brother, Frank Alberga Sr. of
Panama, Republic of Panama; two sons, Randolph and
Douglas Alberga; a daughter-in-law, Magda Flor Alberga;
three grandchildren, Karen Alberga Martinez, Donovan
Alberga and Paul Alberga; a great-granddaughter Sofia
Martinez; two sisters-in-law, Lilia Luna Alberga and Loraine
Frankel Alberga, and many nieces and nephews.
- Frederick B. Banan, 87, of Sun City, Arizona, died
July 5, 2001. Some of his accomplishments included being
an honor student in the first graduating Canal Zone Junior
College class; playing the saxophone in Gus Schmidt's
Orchestra at the Century Club. He retired from the General
Electric Co. in 1976 after 25 years as a computer specialist.
He is survived by his wife Betty; a son, Roger and
a grandson, David.
James "Michael-Ray" Patton-
Cindy Patton and her son, James "Michael-Ray"
Patton-Cho, at 5 /2 months, born June 4, 2000 at 7
Ibs. 12 oz. in Los Angeles, CA.
Elton W. Bell, 81, of Daytona Beach, Florida. died
July 21, 2001 after a lengthy illness. Born in Braselton, GA
he went to Panama Canal Zone while in the Army. He
remained there as a civilian and worked as a heavy equipment
operator. He joined the Navy at the onset of WWII and was
in the Seabees in the Pacific Theater. He returned to Panama
after the war and worked for the Navy, retiring after 34 years
of service and lived in Santa Clara, Rep. of Panama. He
moved to Daytona Beach in 1986. He was an avid sports fan
and enjoyed vegetable gardening and fishing. He was a life
member of VFW Post 3282 in Port Orange, FL and of the
Elks Lodge 1414 in Panama.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Leticia Orvis of
Naples, FL; two stepsons, Edward Stevenson of Panama and
Carlos Stevenson of Thousand Oaks, CA; two sisters, Erdrie
Freeman and Mildred Ramey, both of Norcross, GA; 11
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was
predeceased by his beloved wife, Isabel in 1991 after 49
years of marriage.
F. Dalys Escoffery Bremer (Guardia), 79, died at
her daughter's home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL after a 12
month battle with cancer. Born in Panama, she attended
schools in Panama and studied at Temple Secretarial School
and George Washington University in Washington D.C. At
one time, she served an internship at the OAS and as
personal secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt. She met and married
Joseph Bremer in 1942, and after World War II they were
assigned to various posts in the Canal Zone and finally
residing in Paitilla Point, R.P. Dalys volunteered as a "Grey
Lady" at Gorgas Hospital for several years, worked at the
Panama America newspaper and in 1961 became co-founder
and General Manager of Radio T.N.T., Panama's first bi-
lingual radio station. In 1974 the family moved to San Diego,
CA and in 1996, while living in Florida she met and married
Manuel Guardia (deceased), formerly of Panama.
She is survived by five children; Dalys D. (Didi)
Bremer Rogers (BHS'61), Joseph Bremer (BHS'64), Maria
E. (Malena) Bremer Merriam (BHS'67), Fred Bremer
(BHS'71) and Michael Bremer; a sister in Boca Raton, and
three sisters and a brother in Panama City; 10 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Bernard (Bernie) Brown died suddenly of a heart
attack on April 14, 2000, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He
was 87 years old. He was a civil engineer in the Engineering
Division of the Panama Canal. He will be remembered for
his excellent work and dedication to his position. After
retirement in April 1975, with over 38 years of service, he
returned to his home in Pittsburgh.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister.
Carrie L. Brown, 90 of Jacksonville, Florida, died
on June 15, 2001. She was born in the construction town of
Las Cascadas, Canal Zone, one of the Roosevelt Medal
Honorees, and attended Canal Zone Schools, including
Balboa High School. She worked for a number of years in
the Maintenance Division as a secretary. In 1968, she moved
to Jacksonville. A former member of Balboa Union Church,
she was a member of Riverside Park Methodist Church in
She is survived by 13 nieces and nephews, including
Louis Hasemann and Gayle Hasemann Tolbert.
Jesse (Jack) Bunker, of Vancouver, Washington,
died suddenly on July 5, 2001 in a Portland, Oregon hospital
of a heart attack. He was a graduate of Balboa High School
and retired from the Canal Zone Police in June, 1975 after 35
years of government service.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of Vancouver;
his daughter, Jackie and son-in-law Bill; three sisters, June
Ellen of Richmond, VA., Mary Hardwicke of Darlington,
MD., Ruth Bunker of Winston Salem, NC., and two brothers;
Chester, of Welcome, NC., and Frank, of Winston Salem
NC. and several grandchildren.
Ronald I. Carroll, 55, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died
June 16, 2001, following surgery. He was born in
Jacksonville, Florida and moved to the Canal Zone in 1956.
He was the son of Archie B. and Margaret I Carroll, long
time Canal Zone residents. He graduated from Balboa High
School and served two years as an apprentice machinist
before joining and becoming a veteran of the Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Terry (Giovanetti), a
former resident of the Canal Zone, and six children, Kathleen
(Carroll) Thaxton, Stephanie Carroll, Tiffany (Carroll) Gores,
Ronald I. Jr. (Bubba), Pauline and Benjamin Carroll, his
brothers and sister who grew up in the Canal Zone, Archie B.
III of Athens, Ga., Michael C. of San Diego, Ca, Richard D.
of South Hill, Va, Steven R. of South Hill, Va, and Margaret
(Carroll) Newberry of Sugar Hill, Ga. and nine
Shirley Ann Cavanaugh, 67, of Round Rock,
Texas, passed away on January 16, 2001. She was born in
Detroit, Michigan and went to the Canal Zone in 1950 and
worked for the Accounting Division for 30 years. She was a
member of St. William's Catholic Church in Round Rock; a
life member and officer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the
Military Order of the Purple Heart, and of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Interment was beside Iwo Jima
Monument at Chapel Parks Memorial Hill Cemetery in
Shirley is survived by her husband, Charles A.
Cavanaugh, Jr. of Round Rock; a daughter, Helen Marie
Doss of Round Rock; a granddaughter, Randi Doss; two
sisters, Virginia Posey of Littleton, Colorado and Doris
Cheney of Milford, Michigan; best friends Joan Corliss of
Rogers, Arkansas and Agnes Mulroy of Ocala, Florida.
Lloyd E. Choquette, 71, of Athol, Massachusetts,
died March 27, 1997 at the home of his sister, Barbara
Warner. He was born in Athol and lived there most of his
life. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Asiatic-
Pacific and earned 14 battle stars. He later enlisted in the Air
Force, becoming a Staff Sergeant and retired in 1951. After
several local jobs he went to the Canal Zone servicing the
Locks, but returned to Athol in 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Graciela
(Moreno) Choquette of Athol; two sons, Clark A. of
Belchertown and Lloyd J. of Waltham; five sisters, Barbara
M. Warner, Irene Nadeau, Gladys Sinclair, Mildred Florence
and Ruth A. Fellows, all of Athol, and several nephews and
- Gene Ellis Clinchard, 85, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died July 30, 2001 at Greystone Greenbrook Nursing Center.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he came to Pinellas Park in
1973 from the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the
Panama Canal in June 1973 after over 31 years as a general
foreman with the Community Services Division. He was a
member of the BPOElks Lodge #1542, Margarita, Panama,
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida Inc.
He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Yeagley
of Bloomington, Indiana and Janet Justus of Pacific
Palisades, California; two grandchildren and two great-
Dr. Hal B.H. Cooper, 90, of Los Angeles,
California, passed away May 23, 2001. He was born in the
Canal Zone, raised there and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1926, then he attended Iowa State College where
he majored in Chemical Engineering and later attended
M.I.T. obtaining his MS and then obtained his Ph.D. in
Chemical Engineering from Iowa State. He had a career that
spanned over 50 years, working for American Cyanamid Co.,
Colgate Palmolive Co., and American Potash and Chemical.
He was a founder of Cheminox, Inc. and later started Cooper
Engineering and Research. He was a prolific inventor and
obtained over 30 chemical process patents, some of which
are still in use today. He was a member of many professional
organizations and was listed in Who's Who and Who's Who
in American Technology and Engineering. He was a talented
gourmet and enjoyed cooking.
He is survived by three children, Dr. Hal B.H. Jr.,
of Kirkland, WA., Robert B. of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.,
and John D. of Temple City, CA. He is also survived by 12
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His daughter,
Sharon Cooper passed away in 1994 and was predeceased by
his wife, Zerelda N. Cooper in 1998.
Anne "Kitty" Cope, 88, of Raleigh, North
Carolina, passed away December 30, 2000. She had resided
in Raleigh since 1973, when her husband retired from the
Locks Division. They lived in Los Rios. He preceded her in
death in 1986.She was a loyal member of the Balboa Union
Anne is survived by two sons, Benjamin Tyson
Cope of Key Largo, Florida, working for American Airlines
and Dedrick Albert Cope, who resides in several cities as an
electrician. She is also survived by three grandchildren,
Rikilee Anne Cope, Benjamin Taylor Cope and Katlynn Fay
Sharon Marie (Phelan) DeStaffino, 56, of Port
Orange, Florida, died of cancer at home on June 14, 2001.
She was born in the Canal Zone to Mary Alice and Eldon
Phelan and was a graduate of BHS Class of 1962. She was
a member of the Order of the Rainbow Girls, Assembly No.
1, the Pacific Saddle Club and other clubs involving horses.
She was also undergoing Nurses Aid Training at Gorgas
Hospital and received more training at Orange Memorial
Hospital in Orlando, Florida. She returned to the Canal Zone
in 1966 and was employed by the Health Bureau at Gorgas
Hospital and Palo Seco Hospital. During her employment
there she enjoyed meeting Sister Teresa, a Catholic Nun, well
known for her dedication to world wide humanitarian efforts.
In 1982 Sharon moved to Florida where she worked in
various nursing homes. At the time of her death she was
MDS Coordinator for Manor on the Green, Daytona Beach.
She attended the Port Orange Church of Christ and was a
member of the Florida Nurses Association.
She is survived by her husband Don (CZ Police);
three sons, Lewis and Michael of Port Orange and Patrick,
Oviedo, FL; two brothers, Charles Phelan of Pensacola and
James of Port Orange; sister, Lisa Lee of Port Orange and
Wallace B. "Bud" Dyer, 79, of Chickasha,
Oklahoma, passed away May 22, 2001. He was born and
raised in the Canal Zone, where he enjoyed sailing and
fishing; attended Canal Zone Schools and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1939. He then worked as an
electrician at Gatun's Hydro-electric Power House until 1948
when he and his wife left for California where they lived for
most of their lives, continuing his work as an electrician. He
was a 60-year member of the IBEW and spent many years in
leadership positions for Local 302 of Martinez, CA. After
retirement, he and his wife Genevieve moved to Cameron
Park, CA and enjoyed many years of travel in their
motorhome. After his wife's death in August, 1997, he
moved to Oklahoma. He had a great sense of humor and
made lasting friendships over the years. He loved and
supported his family who will never forget the family
vacations to Minnesota, visits to many different states,
camping and waterskiing trips. He was also predeceased by
a daughter Deborah, age 2.
He is survived by sons Eric of Livermore, CA., and
John of Chickasha, OK., and daughter Beverly Whitcomb of
Sacramento, CA., a sister, Shirley (Dyer) Erickson of Santa
Barbara, CA; and eight grandchildren, Marc, Jennifer, Kevin,
Meghan, Kellen, Mallory, Justin and Adam.
Frances Dwyer Elmendorf of Princeton, Illinois,
passed away June 26, 2001. She was born in Colon, Republic
of Panama and in 1941 she moved to Balboa, making her
home with her sister, and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Howard
Engelke. She was graduated from Balboa High School in
1951 and in 1955 moved to Illinois, where she received her
Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in 1973. A
Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church, Spring Valley, Illinois with
burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Spring Valley.
She is survived by four children; Robert of San
Leandro, CA., Kathleen of DeKalb, IL., Dwight of Chicago
IL., and Joan of Geneva, IL; five grandchildren, Nicole,
Brittany, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Ryan; her niece, Judy
Engelke Montanaro and nephews John, William and Louis
Engelke. She was preceded in death by her parents, her
brother, two sisters and her brother-in-law.
Alberta L. George, 91, of Huntsville, Alabama,
died February 26, 2001 at home. Mrs. George was organist
at Gatun Union Church in the Canal Zone, a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star, Fairhope Chapter 127, and a
member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis George, a
son, Daniel of Huntsville, three daughters, Carol Kuehn of
New Holland, Pa., Beverly Keller and Helen Boswell, both
of Huntsville, and nine grandchildren, and three great grand-
Olive May English Halloran, 86, of Ocala,
Florida, passed away April 11, 2001 at home. She was born
in Plymouth, England and left her home to marry her late
husband, George A. Halloran of Balboa, Canal Zone, whom
she had met on a voyage to California. They were married in
Balboa Union Church in 1938 and resided on the Pacific side
at Madden Dam until transferred to the Atlantic side about
1944 where they lived in Old Cristobal for a short time
before moving to Margarita. It was in Margarita on Hevea
Place that she and her good friend Mrs. H. I. Tinnin started
the Margarita Nursery School. She was an active member of
the Order of the Eastern Star and a charter member of the
Margarita Union Church. She moved to Ocala to live with
her daughter. She played bridge, was a member of Grace
Episcopal Church, The Daughters of the King and enjoyed
She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth (Liz)
Geisel of Ocala; three grandchildren and three great-
Mildred Harper, 92, of Hudson, Florida, passed
away May 21, 2001 at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet
Point, Florida.. She was born in Indianapolis and came to
Florida 31 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone where she
was a homemaker. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a son, Morgan Beckham of Vero
Beach, FL.; three daughters, Rosa-Lee Beckham of Old
Hickory, TN., Shirley Gillis, Palm Beach Gardens and
Dorothy Catron, Ft. Lauderdale; both of Florida; four
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Jr.; daughter Julianna Hernandez; son Walker Pruitt; brother
Gideon Clay Hauser, Jr., six grandchildren and one great
Jane Tompkins "Tommie" Heselton, 78, of
Annapolis, Maryland and formerly of La Jolla, California,
died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 15 at Anne Arundel
Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Port
Chester, N.Y., raised in the Panama Canal Zone where she
met her future husband while he was on his "youngster"
cruise from the Naval Academy. She graduated from Balboa
High School in 1940 and the couple were married in the
Naval Academy Chapel on June 19, 1942. She graduated
from Temple University School of Nursing as a registered
nurse and practiced from time to time while accompanying
husband to various duty stations. She visited most parts of
the world and for 10 years planned and guided tours of the
Orient. She enjoyed Lake Tahoe, CA, and Las Vegas, NV,
visiting there twice a year. She was an active bowler and
Navy football fan.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, retired Navy
Captain Leslie R. Heselton, Jr. of Annapolis and San Diego;
two sons, Les Heselton of Moorestown, NJ, and Tom
Heselton of Frederick; five grandchildren; and two great-
grandsons. Funeral services were at the Naval Academy
Chapel and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
Irene Brown Hasemann, 93, of Jacksonville,
Florida, died March 21, 2001. Born in the construction town
of Empire, Canal Zone, her father was a Roosevelt Medal
holder. She was predeceased by her husband, Lou
Hasemann, Postal Division. They resided in Balboa until
their retirement in 1961, then moved to Jacksonville.
She is survived by her son, Louis Hasemann,
daughters Helen Ress of San Diego, California, Gayle
Tolbert of Jacksonville, and Irene Wilson of Ft. Worth,
Texas, sister Carrie Brown, Jacksonville, Florida; 10
grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Anne Hauser Hernandez, 78, of El Paso, Texas,
passed away March 16, 2001 from alzheimers disease. Born
in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and graduated from the
University of North Carolina and married Walker Pruitt. He
was wounded in WWII and died as a result, two years after
they were married. She returned to Mount Airy to teach
school, and five years later, took a vacation to visit her sister
in the Canal Zone. She was offered a job there and moved to
Panama with her son, where she met Julio Hernandez whom
she married while in Korea in 1963. From 1963 to 1980 they
moved from Korea to Virginia to Okinawa to El Paso, to
Panama and finally back to El Paso. During this time she
held several jobs in areas ranging from personnel to Real
Estate to the EEOC. She retired from the Panama Canal in
1980 after 16 years of service with them. She filled her
retirement with vacations all over the world. She was also
active in the garden club and attended University
She is survived by her husband, Julio Hernandez,
William Henry Hicks, 82, of Pensacola, Florida,
died March 31, 2001. He was born in Montgomery,
Pennsylvania; served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, with
Military Police and Criminal Investigation Units. Fought in
WWII, 45th Division, Europe, served on the M.P. detail team
at the Nuremburg War Criminal Tribunal. He was a personal
bodyguard to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower at SHAPE HQ, Paris
France during 1951-1954, then stationed in the Panama
Canal Zone as a Criminal Investigator, 1955-1961. After his
military service, he joined the Panama Canal Police
(Gamboa) until retirement in 1977. He then moved to
Diamond City, Arkansas serving there as Police Chief and
Mayor, 1980-1992. William Hicks was put to rest at the
Arlington National Cemetery in the Columbarium in July,
He is survived by his wife, Margaret J. Hicks, of
Pace, Florida; daughters Karen M. Hicks of Bethlehem, PA
and Jane Murray Laun of Wilton Manors, FL; a brother,
Wilbur Hicks of Watsontown, PA; a sister, Betty Guinter of
Montgomery, PA, and six grandchildren.
Melinda Marshall Irwin, 62, of Houston, Texas,
Texas, died August 16, 2001 after a courageous battle with
cancer. Born in Ancon, she graduated from Balboa High
School in 1957, and The Womens College of the University
of North Carolina, in 1961, with a B.A. in Mathematics. She
was a devoted employee of Exxon Refining in Baton Rouge,
La; Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Tx;
and manager for the University of Houston Administrative
Computing Department. She was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother and friend, bringing joy, courage and love to all
Survivors are her husband, Jerry G. Irwin of
Houston, Tx. who will dearly miss her after 40 years of
marriage; sons Galen Seth and wife Leslye of Austin, Tx, and
Leland M. and wife Amy of El Campo, Tx.; a sister, Marsha
Raney and husband Ben of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Jim
Marshall and wife Kay of St. Petersburg, Fl; and four
E. W. (Bud) Journey, 79, of Port Ludlow,
Washington, died July 30, 2001. He was born in Ancon. His
grandfather and family came to Panama for the construction
of the Canal and remained to help operate it when it was
completed. He was a third generation Zonian and of the Rep.
of Panama. He served in the Navy aboard the battleship USS
California during WWII. After the war he returned to
Panama and co-founded the jumbo shrimp fishing,
processing and shipping industry. He married Harriet
Johnson, who taught in Balboa and Diablo elementary
schools. In 1962 he and his family moved to Poulsbo, Wa
and operated "Journey Heating" on Bainbridge Island and
then worked for Central Kitsap School district until he retired
and moved to Port Ludlow, Wa. He was preceded in death by
his sister, Lucille Davis of Panama and Florida.
He is survived by his wife Harriet of Ludlow;
daughter Molly Sullivan of Atlanta, Ga., and sons Andy of
St. Mary's, Ak, and Hayes of Poulsbo, Wa. and eleven
grandchildren; cousin Ron Angermuller, and nieces Karen
Davis Schofield and Bonnie Davis Dolan.
Leavell F. Kelly, 87, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a
long time resident of the Canal Zone, died March 1, 2001 at
his home. Born in Mississippi, he went to Costa Rica in 1945
where he met and married Maria Elena. Later that year they
went to the Canal Zone. He worked for the U.S. Navy for 14
years where he was responsible for the 22 miles of pipeline
between Gamboa and Gatun Lake. After 19 years in
Gamboa, he and his family moved to Corozal. In 1960, he
transferred to the Panama Canal Company and worked at
Miraflores Locks, the Dredging Division and the Supply
Division until his retirement in December 1974 with 28 years
of service, and then he and his wife moved to Hattiesburg
where they have since resided. While in the Canal Zone, he
was actively involved with the Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster
and a member of Elks Lodge
He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Maria
Elena; his daughters Carol (BHS'69) of Texas and Janet
(BHS'74) of Florida; sister Doris of Texas and two
Barry Hughes Kenealy, 72, passed away after a
lengthy illness on June 28, 2001 at his home in El Dorado,
California. Born in Ancon, he graduated from BHS in 1947.
During his employment with CZ Customs and Police
Department, he attended and graduated from CZJC and
Florida State University. After leaving Panama, he graduated
from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA.
His career as a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal cases
spanned 30 years. His contemporaries knew him for his jury
presentation was invariably effective. He was frequently
heard to say, "The devil take the evidence, just let me argue
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; two
daughters, Kerry Kenealy of El Dorado and Jacqueline
Stevens of Claremont, CA; two sons, Patrick of Sierra
Madre, CA, and Deglin of Half Moon Bay, CA; two sisters,
Patricia Scovel, of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Betty Jane
Geerer of El Segundo, CA, a brother, Jim of Toluca Lake,
CA, and seven grandchildren.
Doris Nolan Lefferts, of Hockessin, Delaware,
passed away May 24, 2001. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
She is survived by a daughter, Leedom Lefferts, of
Washington, D.C. No further information was made
Monica Sara Lightell, 19, of Steilacoom,
Washington, passed away February 25, 2001. She was born
in Monterey, California to Carole Lightell, former assistant
Chief Nurse of Gorgas Hospital and her late father, C.R.
(Buck) Lightell, a Green Beret and NAUI dive instructor.
She attended DODD Schools and the International School of
Panama. She paddled in the Nic cayuco in the Cayuco Races
of 1997 and 1998. She loved snorkeling, scuba diving, water
skiing and competitive swimming. She was active in saving
baby turtles and being a Girl Scout. She graduated from
Steilacoom High School, Class of 2000, lettering in Volley
Ball and javelin. She served as President of the International
Club and she epitomized the multi-talented student. While a
freshman at Pacific Lutheran University, her smile,
selflessness, quick wit, concern for others drew people
toward her. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her mother, Carole, a brother,
Dan; grandparents Virginia Wilkins and Ben Hayward and
many loving cousins, aunts and uncles.
Flor E. Martin, 77, of Panama City, Florida,
passed away April 29, 2001. She was born in Chitre,
Republic of Panama and after graduating from the Pan
American Institute in Panama City, she was employed by the
U.S. Army in Corozal. She met and married Tommie Martin
of the U.S. Air Force at St. Mary's Church in Balboa. They
lived in many places due to his service and they finally
returned to Albrook Field in 1957 and continued to livcuin
the Canal Zone until 1970. She worked for the Schools
Division of the PCC as a secretary from 1958-1971 at Ft.
Kobbe Elementary, Diablo Jr. High School and the
Administration Building. They retired in Panama City in
Survivors include her husband, Tommie Martin of
Panama City; sons Tommie Jr./Druanne of Panama City and
Al/Marie of Austin, Texas; daughter Doris Crabtree/Ron of
Deer Park, Texas; three brothers, Pio Zambaro, Julio
Zambaro and Augusto Zambaro; three sisters, Carmen
Ortega and Juana McCullough, and Rosi/Dan Shook of
Tallahassee, Florida; ten grandchildren, two great-grandsons,
and many nieces and nephews.
Margaret Flynn Nordstrom, 86, of North Canton,
Ohio, died January 6, 2001 at home. She was born in
Centralia, PA and lived in New York from 1929 to 1959
where she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. From
1961 until 1973 she was a budget and accounting officer with
the Engineering and Construction Bureau of the Panama
Canal Company. She retired in June 1975 with 11 years of
service to Titusville, FL, where she lived until this past May.
She is survived by her brother James F. Flynn of
North Canton and stepsons George and Will and step
daughter Maryanne Nordstrom Reynolds, and grandchildren
Alicia and Mia Reynolds, and Carolyn, Angie and William
Nordstrom, and many nieces and nephews.
Harry E. Pearl, 90, of Ocala, Florida, died April
25, 2001. He was a native of Baltimore, Maryland and
moved to Ocala in 1968 from the Panama Canal Zone where
he retired from the Engineer Division Surveys Branch as
Chief, with over 34 years of service. He was a Past Exalted
Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 1414, a 32 Mason, a Shriner and a
member of the Ocala Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Virginia
Calvit Pearl; a daughter, Linda Dahlstrom of Ocala; sons
Kenneth of Spring, Texas and Ronald of Danville,
California; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
J.T. "Jack" Robson, 82, of Kissimmee, Florida,
died April 16, 2001. Born in Sandy Lake, PA., he was a
estimator/planner for the Panama Canal Comrission before
retiring in 1980. He was a Army veteran of WWII and was
wounded in action. He was a life member of Elks Lodge
1542, having served as Grand Exalted Ruler. He was also a
member of the VFW, AARP and was a Mason and Shriner.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian "Lil" Robson of
Kissimmee; sons Sal Cordasco of Little Egg Harbor, NJ,
David Cordasco of Kissimmee, Terry Robson of Plantation,
FL., Ronald Robson of Haines City, FL and John Robson of
Kissimmee; daughter Lynn Green of Thornville, OH., and
Patti Wallace of Kissimmee; brothers Robert and Claire, both
of Grove City, PA; and a sister, Thelma Monroe of
Ravenswood. W. Va; seven grandchildren and six great-
Betty Lou Runnestrand, 83, of Oviedo, Florida,
passed away May 13, 2001 from injuries received in an
automobile accident. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Winter
Park. She married Paul Runnestrand, a lawyer, in 1939 and
moved to the Canal Zone where Mr. Runnestrand served and
retired in April, 1972 as the Executive Secretary of the
Panama Canal Company, after which they settled in Central
Florida. During their 33 years in the Canal Zone, Betty Lou
became an artist, was involved as a Grey Lady during World
War II and was a member of CITE. She was also a past
president of the Canal Zone and Panama-American Pen
Survivors include a son, Eric of Gainesville, Fla., a
daughter, Sarah Antin of Princeton, N.J.; a sister, C. Virginia
Angster of Oviedo; and three grandchildren.
Ralph E. Shuey, 89. of Huntsville, Alabama, died
August 5, 2001 at home. Born in Galena, Kansas, Ralph
came to the Canal Zone in 1928 at age 17 and started work
on the silver rolls as a timekeeper on the Madden Road
project. He was later hired by the Postal System and after 38
years he retired as acting Chief of Post. He was active with
St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Cocoli for many years.
After retirement, he and Marie moved to Neosho, Missouri
and then to Huntsville, Alabama to be close to his son. He
was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church locally.
Survivors include his wife, J. Marie, and son Ralph
Allen of Huntsville; granddaughters Lori of Ft. Worth,
Texas, and Rose of Byfield, Massachusetts, as well as two
great-grandsons in Ft. Worth and a great granddaughter in
Jane I. Shumaker, 84, of Portland, Oregon, passed
away May 12, 2001. She was born in Ancon Hospital in
1916, and was graduated from Goddard Junior College in
Vermont. She lived in the Panama Canal Zone until 1942
when she moved to Portland, Oregon. She was a homemaker
who moved to Forest Grove in 1975. In 1940, she married
Clyde M. Shumaker who predeceased her in 1970.
She is survived by son Robert R.; a brother, Hiram
Huntoon; sisters, Ethel Straub and Aura Erickson; five
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was also
predeceased by her son Clyde M. Jr. in 1984.
John H. Simson, 79, of Houston, Texas, died July
7, 2001 at home after a brief illness. He was born in St. Paul.
Minnesota, served as a parachutist in the 101"s Airborne
Division, was wounded during D-Day and taken prisoner of
war. He spent 22 years working for the Panama Canal
Company, retiring as Chief of the Storehouse Division in
April 1979 and had over 24 years of government service.
He is survived by his wife, Marisabel of Houston;
sons Mark of Plano, Texas, John of Lexington, Kentucky,
Lance of Overland Park, Kansas and Jim of Houston, Texas.
Clinton B. Smith, 50, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died June 20, 2001 at the Kindred Hospital, St. Petersburg.
He was born in Colon, Rep. of Panama and was a BHS Class
of 1968 graduate. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed
using his computer. He was a Lutheran and left the Panama
Canal Zone in 1973.
He is survived by a son, Charles, of Poulsbo,
Washington; his mother, Gila (Sally) Smith, a brother, Paul
Smith, both of St. Petersburg and a grandson, Samuel, of
Dudley Smith, 67, of Hudson, Florida, died April
9h, 2001. He was a patient at the VA Hospital in Tampa,
Florida. He was born in the Canal Zone near Colon,. and left
Panama when he was 18 to join the U.S. Air Force. He
retired from the Air Force in 1978 with over 26 years of
service. After retirement he worked for Flammer Ford and
Flammer/Brown Ford, automobile agencies as a courier. He
was buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell,
He is survived by a son, Francis R. Smith, NASA
Employee and four more children and relatives too many to
Ethel Westman Tate, 88, died peacefully on April
29, 2001, at White Oaks Estates, in Spartenburg, SC. She
was fondly remembered by her friends and co-workers from
Gatun, Gamboa, Balboa and Panama. She was very special
to the children in any neighborhood that she lived. She
worked for several years for the Armour Co. in Panama and
later worked for the Motion Picture Service in Quarry
Heights from which she retired. The Tates left Panama in
1970 and moved to Columbia, SC where they had lived until
several years ago when they moved to Spartenburg. Ethel was
predeceased by her husband Jesse DeWitt Tate in November,
She is survived by daughter Louise Schlegel of
Jalisco, Mexico; son David E. of Spartenburg; sister Alice
W. Weigold of Sanibel, FL; five grandchildren and six great-
Capt. Willard Theriault, 75, of New Britain, CT.,
died April 27, 2001. He was born in Fort Kent, ME. and was
a Panama Canal Pilot on the Atlantic side for 25 years until
his retirement in August, 2000. He was the recipient of the
John Constantine Award for 20 consecutive years of
accident-free piloting. He was also a 29 year veteran of the
U.S. Navy having retired as a Lieutenant Commander, He
served during World War II, the Korean War and two tours
during the Vietnam War. He was the Commanding Officer of
the USS Suffolk County, First Lieutenant of the USS
Forrestal, a First Lieutenant of the USS Newport News, and
Chief Officer in charge of opening the port of Chu Lai in
Vietnam. He was an avid billiard player and a collector of
antique clocks. He was laid to rest with full military honors
in St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville, Ct.
He is survived by his wife, Marie "Lee" Theriault of
53 years; two sons, Marc and William "Billy"; a daughter
Gail (Theriault) Simpson, five grandchildren, Carl Simpson,
Kristen Theriault, Alex Simpson, Billy Theriault and Scott
Luis Valencia, 82, passed away July 21 after a
short illness. Born in Puerto Rico, he was a long time
resident of Fort Gulick and Margarita, CZ. He retired from
the Army as an officer and then returned to school to be a
lawyer. While in the military, he earned the Bronze Star with
Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart w/Oak leaf Cluster,
Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and
many service medals.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carmen; a
daughter, Carmen Matthews (Tom); sons Joe (Jan) and
James (Rita) Valencia and three grandchildren.
---= Gretchen R. Warren, 85, of Hudson, Florida, died
July 8, 2001. Born in Tyndall, South Dakota, she graduated
from Weslyan Normal College and taught school in South
Dakota before moving to Oregon. In 1940 she traveled by
train from Portland, Oregon to New York City and boarded
a ship bound for Cristobal. She was Bill Warren's stateside
sweetheart and he met her at the bottom of the gang plank in
Cristobal and were married four days later. She and Bill
were congregants of St. Luke's Cathedral and were strong
supporters of Scouting, in which their children were active.
In 1959 Gretchen and Bill enrolled their children in Panama
City schools, David in La Salle and Kathryn in Las Esclavas
del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. After years of service with the
U.S. Navy in Amador and the U.S. Army Payroll Division in
Corozal, Gretchen retired from government service in 1968
and she and her husband left the Canal Zone for New
Orleans, Louisiana, then moving to New Port Richey,
Gretchen is survived by a son, David R. of
Pittsburgh, PA, and a daughter, Kathryn Warren Lewark of
Menlo Park, CA; a grandson, Bradley Bergez Warren of
Houston, TX. and step-children Helen and Ronald Touchet
of Pittsburgh, PA. Gretchen's ashes will join Bill's in their
cemetery in Salem, Oregon where they met 60 years ago.
Gertrude L. Wiggin, 93, of Kenneth City, Florida,
died May 10, 2001 at home. Born in Reading, Pa., she came
to Florida in 1958 from the Panama Canal Zone with her
husband, George Allgaier, formerly of the Industrial
Division, who predeceased her on February 12, 1992.She
was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the
Transfiguration and the Panama Canal Society. Her second
husband, Allen Wiggin, predeceased her on July 19, 2000
after a long illness. He was formerly a steel welder for the
Panama Canal Company.
Gertrude is survived by a son, John I. Allgaier of
Lutz, FL., a daughter, Louise M. Barkley, Kenneth City, FL;
two sisters, Armella Habenschus, Clearwater, FL. and Helen
Rogers, Reading, PA; 10 grandchildren and eight great-
James H. Wilson, 65, of Vallejo, California, died
suddenly of heart failure April 15, 2001 at home. He was
born in Gorgas Hospital as the second of three sons to Neil
H. Wilson and Dora W. Wilson. After graduating from
Cristobal High School in 1953, he went on to obtain a degree
in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a
masters degree in Nuclear Technology from Michigan. He
worked for TRW and Holmes and Narver in Los Angeles
prior to making a career change to computer programmer at
the Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo. He retired in 1997 from
Mare Island. He had been active in Toastmasters and the
Survivors include his brothers, Roy of Scottsboro,
AL., Tom of Oviedo, FL., sister-in-law Cheryl of Oviedo and
Letters to the Editor
THE PASSING OF A ZONIAN
My first encounter with this lumberjack of a man
was on the opposite side of a volleyball net playing Jungle
Rules Volleyball. His speed and power was awesome for a
man his size and age (what I then thought was old!). He
delighted in taking us young whipper snappers down a notch
or two, yet was a true gentleman in every sense of the word,
never got angry and always enjoyed the game. It was fun,
camaraderie and exercise to him. I remember well our first
handshake, it was like trying to shake hands with a baseball
glove. His hands were huge and as I soon learned, so was his
Ding Dong and I became immediate friends with
common interests in many things, especially car and
motorcycle racing, not to mention sharing the same last name
while not related. I was always proud when he would often
introduce me as his "son" to his good friends. He was a man
of his word, always had a big grin on his face and when he
said he would do something or meet you somewhere, you
could count on it. He was a true Zonian, always helping the
community and sharing what he had. On numerous occasions
he gave me good advice in both racing and personal life.
After his retirement from the Navy Tank Farm, he
moved to Santa Clara where his home always had the
welcome mat out to his many friends passing by or needing
a stopover place. When Ding Dong moved to the States, we
maintained contact. Whenever he came to Daytona for the
motorcycle races, he would say, "his boys were in town for
I will always remember Ding Dong with a big grin,
a hand of steel and a heart of gold. He was my good friend
and he treated me like a son. Everyone he met was treated to
Ding Dong's gift of a likeable, soft spoken gentle giant. We
will all miss Elton Bell. Michael Bell
St. Augustine, FL
Cristobhl High School, Class of 1951, Hospialiit Sune,
August 11, 2001, Panama Canal Reunion, Marriott World
Center, Orlando, Florida. L-R: Betty Ann Hansen (BHS),
Pat (Geddes) Risberg (CHS), Betty Jane (Kenealy)
Geerer (BHS), Dick Sullivan (CHS).
Jack and Gloria (Ely) Corrigan with their four children,
spouses and 12 grandchildren. Jack and Gloria's
children John (BHS'80), Jennifer (BHS'82), Jessica
(BHS'83) and Joline are fifth generation Zonians.
Jack's great grandfather and grandfather were
Roosevelt Medal holders as was his maternal
grandfather Charles Henter. Gloria's grandfather,
John Golden, was also a Roosevelt Medal holder.
SHARON & FRANK GONZALEZ
START TRAVELING AGAIN
Sharon De Vore Gonzalez and Frank Gonzalez
went on a cruise to Mexico recently. They think that is the
way to go.
Sharon and Frank Gonzalez
In late June they will be traveling to New York for
the birth in early July of another granddaughter, Megan
Slusarewicz, the daughter of Tracy Glassburn-Slusarewicz
and Paul Slusarewicz.
HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS AT SEA
50 years of friendships celebrated with a wonderful cruise to Jamaica, Grand Caymans, and Cozumel on the Motor Ship
Inspiration. Front row seated: Nick Gorham, Babe Flynn Kessler, Bill Kessler, Phyllis McClaren, Barkley, Joe
Barkley, Joan Sprague Kilgallon, and Joe Kilgallon. Standing, Left to right:, Sandy Gorham, John Schmidt,
Shirley Smith O'Connor, Mary Ellen Stacey Horine, Bruce Hearn, Joan Powell Arndt, Larry Horine, Sissy
Flynn, Wally Christmas, Wendall Spreadbury and his wife, Connie, John and Ann Rimmington, Annette Godby
Stocking and her husband, Bill.
CAPTAIN JIM FISH RECEIVES THREE EX-BHS TEACHERS AND
COMMAND OF SHIP A FRIEND
Captain Jim Fish receives command of the 1400 Visiting Bette (Williams) Dahn at home in
passenger Casino ship New Yorker. Rockledge, Florida, were four friends, which included three
Also shown in the photo is 1980 BHS graduate former BHS teachers. Peggy Shroat, Dean (Keen)
Captain Richard Grimison, a former Panama Canal Pilot O'Flaherty, Bettye (Williams) Dahn and Julianne Gardill
and presently a Port Canaveral, Florida ship pilot, who was in front of B. Dahn's home in Rockledge, Florida.
on board the New Yorker for the vessels departure from that
port enroute to Freeport, Texas, May 3, 2001, where it
started gaming cruises this summer.
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Captains Jim Fish and Richard Grimison, upper left.
Four friends 3 ex-BHS teachers
LESLIE HENDRICKS SHOWS BILL McGANN ENJOYS SUPER
GRANDDAUGHTER AROUND BOWL
Orlando, was invited by his brother-in-law, Randy
Campbell, to go to the Super Bowl this year. The offered
ticket was originally for Fred Campbell, Bill's father-in-
Slaw, but he graciously insisted Bill be the one to attend this
Leslie Hendricks on a Panama Canal transit with her
granddaughter Cheryl Ann.
While in Panama, Lesley Hendricks and her 5 year
old granddaughter Cheryl Ann were able to climb mango
trees, slide down Admin Hill (many times), eat raspados, hike in
the rain forest, and play at Coronado Beach among many
other things. While she enjoyed all these activities
immensely, her biggest thrill was meeting Slim (of Shorty &
Slim). "Mango Street" is her favorite music, so when we met
up with Alex Reyes, his wife and baby at an ice cream store,
she was thrilled when he sang a little of "Mango Street" for
HELE' FAMILY EXPOSURE Bill McGann at the Super Bowl
Bill, who at the time was visiting in Florida, lives in
It's high time the Held family was exposed! Anyone Germany and his father-in-law insisted Bill use the ticket,
out there who remember us? A small family reunion was held saying he would be able to see future Super Bowl games
at Dan's home in Clermont, and the honored guest was Big while Bill was buried under a few feet of snow over in
Bro Bill from New York. Germany.
Needless to say, it was an experience never to be
forgotten for Bill.
Top L-R: Michael, Kristen, Jennifer (Dan Hele's Back row, L-R: Charles Morris, Bobby Fearon, Mark
children and Tara, Larry Hele's daughter. 2nd row: Driscoll, Jim Selby, Harold Sorrell, Dorm Fulton.
Larry Hele, Birdie Hele, Bill Hele Jr. 3rd row: Rita Middle row: Abou Jones, Kenny Morris, Ed Scott,
(Larry's wife), Judy (Dan's wife) and Dan. Robert Wills, front: Billy Hatchett
NORTH TO ALASKA
When I was younger, I remember a popular song
entitled "North to Alaska" Many years later, my husband
Peter and I recently made the trip north to Alaska which will
be in our memories for years to come.
We arrived in Vancouver, B.C. on June 7 to start
our adventure on our floating hotel, the MS Westerdam. We
were at sea the next day and got acquainted with the ship and
what she had to offer. There were different restaurants, a
theater, a casino, library, shops, pools, etc. We were very
comfortable. It was nice to be catered to at meal times and
the food was outstanding. In spite of the fact that I ate three
meals a day, when I got back home I noted that I had not
gained a pound.
FORMER NEIGHBORS FROM
While Kay Argo Taylor was visiting with Grace
Argo Allen at her daughter's in Texas, former neighbors
from Gatun met in Huntsville, Texas for lunch and
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Grace Argo Allen, Kay Argo Taylor and Rosalie
Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley (CHS'60) and husband
Peter in front of the MS Westerdam at Skagway,
On June 9 we docked at Juneau, capitol of Alaska,
founded on the promise of gold, which cannot be reached by
road one must either fly in or come by boat. Here, Peter
went on a helicopter tour of the famous Mendenhall Glacier
and I went sight-seeing and shopping instead. On 10 June,
we docked at Skagway, gateway to the great Klondike gold
rush of 1898. We boarded a very old train, built during the
gold rush and marveled as it made its way up the winding
tracks into the high mountains surrounded by snow. Many
lives were lost in this monumental task of building it. I
compared it to the Panama Canal's construction. We walked
around town a bit taking in its history. On June 11 we again
went cruising scenic Glacier Bay National Park. We
witnessed parts of glaciers sliding down in bits and pieces
and an eagle eating a fish on a piece of ice. On June 12 we
arrived at Ketchican, our last port of call and a bustling town
with wooden sidewalks, rustic buildings, and a former red-
light district. This town reminded me of our own Tombstone
in Arizona. Ketchican is known as the "totem city" and had
our photo taken in front of one. On June 13 we were at sea
all day down the Inside Passage where our cruise came to an
end in Vancouver.
It was a wonderful vacation and we were fortunate
to have had the weather cooperate with us. The internet told
us we would have scattered showers every day, but it never
did rain. Now we have photos of our journey to remind us of
this wonderful vacation North to Alaska.
Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley
PANAMA CANAL PICNIC IN
SANTA ROSA, CA.
A group of former Panama residents met at Spring
Lake in Santa Rosa recently. It was a beautiful summer day
and we enjoyed the balmy weather and strolling along the
lakeside. It was wonderful to reminisce of old times in
Panama. We miss living there when we were younger and
compensate for it by meeting with old and new friends who
share some of our memories:
Panama Canal Picnic in Santa Rosa, CA.
Those attending were: Bobbie (Styles) Field, Helen
Aanstoos, Jane (Kaufer) and Jim Cochrane, Lee and
Willie Doyle, Norine (Kaufer) Crnich, Bob and Mary
Kelley, Roger and Lenore Weidoff, Susie Dea (Doyles'
daughter), Dennis and Katie, Keith Olsen, Mike and Haley
Paulsen, John and Lilia Freed, Benigna Landof, Kathy
(Malin) Saville, Bob McInturff, Hal and JoAnn Robinson.
KELLEHERS VISIT SINGAPORE
AND BANGKOK THAILAND
In March, Betty, Dave Kelleher, daughter
Margaret Marsalona and Margaret's daughter Jennifer
flew to Singapore to visit Mary and Steve Tochterman and
daughters Andrea, Lauren and Kerry.
L-R: David Kelleher, Betty Kelleher, Margaret
Marsalona, Steve and Mary Tochterman at Raffles
Hotel in Singapore on Dave's birthday.
overlooking the inland waterway off of the Treasure Island
Causeway, St. Petersburg, Florida on Memorial Day, May
28'", 2001. Kara Twohy (BHS'91), her Aunt Nellie holding
"Sammy", Henry "Papa2e" (CHS'56) holding a bottle of a
superb Panamanian rum, Carta Vieja, Reserve Especial, Pat
Beall, Editor of the Canal Record, Terry Armstrong, Viet
Nam veteran, George Bletterman, Godmother of Kara and
HB2e3(BHS'94) who took the picture, met to recount the
"Battle of the Bulge." No, not the famous WWII Battle of the
Bulge, but the ongoing battle of the bulge that most
Panazonians experience over the years. Many memorable
events were relived. The "Sip and Dips" at George
Bletterman de Lambert and Chuck Lambert's Bohio at
"Sugar Loaf", Santa Clara; the Drinka-Thongs at Betty
Webster's Casino which were usually refereed by Pat
Lehman and Julie Hardin; the pig roasts and wine, beer,
rum and cheese tasting parties at Henry and Carol
Holgerson Twohy's (BHS'59) house at Goma Grande in
Santa Clara. The countless "beer busts" on Santa Clara
beach. Name me a subscriber to the Canal Record who
cannot recount a party or two on Santa Clara Beach! Of
special interest to us was urging Pat Beall to recount his
WWII days flying Spitfires with the RCAF, and of his
peacetime flying at old Paitilla airfield in Panama. Pat and
George have been friends since childhood and their happy
"good old days" recollections go back to the mid thirties.
Soooo, we toasted our veterans and fondly relived and told
"war stories" that occurred in Panama. As it was like the
"Battle of the Bulge" of Christmas 1944, there were various
stalemates and breakouts (pun intended).
Andrea Tochterman, Jennifer Marsalona, Lauren
Tochterman, Margaret Marsalona and Kerry
Tochterman at the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok,
Dave, with seven females went to Bangkok,
Thailand for a weekend and everyone enjoyed shopping,
with Mary as their guide.
Margaret, Jennifer, Dave and Betty toured Malaysia
with Steve. They all found that Singapore was very similar to
Panama and thoroughly enjoyed their stay.
MEMORIAL DAY REUNION AT
TREASURE ISLAND, FLORIDA
Blood may be thicker than water but not when seven
Panazonians met at Nellie "Hogi" Holgerson Armstrong
(CHS'52) and her husband, Terry Armstrong's patio
Back: Kara Twohy, Nellie Armstrong, Henry Twohy,
Pat Beall. Seated: Terry Armstrong, George
For all you old "Ron Cortez" afficionados, you
might be wondering why "Papa 2e" is touting Rumli and
Cocoli's made with something other than Ron Cortez. Since
the 31st December, 1999, with the culmination of the Panama
Canal Treaties of 1977, Ron Cortez is getting harder and
harder to find in Panama and the rum choice in Panama is
now Carta Vieja, Ron Abuelo and Nicaragua's fine "Flor de
Cana". I guess most of the Ron Cortez is now being exported
to the "Land of the big PX."
Henry Twohy (2e)
aka PanaTampa 2e
THE FIRST ALABAMA MEMBERS
PICNIC, GOOSE POND
COLONY, NORTH ALABAMA
On October 28h, 2000, a band of adventurous
Zonians (with friends and families in tow) met together at the
Goose Pond Colony in North Alabama (about 45 minutes
east of Huntsville) for the first annual Goosepond
Gathering/Canal Zone Picnic. The banks of Lake
Guntersville were adorned in exquisite autumn splendor as
the twenty seven attendees munched empanadas and Mary
Jane Cookies (made from the authentic Club House recipe)
and perhaps shivered just a little in the fall cool as they
remembered their former tropical home.
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The picnic site of the Alabama group.
The Alabama Picnic and those attending.
Friends and neighbors, some who had not seen each
other for over 40 years, swapped handshakes, hugs. and
memories of by-gone days. Children fished, played ball. and
romped the playground. After lunch, door prizes were
handed out, photos taken, and addresses swapped. Then it
was time to go, with a promise to come back next year.
This year, the Gathering will be on Saturday.
October 27, 2001 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. For more
information, call the picnic coordinator. Keith Moumblow at
(256) 587-6824 or e-mail email@example.com.
Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon
Gatun Gang. CHS.63
THE WILLIAMS VISIT PANAMA
Saw pictures from Condor Tours in February conducted
by Davis Stevenson decided to send you one of ours.
The tour was great and brought back many memories
of schools, Balboa Union Church, YMCA, Clubhouse,
Commissary, the interior, including the Volcan. Picture
taken at the Yacht Club, near Fort Amador.
Jacque Worsley Williams and husband, Rush
Williams with son, Robert C. Williams, daughter Lynn
Williams Croft and granddaughter Caity Croft.
W. TEAL WITH KNOCKOUTS
H. Wallace Teal poses with two five time World
Boxing Champions. Wallace met both champions, Roberto
Durin and Sugar Ray Leonard at the Chinook Winds Casino,
Lincoln City. Oregon.
Both champions were in attendance to promote a
championship boxing event at the Casino. Leonard has been
inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and Duran
will be inducted later this year
L-R: Roberto (Manos de Piedra) Duran, H. Wallace
Teal, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
FISHING ON VACATION
While on vacation v isi tr 0: i'aughtcr, Liz, and
husband, Bruce, who live at Islamc. !orida Keys last
month, the fishing adventure out to the iulf Stream reaped
some Mahi Mahi.
Liz works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Service in Marathon. A good time was had by
A LITTLE FISHING ON THE SIDE
I am a recent member of the Society but a long time
resident of the Canal Zone (1942-1978) and have been
enjoying your quarterly magazine. I saw several photos of
Zonians in the last few issues and am sending you two
nhntnk taken of me in Panama in Mav of this vear.
June Barlow Reisz and John Reisz with their catch.
L: Oscar Roos with his 25 lb. Corbina, April 30; R:
Oscar Roos with an Amberjack caught April 29.
I am an avionics inspector with the Federal Aviation
Commission (FAA) with responsibilities in Central and
South America. I was in Panama to inspect COPA Airlines
and took advantage of the business trip to spend three days
with Mike and Becky Bolton on Contadora catching up and
doing a little free diving/spearfishing for dinner.
L-R: Lou and Suzette Seldon with Sonia (Bowker)
and Harvey "Glenn" Rhyne on Granville Island,
Vancouver, B.C. Canada, January 2001. Glenn is a
U.S. Customs Inspector at the Vancouver Airport doing
pre-departure customs clearances for passengers
enroute to the U.S. The Seldons visited the Rhynes
when Lou was working at Boeing (Flight Safety) in
Editor must have by:
Lou and Suzette Seldon at the Melia Hotel,
Cancun, Mexico, July, 2001
SPACE COAST PICNIC
Here it is, your last reminder that the annual Space
Coast picnic is next month. It will be at Tom Statham Park
on Saturday, the 27th of October. We usually get started
around 11:00 a.m. Bring your picnic lunch and something to
drink and come on out. We should have some good door
prizes this year as Bob and Kathy McConaughey are
heading up that committee.
The park is on the river side of U.S. 1, about 1.4
miles south of 405 or about 3.5 miles south of Highway 50.
See map below. Let's hope for good weather and I'll see if I
can get a shuttle launch scheduled for that day to entertain
you. (Just kidding)
Need more info? Give Terry Deakins a call at 321-
631-9209 or Randy Deakins at 321-632-4057. Looking
forward to seeing you there!
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ZONIAN AMIGOS 20th CRUISE
Zonian Amigos will join Pete and Marje Foster to
celebrate the group's 20"t Cruise Reunion on one of Holland
America Cruise newest ships, MS Zaandam. The group will
depart November 20, 2001 from Ft. Lauderdale, on a ten day
Thanksgiving Holiday Southern Caribbean Cruise. The
Zaandam will visit the interesting ports of Curacao, La
Guaira/Caracas Venezuela, Trinidad, Martinique, St. John/St.
Thomas and the Bahamas Half Moon Cay.
The Zonian Amigos group has an open invitation to
all Zonians, their relatives and friends to join their 20th
Cruise Celebration. Registration information for the cruise is
available by contacting Pete Foster at (727) 785-8555 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on and cruise Zonian
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
Those having class reunions are urged to send us a copy
of your program or yearbook update. These booklets are
being collected in the interests of future historical research
and preservation. Old class yearbooks (CZ high school or
college) are also wanted. Please send them to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank
Any yearbooks I hold may be copied upon
reimbursement of the cost of photocopying, postage and time
involved. To find out if I have the one you want, please
include a SASE with your request or email me at
pattrpan @ yahoo.com.
MAKE THE SECRETARY'S DAY -
DUES ARE DUE DEC. 31, 2001
A report will be made in the December issue on this
year's collection results. Your old glasses are of no value to
you, but they could be another person's most valued
possession. Somewhere in a developing country, you can
make this happen. Please send those old glasses today to
Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
You'll be glad you did.
ANNUAL XMAS TREE BURN
The annual Xmas tree burn will be held on
December 29, 2001, at Eckerd College located at 4200 54th
Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Fla. The hours are from 4:00
p.m. until the trees are burned. Please plan on bringing your
own food and drink. There will be tables and BarBQue grills
at the shelter.
The trees will be provided by volunteers. For
questions, please call Gary O'Connor at (727) 322-9528, or
work (727) 864-7771, or Steve Nehring at (727) 528-6133.
We hope to see you there.
Directions: from Tampa go South on 1-275 and take
exit 4, Bayway and Eckerd College. From Sarasota take 1-75
to 1-275 north over the Skyway Bridge and take exit 4.
Roosevelt Medal Descendants
Roosevelt Medal Descendants, legally constituted
in Panama as a not-for-profit civic organization, exists for the
following primary purposes:
a. To preserve the memory of American citizens
who were engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal
and who, for their noble effort were awarded the Roosevelt
Medal by the President of the United States.
b. To establish an association of descendants of
Roosevelt Medal recipients to promote civic and cultural
activities designed to honor the contribution of their
forebears in the Construction of the Panama Canal.
c. To encourage research and investigation related
to the role of Roosevelt Medal recipients in the creation of
the Panama Canal.
d. To disseminate information and to conduct
public ceremonies to ensure that the historic achievement of
Roosevelt Medal recipients are not forgotten.
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS assemble at
the Panama Canal on or about August 15 every year to pay
tribute to the United States citizens in the building of the
All direct descendants of the Roosevelt Medal
recipients are eligible to apply for membership in
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDANTS.
P.O. Box 3344 Balboa-Ancon
Rep. of Panama
MAP TO COLUMBIA RESTAURANT
BHS/CHS'57 ON THE GO AGAIN!
The BHS/CHS Class of 1957 is planning their 45th
Class Reunion beginning on June 30, 2002 with a cruise to
the Bahamas prior to the annual Panama Canal Society
reunion next year in Orlando.
As an added festivity, we are having a 4-day cruise
out of Port Canaveral on June 30th on RCCL Sovereign of the
Seas. Departure is June 30 and return on July 4. The itinerary
is Port Canaveral to Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas -
Coco Bay, Bahamas and return. We will have a bottle of
champagne for each cabin and a bus to and from the
Convention Center in Orlando. Parking is also available at
Port Canaveral for $7 per day. Price is RIGHT!!! For more
information contact June Riesz, 8 Crossway Ct., West, Palm
Coast, FL 32137 (386-445-2839 or email to:
The cruise part of our 45th High School reunion will
be handled by June, followed by the reunion details in
Orlando for our class. Each classmate with whom we are in
touch will be mailed class reunion agenda directly by Chris
Hearon, Coordinator. email@example.com.
Friends from other classes are also welcome. If you
know the email addresses of classmates that have not been in
touch, please send them to June or Chris, so they can be a
part of our 45'" High School Reunion.
Palm Coast, Florida
THE FIRST AMERICAN BORN IN
A smiling face has been greeting people at Gorgas
Hospital for 38 years. The smile and the longest service
record of any American employee at Gorgas Hospital -
belongs to Mrs. R. W. McAllister, a receptionist in the
medical clinic, located in the old Hospital Building. She
began her work at Gorgas in 1927 as a receptionist and
translator in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in what
was then Ancon Hospital.
Mrs. (Edith Trowbridge) McAllister, who lives
with her husband, Robert, at Corozal, also was the first
American born in the Canal Zone.
The dancer in Mrs. McAllister at a party during the
The Panama Canal Spillway
Submitted by: Connie Bishop
N. Bethesda, MD.
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First American born in the Canal Zone, Mrs. R.W,
(Edith Trowbridge) McAllister.
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Can you name any of these early employees? Where they worked is unknown also.
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GIVE YOUR CHILD
A GIFT OF LOVE
Please listen, I can't say all these things but I feel
1. Don't spoil me I know quite well that I should
not have all that I ask for. I'm only testing you.
2. Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it, it
makes me feel more secure.
3. Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on
you to detect then at an early age.
4. Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only
makes me feel stupidly "big".
5. Don't correct me in front of people if you can
help it. I'll take much more notice if you talk
quietly with me in private.
6. Don't make me feel my mistakes are sins. It
upsets my sense of values
7. Don't Protect me from consequences. I need to
learn the painful way sometimes.
8. Don't be too upset when I say "I hate you". It
isn't you I hate but your powers that thwart
9. Don't take too much notice of my small
ailments, Sometimes they get the attention I
10. Don't forget that I cannot explain myself as well
as I would like. This is why I am not always
11. Don't make rash promises. Remember that I
feel badly when promises are broken.
12. Don't Tax my honesty too much. I am easily
frightened into telling lies.
13. Don't be inconsistent. That completely
confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.
14. Don't tell me my fears are silly. They are
terribly real and you can do much to
reassure me if you try to understand.
15. Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you
do, you will find that I will stop asking and
seek answers elsewhere.
16. Don't even suggest you are perfect or
infallible. It gives me too great a shock when
I discover that you are neither.
17. Don't ever think it is beneath your dignity to
apologize to me. An honest apology makes
me feel especially warm to you.
18. Don't forget how quickly I am growing up. At
times it must be very difficult to keep pace
with me, but please try.
19. Don't forget how much I love to experiment. I
couldn't get along without it, so please put
up with it.
20 Don't forget that I can't thrive without lots of
understanding love, but I don't need to tell you
that, do I?
DRIVING THE 9:50 HOME
It was in the late sixties, and I was working as Chief
Engineer of the tug John F. Stevens for the Dredging
Division. We were having work done at the Industrial
Division in Mt. Hope. We worked late that night so I had to
catch the 9:50, the last train out of Colon, so I called my wife
in Gamboa to let her know that I would be on the train
getting into Gamboa at 10:40. Then I strolled over to the Mt.
Hope train station. It was a beautiful tropical evening as only
those who have spent time in the Zone remembers. The
ocean breeze was gently blowing and as I passed the Mt.
Hope Cemetery walking to the train station. I could see the
train coming down the track from Colon pulling into the
station at 9:53. As the engine slowly passed I hear someone
yell, "hey, George!"
I looked up into the engine and the engineer, Herbie
Rose motioned for me to come. When the engine came to a
stop I walked down the track to the engine and he said to
come on up. By then my heart was going like a trap hammer
with excitement. I climbed up into the cab and Herbie said,
"Ride up here with me." I was so excited I could hardly talk..
When the conductor gave Herb the signal to leave for Gatun,
Herbie said, "Go ahead and drive her." He showed me what
to do and told me just to take it easy. He then blew the
whistle and I gently gave her the throttle and could feel the
power as the engine moved ahead taking up the slack
between the cars and we started to move out of the station.
Gradually, with Herb watching and guiding my every move,
we picked up speed, blowing the whistle as we crossed
Mindi Dock Road, then Keyes Road going into Ft. Davis,
then on our way to Gatun crossing Jadwin Road, School
House Road, then Light House Road and each time blowing
the whistle, and I know that night it must have sounded extra.
As we pulled into Gatun Station, with the locks on
our right and then looking out towards Gatun Lake as we
pulled in right on time at 10.03 p.m. Then when we got the
signal to leave, we left the station passing the Gatun Yacht
Club and Dock 45 on the right then headed toward Monte
Lirio due in at 10:16, then towards Frijoles with this train
only stopping on signal at night.
I cannot describe the thrill I was having as our light
cut through the darkness of the night, passing through the
jungle on our left and the Canal on our right, looking down
the Canal reach with the buoys lighting the way for ships,
and the night air coming in through the cab, and as we passed
a few ships we gave each a lonesome cry on the whistle.
Then as we approached Gamboa, due in at 10:14 p.m. we
came into the Dredging Division Area, passing all the
equipment in the storage area, then the town of Santa Cruz
on our left, crossing by the main gate into our division, then
the Gamboa Commissary and into the station. A Canal Zone
Policeman was standing on the platform, who always met the
trains both ways. I was told that this was a custom from back
in construction days when they never knew what to expect
from the gallant men who built the Canal.
As we eased into the station I could see my wife
Gisela standing on the platform and as we passed by I
hollered down to her and she looked up at me and said,
"What has he gone and done now?" I then shook Herbie's
hand and I knew by the smile on his face that he knew how
happy and excited I was. As I climbed down from the engine,
I wished that I had told my wife to meet me in Balboa so I
could have driven the train completely across the Isthmus,
past Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks, through the
Miraflores tunnel, passed Morgan Gardens, Corozal and into
Upon looking back at my more than 76 years, I have
seen all seven of the world's continents, been to so many
different places and saw so many things, but I think the train
ride rates near the top in my life. And just think about it I
was getting paid for doing most of it!
George F. Smith
HISTORICAL DATA SHEET
Panama Canal Construction Locomotive; #299
(Last known locomotive actually used to construct
the Panama Canal)
POST CONSTRUCTION SERVICE MODIFICATIONS:
Converted to Oil Fired Boilers. Tender converted from coal
to oil storage. Head and Rear Lamps converted to Electrical
lamps. Steam driven Electrical generator installed. Bell
moved from in front of cab to position between sand and
ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL NOTES: When recovered
from active Panama Railroad use, it was refurbished and
placed on exhibit at the Balboa Railroad Station. It was
donated to the Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, as
a representative of the many locomotives built at the
American Locomotive Cooke Works, Paterson, N.J. for
service during construction of the Panama Canal.
"299" was moved from the Balboa Train Station,
transported by ship to New Orleans, moved on heavy duty
flat cars (Wheel gauge did not fit American tracks) to
Paterson, N.J. where it is presently on exhibit at the Paterson
From time to time, "299" has been repainted by
various Paterson High School Civic Classes as a joint
#299 on display at the former Balboa Train Station
PRESENT LOCATION: Paterson Museum. Paterson. N.J.
TECHNICAL DATA: AS PURCHASED:
Manufactured by American Locomotive. Cooke
Works, Paterson, N.J. "Mogul" type, 2-6-0 Locomotive.
1906 Purchase price: $11.307. Coal fired. Tender capacity 8
tons coal. 4000 gal. water.
Tractive effort: 23.980 lbs. at 10 MPH. Track
Gauge. 5': Drive Piston, 19" diameter. 24" stroke.
Diameter. Drive wheels 54". Weights: Engine
125,500 lbs. Tender 97,000 lbs.
Oil Head and Rear Lights.
TENDER MARKINGS: As purchased: "I.C.C." for Isthmian
Canal Commission. Under corps of Engineers: "U.S." When
acquired by Panama Railroad Company. "P.R.R." and later.
CAB ENGINE NUMBER: Oversize, as shown, for manual
identification during actual Construction Service where all
movement was under visual control.
#299 at Paterson Museum, New Jersey with high
school students repainting engine from time to time
as a community project.
OF WOODEN CARS AND IRON HEN.
On the Isthmus of Panama with its exciting historical
background replete with tales of Spanish adventurers, pirates,
and fabulous treasures, the story of the Panama Railroad
unfolds. Here on a narrow strip of land deep in the tropics,
man was pitted against the elements the scorching tropical
sun, the torrential rains and the fevers and diseases that
struck without warning.
Visionaries had foreseen the possibilities of a
railroad across the Isthmus of Panama for some time and in
1848 a contract was signed by the government of New
Granada (now Colombia) granting the right to build a
railroad to a small group of New York financiers headed by
William H. Aspinwall. After surveys of a route proved
practical, the Panama Railroad Company was incorporated in
1949 under the laws of the State of New York with a capital
investment of $1,000,000.
This original capital was exhausted with only about
eight miles of railroad completed southward from what is
now Colon, and prospects of completing the contract
appeared extremely remote. However, it was at this time that
the gold rush was on in California and heeding the call to
fortunes thousands of gold seekers rather than brave the
transcontinental trip came by ship to Panama to cross the
Isthmus and then board west coast vessels for California.
With travelers clamoring for transportation over the
completed portion of the railroad and paying additional tolls
as high as $5 each just for the privilege of walking in the
relative safety of the uncompleted right of way, public
confidence in the idea of a railroad across the Isthmus was
revived and promoters were thus able to sell additional stock
and resume construction.
Sheer courage and determination pushed the
railroad ahead in spite of tremendous obstacles. Malaria was
commonly believed to float like a heavy vapor over the great
mangrove swamps, and yellow fever was a scourge of the
Isthmus. Much of the time men worked up to their hips in
muck, while drenched overhead by torrential rains.
Mosquitos and sand flies buzzed by the millions, driving the
workers to distraction. Death was the construction workers'
constant companion and while the exact toll in lives will
never be known, at one time a force of 1,000 Chinese were
imported, and despite everything done for their well-being,
including the importation of their hill rice and opium, a wave
of suicides added to the disease toll and within a few months
less than 200 survived.
Leaving Aspinwall (later Colon) for Isthmus crossing
The first train rattled across the Isthmus in five
hours on January 28, 1855, but the construction accounts
were not closed until 1858, when the total expenditure was
set at $8,000,000. During this period, however, the company
had made a net profit of $6,000,000. Throughout the first 12
years of operation, money flowed into the company in a
steady stream. More than $750,000,000 in specie alone was
transported, and the company collected a quarter of one
percent of the value of all precious cargo. More than 400,000
passengers were carried for $25 one way.
During the construction period it was necessary for
the company to establish commissaries where the employees
might obtain proper food and clothing, and later provided
harbor facilities, ship chandlery, and other services for
vessels calling at the two terminals. The company soon
organized shipping lines to New York and Liverpool, and by
1861 had seven sailing ships in the New York service. On
the Pacific side, the company also had ship service to Central
and South American ports, and by 1860, the Central
American business was fifteen times as great as that to and
With the completion of the first transcontinental
railway across the United States, the competition from ships
rerouted around Cape Horn to the west coast of South
America, a double blow was dealt to the fortunes of the
Panama Railroad. There was no great revival of business
until the French Canal Company began operations in 1880,
and after lengthy negotiations the French obtained a
controlling interest for $25,000,000.
Once again the tides of fortunes rose and the
company re-established steamship service to New York and
the commissaries were reopened. By 1904 the commissaries
had developed into a thriving business, but the railroad itself
had sunk into disrepair. It was during this year that the
United States acquired the concession-right and property of
the French Canal Company and, with it, the Panama
Railroad. To provide the necessary transportation foi
building the Panama Canal, the railroad was double tracked
and laid with heavier rail. The improvement was short lived,
however since the road bed lay in what was to be the Canal
channel. It was at first intended to relocate the line along the
shores of Gatun Lake and on a berm along the Canal through
Culebra Cut (now Gaillard) Cut. Slides in the cut made this
impractical and a new line was built through virtually the
entire distance. Between Gatun and Gamboa it was
necessary to build 167 embankments, while south of
Gamboa, through the cordillera, the line required many cuts,
with some near the Continental Divide over 100 feet deep.
From the opening of the Canal through the second
World War the Panama Railroad Company enjoyed a
generation of prosperity and expansion. In addition to the
railroad and commissaries, the company was operating a fleet
of three ships to New York as well as hotels and wharves.
During World War II, the Trans-Isthmian Highway
was built. This artery drained away much of the passenger
and freight traffic from the railroad; and in 1950 when the
Panama Canal Company was incorporated, all the diverse
commercial operations were turned over to other segments of
the Canal Company, so that in 1955 the railroad was on the
verge of abandonment. As a result of Congressional action,
it was decided to keep the Panama Railroad with its over
100-year heritage of rags to riches in fighting its way back to
Panama Railroad Brochure
W.E. Potter, President
B.I. Everson, Director
R.E. Pinkham, Manager
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leisure here w 9jermany held many dscussioes an the sutbect ao
the worlds great eugineeriw achievements.
s a result of our eomwbied knowledge and emperineu, and han g taken
all relevant facts into consideration, we unanimously agree that the
Panama Canal with its locks, waterways and barbour facilires is
one of the greatest of such feats.
I addition, we have also agreed that It is w itout doubt the wosk ef-
ficient organisaton of its ind of which we have knowledge.
Shll nmore Muteorlat perhaps, from our point of view, is the smoothness
wtb which a ship is passed through the Canal, and we should like to
place on record our appreciation and gratitude to the 'Plots and the
Marine Swision as a boe- not forgetting the beads of the various
deporatnel for their efficiency, courtesy and reliabiliy when providing a
safe and wift passage for vessels of all si1es and nationalities through
thbs strategic waterway.
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FOR SALE COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING
O R W A N,' E D The Commercial rates have been approved at the August 26,
1999 Board Meeting. These rates are for those who are either
non members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an
ADVERTISING RATES established business firm, who wish to advertise Panama
1" x 31" x 31/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00 related objects in the Society's Canal Record. All ads
1/10th page (Bus. Card) $15.00 submitted must be camera ready. The rates established are
1/5th page $30.00 as follows:
1/4th page $40.00
1/2 page $75.00 Half Page: 7 wide x 5" high OR
Spag3 2 wide x 10" high $125.00
Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and 1/4 Page: 3 wide x 5" high OR
make all checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7" wide x 2 high $60.00
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole FL. 33772-
4712. ALL ADVERTISING SUBMITTED MUST BE 1/5 Page: 7" wide x 2" high $50.00
CAMERA READY. THE EDITOR CANNOT 1/10 Page: 3 V2" wide x 2" high
COMPOSE ANY ADS SUBMITTED. (Business card size) $25.00
1/20 Page 3 V2" wide x 1" high.
(Half Business card size) $15.00
Ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will
not compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted.
by Larry and Edna Didier
Written by former Zonians-Larry from the Atlantic Side and Edna
(Curles) from the Pacific Side, this is a brand new holiday story that is
certain to become an instant classic! The story centers around a motley
group of inner-city kids and their loving but poor parents, To these chil-
dren, Santa Claus and his annual
% s visit is only for the the wealthy.
But is it really? In the tradition of
such Father Christmas legends as C Z
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-
deer," Larry and Edna have created a heartwarming story that brings the
true spirit of the season giving to those that need it most, the often dis-
enfranchised children of the ghetto. Masterfully illustrated by Larry's
son, Sammy ("Samwise") Didier, of Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine,
California, this is a must-read book for children young and old.
A donation will be made to the Panama Canal Museum from any
sales generated by this ad.
You may order by mail with Money Order or Check. The price for
each hard cover book is US$25 (includes shipping and handling) in the -
U.S. and Canada. Add $5.00 for S&H for all other international orders.
Make check payable to Lawrence and Edna Didier, and mail to 3940
N.E. 21st Lane, Ocala, Florida 34470-3104. Money Order payments
are shipped immediately. Allow 2-3 weeks for check orders.
MAKE THE SECRETARY'S DAY -
PAY YOUR 2002 DUES BEFORE DEC. 31, 2001
From the collections of Ruth C. Stuhl and George M. Chevalier
about crossing the Isthmus of Panama as written by the actual participants
from the earliest Colonial Spanish through the 49er's to the 25th Anniversary
Transit of the SS Ancon in 1939
Book may be ordered from Xlibris at www.xlibris.com. Tel: 888-795-4274
or firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 407-884-9211
G.M. Chevalier, 3874 Diamond Oak Way, Zellwood, FL 32798
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM 2002 CALENDAR/COBBLESTONE ORDER FORM
The Panama Canal Museum's 2002 calendar will feature the Canal Zone Postal Service. The
second in a series of collectible museum calendars, the 2002 calendar follows the 2001 calendar, which
pictures the Canal Zone/DoDDS-Panama Schools. This 2002 calendar has more pages than the 2001
calendar and includes one of the pages in color.
Cobblestone Magazine, a history magazine for middle school-aged students, has devoted its April
2001 issue to the Panama Canal.
Quantity Calendars ordered @ $6.00 x
Quantity Cobblestones ordered @ $5.00 x
Postage and Handling to Same Address
@ $1.55 for one calendar or Cobblest
@ $2.50 for two
@ $3.15 for three
@ $3.95 for four eight
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ORDERS WILL NOT BE SENT OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. J
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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772
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njoy a coast-to-coast/border-to-border tour of Panama,
conducted by knowledgeable, bilingual guides who are
specialists in Panama and the Canal Zone. BOOK EARLY!
Due to the turnover of the canal, this may be your last chance
to be a part of a Panama adventure.
This 10 day tour includes the following:
* Round TripAirfare Miami/Panama
(' .S. Exit Fees)
* Iourist Card
* All Meals While in Panama
* Tips & Baggage Handling
* Transportation on Air-Conditioned
* Dinner/Show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
* Farewell Dinner
Due to many requests, we are continuing with annual dry season tours.
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(800) 783-8847 (770) 339-9961 FAX: (770) 995-8017
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S.planning a Canal
TheTorment and Torture
Living with Silver and Gold
Dr. Gorgas Defeats Yellow Fever
SAll Locked Up
Also features an activity, map,
and resources for further
cover arr by Al Sprague
This 52-page, full-color issue of American history,
COBBLESTONE magazine provides an excellent
introduction to the history of the Panama Canal for
readers age 944. $4.95 per issue, plus S&H. Call
for classroom and bulk copy rates.
COBBLESTONE PUBLISHING COMPANY
A Division of Cricket Magazine Group
30 Grove Street, Suite C, Peterborough, NH 03458
(603) 924-7209 1-800-821-0115 Fax (603) 924-7380
Visit www.cobblestonepub.com for FREE teacher's guide!
FOR LEASE BY THE WEEK OR BY THE MONTH
3 BEDROOM 2 BATH
(Possibly for sale fully furnished)
Pictures available upon request
On the main road between Volcan &
Cerro Punta in Bambito 1/4 mile from
Transportation to and from airport in
Call Mary Lou Watkins (Palmquist)
BHS Class of 1967
@ (218) 326-9137
Rick Watkins, BHS Class of 1975
@ (407) 333-0940
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