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VOL 36


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OFFICERS AND
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR
2002-2003

Mr. Bill McLaughlin
President
(352) 726-8804

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
(727) 442-0457

Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
(352) 694-2211

Mr. James Parthenais
Director
(727) 892-9994

Mr. Edwin Wardlow
Director
(863) 967-2106

Mr. Roy Culbreth
Director
(813) 960-9593

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Director
(813) 633-8916

Ms. Betty LeDoux
Past President
(813) 679-8416

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478

Mr. Daniel Norman
Sergeant-at-Arms
(813) 805-7562

Mr. Kenny Morris
Treasurer
(727) 938-5088

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Chaplain
(727) 595-0846

Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)

Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor
(386) 441-3229

Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804


Contents
President's M essage...................................................................................... .............................
Secretary's M essage........................................................... ......................................................2
Editor's Com er..................................................... .....................................................................2
Synopsis of Executive Board M meeting M inutes.............................................................................3
Highlights of M minutes of General M membership M eetings......................................... ....................... 4
Legislative Report....................................................................................... .............................7
PCSOFL November Luncheon...................................................................... .................... 10
PCSOFL December Luncheon..................................................................... .........................11
Reunion Report 2002.................................................................................... ........................... 13

Your Reporters Says:


California..................34
Central FL................35
Ocala FL...................36
Pensacola FL..............37
Space Coast FL...........39
South FL....................39


Tallahassee FL..........42
Georgia.....................43
Louisiana.................44
MidWest..................44
Mississippi...............45
North Carolina...........45


NorthWest...............46
Oklahoma................48
Panama....................48
South Carolina...........49
Dallas TX..................50
Kerrville TX..............51
Virginia.....................52


C ongratulations...... ........................................................................... ......................................... 53
W eddings.............................................................. ............................... ........... ........... 6 1
B irths................................................................. ........................................................ 63
With Deep Sorrow..........................................................................................................65
L letters to the E ditor............................................................................. ...................................... 7 1
A nnouncem ents.................................... ......... ...................... ....... ..................... ...78
M museum N ew s............................................................. ......................... ........... ............ 84
For Sale or W anted.........................................................................................................................86
Membership Application Form.................................................................. .......................95




FRONT COVER: Mr. Bill McLaughlin, the 46th president of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. BACK COVER Photo: Filling the chamber almost wall to wall, this large cargo vessel
appears to be part of the locks. Up forward on the deck, a Canal pilot watches the stabilizing
cables attached to the towing locomotive. Painting by Al Sprague, noted artist from the Canal
Zone.

DATES TO REMEMBER


Oct 1

Oct 6




Oct 12



Nov 3



Dec 7



Dec 8


Ocala Zonian/PC Ditchdiggers Luncheon, 11:30a.m., Ocala, FL, at
Ryan's Family Steak House. Call Bill Muller (352) 854-7902.
Annual Gulf Coast No-host Picnic, at Davis Bayou Campground of
the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs,
Miss. Starts at lla.m., contact Gerda Smith (601) 567-9870 or Patt
Roberson (225) 774-776.
PCSOFL General Meeting and Space Coast Group Picnic, 11a.m.
at Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near Titusville, FL. Call Terry
Deakins (321) 631-9209 for more info. see pg. 86.
PCSOFL General Meeting and Luncheon, Columbia Restaurant,
(Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, in Clearwater, FL. Call PCS office
at 1-866-726-2262 for info. See pg. 10.
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon, 11:00a.m. at The Wine Cellar at
17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, FL. For info call the
PCS office at 1-866-726-2262. See pg. 11.
Panama Canal Society of Southern California Luncheon, La Paz
Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA. Contact Joan (Ridge) de
Grummond (949) 855-6447.








































Hello friends...
What an honor it is to have been elected as the 46th
President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. I never
thought my destiny would consist of being President of this
great organization. It is a real pleasure to serve the greatest
people on earth the members of the Society, also known as
Zonians!! My deepest thanks to all of you that have support-
ed me these past years and have motivated me to move up
into this position. Being the Reunion Coordinator for the past
two years has been lots of fun and has taught me much about
the organization. This experience will be very helpful in
accomplishing my mission as your President.
In this issue of the Canal Record we have a recap of the
2002 Panama Canal Society Reunion, which consists of both
photos and reunion reports. What a great time everyone had
in Orlando! There were just fewer than 3000 attendees and
we filled our allocated block of 1100 rooms and then some.
The dance floors were full on both Friday and Saturday
nights. The foyers buzzed with great conversations and good
times. The reunion is such a special occasion and I encourage
every member to attend. This year I was happy to have my
brother Barry and his family and our good friends, Ed and
Debbie Sykes and family attend their first reunion and what
a difference it made for them! Having visited with numerous
old friends that once were neighbors, friends and classmates
was just spectacular and will never be forgotten.
We hope that you enjoy the photos that have been posted
in this publication. We couldn't get them all in, but I do
believe they will give you an idea of how much fun everyone
had. There were smiling faces everywhere!
We will be in the Orlando World Center Marriott once


again for the 2003 Reunion. We have new reunion dates
which are July 23 -27, 2003. The original dates were set for
the first part of July. Please mark you calendars with the new
dates. As in the past, the December Canal Record will have
the registration form, schedule and information for the 2003
Reunion. I strongly urge everyone to register early.
Fortunately the majority of the 2002 2004 Executive
Board consists of those dedicated officers that served for the
past two terms. We work very well together with the same
goal in mind, which is to serve our members the best we can.
I have challenged this board to come up with new programs
and ideas to continue our positive growth.
We will continue with our traveling meetings that were
started two years ageo In September we are going to Sarasota
for our September Luncheon. For October we will be at the
Space Coast Picnic on the East Coast and in November we
will be at the Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater for a
Panama Independence Day luncheon. Then to finish out the
year we will have our Christmas luncheon at the Wine Cellar
in North Redington Beach. Check the "Important Dates to
Remember" schedule on the back of the front cover for
details. I hope we have a good turnout at these meetings and
look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. The
meetings for 2003 will be listed in the December issue of the
Canal Record.
We are in the process of converting from our old Juno
Internet Service Provider to a broadband DSL (Digital
Subscriber Line). We announced in the March and June 2002
Canal Record that our email address is now:
office@pancanalsociety.org
Other email addresses we have are:


The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)

7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
8"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in March, June, September, and
December

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the best interests
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.

All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of the Society
and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. assumes no responsibility for
advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
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editori@pancanalsociety.org (for writing the Editor)
reunioncoordinator(@pancanalsociety.org (for writing the
Reunion Coordinator)
president(pancanalsociety.org (for writing the President).

I would like to revive the Panama Canal Society
Scholarshiprogram that I initiated three years ago and make
it a reality. Information about this program will be in the
December book, along with a ballot for the membership to
vote for or against the initiative. I believe this will be one way
of letting our younger generation know that the Panama
Canal Society is here and cares about them. Hopefully, this
program and other initiatives that are geared towards our
youth will encourage them to be members and keep the
organization going for years to come.
I want all members to feel free to call, write or email me
any time for your concerns, suggestions, or ideas.
I have taken a special interest in the history of the Society
and it is truly a great organization. Since it's beginning in
1934, there were many Panama Canal Societies all overthe
United States. In a copy of the booklet, "Souvenir Yearbook
and Directory of The Panama Canal Societies of The United
States", 1947, there were Panama Canal Societies in Chicago,
Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
We must have been quite strong in those days. I will be sub-
mitting excerpts from this old directory for publication in the
Canal Record for your enjoyment. There are some really
great letters from members printed in the book that are his-
torical and most being very comical. It appears we Zonians
have had a good sense of humor and the passion to have a
good time since it all began in 1904.
During the final assembly of this book our dear friend
Bob Van Siclen passed away. Bob was a Past President of
the Panama Canal Society and a wonderful friend of many.
He was a great man, husband and father. We have dedicated
a page to Bob in this issue. We will all miss him very much.
With that, I will close for now. Have a great autumn and I
will see some of you at our meetings.
Until the December book...Saludos!

Bill McLaughlin
President



From Your

Secretary

SJust a reminder that your
membership dues for 2003 are
due by December 31. 2002.
Again we are asking your assistance in locating some of
our members who appear in the "where are you?" section.
All our attempts to contact them have failed. If you know of
a current address for these members, please call or e-mail the
office with the information.
I am filling in for Nancy Van Siclien as her husband has
been very ill and she is currently on an extended leave of
absence. Our thoughts are with her during this trying time
2


and we look forward to seeing her back at her desk in the near
future.
Carol Masino and I just returned from another successful
reunion at the Orland World Center. We met with many of our
current and new members and it was wonderful renewing
friendships, welcoming members and assisting them during
the reunion.
I would like to thank Carol for her able assistance to me
during this time, because it has been many years and many
changes have been made since I last worked with the society
in this capacity. She did an excellent job in processing all the
reunion data, while adjusting to a new computer program, as
evidenced by the smooth running of this year's reunion.
The society office has certainly become "high tech" since
my being secretary in the 80's and as part of this is the abili-
ty to send us e-mails and to pay your dues via e-mail with
your credit card. So we continue to make strides in keeping
up with technology and providing our members with the best
and most efficient service available. We welcome your
inquiries and will make every attempt to respond in a timely
manner.
Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the
years, without you we could not keep the Panama Canal
Society of Florida functioning. Be happy!!

Shirley Boswell
Acting, Secretary




Editor's corner

Another Reunion has come
and gone. What a great time! I had
the opportunity to meet with some
of the area reporters for lunch one
day. It was very productive and
some creative ideas were present-
ed. In this issue you will see the address, phone numbers and
email addresses for every area reporters.
I am sad to report that Diane Bateman from Jacksonville,
Florida and Petie Maedl from Arkansas have resigned after
many years of dedicated service. Their articles will be
missed.
I hope that you all will enjoy the reunion and area
reporters' pictures that have been chosen for this issue. It was
hard to decide which pictures to publish. Please remember
that any pictures that are emailed to the Canal Record have to
be in a JPEG or TIF format. Actual photos sent to the office
are scanned and inserted into the program we use for the
Record. Please do not cut or trim any photo and as always, do
not send precious photos that you need returned. It is very
inexpensive to have copies made. I would hate to have that
heirloom lost in the mass of photos we receive for each issue.
The reunion was a wonderful place to meet with my for-
mer high school classmates to celebrate our "50th" birthday.
Okay, this will be the last time you will hear from me that the
BHS Class of 70 is 50 years old! I also had the opportunity to
spend time with my beautiful niece Alie Vowell. I hadn't seen






her in several years.
As always, if you have any news you would like to share
with the membership, please contact your area reporter and if
your state doesn't have one, you may want to consider becom-
ing a reporter for the Canal Record! If you ever need any
information about how to send news or pictures for the Canal
Record, I am only a phone call or email away.

Deadline for the December issue
is October 18th.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor, Canal Record
(386) 441-3229
editor@pancanalsociety.org



Thank You


The Beall family would like to thank everyone for their
support and assistance during our father's illness, and his
passing. We are especially grateful to the many people who
have made donations to the Canal Zone Museum and
MacDonalds Training center in his name. It is times like
these that are cause to pause and reflect, and say "thank you"
to all our good friends and acquaintances we have known
throughout the years. Our father had more friends than he
really knew. We thank you all for your friendship, support,
and generosity.

Carol, Richard, and Robert Beall



Part-Time/Temporary Position

Available

The Panama Canal Society of Florida will have a part
time/temporary position available from January through
July 2003. The duties of this position include but are not
limited to augmenting the existing office staff during peak
times of pre-reunion registration: Answering the telephone,
answering members' questions, sorting and logging in regis-
tration forms, assisting with data entry into the reunion data-
base and assisting reunion chairpersons. Actual work will be
performed during normal office hours in the Panama Canal
Society office in Seminole, Florida. Deadline for applica-
tions is November 30, 2002. For more information call Tel.
(727) 391-4359

Please mail or fax resumes (727)-319-8593 to the attention
of Bill McLaughlin:

Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7985, 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712


PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
MAY 18, 2002

All board members were present with the exception of the
2nd V.P, the Legislative Representative and the Bylaws
Chairperson.

The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
Approved the minutes of the March and April Executive
Board meetings; expenditures of $16,491.28 for the period
April 19, 2002 through May 9; 69 applications for member-
ship; the voiding and destruction of by-law ballots received
after the deadline date; and the closing of the Reunion check-
ing account, with the balance of $16,300 being transferred to
the general fund of the Society.
Concerning reunion matters, approved giving compli-
mentary dance tickets to members of the Bylaws and
Nominating Committees; giving a complimentary room to a
family member of the guest speaker in lieu of paying the
guest speaker's airfare; purchasing seven cases of pint-sized
Panamanian rum to be given away at the reunion; purchasing
signs to be used for reunion activities; and the selling of repli-
ca lottery tickets at the reunion in an effort to encourage bet-
ter attendance at the Despedida, with all proceeds being dis-
tributed to three winners.

The following announcements were made:
Announced by President that COPA was putting together
packages with the Decameron and Gamboa Resorts to be
given away as door prizes at the Annual Meeting; and that
COPA would also donate three round-trip tickets to Panama
to be used as door prizes during the year.
President also announced that the format for the Annual
Meeting would follow that of last year, and that some donat-
ed prizes by reunion vendors would be held for use at other
meetings throughout the year in order to use allotted time bet-
ter to cover more Society business
Record Editor announced the various expected timing
dates for the June Canal Record.

The following items were discussed:
The need to re-issue Bylaw ballot #24 because it was
inadvertently omitted from the March Canal Record;
The desire of a group of California members to put a trib-
ute to Pat Beall in the next Canal Record;
A methodology for dropping deceased members from the
active membership roll;
The data to be included in the Information packets to be
distributed to Reunion registrants;
The Marriott's favorable distribution of double-bed rooms
to the Society over the second group that will be in the hotel
at reunion time; and the Marriott's charge of an extra $10.00
per day for pool view room, a charge that was not included in
the contract.






Other reports included:
Various reunion committee reports dealt with the upgrad-
ed reunion computerized accounting report and its effective-
ness;
Preparations that were underway for reunion activities;
and cash collection procedures, to include the safeguarding of
monies collected.

PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JUNE 22, 2002

All board members were present with the exception of the
Chaplain.

The following actions were taken by the Executive Board:
SApproved the minutes of the May Executive Board meet-
ing; expenditures of $18,453.11 for the period May 18, 2002
through June 18; 54 applications for membership; a Leave of
Absence for the Secretary and the temporary hire of former
Secretary Shirley Boswell until November, 2002.
Concerning reunion matters, approved the purchase of
additional cash boxes; additional funds for dance decorations
in the amount of $300.00; and the reimbursement of costs
associated with the use of personal cell phone as a means of
communicating between board members at the reunion.

The following announcements were made:
Announced that 30 vendor tables will be used at the
reunion including three complimentary tables for Decameron
Resort, Gamboa Resort and International Spirits due to their
generous contribution to the event.
The signage for reunion events has been ordered and is
being made so that they may be used year after year.
The San Antonio room will be used as an office at the
Reunion. The locks will be changed and keys will be made
available to key personnel of the Society.

The following items were discussed:
The controls of the lottery ticket sales and the manner in
which numbers would be drawn and winnings disbursed;
The handling of cash received at the reunion to include
night drop deposit bags from the bank.

Other reports included:
A detailed report and review of each event at the reunion.


HIGHLIGHTS OF MINUTES
OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

April 6. 2002

President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 53 members in
attendance at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Ormond Beach


at 1:35 p.m. Director Tom Wilder gave invocation, followed
by Ed Wardlow, Sgt-at-Arms, who led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance. Director Beth Brandenburg read
the minutes of the March general membership meeting.
Chuck Hummer made a motion to approve the minutes as
read; seconded by Vic Melant. Motion carried. Director Jim
Parthenais read the February financial statement with stands
for audit.
Betty LeDoux spoke of the upcoming Reunion and
explained that the Society was undergoing a new computeri-
zation process for the hotel reservations to include the trans-
fer of data to and from the hotel electronically, and that we
had experienced some programming difficulties. She report-
ed that the matter was in final resolve, but asked everyone to
pay special attention to the hotel confirmations this year and
to double check confirmations dates, number of occupants
and room types just to be certain that first time glitches did
not appear.
The President announced that we would be honoring the
Canal Zone police and firemen at the Reunion this year and
the guest speaker for the luncheon would be Fred Cotton,
former Civil Affairs Director.
Betty mentioned that one of the toughest jobs the Board
had encountered in its tenure was to review properties and
proposals for future reunions. Our contract at the Marriott
will be up after the 2003 Reunion and, after talking to the
World Center Marriott Orlando and other hotels, a decision
was made at the last Board Meeting to move to the Caribe
Royale, which is a property right down the street from the
Marriott. It was a tough decision but after looking at space,
availability, rates and a host of other issues, the majority of
the Board voted to move to the Caribe Royale, President
LeDoux said a detailed presentation would be made at the
Annual Meeting in July. Bill McLaughlin, 1st Vice President
and Reunion Coordinator, using a diagram of the Caribe
Royale, demonstrated the immenseness of the new conven-
tion area to be completed in 2003. He added ideas that includ-
ed setting up a "clubhouse style" setting with lots of seats for
everyone to gather and socialize. Director Tom Wilder
reminded Bill to tell everyone that one of the added benefits
of going to the Caribe Royale was that the entire hotel would
be ours and that we would not have to share it with another
group. Vicki Sizemore voiced her concerns about the move
to the Caribe Royale.
President Betty LeDoux stated that it was unfortunate that
the Caribe did not have a spa, beauty salon or child care facil-
ity, but she did mention that the Caribe Royale had already
offered to set aside one of their villas for a day care facility,
which was interpreted as another show of how much they
were willing to accommodate our needs.
In conclusion, President LeDoux assured the members
that the Board had considered all the pros and cons associat-
ed with the move in venue and after long and difficult delib-
eration assured itself that it was in the best interest of the
Society and its member to give the Caribe Royale a try. She
then explained that the Caribe Royale had agreed to insert a
clause in the contract that the Society could choose to cancel
2005 and 2006 without penalty if we felt that our standards
were not met to our complete satisfaction the first year.
1st Vice President and Reunion Coordinator, Bill






McLaughlin, reported on the upcoming 2002 Reunion at the
Marriott, mentioning that our information and registration
areas would be near the escalators in front of the Grand
Ballroom. Bill also announce that we would be going back to
the Panazonian format for the Friday night dance with the
friends of Lucho, featuring Tito Mouynes and his conjunto,
including Chipi Azcarraga. The Saturday night Ball would
again feature Father Frankie Pretto.
Registration Chairperson Beth Brandenburg stated that
volunteers were needed and that there was a sign-up sheet at
the front table for all who could help. Vicki Sizemore, Mini
Reunion co-Chairperson, reported on the various mini-
reunions that had registered so far; and Kenny Morris, Audit
Chairperson, mentioned that the 2001 Reunion audit had been
completed and was published in the March Canal Record.
And that work was commencing on the annual audit of 2001
Society operations.
Record Editor Jacque Vowell reported that the March
issue of the Canal Record was in the mail and apologized for
its lateness. She encouraged everyone to read the proposed
bylaws amendments and to send in their ballots.
Chuck Hummer reported the Museum would feature
Christmas ornaments this year, and that the first one would
feature the CZ seal alone with President Teddy Roosevelt.
Chuck also announced a silent auction would be held at this
year's Society reunion and that Panama Beer would be fea-
tured. This year's display at the Reunion will focus on the
Canal Zone Police.
Betty thanked Jeanne Hickman and Ginger Young for
hosting the general membership meeting and gave them a
token of appreciation on behalf of the membership. She
thanked everyone for coming and then turned the floor over
to Jeannie and Ginger for the awarding of door prizes.


MAY 4. 2002

President Betty LeDoux welcomed the 65 members in
attendance at the Forest lake Country Club in Sarasota at
12:00 noon.
In the absence of Chaplain Dottie Yocum, Cheryl
Russell gave the invocation, followed by Tom Wilder,
Director who led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance
in the absence of Ed Wardlow.
The President acknowledged past presidents Anna
Collins, Pete Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Bob
Van Siclen, Marge Foster, Bob Johnson, Margot Jordan,
Tom Peterson and Faith Brundage. Past President Bill
Wheeler made a toast to all mothers in honor of Mother's Day
the following week.
Meeting adjourned at 12:05 for lunch and reconvened at
1:10 p.m.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the April
general membership meeting. Tom Wilder made a motion to
approve the minutes as read; seconded by Bob Russell.
Motion carried.
The March financial statement was read, and President
Betty LeDoux asked if there were any questions. There being
no questions, the financial statement stands for audit.
President Betty LeDoux thanked Barbara and Tom


Peterson and their committee for hosting a lovely May lunch-
eon and stated that it was a pleasure to be in Sarasota again
since the September luncheon was cancelled due to 9-11 and
the impending hurricane.
The president announced that we are starting to receive
information in the office from members for the Member
Business Directory. She explained that this was a project
started early in the year to benefit all of our members across
the country. The office will keep a register in the office of
member-businesses and will act as an information source for
members requiring the services in specialty areas.
Members who own businesses are encouraged to provide the
business information to the office so that their name may be
referred to members who may call with inquiries.
The president also announced that unfortunately we have
not received much of a response to the Member Service Unit,
but stated that it is hoped that the new board will continue to
pursue this potential service for our members.
Betty LeDoux reported that the confirmations from the
hotel have recently been mailed. She explained that the
Society was undergoing a new computerization process for
reunion data, which included the hotel registrations, which
would eventually include electronic transfer of data to and
from the Society office and the hotel. The hotel will then
return confirmation numbers to the Society electronically
thereby virtually eliminating the potential problem of trans-
posing numbers and will decrease the amount of paperwork
that is ordinarily mailed to and from the hotel. The president
asked that until this is perfected that everyone pay close
attention to their confirmations and report any errors to the
office immediately. It was reported that the hotel is not con-
firming two double-bed reservations. This is a new problem
and Betty LeDoux has been in contact with the hotel to recti-
fy this problem.
Betty LeDoux announced that the guest speaker for the
luncheon this year is Fred Cotton, former Civil Affairs
Director and encouraged those who had not already made a
reservation for the luncheon, to do so.
President LeDoux mentioned that the 2004, 2005 and
2006 Reunions would be held at the Caribe Royale. The pres-
ident reviewed some of the particulars including that the
Caribe is a fully suited property with sitting room, pull-out
couch, two televisions, microwave, refrigerator, wet bar and
vanity separate from the bathroom. The rate for 2004 will be
$109.00 per night, which will include a continental style
breakfast complete with hot breakfast sandwich for each
guest. The Caribe Royale is independently owned, which pro-
vides us the latitude to customize our reunion and be more
creative with the space and events. One of the main features
with this property is that the only guests in the hotel will be
our members.
Bill McLaughlin, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator indicated that he was excited about the move to
the Caribe Royale because it has been a difficult year trying
to accommodate our group for space and it did not appear as
though it would get any better in the foreseeable future.
Betty LeDoux noted that the Caribe Royale agreed to
include in the contracts that if the Society is not satisfied with
the services provided to its members at the 2004 reunion, the
2005 and 2006 contracts may be cancelled without penalty.





Bill McLaughlin, reporting on the 2002 reunion, stated
that our events would be in the section that is at the beginning
of the convention center. Friday night will feature the tradi-
tional Panazonian dance format with "Friends of Lucho" fea-
turing Tito Mouynes and his conjunto, which includes Chipi
Azcarraga. The Saturday Ball would again feature Father
Frank Pretto. Bill announced that this year we have a Ticket
Sales Committee consisting of Bob Russell and Roy
Culbreth who will be responsible for selling tickets during
the day and at the dances. This committee is looking for vol-
unteers to help.
Bill McLaughlin reported that the first scheduled meeting
of his term as President will be held on August 3 at Homer's
Buffet in Clearwater.
Bob Russell, Legislative Representative, announced that
there is an early enrollment for long-term care insurance for
those who do not want to wait for the open season and that
Bill 4580 was recently introduced in the House of
Representatives by Representative Morella to seek an
increase in the government's average share of Federal
Employees Health Benefits premiums from the current 72
percent to 76 percent. This is in addition to legislation, which
was previously introduced in both the House and Senate to
raise the government's share to 80%.
Roy Culbreth, Bylaws chairman announced to the mem-
bership the results of the proposed bylaw amendments as fol-
lows:
Amendment #18, 112 votes approving; Amendment #19,
86 votes approving; Amendment #20, 83 in favor;
Amendment #21 88 votes in favor, Amendment #22, 99 votes
in favor and Amendment #23, 89 votes approving. All
amendments passed.
Roy Culbreth also reported that Bylaw Amendment 24
appeared in the text of the writing but did not appear on the
ballot. To correct this error, a bylaw ballot will appear in the
June Canal Record. Some of the highlights of the recently
approved amendments include both spouses are now able to
vote in elections and bylaw amendment issues, terms of offi-
cers will now be two years; secretarial duties of the treasurer
will now be a separate position and will be a position appoint-
ed by the board.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Museum thanked the
Society for arranging for the space at the reunion for their
display. She also informed the membership that the plans for
an auction have been cancelled but that there will be a silent
auction. The display this year at the reunion is an exhibit on
the Canal Zone Police and that Tom Peterson is working on a
Police calendar. The museum is also working on a new
medallion project to generate revenue, the details of which
will be available at the reunion.
Lee Kariger reported that Mike Green had an infection
and had to have an eye removed. However, Mike is back at
his assisted living facility and would appreciate cards from
members.
President LeDoux announced that since this was the last
meeting before the Reunion, it was time to present the
Membership Attendance Award. The winners this year were
Fran Stock and Roberta Evans, both of whom will receive
two complimentary tickets to either the Panazonian dance or
Annual Ball.
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The president presented Tom and Barbara Peterson and
their committee, Diane Pearson and Kay Miller with a token
of appreciation for hosting such a nice luncheon.
Past President Pete Foster made a motion to destroy the
ballots; seconded by Tom Peterson. Motion carried.
Pete Foster also said that since this is the President's and
Board's last meeting of the year, he stated that they have done
a wonderful job and deserve a round of applause, which the
membership heartily agreed. Betty LeDoux said that she has
been blessed with a wonderful board the past two years, the
committee chairpersons have been great and the volunteers
have been second to none; the traveling meetings were a shot
in the dark but thanks to members across the state, they were
successful. Betty thanked Pete for his kind words.

Meeting adjourned at 2:05 p.m.




LOST AND FOUND

The following item was found during the 2002 Reunion
at the Orlando World Center Marriott:

Gold ring, cladagh design, very small in size

If you think this is yours or you know to whom it may
belong, please contact the PCSOFL office at 1-866-726-
2262 between the hours of 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.







DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the Panama Canal Society has a
service called "The Sunshine Committee". Past President
Anna Collins is the chairperson for the Sunshine
Committee and is at your service anytime. If you know of
a member that is sick, in the hospital or just not feeling well
call Anna and she will send them a card. It is always nice
to get a card and note from people that care about you when
you are feeling ill. You can contact Anna at 727-894-8484.






PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL REUNION 2003



JULY 23 -27, 2003







LEGISLATION


Congress has returned from the Fourth of July recess and
is again busy doing the Nation's work. Interest remains high
on homeland security, the war on terror and the economy.
In this edition of the Canal Record I will continue to use
the format I have used in the past issues. Also, the sources
for my report are FEDweek, Armed Forces News, the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees Hotline
and the National Association of Federal Employees publica-
tion, Retirement Life.
COLA (2003): The Consumer Price Index for the Urban
Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose 0.1 percent in
June. The 0.1 percent increase raises the June Index to 175.9.
With three months remaining in the fiscal year, the June
Index is 1.0 percent higher than last year's third quarter aver-
age base index of 174.1 In other words, you have banked 1
percent towards the next cost of living adjustment.
FECA: Persons receiving benefits under the Federal
Employees Compensation Act (FECA) because of job-relat-
ed injuries or illnesses use a calendar year measure. During
the first six months of 2002, the CPI-W rose 1.7 percent.
LTC Insurance: Open season for the Federal Long Term
Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) began on July 1, 2002.
The program is sponsored by Long Term Care Partners, LLC,
which is a joint venture by MetLife and John Hancock.
If you are interested in obtaining information on this pro-
gram, you can call 1-800-582-3337 or visit www.ltcfeds.com.
Also, a complete list of premiums is available at
www.opm. gov/insure/ltc.
Premium Conversion: Premium conversion legislation
(H.R. 2125 and S. 1022) remains one of the key items on the
NARFE legislative agenda. The premium conversion tax
benefit would allow federal annuitants and military retirees to
pay their share of Federal Employees Health Benefits
Program (FEHBP) premiums with pre-tax annuity dollars.
The passage of this legislation would save federal annuitants
between $300 and $500 annually.
As of this report, H.R. 2125 has 259 (99 R, 2 I, 158 D)
cosponsors in the House and S. 1022 has 31 (14 R, 1 I, 16 D)
cosponsors in the Senate.
Government Pension Offset: Government Pension
Offset legislation continues to gain cosponsors in Congress.
As of this report, H.R. 664 has 296 (94 R, 2 I, 200 D) cospon-
sors in the House and S. 611 has 34 (5 R, 29 D) cosponsors
in the Senate.
Windfall Elimination Provision: There are several
pieces of legislation concerning this issue. H.R. 1073, which
seeks to modify the WEP, now has 231 (48 R, 2 I, 181 D)
cosponsors in the House and H.R. 848, which repeals the
WEP, has 144 (29 R, 115 D) cosponsors. Companion bills to
repeal the GPO and WEP, S. 1523 and H.R. 2638, have 12 (3
R, 1 I, 8 D) and 166 (44 R, 2 I, 120 D) cosponsors, respec-
tively.
Cosponsor Update On Other Pending Bills: The fol-
lowing is the status of the number of cosponsors of other
NARFE-supported bills in Congress: S. 627 (Tax Deduction
for Qualified Long Term Care Insurance) has 27 (12 R, 15 D)


cosponsors; H.R. 2462 (Tax Parity for Public Pensions) has
28 (8 R, 20 D) cosponsors; H.R. 1307 (FEHBP Premium
Share Shift) has 87 (8 R, 79 D) cosponsors; H.R. 1177
(Penalty Limit for late Medicare Enrollment) has 56 (9 R, 1
I, 46 D) cosponsors; H.R. 831 (Tax Treatment for LTC
Insurance Premiums) has 203 (104 R, 1 I, 98 D) cosponsors;
H.R. 572 (To Exclude the CSR&DF from the Budget) has 91
(33 R, 1 I, 57 D) cosponsors; H.R. 3521 (Indexation of
Deferred Annuities) has 9 (2 R, 7 D) cosponsors; S. 1982
(Premium Shift A bill to reduce FEHBP enrollee costs) has
2 (2 D) cosponsors; and S. 2521 (WEP Modification) has 2 (2
D) cosponsors.
Thrift Savings Plan: On July 31, the Thrift Savings Plan
will change its open season dates. The new fall open season
dates will be October 15 through December 31 and the spring
open season dates will be April 15 through June 30.
Also of interest, the TSP Board has recommended
changes in rules affecting death benefits. Current rules state
that a beneficiary may transfer those distributions only to an
individual retirement account (IRA) but not to another quali-
fied retirement plan. The proposed rules will allow transfers
into such plans as well as into the spouse's own TSP account,
if he/she has one separate from the deceased's account.
Class Action Lawsuit: Anyone interested in knowing the
status of the class action suit against the U.S. Government
which seeks to restore free health care to military retirees 65
and older should call 1-800-972-6275 or visit
http://www.classact-lawsuit.com/. The lawsuit was filed in
1996 by retired Air Force Medal-of-Honor recipient, Col.
Bud Day and alleges that the government reneged on a life-
time contract with a 1956 law that changed "hospital space
shall be made available" to "may be made available." The
suit also seeks reimbursement of money that has been with-
held from Social Security pay over the years to finance
Medicare Part B, as well as relief from future deductions.
FederalNewsRadio.com: FEDweek reports that you can
now tune in live to http://FederalNewsRadiocom and listen to
Mike Causey every day on the "Internet-Radio for Feds".
Also, the Publisher of FEDweek, Don Mace, has a weekly
spot every Monday.
Retired Military Personnel Handbook: For those of
you who are retired military or about to retire, you may want
to purchase the 2002 Retired Military Personnel Handbook
that is published by Armed Forces News which is affiliated
with FEDweek. The new edition has a lot of good informa-
tion, e.g., a good explanation of Tricare for Life what it does
or does not cover, an overview of current issues affecting
your military retirement, information on the Long Term Care
benefit, important information in prescription drug policies,
etc. If you are interested in purchasing the handbook, it costs
$13.70 ($9.95 for the book and $3.75 for shipping and han-
dling). You can order the publication by calling 1-888-333-
9335 (24-hour toll-free order line) or by mailing your pay-
ment to FEDweek, P.O. Box 5519, Glen Allen, VA 23058 or
directly from the following website:
http://www.fedweek.com/Publications/default.asp.
This concludes my report for this edition of the Canal
Record. As this will be my last report as the Legislative
Representative, I want to thank you for the opportunity of
serving you in that capacity. I wish you well and encourage
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each of you to write to your respective Congressman or
Senator. Who knows, your letter or email may be the one that
results in the necessary support to pass key legislation that is
beneficial to retirees. Take care. GO BUCS!

Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Legislative Representative
(813) 633-8916


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NOTICE OF MISSING

PROPERTY


Three brand new signs were removed from easels on:
*Saturday night at the Panama Canal Society Reunion. Two
:were for the Annual Ball and the third is a color sign with:
*the Panama Canal Museum's logo. These signs are expen-e
*sive and were to be used again at future reunions.:
*Information as to the location of these signs would be*
:appreciated. Please contact the PCS Office.
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MEMORIES

Sitting tonight by my fireside, watching the flames cherry
glow,
Never a care for the winds without, nor the hills covered
with snow.
Watching the sparks go soaring, up through the chimney
wide,
Drowsy and dreaming and thinking, here by' my own fire-
side.
And as the flames mount higher, and the heat waves twist
and curl,
The smoke sails out through the chimney, and my thoughts
begin to whirl;
They carry me back to the tropics, back to the years long
passed,
Back to the job we did so well, back to the friendships that
last.
I drift with the tides of memory, further and further away,
I see a streak like a furrow, as it winds through the rock and
clay,
Winding and twisting and turning, without beginning or end,
Starting and stopping and starting again, just around a bend.
Then as my fire grows brighter, mid the crackle and pop of
the flame,
I look again for that little streak, surely it can't be the same;
I see a ditch growing daily, longer and deeper and wide-
While an army of men appearing like ants are sending the
rock for a ride.
Hundreds of trains and shovels are making the dirt fly,
Dynamite blasting and crashing, driving the rocks to the
sky;
Danger and death 'round the corer, waiting for each one


and all,
The Canal must be dug and the job must be done, no matter
who may fall.
Now mid the flames I see faces, faces of many I knew,
Some are still fighting the battle of life, while others have
long passed through,
Passed on through earth's great mystery, on through dark-
ness to light,
Wherever they are, I want them to know, of them I am
thinking tonight.
I throw on more logs, I light the old pipe and go back to
dreaming once more,
Mid the smoke and the flame, I can see it again, just as I did
of yore.
Back to the office, back to the shop I wander and dream not
in vain,
For there in his place still hitting the ball, I can see each old
friend again.
Then after the day's work is over, and the tropical night
creeps down,
We meet in the clubs, the poolrooms and pubs, in each little
old-time town..
We dance and we sing, we drink and we play, living each
day as it goes,
Thinking not of tomorrow but happy to-day, caring not
which way the wind blows.
Now the fire glows bright and the pictures change and I see
another sight;
I see great dams and inland lakes and locks all bright and
light.
And I see a wonderful river, joining sea and sea-
And monster ships go rushing through, it is not like it used
to be.
And now as the fire grows dim and the coals in the fireplace
die,
I seem to hear a voice I knew in the days so long gone by:
"Our work is now well finished, our hair has long been
gray-
We' 11 leave youth to carry on, for we have had our day."
For fear we oldsters might forget we'll get together now and
then-
We'll eat and drink and dance and sing and dig the Canal
all over again,
So now my dreams are over, the fire is burning low-
I'll never dig a Canal again but tomorrow I'll shovel snow.

L. M. SCULL

This poem was printed in The Panama Canal Societies of
The United States Souvenir Yearbook and Directory 1947. I
will be submitting other great poems and letters from this
wonderful little book in future issues of our Canal Record.

Bill McLaughlin



DECEMBER RECORD DEADLINE
IS OCTOBER 18, 2002

















Robert E. Van Siclen
1920 2002


Bob was born in Ancon Hospital, attended Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1938. He served as a law clerk after school in the law
office of his father, also a Canal Pilot. Bob graduated from Cumberland University
School of Law in Tennessee and passed the Tennessee bar exam and was admitted
to practice in Tennessee. In 1941 was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District
Court for the Canal Zone and Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, sharing offices with
his father. Bob entered the Navy as Ensign, served in the 15th Naval District as
defense council; he was transferred to Hawaii, serving as O.C. Criminal
Investigations, 14th Naval District. Bob was discharged in 1947 as Lt.
Commander. Retired from Mobil Oil Corp. N.Y. Headquarters and was retained as
security consultant. He was the father of seven children, grandfather of twelve.
Bob and his wife Nancy moved to Seminole, FL. in 1986 and shortly thereafter
became involved in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, serving as 1st Vice
President in 1990-1991 and then President from 1991-1993.
He remained active in the Society for many years following his presidency. Bob
will be remembered by many for his love of the Canal Zone and the country of
Panama, his dedication the Panama Canal Society of Florida and his fun-loving
nature.





, 99 Years Independence Day Celebration
Panama Canal Society of Florida
November Luncheon
Chairperson: Roy Culbreth




The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold a special Panama Independence Day Luncheon on
Saturday, November 2, 2002 at the Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater,
Florida 34630. The luncheon will begin with socializing at 11:00 a.m. and lunch being served at 12:00 noon to
be followed by our regular monthly meeting. We will also have the "Requerdos de mi Panama" folkloric
dancers performing for you.

The entries are as follows:
Ensalada: Fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, and red onions, mixed with restaurant's famous "1905
garlic vinaigrette."
1. Chicken "Alicante" a boneless breast of chicken baked with onions, green peppers, a rich Spanish
brown gravy, olive oil, fresh garlic, and sauterne wine. Topped with roasted almonds.
2. Merluza "Romana." A fresh filet of North Atlantic white fish lightly seasoned and floured and sauteed
with lemon butter. Topped with fresh sauteed mushrooms.
3. Roast Pork "A la Cubana." Slices of lean choice pork marinated in Cuban spices and white wine then
slowly roasted.
4. Boliche. Sliced eye-round of beef seasoned with Cuban spices and stuffed with "chorizo" (Spanish
sausage) and roasted in flavorful Spanish gravy.All entrees will be served with yellow rice, yuca, and pla-
tanos.
Dessert will be Flan (Spanish caramel egg custard).

The cost is $18.00 per person including tax and gratuity. The DEADLINE is October 28.
Map to the Columbia Restaurant is on page 12 of this issue.

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Panama Independence bay Luncheon

SMember Name Telephone Number:_

Please make reservations at $18.00 each Total enclosed_

Entr6e:Chicken "Alicante" Merluza "Romana" Roast Pork Boliche_

Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

DEADLINE: October 28, 2002

iPlease make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to The Panama Canal
ISociety of Florida, Inc., 7985, 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
@o Chairpersons: Nancy Van Siclen and Margaret McLaughlin 00
0o December 7, 2002








The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar
at 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 7th, 2002.
Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly
meeting will start at 12:00 moon.

The cost of the luncheon is $18.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities. Monday, December 2, 2002
is the deadline for reservations or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Chicken Milanese, served with pasta and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak
with rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls, and butter, desert (ice
cream with Strawberry Melba), ice tea and coffee.

When completing your reservation form, be sure you list whom you would like to sit with. Tables will be set for
eight people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Milanese or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon.
We have some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark you calendar for December 7, 2002
and send in your reservation early. See page 12 for directions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 1-866-726-2262.

PCSOFL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 7, 2002
The Wine Cellar







Member Name Telephone Number:_

Please make reservations at $18.00 each Total enclosed

Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Milanese Chicken

Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8. _

Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to The Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 7985, 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712


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WHERE ARE YOU?

JOHN W. ANDERSON, JR
JOSE CLAUS
CHARLOTTE ELTON
ALONSO FERNANDEZ
SUZANNE GERHART
PAMELA HEROLD
WILLIAM C. HUTCHINGS
WILLIAM J. JENKINS
HUBERT J. JORDAN 11
MARIA LOWE
IOLA LOUDA

Contact the Panama Canal Society of Florida office:
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
Or call
(727) 391-4359, or 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262)



Directions to the

WINE CELLAR

From the South take 275 North to Exit 15 West. Gandy
Blvd. turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on Park until you reach
Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The Wine Cellar is on the left at
173rd Avenue.
From Tampa Area take 275 South to Exit 15 West and fol-
low the directions above.
From North Pinellas take A-19 South to Park Blvd. and
follow directions as above to the West.
From South Pinellas take Tyrone Blvd. which runs into
Bay Pines Blvd., bearing left to cross Tom Stuart Causeway
to Gulf Blvd. Turn right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue.
Wine Cellar is on the right.


HOW TO GET TO THE

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

The Columbia Restaurant, 1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater,
FL 34630, is located across the Memorial Causeway at Sand
Key in a small strip mall next to the Raddison Sand Key
Hotel and across from the Sheraton Sand Key. Parking is
available at the strip mall in front of the restaurant.
To those coming from the South, go to East Bay Drive
and turn left. Proceed to and cross Belleair Causeway to Gulf
Blvd (183). Turn right and go North for approximently four
miles to the Restaurant.


SEE PAGE 86 FOR INFORMATION
AND DIRECTIONS TO THE
OCTOBER PCSOFL GENERAL
MEMBERSHIP MEETING
AND SPACE COAST GROUP PICNIC
ON OCTOBER 12TH.


REDINGTON BEACH \







2002 Reunion Report

The 2002 Reunion was a total success with many favorable comments from the attendees. The 2002 Reunion Committee
did an outstanding job. Careful planning and organizing was key in each area. Those committee members are commended for
the long hard hours they volunteered to make this reunion the best ever.
Lodging Chairperson Betty LeDoux had her work cut out for her when we sold all of our allocated 1100 rooms. The hotel
came through with just enough additional rooms to take care of all members who made advanced reservations. Registration
Chairperson, Beth Brandenburg also had her hands full with just under 3000 people attending the reunion. Beth is taking a
break next year and will be surely missed. She ran a very smooth operation.
The new Ticket Sales Committee chaired by Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth was created this year to insure proper sales
accountability. This was a learning experience and has proved to be most valuable for our auditor. Another new initiative was
the Despedida Lottery that was chaired by Jim O'Donnell. This initiative was created to give our Despedida more exposure
and encourage reunion attendees to come to the Despedida program.
Annual Luncheon Chairpersons Jan and Lou Andino did a super job once again with setting up the luncheon and mak-
ing the great decorations.
The Friday night PanaZonian Dance and Saturday night Annual Ball were chaired by a team committee consisting of Betty
LeDoux and Bill McLaughlin (contracting), Margaret McLaughlin doing a wonderful job decorating the Grand Ballroom
both nights and Jim Parthenais oversaw the operations as the official Chairperson. The dance floor was packed each night.
Tito Mouynes with Chipi Azcarraga and friends played that great old Lucho music that everyone loves at the PanaZonian
dance. Frankie Pretto and the Paranda band rocked the ballroom at Saturday's Annual Ball. Everyone had a great time!
"Disco Queen" Jacque Vowell Chairperson for Disco Dances stayed up till the wee hours of the morning with all those late
night disco dancers.
There were 30 vendors selling a wide assortment of Panama and Canal Zone related items. Chairperson Elaine Vestal
Lewis did a great job again this year organizing this facet of the reunion. The vendor's room is always very popular.
We had many class and mini reunions this year. Class and Mini Reunion Chairpersons Ed Wardlow and Vickie Sizemore
worked hard keeping track of the groups and ensured that each mini reunion was successful.
Other activities offered for the reunion attendees was our always favorite Bingo chaired by "Bingo Jim" O'Donnell, anoth-
er great slide presentation by Bill Muller, and growing in popularity the Catholic Mass with Father Frank Pretto and the Praise
and Worship Service with Pastor Bill Wilbur.
All those attending will remember the 2002 reunion for years to come. The smiling faces and laughter everywhere surely
proved that this reunion was just right!!
As the 2002 Reunion Coordinator, I would like to thank each of those listed above and thanks so much to the 100 plus vol-
unteers that worked the many different behind the scene jobs prior to and during the reunion. Without all of you, the reunion
would never happen. Now we start working on Reunion 2003!

Bill McLaughlin
Reunion Coordinator


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CHAGRES INVITATIONAL

GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 22nd Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament
took place at the Marriott's Hawks Landing Golf Course on
Reunion Thursday with 136 golfers participating, including
74 that played in the two-person scramble format. Despite
heavy rains in the days preceding the tournament, the course
was in impeccable condition and the weatherman treated us
favorably throughout play. Although the course was packed
with players, each participant's efforts to speed up play was
directly responsible for completion of play in a fairly reason-
able amount of time, for which the Golf Committee is most
appreciative.
Continuing with our efforts to speed up the activities, the
Awards Luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom started immediate-
ly after play concluded, with 15 guests joining the golfers for
lunch and the awards ceremony.
The Founders Trophy honoring tournament founders Past
President Gene Askew and Joe Collins was presented by
Joe's widow, Past President Anna Collins to the low gross
men's and women's tournament champions, Bob Askew and
Shelley Sanders. It was quite heartwarming to hear Bob say
that his dream was fulfilled to have his name entered on the
trophy honoring his father. A hearty congratulations to our
two champions and at the same time a challenge is lodged by
all the hopefuls that they return next year to defend their
titles. The complete list of winners follows:
Individual Play


The straightest/longest drive was won by Bill Catron and
the closest to the pin competition was won by none other than
ME.
Among many other door prizes distributed were compli-
mentary rounds of golf for two twosome each at Saddlebrook
Golf and Tennis Resort and two foursome each at the
Marriott's Hawks Landing golf course, a luncheon for two at
Marriott's Solaris restaurant, and two hand-made putters.
Instructional Golf Manuals were given to four players regis-
tering the four worst scores of the golf tournament; but at
Pete Flynn's request, we will not announce who were the
recipients.
The grand door prize was won by Doug Jeffries, which
consisted of a round trip for two persons to Panama donated
by our always generous sponsor COPA Airlines and a five
night all expense paid stay at the Decameron Resort at Playa
Blanca, which was made possible through the efforts of
Jorge Loaiza. Ron Cortez, another generous reunion spon-
sor, pleased all the golfers with tee shirts and pints of their
always-popular rum.
In spite of the customary few glitches by the committee
chairman, the tournament appeared to be a success; and it is
hoped that all players will make their way back for next year's
tournament.

Ken Morris, Chairman
2002 Chagres Invitational
Golf Tournament


Men's Champion
Women's Champion
Low Net Overall
Jane Huldtquist Flight
George Downing Flight
Fred Huldtquist Flight
Ray Will Flight
John F. Warner Flight
Margot Jordan Flight


Bob Askew
Shelley Sanders
Wes King
Rey Francis
Mark Stock
Lou Engelke
Babe Marquard
John Granozio
Carolyn (Sanders) Falasca


Marc Stock, Aaron Stock, Cindy Stock, and Trey Stock.


Two-Person Scramble

Low Net Team
Marc Malavasic and Steve Gilbert

Gene Askew Flight
Will Huffman and Doug Jeffries

Joe Collins Flight
Marianne (Field) Hockin and son Jaime


Mel Smith Flight


Nick and Star Voigt


Pat Beall Flight
Gordon Sanders and daughter Carol Ford


Bill Will, Dave Wilder, Milt Grover and Billy Rankin.




















George Downing, John Grannozio,
Woodman.


Bill Catron, Marianne (Field) Hockin, Jaime Hockin, and Tom Wilder, Tom Finneman, D LaPorta and Jon Dedeaux.
Kenny Carden.


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and Angelo Falasca.


Babe Marquard, Windy Sasso, John Cronan and Rod
Brayton.


Chipi Azcarraga, Kenny Morris, Billy Hatchett and Lalo
Arrango.


Ralph Furlong, Tom Niemeyer, Carl Orvis and Jerry
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Championship Trophy presented to Women's Champion
Shelly Sanders and Men's Champion Bob Askew by
President Betty LeDoux and Past President Anna Collins.


Bingo Committee's Report

Special thanks go to the Bingo Committee for a job well
done. Al and Joy Maale checked to see that all bingo's win-
ners were correct. Pete Foster was a caller along with Roy
Culbreth. Tom Wilder's son, Chris had the bingo winners
sign for the prizes they received. A total of 176 members
attended for the two days.
The Saturday bingo ran 20 minutes late due to the lunch-
eon extending into bingo time. Roy Culbreth's wife Milla
won the big prize on Friday and Roy's grandson won the big
prize on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed their BINGO time!
Jim O'Donnell
Chairperson


Low Net Winner in Individual Play: Wes King and President
Betty LeDoux.


Low Net Winners in Team Scramble Play: Steve
Marc Malavasic with President Betty LeDoux.


Bill Catron, winner of straightest/longest drive with
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DJ DANCES REPORTERS' LUNCHEON


The DJ dances on Friday and Saturday night were a
HUGE success! We had such a great time movin' and
groovin' to the music of the DJs. There was such a wonderful
mixture of older and younger members. A big thank you goes
out to my volunteers for their help with tickets and for danc-
ing the members through the door; Faye Weisser, Bonnie
and Michael Morrison, Dan and Dawn Gressang, Barbara
Litchford, Bebe Nehring and Paul Barkowitz. They had
such a great time, they volunteered to come back again next
year to do it one more time!


Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Canal Record Editor, met with
some of her reporters during the Reporters' Luncheon on July
5, 2002, at the PCSOFL Annual Reunion in the Orlando
World Center Marriott. She introduced the newly-elected
PCSOFL President Bill McLaughlin to the reporters as they
exchanged ideas for the future. Jacque expressed her appreci-
ation for all the efforts put forth by the reporters because
"people like you help make the Canal Record a great success
and fun to read."
Our goal is for you, the members, to agree. You can help
with your input which is greatly appreciated.


Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Disco Queen"


William "Bill" Muller
Ocala, Fla.
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LOTTERY COMMITTEE REPORT

For the first time the society held a lottery. The committee sold lottery tickets during the hours that registration was open.
The committee members were BeBe Nehring, Hubert and Margot Jordan, and Roy Culbreth. During the Despidida, the
winning number was 1076 was drawn and Steve Nehring was the winner for $286.00. Second number drawn was 1344 and
the winner was Faith Brundage and she won $191. And the third prize went to Tyler Shaffer who won $95 with the win-
ning number 1044. Many members are looking forward to next year's lottery and the majority of the members liked the num-
bers ending with 44.

Jim O'Donnell.
Chairperson


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Back Row (L-R): Marjorie Foster (1994-95), Jim O'Donnell (1996-97), Margot Jordan (1997-98). Front Row (L-R):
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EBAY MEMOBILIA


Well by now I trust that many of you have actually gone
to the internet and logged on to www.ebay.com and checked
out the amazing variety of merchandise from Panama and the
Canal Zone. If not, this installment will give you a little more
information about what to do once you actually get to the
ebay site.
All you need to check out the great items that are for sale
on ebay is a computer with internet access. You can even log
on at the public library or local college if you like.
The best way to access ebay and the other wonders of the
internet is obviously at home in your jammies with your own
computer and internet connection. You do not need a brand
new world class computer with some sort of very expensive
high speed internet access any computer that is less than 5
years old will do and you can use your phone line to connect
if your computer has a modem. You will need to contract with
some internet provider to actually get to the internet (America
Online, Earthlink, BellSouth, etc.). These services usually
cost about $20-25 per month.
Okay, so now you have all the tools and you have arrived
at the ebay site! Now what?
There are three types of people who access ebay:
browsers, buyers, and sellers. Ebay is free for both browsers
and buyers. All costs associated with ebay are covered by the
sellers (who of course pass them on to the buyers).
To browse the site you don't need to do anything. You just
go to ebay and start searching. For example where it says
'search for' type in Panama or Canal Zone. In a few seconds
the results of your search will come back (there will be in
excess of 1000 items found for Panama and 300+ for Canal
Zone). To look at the item click on the title and the price,
description, and pictures) will appear.
Sooner or later, probably sooner, you will find something
you can't live without. At this point you will transition from
browser to buyer. To bid on items on ebay you must register.
This is easily done and is totally free. Once you are registered
you will be able to bid on items and hopefully, win some neat
stuff from home.
If you do win an item, you will be contacted by the seller
who will provide you with the final bid price plus shipping
charges. You will need to send the payment to the seller. Of
course, now you are trusting the seller with your money, but
ebay is pretty secure and self policed. You will notice that
after every ebay user name there is a number in parentheses.
This indicates the number of positive comments they have


received. You can click on this number and see their record.
Never bid on an item, no matter how cool, if the seller has a
high percentage of negative comments.
There have been a lot of interesting Panama and Canal
Zone related merchandise for sale of ebay during the past few
months.
I was actually a little disappointed by one item. In the
early 1960's my father purchased 40" round hook rug kit that
depicted the Seal of the Canal Zone. He spent many hours
making the rug. Apart from being a family heirloom I always
assumed it would be valuable as well. In May one of these
rugs in perfect condition sold on ebay for $36, so much for
the value part.
There are always molas, post cards, Panamanian coins
and stamps, and Canal Zone Stamps for sale. When you
search on 'Panama' you will also get items related to the
'other' Panama City in Florida. The fun part is digging
through all the items to find that truly special collectible from
home.
Some of the great items listed in the past three months are
in the chart below with the initial bid price and the actually
selling price. They are a varied lot and include everything
from a Roosevelt Medal to a pound of Caf6 Duran (that had
no bidders)!


Item
Roosevelt Medal, 1 bar
original box, #4970
R BLuker
Canal Zone license plate
1958
1944 CHS Yearbook
(.The Caribbean)
Canal Zone Community Boy
Scout shoulder patch
1914 era color post card
"Kiss of the Oceans"


Listed Sold
At For


$9.99 $585.51

$18.75 : $33.33

$10.00 $13.83

$10.00 $164.49

$5.00 $26.00


As we approach the Holidays remember ebay is a great
place to find that really unique Christmas present for some-
one special.

Ewald Wiberg




Do you know me?

This Exec Dept ID dated
Nov 27, 45 was found at
the 2001 Reunion with
other old photos. Contact
the Panama Canal Society
....... Office at 1-866-726-2262.






YOUR REPORTER SAYS


ALABAMA
Dolores Cleveland, Reporter
102 Webster Court
Dothan, AL 36301
(334) 793-4812




ARIZONA
Nancy Eide, Reporter
3548 E. Nugget Canyon P1.
Tucson, AZ 85718-2214
(520) 577-728


CALIFORNIA


Southern California

Our special thanks to Kathryn (Argo) Taylor for garner-
ing as many photos of members and guests during our lunch-
eons. Kathy has then prepared the photo collages for the
Canal Record. This is a real feat, since Kathy keeps busy
throughout our meeting, helping with the raffle, etc.
Kathryn and her sister Grace Allen, both CHS graduates,
enjoyed their European river cruise in April. About the same
time, Ed Sullivan (BHS'38) and his wife Julia of Manson,
Wash., took a river cruise in Europe. Aboard the vessel there
were about 300 tourists. Ed saw a familiar face from
Cristobal days, Joy Randall, and they had a good visit.
We recently lost one of our longtime society members,
Agnes (Reinke) Davis (CHS'36). She passed away at her
home in Laguna Woods, Calif. It is interesting how Agnes
learned about our society. Back in the 1970s, she was active
in an Eastern Star installation ceremony in El Toro, Calif.,
and David Smith (BHS'32) of Los Angeles was invited to
sing for the occasion. He and Agnes met that evening, a won-
derful surprise for each of them to meet someone from the
Canal Zone. Agnes attended all of our functions, and she is
missed.
Our Pat Beall will be missed especially by all of our
BHS'40 classmates. Pat lived in Panama City, and attended
Ancon Elementary School, BJHS and BHS through his soph-
omore year. At a special ceremony during our 55th anniver-
sary reunion in San Diego, Calif., we made him an official
member of our graduating class, along with Shirley
(Jennings) Erickson, Mt. Holly Springs, PA., who attended
both BHS/CHS; Letitia (Lopez) Moore (wife of Edward S.
Moore of our class) of El Segundo, Calif. Letty was most
helpful in the planning of our 1995 reunion; also Andrew
"Drew" Jackson, Des Plaines, Ill., who attended some class-
es with us.
Sr. Therese Ann Ridge (BHS'62) of Edinburg, Texas,


along with friends, conducted a tour to Europe in June. Her
mother, Julia Belle (Wilson) Ridge (BHS'38) joined the
group. The highlight of the trip was the Canonization Mass of
Padre Pio in Rome, with Pope John Paul II presiding. The
tour group, along with almost a million others, were in Saint
Peter's Square during the ceremony. Luckily, they survived
the heat wave that day.
Hugh Norris (BHS'40), Dothan, Ala., visited with his
brother Charlie (BHS'46) in Fairfield, Calif., for a few
weeks in May.
Ivan Jenkins, his daughter Donna (BHS'57) and her
husband Albert Clapp, of Lake Forest, Calif., attended the
wedding of Linda Jacob's daughter in Ithaca, N.Y, in June.
Donna and Linda were classmates at BHS. After the wed-
ding, they drove to Wadsworth, Ohio, for a Jenkins' family
reunion; then to Alabama to visit Ivan's daughter Nancy.
Ivan, Donna and Al attended the Florida society's annual
reunion in Orlando, celebrating the society's 70th anniver-
sary, and enjoyed seeing so many Canal Zone friends. Donna
and Al and Linda Jacobs also attended the BHS'57 class
reunion at the Marriott World Center.
Helen and Thomas McGuinness (CHS'41) of La Quinta,
Calif., also attended the reunion in Orlando, as well as Jolie
(Kilbey) Seeley (BHS'48) of Laguna Wood, Calif., and her
sisters Charlotte and Tina.
Steve Ressa, son of Michael and Tina (Cartotto) Ressa
(BHS'68) of Rialto, Calif, a student at Cal State Dominguez
Hills near Los Angeles, is attending a summer baseball camp
at Clarinda, Iowa. Steve received the Most Valuable Pitcher
award at school's end. The team travels to play groups in
nearby states. His uncle, Joe Ridge (BHS'68), lives in
Burlington, Iowa, so hopefully they can get together.
Tina and Michael's older son Vinnie attends Chico State
College, California and spent part of his vacation with his
parents and friends in Southern California. Vinnie had a suc-
cessful year in his drama course, acting, directing and con-
structing stage scenery for college plays.
Tina, Steve (BHS'70) and 3-year-old Evan Cartotto of
Valencia, Calif., spent a week camping in Lake Tahoe and
Donner Lake in July. The family plans to visit Tina's mother
Mary Johann in Saginaw, Mich., and celebrate Mary's 80th
birthday, along with all of her children and grandkids.
Elaine (Sullivan) Larkin (BHS/CHS'44) of Irvine,
Calif., and her family spent a week at Balboa Island near
Newport Beach, Calif., in July. The family gathers at the
same location for their annual reunions. Her daughter Estelle
and family live in Cypress; Patrick and family in Woodland
Hills; Tim and family in San Dimas; Mike in Brea, and Tom
and family in Connecticut.
Emma and Fernando Tapia, M.D. (BHS'40), of
Scottsdale, Ariz., plan a family reunion for a few weeks at the
beach in Panama City, Fla., in August.
On October 12th of this year it will be the 40th anniver-
sary of the opening of the Bridge of the Americas. The bridge
was first named "Thatcher Ferry Bridge" for Mr. Maurice H.
Thatcher, an employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission
during the Panama Canal construction days, 1904-1914, and






because the bridge replaced use of the Thatcher Ferry. I
understand that the late President John F. Kennedy was
instrumental in changing the name of the bridge.
After attending our spring luncheon, Virginia (Ridge)
(BHS'38) and Hank Dolim spent three months at their home
in Honolulu, Hawaii, and are now back at home at Air Force
Village, Riverside, Calif., for a spell.
Myrna Boynton Ericksen of Northern California has
launched two new books in the past two months. The first,
"Nalani of Hawaii", a tale of love, an island, and a dream,
was inspired by the similarities Myrna found between tropi-
cal Hawaii and her beloved Canal Zone. The second is a col-
lection of twenty-five poems and twenty-six of her mother's,
accompanied by colored photographs which enhance the
intensity of the words.
Please mark your calendar: December 8, 2002. Our holi-
day luncheon will be held that day at the Holiday Inn on La
Paz in Laguna Hills. Please join us there.

Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
(949) 855-6447
zonejoan@aol.com

MID-CALIFORNIA

Janice (Cookie) Newlon, Reporter
1312 Collina Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-8106


COLORADO

Diane French, Reporter
3806 Platte Ct.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 226-4431


FLORIDA


CENTRAL FLORIDA

Another great Reunion has come and gone way too quick-
ly. Many Central Florida Zonians were in attendance at the
Reunion including Ken and Bitsy (Frensley) Atkinson who
were traveling to Colorado after the Reunion to celebrate the
95th birthday of Ken's mother. Their granddaughter Cresta
Ganser graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson and
Wales University in May. Ken and Bitsy made a stop in
Virginia where they visited Hazel Murdock, a retired assis-
tant secretary from the Panama Canal Washington office.
Laurie McBride Hazelip (BHS'70) and her husband
Dave are proud to announce the birth of their granddaughter
Abigal Louise to daughter and son-in law Capt. Joseph and
Karin Bethel, who are stationed in Gibelstat Germany.
Central Florida Zonians are also happy to welcome their
newest member, William Anthony Kennon born to William


and Yadira Kennon on February 8, 2002.
Ed Wardlow threw wife Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70) a sur-
prise party for her 50th birthday. Sue (Waters) Eytalis and
Jacque Crowell Vowell provided a delicious dinner and
cake. To further celebrate the event, Ed surprised Vicki with
a trip to the new Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida.
In June, Ed and Vicki traveled to Ohio for a visit with Ed's
mom and a mini Wardlow family reunion. On the way up
they visited Chickamauga, Georgia where they stayed at a
wonderful bed and breakfast and visited the Chickamauga
Civil War Battlefield.


Wardlow Reunion 2002


Janet Stuart recently spent time with her granddaughter
during her trip to Alabama. Janet then traveled to
Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit Marge Coorigan, Mike
Corrigan, David Willingham, and Laranda Baty.


Janet Stuart and granddaughter Haleigh at the Tennessee
Aquarium.


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Marge Corrigan, Janet Stuart, Laranda Baty, David
Willingham and Mike Corrigan.

In you live in the Central Florida area please contact me
so I can report your comings and goings.

Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
863-967-2106
maxgatoblanco@hotmail.com
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OCALA

The next Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers'
semi-annual luncheon meeting will be at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse (3933 East Silver Spring Blvd. Hwy. 40 East) in
Ocala on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Buffet style. Sign-in after
11:00 a.m. See you there.
Did you make it to the PCSOFL annual reunion? This
reporter located many old friends and some of his BHS'46
classmates: Paul Kramer, Charlie Giavelli, and Mary
(Rosetti) Wirfs.
The ultimate meeting place was the hospitality room for
the combined classes of BHS'49-50 with continuous talk and
food (empanadas, dips, etc.). Some of the hosts were: Mary
Ellen (Stacy) and Larry Horine; Tom and Barbara
Peterson; Catherine (Muller) and Ray Peabody; Jeanne
(Flynn) Farley, her sister Marguerite and brother Pete; Jim
Shobe and Wendall Spreadbury--to name a few. Had a great
time with the Flynns talking about life on Barneby Street in
the 30's. Also talked with Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang about
square dancing in the Canal Zone as we watched the Orlando
4th of July fireworks display. Missing were Joan (Powell)
and Rolf Arndt. Joan was reported as being ill, but has since
improved enough to go North for a visit with her grandchil-
dren.

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Barbara (Curles) Aycock chatted with Lydia "Bea"
(Reyes) Gunn while Barbara's husband Dave did some man-
to-man talking. Barbara let it be known that they were grand-
parents again as Zoe Marie DeWitt joined her big brother,
Zachary, in Bainbridge Island, Wash., on June 24th. Barbara
travelled to North Carolina, and met Bette (Farrell)
Swearingen at Betty (Newlin) Murray's house for a four-
day "hen party" including an overnight stay at Betty's son's
cottage at Topsail Beach for a reunion of the three BHS'49
classmates.


Lydia "Bea" (Reyes) Gunn and Barbara (Curles) Aycock
(BHS Hospitality Room).

Ocala Zonians were well represented at the Reunion. The
Solaris Restaurant was a popular meeting place. Dining out
and enjoying the buffet were: Diane (Hutchison) and Jerry
Cox; Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier; Roy and Charlene
Trullinger; Bill Muller was at the Reporters' Luncheon.
Jean Muller joined Bill's sister Catherine and her husband
Ray for lunch. John Muller had lunch with the Masons.
Larry Didier visited with reporters Sheila (McNamee)
Taylor and June A. Stevenson at the Reporters' Luncheon
for some "after-dinner speaking".


(L-R): Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom, Virginia Pearl, Virginia
Booth and Patsy Booth (OZ/PCDD luncheon).


(L-R): Grace Shadeck and Betty Blanchette (OZ/PCDD
luncheon).


(L-R): Larry Didier, Sheila (McNamee) Taylor, and June
A. Stevenson (Larry's "after-dinner" speaking).

Betty Blanchette, recently returned from a trip to Europe,
made it to the Despedida. Ron and Sydney (Townsend)
Corbett were double door prize winners at the business
meeting. Virginia and Patsy Booth donated many
U.S.A./Panama flag pins for door prizes--a nice gesture.
Talked to ex-Canal Zone's "finest" (policemen) Marion
"Woody" Woodruff and Woody Foster, who was there with






his wife, Ruth (Rose). Several people told me they had
talked with "Abie" Anderson. Pete Foster was "scooting
around" after stepping in a hole in his backyard. Bingo Jim
O'Donnell was giving money away again this year. Kathy
Egolf and her mother Mary were everywhere I turned--they
are quite the dynamic duo. Faith Brundage was a Despedida
lottery winner. Tom Wilder is the new PCSOFL 2nd Vice
President.
Elissa Oakley attended her first reunion and soon found
out that you can't enter the Vendors' area without buying
something--only the Folkloric Dancers could draw her away.
And, then, there was the stop at the Russell Stover's choco-
late factory on the way home.


Jim Shobe and Barbara Peterson (2002 Annual Reunion).

My personal thanks to those who attended my slide show
and to those who made complimentary remarks and seemed
to enjoy reminiscing over "times gone by"--"YOU made my
day."
Larry Didier's daughter, Nicole, visited Ocala for a week
in June. Edna reports that the tour of Marion County and
"horse country" kept them busy. They dined at the
Blackwater Inn in Astor and Edna's mother, Marie Curies,
joined them on a trip to Cedar Key. They also enjoyed an
evening out at Ocala's historic "Ritz Inn" as they listened to
"some good jazz music." Nicole's husband was in school
working on a Master's Degree and couldn't make the trip.


(L-R): Barbara (Curles) Aycock, Betty (Newlin) Murray,
and Bette (Farrell) Swearingen at Topsail Beach, N.C.


Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus (BHS'43) sends word from
Albuquerque, N.M. that her daughter Edna visited her from
Clovis, N.M. Edna's sister Betsy joined them for a breakfast
buffet at the Sandia Casino. They noted that the Indian archi-
tecture was something to see.
Dianne (Hutchison) Cox had computer virus problems.
Her cousin Richard and Olga Phillips visited in Ocala on the
way to his niece's, Christy Fisher's, wedding. Dianne's son,
Wally, arrived from Sardinia, Italy to attend his class '82
reunion. He is using his time to visit family and friends in
North and South Carolina. Dianne's aunt, Doris Hutchison,
had a heart attack so the family went to see her in Tampa.
Dianne and Jerry plan a trip to California--for some R&R.

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902
jbmuller(@atlantic.net




PENSACOLA

My grandson Robert "Bobby" Vose was baptized on
April 27, 2002, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in
Pensacola officiated by Deacon Dennis Dobransky.
Godparents are Mike and Sandra Fitzsimmons. A beautiful
reception for family and friends to celebrate the special occa-
sion was given by his parents, Bob and Dawn Vose, at their
home in Pensacola.


(L-R): Robert "Bobby", Dawn and Bob Vose, day of
Baptism, April 27, 2002.

In June, Lou Sullivan (now living in Gainesville and
working for the U.S. Postal Service) came to Pensacola and
visited with us at my daughter Darla's house. It was really
nice seeing him again he looks great. He used to live here in
Pensacola while in the Navy and would love to come back to
this area.
I had a call in June from Francis (Padua) Self (BHS'58),
who just moved to Milton (40 minutes away) after living here
in Pensacola for 21 years. She lived on the Atlantic side and
attended CHS her junior and part of her senior year, then
moved to Ft. Kobbe and graduated from BHS. I had a long
talk with her about the Society (she had just recently joined
on the interest Fran and her brother Mike (BHS'57) were at
the Reunion in Orlando in July. Mike was attending his 45th






class reunion. Fran's 45th class reunion will be next year and
she wants to let her classmates know where she is. In case
anyone needs to get in touch with her, just contact me.
In July, Keith and I attended a family dinner party at
O'Charley's Restaurant to celebrate my grandson Shane's
14th birthday. He has grown into a wonderful young man and
we're all so very proud of him.
A great time was had at the 2002 Reunion in July. Keith
and I really enjoyed working at Registration and look forward
to doing it again in 2003. I enjoyed being a "page" again at
the Annual Business Meeting and especially working along-
side my friends, Shirley (Bonneau) Camby and Margaret
McLaughlin. It was good to see my brother Butch (CHS'58)
and my sister Ruby (CHS'60) and our good friend Joe
Lorenzo (CHS'59), who we hadn't seen since the last
reunion. My good friend Eileen (Cox) Cowell and her hus-
band Geoff did a great job of surprising me again with their
unexpected arrival I think from now on I'll just plan on them
being there.
The dances on Friday and Saturday were great, as usual,
and we all had a wonderful time especially since there were
so many class reunions this year and everyone went to the
dances. We saw friends we hadn't seen in quite some years -
they all looked so good.


Allen and Edie Cotton showing off their new shirts, Orlando
Reunion 2002.

We were so pleased to see Bill McLaughlin voted in as
the new President of the Society for the next two years. He is
very deserving of the position and I'm sure will be a great
leader for the Society. Congratulations to Bill, his wife
Margaret and their family.
A most pleasurable highlight was attending Mass cele-
brated by Father Frank Pretto on Saturday afternoon with all
the St. Mary's gang. It's always such a warm feeling to see
everyone and remember the good times we all had at St.
Mary's in Balboa.
Keith and I adopted a new member for our family. We
purchased a Kuna "time-out" doll so cute (made by Jeanne
Hickman) she doesn't talk back or give us a hard time. Our
purchase was prompted by Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin who
had purchased one we saw hers and fell in love with it. So,
we bought one and Keith carried her around everywhere we
went.


(L-R): Barb (Hall) Vose, Brenda Furlong (incognito),
Keith Kulig and Butch Hall, Orlando Reunion 2002.


(L-R): Charlie Chase and George Cotton, Orlando Reunion
2002.


(L-R back): Eva, Beverly and Jim Lovelady. (L-R front):
Jimmy Lovelady, Julie Lovelady, Barb (Hall) Vose and
Keith Kulig holding adopted Kuna doll, Orlando Reunion
2002.

It was great meeting with my fellow reporters on Friday
at the Reporters' Luncheon hosted by our new Editor, Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell, and attended also by the Society's new
President, Bill McLaughlin. Jacque is doing an excellent job
and it's a pleasure working with her.
If you have any news for my next article, please send it or
call me no matter how small. Hasta luego.

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose, Reporter
(850) 474-6341






SPACE COAST

We are still enjoying the reunion in our conversations and
reminiscing about who we saw and who we missed. Thanks
to everyone who helped make it such a success.
Edna and Bill Rogers of Indiatlantic are bursting with
pride over the talent and accomplishments of their 10-year-
old granddaughter, Olivia Anne Rogers. Olivia was awarded
First Place, Blue Ribbon, at the Melbourne Beach Founder's
Day Art Festival. She competed against adults and young
people of all ages. Her winning oil painting is entitled
"Charlie and Me". Olivia is the daughter of Heather Rogers
and Will Rogers and also the granddaughter of Henry and
Scarlette Mason of Titusville.


Science in Business Administration and Finance on May 5,
2001. Daren is currently employed with Household Finance
Corporation in Merritt Island, Fla. The party was held at his
parent's new townhome in Cape Canaveral, Fla., with family
and friends attending.


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Olivia Rogers and dad, Will Rogers


In June, Ted and Mel Henter hosted a mid-week get-
together at their lake cabin in Ocala, Fla., to celebrate the pur-
chase of a new vacation home in Majagual, Panama, and to
plan a trip to Panama to inaugurate the new home. Their new
home is on the beach with a great view, including Taboga
Island. There was plenty of camaraderie, many laughs, and
lots of food and drink including johnny mazzetti, wine,
yucca, wine, plantain, wine, roast pork, and wine. (Don't
know how much planning actually got done, but it was a good
excuse.)


(L-R): Ted Henter, Mel Henter, Bill Weigle, Sandee
Weigle, JoElla Deakins, Randy Deakins, Sheila Schonert,
Al Schonert.

Bud and Val Dempsey hosted a graduation celebration a
year late in honor of Daren Dempsey's graduation from the
University of Central Florida with a degree in Bachelor of


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(L-R Front row): Valerie (McIntire) Dempsey, Crystal
Durham with 3-week-old Tagen, Tony Wolfe, Bob
McConaughey, (L-R 2nd row): Buddy Dempsey, Sue
(Matheson) Deakins, Dee Carter, Andrea Dempsey,
Jaime Carter (Daren's girlfriend), Linda Berish, Lauren
Haines, Cathy Majors, Richard Majors; (L-R 3rd row):
Jack LeMaster, hat is Joe Durham, David Majors, Daren
Dempsey, Rob Berish, Christine Berish, Terry Deakins,
Tim Walters.

We welcome Bob and Fran Morrissey back to the area.
After two years in North Carolina, they decided to move back
to this area. Just too hard being so far away from kids and
grandkids. We are all glad to have them back.

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281
CZMACf(cfl.rr.com


SOUTH FLORIDA

Well, for the first time in over twenty years, I didn't attend
the annual reunion. Was it fun?? Did you behave??
Fortunately my spies were about and I got all the bochinche
(much of which I won't repeat). I'll get to that later.
Back in April, after a TDY in Norfolk, VA, I drove up to
the DC/Annapolis area to visit with some friends. Night one
was spent on Kings Street in Old Town Alexandria with Dave
and Colleen Wiatt. Oysters, beer, shrimp, Beer and still more
oysters! They are planning another sailing trip to the
Bahamas next dry season aboard their sailboat "Promise."
Can I book passage this time on a much more enjoyable leg
than flogging about in the Berry Islands?
Nights two and three found me at Bandit's Lookout in
Annapolis. Along with proprietors Bob and Mindy Dollar,
we were joined by Mindy's sister, Regina, who traveled down
from Newburg, NY along with my girlfriend Linda.
Retracing Bob and Greg Norton's infamous maxed-out
MasterCard tour of Annapolis, we spent the day visiting
quaint little pubs and eateries. As always, we all left a few






pounds heavier thanks to the great hospitality and superb
cooking by chefs Bob and Mindy. Hats off to Mindy's vege-
tarian Moussaka.
We had a surprise visit in May by Janice "Cookie"
(Newlon) Hurney just back from her whirlwind tour of the
Bahamas. Mimi, Lucho and I took her to the Black Bean
Caf6 in Hollywood for some good old Latin cuisine. Pretty
much a hole in the wall establishment, you can get a full meal
w/flan for under $10. As a past S. Florida reporter, she con-
fessed to a little reporter's envy since most of us arrived on
the Miami scene shortly after she relocated to California.
C'mon Cookie, we don't have any more fun now than you did
when you lived here.


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(L-R) T-Bird, Cookie (Newlon) Hurney, Lucho, and Mimi
Azcarraga.

At the end of May, after a year of traveling back and forth
to New York to visit my girlfriend, I purchased a one-way
ticket north to begin the next phase of T-Bird's wild
ride..."The Accompanied Tour." A week later we were driv-
ing a U-Haul towards the land of endless summer with the
land of endless winter in the rear view mirror. However, after
almost two months of endless rain, she's begun to question
the validity of the tourist brochures I lured her down here
with. One day soon she will see, the sun does shine...honest.
While I was gone, Mike Young came down to Miami on a
job search. Mimi and Lucho held an impromptu happy hour
for him at the Leaky Roof Bar & Grill (complete with indoor
sprinklers) in Miramar. Along with his brother TY, Jaime
and Amy Niedda, Pam Weldon and sister Linda and Lou
Domenech all stopped by for the party. Mike kept everybody
laughing with tales of his adventures as a Corps of Engineers
pipe fitter in the Mississippi Delta. Mike was famous for
rolling jeeps in Panama, now he's moved up to backhoes.
Unfortunately, Mike declined the job offer as it would have
been a downgrade and he would've been stuck out in the
Everglades for months on end. However, he was also tempt-
ed by the thought of snook fishing off his front porch.
Unfortunately I don't think we'll ever find snook fishing as
good as the north end of Gatun locks.
Terri (Salyer) Lang writes that she and her husband Jeff
were up in Panama City, FL to race in the annual Gulf Coast
Half-Iron man Triathlon on May 11th and stopped in to see
Mike, Elaine, Tommy, Sidney and Chimere Little in
Niceville the day afterward. Tommy Little has made remark-
able progress in his recovery from the serious auto accident
he was in last year, and keeps getting better every day.
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Elaine's parents, Tom and Barbara Peterson from Sarasota,
were also there visiting that weekend and they got to visit
with the whole family. Terri and Jeff were also up in
Jacksonville for Father's Day weekend in June to visit Terri's
parents Charles and Lois Salyer. Jeff and Terri raced in a
sprint triathlon that weekend at Jacksonville Beach and
another former Atlantic-sider Maurya Ridge Sova, who was
there watching her husband Joe compete, spotted Terri as she
crossed the finish line. Since she wasn't really sure it was
Terri, the two didn't connect after the race was over. They
have since been in contact by email, and found they had both
raced at two other events earlier this year not knowing the
other one was also there! They compared schedules and hope
to get together at a race on Disney World in September.
In news from the "Other Side" which now means Boca
and points North, cub reporter Scott Parker sent me this
story about the 1st Annual Dust, Spray and Libation Spring
Social of Ocala (henceforth known as the DSL Spring
Social). Thanks to the Wilder family for hosting and to D
LaPorta for coordinating the accommodations and keeping
everyone in touch! As everyone arrived at the Elite camp-
ground in Salt Springs and settled in, the handshakes and
hugs started, while the occasional "what do you want to
drink" was heard too. Those attending were Rod Snyder,
Scott Parker, D LaPorta and family, Winship Dowel and
family, Jim McCarrick and family, Tom Finneman, Carol
Anne Burnet, Randy and Jennifer Phares, Jim, Kelly and
Ben Parthenais, Tom Wilder and family, Tom Gabriel and
family, Ed Stroop and family, Carter Blount, Rochelle
Blount, Eric and Noreen Earnest and family. The Alexiatis
family, Suzy Helmricks, Arellio, Tom and Mike Young and
their personal chauffer, also visited us. Saturday morning
everyone loaded their dirt bikes, 4-wheelers and the Jeep to
go riding in the woods or launched the boats and jet ski in the
lake. Terry LaPorta was kind enough to build sandwiches for
the "DUST RIDERS". Although Eric and Noreen Ernest
earned their hiking merit badge after getting the Jeep stuck,
everyone returned safely, in spite of inhaling half of the sand
in Ocala national forest in the process. After that, some went
on a leisurely boat cruise around the lake. Scott thought they
should take it easy, being it was Samantha LaPorta's first
boat ride, even though she kept saying "gobba goo goo sab
ada" which must mean, "go faster" in baby talk. Don't worry,
her "life guard mom" was there with her and Randy and Jen
served as navigators. Saturday evening the stories and drinks
were flying as everyone ate dinner and snacked on Santa Rita
style patacones provided by D, Winship and Scott. Sunday
evening, after another day of riding, in which Steve, a friend
of Tom Wilder, brought a truckload 4-wheelers for everyone
to use, everyone socialized, boated, snacked, libated?? and
generally tried to "cut the dust." Dinner was Johnny Mazzetti
and cabbage salad compliments of Terry LaPorta, and lasagna
compliments of Jen Phares and Kathy Wilder. The activities
continued late into the night with more libations and the typ-
ical "did ya see, remember when, wasn't it and I could have
sworn" stories that make up a gathering of Zonians. Monday
morning was "stuff your junk in your vehicle to go home
day" with lots of "see ya later's" and "we got to do this
again"!!!
This year for Tom Young's birthday, we decided to take






him downtown for some fun and food in Ft. Lauderdale's
Riverwalk district. Linda & I joined TY, Michele Kaufman,
Mimi & Lucho Azcarraga for a fire-alarm dinner at Dan
Marino's restaurant. After that we barhopped and danced our
way up and down the streets and alleys while Lucho compet-
ed in a Beck's Beer Putting competition at each stop. As the
night wore on his putting got worse while TY's dancing got
better. Lucho still managed to win/con himself nine T-shirts,
several cups and other stuff before the night was over. iJuega
vivo!
According to Mimi, my roving reporter, this year's
Panama Canal Society Reunion was loads of fun. She attend-
ed her 20th class reunion (Class of '82, that's who!) and
joined classmates in a pool party, happy hour and fantastic
dinner party. See www.balboa82.com for details, thanks to
Tara King! Pool time was great this year. Several people
were sippin' and sunnin' in the pool, doin' a circle dance to
Latin music, while Marvin Wright, Bob Dollar and TY took
turns dancing in the middle of the frenzy, to name a few.
Randall "Bo" Lane entertained the crowd by doing the "alli-
gator" during the kids' hula-hoop contest (Alex Azcarraga
was a winner) and diving/belly-flopping in the shallow end.
BHS"82


(L-R) Mimi, Lita Hall, Roseann (Peugnet) Wilcox, Kim
Thrift, Joni Carlisle, Virginia Suescum, Abraham "Fulo"
Crocamo

The younger crowd also partook in the reunion festivities.
One group to mention was Alex and Adam Azcarraga,
Kelsie Diaz, Maddie Boyer, Chimere "Chicky" Little,
Owen Smith, Renee Domenech, Matt and Abby to name a
few.


Special tours were conducted through the kitchen, talking
with the chefs and employees (looking for some free food no
doubt), working backstage with the adjacent Ecknarr conven-
tion staff, staying up to wee hours dancing and hanging out.
After the reunion, the Azcarragas vacationed (recuperated) in
Orlando, along with Milita Cazorla, touring the local theme
parks and sites.
In other news/bochinche from the reunion, I heard that if
you look at the golf scores from the tournament (upside
down), Lucho came in first! Didn't Fernando teach you any-
thing? I also heard that Carlton "CB" Bell managed to lock
himself out of his room. I heard that Lenni Stokes was tearin'
up the congas at the dance. Too much picante? What hap-
pened to my empanadas? iSin verguenza! earlier this year not
knowing the other one was also there!
I missed the annual Hooters business meeting again this
year. One more time and I guess I'll be voted out. Steve
Gilbert, Marc Malavasic, Mike Young and I started this
Saturday lunch tradition over ten years ago and it keeps get-
ting bigger and bigger every year. We used to go over in a
rental, now we take a van. This year I heard they ate over
two-hundred wings and drank a few pitchers of beer. It don't
get much better than that. Hey, I hear they got a new Zonian
waitress this year. Next time for sure!
I I I nl 4


(L-R) Capt. R&R, Fulano, Pirate Bob, El Burro, Mayor,
Willie, Chili, Munchkin, Buck, Mumbles, TY, and
Murillo.
WHO DAT?


Who Dat? (L-R) Kirk Dobbins, Mike Young, Billy Gough,
Larry Parks, Tom Young.





For this report's Who Dat photo, we have a gang from the
old Pinellas Vo-Tech days in Clearwater circa 1979. I remem-
ber staying there (Westminster Apts) for a few days while
bringing my brother to the states to go to school. I brought up
some Panama beers for Mike & TY as a gift. Besides the
beers the only thing else in the fridge was a loaf of stale
bread, a half empty jar of peanut butter, some sort of science
experiment involving mold and an empty carton of sour milk.
Ahh, those were the days.
I close with good news. RON CORTEZ now available in
Florida. iPor fin! I'm sure we'll have some at our Annual
Panamaniac Picnic at C.B. Smith Park, Pembroke Pines, in
December. And don't forget, if you don't call me, write me or
invite me, this is what you get!!!

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 894-1247
curundu(@bellsouth.net




TALLAHASSEE

We have some congratulations in order: Nathan
McIlvaine, son of Ed and Kari McIlvaine, graduated from
Maclay High School and will be attending the University of
Florida. Nathan is an outstanding athlete and was named City
Golf Champion in his age group. Also, congratulations to the
McLaren/Barkley family: "Joe and Phyllis (McLaren)
Barkley announce the birth of their grandson Nathaniel
Douglas Barkley to Douglas and Angela Barkley on May 6,
2002. Nathaniel was born in Tallahassee, Fla., and makes the
first grandson in the McLaren Clan of Phyllis and her sisters,
Edith and Virginia, after eight granddaughters. Nathaniel
has a three-year-old sister Morgan Elizabeth Barkley, and a
four-year-old cousin, Julia McLaren Byrne."
Also sending in some news was Ellie Foley Husum:
"Ellie visited daughter Maureen Husum and grandsons
Dillon and Thomas Lynch in Mackenbach, Germany, recent-
ly. Maureen is the school nurse at the Ramstein High School
and has been elected President of the Nurses' Association,
DODD-Europe.
While spending a month in Europe, Ellie visited a 300-
year-old village, Schaolinslandbahn, which reminded her of
Panama's glorious El Volcan. Snow on the tips of the Alps
was also a wonderful sight to see for this tropical gal. She saw
many castles along the Rhine and even more churches,
including St. Peter's Cathedral in Stratsbourg, France. Ellie
also spent time with some Zonians in Ramstein, including
visiting Liz (Grimison) and Bill Fahey and their beautiful
daughters, in their mansion of a house. Other Fahey guests
for dinner that night included Maureen Husum, David
Husted, and Robert Careless. Much "bajan" bantering filled
the conversation and many Zonian stories were shared. Ellie
ended her Germany trip in good Irish fashion, drinking
German beer and listening to music with family and friends
on St. Paddy's day."
The Husum family sent the following additional news:
"Other happenings in Tallahassee included Zoraida


Larrabee, Armenia Chase, Ellie (Foley) Husum, and
Lorrie Husum Allen getting together for lunch to celebrate
Zoraida's and Ellie's May birthdays at the University Club, at
Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University. All
enjoyed the panoramic view of the field, where the FSU
Seminoles play football, while sharing many memories of
Panama and the Zone.
For Mother's Day, Ellie flew to Austin, Texas, to see her
first granddaughter of seventeen grandchildren, Darien
Genevieve Clary, daughter of Dr. Karen (Husum)
(BHS'70) and Jim Clary. Family members who shared the
event, in addition to Karen, Jim, and their other daughter,
Anne Clary, were her son, Ed, and his wife, Ruth, and son,
John. While in Texas, Ellie visited Joan and Chuck Husum
(BHS'45) in Fredericksburg, Texas.
For Ellie's birthday, son, Ray Husum, from San
Francisco, California surprised her with a visit, as did her
daughter, Mary (Husum) Toston, from St. Pete, Florida. A
week later, her grandson, Jason Husum, graduated from
Lincoln High School, in Tallahassee; and his father, John
Husum, and his wife, Lorena, arrived from Panama. A cele-
bration was held after the ceremony, and Zonian guests
included his sisters, Rebekah and Catherine (from
Baltimore, Maryland), his aunt, Janet (Husum) Herrington
(from Atlanta), his uncle, Raymond Husum, Skip and Bev
Rowley, and Doug and Zoraida Larrabee and their son,
Brian.
In June, a few of the Husum children got together to cel-
ebrate Janet Husum Herrington's birthday at Amelia Island,
one of Florida's treasured vacation secrets on the Atlantic
Coast. Enjoying the perfect weekend with Janet were her sis-
ters, Mary (Husum) Toston, Lorrie Husum Allen, and her
husband, Tod, and children, Caitlin and Kelsey, and brother,
Michael, and mother, Ellie.
The glorious beach, Atlantic Ocean, and balmy weather
reminded Ellie of being on the S.S. Ancon, as they sailed out
of the Port of Cristobal on the way to New York City. For oth-
ers, it brought back many breezy nights spent at Rio Mar and
Santa Clara. Great food and a blues band playing finished off
the good time."
Sunny Mizrachi sent me the following news: "Mary
Jane and Cash Paulson had the pleasure of a visit from
daughter Jill Berger, son-in-law Skip, and ten-year-old
grandson Bert, who still reside in Margarita, R.P. Bert is quite
imaginative and insisted on making his culinary specialty,
egg omelets, one morning in the Mizrachi kitchen. Skip and
Jill headed out early one morning on Henry Mizrachi's
Kawasaki cycle to visit friends in Louisiana, and Bert was left
to his own devices in the care of his grandparents. Jill
returned to Tallahassee after a short visit, and Skip sped on to
Black Mountain, N.C., to visit his buddy Bernie Manns and
his family. The last leg of his journey was a two-day visit
with his daughter Dona in St. Augustine. Finally, after a
2,700-mile journey, the Kawasaki and its rider returned safe-
ly to Tally. After the PCC reunion, Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux
and hubby Louis visited with the Paulsons, as they had prom-
ised. That same evening, on their heels, former Gatun
Zonites, Lee and Jean Wade, surprised them with their
appearance, after which they headed over to Sunny and
Henry's for a continued evening of reminiscing."





If anyone else has news to share, please e-mail me. And if
you wish to include photos, the Editor of the Record, Jacque
Vowell, asks that you e-mail each photo separately, for easier
insertion, and use TIF or JPEG format. Actual photos can be
mailed to the Society, but be sure they are copies, as they are
not returned.
Well, I have some news to share as well: My aunt Doris
(Rusty) Folger and her beau John Ward came to visit for a
few glorious days. It's always a hoot when you are around
Dusty and John--eating and laughing--that about covers it.
They brought with them a New Orleans delicacy--turkduckin:
a boned turkey stuffed with dressing, then a boned duck, then
dressing, then a boned chicken, followed by more dressing -
indescribably delicious. Mike and Elaine Stephenson came
for dinner and were equally delighted with this unique fare.
Rusty made her famous sweet potato casserole, and John
fixed champagne cocktails. Rusty and Mike Stephenson had
worked together when Mike was a mere whippersnapper.
They shared old memories then John and Rusty kept us in
stitches with some hilarious tales. Not sure we stopped laugh-
ing (and eating) till well past midnight.


(L-R): John Ward, Christian Steenholtz,
Kristin Kirkby, Doris (Rusty) Folger.


The next day, Rusty, John, Michael (Smith) and I trav-
eled to Gainesville, so Rusty could visit with her grandniece
Kristin Kirkby and grandnephew Tim Kirkby (my daugh-
ter and son), who attend the University of Florida. We were
in luck, as it was Open House at the School of Veterinary
Medicine, and Kristin, who will be graduating as a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine next May, was one of four people per-
forming surgery.


Kristin Kirkby


We got to watch her operate on a young dog--quite excit-
ing. Kristin just finished a surgery externship at a veterinari-
an surgery center in Dallas and is now touring Australia (just
loving the koala bears and kangaroos). Her brother, Tim, is
backpacking around Europe this summer, before spending
fall semester of his senior year at the University of Florida
Vicenza Institute of Architecture, in northern Italy.


Sharon Smith, Reporter
(850) 668-4121
ssmith3882(@aol.com


TAMPA-CLEARWATER

Betty Snow, Reporter
2471 Sumatran Way #37
Clearwater, FL 33763
(813) 799-4769



GEORGIA


Well, the 2002 Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, Fla., is
once again a memory and from the looks of things, it was
another huge success. Our Georgia members were there in
full force. I saw Mariella Meggers McNally, Mary
Scigliane Leach, Rosemary Abad, Bill and Carol Arnold,
Sissy Flynn, Richard and Olga Phillips, Lori and Virgil
Snow and family, Margaret "Maggie" Knapp, Camille and
Larry Harrington, Frank Baldwin, Flo Ann Pierce Gray
and Lester Smith. If there were others there from Georgia, I
either missed them or didn't recognize them. However, the
ones I did see all seemed to be having a great time. My hus-
band Davis and I both helped out in the Vendor room selling
items for the Panama Canal Museum. They had great items
they were selling, and I thought that the Christmas ornament
was beautiful. If you didn't get one while there, you need to
order one through the Museum (if they have any left).
Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith sent me a short article
telling me what has been happening in their family's life.
Their daughter Kimberly returned from Slovakia where she
served a tour with the Peace Corps and is now working and
living in Colorado, where she loves to ski. Andrea's mother
Frances Byrd fell while living with them and suffered bro-
ken blood vessels in her brain. She never recovered and
passed away this past August after three months in a nursing
home. Their oldest daughter Christine had a second son,
Christian Walker, in January 2001. Frances and Andrea
were in the delivery room to watch the birth of Walker. Lester
retired from FEMA on January 3, 2002, and has been keep-
ing busy "fixing up" their new home. Andrea slipped and fell
several months ago and fractured her spine. She's on the slow
road to recovery. She was unable to attend this year's reunion,
but she said Lester could go if he brought back all the
"bochinche", which he did. He was even supposed to bring
her a lovely new bougainvillaea plant for their new home, so
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he was on a mission to find the perfect plant when I last saw
him.
While at the Reunion, I spent a day at Epcot with my
daughter, Lori Snow and her children. It had been awhile
since I was at a Disney property, and I have to admit "sticker
shock" set in when I found out how much it cost for one day
(and no Senior Citizen discount). However, I adjusted fast,
and did have a good time. We also went to the breakfast with
the Disney characters at the Contemporary Hotel on Friday
morning, and it was a lot of fun. It is especially great seeing
how much the grandchildren enjoy those things.

r I L k


Nick, Sara and Allie Snow, children of Lori Stevenson and
Virgil Snow, at the Disney character breakfast at the
Contemporary Hotel in Orlando, Fla., July 2002.

I received an old newspaper clipping of my sister
Dorothy Rowley Gerhart from the early 50's when she and
her friend, Beverly Madison, were sworn in at the Fifteenth
Naval District in Amador as Seaman recruits in the Waves.
This article was sent to me by Dorothy Englebright Dunn. I
remember being so proud of my sister and thinking how
much I would like to wear one of those great-looking uni-
forms, but my future husband, Davis, had marriage plus a
tour of duty in Asuncion, Paraguay, in mind so I ended up as
an Army wife instead of joining the Navy.
Speaking of my husband, he and I are planning to take a
cruise to Alaska next month, along with our daughter Lori
and her husband Virgil Snow, Jan and Don Ponder and Bob
and Cheryl Peterson Russell. It is a seven-night cruise out of
Seward, Alaska and ending in Vancouver, B.C. Hopefully, I
will have some wonderful photos to share with you all for the
next article. Sydney Stevenson, Davis' brother, and his wife
Stella are visiting in the United States for a few months and
came by for a short visit with us here in Lawrenceville.
Sydney and Stella reside in Cerro Azul in Panama and occa-
sionally make their way north for a family visit.
My husband Davis takes bird hunters to Uruguay every
year and one year took our grandson Nick, who was 12. Nick
had a wonderful time and wants to go every year now with his
"Poppie". We would like to leave him at the finca for about
three months to help him learn Spanish. Davis also loves
going to Uruguay where he oversees his hunting operation.
I did speak with Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS),
Marguerite Neal Zumbado (BHS) and Mercedes Peterson
Salter (CHS) a little bit about our 50th class reunion, so plans


are being formulated. One of the thoughts was a long week-
end in Panama. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
Remember, if any of you Zonians out there in any part of
Georgia have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama
visitors, please either give me a call, or send me an e-mail/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Record. I honestly love hear-
ing from you, and know other Zonians feel the same way.
Guess I've covered my news for this trip. Please, please
write or call me with your news, so I can include it in my next
article. I have a new e-mail address just for me. It is
Panamaiune(iicondortravel.com.

June A. Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
Panamajune(icondortravel.com



LOUISIANA


Thea and Chuck Thomas of Mandeville have returned
from 12 days in Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels. They had
a great time and loved Amsterdam.
Thea will be sending this reporter T-shirts to be donated
to the Gonzales (La.) Seamen's Center where they will be
distributed to foreign seamen on shore leave.


Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714
(225) 774-7761
pattrpan@yahoo.com



MID-WEST


Missing the Reunion this year was not one of the wiser
moves I have made this year. It sounded like another good
one. My sister Bliss reported a good turnout and lots of old
friend sightings.
Paul Bierman called to let me know that he couldn't go
to the reunion either, silly thing called a job got in the way of
his going. Priorities stink. He says next year he will be there,
no questions asked.
My wife Shannon has been touring the country the past
several weeks with the rock group Deep Purple. She has
become their full-time tour manager and has traveled from
Boston to Los Angeles with them on their headlining tour
across America. Deep Purple is touring with the Scorpions
and Ronnie James Dio (of Rainbow and Black Sabbath
fame). During their stop in Houston, Mike Morris was treat-
ed to after-show passes and an opportunity to meet the bands.
In Atlanta, Bill Morrison (BHS'78) was seen backstage, in
Dallas, Bliss Morris Connerton (BHS'80) and Colin Creel
(BHS'76) were backstage watching the show and catching up
on the happenings of their families. They all reported a great
concert with good crowds. Shannon will be off to Germany,





Switzlerland, and the United Kingdom later in the year with
the band.


Backstage at Deep Purpose concert in Virginia Beach. (L-R):
Carlton Morris Jr., Michael Vizcarra, Bill White and
Carlton Morris.

In June, I flew into Virginia Beach to see a show there and
stayed with my brother Wilfred (BHS'78) in his new home
in Yorktown, Va. Mike Vizcarra and Bill White (BHS'79)
also went to the show where we had a mini-reunion of high
school classmates. Mike is an F-18 fighter pilot with the
Navy and lives in California. The Navy was nice enough to
allow him to "check-out" an F-18 Hornet for the weekend to
fly over to Virginia to see the show. Great benefit. Bill drove.
I heard from a friend of mine that my next door neighbor
in Balboa, Juan Carzola is now a neighbor of mine in
Naperville, Ill. I have been trying to locate him but he is
unlisted in the phone book....anyone know how to contact
him? Please contact me if you do.
If you have any news, please call me. I will be happy to
include it in my report.

Carlton A. Morris, Reporter
1(800) 685-2088
Panama99@aol.com



MISSISSIPPI

The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic starts at 11
a.m., Saturday, September 28, at the Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off U.S.
Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. Watch for the Canal Zone
banner.
For overnight RVing details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park
Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For additional details, contact Gerda Smith (601) 567-
9870 or Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761. Gerda and Pat will
be tenting there the night before the picnic to tidy up the site,
start the coffee and build a fire if it's chilly. Early birds may
wish to join them.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
pattrpan(yahoo.com


NORTH CAROLINA

Greetings from Western North Carolina. Hardly seems
possible that the year is half gone, summer is half gone and
it's Record time again. I am sure there will be lots of reunion
news in this issue and I understand the reunion was great, as
usual. I spent the 4th of July week in Rogers/Bentonville,
Ark., to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my
brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty (Flenniken)
Dunning. It was a wonderful week, hosted by their two
daughters and husbands, Cheryl and Mark Lowery from
Germany, and Lynn and Jess Harp of Bentonville. Guests
included our sister Vicki Howe and her granddaughter
Kaitlyn, my daughters Lisa Johnson, Terri Rhodes and
Brian Zeifel, Laurie, Sam, Zach and Justin Trinca, Betty's
sisters and families, Freda Stoher, Carol and Roger
Schwenke, and Sandra and Danny. Also attending were the
three Harp grandchildren, Samantha, Jess Nathan and
Cheryl Rene; Harold and Jerry Harp (who I call the "real
Harps") and Mark Lowery's mother Ruth. Several
Pennsylvania and Colorado cousins and families also came. It
truly was a memorable week and Bill and Betty were over-
whelmed by three scrapbooks containing letters, cards and
pictures from hundreds of their friends and relatives, evoking
wonderful memories of their 50 years together. They thank
everyone from the bottom of their hearts and will be talking
with many of you over the coming weeks. We topped the
week off with Bill's 76th (ye gads) birthday celebration. One
thing I forgot to mention was that Freda Stoher has been
teaching in Oman (I'm not really sure where that is but she
loves it there). Says it reminds her of Panama in many ways.
She returns to Oman in January for another session. Guess
retirement was getting to be "too much".
Jim and Diane Bradley have been busy this summer.
Betty and Buckeye Swearingen visited them for a few days.
They had been in Charlotte, N.C., visiting their son Paul and
family. Both looked wonderful and Buckeye has finally
retired. Well, almost--he did go back to help out "a little."
Buckeye thought Jim looked a little older--perhaps because
Jim and Diane have become grandparents again, with the
birth of their sixth grandchild, a baby boy, Karl Phillip, to
daughter Eileen and husband Per Petzold of Germany, on
May 1, 2002.
Pat Fraser took a short vacation this summer when
school was finally over. She drove to Florida, with Pumpkin,
I believe, to visit with Gladys Gramlich and family at the
beach for a few days, then on to Zephyrhills to visit with
Marge Sherry. I think Art was in Panama so it was "rest,
relaxation and girl talk" for a week or so. I don't believe the
word school was mentioned at all. Pat has "reupped" though
to teach in the Fall. Must be something about teachers and
retirement--they just can't stay away from that classroom.
Bob and Fran Morrissey were in Florida for the reunion
and to close on their new home. I understand they moved
some furniture down and son Sean may be staying there until
he ships out. I do hope Bob was able to renegotiate the inclu-
sion of the shower head in the final sale. A real crisis. Jim and
Diane ran into them at the reunion but forgot to check that
out.





Bobby Jo (Oglesby) (BHS'54) and Al Rebennack of
Arnold, Md., visited with me on their way to Gatlinburg,
Tenn. They enjoyed touring the Biltmore Estate and other
North Carolina attractions before heading on. The best part
though was the "visiting"--we talked about everything and
everybody.


Bobby Jo and Al Rebennach at Looking Glass Falls,
Brevard, N.C.

Malcolm and Jean Stone must be getting a little older
also, since they became grandparents for the first time, with
the birth of Amanda Catherine on May 1st to David and
Michelle Stone of Las Vegas, Nev. Malcolm and Jean attend-
ed her baptism on June 23rd in Oshkosh, Wisc. Amanda is
lucky enough to have two great grandmothers, four grandpar-
ents, four aunts and uncles, and four cousins, all of whom
were there at the baptism. Picture will be in next issue.
Amanda Catherine was named for Jean's mother, "Cat".
Amanda and her parents will be moving to Colorado Springs,
where David will be stationed at Peterson AFB. Too bad,
Malcolm, no more Las Vegas. The Stones returned home just
in time for Jean to have knee surgery, from which she has
recovered nicely, and to entertain Tom and Sherry Fulcher
and son Steve who visited the area. The Stones and Fulchers
had dinner with Willy and Wilma Nowotny and got to see
their new home. We are still waiting for the "house warm-
ing".
Guess that is all the North Carolina news for now.
Anything "late breaking" will have to wait until next issue.
Call me with your news.


Pat Hunt
Reporter
(828) 696-3995


NORTHWEST

In April, Dick Casey, Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy
and their daughter Joyce with friend Andrew, joined some
other local motorbike enthusiasts at our house, for a pre get
together BBQ for the following day's drive to the annual
Bikers' Swap Meet in Tsawwassen, BC. Guy Fealey, who
drove some of the guys there, said they had a bonus tour of
the Harley Museum in Tsawwassen which they all enjoyed
immensely.
In April, Wink Greene called us from Mt.Vernon where
she was visiting son, Tom Shepard and his wife Jean, and
invited us to lunch. We met in Anacortes, and had a great time
reminiscing. Tom is retired from the Navy and is now part
time locksmithing. They have a few-acre spread outside Mt.
Vernon and are enjoying bullsitting for a few bulls. As we
were leaving the restaurant Bob and Zack Gray of Langley
walked by, said they were in town for a while, and that
Merran and Zack's wife were also there window shopping,
but we didn't see them.
Bev Hoffman tells us that Scott and Nichole Hoffman
will soon be stationed at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy for
three years. Scott will be working with computers there again
after having been the ROTC instructor at Univ. of Wyoming
for three years. Allison (Hoffman) and Doug Hastings are
expecting their first baby in February congratulations! Bev
and Marty Hoffman will soon be hosting a mini-reunion in
Sequim of their old Panama neighbors with Janet Rigby and
John Carey, Donna and Randy Grubbs, Gayle (Fettler)
and Robert Rankin, Chris and Frank Bru, and Allison and
Doug Hastings. In August, four couples from the old
Margarita Union Church will be getting together in Tacoma:
Wayne and Ruth Smith, Elaine and Jack Streeter, Donna
and Randy Grubbs and the Hoffmans.
Bobby and Ann Best have been busy traveling and visit-
ing family and friends. They went to Southern California and
had a wonderful time with son-in-law and daughter Jason
and Shari (Best) Bordelon. They also visited John and
Phyllis Magee and their family in Oceanside. Bob traveled to
LA at the end of June to attend his 45th reunion at Loyola HS.
The Bests also went to Ann's nursing school reunion in NY
and visited with family and friends during their week long
stay. Their daughter, Patty Cowles (BHS'85) visited them for
ten days in July. Patty is a DoDDS teacher in Vicenza, Italy,
which she thoroughly enjoys. She spent two weeks in DC at
a writing assessment with Fred and Melanie Bales from
Okinawa and visited with friends in Virginia for a week.
She'll be heading to NY to visit family before returning to
Italy. The Bests did a five-day golfing trip to Kelowna,
BC,with 5 other couples. Ann says Kelowna is known as the
"Palm Springs" of Canada and that it was truly beautiful with
great weather, golf, and wineries.
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe write that grandson
Dillion has just returned from a six-month tour with the Air
Force in Saudi Arabia. Also, Jim has been doing some
remolding around the house. The Shobes and Henry and Pat
Cruz are gearing up for the annual NW PanCanal Picnic at
the end of July. We'll have some photos and news of that spe-
cial event in the next issue.





Billy and Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin had a great time at
the Reunion. There was a nice turnout for Billy's 45th class
reunion, and he got in two days of golf. Ginny saw Mary
"Mike" Blennerhassett, her daughter Kathy and grandson
Nate. Mike said she and Ned Blennerhassett plan to be in
Washington at the end of July for the wedding of Ned's sister
Winky's son. Dennis and Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan
stopped by the Rankins' place in July. They left Glendale,
Arizona in their camper and were on their way to Alaska.
Ginny recently ran into Bonnie Mans who is now in the
Hood Canal area.


Nancy (Rankin) Ivory and Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett
and daughter Ryann in London.

Mellie Turner Kennedy and daughter Joyce, and anoth-
er gal and her daughter and I went to Victoria, BC on the
Anacortes-Sidney ferry for a weekend in July where we did a
full day at the spectacular Butchart Gardens and even stayed
for the fireworks at 10:15 p.m. (when night falls in the sum-
mer)
Kathy (Adams) Lessiack and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler
were in the WA area in July to visit Kathy's brother and sis-
ter-in-law, Roger and Katy Adams, Kathy's niece, Howie
Laatz, and the Herring clan.
We were in Florida and Panama in May and June and saw
so many of our wonderful friends, including, in Panama, Al
and Hilda Jova; Joan Newall; Charlie Leves and Ruth
King at their lovely Gorgona home where Nini and Vera
Hanna and Vera's parents also came for the day; Mike
(Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett; Mike Ross; Colin and
Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan and the gang at Industrial
Division; Vince Canamas, (wife Penny (Wilder) Canamas
was on a stateside visit at the time); Lew and Sue (Lessiack)
Stabler and sons Tito, Timmy, and Robbie; Ron and
Belinda Byrd at their Rio Mar digs; Norm and Marixenia
Pedersen; Jaime and Virginia Gutierrez; Helio and Rose
Alves; Luke Palumbo; Nina Kosik; Sid Coffin, and the
Creeches who were there for Valerie's birthday, including
Robert, John, Rosie, Carla, and Lori.
While we were at Sid's, his sister Candy, her husband,
and another couple arrived for a time-share at the Gamboa
Resort, spent some time with us, and Sid took the men out for
fishing in the Chagres where they caught some yellowfin
tuna, and saw the howler monkeys.and toucans and parrots.
Sid's house in Gatun was a wonderful bird-watching experi-
ence where we saw 50-60 parrots every morning, hundreds of
parakeets in the evening, and all sorts of other tropical birds,
geckos and insects.


Mike Ross, Ned and Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett and
Gerry Laatz at the Melia Resort in the former Ft. Gulick
School of the Americans.

In Florida we saw Bill and Fran Stock; Nita
Oberholtzer, Butch and Janis (Brogie) Eckel, their daugh-
ters Joann and Jennifer, daughter-in-law, Lisa (Sasso)
Eckel and grandkids Christopher and Haley; Bob and
Margie (Flumach) Daisey; Edna "Skippy" and Cody and
Marta Hollowell; and our son J Reiley Laatz, his lovely
wife Sunshine, and her folks. We are grateful that all are
doing well and thank them immensely for all their wonderful
hospitality.


Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper, Edna (Skippy) Hollowell and
Cody Hollowell.

Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey's daughter Jamie recently
entered a Navy-wide, Morale, Welfare and Recreation essay
contest for internships in a variety of programs throughout
the US, and was among only 90 to win. Jamie's program will
be a one-week stint at Sea World Texas in San Antonio. When
Jamie finishes there, she will visit her grandparents Fred and
Marion (Orr) Wells and Honey (Bergman) Fealey in
Kerrville, TX, for a week, then Honey will fly back to
Washington with Jamie for a 6-week visit. Shortly after her
return, Jamie will attend a Rainbow Girl retreat in Union,
WA, and then go to Rainbow Girl assemblies in Boise and
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, as she has been named a Grand Officer
(Sports) in the Washington/Idaho jurisdiction. Guy and son
Guy Ethan are busy readying their motorbikes for a
Velocette Owners' Club rally around WA in late July. Gerry
Laatz, Joe Wallace, Ed and Mellie Kennedy, Bill Weigle,





and Jim Fealey also plan to participate in the rally.
Thanks to all who provided news for this report. Hasta la
proxima and may God bless each and every!

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
360-293-0923
laatzo@)fidalgo.net



OKLAHOMA


John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler's daughter Kristin
married Nicholas "Nick" Knight on July 13, 2002. Kristin
and Nick have been good friends since 9th grade at Norman
North High School in Norman, Okla. Grandparents Eliezer
and Lydia Lugo and Madeleine are former residents of
Panama and members of the Oklahoma Chapter. Nick is the
son of Sam and Cheryl Knight of Norman. Kristin and Nick
will be residing in San Diego, Calif., close to Miramar
Marine Air Base, where Nick is stationed with the VMFAT-
101 3rd MAW Squadron. Kristin will continue her studies at
Miramar College where she is pursuing a degree in Design
and Merchandising. Paulino and Julia Allande and Jean and
Doris Burns drove from Tulsa to attend the wedding.
Jean and Doris Burns attended the recent PanCanal
Reunion in Orlando where they had a good time visiting with
old friends. On the way to Orlando, they stopped by Lillian,
Ala., to visit Vicki and Bob Boukalis. The four enjoyed
Bob's homemade ceviche and empanadas.
Stevin Helin also attended the Orlando Reunion in order
to attend the dedication to the CZ Police. Stevin was on vaca-
tion in Indiana, visiting one of his daughters, and he decided
to fly down to Tampa to visit two other daughters and go to
the Reunion. Stevin had a good time, and he enjoyed seeing
lots of folks he had not seen in a while.
The Oklahoma Chapter's next meeting/picnic will be the
first Saturday in October at the Allandes' home in Tulsa,
starting at noon. Anyone interested in additional information,
please call this reporter.

Laura (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 745-1337



PANAMA


This year a few people decided to head out for different
vacation spots besides the "traditional" Panama Canal
Reunion in Orlando. Jason Critides (BHS'84) and his father
Leo, representing their company ARGO Tours, headed to
England in June for a week of business and a few days of
R&R. They stopped at Land's End in London to meet with
other friends from Panama: Tom Fennel (BHS'88), Cathy
Blennerhassett (CHS'82), her son Nate, and her mother and
father. Adrienne Holmes (CHS), who resides in London,
arranged for everyone to meet in Knotting Hill at Cafe 1 for
a night on the town.
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Lonaon (L-K) Aurlane
and Tom Fennell


Michael (BHS'87) and Nichole Stump, both teachers
working here in Panama (Michael at the Crossroads Bible
School and Nichole at the Balboa Academy), decided Spain
would be their dream vacation for the summer. Along with
their two children and Michael's younger sister Lisa they
thoroughly enjoyed 30 glorious days on the beach and visit-
ing various provinces in the country.
Congratulations are in order for Ned Blennerhassett (Sr.
Santa Rita) who was in England recently to receive the pres-
tigious MBE (Member of British Empire) Award from Prince
Charles at Buckingham Palace for good will and charity
work.
On June 28, the original Shorty and Slim Duo surprised
those of us remaining in Panama by putting together a jam
session at LUM's Bar and Grill in Corozal. David Seitz
(BHS'82) a.k.a. Shorty, was visiting with wife Mayra
(Linares) Seitz (BHS'82) and their kids from Germany and
Alex Reyes (BHS'88) a.k.a. Slim, took advantage of the visit
to set up the gig.
Anita Seifert, who worked at the Curundu Middle School
before turnover, returned to Panama for her annual two-week
trek and a break from her current position with DODDS in
Turkey. Her nephew Thomas (Butch) Leckey (BHS'88)
joined her to enjoy her beach house (Buzolandia) in
Portobelo, the San Bias, El Valle, and Punta Raton with Ron
and Belinda Byrd.


Anita Seifert at Portabello


For all you football fans out there, here are the final
results of the 2002 season, the FSU Raptors came out at the
Overall League Champions by the Association de Futbol
Americano de Panama. They won the season 8-1.
The Panama Canal, Balboa Elks Lodge #1414 made its





mark in Panama this year by hosting an "All American" tra-
ditional BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken potato
salad, baked beans and the all-time kid favorite--ice cream
cones. The entire evening (and building) was filled with good
times socializing and laughter with over 75 Panama Canal
and military retirees, pilots and current Panama Canal
Authority (ACP) employees attending. There were a couple
of tears shed when we all joined together to listen to and
honor our National Anthem (remember the victims of 9/11)
and joined together in song to "God Bless the USA" by Lee
Greenwood. As always, the night would not have been com-
plete without fireworks, and Jack Whitlock (BHS'84) made
sure that the gang was not disappointed. The Club also pro-
vided "Morning Glory" sparklers for the kids and a lot of
"noise makers" to round out the night of festivities.
Some familiar faces seen around Panama since the last
issue were Mike (BHS'85) and Karen (Kirby) (BHS'90)
Laverty who enjoyed Santa Clara and El Valle and did some
serious shopping for Panama decor to add to their Tampa
home. We also had a quick visit by Louis Vogel, Eileen
Jenkins (BHS'92), Conan Herring (BHS'95), Wally Bottin
(BHS'95), Ricky Alvarez (CHS), Marry Ann (Spagna)
Manns (CHS'79) along with her two beautiful daughters
Hannah and Sarah; Joe Brown, a former Balboa High
School math teacher from 1991-99 from the Dallas, Texas
area; Syd (Tugmaster for the Tug Mahafee in Gatun) Coffin's
brother, Gerald, a firefighter of the NYFD was also here for
a visit and transited the canal "al tourist" aboard the Isla
Morada. Other faces seen around town were John and Vera
Hanna from Texas; Billy McGann from Germany; Greg
Norton from Puerto Rico; Mike Young from California; and
Ted Henter and Al Schonert, again, to visit a child who
received a hearing aid due to Ted's donation to the Elks Club
which assists those in need.
We have to print a correction from our last submission.
We erroneously reported that the cayuco Carioca was the
Race Winners for the 49th Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco
Race Male Category. Well, we were right they were winners,
but for the new system called the Tri-Cup, which includes the
Yacht Club Cup, the Gamboa Regatta, and the Ocean to
Ocean Race. The Carioca accumulated the most points in the
different categories, previously named, and did win the over-
all season. But is different from the winners of the Ocean to
Ocean Race. As it was explained to us, the Tri-Cup was
adopted to stimulate and encourage the participants to com-
pete in all events hosted by the Club de Remos (Paddle Club)
de Balboa during the season. The other boats listed in our last
issue fell into the same category and were also from the Tri-
Cup.
The cayuco Anacardium was the No. 1 winner for the
49th Ocean to Ocean race. Its crew consisted of Rolando
Gittens, Captain, Jorge Mendez, Manuel Pinzon and
Galileo Sarasqueta. Their total time for the 3-day grueling
race was 5:17:03. Jungle Crew won'in the female category,
Rio Senales in the COED, and Sudden Impact in the open cat-
egory. Our hats and apologies are extended to all of them.,
Olga (Moya) (BHS'41) wrote in that she and her husband
Emilio Cadet celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on
June 30th. She also reported that two of her classmates,
Graciela Velarde (BHS'41) and Elsa (Expener) Watson


(BHS'41) recently passed away after lengthy illnesses.


Anna Opel
Reporter
acoipel@c-com.net.pa
001-507-262-1001


Trina Clark
Reporter
solidcz(hotmil.com
011-507-232-7451


PENNSYLVANIA


Shirley Erickson, Reporter
211 Pine Road
Mt Holly Springs, PA 17065
(717) 486-5600



SOUTH CAROLINA


Our June 15th potluck luncheon was held at the Senior's
Clubhouse in Crosland Park, and was enjoyed by Blanche
Browne, Olga Holmes, Joseph and Beatrice Marriott, Ann
Richardson, Arline Hopkins, Gene Emore, Trudi Clontz,
Kathleen and Shirley Burkett, Peggy Hutchison and Fina
Balinski. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for
September 14th at the Bowery Restaurant in Aiken 12:00
noon.


Blanche Brown, Bill York, Mark Schwindt, Trudi Clontz

Peggy Hutchison had visitors in April and July. Bob
Boukalis drove Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis to Aiken in
April for a ten-day visit with her mother. In July, Gary
Hutchison, who attended the Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Florida and his 40th Balboa High School reunion, then
flew to South Carolina to spend several days with Peggy.
Both Gary, and Peggy's grandson Wally Doane had a "blast"
at the Reunion. Gary met classmates he hadn't seen in forty
years. Wally is still in the Navy stationed in Italy.
*Editor's note: I can not accept pictures in a word docu-
ment or digital pictures printed out. Please send the pictures
in a JPEG or TIF format to editor@pancanalsociety.org.
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In June Betty and Pete Barr celebrated their 51st wed-
ding anniversary.


Arnold Schwindt, Mitzi Schwindt, Mark Schwindt


Sandra Fulton and Bliss (Morris) Connerton indulged
in much that New York City had to offer on a three-day visit
the end of April. They joined the crowd at the Today's Show
Rockefeller Center, displaying their "CZ Girls in NYC" sign-
board. They saw the taping of "Rosie's" last show. On
Broadway they loved "Mama Mia" and "The Sweet Smell of
Success". A visit to Ground Zero concluded their trip.


Josey Tilley and Lorna Shore


Trudi Clontz, Reporter
(803) 649-2759



TENNESSEE
Sheila Taylor, Reporter
1240 Hayes Road
Crossville, TN 38555-4346
(615) 456-4830



TEXAS


Dallas

David (CHS'75) Evans has recently moved from
Nashville, Tenn., to Southlake, Texas. The Evans family
includes wife Carmen, daughter Tessa (15) and son Drake
(10). The Evans have moved their business an employee
benefits communications company to the Las Colinas-Irving
area and are excited about the business opportunities here in
the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Bob (Railroad) and Marcia (Health Branch) Jones
enjoyed a ten-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Golden
Princess in April. Their son, Dr. Daniel and Pamela Jones
joined in the celebration of Bob's 76th birthday aboard ship.


Sandra Fulton and Bliss (Morris) Connerton


On a 17-day Trans-Atlantic cruise to Italy the end of
April, Bob and Linda Morris competed in a ten-day interna-
tional trivia tournament. Their "teammates" Howard and
Helen Gross they discovered had been assigned to the U.S.
Embassy during treaty negotiations (1977-83) and mutual
friends were remembered. Their team "CZ/Panama" won
second out of the seventeen teams competing. Upon docking
in Genoa, the Morrises toured Italy: Rome, Florence, Sienna,
the Amalfi Coast, and Milan. They arrived home tired but
happy.
The Royal Caribbean cruise that sailed June 16th from
Galveston, Texas was bowed with the crowd of Zonians that
sailed to faraway places. Tbe Sanders contingent: Bruce and
Sandy Sanders, son Curt (BHS'80) and Kim Sanders
accompanied by sons Ryan (13) and Collin (10). Jack and
JoAnn (Harte) Morton (McKinney, Texas) also enjoyed the
cruise with their grandkids, Paul Jr. (14) and Dustin (10).
The cruise had activities for everyone great food, and new
friends for the younger set and lucky Sandy won $500 at
Bingo.
Bob and Angie Bloemer visited their oldest son Robert






(CHS'72) and family in New Jersey in June. After the family
visit, they spent a weekend in Atlantic City where they
enjoyed the shows and games of chance. A visit to New York
City and Ground Zero was also a must. They ended their visit
with the Broadway musical "Mama Mia".
Bob Irwin (CHS'60) is currently working for the Air
Force at RAF Lakenheath, UK. His daughter Jennifer is
attending college in San Antonio.
Carlton and Shannon Morris will relocate in the
Plantation Estates in Frisco, Texas in August. Carlton will
commute to Chicago four days a week to manage his busi-
ness.


John Connerton and Sonia Valley at the Orlando reunion.

Dr. Tim and Barbara Ellington (CHS'73) and family
returned from a two-week adventure in Costa Rica. They
"white rafted" on the Reventazon River, camped in the jun-
gle, went deep-sea fishing where they saw lots of big fish and
did catch a sawfish. They enjoyed the sand and surf at
Tamarinda Beach Resort and ended their visit with a stay at
the Hotel Grano de Oro, a member of the "distinctive hotels
of Costa Rica" where all 32 rooms are unique and no two
alike. The best desserts in Costa Rica are served there too.
No news about Orlando Reunion I'm sure everyone
enjoyed. Keep the news coming.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400
LrMoplano(aol.com


Kerrville

Wallace Teal and Bev Jones have taken an extended
vacation in Alaska in his motor home.
Rebecca Baird, daughter of Kim (Carter) and John
Baird, won 5th place nationally, and 2 gold medals, for her
history project representing Washington people in sweat-
shops. The project will be exhibited in the Smithsonian.
Kathy Lessiak is going to Seattle to visit her brother
Roger Adams. Assorted relatives are expended to join them.
Jackie Fearon gave a talk at the Kerr Arts and Cultural
Center on the artwork of the Panamanian Indians. The talk
was very well attended.


My sister, Janet Fields-Himes, from Delair, NJ, flew out
to spend 10 days with me while I celebrated birthday #60.
She didn't think I could handle this alone! We ate in every
Mexican restaurant, spent 2 days at the Texas State Arts and
Craft Fair, shopped in Fredricksburg, and hit every shop in
Kerrville. Annie Boggs joined us as we wandered the street
(very small town) of old Gruene, and even checked out the
historic dancehall. Fred and Marion Wells and Honey
Fealey joined us for a Mexican dinner at Mamacitas.
Donna (Graham) Elliot from Hinesville, GA, came to
help her mother, Sue Graham, celebrate both Easter and her
birthday. We are just a party town!
In June, Edie Bishop, Rockville, MD, visited her Dad and
family, Dale and Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop in Kerrville.
While there, she celebrated Father's Day with her Dad and
also visited in Austin with her brother, Mark Bishop, and sis-
ter, Jeanne (Bishop) Sheets and their children. In Kerrville
she got to spend some time with Doug and Sharon (Booth)
Schmidt and family, and Cheryl (Schmidt) and Kenny Fritz
and their daughter, Catherine.
Buster Jennings and his wife Janie, from East Texas,
came to visit his brother-in-law and sister, Ed and Marge
Kunkle for a week.
Grandson, Eddie Stanford and wife Wendy, came from
Atlanta and took Grandma, Bea Rhyne, Mom and Dad (Ed
and Barbara Stanford), and Aunt Camille Eastham out to
dinner. Then Bea attended a gathering of the Monsanto clan
who were 18 strong for the graduation of the cousin's daugh-
ters. The family flew from Hilton Head in their private plane.
Bea Rhyne and daughter Barbara Stanford went to visit
granddaughter/daughter Cheryl at college in San Marcos.
Camille and Leo Eastham and Pat and Lisa Fallon, with
baby Cindy, came too.
Melinda Beebe, wife of William Beebe, had an extend-
ed stay in the hospital. At present she is home recuperating.
Laurie and Jake Gibson from Gamboa visited with Bob
and Jackie Fearon. Jackie is going to meet her twin great-
great grandsons in Tampa on her way to the Reunion. Adel
Dunn will meet her in Tampa and go to NC to visit her son
and family, Keith, Cindy, and Kristen Fearon, sister-in-law
Priscilla Dunn, daughter Katrina, and son Robert Dunn, of
Horseshoe, NC.
The first annual Kerrville Texas Hill Country version of
the "Weenie Ride" was well attended by 18 plus former
Panama friends on the weekend of April 7th. The ride was to
cover the best parts of the Hill Country to view wildflowers
at their best and the beautiful Hill Country in general.
However, the weather did play a role. Friends from
Washington, Oregon, Florida and all points in Texas came
together for the ride. After meeting at the local Yamaha shop
for a free Texas breakfast, the group took off for an abbrevi-
ated ride through a rare Hill Country rain (the first rain in 2
months and nary a drop since...). It was a good ride, but the
group and camaraderie were even better. On the ride, yet
another "free" meal, lunch at a local Volunteer Fire Fighter's
benefit consisting of barbequed wild game, gave the group a
chance to mingle with the locals and try some of their fine
wild game cuisine. That night all met for a great evening din-
ner and friendship. Looking forward to next year same
place date yet to be determined.
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us in Virginia while here on business. Below is a picture of us
at a local restaurant where we met up with Dorothy and
Marc Isaacs for dinner and their lovely mother, Thelma
Maguire, who was visiting from Sarasota, Fla. My brother
Paul relocated from this area a few years ago to Columbia,
S.C., and has now (I think) become a true southerner.


Bill wiegle, Pat Fallon, Bill Bell, Ned Rose, Jim Slice, Dan
Moore, Sherrie Slice, Ted Henter, Kenny Cooper, Guy
Fealey, Vera Hanna, Kim Cooper, Don Nungester, and
Billy Hanna

John and Vera Hanna and Guy and Honey Fealey took
Ted Henter by to see Kathy Lesiack
Lois and Bob Byrd took a trip to .CO and AR. Bob's
granddaughter, Rachel, graduated from Ingram High School
with honors. She was awarded several scholarships. After
working at the Point Theater this summer, she will be attend-
ing Texas A&M in Corpus Christi where she will be rooming
with her sister, Sara, who will be a senior this coming year.
Anna Calvit is off on her annual reunion jaunt. In addi-
tion to attending the reunion she will be having a mini
reunion with her sisters, Francis O'Sullivan of Dothan, AL,
and Irma Krugish ofKirkland, WA. The three sisters haven't
been together since 1973. Anna will also stop in Pembrooke
Pines, FL, and Hollywood, FL, to spend time with her daugh-
ter and son.
Sandy (Shirley) Nungester (BHS'67) visited Treva and
Von Bedwell in Corpus Christi in May. Treva and Sandy
enjoyed shopping in Progresso, Mexico. Von and Treva's son,
Aaron (would have been BHS'99) attends A & M Corpus
Christi and is majoring in computers while enjoying ice hock-
ey and surfing. Brence (BHS'97) attends Texas A & M
University at Galveston and is majoring in Marine
Engineering. He is a member of the sail team. While waiting
to start a 420 sailboat race during the Spring semester, the
team witnessed a van going full speed drive off a dead end
road and land in the water. Brence and several of the sail team
members rescued 2 adults and 3 children, who were trapped
in the submerged van.

Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
(830)895-2794
jofields(@maverickbbs.com



VIRGINIA


Greetings from Northern Virginia. The summer is in full
swing and I don't think it can get much hotter. Hard to believe
we lived in the Canal Zone for so long and now complain
about the heat. I'm definitely ready for winter.
During May, my brother Paul Menges (CHS'67) visited


(L-R): Thelma Maguire, Dorothy (Maguire) Isaacs, Julie
Isaacs, Mark Isaacs, Paul Menges and Ev (Menges)
Sellers.

In June my uncle Dave Robles and his lovely wife Sylvia
visited us from Panama. They were in the DC area to attend
a relative's wedding and were returning from England and
The Prague. We had a delightful luncheon/visit with them


'. in L78WN ARa
Sylvia Robles, and Ev (Menges) Sellers (CHS'68).

If you live in the area or are visiting, feel free to contact
me with any news you may have. I will be happy to include
it.


Evelyn (Menges) Sellers
Reporter
(703) 614-9810
evsellersaaol.com





MILITARY PRIDE



MURRAY-LAUN JOINS US ARMY

PV-2 Pamela Murray-Laun, the daughter of Walter
Laun and Jane Murray-Laun Hicks (BHS'68) and grand-
daughter of the late William Hicks (Gamboa Police) has
joined the U.S. Army and is following her grandfather's foot-
steps.
She graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School and
joined the U.S. Army 2002. Pamela did her basic training in
Fort Jackson, S.C. Her family attended her graduation.
Pamela is now stationed at Fort Sam Houston, San
Antonio, Texas and is studying to be a Lab Technician.


(L-R): Walter Laun, Walter Laun, Jr., Justin, Pamela,
Jane Murray-Laun (Hicks BHS'68), Phillip and Rebecca.


CONGRATULATIONS


ELLINGTON GRADUATION

Mathew Ellington, son of Dr. and Mrs. T. Ellington
(Barbara Bloemer) (CHS'73). Mathew graduated Second in
his class from Greenville High School on May 21, 2002. He
will be attending Austin College in Sherman, Texas, as a Pre-
Med student.


BLOEMER GRADUATION

Mathew Bloemer, son of Retired Lt.Col. Robert J.
Bloemer (CHS'72) and Mrs. Kim Bloemer, graduated from
Sparta High School in Sparta, N.J., June 19, 2002. He will be
attending Monmouth College in Long Branch, N.J., as a
Business Major.


Mathew Bloemer with grandfather Retired Captain Robert
J. Bloemer, Pilot, Panama Canal.

Robert J. and Angeline Bloemer, grandparents of the above
graduates, attended both graduations and while in New Jersey
visited with the entire family. They spent one day in New
York and visited Ground Zero and saw MaMa Mia, an excel-
lent musical. They also went to Atlantic City to walk the
boardwalk and visit the casinos.

Ange Bloemer
McKinney, Texas


BEVERLY GOULET PROMOTED

Beverly Goulet, daughter of Carol Ruoff Goulet and the
late Leo D. Goulet was recently named Executive Vice
President Corporate Development and Treasurer with
American Airlines headquarters in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.
Beverly joined American Airlines in 1993 and has been
Associate General Counsel for Corporate Finance and
Managing Director of Corporate Development since March
1999. She received her law degree from the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor.















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Mathew Ellington receiving honors at Baccalaureate





WILLIAM DISHONG GRADUATES


William Dishong graduated from the University of South
Florida in Tampa on December 15, 2001, with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Biological Sciences. William graduated
Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the National
Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is currently working in
engineering for S.A.I.C. at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
William's parents and brothers are Chris and Evelyn,
Bryan and Stephen Dishong; his grandparents are Harry D.
and the late Mary Foster; and Josefina and the late Carl
Dishong.


A former BHS classmate of Lorrie's, Steve Jacquay,
whom she hadn't seen in 28 years, also attended the party.
Turns out that Steve, along with Barb and George's children,
play on the same baseball team in Panama City what a small
world.


BROOKE FARNSWORTH
GRADUATES

Brooke Anne Farnsworth graduated with Honors from
the University of Florida on May 4, 2002. She earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
majoring in Finance. In attendance for her graduation were
Jim and Jerri (Hunt) Farnsworth of Merritt Island, Fla.,
and Gustavo and Noelle (Farnsworth) Marquez of
Orlando, Fla.
Brooke has accepted a position as an Associate Actuary
with Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America in
Orlando, Fla.


William Dishong


GEORGE HUSUM CELEBRATES 40th

In February 2002, Barb (Hall) Husum and sons Patrick,
Daniel and Kevin threw her husband George Husum a sur-
prise 40th birthday party at Captain Anderson's Restaurant in
Panama City, Fla.
Among the many guests wishing him a happy birthday
were his mother Ellie (Foley) (BHS'46) Husum, sisters
Janet (Husum) (BHS'69) Herrington and Lorrie (Husum)
(BHS'74) Allen and brother Michael Husum.


(L-R): Ellie Husum, Barb Husum, George Husum,
Michael Husum, Janet (Husum) Herrington and Lorrie
(Husum) Allen.

George kept the crowd in stitches as he shared one
"bajun" joke after another. After all these years, he still has-
n't lost the accent.


Brooke Anne Farnsworth


JOHN HUSUM EARNS
MASTER'S DEGREE

John Husum, husband of Lorena (Moreno) and father
of Rebekah, Catherine, Jason, Patricia, Javier and
Valerie, graduated from the University of Louisville on
December 17, 2001, with a Master's degree in Human
Resources Develonment.


He is the son of Ellen (Foley) and the late Edward J.
Husum, Jr. John is employed with the Panama Canal






Authority in the Human Resources Department's Training
and Development Division as the supervisor of the Safety and
Health Training Program. He would like to especially thank
his wife and children for their urging him to attain this
degree.


MARY LYNCH'S 85TH
BIRTHDAY PING DING

On May 3, 2002, the children of Mary Griffin Lynch and
more than 75 of her friends and family gathered in
Tallahassee to celebrate Mary's 85th birthday. The three-day
"ping ding" featured traditional Panamanian food, music, and
entertainment. Mary's stepdaughter Gail Lynch Arnette was
head organizer in the kitchen, with Mary's youngest daugh-
ter, Sarah Livingston Schlicht, cooking her delicious
empanadas and Mary's son, Mike Livingston, making his
famous ceviche.


The old familiar music of Lucho Azcarraga and the
delightful new sound of Sandra Sandoval played all night
long. Her son Alex Livingston and daughter Terri Livinston
Helkenn, sang "RASS MAN, THAT'S MARY" to the
delight of the crowd.


RASS MAN, THAT'S MARY
lyrics by Terri Helkenn

Rass man, she was born in Colon.
Rass man, she's a Panamanian.
Rass man, she can dance until dawn.
RASS MAN, THAT'S MARY!

Rass man, she worked hard all her life.
Rass man, she was a pretty good wife.
Rass man, she can deal with family strife.
RASS MAN, THAT'S MARY!


Now let me tell you something 'bout Mary Lynch:
She's always there to help you when you're in a pinch.
She's pretty, she's nice, she's very, very smart,
But she will get insulted if you let go with a ----!

Now, seriously, people, you know I'm only joking,
'Cause if I don't correct myself my neck she will be choking!
She's lovely, she's gorgeous, she smells like a rose,
She's always dressed impeccably, from head to her toes!

So gather 'round, people, and help us celebrate,
We want to honor Mary, 'cause she's really first rate.
Remember what I told you when I started this song,
And I'd really be obliged to you if you would sing along:

Rass man, she was born in Colon.
Rass man, she's a Panamanian.
Rass man, she can dance until dawn.
RASS MAN, THAT'S MARY!

Mary's eldest son, Bill Livingston, presented the birthday
girl with a beautiful diamond and emerald ring, and on
Sunday, the final day of the festivities, her stepson Dillon
Lynch led the clan in presenting Mary with a diamond ring in
honor of Mother's Day.




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Mary's brother Wheeler Griffin came from Birmingham,
Ala., accompanied by his three children and grandchildren,
and Mary's sister-in-law Florence Griffin was there with her
daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Steve Griffin Peck. Gene
Leves, Charley Leves' son and Mary's grandson, was there
as well with his wife Tammy and their three children, and
Sarah and Donald Schlicht brought their son Jack
Hutchings. Mary's granddaugther Becky Clark flew in from
Austin, Texas, and Mike Livingston's daughter Monica
Parkhurst attended with her husband Danny and their four
offspring. Also in attendance from California were Alex Jr.
and Sarah Livingston, two more of Mary's grandchildren.
All in all, it was a joyous occasion and a wonderful family
reunion. Mary had a great time and "hinted" that a cruise
would sure be fun for her 90th.

Terri Livingston Helkenn



DEADLINE FOR THE
DECEMBER RECORD
IS OCTOBER 18TH

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JON BRIDGES RETIRES

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Bridges (BHS'77) retired on
May 24th after 20 years of service in the United States Army.
His military duties began at Fort Bragg, NC and took him to
postings in Indianapolis, IN; Stuttgart, Germany; Picatinny
Arsenal, NJ; Auburn, AL; Washington, DC; Fort
Leavenworth, KS, and Camp Smith, HI. His final assignment
was in Huntsville, AL as Executive Officer to the Deputy
Commanding General (Research, Development, and
Acquisition), for the United States Army Space and Missile
Defense Command. Talk about a small world! The Deputy
Commanding General is Brigadier General John M. Urias
who graduated from Balboa High School in 1970!
Jon accepted a position with Quantum Research,
International and intends to remain in the Huntsville area
where he lives with his wife Dorothy and children Daniel
and Kimberly.


LTC Jon Bridges is pictured here with his wife Dorothy and
children Kimberly and Daniel after his retirement ceremony
held in Huntsville, AL.


Bob Bridges, father of LTC Jon Bridges (BHS '77), is pic-
tured here with BG John Urias (BHS '70) and his wife Heidi,
after the retirement ceremony for Jon. Bob, who was a mor-
tician at Gorgas Mortuary from 1970 1988, now makes his
home in Madison, AL.


PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL REUNION 2003



JULY 23 -27, 2003


PUSATERI QUINN ENGAGEMENT

Dana and Ellie (Blevins CHS'71) Pusateri of Delray
Beach, Fla., proudly announce the engagement of their
daughter Darnelle Renee to Tyler Ross Quinn, son of
Luther (BHS'65) and Candance (Anderson) Quinn
(BHS'66) of Gainesville, Fla.
Darelle graduated from Pope John High School in Boca
Raton, Fla. She received a BA of Science from the University
of Florida in 2000 and is currently working on her master's
degree in clinical psychology at NOVA Southeastern
University.
Tyler graduated from BHS (1994). Following graduation,
Tyler attended Duke University and then the University of
Florida where he met Darnelle. They are both employed by
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Inc., headquartered in
Boynton Beach, Fla.
Darnelle's maternal grandparents were the late Robert J.
and Carmen Blevins, formerly of Gatun, who retired from
the Panama Canal in 1977. Her paternal grandfather is the
late Samuel Pusateri and grandmother is Helen Pusateri
who resides in Clarendon, Penna.
Tyler's maternal grandfather is Ross Emmett Anderson,
who retired as Supervisor, Physical Education, Balboa High
School, 1979. His paternal grandfather is the late Luther
Julius Quinn who retired from the Panama Canal in 1982,
and his grandmother is Mrs. Maria Quinn of Panama.
They plan to get married at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in
Delray Beach, Fla., in December 2002 and are going to
Panama for their honeymoon.


Tyler Ross Quinn and Darnelle Renee Pusateri

Please pay your membership dues for
2003 by December 31st.
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JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE

Stacey Lynn Morgan received her Juris Doctor Degree
from the University of Missoui-Kansas City School of Law
on May 10, 2002. Stacey is the daughter of (Col. Retired
USAF) Jack and Debbie Garner Morgan (CHS'69)
Family and friends celebrated at a local restaurant on the
Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. In August 2002
Stacey will begin working as an associate with the Insurance
Litigation Defense Firm of Franke and Schultz in Kansas
City, Mo.


Stacey Lynn Morgan


PAPSON FEJFAR


Jim and Marion (Leach) Papson (CHS'60) of Leesburg,
Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter Wendy
Anne to Jeffrey Alan Fejfar, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Adolph Fejfar ofNiceville, Fla. Wendy is the granddaughter
of John and Dorothy Leach who were long-time residents of
the Canal Zone.


Jeffrey Alan Fejfar and Wendy Anne Papson


Wendy earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from
Jacksonville University (1999) and her Master's Degree in
Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida
(2001). Jeffrey earned his Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical
Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2000).
He is currently working as a captain for Atlantic Coast
Airlines. The couple resides in Jacksonville, Fla., and will be
married in March 2003 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.


KYLE B. OUSTED GRADUATES


Kyle Brendan Husted graduated from the University of
Florida School of Engineering on May 6, 2002. Kyle received
a degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in
Business. He is currently employed by Handex
Environmental, Inc. in Del Ray Beach near Boca Raton.
Kyle is the son of Louis and Robyn (Patton) Husted of
Merritt Island, Fla. Grandparents are Belinda Patton and the
late Robert Patton of Vienna, Va., and Louis and Rose
Husted of San Diego, Calif.
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Kyle Brendan Husted with grandparents Rose and Louis
Husted.


PARKS CELEBRATE 50TH

Their seven children hosted a celebration honoring Anne
and Charles Parks of Glendale, Ariz., on Friday, May 3,
2002. Over 70 family members and friends joined the couple
in the reaffirmation of their vows at a Mass celebrated at St.
Joachim and St. Anne Catholic Church, Sun City, Ariz.
Father Mark Herrington officiated at the service and adding
to the joy of the day was the Baptism of the newest member
of the Parks family, Jessica Marie Stearns, daughter of
William Michael Stearns and Jeanne Marie Boatwright,
granddaughter of Anne and Charles and daughter of Lisa
(Parks) and Craig Boatwright. The Stears family flew in
for the happy occasion from Ft. Lee, Va.
The reception following the Mass was held at the
Heidelberg Inn, Youngtown, Ariz. Out-of-town guests were
sons, Charles and Larry from Minnesota, son James and
family and daughter Susan Casis and family from Port St.
Lucie, Fla., Noreen (Hanson) McGaughey from Colorado,
Paul Dolan from Austin, Texas, Jane (Trimble) Alley and
husband John from Mountain Home, Texas, nephews Nolan





and Joseph Spencer from San Diego, Calif., niece
Stephanie (Spencer) Mello from Ft. Benning, Ga., cousins
Bernadette (McLaughlin) and husband Chris Steffensen
from Richmond, Va., Grayce Hansen of Pompano Beach,
Fla., Connie and Ed Verderber of Merced, Calif., and the K.
E. McColleys from Tucson. Friends Dorothy Boatwright of
Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jackie Wells of San Diego, Calif.,
also attended.
Hosting some of the out-of-towners were Matthew and
Heike Parks and family and Lisa and Craig Boatwright and
family. Son Paul Parks also provided transportation and
much of the photography for the affair. In the evening, fol-
lowing the reception, a hospitality suite was available with
refreshments for all.
The beautiful decorations at the reception, in green and
gold, were outstanding. The three-tier cake was also in green
and gold and was personally decorated by Heike Parks. Heike
made all the floral arrangements and also made the wonder-
ful "picture wall", a journey of 50 years of memories. The
picture pages then were gathered together in an album form
and given to the couple. A "memory box" was available for
everyone to jot down memories of the bride and groom
through the years. The favorite songs of Anne and Charles
were placed on a CD with their pictures 50 years ago and pre-
sented from son Matthew. Guests also enjoyed a video titled
The Parks Family, Thanks for the Memories, which was
made from old home movies of family events and life in the
Canal Zone.


(Seated L-R): Grandchildren Tatiana Casis, Jeanne
(Boatwright) Stearns, James Parks HI, Anne (Trimble)
Parks, Kevin Parks, Erika Parks. (Standing L-R): Shannie
Parks, Katie Heath Parks, Brian Parks, Michael Casis,
Charles Parks, Guy Boatwright, Charles Boatwright.

On Saturday, May 4, 2002, the Parks children also hosted
a bar-b-que and pool party for all at the home of Matthew and
Heike Parks in Mesa, Ariz. The beef brisket made by Lisa
(Parks) Boatwright from a hitherto "secret recipe" was a
royal success as was the chicken and salads. Lisa had antici-
pated the arrival of many on Thursday, May 2nd, and had
hosted "the town's biggest lasagna bake" at her home in
Glendale and probably fed 50 that night.

DEADLINE FOR THE DECEMBER RECORD
IS OCTOBER 18TH


(Seated L-R): Lawrence Parks, Susan (Parks) Casis, Anne
(Trimble) Parks, Lisa (Parks) Boatwright. (Standing L-R):
James Parks, Matthew Parks, Charles Parks, Charlie
Parks, Paul Parks.

For those who stayed beyond the weekend, there were
trips to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, rafting on the Salt River,
and a trip to the Grand Canyon. All in all a wonderful fun-
filled week and the creation of even more beautiful memories
for the bride and groom.

Those attending were Charles Parks, Matthew Parks,
Jacob Cabot, Craig Boatwright, Kevin Parks, Erika Parks,
Shannie Parks, Katie Parks, Tatiana Casis, Heather
Bustos, Liz Boatwright, Dorothy Boatwright, Jeanne
Steams, Rebecca Steams, Charles Parks, Anne (Trimble)
Parks, Jessica Steams, Jane (Trimble) Alley, James Parks,
Lisa (Parks) Boatwright, Paul Parks, Guy Boatwright,
Michael Casis, Michael Stearns, Heike Parks, Paul Dolan,
Larry Parks, Nolan Spencer, Charles Boatwright, Tristen
Boatwright, Susan (Parks) Casis, Manuel Casis,
Bernadette Steffensen, Christine Parks, Chris Steffensen,
James Parks II, and Catherine Yielding.


SEAN EDWARD MORRISSEY

Sean Edward Morrissey, son of Bob and Francis
Morrissey of Merritt Island, Fla., graduated from the Maine
Maritime Academy on May 11, 2002, with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Marine Transportation.


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Sean Edward Morrissey






After being presented with his diploma and Third Mate's
License, he was sworn in by his cousin, Commander John
Edward Cameron, USCG, and awarded his Commission as
Ensign in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Some of
the honors Sean received while at the academy were Honor
Mug during his freshman year; one of two selected for the
MARTEP Program with the U.S. Coast Guard; and the
Academy Dean's List.
A graduation dinner was given by his parents at Dennet's
Wharf in Castine, Maine. Guests included Nat and Glynda
Gladding, Jerry Cooper, Tristan (Morrissey) and Phil
Roundy, Theresa Rice, and several of Sean's friends from
Merritt Island. Sean has accepted a position as Third Mate
with Osprey Shipping Company.



WINFORD FANNIN

Marcia (Dubbs) (BHS'64) and Billy (BHS'56) Winford
of Wesley Chapel, Fla., formerly of Corozal, Panama, proud-
ly announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa
Winford (BHS'91) of Altamonte Springs, Fla., to Anthony
Fannin also of Altamonte Springs.
Both have careers in law enforcement. A February 2003
wedding date is planned in Wesley Chapel, Fla.


Melissa Winford and Anthony Fannin


STEMPEL RECEIVES AWARD

Calvin L. Stempel, Balboa High School class of 1944,
was awarded the prestigious Leonardo Villanueva Meyer
prize (a lifetime achievement award for architectural work in
Panama) on May 18, 2002, jointly by the Colegio de
Arquitectos of the Panama Society of Engineers and
Architects (SPIA) and the Panamanian Institute of
Architecture and Urbanism (IPAUR).
Calvin was a student for one year at the Canal Zone Junior
College in 1945 then transferred to Ohio State University
where he was introduced to the work of world famous archi-
tect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1948 he left OSU with a year to
go for his degree in order to study with Wright, where he
remained through early 1950. From there he went to Stanford
University to complete his college requirements for a


Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree. Calvin's architectur-
al practice in Panama spanned thirty-one years. He and his
wife Helen now live in Miami, Fla.



BARNICKEL GRADUATION


naroara iicnane narnicKei ana ner aaugmer, Lorinne
Kate Barnickel, upon Corrie's graduation from Pickering
High School, Leesville, La.

Corrie was an outstanding high-school student and served
as president of the Student Government Assn., cheerleading
squad captain, tennis team captain and National Honor
Society member. She was named Pickering High School
Student of the Year, was a student leader for Character
Counts and a Dare role model. She plans to attend Louisiana
Tech University, Ruston, in the fall, to pursue a degree in
early childhood education with a concentration in child life.



50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Bill and Betty (Flenniken) Dunning celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in Rogers, Ark., at a party hosted
by their two daughters and husbands, Cheryl and Mark
Lowery and Lynn and Jess Harp. The party was held on
July 5th at the Clarion Hotel in Rogers. Attending were a host
of friends and relatives, including two of Bill's sisters, Pat
Hunt and Vicki Howe, Betty's sisters Freda Stoher, Carol
and Roger Schwenke, and Sandra and Danny Halmon.
Bill and Betty were married on June 5, 1952, at the
Margarita Union Church, the very first wedding to be held in
that church.
The surprise of the evening was a Mariachi band, which
serenaded the group, and the presentation of three scrapbooks
containing hundreds of cards, letters and pictures from many,
many friends and relatives of their past 50 years.
Pat Hunt sang "Because" and "Too Young", accompanied
by her daughter Lisa Johnson at the piano. A great time was
had by all and Bill and Betty thank everyone for their well
wishes.




MCALEER GRADUATION

On May 12, 2002, Katie McAleer (BHS '98) graduated
Magna Cum Laude from the School of International Service
at The American University, Washington, DC, with a
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Katie, daughter of
Nancy (Boyd) (BHS'70) and Ed McAleer, was also recog-
nized at AU's Honors Convocation for completion of the uni-
versity's honors program in addition to her degree require-
ments. Katie's graduation was shared by her parents, and
friends and family, to include Diane (Boyd) (BHS'67) and
Mike Petrosky, and Candace (Anderson) Quinn (BHS'66).


Ed McAleer,
McAleer.


Nancy (Boyd) McAleer, Candace (Anderson) Quinn,
Katie McAleer, Diane (Boyd) and Mike Petrosky


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MARTINEZ GRADUATION

Louis Martinez recently graduated from University of
Arizona with a Masters Degree in Architecture. His mother
Ann Hoag, and sisters Maria (Martinez) Witte and Teresa
Martinez visited him in Tucson to celebrate his accomplish-
ment! Louis is currently developing architectural
plans/designs for various locations in Tucson, Panama and
Costa Rica.

". .' ~/ ,_ ",


(L-R) Theresa Martinez, Louis Martinez, Ann Hoag, and
Maria (Martinez) Witte.


MORGAN GRADUATION

William Garner Morgan, son of (Col. Retired USAF)
Jack and Debbie Garner Morgan (CHS'69) graduated from
Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo., on June 8, 2002.
William is the youngest child of Jack and Debbie. William
will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia where he
will be a member of the famous Marching Mizzou Band. He
will also be a member of freshman Air Force ROTC.
Many family members and friends attended a joint gradu-
ation party at the Morgan's home in Columbia for William
and his older sister, Stacey, a May 2002 Law School graduate
from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Brother Jay
(2nd Lt. USAF) and his wife Beth arrived from Barksdale
AFB, Shreveport, La., to visit and attend the graduation activ-
ities. Also in attendance was Catherine Garner, formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone.


William Garner Morgan







WEDDINGS


BRIEM MANO

Ceci and Joe Mano celebrated their marriage at St.
Joseph's in Chehalis, Wash., on April 27, 2002.
Anna Cecelia Briem (BHS'80) is the daughter of Allen
and Dilsa Briem of Panama City, Panama. Ceci and Joe live
in Chehalis where Joe is a partner in a law firm.
Attending with the Canal connection were Ceci's high
school friend, Terry Kinsey (BHS'80 if she had stayed in the
Zone) from Tampa, Fla.; Ceci's sister, Lesley (BHS'92) and
her husband, Donald Garrett, from Hempstead, Texas;
Ceci's aunt Gerry and her husband, Jim Hannigan
(BHS'72) from Newhalem, Wash.; cousin Allen Smith
(CHS'87) and his wife, Monica, from Eugene, Ore.; and
Ceci's father as well as many other good friends and family
members from the Northwest.
Her daughter Amanda attended the bride. Ceci's son,
Carl, was unable to attend, but he was present at the civil cer-
emony last November.
Joe comes from a wonderful, large family, and he has two
grown children and new grandchildren making Ceci as
abuelita. Also, Joe's brother, Jim Mano, and his wife Jan
were stationed at Howard AFB for several years.
Ceci and Joe love traveling, hiking, running, scuba div-
ing, and took honeymoon trips to the Caribbean and Victoria,
BC, Canada.


KELLEY NELSON

Kathleen A. Kelley (BHS'91) and Jeffrey Nelson were
married on August 12, 2000, at Ascension Catholic Church in
Bowie, Md. Kathleen is the daughter of Joseph Kelley and
Caroline (Hauser) Kelley (CHS'56) of Aiken, S.C., former-
ly of Balboa, Panama. Jeffrey is the son of Roy and Pearl
Nelson of Laurel, Md.
The wedding was attended by several former Canal Zone
residents, including the bride's sister and maid of honor,
Kristy Kelley (CJHS'91), Jill Hauser (BHS'95), Janelle
Hauser (BHS'97), Robert and Janine (Bedsworth) Hauser,
Dorothy Hanser, and the bride's grandmother, Sofia Hauser.
The bride received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both
Elementary Education and Liberal Arts from the College of
Notre Dame of Maryland in 1995 and is currently working on
her Masters of Education degree from Western Maryland
College. The groom received a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration from American International
College in 1993.
The newlyweds travelled to Negril, Jamaica, for their
honeymoon where they spent a week at the Grand Lido
Negril. They are now residing in Annapolis, Md. In addition
to being employed as a first grade teacher, the bride owns and
runs a gourmet food business. The groom is employed as an
independent insurance adjuster, claims investigator in Burke,
Va.
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Allen Briem, Ceci and Joe Mano


Jeffrey Nelson and Kathleen Kelley


CHAMBERLAIN LOVE

Jamie Renay Chamberlain of Starke, Fla. and Dwayne
T. Love (CHS'81) of Keystone Heights, Fla. were united in
marriage on March 30, 2002, at the Thomas Center in
Gainesville, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Cheryl
Chamberlain of Starke, Fla. and the late James R.
Chamberlain. The groom is the son of Gloria F. Underhill
of Keystone Heights, Fla. and Jack B. Love (BHS) of
Panama, Republic of Panama.
Jeanne Chamberlain, sister of the bride, served as maid
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of honor and Amber Whitehead was matron of honor. Dylan
Chamberlain, son of the bride, was the ring bearer and
Samantha E. Love, niece of the groom, was the junior
bridesmaid. Donald T. Love (CHS'79) served as his broth-
er's best man. Groomsmen were Rodman Underhill III
(CHS'79) and John Underhill (BHS'84).
Guests included former Canal Zone residents Ralph and
Rosa Stone, Chuck and Veira Soukop, Elaine Austin, Patti
(Austin) Chiappini (CHS) and spouse, and Lee Schultz
(CHS) and spouse.
Jamie is a radiological technologist with the State of
Florida Department of Corrections and Dwayne is employed
with Ksea Transportation of New York. The couple now
reside in their new house in Keystone Heights, Fla.


Tom's and Grace's families also attended the wedding.
A dinner wedding reception was held after the ceremony
at the Lowe's L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Tom is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
and North Carolina State University with a Master's Degree
in management and is a Commander in the U.S. Naval
Reserve. Tom recently achieved registration as a Professional
Engineer in the state of Virginia. He sailed for 16 years with
the Military Sealift Command as a Chief Engineer before
resigning to attend North Carolina State University. Tom is
employed as a marine engineer at the National Transportation
Safety Board, Washington, D.C.
Grace graduated from Georgetown University,
Washington, D.C., with a degree as Attorney and has a
Master's Degree in American History. She works as an attor-
ney at the U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington,
D.C. The couple currently reside in Falls Church, Va., and
plan a honeymoon in September to Switzerland.


Dwayne T. Love and Jamie Renay Chamberlain


Gracemary Rizzo and Thomas K. Roth-Roffy


RIZZO ROTH-ROFFY

Thomas K. Roth-Roffy (BHS'76) and Gracemary
Rizzo (formerly of Somerset, N.J.) celebrated the Sacrament
of Matrimony on June 22, 2002, at St. Dominic Catholic
Church, Washington, D.C.
Tom is the son of Charles J. and Sylvia H. Roth-Roffy,
who now live in Fayetteville, N.C. The Roth-Roffys were
long-time residents of Balboa, before moving to North
Carolina.
Will Roth-Roffy, Tom's brother, was the best man, and
the maid of honor was Grace's sister Domini Rose Rizzo.
Also attending the wedding were Tom's sisters Sandra Roth-
Roffy and Marion Martinez, and brother Charlie Roth-
Roffy. Grace was escorted to the altar by her brother Peter.
Grace's mother Anne and sisters Christine and Nancy also
attended the ceremony. The flower girls were Grace's five
nieces, Rochelle, Gina, Dominirose, Victoria, and
Christina. A number of out-of-town relatives from both

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SORRELL GOEHRING

Terri Lynn Sorrell was married to Scott Christopher
Goehring on June 8, 2002, at the Freemont Presbyterian
Church of Sacramento, Calif.
Terri Lynn is the daughter of Wm. Harold Sorrell
(BHS'56) and Charlotte Raifaisen.
Dinner and reception followed at the lovely gardens of the
Casa Garden Restaurant of Sacramento, Calif. Many Canal
Zone friends attended. Among those attending were Ann
(Keller) (BHS'56) and Jerry Daykin, Diane Staples
(BHS'56) and Paul Backowski, Blanca McNatt (BHS'54)
and Dr. Paul Schield, David Hilliard (BHS'55) and Jane
Hilliard, Mrs. William Black (Sally), Ann Wood Suescum
(BHS'59).
The reception had "Lucho" music and "empanadas" rep-
resented. A wonderful time was had by all and the bride and
groom spent their honeymoon at Lake Tahoe.






















Terri Lynn Sorrell and Scott Christopher Goehring


BIRTHS


JENNA GRACE PEARSON

Carolyn (Hale) Pearson and Scott Pearson are pleased
to announce the birth of their daughter, Jenna Grace
Pearson. Jenna was born on September 26, 2001.
Proud grandparents are Mary Hale, Largo, Fla., Philip
(Pete) Hale, Titusville, Fla., and Grace Pearson of Merritt
Island, Fla.


DREW JOSEPH FISHBOUGH

Daryl Fishbough (BHS'88) and Ashley (Anderson)
Fishbough (BHS'88) proudly announce the birth of their
son, Drew Joseph Fishbough. Drew was born on April 16,
2002, in San Diego, Calif., weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces and
19-1/4 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Ken Anderson (BHS'62) and
Pati Sechrest. Paternal grandparents are Rose and Bob
Fishbough (BHS'53). Maternal great-grandmother is Agnes
(Atkinson) Anderson (BHS'40). Paternal great-grandmoth-
er is Lily Salinas.


RACHEL SUZANNE PLETCHER

Rebecca (Grimison), Geoffrey, Dylan, and Ryan
Pletcher announce the birth of a daughter and sister, Rachel
Suzanne on Tuesday, October 23, 2001, in Cape Canaveral
Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Fla. Maternal grandparents are Tom
and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla. Paternal grand-
parents are Jim and Sue Pletcher of Rockville, Md.
Rachel received the sacrament of Baptism on Sunday,
November 25, 2001, during the 10:15 Mass Liturby in
Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach. The Rev. Sean Heslin
officiated. Rachel's godparents are her Uncle Eric and Aunt
Rachel (Bottin) Grimison.
After the church ceremony, family and friends gathered to
further celebrate the occasion at the Pletcher's Cocoa Beach
home.


(L-R): Geoff, Dylan, Ryan, Rachel and Rebecca
(Grimison) Pletcher.


Scott, Carolyn and Jenna Pearson


JESSICA MARIE STEARNS

Jessica Marie Stearns, daughter of William Michael
and Jeanne Marie (Boatwright) Stearns, was born August
11, 2001 and was baptized on May 3, 2002, at St. Joachim
and St. Anne Catholic Church, Sun City, Ariz. Jessica is the
granddaughter of Craig and Lisa (Parks) Boatwright,




Glendale, Ariz., and the great-granddaughter of Charles and
Anne (Trimble) Parks, also of Glendale, Ariz., and Dorothy
Roberts Boatwright, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Godparents Charles and Anne (Trimble) Parks were
delighted to share their 50th wedding anniversary with the
newest great-grandchild who joins her sister Rebecca Glenys
Stearns born August 3, 1999, and cousin Tristen Guy
Boatwright, son of Charles and Elizabeth Boatwright,
born January 10, 2000, as the newest generation of Parks.


(L-R): Charles Parks, Anne (Trimble) Parks, Father Mark
Harrington, Jeanne (Boatwright) Stearns holding daughter
Jessica Marie, William Michael Stearns.


BRIENNA ASIA BROCKMAN


Evelyn Tiencken (BHS 1971) proudly announces the
birth of her granddaughter, Brienna Asia Brockman. Brie
was born on June 13, 2002, in Brandon, Fl., weighing 9
pounds, 6 ounces and 22 inches long.
The proud parents are Stephanie Johns, (Evelyn's daugh-
ter) and Wayne Brockman, of Brandon, Fl. Maternal great-
grandmother is Laura Tiencken.


WILLIAM ANTHONY KENNON

Mr. and Mrs. William S. Kennon (Yadira Castillo) of
Haines City, Florida proudly announce the birth of their son,
William Anthony Kennon, on February 8, 2002.


Yadira (Castillo) Kennon holding William Anthony
Kennon and William S. Kennon.


IAN CHARLES INGALLS GUNN

Eric C. Gunn and Laura (Ingalls) Gunn of Ramstein,
Germany, proudly announce the birth of their son Ian
Charles Ingalls Gunn on September 30, 2001, at Landstuhl
Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.
Ian joins his sister Alyssabeth, age 13. His paternal
grandparents are Landen H. Gunn of Sarasota, Fla., and
Dorothy Lawing of Asheville, N.C.
Paternal great-grandparents are Joyce Gunn of
Jacksonville, Fla., and the late Landen H. Gunn, Sr.


Eric C. Gunn, Ian Charles Ingalls Gunn, Laura Ingalls
Stephanie Johns, Evelyn Tiencken, and Laura Tiencken Gunn.
holding Brienna Asia Brockman.






KATHERINE ANN VON POKS


Dr. (Col. USA Ret) and Mrs. Phil Breunle of Aurora,
Colo., are very proud to announce the birth on May 8, 2002
of their fourth grandchild, Katherine Ann Von Poks daugh-
ter of Melissa Sue (Bruenle) von Poks and Jerry von Poks.


Judy and Phil Breunle with Katherine Ann


BRENDEN ALEXANDER FRIEDEL

Skip and Beverly Rowley of Tallahassee, Florida proud-
ly announce the birth of their grandson Brenden Alexander
Friedel, born on May 28, 2002, to Brian and Renee
(Rowley) Friedel. Brenden joins his sister Miranda, age 11
and brother Matthew, age 7. Paternal grandparents are Mary
Ann and Ernie Friedel of Pensacola, Florida. Maternal great
grandmother is Beverly Shircliffe, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Adriane Rowley drove from Tallahassee to Orlando to see
the birth of Brenden. She walked in just five minutes before
he was bom.


Renee (Rowley) Friedel, Brian Friedel, Brenden Friedel,
Miranda Friedel, Matthew Friedel, Skip and Beverly
Rowley.


DeSha Dade Andrews, 51, a resident of Fairhope, Ala.
died unexpectedly at her home on June 21, 2002.
Sha was a 1968 graduate of CHS. At the time, she lived
in Coco Solo, C.Z. with her parents, Phyllis and Robert Dade
where her father served as a Panama Canal Pilot. Following
her marriage to Terry Andrews and raising their 2 sons, Luke
Andrews and Dade Andrews, Sha returned to the University
of South Alabama in Mobile where she earned a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in 1990 and a Master of Science in Counseling
in 1992. She then served a year as a VISTA volunteer with a
battered women's program. Following that commitment, she
worked as museum curator in Fairhope at The Organic
School of Education Museum where her mother had attended
as a child.
DeSha loved nature. She lived amongst her pecan
orchards and assisted her family in the operation of Dade
Farms, producing award winning pecans.
She is survived by her husband and 2 sons. She was loved
and will be missed by many friends in Fairhope and from
Panama.


William G. Black, 63, passed away suddenly December
29, 2001.
Born in the Panama Canal Zone to American parents, Bill
graduated from Balboa High School in 1956, Canal Zone
College in 1959, University of New Mexico in 1961, and
received a Master's Degree from San Jose State in 1971. Bill
married Sara Van Etten and moved to Northern California in
1961.
Bill is survived by his wife Sara; sons and daughters-in-
law William and Desiree, of San Jose, and Robert and Robin
of Oregon City, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
Bill was a teacher at San Antonio Elementary School in
San Jose for 30 years and retired in 1999. Bill was a faithful
and loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, American,
and "Zonian". He will be greatly missed by friends, family
and fellow "Zonians" everywhere.


William Joseph Barrett, 83, of Madeira Beach, died
May 25, 2002, at home. Born in Fall River, Mass., he came to
Florida in 1975 from the Panama Canal Zone.
He was a dental technician. He was also a member of
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Panama Canal
Society.
Survivors include three sisters, Rita Cairns and Regina
Burroughs, both of Philadelphia, and Catherine Bennett,
Temple City, Calif.


Jean Louise Heick Bouche, 75, passed away at her home
in St. George, Utah, on May 12, 2002. She was born
December 14, 1926 in Vineland, N.J., daughter of Austin
Albert and Jennie Louise Herforth Heick. She married Adrien
M. Bouche, Jr. on September 15, 1945 in Vineland, N.J. Their
life together was an adventure that lasted 56 years, learning
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and exploring together mainly in the rain forests of Panama,
their home for 31 years. When they left Panama, they lived in
Orem, making the desert their area of exploration for several
years, before moving to Englewood, Fla., to care for their
parents. In 1992, they returned to Utah to live in St. George.
In each of the places they have lived, they have made many
lasting friendships.
Jean enjoyed traveling, and visited many countries as well
as most of the 50 states. She loved learning, music, cooking,
flowers, reading, hiking, swimming, and skating; however,
none of those were more important than her desire to serve
others. Her membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints provided her with many opportunities to
serve as a leader and a teacher, but her service extended
beyond that to those she found in need wherever she lived.
She was never idle. She fought courageously against the can-
cer that took her energy from the things she loved most--her
husband and family.
She is survived by her husband "Kibby"; her children,
Jean (Gary) Gunn and Adrian (Beverly) Bouche; eleven
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her sister Ruth
(John ) Repp lives in Delaware. Brother-in-law and sister-in-
law, Georges (Jane) Bouche, and sister-in-law, Marguerite Y.
Budreau, reside in Florida. She was preceded in death by her
parents, her husband's parents, Adrien and Marguerite
Budreau, and brothers-in-law Robert Budreau and John
Smith.


Richard Burdette, passed away on June 12, 2002 in
Canton, Ohio. He worked in the Accounting Division in the
Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Rhoads)
Burdette.


Joseph W. Coffin, Jr., 83, died on May 20, 2002. He was
the husband of Deborah (Sumner) Beck-Coffin, the late
Carolyn (Geddes) Coffin and the late Margery (Nahill)
German Coffin.
Joe Coffin was born April 25, 1919, in Colon, Republic of
Panama. He was the son of the late Joseph W. and Kate
(Hurst) Coffin.
Joe retired from the Panama Canal Fire Department in
1973. He then relocated to York, Pa., and worked part-time as
a school bus driver. He was a member of St. John the Baptist
Episcopal Church, VFW Post 745, VFW National Home,
Victory AA, Pa. Association of School Retirees, York County
Retired Pa. School Employees Association, Canal Zone
Society of Model Railroad Engineers, Marching and
Chowder Club of Gamboa, C.Z., Panama Canal Society of
Florida, the IOOB, Hawk Gunning Club, American Legion
Post 799, AARP, September Days Club, IAAF Local 13
Retirees, Elks and US Navy Veterans of WWII.
Joe Coffin is survived by four sons, Joseph W. Coffin IV,
Middlesex, N.J., Thomas G. Coffin, Wakefield, Mass., Jon D.
Coffin, Gatun, Panama, and Gerald F. Coffin, Brooklyn,
N.Y; five daughters, Carolyn C. Cunningham, New Bern,
N.C., Marjorie L. Coffin, York, Pa., Marcia L. Wheatley,
Woodbridge, Va., Kathi L. Reca, Springfield, Va. and
Nannette J. Halliwell of Red Lion, Pa.; ten grandchildren and


four great-grandchildren.


James L. Collins, Jr., 69, of Dothan, Ala., died June 18,
2002 in Flowers Hospital.
Mr. Collins was born November 5, 1932, in Mullins, S.C.,
and lived the early years of his life in Fayetteville, N.C. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1950
until 1953. He resided in the Panama Canal Zone for thirty
years before moving to Dothan in 1980. While in the Canal
Zone, he was employed with Civil Service as a traffic ser-
geant prior to his retirement and was sergeant in charge of
one of the first SWAT teams. He later was employed with
Farley Nuclear Plant as a security guard from January of
1983 until 1984. He also was a volunteer with the Northview
ROTC Rifle Team for several years. Mr. Collins was a mem-
ber of Covenant United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge in
the Canal Zone and was a lifetime member of the Masonic
Order.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Holgerson Collins,
Dothan, four sons, James L. Collins III and his wife, Kathy,
Huntsville, John M. Collins and his wife, Cindy, Cape Coral,
Fla., Peter P. Collins and his wife, Denise, Charleston, S.C.,
Jeremy Harper-Collins and his wife, Libby, Dothan; a daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Julie and Gary Blanchard, Arlington,
Texas; six granddaughters and six grandsons; three brothers,
and several nieces and nephews.


Shirley L. Cox, 93, of Charlottesville, Va., died May 29,
2002. She was born on Shelter Island, Long Island, and grew
up in Brooklyn. After graduating from Oneonta State
Teachers College in 1929, Shirley taught third grade in pub-
lic schools on Long Island. In 1934, she and her roommate,
Jenny, traveled to Panama on a cruise to visit Jenny's uncle
and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno. While visiting, Shirley met
Dick Cox, who worked for what was then the Commissary
Division at a cocktail party. Their friendship became serious
after only two weeks, at which time Dick proposed. Shirley
accepted. They were married in June 1935 in New York City,
sailed back to the Zone on the Ancon, and settled into
Cristobal where they raised five children. In 1957, Dick was
transferred to Balboa when Mt. Hope was closed.
They were active members of Miraculous Medal Catholic
Church in Cristobal and St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Balboa. During their years in the Zone, Dick and Shirley
were involved in the Scouting program to the extent that each
of them was awarded the highest award a Scout leader can
receive. She also ran "The Little Kindergarten" out of her
home during the 40s and taught third grade at St. Mary's
Catholic School. In 1963, she and Dick retired to
Charlottesville, Va.
Shirley is survived by her children: Larry Cox of Lincoln
City, Ore.; Rev. Brian Cox of Westminster, Md.; Kathleen
Richardson of Palmetto, Fla.; Eileen Cowell of Severna Park,
Md.; and Kevin Cox of Charlottesville, Va. She was prede-
ceased by her husband in 1986 and two grandsons in 1992
and 1993. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren.






Emma Jacinta Garcia, 91, passed away on November
29, 2001. Emma lived in the Canal Zone for most of her life.
She left in 1961 to come to the United States with her hus-
band Jose (employed in Corozal, Civilian U.S. Army
employee retired 1961).
She was bor in Nicaragua and went to Panama in her
early twenties. In 1978, Emma became an American citizen.
It was her proudest moment. She celebrated her 91st birthday
in the company of her family on November 6, 2001. She died
23 days later.
She is survived by Joseph Garcia, Jr. (Canal Zone Police
Retired) and George Garcia (Class of 1961 Balboa High
School) and a granddaughter Leah Michele Garcia of
Orlando, Fla.


Jack Ross Griffin, Captain U.S. Navy, retired, 72, devot-
ed husband and father, passed away on April 23, 2002.
Captain Griffin served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years as a
Surface Warfare Officer, receiving many personal and unit
awards. While serving as Commanding Officer of the USS
Mansfield (DD-728), Captain Griffin received the Bronze
Medal with Combat "V". Captain Griffin also served as the
Commanding Officer of the amphibious ship USS Cook
(APD-130), which received the prestigious Arleigh Burke
Fleet Trophy Award under his command.
He and his shipmates aboard USS Providence (CLG-6)
received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for excep-
tionally meritorious service in combat operations against
enemy positions in both North and South Vietnam.
Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he worked as a
pilot for the Panama Canal Commission in Panama for 15
years. He was a proud American hero and member of the
NRA.
Captain Griffin is survived by his wife of 50 years,
Kathleen; his six children, Michael, Ross, Kelli, Deborah,
Marianne and Carl; 15 grandchildren; and one great grand-
child.


Eva M. Harte, 87, passed away May 24, 2002, in
McKinney, Texas. She was bom in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1915.
She went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1941 when her hus-
band, Neville A. Harte, accepted employment with the U.S.
Army. Eva retired from the Canal Zone Government in 1975,
as Linen Supervisor, Gorgas Hospital. Upon retirement, Eva
and Neville made their home in Holiday, Fla., for about twen-
ty-five years.
Eva had an adventuresome, productive life in Panama.
She had a great interest in archeology, the gems and minerals
of the world, and collecting ancient artifacts from Panama.
She earned awards and the respect of her peers in all of her
varied endeavors; she was the first woman elected as presi-
dent of the Archaeological Society of Panama. She was pub-
lished in the International Who s Who ofIntellectuals.
Eva is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann and son-in-law,
Jack Morton-of McKinney, Texas; two grandsons and three
great-grandchildren.


Louis Harrell Hixon, a 1942 graduate of UMS, died
Saturday. He was 77.
A native and resident of Mobile, Hixon joined the U.S.
Merchant Marine Cadet Corps and went to sea as a Merchant
Marine Midshipman. After graduation from what is now
Merchant Marine Academy, he served as a Merchant Marine
throughout World War II in the north and south Atlantic and
the Pacific Theater.
He was employed by the Waterman Steamship Co., where
he rose to become captain of the S.S. Jean Lafitte. In 1959,
Hixon and his family relocated to the Panama Canal Zone,
where he became a pilot on the canal. He held various posi-
tions and regularly piloted ships through the canal. He held
license for Master of all Oceans and any tonnage and
achieved the status of Senior Pilot.
Hixon was a charter member and past president of the
Coco Solo, Canal Zone Lions Club and a past president of the
Mobile chapter of the council of American Master Mariners.
He was a member of Government Street Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth D. Hixon; two chil-
dren, Gib Hixon and Louise H. Hixon; four stepchildren,
Sophia Perry, Proal Perry, Walter Perry III and Liz P. Varner;
a brother, Carl Hixon Jr.; and a sister, Margret H. Hixon.


--Roger M. Howe died June 16, 2002, at Vista Manor in
Titusville, at the age of 88.
He was bor in Marblehead, Mass., to David P. and Stella
M. Howe, in March of 1914. The family moved to the
Panama Canal Zone where Roger graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1932. He received a BS in 1936 and an MS in
1938 in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Roger and Catherine (Kay) Sullivan of Royal Center,
Ind., married in 1936. They returned to Panama where he
worked more than 30 years on various engineering projects to
improve the Panama Canal. His favorite assignment was the
new towing locomotives that were built in Japan in the mid
1960's. The project required relocating to Yokohama for one
year.
Roger and Kay retired to Titusville in December 1971.
Together they enjoyed amateur radio, bridge and golf and
were active in the Episcopalian Church both in the Canal
Zone and at St. Gabriel's in Titusville. Roger was also active
in Masonic Lodge for many years.
He is survived by brothers, Charles S. Howe of Horse
Shoe, N.C., and David G. Howe of Plant City, Fla.; sister
Blanche Rine of Titusville; daughter Mary K. Kippenhan of
Quilcene, Wash.; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, in 1993.


Arnold S. Hudgins, retired Chief of Aids to Navigation
in the Panama Canal, passed away May 22, 2002.
He was born on January 29, 1922, to the late Jessie E. and
Ernest L. Hudgins in Matthews County. He was a member of
the first graduating class of Matthews High School and
served his apprenticeship in Newport News Shipyard. He
joined the Navy in World War II and was stationed in
Panama, R.P. After returning to Matthews, he was owner of
Hudgins Home Appliance. He later returned to Panama and
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worked as a Marine Electrician for the Panama Canal
Company where he retired as Chief of Aids to Navigation
in 1972. After which, he returned to Hudgins, Va., where he
made his home.
He was a member of Matthews Baptist Church. He was
a 51-year member of Oriental Lodge No. 20, a 50-year
member of Urbana Royal Arch Chapter No. 59, a 50-year
member of Oriental Chapter No. 30, a member of Abou
Saad Shrine in Panama, Yark Rite Commanding No. 1 in
Panama, Khedive Temple Yacht Club, Tidewater Shrine
Club, Matthews Yacht Club, East River Hunt Club and
Charter Member of Gamboa Golf and Country Club in
Panama.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth, a
sister, Virginia Severin, and a brother, Wilson G. Hudgins,
Sr.
Survivors include his wife, Rose; sons, James A. of
Alabama and William L. Hudgins of Fountain, Fla.; sisters,
Ethel Hudgins and Dorothy Hopkins; six grandchildren,
five nieces and four nephews and a very special great-
nephew, Wayne G. Hudgins.


Bernice Rathgeber Jackson, 82, died March 23, 2002,
in Los Angeles, Calif. She was born on March 10, 1920 in
the Panama Canal Zone.
Bernice graduated from Balboa High School in 1938.
She married Navy aviator Drew Jackson of Brooklyn, N.Y,
in 1944. They began raising their family in Westbury, Long
Island, moving to Chicago in 1950. They lived in Des
Plaines, Ill., for 48 years. Bernice was a bookkeeper for the
Siemens Company, retiring in 1984. Retirement was
enjoyed in their Port Richey, Fla. winter home.
Surviving her are her husband of 58 years, Andrew
Jackson of Glenview, Ill.; her children Stoney Jackson of
Lake Forest, Ill., Darlene Weber of Los Angeles, Calif., and
Randee Jackson (Tom Denham) of Chicago, Ill.; her grand-
daughter Kate Weber; and her sisters Louise Hunt of
Dothan, Ala., Norine Lucas of Brick, N.J., and Margaret
Ruoff of Kingwood, Texas.
Bernice was preceded in death by her brothers Jack,
Robert, Donald and Edward.


Shirley J. Magie, 77, of St. Petersburg, died May 20,
2002, at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born in the
Panama Canal Zone and was a member of the Historical
Society of the Panama Canal.
She was a legal secretary for lawyer George Kickliter
and the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Petersburg.
She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral,
where she was active in the Altar Guild. She was a member
of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. There are no known sur-
vivors.


Charles H. "Papa" (Mac) McCullum, 86, of
Roseburg, Ore., died on May 21, 2002, at a Boise, Idaho,
hospital.
Papa (Mac) was born on January 1, 1916 in Eugene,
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Ore., to W. M. McCullum and Edna Bumby. He joined the
U.S. Army in 1934. He was stationed in the Canal Zone,
Panama. He married Emily Brundage on December 20,
1942. They lived in the Canal Zone until 1951 where Mac
was a fireman. They then moved to Roseburg, Ore. Mac
worked for Roseburg Water Company and Roseburg
Lumber Company where he was a Millwright for 27 years.
He retired in June of 1978.
Papa (Mac) was an avid fisherman, hunter, and "Mr.
Fix-It". After retirement, the McCullums traveled between
Tucson, Ariz., Boise, Idaho, and Roseburg, Ore. He was a
member of the Moose Lodge in Roseburg and the Faith
Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Emily B. McCullum; three
children, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren,
three sisters and two brothers.


John Francis McDowell, 88, of Valhalla, N.Y, passed
away on January 12, 2002. Born in New York, he went to
the Canal Zone in 1942 and served on the Canal Zone
Police Force for 28 years. He retired in 1970 and returned
to his native New York where he worked at Cooke's
Flowers until his early 80's.
John was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge 1414-
Balboa. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Canal Zone
Police Association and was a long-time member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. He had the distinct honor
of being the last member of the Canal Zone Police Force to
patrol on a motorcycle. Many will remember his very rec-
ognizable trademark of wearing his motorcycle boots and
pants long after his motorcycle was replaced by a squad car.
John is also remembered for his unique sense of humor.
His name tag at the PCS reunions sometimes read Tom
Selleck. He gave nicknames to many and he had a few too.
He was known by his friends and fellow Canal Zone police
as Big John. His nieces called him Uncle Dutch and his
grandchildren affectionately called him Papa John.
John is survived by his wife, Elsie McDowell of
Valhalla, N.Y.; stepson Gary Meyer and his wife, Mary, of
Dobbs Ferry, N.Y; stepson Ron Meyer and his wife,
Frances (Stabler), of Merritt Island, Fla.; two nieces, four
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Marguerite McKenna Orr of San Antonio died on
April 2002, at age 85. Marguerite was born in Canada,
November 8, 1916, and joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps
in World War II. As a Lieutenant assigned to field hospitals,
she took part in campaigns in Africa, Italy and the Pacific.
Following WWII, Marguerite joined the Panama Canal
Company and served for 27 years as a nurse in the Canal
Zone. She was especially proud of her service as Head
Nurse at Palo Seco Hospital, one of only three
Leprosariums run by the United States. Marguerite was
married to Joseph H. Orr, Jr., who died in 1959.
Marguerite is survived by her son, Joseph H. Orr III;
daughter-in-law Sonia Orr, and her grandchildren, Ashley
and Shannon Orr. She was extremely proud and supportive
of her granddaughters and their accomplishments. A sister,






Mary Malmburg in Florida, also survives Marguerite.


Eloise (Slaughter) Murphy died in her sleep on April 21,
2002, following a recurrence of cancer. Eloise retired from
the Canal Zone Government Health Bureau, where she
worked in the Accounting Section of Gorgas Hospital. Upon
her retirement, Eloise moved to Lakeland, Fla.


SHoward William Osborn, 88, passed away on April 15,
2002, in Sebring, Fla. He was bor on August 13, 1913, t6 the
Reverend William and Alfreda Osborn. His father was an
ordained Methodist minister. Howard graduated from
Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Civil Engineering.
He was employed by the Panama Canal Company on July
27, 1937, and rose to the position of Chief, Maintenance
Division. He retired from Canal service in 1971. In WWII,
he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and rose to the
rank of Major. He was a member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional
Engineers, and was a registered Professional Engineer.
Howard was a long-time member of the Panama Canal
Society.
While on the Isthmus, he was active in the Balboa Union
Church, Balboa Gun Club, Canal Zone Camera Club,
Panama and Canal Zone Volkswagen Club, and an active
"caller" in the Star-in-a-Circle Square Dance Club. Howard
was active in all the branches of the Masonic Fraternity in the
Canal Zone. He presided as District Grand Master of the
District Grand Lodge 1963-1964-1965.
He is survived by his wife, Arleen, and two sons, James
and Richard, and several grandchildren.


Carmela (Millie) Reccia, mother of Joanne (Reccia)
Mays and Ralph Reccia, passed away March 9, 2002, in
Mission Viejo, Calif. She and her husband Jim moved to
Margarita in 1946 and retired from the Commissary Division
in 1963.
She is survived by her daughter, son, three grandchildren,
and three great-grandchildren.


Lois Reeder (Crouch), 79, daughter of Walter E. Crouch
(Roosevelt Medal of Honor) and Hilda Greene Crouch, died
June 3, 2002.
Lois grew up in the Canal Zone and is survived by two
children: Dale Ann Scott of Hagerman, Idaho and Thomas
Bricker of Greenwood, Ind.; four grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Harlan
Crouch (Hula Crouch) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and a sister,
Jeanne (Crouch) Sanders, of Inverness, Fla.


Margaret (Peggy) Horter Sheridan, 84, died June 11,
2002, in San Diego of stroke-related complications.
She is survived by her daughters Sheila Mitten Stepp,
Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Tallahassee, Fla., and Christine


Mitten Gibson of San Diego, Calif. She is also survived by
her sisters Joan Horter Lundy of San Diego, and Ruth Horter
Spooner of Aurora, Colo., two grandsons, a granddaughter,
and two great-granddaughters.


Lorna Mae Shore of Aiken, S.C., passed away June 22nd
at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga., at the age of ninety-
one. She was the widow of Albert Shore.
Lora was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital until 1971 when she
retired and joined her husband in Aiken, where she also
worked at the old Aiken Hospital.
She was a member of the South Aiken Presbyterian
Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, Coral Chapter,
NARFE, and a member of the Panama Canal Societies of
Florida and South Carolina.
Surviving are daughters Diane LeBlanc, Charlen Shore
and Sandra Davis, all of Florida; grandchildren Stephen
LeBlanc, Sandi LeBlanc and Adam Davis; two great-grand-
children; brother Andrew Penney and sister Bessie McLaren
of Canada.


Vera A. Smith, 85, of Holiday, died March 4, 2002, at
Community Hospital of New Port Richey. Born in the
Panama Canal Zone, she came here in 1970 from
Williamsport, Pa.
She was a homemaker, a Girl Scout leader, member of the
Panama Canal Society and member of St. Vincent de Paul
Catholic Church.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie, Colorado Springs,
Colo., and Robert, Port Richey; four daughters, Alberta
Scears and Ruth Enigk, both of New Port Richey, Donna
Herring, Houston, and Carolyn Glassman, Los Angeles; a
brother, Wesley Lindsey, and a sister, Mildred, both of New
York City; thirteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchil-
dren.


Catherine Cecilia Starck, 43, of Grapevine, Texas,
passed away peacefully April 29, 2002.
She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1976. While in the Canal Zone
she lived in Fort Clayton.
She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine Marti, Lindsey
Cox and Jennifer Cox; grandchildren, Melody and Ethan
Marti; mother, Nancy Doyle; brother, Donald Starck; sister,
Kimberly Price; niece, Marley Price; numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.


Robert Harry Stewart, 84, passed away at the East
Pasco Medical Center, Zephyrhills, Florida on the evening of
June 14, 2002.
He was born in Jamestown, NY on December 30, 1917.
He graduated from high school there. Later he attended
Miami of Ohio University and graduated from Northwestern
University with a Master's Degree in Geology. After gradua-
tion he worked for the USGS in the eastern part of the United
States and later in Florida. He spent about two years in
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Panama working for the Special Engineering Division on the
studies for a sea-level canal. He returned to the United States
and later returned to Panama Canal Area as a Hydrologist and
later as a Geologist in the Civil Engineering Branch. He
worked 25 years with the Panama Canal and at times he was
a consultant on various projects and the Government of
Panama. He taught geology and environmental science at the
Florida State Extension in the Canal Area for many years. He
contributed many collections to various universities and
museums around the world including the Smithsonian
National Museum, the museum in Colegio La Salle, and the
National Museum of Panama. He authored and co-authored
numerous professional papers mostly about the Canal Area
and Panama. He was considered the leading authority on the
Geology of the Panama Canal where he worked on the Canal
Widening projects in Gaillard Cut, collected foundation data
on numerous civic projects, and the history and volcanology
of the Isthmus of Panama. He was the first one to recognize
the potential of the Cerro Colorado copper mine.
Robert was consulting geologist for the La Yeguada
Hydroelectric Dam and the Bayano Dam, he was also on the
Board of Consultants for the Bayano Dam Project. He was
the Canal Area geologist on the bridge over the Pacific
entrance to the Canal and consulted on the projected bridge
over the Canal at Miraflores. He is considered the father of
Panamanian Geology.
Robert and his wife were responsible for a geological map
of the Canal Area and Adjoining Parts of Panama that was
published by the US Geological Survery in 1971. After he
retired from the Panama Canal he worked several years with
CODEMIN and did part of the exploration for a proposed
hydrothermal project.
After he retired to Florida in 1984, he became a research
associate in the Geology Department of the University of
South Florida and aided several students in getting their mas-
ter's degrees in geology. He made numerous trips to Panama
and Costa Rice with his students. He was active in the Boy
Scouts of America for many years and was interested in
everything and everyone around him.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne "Jay" Stewart, by chil-
dren David Stewart, Sharon Barrows, Noralyn Nichols,
Eileen Roth, Gordon Stewart, George Allen, Douglas Allen
and by his sisters Ethel Prout and Ruth Hedden, and by
numerous grandchildren, cousins, and nephews, and their
families.


Gaddis Wall, of Pensacola, died peacefully in his sleep
on May 25, 2002, at Sacred Heart Hospital. Gaddis was born
December 29, 1917, in Noble, La. At the age of 18, with $10
given to him by his eldest sister, Gaddis boarded a Greyhound
bus in Zwolle, La., bound for New Orleans, where he enlist-
ed in the U.S. Navy. After four years, he was honorably dis-
charged from service on board the USS Charleston in the
Panama Canal Zone.
Gaddis, with his wife Byrle, and infant son, Wayne, in
Atlanta, Ga., then began his distinguished 32-year U.S. gov-
ernment career as an entry level Lock Guard with the Panama
Canal Zone Police Force, a federal law enforcement agency
bearing the weight of international scrutiny by exercising the
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highest of professional standards and actions.
Gaddis rose rapidly through the ranks and retired June 30,
1972, as Chief of Police, Panama Canal Zone. He received
many honors and accolades during his tenure, to include tak-
ing the stand as primary defense witness for, and vindicating,
the United States in an International Tribunal conducted into
and after the 1964 Panama riots.
In retirement, Gaddis and Byrle first moved to St.
Petersburg, Fla., and remained in the St. Petersburg-
Clearwater area until 1988. Gaddis became an active member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and served as
President from 1975-1976. As President, he brought Lucho
Azcarraga, a famous Panamanian organist, to St. Petersburg
for Lucho's first of many subsequent performances to the
delight of all "Zonians" attending the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunions.
Gaddis and Byrle have lived in Pensacola, Fla., for the
last 14 years. While here he continued his Panama Canal
Society membership and joined the local chapter of NARFE,
National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Gaddis is survived by Byrle, his wife of over 64 years;
two sons, Wayne and Randy; Wayne's wife Ruth; Gaddis'
younger sister Margaret, younger brother Jimmy, and
Jimmy's wife Myrtle.
With compassion and good cheer (though at times quite
the taskmaster) Gaddis Wall gave his all in everything he did.
He will be deeply missed by family and friends who knew
him well.


Anna Ruth Werkheiser (nee Van Brocklin), of Orlando,
Fla., died on Sunday, May 26, 2002. She was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone, Panama and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1929, from the same building where she started the first
grade.
Her maternal grandfather, William Belding, was the engi-
neer in charge of building the Tivoli Hotel.
She left the Canal Zone in 1952 and lived for three years
in Anchorage, before Alaska became a state. She was an
Insurance Underwriter and followed that career in the Los
Angeles area and Orlando, until her retirement.
Anna Ruth had no survivors--she was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur Van Brocklin, her father being a Roosevelt
Medal holder.



Keith Lee York, 82, of Fayetteville died May 27, 2002,
at his home. He was born May 16, 1920, in Millington,
Mich., to Verno and Gladys McComb York. He served as a
commander in the Navy during World War II. He lived in
Panama for 30 years and enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Winona York, of the home;
one son, Keith York, Jr., of Miami, Fla; two stepsons, Dr.
Howell Marks of Voorhees, N.J., and Kelly Smith of League
City, Texas; one daughter, Gladys York of Miami; one step-
daughter, Kerry Davis of Riverside, Calif., and eleven grand-
children.







LETTERS TO THE

EDITOR


ANNIVERSARIO DE ORO

Charles Farley and I, Joanne Flynn Farley, have lived
most of our married life in Florissant, Mo., a suburb of St.
Louis. In June, we returned to St. Mary's Church in Balboa,
Panama where we were married on June 21, 1952, to cele-
brate our anniversary and renew for another 50 years. Joining
us for our week-long celebration were our family of 21 our
four children and their spouses, and our eleven grandchildren,
most of whom had never been to Panama. What an adventure
it was that Charles put together by e-mail with the help of
Marco Gandasegui of Ancon Expeditions in Panama.
Padre Pio in his beautiful mola vestments and his St.
Mary's congregation couldn't have welcomed us more gra-
ciously. The ceremony during 10:45 Sunday Mass was very
moving. What wonderful memories we have.
We stayed the first two days at the Country Inn and Suites
Hotel in Amador overlooking the Pacific entrance to the
Canal and the Bridge of the Americas. It's right next to the
old yacht club. Had great corbina, ceviche, and empanadas at
nearby restaurants. Toured our old neighborhoods in the
Canal Zone, Miraflores Locks, and visited the graves of my
dear parents, Pete and Marguerite Flynn, at Corozal
Cemetery.
Then it was off to the Decameron Beach Resort near Rio
Hato in the interior for several days, with a side trip to El
Valle. Some even learned to sing "Viva Panama", "Los
Pollitos" and "Mi Pollera". On the way up the now 4-lane
divided Pan American Highway they got to taste mangoes,
ginnups, and soursap; see living fences for the first time; and
see how cashews grow. Amazingly, we found hundreds of
seashells covering the beach--all in myriad shades and
designs of plum-color. We haven't seen seashells on the
beach in South Carolina in years.
Coming back to the city again, we toured the old, new,
and "ancient" Panama cities, and stayed at the Caesar Park
Hotel. It is hard to describe how the high-rise skyline of new
Panama City has developed in recent years. Looked to me
like Hong Kong. Loved the PanCanal Museum in the old Post
Office on Cathedral Plaza. They have restored a tremendous
amount of "ancient" Old Panama ruins. Some would have
loved to explore that, but the rain and lightning stopped us. (It
was the only time we had rain that affected our week). We
visited the museum and shopped instead. Enjoyed hearing
tamborita music and seeing the beautiful polleras and
montunos, and folk dances at Las Tinajas.
Two more adventures intrigued us all. First we went up
the Chagres River in cayucos to visit the Indians of Embera
Village of Parara Puru. We hiked through the jungle to swim
under a waterfall. One grandson said it was like being in a
movie. The Indians served us delicious fish and plantain on
banana leaves. On our last day we ended our stay with a trip
to Taboga Island on the launch. They were fascinated by the


sparkling clear ocean, collecting sea glass, and seeing the
way the rising tide so changed the beach terrain. It was in this
romantic place that my father Pete Flynn proposed marriage
to my mother Marguerite Roberts in 1920, thus setting the
stage for this visit by grandchildren and great-grandchildren
in 2002.
What a wonderful adventure this celebration was for a
bunch of midwesterners.


Family of Joanne (Flynn) and Charles Farley in grotto out-
side St. Mary's Church, Balboa, Panama, June 2002.

Joanne Flynn Farley
Florissant, Mo.


FORMER FALCON
CHEERLEADERS REUNITE

Erin Fahy and Sarah Bates, Balboa Rams Falcons
Cheerleaders from 1996-1999, were teammates again at
Ramstein American High School in Ramstein, Germany in
2002.
Erin, a Senior at Ramstein High School, is the daughter of
Bill and Liz (Grimison) Fahy. Sarah, who graduated with
honors from Ramstein High School in June of 2002, lives in
Ramstein with her mother, Cindy Bates, and her brothers,
Victor and James.


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BLENNERHASSETTS GO TO
ENGLAND

Ned and Mary (Mike Coffey) Blennerhassett took their
entire family to London in May. The special occasion was to
celebrate Ned's award by Queen Elizabeth of an MBE
(Member of the British Empire), presented by Prince Charles
for "service to the British community in Panama." The
investiture took place in Buckingham Palace on May 10th
and was attended by Mike and their two sons, Tony and
John. Only three guests were allowed in so their daughter
Kathy declined to draw straws and kindly let her brothers
have the privilege. The ceremony was beautiful and touching,
and Mike had the honor of being asked by the Queen's
Gentleman Usher to be the first to rise when Prince Charles
entered the room.
The Blennerhassetts thought it would be a wonderful way
to have the Panama family (Ned and Mike, Tony and wife
Jennifer, Kathy and son Nate and beau Tommy Fennell, and
John and wife Karen (Rankin) and their two children, Ryan
and Jason, get together with the England family, who are
many. Ned and Mike threw a wonderful party that evening at
a London club called the Quod. In addition to those already
mentioned, the party was attended by Ned's sister Veronica
and husband Jim, who flew over from Seattle, Ned's business
partner and friend Paul Kay who flew over from Miami,
Karen's sister Nancy who lives in London, Adrienne
Holmes who also lives in London, John and Susie
Eaglesham and their four children who live in England and
many other friends and all the relatives. The food and wine
were delicious and a fine time was had by all, old and young
alike.


rice dishes (arroz con polio, arroz con coco, arroz con frijoles,
etc.), many varieties of chicken, plus tons of desserts (pineap-
ple upside-down cupcakes, Mary Jane french fruit cookies,
etc.). There were free sodas for everyone, plus many door
prizes and take-home favors for all the children.
Thanks to Ted Pabo, we had great entertainment. Ted sur-
prised us with his great voice and guitar music--many joined
in the singing, including my 3-year-old grandson Jonathan,
who accompanied Ted with the maracas along with the voic-
es of Ted, his wife Indrany, Violeta Gordon, Keith Kulig
and myself.
There were many new faces and lots of regulars, approx-
imately 65 adults/children (as young as 10 months old and as
old as 80 years) and everyone had a great time. All ate hearti-
ly and had a relaxing time reminiscing with old friends about
days gone by. It seems like almost everyone knew each other-
-I believe it was the best mini-reunion ever.
A childhood friend from Cristobal, Linda (Shumate)
(she would have been CHS'63 had she stayed in the Zone)
Doege, now living in Elberta, Ala., came for the first time and
it was such a delight to see her after 40+ years. She works at
the Naval Station here in Pensacola. Also, Faye (BHS'70)
Weisser, now living in Crestview, Fla., totally surprised me
with her arrival for the first time. It was so great seeing good
friends again and enjoying their company.
There was our usual displays of Panama and CZ memo-
rabilia and the Panamanian flag, which is a regular fixture at
Coconut Bay. People came from as far as Louisiana, Alabama
and other parts of Florida (Milton, Gulf Breeze, Ft. Walton
Beach, Crestview, Navarre, Panama City and Jacksonville).
Thanks to all who made this event a great success espe-
cially Steve Ramirez (manager and ex-Zonian) who donated
Coconut Bay for this reunion; our bartenders who donated
their time; and Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Darla (Vose) Creek,
John Riley and Keith Kulig, who took photos, decorated and
set up. A special thanks to my grandson Shane and his friend
Courtney Kelly who announced the door prizes.
I want to extend a special thanks to all who attended and
a personal invitation to return again next year. Please note on
your calendars the 5th 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
(850) 474-6341


Ned Blennerhassett and Prince Charles


NORTHWEST FLORIDA/GULF COAST
PANAZONIAN MINI-REUNION

The 4th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast
Panazonian Mini-Reunion was held on May 26, 2002, at
Coconut Bay Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola.
There was a pay-as-you-go bar, Canal Zone and comida tipi-
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VISITING THE WEST COAST

Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart made a long-antici-
pated visit together to the West Coast starting from their
home in Silver Spring, Md., in late June.
There were high school and family reunions on Jim's side
in the Southern California area, an important birthday cele-
bration for nephew Jay Gerhart, a look at sites Dorothy
recalled from her Navy service days in San Diego, and then
visits with several cousins and school friends as they headed
up the coast to the Northwest.
One highlight was visiting Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco, a
CHS classmate of Dorothy's, and husband Martin at their
beautiful home in Half Moon Bay, Calif. If the nostalgia ever
wears off, Jim and Dorothy hope for an encore seeing New
England in the Fall.


CHS classmates Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco and Dorothy
Rowley Gerhart at Half Moon Bay, Calif.



GUESTS FOR DINNER

Father John Kennedy and his partner, Father Art
Kolinsky, participated in a mission in Phoenix, Ariz., in
April and joined Anne (Trimble) and Charles Parks for din-
ner at the Heidelberg Inn Restaurant.


(L-R): Lisa (Parks) Boatwright, Anne (Trimble) Parks,
Craig Boatwright, Charles Parks, Father Art Kolinsky,
and Father John Kennedy.


MORTONS AND SANDERS
SHIP OUT

The four Mortons and six Sanders took a cruise aboard
the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. It was a relaxing,
entertaining, and fun trip. The voyage included swimming
with the stingrays at Grand Cayman and snorkeling at
Cozumel, viewing the myriad of beautiful tropical fish (while
some ate seviche under a bohio on the beach). Everyone had
a fantastic time on the cruise.



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(L-R): Dustin Morton, Collin Sanders, Jo Ann (Harte)
Morton (seated), Curtis Sanders, Kim Sanders, Jack
Morton (seated), Ryan Sanders, Paul Morton, Jr., Sandy
Sanders (seated), and Bruce Sanders.


HEADIN' FOR MED SCHOOL

Michael Soler, grandson of Vee Gomez (Colon Hospital
Nurse 1945-49) and Mike Gomez, Retired USAR
(Headquarters USARSO 1953-72) will be heading to the
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston after hav-
ing graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio,
Texas.
Michael is the son of Diane Gomez Soler (BHS'68) and
Dr. James E. Soler. He is not only following in his father's
footsteps, but in those of his aunt, Dr. Dalys F. Gomez, who
is now in private practice (Allergy and Immunology) in San
Antonio, Texas. Dr. Gomez was born in San Fernando
Hospital in the Republic of Panama.


Mike and Vee Gomez with grandson Michael Soler at
Galveston, Texas.






Michael's ambition is to graduate from the same medical
school where his aunt graduated. We hope he attains his goal.
Mike and Vee Gomez, their seven offspring and their fam-
ilies, can now kill two birds with one stone. They will be able
to visit Michael in Medical School and also bask in the sun
on those beautiful Galveston beaches.



THE WELCH FAMILY

The enclosed picture is the Dorothy and Leo Welch fam-
ily, formerly of Rainbow City, Canal Zone, and now residing
in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Rosemary Millett Gilead, Balboa,
Canal Zone, and her daughter Kathleen of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. These former Zonians celebrated during the Christmas
holiday at the home of Kathleen. Leo Welch retired from the
Navigation Division and moved to South Florida.


(L-R): Dorothy Welch, Deanna Welch, Rosemary M.
Gilead, Leo Welch, Marcia Welch, and Rowena Welch.


CAREY VISIT TO PANAMA


Pattie Carey of Panama and her mother Illana Carey of
Alameda, Calif., visited Bob and Merran Gray at their vaca-
tion home in Sera on Illana's last visit to Panama to visit
Pattie. Pattie is now living and working in Panama City.
They also spent Christmas Eve with Alan and Roz Baitel
at their beach house near Isla Grande. Illana says it always
feels like home to be back in Panama.



TRIP TO THE WHITE CONTINENT


Dick and I recently returned from the trip of a lifetime--
traveling around the tip of South America with four days in
Antarctica. We started off in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and 28
days later arrived in Santiago, Chile. Our trip included a trip
to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a climb to the top of Mt.
Corcovado to see the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer in
Rio, a visit to Montevideo, Uruguay, dancing the tango in
Buenos Aires, and wandering beside the brightly painted cot-
tages at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.


Drake Passage, the waterway between Cape Horn and
Antarctica, has the reputation for being the roughest stretch of
ocean in the world. We found that it deserves this reputation
when we encountered a severe storm with 30-foot waves and
winds of 60 mph. Once we arrived in Antarctica things
calmed down considerably. There are no words to describe
our journey along the "White Continent". We traveled within
1494 nautical miles of the South Pole.
Arriving back on the South American Continent, we rode
on the train "at the end of the world" in Ushuaia, Argentina,
traveled through the Chilean Fjords and Beagle Channel, and
we walked with the penguins at Punta Arenas. Our fabulous
trip ended in Santiago, Chile, where we spent several days
seeing the sights.
We have wonderful memories of penguins, icebergs, gla-
ciers; whales, sea lions and watching water go down the drain
in a clockwise direction (this is opposite than the way it
works in the northern hemisphere). We are fortunate to have
been able to make this trip. The members of the Antarctic
Treaty rigidly control all travel into the area. Holland
America's MS Ryndam was permitted two trips for 2002, and
it is questionable whether they will be allowed trips next year.
Only one other cruise line makes this journey.

Pat (Leach) Bjorneby
Bonita Springs, Fla.




CHRISTMAS PARTY 2001

Hello from Kerrville The Texas Hill Country. Elsie
Larson and myself, Robin Gabrick, would like to remind
you of the upcoming 23rd Annual Christmas Bash, being held
Saturday, December 7, 2002. Please make a note on your
Balboa Church calendar for this evening to celebrate our fam-
ily and friends from Panama. This event gets better every
year like fine rum or is that fine wine?
The 22nd Annual Christmas Bash was a great success!
As usual the Inn of the Hills presented our meal and party
room in grand fashion. Hill Country hospitality is truly
expressed by all the staffers at the Inn of the Hills. How lucky
we are to have this gem available to us! The Bluebonnet
Room is truly a room for celebration.
Thanks to all of our Elves who were so generous with
their time and devotion to the success of this party. Robert
and Annie Boggs crafted our nametags with a Panama Canal
Seal, a great souvenir. Our gift-wrapping party at Elsie's
house is becoming an event in itself. Thanks to Iris Hogan,
Kathy Lessiack, Karen Gibson, and Robin Gabrick, we
get to ooh and ah over all the neat gifts for the lottery.
Restraint is key for this evening with all of the goodies and
the 12 days of Christmas, which happens to be a case of Ron
Cortez. Kathy Lessiack and Jo-Anne Fields sat at the regis-
tration tables and were the Welcoming Committee for our
guests, handing nametags out along with Marilyn and Wade
Carter selling Lottery tickets. Beverly Teal Garza helped
with lottery and wherever else needed. We could not do this
without you all!






Elsie and I look forward to seeing you all again. Please
call for more information (830) 257-2404. May the Gamboa
road be your path in life. Let the dry season winds always be
at your back. May the rainy season ripen the mangoes in your
tree. Let the sunshine warm upon your face on the Causeway,
and until we meet again remember those who have drunk the
water of the Chagres shall prosper and always be friends.

Robin Gabrick and Elsie Larson
Co-Chairpersons


Les and Muriel Johnston


Robin Gabrick and Elsie Larson


Seth McClanahan with Lou Pinella, the A L West manager
of the Seattle Mariners. Seth is the son of Autie and Sandi
Rankin McClanahan and grandson of Billy and Ginny
Rankin, all of Lakewood, Washington.








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Wallace Teal and Bev ones
Wallace Teal and Bev Jones


Our Lottery proceeds begin the funding for the upcoming
year's party, funding the invitations, postage, and the special
purchases from friends going to Panama, who are willing to
haul the goods back along with their own findings. Thanks to
all of you who helped by bringing gifts for our lottery. We
would like to ask for your continued generosity for the next
Lottery. The 23rd Annual Christmas Bash will be held again
at the Inn of the Hills on Saturday, December 7, 2002.
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Dick Casey and John Bundy find a taste of home in Zillah
WA, after their trip to Montana and Wyoming.





BHS CLASS OF 1970 CELEBRATES

The Balboa High School Class of 1970 celebrated their
collective 50th birthday with a Happy Hour get together at
the recent Panama Canal Society Reunion. Assuring each
other that they did not look a day over 39 the group enjoyed
snacks and liquid refreshments. Frances Kerr presented
Vicki Sizemore, Jacque Vowell and Bill McLaughlin with
silver Balboas in appreciation for organizing class events. A
great time was had by all.


John Harris and Frank Anderson


Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Vicki Sizemore and Bill
McLaughlin.


Bonnie Nehring, Fred Tiencken, June Scigliane and Art
Mokray


Ed Wardlow and Francis Kerr


Bonnie Nehring and Steve Nehring


Robin (Patton) Husted, Jacque Vowell and Paul
Barkowitz


Cliff Day and friend Joanne


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CONGRATULATIONS!

Robert and Pat (Chase) Thrift, (BHS'69) proudly
announce that their son, Rob (BHS'89), was recently pro-
moted to Field Vice President for American Express in
Clearwater, FL. For any Zonians wishing to stop by and say
hello, Rob's office is located at the Harbourside building on
Belleair and U.S. 19. Rob and his family, Chantal, Tyler (6),
and Haley (4) now reside in the Northwest Tampa area.
Congratulations Rob !




ANNOUNCEMENTS


CHS 1973


We will be having our 30th Class Reunion at the Society's
Annual Reunion in 2003. Exact location and time to be
determined.

If you are not on our 1998 mailing list, then drop us a line.


Jerry Coffin
145 72nd St Apt F-12
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-0695


Brian DeRaps
17312 Hialeah Dr
Odessa, FL 33556
(813) 920-5787
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CHS 1974 REUNION

Our 30th class reunion is fast approaching, June of 2004
to be exact. Yes, that's two years away, but it will take that
long to pull everything together. Plans, currently in the very
early stages, are to hold our get-together in conjuction with
the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. I need your help in locating our classmates! Please
send any, and all, information you have to:

Sandy (May) Robinson
2121 Wood Street, Apt G131
Sarasota, Florida 34237
(727) 455-4871
sandvmavchs74(avahoo.com


BHS Class of 1993

The Balboa High School Class of 1993 Ten Year Reunion
will be held during the Panama Canal Society Annual
Reunion 2003. If you are part of the BHS Class of 1993,
please go to http://www2.communityzero.com/bhsl993/ and
become a member of our online community (free). Also,
please visit http://bhsl993.tripod.com/ to view our classmates
"lost & found" list, and help us find those that are still listed
as "lost".

If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Shane Walker at sbtampa(yahoo.com
or call 813-928-8228



E-MAIL UPDATE

Apple, Charles........................................ chal 18@ webtv.net
Baglien, Joel L.................................................Joel@ Baglien
Barsellino, Abel............................ABorsellino@yahoo.com
Brophy, Dona Jones................................jbrophy@gwi.net
Buehler, Paul..........................................pbuehler@kc.rr.com
Burs, Jean...........................................panasanta@cox.net
Clinton, Fran (Thompson).............rclinto3@ix.netcom.com
Coffin, Thomas G.......................bamalek@worldnet.att.net
Crespo, Rudy....................................... twisted@ flash.net
Crider, Steve........................ ........staugust@attbi.com
Davis, Gordon.....................................ghdavis@comcast.net
Dawson, Nicki (Harper).......................dnicki@hotmail.com
Dawson, Nicki........................... d nicki@hotmail.com
Dedeaux, Jon & Deb........................jdedeauxl@mchsi.com
Disharoon, John..........................johndisaroon@yahoo.com
Donohue, Edward J....................... fasteddiel77@juno.com
Elbertson, Lowell (Corky)............camle4927@hotmail.com
Erickson, Niccole & Tyrone.................hilltyne@charter.net
Evarts, William R., Jr.......................wrevarts@hotmail.com
Foster-Mulroy, Nancy.............................CZ721@msn.co
Funderburk, John F..................Bunkyl953@earthlink.net
Gonzalez,Sharon..FrankandSharonG@worldnet.att.nel
Hearne, John.............................ohnhe@mallorygroup.cor
Horine, Mary Elen & Larry..............horinele@appstate.edL
Howe, Vicki (Dunning)........................ibkvix@hotmail.cor
Huffman, Jim............................panamahuff@hotmail.con
Hummel, Beatrice (Smith)...........BandK@access-4-free.con
Kimball, John T.......................CZJohnT@tampabay.rr.con
Kowalski, Christina......................chrisckowalski@aol.con
Lambert, Thomas & Ingrid.................tlambert@hondutel.hr
Linares, Rolando A, Jr...............................rolo54@sinfo.ne
Lopez, Irving................................IrvingLopez@yahoo.con
Markun, David..........................DAVID@MARKUN.CON
McCarragher, Pat & Peggy...........................patpeg@cox.ne
McKeown, W.J. (Billy), Jr.................ChagresH2o@aol.con
Miller, Donald & Virginia..................Millerdngn@aol.con
Morris, Kelly (Baldwin)..............................CZ87@aol.con
Nichols, Jim.........................jimnichols@kingwoodcable.con
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Reilly, David & Velma.............................veldav@charter.net
Riley, Jr., Jim & Marie.........................JWRjuniorl@aol.com
Robertson, Jr., Hal.......................................hcrpop@ aol.com
Robinson, Sandy......................sandymaychs74@yahoo.com
Scott, Frank & Olga.................franolga@panama.c-com.net
Stewart, Philip................. ...............Bejuco3@aol.com
Theriault, Neyle......................................... neylet@ aol.com
Tibbotts, Carol...................................czrn112@attbi.com
Vogel, Trevor..........................Friendlywhale@hotmail.com
Wheeler, Jim & Judi.............................jwheeler@satx.rr.com
W ich, Jim...................................... ....jfwich@ netsignia.net
Wilder, Albert...........................wildcaptainab@yahoo.com
Wilder, Tom....................................wildtomcat@yahoo.com
Williams, Randy...................................Randomwil@aol.com
Windle, Maggie (Williams)............panamamaggie@aol.com
Woodruff, Elsie...................................elsienwoody@aol.com


PANAMA RAILROAD

HISTORY

This the second installment of an article sent in by Jim
O'Donnell.

Yellow Eyes

You are going to have the fever, Yellow eyes!
In about ten days from now
Iron bands will clamp your brow;
Your tongue resemble curdled cream,
A rusty streak the centre seam;
Your mouth will taste of untold things,

With claws and horns and fins and wings;
Your head will weigh a ton or more,
And forty gales within it roar!
In about ten days from now,
Make to health a parting bow;
For you're going to have the fever, Yellow eyes!"

James Stanley Gilbert

The next importation of labor proved almost as unsuc-
cessful as the Chinese. High wages lured a shipload of husky
Irish immigrants, navvieses" who had built canals and rail-
roads across England,) from Cork, Ireland, but they "withered


as cut plants in the sun." Immediately upon arrival they suc-
cumbed to the fatal fevers and scarcely a day's labor were
they able to perform. The few survivors were shipped to New
York where most of them died from diseases contracted in
Panama. The work was completed with laborers from
Cartagena, Jamaica and East Indians. Simply disposing of
dead bodies had been a problem the first year, before the line
reached beyond the swamps and a regular cemetery could be
established on high ground. And so many of those who died
were without identity, other than a first name, without known
address or next of kin, that a rather ghoulish but thriving trade
developed in the shipping of cadavers, pickled in large bar-
rels, to medical schools and hospitals all over the world. For
years the Panama Railroad Company was a steady supplier of
such merchandise, and the proceeds were enough to pay for
the company's own small hospital at Colon. A reporter who
visited this hospital in 1855, the year the railroad was fin-
ished, wrote of seeing "the melancholy rows" of sick and
dying men, then of being escorted by the head physician to an
adjoining piazza, "where, in conscious pride, he displayed to
me his collection of well-picked skeletons and bones, bleach-
ing and drying in the hot sun." It was the physician's inten-
tion, for the purposes of science, to assemble a complete
"museum" representing all the racial types to be found among
the railroad dead.
The worst year had been 1852, the year of Stephens'
death, when cholera swept across the Isthmus, starting at
Colon with the arrival of a steamer from New Orleans. Of the
American technicians then employed, some fifty engineers,
surveyors, draftsmen all but two died. When a large military
detachment, several hundred men of the American Fourth
Infantry and their dependents, made the crossing in July en
route to garrison duty in California, the tragic consequence
was 150 dead men, women, and children. "The horrors of
the road in the rainy season are beyond description," wrote
the young officer in charge, Captain Ulysses S. Grant, whose
memory of the experience was to be no less vivid years later
when he sat in the White House. In the end, the company dis-
covered that for heavy work in the tropics, no race of men
could match West Indian Negroes. Slow-moving, accustomed
to heat, resistant to the fevers, these cheerful and humble peo-
ple played a most honorable part in the realization of man's
dreams on the Isthmus.
From the beginning, it was difficult to run the lines
through the swamps and as the work progressed it became
increasingly so. In the reports of the engineers under Col.
Totten, we find the statement that they failed to find the bot-
tom of portions of the swamp at 180 feet but, undismayed,
later repeated their efforts with renewed force and effected a
causeway by throwing in tons of wood, rocks, brush, etc., and
at last literally floated the tracks over the jungle swamps. An
interesting story found in the private papers of Colonel Totten
tells of an incident in connection with filling the seemingly
bottomless pit known as the Black Swamp, near Gatun, and
is retold as follows: The holes would not fill. William
Thompson, who later became a passenger conductor on the
railroad, was sent to Gatun Lake by Chief Engineer Totten
with orders to fill in a designated part of the lake. Thompson
kept running his cars to the lake, unloading and returning for
more dirt and stone. Days and months passed. Still the meas-
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urements evidenced no material difference of depth of water
where the dumping had been carded on. Thompson becom-
ing discouraged, sought his chief, and after explaining his
trouble, handed in his resignation. Totten leaned over his
desk and put these questions to Thompson, the disconsolate:
"Have you any other job in view, Thompson?"
"No, sir."
"Are you tired of the job?"
"Looks that way, Col. Totten."
"Are you afraid that the Company has not enough money to
pay you. Thompson?"
"It is not that, Col. Totten, but you see, sir, I've worked faith-
fully to fill up that hole and I don't seem to make any impres-
sion on it, and I thought it was my fault, and that you could
find a man to do it better."
"Now Thompson," said Engineer Totten, smiling, "you go
back to your hole, take your cars and keep on filling until
you get the bottom covered and I will tell you when to stop,
and you will find the bottom." And he did.

Beyond The Chagres

"Beyond the Chagres River
Are paths that lead to death
To the fevers deadly breezes
To malaria's poisonous breath!
Beyond the tropic foliage,
Where the alligator wafts,
Are the mansions of the Devil
His original estates.

Beyond the Chagres River
Are paths fore'er unknown,
With a spider'neath each pebble,
A scorpion neathh each stone.
Tis here the boa constrictor
His fatal banquet holds,
And to his slimy bosom
His hapless guest enfolds!

Beyond the Chagres River
Lurks the cougar in his lair,
And ten hundred thousand dangers
Hide in the noxious air.
Behind the trembling leaflets,
Beneath the fallen reeds,
Are ever present perils
Of a million different breeds!

Beyond the Chagres River
"Tis said the story's old -
Are paths that lead to mountains
Of purest virgin gold!
But its my firm conviction,
Whatever tales they tell,
That beyond the Chagres River,
All paths lead straight to hell!"


James Stanley Gilbert


At the end of twenty months, by toil and sweat and back-
break, seven precarious miles of track had been laid. The
ends of the rails lay on reasonably solid ground at Gatun, on
the edge of the Chagres valley. Work came to a halt. The
money was all gone and the backers could not understand
how it could take anyone, no matter how lazy or what the dif-
ficulties, so long to build a measly seven miles of railroad.
Then nature came to the rescue. Two big paddle-wheel
steamers, the Georgia and the Philadelphia, arrived in the
bay carrying more than a thousand gold-hungry men. A hur-
ricane roared forced the ships from their usual anchorage at
Chagres, and they took refuge behind nearby Manzanillo
Island. Imagine the astonishment when the passengers found
a railroad ready-made to whisk them across the Isthmus. The
road builders were appalled at the prospect of their pitiful
facilities being overwhelmed by such a mob of men most
of them armed and in a big hurry. They protested that their
road was only seven miles long and came to an abrupt stop
in an impassable jungle. Who cared! Seven miles were seven
miles. The '49ers would handle the jungle when they got to
it. Frantic to get rid of the mob, the trainmen set fares which
were sky-high $25.00 to ride seven miles and $10 to walk
the right of way. It seemed a bargain to the Yankees who
piled aboard the work trains and were on their way. From
then on San Lorenzo was doomed. The bonanza for the
Indians who operated the canoes was over. All ships dis-
charged at Manzanillo Island.
In New York, the effect of this initial thousand passen-
gers was electric. Despite its puny length, the railroad was a
success. More money was raised and the work continued.
Slowly and painfully the tracks wormed their way across
rivers, through the jungles and over the mountains. Forty-
seven and a half miles of railroad had required 170 bridges
and culverts of 15 feet or more, 134 bridges and culverts of
less than 15 feet, a statistic that gives some idea of the diffi-
culties there had been in making headway in such half-
drowned country. The Panama Railroad is possibly the only
line in the world that literally lifted itself up by its own
shoelaces. All during the gold rush, miners were taken as far
as the end of the road and then continued the journey on foot.
The same high fares were in existence for years. Why reduce
them? The passengers never complained! By the time the
road was finished, nearly a third of its tremendous cost had
already been liquidated. Notwithstanding all of the difficul-
ties and discouragements, the road was successfully com-
pleted in 1855, just five years from the date of the beginning
of its construction, at a total expenditure of $7,407,535.00.
On January 27,1855, at midnight, in the pitch dark and in
pelting rain, the last rail had been laid. Col. Totten himself
had driven the last spike with a nine-pound maul. The fol-
lowing day, on January 28, 1855 the world's first transconti-
nental train ran from ocean to ocean. The frightful toll of
death, evidenced by the hundreds of wooden crosses that
marked the graves of those who succumbed, gave rise to the
epigrammatic and gruesome statement that "every rail in the
Panama Railroad represents the life of some man who paid
the price of its construction with his life." The honor due
these intrepid engineers, who with their men held to duty
when it was more reasonable to leave it, has never been
given: and the tragic fate that befell many of them has not





been written in epic, song or story. Their only monument
today is the Panama Railroad, the completion of which
marked one of the greatest achievements of the age and will
ever be a memorial to the dauntless courage of its brave
builders and their story is one of the most gallant in the annals
of commerce.
That Col. Totten was the dominating force back of this
ambitious project is evident by the reports, and his energy and
almost super human endurance in prosecuting the enterprise
is amazing. Ten years he spent in Panama, the first five in
construction and the second five years in operation. He was
employed after the completion of the road as Manager.
Shortly after its inauguration, Col. Totten was stricken
with yellow fever. For days he lingered between life and
death. At last his Spanish doctor told him and his family that
there was no hope for him. Hearing this, Col. Totten roused
himself and with the same indomitable courage that had
marked every step of his work in building the railroad said,
"You are mistaken, sir; not yet. What is to become of the
road! Yellow fever can't kill a Totten. I am going to get well!"
And he did.
The inauguration of the Panama Railroad is graphically
described in the Daily Courier of Aspinwall, New Granada,
February 24, 1855. There was a special train with guests and
at all the stations floral arches were erected. The day ended
with a grand banquet at the Aspinwall Hotel, the social cen-
ter at that time of Panama. The editorial of this issue of the
Courier is interesting: "The communication between the two
oceans (Atlantic and Pacific) by railway may now be consid-
ered permanently established. The iron was connected on the
evening of January 27th and on the following day (January
28th) that sure harbinger of North American civilization and
triumph, the "chariot of fire", came thundering over the sum-
mit and down the Pacific slope. It was a glorious sight to wit-
ness the "iron horse" and his rider pursuing his perilous jour-
ney over fearful chasms, through mountain gorges, along
pleasant valleys, winding around hoary mountaintops and
perched upon a narrow shelf of mountain rock in mid-air. On,
on he went, over rivers, through dense forests, plunging clear
through the awful swamps, and ever as he went there came up
from the caverns of the hills strange sounds and echoes that
had not been disturbed since that day 'when the heavens and
earth were finished and all the hosts of them.' "The people of
Panama who had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this
strange visitor greeted its approach with such a cheer of
hearty good will as made the welkin ring again. Even the
dimples on the placid face of the Pacific seemed brim full of
happy smiles as her waves coquetted with the shore. Col. G.
W. Totten, Chief Engineer of the Road, J. M. Center, Vice-
President of the Company, Dr. T. C. Barker, one of the
Medical Officers of the Company and a few citizens com-
posed the party which left the summit and passed over the
track on that occasion."
The following highly entertaining account of the inaugu-
ration of the road, as sophisticated New York viewed it, is
worth copying. The Daily Courier issued in Panama, in the
issue of Friday morning, February 16,1855, had the following
from the New York Mirror: "A SUBLIME BRIDAL-TWO
OCEANS WED." "Invitations are out for the most sublime
and magnificent nuptials ever celebrated upon our planet, the


wedding of the rough Atlantic to the fair Pacific Ocean. An
iron necklace has been thrown across the Isthmus; the banns
are already published and the bridal party will leave this city
on Monday next, February 5th, to perform the August cere-
mony. "Some seven millions of dollars have been spent in
achieving this union, but the fruits thereof will soon show it
has been money well invested. Across the bosom of the
Isthmus the golden products of our Pacific borders and the
incalculable treasures of the distant Orient are destined to
flow in unremitting streams." The stupendous enterprise of
uniting the two oceans which embrace the greater portion of
the globe, we are proud to say, was conceived and executed
by our own citizens in the frowning face of obstacles that
none but Americans could have overcome. The swamps, the
mists, and miasmata of the Isthmus drove all the engineers of
Europe home in despair who contemplated the gigantic
undertaking and the herculean work was left to the hands and
hearts of men in whose vocabulary 'there is no such word as
fail'.
"The engineers of England and France pronounced the
project utterly impracticable. To the late lamented Aspinwall,
his associates and others, the world is indebted for the com-
pletion of the Great Bond this commercial linking of the
hemispheres an enterprise so full of poetic sublimity and so
fraught with interest coextensive with the whole earth may
well command the attention of the whole world and deserves
to be fitly inaugurated." That the editor of the Aspinwall
Courier was a loyal American is evidenced by the following:
"Passengers bound to California left here on the morning of
the 16th and had an agreeable and expeditious transit across
the line. To the United States belongs the honor of this work.
From its inception to its consummation, it is purely American
- American genius conceived the plan; American science
pronounced it practicable; American capital has furnished the
sinews; and American energy has prosecuted the gigantic
enterprise to its completion in spite of the most formidable
difficulties."




PANAMA CANAL SCOTTISH RITE
MASONIC COLUMBARIUM
VACATED

As a result of the Panama Canal Treaty signed in 1977
and, subsequently, the sale of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite
Temple, various Deputies and their secretarial staffs have,
during the past twenty-four years published in our Panama
Canal Orient and the Panama Canal Society of Florida sever-
al articles in an attempt to contact relatives of those Masons
and their families whose urns were kept in the Temple
Columbarium. As a result of this action many urns were
shipped to the United States and some were reclaimed local-
ly.
However, on May 15, 2002, the remaining seventy-five
(75) urns, together with eleven (11) brought over from
Sojourners Lodge in Cristobal, were laid to rest in the
American Battle Monuments Commission Cemetery in






Corozal, Republic of Panama.
Masonic graveside services were conducted by the
Panama Canal District Grand Master and District Grand
Lodge Officers.
A Masonic Headstone will be installed in the very near
future to identify the grave site.

District Grand Lodge Officers who officiated during the
graveside services:


(L-R) Wor. Manuel Cuza (Marshal) 32, KCCH, Rt. Wor.
Henry F. Smith Jr., (District Grand Master) 32, KCCH, and
Wor. Robert U. Schultz, (Chaplain), 33, SGIG, (Honorary).


James William Barrett
Florence D. Barrett
William H. Beers
Lee R. Beil
Helen M. Beil
Boyd M. Bevington
Edward C. Blessing
Gilbert D.L. Bullock
Anna J. Bullock
Roscoe Cleveland
Terrence A. Conley
Albert Connor
Albert F. Daniel
Waldron E. Eldridge
Calvin D. Eppley
Daniel P. Forsythe
Grace M. Forsythe
Archie W. French, Jr.
Robert B. Glenn
Frank H. Green
Belle Green
John A. Hanson
Adron L. Holland
Stephen Hovan
Lovey J. Hull
Lawrence W. Jenkins
Molly Johnson
Wesley M. Kennedy
Margaret Libonati
Charles N. Little
John Logan


Robert B. Mcllvaine
Alice Mcllvaine
SRobert D. Mecaskey
Arthur H. Messor
Anna G. Messor
G. Edgar Murphy
Ethel Murphy
Samuel V. Newhard
Christian Nielsen
Emilie F. Nielsen
Oscar M. Olsen
Samuel C. Paulus
Robert F. Pearl
Catherine Pearl
Charles L. Persons
Mildred C. Persons
George L. Radel
Anthony F. Rocchio
Harry F. Ruble
Elizabeth Sims
Walter H. Sims, Sr.
Everett J. Spencer
Nathaniel R. Standish
Roy M. Steele
Edward L. Stringer
Jessie W. Stringer
Mildred L. Tatelman
Edward I. P. Tatelman
Legrand H. Thurgood
Joseph F. Troyan, Jr.
Subert Turbyfil
Kenneth 0. West
Kermit B. Williams
Roger C. Wrigh
Harry B. Yar
Florence Yar


Also present during the services: (L-R) George F. Klein,
Wor. Master Sojourners Lodge, 33, SGIG, (Honorary) Mr.
Henry Twohy, (member of the Panama Canal Historical
Society), Rt.Wor. James E. Cook, 33, SGIG, (Honorary),
Bro. John N. Caton, 32, KCCH, Bro. Helmut Stoeberl,
32, Bro. Rudyard S. Duarte, 32, and Rt. Wor. Guy U.
Hall, 33, SGIG, (Honorary).


Following is the listing of those whose urns were interred
Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies
Columbarium Record Book


Bessie W. Allen
Harry H. Allen, Sr.
Guy A. Athey
Marvin J. Banton


Andrew J. Madlem
Charles Magnusson
Emily Magnusson
Walter R. Malone


The following urns were received from
the Master of Sojourners Lodge,
Wor. George L. Klein for proper disposal:

Robert J. Neeley
Mrs. Neeley
William H. Housel
Henry F. Bird
Delaphine Waddell, Jr.
Samuel Roe
Henry McKenzie
Fred L. Weed
Edna F. Wills
George A. Wills
Olga Damobous Roe


Panama Canal Society

Annual Reunion 2003


July 23 27, 2003





EASLEY LOSES PIECE OF HISTORY

(taken from an article written by Tyler O'Shields from the
Cresent News Service)


Allen Rogers Lewis, retired member of the United States
Navy, died on Sunday, June 2, 002.
Born on January 30, 1930, in the Republic of Panama,
Lewis lived an interesting life. As a devoted husband, to his
wife Ruth, a strong family man, and a good friend, Lewis was
a well-rounded individual. However, behind this gentleman
was a heroic history second to none, Lewis was an original
enlisted member of the crew of the U.S.S. Nautilus, the
nation's first nuclear powered -submarine, from 1953-1960.
From early in life, Lewis, seemed to, be destined to work
at sea. Few imagined that he. would work under the sea. Both
of Lewis' great-grandfathers were whale ship captains out of
Mystic, Conn. His father, Colonel L. W. Lewis, served in the
U.S. Army and was earlier Chief Quartermaster of the
Panama.
Lewis grew, up in Panama until World War II, when he
moved to the U.S. mainland to attend Gulf Port Military
Academy in Biloxi, Miss. He then studied engineering at
Bolling Green University in Ohio. In 1950, Lewis enlisted in
the U.S. Navy and immediately volunteered for submarine
duty. He received his training at the U.S. Navy Training
Center in Idaho where he earned a license as a nuclear reactor
operator.
In July of 1951, congress gave authorization for the con-
struction of the world's first nuclear powered submarine. On
January 21, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the
traditional bottle of champagne across Nautilus' bow as it slid
down the ways into the Thames River. Lewis was aboard the
vessel on January 17, 1955, when the Commanding Officer
ordered all lines cast off and gave the message, "Underway
on nuclear power."
As a member of the crew of Nautilus, Lewis experienced
first hand the capabilities of nuclear power. Nautilus could
remain submerged for weeks and even months, making it the
first submarine of its kind. During its career the vessel shat-
tered all submerged speed and distance records. It logged
more that 500,000 nautical miles during its 25-year career.
Currently, the Nautilus is open to the public in Groton, Conn,
as a National Historical Landmark.
In 12958, Lewis as 1 of 116 men on board Nautilus dur-
ing "Operation Sunshine". This mission was the first crossing
of the North Pole by a ship of any kind.
Lewis left Nautilus in 1960. He is classified as a Korean
War Veteran.


He returned to his wife and family as an accomplished
man. His career in the U.S. Navy was something he was very
proud of. He considered it an honor to work with the men on
Nautilus and often said he was not so much an individual dur-
ing his time with Nautilus, as he was a part of a brotherhood.
Mrs. Lewis said that early in their marriage she learned to
accept the Nautilus and its crew as part of her extended fam-
ily.
She said, "He was proud to serve, and the ship would
always come up sometime during any conversation."
Lewis' son, A. Scott Lewis, said, "My father had told me
many times that the crew of Nautilus were not his brothers by
birth, but they were his brothers in all the important ways.
During his life after Nautilus, Lewis spent time painting,
a pastime he had enjoyed for years. Many of his works hang
in his house to honor a man of true courage. Throughout his
life Lewis also enjoyed playing the flute and swimming,
something he won awards doing in his earlier years.
"He was an all around American guy," his son Scott said.
Lewis is a member of a select class of men. He is in the
same category with Christopher Columbus and Neil
Armstrong. Lewis went where no person had gone before
unthinkable depths under the sea with a nuclear reactor pro-
pelling him. He gladly risked his life for the betterment of his
country and tested and used nuclear equipment with has
changed the way people throughout the world live their lives.
Lewis was more than a local veteran, he was a national
hero.


Tom Hanna (BHS'63), Elaine Lewis (BHS'65) and Glenn
Evens (BHS'65) at Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida after the
Panama Canal Society Sarasota Luncheon.






Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
Website: http://www.panamacanalmuseum.org
E-mail: president(@panamacanalmuseum.org


Police Exhibit Featured

On the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Canal Zone
Police, the museum traveling exhibit at the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando featured the Canal Zone Police.
With the help of Bill Kessler, Mike Gordon, Bill Thrift,
Gibby Freund, George Tochterman, Bob and Nellie Engelke,
among others, the museum was able to prepare a large and
attractive exhibit.


Full size photos of police officers guarded the doors lead-
ing to the museum. Eight display panels showed photographs
of the police from construction days until their last days in
1982. A range of police activities was represented in photo-
graphs, and two full scale mannequins outfitted in police uni-
forms bracketed the display cases of police memorabilia.
Many of the former Canal Zone Police officers attending
the reunion visited the exhibit and were grateful to see their
proud history featured in this annual museum event.
The museum's annual calendar for 2003 also featured the
Canal Zone's Finest. The calendar has become a tradition for
the museum's gift shop. Last year the calendar featured the
Canal Zone Postal Service, and in 2000 the focus of the cal-
endar was the Canal Zone Schools.


Silent Auction a Success

The museum is always seeking ways to have attractive
fund raising events. This year for the first time, the museum
exhibit room also housed a silent auction. Many donors, indi-
viduals and corporate, came forward to provide a wide vari-
ety of nearly 60 items to be auctioned. The Orlando World
Center Marriott, Panama Marriott, Royal Decameron Costa
Blanca Hotel, Caribe Royale Resort Suites & Villas, Condor
Travel, Sprague Editions, Outback Steakhouse, Smokey


Bones BBQ Sports Bar, Carrabba's Italian Grill and WalMart
Supercenter were some of the commercial firms that gener-
ously donated auction items. In addition, a number of indi-
viduals donated auction items and the museum auctioned off
some of the original and the current commemorative medals.
Special thanks to Peg Brownell, Joan and Ed Ohman,
Faith Brundage, Kathy Egolf, Bob and Cheryl Russell, Steve
Nehring, Paul and Stacia Morgan, Paul Glassbum, Dick
Morgan, Bob Karrer, Joe and Bev Wood, Bob and Marguerite
Zumbado, Chuck and Sandy Hummer, Tom and Barbara
Peterson, Greta Hummer, Lew Taber, Beverly Gregory Post,
Bob Karrer and Don DeStaffino, all of whom generously pro-
vided auction items.
The auction was very popular, and bidding was very com-
petitive on many of the items. The auction generated over
$3,000.
Cervezeria Panama and Baru made a
very generous donation of 200 cases o
Panama's finest brew to quench the thirst o
veteran beer drinkers. A $25 donation
delivered a case of Panama Beer to many
happy museum visitors. Over 150 cases o
beer were carried from the room providing
a nice boost to the museum coffers. Thanks
to Roberto Vallarino for his generosity and
support for the museum. By the way, a few
cases are still available at the museum.


Membership

A stable membership base is critical for the museum t
move forward to become a fully functional museum rather
than a warehouse of artifacts. The current projection fo
future development and maintaining the museum indicates
membership base of 2,000 is the lower limit where growth
can occur. Presently, the museum has a membership of 700
It is clear that an active membership-recruiting program i
essential for the continued operation.
In addition, a volunteer base of 60 is needed to support th
various functions required for a successful museum. Some o
these volunteers need to be available on a weekly basis to per
form the office, administrative and curatorial functions. Som
volunteers would only have to donate one day a month t
serve as docents or guides for museum visitors.
The museum board is seeking ways to encourage bot
financial and staffing support. "The concern I have," museum
president, Chuck Hummer, says, "is that by the time people
realize we have a credible and active museum to preserve
Canal Zone history, we will have gone the way of past effort





to establish a museum, down the tubes. I have to believe that
there are many former Zonians and people that served in the
military in Panama to support a first class museum. I just
hope they come forward while we have the initiative heading
in a positive direction and before we have to plan for a con-
tingency none us of wants to see come to pass."
Hummer goes on to say, "We need to show our corporate
and public grantors clear evidence that the museum has
strong grassroots support. With only 700 members we are
hard pressed to make that case now as we move to seek
grants."
A membership application is found elsewhere in this issue.
Please take the time to send it in now and be a part of the rea-
son the museum succeeds.


New Gift Shop Items

In its continuing search for historically significant items
for its Gift Shop, the museum unveiled two very special new
items at the reunion. The second issue of commemorative
medals and a special holiday ornament were two popular
additions to the Gift Shop. Order forms are available else-
where in this issue and on the museum's website at
www.panamacanalmuseum.org.


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and commemorates the centennial of the founding of the
Republic of Panama and the signing of the Panama Canal
Treaty in 1903. Both medals are a limited edition and are seri-
ally numbered and measure 47mm in diameter. The medal
face features the busts of Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and
Manuel Amador Guerrero. The reverse of the medal has both
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national flags and the commemoration, and the serial number.
The silver medal sells for $40 and the bronze for $15.

Ornament- The ornament is a beautiful full color Canal
Zone Seal surrounded by filigreed gold plate. The 3-inch
ornament is suitable for decorating a Christmas tree or as a
year-round decoration. The ornaments are $15 and come in a
presentation box and a special printed insert explaining the
significance and history of the seal.


Other new items available in the Gift Shop are:
The Lure and the Lore of the Jungle, by Ernest
Pierce-$15
Pre-Columbian Designs from Panama-$13
This Was Panama, by George Chevalier-$17
Ornament Stand-$1
Panama Canal Museum Police Theme T-shirt-$15
Police Postcards-$1 each or 3 for $5
2003 Panama Canal Museum Police Theme
Calendar-$6


Scouting Theme for Next Reunion

The museum board of trustees decided to make "Scouting
in the Canal Zone" the theme for the 2003 Reunion. All
aspects of scouting will be included in the exhibit. A central
feature is bound to be the Explorer Scout sponsored annual
Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race that is celebrating its 50th
anniversary in 2003.
The museum is requesting photographs, artifacts and
other items of historical importance to include in the exhibit.
The museum is also sponsoring a cayuco in the 2003 Ocean
to Ocean Race. The cayuco has been acquired and will be
worked into shape by the crew assigned by the race commit-
tee. Chris Skeie is serving as the Museum Cayuco
Coordinator and is selling shares in the cayuco. Contributions
in excess of $600 have been raised for the museum's cayuco.


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related objects in the Society's Canal Record. All
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1/20 Page: 3 1/2" wide x 1" high. $ 15.00
(Half Business card size)
Ads submitted must be camera-ready. The
Canal Record will not compose, design or size
any commercial ads submitted.


ADVERTISING RATES

1" x 3 1/2 (1/20th Page) $8.00
1/ 10th Page (Business Card) $15.00
1/5th Page $30.00
1/4th Page $40.00
1/2 Page $75.00

These rates are not for business related ads.

Page size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Send all ads and make all
checks to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL. 33772-4712

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Foreign seamen off ships in our harbors often visit
church-affiliated facilities designed for their use where they
can phone home, shoot pool, watch TV, visit. They receive
free ditty bags of toiletries like toothpaste,
shampoo,deodorant, combs, writing paper.

Another feature of these centers is the distribution of
free T-shirts to these men. Small and medium sizes are pre-
ferred since most seamen are small in stature. Please don't
discard your old T-shirts. We want them, clean and with no
tears.

Send to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253
or
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Were you born in the Canal Zone or the Republic of
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or the Republic of Panama?
You have the legal right to claim Panamanian citizenship
without renouncing your U.S. citizenship if you answered
"yes" to one of the above questions.
Smith & Contreras can help you obtain Panamanian
citizenship. Contact us for more information. We will
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The 50th Annual

Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race






April 11-13, 2003

If you would like to compete in the upcoming
Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race, whether you have
a full team or not, contact us at:
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visit our website at:
www.cayucorace.org

We can provide you with a cayuco and help
arrange your stay. Come celebrate a great event,
have an unforgettable experience and help keep
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Eligible members will receive 10% discount off select published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel
from Miami*, Orlando, or Los Angeles to Panama City.

Travel must be completed by December 15, 2002.

Discount not applicable to Clase Ejecutiva (Business
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Tickets must be issued by Copa Airlines City Ticket
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To enroll in OnePass@ call 1-800-FLY-COPA.

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and includes the following:
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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street
Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

YES, I would like to join as an Annual Member in the Panama Canal Museum and help preserve the history and memory of
The American Era of the Panama Canal.

I understand that the payment of annual dues will sustain me as a member in good standing for the year 2002, entitling me
to all the benefits of membership in the museum as outlined on the reverse of this form.

I am also aware that, with the payment of my annual dues, along with any additional donations that I may make, my name
on the museum's Wall of Honor will progress in transit through the Canal.


Annual Dues for Calendar Year 2002
Additional amount to expedite my transit through the Canal
Total Amount Enclosed

Name:
Street Address:
City;
Email Address:
Signature:


$ 24.00
$
$


Tel.


State: ZIP:


(Please indicate how your name should appear on the Museum's Wall of Honor)


(Optional) I would like my contribution to be donated in memory of:


(Please show full name or names)



PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM GIFT SHOP ORDER FORM


Please send me the following new items from the gift shop

Qty_ Item Unit Price

47 mm Silver Commemorative Medal $40.00
47 mm Bronze Commemorative Medal! $15.00
12002 Museum Christmas Ornament I $15.00 i
Sub Total
7% Sales Tax for Florida Residents
TOTAL (add postage and handling

Add $2.00 for each item ordered and $1.00 for each additional item in same order.
Make checks to the Panama Canal Museum. Send orders to:
Panama Canal Museum Gift Shop
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785







MUSEUM CALENDAR SALE

Here is your chance to order the latest Panama Canal Museum Commemorative
Calendar, as well as the two past calendars to fill out your collection. This may also be
your last chance to fill your collection of past Balboa Union Church Calendars.
Qty Total


2003 Panama Canal Museum Canal Zone Police Calendar
2002 Panama Canal Museum Canal Zone Postal Service Calendar
2001 Panama Canal Museum Canal Zone Schools Calendar
2000 Balboa Union Church Calendar
1999 Balboa Union Church Calendar
1986 Balboa Union Church Calendar (Historical Photographs)
Sales Tax: 7% for Florida Residents
Postage and Handling: $1 for each calendar ordered


TOTAL ENCLOSED


$6.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00


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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street
Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785


PCSOFL
General Membership Meeting
and Space Coast Picnic [ 1-
October 12, 2002


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The PCSOFL General Membership Meeting will be
held on October 12, 2002 in conjuction 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
p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch, something to drink and a
dollar donation to help offset the area rental and cleanup. If
you need more information, give Terry Deakins a call at
321-631-9209 or Randy Deakins at 321-632-4057.





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7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712


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