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VOL. 38 JUNE 2004 NO. 2
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2002-2004
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. Daniel Norman
Mr. Roy Culbreth
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
Mr. John R.Gough II
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
July 28-Aug 1
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion, Caribe Royal, Orlando,
Fla. See Yellow Pages for information.
Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting, Stacey's in
Clearwater, Fla. starting at 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m., for more info call
the office at (727) 391-4359. See pg 3.
Annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic starts at 11 a.m., Davis
Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy.
90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. For more info contact Gerda Smith
McManus (601) 567-9870 or Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761.
October 9 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting and Space
Coast Group Picnic, 11:00 a.m. at Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. Call Terry Deakins (321) 631-9209 for more info.
See pg 3.
November No General Membership Meeting.
President's M essage....................................................................... .....................................
Secretary's M essage................................................................................... ...........................2
Editor's Corner............................................................................................ ...................... 2
September General M membership Meeting at Stacey's Information......................... ............. 3
October General M membership M meeting and Space Coast Picnic Information............................. 3
Financial Audit Letter........................................................... .......................................4
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes...................................................6
Highlights of M minutes of General Membership Meetings....................... .... .................7
Honorary Membership Nomination........................................................... ........................ 8
SCN Annual Reunion Luncheon Information......................... ....... ....................9
Insurance Information.................................................................. .......................................... 9
Legislative Report ................................................................................. .............................10
December Luncheon Pictures........................................... .............................................. 13
February Luncheon Pictures............................................................... ....................... 15
M arch Picnic Pictures...................................................................... ....... ................ 17
April Starship Luncheon Cruise Pictures................................................. ............................... 19
M military Pride............................................................................ ...................................21
Your Reporter Says:
Alabama......................... 23 FL Tallahassee................ 34 North Carolina.................. 39
Arkansas......................... 24 FL Tampa........................ 35 Northwest....................... 40
FL Central.........................24 Georgia.............................36 Oklahoma................ 42
FL Ocala.......................... 26 Louisiana.....................37 Panama........................... 43
FL Pensacola................... 28 M aryland......................... 37 South Carolina.................. 46
FL Pinellas County............30 M idwest.................... 38 TX Dallas....................... 47
FL Space Coast............... 31 M ississippi.................... 38 Virginia .......................... 48
B irth s........................................................................................................................................5 8
W ith Deep Sorrow............................................................................ ....................................60
Email Updates................................................................................. .....................................67
Letters to the Editor............................................... ................................................................68
M museum News................................................................................. ....................................85
Announcements............................ ............................................................ ..................... 88
M membership Application Form.......................... ... .................. .........................99
Cover: Aerial photo taken of Coco Solo housing area, commissary, theater, gas station,
etc. 1965. Photo from the collection of Vicente Pascual.
I DATES TO REMEMBER
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"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
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I hope this edition of the Canal Record finds all of you in
good health and spirit.
As I sit here and write my last President's message, I think
about all that has happened in the past two years. I am very
honored to have served all of you as the 46th President of the
Panama Canal Society. I leave my post with mixed emotions
as I have enjoyed the job so much, but it is time to take a
break and let new leadership take the baton. I feel very satis-
fied with the accomplishments made during this term. I was
so very fortunate to have an outstanding group of people
serving on the Executive Board, Committees and Staff. I
thank them all for their hard work and support. I am happy
that I will remain on the Executive Board as Past President
and look forward to serving with the new Executive Board.
A few key things accomplished during this term:
* The words "of Florida" were officially dropped from the
organization's name, leaving it a true international organiza-
tion, which it is today.
* A full audit of the Society financial was performed by a
Certified Public Accountant (CPA). This is the first time this
has been done. The audit showed that we were right on track
with our books.
* Purchased and set up Quick Books as our primary finan-
cial program for all Society financial affairs. As part of our
audit, our CPA set up the chart of accounts for us in Quick
Books. Quick Books is now fully functional with easy key
entry, printing reports and checks, calculating payroll, taxes
and more. All this is done at a push of a few keys on the com-
* Revision of problem bylaws and the addition of new mod-
ern method bylaws. In addition, a Professional Parliamentar-
ian was hired to review our bylaws and methods by which we
do business. The Parliamentarian was impressed with our
bylaws and serious approach we take when amending bylaws.
* The membership and reunion databases continue to be
fine-tuned with more improvements and new features being
added. These improvements have sped up data input and
accuracy at the Society office.
* And many other things too numerous to list here. And, the
best part of all, we have had a lot of fun doing all this for you,
Reunion 2004: The CFN / SCN crew are putting the final
touches on the Annual Luncheon show that will be held at the
reunion in late July. I hope you have purchased your ticket,
as I am sure you will enjoy the flash back in time back to the
old Canal Zone days. These guys have put together a great
video of old film cuts, interviews and programs that you will
fondly remember. There will even be a few of these enter-
tainers of days gone-by there to say a few words. There will
be a copy of the video on DVD available if you would like to
purchase a copy. Please come and join us as we travel back
in time and have a great luncheon of Panamanian dishes.
Last, but not least! I would like to thank my wife
Margaret and my daughter Allison for all their support,
encouragement and patience these past two years while I was
serving as President.
I hope I see you all at the reunion....
Well, here we are six
months into the New Year
and another reunion is tak-
ing shape for next month.
Carol and I are looking for-
ward to July and our new
reunion headquarters, the
During the first three months of 2004, 178 new member-
ship applications were received, processed and approved by
the Executive Board, bringing our total paid membership to
3,540 members as of March 31, 2004.
We have been lucky to have Anita Oberholtzer work in
the office this year and she has been a tremendous help with
reunion work, answering phones and different clerical duties
once a week.
Carol and I will be at the Secretary's desk and the
Information desk during the reunion, so please stop by and
see us with any changes you may have in your membership
information or if you would like to pay your dues for 2005.
We will also have available the Society license plates and
decals for sale.
We both look forward to seeing many of you at the
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
office @ pancanalsociety.org
UPDATE ON VITAL STATISTICS
In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the PCC
Records Management Branch's Vital Statistics Unit, which has
maintained and issued birth and death certificates for the former
Canal Zone from 1904 through September 30, 1979, closed per-
manently on October 29, 1999. All pertinent birth and death
records were transferred to the United States Department of State
on November 1999.
Effective December 1, 1999 these vital records will be issued
by the Department of State. Written requests may be forwarded
to the following address:
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
Telephone number: (202) 955-0307
Please include the following information in your request:
Date, purpose of request, name at birth/death; date of birth/death,
city and country of birth/death; signature of subject or guardian,
address and telephone. For birth records, also include: Mother
AND Father's names, dates and places (city or state and country)
of birth, and any U.S. Passport information.
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired. The fee for
documents is $30.00 for the first copy, $20.00 for each addition-
al copy requested at the same time. Check or money order must
be signed, dated, and made payable to the Department of State.
Remittance must be payable in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank.
Do not send cash.
I am sad to announce to
the membership that Joan
(Ridge) deGrummond has
retired as the California area
reporter. Joan has held this
position for 30 years and has
also been very active in the Panama Canal Society of South-
ern California. Thank you Joan, for the many years of dedi-
cation as area reporter for the Canal Record. Joan will be con-
centrating on writing her family history in Panama and the
Canal Zone. Carlton Morris has also stepped down as the
Midwest reporter. Carlton is now living in Texas, and doesn't
get back to the Midwest as often. Thank you Carlton, for
being a part of the Canal Record for all those years. I am
excited to welcome two new reporters: Paul Bierman from
Illinois will be the new Midwest area reporter and Clay
Wharry will be taking on the job of area reporter for Alaska.
Welcome aboard Paul and Clay! I am sure you will be hear-
ing from society members shortly. Ev Sellers has volunteered
to add the District of Columbia (the D. C. area) to her Vir-
ginia territory and congratulations are in order for our Mary-
land reporter, Robin (Harrison) Baker. She was married on
Valentine's Day. Congratulations also to one of our Panama
area reporters, Trina Clark (BHS'87), for becoming Exalted
Ruler for the Order of Elks, Panama Canal Lodge #1414 for
I want to apologize to the members who had sent pictures
to Kathie McConaughey for publication in the March issue.
There was a problem with her email that had the pictures
attached, so between Kathie being out of town and me having
computer problems, the pictures did not make it into the
March issue. I have since managed to find the missing photos
and they will be in this issue. Please remember to support all
your area reporters. They are in place to pass on your news,
triumphs, and losses. If you can't find an area reporter to send
your news to, pass it on to the office or volunteer to become
It has come to my attention that some people are wonder-
ing why ALL their pictures are not published. Please keep in
mind that I am balancing space with numerous articles and
hundreds of photos and I have difficult decisions to make at
times. I realize when I make choices some people will get
their feelings hurt. Be assured I do not do this on purpose and
I spend a lot of time trying to accommodate everyone. I have
to keep an objective point of view...what would interest the
majority of the members, the quality of the pictures, and the
repetitiveness of the subject matter.
As always, if you have any questions, comments (good or
bad) you can contact me either by phone, email or regular
Editor, Canal Record
1451 Missouri Avenue
Please plan to join us at the September 18, 2004,
General Membership meeting at STACEY'S BUFFET
in Clearwater, Florida starting at 11:30 a.m..
Stacey's offers an extensive buffet that includes all
beverages and desserts for one reasonable price. Dis-
counts are available for Senior Citizens (age 55 and
over). It is serve yourself, all-you-can-eat style buffet
and pay at the door. Our hostess will be Elaine (Vestal)
If you have any questions, please call the Society
office at 1(866) 726-2262 or (727) 391-4359. Hope to
see everyone there!
and Space Coast Picnic
October 9, 2004
. Tom Stratham Park Pavilion
I near Titusville, Florida
S The Panama Canal Society General Membership
Meeting will be held on October 9, 2004 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
I 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 and something to drink.
* If you need more information, give Terry Deakins a call
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NEXT CANAL RECORD
IS AUGUST 6TH
Randall N. Drake, CPA 1981 Promenade Way
Clearwater, Florida 33760
April 19, 2004
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
113th Street Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772
To the Board of Directors and membership,
The following 2003 financial statements were prepared by your staff and have not
been audited or reviewed by me. After engaging me to conduct the audit of the
2002 financial statements, the board appropriately determined it would be more
beneficial to spend professional fees in verification of adherence to policies and
procedures rather than audited financial statements.
I have prepared a separate report to the board on the results of this engagement.
These procedures included but were not limited to proper authorization of
disbursements, receipts and deposits, and use of petty cash.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your organization. I look forward to
addressing the membership at the reunion this year. I will present details of our
engagements from the computerization of the books and records through the audit
and subsequent procedures analysis. I will discuss the overall status and condition
of your accounting and bookkeeping system and be available to answer questions
you may have.
Randall N. Drake, CPA
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
Annual Financial Statements for Year Ended 2003
As of December 31, 2003
CMA Money Fund
First National Bank
Other Current Assets
Total Other Current Assets
Total Current Assets
Total Fixed Assets
Reunion Expense Deposits
Other Expense Deposits
Total Other Assets
LIABILITIES & EQUITY
Other Current Liabilities
Total Other Current Liabilities
Total Current Liabilities
Beginning Fund Balance
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY
PROFIT & LOSS STATEMENT
January 1 through December 31 2003
First Class Postage
Bank & Credit Card Expenses
Other Taxes & Licenses
Postage & Delivery
Printing & Reproduction
Travel & lodging
Total Administrative Expenses
Canal Record Expenses
Society Functions Expenses
Net Income (Loss)
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JANUARY 24, 2004
All board members were present with the exception of the
Legislative Representative, one Director and Chaplain.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the November 22nd and
December 6th Executive Board meetings; the expenditures of
$26,604.38 for the period of November 22, 2003 through
January 20, 2004; the applications of 102 new members; and
approved payment for area reporters for 2003.
The name change of the Society has been sent to the
Secretary of State.
Explore the possibility of finding a lawyer to review the
Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws.
Look into moving money market account to another
Approval given for CPA to do the taxes for the Society for
the year 2003.
Motion passed for $200.00 deposit to be sent to the Wine
Cellar for the 2004 Christmas Luncheon.
Reporters for South Carolina and Hawaii were approved.
The following reports were made:
Joint meeting with Museum is planned for February.
Hilton Hotel advised refund check would be in the mail
Arrangements for Carmichael's Restaurant are set for
membership meeting on February 7.
Second letter from member discussed Draft of response
was read and the Executive Board offered to meet with him
at a board meeting or after our meeting in Sarasota.
The following reunion reports were made:
Annual Luncheon show is on schedule.
10 to 12 Vendors have registered.
Villa reservations are now being placed on a waiting list.
Two new sessions have been added Panama dance les-
sons being offered by dancers who perform at Despedida and
a floral arranging class will be taught by Margaret
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
All board members present with the exception of 2nd Vice
President, one Director, Sgt. At Arms and Chaplain.
Also present was Al Maale, Panama Canal Society member
from Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the January 24 Executive Board
meeting; the expenditures of $8,004.90 and the applications
of 43 new members.
SApproved the hiring of a Parliamentarian and present to
the membership at the next general membership meeting for
Approved $100.00 for picnic expenses.
Approved signing addendum to contract for 2004, 2005
and 2006 for room types and villas at the Caribe Royale.
Approved hire of CPA to do a year review for 2003
instead of a full audit.
The following reports were made:
The joint Society and Panama Canal Museum meeting is
scheduled for March 20.
SAfter discussion, decision made to transfer money market
to Herbert J. Sims from Merrill Lynch.
It was reported that we need 40 people to break even with
the Starship Luncheon Cruise, which looks like we will meet.
SThe membership program has been updated to include an
email box under member A and B. It is not functioning yet but
we have the ability to start inputting email addresses.
Back-up software has been purchased. After reading man-
ual and a dry run on another computer it will be installed on
the office computer.
The following reunion reports were made:
Contract for Saturday night band has been received and
President and 1st Vice President signed it.
Grant Hemond & Associates needs deposit check for
Friday and Saturday night DJs. The charge is same rate as
past two years.
Discussion on thank you gifts for volunteers at reunion.
No decision was made.
Caribe Royale will provide a Villa for babysitting servic-
es. Members must make the arrangements with the provider
Mears Transportation will provide discount to our mem-
bers but will not provide direct service to the Caribe.
Coupons will be published in the April Directory and June
Board Meeting will be held on April 24 at the Caribe
SMuseum requested a table at the Annual Luncheon.
Decision was made that since the Museum wasn't selling
SCN related items and already had a table in the vendor room
and their display room, request was denied.
SFeatures have been added to the reunion program, such as
the program screen matches the hard copy of the registration
papers and still working on best way to reuse reunion ticket
numbers when someone cancels.
18 mini reunions are planned during the 2004 reunion.
FOR THE CANAL RECORD
AUGUST 6, 2004
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
CARMICHAEL'S RESTAURANT OCALA, FLA.
FEBRUARY 7, 2004
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 40 mem-
bers in attendance at the February General Membership
Meeting held at Carmichael's Restaurant, Ocala, Fla.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the
invocation, followed by a moment of silence for members
who had recently passed away. In the absence of Sgt. At
Arms Lynnette Stokes, President McLaughlin led the mem-
bership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past presidents Pete and Marje
Meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:55 a.m. and recon-
vened at 1:00 p.m.
The president thanked Tom Wilder and his daughters
Samantha and Brittany Wilder for setting up the luncheon.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
December General Membership Meeting from the Wine
Cellar Restaurant in North Redington Beach, Fla. As there
were no changes or additions to the minutes, Pete Foster
made a motion to approve the minute, seconded by Marje
Foster. Motion passed.
President McLaughlin announced that Kenny Morris had
resigned as Treasurer in December due to his current job
obligation. John Gough has agreed to accept the position until
the end of this term. John Gough highlighted the major
expenses from the December Financial Statement. The
December Financial Statement stands for Audit.
Bill McLaughlin reported the April 3rd meeting would be
a luncheon cruise aboard the Starship Yacht out of Tampa
Bay; the Annual Luncheon will feature a tribute to Armed
Forces Radio Service, Caribbean Forces Network and
Southern Command Network. March will be our Annual
Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs and then in May
we will be going to Troyer's in Sarasota.
The president reminded the members the ballot for new
officers would appear in the March Canal Record. The
Nominating Committee recommended the following slate of
officers for the 2004-2006 term:
President, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Tom Wilder
1st Vice President, Roy Culbreth
2nd Vice President, Bob Russell
Directors; John Gough, Ed Donohue and Richard Murphy.
The nominations from the floor are as follows:
1st Vice President, Steve Nehring
Directors; Virgil Camby and Faith Brundage.
In the absence of Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator,
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President reported on the reunion.
* The Villas have been very popular and currently anyone
asking for a Villa is being placed on a waiting list.
* Friday afternoon flower arrangement class is being
organized to teach how to make a corsage and floral center-
pieces from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* A Panamanian dance class is scheduled for Friday after-
noon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dancers who perform at
Despedida will teach the traditional dance.
Tom Wilder reported confirmations from the hotel will be
sent out in about six weeks. Tom announced volunteers are
needed at the reunion to help out in Registration, Dance
Ticket Sales and Despedida Lottery sales.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor reported that the March
Canal Record would be mailed by the end of the first week of
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that the museum has a clerical
employee who also has a museum background now working
at the museum. The potluck lunch in January was very well
attended, the museum is planning another cruise in 2005; the
Executive Board will be meeting in March and the theme for
this year's reunion will be the Construction Days.
The president opened the meeting up to the membership
for any questions. Fred Robinson asked why we do not list
the phone numbers in the membership directory. It was
explained that although the directory is strictly for the mem-
bers, we do not provide phone numbers as a matter of priva-
cy. In addition, many of our members have unlisted numbers
and many do not want any information given out.
John Gough made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:30
P.M.; seconded by Peter Foster. Motion passed.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
ANDERSON PARK, TARPON SPRINGS, FLA
MARCH 6, 2004
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 86 mem-
bers in attendance at the March General Membership
Meeting held at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the
invocation, followed by a moment of silence for members
who had recently passed away. Sgt. At Arms Lynnette Stokes
led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past presidents Pete Foster,
Betty LeDoux, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell and Faith
Meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:55 a.m. and recon-
vened at 12:30 p.m.
The president thanked Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and her com-
mittee for arranging the annual picnic.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
February General Membership Meeting from Carmichael's
Restaurant in Ocala, Fla. As there were no changes or addi-
tions to the minutes, President William McLaughlin approved
the minutes as read.
Treasurer John Gough highlighted some of the major
expenses from the January Financial Statement. The January
Financial Statement stands for Audit.
President McLaughlin reported the Executive Board has
agreed to have a parliamentarian look at our bylaws and pro-
cedures. According to our Standing Rule #16 the member-
ship must approve our hiring a parliamentarian. Bill advised
the membership that the cost would be around $100.00.
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby made the motion to hire the parlia-
mentarian; seconded by Bob Russell. Motion passed.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership the Annual
Luncheon will be a tribute to Armed Forces Radio Service,
the Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and Southern
Command Network (SCN). Bill reminded the members about
our upcoming meetings. The April Membership meeting will
be a luncheon cruise aboard the Starship Yacht out of Tampa
Bay. The Sarasota Luncheon will be held at Troyer's Dutch
Heritage Restaurant, and the June general membership meet-
ing will be held at Stacey's in Clearwater.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership that the bal-
lots for officers for the term 2004-2006 would be in the
March Canal Record and to please remember to vote.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator reported to the
* All Villas at the Caribe Royale are occupied and now
there is a waiting list for a Villa. The King and Queen Suites
are still available.
* The membership needs to register everyone in his or her
party since the hotel is having a free continental breakfast for
everyone registered at the hotel. Breakfast tickets will be
issued to only those that are registered for the hotel.
* New activities at the reunion; a flower arranging class and
a dance class will be held on Friday afternoon. The forms for
both classes will be in the March Canal Record. A minimum
number of participants are required for both classes.
Betty LeDoux, Nominating Chairperson introduced can-
didates present at the picnic including Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
for president, Roy Culbreth and Steve Nehring for 1 st Vice
President, Bob Russell for 2nd Vice President and for
Director positions, John Gough, Skeeter Camby and Faith
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis reported that we will have some
new vendors selling at the reunion this year and as of today
we have a total of 20 members signed up as vendors.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that the museum's first cruise was
very successful and that they are planning on a second cruise
Skeeter Camby made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
1:00 p.m.; seconded by Faith Brundage. Motion passed.
EXECUTIVE BOARD HONORARY MEMBERSHIP NOMINATION
Once in a while a member emerges amongst us, who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to our organi-
zation and who is worthy of special recognition, reward and our sincere gratitude. Mrs. Beth Lewis Brandenburg
is the epitome of such an individual.
Mrs. Brandenburg is a long-time member of the Society and has always exhibited a profound willingness to vol-
unteer her services even when her personal commitments would dictate otherwise. She became actively involved in
Society leadership in 2000 when she was elected as a Director, a position in which she served most effectively and
with daunting diligence until she reluctantly chose not to run for another term of office in order to concentrate on
more pressing personal obligations. Beth's ability to interface effectively with others in a kind, gentle and consider-
ate manner made her a natural to head up the Reunion Registration activity at the past three annual reunions.
Her continued service to the Society was solicited as the person to assume supervisory responsibility for the mon-
umental task of assisting our members to convert their Mutual of Omaha insurance benefits to a new contract admin-
istrator in Panama. Beth committed countless hours searching for and coordinating with members regarding their
insurance policies as well as pursuing others who were on the insurer's list but could not be located, to include, at her
insistence, many who were not Society members. The hours spent in implementing and perfecting this system
required persistence, tact, and persuasion in dealing with the Panamanian officials, the US Mutual of Omaha
Insurance Company and quite often some frustrated members.
She spent countless hours on the phone walking members through the conversion process as well as working with
the Panama associate to ensure that the correct certificates were mailed to our members in a timely manner. This task
presented many obstacles and challenges that would discourage most. The results speak for themselves and we have
all witnessed and benefited from the long hours Beth committed in her normal unselfish and fully accommodating
manner to this project. Mrs. Brandenburg's efforts and results were nothing short of exemplary.
Mrs. Brandenburg has consistently given of herself to our organization over the years and she continues to do so
today. She can easily be characterized as being what a "Zonian" is all about. Accordingly, your Executive Board is
pleased to nominate Mrs. Beth Lewis Brandenburg, for Honorary Membership into the Panama Canal Society, in
recognition of her selfless devotion and many distinguished contributions to our organization.
2004 Annual Luncheon
We have another big show planned for the 2004 Annual Luncheon. All of us remember our one and only American
English-speaking radio and television station in the Canal Zone. Serving the Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to
November 22, 1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS), Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern
Command Network (SCN) provided us with news and entertainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the peo-
ple behind it all and the shows they produced for us. This may be the last opportunity for us to recapture the sights and
sounds of those 58 years. This will indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those who provided us this news
and entertainment. There will be old film clips, video and sound tracks that we will all remember from our days in the
Canal Zone. Many of those talented people from AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon show to once again enter-
tain us and share old memories. The show will be approximately an hour and a half long and will follow lunch. Don't
miss this show! You can register for the Annual Luncheon when registering for the 2004 Reunion.
See the yellow pages in the center of this book for registration. If you have any questions, please contact Bill
McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to do their business directly
with the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and handle all business of those policyholders who choose to
act and process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of
contact and may be reached on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at the Society's toll free number (1-866-726-
2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel Gordon;
and he can be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the Panama office should advise the Society office of the particulars
if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise, policy-
holders and claimants should notify the Society office when their business has been satisfactorily concluded with CIS so
that the Society can drop the policyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.
FEDERAL RETIREES' PERSPECTIVE ON A MEDICARE
PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees
(NARFE) is dedicated to protecting the earned retirement
benefits of federal employees, retirees, and survivors.
NARFE represents the nation's 2.3 million federal annuitants
and has over 400,000 members nationally. NARFE strongly
supports the creation of a Medicare drug benefit for senior
citizens who have no drug coverage. But at the same time, we
want to ensure that no harm is done to older Americans who
have already earned such coverage through an employer-
sponsored plan, or who already have this coverage through a
Medicare supplement or Medigap plan.
For federal retirees enrolled in Medicare and the govern-
ment's Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHBP) plan, Medicare pays first, and then the FEHBP plan
pays remaining costs and services not covered by Medicare,
such as outpatient prescription drugs. NARFE supports mak-
ing any new Medicare drug benefit voluntary, and is pleased
that current proposals are voluntary.
NARFE's main concern is the proposed Medicare pre-
scription drug coverage that could encourage employers to
drop current retiree drug coverage, harming rather than help-
ing millions of seniors. The non-partisan Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 37 percent of retired
workers with employer-sponsored drug benefits could lose it
under the Senate Medicare drug plan, and 32 percent could
suffer a loss in coverage under the House approved plan. The
CBO, as well as NARFE, and many other groups represent-
ing seniors across America, believe that Medicare drug cov-
erage as proposed in both the House and Senate could act as
an incentive for employers to reduce or drop their employer-
sponsored drug benefits. If that occurs, retirees could be
forced to join the new Medicare drug plan, paying additional
monthly premiums for a drug benefit that would be inferior to
what they have. In other words, the creation of Medicare drug
coverage could mean that Congress as a budget savings pro-
posal might eliminate the FEHBP drug benefit for federal
retirees age 65 and older and replace it with the new Medicare
coverage. NARFE believes that the very last thing Medicare
reform should do is to encourage the government or any
employer, to break promises made to their retirees regarding
their earned health security. If FEHBP is supposed to be the
model for Medicare reform, then the federal government
itself must not drop or reduce drug benefits for its own
retirees. It must set an example for other employers.
NARFE worked with the House Government Reform
Committee Chairman, Tom Davis of Virginia, and other fed-
eral-friendly lawmakers, and recently passed legislation that
would require FEHBP plans to provide prescription drug ben-
efits of equal value to active federal workers and to federal
retirees whether covered by Medicare or not. NARFE
believes that the federal government must renew its promise
as an employer to protect the retirement and health care ben-
efits of federal workers and their families. By including the
NARFE-supported legislation in the final Medicare bill that
emerges from the House and Senate conference, Congress
would be sending a message to all employers that they too
must continue to honor the promises they made to their
EASE THE HIGH COST OF HEALTH CARE BY
EXTENDING TAX RELIEF TO FEDERAL ANNUI-
TANTS AND MILITARY RETIREES
Since 1998, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
(FEHBP) premiums have increased by more than 10 percent
a year. While 2003 premiums increased by an average of 11
percent, the federal retirement annuity cost of living adjust-
ment (COLA) was only 1.4 percent and annuity checks aver-
age $1,869 per month.
Currently, federal employees and annuitants pay an aver-
age share of 29 percent for FEHBP premiums and the feder-
al government contributes 71 percent. Federal annuitants pay
for their share of FEHBP premiums with after-tax funds with-
held from annuities. "After tax annuity dollars" are defined as
annuities received after income taxes are paid.
Federal tax law (Section 125 of the Internal Revenue
Code) presently allows employers in the public and private
sectors to permit their employees to pay for health insurance
with pre-tax dollars, wages excluded from both income and
Social Security payroll taxes. For example, if a federal
employee's annual share of a FEHBP premium is $1,700,
then her adjusted gross income would be lowered by that
amount for purposes of filing personal income taxes. These
so-called "premium conversion plans" are available to most
employees of large private-sector companies.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) began offer-
ing premium conversion plans to executive branch employees
in October 2000 and Congress extended the tax benefit to leg-
islative branch workers in January 2001. Premium conver-
sion saves the average federal worker about $434 a year.
Unfortunately, federal annuitants were not included in the
new plan because the tax code is unclear on their eligibility to
participate. These individuals must also shoulder the burden
of increasingly high health premiums. Much of the 1.3 to 3.5
percent COLAs received by federal annuitants and military
retirees during the last six years have been eroded by double-
digit increases in health insurance premiums.
Many current federal employees will be surprised to learn
that they will no longer receive the premium conversion ben-
efit after they retire. Action Requested: Legislation to allow
federal annuitants and military retirees to pay their share of
FEHBP premiums with pre-tax earnings has been introduced
as H.R. 1231 (staff contact: Brian Stout 202/225-1492) by
Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA). Senator John Warner (R-VA) has
introduced S. 623 (staff contact: Victoria Stackwick 202/224-
2023). NARFE asks that you cosponsor and support commit-
tee action on these bills in the 108th Congress (2003-2004).
GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET (GPO)
Present law prevents government retirees (who were first
eligible to retire in December 1982 and later) from collecting
both a government annuity based on their own work and
Social Security benefits based on their spouse's work record.
This law provides that two-thirds of the government annuity
offsets whatever Social Security benefits would be payable to
the retired government worker as a spouse (wife, husband,
A federal retiree with a monthly annuity of $900 and no
Social Security coverage of her own would receive a greatly
reduced widow's benefit from the program on the death of her
husband as a result of GPO.
Example: the husband, a private-sector retiree, received a
$1,100 monthly Social Security benefit. A spouse who
worked in the private sector would be entitled to receive this
entire $1,100 per month benefit. However, because the
widow is a federal annuitant, she will receive only $500 a
month from Social Security, since two-thirds of her own $900
annuity -- $600 offsets the $1,100.
The Government Pension Offset most drastically affects
WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION (WEP)
Present law greatly reduces the Social Security benefit of
a retired or disabled worker who also receives a government
annuity based on his/her own earnings. It applies to anyone
who becomes 62 (or disabled) after 1985 and becomes eligi-
ble for her/his government annuity after 1985. This windfall
reduction can reduce the worker's earned Social Security ben-
efit by as much as 60 percent.
For example, an annuitant with 30 years of federal serv-
ice could receive a monthly benefit of $405 based on the for-
mula used by Social Security. However, since this annuitant
falls under the Windfall Elimination Provision, her monthly
Social Security benefit is cut to $180.
STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO GREENSPAN'S
PROPOSAL TO CUT FUTURE SOCIAL SECURITY BEN-
The notion that Social Security should be a prime target
to fix future budget deficits that are unrelated to the program
is irresponsible. Social Security is designed as a self-sustain-
ing program, and should be strengthened to ensure its long-
term solvency. Social Security should not be a resource for
negotiators over the federal budget deficit. In fact, Social
Security's own growing surpluses currently make the deficit
in the rest of the federal budget appear smaller.
Americans are not saving enough for retirement and half
of Americans working today having no pension coverage.
Future retirees will need the guaranteed, lifelong, inflation-
protected benefits of Social Security to help achieve an ade-
quate income in retirement. AARP favors a balanced
approach to reaching future solvency for Social Security. But
simply cutting benefits ignores the retirement picture for
most current and future retirees and would be unfair to
boomers and younger workers, pulling the rug out from under
their retirement security.
GREENSPAN'S TESTIMONY TARGETS BENEFITS
Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve, urged
Congress to cut future Social Security benefits rather than
hike taxes to counter a projected deficit in Social Security
funding. Although that suggestion would impact all retirees
affected by Social Security payments, Greenspan also sug-
gested a change to the Consumer Price Index that, if carried
out indiscriminately, could undermine a number of programs
affecting civil service retirees, veterans, military retirees and
their families. Any change in the Cost of Living adjustments
would adversely affect all retirees.
GEORGE WILL THE COLUMNIST REPORTS
By the year 2030, the baby boomers, which begin retiring
in 2008, will have made America's population older than
Florida's is today. America's population will have increased
perhaps as much as 18 percent and its retirees 100 percent.
Today life expectancy at birth is 76, which is troublesome
enough, but additional expectancy at 65 is 17 years and grow-
ing. Most people start collecting Social Security at 62, so the
year 2019 will be especially challenging because more
American babies were born in 1957 or 4.3 million in a popu-
lation of 172 million than in any year in American history.
Today there are more than 199 million additional Americans,
but there were fewer than 4 million newborns per year
throughout the 1990s.
In the 1950s the median age for women's first marriages
was 20.3. By 2000 it was 25.1. This affects the wager we
have made on Social Security as a generational compact,
children being able and willing to support the elderly.
In 1940 there were 42 workers for every retiree. Today
there are 3.2 to one. In 2030 there will be 2.2 to 1. Nowadays,
parents have fewer children than they used to, the children are
geographically more dispersed and their sense of obligation is
attenuated by distance and divorce.
Since 1963 medical costs have grown faster than the
economy. And given the dynamism of medical science that is
multiplying expensive diagnostic and therapeutic technolo-
gies and others, medical costs are likely to grow even faster
relative to the economy
COVERAGE IN THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH
With nearly 10 million members, the program is the
biggest "company" plan in the nation. With the employer,
Uncle Sam, paying 72 percent of the premium, and with cra-
dle-to-grave coverage, it is also probably the best health plan
in the nation.
The federal plan covers career civil servants and career
politicians, as well as their spouses, their survivors and, in
many instances, their ex-husbands or ex-wives and grand-
POOR DENTAL BENEFITS.
Participating health maintenance organizations in the fed-
eral program offer the best dental benefits, but they are still
not so hot, and besides many people don't like HMOs.
Feds have been clamoring for a long time for better den-
tal benefits in the health plan. So have many politicians who
belong to the plan and who along with their spouses and
children have teeth, too. Now there is a movement in
Congress to give feds and retirees something to smile about:
better dental coverage.
One problem is that Congress for years has told the Office
of Personnel Management, which runs the health program
and negotiates benefits, to keep annual premium increases to
a minimum. Premiums have risen each year, but the percent-
age increase generally is much lower than for nonfederal
group plans. The primary reason is that OPM on orders from
Congress to save money has frozen dental benefits. Many
health plans want to improve the benefits, but they can't
promise to do it without a corresponding increase in premi-
The best bet for improved dental benefits is probably
some kind of supplemental policy that the government would
negotiate for program members. It would have its own set of
premiums and its own risk pool.
Meanwhile, members who demand better dental benefits
and at the same time insist that premium increases be mini-
mized should be flossing more and talking less.
VISION. DENTAL BENEFITS ISSUE ARISES
The House civil service subcommittee has held a hearing
aimed at finding ways to improve dental and vision care
under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. One
approach being considered (HR-3751) would be to order the
Office of Personnel Management to produce a report on
whether the government could offer such benefits. While
enrollees likely would have to pay the full cost, the idea is
that by aggregating buying power, the government could
command lower rates--much the same approach that was
used in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
Currently, FEHB carriers offer varying levels of benefits and
many employee organizations offer such benefits as supple-
mental plans. Their interests likely will play a large role in
any consideration of creating government-wide offerings.
OPM has not taken a position on the measure.
COLA COUNT RISES
A third of the way through the counting period toward the
January 2005 cost-of-living adjustment for federal retirees,
an increase of 0.3 percent has been accumulated, following
an increase of 0.6 percent in January in the inflation index
used to set the COLA.
FEDERAL LEGAL CORNER: DEPARTMENT OF HOME-
LAND SECURITY PROPOSE REGULATIONS
The recently published DHS proposed regulations
(Federal Register, Vol. 69, No. 34, 2/20/04) limit employee
appeal rights for adverse actions and performance-based
These appeals are now merged in an expedited appeal
procedure that only requires proof by substantial evidence,
not a preponderance of the evidence as was used for adverse
actions, for all actions under Subpart G of the proposed rules.
There is also a requirement for deference to OPM and DHS
in their interpretation of the regulations, the Homeland
Security Act, and civil service law. The time limits for
responding to proposed actions and appeals are also reduced
which will make it more difficult for employees to reply and
prove their innocence at DHS hearings. Furthermore, per-
formance-based actions will no longer require an opportunity
for the employee to improve his or her performance. Under
the proposed regulations, employee will be entitled to a min-
imum of 15 days' advance notice as opposed to the current 30
days and only five days for mandatory removal offenses,
which have yet to be defined. Employees will only be given
a minimum of 5 days to respond orally and/or in writing to
the proposed charges. After a final decision has been issued,
appeals may be filed with the MSPB within 20 days after the
effective date of the action except for mandatory removal
offenses, which may only be appealed to a DHS Panel.
Administrative Judges (AJs) will no longer be allowed to
reverse charges based on the way the charge is labeled or the
conduct is characterized, written discovery and depositions
are more limited, summary judgment is encouraged, and set-
tlement negotiations may not take place if opposed by either
The penalty selected by the DHS may not be reduced or
modified, and initial decisions must be issued by AJs within
90 days. If fewer than all of the charges are sustained, the AJ
or the Panel must direct DHS to promptly determine whether
the penalty is still appropriate based on the sustained
chargess. Then a party may appeal to the Merit Systems
Protection Board (MSPB), which must issue a decision with-
in 60 days after the filing of an opposition if OPM files a peti-
tion for reconsideration. Attorney fees are limited to when an
action is reversed in its entirety and only if the MSPB deter-
mines the action constituted a prohibited personnel practice,
was taken in bad faith, or is without any basis in fact and law.
There is also judicial review of any final MSPB order or deci-
sion. Overall, the proposed regulations will severely diminish
DHS employees' rights as presently provided by Title V of the
U.S. Code. In addition to the more limited appeal rights, the
proposed regulations will eliminate the option of using arbi-
tration for the adjudication of adverse actions. Due to the con-
troversial nature of these proposed regulations, it is expected
that there will be significant comments and attempts at revi-
sion before they are issued in final form. (This information is
provided by the attorneys at Passman & Kaplan, P.C., a law
firm dedicated to the representation of federal employees
worldwide. For more information on Passman & Kaplan,
P.C., go to http://www.passmanandkaplan).
James J. O'Donnell
DEADLINE FOR THE
IS AUGUST 6, 2004
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Anna and Tony Mann, and Margaret McLaughlin.
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Nancy Van Siclen, Jacquie and Fred Cotton.
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Slover, Jo Attia, Judy Hooper and Bertha Pescod.
L-R: Linda Marshall, Faith Brundage, Albert Wilder, Aura
Erikson, Bill and Jeanne Wheeler, Carlie and Alice Taber,
Eleanor Buehler and Elma Seiferlein.
L-R: Hubert and Margot Jordan, Pete and Marje
and Dot Herrington, Joy and Al Maale.
enais, L-R: Mary Lou and Pete Lang, Woody and Elsie Woodruff,
Linda Weir, Vera Ryan, Evelyn Ramm and George
,-Ro. JullInu alm rilell ougll, rlallm ; lrwla,
Robert K., Robert D. and Jean Hanna.
L-R: Tom Peterson, Bob and Virginia Moriarty, Barbara
Peterson, Mary and Kathy Egolf, Joan and Ed Ohman.
L-R: Mary Lynch, Laverne Larrabee, Stella DeMarr, Jim
O'Donnell, Frank and Lori King, Lois Jones and Rick
L-R: Olga Disharoon, Anna Collins, Father John Kennedy,
Bev Williams, Karen Hall, Grace Carey, Carolyn Vezina,
Ruth Schmidt and Betty Snow.
L-R: Marion and Lee Kariger, Larry and Sue Barca, Olga
Angelica Guzman, Amparo Paul and Bertha Narvaez.
L-R: Faye Weisser, Leni Stokes, James Hall, Joann Haugen,
Gerald Martin, Janet Stuart, Vicki Sizemore and Ed
L-K: netty, iavia ana iua LKelener, tieorge locnterman,
Bill McKeown, Arlene Tochterman, Joanie and Joe
and L-R: Ove Hultin, Billie Hul
Margie and Linda Sherry.
FEBRUARY OCALA GENERAL MEETING
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Bill Muller, Jean Muller and Elissa C
Dick and Sandy Roscoe, Edna and Duane
Aura Erickson, Capt. Albert Wilder, Rae Wilder and Art
Ellen and John Gough
Ellen and John Gough.
Ruth and Rene Conlan, Juanita and Dick McConaughey.
FEBRUARY OCALA GENERAL MEETING
Kathy and Mary Egolf.
Dan and Dawn (Crowell) Gressang.
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Rupert 'lrner, Steve Nehring and Jimmy Van Loon
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L-R: Mike Weade, Bob Hanna, Jan
irlong, Anna and Marje Foster, Bob and Dot Herrington and Pete Foster.
L-R: Jim Hal
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Jim O'Donnell and Dick Cunningham.
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Paul at the Panama Canal Museum table.
Bob Russell, "Bingo" Jim O'Donnell and Bob Hanna cook-
ing the dogs.
APRIL STARSHIP CRUISE
L-R: Nancy Van Siclen, Bill McLaughlin, Dan Norman,
Lynley Weade, Loretta Date and Vera Scott.
John Gough, Tom Hanna, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Ellen L-R: Marian, Cyndee and
Gough. Schlicht and Mary Lynch.
L-R: Evelyn Hoffman, Larry and Sue Barca, Mary and Kathy L-R: Kathy Wilder, Aura Erikson, Albert Wilder, Betty and
Egolf, Dorman and Rayma Griffin and George Hoffman. Donna Yerxa, Dick Danielsen and Tom Wilder.
APRIL STARSHIP CRUISE
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Beth Brandenburg, Pete and Mary Lou Lang.
L-R: Bill and Barbara McKi
Kelly and Jim Parthenais.
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Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient and inpa-
tient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the following address, making your request under the Freedom of Infor-
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place, provide enough information to identify requester and medical charts in
question All vital records were transferred before the year 2000. Information for the final destination of these records will
be published and the United States Consulate may also be contacted for reference.
Canal Zone High School and Panama Canal College transcripts, and copies of student records may be obtained at no
charge by requesting transcripts from:
Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
7201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905
Tel: (706) 545-4785
MAJOR DIANA LISA
in Viet Nam, and Bill (CHS'75) was a paratrooper with the
82nd Airborne Division, serving in Iraq during Desert Storm.
Major Diana Lisa Staneszewski (United States Marine
Corps), daughter of Elizabeth and the late Capt. Robert T.
Staneszewski (Panama Canal pilot) with a friend from Balboa
High School, Major Muriel Ramirez (United States
Air Force). Both are currently serving in Iraq.
Major Muriel Ramirez and Major Diana Lisa Staneszewski
SSG STUART ALLEN
SSG Stuart Alien (CHS'78) has returned from Iraq where
he was serving as a platoon sergeant with the 101st Airborne
Division out of Ft. Campbell, Ky. He has been in northern
Iraq since March 2003. He had the dangerous duty of running
support convoys out of Mosul which has been a real hotbed
of anti-American activity. In early December Stuart had the
misfortune of running over an IED (Improvised explosive
device) in his Humvee. The explosion ejected him from the
cab of the vehicle. He received a concussion but recovered
and after a few days was returned to his unit. He had served
in this same area during "Operation Desert Storm" in 1991.
Stuart has almost 15 years with the Army. He has been
stationed in Italy, spent one year in Korea, and a short tour in
Oman, in addition to Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Needless to say everyone is thankful that he has
returned safe and sound. His wife, Manuela, and his 10-year-
old daughter, Amanda, are sticking to him like velcro and
hope he won't be sent away again.
Stuart is the son of Bud and Joanne Alien of Colorado
Springs, Colo. Bud and Joanne have three sons who have
served in combat with the U.S. Army. Besides Stuart, Steve
(CHS'69) was an Army Ranger with the 1st Cavalry Division
SSG Stuart Allen surrounded by other military personnel.
ROBERT ARTHUR STANESZEWSKI
Robert Arthur Staneszewski, son of Elizabeth T.
Staneszewski and the late Capt. Robert T. Staneszewski
(Panama Canal pilot) of Oldsmar, Fla., recently graduated
from Officers Candidate School and was awarded his com-
mission as an Ensign in the U. S. Coast Guard. He also
received the Cdr. George MacGarvey Leadership Award.
Robert has been in the Reserves for 13 years, and recently
returned from an active duty deployment in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom.
ensign KoDert Arthur staneszewsKi receiving congratula-
tions upon graduating from Officers Candidate School.
Robert is a 1995 graduate from the University of Central
Florida where he received a BS in Finance. He is pursuing his
MBA at Saint Leo University while working full time as a
Senior Financial Analyst for Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP.
Robert currently resides in New Port Richey, Fla., with his
wife Lori and daughter Ella (3 and 1/2 years old).
Tim Dolan is welcomed home after his tour in Baghdad
by his family.
L-R: Karen and Kyle Castleton, Bonnie, Tim, Ed, and Jon
Dolan, Art and Joyce Hughes Witting. Right front: Colin and
Nolan F. Herring joined the U.S. Coast Guard in October
and graduated from the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape
May, N.J. on December 12, 2003. Nolan is the son of Tracy
Scott Herring (CHS'77) and Joseph A. Herring (CHS'72).
Hall, the son of Anne and John Hall of Sarasota, Fla., was
bor in the Panama Canal Zone in 1961.
After graduating from Balboa High School in 1979, he
was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from
which he graduated in 1983.
In September 1985, he was designated a naval aviator and
assigned to VA-22 at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif., fly-
ing the single seat A-7E Corsair with Carrier Air Wing 11 on
board the USS Enterprise.
Hall has also served as an instructor pilot with VA-122;
staff landing signal officer with CVW-17 aboard the USS
Saratoga and, in May 1993, he reported to VFA-81 where he
served as both administrative and safety officer.
Hall left the regular Navy in March 1995 and became a
Selected Reservist with the Naval Air Reserve at Naval Air
Station Jacksonville. He was also a pilot instructor for VFA
106 Squadron Augmentation Unit flying the single seat F/A
18 Hornet at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla.
In July 1999, Commander Hall was selected to join the
world famous "Sunseekers" of Fleet Logistics Support
Squadron (VR 58) at NAS Jacksonville to fly the C-9B air-
craft in support of fleet operations worldwide. In 2003 he was
the command pilot of one of their aircraft when he flew six
U.S. Congressmen into Pyongyang, North Korea for meet-
ings with officials of that country.
Commander Hall has logged more than 3500 Naval flight
hours, which entailed four hundred eighty-five (485) arrested
landings (traps) on eight separate U. S. Navy aircraft carriers.
At present he is a pilot with Spirit Airlines and has logged
3100 additional hours with TWA and American Airlines.
In addition to his parents, the change of command cere-
mony was attended by his wife, the former Kimberly Leach,
her mother Reva Leach, children William, Claire, and
Katherine, his sister Jill and her children, Sumner and
Virginia Beeman. Ten of his 1983 Naval Academy classmates
arrived from various locations to attend his promotion.
Nolan F. Herring
COMMANDER WILLIAM C. HALL
Commander William Hall was installed as Commander of
the U.S. Naval Reserve Squadron VR-58 "Sunseekers" on
February 21, 2004. He had been assigned to VR-58 since July
1999 when he was selected to join the "Sunseekers" to fly in
support of fleet operations worldwide.
Commander William C. Hall
United States Naval Reserve
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
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MD Robin Harrison Baker
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Monika Gragg reports Jason and Monika Gragg had
friends and relatives come to Tuscaloosa for Christmas.
Sharron Gragg arrived in October from Washington State to
witness the birth of Evan Gragg. She was joined by Larry
Gragg in December, arriving all the way from Bulgaria
where he has been working since September. Richard and
Angie Linton joined the group, driving up from Tallahassee
for a few days of fun. Pricilla Snell made the quick trip from
Columbus, Miss., where she was spending the holidays with
her grandchildren. The Gragg house was full of food, drink,
and plenty of Panama stories into the wee hours of the morn-
Back row L-R: Angie Linton, Richard Linton, Pricilla
Snell, Sharron Gragg (holding Evan) and Jason Gragg. Front
row L-R: Monika Gragg (holding Jacob) and Larry Gragg.
My sister, Tracy (Cotton) Fleming, of Palmdale, Calif.,
has been holding her breath as her son, John, was scheduled
to leave Iraq this month. His unit had all of their equipment
packed up and were just waiting for the ship to arrive so they
could get the heck out of there when the trouble in Faluja
flared up. The unit was told to unpack and return to Iraq for
another 90 to 120 days. Please remember John and all of our
service men and women in your prayers.
Keith Moumblow reported that he underwent heart
bypass and valve replacement on March l1th. He was
amazed that he was only hospitalized for four days. The sur-
gery went well and thanks to his wife Beverly, daughter Lori,
and his good friend Roy Wilson his recovery is going great.
Keith says that this 50,000 mile check up has let him look for-
ward to attending his 60th High School Reunion. Keith says
that he needs to keep his Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast closed
for a couple of months but will definitely reopen as soon as
he feels he can keep up his usual high standards of hospitali-
This has been a very busy spring at the Cotton household.
We had two new grandchildren born within a month of each
other. Edie's son Daniel Coulson and his wife Amber were
blessed with a little boy Hayden Daniel Coulson, on March
10th, a date he and I share in common. Of course, Edie could-
n't wait to see the little feller and flew to Houston for a two-
Kendra Coulson, Hayley Coulson, Daniel Coulson holding
Hayden Coulson and Amber Coulson.
While Edie was in Houston, my daughter Heather
(Cotton) Nichols and her husband Tracy presented us with a
beautiful baby granddaughter, Chloe Adelle Nichols. Chloe
was a little surprise as she came a week earlier than predict-
The Dunnings had a nice surprise a visit from Gary and
Sissy Collins, ex-teachers from Curundu Junior High School
and Larry and Monica Milam. Larry is an ex-math teacher
from the Canal Zone. Monica (Norwood) had gone to
Cristobal High School for one year in 1950 and was in my
class. Wow, small world and I thought I was meeting them for
the first time. They live up the road from us in Bella Vista.
The Collins were traveling from their home in Georgia. We
had a great evening together chatting about old times.
Jess Harp and Samantha Harp, son and daughter of
Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp, participated in Odyssey of
the Mind (OM) teams through school. They solved their
problems and participated in the regional competition.
Samantha's team went on to State competition to compete
and placed 8th (the two top teams go on to World competi-
Lynn Dunning Harp
Heather (Cotton) Nichols with Chloe Adelle Nichols.
Edie and I have been visiting Edie's Dad, Jack Smith, a
former CZ policeman every other weekend or so. His health
is holding and he seems to be doing well. I really enjoy lis-
tening to all of his Canal Zone PD stories. He hasn't told any
stories on my brother George yet, but I'm sure he has some.
I also enjoy listening to his World War II stories.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
Greta and Joe Vowell report that they are off to St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands to see Joe's brother Charlie. They
plan to spend ten days there and can't wait to soak up a little
sun and enjoy the fabulous beaches. Their daughter Alison
and a friend drove down from Arizona to Minnesota and on
to Arkansas during their Spring vacation. They came espe-
cially to see them or was it to watch Survivor as Alison
explained it. Alison was delivering a dog to her friend's fam-
ily. I'm told that she is called the "dog whisperer" on the
reservation where she is still teaching school. Alison has such
a soft spot for animals she can't turn them away and has been
a foster mother to several dogs despite the fact that she has
two of her own.
Mike Perry (BHS'70) has joined the ranks of central
Florida zonians. Mike recently retired and relocated from
cold, snowy Colorado to the sunny Winter Park/Orlando area.
Faye Weisser (BHS'70) will be moving from Lakeland to
San Antonio, Texas to be closer to her mom and daughter
Sarah. We will miss her but know she will enjoy being clos-
er to her family.
Debbie Beall Bandy recently served as a lecturer aboard
the Island Princess. Her topic was the Panama Canal. Debbie
traveled with her cousin Rick (Beast) Wilder. They arranged
to leave the ship in Panama for the day and had a great visit
with Diana (Duncan) and Dave Bishop, and Pablo Prieto.
L-R: Rick (Beast) Wilder, Diana (Duncan) Bishop, Pablo
Prieto, Debby (Beall) Bandy and Dave Bishop.
Ed Wiberg (BHS/CHS'64) writes that he and wife Suzy
recently traveled the high seas on the Queen Mary 2 maiden
voyage to celebrate their 30th anniversary. They made their
reservations in July of 2002 for a trip in January 2004! Ewald
says "I've never had to plan anything that far ahead before."
Ewald and Suzy Wiberg in Barbados during the maiden voy-
age of the Queen Mary 2.
Dawn (Crowell) Gressang writes that she and husband
Dan took a cruise aboard the Horizon with the Panama Canal
Museum. They had a great time!
Lyndsey Willingham hosted a surprise birthday party for
her mom Janet Stuart in March. Zonians attending the event
were: Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Pam Crowell, Debbie
(Beall) Bandy, Sheila and Al Schonert.
Debbie (Beall) Bandy held a Despedida in April for
friends to say good-bye to Ed Ghandour who is moving to
West Africa in May. Surprise guest to the party was Richard
Dishong who drove from Titusville, Fla. to join local zoni-
ans; Dawn and Dan Gressang, Pam Crowell, Janet Stuart,
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell along with many other friends in the
"Skeeter" .nd Shirle) Camb3.
Betty LeDoux, Lenm Stokes, Bob Kussell and Kenny Morris.
L-R: Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Debbie (Beall) Bandy,
Richard "Smiley" Dishong, Janet Stuart, Pam Crowell, Dawn
and Dan Grassang.
Charlie Vowell, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will be
flying stateside to attend his son Kye's graduation from high
school in May.
The Panama Canal Society picnic was a great success and
the weather was perfect.
Ruth Schmidt, Faith Brundage and Carolyn Vezina
My husband Ed Wardlow and I are getting ready for a
return trip to Panama this June. We are really looking forward
Please take a minute to send me some news. This column
is entirely too short!
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers met for
their 60th semi-annual luncheon meeting at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse in April with a minimal group of only 28 present.
Jean Muller and Elissa Oakley welcomed each as they
arrived. The group was congenial and everyone expressed a
good time. Special guests representing the Panama Canal
Museum were: Kathy Egolf and Chuck Hummer accompa-
nied by Mrs. Mary Egolf.
Notable for their absence were some of our regulars. Leo
Krziza was reported to be on a cruise "around the world". He
should have some interesting stories to tell upon his return.
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier were off again to Califonia
and Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock had visitors. Don
and Dee Ellsworth sent us a report that "Don recently had a
serious operation and (is) not out and about as yet." Barbara
Kelly Barton also had recent surgery and relays the message
that she is "under house arrest" while undergoing further
treatment. Jim and Evelyn Cullen had other commitments
but expressed their regrets for having to miss the get-togeth-
er and it is a long trip over from Titusville. Dianne Cox
informed us that she had received an e-mail from Carolyn
Coffey in Weeki Wachee that Jerry Coffey had cancer of the
throat and they had to drive to Moffitt in Tampa for treat-
ments. Also, Virginia Booth was confined to her home and
in poor health. She asked for our prayers.
We wish to express our most sincere and heartfelt sympa-
thy to Edna, Barbara, and sister Margaret (Curles) Maxwell
upon the recent loss of their mother, Mrs. Marie Curies, wife
of the late Capt. Ralph Curies. Please refer to the "With
Deep Sorrow" pages in this issue of the Canal Record for fur-
ther information. Mrs. Curies was a close friend to Mrs.
Margaret Muller and her family.
Evelyn Tiencken sent us a NEWS FLASH...She had just
returned home after "a wonderful visit with friends in Austin,
Texas for the South by Southwest Festival." She stayed with
Beth Wright at her new condo ("and it's beautiful"). They
listened to some "Good Music". There were over 1,200 bands
in Austin for the week. Billy Bell and Bo Lane came up for
the Willy Nelson concert at the Backyard and they had the
pleasure of hearing Kris Kristofferson at the Saxton Pub.
Stanley Wright and the girls enjoyed the music of Dwight
Yoakum ("he has a HOT new guitar player") at La Zona
Rosa. All enjoyed a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning
with Valerie Krueger. Evelyn and Beth also enjoyed a day of
shopping in Mexico. In conclusion, she states that she had a
wonderful time and hopes to make the festival an annual
event--"all music buffs should attend this event, it is awe-
Billy Bell, Beth Wright, Evelyn Tiencken and Bo Lane.
Can you top this? Jim Wich writes: "I arrived in Balboa
on a Pan American DC-2 flight on July 4, 1942. Did not know
anything about the Canal so I volunteered to go to Gatun
Mechanical Division. My first job was in SIP-7 jack assem-
bly. Experienced my first scare bolting together the 2nd and
3rd sections of the jack some 40 feet up inside. Extension
lights, air hoses and grease everywhere. Emerson Gilmore
yelled something from the manhole. I thought he was yelling,
"AIR RAID" so the three of us climbed down as fast as we
could only to find out that the fire line broke when they test-
ed it and the water was up to the bottom of the ring the jack
was built on.
Next scare was at SIP-7 on the West side of Pedro Miguel
Locks. "I was installing the jack indicator on the jack in the
jack pit. All of a sudden water came pouring in and I climbed
up to the walkway and ran for the elevator with others work-
ing there. Elevator did not work and my leg was bleeding--
big investigation followed."
Scare #3. While repacking the SIP-7 jack on the West side
of Gatun Locks during an overhaul, the packing hook pulled
out of the packing causing Jim to fall backwards and he hit
the "safety" rope about knee high and fell 20 feet into the
water and all the dead Jack fish. He continued to work to 12
o'clock that night with Jess Root as they pumped the water
out with fire hoses and air pumps. When heading to the
machine room to change clothes, Jess hollered at Jim and
said, "that Army guard yelled for you to HALT". Jim looked
up to see a rifle pointed at him. Three strikes and you're out.
We are happy to report that someone is looking over Jim as
he is now 87 years young and he and Ethel Wich were cele-
brating their 60th anniversary in May. They also took the
Panama Canal Museum's cruise to Panama and the bus tour.
Some of the many places they revisited had lost any familiar-
ity due to the many changes in recent years.
Ralph and Valerie (Smith-Hageman) McAlister sent us
an e-mail and they must have been caught up in a tornado
with all their travel plans. She got her early-out package from
Continental and was to retire on June 1st. Late March they
were to fly to Nassau for the weekend and stay at a mansion
there. Either Queen Elizabeth or Princess Anne stayed at this
mansion while the British Embassy was being remodeled. On
to California to start on a motor-home trip that Mike and
Phyliss have planned to Lodi. Other motor-home trips are
planned and a trip to Honolulu as they island hop to Majuro,
Kwajalein, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuck and finally Guam before
returning to California. What's ahead for this lady of little
leisure--only she and her cell phone know for sure.
Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock sailed on the Panama
Canal Museum's inaugural cruise to Panama. "It was great to
be with so many long-time (hate to say "old") friends. She
reported "Beautiful weather and smooth sailing". Another
year and another annual get-together with Bette and Buckeye
Swearingen in Vegas was also a highlight of the year for all
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier wrote before leaving for
California and a visit with Larry's family. They have made
plans for the annual Canal Reunion in late July in Orlando.
They had taken a trip to Miami to visit his daughter, who was
over from California to visit a friend for a few days.
It was not all pleasure as the girls had some serious study-
ing to do for some medical exams. Edna's son and daughter-
in-law Michelle were in Ocala for a visit from Alaska. They,
together with Edna's older son, his girlfriend and her teenage
son all joined in for dinner at the Thai Ruby Restaurant on Rt.
22 the "meals were excellent."
Dianne Cox informed us that her uncle, Noble A.
Phillips, just celebrated his 90th birthday. She and Jerry had
a weekend trip to South Carolina on their agenda to visit
Diane's mother, Peggy Hutchison. Virginia Pearl told us
that she and Rene Conlan were also both 90 and classmates
at Balboa High--graduating with the class of '32. Mary Egolf
joined in that she too was 90 and graduated from CHS'32.
John Muller was not to be outdone as he informed us that he
will be 90 in October and he also graduated from Balboa
High. Should make us all feel younger.
Others attending the OZ/PCDD luncheon and who should
receive recognition were: Roland Lees, Bernadette Fields,
Jerry Cox, Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom, Anne ("Rusty"
Stabler) LoFranco, Elaine Austin, John Balschun, Grace
and Leo Shadeck, Rolf and Joan (Powell) Arndt, and
Woody Foster. Joe Maravilla introduced his new friend,
Maria Sylvia. Regulars Dick and Juanita McConaughey
were accompanied by Ruth and Rene Conlan.
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(photo by Dianne Cox).
Bill and Jean Muller (photo by Dianne Cox)
Ruth and Rene Conlan (photo by Dianne Cox)
Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and Mrs. Virginia Pearl (photo by
ill Muller urges all Soclel) members io "\ote on [hme ne\%
slate of PC Society officers for 2004 2006 as John Muller
studies the ballot. (Photo by Anne LoFranco.)
Virginia Pearl wanted all to know that she is in the capa-
ble hands of her daughter Linda, who takes excellent care of
her and gives her "full instructions" of what to do when Linda
has to do the shopping, etc. Virginia's regimen calls for:
"watch TV, fall asleep, nap, wake up, read, watch TV".
"What an exciting life", she says. She learned the dangers of
being alone when she went outside recently to pick up pine
cones, lost her balance, and fell breaking her wrist.
Thirty years ago this October the Ocala Zonians/Panama
Canal Ditchdiggers met for the first time at Lake Waldena as
reported by Virgina. It was the beginning of many semi-annu-
al gatherings thanks to the late Wesley "Red" Townsend and
the late Harry Pearl. Bill and Jean Muller have continued the
tradition. What does the future hold?
As stated earlier, Virginia Booth is in poor health and
could not attend. Telephoned Virginia and she asked for our
prayers. This lady has done so much for the good of the
Panama Canal Society and has had a Vendors table at the
Canal Reunions for over 25 years.
Woody Foster reported that a bad accident on Silver
Springs Blvd. caused his late arrival. He brought a copy of the
March 2004 Smithsonian. It highlights a lengthy article on
"PANAMA Defying Expectations". You might find it inter-
Kathy Egolf brought us up-to-date on the Panama Canal
Museum, the Museum cruise to Panama and their financial
status which looks encouraging. She mentioned our folks
who took the cruise and bus tour of the old Canal Zone -
Barbara and Dave Aycock, Jim and Ethel Wich and the Tom
Striders. Jim Wich's comment on the bus tour was that most
of the time he didn't recognize where he was since there had
been so many changes. Kathy also mentioned the boost the
Museum got from the generous donation of Leo Krziza and
those who helped match the grant. The museum is working
on a cookbook of favorite recipes from Panama days through
the combined efforts of Alice Latimer and Sarah
Finkelstein. Kathy's motto is "Let's keep our heritage alive".
Copies of the April issue of Musings were passed around.
John Muller donated several sheets of photos of Balboa
Elementary School during its construction. Jack A. Muller,
Sr. was the project Supervisor and took the photos.
Chuck Hummer expressed his surprise as to the many
changes and Panama's successful operation of the canal with
the Panamanian workforce who were trained by the U.S. to
take over the operations. He recognized the Senior Pilot on
the cruise ship had been a tugboat Captain when Chuck left
the Isthmus. He was told that the Panamanians accepted the
challenge to continue the pride and camaraderie left behind
by the former U.S. employees and it continues on today.
Anne LoFranco read a report on "Mothers" and Bill
Muller read Robert Rutherford's "A Bit of Wisdom!".
Several door prizes were donated by the museum (calen-
dar and bumper stickers) and Grace Shadeck (a book on the
history of Ancon Hospital).
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
World traveler Janet (Martin) Slaughter has been tour-
ing around the world again. She went on a grand tour for 11
days in October 2003. Seven of those 11 days were spent
cruising the Mediterranean aboard the Olympia Explorer (a
new Greek ship). She flew from Pensacola to Athens, Greece,
spent the night at the Divani Palace Hotel and set sail the next
morning. Port visits included Corfu; and Venice, Italy visiting
St. Mark's Square and taking a fabulous gondola ride. Next,
on to Dubrovnik (Croatia), Katakolon (Olympia) and to see
the wonderful sights of Istanbul, Turkey (the Agia Sofia, Blue
Mosque and Topkap Museum). She was sorry she did not get
an opportunity to browse in the Grand Bazaar or the Spice
Market (they were both closed that day). Next stop was
Mykonos and Santarini. She was so fascinated with
Mykonos--an island filled with cats--usually waiting on the
dock for the fishermen to come in hoping for a handout. She
then returned to Greece and took the grand tour. Naturally,
she could not walk up to the Acropolis, but admired it from
afar. After an overnight stay in Athens, she flew back to
Pensacola. Janet was sorry this trip ended but was so happy
to be home again.
Janet (Martin) Slaughter, changing of the Guards in
Great news--my good friend Rosa Fishbough called to
tell me that her daughter Yvonne (Fishbough) Mouser
(BHS'90)(my goddaughter) and her husband Mike are
expecting their second daughter in June, and her son Daryl
(BHS'88) and his wife Ashley (Anderson) (BHS'88) are
expecting their second son in June. It's so exciting for Rosa
and Bob, two more grandchildren in the same month. They
are really enjoying their first two grandchildren, Reyna and
Drew, who both just turned two. Congratulations to the
Fishbough and the Mouser families.
I got an e-mail from Liz (Carteret) Potts (BHS'76) who
wants to let everyone know she and her family have finally
moved to Florida on the Panhandle. Relocating from the sub-
urbs of Washington, D.C., they are living in the Navarre area
(30 minutes from Pensacola) and are in the process of build-
ing their "casa" only 10 minutes from the beach. Her two
daughters, Kristen (almost 14) and Kayla (almost 10) are
getting used to their new schools, making new friends fast
and already began working on their tans over spring break.
Liz's husband Terry is employed as a Manager at Pensacola
Honda and Liz has obtained her PI (Private Investigator's)
license and is opening up her own business, EJ Potts
Investigations. Liz is looking forward to being near the beach
again and hopes to attend more PCC reunions in the future
(starting with our Gulf Coast Mini-Reunion in May). She
hopes her parents, Candida (Bernal) and Thurman
Carteret (both PCC retirees) will come and join them now
that they are in a "warmer" climate.
The PC Museum Board of Trustees sponsored a cruise
February 20-March 1, 2004. Ports on the cruise ship Horizon
included Colon, Panama; Grand Cayman Islands; Puerto
Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.
Barb and Louie Dedeaux's dinner table each night included
the Youngs, Ruoffs and Eides. One evening everyone cele-
brated Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff's birthday at dinner and
again at one of the cocktail lounges with many of her friends.
There was a Carnivalito get-together one night in which Deb
(Egolf) Lane (Barb and Louie's niece) was crowned carni-
valito queen. While Louie was resting on the ship with a
touch of pneumonia, Barb toured Colon with the Horine side
of the Egolf family. Barb said that when the family met at
Kathryn Egolf's home to get the jitney to the ship, they were
unsure whether there would be enough room for the passen-
gers with all the women's "extra" luggage. Babe and Bill
Kessler said they had a fantastic time with lots of family and
friends. Barb and Babe gave me some great photos to include
in this article. I got the distinct feeling, after speaking to
friends who went on the cruise, that it was a huge success. As
the Museum's flyer stated it would be "A Cruise to
Remember" and that it was! The Museum Board did a great
job--congratulations to them. We were disappointed we were
not able to go this year but we hope to go in 2005.
Barb and Louie Dedeaux, Museum Cruise, in Costa Rica
Family of Flynns, Farleys and Kesslers, Museum Cruise
Kristen and Kayla Potts
Colon taxi driver with Babe and Bill Kessler
I walked with my workout group--Curves--(plus many
other sponsored organizations) in the 5K March of Dimes
Walk America on Saturday, April 3rd, on the University of
West Florida campus--what a great time we had. We all had
Curves shirts--the front had our organization name on it with
baby handprints and on the back read "I Was Caught Red
Handed Walking To Help Premature Babies" along with more
baby handprints. Walking for these babies is such a meaning-
ful cause. I felt privileged and honored to be a part of it.
It was sad news to hear about Steffi Beck's passing away
in March. I know everyone will truly miss her.
If you have any news for my next article, please call or
send to me no matter how small. Hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
On February 10th Betty Boyer hosted a lunch in her new
lovely apartment in honor of Eleanor Buehler, who moved
to Brandon, S.D. Those in attendance at her last luncheon of
the Canal Zone Women's Club (formerly Sewing Club) were
Carlie and Alice Taber, Aura Erikson, Beverly Williams,
Mildred Hickey, Diane Irvine, Betty Snow and Elma
Mary Lou Lang had houseguests during the first week in
March. Mamie Lynn Jones Howard (Addison, Ill.) was
accompanied by her daughter Kelly and baby Rowan.
Brother Gilmore Jones came from California to join the
houseguests to attend their aunt's (Grace Jones Carey)
memorial service on March 6th. Mamie Lynn and Mary Lou
are childhood friends who spent much time reminiscing about
school days, sports, pranks, etc.
On March 20th Cheryl and Katie Williams attended a
bridal shower in Tampa for Nayda Nieves. The hostesses
were Anayse Matheney Fitzgerald of Miami and Freddie
Anne Matheney of Panama who held the shower at the
Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Over 100 Canal Zonian
and Panamanian guests attended and enjoyed a plethora of
In late March Pat and Cheryl Williams spent a week in
Panama. Business and pleasure were enjoyed by them and the
president and vice president of the company where Pat works.
These two men were impressed and enjoyed fishing on Jim
Wiese's new boat. Sightseeing on Taboga Island was enjoyed
by all. Pat and Cheryl were so happy to again enjoy fishing
and Taboga Island.
While this foursome stayed at the Country Suites & Inn
on the Causeway, they ran into Lori Stevenson Snow and her
touring group as well as the Health Bureau Reunion com-
prised of doctors, nurses, nurses' aides, clerical staff, etc.
Spring break brought several young people to Tampa and
the Clearwater Beach area. Among those were Shannon
Young and her roommate from Georgia, Colleen Corrigan
from Virginia and Jay Gibson from the east coast of Florida.
These young people were so busy enjoying the weather and
activities afforded here that it was difficult to obtain any
details to report.
Barbara Slover and Shirley Boswell at Old Panama.
On the GO! Barbara Slover and Shirley Boswell of Fort
Myers flew to Panama for a 10-day visit from February 20-
March 8th to sightsee and shop. While there they stayed with
Barbara's nephew, Capt. Robbie Boyer. These girls reported
that Robbie's housekeeper spoiled them feeding them, doing
their laundry, etc., etc. Remember the olden days when we all
had maids to spoil us too! Still on the go, Barbara and Shirley
left on April 2nd on Pete Foster's Caribbean cruise. Even
though the cruise would visit several ports, the highlight of
the cruise was a 10-hour stay in Cristobal. As the group of
about 25 were mostly Atlantic siders, they all looked forward
to the land activities planned by Pete.
Grandmother's Day in Atlanta will be on April 16th when
Beverly Williams' grandchildren will participate in their
school for that occasion. Beverly will be in Atlanta for four
days to visit son Paul, wife Ginny, and their four children -
Davis, Martin, Patterson and Charlie.
Betty Snow, Reporter
In November, the Merritt Island Huff families traveled to
Oklahoma to spend Thanksgiving at the home of George and
Linda (Huff) Dany. Brother Lenny joined them from
Panama. The visit brought four generations of the Huff fami-
ly together--Esther Huff, her sons Dennis, Bill, Lenny, and
her daughter Linda (Huff) Dany; grandchildren Diane (Huff)
Grimison, Danielle (Dany) Smith, Kimber Dany, and Jill
Dany; and great-grandchildren Carly, Tommy, Samantha and
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Front Row (L-R): Samantha Grimison and Danielle Smith,
Carly Grimison and Kimber Dany, Richard and Megan
Grimison, Jill Dany and Tommy Grimison, Linda Dany.
Back Row (L-R): George Dany, Peggy Huff, Diana
Grimison, Lenny Huff, Jane Huff, Bill Huff, Dennis Huff,
Merritt Island residents of the Riverwalk community
donated generously to Operation Pencil Box, a U.S.-wide
volunteer program to provide supplies for Iraqi school chil-
dren. Peggy Huff teamed up with Jaime Irvin, a resident of
Riverwalk and a retired U.S. Army National Guard LTC, and
they put out the call for donations. Both had participated in a
similar program while working for U.S. Army South in
Panama. Riverwalk residents and Panama Canal Society
members Richard and Diane Grimison sorted and packed
the more than 100 pounds of school supplies which were then
shipped to the 555th Combat Engineer Group in Tikrit, Iraq.
A very nice certificate of appreciation and thank you letter
were received from the unit in Iraq.
Francis and Bob Morrissey just returned from a 7-day
cruise on the Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas during
the spring break. They said it was wonderful and relaxing and
they are already planning their cruise for spring break 2005.
They enjoyed touring and shopping in San Juan, Puerto Rico;
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and the Bahamas. Last December
to January they cruised for ten days on the RCL Brilliance of
the Seas, sailing to Grand Cayman, Aruba, the Panama Canal,
and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. It too was a fabulous trip.
Sounds like they are becoming cruise experts in the area.
Bob and Fran's son Sean Morrissey was released from
active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard and was promoted to
LTJG At the present time, he has retuned to sea duty in the
Merchant Marine as a Third Officer for Ocean Shipholding
on the USNC Samuel Cobb. He is on his way to the
Mediterranean to the ports of St. Theodore, Greece; Crete;
Spain; and England. We will miss seeing Sean around here,
but we know he loves being at sea.
As they did last year, the younger "Space Coast crew"
headed to Mont Tremblant, Canada on March 4, 2004 for five
days. With 16 in all, one can only imagine the stories and
great memories they came home with after two days of skiing
and one day of snow tubing. The first picture was taken as six
of them paused to catch their breath before heading down the
3200-foot slope. It was quite entertaining to watch all the
first-timers "take on" the mountain. The others patiently wait-
ed for them at the pub...since it took them four hours to get to
the base. The other picture was taken at the base of one of the
runs of all 16 of the skiers.
Jen Kurzig, Wayne Watkins, Dawn Bilgray, Leanne Watkins,
Ken McClenahan, and Natalie Watkins.
L-R: Kelly Hunt, David Lemon, Kristen Robinson, Leanne
Watkins, Richard Lemmon, Dallas and Bentli Weaver,
Wayne Watkins, Lisa Hunt, Mike Saunders, Dawn Bilgray,
Jen Kurzig, Natalie Watkins, Ken McClenahan, Paul
Churchill, and John Pryor.
Frank Stabler (BHS'59) is a doubly proud grandpa --in
July 2003 Travis Franklin Booth was born to daughter
Erika (Stabler) Booth and her husband Steve of North
Carolina; and in September 2003 Allison June Gray was
born to daughter Monika (Stabler) Gray and her husband
Dustin of Titusville, Fla. Frank now has four grandchildren
and is finding that they keep him busy (and on the road a lot).
In April 2004, Erika, Steve, and Travis came to Florida to
visit and let the rest of the family see baby Travis...especially
Frank's mom, Great-Grandma Blanche Stabler. While Erika
was here, Frank's life-long buddies, Stanley Wilson of
Casselberry, Fla. and Bill Brunner of El Valle, Panama--
good old Curundu boys--also visited so they could spend
some time with the Stabler clan and reminisce.
Blanche Stabler with great-grandchildren Travis Booth,
Allison Gray, and Abigail Gray.
Nikki Meyer (BHS'87) attended the annual Relay for
Life American Cancer Society Fund Raiser in Merritt Island
in March. This year the relay was held outside the Merritt
Square Mall. Nikki walked around the track during the open-
ing ceremony. She is a long-term cancer survivor of 21 years.
Her mom Fran (Stabler) Meyer (BHS'68) says she will try to
get a CZ relay team ready for next year's relay. Any inter-
ested walkers, joggers or runners in the area? I plan to par-
ticipate as a walker.
Friends recently threw a baby shower for Brenda
Robinson. Brenda and Brian are excited about their new baby
who is due any day now (in April), and will also be welc-
omed into the family by 6-year-old Morgan. Zonians
attending the celebration were Pat and Lisa Robinson
(Brian's mother and sister), Angie (Summerfield) Vinton,
Jeannette (Goldsberry) Dekle, Julie Dekle (Mark Dekle's
wife), Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher, Melinda (Niemeyer)
Grimison, and Myra (Bannon) Grimison.
Bob and I, along with Peggy and Dennis Huff and Nancy
and Tom Grimison, recently had the best time when we
attended the production of Damn Yankees at the local play-
house in Melbourne. Not only was the play as good as ever,
and the actors and actresses wonderful...but the Director and
Choreographer were none other than our own Joanne
Mitchell and Jerry Brees from the Theater Guild in Ancon.
It was great fun seeing and talking to them after the show. We
will definitely be attending future productions and highly rec-
ommend anyone in the area to do the same. We all went to
dinner before the play at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian
Harbor Beach and that, also, was a treat. Tom Grimison was
the architect for the club and it is beautiful. The food was
The family of Olga and the late Homer Watkins, from
Gamboa, Canal Zone, held a family reunion on December
20th, at the home of Crissy and Eddie Ponce, in Lakeland,
Florida. Sandra, Harvey, Norman, Dennis, Marsha, Fred,
and Jeff played "Watkins Trivia" which led to lots of remi-
niscing and stories being told.
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Front Row: Rosie Watkins holding JT, Joanie Watkins with
Tatyanna and Savanna, Olga Watkins, Alcides Ponce with
Jonathan, Natalie Watkins. (2nd Row): Heidi (friend)
Jamie Watkins, Arlene Pluchok (friend), Jeff Watkins,
Fred and Michael Watkins, Sandra (Watkins) Ponce hold-
ing Emily, Michelle (Ponce) Mazuros, Janet (Hunt)
Watkins, Dawn Bilgray, Wayne Watkins, Norman
Watkins, Leanne Watkins. (3rd Row): Christopher and
Dennis Watkins, Jennifer Watkins, Sarah Ankeny (friend),
Marsha (Watkins) Bullinger, Harvey Watkins, Chris
Mazuros. (Back Row): Jason, Keith, and Adam Bullinger,
Ryan Watkins, and Eddie Ponce.
Front Ro \\ Marsha %\\atkins) Bullinger, Olga \Vatkins,
Sandra (Watkins) Ponce. Back Row: Dennis, Harvey, Jeff,
Norman and Fred Watkins.
Randy and Joella Deakins hosted their annual Christmas Pictured at the Melbourne Fall A.rt Fesi\ al in ctohber 2001)3,
Day open house. It seems as if the group gets larger each surrounded by the artwork of Ed Volonnino (Ed's Heads), are
year...and as usual, a good time was had by all. Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh (BHS'69), Peggy (Hale) Huff
(CHS'68), Christina (Grimison) Volonnino (BHS'79),
Nancy and Tom Grimison (BHS'53).
Attending were: Terry and Sue Deakins, their daughter
Allison and husband Tim; Bob and Fran Morrissey, their
son Sean and their daughter Tristen; Linda and Hank
Boardman; Earl and Nancy McMillan, their son Brendon;
Bob and Pat Munchback, their daughter Rachel and hus-
band Dan and granddaughter Samanatha, and their son Rob
with his wife Crissy. Mark and Kim Jenkins with daughter
Ashley and son Chris; Randy and Joella Deakins with son ; .
Rick and wife Tracie and grandchildren Ricky and Meghan.
Erin Fahy, daughter of Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison)
Fahy, of Ramstein Village, Germany, visited her grandpar-
ents, Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla., in
Standing: Connie Stoakley, Mary Lynn (Stoakley) Rowe
and Tom Stoakley. Front: Bryan and In-Kyung Stoakley.
That's all for now...remember me and the Record when
you are taking photos and making memories this summer.
The next deadline is August 6th. Please note my new e-mail
Tom and Nancy with their oldest grandchild Erin Fahy (18) Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
and their youngest grandchild, Breanne Niemeyer (4 (321) 452-7281
Ah, Spring is here. The azaleas and dogwoods are all
blooming, and the Springtime Tallahassee Parade and
Festival was glorious, as usual. So, let me begin by telling
you about the Christmas tree bur at Tom Roberts' house.
Unfortunately, the deadline had passed for reporting on
the tree bur in the last issue so here we go: Tom Roberts held
his third annual Christmas tree bur out at his ten-acre
Ponderosa. Many, many Zonians attended--too many to men-
tion or remember. Wish I had a picture but we were scattered
throughout the house, front yard, back yard, and tree-burning
area. The weather was perfect--so chilly that you wanted to
get close to the roaring fire not just observe it from afar. The
pile of Christmas trees was enormous and the fire soared into
the air keeping the "helpers" ever vigilant with their fire
hoses. Tom cooked hamburgers and hot dogs to accompany
all the covered dishes that all of us brought to the party.
Besides thanking everyone for their contributions, including
the trees, Tom would like to give special thanks to Ann
Romera, Roy Wilson and the Mclvaine family for helping
with party preparations. Tom wants everyone to know that he
hopes to make this an annual event, weather permitting.
Parties, parties, parties--once again, it's that fun-loving
Heddaeus family. Katherine wrote me about a surprise party
that she and Jillian managed to pull off, with the help of Rick
Williams, for Mark's "big" birthday (that's how she
described it, the "BIG one!" Does that mean AARP discount
time??). The big event was held at Rick Williams' lake house.
Katherine also does not have a picture but she said that her
fellow "conspirators" included Ed and Kari McIlvaine,
Hugh Thomas, Roy Wilson, Mike Stephenson and Tom
Robertson (who drove all the way from Colorado to make
the party). Katherine said it truly was a big surprise and lots
Well, it seems as though most of the world--certainly the
world of Zonians--went cruising this past winter. Sunny
Mizrachi wrote me that she and Henry took a Western
Caribbean cruise in March aboard the Costa Mediterranea.
The ship is just over one year old, flies under the Italian flag,
and is huge. It carries 2200 passengers, 90 crew members
who speak five different languages, and boasts lavish marble
floors, mirrored elevators, cupids on the white ceilings, and
the list goes on. They said that the food was spectacular and
the service marvelous (of course, it didn't hurt that they were
seated at the same table as the owner of the AAA travel
agency who booked the trip). Also, their waiter was from
Colombia, and Henry took a real liking to him, speaking to
him in Spanish the entire trip--that was good for extra
desserts. The itinerary included Key West; Cayman Islands;
Progresso, Mexico, and someplace else she can't recall.
Although they had a great time, they decided that should they
take another cruise they would prefer a smaller ship--one
where they are not "herded" from place to place.
I know that several people from Tallahassee, including
Joe and Bev Wood, John E. (Bill) Schmidt, Jr., and Skip
and Bev Rowley, took the Panama Canal Museum Fundraiser
Cruise aboard the Celebrity cruise ship Horizon in February.
Skip has a terrific article about the trip, along with pictures,
that will be included in the October issue of the Record. Don't
miss it! Joe and Bev Wood and John Schmidt agree with Skip
that the trip was truly memorable. John says that the excite-
ment of being "back home" again was made all the more
wonderful by having so many old (BHS'50) friends from his
days in the Zone along on the cruise. John is planning on tak-
ing another cruise so he can learn "all there is to know about
which fork, spoon and knife to use at the dinner table."
John adds that the trip became a special "family" affair as
he met his 5th cousin, John C. Schmidt, Jr. (BHS'55) who
was sailing with his wife Alice and mother Ruth. John C.
and John E. have direct family ties that originated in Ober-
Ohmen, Germany. John E. is a genealogy bug and has traced
the Schmidt lines back into the late 1500s. Several years ago
he discovered that Suzanne (Schmidt) Goldstein, who lives in
Winter Park, Fla. and is the daughter of Ted and Regina
Schmidt of the Canal Zone, also is a 5th cousin (that discov-
ery led John E. to John C.). John adds that all of this means
that even though both Schmidt families knew each other
while working in the Canal Zone, there was never any knowl-
edge that both families were related until just two years ago.
These newly-found cousins share the same 4th great-grandfa-
ther. (Okay, are you as confused as I am? Now I know why
I'm simply not up to the task of studying my own genealogy.)
Well, that is not the end of the Schmidt family saga. You
really have to concentrate now because this gets even more
complicated, but fascinating (for me, at least). John's research
has found that he is also related to Kaye Richey of Venice,
Fla. Kaye, of course, is the very talented guy who wrote the
book/narrative for the Bruce Quinn production "A Century
of Music" which received rave reviews at the last reunion
luncheon. Kaye is John's 5th cousin (have you noticed a pat-
tern here--all 5th cousins) by way of John's mother
Catherine Gosnell, whose family came to Virginia and
Maryland from Wales in the early 1600s. John has spent his
retirement years searching for family connections both in the
United States and by traveling numerous times to Germany.
To date, John has located and documented 10,466 individual
names that have a direct connection to his family. He says
that he likes to think of his genealogy work as "My family
tree is a few branches short...all help is appreciated." Well,
discovering that Kaye Richey is your cousin sure can't hurt.
John E. (Bill) Schmidt has more good news. His grand-
son, Senior Airman Jonathan Ryan Schmidt, is back home
after his fifth deployment to the Middle East in support of
"Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and
"Operation Iraqi Freedom". Ryan is a specialist in the Air
Force Security Forces, with his home base at Moody AFB,
Valdosta, Ga. Ryan's most recent tour of almost five months
was at Baghdad International Airport with specific duties of
air base defense. Ryan's enlistment will be over in June 2004,
so it is unlikely he will have to deploy again before he is dis-
charged. He plans to enroll in Florida State University and
pursue a degree in law enforcement like his father, Major
John C. Schmidt, the Director of Law Enforcement for the
Leon County Sheriff's Office.
I hope that John is correct about Ryan not having to
deploy again before he gets out, but as I write this the situa-
tion in Iraq has deteriorated greatly with battles raging
throughout the country. Yesterday, we read that those who
were scheduled to leave Iraq over the next few weeks are now
being required to stay. We took a very deep breath as our son-
in-law Patrick Lincoln, married to Nancy (Smith) Lincoln,
was supposed to return from Iraq after a one-year tour (Army
Reserve MP). Gratefully, just today we learned that he is back
stateside and will be home very soon. However, the Reserves
and National Guard, as well as the full-time military, are now
serving back-to-back tours and it looks like they will be doing
that for many years. There are numerous Zonians serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan and our thoughts, prayers, and gratitude
go out to all of them.
Sharon Smith, Reporter
Hola a todos and Feliz Dia de la Madre. I hope that all of
our mothers had a wonderful time on their special day, though
I must admit, I still cannot get used to having Mother's Day
in May instead of December. Hey, this is great for
Mami...she'll get another present on the 8th of December.
I have received a lot of phone calls, emails, and photos
from many of our amigos including news of a lot of Zonites
who have moved into the Tampa Bay area. One of my former
Coco Solo neighbors Steve Burgess (CHS'68) and his wife
Jackie have recently moved in the Brandon area and are in
the process of building their retirement home. Steve forward-
ed a wonderful photo of a Coco Solo Reunion that they had
attended and wanted to share. Steve also informed me that he
saw an amigo of his, Lou Domenech, jogging through the
neighborhood and as it turns out, he too lives fairly close to
Steve and Jackie. New also to the Brandon area are two of my
high school buddies, Charlie Thrush (BHS'79) and Forrest
(Wally) Waller (BHS'79).
Back Row Standing: John Burgess, Susan (Hirons)
Fehrenback, Stephen and son Christopher Hadley,
Grandpappy Nelson Burgess, Sunny (Hirons) Lane, Steve
(Rock) Burgess, Kathy Burgess, Jackie (Springer)
Burgess, Schuylar Burgess, Jean (Burgess) Barrs. Front
Row Kneeling: Richard (Hirons) Burgess, and Callan
David, Ryan and I recently attended a great barbeque up
in Haines City at Buzzy and Reina Kennon's (both BHS'79)
house. A lot of empanadas, ceviche and even more bochinche
and crazy school stories were going around. Invitees includ-
ed Ray and Doreen Intagliata, Tommy Anderson
(BHS'78), Charlie Thrush (BHS'79), Laura (Redfern)
Rolland (BHS'79), Joanne (Campbell) Chiari (BHS'79),
Dorris Steel (BHS'80) and Wally Waller. All in all it was a
blast and the only two things missing that would have made
the night complete would have been T-Bird's and Jaime
Niedda's band playing their great music and some cold
Received a wonderful email from Laura (Russon)
McDill who spent two days preparing Arroz con Coco y
Guandu, Sancocho and Mac contributed his version of Ropa
Vieja to celebrate daughter Dawn Bilgray's birthday on
February 28, 2004 as well as the happy reunion of all of her
children and grandchildren. Tatiana (Bilgray) Ortiz and lit-
tle Ricardo Ortiz from Puerto Rico, Dawn residing in
Orlando, and Harry and Patty (Revello) Bilgray with son
Julian of Tampa, all spent the beautiful day at Busch Gardens
in Tampa, Fla. Tatiana and her son flew to Orlando on
February 27th where they met with Dawn for the drive to
Tampa. After a quick celebration and getting their fill of
Laura's cooking, they went to Harry and Patty's house to
share the tasty Panamanian repast. Needless to say, the sta-
ples of the Zone were consumed with gusto by all over the
next two days (everyone knows that victuals cannot be made
in small quantities and like wine, are better aged). This visit
was fabulous; many stories about life in the Zone were revis-
ited, and as Dawn is so fond of saying, "Sweeeet".
Back (L-R): Patty and Harry Bilgray. Front (L-R): Dawn
Bilgray, Julian Bilgray, Laura McDill, Ricardo Ortiz, and
A wonderful email and photo was sent to me from a very
dear friend of mine and one proud mother. Nolan F. Herring
(Cardenas, 1985-1992) graduated from Niceville High
School, Niceville, Fla. on May 22, 2003. He joined the U.S.
Coast Guard in October and graduated from the Coast Guard
Training Center in Cape May, N.J. on December 12, 2003.
Nolan is currently attending Machinery "A" School in
Yorktown, Va. and is scheduled to be stationed in Seattle,
Wash. Nolan is the son of Tracy Scott Herring of Colon,
Republic of Panama (CHS'77) and Joseph A. Herring of
Margarita, Canal Zone (CHS'72).
A big abrazo goes out to Brenda McArthur (BHS'62)
for putting together our monthly "MacDill Meriendas".
Brenda has been the driving force in organizing a monthly
luncheon at MacDill Air Force Base for those of us here in the
Tampa Bay area who have been stationed, lived and/or come
from Panama and the Canal Zone. Brenda arranged our first
luncheon at the MacDill Noncommissioned Officers Club
and it was a total success. It was an hour of food, laughter,
good stories and most importantly new and renewed friend-
ships. The plan is to try to have these "meriendas" once a
month, and to try to reach more and more of our friends and
former neighbors to come and join us for an hour of fun. It is
also a great way to exchange emails, numbers, news and sto-
ries from home. All in all, I truly hope that this monthly event
continues for a very long time.
L-R: Maureen Domenech, Louise (Russon) Murphy,
Coach Joan F. Harris, Jim Murphy, Elena Lawson,
George Waller, Margarita DeCamp, Ken Goldsberry,
Nancy Farnsworth, Bob Rupp, Laura (Russon) McDill,
Brenda McArthur, Paul "Mac" McDill, Melisa (Cruz) Keese,
Rita Cruz, and Irma Avery. Kneeling L-R: Alba
(Martinez) Parise and Lynnette "Leni" Stokes.
One of the nice things about living here in the Tampa Bay
area is there is always some kind of activity to do on the
weekends. One of the favorites is the Tampa Bay Blues
Festival that is held at Vinoy Park. Anyway, I received a
wonderful email from some of the Canal Zone folks who
attended this two-day event: Sheri (Alexaitis) Kimball, Paul
and Margaret Karst, Maurie Moore, Wilma Moore, Cindy
Moore Blom and Holly Coe. They wrote that a good time
was had by all and unfortunately there was no photo to add,
but I am just happy they had the opportunity to write and
share this with us. Next time I will try to join them as it
sounded like fun.
Bueno...that is all from the Tampa Bay area. Remember if
you have something you wish to add for our next Canal
Record, please call and/or write to me. Hasta la proxima!
Lynnette "Leni" Stokes Cansler
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ANNUAL REUNION JULY 28-AUGUST 1
In December, my husband Davis and I drove down to
Warner Robbins Air Force Base to help celebrate the 40th
birthday of our nephew, Eric Gunn. Eric is in the Air Force
stationed at Warner Robbins and is seriously considering
retirement and going into private business. I have to admit, I
was startled to know that my young nephew is considering
"retirement" from the Air Force. We took a group photo of
some of the Gunn/Rowley/Stevenson/Gerhart family, as it has
been many years since we were together. While visiting with
Eric and his lovely wife Laura, we also celebrated the birth-
days of my sister Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and my brother
Samuel "Skip" Rowley. A wonderful dinner of Johnny
Mazetti, along with plantain and yucca was served and a good
time was had by all.
Gunn, Rowley, Gerhart and Stevenson families celebrating
several birthdays in December 2003.
June Stevenson, Dorothy
In late February, my daughter Lori Stevenson Snow and
I flew to Panama to help escort our annual 10-day Dry Season
to Panama. Again, we had a wonderful time and a great
group. We had a newly-married couple, celebrating their very
recent wedding, and a CHS/BHS classmate of mine with her
spouse, plus other classmates and spouses who were coming
to Panama for the first time to find out what we all love so
much about the country. Those who came on the trip were:
Bud and Robin Harrison Baker, Marilyn Bevington
Gayer, Kay Cross Carson, Charlie Cross, Francoise
Mulligan, Boyd and Lucille Bevington, Dennis and
Vincent Daugherty with their spouses Eloise and Deanna,
Kathryn and Norman Haydel, Anne Stapler LoFranco,
Barbara Sanders, David McKenna, Paul and Blanquita
McNatt Schield, Pat Clark, Jessie Carr, Joe Chmielowski,
Crista and John Kell, Barbara and Peter Navolanic, Claire
Swetland and Denis Webb. On the trip, we took the group to
the Gamboa Rain Forest Resort for lunch and on the aerial
tram over the jungle canopy. We really liked the Gamboa
Rain Forest Resort. I'm ready to move into that place. It was
quite different and much nicer than the older pavilion that I
had seen over the past many years.
L-R (Back row): Bud and Robin Harrison Baker, Marilyn
Bevington Gayer, Kay Cross Carson, Blanquita McNatt
Schield, Anne Stapler Lofranco, Pat Clark, Vincent
Daugherty, Charlie Cross, Norman Haydel, Barbara
Clark, Peter Navolanic, Denis and Clare Swetland, Lucille
and Boyd Bevington, and Dennis and Eloise Daugherty.
Kneeling (2nd row): Paul Schield, Deanna Daugherty,
Francoise Mulligan, Kathryn Haydel, John Hall, David
McKenna and Lori Snow. Front row: June Rowley
Stevenson, Christie Hall, Barbara Sanders, Joe
Chmielowski and Jessie Carr.
My sister, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart, and her husband Jim
happened to be in Panama at the same time that we were
there, and came over to visit us at the Country Inn & Suites-
Amador. Dorothy brought Teresita Azcarraga, a good friend
of the family, over to visit with us also. This was an unex-
Snoroln) Jernarn, Ieresna .-arcarraga
Snow, and June Stevenson, March 2004.
Our daughter Lori returned to Panama two weeks later to
help escort the Health Bureau group, along with her 10-year-
old daughter Sara Snow. Our granddaughter told Lori that
she could see why we love Panama so much.
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 email/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.
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
Panamajune @ condortravel.com
Alice Saltzman, Thibodaux, plans a western Caribbean
cruise with Pete Foster and his Zonian Amigos after the
deadline for this issue, so she promises details and pictures
the next time. Last year she had two articles published. One
is on-line and the other appeared in Bookbird. Also, she
recently became a great-grandmother.
This reporter celebrated San Francisco's Chinese New
Year earlier this year with the Smithsonian. Besides a walk-
ing tour of Chinatown and the Asian Art Museum, there was
lots of Chinese food and a demonstration by PBS's award-
winning chef Martin Yan of the Yan Can Cook television
series. The group had workshops on origami, ikebana and cal-
ligraphy, and reserved seats for the Chinese Lunar New Year
parade with a bazillion firecrackers and dancers costumed as
dragons, lions and monkeys, floats, marching bands and dig-
nitaries in convertibles. Another trip highlight was an all-too-
brief visit with a former beau she hadn't seen since college.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Following their February 14th wedding in Owings Mills,
Md., Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Baker, Jr. spent their honey-
moon on the Dry Season Tour with Lori Snow's well-run
tour. The tour included sites of interest in Panama, the former
Canal Zone and the Interior of Panama. The fabulous resorts
of Melia, Gamboa and Coronado as well as Bambito up in the
Volcan were highlights. If one visits Boquete in Chirqui,
make certain you eat at the Panamonte Hotel. Best food of the
The tour was all-inclusive and especially wonderful was
the ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic sides aboard the PRR.
Brought many memories to mind. Said Mrs. Baker, "It's
never too late to find the love of your life. We had a fabulous
wedding ceremony and gathered friends (some former
Zonians) to help us celebrate."
My cousin, Kay Medinger, died just before I arrived in
Panama for the Dry Season Tour on my honeymoon.
Needless to say, anyone with memories of Tahiti Jewelry
Store would remember that she and her husband owned it.
They also owned Philippine Rattan Furniture Store. Glenda
Lee and I worked our first jobs there as "clerks".
Panama was fabulous but seems as if we just "missed"
seeing Dan and Dawn Gressang. If anything was more dis-
appointing, it was that. Maybe we will see them this summer.
Just got my computer up and running after a crash due to
a virus. I had kept everything current but one slipped in some-
how. But, no one has sent anything newsworthy in from the
Maryland area. Please call or e-mail me if you have anything
you want to be put into the Canal Record. I am sure that
everyone would be happy to hear about the happenings in
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
an acreage and resides with his wife Lori and three (soon to
be four in September) children.
I also met up with classmate Jim "Jake" Thompson
(BHS'78) a few weeks ago in, of all places, Dubuque, Iowa.
He was visiting relatives and I was there on business. We
squeezed in all the local attractions on both sides of the
Mississippi. The highlight had to be the late night (early
morning) chili dog at Mulgrew's Saloon in East Dubuque;
what a deal, I think I still taste it. Jim now lives in Girdwood,
Ark., where he and his wife Rachel own and operate The
Carriage House Bed and Breakfast and Stables.
As for my clan, we all are doing well. Jacob (16) has been
driving for six months now, almost without incident. He's
also just landed his first job, a youth athletic camp counselor
with the Bloomingdale Park District and will begin this sum-
mer as soon as school is out. Michael (13) has a lot of time on
his hands these days as he has decided to take a break from
sports for a while and not play baseball this year. Julie has
been very busy as well. In addition to running her business
and doing the other volunteer work that she does, she has also
been actively involved in support of our troops overseas. Last
year she and her women's group adopted a platoon that is for-
ward-deployed in Afghanistan, and they are now looking to
adopt another in Iraq. And as for me, well, let's just say that
some things never change.
To all you Midwesterners out there, please feel free to
contact me if you have anything to report.
Paul Bierman, Reporter
Greetings all! This is my first effort in writing an article
for the Canal Record, and I already missed a deadline...oops.
Gracias to Carlton Morris (BHS'79), the previous reporter
for this area for his many years of fine articles. Carlton and
his family have relocated to the Dallas area. Also a big "thank
you" to Jacque Vowell and the rest of the PCS Executive
Board for giving me the opportunity. I hope I can meet the
Spring has finally sprung here in the Chicago area, the
annuals are in full bloom and another grueling winter is now
behind us. Though the winters are tough here (especially in
contrast to Panama) this time of year is really appreciated and
it seems as if everyone is moving with a little spring in his or
Carlton tells me that his aunt and uncle Daniel and
Margaret (nee Morris BHS'63) Hanesworth have relocat-
ed from the Gold Coast area of Chicago to the White Rock
area of Dallas recently, where they will be close to their son
Brooks and his family who live there.
I spoke with Mark Powell (BHS'79) last week. Mark is
an Investment Rep for Edward Jones, and was also promoted
last month to Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves. He won't
have lunch with me Friday because that is his "running
day"....he's in training for a P.T. test in a few weeks and he
has to run two miles in less than 18 minutes. My fingers are
tired just typing it! He has lived in the Chicago suburbs for a
while but recently moved to St. Charles, Ill., where he bought
Jean (Mrs. Pete) Baas, Gulfport, opened her second
bagel shop in April. Look for Java Jean's Bakery and Deli on
Hwy. 90 just east of downtown Gulfport when you head for
the Gulf Coast Picnic September 25th. Besides freshly baked
bagels and breads for sandwiches she has salads, specialty
coffees and pastries, including King Cakes during Mardi Gras
season. No word yet about her serving Cafe Duran.
Ginger Newland Teer (BHS'69), Gulfport, is excited to
be a superintendent's assistant on the construction of the Ohr-
O'Keefe Museum of Art. The museum was featured in the
internationally known Gehry Partners of Los Angeles.
Ginger's dad, retired SMSGT George M. Newland, is doing
great after bypass surgery last year. He plays golf and under-
goes physical therapy. Ginger's mom is in good health and
calls Ginger twice a week to check on her. Husband Dan,
daughter Tiffany, son Brian and their families are well.
Grandsons Austin, 5, and Nicholas, 4, and step-granddaugh-
ter Leanna, 3, are growing like weeds. Ginger looks forward
to her 35th class reunion this year in Florida.
Coincidentally, Jean had hired Yates Construction, the
firm Ginger works for. Pete (CHS'68) met Ginger and her
husband for the first time at last year's Gulf Coast Picnic.
Ann Scranton, Pascagoula, joined her husband Leonard
(CHS'56), brother and sister-in-law Jimmy and Shirley
Hinkel, for her first trip to Panama in March. She said she's
waited 40 years for Leonard to invite her to go. They rented
a car at Tocumen and headed for the Atlantic side. Leonard
found three houses where he'd lived, Cristobal High School,
St. Mary's Academy and the hospital, now a school, where he
was born. The staff at the school of math and science, for-
merly the Margarita Clubhouse, allowed the visitors to tour.
At the Washington Hotel, Leonard told about the cotillions
and formal dinners his parents had enjoyed there 60 years
ago. An excursion through the rain forest in search of Galeta
Point and Pina Beach produced flora and fauna unlike any-
thing in Mississippi. They marveled over monkeys in the
trees and a three-toed sloth. While the surroundings were
beautiful, the roads were bad. On to Panama City where they
were overwhelmed by the traffic. Driver Jimmy declared
himself a certified Panamaniac for maneuvering so well in
traffic. They visited the interoceanic museum, president's
palace and Church of the Golden Altar. In Balboa and Diablo
Leonard located three more former homes and the
Administration Building. Then out of traffic and into the
Interior, where the mountains and valleys seemed to melt
together like velvet. They stopped at El Valle for souvenirs,
hot bread and yummy, airy merinques. El Volcan and Boquete
were amazing for folks from below sea level as they walked
through the clouds. A partial transit of the canal proved awe-
some. Ann says eight days of exploring from sunrise to sun-
set was not enough to go everywhere and do everything and
she hopes there'll be a next time.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Greetings from Western North Carolina where it is sup-
posed to be Spring. Am writing this on Palm Sunday and had
to wear my winter coat to church. Lots of news to report this
In January Malcolm and Jean Stone flew to Denver to
await the arrival of their second grandchild. Joshua Allen
Stone was bor on January 16th to David and Michelle
Stone in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sister Amanda is delighted
with her new baby brother. Malcolm and Jean stayed a few
more days to "help out" and returned home. They promised a
family picture so check the Births section.
My four kids--Lisa, Terri, Laurie and John--came for a
weekend in January supposedly to help Mom do some major
cleaning up and organizing. I do know we talked a lot,
laughed a lot and had a great visit, but I don't see that much
"work" was accomplished.
Jim and Diane Bradley (half of the world traveling duo
of Bradley and Nowotny) went to Panama for about 15 days
in late January into February. Dry season per usual was won-
derful and they enjoyed the beautiful Decameron Resort, the
beaches and all their usual haunts in the city. When they
returned home they immediately planned their next trip--this
time a 7-day Carnival cruise on the brand-new ship Carnival
Glory. They visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartien.
The ship was crowded with spring-break college students,
among others. Jim and Diane met the Dallas Cowboys center,
Andre Gurode (#65) and got to know him. No tips for next
The cruise was, in part, the celebration of Jim's 60th
birthday. Diane has decided she loves cruises. When they got
back they hosted a small dinner get-together with seviche no
less. I was home sick with a bad cold so had to miss it. I was
going to suggest Meals on Wheels, but didn't think Jim
would oblige. In May they will be in Germany so will report
on that trip next time.
The other half of the traveling duo, Wilma and Willy
Nowotny, flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina in late February to
go on a cruise around Cape Horn. They spent six days in
Buenos Aires, sightseeing in that area before embarking on
the ship. The trip around the Cape was absolutely breathtak-
ing, even though the weather was cold, rainy and very windy.
Winds were up to 58 knots, and I'll leave it up to all you nau-
tical people to translate that into MPH. Wilma said, "It was
strong!" They stopped in the Capital of Tierra del Fuego, the
town of Ushuaia, which is the southernmost settlement in the
world. The wildlife was incredible and they saw ostriches,
penguins, seals, orca whales and numerous other animals I
never heard of, let alone can spell. Some people on the ship
actually saw an orca whale beach itself to get a seal. They saw
glaciers and the beautiful Fjords of Chili. They debarked in
Valparaiso, Chili and while there saw sea elephants, which
were molting at the time, they weigh over six ton--that's one
heck of a lot of skin. They flew over the Andes, in daylight,
to Sao Paulo, Brazil. A few other highlights were Tango
dancers, gaucho farm tours with horses and rope shows, and
lots of good food, AND, oops, I almost forgot the other rea-
son why they went. It seems that Willy celebrated the BIG
Seven O in March, and he doesn't look a day over 60. Well,
maybe a day. Wilma had to hurry back to Hendersonville to
host a bridal shower for Sherri Beth Fraser, daughter of
Patricia Fraser and the late Jimmy Fraser. It was a beauti-
fully hosted party for a dozen or so guests, including the
bride-to-be's mother and Aunt Jo, Cherry Stahlman, Diane
Bradley and myself and several of Sherri Beth's coworkers
Next stop the Reunion in Orlando hope all my BHS'54
classmates will be there. Guess I don't need to say which
reunion this will be.
Keep your news coming and send me some pictures once
in a while--anybody in North Carolina. Till next time.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Hello to all from the great Northwest. Actually, this is
being written in Florida since we are visiting friends and fam-
ily here at deadline time.
Henry and Pat Cruz advised that Henry lost his older sis-
ter Sonia, who lived in Panama, last year. Henry made a
quick trip there and reunited with Sonia's children. Nina
(Brown) Kosik was there and eased things a bit. She showed
them around to see all the new changes and even managed to
take them to lunch at Santa Clara beach. Henry said it was
nice to see the old Casino, which hasn't changed much, and
they had a nice visit with Casino employees, who were all
very nice and seemed genuinely interested in Henry's and
Nina's accounts of many good times had there in the "good
And then, in January, Henry's mother Silvia passed away
suddenly. They went down to California where she was and
with his two remaining sisters, Landy and Silvy, who lived
close to her, attended services for her. His mother had always
said she wanted to join his father and Henry was privileged to
scatter both their ashes in Carquinez Strait in the Bay Area. It
was a very sad occasion but it brought most of the family
together for what turned out to be one of the nicest family
reunions ever. Some of the children hadn't seen each other in
almost thirty years.
The Cruzes and Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe have
already reserved their campsite for opening day of fishing in
April at Washington's Silver Lake Park. They still get togeth-
er occasionally for lunch. Jack and Ann Rocker, who live in
nearby Ferndale, join in when they can.
Pat and Bill "Scottie" Scott have built a house in Texas
and have moved from Washington state, as well as given up
full-time RVing. They love their new house in Pilot Point,
Texas, a small town north of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex,
and the fact that they are only 18 miles from their youngest
grandchildren--7-year-old triplets, Cameron, McKenna and
Paige, and their parents, youngest son Joel and wife Robin.
Daughter Glenda (Scott) Ewell and her 10-year-old daughter
Emily visited them in Texas in February for a week and they
all did some Texas touring while they were there.
Although they have traded in the nomadic life for a more
stationary home, they still plan to continue going about the
country for at least 12 weeks a year doing volunteer labor at
churches, camps, conference grounds and Christian schools
with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP).
Their itinerary had them in Bonifay, Fla. for the month of
March to do volunteer work with MMAP at a country Baptist
church, and they'll be in the Seattle area in June to work at
Camp Berachah near Enumclaw. They also plan to attend
high school graduation ceremonies for three grandchildren:
Lindsey Reid, daughter of Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid will
graduate from a high school in Puyallup, planning to study
architecture in college; Greg Senecal, son of Harvey and
Brenda Scott Senecal, will graduate from an Issaquah high
school; and Kevin, son of John and Glenda Scott Ewell will
graduate from high school in Bothell. Kevin was one of his
school's eleven semifinalists in the National Merit
Scholarship's prestigious scholarship program.
The Scotts also plan to be in Long Beach, Calif. in mid-
July to watch granddaughter Jamie Reid, daughter of Jim
and Pam Reid, compete for a place on the U.S. Olympic
Swimming Team. She has made it through all the preliminar-
ies, and if she makes the team, will be going to the Olympics
in Greece in August 2004. Jamie has set many records, both
nationally and internationally, on her long road to the
Olympics. Most recently she won a Gold Medal in the 200-
meter backstroke at the Pan Am Games held in the
Dominican Republic last August, as she celebrated her 21st
For almost 20 years, Pat Scott has been publishing a
newsletter for and about those transplanted Zonians who used
to attend Crossroads Bible Church in Corozal and enjoys
gathering the news four times a year.
Gerry Laatz got an e-mail from Sheila (Sheridan)
Bowen who mentioned she had been in contact with John
Hawthorne, now in Kauai, Hawaii, over the years. Sheila has
been to Panama three times since May 2003 with a lady
friend from Austin, Texas (a Naturalist) who bought a home
in Gamboa. One of the times they were there, Sheila hired a
helicopter and they flew from Albrook to Colon and back.
Sheila says "Talk about nostalgia...". Sheila still lives in San
Jose, Calif., and has two wonderful sons--Ken (35), Bob
(36), and three "grandjewels", Gaven (7), Zachary (3) and
Emma (2 months). They (Ken's children) live near her and
she feels fortunate to enjoy their company often. Son Bob,
married and working in Boise, Idaho, has no children yet.
Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin wrote they recently
got back from a cross-country car trip. They managed to trav-
el 8,600-plus miles round trip. They left December 11th from
Diamond Point, Wash. to visit daughters Kindra and
Jennifer and their families in Fayetteville, Ark. and Benton,
Ark. and spent a week with each over the holidays. They left
there on December 30th and spent a night with John and
Donna Fettler in Century, Fla., then continued on to the
Keys where they rented a house for a month on Big Pine Key.
Earl and Shirley Orr and Ed and Mary (Orr) Armistead
joined them there. Earl and Ed brought their motorboats and
they fished every day they could and caught enough to eat
most nights--grouper, porgies, snapper, shark, eel, sea trout,
and many more reef fish were on the menu. Robert and Gayle
bought a used kayak and enjoyed paddling the canals and
flats near the house. Warm water was a blessing!! Earl and
Shirley loved the kayak so much they bought it and took it
back to their condo in Anna Maria, Fla. Gayle said it was sad
to leave but on January 31st they started back to the
Northwest. They stopped at Johnny's again and saw the Super
Bowl, stopped in San Antonio to see the Alamo, and New
Mexico for Carlsbad Caverns, then Las Vegas to see a few
shows and up to Utah, Oregon and Washington mountains
and arrived safely home February llth. Gayle and Robert
also flew to Ohio to see Gayle's mom, Vera Fettler, and her
friend Jim for an early Thanksgiving.
Wallace Teal and friend Bev had a great Valentine's party
on the 13th in Diamond Point and went all out on decorations,
food, costumes, etc.
We got an e-mail from Carla and Conrad Wolfgang who
wrote that the most earth-shattering event of 2003 was the
arrival of Carla's first grandchild on January 18, 2003. John
David and Mette Dear, the proud creators of "Wonderchild"
are adjusting very slowly to short nights and earplugs. Carla
is still teaching in Naples, Fla. and Connie is still working 21
days on/off in St. Lucia. "Both are handling the rapid aging
process with no major hick-ups, in'shallah!"
Charley Leves and Ruth King were recently wed at their
lovely home in Gorgona, Panama (see Weddings section).
Some of the Leves' Christmas season guests included Mike
and Sandy Koncir, Charley's son Gene, grandson Wyatt,
Alex and Sara Livingston, Mary Lynch and her brother
Wheeler Griffin, who also visited the Rio Negro Fishing
Lodge the week of January 6th.
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Thomas and Rick Keith in Melbourne, Fla.
Alex Livingston and his daughter Sarah at Alex's fishing
resort in Panama in January.
Mary Lynch and younger brother Wheeler enjoying a
Panama beer at her son Alex Livingston's fishing resort at
Mariato, Panama, in January.
On a recent visit to Florida, we were fortunate to have
located Helen Purdy, Richard Keith's mother, who used to
live with Richard and family in Margarita and who now lives
in Melbourne with her daughter Susan. We visited them and
were joined by Ricky, Mike and Bridgotte Keith and had a
great time updating ourselves on each other's lives.
The Herring clan: Top Row (L-R): Madeline, Tim, Theresa
(Snider), Monique and Tom. Center (L-R): James, Anna,
Cecilia, Mary and Stephanie. Bottom (L-R): Christopher,
Rebecca, Angelica and Bernadette. Joe Herring was absent.
Clipper Pioneer Robert Blake was reunited with Clipper
Flying Cloud at Boeing Field, Wash., in June 2003. The
Flying Cloud and its three sister ships flew between Miami
and the Canal Zone between 1940 and 1945 for Pan
American Airways. The Flying Cloud is the last remaining
Boeing 307 Stratoliner and was ferried to the Smithsonian
collection of historic aircraft at the new Udver-Hazy Center
at Dulles Airport.
Supper rloneer Konern DiaKe in rront of me
Cloud at Boeing Field, Wash., in June 2003.
Our best to all of you, and hope to hear from lots of you
soon. Hasta la vista.
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
John and Madeleine Raffler are once again enjoying the
company of their daughter Kristin and eight-month-old
granddaughter Reina while son-in-law Nick Knight is over-
seas again for six months. Nick is stationed at Miramar Air
Base in San Diego, Calif. Proud grandparents are thoroughly
enjoying their sweet grandbaby. In fact, Grandpa John made
some home brew beer and named it Cerveza Reina. At the
next Oklahoma Chapter picnic, John plans to share some of
his Cerveza Reina. John, Madeleine, son Eric, Kristin and
Reina are looking forward to the upcoming Orlando reunion.
John says that son Eric is having a great time with his career
"Life on the Farm in Oklahoma" April 4, 2004 George Dany
on his Clydesdale horse "Ginger" along with daughter
Bill and Teresa Keller along with daughter Kimberly
went to Branson for Spring Break 2004. They took in about
five shows, took the Branson Belle Dinner Theatre Cruise
and rode the Branson Railway. They stopped by Rogers, Ark.
on the way home and visited with Bill's grandmother, who
will be 90 years old in August 2004. On the way to Branson,
they stopped in Tulsa to spend the night and to visit the
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in the Air Force. An article was published in the Grand Forks
AFB Leader about the 319th Communications Squadron
where Eric works on the Base Networking and Crypto
In early March 2004, Jean and Doris Burns, son Scott
and daughter Laura with her family enjoyed a visit from
Mike and Sharon Bates from Madison, S.D. Mike and
Sharon visited in honor of Jean's 76th birthday celebration.
Laura prepared a Mexican dinner for her Dad and 19 other
family and friends. Mike and Sharon lived beside (same
house) Jean and Doris in the "Fishbowl" in Ancon until 1980.
Mike was a Captain in the Army, and he worked in
Engineering for the Panama Canal Commission.
Steve and Esther Helin are beginning a transitional move
from Oklahoma to Texas. They recently sold their house of
four years in Edmond, Okla., and will keep an apartment in
Moore, Okla. for a while. Esther is looking for a job in Dallas
since they will be living one hour southeast of Dallas on
Cedar Creek Lake. The Oklahoma Chapter will miss Steve's
friendly and lively presence at the picnics.
Michelle Diaz, daughter of Tomas and Aymee Diaz,
recently finished her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology in
December 2003 at the University of Oklahoma. She was also
recently accepted for the Masters of Human Relations
Program at the University of Oklahoma and will be attending
classes for the Master's Program in the summer of 2004.
Michelle's brother Miguel Diaz will be graduating in
December 2004 from Oklahoma State University in
Stillwater, Okla. He will be graduating with a Bachelor's in
Business Administration with a concentration in Aviation
Management. Miguel plans to continue his education by
applying to the MBA program after graduation.
Oklahoma Aquarium. Bill, Teresa and Kimberly found the
aquarium to be surprisingly interesting.
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
OK folks, this is going to be a good one! I have had the
most jam-packed last few months...I'm getting carpel tunnel
syndrome from all the typing. Just joking, but it has been
busy around here. A few days after Super Bowl Sunday, the
entire Hern family, Jack and Fran Hern and their kids John
and Mitchie and 18 friends from Tampa rolled into town.
They were here on a 10-day golfing, whirlwind shopping,
sight-seeing, eating, and to experience just about everything
that is Panama.
Jack Hern with the boys
Fran Hern with the girls
Some of their adventures included VIP honors at the
Control House plus a lengthy visit at the newly-remodeled
Miraflores Locks Pavilion. They also received 6-star treat-
ment at Panama's "members only" Club de Golf, thanks to
Robin Morland. A few days at Decameron for some fun and
sun and to try out the new front-nine golf course on the prem-
ises. All too soon, it was time to head back to CONUS. It was
an awesome experience they will not soon forget.
In the meanwhile, Eddie and Carson Dolan and their
beautiful kids, Morgan, Madison and Mackenzie, hosted a
mini-reunion for John and Mitchie and a birthday party for
Eddie, at their gorgeous home in Albrook Gardens. Invitees
included: Trina Clark, John Hern Jr. and wife Stacie,
Mitchie Hern and boyfriend John, Andrew Efthimiades and
girlfriend Lourdes, Jason and wife Leslie (Rinehart)
Critides and their kids Phillip and Cassandra. The night
consisted of good food, cold beer and a lot of stories from
days long ago. No one and I mean no one tells a story like
Johnny Hem. We were also treated to a special magic show a
la David Blane from Andrew. We all debated whether or not
we should be wearing our shirts inside out and backwards
(Tuli-Vieja style), because he was freaking us out. He is real-
ly that good.
L-R: Jason Critides, Andrew Efthimiades, John Hern and
The month of March brought us the Queen Mary 2 on her
inaugural Caribbean call to Panama waters. Trina's company
SHOREX PANAMA, S.A., is the official land agent for
Cunard Lines LTD. A private cocktail event aboard the vessel
and a pier-side presentation took place with a bevy of VIPs in
attendance such as: Don Alberto Motta, Ms. Peggy Greene,
Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, President of C. Femie &
Co. Mr. Joe and Deida Josephs, Canal Administrator Mr.
Alberto Aleman Zubieta, Minister for Canal Affairs Mr.
Jerry Salazar A. During the course of my busy day I
stopped to pose with the Gold Coast Calypso Band and some
of my friends, to celebrate a historic day for Panama. While
aboard this mammoth vessel of engineering mastery, I could-
n't resist the photo opportunity on the 13th deck. It was an
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IS AUGUST 6, 2004.
(L-K): Uff Heleize, Suzette Heleize, irma ClarK, tli
Twohy III, Lucy Haines, John Haines III, Gold Coast
Calypso Band members: Duncan (kneeling), Little Dice,
Alfred, Mo-Mo, Stevie, and Lord Alole.
Tina Clak at top of queen Mary 2
Trina Clark at top of Queen Mary 2
Everybody enjoyed a crowd-free Flamenco Island for the
afternoon. The Museum had presentations for I.N.A.C. and
the ACP. In keeping with the theme of presentations, Pablo
Prieto presented the Panama Canal Museum with a Cayuco
Cup/Trophy with the engraved plaques of winners for the last
Anna reports: We sent out an e-mail to all Canal Record
members here in Panama and received e-mail responses final-
ly with stories. Hopefully more of our Panama members will
provide their news for the next issue of the Record. John
Husum sent in the long-awaited story of the annual
Christmas tree burn in Cardenas which was a huge success.
Estimates are that there were about 400 people there, many
for the first time. Some of those who attended were Rick and
Janis Doubek, Bill Walker, Rene Nellis, Barkley and
Stephanie Hayes, Darrell Barnes, California Mike Young,
Tom Young (I wasn't supposed to mention him), Jim Wiese,
Jay and Lance Hughes, Tom and Zenia Morris,
Art Mokray, Mao and Mitzi Almanza, Colin Creel, Andrew
Efthimiadis, Jaime Abad, Pedro Penalver, Dean and Kim
Homa, Craig Broussard, Jaime Claus, Michelle Kaufman,
John and Lorena Husum, Dave and Diana Bishop, Collin
and Alberta Corrigan, Pablo and Maria Prieto, Sue and
Lew Stabler, Jim and Karen Diertien, Johnny and Lucia
Haines, Andy and Juana Wileczek, Johnny (The Voice of
the Cayuco Race) Bates, Pedro and Jackie Pinilla, Bill
Pohl, Roy Reyes, Woody DeJernette, Jason and Lisa Post,
Mike and Nicole Stump, Carl and Denise Winkler, Allen
Blaney, Francis Casey, Donny Husted, Armando Gundin,
Edgar Tirado, Mark Ford and Mike and Terri Andrews.
Christmas Tree Burn
Joe and Bev Wood and Melvyn Oiler
While on the subject of cruise ships, the Panama Canal
Museum group came down to Panama aboard RCL's
Celebrity Horizon. A specialized former Canal Zone tour and
luncheon, with a "tipico" theme at Barko Restaurant on the
Causeway, was arranged for everybody. There were a lot of
familiar faces, I definitely can't remember them all: Louise
Hunt, June Riesz, Chuck Hummer, Skip and Beverly
Rowley, Dottie Meissner and her great guy John, Jackie
Wagner, Joe and Bev Wood. Trina Clark was the MC for the
afternoon and private arrangements had been made at
Amador for REPROSA and the DUTY FREE shops to be
open on this special day, as it was Ash Wednesday.
John Carlson contributed by having fabricated the bar-
beque grill that had been removed. Andy Wileczek collected
most of the trees, Jaime Abad helped with the supervision of
the burn itself, and the Panama Fire Department sent a unit in
case of any problems. Everyone seemed to have a very good
time, especially the children.
Cookie Stempel and Charlie Hinz, lifelong friends since
pre-grade school, both BHS 1949 graduates living in Panama,
keep in touch by phone every so often but it wasn't until this
past March, after a lapse of five years, that they actually met
again in person. The occasion was celebrated along with
wives Doralia and Felisa over a bottle of champagne at the
Hinz beach house in Santa Clara, followed by dinner at the
popular Camisones restaurant just a short trip down the road.
Nolan, Bob and Mrs. Emmerich and, of course, Charly
Garcia and mother Elsie.
Bruce Quinn's latest Panama production, the musical
Evita, was a smashing hit throughout the month of March.
In an e-mail, Bill Wilbur wrote that he was working in a
movie Walk His Trail being filmed here in Panama. Walk His
Trail is the story of five American missionaries killed by the
Auca Indians in a remote part of Ecuador on January 8, 1956.
Bill, playing the role of Dr. Arthur Johnson, is part of the
search-and-rescue party looking for the missing men. Filming
should be completed shortly and the movie is expected to be
released to the theaters in about a year.
As Trina mentioned in her section, there was quite a group
who came down on the Panama Canal Museum cruise,
among whom was my sister Dottie Meissner and her "guy"
John. We had the opportunity to chat for a few hours at the
Barko Restaurant and exchange shopping bags; she brought
me my "wish list" from the states and I supplied her with
enough Caf6 Duran to last her a while.
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Doralia Stempel and Felisa Hinz
Wallace Snyder, MD, wrote that he just returned from
the states from his 50th graduation reunion from the
University of Texas Medical School. He also visited with his
son Roderick Snyder and daughter Marlene (Snyder)
Peters for a family reunion in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Dennis and Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan spent several
weeks visiting all over Panama recently. Their daughter and
her husband and friends spent the first week managing to visit
San Blas, Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Pifia in just one
week. The kids went back and then Wendy and Dennis got to
enjoy the rest of their trip at a little slower pace. They met up
with many different friends and relatives, including Llori and
Jay Gibson, Mike Blennerhassett, Collin and Alberta
Corrigan, Mary Coffey just to name a few. Meanwhile
Frank Corrigan made the huge decision to move back to
Panama to live. He is slowly getting settled and cannot get
enough corbina whenever he goes out.
Leslie Hendricks and Gail Marbury, now of the
Beaufort area of South Carolina, were the houseguests of
Marc Quinn at his place in El Valle over the weekend of
March 13. On Saturday afternoon, the three attended the
American Society of Panama's St. Patrick's Day picnic,
organized largely by Dr. Charly Garcia at the "Capitanes"
resort. Some of the former Zonians in attendance at the pic-
nic were: Capt. and Mary Lou (Allen) Maher, Myron and
Itzel (Vega) Schroeder (with daughter), Don and Gerlinde
(L-R): Anna Opel, Carl Opel, Frank Mitchell, John
McKenzie and Dottie Meissner.
Faces that have been seen in town recently: Lisa (Sasso)
Eckle, Joanne Eckle, Ray Francis, David McArthur,
Erica Welch, Lance Hughes down from California for about
a month to visit family in Gamboa and the interior. In
January, Colin Creel visited the Hayes family in Cardenas.
Also seen in Cardenas were Michell Kofman, Daryl Barnes,
and Stover Jenkins. Ted Arias, Woody DeJernette, and Bill
Arnold were down for a couple of weeks. Everett White was
in for about a week. In February, Mr. Charles Soukup was in
town with his wife Veira from Florida visiting their daughter
Debbie for a month out at Majagual (Veracruz). Patty, their
other daughter, also came in for a visit for a day and a half
from Texas. Don Ross was in from Texas, played at Lum's
Bar and Grill on a Friday night and son Mark with his fami-
ly were also in for a visit as they traveled around.
Winship Dowell, with a group of friends, were in from
Florida for about six days, Mark Kerr in from Florida with
family to visit his father and see all the changes in Panama.
Noreen (Hanson) McGaughey in from Colorado spent
about 10 days in Panama traveling around the country,
Carole Lightell visiting her beach house in La Guaira,
Barbara Slover, Cheryl and Pat Williams.
For sake of good order, please remember to have your
membership dues paid up before submitting items to the
Canal Record for publication. Well, that's all the news that's
Good News from "The Beautiful Motherland" of Panama. If
you want to let your extended family and friends know what's
going on with you and yours, don't be shy and e-mail, snail
mail, fax or drop off any and all information. We'll be happy
to submit it.
Last minute news from the Blennerhassetts. Mary
(Mike Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett enjoyed a fabulous
trip to Patagonia in January. They went on a hiking vacation
with Backroads travel company and visited Buenos Aires,
Argentina, and Santiago, Chile. The highlight of their trip,
though, was the marvelous outdoor experience: the unbeliev-
able blue of the mountain lakes and glaciers, the rugged
spires of the Torres del Paine, the Perito Moreno Glacier and
the snow-capped mountains surrounding the Explora resort in
Chile. The scenery was awesome beyond belief and the
weather sunny and cool. Patagonia is one of the few places
left where you can actually drink right from the pure waters
of the rivers.
Mary (Mike Coffey) Blennerhassett
Ned and Mary (Mike Coffey) Blennerhassett
011 (507) 262-1001
011 (507) 232-7451
In March 2004, we met for lunch at the Red Lobster in
Aiken, with 18 members and friends attending. Members
were: Joseph and Beatrice Marriott, Rebecca Webster,
Carlos and Ruth Lee Lam, Jack and Joan Woodall, Trudi
Clontz, Olga Holmes, Charles Green and daughter
Virginia Machak, Blanche Browne, Carolyn Westendorff,
and Peggy Hutchison. Carlos Lam brought his lap top com-
puter and showed about 20 slides of the "new" Panama. We
all enjoyed seeing the changes and couldn't believe the
progress with roads and housing. Carlos' mother passed on
last year and he is presently in Panama for a week to settle her
estate. He and his wife, Ruth Lee, are teaching in Columbia,
Beth (Brown) Schmidt (BHS) and husband have bought
a home in Titusville, Fla., and will be moving there shortly.
Their daughter Amanda Breedon lives in Aiken with her
family. They have a 17-month-old daughter, Abigail.
Ann Richardson (BHS'57) is working hard in Columbia,
S.C. She runs a business (Screens) and just finished five
"home shows" in seven weeks. She made a short visit to
Panama in February and visited Dotty (Metzger) Stumvoll
(BHS'57) who was very ill and has since passed on.
In late January Aiken had a severe ice storm (no snow)
and most of us were without power for four days or more.
Motels and hotels were full. Peggy Hutchison braved it out
(no heat, fireplace, or kerosene stove) for the four days but
was very glad to get lights and heat on the fourth evening. In
March, daughter Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Lillian, Ala., vis-
ited her for four days. Bob tiled her bathroom and he and
Vicki planted lovely day lilies (Bob grows them) and gerani-
ums. We also had friends over to enjoy his fresh fish from
Alabama (second best to Panama fish).
Charles Green (policeman, Atlantic side) has been staying
with his daughter Virginia Machak (CHS) since he fell--no
bones broken but had difficulty walking. His daughter just
called to say he had fallen again and broken his hip. He is in
a rehab center in Augusta, Ga. We certainly wish him a
The latter part of March, Trudi Clontz checked the Boston
weather prediction which often mentioned "snow". On
March 25th she flew to Boston to visit family in Wellesley
and North Andover, Mass., arriving the same day as President
Bush. Weather was lovely and no snow.
We're sorry to lose one of our active members and Past
President, Blanche Browne, who is moving to Tampa, Fla.
She has been there twice since the beginning of the year,
decided on a villa at Aston Gardens and her final move will
be April 15th. She's happy with it and all the amenities it
offers. Other Zonites living there are Mary Lynch, Laverne
Larrabee and Chris Gundersen. Blanche's daughter Laura
Major will come to Columbia to help in the move and drive
her to Tampa. Blanche's devoted household couple are also
going along to help with the move and getting her settled in.
Blanche has talked several times with Doris Leeser of
Dothan, Ala., who has been with her older son Roi since the
middle of December. He lives in Hatsboro, Pa. The day
before she was to return to Dothan, she cracked several ver-
tebrae and spent several months in the hospital. It looks like
she may not be returning to Dothan.
Our next meeting will be in June--a potluck luncheon. If
you're around and wish to attend, call me for further details.
Peggy Hutchison, Reporter
Carlton Morris and daughter Gabriella (5) spent Spring
break cruising the Caribbean on Carnival's Conquest, a new
ship with its home port in New Orleans. He was a houseguest
of Kenny (BHS'79) and Paige (Maisano) Morris in their
new home in Riverwalk, La. Kenny and Paige have recently
started a gourmet catering business called Ooh La La. Young
Ken Morris (16) is on his high school golf team and daugh-
ter Heather (13) is a serious basketball player.
Robert and Carolyn Ciepiela were houseguests of Capt.
Art and Edie Farrell (Richardson, Texas) in April. The
Ciepielas made a nostalgic visit to the North Texas area en
route to daughter Marie and Patrick Gaughan's home in
San Francisco. The Ciepielas will spend two weeks spoiling
grandboys Jack (3) and Connor (2) outrageously. An elegant
dinner was hosted by the Farrells for friends of Bob and
Carolyn. Zonians included were Captain Bob and Ange
Bloemer and son Donald and Bob and Linda Morris.
Bob Morris, Granddad, Gabriella Morris (5) and Roger
Djd Patrick Gaughan holding Jack ,3) and
Gaughan holding baby Connor (1).
Donald Bloemer (BHS'79) enjoying his music.
Update on Balboa High School alumni...Kelly Farrell
Murphy is a nurse in Anchorage, Alaska. Her daughter
Ashley Clement (20) attends the University of North Texas
in Denton so visits are often. Sheila (Farrell) and Bert
Fashimpaur live in The Colony. She has continued her nurs-
Kathy Ciepiela (BHS'79) is now a full professor at
Amherst College. She is working on a book in her field of
Academia; Russian poets; Alexander Pushkin and an obscure
woman poet. Cecilia Ciepiela has a home in Arlington, Va.,
where she is self-employed and a specialist in international
consulting. She continues to travel throughout the world.
George Soriano (BHS'75) writes that international trav-
el in his latest position with Bell Helicopters has kept him out
of the swing of things in the Dallas area. He's interested in
planned activities in the future.
Apologies to Joe and Marcia Cicero (Clearwater, Fla.)
for the omission of their presence at Christmas family
reunion held at son Mark and Dena's home during the holi-
days. Nineteen family members were in attendance and a
"fun time was had by all".
A Southwest Reunion for the Class of BHS'52 (and
friends of) has been planned by Luis Celerier (BHS'51) in
Albuquerque, N.M. from September 22-26. Planned activities
include a "Meeting and Greeting in the Hospitality Suite, a
bus tour of Santa Fe and Los Alamos and a "Despedida" din-
ner. Louie Celerier graduated from Texas A&M and worked
in Longview, Texas for forty years until his retirement in
1996. This is the fourth reunion planned by Louie and it
should be fun.
Bliss Connerton mentioned to a broker client that she
deals with that she was born in the Canal Zone. What a small
world...again!! His wife Marian (Kredell) Kuhatscheck
also grew up in the Zone in a family of eight siblings, and was
a 1972 Cristobal High School graduate. Marian's mom Anna
Kredell worked as a nurse at Coco Solo Hospital and present-
ly lives in Jacksonville, Fla. Marian worked in a nursing
career for many years but is now a stay-at-home Mom to ten-
Brian McNamee, Mark and Patrice Maravilla (BHS'72),
Charles and Jean McGinn (BHS'49), Jim Borell (BHS'68),
Joe and Martha Valdez (CHS'60), Rae Donaldson
(BHS'68), Bob and Pat Nossov (BHS'72), Dale Clarke,
Ken Gerhart (BHS'73), Bill and Connie Dawson, Barbara
(Bonanno) and Jay Marshall, Dorothy (Rowley) and Jim
Gerhart, Rosemary Gilead and Norma Martin.
Kuhatscheck and fellow Zonian
Texans on the go...Capt. Robert and Ange Bloemer will
travel to Panama the end of April. They will spend one week
at the Decameron Farallon, the very popular, all-inclusive
hotel built on the old PDF complex in Rio Hato. They will
then be houseguests of Peter and Leslie Tassel in their home
in Albrook. Bob and Peter worked as canal pilots together.
This is a first visit to Panama since 1981.
Bobby and Linda Morris will sail on The Vision of the
Seas on a twenty-day cruise to Alaska in May. They will visit
sister Maria (Reimann) and Bill Thomas in San Francisco
before the cruise.
Please call or email with any news or photos. Your fami-
ly news, trips, or photos are of interest to your friends and
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Greetings to all from Northern Virginia. The Canal Zone
Get-together held on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at Mango
Mikes in Alexandria was a lot of fun. Some familiar faces and
a lot of new ones joined us. Among them: Wendel Allen,
Dorothy and Jim Gerhart, Norma Martin and Rosemary
Tom and I are planning a trip to Panama for the June/July
time frame and it was interesting and enlightening to hear all
the news concerning the changes in Panama. Jim and Dorothy
Gerhart recently visited Panama and had beautiful pictures
and stories that were shared with us. Sure brought back a lot
of good memories of our "home". We discussed setting up a
cruise aboard the Odyssey for the late Fall so keep an eye out
for the announcement.
In February Tom and I while in Williamsburg, Va. had
dinner with Betty (Link) Neososis and her husband Richard.
Betty and I hung out in high school and it was fun to see each
other again after 30-plus years and rehash old times.
Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
(703) 361-7176 (home)
(703) 614-9810 (work)
email@example.com or Evelyn.Sellers@navy.mil
Ev and Tom Sellers, Bill and Connie Dawson, Barbara
(Bonanno) Marshall and Fred Schrader.
TRINA CLARK, EXALTED RULER
Fred Clark and Inez (Berg) Clark (BHS'59), along with
their children, T.C. Clark (CHS'79) and Pam Clark
(BHS'86), wish to congratulate their daughter Trina Clark
(BHS'87) on attaining the highest office as Exalted Ruler in
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Panama Canal
Lodge #1414 for 2004-2005.
This marks a unique moment in Lodge history, as Trina is
the first female in Panama's history to hold this prestigious
honor in the Fraternal Order's 82-year existence on the
Isthmus of Panama.
EDWARD HALSALL REACHES 103
The Halsalls celebrated the 103rd birthday of Edward
Halsall, former Chief of Locks Security Force. A family
party was held at the beach home of his son, Jerry Halsall
(BHS'52) and his wife Sharen Halsall, in Flagler Beach, Fla.
Jerry was with the Civil Affairs and General Services Bureau
in the Canal Zone.
Enclosed is a picture of his son and daugher-in-law, his
granddaughter Jenny (who attends the University of Florida
in Gainesville, Fla.).
Jenny, Edward, Jerry and Sharen Halsall
Gerald H. Halsall
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY,
Alright, you're cruising along at the speed limit on
Alligator Alley, you reach over to the passenger seat for a
cookie and suddenly realize you've lost control of the car.
Without even a scream of horror as your car is about to sink
in the water adjacent to the roadway, you press the button to
open the window so that potential rescuers can pull you out.
And that's exactly what Janet Cunningham did when it hap-
pened to her. Needless to say, she limits her driving to short
trips in the neighborhood now.
There's quite a story associated with Janet's growing-up
years in the Panama Canal Zone. Her father, R. B. Potter, was
secretary to a congressman in 1904. Some of his assignments
included train travel, with the congressional committee dele-
gated to establish national parks. He covered the 48 states
(some still territories) to find appropriate areas for parkland.
When the United States took over the Panama Canal project
from the French, he boarded a ship for Panama to work in the
municipal engineering department. He met his wife when she
came to visit her sister in Panama. They were married in Bay
City, Mich., but returned to the Canal Zone where they stayed
Their daughter Janet was born January 25, 1914, six
months before the Panama Canal opened for ship transit from
the Atlantic to the Pacific in August 1914. Her parents had to
walk on a swinging rope foot bridge across the canal bed (no
water yet because the canal was not finished) to the hospital.
On their return, they repeated the perilous journey, but this
time carrying baby Janet in a valise with one parent at each
end holding the handle grip with one hand and the swinging
railing with the other. Janet makes it clear that she lived in
Balboa, Canal Zone, not in Panama. Panama was across the
street, Fourth of July Avenue, from the Canal Zone. Although
Balboa is located on the Pacific, it is east of Cristobal which
is the canal entrance from the Atlantic. "Look at the map,"
Her parents enrolled her in a private school when she was
only four years old. After a year of kindergarten she went to
2nd grade, but always regretted the age disparity with her
classmates. She resolved that if she ever had children of her
own, they would never be permitted to skip a grade.
Janet was only 14 years old when she met Ross
Cunningham. Because he was 6 years her senior, her father
would not allow her to date him. So Ross spent many a balmy
evening sitting on the Potters' front steps visiting with Janet.
Ross had graduated from high school in Sedalia, Mo., and
became a civil service accountant in the Panama Canal Zone.
His job was to go out on a small boat and board the big ships
waiting to traverse the canal. He would carry a black satchel
to collect the crossing fees and verify the ship's documenta-
tion. It was necessary for him to wear a pistol on his belt, but
thankfully he never had to use it.
The Potters sent Janet away to Frederickburg Teachers'
College in Virginia. After two years she returned to the Canal
Zone to marry Ross. All four of their children were born
there. When Ross retired in 1963, they moved to St.
Petersburg to be near Janet's parents. Sons Ed and Richard
still live here with their families, but Tom resides in Castle
Rock near Denver and Linda Sue settled in Winston-Salem.
Janet sees Linda often when she spends six months of the
summer at her lake home in Connestee Falls, a gated com-
munity about seven miles from Brevard, N.C.
Both Janet and Ross were pivotal in the life of Northeast
Presbyterian Church as charter members. Ross was a faithful
choir member and Janet contributed her talents in the
women's activities here. Ross passed away about ten years
ago, but Janet still brightens our days with her cheerful out- L-R: (sons) Ed Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, (daugh-
look and enthusiasm for living. Happy birthday, Janet, and ter) Linda Sue Emons, Janet Cunningham, and (son) Dick
many happy returns of the day! Cunningham.
The above writeup was in Janet's church bulletin plus her
family celebrated her 90th birthday by having a family
reunion. This included a dinner with the family, a picnic at
Fort DeSoto Park, recognition at her church and a visit to the
Panama Canal Museum in Seminole, Fla. All of her children
and their mates, six of the ten grandchildren and five of the
nine great-grandchildren were in attendance, along with
Back row L-R: Ed Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Linda
Sue Emons, Janet Cunningham, Dick Cunningham, and Ben.
Front row L-R: Judy, Elizabeth and Paul Bishop, Patrick,
aTiffany, and Sephanie Hileman, and Kassie Cunningham.
Pinellas Park, Fla.
DUNNELLS CELEBRATE 50TH
Vernon and Chely Dunnell celebrated their 50th
: Wedding Anniversary at the Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in
Galveston, Texas on January 17, 2004. The event was hosted
by his children: Vernon Dunnell and Jackie Wheeler; Jerry
and Lulu (Segura) Dunnell; Nora Dunnell; Gladys
(Dunnell) and Alex Benedi; and Gale Dunnell. The atten-
dees included some of their grandchildren: Geri Lourdes
Dunnell, Bianca Benedi, Daniella Benedi, Mikella
Dundell, as well as Vernon's siblings and their children, other
family members and friends.
Vernon arrived in the Canal Zone on May 23, 1952 to
Janet Cunningham work for the Corp of Engineers in Corozal. His coworker and
friend, Tony Terrazini, who was married to Ida Neuman,
introduced him to Celina (Chely) Calviiio.
DEADLINE FOR THE CANAL RECORD Vernon and Chely were married on January 30, 1954 in
IS Panama City at the home of her sister, Evelia Calviiio de
REUNION COORDINATOR CARIBE COMMENTARY
CARIBE ROYALE GENERAL INFORMATION
PLEASE READ PRIOR TO COMPLETING REGISTRATION FORM
The Caribe Royale is a fully-suited property featuring King Suites or Double Queen suites at the rate of $109.00. The
Double Queen Suite measures 466 sq. ft. and has two queen-size beds in the bedroom and one full-size sofa bed in the living
room. Each suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two telephones with
data ports, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and ironing board. The King
Suite measures 500 sq. ft. and has one king-size bed in the bedroom and one full size sofa bed in the living room. Each King
Suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two telephones with data ports,
a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and ironing board. The refrigerators in
the suites double as a mini bar; however, upon guest request, the contents of the mini bar will be removed at no charge.
Guests who wish to have the contents of the mini bars removed should contact the Guest Services desk immediately upon
check-in and request removal.
SEE REUNION COORDINATOR UPDATES ON PAGE E.
Questions concerning the hotel reservation process or questions in general regarding the Caribe Royale should be direct-
ed to the Reunion Coordinator, Betty LeDoux, at (813) 679-8416 or via email at Zonianbk@aol.com.
The Caribe will provide a location in which daycare/babysitting service is offered, but the cost of the service itself will be
the responsibility of those utilizing the service. For planning purposes, please indicate on the registration form in the space
provided if you will be requesting babysitting service.
In order to expedite the room check-in process, we have also asked that you provide us with an estimated time of your
arrival and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated.
Free continental breakfast service will be provided to all members registered to attend the reunion who are guests at the
Caribe Royale through the Society room block. Breakfast tickets for all such members will be included in the registration
packet which may be picked up during Registration hours along with any tickets you may have purchased to the PanaZonian
Dance, Annual Ball, Annual Luncheon or Disco Dances. The continental breakfast will be provided at designated locations
and will include a hot breakfast sandwich. You must have your breakfast ticket to participate in the breakfast program; those
without tickets will not be served the complimentary breakfast. For those attendees wishing to have full breakfast, it will be
available al a carte or buffet in the restaurants.
The December and March issues of the Canal Record stated that breakfast would be provided to all registered
members attending the reunion. Please note that it is necessary to clarify that the complimentary breakfast is
being provided by the host hotel as a courtesy to only those reunion-registered members who are staying at the
Caribe Royale. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our members.
Mears Transportation is once again offering a discounted fare for Panama Canal Society members from Orlando
International Airport to Caribe Royale Resort. The coupon is located in this issue of the Canal Record. Please present
this coupon at the Mears Transportation counter as directed on the coupon. PLEASE NOTE that transportation to Caribe
Royale is NOT non-stop direct. You may have stops at other properties enroute to the Caribe Royale. See page T.
Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout the resort as follows:
Beer (bottle) Domestic $2.75
Mixed Drinks $3.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $2.00
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
CARIBE ROYALE RESORT
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Vendor Setup: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and Il
Information/Secretary: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Shingle Creek Golf Club
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse
Registration: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Boca I, II and Il
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV, and V
Friday, July 30, 2004
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean BallroomVI and VII
Vendors: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom ml, IV and V
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Flower Arranging Class: 1:30 3:00 pm Grand Caribbean VI
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
Baile Panameno Class: 3:00 5:00 pm Grand Caribbean VI
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A -I
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI-VII
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom II, IV and V
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom A-C
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
Religious Services: 3:30 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom VI
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Caribbean VI-VII
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Caribbean Ballroom IIl, IV and V
Despedida: All Society Members and Gueist are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Despedida Lottery drawing to be held at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
RESERVATION, ORDER AND PAYMENT FORM
Complete both pages, and submit intact.
Please use black ink when completing form.
Receipt Sequence Number:
FORM WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL 2004 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAID, COMPLETE INFORMATION
IS PROVIDED AND CORRECT FEES ARE SUBMITTED. NEW OR REINSTATED MEMBERS SHOULD
REFER TO THE GENERAL COMMENTS IN THESE YELLOW PAGES AND ATTACH A MEMBERSHIP
APPLICATION, WITH THE APPROPRIATE FEES, FOUND IN THE BACK OF THIS ISSUE.
ACTIVITY QUANTITY FEE TOTAL VALUE
REUNION REGISTRATION FEE X $ 5.00= $
ANNUAL LUNCHEON X $25.00= '$
ANNUAL BALL X $15.00= $
DISCO DANCE (FRIDAY) X $ 5.00= $
DISCO DANCE (SATURDAY) X $ 5.00= $
PANAZONIAN DANCE X $12.00= $
GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS X $80.00= $
GOLF LUNCHEON ONLY X $30.00= $
TOTAL FEES $
Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society. Inc." Checks must be drawn on
U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.
Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):
Credit Card Number:
Member/Card Holder Signature:
Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf
Tournament, and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.
List names of each family member or guest being registered by the member and include $5.00 for each person 18 years
of age or older. List each name (including member's) as you want it printed on the name badges and supply age of
* New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application. *
List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Chicken (C) or Ropa Vieja (RV) or Johnny Mazetti (J); by circling
C orRVorJ 6.
C or RV or J 7.
C orRVorJ 8.
C or RVor J 9.
C or RV or J
C or RV or J
C or RV or J
.C or RV or J
C or RV or J
Special seating requests:
Registering as (Circle one): Individual player or 2-person scramble
Scramble Partner's name (if known):
Indicate for each player in desired foursome:
Name Age on Hdcp or Avg
7-1-04 18-hole score
Aft or Pac.
Sider or Pro
Names of golfers paid for with this form
Names of paid luncheon guests
Estimated Time of Arrival: PM / AM
Are you Flying OR Driving_
TYPE OF ROOM REQUESTED RATE FOR SINGLE/DOUBLE IS $109.00 per night, plus tax.
No Preference Non-Smoking room _
Standard King Smoking room
Queen Double Accessible Room
TWiyou bdrm Villa ($2.00g sper -gv pes taN)
Will you require babysitting services? Yes____ No____
Names of other room occupants:
HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($109.00)
Check enclosed $_ (Payable to Caribe Royale)
Credit Card Number:
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Card Holder Signature:
REUNION COORDINATOR UPDATE
As we approach the countdown to the 2004 Annual Reunion, we would like to update our members
on some of the changes and additions included in the Yellow Pages and Reunion information.
Mears Transportation is once again offering a discounted fare for Panama Canal Society members
from Orlando International Airport to Caribe Royale Resort. The coupon is located in this issue of the
Canal Record. Please present this coupon at the Mears Transportation counter as directed on the
coupon. PLEASE NOTE that transportation to Caribe Royale is NOT non-stop direct. You may
have stops at other properties enroute to the Caribe Royale. See page T.
We have added two fun events to our Schedule of Events. We will be offering a Flower Arranging
Class on Friday afternoon from 1:30 3:00 pm. Margaret McLaughlin, who has taken care of the
decorations at the dances for the last two years, and her staff will conduct this seminar which will
include making your own corsage to wear to the dances Friday and Saturday night. You will also learn
how to make beautiful centerpieces for your home and one lucky recipient will win a silk arrangement
to take home with you from the Reunion. Cost for this class, which includes all supplies, is $25.00 per
person. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 participants is required to hold the class. In
the event there are not enough participants to hold the class, any paid fees will be promptly refunded.
You won't want to miss this class.
We will also be conducting a dance class on Reunion Friday for those interested in learning how to
dance like the beautiful Panamanian Dancers. The Panamanian Dance Group from Despedida will be
on hand to teach you the techniques and dance steps typical to the dancers from "Home". Cost for this
class is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 par-
ticipants is required to hold the class, with refunds being made promptly if there are not enough partici-
pants to hold the class. You won't want to miss this class especially since you will be able to show
off just hours later at the PanaZonian dance.
Please see the ads in this issue for more information on these activities. The registration form for
these classes are contained in the yellow pages on page K. Please respond as soon as possible so that
we can meet our minimums and to make the necessary arrangements to conduct these very interesting
Due to the overwhelming number of requests for villa reservations, there is now a waiting list for
the villas. If you are interested in reserving a villa, please indicate your desire in the special requests
section of the Hotel Reservation form, BUT SELECT AN ALTERNATIVE SINCE THE RESERVA-
TION OF A VILLA IS NOT GUARANTEED. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY IF WE
ARE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR VILLA REQUEST.
HELPFUL REUNION INFORMATION
SRefer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to the Caribe
S Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the hotel registration in order to check
into your room.
Review the hours of operation for the Reunion Registration and other events in
these Yellow pages. A Schedule of Events will be provided to you at
Registration. Registration and other event hours will be posted on the in-house
monitor, which may be viewed from the comfort of your hotel room or from a
monitor in the conference center or hotel lobby.
Proceed as soon as possible after arrival to the Reunion Registration and obtain
your name badge, information packet and all event tickets previously ordered.
SThe Registration Volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and
you will be required to sign the envelope indicating that you received the con-
tents and that your order is correct. Reunion event tickets are not pre-mailed.
Further, only the person registering for the reunion may pick up the name
badges and tickets from Registration. Be certain that all of your guests are reg-
istered for the Reunion.
If you are attending a Class Reunion, information regarding your class reunion
event will be at the Information/Secretary desk PROVIDED that your class
reunion chairperson has provided us with the same. In the event they have not,
we will do all that we can to assist you to locate your class reunion activities.
The Reunion Experience is one that is to be enjoyed and treasured from year to year. We
hope that these instructions will help in this endeavor and that you will join us again next
year as a "veteran" reunion attendee.
2004 ANNUAL REUNION
Reunion Registration Marje Foster and Joy Maale
Hotel Reservations Betty LeDoux
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Security Tom Wilder
Golf Tournament Kenny Morris
Vendors Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Transportation Betty LeDoux and Tom Wilder
On-Site Ticket Sales Bob Russell and Roy Colbreth
Bingo Jim O'Donnell
Dances Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais and
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Annual Luncheon Lou and Jan Andino
Class and Mini Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Jim O'Donnell and Leni Stokes
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin
NOTICES CONCERNING REUNION ACTIVITIES
The 2004 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from July 28 through August 1,
2004; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for Reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all necessary data is supplied and is correctly
stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid delays in the processing of your application and
in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority purposes.
Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before June
28, 2004, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual mem-
bership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership applica-
tion form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2004
Annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at http://www.pancanalsociety.org may also be visited for an applica-
tion and information.
The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon and the Golf Tournament is July 1, 2004. The deadline for
receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2004, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no longer
available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and event
tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines.
Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held at the
Society's reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating hours at the Reunion.
Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.
Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after July 1, 2004, unless there are compelling extenuating
circumstances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order not to
lose the first night guarantee deposit.
The Caribe Royale's smoking policy is in accordance with State Law smoking will not be permitted indoors except in
those sleeping rooms designated as smoking rooms. There are a limited number of smoking rooms, which will be assigned in
the order received.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars, and the con-
sumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines of the guest's room, in accordance with
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by underaged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt with
in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.
REUNION REGISTRATION (Boca I II)
All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the
Reunion; and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older must
be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's web site:
http://www.pancanalsociety.org at the "On-Line Services" link.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Caribbean Ballroom VI & VII)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 30, 2004. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors as a bonus.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Grand Sierra Ballroom A-C) Deadline to purchase tickets is July 1, 2004
We have a big show planned again for the 2004 Annual Luncheon. All of us remember our one and only American English
speaking radio and television station in the Canal Zone. Serving the Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to November 22,
1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) and Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern Command Network
(SCN) provided us with news and entertainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the people behind it all and the
shows they produced for us. This will probably be the last opportunity to recapture the sights and sounds of those 58 years.
This will indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those who provided us this news and entertainment. There
will be old film clips, video and sound tracks that we will all remember from our days in the Canal Zone. Many of those tal-
ented people from AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon show to once again entertain us and share old memories. The
show will be approximately an hour and a half long following lunch.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is July 1, 2004, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables of
10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as spe-
cial seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to the
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Marinated Chicken or Ropa Vieja, which will be served with
Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Pineapple
Papaya Salsa, Coconut Rice and Red Beans, Sweet Plantains, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea; or Johnny
Mazetti, which will be served with Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa
Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea.
Luncheon tickets will not be sold at the Reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Grand Sierra Ballroom A I)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is
reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will once again fea-
ture Lucho's Friends". Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, with no shorts or jeans permitted.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DANCE TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE REUNION WILL BE AT THE RATE OF $15.00
FOR THE PANAZONIAN DANCE AND $20.00 FOR THE AN NUAL. BAL L. THEREFORE, ADVANCE PURCHASE
IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
FRIDAYAND SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO DANCES (Caribbean VI VH)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will begin at
11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these dances.
GOLF TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Shingle Creek Golf Club)
The 24th Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course, a
David Harman designed, par 72 (7,250 yard) championship golf course featuring undulating fairways and interconnecting
waterways. The Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 29, 2004, with a 7:00 a.m. check-in time and a 7:30 a.m.
Shotgun start. The Awards Luncheon will be held in the Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse, and will start immediately after
play ends. The entry deadline is July 1, 2004. The player entry fee includes transportation, greens fees, golf cart, lunch-
eon, awards, and door prizes.
Players are to select, at time of registration, whether they choose to play as an individual and compete for individual
prizes, or to play in a two-person scramble format for team prizes. Players choosing the two-person team format who do
not designate a partner at the time of registration will be assigned a compatible partner, to the extent known or possible. It is
permissible (and requests will be honored) for a foursome to consist of a two-person scramble team and two individ-
Round trip transportation between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided and is includ-
ed in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale at 6:30 a.m. and will return immediately following
the golf luncheon.
Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female golfers will be
grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the golf commit-
tee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tour-
nament in the Society's Information Area at the Caribbean Registration Desk.
Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon. The golf luncheon fee is $30.00.
Regrettably transportation to and from the host course cannot be provided for luncheon guests.
Soft cleats and proper attire are required, and no coolers will be permitted on the course. Professional golfers are not
eligible to compete for player prizes only door prizes.
BINGO (Caribbean Ballroom I)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 5:00
p.m., with lots of fun to be had and a new structure of prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Grand Sierra Ballroom A I)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2004. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group will be available
afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!
Despedida 2004 will also feature the drawing of the 3rd Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is available at the Despedida
Lottery table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky
prizewinners. A WORD OF CAUTION YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE DESPEDIDA IN ORDER TO WIN. NO
CLASS AND MINI REUNIONS
Members desiring to hold a class or mini reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive
advance approval from Class and Mini Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pan
canalsociety.org. THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS
ANY ARRANGEMENTS, UNTIL THE ADVANCE APPROVAL PROCESS IS COMPLETE. Class and mini reunions
requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
Coordinators for class and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and
procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend Society reunion activ-
ities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion activities so as not to conflict with the
Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion,
class and mini reunion schedules of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel pol-
icy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Caribbean Ballroom m, IV and V)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2004 membership dues, (2) their $5.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
by telephone at 727-442-0457, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.
INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Caribbean Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities,
including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance
of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost and found articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals and Canal Records, as well as tickets to reunion dances, if still available. Members wishing to conduct Society
business or having membership related matters to discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating
MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by July 1, 2004
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Medical at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick up. Scooters are $30.00 per
day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by July 1, 2004.
NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2004 membership dues and the reunion
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The Society's spe-
cial reunion rate of $109.00/$224.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 23 through August 5, 2004.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/villa reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room. Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation
requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all available suites are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their pri-
ority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible
to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.
SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM
Reservations must be received by June 1, 2004 at the Society Office.
To reserve a suite er-ville, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be com-
pleted in its entirety, either printed or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Caribe Royale), to
be submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida 33772-4787 no later than June 1, 2004.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" suites available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made.
Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.
Ladies, come join us on Friday, July 30th from 1:30 P.M. 3:00
P.M. in Grand Caribbean VI and make your own colorful corsage to
Swear to the dance on Friday and Saturday. Also learn how to make an
attractive centerpiece that can be used for any occasion and get a chance
-to win a silk arrangement for your home. The cost for the course is
$25.00 per person. Pre-registration is necessary. MINIMUM OF 25
PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED. DEADLINE JULY 1, 2004.
CORSAGE CLASS Registration deadline is July 1, 2004.
Friday, July 30, 2004 1:30 P.M. 3:00 P.M. Grand Caribbean VI
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO
REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
$25 per person
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BALE PANAMENO CLASS
The Panamanian Dance Group from Despedida will be on hand
to teach you techniques and the dance steps for the typical dances
from "Home". Join us to refresh your dancing skills or learn to
dance "Tipico" style. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person or
$25.00 per couple. Class will be held from 3:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M
in Grand Caribbean VI.
Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 30 participants
is required to hold the class. In the event there are not enough par-
ticipants to hold the class, the fee paid will be promptly refunded.
You won't want to miss this class especially since you will be
able to show off just hours later at the PanaZonian dance. DEAD-
LINE JULY 1, 2004.
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BAILE PANAMENO CLASS Registration deadline is July 1, 2004.
Friday, July 30, 2004 3:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. Grand Caribbean VI
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH PAYMENT TO
REUNION COORDINATOR, 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
S1. $15 per person / $25 per couple
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Floor Plan and Room Assignments
2004 Panama Canal Society Reunion
THE GRAND CARIBE CONVENTION CENTER
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
IS PROUD TO PRESENT TWO EVENINGS OF EXCITING
ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE!
Friday Night Join us for the PanaZonian
Dance with "Lucho's Friends"
Featuring: Chipi Azcarraga, Tito Mouynes,
Julio Ramon Valdes, Jose Antonio Riba,
Ornelio Cortez and Rolando Linares
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Saturday Night Ball -
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A I
Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator
or call 1-866-726-2262
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Neuman. They lived in the multi-family units in Curundu on
Eighth Street for a few years; then moved into a two-family
duplex on Sixth Street. They later built a home in the Nuevo
Repartos del Carmen neighborhood in Panama City.
Vernon worked for the Corp of Engineers for 25 years. In
1976, he took the position of shop foreman for the motor pool
at Rodman Naval Base. The family then moved to Farfan for
a few years, before returning to their home in Panama City.
After retiring in June 1984, the family moved to San Antonio,
Texas. Vernon and Chely now reside in Texas City, Texas.
Their descendants include five children, nine grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
During his years in Panama, Vernon was active in the
Balboa Lion's Club, holding the offices of secretary, vice
president and president. He was involved with the Little
League while in Curundu.
Vernon and Chely Dunnell, 50 years later.
Joyce (Zeeck) and Grover "Bill" Mundell celebrated
their 50th anniversary on July 21, 2003. They were married
in the First Methodist Church, Lamesa, Texas, on July 21,
1953. Joyce was a 1949 graduate of Balboa High School,
Canal Zone. Joyce and Bill are both graduates of Colorado
Joyce is the daughter of Carl and Christine Zeeck (both
deceased). They lived in Pedro Miguel from 1933 until 1949.
Joyce and Bill live on their ranch near Walsh, Colo., in the
southeast corner of the state. Their family includes two sons,
Joe and Don Mundell; daughters-in-law, Darla and Sue
Mundell; and grandchildren Blake, Mandi, Justina and
h- aKelly Mundell.
Chely and Vernon Dunnell, January 30, 1954
Betty Yerxa is pleased to announce the engagement of
her granddaughter, Mari Elizabeth Manning, to Scot Reid
Wilkes. Mari is the daughter of Brenda (Yerxa) and Gary
Manning of Opelika, Ala., and Scot is the son of Michelle
Wilkes and Jerry (Judy) Wilkes of Opelika, Ala. An
engagement party was held at the Spring Villa Lodge in
Opelika to introduce their attendants, friends and family.
Mari will graduate summa cum laude from Auburn
University in May with a degree in Early Childhood
Education. Scot is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University with
a degree in Building Science and is employed with M. J.
Harris, Inc., a general contracting company out of
A garden wedding and reception will take place October
23, 2004 at The Oak Bowery Plantation Bed and Breakfast in
Lafayette, Ala. They will honeymoon in Hawaii.
months old on the St. Mahiel(?). Went to work at the
Mechanical Division in Balboa, and lived in Diablo Heights
until I was transferred to the Locks Division in the middle of
1949. Our son Richard was born at Gorgas Hospital on
October 1, 1948. We lived in a four-family house behind the
Union Church of which we were members. Then we returned
to Baltimore in the middle of 1953 because of the onset of
income tax for Canal employees.
Ethel and Jim Wich
Mari Elizabeth Manning and Scot Reid Wilkes
WHICH ANNIVERSARY NEWS
James "Jim" and Ethel A. Wich celebrated their
anniversary early by going on the 10-day cruise with the
Panama Canal Museum group which stopped in Colon,
Republic of Panama. They left the Canal Zone in 1953.
Their sons, Jim and Rick and their wives, gave them an
anniversary dinner at The Citrus Hills Golf and Country
Club. Jim's wife Alicia Wich Vila and granddaughter Maria
Wich Vila, grandson Matthew Wich Vila, Rich's wife Joy
Wich, Pastor Fredrick Ohsiek and neighbors and friends
attended about 40-plus guests.
NOTE: A little history I arrived at Albrook Air Base on
the Pacific side on July 4, 1942. Then went to Gatun to work
on S.I.P. 7 and at Pedro Miguel. I returned home May 1944,
got married to Ethel on the 26th. I was honorably discharged
and returned to the Canal Zone when our son Jimmy was six
James F. Wich
Laura (Russon) McDill (CHS'67) and husband Lt Col
(R) Paul McDill of Tampa, Fla., proudly announce the
engagement of daughter Dawn Bilgray (BHS'94) to Wayne
Watkins (BHS'95), son of Norman (BHS'63) and Janet
(Hunt) Watkins (BHS'68).
Dawn Bilgray and Wayne Watkins
Wayne of Merritt Island, Fla., and Dawn of Orlando, Fla.
were engaged on March 3, 2004 and then departed for a quick
vacation trip to Canada.
Wayne and Dawn are both graduates of the University of
Central Florida in Orlando, he with a Mechanical
Engineering degree while she holds a BA in Hospital
Administration. Wayne works as a Mechanical Engineer for
United Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center while
Dawn is employed by Charles Schwab in Orlando.
TWO FRANCO GRADUATES
Luis Dominic Franco, son of Jennifer (Hayward)
Franco (BHS'81) and grandson of Roy and Dolly Hayward,
will graduate in June 2004 from Cimarron-Memorial High
School in Las Vegas, Nev. He will soon be joining his sister
Irene in college.
Irene Elizabeth Franco, who graduated in 2002 from the
Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual and
Performing Arts with a major in the Language Arts, will be
entering the University of Nevada at Las Vegas at the end of
later on the S.S. Cristobal. His father was in C.I.C. (Counter-
Intelligence U.S. Army) so Howard attended Ft. Kobbe
kindergarten and 1st grade before moving back to the U.S.A.
Howard still has roots in Panama and fondly remembers his
early days there. His great Aunt "Lulu" (Mary B.
Raymond), taught elementary school in the Balboa area all
of her adult life and is buried in the Zone. Her son Frank
Raymond, worked and retired as a Canal Zone policeman
and still lives in Panama.
Howard Ballou, Cristobal 1947
Luis Dominic Franco
CANAL ZONE STUDY GROUP
When visiting David Leeds (CHS'35) while his nine-
year-old daughter Patricia attended a computer camp at
UCLA last summer David Zemer was asked by David Leeds
to consider to be nominated for President of the Canal Zone
The CZSG was founded in 1952 by a group of collectors
of Canal Zone stamps and today has 750 members. David
Leeds was a founding member and the head of the 2004 elec-
tion's nominating committee. He also said that he was nomi-
nating Howard Ballon to be vice-president. Howard was
born in the US on September 20, 1947 (2 years to the day
after David Zemer's birthday) and moved to the Zone 10 days
Both David and Howard accepted the nominations and
since they ran unopposed were elected and will serve two
years. This is the first time in the history of the CZSG that
two Zonians have held these positions. As 2004 is the 100th
anniversary of the founding of the Canal Zone postal system
David and Howard expect that it will be one of the most
interesting for CZ stamp collectors ever. One of their main
objectives over the next two years is to attract more members
especially people who live or have lived in Panama.
David Zemer, Patricia Zemer and David Leeds
Isaac Morgan Hay (BHS'66) and Helen Madeline
Aanstoos (BHS'66) were married in Las Vegas, Nev., on
January 26, 2004. Attending were Everett (BHS'66) and
Lynn White of Davie, Fla., and Virginia Joan Aanstoos
Taylor (BHS'75) of Peachtree City, Ga.
Isaac is the son of Isaac Hay, Sr. (formerly of Cocoli,
Canal Zone) and the late Rafaela Henriquez (of Anton,
Republic of Panama).
Helen is the daughter of the late Edward (CHS'47) and
Virginia Aanstoos, formerly of the Canal Zone. Ed Aanstoos
was a Colon Beach Bouy and his father, Matt Aanstoos, was
a Roosevelt Medal Holder.
The couple is home in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
trip from Cleveland, Tenn. Ana and Delvalle Serrano,
grandmother and uncle of the groom flew up from Panama,
and Nora Serrano, niece of the groom flew in from New
Orleans. Also present were many friends from here in the
United States including Blanca Figueroa, niece of the groom
and her husband Everardo, Beth Gaul, Don DeStaffino, and
Scott Lamer and his wife from North Carolina. The bride's
large family as well as many friends were in full attendance
Following the wedding on the beach a great time was had
at the reception which followed at the Holiday Inn. Strange
things occurred that night but all was in good fun.
Following their honeymoon in Las Vegas, the couple now
reside in Charleston, S.C., where they are both employed.
Lynn White, Everett White, Isaac Hay,
Hay, and Virginia Joan Aanstoos Taylor.
Angie Marie Burns (BHS'91) and James Stephan Riley
(BHS'90) were married at the Folly Beach Holiday Inn in
Charleston, S.C., on October 11, 2003.
Angie is the daughter of Retired USAF Colonel Edward
Burns and wife Polly Burns of Charleston. James is the son
of Jim Riley (BHS'64) and wife Maritza, formerly of La
Boca, Canal Zone, and now residing in Lake Mary, Fla.
The bridesmaids were Jennifer White and Jennifer
Bunch of Charleston and the maid of honor was Alicia Siehl,
sister of the bride, also residing in Charleston, The grooms-
man was Nick larossi of Wheeling, W.Va., and the best man
was Christopher Riley, brother of the groom who resides in
Winter Springs, Fla.
The groom was well represented as many Panama Canal
friends and relatives attended the event. Among them were
Traci Oliver, sister of the groom, and her sister Laura
Kraemer from Georgia. James W. Riley and Jeff Riley,
grandfather and uncle of the groom, respectively, made the
Angie Marie and James Stephan Riley
Craig Fishbough and Ann Ross were married on May
10, 2003 at St. Mary's Church in Balboa, Panama. Craig is
the son of Robert and Rosa Fishbough of Oviedo, Fla. (for-
merly of La Boca, Panama) and Ann is the daughter of Elena
and Michael Ross of Panama City, Panama.
Matrons of honor were Lucy Thrash and Lisa Kear. Best
man was Tyler Quinn and groomsman was Daryl
Fishbough (brother of the groom). Readers were Nikki
Rogers, Bryan Brandenburg and Yvonne (Fishbough)
Mouser (sister of the groom). Officiant was Padre Pio.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Marriott Hotel in Panama City with friends and family from
Panama and the United States in attendance.
Craig and Ann spent their honeymoon in Peru and are
now at home in Raleigh, N.C.
ing in Lexington Park, Md. A dinner/dance reception fol-
lowed the ceremony at the Columbia Country Club,
The bride's grandparents are Catherine Garner and the
late William E. Garner, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone,
Mary Virginia Morgan and the late Jack W. Morgan of
Columbia, Mo. The groom's grandparents are Paul R. Lucas
and the late Margaret Lamb Lucas and Catherine White
and the late Joseph Lloyd White.
The bride, a 1994 graduate of Cabrillo High School in
Lompoc, Calif. received a bachelor's degree in
Communications and Spanish from the University of
Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and a Juris Doctor degree from
the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in
2002. She is an attorney at the Dickinson Financial
Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.
The groom, a 1992 graduate of Hickman High School in
Columbia, Mo. received a bachelor's degree in History from
Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. in 1996 and a
Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-
Columbia School of Law in 2000. He is an attorney at the law
firm of Horn, Alyward and Bandy in Kansas City, Mo.
The newlyweds traveled to Tahiti for their honeymoon.
They are now residing in Roeland Park, Kan.
Craig Fishbough and Ann Ross
Stacy Lynn Morgan and Christopher Jack Lucas were
married March 20, 2004 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Aldermanbury at the Winston Churchill Memorial in Fulton,
Mo. Dr. William R. Watts performed the double-ring ceremo-
ny for the daughter of Colonel Jack and Debbie Garner
Morgan (CHS'69) of Columbia, Mo. and the son of Dr. and
Mrs. L. W. Lucas of Columbia, Mo. Julia Matthews,
adjunct professor and organist at Westminster College, was
The matron of honor was Amy Elizabeth Morgan, sister-
in-law of the bride. The maid of honor was Marya Lucas,
sister of the groom. Bridesmaids were Megan Roggero,
Susan Hayes, Angela Jarvis and Julie Egy. The groom was
attended by best man Alexander J. Lucas, brother of the
groom. Groomsmen were Jack G. Morgan and Wiliam G.
Morgan, brothers of the bride, Daniel Van Doren and Brian
Also in attendance were Mardette Garner Fitzgerald
(CHS'72) and Curtis Fitzgerald (BHS'61), currently resid-
Stacy Lynn and Christopher Jack Lucas
Charley Leves and Ruth King's wonderful wedding was
held during January 2004 at their beautiful home in Gorgona,
Ed Beasley roasted a pig and served as priest, Bonnie
(Bishop) Beasley was matron of honor, and Frank (Bootsie)
Leves was best man. David Bishop gave the bride away, and
Diane Bishop took most of the pictures.
The bride was the florist, and had to contend with high
wind. The groom made the fashion statement with his
guayabera, which dictated the color scheme (black and white)
for the bridal party. Bruce and Chris Homa read the Apache
Wedding Blessing, and Ace, beloved Black Labrador, made a
stately entrance for the toast.
The bride's and matron of honor's bouquets and the wed-
ding cake were decorated with orchids fashioned by Ruth,
and the Coronado Golf Club provided the accompaniment to
the smoked pig with rice, salads, fruits, and desserts. The cer-
emony was preceded by shuffleboard and followed by the
toast, cake cutting, and disco. The attendees had too much
fun, even if the girls did most of the dancing.
Craig Meyer (BHS'90), Johnny Haines (BHS'90), Eric
Holland (BHS'91), Aileen Jenkins (BHS'92), and Tommy
Following their honeymoon in Bocas del Toro, Paul and
Jamie returned to Wichita Falls, Texas where he has started
his private practice as an Ob-Gyn and she is a Labor and
Delivery nurse at the local hospital.
Jamie Suzanne and Paul Williams Hurst
Ruth (King), Charley and Frank (Bootsie) Leves at the
wedding in Gorgona, Panama, in January
Jamie Suzanne Backes and Paul Williams Hurst
(BHS'92) were united in marriage on January 2, 2004 at St.
Mary's Church in Balboa, Panama. A reception was held at
the Panama Hotel in Panama City, Panama.
Paul is the son of Paul H. (BHS'58) and Delia Hurst,
formerly of Los Rios. Jamie's sister Janice, from Missouri,
was the maid of honor and Paul's brother Harris (BHS'85)
was the best man.
Family and friends from the Canal Zone in attendance
included Paul G. Hurst (BHS'80), Elizabeth (Gonzalez)
Hurst (BHS'81), Helen (Hurst) Loera (BHS'81), Henrietta
(Wolf) Hurst (BHS'85), Shannon Winters (BHS'90),
Peter and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang announce the mar-
riage of their daughter Shannon Dailey (McPherson)
Fletcher to Victor H. Jones on December 6, 2003.
The bride is the granddaughter of the late Earl and
Charlotte Dailey. The groom is the son of Victor Jones and
Ruth Ann Jones of Greenville, Pa.
There was a private ceremony in Daytona Beach, Fla. fol-
lowed by a beautiful luau. They are residing in St. Petersburg,
Shannon and Victor Jones
Sarah LaVon Macdonnell, daughter of Martha
Thompson and Patrick Stephen Macdonnell, was joined in
holy matrimony to Joshua Dee Smith at Richmond House in
Richmond, Texas, on July 20, 2002.
Sarah is the granddaughter of Virginia Dixon
Macdonnell and the late Roderick Macdonnell of San
Sarah LaVon Macdonnell and Joshua Dee Smith
SToday is a day you will always remem-
: ber- the greatest in anyone's life.
You'll start off the day just two people in
love and end it as husband and wife.
It's a brand new beginning, the start of a
journey, with moments to cherish and
~And although there'll be times when you
both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You'll have heard many words of advice in the past, when the
secrets of marriage were spoken, but now you know that the
answers lie hidden inside, where the bond of true love lies
So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it's the dawn of a
new life for you, as you stand there together with love in your
eyes from the moment you whisper, "I do".
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real, may
success find its way to your hearts.
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the
day it all starts.
written by Melanie Gibson
Ms. Robin Elizabeth Harrison and Mr. Charles Harold
Baker, Jr. were joined in marriage at St. Thomas Episcopal
Church in Owings Mills, Md. on Valentine's Day, February
Ms. Harrison was born and educated in the Canal Zone
(BHS class of '55). She attended Penn State University, and
graduated from Catonsville Community College and
University of Maryland before embarking on a long career as
a registered nurse in Maryland. Now retired, Robin is looking
forward to traveling with "Bud" to various countries from
time to time.
She is the daughter of Charles "Chuck" Harrison
(deceased) and Lois Harrison Kasper Borden. Robin is the
mother of five children; Beth, Eric, Kurt, Joyce and David.
They presented her to Mr. Baker at the nuptials.
Mr. Baker, known as "Bud", is retired from IBM and is a
former member of the USMC during the Korean Years.
They honeymooned in Panama before settling in their
home in Owings Mills, Newtown in Maryland. Robin is the
Maryland area reporter.
KODm (tiarrison) ana "'sua'" iaKer
* Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless they are shown with their parents or grandparents.
JOSHUA ALLEN STONE
Michelle and David Stone (BHS'87) of Colorado
Springs, Colo. announce the birth of their son Joshua Allen,
born on January 16, 2004. Josh joins his big sister Amanda.
David is a Major in the Air Force stationed at Peterson
AFB in Colorado Springs.
The paternal grandparents are Malcolm and Jean Stone
of Hendersonville, N.C. and the maternal grandparents are
Wes and Shirley Radloff of Oshkosh, Wis.
GEORGIA ANN SNIDER
HUDSON DEE SMITH
Virginia Dixon Macdonnell is proud to announce the
arrival of two grandchildren. Georgia Ann is the daughter of
Heidi Sanchez Snider, daughter of Laurie Macdonnell
Sanchez, and Robert Snider of Miami, Fla. She joins big
Hudson Dee Smith arrived on September 26, 2004. He is
the son of Sarah Macdonnell and Joshua Dee Smith. Sarah
is the daughter of proud grandpa Patrick S. Macdonnell.
Sarah Macdonnell, grandpa Patrick S. Macdonnell, and
Joshua Dee Smith holding Hudson Dee Smith.
Michelle Stone holding Amanda and David Stone holding
Laurie Macdonnell Sanchez and Heidi Sanchez Snider
holding Georgia Ann Snider.
NEXT DEADLINE FOR
OCTOBER CANAL RECORD IS
AUGUST 6, 2004
ANNA VALLEY SANDERS
Michelle and Doug Sanders (BHS'78) of Laguna Beach,
Calif. announce the birth of their first child, Anna Vallery
Sanders, on November 21, 2003.
Grandparents are Bob and Margo Vallery of Raleigh,
N.C., and Sandy (BHS'59) and Bruce Sanders (CHS'54) of
Michelle and Doug Sanders with Anna Vallery Sanders
CARLOS EDUARDO LOPEZ
Carlos Lopez and his wife Karin are the proud parents of
their son, Carlos Eduardo, on the occasion of his first birth-
day in March 2004.
Carlos (the father) is the son of Helen E. Avery from Los
Rios, and her husband Humberto Lopez of Panama City,
Panama. Helen worked at the Transportation Branch, Panama
Canal Commission, and retired in 1999. Carlos and Karin
were married in Miami, Fla., in 2002.
Carlos Lopez, Carlos Eduardo and Karin Lopez
* Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless
they are shown with their parents or grandparents.
BENJAMIN ANGUS FISHER
Richard Fisher and Amy (Garcia) Fisher holding their
newest grandson Benjamin Angus Fisher born in February
There was a rocking motion
on the ferry yesterday
a strong surge
up and down waves
not a scary thing
I was rocked back
to our stateroom
in a big Army Transport
as it plowed through heavy seas,
west winds, Pacific Ocean
left the Presidio far behind-
picked me up
in our dark cabin-
a tiny frightened child
and began her rockaby.
written by Ruth Twichell Cochrane
W7097 DESP SORROW
"Eternal %Reat 9ie to them, 0 Lord:
4 wi tet neupete4t iu et t "em "
Patricia Barriteau of Lake City, Fla., passed away on
January 17, 2004 under the care of Hospice.
She and her husband John Paul Barriteau, Sr. (Frenchy)
and family lived in the Canal Zone for about 20 years. Pat
was very active with Lake City Community College, the
American Legion, the VFW and the Moose while living in
She is survived by her son John (Zip) Paul Barriteau, Jr.
and his wife Lisa of West Virginia, daughter Danielle and
Jamey May of Florida, and daughter Paige and Scott
Whorrall of Florida; three grandchildren, and her loving sis-
ter, Betty Yerxa.
Dennis W. "Denny" Beall, 67, of Cape Coral, Fla. died
on January 25, 2004 only three days after receiving a diagno-
sis of liver cancer.
Denny worked as a photogrametric cartographer for the
Inter American Geodetic Survey. He returned to the Defense
Mapping Agency in Maryland, his home state, after leaving
the Canal Zone in 1970.
Denny was an avid deep-sea fisherman who maintained
his boat at the Balboa Yacht Club for the years he and his
family lived in the Canal Zone. He was an accomplished fine
artist who leaves a generous legacy of works in a wide vari-
ety of media. Upon his retirement to Florida, Denny
expressed his talent chiefly in stained glass. Most of his
pieces reflect the tropical influences of his years in Panama
and the other seven Latin American countries to which he
He leaves his wife Elaine and daughter Debby Beall
Bandy, his nephew Rick (Beast) Wilder and was preceded in
death by his grandson Casey MacMillan Bandy.
Melida Castillo Beebe, 89, of Kerrville died March 23,
2004, at a San Antonio Hospital.
Mrs. Beebe moved from Coco Solo, Canal Zone to
Kerrville, Texas in 1973. Private graveside services will be
held in Panama at a later date.
She is survived by her husband W. H. (Bill) Beebe, son
Bill Jr. and wife Chong, three granddaughters and six great-
granddaughters, all of Kerrville.
Leo John Cannon, 75, of Gainesville, Fla., died January
6, 2004 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., and graduated from
the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. in 1953.
During his naval career he proudly served aboard several
ships, most notably were the Presidential Yacht during
President Harry Truman's term and the battleship USS New
Jersey. He was also assigned to the Office of Naval
Intelligence. After his active naval service, Leo transferred to
the Navy Reserves and went to work for International
In 1970, his family traveled from Maryland to Panama via
the Pan-American Highway to visit with relatives. While in
Panama, they decided to stay and Leo went to work in the
Engineering and Construction Bureau, Panama Canal
Company and on the Executive Planning Council. He and his
family retired to Gainesville, Fla. in 1986.
During the 2003 annual Panama Canal Society Reunion,
the original crew of the ChiefAptakisic, Boy Scout Explorer
Ship 8, Canal Zone, presented him a plaque in recognition of
his invaluable service to its 1976 voyage from Panama to
New York to participate in the United States Bicentennial cer-
emonies at New York City's harbor. Being extremely proud
of his Irish heritage, Leo made several trips to Ireland and he
was well known for his enthusiastic Irish genealogy research.
Leo also retired from the Navy Reserves with the rank of
He is survived by his wife, Sarita Boyd Cannon and
daughters Leslie Downey and husband Jeffry of Dallas, Texas
and Victoria Webb and husband Keith, and grandson Mathew,
of Houston, Texas.
Grace Dorothy Carey, 90, of Clearwater, died February
14, 2004 at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in the Panama Canal Zone and came here in
1980 from Ann Arbor, Mich. She was a homemaker and a
member of the Washtenaw County (Mich.) Garden Club.
Survivors include a son, two daughters, six grandchildren,
and nine great-grandchildren.
Alvis Bryan Carr, Jr. "Al", 72, of Palm Harbor, died
April 13, 2004 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.
He was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., and came here in
1990 from Maui, Hawaii. He worked as an assistant health
care director in the Panama Canal Zone, was the Mid-Atlantic
director for the Veterans Administration Hospital and the hos-
pital administrator at Maui Memorial Hospital. He was a
member of the American College of Hospital Administration,
held a fellowship in the National Institute of Public Affairs
and the American College of Health Care Executives. He
received distinguished service awards from the Panama
Canal Zone government and the Veterans Administration. He
was a member of Elks Lodge 1414.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Janice; a son,
Alvis III "Chick", Palm Harbor; two daughters, Elaine Reedy,
Chester, Va., and Carol Walton, Nebo, N.C.; a sister, Judy
Bell, Greensboro, N.C.; and six grandchildren.
Lillian Bishop Clarke, 84, after a short illness, died
peacefully on March 24, 2004 at Fairfax Nursing Center,
A longtime resident of the Panama Canal Zone, she was
Executive Secretary in the office of the Governor of the Canal
Zone. She was also the Personal Secretary of the Director of
the Office of Management and Budget for two administra-
tions. Later she was the Personal Secretary to the Deputy
Director of Defense for Logistics. After her retirement from
Civil Service, she was the Senior Administrative Secretary
for the short-lived Synthetic Fuels Commission.
She was a member of the Canal Zone Eastern Star, a ded-
icated professional and a loving mother. She will be missed
by her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Dale C. Clarke, daughter
Nancy L. Clarke, daughter-in-law Evangeline P. Clarke and
by three grandchildren.
Geraldine T. Clausen, Ph.D., 71, died February 13, 2004
in Columbus, Ohio.
Geraldine graduated with the class of 1950 from Balboa
High School. She received her Ph.D. from The University of
Michigan, was a Member of The American Psychological
Association and The Ohio Psychological Association. She
was in private general practice in Columbus for over two
decades, including working with the deaf. She was also a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband, Aage R. Clausen; son,
Jon Clausen; and a brother, Jon Snodgrass.
Sarah M. Curies, 92, a retired accounting technical for
the U.S. Army died March 7, 2004 in Dunnellon, Fla.
A native of Norfolk, Va., she moved to Dunnellon from
the Panama Canal Zone in 1970. She was a member of
Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, member and past matron of
the Order of the Eastern Star-Fern Life Chapter Four,
Dunnellon chapter 235, Honorary lifetime member of
Presbyterian Women of the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her daughters Barbara A. Aycock,
Dunnellon, Edna M. Didier, Ocala, Margaret L. Maxwell,
Abbeville, La.; brothers Willis E. Beacham Jr., Newport
News, Va., Vernon W. Beacham, Virginia Beach, Va., Eugene
C. Beacham, Portsmouth, Va.; sister Catherine Hicks,
DeBary; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren;
and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years,
Mrs. Anna Marie Dolan, 77, of Austin, Texas died
January 25, 2004 at "The Christopher House" in Austin.
She was born December 23, 1926, in Colon, Rep. of
Panama. Mrs. Dolan was a devoted and loving wife and
mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F.
Dolan, former Chief of U.S. Customs, Panama Canal Zone.
Mrs. Dolan is survived by three sons, Joseph Dolan II of
Austin, Texas; Michael Dolan (Dee) of Reno, Nev., and Paul
Dolan of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Katherine Dolan
Mazur (Tim) of Alvin, Texas, Eileen Powell (Lynn) of San
Antonio, Texas, Virginia Dolan of Pompano Beach, Fla.,
Bridget Donovan (Brian) of Austin, Texas, and Suzanne
Dolan of Austin, Texas; one brother, Gilbert Chase of San
Jose, Costa Rica; and one sister, Elsie Carafel of Sumner,
Wash.; seven grandchildren; numerous other relatives and
Estelle M. Dough of Sarasota, Fla., passed away
February 12, 2004 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She would
have been 90 years old in May, having been born in Nags
Head, N.C., in 1914.
The widow of Glenn C. Dough, she and their daughters
moved to Cristobal in July 1939 from Norfolk, Va. to join
him. They moved to Sarasota in 1969 when Mr. Dough
retired from the Industrial Division.
She is survived by two daughters, Jean Judge (CHS'49) of
St. Petersburg, Fla., Leneve Stroop (CHS'52) of Sarasota,
Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Peggy (Brown) Smith Dubble, 82, of Inverness, Fla.,
died on January 16, 2004, at Citrus Memorial Hospital,
She was born July 16, 1921, in Chiriqui, Panama, and
later attended Canal Zone schools graduating from Cristobal
High School. She was the widow of F. Harvey Smith who
worked for the Electrical Division in Cristobal and later in
Balboa. They retired from the Canal Zone in 1969 to
Inverness. Harvey Smith died in August of 1989. Peggy later
remarried Roger D. Dubble in 1992. Roger died in December
Peggy was preceded in death by her two husbands; her
mother, Abbie G Thompson; her father, James S. Brown; her
son-in-law, Bruce Montrose; and two brothers, Jim Brown
and Ted Brown. She is survived by her two daughters, Marion
and Tom Morgan of Inverness, and Lonnie Montrose of
Overland Park, Kan.; her brother, Allen Brown of Ft. Worth,
Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Ruby Elizabeth Ford, 92, passed away on January 15,
2004 at Taylor Manor in Versailles, Ky.
She arrived in Panama March 1960. She was employed by
the Health Bureau and worked at Gorgas Hospital as an RN.
She graduated from Nazareth School of Nursing in
Lexington, Ky. Ruby served in the Army during World War II
and obtained the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves.
She retired in 1974 to make her home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
She was a long-time member of the Panama Canal Society
and the Presbyterian Church in Versailles.
She is survived by her devoted nephew, Clinton Newman
and his wife Linda of Versailles, Ky. and great-nephew
Clinton of New York City.
Mary Elizabeth Gilbert, 64, of Virginia Beach, Va., died
February 29, 2004 in a local hospital.
Mrs. Gilbert was born in Massachusetts, resided in the
Panama Canal Zone from 1965 until 1984 and then moved to
Virginia Beach. She enjoyed ceramics and loved participating
in local area craft shows. She was a member of St. Gregory
the Great Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of forty-eight years,
William Joseph Gilbert; a daughter, Susan De Abate and her
husband Alberto of Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, William J.
Gilbert, Jr. and his wife Susan of Crosby, Texas; a sister,
Barbara Gonzalez of New Bedford, Mass.; a brother,
Anthony Freitas of Fall River, Mass. and three grandchildren.
William Worth Good, Sr., also known to his close
friends as Bill or "El Duende", 74, passed away on November
He was born in Detroit, Mich., on April 4, 1929 to John
Boyer Good of Harrisburg, Pa. (deceased), and Josephine
Miller of Detroit, Mich. He served in the U.S. Air Force, tem-
porarily worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and then for 33
years as an Electronics Technician with the former Panama
Canal Commission, formerly the Canal Zone, in the Republic
of Panama, before retiring. Shortly after retiring, Bill suffered
a debilitating stroke which affected his speech and he was
partially paralyzed. In 1997, he and his wife Eneida moved to
the United States and decided to make their final home in
Bill enjoyed fishing with his wife Eneida and family,
watching pro football, playing solitaire, billiards and bowling
with his children and friends and was involved in many bowl-
ing leagues. He later co-managed the bowling alley in
Margarita, in the former Canal Zone. He was very charismat-
ic, outgoing and loved to kid around as much as he could. He
got the nickname "El Duende" for his short stature. He
enjoyed working with his hands and was a handyman at
home, always trying to make repairs, or build things as they
Bill is survived by his mother Josephine, his brother John
Boyer, his wife Eneida and his stepchildren, Olga Arnold,
Sophia Paredes Werner, and Janet Paredes Homer. He is also
survived by his daughters Gloria Marina Hutchins, Marianne
Good, and Lydia Cristina Koch, of Sacramento, Calif.; sons
John Boyer and Jose Daniel of Elizabethtown, Ky., William
Worth Jr. of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Stephen of Salt Lake
City, Utah, all children from his previous wife Celia Elida
Romero Russell. Last but not least, he is also survived by his
17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Virginia "Pat" Ryan Hunter, a resident of
Westside Terrace, Dothan, Ala. died February 5, 2004 fol-
lowing an extended illness. She was 83.
Mrs. Hunter was born and raised in the Panama Canal
Zone. She retired after 30 years of civil service having
worked 25 with the U.S. Army Engineers at Ft. Clayton,
Panama Canal Zone and 5 years at the Army R.O.T.C. at Ft.
Riley, Kan. as a stenographer. Pat was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida in Seminole.
Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her parents, Fred J.
Ryan and Marie Magdalene Burr Ryan; son, Taylor Hunter;
great-grandson, Joshua Beers; and one brother, Fred J. Ryan.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred R.
and Sandra Holland Hunter, Tallahassee, Fla. and William E.
and Sherrly Hunter, Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Vera
Ryan, Pinellas Park, Fla.; four grandchildren; and four great-
Daniel J. "Danny" lanoale, 85, of Clearwater, died
January 21, 2004 in a car crash on Gandy Boulevard in St.
He was born in Philadelphia and came here in 1977 from
the Panama Canal Zone, where he retired as a supervisor of
the security guard force for the Panama Canal Company after
33 years of service.
He was president of the Canal Employees Labor Union
and was a member of the Elks Lodge. He was past president
of Boulevard Estates Mobile Home Park, a member of the
Florida Panama Canal Society in Seminole and Light of
Christ Catholic Church. He was an Army Air Corps veteran
of World War II. He enjoyed fishing, horse and dog racing at
Derby Lane, and playing cards and pool on a regular basis.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lola; three daugh-
ters, Danita Cook, Polk City, Iowa, Diana Woodrow,
Columbia, S.C., Daisy Williams, Jenks, Okla.; three sisters,
Mary Sansone, Christi Frangipani, and Phyllis Maile, all of
Philadelphia; a brother, Sam, Philadelphia; four grandchil-
dren; and a great-granddaughter.
Jimmie R. Johnson, 61, of Meridian, Miss., died January
7, 2004 at Alvin C. York VA Medical Cente.
He was the son of the late Jimmy and Myrtle Johnson. A
native of Samson, Ala., he retired from the U.S. Army in the
Special Forces, having served three tours in Vietnam. He
served one tour with the U.S. Marine Corps and two tours
with MACV-SOG where he distinguished himself as a recon
team leader. His unit was recently awarded the Presidential
Unit Citation for extraordinary valor. He was stationed in the
Canal Zone at Fort Gulick from 1970-1975 and 1979-1981.
Survivors include his wife, Carol E. Harvey Johnson of
Meridian, Miss.; daughters Lisbet Wilford of California,
Linda Ruiz of Murfreesboro and Holly Coe of Tampa, Fla.;
brother Tim Johnson of Atlanta; sister Sylvia Shymko; five
grandchildren; and brothers in arms from the Special Forces
John J. Kolenda, 90, of St. Petersburg, formerly of
Spring Hill, died April 10, 2004 at Largo Health Care Center.
Born in Lawrence, Miss., he came here in 1987 from
Aiken, S.C. He was a retired central office repairman for the
Panama Canal Co. with 25 years of service. He was Catholic.
Survivors include a son, John F., St. Petersburg; a sister,
Bertnice Quebec, Fort Myers; two grandchildren; and two
Lorraine M. "L'aine" Little, 49, of St. Petersburg, died
March 24, 2004 at home under hospice care.
Born in Waltham, Mass., she came here in 1980 from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a teachers assistant and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society, Mid Week Relief Bowling
League and the American Pool Players Association.
Survivors include a son, Larry Ainsworth, a daughter,
Pauline Jobson, and four sisters, Mary Henter, Lynn Nehring,
Suzanne Nolan and Cindy Eggleston, all of St. Petersburg;
two brothers, Norm Little, St. Petersburg, and Julius Little,
Samuel "Sandy" Matlovsky, 82, a composer, conductor
and musical director for stage, film and television, died
February 17, 2004 of natural causes at his home in Haverhill,
Born in the Canal Zone in Panama, Matlovsky moved to
France at 15 as the youngest student accepted by the Paris
Conservatory of Music.
After serving in the Navy in the Pacific Theater in WWII,
he worked in New York City as conductor of a revival of
Porgy and Bess and musical director of off-Broadway pro-
ductions of Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage.
Matlovsky spent much of the 1950s in Europe, touring
with Porgy and Bess and with entertainers who included
He moved to Hollywood in 1960s, where he composed
and arranged music for such films as Namu, The Killer
Whale, Games, Gentle Giant and Fish Hawk.
He also worked steadily in television, providing music for
such series as the original Star Trek and movies ranging from
The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones in 1966 to Blackmailers
Don't Shoot in 1989.
Stephanie "Steffi" May (nee Beck), 63, of Evanston, Ill.
passed away March 29, 2004 after a long battle with colon
She was employed at Northwestern University and was an
active member of the Evanston community for 35 years. She
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1958. Steffi was
Miss CHS and was also a cheerleader plus numerous other
accomplishments. She will always be remembered for her
friendly, outgoing personality. She was the beloved wife of
the late T. Stephen May.
Surviving her are her children, Amanda and Christopher
May; and a grandson. She is also survived by her mother,
Ruth Beck, who is in a nursing home in Ohio. She was pre-
deceased by her father, Paul Beck, who served as Principal at
Cristobal High School for many years.
Glen C. Oglesby, 74, of St. Petersburg, died March 24,
2004 at St. Petersburg General Hospital.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he came here in 1962 from
the Panama Canal Zone. He was a retired supervisor with the
St. Petersburg Water Department, where he worked for more
than 26 years. He was an Army veteran and served during the
Korean War. Locally, he was a member of the VFW and
American Legion Post 273 in Madeira Beach.
Survivors include his companion, Carol A. Dunham; a
son, David, Largo; three daughters, Marlene Martin, Denver,
Mirna Acosta, Anniston, Ala., and Martha McMillan, Arvada,
Colo.; a brother, Dennis, New Orleans; eight grandchildren;
and a great-grandchild.
Franklin Mattes Orr (known to his friends as Matt), 83,
passed away February 5, 2004.
He was born in Balboa in the Panama Canal Zone on
February 20, 1920. His mom was from Louisiana and his
father was from Missouri. His mom taught school in the
Canal Zone and his dad worked as a railroad foreman. Matt
had two sisters and two brothers (Mary and Marion, Bob and
Matt went to junior college in the Canal Zone, and then
went to the University of Texas as a Chemical Engineer. He
worked all his life for Exxon (which in the early days was
He married Selwyn Huddleston on January 22, 1944.
They lived in Texas for many years, Connecticut, shared
many retirement years in Colorado, and then finally settled in
Cupertino. They had two sons who now live in California.
Matt sketched as a boy. Some of the sketches ended up in
the local paper. He tried painting in oils and acrylics, and
finally settled on watercolors as his preferred medium. He
took a lot of art classes and became very accomplished. He
was featured in various art shows.
Matt was a Boy Scout scoutmaster for years, and enjoyed
the outdoors. He liked to fish, hunt and camp in his earlier
days, liked to dance, loved to watch football, had a fondness
for throwing great barbecues, and was fortunate to be able to
do a fair amount of traveling.
Donald "Pos" Clinton Parker, 83, of Inverness, Fla.
died March 9, 2004.
He was born March 28, 1920 in Colon, Republic of
Panama to Nereus and Kathleen Parker, went to school on the
Atlantic Side through high school and later attended the
Canal Zone Junior College in Balboa. He was an Eagle Scout.
He was employed by the Panama Canal and served in the
Navy during WW II. He retired as Chief Foreman of the
Marine Bunkering Section at Mount Hope in February 1976.
He and his wife Gloria made their retirement home in
Inverness, Fla. in May of 1976.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge for 55 years,
member of VFW Post 4337 of Inverness, the Eagles Lodge,
the Moose lodge, the Golden Gloves, the Panama Canal
Society, Inc., He was well known for taking groups of friends
to many places, including the San Bias Islands on his boat,
the Sea Horse.
Survivors include his wife of over 32 years, Gloria; a son,
Brian DeRaps, Tampa; a daughter, Cheryl Zumbrunn, Lady
Lake; a brother, Robert, Ocala; seven grandchildren; and six
great-grandchildren, a niece, Kathy Parker, and a nephew,
Thelma (Teddy) Parker, 81, widow of Capt. Bobby S.
Parker passed away on November 9, 2003.
Teddy was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and raised in
Seattle, Wash. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
at Everett General Hospital in Seattle. She served as a
Lieutenant in WWI with the 76th General Hospital. Teddy
was the youngest nurse in the European theater during the
Teddy went to the Canal Zone in 1966. She enjoyed bowl-
ing, was a member of the Margarita Women's Club, and
Gatun Yacht Club. Her culinary skills were legendary and no
one ever left her house hungry. Her love for teenagers kept
her house and heart full. Teddy's kindness touched many
lives both young and old wherever she lived. She left the
Canal Zone in 1979, then she and Bobby lived in Kentucky,
Texas and finally Alaska. After losing Bobby in 1995, she
headed south to Florida and lived in Tampa with her daugh-
ter Stacy and her husband Brian.
Teddy is survived by her sons Marc Parker of Apollo
Beach, Fla., Scott Parker of Boca Raton, Fla., her daughter
Stacy DeRaps and son-in-law Brian DeRaps of Odessa, Fla.,
and three grandchildren.
Leigh Cassius (Cash) Paulson, 85, died on February 6,
2004, at his home in Tallahassee.
A native of Corry, Pa., he joined the U.S. Navy during
World War II. He spent four years flying PBY aircraft in the
Pacific including many rescue missions. He moved to the
Panama Canal Zone in 1949, where he worked with the
Federal Government and led a successful career with
Commissary Operations. In 1978, after 30 years of service, he
retired from the Panama Canal Company as the Manager of
the District Warehouse. He moved to Tallahassee where he
and Mary Jane enjoyed their six children and 15 grandchil-
dren. As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, "Grandpa"
was truly loved by all.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Jane;
daughter Judy Weaver of Costa Rica; son Leo Paulson and
wife Cynthia of Crawfordville; son Mark Paulson and wife
Maria of San Francisco; daughter Jane Martin and husband
Milton of Crawfordville; daughter Jill Berger and husband
Skip of the Republic of Panama; son Mike Paulson and wife
Cindy of Tallahassee; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Ernest "Bud" Pierce entered the hospital for a triple
bypass to correct blocked flow in several places on
Wednesday, February 5, 2004, but he did not survive the
It was a valiant fight, and initially everything seemed fine,
but a blood clot developed right afterwards. Upon fixing the
blood clot that formed in the bypassed graft, debris lodged in
the heart and caused an unrecoverable heart attack.
Ernie went to sleep under anathesia for the operation and
never regained consciousness. He was surrounded by his
wife, three children, love and laughter. The "Golden Parrot"
just went to sleep.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; two daughters, Linda
Pierce and Donna; and son, Dave. No further information is
H. Robert "Bob" Pogue, 96, of St. Petersburg, died April
8, 2004 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena.
Born in Casstown, Ohio, he came here in 1986.. He was a
retired farmer and a former welder who worked during World
War H on the Panama Canal. He enjoyed golfing and cards.
Survivors include a sister, two nephews, and two nieces,
all of Ohio.
Olga Maria Reyes (Lagassie), 56, after a five-year battle
with cancer passed away on March 8, 2004.
Olga was born July 4, 1947 in the Canal Zone to Abel and
Quintana Lagassie. She grew up in Curundu Heights and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1966. Olga loved liv-
ing in the Canal Zone. Some of her favorite things to do
included going to the beach and watching the ships pass
through the canal. She loved sliding down the hills in the dry
season and collecting dead Christmas trees for the Christmas
tree fire. Olga also enjoyed making pottery at the craft center.
She loved all of her friends from the Canal Zone and kept in
touch with many of them. She looked forward to the annual
Panama Canal Society reunions in Florida every year.
Olga moved to California after graduating from BHS. She
married Joseph J. Reyes in 1969 and moved to Bakersfield,
Calif. soon after. She worked as a beautician for 35 years.
Olga loved to travel. She was always on the go. She traveled
to Spain, Italy, Austria, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, and the
Caribbean. Olga was a very active member of the communi-
ty. She was very involved with the Latin American Women's
Club in Bakersfield. She enjoyed having fun with her friends
and family. Olga was a true friend to all who knew her. She
will be incredibly missed.
Olga was preceded in death by her parents. She is sur-
vived by her husband, Joe; her daughter, Teresa; her son,
Andy; her siblings Marylou, Senia, and Abel; and her nieces
Thelma Torbert Sasso, 88, died on January 5, 2004 in
San Antonio, Texas, after an illness of several months.
Thelma retired as Secretary to the Chief of the Operations
Division in May 1977, after more than 36 years of service
with the Canal organization.
She is survived by a son, Clifton, of San Antonio, Texas;
two daughters, Anne Sullivan Rodriguez of San Antonio and
Myrna Dubroff of Rockledge, Fla.; four grandchildren as
well as four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her
sister, Annie Torbert Wainio, of Miramar, Fla.
Jeanenne Hellums Schuetz, 74, of Horton, Kan., died
February 20, 2004. She was under the care of Hospice at Tri-
County Manor in Horton.
She was born April 22, 1929 in St. Joseph, Mo. to
Kenneth and Rose Ardery Hellums. She graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1948 and later attended and gradu-
ated from the Missouri Methodist Hospital Nurses Training
Program. On September 3, 1955, she married Lyle Schuetz in
Hiawatha, Kan. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1998.
She is survived by her daughter Elaine and husband
David Salverson; son Roger and wife Melody Schuetz; sister
Charleen Atwood and husband Roy C. Atwood; and four
Louis J. Tanassy, 81, died January 2, 2004 in Fresno,
Lou was born and grew up in Manhattan, once kicked a
football over the 12th Avenue El, and learned checkers and
chess in Central Park from residents of Harlem. His father
was a professor of music, and Lou was raised playing the vio-
lin but chose handball rather than Carnegie Hall. He received
his BS and MS in Engineering from CCNY in 1937 and held
the record for the long jump (23' 1-1/4") at CCNY from 1936
until the 1990s. During the 1930s he earned several medals in
various track and field meets.
Lou joined the Navy as a pilot in 1937 and was a Lt(jg)
assigned to the USS Pennsylvania at Pearl Harbor where he
met his wife, Katharyn (Kay) Drake of Modesto, Calif. They
were present during the bombing on December 7, 1941. Kay
was evacuated to San Francisco, and Lou served his final two
years in the Aleutians flying reconnaissance missions until he
was honorably discharged as a Lt. in 1943. He and Kay were
married that October in New York. He was test pilot for
General Motors in New Jersey from then until 1946 when he
opted for a career in engineering.
He built bombing test centers in the Mojave Desert and
then worked on the VA Hospital in Omaha, Neb., the
Garrison Dam in North Dakota, and the Firebaugh-Mendota
Canal in California. In 1952 he joined Verel-Wunderluck in
constructing runways for the Air Force in Okinawa, Japan.
From 1954-1960 he was employed by the Army Corps of
Engineers in New York, living in Jackson Heights and then
Hicksville, Long Island. In 1959 he was licensed by the State
of New York as a Professional Engineer. From 1960 until his
retirement in 1973 he was the Chief of Specifications and
Estimates Division, Panama Canal Company, Canal Zone. He
was a member of the Elks Lodge as well as several local golf
Upon his retirement, he and Kay settled in Fresno where
they were members of the Gyro Club. Lou was also active
with golf and chess, winning several trophies at local chess
club tournaments. In 1978, he and Kay moved to Oceanside,
Calif., where she died in 1981. He lived there until 2001
when he returned to live at Sunrise of Fresno.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen, her husband Chuck
Brough; three grandchildren; one great-grandson, all of
Clovis, Calif.; two nieces; one nephew; and his sister-in-law,
Frances Tanassy of Las Vegas, Nev.
Marie Lee Theriault, 75, widow of Capt. Willard
Theriault, died November 19, 2003.
She was born March 18, 1928 in New Brunswick,
Canada. Marie lived in Gatun from 1976 to 1981. During her
time in the Canal Zone, she was active in the VFW Women's
Auxiliary, where she ran the bingo games. She was a member
of the Catholic Daughters and volunteered at the "old-folk"
home in Sabinitas delivering food and clothing. Marie gave
of her time wherever she lived. During her time in Puerto
Rico she volunteered in the Red Cross. While living in
Connecticut, Marie was a member of the St. Maurice Church
and a member of the VFW Post 574 Ladies Auxiliary in New
She is survived by her two sons Marc Theriault of
Jacksonville, Fla., Billy Theriault of New Britain, Conn.,
daughter Gail Theriault of Virginia Beach, Va., five grand-
children, and many nieces and nephews.
Helen M. Thomas, 93, passed away in her sleep at home
on January 17, 2003 after a bout of Alzheimer's for ten years.
Her husband Capt. Benjamin L. Thomas passed away in July
Helen is survived by three children, Helen E. Merritt of
Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y, Benjamin L. Thomas, Jr. of
Tamarac, Fla., and Susan A. Thomas of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Helen is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-
Marion C. Thompson, 92, died August 4, 2003, at
Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, Fla.
She was born in Boundbrook, N.J. on March 20, 1911, to
Alexander and Elizabeth Lowande. She entered the Canal
Zone School system in October 1917. Her father was a
machinist until his retirement from the Canal Zone in the
1930s. She had lived on the Atlantic Side in Gatun, Cristobal
and Margarita, and on the Pacific Side in Balboa from 1950
until her husband Smokey's retirement from the Oil Plant in
She graduated from Cristobal High School in 1930, and
worked for the Grace Line until she became a mother. Her
four children were all Panama-born and Canal Zone raised.
She is survived by her two sons, Lane Thompson of
Shalimar, Fla. and Carl Thompson of Gretna, Fla.; two
daughters, Celia Rick of Lancaster, Pa. and Carole Corey of
Houston, Texas; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren;
nieces, Francis (Thompson) Clinton of Pensacola, Fla., Eddie
Lynn (Lowande) Lamm of Houston, Texas; and Karen
(Lowande) Nagy of Easton, Pa.; and nephew Gary Dunsmoor
of Petaluma, Calif. Her husband Gordon H. (Smokey)
Thompson, sister Gladys (Lowande) Baldwin, and brother
Edward Lowande preceded her in death in 1985, 1985 and
Paul Vidal, 85, passed away in San Antonio, Texas on
November 29, 2003. In passing, he leaves behind his wife of
57 years, Nena Vidal; his children, Paul, Jr., Margaret and
Gloria; five grandchildren; as well as other family members
Paul joined the U.S. Army as a teenager, serving four
years, and he was discharged at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in
1940. Recruited in 1942 to go to Panama in the Civil Service,
he worked at the Panama Air Depot (PAD) in Albrook AFB.
He married Sara (Nena) Guitierrez in 1945. Nena graduated
from BHS'44-'45 and worked at PAD. Together they relocat-
ed to San Antonio in the fall of 1946.
Georgette Marie Wiberg, 83, of Margate, Fla. died on
March 27, 2004.
She was born on April 24, 1920 in New York, N.Y. and
moved to the Canal Zone in 1947 to join her husband Ewald
who worked for the Electrical Division. In the Canal Zone,
she was active in the Margarita Union Church, Cub Scouts,
and after moving to the Pacific side in 1963, was very active
in the Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was a warm, loving
and sweet person and is remembered by all who met her for
Georgette was preceded in death by her husband Ewald in
1996. She is survived by her son Ewald II and his wife Suzy
of Boca Raton, Fla., son Kenneth of Margate, Fla., and two
Gerald B. Williams, 70, died peacefully in his sleep on
January 30th at Hope Hospice House in Ft. Myers, Fla. He
had flown down to Ft. Myers in November from his summer
home in Harrison, Ark. to be with his daughter and husband
and was suffering from melanoma cancer. Bee drove down
with TW, her son-in-law. They had been caring for him at
Lisa's until the end couple days when it was necessary to
have him placed in the Hospice Home.
Jerry, son of John Morman Williams and Bernice
Williams, was born May 5, 1933 in rural Mahaska County,
Iowa. He married Alta Bee McCurdy on June 15, 1958 at the
Congregational Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
After serving in the U.S. Army Chemical Corp for two
years in the Panama Canal Zone, he attended college and
graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in
He was a certified public accountant and worked as a
public accountant in Rockford, Ill. following graduation from
the University of Iowa. He later obtained a position with the
Panama Canal Company and worked there until his retire-
ment in 1983 with the title of Supervisory Systems
Gerald was an active Abou Saad member, Scottish Rite
33rd degree mason and member of the Royal Order of Jesters,
as well as a member of Bellefonte, Ark. and Oskaloosa, Iowa
Masonic lodges, and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years Alta Bee, daughter
Lisa and her husband Thomas Hunt of Ft. Myers, Fla.. Other
survivors include one sister, Barbara Nelson and husband
Don of Munster, Ind., and two nephews and their spouses and
Virginia (Eberenz) Williams, 93, passed away on
February 13, 2004 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Virginia was born in Ancon Hospital July 2, 1910. Her
father, Alex Eberenz, worked on the building of the Panama
Canal and was a recipient of the Roosevelt Medal. The fami-
ly moved to New Cristobal on the Atlantic side where
Virginia completed her schooling. After high school she went
to work for the Commissary Division in the printing depart-
ment where she worked at assembling the commissary books
used for shopping at the commissary for groceries, etc.
She married Frank Williams in 1941 and they had one
daughter. They lived in Margarita until they retired and in
1957 they left the Canal Zone and moved to Long Island,
N.Y. Her husband passed away in 1985 and after living alone
for many years she moved to The Woodlands, Texas, where
she lived in an assisted-living building which was near her
daughter and granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters
Mabel Eberenz and Ruth (Eberenz) Turner; two brothers,
Jack (Helen) Eberenz and Leo (Madeline) Eberenz. She is
survived by her daughter Ruth (Williams) Vafiadis, three
granddaughters, one sister Marcella (Eberenz) Heims, one
brother David (Helen) Eberenz, nine nieces, seven nephews,
and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
William G. Wood, 85, of Clarkston, Wash., died February
13, 2004, at Clarkston Care Center.
He was born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone, November
22, 1918, to Ernest L. and Mattie Gurganus Wood. He gradu-
ated from Cristobal High School in Cristobal, Canal Zone, in
William and Jeanne A. Abrams wre married July 23,
1948, at the First Baptist Church in Balboa Heights in the
Panama Canal Zone. He worked as an engineer on the
Panama Railroad until they moved to Spokane in 1953. There
he worked for Washington Water Power until 1980 and then
for the Corps of Engineers at Grand Coulee Dam until retir-
ing to Clarkston in 1984.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the
Elks Lodge No. 896, the Panama Canal Society, and the
Local Union 77 IBEW. He enjoyed traveling -- gambling
trips to Nevada, trips to Florida for Canal Zone reunions and
California to visit family.
Survivors include his wife at Clarkston Care Center, three
sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest J. Wood and Allison
Silverstein of Arlington, Va., Donald B. and Monica A. Wood
of Antioch, Calif., and Richard W. and Kathleen A. Wood of
Kennewick; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three broth-
ers, Forest Cheeseman, James C. Wood and Ernest L. Wood.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
BARRITEAU AND YERXA
GET-TOGHER AT THE B HIVE
A get-together was held to celebrate the renaming of the
Barriteau house in Lake City, Donna Brisky's birthday and
Jaime and Amy Niedda's 25th anniversary.
RAE DONALDSON TRIP
In February Rae Donaldson went to Costa Rica for a
week's vacation and spent three days in the cloud forest at
Monteverde and four days at the beach at Quepos. It was a
very enjoyable vacation because the weather was warm, the
food was good, and the Costa Ricans are very pleasant. Rae
went bird watching while in Monteverde and was thrilled to
see several resplendent Quetzals.
When Rae checked into the El Sapo Dorado Hotel in
Monteverde, she noticed that the name above hers in the
ledger was familiar. It turned out that Martha Fidanque, a
former classmate of hers at Ancon Elementary School was
staying there too, visiting Costa Rica with her husband Matt
Richard and two sons, Logan and Wyatt. Over the next sev-
eral days they visited and shared memories of Panama. It's a
Jaime Niedda accompanies vocalists Tracy Dees and
Rae Donaldson and Martha Fidanque
Costa Rica at the El Sapo Dorado Hotel.
Back Row (L-R): Amy (Robertson) Niedda, Jaime Niedda,
Gary Manning, Zip Barriteau, Jamey May, Scott
Whorrall, Paige (Barriteau) Whorrall. Center (L-R):
Donna (Yerxa) Brisky, Brenda (Yerxa) Manning, Betty
Yerxa, Lisa Barriteau, Danielle (Barriteau) May, Tracy
Dees. Front (L-R): Robin Brisky, Rebecca Brisky, Jennifer
Manning, Mari Manning, Matt Barriteau, Buddy May,
We all tie-dyed T-shirts to resemble bumble bees, had a
white elephant swap, and sang and danced to the music of
Jaime and accompaniment.
A FEW YEARS LATER
I grew up a Gatun girl, the oldest of the Coffin family. I
left Panama in 1961 upon graduation from high school and
had only returned twice to visit my family before they left the
Thirty-six years later my husband and two friends from
our hometown in North Carolina traveled to Panama. I was
greeted in Tocumen by a Panamanian custom inspector with
"Welcome home". Other than American Airlines completely
destroying one of our suitcases, the trip was quick and
My brother Jon (better known as Sid Coffin) met us at
the airport. The ride from the airport to the Atlantic side felt
very familiar. So many things in Panama have not changed--
the weather, the beautiful trees, plants, flowers everywhere
and the people. There are still the same little houses along the
highway with animals running around in the yards. The road
after you turn off the main "corridor" to head to the Atlantic
side leaves a lot to be desired. We were astounded at the size
of the potholes. The Pacific side definitely has better roads.
Jon took us to the "Melia" in Espinar, f/k/a the School of
the Americas in Fort Gulick. The resort is very lovely, has
beautiful grounds, and a bi-level pool. We checked in and
then went with Jon to the former Cristobal Yacht Club where
we all had a delicious dinner. Some things just never change.
Although the price of a shrimp cocktail is now $3.50 instead
of 35 cents.
The next day we were up and out early to go fishing with
Jon on his beautiful 34-foot fishing boat. Going out of Limon
Bay and looking back at Colon/Cristobal with the sun rising
behind them was just beautiful. The guys caught many tuna
and we just had a great day. Jon grilled the tuna for dinner for
us, which was delicious. My friend Phyllis and I prepared the
rest of the meal with local produce we bought at El Rey, the
former Rainbow City commissary. We were so excited--four
bananas cost us 10 cents.
Tom Cunningham, Lynne Cunningham, Norm Hoffman
and Phyllis Hoffman.
Sid Coffin's boat (Note: Our grandmother's maiden name
was Hurst and she married a Coffin!)
The nice thing about coming from a large family is the
contacts we had once we got to Panama. Jill (Paulsen) and
Skip Berger have a tour company "Gold Coast Travels and
Expeditions" which I highly recommend to anyone traveling
to Panama. They both went to school with one of my broth-
ers or sisters. Skip started our tour with a visit to the Gatun
Locks. You certainly get a different perspective sitting up on
the observation deck and watching these huge container ships
or car carriers enter into the locks with just inches of room on
each side. Next we headed out to Portobello. I had never been
out that way during the time I lived in Panama. We stopped at
the old fort and then the beautiful old church where the Black
Christ is located. From there we went further out to Isla
Grande. The road out there is no picnic but once you are
there, it is well worth the trip. Skip arranged for a boat (and I
use the word boat in a very liberal sense) to take us over to
the island. We had a great lunch at a small restaurant on the
island looking out on the beautiful water. Driving back to the
Melia we had to let a herd of Brahma cows pass on either side
of the truck. That was a very unique experience
Skip Berger, Jill (Paulsen) Berger and Sid Coffin.
Another day we drove to Balboa and met Penny
Canamas. She served as our tour guide for the day and was
really great. We visited the ruins of Old Panama, the cause-
way (and had another great meal) and got in some great shop-
ping for souvenirs. Penny went to school with someone else
in my family.
Our second tour through Jill and Skip Berger was on the
Gatun Lake Explorer. Captain Carl Davis met us with a pon-
toon boat at the dock at the old Aids in Gatun. He took us out
into the lake to several islands and showed us different kinds
of monkeys, parrots, toucans, and beautiful wild flowers.
Then he took us to his 70-foot two-story "HOUSEBOAT"
that was secured between two small islands in the lake. On
board we met his assistant Yolanda, who is a very knowl-
edgeable young woman doing research for Carl. The guys
had an opportunity to go fishing in a cayuco and my friend
and I went swimming off the boat. Carl and Yolanda cooked
a delicious lunch of grilled fish caught in the lake and plan-
tains. While we were sitting on the upper deck of the house-
boat, a helicopter flew over. Next thing a U.S. nuclear sub
came by with all hands on deck, and surrounded by smaller
boats. It was quite the sight and a wonderful ending to a per-
fect day. A definite must if you travel to Panama.
We had breakfast one morning at the Hotel Washington.
Another definite if you are on the Atlantic side. The furnish-
ings are a little worn looking but from the outside the hotel
looks much the same as when my grandparents had pictures
taken there. We did visit the Free Zone after breakfast and
that is one trip I could bypass next time. Wherever we went
people were friendly and tried to understand our limited
Spanish. The only place we had trouble communicating was
at the resort and that was an attitude problem more than a lan-
guage barrier. We checked out of the resort after the week and
spent the remaining time at my brother's house in Gatun. The
house in Newtown where I grew up is still there, as well as
the parsonage for the Gatun Union Church across the street
with a huge Banyan tree in front of it. The new enlarged fire
station in Gatun was something I wish my Dad could have
seen. A lot of the houses in Gatun have been taken down, but
what remains was great to the eyes of this beholder.
Panama was all I remembered and more. I just hope it
isn't another 36 years before I go back again!
Lynne Coffin Cunningham
New Bern, N.C.
2004 CAYUCO SEASON
This year's cayuco season, which included the Balboa
Yacht Club Causeway Regatta and the Gamboa Rainforest
Resort Regatta towards a point system, went exceptionally
well. The only pretrial race missing was the Hotel Melia
Panama Canal Regatta, which was cancelled. The main race,
which was the 51st Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race,
started out at the old French Canal basin next to the Seaboard
Marine Company and Cristobal Yacht Club. As the Trophy
Category, with its 18 Male Class boats, 8 Female Class boats,
and 9 Mixed or Coed Class boats, took to the start line
between buoys 3 and 4, the 35 boats that were in the Open
Category gathered behind to await their turn for the starting
gun about 10 minutes later.
Start of the Open Class on Friday, April 2nd at Cristobal
In both cases, it was a race to the corer of Pier 16 to head
out to the Cristobal Yacht Club Flats and up the channel
towards the north end of Gatun Locks. Winning cayucos for
this first leg in each category was the Fast 2 Rass in the Male
Class with a time of 0:45:12, the Rio Teta in the Female Class
with a time of 0:51:27, the Gibtion in the Mixed Class with a
time of 0:50:36, and the Sudden Impact with a time of
0:44:09, and a new record. As the cayucos came in, they were
pulled out of the water by the ACP personnel with help from
the crews and placed on stands or their trailer if it was close
by, to keep the Ramp clear for those that would follow.
That evening it was the traditional Spaghetti Dinner and
this time it was held at the Gatun Yacht Club. It was a well-
attended event and the food was excellent. After their stand-
ings were read, the President of the Balboa Paddle Club,
Marisa De Arco, wished those racing a good night's rest for
the early start on Saturday morning.
Saturday morning saw the teams out bright and early at
the south end of the locks at Gatun Lake and the race was
underway as the paddlers headed up the Banana Channel to
merge with the Canal channel and head for Gamboa. The lake
conditions were perfect, almost too good to be true, and the
weather was fair, light winds with some overcast in the first
part of the day and opening up to sunshine in the last part of
the race. Leg 2 had Chava in the Male Class coming in over
the finish line with a time of 2:46:49 and a new record. In the
Female Class, Rio Teta crossed the line at Gamboa with a
time of 3:16:31 and the Gibtion hit the line with a time of
3:10:15. Over in the Open Class, SNAFU crossed the line
with a time of 2:51:19. Now it was time to go home and relax
for the final three leg run on Sunday. Mention should be made
of the fact that the SNAFU was a local boat that was shipped
out as household goods some years ago. It was returned for
this year's race by former paddlers Richard Eckle, Thomas
Eckle and John McGee to compete in this event. They were
joined by a local Tampa paddler by the name of Max
Ramirez who had no former ties to the isthmus.
Defiance crossing the Finish Line at Gamboa on Saturday
Come dawn, it was back in the water and out to Buoy 93
for the run to the Las Cruces landing. Time was critical for
this final phase as the windows for lockage had to be just
right. On this run, the Chava passed the flag with a time of
1:11:57. In the Female run, Rio Teta lost out to Catalina with
a time of 1:23:13. The Jungle Crew beat out Gibtion in the
Mixed Class with a time of 1:21:02, and the Sudden Impact,
in the Open Class, hit the line with 1:14:05.
Start of the Trophy Class on Sunday for Leg 3 at Gamboa
The 4th Leg through Miraflores Locks was short and fast.
Perception took this leg with a time of 0:09:53 and set a new
record in the Male Class. The Rio Teta came back to take this
one with a time of 0:11:35 in the Female Class and Gibtion
did likewise at 0:10:59. Sudden Impact held on to cross the
line at 0:10:25.
The last and final leg is from Miraflores Locks to Diablo
Point. After the cayucos had been lowered through the locks,
at both Pedro Miguel and Miraflores, they were lined up in
their two categories for the grand finale. This always looks
good from the Diablo Point Picnic Area as everyone on shore
was cheering to give them that extra push. Zipping across the
line was Perception in the Male Class with 0:14:57. In the
Female Class, Rio Teta held on with 0:16:35 and in the Mixed
Class Jungle Crew beat out Gibtion by one second with a
time of 0:16:04. In the Open Class, Sudden Impact hit the fin-
ish line with 0:15:20. This year, this portion of the race fin-
ished earlier than usual as the organization had to make sure
all the boats, to include the escort boats, were ready to be
locked down when the Canal personnel said to put the cayu-
cos in the chamber. This was a plus for the Paddle
Chava and Fast 2 Rass heading for the Finish Line at Diablo
A crowded Diablo Boat Ramp
As the teams and their support crews, be them parents or
friends, packed up the cayucos and headed home for a small
rest, it was back to Mi Pueblitos behind Quarry Heights for
the Awards Ceremony that evening. The patio was packed
with racers, parents and friends as we all enjoyed a sit-down
dinner provided by the Mi Pueblito restaurant and then it was
time for the awards to take place. In these kinds of events,
everyone wins, even those who win the patch to show they
were in the annual race. A few recognition were announced
as the Best Sportsmanship Award went to the crew of the new
Panama Canal Railway Company boat crewed by a team
from the state of California. The Lead Anchor Award went to
the appropriately named boat Situation Hopeless, and an
award was given to Llori and Jay Gibson for their dedicated
support to this activity.
The rankings were started from the bottom of the Open
Category and worked their way up with Urraca winning
Third Place and an overall time of 5:31:14. Second Place
went to SNAFU with a total time of 5:18:28, and taking Top
honors was Sudden Impact with a time of 5:15:52. Since this
was their third year in a row to win the event in this Category,
they retired the trophy.
In the Trophy Category, Mixed Class, Defiance took
Third Place with a total time of 6:13:34. Jungle Crew had a
time of 6:05:50 to take Second Place, and Gibtion came in
First Place with a total time of 5:49:25.
In the Female Class, it was Seaweed with a total time of
6:39:59 to take Third Place. Second Place went to Catalina
with 6:01:07 and Rio Teta held on with a total time of
Now comes the Male Class. Perception claimed Third
Place honors with a total time of 5:24:53. Fast 2 Rass held on
to Second Place with a time of 5:20:44. First Place honors
went to the team of Chava where their total time was 5:09:06,
and setting a new overall record. After all the photo shoots, it
was time to announce the Point Standing Winners. These are
points that are accumulated for those who entered the differ-
ent regattas and the main race. Sudden Impact had 169 points,
Gibtion had 171 points, Rio Teta had 171 points and Chava
had 167 points. Trophies were given out for this ranking.
Overall, it was a great race season. As is always the case,
the Panama Canal Authority and its Administration are to be
congratulated for providing the waterway, its assets and per-
sonnel for the continuance of this beautiful tradition in a safe
manner. Kudos must also be extended to the Balboa Paddle
Club for its fine organization. There are many people to be
commended for this year's event; however, particular men-
tion should be made to Marisa De Arco, Sue Stabler, John
Bates and Pablo Prieto for their unselfish and tireless effort
in making this year's event a safe and successful one.
Amongst top sponsors for the event outside of the ACP were
The Panama Canal Railway Company and BankBoston. The
different sponsors for each cayuco should be thanked for their
support, and the parents and friends who keep the kids com-
ing back year after year and the older people who also enjoy
this to some extent.
The Tradition Continues and we'll see you next year.
Don't forget to visit the Balboa Paddle Club website at
www.cayucorace.org for full race results and more pictures.
Information concerning this event can also be viewed at the
CZ Brats website at www.czbrats.com.
El Dorado, Rep. of Panama
SARAH FINKELSTEIN VISIT
During my visit to Imperia, Italy last summer, Bianca
Pina and I went to Florence. There we met Angel Kropotkin
where this picture was taken.
Sarah Finkelstein, Angel Kropotkin and Bianca Pino
Isle of Palms, S.C.
ANOTHER OLDTIMER RETURNS
Larry Barca, one of the Canal Zone oldtimers, returned
to the Zone aboard the Celebrity Cruise Lines Horizon on the
Panama Canal Museum Cruise.
Larry returned to the Zone in 1952 after he had been gone
for 12 years. He worked for the Pacific Locks at Pedro
Miguel and Miraflores. There he became acquainted with
Barney Barlow who was the Control Master for the Pacific
Locks at Miraflores and family to the two sisters and son,
John Schmidt, Jr., Ruth Schmidt, Larry Barca, and Carol
Vezina, on the Horizon, February 20, 2004.
One of the highlights of being able to go on this cruise
was being able to say that he "had spoken to at least 70" peo-
ple of the 200-plus people who attended, thus reliving the
beautiful experiences and friendships of the wonderful
Zonians of "days gone by".
June (Barlow) Reisz
Palm Coast, Fla.
HEALTH BUREAU TRIP
TO PANAMA 2004
Several members of the Health Bureau traveled to
Panama for their first reunion in many years. The idea came
about at the last Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Fla. to have the next Reunion in Panama. So Grace Shadeck
of Ocala, Fla. called Lori Snow of Condor Outfitters to see
about putting together a very special Health Bureau Reunion
in Panama. Lori put together a 10-day trip from March 18-27,
2004 and 20 former Health Bureau employees and spouses
and/or friends signed up.
All of the guests were greeted at the Tocumen airport by
former Health Bureau employees, Jeannine Eggleston and
Nita Ramdeen, who are both currently residing in Panama.
All the guests were then transported to the Country Inn &
DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT
IS AUGUST 6, 2004
Suites in Amador for the start of a wonderful reunion in beau-
tiful Panama. Lori Snow and her 10-year-old daughter Sara
accompanied the group for the first part of the trip to become
acquainted with everyone and to ensure that everything went
The trip included a day trip of Panama City, optional full
Canal transit, dinner at Las Tinajas for a typical dinner and
show, a wonderful Sancocho lunch at Eggleston's place,
Calzada Larga out near Madden Dam, a weekend at
Decameron Resort with a day trip to El Valle, then back to
Panama to go on a Gamboa Tour with lunch and aerial tram
and exhibits, and two days of shopping, relaxing and enjoy-
ing the dry season weather. Prior to their departure back to the
United States, there was another special Health Bureau din-
ner at the Marriott Hotel with over 100+ people attending.
This was especially nice as the group was able to get togeth-
er with other former Health Bureau employees and their
spouses or friends who are currently residing in Panama.
Grace Shadeck says that since this reunion was so suc-
cessful, that she would like to continue to return to Panama
during the dry season with any former Health Bureau
employees who are interested. If you are interested in joining
a future Panama Health Bureau reunion, please contact Grace
Shadeck at 3196 SW 177 Lane Road, Ocala, FL 34473. Her
email address is: Ivgs@worldnet.att.net.
Front row (L-R): Carol Meyer, Camille Robertson, Sharon
Gladden, Diane Goligoski, Jo-Ellen Catto. Middle row (L-
R): Eunice Hall, Kae Huggins, Anna Buchter, Evelyn
Mazurkiewica, Angela Campanella, Edith Meeker. Back
row (L-R): Niccole Erickson, Ourania Uye, Anna King,
Margaret Hayden, Nina Judge, Alice Myers, Brian
Picture taken at Country Inn & Suites, Amador with the Canal
in the background.
June A. Stevenson
GERHARTS ON GO AGAIN
Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, both now retired,
didn't want to miss out on the popular late winter Panama vis-
iting season this year, and ventured down in mid-February via
Miami and Costa Rica to savor both the old and the new
There were fun mini-reunions with old friends and fami-
ly too (Stevensons, Rowleys, Corlisses, Gunns) crossing
paths briefly, and a chance to meet many new nice and inter-
esting people as well.
Highlights were too numerous to list all but included the
new Gamboa and Decameron Resorts, Coronado Beach,
Miraflores Locks visitor center, the remakes of Amador and
Albrook, and the rapid growth of the Panama City area now
extending outward with the help of extensive road improve-
ments. Chiriqui province including its ever pleasant mountain
towns offered a nice respite from the fast pace of the capital
region, and was also departure point for an entirely new expe-
rience--traveling to Bocas del Toro by car. The road to Bocas
is good and very scenic except you'll drive through the
clouds for part of the way. Tourism is on a noticeable upswing
there too and with Caribbean and eco-friendly orientation
Their several days also spent in Costa Rica were a pleas-
ant and nostalgic look back on their last time there together
when they'd gotten married while on a tour to San Jose over
35 years ago. Costa Rica definitely retains its unique charm,
scenic beauty and hospitable people. They stayed at a neat
rambler-style hotel (Rosa de America) outside San Jose with
all any vacationer could ask for and more.
Submitted by Ev Sellers
Diane (Hickey) Irvine (CHS'59) and husband Charles
of Tewksbury, Mass. visited Diane's mother, Mildred
Hickey, of Clearwater, Fla. Charles returned to
Massachusetts while Diane spent the winter months with her
Diane Irvine and Alice Taber with CHS bell in Panama Canal
While here Diane attended the Canal Zone Ladies' Club
and Brown Baggers' luncheon get-together with her mother.
She also spent time with her sister Barbara (Hickey)
Grinnell (CHS'54) and Canal Zone friend, Joan
(MacKenzie) Kozar-Murphy (CHS'55), who reside at
Trinity in New Port Richey.
Front: Carlie Taber; rear: Diane Irvine and Alice Taber.
Recently Diane visited Alice Taber (CHS'59) and Carlie
Taber at their home in Seminole. Alice and Diane went to the
Panama Canal Society office to meet up with Nancy Van
Siclen and they all went out to lunch. Nancy went back to the
office after lunch while Alice and Diane visited the Panama
Canal Museum. They were honored to have as their tour
guide Chuck Hummer, President of the museum. They were
privileged to be shown the original Cristobal High School
bell. While there they met Paul Glassburn and all had a good
time reminiscing about the fun days growing up in the Canal
Zone. It was an enjoyable day. Diane hopes to get together
with Alice and other Canal Zone friends in the area.
Diane Irvine, Alice Taber and Nancy Van Siclen.
TAKING THE 1-z1
TO BASS HAVEN
Now, I know a lot of you reading this (thank you very
much) would think nothing of hauling an 18-wheeler behind
your RV as you go on vacation. I have seen great-grand-
mothers driving a 35-foot RV hauling a car behind with a boat
attached that looked somewhat smaller than the Queen Mary.
We camped one night next to a couple who had four teenage
children with them and a toy hauler on the back that appeared
to carry every ATV that had ever been in the state of Virginia.
My hat is off to you that tow. I am still afraid I will get into a
position where I can't back up. I will try and then I will get
stuck between trees and my wife will get out to help. I will
get upset, yell at her, have to leave the RV there, get a
divorce, spend the rest of my days trying to figure out did I
turn the wheel too far to the right or the left, and wind up
standing lonely and forgotten in front of my local Camping
World. Anyway, now you know why I put two Honda 80
motor scooters on the back of the RV when we travel. They
are a fun way to get around in some of the larger camp-
grounds and small towns we visit (and a lot cheaper than a
On this particular Sunday we had just finished putting the
scooters on the rack on the back of the RV. With her last bit
of strength, my wife, navigator, helpmate and wonderful per-
son (she will be reading this article and I'm no fool), pulled,
tugged and wrapped the last bungee cord and tie-down
around the Honda 80s that were attached to our Allegro RV
as we made ready for our second RV trip around the world.
Well, not exactly a trip around the world...my wife said three
months in the RV with me just felt like going around the
world. We started in California, then proceeded through the
great Southwest, Deep South, Southeast, and Northeast
(that's Pennsylvania for those geographically challenged like
me). I had wrapped the small scooters in approximately 4,000
bungee cords and tie-downs to make sure that they would
stay on during our odyssey. If one of the cords had snapped
at any time I think both of those Hondas would still be flying
somewhere over Gatun Lake.
As soon as we got back from church we climbed into our
traveling home, turned the key and headed for ye ol'
Interstate 10. I made it a point to make sure we got to church
before we started out, because I figure its always good to
invite the Good Lord to come along with us. And I know HE
is with us because as I drive down the road, I keep hearing
Marilyn saying "Good Lord".
Our first stop was Blythe, Calif. After stopping long
enough to denude the local market of all of the major health
foods they carried (Doritos, Pepsi and assorted pink candies)
we then bought gas. After signing papers giving the gas sta-
tion one-half interest in my house, we filled up and headed on
our merry way. We drove past the sand dunes of Glammis and
saw hundreds of people playing with their four wheelers and
ATVs. This is a very well-known recreation area in Southern
California and is very popular with people who apparently
enjoy acres of sand without any of that nasty water around
(commonly known as the beach). As we passed by the two
porta potties we saw, with about 100 people waiting in line,
we waved and thought (thank you....thank you) we had our
own with us.
Late in the afternoon, we came to an Arizona (Indian
word meaning Hotter than Fire and Colder than Ice) border
inspection station. The wait was a bit long and we gave seri-
ous consideration to an oil and lube job while we were in line.
We arrived in the town of Marana, Ariz., and saw a sign for a
local restaurant, JUST OFF THE FREEWAY. It was just off
the freeway about the same way Los Angeles is just off the
freeway from San Diego. After a few wrong turns, resulting
in a tour of the local landfill, we found it. The food was very
good and we enjoyed ourselves, though I did notice a few of
the locals moved to tables as far from us as possible. I think
a little Perfume de Landfill may have been clinging to us.
Next time we will pay attention to the Exitsource book.
We drove through New Mexico on I-10 making sure to
help the state get rid of their insect problem. By the time we
arrived in the city of El Paso (Indian word meaning 50,000
crazy people on the freeway aiming at unsuspecting and inex-
perienced RV drivers) the front of our once clean and lovely
RV was now the final resting place of a couple thousand real-
ly ugly-looking bugs. After a few hours of cleaning and more
cleaning, we were ready to get back on the road. In all hon-
esty I must say that Marilyn looked deeply into my eyes as
she put her cleaning brush down and said "You know, that
really bugged me". I love her but she does have a strange
sense of humor.
Texas came next and after four days and nights of Texas
sights, sounds and friendliness, we pulled into St.
Martinsville, La., home of the very aptly named "Catfish
Haven Farm and RV Park". The very friendly person we met
on our arrival not only greeted us but said the words we
would get used to hearing the next few days. "It's never this
cold in Louisiana." After two days of bone-chilling weather
the sun and the alligators came out. From our base in St.
Martinsville, we toured a number of places including Avery
Island. A tour of the tabasco plant and then a beautiful
wildlife park on the island is a fantastic way to spend a day. I
never knew there were so many types of Tabasco and that
alligators got so big. A word of caution...this is not a zoo. You
drive through a very natural area on a well-maintained dirt
road (path) and stay a safe distance away from any sunning
alligator. The next day we spent a few hours in the almost
time-forgotten town of New Iberia and visited a local land-
mark known as Bayou Tesche. Walking the wooden floors of
this great old house, we felt like we had gone back in time to
a different era. A time and place where manners and respect
flourished, against a background of almost unbelievable day-
to-day struggle to exist. We left with a better understanding of
life in the 1800s, and a deeper appreciation of the conven-
iences of moder-day life.
Some days later, we arrived in the state of Alabama. I was
looking forward to some time in Florida and spending some
time with some former classmates from BHS'55. We had
made better time that day than I thought and as we knew of
some great Passport America campgrounds in Florida, I said
"It will only take an hour or two to get to Mobile and then
into Florida through Pensacola." Those became famous last
words. At least famous between the two of us. We drove into
Mobile and just outside of town noticed the traffic was build-
ing. Oh yes, it was a Friday and it was 3:00 p.m. and from
what I could see everyone who had ever lived or worked in
Mobile had decided to join the Motts on the way to Florida.
As we whizzed along at 5 or 6 miles an hour, I thought it can't
get much worse. How many ways can you be wrong? We
came to a dead stop. Then from up on high came this author-
itarian voice that said "Everyone needs to get off at the next
off ramp". Now I firmly believe that God watches over every
one of us, but could HE be in downtown Mobile right now?
Marilyn pointed out the window to the sky and the answer
was somewhat less biblical. There was a helicopter with one
of Mobile's finest directing traffic due to an accident that had
just occurred in the tunnel. Now if any of you have ever been
through Mobile, Ala., you know that Interstate 10 runs under
the city through a tunnel. Well, that tunnel was now blocked
by a jackknifed 18-wheeler. No one was injured but what a
mess. Now I love Mobile, it has a lot of history and is a fas-
cinating place to visit, but not at the height of the rush hour
when you are trying to pilot an RV that seems to grow bigger
and wider by the minute. The police were leading all 11-mil-
lion cars, trucks and RVs through the downtown area on
streets that were apparently laid down during the Civil War.
They were trying their best to get us to the other side of town.
Unfortunately, most of the roads were not designed to accom-
modate heavy-duty traffic. I am not sure how close we got to
some of the houses, but I do know that Marilyn exchanged
recipes with several women as we passed by their doors. We
left the city of Mobile with a vow to come back but not on
Friday afternoon at rush hour.
We drove across the bay into Florida and headed for a
relaxing two days at a favorite Passport America camp-
ground. Bass Haven in DeFuniak Springs is so relaxing you
can almost hear the fish snoring. As we sat by the pool we
made our plans to visit such places as Orlando, Savannah,
Charleston, Appomattox and Gettysburg on the trip....but
that's another story for another time.
We are always happy to hear from anyone if you have a
question/comment about our trips. e-mail: fmott@earth-
Included are pictures of the Wesley Chapel Athletic
Association (WCAA) Cowboy Super Midget Cheerleaders
(ages 7-9) and the Varsity Cheerleaders (ages 13-15). The
Super Midget Cowboy Cheerleaders won the Championship
and the Varsity Cowboy Cheerleaders won Second Place in
the West Coast Football/Cheerleading Conference Cheer-Off
held on November 8, 2003 in Plant City, Fla.
This was a huge accomplishment for the Cowboy
Cheerleaders being that it was only their second year of com-
petitive cheerleading. Over 1000 cheerleaders competed in
Dawn (McArthur) Wetherby is the Director/Trustee of
the WCAA Cheerleading Programs and head coach of the
Super Midget Cheerleaders. Her daughter Dayton Wetherby
is on the squad. Brenda (Brown) McArthur is the Assistant
Trustee and head coach of the Varsity Cheerleaders.
Other Zonians who coach in the WCAA Cheerleading
Programs are Mitchie (Hern) Perkins (who is an Assistant
Trustee and head coach) and Lisa (Sasso) Eckel. Music for
the Super Midget Cheerleaders was mixed together by our
Zonian DJ David Smith.
Dawn M. Wetherby
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
The combination of the official gatherings of the Panama
Canal Museum members, the shipboard activities, and the
shopping and excursions ashore, made the entire cruise expe-
rience interesting and fun for all. Are we looking forward to
next year's cruise --- yes!
(L-R): Margot and Hubert Jordan, Jo Ann and Jack
Morton, Bev and Joe Wood in Cozumel which was one of
the five port stops during the P.C. Museum cruise in February
(L-R): Jack Corliss, Hubert Jordan, Joan Corliss, Margot
Jordan, Bev Wood, Joe Wood, Jack Morton and Jo Ann
Morton (in front) lounging around prior to dinner aboard the
John B. Morton
McGANNS IN ITALY
Enclosed is a picture of Bill and Laura McGann and
their daughter Emilee taken at the ruins of Pompeii, Italy.
Laura, Bill and Emilee McGann
Alice M. McGann
Ralph and Brenda Furlong took a month vacation but it
went too fast. It was nice to be with friends and family dur-
ing the holidays.
We found orange zebras inside Albrook Mall, this mall is
unique! They have paper mache wild animals in different
entrances to guide the people to the stores, prices are just
great and the atmosphere was joyous during the holidays.
Panama has grown so much in the last few years, espe-
cially in the Amador area. We made a few trips to the interi-
or all the way to Chitre. We also went to the Pacora-Chepo
area. There are a bunch of new town sites in that area.
Tasted the tasajo and bolios at the entrance and they were
ANOTHER ZONIAN RETURNS
The Sullivans were back in Panama again beautiful dry
season weather in January and February. Jim and Carol,
Mary and Jim Young, and Nancy and Carl Schorsch were
visiting nephews Jim Young and Dave and Nathalie Young.
We had lunch at the new restaurant overlooking Miraflores
Locks, also at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, and did all the
usual mola shopping, birding, eating all the good Panamanian
food, enjoying great happy hours, etc.
Carl Schorsch, Mary Young, Nancy Schorsch, Carol and
A highlight was the trip across the Isthmus on the new,
spiffy Panama Railroad. We went to Colon early in the morn-
ing, spent the day touring Gatun, Colon, Portobello, and then
returned on the train in the late afternoon.
Nancy Sullivan Schorsch
WALT MORTON CLAN UPDATE
For those who have wondered "Whatever happened to"
- Walt and Bess Morton (Stapleton) have finally settled in
Lake Havasu City, Ariz. After leaving the Canal Zone in 1954
they lived in El Monte, Calif. for 14 years, in Prospect, Ore.
for 18 years where they both retired from the U. S. Forest
Service, back to West Corvina, Glendora and Palm Springs,
Calif. for six years, Walt's home state of North Carolina for
another two years and now here in the city where the London
Bridge is now located.
Like everyone else their age, they have good days and bad
days, but the doctors keep telling them they are in great shape
for the shape they are in. Walt is on oxygen around the clock,
but with his concentrators making oxygen, one in the house
and one in the car, they keep going to all the activities that the
Lions Clubs have all over the state. Walt is a Past District
Governor of District 36-E in Oregon. He, Bess and Margie
are all Melvin Jones Fellows. They live in a
"grandmother/grandpa" apartment at the Tellkamp's (their
daughter and son-in-law's place). They will celebrate their
66th wedding anniversary May 14th. They have seven grand-
children and seven great-grandchildren.
Dr. James Morton, their oldest son, lives in Redding,
Calif. and is with the Forest Service, Region 5. As Operation
Officer Northern he is also a CPA, has taught as a professor
at the Univ. of Alabama, Univ. of Texas at Richardson,
worked for Texas Instruments in Richardson and also the
Pfeiffer College in North Carolina. He is planning on retiring
in January 2005 and he and Charlene are looking forward to
traveling all over the country in their new RV. Jim has three
sons: Doug works as a framer in construction in Phoenix,
Ariz.; Scott has his own business in Richardson, Texas, for-
eign car repairs; and Craig and Christy live in Charlotte,
N.C. and are in the process of starting a business of their own,
a Doggie Day Care, which they will run together. Christy is a
CPA and while Craig was getting his Master's degree at the
Univ. of Indiana, she worked at Price Waterhouse as a CPA
and handled the Indy 500 accounts.
Wally Morton and wife Linda also live in Redding,
Calif. He has been retired for a number of years from the
California Highway Patrol. The truckers going over the
Siskiyou Range called that "Wally's World" when he had that
duty and one to be reckoned with. He has every type of weld-
ing equipment there is. Rebuilds old cars from the ground up,
modifying as he goes. Has entered several of his cars in car
shows. Also makes things out of junk from the metal junk-
yards for special friends and family that depict their person-
ality, hobby or work. He has sold some of these items for
$500. This is just a fun hobby. Linda worked at the schools in
Redding as a Special Education teacher until she retired.
They have two boys: Eric, who also has two boys, Mateen
(9) and Zayd (7). Eric lives in Redding and is a computer
whiz and works in the computer field. Colin and Kim have
one son Dylan (5) and they live in Eugene, Ore. Colin works
for the Monaco Coach Co. and is a designer for their maga-
zine. Kim works for a company that sells electronic equip-
ZONIAN AMIGOS CRUISE
The cruise ship Horizon carrying CHS and BHS ex-alum-
ni and ex-Zonians arrived at the Cruise Port 2000 in Colon on
Wednesday, April 7, at 9:00 a.m. These 21 passengers were
discharged from the vessel at 9:30 a.m. and were immediate-
ly loaded onto busses for a six-hour tour of Colon, Gatun and
Margarita before returning back to the ship at 3:00 p.m.
The Horizon departed Tampa, Fla., on Friday, April 2,
making a stop in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica before arriving in
Colon. During their stop off in Colon and tours, joining this
group and being their host while in Colon was Carlos Ibanez
Walter and Bess Morton
Margie "Morton" Tellkamp and Bob Tellkamp live in
Lake Havasu City. Margie is following in her Dad's footsteps,
very involved in Lions. She has held many offices and is in
the running for District Governor in a couple of years. Margie
is also involved with the Visually Impaired of Havasu and
other community projects. Bob is retired from Xerox and
Aerojet companies. They have two children: Michelle and
husband Addam Vogt live in Yorba Linda, Calif., and they
have two boys, Dyllan (11) and Camden who was just one
year old. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom and Addam is a
Physical Therapist. Margie and Bob's son Bobby and wife
Susie live in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and have two little
girls, Madyson (3) and Jaycee, another one year old. Bobby
is office manager for Easy Mix, a huge cement company in
California and Susie works at a mortgage company and when
the boss is out she is office manager and handles all the book
(L-R): Charlene, Jim, Walt, Bess, Wally and Linda Morton
and Margie (Morton) and Bob Tellkamp.
Group Picture of the 21 former Zonians in front of the famous
Washington Hotel, Colon.
Marjorie (Harrington) and Pete Foster with Carlos Ibanez
at the Melia Hotel.
Places visited were the Gatun Locks, the different areas in
Margarita, Gatun and New Cristobal where some worked and
lived. They also visited their former Alma Mater, Cristobal
High School, now called Jose Guardia Vega under the juris-
diction of the Panama Government.
At 12:30 p.m. everyone had a delicious buffet lunch in the
Sol Melia Hotel in Fuerte Espinar, which years before was the
headquarters for the top military brass of the School of the
Americas in Ft. Gulick. After lunch, a visit was made to the
many historical sites in the Colon area which brought many
good memories to the group. Finally at 3 p.m. they returned
back to the ship's pier to do some shopping before sailing at
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