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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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VOL. 39

JUNE 2005

NO. 2

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
(727) 528-6133

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. John R. Gough II
(727) 527-2955

Ms. Faith Brundage
(727) 527-6925
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Past President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
(727) 787-5519
Mr. Ed Wardlow
(863) 967-2106
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 441-3229
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

Arizona..................... 15
FL Central ......................16
FL Ocala...........................19
FL Pensacola....................21

FL South Florida.............23 Northwest........................30
FL Space Coast................23 Oklahoma................32
FL Tallahassee................. 25 Panama............................32
Georgia............................. 26 South Carolina...................37
Louisiana.....................27 Tennessee................... 38
North Carolina...................28 TX Dallas.......................... 38

In surance U pdate........................................................................................... .......................39
Congratulations............................................................ ......................... ....................40
Weddings.............................................................. .............................. .......... ........... 43
B irth s....................................................................................................................... ...........4 6
W ith Deep Sorrow......................................................................................... .................... 49
Updated Email Addresses.......................................................................... ..........................56
L letters to the E ditor.................................................................................... ...........................57
"Looking Back"......................................... ..........................................................................67
Museum News.................................................................. ...................................71
Announcements........................................................................... ........................................73
A dvertisem ents......................................................................... .......................... ............78
Membership Application Form.................................................................. ....................87

Old black and white photo taken in 1909 during the relocation of the Panama Railroad.
Accidents like this were very common during the relocation. A 100-ton Bucyrus
Wrecking Crane lifts the I.C.C. Class 301-340 Baldwin Locomotive to place back on
track. Photographer is unknown.

Photo from the collection of William P. McLaughlin



June 29-July 3

Royale Resort, Orlando, Fla. See blue pages in Annual Directory.
July 30 Annual Pacific Northwest Picnic, Bellingham, Wash. at Lake
Padden. Contact Jim Shobe at (360) 647-0685 or Pat and Henry
Cruz at (360) 714-9391.
August 6 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting, 11:30
a.m., Kally-K's Steakery & Fishery, Dunedin, Fla. Call Mary Lou
Lang at (727) 787-5519 for more info. See page 7.
September 10-11 Annual Poconos Reunion, contact Pat Whitam (330) 725-5087 or
Marion Royston (410) 488-3904.
October 1 Arizona PCS Fall Luncheon, contact Darrell and Nancy Eide
(520) 577-7284.
October 22 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting and Space
Coast Group Picnic, 11:00 a.m. at Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. Call Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
7281 for more info. See pg 8.


President's M essage...................................................................................... ................ .........
Secretary's Message........................... ...................................................2
E editor's C orner........................................................................................ ........................ 2
T ipico D ance C lass............................................... ............................................................ 3
Annual Reunion Luncheon Information........................ ..................................4
C clubhouse Inform ation......................................................................... ............................... 6
August General Membership Meeting Luncheon.................... ... .....................7
September General Membership Meeting Picnic............................. .....................8
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes.......................... .............. ....................9
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings........................... ....................10
L legislative R eport.................................................................. ............................................... 13
Bylaw Com m ittee Report................................................. ............................................. 13
Panama Canal Society March Picnic Pictures......................... .........................14
Your Reporter Says:

Hola Everyone!

It's June 2005 and this com-
pletes my first year as President
of the Panama Canal Society.
We have been planning the
upcoming reunion for the last 11
t- months and we are ready...ready
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis to see everyone enjoy them-
selves in Orlando. There are so many of you who really do
devote yourselves to our organization and to each of you, I
say THANK YOU! I also want to thank you for volunteering
to help when we need you; and thank you for continuing to
pay your dues every year and for supporting the monthly
General Membership meetings, the Annual Business meeting,
the Annual Luncheon and for attending the Reunions! We
couldn't do it without you!
On a more serious note, in the past year, I have been con-
ducting some cursory research on trends in Society member-
ship. Our numbers show that since January 2005 we have had
approximately 350 new members join the Panama Canal
Society. Inasmuch as very few Society members actually
read the "President's Message" (please refer to 'President's
Message', March 2005 issue, Canal Record), I have decided
to launch a challenge to our "loyalists" who do read it. While
I was reviewing these numbers, I also learned some other
interesting patterns to the ebb and flow of our membership.
For example, in any given year, approximately 75% of new
and re-instated members are only signing up for the year of
their high school class reunion in order to attend their class
functions held in conjunction with the PCS Reunion. For the
next five years, they drop off our radar and when their next
class reunion is on the horizon, they re-join. Although there

is nothing wrong with this, if we were to put dollars to these
numbers, we could figure that the Society continues to lose
approximately $6,000+ year-to-date in membership revenues.
If we could recapture these revenues each year for the ensu-
ing five years, we could be $30,000 ahead of where we are
Aside from lost revenues, look at it from the member's
perspective and give some thought to how much these non-
active members are actually losing. For example, they miss
receiving their quarterly issues of the Canal Record thereby
losing touch with former childhood friends and classmates.
Furthermore, they miss out on reading about marriages,
births, awards, graduations, travel adventures, special offers,
having a voice in Executive Board elections and, of course,
they sacrifice receiving our very coveted Annual Directory
and perhaps even forego the opportunity to attend the Annual
What does all this mean to us as an organization? Due to
natural attrition, the membership in the Society will dwindle
over the next several decades. Obviously, the Canal Zone no
longer exists where we can recruit new members. Therefore,
the current and future leaders of our Society must seek cre-
ative ways to keep the existing members interested and moti-
vated as well as figure out strategies to get the next genera-
tion involved in Society activities now so they will be ready
to "take over" in a few years. As President, I am appealing to
each of you to reach out to various groups or clusters of
Zonians that you know and find someone who may want to
serve as an officer on the Executive Board, or become an
Area Reporter for the Canal Record, or host a General
Membership luncheon, present a Society program, volunteer
to work Registration at the Reunion, or help with a myriad of
other "jobs" that will benefit our organization. The Society


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S\ "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
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March. June. September, and December
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The membership fee is S30.00 annually. $15.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society. Inc.. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the best interests of the
Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each. (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc. assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society. Inc.
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has always functioned with the help of volunteers. It is an
absolute given that we cannot function without volunteers.
All the board members are volunteers. In this day and age,
most board members also have full-time jobs in addition to
volunteering for the Society. They donate their own time on
weekends and holidays to attend meetings and work on
Society business so the Annual Reunion is perfect for all the
other members. They work on the Bylaws to keep them
updated and viable; they work on the computer systems in the
Society office so the staff will have access to what they need
to conduct business. They all have Chairperson duties at the
Annual Reunion, which requires them to work while others
are having fun. But, we do it all willingly for the sake of the
Panama Canal Society because we love our organization. So,
my question to each of you is why do we have 75% of our
new or reinstated members drop out every year? Why can't
these folks find it in their hearts to continue to pay their $30
renewal dues to the Society in between their class reunions?
How can we help them understand that it's really to every-
one's advantage to stay in contact?
In closing, I challenge each of you to bring one new mem-
ber or former member (back) into our Society by the end of
2005. Let's see if we can do better than we have in the past
and not lose members every year. Encourage those folks you
know who don't renew their membership until the year of
their class reunion to remain active and involved. Maybe we
should offer a reward to members who actually bring in new
members? I certainly don't claim to have all the answers; I'm
only asking the questions and seeking your input. Let's keep
our Society growing. In the meantime, I, too, will keep
searching for ways to improve our organization. We are so
unique. We have incredible bonds that don't exist in other
organizations. We must preserve our ideals...and towards this
end, I will give you my best.
Vaya con Di6s and I look forward to seeing you at the

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society 2004-2006


June is here and in a very short
time we will be heading to Orlando for
the 2005 reunion. Carol Masino and I
Nancy Van Siclen are looking forward to being at the
Caribe Royale again this year.
The office has been busy with members renewing their
dues, new memberships and of course the reunion paperwork
and phone calls pertaining to membership and the reunion. In
between all this Carol has worked with Jacque Vowell on the
March Canal Record and also helped out proofing the Annual
Directory for publication in April.
During the first three months of 2005, 221 new member-
ship applications were received, processed and approved by
the Executive Board, bringing our total paid membership to

3,490 as of March 31, 2005.
Carol and I will both be at the Secretary/Information desk
in the Convention Center, along with our volunteers, who
have offered to help out during the reunion, so please stop by
and see us with any changes you may have in your member-
ship information or if you would like to pay your dues for
We will also have available the Panama Canal Society
license plates, decals and the 2005 Annual Directory for sale
to members.
We both are looking forward to seeing many of you at the

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359
office @


It is getting close to reunion time
for me, besides the Annual Reunion
Jacque Vowell this summer, I am traveling to Panama
in June to visit friends and attend my
high school reunion. (Don't ask which one.) Suitcases are
being aired out. Shoes are lined up deciding which ones to
take....what the heck give them their own suitcase and take
them all! I am looking forward to seeing the many changes of
Panama. I haven't been back to the "motherland" since 1999
when I traveled with my sisters Pam Crowell and Bonnie
Morrison. We attended the last graduation, the closing cere-
monies of Balboa High School and scattered my mother's
Please join me in welcoming our newest area reporter
Lester Oliver (BHS'70) who will be representing Tennessee.
Lester is eager to have another zonian gathering in Tennessee.
Contact him if you are interested in a party. On a sad note we
are saying good-bye to Ev Sellers, area reporter for Virginia
and D.C. She has dedicated many years to the Canal Record.
Thank you Ev for your support. If there is any member inter-
ested in becoming the area reporter for Virginia or any other
state or country, let me know. Let's support our area reporters.
These reporters donate their time to gather news and photos
to keep members informed about your news, the happy with
the sad. But they can't do it by themselves. Contact them
when you have that special occasion or news you want to
share. If you haven't been anywhere or you think no one
would be interested in what you have been doing.... share a
photo from the old days in the Canal Zone or in Panama.
I love the fact that the members are sending in more pho-
tos but recently the office received several photos that were
photocopied and printed onto paper that was then folded and
mailed in an envelope. Although I am pleased you are think-
ing of the Canal Record, I truly need the actual photo or a
duplicate of the photo. This will allow me the ability to
change or modify the pictures if I need to make any adjust-
ments. I cannot guarantee the quality of a photo that is copied

on paper nor can I iron out the folds. While I am on the same
subject....please do not cut your pictures. I recently received
just a sliver of a photo with just heads showing. It didn't give
me much to work with once I resized the photo. And write-
ups....please send a write-up with your precious pictures. Tell
us where the picture was taken and why you were there.
Inquiring minds want to know these details.

As always, I am available if you have questions on send-
ing articles and/or pictures to the Canal Record. See you at
the Reunion in Orlando!

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor


Friday, July 1, 2005

Recuerdos de Mi Panama, the Panamanian dance group that per-
forms at our Despedida will once again be teaching unique dance steps
used in the "typical" dances from Panama during the reunion. You will
also learn the historical significance behind the different dances. You
don't need to be an accomplished dancer to participate. Beginners are
welcome! Join us to refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance
"Tipico" style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person
or $25.00 per couple. Class will be held on Friday, July 1, 2005 from
3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Caribbean VI. Pre-registration is
necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is required to conduct the
class. In the event there are not enough participants to hold the class,
your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your registration
now. You won't want to miss this opportunity.

DEADLINE is June 17, 2005.

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I Beginners are welcomed.

Registration deadline is June 17, 2005.

Friday, July 1, 2005 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Grand Caribbean VI





$15 per person / $25 per couple


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Panama Canal Railway Company

Topic for 2005 Annual Luncheon

The New Panama Railroad

It was the second time in nearly 150 years that the
47-mile railway across Panama had been rebuilt. This
time, the rehab came after 20 years of inactivity had
fueled jungle overgrowth and, in some places, missing
track. Neosho Central America was the prime contrac-
tor in charge of the entire reconstruction project. The
company worked nearly two years from January 2000
to November 2001 installing ballast, ties and rail,
specifically handling:

S40 miles of track removal, including 115LB
rail and wood cross ties.
44 miles of mainline track
6.2 miles of yard track
16 turnouts
2 crossovers
950 linear feet of direct fixation track in an
existing tunnel
2 container transfer yards
300,000 cubic yards of excavation
325,000 cubic yards of embankment

Today, the Panama Canal Railway provides a logis-
tical solution for ships moving cargo between the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By avoiding the Panama
Canal and instead offloading containers onto the rail-
road, ocean carriers save time and money. The railroad
handles about 30,000 containers annually. Additionally,
it carries about 50,000 people each year on its execu-
tive commuter and tourist passenger lines.
Railworks TM

The Panama Canal Society is pleased to present
another great Annual Luncheon program. In celebra-
tion of the 150th Anniversary of the Panama Railroad,
we have invited Mr. Thomas Kenna, Director of
Marketing for the Panama Canal Railway Company
(PCRC) to show and tell us how the PCRC rebuilt the
old PRR line and what the PCRC operations involve.
Topics to be discussed:

The project The owners The re-construction (the
investment) Equipment What the PCRC is doing now
- freight and passenger service and more.

Guest Speaker for the 2005 Annual

Thomas H. Kenna
Director of Marketing
Panama Canal Railway Company

During the past 25 years, Thomas H. Kenna has
worked in various senior positions in effective manage-
ment and marketing of activities related to the maritime
industry and international multimodal transport. He has
worked with Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM and other major
shipping lines as part of the management team of their
local shipping agency, where he held several positions
ranging from Director of Marketing to General Manager
and President. He also served as General Manager of
the Air France Panama office from 1989-2000.
Mr. Kenna holds a Masters Degree in Business
Administration from Nova Southeastern University and
a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State
University, Tallahassee. He attended Canal Zone
College and graduated from Balboa High School in
1976 after attending Curundu Junior High School.
He is now active in many leading organizations of
Panama having served as Director of the Association of
Airlines of Panama (ALAP). He is a member of the
Board of Directors of the United States-Panama
Business Council (USPA) and of the Association of the
United States Army (AUSA). Mr. Kenna is currently the
President of Panama's Chamber of Shipping.
In the year 2000, Mr. Kenna joined the PANAMA
CANAL RAILWAY COMPANY as Director of Marketing
responsible for the implementation of marketing strate-
gy for the railroad's freight and passenger operations.
Mr. Kenna is married to Lottie and they have three

The Panama Canal Railway Company

The Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC) is a joint venture between Mi-Jack Products, the Kansas
City Southern Railway and the International Finance Corporation. The project involved a complete reno-
vation of the line, involving 280,000 tons of ballast, 150,000 concrete railroad ties, 11,000 tons of contin-
uously welded rail, computerized switching and state of the art intermodal container transfer facilities. The
$75 million dollar first-phase completely revitalized the 150-year-old transcontinental railway.
The rebuilt railway speeds up delivery of container cargo from Atlantic to Pacific ports in two hours,
including the time necessary for transferring containers between ships and the railway. Based on 20 trains
per day and a 365-day/year operation, the railway's first phase transfer capacity is 1,500 containers per
day, or 547,500 containers per year.
In addition, the Panarail Tourism Company provides executive commuter and tourist passenger serv-
ice across the isthmus. The trip takes passengers on the scenic tour we all remember, passing through
the rain forest and along the side of the canal.

Register now to attend the Annual Luncheon while at the 2005
Reunion to find out the whole story about the new and modern
Panama Canal Railway Company.

Photos shown: taMir

Left column Top to bottom

Atlantic Side Container loading
Inside Passenger Car.
Passenger train on the line.

Right column Top to bottom

Passenger train on Monte Lirio
Observation car on passenger
Container train crossing
Miraflores lake causeway.

Below Mi-Jack Intermodal crane
transferring containers onto
special designed railroad cars.

by Bill McLaughlin
Our kick off year at the Caribe Royale in 2004 was a Below are a few photos taken in the Reunion Clubhouse
blast!! After so many years at the Marriott and some grum- during the 2004 Reunion.
bling from members because of the venue change, we were so
pleased with the many positive comments from our members
about the time they had at the Caribe Royale. The guest
rooms were bigger, and then there were the villas! The villas
were great for large families and groups. The all suite hotel
made everyone much more comfortable than that same old
single room that everyone had in previous years. The very
BEST part of being at the Caribe Royale was the Convention
Center space that we had all to ourselves! After fighting for
space at the Marriott for too long, it was nice to have so much
real estate at our disposal to have our programs and activities.
It was just downright comfortable!!
Because we had the space available, a new incentive was
born at the Caribe Royale. This was the "Reunion
Clubhouse". At first many didn't know about this new attrac-
tion, but as word got out about the place could pur-
chase Empanadas, Caramanoles, Ojalda, Cuba Libres made
with Ron Cortez and much more, everyone came to the
"Reunion Clubhouse". Well...this program will continue The Bar and Food Counter
again for the 2005 Reunion and probably every year in the
While the Executive Board was negotiating with the
Caribe Royale several years ago, we were on a tour of the
Convention Center when we came to the far end of the
Convention Center near a large outside patio. This end of the .,..
Convention Center had three large meeting rooms as well.
One of the member complaints we heard in the past at the
Marriott was, "There isn't anywhere to sit and talk". Hence,
why not use these three large rooms for an area where tables
and chairs could be set up for our members to sit and relax.
Why not have a "Clubhouse"? Hence the birth of our new
Clubhouse was born. The hotel agreed to make this happen
and also to set up the large patio with tables and chairs so
folks could go outside and enjoy the Florida sunshine or cool
evening air. After more thought, we decided to use one of the
three rooms for a video arcade since members also suggested
having activities for the youth. Pool Tables
The Caribe Royale took on our initial ideas and made a
really super setup for our Clubhouse and video arcade com-
bined. It was perfect and everyone who came there enjoyed
it very much. The guys behind the bar and food stand played
up the whole thing with old photos taken in the Canal Zone,
Panama Music, singing and dancing. It was a very festive
place. The Reunion Clubhouse was open from the late momn-
ing to the late night. I popped in late Saturday night and the
place was packed. Just like the old days at the Yacht Club,
American Legion, Elks Club or any of our old Canal Zone
hangouts. It was like being back home again in the Zone.
I wanted to make sure everyone knows about the Reunion
Clubhouse and comes by to check it out. Empanadas for
brunch, a Ron Cortez Cuba Libre to wash it down or just sit -
and talk to friends. THE CLUBHOUSE IS THE PLACE TO
BE! Please look at your reunion layout map to see where the
Clubhouse is. There will also be plenty of signs pointing you
in the right direction. Friends relaxing in the clubhouse.

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TELEPHONE NO. 727-733-7024
AUGUST 6, 2005
S Our first general membership meeting
after the 2005 Annual Reunion will be held at J
Kally-K's Restaurant in Dunedin, Florida on ---. "
August 6. 2005 starting at 11:30 a.m. .
L Our menu will consist of Chicken Cordon t k ."*
I Bleu, Choice Sirloin or Stuffed Flounder and i.tmO enu r.
i l will include Soup and Salad Bar. Baked i a f
SPotato, Coffee or Tea, Gratuity and Tax.
Please indicate your choice for lunch.
Advanced registration is required. The cost
will be $15.00 per person.
Your host for the luncheon is Mary Lou
Lang. For any other information, call Mary I
Lou Lang at 727-787-5519. Deadline is
August 1, 2005. L

%e Member Name Member No. Ip
Phone # Please make reservations at $15.00 each.

Names of guests: I

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I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

October General

Membership Meeting

and Space Coast Picnic

October 22, 2005

Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida

The Panama Canal Society General Membership meet-
ing will be held on October 22, 2005 in conjunction with
the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion,
on the river side of U.S. 1, adjacent to the Space Center
Executive Center. The picnic will start at 11:00 a.m. and our
meeting will start at 12:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink. If
you need more information, call Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.

FROM SR-50 go south 3.4 miles on US Hwy 1, the park is
on the left.



Your old glasses are of no value to you, but they could be
another person's most treasured possession. Somewhere in a
developing country you can make this happen. Do it today.

The Gonzalez Seafarers Center accepts used T-shirts,
clean, no holes, any size, for free distribution to foreign sea-
men off ships in our harbors.

Please send your old eyeglasses and T-shirts to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253.



Visit the Panama Canal Society web site for
online services for membership applications and
membership renewals, general membership
meetings and minutes, and Canal Record area
reporter information.

DECEMBER 4, 2004

Absent: Legislative Representative and Chaplain. They
were present in restaurant setting-up for the impending

The Executive Board took the following actions:
SApproved the minutes of the November 13, 2004
Executive Board Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period of November
12, 2004 through December 3, 2004 in the amount of
Approved 19 new membership applications.
Approved to publish Past Honorary Awards.
Approved to accept the proposal from Ross Realty for a
two year lease with $12.00 per square foot for 2005 and
$13.00 per square foot for 2006.
SApproved to send Alan Ford a copy of the December
Canal Record.

The following reports were made:
SDiscussion on developing procedural guidelines for
Society investment accounting practices for financial advisor.
SDiscussion of any contract involving a reunion expense or
Society money must be brought to the attention of the board
for approval.
SReunion Coordinator will give a reunion report at the
membership meeting.
SDiscussion of Reunion Registration volunteers.
SOwl Show/Matinee costs.
SDiscussion of Golf Tournament at Shingle Creek.
Reported 121 members and guests will attend the Holiday
Discussed Vendor Registration form.
* Discussed Hotel lighting for the Friday and Saturday
night disco dances.
SReported bylaw change and ballots for changing the day
the newly elected and appointed officers assuming office are
in the December Canal Record.

JANUARY 22, 2005

Absent: Legislative Representative and Chaplain.

The Executive Board took the following actions:
SApproved the minutes of the December 4, 2004 Executive
Board Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period of December 4,
2004 through January 21, 2005 in the amount of $19,175.97.
*Approved 39 new members for December.
Approved 36 new members for January.
Approved the expenditure of $425.00 for payment to the

Area Reporters for the year 2004.
SApproved the $130.00 expenditure for the Computer
Programmer for 2005.
* Approved the terms of engagement for 2005 for Randy
Drake, CPA which include a monthly consultation to assist in
preparation of internal financial statements and prepare the
annual Form 990, Federal Income Tax Return and Tangible
Tax Return.
Approved reunion tickets refund.
Approved mileage rate increase.
Approved purchasing a full-page ad in the Museum cook-
SApproved purchase of Fax machine.

The following reports were made:
SDiscussion of the Space Coast Picnic date change.
Reported the contract for the Thursday night bands has
been signed.
SDiscussion of publishing all reunion dates, Society
Website address as well as publication deadline dates for the
Canal Records.
SDiscussion of photo quality in the last few Canal Records.
Discussion of Villa Request.
*Reported on guidelines for the Investment Advisor to fol-
Discussion on Society items to sell at the reunion.
SCOPA Tickets.
SPanama Canal Museum.
Reunion registration packets.
Mini-Reunion Update.
Honorary Award Nominations.
SReunion update report.
Reunion Registration.
Owl Show/Matinee Update.
* Golf Update.
*Elks Lodge 1414.
Lottery Ticket Sales.
Reported 5 vendors registered to sell at the Reunion.
SDiscussion of byline photos in the Canal Record.
Membership Update.
Reunion Registration Update.
Band Transportation.
Keyboard Specialties.
Clubhouse Menu Items.
Tickets for dances, breakfast coupons, luncheon and name
Re-keying of Rooms in Convention Center.
Event Plan.
Annual Luncheon.
*Clubhouse Page for Canal Record.
Discussion on the problem existing when members arrive
at the hotel after the registration hours.
Certificates of Appreciation.
SNew Photographer.

IS JULY 8, 2005

FEBRUARY 19, 2005

Absent: First Vice President, two Directors, Treasurer and

The Executive Board took the following actions:
SApproved the minutes for the January 22, 2005 Executive
Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of January 22,
2005 through February 18, 2005 in the amount of $12,128.34.
Approved 62 new members the month of February.
Approved 2005 Reunion Refund.
Approved 2004 Reunion Refund due to hospitalization.
Approved PCS sale items.
Approved purchase of food items for the March Picnic
SApproved sending a copy of the March issue to the person
who submitted the photo for the front cover.
Approved Bingo prizes for the Reunion.

The following reports were made:
SMarch Picnic PCS meeting postcards.
*StarShip Update.
SDiscussion on the NIEHS Sister Study research.
Financial procedures and guidelines.
*Cafe Duran Update.
*CPA report.
Income/Cost Analysis of Reunion expenses report.
Mini Reunions 16 groups are planning an activity during
the reunion.
PCS giveaways.
*COPA Tickets update.
Reunion Registration update.
January Financial report.
*Elks Club Lodge 1414.
Despedida Lottery report.
Dance Ticket Sales report.
Vendors -17 vendors have signed up for the Reunion.
Canal Record update.
SBank name change.
Bylaws 103 ballots have been received.
Legislative Report.
Lodging Report.
Event Plan update.
Caribe Royale AV Negotiations.
Clubhouse Menu.
Annual Luncheon update.

OCTOBER 9, 2004

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 75 mem-
bers in attendance at the October General Membership
Meeting held at Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Florida at

12:30 p.m. Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation, fol-
lowed by a moment of silence for members who had recent-
ly passed away. In the absence of Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At
Arms, the president led the membership in the Pledge of
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
September Membership Meeting held at Stacey's Restaurant
in Clearwater, Florida. As there were no changes or additions
the minutes were approved as read.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis reported to the membership that
Steve Nehring, Reunion Coordinator, Bill McLaughlin,
Reunion Consultant, Bob Russell, Registration Co-
Chairperson, Darleen Hunt, Hotel Lodging Chairperson and
herself met with the staff of Caribe Royale this morning and
had a very productive meeting. The president announced that
the theme this year at the reunion would be "Wild Wild
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis announced the chairpersons for
each reunion function as follows: Registration, Bob and
Cheryl Russell; Hotel Lodging, Darleen Hunt; Vendors, John
Gough; Annual Luncheon, Jan and Lou Andino; Despedida
Lottery, Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang; Bingo, Jim
O'Donnell; Disco Dances, Jacque Vowell; Mini Reunions,
Jim Parthenais; Transportation, Joan Ohman; On-site Dance
Tickets, Muriel Whitman and Skeeter Camby; Golf, Ed
Wardlow; Information/Secretary, Nancy Van Siclen and
Carol Masino and Security, Allison McLaughlin.
The president reported that the Annual Luncheon speaker
would be Thomas Kenna, Director of Marketing for the
Panama Canal Railway Company marking the 150th anniver-
sary of the railroad.
Elaine Lewis informed the membership that the parking is
free at the Caribe Royale, that the free continental breakfast
would again be served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
mornings in the three towers of the hotel and that we would
again have the "Clubhouse" in the convention center.
The president reminded the membership that dues for
2005 are due by December 31, 2004.
The August Financial Statement stands for Audit.
Bob Zumbado, representing the Panama Canal Museum
thanked all those who attended the Museum exhibit and sup-
ported the Museum at the reunion and reported that sales
went well in the Vendor Room.
John Gough made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
12:50; seconded by Bob Russell. Motion passed.

DECEMBER 4, 2004

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 121 mem-
bers in attendance at the 24th Annual Holiday Luncheon
General Membership Meeting held at the Wine Cellar
Restaurant, North Redington Beach, Florida at 12:00 noon.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation, followed by a
moment of silence for members who had recently passed
away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. at Arms, led the membership in

the Pledge of Allegiance.
Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for lunch and recon-
vened at 1:30 p.m.
The president introduced the past presidents in atten-
dance: Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Muriel Whitman, Betty
LeDoux, Marje Foster, Bob Johnson, Jim O'Donnell, Tom
Peterson, Faith Brundage and Bill McLaughlin.
Elaine thanked Skeeter and Shirley Camby for hosting
and organizing the event along with their committee mem-
bers Faith Brundage, Linda Marshall, Mary Lou Lang and
especially Margaret McLaughlin, who did all the table deco-
Bob Johnson, Past President made a motion to dispense
with reading of the October Membership Minutes; seconded
by John Gough. Motion passed.
Elaine introduced the new Executive Board for 2004-
2006: 1st Vice President, Steve Nehring: 2nd Vice President,
Bob Russell: Treasurer, Ed Wardlow: Director, Faith
Brundage: Director, Skeeter Camby; Director, John Gough;
Director, Joan Ohman; Sgt. At Arms. Mary Lou Lang:
Chaplain, Cheryl Russell; Past President. Bill McLaughlin;
Legislative Representative, Jim O'Donnell; Bylaws
Chairperson, Muriel Whitman; Audit/Budget Chairperson,
Jim Parthenais; Sunshine Committee, Anna Collins; the
Office Staff, Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary: Carol Masino.
Assistant and Jacque Vowell, Editor.
The president called on each officer for a report: Steve
Nehring, 1st Vice President and Reunion Coordinator
reminded the members that the 2005 Reunion would be held
from June 29th thru July 3rd and confirmed the hotel rate of
$115.00 per night. He also added that this rate was in effect
for three days before and three days after the reunion. Steve
informed the membership that the hours for Registration have
been extended this year to accommodate members who arrive
in the late afternoon or early evenings. Steve also reminded
the members that they must be a current paid member for
2005 in order to register for the reunion. Membership renew-
al and Reunion registration can be done on-line or via the
paperwork published in the Canal Record.
Bob Russell, 2nd Vice President and Co-Chairperson of
Registration reported to the membership that the Society
Luncheon on May 14, 2005 would be held at Troyers Dutch
Heritage Inn in Sarasota and the luncheon reservation form
would be printed in the March Canal Record. Bob also
reported that letters inviting members to volunteer to help
with Reunion Registration would be mailed in the coming
week. If anyone had not signed up and would like to volun-
teer, please give him, Cheryl or Joan Ohman their contact
Ed Wardlow, Treasurer and Golf Chairperson reported
that the 2005 Golf Tournament would be held at Shingle
Creek. The cost for the tournament will be $75.00 for 2005.
This price is all-inclusive and covers the green fees, luncheon
and door prizes. Ed also highlighted the October Financial
Statement, which stands for Audit.
John Gough, Director and Vendor Chairperson reported
that if anyone is interested in becoming a vendor the Vendor
Application is on the Society website or they can get in touch
with him or the office staff for an application and instructions.
Skeeter Camby, Director and Muriel Whitman, Bylaw

Chairperson will co-chair the on-site ticket sales this year at
the reunion. Skeeter reported that the hours for selling tickets
will be advertised in the "Yellow Pages" and if anyone is
interested in volunteering to help sell tickets, to either contact
him or Muriel.
Skeeter thanked everyone for attending the Holiday
luncheon and thanked his committee for all their help and
Margaret McLaughlin for the wonderful table decorations.
Skeeter also thanked all those members who contributed gifts
to be used as door prizes.
Faith Brundage, Director and Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. at
Arms will co-chair the selling of Despedida Lottery Tickets.
Faith asked if there was anyone interested in volunteering to
help sell the Lottery Tickets at the reunion to please contact
her or Mary Lou.
The President reported that the Annual Luncheon will be
chaired by Jan and Lou Andino. She also announced that the
guest speaker for the luncheon would be Thomas Kenna,
Director of Marketing for the Panama Canal Railway
Company. The year 2005 is the 150th Anniversary of the
Panama Canal Railway.
Jacque Vowell, Editor and Disco Chairperson reported
that the DJ for the dances on Friday and Saturday night will
be David Smith, a current member of the Society. Jacque
informed the membership that the December Canal Record
was at the mailer.
Jim Parthenais. Audit/Budget Chairperson and Mini-
Reunion Coordinator reported that, to date, he has received
requests for nine class reunions and one request from the
Masons' organization for a luncheon.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative highlighted
his legislative report for December.
Bill McLaughlin, Past President and Reunion Consultant
reported to the membership that the website to register for the
reunion would be activated around the middle of December.
He informed the membership that by the time our reunion
takes place, the hotel rooms at the Caribe Royale Hotel would
be completely renovated with new furnishings. He also
advised if members want to reserve a villa, they need to sub-
mit their paperwork early since we are limited in the number
of villas allotted to us in our contract. Bill reported that Lucho
& Friends will be playing for the Friday night dance and
Frankie Pretto will perform for the Saturday night dance.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Panama Canal
Museum reported to the membership that the Museum is
planning a potluck lunch on January 22, 2005. The Panama
Canal Trivia board game is for sale and they have added sev-
eral new items to the gift shop. This year the theme for the
Museum's activities at the reunion will be the Panama
After many door prizes were awarded, the grand prize of
two round trip tickets to Panama, donated by COPA Airlines,
were won by Sandra Hummer. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis thanked
Vicki Sizemore for her donations of the 2005 calendar which
were given to everyone in attendance.
Faith Brundage made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
2:15 p.m.: seconded by Steve Nehring. Motion passed.

IS JULY 8, 2005.


FEBRUARY 5, 2005

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 52 mem-
bers in attendance at the General Membership Meeting held
at the Florida Buffet of Ocala, Ocala, Florida at 12:10 p.m.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation, followed by a
moment of silence for members who had recently passed
away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president introduced past president Bill McLaughlin
who was in attendance.
Elaine thanked Bill and Jean Muller for organizing and
hosting the event.
Elaine introduced the new Executive Board and office
staff for 2004-2006: 1st Vice President, Steve Nehring; 2nd
Vice President, Bob Russell; Directors, Skeeter Camby, John
Gough and Joan Ohman; Sgt. At Arms, Mary Lou Lang;
Chaplain, Cheryl Russell; Past President, Bill McLaughlin;
Canal Record Editor, Jacque Vowell and Secretary, Nancy
Van Siclen.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes from the
October General Membership Meeting from Titusville and
the December General Membership Meeting from the Wine
Cellar. As there were no changes or additions the minutes
were approved as read.
In the absence of Ed Wardlow, Treasurer, John Gough
highlighted the December 2004 Financial Statement, which
stands for Audit.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis reminded the membership that we
have 140 days remaining before the 2005 Reunion and urged
members to complete their paperwork to guarantee a room
reservation and luncheon tickets. Elaine informed the mem-
bership that Steve Nehring is the 2005 Reunion Coordinator;
Bill McLaughlin is our Consultant on reunion matters and is
handling contracts for the musicians, AV requirements, print-
ing requirements, etc.; Bob and Cheryl Russell and Joan
Ohman are co-chairs for Registration; John Gough will be
handling Vendors; Jacque Vowell will chair the DJ dances;
Darleen Hunt is Hotel Lodging Chairperson; the golf tourna-
ment will be chaired by Ed Wardlow.
The president reported that the next monthly General
Membership Meeting would be the Annual Picnic held at A.
L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs on March 5th. On April
2nd we will be sailing Tampa Bay on the Starship Yacht and
on May 14th we will be heading to Sarasota to Troyer's
Dutch Restaurant. June 29th is the start of the 2005 Reunion
at the Caribe Royale in Orlando and will conclude on Sunday,
July 3, 2005. All information on the reunion is located in the
yellow pages, which were printed in the December issue of
the Canal Record and will be updated and published again in
the March and April issues.
Elaine mentioned that in the December Canal Record a
bylaw was submitted for the membership approval. The
bylaw is intended to change the date when the incoming
board will take office after the Annual Meeting. The new
bylaw states that it will take effect the month following the
Annual Meeting. This should alleviate the conflict when a

reunion extends over into the same month as the new board
takes effect.
Steve Nehring, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator reported to the membership that hotel confirma-
tion would most likely be mailed from the hotel around the
end of April or the beginning of May. He reported that the vil-
las are "sold out" and if a member is submitting paperwork
and would prefer a villa, they need to request that their name
be added to the "Waiting List". But, since there is no guaran-
tee they will be assigned a villa, they need to choose another
type of room/suite. If a villa does become available and the
member is next on the waiting list, they will be called in the
order of receipt of their paperwork. Steve also mentioned sev-
eral areas of the reunion need volunteers including
Registration, Dance Ticket Sales, and Lottery Ticket Sales.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Consultant, reported we would
be offering the tipico dance class again this year. Pre-regis-
tration is required and the cost is $15.00 per person or $25.00
per couple which is the same as last year. More information
will appear in the April Annual Directory. The reunion club-
house would be open again this year and will be located on
the patio side of the convention center. The guest speaker this
year will be Thomas Kenna, Director of Marketing for the
Panama Canal Railway Company and also a Balboa High
School graduate. His talk will be on the newly revamped rail-
road along with an interesting Power Point presentation.
John Gough, Vendor Chairperson reported to the mem-
bership we have 11 vendors signed up. If anyone is interest-
ed in being a vendor please contact him or go to the website
for the vendor form and instructions.
Bob Russell, Registration Co-Chairperson reported that
his co-chairs Cheryl Russell and Joan Ohman are looking for
volunteers to help out during registration hours. Anyone
interested should see Joan, Cheryl and himself after the meet-
ing. Bob mentioned that he and Cheryl were hosting the May
luncheon at Troyer's Restaurant in Sarasota on May 14th.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor reported to the membership
that the March Canal Record is at the printer. She also men-
tioned that the ballot for voting was published in the
December issue of the Canal Record and reminded the mem-
bers to vote.
Cheryl Russell spoke on behalf of the Panama Canal
Museum and said that they had brought some items from the
gift shop for sale, including the Trivia Game and new tote
bags. Cheryl informed the membership that the theme for the
museum this year at the reunion will be the Panama Railroad
and that they are again having the silent auction. Cheryl men-
tioned that she was planning on having a Mola Exhibit in
May at the museum and anyone wishing to donate or loan a
Mola for the exhibit to please contact her or the museum.
Henry Baker, one of the attendees at the luncheon sug-
gested that we print one issue during the year of Canal
Record in color. Jacque advised that she would check with
the printer to compare cost.
Skeeter Camby, Director made a motion to adjourn the
meeting at 1:10 p.m.; seconded by Kathie McConaughey.
Motion passed.

JUNE 29 JULY 3, 2005


The Consumer Price Index for Urban
Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
S-- I (CPI-W) advanced 0.5 percent in
February 2005 according to the Bureau
of Labor and Statistics (BLS). Released
Jim O'Donnell
Jim Donnell on March 23rd, the CPI-W for February
is 187.3. For purposes of calculating the next COLA (cost-of-
living adjustment) the index has risen 1.2 percent.
Benefits awarded under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA) to individuals suffering work-
related injuries or illnesses are adjusted according to each cal-
endar year's percentage change in the CPI-W. February's
index is 0.7 percent higher than the December 2004 base of
186.0. FECA beneficiaries will see the 3.4% cost of living
adjustment in their April benefit check or EFT.
President Bush announced in 2004 that he would propose
sweeping reforms to Social Security, including a plan to
divert four percentage points of payroll taxes (workers cur-
rently pay 6.2 percent of their wages to Social Security, an
amount matched by their employers) to a personal account
for investment in stocks, bonds and other assets. Although
federal employment was not covered by Social Security until
1984, most federal retirees also receive a Social Security ben-
The Legislative Program for the 109th Congress (2005-
2006) adopted by delegates at NARFE's 28th Biennial
National Convention in Reno, Nevada included a policy to
"oppose replacing any portion of Social Security benefits
with private individual accounts" and also "oppose invest-
ment of the Social Security reserves in investments other than
Treasury securities."
Social Security is an 80-year-old pay-as-you-go national
retirement and disability program, in which current workers'
payroll taxes finance the benefits of current retirees, disabled
workers and survivors. Private accounts would undermine
Social Security's financing because the system would need to
keep paying present beneficiaries, while also funding the
accounts proposed for people who are unlikely to retire for
decades. Consequently, private accounts would worsen,
rather than improve, Social Security's finances and would
erode the fund's guarantee that retirees, disabled workers,
surviving spouses and dependent children have a safety net of
income to prevent them from slipping into poverty.
A risk-based Social Security system makes retirement
planning less predictable for individuals, particularly as most
employers have moved away from non-risk or defined bene-
fit retirement plans to defined contribution investment and

savings programs, like the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for fed-
eral workers and 401(k)s for the private sector, which are
dependent on the performance of the stock and bond markets.
The advantage of the current Social Security program is that
it provides a no risk, guaranteed benefit and allows workers
to accept the risks of investments available through their
401(k) or TSP.
Diverting trillions of dollars from the public program to
private accounts would undermine the program's capacity to
pay stable benefits. In addition, an individual, who can no
longer work due to disability, would stop contributing to his
or her private account, and consequently be faced with a like-
ly reduction in their future benefits.
Under current civil service law, federal employees sepa-
rating from their jobs before they are eligible to retire with an
immediate annuity may leave their contributions in the retire-
ment system and, at age 62, begin to draw a "deferred" annu-
ity. Alternatively, separating employees may elect to with-
draw their contributions, in which case they divest them-
selves of all rights to a deferred annuity at age 62.
Most federal workers who are several years younger than
62 when they separate from federal service withdraw their
contributions and forfeit a deferred annuity because they per-
ceive the value of the deferred annuity to be small or not
worth foregoing the use of the lump sum they can withdraw.
The deferred annuity may be perceived as small because it is
based on the salary the individual earned in the last 3 years
before the separation. Thus, depending on the rate of inflation
from the time of separation until age 62, the value of the
annuity can erode substantially. Current law penalizes
employees who separate eligible for deferred annuities
because deferred benefits do not reflect increases in the cost
of goods and services that take place before annuity payments
The Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund invests
contributions left in the system which yield a return to the
Trust Fund without giving any added value to the eventual
annuity resulting from these contributions. As a consequence
of this eroding effect, separating employees may forfeit a
valuable benefit -- one financed not only by their payroll
deductions, but also by their employing agency's contribu-
tions and the interest which accrues on these combined
deposits. Adding to the problem is the fact that there is no
precedent for such a forfeiture of benefits in the private sec-
tor, where the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974 (ERISA) requires private plans to pay separating
employees the portion of their pension financed by contribu-
tions from their employer.

Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative

On March 28, 2005 the Bylaw Committee met at the Panama Canal Society Office and counted the ballots for the bylaw
change to Sec. 4 Conditions of Office: Paragraph A. The total number of ballots received was 134. There were 5 invalid
ballots. There were 120 "yes" ballots and 9 "no" ballots counted.

Submitted by Bylaw Committee: Muriel Whitman (Chairperson) Mary Lou Lang, Robert Johnson


Rick Walsh, Jim Van Loon and Rupert Turner

Katny lgoi

Nancy Van Siclen, Ellen Gough and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis

IS JULY 8, 2005.


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Deadline for the September 2005 Canal Record is July 8, 2005.


Springtime has come to the Anchorage area and every-
body is eager for a wonderful summer. Since the winter was
moderate with little opportunities for skiing or snowmobil-
ing, we are all hoping the summer will provide the recre-
ational needs we have come to expect from Alaska.
There is not much else to report, so if anybody has some-
thing to contribute for next issue, please let me know. I am
trying to organize a kayaking trip in the Canal for January
2006, so if anybody has any leads on kayaking rentals in
Panama, please contact me as well.

Clay Wharry, Reporter
(907) 339-8067
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The Arizona Panama Canal Society had our Spring lunch-
eon March 26 at the home of Miriam Hirschl in Sun City
West. Those attending were Carl and Pat Berg, Darrell and
Nancy Eide, Miriam Hirschl, Leo and Barb Langland,
Elman and Gladys Delgado Myers, Chester and Mary
Grace Oakes, Ellen Altman and Alan Pratt, Charlie and
Anne Parks, and Evelyn and Loring White.
After a delightful tour of Miriam's lovely home, which is
full of Panamanian mementos and memories, we enjoyed a
typical "Panamanian" feast. The meal included seviche,
empanadas, plantain chips, fried plantain, fried yuca, sanco-
cho, Johnny Mazzetti, micha bread, arroz con pollo, pollo
guizado, tres leches cake and chocolate rice pudding. The Fall
luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at the

home of Darrell and Nancy Eide in Tucson.

Nancy Eide, Reporter
(520) 577-7284


Hello from out West! The heavy
rains this past winter have created a
vast carpet of wildflowers in Death
Helen Ay Valley, more than have been seen in
Helen Aanstoos-Hay
over 100 years. We are taking a week
off and heading over there with lots of film and will spend a
few days soaking in the hot springs in Saline Valley. One of
the greatest things about California is that we are blessed with
it all: the deserts, mountains, rivers, oceans, palm trees, red-
woods, valleys, etc. Life is good!
Yesterday Isaac and I had lunch in San Francisco at the
Thai Spice and caught up with Lance Hughes (BHS'68).
Lance was recently in Panama visiting his mom Marina
Hughes in Gamboa. They went down to Salsipuedes and
found the tembleques I'd asked for to go with my grand-
mother's pollera. They found some beautiful tembleques,
which I love and look forward to wearing. I heard that my
Aunt Olive Aanstoos Ford found Grandma's vintage gold
and pearl tembleques from her days on Colon Beach. What a
treasure. Lance said that Panama's comparsa in the San
Francisco Carnival Parade came in first place a few years
ago. They do a post-Lenten parade in early summer so that
the weather is warmer. Lance recently caught up with Mike
Livingston who has moved to San Francisco. Lance says
Alex Livingston's fish camp in Panama is ranked #12 in the
world. 1 would have guessed it was #1 but we Panazonians
are biased, aren't we? Lance also said he got together with

Jorge and Alex Bloise, Duncan Ballenger, Tom Slice and
Ray Husum at Ray's sports bar near PacBell Park (Giants
baseball) and they had a good time. Lance's mom Marina will
be up here in July and her other son Wayne and his family
will be down visiting from Alaska. All will be staying at
Lance's for a family gathering.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Lance Hughes in San Francisco.

I have been getting some phone messages from a Bob
McDonald in the Tampa area. He says he graduated from
CHS in 1933 and my name is the only name he recognized in
the Record. He did not leave his phone number. Bob, if you
read this--you are thinking of my Dad's sister Helen who
grew up on Colon Beach. She passed away from cancer back
in the 70s. And I will look for you at the Orlando reunion!
Heard from Doug Sanders in Laguna Beach. He's work-
ing in San Rafael and he and his wife have a 16-month-old
daughter they are enjoying. I just got this great picture of
Doug holding his little girl named Anna. Doug, his wife
Michelle and Anna will be leaving southern California and
returning to the Bay Area (Sausalito) next month. Hopefully
they will bring her to the Los Gatos picnic October 1st so we
can all meet her.

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Doug Sanders holding his daughter Anna

When I spoke with Keith Olsen a few days ago in
Healdsburg he said he was very busy teaching hospital and
homebound kids. Evenings he is a bilingual counselor. He
works long days in anticipation of retiring in 2006 to his
property in Hawaii. He shared a fun story. He went with a
friend to Santa Rosa for a haircut. The stylist had a small
Panamanian flag on the counter at her station. Keith chatted
with her and learned her name is Dayra and she is from Rio
Hato. She was happy to speak Panamanian Spanish for a
Monica Meyer has sold her house in Novato and is mov-
ing to Europe along with Duke Wilson. I wonder where
Ricky Appin will host his next annual Panama Christmas
party. Monica had the perfect place for Ricky's ping ding.
Pat Quinn (BHS'55) was among the speakers at The
Actors Studio memorial for the late Arthur Miller. Pat
appeared on Broadway in the George C. Scott revival of
Miller's groundbreaking play Death of a Salesman, as "The
Woman in Boston", with Scott and Teresa Wright as Willy
and Linda Loman.
On a sad note, I heard from Robbie Sargent whose dad
John passed away January 20th after a four-year battle with
cancer. The Sargents were our neighbors in FarFan
("FarFlung") back in the 60s. John was a well-known ham
radio operator in the Canal Zone. He and my Dad used to
have a beer and talk Bajun to each other. His wife Erika used
to let us pile Christmas trees into their little MG convertible
to take out to Venado Beach for the annual tree burn. Robbie
says "Pop is now with his old buddy Ed Aanstoos in
Heaven's Comedy Club". I prefer to call it the "big Canal
Zone in the sky". John is survived by his wife Erika of Winter
Springs, Fla. Besides Robbie, their children are Rene, John
and Jennifer.
For those of you in and around Santa Rosa, Jane and Jim
Cochrane are planning their annual Panama picnic at the St.
Francis Winery, where Lori Knapp (a BHS grad) is the wine-
maker. It will be on June 18, 11 a.m. Please call Jane at (707)
537-1924 or me at (707) 887-1015 for details. Also, mark
your calendar for October I st in Los Gatos at Vasona Park.
That's all for now. See you all in Orlando!

Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
(707) 887-1015
Haanstoos @


Central Florida

Dawn Gressang Hi, friends, I'm writing this report
from my hospital bed: another attack of
pancreatitis and hopefully I will be going home in the next
few days.

I gave my husband Dan Gressang (BHS'54) a seventi-
eth-birthday party, complete with an exotic dancer. Jacque
Vowell (BHS'70), Janet Stuart (BHS'67), Bonnie
Morrison (BHS'64) with daughters Jennifer and Cassie,
and Pam Crowell (BHS'71) with her son Thomas were
among many friends attending. My oldest son Scott Parker
and his wife Catrina who have recently moved to Florida
were also in attendance. The birthday cake was created using
Dan's graduation picture made of icing on it. Amazing at
what can be done now.

Li / i T^

A short story appeared in the December Record about two
boys at Ft. Amador Beach with a shark. Much to my surprise,
my husband Dan and Pete Ott (BHS'58) were the two boys.
The shark had bitten Pete and wouldn't let go. This is what
Dan remembers about the incident. "I was the one who start-
ed all the trouble. 1 found and drug the shark out of his hole
on the Causeway and Pete jumped in, saying 'Let me help
you' and I said 'No', and that was when the shark grabbed
Pete on the front side of the left elbow. So, up the beach we
go, the shark has Pete, Pete is holding the shark's belly in his
left hand and his tail in his right hand. We walked up the Ft.
Amador Beach, side by side, on that Sunday afternoon with
the beach full of bathers and it was like Moses parting the
waves of the Red Sea. The shark finally released Pete while
in a doctor's office in the Ft. Clayton Hospital, but not before
the doctor's wife had brought a camera from home and pic-
tures were taken on the front lawn of the hospital."
In February, Janet Stuart of Ormond Beach, Fla. accom-
panied her daughter Lindsay Willingham on her move to
LaPlata, Md., where Lindsay is now residing with her fiancee
D.J. Deilh. Lindsay is planning to attend the University of
Maryland to obtain a Doctorate degree in psychology. While
in Maryland, Janet also got the opportunity to visit her mom
Judy Stuart, sister Sally Stuart, niece Natalie Selles, and
Sally's husband Rick Spearman in Fredericksburg, Va. A
day trip was taken by all to Washington, D.C. to see the
Bill and Ginger Young of Ormond Beach, Fla. recently
returned from a once-in-a-lifetime 20-day trip to Africa.
Much of the trip was by train and they visited Cape Town,
Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. They
were entertained in Swaziland by a Zulu tribe in their village
and they went to several museums and vineyards. Ginger says
the scenery of the countryside was spectacular and they saw
many wild animals wandering near the train tracks. Bill and
Ginger went on two safaris and the experience was awesome.
It was a magnificent trip and highly recommended.

Catrina Parker and Cassie Morrison

Bonnie Morrison, Dawn Gressang, Pam Crowell, Jacque
Vowell and Janet Stuart.

Pam Crowell of Ormond by the Sea, Fla., her son Thomas
and I drove to Tampa where we met Rupert Turner
(BHS'67) who took us to visit Lucky Summers who is now
at Tampa General Hospital.

Bill and Ginger Young in Kruger National Park

Pam Crowell, Jacque Vowell, and Janet Stuart recently
enjoyed a girls' trip to Key West. Pam assumed the role of trip
leader and did all the driving while Janet navigated (with cell
phone assistance from Len Wilson), and Jacque tended to

beverage and snack needs from the back seat. The girls thor-
oughly befuddled all they met by constantly changing identi-
ties; however, it was a strategy that worked, since no particu-
lar gal showed up on a wanted poster or was forced to call
home for bail. Sunsets at Mallory Square were gorgeous and
the ladies played nicely with as many street performers as
possible. The gals completed a haunted tour with Diamond
Dave and experienced strange happenings that were attrib-
uted to Robert, the haunted doll...really! Janet seemed to
bond well with the drag queens, while Jacque flirted with the
cute waiters, and Pam just watched it all happen through a
haze of cigar smoke. It was a blast, and they are looking for-
ward to another road trip soon.

Sheila Schonert, Al Schonert, Mel Henter, Ted Henter, and
Joella Deakins. Candace Darling is seated in front.

Pam Crowell and the Silverman in Key West

Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow of Auburndale, Fla. are
happy to report that they are finally settled in their apartment
in Albrook. This is what Vicki had to say, "Though at times
the process was a bit frustrating we are just thrilled with the
end product and look forward to many happy days in our
Albrook 'casita'. We spent most of February and part of
March in Panama. This time we met up with fellow Zonians
Mel and Ted Henter, Joella and Randy Deakins, Sheila and
Al Schonert, Pete Marada, 'Paco' Buehler, Jeff Riley, Ray
Bierbaum, Bill and Dee Hanna, John Riley, Dan
DesLondes, Bob and Cheryl Russell, Stanley Wright and
Al and Susan Fehrenbach and a few more I know I am for-
getting. Mel and Ted hosted a party at their beautiful home for
their new neighbors Kathy and Joe from Key West. The food
and company were outstanding. We were able to take a ride
on the 'new' train courtesy of Candace Darling, whose hus-
band David is the President of the Panama Canal Railway. It
was a marvelous trip, and the train brought back many won-
derful memories. Ed enjoyed a game of golf with Jeff Riley
and Ray Bierbaum at Summit. Needless to say, all had a great
time. Summit is in great condition and a beautiful course.
ACP (Authoridad Canal de Panama) has wonderful concerts
on the steps of the Administration Building every Thursday
night during dry season followed by fireworks. A stage is set
up in front of Goethals Memorial for the entertainers and the
crowd sits on the steps of the Building. It is very cool.
Needless to say we are looking forward to our return trip in
June for my class reunion."

Jeff Riley, Ray Bierbaum and Ed Wardlow

Jacque Vowell joined Rupert Turner, Vicki and Ed to
attend Ralph Furlong's 80th birthday party in Tampa in
March. Brenda Furlong looked spectacular sporting her
"green" hairdo and it was good to visit with Dave Furlong
who traveled from San Diego, Calif. for the party.
Vicki and Ed recently threw a party to welcome Rudy
Crespo to Central Florida in his move from San Francisco in

Back (L-R): Rupert Turner, Janet Stuart, Jacque Vowell,
Jim Van Loon and Mike Perry. Front (L-R): Joe Wiatt,
Pam Crowell, Rudy Crespo and Caroline Hall.

Jimmy Van Loon, Rick Walsh and Janet Stuart recent- bers and guests present a short meeting was held followed by
ly paid a visit to Joe and Sue (Waters) Eytalis. ample time to visit. Katherine Egolf, Mary Egolf and
George Egolf were there with treasures from the Panama
Canal Museum and Kathy reported on the various activities
of the museum with picnics, cruises and future exhibits of
molas to take in. Plans are in the making for next year with
an Alaskan adventure (cruise/land tour) in early June.


Jimmy Van Loon, Janet Stuart, Sue (Waters) Eytalis, Joe
Eytalis, Ben and Carrie Eytalis with daughter Madi.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter Ted Norris, Aura and Capt. Albert Wilder
(386) 441-6595


The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Dii, hJi.ger, along with hosts Bill and
Bill Muller Jean Muller welcomed Panama Canal
Society President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
and her entourage of officers to Ocala to hold the regular gen-
eral business meeting of the Society for the month of Roland Lees, Bernadette (Lees) Fields, and Elaine Austin
February 2005. With 52 members and guests present,
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the previous
meeting and several reports were forthcoming. The 2005
Canal Reunion was discussed. Robert "Bob" and Cheryl
Russell were asking for volunteers for the Registration desks.
Some others making the long trip to Ocala were: Pete and
Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang; Steve Nehring; Randy and
Joella Deakins; Virgil and Shirley Camby; Joan Ohman;
Bill McLaughlin; and Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor of
the Canal Record. Elaine Lewis was accompanied by her dad
of 90+ years, R. T. Vestal of Pasadena. Fla. Bob and Kathie
McConaughey dropped by on their way home to Merritt
Island after a visit with his mother Juanita McConaughey in John Muller, Jim and Ethel Wich
An enjoyable buffet luncheon was served up by the -: .
Florida Buffet of Ocala staff and there was time for visiting
and reminiscing with friends of years past. Virginia Booth
was there with her daughter Patsy. The Ocala Zonians were
well represented. Elaine made a parting remark about 'Im..', he
next year!" "__-
Meetings seem to be a big part of our life as the .r
OZ/PCDD met again on April 5, 2005 for their usual semi- :-:'7
annual luncheon meeting at the Florida Buffet. With 32 mem-
Edna and Duane Rigby

Irene McCracken and Leo Krziza

(see Congratulations). Their son Wally Doane, who recently
retired from the U.S. Navy, was here for a visit and the lunch-
Jerry and Carol Coffey returned to Weeki Wachee from
their trip to Hawaii and the wedding of his son Brett Coffey
and Angela Wilson, who were married on the beach at
Mamalapu on the island of Kauai on March 20th (see
Weddings). Carol took a helicopter ride over the island with
her son Rory Summers and his wife Wendy. Jerry stayed on
the ground entertaining Rory's daughter, Kendra. He took
her shopping at Wal-Mart and to McDonald's. Jerry and
Carol stayed in Kauai for over two weeks and enjoyed a week
at the Lawai Resort across from the birthplace of Prince
Kuhio. They also spent some of their relaxing time at a "real
nice house in the mountains!" They were also treated to a

Carol and Jerry Coffey

Grace and Leo Shadeck

A moment of silence was observed in memory of those
who had passed on recently and should be remembered.
Betty Blanchette had a visit from her son Mitchell
Blanchette (CHS'70) shortly before he traveled to Panama
where he died (see With Deep Sorrow). Betty has recently
moved from Orange Springs, Fla. to Blue Cove in Dunnellon,
Fla. to be closer to her daughter Geri and her husband Bill
Jerry and Marcia Fox missed our meeting. Marcia had a
hip replacement on March 23rd but is reported to be doing
very well. Larry and Edna Didier moved into their new
house in NE Ocala and are kept busy trying to settle in. Their
telephone number and e-mail address are unchanged.
Jerry and Diane Cox evidently made quite an impression
on the 13th Annual Winter National Car Show in Kissimmee,
Fla. with his 1967 Camaro receiving 995 points out of a pos-
sible 1000. Jerry was presented with a platinum certificate
award. Dianne said she didn't hear of anyone scoring 1000

Group picture of Brett and Angela Coffey's wedding on the
beach at Mahalapu. Flower girl is Angela's daughter Sydney.

Dave and Barbara Aycock informed me that their most
recent travels took them to Milledgeville, Ga. to visit their
oldest son Brian and his family. Their annual trip to Las
Vegas was the 17th get-together with Buckeye and Bette
Swearingen. Marvin Banton (BHS'49) from Gamboa

works as an engineer in Vegas but took the time to join in
with the group. They also enjoyed another ten-day cruise that
took them to their favorite islands of Barbados (snorkeling)
and Dominica. Dave's sister Mary Jo, son Brian and grand-
son Cameron came to visit and be here for the Daytona 500.
How did the Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers
get started over 35 years ago? Virginia Pearl explained to me
that she, Virginia Townsend and their spouses (Henry Pearl
and Wesley "Red" Townsend) had retired to Ocala from the
Panama Canal some 40 years ago and met regularly. As they
learned of other Canal retirees moving to Florida and the
Ocala area, Virginia Pearl suggested that they should all get
together as a group. She came up with the idea of a picnic and
chose Lake Waldena in the Ocala National Forest off of Hwy.
40 East. Virginia Pearl then wrote about the gathering in the
Canal Record. They picnicked at Lake Waldena a second
time and had good turnouts both times. Richard and Juanita
McConaughey (Ocala) and John and Betty Muller
(DeLand) became a part of that group. Juanita and John are
still with our group and attend the luncheons on a regular
Ted Norris, who lives about two miles from the restau-
rant, won the door prize. What did he win, you say? Why not,
a free lunch at Ocala's finest--the Florida Buffet of Ocala!

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902


In December 2004, Buckeye and
Bette (Farrell) Swearingen stopped
in "far out" Pensacola (Bette's defini-
Barbara Vose-Kig tion of Pensacola's location) on their
Florida vacation from their home in
Fort Collins, Colo. During their few days visit, they enjoyed
the hospitality of Louis and Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux. While
here they visited the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation
and even had time to enjoy dining at Hall's Seafood
Restaurant with Louis and Barb Dedeaux, Carol and Orrin
Clement and Doug and Jean Litton. One evening, Barb and
Louis hosted a typical Zonian Johnny Mazetti dinner which
included the company of the Clements and Tunney and Dolly
(Benny) Housley. Barbara said she feels Bette and Buckeye
really enjoyed their visit.

IS JULY 8, 2005.

Back (L-R): Doug Litton, Louis Dedeaux, Buckeye
Swearingen, Orrin Clement. Front (L-R): Jean Litton,
Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Bette (Farrell) Swearingen, Carol
Clement, Hall's Seafood Restaurant.

Back (L-R): Louis Dedeaux, Tunney Housley, Buckeye
Swearingen, Orrin Clement. Front (L-R): Barb (Egolf)
Dedeaux holding Chi Chi, Dolly (Benny) Housley, Bette
(Farrell) Swearingen.

In January 2005, Keith and I traveled to Spring Hill, Fla.
to spend a few days with his Dad and pick our supply of deli-
cious, sweet grapefruit from his Dad's tree. On the way back,
we detoured to Roger's Christmas House (which is actually
an enchanted village) in Brooksville. What a spectacular dis-
play of Christmas all year 'round (except for Christmas Day).
I was in my element, my favorite time of the year. We spent
about two hours there in awe of the beautiful garden, orna-
ments, hundreds of santa clauses and angels of all colors and
styles, gifts, etc. Of course, I had to buy a "few" trinkets to
take home.
In February 2005, Jon Dedeaux (CHS'77) took his 16-
year-old son J on his first visit to Panama. While there they
stayed at the Dowell's home in Santa Rita, along with Richie
and Winship Dowell, Scott Parker, Rod Snyder and Carter
Blount. They enjoyed jeeping their way through jungle trails
and sightseeing their old homes in Margarita, Coco Solo,
France Field and Gatun. Before leaving Panama, they even
had a chance to drive over the Amador Causeway and Bridge

of the Americas. J told his mom Deb that he really enjoyed
his visit to Panama and asked if he could go again next year.
Deb told him that next time it was her turn!
Also in February 2005, Louis and Barbara (Egolf)
Dedeaux took a ten-day Panama cruise on the Royal
Caribbean liner Brilliance of the Seas with stops in Aruba,
Panama, Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands. Barb said the
highlight of the trip was going from the Atlantic to the Pacific
with George and Bobbie (Williams) Egolf on the train and
spending the day with Charlie and Felisa Hinz in Balboa.
They went to the Amador Causeway and had lunch at Mi
Ranchito restaurant. While at the restaurant, they were pleas-
antly surprised to meet up with Bobbie's sister Sissie
(Williams) Gallardo, her husband Carlene Gallardo and
their daughter Freddie Ann (Gallardo) Matheney. They had
a good time on the cruise, but were happy to get home again.

in from Austin to see us) and Keith and I). It was wonderful
and we all had a great time getting to know each other as a
family. We enjoyed great dining at some nice restaurants and
walked the "Galleria" in downtown Houston. We even had
time to have a family photo made at a studio--came out just
perfect. It was the first time Keith and I had flown in some
time--what an experience. We surely are looking forward to
our next trip to Houston in the near future--I think we'll prob-
ably drive next time!

Granddaughter Crystal with Grandpa Keith and Grandma

Back (L-R): George Egolf, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Louis
Dedeaux, Bill Egolf. Front (L-R): Bobbie (Williams) Egolf,
Mary (Bradner) Egolf, Katherine Egolf.

. r A

Keith Kulig and Patsy (Lee) Moore

Charlie and Felisa Hinz, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Luis
Ferreira, Louis Dedeaux, Balboa Train Station.

In March, Keith and I took a long-awaited trip to Houston
to visit our son Brent and daughter-in-law Lena and our new
granddaughter Crystal. Crystal greeted us with open arms
and a beautiful smile. Patsy (Lee) Moore (Crystal's aunt)
generously invited us to stay at her beautiful home while we
were there--she was a fantastic hostess and made us feel right
"at home". Even better, the whole family stayed there (Brent,
Lena, Crystal and David (our nephew, Patsy's son, who came

Hurrah! The roof to our house in Pensacola in finally on.
We're not looking forward to hurricane season in June. We'll
go through the whole season praying and keeping our fingers
crossed. We can at least be thankful there are no more pine
trees to fall on our property.
J Dedeaux and some of his buddies have taken up surfing
on Pensacola Beach. In April, J won a custom surfboard,
which is being designed by Sean Fell, owner of the famous
surf shop Waterboyz in Pensacola.
We are always proud to have another Zonian move to the
Pensacola area. We want to say welcome to D LaPorta
(CHS'76), wife Terry and daughter Samantha. D is
employed as a Financial Executive at Sun Trust Bank in
downtown Pensacola and he and his family will be residing
in Pace.
We're really looking forward to seeing all our friends at
the Reunion in June--this year our daughter Darla and her
family will be attending it's her 20th class reunion.
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
(850) 474-6341

South Florida

SAs I write my report, TY is in
Panama fishing....again! Now that
I've got that out of the way, I can
S move on to the other news. My
"T-Hird" Palliun
T-Bird" Pain father-in-law Sam is down at the
lake fishing....again! When do I get to go fishing....EVER!!!
Actually, I'm spoiled. I caught a small grouper once down in's not the same as hauling in broomtail off of
Contadora. I caught a small bass in back of Mimi and
Lucho's house's not the same can see
where I'm going with this. I want to go fishing in
It seems that all of a sudden we are having a lot of despe-
didas. Mimi and Lucho left in January for Germany. The
party was full of reminiscing about the last 20 or so years that
we've been a part of each other's lives. The actual goodbye
took at least a half hour with nobody wanting to leave. Pam
Weldon has accepted a job up in Virginia and last night there
was a shindig up at Scott Parker's for D, Terri and
Samantha LaPorta. They are moving the family up to the
panhandle around Destin. The usual suspects were all there
and we feasted tipico style with Scott's deep fried appetizers,
dips, cold beers, plenty of rum and the obligatory tall tales
from the Zone. Included but not limited to thiefin' (borrow-
ing) cold sodas from backporch fridges in Gatun, skinny-dip-
ping at the baby boat house and my favorite sneaking
through the mangrove swamp by the gun club to avoid pay-
ing a dollar to get into a party at Farfan Beach. We also
almost had a contender for the Darwin award when someone
threw some fire starter on the already lit outdoor fireplace
which then exploded and almost caught Scott's ATV on fire.
Luckily the hose was at ready and we averted making the
local papers.

Despedida for D and Terri

From Barbara Klipper Miller: BHS'59 hosted a "micro-
mini" Reunion Happy Hour at the Balboa Elks Club in
February 2005. Good food and drinks and lots of "remember
when". Down from the states were Janice Malone and her
husband Lou Andino, Danny and Mary DesLondes, and
Morgan "Mo" and Carolyn Schoch. The lucky locals were
Bill Brunner, Charles Leves and wife Ruth, Anabel Varela,
Mirna Pierce and Alex Perez-Venero, and Dick Abell. We
had a number of people who had planned to attend but unfor-
tunately could not make it. Several of us "statesiders" were
able to spend time with Bill Brunner at his beautiful Los
Nances Bed and Breakfast in El Valle, perched on the side of
the crater with a "Million-Dollar View" of the valley below.
,: B'Isl~ilwe~a

Standing (L-R): Charles Leves, Bill Brunner, Mary
DesLondes, Dick Abell, Dan DesLondes, Barbara Klipper
Miller, Ruth King Leves. Seated (L-R): Inez Berg Clarke,
Carolyn Schoch, Morgan Schoch, Al White.

So. that's it from South Florida as far as I know. If you
have anything to add, I'd be happy to include it. Remember,
if you don't write me. call me or invite me, this is what you

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

Space Coast

We are always glad to welcome new Zonians to our area
and it is great to have Donella McConaughey here from
Augusta, Ga. and Patty and Bill Benny from Peachtree City,
Ga. They are all still unpacking boxes, but that hasn't stopped
them from getting together with everyone here--they are wel-
come additions to our area.
Jane (Gabriel) Huff threw a surprise 60th birthday party
for her husband Bill on January 8th at the Sunset Cafe. The
theme was nautical (what else???): the food was great, drinks
were plentiful, and everyone had a great time. Attendees were
his children: William and Michelle (McLean); Brandy
(Huff) and Rick Cofer; Tom and Connie Stoakley, Ron and

Fran Meyer, Ted Arias, Patricia Jantzen, Richard and
Diana Grimison, Norm and Janet Watkins, Jim and Jerri
Farnsworth, Al and Rita Chase, Tom and Nancy Grimison,
Bob and Fran Morrissey, Louie and Robyn Husted, Dennis
and Peggy Huff, Ann Patton, and Gordie and Bobby Reif.
Bill and Jane Huff's home in Panama was bulging at the
seams during their family's spring break. Family members
visiting were son William and wife Michelle from
Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter Allison and husband Cecil
McPherson with their three boys, Gabriel (3), Ethan (2) and
Koby (5 months) from Tucson, Ariz.; daughter Brandy and
husband Rick Cofer and their three children, Emma (9),
Timothy (5) and Ellie (2) from Rockledge, Fla. Jane and Bill
were in hog heaven having all their grandbabies under one
roof. The highlight of the trip was watching Bill and Allison
paddle in the cayuco race. The Gold Coast crew was made up
of two sets of fathers/daughters Bill and Allison Huff and
Rob and Maddie Boyer. They paddled in the Open Class
and, although they only got together to practice two weeks
before the race, they had a respectable finish at the end of the
grueling three-day race.

Bill Huff, Allison Huff, Maddie Boyer, and Rob Boyer.

Ron, Fran, and Nikki Meyer, along with Bob and Kathie
McConaughey participated in the opening ceremony of the
Merritt Island Relay for Life sponsored by the American
Cancer Society. It is a fun and emotional event...and a great
fund-raiser for a good cause. We are already talking about try-
ing to get a "real" team together for next year--anyone inter-


William and Michelle Huff, (waitress), Jane and Bill Huff,
Rick and Brandy Cofer.

Peggy and Dennis Huff hosted their annual Super Bowl
party. As usual, the food was great, the company entertaining,
and we all enjoyed relearning shuffleboard on their first-class
shuffleboard court. For some of us, it was the first time we
had played since traveling on the Cristobal.
Adrea Dempsey literally ran past all the competition to
become the female Space Coast Runners Club Runner of the
Year in 2004. Adrea won all eight Runner of the Year series
races she entered and outscored the next closest female by
120 points. Adrea started running in high school and has been
winning honors and achieving goals ever since. She ran
cross-country at Merritt Island High School and received a
scholarship to run for the University of South Florida, where
she was the Division 1 national champion in her senior year.

liOn ald iha
Ron Meyer.

A reminder to everyone that our Annual Space Coast
Picnic and Society Board Meeting will be on Saturday,
October 22, 2005, at the Tom Statham Park between Cocoa
and Titusville on U.S. 1. It is a beautiful time of year and we
always have a good time and get to chat with people we don't
see very mark your calendars and plan to join us.
I hope everyone has a fun summer...and takes lots of pho-
tos and sends them to me with your stories. The next deadline
is July 8th. See you at the Reunion in Orlando in July!!

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281
czmac @


Well, here we are again, for anoth-
er session, and so soon it seems. This
year is going to be a busy one for this
reporter as I have been appointed as
the Photographer for the Marzuq
Shrine Temple here in Tallahassee.
My first assignment was to call on
Skip Rowley my cousin A. J. Abellera, who is one
of the best photographers in North Florida, to shoot the por-
traits of the Potentate and the entire Divan.
On January 15th, the Shrine Temple held its annual Silent
Auction and Chili Cook-off fundraiser. There were about 35-
40 contestants vying for the prize money and I'm here to tell
you if you have never attended a large Chili Cook-off, you
can't imagine how many delicious recipes there are for a sim-
ple bowl of chili. Jim Catron was on hand to test all of them
as was I. I had to shoot a photo of each contestant so natural-
ly I had to try each and every one out, and other than the super
hot category I would have a hard time deciding which one I
liked the most. Thank goodness I only had to shoot the pho-
tos, and leave the judging to someone else. It was a fun-filled
But my day was only half over...later that night Tom
Roberts hosted the annual Christmas tree burn at his place. I
would be remiss to try to tell you just who was there. It would
probably be easier to say who wasn't there. All of the
Tallahassee Big Bend, Canal Zone gang was there and a fine
time it was too. It was good to see Sandy and Karen
McIlvaine, who came up from Clearwater for the occasion.
Everyone brought a tree, or in some cases 20 to 30 trees, and
also a covered dish of some sort, and of course lots and lots
of COOKIES. There were also libations of every brand, so if
you didn't enjoy yourself, you had only yourself to blame.
The weather was ideal too. Nice and cold, except for the front
row seats around the "ole fire". There is never any problem
getting someone to man the water hose and rake to keep the
fire contained and the little kids safe. Rich Linton, Ed
McIlvaine, Hugh Thomas and Doug Larrabee did most of
the fire watch duty. We had somewhere in the neighborhood
of 150 trees and the fire was still going strong when we left
at 11 p.m. Between Woody Chase and me, we polished off a
bunch of Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Back (L-R): Zori Larrabee, Woody Chase, Doug
Larrabee. Front: Sandy McIlvaine and Armie Chase,
Christmas tree burn.

January 22nd found Sheila Stepp throwing a 60th
Birthday dinner party for Terry. It was like old home week
seeing the Stepp family again. Bev and I enjoyed the evening
as per usual. Son Michael was the bartender and did a bang-
up job.

Back Row (L-R): Sue (Milien Corrigan, Jeri (Stepp)
Linning, Andrea Stepp, Larry Stepp, T.A. Stepp. Front
Row (L-R): Skip and Bev Rowley, Sharon Stepp, Sheila
(Mitten) and Terry Stepp, Michael Stepp, Leighan
Linning, Terry's birthday party.

Valentine's Day was a long day for five different Quartets
from my Barbershop Chapter, and was an extra special day
for me as I was asked to sing in the best Quartet in the North
Central Florida area. We did a proud "28 gigs" that day. I
bought one singing Valentine for my daughter Adriane
Rowley, whom we snuck up on at her Fish and Wildlife
office, walked in and started singing four love songs. When
she turned around and saw us standing there in our black and
white tuxedos, she got beet red at first and then started to cry.
It was all I could do to keep from crying when she started. I
gave her a long-stem flower, a heart-shaped box of candy, a
kiss, and had a photo taken for the occasion. Later that night
at the Bonefish Restaurant, I caught up with Henry and
Sunny Mizrachi, Terry and Sheila Stepp and my wife
Beverly, for whom I had purchased another singing Valentine

for the group. Sheila had made reservations for us all to have
dinner together but my busy schedule did not allow me to
make the dinner. I got there in time for dessert. Our Chapter
did very well that day, especially since I was able to get the
flowers donated by a local florist and the candy donated by
both a CVS Pharmacy and Target.

Barbershop quartet singing for Adriane Rowley: Skip
Rowley, Ben Taylor, Adriane Rowley, Governor Staten
and Steve Jacobsen.

Barbershop quartet "The All-American Good-Time Harmony
Boys" at Bonefish Restaurant: Skip Rowley, Ben Taylor,
Bev Rowley, Governor Staten, Steve Jacobsen.

On February 28, Jim and Marie Morris, Mike and Mary
Gordon, Burt and Carol Mead and Joe and Bev Wood left
for an 11-day cruise (see Letters to the Editor).
I would love to hear from all of you in the Tallahassee
area. Please call or email me.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
srowley26 @

IS JULY 8, 2005.



Cissy and Gary Collins sent me
some information on their previous
trips with photos, which I received
after the deadline for the last
Record, so will put them in with this
article. Cissy wrote that in April
ne Steve2004 she and Gary attended the ded-
ication service of a WWII B-24 memorial honoring eleven
servicemen who died in a training exercise when their plane
crashed outside of Osborne, Kan. Cissy's 18-year-old uncle,
Bobby Sorrels Sanford, was a tail gunner on the plane.
Through the efforts of the local historian, surviving family
members were contacted, the monument was purchased, and
services were organized. The monument is four feet by six
feet and features a brief synopsis of the events of September
22, 1943 plus a list of the names of the eleven Army Air Force
servicemen. After the ceremony, the nine participating fami-
lies spoke about their relative. The people of Osborne were
excellent hosts as well as interested participants.

Cissy Collins at WWII B-24 memorial service in Osborne,

Cissy Collins, Bill and Betty Dunning

On their return trip to Georgia, they stayed with Larry
and Monica Milam of Bella Vista, Ark. They were the
Milams' sponsors when they came to the Canal Zone in 1964
and try to get together at least once a year. They also managed
to contact Bill and Betty Dunning of Rogers, Ark. and they
all got together for dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Rogers.
Cissy says that none of them have changed over the years.
In November 2004, Cissy and Sis Medinger went to Isle
of Palms, S.C. on a work/vacation at Sarah Finkelstein's
where they spent three intensive days editing recipes and
planning artwork for the book cover for the Panama Canal
Museum cookbook. Cissy says they were allowed one walk
on the beach per day. In celebration for all their hard work
and in recognition of Sarah's birthday (she wouldn't say
which one), Cissy and Sis took Sarah to dinner in Charleston.
The photo of Sarah shows what a professional photographer
she is, willing to get down on any level to get the best shots.
Cissy wants to remind everyone to reserve their copy of the
Panama Canal Museum cookbook as there are some really
great recipes in it. Cissy also says that she and Gary just
returned from their annual "get-together" with Carlos and
Phyllis Pinzon and Monica and Larry Milam. They went dig-
ging for diamonds (no luck) and then on to Hot Springs, Ark.
for two days to take the baths, which was wonderful.

Sarah Finkelstein on her birthday in Charleston, S.C.

My husband Davis had a five-bypass heart surgery on
February 2, 2005, so we have been staying close to home to
help him mend not only from the major bypass surgery, but
also from the pneumonia he contacted while in the hospital. I
am happy to say that he is feeling better every day and we
want to thank each and everyone for their prayers, phone calls
and cards. Davis read each card and was very touched by the
care and concern of all his many friends. And we are both
grateful for the many prayers that were said on his behalf. He
will start his cardio-physical therapy the first part of April,
and hope that this will help restore him back to his usual ener-
getic self.
Our daughter Lori Snow was in Panama for most of the
2005 Dry Season Tour. She said Panama was beautiful, as
usual, and was delighted to be back even though the time flew
by. Lori loves Panama so much she bought a townhouse in
Remember, if you live in any part of Georgia and have
some news about trips taken or Zonian/Panama visitors,
please either give me a call or send me an email/letter so I can
get your news in the Record. I honestly love hearing from you
and know other Zonians feel the same way.

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

Iw *

Sis Medinger and Cissy Collins on the
Palms, S.C.

beach at Isle of


Yvette Chauvin (BHS'91) came by the house a few
months back to contribute to our eyeglass collection project.
She left the Canal Zone for Louisiana State University where
she earned a degree in psychology in 1995. That's the same
year her father Junius Chauvin retired from his job as Canal
Zone ship pilot. He and his wife Maria live in Chauvin, La.
Yvette lives in Baker with her son Robert Luke Holmes (2).
She is a payroll manager for Louisiana Department of
Wildlife & Fisheries.

Sharon Creque of Baton Rouge had a terrific time at her
BHS'74 class reunion last year, especially playing bingo, but
she won't be in Florida this year. She has a prior commitment.
Accompanied by 30 friends and relatives, Sharon is off on a
five-day cruise from New Orleans to Mexico in celebration of
her 50th birthday, making her eligible for the Red Hat
Society. Her oldest daughter was married last year and lives
in Zachary, just outside Baton Rouge. Sharon works at the
Attorney General's office. She reports that Bradford T.
Jackson, a BHS'74 classmate, who lives in Opelousas, La.,
recently made an unsuccessful bid for state representative.
Maybe next time.
Leroy Dugas (BHS'52?) and his wife Bonnie are mem-
bers of Les Danseurs de la Capital de Baton Rouge. The 12-
couple volunteer group recently received a 2004 Where
Service Matters Award, sponsored by Hibernia National
Bank, Volunteer Baton Rouge! and WAFB-TV, for promoting
Cajun culture through dance. Formed in the late '80s, the
dancers share the "joie de vivre" for which Cajuns are so well
known. They travel throughout the state to dance and pro-
mote the culture at nursing homes, libraries, historic homes,
the Senior Olympics, the Special Olympics and the zoo.
Every Friday night they give free dance lessons at the FOP
hall, in case you're in the area.
Plans fell into place for Mary Ann Hallett of Shreveport
to make a trip to Alliance, Ohio, to visit the sons and daugh-
ter of the late Marjorie Hallett Wervey. Marjorie was the
sister of Mary Ann's deceased husband, Bud Hallett. Amy
Hallett from Houston and brothers Buddy and Carey met at
Mary Ann's and drove to Little Rock, Ark., to pick up their
sister Carol Hallett Rudd, then on to Alliance. Barbara
Wervey Burns and her husband Bob flew in from New York
City in time to eat Mary Ann's Johnny Mazetti. Including
spouses and children, the gathering topped out at 18 people,
marking the first time the cousins had been together in more
than 40 years. Mary Ann brought a family photo album com-
piled by Bud's father beginning with construction days. It
was a rare and beautiful reunion. The family members bond-
ed as though they had been close all their lives.

Seated Front (L-R): Carol Hallett Rudd, Mary Ann Hallett,
Barbara Wervey Burns, Amy Hallett. Standing (L-R):
Buddy Hallett III, Carey Hallett, Pete Wervey and Carl

We've lost a member Kenny Morris has moved from
River Ridge.
A Red Hat Society chapter that includes this reporter
answered phones during a recent pledge drive at Louisiana

Public Broadcasting. During the Lawrence Welk Show and
with no previous experience, the Merry Maids of Mayhem
collected $7,500 in two hours and a few surprise dinner invi-
tations. Amazing what a red hat will do for a lady. Have to
wonder how many Red Hats belong to the Panama Canal

*I IPIR(d9o
Merry Maids of Mayhem

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Greetings from North Carolina, where hopefully Spring
has taken a slight hold. Traveling fever is high and we may as
well start with me. After returning from Panama in January I
turned right around and went on a seven-day cruise with my
sister Sandi Ingle (BHS'60). We went on the Norwegian
Majesty to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West. The days
on the ship were marvelous--so many things to do and not
enough time to do them all. Grand Cayman was great. The
city of Georgetown was in pretty good shape after their hur-
ricane damage, but the countryside was still pretty bad.
Cozumel was a little torn up, mainly from street repairs.
Shopping was superb providing you had lots of "dinero". We
loved Key West. All the old houses were beautiful and, of
course, the sunset was spectacular. When we returned to
Charleston in their coldest week of the year, our sister Vicki
Howe drove up from Florida to meet us. Two of my daugh-
ters, Lisa Johnson and Laurie Trinca, drove down from
North Carolina and the five of us stayed in a lovely bed and
breakfast for three days. Even though it was freezing cold, we
had a marvelous time, eating, shopping and sightseeing and
laughing a lot.
In February Willy and Wilma Nowotny, Jim and Diane
Bradley and Jack and Joan Corliss (from Arkansas) cruised
the southern Caribbean aboard the Celebrity's Zenith for two
weeks. They sailed from Jacksonville, Fla. and visited San
Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Bassiterre,
St. Kitts, St. George, Grenada, Bridgetown Barbados,
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten and Coco Cay, a private island in

the Bahamas. They had a great time everywhere. I am not
sure who had the "best stateroom" but they certainly enjoyed
each other's company.


Willy Nowotny, Jack Corliss, Wilma Nowotny, Joan
Corliss, Diane Bradley, Jim Bradley in Grenada.

Diane and Jim visited with Diane's sister Delores
Underwood in Crossville. Tenn. in January. In March, just to
keep "on a roll", they went to Panama for two weeks, along
with Jim's sister Marion and husband Rich Linkh. They vis-
ited with Jim's family, Don and Marsha Kat, and Kevin
Bradley. They spent most of their time shopping, sightseeing
and eating at their favorite restaurants, several of them along
Amador Causeway. They spent two days in Gorgona with
Ruth and Charlie Leves, went to El Valle, and then spent
two days at the new Spanish resort. Barcelo, on the beach in
Rio Hato. The resort is a little smaller and a little less hectic
than Decameron, but accommodations, food and scenery are
just as lovely. They had an excellent time there.

Kevin Bradley, Marion Linkh, Don Kat, Jim Bradley, in
Los Rios, Panama.

Willy and Wilma spent Christmas in Las Vegas with son
Willy (BHS'75) and his wife Ana, then went with them back
to Valencia, Calif. where they visited and did a bit of sight-
seeing. One of the highlights of the trip (after Las Vegas) was
a side trip to Red Rock Park in California. In April they went
on a three-week trip to China. Will have to report on that in
the next issue.
Cherry Sue Stahlman has been busy driving back and
forth to Lexington Park, Md. where daughter Bonnie
(BHS'85) and husband Steve Garbutt are living. I'm not
quite sure why she keeps going back, but it could have some-
thing to do with the fact that Bonnie and Steve have a beauti-
ful little boy, Christopher, who was born in November,
which makes him Cherry's newest and youngest grandson.
Steve's parents, who are from England, are visiting now so
Cherry Sue came home to Hendersonville for a short visit.
Isn't it amazing how those grandkids affect us.
Haven't seen Pat Fraser in awhile but understand she has
two cute additions to her household. No, not grandkids but
two darling little puppies. Pat is still teaching part-
time so keeps busy. Daughter Sherri Beth and husband Kiwi
will soon be celebrating their first wedding anniversary;
seems like yesterday we went to the wedding.
Guess that is it for this time. Haven't gotten any other
news. Anyone in North Carolina east or west can call me
or drop me a note with any news you would like to include.
Till next time.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995

IS JULY 8, 2005.


Saludos from the Northwest gang, who've been blessed in
February and March with many very unseasonable sunny
Last October, in St. Petersburg, we attended memorial
services for the late Vern Schafer, husband of Catsy
(Hopkins-Taylor) Schafer, and stepfather of Sue (Taylor)
Pitney and Layne (Taylor) Ashton. Also attending were
Bonnie (Davis) and Ed Dolan, Joan (Giblin) Sief, Gerri
(Simon) Gagnon and her husband, Joanie (Lawler) Harris,
Gloria and Doug Lord, Layne and Tom Ashton, and Sue,
Bill, Jeff and Nico Pitney. Jeff and Nico each gave a talk on
fond remembrances of their granddad at this very moving
service honoring Vern.
Terri (Livingston) and Ed Helkenn of the San
Francisco, Calif. area and Terri's son Gene Leves and family
were in Panama for Christmas and had a wonderful two
weeks of beautiful weather and wonderful experiences. They
spent Christmas Eve in Gorgona and New Year's Eve in
Amador. Gene Leves with his three sons Wesley, Wyatt and
Dallas also spent the Christmas holidays at the Rio Negro
Lodge in Mariato which is owned by his uncle Alex
Livingston. Gene is the son of Charley Leves of Gorgona
and Terri Helkenn.

Alex Livingston and Ed Helkenn in Gorgona, Christmas

Ruth (King) Leves, Terri (Livingston) Helkenn, Bonnie
(Bishop) Beasley in Amador, New Year's Eve.

Gene Leves with his three sons Wesley, Wyatt and Dallas,
Christmas at Rio Negro Lodge in Mariato.

Jacquelyn Senecal from Enumclaw, Wash., a first-time
visitor to Panama in January 2005, was a guest of her mom
Brenda Scott and Joe Hummer (residents of Los Rios).
During the ten days Jacquelyn was there they were able to hit
the Coronado and Rio Mar beaches, El Valle market, went
shopping downtown, to restaurants with family friends, vari-
ous museums, Miraflores Locks and four-wheeling in Cerro
Azul. They also celebrated Jacquelyn's 22nd birthday.
Jacquelyn is the oldest granddaughter of Pat and Bill Scott,
now of Pilot Point, Texas.

Brenda Scott and Jacquelyn Senecal at Amador

Jacquelyn Senecal at Coronado

Paul Baker and his wife Suzette crossed the Indian
Ocean on their 35-foot sailboat the second half of 2004 from
Australia to South Africa via Ashmore Reef, Cocos Keeling,
Rodrigues, Mauritius and Reunion. After three months in
South Africa, they departed Cape Town the beginning of
March for Tobago in the Caribbean via St. Helena and the
islands of Fernando off Brazil. They plan to complete their
circumnavigation the beginning of 2006 in Panama when
they tie up at Balboa Yacht Club. Paul and Suzette have kept
their friends and relatives up to date on their sojourns through
very interesting and much awaited e-mails throughout their
trip. We heard from Paul and Suzette that Lil Nott had recent-
ly had a book published titled A Yacht of Love and Learning.
Bunny Frensley wrote that she is happy to say she has
been in Panama now since January 5th and it has been a beau-

tiful dry season. She had run into Gibby Freund at the Mola
Co-op one day and had a nice chat. Bunny says she loves her
little retirement home in Clayton and her DuPont, Wash.
home is nice of both worlds in her retirement. She
plans to return to Washington in early April.
The Cayuco Race was another great one this year with a
record 75 boats participating. Overall winner was the Sa.'.
captained by Tom Eckel, with crew of Alan Eckel, John
Magee and Max Rodriguez, the first non-Panama affiliated
crew member in a winning boat, at the outstanding time of
5:13:10. In the Male Youth category, the Chava with Rodrigo
Celis as Captain won first place. The Female Youth category
winner was the Catalina with Nimia Gomez at the helm.
Forerunner in the Youth Coed class was the Rapid Transit
with Roy Dalton as captain. Other Open class winners were
the female category High Anxiety headed by Reina Roya,
and for the Open Coeds, the Sudden Impact led by Jay
Gibson. Some comments heard about the race included
"high-spirited, very competitive, and good camaraderie,"
plus lots of compliments for the organizers, timers, chase
boats, and many words of thanks to the APC and the spon-
sors. Congratulations to all those participating in this unique
annual sports competition..
In March for the Daytona Bike Week races, Richard and
Gelana Bailey had a very nice get-together at their place in
DeLand, Fla. Phil Sanders, Dewey Harris, Bernie and
Chrissie Mann, Donny Mann, Larry and Linda Layman,
John Gough, Pat Manning and friend Diane McCauley,
Rene (Nellis) Wertz, Steve and Kathy Gilbert, Bernadette
(Lees) Fields, Robert and Denise Will, Mike and Sheila
Bell and Gerry Laatz were among the many friends who
enjoyed the big spread. Another barbecue was hosted by Pat
Manning for the Vincent Owners' Club members. Those in
attendance were Cody Hollowell, Tinker (Hollowell)
Cooper, Barbara (Brown) Coleman, Liza (Byrne) and
Steve Van Nortwick and their three adorable kids, Pat
Manning and Gerry Laatz along with a lot of Vincent
Recent news from Vicki, Larry and Martha (the pooch)
Ahlemann back in Albuquerque after a great 19-day trip over
yon on the east coast. On the way they visited friends in
Oklahoma, Larry's godson Travis at Fort Campbell, Ky., and
friends and Vicki's cousin in Hot Springs Village, Ark. (the
beauty and hugeness of which impressed them greatly -- over
26,000 acres of wooded hills, lakes, and 8 golf courses). The
nomadic trio then went to Niceville, Fla. for two gatherings
of Burtonwood England High School alumni. They had lots
of fun seeing old classmates and some they hadn't seen for
over 40 years. From there they went east to visit friends in
Madeira Beach where they had a fun evening at their friends'
waterfront cottage and watched the porpoise play around the
dock. Then they had another nostalgic afternoon in Lakeland,
Fla.. then headed west. They visited friends in Fairhope, Ala.
and Arlington, Texas and then came back to their little home
at the RV Resort in Albuquerque. Vicky and Larry are still
trying to decide where to settle. "Retirement is wonderful!"
says Vicki.
Michelle Calvo and Chris Sommers became engaged on
New Year's Eve. Michelle is a certification engineer for
Derivative Airplane Programs at Boeing and Chris is VP of

Finance at Wave Broadband, a Seattle cable company.
Michelle is the daughter of Fernando "Chico" and Stella
"Baby" Calvo of Monroe, La. Chris is the son of Ron and
Lila Sommers of Battleground, Wash. The wedding is set for
October 15 in Seattle and, can you believe it, they already
have all the arrangements made and clothing chosen.
Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe sure enjoyed the
February Pan Canal group cruise to Aruba, Panama, Costa
Rica and Grand Cayman along with 70 or so ex-Zonians. In
early April, they had lunch with Kathleen and Willard
Huffman, now from Rogers, Ark., who were visiting their
son Jim and his wife Jean who live in Oak Harbor, Wash.
They all had a great afternoon talking about old times when
Willard and Jim worked for the Telephone Section on the
Atlantic side. The Shobes and Pat and Henry Cruz are prep-
ping for the annual Northwest picnic that they are putting on
July 30 at Lake Padden in the Bellingham, Wash. area. Plus
again this year, as two years ago, the Shobes are hosting the
Friday, pre-picnic, potluck dinner at their home in
Bellingham. For those with RVs and trailers, the Shobes have
plenty of room in their backyard for overnight parking before
the picnic. The Shobes and Cruzes planned to send out maps
and details well before the event to those for whom they have
Hasta el proximo and may you all have a wonderful 4th of

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

IS JULY 8, 2005


Bill and Teresa Keller and daughter Kimberly went to
Branson, Mo. for spring break and had a very nice time. They
took in a lot of shows, did some shopping, and enjoyed the
wonderful food. The three especially enjoyed riding the
Branson Train and taking the dinner cruise on the Branson
Belle paddleboat. Kimberly will be graduating May 7th from
Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a major in
Communication Arts and a minor in Business Management.
This summer Bill and Teresa are planning a trip to Oregon to
visit one of their sons and family. Bill and Teresa love the
beautiful scenery in Oregon, and there is never a dull moment
with grandsons Justin (age 7) and Cole (age 10).

Jean and Doris Burns attended a special luncheon on
April 3, 2005 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Tulsa, Okla. Jean
received a pin and certificate from the Grand Orient of
Charleston in the state of South Carolina for being a member
of the Valley of Tulsa, Orient of Oklahoma, and for attaining
the high honor of being a Scottish Rite Mason for 50 years,
effective November 16, 2004. In August, Jean and Doris, son
Scott, and daughter Laura with husband Mike Redemann
and daughters Elizabeth and Cheyenne will be sailing out of
Fort Lauderdale on the Caribbean Princess, embarking on a
seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise. The group is looking for-
ward to this cruise on which they will celebrate and honor
Doris' very special 75th birthday, which actually takes place
September 3rd.

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


Trina Reports:
Trina Clark .
Well, June 2005 is here and what a ride
it has been since New Years Eve 2004. There have been
upsets, heartaches, weddings, births, loved ones lost but
above it all there has been lots and lots of laughter and good
I was able to get out of Panama on my flight, post Xmas-

break....amazing right?....and safely to Mike and Karen
(Kirby) Laverty's house in Tampa, Fla. At any rate, it was
for a short four-day visit to attend the wedding of my surro-
gate brother Wayne Michael Watkins and his bride Dawn
Marie Bilgray. I have never been prouder to have been pres-
ent for this important day of nuptials and believe me....for
those that know me....I don't fly and especially into cold

Karen (Kirby) Laverty and Trina Clark

Restaurant and so did BHS Class of 1959. I am sure there will
be a separate writeup in the Record as they will probably go
into more detail with the list of attendees.
March was buzzing with the anticipation of "Ye ol' St.
Patty's Day bash" at the most Irish place in town that you can
find....THE ELKS CLUB! We had quite a few people down
for Spring Break....sorry Semana Santa and on the eve of the
2005 Cayuco Race. Faces in the crowd were: Tommy Ellis
and his girlfriend, Rene "Tiger" Acuna and Aileen Jenkins,
Leanne Watkins and her boyfriend Richard Lemon,
Johnny and Stacie Hern, Jack and Fran Hern, Kara
Twohy and her boyfriend Chris, Kristy Brayton and
Michael Anderson and son Tyler, Wendall Sr. and Donna
Sasso, Lisa (Sasso) Eckle and her husband Tom (who was
paddling in the SNAFU), William and Michelle (McLean)
Huff, Allison Huff and her husband Frank Ender, Mike
Geddes, John Wruck, Chris Cook, Eric Holland, Holly
Gamboa got heated up with a big turnout of fans and of
course the empanada, chicha and raspado vendors following
the race as the weekend came fast and furious. A lot us awoke
Saturday morning with a GOMA GRANDE but we managed
to head out on to the lake to catch the race and to witness the
slew of Guyacan trees in full bloom all over the banks of the
canal. It was truly a magnificent sight. It has always been my
vote for the National Tree of Panama.
The race was a great success again this year and the rising
interest for the adults to get involved has slowly turned into
some good, old-fashioned competition. There were lots of
records broken and promises of a comeback in next year's
race. For more information on the race's final stats and pho-
tos, please go to

Dawn Marie and Wayne Michael Watkins

February saw the first of the pre-mentioned upsets, as the
Elks Lodge annual Superbowl party kicked off with plenty of
good food and equal amounts of "swimming" in the football
pools. To the dismay of many, the Steelers were unable to
continue their streak and fell to the Patriots. Well, at least the
gathering of friends that included: Robin Morland, Peter
Morland, Tom McLean, Jason Critides, Ed Dolan Jr.,
Dodd Dupree, Pedro Penalver, Donny Husted, Doug
Webster, Sam Castleton, Kathy Bottin, Mike Fenell, Tom
Fenell, Gordy Will, Bob Dunn, Luke Palumbo, Don
Williamson, Art Mokray, Doug Allen, Chris Skeie,
Richard Kilborn, Andrew Efthimiades, John and
Anabelle Blaney, David and Diana (Duncan) Bishop, Dean
and Kim Homa, Bruce and Chris Homa, John and Mary
Snavely, HB Twohy III, Phil and Melva Bonk, Carl ~Tutle,
Dr. Wallace and Vilma Snyder, Marjorie Werlein, Tom
Arnold and a few others who showed up to cheer on their
favorite team, had a great night of camaraderie.
As time moved on there were a few High School mini-
reunions that came down to enjoy the dry season weather.
BHS/CHS Class of 1963 had their dinner at Shamrocks

Uut on te LaKe

Cayucos battling it out

April brought us one of the biggest events this year so far,
as Carlos Santana played in concert for nearly 2.5 hours at the
Figali Convention Center, Amador. He has not played in
Panama since 1973. The crowd went absolutely nuts when he
was joined by a surprise guest, Ruben Blades, Minister of
Tourism for Panama. They did two numbers together. A phe-
nomenal time was had by all who attended.
I leave you with the following dates of special events in
Panama, so mark your calendars accordingly in order to plan
your next visit home. Upcoming events in Panama are: April
28-May 8, 2005, International Fair of Azuero, Los Santos
Province. April 29 & 30, 2005, Zarzamora Festival, Chiriqui
Province. May 18 & 19, 2005, Mango Festival, Code
Province. June 9-12, 2005, Corpus Christi Festival, La Villa
de Los Santos. June 30, 2005, Patronales de San Pablo,
Pedasi and El Cocal. July 21-24, 2005, Pollera Festival in Las
Tablas, Los Santos Province. July 27-31, 2005, Nacional Fair
of Artesanias, ATLAPA Convention Center Panama City.
Take care and as always....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 to be sub-
mitted for publication.
For sake of good order, please remember to have your
membership dues paid up before submitting items to the
Canal Record for publication. You may pay online via the
web at or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporters for application or renewal forms.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451

Anna Reports:

In the March issue, both Trina
and I mentioned that dry season was
Anna Opel in full swing here. Well, the first
rains have started. I took advantage
of the last two weeks of "dry season" driving around the var-
ious townsites in the former Canal area and parts of Panama
City photographing the flowering trees and bushes. What a
surprise for me to find a new Burger King on Akee Street,
Balboa, in one side of a wooden duplex. Sure am glad it was-
n't m rhinlpy I

Burger King

Niko's Caf6 has replaced the old Balboa Clubhouse as the
place to meet in the morning, drink your Caf6 Duran and
catch up on the latest news. (For those of you unaware of
Niko's Cafe, it was built at the old Balboa Bowling Alley
site). As many as 10 to 15 people can be there each morning
bochinando while enjoying their morning empanada. Visitors
to Panama also have found that Niko's is a great place to meet
your friends.

Dave Niedzialek, Beverly (Bowman) Wood, Joe Wood,
Dan DeStaffino, Rolo Linares, Niko's Caf6.

Front (L-R): Mary (Sullivan) Young, Jim Young, Ronnie
Ward, Rolo Linares, Chuck Hummer. Seated in Back:
Patrick O'Neal and Dave Niedzialek, Niko's Cafe.

Gary Riley, Dave Niedzialek, Chris Skeie, Artie Pollack,
Chuck Hummer, Niko's Cafe.

This is from Art Mokray on the Annual Christmas Tree
Burn in Cardenas: On January 22, the Community of
Cardenas invited the neighborhood and friends to the annual

Christmas Tree Burn at the Cardenas Recreation Center Field
and surrounding areas. This event was a little more organized
than last year's as they even had ponies for the kids to ride in
the late afternoon and the BBQs had the fire going a lot ear-
lier. With trees all stacked up and more arriving as people
showed up into the evening, the party was stretched out over
a large area. At about 7:00 p.m. the first group of trees was lit
to brighten up the night as the line formed and kids picked
their tree to toss into the fire. John Husum, one of the organ-
izers for the tree burn, was busy keeping people in line, as
those around him made sure no one got hurt in the process.
Not sure how many people were there, but I guess it was over
three hundred. Besides those gathered around the fire, there
were those gathered at the center and the crowd flowed over
into the yards of Sue and Lou Stabler and Mike Fennell.
Either way, it was an excellent turnout and a wonderful gath-
ering for families and friends.

Ellie Husum came to Panama to visit her son John, his
wife Lorena and children Patricia, Javier, and Valerie. Ellie
was trying to escape the frigid north Florida temperatures and
that she did, as it took her about a week to acclimate to the
local heat. She had a wonderful time as she visited Chitre, Las
Tablas. Rio Mar. Gatun and Colon where she had a wonder-
ful breakfast at the Hotel Washington. She rode the train, vis-
ited all the houses she had ever lived in, went by St. Mary's
Church, drank Cafe Duran, ate corvina and ceviche, had
lunch at the Miraflores Visitor's Center, and watched son
John in the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race. She also saw her
niece Celia Cronan Miller who was visiting from California
and nephew John Cronan, who was visiting from Michigan,
and had a wonderful time with her grandchildren. Now she
can't wait for Christmas and her return visit.

John Husum, Celia Cronan Miller, John Cronan and Ellie

Tree Burn

Received an e-mail from Michelle Duncan, my surrogate
daughter, updating me on all the latest happenings with her
and her daughter Lauren in Texas. After being away from
Panama for five years. Michelle and Lauren are anxiously
awaiting a trip home in July after the next reunion. Michelle
also mentioned that a fellow classmate of hers, Rick Rivera,
returned home safely from Iraq. While in Iraq, she was able
to correspond with Rick via email and through their class
website. Michelle was impressed with the outpouring of sup-
port for Rick from fellow classmates on the BHS'88 web site
message board throughout his deployment in various parts of
Iraq. Rick's daughter Ashley is elated to have her daddy

Ellie Husum in front of the Hotel Washington

V. .S .

Rick Rivera with news his unit was scheduled to come home
in March 2005.

In an e-mail from Melvyn Oiler he reported: "My daugh-
ter Lili Oiler Kohr (BHS'85) just opened her store at
Rehoboth, Del. called Tiger Lily, which sells purses, acces-
sories for women and more. My other daughter Itzel Oiler
Bruno (BHS'88) has her ice cream place Lita Divine
Creamery at Heathrow, Lake Mary, Central Florida, Gracias,
Melvyn Oller."
Nate Blennerhassett, third-grade student at Balboa

Academy, Fort Clayton, won the 100-yard dash in the recent
track meet. With his current time of 14.25 seconds, Nate has
broken the school record, and his own personal record, three
years in a row. Nate is the 9-year-old son of Kathy
Blennerhassett, Cardenas, and grandson of Mary (Mike
Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett.

Nate Blennerhassett crossing finish line.

In September 2004, John and Melva Bowman of Balboa,
R.P. enjoyed a ten-day guided tour of Switzerland, the Italian
Alps and Liechtenstein. Enroute back to Panama, they spent
a week on the family farm near Lebanon, Pa., the timing of
which allowed John to attend the 45th-year reunion of his
high school class. They then continued on to Raleigh, N.C. to
celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary and the Columbus
Day weekend with their son Chris (BHS'97) and were pleas-
antly surprised to be joined there for the occasion by their
daughter Melissa Van Leeuwen (BHS'91) who flew in from
Frisco, Texas, and their younger son Steven (BHS'99) who
arrived from San Francisco, Calif.

Carole Lightell returned to Panama in February with an
old college roommate of hers, Barb Culver. Carole's first
breakfast in Panama is always Dim Sum at Lung Fung's
restaurant. For this trip quite a group met with her to enjoy
the Chinese delicacies. Carole's itinerary this trip included a
visit to Hacienda del Mar on San Jose Island in Las Perlas
Islands, which she said was an absolute "must see" when in
Panama, overnight to San Bias and a few days at her beach
house in La Guaira.

Jeannine Eggleston,
Gae Speed.

Chris, Melva, John, Melissa Van Leeuwen, and Steven


Melva and John Bowman at the Chillon Castle in
Montreaux, Switzerland.

Carole Lightell, Nancy Cuthbert, Lone Sorenson and
Anna Opel, Lung Fung Restaurant.

On April 8, 2005, there was a solar eclipse from the
Pacific through parts of Central America, Panama, Colombia
and fading out in Venezuela. The path of this hybrid eclipse
took it over parts along the coast of San Carlos and in this
case, over Doug Allen's place on Rio Teta. He invited all to
come on up to enjoy the extended sunset, BBQ, and have a
good time. Those who were able to make it up besides Doug
were Art Mokray, John and Lupe Morales, Robert Webb,
Jim Hattrick, Scott Williams, Peggy Kirkby, Lorraine
Chamberlain, Dee Dee Hanna, Sonia Valley, Jennifer

Howitt, Sonia Sierra, Sandy Toothman, Chris Skeie,
Richard Zalenski and a few of his friends, Stanley Wright
and Michael Young. Doug had modified his telescope with a
double set of welding lens, as he did several years back when
the group went down to Tropic Star Lodge in Darien to see
the solar eclipse there, to be better able to view this event. As
the eclipse was starting to take effect, it was interrupted by
cloud cover, but it would always open back up. That was till
the total (98 to 99%) portion of it. After that, the group never
saw the uncovering portion since the cloud cover obscured
the view. That's when the group went into the party mode and
the BBQ was fired and all enjoyed the extended dusk as the
sun stayed hidden till it got dark.

Viewing Eclipse

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507)262-1001


Nine of our members met before Christmas 2004: Betty
Barr, Trudi Clontz, Peggy Hutchison, Bea and Joseph
Marriott, Mitzi and Arnold Schwindt, Olga Holmes, and
Carolyn Westendorff (Jim's widow). Good time was had by
all. We decided to bring canned goods for the needy instead
of exchanging gifts, and had two large bags full to give to
ACTS, who help the needy.
Peggy Hutchison went to Lillian, Ala. with her daughter
Vicki and Bob Boukalis for the Christmas holidays. Diane
(Hutchison) and Jerry Cox and son Wally Doane joined us.
On January 7th Peggy, Vicki and Bob along with the entire
Boukalis family, plus Forest (Wise) and Ray Robberson,
Geri (Blanchette) and Bill Foster and Jean and Doris
Burns took a cruise on the Norwegian Dream ship to Mexico
for seven days, visiting Cozumel, Roataon, Belize and
Cancun. Great trip and weather except for one day and night.
Then Peggy returned to Aiken, S.C.

Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Dianne (Hutchison) Cox and
her son Wally Doane, December 2004.

Our CZ group is getting very small. We did not meet after
December but hope to meet this month or in June. Virginia
(Green) Machak and family are fine; their daughter and
hubby will be here for the Masters Golf Tournament. Her
father Charles Green enjoys his apartment at Trinity
Lutheran in Aiken--plays bingo, walks downtown, goes out to
lunch. Virginia's brother Ed lives in Michigan, is married and
has a family. Doesn't get to Aiken too often.
Ruth Lee Lam and Carlos are busy; Ruth got in her
quarters for Social Security so is not working; Carlos is in
Panama for a week visiting relatives. He still works at
Lexington School District 2 as Computer Coordinator. Ruth's
mother Flora Coaplen just turned 88 and is enjoying life at
an Assisted Care home; plays bridge every day.
Olga Holmes still bowling in the 200s. Daughter Bebe,
who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., is not working as SPRINT
closed their office. Her older daughter is getting married and
will be going to Iraq. Olga's other daughter Caroline is liv-
ing and working in Augusta, Ga.
Betty Barr (Pete's widow) went on a trip to Hawaii and
loved it. She is going to Branson, Mo. after tax season is over
(yes, she does taxes!). Son Sean is over in Russia on business
at present.
Mitzi Schwindt reports that all is well in her family. Son
Mark is going to Panama this month and Mitzi hopes to go
in October. She hasn't been back since 1994--she'll notice a
lot of changes.
Trudi Clontz keeps busy--walks the mall almost every
day, helps out at ACTS and also gives of her time to our
Senior Citizens Center--like getting up at 6:30 a.m. to help
the walkers at the mile walk, and helping with the kids on
Halloween, etc.
Dianne and Jerry Cox joined Peggy Hutchison at Easter.
We had friends over and just as we sat down, the doorbell
rang and who showed up but grandson Wally Doane--drove
all the way from Virginia to see us. Always room for one
more! He stayed until Wednesday then left to visit friends in
Charleston, then on down to Ocala to spend a few days with
his mom and dad. ALSO, Peggy is a great-grandma again.
Her grandson Shane Hutchison (Gary's son) had a baby boy.
Dianne and Jerry have offered to drive Peggy over to Texas

to visit all of them, with a stopover with Vicki and Bob
Boukalis to and from Texas.
Sis and Bill York, Martinez, Ga., are doing okay. Their
daughter Norma lives next door and is a big help as Bill is in
a wheelchair due to loss of leg, but in very good spirits. We
miss them at our meetings. Their other daughter Nancy
Coffey lives and teaches in Florida. She was with her parents
during Easter.
I do keep in touch with my brother-in-law Buddy (Noble)
Phillips in Virginia--he is doing fine and expects to be at the
Reunion. Doris Hutchison, my sister-in-law, lives in an
assisted care apartment in Largo, Fla. She's had a lot of phys-
ical problems but is doing okay.
We have a lot of members in South Carolina, and I wish
they'd give me a call or write a note giving us some news.

Peggy Hutchison, Reporter
(803) 648-7005


Hello, fellow Zonians!! I'm your
new Tennessee reporter, so I really
hope to receive some interesting
news and pictures from my fellow
For those who do not know me, I
graduated from BHS in 1970. Then I
moved to Southern California where I
Lester Oliver lived for twenty-five years. After
retiring from the Postal Service in 1996, I moved my family
to Tennessee. Retirement didn't seem to last long, though. I
recently started working again.
So--this would be a great time to plan a Tennessee
reunion. Is anybody interested in arranging the next one?
Hope to hear from you all soon. Cheers!

Lester Oliver, Reporter
(615) 826-7093
balboacz @



It has been a cold, cold winter and
spring break arrived just in time to
entice some Texans to travel. "A trip to
Panama to see where Daddy grew up!"
Linda Morris had been promised Amanda and

Megan Creel by their dad Colin Creel (BHS'77) for the last
five years. So Spring Break 2005 was finally time for that
nostalgic trip. The Creels really saw it all-Taboga Island,
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, and the Summit Gardens Zoo.
They watched ships pass through the locks at the Miraflores
Tourist Center and even caught peacock bass in Gatun Lake.
To make the trip even more memorable, Grandma Mary
Creel from Mobile, Ala. and friends Bill and Peggy
Reynolds joined the family in their sightseeing fun. Colin's
partners in Panama Vacation Quarters Rentals located in
Quarry Heights, Bob Medinger, Ed McArthur, Bill
LeBrun, and Rick Doubeck, also gave the family a warm
Bob and Linda Morris spent eighteen days in Thailand
the end of January. The trip was planned in November, well
before the tsunami disaster. They traveled as far north as
Myanmar (Burma) and spent beach time in the Gulf of Siam.
They loved the happy people, the night bazaars, and Thai
food. The Morrises said they traveled in every mode of trans-
portation available in Thailand from riding a water buffalo
wagon, elephant trekking, river longboats, "tuk tuks", the
Skytrain, and even the River Kwai Death Rail. They enjoyed
the air-conditioned tour bus best!

Bob and Linda Morris elephant trekking in

Chaing, Mai,

Bob Carlin (BHS'52) is fully recovered from his knee
surgery from last year. He and wife Flois visited their daugh-
ter Linda (Carlin) (BHS'79) Alvarez and family in
Pembroke Pines, Fla. in February. The Carlins then sailed on

MSC new luxurious cruise ship The Opera to the eastern and
western Caribbean. One month later they returned to Fort
Lauderdale for a fourteen-day cruise on the Costa Atlantica.
Isn't retirement grand?
Joel (BHS'82) and Robin Scott enjoyed company from
Panama during the Christmas holidays. Traci (Cotton)
(BHS'81) Delibasich and husband Mirko and three children
were welcomed "North Texas style". An outing to Oklahoma
to visit Kevin Croft (BHS'81). wife Shannon and eight chil-
dren was special. Kevin is now Dr. Croft, an eye surgeon
practicing in Duran. Keith Cotton (BHS'76) and family also
joined the gathering.
Joel and Robin and triplets Cameron, McKenna, and
Paige, now eight years old. spent their spring break at the
Silver Spur Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas. Everyone played
cowboy and had a great time. At the first Frisco game (ages
eight and under) of the season, Bliss Connerton's son Drew
Patrick played against Cameron Scott. What a small world!!
Dan and Marnie (Morris) (BHS'63) Hanesworth,
Dallas, made their annual trip to Panama for spring vacation.
They stayed with brother Charlie and Juliette in Gorgona
where the rest of the Morris Clan had congregated for
Semana Santa. This included the Morris adult children,
Mercedes, Melissas, Melanie, and Charlie Pat, their spous-
es, and nine grandchildren.
The Hanesworths also visited Billy (BHS'56) and Karen
Coffey in their home in Gorgona. Marnie's trip coincided
with a Lori Stevenson Snow tour group arranged for 15
members of the class of BHS'63's sixtieth birthday com-
memoration. A trip with classmates Carla (Elich) Revell and
Bob Singleton to Boquete reminded the group of the beauty
of the Panamanian interior.
George Soriano will be on active Reserve duty in June
stationed in Washington, D.C. Wally (CHS'65) and Eileen
Brians have recently moved to Grapevine, Texas. Wally is a
retired American Airline Captain. He has two grown children
and two grandgirls. We hope to see him at our next Texas

Wally and Eileen Brians

An April wedding is planned for Leah Seldon and Ryan
Sheppard in Keller, Texas. Lou and Suzette are the proud
parents. Suzette has recently completed her educational
requirements and is ready to embark on a new career in real
estate. Daughter Debbie has been hired by American Eagle as
a flight attendant and will be graduated from training on April
Anxious to hear everyone's news....please write, call
or email your happenings.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


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 busi-
ness in English and to expedite the process of issuing new
certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designa-
tions, 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 policy-
holders 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 \Wcdln.d d,,, 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
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the par-
ticulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society
office when their business has been satisfactorily conclud-
ed with CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder
or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.



Lece, daughter of Hal and Virginia Carter of Smithland,
Ky., formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone, surprised her mother
with an 80th birthday party during the week of March 3rd.
Family members came from Paducah, Ky.; Zephyrhills and
Tampa, Fla.; and Eaton, Ohio. Relatives and friends sent
cards, e-mails, flowers and telephoned. Unable to attend were
three grandchildren, two spouses and three great-grandchil-


Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox of Ocala, Fla. attend-
ed the 13th Annual Winter National Car Show in Kissimmee,
Fla. sponsored by Classic Chevy International and the
Worldwide Camaro Club.
Jerry entered his 1967 Camaro in the Custom Camaro
Category and was awarded the Platinum Certificate for
receiving 995 points out of a possible 1,000.

Jerry Cox's baby blue Camaro

Back (L-R): Lynn, Dick, Isabella and Andrew Bacot;
Jessica and Brian Martin; Justin Guess and Yoshiko
Shryer. Front (L-R): Chris, Barbara Bacot, Hal, Virginia,
Marc and Lece Carter.

The Money Tree "built" by Lece and her friend Wendy
during office breaks was a big hit; several people even
requested "seeds". The party, held at the Livingston County
Senior Center, provided an opportunity for the family to
enjoy playing ping pong, darts, and billiards together. The
treadmill was an attraction for three-year-old Isabella Bacot.
Virginia said it was a marvelous party and the only one to
compare was her 45th in Curundu!

Bill Muller
Ocala, Fla.


In November 2004 Jim and Linda DesLondes traveled to
Panama on the Sun Princess Cruise ship to celebrate their
anniversary. Then, in January 2005 Jim and Linda officially
celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary

Virginia Carter proudly holding her "Money Tree"

Jim and Linda DesLondes


Ted Henter of St. Petersburg. Fla. (the inventor of
"JAWS", which allows the blind to use computers via sound)
was honored by and is shown with President George Maxwell
Richards of Trinidad and Tobago during a ribbon-cutting cer-
emony for the opening of the W. R. Torres Foundation for the
Blind Inc. in Trinidad.

Ted Henter and President George Maxwell Richards of
Trinidad and Tobago.

Behind Ted and President Richards and to the right in the
picture sits Senator and Minister of State of Jamaica Floyd E.
Morris (he was blinded twelve years ago). During his open-
ing speech, he said: "...when he knew he was going blind
'God created Mr. Ted Henter'." The crowd stood up giving
Ted a standing ovation.
To say the least, it was a very humble experience to see
our Canal Zone Elks Brother/amigo Ted take center stage in
recognition of his relentless efforts to help the less fortunate.

Al Schonert
Debary, Fla.


Jamie Reid. daughter of Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid.
recently was presented in Panama as a new athlete of the
Panamanian Federation of Swimming. Jamie was born in
Panama in Gorgas Hospital in the old Canal Zone, where she
lived until 1990. She was a gold medal winner in the the Pan-
American Games in Santo Domingo in the 200-meter back-
stroke (swimming for the United States). Jamie says "the rea-
son I want to swim for Panama is the desire to finish my
career where I began in Panama. I want to have the oppor-
tunity to represent Panama in the different international

IS JULY 8, 2005.


Gladys Bliss Humphrey (CHS'32) turned 90 in a storm
on September 25, 2004. An abbreviated birthday party was
held at her son Donald's (CHS'59) house in Malabar, Fla. for
her as hurricane Jeanne was bearing down on them. Since
nothing could ever stop Gladys, not even this hurricane
would stop those from celebrating with her, which included
Donald, her granddaughters Danna and Dellrie and their
husbands, Carey Moorhead and Pat Dinsdale, and two of
her great grandchildren, Glenn and Cassie. Her daughter
Donna (CHS'56) couldn't risk the drive across the state, but
called in her best wishes during the brief activities of cake
and ice cream. Gladys continues to have good health and hap-

Gladys Bliss Humphrey


Hillary Anne Underwood graduated from Duke
University in May 2004 with degrees in Political Science and
Global Economics. At Duke, Hillary was a Dean's List stu-
dent; studied abroad in Venice, Italy and Vienna, Austria; and
interned in Washington, D.C. and Nassau, Bahamas.

NV_- -. I
Hillary Anne Underwood receiving her diploma from a
Dean of Duke University.

Hillary has been offered a position with the U.S. State
Department and is looking forward to lots of travel and work-
ing overseas.


Edward T. "Ted" Paine was honored at a surprise birth-
day party at the NW Canal Zone Christmas party in
December 2004. He is now 80 years old.
He is pictured with his grandson, John McAlpine (9
years old) of Renton, Wash., the son of Karen Paine


Wayne Watkins (BHS'95) was awarded the United
Space Alliance (USA) Quest Monthly Award for Leadership
in February 2005. Wayne was recognized for exceptional job
performance, taking true ownership of the projects he is
involved with from beginning to end, making important
process improvements and showing exemplary leadership.
Prior to receiving the Quest Leadership Award, Wayne was
recognized as USA Ground Systems Support Employee of
the Month (November 2004) and also Employee of the Year
Wayne is a Mechanical Engineer with USA Ground
Support Systems at the Kennedy Space Center.

Ted Paine with his 9-year-old grandson John McAlpine


Ryan White was recently commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the
United States Marine Corps. Ryan is the son of Everett
White of Davie, Fla. and Cathy (Williams) White of
Tallahassee, Fla.

Wayne Watkins receiving Leadership Award


Richard A. Wainio recently was appointed as Tampa's
new port director. Richard began his career with the Panama
Canal Commission. He also has served in executive positions
with the Port of Palm Beach, PCC/Eberhard Maritime
Transport Co., Manzanillo International Terminal, and the
American Chamber of Commerce in Panama.

IS JULY 8, 2005.



Sarah Elizabeth Beattie and James Hudson Carper of
Charleston, S.C. were married September 25, 2004 at the
James Island Presbyterian Church. The outdoor wedding
reception was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Preston H.
Beattie on the banks of the Stono River on Johns Island.
Sarah was given in marriage by her father and mother and
James Beattie (BHS'95) served as a groomsman. Childhood
friend of the bride, Annelle Urriola (BHS'95), served as a
bridesmaid. Sarah was born in Gorgas Hospital and grew up
in the Canal Zone, Panama until she left to attend Clemson
University. The wedding was attended by many BHS gradu-
ates and family friends from the Canal Zone. The weather
was windy, and warm with a beautiful sunset over the river.
Sarah and Jamie live on James Island. S.C. and are restor-
ing an old home. Sarah works at Daniel Island Company as a
marketing coordinator and graphic designer while Jamie
works at Robert Bosch Corp. as a mechanical engineer. The
newlyweds spent a ten-day honeymoon in Panama where
they enjoyed seeing the canal, beaches, and fishing for pea-
cock bass.


Angela Wilson and Brett Coffey were united in marriage
on the beautiful beach at Mamalapu on the island of Kauai on
March 20, 2005 in the late afternoon. A reception was held at
a local restaurant.
Attending the wedding were Jerry (father of the groom)
and Carolyn (Summers) Coffey from Weeki Wachee, Fla.;
Bob and Sharon Wilson (parents of the bride); Angela's sis-
ters and her daughter Sydney (the flower girl); Carolyn's son
Rory Summers and his wife Wendy and their daughter
Kendra. Brett's mother and stepfather, Lillian (Sam) and
Don Wilson, also attended.

Angela and Brett Coffey

Dr. Preston H. Beattie, Susie Beattie, Sarah and James
Carper, and James W. Beattie.

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Dellrie Joy Humphrey of Malabar, Fla., granddaughter
of Gladys Bliss Humphrey (CHS'32) and daughter of
Donald Humphrey (CHS'59) and Dotty Frost Hon
(CHS'61), was married to Patrick Darren Dinsdale, also of
Malabar, Fla., son of John and Pauline Vasquez, on April 2,
2004 in the Riviera United Church of Christ in Palm Bay, Fla.
Other Zonians in attendance were Dellrie's godmother
and uncle, Emily and Curtis Bliss; her godfather and aunt,
James (CHS'65) and Velva Frost; aunts Debbie and Vickie
Frost; and Uncle Jim (CHS'60) and Ely Palumbo.
The following day they embarked from Cape Canaveral,

Fla. for a week long honeymoon cruise of the Western
Caribbean accompanied by Patrick's sister and her husband
and Pat's best man, Anita and John McElwaine from
Warrington, England.

Patrick and Dellrie Dinsdale


Anthony Masino and Wynema Beth Reagan were mar-
ried on February 26, 2005 in the Sandy Plains Methodist
Church, Pembroke, N.C. Anthony is the son of Carol
Coleman (BHS'52) Masino and the late Raymond F.
Masino. Nema is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley
Reagan Jr. of Pembroke.

A buffet dinner reception was held after the ceremony at
the Pine Crest Country Club for approximately 170 friends
and relatives. Out of town guests attending were Anthony's
sister Dawn Masino-Vestel and her four children Robert
(who lit the altar candles) and Shelbi, Tessa and Aurora
(who rang crystal bells as the bride walked down the aisle),
and Anthony Furlong of St. Petersburg, Fla. Other out of
town relatives attending were his uncle, George E. "Bud"
Coleman (BHS'41) and his cousin George E. Coleman III
of Bordentown, N.J.; and his uncle Francis Masino and his
aunt Judy of Farmingdale, N.Y. Cousins of the groom attend-
ing were John Masino Jr., Barbara Masino Anstiss and her
son Eric from Bethpage, N.Y.; and Verne and Toni
Eastwood with their children Clifford and Amanda from
Plantation, Fla. Verne Eastwood is the son of the late Agnes
Coleman (BHS'40) and Sherrill C. Eastwood, USA Ret.,
formerly of Corozal and Ft. Kobbe.
After a two-week honeymoon in Europe (mainly Italy),
the bride and groom are at home in Charlotte, N.C.


Mannie Quintero (BHS'45) and Shirley R. Fowler were
married on July 6, 2004 in Houston, Texas, in a civil ceremo-
ny. Witnesses were Merritt J. (BHS'48) and Joan Bender,
formerly of the Canal Zone. The Quinteros reside in
Carrollton, Texas, a Dallas suburb.
We had met while Shirley had resided in Balboa for six
months in 1959 while her Air Force husband was being
trained at the IAGS Cartographic School in Fort Clayton. I
left IAGS in 1960 and both families lived in Orlando later.
Until February 2004, we had not seen each other since 1962.
We both were now single again and soon decided to marry. A
honeymoon has been postponed until sometime after April
when Shirley retires from her job as a sales representative for
a food broker.

Manny Quintero, Judge Russ Ridgway, Shirley A. Fowler

Wynema and Anthony Masino


Michael John Maduro (BHS'91), son of Mike and
Shirley Maduro of Panama City, Panama, and Sofia Watson
De Roux, daughter of Leroy and Analida Watson of
Panama City, Panama, were united in marriage on December
30, 2004, in Panama City, Panama.
The ceremony took place in the San Francisco de Asis
Church, La Caleta, in Panama City. Michael's brothers,
Danny (BHS'97) and Jonathan Maduro, were both grooms-
men. A lovely reception was enjoyed by family and friends at
Citi Club with music provided by Archibold.
Michael John and Sofia are currently residing in Atlanta,
Ga. while Michael John completes his MBA at Emory


Shaina Marie Spector and Kevin Adam Tison were
married on November 20, 2004, at First United Methodist
Church in Stuart, Fla. The ceremony was performed by
Reverend Vaughn Drummond in the same church where
Shaina was baptized. A reception followed at Monarch
Country Club in Palm City, Fla.
Kasi Spector participated in the wedding as maid of
honor along with Kristen Kalbac, Jennifer Otte, Amanda
Orbich and Courtney Chappel serving as bridesmaids.
Curtis Tison was best man along with Jason Story, Ronald
Mann, Mike Hale and Conner Harrison as ushers. Skylar
Tison, Cara Harrison and Raelyn Maddox were flower
girls and Jordan Orbich was the ring bearer.
Many zonians were in attendance to help celebrate the
occasion. Shaina is the daughter of Dawn and Norm Spector
(CHS'68) of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Kevin is the son of Rebecca
and Robert Tison of Albany, Ga.

Sofia Watson and Michael John Maduro

Shaina Marie Spector and Kevin Adam Tison

Leroy Watson, Analida De Roux Watson, Sofia Watson
Maduro, Michael John Maduro, Shirley Hensley Maduro
and Mike Maduro

* Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless they are shown with their parents or grandparents.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles DeTore wish to announce the birth
of their first grandchild, Alessandra Kaitlyn DeTore. Her
parents are Curt and Janet DeTore who live in Reisterstown,
Allie was born on November 4, 2004, weighed in at 7.1
lbs., was 21-1/4 inches long with black hair and dark brown
eyes. She will be baptized in April 2005 by Rev. Christian J.
Haydinger at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Chesapeake,
Va. Her godparents will be Curt's brother Phil and his wife


Robert Lee Foster proudly announces the birth of his
second daughter, Kalie Elizabeth Foster, born on December
1, 2004 weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces and 21 inches long.
Both parents, Robert Lee Foster and Erin Elizabeth Mullins,
make their home in Lakeland, Fla.
Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Edna (Morales)
(CHS'62) Foster and sister Savannah Foster all residing in
Waynesville, N.C. Maternal grandparents John and Toni
Mullins, and maternal great-grandparents Nolan and Eunice
Hancock, are all of Lakeland, Fla.; and her maternal great-
great-grandmother is Florence Mullins, Columbus, Ga.
Kalie joins an extensively large family unit that includes
many aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunt Sra. Olda Maria
(Catano) and husband Benjamin Sierra of Panama; great-
uncle Ascanio and wife Tessy (Gonzalez) of Cantabria,

Robert Lee Foster holding Kalie Elizabeth Foster

Curt, Alessandra Kaitlyn and Janet DeTore

Effective since the March issue,
1993, baby pictures will not be
accepted unless they are shown
with their parents or grandparents.


Renee (Rowley) (BHS'88) and Brian Friedel of
Orlando, Fla. would like to announce the birth of their fourth
child, Bradley Rowley Friedel born February 10, 2005. He
weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. He was wel-
comed by his sister Miranda (14) and his brothers Matthew
(10) and Brenden (2-1/2).
Bradley is the grandson of Skip and Beverly Rowley of
Tallahassee, and the latest nephew of his proud aunt Adriane
Rowley. His paternal grandparents are Maryann and the late

Ernie Friedel of Pensacola, Fla. KENDALL LEIGH McCLENAHAN

V.. *Natalie (Watkins) (BHS'93) and Kenneth McClenahan
proudly announce the birth of their daughter Kendall Leigh
on January 22, 2005. Kendall surprised everyone by arriving
4-1/2 weeks early. She gets lots of spoiling by her grandpar-
ents, aunts, and uncles--all who live nearby--and, of course,
by her parents.
Kendall is the granddaughter of Janet (Hunt) (BHS'68)
and Norman Watkins (BHS'68)...their first grandchild.
Sharing great-grandmother honors are Louise R. Hunt and
Olga Watkins.

Matthew, Brian holding Bradley, Renee, Miranda holding


Brent G. Kulig and Lena (Romanko) Kulig of Houston,
Texas are proud to announce the birth of their first child
Crystal Viktoria Kulig on September 30, 2004 at Park Plaza
Hospital in Houston. Crystal weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and
measured 23 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Raymond K. Kulig (CHS"59),
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig (CHS'61) of Pensacola, Fla.
and the late Mary Nell (Lee) Kulig (CHS'61). Paternal
great-grandparents are Era L. Green of Anniston, Ala. and
the late Clarence A. Green; Raymond A. Kulig and the late
Joyce V. (Pescod) Kulig (CHS'37).

Natalie, Kendall and Ken McClenahan


Robert B. Vose (BHS'88) and Dawn E. (Berg) Vose of
Pensacola, Fla. proudly announce the birth of their second
child Isabella Sandra Vose on August 13, 2004 at Sacred
L -Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Isabella weighed 7 pounds 15
V .ounces and measured 20 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig
(CHS'61), Raymond K. Kulig (CHS'59) of Pensacola and
the late Donald G. Vose. Maternal grandparents are Richard
and Sandra Berg of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Brent Kulig holding Crystal Viktoria Kulig, and Lena Paternal great-grandparents are Lucille M. (Lyew) Hall
(Romanko) Kulig. (CHS'36) of Riviera Beach, Fla., the late Julian B. Hall and

the late Fred and Marion Vose. Maternal great-grandparents
are Charlotte Walker of Nesconset, N.Y., the late John
Walker and the late George and Marie Berg.
Welcoming Isabella into the family is her older brother,
Robert Donald (Bobby) Vose, 3 years old.

Robert (Bob) Vose and Isabella Sandra Vose


USMC 2nd Lt. Ryan and Brie White proudly announce
the birth of their son Brayden Daniel White. The grandpar-
ents of Brayden are Everett White of Davie, Fla. and Cathy
(Williams) White of Tallahassee, Fla.

Brie and Ryan White holding Brayden Daniel


Four generations with the newest one Griffin Jon Rice.
Griffin is the son of Shannon and Darin Rice of Orlando,
Fla.; grandchild of Lauray (Will) Griffin and nephew of
Brian L. Griffin of Jacksonville, Fla.; and great-grandson of
Irene M. Will (Laurie) of Ormond Beach, Fla.
Griffin was born August 10, 2004. He is a big boy and he
has over tripled his weight since birth.

Shannon Rice holding Griffon Jon, Irene M. Will, and
Lauray (Will) Griffin.


The Young family, Dean (BHS'80), Gael and daughter
Ashley Marie proudly announce the birth of a son Ryan
Austin on November 15, 2004. Maternal grandmother is
Barbara Eshleman, Tacoma, Wash. Paternal grandparents
are Bill and Ginger (BHS'50) Young, Ormond Beach, Fla.

Dean Young holding Ryan Austin with Ashley Marie


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Stephen G. Allen, (CHS'69) passed away March 28, 2005
after losing a brave fight against cancer diagnosed in May
2004. Steve was born April 26, 1951 in Arkansas City, Kan.
He moved to the Canal Zone in 1954 with his parents Bud
and Joanne Allen and brother Brian. He began school in
Balboa, then moved to Montana for two years returning to the
Canal Zone in 1961 to live in Coco Solo. Steve was an
Atlantic Little League Baseball player and a member of the
Cristobal Tiger Football team. He was in the Ocean to Ocean
Cayuco races for three years.
After graduation Steve joined the U.S. Army and became
a member of the Army Rangers with the 1 st Calvary Division.
He saw a year's action in the jungles of Vietnam. After his
Army service he lived in the Canal Zone and Texas before
moving to Colorado Springs. He was involved in construc-
tion work but thoroughly enjoyed the fishing, hiking and
backpacking in the Colorado Rockies and could drive a long
ball on any golf course.
Survivors include his parents, Bud and Joanne Allen,
Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers Brian of Topeka, Kan., Bill
of New Port Richey, Fla., Stuart of Fort Benning, Ga., and
sisters Beverly of Fairhope, Ala. and Lori of Honolulu,
Hawaii. Steve was always a caring brother and protector of
his younger brothers and sisters.

Manuel H. Arosemena, 81, of Palm Harbor, Fla. died
February 21, 2005 at home. He came to Florida in 1980 from
his native Panama, where he retired as an engineer from the
Panama Canal Co. He was Catholic and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Aristea; two sons,
Manuel, Palm Harbor, and Juan, Tarpon Springs; two sisters,
Fulvia Fernandez and Olga Lloyd, both of Panama; and four

Esperanza M. Barbier, 89, of Largo, Fla. died January
20, 2005 at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. She was born in the
Republic of Panama and came to Largo in 1992 from
Pensacola. She was a school teacher and a member of St.
Jerome Catholic Church, Largo.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Louis J.; two
sons, Dr. George and Louie J., both of Largo; and three

Robert W. (Bill) Barnes, 79, of Tampa, Fla. passed away
July 10, 2004, after six months of illness. In early 1962, Bill
went to the Panama Canal Zone as a structural iron worker to
construct the Thatcher Ferry Bridge (now the Bridge of the
Americas). He later returned to the Canal Zone in January of
1964 and worked for the Maintenance Division in Balboa. He

was a past exalted ruler of the B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1414 during
his stay in the Canal Zone. He retired as a foreman with the
Maintenance Division after 20 years of service with the
Panama Canal Company/Commission.
In July 1984 he returned to his birthplace of Tampa, Fla.
He also retired as a Supervisor of Toll Operations with the
Department of Transportation in Hillsborough County,
Tampa, Fla. after seven years of service. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty L.; four chil-
dren, Robert L. Barnes, Beverly Barnes Grantham, Barbara
L. Barnes, all of Tampa, Fla. and Brian W. Barnes of Naples,
Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Jean E. Beeby, 87, of Titusville, Fla. passed away on
June 15, 2004. Jean met her husband, William H. Beeby,
when she was home for a visit while working as a secretary
in Washington, D.C., and he was serving as pastor of
Memorial Baptist Church in Trenton, N.J.
The model pastor's wife, Jean supported her husband's
ministry. Following World War II during which Bill served as
a chaplain in the South Pacific and at Howard Field in the
Canal Zone, he accepted a call to pastor First Baptist Church
in Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, intending to stay two years.
They retired 32 years later from the church in the Canal Zone
and moved to Titusville, Fla. where, following five years as
interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Cocoa Beach, they
became members of First Baptist Church of Titusville. Pastor
Beeby died in April 1993.
A gifted Bible teacher, she taught in weekly Bible studies
and in Sunday School in the Canal Zone and Florida until her
illness in early 2004.
She is survived by a son, Paul W. Beeby and daughter-in-
law Christine, of Loudon, Tenn.; three daughters, Judy Inman
and son-in-law, Gary, of Merritt Island, Fla., Mary Jean
Abbey and son-in-law, Peter, of Closter, N.J., and Ruth Stahre
and son-in-law, Wayne, of Titusville, Fla.; a brother, Charles
Hill of Townsend, Del.; ten grandchildren, ten great-grand-
children and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mitchell Joseph Blanchette, 52, died while on a visit to
the Republic of Panama on March 20, 2005. He was born in
San Diego, Calif. on June 2, 1952. He went to Panama with
his parents and three sisters in August 1966 and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1970. He served an electrical
apprenticeship and later worked as a Construction Division
inspector. His mother, Betty Blanchette, lives in Dunnellon,
He is survived by his wife Carmen; his mother Betty; his
father Robert, stepmother Donna, and three sisters: Geri
Foster, Paula DaCosta and Mary Blanchette; three children:

Jan-Michael, Christian, and Nicole, and four grandsons.

_-a Curtis Hart Bliss, 83, passed away February 14, 2005, at
Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, Fla. after a short illness.
He was born in Colon, Panama on April 28, 1921, the son of
Gerald and Mabelle Bliss, who preceded him in death. Also
preceding him in death were a brother Gerald "Budd" Bliss
Jr. and four sisters, Manola Bliss, Zonella Bliss Field,
Ramona "Tinsie" Bliss Barnes, and Mabelle "Mayno" Bliss
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Lieutenant
in the U.S. Army in Europe during 1945 and 1946. He was a
graduate of the University of Miami and in 1982, he retired
from the Air Force Transportation Department of Patrick Air
Force Base and at Port Canaveral. He was a member of Free
Mason Organizations, Abou Saad Shrine Temple in the Canal
Zone, the Panama Canal Society, the Brevard Community
Board, and Riverside Presbyterian Church, Cocoa Beach,
where he sang bass in the church choir, and played French
Horn with the early Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Emily Jackson
Bliss; and a sister, Gladys Bliss Humphrey. Also surviving
are Florida nieces Mickey Walker Fitzgerald, Carole Walker
Miller, Donna Humphrey Mann, Jeanne Walker Wagner
(Alaska) and nephew Donald Lewis Humphrey, Palm Bay,

Ricardo Burton, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died February
9, 2005 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital under hospice care. He
was born in the Panama Canal Zone and came to Florida 14
years ago from Indianapolis. He was an avid reader.
Survivors include his parents, Maurice and Irma Burton;
and a brother, Robert, all of St. Petersburg.

Bruce E. Caldwell of Big Foot, Texas died February 1,
2005 after a short illness. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone,
November 21, 1939. After completing an enlistment in the
Air Force in 1960, he returned to Panama where he worked
with the postal service until 1969. He then moved to Camden,
Ark., where he managed the Spur Service Station. In 1983, he
moved to Big Foot where he operated an oil field gauging
company until his retirement in 1997. He was an avid fisher-
man and outdoorsman who enjoyed racecars and gardening.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his mother Dorris B.
Caldwell, his father Estus E. Caldwell, his brother Eugene E.
Caldwell and nephew Kevin B. Caldwell. He is survived by
his three children, Bruce Jr., Elizabeth Ann and Amanda; five
stepchildren, Alan, Susan, Glenn, Harold and Jan; his brother
Al J. and wife Phoebe Caldwell, sister-in-law Kathryn
Caldwell, two nieces and two nephews, and numerous grand-

Auristela (aka Mami Schmidt or "Stella") S.
Carballeira passed away on April 5, 2005 in her home, sur-
rounded by her family, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, after a long

battle with lung cancer. She was born in Panama City, Rep. of
Panama on March 6, 1928, and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1947. She resided with her husband Jose (Pepe)
Carballeira in Santurce, where her two daughters grew up.
Mami or "Stella" enjoyed working on different crafts and was
a vendor at the reunions for several years.
She is survived by her husband Pepe, her daughter
Madeline Foreman and her husband Richard of Boise, Idaho;
daughter Nelly Conte of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; and three
granddaughters. She is also survived by her sister
Hormecinda (aka Menchi Schmidt) Herrera and her husband
Roberto from Panama City, Rep. of Panama, two nephews
and a niece.

Milton Cohen, 85, died November 18, 2004 in San
Diego, Calif. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif. and served
31 years with the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, retiring
as a full colonel in 1973. He worked as the Assistant Health
Director from 1961 to 1966 with offices in both the
Administration Building and Gorgas Hospital. His primary
mission in the Canal Zone was to oversee the construction of
the new wing of Gorgas.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rose Cohen; son
David of San Diego; daughters Pat Shiley of San Diego and
Marge Brigadier of San Jose; and four granddaughters. He
was preceded in death by daughter Barbara.

Virginia Simms Covington of Hampton, Va. passed
away February 11, 2005 surrounded by her cherished family.
Virginia was born in Ancon, Canal Zone on April 5, 1919, to
Roosevelt Medal Holder George Barkley Simms and Petra
Maria Ycaza de Simms. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1937 and married Robert Covington that same year.
Together they traveled and lived throughout the United States
and Latin America. Virginia was preceded in death by her
parents; her husband, Robert; a son, Freddy Covington; two
brothers, Robert and George Simms; and two sisters, Sylvia
and Martha Simms.
Survivors include her sons, Robert Covington and his
wife Donna, and George Covington and his wife Ferne; her
daughters, Carolyn Green and her husband Wheeler; Rose
Rose, Cecilia Vik and her husband Frank; Virginia Harris and
her husband Ed; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchil-
dren. Also surviving are her sister, Cecilia Perra, and brother
Charles Simms and his wife Norine (Dillman).

Gordon H. Dalton, 88, died March 25, 2005 in Pinehurst,
N.C. of cancer. He was born in Deer Creek, Ill. on June 14,
1916, the son of William Dalton, a Presbyterian minister from
England, and Minnie Richardson Dalton, and grew up in
upstate New York. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton,
N.Y. and graduated in 1938. During World War II, he served
in the Merchant Marine as purser aboard Liberty Ships. After
the war, he became a purser aboard the Panama Line's S.S.
Cristobal, where he met Margaret Stapleton, a longtime resi-
dent of the Canal Zone. They were married in September

During the 1960s, "Flaco" (Spanish for "Slim") as he was
called by his friends in Panama, opened his own travel
agency, offering an innovative array of Central and South
American tours. Always avid golfers, the Daltons left Panama
in 1974 to settle in Pinehurst, where Gordon was a member
of the Tin Whistles, a noted golfing fraternity at the Pinehurst
Country Club. The Monday group at the Country Club of
North Carolina, where they lived for nearly twenty years, is
still called the Dalton Group. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 57 years; his sis-
ter, Betty Embry of Albuquerque, N.M.; stepson Carl Posey
and his wife Ann; and four grandchildren.

Juan "Johnny" Duran, 77, passed away February 6,
2005, in Montclair, N.J. after a long illness. Although the
family lived in Panama City, Johnny attended Canal Zone
schools most of his life and graduated with honors from
Balboa High School in 1945. After graduation, he attended
Bradley University and Iowa State University. Johnny
worked all of his life in the coffee business; first, in the fam-
ily business in Panama, and later for several major coffee
firms and brokerages in the New Jersey and New York areas.
He was preceded in death by his wife of many years, Mrs.
Patricia Quinn Durdn. He was the son of Mr. Gerardo Durin
and Mrs. Rita Helena Brid de Durin. He is survived by his
two daughters, Mrs. Padi Durdn Benzing, Mrs. Rowena
Durdn de Traverso and husband Dr. Jos6 Luis Traverso; and
his sister Mrs. Rita Durin de Hofmann and husband Mr.
James Francis Hofmann.

Willie Marie Duvall, 82, of St. Petersburg, died February
24, 2005 at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Born in Whistler,
Ala., she moved to St. Petersburg in 1974 from the Panama
Canal Zone, where she graduated from Cristobal High School
in 1941 and attended Canal Zone Junior College. She was a
clerk in the Panama Canal Zone for 20 years. She received
several awards, including one for her work as a switchboard
Teletype operator for the Army Caribbean antiaircraft civilian
auxiliary program, and for her service with the American
National Red Cross during World War II. She also received
certificates for her volunteer work with the United States
Organization Auxiliary for the Armed Forces.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara L. Duvall,
Greenwich, Conn., and Teresa D. Fritz, St. Petersburg; and a
son, Joseph W., Jacksonville.

Paul Louis Elia Jr., 58, of Lusby, Md. died on January
12, 2005. He was born November 7, 1946 in Vineland, N.J.
to Paul Louis Elia Jr. and Jeanne Pershing Butcher. Paul was
raised in the Panama Canal Zone and was a long-standing
member of the Panama Canal Society. He served his country
in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer for 13 years from
1964 to 1977 and remained an active reservist until he retired
in 1991. He was also a devoted 32nd Degree Mason.
Paul died with his children and family at his side after a
long struggle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his

father Paul Louis Elia Jr. and his son Paul Louis Elia III.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Lusby, Md.; his
children, Patrick Garrett Elia of New Mexico, Kiersin S. Elia,
Paul Louis Elia IV, Bianca S. Elia and their mother Cindy F.
Young, all of Lusby. Md. He is also survived by his mother
Jeanne Elia of Florida; his stepmother Ana Lucia Elia of
South Carolina; his siblings Paulette Burgess and Dennis A.
Elia, both of California, and Denise Elia Eller of Florida.

Theodore E. Englebright, Jr., 71, died March 24, 2005.
Teddy graduated from Cristobal High School in 1952. After
graduation, he joined the Navy in San Diego, Calif. where he
was stationed for six years. He married and lived for several
years in La Mirada, Calif. From there he moved to Topock,
Ariz. where he lived a happy life, hunting and fishing until
shortly before his death when he moved to Huntington Beach,
Calif. to live with his daughter, Denise.
Teddy is survived by his daughters, Debbie, Denise and
Cheryl, and son, Theodore E. Englebright III; and several
grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Dottie Dunn,
Forest Park, Ga. and Norma Deaton, Fairbum, Ga.

Captain William Farrell, 74, passed away on February 1,
2005 in St. Augustine, Fla. He was born in Boston, Mass. and
raised in the suburb of Malden.
He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy
in 1951. He sailed in all licensed capacities, including Master,
with American Trading and Production. Captain Farrell
served two years in the U.S. Navy and joined the Panama
Canal organization as a ship pilot in 1960. During his career
in Panama, he was active in the Panama Canal Pilots Branch
and served as its vice president in 1974. He received a 30-
year safety award honoring his unblemished safety record in
1990, and retired in September 1992. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Captain Farrell is survived by his wife of fifty years,
Carol Alden and his daughter Lauren, both of St. Augustine;
his son Wayne and Wayne's three children, all of Aiken, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Alden.

Peter Germain Flynn, 74, passed away peacefully at his
home in Chatsworth, Calif. on March 10, 2005. Peter was
born December 27, 1930, at Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal
Zone. Pete was proud of his family's heritage. His parents
were the late Peter Germain Sr. and Margaret Roberts Flynn.
His maternal grandfather and his father both worked on the
construction of the Panama Canal. His grandparents were the
late Richard and Elizabeth Roberts who went to the Canal
Zone in 1906 from Cleveland, Ohio. Richard Roberts was a
Roosevelt Medal holder.
After graduating from Balboa High School in 1949, Pete
attended Niagara University in Buffalo, N.Y. and later
Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. where he earned a
Bachelor's Degree in business. In 1954 he moved to Los
Angeles, joining his cousin Jim Kenealy who was like a
brother to him.
In 1955 he met Rae Perrone while the two worked at

GMAC in Los Angeles and they married that same year. Pete
honed his sales skills in the years that followed, but ever the
entrepreneur, he was determined to be his own boss. Pete and
Rae moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1960 and soon
founded Flynn Steel and Aluminum. Then in 1973 Pete
founded Trans-American Products, a wholesale distributor of
industrial products and pressure sensitive tapes. The compa-
ny thrives to this day.
True to his Irish heritage, Pete worked hard and he played
hard. Always true to himself, he dearly loved and often frus-
trated his good friends, "the Irish Mafia". He loved deep-sea
fishing in Baja California and he loved to dance. During col-
lege he became known as "Panama Pete with the dancing
feet". He also loved to travel and may well have set his feet
on every corner of the globe. He loved to play golf and never
missed his weekly "board of directors meeting".
It is impossible to fit into this small space the greatness of
his heart or the huge impact that Pete had on countless lives.
He was a man's man who lived every day as if it were his last
and he was generous to a fault. In business he was trusting but
shrewd. For his family only the best would do. He was an old-
fashioned man's man who nevertheless encouraged his three
daughters to become anything they wanted to be and sup-
ported their dreams and goals.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rae L. Flynn;
daughters Leslie (Scott Parker), Tracey (Mitch Bruckner) and
Peggy Flynn; six grandchildren; his sisters Jeanne Stough,
Joanne Farley, Marilyn Flynn and Marguerite Kessler, and
numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kalie Elizabeth Foster, 32 days old, the daughter of
Robert Foster and Erin Mullins of Lakeland, Fla. died at
home of SIDS on January 3, 2005. In addition to her parents,
she is survived by her sister Savannah Foster and paternal
grandparents Dennis and Edna (Morales) (CHS'62) Foster,
Waynesville, N.C.; maternal grandparents John and Toni
Mullins and maternal great-grandparents Nolan and Eunice
Hancock, Lakeland, Fla.; maternal great-great-grandmother
Florence Mullins, Columbus, Ga.; many uncles, aunts and

Doris (Conner) Fredette, 79, of East Moriches, N.Y.
passed away on January 30, 2005 of cancer, surrounded by
her family and many grandchildren. As her husband of 56
years, Robert, said, "Her body departed but her spirit
She was born in Bridgeport, Conn. to Agnes and Robert
Jameson Conner, a Roosevelt Medal holder. Doris went to the
Canal Zone as a youngster where she was a member of the
Red, White and Blue Troop. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1944 along with her husband Robert. Doris
received a scholarship from the Mayo Brothers Clinic in
Rochester, Minn. and trained as a cadet nurse. She graduated
as a registered nurse and was employed by the Methodist
Hospital in New York City. Bob was drafted into the Army
after graduation and was finishing his college education when
they met again in New York. She worked as a nurse for sev-
eral years, but after the birth of her second child, her profes-

sional work was sporadic as her time was consumed with cul-
tivating their offspring.
Bob's profession with Sperry and Grummon located the
family across the country. Loading up their station wagon
with kids and animals, they rode the highways from Long
Island to California or wherever, as the best way to see
Doris and Bob always looked forward to the Canal Zone
Poconos Reunion in Tannersville, Pa. She never lost contact
with her Zonian friends and both she and Bob attended the
yearly get-togethers of the BHS Class of 1944.
Doris is survived by her husband Bob; her ten children,
Christine, Catherine, Mary, Barbara, Raymond, Joseph,
Martin, Tom, Robert and David; and 36 grandchildren.

Curtis Henry George, 95, of Huntsville, Ala. died at
home on February 9, 2005, following a brief illness. Curtis
was born in Neffs, Pa. on October 12, 1909. He served in the
U.S. Navy as a marine electrician for eight years, including
several overseas tours to China, then did several stints in the
U.S. Merchant Marine in the same capacity. In February 1941
he accepted a job with the Panama Canal Company and
moved his family to Panama. He remained there, rising to
electrician foreman, until his retirement in May 1971. Curtis
was active in the Gatun Union Church, Gatun Masonic
Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, and was an avid boater and
fisherman during his years in Panama.
Following retirement, Curtis and Alberta settled in
Fairhope, Ala. and were active in Fairhope Methodist Church,
Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. They moved to Huntsville,
Ala. in 1995 to be near family. Curtis was a member of
Trinity United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern
Star, Solar Chapter #545, and the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Alberta
L. George, and three sisters. Curtis is survived by four chil-
dren, Carol Kuehn of New Holland, Pa.; Daniel George of
Kerrville, Texas; Beverly Keller and Helen Boswell, both
residing in Huntsville, Ala. He is also survived by nine grand-
children, and great-grandchildren.

Doris Susan "Sue Barfield" Greer, 59, passed away
November 4, 2004 at her residence in Monroe, La. Sue grad-
uated from Cristobal High School in 1963, attended secretar-
ial school in New Orleans then transferred to Monroe where
she graduated and married. Sue worked her way up in the
Financial Loan business to become Office Manager until she
had two massive strokes and right after was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer.
She was a member of The First United Methodist Church
in Monroe; Magna Charta; DAR; Eastern Star; and a member
of the Board of Directors for The Miss Louisiana Pageant; a
former member of Monroe Jaynes and the Assistant coordi-
nator of the CHS Class of '63 Reunion and a long-time mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her nephew, Michael
Lawrence Barfield; mother, Doris Leitner Barfield; sister
Sarah Barfield Cohen and father Lionel "LeRoy" Barfield, Sr.
Survivors include her husband Raymond Greer of Monroe;

sons Dewey "Eddie" (Diane) Chelette of Monroe, Ala., David
(Lori) Chelette of Baton Rouge, La.; daughter, Doriane
Chelette (Will) Berry of Baton Rouge, La.; and brother
Lionel L. "Mike" (Marisue) Barfield Jr. of Warner Robins,
Ga.; stepsons, Danny (Pam) Greer and Andrew Greer of
Monroe, La.; and eight grandchildren.
Along with family and friends, CHS classmates Diane
Roscoe Murphy, Patsy Lee, Celia Cronan Miller, Beverly
Dockery Vaughn and Norm Scheffner attended the funeral
service on November 6, 2004.

Margaret C. Grier, 84, of Fullerton, Calif. passed away
on January 2, 2005. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone
on October 24, 1920. Her father was an engineer on the
Panama Canal construction project. In her youth, she went
alligator hunting with a spear, dreaming of the shoes she
would make then felt so bad for the little alligator she tar-
geted that she administered first aid, fed it and set it free.
After graduating from high school in Panama, she earned
a Bachelor's degree in political science and public adminis-
tration from the University of Chicago, then a Master's
degree in sociology and criminology from Whittier College.
During World War II, she got her pilot's license and worked
for the Red Cross in Europe, primarily in France. She joined
Orange County government in 1948 and was the first female
department head before retiring in 1981. She loved to travel
and Japan was her favorite destination.
She was predeceased by her brother, Robert B. "Pappy"
Grier. She was close to her three nieces and two nephews.

Jeannette A. Hamilton, 57, of Merritt Island, Fla. died
April 10, 2005. Born in the Panama Canal Zone she had lived
in Brevard County for the last 36 years.
Jeannette is survived by her husband, Robert T. Hamilton,
Jr.; a daughter, Adrian Smith; a son, Jason Hobbs; and a
granddaughter, Shade Hobbs. She is also survived by four
brothers, Theodore Will, Carl Will, Henry Will, and Kit Will;
and six sisters, Dora Drummond, Zella Will, Barbara Smail,
Mary Compton, Helen Grub, and Lena Wagner.

Jean Dennis Herbert passed away October 20, 2004 in
Trenton, N.J. She was the daughter and granddaughter of
Roosevelt Medal Holders. She was born in Colon in 1918 to
the late Sylvester and Josephine Baker Dennis and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1937. She was a member of the
50th graduating class at McKinley Hospital, receiving her
degree as a Registered Nurse in 1942. She retired from active
nursing in 1980, but continued as a volunteer at Helene Fuld
Hospital (formerly McKinley) until 1994. She was a member
of the Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Herbert,
her sisters Dorothy Douglas, Josephine Konover, Marjorie
Bain, and her brother Robert Dennis. She is survived by her
daughters Josephine Nyalko of Alexandria, Va. and Janice
Tucker of Ewing, N.J., two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Daile D. Keigley died in Nashville, Tenn. on March 10,
2005. He was born February 8, 1913 in Tyro, Kan. He entered
government service as a clerk in the Finance Department of
the U.S. Army on May 24, 1938 and went to the Canal Zone
in June of that year. He was discharged on May 4, 1940 and
entered the service of the Panama Canal Company as an
accountant two days later. He married Elizabeth Brent on
April 12, 1941. When he retired on July 31, 1969 he was
Chief of the Reports and Analysis Staff in the Comptroller's
Office. After his retirement, he and Elizabeth moved to St.
Petersburg, Fla. where they resided for thirty years. On July
17, 1999 they moved to Nashville, Tenn. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of 64 years; a son,
Richard Keigley, Ph.D.; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann
Holshouser: three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Patricia L. Koenig, 72, passed away on September 21,
2003 in Hollister, Calif. Patricia was born in the Panama
Canal Zone and graduated with honors from Cristobal High
School. She was a champion swimmer and diver and received
media attention in the 1940s. In 1952, Patricia married and
had three sons who were born in the Panama Canal Zone,
Oklahoma and Ohio. She inspired and supported her sons in
service to the country. All three graduated from West Point
and served careers in the U.S. Army until retirement. She set-
tled in San Jose, Calif. where she remained for many years.
Patricia graduated with honors from Santa Clara
University with a BA in Sociology. She later earned an MA
in Social Work from Smith College. She worked for many
years in social work in the Bay Area and Monterey County.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her sons, James R. Koenig, Jr. and his
wife Lizabeth, Gary M. Koenig and his wife Mary Jo, and
Douglas R. Koenig; and five grandchildren. She is also sur-
vived by four sisters: Mary Isaacson, Lorrie Childers, Sheila
Egger and Maureen Walls.

Helen D. Ledgerwood, 93, of Seminole, Fla. (formerly of
Largo) died March 24, 2005 at Freedom Square Skilled
Nursing Center under the care of hospice. She was born in
Brooklyn, N.Y. and went to the Panama Canal Zone in
December 1939, where she raised her family.
She was an accountant in the Payroll Branch of the
Comptroller Division for the Panama Canal Company and
also was a night and weekend auditor for the Canal Zone
Credit Union. She retired from government service in 1964
and lived in Port Charlotte and Largo before making her
home in Seminole in 1987. She was a member of Blessed
Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole and was a longtime
member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Survivors include her daughter, Arlene Tochterman of
Seminole, and her son, William J. McKeown Jr. of Largo;
five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two

Capt. C. W. "Bill" Lewis, 85, passed away February 1,
2005, in St. Augustine, Fla. Bill was born to the late Capt. W.
H. and Florence Lewis in Mt. Clemens, Mich., and raised on
St. Simons Island, Ga. He joined the Merchant Marines,
obtaining his Master's License sailing as Captain before
moving to Panama in 1951 where he worked as a Panama
Canal Pilot and, ultimately, Port Captain, Cristobal until his
retirement in 1979. After retirement, he worked as a Marine
Consultant; was pilot with offshore tanker litering in Texas
and Singapore; and he also was an instructor of ship handling
simulation at MITAGS in Baltimore, Md.
He belonged to the fraternal order of the Masons, Shriners
and BPOE Lodge No. 1542. He was a member of the Brazos
Brooks Golf Club and won the 1955 Chrysler-Plymouth
Invitational Tournament.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert S.
Lewis and Gerald H. Lewis.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Prentice Lewis of St.
Augustine, Fla.; daughters, Cathy Leslie of Gainesville, Fla.,
Beth Brandenburg of Riverview, Fla., and Margaret Arnett of
Brunswick, Ga.; stepdaughters, Cathy Parmalee of St.
Simons Island, Ga., Connie Lovell of Harlingen, Texas, and
Cyndie Moochler of Virginia Beach, Va.; stepson, Bob
Sherman of St. Augustine, Fla.; two sisters, Joan Lewis
Andrews of League City, Texas, and Cynthia Lewis Dunn of
Kennesaw, Ga.; many nieces and nephews; 13 grandchildren;
and one great-grandson.

Josephine "Jo" Elizabeth Marquard, 82, died October
17, 2004 in Kingwood, Texas. She was born October 1, 1922
to Francis J. and Josephine Brennan in Philadelphia, Pa. Jo
moved with her family from Philadelphia to the Canal Zone
and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1942. In the
Canal Zone years, Jo and her husband, Warren, lived on the
Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus. Jo and Warren
retired to San Jose, Calif. in 1970 and then moved to
Kingwood, Texas in 1995. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Jo was preceded in death by her brother, Frankie Brennan,
and is survived by her husband of 62 years, Warren D.
Marquard; daughter, Bonnie Locke and her husband, Bill;
sons, Warren (Babe) Marquard and his wife, Leonor, and
John Marquard; brothers, Charles Brennan (Uncle "Chile")
and his wife, Trudy; and James Brennan; four grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.

Virginia (Woodhull) Morland of Pinehurst, N.C. died
April 2, 2005 at Moore Memorial Hospital. She had been a
patient at St. Joseph of the Pines since June 2003. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Morland, in 1971.
Mrs. Morland was born in Bay Ridge, N.Y. on March 17,
1912, the youngest of five children. She and her family
arrived on the Isthmus of Panama in 1916, when her father,
Warren Wellington Woodhull (a Master Mariner) joined the
Panama Canal Pilot force. She graduated from Balboa High
School, Class of 1930, and married Gilbert Morland in 1934.
Mr. and Mrs. Morland were longtime residents of the
Atlantic Side where Mr. Morland owned and operated C. B.

Fenton & Co. shipping agency. Mrs. Morland was a lifetime
member of the Cristobal Women's Club where she dedicated
many years to philanthropic work in Colon. Other member-
ships included St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Margarita;
Daughters of the American Revolution; the Pinehurst
Country Club; the Panama Canal Society; and the Panama
Canal Museum.
Mrs. Morland is survived by daughters and sons-in-law
Sunny and Henry Mizrachi of Tallahassee, Fla.; Sally and
Tom Williams of Southern Pines, N.C.; Mary Coffey of
Panama, R.P.; Carol and Burt Mead of Tallahassee, Fla.; and
sons, Robin and Peter of Panama, R.P. Survivors also include
twelve grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Alice F. Myers, 78, of Spring Hill, Fla. died February 16,
2005 in Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She came to
Spring Hill 22 years ago from her native Ancon, Panama, and
was a member of the Panama Canal Society. She was a mem-
ber of St. Theresa Catholic Church and active in the Women's
Survivors include two sons, Gary, Spring Hill, and Paul,
High Springs; two daughters, Lynn Myers, Tampa, and Mary
Alice Albritton, Alachua; a sister, Dora LeGrys, Mesa, Ariz.;
and nine grandchildren.

Richard Lewis Pennington, Jr., 59, of Hermiston, Ore.,
died January 28, 2005 at his home. He was born October 13,
1945 in Margarita, Canal Zone, to Richard and Katherine
Bradford Pennington. He grew up and attended schools in the
Canal Zone, then joined the Navy in 1964, serving until his
honorable discharge in 1968. He returned to the Canal Zone
where he worked as a police officer. On January 24, 1969, he
married Constance "Connie" Lasher at Gatun, Canal Zone.
They moved to Hermiston in 1978 and Mr. Pennington went
to work at the Umatilla Army Depot as a security guard, a job
he held until his death.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association
and the Golden Eagles, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Mr. Pennington enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading,
building models, riding motorcycles and spending time with
his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Pennington of
Hermiston, Ore.; sons Shan of Mount Vernon, Wash., and
Rich Pennington of Hermiston; daughter Heather LaBeau of
Mount Vernon, Wash.; sister Katherine Bassett of
Hellertown, Pa., and five grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his parents.

Berta Isabel (Escobar y Garcia de Paredes) Quinn, 97,
of Panama City, R.P, passed away on August 16, 2004, after
a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Marcus Patrick
Quinn, Roosevelt Medal descendant, who died in 1977.
Berta's family has resided in Panama for over 200 years, with
origins in Spain and Wales. After her retirement from the
Internal Security Division of the Canal, she was a regular and
avid bridge player at the Union Club, where her husband was
a long time member.

She is survived by sons Marc and Bruce of Panama City
and daughter Patricia of Los Angeles, Calif.; two grandsons
and a great-grandson.

Carl W. Reynolds, 82, of Austin, Texas passed away
March 27, 2005 after a long illness. He was born in
Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in northern Kentucky where he
served his apprenticeship as a machinist.
After working as a civilian at Wright-Patterson AFB,
Dayton, he transferred to Panama Air Depot, Albrook, Canal
Zone from which he entered WWII theater. After the war
ended, he returned to Panama securing a position with the
Panama Canal Co. He retired from the Locks Division in
1979 as a Lockmaster with 37 years of service.
Carl enjoyed participating in various activities available
in the pleasant surroundings of the Canal Zone especially
boating. He was an amateur photographer who photographed
local events and made Christmas cards for residents. After
retiring to Austin with his family, Carl served as maintenance
supervisor with Glastron Boat Co. for 9 years. He was a
member of the Elks Lodge, Silbert Lodge, V.EW. and
Panama Canal Society.
Carl is survived by his wife, Francis; daughter, Cathleen;
son, Nicholas; daughter-in-law Jane and three granddaugh-

Leo Sousa, 96, of Pinellas Park, Fla. died March 31, 2005
in St. Petersburg. He was born in St. Michael, Azores,
Portugal, and grew up in New Bedford, Mass. He came to
Florida in 1974 from the Panama Canal Zone. He retired as a
major in the Army after 21 years and was a member of the
Civil Service for 11 years.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Holy Cross
Catholic Church, both in St. Petersburg. He loved to travel
and enjoyed photography and reading.
Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine Grose, Pinellas
Park; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter, both of St.
Petersburg; and a sister, Mamie Bettencourt.

Marion Schjeveland Thompson, 74, passed away in
Atlantis, Fla. on September 25, 2003. Marion was born in
Brooklyn, N.Y. on September 15, 1929, but spent most of her
childhood in Balboa, Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1947 and Canal Zone Junior College in 1949.
Her parents. Carl and Bertha Schjeveland, and grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Hans Schjeveland, all were Panama Canal
retirees. Her sister was the late Ruthie Schjeveland, and her
uncle was the late Christy Schjeveland, well-known minister
at Balboa Heights Baptist Church for many years.
Marion graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 and
worked as a teacher for the Palm Beach County School Board
in Palm Beach, Fla. for 14 years. In 1953 Marion married
Bob Thompson in Orlando, Fla. and had six children. She is
survived by her husband of 50 years. Bob; sons Chris. Mark,
Gary, Lee, and Robby, and daughter Terri; and ten grandchil-

J. Morton "Mort" Thomson, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.,
died December 11, 2004. He was born November 4, 1919 in
Coatesville, Pa., graduated from The Pennsylvania State
University in 1941, and began law school at Dickinson
School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. After the United States
declared war on Japan, Mort joined the U.S. Navy. He began
his naval tour serving aboard a U.S. destroyer in the north
Atlantic. He was later stationed for a time at Pearl Harbor,
serving aboard a British warship, and at the end of the war
was stationed at Coco Solo Naval Station in the Canal Zone.
There he met Macel Goulet, and they were married in the
chapel at Rodman Naval Station in July 1946.
They returned to Pennsylvania shortly thereafter so that
Mort could resume his legal studies, and he graduated in
1948. The following year, their first child, John, was born in
Abington, Pa. In 1950, the Thomsons returned to the Canal
Zone when Mort took a position as Counsel to the Governor.
He was a member of the Canal Zone Bar Association. In 1954
he was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Canal
Zone, a position he held until 1966. Four more children,
Mary, Gary, Elaine, and Regina, were born to Mort and Macel
at Gorgas Hospital during those years. In 1966 Mort decided
it was time to move his family to the U.S., and he took the
position as Counsel to the Commander of the Defense Depot
in Memphis. He retired from government service in 1983 and
lived quietly with Macel until her death in 2002. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his children, Mary Rout and son-in-law
William E. Rout, Jr., Regina Coleman and son-in-law James
P. Coleman, all of Memphis; Elaine Graber and son-in-law
Thomas W. Graber of Germantown, Tenn.; John M. Thomson
III, of Olathe, Kan.; Gary R. Thomson and daughter-in-law
Karen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and two step-


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Aguilar, Kristin (Schafer)
Allaun, Keith and Melinda (Mason)
Apold, Robert and
Archibald, Alfred and
Arnette, Gail (Lynch)
Arsenault, Paul and Debbie................ deblawyerl @
Ayers, Dixie (Humes)/
Baker, Paul/Suzette (Connolly)
Bazile, Ruth............................................
Billingsley, Ron and
Blaie, Dain and
Bowman, Christopher..
Brashear, Blanca and
Braswell, Mike/
Bristol, Barry B and
Bristol, Carl and
Bruce, Carmen (Ortiz)/
Burbach, Jeff and Mary.............
Burkett, Albert
Cofer, Richard and Brandy (Huff)
Corrigan, Margaret (Irwin)
Dunning, Bill/Betty
Egger, George E and
Ellis Jr,
Fulton, Dorman and
Geyer, Debra (Henson) and
Gilbert, Steve......................................
Goldsberry, Richard and
Grassy, Beverly (Buehler)/
Guevara, Marta and
Hammond, Jack B and
Hattabaugh, Carlos E and
Hernandez, Miguel and
Holzwarth, Devon Sprague/
Hope, Daniel and
Humphrey, Linda (Stohrer)
Husum, Maureen
Jaen, Jose................................................ jaen@
Kline, Jeff and
Laatz, J and
Larson, Mary and
Lastinger, Joseph
Lippert, Beverly (Smith)/
Littrell, Jerry and

Londe, Dottie (Nolan)
Mans, Roland and
Maxwell, Margaret (Curles)
McFarland, Kay and Dee
McGloin Jr,
McGowan, Shelly (Gillis)
Mecca, Glenda (Scanlon)................tbretreatl
Metheny II, Marvin and
Moates, Felicia Bendiburg/
Money, Tracy (Wade) and
Morales, Ella
Morris, Mike and
Mullins, Robert and
Muse, Kurt F and Anne (Castoro)
Owens, Marc and
Pridgen, Carol
Roscoe, Jill..........................................roscoej@
Ryan, Joyce (Smail)
Sanders, Jack
Sandrock, Al and
Simms, Charles A and
Small, Alexandra "Chris"
Sousa, John/Debbie (Sholk)
Spence, Cecilia and
Stonecypher, Kim (Morgan) and
Taylor, Sandy (Staggs) and
Thomas, Susan
Thompson, David and Linda (Madden)
Thrift, William/
Tiblier, Tony and Ann
Touzet, Jackie (Gonzalez)/
Turner, Sandra
Vaughan, Melinda..................vaughanatnite@
Watkins, Paul
Weade, Mike and
Webster, Douglas/Lil (Gonzalez)
Weiler, Beatrice (Dunn)
Weir, Linda (Woodruff)
Whitlock, Andrew/
Wilbur, Bill and
Wilkins, Philip
Wilson, Harold and
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Edna (Morales) (CHS'62), granddaughter Savannah
and husband Dennis Foster were hosts to her lifelong friend,
Mrs. Gerald (Altagracia Arias) Fruth of Costa Rica, during
a five-week visit and shopping spree in Waynesville and
Asheville, N.C. She arrived in time to welcome the newest
member of the "gang", Haliah Anise Brooks, born on May
27, 2004 (Dennis's 65th birthday), weighing 8 pounds 14
ounces and 21-1/2 inches long. She is the daughter of Angi
(Sexton) and Thomas L. Brooks Jr. of Waynesville, N.C.;
Angi is our daughter-in-law Christina (Sexton) Foster's sis-
ter. Haliah's maternal grandparents are Dominick and Wana
(Hare) Minotti Jr. of Whittier, N.C., and Jeffrey Sexton of Mrs. Gerald (Altagracia Arias) Fruth and Edna (Morales)
Mrs. Gerald (Altagracia Arias) Fruth and Edna (Morales)
Lake Wales, Fla. Paternal grandparents are Patricia Foster.
(McNabb) and Thomas L. Brooks Sr. of Lakeland, Fla.
On Father's Day, June 20th, the girls BBQ'd for the guys
at Jason and Christina's house where good food and fun was
had by all. Sadly, it was Altagracia's last day with us as she
was to fly home the next day.
In July, our son Robert Foster drove up from Lakeland
with his girlfriend, Erin Mullins, for a short visit.

Back (L-R): Thomas L. Sr. and Patricia Brooks, Dominick
Jr. and Wana Minotti, Christina with Logan and Jason Savannah Foster, her dad Robert Foster and Erin Mullins
Foster. Front (L-R): Thomas L. Jr and Angi Brooks with
In late December we were visited by my newlywed niece
Larell (Conrad) and her husband Roberto Casadio of Lugo,
Italy. Larell's parents are Larry and Ella Mae (Morales)
(CHS'59) Conrad of Playa Coronado, Panama.


Edna (Morales) Foster, Roberto and Larell Casadio and

Back: Dennis Foster, Mrs. Gerald (Altagracia Arias) Dennis Foster.
Fruth, Edna (Morales) Foster. Front: Savannah and Logan
Foster. Edna Foster
Waynesville, N.C.


Captain Roy C. Pino with his mother Bianca and chil-
dren Nicholas, Michael and Matthew visited Panama from
February 19 to 28, 2005 staying at The Country Inn & Suites,
The kids had the greatest time of their life discovering and
enjoying dad's high school, the house in Diablo, Amador
causeway, Gamboa Forest, a partial transit of the Canal and a
day at Coronado Beach and Country Club. Many memories
and a new face of Panama was what we brought back at the
end of our visit.


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Matthew, Michael, Bianca, Nicholas and Capt. Roy Pino,
Gamboa Rainforest Resort.

The kids drank Chagres River water, so we will go back
to visit again.

Capt. Roy Pino
Newtown Square, Pa.


A group of former "Zonians" and friends went to Panama
for the annual Condor Outfitters Dry Season Tour in early
March 2005. The trip to Panama included the Atlantic side,
city tour of the Pacific side, partial transit of the Canal, and a
visit to the beach and mountains. Lori Snow went with the
group to help escort them while I stayed back in Atlanta to be
close to my husband Davis who was recovering from a five-
bypass heart surgery.
One of the couples on the trip, Donna Geyer Bowman
and Larry Cox, both CHS classmates of mine, were on their
honeymoon. They were married in California on February 5,
2005, and both wanted to return to Panama in celebration of
their marriage. This was Larry's first time back to Panama
since he had graduated from Cristobal High School, and he
hardly recognized the place. Donna had been on a previous
Dry Season Tour so the changes were not as significant to her.
Another lady in the group, Phebe Edington, had never
been to Panama but said that her mother had been a telephone

operator on the Locks, and she wanted to see what Panama
was like. Her son Jack came with her and just loved Panama.
The group photo was taken at the Decameron Beach, next to
a beautiful tree and some colorful bougainvilleas (my favorite
plant). Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.

nacK KOW (L-K): nenry rragen, ionna bowman tLox,
Kathryn Castleman, Laura Castleman, Rick Mason,
Carrie Mills. Front Row (L-R): Joe Jones, Gay Pridgen,
Larry Cox, Ann Willoughby, Jill Hutchings, Pat
Hutchings, Larry Castleman, Phebe Edington, Jack
Edington, Bill Willoughby. Seated in front: Gary and
Virginia Voorhees.

Lori had her photo taken by a Chiva bus. She wanted me
to tell everyone that it was the tour bus since it had a lot of
fancy drawings, but it really was just a Chiva bus.

Lori Snow in front of local Chiva bus in Panama.

June Stevenson
Lawrenceville, Ga.


Ed and Bonnie Dolan and their family visited Panama
during the Christmas holidays. Many good times were spent
over the holidays including New Year's Eve at the Elks Club
dancing to great music and seeing friends.
Ed and Bonnie made a trip to El Valle where they visited
the Los Nances Bed & Breakfast. There they enjoyed a deli-
cious dinner prepared by Bill Brunner, visiting with Olga

Nance and friends, sharing stories of the "good ole days" and
the spectacular view overlooking El Valle. On another trip the
Dolan and Dupree families went sightseeing and searching
for pirates gold at Fort San Lorenzo.

Ed, Bonnie Dolan, Bill, Holly Brunner and Norm
Pedersen in front of Los Nances Bed & Breakfast, El Valle.

Back Row (L-R): Jim, Travis, Rhonda, Eddy and Ed
Dolan. Front (L-R): Morgan, Bonnie, Allison Dolan, Janet
Sutherland, Mackenzie, Dodd, Tiernan, Kyle Dupree,
Carson, Mackenzie and Madison Dolan, Fort San Lorenzo.

Ed and Bonnie Dolan
DeLand, Fla.

One afternoon instead of returning to the island by taxi,
they hired a "Felucca" to sail them back. These are the small
boats with one large sail that constantly travel on the Nile.
The family took guided tours of all the historical sites in
Luxor and on their final day there, they took a Hot Air
Balloon ride. For an hour they floated at 2,000 feet over sites
they had previously toured on foot.


Bill, Alice, the Egyptian Balloon pilot, Emilee, Laura and
friends Donna and Cengiz Kanakus after the hot air balloon
ride in Luxor, Egypt, Dec. 2004.

They then flew to Cairo for other guided tours of all the
historical sites there. On a Bedouin tour in a caravan of vans,
they were driven 40 miles deep into the trackless desert to a
camp where Bedouins live year around and were given a
chance to observe first hand the Bedouin's lifestyle.
The following week they flew to Hurghada, Egypt to a
resort on the Red Sea. There they enjoyed the private beach,
swimming and scuba diving in the underwater reefs, viewing
all the beautiful fish found there.
Flying back to Germany on New Year's Eve, the airline at
midnight gave all the adult passengers on board a bottle of
champagne to toast the New Year of "05".

Alice McGann

Over this past Department of Defense school's two-week
Christmas break, the McGanns: Bill (BHS'77), Laura and
their daughter Emilee, all formerly of Curundu and now liv-
ing in Aschaffenburg, Germany, visited Egypt. Flying from
Frankfurt Airport via Egypt Air to Luxor, Egypt they were
accompanied by Bill's mother, Alice McGann, of Orlando,
Fla. They stayed at the Luxor Resort on "Crocodile Island" in
the middle of the Nile River, approached by a one-lane bridge
with a guard.


Navy Chief Petty Officer Tom McCarragher, US Navy
Reserve (BHS'67) and Commander Will Hall, US Navy
Reserve (BHS'79) recently transported a load of troops and
supplies into Kuwait. Tom and Will are members of the

"Sunseekers" of Fleet Logistic Support Squadron 58 (VR-58)
based at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla. VR-58 is a
Navy Reserve C-40A (B737-700C) "Clipper" squadron that
constitutes one of 16 squadrons of the Navy's own logistics
transport force, the largest air wing in the Navy. The
Sunseekers carry everything from bullets to beans, and from
top military brass and congressional delegations to sailors
and marines. Anytime, anyplace.

Will Hall and Tom McCarragher in Budapest.

Just a few months ago, Tom and Will were crewed togeth-
er to transport a congressional delegation lead by
Congressman Henry Hyde with 14 other congressmen and
women to Ireland, Germany and Hungary. Never a dull
moment and we get to see the world. Tom is the senior
Transport Safety Specialist Instructor in the command and
Will is the squadron Commander.

iom vicCarragner and Will nail in Nigonella, icilly
enroute to Kuwait, decked out in our CZ Brats gear.

Tom and Will both reside in the Jacksonville area with
their families. Tom works as a technician for the Naval
Aviation Repair Depot and Will's full-time job is with Spirit
Airlines in Fort Lauderdale.
Tom is the son of John and Rosalind McCarragher, for-
merly of Curundu and Balboa, and brother of John and Pat
McCarragher and Marianne Dukes. Will is the son of
Anne and Bucky Hall, formerly of Margarita, Diablo and

John W. Hall
Sarasota, Fla.


Harry Akers (BHS'50) recently showed his visiting
classmate Bill Lang around Anchorage,Alaska. Harry took
the day off to show Bill Potage Cove, Turnagain Arm (fjord),
Alyeska Ski Resort and other memorable Alaskan sights.

irry AKers in rotage Love, AlasKa

(L-R): Cmdr. Will Hall, VR-58 commanding officer; CSCS
Tammy Masden; ADC Tom McCarragher; ATC John
Mazzuchelli; Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., Chairman of House
Aviation Subcommittee; AMC Ken Berkey; Rep. Cliff
Stearns, R-Fla.; and Lt. Cmdr. Fred Hartzell.

Bill who was selected for the Alaskan State Arbitration
panel expects to be a frequent visitor to the state. Harry works
for the Federal government as an oil lease engineer.

William A. Lang
Portland, Ore.


My cousin Joan (Lawler) Harris and my brother
Howard Clarke flew out to surprise me for my "60th" birth-
day. The first photo was taken in front of our house in
Glencoe, N.M.

Lucky Dunlap, Joan (Lawler) Harris, Tita (Clarke)
Dunlap and Howard Clarke.

Also, Inez Tirado and I visited the Horse Museum in
Ruisoso, N.M. Inez and her husband Alex Tirado were visit-
ing us from Panama.

Inez Tirado and Tita (Clarke) Dunlap, Ruisoso, N.M.

Tita (Clarke) Dunlap
Glencoe, N.M.

IS JULY 8, 2005.


Edith Medinger Meeker of Oldsmar, Fla. visited
Panama with her daughters and son in March. Daughter Ann
Medinger Stillman of Gaithersburg, Md. along with her
daughters Alexandra and Jessalyn; daughter Jean
Medinger McGuire of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and son Robert
Medinger of El Paso, Texas joined Edie for the visit to

Edie Meeker, Ann Medinger Stillman, Alexandra
Stillman, Bob Medinger, Jessalyn Stillman and Jean
Medinger McGuire.

While there, they stayed at the fabulous PVQ timeshare
Quarry Heights, a timeshare and rental facility owned by Bob
and partners. They enjoyed the pool, the wonderful view and
comfortable townhouse. They visited with friends Nancy
Boyd McAleer and her family. They did lots of sightseeing
and enjoyed many of Panama's wonderful restaurants and
shopping areas. They hope to return soon.

Ann M. Stillman
Gaithersburg, Md.


This Palm Coast Zonian had lots of fun in February
escorting the 2nd Annual Fund Raising Cruise for the Panama
Canal Museum. It was fun to see my schoolmates from
Balboa High School, Camille Ellis Jones (BHS'56), Emily
Riley Newbury (BHS'56), Bill McKeown (BHS'54) and
Barbara, the Egolf and Dedeaux families, Paul Glassburn,
Faith Brundage, Shirley Million Muse (BHS'54) and Bob
and many, many more who supported the Royal Caribbean
cruise Brilliance of the Seas, which transited Gatun Locks
along with visiting Aruba and the Cayman Islands. Oh, I
almost forgot Jim Shobe (BHS'50), the Latimers,
Zumbados, Leo Krziza and Irene McCracken for a total of
73 people. A donation of $100 per cabin was given to the
Panama Canal Museum from Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Thanks go to all for coming and those too many to include
names who helped when needed and joined the fun including
the new "Panama Canal Trivia Game" produced by and man-
ufactured for the Panama Canal Museum.

took "da train ride". A real highlight tour in Costa Rica was
to the Sloth Sanctuary and the canoe ride along the Estrella

June Barlow Riesz and Jean Rowland at the entrance to
Gatun Locks on the Brillance of the Seas.

I listened to the Bajun jokes and laughed and laughed
especially as Emily spoke about "da toilet dat don't swallow
and da fruit flies". A special time was had when some of us
attended a Destination Lecture on Panama followed by other
lectures on other days. During the Panama lecture, I gave a bit
of first-hand knowledge about our days in the Panama Canal
and Culebra Cut where my grandmother had lived. A picture
was taken with Dr. Tom Ryan of Destination Lectures at Sea
and Kathy Egolf, 2nd Vice President of the Panama Canal

Luis Arroyo (Rescue Center for Sloths, Limon, Costa Rica)
and June Barlow Riesz

June Barlow Riesz
Palm Coast, Fla.


Classmates of BHS 1988-89 and their families got togeth-
er at the home of Renee Rowley Friedel in December for a
holiday luncheon.
It was great to laugh and remember the fun times we all
had together. Pictured here are Rob Thrift (BHS'89), Kevin
Brandenburg (BHS'88), Prajedis Payne Madson
(BHS'88), Renee Rowley Friedel (BHS'88), Christina
Brandenburg Jaqueth (BHS'88), and Jolene Corrigan
Spraggins (BHS'88) who attended along with 12-1/2 kids
and three lovely spouses.


June Barlow Riesz, Dr. Thomas Ryan and Katherine Egolf

How many of you know the local folklore of St. Joseph's
Church and the Golden Altar? The pirate Henry Morgan was
on his sacking and burning of Panama City and the local
priest sunk some of the altar. The rest he painted with white-
wash. The pirate was fooled and gave the priest some money
to finish his church project indicating that he had been fooled
by the priest, another pirate.
While in Panama and touring the rain forest I saw a sloth,
holler monkeys, and birds indigenous to Panama and Costa
Rica. Many took the Panama Railroad across the Isthmus and
several other tours. This was the 150th Anniversary of the
Panama Railroad and a souvenir card was given to those who

Rene Friedel
Orlando, Fla.


On February 28th, Jim and Marie Morris, Mike and
Mary Gordon, Burt and Carol Mead and Joe and Bev
Wood departed Fort Lauderdale on the Celebrity Line's
Summit for an I -day cruise, which included stops in Key
West, Cozumel. Aruba, Grand Cayman, Puerto Limon and
Colon. While in Panama, the group rented a van and driver
(arranged by Jill Berger) that took them across the Isthmus
on a tour of some of the Pacific side towns; stopped for some
shopping at the YMCA and the new El Rey Supermarket near
the entrance to Albrook; and spent a couple of hours at El
Barko restaurant in Amador having lunch, a cerveza or two
and visiting with friends who dropped by to see them.

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Mary Gordon, Jose Jaen, Mari Jaen, Mike Gordon, Carol
Mead, Jim Morris, Joe Wood, Marie Morris, and Bev
Wood at the new El Rey Supermercado.

It was good seeing friends who still live in Panama such
as Bill and Thelma DeLaMater, Nina Kosik, Norm and
Marixenia Pederson, Mary Coffey, Robin and Peter
Morland, Willie Friar, Artie Pollack, Rolando Linares,
Jose and Mari Jaen and Juan and Aida Cazorla. Amador
was very impressive with all its new restaurants, shops and
marinas and the causeway is really nice. Some of the town-
sites and houses appeared to be a bit neglected, but some of
the old CZ quarters have been built up and made into very
attractive homes. All in all, it was a great trip and everyone
was glad to have a chance to see Panama once again.

Joe and Bev Wood
Tallahassee, Fla.


After two years, the Collins (Douglasville, Ga.), the
Milams (Bella Vista, Ark.) and the Pinzons (Iowa City,
Iowa) were able to get together for a week during spring
break March 12-19. This year, Gary and Cissy, Monica and

Larry, Carlos and I met in Murfreesboro, Ark. at the Crater
of Diamonds State Park to try our luck digging for diamonds.
Unfortunately, none of us found anything that even resembled
a diamond but what fun we had digging in that green soil in
search of one. As you can see by our attire, the weather was
not the best chilly winds and sprinkles throughout the day.

Larry Milam, Gary Collins, Carlos Pinzon, Monica
Milam, Cissy Collins and Phyllis Pinzon at The Crater of
Diamonds State Park.

The next day, we headed to Hot Springs to catch the horse
races and then to the bath house to be pampered and soak in
the wonderful hot springs water in the Buckstaff Bathhouse.
We toured a small part of the city and then headed to Dan's
Whetstone Company, a family-owned business in Pearcy,
Ark. outside of Hot Springs. We had a wonderful tour by the
owner as he showed us how they take the rough stone and cut,
shape and smooth the whetstone for export as well as domes-
tic sales. None of us left empty handed and it was well worth
the trip to the countryside to see this operation. It was a great
week and, of course, the best part was just getting together
again. We vow it won't be two years until the next time we
get together.

The gang at Dan's Whetstone Company, Inc. with the owner
Dan Kirschman and his daughter Sheila Brown.

Phyllis Pinzon
Iowa City, Iowa


Tampa's USF "The Claw" Golf Course was the scene of
a mini-reunion hosted by Mac and Laura McDill in con-
junction with daughter Dawn's wedding to Wayne Watkins
during the second week in January.
Three of our intrepid golfers braved a cold snap to tempt
fate at "The Claw" with the course generally triumphing by
hiding golf balls in deep woods, hazards, and creating errant
putts from discernably level greens. The trio in the picture
below spent a great deal of time together in the Zone and
shared those memories at several barbecues and other get-

Richard Murphy, Marc Parker and Wally Russon

Laura (Russon) McDill
Tampa, Fla.


First event leading into the annual cayuco race season was
the train ride on the Panama Canal Railway to raise funds for
the Balboa Paddle Club on Saturday, January 15. The round-
trip ticket was for $40.00 and 325 people enjoyed the ride
through the jungle to go from Corozal to Cristobal. Then it
was the bus ride across Gatun Locks to enjoy the day at
Shimmy Beach in Fort Sherman. It certainly was a beautiful
day at the beach with a nice breeze, sand between the toes,
cool refreshing seawater, a calypso band providing the music,
food, sodas and beer. Those that wanted, and many did, could
go on the side trip to old Fort San Lorenzo as we were given
a tour by Skip Berger. IPAT, Panama Tourist Bureau, does
need to dedicate some time and effort to this site if they are
to preserve it. Anyway, late in the afternoon, it was time to
call it a day to pack up and make our way back to the train for
the ride back across the isthmus.
Well, the first stage that leads up to the Annual Cayuco
Race got underway Saturday, January 28. It was up bright and
early for the paddlers and support personnel as they put the
cayucos to water up at the Diablo Public Boat Ramp. From
there it was the slow paddle to the beach underneath the

Bridge of the Americas for the Captains Meeting with Craig
Broussard. With the tide heading out, it was time for the first
group of paddlers to head out in their boats to line up under
the pier at the Balboa Yacht Club and get ready for the third
running of the Causeway Regatta. Spectators, fans, parents,
sponsors, supporters and even the innocent bystander who
thought that this was interesting lined the pier and walkway
to catch the start as the horn went off at 9:30 a.m. All the
cheering and whoops and hollers soon faded as the different
groups headed out towards Flamenco Island to the turnaround
point and head back. There were those who followed by vehi-
cles and bikes to show support for their favorites along the
length of the Causeway. The course was altered slightly due
to the amount of boats anchored in the basin down by
Flamenco and Culebra Islands.
After about some 50 minutes, the flashing of their paddles
hitting the water came into view and the pier and sidewalk in
front of the Balboa Yacht Club filled back up with people to
watch and cheer everyone across the Finish Line. Chave was
this year's favorite in the Trophy Class and they showed they
were the ones to be reckoned with as they crossed the Finish
Line with some distance before the second-place boat. Mr.
Jim Wiese, Commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club, presented
the trophies on behalf of the BYC with Marisa de Arco,
President of CREBA, making the announcements. Mr. Mark
Cobb had the honor of holding up the bullhorn till his arms
got tired and someone else stood in. Race results and photos
are available at the Balboa Paddle Club web site at
Weeks later, on Saturday, February 19, the next event was
held at the Colon side of the isthmus. This is the first time this
event was going to take place here after the loss of the facili-
ty at Panama Canal Melia at Gulick. After many meetings
with city officials of Colon, the ports and terminals compa-
nies and the National Maritime Authority, all permits were
ready. Must have been strange to have a caravan of vehicles
and trailers going through Colon City early Saturday morning
to make their way to the Club Nautico. As with any new
course, the team captains were boated around the course to
become familiar with the buoy markers and the amount of
laps around the course to the come back and relay the infor-
mation to their teams. Then it was time to put the boats into
the water and one last captains meeting before the main
event. Since this was the first event in this area and the dry
season wind was whipping up some wave action, it was
decided to cut the race from four laps to three. So, 47 cayu-
cos got their hulls wet as they broke into their two categories
with three groups each and lined up at the Starting Line.
Between maintaining their position with the wind blowing
them against the shore and keeping an eye for the signal, they
were off at the sound of the horn, first the Trophy Class, fol-
lowed ten minutes later by the Open Class. Experienced
teams showed their strengths at the first turn out of the Club
Nautico as wind and waves played havoc on the inexperi-
enced teams. After they made it past that right diagonal turn,
it was down to the next buoy on the far side of the bay where
the wind and waves were hitting you from behind and on the
left side. After that next turn, it was down straight to the
Colon 2000 Terminal going with the action, two more right
turns, and you were heading back up into the waves and wind.

This was a first for everyone as no team had a chance to prac-
tice the route first so it was an even playing field that favored
no particular team. Many surprises resulted from the race as
some favorites didn't do as well as expected and other teams
surpassed their expectation.
As the winning teams completed their last rounds and
headed for the Finish Line in front of the Club Nautico, you
could see the relief that it was over. It was unfortunate that a
couple of teams never made it around once having swamped
so many times they were actually too tired to continue, and
others that did make it out of the course only not able to com-
plete the laps and having to be towed in at the finish. Overall,
it was a good race and everyone was glad they did it. That you
could see in their faces even as they went around congratu-
lating each other. Then it was time to sit down with some food
and drink and get ready for the Awards ceremony in the
assembly area at the Club Nautico. With remarks made by
representatives of Club Nautico, Banco Continental, which
sponsored the Copa Banco Continental held at this location,
and CREBA, the medals were distributed by Marisa de Arco,
president of CREBA and Mr. Fred Obediente, representative
from Banco Continental.
On Saturday, March 5, the Gamboa Regatta was held on
the shores of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort along the
Chagres River. The drag race event of the year where it pits
the fastest cayucos in the 400-meter run, it is a fun-filled day.
Though I couldn't attend this event due to other commit-
ments, I was informed 52 cayucos signed up for the race
which made for a full day's event on a lovely sunny day
which started at 9:00 a.m. As the process of elimination con-
tinued, it couldn't be helped but to notice several helicopters
flying overhead and filming the event. Around 4:30, the
teams started gathering at the Pavilion in front of Gamboa
Beach for the Awards ceremony. On a curious note, remem-
ber I mentioned helicopters buzzing around. I'm told a yellow
one in particular decided to land in the vicinity of the old golf
course and out comes Mr. Herman Bern, one of Panama's
major developers and owner of the Gamboa Rainforest
Resort. He was impressed with the event and had nothing but
praise and welcomes CREBA back to continue with the tra-
dition next year. The Awards Ceremony was carried out with
Pablo Prieto and Sue Stabler. I was told that Ted Henter, Al
Schonert, Randy Deakins, and Stanley Wright took out the
Red Ed and although they didn't place, they had a lot of fun
giving it a good try.
Should mention that this year and as in years past, the
main sponsor of the Annual Cayuco Race is the Panama
Canal Authority. The corporate sponsor for this year's Annual
Race was the Nissan Corporation. Other sponsors were the
Panama Canal Railway Company, Seaboard Marine, Banco
Continental, the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, the Balboa Yacht
Club, Club Nautico Caribe, and the El Rey supermarkets.
Most cayucos also had their separate sponsors who provided
materials and other types of support and we can't leave out
the families who supported the teams.
Again, don't forget to visit the web site: www.cavuco- for the results of these races and pictures.

Art Mokray, Jr.
Panama, R.P.


The annual get-together to watch The Players
Championship (golf tournament) in Ponte Vedra Beach was
partially rained out this year. That didn't prevent everyone
from staying up past their bedtimes, retelling the same won-
derful stories about the "good old days". Those who came
this year were Ray Bierbaum (BHS'67), Don and Beth
(Parmly BHS'65) DeStaffino, Bill Egolf (BHS'65), Jeff
Riley (BHS'66), Jim Riley (BHS'64), and Kathie (Lavallee
BHS'64) Sears.
Kathie brought back some great memories of the club-
house with Johnny Mazzetti and empanadas. There was plen-
ty of Ron Cortez to wash it all down since there had been sev-
eral recent trips to Panama--the DeStaffinos in February and
Ray and Jeff in March.

Front (L-R): Don DeStaffino, Jim Riley, Beth DeStaffino,
Ray Bierbaum. Back (L-R): Jeff Riley, Kathie Sears, Bill

Beth DeStaffino
Port Orange, Fla.


Richard and Bette Swearingen hosted a lovely celebra-
tion of life in honor of Helen Swearingen, who passed away
on April 14, 2004. The affair was held in Orlando in
December. The three Swearingen sons; Paul, Lee and Jody
and their respective families were in attendance as were other
family and friends.

Marge Ruoff, Ginger Young, Barbara Aycock, Bette
Swearingen and Ann Downing.

The S\earingen men ard their finmlie,. Stindiin. Brandon
and Paul. Sitting (L-R): Jody and wife Cathy, Lee, Dlyann,
Stacy, Bryane and Patrick.

Eric Ernest, Frank Ender and Everett White at the Pizzeria
L-R: George Downing, Dave Aycock, Richard "Buckeye" Italia in Panama, March 2005.
Swearingen, Jack Ruoff, Jody Swearingen, Bill Young and
Paul Swearingen.


Model "A" Ford Special Coupe

Back (L-R): Ed Donohue, John Cronin, Captain Tom
McClean, Charlie Leves. Front: Windy "Too Tall" Sasso,
Mickey McElhone.


Thomas G. Armstrong (aka Richardson)
BHS class of 1960
South Bend, Wash.


This nine-day trip was planned by four Atlantic Siders
(Windy Sasso, Ed Donohue, John Cronin, and Mickey
McElhone) to play golf during the dry season and take in the
local sights, including the cayuco race. It was also John
Cronin's first visit back to Panama since departing in 1971.
We were unexpectedly joined by Capt. Tom McLean,
another Gold Coaster, who graciously opened his lovely
home to us in El Valle. While playing at the beautiful
Decameron Golf Club (a sheer delight to play), Charlie
Leves joined the golfing group. Afterward, Charlie and his
lovely Ruth, who retired in Panama, entertained us at their
great beach home.
All things considered, everyone had a great time and
plans are in the works to return next year for another golfing
experience during the dry season.

Edward J. Donohue
Trinity, Fla.




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Bill (L) and Pete (R) Lang 1946
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high school,the older boys would initiate you into high
school. First they cut off all your hair. You were then their
slave doing crazy things like selling toilet paper one sheet at
a time, kissing girls, singing songs in the clubhouse, etc. The
freshman pledge "I am so low, so gosh darn low, it would take
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"Underneath the Sheltering Palms"

Panama Canal Zone Police
use HARLEY-DAVIDSONS Exclusively!


Front Row (L-R): Beth Lockridge, ? Ginny McClaren, Susie Tweed, Mary Hicks, Judy McCoy. Second Row (L-R):
ZoeAnn Karst, Joann Steiner, Patty Steiner, Monica Evans?, ? Marilyn Ford. Third Row (L-R): ? Shirley
Woodruff, Joan Gibson?, Dorothy Hicks, ? Back Row (L-R): Naomi Paddock, Catherine Manush, ? ? Ali
McKeown, ? Anyone recognize themselves?
Photo submitted by Dorothy Hicks Chapman

Interesting note to this picture is that the Canal Record Editor's Asst. still owns two of the dolls shown in the front row.


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Photo submitted by Ewald Wiberg.

Photo submitted by Hindi Diamond.

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Seated (L-R): Barbara Klipper, Leon ? Carolyn Holgerson,
and Lacy Hinkle. Standing (L-R): Jim Frasier, Billy Joyce,
Jimmy Doran, Charlie McArthur and Jim Murphy at the El

The museum will be an attraction at the reunion for the
seventh year. One of the two special exhibits will honor the
150th Anniversary of the completion of the Panama Railroad,
the first transcontinental railroad in the Western Hemisphere.
The exhibit will feature photographs beginning in 1850 and -
continuing up to the new Panama Canal Railway Company ..
now traversing the Isthmus of Panama. In addition, historical
di>pLi\s of railroad functions over history; namely, the -
Panama Railroad Ships and the hotels Washington and Tivoli ..C
will be displayed.
The exhibit ties in with the Annual Luncheon speaker, and
the annual museum calendar and Christmas ornament, both of
which will be available at the Museum Vendor Table.
The Museum will also have its very popular Silent


MOLAS The American Influence
Cheryl Russell and the museum staff have
organized a special exhibit featuring the ubiquitous
Kuna Indian molas and the effect of the American
Era on these unique local craft items. The exhibit
w was opened at the museum on April 29th as a spe- ..
cial feature. Many of the molas were loaned to the
museum for this exhibit from numerous former
Zonians. The exhibit proved so successful that it is
being brought to the annual Panama Canal Reunion
in addition to the railroad exhibit.

During the time the mola exhibit showed at the museum, the museum had molas for
sale, the proceeds from which will go to the Kuna Education Fund set up by Dr. and Jane
Gruver. The Gruvers provided the molas to augment the exhibit and give a special
emphasis to the educational fund. They are famous for their work with the Kunas for
many years. More than a dozen young Kunas have received scholarships to US univer-
sities from this fund. i


The museum Board of Trustees commissioned a special
plaque of recognition for its largest single donor, Leo Krziza.
During one of the group gatherings on the latest Museum
Panama Cruise, Leo was present with the special plaque.
Krziza donated a matching gift of $25,000 to the museum,
marking the single largest donation since the museum's
founding in 1998. Much of the
matching funds to meet Krziza's
challenge came from a large
bequest by Anna Ruth
Werkheiser. Noting the bequests
could be a significant source of
funds for the museum, Krziza is
now working with the museum to
develop a bequest to the museum
that will further emphasize sup-
port to preserving the history of
the Panama Canal.


Reservations for the
new museum cookbook
indicate that it is going
to be a sellout! Sarah
Finkelstein and her
dedicated committee of
Catherine Goodrich,
Sis Medinger, and
Cissy Collins have sent
the book to press and
expect it back in June.
Prominent Canal Zone
artist Jerry Fields pro-
vided the artwork for
the cover and the pages
dividing the major
recipe categories.
Museum Webmaster,
Joey Zornes, served as
graphical design con-
sultant for the book.
Recipes were gathered from old Canal Records and from
many generous volunteers who heeded the call for their best
recollections of favorite foods and desserts. Over 100 recipes
are included in this one-of-a-kind book, the theme of which is
"Opening the Gates on Canal Cuisine."


Almost 80 cruisers joined the latest museum cruise to
Panama, where they were able to make a very short one-day
trip back "home." Led by Museum Trustees, Kathy Egolf,
Faith Brundage, Paul Glassburn and Bob Zumbado and
Cruise Coordinator, June Barlow Riesz, the cruisers were
presented with trip T-shirts and tote bags. The cruise,
arranged by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, featured a presentation
by museum trustee, Capt. Bob Dell, and a game of Panama
Canal Trivia emceed by Paul Glassburn and Bob Zumbado.
The Royal Caribbean ship, Brilliance of the Seas, carried
the cruisers to ports in the Caribbean, Panama and Costa
Rica. Unfortunately, no cruises presently give voyagers more
than an all too quick visit to Panama.
For a complete change of locale, our early June 2006
Alaska Cruise/Tour promises to fill the bill! Once again June
Riesz will be coordinating the tour, and the travel agent will
donate to the museum for each cabin sold. June and Arvid
and Pat Olsen will be at the Reunion to answer questions-and
take reservations! Call 1-888-652-1365 or 1-727-394-9338
for more information.
The Museum is working with cruise lines to find a cruise
that will give travelers a longer visit to Panama sometime in
the future.


The museum needs your help. If you are not a member,
please join us. We are planning for our move to a larger and
more accessible location when our present lease expires. To
do this, we need to have a healthy reserve in our accounts to
finance the move. We need at least 2000 members, and today
have only 500. Join us now so that we can have the grassroots
support crucial for successful grant applications. We have
several grant proposals underway, but the Zonian community
is vital for our success in the grant process. See the Panama
Canal Museum membership application elsewhere in this




(How can that be!!)

During the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla. June 29-July 3,
Contact: Shirley (Smith) O'Connor

BHS 1949/1950


There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS Classes
of 1949 and 1950 at the 2005 Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society at the Caribe Royale Resort. The
Hospitality Suite will be open for classmates on
Thursday, June 30th, Friday, July 1st, Saturday, July
2nd, and in the morning only on Sunday, July 3rd.
When arriving at the Reunion, the Villa Number will
be at the Society Information Desk. Your committee
would appreciate any donations to help defray the
expenses of the Hospitality Suite.

George Downing
801 Pine Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

William Carson
375 N. Biscayne RiverDrive
Miami, FL 33169-6627

Thomas Peterson
6534 Samoa Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241-5637





Celebration of the 50th anniversary of our graduation
will consist of three days of open house with plenty of
food and drink plus a sit-down dinner. It will be at the
Caribe Royal Resort, Orlando, Fla. June 30 through July
2, during the 2005 PCS Reunion. Magically, a
photo/music parade will take us back to the 50s and a new
yearbook will bring us back to the future in 2005.
All BHS classmates, come join in the fun! Send your
500 to 600 word bios and current photos to Chuck
Hummer to make the new yearbook complete, even if
you can't come.
Contacts are:

Bob Zumbado

Joan Hensler Toscar

Chuck Hummer


June 30 July 3, 2005 Orlando, Fla.

Please make sure we have an up-to-date address, (snail
mail and email address). Contacts for the event are:

Ruthanne Joy Himes Greenwood
127 1/2 Opal Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662

Andra English
36 Yeardley's Grant
Williamsburg, VA 23185 (Andy Nash)

Visit our web site: island/CHS60s.html


We will hold our 45th Class Reunion in conjunction with the 2005 Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Florida.
Please contact me if you are interested in attending or would like further information as soon as possible.

Carolyn Holmes Morris
2067 Youngblood Drive
Hephzibah, GA 30815

Contact Carolyn Holmes Morris if you have information on these classmates.

Able Long, Lana Dee
Alger, Addie Josephine
Aquila, Santiago O.
Arjona, Irma Yolanda
Babcock (Page), Frances Fay
Bartol, Joan Katherine
Bassett, Kathryn E.
Baughman, Kay
Bradshaw, Charles
Braswell, Marcia Ann
Brown, James Allen
Castro, C.
Cheung Chu, Ana Raquel
Clark, C.
Clymer, Ray P.
Cole, James Joseph
Coppenhaver, George
Coutts, Kathleen Wickham
Davis (Cappa), Betty Catherine
De Unamuno (Roundtree), Doris
Dykstra, Evelyn L.
Estrada, Gloria
Ferguson, Alex
Fitzgerald (Lancaster), Sara Jane "Sally"
Franklin, A.
Gable, Barbara Judith
Gatlin (Skains), Terry Andre
Griley, Edmund A.
Hadley, Bonner
Handy, Lottie Irelia
Henderson, Anne
Holloway, R.
Jenkins, Eric
Johnson, Eva Emma
King, Jackie
Lasso, Aixa Elena
Lastinger, Joseph (Dean)
Loar, William E. "Butch"
Lytle, Karen E. "Ginger" (Cook, Ojeda)
MacKenzie, Kenneth
MacLean, Douglas G.

Malone, Patsy Ann
McGuire, Pat
McNall, John H.
Monteath, Donald
Mueller Birkett, Al
Murdaugh, Joyce Ann
Neipsey (Evans), Patricia
Nickerson (Trail), Jeanne Carol
Norton, Michael L.
Parker (Green), Nelva Marie
Pearce, Dimity "Dee"
Perkins, Roy Wilbur
Phillipps (Myers), Elizabeth
Raymond, Harry
Raymond, Sharon K.
Rector, W.
Redick, Virginia M. "Cookie"
Richters, Maria Lillian
Rigby, William C.
Roberson (Boucher), Leila Maxine
Rodriguez, Andy
Rodriguez, Samuel
Romero, Iraida Esperanza
Roper, Ruth
Searle, C.
Sheppard, Thomas Richard
Sims, Holly
Sims, Lil
Smith, Betty Joan
Such, Judith Anne
Symonds (Segars), Carole
Thomas, M.
Thompson, Chester Alexander
Townsend, Aura Lillian
Vales, Fancis
Vogel, Jeanne Lucille
Walters, Jose H.
West, B.
Wheaton, Betty Lou
Woods, Donna Sue


June 24th-26th, 2005

The BHS Class of 1965 Reunion will be held on the
24th-26th of June in Atlanta, Ga.
Please pass the word to class members and visit the
class web site to keep informed.
Web site:

Keep the party going!


June 29-July 3, 2005

After Atlanta, join us for a BHS Class of 1965 40th
Reunion in conjunction with the 2005 Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida (June 29-
July 3).
Our class reunion dinner/dance (with the BHS
Trollin'69ers) will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2005.
For more detailed information on all the class activi-
ties during the Society's Reunion, please contact:

Suzanne Schmidt Goldstein
1720 Virginia Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803
(407) 898-8257


The Balboa High School Class of 1970 will be hold-
ing their 35th class reunion from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
on Thursday night, June 30, 2005 in conjunction with
the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Visit the Panama Canal Society information desk in
the Convention Center at the Annual Reunion for the
Villa location of our Class reunion.
Please update your email address with a member of
the committee to ensure you receive the information.

Rudy Crespo, Chairperson

Jacque Crowell Vowell
vowellja @



We are to hold our 40th Reunion for the year 2005 at
the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during the
annual Panama Canal Society Reunion (June 29-July 3,

Early planning will assure a memorable reunion so
please send in your name, address and email address to
the committee members listed below right away. Also,
start your own search now for your long-lost classmates
and help us build a huge class list for our 40th reunion.

The Castaways will be providing dance music for the
party night of Thursday, June 30, 2005. For more infor-
mation, please visit the class website at

For more information, contact:

Beverly Phillips (Dreyer)
1730 Arbolita Lane
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Sue Lubera (Roscoe)
2155 Matthews Road
Big Pine Key, FL 33043


Virginia D. Austin
Vivian Elaine Butler
Daniel Antonio Calderon
Ileana Del Carmen Cintron
George William Coleman
Sandra Carolyn Conway
Richard Lee Cooper
Jacqueline Ann Denany
Jorge Luis Ferrer
Cathy Fitzsimmons
James Abner Frost
Sharon Harvey
Patricia Anne Hogan
Blanche Elizabeth Jones
Thomas Hillman Jordan
Nancy Ann Klunick


Carolina Ann Lee
Kristin Lee Mallory
Ramon Otero, Jr.
Mildred Marie Payne
Jose Rios
Ramona Rios
Zulma Yolanda Santiago
Ana Delia Santos
Luana Jean Seymour
James Theodore Smith
Robert Barrie Thomson
Lita Sara Tigert
Richard R. Valenzuela
Maria Eugenia Vazquez
Dianne Claire Vick
Vilma Marie Williams
Joel Frederick Yoder



We will be holding our 35th Reunion for the year
2005 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during
the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, June 29-July
3, 2005. (Please be sure to also register for the Society.)
All interested parties please contact Jane (Gabriel) Huff
through any of the below mediums.
Also, please pass on any e-mails, phone numbers or
snail mail addresses of classmates you can get in touch
with to help make this a memorable class reunion. Start
spreading the word...THE CRISTOBAL CLASS OF

Jane (Gabriel) Huff
310 Inlet Ave.
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321) 449-9665


Plans are being made to hold the CHS Class of 1975
30th reunion in conjunction with the 2005 Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
For more information, please contact me with your current
address or e-mail.
Cherie Danielsen Lee
5515 Cactus Forest Dr.
Houston Texas 77088
(281) 999-8368



The Balboa High School Class of 1980 will hold a 25th
Reunion during the Panama Canal Society Reunion to be held
June 29 July 3, 2005. For more information please visit the
class website at or contact one of the follow-
ing class members:
Richard Grimison
1275 Island Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
(321) 452-6246
grimison @
Sue Kelleher White
6210 South Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 835-9493
Carl Orvis
6409 Hunt Road
Port St. John, FL 32927
(321) 632-3866



The Balboa High School Class of 1990 is planning a
15th Class Reunion to be held July 1 and 2, 2005, in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Orlando, Florida.

For information, please visit the class web site at

or email one of the following reunion coordinators:

Lisa ( DesLondes) Rambo
Karen Kirby
Pallas (Burke) Washington
Karla Knox

Irambo @



The Chateau Resort and Convention Center,
Tannersville, Pa., is again the location of the annual
Poconos Reunion to be held Friday and Saturday,
September 10-11, 2005. The prices and event rooms will
remain the same as past years, as follows: (per person, per
night, mountainside room, including dinner Friday and
Saturday night, all taxes and gratuities).





For reservations, call 1-800-245-5900 and indicate
that you are with the Panama Canal Group. Reservations
received after August 3, 2005, will be on a space available
For additional information, please contact one of the

Pat Whitam
(330) 725-5087

Marion Royston
(410) 488-3904

Bucky Hall
(941) 377-3731



JANUARY 24-29, 2007

Yes, we are planning another reunion of our class-
mates, but this time in PANAMA! Bruce Quinn and
Rolo Linares have kindly offered to orchestrate a great
time for all who come. Bruce and Rolo will make sure
you have a terrific time while in Panama. Since this return
to Panama is not until January 2007, you all have plenty
of time to save your pennies so you can join us in a fun-
packed four-day weekend. Details of the Panama
Reunion are in the planning stage and further details will
be given as soon as we have them in place.

Contact June Rowley Stevenson at 800-783-8847 for
further information..


Due to the successful and outstanding fun time every-
one had when they attended the Health Bureau Reunion
in the Republic of Panama in 2004, another get-together
is being planned from January 26 to February 4, 2006.
Lori Snow, CEO, from Condor Outfitters has a pro-
posed itinerary for the coming trip and it looks superb.
More information will be available as the time draws
nearer for this wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted
with friends and co-workers who worked for the Health

Contacts are:
Jeannine Eggleston
10420 NW 14th Street
Plantation, FL 33322
(954)-260 6822

Grace Shadeck
3196 SW 177th Lane Road
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 347-4141

Lori Snow
Condor Outfitters
1907 De Winton Place
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(770) 339-9961 or 1-800-783-8847
info @


There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern
Star luncheon on Friday, July 1, 2005 at the Caribe
Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The
cost of the luncheon is $25/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the fraternity are invited. Dress
for the occasion will be semi-formal.
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Caribe Royale Resort
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Friday July 1, 2005
Luncheon:12:30 p.m. Cost:$25/meal
(A) Beef Burgundy
(B) Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Please make reservations and meal selection of
I(A) or (B) below.
I Total enclosed: $ I
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
IRobert Russell and mail to:
I 2327 Lyndhurst Drive
Sun City Center
Florida 33573
IList names of persons attending (and meal selection) forl
Name tags:
SName Meal SelectionI

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a Deadline for reservations is June 17, 2005 1
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tising rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad
shown in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society,
Inc. or those who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who wish to advertise in the Canal
Record. All ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record
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Started as a non-profit organization in
1952, the Canal Zone Study Group has 750
members world-wide. We mail a quarterly publication for
a low annual membership fee of only $ 8. To join send a
check or cash to: CZSG. 408 Redwood, Schaumburg, IL
Check out, or contact David


A 1978 CHS class ring was rescued off EBAY
recently. Initials inside the ring are O. M. S.
Could it be Osca Sanchez? It's a man's ring but
hanging on a frilly chain which would lead one
to conclude that it was at one time in the pos-
session of a girl. Should you know anyone fit-
ting the clues, please contact Greg Rougeau
(BHS'78) at home (318) 442-0880.

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Mike Morris and his band Siennablu are proud to announce the
release of their new cd To The Afterglow,
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Call our office in the U.S. at 1-800-633-4643 or visit our website:

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Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338
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(Include maiden name, if applicable. Indicate how you want your name or names to appear on the Wall of Honor.)
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ic transit through the Panama Canal. In addition, your same donation may be made in memory of deceased persons) or in honor of living persons) to allow them to move
along the Canal on their transit journey. Please indicate below the full names) of such persons and the amount of your donation you wish to allocate.
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are used directly by the Museum for operating costs. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by
calling toll free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. The Department of Agriculture Division has issued the
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* We are the official photographers for
the Panama Canal Society.
* To schedule a Reunion Photograph
Appointment, call the studio or see us at
the reunion.
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Just give us a call at the studio.

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you woke up to the aroma and taste of the wonderfully rich, full flavor of
your own special cup of "Cafe Duran"?

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wonderful life in Panama.
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Panama Canal Society.

Eligible members will receive a 10% discount off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from *Miami,
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