EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2004-2006
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
Mr. John R. Gough II
Ms. Faith Brundage
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Mrs. Joan Ohman
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
Ms. Margaret McLaughlin
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Secretary's Message.................................................................................... ............................2
Editor's Comer........................................................................... ..................................... 2
Reunion Coordinator Update.................................................................... ........................ 3
September General Membership Meeting, Olive Garden........................... ...... .................4
November General Membership Meeting and Space Coast Group Picnic.................................5
Panama Canal Society Financial Report.................................................... .......................6
Spectacular Folkloric Show..................................................................... ...................... 8
Castaway Thursday Night Dance.......................... .. .............................................................8
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting M inutes.............................. ................... 9
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings........................ ...................... 9
Legislative Report..................................................................................... ............................10
February Luncheon Pictures..................................................................... .....................12
Mears Shuttle Coupon............................................................................... ............................13
March Annual Picnic Pictures............................................................ .......... ............14
Your Reporter Says:
FL Central ........................21
FL South Florida...............23
FL Space Coast.................25
FL Tallahassee................... 28 Oklahoma.........................37
Georgia............................29 Panam a............................37
Maryland......................31 TX Dallas........................42
M idwest...................... 32 Virginia............................ 43
Insurance Update................ ................ ................................................44
C ongratu lations..... ............................................................................. ........................................45
W eddings............................................................................................... ............ 47
B irths................................................................. ........................................ ...... .......... 49
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................................................. .............................52
Email Updates .. ....................... ...................... ....... .......................61
L letters to the E ditor.......................................................................... ....................................62
"Looking B ack"..........................................................................................................................74
M museum N ew s...........................................................................................................................79
A nnouncem ents.................................................................................. ......................................81
M asons and OES Luncheon.................................................. ............................. 84
A dvertisem ents..................................................................................... ..................... 86
M em bership Application Form ............................................................. .......................95
Cover: Fort San Lorenzo, Panama taken by Sandra (Chesson) Walker, Austin, Texas.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Julyl9-23 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY ANNUAL REUNION, Caribe
Royale Resort, Orlando, Fla.
August No PCS General Membership Meeting
September 9 PCS General Membership Meeting, Olive Garden, 6700 US
Highway 19, Pinellas Park, Florida at 11:30 a.m. Call the Society
Office at (727) 391-4359 for more information. See page 4.
October No PCS General Membership Meeting
November 4 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting and
Space Coast Group Picnic, 11:30 a.m. at Tom Statham Park
Pavilion, near Titusville, Fla. Call Bob and Kathie McConaughey
at (321) 452-7281 or Bob and Fran Morrissey at (321) 639-9092
for more info. See page 5.
December 2 PCS General Membership Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the
Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington Beach, Florida at 11:00
a.m. More information will be in the October issue of the Canal
Hola Members of the Panama
Evocative, provocative, thought-
ful, meaningful, consequential, and
perhaps fortuitous. These are all
adjectives for the way I have tried
to communicate relevant Panama
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis Canal Society issues to our mem-
bers in my President's Messages over the last two years.
As the close of my two-year term draws near, I have given
more thought than usual to what I wanted to say so I went
back and read my "messages" in the previous issues of the
Canal Record. I needed to refresh my thoughts on where we
were in July 2004 and where we are (at the time of this writ-
ing, April 2006) today. I realize that in some cases, I may be
repeating myself; however, this is only because the topic is
significant enough to warrant.
Our current membership numbers in the Society are pret-
ty much comparable to the last four years, but overall they are
gradually declining. For example, at the end of 2004, we had
3,730 paid members. At the end of 2005, we had 3,688, a dif-
ference of 42 people. Doesn't sound too alarming until you
attach a dollar amount to those 42 memberships. It shows
approximately $1,260 in dues that we did not collect. In 2003,
we had 3,894 paid up members. The decline is slow, but
steady, and our main source of revenue is membership dues.
Our reunions are momentous events and unquestionably
"primo clase", however, reunion expenses have understand-
ably increased because the cost of everything from food to
labor has gone up. Additionally, the financial investments the
Society holds have not performed as well as they have in the
past because interest rates plummeted worldwide. As a sim-
ple example, in 2001, the interest rates on our investments
yielded $12,711 in revenue, dropping drastically to $3,585 in
2002. On a more positive note, as rates have gradually risen,
these same investments provided us $6,161 interest in 2005,
but this is still down by almost 50%. Our overall operational
expenses have also increased as our revenue has declined.
This has been occurring since 2000. To compensate for this,
we upgraded our technology and implemented streamlined
office procedures that have improved our productivity and
kept our expenses down. We also sought conservative invest-
ment opportunities with acceptable yields. However, even
with these measures in place, our expenses have exceeded our
revenue. We will continue our ongoing efforts to curtail
expenses and utilize further cost cutting practices where we
can, but realistically, we have to look at measures to increase
our revenue and membership. These could include creating a
more intensive marketing campaign to bring in new mem-
bers, attract and renew former members, and ultimately scal-
ing back our expenditures even further. For obvious reasons,
there are no new "Zonies" we can recruit from in Panama, so
we need to focus on Generations X and Y and some of the
lagging Baby Boomers to provide us with the numbers and
leadership in the coming years. We want our Society to live
in "perpetuity", so we must consider all options.
The 2006 Reunion is almost here. If you haven't made
your reservation, do it now. We have a great five-day program
planned and there will be something available for everyone's
enjoyment, both young and old. We have the ever popular
golf tournament; the dance with the "Gold Coast Castaways"
Rock & Roll band on Thursday night; the huge vendor and
exhibitor participation; the Friday and Saturday night dance
extravaganzas with live music from Panama (this includes the
gorgeous ballroom decorations); the popular watering hole
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
z ONE (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
f "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
1*^ Oq 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
SThe Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
SMarch, June,October, and December
S* Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
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.
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: pancanalsocietv.org
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765
we call the "Clubhouse"; the late night disco dances with
David Smith, a.k.a. "DJ Blitz"; the Annual Luncheon with
guest speaker Rodolfo Sabonge, Director of Marketing from
the current Panama Canal Authority (ACP), and many class
and family reunions scheduled. Our Reunion registration
numbers are looking very good. We will have many great
door prizes worth thousands of dollars for members who
attend the Annual Business Meeting. Our Executive Board,
the Committee Chairpersons and our loyal volunteers have all
worked for a year organizing and planning this event. We are
truly looking forward to seeing you in Orlando and hope
you'll join us.
In closing, I have just a few more comments. This August
there will be a new President and Executive Board taking the
reins for the next two years. The elected officers will be
announced at the July Annual Business Meeting in Orlando.
I have the greatest confidence in their ability to lead our
Society into the future. I want to thank each of you for sup-
porting me over the last two years. A very special "gracias por
todo" goes to my Executive Board officers, Bill
McLaughlin, Steve Nehring, Bob Russell, Faith
Brundage, "Skeeter" Camby, John Gough, Joan Ohman,
Margaret McLaughlin, Mary Lou Lang, Jim O'Donnell,
Muriel Whitman, Jim Parthenais, and Cheryl Russell, as
well as this year's Lodging Chairperson, Darleen Hunt and
Lou and Jan Andino, our Annual Luncheon Chairpersons.
Their help and support have been phenomenal! The Society's
three paid member/employees, Nancy Van Siclen, Carol
Masino and Jacque Vowell have excelled beyond anyone's
expectations, and for that, I don't think I can thank each of
I am honored to have served our Society over the last six
years, first as a Director, then 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice
President and ultimately as President from 2004-2006. I will
remain on the Executive Board as 'Past President' and con-
tinue to be active in all of our activities throughout the year.
I love our Society and what we represent to the world. We are
an amazing organization and the friendships that have
endured over the decades are the envy of everyone who has
ever heard of us.
May all of you be safe, healthy and as happy as you can
be! Please stay in touch. There are no strangers among us!
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society 2004-2006
Another year has passed and in just a
few more weeks, we will temporarily
move our office to the
Nancy Van Siclen Information/Society Business Desk in
the Convention Center of the Caribe Royale Hotel. Of course,
we'll be in the best "company" because we'll be with all of
you at the 2006 Reunion. We are looking forward to seeing
all of our loyal members and volunteers, who always seem to
be there when we need you.
I am inviting you to stop by and see us at the
Information/Society Business Desk if you have any changes
you wish to make in your membership information, or if you
would like to pay your dues early for 2007. We will also have
available the Panama Canal Society license plates, decals and
the 2006 Annual Directory for sale to members.
At the time of this writing, during the first three months
of 2006, 201 new membership applications were received,
processed and approved by the Executive Board, bringing our
total paid membership to 3,339 as of March 31, 2006. We
anticipate that over 500 more will renew their membership or
join our Society before the reunion in July.
Carol Masino and I are looking forward to seeing you at
the Caribe Royale again this year! Stop by and say hello!
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359; 1-866-726-2262
I would like to thank the members
for sending their digital pictures in 300
DPI (Dots Per Inch) or higher resolu-
tion as stipulated by the new policy for
the Canal Record. The quality of the Jacque Vowell
pictures are greatly improved when using 300 dpi or higher
resolutions. It makes a big difference in the quality of the pic-
tures in the finished product, as any resolution less than 300
dpi does not print well and ends up being fuzzy.
Remember to set the resolution on your digital cameras to
300 DPI or higher (or on BEST if you are using a Kodak
Easy Share camera) when you are taking pictures at the
reunion. The Canal Record only accepts pictures in a JPEG
or TIF format with a 300 dpi or higher resolution. If you need
help with how to send pictures or how to send news, I am
only a phone call or email away.
I would also like to thank the area reporters for their devo-
tion to the Canal Record. They do such a great job gathering
up news and pictures to keep us informed of former neigh-
bors and old friends.
A big thanks goes to Nancy Van Siclen and Carol
Masino for their help in making sure the Record is perfect
before it goes to the printer. I couldn't do this without you
See you at the reunion!
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
Digital photos must be
sent in JPEG or TIF format
and must be
300 dpi resolution or higher.
REUNION COORDINATOR'S UPDATE
We are almost at reunion time and everyone is getting very excited! The following is the latest update in this final pre-reunion
issue of the Canal Record. As you can see, there are no yellow reunion/hotel registration forms in this book. By now, you
should have already registered as several registration deadlines have passed, i.e., hotel reservations closed on June 1. Also,
registration for the annual luncheon, golf tournament, advance dance/disco tickets and vendors' reunion fees will close on June
If you missed the above deadlines, you can register late for the reunion and purchase dance/disco tickets on-site at the Caribe
Royale starting Thursday, July 20, in the Registration Room.
By now you should have received your hotel confirmation. If you haven't, please call the Society Office, toll free, at 1-866-
726-2262 no later than Friday, July 14. In preparation for the Reunion, the Society Office will be closed on Wednesday, July
19 and will reopen for business on Monday, July 24.
Free continental breakfast for registered members staying at the Caribe Royale will be served on Thursday in Tower II and
again on Friday and Saturday in both Tower II and the Convention Center. Breakfast tickets will be in your registration pack-
If you arrive late to the hotel on Friday or Saturday evening and are unable to pick up your registration packet from
Registration, you can pick up your pre-ordered dance tickets at the On-Site Ticket Sales counter near the entrance to the
ballroom from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM each night. This service is only for those who purchased advanced dance tickets.
The Panama Folkloric Dance Festival that has been advertised in past editions of the Canal Record will be a great show for
all of you planning to attend. As an update from the previous advertisements, the dance group is planning to sell advanced
tickets in the Convention Center. If you are interested, look for their table in the foyer between the Registration and Vendor
Once again, we will have a brochure with reunion events/programs, map and rooms at the Registration Room and
Information/Society Business Desk. Remember to pick up one for quick reference as it is a good guide to reunion activities.
Be sure to look for signs to locate key activity areas in the Convention Center. Also, at the Information/Society Business
Desk, there will be a large bulletin board with the latest information.
We have many activities for everyone. Check the Schedule of Events for times and locations.
We look forward to seeing you at the reunion, and hope that you will have a great time.
Viva La Sociedad del Panama Canal.
CR IST1E3 -AL
The cost is $15.00 per person. For more information, call the Panama Canal Society Office at
(727) 391-4359 or (Toll free) (866) 726-2262. Deadline is August 30, 2006.
There will be no refunds after August 30. 2006.
September General Membership Meeting
September 9, 2006
Names of guests:
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
reservations at $15.00 each.
There will be no refunds after August 30. 2006.
ITotal enclosed $
DEADLINE: August 30, 2006
Make checks payable and mail to:
Panama Canal Society Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
September General Membership Meeting
Olive Garden Restaurant
6700 Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
September 9, 2006
Our first general membership meeting after the 2006 Reunion will be held at the Olive Garden
Restaurant in Pinellas Park, Florida on September 9, 2006 starting at 11:30 a.m.
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
September General Membership
September 9, 2006
Olive Garden Restaurant
6700 Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
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Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
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End at Pinellas Park, FL 33781-6242.
and Space Coast Picnic
November 4, 2006
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 4, 2006 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 11:30
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 or Bob and Fran
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092.
FROM SR-50 go south 3.4 miles on US Hwy 1, the park
is on the left.
Randall N. Drake, C.P.A., P.A.
1981 Promenade Way
Clearwater, Florida 33760
Phone: (727) 536-4836
April 27, 2006
To the membership of the Panama Canal Society, Inc:
Another year has passed and I look forward to addressing your organization
again at this year's reunion.
The following financial statements for 2005 were prepared by your office
and were not audited or reviewed by me.
My involvement is monthly consultation to close the general ledger, prepare
journal entries and verify that accounts are balanced and the income report-
ed ties to the member database reports. Nancy continues to do an excel-
lent job of bookkeeping and managing the society's day to day operations.
Your Board of Directors meets regularly and reviews the income and expen-
ditures for the society. In addition, the monthly results are compared to both
prior years and budget.
If you have any questions for the society staff or me, please let us know.
Randall N. Drake, CPA PA
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Annual Financial Statements for Year Ended 2005
BALANCE SHEET 2005
As of December 31, 2005
CD's & Bonds
Fifth Third Bank
Other Current Assets
Total Other Current Assets
Total Current Assets
PROFIT & LOSS
January through December 2005
Dec 31, 05
Depreciable Assets 55,121
Less: Accumulated Depreciation (53,768)
Total Fixed Assets $ 1,353
Reunion Expense Deposits 7,260
Total Other Assets $ 7,260
TOTAL ASSETS $ 247,358
UABI DUTIES& EQUITY
Beginning Fund Balance $ 254,709
Net Income (7,352)
Total Equity $ 247,357
TOTAL U ABI U TI ES & EQUI TY $ 247,357
First Class Postage
Interest and Investments
Bank & Credit Card Expenses
Other Taxes & Licenses
Postage & Delivery
Printing & Reproduction
Travel & lodging
Net Income (Loss)
Jan Dec 05
Spectacular Folkloric Show
Saturday, July 22, 2006
This year the Recuerdos De Mi Panama Panamanian folkloric dance group who perform at our Despedida will be host-
ing a spectacular Panama folkloric dance show. There will be nine Panamanian folkloric groups, including one group
directly from Panama, who will be giving a spectacular performance with dances from all over Panama along with live
music. This event will take place at a local Orlando theater not too far from the Caribe Royale hotel. Come and join the
fun and feel the warmth of our Panamanian culture and traditions.
Price for this event is $20 per person. The event will be held Saturday afternoon after the Annual Luncheon. Ticket price
includes transportation to and from the Caribe Royale and theater. Payment will be made at the event.
Buses will start boarding at 2:30 p.m. and depart the hotel promptly at 2:45 p.m. to the theater. The show will begin at
3:00 p.m. Buses will return to the Caribe Royale at 6:00 p.m.
For more information call Bill McLaughlin 352-726-8804.
Thursday, July 20- 9 p.m.
Caribe Royale Convention Center
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Dance
Info & advance tickets: email@example.com / 800-400-6767
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
FEBRUARY 4, 2006
Absent: one Director and Legislative Representative
* Approved the minutes of the December 3, 2005 Executive
SApproved expenditures from December 3, 2005 thru
February 2, 2006 in the amount of $31,282.25.
Approved 119 new members and reinstated members
Approved to exclude late fees from those members living
on the Gulf Coast who were affected by Hurricane Katrina as
many did not receive the December Canal Record.
* Approved to reimburse Margaret McLaughlin $528.00 for
the decorations which will be used at the Shingle Creek
Reunion in 2007.
* Approved to purchase 200 ball caps.
SOlive Garden Luncheon, February 4th had 32 members in
Volunteer thank you gifts.
SGive-aways for members at Reunion.
SMini-Reunion Update as of this date 14 mini-reunions
have been planned.
SOffice computer update.
*Panama Canal Society office has processed over 1,300
membership dues, which were received after the 2,000+
reminder post cards were mailed in January.
SAnnual Picnic March 4th.
Troyer's Restaurant May 6th luncheon in Sarasota with
Bob and Cheryl Russell co-chairing.
* Reunion Decoration Update
*Tickets and Name Badges.
* More research is needed to be done on wristbands.
Recuerdos de Mi Panama
SVolunteers for Ticket Sales
SJust Cause seminar
* March Canal Record is being proofed and the deadline for
the June Canal Record is April 7th.
* OY Thomas
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
THE WINE CELLAR
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 3, 2005
President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 97 mem-
bers and guests in attendance at the 25th Annual Christmas
Luncheon Membership Meeting held at the Wine Cellar,
North Redington Beach, Fla. at 12:00 noon.
The president asked that the committee consisting of
Skeeter and Shirley Camby, Chairpersons and Linda
Marshall, Faith Brundage, Mary Lou Lang, Lois Jones, Lori
King and Margaret McLaughlin (who did all the table deco-
rations), to please come forward. Elaine gave members of the
committee a token of appreciation from the Society and
thanked the committee for all their hard work.
In the absence of Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, John Gough,
Director 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
Meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
August 6, 2005 meeting held at Kally K's Restaurant,
Dunedin, Florida. Hubert Jordan made a motion to approve
the minutes as read, seconded by Pete Foster. Motion passed.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis recognized the following past pres-
idents in attendance: Faith Brundage, Anna Collins, Marje
Foster, Pete Foster, Margot Jordan, Bill McLaughlin, Jim
O'Donnell, Tom Peterson and Muriel Whitman.
Margaret McLaughlin, Treasurer highlighted the October
Financial Statement, which stands for Audit.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis introduced the current executive
board members and reunion chairpersons along with their
responsibility for the 2006 Reunion; 1st Vice President, Steve
Nehring and Director, Skeeter Camby will be selling dance
tickets at the reunion; 2nd Vice President, Bob Russell and
Past President, Bill McLaughlin are Co-Reunion
Coordinators; Treasurer, Margaret McLaughlin is Special
Events and handles all the decorations you see at the dances;
Director, Faith Brundage and Sgt. At Arms, Mary Lou Lang
will be directing the sale of Despedida Lottery Tickets;
Director, John Gough and Bylaws Chairperson, Muriel
Whitman are in charge of Vendors; Director, Joan Ohman and
Chaplain, Cheryl Russell are co-chairpersons for
Registration; Legislative Representative, Jim O'Donnell will
again be in charge of Bingo; Editor, Jacque Vowell will be
responsible for the Disco Dances; Secretary, Nancy Van
Siclen and Record Assistant, Carol Masino will take the reins
for the Society Office/Information Desk and Budget
Chairperson, Jim Parthenais will handle all requests for
Mini/Class Reunions. Other members of the Reunion
Committee are Darleen Hunt Hotel Lodging Chairperson; the
Annual Luncheon chaired by Jan and Lou Andino; Security
will be Deputy Sheriff Allison McLaughlin and the Golf
Tournament will be hosted by Past President, Margot Jordan.
Elaine reported to the membership that the December
Canal Record would be mailed approximately December 8th.
She also mentioned that Towers 1 and 2 are all renovated and
have refrigerators, but Tower 3 is not renovated and if you
request to be in Tower 3 and need a refrigerator you will need
to request that in the 'special request' section. The guest
speaker for the 2006 Annual Luncheon will be Mr. Rodolfo
Sabonge, Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing of the
Panama Canal Authority and he will inform us on what is
planned for the future of the Panama Canal. This should be an
exciting and informative speaker.
Elaine asked Carol Masino to come forward and she was
presented with a plaque for Honorary Membership for her
continuous dedication to the Panama Canal Society the past
11 years as assistant to the Secretary, Record Editor and
Bill McLaughlin, Co-Reunion Coordinator reported that
this year will be the last year the reunion will be held at the
Caribe Royale and that we will be moving to Shingle Creek
Hotel and Resort in 2007.
Bill mentioned that the dance group (Recuerdos de Mi
Panama) that performs at Despedida on Sundays are partici-
pating in an Orlando festival during our 2006 reunion. Bill
asked if anyone would be interested in attending this program
on Saturday afternoon. The cost to each person would be
$20.00 and transportation will be provided to the festival to
see the show. He said that as plans actually evolve and are
finalized, it would be announced in the March Canal Record.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported the following: December has been a
busy month with dues and gift orders; the Museum 5 year
lease is up in August or September of 2006 and they are look-
ing into different areas. Gerry DeTore is heading up the com-
mittee in coordination with Shawn Rupp, a Realtor in the
Tampa Bay area and the Museum is hoping by 2014 they will
be ready to own their own building; the annual potluck lunch
will be held on January 21st and the theme is Memories of
Operation Just Cause; the reunion exhibit will focus on the
Military in the Zone and in June 2006 the Museum will be
cruising to Alaska.
The president reported that future general membership
meetings will be February 4th at the Olive Garden; March 4th
will be the annual picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs;
May 6th is at Troyer's in Sarasota and the Annual Reunion
will be July 19th thru July 23rd.
Bill McLaughlin, Chairperson of the Nominating
Committee presented the slate of officers for the 2006-2008
term selected by the committee consisting of Steve Nehring,
Faith Brundage, Margot Jordan and Roberta Evans.
President: Bob Russell
1st Vice President: Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President: John Gough
Director: Skeeter Camby
Director: Margaret McLaughlin
Director: Dan Norman
At this time the nominations were opened from the floor.
No nominations from the floor for President, Pete Foster
made a motion to close the nomination; seconded by Danny
Norman. No nominations from the floor for 1st Vice
President, Chuck Hummer made a motion to close the nomi-
nation; seconded by Marje Foster. No nominations from the
floor for 2nd Vice President; Bob Herrington made a motion
to close the nominations; seconded by Marje Foster. No nom-
inations from the floor for Directors; Pete Foster made a
motion to close the nominations; seconded by Hubert Jordan.
Bill McLaughlin reported that the nominations were closed
and reminded the members that your vote is important. Please
show your support for the candidates in March when the bal-
lot will be published in the Canal Record and by sending in
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis thanked everyone for donating door
prizes. Door prizes were given out during the entire meeting.
A beautiful floral arrangements donated by Margaret
McLaughlin was won by Betty Snow; a $100.00 gift certifi-
cate to Ruth Cris Steak House in Tampa donated by John and
Jody Marcum was won by Debbie Sanders and the airline
tickets donated by COPA were won by Milla Culbreth.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
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The Internal Revenue Service has
awarded its first contracts to three pri- ....
vate firms to collect delinquent federal Jim O'Donnell
tax debts, allowing them to keep 21 per-
cent of amounts they collect above $10,000 and up to 24 per-
cent of amounts they collect under that.
The agency is authorized to hire contractors for the work
through the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act and expects to
assign uncollected liabilities beginning this summer.
Legislation has been introduced in the House -- HR-1621 --
to repeal that authority.
The IRS said it would assign "relatively simple" cases
where the taxpayer has not disputed the liability, allowing the
agency to focus on more complex tax issues and technical
issues such as offers in compromise, bankruptcies, hardship
issues or litigation, which the collection firms would not be
authorized to undertake. Nor would the firms be allowed to
take enforcement actions such as liens, levies, or seizures,
according to an agency statement.
The agency said the second phase of the collection proj-
ect scheduled for 2008 would include contracts with an addi-
tional 10 firms, and that the IRS would train company per-
HEALTH FEE PLAN
Key House Leaders Assail Health Fee Plan. On March 3,
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter,
R-Calif., and ranking minority member Ike Skelton, D-Mo.,
sent a letter to Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-
Iowa, objecting to a Defense Department plan to severely
raise Tricare costs for military retirees under age 65 and add
other fees in order to keep the budget in the black. The letter
also took issue with DoD for having already advised Tricare
contractors about implementing the increases.
"Circumventing Congressional oversight by quickly imple-
menting fundamental changes to a highly viable medical ben-
efit is not keeping the promise to the sailors, soldiers, airmen
and Marines that serve our country," they said. "Defense
spending amounts to a far lower percentage of the nation's
gross domestic product than it did five years ago -- a project-
ed 4.0 percent in 2007 compared to 6 percent in 1985," they
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FIGHTS
HEALTH FEE PLAN
The Defense Department has resorted to assigning
"Advocate Teams" to the Hill in its fight to increase Tricare
cost shares for military retirees under 65 and add other fees,
according to the Air Force Sergeants Association. AFSA says,
"This is a sign that DoD officials are concerned where this
fight is going, compelling them to bring additional resources
to bear." AFSA Executive Director, retired Chief M. Sgt.
Richard Dean, asked lawmakers last week to obtain an inde-
pendent analysis of DoD's plans for health care costs and
retiree funding. He also advised them that enlisted members,
who earn much less than officers or most DoD civilians, often
count on retired pay and the promise of free medical care as
their only resource for "financial planning." AFSA thus joins
other veterans' and military retiree organizations opposing
SIGN OF INTEN ON RAISE POSSIBLE
Congress has started work on the first draft of the fiscal
2007 budget called the budget resolution, a document that
sometimes is used to signal Congress's intent regarding the
upcoming year's federal pay raise. The Senate could vote on
its version as early as this week, while House action appar-
ently won't come for several weeks. The Senate's version so
far is silent on the raise, which at this point may mean no
more than that the Senate is keeping its options open.
President Bush has recommended 2.2 percent for both feder-
al civilian and uniformed military personnel, but some mem-
bers of Congress favor boosting the raise for military person-
nel, perhaps following the pattern of recent years--originating
in a now-expired law--setting military raises at a half-per-
centage point above the pertinent labor market wage indica-
tor. That would produce a raise for military personnel of 2.7
percent. In most recent years, the federal raise has been set at
an amount equal to that of military personnel in the name of
FEHB RULES FOR EMERGENCIES PROPOSED
The Office of Personnel Management has issued pro-
posed rules that would govern situations in which, due to nat-
ural or other disasters, a Federal Employees Health Benefits
program carrier becomes incapable of providing service,
either temporarily or permanently. Current rules state that
when a plan goes out of business or withdraws from the
FEHB, affected enrollees are notified that they need to
change plans and are automatically enrolled in the Blue
Cross/Blue Shield service benefit plan if they make no
choice, so that there is no loss of coverage. The proposed
rules in the March 7 Federal Register would apply that poli-
cy to service interruptions due to disaster situations, as well.
The policy would be invoked at OPM's discretion.
VETERANS PREFERENCE EXPANDED
The Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance
on two provisions of the fiscal 2006 Defense Department
authorization law that somewhat expanded veterans prefer-
ence to hiring in federal jobs. One provision gives preference
to those who served on active duty during the period begin-
ning on September 11, 2001 and ending at the close of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, provided they meet other condi-
tions. Another clarifies that preference is available to individ-
uals "who are discharged or released from active duty serv-
ice," again, provided that they meet certain other require-
ments; the prior provision covered "individuals separated
from the armed forces."
House Republican leaders announced there will be action
on their version of fiscal 2007 Budget Resolution. However,
on March 8th the 100 member Republican Study Committee
released a five-year plan to balance the budget. Among items
in the RSC's 74-page plan is a proposal offered last year, as
part of Operation Offset, to require future retirees with less
than 30 years of service to pay higher Federal Employees
Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) premiums. Specifically,
for each year less than 30 years, new annuitants would have
to pay 2 percent more of their FEHBP premium costs. (The
RSC document is posted at:
http://www.house.gov/pence/rsc/doc/RSC 2007 BUD-
GET.doc. The FEHBP provision appears in the Health sec-
tion, pages 49-53. Prospectively "tenure- testing" FEHBP
premiums is estimated to save $1.67 billion over five years.)
More worrisome than tenure-testing FEHBP premiums is
the possible enforcement of an overall cap on entitlements,
except Social Security, via sequestration, or across-the-board
cuts. Federal retirement and the government's share of annu-
itants' FEHBP premiums are entitlement programs.
Bowing to election year pressures, the Senate Budget
Committee, last March 9th, decided against entitlement cuts
in programs like Medicare, Medicaid and federal civilian
retirement in the Budget Resolution they reported to the
Senate. Nevertheless, tough limits on spending for the day-to-
day operation of government and provisions regarding oil
drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge means there
may not be enough votes for the annual budget blueprint
when it is considered by the Senate.
Deadline for the
October 2006 Canal Record
is August 4, 2006.
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Deadline for the October 2006 Canal Record is August 4, 2006.
On October 1 st our Arizona Panama Group met at Marie
Callenders in Mesa, Ariz. for lunch instead of our usual meet-
ing place at Marie Callenders in Chandler, Ariz. We have
been trying to hold our meetings in different locations to
make it more interesting for everyone who wants to attend.
We had seventeen people who came to the meeting. Those
who came were Gladys and Elman Myers, Evelyn and
Loring White, Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Leo and
Barbara Lungland, Warren and Dora LeGrys Jr., Marian
Hirschl, Jay and Diane French, Allan Pratt, Ellen Allman,
Robbie and Adele Adams.
Everyone said that they had a good time and enjoyed the
lunch. We are hoping that more people from Panama who
live in Arizona will be able to attend our next meeting in the
There wasn't a program at this meeting, but Mary Grace
Oakes had a fun activity planned for us. She had word games
for us that we had a lot of fun doing. They were made up in
the theme of Panama. This was a lot of work and thanks go to
Mary Grace for all her hard work in preparing the games for
Chester Oakes at an Arizona meeting showing pictures dur-
ing a talk about his interesting Panama trip.
You are missing out on a lot of fun if you didn't attend our
meeting and live here in Arizona. We hope to see new faces
at the next meeting in the Spring of 2006. If you would like
more information on the meetings, contact this reporter.
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
The Arizona Panama Canal Society held their Spring
luncheon on April 1st at the home of Darrell and Nancy
(Kariger) Eide in Tucson. Those attending included:
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Grace Woodfill (Mary
Grace's mother), Miriam Hirschl, Nancy (Crooks) and
Henry Vega, Leo Langland, Warren and Dora LeGrys,
Carlton and Pam Horine, Peter and Mary Copeskey, and
Jo Ann Diaz.
Front Row: Pam and Carlton Horine. Second Row: Dora
LeGrys, Mary Grace Oakes, Grace Woodfill, Jo Ann
Diaz, Miriam Hirschl, Nancy Eide, Darrell Eide. Third
row: Mary Copeskey, Leo Langland, Nancy Vega, Henry
Vega, Peter Copeskey, Warren LeGrys. Not pictured:
A potluck lunch was enjoyed, including Sancocho,
Johnny Mazzetti, brats, empanadas and miscellaneous salads,
veggies, and, of course, desserts. A lottery was held with
prizes Nancy Eide had picked up at the annual Panama Canal
Reunion in Florida in 2005. The next Arizona luncheon will
be held in October, probably in Chandler, Ariz.
Nancy Eide, Reporter
Thanks to all of you who have called
and written. It really helps to hear from
so many and to have news to report and
it helps keep us all connected. So keep
Helen Aanstoos-Hay those calls and letters coming!
Of special interest is a packet Fred
Mohl sent me from Elk Grove, Calif. Fred retired from the
Canal Zone Fire Division in 1970 after 30 years service. He
especially wants to be sure that his old friends out there will
know that he is still alive and in good health. He did take a
fall recently but has recovered without any broken bones.
Fred's life story includes a wonderful tribute to the country of
Panama, to the canal and those who built it and to all of us
who were some part of it. He was born in the Zone one year
after the opening of the canal. Both of his boys were bor at
Gorgas but now live in Georgia with their families. Fred was
very involved with helping to establish St. Mary's School and
he served four years as the Master of the 4th Degree in
Knights of Columbus. The proudest day of his life was in
1970 when Pope Paul VI presented him an award and
enrolled him as a Knight of St. Sylvester. Sir Fred also taught
physical education at St. Mary's as well as Little League
manager and served as an umpire for 24 years. In a newspa-
per article he sent me he is referred to as a "modern day
knight". Fred was blessed with his first wife Edna, who died
of cancer, and then found his second wife Trudi who has
double-blessed him. Our thanks to Sir Fred for sharing his
story with us. I loved it!
Isaac and I got a letter from Germany from our friend
Fred Garcia (BHS'66). Fred and his wife Sandy have been
living in Germany for five years and had the opportunity to
travel all over Europe. They are teachers for DOD and will be
able to retire to their 50 acres in the woods near Marshall,
Ark. or maybe around Hot Springs, hopefully in 2007. Fred
was in Panama last two years ago where his family still has
the house in Santa Clara that their dad built over 60 years
ago. I'm sure all of us who remember Fred from BHS are
happy to hear he is doing well.
I got three e-mails telling us of the death of our friend
Nikki Sabo (BHS'66). Nikki lived in Santa Clara, Calif. and
died in a car accident. She was working for Coherent Inc.
Rick Prevost (BHS'65) recalls Nikki from their childhood
days, first meeting in Germany and then as teenagers in
Panama. Rick's sister Marsha was best friends with Nikki's
sister Sherry. Sherry and Rick worked across the street from
each other in San Francisco. Rick's mom is Mayme Prevost
who taught world geography at BHS.
Joanie Ridge Cameron wrote that Jim Simonsson (aka
"Sumo") died on March 15. He had been living in San
Miguelito, Panama for the past seven weeks prior to his death
working for NARS, a Sprint Company. He had been injured
while in the States and using a cane. He fell down a flight of
stairs and did not survive. Jim was a Merchant Seaman for
many years. He moved to Las Vegas and was a taxi driver, all
the while taking care of his older sister Beverly (class of '71)
until she passed away from cancer a couple of years ago. We
will miss both of them.
Talked to Terry Livingston who is now retired and lives
in Livermore. She visits Panama a few times a year, visiting
her brother at his fish camp. She also then heads down to
Argentina to see her grandson who will be celebrating his
21st birthday this fall. She said her brother Mike is now liv-
ing in San Francisco small world. Another surprise call
came from Kit Whitney, who was living five minutes away,
also in Forestville. Billy Gough also called, having left
Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and relocated to Texas. he
said Jim Slice is living down the street from him. He was
presently staying with his son and daughter-in-law until he
finds his own place.
A few days ago when Isaac was at work at our hospital he
met a man named Wally Fernez. Wally is 82 and a bit of a
legend. He was born in David, Panama. His family owned
Ferguson Transport and expected Wally to become a doctor
or a lawyer. Instead, he followed his heart and became a
musician. He was discovered by Desi Araz who gave him
his break in show business. He played with Desi and Lucy on
the I Love Lucy show. During his long and successful career
he played with such greats as Harry Belafonte, Cal Tjader
(who Isaac met years ago at Dock 16 in La Boca) and George
Shearing. He could write a book on all his adventures and
shows and about all the stars he hung out with. He is a charm-
ing, sharp-witted man who can carry on in a Cholo accent on
whim and hypnotize all in his presence. We hope to get
together again with him soon, along with his wife Robin. I
hope he will bring his conga drums to the next picnic, which
by the way will be October 7, 2006 again at Los Gatos at
Vasona Lake Park.
Isaac Hay and Wally Fernez
We heard from Berni Karlan (BHS'47) who lives in
Menifee in San Bernardino County. Berni will be at the
reunion this July and has heard of a couple living nearby who
are also from Panama and wishes to meet them. Anyone out
there who know who they might be? If so, please contact me
and I will pass your info on to Berni.
Fellow Californians Jane Cochrane and her daughter
Kathleen had a fine time in Panama this January. They
stayed at Decameron and the Gamboa Resort. Kathleen had
never been to Panama before and loved it. On returning to
California and still having some time off from her teaching
job, she got back on another plane and headed straight back
to Panama by herself. She traveled all over the Republic and
really got to know the country.
Deadline for the
October 2006 Canal Record
is August 4, 2006.
Isaac and I spent two weeks in Panama in January. We
heard that Dry Season had arrived the day before we did. On
arriving at Tocumen we entered using our old Panamanian
passports that were both expired, but it was "no problema".
When we visited the government office to update our cedulas
we were treated efficiently and kindly and walked out with
our new cedulas in short time. From there we then hit the
passport office with a false sense of faith in Panama's organ-
ization. We figured out we would be in and out in a short time
and hopefully meet up with Ricky Appin's parents for ice
cream in Panama City. Wrong! We were there all day. Mostly
we sat on chairs with about 75 other dazed-looking people
and crying babies, watching the worst movies ever made on
the HBO channel on a TV that was hanging from the ceiling.
One of the terrible movies was a sequel to Jaws and many
small children in the waiting room were horrified at some of
the shark attack scenes. While wondering if they were being
scarred for life watching such bloody ocean scenes, I realized
at least it made some of the time pass by. We watched over
three horrid movies before we finally walked out with our
We ran into so many old friends on this trip! There is now
a conveniently located El Rey Supermarket in Albrook and
every aisle seemed to turn up another familiar face. The food
was much less expensive than in the States, even for U.S.
products. They have everything in there, nothing lacking at
all. It is modern and clean. We made a habit of running in
every other day just to pick up a tub of ceviche and it came in
four different assortments. While in the parking lot we ran
into Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow who were glowing
with excitement about how content they are to be living there
now. We also saw them again on Sunday at St. Luke's in
Ancon where Vicki was being installed as a church official.
During the service the man in the pew in front of us turned
around and said, "Isaac, is that you?" It was Chris Dillon
from back in our BHS'66 class. He looks terrific. We prom-
ised to meet up with him another day but each day flew by
and it didn't happen. We also planned on meeting up with
Everett White and his harem of female relatives at Rio Mar
but our cell phone didn't work down there and we missed
them all by an hour.
Isaac Hay, Helen Aanstoos, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow,
St. Luke's Church.
You should see the things Pablo Prieto and his wife
Marissa have done to their duplex in Cardenas! Pablo and
Marissa are the planners for the annual cayuco race and they
were very busy, phone ringing nonstop as the dates were
drawing nearer. It is so cool to have so many cayucos now,
some crews from foreign countries, all a result of what our
Canal Zone boy scouts started so many years ago. It is defi-
nitely now a Panama tradition and a very big event. We tried
to spend most of our time in the Interior (Isaac has dozens of
relatives all excited to spend time with him) although visiting
Billy DeLaMater at his boatshed at the Diablo Spinning
Club was a nonstop parade of friends coming and going and
never a dull moment. Billy looks terrific and is a one-man
welcome wagon for those of us who want a place to have a
cold one with friends while sitting on his shaded porch
watching the ships go by, always tooting their big ship horns
when they spot Billy.
A disappointment there is the transformation of the
Causeway into an ugly nightmare of too many restaurants and
bumper-to-bumper a la L.A. freeway cars and nowhere to
park. As Isaac said, "They ruined it". In my opinion, the gem
out there is Mi Ranchita Restaurant now near the site of the
old Amador Beach. It has a great atmosphere under a huge
bohio and good food and service all at great prices. Being 57
and the holder of a cedula, I was able to take advantage of
Panama's jubilado discounts on all restaurants, hotels, phar-
macies and other benefits. Men have to wait until 62 years of
age, but we girls get it sooner. Don't know why the discrimi-
nation, but we took full advantage of it. It's one more entice-
ment Panama is making to draw us and other expats to live in
this beautiful country. We did look at land and houses for sale
and are mulling over the pros and cons. We still have to work
a few more years before retirement. Incidentally, the French
and Canadian retirees are there in great numbers enjoying a
A three-day jazz fest was going on while we were there
and during our visit to St. Luke's church the mother of jazz
great Mauricio Smith was honored at the service. She is 105
years old and stood up to receive her son's honors.
Some of the friends we saw there were Lance Horton
(who used to run Rio Mar), Mike Perry, Pablo Fenochietti,
Billy and Thelma DeLaMater, Jay Hughes, Marina
Hughes, Tom Slice, Pablo and Marissa Prieto, Foxy the
Pomeranian (owner of pilot Dave Sherman), Jorge Bloise,
Peter Aanstoos, Enrique Rubio (a wonderful and honest
lawyer), Enrigue's charming sister and parents, Bob Askew,
Art Mokray, Judy Davis, Scott Williams, Jerry Winkler,
Duncan Ballenger, Ray Underwood, Martha Duncan,
Doug Allen, and I know I'm leaving out many others. Whew!
That's all for now. I'll see you all in Orlando!
Scott Williams on his patio, Rio Mar
Pablo Prieto, Isaac Hay, Lance Horton, Diablo Spinning Mike Perry, Tom Slice, Duncan Ballenger, Helen
Club. Aanstoos, Rio Mar.
de Nile). Everywhere we went, the people were friendly and
inviting. The shop owners on the little street across from our
hotel looked out for us and knew all our comings and goings.
We joined some of them on our last night in Cairo, and
smoked some hookah together in a little street cafe. Oh, and
I rode a camel! That just has to be my Christmas card photo
for 2006! Yes, it was hard to top Graceland, but I am inspired
to keep trying. Anyone want to join me in Macchu,
Stonehenge, Himalayas, etc?"
Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
My sister Pam Crowell (BHS'71)
recently took a wonderful vacation to
Egypt and here is the exciting account of
her trip: "Those of you who know me
may remember how excited I was to visit Dawn Gressang
Graceland several years ago. Well, God
could have taken me then, since I thought that my life was
complete--but I realized, although I had completed my pil-
grimage, I was now free to visit other sacred sites. So, over
Spring break I flew off to Egypt with two of my teacher
friends. What an awesome experience! I broke out in tears
when I first saw the Great Pyramids, and still can't believe it.
I actually climbed part way up one of them. We had a won-
derful guide named Sayed all to ourselves. The Cairo muse-
um is not to be missed, and there is so much to see. I washed
my hands with "holy water" from the well in a crypt where
the holy family stayed when they were fleeing Egypt and
went into the oldest mosque in Egypt. Of course, the traffic
was crazy in the city and reminiscent of driving in Panama
and haggling over items at the Khan El Kalili bazaar remind-
ed me of shopping on Salsipuedes!
"We also flew to Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, and
roamed around in tombs with fabulous carvings and colors
that were over 3,000 years old. Amazing! We visited awe-
some temple ruins with huge statues. Our guide actually
worked on a dig where another temple/tomb was discovered
and he was so informative. The light show at Karnak Temple
was fantastic! We met a charming boat captain who took us
for a ride on the Nile, and made us a pot of tea while we
watched the water buffalo. (And of course, I am the Queen of
Pam Crowell smoking a hookah pipe.
Pam Crowell riding her camel named Johnson
I have gotten a nice letter from Phil Stewart (BHS'65).
He and his wife Rose live in Bradenton, Fla. They are on a
wonderful trip. He writes: "We left Bradenton March 21st on
our boat Wings, a 36-foot Endeavour power catamaran. We
are now anchored in a beautiful spot enjoying a spectacular
sunset on the Intercoastal Waterway about 15 miles south of
Fernandina Beach. We motored south from Bradenton to Ft.
Myers where we picked up the Okeechobee waterway aka the
Caloosahatchee River, which took us via several small locks
to Lake Okeechobee. We crossed the lake and entered the St.
Lucie Canal at Port Myakka, which took us again thru sever-
al locks to Stuart.
"After traveling up the east coast Intercoastal Waterway,
we entered the St. John's River which we took south about
165 miles to Sanford, Fla. We met, quite by chance, Vaughn
Taylor (BHS'65) and his wife at St. Augustine. They had
stopped to fuel up on their way home to Beaufort, N.C. to
West End Bahamas on their beautiful 57-foot sailboat. We
plan on doing several canals in the area including the North
Channel, Georgian Bay, 10,000 Islands, and part of the St.
Lawrence Seaway. Then thru the Great Lakes, down the
Mississippi, Tennessee, Tom Bigby, to Mobile and home. We
plan on leaving the boat up north somewhere for the winter
then returning next Spring to complete the trip."
Jacque Crowell (BHS'70) Vowell and Janet Stuart
(BHS'67) visited Jimmy Van Loon (BHS'67) and Rick
Walsh in their lovely new home near Crystal River, Fla. in
early March. They had such a great time laughing and talking
about the old days in the Canal Zone. Janet then flew up to
Fredericksburg, Va. to surprise her mom Judy Stuart for her
birthday (we won't give away her age). Sally Stuart
(BHS'75) had arranged everything including a dinner cruise
on the Potomac River aboard the Spirit of Washington for
Mom's birthday celebration.
Later in March there was a surprise birthday party for
Janet at the Caribbean Jack's Restaurant in Daytona Beach.
Zonies in attendance were Jacque Crowell Vowell and Pam
Crowell as well as other friends.
Kathy (friend) and Janet Stuart celebrate birthdays.
Dan and I have had company recently. My cousin and his
wife spent part of Bike Week with us. They had never expe-
rienced the event that takes place in Daytona and surrounding
areas each year. Thousands of motorcycles converge to our
area and they were amazed by the whole event.
Jimmy and Gail, Dan and Dawn Gressang, Pam Crowell
and Jacque Vowell.
Rick Walsh, Janet Stuart, Jacque Vowell and Jimmy Van
(L-R): DJ Deihl, Lindsay Willingham, Jared Selles, Judy
Stuart, Janet Stuart, Sally Stuart, Rick Spearman,
Natales Selles, Stephanie Herrera and Paul.
Bike Week 2006 at Daytona Beach, Fla. Back row: Janet
Stuart, Chuck, Ron. Front row: Monarae and Don.
Our grandson Kyle visited his Mom and Dad for a week
and it was great to have him so close. I have retired (for the
second time). Feels pretty dam good, I must say!
Please keep me informed of your comings and goings. I
love to hear from you!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
There hasn't been much going on in
this area except for the "hot one day",
"cold the next" type of weather. I think
everyone is patiently waiting for June
(Hurricane Season) since rumor is we're
going to have the worst hurricane season ever! We'll see.
My brother Butch took a trip to Thailand for three weeks
in February with a group of 14 other yoga teachers to study
Thai Yoga. He said he had a wonderful time and the food was
great. It's a true experience for yoga experts to learn new
techniques in Yoga from other parts of the world.
Last September our daughter-in-law Dawn Vose (Bob's
wife) started preparation as a candidate to enter the Catholic
faith. In March we attended the Celebration of the Rite of
Election at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pensacola. The
church was filled to capacity with Cathechumens (candi-
dates); their sponsors; Catholics who were born into the faith,
left and are returning; family and friends. The mass was cel-
ebrated by the Most Reverend John H. Ricard, S.S.J., Bishop
of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. After Mass there
was a reception and we ran into Orrin and Carol Clement
(sponsoring a friend) no matter where we roam there will
always be Zonians. Dawn will make her First Communion
and Confirmation at Easter Vigil service on April 15th. We
are all so proud of her--she is giving 200% of herself in this
Dawn vose and lilsnop Jonn H. lKcara, Marcn zuuo
In January I began working a so-called "part-time" job
(four days a week) at Curves for Women--circuit, hydraulic
exercising. I was asked by the owner (a friend) to work as a
Circuit Trainer--I never thought I would ever work again after
retirement. But, it's fun--the day it's not fun anymore is the
time to quit. I now bowl twice a week, work out at Riviera
Fitness Center for Women (my cardio), work at Curves four
days (work out there also) and still manage to cook, bake,
take care of Keith and spend time with the grandchildren--it
surely does keep me tired but young.
On April 1st Keith and I, along with Bob, Dawn, Isabella
and Bobby, went to the fine arts and crafts fair, Festival on
the Green, held at the University of West Florida. There was
a children's festival, dog exhibition, fine arts show, senior
fest, trolley tours, Native American village, food vendors and
great music--mostly the oldies, but goodies. While there we
saw Donny Drummond (BHS'88), his wife Jennifer and
son Stephan (4)--they moved back to Pensacola from New
Orleans last year--before Katrina hit there. We all had a great
time--got a good suntan--the weather was hot, but breezy.
We're looking forward to our grandson Shane's gradua-
tion in May--by the time this article comes out he will have
graduated with honors. He will be 18 in July.
We're really looking forward to the Reunion in July, my
45th class reunion. Our grandson, Shane, will be going with
us again this year.
I'm hoping to start our mini-reunions again next year--
we're thinking about having it at one of our many parks with
gazebos. As soon as there is something set, I'll be sure to send
out flyers and have it advertised in the Canal Record.
If you have any news for my next article, please call or
send it to me no matter how small! Hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
What do no air-conditioning,
no hurricanes, no swimming
(unless you wear a wetsuit) and a
visit from my father-in-law all
have in common?? The signs of
dry season in South Florida, of
course. The pool heater "tip jar" is "T'Bird" Pattison
back on the table so maybe I'll be
able to eliminate one of those "warning" signs by next year.
Our 9th Annual South Florida Panamaniac Picnic was
held the first week of December in TY Park again. This was
the first non-Mimi and Lucho affair since we hatched the
idea back in 1997 to get all the locals together for an old time
Summit Gardens-style Picnic. We had a slightly smaller
crowd than last year but we still managed to "pass a good
time" with abundant "compliments of de season". Dave
"Chili" McArthur motored in from up north for the week-
end to get "mash-up" with old friends. Happy to report: no
cars or motorcycles were injured on this outing. Scott Parker
had his wonton/yucca/patacon machine working overtime
and I kept the BBQ coals stoked for the came en palito and
bultifaras. Someone made a big bandeja of arroz con pollo, a
huge pile of greasy chicarrones and I even saw some ensala-
da de papas con remolacha.There were a few Seco-induced
casualties but no broken coolers or backsides. After an after-
noon of food, drink and music, we headed over to our house
for some more food, drink and music. I turned the pool light
on but without Mimi to lead the way, nobody was up for the
ritual late night dip.
we all had a great evening by the fire. Around eleven we
drove up to New Paltz to meet Linda's brother Sam and his
girlfriend Debbie at the Guilded Otter for some microbrew
and live music...I wish I lived up north.
Linda and I flew up to Beacon, N.Y. for New Years and
visited with her family. We had prearranged for snow and
weren't disappointed. A few inches made the dreary leafless
landscape magically transform to a pristine playground....I'm
so glad I live in the south. Regardless, we met up with Bob
and Mindy (Eustace) Dollar, her sister Regina and husband
Ron, along with several other folks for an early New Years
party. Gigi had all kinds of interesting snacks, as always, and
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Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga returned to South Florida
from Germany for a short visit in January (next time he bet-
ter bring Mimi) and we had him over for a latin BBQ. We
cooked pollo al mojo, falda with chimichurri, guandu con
arroz coco and patacon pisao. Lucho filled us in with stories
of castles (they can't get enough), the "A" team's (Alex,
Adam and Andre) sports accomplishments and travels. Did I
mention castles? He brought me a bottle of some kind of
German honey meister that we promptly broke into and pro-
ceeded to chip away at 'til late. Marvin took a particular lik-
ing to the stuff and wanted to know when Lucho was plan-
ning on returning.
I made the pilgrimage to the house of Black and Gold in
early February for the Super Bowl. No, I didn't make it to
Detroit, but managed to get to Austin to cheer on the Steelers
with my brother Red, his family and some carefully invited
guests. Jaco Petiton tried to infiltrate the event with some
sort of green and whatever colors but quickly realized that he
was outnumbered. My father Jim Pattison was a die-hard
Pittsburgh fan all his life having hailed from "little"
Washington, Pa. Early on there was not a lot of joy in our
house over the Steelers, but we sure enjoyed the seventies.
Now all we need to complete our rebound is maybe a Pennant
or better yet a World Series win from the Pirates. I sure miss
the days when Roberto and Maz played their whole careers
for one team. Enough! Don't get me started on the Marlins.
Tom Frensley and his wife Carla threw a "Diablo" style
dinner party a few weeks ago complete with two whole
"filete" beef tenderloins and two different homemade cevich-
es de corvina. In town for the weekend were Frank
"Murillo" Anderson III along with his son Tyler for a soc-
cer tournament in Boca Raton. Marvin and Gloria
(Burgoon) Wright, Mike Young, Ed Frensley and girlfriend
Tanya, my wife Linda, her dad Sam and I rounded out the
hungry and thirsty party. After the feast the "boys" sat out by
the lake and argued about who was dumbest, toughest, dumb-
est, best looking, dumbest, luckiest and craziest. Stories with
lines like "the boat fell off the trailer in front of the Penn State
Hilton..."D" was passed out on the lawn by the St. Mary's
School...T-Bird was directing traffic...Frenchie just kept driv-
ing...I don't know those guys...etc...." and "we told Buck's
brother that we caught the corvina off the causeway using red
and white deep-divers...actually we traded beer with the fish-
ermen for a cooler full of 'biners...fished all day and all we
caught was a buzz." Most of the stories can't be repeated...not
because they are unsuitable for publication...because they
can't be authenticated!
Marvin Wright, Tom Frensley, Mike Young, T-Bird, Ed
Frensley. Kneeling: Frank Anderson.
Speaking of corvina, when I first came to live in the states
eight years ago, I was happy to discover all the "treats" that
were available here in the Miami area that reminded me of
home. First there were the "frituras" and Panama beer.
Panama pepper sauce? Had to make my own although we did
find some D'ELidas once. Then came the great Cortez flood
of '02. Now I'm happy to report...CORVINA! We have had
various sightings and some questionable offerings over the
years, but now, the real thing. Finally, no more Orange
Roughy and Tilapia ceviche...no more King Fish a la ajillo,
no more...you get the drift...maybe we'll bring a batch of
ceviche to the reunion...
Hasta julio. P.S. Mike Young is moving to Tampa...watch
Gaul, and Bart and Megan (Gaul) Tragemann. A couple of
grandchildren were there also to add a special touch to the
gathering. All enjoyed the wonderful Johnny Mazzetti and
empanadas made by Kathie. The "war stories" are getting
more and more outrageous as the advancing years impair (or
sweeten??) the memories. The Ron Cortez never had a
Standing (L-R): Jim Riley, Bill Egolf, Beth DeStaffino,
Mike DeStaffino, Don DeStaffino, Kathie Sears, Ray
Bierbaum, Jeff Riley. Kneeling (L-R): Bart Tragemann,
Lee Christine Gaul, Megan Tragemann. Seated: Zachary
Young and Grace Tragemann.
In January Dellrie Joy Dinsdale, granddaughter of
Gladys Bliss Humphrey, was honored as "School Related
Employee of the Year" at Turner Elementary School in Palm
Bay. Attending the dinner ceremony were her sister Danna
(Humphrey) Moorhead, and her father Donald Humphrey
and his wife Joyce. Dellrie has been the school's bookkeeper
for four years and dad Donald was beaming with pride lis-
tening to all the glowing words from her peers. One of
Dellrie's hobbies are her horses -- Joy, Mugzy, and a new colt
born the first week in January -- all being raised on their prop-
erty in Valkaria, Fla. Dellrie and Joy have won High Point
honors in both 2003 and 2004.
Tom "T'Bird" Pattison, Reporter
Spring is in the air....and that means
Zonians and golf and The Players
Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Kathie McConaughey
The tradition continued this year minus
a few regulars. Don and Beth (Parmly) DeStaffino
(BHS'65) hosted old friends (old or longtime?) Kathie
(Lavallee) (BHS'64) Sears; Jim Riley (BHS'64); Bill Egolf
(BHS'65); Jeff Riley (BHS'66); and Ray Bierbaum
(BHS'66). This year they had the added company of three of
their five children: Michael DeStaffino, Lee Christine
Don Humphrey and Dellrie Joy Dinsdale
Dellrie and her husband Pat are building a new house
next to Don and Joyce's property and she is also the primary
caregiver for her grandmother. Don writes that Gladys is
doing very well for a 92-year-old kid, who still attends the
local Adult Day Service Center Mondays through Fridays.
She is planning to go to the July annual reunion on Friday and
hopes to see as many family and friends as possible in one
day. Gladys has slowed down a little but she can still light up
the room with her smile and wit.
Here is another example of how with Zonian initiative
and dedication, we can usually find another Zonian, even
without much info. Gerry Laatz, who lives in Washington
state with his wife Howie, was in Daytona for Bike Week.
While visiting the Mannings in Sebastian, he found out that
Sonja (Haynes) and Terry Justice live in the area and he
started trying to locate them. Somehow he got Al Chase, who
called around and finally got Sonja's phone number from
Renee Nellis who lives in Ormond Beach (are you thorough-
ly confused yet?). Gerry drove up to Melbourne and met
Sonja and Terry for lunch. Sonja said they hadn't seen each
other since 1994 and they had a great time catching up with
all the goings on in the Northwest with all the Zonies. He has
never attended a reunion but Gerry will be at the reunion this
year for his 50th class reunion. He and Howie still have some
property and a house in Panama at Isla Grande and go back
regularly. The next evening he was headed up to Deland for
Richard and Gelana Bailey's annual Bike Week bash.
On April 8, 2006, about 35 of us participated in the 1st
Annual Space Coast Bunco to benefit the Panama Canal
Museum at the Dog 'n' Bone Pub in Cocoa Village. Peggy
Huff put a lot of time, energy and effort into organizing this
event and the results were outstanding!! The festivities began
with a delicious potluck lunch (we are all trading recipes) and
then we all got down to some serious bunco
playing...although it was difficult to find anything "serious"
among that group!! Because of everyone's generosity, we
raised $770 for the museum in the name of a "transit" for the
"Space Coast Panazonians".
Richard Lemon with Dog 'n' Bone clock made for him by
Door prizes for the event were donated by the Panama
Canal Museum, Joan Ohman, Joe and Bev Wood, Renee
Krimminger, Diana Grimison, Janice Scott, Peggy and
Dennis Huff, and the Dog 'n' Bone Pub.
The winning team members of the 1st Space Coast Bunco
Fund-Raiser for the Panama Canal Museum were Sheryl
Alberga, Diane Croce, Laurie Simmons, and Blythe
Sheryl Alberga, Diane Croce, Laurie Simmons, and Blythe
Other bunco fanatics who attended were: Brandy Huff
Cofer, Jerri Hunt Farnsworth, Janet Hunt Watkins, Fran
Stabler Meyer, Nikki Meyer, Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey, Evey Foster Dishong, Harry Foster,
Blanche Stabler, Jane Gabriel Huff, Peggy Hale Huff, Joan
McCullough Ohman, Beth Lewis Brandenburg, Renee
Ballou Krimminger, Sue Phillips Fischer, Nancy McMillin,
Rebecca Grimison Pletcher, Janice Scott, Tinker Hollowell
Cooper, Connie Stoakley, Diana Huff Grimison, Nancy
Burns Grimison, Melinda Grimison Niemeyer, Christina
Grimison Volonnino, Natalie Watkins McClenahan,
Leanne Watkins, David Kemp, Keri DeCaro, Louis
Husted, Robyn (Patton) Husted, Dennis Huff. Unable to
attend but supporting with a donation: Edie Willoughby,
Tom Stoakley and Thomas Grimison.
We want to give an especially huge "thank you" to
Richard Lemon, co-owner of the Dog 'n' Bone, who donated
his establishment, his time, his personality and his
PATIENCE for the afternoon. Also, a sincere thanks to Peggy
Huff for organizing the event. Peggy's goal is to make this an
annual tradition and have many cities/areas join us and con-
duct their own bunco or card games on the same date or same
month each year for the benefit of the Museum.
There was not a whole lot of news from this area this
time....but now that our beautiful weather is here, I'm sure
there will be gatherings and outdoor activities that we will
hear about next time.
I am hoping to find someone else to take over as Reporter
for the Space Coast. So, if you are interested or know of any-
one who might be, please call or e-mail me. In the meantime,
you can continue to send your articles/info/photos to me.
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
1ST ANNUAL SPACE COAST BUNCO
Gee, is it that time again? There
is just so much going on here in
Tallahassee that it is hard to keep
up with the entire goings-on.
Where do I begin....? (Hum...that
reminds me of a song).
Our annual Christmas tree burn Skip Rowley
was held on January 14th. Tom Robertson was gracious
enough to open his lovely home to us again for the party
which I might add, was as good, if not better than last year's.
We had a large crowd of about 100 Zonians, and several of
Tom's neighbors. As luck was on our side, the weather was
clear and COLD with the moon being as beautiful as ever. For
all those who did not stay in the house drinking and eating all t
Be\ Rowle3, Sunn % Iizrachi, Terr) Slepp, Sheila
the sumptuous food that was brought by everybody, the rest Be( Rotle3, Sunnt Mizrachi, Terr a Stepp, Sheila
huddled around the bonfire with a warm drink of sorts keep- (Mitten) Stepp, Henry Mizrahi, ory Larrabee at annual
Xmas tree burn.
ing an eye on the kids and trying to stay warm. I think we
wound up with around 125 trees so there were more than
enough trees to make it a very long night of burning.
Collecting trees is not hard up here. Since I don't have a
truck, I simply drive around the neighborhood with my van
and when I spot a tree, I stop and hook it up with a bungee
cord and drag it home and stow it in the back yard. When I
acquired about 25 to 30 trees I stopped, and called on Mark
Heddaeus and Hugh Thomas for help, and at their conven-
ience they came by, loaded them up in their trucks, and deliv-
ered them to Tom's front yard. Watching the kids climbing in
and out of and making forts within the trees brought back
memories of what we used to do when we had the burns back
in the Zone. The big difference was that there are no
Christmas tree wars between towns or streets like we used to
have. All in all, it was a great party and you can rest easy
knowing that Tallahassee is carrying on the Canal Zone tradi-
Doug Larrabee on fire watch at annual Xmas tree bur
When it comes to throwing a dinner party, there just isn't
any comparison to Henry and Sunny Mizrachi. They just
keep getting better all the time. This year, just before
Valentine's Day, the Mizrachis hosted a formal sit-down din-
ner for Terry and Sheila Stepp, Doug and Zory Larrabee,
Kathy Daniels, Sue Corrigan, Skip and Bev Rowley. The
dinner included all the trimmings and a dozen bottles of good
Jim and Pam Reid, Katherine and Mark Heddaeus at champagne. Henry had checked with me in January to see
annual Xmas tree burn. what my schedule was and the shape my Tuxedo was in.
When we agreed on a date, I said it was clean and hanging in
the closet, he said "good". He typed up formal invitations,
Deadline for the mailed them out, and cooked the most delicious Fillett,
which melted in your mouth. We all had a perfect fun-filled
October 2006 Canal Record evening. I have to say, not only because they are good friends
of mine, but because they are perfect hosts. If you want some-
is August 4, 2006. thing, you have only to ask and it will be done.
On Valentine's day, as is the case every year, our
Barbershop Chorus had five quartets out singing all over
town, and my new quartet "Foursome" managed to sell 23
different gigs around the Tallahassee area. It was a long but
very enjoyable and profitable day for the chorus. We charge
for each gig but the money goes to our Chapter for various
events, which mainly include the four $1,000 College
Scholarship programs that we sponsor. As the Valentine's
Committee Chairman, I managed to get all the flowers and
boxes of candy donated to us by various businesses so that
left us with pure profit for the Chapter.
Terry Stepp just informed me that when they get back
from their Panama Canal Cruise to Alaska, they will be going
back to Mexico for a month like last year to continue on with
their total Spanish immersion session.
Mizrachi, Zory and Doug Larrabee, Sheila and Terry
Stepp, Sue Corrigan, formal Valentine's dinner.
I continue to work with Joe and Otty Stuart at the TLH
Airport with our passenger survey job as well as my usher's
job at the Leon County Civic Center, along with being the
photographer for Marzuq Shrine Temple, the PCC Society
reporter for Tallahassee, and still sing with my Barbershop
Chorus and Quartet. So you can see that I stay busy. I was for-
tunate enough to be able to work every FSU basketball game
for both the men and women's teams. When FSU beat Duke
all of the ushers were stationed around the court to keep the
fans from charging onto the floor. However, with the excite-
ment level being what it was, the students charged the floor
with just a little over a second of clock time left and two fouls
hanging over their heads. We just got overrun. It took the
combination of police, house security, and all of us ushers
over ten minutes to clear the court so the penalties could be
played and the game could continue for the remainder of the
time. That was probably the most exciting time I've had in a
long time. Being able to see shows like Dolly Parton, Peter
Pan, Bill Gaither, Ringling Brothers Circus, the Professional
Bull Riding competition, Monster Trucks, Thoroughly
Modern Millie etc. for free makes it all worthwhile.
Skip Rowley at work at Tallahassee Airport
Suzanne Mitten Corrigan, John Fettler, and Christine
Mitten Gibson, Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Like I have stated in the past, if you have any news that
you want to share or brag about, PLEASE drop me a letter,
photo or email so I can include it in any future articles. I'll be
looking forward to seeing you all at the July reunion in
Orlando. Until then, I remain,
Skip Rowley, Reporter
Carolyn Holmes Morris from
Hephzibach, Ga. sent me an article with
some photos of classmates who visited
her late last year. She writes: "Some June Stevenson
members of the BHS Class of 1960 met in
Hephzibach, Ga. at my home for a mini-reunion. After hav-
ing attended our 45th Class Reunion, many friendships were
renewed and we felt we needed to get together sooner than
another five years.
"Mary Lynne Stoakley Rowe came from Valdosta, Ga.,
Kay Flowers McFarland, Columbia, S.C., Kathleen
McConaghy Campbell, Suffolk, Va., Barbara Bartlett
Garlitz, Hickory, N.C., Jimmy Price, Wilmington, N.C.,
Ray Amato, Covina, Calif., Chuck Rentz, Batesburg, S.C.
and our mascot from the BHS Class of 1962, Joyce Herring
Stewart. We started by having lunch at Sconyers Bar-b-que
Restaurant (Larry Sconyers catered a function at the White
House when Jimmy Carter was President) and dinner at my
house which consisted of Johnny Mazzetti (contributed by
Ginny Perra Huseby who was unable to be with us), egg-
plant parmesan, salad and, of course, empanadas and ceviche.
Almost forgot the wine and Cuba Libres! Saturday evening
we did a Low Country Shrimp Boil. We had a great time and
plan to get together again real soon. There will be another
gang coming to stay with and visit me in April for the Masters
Golf Tournament. Will try to get in a few pictures of that
Ray "Goose" Amato (standing), Kathleen MeConaghy
Campbell, Jimmy "Sapo" Price, Bill Campbell
Back: Chuck Rentz (left), Jimmy Price (right). Center (L-
R): Barbara Bartlett Garlitz, Carolyn Holmes Morris,
Kathleen McConaghy Campbell, Mary Lynn Stoakley
Rowe, Kay Flowers McFarland, Joyce Herring Stewart.
Front: Ray Amato.
I also spoke to John Eberenz of Athens, Ga. who told me
he just bought some land on which to build a retirement
home. He is selling his large home and buying some acreage
in Oglethorpe County. Says it is woods and pasture, and I
have to admit, it does sound nice. He says his daughter
Christine is now a UGA Freshman (go Dawgs), majoring in
Spanish and had gone to Clearwater Beach in Florida a cou-
pie of weeks ago for Spring Break. John sounded very proud
of Christine, and rightly so. He also says he and his wife
Linda and two children, Paul and Christine, spent Christmas
and New Years in Panama where they visited Linda's parents,
who are still living there, and noticed a lot of changes.
Spoke to Richard Phillips and he told me that his cousin
Vicki Hutchison Boukalis and her husband Bob stopped by
for an overnight visit from their home in Alabama on their
way to South Carolina. Vicki and Bob were getting ready to
put her Mom's home on the market.
Ray Burda and his wife Pat went to Panama on January
25th, and on January 26th Ray fell in his kitchen in their
condo in Gorgona and broke his leg. He did not realize it was
broken at first so he borrowed some crutches from a friend,
and even though he was in a lot of pain went back to Panama
City. There they caught the local airplane to David to visit his
parents in Boquete and finally went to a doctor who said it
was broken and should be operated on. Ray decided then it
was time to return to the U.S. So after spending only one
night with his parents he and Patty flew back to Panama, and
the following day returned to the U.S. where he saw an ortho-
pedic Dr. who decided not to operate, but did tell him to stay
off his leg as much as possible. Ray is happy to report that he
is now walking on his own without crutches even though he
is still taking it slow and easy.
Speaking of Panama, my husband and I were in Panama
in February with our Dry Season and PC Museum tours, and
I just have to report that our trip went smoothly with no prob-
lems. I did have a friend take a photo of both Davis and me
in front of a beautiful bougainvillea bush in Nata, Panama.
One of the reasons I love Panama so much at that time of year
is the bougainvillea flowers are always in bloom and just
brighten up the countryside. I also wanted to put a photo in of
Jack and Anne Crook who were with us on our Dry Season
tour after being gone from Panama for approximately 50
years. Jack used to be stationed in Amador, and saw so many
changes he could not believe it. All for the better he said, and
he is right, Panama is beautiful and has lots to offer everyone.
June and Davis Stevenson in Nata, Panama
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That's all the local news that I am aware of. 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
Spring was absolutely gorgeous up
here in Maryland. We had a fairly dry -
and comparatively warm Winter. -
The Bakers (Bud and I) became Robin Baker
great-grandparents to a pretty little girl.
Her name is Nevaeh Sophia Caldwell. A mouthful I am sure,
but she will likely be called Nevie by all of us. Born March
20, she and her parents Tim and Lisa Caldwell are getting
acquainted with each other and doing well.
I heard from several people who shared their news with
this reporter. I encourage everyone in Maryland who has con-
nections with the former Canal Zone to share in their news.
I received some information concerning William H.
Wymer, formerly of the Canal Zone (1941-1958), who is
now living in North Potomac, Md. He was responding to an
earlier request for more Marylanders who were ex-Zonians to
contribute information and news. He is a board certified
Entomologist, Emeritus and was, during the World War II
years, a ship's officer in the Army Transport Service
(USATS) sailing the Atlantic and the Caribbean.
The following was taken from the September 2005 issue
of National Retired Federal Employees: "When yellow fever
broke out in the Caribbean in 1948, Bill was the Navy's civil-
ian entomologist in the Panama Canal Zone and subsequent-
ly in the Caribbean Area. While in Panama he was
Commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club and in 1953 sailed
from Panama to Tahiti in a 33-foot ketch."
"Following his federal retirement he was Executive
Manager of the American Registry of Professional
Entomologists and Editor of their ARPE News."
He and his wife Judy have five children and eleven
Tammy Van Newkirk, daughter of Pat (Stilson) and
Carl Van Newkirk, had the opportunity to journey to
Panama and enrolled for a short course in Spanish in the for-
mer Canal Zone. She had a wonderful experience living with
local residents for two weeks and her overall impression was
so favorable that she expressed a strong desire to return. Pat
(Stilson) Van Newkirk, her mother, attended CZ schools and
is a longtime friend of this reporter.
Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart of Silver Spring,
Md. hosted a family visit from relatives for several days in
early April. Dorothy's sister June (Rowley) Stevenson,
June's daughter Lori (Stevenson) Snow and granddaughter
Sara Snow, came from Lawrenceville, Ga. to see the
Gerharts at home. Unusually pleasant weather helped the
group to sightsee in D.C. Highlights were the cherry blos-
soms around the Tidal Basin, the Capitol Building and Senate
Chamber, Ford's Theater, Mt. Vernon, the Holocaust Museum
and the National Archives, holding the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution.
Sara Snow; Suzanne, Sean holding Sara George; Jim and
Dorothy Gerhart, June Stevenson, Ken Gerhart, and Lori
After sightseeing, Jim and Dorothy's son Ken Gerhart
hosted a fine Sunday morning brunch at his townhouse in
Arlington, Va. They helped in the joyous welcoming of the
Gerharts' newest family addition, Sara Kathryn George,
born in January to their daughter Suzanne and Sean George
who live in Springfield, Va. Jim and Dorothy plan to visit
their son Brian Gerhart in Tokyo where he is a staff spe-
cialist at the U.S. Embassy there. Brian was missed at home
during the extended family visit but had been able to make a
trip back in February, with time to share in the joy of his niece
Let's hear from more people, OK!!!
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
It's been a while since I've contributed anything to the
Record, so let's see if I can stumble my way through this.
First of all, everyone in my clan is doing well.
A lot of military news. My nephew Capt. Jacob Brown
returned home from a 14-month tour in Iraq, so I attended a
homecoming celebration in his hometown, Marshalltown,
Iowa. About 100 friends and family came out to welcome him
home. He now has a three-year gig teaching Military Science
in the ROTC program at Iowa State University. Jacob and his
wife Tammy live in Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines.
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Tammy and Jacob Brown
I had lunch just last week with Mark Powell (BHS'79).
Mark is a Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve,
and his unit was activated in August of last year. He is with
the 85th Training Support Division based in Arlington
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Paul Bierman and nephew Capt. Jacob Brown
About a month ago while traveling on business in Iowa, I
was informed that Jacob's older brother Jason Brown was
headed overseas. Jason, who is a Missouri State
Representative, also serves as a Staff Sergeant and Civil
Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve, and his unit was
activated and to be deployed to Iraq. So, I veered south for the
weekend and we had an impromptu, bittersweet family get-
together in Platte City, Mo. to send him off. As I write this
article, he is at Ft. Bragg and will be departing for Iraq any
Mark Powell holding Matthew (1), Lori Powell holding
Mary (3) in back, Thomas (5) and Patrick (7) in front.
And here's one from the "It's a small world" file. While
Mark and I were headed to lunch, we noticed another car with
a Panamanian flag hanging from the rearview mirror. We
ended up in the same parking lot, and enjoyed lunch with
Roberto Manzanares and Henry Brown. Both are active
duty military and stationed in Arlington Heights as well.
Roberto is from Panama, and Henry was previously stationed
Henry Brown and Roberto Manzanares
I also recently heard from Jennifer (Hayward) (BHS'81)
Doll who now lives in the Lemont, Ill. area with her husband
Mike. She reports that they will most likely not make the
reunion this summer, but they are looking forward to a trip to
Panama in December.
Jennifer and Mike Doll
I also have touched base with Susan (Lee) (BHS'77)
Auvinen. She is currently living in Buffalo Grove, Ill. with
her two children. Hopefully, sometime soon we will all be
able to get together for a Chicago area mini-reunion--we'll
see. That it's for now...see you in July!
Paul Bierman, Reporter
Greetings from North Carolina.
It's hard to believe that by the time
this article goes to press almost half
Pat Hunt the year will be over. I'm not quite
sure whether that has something to do
with my age or not! I've heard from a couple of "new to my
article" people since our last issue, so I'll start with them.
I had a call from Morris Cardenas who lives in
Lumberton, N.C. He attended Cristobal schools from 1964-
68 (he left Panama after 9th grade) and lived in Ft. Davis
where his father was a military instructor. He and his sister
Rita were both on the high school drill teams and plan to
attend the reunion in July. Rita lives in Fayetteville. Morris
keeps in touch with Roland Macintosh who also lived in Ft.
Davis and is now living in Boone, N.C. The two of them
played in a band together.
Also had a call from Jim Herzog (BHS'53). He and his
wife Sharon moved here to the Lake Lure area about two
years ago, after retiring from his 28-year career with the
Airline Pilot's Association. They moved here from northern
Virginia. They have six children and when I talked with Jim
their youngest daughter Sarah was preparing to graduate
from college and would be going to Uganda, Africa, to do her
student teaching. She had previously spent a summer in
Indonesia. Two of their children live on the west coast. Jim
attended his 45th reunion and met up with several friends,
including Gary Dunsmore, Pat Hutchings and Bill
Dawson. I told Jim I wasn't sure I remembered him. He said
he used to come to Pedro Miguel occasionally with his good
friend Bruce True, who lives in Grants Pass, Ore., when they
were in high school. I commented (hopefully without offend-
ing any wives), "Oh, I remember Bruce True" and he replied,
"Yes, every girl remembered Bruce True!"
Our resident "world travelers", Jim and Diane Bradley
and Willy and Wilma Nowotny went on another cruise in
February. They flew to San Diego and spent a few days sight-
seeing before boarding their ship and cruising the Mexican
Riviera. As usual they had a marvelous time. I really think
they have become addicted to cruising. Nothing like the
"lives of the rich and famous!!" While in San Diego they
were hosted by Willy's son Willy and his wife Anna. Upon
returning to Hendersonville the Bradleys drove to Florida to
visit Jim's sister Marian and family, then returned home and
flew off to Germany for Easter to visit with Eileen and Per,
grandson Karl Phillip, and twin granddaughters, Mia and
Pia, who celebrated their first birthday.
In March I had a houseful of guests for a very important
occasion. My niece Nanette and I planed a super spectacular
birthday party for her mother and my "baby sister" Vicki
Howe (aka garage sale sally). If she wasn't sitting here look-
ing over my shoulder as I am writing this, I would mention
which birthday. Suffice it to say it was a Big One! Vic's other
daughter Brandi Howe and her friend Jamon and our sister
Sandi Ingle drove up from Florida. And my three girls, Lisa,
Terri and Laurie, came to help celebrate. And was it ever a
surprise and did we celebrate!! While Sandi was here we
three sisters surprised Carmen, Charlie and Shirley Howe
at their home. Both Carmen and Shirley were recuperating
from hip replacements. The Howes lived next door to us on
Laurie, Terri, Vic, Sandi, Lisa and Pat
Ancon, right next to St. Luke's church. She and her late hus-
band Donald had three children. She has many fond memo-
ries about her time there. She will be going to the reunion in
July so any of you 54ers look her up. She was a student coun-
cil rep and worked on the Parakeet. She just found out about
the Panama Canal Society not long ago.
Well, I guess that's it for this time. Keep your news com-
ing--either call me or send me an email, as I now have a com-
puter and an address. It is pathunt(basicisp.net. Have a
great time at the reunion, everyone.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Paul and Suzette Baker wrote that at approximately
1400 Panama time on March 8, they, aboard their sailboat
Altair, completed their transit of the Panama Canal, reentered
the Pacific Ocean and picked up a mooring at the Balboa
Yacht Club after completing a loop around the globe, almost
exactly five years to the day after departing. They had a good
transit through the Canal with a great bunch of friends and
they heard that family and friends back home were able to see
them via the Locks web cam! They celebrated by popping
champagne, throwing confetti and wearing silly hats. They
say it feels good to have accomplished such a grand endeav-
or, but bittersweet as the course from there leads back to
Seattle where they will look for jobs and be with family and
the land-based people they love until the sea calls them out
again. They said that in looking back the magic of it all is the
friends they made, the fun times shared in exotic ports, and
the unconditional support with repairs and rescues. Their plan
is to leave Balboa the end of March heading for the Perlas
Islands for a week before continuing on to the Galapagos-
Marquesas-Hawaii and from Hawaii to Seattle by October
Charlie, Shirley and Carmen Howe
My son John recently moved to Reston, Va. from
Pennsylvania. He accepted a position with the Campaign for
Labor Rights in Washington, D.C. He and his fiance Julie
Gurnee (see Congratulations) came for a short visit before he
started working. Julie is working for the Virginia Audubon
Society. I had my usual full job jar while he was here so I kept
them both busy.
I had a call just before going to print from Ann Lowry
Sistrunk who lives in Knoxville, Tenn. She was in our class
(BHS'54) from 9th through 11th but left before our senior
year. She finished high school in California. Her father was
Chief of Surgery at Gorgas during that time and she lived in
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Suzette, Vilma Snyder, Wally Snyder, Susan and Gary
(from S/V Pacifico, two of our line handlers), Balboa Yacht
During the Daytona Bike Week races, swap meets, par-
ties, and visits with friends, Richard and Gelana (Putaturo)
Bailey of Deland, Fla. hosted a get-together one evening for
the CZ bikers and spouses. Those who attended included
Sheila and Mike Bell, Titi and Rafa Diaz, Bonnie and Ed
Dolan, John and Ellen Gough, Larry Gramlich, Bill
Hanna, Cody Hollowell, Gerry Laatz, J Laatz, Larry
Layman, Pat Manning, Don and Christy Mans, Renee
Nellis, Phil Sanders, Al and Sheila Schonert, Bill Weigle,
Bernie Mans, Denise and Robert Will, and two mystery
guests. Pat Manning also hosted a steak cookout for the same
group plus some biker pals from Maryland. Both parties were
Bill (Bee) Bailey writes that he sold his boat last October
to a very happy young man after which Bee bought a 1996
Harley Road King. He and David Gee motorhomed it down
to Yuma, Ariz. for part of the winter and took a quick trip over
to old haunts in San Diego. Now they are back facing all sorts
of work projects and have high hopes of a trip to Panama next
January for about three weeks in combination with spending
the rest of winter in Arizona staying warm.
Mellie (Turner) Kennedy and I went to John and
Michelle (Greene) Bundy's Mardi Gras party at their home
in West Seattle complete with empanadas and other goodies,
Ron Cortez, bead necklaces and bracelets, light-up pendants,
press-on tattoos--the works! We also got a close-up look at
John's famous collection of frogs. A very fun evening.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford writes that their oldest son
Sean moved to Tampajust before Christmas. He's working as
a traffic engineer and is also seeking other employment. He
really likes Florida and has reported he's becoming a
"Floridian". Of course, Barbara doesn't think he's old enough
to be so far from home, but as he often reminds her, he IS 18.
Barbara will spend time with him in July when she goes to the
reunion. Barbara along with Bebe (Nehring) Denike, her
husband Billy D. and son Justin spent President's Day week-
end in Easton, Wash. snowmobiling. They think they missed
the turn to Rio Mar as it was COLD that weekend, but they
had stocked up on winter wear and Ron Cortez to keep warm.
Barb's brother Allen Sheppard was recently there for a two-
week visit, and he had brought Barb a "stash" of D'ELidas
hot sauce. Allen should be back for another visit this fall.
In February Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin's daughter Sandi
and husband Autie McClanahan went on a seven-day cruise
aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas to the
Bahamas, Haiti, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, while Ginny
watched the two grandkids. Then in March Sandi surprised
Autie, for his 40th birthday, with a trip to Las Vegas for the
weekend. Daughter Nancy Ivory and husband Jack
Saunders and son Mitchel spent a weekend with Robert and
Gayle (Fettler) Rankin in Sequim. They had a snowshoe
outing up Hurricane Ridge and said they enjoyed it so much
they plan to get some snow gear of their own so they can do
it again next winter. Daughter Karen and her husband John
Blennerhassett continue to enjoy their life in Panama. Their
son Jason celebrated his 5th birthday at his grandparents Ned
and Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett's home in Santa Rita,
Panama, at the pool while Jason's sister Ryann had to play it
cool for a while after fracturing her wrist on the swing set.
Autie and Sandi (Rankin) McClanahan on February cruise
Nancy (Rankin) Ivory and husband Jack '
son Mitchel snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge.
Karen (Rankin) and son John Blennerhassett at birthday
We received a nice note from Vicki (Harrell) and Larry
Ahlemann recently. They are doing super in Oregon and plan
to go to D.C. the middle of April to take Vicki's mom's ashes
to Arlington National Cemetery to be buried with her dad's.
They also hope to see some friends back east.
Jim Shobe writes that he and Noralie (Roche's) daugh-
ter Clover and husband Jim Duffus are planning a motorcy-
cle trip to Alaska and enjoyed their two-week visit to Panama
over Christmas vacation. They had a wonderful time visiting
friends and places throughout Panama. Jim and Noralie's
grandson, Steve and Debbie's youngest son, was married in
February and moved from Hill AFB, Utah, to his new duty
station at Beal AFB, Calif. The Shobes hope to visit them in
April when they also plan to visit Jim's two brothers in
California. Jim said he enjoys seeing Jim Fealey, Guy
Fealey, Ed Kennedy and Gerry Laatz and others of the
Panama "Mafia" at the monthly Vintage Motorcycle meet-
ings. Jim Duffus mentioned that his sister Inez and husband
Mike Plucker recently relocated to Indianapolis, Ind., but
plan on returning to the northwest in the future. He also men-
tioned that Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid have moved to
Mary (Sullivan) and Jim Young had a great six-week
trip to Panama in January and February. They took a ride over
the new bridge, the Centenario, named for Panama's centen-
nial, to Arraijan and then the other way back into Panama. It
is a beautiful drive with lots of untouched jungle. Jim enjoyed
seeing a lot of his old hunting places on the West Bank and
was able to go out on a tug for a day. Mary was lucky to be
there for a Gorgas Hospital reunion where she met many of
her old friends from her days at Gorgas. They enjoyed stay-
ing with their son Jim in Curundu, and seeing son David and
his family who live in Clayton. Mary's sister Nancy Sullivan
Schorsch and her husband Carl, her brother Jim Sullivan
and wife Carol, and old friends Dr. Mike and Lil
Szczukowski were also visiting. Mike was a doctor at Gorgas
and Lil a nurse. Coming back to the cold northwest was a big
change but now that spring is here they are thawing out. They
plan to drive to California in April and visit family there.
Mary, still quilting, found a fun women's quilt group in
Panama which meets weekly in Albrook at Carol Skinner's
home. Among the group were old friends Thelma
DeLaMater, Leslie Tassell and Carolyn Miskowsky.
Theresa (Snyder) Herring sent a very interesting inter-
net site about Father Brandenberger who resided at Holy
Family Parish in Margarita, ran the annual Charity Carnivals
for many years, and married her and Tim in 1979. There is
also another site for Father Kennedy. If anyone is interested
in the websites, please call or email this reporter.
The first weekend in February our family got together at
son Ray's home in San Diego, then to Big Bear for skiing and
snow fun where we stayed at a roomy condo. Ray's wife
Ermese and I took my grandson Alex (2-1/2) to the man-
made snow inner tube tobogganing while the men went for
the heavier sports. Granddaughter Lilli (7 mos.) and I sat and
watched from the nearby outdoor restaurant. One evening
Ray, Ermese, J. and Sunshine all took to the skiing and
snowboarding while Gerry and I stayed home with the grand-
kids. We all had a great time and plan another trip next year.
Gerry and I attended a wonderful get-together to celebrate
my Uncle Roger Adams Sr's, life in services in late January.
His wife Katy hosted their son Roger and family, wife Mary,
daughter Nina and son Adan, niece Sue Stabler and her
daughter, Leslie (Pancho) Griffin, during those days pre-
and post-ceremonies. A wonderful get-together at their condo
in Kirkland brought many friends and family together after a
most impressive ceremony at a military cemetery in Kent,
Wash., presided by the VFW, in which son Roger and Sue
spoke very warmly about father and Uncle Roger. He was a
wonderful and loving man who made everyone he talked with
feel very special.
Our deepest condolences to Vivian Mikulich and family
on the recent loss of her husband Walter.
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler went on a seven-
day cruise in December 2005. They sailed out of Galveston
on the Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas, taking a
Western Caribbean cruise. Madeleine's sister Toy (Lugo) and
husband Alvin Barnard went with John and Madeleine. The
ship was decorated for Christmas, and Madeleine and John
took full advantage of all the great dancing that was available.
The group had a blast and met a lot of new people. John men-
tioned how he was already invited to Monterey, Mexico,
since he met some very nice people on the ship from there.
Prior to this year's Orlando reunion, John and Madeleine are
traveling to Panama as John has never been there. John has
been in contact with a group from Panama and has already
been invited to a PingDing when they get to Panama. The
whole Lugo bunch will be at the reunion in Orlando, includ-
ing granddaughter Reina.
Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler and Toy (Lugo) Barnard
Julia (Mercier) and Paulino Allande went to New
Orleans in January to assist with cleanup and salvage efforts
there. They spent a week working with others from the
Presbyterian Disaster Relief mucking, ripping, and gutting
houses so the house owners could get on with reconstruction.
Julia remarked that the mold problem was incredible. They
both plan to make another trip for more "rescue" work in the
fall. In March proud parents Julia and Paulino enjoyed a trip
to California to attend a formal wedding celebration of their
son Christopher James Allende and Aimee Johnson. This
celebration was held on March 26, 2006 (the first anniversary
of the couple's marriage) in NAS Lemoore, Calif. The occa-
sion allowed Julia and Paulino to get to know their five-
month-old granddaughter Alyssa Nicole. Grampy had a
tough time leaving Alyssa Nicole, and he looks forward to the
family's visit to Tulsa at Christmas. Julia's brother John P.
Mercier is still in Panama, and from time to time he has the
pleasure of accompanying children to the Shriners Hospital in
Shreveport, La. These trips allow John to visit with his moth-
er Elizabeth Mercier, widow of John R. Mercier (formerly
This reporter will have news of the Oklahoma Chapter's
May business meeting and picnic in Norman in the next issue
of the Canal Record.
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Saludos de Panam-. Here it is,
another issue for all to enjoy. Seems
like I just sent in all input for the last
one--time does fly. I also tend to
measure my husband Carl's trips
home, with the quarterly review and I Anna Opel
will see him soon.
Anyway, dry season is still in full swing, even though we
had two weeks of unseasonable rains caused by a cold front.
For those who have visited Panama recently, know that the
condo/apartment buildings are going up faster than one can
blink an eye. Along with that some of the roads are also being
revamped to accommodate the heavy traffic.
The Albrook Overpass which starts in front of the old
Balboa Train Station also just recently opened after three
years of trying to keep it from sinking, greatly alleviating
traffic congestion on the way to the Albrook Terminal,
Albrook Mall, and onramp to the Corridor Norte.
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My friend Carole Lightell came for another of her visits
in February and talked me into taking a "girl's" road trip to El
Valle, along with Pat Allen who lives in Guanche. It had been
at least eight years since my last visit to El Valle and I was
impressed that the black-topped road was in such good con-
dition, the vegetable/fruit market and the overall quality of
artisan products from what I remembered. That morning I
was just like any other tourist and bought my share of good-
ies to take to the States.
As with every issue I depend on news provided by mem-
bers here in Panama and John Husum and/or Art Mokray
faithfully provide the updates on the annual Cardenas
Christmas tree burn. John beat out Art on the article: "This
year's annual Cardenas Christmas tree bur was held on Jan.
21 at the Cardenas Community Center. It was attended by
about 200 people, young and old. Some of the faces there this
year were Kathy (Bottin) and Mike Fennell, Tom and Zenia
(Neely) Morris, Dillon Lynch, Tom Fennell, Eddie and
Carson Dolan, Dodd and Tiernan (Corrigan) Dupree,
Reyna Royo, Jason and Lisa (Palm) Post, Johnny and
Lucy (Lincoln) Haines, Chris Huerbsch, Alejandro
Pinzon, Andy and Juana Wileczek, Jaime Abad, John and
Lorena Husum, Craig and Tammy Broussard, Mike
Young, Pablo Prieto, Sue Stabler, Art Mokray, Dean
Homa, Doug Allen, Kenny Morales, Stephanie (Nellis)
Hayes, Bill, Ann and Katie Bivin, Jacqueline and Kurt
Wiese. Out-of-towners included Kelly Forrest from Dallas,
whose ship he captains was temporarily waylaid in the Bay of
Panama, Ted and Mel (Little) Henter from St. Petersburg (if
you can include them as out of town, seeing as they have a
place in Veracruz now), Larry Corrigan and Didi Bremer
from Tallahassee and Steve Thompson from North Carolina.
There were over 250 trees to throw into the fire, and the
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Panama were present for fire control.
The Associati6n de Residentes de Cardenas (APROC) should
be commended for its fine support of this great community
Patricia Roquebert waiting her turn
Before heading back to Panama City, we drove about ten
minutes down the road for lunch at Las Camisonas
Restaurant--the seafood plates were absolutely scrumptious,
as were the ice cold Soberanas.
February was a busy month--Carl came home for another
R&R from Baghdad and on February 4, 2006, we attended
the Canal Zone Police reunion which was held at El Panama
Hotel. In attendance were approximately 85 people, of whom
eighteen had made special trips from the U.S. to participate in
the occasion. A BBQ Buffet dinner was held along the side of
the hotel's swimming pool, which provided a beautiful set-
ting for the reunion. It was a very enjoyable evening, renew-
ing old acquaintances, reminiscing about old times and taking
lots of pictures.
Christopher Walsh donated several items of his Canal
Zone memorabilia collection to be presented to those indi-
viduals deserving special recognition: Louie Cooper the
U.S. CZ Policeman who resided in Panama for the longest
number of years; George Tochterman Oldest CZ
Policeman/Oldest person attending the reunion; George
Nadeau Youngest CZ Policeman; Lloyd Spradlin -
Traveled the furthest distance to the reunion; Fred Cotton -
Highest ranking PC employee in attendance; Peter Tassell -
Only CZ Port Captain in attendance; Feliciano Villalobos -
The first Panamanian CZ Policeman; Sonia Valley She had
the most number of CZP boyfriends.
The reunion turned out to be a very special occasion, with
lots of enjoyment and camaraderie. Several people planned
get-togethers after the reunion to continue celebrating and
bonding friendships. Hubert Boyle, along with Juan
Cazorla and Herbert Harmond, were the spearheads in
organizing this event. Hugh said that they received many
requests to make the Canal Zone Police Reunion an annual
event in Panama. Hugh will let me know if they plan on doing
that so the dates can be published in the Record.
The following day, February 5th, was Super Bowl Sunday
and the Elks Club, true to form, had their Superbowl Potluck
Dinner, instigated by Chris Skeie, who donated his time to
man the BBQ pit, on loan for the evening by Gordy Will, to
cook the hotdogs and hamburgers provided by the Club. The
Club members and their guests provided the rest of the food
for the potluck. It was a fun evening though there were a lot
of unhappy folks over the outcome of the game and the foot-
Carl and I headed off to the States on February 14th, me
to San Antonio and Carl back to Baghdad. While in San
Antonio visiting my daughter Patricia (Szymanski) Phillips,
her husband Doyle and my son Rick and Terri (Miller)
Szymanski, we had a Johnny Mazzetti dinner at Trish's
condo with family and friends which included: Terri and my
grandchildren, Marianna Isabel Szymanski and Brian de
Leon, Stuart Warner, Melanie O'Brien, Heidi (Hinz) and
Kyle Schroeder, Glenda (Lewis) and Mike Kochel.
Stuart and Melanie
On my return to Panama, I stopped in Miami to visit with
my daughter Jenilee Szymanski at her new house in
Homestead, and returned to Panama the last night of
Some of us who remained behind enjoyed Carnival time
as seen by this photo of Sonia Valley on stage with Sammie
and Sandra Sandoval at the Continental Hotel. Sonia was
there with Rita Preciado when asked to join them on the
stage. As stated by Carol Coffee in her e-mail to me: "Viva
Sonia Valley with Sammie and Sandra Sandoval
In an e-mail from Vicki Sizemore, she wrote: "Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow enjoyed a one-day visit from
Mrs. Bea (Sears) McLaughlin who was traveling through
Panama on the cruise ship SS Lyrica. Accompanying Bea on
her cruise was Alan Polis (BHS'68) and her niece Kathy
Jones from California. Mrs. McLaughlin was married to the
late Earl Sears who retired from the Panama Canal Company
in 1974. Bea and Earl Sears were best friends to Vicki's par-
ents, the late LaMar and the late Mary Sizemore, therefore
they were always "Aunt" Bea and "Uncle" Earl. Alan Polis's
sister Kathy is married to Doug Sears. Both are graduates of
BHS and live in Maine. Bea lives in Pensacola with her hus-
band, Admiral (Ret) Bill McLaughlin. Her other two sons,
Jeff and Gregg, also reside in Pensacola. Vicki and Ed also
enjoyed a visit from classmate (BHS'70) Sandra Chesson
who visited Panama from Austin with friends Sherri and
Sandy. They enjoyed visits to the Balboa Yacht Club, dinners
at Mi Ranchita and a visit to the Beach.
Dee Dee Hanna and her husband Bill were here in
December for the wedding of their son Jon to Brianna
Meighan. While here Dee Dee and Bill enjoyed visiting with
friends, their son Dan, and traveling to the beach. Dee Dee
entertained with a musical concert at Shamrock's, the restau-
rant at the Balboa Elks. Dee Dee has a beautiful voice and we
were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear her sing.
The new Public Market has opened in Chinatown. It is
exceptionally clean with modern facilities and the choices in
fruit, vegetables, fresh meat and fresh chicken are endless. In
addition, it is about a one-minute drive from the seafood mar-
ket where you can buy fresh corvina for $1.50 a pound and
giant shrimp for about $6.00 a pound.
Chinese Breakfast at Lung Fung's is becoming a tradition
on Wednesday mornings. Some of the "former zonies" seen
in the crowd are Anna Opel, Lorraine Chamberlain, Vicki
Sizemore, Ed Wardlow and Chris Skeie.
Teddy Henter hosted a surprise birthday party in January
for his wife Mel at the El Panama Hotel. Mel was taken by
surprise at the group of friends gathered to share her special
day. The location of the event touched on a special memory
for Mel; Teddy had taken her to the El Panama to celebrate
her 18th birthday, a "few" years before. Who says romance is
dead? Assisting in planning the festivities was expert party
planner and hombre extraordinaire Pablo Prieto. Everyone
had a great time helping Mel celebrate with wonderful food,
plenty of liquid refreshment and music by the very talented
John Wolff. Attending the festivities were: Lyle and Carol
Wickham, Dave and Candace Starling, Maruja Langman,
Joe and Kathy Pulrino, Donnie Mans, Mauro Avila,
Demetrio Chen and his wife, John and Lucy Haines, Tim
and Peggy Kirkby, Debbie Soukup, Bonnie (Bishop)
Beasley, Vince and Penny Canamas, Larry Corrigan, DiDi
Bremer, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Alberta and
Collin Corrigan, Sue Stabler, Jane and Bill Huff, Bob
Askew and John and Lynn Wolff."
Art Mokray ran into some friends visiting here within the
last few months: Mike Perry was in for two weeks, January
11-25, visiting friends and taking in the beaches; Helen
(Aanstoos) and Isaac Hay were in for two weeks and spent
a lot of time up in the interior; Douglas and Zoraida
Larrabee, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, left Panama seven years ago and
were back to see how much has changed. Even though it was
a short trip, they're glad they did it. Woody DeJernette is
now back in Panama to enjoy retirement. He retired in
November 2005 and Tom Slice was in for two weeks from
Heidi (Hinz) and her son Kyle Schroeder visited Panama
in mid-March after an absence of two years. They spent time
with family, at their beach house in Santa Clara, dinner at my
house in Ancon, and quite a few hours looking for gift items.
Kyle and Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder
Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler, Juan and Eida Cazorla,
Jose and Marcela Tunon, Feliciano and Delia Villalobos,
Ricardo and Olga Manning, former CZ Police Officers and
their spouses, attended the wedding of Michelle, daughter of
Edgardo and Monze Tirado, at Coronado Beach Club on
Bruce Quinn sent the photo of closing night of The
Cucarachita Mandinga for which he was the director of the
show produced as part of the ACP's cultural dry season pro-
gram. The photo was taken from the stage looking up at the
Administration Building in Balboa. Note the vast number of
people who saw this show many even silhouetted on the
balustrades at the top of the hill in the distance in front of the
"Building". In two performances, approximately 13,000-
15,000 people attended. Entrance was FREE!
The show had a cast of 40 comprised of professionals and
dependents of the ACP Family. The choreography was done
by Ana Melissa Pino de de la Guardia, a former student of
the Royal Ballet in London; Dino Nugent, who is a
Fullbright Fellow at Rutgers University, returned to Panama
to direct the orchestra. Costumes were by Charles Brannan
and Hannia Woodman did the make-up. Bruce did the set
designs built by JR DISENOS here in Panama. The leads
were: Vicki Greco, a graduate of the American Academy of
Dramatic Arts in New York, who portrayed the "Cucarachita"
and an upcoming heartthrob of the current generation of
Panamanians, actor/singer Leo Almengor, here in Panama
portrayed "Raton Perez". One of the best compliments
received was from Golgonda Sinan Dominguez, the daugh-
ter of the late author of the work, Rogelio Sinan, when she
said, "This is the way the show was meant to be done"!
Music of the show was composed by the late Panamanian
musical genius, Gonzalo Brenes.
Well, I ended up with more news than I expected. Hope
you enjoyed it. Till next time.
Anna Opel, Reporter
I want to thank all of the people
who e-mailed me, telling me how
much they missed reading my article
in the Panama section in the first
Record for 2006. I was really touched Trina Clark
to know that people really DO read what I submit!! There has
been a lot going on with me. The company I work for,
Empresas Bern Bern Hotels and Resorts Panama, just
opened our 5th hotel in Panama: Intercontinental Playa
Bonita Resort & Spa. The hotel is a spectacular 300-room
paradise built on the former site of Kobbe Beach. The gala
event was a white party throughout the hotel and by the
pool(s) and beach areas. The guest list was very long and dis-
tinguished for this unforgettable night with A-listers such as:
Don Alberto Motta, President and Mrs. Martin Torrijos,
Ruben Blades, Dr. Peggy Greene, President of Empresas
Bern, Ing. Herman Bern and Do6a Miriam Bern and Vice
President of Bern Hotels and Resorts, Glenn Champion. I
also invited some of my friends to experience the excitement
along with me: Dodd Dupree and Tiernan (Corrigan)
Dupree and John Haines III and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines,
Owner of Reprosa Agnes and Davis Santomenno and
danuhter Arianna Santomenno.
Lampas. The pilot was shown at the Elks Club and was met
with rave reviews. A Cable network recently picked it up and
everyone here in Panama wishes Ryan all the best!
The Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race was a repeat
performance by the Snafi. The Snafu is an Open Class Boat
and crewmembers include Alan and Tom Eckle and Wendell
Sasso. Chris Skeie also wanted me to give a "job well done"
to the Museum's second boat of the co-ed crew of Fast 2 Ras
2. Of course we had visitors in for the race: Donna Sasso,
Christine (Stromberg) Eckle, Joanne Eckle, Lisa Sasso,
John Magee, and Mike Geddes. For additional information
on the race and for anyone interested in paddling in future
races, contact this reporter for information.
Snafu crew tearing it up!
Ruben Blades, Don Alberto Motta and Dr. Peggy Greene
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Ruben Blades, Don Alberto Motta and Dr. Peggy Greene
Collage of Intercontinental Playa Bonita Grand Opening
Congratulations are in order for Ryan Sweeney and his
reality TV sport-fishing show Panama Big Game starring
Jorge "J.B." Bloise, Al Livingston, Tom Giles and Carlos
Mike(y) Young was down visiting for a spell, stayed with
brother Dave Young, went fishing at Volcan reef with Jim
Weiss, and came back with a whopper--400-lb. Marlin!!
Jim's son Kyle Weiss celebrated the beginning of his 19th
birthday at, where else...the Elks Club. Mikey did not want
Kyle to celebrate too much because John Magee and Mike
Geddes were in for CHINE SE BREAKFAST at Lung Fung
the next morning!
John Gary Riley was here on his six-week sabbatical
from Dothan, Ala. and spent a lot of time with buddies
Pablito Fenochietti, Bill "Billy D" DeLaMater, Doug
Phillips, Dave Sherman, George Lopp, and had the oppor-
tunity to head up to Chiriqui twice--Oh, to be retired!
Pablo Fenochietti, George Lopp, John Gary
Sherman, "Billy D" DeLaMater.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks saw a
"changing of the guard" as HB Twohy III is the new Exalted
Ruler for the 2006-2007 year. His father Henry Twohy and
sister Kara Twohy along with his extended family and
friends are extremely proud of him and wish him much suc-
cess in his term.
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: June 12, 2006 National
celebration/observation of Colon, Puerto Lindo and Colon;
June 28, 2006 Anniversary of Campana Hill Heights (est.
1966); June 29 July 3, 2006 International Book Fair at
Atlapa Convention Center; July 14-16, 2006 EXPOCAM-
ERA at Atlapa Convention Center; July 20-24, 2006 Pollera
Festival in Las Tablas; July 22, 2006 National Pollera Day;
July 26, 2006 XXVIII Artesian Fair at Atlapa Convention
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 submitted
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 www.pancanalsocietv.org or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.
Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451
Capt. Bob and Angie Bloemer and
son Donald spent three weeks enjoying
the beaches of Mazatlan, Mexico in
February. An adventurous twelve-hour
train/bus trip to Copper Canyon (north
of Mazatlan to Chihuahua) was taken by Linda Morris
Angie and Donald while Bob relaxed at
the Yacht Club. News about the Bloemer grandsons: Dr. Tim
and Barbara (Bloemer) Ellington's son Matt will be grad-
uated from Austin College in May and has been accepted at
Southwestern Medical in Dallas. David Bloemer, son of
Robert and Kim Bloemer, will be graduating from high
school in June and will attend Monmouth University in New
Jersey on a $24,000 scholarship.
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Rick Koster, an electronic engineer who grew up in
Panama, will challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in
a race to represent the Texas State House of Representatives
District 70 in the May election. Rick and Carla and three
children have lived in Allen, Texas since 1997. Some of you
might remember his dad Richard Koster Sr., a professor at
the local branch of FSU in the former Canal Zone. He was
also the first Democratic Party representative from the Canal
Zone beginning in 1964.
Joel Scott (BHS'82) has had a "desk job" at the Plano
Police Department since his knee surgery but is back on reg-
ular duty "catching the bad guys". Keeping up with his eight-
year-old triplets, Cameron, McKenna and Paige, will have
him in running shape in no time.
"Green beer" was the drink of the day at a St. Pat's party
held at Lou and Suzette Seldon's home in Keller. Every sur-
face of the house was covered in something green or Irish-
themed. Even the two beautiful Weimaraners Sophie and
Luke wore green necklaces. Guests of honor were Ryan and
Leah (Seldon) Sheppard and three-week-old baby boy Finn
LOU selion oressea Irinsn at St. rats party
Esperanza (Lopez) (BHS'53) Holford will entertain
classmate Elaine Clark Cook and her husband Warren at
her ranch in Johnson City, Texas the end of March. The
Cooks live in Evans, Ga. Springtime in the "Hill country"
will be crayon-bright with colorful Lady Bird Johnson's wild-
flowers blooming everywhere. "The Texas Bluebells" are
dazzling! The spring migration of birds from Canada and
Central America will also be evident and they will enjoy it.
Luis (BHS'51) and Etheleen Celerier from Long View will
also join the visit.
John and Joan Long will move back to Kerrville in
April. They miss their friends and prefer "city life" to the
more countrified life in Granbury.
It was "catch up night" for BHS'80 classmates, Shirley
(Garza) Wickery and Bliss (Morris) Connerton, at Durty
Nellie's Irish Pub in San Antonio. Bliss, Area Sales Manager
for Harmon Media Group, was there on business and the
"girls' night out" was pre-planned. Lots of talking and laugh-
ing ensued. Plans for a mini-reunion in San Antonio or Austin
were hatched. Shirley was born in San Antonio, moved with
her military family to Panama three times. She lived in
Curundu and Fort Clayton and attended Balboa High School.
She has worked as an Army Civil Service employee for 22
years. Shirley also has a 21-year-old son, a junior at Sul Ross
State University in Alpine, Texas. Shirley stays busy playing
on four softball leagues.
After a mild winter, spring has
sprung in Virginia Beach. Let's hope
this summer brings us lots of sunshine!
Steve got back from Iraq just two Karen Brandl
weeks ago. Needless to say, home is
happier! Laura has been doing great with volleyball. She's
mastered her jump serve and WOW! We are going to
Pittsburgh for Easter to see Steve's family. Alex will join us
and says he has new culinary surprises for our palates. Have
a safe and happy summer! Don't forget to take lots of pic-
tures to share in the next two Canal Record issues. I hope to
see/meet many of you at this year's reunion.
Barbara (Bonanno) Marshall (BHS'71) wrote to say
that she and her husband Jay Marshall are moving from
Washington, D.C. to St. Petersburg, Fla. in May. Jay is a
native Washingtonian, who is currently involved in homeland
security consulting work for the Department of Justice, and
Barbara has recently departed the private sector after eight
years, following her retirement from Panama Canal
Commission--Washington Office--in 1997. They are moving
to Florida to be near Barbara's father and stepmother, Justin
Bonanno and Margaret (Gately) Bonanno, who left
Panama for Sarasota/Bradenton in 1987.
Kathleen McConaghy Campbell (BHS'60) and Andy
Nash English (CHS'60) recently traveled on board the
schooner Arabella in the Virgin Islands. They shared a voy-
age once before back in the '60s on one of the "College
Andra (Andy) English visited with Claire White
Dickey with her husband Michael in Elizabethton, N.C. last
summer. Clair and Andy are both from Gatun and wound up
in graduate school at the Univ. of Virginia in '65 in the same
department Speech Pathology & Audiology.
Shirley (Garza) Wickery and Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Andrew and Maureen (Egger) Whitlock called from
Fort Worth to give an update on family. Andy (BHS'80) con-
tinues in his engineering position with a large, unnamed
defense company. Maureen is substitute teaching in the
Crawley ISD and does enjoy it. The Whitlock kids are doing
fantastic in scholastic and sports. The oldest boy Andrew
will be attending the University of Texas in Austin in the fall
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news and photos. So please call or send to this reporter.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Andy Nash English, Claire (White) and Michael Dickey.
Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, Reporter
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Deadline for the
October 2006 Canal Record
is August 4, 2006.
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, updat-
ing beneficiary designations, and adjudicating
death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is current-
ly encouraging policyholders to do their business
directly with the Panama office, but will gladly
continue to accept and handle all business of
those policyholders who choose to act and
process through the Panama Canal Society
office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be
the Society's point of contact and may be
reached on the last Wednesday afternoon of the
month at the Society's toll free number (1-866-
726-2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of
Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the
CIS office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr.
Miguel Gordon; and he can be reached as fol-
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly
with the Panama office should advise the Society
office of the particulars if they would like for the
Society to monitor CIS progress and intercede
with CIS on their behalf. Likewise, policyhold-
ers and claimants should notify the Society
office when their business has been satisfactori-
ly concluded with CIS so that the Society can
drop the policyholder or claimant from its list of
pending cases to be pursued.
MURIEL (HOLMELIN) WHITMAN
On March 19, 2006 Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman was
sworn in as the first female Mayor of the Town of Kenneth
City, Fla. located in Pinellas County. Before becoming
Mayor, Muriel served on the Town Council for four years and
as Vice Mayor for three years. Although she enjoyed the chal-
lenges presented as Vice Mayor and council member, she felt
she could make a bigger difference in her town if she were
Mayor, so she decided to run for the Mayoral position. She
was elected in December and recently took office on March
19th. There were over 100 friends and associates who attend-
ed the Swearing in Ceremony to wish her well.
Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman
Muriel is a third generation Zonian and her grandfather
was a Roosevelt Medal Holder. Muriel grew up on the
Atlantic side of the Canal Zone. She graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1943. In 1952, Muriel's parents retired from
the U.S. Government and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. In
1954 after the death of her husband, she and her two children
relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she has resided for the
last 52 years. In 1956, Muriel married John Whitman and
they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
Muriel has been a member and a major supporter of the
Panama Canal Society since the mid-fifties, and has held var-
ious offices on the Executive Board. She served as President
in 1987-1988, and continues to take an active role in Society
activities today by serving as the Chairperson of the By Laws
DEKLE ROBINSON 40TH
Over the Christmas holidays both Dekle-Robinson fami-
lies traveled to Panama to enjoy the sunny beach at the
Decameron Resort, hike in El Valle, visit Miraflores Locks,
and a 40th birthday celebration bash for Allen Dekle
(BHS'84) and Brian Robinson (BHS'83).
Back (L-R): Bill Friedman, Darrell Canamas, Tiernan
(Corrigan) Dupree, Dodd Dupree, Alex Reyes, Jim
Summerfield, Angie (Vinton) Summerfield, Ana Luisa
Sedda, Danny Reyes, Melissa Sedda, Monica Reyes,
Andrew Efthimiadas, Carson Dolan, Edward Dolan.
Front (L-R): Sherry Goldsberry, Lydia Friedman, Jeanette
(Goldsberry) Dekle. Kneeling (L-R): David Gomez, Allen
Dekle, Brian Robinson, and Josh.
After a filling birthday dinner at Napoli we all headed to
the County Inn & Suites in Amador for a few cocktails and
then boarded the "Chiva Parrandera" bus for more Ron
Cortez, seco, carima)olas, empanadas, murga band and
many friends. A 40th they will never forget!!
BETTY LeDOUX, CERTIFIED
Betty LeDoux was recently notified by the Convention
Industry Council (CIC) that she had earned recognition from
CIC by receiving the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
designation. Betty was among 431 professionals who passed
the certification examination held January 21, 2006. The
examination was held in 22 cities throughout North America
and tested the candidates' knowledge of meeting manage-
ment. In addition to passing the rigorous examination, candi-
dates must demonstrate experience in the field and responsi-
bility and accountability for successful meetings.
In a letter notifying Betty of the examination results, CMP
Chair John Parke commended her "for having met the high
standards of proficiency in meeting management as demon-
strated by substantial professional experience and superior
NAMED TO DEAN'S LIST
Elizabeth Henter of St. Petersburg, Fla. has been named
to the Academic Dean's List at Milligan College in Tennessee
for the Fall Semester 2005. The Dean's list recognizes stu-
dents who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the
Elizabeth is the daughter of Ted and Mel Henter of St.
Petersburg, Fla. She is a Human Performance & Exercise
Science major at Milligan and will graduate with the class of
2006. She is involved with the Milligan's Women's
Basketball team where she is a point guard. In addition to
graduating in May, she will be getting married in July to
John Hunt and Julie Gurnee of Reston, Va. are pleased
to announce their engagement. Julie is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Dan Baker of Great Falls, Va. and Mr. Rick
Gurnee of St. Petersburg, Fla. John is the son of Patricia
Hunt and the late John A. Hunt of Hendersonville, N.C. An
October wedding is planned in Great Falls.
LISA SWISHER MABRY HONORED
Arden Cooke O'Daniel congratulates her daughter Lisa
Swisher Mabry who was honored in February 2006 by the
Bay County Association of Realtors as a 2005 Award recipi-
ent into the Diamond Club (production in excess of
Lisa is a Broker-Associate for Edgewater Beach Realty,
Inc., Panama City Beach, Fla.
Lisa swisner iviabry and Arden LooKe u'vaniel
John Hunt and Julie Gurnee
IRENE WILL'S 85TH BIRTHDAY
There was an 85th birthday party for Irene (Laurie) Will
at the home of Robert and Denise Will in Ormond Beach,
Fla. on February 19, 2006 with 23 of her relatives.
Those attending included two sons, two daughters, ten
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and four friends.
Front: Irene Will and Lauray (Will) Griffin. Middle: Rudy
and Elisa Waller (granddaughter). Rear: Raymond Will
(grandson) and Robert Will (son).
Patricia Erin McKeon (BHS'96) and Dr. Jack Fu were
married on July 30, 2005 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in
Houston, Texas. Patti is the daughter of Donald and Joan
McKeon of Kingwood, Texas (formerly of Balboa). Jack is
the son of John and Taigi Fu of The Woodlands, Texas.
Following the ceremony, a reception with dinner and
dancing was held at the Courtyard on St. James Place. Music
was provided by a live salsa band and DJ. Among those who
attended the wedding were Patti's siblings, Dennis and
Cookie (BHS'82) Rebhan-Smith and Mike (BHS'80) and
Patti and Jack spent their honeymoon at Peter Island
Resort in the British Virgin Islands. They currently reside in
Houston, Texas where Patti is an environmental coordinator
for Enbridge Energy and Jack is a physician fellow at the
Texas Medical Center specializing in brain injury rehabilita-
Bev and Skip Rowley celebrated their 38th wedding
anniversary in St. Petersburg, Fla. which is where they were
married on April 13, 1968. They revisited all the old familiar
stomping grounds, including their original Seminole
Honeymoon bungalow that they had bought back then.
Jack Brian Fu and Patricia Erin McKeon
James (BHS'65) and Marsha (Hellmund) (BHS'66)
Slover of Albuquerque, N.M. announce the wedding of their
son Charles to Chiara D'Alba, daughter of Ignacio and
Tina D'Alba of Brooklyn, N.Y. Charles is the grandson of
the late Russel and Virginia Hellmund, and the late James
M. Slover and Ann Slover of Columbus, Ga., all previously
of the Canal Zone.
The wedding took place October 9, 2004 at the River Cafe
garden beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Charles and Chiara reside in Cape Coral, Fla.
James L., Marsha, Charles, Chiara, Robert and Jonathan
On October 22, 2005 we celebrated the wedding of
(Mary) Montgomery Wolf, daughter of Carol Flenniken
Schwenke and Jim Wolf, to Tom Hardy. The couple live in
Durham, N.C. where Montgomery is finishing her disserta-
tion for her Ph.D. in American History from The University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Many from the Canal Zone
attended the beautiful service on the beach at Anna Maria
We spent the week telling Hurricane Wilma that she was
not invited the wedding day was sunny and clear. Everyone
spent the day surfing and swimming. Unfortunately some
didn't come because of concern for the weather, many left as
soon as they could, and her sister Tracy Wolf Dickey went
home to Boca Raton to be hit head on by Wilma. Everyone
arrived home safely a great time was had by all. The only
sad thing about the wedding was that the bride's aunt, Betty
Flenniken Dunning, could not come having been diagnosed
with lung cancer and facing surgery in a few weeks. A note:
Betty came through the surgery with flying colors and has
now begun chemotherapy treatments. Please remember her in
your prayers and call or send her a card.
(L-R): Jim Wolf, William Dickey, Tracy Wolf Dickey,
George Schwenke, Freda Flenniken Stohrer, Linda
Stohrer Humphrey, Carol Stohrer Grench, Tom Hardy,
Montgomery Wolf, Margaret Dickey, Samantha Harp,
Cheryl Harp, Roger Schwenke, Ellen Peck, Matthew
Schwenke, Lynn Dunning Harp, Jess Harp, Carol
GROW OLD ALONG WITH ME
Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless they are shown with their parents or grandparents.
OWEN DAVID PERKINS
Geoffrey W. and Leann (McConaughey) (BHS'90)
Perkins proudly announce the birth of their first child Owen
David born on February 20, 2006. Owen weighed 5 pounds
and 14 ounces at birth and was 20 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Gerald and Barbara Perkins
of Maitland, Fla. Maternal grandparents are Donita (Crull)
(BHS'71) McConaughey and the late David H.
McConaughey of Melbourne, Fla. Great-grandparents are
Donald and Ellen Crull of Summerfield, Fla. and Juanita
and the late Richard H. McConaughey of Ocala, Fla. Owen
also has great-grandparents in Seminole, Fla. and Ft. Worth,
Stacy Rowe holding Anna McKinle% Rowe and Chris
Arthur C. Payne III (BHS'65) and Linda (Hellmund)
(BHS'66) Payne of Albuquerque, N.M. announce the birth of
their first grandchild Christofer Adam Hoffman. Christofer
was born January 27, 2004. His parents are Adam and Erin
(Payne) Hoffman of Albuquerque, N.M.
Geoffrey Perkins holding Owen David, Leann Perkins His maternal great-grandparents were the late Arthur C.
Payne and Elaine Donaldson of Katahdin, Me. and the late
Russel and Virginia Hellmund, all previously of the Canal
ANNA McKINLEY ROWE
Stacy and Chris Rowe are the proud parents of Anna
McKinley Rowe, who was born November 13, 2005 at Ft.
Lewis, Wash. Anna is the first grandchild for proud grand-
parents, Tom and Cheri Fulcher of Columbia, Md. She is
also the granddaughter of Walon and Terry Rowe of
Grandma Cheri was in attendance and proudly cut Anna's
umbilical cord. Cheri was able to spend a month in
Washington enjoying little Anna and helping the new parents.
The Rowes will be moving to Ft. Benning, Ga. where Chris
will attend Captains' School before being reassigned to a new
post. Both sets of grandparents will be glad to have them on
the East Coast, at least for a while. Linda (Hellmund) Payne, Virginia Heilmund, Christofer
Hoffman and Erin (Payne) Hoffman.
MATTHEW CHARLES FANNIN
Melissa (Winford) (BHS'91) and Tony Fannin of
Altamonte Springs, Fla. proudly announce the birth of their
son Matthew Charles, born on November 18, 2005.
Matthew was welcomed by sister Katlyn.
Grandparents are Marcia (Dubbs) (BHS'64) and the late
Billy Winford (BHS'56) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Gerald
and the late Lily Fannin of Orlando, Fla.
Leon (BHS'82) and Cheryl Ann Bonk of Tampa, Fla.
proudly announce the birth of their second child, Michael
Anthony, born January 14, 2006, weighing 6 lbs. 2 oz.
Michael has an older sister Emily Elizabeth, 2 and 1/2 years
Maternal grandparents are Michael Otto of New Milford,
Conn. and Diane Dill of Plant City, Fla. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Phillip and Melva Bonk, Panama, Republic of
Panama, and JoAnn (Bonk) Massengill of St. Petersburg,
Fla. Maternal great-grandmother is Elizabeth Maher of
JAXON ISAIAH TRIM
Pete and Marje Foster (both CHS'47) of Palm Harbor,
Fla. are pleased to announce the birth of their first great-
Jaxon Isaiah Trim was born on March 7, 2006. Jaxon is
the son of Jacquie Trim, the daughter of June (Foster)
(BHS'70) and Byron Boeckel of Friendswood, Texas, and
Patty and Monty Trim (BHS'67) of Shreveport, La.
Tony Fannin, Katlyn (13) and Melissa Fannin holding
Matthew (1 mo.).
MICHAEL ANTHONY BONK
Pete and Marje Foster holding Jaxon Isaiah Trim
Cheryl Ann Bonk holding Michael Anthony and Leon
Bonk holding Emily Elizabeth.
JAMES GIANDONATO SLOVER
James L. (BHS'65) and Marsha (Hellmund) (BHS'66)
Slover are proud to announce the birth of their first grand-
child James G. Slover. James G. was born October 4, 2005
and weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces. His parents are Charles
and Chiara (D'Alba) Slover of Cape Coral, Fla.
His paternal great-grandparents were the late Russel and
Virginia Hellmund and the late James M. Slover and Ann
Slover of Columbus, Ga., all previously from the Canal
ROBIN MONTGOMERY and
BECK THOMAS WOLF-HARDY
Mary Montgomery Wolf and her husband Tom Hardy
are the proud parents of twins, a girl Robin Mongomery and
a boy Beck Thomas Wolf-Hardy. The babies were born
March 12, 2006 weighing in at a beautiful weight of 4 pounds
12 ounces and 4 pounds 8 ounces. The babies were born at the
University of North Carolina Hospital. Mom, Dad and babies
are doing wonderfully well.
Grandparents are Carol Flenniken Schwenke, Roger
Schwenke, and Jim Wolf (Social Studies teacher).
Montgomery is a Ph.D. candidate in American History at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chiara, Charles, Mlarha holding James G., ,nd James L.
FINN CLARK SHEPHERD
Leah (Seldon) Shephard and Ryan Shephard are proud
to announce the arrival of their son Finn Clark Shephard on
February 28, 2006.
Maternal grandparents are Lou and Suzette Seldon of
Keller, Texas. .
Mary Montgomery Wolf holding Robin Montgomery and
Beck Thomas Wolf-Hardy with her husband Tom Hardy.
OLIVIA CATHERINE SWEATT
-- ~Alexandra "Alex" (Becker) (BHS'84) and Dirk Sweatt
are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia
Catherine, born September 4, 2006 in Newport News, Va.
Olivia's brother Jeremy, age 8, is enjoying his new role as
Leah Shephard I
ng Finn Clark Shephard with Ryan
* Effective since the March issue,
1993, baby pictures will not be accept-
ed unless they are shown with their
parents or grandparents.
T7W VDEEP SORROW
"E&tena et yi 4e to them, 0 Lord:
and &ec et she cupon them"
Charles Wallace Adair Jr., 91, a former U.S. ambassa-
dor to Panama and Uruguay, died January 22, 2006 of heart
disease in Falls Church, Va.
A longtime Foreign Service officer, Mr. Adair was ambas-
sador to Panama from 1965 to 1969. In 1966, Panamanian
students demonstrating against the United States threw a milk
carton filled with red paint, striking Mr. Adair in the back.
Before his departure, he managed to rebuild relations with the
Central American nation and to initiate talks that ultimately
led to the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panamanian
Born in Xenia, Ohio, he was accomplished in both sports
and music. He was a football player in high school, a partici-
pant in theater, and a talented pianist and organist. Before his
graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he was a col-
lege boxer and a singer with his brother's dance band. He
worked for Chase Bank in Panama in the 1930s before join-
ing the State Department.
He was posted to Mexico before World War II and spent
much of the war stationed in India. He later worked for the
State Department's economic bureau. He was appointed
deputy secretary general of the Organization for European
Economic Cooperation in Paris and served in Buenos Aires
before being appointed ambassador to Panama.
After retiring in 1972, Mr. Adair lived in Stuart, Fla. until
1996, when he moved to Northern Virginia. His wife of 49
years, Caroline Marshall Adair, died in 1996.
He is survived by three children, Marshall Adair of
Tampa, Fla., Carol Finn of Silver Spring, Md. and Sarah
(Sally) Shaps of London, and six grandchildren.
Florence S. Atwell passed away November 24, 2005. She
was an elementary school teacher at numerous schools in the
Canal Zone including Ancon, Balboa, Balboa Annex,
Clayton, Kobbe from 1959 until retirement in 1979.
Florence graduated from UNH in 1942. She served as a
Lieutenant in the Army Air Force during World War II. She
was married to the late Howell W. Atwell, who also retired
from the Schools Division in 1978.
She is survived by two children and many grandchildren.
Jacob Baker, 73, of Largo, Fla. died on March 28, 2006
of a sudden massive heart attack. He was born in Lakehurst,
N.J. and went to live in the Canal Zone at the age of five with
his parents, Joe and Alice Baker. He was raised and lived
mostly in Gamboa where he was "that hunk" all the girls
Upon graduating from BHS Class of '49, he went into the
Navy where he served for two years and was in the Reserves
for eight. He went back to the Canal Zone where he worked
in the Balboa Commissary Platform. In 1955 he and his wife
left for Houston, Texas where he went to the University of
Houston and received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical
Engineering. He then moved back to the Zone with his wife
and two children where he started working at the Port
Captain's Building in Balboa as a Boarding Officer. While
working there, their third child was born. He retired as Chief
Admeasurer in 1981 and moved Dothan, Ala. and later Largo,
He will always be remembered by his friends for his kind-
ness, friendliness and his extreme knowledge of the comput-
er. He kept his friends up to date on all the latest world events.
He belonged to the Panama Canal Society, was on the
Executive Board of his homeowners association, and was
active with the Catholic church's Help the Homeless Program
in his area. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of a cruise to
Alaska last summer where along with his children and grand-
children, he and his wife renewed their 50th wedding vows in
He is survived by his wife Jeneth (Willoe) Baker; two
sons, Frank and wife Chris of Mission Viejo, Calif., and
Randall and wife Hillary of Mobile, Ala.; and a daughter,
Diane and husband, Dr. Ken Pierce, of Kauai, Hawaii, and
Colleen "Connie" Pritt Baldwin, 82, of Waldo, Fla., for-
merly of Charleston, passed away on February 3, 2006.
She was a former 25-year resident of the Panama Canal
Zone. She was born November 8, 1923, and was the daugh-
ter of the late Elvin and Myrtle Boggess Pritt. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband, William J. Baldwin.
Surviving are a son and his wife, William "Bill" and Lindi
of Waldo, Fla.; brother and his wife, J. Melvin and Lilly I.
Pritt of Sissonville; and two grandchildren, both of Waldo.
John R. Barrett passed away February 15, 2006. He was
born in Ancon, Canal Zone on March 22, 1946.
John and his wife, Jaye Thompson Barrett, were 1964
graduates of Balboa High School. He was a Vietnam War vet-
eran, serving his country in the U.S. Army. He was in the first
graduating class of the University of North Florida and was a
John was the Northeast Florida District Manager of UPS,
starting his career with them in Jacksonville as a sorter and
retiring in January 2002 after 31 years of distinguished serv-
ice. He was a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce and a past member of the Board of Directors of
Northeast Florida Community Hospice. He was a member of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Thomas
Barrett Jr., and his brother, Mark Thomas Barrett. He is sur-
vived by his wife of 38 years, Jaye Thompson Barrett of
Orange Park, Fla.; daughter, Jayme Ann Barrett of Orange
Park; his mother, Helen M. Barrett of Jacksonville; brother,
Matthew William Barrett of Jacksonville; four sisters, Susan
Cecil (Bob) of Rockville, Md., Joan Molinaro (Tom Hatcher)
of Houston, Texas, Mary Hare (Jeff) of Simpsonville, S.C.,
and Sally Barrett (Nicholas Cuenca) of Miami, Fla.; one sis-
ter-in-law, Juli Butler (Jody) and treasured friends.
Audrey Cheryl (Duncan) Bradley, 57, of Tampa, Fla.
died January 21, 2006. She was born July 17, 1948 in Panama
City, Republic of Panama. She attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1966.
She lived in Tampa for many years and was a previous
resident of Dothan, Ala. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society. She was preceded in death by her sister,
Deborah Lee (Duncan).
She is survived by her son, Michael Todd Shephard of
Tampa; her daughter, Kimberly Dawn (Shephard) Diaz, and
her husband, William Diaz, and three granddaughters, all of
Tampa; a niece and nephew, both of Dothan, Ala.; and her
parents, Richard Dean Duncan and Adaline (Alene) Turner
Duncan of Dothan, Ala.; and Ernest Buck, Tampa, Fla.
Dorothy Dugas Broadbent, 87, passed away February 4,
2006, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She
was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, La.
Her parents moved to the Panama Canal Zone when her
father, an engineering graduate of LSU, accepted a position
with the Panama Canal project. She was born and raised in
the Canal Zone and returned to graduate from LSU with a
bachelor's degree in business administration in 1940. She
returned to the Canal Zone where she lived and worked until
her marriage brought her back to the United States.
She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church and a volunteer with the Catholic Life Center. She
retired from the city-parish with 25 years of service. She was
an artist who loved to needlepoint, work crossword puzzles
and play music. She was preceded in death by her father, John
Raoul Dugas; mother, Eliska Braud Dugas; two brothers,
Ralph and Norman Dugas; and sister-in-law, Ida Dugas.
She 'is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law,
Ronald J. Broadbent and Gloria Mangham Broadbent and
Russell L. Broadbent; sister, Joyce Joubert and husband
Herbert; brother, LeRoy Dugas and wife Bonnie; sister-in-
law, Doris Dugas; two grandchildren, and numerous nieces
Eldridge N. (Mike) Burton, 60, passed away on March
2, 2006 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in
Fayetteville, Ark. He was born July 17, 1945 in San
Francisco, Calif. to Eldridge Nunnally Burton and Ferne
He grew up in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1963, and the University of Arkansas with a
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. Most of his
working career was with Carrier Corporation in several
capacities. The last was being a territorial manager for HVAC
sales in Northwest Arkansas.
All who knew him, both personally and professionally,
will miss his joy for life and his distinctive voice. He was pre-
ceded in death by his parents, Eldridge Burton Sr. and Minnie
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Caroline Kanakis
Burton; two daughters, Tracy Lucero of Fayetteville and
Michele Burton of Columbus, Ga.; son-in-law, Sean Lucero;
one granddaughter; brother-in-law, Kim Kanakis; brother,
Bob Crooks; two sisters, Judith Daily and Nancy Vega.
Frederick R. Call, 77, of Colrain, Me. died at home sur-
rounded by his family and friends on September 24, 2005. He
was bor in Buckland on November 9, 1927 to Frederick
John Call and Helen Minerva Ward Call.
He graduated from Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls in
1947 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in China. He
received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1951. He and his wife of
more than 50 years, Barbara Elizabeth Ainsworth of Colrain,
were married at the Colrain Methodist Church on October 7,
Early in his career, he worked for the Pennsylvania
Railroad. He then worked abroad for the Panama Railroad in
various positions, including railroad manager. He served as
U.S. chairman of the railroad subcommittee during the U.S.
and Panama treaty negotiations in the 1980s.
Call and his family spent 34 years in Panama. He was a
past master of the Isthmian Masonic Lodge and a member of
Abu Saad Shrine Temple. He was a member of the board of
directors of the Panama Canal College and past president of
the Panama chapter of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. In 1988, he was presented with the Gold Medal
Canal Zone Honorary Public Service Award.
Fred and Barbara Call returned to Colrain upon their
retirement in 1994. He was a member of the former Colrain
VFW Post 3857 and the Shelburne Falls VFW Post 8503 and
the Panama Canal Society. He loved cooking and catering for
community and church events. With a deep commitment to
service, volunteerism, and community leadership, he served
on many town organizations and boards, including the
Colrain Community Club, Historical Society, and Planning
Board. Since retiring, the Calls traveled extensively, visiting
children and family living throughout the U.S. and the world.
He is survived by his wife Barbara and children: Nancy
Call McGill, Steven Call, Suzanne Call Margerum, Jennifer
Call Geouge; 15 grandchildren; his brothers, Douglas and
William Call, and a sister, Vivian Call Weston, as well as
many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family members
Jo Ann Carr, 69, a resident of Headland, Ala. died May
25, 2005, in a Dothan hospital. Jo Ann was a native of the
Edwin Community of Henry County, Ala. She moved to
Headland with her family as a child and was a 1954 graduate
of Headland High School. She received a bachelor's degree
in education and also a master's degree in mathematics from
the University of Alabama.
Jo Ann formerly lived in the Philippine Islands,
Newfoundland, Canada and the Panama Canal Zone, where
she was employed as a mathematics teacher. She returned to
Headland in 1984, where she was a member of the First
Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class. Jo Ann
was also a member of the Panama Canal Society and the
Canal Zone Social Group in Dothan. During most of her adult
life, she loved riding and caring for her horses.
She is survived by her brother, Jimmy Carr, Headland;
and several cousins.
Phillip S. Casaus, 63, passed away August 30, 2005, at
St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Phillip was born
December 5, 1941, in Puyallup, Wash., to LTC Phillip Jose
Casaus and Elizabeth Louise Hurd. Phillip graduated from
Balboa High School in 1960. He received an Associate
Degree from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. prior
to enlisting in the Air Force. Phillip was a Viet Nam veteran.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann Casaus of Arrow,
Okla.; his daughters, Donna Andryshak (Leonard) of Bethel,
Ohio, and Darla Holt (Christopher) of Broken Arrow, Okla.;
his son, Douglas Clark (Genie) of Grand Junction, Colo.;
brother, Michael Casaus (Kristeen) of Edmonds, Wash.; sis-
ter and brother-in-law, Randy and Lou Stephens of Durango,
Colo.; brother and sister-in-law Randy and Robbin Martinez
of Santa Fe, N.M.; and seven grandchildren.
Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Joey
Casaus, and his grandparents. (Additional information
received April 7, 2006.)
Captain Michael M. Fanning, 65, of Pensacola, Fla. and
Falmouth, Mass., died unexpectedly of a heart attack on
October 28, 2005 in Cape Cod, Mass.
Born in Pawtucket, R.I., on February 4, 1940, Michael
grew up in Cumberland, R.I. He attended the Massachusetts
Maritime Academy, graduating in 1960 as a Coast Guard
Licensed Officer and Navy Reserve Officer. After graduation,
he resided in Cumberland from 1960-1972. Michael sailed as
First Officer then as Master of seagoing ships with the
Merchant Marines during the Vietnam War. He last served as
Master with Waterman Lines (Louisiana) before joining the
Panama Canal Company as a Pilot in 1973.
During his 25-year career with the Panama Canal
Commission, he held the positions of Pilot, Port Captain,
interim Marine Director, and was ultimately appointed
Chairman, Board of Local Inspectors, the position he kept
until his retirement in 1997. During his retirement, Captain
Fanning worked with several law offices as a marine consult-
ant specializing in marine accidents. He was a long-standing
member of the Panama Canal Pilots Association as well as
the International Order of Masters, Mates and Pilots.
He is survived by his wife Heidi Fanning of Pensacola,
Fla.; a daughter, Nicole A. Fanning of Niceville, Fla.; a son,
Mark E. Fanning of Boston, Mass.; and stepdaughters
Stephanie Steiner Ross of San Diego, Calif. and Allyson
Steiner O'Brien of Las Vegas, Nev. He is also survived by
two sisters, Judith (Fanning) Bolan and her husband, James,
of Hawaii, and Katherine A. Fanning of Cumberland, R.I.;
two brothers, Edward J. Fanning and his wife, Salyan of
Falmouth, Mass., and Richard Shea of Cumberland, R.I.
(Additional information received March 23, 2006).
Jamie Laurayn Fealey, 20, died as the result of an auto-
mobile accident near Oak Harbor, Wash. on March 28, 2006
while on her way to school. She was born in Coupeville,
Wash. on October 7, 1985 to Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey.
Jamie grew up in the Oak Harbor area and attended pub-
lic schools there, graduating from Oak Harbor High School in
2004. She went on to college at Central Washington
University in Ellensburg, where she completed her first year
and a quarter of her studies. She recently moved back to Oak
Harbor to finish her second year of college at Skagit College.
Since the age of 11 Jamie was very involved in the
Rainbow Girls and was well known in Northwest Washington
for her participation. While attending school in Central
Washington she transferred her membership to the Yakima
Rainbow Girls thereby expanding her circle of friends further
in the state. Jamie was fond of teddy bear patrols, whales,
dolphins, turtles, and dragons. She will be remembered for
her joy of life, enthusiasm in all she did, and her friendly
smile. Her favorite things were the International Order of
Rainbow for Girls and her car.
Jamie leaves her father and mother, Guy and Mary Fealey,
her brother Guy E. Fealey, her cousin Jeselyn Fealey and
uncle James Fealey, all of Oak Harbor; along with maternal
grandparents, Fred and Marion Wells, and paternal grand-
mother, Florence "Honey" Fealey, all of Kerrville, Texas. She
is also survived by her uncle Fred Wells, his wife Tricia, and
children Jacqui and David, of Perth, Australia; uncle Alan
Wells and wife Kathy Jane and children, Chandra, Krista, and
Michael of Atlanta, Ga.; and many cousins and close friends
who will miss her greatly.
Edwin George Fehrenbach II, 90, passed away in
Austin, Texas on March 18, 2006.
He was born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Fredricksburg,
Texas, then moved to San Antonio, Texas where he worked at
Kelly AFB. In 1944 he moved to Panama from San Antonio
to work for the Army at I.A.G.S. in the P.A.D. area. He mar-
ried Margarita (Peggy) A. O'Donnell from Boquete, Panama
in 1945. They lived in Curundu for a few years then moved
to Curundu Heights. In 1976 he retired to San Antonio, Texas
then moved to Austin. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife Peggy and seven of their eight
children; Edwin, James, Albert, Mary, David, Jack and
Margaret. Preceding him in death was their son, William.
Naomi (Maldonado) Figueroa, 73, of Clermont, Fla.
passed away on November 15, 2005 at Ocoee, Fla. Naomi
was born in New York City, N.Y.
She was a Panama Canal employee for 20 years, starting
in the Canal Protection Division and retiring as Budget
Analyst for the Fire and Emergency Division. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society; the American Legion
Auxiliary, Clermont Unit #55; the National Association for
Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and AARP.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Herman, a
Navy retiree; a daughter, Vallerie Ann; a son, Richard Allan;
a sister, Jennie Maldonado; five grandchildren and two great-
Ada Flumach, 95, wife of the late Frank Flumach, died
on March 28, 2006 in Lubbock, Texas.
Ada was a long-time resident of the Canal Zone and was
actively involved with St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society. Frank worked for the
Panama Canal Company Electrical Division, retiring in 1971.
Ada is survived by her five children: Betty (Flumach) and
husband William E. Bums, Amarillo, Texas; Robert Flumach
Sr. and wife Velma, Houston, Texas; John Flumach,
Davenport, Iowa; Marge (Flumach) and husband Bob Daisey,
Port Charlotte, Fla.; and Ginger (Flumach) and husband Ken
Jackson, Houston, Texas. She is also survived by 12 grand-
children and step-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Norman Gilis, 75, of Las Vegas, Nev. passed away April
8, 2006. He was born December 17, 1930 to Gertrude Nelson
Gillis and Daniel Reid Gillis Jr. in Prescott, Ariz. and enjoyed
his early childhood in Prescott. His family later moved to Los
Angeles where Norman earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the
Boy Scouts of America. He also raised livestock and won
several awards for his efforts.
Norman joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 at the age of 17 and
served his country honorably for 21 years. During his military
career he was stationed in California, Hawaii, Washington,
D.C., Virginia, Japan, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Canal
Zone. During his career in the Navy, Norman worked in dif-
ferent technical fields. He helped retrieve practice torpedoes
in Hawaii, worked for Naval Security in Washington, D.C.,
maintained electrical substations in Japan, and worked as
head of the Navy Transportation branch and public works
department in the Canal Zone. He retired from the Navy
while in the Canal Zone as a chief petty officer. While in the
Navy, Norman received numerous letters of commendation
for his outstanding performance of duty and service. He also
received the National Defense Service Medal and five Good
Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Norman
went to work for the Panama Canal Company and retired as
a supervisor in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Division. Norman and his wife remained in Panama until
1996 when his wife Donna retired from DOD schools as a
teacher. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz. and moved to Las
Vegas five years ago to be near family.
Norman was active as a mason since 1962 and was a 33rd
degree mason. He was active in the Scottish Rite at The
Valley of the Orient at the Panama Canal and Abou Saad
Shriners organization. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna; daughters
Barbara McCarthy (Michael) of Phoenix, Betsy Gillis of Las
Vegas, Nev.; and son James Gillis (Julia) of New Orleans,
La.. Norman is also survived by three grandchildren; a broth-
er-in-law David Doench, three nephews and a niece; and sev-
eral great-nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his
son John Gillis.
Lucia Goodwin, 71, of Glen Mills, Pa. passed away
January 29, 2006.
She lived in the Canal Zone for 12 years and served as a
translator with the U.S. Army and later worked for the
Accounting Division of the Panama Canal Company before
leaving the Isthmus in 1977.
She is survived by her husband, Morgan, and two sons,
Jeffrey and Steven, all of Pennsylvania.
Otto Haengel, 77, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died January 13,
2006 in Morristown, N.J. after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to Hialeah,
Fla. in 1960 from Panama, moved to St. Petersburg in 2003
from Chatham, N.J. He retired in 1996 as president and chief
executive officer of U.S. operations for H. Stern Jewelers in
New York City, operating their flagship store on Fifth Avenue
and seven branch stores. He and his wife operated Karen's
Hallmark Shop, Madison, N.J. until 2004.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, Chatham; five sons,
Maurice and Alfred, both of St. Petersburg; David,
Clearwater; Theodore, DeLand; and Kevin, Chatham; three
daughters, Ruth Tamayo, Spring Hill; Noemi Licek, Palm
Harbor; and Sarah Haengel, Chatham; 12 grandchildren and
Veta M. Hatchett, 94, of Boca Raton, Fla. passed away
February 3, 2006 in the home she shared with her daughter,
Beth Trout. Many family members were at her side.
Veta was born April 12, 1911, in Crawford County, Ga.
Her marriage to Willie Joe Hatchett spanned 57 years until
his death in 1982. The family went to Panama in 1940, where
Willie Joe worked with the Locks Division. Veta was very
active in the Eastern Star.
Following Mr. Hatchett's retirement from Panama Canal
service in 1960, Veta and Joe returned to Fort Valley, Ga.
where they remained for many years. Veta later relocated to
Florida to be close to family. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Veta is survived by her four children: Veta Belle (Vee)
MacLaren, Jo Anne Kent, Mary Bethina Trout, and William
Joseph Hatchett; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,
and seven great-great-grandchildren; and two of her nine
brothers and sisters. She will be greatly missed by her family
Virginia Thompson Hellmund, 93, passed away at home
with her family at her side on March 11, 2006.
Virginia was born October 21, 1912, the daughter of Fred
and Gertrude Berry in Indianapolis, Ind. She loved her church
and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and helping others. She also
enjoyed camping and rock collecting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel
Hellmund; sister, Louise Berry; and brother, Jack Berry.
Virginia is survived by four children: Marsha Slover and hus-
band James of Albuquerque; Linda Payne of Albuquerque;
Jimmy Hellmund of Albuquerque; and Paul Hellmund and
wife Joan of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; seven grandchildren and
two great-grandsons. She is also survived by one sister, Betty
Beeson of Indiana; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Mitchell of
Gladys Portales Hudgins, 69, passed away unexpected-
ly on January 3, 2006, following one-and-a-half year of com-
plications from a broken hip.
She was married to George K. Hudgins Jr. for 48 years,
and they lived for 35 years in Margarita on the Atlantic Side;
retiring to Mathews, Va. and then returning to La Chorrera,
Panama. She was a great homemaker and mother to her chil-
dren and a loving grandmother to her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her savory
"Latino cuisine", her green thumb, daily hugs and kisses, and
her great support.
She leaves behind her loving husband George in Port
Charlotte, Fla.; two daughters, Flora Ruth Pinkerton, Port
Charlotte, and Glenda Ann Rodriguez, Panama City, Panama;
and a son, George K. Hudgins, Columbus, Ga.; nine grand-
children and five great-grandchildren.
Janet (Spencer) Jeffrey, wife of the late Bob Jeffrey,
died February 19, 2006 in Bisbee, Ariz. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society. Her ashes will be distributed on
the Chagres River. No further information is available.
Robert Lewis Johnson, 80, passed away in Carlsbad,
N.M. on February 6, 2006.
Robert was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on December 7,
1925 to John and Helen Johnson. In 1939, he moved to the
Panama Canal Zone where his mother married David Fogle.
Robert graduated from Cristobal High School in 1943. After
graduation, he worked for the Panama Canal Company. In
1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Canal
Zone until honorably discharged in June 1947. He then
attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where he met
and married Edith Fleishman. They were married for ten
years and blessed with three daughters. In 1952 he returned to
the Canal Zone as a Machinist Apprentice. In 1965, he mar-
ried Carolyn Glenn Smith. When he retired in 1980 as Senior
Lock Master at the Gatun Locks, he and Carolyn made their
first retirement home in Kissimmee, Fla.
During his time in the Canal Zone, Robert was an active
member of the Elks Lodge serving twice as the exalted ruler
of Elks Lodge No. 1542 and as district deputy of Panama. He
was also an avid golfer. He worked as a volunteer at the
Disney Golf Tournament for over 20 years. In 1988 when he
and Carolyn moved to the Tampa, Fla. area, they became very
active as members in the Panama Canal Society. He held var-
ious offices including President in 1995-1996. He was
Catholic and an active member of St. Edward Catholic
His wife Carolyn preceded him in death in September
2005. He is survived by five children: Teresa Dodson,
Patricia Clopine, Judith Carrasco, Carol Dixon, and Russell
Smith; two brothers, John Johnson and Don Johnson; and a
sister, Helen Shaefer. He is also survived by eleven grand-
children and ten great-grandchildren.
Betty L. Kelleher, 77, of Seminole, Fla. died March 4,
2006 at home under the care of Hospice of the Florida
Suncoast, Bronze Team.
She was born in Elkridge, Md. and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1947. She moved to Florida from
Dothan, Ala. in 1988. She was a registered nurse and an artist.
She was Catholic and attended St. Matthew's Catholic
Church in Largo. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society, the University of Maryland Alumni Association and
the Seminole Art Guild. She enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, David I. Sr.;
two sons, David I. Jr., Gainesville, and Walter W., Quincy;
four daughters, Patricia Kelleher, Margaret Marsalona, both
of Tallahassee; Mary Tochterman, Peachtree City, Ga. and
Susan White, Tampa; and 14 grandchildren.
Mary Doris Lacey, 92, of Seminole, Fla. died March 10,
2006 at the Inn of Freedom Square under care of Hospice of
the Florida Suncoast, Lavender Team.
She was born in Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Florida
from Boise, Idaho in 1990. She attended San Francisco
College for Women. She was a life master bridge player and
a champion archer. She was a member of St. Anne of Grace
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara McKeown (wife of
William J. McKeown, Jr.), Largo; two grandsons and a grand-
daughter; and a great-grandson.
William (Bill) Adams Lang, 73, of Portland, Ore. died at
home on December 20, 2005 after a brief illness.
Bill was the son of the late Walter Lang and Mina Lang
Dee. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., attended schools in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School as
President of the class of 1950. He earned a BA degree in
Foreign Affairs from George Washington University in 1954.
He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve in
1955, serving three years on active duty in squadron VW11
as CIC officer on the Super Constellation flying the early
warning barrier across the Atlantic ocean, attaining the rank
of Lieutenant. Bill also served 17 years in the reserve as nav-
igator bombardier on P2V Neptune bombers in anti-subma-
After completing his active duty, he attended George
Washington University where he was awarded his Juris
Doctor degree in Labor Law in 1962. He spent 20 years as an
advocate for various employee groups including AFSME, the
AFL-CIO, and the International Firefighter's Unions. In
1963, he authored a book Collective Bargaining in the
Municipal Service. He became Executive Director of the
Washington D.C. Nurses Association and successfully organ-
ized the Howard University nurses. He later served as
Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association. In
1978 he entered public service as a mediator, hearing exam-
iner, arbitrator and administrative law judge for Oregon and
Washington State. He became a member of the Oregon Bar
Association in 1984. His legal decisions published in many
law journals established new precedence. He is listed in
Who's Who in American Law, seventh edition, 1992-1993.
After retiring from state service in 1995, Bill went into pri-
vate practice as an arbitrator; work which he continued until
he learned of his illness in August.
He loved traveling; taking his family on many cruises and
trips. Bill made certain that all of his children visited the
wonderful place where he grew up, the Panama Canal Zone,
and that they drank Chagres water. Bill was an avid fisherman
and active supporter of salmon and steelhead conservation.
He loved art and music giving his support to the Portland Art
Museum, the Portland Symphony and the Portland Youth
Symphony. He was actively engaged in the music education
of his grandchildren, and took great delight in spending time
with them. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary Jo (Cole)
(BHS'51) Lang; his four children, Walter Joseph, Thomas
Andrew, William Christopher, and Catherine Mina
Alexander; eight grandchildren; his twin brother, Peter Shea
Lang; and his niece, Helen Elizabeth Lang.
Kenneth George Lantry, 46, of Orlando, Fla. passed
away April 13, 2006 at Florida Hospital of congestive heart
failure. Kenn was bor August 11, 1959 in Columbus, Ohio,
to U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Nevin and Beverly
Lantry. He graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School
in Burke, Va. He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of
Music and The Ohio State University.
Kenn performed in theater in the Canal Zone for Bruce
Quinn's plays and also at the Panama Canal Society reunion
musical luncheons. He performed with Fred Waring and the
Pennsylvanians as their youngest member ever on two
nationwide tours. Kenn also performed as a member of
Actor's Equity in summer stock in the Catskills, and as a
singer and dancer at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. before
moving to Central Florida in 1980. He performed in various
Walt Disney World productions, including the Showtime
Singers, and later moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he per-
formed at Tokyo Disneyland.
Kenn was also employed by several major cruise lines
and entertained with such stars as Phyllis Diller, Rita Moreno,
Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and Lena Home. While
employed by Norwegian Cruise Lines, he performed in the
musical Hello Dolly as Barnaby. He later joined Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines and Holland America Cruise Lines as
an assistant cruise director, traveling the world in that capac-
ity. Kenn was also employed by the Marriott Corporation in
both Human Resources and Hotel Sales. He was most recent-
ly employed with New Horizons Tour and Travel, Inc. as one
of the company's sales managers. He enjoyed travel, attend-
ing music and stage events, boating on Lake Martin, Ala., and
college football games. He especially enjoyed cheering his
Ohio State Buckeyes on to victory.
Kenn is survived by his parents, his brother Doug, sister-
in-law Peggy, his uncle George Laye, and a special aunt,
Doris Babec; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a vast
network of friends and colleagues. Kenn is also survived by
his longtime companion of 17 years, Scott Peavey, and their
two dogs Dewey Truman and Dexter "The Wonder Dog".
Kenn touched everyone he met with his outgoing, energetic
personality and sense of humor.
Gregg Allen Lawrence was care-lifted to Methodist
Hospital, Dallas, Texas, after a motorcycle accident on May
10, 2004. He remained in intensive care until May 20, 2004,
when he passed away due to numerous injuries and two heart
attacks as a result of his injuries.
Gregg was bor September 26, 1958 in Panama, Republic
of Panama, and lived there until graduating from high school
in 1976. Gregg then moved to Alabama and attended Troy
State University, Ozark Aviation and Technical College,
George Wallace State Comm. College, graduated from
Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Okla. Gregg was a Cub Scout,
Boy Scout, and Eagle Scout while in the Canal Zone. In 1975
his team and boat Due Process won the 22nd Annual Ocean-
to-Ocean Cayuco Race. He was very active in church and did
a lot of volunteer work to help various churches.
Gregg was survived by his parents, Russell and Grace
Lawrence, and a grandmother, Helen Lawrence, of Dothan,
Ala.; brother, Mark Lawrence and wife Dana of Richardson,
Texas; and sister Moira Lawrence Meyer and husband Alan
of Conway, Ark.; and a nephew and two nieces. He was pre-
ceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Luella High, of
Dothan, Ala.; and Frederick Lawrence of Pinellas Park, Fla.
Frederick Richard Leggett, 76, passed away January 28,
2006 at home in Fayetteville, N.C. after battling colon cancer
for nine years.
He was bom in Manhattan, N.Y. on August 5, 1929, and
attended Seward Park High School Class of 1947 in
Manhattan. After graduation, he enlisted with the U.S. Army
3rd Bn. 7th Inf. Regt. in Fort Devens, Mass. in December
1948. After his military service he moved back to New York
to work for Con Edison for 12 years, then made his way down
to the Isthmus of Panama and worked for 23 years with the
Electrical Division on both sides of the isthmus. He finally
retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1989. After
retirement he and his wife Victoria moved to Fayetteville,
N.C. where he worked part-time at Westinghouse/Eaton
Corporation for nine years, finally deciding to retire, relax,
travel, and enjoy life with his family. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Freddy is survived by his wife of 18 years, Victoria; three
daughters, Reina Leggett of Coral Springs, Fla., Joann
Vanmeter of Malvern, Ark., and Vicky Peters of San Diego,
Calif.; two sons, David Leggett of Palm Bay, Fla. and Kerry
Leggett of Boquete, Panama; several nieces, nephews and
grandchildren. His sister Amy Novak of Manhattan, N.Y. and
cousin Dorothy Ramsaier of Columbia, N.J. also survive.
Helen F. Leves, 87, of Seminole, Fla. died January 27,
2006 at Comprehensive Healthcare of Clearwater.
She was born in Panama and moved to Florida in 1970
from the Canal Zone when her late husband Yane Leves
retired from the Locks Division. She attended the Balboa
Union Church, was a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star, The Famous Red, White and Blue Swimming Troupe,
and the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include two sons, Frank, Madiera Beach, and
Charles, Gorgona Beach, Republic of Panama; a grandchild,
and four great-grandchildren.
Edward S. Mack, 82, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly
of Crystal River, died January 23, 2006.
He was born in Wilmington, Del. and lived in Crystal
River from 1983 to 2005. He was a retired ship pilot on the
Panama Canal with 24 years of service and was a member of
the Council of Master Mariners, Masters, Mates & Pilots
Association. He gave ship commands in 22 different lan-
guages. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society,
Beverly Hills Polish American Heritage Club/Social Club,
and St. Benedict Catholic Church of Crystal River.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Eleanor M. (Lulli);
two daughters, Eleanor N. Skibicki, Dover, Del., and Elaine
M. McArthur, Lutz, Fla.; a sister, Irene Hojnicki, New Castle,
Del.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Emily B. McCullum, 85, passed away on February 19,
2006 in Tucson, Ariz.
She was born July 11, 1920 in Pelhem, N.Y. and was mar-
ried to the late Charles H. McCullum. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by three children, Chuck McCullum,
Roseburg, Ore.; Judy Gran, Tucson, Ariz.; and Emily Alb,
Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and
Dorothy Gladys "Gladdie" McLain, 81, of Columbia,
Mo. and formerly of Sarasota, Fla., passed away April 15,
2006 at Boone Hospital Center.
Gladdie was born December 19, 1924 in St. Thomas,
Virgin Island, to Walter and Esther Robles Watson. She
arrived in the Panama Canal Zone in 1941 at the age of 17
and began work for the U.S. Navy. She met "Canal Zonian"
John "Johnny" McLain, and they were married November 1,
1946. They remained in the Canal Zone until retiring in 1976
to Sarasota, Fla. to live among other retired "Zonians" and
family members. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Gladdie was known among her family and friends as a
vivacious, fun-loving and generous person a favorite aunt of
many nieces and nephews. She was warmly hospitable,
always welcoming her children's friends in her home and
treating them like her own. Gladdie was "famous" for her
encyclopedic memory of birthdays, anniversaries, etc. She
amazed and delighted several generations with her attention
to their special days.
She is survived by her son, Douglas and wife Cindy of
Belgium; a daughter, Judy Feintuch and husband Yossi of
Columbia, Mo.; sisters, Thelma McGuire and Joy Finimore,
sister-in-law Audrey Watson Kaplan, all of Sarasota, Fla.; and
Kathryn (Kitty) McNamee, 96, passed away on
February 18, 2006, at her nursing home in Crossville, Tenn.
She was born on May 14, 1909 in Reading, Pa. She and
her husband Warren arrived in the Canal Zone in 1946. She
went to work at the Cristobal Hospital as a Registered Nurse.
She later transferred to the Coco Solo Hospital, and when her
husband was transferred to the Pacific side she worked at
Gorgas Hospital until her retirement in 1972. She and her
husband moved to Davie, Fla. following her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren. She is
survived by a daughter, Sheila Taylor (CHS'54) in
Washington state; two sons, Brian (BHS'59) in College Park,
Md., and Dennis in Sebring, Fla.
Patricia Michel, 84, of Spring Hill, Fla. died on
December 18, 2005 at Pasco-Hernando Hospice.
Born in Pierre, S.D., Patricia went to the Canal Zone in
1950 with her husband, Roger, and two of their four daugh-
ters. Patty resided there until 1980 when she and Roger
retired to Spring Hill. While in the Canal Zone she was a
homemaker, District Manager for Sales for the Panama Canal
area for World Book Encyclopedia, and for a short period was
the secretary of the Balboa Union Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years,
Roger, in 2003. She is survived by her four daughters: Dianne
Stenroos of Vermont, Pamela Seals of Georgia; Marcia
Barber of Florida; and Gay Aquino of Florida. She is also sur-
vived by two sisters, eight grandchildren, and five great-
Edna Million, 92, died February 15, 2006. Mrs. Million
was born June 25, 1914 in Evanston, Ill.
She went to the Canal Zone in 1918 and attended Canal
Zone schools. She graduated from Balboa High School in
1932 and married Harold Jim Million. She worked at the
Canal Zone Credit Union and the Canal Zone Pilots
Association. She left the Zone in August 1970 and moved to
Jacksonville, Fla. where they lived for several years. They
moved to Sarasota in 1982. She was a member of the Order
of Eastern Stars, Orchid Chapter #1, Balboa, C.Z.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Harold Jim of
Sarasota; daughter, Mrs. Shirley Muse of DeBary, Fla.; son,
Rogert J. Million of Bradenton, Fla.; and son, Gordon R.
Million of Tampa, Fla. She is also survived by nine grand-
children and four great-grandchildren.
Walter H. Morton Sr., 88, passed away January 11, 2006
in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He had been on oxygen for sever-
al years, but died of cardiac arrest.
He lived in the Canal Zone for 17 years working first in
the Balboa Post Office and then as Signalman for the Marine
Division on Sosa Hill and other places. Later he became a
Customs and Immigration Inspector working at Tocumen
Airport, also boarding ships and Pier Six. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Bess Stapleton Morton; his
sons and their wives, Jim and Charlene Morton of
Shingletown, Calif., Wally and Linda Morton of Redding,
Calif.; his daughter Margie and her husband Bob Tellkemp of
Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; his sister, Jackie Morton of
Cooleemee, N.C.; seven grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
John W. R. Muller, 91, died at his home in DeLand, Fla.
on February 23, 2006. He was born October 18, 1914 in
Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, the firstborn son of the late Jack
A. and Margaret T. Muller. John attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated from BHS in 1932 and CZJC in 1935. He then
graduated from Iowa State University in 1939 and was a
member of its Alumni Association.
He worked for the Panama Canal Company as a Civil
Engineer with the Survey Branch. John received a commis-
sion as a Lt. (j.g.) in the U.S. Navy and served over two years
as a World War II veteran. In 1946 he rejoined the Panama
Canal workforce until his retirement in 1970. He was active
in the Union Churches in Balboa, Margarita and Gamboa.
John was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Panama;
was initiated in Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4 of David, Chiriqui,
Republic of Panama on November 8, 1948 before demitting
to Volusia Chapter No. 186, order of the Eastern Star, on May
7, 1999. Upon moving to DeLand, Fla. he became a member
of the DeLand York Rite Bodies, the West Volusia Shrine
Club, and the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society. At the time of his demise, he was
Treasurer for four different Lodges in the DeLand area and
attended all the gatherings of the Ocala Zonians/Panama
John was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years,
Elizabeth "Betty" Muller and by his brothers Walter, George,
and Jack A. Muller, Jr.
Survivors include his daughter, Joan M. Wright of Minco,
Okla.; brother William of Ocala, Fla.; and sisters, Adrienne
Neuhaus and Catharine Peabody, both of Albuquerque, N.M.;
two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Helen Halvorson Daniel Munson, 95, passed away
January 29, 2006 in Duluth, Minn. Helen was born June 12,
1910 in Rice Lake, Wis. She graduated from Rice Lake High
School in 1929 and went to nurses training at St. Luke's
Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., graduating in September 1932.
Helen went to the Canal Zone in 1938 and worked as a
nurse at Gorgas Hospital from 1938-1945 and from 1952-
1970 at Rodman Dispensary taking care of Navy dependents.
She was President of the C.Z. Nurses Association in 1953-54
and was also a member of the Eastern Star and Balboa Union
Church. She had many happy memories of the time she spent
with her family at the beach house they built in Gorgona.
Helen retired in 1970 and moved to Sun City, Ariz. and in
August of 1997 moved to Duluth, Minn. to be near her
daughter. Helen enjoyed reading the Bible and Daily Word
magazine, amateur archaeology, photography, lapidary work,
She is survived by her daughter Helen Daniel Miller
(BHS'64), two granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren
along with many other family members and friends. Helen
was preceded in death by her husband Richard "Dick" Daniel
who died in the C.Z. on February 16, 1965 and second hus-
band Emil Munson; sister Clara Amundson and brother Frank
Robert Hugh Orr Sr., 81, passed away on January 10,
He was born June 9, 1924 in Ancon, Canal Zone, to
Joseph and Ninetta Mattes Orr. Bob graduated from Balboa
High School in the Canal Zone and served during World War
II as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He graduated
from the University of Houston in 1949 with a Bachelor's
Degree in Business Administration and in 1950 became a
Certified Public Accountant.
He owned and operated a restaurant called "R's" which
was known to be one of the largest catering operations in the
Houston area during the 1950s. Later Bob was employed by
Powell Manufacturing in Houston. After retirement, Bob and
his wife Eloise spent time on their ranch near Luling, Texas.
When Eloise died, Bob sold the ranch and moved to Sun City
in Georgetown in 1996.
At Sun City he met a very special lady, Margaret Minalga,
and they were married on August 3, 2002. Bob and Margaret
resided at the Meridian Retirement Community in Temple for
the past three years.
Bob also was preceded in death by his parents, two broth-
ers Joe Orr and Mattes Orr, and a sister, Mary N. Orr. He is
survived by his wife, Margaret Orr; his sister Marion Wells;
three sons, Robert Jr., Ross, and Randy; two daughters, Darla
Lyons and Linda Gail Sims, their families, and other loving
Jean M. Quinn, 75, passed away at Sutter Delta Medical
Center in Antioch, Calif. on March 17, 2006.
Jean was born May 6, 1930 in Lansing, Mich., a daughter
of Alva and Lura Rahl. She came to Oakley in 1992 where
she resided for the past 14 years. She worked as a bank teller
for 30 years before becoming a security guard at Summerset
I in Brentwood, Calif., a retirement community. She enjoyed
sewing, crafts and gardening. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Jean will be missed by her husband of 14 years, William
P. Quinn, Jr.; her children, Debra Rimby of Mesa, Ariz., Judy
White of Oakley and Rodney McLean of Oakley; stepdaugh-
ter Jennifer Quinn Parget of Pleasant Hill, and by five grand-
children and two great-grandchildren.
Ralph Reccia of Orange, Calif. passed away on February
19, 2006 after losing his battle with lung cancer.
Ralph was born in New York City on November 12, 1937.
He and his family moved to Margarita, Canal Zone in April
1946. Ralph graduated from Cristobal High School in 1954
and joined the U.S. Navy for four years serving in the Atlantic
and Pacific fleets. He took his experience working with radar
to the University of Miami where he graduated with an elec-
trical engineering degree in just three years. He took a posi-
tion with North American Aircraft which later became known
as Rockwell International in Southern California. Ralph spent
over 23 years there in various engineering and marketing
He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Reccia, and
his mother, Millie Reccia. He is survived by his wife of over
40 years, Arlyne (Brugman), his son Brian and his sister,
Joanne (Reccia) Mays and many family members and friends.
Eleonor A. (Lee) Small, 83, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
passed away March 26, 2006 in Stuart, Fla. surrounded by her
She was born on March 3, 1923, at Chacabuco, Argentina,
to Paulina Schumer de Grunhaut and Alejandro Grunhaut.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the
University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. After graduat-
ing she worked with Panagra Airlines in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. She flew biplanes in her youth and mastered five
languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian.
She met her husband Howard Small in Buenos Aires in 1948
and they married in 1949. She was an avid traveler, always
traveling by cargo ships wherever she went.
The family moved to Panama in 1960 where she became
employed as translator/simultaneous interpreter with IAGS in
Fort Clayton until retiring in 1986. She enjoyed living in
Panama and frequented the interior beaches, particularly Rio
Mar. She enjoyed the company of many friends, both
Panamanian and American. She was a member of the Panama
She is survived by her husband Howard and daughter
Chris of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; her son Steve of Fairfield,
Iowa; and a granddaughter.
Daniel W. Smith of Champaign, Ill., died December 13,
2005 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill. Dan
(CHS'61) was born February 15, 1942 in Columbus, Ga., the
son of Daniel W. and Dorothy Elaine Morris Smith.
Dan proudly served his country with four years in the
U.S. Air Force. He later attended the University of Illinois.
He married Nancy Leeds on November 14, 1974 in Tolomo,
Ill. He was a civilian aircraft electrician at Chanute Air Force
Base, Ill., and at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.
He worked at True Value Hardware in Urbana, Ill. He was a
member of University Lutheran Church in Champaign and
was a member of the Panama Canal Society. He played golf
and followed NASCAR. Above all, Dan enjoyed life and the
love of his wife, Nancy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; his daughter,
Leslie Jeanne Miller, of Champaign; a stepbrother, Will R.
Price Jr. (CHS'55) of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Elaine Smith
Acosta (BHS'51) of Garland, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Will R.
Price; and sister, Bonnycastle.
Captain Gerald H. Smith, 80, passed away December 25,
2005 at his home in Pensacola, Fla. Born in Norwood, Mass.
on October 22, 1925, he attended the Cushing Academy in
Ashburnham, Mass. After graduation, he joined the Merchant
Marines in 1944 as an able-bodied seaman. This included
active duty in The North Atlantic Theater during World War
II. When he returned from the war, he sailed with the National
Bulk Carrier, Inc., serving as Deck Officer. He held increas-
ingly responsible positions, including his first command, the
Sinclair Petrolore, the world's largest combination oil carrier
at the time, and later the oil tanker Harold H. Helm. After
leaving the Bulk Carrier group in 1959, Captain Smith, a
Master Mariner, accepted a position in the Panama Canal.
During his 20-plus year career with the Panama Canal
Commission, he held positions of Pilot and Port Captain until
his retirement in 1980. Then he returned stateside with his
family to Winchester, Tenn. He was a member of the Panama
He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert L. Smith
and his wife of 54 years, Lorraine. Captain Smith is survived
by his mother, Fannie Ruth Mahar Smith Ramsay; brother,
David Smith, and two sisters, Susan Hudson and Jane Smith.
He is also survived by two sons: Stephen and his wife Mary
and their two children; Stuart and his wife Dana and their two
children; and three daughters: Sharon Kearley and her hus-
band Jim and their three children; Sheryl Danciu and her hus-
band Luke and their two children; and Susan Hamner and her
husband Craig and their two children.
Lorrain A. Spencer, 84, died January 17, 2006, and her
husband, Thomas E. Spencer, 85, died January 19, 2006
Thomas was born May 26, 1920, in West Medford, Mass.
Lorrain was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Ewing, Ky. The two mar-
ried on April 17, 1947 in the Panama Canal Zone and lived
there until moving to Tallahassee 25 years ago.
Thomas was chief of the claims branch of the Panama
Canal Co. and Lorrain, a registered nurse, was clinical head
nurse of the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Fort Clayton,
Panama. During World War II, she served as a nurse anaes-
thetist in the U.S. Army 105th evacuation surgical unit in
In Tallahassee, they were members of the Good Shepherd
Catholic Church. Thomas, an avid golfer, was named the hon-
orary president of the renowned SLUGS at Killearn Country
Club. Lorrain was a serious bridge player, volunteered in the
public school system and performed readings for the blind on
the local public radio station.
They are survived by two sons, Courtney E. Spencer of
Tallahassee and Charles S. Spencer of Riverside, Conn., and
Taylor Spurlock, 76, of North Port, Fla. passed away
March 15, 2005 at Englewood Community Hospital. He was
born in Clay County, Ky. in 1929, the son of Ethel and Wiley
Spurlock. Taylor was educated in local schools in Marion,
Ind. and later moved to the Panama Canal Zone.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and
retired from the Panama Canal Company as a water systems
specialist in 1984, relocating to North Port at that time. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Of Taylor it can be said that he lived life to the fullest. He
and his wife Maj-Britt traveled extensively in Europe, Central
America and the United States, were involved in auto and
boat racing during their days in the Canal Zone and even
panned for gold in Alaska. They also enjoyed sea cruises,
which they did often during their long and happy marriage.
He is survived by his wife Maj-Britt, North Port; a son,
Paul Taylor Spurlock and wife Katrina of Knoxville, Tenn.;
stepdaughters Sheila Holcroft of North Port and her husband
David Dear, Jane Crouch and husband Walter of Safety
Harbor, Fla.; a stepson, Eugene Marsee and wife Barbara of
Versailles, Ind. Another stepson, George Holcroft, of Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. predeceased him in 2001. Daughter-in-law
Nancy Holcroft of Ft. Lauderdale (the late George Holcroft's
wife) also survives him as well as a brother-in-law, Kjell
Jonsson of North Port; 17 grandchildren and their respective
spouses; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-
grandchildren. Siblings include Alpha Fabbri of Chicago, Ill.,
Bernice Dunbar of Osgood, Ind., Ruby Mathis and husband
Hugh of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Philip Spurlock of Marion,
Adelaide S. Thoman, 92, of Tampa and formerly of the
Seminole-Largo area, died March 20, 2006 at South Tampa
Health and Rehab.
She was born in Ancon, Panama, and came to the
Seminole, Fla. area in 1954 from Hewlett, N.Y., and moved
in 1989 to Tampa, where she worked for many years as a
greeter at a Publix grocery store. She was a member of Grace
Evangelical Church of Tampa, a former treasurer of the Davis
Island Garden Club, Tampa, a former grand chief of the
Pythian Sisters of Florida, past worthy matron of the Order of
the Eastern Star and past royal matron Court of Amaranth, all
of St. Petersburg.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Nancy Thoman,
The Panama Canal Society is not responsible for the accura-
cy of the following email address directory. These addresses
are considered correct at the time of this printing. It is the
responsibility of the individual member to insure his/her
email is updated in the Society's database.
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Kelleher Jr, David and Lisa..........................email@example.com
Kelley, Roger and Shirley.............................firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawyer, Bob and Tannis.........................email@example.com
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McBride, William and Carol.......................email@example.com
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McInnes, Thomas and Shirley........................email@example.com
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Morales Jr, John and Lupe......................................email@example.com
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M orton, Bess.......................................................... besmo@ rraz.net
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Parthenais, Richard and Bunny......................email@example.com
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Reeves, Edith and Daniel.......................firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberson, Billy "Jody" and Dee.........email@example.com
Rose, Sheila and Little, David.....................firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan, Pat and Bill.......................................email@example.com
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Thompson, Gloria and Norman............email@example.com
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Truxton, Perry and Beatriz..............................email@example.com
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
ZONIANS GATHER AT NEW
YEARS DAY BUCS GAME
Zonians together to kick-off the New Year at the January
1 Bucs/Saints football game.
TRIP TO ITALY
Louise Rainier, Michele Rainier Hattan and Sylvia D.
Goldmann (all former Canal Zone residents) have been on
They traveled to Italy in November and enjoyed the beau-
ty of the country and the friendliness of the Italian people.
Kneeling (L-R): Unknown, Jeanne Rupp, Ruth Hern,
Mitchie Hern, Betty LeDoux, Stacy DeRaps. Standing (L-
R) Unknown, Unknown, Frank Leves, Dick Hern, Bob
Rupp, Ken Morris Sr., Ryan Rupp, Kenny Morris Jr.,
Brian DeRaps, Kelly Fenton, Rachel Fenton, Harold Louise Rainier, Michele Rainier Hattan, Sylvia D.
Sorrell, Diane Morris, Bob Engelke, Dody Moses, and Ed Goldman, Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy.
Bates (Honorary Zonian). (omitted from March Canal
Record in error) Sylvia D. Goldman
Jodie, Debbie, Katie and Fred Olliver celebrated the
Christmas holidays together in New Mexico for the first time
in over 30 vears!
FAREWELL FOR ANNA CALVIT
A farewell luncheon was held in honor of Anna Calvit.
The lunch was on March 9, 2006 at the Inn of the Hills Hotel
in Kerrville, Texas. It was attended by 15 of Anna's local
After living in Kerrville for 29 years, she has decided to
move to Pembroke Pines, Fla. Anna will be missed by her
many friends. We all wish her well.
Jodie, Debbie, Katie and Fred Olliver
Jodie (BHS'78) lives in Connecticut, Debbie (BHS'69)
lives in New Mexico, and Katie (BHS'71) and Fred
(BHS'75) live in Colorado.
Katie Olliver Haas
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Marilyn Carter and Anna Calvit
Robin Lipe, Anna Calvit, Jackie Bishop (standing), Kathi
Lessiack, and Iris Hogan.
It's 3:45 in the morning. I was dreaming that I went back
to Brazos Brook golf course looking for the Bull Gang. As in
all dreams, the course and clubhouse looked different. There
was a caddy shack on top of a hill and I recognized one of the
caddies. The face was familiar, but I don't remember his
name. The first tee was not the same either. It was elevated
looking down on the fairway.
I wanted to play and waited for some of the guys from the
Gang to show up. It was getting dark. Soon it was 7:00 at
night and no one had showed up to play. There were just a
few caddies and some young kids around the clubhouse. I
asked about Alfonso Caiiate. Someone pointed to a man with
gray hair, but it was not him. Maybe it was a younger relative.
I decided to sit down and get something to eat, so one of
the kids made me a fish sandwich and some patacones. Not
what I would have normally ordered at Brazos, but again, this
was a dream. Then I woke up.
If there is such a thing as heaven I want to go back and
play golf at Brazos Brook with the Bull Gang.
When I drive up, the caddies will all come around the car
saying, "Scribner, you need a caddy?"
I'll come in through the Pro Shop and see Spoof.
I'll have lunch before I play. I'll ask Slim to fix me a
coke. I miss that big grin of his.
Of course, I want to play as good as I did back then.
I want Robin Morland to show up. Also, Woody
Compton (with his baggy jeans), Bobby Nordstrom (never
saw him hit a bad drive), George Downing. the Kandrin
brothers. One of them worked for the Navy as I remember.
Let's not forget Mac Lane, Bobby Sanders, Tommy
McClain and Bob Kirby.
Magua will caddy for me. Giant will caddy for Robin.
Jos6 for Bobby. I don't care who Pea Soup caddies for, as
long as he is also there.
When the round is over, we'll play liar's dice. Woody
Compton will say "right in the corazlJn" if he loses a round.
Then, I'll get into my 1967 VW and head home. It will be
dark as I drive through the jungle leaving Brazos. I can hear
all those sounds the jungle makes at night.
I hope there is a heaven.
ZONIANS GET TOGETHER
Three former Zonians and college friends of mine got
together at Ron Jon Resort in Cape Canaveral, Fla. earlier this
year. The friends included Julianne Gardill, Peggy Sue
Shroat, and Dean O'Flaherty.
The picture was taken before Dean moved back to
Virginia...her home state.
.UBettye Dahn. I
MORGAN TRIP HOME
Two days after Christmas 2005, Paul, his sister Peggy
Brown and I headed down to Panama for a week's visit. Paul
and I hadn't been back since 1998, and Peg hadn't been back
since high school graduation so it was an eye-opening expe-
rience for her.
We had a wonderful time visiting places that we had loved
while we were growing up, eating delicious Panamanian
food, and doing lots of shopping. However, the part that made
the trip so extraordinary was the people that we visited while
we were down there. We had forgotten how welcoming Latin
American hospitality can be, and expats who have chosen
Panama for their home have adopted it as well. We were over-
whelmed with the kindness and friendship of the people we
encountered. We had the most fascinating range of conversa-
tions with Panamanians and expats from all walks of life -
taxi drivers and shopkeepers, business men and women,
retirees, the minister at the Balboa Union Church, the librari-
an at the old Balboa High School, old friends and new.
Our first experience was a day trip to Colon and Cristobal
with the hilarious Allan Hawkins. I met Allan on Zonelink,
where he posts wonderful pictures from all over Panama. He
offered to show us "his" Atlantic side when we got down
there. We covered it in depth including Fort San Lorenzo, and
some places we probably shouldn't have been. Allan is a
Colon boy and he knows every inch of the Atlantic side. We
found all of my old houses in Cristobal as well as many
places that had special meaning for me. Allan has done these
tours for so many people that when I told him that I had seen
everything I had wanted to, he asked me if I was sure. When
I said I was, he drove me up to a building that I had forgotten .
to put on my list the Cristobal Elementary School, which is
now hidden from view. He had taken Tula Brown there in Charl Garcia, Buford Carter, Mike Cassada3, Ralph and
March last year, and remembered how pleased she was to see Clarita Smith, and Paul Morgan in front, El Valle.
it. That night, tired but happy, we had dinner with Allan and
his lovely wife Zoila at Niko's.
Stacia Morgan, Peggy Brown, Elsie Garcia, Charly
Garcia, Paul Morgan, Casa de Lourdes, El Valle.
The next night we had arranged to meet Bob Askew for
dinner. His father had been Paul's dad's sponsor when he
arrived in the Zone back in 1937 and the families had always
been close. Bob told us that Don and Marsha Kat had invit-
ed us to join them and their children at Martin Fiero, so we
picked up his date, Maruja Langman, and joined them. We
Allan Hawkins, Stacia Morgan, Peggy Brown, Zoila had a wonderful evening telling stories and discussing poli-
Hawkins, Paul Morgan. tics, religion, and Panama.
The next morning at the Country Inn & Suites, we unex-
pectedly ran into Sarah Finkelstein and her son downstairs
at breakfast, which was a nice surprise. We compared notes
for shopping and restaurants and then went off on our sepa-
On New Year's Day we drove up to El Valle to meet
Charly Garcia and his mother Elsie. After enjoying their
lovely weekend home there we went with them to a beautiful
restaurant called Casa de Lourdes. As we sat down at the
table, there was a tap on my shoulder. There behind us were
four other people from Paul and Charly's class of BHS'62 -
Ralph and Clarita Smith, Buford Carter, and Mike
Cassaday. None of us knew that the others would be there,
and it made for the perfect mini-reunion as we sat on the ter-
race and enjoyed a delicious meal.
Deadline for the October 2006 Canal Record is August 4. Bob Askew and Maruja Langman at Martin Fiero
In the morning we got a call from Bill Eldridge asking us
if we could meet them for breakfast downstairs. They had
been running around the country on their vacation, and we
were finally able to get together and meet his lovely wife
Carmen. After exchanging our war stories, they left for
Tocumen and home.
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Carmen and Bill Eldridge, Paul and Peggy, Country Inn
We went on to visit the Balboa Union Church where Rev.
Veagra gave us a wonderful tour of the church, and caught
Paul up with all of the recent changes. Next on the list was
BHS, where we enjoyed the historical display on the second
floor outside the library. The librarian on duty graciously
spent time with us and told us about many of the changes
since the turnover.
Later that evening, after meeting Allan to say goodbye, he
took us on a night tour of Casco Viejo something we would
never have done on our own at night. We were even able to
join in the passing of the peace at the end of the service at the
Church of the Golden Altar, which was both beautiful and
meaningful. After showing us some more fascinating areas of
Casco Viejo, Allan dropped us off at the Union Club where
we were meeting Carlos Ibanez for dinner. Although we
hadn't known him before, I had sent him a question in an e-
mail when I saw his name in the Record and he had gra-
ciously answered me. He called us the morning before we left
Panama and asked if we would be his guests for dinner at the
Club that night. We had a great time finding connections with
him and his family and friends, and learning more about
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Paul Morgan and Carlos Ibanez at the Union Club
We learned so much from so many different people in
such a short time, and we are so grateful for their friendship
and insights. They truly made our trip spectacular.
If anyone has specific questions about car rental, restau-
rants, shopping, etc., please feel free to contact us. We'd love
to be able to pay back a little of the help that we were given
Paul and Stacia Morgan
ANOTHER RETURN TO
For two wonderful weeks last July we went to the former
Zone and Panama. This came as a celebration of Carol
Flenniken Schwenke's retirement from LifePath Hospice in
Hillsborough County, Fla. as a Chaplain; Roger and Carol's
25th wedding anniversary; and (Mary) Montgomery Wolfs
reaching a point of A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) on her work
towards her Ph.D. in American History from the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
We saw almost everything we wanted to in the two weeks
- Santa Clara, El Valle, Bocas, Atlantic side, Pacific side, San
Bias, full transit of the Canal, Sunday service at St. Luke's
where we attended for many years, lunch at Napoli, Gamboa
Resort were we stayed in the exact apartment on the hill
where Carol lived with her mother Lucille Flenniken and
much more. This was a trip of a lifetime of remembrances
and convinced my husband that we need to look at going back
soon and seeing the parts we missed. My only regret was that
we did not have enough time on the Atlantic side, especially
in Margarita. We had a wonderful guide named Emilie
Daniel (who grew up in Coco Solo).
In the enclosed picture we are standing in front of our
house in Corozal, across from the swimming pool where we
snent many many hmors
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Carol Flenniken Schwenke, Roger Schwenke,
Montgomery Wolf, Tracy Wolf Dickey, Margaret Dickey
and William Dickey. Front: Michael Schwenke.
IT'S A SMALL WORLD
Enclosed is a picture of two young men who are sons of
former Canal Zone boys, Everett White of Balboa and
Milton Leidig of Curundu.
The sons are Lt. Ryan White, USMC, and Ensign Zach
Leidig, USN. They are both attending flight school in
Pensacola, Fla. and are one class apart.
OPENING THE GATES TO CANAL
CUISINE WINS 1ST PLACE
Congratulations to the Panama Canal Museum Cookbook
committee for winning the 6th Annual Morris Press
Cookbook 1st Place award for 2005. This award came with a
$3,000 prize for the museum. The criteria used by the judges
to determine 1st place was the excellent artwork on the cover
and dividers, the originality of the theme, the historical and
family notes, the variety, thoroughness, clarity and overall
appeal of the recipes and the success of sales. The four pro-
fessional food editors located throughout the United States
judged the Panama Canal Cookbook Number One from thou-
sands of cookbooks submitted. Hoorah! Great work by the
team! A special thanks to committee members, Cissy Collins,
Jerry Fields, Sarah Finkelstein, Catherine Goodrich, Sis
(Paige) Medinger and Joey Zornes for all their hard work
and long hours devoted to this successful project. Thanks also
are due to all those who contributed their favorite recipes and
supported the project by purchasing the cookbooks.
Lt. Ryan White and Ensign Zach Leidig
Everett White Jr.
David Zemer and his family of Oslo, Norway, recently
visited his mother, Terry Zemer, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sarah Finkelstein, Jerry
Fields, Catherine Goodrich,
Back (L-R): Cissy Collins, Catherine Goodrich, Jerry
Fields, Sarah Finkelstein, Joe Wood. Front: Chuck
David Zemer, Patricia Zemer, Terry Zemer, wife Rikkey Hummer and Kathy Egolf.
Zemer, Phillipa Zemer.
R. T. Zemer
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Isle of Palms, S.C.
DRY SEASON TRIP
The Condor Outfitters Dry Season trip to Panama this
year was from February 7-17, 2006, and we covered a lot of
Panama during that time frame. We started out by spending
the first two days at the Country Inn in Amador, visited the
Miraflores Locks where we had a delicious buffet lunch over-
looking the Locks and visiting their very educational and
interesting four-story Museum. We also did a tour of the for-
mer Canal Zone, to include a short visit to the Administration
Building. Some in our group went to the Atlantic Side where
we had our photo taken at the Washington Hotel facing
Limon Bay and the rest of the group opted to go to the
Embera Indian Village.
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Terry (kneeling), Jack and Ann Crook, Bertha Brown
Read, Ken and Edith Peckham, June Rowley Stevenson,
Connie Folse, Hotel Washington.
Other areas we covered were the Gamboa Rainforest
Resort where we had our group photo taken on top of the
Gamboa Tower overlooking Gamboa and the Panama Canal.
Back (L-R): Davis Stevenson, Terry Crook, Ken and Edith
Peckham, Jack Crook, Mariellen and Al Scheible, Tom
McAllister. Seated (L-R): June Rowley Stevenson, Ann
Crook, Connie Folse, Bertha Brown Read, Mary Jo
We also enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner one evening on a
pontoon boat in the Chagres River, where the moon was full
and bright. We saw a large Cayman just in front of the boat
where he stayed quietly watching us and we stayed almost
quietly watching him.
The Dry Season trip took us all the way to the Volcan
where a few of us hardy souls trekked the mountainside look-
ing for the resplendent Quetzal bird. Fortunately, we were
able to see the female, but never did spot the male. Oh well,
maybe next year. The only rain we saw on the entire trip was
actually in the Volcan, so when we went birdwatching early
in the morning after we arrived, we earned our Quetzal patch-
es as it poured the entire time we were out.
After leaving the Volcan, we headed for Boquete where
we visited a coffee plantation high in the mountains of
Boquete. There we met the owners of the coffee plantation
and were treated to a delicious Panamanian lunch under a
huge bohio as well as a tour of the coffee plantation. We hope
to include this coffee plantation from now on as it was a big
hit with everyone.
After returning to Panama City by air from David, we
went to the Crown Plaza Hotel for our last two days of the
trip. Our last night in Panama we all went to Las Tinajas
Restaurant for another delicious Panamanian dinner and
exciting show with dancers featuring the typical costumes
and dances of Panama.
June Rowley Stevenson
NEWS FROM RAE DONALDSON
I just returned from a wonderful vacation to San Diego
where I was the houseguest of Sharon O'Brien (BHS'71).
While in California I visited with my brothers, Bert
(BHS'62) and John (BHS'63) Donaldson and their wives,
Edith and Cathy.
In addition, Sharon and I had a delicious dinner with
Terry and Trevor Albritton at the Lotus Thai restaurant in
the Hillcrest section of San Diego. Sharon, Terry and I have
been good friends since the 1970s when we taught school
together at Ft. Kobbe and Howard Elementary Schools.
I also met Danny Howard (BHS'70) at a dinner party
Sharon had while I was there. My trip to San Diego was six
days long and it went by in a flash. I always leave San Diego
with a happy sigh; it's a beautiful city.
Rae Donaldson (BHS'68)
SUN CITY CENTER SMILES
It's not hard to smile after eating empanadas and telling
stories of experiences in Panama! The former Canal residents
shown in the enclosed photograph did just that at a luncheon
on March 22, 2006. Newcomers to the Sun City group are
Dick and Lynn Cahill, Tony and Sigi Espino, Eleanor
Mack, and Toni Robbins. The rest of the group included
Catherine and Ed Goodrich, Roy Sharp, Phyllis and
Charlie Miller, Freda Brandenburg and Beth, Lois
Andress, Joe and Rae Ebdon, Kay Miller, Fred and Bev
Ebdon, Cheryl Russell, Jim and Linda DesLondes, Diane
Skinner-Snider, and Arlene Osborne. Not pictured are Bob
Russell (photographer), Dee Suisman and Harriet Keenan
Wollmers, both who left early.
to Florida every summer for a reunion. Maddy said she did,
too, and wanted to know what reunion because to Maddy
there is only one reunion and that's the Panama Canal Society
Reunion. Jessica answered she attends the same reunion as
Maddy and asked why haven't they met one another there
instead of on campus in a small university in Georgia?
Jessica admitted she is from Panama and that's why she
attends the Reunion. Maddy said her mother was from
Panama and that's why she has the opportunity to go. Once
they realized that both mothers work for the U.S. Army at Ft.
McPherson, Ga., Jessica called her mom at work immediate-
ly to ask if she knew Maddy's mom. Jessica's mother, Evelyn
White (BHS'74), confirmed that she knows Maddy's mother,
Virginia (Joan Aanstoos) Taylor (BHS'75) and that they
were Zonian friends in high school and have seen one anoth-
er at reunions in the past. Evelyn and Virginia occasionally
see one another at work and always remark how they need to
get together since they live so close to one another again
(both families live in Fayetteville, Ga.).
SUN CITY CENTER LUNCHEON GROUP
We all agree that "PANAMA is where our story begins"
and we hope to get some of those stories recorded for the oral
history project that the Panama Canal Museum is working on.
As far as a retirement community goes, Sun City Center
has a lot to offer and is somewhat like living in the Canal
Zone with manicured lawns, similar housing, warm weather,
people from all over the U.S. but yet with a common bond
(retirement) and community activities.
Sun City Center, Fla.
A SERENDIPITOUS FRIENDSHIP
What are the chances that two university freshmen would
become very close friends without knowing their mothers
were good friends when they were teenagers attending
Balboa High School in the Canal Zone? Several decades later
and a world away from Panama, two college girls gravitate
towards one another and forge a wonderful friendship. As
their friendship evolved, they were very surprised to learn
that their mothers share a unique bond, too. This is their story:
Jessica White (20 years old) and Maddy Taylor (19
years old), both college students attending Clayton State
University in Morrow, Ga., were talking amongst a group of
friends while on campus one day in February 2006. The sub-
ject of conversation was what to do for Spring Break. Some
suggested they go to Florida but Jessica announced she goes
Maddy Taylor and Jessica White
More important, now that their daughters are good friends
is all the more reason for the four of them to spend more time
together and reminisce about living in the Panama Canal
Zone. As they have grown to know one another more, they
have also realized their uncles are best friends, too. Jessica's
uncle Everett White is best friends with Maddy's uncle
Isaac Hay! With all these common threads and family links
woven into their individual lives, we are surprised their
acquaintance is purely serendipitous.
Virginia "Joan" Aanstoos Taylor
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In February, Lejla (Lillian) Hand, Theresa (Terry)
Horta, and Jo Ann Robinson joined Maria (Estrella)
Crowell in Montevideo, Uruguay and then visited several
other sites in Uruguay. We all had met when our husbands
became Panama Canal Pilots in the early 1970s.
Enclosed is a picture taken in front of Estrella's home in
Playa Formento, Uruguay.
Again, during the tour some of our guests opted for a par-
tial transit of the Panama Canal and some opted for going to
the Embera Indian Village, located a short boat ride up the
Chagres River. I opted for the Embera Indian Village tour and
thoroughly enjoyed it. The Embera Indian Chief was very
nice and our Panamanian guide translated his talk into
English for us so we could understand everything that was
Tom Cunningham and the Embera Indian Chiel
Lejia (Lillian) Hana, Ineresa (lerry) Horta, viarne
(Estrella) Crowell and Jo Ann Robinson.
We enjoyed the country, the nice people, the food, and
especially the delicious wines. During the trip, Lejla, Terry,
and Jo Ann took the ferry across the Rio de la Plata for a four-
day visit to Argentina, mostly to shop.
Jo Ann Robinson
Santa Rosa, Calif.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM TOUR
We had a wonderful group of "Zonies" that went with
Condor Outfitters to Panama, February 16-23, 2006. This trip
started out at the beautiful Gamboa Rainforest Resort, and
again we covered a lot of territory in the time we had in beau-
tiful Panama. Being there at the time of the full moon was
also a bonus, as the evenings were delightful. While there, we
took the Aerial Tram that took us to the Gamboa Tower over-
looking the Panama Canal. We were hoping to see the Harpy
Eagle as some of the guests who went on our Health Bureau
trip in late January, early February, were very lucky to see the
Harpy Eagle fly by the Gamboa Tower while they were there.
This was a rare sight and they are still talking about it. We
were not that lucky but we did have a beautiful day and a
beautiful view of the Panama Canal.
After two lovely nights at the Gamboa Rainforest, we
headed to Playa Blanca in the Interior where we enjoyed the
beautiful white beach and the beautiful moonlit nights. We
also managed to get some shopping time in at El Valle.
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L-R in a crooked line: Bonnie and Jason Jenkins, June
Stevenson, Lynn and Gene Gillman, Barbara Lancaster
and Pauline Arnold, Ken and Joan Young, Barb Delaney
and son Mike Delaney, Louise Rainier, Sylvia Goldman,
John and Muriel Whitman, Natalie Pittman, Faith
Brundage, Tom and Dick Cunningham, Gordon and
Merrilyn Forbes, Les Heselton Jr., Davis Stevenson.
Dick Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, June Rowley
Stevenson, Davis Stevenson.
Then, back to Panama City where we spent the last few
nights left of our trip at the Country Inn in Amador. While
there we managed to take in a former Canal Zone and Panama
City Tour with shopping time and lunch at the always won-
derful Napoli Restaurant for pizza. Our last night in Panama
we had our despidida dinner at a well-known steak house in
the City, and that is where we said our good-byes for the trip
home. We had great fun and hope to do this again next year.
June Rowley Stevenson
HEALTH BUREAU 2ND REUNION
The second Health Bureau Reunion held in the Republic
of Panama from January 20 to February 4, 2006 was out-
standing! From the first day we arrived in Panama to the last
day we departed, the ten-day itinerary planned by Lori Snow,
CEO of Condor Outfitters, was absolutely perfect. She even
joined our group to ensure that everything went smoothly.
We, also, could not have asked for a better tour guide Betsy
and bus driver Dimas.
The following signed up for the tour: Altine Bentson and
her sister Margaret Bentson, Betty Blanchette, Roberta
"Bird" Bost, Dona Brophy, Brian and JoEllen Catto,
Thelma Daida, Sharon Gladden, Diane (Terrientes)
Goligoski, DelRita (Dee) Grills, Duane Myers, Millie
Olson, Maureen Robbins (Camille's sister), Camille
Robertson, and Leo Shadeck.
Our arrival started off with a heartwarming "Bienvenido"
from Jeannine Eggleston, Isabella Gibbs, and/or Dominga
Watson who greeted each of us at the Tocumen Airport. We
even had our pictures taken just like celebrities. We were
driven to the Country Inn & Suites in Amador and that is
where the renewal of old friendships and new friendships
began. We were also completely and pleasantly surprised to
find a Panama motif bag filled with goodies in our rooms,
compliments of Jeannine Eggleston. What a marvelous way
to start our reunion!
One of our many trips included a day tour of Panama City,
Panama Viejo, Miraflores Locks, and dinner and typical
dance show at Las Tinajas. How wonderful it was to see
Carole Lightell, Gae Speed, and Pat Allen who were at the
dinner. Another trip was to Jeannine Eggleston's farm where
we were treated to a delicious Sancocho lunch. Evelia Hinds
and her family, Dora Sanchez, Vincent Edwards, and Neva
Hunt were there. We had a fantastic time reminiscing and
roaring with laughter about the Health Bureau days. Then off
to El Valle for the day and then Decameron Resort. What a
paradise! This is a place everyone should visit. Several of us
met Lesley Tassell and went to her beautiful home which
overlooks the Pacific Ocean. What a breathtaking view.
Before going back to Panama we visited the Embera Indian
Village and had a wonderful time. We stayed at the Gamboa
Resort and all I can say is "WOW" another place everyone
should visit. Dinner was served while cruising on the Gatun
Lake and Chagres River. Mary Young joined us there.
The following day was the aerial tram ride. On the way to
the Summit, many of us saw a Harpy Eagle in the wild. Even
the two guides were in awe seeing this rare bird. Back in
Panama, we went to Napoli's for lunch. Maryanne
Shanahan met us there. Prior to leaving our beautiful coun-
try, a Special Health Bureau Reunion Dinner was held at the
Granada Hotel. I wish I could name all who attended, but
some names would inadvertently be omitted. Let's just say
how extremely difficult it is to put into words the incredible
emotion we felt to see those who were or continue to be part
of our lives. Indeed, the dinner was very special and memo-
rable. This is one reunion we will always remember.
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Back (L-R): Mildred Olson, DelRita Grills, Roberta Bost,
Sharon Gladden, Altine Bentson, Betty Blanchette, Duane
Myers, Maureen Robbins, Margaret Bentson, Dora
Sanchez, Grace Shadeck, Leo Shadeck. Front (L-R):
Thelma Daida, Dona Brophy, Camille Robertson, Diane
Goligoski, JoEllen Catto.
Helen Halvorson Daniel Munson and her daughter Helen
Daniel Miller (BHS'64) enjoy Christmas together in Duluth,
Last October at the biannual lunch for the Ocala
Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers, Bill Muller announced
that it would be the last meeting he and his wife Jean would
host. He said that there comes a time to pass the baton to
younger and fresher minds who will continue to preserve the
memories of our times in the Canal Zone. Tom Wilder
accepted the baton and planned the OZ/PCDD luncheon/pic-
nic which was held at Jevery Gant Recreational Park on April
8th. There were 33 who attended: Elaine Austin, Virginia
and Pat Booth, Ruth and Renee Conlan, Diane and Jerry
Cox, Linda Dahlstrom, Larry and Edna Didier, Woody
Foster, Jerry and Marcy Fox, Roland and Patricia Lees,
Anne "Rusty" LoFranco, Juanita McConaughey, Bill and
Jean Muller, Ted and Pat Norris, Robert and Elba Parker,
Virginia (Dahlstrom) Pearl, Fred and Claudia Robinson,
Leo Shadeck, Aura and Albert Wilder, and Tom and Kathy
Each of us introduced ourselves to the group and gave a
brief synopsis of our lives before, during, and after living in
the Canal Zone. At the time, I didn't realize that I would be
"volunteering" to write the article for the Canal Record. and
did not take any notes. But rest assured I will be more diligent
at the next luncheon.
Bill and Jean Muller were given a beautifully designed
certificate of appreciation which had the background of the
Locks and read: In recognition of your dedication and hard
work hosting the biannual gatherings in Ocala.
The CZ/PCDD's picnic was a success. The weather was
perfect, the food plentiful, and all enjoyed the relaxed atmos-
phere. Tom and Kathy along with their children, Samantha,
Brittney and Chris, did an outstanding job for this get-
The next CZ/PCDD's gathering will be in October 2006.
The place and time will be announced later.
FULCHERS SECOND VISIT
Cheri Fulcher returned for a second visit to Lacey,
Wash., in January 2006 accompanied by her husband Tom
Fulcher. They flew out to Washington to visit their daughter
Stacy and her husband Chris and new granddaughter Anna.
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Although Cheri was present at Anna's birth back in
November, Tom stayed home in Maryland since he was retir-
ing at the end of the year and saving that precious federal
eave to cash in. So this was his first time seeing little Anna.
They had a wonderful visit with the kids, and also enjoyed
several evenings with Bill and Eva Froude, who live close
Cheri Fulcher, Tom Fulcher, Eva Froude, and Bill Froude
Tom and Cheri Fulcher
ROOSEVELT MEDAL HOLDERS
GET THEIR SPOT
On August 12, 2005 the Interoceanic Canal Museum held
a ceremony to honor the Roosevelt Medal Holders. In a niche
on the second floor, the museum set up a display that allowed
the recipients of these medals to be visually recognized. With
some local press present, Mr. Marc Quinn headed the dedi-
cation ceremony on behalf of those to be recognized
Marc Quinn with representatives o,
This section of the second floor is the Hall of the North
American Canal (Sala del Canal Norteamericano) with the
exhibition The Route, The Water, The People. With everyone
present asked to be seated, Mr. Quinn took the podium and
introduced the director of the museum and a few other repre-
sentatives. Being recognized at the ceremony were two first-
generation descendants of Holders of the Medal, Mrs. Lucille
Robinson and Mr. William De La Mater, and the great-
great-grandson of two Medal Holders of the Durfee, Beresen
Family. The latter donated to have this portion of the salon
added to the museum.
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(L-R): Bruce Quinn, Angeles Ramos Baquero and another
rep from the museum, Marc Quinn, representatives from the
American Embassy, H.B. Twohy Sr., William De La Mater,
Mrs. Lucille Robinson, a young lady, Kevin Bradley, Diana
Guardia de Alcedo and Rudolfo Alcedo Guardia.
The personnel of the museum put in a lot of effort to see
this through with technical research and work putting the dis-
play together. The building in itself has much history having
been the Grand Hotel, headquarters for the French Canal
Company and the American Canal Commission that followed
and served as a central post office for years.
As Mr. Quinn read off his prepared speech for those pres-
ent, he touched on the separation of Panama from Colombia,
the French effort and what the Americans faced. Sanitation
was of a major concern, as were living accommodations,
monotony, and boredom. To quote Mr. Quinn:
"In mid-1905, a yellow fever epidemic broke out. Some
Americans became victims of the disease. More began to
leave Panama in large numbers. In April, May, and June
alone, over 500 of them returned home. Those who returned
to the United States spread news of the bad conditions exist-
ing in Panama."
Of course the press picked up on this and it became obvi-
ous something had to be done. Reorganization took place,
mainly under the direction of John Stevens, and improve-
ments in all areas was the norm. The American work force
began to return to Panama in 1906 and by mid-1907 there
were more than 4,400 American employees. Despite the exo-
dus of Americans in 1905, it was noted that even with the
Jonn ana June Kiesz by steam engine train to the End ot the
World in Ushuaia, Argentina.
What a beautiful trip from Santiago, Chile through the
Chilean Fjords with snow-capped mountains, ending up in
Buenos Aires, Argentina where we saw a Gaucho show.
Palm Coast, Fla.
improved living conditions and benefits at that time, many
Americans were returning to the States with less than two
years of working during the construction era. During
President Theodore Roosevelt's visit in 1906, this was noted
and he authorized a Medal be struck using metal from the old
French equipment as an incentive for those workers that per-
formed more than two years of continuous service during the
construction of the Canal. Of all the American workers that
came to Panama to construct the Canal, 7,300 remained for
those two or more years in the American effort from 1904 to
With the conclusion of the ceremony, we were invited to
the third floor for tea, coffee, or juice, and pastry and
empanadas as we mingled. Of the 7,300 Roosevelt Medal
Holders recognized, only about a hundred were listed on the
display due to lack of room. There is a project to try to raise
donations to purchase a computerized display that would
scroll the names of all 7,300 Holders of the Roosevelt Medal
with possibly a photo and a short biography of each individ-
ual, where possible.
Art Mokray Jr.
Panama, R. de P.
RIESZ CRUISE NEWS
June and John Riesz took a recent cruise around the tip
of South America in January. The waters were calm at the tip
and the ship backed up to the rock which is the tip called
Cape Horn. This was a trip of a lifetime as we cruised through
the Chilean Fjords which were so mysterious and beautiful
with snowcapped mountains and a beautiful glacier with the
tint of blue.
We traveled on a steam engine train to the End of the
World in Ushuaia, Argentina. The picture of us was taken as
we were waiting to board the train.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
December 4, 2005 at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, Calif.
Back (L-R). Karl Florine, David HolloIIell, Kalhr3n
(Argo) Taylor, Bill Finken, Guy Lane. Seated: June
Maggard and David Lees.
Back (L-R):Claude "Andy" Anderson, Robert Wallace,
Art Odom, Susan (Taylor) Pitney, Stan Brown. Seated (L-
R): Noble and Dottie Phillips, Ruth (Bauman) Yeilding,
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer.
Back (L-R): Glenn Wanke, Joan (Gibson) Conover,
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett, Court Bennett, John Hanson.
Seated (L-R): Janice (Cooper) Wanke, Ted and Beth
Back (L-R): Dick and Susan Harp, Danny Howard,
Sharon O'Brien, John Hanson. Front (L-R): Stover
Jenkins, Susan (Van Kirk) Cooke, Neita Wiese and Ruby
Wolfenstein, Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Dolores and
Jack McClure. Front (L-R): Letty and Eddie Moore, Bill
Clockwise: Ruby Howard, Susan (Van Kirk) Cooke,
Danny Howard, Sharon O'Brien and Susan Harp.
Letty and Eddie Moore, Joan (Ridge) de Grummond
(standing), and Bill Monsanto of BHS'40.
John Hanson, BHS'45, Master of Ceremonies
Front L-Ri Mark AlbriMton. 1
George 2. Rear: Ted Henter Sr.
Submitted by Mark Hill -<
BHS 1956 CHAMPIONSHIP
Front row: Danny Winklosky, Jimmy Reece. Second row:
Raul Barbera, Kenny Morris, Grillo Reyes. Third row:
Jon Ebbs, Eddie Kirchmier, Dicky Angstadt. Fourth row:
John Magee, Tinker Scott, Owen Sutherland.
Jean Elizabeth Allen and Patricia (Tita) Clarke Dunlap
Submitted by Danny Winklosky
Submitted by Tita Dunlap
THE RUOFF STUDIO AT NEW CRISTOBAL
Back row (L-R): Marion Smith (CHS'60), Kay Flowers (BHS'60), Stephanie Beck (CHS'58), Kathleen Cox (BHS'59).
Kneeling (L-R): Janet Sutherland (BHS'61), Becky Compton (CHS), Marvel Davidson (BHS'60) circa 1949.
Submitted by Janet Sutherland
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Front ro (L-Ri. Norma Johnston. ?. Nlirielle Celerie. ?. Elaine Lombard. ?. ?. Mlar) Malone, ?, Ruthic Menzel, Jacqueline Weir, Bill) Allen, Marion Price. Second ro\\
seated (L-R): Ruthie Ugarte, Helen Rae Souder, Ruth Johnston, Betty Olson, Dolores Gomez Downing. Standing (right side): Mary Ridge, ?, ?, ?, Ruth Price (three babes,
the first of which is Connie Price, others unknown). Seated (right side): Murriell Lou Souder, Hilda Hinz, Mark Brandon, Dick Lombard, ?. Back row (left side): Mary Jean
Carey, Hanna Mann, Sheila Randolph, ?, ?. Back row (right side): ?, Beatrice Wolfarth, Mary Jane Ugarte, Betty Moya (?), ?.
Submitted by Norma (Johnston) Rose co
RED, WHITE AND BLUE TROUPE
The former and present Governors are honored at the swimming exhibition: Governor M. L. Walker, C. Harding, J.J. Morrow, and present Governor J. L. Schely (1932-
1936). The Coach, Mr. Greiser is the man with the short sleeved shirt.
Submitted by Ellie Foley Husum
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Back row (L-R): June Holcomb, John Foley, Lucille Pierce, Andrienne Muller, Peggy White, Gayle Halderman, Audrey Hudson. Fourth row: ?, ?, Cito Towery, ?, Phydillis
Wallbridge, Bill Hall, Alan Ford (Olympic Swimmer), ?, ? Lombrosia, Bill Zemer, Norine Rathgeber, ?. Third row: Jim Bunker, Bob O'Donnell, ?, ?, ?, Carol Russon, ?,
?, Vera Howell, ?. Second row: ?, ?, Mary Sullivan, Helen Fuller, ?, Wllie Foley, Phyllis Lemer, ?, Mary Alice ?. Front row: Pat Leach, Mary Leach, ?, Alice Brayton,
Barbara LeBrun, ?, ? Allen, ?.
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
E-mail: nresident( pDanamacanalmuseum.org
2006: YEAR OF THE MUSEUM
MUSEUM SPONSORS SAMAAP EXHIBIT
This spring the Panama Canal Museum as part of its series of mini exhibits during the "2006: Year
of the Museum" will cooperate with SAMAAP (Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afroantillano de
Panam/Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum of Panama) to bring to the museum in Seminole
1.- an exhibit titled "West Indians in Panama during the American Era". The exhibit will consist of 20 pho-
tographs that illustrate the themes of immigration, labor, education, religion and family as they pertain to
the West Indian community in Panama.
Karen Saum, a member of both SAMAAP and the Panama Canal Museum has been coordinating the
exhibit with Romy Lombardo, Museum Director, and the membership of SAMAAP in Panama and volunteers of the Panama
Canal Museum in Seminole. She says, "It has been a moving experience working with these two communities that have so
much in common, both descendants of those courageous people who built that Wonder of the World, the Panama Canal."
This exhibit, fittingly enough, also coincides with International Museum Day on May 18th, the theme of which this year
is "Museums and Young People". All young people (and young at heart people!) are cordially invited to visit the Panama
Canal Museum to see both this special mini exhibit from a museum in Panama and the Panama Canal Museum's permanent
ATTENTION, FORMER CANAL AREA ARTISTS!
Since 2001, the Museum has featured an annual calendar with a specific theme each year. The calendars ,y
are sold through the museum store with proceeds going to the museum. We would like to highlight the tal-
ent of former Canal area artists in a future calendar (hopefully 2007). Therefore, if you are an artist who used
to live in the Canal area and are willing to grant permission for us to use a photograph of your oil painting, water color, sketch,
etc., please contact the Museum as soon as possible. The subject matter should relate to Panama, the Panama Canal, or the
former Canal Zone. Please send either a hard copy glossy 8" x 10" photograph or a disc with CD resolution of 300 dpi JPEG
MUSEUM TO PROVIDE REGISTRY OF MILITARY AT REUNION EXHIBIT
The Panama Canal Museum will honor the proud and longstanding tradition of Zonians in military service
4 from WW I to the present as part of this year's special museum exhibit during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion. A listing of Zonians who have served in the U.S. Armed Services and members of the U.S. Armed
Sen ices \,ho -erved in the Canal Zone and Panama will be posted and available for all
to see. For purposes of our exhibit the services recognized are the USA, USN, USMC,
LUSAA.C. US. F. USCG and the US Merchant Marines.
To date \\ e have compiled over 1000 names of military honorees. If you would like
to register tIourelf or someone else who served, submit the name, high school attended
and class Ja or Canal Zone affiliation, and the service to Bob Zumbado (bobz-
marz,'iiaol.com I or to the museum (pancanalmuseum aol.com).
Please make your submissions by June 30, 2006. Write-in registration will be avail-
able in the exhibit room during the reunion.
I IL.h ,, h.. ,.if .1 7 affiliation: CHS'47 or Locks Division or Ft. Davis
BEFORE THE REUNION
CONTACT THE MUSEUM TO:
* Donate or lend items for the military
* Register yourself, friends, and/or family to ..
appear on the Zonians in the Military Honor
* Contribute items for the silent auction.
SVolunteer to work in the Museum Room
or at the museum's table in the Vendors' Dick Cunningham, Paul Glads burn and Gerr3 DeTore c\arnun
Room. one of the many pieces of pottery donated by Dick and Ginger
* Submit art work for the 2007 calendar. Zornes for the silent auction.
AT THE REUNION
VISIT THE PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM IN CARIBBEAN I!
TI Exhibit: The United States Military and the
* Honor Roll: Zonians in the Military
* Museum Store: Ornaments, Bateas, Prize
Winning Cook Books (Yes! First Prize!) and Much
Silent Auction: Treasures and Keepsakes. Bid by
5:00 PM on Saturday!
Cruise: Sign up to go to Panama (including San Blas Islands) in 2007!
* Roosevelt Medal Certificates
Membership and Donation Opportunities
ANNUAL PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
MUSEUM ROOM HOURS:
Thursday, July 20th: 9 AM -7 PM
Friday, July 21st: 1 PM 6 PM
Saturday, July 22nd: 9 AM 6 PM
Sunday, July 23rd: 9 AM 12 Noon
MINI-REUNIONS CONTACT: MINIREUNIONS(&PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG
BHS CLASSES '49 and '50
Another fantastic hospitality suite is planned during the
Panama Canal Society Reunion at the Caribe Royale in
The suite will be open Thursday afternoon, July 20th
and will close early Sunday, July 23rd.
See the bulletin board at the Information area for the
See you there!
BHS CLASS OF 1956
Celebrating our 50th Class Reunion to be held in con-
junction with the 2006 Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Please spread the word and
come join the fun. We will have a hospitality suite avail-
able for informal gatherings as well as a main event (cock-
tail party or dinner). We are producing a CD to be shown
during our get-together and copies may be purchased.
Please send a recent photo of yourself as well as other
interesting photos to Don Rentfrow.
You must be a member of the society in order to stay
at the hotel or to participate in society functions/dances,
etc. Membership is highly recommended. Watch for our
class website in the near future at Czbrats.com.
Bill Hatchett (Chairman) Wjhhammeriaol.com
678 Alewa Place
Diamondhead, MS 39525
Sue Knapp Light (Co-Chair) Sklight(iknologv.net
109 Merge Avenue
Harvest, AL 35749
Ida Straus Gifford (Bios) Igifford(msn.com
383 North 100 East
Orem, UT 84057-4751
Don Rentfrow (Photos for CD) Donrntfrw@aol.com
110 10th Street North
Naples, FL 34102
Bev Boyette Hayden (Main Event) Regbev@iwebtv.net
5915 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Ste 63
Miami, FL 33146
CHS CLASS OF 1956
Celebration Fifty-Six Fifty, the Fiftieth Class
Reunion of the CHS class of 1956, will be held on July
22, 2006, in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The
celebration will be a three-hour luncheon cruise down the
St. Johns River. Spouses, life partners, boyfriends, girl-
friends, and friends are invited to join in the celebration.
Our immediate challenge is to locate all of our class-
mates. Our networking efforts have produced remarkable
success for the short time we have been pursuing the
search; however, we still have some missing classmates.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of any member of the
CHS class of 1956, we would appreciate it if you would
send their email and/or snail mail addresses to a member
of the committee.
If you can help or if you have any suggestions, please
contact one of the following committee members.
Lew Taber at lewiet(aol.com
Susie Pincus Smith at susiegil4(ijuno.com
Margaret Leigh at Mleigh38(iaol.com
Peggy Roddy Pruett at Peggvpruettl@()charter.net
BHS CLASS OF 1961
Calling all classmates from BHS '61. We're gathering
names for our 45th class reunion and we want this to be a
memorable occasion for all. We have already heard from
classmates who are planning to attend who we have not
seen in a long time.
Put on your calendar the dates July 21 and 22. We
have planned a hospitality suite to be available for infor-
mal gatherings and our main event will be a cocktail/din-
If you have not been contacted yet, please get in touch with any of
the following committee members:
Ralph Edmondson rlecme(bellsouth.net
Bill Thrift Jbthrift@ibellsouth.net
Bev Bowman Wood email@example.com
Didi Bremer Rogers dialdidiaaol.com
Mary Simpson Francis mfinboca(bellsouth.net
Jackie Ashton Wagner cziackiel23(i)msn.com
Lois Thompson Gibbs Lois(@frevinsurance.com
Class of CHS 1961
We will be having our 45th Class Reunion next year
in conjunction with the Society Reunion in Orlando. A
committee was formed at this year's Society Reunion and
details are being finalized. It would be wonderful to have
the best Class Reunion ever please try to attend!
For more information, please contact:
Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig
CHS CLASS OF 1966
We are to hold our 40th Reunion for the year 2006 at
the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. during the annu-
al Panama Canal Society Reunion (July 19-23, 2006).
This is a BIG one classmates! Planning early will
assure a memorable reunion so please send in your name,
address and email address to the committee members list-
ed below right away. REMEMBER.....YOU HAVE TO
BE A MEMBER OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCI-
ETY .... in order to register for our 40th!
The Castaways will be jammin' for us all night on
Thursday, July 20, 2006. This may be the last time we get
to hear this GREAT band, so don't miss out!
For more information, contact:
Becky Brenner Neal
8665 Florin Road, #25
Sacramento, CA 95828
For email updates, contact
Visit our class website for up-to-date information
regarding our 40th Reunion at
BHS Class of 1971
We'll be celebrating our 35th Class Reunion in conjunc-
tion with the 2006 PCS Reunion in Orlando. We're in the
final planning stages and want to hear from you! Send
your contact info and ideas to:
Katie (Olliver) Haas
719-592-0560 (h) or 719-388-4917 (w)
813-985-1399 (h) or 813-974-4338 (w)
Now is the time to start gathering information about
your classmates and putting together plans for your
class reunion in 2007!
BHS CLASS OF 1976
It's that time again to get together and celebrate our grad-
uation from BHS 30 years ago! We are planning TWO
PART ONE: A cruise from Friday, July 14 to Monday
July 17. Contact Carol McKinney at 800-678-2782. Make
sure to mention "BHS 30th Anniversary Reunion" for ref-
PART TWO: After a few days to recuperate...we'll do it
all again at the Panama Canal Society annual reunion,
held this year in Orlando at the Caribe Royale. Remember
you need be a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Please contact the following to update your address:
Diana (Duncan) Bishop
CHS CLASS OF 1976
Cristobal High class of 1976 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion during the 2006 PCS Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. We need to finalize our plans so please
contact either D LaPorta or Tom Wilder if you are
needing information and/or plan to attend.
BHS CLASS of 1981
BHS class of 1981 will hold its 25th class reunion in
conjunction with the 2006 Panama Canal Society
reunion in Orlando, Fla.
We need to finalize our plans, so please contact us for
BHS Class of 86
The BHS Class of 1986 will hold its 20th Class Reunion
July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006 Panama
Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
If you would like to help with organizing the class
reunion, or have any questions about the reunion, please
contact either person below.
Kimberly (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341
CHS Class of 1986
The CHS Class of 1986 will hold its 20th Class
reunion July 19-23, 2006, in conjunction with the 2006
Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando,
Florida. If you would like to help with organizing the
class reunion, please contact either person below.
Warren Bell (909)880-0747
Kimberly A. (Phillips) Collins
(352)281-0721 or (501)920-8341
WE ARE HAVING A GATHERING FOR ALL
IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE
PANCANAL REUNION COME JOIN US FOR A
VERY CASUAL GET TOGETHER!
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION EMAIL
DONNA (VALENTINE) MATHEWS
AND BRING ALL YOUR OLD PHOTOS!!
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1954
"COME HOME TO PANAMA REUNION"
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
MASONS and OES LUNCHEON
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern
Star luncheon on Friday, July 21, 2006 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 is coat and tie or guayaberra.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Caribe Royale Resort
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
Friday July 21, 2006
Luncheon:12:30 p.m. Cost:$25/meal
(A) Beef Burgandy
(B) Penne Pasta with Grilled Chicken
IPlease make reservations and meal selection
of (A) or (B) below.
Total enclosed: $__
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
I Robert Russell and mail to:
2327 Lyndhurst Drive
Sun City Center
I List names of persons attending (and meal selection) I
for name tags:
Name Meal Selection
Deadline for reservations is June 23, 2006
CHS CLASS OF 1947
Cristobal High School Class of 1947 is beginning to plan a
60th Class Reunion during the 2007 annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion at its new location at the Rosen's Shingle
Creek Resort from July 4th through July 8, 2007 in Orlando,
Fla. The selection of this time and place was due to the results
of a preliminary survey mailed to known addresses of former
We are in the early planning stages and will appreciate any
assistance in locating former classmates and with help and ideas
for the overall organizing of our reunion.
Due to having our 60th reunion in conjunction with the
2007 Panama Canal Society's Reunion, YOU WILL HAVE TO
BE A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY to obtain the special
Resort Rates and other related benefits.
To obtain a Society membership application or additional
information and to update your address, contact Pete or Marje
PETE & M.ARJE FOSTER
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683-3214
Phone: (727) 785-8555
BHS CLASS OF 1957
Our 50th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction with
the 2007 Panama Canal Society's Annual Reunion from
July 4th to the 8th, 2007 at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla. We plan to have a hospitality suite
as well as a gala dinner. If there is sufficient interest we
are contemplating a Panama Canal transit cruise before
the reunion. Let's make this reunion one of the finest ever.
Remember you have to be a member of the Panama Canal
Society in order to stay at the resort and participate in
their activities. Contact:
Jerry Durfee (Chairman)
Chris Hearon (Co-chairman)
June Barlow Riesz (Special Events)
Danny Winklosky (Biographical Coordinator)
Penny Pennington Graham (Special foods)
Louis Barbier (BHS'57 Web Master)
www.geocities.com/barbier8401ouis/BHS Class of 1957
CHS Class of 1977
30th Class Reunion
Calling all CHS 1977 graduates. We are gathering
names and contact information.
Please visit our web site.
Karen (Paine) McAlpine
Terri (Salyer) Lang
October 7, 2006
The Northern California/Panama Picnic will be held
in Los Gatos, Calif. at Vasona Lake Park on October 7,
2006. The picnic will start at 11 a.m. and end at dusk.
Please bring a potluck dish to share and Panamanian food
is highly appreciated. A loteria will be held.
For more information contact:
Connie at 831-688-5550
Helen at 707-887-1015
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
seamen off ships in our harbors.
Please send your old eyeglasses and T-shirts to:
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253
Now is the time to start gathering information
about your classmates and putting together plans
for your class reunion in 2007!
2006 ADVERTISEMENT RATES
Advertising rates approved at the October 8, 2005 Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertising
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 will not com-
pose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format to
editor(ipancanalsocietv.org. All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks.
7" wide x 10" high
7" wide x 5" high
3 1/2" wide x 5" high
7" wide x 2" high
3 1/2" wide x 2" high
(Business Card Size)
3 1/2" wide x 1" high
(1/2 Business Card)
Send all ads and make all checks or money orders to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
2006 DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ADS. ARTICLES. NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH Canal Record:
OCTOBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, August 4, 2006
DECEMBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, October 6, 2006
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Borrow it from your library
LC Number: 2005909360
At all bigger bookstores and
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buy it-ask for an Interlibrary
loan, if yours doesn't have it.
The book is a highly personal account, from 1967 to 1969, with name of
the last large group of Gahtu Locks new hires and others, before the 1968
revolution mand ubseuent treaty negotiations leading to complete Panama
sovereignty and control of the conal In October 2000.
Anne wrote the *Of Shoes and Shin
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Anne edited the 6htun Key newMetter 1981-1982. Earlier, with Ullon
Nott she co-directed two successful Crosroad Witer conferences,
September 1978 mnd 1979, at the I1 Ch~ in Co on, as listed in Writer's
bigast d 7Thea WriV She did all Crosrooad Writers publicity release,
and after the Notts left, led workshops at Fort Davis Ubrary.
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Balboa first waded into gleaming waters of The Pacific Ocean
September 25, 1513. Four hundred and one years passed to
the inaugural transit of the the newly opened eighth wonder
of the world, The Panama Canal.
To honor this gallant mariner, the Panama Canal Pilots have
hallmarked Balboa's image on quality clothing and acces-
sories. Respectful emphasis given to fashionable utilitarian
items with pleasing prices.
KINDLY VISIT THE INTERNET STORE
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338
Panama Canal Museum Membership/Renewal Donor Record 2006
(Include maiden name, if applicable. Indicate how you want your name or names to appear on the Wall of Honor.)
Street Address or Box Number:
rI NEW member Dues For Calendar Year 2006 $
|"I Current Member Renewing Annual Dues Calendar Year $
I I Additional Amount to expedite my transit through Canal $
Total Amount Enclosed: $
Museum Annual Dues of $24, plus any additional amounts you may wish to contribute to the Museum will be your name(s) on the Wall of Honor to expedite your symbol-
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 name(s) of such persons and the amount of your donation you wish to allocate.
In Memory Of -
In Memory Of
If you wish the museum to notify the family or friend of the person memorialized, please furnish the address to whom the notification is to be made:
Street: City: State: Zip:
The Panama Canal Museum is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All contributions may be tax deductible. Florida Law requires
organizations registered to solicit contributions to post the following statement: The Panama Canal Museum does not use a professional fundraising consultant. All donations
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
Panama Canal Museum Registration number SC-09537. Toll-free number in Florida is 1-800-HELP FLA or (859) 488-2221.
In Honor Of
In Honor Of
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FRIENDS PAST AND PRESENT OF ST LUKE'S CATHEDRAL, ANCON, PANAMA
In January 2005 we officially opened the campaign to raise $500,000 for the restoration of St Luke's Cathedral. This
sum is based on estimates for urgent and extensive restoration work to the Tower's roof and stairs, major restoration to
the roof and structure of the main building, rehabilitation of the Columbarium and painting of the entire building.
The Cathedral was built 83 years ago in the neoclassical style popular at the beginning of the 19th Century, to serve
the Anglican-Episcopal communities on the Isthmus of Panama and former Canal Zone. Many members of the Panama
Canal Society would have worshiped there, been baptized, confirmed, married and attended funerals over the years.
We now need your help to restore this important architectural landmark to its former splendor.
Remember a loved one, group of friends or special times in Panama by dedicating part of this beautiful Cathedral in
Special donations for:
The Tower $20,000.00
A Column $5,000.00
Main Eave $2,500.00
Sq M ofroof $500.00
Roof Tile $50.00
All donations will be registered in the St Luke's Cathedral Restoration Book. Engraved commemorative plaques
will be made for donations of $500.00 and over.
Thank you may God bestow his richest blessings on you.
The Rt Rev Julio E Murray, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Panama
Rev Maiziee Lennan, Dean of St Luke0s Cathedral, Panama
Donations should be addressed to THE CATHEDRAL OF ST LUKE, or IGLESIA EPISCOPAL DE PANAMA, and
be sent to either of the following mailing addresses:
The Cathedral of St. Luke's
4440 N.W. 73rd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33166
The Cathedral of St. Luke's
PO Box 0843-01686
Republic of Panama
would like to donate $ towards The St Luke's Cathedral Restoration Project in
Address and e-mail
St Luke's Cathedral Restoration Project can be found at www.episcopalpanama.org
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-Aerial Tour of the Rainforest
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-San Bias Islands
-Bocas Del Toro
Ask us about our 2007 Dry Seaon Tour
February 28-March 9
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All members of the Panama Canal Society are eligible for a
10% discount on travel to Panama City
Copa Airlines is pleased to offer you a special discount for making us the preferred carrier of the
Panama Canal Society.
Eligible members will receive a 10% discount off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from *Miami,
Orlando, Los Angeles, and featuring our New non-stop daily service from New York City (JFK) to Panama City.
Travel must be completed by December 15, 2006.
Join our award-winning frequent flier program OnePass by calling 1-800-FLY-COPA
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PROUD PARTNERS OF THE 2006
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY ANNUAL REUNION
Do you remember those warm bright summer mornings in Panama,
when you woke up to the aroma and taste of the wonderfully rich, full
flavor of your own special cup of "Caf6 Durin"?
You can experience those special moments again in your own home.
Cafe Durin is now available in the U.S.A.
We are proud to say that once again, "Cafe Durfin" can be part of
your life no matter where you live. Access your cup of coffee at
www.durancoffee.com and enjoy the wide variety of delightful choices
"Caf6 Duran" has to offer: Traditional Blend, Highland Blend and/or
Decaf, ground or whole bean. We've also added nine different
delightfully flavored coffees for everyone's unique preference.
Order your favorite Caf6 Duran and bring back great memories of
your wonderful life in Panama.
We are ready and waiting to roast your order!
NO DIGA CAFE...DIGA CAFE DURAN
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
NOTE: IF CHECK IS NOT MADE ON A U.S. BANK,
MAKE PAYMENT BY MONEY ORDER.
Please check this box if you DO NOT want your name, address or email published in the Annual Directory.
NEW MEMBERSHIPS: Thirty dollars ($30.00) annually per family, including children under 18 years of age, plus a $10.00
administrative fee. Also, individuals who have not renewed their memberships prior to January 31st of the current year shall
be considered new members and, as such, must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. Total: $40.00.
Nickname (If desired)
Maiden Name (Wife Only)
Last Name First Name Middle Initial
Nickname (If desired) Maiden Name (Wife Only)
Mailing Address (Street and/or Box Number and City)
Applicant 18 or over? Yes No
School Attended: Member
CZ/PC Affiliation: (Mark "X" in appropriate box, and MEMBER
IF RETIRED, PLEASE INDICATE YEAR) (X) Ret/Year (X)
Dependent/Employee-Contractor (US Gov't Only) ......................
Dependent/Employee Shipping ....................................................
Parents' Name and CZ/PC Affiliation:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
1IW MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
RENEWAL: Thirty dollars ($30.00) annually (Jan.l Dec. 31) per family, including children under 18
years of age. (A portion of this amount is for the subscription to the Canal Record for one year.)
DUES NOTICES ARE PLACED IN THE CANAL RECORD.
NOTE: IF CHECK IS NOT MADE ON A U.S. BANK, MAKE PAYMENT BY MONEY ORDER.
Please check this box if you DO NOT want your name, address or email published in the Annual Directory.
IS THIS AN ADDRESS OR
PHONE NUMBER CHANGE? YES NO
Amount enclosed: $ Email address:
List significant changes from previous year:
ORDER FORM SOCIETY PLATE/DECAL/Canal Record
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Please mail to: (If different from above)
Qty. Canal Record
Date of Issue
Amount enclosed: $
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CURRENT
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC
Phone: (727) 391-4359
FAX (727) 319-8593
Web Site: pancanalsociety.org
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING
ADS, ARTICLES, NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH
OCTOBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, August 4, 2006
DECEMBER 2006 Canal Record Deadline, October 6, 2006
FUTURE ANNUAL REUNION DATES
July 4, 2007 July 8, 2007 Rosen's Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
July 2, 2008 July 6, 2008 Rosen's Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
July 1, 2009 July 5, 2009 Rosen's Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
June 30, 2010 July 4, 2010 Rosen's Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club
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Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
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Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
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