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


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

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VOL. 40



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Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
(813) 633-8916
Mr. Tom Wilder
1st Vice President
(352) 694-2211

Mr. John R. Gough II
2nd Vice President
(727) 527-2955
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804

Mr. Dan Norman
(813) 784-3585
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Past President
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Tom Spence
(352) 684-7771
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 676-5140 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

February 17

March 3

April 14

May 5

July 4-8


PCS CARNIVALITO 2007, Ocala, Fla. See page 6 for details.
Contact Tom Wilder at (352) 694-2211 (evenings).

PCS Panhandle Meeting, Zea Rotisserie & Grill, Pensacola, Fla.
See page 7 for details. Contact Barbara Vose-Kulig at (850)

PCS West Coast Picnic, Anderson Park, Shelter #9 at Tarpon
Springs, Fla. See page 8 for details. Contact John Gough (727)

PCS Spring Luncheon, Troyer's Dutch Heritage, Sarasota, Fla. See
page 10 for details. Contact Cheryl Russell (813) 633-8916 or
Joan Ohman (813) 672-4823.

Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. See
yellow pages for information.

P resident's M essage...................................................................................... ..........................
Secretary's M essage.................................................................................... ............................2
E editor's C orner...................................................................... ......................................... 2
Suggestion B ox..................................................................... ....................................... ......3
M em bership C ontest...................................... ........................................................... 4
February Carnavalito Registration Form.................................................... ......................6
March General Meeting, Pensacola, Fla......................................................7
April Annual Picnic, Anderson Park.....................................................................................8
Insurance Inform ation.......................................... ........................................................... 8
Carnavalito and Panhandle Meeting Directions......................... ..... .......................9
May General Meeting, Sarasota, Fla.......................................................... .....................10
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes............................ ............................11
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings..................... ....... .............. 12
L legislative R eport................................................................. ................................................ 13
L ost and F found ......................................................................... .............................. .......... 14
Septem ber Luncheon Pictures..................................................................... .................... 15
Your Reporter Says:
Arkansas..........................18 Mississippi.......................24 TX Dallas.......................32
FL Pensacola...................19 North Carolina.................24 Virginia............................33
FL Space Coast................21 Northwest.......................26
FL Tallahassee.................22 Panama...........................27

C ongratulations...... ......................................................................... ........................................ 36
B irths...................... ................................................................................... ............ 4 1
V ital Inform ation.................................................................................. ......................................4 1
W ith D eep Sorrow ..................................................................................... ...........................42
E m ail U pdates...........................................................................................................................48
L letters to the E ditor................................................................................. ............................49
M museum N ew s..........................................................................................................................72
Announcements...................................... ........................................73
A dvertisem ents......................................................................... ......................................76
M em bership A application Form ............................................................... ...................... 79

Cover: 75th Anniversary Issue cover designed by Bill McLaughlin, Society Web
Master, Past President, and Reunion Coordinator.

The Panama Canal Society Office will be closed

December 23, 2006 January 2, 2007.

Feliz Pascuas y Feliz Ano Nuevo.

"1 Can you believe it! The 2006
Reunion was five months ago and the
I k f. holiday season is already upon us
with only a few more shopping days
left before Christmas. Time flies by
when you are busy having fun. The
next thing you know, it will be 2007
and we will begin our 75th anniver-
Bob Rusll sary celebrations.
Since August, your Board has
been very busy preparing for the 2007 Reunion. Reunion
chairpersons have been selected and assigned their respective
duties, several visits have been made by Board members to
our new hotel Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, special room
rates have been negotiated, convention center space needs
have been determined, contracts have been signed, special
events have been planned and the yellow pages have been
finalized. That's a lot of activity in such a short time span.
In addition to preparing for the reunion, the 75th
Anniversary Committee has been very busy planning activi-
ties for 2007 and the Membership Committee has developed
a new recruitment awards program. These committees are
chaired by Margaret McLaughlin and Cheryl Russell; and
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, respectively.
Elaine's Committee has done an excellent job in creating
an awards program that provides incentives for recruitment.
To call attention to the program, the Committee is introduc-
ing a membership mascot, which is a parrot. The parrot was
designed by one of our Society members, Breanne Rupp.
Please be sure to read Elaine's article on page 4 for details of
the program.
Also, in this edition, you will find a suggestion box on

page 3 that was developed by Joan Ohman. The Board
encourages every member to submit suggestions on how we
can improve our Society activities. This is your chance to be
heard so please submit your thoughts and ideas.
Now let's return to the topic of the 2007 Reunion. At this
point, I would like to recognize Bill McLaughlin, Reunion
Coordinator, and Betty LeDoux-Morris, Lodging
Chairperson, for all their efforts behind the scenes in coordi-
nating and working with their counterparts at Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort to ensure a successful 2007 Reunion. Also, a
special thank you goes to Bill for finalizing the yellow pages
in such a short time frame.
Did I say yellow pages? That I did! Since they are offi-
cially published, the race is on to reserve hotel suites. If you
are interested in reserving a suite, I recommend that you send
in your reservation form as soon as possible because suites
are the first rooms to be requested.
I think you will be pleased with Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort. It is an elegant property and has a lot to offer our
membership. For those of you who enjoyed staying at the
Marriott, you are going to be pleasantly surprised with this
This year, the annual luncheon will feature something dif-
ferent. We will be having special entertainment by David
Seitz and Alex Reyes, aka Shorty and Slim. I am sure you
will recall many fond memories of life on the Isthmus as you
listen to their songs and jokes. Muriel Whitman is hosting
the luncheon this year and has selected an excellent menu for
you. Your meal choices are Pan Roasted Chicken or
Marinated Sliced Flank Steak with Mushrooms.
We have a 75th Anniversary theme for the 2007 reunion.
Margaret McLaughlin, Director, and our resident Decoration
Specialist, will have special decorations commemorating this
milestone for the Friday and Saturday night dances. You def-

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"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"-
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787 '
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initely want to be at both dances. Who knows, since it is our
"diamond" anniversary, you might win a diamond or two.
If dancing is your pleasure, you will be happy to know
that Tito Mouynes y Conjunto will be providing the music
for the Friday night dance and Frank Pretto and the Parranda
Band will be the music makers on Saturday night. Of course,
if that is not enough for you, we will have DJ music on Friday
and Saturday night for the night owls.
Speaking of owls, we are introducing a new activity for
our membership this year. Want to guess what it is? You
guessed it. We are going to have an Owl Show. Does that
bring back any memories? Sorry, we won't have french fries
with gravy but we will have popcorn. Your host for this event
will be Chris Wilder, who promises to have a horror show
that will shake you from your head to your toes!
For those of you who are history buffs or who are nostal-
gic for things of the past, be sure to stop by the Panama Canal
Museum and see the 75th anniversary display. The Museum
is working hard on having an exhibit that will highlight some
of our Society's history and the SS Ancon.
As you can see from what I have reported, the 2007
Reunion is a place you want to be. So mark your calendars
and reserve the dates of July 4 through July 8 for a party you
don't want to miss.
Between now and the reunion, we have several things
planned. Carnavalito is making a comeback on February 17
at the Hilton Hotel in Ocala, Fla. The host for this event is
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President. Tom has put together a great
party with a sit-down meal. Our very own Frances Lindh
Morrissey (BHS'62) will be providing the music and I can
assure you that you will be dancing to the beat.
On March 3 we will be having our first-ever membership
meeting in Pensacola, Fla. Since the last Canal Record, we
have had a change in location. The meeting will now be held
at Zea Rotisserie & Grill located at 605 E. Gregory Street,
Pensacola, FL 32502. The hosts for this event are Barbara
(Vose) Kulig and Darla (Vose) Creek. They are very excited
about the restaurant and are anticipating a good turnout.
Details and the reservation form can be found on page 7.
The annual West Coast Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon
Springs will be held on April 14. John Gough is the host and
he promises a great time for all who attend. On May 5 we will
return to Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota for
some good Amish cooking. The hosts for this meeting are
Joan Ohman and Cheryl Russell.
I hope that you will continue to support your Society's
activities in 2007. So far we have had good turnouts at our
general membership meetings and I encourage you to attend
as many as you can. It's your Society and your Board wants
you to enjoy all the planned activities.
In closing, on behalf of your Board of Directors, I want to
wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. Have a safe Holiday Season and I look for-
ward to seeing you in 2007 at one of our 75th Anniversary

Bob Russell, President
Panama Canal Society 2006-2008


Secretary Message

Happy Holidays to all!!! The year
2006 is almost gone and I cannot believe
the Christmas season is already upon us.
For the last few years we have placed
notices in the issue before the December
Canal Record stating that membership
Nancy Van Siclen dues for the next year were due before
December 31st. Well, it seems to be
working and several members (not waiting until the last
minute) are paying their dues in October and November.
Please remember that if you are planning to attend the
2007 Reunion you must pay your 2007 membership dues
BEFORE sending in your Reunion Registration. If you forget
to pay your dues and send in the Reunion paperwork, your
registration and hotel request will be delayed. Also, your
membership dues payment must not be included with your
reunion payments.
The Society office will be closed during the Christmas
holiday season from Saturday, December 23, 2006 through
Tuesday, January 2, 2007. We will reopen for business on
Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
Carol Masino and I wish you and your families a very
peaceful and blessed Christmas season.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359

Editor's Corner

The Area Reporters and I
would like to thank the member-
ship for supporting the Canal '1
Record with their news and great
pictures that have been sent
throughout the year. As Editor, I
feel so blessed to work with such Jacque tCro.ell) \oell
wonderful reporters who give their
precious time to help make each Canal Record a great suc-
cess. I know the membership joins me in thanking each of the
reporters. I want to wish the membership a Happy Holiday
and a Merry Christmas and may the year 2007 be filled with
much joy and laughter.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
Evenings: (386) 676-5149

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What are your ideas for future reunions and general
membership meetings? Tell us how we can expand or
improve on the activities, i.e., dances and music,
luncheon, despedida, mini-reunions, clubhouse, golf
tournament, bingo, on-site ticket sales and registra-

Send your
write us at
Street, Suite

Email to or
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th
334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.

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Hola Everyone!

At our first Executive Board meeting
last August, President Bob Russell
asked me, as the Past President serving
on the Board, to chair a "Committee on
Membership" whose objective is to
increase our overall membership as
well as "recruit" Zonians from
Generation X & Y who have dropped
off our radar. He said that I showed my
passion for membership at the Annual
Business meeting in Orlando when I so
vividly demonstrated the need to con-
Stinuously recruit new and younger
members to keep our Society alive for
another 75 years! As you know, people
are the life of any organization and we
cannot exist successfully without a rock Zonie the parrot says.
solid membership base. Excellence in "Give your family and friends a
membership originates with those of gift membership to the
you who faithfully pay your dues every P a Canal S
year. Some of you even pay two or a a al Soci !
three years in advance! This is true
commitment. Now, we face another challenge and the question is: Are there any of you
out there that believe you can recruit five new members by April 30, 2007? Perhaps ten,
fifteen or twenty new members? By saying "new members", I am implying those friends
and relatives who are eligible for membership, but they allowed their membership to lapse
for several years between class reunions, or maybe they just turned 18 years of age and
became eligible to be a member on their own. In other words, they are not current 2006
members of our Society.
Compadres, this is our challenge to each of you, so put on your "thinking caps" and
conjure up all the people you know and encourage them to join the Society between
December 1, 2006 and April 30, 2007. In your conversations, please tell them that when
they pay their dues for 2007 it is necessary to give your name as the impetus to updating
their membership. If you can garner 5, 10, 15 or 20+ members, you can be a huge win-
ner! You also have the option of buying your friend or family member's membership as
Christmas gifts, birthday presents or whatever you wish as long as they are eligible to join
our Society. The choice is yours...
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Past President

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These are the categories, rules and details:

> Competition will begin December 1st and close April 30th 2007. -
> All new memberships must be paid in full no later than April 30th.
> If there is more than one member with 20 or more "new recruits" to their credit, the
drawing will take place for the "Top Recruiter Award" at the May luncheon in Sarasota, Fla.
S Complimentary Membership will become effective for 2008.
> If the winner of the "Top Membership Recruiter" award is not able to attend the 2007
Reunion, the one-night stay at the hotel can be transferred to another member of their choice.
S If a member is successful at signing up 5 new members: '
Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
Set of 8 Panama Canal Society Coasters
A Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
A Panama Canal Society Tote Bag

If a member is successful at signing up 10 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
Two Complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for 2007 Reunion
A Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
A Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame

If a member is successful at signing up 15 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from Executive Board
Panama Canal Society Ball Cap
One free family membership in the Society for 2008 .,,
Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame
Panama Canal Society tote bag
Two complimentary tickets to the PanaZonian Dance
Two complimentary tickets to the Saturday Night Ball

If the member is successful at signing up 20 new members:
Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board
'- -# A free family membership in the Society for 2008 ,-,
A Panama Canal Society ball cap
A Panama Canal Society License Plate Frame
A Panama Canal Society tote bag
Two complimentary tickets to the PanaZonian Dance
Two complimentary tickets to the Saturday Night Ball
PLUS your name is entered into a drawing for:


s- And you will be able to compete for one free night at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando during the 2007 Reunion!

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FEBRUARY 17, 2007

CARNAVALITO IS BACK! Join us in Ocala, Florida, on February 17, 2007, as we commence
our yearlong celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Society. Everyone is invited
to an evening of fun, food and dancing at the Ocala Hilton. Music will be provided by Frances Lindh
Morrissey (BHS'62) who performed at the Continental Hotel in Panama and played alongside Lucho
in the early years. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 p.m. with a short meeting beginning at
7:00 p.m. and dinner then dancing shortly thereafter.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of rooms available at the Hilton for
this event at the special rate of $94.00 plus tax. When making reservations mention you are with the
Panama Canal Society. You may call the Hilton directly at (352) 854-1400 or (877) 602-4023. The
Hilton is located at 3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala, Florida just off 1-75 and SR-200. Visit their web
site at REMEMBER, rooms are limited so make your reservations
early. (Hotel cutoff date will be January 27, 2007, at our special rate if any rooms are remaining.)

COST: $40.00 per person which includes a sit-down dinner and entertainment (tax and gratuities
included). Dinner is a choice of Prime Rib or Chicken Maison which includes vegetables, a fresh
garden salad, Chef's specialty Dessert of the Day, warm rolls and butter. Tea or Coffee. (Deadline
to send in Carnavalito registration form is January 27. 2007.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call the Carnavalito Chairperson Tom Wilder at (352)
694-2211 (evenings). See page 9 for directions.
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FEBRUARY 17, 2007

Member Name:

Telephone #: __

Please make reservations for $40.00 each.

Names of Guests (Please Print)
1. Circle one choice: Prime Rib or Chicken

2. Circle one choice: Prime Rib or Chicken

3. Circle one choice: Prime Rib or Chicken

4. Circle one choice: Prime Rib or Chicken

STotal enclosed: $

Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

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March 3, 2007

Zea Rotisserie & Grill
605 E. Gregory St.
I Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 433-2159

The Panama Canal Society March Luncheon will
be held on March 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
at Zea Rotisserie & Grill, Pensacola, Fla. The menu,
will consist of Rotisseried Chicken, Braised Provimi 9l
Veal w/Natural Au Jus, Southern Fried Catfish, or
Bronzed Rainbow Trout. All entrees include: roasted i.
potatoes, broccoli, salad w/house dressing, bread and
butter, choice of soft beverage, coffee, dessert, gratu-
ity and tip. The cost is $16.00 per person.
Desserts will be provided by your hosts Barbara
Vose-Kulig and Darla Creek. For any other infor-
mation, call Barb Vose-Kulig at (850) 474-6341.
Deadline for reservations is February 24, 2007. See
page 9 for directions.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill

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Zea Rotisserie & Grill
March 3, 2007

I Member Name:

I Telephone #:

I Please make reservations 1

I Names of Guests (Please Print)

for $16.00 each.

Circle one choice:

1. Chicken Veal Catfish Trout

2. Chicken Veal Catfish Trout

S3. Chicken Veal Catfish Trout

4. Chicken Veal Catfish Trout

Total enclosed: $

Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

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Panama Canal Society, Inc.

APRIL 14, 2007

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic
at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Shelter #9 in
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Anderson Park is located 7/10ths of a mile north of
Klosterman Rd. or 9/10ths of a mile south of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of Highway 19.

Shelter #9 has ample parking space and is close to

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society will
provide plastic plates, utensils, cups, hamburgers, hot-
dogs and buns.
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agen-
da. Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring
afternoon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 with
lunch at 12:00 noon. A short business meeting will be
held after lunch.

For more information contact:
John Gough at (727) 527-2955


Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS),
the current underwriter of the former Mutual of
Omaha Life Insurance Program, has recently
implemented a number of changes that are
designed to improve their ability to handle
business in English and to expedite the process
of issuing new certificates to policyholders,
updating beneficiary designations, and adjudi-
cating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is
currently encouraging policyholders to do their
business directly with the Panama office, but
will gladly continue to accept and handle all
business of those policyholders who choose to
act and process through the Panama Canal
Society office. Beth Brandenburg will contin-
ue to be the Society's point of contact and may
be reached on the last Tuesday afternoon of
the month at the Society's toll free number (1-
866-726-2262) for assistance or to obtain
Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death
Claim forms.

For persons choosing to deal directly with
the CIS office in Panama, the point of contact
is: Mr. Miguel Gordon; and he can be reached
as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

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

Febr 17 CARNAVALITO 0" -
February 17, 2007


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Exit 350 offf 1I75 to SR i|f)
200, then ri ht to 36th Ave Haion Ocalt


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From the North:
Take 1-75 South to exit 350 (SR 200 third
Ocala exit from the north). Turn left under the inter-
state and turn right into the Hilton entrance or
Take US 301 South from I-10 to Ocala.
Follow US 301 to junction with CR 365 (a large inter-
section with traffic lights). Turn left onto 1-75, then go
south, past three exits to exit 350. Turn left under the
interstate and turn right into the Hilton entrance.

From the South:
Take either the Florida Turnpike or 1-75
North towards Ocala. Continue to follow 1-75 North to
exit 350 (SR 200 first Ocala exit from the south). Turn
right off the interstate and turn right again into the
Hilton entrance.

From the East:
If you are using 1-95 from either the north or south, take SR 40 West from Ormond Beach. Follow SR 40
through the Ocala National Forest and the city of Ocala to 1-75. Turn south on 1-75 to exit 350 and follow the south-
bound directions.

From the West:
From the west coast of Florida traveling US 19, take US 27 Alt East at Chiefland. Follow US 27 Alt to 1-75.
Turn south on 1-75 to exit 350 (two exits south) and follow northbound directions.


March 3, 2007
Zea Rotisserie & Grill
605 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32502

From the East Coast of Florida:

Take 1-95 N. Exit onto off-ramp at exit 351B to 1-10
i W. Continue on 1-10 W. Bear right on ramp at exit 12
to I-110 S (SR-8A S). Continue on 1-110 S (SR-8A
t,.f, S). Exit onto off-ramp at exit 1B to Chase St.
Continue onto Chase St. Turn left onto 1 Ith Ave. Turn
Left onto US-98 W (Gregory St).

From the West Coast and Central Florida:

Take 1-75 North to I-10 W. Continue on I-10 W. Bear
S right on ramp at exit 12 to I-110 S (SR-8A S).
Continue on I-110 S (SR-8A S). Exit onto off-ramp at
exit 1B to Chase St. Continue onto Chase St. Turn left
onto 11th Ave. Turn left onto US-98 W (Gregory St).

Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 5, 2007
The Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 5, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. The food is excellent so come on out and join
us. Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real
mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit-down
served meal and reservations are required. Cost for the lunch is $18.00 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May General
Membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 27, 2007. For more information
contact our hostesses: Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916 and Joan Ohman at (813) 672-4823.

4t Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman
North Exit of Sarasota) is located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota,
{ j210 Florida. Telephone: 941-955-8007. Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old
33Ba t 39), Fruitville Road. Go right at the exit and stay on Fruitville
313i sS-.BhaVist.. SL Road until the traffic light at Mclntosh Road, go left (South).
Stay on Mclntosh until the next traffic light. Go right on Bahia
= Vista Street. Right after the railroad tracks the restaurant will
B be on the right (North). The restaurant is located close to the
BRidge Rd. intersection of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road.

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Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Reservation Form
Please Print Clearly

Member Name

Telephone Number Please make reservations at $18.00 each.

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Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society. Inc.
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JUNE 17, 2006

Absent: Treasurer and Legislative Representative.

Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the May 20, 2006, Executive
Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of May 20,
2006, thru June 16, 2006, in the amount of $21,737.45.
Approved 41 new members.
Approved Isaac Hay as California joint reporter.

Reports given:
Ball caps
BHS Plaque
Sport Towels
Teresita Guardia
Plaque for Susan Sandberg
OY Thomas
COPA Sponsorship Update
Reunion Update
2006 2008 Executive Board Nominations Committee
Ticket Sales
Society Items for Sale
Membership Numbers Update
Reunion Material
Hotel Reservations
May 2007 Luncheon
June Canal Record
Photographer for Reunion
Cruise Inc.

AUGUST 19, 2006

Absent: Sergeant-at-Arms

Actions taken:
Approved the minutes of the June 17, 2006, Executive
Board Meeting.
Approved the minutes of the July 19, 2006, Executive
Board Meeting held at the Caribe Royale
Approved the expenditures for the period of June 17,
2006, thru August 17, 2006, in the amount of $40,752.35.
Approved 66 new members.
Approved the $100 donation to the Panama Canal
Museum in memory of Past President, Bill Wheeler.
Approved the transfer of $50,000 from the money mar-
ket account to a 14-month CD at 5.5% with SunTrust.
Approved the purchase of a new computer for the
Approved the motion to rehire the Panama Canal

Society office employees.
Approved the 2006-2008 Recurring Expenses.
Approved special mascot designed by Breanne Rupp. It
is a parrot with a Panama hat and bolsa.
Approved maintenance renewal contract for office copi-
er in the amount of $1,263.63.
Approved the destruction of old files up to 1996.
Approved purchase of office furniture in an amount not
to exceed $1,500.
Established reading file in the office.
Established 75th anniversary committee. The committee
will be co-chaired by Margaret McLaughlin and Cheryl
Russell. Committee members will be Tom Peterson, John
Gough, Skeeter Camby and Jacque Vowell.
Established the Membership committee. The committee
will be chaired by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and the committee
members will be Dan Norman, Tom Spence and Muriel
Established the Long Range Planning Committee. The
committee will be chaired by Tom Wilder and committee
members will be Joan Ohman, Jim Parthenais, Bill
McLaughlin and Jim O'Donnell.

Reports given:
Shingle Creek
David Wright, Photographer
Ocala Picnic
Annual Picnic 2007
Reunion Coordinator Notes 2006 Reunion
Yellow Pages
After-Action Reports
Proposed Committees for 2007 Reunion
Tom Wilder Chairperson, Registration
John Gough Chairperson, Vendors
Bill McLaughlin Reunion Coordinator
Margaret McLaughlin Chairperson, Decorations
and Despedida
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis Chairperson, Despedida
Skeeter Camby Co-Chairperson, Despedida
Dan Norman Signage Placement and Control, Co-
Chairperson Discos
Joan Ohman Chairperson, On-site ticket sales
Tom Spence Co-Chairperson, On-site ticket sales
Jim O'Donnell Bingo
Muriel Whitman Annual Luncheon
Jim Parthenais Class/Mini-Reunions
Nancy Van Siclen Information and Society Affairs
Jacque Vowell Co-Chairperson Discos & Co-
Chairperson, Annual Luncheon
Allison McLaughlin Chairperson, Security
Margot Jordan Chairperson, Golf Tournament
Betty LeDoux-Morris Chairperson, Hotel Lodging
Owl Show
Proposed Floor Plan
Annual Luncheon

Decorations for 2007 Reunion
Decorations for Christmas Luncheon
2006 Annual Reunion Income/Cost Analysis
Fire Inspection Report
Legislative Report
Olive Garden

Thank you notes from Kay LeDoux, Madeleine Deraps,
George Cotton, the OY Thomas family, Ginger Young, Ginny
Rankin, Louis Bauman, and letters from Jan and Lou Andino
and David Smith.

JULY 21, 2006

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 201 mem-
bers in attendance at the 74th Annual General Membership
meeting of the Panama Canal Society and called the meeting
to order at 10:05 a.m.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, gave the invocation followed
by a moment of silence for members who have recently
passed away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms, led the member-
ship in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president introduced each board member, standing
committee members and the office staff.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis recognized the past presidents in
attendance: Anna T. Collins; Peter W. Foster; Muriel
Whitman; Betty LeDoux-Morris; Marjorie J. Foster; James J.
O'Donnell; Margot Jordan; Faith Brundage and William P.
The president also introduced the area reporters in atten-
dance: Barbara Vose-Kulig and Patt Foster Robinson. Elaine
asked the membership to please contact their area reporters
with any news they would like printed in the Canal Record.
Bill McLaughlin, Past President, introduced Susan
Sandberg, Director of Catering and Convention Services;
James Anderson, Banquet Manager; Rob Frigle, Audio
Visual; Jimmy Galarza, Set-up Manager and Todd Scott,
Group Housing Supervisor. Each was presented with a plaque
from the Society and the membership thanked them for their
support and help for the past three years at the Caribe Royale.
Bill McLaughlin, Past President, introduced Doug
Thomas, Southeast Sales Manager for Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, who welcomed the membership to Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort for 2007. A slide presentation of the Rosen
Shingle Creek property was shown to the membership.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, read the minutes of the gen-
eral membership meeting held at Troyer's Dutch Restaurant
in Sarasota, Florida on May 6, 2006. Dan Norman made a
motion to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Dale
Clarke. Motion passed.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis informed the membership the
Society has prospered for decades and continues to move for-
ward. We need to plan for future success with the continued
help of the membership. One way for the membership to

show support is to be a volunteer. She said each of us has a
major stake in the Society and every volunteer makes a con-
tribution that is unique to that individual.
In addition to planning our "primo" annual reunions,
another facet to serving on the Executive Board is to show
leadership, generate new programs, ideas and to keep the
members interested, motivated, involved and informed.
Elaine explained that the membership will obviously begin to
decline due to the fact that there will be no future generations
that evolve from the CZ or Panama because of the Panama
Canal Treaties of 1979. She recommended one way to reme-
dy this decline would be for parents and grandparents to give
Society memberships as gifts to their children and grandchil-
dren. The president also reminded the membership that the
Panama Canal Society is a non-profit organization and our
only real source of revenue is generated via our membership
Elaine conducted a quick experiment to visually illustrate
her point. She asked all members to stand. Then, she asked
for all members born before 1945 to sit down. Then, she
asked members born between 1946-1960 to sit down. Lastly,
she asked members who were born after 1960 to remain
standing. There were four people left standing and their year
of birth was only one or two years after 1960. Elaine
explained the future of the Society depends on the younger
generation getting involved by volunteering and encouraging
them to keep their membership current even in the years that
they do not plan on attending the reunion for their class
Margaret McLaughlin, Treasurer, highlighted the June
Financial Statement, which stands for Audit. Margaret then
introduced Randy Drake CPA to the Panama Canal Society
Randy Drake reported the Society keeps track of finances
on a calendar year basis. Randy advised the membership if
they have any questions about the detail of the costs they can
call the office and Nancy will provide the information.
Randy explained to the membership that he wanted to
focus on the paramount fact that the Society, as a not-for-
profit organization, requires good leadership with vision and
On accountability, as an objective outsider, he said our
board is providing excellent accountability in their leadership
and in the financial realm. The day-to-day operations are
being handled in a competent manner and the record keeping
is impeccable.
On vision, Randy stated that it is a difficult task and a real
challenge because our Society Board is a volunteer board and
has rotating leadership. He further added that Elaine's com-
ments set the stage and created the awareness for what the
Society needs to address over the next several years because
it is directly related to providing quality services in spite of a
slowly declining membership base.
Randy stated membership is at a low level of 3,400 for
2006 and mentioned the Society peaked in 1998 at 4,100,
which is a drop of approximately 700 members over the last
eight years. As a direct consequence, the Society funds have
also dropped $20,000 in the past five years due to a variety of
reasons, some of which are related to a declining member-
ship, but also because the returns on the investments that the

Society holds have diminished. He said the Executive Board
needs to determine what course to chart for the next few years
and needs to decide what is a good reserve dollar amount for
the Society to have on hand. He said if the expenses reach this
predetermined level, the board should not go any further into
the reserve and will have to start looking at raising dues or
reducing event costs at that point in time.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative, highlighted
the July Legislative Report for the members.
Bob Russell, 2nd Vice President, informed the member-
ship as of this morning 2,520 attendees have registered; 1,020
Panazonian Dance Tickets, 1,045 Ball Tickets and 500 Disco
Tickets have been sold. Bob thanked Bill McLaughlin,
Reunion Coordinator, the committee chairpersons and the
volunteers for all their hard work.
Margot Jordan, Golf Chairperson, reported on the 26th
Annual Golf Tournament. Tom Carroll, winner of the medal
play, shot 70. Unfortunately, this is the first year there wasn't
a women's flight. Gordon and Carol Sanders won the two-
man scramble. Margot also informed the membership the
new golf plaque is dedicated to the memory of Jane
Bob Russell thanked Jan and Lou Andino, Chairpersons
of the Annual Luncheon, and informed the membership a few
luncheon tickets were still available for purchase.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee Chairperson, reported
that she had sent out many get-well cards during the year. She
asked the attendees to please notify the Society Office when
they become aware of members who is ill so that she can send
them a card from the membership.
Joe Wood, President of the Panama Canal Museum,
reported that the museum financial are breaking even and
they are looking for a 2,000 person membership on an annu-
al basis. He also extended an invitation to the membership to
view the Museum's Military Exhibit
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis invited Jan and Lou Andino to the
podium where she presented a plaque for Honorary
Membership in the Panama Canal Society for their 25 years
of continuous volunteer service as chairpersons for the
Annual Luncheon.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis thanked the executive board, office
staff and the membership for their continued support, dedica-
tion and loyalty to the preservation of the Society for the past
two years.
Bill McLaughlin, Nominating Committee Chairperson
with committee members Margot Jordan, Faith Brundage,
Steve Nehring and Roberta Evans counted 241 ballots includ-
ing 6 invalid ballots. The results of the voting are as follows

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President

Bob Russell
Tom Wilder
John Gough
Skeeter Camby
Margaret McLaughlin
Dan Norman

235 votes
235 votes
235 votes
225 votes
230 votes
231 votes

Hubert Jordan moved the ballots be destroyed; seconded
by Ed Ohman. Ballots will be destroyed. New officers were
sworn in.
Prizes donated by vendors and members were presented

throughout the meeting. The following grand prizes were
awarded and won by the following members:
Billie Hultin won one of the grand prizes which was a trip
to Panama donated by Bern Hotels. Audrey Bowman and Ann
O'Neal won two different packages of hotel and airline tick-
ets donated by Condor Outfitters. Bitsy Atkinson won the two
airline tickets donated by COPA Airlines.
Hubert Jordan made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
11:55 a.m.; seconded by Dan Norman. Motion passed.


S .4 On Friday, September 15th, the Labor
Jim O'Donnell Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics
( reported the con-
sumer price index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical
Workers, the CPI-W, for August is 199.6, up 0.2 percent from
the July index of 199.2. For purposes of calculating the next
COLA (cost of living adjustment), the July/August average
index (199.4) is 3.5 percent higher than the third quarter aver-
age base index in 2005 (192.7). (The BLS web site provides
answers to frequently asked questions at
Former federal employees now receiving monthly bene-
fits under provisions of the Federal Employees Compensation
Act (FECA) receive a COLA based on the change in the CPI-
W during each calendar year. The August index, (199.6), is
3.7 percent higher that the December 2005 index of 192.5.
Amid intense media coverage, September consumer price
indices will be released at 8:30 AM EDT, Wednesday,
October 18th. The September index will be averaged with
the two prior months then compared to the previous third
quarter average. The COLA Update is posted at:

Legislative priorities, enactment of Premium Conversion
(H.R. 994 and S. 484) and Repeal of GPO and WEP (H.R.
147 and S. 619) are still attracting new cosponsors
(h ttp : / t h o mas loc go v / c gi -
bin/bdquery/z?dl09:HR00994:@@@N) due to NARFE
member action. Both priorities are open to still more cospon-
sors, especially the dwindling number of lapsed cosponsors.
NARFE continues to make a toll-free number available for
members to reach the Capitol switchboard. The number is 1-
866-220-0044. Callers can ask for their Representative or
Senators by name.
Labor Unions are delighted with the overall average
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) pre-
mium increase of 1.8 percent for 2007. However, it is noted
that employee, retiree and survivor out-of-pocket costs could
have been further contained had the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) applied for a subsidy available to all
employers, including the federal government, under the law

that created the Medicare prescription drug program.
"NARFE is pleased that OPM has used our large group
negotiation leverage and higher than expected reserves to
achieve the lowest premium increase in 11 years. With infla-
tion well over three percent, these lower rates will be a shot
in the arm for the federal community, particularly for retirees
and survivors living on fixed incomes," NARFE said. "But,
the rate hike could have been even lower, or coverage could
have been enhanced, had OPM applied for the Medicare
employer subsidy that pays employers to retain their retiree
drug coverage. OPM has left more than $2 billion on the table
by forgoing this payment for the last two years." During the
upcoming "Open Season," November 13, 2006 through
December 11, 2006, OPM will mail CSRS and FERS annui-
tants detailed information about costs and benefits in FEHBP
and about the brand-new Dental and Vision plans.
Availability of dental and vision plans, along with their pre-
miums and benefits will vary, are not dependent upon enroll-
ment in the FEHBP, and unlike the health insurance plans,
enrollees will pay the full cost of any elected option. In the
near future, the NARFE Home Page will provide links to
Open Season information. OPM provides rates in the nation-
wide plans or a state by state list on the OPM web site at The gateway to OPM infor-
mation on Dental and Vision information is
In a closely related health care cost issue reported last
week, Medicare premiums for 2007 will rise 5.6 percent, or
$5.00, to $93.50 per month. 2007 will be the first year of
"income-related" premiums, opposed by NARFE, requiring
an estimated 1.5 million wealthier enrollees to pay monthly
Part B premiums between $106 and $162, depending on
income. More on this controversial new means-tested premi-
um will appear in the November issue of NARFE.
As announced by NARFE, a late-stage discharge petition
on H.R. 147, repeal of the Government Pension Offset and
Windfall Elimination Provision has been filed. On September
21, Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett became the first signer of
Discharge Petition #15 URL:
With Congress scheduled to recess September 29th or 30th,
until after the November 7 elections, chances for discharging
H.R. 147 from the Ways and Means Committee are slim, at
best. A nearly identical discharge languished almost a year in
2004 and never achieved the requisite 218 signatures. (URL:
Labor's legislative priorities, enactment of Premium
Conversion (H.R. 994 and S. 484) and Repeal of GPO and
WEP (H.R. 147 and S. 619) are still attracting new cospon-
sors due to NARFE member action. Both priorities are open
to still more cosponsors, especially the dwindling number of
lapsed cosponsors. (For lapsed on Repeal go to
m?ID=633. For a list of the lapsed on Premium Conversion

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

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December 23, 2006
January 2, 2007.


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AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Lynnette "Leni" Stokes Cansler
GA June A. Stevenson

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LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
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Panama Anna Opel
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SC George Garcia
TN Lester Oliver
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl

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Deadline for the MARCH 2007 Canal Record is January 5, 2007.


Fall is in the air, weather is turn-
ing cooler and the trees are starting
to change colors. It feels like winter
will be on the way soon. I haven't
heard from any of our members
Betty M. Dunning from Northwest Arkansas and wish
I had more news to report.
Harold and Jerry Harp have moved from Bentonville to
Rogers, Ark. They sold their home of many years. They did-
n't want to move but a high school and their stadium moved
in surrounding their home with lots of activities, including
Friday night football games. You know how much noise that
would be and lights from the stadium. Moving is always hor-
rendous and they are glad it's over with.
Camille and Doug Gibbs write that they went to the
Reunion in Orlando and had a great time. Their email with
info on who they saw, etc., was very interesting, especially to
those who couldn't make the Reunion. So I have included it
"The 2006 Panama Canal Reunion is history. The theme
for the Museum this year was the military and the Canal
Zone's contribution. They had a whole wall with the names
of all past Canal Zone residents who had served in any branch
of the military. Included was the branch of service and serv-
ice dates. Doug's name was there, as well as my deceased
brother-in-law, Bob (Charles) Gibson. We had a great time,
as usual, seeing everyone.
"These are some of the people we saw and chatted with:
Kenny Anderson (recently retired), Joe Brown, Sandy
Wallace, Bobby and Carol Hummer, Billy and Carol
Arnold, Luke and Jimmy Palumbo, Fran and Bob
Morrissey, Syd and Ron Corbett (selling Union Church cal-
endars), Gary and Cissy Collins (working at the Museum
table), Bob Barnes, Jeanie Shoemaker, Al Sprague, Jinjer
Jeffries, Louis French, Louis and Robyn Husted, Al
Lombana, Kathy Egolf, Ed and Joan Ohman.

"John Gary Riley and wife Paula, Tula Brown, Ann
Richardson, John and Linda Eberenz, Llori Gibson,
Bobby and Jackie Fearon, Bruce Bateman, Art Mokray,
Mike Weade, Gladys Saarinen, Bob and June Lane, Bev
and Joe Wood, Billy LeBrun and son Andrew, and Doug's
sons, Paul Jr. and Warren.
"Jimmy Slice, Elizabeth Grimison Fahy (hubby Bill
Fahy is working for Homeland Security in El Paso, Texas),
Linda Dahlstrom, Dianne Lazalotte and Tommy Duncan,
Dave Bishop, Steven Helin, Henry Twohy, Randy and
Joella Deakins, Debbie and Ed Sykes (vendors selling mola
trays, etc.), Cheryl Lowery, Richard and Gelana Bailey,
Fred Bales (I didn't see Melanie but people said she was
there), Rev. Wilbur (Gamboa Baptist Church), Elaine
Gregg, and Elaine Lewis."
Makes me wish that I could have been there.

Betty M. Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612

We had lots of visitors this sum-
mer. Our first visitor was my sister
Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery and
husband Mark. We had a wonder-
ful visit with them. During their
visit, our cousin Lisa (Hunt)
Johnson came to visit. After visit-
0ing us, Cheryl and Mark attended
Lynn (Dunning)Harp Cheryl's class reunion cruise and
S( H then the Reunion. They returned
home on the Queen Mary!!
At the end of the summer we had two households of visi-
tors. Carol (Flenniken) Schwenke, Tracy (Wolf) Dickey
and daughter Margaret, Montgomery (Wolf) Hardy and
six-month twins Beck and Robin. We had a great time help-
ing Montgomery with the twins!! We hit a few tourist attrac-

tions while they were here, a drive-through Safari and we
drove to Missouri to visit the home of George Washington

Robin Hardy, Samantha Harp, Beck Hardy
Robin Hardy, Samantha Harp, Beck Hardy

If you have any news you would like to share, please e-
mail your news to my new email address: harp.l@sbcglob-

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
(479) 271-8055
email: harp.


ports of Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; San Blas
Islands; Cristobal/Colon; Panama City; Puerto Limon, Costa
Rica and Roatan Island, Honduras. After touring Jamaica,
they sailed on to Cartagena. The ocean was as smooth as
glass and they toured the city visiting points of interest and
shops. Cartagena was surprisingly quite clean. Janet had her
photo taken with Miss Cartagena and with ladies in colorful
dresses with large bowls of fresh fruit on their heads.
The San Bias Islands were great--native children diving
for coins; Kuna Indians in canoes with the women in their
colorful native mola dress. They went on shore and experi-
enced beautiful beaches and a large array of molas for sale
strung up on clotheslines. The Indians were all in a festive
mood and when the travelers were ready to leave for the ship,
some of the women clung to the launches hoping they would
take photos of them for money. Next port was Colon, dock-
ing in Old Cristobal--it was within walking distance from
where Janet and her family used to live--over the Standard
Fruit & Steamship Co. building--next door to the Cristobal
Clubhouse (which is now a bank). The Police Station across
the street was in need of repair and a paint job with mildew
all over. They took a four-hour taxi tour to the beautiful
Washington Hotel (I remember the days living right across
the street) and took pictures. From there they visited St.
Mary's Academy--going inside reminded them of when they
attended school there and all the teachers were nuns. The
building and grounds have not changed but the inside was
modernized with a computer room. They were disappointed
with the City of Colon--as a whole, it looked awful! Bolivar
Ave., where schools used to march in parades, was shocking.
On Front Street, buildings were in need of painting, some
were falling down and garbage was thrown around between
them--it was such a sad sight to see! On the drive towards
Gatun Locks they passed a gated community with beautiful
modern homes. At the Locks they watched a ship go through
and on the way back passed through Margarita--no changes
there! They didn't take the Panama Railway and City Tour
(seven hours long and too expensive). They were in for a
pleasant surprise when the ship docked in Panama City--the
immense terminal was set up like a little town with shops,
vendors and a Panamanian Folkloric Dance Group perform-


Our Pensacola world traveler Janet tl
(Martin) Slaughter has been gala-
vanting again and this time to some
very familiar places to all of us! This
summer Janet and her sister Yvonne e
(Martin) Stegman took an 11-day Barbara Vose-Kulig
Western Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Lirica, visiting

Janet (Martin) Slaughter and Yvonne (Martin) Stegman,
Washington Hotel.

- U /
Back Jon and J Dedeaux. Fro ,n L-R) D LaPoria, Keith
Kulig, Orrin Clement, and Louie Dedeaux.

In Puerto Limon, Costa Rica they strolled around town,
shopped, drank fresh coconut milk and ate the coconut meat
afterwards. Honduras was only a short stopover where they
only had time to pick up a few souvenirs. That same day they
sailed back to Fort Lauderdale and then back home to
Pensacola. Janet said it was a wonderful trip and they can't
wait to go again.
On August 20th, Deb and Jon Dedeaux gave Barb
(Egolf) Dedeaux a birthday party at their home in Pace. We
all had a wonderful time. Deb put out a fabulous spread of
food, which included ceviche, fried chicken and mimosas. I
made Barb's cake and some "death by chocolate" petite
fours--always my specialty. Barb received some really nice
gifts and I think she was totally in awe of the whole party!
Those who attended were Jon, Deb and J Dedeaux; Louie
Dedeaux (Barb's husband); Leslie, Jenny and Aislynn
Gillespie; D, Terry and Samantha LaPorta; Orrin and
Carol Clement and Keith and I. It's always so great getting
together with all our Zonian friends.

IL-Kr lerr3 LaPorta \\ih daughter Samantha, Leslie
Gillespie with daughters Jenny and Aislynn, Deb Dedeaux,
Birthday Gal Barb Dedeaux, Barb Vose-Kulig and Carol

Louie, Jon and J Dedeaux

In September Sue (Gabriel) Compton traveled to
Pensacola from Orofino, Idaho, and her sister Jane (Gabriel)
Huff drove from Merritt Island to visit their parents, Phil and
Betty Gabriel, who were celebrating their 60th wedding
anniversary. Throughout their visit Phil and Betty immensely
enjoyed spending time with their children, Sue, Jane, Tom
and Barbara Gabriel, and grandchildren, Cassie Compton;
Phillip, Elizabeth and Christine Gabriel. While everyone
was here in Pensacola, they invited Louie and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux to a backyard barbecue for a wonderful
evening of reminiscing and fun.
All five of our grandchildren celebrated their birthdays
from July-September. Jonathan (7) and Shane (18) in July
(Pensacola); Bobby (5) and Isabella (2) in August
(Pensacola) and Crystal (2) in September (Houston). It has
really been an expensive summer for the grandparents, but so
enjoyable. Crystal and Isabella are talking and looking petite
and beautiful; Jonathan is in 1st grade; Bobby is in
Kindergarten and Shane just graduated from high school and
will start PJC in the fall. Grandchildren are what make every-
thing worthwhile and sure do keep us young.
Pensacola is really looking forward to hosting the PC
Society's General Business Meeting on Saturday, March 3,
2007. We hope everyone, who can, will take this opportunity
to visit Pensacola on the Emerald Coast (as we are now
called) and enjoy our great city with lots of southern hospi-

tality. My daughter Darla and I will be the hostesses and we
are really looking forward to it. It will be held at the new Zea
Rotisserie & Grill (here about a year)--a wonderful eating
We're still considering having a mini-reunion next year--
right now we're looking for a good location. Not sure of the
date but as soon as we find a location, then we'll decide when
to have it. It definitely will be sometime in May or June.
If anyone has any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta Luego.

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

Space Coast

The Space Coast residents are all -
enjoying a very quiet hurricane sea-, I am sure, are the residents
of the gulf coast area and the
Carolinas. We are also enjoying a lit- Kathie MConaughey
tle cooler weather, and are all looking
forward to turning off our A/Cs and opening our windows for
Don Humphrey and his family went through a very emo-
tional time in September. On the 22nd, Gladys Bliss
Humphrey (Don's Mom) celebrated her 92nd birthday with
Don, his daughters, Dellrie Humphrey and Danna
Moorhead. They shared her many cards and she beamed her
special smile with sparkling eyes as they sang and visited
with her. The weekend before her birthday she was visited by
her daughter and granddaughter, Donna (Humphrey) Mann
and Debbie Mann, from Sarasota. The same weekend
Gladys' sister-in-law, Emily Jackson Bliss (widow of Curtis
Bliss), came down from Rockledge and they all enjoyed a
delicious dinner fixed by Don's wife Joyce at Don and
Joyce's house in Malabar. Also, that weekend they celebrated
Don's 65th birthday with Don's famous barbeque and about
20 friends and family.
Right after the celebration Don left for Alabama to attend
the wedding of Leon Potter's granddaughter. Some of you
might remember Leon--he was a sailor stationed aboard the
Thrush when it was berthed at Coco Solo in the early 60s.
While still on the road to Alabama, Don received a phone call
to return home. He got home just in time to spend a few min-
utes with Gladys before she peacefully passed away, with
Don and his daughter holding her hands. Jimmy Palumbo
joined Don that afternoon remembering the great lives that
their parents had provided for them. Jimmy's dad, The Coach,
had passed away three weeks before at the age of 94.
Earl and Nancy McMillan had a party recently at their
home in Cape Canaveral, celebrating Earl's entrance into the
wonderful world of Medicare. Happy Birthday to Earl and he
has lots of company!!

Bck IL-RI Roger Dean, C'a Skousgard, Joella Deakins,
Fran and Bob Morrissey. Front (L-R): Nancy Dean, Nancy
McMillan, Earl McMillan, and Randy Deakins.

A few of us were extremely glad to be able to participate
in this year's Light the Night walk in Cocoa Village to raise
money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's
walk was in honor of Jim Giles. Jim and his wife Terry
(Sprague) Giles live in Titusville and Jim was diagnosed
with leukemia last year. After a long, hard fight, Jim is now
in remission and doing great. It was a very moving and beau-
tiful evening and we were all thrilled to see Jim looking so
well. We tried, in vain, to get a photo that included Terry, but
she was busy with other activities at the we
"settled" for a photo with Jim.

Back (L-R): Bob McConaughey, Janet Watkins, Kathie
McConaughey, Fran Meyer, Valerie Dempsey, Peggy and
Dennis Huff. Front (L-R): Louise Hunt, Donita
McConaughey, Nikki Meyer, Jim Giles, Dawn Watkins,
Leanne Watkins, Richard Lemon and Natalie
McClenahan holding Kendall.

In August, Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff and the
Grimison family (Richard, Diana, Carly, Tommy,

Samantha, and Megan) went on a four-day cruise to the
Bahamas aboard the Disney Wonder. Richard is a Port
Canaveral pilot and took the ship to sea from the port. While
in Nassau they went to the Atlantis Hotel and toured the huge
aquarium there. Day two ashore was at Castaway Cay, the
cruise line's private island, where Richard took Carly,
Tommy and Samantha on their first snorkeling adventure.
Grama, Grampa, and Diana enjoyed pina coladas on the
beach while Megan made princess sand castles. The younger
ones participated in onboard activities, including an onstage
production with all the cruise kids. The entire family says that
everything about the cruise was outstanding, including the
two Disney stage productions--top-notch entertainment and
service all around.

Richard and Diane Grimison, Dennis and Peggy Huff with
Carly, Megan, Samantha, and Tommy.

The "middle" generation of the Watkins and Arias fami-
lies enjoyed their third annual get-together in Dothan, Ala.
Partygoers were: Leann Watkins (BHS'91), Richard
Lemon, Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins (BHS'94), Natalie
(Watkins) McClenahan (BHS'93), Donovan Arias
(BHS'94) and his wife Mary, Trey and Brandy (Pollard)
Arias (BHS'90), Kelly Hunt, and Quint Underwood
(BHS'93). The youngest generation also had a great time. As
if four little girls in front of a camera weren't enough, add
bubbles and boas to showcase their true inner "Diva" person-
alities. They also had a great time playing "who's the boss".

Cousins Payton Arias, Kendall McClenahan, Aniston and
Graycen Arias.

Want to give everyone a "heads-up" about two great char-
ity events we are planning in this area. We have signed up a
team for the American Cancer Society Merritt Island Relay
for Life on March 17, 2007. Nikki Meyer is Captain of our
team: Panama Amigos Lending Support (PALS). We hope
that many of you will join us. I will be sending more info out
to everyone on my e-mail list but you can also call me any-
Peggy Huff is already at work on our 2nd Annual Space
Coast Panazonians and Supporters of the Panama Canal
Museum Bunco Game...(what a mouthful!!). Peggy has
checked the Society and Museum calendars and has come up
with a date that should not conflict with any of their sched-
uled activities. Each of last year's teams is encouraged to
recruit new Space Coast bunco players (both male and
female). Entering an entire team is not necessary, just let us
know you are interested and we'll save you a seat. We already
have folks from as far away as Virginia asking about the
event. New players may contact me at phone and e-mail
We would really love to have a great turnout for both of
these functions.

Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281
email: czmac321


This has been a very busy and
interesting time to be in
Tallahassee. Lots of folks coming
and going, but there hasn't been ..
very much information flowing r
this I'm unable to report
on many of their travels.
But...never fear, I was able to get
a few, so here goes.
On August 3rd, Bev and I went Skip Ro" le)
to Destin for one of our annual time-share vacations. While
there, we visited with our good friends Lane and Georgia
Thompson on a few different occasions while we shopped or
had dinner at some of the good seafood restaurants in the
area. We even took some time out to actually put on the sun-
screen and go down and sit as well as take some strolls up and
down the beach. If you haven't walked on a beach lately, it
really hits you just how much you can miss the warmth of the
sand and the sea breeze blowing in your face. It's so relaxing.
It makes you realize why you spent all the money to buy the
time-share in the first place. Every year during Labor Day
Week (while we are there), there is a speedboat race called the
"Poker Run", which brings all sizes of cigarette-type boats,
both mono and catamaran hulls, from all over the States just
to race. When I used to have my Jet Ski, I would pick out a

smaller boat and race alongside it up to 61 mph, which was
my top speed. The larger boats would walk away from me in
a New York minute. This year, I did something different. I
met a friend at the airport, who was cleaning his Cessna
Super Skylane plane up, and after a brief conversation about
the boat race we both said yes at the same time, so off we
went flying low down the Intercoastal Waterway, where we
raced a few larger boats over a several mile run and won!!

September 28th found Susanne Mitten flying out to Hot
Springs, Ark. for a visit with her BHS classmate, Tina
Koenig Golden. Sue and Tina had not seen each other for
forty-two years as they had gone in different directions after
high school, and had rekindled their friendship just three
years ago. Enjoyable moments were shared by both.

Lane Thompson, Skip and Bev Rowley, Georgia
Thompson, Destin, Fla.

On September 2nd, Lorrie Husum Allen's family sur-
prised her with a lovely 50th birthday celebration (see
As you all might guess, I'm still active with barbershop
singing. Choral competition between choruses and quartets is
a big part of the game. So on September 15th, many of our
chapter members headed out to Camp Timpoochee over in
the Niceville area of Florida, which is a 4-H camp right on the
Choctawhatchee Bay. The reason was for our annual multi-
chapter competition between the Mobile, Pensacola, Ft.
Walton Beach, Panama City, and Tallahassee chapters and
quartets. I'm proud to say that the Capital Chordsmen of
Tallahassee took another first place in the Chorus competi-
tion, and retired the plaque. My new quartet "Fourtune" came
in a very close third, behind another Tallahassee quartet.
Being a new quartet, I was also proud of my three other guys,
Robbie Brunger (lead), Richard DeZego (bass), and Sean
C. Stork (baritone). Timpoochee weekend is always one to
look forward to. It's a full weekend of singing and getting
together with a bunch of guys from other chapters whom you
have known and sung with many times before in various
locations around the state of Florida. The new friendships that
I've made over the many years of barbershop singing is just
as unique as the friendships that we all made in the Canal

Skip Rowley, Robbie Brunger,
Stork, Camp Timpoochee, Fla.

Sue Mitten and Tina Koenig,

Hot Springs, Ark.

In keeping with the party life Zoraida Larrabee held a
49th birthday party for her husband Doug Larrabee at their
home. The birthday boy received a new bar for his new patio
room. Doug was the chief bartender while everybody gath-
ered around the TV in the new patio room to watch the
Florida Gator game.


The gang at Doug Larrabee's 49th birthday party

Mark Heddaeus, Ed Mcllvaine, Woody and Armenia
Chase, and BIRTHDAY BOY Doug Larrabee.

By the time you read this article Henry and Sunny
Mizrachi will have already held their annual Halloween
Party, which is a full-blown costume party with all the scary
stuff that goes along with it. Though many of us help deco-
rate and chip in to get various decorations, Henry decorates
his gazebo more for Halloween than most people do for
Christmas. It's quite a gathering of spooks and vampires, etc.
There are all sorts of sounds and moving things to help make
the atmosphere a festive one. Heaven help any little kids that
come around looking for a treat.
Remember--I need information from all of you if you
want to continue to hear about your friends and their goings
on. Please write or call me with anything you have. Photos
are great too. So until next time, I hope you and yours have a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: SRowley26 @

DECEMBER 31, 2006.


Received a couple of emails from Jean Wade of Gautier,
Miss. recently. She states that she is sorry they have been so
busy they haven't reported any news. After nine months of
work to get their house back after Katrina, she and Lee (her
husband) took a well-deserved vacation.
They visited Shreveport, La., where they enjoyed festivi-
ties around the Riverwalk; Ft. Worth, Texas; the National
Memorial in Oklahoma City, beautifully done but a heart-
breaker. Then on to Branson, Mo., where they enjoyed sever-
al shows. Then to Memphis to visit Graceland and other
She says things are coming back on the beautiful
Mississippi Gulf Coast; but, so many of the beautiful old
antebellum homes are gone. Many of the casinos are open
and understand are very busy. In September, Jean toured
Chicago with a group of friends through the MGCCC.
They walked on the Magnificent Mile; had a narrated
driving tour of the city and Lake Michigan. Also drove by
Oprah's studio but couldn't get tickets. Took a Chicago River
cruise and toured a 19th century church with stained glass
windows designed by Renwick. Also, took in a view of the
city from the top of the John Hancock Building, the Chicago
Board of Trade, Oak Park and the largest collection of Frank
Lloyd Wright architecture. Visited the Chicago Institute of
Art (3,300-year-old artifacts from tomb of King Tut);
Marshall Field's for lunch; and toured a cheesecake factory.
There are so many beautiful parks all over the city. In addi-


tion, they also managed to squeeze in two Broadway plays. It
was a great trip, Jean says.
Everyone have a wonderful Holiday Season and remem-
ber that I look forward to getting news from Mississippi
members. I hope that I will have more news for the next issue
of the Canal Record.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761



Greetings again from North
Carolina. Fall and the month of
October certainly sneaked up on
me in a hurry. It seems like I just Pat Hunt
sent in the last article. We've had a
few happenings to report on for this issue.
My sister Vicki Howe, her granddaughter Kaitlyn
Runion, and I drove over to Asheboro, N.C., in August to see
a performance of Beauty and the Beast by the community
theater. My daughter Lisa Johnson has been the piano
accompanist for the theater group for the past 19 years. The
play was excellent and, needless to say, so was the accompa-
niment--if I do say so myself. Lisa teaches K through 8th
music in two elementary schools. Later that month Vicki
picked up Marsha Sutherland McNamara in Greenville,
S.C., and the two of them drove to Charleston for the big 60th
birthday bash for the BHS class of 1964. Marsha and her hus-
band Bob live in Boston and spent most of the summer vaca-
tion on their much-loved boat off THE Cape. They have two
grown daughters and two grandchildren. This was the first
time in many, many years that Vic and Marsha have been able
to be together.
Our annual picnic was held at Jackson Park on August 24,
along with about 1000 high school runners (at the park, not
the picnic!). We had a good turnout and a great time was had
by all. I use the term "we" loosely as I, for the first time since
I've lived here, forgot about the picnic. And for the first time
since I've been here, my former boss, Dr. Richard Cheville
and his wife Lila, were at the picnic. I was so disappointed to
miss them as was Kay Rodgers, who also worked in
Occupational Health. This was one of the few picnics she and
Bob had missed. Many of the usual crowd were present
including president Ron Angermuller, Malcolm and Jean
Stone, Dick and Lynn Cunningham, Nicki and Ty
Erickson, Jim and Diane Bradley, Ruth Tillman, Pat and
Ron Nessler, and Anne and Al Johnson. Also attending were
George Garcia, the South Carolina reporter, and, for the first
time, Jim and Gloria Brendenkamp from Anderson, S.C.
Jim worked for the telephone subsidiary of AT&T and lived
in Gatun.

Jean Stone,


Gloria and Jim Brendenkamp

Al and Anne Johnson

Dick Cunningham, Malcolm and

Ruth Tillman, Norma and Sam Irvin at table, and Dr.
Cheville in background.

Willy and Wilma Nowotny left at the end of August for
a trip to Australia and New Zealand and had a wonderful
time. They just got back so I will have to wait for the next
issue to write about their trip. Shortly before they left I had
them over for dinner along with my sister Vicki and Jim and
Diane Bradley. Two days after the dinner Jim had a heart
attack. Diane assured me it had nothing to do with the dinner,
although I took a lot of ribbing about it. Jim had a stent insert-
ed and is doing very well. He is walking daily and attending
a rehab program.

George Garcia, Diane and Jim Bradley, Patt Nessler, Nicki
Erickson and Ron Angermuller.

My daughters, Lisa and Laurie, drove to Reston, Va. in
late September to attend a bridal shower for Julie Gurnee,
John's fiance. I was unable to attend due to prior commit-
ments but they had a great time. In early October we all
attended a bridal shower in honor of Jennifer Watkins, who
will be married in January. Jennifer is my granddaughter and
the daughter of Teresa Rhodes and Fred Watkins.
I had a visit from Father Francis Lynch in September. He
was on his way back from visiting his family in Philadelphia.
He also visited with Jim and Joan Ball in Maryland. They
were stationed in Panama and attended Sacred Heart and their
daughters were in my children's choir. We had a good visit--

all too short but it was so good to see him. He is still stationed
in Tallassee, Ala. Father Jack Kane is nearby in Opelika and
is now the "boss" in that area. Fr. Lynch was his boss in
Panama! Of course, they both take orders from an ever high-
er jefe!!
I made a two-day bus trip to Renfro Valley and Berea,
Ky., in September and enjoyed two shows in the "Country
Music Capital of Kentucky", as Renfro Valley is known.
Berea is famous for its college where students work for their
tuition, doing farm work, pottery making, weaving and a host
of other activities. The shops in the area are filled with won-
derful crafts.
My daughter, Laurie Trinca, had a call from her sister-in-
law who has never been to Panama. She lives in Texas and
was in a town near her home when she saw a young man
wearing a Panama Canal Pilot tee shirt. She told him she
knew people from Panama and called Laurie on her cell
phone. Turns out the man was Robert Williams, who lived in
Diablo in one of the wooden cottages, and he remembered my
son John, Mark Baker, Bobby Cotton and Bryan Gordon.
He is their age but did not graduate in Panama. He has two
sisters, Lisa and Karen, and they apparently did graduate
from BHS. Our PC Society is so famous even "outsiders"
know who we are. Talk about a small world.
Well, I think that's about all the news for this time. I will
be going to the DC area for my son's wedding and hopefully
will have photos and news for next time. Keep your happen-
ings coming to me, all you North Carolinians. I can't do this
column without you.
One last note we will hopefully be having our annual
Christmas gathering around December 9th so if anyone is in
this area at that time please call me and join us. That is, of
course, if you get the Record before that date. Till next time.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


Hello to all from the Great Northwest. And it has been
great! Lots of sun and fun this summer and continuing into
the fall, and lots of summer activities. We have certainly been
blessed this year, YES! far!
Back in August, Barbara (Greene) Litchford and broth-
er Tom Sheppard did a fantastic job putting together the
Annual NW Picnic and the pre-picnic potluck supper. The
supper was held at Tom's and wife Jean's lovely home in Mt.
Vernon burbs with lots of good ol' Panamanian dishes and
camaraderie and, of course, a bit of Ron Cortez. Jean is a quilt
artisan and has not only a quilting room and all necessary
equipment, but a stash of fabric big time.
The picnic was held at the lovely Deception State Park on
Whidbey Island, a beautiful location on Cranberry Lake and
we were blessed with a gorgeous day. Bebe (Nehring)

Denike helped Barbara with the picnic arrangements and all
the good things required of such a big job. Barbara and Bebe
started out as the callers for the raffle, but they won so many
of the prizes and therefore "boos", Joan Huffman had to take
over. Joan did a great job as auctioneer, too. Some non-
NWers who attended the picnic were Bill and Ginger Young
of Ormond Beach, Fla., who were visiting Jim and Mary
Young of Camano Island. The polliwogs in the lake were the
size of golf balls--No kidding!--and attracted the kids and
adults alike at the park.
Neil and Tammy Doherty's son Neil graduated from the
University of Washington in June with a degree in biology.
He has accepted a job in Modesto, Calif., with George
Stanley's company which manufactures prosthetics, and
young Neil will also be working in the operating room during
the prosthetic attachments.
Gerry Laatz, Ed Kennedy, Guy Fealey, John and
Michelle (Greene) Bundy, and Joe Wallace participated in
a weeklong Velocette motorcycle rally to Diamond Lake and
Crater Lake and the Oregon coast in late July and early
August. It was a 650-mile trip to the starting point. Some
camped out in tents at night and it got down to 34 degrees one
night. One day, the CZ group got lost and found themselves
on a narrow, hilly and curvy, loose gravel road and saw a log-
ging truck coming downhill at them followed by a trail of
dust. They had to move to a gravel berm to avoid being hit.
Despite the scare, they made it back to the group in good
form. Michelle did the kitchen honors for three of the nights
they were there, and the raves are still reverberating.
Later in August Bill Weigle visited Washington from
Florida, stopped in to see Ed and Kathy Praxel of Amanda
Park, Wash., and Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey of Oak
Harbor, Wash. The Fealeys put on a great barbecue while Bill
was here attended by Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy,
Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz, Jim Fealey and his friend
Michelle, John and Michelle Bundy, the Bundy's son Mark,
his wife Jeanine and their son Zane, Joe Wallace, and the
Fealey's son Guy with his friend Alicia. Sometime during the
afternoon, our adopted Panamanian engine lover Dave
Jorgensen did a drive-by in his newly refurbished convertible,
early model Jaguar XKE causing a major rise in respect for
the fellow motorphile.
In late August Paul and Suzette Baker made it to Port
Townsend, Wash., from Hawaii after the five-year world cir-
cumnavigation in their sailboat Altair Marti Lohr drove to
Port Townsend to meet the homebound travelers for quite a
jolly reunion. Two weeks after arrival, Paul returned to work
for Boeing. Paul's mom Bev Baker was sure glad to have the
sailors back.



DECEMBER 31, 2006

Recently, Joan (Doherty) Stoltz got together with her sis-
ter Jan (Doherty) Nelson; Joan's granddaughter Emily
Stoltz from Utah; Misty Beattie (Jan's husband's grand-
daughter) from Florida; Heidi Huff, Aliya Huff and Ashera
Tetley (Jan's daughter and two grandchildren). The group
spent a day in Vancouver, Wash., shopping for school and
enjoying one another's company.


Aliya Huff sitting on wall. Behind wall: Heidi Huff, Ashera
Tetley, Misty Beattie, Jan (Doherty) Nelson, Emily Stoltz
and Joan (Doherty) Stoltz.

In early October, Joan Stoltz got together in Portland,
Ore., with Ray Amato, Tom Armstrong, Carolyn (Holmes)
Morris and Dottie Griffin, BHS'60 classmates, for dinner
and much bochinche. They had a great time catching up.
Joan hadn't seen them since graduation.

Ray Amato, Joan (Doherty) Stoltz, Tom Armstrong with
the Zonian, Carolyn (Holmes) Morris, Dottie Griffin.

Gerry and I and Charles and Leslie Laatz really enjoyed
our September week-long cruise to Alaska with stops in
Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Colombia;
and a cruise through the Tracy Arm Fjord. The scenery was
fantastic, the icebergs and glaciers "Windex" blue, the water
an opaque muted turquoise, and the greenery and flowers
unbelievable. We saw lots of humpback whales and all sorts
of birds. I should mention the tour of the Alaskan Ale
Brewery in Juneau, where the host was the epitome of an

Alaskan sourdough with a sense of humor to rival Carson or
Leno. In fact, the humor abounded onboard and ashore wher-
ever we put our feet down. The ship's food was out of this
world and nonstop. It's amazing how clothes get tighter on
such trips.
Marti Lohr's brother and sister-in-law, Ernie and Ginger
Brown, of Pennsylvania visited Marti and her son Neil in
Sequim, Wash., for a couple of weeks. Ernie was kept busy
doing yard work and splitting wood, while Ginger cooked up
her famous culinary creations!
Bob Geddes wrote that he caught the tail end of a pro-
gram on the Canal on the Discovery Channel recently--
Extreme Engineering. The program, three to four years old,
deals with the future changes--completing the old Third
Locks project. He suggests trying to catch the program when-
ever it is rebroadcast.
Summer is big-time sailboat racing in the Northwest. Ed
Kennedy's boat SI/,,Ilb,, a 30-foot sail/cruiser, has entered
many of the races with Gerry Laatz, Jim Fealey and friend
Michelle, Mellie Kennedy and some local friends doing the
hard work. Neil Lohr wishes he could participate in more of
the races on another friend's boat; but, alas, work seems to
Our best to all of you for a Happy Holiday season, and
may you remain friends with your scales throughout!

Howie Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923
new email:


Anna reports:

Saludos de Panama!!
Sandra (Wood) Wuest came
in for a visit to check on her
father Charles (Woodie)
Wood, who was a little under
the weather. Sandra and I had- Anna Opel
n't seen each other for years, almost as long as her sister
Xenia who came in last summer. We were able to enjoy a
lunch on the Amador Causeway at Mi Ranchito which also
included the typical afternoon rain shower--standard for this
time of the year. After her visit I was off again building up my
frequent flyer miles and visiting with my family in the States.
My husband Carl was home for two months and as soon as
he headed back to Baghdad, I was on the plane a few days
My sister Dottie (Miller) Meissner joined me on my vis-
its to San Antonio to be with my daughter Patricia
(Szymanski) Phillips and her husband Doyle, and my son
Rick Szymanski, his wife Terri and my grandchildren,
Marianna Isabel and Brian. While there we had a small din-

ner with a few friends including Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder and
son Kyle, Stuart Warner, and Diana Norton. Dinner, pre-
pared by me with my kitchen helper, Dottie, consisted of
Panamanian cuisine: Ropa Vieja, arroz con guando y coco,
platanos ententacion, and yuca al mojo. The dinner was
scrumptious. Our San Antonio leg included a trip up to Austin
and a tour of the capital building.

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Dottie Meissner, Heidi Schroeder, Patricia and Doyle
Phillips, Anna Opel.

After San Antonio, Dottie and I headed to Florida to visit
with my youngest daughter Jenilee Szymanski and her beau
Robert Herrera in Homestead. She had recently moved to
her new villa there from Miami Lakes. We were lucky to
spend a night down in the Keys (Islamorada). I hadn't been to
the Keys in years and really had a great time. I also found out
that there are a lot of "pet friendly restaurants and hotels" as
we were traveling with Muffin, Jeni's Yorkie, who was visit-
ing with me from Panama. We stayed at Lookout Lodge and
enjoyed lunches at the Islamorada Fish Company, Mile
Marker 88 Restaurant and dinner at Morada Bay (quite
pricey) but the food at all the restaurants was to die for--and
we did!
On my return to Panama with Muffin and at the Tocumen
Airport, which by the way is undergoing an extreme
makeover and all for the better; quarantine section, I ran into
Pat Quinn, who was returning to Panama and also with her
pet to take up residence in El Valle.
Well, while I was in San Antonio, I was able to catch up
on the latest on Stuart Warner (BHS'69). Stuart continues to
receive awards. In August 2006 in Washington, D.C., he
received an award from the Chief of Staff of the Brazilian
Army during an award ceremony.

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Stuart G.R. Warner, sister Pamela Leidel (BHS'74) and
niece Katherine Leidel at award ceremony.

Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler's daughter Lili (BHS'85)
along with daughter Gabriella (9) and son Jonathan (7)
arrived from Delaware in August and spent a month with
them here in Panama.

Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler with Gaby and Jonathan at
Decameron Resort.

Ned Blennerhassett wrote in an email that he and
"Mike" (Coffey) went on yet another backroads hiking trip
in August, this time to Switzerland. "We had the good luck to
watch Floyd Landis do his big comeback in the Tour de
France. We hiked several mountains in Switzerland, but the
highlight of the trip was following some of Mark Twain's
footsteps from Riffelalp to Gonergrat, in the shadow of the

Ned and Mike Blennerhassett in Zermatt, Switzerland

BY DECEMBER 31, 2006.

"We went on to Tampa to watch our 10-year-old grand-
son, (Kathy's) Nate Blennerhassett, play football with
Coach Holland's Panama Marlins, whose teams did him
proud by winning every single game they played."

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Nate Blennerhassett

Bruce Quinn's Spanish adaptation of Cabaret was a huge
success. The production featured the veteran team of Bruce
Quinn directing and Dino Nugent as the musical director and
ran through the end of September at the Teatro En Circulo.

Cristina Peters, daughter of Marlene Peters (CHS'78),
granddaughter of Vilma and Dr. Wallace Snyder, is doing
well in her initial years as a cadet (Midshipman) at the Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Md.

Dr. Wallace and Vilma Snyder with granddaughter
Christina Peters.

DECEMBER 31, 2006.


Cabaret photo by Agustin Concalves

Olga Cadet wrote in that Dr. Gabriel Kourany died
recently. He was a Balboa High School graduate, worked at
Gorgas Hospital for several years and at his private clinic at
San Fernando Hospital. Dr. Kourany had three brothers,

twins Edgar and Oscar, and Miguel Kourany.
That's all for this issue, and as I always sign off, till next

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001

Trina reports: I

From Panama to Tampa to
NYC to Chicago to Savannah
and finally back to Panama, I
have had a busy past few
months. I don't have that much r -7
to report on for this article as I
have been in and out of Panama;
however, I do have some stories
to share from other places with
fellow "zonians" that I have met Trina Clark
up with while traveling around.
First off, I am a HUGE Yankee's fan, however, my time
was so short in New York and unfortunately there was no ball
game being played in town...I did however get the opportuni-
ty (in between meetings) in the "windy city" of Chicago to
finally get to visit one of the greatest and the second oldest
ballparks in the country, Wrigley Field!! It was an absolutely
amazing feeling to experience a huge piece of Americana!

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It was then on to Savannah's historic district in Georgia
for Kelly Rae Hunt's 30th B-day bash! I think that the fam-
ily has submitted an article on this to the Space Coast section,
so I will be brief and just add a few more "cents"...Ha! It was
great to see everyone and we did some late night "catching
up" with everyone on the first night in town! Attendees were
Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins, Joe and Darleen Hunt,
Lisa (Hunt) and her husband Eddie and their new baby, B-
day girl Kelly Rae Hunt, cousins: Leanne Watkins and her
boyfriend Richard Lemon, Natalie Watkins, and Wayne
and wife Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins, Trey and wife Brandy
(Pollard) Arias and their beautiful baby girls, Graycen and
Anniston. Other friends in attendance were: Darren and wife
Jenny (Sweeney) Fox, Jessica Ernest and husband, Karen
(Kirby) Laverty and, of course, myself. While in Savannah,
I definitely had to stop by the infamous "The Lady & Sons"
restaurant owned by the Food Network's Paula Deen in
Savannah...Oh, My God...! If you ever find yourself in
Savannah, this is a must DO!

Gang in Savannah

Tommy and Zenia (Neely) Morris hosted their daughter
Shelby Morris's 15 anos this past weekend at the Sunly
Pavillion & Restaurant in El Dorado. The affair was a formal
event with friends and family in attendance to celebrate with
the birthday girl. A great time was had by all.
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Trina Clark at Wrigley Field

Shelby Morris

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I did however want to put a small blurb in this article
before I wrap it up to let all my classmates of BHS Class of
1987 know that we are trying to get everyone together for our
20th class reunion. We would also like to invite the CHS
Class of 1987 to join us, so that we can have a true group of
friends together next year in our newly chosen Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort. Mike Geddes and Ted Joyce are getting the
word out, along with some other blessed souls that are help-
ing to get the word spread around. Please remember to
become a member of the Society in order to participate in any
class or mini-reunion at
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: Dec. 1-2, TELETON 20-30; Dec. 8,

Mother's Day (National holiday); Dec. 22, Panama School
year for students ends; Dec. 25, Merry Xmas; Dec. 31, New
Year's Eve; Jan. 1, 2007, New Year's Day.
Take care and as always...That's all the news that is 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 publication. Saludos.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451



Lou and Suzette Seldon
spent April in Paris traveling
with close friends from their
NAS Jacksonville 1967-70 Navy
days. They saw all the Paris land-
marks and especially enjoyed the
food and wine. Lou, looking very
distinguished, was sporting a Linda Reimann Morris
cane because of back problems. The highlight of their trip
was a three-day trip to Cannes to visit Suzette's uncle, USAF
Colonel Edward Maykut, who has retired there. While in
Cannes, the Seldons met Monsieur Givenchy, the perfume
magnet, who resides in the same condo where the colonel
lives only in the penthouse.

Robert (BHS'52) and Flois Carlin took an eleven-day
bus trip to New York City in August. With the tour they vis-
ited Ground Zero, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller
Center and Radio City Music Hall. Since 9/11 no one is
allowed on the Statue of Liberty Monument, so they took a
ferry to circle Liberty Island and view it from the harbor.
They continued their excursion in Washington, D.C., where
they saw the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial,
the Vietnam War and the Korean War Memorials, and the
White House. The tour stopped in Memphis, where a trip to
Graceland was in order, and finally Nashville. They were
happy to get home to San Antonio after living out of a suit-
case and sitting forever. In November, Bucky and Jackie
(Carlin) Gilbert will join the Carlins on the Island Princess
for a 15-day cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii and back.
Bob's last count of souvenir T-shirts is hovering at one hun-
dred and forty-five and "....will not be added to unless he rids
himself of some of the old, faded ones" says Mrs. Carlin.
Cruising the Baltic was popular this summer with two
McKinney, Texas families. Capt. Bob and Angie Bloemer
were booked to sail on Holland America's Rotterdam in June.
However, getting to Copenhagen turned out to be problemat-
ic, as their flight to Toronto/Copenhagen was cancelled and a
corresponding flight not available. The ship sailed without
them!!! After much ado...the Bloemers connected with their
cruise in Oslo, two days later. The rest of the trip was won-
derful and the scenery unbelievable.

and Angie Bloemer at Captain's Night on the

Lou "Sparkie" (BHS'62) and Suzette Seldon in Paris

Jack (BHS'51) and Jo Ann Morton (BHS'57) enjoyed a
17-day Scandinavian cruise aboard the Norwegian Dream
sailing from Dover. They visited Germany, Estonia, Russia,
Finland, Sweden, and Denmark and everything was a
favorite, but St. Petersburg, Russia, was Most Favorite. They
were enthralled with the beauty of the Hermitage Museum,
the exquisite mosaics and enamels in the Church on Spilled
Blood, and finally the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, final rest-
ing place for tombs of the Czars.

The Panama Canal Society Office
December 23, 2006 January 2, 2007.


Capt. Bob

Jo. Ann nld Jack Morlon in (Cpeilil-enl

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Jack and Jo Ann Morton in London

On their return to London, they visited Windsor Castle
and also took an eleven-hour bus tour to Stonehenge, Bath,
and Stratford-Upon-Avon, passing many quaint and pictur-
esque towns along the way. "More time to explore England
was definitely needed!", they both agreed.
Locally, the co-ed "Panama" Hilton Softball Team plays
in the Frisco, Texas Friday Night Softball League. After most
games they have an after-game party with regular fan club
members joining them, including Lee Morton, Mark
Cicero, Charlie Riess, Murrav McArthur and Colin Creel.

Andy Nash English, Dennis Gilbert, Ed English and Ray

Back (L-R): Jody de St. Germain, Carlton R. Morris, Ken
Morris, Carlton A. Morris, Honorary Zonian Ken Smith,
Richard McArthur. Front (L-R): Bliss Morris Connerton
and Honorary Zonian Trish Pencsak.

Douglas Tojeiro and Pat Gonzalez Tojeiro (BHS'71) with
daughters Irene and Angela.

Avid golfer Maggie (Williams-McGlade) Windle,
Cibola, Texas, has "bragging rights" after making the Hole-
In-One-Club at the Delaware Springs Golf Course (on the
16th hole, 143 yards, par 3 using a Callaway four-wood), in
Burnet, Texas. This is a first for Maggie!"
Y'all call with your news and pictures. Hasta later.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


I'll begin by wishing everyone a
wonderful Holiday season and Feliz
Afio Nuevo! As I mentioned in our
last publication, we were planning
and did in fact have a Zonian BBQ on '
September 16th in Norfolk, hosted by Karen Brandl
Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69) and his
lovely wife Robin. A big thank you to John Gilbert (Dennis
and Robin's son) and my husband Steve Brandl for manning
the grill that day. The food was delicious, the drinks aplenty
and the Zonians who attended were a lively bunch to say the
least!! We had a beautiful view of the Elizabeth River from
the porch and although the weather was a bit damp, it didn't
stop us from having una buena pachanga.

! .

Dana Slepsky, Marcos Gonzalez, Karen Brandl, Luke
Robertson, and Ian Dillon.

Back (L-R): Dennis Gilbert, Ray Bierbaum, Karen
Brandl, George Rambo, Angela and Irene Tojeiro,
Douglas Tojeiro, and Laura Peugnet. Front (L-R): Pat
Tojeiro, Charles and Nina DeTore.

Luke Robertson (BHS'95) lives in Virginia Beach now.
Here's a picture with fellow Zonians Ian Dillon and Marcos
Gonzalez of Richmond, Va.

Charles DeTore and Alexandra Sweatt (BHS'84) with baby

Luke Robertson, Ian Dillon, and Marcos Gonzalez

Robin and Dennis Gilbert

On the Brandl home front, we had our annual Outer
Banks vacation in August. My sister Rosanna Peugnet
Wilcox (BHS'82) came to visit in late July with her husband
Bill. We were very busy this summer, starting with a quick
visit to Miami where I stayed with my best amiga Joanne
Campbell Chiari (BHS'79), the Orlando Reunion, family
visiting, family vacation, a couple other short trips to Florida
and the Zonian BBQ. As you know, my daughter Laura had
injured her knee this past May. She had reconstructive sur-
gery in September and by the time you read this, she will be
well on her way to healing. She'll be out of volleyball until
next September, in time to play her senior year. The Orlando
Reunion was a blast, to say the least!! I"ve included a few
pictures from Orlando.

Please contact him and he will keep you informed on the itin-
erary. Mary Fehrenbach is organizing this event and Mark
will pass on the information to her, for any BHS'72 graduate
interested in making the trip.

Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, Reporter
(757) 233-6767

Zonie says,

"Wanna win a free night at the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort for the next
reunion? See page 4 for more details!"

Laura, rteve ana uereK nRranai ar me oeacn

Mark Maravilla (BHS'72) shares that the BHS Class of
1972 is planning a Panama Reunion in Panama next year,
their 35th or the 25th anniversary of their 10th Class reunion.

"Give your family

and friends a gift

membership to the

Panama Canal




Four generations gathered in College Station, Texas, on
August 11, 2006, for a truly joyful and memorable event in
the family of former Zonians Tony Frangioni, Gerald
"Jerry" Pierce and Kay Frangioni Pierce.
Tony and Dorothy Frangioni traveled from Fort Walton
Beach, Fla., to the New Orleans area where Tony's grand-
daughter Kathy Pierce Hancock (his first grandchild) joined
them to drive on to College Station. There they met Tony's
daughter, Kay Frangioni Pierce (BHS'55) and son-in-law
Jerry Pierce (BHS'53) and many other family members for
the August 11th graduation of Tony's first great-granddaugh-
ter Sarah E. Hancock from Texas A&M University. Much to
the delight and pride of the family, Sarah graduated Summa
Cum Laude and was awarded The Outstanding Graduate in
The School of Architecture.
Following a busy schedule which included an awards cer-
emony, the graduation and a photography session, Sarah, her
Frangioni great-grandparents, Hancock grandparents, Pierce
grandparents, parents, twin sisters, aunt Jan (Pierce) and
uncle Ben Stallings, cousins Michael and Mallory Stallings,
and several friends enjoyed a delightful twilight supper at
Messina Hof Winery & Resort's Vineyard House Restaurant.


Back: Jerry Pierce, Sarah Hancock, Kathy (Pierce)
Hancock, Tony Frangioni, and Dorothy Frangioni. Front:
Kay (Frangioni) Pierce.

Following the graduation festivities, Tony and Dorothy
drove north to the Dallas area to spend a few days with
Tony's dear friend from his years with I.A.G.S., Mannie
Quintero, and his lovely wife before heading for the
Alabama farm where Dorothy's brother and sister-in-law
welcomed them.
Sarah "the graduate" Hancock chose three fun-filled days
at the famous Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels,
Texas, for relaxing before going into the work world. Jerry
and Kay Pierce went along with their daughters, Kathy Pierce
Hancock and Jan Pierce Stallings, their husbands, families
and the three Hancock girls' boyfriends. The whole bunch
were usually "all wet" most of the time!
Kay Pierce
Corpus Christi, Texas



Boone, N.C., resident Larry Horine (CHS'49) won his
eighth age group national masters track and field gold medal
in Charlotte, N.C., in August. UNCC hosted the first national
outdoor masters track and field meet ever held in the Middle
Atlantic states with a record turn-out of over 2,000 competi-
tors from throughout the United States. The men and women
ranged in age from 30 to 96.
Larry placed first in the 75-79 year age group for the
javelin with a throw of 35.6 meters (116' 9") easily outpacing
the remainder of the field. When competing in the 70-74 age
group, he held the U.S. masters record for two years for the


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Larry Horine

He also placed second in the shot put with a toss of 12.38
meters (40' 3.5"). First place went to Arnie Gaynor of
California who set a new U.S. age group record for the event.
According to the Masters Track and Field News, Larry was
ranked first in the U.S. indoor masters shot put for 2006. In
his third event, he placed fourth in the discus with a throw of
34.22 meters (112' 3"). Competitors in the discus for second,
third, and fourth places all had marks all within a few inches
of each other.

Mary Ellen Horine
Boone, N.C.

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Paulina Burdge-Small graduated from the University of
Central Florida in Orlando with Honors in the Major and
Summa Cum Laude. She received a BA degree in Policial
Science-American Politics.
She is the granddaughter of Howard F. Small and the late
Lee Small and the daughter of Chris Small (BHS'68).


Evelyn Tiencken (BHS'71) of Belleview, Fla., received a
recognition award from the Marion County Sheriff's
Department about a cruelty case she worked. There is no way
to tell everyone the emotions she felt when the deputy called
her and told her she was to receive the award, along with the
cruelty officer and a co-worker.
Evelyn states she was just doing her job...but there was a
five-year-old child involved. She is so proud of this, mainly
because it is in her line of duty, but that the Marion County
Sheriff's Office felt she had gone beyond that line...not in her
eyes, but what a tremendous honor!

Evelyn Tiencken (far left) receiving her recognition award
from the Marion County Sheriff's Department.


On August 17th Dot and Al Pate celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary. They were married in Colon, Panama,
at the Episcopal Church, Christ Church by the Sea across the
street from the Washington Hotel. So as not to leave anyone
out they invited everyone to their wedding by placing an ad
in the local newspaper. The reception was catered by Dot's
great-aunt Musta Vera, who at the time was head manager
for Schrafft's Restaurant in New York City. It was quite an

So was the honeymoon they went on a three-month trip
which included New Orleans, New York, and the state of
Vermont. The couple had a flair for enjoying life. If you lived
on the Atlantic side during the '40s, '50s, and '60s you would
have attended at least one of their parties. Al was a
Southerner from Georgia, arriving in Panama at the tender
age of 18 to find work and a career. He did: and retired as the
operations supervisor for the Gatun Locks. Dot was born in
Panama. She worked for all the civil and military services at
one time or another. They retired and moved to Florida in
1975; but they still kept Panama and the Canal Zone with
They are members of the Panama Canal Society and were
very active with the society in Florida and have attended
many reunions. Albert was president of the Society in 1983,
celebrating the Society's 40th anniversary. They still keep
close contact with all their friends from Panama.
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Dot and Al Pate on cruise on Queen Mary II in 2006


Some of us may remember Norman Demers as the
Deputy Director of the Transportation and Terminals Bureau
when he retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1973
after more than 33 years of unbroken Panama Canal service.
His wife, the former Cecile Gibson, worked more than 30
years with the U.S. Army and Navy, concluding her service in
1972 as Manager of the Central Employment Office at
Cristobal. While in the Canal Zone Norman and Cecile were
active in church and community affairs, and their support of
similar activities continued into retirement in Largo, Fla.
They have sponsored the education of Catholic priests and
nuns for many years and provided scholarships to students in
several Catholic schools. In addition, Norman worked for
H&R Block Tax Service in Clearwater for many years, count-
ing as some of his clients Zonians who appreciated his
knowledge of tax law, accuracy in preparing tax returns, great
reminiscences of the Panama Canal, and enjoyment of being
with fellow Zonians. Most years have found Norm and Cele
at the Panama Canal Society reunions, and they have donat-
ed items for golf tournament prizes to the Society and other
treasures and monetary contributions to the Panama Canal
Museum. On the side throughout his retirement years,
Norman has taken an interest in investing that proved a prof-
itable avocation.
These years of hard work that paid off and Norman and
Cecile's generous spirit prompted the couple recently to take
a very big step. They donated a million dollars to the Morton
Plant Mease Foundation in Clearwater. "The staff at Morton
Plant Hospital saved my life two times, and for that Cele and
I are so grateful," Norm says with much feeling. Cele adds,
"The hospital staff's kind, efficient, and helpful service was
always there for us and never ceased to amaze us."
As a thank you to Norm and Cele, the Morton Plant
Hospital now has a Norm and Cele Demers Gamma Knife
Center. On September 21, doctors, nurses, and board mem-
bers of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation honored Norm
and Cele and expressed their appreciation with a "Thank
You" champagne toast at the Lykes Center Lobby of the hos-
pital and a dinner following the reception.
In spite of this impressive donation they've made and the
honors bestowed on them by the Morton Plant Mease
Foundation, Norm and Cele still enjoy telling stories of their
younger days. Who among us knows that Norm was once a
trapeze artist; studied to be a teacher at Plymouth Teachers
College in New Hampshire; worked with a traveling carnival
for about ten years; had a lion tamer invite a class he was
chaperoning in New York to sit ringside; is trilingual, speak-
ing English, French, and Spanish; and served in the military
in the Canal Zone, where he met Cele while she was attend-
ing Canal Zone Junior College?
Those of us who have been privileged to know Norm and
Cele can take great pride and pleasure in this legacy they are
leaving for future generations in the Clearwater area. Their
hard work, dedication to community, and generosity serve as
an inspiration for us all.

Norm and Cele are shown here at the "Thank You" toast
given them by Morton Plant Mease Foundation in Clearwater
in appreciation for their million-dollar donation. Cele's dress
was embroidered and cut out in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, accord-
ing to a design Norm prepared and left there on a northbound
trip on the Panama Line years ago, picked up on their south-
bound trip, and brought back to Panama for a dressmaker to
sew together.

Morton Plant Mease Foundation representative, Norm and
Cecile Demers.


Susan Brewer and Dan Norman

Leslie and Harry Michalek of Redington Beach, Fla.,
and Thomas and Patricia Brewer of Deptford, N.J., proudly

announce the engagement of their daughter Susan Virginia
Brewer to Daniel Alexander Norman (BHS'95) of
Brandon, Fla. Daniel is the son of Michael and Susan
Norman of Edgefield, S.C. (formerly of Los Rios).
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with
a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is currently employed by
Greeley and Hansen LLC as a Professional Engineer in
Tampa. Susan received her Bachelors Degree from Stetson
University and is enrolled at the University of Virginia,
studying for her PhD in Foreign Affairs. Their wedding is
planned for June 23, 2007, in Clearwater, Fla.


On September 2nd, Lorrie Husum Allen's family sur-
prised her with a lovely 50th birthday celebration at
Melhanna Plantation, near Thomasville, Ga. Many family
members and friends came from all over to help Lorrie
(BHS'74) celebrate this eventful day. Helping pull off the
surprise were her husband Tod and daughters Caitlin and
Kelsey and Caitlin's boyfriend Josh Knight; her mother
Ellie Foley Husum (BHS'46); her mother-in-law Vivian
Allen; her sisters Janet Husum Herrington (BHS'69) of
Atlanta, Ga.; Karen Husum Clary (BHS'70), Austin, Texas;
and Mary Husum Toston of St. Petersburg, Fla; and her
brother Michael Husum of Tampa, Fla. Additional family
members included her brother-in-law Jim Clary and nieces
Darien and Anne (Texas); her sister-in-law Barb Hall
Husum and nephews Patrick, Daniel, and Kevin (Panama
City, Fla.); her brother-in-law Bill Toston; nieces Rebekah
and Catherine Husum (Tallahassee, Fla.); and cousins Irene
Foley Girard and husband Ozzie (Destin, Fla.); and Pauline
Foley Watson and husband Dan (Orlando, Fla.), daughters of
the late Thomas Foley (BHS'36).

Lorrie Husum Allen and her e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d family at her
50th Birthday Bash.

Other guests on the list included Zonians Skip and
Beverly Rowley; Mary Jane Paulson; Janie Paulson
Martin and husband Milton and family; Doug and Zoraida
Larrabee; Patty Kelleher; Cathy Goodrich Scribner and
husband Sam (Maitland, Fla.); and many stateside friends.
Panamanian food and music added to the party which went

on well into the night, with many guests staying over at the
Plantation, a magical place in the South.
But for Lorrie, the celebrating did not end there. Her hus-
band Tod surprised her with a Western Caribbean Cruise,
which both enjoyed very much and included stops at such
ports as Grand Cayman Island (where they swam with the
stingrays and survived!); Cozumel (snorkeling the sonatas--
caves--was great); Belize (snorkeling the reefs); and Costa
Maya (swimming with dolphins). It was truly a great 50th
birthday celebration.

Lorrie Husum Allen and Tod Allen

Skip Rowley
Tallahassee, Fla.


Sonya Michelle Dedeaux of New Jersey graduated on
May 13, 2006, from Our Lady of the Lake University
(OLLU), San Antonio. Texas, with a Masters of Science
Degree in School Psychology. Sonya is the daughter of Jon
and Deb Dedeaux, sister of J Dedeaux (Pace, Fla.), grand-
daughter of Jack and DeLila Hepler (Beulah, Ala.) and
Louis and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux (Pensacola, Fla.).

Sonya 1

elle Dedeaux receiving her Masters of Science

After graduating from Pace High School in 1991, Sonya
joined the Air Force and was recruited to Lackland AFB in
San Antonio, Texas. Following basic training, she transferred
to Travis AFB, Calif., working in chemical warfare while
committing to college courses in her spare time. After eight
years, she transferred to Brooks AFB in San Antonio while
still continuing her college education and eventually received
her Bachelor's Degree in Business. After completing her Air
Force career, she went to school full time to receive her
Master's Degree. After graduation, she moved to Rahway,
N.J., where she passed the Praxis Examination National
required as part of the application process for N.C.S.P.
Certified to practice in New Jersey, Sonya was hired by
the Union Township district and intends to work with chil-
dren pre-K to 12th grade, working closely with teachers to
help youths succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
In the future, Sonya plans to work closer to her family.


Pedro Pinilla, the nephew of Ronald and Belinda Byrd
of Rio Mar, Panama, and the son of Pedro and Jacqueline
Pinilla of Ancon, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the
United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point,
N.Y., on June 19, 2006.
Pedro was one of several Panamanian midshipmen who
graduated that day. His proud Aunt Belinda accompanied
Pedro's parents, his brother Cesar, and his grandmother
Columbia to the graduation ceremony. President George W.
Bush delivered the keynote address at the Academy's com-
mencement exercise for the Class of 2006 and personally
handed out diplomas to the midshipmen.

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Sarah Beattie Carper (BHS'95), Jamie Carper, James
Beattie (BHS'92) and Katie Williams (BHS'97) celebrated
Press Beattie's 65th birthday by visiting Susie and Press for
a weekend of cookouts, boating, and relaxing at their home
on Johns Island, S.C.
While there, James, Katie, Sarah and Jamie spent a day
fishing, boating and swimming in the creeks and rivers of the
South Carolina Low Country. James caught a stingray in the
Kiawah River off Johns Island.

James Beattie, Katie Williams, Sarah Beattie Carper, and
Jamie Carper after a day of fishing.

James and Katie drove in from northern Virginia to sur-
prise Press who was not expecting company or a celebration
for his big 65th on August 25th. Press was delighted and
everyone had a great time

Susie Beattie
Johns Island, S.C.

Pedro Pinilla


The 2007 Panama Canal Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This is a brand-new hotel
and 2007 will be our first year of four years staying there. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort features spacious King or Queen
Double accommodations themed with the blend of natural charm with a Spanish-revival feel and a jewel tone color palette to
create an elegant and functional setting. Accommodations are warm, inviting and comfortable. All Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
rooms feature amenities that include plush Creek Sleeper beds, 32" flat screen TV, small refrigerator, high-speed Internet capa-
bilities, coffee maker, hair dryers, elegant furnishings and Egyptian cotton sheets to make your stay unforgettable. There are
larger Hospitality Parlor Suites for class/mini-reunions and Executive Parlor and Grand Parlor Suites for large families.

Pricing for guest rooms and suites is as follows:
Guest Rooms Double Queen or Single King are $121.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
Hospitality Suites $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax. (For class/mini-reunions)
Executive Parlor Suites $250.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
Grand Parlor Suites $350.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax.
Add-on guest rooms for Executive and Grand Parlor Suites will be charged the additional Guest Room rate.

If you are going to hold a guest room or suite with a check, the check total should include the cost of one night plus
the 12.5% resort and sales tax, i.e. Guest Room $136.13, Hospitality/Executive Suite $281.25 or Grand Suite $393.75.

A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types is provided to help you with your room selection.

Questions concerning the reunion should be directed to the Reunion Coordinator, Bill McLaughlin, at (352) 726-8804
or via email at Questions concerning the hotel reservations should be directed
to the Hotel Lodging Chairperson, Betty LeDoux-Morris, via email at or call the Society Office toll
free at 1-866-726-2262 or locally (727) 391-4359.

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we are asking that you provide us with an estimated time of your arrival
and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated. NOTE:

There is complimentary self-parking for overnight hotel guests attending the reunion; however, non-hotel guests will
be charged a self-parking fee of $8.00 daily. Valet Parking is also available overnight at $18.00 or $15.00 per day.

Only registered Reunion guests with the Panama Canal Society will be able to attend Society events. Proper identification
will be provided to each registered guest at Registration and must be worn to gain access to dances, vendors and meetings.

As most of you are aware, the goal of the Board is to ensure that our Society events are cost effective and that our expens-
es don't exceed our revenues that is, our goal is to breakeven whenever possible. As a consequence of the increasing costs
associated with office supplies, support services, decorations, dances and other related expenses, the Board has had to increase
the prices for certain reunion activities. For example, the registration fee has been increased to $7.00 per person for those
members 18 years of age and older; the advance tickets for the Friday night dance are now the same price as the advance tick-
ets for the Saturday night ball ($15.00 in advance) and DJ tickets have been increased to $10.00.

We are hoping that these minimal increases will help defray all or most of our 2007 reunion costs. Your understanding
and continued support of our dances and events are appreciated.

If you require baby-sitting services, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort has an in-house childcare facility called The Swamp.
Children 4 14 are welcome. Children using the facility must be potty-trained. Children using the facility are supervised at
all times by certified childcare professionals. For reservations and fee information, call (407) 996-9939 and ask for the

Transportation from the airport has been arranged through Mears Transportation. Mears will provide service from Orlando
International Airport to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for a discounted fee. Mears discount coupons will be printed in the March
and June issues of the Canal Record. Also, you may call the Society office at 1-866-726-2262 and one will be mailed to you.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
2007 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Vendor Setup: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2 (GRD#2)
Information/Secretary: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Reunion Clubhouse: 3:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. Conway

Thursday, July 5, 2007
27th Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course and Clubhouse
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play TBD
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. (GRD#2)
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon; 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake

Friday, July 6, 2007
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sandlake
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Vendors: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Information/Secretary: 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Bingo: 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! St. John's 26 & 27
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St. John's 28
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin A

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Registration/Dance & Lottery Ticket Sales: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Information/Secretary: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Gatlin Registration Desk #2
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Gatlin E-1 & E-2
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Gatlin A
Bingo: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! St. John's 26 & 27
Religious Services: Catholic 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.; Praise & Worship 4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. St. John's 32-34
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C
DJ Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Gatlin A

Sunday, July 8, 2007
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin D
Panama Canal Museum: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Gatlin E-l & E-2
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Dance Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Gatlin B & C

The Lottery drawing will be held on Sunday at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Note: Please check with information and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for other scheduled
events, class and mini-reunions and last-minute changes.

Complete both pages, and submit intact.





Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "Panama Canal Society, Inc." Checks must be drawn on U.S.
Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number: __Exp. Date

Member/Card Holder Signature: Visa / MasterCard (Circle

334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4787

Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf Tournament,
and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.

REUNION REGISTRATION: List each name (including member's) AS YOU WANT IT PRINTED ON THE
NAME BADGES and provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being registered by
the member and include $7.00 for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all registered names so they
can receive their name badges.
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application.


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Pan Roasted Chicken (C) or Marinated Sliced Flank Steak (S) by circling one.

Cor S 6.
Cor S 7.
C or S 8.
Cor S 9.
C or S 10.

Cor S
Cor S
C or S
C or S
Cor S

Special seating requests:

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 1, 2007 (See Page I for instructions)

Name (Please Print)_

Phone Number:

NAMES OF TWOSOME OR FOURSOME YOU WISH TO PLAY WITH: Players wishing to make up their own
foursomes should list all information for the four players on this form.
Name Age On Hdcp or Avg Amateur
7/1/07 18-hole score or Pro
1. ___ _______ _____

Circle category of competition: 1 2 3
1. Men's individual medal play. 2. Ladies individual medal play. 3. Two-Person scramble

Cost: Golf and Awards Luncheon: $79.00 per person Non-Golfing Luncheon Guests: $32.00 per person

Luncheon Guest Names

Amount submitted:

# Luncheon Guests Amount submitted:


Estimated Time of Arrival: P.M. /A.M. (Circle one)
Are you Flying or Driving ?


No Preference
Standard King ($136.13)
__ ueen Double ($136.13)
Accessible Room ($136.13)

Grand Parlor Suite ($393.75)
Executive Parlor Suite ($281.25)
Hospitality ($281.25)

Names of other room occupants.

HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE: One Night's Deposit (Room/Suite Rate + Resort and Sales Tax)
Check enclosed $_ (Payable to: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort) or

Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)

Member/Cardholder Signature:

# Golfers.


The 2007 Panama Canal Reunion will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This is a newly construct-
ed hotel and is a great location to have our reunion and celebrate our Society's 75th anniversary. It is nestled along historic
Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades, and has nature trails, inviting swimming pools and tropical foliage to offer a
serene environment, perfect for relaxation.

The many alluring attributes of Rosen Shingle Creek Resort are: An 18-hole, par 72, 7,228 yard championship golf course
on site, designed by David Harman; a full-service, 13,000 square foot Spa, featuring nine treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art
fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and televisions; four pools zero entry family pool, kiddie wading
pool, lap pool, and a quiet lounging pool conveniently located by the Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill; two Jacuzzis; two lighted
tennis courts; basketballs available; nature trails; access to guided canoe trips (seasonal); fishing; horseback riding nearby;
Kids Swamp Camp which includes a computer center and a variety of play stations located across from the video game room;
and on-site shopping, including women's and men's apparel, Florida Arts Gallery and Pro Shop.

If dining is your pleasure, there are over nine venues to choose from, including: (1) A Land Remembered a steakhouse
named after the novel by Patrick Smith, (2) Cala Bella and Bella's Bar this is a fine dining Italian Bistro, (3) Cafe Osceola
& Osceola Bar a buffet restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) serving a buffet and a la carte menu, (4) 18 Monore
Street Deli a 24-hour deli and market, offering a variety of items from a quick snack to a quick-to-order meal. (5) Smoooth
Java Coffee Bar a coffee, smoothies and juice bar, serving Starbuck's coffee and an assortment of pastries and snacks, (6)
Head Waters Lounge Lobby lounge bar which is centrally located and a perfect meeting place, (7) Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grill
- is adjacent to the pools and serves a range of food and beverage items in a relaxed outdoor setting, (8) Creek Ice Creamery
- serves a variety of treats, and (9) Room Service 24-hour full-service dining.

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is situated on 230 acres of land in the heart of Orlando. It is within one mile of the Orange
County Convention Center; ten minutes from the Orlando International Airport; ten minutes (4 miles) from the Universal
Orlando theme park and Wet 'n Wild; within minutes to SeaWorld; within ten to fifteen minutes to Disney World; within fif-
teen minutes to all major shopping venues like the Mall of Millenia, Florida Mall and Premium Outlets; five minutes from
world-class shopping at Pointe Orlando; less than an hour from the Atlantic Ocean; forty-five minutes from Cape Canaveral;
and a 90-minute drive from the Gulf Coast.

We held our September board meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and some board members spent the night. The
guest rooms were beautiful and very comfortable. The Creek Sleeper definitely gives you a good night's sleep. We took a
tour of the Convention Center to see the area where our Reunion will be held. The Convention Center rooms are very large
and will be perfect for our event. We will be located in the Gatlin Ballroom area (first level of the Convention Center) with
some activities located on the second level above the Gatlin Ballroom. The distance from your guest room to the Gatlin is a
good walk, but is all under one roof. Bring your walking shoes or rent a scooter if you have difficulty in walking long dis-
tances. Elevators and escalators are available in the Convention Center.

The following special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout our reserved convention space areas and
at Society sponsored events:

Sodas $2.00
Beer (bottle) Domestic $3.75
Wine $4.00
Mixed Drinks $4.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $3.00


SRefer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to Rosen Shingle Creek
SWhen you arrive at the hotel (CHECK-IN AT 3:00 P.M.), proceed to hotel registration in
order to check into your room.
SReview the hours of operation for reunion registration and other events in these Yellow
pages. Once you arrive at the reunion, a reunion information package will be provided to you at
the Panama Canal Society's registration desk in the Convention Center. Registration and other
event hours will also be posted on the in-house television monitors, which may be viewed from the
comfort of your hotel room or from a monitor in the Convention Center or hotel lobby.
SProceed at your earliest convenience after your arrival to the reunion registration room in
the Convention Center to obtain your name badge, information packet, and pre-ordered event tick-
ets. At registration, a volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and you will be
required to sign the envelope acknowledging that you received the contents and that your order is
correct. Reunion event tickets are NOT PRE-MAILED. Furthermore, only the primary person
registering for the reunion may pick up the name badges and tickets from the registration room.
Be certain that all of your guests are registered for the reunion.
If you are attending a class reunion, information regarding your class reunion event will be
posted at the Information/Secretary desk bulletin board. This is IF your class reunion chairperson
has furnished us with this information. In the event he/she has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you to locate your class reunion activities.
To assist you in making your reunion one to remember for all time, we will be providing you
with more information in each Canal Record between now and the 2007 Reunion.
SRemember, your Society membership must be current to register for the Panama Canal
Society Reunion, obtain a hotel room at our special rate and purchase Society event tickets.
SThe theme for the 2007 Reunion is "Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Society, Inc."


Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
July 4 July 8, 2007



Reunion Registration
Hotel Reservations
Golf Tournament
DJ Dances
Annual Luncheon
Class and Mini Reunions
Despedida Lottery
On-site Ticket Sales
Event Decorations
Owl Show

Tom and Kathy Wilder
Betty LeDoux-Morris
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Margot Jordan
John Gough
Bill McLaughlin
Jim O"Donnell
Dan Norman
Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Allison McLaughlin
Muriel Whitman
Jim Parthenais
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Skeeter Camby
Margaret McLaughlin
Joan Ohman and Tom Spence
Margaret McLaughlin
Chris Wilder


The 2007 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from July 4
through July 8, 2007; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not-processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE to avoid delays in processing your application and not
affect your original receipt date for ticket and lodging priority, remit the correct amount of money and be sure that
all necessary information is supplied and correctly stated.


Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member before
May 15. 2007, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual
membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership appli-
cation form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2007
annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at may also be visited for an applica-
tion and information.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 1. 2007. The
deadline for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 1, 2007, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no
longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and
event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines. Note: All rooms and Suites are on a first
come first served basis. Once these Rooms / Suites are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will have a wait-
ing list, but please plan accordingly.
but instead will be held at the Society's reunion registration area for pickup by the member during registration operating hours.
Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.

Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after June 1, 2007, unless there are extenuating circum-
stances that support doing so. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in order not to lose the
first night's guarantee deposit. Contact the Lodging Chairperson or Society office to cancel your hotel reservations.
NOTE: In accordance with State Law. smoking is prohibited inside Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Also, smoking
is not permitted in guest rooms or suites. Guests violating this restriction will be charged a $500 penalty by the hotel
and the charge will be put on the guest's credit card.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property and at Society functions, to include dances, is limited to bev-
erages purchased at the hotel bars. In accordance with state law, the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is per-
mitted only within the confines of the guest's room. No bottled alcohol will be carried into Society functions.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt with
in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.

REUNION REGISTRATION (Gatlin Ballroom Registration Desk #2)
All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion;
and a non-refundable $7.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid. For those
choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's website http://www.pancanalsoci- at the "Online Services" link.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Sandlake Signature Ballroom Second Level)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday. July 6. 2007. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year for members. This
is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to Society business and partici-
pate in discussions. Please plan to attend this meeting! As a bonus, there are always great door prizes donated by the Reunion
Vendors, to include two free round trip-tickets to/from Panama from/to Miami.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Galtin Ballroom A) Deadline to purchase tickets is June 1. 2007
Once again we plan to provide an exciting and entertaining agenda for all attending the annual luncheon. This year we
will have David Seitz (BHS'77) and Alex Reyes (BHS'89), a.k.a. Shorty and Slim, perform for us on stage. The duo's music
is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Caribbean sounds with a touch of Rock-n-Roll. It's the only musical production
of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living in the former Canal Zone and Panama. It is feel-good
music that will make you laugh, cry and remember the good old days for ALL ages. Shorty and Slim have produced four CDs
of their music.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 1. 2007, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables of
10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as spe-
cial seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form and will be honored to the
extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of Pan Roasted Chicken w/Sage Reduction or Marinated Sliced Flank
Steak w/Mushrooms. Both entrees will be served with Roasted Red Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable, Mixed Tossed Greens with
Tomato Wedge, Sliced Cucumber and Julienne Carrots, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Old Fashion Chocolate Cake and Coffee,
Decaf, or Herbal Tea.
Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be strictly
enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
See more information about Shorty and Slim in this issue of the Canal Record.

Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is
reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will feature Tito
Mouynes y Conjunto. Dress is informal with no shorts or jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be
allowed into the ballroom.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, with no shorts or jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ballroom.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.


Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will begin at
11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these dances.

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON (Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club)
Margot Jordan will be hosting the 27th Annual AMATEUR Golf Tournament on Thursday. July 5. 2007, at the Shingle Creek Golf
Club. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will be hosting our Reunion this year so don't miss out playing on their unforgettable 18-hole, par 72,
Championship (7,228 yards) golf course.
This year we will have three categories of competition. When you register you must choose one of these three categories:
1. MEN'S medal play (One overall low gross winner.)
2. LADIES medal (One overall low gross winner.)
3. 2-PERSON SCRAMBLE flight (Handicaps for each team will be determined by one half of the team's combined handicap.
Players who do not select a partner at registration will be assigned a compatible partner based on age or handicap.)
REMINDER: PROS are welcome to play but cannot compete for prizes.
The awards luncheon will be a buffet with BBQ baby back ribs, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and
dessert. Lunch will start IMMEDIATELY after play ends. The name tag you receive at registration will indicate your assigned luncheon
ENTRY DEADLINE: June 1, 2007. The entry fee of $79.00 includes range balls, green fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards, and lots of
door prizes. The field will be limited to 120 players so send in your registration form early. Unless advised by the committee, consider your-
self registered, as no confirmation will be sent out. Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon at a
cost of $32.00 per guest. This includes favors and door prizes.
Player's flights and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon at the Society information desk located at the Gatlin Ballroom
Registration Desk #2.
Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO denim pants, denim shorts, or coolers are permitted.
BINGO (St. John's 26 & 27)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.,
and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. with lots of fun and a new structure of prizes to be won.

DESPEDIDA (Gatlin Ballroom B & C)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will be held on Sunday, July 8. 2007. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and the Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come early
and get a good seat. The Folkloric Dancers, Recuerdos De Mi Panama, will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at
10:00 a.m. The dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!
Despedida 2007 will also feature the drawing of the 6th Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and
entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. Tickets are priced at $1.00 and are available at the Despedida Lottery table
located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky prizewinners.
THURSDAY NIGHT "OWL SHOW" (Sandlake Signature Ballroom Second Level)
Most every Zonian remembers the Owl Shows at Diablo and Margarita Theaters. As part of our 75th anniversary celebra-
tions, we are inaugurating the Owl Show at this year's reunion. It will be held on Thursday night at 10 o'clock in the Sandlake
Signature Ballroom located on the 2nd level. We promise to have a good scary movie for you. There is no charge and every-
one is welcome to attend.
CLASS AND MINI-REUNIONS (St. John's Second Level)
Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive advance
approval from Class and Mini-Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or minireunions@pancanalsoci- THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS ANY
ing hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson. Coordinators for class
and mini-reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and procedures regarding the
payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also
responsible for scheduling their class or mini-reunion activities so as not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In
order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini-reunion schedules
of events or notices should be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else
in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Gatlin Ballroom D)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2007 membership dues, (2) their $7.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items that are deemed
objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any Society responsibility
or liability for items sold by reunion vendors. Deadline for Vendor Applications is May 15, 2007.

Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson, John Gough, by
telephone at (727) 527-2955, or by e-mail at Printable Vendor Applications are also
available on the Society's website,

INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Gatlin Ballroom Registration Desk #2)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance to reunion attendees. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities, including mini-
reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance of a bulletin
board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for "LOST AND FOUND" articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals and Canal Records. Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership-related matters to
discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.


MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by June 1, 2007.
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving about the
rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motorized scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Mobility at 1-888-726-6837. They are offering free delivery and pick up and
the daily rate for scooters is $30. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by June 1, 2007.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2007 membership dues and the reunion
registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson. The
host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $121.00/$250.00/$350.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 2
through July 11, 2007.
Except in special circumstances, only one guest room / suite reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's spe-
cial reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so until all
available guest rooms / suites are filled. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel when members check in.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their prior-
ity; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every effort possible to
expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging arrangements.

Reservations must be received by May 1, 2007, at the Society Office.
To reserve a guest room or suite, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be com-
pleted in its entirety, either printed in black ink or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit plus 12.5% resort and
sales tax (payable to Rosen Shingle Creek Resort). The form should be submitted to the Reunion Coordinator, and received
in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33772-4787 no later than May 1, 2007.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.

Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made
c. Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.

Note: Upon check-in, the hotel will reconfirm your departure date. Any adjustments to the departure date can be made
then. After the departure date adjustments are made, shortened lengths of stay, thereafter, will result in a $50.00
administrative fee.

There is no smoking in any hotel guest room or suite. Guests violating this restriction will be
assessed a $500 penalty charge on their credit cards.


This year's Annual Luncheon will feature the LIVE musical entertainment of David Seitz
(BHS'77) and Alex Reyes (BHS'89), a.k.a. SHORTY & SLIM, in a unique, "coffee-shop" per-
formance that will captivate the ears and hearts of ALL AGES by bringing back mental
images of everything from Colon Taxi Drivers to Cucarachas to Bass Fishing on Gatun Lake.

SHORTY & SLIM is a pleasing blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Caribbean sounds with a
touch of Rock-n-Roll, and has best been described as "Canal Zone Folk Music"!! Conceived
in a Gamboa living room in 1992 and later captured on four CD productions, (Life on Mango
Street '95, Gone Platano '97, 'Tird One '99, and Down to Panama '06), it is written all about
Panama and the Canal Zone by Panamanian Zonians, and it's the only musical production
of its kind to truly capture the sights, sounds and experiences of living in or visiting the beau-
tiful Paradise of Panama and the Canal Zone. It is original, feel-good music that will make
you laugh, cry and remember the good old days.

Dave and Alex will be throwing out their straightforward, satirical, comical and even tear-
jerking style to the ears of EVERY GENERATION in this special "unplugged" performance,
where listeners will have the opportunity to get to know exactly what SHORTY & SLIM were
thinking, doing, and feeling at the moment each song was written. This Musical Memory
Train will take you from the Construction Era with numbers like "The Rain" and "Gold &
Silver", through the Zonian Heyday with "Reunion" and "You Would Understand", and right
up to the Canal Transfer and beyond with "Patio Sale", "Cold Shiver", and many, many more.

"Playing Zonian Folk music to a room packed full of Zonians who actually have paid for lunch
and HAVE to sit and listen.... To be able to explain the lyrics, memories, and feelings behind
each song... To be able to look out into each Zonian's eyes and say 'this music was writ-
ten for YOU!... To be given this most special opportunity is truly an honor, the experience
will be unforgettable for us and we are so looking forward to this show"

David Seitz and Alex Reyes

("OH Rass, Sharty!! We betta start practicin', Man!!"
"Easy now, Slim. Dems all Zonians, dem. It just gween be a next PARTY, bway!!")


Friday, July 6, 2007

Recuerdos de Mi Panama, the Panamanian dance group that performs at
our Despedida will once again be teaching unique dance steps used in the
"typical" dances from Panama during the reunion. You will also learn the
historical significance behind the different dances. You don't need to be an
accomplished dancer to participate. Beginners are welcome! Join us to
refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance "Tipico" style for the first time.
Cost for this class is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Class will be
held on Friday, July 6, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the St. John r
room #28. Pre-registration is necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is
required to conduct the class. In the event there are not enough participants
to hold the class, your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your
registration now. You don't want to miss this opportunity.

DEADLINE is June 1, 2007.

Beginners are welcomed.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2007.
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Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard just off the
Beachline Expressway (SSR 528 Exit #2) and a half mile east of the Orange
County Convention Center.

From Olando International Airport:

From 1-4 take the SR-528 Toll West
Exit (Exit 1B) toward International
Drive/I-4/Florida's Turnpike.

Merge onto FL-528 West (Portions

Take the Universal Blvd. exit (Exit 2)
toward Orangewood Blvd.

Turn right on Universal Blvd.

From 1-4:
Take exit #72/FL-528-TOLL EAST
onto FL-528 EAST toward CAPE
onto a local road toward UNIVERSAL
Arrive at 9939 UNIVERSAL BLVD,

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Friday Night
Join us for the PanaZonian Dance with
"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"
Featuring: Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz

Saturday Night Ball
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Gatlin B C

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Eligible members of the Panama Canal Society will receive a 10% discount
off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travels from Miami*, Orlando, Los
Angeles, and New York City (JFK). Effective December 1, 2006. Travel must
be completed by March 15, 2007.

Promotional Code: PCS001
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Copa Airlines reserves the right to make changes to this promotion at any time.

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Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.


Freddy and Traci Peugnet of Jacksonville, Fla., proudly
announce the birth of their daughter Isabelle Lorraine
Peugnet born on May 28, 2006. Isabelle weighed 6 pounds
12 ounces at birth and was 19-3/4 inches long.
Her paternal grandparents are Laura Peugnet and the late
Ernest Peugnet Jr., both of Panama. Maternal grandparents
are Mickie Thomas and the late Richard Thomas of
Gaylord, Mich.
Isabelle was baptized on June 24, 2006, at Blessed Trinity
Catholic Church surrounded by her Michigan and Florida

Traci Peugnet, holding Isabelle Lorraine, and Freddy

Lonnie and Lizzie Easterling are pleased to announce
the birth of their new baby boy Robert Phillip Easterling on
August 21, 2006, weighing in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 21 inches
long. Robert, who will be called Bobby after his late grand-
father Bob Thompson (a former lockmaster at Gatun) joins
his big sister Linzie and brother L.J.
The whole family is doing fine and welcomes the new
Thompsonian. Grandmother Mary Thompson loves her new
man-in-charge while Lizzie does her chores at Wolf Camera
in Memphis.

L.J., Lizzie Easterling holding Bobby, and Linzie.



Outpatient and inpatient medical records up to
1982 may be obtained from the following address:

Federal Records Center (NARA)
4712 South Park Boulevard
Ellenwood, Georgia 30294

Contact: Gladys Mitchell at 404-736-2850.

Outpatient and inpatient medical records after
1982 can be found at the following:

9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63132


All Canal Zone schools, Canal Zone College and
Panama Canal College transcripts are located at:

Department of Defense Education Activity
Records Center
7201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905-4300



Click on alumni then click on the area that applies
to you.





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Randolph E. Alberga, 66, of Riverside, Calif., passed
away on September 19, 2006. He was born in Colon,
Republic of Panama. He attended elementary, middle and
high school in the Canal Zone and was voted Friendliest by
his graduation class of CHS'59.
After graduation from San Diego State University he
taught at the elementary level for eight years before becom-
ing an interior decorator in Riverside, Calif. He spent 30
years decorating homes all over Southern California. Yellow
and orange were his favorite colors. Interiors by Randy is
well known. His collection of Waterford crystal, Lladro and
Christmas tree decorations are renowned. His other specialty
was keeping in touch by letter, phone, and email. He knew
everyone's address, birthday and anniversary date. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his brother, Douglas Alberga (CHS'63);
his sister-in-law, Magda Flor Alberga; a niece, two nephews,
and a grandniece. He is also survived by two aunts, Lilia
Luna Alberga and Loraine Frankel Alberga, and many

Richard "Dick" J. Bjorneby, 74, of Estero, Fla., passed
away on August 8, 2006. He was born in Seattle, Wash., on
April 29, 1932. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael
Marlin Bjorneby (CHS'73). He graduated from high school
in Bremerton, Wash., and received his Associate in Arts
Degree in 1957 from Olympic College. He attended the
University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. He proudly
served his country in the Korean War.
Dick worked in the Bremerton Navy Yard as a Rigger and
in 1961 went to the Panama Canal Zone as a Rigger/Diver
working in the Shipyard at Mt. Hope. In 1966, he transferred
to the Marine Bureau as a Boarding Officer/Admeasurer. He
was promoted to Supervisory Admeasurer in 1979. In 1984,
he transferred to the position of Harbormaster, Atlantic in
Gatun and was promoted to Superintendent,
Launch/Linehandling Branch in 1985.
He was active in civic affairs and served 17 terms as
President of the Coco Solo and Gatun Civic Councils, as well
as two terms as Chairman of the State Board of Education for
the Canal Zone. In 1974, he received the Panama Canal
Honorary Public Service Award from Governor H. R. Parfitt.
He had lunch with President Jimmy Carter when
President Carter came to the Canal Zone to discuss the impact
of the Panama Canal Treaty on the employees and residents
of the Canal Zone. Dick had a large collection of books on the
Panama Canal which were recently donated to the Panama
Canal Museum in Florida. It has been named the "Dick
Bjorneby Collection". He was a member of the Panama Canal
Dick loved to travel and had been to six of the seven con-
tinents of the world, missing only Australia. He enjoyed
sports and played table tennis until he was 71 years old. He

retired from the Panama Canal on April 29, 1995. In the years
after his retirement, he worked as a Lecturer on the Panama
Canal for a number of cruise lines.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia "Pat" (Leach)
(CHS'56) Bjorneby; his sons, John "Buzz" M. Bjorneby
(CHS'77) and Marc R. Bjorneby (CHS'86); daughters, Jan T.
(Bjorneby) (CHS'71) Gerlach, Kari A. Bjorneby and Kristi L.
Bjorneby (CHS'87); and two grandsons.

Ann D. Brennan of Hollywood, Calif., died on March
24, 2006. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
No further information is available.

Thomas Burbine, 88, died at home in Littleton, Mass.,
on August 7, 2006. He moved to Panama in 1960 after retir-
ing from the Army. He served in the American Division dur-
ing World War II in the Pacific earning a Bronze Star with a
V, and received a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He
served in Italy where he met and married Silvana, his wife of
58 years. He moved to Panama where he had previously
served in the Army, initially managing the Balboa Clubhouse
and eventually worked as the Internal Security Agent for the
Atlantic side.
Some may remember Tom for his work with the Little
Theater (Damn Yankees, Oklahoma) and the Sweet Adelines
Barbershop Quartet. Tom was also active in The Holy Family
Church in Margarita. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife Silvana (Fratini); his son Mark
and daughter-in-law Susan; his son Anthony and daughter-in-
law Mary, and two grandchildren, as well as his brothers, sis-
ters, nieces, nephews, and two granddogs.

S. C. "Grumpy" Eastwood, 93, of Inverness, Fla., died
August 20, 2006. Born in White County, Ill., he came to
Florida in 1972 from Cherry Hill, N.J. He served in the U.S.
Army for 32 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel. He was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where
he met and married his late wife, Agnes M. Coleman of
Ancon. After their marriage, he was stationed at various
Army facilities including a POW camp in the Midwest, occu-
pied Japan, Ft. Lee, Va., and Ft. Benning, Ga.
After leaving the Army, he attended the University of
Illinois where he received a bachelor's degree in business. He
also had a master's degree in food technology. He later
worked for the Army as a civilian for the U.S. Army
Quartermaster Corps in Germany and the United States. He
was a member of Citrus 118 and St. Johns 113 Masonic
Survivors include a son, Verne A. and his wife Toni of
Plantation, Fla., two grandchildren; a sister-in-law Carol L.

Masino of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a brother-in-law George
E. Coleman Jr. and his wife Nidia of Bordentown, N.J.; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

David Allen Eberenz, 94, of Wayne, N.J., died
September 9, 2006, at home. David was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone on December 16, 1911. He has been married to Helen
(nee Bodrogi) Eberenz for sixty-nine years.
He worked for the Public Works Department of the U.S.
Naval Air Station in Coco Solo and in Coco Solito for twen-
ty-seven years having retired and moved to Wayne in 1957.
He later was a toll collector for the NJ Turnpike Authority,
New Brunswick for twenty years and retired in 1977. David
was Exalted Ruler for the Cristobal Lodge #1542 B.P.O.E. in
the Canal Zone. He and his wife Helen are charter members
of Our Lady of Consolation RC Church in Wayne.
He is survived by his wife Helen; two daughters, Diane
Wilkins (Ted) of Garfield; N.J. and Sylvia LaCorte (Ralph) of
Wesley Chapel, Fla.; two granddaughters and two grandsons;
a great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his son, David Eberenz and his late
wife Diane (nee Casiello), and his son, Michael Allen
Eberenz, a grandson, Michael Robert Eberenz; his brothers,
Leo and Jack Eberenz, and sisters Marcella Heim, Virginia
Williams and Ruth Turner.

Ana V. Ehrman, 97, of Largo, Fla., died September 25,
2006, at her daughter's home where she had lived for 22
years. She came to Florida in 1984 from the Republic of
Panama. She was a homemaker, mother and for many years
wrote the social column for the Star and Herald in Gamboa,
Canal Zone. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic
Church, Largo. She enjoyed dancing and taught many chil-
dren in Gamboa to dance at Cotillion lessons. She also taught
young girls ballet dancing.
Survivors include a son, Henry, Clearwater, Fla.; a daugh-
ter, Doris Monaco, Largo, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-
grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

James Fox, 82, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died September 3,
2006, at Bay Pines VA Medical Center. Born in Jonestown,
Pa. he moved to Florida in 1964 from Panama. He retired
after 30 years of service in the military. He served in the Navy
and also as an Air Force attache at American embassies in
England, Turkey and Japan. He was a veteran of World War
II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He enjoyed boating,
fishing and hunting and was past president of several local
condo associations. He was a member of American Legion
273, DAV, and the VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Calliope; a sister, Angela
Constantinides, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and

Daniel S. Gressang III, 71, of Ormond Beach, Fla.,
passed away quietly at home on October 21, 2006. Daniel
was born March 21, 1935, in Pottsville, Pa., the son of Daniel

S. Jr. and Monica Burns Gressang. He spent most of his early
years living in Florida with his grandparents, and his high
school years were spent with his father and stepmother in the
Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from Balboa High School
in 1954.
He spent the next 20 years serving his country in the U.S.
Army, retiring as a Major. Daniel served two tours of duty in
Vietnam flying various types of helicopters and received
many medals, one being the Distinguished Flying Cross. His
name is on the Wall of Honor at the Air and Space Museum
in Washington, D.C. He was very proud of his military serv-
ice in which he flew straight wing aircraft, but mainly all
types of helicopters. After his retirement, he was employed
by Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. and Doss Aviation, where he
served as an instructor pilot at Fort Rucker, Ala., and in
Mexico for the Mexican government.
Daniel was a gun enthusiast, belonged to the NRA, and
enjoyed hunting. He was an avid reader and a history buff,
and loved to travel. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society and a graduate of the University of Tampa. Dan was
predeceased by his first wife, Margaret, who died in 1992.
Survivors are his wife, Dawn, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a
son, Daniel IV and daughter-in-law Lutitia Gressang and two
grandchildren in Maryland; two stepchildren, Scott and his
wife, Catriona Parker, in Florida and Kevin Parker in New
Jersey, and four stepgrandchildren.

Annabelle (Lee) Grills, 72, of Poway, Calif., passed
away July 29, 2006, after a hard battle with cancer. Anna was
born June 24, 1934, in Los Angeles, Calif. She went to the
Canal Zone to visit with her mother, who was born in
Panama, and returned there to live.
After working some years for the U.S. Army in the Canal
Zone, she then left with her two sons and her husband, Joe
Grills, in 1972 when he obtained a position with the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Agency. Her husband Joe preceded her in
death. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Anna is survived by her sons, Richard D. Meehan Jr. of
Severna Park, Md.; Michael Meehan, of Warrenton, Va.; two
grandsons, a granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

Margaret Gorham Hardison, 91, of McMinnville, Ore.,
died October 18, 2006. Born in Spiro, Okla. on December 23,
1914, she was the daughter of James Calvin and Maggie
(Thurel) Gorham. Immediately after her graduation from
National Lewis University in Evanston, Ill., she began teach-
ing in New York. Three years later, she moved to New York's
Erie County and taught in the Akron school system for five
At the end of World War II, she went to the Panama Canal
Zone to teach. Three sets of locks were still in camouflage
when she arrived. She met and married Grady Hardison on
March 21, 1948. She enjoyed 18 years of teaching in the
Canal Zone while her husband continued a government serv-
ice career that would extend 31 years. After their retirement,
the couple returned to the United States in 1964, settling in
McMinnville. Mr. Hardison preceded her in death in 2000.
Mrs. Hardison was a former member of the Panama Canal

Society, and belonged to the American Association of
University Women, Order of Eastern Star, Current Event
Club and United Methodist Church. She enjoyed many years
of active volunteering and enjoyed her work with the Pioneer
She is survived by a son, Jim, of Lake Oswego, Ore., and
two grandchildren.

Gladys Bliss Humphrey, 92, of Valkaria, Fla., formerly
of Sarasota, died September 28, 2006, in Valkaria. Gladys
was born September 15, 1914, in Cristobal, Panama Canal
Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School. Born in a
house across the street from the Cristobal Fire Station, she
was destined to marry a firefighter.
She and B. Donald Humphrey were married in 1938.
Gladys worked at Gatun Locks; she taught Sunday school at
Cristobal Union Church for many years where she enjoyed
sharing her strong faith in God with the young children. She
was also in the order of Eastern Star and was Mother Advisor
to the Rainbow Girls. Gladys was a second mom to many of
those kids.
In 1963, Gladys and Don left the Canal Zone and retired
in Sarasota, Fla., where she was close to her two sisters,
Mayno and Tinsie, and to her daughter, Donna, and family. In
Sarasota, Gladys was one of the original Birthday Club mem-
bers, which she and her sister began for all the retired Panama
Canal women in the area. She was also the Canal Record area
reporter for Sarasota for more than 35 years. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society. In 1999, she moved to
Valkaria, Fla., to be near other family members.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna (Humphrey) Mann
of Sarasota, Fla., and a son, Donald Louis Humphrey of
Malabar, Fla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchil-

Henry K. Johnstone, 86, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died
August 21, 2006, at home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y,
and came to Florida in 1988 from Bricktown, N.J. He was a
master mariner in the Merchant Marines, a lieutenant com-
mander in the Navy Reserve and a Panama Canal pilot for 25
years. He was a ship handling instructor at Kings Point
Maritime Academy and the Navy Training Facility at
Newport, R.I. He graduated from the New York State
Maritime College. He was a Mason, a member of St. Luke's
Chapel United Episcopal Church, and the Panama Canal
Survivors include a son, Joseph H., Wilson, N.C.; two
daughters, Kathleen S. Cagle, Paris, Ky., and Eileen M. Legg,
Laurel, Miss.; a sister, Pat Draeger, Indian Harbour Beach,
Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Maurice "Bud" Kelleher, 80, of Augusta, Ga., formerly
of Clearwater, Fla., passed away on September 17, 2006. He
was born in Springfield, Mass., and grew up in the Canal
Zone where he graduated from Balboa High School in 1943.
He later graduated from Bradley University. He was also a
veteran of World War II.

He retired from the Panama Canal Personnel Branch as a
Wage and Classification Specialist in 1980 with 35 years of
service. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his five children: Maurice "Mickey"
Kelleher Jr., Woodlands, Texas; Maureen Hotsko, Panama;
Ruth Anne Kelleher, Panama; Kathleen Hovan, Augusta, Ga.;
and Bernard Kelleher, Virginia Beach, Va., and 18 grandchil-
dren. He is also survived by his brother, David Kelleher, of
Seminole, Fla.

Florence Klipper, 93, a resident of Florida since 1967,
died October 2, 2006, at home. She was born in Brooklyn,
N.Y. on December 10, 1912, and moved to the Panama Canal
Zone in 1940 with her late husband, Murray Klipper, who
was employed by the Electrical Division. After more than 27-
plus years of government service, they retired and moved to
South Florida. During her many years in the Canal Zone she
was an active member in the Balboa Women's Club and was
also an avid bridge player.
Survivors include two sons, Michael (BHS'60), DeLand,
Fla., and Robert (BHS'65) of San Jose, Costa Rica; a daugh-
ter, Barbara Klipper Miller (BHS'59), Boca Raton, Fla.; eight
grandchildren and spouses; and several great-grandchildren.

George Edward Lowery, 78, of Floral City, Fla., died
September 8, 2006. Born in Germantown, Md., he came to
Florida in 1998 from Panama.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and went to the
Canal Zone after the war. He worked for the Supply Division,
Commissary Division and later transferred to the Locks
Division. He was a Locks Towing Locomotive Operator until
retiring in 1989. His love of fishing in Panama was his life.
He was a member of the Floral City VFW Post, Elks Lodge
1414, the Panama Canal Society, and Our Lady of Fatima
Catholic Church of Inverness, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Yarelys R.; two daughters,
Margaret L. McLaughlin (Bill), Floral City, Fla., and Allene
Villareal, California; five sons, Robert H., North Carolina,
George, John and Donald, all of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and
Hector, New York; a brother, Arthur, Hague, Va.; two sisters,
Wilma and Patsy; and four grandchildren.

Joan Horter Lundy, 75, died July 13, 2006, at home after
a long illness. Joan was born September 22, 1930, in Gorgas
Hospital in Ancon. She was involved in many sports and
clubs and graduated in the 1948 Balboa High School class as
well as the 1950 Balboa Junior College class.
She moved to the States to pursue her B.A. from the
University of Minnesota, but returned to the Canal Zone in
December 1951 to marry her fellow "Most All Around"
friend, James Leroy Lundy. She raised three daughters in
Rochester, N.Y., Ann Arbor, Mich., and La Jolla, Calif. She
was an active volunteer and was avidly involved with her
daughters' swimming. She and her husband divorced after the
children were grown, and she enjoyed spending time working
and traveling to distant corners of the world.
She is survived by daughters Jan and Rick Bajgrowicz,

Chris and John Kinney, and Kay Gross; three grandsons; her
sister, Ruth Horter Spooner; sister-in-law Tommie Lou Horter
and sister-in-law Elizabeth Lundy Davis; many nieces and
nephews, and great friends from the Zone, some of whom
kept in touch by email brightening her last years.

James P. MacLaren, 91, passed away August 15, 2006,
peacefully and without suffering. He had a very interesting
life full of adventures in Montana, Minnesota, Korea,
Mexico, Peru, the Panama Canal Zone, and his retirement in
Oakland, Calif. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally C.
MacLaren; his daughters, Pati (husband Bob) Cole, Doree
(husband Chris) Porter; son, Ron (wife Terrie) MacLaren;
and eight grandchildren.

"Coach" Luke C. Palumbo, 94, of Fayetteville, Ark.,
died August 31, 2006, at Circle of Life Hospice House in
Springdale, Ark. He was born January 20, 1912, in New
Castle, Pa., to Lucca and Angela Marie Vandetti Palumbo.
Football earned him an athletic scholarship at Northwest
Missouri State University where he became captain of the
football team, president of the "M" club, made Who's Who in
American Colleges and was inducted into the NWMSU Hall
of Fame. The first in his family to earn a college degree, he
became a strong proponent of education.
He was employed by the Schools Division of the Panama
Canal Company in 1941. He was a science teacher and ath-
letic coach for 33 years at Cristobal High School. There he
initiated the CHS Football Jamboree which opened each sea-
son. Early in his career Luke joined a photography club that
made weekend trips into the jungles of Panama to photograph
indigenous tribes. In the summer of 1952, he and photogra-
pher friends made a journey by Jeep to the States on the yet
incomplete TransAmerican Highway. These adventures were
followed by numerous slide show presentations.
In 1974, Luke and his wife Frances retired to Fayetteville,
Ark., where he drove a school bus, volunteered as science
teacher in an alternative school, joined walkathons for worthy
causes, and gave numerous talks sharing his Panama insect
collection. He enjoyed telling people that his strongest drink
was coffee and that he wanted to keep busy to avoid "that ol'
rocking chair". He was a member of the First Christian
Church, Disciples of Christ, the Panama Canal Society, and a
volunteer at Meals on Wheels.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances
Palumbo, in 1985, beside whom his cremains were buried in
Trenton, Mo.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Betty Terry
Palumbo, along with her daughters Pamela (Terry) Nickel of
Fayetteville and Vicki Terry Felig of Anaheim, Calif., .and
two stepgranddaughters. His family included two sons, Luke
Todd Palumbo of Panama, and James Russell Palumbo of
Florida; two daughters, Judith Ann Palumbo-Gates of
Sequim, Wash., and Sara Jane Stephens of Fayetteville, Ark.;
and their 17 children/stepchildren, and 12 great-grandchil-

Billy Perry of Gurley, Ala., passed away on August 15,
2006, at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Perry spent fourteen years
in Panama drilling and blasting. He was Master of the Drill
Boat THOR.
He is survived by his wife, Iris Chandler Perry; his son,
Joel Chandler Perry, and his wife Irina; and four grandchil-

Thomas C. Peterson, 75, of Sarasota, Fla., died October
20, 2006. Tom was born January 14, 1931, in Ancon, Canal
Zone, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1949. He
served in the U.S. Army in the mid-1950s and was a member
of the American Legion. He retired from the Personnel
Bureau of the Panama Canal Company in 1981 with 26 years
of service and came to Sarasota at that time.
Tom was very active in the Masonic Bodies in the Canal
Zone and was a 330 Mason. He held the offices of R.W.
District Grand Master of the Right Worshipful District Grand
Lodge at the Panama Canal; Deputy of the Supreme Council,
33, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A.; Potentate, Abou Saad
Shrine; Presiding Officer of the three Panama Canal York
Rite Bodies and KYCH; and Past Deputy and Executive
Officer of the International Supreme Council, Order of
DeMolay at the Panama Canal. He was also active with the
Masonic affiliated youth organizations.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Peterson was presented the
"Master Key to the Panama Canal" as "Master Benefactor"
by the Governor of the Canal Zone. He was a member of and
served as President of the Panama Canal Society from 1998-
1999, and served for several years on the Board of Trustees
of the Panama Canal Museum, both located in Seminole, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Barbara; three
daughters, Carol Heintz of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; Diane
Peterson of North Port, Fla.; and Elaine Little of Niceville,
Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

Captain Ralph Crawford "Bud" Plummer, 79, of
Harrington, Maine, and Weslaco, Texas, passed away August
26, 2006, after a long illness. He was born on December 17,
1926, in Harrington. Bud knew from a young age that he
wanted to carry on a family tradition of life at sea, following
his grandfather, three uncles and two cousins who were ship
captains and who took Bud out on the water as a child in row-
He enrolled at the Maine Maritime Academy and made
his first transit through the Panama Canal on the Academy's
training ship in 1945. He graduated with the fifth graduating
class from the Academy in 1947, with a third mate's license.
In his early career, he worked on ships hauling lumber, steel
and ore, traveling between the United States and ports in
Peru, Chile, Brazil, and several European countries. Bud
sailed with several shipping companies, one of which was
Bethlehem Steel, in the employment of which Bud rose in
skill and experience from third mate to captain. He met his
future wife, Dorothy, while he was in port at Portland, Ore.
They married in 1952 and during the 1950s lived in Portland
and ports on the East Coast, including Baltimore, Md. Bud
felt he knew the Atlantic Ocean "too well," having endured

two hurricanes at sea in 1958.
Bud then worked as a Panama Canal pilot from 1960 to
1989. He felt he had the very best job in the merchant marine
as Senior Panama Canal Pilot. He loved his work and was a
consummate professional. Bud's superb piloting skills were
tapped extensively, and he piloted thousands of ships through
the Canal, including ships up to the 950-foot maximum
length that could make the passage through the Canal. When
Bud and Dorothy were not in the Canal Zone, they returned
to Harrington, Maine, and wintered in Weslaco, Texas.
After retiring in 1989, Bud and "Dottie" traveled exten-
sively by motor home throughout the U.S. and Canada, and
went twice to Norway to visit Dottie's relatives there. Bud
and Dottie enjoyed bird hunting and fishing from a cottage
they built on Portage Lake in Aroostock County. Bud was a
Shriner, a member of Gatun Lodge, Panama, and a member
of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Dorothy, of
Harrington, as well as a half-brother, Roy L. Plummer, of
Virginia, and a stepbrother, Phillip Callahan, of the
Philadelphia area. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law,
Helen Magnuson of Minneapolis, and Sylvia Flint of Fargo,
N.D., and several cousins.

Margaret A. "Peggy" (Roddy) Pruett, of Cape
Girardeau, Mo., passed away on July 29, 2006. She was born
August 9, 1938, in New York City, the daughter of Edwin and
Margaret Roddy. Margaret Roddy and their three children
went to the Canal Zone in 1941 to join Edwin Roddy who had
been there for a year.
Peggy went to Margarita Elementary School and
Cristobal High School and graduated with the class of 1956.
Cristobal High School class of 1956 had their 50th class
reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
reunion this summer and Peggy attended it.
She worked for the Panama Canal Co., IRS in Sarasota,
Fla., Community Caring Council and the Cape Girardeau
Police Department and was retired. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived
by her husband, Captain Burley F. Pruett and her son, Burley
W. "Bill" Pruett II of St. Louis, Mo.; her brother, James J.
Roddy of Bellevue, Wash.; her sister, Patricia (Eugene)
Melnick of Bellevue, Wash.; a grandson; and eight nieces and

Margaret E. (Barnard) Rankin passed away June 20,
2006, in Denver, Colo. Margaret was born May 16, 1917, in
Brooklyn, N.Y., to William Arthur and Jane (Jenny) Peters
Margaret's father, William Andrew Barnard, left New
York in 1909 to serve as secretary to Colonel William Gorgas.
Although Gorgas requested that Barnard, now a two-time
Roosevelt Medal Award recipient, continue to work with him
on his next assignment, Barnard chose to stay with the
Panama Canal Commission. Gorgas wrote a letter of recom-
mendation and Barnard was appointed to an Admeasurer
position. In 1916, Barnard traveled to New York from

Panama to marry Jane (Jenny) Peters who remained in New
York while William went back to Panama returning months
later to New York to bring Jenny and their infant daughter
Margaret to Panama where they lived until retirement in
She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Thomas
Lee Rankin. Margaret and Tom, former Panama Canal
Society members, met while attending Cristobal High and
married in 1933. Their family lived in the Canal Zone on both
the Pacific and Atlantic sides until 1951, when Tom left his
position as Chief of the Industrial Division of the Canal to
assume a Surveyor's position with the American Bureau of
Shipping in Michigan. They moved with ABS to Bilbao,
Spain, and then to Jacksonville Beach, Fla. where they even-
tually retired, then spent their last years in Denver, Colo.
Margaret is survived by daughters Janice Lee (Rankin)
Craighead of Lubbock, Texas; Margaret Annette (Peggy
Rankin) Spelman of Hawaii and Michigan; and Colleen Jane
(Rankin) Hall of Colorado along with 11 grandchildren, 24
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Gertrude M. Roberto, 84, of Clearwater, Fla., died
September 21, 2006, at Highland Pines Nursing Manor.
She came to Clearwater in the mid-1970s from the
Panama Canal Zone, where she retired as an accountant for
the federal government. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
of Clearwater, where she played the organ and was a
Eucharistic minister. She enjoyed traveling and bowling.
Survivors include a niece, Karen Wilson, Holiday, Fla.; a
grandniece and a grandnephew; and two great-grand-

Marjorie Vanderslice Rosado, 97, of Bloomsburg, Pa.,
died September 1, 2006, in Columbia Montour Home
Hospice at Maria Hall. She was born April 8, 1909, in
Bloomsburg, the daughter of the late George Jackson and
Grace (Hartzel) Vanderslice.
Marjorie's father was employed in the office of Colonel
George Goethals during the building of the Panama Canal.
When Marjorie was three months old, she was taken to the
Panama Canal Zone to live. She attended grade school in the
Canal Zone and returned to the United States in 1921 to
attend junior and senior high school in the former
Bloomsburg Normal School. In 1928, she graduated from
Bloomsburg High School. She received her bachelor of sci-
ence degree from the former Bloomsburg State Teachers
College, her master of science degree from Columbia
University and earned 34 credits toward a doctorate at New
York University.
Marjorie taught elementary school in Lewisburg before
returning to the Panama Canal Zone in 1937. There, she
taught sixth grade and junior high school English and social
studies in the U.S. Government Schools for 36 years before
retiring. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church,
Bloomsburg. She served as chaplain at the Bloomsburg
Hospital for her church. She was a member of the
Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling exten-

sively all over the world.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Albert
Rosado; two brothers, Hiester Vanderslice, and G. Jackson
Vanderslice; two sisters, Betty V. Roberts, and Priscilla V.
Margerum. She is survived by a sister, Nancy Shannon of
Virginia; a brother, Robert F. Vanderslice, Bloomsburg, Pa.,
and many nieces and nephews.

Lillian F. (Ferry) Ryan, 97, of South Windsor, Conn.,
died August 12, 2006, in Baystate Medical Center. She was
born and grew up in Easthampton, Mass., and graduated from
West Springfield High School in 1926.
She obtained her nursing degree from the Falkner
Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and lived for 31 years in the
Canal Zone working for the U.S. Government. On her 60th
birthday she completed her private pilot education and com-
pleted her first solo flight. She was a past Most Worthy
Matron of the Eastern Star, Orchid Chapter No. 1 Fifty Year
Member, and was formerly a member of the Rebeccas.
She leaves a son John W. Ryan and his wife Olive of
South Windsor, Conn., two grandchildren, and five great-
grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son David Ferry
Ryan; two brothers, Sydney Ferry (formerly of Agawam) and
Edward Ferry (formerly of Cushman, Mass.); and a sister,
Rose Ferry (formerly of Jay, N.Y.).

Geraldine "Gerry" Schill, 78, of Valrico, Fla., passed
away July 31, 2006, at Melech Hospice House in Temple
Terrace, Fla., following a brief illness. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1947. She was preceded in death by
her beloved husband of 40 years, E.J. "Pete" Schill; daughter,
Karen Requa; and grandson, Rusty Requa.
She moved to Valrico from Ohio in 1990. Prior to living
in Ohio, she lived many years in the Panama Canal Zone,
where her husband worked for the Panama Railroad. She was
of the Lutheran faith. She loved the environment and nature,
especially the birds. In the dry season, she would place a bowl
of water outside so the lizards wouldn't get thirsty. She loved
the peace and serenity of the Florida Keys, where her remains
will be scattered over the turquoise waters at a later date.
She is survived by her best friend and daughter, Debra
Banks of Valrico, Fla., and her sister, Barbara Jorgenson of
Stevens Point, Wis.

Mary Croft Sibley of Gloucester, Va., passed away on
September 30, 2006. She was preceded in death by her hus-
band, Cecil Sibley. Mary lived in Gatun from 1940-1960.
She is survived by three sons, Carlton R. Croft and his
wife Shirley of Virginia Beach, Va.; Leslie W. Croft of
Rockledge, Fla.; and Raymond C. Croft, of Irving, Texas. She
is also survived by seven grandchildren, 26 great-grandchil-
dren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Angelica Spector, 96, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of St.
Petersburg, died October 7, 2006, at Hospice House
Woodside, Pinellas Park.

She was born in Panama and came to Florida in 1972
from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a homemaker. She
was Catholic and was a member of the Panama Canal
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Irving; two
sons, Herbert, Seminole, Fla., and Norman, Port St. Lucie,
Fla.; three daughters, Digna Mathews, Norman, Okla., Sarah
West, Tampa, Fla., and Helen Gentry, Pinellas Park, Fla.; 10
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Col. Kenneth R. Stow, USAF (Ret), 89, of Atlantic City,
N.J., died July 22, 2006. Colonel Stow was born in Camden,
N.J. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Flying Cadet
in 1941. He was subsequently commissioned and remained in
the Air Force until retirement as a Colonel in 1971. Colonel
Stow had a brilliant military career, fighting in three wars,
World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He participated in the
planning of the Berlin Air Lift, was on the staff of General
Westmoreland in Vietnam, and had long tenure on the staff of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Among his many decorations was
the Legion of Merit.
Following his retirement, Colonel Stow joined the newly
established college in South Jersey, Richard Stockton
College, where he had a second brilliant career in
Administration and Planning. He met and married Jo Frances
McDonnell, a Professor of Public Health, in 1977. Colonel
Stow had a Bachelor's Degree from Sacramento State and a
Master's Degree from Cornell. In the spring of 1995,
Stockton College bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Laws
Degree upon Kenneth in recognition of his efforts on behalf
of the College. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife, Jo Frances McDonnell Stow,
of Atlantic City, N.J.

Esperanza "Gloria" Terry, 75, of Las Vegas, Nev.,
passed away May 21, 2006. She was employed with the
Panama Canal Company from 1965 through 1981 as a dedi-
cated registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital. She finished her
government service in Augsburg, West Germany, in 1986.
Gloria is survived by her children, Teamer and Daphne,
and four grandchildren.

Wayne W. West, 51, of Marietta, S.C., died August 21,
2006, at his residence. Born in Charleston, he was a son of
Alfred F. West and the late Norma Wells West.
He attended Coco Solo grammar school and graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1974. He was an Air Force
veteran and a Mason.
Surviving in addition to his father and stepmother, Alfred
and Mattie West of Batesburg, S.C., are his sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, David (Angela) West and Adam (Sylvia) West, all
of Marietta, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Benny (Carol)
West of Suwannee, Fla., Mike (Barbara) West of Sumter,
S.C., and Guy (Hilda) West of Lexington; S.C.; and two

Margaret F. Wiggin, 89, of Lake Wales, Fla., died of
heart failure September 20, 2006, at New Horizon Assisted
Living Facility in Winter Haven, Fla.
She was born in Newburyport, Mass., on December 20,
1916. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1934. She
was a claims examiner in the Accounting Division of the

Amato, Ramon and Morris,
Anderson, Cristina and
Bishop, Connie (Trowbridge)
Blennerhassett, Karen and
Bonilla, Alfredo and
Brophy, John and
Conneely, Robert and
Dahn, Bettye and
Dawson, Constance and
Driscoll, Mark.................................
Geisel, Elizabeth and
Gunn, Lydia
Holloway, Aurora and
Hudson, Gary and
Kearley, Sharon and
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Lo Franco, Anne.........................rustyat521
Lohr, Neil....................................
McClanahan, Sandi and
McLeod Jr,
Norton, Gregory
O'Neal, Jerry and
Oberholtzer, Russell E...................
Orvis, Robert M and Molly...................Flzonianl
Pascavage, Mary
Reiss, Charles and
Romaneski, Al and
Rowe, Mary Lynne and
Sizemore, LaMar and

Panama Canal Company when she retired in 1971 with 33
years of service. She moved to Lake Wales in 1983 and was
a member of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales, and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by a nephew, Ray Clymer (BHS'52) of
San Diego, Calif.

Thrift, Bill and
Vantine, Wilbur
Voorhees, Virginia and
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Enclosed is a picture of CHS'81 mini-reunion.
Unfortunately, only four of us showed up, but with Zonian
spirit fun was had by all. We had a great time especially with
the friends and family.
We had the pleasure of meeting Willie Clark's beautiful
fiancee Helga. Also, associated with our mini-reunion were
Paul Overstreet's niece and his brother Eddie. My husband
Kevin Beck partied on at poolside along with my children,
Briley and Brendan Beck. Thanks to the Caribe Royale for
helping us to celebrate our 25th high school reunion!

Front (L-R): Willie Clark, Paul Overstreet, Jennefer Beck
(Stokes) and Tony Downing. (Gentleman in back unknown
but joined in the fun).

Jennefer K. (Stokes) Beck
Joplin, Mo.


Hi, I am Judi McCullough, daughter of the late
"Snookie" and "Mac" McCullough of Margarita. I have
been a missionary in Panama since August 2004. I am serv-
ing with the Episcopal Church in the Medical Mission
Development Project. I am under the auspices of the South
American Missionary Society; a missionary sending agency
of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
The medical project has one permanent Medical Clinic
located in a community called Finca Teca. It is about 12 km
north of Puerto Armuellas. Another clinic is being built in a
place called Machuca and is in the district of La Pintada in the
Province of Code, near Penomome. When I first came, I
lived in Panama City. The trip to Teca twice a month was long
and tiring. I was only in the community two days a month. I

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Iris Morales, Judi McCullough and Nilka Marquinez

Judi McCullough
PTY 12139 P.O. Box 25207
Miami, Fla. 33102-5207


was not busy enough and was feeling depressed, so through
prayer, I moved to Chiriqui Province last December. I live in
Potrerillos in the district of Dolega. It is about 35 km north of
David and on the way to Boquete. I am now just two hours
away from Teca. I go to Teca every Tuesday to work with 20
children. Using DVDs, I teach them songs and show a 30-
minute film that teaches a moral lesson. Then I serve them
cookies and punch. Our medical clinic is held the first and
last Thursday of the month. I have set up and furnished a
small laboratory. I now can do some simple urine and blood
tests; I also draw blood to take to a hospital in David for more
complicated tests. I also run the pharmacy. I am learning a lot
about medicines. I must tell the patients how to take their
medicine in Spanish. An accomplishment that I am proud of,
as my Spanish is still not all that great. I am taking classes
again, hoping to improve.
The people in Teca are very poor and many have no jobs
or if they have a job it pays very little. Our clinic is attached
to a small Episcopal Church. Iris Morales, a local resident of
Teca, was instrumental in getting the Church and Clinic built
in Teca. I want to tell you about Iris. She is a very giving and
selfless individual. She always has a ready smile and helping
hand. Recently her home was damaged by a storm of strong
winds and lots of rain. Compared to the other homes in the
area her home is small and made of bamboo sticks, slabs of
boards, and tin. To keep out water from rain, Iris has had to
place plastic bags, cardboard, and such on the walls of the
house to keep out the water. Filled buckets of water from their
well were full of dirt. This water is used to clean clothes,
wash dishes, and bodies. I was appalled to see how this won-
derful woman and her husband have to live. Iris' husband
does work, but only earns $30 a week. Dr. John Dubois, his
wife Sharon and I are trying to raise money to rebuild their
home with a concrete block house.

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The month of June found 20 members of Gil and Sue
Smith's family traveling to Panama. Their five children, four
spouses, and nine grandchildren came from Charleston, S.C.,
Atlanta, Ga., Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., for a family
reunion in Panama. Upon arrival at Tocumen Airport trans-
portation was provided to the Country Inn & Suites in
Amador where we spent the first several days. It was an ideal
location with a wonderful view of the Canal entrance and the
familiar sight of the Bridge of the Americas.

and the orchid and plant nursery. By that time everyone was
hungry so we headed to the Los Lagartos Restaurant at the
Marina for lunch before going back to relax at the hotel.

Linda, Sue, Gil, Stephan, Clark,

Gilbert and Kayleigh

We were typical tourists for the first few days. We began
with a visit to the Corozal Cemetery to visit family gravesites.
The American Cemetery is still beautiful and it was good to
see the American Flag flying alongside the Panamanian Flag.
Next was a visit to Miraflores Locks with its wonderful edu-
cational museum exhibits and the chance to view a ship in the
lock chamber. We enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch at
Miraflores, before heading to Summit Gardens. There we saw
two Harpy Eagles and walked through the small museum.
Also got a chance to see the other birds and animals unique
to Panama's rain forests and jungles. The grandchildren were
delighted with the raccoon who liked dancing for them.
Walking around the grounds by the old bridge, seeing the
large bamboo trees, the trails, and the Elk's Annual Picnic
location brought back many fond memories.
The second day found us traveling to Gamboa for the
Monkey Island and Aerial Tram Tours. While Gil, Sue and
David relaxed at the hotel, the rest of the family boarded two
pontoon-type boats and headed to the island to feed the
white-faced monkeys. The grandchildren were excited as the
monkeys would jump into the boat, grab the pieces of banana,
and then head back to the trees. What a photo opportunity
that was! After this excursion the family returned to the hotel.
We were then transported to the Gamboa Aerial Tram for the
gondola ride through the rain forest canopy to the top where
a 100-ft. lookout tower is located. The panoramic view of the
Canal and the Chagres River is spectacular. We were grateful
when another tourist offered to take a picture of the family on
the observation tower. After our return trip on the aerial tram,
the tour continued with visits to the serpentarium with its live
snakes, the butterfly house, the aquarium and reptile exhibits,

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Smith family on the Gamboa Aerial Tram Observation Tower

The next day we boarded a bus at the hotel, which had
been hired for the day, and headed for Panama Viejo. Before
going to the ruins we visited the museum with its model of
the original city and archeological displays which included
many artifacts. We listened to a brief history of the city before
it was attacked by the pirate Henry Morgan. At the actual his-
toric site of Panama Viejo we climbed the stairs to the top of
the renovated Cathedral Tower with a tour guide who spoke
English, and then walked through the other ruins. Before
reboarding the bus we did some shopping in the nearby sou-
venir stores. It was now lunchtime, so we headed to the "old"
Napoli for lunch. Those pizzas sure tasted good! Following
lunch we continued with a visit to the church in Casco Viejo
to see the Golden Altar. We stood in awe in front of the Altar
remembering its history and seeing its beauty. We also
admired all the other alcoves with their beautiful statues. Our
final two stops were at the mall with the Hard Rock Cafe
store and the Albrook mall where we purchased very little.
Evenings at the Country Inn found us eating at the restau-
rants at the end of the Amador Causeway. The food was deli-
cious and inexpensive. We enjoyed our dinners at Bucaneros,
Mi Ranchito, and Las Pencas where we were entertained by
the Panamanian folkloric dancers. We also ate at the Elk's
Club, Niko's Cafe, and the nearby Yacht Club as well as
TGIF in the hotel. It seems like we were eating all the time!
From Country Inn, we drove to the Decameron Beach
Resort at Playa Blanca near Rio Hato to spend three nights.
Some of the family stopped off at San Carlos, Coronado, and
Santa Clara to revisit old hangouts before going to the hotel.
Decameron is an all-inclusive resort which provides all your
food, drinks, and nightly entertaining, as well as some addi-
tional non-motorized activities. Besides enjoying the beach
and swimming pools, several family members went horse-
back riding, jet skiing, parasailing, and on a banana boat ride.
Much to their delight they also discovered a ginnup tree on
the grounds of the hotel. A few of the adults treated them-
selves to a massage and others ventured out to try their luck
at the Casino. The only mishap on this trip was that our son,
David, got a terrible sunburn, especially on his feet, and need-
ed medical attention.
We left Decameron on Sunday and drove to the El Valle
Market Place where everyone found lots of things to buy.

Even bought some meat-on-a-stick from a roadside vendor
before heading for lunch at nearby Don Pepe's. Our family
occupied most of the small restaurant and enjoyed eating the
typical Panamanian food. Should have seen the size of the
plate of arroz con polio! Before heading back to the Country
Inn & Suites we stopped at the Nispero Zoo in El Valle to see
the Golden Frogs and other tropical birds and animals.
Monday was a "free" day and each family spent the day
however they wanted. Visiting the old neighborhoods was a
"must do" for all as well as driving through the old townsites.
Some of the other activities included bike riding on the
Causeway, a drive to the top of Ancon Hill, shopping at the
YMCA and San Bias Indian stands, doing laundry at a local
Lavanderia on La Boca Rd., and some even attempted to slide
down the Admin Hill.
Two families headed back to the U.S. on Tuesday, June
20, and three families remained to spend a few days more in
Panama. Gil and I visited friends on the day the others went
to Taboga Island. All during our stay in Amador the family
encountered old Zonian friends, who either were living in
Panama or were just visiting. What a close bond Zonians
have! Those of us staying longer did a little more shopping
and also made it back to Napoli once again for lunch.
As usual all good things come to an end. Time went by
much too quickly, and it was emotional leaving Panama
again. This was a trip we will all remember. We were blessed
to have been able to share this time with our family reliving
old memories and making new ones. Someday, maybe some
of us will return as it is still "HOME"!

Sue (Pincus) Smith
Clearwater, Fla.


On a recent Panama Canal cruise. Celebrity Cruise Line
passengers filled the theater aboard the Integrity to hear an
informational lecture about the Panama Canal. Little did they
know that the guest lecturer was a Zonian, raised in Diablo,
and a graduate of the Balboa High School class of 1973.
Using a power point presentation, Beattie Hendricks
held everyone's interest with photos of the construction days
and then transitioned into what they could expect to see on
the ship's scheduled transit. Beattie wove interesting and
humorous stories about growing up in the Canal Zone into his
presentation. He did such a good job that there was a full
house again for the next two lectures.

Beattie is a tugboat Captain in San Francisco. His wife
Kathleen (Mullins) (BHS'73), who grew up in Gamboa,
accompanied him on the cruise and brought along jewelry,
molas and other items of interest to augment the presentation.

Beattie and Kathleen Hendricks

Cheryl and Bob Russell
Sun City Center, Fla.


Pat Whitam, her husband Bob, Mike Newlin, Bob
Harvey and I were classmates and close friends throughout
our Balboa High School years and graduated in 1944.

Mike Newlin, Zonian 1944 Editor; John Mayles, Class
President; Bob Whitam, Student Association President; and
Bob Harvey, Class Vice President, 1944.

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viewing several humpback whales including Hubbard
Glacier, our ship headed to Seward where we boarded a bus
to Anchorage. Dick Morgan gave two programs on the
Panama Canal, and he conducted two oral history interviews
for the museum while onboard the ship. T-shirts were donat-
ed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and tote bags donated by the
Panama Canal Museum were distributed to all members of
our group. After the seven-day sea voyage, our land portion
continued via a domed railcar to Talkeetna and Denali
National Park where we were given a history of the Park pro-
grams. Several of us hiked along the Savage River hoping to
spot some sheep, moose, or bear, but nothing appeared. The
group then continued on to Fairbanks where we flew home. A
Mike Newlin, John Mayles, Bob Whitam, and Bob
moose was spotted from the train, but most animals were still
in the back country. Several people on various shore excur-
sions did spot the wildlife.
Although we had seen each other at various times in the
many years since then, it had been 62 years since we were all
together at the same place and the same time. We arranged to
meet at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and spent
a delightful two days there together in early May with my
wife Ann (BHS'48) and Mike's wife Milena.


Front (L-R): Sharon Gonzalez, Andra English, Ed English,
Jean Rowland, June Riesz, Julieta Morgan, Dick Morgan,
Florence Moore and Joan Corliss. Back (L-R): Paul
Glassburn, Bill Dawson, Frank Gonzalez, Terry Stepp,
Sheila Stepp, Donnie Sawson, Jack Corliss, Leo Krziza
Mike Newlin, Pat Whitam, Bob Whitam, Ann Mayles, and Irene McCracken.
John Mayles, Milena Newlin and Bob Harvey.
One of the highlights for me was an Alaskan adventure--
Marion (Price) Royston (also BHS'44), our Class The Alaskan Sled Dog Ride where sixteen dogs pulled us
Newsletter Publisher and Editor, and her sister Ruth also
joined us at the Bavarian Inn.

John Mayles
Homosassa, Fla.


On June 2-16, a group of 110 passengers joined an Alaska
sea/land excursion tour on the Celebrity Summit which was a _. --.
fund-raiser for the Panama Canal Museum.
Our Alaska trip was fantastic. This group consisted of ..
Palm Coast, Fla., residents and approximately 40 ex-Zonians.
Our trip began in Seattle with an overnight stop followed in a
the morning with a bus tour to Vancouver, Canada, where we
boarded the ship. After many stops on the Inside Passage and

Our group panned for gold outside of Fairbanks at the El
Dorado Gold Mine and visited the Alyeska pipeline. The
Aleyska pipeline transports crude oil from Alaska's North
Slope across 800 miles of tundra to Valdez, which is North
America's ice-free port. What a vacation this was! I wish I
could mention all of us who joined this Alaskan adventure but
there were too many and all had a wonderful time. It was a
little difficult getting used to 21 hours of daylight, but we all
managed and returned home to our various destinations very
tired, but happy that we had this unforgettable Alaskan

June B. Riesz
Palm Coast, Fla.


Ewald Wiberg reports that on an April cruise on Regent
Cruise Line's Seven Seas Voyager he met maritime historian
William Miller, the author of over 60 books on the world's
passenger ships, past and present.
They spoke at length about the Panama Line (which has
been included in many of Miller's books) and he informed
Ewald that Pier 64, the home of the Panama Line in New
York City in the '40s and '50s was finally torn down this past

Pier 64, New York City

Following the relocation of the Panama Line to New
Orleans, the pier housed Zim Cruise Lines and for many
years had been used for storage or just sat empty.

Ewald Wiberg III
Boca Raton, Fla.

Panama Canal Society dues for 2007 are due
by December 31, 2006.


The 45th Class Reunion (CHS 1961) was held at the
Caribe Royale in Orlando during the 2006 Panama Canal
Society Reunion.
On Thursday we spent the whole afternoon decorating the
Antigua Room for our dinner which was held on Thursday
evening. We started out on Thursday afternoon with a count
of 56 and by the time of the dinner (7 p.m.) we had a count of
66 (classmates, family members and friends) -- very popular
class. We had our largest group of classmates ever, 35.
I traded my famous Mary Jane French Fruit cookies for
vendor donations--it worked. We had a total of 10 door
prizes, plus all the centerpieces (a total of 14 altogether). Two
of the door prizes were my cookies wrapped up in baskets and
two big prizes were gift certificates from Al Sprague. Rod
Brayton donated Reunion T-shirts for everyone. Alex
Stearns had special hats made with bands depicting a lifelike
embroidered tiger for everyone and I made and donated pana-
ma hat pins with our school colors braided on them. It was
quite generous of Rod and Alex and everyone greatly appre-
ciated the shirts, hats and pins--you could tell we were from
My grandson Shane was such a big help. He decorated,
gave out door prize tickets, meal tickets, hat pins and stayed
to clean up after the dinner. The CHS Class of '61 thanks
Shane for all his voluntary help.
Our Coordinator, Tom Billison, did an excellent job and
we hope he'll continue to do so. Our Emcee, John Cronan,
was again superb he has a way of making everyone in his
presence feel comfortable and relaxed. Shirley (Bonneau)
Camby arranged the entire dinner (location, setting, food,
etc.)--great job. I did the decorations and really enjoyed plan-
ning and making them. Rod took care of all the finances and
we always come out ahead. Paul Ebdon and Bob Geddes
made sure everyone was invited and responded. I want to
applaud all those who worked with this Reunion--it turned
out great!!
The food was delicious, the staff was great and with all
our decorations, the entire room (full of tigers) made us all
feel right at home. All our classmates looked great and it was
so overwhelming to see everyone. Even though it had been 45
years since our graduation, everyone looked so happy and
I want to commend our classmate Carol (Seaman)
Gerrald for driving all the way from Georgia "by herself';
even though, she is battling for her life with leukemia--she
informed everyone at the dinner that she was in "remission"
and she received a generous round of applause from her
classmates after they heard those words.
I made a memorial cross with all our classmates' photos
who have left us. Tom Billison read off the names, I lit the
candles and we led everyone in singing our school song. It
was beautiful and quite emotional--there wasn't a dry eye in
the room.
On Friday we had a nostalgic get-together at the Cambys'
villa--organized by Molly (Engelke) Williford--she did a
wonderful job. Everyone showed up, ate, drank and talked
about the old days. I don't think we ever get tired talking


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1. Molly (Engelke) Williford and Rod Brayton. 2. Jon Rice and Brenda (Collins) Rice. 3. Walter Kleefkins 4. John
Cronan 5. Brenda (Collins) Rice, Shirley (Bonneau) Camby and Barbara (Erikson) Adamson. 6. CHS TIGER 7. Keith
Kulig, John and Gilda (Saborio) Boseman. 8. Larry Corrigan and Didi Bremer. 9. Keith and Barb Kulig. 10. Mary
Jane (Husted) Gebhart and Bob Geddes. 11. Rod Brayton and Babe Marquard. 12. Don Bonneau 13. Alex and Linda
Stearns. 14. Tom Billison, Jay (Bialkowski) Barrett, Babe Marquard and Paul Ebdon. 15. Shirley (Bonneau) and
Skeeter Camby.

about the days in the Canal Zone. The Zone is forever alive
to us and will live on in our hearts.
The next class reunion will be our 50th which will be held
in 2011 and we want to travel to Panama to celebrate it. No
matter where we decide to have it here's hoping for another
great committee and successful reunion!

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig
Pensacola, Fla.


Museum president Chuck Hummer led the Panama
Canal Museum Team in the annual Walk to Dfeet ALS in
Tampa on April 15, 2006. The event is the major area
fundraiser for the Florida Chapter of the ALS Association.
The team, made up of Sandy Hummer, Bob and Marguerite
Zumbado, Kathy Egolf, Elizabeth Neily, Paul Glassburn,
Gerry DeTore, and Shawn and Sharon Bayes, raised
Amyotrophic lateral scleroris (ALS), commonly called
Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neuromuscular condi-
tion characterized by weakness, muscle wasting, fascicula-
tions and increased reflexes. Approximately 30,000
Americans currently have the disease. Death usually occurs
within five years of diagnosis and is attributed to respiratory
It was a special day for Hummer as he was presented a
plaque from the newly-formed Panama Chapter of the
Western Dredging Association naming him the Dredger of
the Year. Hummer, past chairman and president of the
Western Dredging Association, aided the formation of the
Panama Chapter and the first international dredging meeting
in Panama held in February at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
Capt. Peter Marotta, Master of the Dipper Dredge RIALTO
M. CHRISTENSEN, was elected first chairman of the board
of the Panama Chapter.

(L-R): Chuck Hummer (in wheelchair), Sandy Hummer,
Paul Glassburn, Bob Zumbado, Elizabeth Neily, Gerry
DeTore, Kathy Egolf and Marguerite Zumbado.


The last week in May Nina and Charles DeTore drove to
Jessup, Pa., to visit with family there. While in Jessup, we got
to see the Running of the Saints which is part of the St.
Ublado festival that is only held in Jessup, Pa., and Gubbio,
Then we drove across the state to Pittsburgh to visit Les
and Naomi Sigmel. They took us all around Pittsburgh and
what a beautiful city it is. We even took a tour of the
Pennsylvania Brewery and ate a nice German meal there.


Les and Naomi Sigmel, Nina and Charles DeTore,
Pittsburgh, Pa.

On our way back home, we stopped to see Ben Mazzoni
who taught Algebra I and II at Cristobal High School in Coco
Solo. He was so pleased to see us and we had a nice visit

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Nina DeTore
Portsmouth, Va.

A membership to the Panama Canal Society makes the perfect gift.


David C. Hollowell (CHS'42) entertained members and
guests by showing his personal collection of older and newer
Panama, Canal and Canal Zone slides.

Standing (L-R): Mary Lynne Salvatore, Joan (Gibson)
Conover (BHS'52), Beth Sundquist, Rochelle
(Stubblefield) Thompson, and Kathryn (Argo) Taylor
(CHS'53). Seated: Ted Sundquist (BHS'45).

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Rear (L-R): Bill Monsanto (BHS'40), Audrie and A. Grant
Westbrook (BHS'40). Seated (L-R): Aldon and Donna
(Daniel) (BHS'62) Pierce, Letty and Eddie Moore
(BHS'40. and Ioan (Ridge) de Grummond (BHS'40.V

Catsy (Taylor) Schafer, Susan (Taylor) and Lou Pitney

Bob Christians, Clara (Fernandez) Gath (BHS'70), Nida
Fernandez, and Stephen Peart.

Sutnding iL -RI Bartlet "Rob" \\olfenslein ICHS' 4- Art
Odom, U.S. Marine Color Guard, and Harold Wickersham.
Seated (L-R): Blanca Wolfenstein, Dolores and Jack
McClure and Mrs. Emiko Wickersham.

Seated (L-R): Noble (BHS'33) and Dottie Phillips, Claude
E. Anderson (BHS'37), and Ruth (Bauman) Yielding. Rear
(L-R): Karl Florine, Dr. John M. Hanson (BHS'45), Master
of Ceremnniesp David (CHS'541 and Ann Iane.

Loretta Canham, Bill Finken, Milton Canham, Meyla
(Dew) Underhill, June Daren, and Oran Underhill.


BHS Class of 1988 and a few from the Class of 1989 rent-
ed a party bus at the Panama Canal Society Reunion on
Friday night to get us out of the hotel rush. Thanks to fellow
classmates Mark Caffery and Kevin Coleman for setting up
the party!!


Nikki Meyer (BHS'87) and Renee Rowley Friedel

Lisa DesLondes Rambo, Renee Rowley
Bell, and Linda Reilly Walker.

Stephanie Helin Bacot, Keith Jordan, Renee Rowley
Friedel, and Adrianne Rowley.

Those who were there were: Kevin Coleman, Mark
Caffery, Rob and Chantal Thrift, Renee (Rowley) and
Brian Friedel, Jolene (Corrigan) and Rick Spraggins,
Cristina (Brandenburg) and Chuck Jaqueth, Jennifer
Crowder and Kevin, Melissa Harvey, David Smith, Danny
Reyes, Steve Joyce, Kevin Brandenburg, Dyan Cloyd, Ray
Dittmar and Rick Rivera.

Renee Friedel
Orlando, Fla

A membership to the Panama Canal Society
makes the perfect gift that keeps on
giving throughout the year.


The official date for the 2007 Canal Zone Police Reunion
in Panama according to organizer Hubert Boyle is February
10, 2007 (Saturday). He says: "We're looking at different
locations to hold the event, a place that has good food and
reasonable hotel rates. We'll negotiate special rates for any
hotel, close to the Reunion, that we decide to use. Any sug-
gestions you have for hotels or the Reunion will be greatly
If you are interested, please contact Hubie or me. I have
also included a set of photos that were taken at the 2006
Canal Zone Police Reunion held earlier this year.

Anna A. Opel
Panama, R. de P.

Fred Cotton, Fran and Jack Hern
Fred Cotton, Fran and Jack Hern

Back (L-R): Juan Carzola, Edya Carzola, and Anna Opel.
Front (L-R): Edgardo Tirado, Feliciano Villalobos, and
Delia Villalobos.

Roy Phillips, friend of Johnny's, Johnny Palm, and Sonia

Lloyd Spradlin, Chris Walsh, and Hubie Boyle



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Arlene Tochterman, Vicki Sizemore, Margaret 5
and Beth DeStaffino

Ruth Martinez, Carl Tuttle, Carl Opel, and Sonia Valley

Margaret Spradlin, Mar3 Jaen, Marisin
Cooper, and Louie Cooper.

Melva and John Bowman, Fran and Jack Hern

Carl Tuttle and Ruth Martinez

Uiroup shots



1. Suzanne (Gerhart) and Sean George. 2. Gerhart, Rowley and Stevenson family. 3. Davis Rowley Stevenson. 4.
Kenneth Gerhart. 5. Stevenson, Gerhart and Snow cousins. 6. Birthday cake. 7. June and Davis Stevenson. 8. Dorothy
Gerhart, June Stevenson, and Skip Rowley.


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1. Ray Burda, Bill and Diana Hattabaugh. 2. Kelly Gerhart, Mary Scigliane Leach, Sandy Wallace, Olga and Richard
Phillips and Bill Leach. 3. LR: Larry Harrington, (black balloons represent Billy Arnold), Camille Harrington, Mary
Scigliane Leach, June Stevenson, Bill Leach, Pat Henson, Dick and Diane Wallace, Olga Phillips, Maggie Knapp, Sandy
Wallace, Bill and Diana Hattabaugh. 4. Davis Stevenson and Patsy Burda. 5. Diane and Dick Wallace with Maggie



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1. Randy and Joella Deakins and Cheryl Russell. 2. CHS'59 classmates. 3. Brent and Crystal Kulig. 4. Mamita (Chase)
Thrift and Keith Kulig. 5. Jackie Wagner and Bev Wood. 6. Barb Vose-Kulig, and Richard, Deidra and Arietta Egger.
7. Betsy Hewitt and Beth Bialkowski. 8. Carol Masino 9. Nancy Van Siclen 10. Bev Rowley. 11. Barb Vose-Kulig, Fr.
John Kennedy and Keith Kulig. 12. Liz (Grimison) Fahy, Monica (Reyes) Carl, and Rebecca (Grimison) Fletcher. 13.
Bev Rowley, Barb Vose-Kulig and Adrianne Rowley. 14. Lou and Barb Dedeaux. 15. Shane Vose-Mora and Crystal




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1. Judy Tipton, Donna Geyer Cox, Delores Roberson, and Lorna Hughes. 2. Bev and Skip Rowley. 3. Larry Cox, Dick
Sasso, Jody Roberson, Tom Hughes, and John Hayes. 4. Lori Stevenson Snow. 5. Lori Stevenson Snow. 6. Renee
Rowley Friedel with Sara Snow, Bradley, Miranda, Matthew and Brendan Friedel.

2006 Reunion


The Tenth Annual Memorial Surf Session was held on
July 21, 2006, at Typhoon Lagoon, Disney World, Fla. The
event was held in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion. Surfers and spectators gathered to share fun
waves and to remember our brother surfers Greg Martinez
(BHS'78), Neil Norton (BHS'82), David Payne (BHS'84),
and Mike Scott (BHS'80). The Rev. Clarence Payne led a
memorial service prior to the surfing and the first waves were
left unridden for Greg, Neil, Dave, and Mike. The group also
remembered in a special way Dave Furlong and Alex Ross.
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Bill Carson, Shirley O'Connor, and George Downing
(hosts of BHS'50 Hospitality Suite at 2006 Reunion).

Spectators Melanie (Donahue) Rosenberger, Ilka Martin,
&-* 6 Kelly (Stromberg) Cotner, Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher,
Velma Geisinger, Joan Powell Arndt, Mary Ellen Stacy Marti (Welch) Jones, and Monica (Reyes) Carl.
Horine, and Ginger Coffey Young (all BHS'50), 2006

Larry Horine, Mary Ellen Horine, and Tom Peterson of
Akee St., 2006 Reunion.

Memorial Service: Marti (Welch) Jones, Brandon
Grimison, Ralph Furlong, Jimmy Brown, Rosie Miller,
Morris Miller, and Mrs. Rosita Payne.

Surfers participating were: Larry Ainsworth, Alex
Azcarraga, Jimmy Brown, Allen and Mark Dekle, Abby
Emerick, Ralph Furlong, Brandon, Eric, Matt and
Richard Grimison, Danny and John Hanna, Carlos
Hattabaugh, Galen Herring, Johnny Magee, Teresa
Martinez, Dave McArthur, Erica Menendez, Josh Nelson,
Wil Rogers, and Hunter Tiblier.
Family members and friends attending included: Monica
(Reyes) Carl, Kelly (Stromberg) Cotner, Jim DesLondes,
Tom and Nancy Grimison, Bill Hanna, Teresa Harnish,
Marti (Welch) Jones, Ilka Martin, Al and Kelly

Menendez, Morris and Rosie Miller, the Rev. Clarence and
Mrs. Rosita Payne, Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher, Melanie
(Donahue) Rosenberger and Robb Weldon.


A big thank you to all at the Society who helped with the
reunion this year! We had a great time at our BHS Class of
1996 10th mini-reunion. Our mini-reunion went off without a
hitch. Everyone at the Caribe Royale was extremely friendly
and helpful. The waitstaff was tremendous.
As you will see from the outfits in the enclosed pictures,
our theme of sorts for the evening was "all white". I am
including a variety of pictures and tried not to repeat people
too much.
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Group Photo

End of the Night (L-R): Larry Ainsworth, Matt Grimison,
Nancy Grimison, Eric Grimison, Brandon Grimison, Josh
Nelson, Tom Grimison, Teresa Harnish, and Galen

Richard Grimison
Merritt Island, Fla.


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Back (L-R): Conan Herring, Robert McGuinness, Jose
Gonzalez, Ryan Yamaki-Taylor, Andy De La Guardia,
Sean Williams, Michael Boyle, Melissa Hart, Marjorie
Ceballos, Erica Gifford, George Mattocks, Marco Hinds,
and Jairo Olton. Middle (L-R): Sam Scribner, Dan Hanna,
Jason Ohman, Herman Wilkinson, Michele Hall, Elsie
Gilmore, Karina Rizzo, Karen Santos, Tasha Tenturier,
Wilma Engelke, and Leo Wheeler. Front (L-R): Anasha
Bonnick, Jenny Candelario, Julie (Matthews) Torres,
Karla Cowes, Janelle Atherley, Biviana de Castro, Tina
Antonis, Patti (McKeon) Fu, Devon (Sprague) Holzwarth,
Patsy Williford, and Wendy (Winkler) Stanford.

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Patti (McKeon) Fu, Devon (Sprague) Holzwarth, Melissa
Hart, Andy De La Guardia, Herman Wilkinson, Patty
Williford, and Jairo Olton.

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Hunter Brandenburg, Drew Fishbough, and Dylan (Matthews) Torres, Patsy Williford, Dan Hanna, Marjorie
Fishbough vacationing in Yosemite National Park. Ceballos, and Wendy (Winkler) Stanford.

Mattocks, and Karina Rizzo.

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Standing: Jenny Candelario, Tina Antonis, and Biviana de
Castro. Seated: Karla Cowes, Julie (Matthews) Torres, and
Janelle Atherley.

Jason Ohman, Melissa Hart, Conan Herring, Karla
Cowes, and Dan Hanna.

Michael Boyle, Leo Wheeler, and Herman Wilkinson

Melissa Hart
West Hollywood, Calif.


The new bridge over the Panama Canal has six lanes plus
a bike path and is 80 meters above the water. It runs from the
east bank of Paraiso to the west bank of Arraijan.

Jeanne Flynn Stough
San Antonio, Texas

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Robert McGuinness, Leo Wheeler, and Jose Gonzalez


The Balboa Elks Lodge 1414 held a Memorial Day
Ceremony at Corozal Cemetary. Standing left to right are:
John Haines, Jason Critides, Exalted Ruler H.B. Twohy,
Boston Paterson, Nelson Kraemer, Wallace Snyder and Ed


Woody and Ruth Foster's grandson Billy Foster II, still
residing in Balboa, Panama, was fortunate enough to be one
of three chaperones to accompany a group of students
enrolled in the Balboa Academy on their Spring trip to
Billy is a Media Tech. with the Academy and the other
chaperones, Ms. Melinda Hunt and Ms. Erinn Magee, are
teachers with the Academy. The Academy is housed in the
former 45th Calvary Quadrangle & Headquarters Buildings,
U.S. Army, formerly located in Ft. Clayton, now known as
"The City of Knowledge".

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Billy Foster II in front of the Kings Hunting Lodge,

Ms. Erinn Magee, Billy Foster II and Ms. Melinda Hunt
rowing on the Versailles Canal.


Ed and I spent a month in the States this summer. We vis-
ited with family in Ohio and stopped in Chattanooga, Tenn.,
where we had a great time with Marge and Mike Corrigan,
Jeff Riley and his dad Jim Sr. Chattanooga is a wonderful lit-
tle city. We spent time in Lakeland, Fla., where we enjoyed
time with my niece Patty Sizemore Muniz and her husband
Ross who came down from Alabama. We spent a couple of
days in Orlando with BHS classmate Rudy Crespo where we
were able to visit with friends Jacque Crowell Vowell, Pam
Crowell, Faye Weisser, Mike Perry, Debbie Beall and
Janet Stuart. While in Florida we visited with former Balboa
resident Bea Sears at her lovely home in Azelia Trace in
Pensacola. We enjoyed dinner with Bea and her son Gregg
Sears (BHS'68). The last time we had seen Gregg was at a
Reunion in the Twin Towers. Gregg recently retired and
moved from Massachusetts to Pensacola. Our last stop was
the Reunion for a couple of nights. We greatly enjoyed visit-
ing with friends but we're very happy to get home to Panama.

Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Marge Corrigan, Jim Riley
Sr., Mike Corrigan, Jack Goodwin, Nancy (Askew) and
Jeff Riley.

The public vote to widen the Canal is to take place on
October 22nd. There has been a great deal of publicity on the
part of ACP to encourage a "yes" vote. The result should be

Ed, Luke Palumbo and I made a trip to the "other side"
to visit with Jon Coffin and his girlfriend Alejandra. Jon has
moved to Margarita and is enjoying his new home.
Ed and I have purchased land at the Beach and are enjoy-
ing our frequent visits to the site of our next "casita". We
actually had our first picnic-party during the visit of class-
mate Sandy Chesson and her friends Sherry and husband
Gary to Panama. Sherry and Sandy have purchased the front
section of the land. Also attending the festivities were George
and Cheryl Klein, Nick Jackson, Dan Jackson, Rupert
Turner, and Eric Boa.
We enjoyed a visit in August from Faye Weisser who had
not been to Panama in over 30 years. It was a lot of fun show-
ing her the sights. In August 1 returned to my job teaching at
the International School of Panama and Ed returned to his
continuing quest for a great golf score at Summit.

Vicki Sizemore and Fay Weisser
Vicki Sizemore and Fay Weisser

The Elks Club in Balboa is hosting a Halloween Party and
Sunday afternoon football gatherings that are growing in pop-
ularity. Gordy Will is doing an outstanding job of providing
food for the football festivities. The Democrats Abroad
Panama will be hosting an Election Night Party at Mi
Ranchito on the Amador Causeway in November and in
December Ed and I will have our annual "How Many People
Can We Fit Into This Apartment Christmas Party".

Vicki Sizemore
Panama, R. de P.


Top lt the ltair' .:n the Ilei Nichole Highle), R1an Nlarohl,
Jonathon McLaughlin, and Brittany Sykes. Top of the
stairs on the right: Lindsay Sykes, Allison McLaughlin,
Christopher Highley, and Angel Marohl. Bottom Center:
Kelsey McLaughlin.


While attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M.,
I was fortunate to visit with BHS'74 friend and graduate,
Frank Robinson. Frank, wife Mary and daughter Katherine
joined me for dinner and it was fun catching up on old and
new times.
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Conard, and Frank Robinson.

Back (L-R): Kaycie Ocheltree, Kelsey McLaughlin, Allison
McLaughlin, and Lindsay Sykes. Front (L-R): Angel Marohl and
Brittany Sykes.

Debbie Conard (BHS'74)
Richardson, Texas



L-R: Jim Reid, Arnold Talbott, Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Steve Balmas, "Bebe" Nehring on phone, Barbara (Green)
Litchford, Bonnie Chevalier, Anita Garcia and Joey Oberholtzer enjoying the Causewasters bus at the 2006 reunion.


The Ocala Zonian Ditchdiggers had their picnic gathering
at the Silver River State Park on October 21st. The day was
ideal and the food plentiful. But most importantly were the
ones who attended as they made the event a most enjoyable
one. Those attending were Tom, Kathy, Brittney and
Christopher Wilder, Capt. Albert and Aura Wilder,
George and Dorothy Egger, Bill and Jean Muller, Larry
and Edna Didier, Frank and Deborah Lee, Jerry and
Marcy Fox, Fred and Claudia Robinson, Leo and Grace
Shadeck, Jerry and Dianne Cox, Virginia Pearl, Linda
Dahlstrom, Ted Norris, Robert and Elba Parker, Juanita
McConaughey, Ruth Conlan, Bob and Kathie
McConaughey, and Steve Bristol.
Tom Wilder and his son, Chris, were busy barbecuing the
hamburgers and hot dogs while Tom's wife, Kathy, was busy
fixing the table with the food. Brittney Wilder and her grand-
parents, Capt. Albert and Aura Wilder, were making sure all
who came signed in as prizes were to be given out later in the
day. While the food was being prepared, I chatted with all
those who were there.

Claudia Robinson mentioned that while watering her gar-
den during the past week, she encountered a coral snake
(about 3-1/2 feet long). She screamed and to the rescue came
Fred Robinson with his machete and took care of the matter.
I met Jerry and Marcy (Rudge) Fox and according to Jerry,
his father Gerald Fox was one of the founders of the Ocala
Ditchdiggers. Virginia Pearl and her daughter, Linda
Dahlstrom, Jerry and Dianne Cox, Frank and Debbie Lee,
Robert and Elba Parker, Ted Norris, and my husband, Leo
Shadeck, all said that they were having an enjoyable time.
George and Jean Egger said that this was their first reunion in
many years. George stated that he was forced to come. Bet he
was glad he did as he was one of many who won a prize.
Robert and Kathie McConaughey from Merritt Island just
came back from a four-day Bahama cruise and looked well
rested. Juanita McConaughey mentioned that last May she,
her sister Ruth Conlan, along with Robert and Kathie, did
some extensive traveling to Houston, Nashville, West
Virginia, Niagara Falls, New Hampshire, North Carolina and
finally back home. Larry and Edna Didier said that a musical
version of their book How Christmas Came to the Ghetto will
soon be playing in Gainesville, Fla., and is called Yob s Gift.

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They thoroughly enjoyed a 14-day cruise in June with the
Panama Canal Museum. Bill and Jean Muller celebrated their
57th wedding anniversary on September 10th. They spent
three weeks in Washington State visiting their daughter
Beverly and granddaughter Kimberly. They did some sight-
seeing at Hurricane Ridge, Port Campbell and even had time
to go to the county fair with their family. Last but not least
was Steve Bristol (BHS'69) who is thinking of moving here
to Ocala. Right now he lives in Utah.

Tom Wilder said that in lieu of the Ocala Ditchdiggers
meeting in April 2007, we all should attend the Carnavalito
on February 17, 2007 which will be at the Hilton in Ocala,
Fla. Our next get-together will be in October 2007. Date and
location will be announced at a later time.

Grace Shadeck
Ocala, Fla.


*song to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... pico feo in a mango tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
... two crocodiles
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
... three kinkajoos
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
... four screaming buzzards
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ...
five coconuts
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
... six gato solos

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... seven golden frogs
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... eight boa constrictors
One the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... nine armadillos
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
ten green iguanas
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... eleven traipsing tapers
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... twelve fat conejos



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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737

Robert McMillan, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Commission, is scheduled to be the
guest speaker at the Panama Canal Museum's annual potluck lunch on January 20, 2007.
McMillan ran for the United States Senate in 1988. Named by President George H. W. Bush to the board of the Panama
Canal Commission in 1989, he was elected chairman of the commission's board of directors, the first and only person who
was not an official of the Department of Defense, and served in that capacity from 1993-1994. He has co-hosted the popular
PBS television program Face-Off for over 13 years. Mr. McMillan writes a weekly column for the Anton Community
Newspapers and also writes periodically for Newsday and the Charlotte Sun. He lives in Garden City, New York.
McMillan recently wrote a book entitled Global Passage Transformation of Panama and the Panama Canal. In it, he
explores the history and the strategic importance of the Panama Canal and explains the ramifications and controversy sur-
rounding the proposed expansion of the Canal.
This is a crucially important book for anyone interested in the threat of China, terrorism, global economy and the politics
of a great canal. Written from an insider's perspective, McMillan details Panama's fascinating history, his own involvement
in Panama and the Canal and the ramifications for the future.

2007 marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Panama Canal Society. The anniversary celebration at the
2007 Reunion will include a nostalgic exhibit in the Panama Canal Museum room. The Museum Exhibit Committee is coor-
dinating closely with the Society's 75th Anniversary Planning Committee to develop a superb display. Harkening back to July
24, 1932, when a band of loyal Zonians met on the SS Ancon in New York harbor to found the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, the exhibit will lead viewers through the Society's 75 years of preserving "American Ideals and Canal Zone
If you have any objects, photographs, or printed materials that will help tell the story of the Panama Canal Society over
the years, please contact any of the following: Cheryl Russell (, Margaret McLaughlin (mar-, Bob Zumbado (, the Panama Canal Society
(, 727-391-4359 or 866-726-2262), or the Panama Canal Museum (
or 727-394-9338) about your ideas, donations or loans you can make to the exhibit.

The Panama Canal Museum Board of Trustees held its fall
meeting at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in order to see the
room where the museum activities will be held and begin plan-
ning its involvement with the Reunion. We are looking forward
to preparing the exhibit and making the 2007 Reunion one to

(Photo) PCM Board of Trustees enjoyed dinner at Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort's Cala Bella restaurant. Bev Wood (left),
Al Lombana, Ed and Joan Ohman, Davis and June
SStevenson, Stacia and Paul Morgan, Bob Karrer, and
SiPresident Joe Wood.

If you are an artist or know of one with full color works featuring the Panama Canal, Canal Zone, or Panama, we invite
you to submit one or more pieces of your artwork as soon as possible, and no later than January 2, 2007 to be considered for
inclusion in a future project. The art should be sent to the museum via hard copy photograph (glossy, no bigger than 8" x 10")
or on a CD with the image saved at 300 dpi as ajpeg, Mode RGB or CMYK. Please also include a note indicating the medi-
um/technique used and a little background information about the painting.

On August Ist, Kurt Muse visited the Panama Canal Museum and once again enthralled all who had come to hear him
speak. Filmed by C-Span-2 and repeated several times on Book TV throughout the fall, the program gave great visibility to
Kurt and his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, as well as to the Panama Canal Museum.



Cristobal High School Class of 1947 is beginning to "COME HOME TO PA
plan a 60th Class Reunion during the 2007 annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion at its new location at the JANUARY 24-
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from July 4th through July 8,
2007, in Orlando, Fla. The selection of this time and place Our Reunion in Panama will
was due to the results of a preliminary survey mailed to it. We have a fun filled trip p
known addresses of former classmates, hosting a cocktail party at his h
We are in the early planning stages and will appreci- lowed by a dinner at a local
ate any assistance in locating former classmates and with Panama for a wonderful "Cc
help and ideas for the overall organizing of our reunion. Reunion!"
Due to having our 60th reunion in conjunction with Anyone interested contact J
the 2007 Panama Canal Society Reunion, YOU WILL at 800-783-8847.
the special Resort Rates and other related benefits.
To obtain a Society membership application or addi- BHS CLASS
tional information and to update your address, contact
Pete or Marje Foster.
Pete or Mare Foster. This is notice of our 50th Cla

PETE & MARJE FOSTER conjunction with the 2007 Panar
2389 Citrus Hill Road Reunion from July 4-8, 2007, at t
Palm Harbor, FL 34683-3214 Resort in Orlando, Fla. We plan t
Phone: (727) 785-8555 for informal gatherings as w
Remember you have to be a mem]
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Invites and Welcomes Classes from 1949-56

May 17-21, 2007

For more information contact:

Luis Celerier '51
luis.celerier @
P.O. Box 310
Judson, TX 75660




SS OF 1954

29, 2007

be here before you know
anned. Bruce Quinn is
ome in Casco Viejo fol-
restaurant. See you in
'me Home to Panama

une Rowley Stevenson

OF 1957

ss Reunion to be held in
la Canal Society Annual
he Rosen Shingle Creek
o have a hospitality suite
ell as a gala dinner.
ber of the Panama Canal

JocuItiy 1n or LuO sty ail Lhls rICOIt anI pariLlpaLe ill
their social activities/dances. The following classmates
have indicated their desire to help. Are there any others
who would like to help?

Jerry Durfee (Chairman)
818 Thrasher Dr., Viera, FL 32955
Chris Hearon (Co-Chairman)
cwhearon @
202 Chateau Dr., Greenville, SC 29615

June Barlow Riesz (Special events coordinator)
8 Crossway Court W, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Danny Winklosky (Biographical Coordinator)
winwinwin @
1362 Brookwood Dr, High Point, NC 27262

Penny Pennington Graham (Special Foods)
8825 SW Cornell P1, Lakewood, CO 80227
Louis Barbier (BHS Class '57 Web Master) Class of 1957


The CHS Class of 1962 will hold its 45th Class
Reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 4-July 8, 2007, in conjunction with the 2007
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion. We appreciate
your assistance in locating former classmates and wel-
come your help and suggestions for the overall organiza-
tion of our reunion. For more information, contact any of
the following three co-chairs.

Liz Hanna Neal
(813) 991-9960

Tita Clarke Dunlap
(505) 378-5658

Edna Morales Foster
(828) 627-9139


Christopher (Kit) Atkins
Jack Attia
Terrance Bing
Robert Chan
Richard Chin
Jan Deck
Stephen Franklin
Marcus French
Earl Griggs
Kathleen Hemenway
Verna Hildebrand
Wanda Hummer
Pam Johnston
Mary Esther Jones
John Knueppel
Joe Lawrance
George Little
Chris McCullough
Jeanette McReynolds (Kirkland)
Joe McGoff
Karen Middleton
Kay Novak (Tapie)
Chuck Rhine
Aide Rigby
Ray Scheidegg
Mary Schmidt (Park)
George Slaughter
Virginia Valdez
Robert Willis


Plans are in the works for our 40th year class reunion.
In addition to festivities for the class in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion in Orlando at
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (July 4-8, 2007).

Make sure you get all the details by sending your
address information to someone below. Looking forward
to seeing you there!

Frankie (Jones) Bell

Merri (Bandy) Lewis
lewismerri @

Malena (Bremer) Merriam


Al Schonert
amigoal @

40th Class Reunion

The CHS Class of 1967 is planning to have a little "Ping
Ding" at the 2007 Reunion. We're trying to make sure we
get the word out. If any class members have not yet seen
the initial emails discussing the gathering, please contact
one of the classmates below to let us know where you are
and whether you can make it to Orlando in 2007. We
won't try to out-do ourselves since we set the standard for
"Ping Dings" in 2005 but we will have a great time. Who
knows, maybe we will raise the bar... right, Jack? Let us
hear from you.

Laura (Russon) McDill

Hank DeVoll

Sue (Phillips) Fisher

Paul Menges

BHS Class of '72 Reunion


A 35th class reunion trip to Panama has been planned
for June 27th through July 4th, 2007! Since this trip ends
July 4th, those who are planning or wishing to attend the
Panama Canal Society Reunion won't have to plan 2 sep-
arate trips as you will be able to just continue on to Florida
from Panama.

For more information contact:

Mary Fehrenbach

Pat Valle
patricevalle @

Mark Maravilla
marksmaravilla @

In addition, a class reunion is in the planning stages
by Deb Beall, to be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion. For more information on that
class reunion, please contact Deb at:



Calling all CHS 1977 graduates.

We are gathering names
and contact information.

Please visit our web site.

or contact:

Eddie Overstreet
eddie.overstreet @

Karen (Paine) McAlpine
karen.paine @

Terri (Salyer) Lang
terri.salyer @


Calling all BHS 1982 graduates! We are gathering
names, contact information and gearing up for our 25th
class reunion. Our reunion is also open to those who
would have graduated with our class.

Please visit our web site:

Or contact:

Mayra (Linares) Seitz

Tara King

Jill Burns



The official date for the Canal Zone Police Reunion
in Panama is Saturday, February 10, 2007. Any sug-
gestions you have for the Reunion will be greatly
Hubert Boyle
hbovle @

Anna Opel
acopel @



During 2006 members of the Panama Canal Society
sent in 136 pairs of eyeglasses and lenses. They came
from Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina,
Oklahoma and Texas.
Since 1992 we have collected 2,338 pairs of glasses.
That's a lot of underprivileged people who are seeing life
better thanks to your generosity. Please keep the glasses
coming to:
Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

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 at 300
DPI to All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks.

Advertisement Size
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


MARCH 2007 Canal Record Deadline, January 5, 2007
JUNE 2007 Canal Record Deadline, April 6, 2007
OCTOBER 2007 Canal Record Deadline, August 3, 2007


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1952, the Canal Zone Study Group has
750 members world-wide. We mail a quarterly publica-
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join send a check or cash to: CZSG. 408 Redwood,
Schaumburg, IL 60193.
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"A Night in the Tropics."

Published by:
Vantage Press Inc., 419 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016

"... A Night in the Tropics, by Louis Joseph Barbier, is a tale of icy Panama beer,
romance, sultry tropical nights--- and unflagging dedication."
For those who buy it... enjoy! I found it a great read.



Item Price Ouantity

Panama Canal Museum Collectible Ornaments
2006 Tivoli Hotel
2005 Panama Railroad "
2003 Panama Canal Company Seal
2002 Seal of the CanalZone im
Set of 4 Ornaments (2002, 2003,2005,2006)
Panama Canal Museum Calendar Series
2007 Panama Art
2004 Construction Days 2003 Canal Zone Police_
2002 Canal Zone Postal System_ 2001 Canal Zone Schools
Panama Canal Museum License Plate
Panama Canal Museum Oval Decal
Special Shipping and Handling for our lightweight holiday items only. First Item cost
Each additional item
7% Sales Tax (to Florida addresses):
2007 Annual Panama Canal Museum Membership = $26.00 Membership Fee:
Additional Donation: Additional Donation:
(Optional) I would like my dues/contribution to be donated: GRAND TOTAL:
In Memory Of In Honor Of None
Full Names:

City: State: ZIP:
Telephone _E-mail:

$ 8.00

$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 6.00
$ 3.00
$ 2.00
$ 1.00


Send with your check made out to the
Panama Canal Museum to:
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772


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Gaynor Branstetter, formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone, attended CHS and departed from the
Canal Zone in 1946 for the area of Los Angeles
where she completed high school and college.
Gaynor would have been a member of the CHS
class of 1948 had she remained in the Canal
Zone. Any information is appreciated.

Please contact:

Sam Blackburn
850 Horizons East, Apt 201
Boynton Beach, Fla 33435
Jim Forester (nee Fernandez)
881 Devenwood Trail
Marieta, Ga 30064
(770) 419-2541

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