JOHN F WARNER, FOUNDER
1 JUNE 2007
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 2006-2008
Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
Mr. Tom Wilder
Ist Vice President
Mr. John R. Gough II
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
Mr. Dan Norman
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Tom Spence
Mrs. Joan Ohman
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
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 and Historian
P resid en t's M essag e ................................................................................ ...................................................
Secretary 's M essage.................................................................................. .............................................. 3
E d ito r's C o rn er........ .......... .............................................................................................................................3
M arjorie W arner....................................................................... ......................................... ................. ...3
Thursday N eight Dance hosted by BH S'72...................................................................... ....................4
M ears C o up o n ............................................................................ .................................................. ...........4
PCS September General Luncheon, Columbia Restaurant.................................................... .......................5
November Space Coast Picnic/General Meeting and Columbia Restaurant Directions.................................6
Insurance Inform ation........................ ......... ................................................................................7
Historical Information on the Founding of the Panama Canal Society............................................8
John F. W arner, Founde .............................................................. ............................................................ ...9
John F. W arner, L ast L etter................................................................................... ................................... 10
M em bership C ontest..... .................................. ................................................................. ........................
Long R ange Planning R eport........................................................................ ................................... 12
R union C coordinator U pdate................................... .. .................... ...... 14
Synopsis of Executive Board M meeting M inutes.............................................................. .................. 15
M minutes of G general M em bership M eetings.......................................... .............................................. 15
L eg islative R eport.................................................................... ................. ......................... ................ ... 17
C arnavalito Pictures......................................................... ..................................................................... 18
Panhandle Luncheon Pictures, Pensacola, Fla.......................................... ........................................ 20
A pril A n n ual P icn ic.............. ........................................................................................................................2 1
Your Reporter Says:
Alabama.........................23 FL South Florida....................31 Northwest..................... ...40
Arkansas...........................24 FL Space Coast........................3 Oklahoma................................44
California.......................25 FL Tallahassee........................34 Panama................. ........... 45
FL Central Florida..................27 Georgia...............................36 TX Dallas..............................47
FL Em erald C oast....................28 H aw aii................................. 37 V irginia....................................48
FL Ocala................................29 Midwest........................ ...38
FL Pensacola.........................30 North Carolina.......................38
Convention Center Map. .................................................................... 42
R union Schedule of E ents................................................................................ ...................................43
Insurance U update and Suggestion Box.............................................................................. .................. 51
B irths.. .......... ... ....................................................52
W e d d in g s........................... ..................................................5 4
W ith D eep S orrow .................................. .................. ......................................... ...............................5 7
Letters to the Editor.......................................................................................................... .................. 63
A Few G ood M echan ics........................................................... ..................... ..................... ...................68
M useu m N ew s...................................................................... ........................................... ......................70
A nnouncem ents ............................... ......... ..................................................72
A d v e rtise m e n ts................................................................................................. ............... 7 5
M em bership A application Form .......................................................... ........................ ...................83
Cover: Panama Canal Society founder, John F. Warner
SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS
The Society Office in Seminole will be closed for business from Monday, July 2
through Monday, July 9. Membership dues may be paid at the Information/Society
desk at the Reunion during regularly stated hours. See Schedule of Events on page 43
for times of operation.
DATES TO REMEMBER
July 4-8 Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Orlando, Fla.
September 8 PCS Luncheon, Columbia Restaurant, 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. 33767. For
information see page 5 or call Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916. Pre-meeting at
noon; Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Directions are on page 6.
October 6 N. California Panama Picnic, Vasona Lake Park, Los Gatos, Calif. from 11:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. Contact Helen and Isaac Hay at (707) 887-1015.
November 3 Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near Titusville, Fla. For more
information see page 6 or call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob
and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
December 1 PCS Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar, N. Redington Beach, Fla.
5 Hola Society Members! As we
approach our 2007 Annual Reunion I
1 would like to wish you all a Happy
Anniversary and thank you for your
continued support of Society activi-
S/, ties during this special 75th
Anniversary year. Our General
Membership meetings have been
well attended and interest in the
Bob Russell Society remains high among our
As I reflect back on the beginning of our Society, I can't
help but feel a sense of pride for all that has been accom-
plished since 1932. We all owe our Society charter members
a debt of gratitude for their vision of establishing an organi-
zation of ex-employees. Their objectives and visions have
served us well. In fact, I think our charter members would be
proud of our accomplishments over these past seventy-five
We have come a long way from working from individual
officers' homes to an office in Seminole; our reunions have
grown in popularity from 47 members at the first reunion to
thousands; and our quarterly publication, the Canal Record,
continues to be sought by our members for pertinent infor-
mation regarding friends, events and activities. In fact, since
1950, the Society has published 224 distinct and separate edi-
tions of the Canal Record ranging in size from 20 to 134
pages. This figure does not include the number of quarterly
newsletters published prior to 1950 nor does it include the
number of directories that have been printed. Suffice it to say,
the Society has contributed many pages (in the millions) to
A special thank you goes to all the past and present Area
Reporters who selflessly have given/give of their time to pro-
vide us with news of our friends and members scattered all
over the world. The Area Reporters are the eyes and ears of
the Society and help make our Canal Record the quality pub-
location that it is today. Their tireless efforts to bring us inter-
esting articles are appreciated.
From the above observations, I am proud to say that as we
approach the 2007 annual reunion the Society is alive and
well and providing the services required by its bylaws. Your
Board continues to support and provide programs and events
that are of interest to the membership. The only "black" cloud
on the horizon is our declining membership and its impact on
future Society operations. However, having said that, 1 am
confident that the Society will continue to be a viable organ-
ization for many years.
In this edition you will find several historical articles
regarding our Society and its founder, John F. Warner. Two
of the articles have been reprinted from past Canal Records.
Also, please note the photograph of a recent visit with Dr.
Marjorie Warner, the granddaughter of John F. Warner,
founder of the Society. I hope you find the articles and pho-
Since our last publication, the Society has continued to
make history by having its first-ever meeting in Pensacola,
Florida. I would like to thank Barbara (Vose) Kulig and
Darla (Vose) Creek for hosting this historical event at Zea
Rotisserie & Grill Restaurant. We had a turnout of 47 mem-
bers and a good time was had by all. The decorations were
superb with the 75th Anniversary as a theme. Also, Barbara's
homemade desserts (Mary Jane cookies, death by chocolate
bars, and upside down pineapple cake) and Darla's sopa bor-
racha were scrumptious and were one of the highlights of the
meeting. The hospitality shown by the Pensacola folks to
your board members in attendance (Tom Wilder, 1st VP;
Tom Spence, Sergeant at Arms; Cheryl Russell, Chaplain;
and your president) was second to none. Again, thank you all
for the warm reception.
In April, John "Chef Emeritus" Gough hosted the annual
picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. The grill master
did an excellent job with his assistant, Jim O'Donnell, and
all 87 participants were well fed. Also, a special thank you
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goes to all who brought food dishes. The food choices were
numerous and delicioso. Brenda Furlong's empanadas were
a success again this year and only lasted about 30 minutes as
they were devoured by everyone. Was there any doubt?
Thank you to all who came and made one of our lasting tra-
ditions a continued success.
When you receive this copy of the Canal Record, we will
be only a few weeks away from our annual reunion. I hope
you all are as excited about this year's reunion as your Board
members. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is a beautiful proper-
ty that is well located from major Orlando attractions. In
addition to being in a superb hotel, our annual program, activ-
ities and events will be the best ever.
Our Reunion Coordinator, Bill McLaughlin, and his vol-
unteer chairpersons (see page G of the Yellow Pages in the
March edition) and Lodging Chairperson, Betty Ledoux-
Morris, have really been working long hours to make your
first stay at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort a pleasant and mem-
orable one. The amount of work that goes on behind the
scenes by our volunteers is an enormous feat and too complex
to explain here in this article. Needless to say, we would not
be able to put on a reunion without the help from the volun-
teers. Muchas gracias a todos!
If you get this edition after June 1, it will be too late for
early registration. However, you still will be able to register
at the reunion and purchase dance tickets. Unfortunately,
there will be no luncheon tickets for sale at the reunion.
Also, if you are undecided about attending this year's reunion,
let me help you decide with the following question. Where
can you go and have the following at one location: two
dances, a luncheon, special entertainment by Shorty and
Slim; a golf tournament, bingo games, a clubhouse, a muse-
um, Panamanian dancers, church services, an annual meeting,
a movie Owl show, class reunions, door prizes, a round trip
to Panama, libations from Panama, a home-grown mall,
dance lessons and visits with old friends? The answer is at the
2007 Society Reunion!
Also of interest to our members will be the Panama Canal
Museum's special exhibits, two of which will be highlighting
the history of the Society and lasting Canal Zone friendships.
The committees from the Museum and the Society have done
a lot of research and spent numerous hours in preparing these
exhibits. I encourage you all to visit the Museum and see the
results of their labor. They also will have an interactive dis-
play where you can participate by signing your name on maps
of the former town sites in which you resided. It will be fun,
entertaining and will bring back fond memories.
Our annual meeting this year is an important one as we
will be discussing several important issues facing the Society.
Because it is such an important meeting, we will be conduct-
ing a SWOT exercise for your participation (see Tom
Wilder's Long Range Planning Committee Report in this edi-
tion). Also, we will report on the factors that led to the 2006
expenses exceeding revenues.
As promised in my March message, the following are his-
torical snippets of life in the Canal Zone in 1932. The
Governor was Brig. General Henry Burgess, U.S.A.; the last
structure at Empire, Bldg. No. 1 (the old Disbursing Office),
was torn down and removed; as a result of the depression,
wages for Gold employees were reduced by 8 1/3 percent,
Silver employees by $2.50 a month, and hourly Silver
employees wages were reduced by a penny; plans were
announced to build the Canal's largest bachelor apartment
building (28 apartments), at Fort de Lesseps; 82 students
graduated from BHS and 40 from CHS for a total of 122;
there was a total of 6,600 students in CZ Schools which con-
sisted of 2 senior high schools, 2 junior high schools and 6
elementary schools and 7 Latin American elementary
schools; work on the new CHS was projected to be complet-
ed by January 1, 1933; eight shipping lines provided local
passengers with transportation from one terminal of the canal
to the other at the following rates: tourist class was $6 and
first class was $10; the time required for passage by railroad
across the Isthmus was 1 hour and 45 minutes; the Panama
Railroad announced a special round-trip rate of $30 for the
transportation of automobiles across the Isthmus; the US
Postal Department announced a new two-day airmail sched-
ule from New York to the Canal Zone which reduced the pre-
vious time by 19 hours; Panama Line ships were no longer to
carry mail because the 8-day trip between New York and
Cristobal was considered too slow; Canal traffic was affected
by the depression with only 4,506 transits by commercial ves-
sels during the fiscal year; the Empress ofBritain (27,503 net
tons) was the largest vessel to transit during the fiscal year;
the world's biggest yacht, Savarona, transited the Canal in
January and the USS Constitution transited the Canal in
December; humorist Will Rodgers and evangelist Aimee
Semple McPherson were two well-known visitors to the
Canal Zone; there were 24,140 occupants in CZ quarters with
the following breakdown: 8,183 occupied by U.S. citizens,
183 by Europeans and 15,774 by West Indians and other
nationalities; there were 3,104 gold employees and 8,876 sil-
ver employees employed by the Canal; beef hindquarters cost
14.5 cents a pound and beef fore quarters cost 12 cents a
pound; the bakery baked 5,131,580 loaves of bread; the cof-
fee roasting plant roasted 247,792 pounds of coffee; the milk
bottling plant bottled 844,908 quarts of milk and packaged
51,832 gallons of ice cream; the abattoir sausage factory and
pickling department dressed 3,082,651 pounds of beef; the
laundry handled 6,789,634 pieces of laundry; the total milk
product at the Mindi Dairy amounted to 203,007 gallons for
the year; Farfan Beach Road was completed in April; there
were 174 deaths and 293 births in the CZ, Panama City and
Colon; there were a total of 115 Malaria cases reported (18
were employees) of which there were no deaths; the Thatcher
Ferry and Thatcher Highway were officially opened in
September; Dr. W. C. Todd was named the Canal Zone's first
Public Defender; J. L. Schley became Governor in
September; and in late November, a three-crest type of flood
on the Chagres River caused by heavy rains over the Chagres
Valley and Gatun Lake halted Canal traffic for over 24 hours.
In closing, I want to thank you for your continued interest
in the Society and for your support these past months. I look
forward to seeing you at the Reunion. Until then, stay safe
Bob Russell, President
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
When you receive this issue of the
Canal Record it only will be a few more
weeks before the office temporarily
moves to the Information/Society
Business Desk in the Convention Center
Nancy Van Siclen of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for
the 2007 Reunion. The hours of operation are listed in the
Schedule of Events on page 43 .
I look forward to seeing you at the reunion and hope that
you will stop by and see Carol and I at the
Information/Society Business Desk if you have any changes
you wish to make in your membership information, or if you
would like to pay your dues early for 2008. Remember,
postage is increasing again, and this is a great way not to have
to worry about your membership dues during the month of
December, when everyone has so much going on.
The Society's membership has slightly increased as com-
pared to the same period last year. Membership is over 3,400
paid members for 2007. The desire of the current Executive
Board is for each member in 2007 to renew his/her dues for
2008. Unfortunately, Society records show the trend is for
some members only to join during the year of their class
reunion and then let their membership lapse for the period of
time until their next class reunion. Statistically, this trend
equates to almost 500 members a year who do not renew their
membership dues on an annual basis.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone renewed their dues?
If that were to happen, the Society would be able to add
$15,000 more in dues revenue. Even a reduction of 200 non-
renewals a year would benefit the Society in that it would
provide $9,000 in dues (300 x $30).
I hope that I have made the point that keeping your mem-
bership current is important to the Society. In the future a 500
membership loss could be detrimental to the services the
Society provides to its membership.
Again, we hope to see you at the reunion and look for-
ward to your stopping by the Information/Society Business
Desk to say hello.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary/Office Manager
(727) 391-4259 or 1-866-726-2262
I want to welcome our new area
reporter, Ed Armbruster from the
Emerald Coast of Florida.
In an effort to reduce costs, the
Executive Board has decided to limit
the Canal Record to 88 pages. Putting a limit on the pages
will allow the Society to budget a set amount of funds for the
publishing and mailing of each Canal Record.
What this means to you as a member: I will be limiting
pictures... instead of many individual party photos, go with
one group shot in its place or instead of numerous vacation
shots, pick the best one to submit. Also, the Canal Record
will no longer accept collages.
I hope this decision doesn't discourage members from
submitting news and pictures. Sharing pictures and news of
former neighbors and longtime friends are a vital part of the
Canal Record and the Panama Canal Society.
If I can answer any questions or help in any way, you can
always call or email me.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
evenings (386) 676-5140
Dr. Marjorie Warner is the granddaughter of John F.
Warner, who was the founder of the Panama Canal Society
in 1932. Dr. Warner went to the Canal Zone as a young girl,
attended school there, and graduated from the Canal Zone
College in 1939 prior to attending medical college at Ohio
State University. Dr. Warner returned to Panama where she
completed a three-year internship at Santo Tomas Hospital in
the Republic of Panama on August 31, 1947.
She then moved to Bradenton, Fla., where her grandfather
and parents were living, and where she set up her medical
practice. Dr. Warner is retired but still resides in Bradenton.
Recently, my husband Bob and I had the privilege of visiting
her. In the following photograph, Dr. Warner is holding a pho-
tograph of John F. Warner, her grandfather and the founder of
the Panama Canal Society.
Sun City Center, Fla.
Bob Russell, Dr. Marjorie Warner, and Cheryl Russell
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General Membership Luncheon
September 8, 2007
The Panama Canal Society will hold a General Membership Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday, September
8, 2007, at the Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 33767. The
pre-meeting activities will begin at noon and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with a meeting following
The menu consists of: Columbia's Original "1905" Salad (Crisp lettuce with julienne of ham, natural
Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing); Choice of entree:
Chicken and Yellow Rice (A traditional dish of the Columbia, one quarter chicken baked with yellow rice,
green peppers, onions and tomatoes, spices and virgin olive oil); Mahi Mahi "Cayo Hueso" (Boneless filet
of Mahi Mahi marinated in citrus juices and grilled and served with "Good Rice," yucca, platanos and
mojo); Boliche "Criollo" (roasted eye round stuffed with chorizo and roasted in a flavorful gravy and
served with black beans, white rice and platanos); Dessert: Flan (Spanish caramel egg custard). The
menu also includes nonalcoholic beverages.
The price is $23.00 inclusive per person (includes tax and gratuity).
The deadline for reservations is Monday, September 3, 2007.
Map to the Columbia Restaurant is on page 6 of this issue.
l. -Columbia Restaurant
S_ -., September 8, 2007
General Membership Luncheon
Member Name Telephone Number:
Please make reservations at $23.00 each. Total enclosed
SNames of Guests: Circle one choice:
1. Chicken Mahi Mahi Boliche
Chicken Mahi Mahi Boliche
32 Chicken Mahi Mahi Boliche
4. Chicken Mahi Mahi Boliche
Reservations and/or refunds DEADLINE: September 3, 2007
Please make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, and mail to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985, 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General
Membership meeting will be held on November
3, 2007, in conjunction with the Space Coast
Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, on the
river side of US Highway 1. The picnic will
start at 11:30 a.m. and our meeting will start at
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, call Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or
Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
From SR 50, go south 3.4 miles on US Highway
1; the park will be on the left.
,ar jater Beach
September Luncheon Directions
September 8, 2007
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1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 28
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd.
Proceed on Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and
turn right to Sand Key.
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit
31 for Ulmerton Rd/SR-688 W. Merge onto
Ulmerton Rd. Slight right at Roosevelt Blvd
(signs for SR-686 W/Largo/Clearwater)
Continue on E Bay Dr. Continue on CR-416.
Turn right at Gulf Blvd.
3. From North Pinellas Take 19 South to
Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. head West. Go to next
roundabout and take 3rd exit onto Coronado
Dr. Turn right onto S Gulfview Blvd., then take
slight right onto Gulf Blvd/Clearwater Pass
Ave, and continue to follow Gulf Blvd. to
restaurant on the left.
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left to
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd.
SPECIAL NOTICE Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS),
the current underwriter of the former Mutual of
TO MEMBERS Omaha Life Insurance Program, has recently
implemented a number of changes that are
The Society Office in designed to improve their ability to handle
Seminole will be closed business in English and to expedite the process
of issuing new certificates to policyholders,
for business from updating beneficiary designations, and adjudi-
Monday, July 2 rating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is
through Monday, July currently encouraging policyholders to do their
business directly with the Panama office, but
9. Membership dues may will gladly continue to accept and handle all
be paid at the business of those policyholders who choose to
Information/Society desk act and process through the Panama Canal
Society office. Beth Brandenburg will con-
at the Reunion during tinue to be the Society's point of contact and
regularly stated hours. may be reached on the last Tuesday afternoon
See Schedule of Events of the month at the Society's toll free number
(1-866-726-2262) for assistance or to obtain
on page 43 for times of Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death
operation. 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
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
DEADLINE Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
FOR SUBMITTING PHOTOS Plaza Credicorp Bank
Plaza Credicorp Bank
AND ARTICLES Panama, Republic of Panama
FOR THE OCTOBER Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
CANAL RECORD E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IS AUGUST 3, 2007. Fax: 011-507-210-1605
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly
_ with the Panama office should advise the
S Society office of the particulars if they would
This is to advise the like for the Society to monitor CIS progress
MASONIC/OES community that and intercede with CIS on their behalf.
there will be NO LUNCHEON this Likewise, policyholders and claimants should
there will be NO LUNCHEON this .
notify the Society office when their business
year at the reunion. We hope to has been satisfactorily concluded with CIS so
be able to continue this tradition that the Society can drop the policyholder or
in either 2008 or 2009. claimant from its list of pending cases to be
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Uj HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The following article is reprinted from the September 1951 Edition of the Canal Record. At the then edi-
tor's request, the following account of the founding of the Florida Society was written by John F. Warner of
Bradenton who officiated at its birth and has been given the honorary title of FOUNDER by your Society.
Founding of the Panama Society
At any time, and anywhere, the separation of friends after a rather close association thru several years brings a
sense of distinct loss. When the fabric of the friendship has been woven while Time has been lengthening its shadows
for a considerable period, and under unusual conditions, the readjustment deepens the sense of loss of old landmarks,
and, likewise the necessity for the establishment of a new home, and creation of a new social environment and a dif-
ferent economic program. Retirement legislation has made provision for annuities, based on the employee's age and
service on the Panama Canal. The retirement age was fixed at 62 and service, except in case of disability, at least fif-
teen years. On reaching retirement age, application could be made to the U.S. Civil Service Commission for a two-year
extension of time, under official approval.
However, on July 17th, 1932, with a few other retired employees, and employees going on leave, we sailed from
Cristobal on the good ship Ancon for New York, and the good old U.S.A. We arrived in the harbor on July 24th, too late
to dock. That night a few of us held a meeting in the ship's lounge, and before that meeting closed there was organ-
ized the Association of Ex-Employees of the Panama Canal and the Panama Railroad Co. Robert S. Houston, of
Erlanger, Kentucky, was elected president, while the undersigned was elected secretary-treasurer. These officers were
to serve until a permanent organization could be formed at a place and on a date named by the president. Miss Mary
E. Ledden, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was instructed to present a name for the newly organized association. In the con-
stitution the adopted object of the association is, "To promote the welfare of its members in every way possible, to per-
petuate the friendships formed on the Isthmus of Panama, and to further the interest and understanding of all Americans
in one of the world's greatest engineering achievements. The following members were present at this meeting, and sub-
scribed to the action taken:
Eugene H. Ash Mr. & Mrs. T J. Hanrahan Emil G Mettke
John W Cleary Mr. & Mrs. Robt. S. Houston William S. Miller
Sidney Church R. E. Laughlin Thomas Sullivan
B. L. Hanson Miss Mary E. Ledden Mr. & Mrs. J .F Warner
It is understood that the secretary-treasurer would receive word monthly from members, and from the news received
make a consolidated report, a copy of which would be mailed to each member, or family. An annual contribution of $1.00
from each family was to be contributed to cover expenses of stationery, mimeographing, postage, etc. A fund of $31.00
was provided to anticipate this venture in reporting the whereabouts and activities of this association, which, by its title,
made possible the addition of members from any section of the country. With the increase in retirement of Isthmian
employees of the Canal and Railroad, came an increase in membership, until considerably over 300 bulletins were sent
monthly. Toward the end of our editorial efforts the annual contribution, covering membership and bulletin was raised
to $1.50 per family, and issues were reduced in number. Our files still show most of the old bulletins and copies of the
"Minutes of Association meetings."
List of Meetings of Association of Ex-Employees of the Panama Canal Zone, including the Charter meeting held on
the S/S Ancon, in N. Y harbor, on the evening of July 24th, 1932.
Date of Meeting Place President
July 24, 1932 S.S. Ancon, N. Y Harbor (To be elected) R. S. Houston
Feb. 22, 1933 Bradenton, Florida Robt. S. Houston Erlanger, Ky.
Feb. 22, 1934 Bradenton, Florida Joseph M. Weaver (substitute)
Feb. 22, 1935 Bradenton, Florida Philip C. Gorman
Apr. 2, 1936 Tampa, Florida Philip C. Gorman
Apr. 10, 1937 St. Petersburg, Florida Philip C. Gorman
Feb. 22, 1938 Bradenton, Florida Rev. C. B. Mitchell
Feb. 22, 1939 Bradenton, Florida Chas. H. Beetham
Feb. 22, 1940 Bradenton, Florida Chas. H. Beetham
Feb. 22, 1941 Bradenton, Florida Wm. H. Baxley
Feb. 22, 1942
Feb. 22, 1943 (No convention held transportation restricted)
K Feb. 22, 1944 S. S. S. Center, Tampa Wm. H. Baxley
y At my suggestion I was relieved from the duties of Sec'y-Treas'r of the Association, early in 1947 after nearly 15
years of service. Under new officers the membership has grown rapidly, and the quarterly bulletin attracts attention from U
various Panama Canal Clubs formed in the United States, and its policy of general news coverage on past, present,
and possible future Canal history makes the quarterly visit of the interesting news letter of interest to all who in any way
were connected with the Panama Canal excavation.
The following lines were a part of the first report of the undersigned to the first meeting of oldtimers:
"Way down in the Tropics, Where in the joining great oceans,
Woven into the fabric, Were quite human emotions;
The fine, loyal friendship; the love and esteem;
Make those wonderful days, Now a wonderful dream.
Each Year some new faces; Some dear ones are gone,
Mingling joy with the sorrow, Our brigade marches on;
As Milestones recede; With the passing of years;
Let's write on Life's Highway, A message with cheers."
J. F Warner
JOHN F. WARNER
January 11, 1869 January 12, 1955
John F. Warner is the "founder" of the Panama Canal Society and was one of fifteen charter members in 1932 who
organized the Association of Ex-employees, which later became the Panama Canal Society. He was never president of
the Society but helped shape it from its beginning as the Secretary-Treasurer for 15 years from 1932 to 1947. John was
very active in Society affairs and supported its annual reunions until his death.
Mr. Warner, in addition to being recognized as the "founder" of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, also may be
considered to be the first editor of the organization's monthly newsletter. In order to keep in touch with Canal Zone
friends and co-workers, John started a round robin correspondence which was later enlarged to a monthly mimeo-
graphed letter, and then a quarterly newsletter. He resigned as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society in 1947.
John was not a native born "Zonian" but a transplanted Ohioan. At the age of 36, he became one of the early "pio-
neers" in helping build the Panama Canal a work that many consider, even today, to be one of the seven wonders of
engineering achievement in the world.
In 1906, John was recruited by the Panama Canal as a stenographer and later, when the Canal opened in 1914 was
appointed Property Clerk in the Office of the Chairman, Isthmian Canal Commission, which later became the Office of
John and his family arrived at Cristobal, Canal Zone, on September 3, 1906. The Warners resided in Culebra, Canal
Zone, until August 1914, when they moved to Balboa. John was continuously employed by the Panama Canal, with the
exception of one year, until his retirement on July 1, 1936. He achieved eight years of construction day service for
which he was awarded the Roosevelt Medal (medal number 1821) with three bars (bar numbers 1103, 755, and 523).
Upon retirement, John had twenty-nine years of honorable and faithful service.
Wherever Mr. Warner resided, whether it was in Ohio, the Canal Zone or Florida, his first interests were the reli-
gious life of the community and the moral and spiritual betterment of living conditions. He also was active in civic
affairs, his church, and the Masonic fraternity.
John Warner retired on July 1, 1936, and had twenty-nine years of honorable service. He chose Bradenton, Florida,
as his family's retirement home. On January 12, 1955, one day after his 86th birthday, John died in Bradenton General
Hospital. At present, his only surviving family member is his granddaughter, Dr. Marjorie Warner, who still resides in
The Society's Last Letter from John Warner. Founder
The following is reprinted from the March 1955 Edition of the Canal Record. &
January 11, 1955
Panama Canal Society of Florida:
My very dear friends, I had hoped to feel strong enough to attend
this year's Annual Reunion Dinner in St. Petersburg this year, but my
precious doctor advised me to remain quietly at home, but I do wish you
all to continue your splendid growth and the worth-while work of the
Society helping one another, and retaining the spirit of the wonderful
Canal Days, when everyone pulled together, and really knew what they
Memory has painted a beautiful picture of the rich friendships
that were made and developed on this Great Engineering Project, and
as we go down the pathway of life, let us ever strive to lend a helping
hand, let us try and carry our visions and efforts in a high plane, and
as the Great Book of Life is closed, may our good friends feel that their
lives have been enriched by this splendid friendship and association.
May the dear Heavenly Father Bless you all, now and forever.
Always your sincere friend,
John F Warner, Founder
Mr. Warner's last words to the Society ring true today. He was instrumental in the steady growth of
the Society from July 24, 1932, until his death on January 12, 1955 (the day after he wrote the letter print-
ed above). You can see from his writing his heartfelt passion for the Society and for its well being. Our
Society continues to follow his instructions to help one another and to preserve and promote Canal Zone
As you read this, stop for a moment and remember Mr. Warner and the other fourteen founding
members and think about their accomplishments; especially, during the early days which were affected by
the great depression. Their vision of an association of ex-employees has served our membership well for
the past seventy-five years and has helped preserve those unique traditions and friendships made on the
SIsthmus of Panama.
"Zonie says that the deadline for the
Membership Contest has been extended to
June 30th. In order to win, encourage your
friends and family to join the Society and
mention your name when they sign up.
There are only a few members that are
)approaching the first goal, so here's your
last chance. Don't wait, take action today!"
These are the categories, rules and details:
S Competition will begin December 1st and close June 30th 2007.
S All new memberships must be paid in full no later than June 30th.
r 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 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
r 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 his/her choice.
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:
"TOP MEMBERSHIP RECRUITER"
And you will be able to compete for one free night at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando during the 2007 Reunion!
REPORT FROM THE LONG-RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
The purpose of this Committee is to examine potential future trends that may adversely affect our
Society and to prepare a report to the President with its findings and recommendations by December
In February, the Board began to do an exercise called SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
and Threats. This exercise will help the Society Board identify key issues that, in the future, may help
secure or threaten the Society.
The purpose of doing a SWOT exercise is twofold: First, it will assist the Board in finding issues which
everyone agrees may be strengths, weaknesses, etc. Second, it allows the Board to work with these
issues, select the ones which are priority, and form them into policy issues as things-to-be-done.
The general idea behind this exercise will be to help us identify the following:
How can we strengthen our strengths?
How can we overcome our weaknesses?
How can we use the opportunities?
How can we evade the threats?
In the exercises done by the Board the following were identified:
Execution of Events
Not Using E-Mail Receipt Acknowledgement Notices
Feedback to Members
Keeping Members Active Paid Up
Low Recruitment of Younger Eligible Members
Sponsoring Events for Younger Members
Involvement by Members (More Events)
Decrease in Passing Along Cultural Aspects of Canal Zone Life and Traditions
Getting Event Feedback from Members
Marketing the Society to All Eligible Members
Music Interest Is Between Lucho (Typical Panama Music) and Pop
Age Restrictions on Dance Floor
Seek Cost Savings by Looking At All Operations and Services
Automate Canal Record or Increase cost for "hard copy"
Reduce Expenses by Charging Members for Using Credit Cards -
Passing on the Bank Fee
Explain Increased Costs to membership
Keep Our Members Better Informed
Attract New Members
S Maintain Core Members
S Review Restrictions On Membership
S Have Membership Participate in a SWOT Exercise at Reunion
S Apathy of Membership
Age No New Membership Base to Draw from
Little Interest in Seeking Leadership Positions and/or Knowledge of Society Operations
Increasing Cost(s) (All Events)
Increasing Operational Costs (Canal Record, Rent, Salaries, etc)
No equity Building (permanent structure) vs Paying Rent
Decrease in Eligible Membership
At the Annual Meeting, I am looking forward to the opportunity of involving you, our members, in a
SWOT exercise. Your involvement and input will greatly assist the Board in formulating policies and
taking actions that will provide direction to the Society; thus securing its future for many years to come.
Your input is important to the Board and we want your participation.
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President
Chairperson, Long-Range Planning Committee
Joan Ohman, Jim Parthenais, Bill McLaughlin, and Jim O'Donnell
SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS
The Society Office in Seminole will be closed I
for business from Monday, July 2 through |
Monday, July 9. Membership dues may be paid I
at the Information/Society desk at the Reunion I
during regularly stated hours. See Schedule of '
Events on page 43 for times of operation.
Reunion Coordinator's June Update
Here we are in June with only a couple of weeks to go before our 2007 Reunion. We are all getting very
excited as this special time of year is quickly approaching. The 2007 Reunion Committee is working hard with
final preparations. It looks like we are going to have a great reunion for our 75th Anniversary of the Panama
Canal Society, Inc.
You will notice that there are no registration forms in this issue of the Canal Record. This is because
reunion registration and hotel reservations will be closed by the time this issue gets delivered to your home.
You can still do late registration for the reunion at our registration desk in the Convention Center during the
I have asked our Editor to insert the final Schedule of Events and Convention Center Layout Map in this
issue of the Canal Record. This will help you to find the key reunion activity areas in the Convention Center
when you arrive. Shown at the bottom of this page is the route from the main lobby to the Convention Center.
From the main lobby, follow the hallway that leads you to what they call the Convention Center Rotunda. When
you arrive at the rotunda there will be escalators to your right and to your left. You will want to take the esca-
lators on the left. They will take you to the lower level of the Gatlin Ballroom section of the Convention Center.
Registration and Information is located at the end of the Gatlin Ballroom foyer as will be most of our other activ-
ities. Some activities and programs will be held on the second level of the Gatlin Ballroom such as Class/Mini-
Reunions, Bingo, Owl Show, etc. All the activity and program locations are shown on the Layout Map. I sug-
gest you bring this map and schedule with you to the hotel.
New to our list of activities and programs is Thursday Night at the Yacht Club. The BHS Class of 1972 will
be hosting a Rock and Roll dance in conjunction with their 35th Class Reunion. The dance will be held in the
Gatlin Ballroom A starting at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night and is free of charge.
Golf update: In past reunion information, the Schedule of Events showed that the Shotgun Start would be
at 7:30 a.m. It is actually 8:00 a.m. So golfers plan accordingly.
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking to
all our members attending the reunion who are registered guests at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
Unfortunately the hotel will not provide complimentary parking to reunion registrants who are just visiting for
the day or staying at another hotel.
Just a reminder about Rosen Shingle Creek Resort's smoking policy, There is NO smoking anywhere inside
the resort, including guest rooms, suites and Convention Center. There are limited smoking areas in the swim-
ming pool areas as well. As stated in the Yellow Pages in previous Canal Records, resort guests will be fined
if this policy is ignored or if smoking is detected in guest rooms.
As always, volunteers are needed to help during the 2007 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact
one or more of the chairpersons listed in the March edition of the Canal Record.
See you at the reunion!
Lobby Level Floor Plan
1. Front Desk
3. Guest Room Elevators
4. Guest Room Elevators
5. Bell Captain Desk
6. Coffee Shop
7. Gift Shop
9. Transportation Desk
11. Reunion Information
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLA.
JANUARY 27, 2007
Absent: 1st Vice President, two Directors and Editor.
Approved minutes of the November 18, 2006, Executive Board
Approved the expenditures for the period of November
18, 2006 thru January 26, 2007, in the amount of
Approved the 140 new members.
Approved $250.00 for door prizes.
Approved vendor table for Shorty & Slim
Approved hotel comp nights for Board Members,
Chairpersons, Past Presidents and Seminole Mayor.
Approved Caller ID for Office Phones.
Approved 75th Anniversary T-shirts
Status of WW II Memorial Letter
Status of DJ for Reunion Dances
SNovember Financial Statement
2007 Reunion Updates
75th Anniversary Committee
Group Rates for Attractions in Orlando
March Canal Record
Secretary Title Revision
SPanama Canal Museum
Sickness or Distress
Membership Application Revision
Clarification of Eligibility in Bylaws
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
OCALA HILTON BOARD ROOM OCALA, FLA.
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
Absent: 2nd Vice President, Director, Legislative Representative
and ByLaws Chairperson
Approved January 17, 2007, minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period of January 26, 2007, thru
February 16, 2007, in the amount of $9,634.25.
Approved 62 new members.
Approval for flowers
SApproved $10.00 refund for member John Ruble
Status of WW II Memorial Letter
Status of Membership Application (descendants)
SStatus of Proclamation Seminole Mayor (pending next meet-
SStatus of "Revised" Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
SStatus of Banner Stand
Service Officer Information
Clarification of Eligibility for "service members"
* ALS Walk March 10
SDiscussed Financial Advisor Representation
Carnavalito Update Treasurer: Joan Ohman
Reviewed December Financial Statement
Update on 2007 Reunion
75th Anniversary Committees
Status of March Canal Record
Membership Update Status
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT,
N. REDINGTON BEACH, FLA
DECEMBER 2, 2006
President Bob Russell welcomed the 113 members in attendance
at the General Membership meeting of the Panama Canal Society
held at the Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington Beach, Fla.,
during the Annual Christmas Luncheon, and called the meeting to
order at 12:10 p.m.
The president thanked Marje and Pete Foster, Margaret
McLaughlin and their committee consisting of Joy and Al Maale,
Dot Herrington and Shirley Boswell for hosting the Christmas
Luncheon. and presented them with a small token of appreciation
from the Society.
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, gave the invocation followed by a
moment of silence for members who have recently passed away.
Tom Spence, Sgt at Arms, led the membership in the Pledge of
The president recognized the past presidents in attendance:
Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Muriel Whitman, Marje Foster, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Faith Brundage, Bill McLaughlin, and
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis. The president also recognized Chuck
Hummer. President Emeritus, from the Panama Canal Museum.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, read the minutes from the General
Membership Meeting held at Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Fla., on
November 4, 2006. Margot Jordan made a motion to approve the
minutes as read; it was seconded by Pete Foster. Motion carried.
Joan Ohman, Treasurer, highlighted the October 2006 Financial
Statement, which stands for audit. Joan also reminded the member-
ship that membership dues are due by December 31, 2006, for 2007.
Bob Russell, President, reported that the Society will be cele-
brating its 75th Anniversary on July 24. 2007, and that the board is
planning several activities during the year to celebrate this mile-
stone. The Panama Canal Museum will also be helping the Society
to celebrate the 75th by providing a special exhibit at the 2007
The president reported that he has established three new com-
mittees as follows: Long-Range Planning chaired by Tom Wilder;
Membership Campaign chaired by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, and the
75th Anniversary Committee co-chaired by Margaret McLaughlin
and Cheryl Russell.
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President, reported to the membership that
the Society will be hosting Carnavalito on February 17, 2007, and
Fran Morrissey will be providing the music. Caravalito will be held
at the Hilton in Ocala, Fla. The reservation form will be in the
December edition of the Canal Record.
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator, reported to the mem-
bership that because Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is a new property,
there are several changes in this year's yellow pages and asked the
membership to read the instructions carefully.
Bill reported that we will have an "Owl Show" this year, and
Chris Wilder will be the chairperson. Shorty & Slim will be per-
forming at the Annual Luncheon and you will need to purchase a
ticket to the Annual Luncheon to see the performance.
Jacque Vowell, Editor, reported that the December Canal
Record should be mailed around the second week of December. She
also advised the membership that the cutoff date for the March issue
is January 6, 2007.
Kathy Egolf, Vice President of the Panama Canal Museum,
reported to the membership that another potluck lunch is planned for
January 20, 2007, with Robert McMillan, former Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Commission, as the sched-
uled guest speaker. He will discuss his new book Global Passage.
Kathy also reported that the Museum is planning a cruise in
February 2007, and encouraged all those interested to sign up.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative, highlighted the
November Legislative Report and reported that the COLA increase
in January 2007 will be 3.3%. (Original report attached to minutes.)
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Chairperson, Membership Committee,
reported that a new Membership program has been established and
that the details of the program are contained in the December edition
of the Canal Record. Elaine advised the membership depending on
the level of recruitment effort, members can win some nice gifts to
include a free night at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort during the
reunion. Past President Elaine also introduced the Society's new
membership mascot Zonie, the parrot.
The president again thanked Marje and Pete Foster; Margaret
McLaughlin and their committee for the wonderful luncheon.
Throughout the Christmas Luncheon door prizes were awarded.
All door prizes were donated by the committee and members attend-
ing the luncheon. The grand prize was two round-trip tickets donat-
ed by COPA Airlines and was won by Richard Cahill.
Pete Foster made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:50 p.m.;
Hubert Jordan seconded it. Motion carried.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
OCALA HILTON HOTEL OCALA, FLA.
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
President Bob Russell welcomed the 123 members in attendance
at the General Membership meeting of the Panama Canal Society
held at the Ocala Hilton Hotel, Ocala, Fla., during Carnavalito, on
February 17, 2007, and called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
The president thanked Tom Wilder, Carnavalito chairperson,
and his committee consisting of Kathy Wilder, Brittney Wilder, and
Chris Wilder for hosting Carnavalito. He also thanked Frances
Morrissey for providing the music and Terry Deakins for assisting in
the "burial of the fish." Bob also thanked Margaret McLaughlin and
Bill McLaughlin for their assistance in providing the decorations
and brochures. After his remarks, the president presented each of the
aforementioned members with a small token of appreciation from
Cheryl Russell, Chaplain, gave the invocation followed by a
moment of silence for members who have recently passed away.
Tom Spence, Sgt at Arms, led the membership in the Pledge of
Allegiance. Following the pledge, Frances Morrissey played the
National Anthem of the United States and the Republic of Panama.
The president recognized Bill McLaughlin, as the only past
president in attendance.
The president advised the membership that he would usually
have the Secretary read the minutes of the last general membership
meeting (Christmas Luncheon held on December 2, 2006) at this
time, but since the minutes were posted at the entrance to the ball-
room, he would suspend such reading, if he had a motion to do so
from the floor. Earl McMillin made a motion to accept the minutes
as written; it was seconded by Skip Rowley. Motion carried.
The president advised the membership that he would entertain
the same procedure with regard to the reading of the December
Financial Statement since everyone had a copy of the statement in
their packets. Janet Herrington made a motion to accept the finan-
cials as written to stand for audit; it was seconded by Ed Ohman.
Bob Russell, President, reported to the membership that the
Panama Canal Society is alive and well and continues to provide the
service required by its bylaws to its membership. He stated that he
knew of no other organization that provides its membership with
four quarterly publications, an annual directory, and a reunion each
year for its members, various social activities during the year and
assistance to its aging membership for only S30.00 a year. He
emphasized that our Society members are a unique group. Bob
reported that the Society has a current paid-up membership of 3,231
members. He stated that in 2007, the board hopes to sustain that
number and add to it with a new membership program. He stated
that at a minimum, the board hopes to increase its membership in
2007 by a least 75 new members.
The president reported that we are celebrating our 75th
Anniversary this year on July 24th. The 75th Anniversary commit-
tee is chaired by Margaret McLaughlin and Cheryl Russell and they
are working very hard to plan activities during the year. The Panama
Canal Museum is also contributing to the festivities by having an
exhibit at the reunion which will commemorate the Society's 75th
Bob enlisted the help of the membership by asking them to
solicit eligible members to join the Society. He also asked the mem-
bers to encourage their friends and families to renew their dues year-
ly, and not just when they have class reunions. The sustained support
of Society members is important to the continued longevity of the
Bill McLaughlin, Reunion Coordinator, reported to the mem-
bership that instead of having a speaker this year at the Annual
Luncheon program, we are having entertainment by Shorty & Slim.
So far we have had a very good response. Bill advised the member-
ship to order their luncheon tickets as soon as possible as they will
not be sold at the reunion.
Bill also told the membership that we are adding the "Owl
Show" to our reunion activities this year and that the free show will
be on Thursday night. He also advised the attendees that the
Clubhouse, which has turned out to be very popular with our mem-
bers, will continue operation at the new hotel.
Bill concluded his remarks by encouraging everyone to please
read the "yellow pages" in order to stay informed of the latest
reunion changes. He stated that new instructions are a consequence
of the Society moving to a new property Rosen Shingle Creek
Following Bill's report, the president asked that Joan Ohman,
representing the Panama Canal Museum, to come forward for a spe-
cial presentation. Bob turned the mike over to Randy Deakins who
presented Joan with a check in the amount of $550.00 as a donation
to the Museum from a fundraiser that was held on the East Coast of
The president reminded everyone of the upcoming meetings:
March 3, 2007, in Pensacola, Fla., and April 14, 2007, in Tarpon
Before concluding the meeting, the president thanked Tom
Wilder and the committee again for organizing the event.
Frances Morrissey made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40
p.m.; it was seconded by Joan Ohman. Motion carried.
- BUDGETARY PROPOSALS DETAILED
SThe Bush administration has sent to
Congress a document laying out the case for
several proposals relating to federal personnel
Contained in its recent budget proposal,
Jim O'Donnell including both old and new ideas. In the for-
mer category is a proposal to amend the
Federal Employees Compensation Act, the work-related injury and
illness compensation program, to convert prospectively retirement-
age beneficiaries to a retirement annuity-level benefit, impose an up-
front waiting period for benefits, streamline claims processing, per-
mit the Labor Department to recapture compensation costs from
responsible third parties, and authorize it to cross-match FECA
records with Social Security records to reduce improper payments.
Similar proposals have been made for many years, with the only
result a provision in last year's postal reform law imposing a three-
day waiting period for postal employees. Postal unions opposed that
provision so strongly that it almost killed the entire reform bill and
the unions say they will try to get it repealed.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT
Management officials of federal agencies--in particular the U.S.
Postal Service--have argued for many years that once a FECA ben-
eficiary reaches what would have been his or her normal retirement
eligibility point, that person should be switched to the retirement
rolls. The major reason is that FECA-related costs are charged back
to the employing agency, limiting the money it has available for
other purposes, where annuity costs are borne by the federal retire-
ment trust fund. "FECA benefits typically exceed federal retirement
benefits because they are tax free, which constitutes an incentive for
individuals to remain on FECA past when they would otherwise
have retired," the document says, adding that a waiting period is
standard in similar state programs.
FEHB PROVISIONS ALSO OUTLINED
The document further makes the administration's argument for
cutting back on the subsidy paid for FEHB premiums for those who
retire with fewer than 10 years of consecutive coverage in the pro-
gram before retirement. It says the proposal would "provide greater
equity to long-term employees. At present, the government pays
approximately 72 percent of the cost of health care premiums for all
employees regardless of their length of service and for annuitants
who worked for the federal government at least five years immedi-
ately prior to their retirement. The proposal would prorate the gov-
ernment contribution for those employees who retire with less than
10 years of service by decreasing the amount of the government
share to: 90 percent of the government share for employees with
nine or more but less than ten years of service: 80 percent for those
with eight or more but less than nine years of service and so on." It
says the proposal would affect only about 500 to 600 retirees a year.
It also says that allowing the largest FEHB carrier, Blue Cross-Blue
Shield, to offer a third option--presumably a high-deductible plan
with a health savings account feature--would "provide greater incen-
tives to both FEHB enrollees and health plans to reduce costs and
NON-FOREIGN AREA COLAS ALSO TARGETED
In a separate document, the administration offered a justification
for its proposal to end the "non-foreign area" cost-of-living
allowance program and replace it with locality pay. That document,
part of an assessment of human capital programs, says that the pro-
gram is "philosophically inconsistent" with federal pay law. Under
the program, about 49,000 employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and
the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin
Islands receive additional pay linked to living costs, where locality
pay for general schedule employees is based on local labor market
conditions. "The absence of locality pay in the COLA areas, exclu-
sion of COLA payments from retirement benefits, and instability of
living cost comparisons with Washington, D.C., over time have
fueled complaints and litigation from the COLA areas," the assess-
ment says. If the switch were made, the new locality pay would
count toward retirement, unlike the current COLAs, although
employees would be required to contribute toward retirement from
In yet another budget-related document, covering OPM's spend-
ing, the administration highlighted a long-running initiative to allow
individuals to work on a part-time basis before retirement without
having their CSRS annuity reduced; a quirk in the CSRS law has the
effect of discouraging employees from phasing into retirement by
switching to part-time work. Similarly, OPM said that "there also is
a need for agencies to be able to retain recently retired federal
employees to assist with short-term projects, such as employee train-
ing, or fill, on a part-time basis, critical skill gaps so agencies can
meet their mission goals. By enacting a reemployed annuitant pro-
vision that would allow retirees to receive a salary plus their annu-
ity, agencies would be able to meet their staffing needs." It further
said that creating a short-term disability insurance program would
"close the gap for employees who may have short-term disability
needs, such as maternity leave, but are unable to do more than patch
together various forms of annual, sick, advance, or donated leave to
fulfill those needs." All of the proposals would require
HEALTH POLICY CHANGES FINALIZED
OPM has published final rules providing extended FEHB cov-
erage, including authority for agencies to pay both the employer and
enrollee share, for up to 24 months to federal employees called or
ordered to active duty and who meet certain requirements, including
serving in support of a contingency operation. The maximum period
was increased from 18 months under a 2004 law. OPM also has pub-
lished final rules requiring agencies to provide employees entering
leave without pay status, or whose pay is insufficient to cover their
FEHB premium payments, written notice of their opportunity to
continue their FEHB coverage. Employees who want to continue
their enrollment must sign a form agreeing to pay their premiums
directly to their agency on a current basis, or to incur a debt to be
withheld from their future salary.
Terry Deakins, Sheila Schonert, Sue
Francis Morrissey at organ.
Frank and Debbie Lee
early Rowley and Alice Forsythe
Bev Rowley, Alice and Bob Forsythe, Woody and Armie
Chase, and Georgia and Lane Thompson.
June Ho (on right) with friends at Carnavalito
Frankie Bell and Rick Walsh
Frankie Bell and Rick Walsh
Claudia and Fred Robinson
Dawn Gressang and cousins Jim and G
Randy and JoElla Deakins
Bob and Kathie McConaughey
Ceci and Tom
Bob Russell and Barbara (Vose) Kulig
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Randy and JoElla Deakins and Ed Armbruster
y Frangioni, Jean Gilman and
mnberger, Jean and Dick Gilman
Nivia, Donnie, Phillip and Jennifer Drummond
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Richard Dillon and Jaye Deitz
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DesLondes and Shirley Camby.
Pete Foster, Hubert and Margot Jordan
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Collins, Ampora Paul and Harold Paul.
John Gough and Bob Russell
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John Gough, Ceci Spence and Jim O'Donnell
SJim O'Donnell, Danny DesLondes, and Tom Hanna
Sheri Kimball, Margaret Karst,
and Mike Young.
Margaret McLaughlin and Nancy Van Siclen
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton (334) 361-2373
AZ Nancy Eide (520) 577-7284
Diane French (623) 546-8624
AR Betty Dunning (479) 633-0612
Lynn Harp (479) 271-8055
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay (707) 887-1015
FL Central Dawn Gressang (386) 441-6595
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster (850) 897-1330
Ocala Grace Shadeck (352) 347-4141
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig (850) 474-6341
South Florida Tom Pattison (954) 894-1247
Space Coast Kathie (N. II Ini I McConaughey (321) 452-7281
Tallahassee Skip Rowley (850)422-2151
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537
HI Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Burns) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Karen ( P.-i',,..I I Brandl
Deadline for the OCTOBER 2007 Canal Record is August 3, 2007.
-' Mary (Gilbert) Urey reports
that she flew from Dothan, Ala., to
S* an Antonio, Texas, to visit her
brother and sister-in-law, John
S- (Bucky) and Jackie Gilbert.
While in San Antonio they had a
Allen Cotton mini-reunion with the Gilbert clan
at a great Mexican restaurant in Helotes. Mary then went on
to Del Rio, Texas, and spent two weeks with Mike and
Michele (Urey) Perez and Mary's two grandsons, Ryan and
John Perez. Ryan graduated from the University of Texas
and is employed by a company called "Idle Aire." Ryan and
Staci Killingsworth announced their engagement in July.
John is in his second year at Texas A&M. There is a lot of
competition between her two grandsons during football sea-
Ryan Perez, Mary Urey, and John Perez
Mary also reported on her December 7, 2006, trip to
Panama. She arrived at Tocumen just in time to attend the
wedding of Bill Kirkland's daughter Cristina to Joe Varela.
The ceremony was held in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon
and the reception in the Bristol Hotel. Cristina was a beauti-
ful bride. Christian and Tricia (Dugan) Margeson and their
three children (Mary's great-grandchildren) arrived on the
20th for the holidays. Lorraine (Urey) and Bill's home is one
of the old officer's cottages on Albrook.
Lorraine, Bill, and Mary joined Marieddi Aleman for a
trans-isthmian train ride in a very comfortable car with a
domed roof and a hostess serving coffee. The ride was great
but her disappointment in the condition of Colon brought
tears to her eyes. They toured Margarita which looked pretty
good then went to the Hotel Melia in Gulick for breakfast and
back to Albrook via the highway.
She spent several days in El Valle at the Kirkland home
and New Years in Punta Barco at the beautiful beach home of
Marieddi Aleman. She never stopped eating. On the 31st at
midnight Marieddi had a spectacular fireworks display, along
with several other residents competing throughout the night.
Panama was beautiful with all the Christmas decorations --
but the traffic was horrendous. So many changes since she
was there five years ago.
Allen Cotton (CHS'68) of Prattville, Ala., and Ren6e
"Cat" (Ballou) (CHS'68) Krimminger of Charlotte, N.C.,
met at the halfway point of the two cities in Suwanee, Ga.,
just before Easter weekend for what was to be a chair deliv-
ery of two chairs from the Tivoli Hotel that Ren6e had won
on E-Bay and ended up as a swap meet. The auction was in
Mobile, Ala., and a "pickup only" sale so I agreed to pick
them up and deliver them. Ren6e graciously awarded me with
one of the chairs for delivering them to her. The chairs are
special to us both as we both had ties to the Tivoli, mine with
the Tivoli being my Grandmother's favorite place in the
Canal Zone, and it was Ren6e's first home for about the first
eight weeks in Panama when her Dad was attached to the
American Embassy as escort to President Eisenhower in
While in Suwanee we compared empanada recipes that
both of us had made. The day turned into an unplanned swap
meet as each of us brought little gifts to the other. Rende pre-
sented me with a bottle of Ron Cort6z while in turn I had
brought her a five-pound bag of Caf6 Duran coffee beans. 1
got some D'Elidas Hot Sauce and presented her with some
CDs of very old Lucho albums. She says she "danced" in the
car most of the way home while listening to the CDs.
Before spending an evening of "remember when," Ren6
in typical Zonian habit of stocking up on stuff when you were
stateside of things you couldn't get in Panama, we trekked
out into Suwanee with clear plans of where we needed to go
to get Squirt Soda that Renee loves and can't get in her area.
We cleaned out three stores of their stock for a total of 26
cases of Squirt. The Orlando store Ren6e normally cleans out
during reunions should be safe this summer.
We spent the rest of the evening talking about growing up
in the Zone, the communities where each of us had lived,
about classmates, listening to Lucho, eating empanadas and
ceviche, plantain and platanos, and drinking Ron Cortez
Cuba Libres. We had a great time and agreed that it is too bad
that the Zone is history and we Zonians have been spread
from sea to shining sea, as a good time is always had when
Zonians gather, whether in big groups or small. But in true
Zonian fashion, the distance and time doesn't fade the friend-
Ren6e "Cat" (Ballou) Krimminger and Allen Cotton
I also answered the President's Call to Service by com-
pleting the nine-week Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) training program. The program was conducted
by the Autauga County Emergency Management Agency
under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security. The training consisted of first aid, firefighting,
search and rescue, triage of victims, and operation of shelters,
and a practical exercise at the end of the course. CERT team
members are used by the local or state EMA to assist profes-
sional first responders and to relieve the professionals to tack-
le more serious problems and to organize spontaneous volun-
teers who respond to disaster scenes. The program is also
sponsored by the Governor of Alabama's Faith Based
Initiative to provide trained volunteers at no cost to any gov-
ernment agency. Our class was nearly pressed into service
when tornadoes struck Enterprise, Ala., near the end of our
training. 1 encourage everyone to participate in your local
CERT training program, if nothing else it will leave you more
prepared to fend for yourself should disaster strike near your
home, and they give you a backpack of safety equipment and
a neat T-shirt to boot.
Allen Cotton receiving his completion certificate from the
Until next time, keep the news coming in.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
Henrietta Horoda of
Rogers, Ark., has been named
Woman of the Year 2007 by the
Benton County Democratic
S Women's Club. The award was a
Betty Dunning monetary contribution to a chari-
ty of the winner's choice.
Henrietta gave it to NAMI, Nation's Voice on Mental Illness.
Sharon Gonzalez of Alma, Ark., writes that she has had
four of her cat paintings published in the April 2007 issue of
Cat Fancy magazine.
In February I met my sister Freda Stohrer at the Dallas
airport; we flew to San Diego, Calif., together. We met Lisa
Nesbitt and her husband Mark Blockson for breakfast. We
had such a nice time renewing old friendships. Lisa was our
neighbor in Diablo on Endicott Street. One sad note. Her
mother Lonnie died a few years ago. Her father and brother
live in San Diego. If I remember correctly, Ray is still play-
We met our sister Carol Schwenke at the ship where the
Flenniken sisters once again went on a cruise together. This
year we traveled on the M.S. Zaandam out of San Diego stop-
ping at four port of calls in Hawaii before returning to San
Diego. We were met by Anne Stohrer, Freda's daughter, on
the Big Island. Anne and her husband Will Ellis and family
live in Weimea and are both physicians working on the Big
Anne Stohrer, Betty Dunning,
Schwenke, on beach in Hawaii.
Anne was our tour guide and met us at each stop we made
in Hawaii, even flying to Honolulu. We couldn't get her
aboard the ship but that didn't stop us from making a reser-
vation for all of us to spend the night at the Hilton Hawaiian
Village in Honolulu. We also had an unexpected guest,
Carol's husband Roger, who flew in to surprise us and
showed up at the pier area when we arrived in Honolulu. We
were all surprised. He stayed for a few days and then flew
back to Tampa. Anne was the best tour guide in all of the
Islands. It was great being with her. The cruise and the time
we spent in Hawaii was really the greatest. When we arrived
back in San Diego, we flew up to Davis, Calif., to visit with
Freda's daughter Carol and her husband Paul Grench before
Please drop me a line or e-mail me with your news.
Betty Dunning, Reporter
California here, reporting!
We just called the parade direc-
tor for the annual Carnaval de
San Francisco to find out if the
Panamanians will have a group
in the May parade this year. Isaac and Hel ay
Most of the groups are from
Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year Panama was not
in but they did dance in the Carnaval in Las Vegas and took
first place. The year before last they placed first in the San
Francisco parade. The woman in charge of the Panama group
was sitting across the table from the parade director when we
called! Her name is Clara Riego and the other pollera-organ-
izer is Brenda Bettencourt. We will be attending the plan-
ning meeting in San Francisco and looking forward to repre-
senting Panama in the Carnaval parade in our fair city by the
bay. This is a very colorful and exciting event full of music
and dance and thousands attending. San Francisco is so cul-
turally diverse, as is our group of Canal Society members.
Next, congratulations to Fred Mohl on celebrating his
91st birthday! Could it be that the Chagres water in our youth
is sustaining us into our upper years?
Connie Zemer Bumgarner reported that she will be vis-
iting Panama from April 17th through the 28th. She will miss
the desfile de un mil polleras by two days. She'll be visiting
with a group of friends including Marge Cohen Brigadier,
Eddy Benitez, Jan Steward Cazden, and Susan Hibbert.
And speaking of travelers, our fellow Sonoma County
bwoy John Millar just returned from a trip to Panama, which
you may read about later in this issue. He had a sweet time,
was smitten, and like us is contemplating retirement there.
Here in Northern California this past January we had the
coldest snap in the past 60 years. We lost our banana tree and
several other botanical family members. We are happy to
report that we escaped much of the cold spell since we were
on our annual expedition to Panama. Bob Askew reserved us
a night at the Albrook Inn for our first night and after that we
used all the venues that we had won in the Canal Museum
fundraiser silent auction. Thanks to the donations of Lori
Snow and Bern we lived like kings this trip. My sister
Virginia Aanstoos-Taylor and her husband John arrived
from Atlanta that same evening and we had adjoining rooms
at the Albrook Inn. It is a nice spot to stay, very simple and
clean and the service is excellent. The next morning we had
breakfast out on the patio by the pool and met a couple our
age who had just sold everything and moved from Tennessee
to a condo in Clayton. From there we headed out to Playa
Bonita, which is the old Ft. Kobbe Beach made into a 5-star
resort. The road getting there, past Palo Seco and the old leper
colony is full of deep potholes which I fondly reminisce is so
like Panama. Some would grumble over these asphalt hurdles
but swerving to miss them was fun. And being in a rental car
made it less worrisome too I guess. Our next stay was out in
Gamboa at the Rainforest Resort. We received visitors Mike
and Premie Chavez visiting from New Mexico. They visited
relatives up in Chiriqui and ended up buying a nice chunk of
land for retirement, even though that was not their intent
when they arrived! Also dropping by were Isaac's sister Zella
Hay (BHS'68) Harrison and his aunt Catalina Frago from
Panama City and aunt Vilma Henriquez from San Luis
Zella Hay Harrison, Catalina Frago, Vilma Henriquez,
and Isaac Hay.
While in Gamboa we also visited Marina Hughes and
Lance Hughes. Lance was on an extended visit from San
Francisco and in no hurry to get back stateside.
Our next stay was at the Coronado Resort where family
joined us. This is an older place with long arched corridors
with bougainvillaea coloring the walkways. There is an open-
air shuttle that takes guests to the private beach where we
heard little kids in the ocean yelling, "Mala aqua, mala aqua!"
over and over. By nightfall, my sister and I had figured out
what they meant. The skin under our bathing suits was cov-
ered with itchy red bites, dozens of them! Those sexist little
chompers only picked on the girls, for Isaac and John were
unscathed. All those years swimming in Panama as kids we
never experienced these horrid little aquatic terrorists.
The four of us drove tip to Decameron to visit my
youngest brother Erich and his wife Kathleen, visiting from
Sharpsburg, Ga. Security is so tight we were not allowed past
the lobby. So we hightailed it to Santa Clara Beach and had a
sumptuous dinner at Las Veraneras right on the beach. The
sunset was magical and we later all had a fun midnight swim
without further attacks to our munched-on skin.
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Isaac and Helen Hay, John and Virginia Taylor, and
Kathleen and Erich Aanstoos.
We took a day trip to El Valle and stopped in on Erik
"Flaco" Ernest where he is finishing construction on his
beautiful retirement home. His wife Noreen (Will) will be
joining him upon completion and is presently still working in
Florida. They like the cool, crisp weather in El Valle but Erik
said he would love to swap houses now and then with some-
one on the beach.
Our last nights were spent at the Country Inn & Suites at
Amador, always a favorite. We had a fun lunch at the Napoli
with Oran and Terry Appin, and looked over at the next
table to see Vickie Sizemore and Ed Wardlow grinning at
While coming out of the Balboa Post Office we ran into
good friend and ex-C.Z. cop Jose Jaen who still lives in the
same house in Balboa he has lived in forever. Stopping by the
Diablo boat sheds we got to pass some time with Billy
DeLaMater and Dave Sherman, sitting on Billy's patio
watching the ships chug by.
Billy DeLaMater and Dave Sherman
We did the Balboa Yacht Club scene and saw so many
familiar faces. Everyone likes to go there and watch the sun-
set, then head over to the Elks Club for Mongolian BBQ on
Friday nights. We saw Stanley Wright who had rented an
apartment in Panama City for four months, then to return to
his house in Austin, Texas. Pablo Prieto was busy organizing
the annual cayuco race as he does every year. Rene Nellis
was down from Florida staying with her sister Stephanie.
Rene and my sister Virginia Joan were high school buddies
and they had a fun time together then and now.
Our Sunday at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon is always a
highlight of the trip since I spent so much time there as a
child. During the service the Very Rev. Maizee Lennan
looked at Isaac and me and said she would like to welcome
the "newcomers." I protested, "No! I grew up in this place!"
Everyone started laughing. Also at the service were Ed
Wardlow and Vickie Sizemore, and Chris Dillon.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS
The Society Office in Seminole will be closed for business from Monday, July 2 through Monday, July 9. Membership dues may be paid at the
Information/Society desk at the Reunion during regularly stated hours. See Schedule of Events on page 43 for times of operation.
(head, ears, eyes, etc.). During my time there I was able to
visit Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow at their lovely condo
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Chris Dillon and Isaac Hay in St. Luke's
Our last night there a group of us went out to dinner at the
restaurant at the end of the Causeway. Las Tinjeras is the
name, I think. Rusty Smith treated everyone to a fine meal.
After 9 p.m. a group of local folkloric dancers came out and
lit up the place. Their smiling faces kind of set the pace for
the end of a wonderful visit!!!
In signing off, we are looking forward to seeing you all in
Orlando as we celebrate our roots and our friendships. And
here's a really great tip for those of you who need to gift
someone who has everything. Give them a membership to the
Panama Canal Society. I did that to several friends and they
were thrilled. And all you West Coasters, mark your calendars
for October 6th, that's the Panama Picnic in Los Gatos! Take
care until next time,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
Gosh, I had such a great time going
to the BHS and CHS 1954 class reunion
held in Panama in January. Marilyn
Stevens, Adele Meissner, and I roomed
together and we even had a slumber Dawn Gressang
party in our room one night. We had a
cocktail party at Bruce Quinn's beautiful home, lunched at
the Napoli, toured the "old Canal Zone," saw the new
Miraflores visitors center and museum, and had lunch there.
There was an optional partial transit of the canal which I
decided to go on, and it was wonderful! We also toured the
old part of Panama and went to a lovely museum there, and
we visited on the causeway. Of course, there was shopping at
the "Y", Old Panama, and Respoli's. There was a party at the
Intercontinental Hotel and the last night found us dancing the
night away at the Union Club. Bruce Quinn hosted the cock-
tail hour before the buffet that included a whole roasted pig
BHS and CHS Class of 1954
Marilyn Stevens, Adele Meissner and Joanne Hummer
The next big event was "Carnavalito" in Ocala in
February. What fun! My sisters Jacque Vowell (BHS'70),
Pam Crowell (BHS'71), Bonnie Morrison (BHS'63) and
husband Mike, our cousins Gail and Jim Miranda from
Pennsylvania, Janet Stuart, and I all sat together. I danced
my legs off and it was a great evening.
Rudy Crespo of Orlando, Fla., traveled to Panama for a
family reunion and to celebrate his sister Delia's (Tini) 60th
birthday. The birthday party was held at the reception salon,
Twists Restaurant in Panama City, Panama, on March 23,
Back: Rudy Crespo, Jr., Delia F. Quelquejeu (birthday
girl), Irma F. Stuart. Front: Delia Doaty Crespo, Roger
Crespo, and Rudy Crespo, Sr.
Rudy also enjoyed dinner with some of his classmates .b'-" -
from BHS'70 while in Panama. .
Back: Andy Hirsch, Vicki Sizemore, Art Mokray, Nancy
Boyd. Middle: Janet King; Janet Tilley. Front: Rudy
Crespo and Marcella Heres.
March found Jacque, Bonnie, Mike, and I in Cocoa
Beach, Fla., where we participated in the Relay for Life at
Merritt Island. We had a fabulous time with the "local" zoni-
ans from that area. I am sure Kathy McConaughey's Space
Coast article will go into more detail about this event. The
next day a group of us headed to the Sterling Cruise to gam-
ble the day away. Jacque and I ended the cruise playing the
penny slots...but we had a great time!
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell and Bebe (Nehring) DeNike at
Merritt Island, Fla.
In February, Ginger and Bill Young of Ormond by the
Sea, Fla., enjoyed family visitors.
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Dean, Ashley, Bill, Gael, Ryan and Steve Young
Bill and Ginger Young and Marge and Jack Ruoff spent a
week at Lake Tahoe, Nev.
I received some sad news from Robin (Harrison) Baker,
and she wrote: "Sadly, I have lost today, one of my five chil-
dren. As with these things, the grief comes in waves. Kurt
was 48 and my middle child. Married, he leaves three chil-
dren under the age of sixteen and a wife." My thoughts and
prayers go out to Robin.
That's about it for this time. Please let me know what is
going on in your life.
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
New area reporter Ed Armbruster
coming on board serving the Emerald
Coast of Destin, Fort Walton Beach,
Niceville, and surrounding communi-
ties between Pensacola and Panama
Occasionally I run into former Ed Armbruster
Zonies who live in this area. Between
now and the next issue of the Canal Record, I will be con-
tacting those that I can to start reporting on the happenings
here. Since the hour is late, this article will be mostly about
Jean and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary tak-
ing a trip to Thailand in October. Actually we were not alone
as for the past five years, I've honchoed an Adventure club
affiliated with the University of West Florida. And there were
16 friends who went with us from our club. Earlier in 2006,
Jean and I escorted 20 persons from our club to Panama for
10 days. In October of 2005, Jean and I went to Australia,
New Zealand, and Fuji. It was in Queenstown, New Zealand,
where I took the leap of Faith, bungee jumping off the side of
a cliff. Beside the Adventure Club, I teach a class on
International Travel and this fall I will be teaching a class
titled: "Panama, the past, present and future" at both the
University of West Florida (Fort Walton campus) and
Okaloosa Walton College in Niceville. Jean is semi-retired
and takes art classes at Okaloosa Walton College. A budding
artist has already sold two paintings.
I encourage any former Zonie who lives in this area to
contact me and get on my mailing list (email) as I am plan-
ning a Ping Ding in October in Fort Walton Beach or Destin.
Edwin Armbruster, Reporter
Jean and Ed Armbruster in Thailand
Our daughter Connie (Armbruster) Dermody complet-
ed a 52-week course in Nuclear Medicine in January and
passed the National Board shortly after. She now works at
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center as a Nuclear Medical
Technician. Connie lives with her two sons in Niceville, close
to her parents.
It was on campus (UWF) that I ran into another former
Zonian Renee Perry who was teaching a Spanish class.
Renee lives on the same street two houses up from Bill and
Dee Dee Hanna. Old-time residents of Niceville and busi-
ness owner Bob (BHS'45) and Arline Mcllvaine moved to
Niceville after retiring from PCC in 1980, and own and oper-
ate Splashdance. They sell and service Kayaks.
On February 17, 2007, the
Carnavalito celebration held at the
Ocala Hilton was a huge success.
There were 125 people who attended
this fun-filled evening thanks to the Grace Shadeck
hard work of the chairperson Tom
Wilder, and his committee: his wife Kathy, his daughter
Brittney, and his son Christopher. The food was delicious
and plentiful, the servers were cordial and attentive. Adding
to the party's festivities were the colorful balloons marking
the 75th Anniversary of the Society and the chivas on the
tables (designed by Rupert Turner and Jacque Vowell ten
years ago) by Margaret McLaughlin. Also contributing to
the success was the great organ playing by Frances
Morrissey. Since all who attended had a fantastic time, the
board asked Tom to start planning another Carnavalito for
next year. Details will be forthcoming.
Speaking of Tom, he and Kathy were very surprised when
their daughter Samantha, who is a Senior Airman in the U.S.
Air Force, visited them on the weekend of Saint Patrick's
Day. They along with Brittney and Christopher went to
downtown Ocala to celebrate the happy occasion and, of
course. St. Paddy's Day.
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Tom, Chris, Samantha, Brittney and Kathy Wilder
After living in Ocala for over 17 years and being in charge
of the biannual gathering of the Ocala Zonian Ditchdiggers
for the past 15 years, Bill and Jean Muller reluctantly moved
out of warm, sunny Florida to Silverdale, Wash. Since their
arrival, the temperature has been hovering around the 50s.
According to Bill, he didn't want to leave Ocala but was out-
voted two to one (his wife and daughter's votes to his vote).
Bill and Jean are slowly getting settled in their new sur-
roundings with the snowcapped mountains and blue skies
providing beautiful scenery when it isn't raining. "Now if we
can just have some 60-degree temperature." One great plus in
moving is being closer to family as their daughter Beverly
(Muller) (BHS'78) Brunson lives only 15 minutes away
from them. Bill and Jean definitely would love to hear from
any and/or all of us in Florida.
Bill Muller, Tom Wilder and Jean Muller
In March, a two-part mini-reunion of former health care
professionals from the Canal Zone and now bona fide resi-
dents of Florida got together when Diane (Terrientes)
Goligoski visited our state to attend her nursing class reunion
in Orlando. Those of us who met at Whitey's Fish Camp near
Jacksonville were: Dona Brophy (snowbird from Maine),
Jeannine Eggleston (who just came back from the Panama
Canal Cruise), Sharon Gladden, Dr. Carol Meyer, and
The other group who got together with Diane in
Clearwater were: Ann Buchter, Thelma Daida, Kay
Tallercio, Fran Stock, Billie Landrum (who flew in from
Alabama just for this wonderful occasion), and Camille
Robertson who brought Mary, a friend, who was visiting her.
No need to tell you that both groups had a fantastic time talk-
ing, laughing, and reminiscing about the good old days.
Camille Robertson, Diane Goligoski, Kay Taliercio, Billie
Landrum, and Thelma Daida.
Diane Goligoski, Grace Shadeck, Sharon Gladden, Carol
Meyer, Dona Brophy, and Jeannine Eggleston.
The next Ocala Zonian Ditchdiggers gathering will be
October 13th at the -- Sheriff's Inmate Work Farm which is
located on the corner of CR 464 and Baseline Road. Time
will be 11:30 a.m. until ?. There is a covered pavilion with
tables. Please bring a covered dish hamburgers and hot dogs
will be provided. A tour of the farm can be arranged for those
interested. Oh Tom promised that those who attended the
picnic will not go to jail.
If you have any news for the next report, please call,
e-mail, or slow mail them to me. Muchas Gracias.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
e-mail: lvgs6171(i earthlink.net
Billie Landrum, Diane Goligoski, and Ann Buchter
,, -' "Zonie says that the deadline for the
Membership Contest has been extended
'' ** to June 30th. See page 11 of this issue
of the Canal Record.
Our world traveler Janet (Martin)
Slaughter has been traveling on the
"high seas" again. Janet spent
Christmas and New Year's on a 21-day
cruise aboard the MSC Lirica, an Italian
cruise ship (Janet's favorite ship and her
fifth time aboard her). It was a back-to-
back cruise leaving Florida on December 18th and returning
January 9, 2007. Ports visited on the first leg of the trip were
Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama;
Costa Rica, and Roatan Island, Honduras. On the second leg,
they stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she took a tour
of the city on New Year's Day celebrating with a party on
deck that night. From there, the ship sailed to St. Martin;
Grenada, St. Lucia; Antigua; Tortola and Samana (Santo
Domingo). She went by launch to the beautiful beaches
where the natives were selling their wares with amber jewel-
ry in abundance. From there, they sailed on to Ft. Lauderdale
and home. Janet was extremely glad to be home--in her opin-
ion, 21 days was a little too long for her!!
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Janet (Martin) Slaughter
We celebrated Keith's birthday in January with a family
dinner at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant. He received so much
attention--a huge chocolate birthday cake (with lots of can-
dles to blow out), many gifts and was serenaded by the
Carrabba's staff to the tune of "Happy Birthday" once in
English and then again in Italian. To top off the evening, they
presented him with his favorite vanilla ice cream sundae with
chocolate syrup. We all had a great time showing we care for
a great guy.
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Back (L-R): Barb Vose-Kulig, Jeff Creek, Darla (Vose)
Creek, and Bob Vose. Front (L-R): Bobby Vose, Keith
Kulig holding Isabella Vose, Jonathan Creek, and Dawn
Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux and daughter-in-law Deb
Dedeaux sailed on the Museum Cruise in February and had a
great experience--article and photos will be in the next issue.
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meeting
was held March 3, 2007, in Pensacola at Zea's Rotisserie and
Grill. The meeting was the first time ever held in this area and
we were so elated that it was a huge success. Society
President Bob Russell was outstanding and made everyone
feel so comfortable and welcome--everyone was impressed
with him and his wife Cheryl. My daughter Darla, grandson
Shane, and I were so honored to have been asked to host this
meeting and truly enjoyed the planning, preparation, and dec-
orating for this special function. In recognition of the
Society's Membership Contest and the 75th Anniversary, all
the decorations were in blue and gold with parrots on the cen-
terpieces and the number 75 everywhere. The food was deli-
cious, the service outstanding, and everyone had a great time.
We have already received feedback from members who
attended and stated they are anxiously looking forward to
another luncheon meeting here.
Liz (Carteret) (BHS'76) Potts' parents celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in Panama in February. See
Congratulations Section for writeup.
We haven't had the time or the energy to plan a mini-
reunion this year--found out that our favorite hangout for our
reunions Coconut on the Bay has closed. I've been getting
emails and calls about one this year, but this is letting every-
one know, we will try for next year and we will get the word
out to everyone. Please keep in touch with me for further
We're really looking forward to the 2007 Reunion at the
new Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Lots of family will be
there--my brother Butch (Florida), sister Ruby
(Connecticut), son Brent and granddaughter Crystal
(Houston), son Kevin (North Carolina); daughter, Darla, with
husband Jeff and sons, Shane and Jonathan (Florida). Most
of us will be there on Wednesday so we'll have lots of time to
spend together. Classes of CHS'56, '57 and '58 are planning
a huge reunion and lots of Darla's classmates from BHS are
attending. We know we're going to have a great time!
If anyone has any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please don't hesitate to call, send by email, and snail
mail to me. Until the next issue, hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
South Florida .-.
"Woke up, got out of bed,
dragged a comb across my
head. Found my way down-
stairs and drank a cup. And
looking up, I noticed I was
late...Found my coat and Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
grabbed my hat, made the bus in seconds". Wait just one
damn minute! There's no bus and I don't need a coat...maybe
a hat, but definitely no coat! We're going to Panama! My wife
Linda's first time as well! So after more than five years plus
a two-hour delay at the airport, we landed at Tocumen around
10:30 at night. Why is everybody running, I thought...until I
saw the huge lines at Immigration. Now I remember. We
waited for what seemed like forever only to be admonished
by the woman in Immigration for "wasting money on a
tourist card and standing in the stupid 'gringo' line."
Harassing me, in Spanish. Clearly I was a Panamanian (due
to Panama as my country of birth on my U.S. passport and
despite an expired cedula) and I was starting to feel at home.
I got our rental and told the man at the counter, "no, I don't
need a map, 1 lived here most of my life." Promptly made my
first U-turn (missed the exit to the Corredor Sur) and paid the
first of many tolls. We drove past Panama Viejo and got off at
Avenida Brasil (because I didn't want to be cruising around
Marafion at midnite) only to mutter to my wife that "this
doesn't look like Ave Brasil" until we crossed Via Espafia and
I thought I was home. Except I wasn't going to Curundu, I
was headed for Amador. "OK, honey, we're going near an
area called Hollywood; only no movie stars live there and it
might be a little scary, but we'll be in the 'Zone' before you
know it." What the hell!!...l want to go up Frangipani...but
there's an overpass!!...Ancon exit?? Gorgas
hospital??...cool...breathe. "Yes dear, I know where I am. No,
I'm not lost. They've just changed a few roads since I've
been back. This is where I was born...that's the Admin build-
ing where my parents worked...that's the old Balboa train sta-
tion before it was ruined by McDonalds...we'll take a left
here"...interrupted by the sound of a woman screaming, "One
Way, ONE WAY!!" Wow, when did they change that??? I ask
myself as I find the correct lane and proceed on to Amador
(where I most certainly know my way around). I'll leave out
the rest of the short journey, rife with more near misses, too
many bad words and at least one more U-turn. Sadly, as we
turned in for the night, 1 was not as excited as I thought I'd be
after returning home after all this time. But, when you open
the blinds to a new day and right outside your window is the
amazing Panama Canal, lined with yachts bobbing on the
blue Pacific and swaying palm trees under a warm dry season
sun...you feel it...home.
I'll spare you the fiasco later that morning trying to drive
out to the causeway. Suffice it to say that the Officer's Club
used to be on the left as you drove out. No, they didn't move
the club, just the road. Now you drive through the old skeet
range. As luck would have it, we ran into TFJ and Jennifer
(Tony and Jennifer Jones Howitt) in Ft. Lauderdale before
they went on the Blues Cruise and got the key to their place
so we could get an ice chest and use Tony's cell phone. So
after gathering our beach gear we set off to Santa Clara where
we were to stay at Las Sirenas (the old Mu Mu cottages,
excellent by the way). We drove across the new Puente
Centenario (imagine driving from Gold Hill to Empire) and
on up the autopista...all familiar territory with no new tolls or
unexpected flyovers. I decided that our first stop would be
Campana followed by Rio Mar. "Tomas???" calls out
Reynaldo from his card game. How does that Cheers song
go? Everyone knows your name? It is good to be back!
Sitting in the restaurant, gathering in that awesome view
while drinking an ice-cold Panama, I hear "T-Bird?" It was
Pete and Debbie Zolek. "Do you know everybody in this
country?" asked Linda for the tenth time. "No, it just seems
that way," I replied...just in time to hear another familiar
voice say, "Jeez, you can't go anywhere without running into
a bunch of statesiders." That would be Lance Hughes,
replete with an oversized straw hat, no shirt, board shorts, and
flip-flops. Same as 30 years ago walking down to Malibu
with our Cristal grandes entombed in Albert "Snake"
Fehrenbach's trendy new homemade 5-lb. coozies (long
story, I digress). Reynaldo tells us that we have come just in
time to enjoy Rio Mar for the last time as we know it. Some
investors have bought it and will be tearing it down to put up
a hotel or condos or whatever. So sad, but nothing stays the
same. So many memories..
Pete and Debbie Zolek, Lance Hughes, and T-Bird
Pattison, Rio Mar.
I won't bore you with the rest of the trip except to say, if
you haven't been in a while, go!! If you just went back, go
again!! If you still live there....
OK, I lied...the last night in Panama, I went down to the
Napoli with Stanley Wright (proud new member of BPOE
#1414), Snake, Lance, and Doug Allen for my last taste of
Napoli clams. I was remembering the time that I first tasted
the infamous little devils. I had already discovered the pizza,
but this night (and everybody remembers it a little different)
we took a break from our gig at the "Llave de Oro", an
upscale burlesque joint next to the Napoli, and decided to get
a bite to eat. The Gap didn't pay enough so had taken our
wares downtown. The band of miscreants consisted of Chuck
P., Paplin, Snake, Lance, Stanley, and myself. We had a name
for our endeavor, but it's not important. Joining us for this lit-
tle repast was one of the dancers we affectionately called
"Big Green" because of her favorite outfit. It didn't matter
that we didn't invite her, because she just sat down beside
us...don't mind if I do. The pizza that I ordered was quickly
devoured by Big Green and her friends, don't mind if we do,
leaving me with nothing to eat. "What are those?" I asked
Lance..."Are they any good?" He, Stanley, and Albert were
all eating them as fast as they could. "You probably wouldn't
like them, they're an acquired taste." I've been hooked ever
since. Somewhere, Magin has pictures of us that night. I can
see it now.
(L-R): Doug Allen, Albert Fehrenbach, T-Bird Pattison,
Stanley Wright, and Lance Hughes, Napoli.
From Mike Young comes this report: I visited Panama for
18 days mid-January and went fishing up to Cebaco Bay with
Capt. Jim Wiese aboard the Aguia. Bill Boyce was down
filming a show for IGFA Fishermen s Digest. Our first after-
noon we bagged two 501b. dog-tooth snappers on Aguja reef.
The next morning we went trolling for marlin on the outer
reef. About 10:30 we hooked, boated, and released a 3001b.
blue marlin. About an hour after that Bill did the same with a
big catfish, all the while catching plenty of dorado and tuna.
Kurt Shaeffer, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
senior scientist from San Diego was on board to tag yellowfin
tuna and surgically install satellite data transmitters. On
Sunday we installed six transmitters. Monday we went to the
Achotines lab in Pedasi to interview the Legendary Vern
Scholey and shoot some footage of the tunas he has been rais-
ing. All the while the weather was fantastic. Full blown dry
season. Many thanks to Jim Wiese for his friendship without
whom this trip would have not been possible.
Mike Young and Bill Boyce, Cebaco
Well, that's it for this time. Except for...I ran into Past
President Bill McLaughlin, wife Margaret, and their daugh-
ter Allison while in Panama. Bill and I had a great time rem-
iniscing over a few rums at the BYC while the "girls" were
resting. As we recall it, all of our great times in Panama and
the Zone could be described as either good clean fun or
youthful exuberance! Yeah right!!
So, if you don't call me, write me or invite me...this is
what you get!
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
We have been enjoying our win-
ter/spring weather. In this area, it is
perfect for getting out...and visitors
love to come this time of year. Kathie McConaughey
Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff
enjoyed a pre-holiday visit with four of their old pals from
Los Rios, Panama. Frank and Margaret Ender were up
from Panama and Al and Dee Burkett came over from
Holder, Fla. The last time the six visited together was at the
Huffs two years ago. They reminisced about all the beach and
Volcan trips they had shared over the years and spent one
afternoon playing a few heated rounds of canasta and some
less stressful rounds of shuffleboard. Peggy promised that
when they all got together again in two years, the east side of
their property will be ready for bocce ball, another of the
group's favorite pastimes.
Back: Dennis Huff, Al Burkett, Frank and Margaret
Ender. Front: Dee Burkett and Peggy Huff.
Edna and Bill Rogers enjoyed visits from daughter
Linda and her husband Mike from South Carolina; son Don
and wife Charlene from Panama; and their grandson
Charles and two daughters from Mexico.
Christopher Jeffries and his three children surprised us
with a quick stop to see us while they were here visiting
Chris' siblings, Jennifer, Clay, and Kelly. It was great to see
Back: Matthew, Chris, and Daniel Ji
Randy and Joella Deakins hosted the "Second Annual
Amador Officers Club Spaghetti Dinner" and fundraiser for
the Panama Canal Museum. Those attending and bidding
were Bob and Fran Morrissey, Terry and Sonja Justice,
Lois Gibbs, Donita McConaughey, Lauray Will Griffin,
Pat and Bill Benny, Sheila and Al Schonert, Diane Croce,
Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Tom and Connie Stoakley,
Norman and Janet Watkins, Pat and Bob Munchbach,
Linda Boardman, Louis and Sandy Reyes, Tim and Alice
Deakins with daughter Nikki, and Don and Joyce
Humphrey. All attending donated items for a silent auction,
which was handled by Patty Benny and Donita
McConaughey. Fran Morrissey made a mola "quillow" (quilt
and pillow combined) which was raffled and won by Diane
Croce. We all more than got our money's worth from our $5
a head donation...the food and camaraderie were wonderful!!
Total raised and donated to the Museum was $550...we all
need to arrange more functions like this...the Museum needs
all of our support.
such fun and for a good cause. We hope a lot more people will
join us next year. Team members were: Ron, Fran, and
Nikki Meyer, Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Jim and Pam
Reid, Buddy and Val Dempsey, Louie and Sandy Reyes,
Peggy Huff, Frank Stabler, Stanley Wilson, Donita
McConaughey, Connie Stoakley, Bebe (Nehring) DeNike,
Bonnie Nehring, Bob and Pat Munchbach, Tom and Nancy
Grimison, Dick and Marcie Barrere, Rebecca (Grimison)
Pletcher, Tom and Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer, Mike
and Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, Jacque Vowell, Dawn
Gressang, and Maria Felgar.
Panama Amigos Lending Support Team, Merritt Island Relay
Hope to see many of you at the Reunion in July.
Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
email: Czmac321 (aaol.com
"Second Annual Spaghetti Dinner" Fundraiser Group
Tom and Connie Stoakley, Patty and Bill Benny, and
Donita McConaughey went on a 10-day cruise with ports of
call in Aruba, Panama, Costa Rica, and Grand Cayman. They
had such a good time they have already booked another
Tom and Connie Stoakley, Patty and Bill Benny, and
For the first time the Zonians formed a team and partici-
pated in the Merritt Island American Cancer Society Relay
for Life. Our team, P.A.L.S. Panama Amigos Lending
Support, had quite a turn out, and won a plaque for the team
with the most cancer survivors. We all had a blast! And even
though we did not stay all night the next day we were tired
and some of us were sore from all the walking, but it was
The annual Christmas tree bum was .= -
again held at Tom Robertson's place on i
January 13th. Tom has opened his home
to all of us for the past several years now,
and the party seems to keep on growing. W
"We gets (Zone-yuns) from all parts of Skip Rowley
de nation," as a Bajun would say. No one
stood still long enough to be able to make a head count, but I
can only guess that there were about 100 people there. As per
usual, several of us had collected over 125 trees, which took
several hours to bur. In most cases it took two kids to toss a
tree on the existing fire, while the ever-present water hose
guard stood by to wet down the grass and surrounding area
for safety reasons. I'm not too sure but I would hazard a guess
that there are more Zonians with grandkids than meets the
eye, as the place was jumping with little kids having as much
fun as we used to when we were youngsters in the Canal
Zone. The only difference now is that we don't have to worry
about tree wars between streets, etc. With all the food and
beverages on hand, the party went on until the wee hours. I
can imagine that there were a few headaches the next day.
In February, Adriane Rowley took a five-day "Girls
Weekend in Las Vegas" trip with four of her close friends,
Lisa Sasso Eckel, Joann and Jennifer Eckel, and Kristy
Brayton Anderson. They had lots of fun sightseeing by day
and partying at night. While there, they visited Hoover Dam,
Red Rock Canyon, and Mount Charleston, where there was
just enough snow to make for a pleasant change from the
Jennifer Eckel, Adriane Rowley, Kristy Brayton
Anderson, Joann Eckel, and Lisa Sasso Eckel.
On February 17th, Woody and Armie Chase joined Bev
and me for the weekend trip to Ocala for the Carnavalito
party at the Ocala Hilton. It's always good to attend a Zonian
affair. Fran Morrissey played all the music on the organ,
while Terry and Sue Deakins along with Pam Reid kept the
tempo with various drums, etc. It was a nice-sized crowd and
everyone had fun. It was good to see Bob and Alice Forsythe
and Lane and Georgia Thompson. The fish got buried earli-
er than the normal time, and Terry did another outstanding
job of telling folks just how and where the story of burying
the fish came from. I haven't been able to verify the facts of
the story, but he has me convinced. When Terry tells a story,
you sit on the edge of your chair and pay attention. He is an
Sheila and Terry Stepp went on the annual Panama
Canal Museum Cruise to Panama in March. Sheila brought
home a bunch of coffee and rum for several people here in
Tallahassee. Since my Ron Cortez supply was running dan-
gerously low, it was nice of her to get me a replacement jug.
Terry and Sheila Stepp, Embera Indian Tour
On March 8th, Bev, Adriane, and I drove to Orlando to
meet with our daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Brian
Friedel and children, Miranda, Matthew, Brenden, and
Bradley; and we headed out for a nine-day trip to Panama via
COPA Airlines. Since none of the grandkids had ever been to
Panama, Renee thought it would be nice to take them there so
they could see where Grandma and Grandpa worked and
where their Mom and Aunt Adriane lived, grew up and went
to school. Upon arriving in Panama, I was able to get ahold
of an old friend Paul Jennings, who came to my rescue by
loaning me a small SUV to drive around. That car proved to
be a lifesaver for us. Have you ever seen nine people pile into
a small five-passenger car for dinner? Well, we did it.
I stopped by the Balboa Elks Club to see Art Mokray and
invited him and his sister Debbie Mokray Lee who just hap-
pened to be in Panama, and her mother to join us for dinner
at Mi Ranchito out on the Causeway. The next night we had
the private room of Buccaneers on Flamenco Island reserved,
and had the pleasure of both Paul and a long lost friend of
ours, Peggy Boyd from the Pilot union hall, joining us for
dinner. Bev made a haul with Harpy Eagles both in wood
carvings and Tagua nuts. While in Panama we visited
Miraflores Locks. Many thanks for the time and effort go out
to both Sr. Lockmasters Bob McGuinness, Bill Krapfl, and
the Operations Supervisor Jose Rivera, who stayed long after
hours to ensure that all of us were able to see the operation
and enjoy ourselves. I was able to take Brian, Renee,
Matthew, and Adriane up in the Control House so they could
operate the board and put a ship or two through the locks. For
Brian, and especially Matthew, who had never seen a ship in
his life, it was a somber time. Brian came away with a differ-
ent perspective of the Canal, and Matt will have bragging
rights for the rest of his life. On several occasions, Adriane
went out with some old friends, Eric Holland and Aileen
Jenkins. They partied the night away at Sahara's Club in
Panama City. While in Panama, we ran into Ed and Andy
Nash English, Ray Amato, Carolyn Holmes Morris, and
Bill and Kathleen McConaghy Campbell at the Country Inn
& Suites. They were down for a pre-50th class reunion.
Skip, Bev, and Adriane Rowley; Matthew, Bradley, Renee,
Brian, Brenden, and Miranda Friedel, at Decameron.
Adriene Rowley, Eric Holland, and Aileen Jenkins
Then we went to Decameron for a few days, where we all
headed for the beach and a little sun. Miranda asked me to
take her sailing on a Sunfish, which is really a one-person
boat. When we arrived at the sports desk, I was surprised to
see Jayne Yocum from CHS'66 behind the counter which
rents the water sport equipment. She asked if I knew how to
sail and, of course, I said yes. So off we went to conquer the
sea. Ha! that proved to be a disaster. With two persons in a
small cockpit there was no room to maneuver, or swing the
boom, and after struggling for a period of time I decided to
call it quits and headed back to the beach. When we got in
close enough, I had Miranda pull up the centerboard, and
immediately lost our steering and got broadside to the surf
and that was all she wrote. Over we went. I was more afraid
of breaking the mast or doing some serious damage to the
boat than I was about us getting hurt. The boys who take care
of those things came to our rescue and we walked away with
no more than an embarrassed ego. So I decided to do some-
thing I could do better, and after an unspecified amount of
time and Cuba Libres, 1 sort of fell asleep on the beach and
got cooked. Bev had no sympathy for me, and when we head-
ed back to the El Panama Hotel my backpack was more than
my raw shoulders could stand. The flight home wasn't any
better, and now after more than two weeks, when I take off
my shirt, skin flies everywhere. I resemble a dog that shakes
and the fur flies all over the place. Gads, I look like I'm
Last week Sheila Stepp held a pre-Easter Egg Party com-
plete with an egg hunt. The party guests consisted of Terry
and Sheila Minton Stepp, Sue Minton, Henry and Sunny
Mizrachi, Doug and Zory Larrabee, Bev and me. Terry had
put both money and candy in all the eggs. One egg had a fiver
in it, and everyone feverishly looked for it. Doug was the high
dollar winner and I came in second. Sheila has said it will
become an annual event with more eggs and money hidden
better in the future.
Like I've said in every issue, if you have something to
report, please do. This is your book and your society.
Skip Rowley, Reporter
My husband Davis and I flew to
Hawaii the day after Christmas to spend
some time cruising around the Hawaiian
Islands and seeing all that they had to
S offer. We took a seven-day cruise on the
Norwegian Line, stopping at several
islands and thought they were all wonderful. We always man-
aged to find some passengers who were willing to rent a car
with us to do our own touring of the Islands, seeing every-
thing that was of interest to each of us. We sailed from
Honolulu and returned to Honolulu, where we also spent a
few extra days to sightsee. My husband was especially happy
with going to Pearl Harbor and seeing the USS Arizona
Memorial, which was left in honor of the 1,777 sailors,
marines, and officers who perished there.
June and Davis Stevenson on cruise ship
We rented a car in Honolulu and drove all over the island,
going to the North shore to watch the many surfers riding the
waves, ending up at the largest PX in the world, where we
bought another suitcase to haul all our "goodies." The weath-
er was beautiful for our entire trip and I can now see why
Hawaii is so popular.
Upon our return from Hawaii we unpacked and got every-
thing ready for our next trip, which was to Panama for my
1954 Come Home to Panama Class Reunion. This trip had
been at least a year in the planning stage, and with the very
close coordination and help with detail from my classmate
Bruce Quinn in Panama, and my daughter Lori Stevenson
Snow, our reunion went off without a hitch and all our class-
mates who went said they had a great time.
Lori Stevenson Snow and her daughter Sara went on a
long weekend of skiing in Colorado the middle of March and
had a ball. Lori said the slopes were great, and that both she
and Sara enjoyed their trip.
Sara Snow and Lori Stevenson Snow, Colorado
Carolyn Holmes Morris writes: Ray and I returned from
a two-week stay in Panama during March 2007. We took a
van from Country Inn & Suites to Playa Blanca, El Volcan,
and Gamboa. Shared the tropical bug we got with Kathleen
(McConaghy) and Bill Campbell, Ginny (Perra) and
Stuart Huseby, Andra (Nash) and Ed English, and Doug
and Mary Bergere. We had a most enjoyable time in the
Volcan where it was cool, lushly green, and quite a bit less
dusty and congested than Panama City.
While in the Volcan we were able to get together with
Edie Price (BHS'60) Alvarez. We had not seen her since we
graduated. She met us for dinner at El Bambito and then we
stopped at her house in David for a breakfast treat before
heading back to Gamboa. We visited with Charlie and Ruth
Leves at their beautiful home overlooking the Pacific and
sorry to see that high-rise condos would be going up on either
side of them. Took the boat ride up the Canal once we got to
Gamboa and also trekked through the jungle to the old radio
station and made a stop at "Monkey Island" where Ray got a
beautiful picture. Found the old water hole was still in exis-
tence although the waterfall was pretty much a trickle due to
the dry season. Also went down to the Gamboa Pool and
found my name etched in the concrete along with several oth-
ers--the Connor boys, Ray, Bobby Christensen, Norman
Watkins, Chico Martin, etc. Met with a few more class-
mates in the City--Doug Chassin (took a ride through what
used to be Curundu), and Doris DeUnamuno. Had dinner
with them a few times!!! Also ran into Skip Rowley and fam-
ily. Reminisced about Gamboa and the Sea Scouts."
Carolyn Holmes Morris, Doug Bergere, Ray Amato,
Kathleen McConaghy Campbell, Ginny Perra Huseby,
and Edie Price Alvarez, at Bambito.
So, please remember, if you live in any part of Georgia
and have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama vis-
itors, please either give me a call, or send me an email/letter
so I can get your news in the Record. I do have a new e-mail
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
My thanks to the Canal Record
for appointing me the Hawaii reporter.
Let me introduce myself: my mother
Eleanor Farrell McQueary worked
Frances Viglielmo for the Dredging Division (we lived
first in Pedro Miguel-kindergarten, then Gamboa-elementary
school). I also went three years to El Colegio de Maria
Inmaculada (Bella Vista) where I learned my Spanish. I grad-
uated from BHS (1949) and CZJC (1951). At the latter 1
served as the Panama American reporter for the college activ-
ities. Some may remember that as a ballet dancer from Ana
Ehrman's Gamboa classes, I performed at the YMCA during
World War 11. (Why ever would servicemen spend a hot after-
noon watching a skinny teenager toddle on tiptoes until col-
lapsing in a split, pretending to be a Dying Swan?) 1 was
grieved to learn of Ana Ehrman's recent death in the Canal
Record, but celebrate her long life. Thanks to her I have kept
my good posture.
Late last year our Hawaii Radcliffe Club had a social
luncheon where the enclosed picture was taken of me and
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan, both of us having gone to
CZJC and Radcliffe. Margaret was one of seven siblings.
whose father worked in the Locks Division. Her sister Alice
and I, as I recall, were both listed on the JC plaque honoring
valedictorians, she earlier than I. (I wonder where that plaque
is now!) Margaret distinguished herself in Hawaii as a well-
known painter in oils. She currently lives in a care home
looking over the vast South Pacific and downtown section of
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan
and Frances (Farrell)
Given the high number of military retirees here I'm hop-
ing to get the word out through a classified ad asking them to
contact me; many may well have worked as civilians on the
Zone also. One still-active military member, Dr. Don
Pearson (and wife Biz), are members of the Lutheran Church
of Honolulu, where I have been singing now for about 20
years. (Our beloved choral conductor at BHS, Neil
Branstetter, would have been pleased to hear that, I feel
sure.) Dr. Pearson monitored the health of service personnel,
particularly with regard to malaria while on jungle training.
He worked closely with Gorgas Hospital where his son, Don,
Jr., was born in 1966. As a member of the U.S. Government
medical force at the Isthmus, Dr. Pearsoon had of course vis-
ited Palo Seco, so I shared with Dr. Don and Biz my short
Christmas story, "The Gospel of El Carpintero," concerning a
"revolt" of the Hansen's Disease patients (lepers) at Palo
Seco. They demanded a posada peregrinaje to observe
Christmas rather than a Christmas tree. Their dream comes
true thanks to a patient from Corozal Asylum.
I note with interest that some of us are writing memoirs,
fiction or history of the former Zone. I'm about to contact dif-
ferent publishers to get my novel "The Company We Kept"
into print. The title has a double meaning, referring to the
Panama Canal Company, which we Zonians kept going, and
to our socializing habits. I was inspired to write it as a "twin"
to "Gamboa Road Gang: Los Forzados de Gamboa," which
I translated with the author's exclusive permission. I'm plan-
ning a second work of different kinds of writing--memoir, fic-
tion, reportage--dedicated to our Literary Composition
teacher, Dr. Dorothy Moody, at CZJC, a Ph.D. from Yale, to
be entitled "A Mola for Dorothy."
I don't intend to go on so much about myself in future
reports, but I'm just getting started with contacts. Must also
get in touch with the Panamanian consul here.
Until next time, aloha and mahalo (thanks) fiom the
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, Reporter
Did I mention that it's real easy to
keep beer cold up here in Chicago?? It's
April 11th, and we jut got three inches
of snow today...I give Lup!
There really isn't much to report. In
January we had a visit from Kenny Paul Bierman
Morris (BHS'79) and Carlton Morris (BHS'79). They were
in town from Dallas, Texas, for the Saints vs. Bears playoff
game. Mark Powell (BHS'79) and I picked them Lip at
O'Hare on a Saturday afternoon and headed downtown for an
evening of fun. The city was going nuts in anticipation of the
game the next day, and all the hot spots we went to were real-
ly hopping...we had a great time and it was good to see them
i -- v .
Carlton Morris, Mark Powell, Paul Bierman, and Kenny
Mark and I tried to convince them to sell their tickets, and
then we could all watch the game together in a sports bar or
something...after all, Soldier Field is not the place you want
to be in January. Kenny assured us that they had plenty of
warm clothes to wear in layers so that the weather wouldn't
be an issue. Right. When I spoke to him after the game, 1
think he said something like "I've never been so : '".. cold
in my life." Oh well, we tried.
Yvonne (Fishbough) (BHS'90) Mouser and Teresa
(Monson) (BHS'90) Robert walked 39.3 miles in the 2007
Chicago Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 2nd and 3rd.
Teresa lives in the greater Chicago area, and Yvonne flew up
from Oviedo, Fla., to join her on the two-day adventure. They
walked under the team name: CZ Girls Walking 4 A BC Cure.
It was a great way for them to get together and do something
good for such an important cause.
Yvonne's mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and
is winning her fight! Teresa was walking in the memory of a
wonderful family friend, Mary Ellen Bowerman. We found
out when Teresa's father was diagnosed with lung cancer, that
the chemotherapy he received was tailored for breast cancer
treatment. Great to know that this research not only helps
those with breast cancer, but with all cancers!! Matthew
Tomlet designed a T-shirt for their team.
Received an e-mail a few weeks back from Phyllis
(Miller) Pinzon about her son Brandon's wedding (see
Weddings section of book). Attending the wedding were
Cissy and Gary Collins. Gary was my 8th grade algebra
teacher at CJHS. Funny, I always found it pretty easy to solve
things like 6x+3y=18, but it took me 30 years to figure out
what "I need to go see a man about a horse." meant.
Paul Bierman, Reporter
e-mail: paul bierman2000(lyvahoo.com
Greetings again from Western
North Carolina. Seems to me that
April got here a lot quicker this year Pat Hunt
and I can't understand why. I hope it has nothing to do with
age. Spring is tentatively trying to push its way into this beau-
On the day after New Year's my daughters Lisa Johnson
and Laurie Trinca and grandsons Zach and Justin Trinca
and I flew to the Virgin Islands where we met up with Terri
Rhodes, Bryan Zwiefel, and Fred and Michael Watkins for
the wedding of my granddaughter Jennifer Watkins to
Jason Surface. We spent the week at Terri and Bryan's time-
share on St. Thomas. Actually we spent a lot of time going
back and forth on the ferry to St. John's where the rehearsal
dinner and the wedding took place. The islands are absolute-
ly gorgeous; the weather was perfect, the waters and sky as
blue as Panama's and we all had a marvelous time. We had
lunch one day with Arthur Egger, who lives on St. Thomas
with his wife and two children. They have been there for 20
years and he has a thriving landscaping business. We talked
about everyone and everything and sure enjoyed seeing
another "Panamanian" in such a beautiful setting. It never
seems to matter where you are, or how long it's been since
you've seen a Zonian--it's always just like yesterday.
Before I returned home from Lisa's, she and I had dinner
with Dick and Amy (Garcia) Fisher, who live close to Lisa
in Staley, N.C. They had been visiting and sightseeing in the
New Bern, N.C., area and had gotten in touch with Lynne
(Coffin) and Tom Cunningham. They had not seen each
other in many, many years. They had also been to visit their
son Michael and his wife Amanda and grandson Benjamin
Angus (I love that name) in the Greenville, S.C., area which
is close to Hendersonville--maybe next time they'll come and
visit me on their way. Dick and Amy had also gone to Key
West to visit son David and his wife Erin and their two sons,
Ryan and Sean. The occasion was Sean's baptism. Daughter
Anne Marie lives near Apex, N.C., and there was a huge
chemical plant explosion there a few months ago. A large por-
tion of the town had to be evacuated and I forgot to ask Amy
if Anne Marie had to leave her home. Amy flew to Panama in
March to bring her mother, Elsie Garcia, back with her to
await the arrival of their newest grandchild and Elsie's great-
Father Francis Lynch before coming here. I got caught up on
all the news of their kids and grandkids. Both girls,
Stephanie and Jennifer, are doctors. Stephanie and Bob and
their two boys and a girl are in Chippewa Falls, Wis., where
Stephanie practices part-time and is an organist at her local
church. Jennifer, with husband Michael and their two chil-
dren are in Vermont where Michael is finishing a radiology
residency. They will be moving back to Minnesota in the
summer. Son Patrick is living nearby in St. Paul, Minn. It
was wonderful to see them again. We were in a "gourmet"
club in Panama with six couples, including Jerri and the late
Frank Sullivan. Mary talked with Jerri who lives in
Pensacola near her son Patrick and his wife Sally and their
two boys. Nick and Jake. Unfortunately. I didn't prepare
much gourmet fare while they were here.
I had a call from Steve Thompson, son of Judy and the
late Bert Thompson, former music teacher at BHS. Steve is
Performing Arts Director with Lake Eden Arts Festival
(LEAF) in Black Mountain near Asheville. LEAF is collect-
ing musical instruments and accepting donations of cash to
purchase instruments for children in various areas of the
world. They have been to the Darfur area of Africa and most
recently went to Boquete, Panama, to set up a musical pro-
gram there for disadvantaged children. Anyone wishing to
participate in this program, contact this reporter for informa-
The picture below is of Ralph and Joyce Malcolm cele-
brating their 50th wedding anniversary on October 11, 2006.
Dick Fisher, Pat Hunt, and Amy Fisher
In March the Fishers and Kathie Sears (BHS
teacher/coach) attended a Josh Groban concert (Laurie, Lisa
and I were there also). At one point in the performance Josh
came down one of the aisles singing and shaking hands with
his fans. Lisa knew it was the section that Amy and Dick were
sitting in so I told her to be sure and call Amy and see if she
got to touch him and sure enough she caught his hand and
said it was "so soft." 1 was so envious--he is one of my
favorite singers and the concert was absolutely fabulous.
Malcolm and Jean Stone drove to Westminster, Md., in
January to welcome their newest granddaughter, Caroline
Rachel Kohr. I believe that makes four grands for them now.
They were so delighted with her that they went back in March
just to check on things. I was talking to a friend at the church
where 1 direct handbells and when she found out I was from
Panama she said she knew a Jean Stone who was from
Panama and that her husband had presented an excellent pro-
gram to the Shrine wives on Panama.
I had a very short, but super visit, from Mary and Paul
Schulte, former elementary school teachers, in February.
They were returning to Minnesota from their beach condo
near Pensacola, Fla., and stopped in Tallassee, Ala., to see
Ralph and Joyce Malcolm
Jim and Diane Bradley drove to Florida in January to
return grandchildren Candace and Lauren to their parents,
Jim and Sherri (Anderson) Bradley. After visiting a few
days they flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they stayed
five days before boarding their ship for a 14-day cruise
around the Horn to Santiago, Chile. While in Buenos Aires,
they spent many hours walking and seeing all the sights. They
took a Tiger river-train tour, the San Telmo market city tour,
visited a gaucho ranch, visited Eva Peron's gravesite, and
took in the Seiior Tango show. The food was excellent and the
prices good. They had a great time and would love to go
again. The cruise took them to Montevideo, the seaport capi-
tal of Uruguay, Puerto Madryn, the Falkland Islands,
Ushuaia, Argentina, Punta Arenas, through the Beagle
Channel and on to Santiago, Chile. They saw glaciers, pen-
guins, killer whales, sea lions, and all kinds of birds. They
climbed mountains, visited churches and museums and most
importantly, sampled the local beers everywhere they went.
They spent six days in Santiago after the cruise taking the city
tour and walking around the city. They took a bus tour to
Valparaiso, and toured the Vina Del Mar Winery. They flew
back to Florida on February 3rd and drove to Tarpon Springs
and spent a few days with Jim's sister Marion. While there
they saw Will and Sally Nickisher and Danny DesLondes.
After resting up a few days at Jimmy's, they returned home
but not before booking two more cruises for 2007 and 2008.
In March they returned to Jimmy's for 10 days to visit while
the girls were on spring break. They are looking forward to
the summer visit of daughter Eileen and family fiom
Jim and Diane Bradley in Ushuaia, Argentina
In February Willy and Wilma Nowotny visited Sigi and
Tony Espino and Cheryl and Bob Russell on their short trip
to Florida before going on to Miami where they stayed a few
days with Jeff and Jan Kline. While there they toured the
Fairchild Botanical Gardens and saw a spectacular ornamen-
tal display of colored art glass, done by an artist named
Chihuly. Wilma said it was absolutely breathtaking and it is
worth going to the internet to see his works. When they
returned home, they had a week's visit from son Willy and
his wife Anna from Arizona. While they were here they took
a day trip to Helen, Ga., so Willy Sr. could get a little
Bavarian culture into his life.
Tony Espino, Sigi Espino, Cheryl Russell, Bob Russell,
and Wilma Nowotny.
Guess that's it from North Carolina. Keep sending me
your news so I can keep my job. Can't afford to give it up.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Hello all from the now-quite-tolerable (April) Northwest.
My sincere thanks to Suzette Connolly Baker of Seattle for
filling in for me for the March issue. She did a fantastic job,
and allowed me carefree vacationing in Panama.
Bill and Jean Muller made a cross-continent move in
February from Ocala, Fla., to Silverdale, Wash., to live near
their daughter Beverly (Muller) (BHS'78) Brunson of
Bremerton. They left behind temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
and arrived to only the upper 50s here. Bill wrote for the
Ocala area in the Canal Record for many years before retir-
ing last year. Bill and Jean also organized the semiannual
luncheon meetings of the Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers for nearly 15 years after Wesley "Red"
Townsend and Harry Pearl earned their retirement. Tom
Wilder now heads up the group. Grace Shadeck will now be
writing the Ocala, Fla., news for the Record. Bill graduated
from BHS in '46, CZJC in '49 and CZC in '78. Jean attend-
ed CZJC in 1949 and 1950. They were married in the first for-
mal wedding in Balboa's Lutheran Church in September
1949 (57 years ago). The Mullers also have two sons: Allen
(Copperas Cove, Texas) and Dean (Houston, Texas). Both
attended Canal Zone schools but graduated from Garland
High School in Texas.
Another member of our Great Northwest, Edward H.
Kephart, recently wrote. He worked with the Commission
from 1969 to 1988, when he retired and went to live in Costa
Rica. Upon his son's passing in 1994, he made the "mistake"
of coming to the Northwest in 1995. Ed is an Engineer as well
as Business Manager by degrees, and worked for the Canal in
the Audit Division as the Management Analyst, and then
transferred to the Plant Division, and then to the Budget
Branch of the Supply Division.
Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin of Lakewood, Wash., says
she spent the winter trying to keep warm and dry, and doing
a lot of reading and working on her family tree history.
Daughters Nancy Ivory and Sandi McClanahan and fami-
lies spent New Year's at Mount Rainier snowshoeing. It was
so much fun, they have already reserved hotel rooms for next
New Year's at Leavenworth to repeat the experience.
Daughter Karen Blennerhassett and her two kids, Ryann
and Jason, of Panama, plan to visit Ginny for two weeks in
June. They will be traveling to England in May to accompa-
ny Mary "Mike" (Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett when
Ned receives his MBE from the Royal family. This is a great
honor for Ned. Nancy Ivory was just promoted to a new posi-
tion of mental health therapist and has been selected to get
into a new program that has been developed in Seattle for
mental health. The program is to be on the cutting edge in
treating mental health issues. Nancy and family spent a win-
ter weekend with her aunt and uncle, Gayle (Fettler) and
Robert Rankin, at their new lovely home in Diamond Point
in Sequim (which Nancy says is a gorgeous place) and did
some snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge. Baseball season is
starting up soon and Ginny and son-in-law Jake Saunders,
Nancy's husband, already have tickets for several games
throughout the season. She and her kids have a trip lined up
for Mount Saint Helens in April and a night on the Mystery
Dinner Train in May. Ginny is looking forward to the Annual
Reunion in Orlando in July as CHSers are having a cluster
50th reunion to include the classes of '56, '57, and '58. She
hopes to see lots of old friends' smiling faces then.
Joyce prefers English equitation with jumps and did very well
and had lots of fun. She is now a junior at Central Washington
University in Ellensburg where she and other equine afi-
cionados have formed a riding club. Rilee's foal, Ace, born a
year ago didn't get to attend--it's only a one-horse travel rig.
Joyce Kennedy and Rilee
Back (L-R): Ryann Blennerhassett, Karen (Rankin) and
John Blennerhassett. Front: Jason Blennerhassett, in
Panama in January.
Gayle and Robert Rankin had a fun time at the Corrigan
beach house at Pina Beach--Colon side. It was too rough to
kayak, but the weather was so nice and warm.
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Vince Canamas, and Collin Corrigan,
Joyce Kennedy, daughter of Mellie (Turner) and Ed
Kennedy, participated in a horse show in Woodinville,
Wash., in late March riding her horse Rilee for the event.
Seattleite Barbara (Green) Litchford wrote that her
Christmas present from her son Sean was a ticket to this
year's Daytona 500 NASCAR race over President's Day
weekend. She'd never been to a NASCAR race, so this was
the "one" to go to. She flew into Tampa and, since Sean had-
n't been home for her Christmas empanadas, she made him a
big batch the day she got in. Sean, his girlfriend Amanda
Mahoney, her dad Skip, and Barb drove up to Deltona on
Saturday to stay with Barb's aunt Neisy Callaway. Had she
known, beforehand, that the Society's Carnavalito was also
that weekend, she would have made plans to attend. The race
was everything Barb had hoped for, and MORE. Of course,
her favorite driver, Kasey Kahne (local Washington State
boy) didn't fare so well. Sean and Barb have decided that
they're going to make the 500 a yearly tradition and are
already making plans to attend next year's 50th anniversary
Dick Casey and his lovely Linda Lou (or L3) of Vashon
Island, Wash., did a Panama trip this winter and had a really
good time. Recently they took to the road in northern
Arizona. Dick's email account of his trip is hilarious, but
unfortunately there's not enough space for it here. They did
11 miles of 10-mph twisties, stopped at the Phelps Didge
mining town of Morenci, Ariz., and got down near Nogales
where Dick said the Border Patrol were very active with the
"catch and release program."
Gerry's and my nephew, Robert F. Adams, son of Giselle
and Robert (Bobby) Adams of College Station, Texas, visit-
ed us in November including Thanksgiving, between his job
and going back to school. While here he made some amazing
discoveries about snow which had fallen a day or two after
the feast. First off, in hilly country, you don't attempt to drive
up hills with several inches of snow on the ground without all
the accouterments of snowdriving. One rescue was all he
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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
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: 7:30 a.m., SHOTGUN START: 8:00 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sandlake (2nd level)
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.
Gatlin Registration Desk #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-l & E-2
Reunion Clubhouse: 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. Conway
Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Gatlin A-I A-3
Thursday Night Owl Show 10:00 p.m. Midnight Sandlake (2nd level)
Friday, July 6, 2007
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sandlake (2nd level)
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 33 & 34 (2nd level)
Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St. John's 30 & 31 (2nd level)
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
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-l & 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 33 & 34 (2nd level)
Religious Services: Catholic 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.: Praise & Worship 4:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Suwannee 18 20 (2nd level)
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-1 & 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 our information desk and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for other sched-
uled events, class and mini-reunions and last-minute changes.
needed here before wising up to chains, etc. Then off he went
back south to San Francisco, then to parts east before return-
ing to Dallas for the spring quarter. It was great to see the
young lad, whom we haven't seen since he was a youngster.
On our way to Panama in December, Gerry and I stopped
in Florida and saw Cody Hollowell and our son J and his
lovely wife Sunshine. We all were treated to an
"International Night" at Joann and Jennifer Eckel's home
where they served up delicious American (this time) cuisine.
Of course Janis (Brogie) and Butch Eckel joined in the fun.
In Panama we spent a week at Christmas with our son Ray,
his wife Emese, and kids Alex and Lilly. We visited with my
cousin Sue (Lessiack) Stabler and her husband Lew. Sue and
Lew graciously granted us the use of their Rio Mar house
where we stayed for a week during Christmas, and Santa even
delivered his gifts under a palm tree in the front yard. We had
a great time and even brought back some black sand from that
beautiful beach which amazingly got through the inspections
and came home "almost" intact in a plastic bag. (Don't
unpack indoors!) We attended the Balboa Yacht Club's New
Year's open-air party and were happy to see John Wolff dee-
jaying, and partygoers Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley (Ed was in
the Middle East), Vince and Penny (Wilder) Canamas, Phil
and Debbie (Boswell) Sanders, Ed Wardlow and Vicki
Sizemore, Rick and Janis Doubek, and Gordy Will.
In Panama, Gerry and Jon "Sid" Coffin did a couple of
fishing sojourns on the Atlantic side, toughed out the lumpy
water, and caught some wahoo and tuna. Later, the two and
Phil Sanders flew down to Pinas Bay for a six-day fishing
expedition at the Tropic Star Lodge and spent a goodly num-
ber of fishing hours aboard Phil's 31-foot Bertram, the Miss
Florida. Phil ran the boat the whole time, even though Sid
was chomping at the bit to get hold of the wheel. They caught
and released a few small marlin and kept a 100-pound yel-
lowfin tuna which was later served for dinner at the Lodge.
Of course, they enjoyed all the amenities the Lodge has to
offer and the luscious food. Mike and Terri Andrews were
taking care of business in the States and weren't there at the
time, but Gerry says they sure know how to take care of fish-
I preceded Gerry back to Florida and Cody picked me tip
at the Orlando airport. When 1 went for my suitcase a fresh
"young" man, bending over and wearing a brimmed hat,
asked if he could carry the bag for me. Lo and behold, as I
lifted the brim it was my brother Donny Adams of
Stockbridge, Ga., whom Cody had invited to visit and meet
me as a surprise. It has been at least five years since we'd
seen each other, and we had a great visit, for sure. We spent
lots of time rehashing history with Cody, and Donny and 1
took a trip over to St. Petersburg to see his nephew (our son)
J and wife Sunshine for a weekend of good times.
We also had a fun visit in Little Hollywood, Fla., with Pat
lM-;nning and his friend Diane McCauley. We heard from
Pat that Bill Weigle and Ted Henter attended Pat's famous
barbecue after the Daytona bike races. On one of our cross
Florida treks, we stopped to see Bill and Sandee (Woodruff)
Weigle in Bradenton, and were happily surprised to find
Linda (Clark) Layman visiting from California. It was a
good visit. Bill and Sandee are busy with construction of a
new home adjacent to their daughter Joann's lovely home.
We returned from Florida and two weeks later took off for
California. In San Pedro, we visited our nephew David Laatz
and wife Debbi, and their three kids, Sara, Christopher, and
Dylan, who had Dave's parents, Charles and Leslie Laatz,
of Mississippi there for a few days. Chuck and Leslie were
soon off to Hawaii for a week of golf, sun, and sea. We
stopped in Sequim on our way home to see Marti Lohr and
her son Neil. Gerry picked up another motorbike there, and
we were treated to a tour of a huge yacht under construction
at Port Angeles where Neil works. Marti and I were invited to
breakfast at a very interesting B&B called the Red Caboose.
It consists of four or five cabooses in a horseshoe around an
old train station with a dining car in front. Breakfast was
absolutely superb! On the way, Marti and I drove around
killing time before we were due, and we surprisingly encoun-
tered a herd of about two dozen elk grazing in an empty lot.
What a sight!
Congratulations to Tom and Alan Eckel, Wendell Sasso,
and David Cohen for their superb win in this year's Cayuco
Race for the Open Class, paddling the Snafit. They broke two
records, and they've done so well over the past several years
that the trophy has been retired.
Hope this finds everyone happy and healthy! Hasta la
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
Julia and Paulino Allande will be heading to Spain to
spend the first two weeks of May. Aymee (Lugo) and Tomas
Diaz will also be heading to Spain to spend the second and
third weeks of May, so the two couples will be meeting up
together at some point of their trips. Julia and Paulino's son
Christopher is out of the Navy and gainfully employed in
Ridgecrest, Calif. Christopher and family N. I l soon own their
first home. Julia and Paulino are -p... i proud of grand-
daughter Alyssa who is 18 months old.
George and Linda (Huff) Dany are pleased to announce
the engagement of their daughter Kimber Lee Dany to Chad
Jerome Newton (see Congratulations). The couple will be
marrying in early May of this year.
Jean and Doris Burns, Scott Burns, and Mike
Redemann hosted a party at the end of March to celebrate
Laura (Burns) Redemann's 50th birthday. The party was
attended by 60 people, and a fun time was had by all. The
dancing music was definitely diverse, as Scott played rock,
disco, country, and Panamanian (Lucho). John and
Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler, along with Tomas and Aymee
Diaz, drove from Norman, Okla., to Tulsa for the party.
Jimmie Wickham also came to help Laura celebrate her half
century mark. Laura appreciated the Oklahoma Chapter peo-
ple coming to the party, along with old friends, family, and
The Oklahoma Chapter's Spring business meeting and
picnic was held on May 19. 2007. at Andrews Park in
Norman, Okla. There will be further news on the meeting and
picnic in the next Record.
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Saludos de Panama! I've just
returned from another trip to the
U.S. with my youngest daughter
Jenilee Szymanski awaiting the
Anna Opel birth of her baby. A shower, hosted
by Nicole (Profis) (BHS'94) Dalven who came in from New
York City and Michelle Kuo (BHS'94) from Washington,
D.C., was held for Jenilee on Saturday, February 17th, at the
Malibu Bay Community Center in Homestead. As is the cus-
tom, I brought the corvina ceviche and chicken tamales from
Panama to accompany the array of food planned by Michelle
and Nicole. My sister Dottie Meissner flew down from
Clearwater to attend the shower and kept us company for two
Jenilee Szymanski, Michelle Kuo, and Nicole Dalven
Jennilee's baby Sophia Gabriela Szymanski Herrera
arrived on March 1st and weighed in at 10 lbs. 14/2 ozs.! I
returned home in late March and as with the time of the year
the rainy season is trying to make its appearance. There have
been a few rains so far but the grass has not turned green as
My daughter Patricia (Szymanski) Phillips celebrated
her March birthday in San Antonio with a group of her ami-
gas latinas from Panama. Dinner was at Pasion, a Latin
Fusion Cuisine restaurant, and followed by attending the
opening of a new bar, Ice.
Janet (lIrl'liin) McLaughlin, Karen (Gleichman) Abner,
Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder, Jeannette Lee, Patricia Phillips,
and Beverly Aleman.
Carole Lightell came in for her dry season visit during
March and spent most of her time overseeing the painting of
her apartment she bought in Marbella last year. Carole stayed
with Norm and Laurie Lewter just around the corner from
her apartment. She was able to enjoy a little time at her beach
place in La Guaira. Carole, myself and husband Carl, and a
few former Health Bureau nurses met for dinner at Rino's
Restaurant to catch up on the news and each other.
Anna Opel, Karen Coffee, Jeannine Eggleston, Carole
Lightell, and Nancy Cuthbert.
John and Melva Bowman of Balboa were pleased to
have their youngest son, Steve (BHS'99), travel to Panama to
spend Christmas with them (Steve lives in San Francisco,
Calif., where he works for Banc of America Securities). For
a change of climate and scenery the three flew to Guatemala
to bring in the New Year, and while there visited Antigua,
Lake Atitlan, the market at Chichicastenango, and took a pic-
ture at the Mayan ruins at Tikal.
Steve, Melva, and John Bowman
Dr. Donald Randel (BHS'59) and now the Chairman of
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently returned to
Panama after a 35-year absence on a business trip to meet
with scientists, environmentalists, conservationalists, and
administrators of the Smithsonian Institute here in Panama
headed by Dr. Ira Rubinoff.
He also met with many old friends at the Rubinoffs' home
including: The Panamanian Minister of Tourism,
Actor/Singer Ruben Blades and his wife, Broadway actress
Luba Mason; The Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign
Relations, Ricardo Duran and wife Mireya; The Mayor of
Panama City, The Honorable Juan Carlos Navarro Q.; and
several childhood friends including: Terry Ford, Paul and
Maritza Smith, Ralph and Clarita Smith, Madge Smith,
and Bruce Quinn. Also present at the dinner at the
Rubinoffs' home was the United States Ambassador to
Panama, The Honorable William Eaton.
John Husum left Panama in late December 2006 for a
new job in Houston. I asked John about his move and this is
from his e-mail to me: "I have taken a job with British
Petroleum Shipping in Houston as the Senior Fleet Safety
Officer for the BP Shipping Fleet, and will be tasked with
coordinating safety and health issues. Shortly after starting I
went to London for three weeks for my induction. While
there I had the chance to get together with my sister Maureen
Husum, who works for DoDDS in Germany. and my brother
Ray Husum who is in Prague. They came up for a weekend
and we saw the sights of London, enjoyed the food and just
had a good time together. Since I have been here in Houston,
I have gotten together with Ed McArthur and his family,
Fran and Angela Casey, and Chuck and Nancy (Knick)
Soukup. Also working in my same office is Bob Baldwin,
who is the BP Shipping Americas manager. Various cowork-
ers have either been through the Canal or know someone
from the Zone seeing as many of them went to Kings Point
where they met the Zonian cadets there, and quoting one of
them, 'The Zonian guys always got along with everyone and
were well liked.' We knew that."
Maureen and Ray Husum, Kyoto Gardens. London
Dr. William Snyder wrote: "Roderick Snyder and
Marlene (Snyder) Peters were in Panama for 10+ days in
January-February. Roderick brought a friend. Buba Bulin.
Vilma and I went with them on our tour of Panama: Boquete,
Santa Fe. Tonosi. Pedasi (Venado Beach included), and Altos
de Maria. Sam Kredell was also with us on each of the tours.
Additionally, the Winship Dowells were here visiting (Mark
his cousin came too--Riche lives here) and we got together to
cross the mountains to the San Bias via the road past
Nusigandi. We crossed one river near the coast to do it. The
road was rough but our 4x4 took us there. Earlier we spent a
few days at the Dowells in Santa Rite (near Colon). Beer and
good food were always present. We also had a visit from the
Sniders, who lived in Coco Solo."
Vicki Sizemore sends in a lot of news this issue: "There
is a new addition at the end of the Causeway, a Bennigan's
Restaurant and Bar!! The fiont windows look over the chan-
nel side of the Canal and the old Amador Beach. The rear
offers tables in an open-air setting along with a very large bar
that overlooks the boats anchored at the Flamenco Island
Yacht Club. Though part of me laments the passing of the
Causeway of mly youth, I must admit I enjoy the comfort of
sipping a Pina Colada in air-conditioning watching the ships
Neighbors at Albrook Park gathered for a barbecue to cel-
ebrate Valentine's Day. Zonians attending the festivities were:
Dennis and Wendy Corrigan, Liz Hanna, Pat Clark,
George Cotton, Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore.
Wendy and Dennis Corrigan, Liz Hanna, George Cotton,
Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, and Pat Clark.
"Dry Season always brings visitors to our beautiful
Homeland and this time we saw many familiar faces includ-
ing: Sandra Roth Roffy, Stanley Wright, Larry Layman,
Jerry and Carol Coffey, Rory Summers, Dawn Crowell
Gressang, Isaac and Helen (Aanstoos) Hay, Dee Dee and
Bill Hanna, Roberta Evans, John Millard, Dennis and
Wendy Corrigan, George Cotton, Doug and Camille Gibbs,
Pat Clark and Liz Hanna. Ed enjoyed a few golf games with
Jeff Riley and Ray Bierbaum during their month long stay.
We took them to the Beach and El Valle for a day trip where
we ran into Jack and Fran Hern here for the Canal Zone
Police Reunion. I enjoyed visiting with my BHS'70 class-
mate, Rudy Crespo, during his weeklong visit with his par-
ents. We had a BHS'70 Class Dinner while he was here.
Attending were: Andy Hirsch, Marcella Vallarino, Janet
(Tilley) Lee, Vicki Sizemore, Art Mokray, Janet King, and
Easter Sunday 2007 has a new meaning for Sydney Blake
Haines who was baptized at St. Mary's Church in Balboa.
Her godparents are Diana Bishop and Allen Blaney.
Enclosed is a picture of her with her parents, Johnny and
Sydney Blake Haines' Baptism
es and the city of Bandera (Cowboy Capital of the world);
cocktails, and a Panamanian-themed dinner/dance. Luis
Celerier (BHS'51) is the Reunion Coordinator.
Lots of recent Texas travelers to Panama included: Gary
Hooper (BHS'77) and friend Kat Franklin spent two weeks
in February touring and studying World War II sites at Galeta
Island. He joined the last "par tee" at the Diablo Spinning
Club before its move to the docks in Balboa. Gary's com-
ment: "...it was awesome!"
Dickie McArthur (BHS'79) spent a week visiting dad
Bobo and wife in Chitre. He then stayed to watch "the 49th
Annual Cayuco Race." He'll be full of news when he gets
back. Lou Seldon also spent two weeks in Panama in March.
He joined the St. Pat's Day Party at the American Society and
renewed old friendships.
Colin Creel (BHS'76) was "tour guide" for a week in
February for his Dallas company group. He made his base at
the Panama Vacation Quarters. The excursion began with a
two-day visit to El Valle. Miraflores Locks lecture and tour
was next, continuing with an adventure on the Gamboa Aerial
Tram. The group also spent three nights at the Coral Lodge on
Provenir. San Bias. After a week of wonderful sightseeing, a
Bon Voyage party for the friends was celebrated at the Napoli
(where else). Colin extended his vacation for two more weeks
to fish for Peacock Bass in Gatun Lake with Rick Doubeck.
He also went saltwater fishing at Cabaco Bay and at Jim
Wiese's fishing lodge, Gofishpanama.
Well, so passed another issue of the Record and I hope to
continue receiving news from the "Panama Connection" to
share with all of you. Hasta Luego!
Anna Opel, Reporter
e-mail: acopel(a vahoo.com
Paul and Maria (Parades)
Conover and daughters Nicole (13)
and Natalie (9), recently packed up
"lock, stock, and barrel" and moved
to Bangkok, Thailand, on a three-
year transfer contract. They will soon
be Thai gourmands. Grandmoms
Thelma Conover DeLaMater and
sure, will soon plan a visit.
Maria Parades, I'm
An assemblage of BHSers (1951-54) will gather at the
Sheraton Gunther Hotel in San Antonio May 17-21 for a five-
day reunion. The days will be a "whirlwind" of fellowship
and merrymaking. Scheduled events include a presentation
by the San Antonio and Panamanian visitors bureaus; a bus
trip on the "western wagon train" which will tour two ranch-
Colin Creel and employees from his Dallas company, San
Friends collected at the home of Lee and Annette
Morton for an evening of mirth and merriment at Christmas.
This is an annual "fiesta" and well attended. Out-of-town
guest Kelly (Morris) Fenton, Sarasota. Fla.. was escorted by
brother Kenny Morris. Other guests attending were Bliss
(\,irri%) Connerton, Dicky McArthur, Victoria (Morris)
Hall, Jim Cicero, Curtis Sanders, Charlie Reiss, Sandy
Sanders, Joanne Morton, Mark Cicero, Carlton Morris,
Paul Morton, Bruce Sanders, and Jack Morton.
Laura (Hanson) (BHS'79) Davis visited Dallas in April
after a twenty-year absence and it was reason enough for
local Zonians to congregate at the Caribbean Cafe, a Cuban
restaurant in Frisco, Texas. Laura, a North Texas State gradu-
ate, now lives in Springfield, Mass. Her position as Bank
Loan Officer keeps her busy. Everyone agreed seeing old
friends, enjoying good food, and reminiscing was great.
Ken Morris and Laura (Hanson) Davis, Frisco, Texas
Y'all call and share your happenings. Hasta mas tarde,
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
S It's April, and it's snowing here in
Tidewater/Hampton Roads: a chilly
day for the Old Dominion and here
we thought Spring had sprung. I'm
looking forward to attending the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Karen Brandl July. See you there!
Al Sprague was honored at OAS
Art Show on November 3rd--Panama's Independence Day--
the Panama Mission to the Organization of American States
inaugurated an Al Sprague Art Show, "Reflections of
Panama." The exhibit was held in the foyer of the OAS build-
ing in Washington, D.C. About 100 guests attended the inau-
guration. Former Panama president Aristides Royo, ambas-
sador from Panama to the OAS, introduced Al and remarked
on his many years of painting the country and people of
Panama. The show consisted of 20 paintings (14 of which
were from the artist's personal collection) and three bronzes.
Robin Tierney, writing in the Washington Examiner,
remarked: "The dancers whirling in 'Bailando' evoke both
comparisons to Degas' ballerinas and imaginings of euphoric
music known as the 'tamborito'."
Dave Albanese was at Jill and Skip Burger's home in
Margarita on Super Bowl Sunday. Dave and Skip were class-
mates in the CHS Class of '66. Both were lettermen on the
undefeated championship football teams of '65 and '66. Skip
has a tourism business on the Gold Coast and Dave was vis-
iting for the first time since graduation. Becky and Dave had
a fabulous two-week trip to Paradise late January through
early February 2007.
Dave Albanese and Skip Burger
Received an e-mail from Deborah Beall saying that she
had attended the retirement of Lt. Colonel Martha E.
Duncan on March 3, 2007, from the U.S. Army Reserves.
Martha's relatives who also attended were her sister Diana
Duncan (BHS'76) Bishop, her mother Sylvia Duncan, and
her brother Tom Duncan (BHS'68).
Diana Duncan Bishop, Martha Duncan, Sylvia Duncan,
and Tom Duncan.
Karen Peugnt Brandl, Reporter
SPECIAL NOTICE TO MEMBERS
The Society Office in Seminole will be closed for
business from Monday, July 2 through Monday,
July 9. Membership dues may be paid at the
Information/Society desk at the Reunion during reg-
ularly stated hours. See Schedule of Events on page
43 for times of operations.
CATSY TAYLOR SCHAFER
Catsy Taylor Schafer celebrated her 93rd birthday on
stage with the folklorico dancers at Las Tinejas Restaurant in
Panama City in early March. Catsy returned to Panama with
her daughters, Layne Ashton and Sue Pitney and Sue's hus-
band Lou Pitney, for her birthday celebration. Tom Ashton
was unable to make the trip. They met up with Kay and
Bonnie Davis and their spouses, and Dennis and Wendy
Catsy Taylor Schafer with folklorico dancers
CARTERET 50TH ANNIVERSARY
On February 17, 2007, Candida (Candy) and Thurman
Carteret celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with
their children, Liz (Carteret) (BHS'76) Potts, Charles
Carteret (BHS'77), and Gysell Carteret (BHS'83), at the
Decameron Resort in Farallon, Panama. It was their "wish
come true" to celebrate this monumental occasion as a fami-
ly in a private villa at the Resort. Everyone had a superb time
during this mini-family reunion.
The couple renewed their wedding vows earlier in the
week in a private ceremony at the old Sacred Heart Church in
Ancon, Panama, where their children made their First
Communions many years ago. Candy and Thurman are
enjoying retirement from PCC and the Air Force in their
home in Diablo, Panama. But, if they are not there, they are
busy managing Cabanas Gysell Ann in El Valle, Panama.
They look forward to visits with the rest of the family--
Charles' wife, Giselle (Errhalt) (BHS'78) and their children,
Britney and Ryan; as well as Liz's husband, Terry Potts,
and their children, Kayla and Kristen, in the near future.
Candy's sister, Prudy Letourneau, and her son, Abraham
Chandeck (BHS'76) and his family will be celebrating with
them in April.
MAY FLATAU CELEBRATES 90TH
On October 15, 2006, a family dinner and open house was
held for Mary Hylton Flatau (widow of John Flatau of
Foto Flatau) in celebration of her 90th birthday. She was born
in Colon, Panama, on October 15, 1916, but moved to
Panama City when she was young.
The party was hosted by her daughter Betty (Flatau)
Taylor and husband Carroll Taylor at their home in
Dickinson, Texas. Despite torrential rains that afternoon, all
the family in the area and relatives from Louisiana, a niece
from Germany, and many friends and neighbors joined in to
make it a happy occasion.
l& Z I7 Li's
The Flatau family
CAPTAIN JOHN FITZGERALD
Congratulations go to Captain John Fitzgerald on his
retirement from the Placer County Sheriff's Department after
a law enforcement career spanning 34 years.
George and Linda (Huff) Dany announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Kimber Lee Dany to Chad Jerome
Newton of Coweta. Okla. The wedding date is set for May 4.
2007, in Broken Arrow, Okla. They will make their home in
Owasso, Okla., with Chad's children, Tyler and Chloe
Chad Newton and Kimber Lee Dany
CHRISTINE LIVELY RUNS
Christine Lively (BHS'94) of Orlando, Fla., ran in the
Disney Marathon at Disney World in January for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. She
ran the Disney two years ago also for Team in Training, and
for the two races earned more than $4000 to benefit the
Society, which uses the money for funding research.
Christine is the daughter of Cathy Lively of Alexandria, Va.,
and Ray Lively of Spring Hill, Fla.
Patrick and Cheryl Williams (both BHS'75) of Spring,
Texas (formerly of Balboa), announce the engagement of
their daughter Katie Williams (BHS'97) to James Beattie
(BHS'92), son of Preston and Susan Beattie of John's
Island, S.C. (formerly of Ancon).
Ms. Williams, a graduate of the University of Florida, is a
Buyer and Merchandiser for Top Golf USA in Kingstowne,
Va. Mr. Beattie, a graduate of North Carolina State
University, is a Senior Financial Analyst for Fannie Mae in
Herndon, Va. No date has yet been set for the wedding.
James Beattie and Katherine Williams
Congratulations to Thomas McGinn for the publication
of his final book in a four-book sci-fi series. Thomas was
born in Panama and became a U.S. citizen at the age of 18.
After service in the Air Force during the Korean War, he
became a manager for the United Fruit Company, which
enabled him to visit Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia and
other areas in Central and South America. Besides being a
writer, Thomas also has built a successful pistachio farm and
winery business in New Mexico.
John and Lisa Barriteau are pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter Megan Barriteau of Ona.
W.Va., to Brandon Stevens of Barboursville, W.Va., son of
David and Claudia Stevens.
The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of Cabell Midland
High School and 2005 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of
Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall
University. She is currently the Director of Communications
for the Central Alabama Community Foundation in
Montgomery, Ala. She is the granddaughter of the late John
P. "Frenchy" and Patricia D. Barriteau. Megan is the great-
niece of Elizabeth Yerxa of Orlando, Fla.
The groom-elect is a 1999 graduate of Cabell Midland
High School and 2005 graduate of Marshall University with
a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration. He currently is
the Assistant Director of the Duke Club at James Madison
University in Harrisonburg. Va.
The couple will marry May 19, 2007. at a small beach cer-
emony on St. George Island. Fla. They currently reside in
Megan Barriteau and Brandon Stevens
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current under-
writer 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 expe-
dite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders.
updating beneficiary designations, and adjudicating death benefit
claims. As a result. CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to
do their business directly with the Panama office, but will gladly
continue to accept and handle all business of those policyholders
who choose to act and process through the Panama Canal Society
office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point
of contact and may be reached on the last 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
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the Panama
office should advise the Society office of the particulars if they
would like for the Society to monitor CIS progress and intercede
with CIS on their behalf. Likewise, policyholders and claimants
should notify the Society office when their business has been sat-
isfactorily concluded with CIS so that the Society can drop the
policyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pur-
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 registration.
Send your Email to:
or write us at Panama Canal Society,
Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
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RYAN ALEXANDER DUPUIS
Ty and Nicky Erickson of Asheville, N.C., formerly of
Balboa, are pleased to announce the birth of their third grand-
child, Ryan Alexander Dupuis. Ryan was born to Heather
(BHS'87) and Tim Dupuis of Hopedale, Mass., on January
30, 2007. He weighed 8 Ibs. 8 oz. and was 1914" long. He was
welcomed to the family by siblings Brittany (6'/ ) and Kyle
(4'/2) and by his uncle Brad (BHS'84) and Aunt Jennifer
Erickson of Baltimore, Md.
GENEVIEVE GRACE HOCKIN
Russ and Marianne Field (CHS'67) Hockin proudly
announce the birth of their second grandchild and first grand-
daughter, Genevieve Grace (Genna Grace), on October 16,
2006. She is the daughter of Ryan and Nicole Hockin and
sister to big brother, Travis Benjamin (2). and the great-
granddaughter of the late Cyrus and Genevieve Foley Field,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Marianne Hockin holding Travis, and Russ Hockin holding
CAROLINE RACHEL KOHR
Lynn Stone Kohr and Scott Kohr of Westminster, Md.,
are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter,
Caroline Rachel, born January 16, 2007. Caroline weighed 8
lbs. 10 oz. and was _'I ." long at birth. Maternal grandparents
are Malcolm and Jean Stone of Hendersonville, N.C., and
paternal grandparents are Ken and Phyllis Kohr of Lebanon,
Pa. Lynn is a 1984 graduate of Balboa High School.
Lynn Kohr holding Caroline Rachel, and Scott Kohr hold-
ing Julia Kohr.
CARTER WAYNE MASINO
Carol Masino announces the birth of her sixth grand-
child, Carter Wayne Masino, born January 30, 2007. Carter
is the son of Anthony and Wynema Masino of Charlotte,
N.C. Carter was welcomed by his brother Coleman Wesley
Masino, and his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Mary
Frances Reagan, of Pembroke, N.C. Grandma Masino visit-
ed the family in Charlotte during February 2007.
Coleman Masino, Anthony Masino, and Carter Masino
ISABELLA SOFIA MADURO
Shirley and Mike Maduro of Panama City, Panama,
proudly announce the birth of their first grandchild, Isabella
Sofia Maduro, born February 6, 2007, in Presbyterian
Hospital of Piano, Texas. She is the daughter of Michael
John (BHS'91) and Sofia (Watson) Maduro of Frisco,
Texas. Maternal grandparents are Analida (De Roux) and
Leroy Watson of Panama City, Panama.
Sofia Maduro, Michael John Maduro, and Isabella
JAKE JAMES RILEY
James W. Riley, Jr., and Maritza (Serrano) Riley of
Lake Mary, Fla., announce the birth of their grandson Jake
James Riley. Jake was born on January 16, 2007. His parents
are James Stephan Riley (BHS'90) and Angie Burns
(BHS'91) Riley of North Charleston, S.C.
Maternal grandparents are Col. (Ret) Edward and wife
Polly Burns of Charleston, S.C., formerly of Howard AFB,
Canal Zone. Great-grandfather is James W. Riley, Sr., of
Cleveland, Tenn., formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone.
XAVIER DAVID SHOBE
Jim and Noralie (Roach) Shobe became great-grandpar-
ents four times over with the birth of Xavier David Shobe on
March 2, 2007, to Angie and Dillion Shobe of Beal AFB,
Calif. Dillion is the son of the proud grandparents Debbie
(Rowley) and Steve Shobe of N. Bonneville, Wash. Jim and
Noralie hope to visit the new arrival in the near future.
Steve Shobe, Debbie Shobe holding Xavier David Shobe
LORENA ISABEL ROBLEDO
Captain Donald P. Garrido and Mrs. Lydia Garrido,
formerly of La Boca, Panama, are very happy to announce
the birth of their granddaughter Lorena Isabel Robledo.
Lorena is the daughter of Lydia (Garrido) (BHS'91)
Robledo and Victor A. Robledo and was born in February
2007 in San Antonio, Texas.
James Riley holding Jake James Riley, and Maritza Riley.
Victor Robledo, Lydia Robledo holding Lorena Isabel
Brandon Pinzon and Laura Gonzales, both of San
Antonio, Texas, were married January 20, 2007, at Our Lady
of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio. Colin Pinzon
served his brother as best man. Brandon is the son of Carlos
and Phyllis (Miller) Pinzon of Iowa City, Iowa. Laura is the
daughter of Val and Sylvia Gonzales of San Antonio.
Out-of-town guests included Cissy and Gary Collins of
Douglasville, Ga.; and Ron and Pat Nessler of Greenville,
S.C. Guests from Texas were Treva Bedwell of Corpus
Christi; Karin Gabrielson of San Antonio; and Kenny and
Cheryl (Schmidt) Fritz of Kerrville.
Christopher James Riley and Karen Lynn Stefanik
were married on October 21, 2006, at the MGM Grand
Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. Chris is the son of James
and Maritza Riley of Lake City, Fla., formerly of La Boca,
Canal Zone. Karen is the daughter of Joseph and Ellen
Stefanik of Oviedo, Fla. A reception followed the ceremony
in one of the many ballrooms adjacent to the chapel.
The best man was James Stephan Riley, brother of the
groom, from North Charleston, S.C. Groomsmen were
Ronald Garrido of San Antonio, Texas; Chris Eliason of
Orlando, and T. J. Stefanik, brother of the bride, of Orlando.
Matron of honor was Angie Riley, wife of the best man, and
the bridesmaids were Christine Evans, Lisa Ragland, and
Pam Baumlin, all from Ohio.
Out-of-town guests included James W. Riley, Sr., and
Jeff Riley, grandfather and uncle of the groom, respectively,
from Cleveland, Tenn.; and Traci Oliver, sister of the groom,
along with her children, Wade and Whitney, from Texas.
Longtime friend of the groom Huey Long attended from
Louisiana with his daughter and mother-in-law from
California. Making the trip from the Republic of Panama
were Ana Serrano, grandmother of the groom, and her son
Delvalle Serrano. Out-of-town guests for the bride included
her grandmother Mary Toderick of Ohio, and grandfather
John Drop of Las Vegas, and aunts Betty Nunn, Janet
Drop, and Mary Ksiazk, from Ohio.
The groom graduated from the University of Central
Florida and the bride from the Columbus College of Art and
Design in Columbus, Ohio. Following their honeymoon
cruise to Mexico, the couple are at home in Matthews, N.C.,
where both Chris and Karen are employed at Central
Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.
Laura Gonzales and Brandon Pinzon
Christopher James Riley and Karen Lynn Stefanik
Erin Jo Speight and Dallin Reese Merrill were married
on March 24, 2007. The ceremony took place in the San
Antonio LDS Temple, Texas. Erin Jo is the daughter of
Margie (Armbruster) (BHS'75) and Joseph Al Speight of
Erin Jo was born in Coco Solo Hospital in 1985. Family
members in attendance were grandparents Ed and Jean
Armbruster, Connie (Armbruster) Dermody, and cousins
Krissy, Jared and Eric, all from Niceville, Fla. Debbie
(Armbruster) McRoberts and cousin Garret McRoberts
from Lumberton, Texas, also attended.
The groom is from the Dallas area and many family mem-
bers traveled from Dallas to join the celebration. After the
ceremony in San Antonio, the large group headed to Corpus
Christi for a reception on the water. After a honeymoon to the
river in Texas Hill Country, Erin and Dallin, both BYU grad-
uates, are heading off to law school.
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Jennifer Nicole Watkins and Jason Ray Surface were
united in marriage January 2, 2007, at Trunk Bay, St. John,
U.S. Virgin Islands. Jennifer is the daughter of Terri (Hunt)
Rhodes of Atlanta, Ga., and Fred Watkins of Cooper City,
Fla., and the granddaughter of Patricia and the late Jack
Hunt of Hendersonville, N.C. Jason is the son of Marshall
and Carrie Surface of Charlotte, N.C.
The ceremony was held at sunset on the beach. Guests
included the bride's parents, grandmother, brother Michael
Watkins, her aunts Lisa (Hunt) Johnson and Laurie (Hunt)
Trinca, along with Jennifer's cousins Zachary and Justin
Trinca and Brian Zweifel. On the groom's side were Jason's
parents and his two sisters, Krista Sigmon and Kendra
Surface with her fiance John Cowen.
The newlyweds currently reside in Charlotte, N.C.
Jennifer and Jason Surface
Dallin and Erin Jo Merrill
Judy (Oberholtzer) and Rich Hebble of Highland Park,
N.J., announce the marriage of their daughter Allison to Zed
Starkovich on June 24, 2006, in Gilroy, Calif. The garden
ceremony and reception overlooking the surrounding valley
and vineyards took place at the home of the groom's father
and stepmother, Dennis and Jackie Starkovich. The three-
tiered wedding cake was a special cheesecake recipe of the
groom's late mother, Virginia McKay. Marisa Hebble was
her sister's maid of honor and Kieran Hebble-Presley was
his aunt's junior groomsman.
Family members and former Canal Zone residents who
attended the wedding were Allison's grandparents, Anita
Oberholtzer of Clearwater, Fla., Russell Oberholtzer of
Melbourne, Fla.; Janis, Joann, Jennifer, and Christopher
Eckel of Tampa, Fla., and Jane Ann (Catanzaro) and Paul
Pattwell with their daughters, Sarajane and Analee, of
Allison is a graduate of Rutgers University and Zed is a
graduate of New York University. The newlyweds make their
home in West Hollywood, Calif.
Zed and Allison Starkovich
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Megan Ruth Vaughn and James Robert Heard
announce their recent marriage on March 3, 2007. at
Lakewood United Methodist church in Houston,Texas. A
reception followed at Augusta Pines Country Club in Spring,
Megan is the daughter of Stephen and Mary (Clement)
Vaughn of Houston, Texas. She is the granddaughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Clement of Pensacola, Fla., former-
ly of Gatun, Canal Zone, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald E.
Vaughn of El Paso, Texas. She is the great-granddaughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Leon Egolf of Gatun, Canal Zone. The
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland and Becky Bruce
of McKinney. Texas, and Mr. James Michael Heard of
Houston, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Warren
Canterbury of Sherman, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. IJ Heard
of Houston, Texas.
The couple met and graduated from Cypress Creek High
School in Houston, Texas. The bride received her bachelor's
degree in Respiratory Therapy from The University of Texas
Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She currently is
employed under the Critical Care department at M.D.
Anderson Cancer Hospital. The groom received his bache-
lor's degree in General Business Administration from Sam
Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is current-
ly a Project Manager for Powell Electrical Industries.
Following a honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple
are residing in Houston, Texas.
James Heard and Megan Vaughn
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Lena Mary Asbury, 91, died March 21, 2007, in
Tallahassee, Fla. She was born February 19, 1916, in
Maxwell, N.M. She obtained her BA in elementary education
in 1937. She set out to teach four grades in a one-room
schoolhouse in Northern New Mexico.
In 1939 she met and married Clifford Asbury. They
moved to Panama, where they had three daughters and raised
their family. She taught elementary education for 26 years in
the Canal Zone. In 1979 she retired and returned to New
Mexico to be close to her family. There she taught those less
fortunate and volunteered with the Ann Wood Literacy Center
in Carlsbad. She lived a very active life volunteering at the
Lakeview Christian Home, was an officer in Catholic
Daughters of America, and a lector and Eucharistic minister
at St. Edwards Church. In 2002 she moved to Tallahassee.
She is survived by her three daughters, Elaine
Stephenson, Kathleen Stromberg, and Diane Sweeney; three
sons-in-law, Michael Stephenson, Russell Stromberg, and
James Sweeney; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren: a
sister and brother-in-law, and a brother and sister-in-law.
Lawrence "Larry" Barca, Jr., 82, of Largo, Fla., died at
Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park. Fla., on February
He was born in Boston and came to Florida in 1987 from
the Panama Canal Zone, where he worked 33 years in the
Chief Locks Division of the Panama Canal Co. He was a
Navy veteran of World War II.
Memberships included the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Panama Canal Museum, and the Elks Club, Panama.
He enjoyed cooking and traveling the world.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Sue: a son. Bruce,
St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Anne Barca, St. Petersburg,
Fla.; two stepsons, Luis Rauld, San Diego. Calif., and
William Rauld, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a stepdaughter,
Elizabeth Ford, Washington, D.C.; and many nieces and
Kate Belok, 100, of Sarasota, Fla., died February 18,
2007. She was born February 15, 1907. She is survived by a
son, Stephen, of Venice, Fla.; and three grandchildren. No
further information is available.
Edward Carter Blount, Sr., 93, passed away February
6, 2007, at his home in Mobile, Ala. He was a longtime resi-
dent of the Panama Canal Zone. He was born February 1,
1914, in Atlanta, Ga., and in 1918 moved to Darby, Pa., with
his parents and three brothers.
In 1943 he moved to the Panama Canal Zone to work for
the Civil Service Commission and in 1948, he transferred to
the Canal Zone Police. In 1964, he was promoted to the posi-
tion of Sergeant, a position held until he retired in December
He was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in
Margarita, Canal Zone. He was a Mason for 61 years and
became Worshipful Master in 1970 of the Sibert Lodge in
Gatun, Canal Zone. He was also a member of the Sons of the
American Revolution in Mobile. Ala., and a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
lie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia Willett
Blount of Mobile. Ala.: three daughters, Lucy Blount Rhyne
of Mobile, Ala.; Nancy Blount Olijnyk of Chicago, Ill.; and
Rochelle Marie Blount of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; one son,
Edward Carter Blount, Jr. of Mobile, Ala.; and three grand-
Captain Justin J. Bonanno, 82, died March 29, 2007, in
Bradenton, Fla. He moved to Florida in 1988 with his wife
Margaret (Gately) Bonanno after retiring from a 30-year
career with the Panama Canal Commission. He served most
years as a ship pilot, and in key managerial maritime opera-
tions positions towards the end of his career, the last as
Deputy Marine Director at retirement.
Captain Bonanno graduated in 1943 from the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. He was a
Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean
War during which he held several master commands on
Liberty and Victory ships. He also served in the U.S. Coast
Guard, and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1985. He
served as Operating Manager for the U.S. Lines Company in
Antwerp, Belgium, from 1953 to 1956.
During his time with the Canal organization, Captain
Bonanno was the innovator in establishing special programs
and scholarships for Panamanian students to obtain appoint-
ments to U.S. based maritime academies. He was decorated
by the President of the Republic of Panama with the Order of
Vasco Nunez de Balboa, in the rank of Commander, for his
efforts to secure these appointments. For 10 years he served
as Kings Point's local admissions representative, and was on
the U.S. Governor's selection committee for students apply-
ing for appointments to all U.S. maritime academies. When
he retired from the Panama Canal, he was awarded the orga-
nization's Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary
contributions to the Isthmian community.
In Florida, Captain Bonanno was a member of St. Mary
Star of the Sea Church on Longboat Key, and in 1995 both he
and wife Margaret were inducted into the Equestrian Order
of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (a Papal honor). He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Captain Bonanno was preceded in death by his first wife,
Jeanne Bonanno, in 1975 to whom he was married 24 years.
He is survived by his wife Margaret of 29 years. Captain
Bonanno is also survived by daughters Sheryl and husband
Thomas Dunlap of Los Angeles, Calif., and Barbara and hus-
band Jay Marshall of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son John and wife
Valerie Bonanno of Bradenton.; and four grandchildren.
Lynn Marie Braswell, 55, of Venice, Fla., died March 1,
2007. She was born January 17, 1952, in England. She moved
to Florida in 1975 from Las Vegas, Nev. She was a Trust
Officer for Caldwell Trust. She was a member of the Panama
Survivors include her companion Jack Artz of Venice,
Fla.; a son, Michael Braswell of Venice, Fla; three grand-
daughters; her mother, Mary Catherine Biagi of Miami, Fla.,
and brothers and sisters.
John (Jack) Kenneth Brayton, 83, passed away April 3,
2007, in Lecanto, Fla. He was ill for more than a year and was
tinder the care of Hospice for the last few days of his life
Jack was born in Providence, R.I., on July 6, 1923. He
served as a Seabee with the U.S. Navy during World War 11.
He was stationed in the Far East, spending considerable time
building landing strips for military airplanes in and out of the
war zones. "PUS", as his close friends knew him, was a life-
time member of BPOE 1414 in Balboa, R. de P., and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society. He was also known as the
ringleader of the Gas House Gang.
He worked for the Transportation Division of the Panama
Canal on the piers. He began his career in Cristobal and later
served as "Head Honcho" at Pier 1 8, Balboa, in charge of
several hundred stevedores.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Joanne Van
Akker; three sisters, Dorothy Hoverter of Sacramento, Calif.,
Shirley Bruce of Land O Lakes, Fla., and Alice Mix of Sierra
Vista, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Gladys Brayton of Jamestown,
Tenn.; one brother-in-law, William Hoverter of Sacramento,
Calif.; two stepdaughters, Annette Stocking of Georgetown,
Texas; Dyann Bertrand of Clearwater, Fla.; and a stepson,
Kenneth Bertrand of Cincinnati, Ohio. His first wife, Clara
Kelsey, and his brother, Donald R. Brayton, predeceased him.
Mary Ruth Bristol of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away
March 25, 2007. She was born April 23, 1926, in San Jose,
Costa Rica, to a "Tica" (pure Costa Rican) mother and
American father who was from upstate New York. Her fami-
ly moved to the Canal Zone in 1929 where she attended Canal
Zone schools. She married "Tex" Bristol in Balboa, Canal
Zone, in 1946, and lived in several towns including Pedro
Miguel, Balboa, Gamboa, Los Rios, and Diablo. Tex was a
proud Canal Zone Policeman from 1950 until his retirement
in 1978. Tex and Mary had three sons all born in the Canal
Zone and all graduated from Balboa High School. Mary
moved to Dunnellon, Fla., in January 1977 while Tex
remained working at the Gamboa Penitentiary until 1978
when he retired and joined her in Dunnellon. They enjoyed
many years of retirement on the 20 acres they bought in 1964.
Mary was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Mary was predeceased by her youngest son Sam who died
in January 1995, by her oldest son Clark who died in
February 2006, and by her husband who died in March 2006.
She is survived by her middle son, Steve Bristol, who resides
in Orem, Utah.
Charles William "Charlie" Brown Sr., 74, of Joplin,
Mo., passed away on April 19, 2007. Born October 8, 1932,
in Jasper, Mo., he was the only child of the late Charles E.
Brown and Margaret Underwood Schreiner. He was raised
and lived in Joplin until 1948.
He lived many years in the Panama Canal Zone and was
a management analyst for the Panama Canal Locks Division.
He retired to Joplin in 1981. He attended St. Paul's United
Methodist Church and was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge
No. 501 and of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include a son, Charles W. Brown Jr., of Joplin;
two daughters, Teresa A. Jenkins and husband, Jerry, of
Joplin, and Dianne Villani and husband, Michael, of
Rockford, Ill.; four granddaughters; and seven great-grand-
Nellie C. Brown, 94, died November 4, 2006. She was
born August 13, 1912, into a Navy family. Nellie was raised
in the Panama Canal Zone and also raised her daughters
there. She moved to Sebring, Fla., in the mid-1950s and in
1985 moved to Lansing, Ill., to be near her family. She was a
Past Worthy Matron in the Eastern Star, her hobbies were
ceramics and reading, and the Cubs and Bears were her pas-
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Derrico of
Lansing, Ill., and Marjorie (Robert ) Garner of Monee, Ill.;
three grandsons, six granddaughters, 32 great-grandchildren,
and three great-great-grandchildren.
Hermine Canham, 95, died March 25, 2007, in El Paso,
Texas. She was born December 21, 1911, in Colon, Panama.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton W.
Canham Sr., who retired in 1967 as Chief Electrical Engineer
for the Panama Canal Engineering Division.
She is survived by her three children, Cora Becker, El
Paso, Texas; Milton Canham Jr., Lancaster, Calif.; and M.
Marie Barkofsky, Indianapolis, Ind.; 17 grandchildren, 26
great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Gary P. Dunsmoor, 71, died on January 29, 2007, in
Novato, Calif. Gary was born March 1, 1935, in Colon,
Panama. He spent his early years on the Atlantic side and then
moved to the Pacific side. He attended Balboa Elementary
and Junior High Schools and graduated fiom Balboa High
School in 1953. He received a BA in Business from Michigan
State University in 1957.
He began his career with the Panama Canal in 1959. As a
Graduate Intern he received training in various operations of
the Supply and Community Services Bureau. In 1963 after
completing his MA in Personnel Administration at Michigan
State, he transferred to the Personnel Bureau. In the early
1970s Gary became a member of the Executive Planning
Staff. He became increasingly involved in matters relating to
the negotiation and implementation of a new Canal treaty
with the Republic of Panama. Gary retired as Deputy
Director, Office of Executive Planning, in December 1982
and moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. He became employed with
the Sonoma County Assessors Office in 1983 as a Real
Property Appraiser and specialized in the valuation of rural
residential, vineyard and winery properties. He retired in May
1998. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Gary is survived by Harriet (Smith), his wife of 35 years;
his daughter, Kimberly Moran, and two grandchildren, and
his son-in-law, John Moran; his mother, Margaret Dunsmoor,
and two half-sisters, Karen (Lowande) Nagy and Eddie
Lynne (Lowande) Lam. He is also survived by two children
and three grandchildren from a previous marriage.
Camille Rhyne Eastham, 53, of Kerrville, Texas, passed
away January 4, 2007, at her residence. She was born October
5, 1953, in Ancon, Canal Zone, to Harvey Glenn Rhyne and
Beatrice Monsanto Rhyne. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1971. On November 26, 1983, she married Leo
William Eastham in Kerrville.
Camille was a management analyst for the Department of
Defense. She attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church,
and was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her husband Leo W. Eastham of
Kerrville; her mother, Bea Rhyne of Kerrville; sister, Barbara
Stanford and husband Ed of Kerrville; brother, Harvey Glenn
Rhyne, Jr., and wife Sonia of Johnson City; two nieces, two
nephews, and a great-niece. She is also survived by her sis-
ters-in-law, Carmen Kellher and husband Maurice and their
children, all of The Woodlands, Texas; and Rosanna Blais and
husband Jerry and their children, all of Piano, Texas.
Joseph S. Farland, 92, of Winchester, Va., died January
28, 2007. Mr. Farland, a former F.B.I. agent and, in the
Eisenhower years, an adviser on military intelligence--was
ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1957 to 1960; to
Panama from 1960 to 1963; to Pakistan from 1969 to 1972;
and to Iran from 1972 to 1973.
After his Dominican posting, Mr. Farland was named
ambassador to Panama. There, he pushed for direct American
aid for the construction of rural roads and housing for the
poor. He resigned in September 1963, protesting what he
called excessive management by the State Department's
Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, which opposed his plans
for direct aid. His resignation prompted three weeks of
acclaim by Panamanian farmers, teachers, union officials and
even industrialists, culminating in an uproarious farewell cer-
emony attended by thousands.
Mr. Farland is survived by his sons. Richard, of
Berryville, Va., and Christopher, of Wilmington, N.C.; two
daughters, Brooke Oatley of St. Simon's Island, Ga., and
Page Craw of Natchez, Miss.; 11 grandchildren, and three
Helene H. Flagg, 93, of Bangor, Maine, died January 20,
2007. She was born Helene Gertrude Hudson on April 26,
1913, in Balboa, Canal Zone, the daughter of Henry Herbert
Hudson and Anna (Bamberg) of Boston. Her father was claim
officer for the Panama Canal. She was a graduate of Balboa
High School and the Wilfred Academy of Boston. Helene
grew to love Maine from childhood summers spent at the
family cottage in Bayside.
She lived in the Bangor/Veazie area since 1932 and mar-
ried Guy M. Flagg in 1939. She remained a licensed beauti-
cian for 60 years. She is survived by two children, Bonnie F.
McClure and husband, Roderic, and Bruce H. Flagg and wife,
Ellen; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Steven Darrell Goodman, 56, died March 6, 2007, in
Stuart, Fla. He was born January 18, 1952, in Ancon, Canal
Steve, Benny to many of his friends, graduated from
Balboa High School in 1970. He was diagnosed with pancre-
atic cancer but beyond the stage where much could be done.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Robert "Bob" L. Griffin, 75, died in the VA nursing
home in Daytona, Fla., on February 27, 2007. He was born in
Ithaca, N.Y. He drove his Volkswagen Bug down the
PanAmerican Highway and arrived in Panama in 1954. He
beachcombed for a year, living in the Hotel Washington in
Colon. He then got a plumbing position with the Navy, and
then transferred to the Panama Canal Company plumbing
shop in 1956.
He was a medic and ski instructor in the Korean War. He
attended American University in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his 94-year-old mother, Elsie M. Burch;
a son, Brian L. Griffin: a daughter, Shannon L. Rice: a grand-
son; and his ex-wife, Lauray Will Griffin, of Jacksonville,
William "Bill" Haas, 83, of Kennebunk, Maine, died
April 18, 2007, at his home after a brief illness. He was born
in New Bedford. Mass., on December 18, 1923, the son of
John and Lena (Littlesen) Haas.
He graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama
Canal Zone; then in 1941, began his service in the U.S. Navy.
He was commissioned and served on the USS Cl,'.', r'.' in
the Pacific as a Gunnery Officer. After the war, he entered the
Submarine Service as an Active Reservist. He was active in
the Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching
courses in seamanship, coastal navigation, and sailing. He
also served as Commander of Flotilla #415 USCG Auxiliary
in 1972, receiving commendations for his exemplary work.
Bill earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University.
During his teaching career, he taught junior and senior high
school in both public and private schools, as well as college
courses at local universities. Later, he became an Education
Representative for a number of publishing companies, work-
ing in New England and at the Department of Defense
schools in Europe. He was elected president of the Theta
Chapter of the National Bookmen's Association and served as
president of the Educational Sales Association of New
England. While living in Melrose, Mass., he organized and
coached for six years the first PeeWee football team in the
city, leading it to a regional championship.
Upon retirement, Bill took an active interest in communi-
ty service, which included delivering Meals on Wheels and
volunteering at the local food pantry. He was a member of the
Congregational Church of Wells where he served as Deacon,
liturgist, and on various committees. He was a Mason and
served as Master of Ocean Lodge in Wells, and Chaplain, and
then was appointed Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of
Maine. He served as secretary of the Pioneer Club. He was a
Knights Templar and in 2006 became a 33rd Degree Mason.
He was a member of the Kora Shrine and the York County
Shrine Club Degree Team, as well as the Facts & Figures
His wife, Charlotte, predeceased him. He is survived by
a son, Bruce, of Hingham, Mass., and a daughter, Susan
Handy, of Auburn, N.H.; four grandchildren; and a sister,
Mildred Frick of Smyrna, Ga.
William S. Hall, 79, of White Sands Missile Range,
N.M., formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., died March 24, 2007.
He came to Florida in 1978 from his native Ancon, Panama
Canal Zone, and moved to White Sands Missile Range four
He was a senior lock master for many years with the
Panama Canal Commission. He was an avid outdoorsman
who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of
Liberty Baptist Church and the Hi-Power Rifle Team. He was
a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a
member of the Panama Canal Society. He was a 32nd degree
Mason at the Ancon Masonic Lodge AF&AM in Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone, and a 50-year Scottish Rite member
with the Valley of Balboa Orient of Panama Canal.
Survivors include two sons, William "Bill" of White
Sands Missile Range, and Douglas, Orange Park, Fla.; a
daughter, Penny Lou Hall, Las Cruces, N.M.; a brother,
Richard. St. Petersburg; six grandchildren; and a great-grand-
Margaret Moore Hern, 86, of Zephyrhills, Fla., died
April 3, 2007, at the Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills. She was
preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, John (Jack) F.
Margaret was born in the Panama Canal Zone on June 3,
1920. She worked several years for the Canal Zone
Government as a Physical Education Teacher. She and her
husband were residents of Dothan, Ala., for more than thirty
years prior to moving to Florida to be with their sons and their
families. Margaret was a member of the Panama Canal
Society, and served in several organizations within the St.
Columba Catholic Church.
She is survived by her sons, John (Jack) Hern, Jr. and his
wife Fran Yost Hern of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Richard (Dick)
A. Hern and his wife Ruth Chance Hern of Valrico, Fla.; two
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves
two sisters, Muriel Moore McGriff, of Dothan, Ala, and Alice
Moore Jackson, of Bartlesville, Okla.; and a brother, Eddie
Moore, of El Segundo, Calif.
Barbara Hatchett Jackson died March 16, 2007, in
Roseburg, Ore. Barbara was born in Good Samaritan
Hospital in Colon on January 11, 1931. She grew up in Pedro
Miguel and graduated from Balboa High School in 1948.
In 1949, Barbara married Donald Jackson (BHS'43).
They were married for 45 years and lived in the Canal Zone;
Georgia; Canoga Park, and Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Boise,
Idaho. Donald died in 1994 and Barbara moved to Roseburg,
Ore. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her five children: Kenneth Jackson and
wife Anne of Sandpoint, Idaho: Ann Reed of Austin, Texas;
Mary Rushton and husband Steve of Corvallis. Ore.; Donald
Jackson and wife Janine of Boise, Idaho; and Elsie Smith of
Roseburg, Ore. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; and a sister. Pat Hatchett Clark, of
Robert W. Lawyer, 87, a 30-year resident of Dothan,
Ala., passed away on January 29, 2007. He was born on July
17, 1919, in Ancon, Canal Zone. He was raised in the Canal
Zone and Honesdale, Pa. He was a veteran of World War II
serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a police officer in the Canal Zone from October
12, 1940, until January 3, 1976. Mr. Lawyer retired as a
police captain, and after a short stay in South Florida, moved
to Dothan. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ann Lawyer, of
Dothan; his son, Robert Lawyer, and wife Tannis of Phoenix,
Ariz.; daughters, Patricia Heilig and husband John of
Pensacola, Fla.; Michelle Schaaf and husband Stephen of
Chicago, Ill.; and Deborah Arsenault and husband Paul of
Atlantic Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Peter N. Leone II, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died March
7, 2007. He was born in Fort Benning, Ga.. He retired as an
Army Lieutenant Colonel in 1975 after serving in Germany,
Venezuela, Panama, Korea, and Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Barbara; a daugh-
ter, Jeanne Marie Leone, Waukegan, III.; a son, L. Peter III,
Green Oakes, Ill.; two sisters; and two grandsons.
Gerald "Jerry" Joseph LePage, 79, of Manchaca,
Texas, passed away February 27. 2007. He was born
November 7, 1917, in Providence, R.I. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Dona Rae, of 53 years.
Jerry served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Army,
traveling abroad in support of World War 11 and the Korean
War. His last tour of duty was in the Panama Canal Zone,
where he retired in 1968 and stayed on to teach history at
Balboa High School. Jerry and Dona lived there for several
more years before retiring to Austin, Texas. He was an
accomplished cinematographer and photographer, and very
knowledgeable of the movie industry. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
Jerry is survived by his sister, Marie, and brother, Robert;
son, Christopher LePage, and wife, Marjorie, of Fort Worth,
Texas; daughter, Tammis Lewis, and husband, Russell, of
Allen, Texas; four grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Captain Dewey E. Mann, Jr., 81, died April 19, 2007.
Born and raised in Wanchese, N.C., he became a U.S. Coast
Guard Licensed Master and retired from the Panama Canal
Pilot Force after 31 years of service in the Panama Canal
Zone. He proudly served his country as a mariner in the U.S.
Merchant Marine during World War II and had earned the
rank of Ensign 1st Class. He returned to Wanchese in 1984 to
enjoy his retirement.
He was a member of the Manteo Masonic Lodge where
he served as Grand Master. He was a past President of the
Dare County Shrine Club. He was also the secretary/treasur-
er for the Dare County RC Flyers. He was a member of
Bethany United Methodist Church of Wanchese and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Julia, and a daugh-
ter, Julye Marie; his son, Dewey E. Mann III and his wife
Amy, ofAydlett, N.C., and his daughter, Sharon Price and her
husband Gary, of Florence, S.C.; six grandchildren, and four
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a niece and two
Mary Bernice Mullins, 82, of Dothan, Ala., died March
19, 2007. She was born April 9, 1924, in Valparaiso, Chile.
In 1935, she moved to the Panama Canal Zone. She
attended school there and was the Valedictorian graduate of
Balboa High School in 1942. She met her husband, Earl, in
the Canal Zone and they were married on April 30, 1944.
Mary was a homemaker and raised seven children. In 1980,
she moved to Dothan following her husband's retirement.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and of St.
Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Earl E. Mullins, of
Dothan, Ala.; six sons, Dan Mullins of Dothan; Earl Mullins
Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Riverview, Fla.; Clifford Mullins and
his wife, Charlotte, of Tyler, Texas; James Mullins and his
wife, Karen, of Maryland; Robert Mullins and his wife,
Vernell, of Florida; Joseph Mullins and his wife, Debra, of
Yazoo City, Miss.; a daughter, Kathleen Hendricks and her
husband, Albert, of Texas; 13 grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; three brothers, John Mallia, of Dothan; Louis
Mallia of Piano, Texas; Thomas Mallia and his wife, Janice,
of Mandeville, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
Earl Edward Mullins, 86, of Dothan, Ala., died March
25, 2007, six days after the death of his wife, Mary Bernice
Mullins, on March 19, 2007.
He moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1924. He attend-
ed school there and later served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II and worked on the Panama Canal as a heavy
equipment operator and then became Master of the Dipper
Dredge Cascadas. He retired after 42 years of service as
Senior Dredge Master for the Panama Canal Company. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Please see the obituary for Mary Bernice Mullins in this
issue for a list of survivors.
Joseph W. Peddrick, 61, passed away on June 24, 2006.
Born November 2, 1944, in Washington, D.C., he was the son
of the Elmer Peddricks of Curundu Heights. Joe spent most
of his early years in the Panama Canal Zone living in
Curundu Heights. He was active in Eagle Scouts, Demolays,
attended Boys State and graduated from Balboa High School
with honors and as Vice President of his class in 1963.
Joe graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1967. He
then went to Pilot Training in Laughlin AFB, Texas. After
being awarded his wings, he was based at Pope AFB in
Fayetteville, N.C., and later, a 30-month tour at Kadena AFB,
Okinawa, where he flew Blackbird C130 in support of the
Viet Nam war. While there, Joe continued his education;
working toward his Masters at the University of Hawaii.
In 1969, Joe married Nickie Hovan, also from Curundu
who had left Panama to start a flying career as a flight atten-
dant for Pan American. Joe separated from the military to
pursue a career in the corporate world of finance. After grad-
uating with an MBA from Florida State University, he began
as a financial analyst in Atlanta, Ga., where he graduated
from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. He then
went to St. Louis; Columbus, Ohio; and finally, Chicago, Ill.
His last job was as Chief Technology Analyst with Harris
Joe and Nickie enjoyed traveling the world enjoying good
food, good wine, and the company of many new friends met
worldwide. Joe's favorite pastime was partaking of the most
exquisite cuisine at some of the finest restaurants. As a result
of exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam, Joe waged a very
private eight-year battle with a cancer that officially classi-
fied him as a fully-disabled Veteran. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Nickie of Chicago, Ill., a
daughter Lori Rene in New York City; brothers, Butch,
Michael, and John of Gulf Breeze, Ala., and David of
Phyllis Jean Peniche, 76, died in January 2007. She was
born September 29, 1930, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and
soon thereafter the family including her brothers, Bob and
David, embarked on a grand adventure moving to the Panama
Canal Zone. She graduated from Balboa High School in
1948. Phyllis returned to the U.S. for college taking a BA in
art at Drake University.
She continued to make and appreciate art in all mediums
throughout her life, especially the artists Klee, Miro, Cezanne
and Asian prints and textiles. She married Bill Peniche in
Panama and soon moved again, this time to New York City
and then to Munich, Germany. While in Munich, she had her
only child, Lori. She and Bill ultimately moved back to New
York, a city that remained dear to her all her life. She and Bill
divorced after 10 years of marriage but remained lifelong
Phyllis moved to Ft. Worth where she worked as a fash-
ion buyer making frequent trips to New York and other fash-
ion centers. Later, she left the retail world to teach marketing
in the Garland ISD and earn an MA in education.
She is survived by her daughter, Lori; her brother, David
Albritton; two nieces; sister-in-law Carol Mashall; son-in-law
George Misium; and a grandson.
Joe Max Sims, Jr., 43, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died
February 26, 2007. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone,
and came to Florida in 1971 from Tennessee. He was
Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Null, Seminole,
Fla., and Mattie Anderson, Kenneth City, Fla.: a son, Joe Max
Ill, Seminole, Fla.; a brother, Timothy, Tennessee; and three
Frank Charles Smith, Jr., 64, of The Woodlands, Texas,
died March 3, 2007. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, on
May 30, 1942, to the late Winona "Nonie" Albritton Smith
and Frank C. Smith, Sr. He grew up in Curundu and graduat-
ed from Balboa High School in 1961 and the Canal Zone
College in 1963.
He attended the University of Mississippi until 1965,
where he was an officer in the Air Force ROTC and a mem-
ber of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He later moved to
Houston, Texas, where he lived most of his adult life. Frank
loved life and knew how to live it to the fullest. He is remem-
bered as an avid aviation enthusiast and for his devotion to his
church. He was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus, and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Frank was preceded in death by a son, Scott Thomas
Smith. He is survived by his wife, Nola Fay Smith; son, Colin
Timothy Smith and wife, Angie; a grandson; sisters, Marian
Edwards and Janet Bartlett; a brother, Harold Smith; and
three aunts, Audrey Smith Staats, Carrie Albritton Lucas, and
Joanne (Jay) Key Lowe Stewart, 79, died March 4.
2007, at Paitilla Hospital. She was born on August 29, 1927,
in Fairbault, Minn., to George and Wilkie Lowe. Jay graduat-
ed from Kansas State University with a degree in geology.
While in college she met and married William T. Allen, and
moved to the Allen farm in Rush County, Kan.
She moved to Panama in 1959 with her two sons and
applied for and accepted a job with the Panama Canal
Company as a geologist. She worked on the foundations of
the Bridge of the Americas (Thatcher Ferry Bridge) and the
widening of Culebra Cut (Gaillard Cut). She worked with
Robert (Bob) H. Stewart on a team that did field work and
during that time she and Bob were married. The Stewarts and
Dr. Wendell P. Woodring made the first comprehensive geo-
logical map of the Republic of Panama, published in 1980 by
the U. S. Geological Survey. Jay's methods for archiving,
writing papers, and field work are still used on the Panama
Canal today. After being some of the founders of the Colegio
Nacional de Ge6logos, Jay and Bob retired to the Tampa area
in 1984. There she engaged in volunteer work for the Red
Cross and was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Upon the death of her husband in 2002, Jay returned to
Panama to live with her son, J. Douglas Allen, and his fami-
ly. Jay's interests included many subjects and hobbies. She
left behind the most extensive Indo-Pacific seashell collec-
tion in Panama.
She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.
Rebecca Thompson, 52, a resident of the Republic of
Panama for many years and a resident of Foley, Ala., for the
past 15 years, died April 3, 21 1-, at a local healthcare facili-
ty. She was active in the Daughters of The King at St. Paul's
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Sorsen, of Foley; a
sister, Jaye T. Barrett, of Orange Park, Fla.; and a brother,
William D. Thompson, of Cantonment, Fla.
Cornelia "Nealie" E. Van Siclen, 84, ofClearwater, Fla.,
passed away March 27, 2007, at Sylvan Health Center in
She was born April 19, 1922, in Ancon, Canal Zone, the
seventh child of William and Mary (England) Van Siclen.
Nealie grew up in Balboa and graduated from BHS in 1939.
She left the Canal Zone to attend Penn State University and
Katherine Gibbs in New York. Nealie returned to Panama and
worked for the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In 1944 she enlist-
ed in the Navy, was stationed in San Francisco, and was hon-
orably discharged in 1946. After the Navy, she was employed
by several different companies in New York City, and retired
in 1985 from Duffy-Mott, a subsidiary of American Brands.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Nealie was predeceased by her brothers, William A.
"Lonnie" Van Siclen, Andrew L. Van Siclen, Fred J. Van
Siclen, and Robert E. "Bob" Van Siclen; and her sisters, Anna
M. Wright and S. Matilda Bogle. Survivors include her sister-
in-law and caregiver, Nancy Van Siclen, Seminole. Fla.; and
18 nephews and nieces.
Dorothy Anne "),lui'e" West, 63, of Sarasota, Fla., died
February 15, 2007. She was formerly from the Panama Canal
Survivors include a daughter, Anne Knox, of Sarasota,
Fla.; a sister, Margaret Grobaski, of Randolph, N.Y.; and a
grandson. No further information is available.
Howard Thompson Whipple, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died January 26, 2007. He moved to Florida after retiring in
1980 and came to St. Petersburg about 15 years ago.
During the war he was a port representative of the War
Administration in Cristobal, Canal Zone. After the war, he
was third mate on an American export freighter and later
worked for the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. His work
took him to India, the Panama Canal Zone, and East Africa.
He retired from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
ZONIAN DIRT RIDERS
The Zonian Dirt Riders were at it again this time traveling
to Fort Valley, Ga., over the last weekend in March. An invite
from host Mike Collins, whose family owns a "small" piece
of Georgia some 600+ acres; those in attendance were:
Coach Louis Dedeaux, Jon Dedeaux, Winship Dowell, D
LaPorta, Rod Snyder, Russell Gillespie, Mike and Sam
Kridell, Ed Blount, sons Carter and Collin, Ed Stroop,
sons Taylor and Parker, Tom Wilder and son Chris. Some
bad luck occurred when Sam Kridell took a spill and broke
his wrist which required major surgery and several days in the
hospital. Other than that, the ZDRs had a great fun weekend
enjoying some fishing, horseback riding (thanks to Mark's
daughter Aaron) and sitting around the campfire going over
the day's activities as well as old Zonian stories! Next ride is
scheduled for the Ocala National Forest Memorial Day
ZONIANS PARTY IN TEXAS
Thirteen former Zonians showed up to celebrate and lis-
ten to great music in Houston, Texas, in February 2007.
Included were Mickey Kelleher (BHS'70), Sheri Alexaitis
(CHS'75) Kimball, John Carney (BHS'72), Sharon
Creque (BHS'74), Richard Polite (CHS'78), Kathy Malin
(BHS'74) Mclnturff, Ingrid Errhalt (BHS'74) Bryan,
Cheryl Allen and Pat Williams (BHS'75), Heather Slimon
(CHS'78) Ktenidis, Carmen (Tina) Eastman (BHS'75)
Kelleher, Debbie Niskanen (BHS'76) Johns, and Sarah
Polite (CHS'75) Hughes.
The Woodlands (north of Houston) was "hopping" on
February 10th. John Carney and bandmates played great
music including "La Bamba" at the Goose's Acre Pub. John's
wife Karin assisted in planning this celebration for Sarah
Polite Hughes and Sheri Alexaitis Kimball who were cele-
brating turning 50!
Zonians Get Together in Houston
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Back (L-R): Tom Wilder, Mark Collins, D LaPorta,
Winship Dowell, Carter Blount, and Coach Louis
Dedeaux. Front (L-R): Chris Wilder, Rod Snyder, Russell
Gillespie, Jon Dedeaux, and Mike Kridell.
Lew French, Mac Lane and Garth Feeney at the Legacy
Hills Grille in Georgetown, Texas (Sun City, Texas), in
Edna Hart Crandall and Stan Crandall visited the
a Antarctic in February 2007. The scenery was beautiful but
desolate, like another world. They cruised on a Russian cruise
Edna and Stan Crandall
FEARON FISH FRY
The Fearon family celebrated their fifth annual fish fry in
November 2006. This year many Zonians from the local area
celebrated with us. In attendance were Gelena (Trout) and
Jeff Todorovich and family, Lee and Shay Gibson and fam-
ily, Kenny and Theresa Fearon and family, Bobby and
Jackie Fearon, David Nelson, Ed and Barbara Standford,
and Kaye and Cathy Richey and family.
We topped off our busy trip with a new venture for us. rid-
ing across the Isthmus to the Atlantic side on the A/C stream-
lined train, hosted by longtime good friend and Zonian Jay
Wallace, Director of Operations with the new Panama Canal
Railroad. Jay followed us across and brought us back in his
"High Rail" auto which we found to be most enlightening
giving us a closer and more interesting way to view the
scenery. We're sorry we waited so long to return and recom-
mend that everyone with any ties to the former Canal Zone
should make the trip at least once.
Fearon Fish Fry
The fish were caught by Bobby, Korbin, and Kenny
Fearon on their annual trip to the Texas coast during flounder
season. We had a great time this year and there is an open
invitation to all passing through Texas to come and celebrate
Bill Foster II, Woody Foster, Jay Wallace, Bill Foster Sr.,
and Eric Foster in front of Jay's "High Rail" auto.
FOSTERS FIRST VISIT HOME
Woody and Ruth Foster have returned home from their
first visit back to Panama in 23 years. It was an exciting and
fulfilling trip. While visiting our son Bill and family in La
Boca, we went everywhere and saw everything. The changes
were unbelievable. Went to all the new open-air restaurants
from the Causeway on up the PanAmerican Highway to our
son's beach place in Sea Cliff Acres, possibly devouring all
of the ceviche and corvina there was to be had. We enjoyed
the dry season breeze and sunshine while at the beach. Swam
at Sea Cliff where the Rio Marajual flows into the ocean, and
as Bill's granddad said his first visit back to there many years
ago, I repeat "There's nothing like it!"
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Woody and Ruth Foster at Sea Cliff Acres
BRADYS VISIT BELIZE
The Brady family spent a week in Belize where the fam-
ily took a condensed scuba diving course (except mom) and
passed. Each had a great time petting nurse sharks and
stingrays. Mom already had her PADI card so she went along
for the fun!
Nancy Spiros Brady, Bobby, Bonney, Bill Brady, and Billy.
A CHS mini-reunion party was held on January 24, 2007,
at the home of Joan (Mackenzie) and Joe Murphy in
Trinity, Fla. Attending were: Elena (de Boyrie) and John
Viso, Barbara (Hickey) Grinnell, Talmadge and Mercedes
Salter, Bob Salter, Margaret Leigh, Diane (Hickey) Irvine,
Gilbert and Sue Smith, Jody and Delores Roberson, and
Bob and Lotty Orvis. It was such fun, we have decided to do
it more often! What can we say about those Canal Zone
CHS Mini-Reunion Group
A "Super Bowl" dinner was held at Margaret Leigh's
lovely home in East Lake Woodlands on February 4th.
Attending the dinner were Joan and Joe Murphy, Barbara
Grinnell, Bob Salter, Talmadge and Mercedes Salter, Midge
Nolan, and Joanne Francis. The football pool was won by
Midge Nolan and Joe Murphy. A good time was had by all as
ANOTHER RETURN HOME
Bill Archibald, Barbara Bartlett Garlitz, Mary Lynne
Stoakley Rowe, and Jane Shanard, all BHS'60 graduates
who reconnected at their 45th reunion in 2005, recently spent
ten wonderful days in the Panama City area and Boquete. The
group often, including family members, visited old BHS and
all their other haunts, took a partial transit of the Canal, visit-
ed a coffee plantation and El Valle, and some took a zip line
ride out of Boquete.
Highlights of the trip for the four were dinner at the Club
Union in Panama City as guests of classmate Anita Leonard
Henriquez and her husband Edward, and dinner at
Panamonte in Boquete with classmate Edie Price de Alvarez
and her husband Gilberto. Barbara and Jane spent several
days with classmate Ray Underwood as their guide and
chauffeur which included a visit to the beautiful oceanfront
home of Yoly Velez (BHS'62) Woodman and her husband
Barh.iar Bartlett (arlirl, .Iane isnard, Bill Archiald,
Anita Leonard Henriquez, and Mary Lynn Stoakley
RETURN TO MY HOMELAND
It had been three and a half years since I had last set foot
on my homeland, so for the month of January, I went home to
visit my brother Stanley (CHS'62) and family, plus see
friends and classmates again.
The times I have returned have been memorable in differ-
ent ways. Each time I go back, I see more growth, improve-
ments and changes (but also more traffic congestion). There
are many more condos, hotels, and shopping malls. The
building is ongoing. It is still very humid and muggy, but that
didn't stop me from indulging in all the "goodies" I have
missed: carimanolas, patacones, yucca frita, seviche, seafood
of various kinds, guanabana ice cream, pastelitos,
empanadas, papaya, pineapple, chorizo, sancocho (plus my
brother's gourmet meals). I worked for the Canal as one of
the original Canal Zone Guide Interpreters from 1962 to
1964, but had not been back to visit the canal since I left in
Back: Paul Leignadier and Robin Morland. Front:
Maurice Belanger, Leila Cheesley, and Charles Lyew.
Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
TAMPA ALS WALK
For the third year the Panama Canal Museum walked to
support their president emeritus Chuck Hummer in the
Tampa-St. Pete Walk to D'Feet ALS. The walk was held on
March 10, 2007, at the Lowry Park Zoo. Over 40 teams and
500 participants joined Team Panama Canal Museum. The
walk is the signature fund-raising event for the ALS
Association Florida Chapter and is one of five held around
the state. The walks exceeded their goal of $400,000 with
over 90% of those funds going directly to support patient
services and research.
Chuck and Tampa Mayor Pam lorio cut the ribbon to start
the 1.5-mile walk through the zoo. A live band, four of the
Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleaders, clowns, a DJ, and a hot buffet
hosted by Shell's Seafood Restaurants helped make the walk
a festive affair. A highlight of the evening was the presenta-
tion of a S2', 1ill donation by VITSAS, a hospice and home
Chuck Hummer and Mayor Pam lorio cutting ribbon
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Team Panama Canal Museum
Team Panama Canal Museum was made up of Chuck and
Sandy Hummelr Dick and Lynn Cunningham, Gerry
DeTore, Kathy Egolf, Paul Glassburn, David and Carol
Jolly, Al and Doris Monaco, Dick and Julieta Morgan,
Buddy and Stacia Morgan, Gil Neher, Elizabeth Neily,
Mary Rogers, Lucy and Bill Gluth from Minnesota; and
local virtual walkers Faith Brundage, Mary Egolf, William
Egolf, Henry Ehrman, Barbara Green, Jay Hester, Ed and
Joan Ohman, and Bob and Cheryl Russell.
Pinellas Park, Fla
COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN
"Runners to your mark...." it's time for the 30th Annual
Cooper River Bridge Run! The world-class 10K run show-
cases the best of the community of Charleston, S.C.--the peo-
ple, the places, and the hospitality. Over 30,000 runners and
walkers joined lifelong friends and former Canal Zone and
Panama residents--James Beattie (BHS'92), Katie Williams
(BHS'97), Damian Patrick (formerly of Paraiso), Sean
Williams (BHS'96), Chad Graham (BHS'92), Quint
Underwood (BHS'93), Jaime Carper, Sarah Beattie
(BHS'95) Carper, and Ryan Underwood (formerly of
Balboa)--as they tackled the 10K Cooper River Bridge Run
on March 31st.
Team Panama runners gathered at Susie and Press
Beattie's home on Johns Island on March 30th. After a meal
of pasta, long discussions of race strategy, and lots of wagers,
the group spent a restless night but made it to the starting line
at 7 a.m. The runners all completed the race with good times
and gathered in Marion Square at the finish line with 36,000
other runners. It was at the finish that James Beattie proposed
to Katie Williams with their buddies, parents, and all 38.000
racers gathered around. Everyone cheered when Katie said,
Cheryl Williams (BHS'75) flew in from Houston, Texas,
to congratulate the couple and to take part in the BBQ cele-
bration at the Beattie house. Tommy Ellis (BHS'92) drove up
from Jacksonville, Fla., to celebrate with the group. The
weather was breezy and cool, the tide was high, the steak was
good, and another memory was made with good friends.
Back (L-R): Jaime Carper, Chad Graham, Sarah Beattie
Carper, Susie Beattie, Press Beattie, James Beattie, Katie
Williams, Cheryl Williams, and Damian Patrick. Front (L-
R): Sean Williams and Quint Underwood.
CANAL ZONE POLICE REUNION
The Canal Zone Police Reunion was held in Panama on
February 10, 2007, at Country Inn & Suites in Amador.
Approximately 100 people attended the event, 37 of whom
came down from the States to celebrate the occasion. A buf-
fet dinner was served and our famous Panama DJ. John
Wolff, provided music.
A special attraction at the Reunion was a DVD movie of
the parade and turnover ceremony of the police functions to
Panama on 31 March 1982. There was also a CD with many
photos of CZ Policemen, spanning the many years of the Judy Thrift and Bonnie Dolan
police force's existence. Chief Kessler, with the help of his
grandson Tyler Shaffer, made this all possible--a special
thanks to them.
Juan Caporal, Chris Walsh, and Hubie Boyle were the
members of the Reunion committee responsible for the coor-
dination and organization of the event.
Some of the stateside visitors who came to participate in
the function were: Santiago and Daisy Acosta, Tom Arnold,
Ray Bierbaum, John Victor and Madeline Brown, Fred
Cotton, John and Zully Darby, Don DeStaffino, Ed and
Bonnie Dolan, Bob Fowler, Joe Garcia and Jill Bonnevier,
Steve Helin, George and Brenda Nadeau, Guillermo, Hubie Boyle, Diana and Chuck Robison, and Kenny
Majorie and Elizabeth Payne, Paul Quackenbush, Jeff Underwood.
Riley, Robert and Barbara Smail, Bill and Judy Thrift,
George and Arlene Tochterman, and Louie Vogel.
Carlos Franklin, Fred Cotton, and George Tochterman
Carson and Eddy Dolan
Nelson and Celsa Kramer, and Maritza Winberg
Don DeStaffino, Olga and Rick Manning, Tom Arnold, and Louie Vogel, John and Melva Bowman, and Chuck and
Ed Wardlow. Diana Robison.
A FEW GOOD MECHANICS: EDITOR'S NOTE
Popular Mechanics Editor-In-Chief Jim Meigs on how the Panama Canal has shaped his own family's history.
Written by James B. Meigs
for Popular Mechanics, February 2007 issue.
In 1913, a young sailor disembarked in Panama
City, Panama. He had recently mustered out of
the U.S. Navy in the Philippines and was headed
home to Florida. But first he decided to tour what
was then the world's most famous construction
project. He watched concrete being poured to cre-
ate mammoth lock chambers and saw dredges
chewing away at the remains of the mountains in
Culebra Cut. He inspected the massive earthen
dam that would tame the Chagres River and flood
a huge bowl in the heart of the country. Soon
great ocean ships would begin to sail this inland
I For a man fascinated, as he was, by all things
mechanical, Panama must have seemed the very
center of the universe. And everywhere the sailor
Panama patriarch: Al Meigs, grandfather of PM editor Jim Meigs, went, someone offered hi a job. Though he had
stands beside an electric crane of his own design, at Miraflores Locks, only a seventh-grade education, he had trained as
in 1933. a machinist and served in the Navy's primitive
early submarines. With his skills in such demand,
he decided the homeward voyage could wait. He signed on to help install the machinery to run the Miraflores Locks and began
work the next day. When the canal was completed in 1914, most American workers headed home. But some, including the
sailor, were asked to stay on to run the operation. He would remain in Panama for another three decades. That man was my
grandfather, Al Meigs. Though I was only 3 when he died, I've been hearing tales about the canal my whole life. Then, in
November 2006, while helping research this month's cover story, I traveled to Panama for the first time.
It was as much a personal journey as a professional one.
Standing with me atop Ancon Hill, a precipitous sunnmmit
guarding the Pacific entrance to the canal, was my guide
and personal canal historian: A. James Meigs, my father,
who was born virtually at the foot of this hill in 1921. From
our overlook, we could see where my grandfather had
spent his entire career: the sprawling Balboa port facilities,
the canal carving northward and, a few miles inland, the
Miraflores Locks, stacked with container ships. Just past -"
the locks, my father pointed out a small body of water, sus- "-
pended, eerily, 55 ft. above sea level. This was Miraflores
Lake, which my father and the other Canal Zone kids used
to play in runabouts, sailboats, canoes and homemade /
skiffs all the while dodging transiting ships. Just beyond / I
the lake were the locks of Pedro Miguel and the small town
of the same name where my father grew up.
Life in the American-controlled Canal Zone was more like Jim Meigs with his father, A. James Meigs, atop Panama's
living on a military base than in a foreign country. Workers Ancon Hill, overlooking the canal.
lived in U.S. government housing and shopped in government stores. "It was a little colony of skilled people," my father says
of the canal staff. "Many of the women came down as teachers or nurses. The men I knew were all engineers or tradesmen -
machinists, boilermakers, electricians. We had Ph.D.s teaching in our high school."
My father grew up immersed in this culture of competence. "The best thing you could say about a man was that he was a good
mechanic," he recalls. "That was the highest praise." That description certainly fit my grandfather, who was named mechani-
cal supervisor at Miraflores Locks in 1914, and kept its machinery running until his retirement in 1946. "My dad spent his life
figuring out what wore out first, and then finding a way to fix it." my father says.
At Miraflores Locks today, a modern visitor center stands where my grandfather's office used to be. But not much else has
changed. My father pointed to an odd-looking locomotive making its way along one of the railroad tracks that run on either
side of the locks a legacy, he said, of my grandfather's tenure. When a ship transits the locks, it is accompanied by small
electric locomotives known as mules that control the ship's position using cables. But, instead of winches and cables,
this mule carried a large crane. In the early days of the canal, my dad explained, the only cranes were steam-powered, and
they were too heavy to climb the steep inclines next to the locks. "So Dad figured out a way to convert an old steam crane to
electric operation and mount it on one of the electric locomotives." The crane could be positioned easily to handle the heavy
lifting required for repairs and maintenance.
Getting his plan approved by the canal's engineers the kind with actual diplomas, that is was a process he found a bit
galling. But approve it they did, and soon replicas ofAl Meigs's crane were in use at all the locks.
A. James starting up his hand-built runabout on Miraflores Lake,
My father joined the clan of good mechanics as
soon as he could. At the age of 18 he became a
machinist's apprentice, working in the Balboa
shops of the canal's Mechanical Division. It was
1939, and prewar traffic through the canal was
heavy. "When a ship broke down, we couldn't
send away for parts," he says. "We made every-
thing ourselves." He worked on diesel engines so
big that men could walk around in their crankcas-
es, and machined parts for the mighty dredges
that kept the canal open.
More than the work, however, my father remem-
bers the men. "They didn't have much formal
education," he recalls, "but they could read blue-
prints and make complex calculations things
that would baffle most high-school graduates
No job was ever done just close enough. "Craftsmanship was part of the culture," he says. "We knew when we fixed the engine
on a ship that we had people's lives in our hands."
My father had the good fortune to grow up in a time when the world believed in the importance of great endeavors. The men
and women who built and ran the canal never doubted that they were contributing to the progress of civilization. Today, many
of us use highways, bridges and airports without giving much thought to the engineers, the mechanics the craftsmen -
who make it all possible. One of our missions here at Popular Mechanics is to recognize their achievements.
By the age of 21, my dad made the rank of joureyman machinist. He would go on to join the Army Air Corps, and, after
World War II, head to the States for college and graduate school. But I don't think anything in the long, productive career that
followed ever meant quite as much to him as earning the right to stand among those craftsmen. His machinist certificate hangs
on my office wall today.
Written by James B. Meigs
Popular Mechanics, February 2007, a publication of Hearst Communications, ("Hearst")
Reprinted with Permission
Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737
BEFORE THE REUNION
If you have items you'd like to donate for the silent auc-
tion and/or if you can volunteer to help in the Museum
Exhibit Room or at the museum's vending tables at the
Reunion, please contact the museum (pancanalmuse-
email@example.com or 727-394-9338).
AT THE REUNION
* Visit the Panama Canal Museum Exhibit Room at
the Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, and ...
* Play with our "new" Panama Canal Digger "antique"
donated by Robert McMillan, a member of our Board
of Advisors, and (possibly!) win a prize. (Below)
Grandsons of Jack and Fran Yost Hern are shown
testing their dredging skills.
* Share ideas for the museum with Elizabeth Neily,
who was appointed Museum Director in April. (Above)
Elizabeth and Cheryl Russell are proofing the final
draft of the Panama Canal Museum's Panama Artists
2008 calendar. The calendar will be ready in time for
this year's Panama Canal Society Reunion. The 2007
calendar was so popular that it sold out early.
* Stop by Dorn Thomas's table and arrange for
Roosevelt Medal certificates for you and others in your
family if you have a United States citizen ancestor who
worked on the canal for two consecutive years during
the construction days.
* See page 78 for the upcoming Museum cruise and
* Welcome Larry Siegel as the newest member of
our Board of Trustees and exchange ideas for the
museum with him. Larry has become a member of our
Educational Programming and Development commit-
ANNUAL PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
REUNION MUSEUM HOURS
The Museum Exhibit will be in Gatlin Rooms E-l and
E-2 on Level 1 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Convention
Thursday, July 5: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Friday, July 6: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM
Saturday, July 7: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sunday, July 8: 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon
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Kathy Egolf shows Peter and Mary Visser, Coboconk,
Ontario, Canada, where she used to live on a map of
* View the museum's exhibit, which this year has been '
nnnrrlinafdo with the Panama Cra.nal .Snroie\/ tn tnmmem- ;. ,l',
orate the Society's 75th anniversary. See where Society
members live today, and identify where you lived on the
Canal Zone town site maps that will be posted. Also see
photos of friends then and now.
* Bid in the silent auction. Jewelry, art work, books,
bateas, molas, gift certificates, and many other "must
have" treasures will surely entice you! Try out the new
"Buy It Now" feature on some of the items.
* In the Vendors' Room (next to the Museum Exhibit
Room), stop by the museum's vending tables to stock up
on your 2007 collectible ornaments, 2008 Panama Art
calendars, Panama Canal books, carved bateas, cook-
books, and many other exciting items.
Attend Fred Bremer's financial seminar on charitable
giving at 2:00 PM on Thursday in Gatlin Room E-3
adjoining the Museum Exhibit Room and learn of ways
you, your family, and the museum can benefit from cer-
tain giving opportunities. Fred will also be in the
Museum Exhibit Room from 2:00-3:30 PM on Friday
FOR THE FUNDRAISERS!
Members of the Panama Canal
Museum's Board of Trustees wish to thank sev-
eral individuals who have held fundraisers for
the museum in their respective parts of the
country and all those who helped make these
activities successful fundraisers for the muse-
Last April Peggy Huff coordinated a
Panama Canal Museum Bunco game on
Florida's Space Coast that yielded $770 in pro-
ceeds for the museum. This April she staged
another Bunco tourney. Renee Ballou
Krimminger took up Peggy's earlier challenge
for others to have similar fundraisers in their
areas and held a Bunco tourney in Charlotte,
North Carolina, on the same day.
Earlier this year Randy and JoElla
Deakins had hosted a potluck spaghetti dinner
fundraiser attended by Space Coast Zonies. An
auction of items supplied by hosts and guests
added to the fun-and funds for the museum! A
check for $550 for the museum resulted.
BHS CLASS OF 1948 CLASS OF CHS '53
BHS Class of 1948 classmates will be joining BHS
Class of 1949 and Class of 1950 in a multi-class shared Where are you? #55 is coming up very quickly in -
Hospitality Suite during the July 2007 Panama Canal 2008. We will get together in Florida at the annual
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. reunion, July 2-6, 2008. 1 need your e-mail addresses as
Watch this space for future news about a planned that is how you will get notices. Send either yours or any
class of 1948 60th reunion in July 2008. Please contact others of our classmates that you know to:
one of the following for further information.
Kay (Argo) Taylor
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle Kay (Argo) Taylor
(703) 273-2654 firstname.lastname@example.org.
John (Buck) Millett
Lori (Willard) King BHS CLASS OF 1957
Our 50th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion from July
BHS CLASSES '49 & '50 4-8, 2007, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Fla. We plan to have a hospitality suite for informal gath-
erings, as well as a four-hour river cruise. Remember you
Reunion time is approaching us rapidly! Time to
Re s as i i o have to be a member of the Panama Canal Society in order
remember friends and classmates and relax in our
to stay at this resort and participate in their social activi-
Hospitality Suite at the new Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. .
hospitality Suite at the nw Rosen Shingle Crek Rsort ties/dances. The following classmates have indicated their
Fun begins on July 4th through July 8th. Our Hospitality desire to help. Are there any others who would like to
desire to help. Are there any others who would like to
Suite opens Thursday afternoon, July 5th, and closes help?
early Sunday, July 8th.
Jerry Durfee (Chairman) gadurfee(@earthlink.net
CHS CLASSES OF 818 Thrasher Dr., Viera, FL 32955
1956, 1957, 1958 Chris Hearon (Co-Chairman)
Cristobal High School classes of 1956, 1957, and whearonworldnet.att.net
202 Chateau Dr., Greenville, SC 29615
1958 will be celebrating their 50th Class Reunion togeth- 864-2
er. Since our friendships span other CHS classes, we are
having a "cluster" reunion together. We will be gathering June Barlow Riesz (Special events coordinator)
during the time of the July 4-8, 2007 Panama Canal email@example.com
Society Annual Reunion at the new location -- Rosen 8 Crossway Court W, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. Please contact one of 386-445-2839
Danny Winklosky (Biographical Coordinator)
Wendy Cotton Corrigan (CHS'58) winwinwinc(mindspring.com
Wendis7601@aol.com 1362 Brookwood Dr, High Point, NC 27262
(602) 359-3779 336-992-8579
Dianne Geddes Schmenk (CHS'57) Penny Pennington Graham (Special Foods)
firstname.lastname@example.org Panamapennyv aol.com
Carl F n S e 8825 SW Cornell PI, Lakewood, CO 80227
Carol Flenniken Schwenke
Louis Barbier (BHS Class '57 Web Master)
aleatonbt www.geocities.com/barbier8401ouis/BHS Class of 1957
at rleaton(m bellsouth.net
needs photos from 1956 and 1957 yearbooks.
CHS CLASS OF 1962
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
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion. For more infor-
mation contact any of the three co-chairs.
Liz Hanna Neal (Co-Chair)
Tita Clarke Dunlap (Co-Chair)
Edna Morales Foster (Co-Chair)
BHS CLASS OF 1962
BHS Class of 62 is planning a two-phased 45th class
reunion: Phase 1: Homecoming trip to Panama June 24th
- July 4th (Can be shortened if you desire).
Contact: KAREN DEMING at email@example.com
Phase 2: Orlando class reunion July 4th 8th in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society's annual reunion.
For those of you who want to do both phases or just
the Orlando portion.
Contact: JOHNNY MARCUM at firstname.lastname@example.org
BHS CLASS 1967
Plans are in the works for our 40th year class reunion.
In addition to the Panama festivities, we will hold a class
reunion 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.
Frankie (Jones) Bell
Merri (Bandy) Lewis
Malena (Bremer) Merriam
CHS CLASS OF 1967
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
Sue (Phillips) Fisher
BALBOA CLASS OF 1972
THURSDAY NIGHT NOSTALGIA
DINNER & DANCE
Join classmates and friends for a nostalgia-filled night
of OUR food and OUR music to celebrate another
anniversary of OUR class! Enjoy the conversation during
cocktail hour (cash bar) and reminisce through dinner.
Later, we'll open the lock gates and flood the floor with
all Reunion revelers who want to join our party to dance
as we did at the Balboa and Clayton Teen Clubs, the Yacht
Club, Farfan and wherever else we gathered under black
lights. Guaranteed good tracks. Go-go boots optional.
(After? You're on your own to find a substitute for the
Let the committee know you're planning to attend.
It'll be better with you there! Email email@example.com
or call 386-334-8773 for the cost our activities. You can
send your check (with all your contact information)
payable to Deb (Beall) Bandy, 1657 Cordova Ave., Holly
Hill, FL 32117.
CHS CLASS OF 1977
Calling all CHS 1977 graduates.
We are gathering names and contact information.
Please visit our web site.
Karen (Paine) McAlpine
Terri (Salyer) Lang
BHS/CHS 1977 REUNION
The Class of '77 is inviting all classmates and their
families from BHS and CHS for a class reunion in
We also will have a dinner in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion in July in Orlando.
Mary Lou Pascavage
BHS CLASS OF 1982
25TH CLASS REUNION
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:
Mayra (Linares) Seitz
BHS CLASS OF 1987
We're making sure we get the word out. If you
haven't received any information on what is being
planned, contact the coordinator for your class reunion.
Visit our web site: Balboa87.org
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Orlando Saturday Night Ball on July 7, 2007. We know
there are more polleras out there! Let's see how many
can sparkle on the dance floor in what is, no doubt, the
world's most beautiful native dress!
Your old glasses are of no value to you, but they could
be another person's most treasured possession.
Somewhere in a developing country you can make this
happen. Do it today.
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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.
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Your Heritage for Future Generations
The Panama Canal Museum is preparing to publish books containing the stories of Canal Zone families, begin-
ning with the first member of each f3rriiy to arrive in the Canal Zone or Panama and profiling that family's
growth through 1999. A proud and treasured possession that can be handed down through generations, the
books will also become a database for historians and genealogists studying this important time in the history of
both the US and Panama. They will also contain a number of historically significant photographs of Canal scenes,
representing all the periods of Canal history during the American Era. Personal and intriguing, the unique stories
told by each family will help keep the legacy of the Canal Zone alive.
Each book will be entitled, WRITE OF PASSAGE STORIES OF THE AMERICAN ERA OF THE PANAMA CANAL
and will be a high-quality, hardbound book with an attractive and distinctive cover.
The museum will be sending out more information to its members and others in the near future. If you would like
to learn more about this program call the museum at (727) 394-9338 or e-mail us at:
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Panama Homecoming 2008 January 17-27, 2008
Plans for our Panama Homecoming 2008 include 10 full-filled days of tours
and parties with core activities in Panama City and old Canal Zone stomp-
ing grounds, followed by an exciting trip to the interior.
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