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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2006-2008
Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
Mr. Tom Wilder
1st 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 resident's M essage....................................................................... ..........................
Secretary/Office Manager's Message................... ..... .....................2
Editor's C orner..................... .. ................... ....................................... ...................... 2
Final Report From The Long Range Planning Committee.............................. ........... 3
Reunion Coordinator's Report...................................................... .................... 6
Panama Canal Society Financial Report............................. ......................7
Thursday Night Dance Hosted by BHS '73......................... ....................9
M ears C oupon......................................... ................................................................ 9
September Luncheon Registration Form and Directions..........................................10
November Space Coast Picnic and General Membership Meeting...........................11
Early Registration Drawing and Membership Winners......................................... 11
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings)........................ ................... 12
Synopsis of Minutes (General Membership Meetings)....................... ............ 12
L eg islativ e R ep ort............................................................................. .................... 12
C arnavalito Pictures............................................ ............................................. 13
A pril PC S Picnic............................. .................................................... 17
Your Reporter Says:
Alabama..................18 FL Pensacola...............28 Oklahoma...................39
Arizona......................19 FL Space Coast............29 Panama....................... 40
Arkansas....................20 FL Tallahassee............30 South Carolina..............43
California.................... 20 Georgia....................... 32 TX Dallas..................... 43
FL Central Florida........24 Maryland....................34 TX San Antonio...........45
FL Emerald Coast.........25 North Carolina............35 Virginia.......................46
FL Ocala.....................26 Northwest...................36
S suggestion B ox ............................................................... ......................................47
C on gratu nation s....................................................................... .........................4 8
W edd in g s.......................................... ................................................................. ....54
B irth s...................... ....... ............ ... ..................... .. ....... ....................54
E m ail U p dates..................................................................... ..................................56
W ith D eep Sorrow ................................................................... ...............................57
Letters to the Editor........................... ........................................ 64
M museum N ew s..................................................................... ..................................70
A nnouncem ents...... .............................................................. ..............................72
A dvertisem ents................................. ............................................................ 75
Membership Application Form................... ................................80
Cover: In November 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt made a three-day visit to Panama to
see the canal and the conditions under which the Americans labored and lived. Roosevelt sits at
the controls of a 95-ton (86-metric-ton) Bucyrus steam shovel at the Pedro Miguel locks.
DATES TO REMEMBER
The Panama Canal Society office will be closed from June 30 through July 7
and will reopen on July 8, 2008.
July 2-6 PCS Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939
Universal Blvd., Orlando, Fla.
September 13 PCS General Membership Meeting, Ocala Elks Lodge, Ocala, Fla.
Contact Tom Wilder for information (352) 694-2211 (evenings). See
October 11 N. California Panama Potluck at noon, Vasona Lake Park,
Los Gatos, Calf. Contact Helen and Isaac Hay at (707) 887-1015.
November 1 Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. For more information see page 11 or call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
o(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0 "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
1 (7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
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March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any
advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
Friendships. Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in the Society files and archives. Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed
in the Canal Record.
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: office(@pancanalsociety.org Web site: http://www.pancanalsociety.org/
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765
V -- Hola Fellow Members,
Summer has arrived and the event
of the year is around the corer. We
had a great showing at last year's
75th anniversary reunion and expect
even more people to attend this year.
The Executive Board and
Committee Chairpersons are hard at
-Bob Rusl work and by implementing some
suggestions from the membership,
have added several new activities this year, such as a guest
lecturer who will provide information on Panamanian cultur-
al topics and updates on Canal issues. Details about these and
other activities are described in the Reunion Coordinator's
Update on page 6 and in the Yellow and Blue Pages in the
December 2007 and March 2008 Canal Record editions,
respectively. The annual luncheon will be a historic one with
guest speaker, Astronaut Scott Parazynski (MD), a presenta-
tion to the Panama Canal Museum, and special recognition to
descendants of Roosevelt Medal Holders in attendance at the
Since my last message we had good showings at our
annual picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs and at our
Spring Luncheon at Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in
Sarasota. A special thank you goes to Chairperson John
Gough and his sidekick, Bingo Jim O'Donnell, and Game
Guru, Tom Spence, for making the picnic such a success.
The brats, dogs, burgers and potluck dishes were outstanding
as usual. Also, special thanks go to Chairpersons Joan
Ohman and Cheryl Russell for making the Spring Luncheon
a day to remember. The collective efforts and dedication of
these event chairpersons, their committees and volunteers are
appreciated by all who attended the events.
As we approach the end of the current Board's term of
office, I am proud to announce that the state of the Society is
good. We continue to maintain a reasonable fund level in our
investment accounts and, as previously mentioned, our pro-
grams and events are well attended. Since our last reunion we
have been able to maintain our membership within acceptable
margins, reduce some overhead expenses and still provide the
quality programs and events that our members expect.
However, there are some "gray" clouds on the horizon regard-
ing our membership and operational costs that will have to be
dealt with in the not too distant future. While our 2007 finan-
cial reports reflect that we were able to reverse a negative
trend over the past five years to a positive one by showing a
small increase in revenue over expenses ($623), the reality is
that our operational costs are increasing similar to those in the
market place, i.e., increases in rent, insurance, service con-
tracts, supplies, printing costs, mailing costs, etc. These
increases will definitely impact our financial statements at
Our Long Range Planning Committee has identified sev-
eral areas where we can take immediate action to combat cer-
tain threats to our organization. For example, the Board is
looking at another printing service, Pride Enterprises, to print
the October edition of the Canal Record. Pride Enterprises is
an enterprise run by the State's penal system and we are able
to use them because of the Society's status as a not-for-profit
organization. If the October edition meets our expectations,
the future use of Pride Enterprises could considerably reduce
our printing expenses. Other items under consideration are
increasing dues and passing on credit card usage fees. All of
these items will be discussed at the Annual Business Meeting.
You can read the Long Range Planning Committee's report on
page 3 of this edition.
As was reported by our previous president, Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis, in her final message, sustained membership
is the key to the future of our Society. As our numbers
decrease because of an aging membership or lapse in current
membership, so does our revenue. That's why it is important
to maintain yearly memberships rather than "once every five
years" memberships based on cyclic class reunions. Active
membership is essential to the well-being of the Society. If
you are a member who is only renewing your membership
every five years, please consider doing it on an annual basis.
We would all benefit from this action.
The Executive Board could not have been as successful as
it has been without your assistance. I have said it many times
and will continue to say it, "We are a very unique group with
a rich historical heritage." The memories of our respective
times on the Isthmus of Panama continue to rekindle that spe-
cial kinship and camaraderie that only we, the former
employees, residents, students and descendants of canal
workers are able to claim. We are indeed the privileged few
to have lived and worked in that place known as the "Canal
Zone."'Along with that privilege comes the satisfaction of
knowing that the culmination of our individual efforts
throughout the years has contributed to the success and con-
tinued success of the Panama Canal and its service to world
commerce. Our Society is instrumental in preserving these
unique memories for future generations.
At this year's reunion we will elect the 2008 2010 Board
of Directors. I am confident that the newly elected Board will
meet all future challenges and continue to provide the leader-
ship essential to maintaining our Society on a sound financial
basis for years to come. I also am confident that you will pro-
vide the incoming Board with the same level of support you
have provided the outgoing Board. Your participation is vital
to the continued success of the Society.
As I approach the end of my term as President, I want to
thank all of the volunteers, members of the Board of
Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Luncheon Hosts,
Reunion Coordinator, Lodging Chairperson, Editor, Canal
Area Reporters and Office Staff for their contributions and
hard work these past two years. We had a good team and
accomplished a lot. I could not have asked for a more dedi-
cated mix of people. Your contributions and counsel were
invaluable. Muchas gracias a todos.
Before closing, I want to thank you, the membership, for
giving me the opportunity to have served as your President
during the 2006 2008 term. It was indeed a privilege and an
honor to serve you and the Society in that capacity. Thank
you for the memories. I will cherish them always.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2008 Reunion. Until
then, stay healthy and safe.
Bob Russell, President
Well it is almost that time again, and the
Society office will temporarily move to
the Information/Society Business Desk in
Nancy Van Siclen
the Convention Center of the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort for the 2008 Reunion. Please check our
hours of operation in your Schedule of Events.
While at the reunion, why not stop by our desk and pay
your dues early for 2009? This is a great opportunity to stay
current and not have to worry about your membership dues
during the busy month of December.
Also, since we will be in Orlando for the Reunion, the
Society's main office in Seminole will be closed from June
30, 2008, through July 7, 2008. The office will open for busi-
ness on July 8, 2008.
Again, we hope to see you at the reunion and look for-
ward to your stopping by to say hello.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary/Office Manager
First off, I want to apologize to Past
President Rob Roy for giving him a
deceased asterisk in the April Directory.
While moving data around, Mr. Roy's
name ended up in a cell with an asterisk.
Please accept my sincere apology for
I want to thank the DJ volunteers in
advance for staying up late with me one Jacque Vowell
more year! We always have a fun time.
There is a rumor being passed around that Elvis is sched-
uled to make an appearance at this year's reunion! I hope it's
true. I can't wait to have my picture taken with him.
Thank you members for sending in your news and pic-
tures. You all help make the Panama Canal Society a great
organization! I look forward to seeing and talking with as
many of you as possible.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Your name badge is your passport to participate in reunion activities and to receive special
"negotiated" discounts. For example, you can get a 10% discount on food at hotel restaurants
by showing or wearing your name badge. This discount does not apply for beverages.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
7985 113TH STREET (727) 391-4359
SUITE 334 (866) 726-2262
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787 FAX (727) 319-8593
TO: Robert Russell, President, Panama Canal Society
FROM: Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President, Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee and Committee
Members: Joan Ohman, Jim Parthenais, Bill McLaughlin and Jim O'Donnell
DATE: December 23, 2007
SUBJECT: FINAL REPORT FROM THE LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
The purpose of the Committee was 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 2007.
In February 2007, the Executive Board began to do an exercise called SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses,
Opportunities and Threats.
The purpose of doing a SWOT exercise is twofold: First, it assists the Executive Board in identifying the
Society's present and future strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Second, it enables the
Executive Board to work with these issues, select the ones which are priority, and then formulate policy on
which to take action.
The general idea behind this exercise is to help identify:
How we can strengthen our strengths.
How we can overcome our weaknesses.
How we can use the opportunities.
How we can evade the threats.
(Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors. Opportunities and threats are external factors.)
At the Annual Meeting in July 2007, the membership had the opportunity to participate in the SWOT exer-
cise. Based on their active involvement, it was clear to the committee that the membership desired to have
a successful and thriving Panama Canal Society for many years to come. Their input greatly assisted the
assessment of the above-stated issues and now enables the Executive Board to formulate policies and take
actions that will assist the Panama Canal Society in securing its future.
Listed below are the combined input of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats identified by both
the Executive Board and general membership. The combined exercises resulted in the following being iden-
(M) = Membership
SExecution of Events
*Regional Meetings (M)
Not Using E-Mail Receipt Acknowledgement Notices
Feedback to Members
Keeping Members Active Paid Up (Sustain Membership)
SLow 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
SGetting Event Feedback from Members
*Marketing the Society to All Eligible Members
Music Interest Is Between Lucho (Typical Panama Music) & Pop
*Age Restrictions on Dance Floor
Computer Security (M)
Demographics Family Oriented Venue (M)
Membership Automatic Renewal (M)
Board Member Eligibility Interns Volunteers (M)
Gift Memberships (M)
*Member recognition (M)
Electronic Communication (M)
*Older member activities (M)
*Military/Vets recruitment (M)
Marketing decals (M)
Voting marketing better (M)
Reunion timing and location (M)
Seek Cost Savings By Looking At All Operations & Services
Automate Canal Record or Increase cost for "hardcopy"
*Reduce Expenses By Charging Members for Using Credit Cards
o Passing on the Bank Fee
*Explain Increased Costs to Membership
*Keep Our Members Better Informed
Attract New Members
Maintain Core Members
Review Restrictions On Membership
SHave Membership Participate in A SWOT Exercise At Reunion
*Child care at Reunion (M)
Gateway to Membership (M)
SMember Business Services discount (M)
Community Service Projects (M)
Web Advertising (M)
*Electronic Post Cards Newsletters Link to Website (M)
Sponsored Memberships (M)
*Corporate Sponsorship (M)
5 10 15 year non-refundable Memberships (M)
*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
*Canal knowledge (M)
*Social History Cultural Memberships (M)
It is obvious that this Executive Board has already benefited by the SWOT exercise and membership feed-
back. For example, a survey at the annual Reunion provided suggestions that the Executive Board has
adopted to include a venue change at the Friday night dance, the formation of a membership committee and
incentives to attract new members, the review of expenses for cost savings, and the generation of reports
that will assist the Executive Board in financial stability. All of this has been done somewhat informally.
Now the Executive Board must formalize everything that has been accomplished through the SWOT exercise
process and give the SWOT analysis some strategic meaning, i.e., select those factors that would most
greatly influence our strategy. This may be accomplished by reviewing each category and ranking the bullets
from highest to lowest (in each category). The Executive Board should then prioritize those with the highest
rank and begin to address each of them. Since we are customer focused, the Executive Board should
address the "Opportunities" category first. Next would be to match the Society's strengths to the opportuni-
ties and address any gaps between current strengths and future opportunities. Finally, the Executive Board
should try to rephrase threats as opportunities and address weaknesses so that they become strengths.
The questions that need to be answered are: Where are we now and where do we want to be?
RECOMMENDATIONS: That the Executive Board begin/continue to address the following:
Consider ways to increase membership enhance existing membership recruitment program.
Consider increasing membership dues.
Consider ways to reduce publication costs of Canal Record exploring different vendors; limiting
Consider having user fees absorbed by the user rather than passed on to the Society, i.e., credit card
Consider offering more variety at reunion dances, promote cultural activities, etc.
Consider incorporating SWOT exercises as a formal part of future Executive Boards. Such exercises
could be scheduled bi-annually and ideally in the first year of a newly elected board with membership
participation at the Annual Meeting.
Tom Wilder, 1st Vice President
Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee
Reunion Coordinator's Report
By the time you receive this issue of the Canal Record, reunion registration will be closed and the office will be final-
izing all of the last minute registrations. Not to worry, if you failed to register early for the reunion, you can still register
on site at the reunion registration area. You also can purchase tickets to the dances on site after you complete your reunion
registration and receive your name badge(s). This year we are encouraging all attendees to register and get name badges.
Your name badge is your passport to participate in all reunion activities and to receive special "negotiated" discounts. For
example, you can get a 10% discount on food at hotel restaurants by showing or wearing your name badge. This discount
does not apply for beverages. Also, by registering for the reunion, you help support the Society with reunion expenses.
Please remember that you must be a member in good standing to register at the reunion.
In addition to the previously mentioned discount, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is offering all Society golfers a special
rate of $44.00 for individual play during the reunion. If you are a golfer, check it out and reserve your tee-times. You must
have your 2008 Reunion name badge to get this rate.
Plans were firmed up for the "Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance" after I submitted my last Reunion Coordinator's
Report, so here's the scoop. BHS Class of 1973 will be sponsoring this year's Thursday night dance. The dance will be
held in the Butler Ballroom within the Gatlin area of the Convention Center from 9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3.
There will be a live band playing all of your favorite tunes from the "old" days. There is no charge to attend this dance.
Don't miss the two excellent Cultural Seminars given by Dick Holt on Friday and Saturday afternoon. We are very for-
tunate to have Dick inaugurate our cultural series and know that his presentations will be informative and interesting. These
seminars are a chance of a lifetime to attend. Also, a special door prize donated by Condor Outfitters will be raffled off at
one of the seminars.
For our younger members and the young at heart, we will be having an Owl Show on Thursday night and a Saturday
Matinee with each featuring a classic movie. There also will be Bingo games and Panamanian Folkloric Dance classes for
those who want to try something different.
Shorty & Slim will rock the night away with their ever popular Canal Zone/Panama music at the Friday night
PanaZonian Dance and Frankie Pretto and the Paranda Band will fill the dance floor on Saturday night at the Annual ball
with their fast moving "Lucho" tunes, Meringue and Salsa. If you haven't purchased your dance tickets yet, you can do so
at the reunion for these and the DJ dances.
Don't forget to use our contracted bars in the Convention Center for our special "discounted" beverage prices. All other
bars in the hotel will charge you full price. Also, be sure to visit the Reunion Clubhouse for empanadas, hot dogs, etc.
Please be sure to visit the Information and Society Affairs Desk for answers to all your questions and any last minute
changes. We will have a large bulletin board set up with all the latest information, maps, golf listing, class/mini-reunion
locations and more. If you need to pay your 2008 dues or want to get a head start on your 2009 dues, you can do that at
Below is a Pathway Map showing how to get to the Panzacola/Sebastian Convention Center area that we will be using
this year. Follow the arrows from the hotel lobby to our Reunion Registration area. Check your schedule of times of oper-
ation for registration and pick up your pre-registration packets early. We will have a reunion flyer with a map, times and
locations for the different events at our information and registration counter.
Pathway to Society Activities
Map Key: 1. Hotel Check-In Desk, 2. Hotel Lobby, 3. Elevators, 4. Elevators, 5. Bell Stand and Orlando Attraction
Information, 6. Starbucks, 7. Gift Shops, 8. Bar, 9. Bus Pick-up, 10. Rotunda (take a right and down the escalator to the Society
Information and Registration area). 11. Panama Canal Society Information, Registration, Tickets Sales and Reunion
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Randall N. Drake, C.P.A., P.A.
1981 Promenade Way
Clearwater, FL 33760
May 13, 2008
To the membership of the Panama Canal Society:
Another year has passed, and I look forward to addressing your organization at this
The following financial statements for 2007 were prepared by your office and were not
audited or reviewed by me.
My involvement is quarterly consultation to close the general ledger, prepare journal
entries and verify that accounts are balanced and the income reported ties to the mem-
ber database reports. Nancy continues to do an excellent job of bookkeeping and man-
aging the society's day-to-day operations.
Your Board of Directors meets regularly and reviews the income and expenditures for the
society. In addition, the monthly results are compared to both the prior years and budg-
If you have any questions for the society staff or me, please contact us.
Randall N Drake, CPA PA
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Annual Financial Statements (unaudited) for the Year Ended 2007
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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
OCALA ELKS LODGE
702 N E 25TH AVENUE
OCALA, FLORIDA 34470
September 13, 2008
Please join us for the first general membership meeting since the 2008 Reunion in Ocala at the Ocala Elks Lodge on
September 13, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Our luncheon will be a buffet, which includes a choice of chicken
marsala or roast beef; salad, twice baked potato, grilled mixed vegetables, served with rolls, butter, coffee and iced tea.
There will also be a cash bar available.
The cost of the luncheon is $15.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.
The deadline for reservations is Friday, September 5, 2008.
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Springs Blvd West) to NE 25th Avenue. Turn
right on NE 25th Avenue.
On NE 25th Avenue, the Lodge is about 1/2
mile on the left. (Go past the 1st red light and
travel for 2 more blocks. You will see the
Lodge on the left side of the road.)
SEPTEMBER OCALA LUNCHEON RESERVATION FORM
September 13, 2008
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
reservations at $15.00 each.
Total Enclosed $
The deadline for reservations is Friday, September 5, 2008.
Please return this form along with your check payable to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Fl 33773-4787
November General Membership Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 1, 2008, in con-
junction 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 12:30 p.m.
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drink. If you need more information, call Bob and HI_"an .
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THE WINNERS OF THE MEMBERSHIP CONTEST ARE AS FOLLOWS:
JANET (HUSUM) HERRINGTON recruited 4 new members.
SELENIA (BRANDENBURG) JAQUETH recuited 30 new members
and won the two free nights at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
In order to help -. iti the recent Executive Board decision of reducing costs by limiting the number of pages of
the Canal Record, the minutes of the Board and General Membership meetings have been condensed.
Please review the full version of the minutes of these meetings by visiting the Panama Canal website:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 17, 2007
Approved the minutes of the September 22, 2007,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of September
22, 2007, through November 16, 2007, in the amount
Approved 39 new members for the months of October
Approved the contract for the Friday night dance.
Approved 2007 Reporter Payments
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HOLIDAY INN, MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 2, 2008
Approved the minutes of the November 17, 2007,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of
November 16, 2007, through January 28, 2008, in the
amount of $30,260.51.
Approved 145 new members.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLORIDA
MARCH 15, 2008
Approved minutes of the February 2, 2008, Executive
Approved the expenditures for the period of January
28, 2008, through March 13, 2008, in the amount of
Approved 103 new members.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT, N REDINGTON BCH, FLA
DECEMBER 1, 2007
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes as written
Approved the financial statement for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
HOLIDAY INN, MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 2, 2008
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes as written
Approved the financial statement for audit.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS PAYMENTS
In late March, the IRS sent a packet with a letter, filing
guidance, the necessary 1040A Form, and an example of a
completed form. Older Americans who are Social Security
recipients and did not file taxes last year can expect to receive
Tax returns filed with the IRS solely for the purpose of
receiving stimulus checks are not due by April 15. Although
you must file to receive a stimulus check, you have until late
fall to submit a 1040A Form.
You must have a Social Security number in order to
receive the stimulus payment.
Your stimulus payment will not be included with your tax
Be advised: You don't have to pay a fee to get your stim-
ulus payment or to receive your payment faster. There are
individuals who claim they can speed up your payments-for a
fee. Some will even ask you to sign away your benefit to
them. If you do what these individuals ask, you will get less.
Don't give away your benefit to anyone else.
Please keep in mind that only the IRS can send you an
Official letter regarding your tax situation. The IRS will
never do any of the following: Call you and ask for Social
Security or bank account information. E-mail you and ask for
Social Security or bank account information. Send a letter
that tells you to respond by phone. Send a letter that tells you
to respond via e-mail. Come to your home.
Do not give out personal information if you are contacted
by any of these methods.
The first way to get a check is to have paid federal income
tax on any form of income during the 2007 tax year, regard-
less of whether the source was wages or retirement income.
Such taxpayers, including most federal annuitants, will
receive a payment up to $600 per person or up to $1,200 per
couple allowed for those without dependent children.
(Taxpayers with children will receive an additional $300 per
child). The amount of the rebates is phased out at a rate of 5
percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) beginning at $75,000
for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers. As a result, the
rebate is effectively eliminated for taxpayers without depend-
ent children at $87,000 and $174,000 AGI for single and joint
Under the second option, Americans who pay no income
taxes, but have at least $3,000 of income from self employ-
ment wages, Social Security benefits or Veterans disability
payments will receive rebates of $300 for individuals or $600
for couples filing joint returns. These persons who would not
normally need to file a 2007 federal income tax return must
file, complete, sign and mail a 1040 or 1040A by December
31 and write "Stimulus Payment" on the top of the tax form
- to receive a check under this option.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative
Tommie Lou Horter and Dottie
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Bill and Pat Benny
Bob and Kathie McConaughey
Fran and Jack Hern
Connie and Tom Stoakley
-.Se Deak Fran and Bb
Sue Deakins, Fran and Bob Morr
Ed Hatchett Fran Morrissey
issey Ed Ohman Mararet and Bill McLauhlin
issey Ed Ohman, Margaret and Bill McLaughlin
Joe and Sue (Waters) Eytalis and Janet Stuart
Pam Brown and Leslie Croft JoElla and Randy Deakins and Pete
Foster bury the fish.
Robert and Denise Will, and Renee Nellis
Lane Thompson, Cathy Biondo, and Steve Wilson
rdon Reif Christina Volonnino, Tom and Nancy Grimison
BHS CLASS OF 1962 AND FRIENDS
Front row: Grace (Hensler) Barnwell, Edie Huff Willoughby, Kay Hamilton, Judy Buehler Williamson, Janice Scott,
Jody Davies Marcum, John Marcum, Ed Hatchett. Second Row: Ellen Anderson, Donna Voet, JoElla Deakins, Fran
Morrissey, Toni Millard, Karen Deming, and Bill Benny.
Bill and Jane Huff
John and Jody Marcum
Louise Hunt and Norm Watkins
izie, Ted Henter and Al Schonert
Gerry Cooper and Terry Deakins
Tristan and Craig Adelman, and Keri DeCaro
Nellie m.nd Boh Fngelke
El President Bob Russell leading the General Membership meeting
John Gough and his new Panama umbrella
n DesLondes and John Gough
Jim "Bingo" O'Donnell
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 (Nehring) 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 Barbara (Greene) Litchford
OK Laura (Burns) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl
:i in 1 334-3359
Deadline for the October 2008 Canal Record is August 8, 2008.
Mary Urey submitted the follow-
ing report on the doings of the Urey
S- household. "My daughter Lorraine and
husband Bill Kirkland have been staying
i ./ with me since October and spent
Thanksgiving and Christmas with me.
Allen Cotton Also daughter Suzanne and her husband
Walter Kleefkens came to Dothan for Christmas--it was
wonderful having them here. We had a full house as grand-
daughter Tricia and her husband Christian and three chil-
dren, Stephan, Alec and Nicole, who live in Dothan, decided
to move in with us. Brian and Katie Dugan with Hannah
and Thomas came the weekend before Christmas, so we had
an early Christmas with them.
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Back (L-R): Walter Kleefkens, Suzanne Urey Kleefkens,
Mary Gilbert Urey, and Christian Margeson. Middle (L-
R): Brian Dugan, Katie Goodwin Dugan, Tricia Dugan
Margeson, Lorraine Urey Kirkland, and Bill Kirkland.
Front (L-R): Thomas Dugan, Hannah Dugan, Nicole, Alec
and Stephan Margeson.
"I've had a few visitors this past summer. Lynne and
Gene Frauenheim with daughter Cristy and granddaughter
Mallory visited on their way to Dallas and also on their
return trip. Donita McConaughey spent Thanksgiving with
us and so did Brian and his family. Also had several visitors
from Panama: Christina Kirkland Varela, William
Kirkland, Diana Guardia Alvarado, Marierri Guardia
Aleman and Eri Aleman."
This reporter just returned from a trip to Panama with
Edie's children, Daniel and Kendra Coulson, he of Houston,
Texas, and she of Kyle, Texas. We went to Panama to scatter
the ashes of Edie (Smith) (CHS'70) Cotton. I had our trip
planned out to the minute and of course nothing went accord-
ing to plan but everything worked out great.
We arrived at Tocumen on time and we took a taxi to the
Thrifty Car Rental on Via Espafia where I had rented a car
before. I thought I knew the way from Thrifty to my sister's
condo in Albrook. Well we wound up on Corrida Norte head-
ed towards Colon. I knew that was not the way we wanted to
go so I got off the Corrida Norte and headed back towards
Ancon Hill. Daniel and Kendra must have been scared to
death knowing they were riding with a driver who wasn't sure
where he was, or how to get where he was going and was
unfamiliar with driving in Panama, and just to make the trip
more exciting the schools had just been dismissed so traffic
was extremely heavy. Stop signs in Panama are just sugges-
tions and if you should be so bold as to stop at one the driv-
ers behind will immediately let you know their displeasure
with the delay by laying on their horns. I earned my driving
in Panama certificate and can now blow stop signs with the
best of them. We made it to the condo by continuing towards
Ancon Hill until I recognized the roads and then the drive was
The guy who had agreed to provide a boat for us to scat-
ter Edie's ashes did not follow through with his promise so
we drove to the Atlantic side and toured Margarita and Gatun
to show Daniel and Kendra the places where Edie and I had
lived. We then headed to the Gatun Yacht Club to scatter the
ashes from the dock where Edie spent much of her time as a
teenager. A cruise ship was just pulling away from the yacht
club where they disembark their passengers for the various
tours the cruise lines offer. I asked the caretaker at the yacht
club if he would let us in so we could take care of the scat-
tering, but he wouldn't permit it so we looked for a place to
do it from the bank of the lake. The lake is down about ten
feet so the bank was not an option. We were starting to leave
to find another place to scatter the ashes when 1 noticed that
the ACP dive and salvage facility next to the yacht club was
opened and asked if we could scatter the ashes off of their
dock. We lucked out when the supervisor at the dive facility
was Brian Plaisance (CHS'69), who knew Edie and
unlocked the gate between the dive facility and the yacht club
so we could use the dock for our mission. We had a solemn
few minutes while we scattered Edie's ashes and threw some
flowers on the water. Daniel, Kendra and I then looked
around the yacht club and took pictures to remember the
After taking care of the scattering we went to the Gatun
Locks to watch a ship lock through and then headed towards
Fort San Lorenzo. On the way we decided to stop at the new
restaurant at the new Shelter Bay Marina located at old Fort
Sherman. We were waiting for our lunch when Daniel Craig,
aka James Bond as in 007, walked in and ordered lunch. The
new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace is being shot in
Panama and they were shooting scenes in the harbor. Kendra
tried to take a picture of "Bond" but was thwarted by his
security detail. After lunch we explored Fort San Lorenzo
then headed to Isla Grande to spend the night. The trade
winds were blowing in full force and the seas between the
mainland and the island were running 8-10 feet so the ride to
the island was better than an E ticket ride at Disneyland. The
next day we explored Portobelo and then went back to the
Pacific side. Saturday we went to El Valle where we went
horseback riding and shopped at the market. I told Kendra it
was kind of strange that she lives in Texas but had to go to
Panama to ride a horse. Sunday we headed up to Santa Clara
and spent the day on the beach. We ate at XS Memories
campground and resort before heading back to Panama City.
We left about 5 p.m. and didn't get home until about 10 p.m.
Seems everyone in Panama City went to the interior for the
Semana Santa (Holy Week) holiday. The drive normally takes
one to one-and-a-half hours. We were passed by a guy on a
bicycle and never caught up to him!
The rest of our stay in Panama was spent shopping in
Panama City, sightseeing, and eating seviche and corvina.
I'm headed back to Panama in August with my daughter and
son-in-law, Christy and Jeff Foster.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
Hello from Arizona. Our Fall mini-
reunion was held at Marie Callender's in
Chandler, Ariz. We didn't have a planned
program this time, but we enjoyed talk-
A ing about the experiences our members
had living in Panama.
Members who attended our meet-
ing were Kathi Overstreet, Jay and Diane French, Dora
and Warren LeGrys, Judy and Craig Boatwright, Carl
Berg, Loring and Evelyn White, Mary Grace and Chester
Oakes, Silver Crossman, and Ellen Altman.
Kathi Overstreet, our newest member, graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1982. It was nice to have her join
our group. Kathi had many memories to tell our group about
her life in Panama. Kathi's father Ed Overstreet was a Canal
Zone policeman on the Atlantic Side and her mother Mary
Overstreet was a nurse at Coco Solo Hospital. Kathi is now
living in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is a nurse at the Mayo Clinic.
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes have delayed their move
to Panama. Our Arizona members are happy that they will be
able to attend our meetings for a little longer. We will miss
them when they leave as they work hard to make our meet-
ings a success.
We sadly lost a member of our Arizona group, Charles
Parks, who passed away in January. He will be sadly missed
by his family and friends.
Our next meeting was scheduled to be held in Tucson,
Ariz., in March.
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
The Arizona Panama Canal Society held a potluck lunch-
eon in Tucson on March 15 at the home of Darrell and
Nancy Eide. Darrell fixed ribs to go along with the goodies
that everyone else brought. Although the attendance was not
wonderful, we had a great time. We bid a fond farewell to
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes as they are moving to El
Volcan in June. Those attending were: Chester and Mary
Grace Oakes, Nancy and Darrell Eide, Ellen Altman, Silver
Crossman, Loring and Evelyn White, and Leo and Barb
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Loring White and Nancy Eide
Nancy Eide, Reporter
Sharon Gonzalez writes that her
three girls, Ivy, Iris and Dixie, entered
a contest, Education Pet of the Year,
2008 Calendar in their newspaper,
Betty Dunning with a photo of their three kittens. The
girls came in 2nd runner-up and will
have their picture on the month of February.
She also writes that they were in Florida and while there
attended Chris Skeie's "Celebration of Life" party in
Seminole. Sharon writes that the interesting thing about their
friendship stems back to their mothers. Chris' mother, Henri
Skeie, and Sharon's mother, Adelia De Vore, went to Panama
together to be nurses at Gorgas Hospital back in 1939. They
also co-authored a children's book, Dede Has Her Tonsils
Sharon continues to paint and had a show at the Ft. Smith
Convention Center on March 14-16. In August she will be
hanging her own, one-man show at the Ft. Smith Art Center.
She has a new commissioned artwork in the process of an his-
toric family home. Recently she had a painting in the art show
at the Fianna Hills Country Club Show where she met
Arkansas' First Lady, Ginger Beebe.
Joe and Gretta Vowell spent Christmas in Phoenix with
their daughter Alison. Alison has a new baby boy, he's the
new miracle baby born at 1 lb. and 13 oz. He now weighs 4
lb. and 12 oz. and expects to go home in two or three weeks.
Greta will be traveling out there soon. Their other daughter
Amy has a new job and has moved to McMinnville, Ore.
Greta finally retired from her nursing, and is on a new ven-
ture; she is selling Silpada Sterling Silver Jewelry.
I have been in touch with Michelle Shellabarger who
lives in Little Rock. She tells me that her grandmother
Marjorie Jean Scarborough, 89, died on January 19th in
Clarksville, Ark. Her grandfather, Dr. William R. (Billy Bob)
Scarborough, recently celebrated his 90th birthday. There
was a party held for him at their First Presbyterian Church in
Clarksville, Ark. He lived in Ancon and was a doctor at
Gorgas Hospital. He was surprised when a Clarksville volun-
teer firefighter showed up to help him with the 90 candles on
Dr. William (Billy Bob) Scarborough
Michelle's mother Jo Anne Martin recently retired to
North Little Rock, Ark. She lived in Panama for many years
and then traveled with her job to Puerto Rico, Kosovo,
Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
If you have any news for me, I have a new e-mail address:
Betty Dunning, Reporter
It's been hard to get motivat-
ed to sit down and write. Spring
is in full bloom and I'm out
^ working in the garden every
chance I can. Nothing like a
deadline to get me going on this
Isaac and Helen Hay report.
Lest I forget, please all mark
your calendars for the Northern California Los Gatos Picnic
for Saturday, October 11. We moved it a week later so as to
not conflict with the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in
Golden Gate Park, which we highly recommend. Lots of big-
name talent and it's all free. Also, in an effort to cut down on
cost, we are not going to be sending invitations out anymore
to those of you who we have not heard from. We hope to use
e-mail too, in lieu of the costlier snail mail announcements.
Zonie the parrot says,
j,, "Give your family and
friends a gift
membership to the
Panama Canal Society!"
As far as news from California goes, you all have been
pretty quiet on the Western Front. I know, ya'll are out work-
ing in your garden, right? Dear Roger Kat has been so good
at keeping in touch and he recently enjoyed a visit from his
stepbrother Kevin Bradley. Kevin, aka "Redbug" from high
school days, is an insurance broker/agent in Panama and was
featured in the New York Times for helping people in their
move to Panama. His daughter Jeane Cristine and her hus-
band JR and their six-year-old son Andy reside in Benecia,
Isaac and I enjoyed our annual Dry Season sojourn to
Panama in January. The first morning there we woke up to a
phone call from Everett White. He came over and we
relaxed by the pool at the Albrook Inn, where we stayed a few
nights. That evening we all went downtown for Italian food
and ran into their old BHS shop teacher Ron Bussiere, who
has not aged a bit since the '60s. Amazing. Ron was a bit of
a legend among the boys at BHS due to his knockout beauti-
ful wife who sent all the young men into fantasies. Ron has a
son Dirksen nearby here in Walnut Creek. It seemed that
everywhere we went we ran into old friends, who joined us
for some bochinche, and it made us feel so at home on a daily
Jorge Bloise, Stanley Wright, and Issac Hay
Had to make a trip downtown to Reprosa to pick up some
typico earrings for one of the nurses I work with. Since Terri
and Oran Appin live around the corner we walked over to
their place and had an impromptu visit. Terri had just come
home from the hospital from outpatient surgery, having had
pins removed from her fractured wrist. She looked great,
even though she was in pain. If I can look that good in my
'80s, I will be a lucky soul! Their home is lovely, filled with
original artwork of local Panama scenes and a huge window
overlooking the neighbor's patio with birdfeeders that attract
all species of colorful birds. I could have sat there all day just
watching the feathered visitors. Terri and Oran will be cele-
brating their 60th wedding anniversary in May and it will be
a big pingding with their children attending from all over. We
heard from their son Ricky who just got back from Rio de
Janeiro as well as travels all over the world opening new
offices for his investment firm. He works very hard but is
always smiling and living life to the fullest. His energy is
Everett White and Pablo Prieto
Visiting Billy DeLaMater at his place at the Spinning
Club is always on our list of to-dos. We went by several
times, missing him every time. In our efforts we did see a lot
of familiar faces, including Jorge Bloise who is busy work-
ing as a plumbing contractor. We also caught up with Stanley
Wright, the ex-rocket scientist and present local rock star, in
Panama on a four-month stay. Stanley has hooked up with a
local band and is doing gigs around Panama, including play-
ing at the newly-rebuilt Balboa Yacht Club. Speaking of
which, they did a nice job on the new Yacht Club, but it will
take some getting used to. And for us nonsmokers, the ciga-
rette smoke was pretty overwhelming. I ordered a delicious
corvina lunch there and the service was slow and lackadaisi-
cal and the aloof waitress did not want to give me my jubila-
do discount, which is the law. She took my cedula and disap-
peared for about ten minutes, all making for a very negative
experience. It felt like some kind of Homeland Security
scrutiny or God knows what. We did not go back for a second
visit after that.
Some of you may remember Donald "Peewee" Husted
who died in San Diego a couple years ago. His son Donny
lives in Albrook with his Panamanian wife and two small
children. Thanks to his bicultural knowledge, Donnie was
recruited to work on the set of that Survivor show for their
stints in Guatemala and Panama. He now works for
Scholastic Magazine, selling to the local schools.
Donny Husted and his wife
We drove up to El Valle to see George and Martha
Husted. George had not been back to Panama in 35 years!
Martha is from Sacramento and they now live in Utah. We all
stayed at Eric Ernest's retirement home. George and Martha
attended his class reunion held at Decameron and they had a
great time. In El Valle we enjoyed the market, restaurants and
the thermal hot springs, frequented by many Europeans and
Canadians. After a few nights in El Valle we all headed to
Santa Clara and enjoyed an oceanfront casita at Las Sirenas.
Santa Clara Beach is every bit as beautiful as ever. We all vis-
ited several of Isaac's family who live nearby at Seacliff. We
also popped in on Scotty Williams who continues to live out
his relaxed life at his beautiful home overlooking the ocean at
Rupert Turner, George Husted, Martha Husted, and Tom
We bid a bittersweet farewell to Santa Clara and drove tip
to Penonome to attend the Feria de Naranja. What a wonder-
ful event! We got there just in time to see the coronation of
the queen and her princesses arriving on horseback. There
was a large stage and a full lineup of beautiful young people
dressed in their native finest, doing their folklorico dances to
the music of a local tipico band. We missed the evening show
of local music sensation Samy and Sandra Sandoval.
Sandra was nine months pregnant and still dancing and
singing with endless energy. Everyone says, "That baby is
going to come out dancing!" The country had a baby shower
for Sandra, covered on local TV and lots of dignitaries were
in attendance. It was quite the exciting affair! While Sandra
is not the official "first lady" of Panama, she is indeed the
first lady in the eyes and hearts of the Panamanian people.
Next we drove up to Las Lajas near David. Mike and
Premie Chavez invited us to stay at Mike's cousin's beach
house, which has four bedrooms and was a delight! We spent
days collecting seashells, lying around in hammocks and
drinking Cuba Libres. Isaac, however, stuck to his healthy
sobriety, content with the wonderful offerings of fresh
seafood, rice with guandu, lots of dips in the warm ocean, and
the great company of good friends. On leaving there we drove
Mike and Premie to his cousin's house in David. His cousin
and wife are both university professors and so gracious and
insisted we stay for lunch. They served sancocho, along with
patacones and other tipico fare. David is a clean, vibrant,
bustling city, lacking the stress encountered in downtown
Of course no trip to Panama is complete without a visit to
the old Napoli Restaurant which still has the same waiters
serving from when we were teens. We had the usual sumptu-
ous fare of clams and pizza. Soberana beer in those tiny
chilled glasses!! We looked over at an adjoining table to see
Mike Young in the company of two young blonde Swedish
ladies. Mike now lives in FarFan, aka "FarFlung" where I
used to live.
Mike Young at Napoli
While sitting by the pool at the Albrook Inn I noticed
some folks chatting at a nearby table. Ended up introducing
myself and met Pat Hatchett (BHS'46) Clark and her two
friends, Irish John and wife Sue Gore, also from California.
The three of them were staying at Dennis and Wendy
Corrigan's condo at Albrook Gardens. Turns out Pat lives in
Capitola and I chided her for not being a member of the
Society. She said she would rejoin. I told her she wouldn't see
her photo in the Canal Record if she didn't join up! Hope
that's not extortion! Pat spent six glorious weeks in Albrook
and is now back in Capitola looking forward to attending the
picnic in Los Gatos in October. It was our last night there so
the five of us drove out to the Causeway and had an incredi-
ble dinner together. It was Carnaval and so we avoided down-
0h School Class of 1966 at St. Luke's
Sue Gore and Pat Hatchett Clark
I cannot fail to mention the Super Bowl Party put on at the
Balboa Elks Club. Gordy Will worked really hard and col-
lected admission from everyone for charity. The pool tables
were covered with every sort of potluck yummies and it was
a chance to see so many familiar faces. Ed Wardlow was
busy outside manning the barbeque grill. Had not seen
Woody DeJernette in years, and it was so nice to see him
again. He is loving his retirement in Panama and looks happy
Woody DeJernette, Elks Club Super Bowl Party
As usual, one of our favorite visits is a Sunday mass at St.
Luke's in Ancon. The church was packed with the Paraiso
Class of '66 and even though the organist did not show up, all
their sweet voices and clapping filled the air and it was just
fine without his accompaniment. The Very Reverend Maiziee
Lennan had once been a teacher at Paraiso High and so all
these ex-students, down for their 60th birthday, attended
church in her honor. Most of them live in New York now. One
fellow came up to Isaac and remembered working with him
at the PX. He is Orlando Crutchlow, now also residing in
New York. No matter where we go in this small country, Isaac
always runs into old friends. They are sometimes campesinos
on horseback even! I know I married a well-loved man.
Also at St. Luke's we sat near Kathy Wainio and her
mom Annie, who was good friends with my mom. Kathy
married Rob Roy Jr. and they both retired to Cardenas along
with Annie and Rob's dad, Rob Roy. They had us over for
spaghetti lunch and gave us a tour of their renovation-in-
progress home. They even have a swimming pool going in!
Rob proclaimed that he is in Panama to stay, "I have burned
my suitcases!" They are so happy. And they deserve it after
many years of hard work. Pablo and Marisa Prieto also
dropped by and as this time of year would have it, Pablo is
very busy with the annual cayuco race.
Kathy Wainio and Rob Roy Jr.
Irish John and
It was another great visit, leaving us longing for the next
one. I wish you all well and look forward to a great Orlando
reunion and a healthy summer to all. Your California reporter
signing out until next time.
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
Hope all of you have a great Spring -
and Summer, and 2008 has been good to
you so far. What a small world!! I ran into
Mark Robinson (BHS'80) recently. Mark
is working in the Ormond Beach area
repairing radiation machines. He tells me Dawn Gessang
he returns to Panama a couple of times a year and stays with
his uncle Will Robinson of Gamboa. 1 had a great time talk-
ing to him.
Joan Toscar says she and her sister Gracie Barnwell
went to Carnavalito in February and they had a super time.
Sisters Jacque Vowell and Pam Crowell along with Janet
Stuart also attended. Jacque had a great time with the class
of'58 and chatting with Fran (Yost) Hern. The Crowell fam-
ily lived next door to the Yosts on Morgan Avenue in Balboa
back in the late '60s.
My friend Barbie Labanca and I had lunch with Shirley
Muse and we talked and talked (need I say more?).
In January Pam Crowell's son Thomas Garcia graduated
from the Police Academy in Daytona. Jacque Vowell, Bonnie
and Mike Morrison and Dawn Gressang attended and then
we all went to a Japanese Steak house. It was a great experi-
ence and the food was wonderful.
I received sad news from Robin Baker. Her mother
passed away in February (see With Deep Sorrow).
I received a very nice phone call from Pat Hunt to see
how 1 was doing. I am pleased to say that so far the treatment
for my pancreatic cancer is going very well. I am in the sec-
ond phase, where I am receiving radiation treatment every
day for twenty-eight days along with oral chemo. 1 have
gained most of my weight back and look much better. I'm
back to my bike riding and line dancing. The treatment is for
security so that the cancer won't come back, as the surgeon
"got it all." Joan Toscar calls me, as does Marilyn Stevens
and I get e-mails from Bob Zumbado too. Thanks to all, I
sure do appreciate it.
My friend Mel from Arizona came to visit during
NASCAR week. We went to the Montgomery Gentry con-
cert, and to a "Block Party" in downtown Daytona Beach,
and to a race, which was so exciting. We also went out to din-
ner with Bonnie and Mike Morrison and danced.
Then Bike Week started and loads of events were going
on. My sister Bonnie Morrison and her grandson Zach, this
reporter and her granddaughter Andrea, went to the famous
"Iron Horse" and witnessed the "Wall of Death," where
motorcycles rode around a wall that was straight up and
down. Isn't the wall of death in a globe? Exciting! While
Jacque headed to Main Street in Daytona Beach with a cou-
ple of friends to experience the madness of Bike Week traffic
and to enjoy the events. She met a new friend named "Pork
Chop" and had a beer at the infamous "Froggy's" where she
and Faye Weisser used to hang out.
Bonnie Morrison and Roberta Evans traveled recently to
Biloxi to go gambling. Here is what Roberta had to say:
"Actually Bonnie did the gambling and I just fed the slot
machines at the Beau Rivage. The hotel is beautiful. You
can't really tell a hurricane was ever there. The only telltale
signs were several vacant lots in the area with signs that
showed the lot was once something else. We managed to eat
at most of the hotel restaurants and sampled room service one
morning. All the food was excellent. We ate at the genuine
Memphis Bar-B-Q Restaurant one night. They had GREAT
fried green tomatoes. We walked over to the Hard Rock one
day. It's very nice, but kind of cold and cavernous. We got our
slot cards preloaded with $10.00. We found some fun
machines and played and played and played. The machines at
the Hard Rock paid off more than the ones at our hotel.
"Bonnie has the magic touch. Every machine she touched
paid off. I had a few good moments, but eventually lost my
gambling fund. It was a lot of fun though. There are so many
different kinds of machines now and the crazy graphics made
us laugh. Saturday night we had a rare treat. We saw the band
Chicago in the hotel's 1200-seat amphitheater. Wow! What a
show. The stage setup was simple and elegant. We both mar-
veled at the way many band members played two or three
instruments. Several times they had six and seven part har-
mony going. Just amazing. They all looked pretty good too. I
haven't seen that many good-looking older men in one place
since last year's reunion. At one point Bonnie exclaimed, 'I
can't believe that guy is someone's grandfather.' Me neither.
"We checked out all the hotel's shops. At one shop we
found some really cute Elvis sneakers for sister Pam.
Unfortunately, they were $70.00. We thought this was about
S50.00 too much. When we left Bonnie was gracious enough
to share our airport limo with a nice couple who thought they
had a limo. but didn't. They had gambled at the Hard Rock
also...and reported they also won more there. I had a wonder-
ful time and appreciate the invitation from Bonnie to join her
That's it for now. Please let know of your comings and
goings. I love to hear from you!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
Nikki Fanning (BHS'85) lives in
Niceville, Fla., and sent me an email
with photos. She said that the Balboa
High School Alumni reunited in
Savannah, Ga., recently. She and
Debbie Heeres (BHS'85) from Fort
Walton Beach, Fla., Mary Toston Ed A
(BHS'84) from St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and Michael Brewer (BHS'98) from Orlando, Fla., all met
up with Danette Baxter (BHS'84) Brewer for a weekend to
reminisce and make new memories.
My wife Jean Armbruster and daughter Connie
(Armbruster) Dermody and granddaughter Krissy
Dermody (both born in Gorgas Hospital) went to an art show
on March 22, 2008, held at Watercolors, Fla., where Jean had
several of her paintings exhibited. She had one sale -
Jean Armbruster, Connie Dermody, and Krissy Dermody.
This reporter got a new toy and took his granddaughter
Krissy on a ride over Destin Beach, Fla., in the new toy, a
Light Sport Airplane. Then in February I escorted students
from my Travel Class (University of West Florida, CLL) to
Panama for ten days with tours to El Valle Sunday market,
and the canopy zip line adventure there, a trip up the Chagres
to the Embera Drua (Choco) Indian village, partial Canal
transit, overnight to San Bias, Portobelo, and city tour includ-
ing Miraflores Locks.
Nikki Fanning, Mary Toston, Danette Baxter Brewer, Krissy Dermody and Ed Armbruster with his Zodiac plane.
Doug Suttle, Michael Brewer, and Debbie Heeres.
Standing: Nikki Fanning. Seated (L-R): P
Debbie Heeres, and Danette Baxter Brewer.
Jean Armbruster, beautiful dancer with beautiful Pollera,
and Ed Armbrnster.
That's all of my news for this issue.
Edwin Armbruster, Reporter
The Ocala Ditchdiggers biannual
luncheon was held at the Golden Corral
on April 5th. It was great to see: David
and Barbara (Curles) Aycock, Bill
Melody and his son Pat Melody, Jerry
and Diane (Hutchinson) Cox, Larry Grace Shadeck
and Edna (Curles) Didier, Frank and
Debbie (Mokray) Lee, Fred and Claudia Robinson,
Captain Albert and Aura Wilder, Ted Norris, Ruth Conlan,
Juanita McConaughey, and Bob McConaughey who drove
from Merritt Island to visit his mom and Aunt Ruth and came
to our get-together. Of course, Tom and Kathy Wilder, Leo
Shadeck and I were there among the amiable group. Tom
reminded us about the following activities: the PCS West
Coast Picnic at Tarpon Springs, April 12th; the Spring
Luncheon at Sarasota, May 3rd; and the PCS Annual Reunion
in Orlando from July 2-6th. Larry Didier asked why was the
PCS Reunion held during the July 4th weekend and Tom
replied that the Society receives better rates during that time
such as the rental of the halls, the rooms, etc. He also men-
tioned that the Society is always looking for volunteers to
help with the different committees that keep our Society a
viable and valuable part of our legacy. If interested, please
contact Tom. He mentioned that the PCS General
Membership meeting will be at the Ocala Elks Lodge on
September 13, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The food
selection of chicken marsala or roast beef with all the trim-
mings sounds delicious. The cost of $15.00 per person, which
includes the tax and gratuities, is very reasonable. Look for
the announcement, directions, and reservation form in this
Canal Record. Since the next Ocala Ditchdiggers function is
usually held in October, the majority who were at the lunch-
eon agreed to meet on September 13th in conjunction with
the PCS General Membership meeting.
Edna and Larry Didier
Frank and Debbie Lee
Pat and Bill Melody
-... 1 '- .'
Fred and Claudia Robinson
Jerry and Diane Cox
cloak worn by the Aztec Indians) and when he went to show
the flowers to the bishop, instead of roses, an image of the
Virgin Mary miraculously was imprinted on his cloak. That
image is still seen quite clearly on the tilma which is present-
ly located in the basilica behind the main altar." In addition to
visiting several sites including various churches and pyra-
S. mids, the group enjoyed a boat ride on one of the flower boats
eating a typical Mexican meal while being serenaded by a
Mariachi band. Betty said the tour guides were very good and
the congenial group made her trip very special.
Dona Helmerichs, retired school teacher who taught in
many schools in the Canal Zone, sent me some pictures of her
daughter Cinda (Helmerichs) Spilling with the Spilling
clan, and herself with her granddaughter Megan (Spilling)
Haggerty and her two great-grandsons, Alex and Sean.
Kathy and Tom Wilder Unfortunately the photo with the Spilling clan did not pro-
I duce well and, hopefully, will be included in the October
Canal Record if another photo is sent. Dona said she really
enjoys living in Ocala, spending time playing bridge, and
helping Susan, her daughter, at her farm.
Albert and Aura Wilder .
Dona Helmerichs, \legan (Spilling) Haggerty and great-
grandsons, Alex and Sean.
Leo and I had a nice surprise visit when Sharon
Gladden, former nursing supervisor of GACH, visited us
several weeks ago. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and
Clinical Support Specialist for a large insulin company in the
world. Her work takes her to different areas of three states
where she provides training to physicians and their staff on
any and all diabetic topics which includes the Clinical
Practice Guidelines, diabetic treatment and methods for edu-
i ," .' rating patients. What an interesting and satisfying job. Before
Sharon called, Leo had bought some homemade empanadas
for our lunch. So not only did we have a wonderful visit, but
David and Barbara Aycock Sharon had an unexpected delicious treat.
Betty Blanchette, retired nurse of the Division of
Occupational Health, emailed me about a trip she recently
took to Mexico City. She wrote: "I joined a pilgrimage group
going to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and other sites
of interest in and outside the city. This Shrine was of particu-
lar interest to me as her feast day is December 12th which is
my birthday. In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan
Diego asking him to go to the bishop to have a chapel built at d "
that site. The bishop asked for a sign and Juan Diego was told '
by the Virgin Mary to go to the top of the hill and gather roses- '
he would find there. These were arranged on Juan's tilma (a Sharon Gladden
Our feature persons
for the Canal Record
are Woody and Ruth
(Rose) Foster. What
S1! brought you to Panama:
Woody I was in the
U.S. Army and later
became employed with
the Canal Zone Police
SDivision. I retired in
1 ". 1980; Ruth I was born
S. and raised there. My
Grandfather came in
S1910 (construction of
t the Panama Canal -
Woody and Ruth Foster Panama Railroad).
Years in Canal Zone: Woody 28 years; Ruth all my life
except for five years stateside. Key Events: Both said that
there were way too many to list. What is most missed: Both
said the warm weather, the Interior, and the social life. Ruth
added my maid Juana. Since Panama: Woody I have been
active in the Property Association and with the Masonic
Lodge; Ruth I have continued to pursue my hobby in art and
have completed both families' genealogy research. We trav-
eled to many places in the United States tracing the origin of
our ancestors. And both agreed that they are growing old
If anyone has any news for the next article, please call,
email, or snail them to me. Also, volunteers are needed for the
Feature Person(s) for the 2009 Canal Record. Muchas gra-
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
email: lvgs6171 embarqmail.com
Here on the Gulf Coast we're enjoy-
ing the beautiful weather we've been
having and not looking forward to the
next hurricane season--hopefully, it will
be a mild one like last year. Keith had
new hurricane windows installed and he Barbara li
installed beautiful cranberry-colored
shutters to compliment our new roof--he did a great job!
In January the Fishboughs (Rosa, Bob, Bobby, Kathy
and Lily Rose) traveled to their condo in Gulf Shores--they
went for a small vacation and to lay new tile. Since they're
not too far from Pensacola, they called and Darla, Jonathan
and I (Keith, Jeff and Shane were working) drove to Gulf
Shores and met them at their condo, which is located in a
beautiful complex. Rosa and I are like sisters and I was real-
ly looking forward to seeing her. I took them all some baked
goodies and fresh empanadas I had just made. We had a great
time just talking and being happy to be together. Bobby and
Kathy's new baby, Lily Rose, is just a precious bundle ofjoy-
we really enjoyed meeting her and Kathy for the first time.
We sat around and talked for awhile, walked on the beach and
later Bob took us all out for dinner at the Oyster House. We
reluctantly had to call it a day and drove back to Pensacola.
We're all planning to get together again at the 2008 Reunion.
It's amazing--just a few years ago, Rosa had no grandchildren
and "poof'--she now has five. She's just trying to keep up
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Lily, Kathy and Bobby Fishbough, Jonathan Creek, Darla
(Vose) Creek, and Rosa Fishbough.
Our grandson Jonathan (8), who attends Cordova Park
Elementary School, participated in the first ever "Pensacola
Kids Marathon." He attended the kickoff on January 5th,
where he ran his first mile and met Jared Fogle (spokesman
for the Subway commercials) and was thrilled to pieces.
Jonathan finished his 25 miles by February 17th and ran his
last 1.2 miles with the rest of the Pensacola Marathon runners
(including his mom, Darla (Vose), and dad Jeff). We are so
proud of him.
In March Louis Dedeaux went on an ATV off-road bike
trip to Ft. Valley, Ga. (south of Atlanta) with the usual Zonian
crowd and then headed to Lewiston, Idaho, to spend a week
visiting Neal Compton (while Barb was away on the
Panama Canal Museum Cruise). In April Barb Dedeaux flew
to Houston, Texas, for the wedding of her grandnephew,
Drew Vaughn (son of Mary (Clement) and Steve Vaughn).
Barb promised to take photos for the next issue. Orin and
Carol Clement also attended the wedding.
I received an e-mail from Bob Geddes who had just
returned from a trip to Panama (Cayuco Race Season)
informing me that two of our CHS'61 classmates are in
Panama--Sharon (McElhone) Phelan (a nurse) and Leslie
(Berger) Tassell (also a nurse). Sharon and Chuck are mov-
ing to El Volcan since they lost everything with Hurricane
Katrina. Her mom and three children still reside in Pensacola.
Leslie and Pete were, at the time of Bob's e-mail, relocating
from Santa Clara to a condo on Ft. Amador Causeway. It was
like nostalgia reading his e-mail--hope our class can go to
Panama for our 50th--really do miss our homeland!
April 11th through May 2nd Barb Dedeaux will be sailing
(along with her family members Katherine Egolf and her
brother Bill; Mary Ruth (Clement) Vaughn; George and
Bobbie (Williams) Egolf) on the Panama Canal Museum
Cruise again. The cruise is sailing from Fort Lauderdale--
making a complete transit of the Panama Canal--then debark-
ing in San Francisco. Barb and her family plan to stay a few
days in San Francisco before flying back to their homes.
They're all looking forward to the cruise and promised me
some great photos for the next issue.
Since Christmas I've still been doing lots of baking, my
passion. First, Valentine's, then Easter--I must have fixed up
at least 30 baskets filled with baked goodies. Keith says when
I bake and prepare all my goodie gifts, I'm in a space all my
own! At least, he gets lots of "good for you" homemade
goodies--his favorite is my Oatmeal Clusters.
Received an e-mail through Barb Dedeaux informing me
that Mrs. Dorothy (Huffman) Smith (our CHS English
teacher) would be celebrating her 97th birthday on April 1st.
What a wonderful English teacher she was. We sent her a
birthday card with some photos we thought she would enjoy.
I hope she had a great birthday!!
For Keith's birthday this year, the whole family took him
to Romano's Macaroni Grill. He had a great time opening
gifts from the grandchildren and indulging in a great pasta
dish along with a birthday chocolate cake--he was even sere-
naded "Happy Birthday" in Italian.
Our Gulf Coast mini-reunion did not pan out this year--
hopefully, we'll be able to organize one for next year--I've
had lots of e-mails and calls from interested people around
Once again we're anxiously looking forward to the 2008
Reunion--I know we're going to have a great time just like
last year--just love that Resort! Barb says she and Louie are
looking forward to it too--their friend Neal Compton will be
arriving from Idaho to drive to the Reunion with them and
will also be spending time visiting his daughter here in
I want to thank everyone who sends me their news-I real-
ly appreciate it. If you have any news for my next article--no
matter how small--please call or send to me. Hasta Luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
Very reminiscent of our days in ". ,
Panama, a small group of Merritt
Island Zonians gathered on an Indian
River beach for a Christmas tree burn
in early January. Most of the adults
had attended the traditional event as MCoaughey
children in the Canal Zone. When the word went out in the
family that there was going to be a tree bum, the young ones
enthusiastically hunted for trees in their neighborhoods and
dragged them home...they collected 17 trees. Even though the
trees were burned one at a time, the roaring blaze got the
attention of the local sheriff who dropped in on the party. Just
like in the Canal Zone where everyone knows everyone else,
the officer had heard of "Zonies" and befriended our group.
He told us to cut the trees in half before throwing them on the
fire to keep the blaze down. Attending but not in the photo
were: Janice Herring; Tom, Melinda, Breanne and Alison
Niemeyer; Samantha Grimison; and Dennis Huff. Others
attending who are in the photo were: Dylan Pletcher, Ryan
Pletcher, Tommy, Carly, and Megan Grimison, Sophia
Herring, Rachel Pletcher, and Mary Byrd up front, and
Geoff Pletcher, Tom and Nancy Grimison, Peggy Huff,
Richard Grimison, Rebecca Pletcher, Diana Grimison,
and Trina Herring in the back.
Christmas Tree Burn, January 2008
Richard Grimison flew to Panama to participate in the
55th Annual Cayuco Race. He paddled the NIC, which is the
oldest cayuco still participating in the race and holds the
record for the most wins in the history of the race. The NIC
crew also included Rachel (Bottin) Grimison, Mike Stump,
and Elizabeth Henter. They competed in the Open-Coed cat-
egory and finished in the middle of the pack...not bad since
most of the crew flew down at the last minute from Florida
and had little time to practice. After the race, Richard attend-
ed an impromptu mini-reunion of alumni from BHS classes
of 1979 and 1980 held at the Elks Club St. Patrick's Day
party. Alumni in attendance included: Jorge Bloise, Bliss
Morris Connerton, Mark Conover, Yvonne Cooper, Jody
de St. Germaine, Terri Garber, Carlton Morris, Kenny
Morris, Rob Morris, Richard McArthur, John Snavely,
Mary Thompson Snavely, and Clay Wharry.
Mike Stump, Rachel Grimison, Richard Grimison, and
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March 29th found many of us on the track again this year,
participating in the annual American Cancer Society Relay
for Life-Merritt Island. Our Zonian team P.A.L.S. (Panama
Amigos Lending Support) was amazing. Everyone pitched in
to help raise funds for this most worthwhile event by walking
the track, baking goodies, selling raffle tickets, and cheering
on the survivors and lending "bochinche" support to every-
one on the team as we took turns walking. It was quite a mile-
stone this year as our team Captain, Nikki Meyer, just cele-
brated her 25th anniversary of survival!
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Back (L-R): Jim Reid, Pam Reid, Kathie McConaughey,
Ron Meyer, and Bob McConaughey. Front (L-R): Fran
Meyer, Nikki Meyer, and Peggy Huff, 2008 Merritt Island
Relay for Life Planning Committee.
There were more than a few tears by many of us at sever-
al of the ceremonies during the day and evening. Ron and
Fran Meyer, Nikki Meyer, Bob and Kathie McConaughey,
Dennis and Peggy Huff, Pam and Jim Reid were the core
group organizers with much of the credit going to the Huffs
and Reids...the rest of us were willing and able goferss." Our
amazing banner (designed and carried out by the Reids), spe-
cialty cake (baked and decorated by Lindsey Reid), cow pie
toss game (conceived and constructed by Peggy Huff who
also donated and grilled delicious meat on a stick), and deco-
rations were outstanding...we missed winning the best deco-
rated site by only one vote!!! A great big thank you goes to
Dennis Gilbert whose generous financial support allowed us
to raffle off gift cards which generated a large part of our
donation to the society. Other team members who were able
to be there: Dick and Marcia Barrere, Beth and Don
DeStaffino, Evelyn and Chris Dishong and their future
daughter-in-law Julie Everingham, Jerri Farnsworth, Tom
and Nancy Grimison, Richard, Diana, Carly, Tommy, Megan,
and Samantha Grimison, Louise Hunt, Joe and Darleen
Hunt, Louie and Robyn Husted, Donita McConaughey,
Bob and Rob Munchbach, Annette (Nehring) Ruth, Janet
Watkins and granddaughter Kendall McClenahan, and our
"honorary" Zonians--Maria Felgar, and Roy and Joyce
Johns. Blanche Stabler, Frank Stabler and Stanley Wilson
came to the Relay but never found our site! If we are rested
up enough by next March, we will have our team out in front
again. Plan to join us...you will have fun!
I hope you all have a fun-filled summer--remember to
take lots of photos and send me your stories. The next dead-
line is August 8th.
Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
The January 19th Christmas tree
burn was more than just a success. It
was a gala extravaganza. 1 lost track of i
the number of trees but by my last ,
count we had over 125 trees stacked up
in Tom Robertson's yard. It was a per-
fect night for a burn and the kids of all
ages really enjoyed the "tossing and
turning" of the trees for over four Skip Rowley
hours. Tom has been very generous about hosting this event
for several years now. As usual, the amount of great food was
largely supplied by Tom, along with quite a few covered dish-
es from the attendees. The generous libations prepared by
Jack Brookshaw, a friend of Tom's, put the cap on a super
January 29th found me working the voting polls. I also
still work as an usher at the civic center, and have been able
to see all the FSU Basketball games this year, as well as sev-
eral Broadway plays and a host of other good events.
John Schmidt was recently invited to speak to the mem-
bers of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Military Officer's
Association of America on Panama and the "Proposal for the
Expansion of the Panama Canal." With 50+ in attendance,
John gave an historical sketch of "Why-When-How-Now."
John said it was especially exciting to be discussing the
expansion project and describing just how the new locks will
be sited as well as the operation and new concept of "water-
saving" basins. The talk brought the audience into the think-
ing and morals of those early in history who had designs on
coming to the Isthmus and making the crossing come true. He
then talked on just how you can make the voyage from ocean
to ocean with great vigor and expression so that anyone could
just feel the ship being lowered or raised as it made a transit.
The final portion of his talk centered on the "Proposal for the
Expansion of the Panama Canal" as outlined in the "Third Set
of Locks Project," Panama Canal Authority dated April 24,
2006. The following day while giving the same presentation
to a church group, he was invited to "do it again" later this
spring to a retirement community gathering. John is excited
to be doing something that he has been doing for a good part
of his life, talking about Panama and the Canal. He always
says, "Fond memories are made to be remembered...and
Bike week in Daytona, Fla., is an exciting event to behold
and even more exciting to attend. Mark and Katherine
Simons Heddaeus, along with Jim and Pam Reid, have
been attending bike week for several years and this year was
no different. They met up in Orlando and drove to Daytona to
attend the Motocross races, and to check out all the vendors
and beautiful bikes that were on display. Unfortunately it
rained this year which, according to Mark, was a disaster.
But, Katherine says they will go again next year.
Pam Reid, Katherine and Mark Heddaeus and Jim Reid
In February my wife Bev, our daughter Adriane and I
went up to Atlanta to see our niece Sara Snow perform in her
dance recital. She has been studying to become a Radio City
Music Hall Rockette. (See Georgia report.)
Clarence and Rosita Payne have once again traveled to
Colombia, and wrote that it was finally coming to an end.
They had such a good time in BogotA that they stayed an
additional week, after thirty wonderful days visiting with
Rosita's family in Barranquilla and Santa Marta on the
Atlantic Coast and Bogota and Melgar in the rugged Andes.
Rosita was able to have quality time with her brother and sis-
ter and enjoyed reconnecting with her nephews and nieces as
well as classmates from high school and even childhood
friends. They went up to Monserrate on a high mountain on a
cable car. Bogota rests right at the foot of this mountain.
Monserrate is the church built at the top of the mountain and
it can be seen from almost anywhere in BogotA. They will be
returning to Barranquilla in January 2009 to celebrate both
Rosita's 55th high school class reunion and their 50th wed-
ding anniversary. They were married in Barranquilla in 1959.
Clarence and Rosita Payne on Monserrate, Colombia
Brian and Renee Rowley Friedel flew out to San Diego
in March for a business conference. It was Renee's first trip
to California. She got in touch with several of her BHS'88
classmates who live on the West Coast, and they all got
together for an afternoon of catching up on lost bochinche.
Gabriella Sosa, Renee Friedel, Ashley Anderson-
Fishbough, Juan Cazorla, and Blair Bates by the Pacific
Remember your name badge is your passport
to participate in all reunion activities and to
receive special "negotiated" discounts. For
example, you can get a 10% discount on food
at hotel restaurants by showing or wearing
your name badge. This discount does not
apply for beverages.
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Bev and I drove down to Orlando on Good Friday to
attend the baptism of our oldest grandson, Matthew Friedel,
on Palm Sunday and also to celebrate Beverly's birthday with
our family. The weather was fairly warm and we decided to
try out the new Jacuzzi and have a "bop you on the head with
a styrofoam noodle" war.
In February my brother Skip Rowley
and his wife Beverly and daughter
Adrianne drove up to visit us in
Lawrenceville, Ga., for a long weekend to
June Stevenson see a dance recital that my 14-year-old
granddaughter Sara Snow was in. Sara is
very active in a local dance company, and that night she did a
beautiful ballet and several tap pieces. It was an excellent
show and, of course, my granddaughter was beautiful. Also
that weekend we drove up to the Northern part of Georgia to
have lunch at the famous Smith House and do some "shop-
ping" at all the cute little shops in the area. Beverly, Adriane
and I managed to do some damage to our pocketbooks at the
big Outlet Store, and we came home smiling.
Friedel-Rowley family members at baptism in Orlando, Fla.
Two young grandkids and one old Grandpa Skip in hot tub
The following weekend we hosted a backyard Johnny
Mazzetti birthday dinner/movie night. It was a cold evening
and we all had to snuggle up under blankets, with a little
toddy to keep warm while watching the double feature
movies. There were a dozen Zonians and a dozen of Bev's co-
workers. To add to that setting was a beautiful full moon.
This past weekend Sheila and Terry Stepp held their
annual Easter egg hunt dinner party. Terry puts out about 35
plastic eggs filled with money and candy. Last year Doug
Larrabee got the big money, and this year I beat him to the
draw. There were 12 of us in the back yard hunting for vari-
ous eggs with money in them. Sheila outdid herself with a
Ropa Vieja dinner, while Terry made delicious Strawberry
I really enjoy writing the articles for the Canal Record,
but please folks send me some stories of your activities, along
with some photos so 1 don't have to keep writing about
myself. Don't wait until the last minute. Send it any time and
I will put it in a file for when it's due.
Skip Rowley, Reporter
Sara Ann Snow before the dance recital.
Beverly, Skip and Adriane Rowley, and June and Davis
Stevenson at Smith House.
Cissy and Gary Collins spent Thanksgiving 2007 at the
Red Brick Pizza store in Sanford, Fla., which is owned by
their son-in-law Todd Young's family, and which Todd man-
ages. With them were her daughter Stacy Collins Young and
family, plus Jillian Collins Walker and her family. Instead of
roast turkey and dressing, they had arroz con polio, plantain,
empanadas, seviche and flan, and all this made me hungry
just writing about it! In March 2008 Gary and Cissy met
longtime college and former Canal friends, Jimmy and Betty
Reaves, in Knoxville, Tenn., for four days of sightseeing, vis-
iting and cards/domino games. Jimmy was working in
Panama for IAGS when the Collins family arrived in Panama.
Betty came to Panama to visit her relatives, Faye and Bob
Lee (Police Division), and stayed when she got her job teach-
ing elementary school. Betty eventually met and married
Jimmy, and left the Canal area in 1969 to live in Nolensville,
Tenn. Cissy says they had a wonderful visit with the Reaves
in Knoxville, visiting numerous historical sights and antique
shops; but warned against using the free trolley system, stat-
ing it seemed an unsafe form of transportation. Both couples
are planning on getting together next year.
(L-R): Todd Young (manager), Richard Walker, Stacy
Young, Cissy Collins, Jillian Walker holding McKenna
Catherine Walker, Sydney Grace Young, and Gary
Back: Jimmy Reaves and Gary Collins. Front: Betty
Reaves and Cissy Collins.
While in Panama in March 2008, Bob and Carol Ciepiela
attended the Folkloric Dance at the Las Tinajas Restaurant.
Bob is a former golfer at the Summit Golf Course and on our
Dry Season trip to Panama we went to the beautiful golf
course for lunch. While there Bob got a personal tour by golf
cart, of course, and came back very impressed with what he
saw. He looked ready to play a round of golf, and I'm sure he
would have if time permitted. Our trip also took us to beauti-
ful El Valle for the Sunday Indian Market, and I had my hus-
band take a photo of some of our travelers at the overlook to
Dry Season Tour Group (L-R): June Stephenson, Bob
Ciepiela, "JJ" Smith, Phyllis Emmett, Carol Ciepiela,
Connie Folse, Donna Smith, Manley Fuller, and Gary
Marie Drake sent me a note asking that I mention that the
BHS Class of 1948 is planning a class reunion during the
Panama Canal Society Reunion. They are combining the
reunion with the classes of 1949 and 1950. Russell Drew is
finalizing the plans (see Announcements).
Lori and Virgil Snow, along with their children, Nick
and Sara, flew to Washington, D.C., the day after Christmas
to spend a week visiting with Lori's cousin Suzanne Gerhart
George and husband Sean and their daughter Sara Kate.
While there they also visited with my sister Dorothy Rowley
Gerhart and her husband Jim and did some sightseeing in
downtown Washington, D.C. They went to the Natural
History Museum and the Holocaust Museum. Nick really
enjoyed visiting the DC area and family as the last time in the
DC area he was much younger and didn't appreciate the his-
tory of it all. Lori's cousin Kenneth Gerhart found time to
visit with them, even though he is writing a very detailed
paper as part of his academic requirements while he is attend-
ing the War College. Lori's other cousin Brian Gerhart was
also in town with his girlfriend, so the Snow family was able
to make their short visit complete by seeing all members of
the Gerhart/George family.
Remember your name badge is your passport to partic-
ipate in all reunion activities and to receive special
"negotiated" discounts. For example, you can get a
10% discount on food at hotel restaurants by showing
or wearing your name badge. This discount does not
apply for beverages.
n Gerhart and his friend from Korea
Judy Meyers (BHS'60) Pajak wrote about a great trip
she and Doug took to Panama this past December/January
along with their daughter Michele, who was celebrating her
40th birthday. Michele was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1967.
Michele, her husband Eric and their two children, Carina
and Kendall, loved seeing where their Mom was born and
where JuJu and PopPop were born and raised. Their trip was
put together with Lori Snow's help and they had a wonderful
time being tourists and enjoying all the great new tourist
industry and all the growth and development. While spending
several days over New Year's Eve at Coronado Beach Resort
they saw several other Zonians. They also went Peacock Bass
fishing in Gatun Lake, took the Monkey Island Tour and
other tours at the Gamboa Rainforest and even managed to
get in a partial Canal transit tour.
The Pajak family at Panama Viejo
Judy says the trip back to Panama was especially interest-
ing as her family's history goes back to the construction days.
Her father Francis Joseph Meyers (retired from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers) was raised by his parents in the
Canal Zone with his two brothers in the early 1900s. After
spending many years in the Canal Zone, his family returned
to New Jersey. In the early 1940s her parents (Francis Pajak
and Betty Meyers Pajak) returned to the Canal Zone to work
and raise their family. She also said that since retiring to the
Savannah, Ga., area in 2001, they have seen many of their
Canal Zone friends who either live close by or have traveled
to their area. Being in the Savannah/Hilton Head area and just
off 1-95 makes it easy for friends to visit.
Kristine Fox (BHS'90) Hunter of Gainesville, Ga.,
wrote that she and her brothers got together in January with
some friends from Panama while in the metro Atlanta area.
They all had a great time visiting with friends from the Zone
and look forward to the 2008 Panama Canal Society reunion.
Family members of the group besides Kristine were: George
Fox (BHS'86), Bryan Fox (BHS'88) and his son Logan,
Darren Fox (BHS'91), Jennifer Sweeney (BHS'91) Fox,
and their son Aiden.
Back: Darren Fox and George Fox. Front: Jennifer Fox
holding Aiden; Kristine Fox Hunter, and Bryan Fox hold-
If you live in any part of Georgia and have some news
about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama visitors, please either
give me a call or send me an email/letter so I can get your
news in the Canal Record.
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
fIn December my children pre-
pared a really extravagant meal, all
home-prepared. It was served by my
family as the waiters, bartenders and
kitchen staff. I have never had a fancier
party. I suppose they thought I should be ushered into my
70th year with all honors and celebrations. I asked many
guests and relatives whom I hadn't seen for some time to
I spoke with Pat Marek and she said that she has moved
to a retirement home in Sykesville, Md.
Since there is little in the way of news from other
Marylanders, I suppose I could let you all know that my
grandson Adam C. Kavalsky returned from Iraq with the
Army National Guard. Adam is now a First Lieutenant and
found that his assignment in Iraq was really interesting.
Instituting a more Western form in the correctional system
there was one of his assignments--utilizing up-to-date meth-
ods and teaching the Iraqis to correctly apply the methods. He
will be returning, we think, in March.
Adam is an Eagle Scout and has earned his Master's
degree. Before being deployed, he married a beautiful woman
named Christina. My youngest grandson, Alex Forrest
Kavalsky, is now an Eagle Scout as well.
On February 14th, we celebrated our fourth anniversary
and Bud and I went to visit Hershey, Pa., for the Chocolate
Extravanganza. We enjoyed a four-course meal prepared with
chocolate as the emphasis. The Hotel Hershey pulled out all
the stops presenting this meal. Can you imagine a demitasse-
sized spoon for your chocolate soup?
Unfortunately, sad to say my mother Lois E. Harrison
died on February 26th (see With Deep Sorrow).
Please stay well and try to keep me up-to-date with your
news and that of other former Zonians.
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
As I begin this article Spring is
just a few hours away. The flowers
Pat Hunt are blooming, the trees beginning to
bud, and I (for one) am delighted. Haven't received too much
news though so far.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny flew to Arizona in January
for a ten-day visit with Willy Jr. and Ana in Yuma. Willy is
the Arizona project manager for FILANC Construction. They
are in the process of building a $70-$80M water treatment
facility for the city of Yuma. Willy took his Dad and Wilma
on a personal tour of the construction site which covers about
52 acres! It was very interesting. While in Yuma they drove
over to Mexico for the day. It seemed as though every
Canadian and American from the northern United States was
in Mexico purchasing prescription medicines and/or having
dental work done. It's quite a bit cheaper there in Algodones
than in the United States. Wilma got a great pair of prescrip-
tion sunglasses for half the price. RVs were everywhere--
even parked out in the desert. It was quite a sight to see.
Included in their 10-day trip was a day at the PGA
Phoenix Open Golf tournament. They, and about 100,000
plus, saw several big-name PGA players perform while at the
same time enjoying all the "guest hospitality"--drinks, food
and gifts courtesy of FILANC Construction and son Willy.
The weather was perfect and it was a memorable day with
lots of fun. Before flying home to North Carolina, they went
with Willy and Ana for an overnight visit to their home in
Prescott. There they found what they thought they had left
behind in North Carolina--cold weather and snow! Although
they had a wonderful visit, they report that desert life isn't
their thing. They miss the trees--with or without the leaves.
Well, maybe except for the raking part!
The traveling Bradleys, Jim and Diane, took a 14-day
Caribbean cruise in January aboard the Celebrity Azmara
Quest, a new 700-ton passenger ship in the Celebrity line.
When they boarded the ship they were surprised to meet up
with some Zonian friends who were traveling with friends
from California. They all had a great time together.
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Harold Sorrell, Jim Bradley, Ann Suescum, Diane
Bradley, and California friends.
In February they traveled to Florida to visit Jim's sister
Marian and attended the Panama Canal Museum fund-raiser
dinner while they were there. They really enjoyed the muse-
um gathering and said it was a very nice affair. After return-
ing home to check things out, they returned to Jacksonville to
stay with Candace and Lauren while Jimmy and Sherry
Bradley went skiing in Colorado. Another six-day cruise in
March, but this time with the girls who were on their spring
break. They left from Tampa on the Carnival Legend and vis-
ited four ports in the Caribbean. A good time was had by all.
I ran into Albert and Lola Jones at church one evening.
Lola was heading for Florida for a couple of weeks to babysit
the grandkids--or maybe it was to get away from the cold
weather! Al had to "bach it" till she returned.
I had an e-mail from Karen Coffey in Panama telling me
she was an extra in a James Bond movie that was being
filmed there. After that she was taking a three-week sailboat
trip in the Caribbean and then was going to Europe with two
friends, touring Greece and Italy. Karen and I worked togeth-
er in Occupational Health.
Mary Deheck writes that she and Terry Fuqua are now
living in Hampstead, N.C. They moved there in September
2007 after spending several years overseas. Mary worked for
the Department of Defense Dependents schools as an
Information Specialist-Librarian from 1982 till her retirement
in August 2007. They met and married in 1987 while Mary
was working in Panama. Terry retired in 1987 and since then
they have lived in Washington state, the Azores on Terceira
Island, Okinawa, Japan, SHAPE Belgium, Wiesbaden,
Germany, and finally La Maddalena, an island off the north-
west tip of Sardinia, which is part of Italy in the middle of the
Mediterranean Sea. When the Naval Base closed there in
2007 she retired and they moved to North Carolina. Mary was
originally from Michigan, but like many "northerners," nei-
ther of them wanted to live through those fierce winters so
they opted for North Carolina. Now they only have to worry
about hurricanes, living so near the coast! They are busy
enjoying retired life and traveling. They drove across country
from Danville, Calif., to Hampstead--a 4,300-mile journey--
in Terry's 1974 Ford Bronco last August when they retired.
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Terry and Mary Deheck Fuqua
Some of you may know that I am a doll collector and my
doll club has an annual event called "A Day With" at the
Biltmore estate. Doll people come from several states for the
program. The group at my table was from Florida and as we
all introduced ourselves and said where we came from I men-
tioned I was from Panama. One of the ladies, a Sara Jane
Rowe, said that she and her husband knew a man from
Panama by the name of Sam Catlett. I told her that I knew
him and that his dad (also Sam) and my husband Jack were
very close friends and worked together in the Storehouse. She
went on to say "and we also met a young woman game war-
den in one of the state parks who was from Panama." Before
she could finish the sentence I said, "Could her name have
been Jean Marie Gramlich?" She started laughing and
replied yes. I said I've known Jean since she was a baby and
that they lived across the street from us in Diablo. How's that
Unless any more news comes in the next day or so that
will be it for this issue. I'm off to my daughter Lori's to help
out while she recovers from surgery, and will be away from
my computer for a couple of weeks. Sam and Laurie Trinca
have downsized to a brand-new condo, and are slowly set-
tling in. They will be closer to Lisa in their new place. Keep
your news coming--e-mail, snail mail or phone. Have a great
summer and if you are in the neighborhood we will be having
our fall picnic at Jackson Park in Hendersonville in
September. Give me a call for the date.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Greetings to all in the Pacific Northwest, where we are
still waiting for spring to make an appearance.
Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus will host the NW
Panama Canal Picnic on August 2nd at the North Bonneville
City Park. They will host a potluck Friday night at their place
in Bonneville for those who are there on Friday. Information
should be coming out by snail mail and email shortly. Jim and
Clover have been busy this last winter moving their folks,
Jim and Noralie Shobe, to Wauna, Wash., next door to
Clover's brother Steve Shobe and also moving their daughter
Tina twice in the last three months. Tina recently became
engaged and now Jim and Clover are in the process of help-
ing her with a wedding on September 6th. Their son Josh is
currently in Australia training the Aussies to fly robotic
miniature planes (spy planes) for ten weeks. His wife and Jim
and Clover are glad to have e-mail opportunities with him. I'm
sure he misses his wife and son Miles (16 months). Jim and
Clover will be attending Jim's 35th class reunion in Florida in
July and visiting with Clover's good friend Kim Welty
Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca and her partner, James Brown,
Jr., have recently purchased a winter home on the
Florida/Georgia border. After a couple of months of redeco-
rating, they will be returning to Poulsbo, Wash., to spend the
summer with their children. Glenda's son Charles Smith
(son of Clinton Smith (BHS'68)) is very active in the
Peninsula Softball League and spends a great deal of the sum-
mer weekends traveling around Washington in tournaments.
His seven-year-old son Samuel attends these games, helps in
the dugout and learns, as he plays T-ball from May-July.
Charles' four-year-old daughter Ruby Mae (named after
grandmother Gila Mae Hancock Smith) adores crafts with
her mother and grandma Glenda, and anything pink and/or
purple. Glenda and James have six biological grandchildren
and five step-grandchildren between them, all living in the
Pacific Northwest, so days and nights are very busy when
they are here.
Sue Simpson-Pitts and her husband Jim Pitts are doing
photo shoots with photographers around Portland, Ore. These
prints are used for magazine articles or other advertising.
Sometimes their cute two-year-old Lhasa Apso dog, Joey,
who only looks old, is included. After retiring early, Jim ful-
filled his lifelong dream of teaching drums. He also has a
Latin/Jazz band and plays weekends in Portland.
Zonie the parrot says.
"Don't forget the O I1 Show
on Thursday night, July 3.
at 10:00 p.m.
in Sebastian I-4!
There's free popcorn."
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itself are still just as our grandfathers built them. And the
empanadas, seviche, and Cerveza Panama are still most
excellent. A special part of the trip was getting to know his
old friend Monty Belanger once again and meeting Monty's
wife and sons.
Tom and Carmen Matthews had a family get-together at
their home in Olympia during February. Attending were all
three daughters, Tricia, Annie and Julia, along with son-in-
law Mike Lawrence and all of the grandchildren, Isabella,
Marlon, Ashley, Taylor, Austin, Josh and Lilly.
Mathews' family gathering
Will Graham (CHS'68) and his wife Denise visited
Panama for two weeks after Christmas 2007. Will had great
fun showing Denise his old stomping grounds on the Atlantic
side, including his old neighborhood in Margarita, "the
trees," the ski docks, the Tarpon Club, and the Brazos Brooks
Golf Club. It was Will's first trip back in over 35 years, and
he was amazed at how much had changed and how much
remained the same. Panama City has grown into a big city,
but the Hercules crane, the Panama Railroad, and the Canal
Will Graham and Marty Belanger, Fort San Lorenzo
Beth (Snider) Hutchinson writes that Lee and Kathy
Snider, former Atlantic-siders, have five grandchildren grad-
uating this summer. Kristin Snider, daughter of Tom Snider
(CHS'76) and Col/Dr. Evelyn Barraza (CHS'74) will grad-
uate from Western Washington University in Bellingham,
Wash., with a degree in elementary education. Kristin is pur-
suing a teaching career on the Kitsap Peninsula in
Washington. Ryan Snider, Tom and Evelyn's youngest son,
will graduate from Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor,
Wash. Ryan is considering accepting a scholarship to Linfield
College in McMinnville, Ore. Ryan also applied to Western
Washington University and Central Washington University.
He hopes to attend a college where he can play football.
James Herring, fourth and youngest son of Tim (CHS'67)
and Theresa Herring (CHS'78) will graduate from Central
Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Wash. He is a supervisor
for Ross, a department store, and plans on working in the
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. His great-
grandfather, grandfather, brothers and uncles work or have
worked in the shipyard. Bernadette Herring, daughter #3,
graduated from Central Kitsap High School and plans on
spending her next year as a missionary for the Catholic
Church serving as a co-worker in the Regnum Christi move-
ment. Carl Snider, oldest son of Michael Snider (CHS'72)
and Joan Kirkpatrick will graduate from Kaupan Mt.
Carmel High School in Wichita, Kan. Carl received an aca-
demic scholarship and will be attending the University of
Dallas in Dallas, Texas. On June 15th the Sniders, Herrings
and Morgans will be gathering at the Elks Lodge in
Bremerton, Wash., for a grand celebration for all the gradu-
ates. Out-of-state guests will be Ken and Patty Snider-
Morgan (CHS'73), their daughter Bridgette, and their
granddaughter Peyton coming from Topeka, Kan. Joe
(CHS'72) and Renee Rivet (CHS'83) Herring and their
three children, Rachel, Joey and Mark, will be coming from
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
In February John and Michele (Greene) Bundy took
their son Mark, daughter-in-law Janine and grandson Zane
with them when they returned to Panama for the first time in
over 25 years. Their good friends, John and Zeta Smith,
went along too. They spent a couple of days in Santa Clara at
Las Sirenas--which they absolutely loved--with side trips up
to Penonome for sandals and a trip to El Valle to visit the El
Nispero Zoo. Then it was off to Panama Vacation Quarters for
a week--another fantastic spot to use as a base camp. From
there they went on a zip line canopy tour with the Adrenaline
Factory at Maria Chiquita--a must do says Michele and Mark,
who wanted to do a second tour as soon as they'd finished the
first one, even though Michele came in "hot" and backwards
to one tower and had to have the "J brake" thrown to stop her.
Then it was off to Panama Viejo and the Interpretive Center
there, Casco Viejo and the Napoli for pizza. John swore he
wasn't going to drive to any of those places, so they arranged
for a driver through PVQ--great driver, tour guide and body-
guard. There just isn't any pizza anywhere that can compare
to the Napoli. Then off they went to Taboga for the day, with
a delicious corvina lunch at a bed-and-breakfast on the island.
Sure wish we could get corvina up here too. A trip to
Miraflores and the new visitor center was a "must do"--good
for Zane as he had to give a report on Panama when he got
back to school. While in Panama they met up with Ted
Henter, Bill Weigle, Bill Huff and also ran into Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow at the Albrook Mall. Definitely a
great trip, and all said they wanted to go back again.
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Michele Bundy (on right) getting geared up for her zip line
Deadline for the
is August 8, 2008.
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Mark Bundy, and Zeta Smith. Front: John Bundy.
Anne Grimm has her seventh book, since 2006, titled
Nonprofit Organization, How We Established Ours due out
very soon. Anne is also working on a "read aloud" book that
will also be available soon. She is still writing her weekly
email column Grimmly Reflecting.
Bob and Mary Blake took a fabulous Holland America
cruise to southern Alaska last August. They boarded the MV
NOORDAM right at Pier 31 in Seattle, Wash., thus avoiding
border crossings and lines at airports. The ship went out the
Strait of Juan de Fuca, then up the west coast of Vancouver
Island, British Columbia before ducking into the Inside
Passage, arriving at Glacier Bay, Alaska, the second morning
at sea. The whole afternoon was spent cruising Glacier Bay
and its many glaciers. From Glacier Bay they sailed to Juneau
and on for the rest of the week to Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria,
British Columbia and home, with fair skies and calm seas all
the way--an ideal trip. They also saw grey whales spouting
and feeding offshore at Juneau, Russian dancers at Sitka, a
totem pole forest at Ketchikan, and a fleet of other cruise
ships at Victoria. A very satisfactory northern cruise to follow
the Caribbean cruise they reported after Christmas of 2006.
Since then they have stayed close to home while enjoying the
Seattle Opera season and family gatherings at Thanksgiving
and Christmas. They are looking forward to a college gradu-
ation and a new great-granddaughter, both due in June.
Bob and Mary Blake on MV NOORDAM
Patricia Upton sends greetings from Idaho; where the
calendar may say it is spring, but looking out the window it is
still winter! They still have 30 inches of snow on the ground
and the daytime high temperature barely makes it over freez-
ing. Patricia would like to find a way to recover a "time cap-
sule" that the Canal Zone Girl Scout Council placed in one of
the "cabins" that was built at Camp Caribbean in Gatun. She
was in Panama (late May 2007) and went by the camp. The
"cabins" are still there--what's left of them--walls only, no
floors, roofs or windows. The capsule was placed in the foun-
dation of one of the buildings--she was at the placement of
that time capsule, probably sometime in 1970 or 1971.
According to the sign on the property it now is under the
jurisdiction of the Lions Club. She has tried contacting them,
but has had no response from them. She has also tried con-
tacting the Panama Canal Museum and has not heard back
from them. If anyone has any connections or recommenda-
tions, Patricia would be interested in hearing from you.
Jim and Mary Young of Camano Island, Wash., spent
five weeks in Panama in January and February visiting their
son Jim Young and his wife Mary in Curundu. They also
spent time with David and Nathalie Young and grandsons
Luis and Brian. Joining Jim and Mary on their trip were
Mary's sister Nancy Sullivan Schorsch and her husband
Carl, and Mary's brother Jim Sullivan and his wife Carol.
Nancy and Carl live in Ventura, Calif., while Jim and Carol
live in San Mateo, Calif. Most of their time was spent in the
former Canal Zone visiting with family and old friends, all
the while enjoying the balmy, warm weather.
JoAnne Hatchett Kent, Beth Hatchett Trout, Jim Young,
Vee Hatchett McClaren, and Mary Young in Gamboa.
Mary Young, Dorothy Sousa, and Jeanine Eggleston
Thanks for sharing your news....and, please, keep it com-
ing. You can reach me on my email or by calling me on the
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
Hello from Oklahoma!!
Bill and Teresa Keller traveled to Virginia in October
2007 to visit their sons, BJ and Gregg. BJ is stationed at
Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, and he was in Virginia for a few
weeks at a special school for the Navy. Gregg lives in
Virginia and is an Intelligence Specialist, attached with the
SEALS. Last minute news from Teresa: BJ and his wife wel-
comed a new baby girl into the family Lana Marie Keller.
Lana was born on March 30, 2008, at 3:55 a.m. (Sicily time).
Big brother, who is 13 years old, is excited about his baby sis-
Bill and Teresa Keller, Virginia
Zonie the parrot says,
S"Don't forget the
Saturday atinee on July 5,
at 2:00 p.m.
in Sebastian 1-4.
There's free popcorn."
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At the beginning of March 2008, John and Madeleine
(Lugo) Raffler took a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean on
the Carnival Conquest, departing from Galveston, Texas.
Living up to their reputations of being party animals, John
and Madeleine partied and danced into the wee hours of the
mornings. John wrote that he and Madeleine held back a lit-
tle on the dancing to save themselves for the Society Reunion
Madeleine (Lugo) and John Raffler, Jamaica
During Spring Break 2008, George and Linda (Huff)
Dany enjoyed a vacation on south Galveston Island in Texas,
along with George's sister Colleen (Dany) Flint and her hus-
band Jay Flint. Colleen lived in the Canal Zone from 1966-
1969, attending Balboa Elementary School, while her Dad
was stationed at Quarry Heights as the Chief of Staff for
Linda (Huff) and George Dany, Jay and Colleen (Dany)
Flint, Galveston Island.
Jean Burns celebrated his 80th birthday on March 6,
2008. His wife Doris Burns, son Scott Burns, and daughter
Laura (Burns) Redemann and husband Mike Redemann
planned a surprise birthday party for Jean at a local German
restaurant in Tulsa. Jean's relatives were invited and the
group of 26 had a nice evening reminiscing of days past.
Laura (Bums) Redemann was saddened to learn of Joe
Carlisle's passing. Joe was a close neighbor and family
friend of Laura and her parents in the Fishbowl in Ancon.
Laura has had contact with two of Joe's daughters Joni Sue
(Carlisle) (BHS'82) Bair and Jo Carlisle (BHS'89), and
Laura knows that Joe's three daughters miss him very much.
See With Deep Sorrow for more details.
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Saludos de Panama! Well here I
was complaining in the last issue about
being Panama-bound for months and
next thing I know I'm in the USofA
again visiting with my children and
Anna Opel grandchildren in both San Antonio and
Homestead. This is of course after attending my class reunion
(BHS'68) in late January at the Decameron Hotel here in
Panama. I'm almost embarrassed to tell you that for as long
as the hotel has been open, it was our first stay at the resort
and my husband Carl and I really enjoyed the facilities. The
reunion was outstanding and I relished the time spent visiting
with "old" oopss, should I use that word?) classmates!
Anna Opel, Barbara (Wesley) Taylor, Fran (Stabler)
Meyer, and Lee (Harwell) Grant, Los Camisones
A few days after I was on my way to San Antonio to be
the "granny-nanny" for Marianna and Elysia Szymanski
and Brian DeLeon. The quality time was delightful but the
weather was unpleasantly cold. After a few weeks there I was
off to Homestead with Topogigo, my daughter Patricia
Phillips' Chihuahua, to take him back to Panama when I
returned, getting ready for her big move back home. I spent
another few weeks with my daughter Jenilee and grand-
daughter Sophia. My sister Dottie (Miller) Meissner and her
friend John McKenzie joined me and helped prepare for
Sophia's first birthday party (see Congratulations). After
seven weeks away, I was ready to come back and help Carl
deal with the contractor and construction going on at the
house and home in time for Easter. Patricia was here for
Easter and we celebrated that special day with a Johnny
Mazzetti dinner here at the house with close friends to
include Stan Leon, Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Gordon
Buckles, Jack Townsend, and of course Patti and her hus-
band Doyle Phillips. Then Carl had to return back to
Baghdad, so it's my turn to be "home alone." On to the other
Debbie (Ocheltree) Sykes wrote me back in January and
asked me for a favor for her daughter Brittany who is plan-
ning her wedding for late May 2008. They wanted white tem-
bleques to go along with her bridal veil and sent me photos as
an example. No problem, off to Old Panama Artisans, tem-
bleques ordered, picked them up when I came back home,
and they arrived in Arkansas with plenty of time to spare. I
was honored to help an old friend.
As 1 mentioned earlier, the BHS Class of 1968 held their
40th reunion at the Decameron Beach Resort in Panama on
January 19-23, 2008. Approximately 50 classmates and
spouses attended the reunion. A golf tournament, trip to El
Valle, boat trip up the coast, a delicious paella dinner at Los
Camisones Restaurant, city tours and the Chiva Parrandera
were on the agenda.
Michael John (BHS'91), Sofia and Isabella Maduro
from Frisco, Texas, visited Panama in December 2007 and
Shirley Maduro sent in this photo taken at a holiday family
dinner at Christine (Maduro) (BHS'94) and Victor Regan's
home in Panama City.
Lucy Marie Robayna, Danny (BHS'97), Sofia Maduro,
Michael Maduro holding Isabella, Jonathan, Christine
(Maduro) and Victor Regan.
The BHS Class of 1968
In February, Melva (Samudio) Bowman enjoyed a two-
week visit to Frisco, Texas, to spend time with her daughter
Melissa VanLeeuwen (BHS'91) and four-month-old grand-
daughter Isabella Marie VanLeeuwen. Melva and husband
John Bowman live in Balboa, R.P.
dous commitment, hard work and support that he gives to
Ed Wardlow being installed by Tom Elmore, Special Elks
Delegate from Florida.
Melva Bowman with Melissa VanLeeuwen holding
Fred and Inez Clark recently returned from a short 14-
day Florida visit (Inez at her Mom's in Tampa and Fred with
his brother Ralph in Port Charlotte). They were happy to
come home to the warm tropical climate of Panama as they
encountered 42-degree weather during their stay in the states.
Fred and Inez Clark, Miami Beach
In an e-mail from Vicki Sizemore, she writes: "Ed
Wardlow was installed as Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent
Protective Order of the Elks #1414, Balboa, Republic of
Panama, on April 9, 2008. BPOE #1414 was instituted
September 4, 1921. Ed is the 83rd ER; five members have
served twice. Currently, there are 30 living Past Exalted
Rulers. BPOE #1414 supports many charities in the Panama
area to include the Helen Keller School, Union Nacional de
Ciegos, the Mother Teresa Home, Casita de Mausi and others.
There are currently 385 members of BPOE #1414. Ed first
came to Panama with the USAF in 1959 and was stationed at
Albrook. He left in 1979 and returned in 2005. Coming full
circle, Ed lives in Albrook with his wife Vicki Sizemore
(BHS'70). During Ed's installation as Exalted Ruler, Arthur
Mokray, Lodge Secretary, was given the Officer of the Year
Award by Special Elks Delegate Tom Elmore for the tremen-
Art Mokray, his mother Nancy Mokray, and Tom Elmore.
"Democrats Abroad Panama has elected new officers for
the coming term. They are: Chairperson-Vicki Sizemore,
Vice Chair-Dr. Richard Koster, Secretary-Nick Jackson,
and Treasurer-Mary Roush. This year Democrats Abroad
voted for the first time in a Global Primary from February 5-
12. Due to Carnival, democrats in Panama voted on February
12. They could vote online or at the Voting Center in Balboa.
There was a tremendous turnout including people that trav-
eled from Colon and two young men voting for the first time.
Democrats Abroad International will have 11 delegates to the
Democratic National Convention.
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Nick Jackson, Vicki Sizemore, Dr. Richard Koster and
"We have seen many visitors to Panama in the past cou-
ple of months to include TheresaWright (BHS'70) and her
brother Stan who makes frequent visits to the homeland.
Skeeter and Shirley Camby were in town during Carnival.
Many folks came to celebrate Diana (Duncan) Bishop's 50th
birthday including Debbie Bandy Beall, Martha Duncan
and Vicki Borrell. We enjoyed seeing Helen Aanstoos and
Isaac Hay on their last visit. Sandy Wallace was in town for
a while. Linda Layman's cousins Katia and Arlene
Winerman were here to visit and we had some great dinner
parties while they were here. My classmate Rusty Vaucher
(BHS'70) was here as was Bill and Margaret McLaughlin.
We enjoyed a visit from Sandy Chesson (BHS'70) in March.
As always, we enjoyed our returning Albrook Park neighbors
Dennis and Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan. Wendy and Dennis
had quite a few family members visit while they were here
including brother George Cotton. It is always great to see
members of the 'tribe' home for a visit.
"The 'new' Balboa Yacht Club is almost completed and is
a great spot to enjoy a cold Panama, visit with friends and
have a bite to eat. Manager Dave Cooper (Dave's dad is
retired CZP Lou Cooper) is doing a great job and if you are
coming to Panama you must visit. It is across the street from
the old location.
"We welcome home Linda Layman who will be returning
to live in Panama from California in June, Carol and Jerry
Coffey who will make their home in Diablo and Lou and
Sandy Reyes who will be Jerry and Carol's neighbors in a
new apartment building in Diablo.
"Ed and I will not be coming to the states this year.
Instead, we have decided to stay in Panama and take a road
trip to the Azuero Peninsula and Chiriqui in June."
The Panazonian community was saddened by the passing
of some of our members these past months: Chris Skeie,
George Klein, Charles D. Wood, Sonny Pereira de Castro
(BHS'42), William Richardson, and April Leaver. See
With Deep Sorrow for Skeie and Klein obituaries. Our con-
dolences are offered to their families.
Well, so ends another report and I encourage all of you
living and/or visiting Panama to send me an e-mail--share
your news and photos! Until next issue, hasta la vista!!
Anna Opel, Reporter
Finally Spring has "sprung" and
the flowers are blooming and all that
nasty cold has left the building!!
South Carolina is so beautiful in the spring. The mountains
can be seen from the Upstate and all over little creatures are
waking up and bringing the sounds of spring with them.
Maybe this will be the year that the South Carolina Zonians
will attempt to have some mini-reunions all over the State. I
hope to hear from some of you this year. I need to have more
news so that the Zonian population of South Carolina won't
be forgotten. Remember, it can be good news or bad news;
just send it to me and I'll see that it gets published. Just like
I had a wonderful note from Ev (Menges) (CHS'68)
Sellers and husband Tom (CHS'59) who recently moved to
South Carolina. This is what she had to say to all the Zonians:
"Hola fellow Zonians Tom and I recently moved from
Manassas, Va., to Sun City Hilton Head located in Bluffton,
S.C. It is a lovely area and we are happy to be in a much
smaller home with much less maintenance with more time for
play. Sun City Hilton Head is a great adult playground; the
amenities here are unbelievable there is something for
everyone. We extend an invitation to all Zonians in the area
or passing thru to call upon us at anytime. Although our new
home is small, the guest room is comfy and available. As
soon as we find the time we plan on having a ping-ding and
putting out the 'call' to all Zonians in the surrounding areas.
Until then, adios and God Bless."
As you can see, Ev hasn't had a chance yet to develop that
Southern drawl. In the South we say, God Bless y'all!! If any
of you Cristobal High School alums want to visit with Tom
and Ev drop them a line at their email address or home
address in the April 2008 Annual Directory.
The southeastern comer of South Carolina where Tom
and Ev are now residing is very beautiful and offers a great
chance for playing golf and other sports. And the weather is
Again, don't forget to send me your Canal Zone news sto-
ries. If you have problems reaching me via e-mail (czgar-
cial4(bellsouth.net), reach me by phone (864) 801-2072.
I'll be waiting to hear from y'all!
Daffodils are popping their heads
out from the winter debris--it's cold but
Spring is definitely in the air in North
One hundred and twenty former
parishioners of the Crossroads Bible Linda Morris
Church on Gaillard Highway met for a
three-day assemblage at the Country Inn on Amador
Causeway. It was a week of fellowship and prayer led by
Pastor Steve Gun. Locally, Pat Scott, from Pilot Point,
Texas, helped "to gather the flock" with her monthly newslet-
ter written and distributed to members of the former Panama
congregation. There was time for seeing the sights and the
amazing growth in Panama was noted. While in Panama, Pat
Scott visited with daughter Brenda (BHS'75) and husband
Joe Hummer and two children, who live in Los Rios.
Update on the Scott family in the Dallas area: Joel
(BHS'82) is a policeman in Piano. His wife Robin is a
Principal at Acker, Special Program School in the Frisco. The
Scotts have triplets: Cameron, McKenna and Paige, 11-
year-olds who are very involved in competitive sports.
Missionaries Mirko and Traci (Cotton) (BHS'80)
Delibasich have built "The Word of Life Camp" in Cham6
which gives many young Panamanians exposure to Christian
teachings. Fred and Jacquie Cotton (BHS'53) have been
instrumental for many years in the construction of the camp.
It is also an opportunity for the Cottons to spend time in
Albrook with their three grandchildren, Caleb, Rachel and
Keith (BHS'76) and Martha Cotton live in Coppell,
Texas, and have two grown sons: Jared (24) and Kevin (21)
and a daughter Elizabeth (15). Keith Cotton graduated from
Baylor University in Waco and is close enough to go to the
"Spring Break in Panama" was teeming with Zonians--
and they were everywhere. The DeLaMater boat shed in
Diablo was the perfect spot to see the end of the 2008 Cayuco
Race. Billy "D" graciously offered viewing space to John
and Bliss (Morris) Connerton to join the multitudes--Hobie
Richey, Tim Stone, Mary Thompson, Stephanie Nellis
Hayes, David and Yvonne Cooper, Louis and Sandy Reyes,
Jason Critides and spouse Leslie Reinhart, Richard
McArthur, and Terri Garber Corbit.
Johnny Magee, who completed the race on the 1st place
team, was congratulated after the race by David and Mayra
Seitz (visiting from Germany), Keith Fearon, and Ted and
Teresa Fahy. One had to look no farther than the Napoli to
find hordes of visiting Zonians. The price was right on the
personal-size pizza and it is reported just as good as remem-
The Elks Club St. Pat's Day party included a mini-reunion
of BHS '77-81. The crowd included those in the photo and
Joey Fallas, Clay Wharry, Mark Conover, and Ralph
Furlong; also John and Mary Snavely, Diane Duncan,
Jorge Bloise, and Karen Martino Diertien. It was a fun
evening and the people just kept coming.
Days were spent at the Causeway--gawking and shop-
ping, Isla Grande, Portobelo, Monkey Island, and a swim in
the Gamboa Resort Swimming Hole. A few took the speedy
train over to the Atlantic side and back. Evening activities
kept many busy at private parties.
Barkley (BHS'73) and Stephanie Nellis (BHS'80)
Hayes invited a group of classmates to her glorious beach
home in Palmar. It was the typical Zonian "bienvenida" and
everyone felt right at home--with swimming, talking, fresh
tuna on the grill, and more talking. The Hayes kids were won-
derful hosts; Donovan (11) and Summer (13) and all the vis-
iting kids had a day not soon forgotten. The following day it
was a visit to El Valle and dinner with Jim and Karen
(Martino) Diertien, where once again the hospitality was
warm and food deliciuos.
Colin (BHS'76) and Karen Creel and daughters,
Amanda (13) and Megan (11) of Piano were also in Panama
for the week. Their neighbors, Scott and Debbie and three
children, joined them. Lucky Colin got to be "Chief Tour
Guide" once again.
Captain Miquel Rodriquez S, Executive Manager for
Transit Operations, Panama Canal Authority, and Naval
Academy 1982 classmate of Wil Robb Morris, personalized
the Miraflores Locks experience with a VIP tour. Lots of triv-
ia facts going back to Texas.
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Morris family at Miraflores Locks: Drew, Jake and John
Connerton, Gabriella, Bliss Connerton, Carlton,
Alexandra, Barb, Robbie and Wil Robb.
The entire slew of visiting Morrises congregated at
Charlie and Julietta Morris' beach house in Gorgona (aptly
named Shangri-la) for a grand night of feasting and partying.
Everyone basked in family congeniality. The photo of the
"Primo Hermanos" includes Mercedes, Melissa, Melanie,
and Charlie Pat Morris and their spouses and the visiting
cousins from Texas: Robb, Carlton, and Bliss Morris and
their families. Paul Gibbs (BHS'81) returned to his home
in Balboa just in time to greet a few of the visiting cousins.
Paul was on a submarine in Taiwan for two months, doing
repair work. His fiance Natasha Weber also was introduced
to the family.
Texas News: Would you believe that Mark (BHS'81)
and Dena Cicero are grandparents (See Births).
Jim (BHS'79) and Cheryl Cicero live in Highland Lakes
with a son Kris (17) and daughter Brittany (21). Brittany
attends North Texas University and was selected as the most
Outstanding Undergraduate in Accounting for 2007-08. She
is in a Master's Program maintaining a perfect 4.0 average.
Congratulations to Jim and Cheryl.
Bob and Angie Bloemer spent a cold week in Myrtle
Beach in February. They walked the beach wearing jackets.
The Canal Record is more interesting when you share
your happenings so y'all call or write or e-mail. "Hasta" next
time. Please note my new e-mail address.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Spring has sprung in Texas and the
Mesquite trees are telling us that sum-
mer is on the way. They are Texas' best
weather predictor--they are the last trees
to lose their leaves and the last ones to
sprout new leaves in the spring. Of
course, that means that it is also time for Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
our ewes to have their babies. I am in
the midst of"lambing" and it is a time of mixed blessings. So
far 11 ewes have lambed with a grand total of 20 little ones
born, including two sets of triplets; a record number of
triplets for us. They are as cute in real life as in the pictures
and even more fun to watch.
The holidays brought the typical family gatherings plus
this year we had a farewell party for my nephew Mikal
Kuyoth-Rote in San Antonio. We celebrated his six-year
enlistment in the U.S. Navy. It is something he has always
wanted to do and we are delighted that he has realized his
dream. His mother Amy Kuyoth-Rote said that it was sad to
see him leave, but she is looking forward to going to Chicago
to see him graduate from basic training.
Lynn Kuyoth-Lynch's son Nathan flew to Jackson
Hole, Wyo., to spend part of the Christmas holiday on a ski-
ing trip. It is hard to believe that he is already a senior in high
school and will be graduating this June. Lynn and her daugh-
ter Annelise, a junior in high school, spent their time basking
in the sun at the Texas coast. Now that sounds so much better
to me than all that snow!
The New Year began with a get-together at my house.
Lynn, Nathan, and Annelise Luyoth-Rote, Amy Kuyoth-Rote,
Scott Rote, Mikal Rote, Bree Rote, along with my parents,
Paul and Jane Kuyoth, joined us for a Texas-style barbecue.
The kids really enjoyed feeding the heifers as they were so
friendly and would eat out of your hand. The heifers put a
"whole new meaning" to "big pets." We had such a great
time, we plan on continuing this New Year's Day event.
My son Michael was home for the holidays. It was great
to have him home and spend time with him. It is hard to
believe that his dream is coming true--he is finishing up his
Doctorate in Chiropractic Science in June. He has worked so
hard to achieve his long-held goal, and we are so proud of
him. We can hardly wait to see him walk across the stage and
receive the diplomas that he has worked so hard to earn.
Melanie O'Brien and her family have moved to Stuttgart,
Germany, as of the first of the year. What an exciting move!
As a farewell, Melanie and her husband prepared a "comida
panamefia" with arroz con pollo and all the trimmings for
their guests Lynn Kuyoth-Rote, Julie LeBrun, and Stuart
Warner. Upon hearing of Melanie's transfer to Germany,
Stuart said he wanted to go there too! Well, sometimes our
wishes are granted and Stuart was also transferred to
Germany. We all wish them the best in their new assignments
Jim and Sherrie Slice (New Braunfels, Texas), along
with Kenny and Kim Cooper (Pittsburg, Texas) joined Phil
and Debbie Sanders (Ft. Myers, Fla.) as their guests on a
fishing trip to Tropic Star Lodge in Pifias Bay, Panama, in
February this year. Unfortunately the marlin were hiding, but
everyone had a great time and are looking forward to anoth-
er trip. After four beautiful days of fishing and great compa-
ny the Slices and the Coopers returned to Panama to visit with
Charlie and Ruth Leves at their beautiful new home at Punto
Barco. Trips were made to El Valle, Santa Clara, Ancon and,
of course, a trip to the Miraflores Locks. A small uprising
kept a trip to the Atlantic side from happening.
Mikal Rote, Nathan Lynch, Annelise Lynch, Bree Rote, Kim Cooper, Kenny Cooper, Jim Slice, Sherrie Slice,
and Michael Martin. Debbie Sanders, and Phil Sanders.
lini slice, Sherrie Slice, lenn3 Cooper,
Bonnie Beasley, and Charlie Leves.
This was Jimmy's first trip to Panama in 27 years and it
was Sherrie's first visit ever. She finally witnessed what all
the talk has been about for the past 24 years of marriage.
Visiting them at Punta Barco were Bonnie Beasley, Ellen and
Randy Gangle, Collin and Alberta Corrigan. Kim quickly
became a fan of shuffleboard and can't wait to get her own.
After ten days of laughing, eating, and "Rumming," it was
time to return home and come back to reality.
I am sure that we are all counting down the days until the
Reunion. Hope to see you there. If you have any news, please
write, call, or e-mail. Hope to hear from ya'll real soon!
Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter
I'd like to start by welcoming the
Rinehart family to Virginia. Jimmy
and Diane Rinehart (BHS'81) moved
to Yorktown, Va., this past September,
after traveling extensively throughout
the world. Their last duty station was in
Karen Brandl Turkey. Jimmy is now stationed at
Deadline for the
is August 8, 2008
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Dottie and Ed Friedman both arrived in the Canal Zone
in 1963, long after their high school days. They have three
children, Lynne, Carol and Brian, all BHS graduates.
Congratulations to Dottie Friedman, a former member of the
Crossroads Chapter of the Sweet Adelines and the Pacific
Pipers, who is now a member of the Vienna-Falls (Va.)
Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, which won first place in
Regional Competition held in Winston-Salem, N.C., in
March. Dottie is a ten-year member of the Chorus, which will
next compete in International Competition of the Sweet
Adelines in Nashville, Tenn., in November 2009. Dottie has
had the honor of singing with the Vienna-Falls Chorus three
times at the White House. She says they are never-to-be for-
gotten experiences. Dottie and her husband Ed now live in
Vienna-Falls (Va.) Chorus
Encounters of the Zonian kind: Ed English (married to
Andy Nash (CHS'60) English) ran into a former Zonian at
the auto craft show at Ft. Eustis all because of the "GATUN
CZ" license plate. He is Simon Karton, who would have
graduated from CHS in 1959 if his dad hadn't been trans-
ferred stateside. Hopefully, he is now "in the fold." His
cousin Carolyn Lee Peck was in Andy's class. The same
week in the Home Depot parking lot in Williamsburg was
another encounter, with Jose Robles (BHS'79), West Point
grad and active duty Army officer. He has attended several
reunions. Two contacts in a week! Hard to top that! Love
those vanity plates!
Happy Birthday to the BHS/CHS sexagenarians (class of
'66)! Chuck Beardall (BHS'66) was part of the group who
celebrated their birthdays this past February in Panama. He's
provided two photos to share. I recognize a few faces in the
Mai Harrington, Rich Harrington (BHS'66), Kim
McLaughlin, Jan Weade (BHS'69), Marsha Crecelius
(BHS'66) Kat, Don Kat (BHS'66), Chuck Beardall
(tJHS hTI, and Jonilynn Polacheck (Chuck's girlfriend).
Dave Albanese (CHS'66) also celebrated his 60th birth-
day, both in Panama and at home with family and friends. He
is pictured with Tim Corrigan (BHS'64), Nelson Borrero
(BHS'66) and his brother Mark Albanese who graduated
from McLean High School.
Tim Corrigan, Dave Albanese, Nelson Borrero, and Mark
Well, I'm certainly looking forward to this year's reunion.
The next few months will be quite busy for us, as we look for-
ward to our daughter's senior prom and high school gradua-
tion in June. Laura plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, where she plans to major in
Business Marketing/Finance. Again, by the time the reunion
comes around I'll be so ready to have fun and relax. See you
Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
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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
Send your Email to:
office(@pancanalsociety.org or write us at
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RYAN RUPP WINS GOLD MEDAL
Ryan Rupp, son of Jeanne and Bob Rupp of Valrico,
Fla., poses for a picture after winning a first place Gold
Medal in his category for Special Olympics Tennis. Ryan
competed in the Florida State Special Olympic competitions
held at the USF Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on March 15, 2008.
The Morales family gathered at the California, Mo., home
of John and Margaret Morales to celebrate her 89th birth-
day on February 8, 2008. Roy came down from Moberly,
Mo., Roseanne was over from Indiatlantic, Fla., Jeanette
from Spartanburg, S.C., and Lars from Boulder, Colo. John
Jr. and Kenny were not able to attend from Panama.
Margaret celebrated her birthday surrounded by numer-
ous flower arrangements, birthday cards, sometimes loud and
animated conversation and plenty of good home cooked food
(Jeanette did the standing rib roast). There were felicitations
all day long as calls came in from as far away as Panama and
Deutschland from grandchildren, friends and family.
Alberto and Rose Guarino ofAptos, Calif., are pleased
to announce the engagement of their daughter Feliz Angelina
to Clifton Michael Livingston, son of Bob and Kathie
(Nehring) McConaughey of Merritt Island, Fla.; and Mike
Livingston of San Francisco, Calif.
Cliff is co-owner of Cava Wine Bar in Capitola, Calif.
Feliz is an elementary school teacher in Aptos, Calif. An
October wedding is planned.
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Feliz Guarino and Cliff Livingston
Back (L-R): Roy, Roseanne, John Sr., Jeanette, and Lars.
Front: Margaret Morales (seated).
BIG 50TH BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT
The big 5-0 party for Diana (Duncan) Bishop and Mike
Young took place on the weekend of February 23rd and many
family members and friends helped celebrate. Thursday night
a small group gathered at the new Balboa Yacht Club, then a
trip down memory lane to the old Napoli's Pizza. The food
and prices are as good as ever. Friday night was a Chiva
Parrandera ride from the Elks club to Amador Causeway, tak-
ing the slow route so we could all dance. There was a full
moon that night and the music was great. Mike and Diana
want to thank all those family and friends who came down to
help celebrate. It turned out to be a mini-reunion in Panama
for some Classmates of BHS'76, most of whom also turn 50
Some of the classmates and their families attending were:
Liz (Carteret) Potts and her daughters, Kristen and Kayla,
Cookie Newlon and hubby Bill, Debbie (Mann) Deheart,
Debbie Pollack, Colin Creel, Margaret (Brown) and PK
Karst, Paul Dolan, Bob Orvis and his wife Molly, and
James Slater. Other stateside visitors were: Silvia, Martha
and Tom Duncan, Debby Beall, Marc Malavasic, Steve
Gilbert, Bob and Vicki Boukalis, Willy McConaughey,
Tony Garcia, Lisa Smith, Chris Slater, Jaime and Amy
Rheberg, Roy Powell, Stanley Wright, John Husum,
Emily Daniels, Nico de Greef, Priscilla Hernandez and Jay
Sielman, Lance Hughes, Rick Dahn, Bill and Margaret
(Lowery) McLaughlin, Frankie (Jones) and Dave Bell, and
Jackie (Kerr) Johnson along with her husband Richie who
just moved to El Valle. A special thanks goes to the Atlantic
siders, Scott Parker, Dave Hannigan (from Balboa), Rod
Snyder, Bubba, Winship Dowell and Marc Collins, who
helped decorate and tested the keys to ensure that they would
be in working order that night. In all there were over 150 peo-
ple at the party held at the Shrine Bldg. (the former Albrook
Officers Club) on Saturday night. Mike and his band "The
Killer Cudamundies" played until almost 2 a.m. Special
thanks goes to Rowland Folse who saved the night by fixing
an electrical problem and power outage just an hour before
the party and of course to Dave Bishop who helped get all the
things in order for the party.
The local attendees were: Bruce and Chris Homa,
Bonnie Beasley, Vince and Penny Canamas, Carmen
Lampas, Paul and Linda Roberts, Margaret and Frank
Ender, Connie and Rowland Folse, John Bates, Rusty
Smith, Mark and Lauri Goodrich, Jennifer and Tony
Howitt, Art Mokray, Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Carl
Opel, Jorge Murrillo ('76), Richard Marohl, Marcia
Marohl, Ruth and Charley Leves, Ellen and Randy
Gangle, Sandy and Lou Reyes, Simone and Ari Van Buren,
Kathy and Mike Fennell, Jim and Jackie Weiss, Judy
Tovar, John and Linda Wolfe and his posse of girls, Jaime
Massot, Donna and Fred Kunkel, Dean Homa, Brenda
Scott, Jay Hughes, Stephanie and Barkley Hayes, Doug
Allen, Rick and Janice Doubek, Gil Washborn, Dave and
Natalie Young, Vern Scholey, Dillon Lynch, Gilberto and
Ashby (Elks longtime bartenders) and Ashby's daughters,
John and Kenny Morales, Amalie Holden, Robert Webb
Chiva Parrandera Gang at Amador
Deadline for the
October 2008 Canal Record
is August 8, 2008.
Debbie (Mann) Deheart, Diana (Duncan) Bishop, Mike
Young, Debbie Pollack, Liz (Carteret) Potts, and Cookie
Janet Potter Cunningham celebrated her 94th birthday
on January 25, 2008. She was born in Ancon Hospital on
January 25, 1914. Since this was prior to the canal being com-
pleted, her parents put her in a valise and carried her to
Empire over the swinging bridge which spanned the canal
Janet attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1931. After attending Mary
Washington College in Virginia, she returned to the Canal
Zone and married Samuel Ross Cunningham. The couple
lived there until Ross retired in 1963.
Janet as a young girl in the Canal Zone
Janet now lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brevard, N.C.,
and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is
an avid reader, often going through several books in a day.
She is still interested in current events, and keeps her mind
sharp by playing cards.
On her birthday, she enjoyed a dinner given in her honor
at a local Greek restaurant, then celebrated with cake and
gifts with her sons, Ed and Richard, and their wives. Her
other two children, Tom and Linda, along with their spouses
sent cards and gifts, but were unable to attend the party, as
they live in Colorado and North Carolina, respectively. Janet
has four children, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchil-
Janet Cunningham, Christmas 2007
KATHI LESSIACK TURNS 88
Happy 88th birthday to Kathi Lessiack (BHS'38), pic-
tured here with her daughter Sue (Lessiack) Stabler, of
Kerrville, Texas, on May 18. Kathi and her husband Bob
retired from Panama in 1976 and settled in Kerrville, Texas.
Kathi is Grandma to Leslie, Tito, Timmy, Robbie,
Lauren, Danny and Jennifer, and Great-grandma to Anna,
Grace, Zach, Adam, Melanie and Andrew. She is also the
adopted Grandma to all 13 of Tim and Theresa Herring's
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Killingsworth of Longview,
Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter Staci Killingsworth to Ryan Perez, son of Michael
and Michele Perez of Del Rio, Texas.
Staci is the granddaughter of Jerell and Bette Huffman
of Longview, Texas, and the late Tommy and Aleath
Killingsworth of Longview, Texas. Ryan is the grandson of
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ernest and Stella Perez of San Jose, Calif.,
and Mary Gilbert Urey of Dothan, Ala., and the late John
Urey of Dothan, Ala.
Staci is a 2000 graduate of Lokota West High School in
West Chester, Ohio, a 2004 graduate of the University of
Texas at Austin, and a 2007 graduate of South Texas College
of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree. She
works for Harbour, Smith, Harris and Merritt law firm in
Longview, Texas. Ryan is a 2001 graduate of Del Rio High
School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Texas at
Austin. He works for IdleAire Technologies.
The wedding will take place in Longview, Texas, on April
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Ryan Perez and Staci Killingsworth
LT. COL. KEVIN C. ZEECK RETIRES
Lt. Col. Kevin Charles Zeeck retired from the U.S. Air
Force on December 7, 2007, at Maxwell Air Force Base in
Montgomery, Ala. Colonel Zeeck received his commission in
May 1984 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In 1985, following pilot training, he was assigned as a T-38
instructor pilot in the 50th Flying Training Squadron at
Columbus AFB, Miss. In 1989, after completing F-4E transi-
tion and F-4G "Wild Weasel" upgrade training, he was
assigned to the 561st Tactical Fighter Squadron at George
AFB, Calif. He flew 31 combat missions from a base in
Bahrain in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991.
Subsequent assignments included the 560th Flying
Training Squadron at Randolph AFB, Texas, where he was a
T-38 instructor pilot (1991-1993); the 20th Fighter Squadron
at Holloman AFB, N.M., where he was an F-4E instructor
pilot with the German Air Force F-4 Training Program (1993-
1997); and at the Air Force Academy where he served as Air
Officer Commanding for Cadet Squadron 21 (1997-2000).
Colonel Zeeck separated from active duty in 2000, and
served with the Air Force Reserves at HQ Air Force Space
Command at Peterson AFB, Colo., while flying for United
Airlines. He returned to active duty in 2003 and was again
assigned to the 20th Fighter Squadron at Holloman AFB,
N.M., where he served as the last squadron operations officer
(2003-2005). He was assigned to the Air Force Doctrine
Center at Maxwell AFB, Ala. (2005-2007). During that time,
he also served six months in Qatar at Command
Colonel Zeeck retires after 21 and a half years in the U.S.
Air Force. He is married to the former Kathy Walker of
Gulfport, Miss. They have two children: Eighmey Engle and
husband 2nd Lt. Nick Engle who is stationed at Goodfellow
AFB, Texas; and Sean Zeeck, a sophomore at Colorado
School of Mines in Golden, Colo. The Zeecks have returned
to Denver, Colo., where he will once again be flying for
Colonel Zeeck is the son of Charles and Vieta Zeeck,
Lubbock, Texas, and the grandson of Carl and Christine
Zeeck (deceased), former residents of Pedro Miguel.
Arlene was born in Puerto Armuellas, Panama, and is a
1953 graduate of Cristobal High School. The couple was
married on June 15, 1958, at the Miraculous Medal Catholic
Church in Colon. Bill had two tours in Panama during his
Army career; the last one as the Adjutant General of the 193d
Infantry Brigade during the implementation of the Panama
Canal Treaty from 1978-1982. They are now retired and
reside in Dallas.
Bill and Arlene Gamble,
Bill and Arlene Gamble,
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GAMBLE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Gamble (Bill and Arlene Lim
Gamble) of Dallas, Texas, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 15, 2008. Visiting with the Lim clan in
Panama, the couple hosted a beautiful, catered luncheon at
the Summit Golf Resort, Panama, in honor of the occasion.
The entire Lim family was present. Also in attendance were
their daughter Michelle with her husband Jim Van Gilder
and their three children, Jamie, Taylor and Austin.
DAMMINGER TWINS CELEBRATE
George "Logan" and Devon Kayla Damminger, who
were born on March 20, 2007, celebrated their first birthday
with over 100 family and friends. Their proud parents,
Samantha (Jones) and George Damminger, of West
Deptford, N.J., celebrated along with the twins maternal
grandparents, Roger and Linda Jones, who lived and
worked in the Canal Zone from 1967 to 1988.
Logan and Devon enjoyed their first piece of birthday
cake and continued the tradition of having a pifiata.
NISKANEN 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Ed and Esther Niskanen of the Woodlands, Texas, cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary with a world cruise on
the QE2. They visited 42 ports and 21 countries. They had a
Back (Standing): Samantha and George Damminger. Front:
Logan and Devon Damminger.
Stephen Dishong and Julie Everingham are pleased to
announce their recent engagement. Julie is the daughter of
Barbara Everingham of Birmingham, Ala., and John
Everingham of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Stephen is the son of
Chris (BHS'68) and Evelyn (Foster) (BHS'72) Dishong of
Merritt Island, Fla.
Stephen graduated from Florida Tech in May 2007 with a
Forensic Psychology degree followed by the Brevard
Community College Police Academy in December 2007. He
is currently employed with the Brevard County Sheriff's
Office. Julie is majoring in Early Childhood Education at the
University of Central Florida. Stephen proposed to Julie
Easter Sunday on Cocoa Beach after sunrise service. A
December 2008 beach wedding is planned.
Ed and Esther Niskanen
RALPH SHUEY HONORED
Ralph Shuey (son of Ralph E. and Marie Shuey) and his
wife Basye were honored on the occasion of his investiture
into the Order of St. Barbara prior to his retirement from gov-
ernment service. Ralph served both as a U.S. Air Force heli-
copter pilot and U.S. Army civilian engineer at Redstone
Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as well as various civilian corpo-
rations. Ralph's wife Basye is currently attending Episcopal
Seminary at Sewanee School of Theology.
Ralph and Basye Shuey
Julie Everingham and Stephen Dishong
They will continue to live in Huntsville until Basye's
Graduation from Sewanee in May 2009 and the desires of the
church are known. Until that time Ralph will continue with
activities associated with the Federation of Fly Fishers,
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and
other national and civic groups. Ralph's daughters and their
families attended a gala in Huntsville the weekend of
February 15th celebrating Ralph's retirement as well as his
mother Marie's 90th birthday.
Ralph's wife Basye is the former M. Basye Holland,
daughter of Jim and Dorothy Holland of Lexington, Ky.
Basye's parents moved to Huntsville in the early 1960s to
work with NASA on the space program where Jim was the
lead quality engineer on the Solid Rocket Booster for the
BLAIR KESSLER SIGNS WITH
U. S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Blair Kessler, a senior at Boerne High School in Boerne,
Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at
the United States Air Force Academy. Blair has accepted an
Offer of Appointment and will report to the Academy in June.
He is the son of Bill (BHS'78) and Anna Kessler and the
grandson of Bill and Babe Kessler (BHS'51).
SOPHIA HERRERA'S 1ST BIRTHDAY
Sophia Gabriela Szymanski Herrera celebrated her
first birthday on March 1, 2008, at a party hosted by her
mother Jenilee Szymanski at the Malibu Bay Community
Center in Homestead, Fla. With a "princess" theme,
"Sleeping Beauty" entertained Sophia and friends with
games, dancing, and face painting.
Her grandmom Anna Opel prepared Johnny Mazzetti for
lunch and Sophia's 1st birthday candle was on top of a castle
cake. Guests included her aunt Dottie Meissner and friend
John McKinsey, Jill (Hauser) and Juan Carlos Cabezas
and daughter Daniela, Arlette (Duenas) and Christopher
Fuentes with son Christopher, Ivan and Lisa Klasvosky,
and other friends from the Miami area.
Sophia Gabriela Szymanski Herrera
ZEECK 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zeeck of Lubbock, Texas, cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary February 15, 2008.
They cruised the Hawaiian Islands in March with friends who
introduced them 53 years ago.
They are the parents of Stephen and Ann Zeeck of Cedar
Park, Texas, Michael and Ruth Zeeck of Lubbock, Texas,
and Kevin and Kathy Zeeck of Firestone, Colo. The Zeecks
have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Charles Zeeck and Vieta Cornett married February 15,
1958, at Bryan Street Baptist Church in Lamesa, Texas.
Charles is the son of the late Carl and Christine Zeeck who
lived and worked at Madden Dam and Pedro Miguel Locks
from 1932-1949. He has a sister, Joyce Mundell of Walsh,
Colo.. and a brother Richard ofAlbuoueraue. N.M.
Charles and Vieta Zeeck, 1958
Charles and Vieta Zeeck, 2008
Mary Elizabeth Herring and Thomas Allen Beuschel
were united in marriage at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in
Bremerton, Wash., on October 13, 2007. The bride was given
in marriage by her father Timothy Herring (BHS'67). Her
attendants were her sister Bernadette, sister-in-law Carrie
Herring, and Vivianne Cedeno (International School of
Panama '01). The flower girls were sisters of the bride,
Anna, Stephanie and Cecilia Herring. Christian Beuschel
was his brother's best man. Ushers were brothers of the bride:
Tom Herring (BHS'98), Chris Herring, Joe Herring, and
Former Zonians and out-of-town guests were: Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Beuschel Sr., parents of the groom, of
Tamarac, Fla.; Anne Marie Herring (CHS'74) of Lynn
Haven, Fla.; Sue Lessiack (BHS'65) and Lew Stabler
(BHS'65) of Cardenas, Rep. of Panama; Tito Stabler
(ISP'03) of Gainesville, Fla.; Robbie Stabler (Balboa
Academy '05) of Phoenix, Ariz.; aunt and cousin of the bride,
Patti Snider (CHS'73) Morgan and Leslie Morgan of
Topeka, Kan.; cousin Shelly (Earnest) Barber and her hus-
band James and children, Stella and Rory, of Newport, Ore.;
and cousin Stephen Earnest of Houston, Texas. The groom's
grandmother, uncles and aunts from other states were also in
Local family attending were: Tom Snider (CHS'75) and
Evelyn (Barraza) (CHS'74) Snider and their children,
Kristin, Kyle and Ryan; Jim Snider (CHS'75) and Mary
Snider and children, Kerry and Shannon; Beth (Snider)
(CHS'74) Hutchinson, godmother of the bride; Lee and
Kathy Snider, grandparents of the bride. Friends and former
Zonians attending were: Robert and Judy Palumbo-Gates
(CHS'69); Gayle (CHS) and Robert Rankin (CHS); Ann
Best; and Wallace Teal and Beverly Jones.
It was a beautiful Mass celebrated by the groom's parish
priest, Father Dominick O'Dwyer of Tamarac, Fla., and
Father Hefferman from the San Juan Islands, Wash. The
bride's sisters, Madeline (visiting from Wakefield, R.I.),
Angelica and Rebecca sang in the choir. The solo "Ave
Maria" was sung as an entrance by Angelica Herring. The
bride's brother, Sgt. Chris Herring, on leave from
Afghanistan, served as the lector. This parish is where the
bride's grandparents, Lee and Kathy Snider, were married
and her mother Theresa Snider (CHS'78) Herring was bap-
tized. Paternal grandmother is Margaret Herring (BHS'40)
of Lynn Haven, Fla.
The reception was held at the Officer's Club on Puget
Sound Naval Base, Bremerton, Wash., where Lew Stabler
gave a nostalgic, memorable toast of the many years spent
together with the families in Panama. The couple honey-
mooned in Cancun, Mexico. They currently reside in
Silverdale, Wash., and Thomas works as a manager at
Walgreens in Tacoma. He will be joining the U.S. Army and
enter Officer Candidate School in August 2008.
Kathy Snider, Mary Elizabeth Herring, and Lee Snider
Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.
ZACHARY JAMES FRENCH
JACK RANDALL FRENCH
Brothers Mike and Billy French, sons of Jay and Diane
(Sparks) French of Surprise, Ariz., had sons born two
Billy is shown on the right holding his son Zachary
James who arrived on October 12, 2007, in Parker, Colo., -
weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. His arrival was welcomed by his
sister Sophia Ann who is two years old.
Mike is shown on the left holding his son Jack Randall .
who arrived on December 13, 2007, in Denver, Colo., weigh-
ing in at an even 9 lbs. L
Jay and Diane French, the proud grandparents, were pres- 4L .M i
ent for both births in Colorado. Great-grandparents are the Mike French holding Jack and Billy French holding
late Dr. Willard French and Marjorie French and Lee and Zachary.
ALEXIS LYNN ZORNES
Joey (BHS'94) and Meghan Zornes welcomed their
newest daughter, Alexis Lynn, born on February 9, 2008, at
the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Alex,
greeted by her big sister Ava Alexandra (21 months),
weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces, and was 20 inches in length.
Sharing in all the love and excitement of Alexis' birth
were paternal grandparents, Dick (BHS'67) and Ginger
(BHS'68) Zornes, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and maternal
grandparents, Tom and Jill Carroll, of Tampa, Fla. Both sets
of grandparents flew to Ohio to meet their new granddaugh-
ter and celebrate her arrival.
Joey, Ava, Meghan and Alexis Zornes
MIA LOUISE MORGAN
Mariana Webb (BHS'93) Morgan and her husband
Christopher Morgan of Savannah, Ga., announce the birth
of their daughter Mia Louise Morgan on February 4, 2008,
weighing in at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and 19 inches long.
Local family to welcome Mia are her grandmothers, Judi
Webb and Margaret Morgan, uncle Eddie Bedore
(BHS'91), cousin Henry Allen Dickerson and aunt Melissa
BLAKE JAMES CICERO
The Cicero family is proud to announce the arrival of
Blake James Cicero. Blake arrived on January 4, 2008. He
weighed 7 pounds and was 19/2 inches long. Blake is the son
of Brian and Alisia Cicero of Flower Mound, Texas, and the
grandson of Mark and Dena Cicero of Highland Village,
Great-grandparents are Joe and Marcia Cicero of Winter
CLARE MARIE HERRING
Clare Marie Herring was born September 6, 2007, in
Silverdale, Wash. The proud parents are Tom (BHS'98) and
Carrie (Wigren) Herring and the very proud grandparents
are Theresa (CHS'78) and Tim Herring (CHS'67). Clare's
great-grandparents are Lee and Kathy Snider of Bremerton,
Wash., and Margaret (Kunkel) (BHS'40) Herring of Lynn
Haven, Fla. Theresa was delighted to be in the delivery room
for the birth of her first grandchild.
Tom, Carrie and Clare live about 20 minutes from Tim
and Theresa so Clare gets lots of hugs and "auntie" time with
Bernadette, Angelica, Rebecca, Anna, Stephanie, and
Tom, Clare, and Carrie Herring
ANGELINA MARIE BONK
Pat Bonk (BHS'88) and Lori Belotti of Kissimmee, Fla.,
announce the birth of their first child, Angelina Marie, on
November 26, 2007, in Celebration, Fla. Angelina weighed in
at 6 lbs. 3 oz. and measured 19/4 inches.
Maternal grandparents are Anthony Belotti of Orlando,
Fla., and Annmarie Belotti of English Town, N.J., and pater-
nal grandparents are Phillip Bonk of Panama, R.P., and
JoAnn Massengill of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Lori Belotti, Angelina Marie, and Pat Bonk
VALERIE ALYSE NORMAN
Dan Norman and his wife Susan celebrate the arrival of
their baby girl Valerie Alyse Norman. Valerie was born April
15, 2008, in celebration of Tax Day. The Normans' little
deduction weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 19 inches
Mom and baby are doing well, and dad is trying to keep
up. The Normans look forward to introducing their little girl
at the Reunion this coming July.
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7w27W DEEP SORROW
William H. Beebe II, 84, of Kerrville, Texas, passed
away April 26, 2007, in a local hospital. He was a prior resi-
dent of the Canal Zone.
He was born October 11, 1922, in Coming, N.Y., to
William Henry Beebe and Lotter Towner Beebe. On February
1, 2006, he married Rosalie Merrill of Kerrville.
Mr. Beebe was retired from the U.S. Army and he enjoyed
fishing, traveling, vacationing, sightseeing and cooking. He
was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Beebe of Kerrville;
son, William H. Beebe III and wife, Chang Sun, of San
Antonio; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Rudolph "Rud" Burda, 92, died January 10, 2008, in
David, Republic of Panama. Rudy and his wife, Julieta Arias
Burda, lived in Boquete, R.P. They were married for 67 years.
Rudy was born in Omaha, Neb., on September 24, 1915, and
as a youngster lived for six years in Czechoslovakia (now the
Czech Republic) with a widowed aunt.
An alumnus of Iowa State College, he also graduated
from Boeing's School of Aeronautics and came to the
Isthmus with Pan American Airways (PanAm) in 1938. He
was later transferred by PanAm to Guatemala as Maintenance
Superintendent for Central America. He returned to Panama
as Station Manager in David, R.P, and helped with the organ-
ization of COPA Airlines. In 1953 he was employed by the
Panama Canal Company as an optician on the Pacific side
with the Supply Division and retired in 1974.
Rudy was active in many organizational and church activ-
ities. He was Master of the 4th Degree with the Knights of
Columbus; assisted Julieta in the founding of the Muchachas
Guias de Panama (Girl Scouts of Panama) designing their
emblem among other functions; was active with the Cub
Scouts of the Canal Zone and was co-founder of the Rotary
Club Panama-West, becoming its president in 1975. He also
was named a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club
International. Rudy and Julieta received "The Panama Canal
Honorary Public Award" in 1974 for charitable work done in
Rudy is survived by his wife Julieta, sons Ray and Ralph,
and daughter-in-law Patricia. His son Rudy predeceased him
Joseph Allen Carlisle, 64, passed away July 19, 2007,
with his three daughters at his bedside. Joe fought a valiant
nine-month battle against leukemia, and he lost that battle in
Seattle, Wash., where he had gone for treatment. His home
was in Talladega, Ala.
Joe worked for many years at Pedro Miguel Locks, serv-
ing as the supervisor of the Locomotive Repair Component
Facility for years and retiring as a lockmaster in July 1999,
when he moved to Talladega.
He is survived by daughters Joni Sue Bair (BHS'82) and
husband Patrick Bair, Donnie DiValentin (BHS'83) and hus-
band Louis DiValentin, and Jo Carlisle (BHS'89), and four
grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Larry Carlisle
and sisters Verla May Martin, Barbara Martin, Linda
Shoemaker, and Susan Ford.
Gertrude "Trudi" Garni Clontz, 91, died January 31,
2008, in Aiken, S.C. She was born in Basel, Switzerland, on
January 3, 1917. She moved with her family to Flushing,
N.Y., in 1921. She graduated from Flushing High School and
then attended the Pratt Institute from which she graduated in
After working in New York, Trudi moved to the Panama
Canal Zone where she worked as a civilian employee of the
U.S. Army for three years and then transferred to the
Department of Justice. Trudi met Vernon Leroy Clontz
("Lee") in Panama and they married in 1964. When Lee
retired in 1969, Trudi resigned her position as Administrative
Assistant in the U.S. Attorney's Office and moved to Aiken,
where she remained for the remainder of her life.
Trudi was an active and dedicated member of the Aiken
community. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran
Church, the Town and Country Club, the Pairs and Spares
Senior Group, NARFE, and worked for many years at ACTS.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and the
Canal Record South Carolina reporter for many years.
Trudi is survived by two nephews and their families.
Patricia Grace (Neckar) Coleman, 74, of Fort Myers,
Fla., died March 5, 2008, in hospice care at A. G. Rhodes
Cobb in Marietta, Ga. She became ill in December 2007 and
was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2008.
Pat was born in Colon, R.P., on December 16, 1933. She
graduated from Balboa High School in 1951. She retired after
31 years of government service mostly with the U.S. Army,
Southern Command, Panama. She received the highest and
most prestigious honor awarded for civilian government serv-
ice. She led a very active life in Panama. In 1989 when she
retired, she settled in Fort Myers where she continued to be
involved in civic, community and art activities. She sang with
the Sweet Adeline Choruses and traveled around the country
and the world. Her extensive lifetime travels included Africa,
Guam, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico,
Ireland, China and Russia. She was a member of the Panama
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother,
Alfred Joseph Neckar, Jr. She is survived by her daughter,
Dottie Whitlow-Malin and son-in-law Ed Malin of Marietta,
Ga., a son, Robert Coleman of Greenwood, Fla., and two
Captain Ennis (Danny) E. Daniel, 82, of Randolph
Center, Vt., died at his home on April 30, 2007. He was born
the son of the late Ennis Emory Daniel and Ruby Evy
O'Bryan Daniel on June 24, 1924, in Saxton, W.Va. He
received his education in West Virginia, graduating in 1942 as
Salutatorian of his senior class from the Mark Twain High
School in Stotesbury, W.Va.
Following his dream to see the world he left after gradu-
ation and ventured to Baltimore, Md., where he would
become a welder at the Maryland Drydocks and at the Dravo
Shipyard in Wilmington, Del. In 1943 still seeking more
adventure he enrolled in the U.S. Maritime School at
Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. Upon completing his training he left
for the sea, serving his country honorably during World War
II in the Merchant Marines. In 1945 his love for the high seas
would lead him to New London, Conn., to attend the U.S.
Maritime Officers School at Fort Trumbell where he earned
his Third Mate License. Once again, he left for the sea, sail-
ing all over the world until 1951.
After receiving his Master License in 1951 he was
employed by the Orion Shipping & Trading Company in New
York City. He would spend the next six years sailing as
Captain on various company ships that once again took him
all over the world. Living in New York City was where he
would meet Julia Hogue Lawsing who would become his
wife and the mother of his children. They were married on
September 13, 1952, in Jackson Heights, N.Y. After their
marriage Julia gave up her career in the city and accompanied
him on the open ocean.
Danny decided to take his family to the Panama Canal
Zone which would become their home for the next 28 years.
From 1958 to 1986 he worked for the Panama Canal
Company becoming one of the senior Pilots on the canal.
Some of his proudest maritime achievements were that he
was one, if not the only, "Mustang Ship Captain" serving the
Panama Canal. Also at the age of 27 he earned his Unlimited
Master License, and had the honor of being the Captain of
one of the largest merchant ships in the world at that time.He
lived on the Atlantic side in Coco Solo during most of his
career in the Canal Zone. He was manager at "The Hobby
Shop" on Pier One, where he enjoyed many hours working on
various welding projects. He finished out his career as a
Canal Pilot living on the Pacific side in both La Boca and
Diablo Heights. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Upon retirement he brought his family to Randolph
Center to live in the home where his wife who predeceased
him in 1994 had been born and raised.
He is survived by his son, George E. Daniel (CHS'80) and
his companion, Jackie Hackett, of Randolph Center, and two
daughters, Charlotte Daniel of Randolph Center and Emilie
Daniel of Panama. He also leaves a brother-in-law, Joe
Lawsing and his wife Cathy of Windsor Locks, Conn., as well
as several nieces and nephews.
Nancy Gallin, 88, a 31-year resident of Titusville, Fla.,
died March 31, 2008. She lived in the Canal Zone for ten
years where her husband served as the Marine Director.
Not only an avid golfer and gardener, Nancy volunteered
at hospitals, was a Girl Scout leader and was renown for all
the barbecued beef she cooked for the Fort Clayton Riding
Club horse shows. Everyone who met Nancy met a friend and
has a story to tell about her, but the number of happy tales
there are to tell are few when compared to the number of
smiles she had for the world because she was always the light
in the darkness. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Captain Al
Gallin, USN, Ret., her three children: George Darrough,
Nancy Spencer, and Julia Simonello, and many grandchildren
Lois E. Harrison (Kasper, Borden), 93, died February
26, 2008. Born in the Canal Zone to Claude A. Ott and Edna
A. Ott, she retired from the Canal Zone District Court as a
Clerk of Courts. From there she went to work in Coral
Gables, Fla., at a similar job with the city of Coral Gables.
She retired from there and enjoyed her life dancing all over
the world, just for fun. She married Stanley Kasper and sub-
sequent to his death, Dr. Harry Borden, now deceased.
Lois and the late C. W. Harrison owned property in El
Valle for many years. She will be remembered in scuba div-
ing circles and for her adventures going up through Central
America by bus with Patsy Detamore.
She is survived by Robin Harrison Baker of Owings
Mills, Md.; Christine Harrison Parrish of Tallahassee, Fla.;
and Gail M. Harrison of Princeton, Fla. She is also survived
by 11 grandchildren and also great-grandchildren.
Marion M. Hebert, 88, of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed
away February 25, 2008. She was born in Colon, Panama,
and moved to Florida in 1965 from Fitchburg, Mass.
She sold real estate in the St. Petersburg area for 20 years
and was a former dance instructor in Fitchburg, under the
name of Dolly McDaid. She was an artist who hand painted
Survivors include her son, David Hodgdon; her daughter,
Diane Thomas; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchil-
Birdie Elizabeth (Tedder) Held, 90, passed away at
home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on January 25, 2008.
Birdie was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from
Balboa High School. She was raised in Pedro Miguel, and
was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mattie Tedder.
Later she moved to Balboa where she married her hus-
band, the late Bill Hele, and they had three sons. There she
raised their sons and had careers as a secretary at Albrook AF
Base, Balboa Maintenance Division, and the Balboa
Engineering Trade School.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Bill W.
Hele of Somers, N.Y., Daniel E. Hele of Claremont, Calif.,
and Lawrence J. Held of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; nine
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Emley Mead Henter, 95, passed away quietly in her
sleep on March 9. 2008, in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was born
August 2, 1912, in Camden. N.J. She moved to the Panama
Canal Zone as an infant with her family and spent the next 60
years there. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1930.
She was on the staff of her high school yearbook The Zonian.
She married Theodore C. Henter (whom she met in the
Canal Zone) on March 7, 1936. Emley and Ted had a son
Theodore on December 26, 1950. She worked for several
offices of the Panama Canal Company including the Police
Department, Port Captain's Office, and lastly the State
Attorney's Office. Ted and Emley retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1972 and moved to St. Petersburg. She
was a member of Northeast Presbyterian Church and the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her son, Ted; daughter-in-law Mel
Little Henter; and three granddaughters.
George J. Hoffman, Jr., 86, died of Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, on February 13, 2008. He was born in
Elyria, Ohio, to the late George and Martha (Auxer-Moss)
Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years,
Lucille B. (Baron) Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffman, a recent resident of Aiken, relocated to
South Carolina from St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had
resided since his retirement in 1981. George, a plant manag-
er for Joy Global, retired after 40 years of service in
Claremont, N.H., Franklin, Pa., Indiana, Pa., Mt. Vernon, Ill.,
and Grand Junction, Colo. He was a member of the Elks, the
VFW, the American Legion, and the Panama Canal Society.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy in the
Pacific with the Seabees on Guam.
Survivors include: his daughter, Barbara J. Deal, of
Richmond, Va.; two sons, G. James Hoffman, of Bow, N.H.;
and William P. Hoffman, ofAiken, S.C.; seven grandchildren;
and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters,
Betty Schmittgen, of Elyria, Ohio; Marion Hammett, of
Deland; and Arlene Reider, of Scotch Plains, N.J.; as well as
a brother, Edward Hoffman, of Oxnard, Calif.
James Joseph "Joe" Kilgallon, 75, drowned while on a
cruise on February 12, 2008. He was born in Boston, gradu-
ated from high school in 1950, then attended St. John's
Seminary for two years before transferring to Boston College.
He received a bachelor's degree in 1954 and a master's
degree in economics in 1956. He was later drafted into the
Army and stationed in the Canal Zone where he met and mar-
ried Josephine "Joanie" M. Sprague (BHS'51) in 1957.
After their marriage, they moved to the Washington, D.C.,
area where they lived for 43 years. He was a highly-recog-
nized adviser and expert witness representing the economic
interests of air traffic controllers, firefighters, police and
other working Americans. He was a member and developer of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Osprey, Fla.,
where he and Joanie moved in 2000. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Joanie; a son, Tim, and a
daughter, Terry, and seven grandchildren. He was prede-
ceased by his daughter Josie in 2006. He is also survived by
his sister Peggy and her husband Jack Diamond.
George Francis Klein, 74, passed away on March 9,
2008, in an auto accident in Bejuco, Panama. George was
born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on May 18, 1933, and was raised
in New York City, N.Y.
Spending 22 years in the U.S. Army, he started out as a
17-year-old infantryman on the front lines of the Korean War
and served two tours in Vietnam. George retired as a first ser-
geant in 1974 and after his retirement from the Army he
worked for 18 years with the Panama Canal Commission
Industrial Division. George was a Worshipful Master of the
Sojourners Lodge in Cristobal and a member of the Atlantida
Masonic Lodge in Colon. He was active in many branches of
freemasonry, was a 33rd Degree Mason and with the Abou
Saad Shrine. In addition to these organizations he was a
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cristobal, the
American Legion on the Atlantic side, the Panama Canal
Society, and an active member of the Margarita Elks Lodge.
George was also an active member of the Gatun and Cristobal
George is survived by his wife Cheryl of 28 years; his sis-
ter, Sue Gutowski; his daughters, Hannilore and Whitney; his
stepchildren, Tracy, John, and Kim; two nieces and two
nephews; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Olive L. Krouse, 86, of Springfield, Pa., a pilot, died
January 20, 2008, at Quadrangle Assisted Living. Born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, she grew up in Balboa, Canal Zone, and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1938. She was the
daughter of the late John and Helen Turner Kalar.
She attended Penn State University, where she met her
husband of 63 years, the late H. Leonard Krouse. Mrs.
Krouse lived in Springfield for 61 years and kept a vacation
home in Elkton, Md., on the Elk River for many years.
She was a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
of the 99s, an international organization of women pilots. She
received her pilot's license at the age of 58 and received her
instrument rating several years later. She flew out of the New
Garden Airport in Toughkenamon, Pa., until five years ago.
Mrs. Krouse was on the Women's Board of Thomas
Jefferson University Hospital and volunteered at the Penny
Wise Thrift shop. She bowled with the Springhaven Club
league and was active in the Sarah Circle of St. Matthew
Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society and regularly attended reunions.
She is survived by daughters, Nancy Sperry of San Diego,
Calif., Karen Dye of Columbia, Md., Gretchen Johnston of
Springfield; sons, Neal Krouse of Penn Valley, Pa., Steven
Krouse of Morton; sisters, Jean McAndrews of Moscow, Pa.,
Harriett McNeal of Charlotte, N.C., Dorothy Kennedy of
Englewood, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchil-
Claus Madsen, Command Sergeant Major retired, died
April 6, 2008, unexpectedly at his home in Fort Clayton of
the former Canal Zone, Republic of Panama. He was born
November 13, 1940, in Denmark, the son of Jorgen Moller
Madsen and Merte Damkier Madsen.
He immigrated to Canada and the United States at age 18
and joined the Army where he later became a U.S. citizen.
Claus was an infantry enlisted man with 27 years service with
the U.S. Army, a Vietnam veteran, and a member of the VFW
Post 3822 in Panama. He also served as a Reserve Officer
Training Corps (ROTC) instructor at Balboa High School.
After retirement, Claus enjoyed sailing, jogging, playing
pool and endless hours of socializing with his numerous
friends in the Canal area. He was known for his generous
nature, sense of humor and colorful vocabulary.
He is survived by his former wife, Victoria, and two sons,
Nils J. and Christian Madsen of Chapel Hill, N.C. In
Denmark, he is survived by his mother, Merte Posborg; two
sisters, Rikke and Susannes, and two brothers, Jesper and Jon
Richard Alexander McClean, 84, passed away in
Tampa, Fla. He was born May 23, 1923, in Uniontown, Pa.
After high school, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., earning his degree in 1944.
He then entered the Navy and served on several ships during
World War II and the Korean War. He earned a degree from
the University of So. California in Trade and Transportation
and while living in San Diego, he married a Navy nurse.
In 1958, he became a Panama Canal pilot, where he guid-
ed ships through the Panama Canal for 12 years. In 1969 he
was recruited to become Tampa's first Harbormaster. After
five years he returned to the sea, transporting grain to Russia
and finally as captain of a supertanker transporting oil from
Alaska. After retirement, he and his wife moved to
Hendersonville, N.C.; Uniontown, Pa.; Chula Vista, Calif.;
Summerfield, Fla., and finally to Tampa.
He was a Mason and member of the Syria Shrine of
Pittsburgh; Past President of the Panama Canal Pilots
Association, member of the Marine Engineers Beneficiary
Association; the Third Presbyterian Church in Uniontown,
Pa., and the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Eveline of 54 years; daughter
Katherine Basiliere in Birmingham, Ala., and a grandson.
Robert H. McFarland, a former U.S. district judge for
the Panama Canal Zone and twice an interim judge in
Mississippi, 89, died of heart failure on March 31, 2008. He
practiced law in Bay Springs for 40 years and died at Jasper
The World War II veteran served as city attorney for 27
years and attorney for the Jasper County Board of
Supervisors for 16 years. He also was a member of the board
of the Pat Harrison Waterway District. He was chairman of
the state Oil and Gas Board for eight years. He also served
briefly as an interim chancery judge and an interim circuit
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the
U.S. districtjudge for the Panama Canal Zone. He served two
years and returned to private practice in Bay Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; a daughter; a son; five
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Helen McGuinness, 83, passed away on March 16, 2008,
in La Quinta, Calif. She was born in Peebles, Ohio, on July 9,
1924, the daughter of Howard and Hortense Seaman.
Her early years were filled with hardships, losing her
mother and stepmother, missing much of school because of
having to help with farm chores and surviving the depression.
During World War II she worked at Wright Patterson Field
and met her husband-to-be, Tom McGuinness. Shortly after
their marriage in 1946, she and Tom moved to the Panama
Canal Zone where their two sons were born and raised, until
the family relocated to Southern California in 1953. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Helen's life with family and friends was filled with joy.
She made lifelong friends and remained loyal with regular
visits, calls and notes of support. Her family was deeply priv-
ileged to have her as an example of one who "got" the mean-
ing of life. She had the heart of a servant: unselfish, encour-
aging, and welcoming. Her unforgettable acts of love and
kindness will endure and be passed on by those who knew
Helen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Tom
McGuinness; her sons, Tom and John; daughters-in-law Anita
and Linda; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and
a brother and a sister, Linda and David.
Elizabeth C. "Betty" McNaughton, 86, died in
Salisbury, Mass., on December 26, 2007. She and her hus-
band and two children moved to Massachusetts from Coco
Solo in 1962. She was the Home Economics teacher at
Cristobal High School from 1967 until her husband, Capt.
Drummond McNaughton, retired in 1981. They moved to St.
Simons Island, Ga., and later to Sarasota, Fla., where she
enjoyed golf and bridge. She was a member of the Panama
Margaret "Olga" Norman, 95, passed away March 19,
2008, in Kent, Wash. Born on August 30, 1911, in Galtara,
Iceland, to a large family, she was placed with foster parents
when she was three years old. In 1930, Olga immigrated to
the United States. She learned English from the Bible and
from her work as a nanny.
In 1936, she married Baldur Norman, and their only child,
Robert Austin Norman, was born in Vancouver, Canada, in
April 1939. They lived near Point Roberts, Wash., until 1944
when the family moved to the Canal Zone, where they lived
for one year. Overcome with homesickness, they returned to
Point Roberts, only to be faced with an unusually harsh win-
ter. The family then happily packed up and moved back to the
Canal Zone as soon as they could. For the next 28 years,
Baldur worked for the Locks Division, taking an early retire-
ment in 1973 after Robert's death.
Olga and Baldur lived in Coco Solo, Balboa, and Ancon
during their years in the Canal Zone. In her free time, she was
a hospital volunteer, loved to garden and had a very green
thumb. She was the ultimate of hostesses and enjoyed enter-
taining and was an accomplished seamstress making nearly
all of her own clothes and gifts for the people she loved. Olga
and Baldur also loved to travel and dine in style. During her
years in the Canal Zone, Olga met two lifelong friends, Joan
Jablonski and Eleanor Mack. Although Joan lives in Atlanta,
Ga., and Eleanor lives in Sun City Center, Fla., their close
friendships continued despite the great distances between
When Baldur retired, they made their home in Seattle to
be closer to their grandsons, Dennis and Rodney. In 1975,
Baldur died unexpectedly, and Olga, who had never driven a
car or written a check, was completely on her own. She lived
and thrived in her apartment in Seattle until 2004, when she
suffered a series of falls that left her incapable of living alone.
At that time, her grandson moved her to an assisted living
facility in Kent.
She is survived by grandsons, Dennis A. Norman and
wife, Terri; Rodney A. Norman and wife, Mary; six great-
grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; of Kent,
Wash., and "adopted" niece Elaine (Mack) (BHS'77)
McArthur, husband Bruce and an "adopted" great nephew in
Captain Rodman Alexander Morris Oakes, 78, of Old
Lyme, Conn., died at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital on
January 28, 2008. A retired Senior Panama Canal Pilot and
USCG Unlimited Ocean Master, Rodman was born in Mt.
Vernon, N.Y., on May 14, 1929, the son of the late Alexander
Morris Oakes and Helen Bourke (Buckman) Oakes.
He had a long maritime career falling in love with the sea
at age eight and building his first boat at age 13. He attended
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. During
the Korean War he enlisted in the Coast Guard and graduated
from the Officer Candidate School. After serving in the Coast
Guard he attended Columbia University. He spent 12 years
working as a New York advertising executive, but eventually
heeded the call of the sea and worked his way up to an unlim-
ited ocean masters license.
He became the last U.S.-hired pilot trainee in 1981 and
went on to become a senior Panama Canal pilot, living
between Panama and Connecticut for the last 20 plus years.
One of his greatest joys was sharing his love of Panama with
others. Besides the many visitors he hosted in Panama, he
often gave slide presentations of the history of the Canal and
the country. He was an avid rower and was a member of the
Connecticut River Oar and Paddle Club. Rod also enjoyed
yacht deliveries and long-distance racing. He was a member
of the American Society of Panama and the Navy League
Survivors include a sister, Joan Henkel of Mystic, Conn.,
a niece, three nephews, and six beautiful grandchildren.
Mary Land Peterson, or Betty as she was known by
most of her friends and relatives, 95, passed away on March
6, 2008. She was born in Norfolk, Va., in August 1912 to
Elizabeth Hart Brothers Land and James Edward Land.
Upon completion of nursing training in Baltimore, Md.,
she travelled to the Panama Canal Zone in August 1939 on a
visit. She decided to stay and became a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital where her first day of work was January 2, 1940.
Although she didn't see any combat during World War II,
Betty cared for American servicemen and women who were
stationed there for training at the Jungle Warfare Center.
A few months after arriving in the Canal Zone, Betty met
a young man by the name of Robert Goethals Peterson. Their
first meeting was in April 1940 shortly after the terrible fire
that destroyed a large part of the city of Colon. Bobby, as he
was called, worked as an administrative assistant to the Port
Captain in Cristobal. They dated for more than three years
before being married in Gatun on December 31, 1943. Betty
said, "We just met and we liked each other from the start."
Betty's life in the Canal Zone is now part of history, for the
Panama Canal Zone no longer exists. Her father-in-law came
to Panama to work for Colonel George W. Goethals under
whom he served during the Spanish-American War.
Betty and Bobby lived in the Canal Zone for twenty-
seven years and enjoyed those years very much. She was an
active member of Royal Palm Chapter of the Order of the
Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1964. In 1970
they retired and moved to Hollywood, Fla. Bobby passed
away in 1974 and Betty continued to live in Hollywood until
1989 when she moved to Springfield, Va. She became an
active member of Westwood Baptist Church. Betty moved
into the Heatherwood Retirement home in Burke, Va., in
Betty was a kind person full of consideration for all and
full of life. She lived a very active life well into her nineties.
When her hip began to fail she opted for a hip replacement in
January 2005. She quickly recovered and lived actively until
she suffered a heart attack in July 2007.
Betty was predeceased by two brothers, James Edward
Land of New Orleans, La., and Joseph Walter Land of Lady
Lake, Fla. She is survived by her niece Florence Land
Johnson, a nephew Joseph Land, and a grandniece of
Ashburnham, Maine, and a grandnephew of Westminster,
Maine; sister-in-law Tita Peterson and niece Shirley Peterson
High of Springfield, Va.; nieces Mercedes Peterson Salter of
Lansdale, Pa.; Jayne Peterson Owens of Stone Mountain,
Ga.; Diane Peterson Ale of Columbia, S.C.; Kay Stone
Waldrop of Portland, Ore.; Joan Townshend of Pasadena,
Texas; Cheryl Peterson Russell of Sun City Center, Fla., and
Nancy Peterson, New Port Richey, Fla.; and nephews Skip
Peterson of Sebastopol, Calif., and Rick Peterson of Port St.
Dortha H. Phillips, 88, of Lake Forest, Calif., passed
away March 15, 2008. She married Noble "Buddy" Phillips
in 1991. After their marriage in California, they visited the
Panama Canal Zone where Buddy was born and worked until
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and she
and Buddy attended many Panama Canal Society reunions in
Florida. She was a Pro-Bowler and in 1975 she was elected
into the Southern California Women's Bowling Hall of Fame.
Dortha's first husband, Howard Holmes, was also a Pro-
Bowler and predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband, Noble, and two daughters
from her first marriage, Carol Doudna and Sherry Leasure, of
California; and three stepchildren, Richard and Douglas
Phillips and Susan Fisher.
William J. "Bill" Powell, 88, passed away on February
10, 2008, at his home in Tampa, Fla.
Bill went to college at age 31 under the GI Bill. He grad-
uated in three years with an MBA. He taught school in
Panama, and at Bishop Moore Jr. High in Orlando. He was in
the U.S. Army Air Corps and Navy, serving in World War II
in the Panama Canal Zone. He worked as a CPA for the
Panama Canal Company, Atomic Energy Commission,
Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Federal Power
Commission until he retired in 1974. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years Mary Laurena, two
brothers, Dick and Jimmy, three sisters, Glenda, Barbara and
Betty, three sons, Gary, Mike and Mark, six grandchildren,
and 2'/2 great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, and
Lori Sasso, 47, died at Kosciusko Community Hospital,
Warsaw, Ind., on March 18, 2008. Lori was born on October
13, 1960, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Lori and her family always enjoyed attending the Panama
Canal Reunion and, through the years, made many former
Canal Zone area friends. She was a member of the Panama
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Sasso
(CHS'54), a daughter, Karley Marie, and a son, Eric Michael,
both of Warsaw, Ind.; two stepsons, Dr. Rick Sasso of
Indianapolis, Ind., and Greg Sasso of Warsaw, Ind.; a step-
daughter, Sara Lehr of Atlanta, Ga.; and nine step-grandchil-
dren. Her parents preceded her in death.
Marjorie Jean Mann Scarborough, 89, of Clarksville,
Ark., died on January 19, 2008. She was born to Dr. James H.
and Josephine Gibson Mann on September 18, 1918, in
Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Canada.
She graduated with a B.S. from the University of British
Columbia and received her R.N. from Vancouver General
Hospital. There she met her husband, Bill Scarborough, and
moved about the country during his World War II service.
They settled in Clarksville, Ark., in 1946 and raised four chil-
dren. In 1969 she moved to the Canal Zone with her husband
and daughter Maradee, where they lived in Ancon. Later her
daughter, Jo Anne Martin, and her children joined them. In
Panama she was active in many organizations and a member
of the Balboa Union Church. She was a member of the Inter-
American Women's Club where she taught bridge and
enjoyed their cooking club immensely. She was a member
and president of the Panama Canal Zone Medical Wives
Society where she supported the scholarship committee. She
was always an adventurer and made many friends in every
part of Panama. She loved fishing in Gatun Lake, bird-watch-
ing, shopping on Avenida Central, and spending Christmases
on Contadora Island.
In 1984 she and her husband retired to Clarksville, Ark.
She was a lifelong Presbyterian, bridge player, member of the
First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, Association of
Presbyterian Women, Ladies of the Nile, NARFE, and the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. William
(Bill) R. Scarborough, of Clarksville, Ark.; sons, Billy Bob
Scarborough of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Rev. Jimmy
Scarborough of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Jo Anne
Martin of North Little Rock, Ark., and Maradee Stroupe of
Clarksville, Ark.; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grand-
Norbert Michael Schommer died March 2, 2008, at his
home in Deltona, Fla. He was the son of Casper and Kathryn
Wieland Schommer. He was married to Marguerite Ruddy
Schommer who predeceased him in 1987.
Mr. Schommer worked most of his life for the Federal
Government at the National Bureau of Standards, Treasury
Department, and retired from the Panama Canal Company in
1972 as Chief Budget Officer of the Budget and Statistical
Section of the Supply Division, a position he held since 1957.
His service of over 33 years was interrupted from 1943-1946
to join the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific Theatre,
participating in the invasions of the Marianas Islands and
He attended Southeastern University and was graduated
from the LaSalle Extension University. He was a charter
member of the Canal Zone Chapter of the Federal
Governments Accountants Society. He was a member of and
active in the U.S. Power Squadron, Boy Scouts of America,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He was
a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in
Deltona, the Nocturnal Adoration Society, an Honorary Life
Member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
The only surviving relatives are several nieces and
nephews and his wife Therese E. Vitacolonna Schommer of
Christian S. Skeie was born on February 6, 1944, in
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, to the late Chris and
Henri Skeie, and passed away at the Veterans Hospital in
Miami, Fla., on January 11, 2008, where his son had brought
him when he became ill in Panama.
Chris grew up in the Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1963. In recent years he lived in Wesley
Chapel, Fla., and spent ten months of each year in Panama.
Chris was active in the Panama Canal Society and very active
in the Panama Canal Museum. He served as a Panama Canal
Museum trustee for nine years, chairing first the Buildings
and Facilities Committee and in more recent years the Special
He was a Mason in Lodge 139 in St. Petersburg, Fla., a
veteran of the Vietnam War, a life member of VFW Post 9272
in Seminole, and a member of the American Legion Post 273
in Seminole, where a Celebration of Life was held for him on
January 26, 2008. Chris was married to the former Tina Bain
(deceased) and had two sons--Jason (deceased) and Chris
Skeie of Seminole. In addition to his son, Chris is survived by
his sister, Selma (Skeie) Klipper of Seminole; a nephew and
Ruth Francis Roelofson Stroop, 102, of Sarasota, Fla.,
died March 4, 2008. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., where
she met and married her husband, Edward Clyde Sr. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, and her four sons,
John Jacob, R.B.H. "Bud" III, Edward Clyde "Sonny" Jr., and
Gerald "Jerry" D. Sr.
She and her husband raised their family in Cristobal,
Canal Zone. In 1954 they retired from government service
and moved to Sarasota. Ruth was very devoted to her family
all her life. She was a beautiful seamstress. She was very
active in Faith Presbyterian Church and later became a mem-
ber of Fellowship of Believers.
Survivors include her daughters, Rose M. Carmody of
Gainesville and Karen P. Wolfe of Sarasota; 17 grandchil-
dren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchil-
Stephen Bahrd Tanner, 71, passed away on December 7,
2007. He was born in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on May 25, 1936.
After college and working the oil fields in Texas and
Oklahoma, he went to the Canal Zone with the Army in 1968,
and in 1970 he married Marty Irvin.
Steve was active in the Margarita Recreation and the
Gatun Yacht Club, and was Post Commanders of the
American Legion and the VFW. He and Marty timed the
Ocean to Ocean Cayuco races for seventeen years, and put on
many spaghetti dinners for the paddlers. In 1988 they retired
to Hendersonville, N.C., where Steve passed away.
He is survived by his wife, Marty; his four children,
Donald, Amanda, Eddie and Tita; a grandson; and his broth-
er Fred of Spokane, Wash.
Bernard Tibbotts of Port St. Lucie, Fla., passed away on
February 20, 2008, eight weeks to the day his beloved wife
Florence passed away on December 26, 2007. They were
long-time residents of the Canal Zone and lived in Gamboa,
Ancon, and La Boca.
Bernard was the great American success story, having
immigrated to the States from New Zealand in search of a
better life, so that he could ensure the financial security of his
family in New Zealand (who had felt the effects of the Great
Depression...even in the 1940s). He worked for Dredging
(Mindi) and later the Ports Division (Arraijan and Amistad
tugs). He was a Chief Engineer. Prior to that, he served his
country as a Merchant Marine during World War II and later
in the U.S. Army during Korea. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by one daughter, Carol Tibbotts (BHS'76)
Call and four grandchildren here in America. He leaves
behind two brothers in Christchurch, New Zealand, and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in America and New
Kenneth "Ken" Baker Tucker, 83, of Athens, Ga.,
passed away March 19, 2008. A native of Irwin County, Ga.,
he was the son of the late Lyte R. Tucker, Sr. and Lorena
Baker Tucker. He graduated from Ocilla High School and
attended the University of Georgia, where he obtained a B.A.
Degree and a Master's Degree in Education. He furthered his
education at Emory University in Atlanta, where he received
a Doctor of Law Degree.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the European
Theater with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regimental
Combat Team from 1943-1946. In 1952, Ken accepted a posi-
tion with the former Panama Canal Zone government to teach
Social Sciences. An avid tennis player, he also enjoyed
coaching the Panama Canal College's boys and girls tennis
teams. He retired in 1992 from the Panama Canal College and
returned to live in Athens, Ga., with his family.
He is survived by his wife Martha; daughter Beverly and
son-in-law Tom Lorgan; daughter Joyce and son-in-law Steve
Vetter; son Glenn; three grandchildren; and nieces and
Edward K. "Lucky" Wilburn, of Clearwater, Fla.,
passed away January 28, 2008. He came to Florida from the
Panama Canal Zone where he was employed since 1940 with
the Panama Canal Company and retired as a Tugboat Captain
before moving to Clearwater in 1977.
He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 28, 1920, and
was predeceased by two wives, Edna and Katherine. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Sarah Fitzpatrick;
brother, Joe Wilburn; numerous nieces and nephews; grand-
children; great-grandchildren; and best friend Jan
Edna Wantuk Wild, 74, died December 14, 2007. She
was born in Panama in January 1933. Her father was sta-
tioned in Fort Amador. After his discharge from the Army, he
kept open his photo shop which he had started as a hobby.
Edna was a graduate of Balboa High School class of 1952.
Myra L. Withers, 72, the wife of an Army officer and a
member of the Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., as well
as the Episcopal churches at Fort Meade, died March 21,
2008. Mrs. Withers, whose father was an Army officer, was
born at Fort Sill, Okla. She was with her parents at Schofield
Barracks, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
on December 7, 1941.
She finished high school in Norfolk and attended George
Washington University. After her marriage in 1956, she
accompanied her husband on his military assignments until
settling in the Washington area in 1983. She was involved in
her children's scouting activities and was a member of the
Army Engineer Officers Wives Club.
Survivors include her husband, retired Army Maj. Gen.
George K. Withers Jr., of Alexandria, Va.; three children,
retired Army Lt. Col. George K. Withers III of Chantilly,
Kelley L. Withers of Pearisburg, Va., and Elizabeth D.
Withers of Springfield; two brothers, retired Army Lt. Col.
Donald C. Little Jr. of Trinity, Fla., and William L. Little of
Fairfax Station; and two granddaughters.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
HENTERS 2007 HORSE
Amber and Mel Henter had a very successful year on the
horse show circuit that took us away from home more than
we were home. We started with the Jacksonville Winter
Circuit in January where it was in the 20's at night and didn't
reach over 50 degrees in the day. Amber had big success with
the Maclay and USEF Medal qualifying early, and winning
the NAL Jumper Classic.
We flew to California where we bought her new Small Jr.
Hunter for the start of HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) in
February. Then we did the Spring Central Florida and RMI
circuits in Tampa and Ocala. Went to Devon, Pa., in May for
the big show where her EQ horse Wellie was injured in trans-
port which was disappointing. We spent the summer in
Saratoga, N.Y., and Manchester Center in Vermont. The
weather was awesome and we even had a fire the first week
of July twice as it was in the 40's at night. From there, we did
more Jacksonville September shows. Then in September and
October we went to Capital Challenge in Maryland, the
Washington Invitation Horse Show in Washington, D.C. This
show is really exciting because it is at the Venison Center in
downtown D.C. The horses are stabled on the street and
shipped in and out at night as they showed. It is also invita-
tion only and all four of Amber's horses qualified although
we didn't show them all there.
From Washington we went to Harrisburg, Pa., for the
Pennsylvania Invitational Horse Show where again it is invi-
tation only. This horse show is totally indoors including
schooling areas, stabling, show rings. The last two horse
shows only take the top 24-30 Hunters. In Washington for the
Medal only 30 of the top riders are qualified out of 2500.
Amber qualified 14 so that was exciting also. She also quali-
fied for the USEF Talent Search which we didn't do her first
year qualifying. She also qualified for the USEF Medal and
the Washington Medal. It was her first year qualifying and did
so for all four of the main medals so we were very excited as
she was showing as a 14-year-old. Amber trains with Quiet
Hill Farm, Christina Schlusemeyer and Bob Braswell.
The successes she had last year were: Kudos! National
USEF Reserve Champion, Horse of the Year, 1st Year Green
(this is for all the States); Zone 4 (six States including Fla.)
Champion, Horse of the Year, 1st Year Green; Circuit
Champion, 1st Year Green, RMI, North Florida H/J Assn.
Winter Circuit, Central Hunter Jumper Assn, Vermont
Summer Festival, plus Champion at the two Saratoga shows;
Circuit Champion, Large Jr. Hunter Younger RMI, and
Central Florida H/J Assn, Tigre Royale Zone 4, Reserve
Champion, Horse of the Year, High Children's Jumper; NAL
Children's Jumper 4th Place National Champion (and we
skipped the Finals where he was one of the top qualifiers);
Circuit Champion, High Children's Jumper HITS, RMI,
Vermont; Circuit Reserve Champion, High Children's
Jumper Central Florida; NAL & Marshall & Sterling
Jumper Classic Winner or in the money, in most shows.
Jade Circuit Champion, Small Jr. Hunter Younger -
Vermont, RMI, Central Florida.
Wellington II Equitation Horse, qualified for all four
Medals Washington winning overall at many shows,
Maclay, USEF Medal and USEF Talent Search where she has
six wins. She won it at HITS with 52 riders. This has a jump-
ing and flat phase.
All of Amber's hard work and the training she puts in
toward this success has continued at the start of this year. She
is 10 points from qualifying for the 2008 USEF Talent
Search. She is in the top 30 for 2008 Washington points (as of
January 31, 2008) and won the Maclay in Jacksonville as we
go into the HITS season in Ocala.
Mom Mel was exhausted by December and took off for
Panama with Ted leaving the horses to have a vacation too.
We returned in time for the holidays where all the family con-
verged. Wish us luck for the 2008 season.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
NEWS FROM LARS MORALES
Lars and Marcela (Hawk) Morales celebrated
Christmas 2007 with their three children as well as house-
guests Mina and Chiara Martin. They are shown with fam-
ily in the enclosed photo outside of Boulder with the Rocky
Mountains where they were out for a round of snow sledding
and getting way too cold.
The Morales family had relocated to Heidelberg,
Germany, from Panama in 1999 and Lars was the first to
repatriate to the United States after landing a job with the
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in Boulder
in October 2005. Marcela left Germany in June 2007, and
brought Eve with her after Eve spent two years studying at
FSU-Panama campus (the old CZC). Eve was fortunate to be
admitted as a transfer student to the prestigious CU-Boulder
in a very hurried application during the summer months.
Daren and his German-American girlfriend Dominique
came over from Germany and now reside in downtown
Boulder. Daren and Dominique both work at high-tech firms
lan flew in from Heidelberg for the Christmas reunion
and was quite impressed with the Boulder-Denver area. Ian
works at the University of Maryland (UMUC) in the financial
affairs office. The three siblings are now trilingual having
added German to their native languages.
Lars, Marcela, Daren, Eve and lan Morales
Lars and Marcela bought a house in Superior, a suburb of
Boulder, but prefer to say they live in Boulder. Some of the
other folks in the Boulder area who participated in the numer-
ous festive gatherings were Charlie and Kristine Thrush,
Charlie's mother Norma Thrush from Panama, sister Sandy
and husband Ruben from New York; David Rubik, Cody,
Hudson and Tara Dalton, Mina and Chiara Martin (for-
merly of Clayton and Heidelberg). Hudson and Tara flew in
from Florida to surprise Cody on Christmas Eve.
EVANS RETURN TO PANAMA
Glenn "Glitters" Evans (BHS'65) recently returned to
visit the former Canal Zone after a quarter of a century hia-
tus. It was his home for 33 years (1952-1985). He was accom-
panied by his sister Roberta Evans (BHS'64).
Glenn was impressed with all the positive innovations
Panama has made on his favorite haunt, the Fort Amador
Causeway. Glenn also went to Gamboa to check out the fab-
ulous resort built there. His last stop was at Balboa High
School. While there he saw the memorial that has been built
to honor the 25 Panamanian students who died during the
riots of January 1964. He noted the recent addition of an eter-
nal flame and figured that it must represent the fire at the Pan
Am building where 16 of the students actually perished.
While on the isthmus he spent time at the new Balboa
Yacht Club where he was united with old friends Billy
Hanna, Charlie Roth-Roffy, Doug Allen, Bill Brady, Stan
"the Man" Wright, Rusty Smith, Skip Berger, Pete
Moreland, Mike Young, Rob "Rusty" Bowen, Ted Henter,
Al Schonert, Pablo Prieto, John Carlson, and Rochelle
Roberta Evans, Rusty Smith, Glenn Evans, Rochelle
Egudin, and Nancy Armock.
Glenn had a most enjoyable visit and is still "Glittering"
after all these years.
Roberta L. Evans
EASTER HOLIDAY RETREAT
Michael Maduro and his wife Sofia hosted an Easter
weekend retreat at their home in Frisco, Texas. The kids
enjoyed Easter-egg hunting while the adults discussed poli-
tics and the fact that their quality of life is not as good as their
parents because of the lack of full-time maids or nannies. A
good time was had by all!!!
(L-R): Jordan Wood, Michael Maduro holding Isabella,
Robert Meyers, Paul Hurst holding Paul Julian Hurst,
Adrian Wood and father Brian Wood.
Michael (BHS'91) works as a Financial Manager at Frito
Lay and he, Sofia, and their daughter Isabella will be moving
to the Orlando area in April. The Hursts drove in from
Wichita Falls, Texas, where Paul (BHS'91) and his wife
Jamie reside with their son Paul Julian. Paul is an Ob-Gyn
doctor in private practice. Robert Meyers (BHS'91) drove
up from Dallas where he resides. He is an architect for the
Beck group. Robert and his fiance Melissa Carl will be
married in September 2008. Brian Wood (BHS'91) and his
wife Karina drove up from San Antonio where they reside
with their sons, Jordan and AJ. Brian is a business architect
Two former Zonians have co-written a book Whirlwinds
and Small Voices that delves into the spiritual renewal that is
possible and necessary for those who work in the helping pro-
fessions. They are Clarence McConkey, long-time pastor of
Balboa Union Church, and his daughter Amy McConkey
(BHS'73) Robbins, a speech-language pathologist.
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was assigned to Ft. Gulick, however, and we got into new
quarters for the 1966-67 school year at Ft. Gulick. We made
a special point to stay at the Melia on the old post. I found our
former quarters right away. The fourplexes were all modified
with new carports and patios and bright colors! We walked
the Babcock Loop officers quarters area and saw some beau-
tiful gardens and fantastic homes.
Bruce, Sarah and Sam Rainey
Amy McConkey Robbins and Clarence McConkey
The authors have combined journal entries, including
those written during their time in the Canal Zone, true stories
of patients triumphing over communication impairments, and
inspirational poetry and prose to take the reader through a
week of re-creation of the spirit.
RAINEYS RETURN TO PANAMA
Back in Panama after forty years!!! My wife Sarah and
son Sam and I spent spring break tracking down as many of
the old places that we could squeeze in in a week and a day.
I lived at Ft. Clayton and attended Balboa High from
October 1965 through the rest of that school year. My Dad
Special trips were made to Ft. Sherman, San Lorenzo and
down the Pifia Beach road. I had to look at Pifia from the Ft.
San Lorenzo side. The road from the village to the beach was
Other highlights included a day trip to Portobelo with a
stop at Los Cannones for lunch and a look at Playa Langosta.
There was a special trip into the Cristobal Yacht Club for a
cheeseburger in memory of the rides to lunch on the back of
Steve Radel's Triumph! The rest of the trip was spent at
Santa Clara. We stayed at Las Sirenas, the place was beauti-
ful. My wife was very patient traveling through all my old
hangouts, and Sam liked the Panamanian traffic flow system.
Special thanks go to John Lessiack for coming to work
with the city of Columbia, Mo., and putting me in touch with
the Panama Canal Society!! Also to Roy and John Morales-
Kuhn for their help. John's wife Lupe and her brother Jose
Hidalgo were great also. Thanks to the people working hard
at the Canal Record helping us find so many helpful Zonians
here and in Panama. Give consideration to the La Estancia
B&B in Cerro Ancon and Las Sirenas in Santa Clara when
you are looking for places to stay.
I hope anyone who has not gone back will make the trip.
All those military brats and GI's will find most of the instal-
lations in good shape different but amazing too. Hope to see
every one at the CHS Class of'68 reunion in Orlando in July.
ZORNES TRAVEL AGAIN
We took off in December headed towards San Diego,
Calif., to spend New Year's Eve with Peggy and Pat
McCarragher who hosted a New Year's party at their home.
We all had a ball and although it was a short visit, we enjoyed
welcoming in the New Year in the same manner in which we
celebrated in Panama--good friends, lots of goodies to eat,
drinks, party favors, dancing and champagne at midnight!!
We had a blast!
Next trip was to Ohio to welcome our newest member of
the family (our fifth grandchild), Alexis Lynn Zornes (see
Births). We visited with our granddaughters over the Easter
holiday, and Ava had a ball dyeing her eggs pastel colors and
her hands as well! Ava was the perfect caring big sister to
Alex. Both girls are truly special to Grandpa and Grandma
who found their visit way too short.
Ava and Alexis Zornes
Prescott Valley, Ariz.
A ZONIAN IN TENNESSEE
My name is James Slater. 1 am a graduate of Balboa
High School class of 1976. In the thirty-two years since I
graduated, I have lived in North Carolina, New Orleans,
Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Switzerland and, now,
Nashville, Tenn. I started a band called "Viva" in the Canal
Zone when I was 15 years old. 1 played the Pub, the Amador
Officers Club, Coronado Beach parties and pretty much every
pingding we could find. I still play the piano and write songs
just like 1 did in the Canal Zone. Music has taken me around
the world (Cuba, Africa, Sweden, the Caribbean, Colombia
and everywhere in between). I recently had my first Grammy
nomination with a song I wrote for Martina McBride called
"In My Daughter's Eyes." I have also had songs recorded by
Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Jessica Andrews, and several
other wonderful artists. I have also recorded four albums of
There isn't a day goes by that I don't carry my ten years
in Panama with me. It influences my music, my writing, my
lifestyle, my home. 1 am forever grateful that my British
Bolivian mother, Alicia, never let me quit the piano when I
tried to when I was 12 years old and also convinced my
American father, Victor, to move my brother Christian,
Angie and me to the Canal Zone in 1966. He thought she was
crazy but she seduced him with the thought of palm trees,
sailboats, deep-sea fishing, and the endless blue ocean.
Needless to say we not only found a home in Panama but par-
adise, and to this day what I cherish most is the bond between
those of us who have lived in Panama and the Canal Zone,
eaten the ginnups, the endless mangoes off the trees, danced
to Lucho Azcarraga, taken a ride on a chiva, craved seviche,
and those who have been lucky enough to experience life in
a place that will forever remain in our hearts.
My parents now live in Fort Pierce, Fla. It's the closest we
can get to Panama. Beach, seafood, family and friends, lots of
espailol. I visit them every chance I get. I will close by say-
ing my brother snd I visited Panama a few weeks ago, I had-
n't been back in twelve years. It had been thirty years for
Christian. We had the time of our lives. Things have changed,
but they haven't changed. Napoli Pizza tastes the same. The
Causeway is new and improved. I'll be back as soon as I can.
Maybe to play a show at the Yacht Club. One more pingding.
I've enclosed a picture of Willie Nelson and me at the BMI
awards. Maybe I can get him to come to Panama. Play a song
or two. He might never leave.
James Slater and Willie Nelson
PANAMA TODAY: CRIME, COST
OF LIVING, AND OF HOUSING
We have been receiving many emails lately expounding
on the positives and negatives of living in Panama. Some
have very factual information. Others have very distorted
information. We have now lived in Panama for three years
and have what I consider a pretty open-minded attitude to the
"growing pains" being experienced in the country today.
There has been a tremendous real estate boom in Panama
and it is not unlike what we saw happen in Florida the last
three years we lived there. This kind of growth is a double-
edged sword. While some people, such as developers and
realtors, reap tremendous financial gains others suffer losses.
Three years ago prices for real estate in Panama were reason-
able. Today they are ridiculously high. Single houses in the
old Canal Zone are pretty much impossible to find under
$200,000 regardless of the condition. There is a concrete on-
the-ground cottage in Los Rios for sale as I write for
$225,000. It is in its original condition complete with termites
as indicated by the termite trails on the outside of the house.
I was astonished to learn that a house in Albrook recently sold
for $1.8 million dollars. True, it was both sides of a duplex
and had extensive work but come on, $1.8 million for old Air
The problem is that someone from California thinks that's
a good price, which then in turn drives up the prices for
everyone. You can buy a wooden duplex near Akee Street for
$75,000 per side. The problem is that the house has been
empty for years and there is not much left standing except the
frame of the house. Original promises by the Panamanian
government to keep parts of the old Canal Zone "Garden
Cities" with controlled development have been somewhat
ignored. Albrook has a very strong community association,
which has managed to keep development in the area limited.
Cardenas also has a strong association.
"Flipping" real estate is a very popular and common prac-
tice in Panama. An investor in another country will buy
blocks of apartments or whole buildings, increase the price
and resell. This practice also drives up the cost of real estate.
The good side is that Panama still builds affordable housing
for the "working" class. There are hundreds of new homes
going up out by Tocumen for $45,000 to $59,000. While they
are very small and cramped it still is affordable housing in the
face of all the skyscrapers being built on Balboa Avenue.
Crime in Panama seems to be a popular email subject.
Crime has increased mostly due to drugs. No surprise there.
While the murder rate is up most seem to be drug related as
well. There are still robberies in Panama; the majority is com-
mitted without violence. In my opinion crime in Panama still
does not come close to the level of crime in the United States.
There are gangs of juveniles that have formed in Panama for
the same reason they form in the U.S., poverty and lack of
opportunity. Their activity seems to be restricted to very poor
The government is seriously addressing juvenile crime
and I believe that their efforts will have a positive impact.
Like anyplace else you must use common sense. I certainly
would not go for a walk late at night through Chorillo.
However, last week I did "forget" my purse at a coffee shop
in Multicentro Mall on Balboa Avenue and when we went
back later the girl had it for me and would not take any money
from Ed for keeping it safe. The Panamanian people are for
the most part very honest, very kind and very willing to help
if you need it. Much of the crime committed in Panama today
is by people from other countries. The number of police in
Panama has been increased to help meet the existing needs.
Overall, they appear to be doing a good job especially on the
borders where recent problems with certain factions in
Colombia required their successful intervention. If you have
not been to Panama for awhile and are coming for a visit I
strongly suggest you have someone you trust arrange for a
driver and/or a guide until you reacquaint yourself with the
lay of the land.
Prices in Panama have increased just like the rest of the
world. Food and gas have gone up which of course affects the
prices of just about everything. Wages for workers are slow
to increase which results in a real burden for the working
class poor. Panamanians are not shy about taking to the
streets and protesting rising prices. I love that about this
country, it brings immediate attention to the problem and
motivates those in power to at least act like they are seeking
That said, we would not want to live anyplace else. We
have come to cherish the mafiana attitude and living in a glob-
al community where not everyone looks like us or speaks our
language. We relish our old Zonian traditions that still exist
like swimming in Balboa Pool, playing golf at Summit, driv-
ing down the Causeway or out to Gamboa, eating seviche at
La Tablita or drinking a cold Panama at Balboa Yacht Club
watching ships go by. We love the sunsets, the smell of dry
season and rainy season, our old zonie friends and our new
friends. Life in Panama is an adventure and one we would not
trade. It's good to be home.
THREE FRIENDS CRUISE
Margot Jordan, JoAnn Morton and Diane Morris took
a five-day cruise on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the
Seas. They had a fabulous time on the ship where they took
salsa and line dancing lessons, and participated in various
games such as Name that Tune and Battle of the Sexes. They
enjoyed evening music productions consisting of the Platters
singing songs such as "The Great Pretender" and "Only You"
and a karaoke contest with singers who sounded just like
Billy Joel, Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash.
JoAnn Morton, Margot Jordan, and Diane Morris
The food was excellent and plentiful but they took time to
go out shopping in Cozumel and Belize and returned with lots
of goodies. They spent many hours reminiscing and laughing
and just enjoying each other's company. What a wonderful
way to renew friendships.
Lynne (Coffin) Cunningham and husband Tom (of New
Bern, N.C.) stopped in Inverness, Fla., in February to visit
with Lynne's aunt, Gloria Parker. They spent two days with
Gloria and then traveled on to Jupiter, Fla., where they spent
a week with friends.
On the return trip they stopped over in Titusville, Fla., to
visit with Lynne's cousin, Pat Risberg and her husband Bud.
Tana spent her birthday in an Embera Village. We floated
in a dugout canoe with the Embera Chief steering on the
calm, clear Chagres River and the jungle surrounding.
Blanquita M. Shield
Angels Camp, Calif.
Gloria Parker and Lynne Cunningham
VISIT TO DECAMERON
One week in January 2008, Blanquita McNatt Shield
and daughter Tana Schield escaped to the Decameron Beach
Resort in Panama. The combination of an easy-on-the-eye
full tropical moon and the whisper of soft dry season breezes
off the Pacific Ocean made it a week to remember.
Blanquita McNatt Schield
Blanquita McNatt Schield
Margaret, Bill and Allison McLaughlin stand on their guest
room balcony at Decameron Resort in Panama this past
January. Playa Blanca and the Pacific Ocean can be seen
MARTY TANNER WRITES
I'm sure you know Steve passed away last December. In
February I came to live with our daughter, Amanda, and her
family in Palm City, Fla., where I'm being treated like a
princess. The other three kids are within an afternoon's visit
now, rather than the 10 hour drive it used to be. Life's
Hope to see you all at the Reunion.
Marty Irvin Tanner
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PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: 727-394-9338 Fax: 727-394-2737
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
TEDDY ROOSEVELT LUNCHEON
Among those particularly pleased to meet the
'President' (Michael O. Smith as Theodore Roosevelt)
at the Panama Canal Museum's benefit Teddy Roosevelt
Luncheon were the Roosevelt Medal descendents in
Back Row, (L-R): Carol (Peterson) Krueger, Diane (Peterson)
Pearson, Jim Bradley, John Hern, Richard Cunningham,
Jean Medinger McGuire, Janet Sutherland, Katherine Egolf,
Jason Ohman. Middle Row: Christine Heintz, Shirley
(Million) Muse, Joan (McCullough) Ohman, Peggy (Hale)
Huff, Cheryl (Peterson) Russell, Judi McCullough, Lois
(Hollowell) Jones. Front Row: Gerarde DeTore, Michelle
Pearson, Kristle Pearson, Michael Smith (Teddy Roosevelt),
Blanche (Adler) Browne, and Charles Hummer.
About 100 guests in all were enthralled to hear TR
speak and answer questions at the "press conference"
that followed. After the luncheon and performance
held at the Seminole Community Library, guests
adjourned to the museum and joined the two presi-
dents Theodore Roosevelt and Panama Canal
Museum President Joe Wood for birthday cake
celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Teddy's
birth and the 10th anniversary of the Panama Canal
Museum. Thank you to Barbara Marshall for coordi-
nating this spectacular event and all who supported it
in so many ways!
WRITE OF PASSAGE
The Write of Passage museum fundraising project,
featuring over 100 stories of Canal Zone families, is
moving along on schedule. The book promises to be
another bestseller just as our prize winning cookbook,
Opening the Gates to Canal Cuisine, continues to be.
Barbara Marshall, coordinator of the project, notes:
"The stories are so special, and we are working hard to
assure we have a presentation worthy of the stories."
After bids for the printing are obtained, we will be able
to determine the price of the book and advertise its
availability. Families submitting stories will receive a
complimentary copy for each story submitted.
Additional copies will be available for purchase by all
interested readers. The museum plans to have the books
by October so that customers can have them for holiday
giving. Watch for our upcoming notices about this "must
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT
HONORS WEST INDIAN LABORERS
A new exhibit, "Role of the West Indians 1904 to
1914" opened at the museum in April. This exhibit
honors the significant role the West Indians had in
building the Panama Canal. It has been said that it
was American technology and innovation that built
the Panama Canal. But it was the muscle, blood and
sweat of a labor workforce comprised primarily of
West Indians from the Caribbean that created the
partnership that led to the project's success.
Director Elizabeth Neily says that the museum's
mission recognizes the contribution to the Canal
success by peoples of all nationalities. However most
of those laborers came from the Caribbean islands of
Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, St.
Kitts, British Guiana, St. Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, and
Curacao. A total of 30,641 West Indians, working
under dangerous conditions, insufferable heat and
humidity, tropical diseases, and low wages, did not
falter until the project was completed. They also
worked as police, teachers, cooks, maids, drivers,
groundskeepers and in many other support positions.
The exhibit will travel to the reunion and so can be
seen either there or at the museum. Don't miss it!
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
HOURS OF OPERATION
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday -Saturday
The West Indies Exhibit currently featured at the museum
will be at the reunion in Orlando.
THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Join the Canal Coffee Clatch with Museum Director
Elizabeth Neily every third Saturday at 11:00 am.
Call the museum for details.
JULY 2-6 Panama Canal Reunion Orlando
DECEMBER 2-8 Museum Panama Trip
Don't miss the museum's new tour, "Indigenous People
and Ruins of Panama," from December 2-8, 2008. Visit the
Embera Indian Village; stay overnight in the San Blas,
shop El Valle and see the ruins of Portabelo, Fort San
Lorenzo, Panama Viejo, and Casco Antiguo. Plus a dinner
show with Pollera Dancers and "comida tipica.' For more
information email email@example.com
or call 727-394-9338.
OFF TO THE REUNION
The Panama Canal Museum once again heads to the
annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando on
July 2-6 with exhibits (and much more!) in tow. This
year's exhibits in the Museum Exhibit Room at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort will feature "Living and
Learning in the Canal Zone," Teddy Roosevelt
(commemorating his 150th birthday), the West
Indians' participation in the construction of the
Panama Canal, and David Gaillard. The Roosevelt
and Gaillard exhibits will have a tie-in with the
Panama Canal Society luncheon as a relative of
Gaillard's, Astronaut Scott Parazynski, will be speaking
at the luncheon and presenting the museum with a
Roosevelt medal and flag that traveled into space with
him in October last year. Be sure not to leave the
room before signing the maps where "your" houses
were and signing your school lists!
The museum's silent auction should once again be
another popular draw for all those who just never
have enough Panama Canal treasures! If you can't be
there for the 5:00 pm awarding of bids on Saturday,
consider taking advantage of the buy it now opportu-
nities any time before 5:00 pm on Saturday. If you
have a treasure you'd like to donate, please contact the
museum as soon as possible.
In the Museum Room you'll also be able to obtain
information about financial opportunities from Fred
Bremer, the museum's financial advisor; the Roos-
evelt Medal Certificate program from Dorn Thomas;
the Write of Passage book; museum membership; and
upcoming museum trips.
In both the Museum Room and the Vendors' Room,
the museum will have even more great items than
ever new books, calendar, collectible ornament,
bateas, plush golden frog for a start! The museum's
trustees are very grateful to Jo Kent and Llori Gibson,
who will not be attending the reunion this year and
have donated their vending table to the museum in
memory of Lloyd Kent, Jo's husband and Llori's
father. Thank you, Jo and Llori, for such a thoughtful
And thank you to all who plan to stop by and enjoy
everything the museum will offer at the reunion.
Jean Medinger McGuire, Reporter/Editor
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL BHS Class
CLASS OF 1948 50th High Schoc
July 3 5,
We will be joining the Classes of 1949 and 1950 in
their suite at the Panama Canal Reunion to be held at the We will be having our 50th
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., on July 3rd, tion with the Annual Panama C
4th, and 5th. the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
This year is our 60th Class Reunion and we hope to
see as many as possible attend this very special occasion. Contact Persons:
A celebration dinner for our class will be held on Friday, Ann Field Kirrane, kir
July 4th, at the hotel. Frank Townsend, fto
We look forward to seeing you all. Any questions, Howie Adams Laatz, la
please call one of the following: Shirley Barlow Bernat, sber
Russ Drew, Chairperson John Buck Millett
(850) 457-6492 (727) 455-6598
Lori King (Loretta Willard) Barbara (Fritz) Reyle
(727) 595-1493 (703) 273-2634 45TH CLASS R
The BHS/CHS Classes of 1
Class Reunion at Rosen Shingle
FIRE ORKS IN ORLA Fla., from July 3-6, 2008, in co
Panama Canal Society Annual Re
hospitality suite for informal gat
The BHS classes of 1948, 1949 and 1950 (and some hoi suite for informal gat
dinner and cocktail party.
"dropins") will be having their premier hospitality suite at d er and cktail part
After the Panama Canal S(
the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort (home of the Panama .
planned a four-day cruise. If you
Canal Society Reunion). Fun begins on July 2nd (early an a oury cruise. Iyo
mation about this reunion, plea
evening) until Saturday evening, July 5th, until ???? mmbe r below and provide your,
member below and provide your
Meet and greet your classmates in the suite (youd r
1. we can keep you updated with an
won't have to look all over the hotel for them) and, in the we cn kp yu wth an
BHS/CHS alumni who ar
meantime, you can be enjoying delicious goodies and BHS S l
BHS/CHS class of 1963 are more
beverage, on the cruise. Please contact a c
For more information, contact:
Smore infor ion, cont and provide your e-mail or mail a
George Downing Bill Carson
George Downing Bill Carson you with the necessary details.
801 Pine Street 373 N. Biscayne River Dr. BHS
Melbourne FL 32591 Miami FL 33169 Barbara Dombrowsky Sa
Please contact George or Bill if you plan to attend. Dabar6263a
See you in Orlando(336)626-7
See you in Orlando!!
class reunion in conjunc-
anal Society Reunion at
SES OF '63
963 will hold their 45th
Creek Resort in Orlando,
injunction with the 2008
union. We plan to have a
hearings as well as a gala
society reunion, we have
have not received infor-
se contact a committee
e-mail or mail address so
y pertinent information.
e not members of the
Than welcome to join us
committee member below
address. They will provide
CLASS OF CHS 1953
Please come forward. Our 55th reunion is in July in
Orlando. Anyone who knows of someone who would like
to come to our reunion, get in touch with Kay (Argo)
Taylor at kaytaycal(fea.net. If anyone out there knows
of members of our class, please get in touch with them.
Kay (Argo) Taylor
Gibby Freund, co
Tinker Hollowell Coop
Bev Dockery Vaughn
BHS 1968 BULLDOGS 40th CLASS
REUNION, ORLANDO, FLORIDA, JULY 3-6, 2008
Come and celebrate our 40th with us!! Let's remember the
old times, but make and enjoy new times. We're older and wiser
and have lots to share! Bring along albums and stories of what
you have been doing and don't forget pictures of your grand-
children....bragging is allowed! We will have a Hospitality Suite
Thursday p.m.-Sunday morning. A cocktail hour and
Panamanian dinner is planned for Friday night, and we will join
the two dances provided by the Panama Canal Society. Friday
night "Shorty and Slim" will be entertaining us with their
Caribbean Calypso-Reggae type music...the lyrics are typical of
our memories of Panama and fun to sing and dance to. We will
gather in our Hospitality Suite Saturday night before going to
hear Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band play for our Latin
dancing pleasure! We need your help gathering current email
addresses for our entire class. You may contact any of the
Committee members listed below for details and to give them
classmate contact information:
Lee Harwell Grant
Darleen Woodruff Hunt
Ginger Wertz Zornes
Fran Stabler Meyer
CHS 1968 40TH REUNION
Please contact Ren6e Krimminger at
firstname.lastname@example.org or cell # 704-737-5747 to have
details of events emailed to you.
BHS CLASS OF 1973
Sponsor of the Thursday Night Dance
Reunion Dinner Friday, July 4th
Marc Malavasic Jean Medinger McGuire
CHS CLASS OF 1973!
Attention!! Our 35th class reunion will be held at the
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion from July 2nd through
July 6th, 2008, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Fla. Please contact one of the following for further information:
Jerry Coffin Ralph Hepner
(718) 748-0695 (813) 728-8736
BHS CLASS OF 1978
30TH CLASS REUNION
Class of '78 is inviting all classmates and families to
their 30th class reunion in Orlando. Get the word out. For
more information, please contact one of the following or
visit our web site at:
Sheila (Rose) Little
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
Thursday, July 3 Sunday July 6, 2008
Our 30th Class Reunion is almost upon us and will be
celebrated in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Annual Reunion in Orlando, Fla., July 2 6, 2008. Stay
tuned to our website for specific information as the plans
We have had a great response to our emails but some
classmates are still missing. If you have any information
or email addresses for these classmates, please notify us.
For more information contact:
or visit our web site at www.chs78reunion.com.
BHS CLASS OF 1983
It's that time coming up --- our 25th High School
Reunion!! Please mark your calendars for July 2-6, 2008,
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Please contact Shirley Avery Bentley with any sug-
gestions you have for our Reunion.
(813) 230-9052 (cell)
BHS CLASS 1988
BHS'88 20th Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society reunion.
We are looking for all classmates. Please send your
email and information to:
Renee Rowley Friedel
Selenia Cristina Brandenburg Jaqueth
CURUNDU JR. HIGH FACULTY
& STAFF REUNION
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008, 7:30 p.m. at Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.
Please notify the following if you are planning to
302 Sourtland Drive
Elon, NC 27244
BHS CLASS 1961
Please send your CURRENT e-mail addresses to George
Garcia at the following e-mail address:
I will NOT send you e-mail from ANY OTHER address
nor will ANY of the messages coming FROM this address
relate to ANYTHING but the CLASS REUNION.
George Garcia, 50th Class Reunion Chairperson
BHS Class of 1961
BHS CLASS OF 1969
40TH CLASS REUNION
Two years and counting to the Balboa High School
Class of 1969 40th Class Reunion!!! Fun-filled plans are
underway to celebrate this milestone in Panama during
the week of March 1-7, 2009. The class roster is being
updated, so please submit current contact information to
Chaco (Will) Small and Sue (Waters) Eytalis at the
below email addresses. Watch for future updates regard-
ing the reunion. If you think you might attend, keep in
mind that passports will be required for travel outside the
Information can be obtained from the following:
Sue (Waters) Eytalis
Mel (Little) Henter
Kathy (Mulroy) Kietzer
Jeanne (Chance) Rupp
Chaco (Will) Smail
BHS CLASS OF 1974 35TH
Our reunion will be held from July 6-13, 2009, in
Panama. All classmates, CHS'74, friends and family are
INVITED to join us.
We are looking for BHS'74 classmates' e-mails, so
please send to:
BHS CLASS OF 1979
30TH CLASS REUNION
Preplanning has begun for our 30th Class Reunion!!
Our 30th class reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion to be held at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 1-5, 2009. More details to follow....
Please send your current email and contact details to:
Carlton A. Morris
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