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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2008-2010
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
2nd Vice President
Mr. Tom Spence
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
Mr. Mike Coffey
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Chris Wilder
Mr. Jim Parthenais
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master and Historian
Thursday Night Dance.......17
Your Reporter Says:
FL Central Florida.............57
FL Ocala........................... 58
FL South Florida...............62
FL Space Coast.................63
M useum ......................... 30
B ingo............................ 32
M aryland.................... 71
M idwest..................... 72
TX San Antonio.................83
V irginia............................. 84
............... 8 6
W e d d in g s ..................................................................................................................... 9 4
Births...................... ..... ...............95
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................................................ ................................... 97
Letters to the Editor................................. .............. ............................. ..104
M museum N ew s.............................................................. .................................. ........... 107
Announcements............... ............................................. 109
Advertisem ents........................... .. .......... .......... .. ... ......... ........... 112
M em bership A application Form ....................................................... ................. 116
Cover: President Tom Wilder, 2008-2010
1 DATES TO REMEMBER
Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
IiiLu' ilk., Fla. For more information see page 5 or call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
PCS Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar, N. Redington
Beach. Fla. Contact Marje and Pete Foster at (727) 785-8555 or
Margaret McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804. See page 6 for informa-
tion and reservation form.
Carnavalito, Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, Fla.
Contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4116" or Bob and
Fran Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 8 for information
and reservation form.
P resident's M essage..................................................................................... ...........................
Secretary/Office Manager's Message.......................................................... .....................2
E editor's C om er............................................................ ........................... ..................... 2
A nna C collins, Past President......................................... .................................................... 3
Membership Contest............................................................................................................... 3
L icen se P late D design s................................................................................... ..........................4
W ine C ellar D irections.............................. ................. ...... ............................. .................... 4
November Space Coast Picnic and General Membership Meeting.........................................5
Insurance U pdate................................................ ............................................................. 5
December Luncheon Registration Form....................................................... ....................6
2009 Panama Canal Society Winners......................................................... ....................7
Suggestion Box..................................... .. .....................................7
February 2009 Carnavalito Registration Form......................................................................8
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meetings).................10
L legislative R eport................................................................................ ................................. 10
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion
Let me begin by thanking every-
one who took time to send in their
ballot and support the slate of offi-
cers for 2008 10 to represent the
members of the Panama Canal
Society. On a personal note, my sin-
cere thanks to everyone for all their
support and comments on my elec-
tion as your President. Of course I
Tom Wilder would be remiss to not thank my
biggest supporter, my wife Kathy for her encouragement.
I have a large pair of shoes to fill coming in behind Bob
Russell who will continue to serve as the immediate Past
President. We welcome Directors Shirley Avery, Pam Reid,
and Mike Coffey. I'm excited about the newest (freshmen)
members of the executive board!
Your executive board has many challenges ahead. We
must continue to find cost cutting measures while at the same
time continuing to provide quality service for our members.
Unfortunately, declining memberships are still a concern. We
will continue a membership contest to encourage members
recruiting members. We also will be trying a new vendor to
publish the Canal Record at a lower cost and looking to tech-
nology to include a new website with additional functions to
benefit the membership while reducing duplication required
by office staff. Finally, we will put out a ballot to increase our
dues by $10 after it was overwhelming endorsed at the
Annual Meeting by those members in attendance. This dues
increase will ensure that the society will continue to foster for
several more years without the need to tap into our reserves.
I have again asked Bill McLaughlin to serve as our
Reunion Coordinator for the 2009 Annual Reunion which he
has agreed to do. We will be working on several new venues
as well as ensuring that we will maintain our core favorites.
In closing, we hope you will join us throughout the year
at one of our traveling membership meetings where you can
be updated on the happenings of your society. Remember
that suggestions are always welcomed and thank you again
for supporting the Panama Canal Society!
Always working to preserve American Ideals and Canal
Tom Wilder, President
We are back in full swing at the
Society office after another great
reunion. We would not have been able
Nancy Van Siclen to handle the Information/Society Desk
without the dedicated volunteers who help out every year. A
"heartfelt" thank you to Shirley Boswell, Beth
Brandenburg, Marje and Pete Foster, Linda Marshall and
Betty LeDoux-Morris. Thank you again for volunteering.
At the Annual Meeting this year, the members elected a
new board for the next two years. We congratulate each of
you on your election, and we look forward to working with
you for the next two years.
We would also like to thank those members who renewed
their dues at the Reunion. It is usually the same group, who
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
S ZONe 4 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" -
S7985 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424
stop by to say hello and pay for the coming year. Several of
the members say it is so much easier to do it that way instead
of waiting until November or December, when our lives are
hectic getting ready for the holidays.
For those of you who have not paid their membership
dues for 2009, it is that time of year again, where we start
reminding you "the member" that your dues must be paid
before December 31, 2008. You can send the Renewal Form
and your check for $30.00 through the mail or go to the
Panama Canal Society website to complete the Membership
Renewal Form and use a credit card. Please remember that
your payment of dues is what supports the Society.
For those members who joined the Society this year to
attend your class reunion, please keep your membership cur-
rent. By keeping your membership active, you also keep up-
to-date on all your friends by receiving the Canal Record four
times a year.
Remember, your dues must be current if you plan on
attending the 2009 Reunion. Thank you again for all your
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359; (727) 319-5893 (Fax)
What a great reunion and boy, do
I have the pictures to prove it! A big
thank you to all the area reporters for
squeezing in a few moments to get
together with me. Speaking of area
Jacque Vowell reporters, I am sad to say adios to
Kathie McConaughey whose area was the Space Coast.
Kathie will be greatly missed. But on the bright side, Janice
Scott has volunteered to take on the Space Coast. Welcome
There is a person behind the scenes of the Canal Record
that I want to show my appreciation. The Society typist,
proofreader of the incoming articles for the Canal Record,
Carol Masino! Carol is my right hand assistant who does the
bulk of the typing and grammar corrections. I certainly would
be lost without her. Thank you Carol for everything you do
for me and for the Society!
Some of you will notice the "Letters to the Editor" section
is limited, and the "Looking Back" section is missing. I have
set letters and pictures aside for the December Canal Record.
I honestly didn't have enough room with all the reunion pic-
tures. Heck, it was difficult to select reunion pictures! You
can still purchase reunion pictures. See page 114.
If you have any questions on how to send an article or pic-
ture for submission in the Canal Record, I am only a phone
call or email away.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
On July 5, at a small gathering, our Office
Manager/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen was completely sur-
prised when she was awarded in Exceptional Performance
Award for her service during the period August 1, 2006,
through June 30, 2008. The award was unanimously
approved by the Executive Board on June 6 and presented to
Nancy by outgoing president Bob Russell.
During the presentations, Nancy's expertise, institutional
knowledge, accomplishments, work ethic, positive attitude
and selfless service were briefly highlighted by Bob; espe-
cially, her willingness to go beyond the call of duty on numer-
ous occasions to assist members and board members. These
efforts usually required her to volunteer her personal time
without compensation. Nancy definitely provides the organi-
zational continuity and office expertise that helps keep our
Society moving forward.
Again, congratulations Nancy on a job well done! Your
efforts on behalf of the membership are appreciated.
vo ou know inese pe eople: See page J ior answer.
A I; t
REMEMBERING OUR FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT
Anna Theresa Collins, 87, of St. Petersburg, passed away
peacefully at home on August 7, 2008. She was born in Elkins
Park, Pa. She will be remembered for her devotion and love to her
family, friends, community, charities, and strong faith. She was a
dedicated leader and untiring volunteer within her community
and to the Panama Canal Society. Anna was past President St.
Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary, Interlock, the Christmas Toy Shop,
and the Women's Chamber of Commerce. Anna holds the dis-
tinction of being the first female to be elected President of the
Panama Canal Society from 1983-1984 and was the chairperson
of the Sunshine Committee for the past 22 years. She also was a
Descendent of a Roosevelt Medal Holder. She held many other
leadership positions, including Girl Scout Leader, Retired
Officers Spouse Club, Florida Orchestra Guild, Stuart Society, St.
Petersburg Women's Club, Board of Florida Hospital Auxiliary,
St. Paul's Church, Princess and Queen of Hearts, among other
efforts within the community. She was preceded in death by her
loving husband of 54 years, Cdr. Charles Joseph Collins (Ret.);
her daughters Maria, Anna T. and husband Joseph Higgins. sur-
vived by her children Charles J. Collins Jr. (Nancy), Gregory M.
Collins (Karen), Jennifer R. Thomas (Dale), Lucy G. Graham
(Scott), Bernadette G. Glasco, Timothy L. Collins (Chris); 11
President, 1983-1984 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jil I E3L3rflW app
Zonie the Parrot says,
"ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
The Panama Canal Society is sponsoring a
"Membership Contest"for the 2009 Annual
Reunion. Detailed Information will be in the
December Canal Record. Our objective is to
increase our overall membership with new
members as well as attract those members
who have allowed their membership to
Don'tforget to give your family and friends a
gift membership to the Panama Canal
Page 2 ANSWER: Paco Doyle and Joe Wood Ward, ca.1930
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
LICENSE PLATE CONTEST ENTRIES
On July 4, 2008 ten entries for
the license plate contest were dis-
played at the Annual Business
Meeting. Designers included
Edwin Armbruster, Alfred
Graham, Paul Smith, Jeanne
Stough and Chris Wilder. As
members entered the meeting,
Chris Wilder they were directed to view the
license plate entries and vote for
their favorite. The winner was announced by Bob Russell at
the end of the Annual Business Meeting. The Executive Board
of the Panama Canal Society would like to thank the design-
ers for their creativity and for participating in the contest.
November General Membership Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meet-
ing will be held on November 1, 2008, in conjunction
with the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park
Pavilion, on the river side of US Highway 1, adjacent to
the Space Coast Executive Center. The picnic will be
held from 11:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. The General
Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink. If
you need more information, please call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and
Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
From SR-50, go south 3.4 miles on US Highway 1; the
park is on the left.
Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to do their business directly with
the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and handle all business of those policyholders who choose to act and
process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of contact
and may be reached on the last Tuesday afternoon of the month at the Society's toll-free number
(1-866-726-2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel Gordon; and
he can be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the Panama office should advise the Society office of the particulars
if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise, policyhold-
ers and claimants should notify the Society office when their business has been satisfactorily concluded with CIS so that
the Society can drop the policyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
C1 December 6, 2008
Chairpersons: Marje and Pete Foster and Margaret McLaughlin
The Panama Canal Society, Inc., Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307
Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida, on Saturday, December 6, 2008. Social hour is planned from
11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meeting will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.
Friday. November 28. 2008. is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Veronique, served with rice and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (macadamia
nut sundae), iced tea and/or coffee.
When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight
people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Veronique or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We
have some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 6, 2008,
and send in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 4 of this issue.
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SI PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 9
December 6, 2008
Member Name Telephone Number:
Please make reservations at $25.00 each Total enclosed
Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Chicken Veronique
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS NOVEMBER 28. 2008
Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)
Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772- 4787
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION WINNERS
Annual Business Meeting
Selenia (Brandenburg) Jaqueth won the grand prize for having 30 new members.
Janet (Husum) Herrington was the runner-up with four new members for the Membership Contest.
Chris Wilder won the License Plate Contest and received a free membership for 2009
Annual Business Meeting Grand Prizes
Gift Certificate from Rosen Shingle Creek Resort won by Bobbie Egolf
Gift Certificate from Hard Rock International won by Leonard Brockman
Gift Certificate from Condor Outfitters won by Ed Malin
Jim Hoverson won the tournament
John Riesz won the grand prize at the Golf Luncheon
2008 Reunion Survey Winners
Herb Spector won two free nights at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Lori Sytsma won a free membership for 2009
Early Registration for the 2008 Reunion Winners
Barbara Cicchetto won two free nights at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Jim DesLondes won two free nights at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Despedida Lottery Winners
1st Prize of $275.00 was won by Lois Jones
2nd Prize of $180.00 was won by Anna Marie Millett
3rd Prize of $100.00 was won by Olga Disharoon
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What are your ideas for future reunions and general
membership meetings? Tell us how we can expand or
improve on the activities, i.e., dances and music, luncheon,
despedida, mini-reunions, clubhouse, golf tournament,
bingo, on-site ticket sales and registration.
Send your Email to: email@example.com
or write us at:
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
FEBRUARY 6-7, 2009
DINNER/DANCE: Please join us on the east coast in Melbourne, Florida, on February 7, 2009, for Camavalito 2009.
Everyone is invited to an evening of fun, food, and dancing at the Holiday Inn (formerly Imperial's Hotel and Conference
Center). Music will be provided by Frances Lindh Morrissey (BHS '62), who performed at the Continental Hotel in
Panama and played alongside Lucho in the early years. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm with a short meet-
ing beginning at 7:00 pm with dinner and dancing shortly thereafter. Dinner/dance registration will begin at 5:00 pm.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of standard rooms (one king or two queens) available at the
Holiday Inn for this event at the special rate of $105.00 plus taxes. There are also a limited number of Junior Suites (one
king with a double pullout sofa) at the special rate of $125.00 plus taxes. When making reservations, please mention that
you are with the Panama Canal Society. You must call the Holiday Inn directly at (321) 255-0077 to make your hotel
reservations. The hotel is now accepting your reservations. The hotel is located at 8298 N. Wickham road (1-95, Exit 191
Wickham Road), Melbourne, FL 32940. REMEMBER, rooms are limited so make your reservations early. The hotel
cutoff date will be January 23. 2009, at our special rate. Also, any additional nights (before or after February 6-7) are at
the same special rate.
COST: $40.00 per person which includes a combination plated sit-down dinner and entertainment (tax and gratuities
included). Dinner is Center Cut Sirloin and Chicken Francaise (both entrees) including house salad, penne alfredo, green
beans almandine, fresh baked rolls with butter, key lime pie, iced tea, and coffee. The deadline to send in your
Carnavalito registration form is January 30. 2009, to Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057; Bob and Frances
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092; Donita McConaughey at (321) 259-0504. See page 9 for directions and other information.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CARNAVALITO
FEBRUARY 7, 2009
SPlease make reservations for $40.00 each.
Names of Guests (Please Print)
02. 6. _
03. 7. _
S4. 8. _
STotal enclosed: $
Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc., *
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
DEADLINE TO SEND IN CARNAVALITO REGISTRATION FORM IS JANUARY 30. 2009.
SPACE COAST HOSTING
FEBRUARY 6, 2009
LOCATION: Royal Crown Room, Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Space Coast Group will again be hosting a get-together in the Holiday Inn's Crown Royal Room,
beginning at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2009
We will provide beer, wine, sodas, and food until it runs out.
Please feel free to bring a dish to share.
Hotel Bar/Lounge will have an extended Happy Hour with some drink specials.
Please join us for a fun-filled evening.
This was a fabulous event last February and we hope to make it even greater this year.
AbDDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Randy and JoElla Deakins at (321) 632-4057;
Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092; Donita McConaughey at (321) 259-0504.
CARNAVALITO DRIVING DIRECTIONS
8298 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 32940
1-95, Exit 191
Orlando: go West on State Hwy 408 (East d s .pd
West Expy) Drive. Take ramp and go South
on State Hwy 417 (Central Florida
Greeneway) Drive. Take ramp and go East
on State Hwy 528 (Bee Line Expy). Take 7l
ramp and go South East on 1-95 Drive 13.9
miless. At exit 73 take ramp to County Hwy '
509 (Wickham Rd). Deeareuy DO
Or take 1-95 South, to Exit 75 (Wickham Ol fiCe Pl* P1
Rd). Turn left onto Wickham Rd going
under the overpass, hotel entrance is at the I: wIcm d 5 ..09 wcd'amRV .
next signal on the left.
Tampa: go East on I-4 (Us Hwy 92). At exit
28 take ramp and go East on State Hwy 528 ,
(Bee Line Expy). Take ramp and go E c0 3
Southeast on 1-95. At exit 73 take ramp to
County Hwy 509 (Wickham Rd).
In order to help with 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
JUNE 14, 2008
Approved the minutes of the April 26, 2008,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved the expenditures for the period of April 23,
2008, through June 11, 2008, in the amount of
Approved 100 new members for the months of April,
May and June.
Approved Hard Rock Hotels International as a Society
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
A. L. ANDERSON PARK, TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA
APRIL 12, 2008
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes as written
Approved the financial statement for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
TROYER'S RESTAURANT, SARASOTA, FLORIDA
MAY 3, 2008
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the minutes as written
Approved the financial statement for audit.
REPORTING SURVIVOR'S DEATH
You can write to tell the Retirement
Office and request that they adjust your
retirement benefits following the death
of a spouse? You should write to the
Office of Personnel Management, Box
45, Boyers, and PA 16017. You should
include name of the person who died,
their CSA number or their Social Security number. You
should include in your letter that you want to adjust your
retirement and health insurance. One very important point
to include in your letter is a copy of the death certificate,
otherwise they will not take action.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAID LEAVE ACT
On June 19, the House passed H.R. 5781, the Federal
Employee Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008, by a 278 to 146
margin, with 50 Republicans voting for passage and one
Democrat voting against passage the bill, introduced by Rep.
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), now moves to the Senate. Sen.
Jim Webb (D-VA) introduced legislation, S. 3140, similar to
the House passed version on June 16. Virginia's senior
Senator, John Warner (R-VA) is among the nine cosponsors.
Beyond the Senate, the White House has threatened to veto
bill and has said it is a "costly, unnecessary, new paid leave
entitlement." NARFE supports H.R. 5781.
Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008 -
Allows federal employees to substitute any available paid
leave for any leave without pay available for either the: (1)
birth of a child; or (2) placement of a child with the employ-
ee for either adoption or foster care. Makes available for any
of the 12 weeks of leave an employee is entitled to for such
purposes: (1) four administrative weeks of paid parental leave
in connection with the birth placement involved; and (2) any
accumulated annual or sick leave.
Authorizes the Director of the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) to increase the amount of paid parental
leave available to up to eight administrative workweeks,
based on the consideration of: (1) the benefits provided to the
federal government of offering paid parental leave, including
enhanced recruitment and retention of employees; (2) the cost
to the federal government of increasing the amount of paid
parental leave that is available to employees; (3) trends in the
private sector and in state and local governments with respect
to offering paid parental leave; and (4) the federal govern-
ment's role as a model employer.
Amends the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to
allow the same substitution for covered congressional
Amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to
allow thesame substitution for Government Accountability
Office (GAO) and Library of Congress employees. Requires
GAO to study and report to Congress on the feasibility and
desirability of providing an insurance benefit to federal
employees, which affords partial or total wage replacement
with respect to periods of qualified leave. Defines "qualified
leave" as leave that: (1) is available by reason of the need to
care for the spouse, child, or parent of the employee having a
serious health condition affecting the employee that renders
such employee unable to perform the functions of his or her
position; and (2) would other-wise be leave without pay.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative
Zonie the Parrot says,
ARE DUE BY
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Nellree Berger, Shirle) .A er3, \\alter Kleelkens and Anna Hubert Jordan, L3nda Carol Philips, and Margot Jordan
S4I INFORMATION DESK
Ed Ohman, Kathy Mulroy and Janet (Husum)
Kon Uortez Representatives
A and Marsha Sprague
Connie Bumgarner, Coffee from Panama
Hard Rock International Representative
Jim Hoverson, 2008 Golf Champion
Jonn Kiesz, winner o01 ecameron pnze
package donated by Condor Outfitters.
Lynn Fitzpatrick, 1st Low Net
Jay Barrett, 2nd Low Net
John Riesz, 1st Low Net
McNair Lane winner, 3rd Low Net
John Cronan, 2nd Low Net
Joe Cronan, 3rd Low Net
Jim Spallino, 4th Low Net
GOLF 2 PERSON SCRAMBLE
Chuck Jaqueth and
Brandenburg, Low Gross.
Nvll ivlurrin anu raul vV Iiai'as,
Mario Calleja and James Scheibe
6th Low Net.
Maggie Windle and
McGlade, 4th Low Net.
r, "th Lo\w Angela Bloemer and Ks
8th Low Net.
Hap Brandenburg (not pictured) and
Bob Rupp, 10th Low Net. Ryan Rupp
James Scheibeler, closest to Pin -
Mens hole #5.
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Charles Clark, closest to Pin
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mens Barb Greir,
THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE SPONSORED BY BHS CLASS OF 1973
THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE SPONSORED BY BHS CLASS OF 1973
Hononng our veteran and military per-
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis with 2nd place
Membership Contest winner Janet
(Husum) Herrington who sponsored
four new members.
John Gough, Vendor Chairperson
John Gough, Vendor Chairperson
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis \%lth hi place
Membership Contest winner Selenia
(Brandenburg) Jaqueth who spon-
sored 30 new members.
Panama Hard Rock winner Leonard Bro
gift certificate from Marilyn Thompson.
Lori Snow of Condor Outfitters presenting Panama package President Bob Russell receiving Roosevelt plaque from
and COPA Airline tickets to Ed Malin. Panama Canal Museum President Joe Wood.
Ne\ l)-elected ExeFcut\IIc Board: Director Shirle\ .\\er)~ I1 \iic Pie-sidetii Margarel lcl.aughlin. Pr~'idien-eleci Tom
Wilder, 2nd Vice President Virgil Camby, Director Pam Reid, Director Tom Spence sworn into office by President Bob
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President Bob Russell receiving presentation from Scott Scott Parazynski presenting Roosevelt medals to Joe Wood.
g pins to Roosevelt Medal descer
ROOSEVELT MEDAL HOLDER SONS, DAUGHTERS and GRANDCHILDREN attending luncheon
At the annual luncheon 126 grandchildren and nine sons and daughters of 73 Roosevelt Medal holders received special
recognition. Dr. Scott Parazynski presented each descendant a special commemorative lapel pin, made in the likeness of
the Roosevelt Medal, with the commemorative inscription "Journey Into Space 23 October 2007."
FOOTNOTE:* Sons or daughters of Roosevelt Medal Holders
ALLEN, WILLIAM J. (#6491)
Pat Steiner Keams, Catherine Whitlock
Cedeno, Jean Whitlock, Joanne Steiner
Robinson, John Magee
ANDERSON, NORMAN C (#5886) +1 Bar
Gary M. Anderson, Marilyn Anderson-
Lyttle, Kenneth J. Anderson
ASHTON, WILLIAM (#471) +3 Bars
Peggy Huff, Diana Huff Grimison, Paul
BARNARD, WILLIAM A. (#6867)
Margaret (Rankin) Spelman
BELDEN, CHARLES W. (#6684)
Thomas G. Ashton
BEVINGTON, HARRY F. (#7103)
BLISS, GERALD DeLEO (#1074) +3 Bars
Donald Louis Humprey, Donna
Humphrey Mann, Mabelle Walker
Fitzgerald, Jeanne Walker Wagner,
Carole Walker Miller, Deborah R.
BOGGS, REINHARD A. (#5370)
Anita Boggs Collins, Alita Collins
BRADNEY, MADISON F. (#1604) +3 Bars
BRAYTON, R.A. (#5982)
BROWN, WALTER G. (#1734) +3 Bars
Catherine Whitlock Cedeno, Jean
CALVIT, STEPHEN C. (#2180) +3 Bars
CARUTHERS, ALBERT B. (#1596) +1 Bar
James L. DesLondes
CLEMENT, CHARLES C. (#638) +3 Bars
Frank C. Townsend
COFFIN, JOSEPH (#6373) +1 Bar
COTTON, ERNEST CHARLES (#6572)
Allen Heim Cotton
CROUCH, WALTER, E. (#2554) +2 Bars
Maxwell S. Sanders
DAVIS, JOHN M. (#2926) +2 Bars
Bonnie Davis Dolan, Karen Davis
Andrews, Karen Dolan Bapp, Edward
V. Dolan Jr., Timothy J. Dolan, Milton
DEGENAAR, ALBERT (#7240)
*Joan D. Degenaar Durfee
DOCKERY, PATRICK HENRY (#4611)
Bev Dockery Vaughn, William R.
Dockery, Kathy Higginbotham
DURFEE, OSCAR (#2737) + 2 Bars
EBDON, THOMAS J. (#2683) +2 Bars
GALLIHER, EDWARD L. (#1181) +3 Bars
GEDDES, THOMAS K. (#4739) +1 Bar
Robert T. Geddes, Jr., Barbara Geddes
Tung, Patricia Geddes Risberg
GEDDES, JOSEPH (#2928) +1 Bar
GIAVELLI, LEON W. (#2424) +2 Bars
GRIMISON, THOMAS I. (#3619) +2 Bars
Janice Scott, Edward Scott, Katrina
Herring, Geoffrey A. Herring, Thomas
W. Grimison, T. Richard Grimison,
Patrick Grimison, Brandon Grimison,
HARRISON, CHARLES P. (#6336) + 1 Bar
*Charles P. Harrison, Jr.
HEIM, GEORGE W. (#4428)
Allen Heim Cotton, Judi McCullough,
Joan McCullough Ohman, Susan
HENDRICKS, ALBERT (#4448) +1 Bar
Lesley Hendricks, Cheryl Ann
HERN, JOHN F. (#4257) +1 Bar
John F. Hem, Jr., Richard A. Hem,
John F. Hem, III, Yvette M. Overstreet
HERSH, WALTER L. (#5580) +1 Bar
Tinker Hollowell Cooper, Cody
HOLLOWELL, COOPER (#3830) +2 Bars
*David C. Hollowell, Susan Hirons
Fehrenbach, Tinker Hollowell Cooper,
Cody Hollowell, Ann Hirons Patton
HUFF, MERCER B. (#1223) +2 Bars
Edie Huff Willoughby
HUMMER, CHARLES D. (#144) +4 Bars
Charles W. Hummer, Jr., Robert L.
HUNTOON, ROBERT J. (#477) +3 Bars
*Aura Erickson Wilder
JENKINS, BENJAMIN (#4923)
John Jenkins, Joe Jenkins
JOHNSON, JAMES J. (#5751) +1 Bar
Ruth (Rose) Foster, Helen (Rose)
Shapiro, Scott F. Foster, Michelle Holt
JORDAN, WILLIAM B. (#2555) +2 Bars
David C. Hollowell, Tinker Hollowell
Cooper, Cody Hollowell, Susan Hirons
Fehrenbach, Ann Hirons Patton
KERR, ALPHONSUS (#2466) +2 Bars
Richard Mallett, Catherine Whitlock
Cedeno, Jean Whitlock, Jeanne
Wheeler, Ray Wheeler
KOTALIK, JOHN JACOB (#4242) +2 Bars
*Anna T. (Kotalik) Collins, Susanna A.
MANNER, LUDWIG T. (#1602)
Edie Huff Willoughby
MCCONAGHY, BENJAMIN (#5700) +1
Marie W. Gibson, Melody Forrest, Bob
MCCONAHY, JOHN (#1452) +1 Bar
Robert H. McConaughey
MCCONAUGHEY, HARVEY (#1948) +2
Robert H. McConaughey
MCKEOWN, HENRY J. (#4057) +1 Bar
Gerry DeTore, Hal Robertson
McDANIEL, ARCHIE R. (#5312)
Archie R. McDaniel, II
MEDINGER, FREDERICK (#2784) +2
Jean (Medinger) McGuire, Ana
MILLION, GEORGE (#1714) + 3 Bars
Catherine Whitlock Cedeno, Jean
NOONAN, PHILIP H. (#4100) +1 Bar
Susan Pitney, Layne T. Ashton
PARSON, FRANK E. (#4978)
Kaye L. Sergeant
PETERSON, CHARLES (#6234) +1 Bar
Carol Peterson Krueger, Diane Peterson
Pearson, Elaine Peterson Little
PETERSON, WALTER G. (#1598) +3 Bars
Cheryl (Peterson) Russell
PHILLIPS, JOHN F. (#2501) +2 Bars
Sue Phillips Fisher
POTTER, RUSSELL B. (#649) +3 Bars
Richard R. Cunningham
RANKIN, ALVIN M. (#2043) +3 Bars
RATHGEBER, JOHN EDWARD (#6793)
*Louise R. Hunt, Joseph M. Hunt,
Jerrilynn Farnsworth, Janet L. Watkins,
Gena Ruoff Robinson, Sheryl Ruoff
ROBERTS, RICHARD (#2377) +2 Bars
Marguerite Ellen (Flynn) Kessler
SANDERS, BRUCE G. (#4180) +2 Bars
Maxwell S. Sanders, Walter Kleefkens
SEALEY, JOHN H. (#6215) +1 Bar
Dianne Cox, Vicki Boukalis
SERGEANT, WILLIAM R. (#1337) + 2
Kaye L. Sergeant
TAYLOR, WILLIAM D. (#2112) +3 Bars
Susan T. Pitney, Layne T. Ashton
THOMAS, CHARLES E. (#2385) +2 Bars
*A. Ann Thomas O'Neal, *Dor Thomas
TOWNSEND, FRANK H. (#5914) + 1 Bar
Frank C. Townsend
VIOLETTE, FRANK W. (#6192) +1 Bar
Paul F. Ebdon
WESTBURG, JOHN E. (#1580) +3 Bars
James Antony Barr, Sean Barr
MOHR, ALFRED HENRY (#5489) +1 Bar
*Mary Lou Mohr McCabe WHITE, HUGH J. (#2172) +3 Bars
Robert H. McConaughey
MOORE, SIDNEY (#4061) +2 Bars
John F. Hem, Jr., Richard A. Hem,
John F. Hem, III, Yvette M. Overstreet
MORRISON, WILLIAM F. (#1258) +3
WILLIAMS, JAMES L. (#6393)
ZEMER, WILLIAM F. (#6694)
Connie Sue Bumgamer
SATURDAY ANNUAL BALL
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PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Front row: Anna Collins, 1983-1984, Pete Foster, 1985-1986, Betty (LeDoux) Morris, 1989-1991, 2000-2002, Marje
Foster, 1994-1995, Jim O'Donnell, 1996-1997. Back row: Margot Jordan, 1997-1998, Faith Brundage, 1999-2000, Bill
McLaughlin, 2002-2004, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 2004-2006, Bob Russell, 2006-2008.
BALBOA AND CRISTOBAL 1953
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL 1958
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL 1963
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL 1963
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL 1968
Front. Renee Ballou Krinminger. 2nd Rok'- Susan Hirons Fehrenhach, Beth Lewis Brandenburg, Barbara Gedde%
Chung, Jane Doe aka Someone who wanted to be in our class; Randy Smith, Hal Wade. 3rd Row: Carol Beall Fritz, Joan
McCullough Ohman, Nora Kirkland Best, Joe Morgan, Peggy Hale Huff. 4th Row: Norm Spector, Bruce Rainey, Steve
Radel, Mike Kredell, Kenny Field, Dennis Huff, Steve Jackson. 5th Row: Steve Burgess, Dave Belt, Peter Baas, Richard
Wainio, Craig Firth, Allen Cotton.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL 1968
Front ro\\ L-R. John Disharoon. PattN Sirato Smith. Terri Smith FI nn, Lee Hariell Grant, Zella Ha3, Cath% Bro%%n
Crescioni, Chris Mitten Fettler. 2nd row: Wayne Albritton, Jeanie Jensen Lampe, Ginger Wertz Zornes, Valerie
DePiper Boughner, Sandy Helman Durrant, Frances Stabler Meyer. 3rd row: Timmy Lane, Caron Adair Seebaldt,
Becky Fall, Ed Mulroy, Ellen Ermish Lane, Marcela Chu Webber, Barbara Wesley Taylor. 4th row: Dave Bishop,
Cathy Mclntire Spafford, Janette McNeese Bouche, Darleen Woodruff Hunt, Taffy Koepke Corrigan, Janet Hunt
Watkins, Tammy Schnick Doherty, Susanna Kotalik Morse, Tom Duncan. 5th row: Jim Borell, Pat Fallon, Robert
Vosburgh, Herbert Tabert, Alfred Creque. 6th row: Paul Boostrom, Kay Mills Walker, Eduardo De Alba, Richard
Wainio, Bob Hughes, Chris Dishong. Top: Bob Petrosky. Not pictured: Marsha Watkins Bullinger, Barbara Carey,
Lance Hughes, Cristine Norton Nott.
Lance Hughes, Cristine Norton Nott.
CHS CLASS 1973
BHS CLASS 1973
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL 1978
CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL 1978
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL 1988
June Stevenson (Georgia), Skip Rowley (Tallahassee, Back row (L-R): Barbara (Greene) Litchford (Northwest),
Fla.), Barbara Vose-Kulig (Pensacola, Fla.). Linda Morris (Dallas, Texas), Alien Cotton (Alabama), and
Nancy Eide (Arizona)..
Paul Bierman (Midwest)
Grace Shadeck (Ocala, Fla) and
(Space Coast, Fla.).
BHS 1968 REUNION
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BHS / CHS CLASS OF 1978 REUNION
Betty LeDoux-Morris, Ray Macht, Stacy Parker DeRaps,
Mike Holt, Patti Austin Chiappini, Mary Bedsworth
Chrysson, and Kathy Corrigan Barcia.
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Kyle Kosik, Mike Smith, and Mark Conover.
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Kar)n \\ilder Caissie, 1%elle Smith Scholle, Glenn
Brandl, Cindy Moore Blum, Rick Hodges, John Reduga,
Linda Cintron Matthews, Lennie Cintron, Maria
Margaret Kelleher Marsalona, David Hannigan, Mary
Kelleher Tochterman, Amy Robertson Rheberg, and Rod
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Mike Gilbert, Lesa Gilbert, Bill Morrison, and Melody
Terry Hunt, Brian Zweifel, Jean Whitlock, Amy Karen rnd Kirk
Robertson Rheberg, and Cori Morris Wheeler. Coleman.
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
Ocala Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
GA June A. Stevenson
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 (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl
Deadline for the December 2008 Canal Record is October 3, 2008.
S Greetings from Alabama! This quar-
ter was highlighted by the annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando. The
reunion was made extra special by the
celebration of the CHS'68 40th reunion.
Allen Cotton Although I didn't graduate with the class,
I did go through all of grade school with them and they have
graciously included me as a member of the class. Our theme
for this year's class reunion was "Making Tracks to the Past"
which led to a Panama Railroad decoration scheme (see
Letters to the Editor).
Renee (Cat) (Ballou) Krimminger was our decoration
committee (of one) chairman and she really outdid herself
this year. Our hospitality suite featured railroad tracks leading
to the room if you were brave enough to pass the giant CHS
Tiger guarding the door. Once inside the room the railroad
crossing at the "depot" featuring a train loaded with Go Tiger
pennants led our classmates to their name tags and Panama
Railroad patches. The room was decorated with ample blue
and gold and was surrounded by steam engine cutouts of the
"Ole 299" with yearbook pictures of our classmates driving
each engine. I was our bartender and got into the spirit of the
theme by dressing in engineer's overalls. The refreshment
committee was a committee of two, Norm Spector our logis-
tician, and me in charge of operations. I don't know who had
the harder job. Norm keeping the bar stocked or me keeping
the glasses full!!
Zonie the Parrot says,
ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2008."
Peggy (Hale) Huff did her usual superb job of planning
and providing meals which featured appetizers each day, a
pizza party Friday and on Saturday Cuban cuisine for the
group. Many of our classmates provided empanadas, seviche,
Mary Jane cookies, and other Zonian favorites. The hospital-
ity suite was a big hit as we closed at 2:30 AM on Thursday
and 4:30 AM on both Friday and Saturday nights. We'd all
probably still be there if we had banned watches from the
hospitality suite--maybe for our 45th! I know that Ren6e has
already started working on ideas for 2013.
Rende won the class spirit prize for her self-made montu-
na which she wore to the Saturday night dance.
Everyone needs to keep their Panama Canal Society
membership current rather than just renewing for years when
we have a class reunion. Keeping your dues current on an
annual basis will keep our society healthy and prevent cut-
backs in services like the Canal Record.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
My sister Cheryl (Dunning) and
husband Mark Lowery were here for
their annual visit from Germany in June
Lynn Harp and July. Cheryl has taught in Germany
for 21 years and her base has closed so
they have packed up and are now moving to Japan. They are
sad to be leaving Germany.
Lisa (Hunt) Johnson and Laurie (Hunt) Trinca came
for a five-day visit over the 4th of July!! We had a great time
shopping and visiting. Mike Horoda was in town visiting his
parents, so we gave him a call and he spent the day with us.
Laurie (Hunt) Trinca, Mike Horoda, Lisa (Hunt)
Johnson, and Jess Harp.
We had a combination birthday dinner for Bill Dunning
(7/7), Lisa (7/3), Laurie (8/8), and Cheryl (9/17). Harold and
Jerry Harp and Freda Stohrer joined us for the celebration.
Combination Dunning and Hunt birthday party
Cousin Eileen Grench, daughter of Carol (Stohrer) and
Paul Grench went to the White House with her fencing team
from Ohio State and met President Bush.
Eileen Grench in Washington, D.C.
I received a call from Esther Butz Clair earlier this
month. She is the daughter of the late Harry and Lenor Butz
and she wanted to have the following information put into the
Canal Record. Her father Harry passed away on December
23, 2003, at his home in Springdale, Ark., from complications
of heart disease, and her mother Lenor passed away on
February 2, 2005 from old age. She was 93 years and 6
I'm sure more people visit and live in Arkansas, so we
would love some news. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
drop us a line and we will get your news in the book.
Lynn Dunning Harp, Reporter
Wasn't the big Orlando
gathering fun? Every day was
packed with mini-reunions
around the big reunion.
Especially the lively Curundu
Isaac and Helen Hay group had a skylarking good
time. We flew home to
California exhausted. Too much bling bling at the ping ding!
Good thing it's only once a year.
First, let's welcome a couple Zonians to our California
family. Janet Jeffrey Josa left Arizona and moved to Rancho
Cocamunga with her husband and baby daughter. She's a
teacher and her husband, also from Central America, works
for the border patrol. Janet is a third-generation Zonian and
the granddaughter of Janet Jeffrey who passed away two
years ago at age 78. We also heard from Luke Robertson
who moved to San Diego a few months ago. He's looking for
other Zonies from his BHS'95 timeframe. So far he's met up
with Alex Livingston and Andrew Rodaniche. Contact me
and I'll give you his address. About San Diego, Luke says,
"Holy mackerel! It's so crowded it reminds me of Avenida
Our BHS'66 class has been reeling from the recent death
of fellow classmate April Leaver. She died at her daughter
Heidi's in Rio de Janiero after a two-year cancer illness. April
was one of the prettiest women to grace the halls of BHS.
Judging from all the comments from fellow classmates she
was well admired and loved. Her memorial service was held
at St. Mary's in Balboa.
Tom McGuinness (CHS'41) called us from La Quinta
with the sad news of his wife Helen's passing. Married 62
years! Tom hoped to soon be visiting their sons, one in
Tennessee, the other in La Canada. Thank God for good
friends and family to help us through such losses.
Susanna Kotalik Morse just told me about the death of
her Aunt Anna Collins, who would have been 88 in
November. She got to spend time with her at the July Orlando
reunion, not knowing it would be their last visit together.
Susanna will be going to Panama in September to help her
mom Carmen celebrate her 90th birthday. Carmen was like a
second mom to me growing up. My own mom was very New
England prim and proper while Carmen, on the other hand,
was the salt of the earth live and let live. She used to do
housework with tipico accordion music pumping and made
dreary housecleaning look like fun. We could talk to Carmen
about anything without feeling shy or embarrassed. The first
and only time I ate iguana was in a stew that Carmen had sim-
mering in her kitchen. Her genuine joy of life is what I so
love about the Panamanian people.
Our class of '66 is also watching the hoped recovery of
Serge Kohan who suffered a head injury several months ago.
Serge remains in a coma but his wife Rhen reports he seems
to enjoy music and friends talking to him sometimes brings a
smile. He is in Santa Ana in a care facility. We are all hoping
and praying he will wake up and come through this intact.
We also heard from Isabelle Zemer Lively who lives in
Fairfield. She visited Panama in March of 2006. Says it'll
probably be her last visit there, due to arthritis and four arti-
ficial joint replacements. On May 24th she attended the wed-
ding of her grandniece Jennifer Sanders in Calistoga.
Jennifer is Connie Zemer Bumgarner's eldest daughter. Of
all the crazy things, it rained! But she said they all had a
grand and glorious time anyway.
George and Martha Husted were in the Sacramento area
this summer visiting their children and grandchildren. They
reserved a group campsite at Stumpy Meadows Lake outside
the town of Cool and had a large family reunion while camp-
ing. We had hoped to join them but our work schedules ruled
Joanie Ridge Cameron reported that she and husband
Scottie took a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise on the
Holland America line. When they flew in to San Diego they
were met at the airport by Allison Murline (BHS'75) Logan
and they had lunch together at Point Loma before she took
them to the marina to board the Oosterdam. Joanie was the
only one of nine in their group who braved the zip lines above
the canopy in Puerto Vallarta. In Cabo San Luis they sailed on
an original pirate ship and snorkeled (disappointment) and in
Mazatlan they took the city tour and saw a fabulous show of
Mexican dancers and the Papalantia Flyers from Vera Cruz.
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Allison Murline Logan and Joanie Ridge Cameron
Fellow Sonoma County Zonian Keith Olsen flew down
to Panama to attend the 60th anniversary of Oran and Terry
Appin on May 3. He said it was such a whirlwind quick visit
he did not get to do much else while there.
On May 25 Isaac and I joined about 150 local
Panamanians in the revelry of the 30th annual San Francisco
Carnaval Parade. Isaac and Roger Kat led our group, with
Isaac carrying the flag. We had the Panamanian Drumming
Band from Los Angeles and they really livened up the beat. I
must say many more cameras were in a clicking frenzy over
our beautiful polleras that passed compared to the nearly
naked Brazilian ladies. The grace, style and dignity of the
polleras is indisputable. What a thrill to be part of something
so beautiful. After the parade Roger joined us in our camper
for lunch together, then we drove him home to his apartment
in San Francisco.
Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Isaac Hay and Roger Kat
Roger Kat reports that his stepbrother Kevin Bradley and
friend Yolanda recently took a cruise ship from Panama to
Southern California where they were met by Kevin's daugh-
ter Jean and grandson Andy. Roger says while in San
Francisco they went to Union Square where Kevin did some
shopping and Mike Livingston took them to one of his
favorite Chinese restaurants for lunch. Then Kevin and
Yolanda took the ferry to Benecia where they spent a few
more days with Jean and Andy. Roger speaks proudly of his
brother Kevin, "insurance broker, champion golfer and world
traveler." Kevin is also a philanthropist, donating money to
Caduceus Outreach Services, a small nonprofit agency dedi-
cated to the humane psychiatric treatment of the poor and
homeless. Roger also treated them to a home-style barbeque
on Mothers' Day, also attended by Brenda Bethanconrt and
several of her family members. A few years ago we told
Roger that Brenda was Miss Panama, and that nickname lives
on. You know how Zonians and Panamanians alike love a
Jane Kaufer Cochrane and her daughter Carole went
down to Panama this past spring. Carole is the third daughter
to go down with Jane to see the canal and all the places her
mom lived before and after WWII. Carole came from
Colorado and Jane from San Francisco and they met at the
airport in Atlanta to travel together on the plane to Panama.
Their first night they stayed at the Gamboa Lodge downstairs
in one of the villas. There was so much commotion and par-
tying all night next door that they had to ask to be moved to
another domicile. They found out later that all the clamor was
from a police convention being held there that week. I did not
ask if they were Panamanian police or ex-C.Z. police!
During their visit they went out on the Chagres River and
Gatun Lake to see the cove where the ashes of Ted Kaufer
had been spread two years earlier. They also spent a day on
the Atlantic side where Jane spent most of her time growing
up: Colon Beach, Cristobal High, Washington Hotel, and
Miraculous Medal Church. They also visited the ruins of Old
Panama, the French Quarter, the Golden Altar and Balboa,
where Jane lived until she was six years old. She said it was
such a short trip but they were able to spend a lot of time with
all the old memories.
Everett and Lynn White have been out to California a
few times lately. They visited Yosemite and then drove over
to see us. They stayed in an old Victorian B&B five minutes
from our house. We all drove out to the coast together and
then to Occidental to the Union Hotel for Italian food. We
also stopped in on my sister Jan in Bodega, who still lives on
one of the original hippie communes from the sixties. She has
a huge organic garden and gave us a tour. They also visited
family in San Diego and met their latest grandchild, a beauti-
ful healthy little girl. We saw Everett in Panama in January,
and again at the reunion. What a gift to see good friends so
Lynn and Everett White, Forestville, Calif.
Jane and Jim Cochrane hosted their annual Santa Rosa
Panama picnic at Ragle Park in Sebastopol in June. There
were 22 of us, so it was easy to spend time talking without
all the interruptions of a big reunion. It's my one chance
every year to see my Dad's childhood buddy Lee Doyle, who
is also my godfather. Lee and his wife Willie are healthy and
well, always smiling and radiant. Had not seen Joann and
Hal Robinson in a few years. Hal is slowing down a bit, but
able to zip around in a motorized scooter. About nine years
ago when Connie and Tom Stoakley drove their 5th wheel
across country and visited me someone left a note on the
windshield of their truck. It was left by Brenda Walker, who
had noticed their Canal Society decal. She wrote that her dad
was a civil engineer in the Canal Zone and her mom a
Panamanian. She's a teacher in the school a few blocks from
our house. I kept sending her picnic notices and never heard
a word. Well, lo and behold, she showed up at our picnic and
we finally got to meet. She still goes back to Panama fre-
quently to see relatives. The picnic held it's usual assortment
of potluck yummies and bochinche and catching up on what
everyone has been doing for the past year.
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Santa Rosa Panama picnic
Forgive me if I have omitted any of your news. As you
know, I love your calls and mail and do my best to get it all
included. Please keep in touch and for you Western folks,
we'll look forward to seeing you in Los Gatos on October
11th. Be well.
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
Zonie the Parrot says,
"Give the gift that keeps on
giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
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The Crowell sisters had a pre-
reunion surprise. Dennis Gilbert was on
his way to Orlando when he stopped by
Daytona Beach and took the sisters out
to a fabulous dinner. Dawn Gressang
Debby Beall had a wonderful time at the Reunion! She
writes: To kick off Reunion 2008, old friends gathered for a
Wednesday night dinner at my home and a Thursday morning
cruise down the St. John's River aboard the Shonerts' boat,
the "Zonie." We stopped for lunch, cruised back to the mari-
na and then headed to the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
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Shonerts' boat, the "Zonie"
Pam Crowell and her date joined sister Jacque Vowell at
the Reunion. Pam's date was the talk of the hotel staff. Pam
brought Elvis with her. This Elvis is a motion sensor, speak-
ing, winking, lip-sneering and singing robotic bust. He trav-
eled around the Reunion with his entourage made up of the
Causeway women (Pam, Bebe (Nehring) DeNike, Annette
Nehring, and Colleen Greer). I heard Dennis Gilbert, Jim
Reid, and Barry Greer were hired as bodyguards.
Elvis's entourage; Pam Crowell, "Bebe" Nehring DeNike,
Annette Nehring Ruth and Colleen Greer.
Pam also sent in a couple of pictures of her visit with
Roberta Evans (BHS'64). They went to see Bill Shepard
(BHS'64) and met a new friend Dwayne.
The "Curundu Clubhouse" (Debby Beall's and Alicia
Velasco's suite) was a busy venue at this year's Reunion.
Thursday night, Debby hosted a group of 12 for a sit-down
dinner. The best of course was when the guys told stories of
their Curundu glory days. Friday, for the sixth consecutive
year, Debby and Alicia hosted the annual Curundu Clubhouse
Reunion. Attendance was estimated at more than 120, and
more than 90 people took the time to sign the guest register.
Curundu "maleantes" enjoyed empanadas, arroz con polio
and other delicacies, not to mention libations in copious
quantity. Saturday night (rather Sunday morning) there was
an after-party, keeping the "clubhouse" open past 4 a.m.
In June, my sister Bonnie Morrison and I traveled to
Biloxi for a short gambling trip. I traveled on Bonnie's coat
strings complete with free airfare, limo to and from the air-
port and three free nights in a great room at the Beau Rivage.
I lost money big time, but Bonnie had a lucky streak. We had
a great time taking a casino shuttle to other casinos to throw
some money into their slots. Bonnie got back home just in
time for "Camp Gramma" with all five grandkids visiting for
This reporter had two youngest granddaughters (ages 12
and 13) visiting from New Jersey for over a month recently. I
was kept quite busy going shopping, bowling, swimming, to
the movies and playing miniature golf with them. It was
great, but I must admit that I'm enjoying some peace and
quiet. Also, during this time, I had Dan Gressang's grand-
daughter come down for a week. All the girls got along very
well (thank goodness).
July found this reporter being treated to dinner for my
birthday (I refuse to say which one). My sisters Pam Crowell,
Bonnie Morrison, her husband Michael, Jacque Vowell, my
son Scott Parker and his wife Katrina, my granddaughters,
and my friend Barbie LaBonca were there. We always have
a good time when we get together.
Pam and traveling companion Lenny Wilson took a trip
to Peru to see the Natez lines and Machu Picchu. I heard
guinea pigs are a delicacy there and that Pam was brave
enough to give it a try. I am sure she will send in pictures and
tell me more about the trip for the next issue.
In August, my niece and nephew Casey and Kye Vowell
headed down to the islands to see their dad Charlie Vowell in
St. Thomas, V.I., for a couple of weeks.
My chemo and radiation treatments are done and I feel
very well. I don't have to see a doctor for six whole months.
Thanks to everyone for their support. In celebration, I threw
a party for my family, friend and neighbors. Little did I know
the family would hire a male stripper!
Please let me know of your comings and goings. I'd love
to include them in my articles.
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
Congratulations to Tom Wilder on
his election to be President of the
Panama Canal Society. We are confi-
dent that he, the Board members, and all
who are involved in the Society will
continue to keep our organization a
valuable and viable part of our heritage. Grace Shadeck
It has been two years since my hus-
band Leo and I had attended a Society Reunion and being a
reporter for the Canal Record, I wasn't really sure of what my
duties and responsibilities were, if any. So, as I met and
talked to the many wonderful people from the good old days,
I just started taking pictures of those who gave me permission
to snap away. Among the thousands who attended, there were
a few former Health Bureau employees: Lyn Thomas (OR
supervisor at Gorgas) with her son Blair (one of many ven-
dors at the Reunion), Agnes "Aggie" Mulroy (supervisor at
Gorgas) with her son Ed (BHS'68) and his wife Maggie
(McFadden) (BHS'70), Steve and Carol (Wiskowski)
Belok (nurse at Gorgas), Betty (Kiser) Blanchette (nurse
from the Division of Public Health), Hormecinda "Menchi"
Herrera (nurse from the Industrial Division and a vendor at
the Reunion), and Carol Meyer, MD.
Lyn Thomas and Blair Thomas
Betty Blanchette and Charley Leves
Those who have attended reunions in the past know that
all you have to do is sit in one location and within a nanosec-
ond you will recognize someone you know or vice versa.
Among the maddening crowd, it was simply wonderful to see
and talk to Leo Austin, Etta and Bud Engle, and Betty
Barnes (Leo, Bud and my husband worked in the
Maintenance Division). We also were very happy to chat with
Bill Arnold and his brother Tom (their mother Frances
(Arnold) Enyart is the godmother of our daughter Karen),
Audrey Bowman, Art Sherry, Gerry Cooper, Ron and Syd
(Townsend) Corbett, Herman Erhart (structural engineer
in the Maintenance Division) and his son Michael (a teacher
in Japan and BHS'79 graduate), Woody and Ruth Foster,
Gary and Nancy (Maravilla) Flora (her dad Joe Maravilla
was a safety officer and lives in Ocala), John Gough, Father
John Kennedy, Charlie Leves (former neighbor in
Curundu), Bill and Marbella Melody, Ellen Peck, Richard
Phillips (machinist in the Maintenance Division), Pablo
Prieto, Ramon and Laura Reyes, John Riley, Fred and
Claudia Robinson, Kathie Sears (another neighbor in
Curundu), Al and Marsha Sprague, Albert and Aura
Wilder, Tom and Kathy Wilder, and Beverly Williams--and
that was all within the first five minutes of our arrival at
Rosen Shinole Creek (onlv kiddinoll
Several others whom I enjoyed meeting and talking to but
didn't really know when I was in the Canal Zone were:
Connie (Zemer) Bumgarner, Robert and Angela "Angie"
(Rillo) Bloemer (Robert was a pilot on both sides of the
Isthmus from 1965 to 1980 and Angie was a nurse on the
Atlantic side), Beth (Parmly) DeStaffino, Judy Haisten,
Rita Hannigan (teacher from Los Rios School), Peggy and
Raymond "Ito" Madison, Dick and Julieta Morgan,
Rebecca Sharp, and Don and Ginny (Ryter) Wennick (her
father was a towboat captain).
Peggy and Raymond "Ito" Madison
Gary and Nancy (Maravilla) Flora
While at the Reunion I also had the pleasure of meeting
my fellow reporters at the Reporter's luncheon. They have
done an excellent job in bringing you news of the goings-on
in their part of the United States and the Republic of Panama.
In June, Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox and Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis flew to Bangor, Maine, and drove
along the coast to Calais, Maine. The next day they crossed
the border into Canada and drove on to Prince Edward Island,
Canada. Gary Hutchison, Diane and Vicki's brother, flew in
from Texas to be with them. They were there to lay their
mother Margaret Sealy Hutchison's ashes to rest. They vis-
ited relatives and paid respect to their ancestors at their
gravesites. Also, while in Prince Edward Island, the group ate
lobster every day and enjoyed the cool weather.
I received a letter from Barbara Aycock, who wrote
about the traveling she and her husband Dave have done for
the past year. She, also, sent a very nice photo of her and her
granddaughter Sara Allbritton, a graduate from Mercer
University in Georgia (see Congratulations). Barbara wrote
that in April she and Dave sailed the Caribbean for ten won-
derful, fun days with their oldest daughter Deb (Aycock)
Morris and her husband Roy. They made a few trips to
Virginia to visit relatives and their youngest son Jim. When
their youngest daughter Kathleen was in Washington, D.C.,
for a conference, they went to visit her and were able to do
some sightseeing as well. The highlight of the trip was the Air
Force Memorial as Dave is a retired pilot. In September, they
have travel plans for a Seattle/Alaska trip. I must say the
Aycocks are thoroughly enjoying their retirement.
Leo and I have exciting news to share with you. Our
daughter Karen (BHS'93) is engaged to Jeremy Young (see
Our feature person for this issue is Frances Thompson
What brought you to
Panama: I was born in
Gorgas Hospital. My dad
Paul Thompson was a
Canal Zone policeman at
the Balboa District. My
Smom Anita Rankin
Thompson worked in the
Administration Building as
an accounting clerk. My
grandfather Alvin M.
f Rankin was a recipient of
i' w the Roosevelt Medal. I am
Years in the Canal Zone:
Fran (Thompson) Clinton I left after graduating from
BHS in 1956. I went into nursing at the Holy Cross School of
Nursing, Notre Dame, Ind.
Key Events: I was in the Air Force Nurse Corps for two
years, worked in the Labor and Delivery unit. I married
Richard, who was a pilot. We are proud parents of three chil-
dren: DJ (Richard, Jr.), Vickie and Pam.
What do you miss most: Family gatherings, Elks picnics
at Summit Gardens, police shoots, picnics in Gavilan area,
and the Christmas tree burns.
Accomplishments since Panama: Went back to graduate
school. Lived in Okinawa and was school nurse for the
DODDS system. In Saudi Arabia I worked for the Army
Corps of Engineers clinic as well as for the Canadian
Embassy clinic. In the United States, I was the clinical coor-
dinator for a drug study for a group of rheumatologists and
then worked in the ER for a few years. When I had knee sur-
gery I decided to change from a clinical setting and worked
as a computer system analyst for a health care software com-
pany. Retired in 2001 and travel full time with my husband in
our RV. We have been to Canada, Mexico, and the majority of
the United States. Since our return from RVing this past June,
we can now claim that we have traveled all of the 50 states!!
When I was gathering data on the Feature Person for this
issue, I e-mailed Fran for clarification on some of the infor-
mation she sent. I never met her in person but during our e-
mailing, we discovered that we have a mutual friend who still
lives in Panama--Betty (Ford) Goldstein, a nurse who
worked at Gorgas. Fran and Betty have known each other
since they were five years old--their birthdays are only one
If anyone has any news for the next article, please call, e-
mail, or slow mail them on to me. Muchas gracias.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
Janet (Martin) Slaughter, our
Pensacola/Zonian world traveler, has
been out and about again. From the
end of last year, she has been travel-
ing nonstop. She went on a seven-
day cruise out of New Orleans
aboard the Norwegian Spirit- the Barbara Vose-Kulig
weather was wonderful! After
returning home she drove to Tampa to visit her daughter and
family. While there she drove to Land O'Lakes for a great
visit with her friend of 71 years, Shirley (Wertz) Bruce, her
daughter Donna (Wertz) Sasso and family. A month later
Janet flew to Bangkok, Thailand, for a 15-day tour with a
group of 39 others. She visited outstanding temples and saw
the 150-foot long, five-ton solid gold "Recycling Buddha."
She traveled overland to pineapple farms, rice paddies and
the famous monkey temple where the monkeys live and roam
the temple in the center of town. In Chiang Mai, she visited
the beautiful Rong Khan Temple and the elephant camp--
actually rode an elephant. One elephant played the harmoni-
ca while the others danced to the tune they even played soc-
cer (who'd ever believe that?). In Cambodia, they visited the
location where Laura Croft, Tomb Raider was filmed. On
their final leg, they took a boat trip on Tenle Sap Lake to see
the "floating village"--people live in little boats along the
lake and the children sell bananas and cokes to the visitors.
As a thoughtful and most appreciated gift, the tour group
pooled their money (they could use American dollars there)
and bought the children much needed school supplies, which
they distributed to them in person before they left. Janet said
after a 24-hour flight it was great to be home again. In
November, Janet and her sister Yvonne (Martin) Stetman of
Seattle will be traveling on an eight-day cruise.
Janet Slaughter at Rong Khan Temple, Chiang Mai,
Samantha LaPorta graduated from kindergarten this
year from The Montessori School of Pensacola. She has been
a very busy six-year-old. Samantha and her Brownie troop
have been in the local newspaper twice for their good deeds.
The troop helped the Pace Library with its new Children's
Reading Program, as well as earning the "Governor's Serve
to Preserve Award." She and her family enjoyed visiting with
everyone at the 2008 Reunion.
Keith and I went to the Reunion alone this year (without
our grandson Shane)--he had to work and was quite disap-
pointed. Brent and Crystal Kulig were not able to make it
either. As it was last year, 2008 turned out to be another great
reunion! It still had the "family friendly" atmosphere, the
service was impeccable, and the staff were still amazing. We
didn't have a room overlooking the golf course like last year,
but still had a great room. Our family were all put on the same
floor and we were able to have quality time together. Darla
and family and Robert (without family) were able to make it
this year. Bob was there for his 20th BHS'88 class reunion
and really enjoyed himself.
Fran (Padua) Self, Barb (Hall)
Kennedy, and Keith Kulig.
D LaPorta and daughter Samantha at kindergarten gradua-
Fun was had by all at the annual Fort Valley Rally in Fort
Valley, Ga.--a CZ Dirt Riders gathering for fun with friends
at the Collins family farm. All enjoyed the fun bike and ATV
rides around the property along with an incredible two-story
Fort Valley Rally Gang, March 2008
We worked Registration again (my 8th year) and I worked
again as a "page" at the Annual Business Meeting with
Shirley (Bonneau) Camby. After the meeting I enjoyed
spending time with my fellow reporters at the Reporters
Luncheon. We visited a few times at the Hospitality Suite for
Patsy (Lee) Moore's class of CHS'63 reunion--great
We ate most of our meals at the Deli this year--more for
your money and the food was delicious with a superb menu
selection. We dined one evening there with Charles and
Huey (Lee) Clark and had lunch once with Liz and Max
Hanna. The Creamery was delicioso--my favorite was
Bailey's Irish Cream Ice Cream. I limited myself to once and
had to resist the urge to return to the place of temptation!!
Most of our late evenings were spent at the bar/lounge area
with family and friends--usually after the dances.
The Reunion is not complete without attending Saturday
Mass with Father John Kennedy concelebrated by Father
Pretto and the St. Mary's gang. Every time we meet on that
day, it's like being back in Balboa-like we never left-so nos-
Keith surprised me with an "extra" day at the hotel-had
withdrawals like last year! Before the rest of the family left
on Sunday, we met for breakfast in the main dining room.
After everyone had left, we enjoyed sitting and relaxing by
the pool area.
In July we celebrated our grandchildren's birthdays
(Shane's 20th and Jonathan's 9th) at the Olive Garden.
Jonathan will be playing football this school year--we're
looking forward to watching his games--remember the
If you have any news for my next article--no matter how
small--please send it to me or call me. Hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
"There are places I remem- f.
ber...all my life, though some
have changed. Some forever, not
for better... some have gone and
Standing next to the new
home of the Pittsburgh Pirates,
under a sign that said "Mazeroski Tom T-Bird" Partison
Way," with my brother Red (who
was born the year Bob Mazeroski hit the home run that won
the 1960 World Series against the highly favored New York
Yankees) I let my mind go wandering...where it will go.
We started our journey back through time to the place our
family moved to after the '64 riots, Waynesburg, Pa. My
brother Red flew up from Austin with his wife Kat, son
Tommy and daughter Megan to begin a two-week odyssey to
visit family and friends from Washington, Pa., to Melbourne,
Fla., and ultimately the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Linda and I joined them for most of the trip. Although the
primary reason for going back to Pennsylvania was to visit
our Uncle Dave, the patriarch of the Pattison clan in
Washington or "Worshington" if you're from western
Pennsylvania. We also took a trip down to the ol' burg to see
the house we lived in and "set a spell" on the courthouse
wall...watchin' cars go by. We spent a couple of days with
Uncle Dave, his son-in-law Jim Cope and grandson Andy.
Our cousin Dianne (Pattison) Cope was in Texas helping her
daughter Sandy move.
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Linda Pattison, 1-lird Fattison, lommy rattison, Kat
Pattison, Red Pattison, and Megan Pattison.
The Saturday before we left we went to see the Pirates and
the Rays play in Pittsburgh. We had some cold arns (Iron City
Beer) at Jerome Bettis' bar next to Heinz field and then pro-
ceeded to get drenched waiting for the game to begin. The
game was great with Jason Bay hitting a walk-off homer in
the bottom of the 13th which brings me back to the Maz. You
see, Jason just got traded leaving my nephew with a jersey of
a player who is no longer on the team. The Maz played his
whole career with Pittsburgh. Roberto Clemente played his
whole career with the Pirates. Most of our sports heroes prior
to the '70s (of course the Babe traded sides way back when)
stayed with their teams their entire career. America's pastime
has become nothing but a corporate branded, good for noth-
ing....don't get me started. Suffice it to say, I still love the
Linda Pattison and Molly Ridder having a drink with a dif-
ferent Pirate Bob.
I digress...actually, we started our Summer Daydream
Extravaganza in Austin...again. Red and Kat hosted a
Memorial Day fiesta at their casa in Round Rock. We cooked
a brisket, smoked some Elgin sausage (the hardest thing
about smoking sausage is the paper gets wet), drank 'ritas 'n
'shiners, swam in the pool, told stories (out of school) about
those who didn't show up and stayed up late. Stan Wright
was back (for now) from Panama, Albert Fehrenbach was
up from Kerrville, Val Krueger and her daughter Sarah
stopped by, Dave and Jules Melendrez were there, Bill
Eldridge was in "remember when" mode, and Beth
(Wright) McDowell brought her new grandson over to meet
everyone. We also took in a rodeo where Megan won 1st
place in the pole bending competition on her grua "Blue."
She's truly a grua girl. She's a senior this year at Round Rock
High and not sure where she'll go to college. Meanwhile,
Tommy is at Texas State in San Marcos and doing great. Val's
daughter Sarah is planning on being a Bobcat as well. I can
remember when they were all trying to beat up a pifiata in
Red's backyard. Time flies...
Just prior to the reunion, Linda and I made a road trip up
the coast of Florida to Ormond Beach. First we stopped at the
beach in Indialantic to reunite with my brother Red and his
family. Kat's mother lives in Palm Bay and we spent the day
swimming and eating pizza. Later we drove up to spend a few
days with my cousin Karen (Davis) and her husband Steve
Andrews. Meanwhile my sister Molly drove down from
Atlanta with...wait a minute...did I just say my sister...Molly?
For those of you who know me personally, this doesn't make
any sense. T-Bird doesn't have a sister. Let me explain, the
best I can, with what I know.
Fifty-five years ago, my mom Bricky brought a not-so-
little bundle of joy into this world and named me Tom, after
her father Thomas Guy Coleman. For reasons never
revealed to me, she and her by then ex-husband Ewing
"Bud" Journey went their separate ways. Tommy Journey I
was and Mom alone raised me (although my cousin Barbara
Dombrowsky and her friends made sure I got into trouble
from time to time) in the finest Canal Zone tradition until I
was seven years old. That's when she met and ultimately mar-
ried Jim Pattison from Washington, Pa. He was in Panama to
set up American television at the Caribbean Forces Network
(CFN). He formally adopted me and I took his last name
becoming Tommy Pattison. Fast forward 47 years. Last year
at the reunion, my cousin Barbara approached me and asked
if I'd like to meet my cousin. My first thought was, cousin?
Meet? I know all my cousins...not so fast grasshopper. I was
then introduced to Bonnie (Davis) Dolan and her husband
Ed who had even more earth-shattering news...Did I know
that in addition to my brother Red, I had two more brothers
and a sister? Hayes Journey lives in Seattle, Andy Journey
in St. Marys, Alaska, and Molly (Journey) Ridder in
Atlanta. In addition, I now have an additional two sisters-in-
law, one brother-in-law, 14 nieces and nephews (one more on
the way in Alaska). So that's the story, so far...Whew!!
So, Molly and her mom Harriet (Bud passed away in
2001) drove down to Ormond and we spent a few days at
Steve and Karen's before the reunion. We took a ride down
the Intra-coastal to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. At one of the
seaside restaurants we met up with Tom "TY" Young and his
brother Frank who were about to wrap up a Florida loop-de-
loop with Mary Claire Pascavage and her husband Chris.
At Bonnie and Ed's we had one last Panama-inspired, Johnny
Mazzetti-filled, seviche-eating, rum-drinking evening (I
don't recall what everybody else did), before we headed off
to the reunion.
After the reunion, Don and Susan Ross stopped by on
their way home to the Florida Keys to visit. They brought
along our former drummer Omar Dominguez from
Chorrera. Omar had been in the states to play with the famous
Shorty & Slim conjunto that had just finished a hugely suc-
cessful gig in Orlando. Don and I recounted most of the tales
we could remember and that were fit for mixed company of
the old Wolf days in the Zone. I wasn't too worried about
Omar's tales because they were in Spanish. When I translat-
ed for Linda, I was able to soften any negative impact and
embellish when needed. Don and Susan returned a couple of
weeks later with a now Key West seasoned Omar who was on
his way back to Panama. I've been told to practice as we're
playing one of the class reunions next year. It will be fun to
play with those guys again after all these years.
Zonie the Parrot says,
MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE
DUE BY DECEMBER 31,
We also had a post-reunion visit by many of the Martinez
clan. In the states for the reunion were Anne, daughters
Theresa (husband Jim DesLondes had to go back to work
early), and Maria, their brother Luis, niece Michelle, and
Mimi and Lucho's son Alex, who's in the Coast Guard here
in Miami. We had a big tipico dinner and the kids all got
goofy in the pool. Who were the kids, you ask?
In the only other SoFla news I received, TY flew out to
California to see his girlfriend Karin. After a visit with his
sister Ellie and her husband Al in Palm Springs, they went to
Sequoia National Park to do some hiking and tour the caves.
Et o .-L. I I -- i MMiA
TY Young and Karin
We'll be having our annual South Florida chapter of
Northern Panamaniacs picnic in December, probably the first
weekend. If you want to attend, give me a call or send me an
email and I'll send you the details. Mimi and Manuel
"Lucho" Azcarraga will also be in South Florida over the
Christmas holidays all the way from Germany. There is talk
of having another New Year's ping ding like back in the day.
Check in for info.
Well, nothing new to report this time, so keep those cards
and letters...NO, send them to me! See ya later alligator,
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
The Space Coasters have been busy
this summer. The weather has been
extremely hot, but it doesn't appear to kalhie McConaugher
have slowed anyone down.
Space Coast Bunco III, an annual fund-raiser for the
Panama Canal Museum, was held at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in
Cocoa Village, Fla., on April 19th. There were 27 returning
players: Sue Fisher, Connie Stoakley, Wanda Ewell, Jim
and Pam Reid, Joan Ohman, Peggy Huff, Diana
Grimison, Dawn Watkins, Tinker Cooper, Janice Scott,
Fran and Nikki Meyer, Tom and Nancy Grimison, Darleen
Hunt, Kelly Hunt, Leanne Watkins, Joanne Armstrong,
Jerri Farnsworth, Natalie McClenahan, Janet Watkins,
Beth Brandenburg, Lisa Aide, Maria Felgar, Melinda
Niemeyer, and Christina Volonnino, and seven new players:
Danielle Scott, Edie Willoughby, Deb Twiss, Kay
Hamilton, Peggy Acker, Pattie Benny, and event host
Kelly Hunt, Janet Watkins, Danielle Scott, and Lisa Aide
SCB III champions were Kelly Hunt, Janet Watkins,
Danielle Scott, and Lisa Aide. Most buncos were rolled by
Wanda Ewell; Pam Reid had the most individual wins; Pattie
Benny the most individual losses; and Tinker Cooper ended
up with the traveling bunco. The 50/50 opportunity drawing
was won by Janet Watkins.
Door prizes were donated by Joe and Bev Wood, the
Panama Canal Society, Kathy Egolf, Beth Brandenburg,
Joan Ohman, and Janice Scott. This year's Space Coast
Panazonian bunco donation to the Museum's transit fund
totaled $801.00. Contributing but unable to attend were:
Betsy Vosburgh, Tom Stoakley, Blanche Stabler, and
Wanda Ewell's fiance Randy.
Space Coast Bunco IV is on the calendar for April 18,
2009, at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village. Join the
group by contacting Peggy Huff. Make new friends and enjoy
an afternoon of great camaraderie; no prior bunco experience
is necessary. You can learn the game in minutes!
The extended Grimison family had a great summer wel-
coming many family members to the Space Coast. The high-
light of the summer was the celebration of Nancy and Tom
Grimison's 50th wedding anniversary on July 26 (see
Congratulations). The family also enjoyed attending the
Panama Canal Society Reunion and celebrating many sum-
mer birthdays together. Liz Grimison Fahy and her daughter
Shannon came in from Germany where Liz has been a
teacher with DODDS. She was joined by husband Bill Fahy
as well as daughters Erin and Colleen who are attending col-
lege in Florida. The family was also happy to host Matt
Grimison, wife Theresa (Harnisch) and their son Jack, vis-
iting from Washington, D.C. At three-months-old, Jack is the
youngest of the sixteen Grimison grandchildren. The rest of
the Grimison siblings and their families reside on the Space
Coast or in Orlando which guarantees a great turnout for
numerous family get-togethers!
The Hunt/Watkins clan were on the move again. Friends
and family met in Seattle for a fabulous, fun and breathtaking
seven-night Alaskan cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's
Rhapsody of the Seas in June. The ship stopped in Juneau and
Skagway, Alaska and Prince Rupert, Canada. While everyone
did "their thing" while in port--it was always fun to rejoin the
group back on board ship in the evenings for dancing, enter-
tainment, games and lots of laughs! It was so much
fun...they're all waiting for their "travel agent/cruise direc-
tor" Leanne Watkins to let them know where and when the
next trip/cruise will be!
Alaskan Cruise Group
During a July stopover in Florida on his way home to
Curundu, Panama, Lenny Huff spent one week in Mexico
Beach with the Herring family at their annual reunion. He
stayed another week at the home of his brother and sister-in-
law, Dennis and Peggy Huff of Merritt Island, where he
enjoyed an afternoon barbeque with his niece, Diana
Grimison and her family. Also attending the party were
Peggy's mother, Anne Hale; Anita Bryan, also visiting from
Panama; Janice Scott; and Angela Richards.
Zonie the Parrot says,
"Give the gift that keeps
on giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
and time of birth. She has also made about a dozen of these
bears for family and friends, including a set of twin bears, one
made from a Cayuco race T-shirt and a Kuna bear.
~I ll K:~~l
Samantha Grimison, LennN Huff, Richard Grimison.
Carly Grimison, Megan Grimison, Tommy Grimison, and
A group of Zonians gathered at Don and Beth
DeStaffino's house in Port Orange for Johnny Mazzetti, liba-
tions, seviche, empanadas, and many tales of past experi-
ences. It was also to celebrate/mourn the passing of another
year known as a birthday for Don (68 years old) and for
Sandy Nungester. Don thought it was the better part of valor
to not divulge Sandy's number! A great time was had by all
and the recycle collectors in Port Orange are still talking
about the amount of bottles and cans they picked up the next
Seated: Michael DeStaffino. Center (L-R): Morgan Dolan,
Madison Dolan, Mackenzie Dolan, Mary Gordon, Emily
DeStaffino, Don DeStaffino, Sarah DeStaffino, Sandra
Nungester, Lotty Orvis, and Beth DeStaffino. Back (L-R):
Patrick DeStaffino, Ed Dolan, Bonnie Dolan, Steve Helin,
Joe Garcia, Jill Garcia, Don Nungester, and Bob Orvis.
Peggy Huff won first place for her Keepsake Bear in the
2008 Florida Federation of Women's Clubs Arts Festival in
the ecology category--recycling of manmade materials.
Peggy has made maternity shirts for her daughter over the
years and after the kids were born, she used the shirts to make
personalized bears for all four children. The feet of the bears
are cross-stitched with the child's name, birth weight, date
Peggy Huff with granddaughter Samantha Grimison and
her award-winning Keepsake Bear.
Bob and I had the pleasure of meeting our wonderful
future daughter-in-law when our son Cliff and his fiancee
Feliz flew to Merritt Island from California for a long week-
end to introduce Feliz to many family members. Also arriv-
ing for the weekend were our daughter Monica and her fam-
ily; my four sisters, Bonnie Nehring, Bebe DeNike, Janice
Nehring, and Annette Ruth; Cliff's two grandmothers,
Mary Lynch and Juanita McConaughey; uncle Donald
Schlicht and aunt Sarah (Livingston) Schlicht; and great-
aunt Ruth Conlan and her daughter Kathy. We are glad to
say that Feliz did not appear fazed at all by meeting so much
family and is continuing with the October wedding plans.
We had visits from all nine of our grandchildren this sum-
mer and enjoyed them immensely. Thank goodness for the
hot weather and swimming pool to keep them occupied dur-
ing the day and tired at night!
That's it for now....keep those cards and letters coming!
Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
John Schmidt (BHS'50) writes:
"Old high school friends Mary
Ellen (Stacey) and Larry Horine,
Velma and Jack Geisinger, Shirley Nl W
(Smith) O'Connor and he enjoyed a.
15-day cruise out of San Diego to
Hawaii and back in early April on
Holland America's MV Zaandam.
Sailing was delayed briefly as the Skip Rowley
ship had to be decontaminated due to illness on the previous
cruise, but it was well-handled and there was no illness
aboard during our trip.
John Schmidt, Jack Geisinger, and Larry
the USS Missouri.
Larry Horine, Velma Geisinger, John Schmidt, Shirley
O'Connor, and Mary Ellen Horine aboard the MV
"Our cabins were conveniently close to each other, which
made it easier to get together and enjoy all the various activ-
ities while at sea as well as the delicious meals. Breakfast and
lunch were cafeteria style, and the first arrival got a table for
six. Prior to late choice seating for dinner, we six would meet
in the same bar for cocktails, and were taken care of by four
delightful Filipino servers, who after the first couple of days
remembered our names, and what we drank, and made sure
we had plenty of hot hors d'oeuvres. The entertainment was
great especially an outstanding ventriloquist, and wonderful
music in the various bars for dancing or easy listening, etc.
And then...there was the Casino...we six have taken a vow of
silence with regards to our visits there!
"While at sea there were excellent lectures and seminars
on everything from the Art of Reflexology to Acupuncture to
shipbuilding, cooking classes, how to make your own
Margaritas and Bloody Marys, the Spa, Salons, workout
areas, pools and hot tubs, theater, library, dancing lessons
(including the hula), etc. There was no lack of activity.
"The islands were great but the weather didn't cooperate
very much. For most of the cruise, it was cloudy, overcast or
rainy. Our first stop was Hilo, where the first Missionaries
arrived. Then on to Kauai, where the chickens run free all
over the place (due to the island being badly damaged and
their coops destroyed many years ago by severe weather) and
are very tame; Lahaina and Maui were very touristy, but at
Whaler's Village they have an interesting whaling museum.
Honolulu and Kona are famous for their coffee and
macadamia nuts. In Honolulu, Jack, Larry and I (Velma and
Shirley had been before) visited the Arizona Memorial, which
was reverent and awesome to them especially when you can
see bits of oil still coming to the surface. We also took a per-
sonalized tour of the USS Missouri, a special thrill for me
since I had toured it when she visited the Canal in 1945.
Rather than taking tours arranged by the ship we hired a driv-
er, which made it so much nicer and we saw so much more.
"As we left the islands, we passed Kilauea Volcano about
11 PM and because it was a clear, beautiful, moonlit night, we
had a great view as the molten lava flowed into the ocean.
The Captain stopped the ship for awhile for picture taking
and our enjoyment of the beautiful black and orange sight.
"In the small world department, while in Kona, as I was
taking a picture of an FSU wheel cover on a jeep, found out
that one of the nearby passengers from our ship was also from
Tallahassee and, in fact, lived about two blocks from me.
Also, while sitting in the audience awaiting the start of a
show one night, the guys were talking about Colorado. A lady
in front of us turned around to say she was from Boulder, and
when they started to say we had good friends there, and said
'Sam'....she added "Coila (Goodin) Maphis...I know them
"But the best part of the whole cruise was the fun of shar-
ing two weeks with classmates. The term 'old' is only refer-
encing that we were privileged to have attended school
together in the Canal Zone so many years ago, and still enjoy
our wonderful friendship."
Susanne Mitten Corrigan of Tallahassee flew to Miami
on April 10th, had lunch with a longtime friend originally
from Panama (Cathy Attias) and now residing in Miami--
lots of catching up. She then met up with the AHI Alumni
travel group in the Miami airport (no one knowing each
other) and flew to Peru for a week of extensive lecturing and
sightseeing. It was an interesting and beautiful trip, to say the
least, with Cusco and Machu Picchu being the most colorful.
Suzanne Mitten Corrigan in Machu Picchu, Peru
In April Lane and Georgia Thompson joined Mel Field
in Palmetto, Fla., for Lane to try his hand in Snook fishing.
According to Lane, Mel was part Snook in that he thought
like them. His accuracy in knowing when and where they
were was amazing. First on the agenda was finding and catch-
ing live bait. No problem, Mel knew where they were too and
why. In no time they were on a Snook spot. First cast, Boom!
A strike! And so it went all day. Happily, Lane was able to
actually cast and catch his first Snook which was a challenge
for him. Most of the day was spent with Mel hooking them
and handing the rod to Lane, only to lose the fish--one of
which was a keeper. However, at the end of the day, Lane was
doing better and actually catching some on his own. Sadly,
while there, Lane learned that Mel had lung cancer. After a
very courageous fight, it took Mel home three months later
(see With Deep Sorrow). We lost a good and true friend.
On May 24th, George Gauger and his wife were the
guests of honor at his stepson's house on Lake Seminole, just
north of Cattahoochee, Fla., for the purpose of celebrating
George's 80th birthday. Among the 32 guests from
Tallahassee and Jackson County were his old Canal Zone
friends Bud and Nel Green and their daughter Andrea.
Everyone enjoyed the meal with all the trimmings, especially
the delicious cake.
On June 1st, Terry and Sheila (Mitten) Stepp held a
baby shower at their home in Tallahassee for their youngest
son Michael and his wife Liz of St. Augustine, Fla., who are
expecting their first child, a daughter, who will be named
Makayla (Michael in Irish) on August 18th. It was a din-
ner/baby shower in which even the men had a good time play-
ing all the games. In attendance were: Skip and Beverly
Rowley, Zory and Doug Larrabee, Sunny and Henry
Mizrachi, Pat and Jeri Stepp Linning, Sue Corrigan,
Tommy and Leigh Ann Linning Laverty, Nikki Floyd,
Chris and Natalie Foster, and Thornton A. Stepp (great-
Mel Field and Lane Thompson
After the Reunion, Lane's son Lance, along with his fam-
ily, visited him and Georgia. The guys were able to get two
Gulf fishing trips in and brought back their limit of snapper
Jim and Sylvia Catron flew out to Seattle in May to
cruise the Alaska inner passage on the Holland America MS
Amsterdam. He got in touch with his brother Bill who was in
Seattle with his wife Dorothy and their daughter Glenda.
The trip convinced Jim and Sylvia that they need to return to
Jim and Sylvia Catron aboard the MVAmsterdam
Michael and Liz Stepp (twins anyone?)
Finally we got to the Reunion and, as usual, this reporter
had a fantastic time. I attended the BHS class of '58 50th
reunion. That was a sheer treat to see all the old gang again.
I can remember when I was a senior and saw people attend-
ing their 50th reunion, I thought to myself, "Gads, they're
really old-timers." "Over the hill," I told myself. I'm sure
glad my perspective has changed over the years. The gals at
this class reunion looked pretty dar good to me. Bill and Sue
Sander are a great couple to be with. We enjoyed a trip to
Panama with them a few years back. Lynn Parsons looked as
good now as she did 50 years ago. And what can you say
about Roger Million. That guy never seems to age. Billy Sue
Spencer still has heart throbs when she sees him. Our daugh-
ter Renee Rowley Friedel held her 20th class reunion, and
they had the Panama Dancers put on a nice show.
Billy Sue Spe
Skip Rowley ar
Received an email note from Ray
4W. Burda who was in Panama for a month
in July, along with his wife Pat and their
youngest son and his family. They spent
time in beautiful Boquete with his
Jue Mother, who is doing very well physi-
Stevenn call, even though she is 94 years old.
Must be that great weather in Boquete even though it was
rainy season (or as they now say, "green season"). Ray also
says a lot of building going on and the small town is no longer
the quaint place it used to be; too many foreigners seeking
ncer and Roger Million "paradise." It is still one of my favorite places in Panama!
Marie Drake sent me photos and an article on their 60th
class reunion (see Letters to the Editor). The photos are great
and it sounded like they had a wonderful time visiting with
I did a little bit of traveling recently. Flew to Phoenix,
Ariz., in April for six days to visit with my good friend Judy
Baerg, who is working in the Real Estate business. While
there she took time off from work and we drove to the Grand
Canyon visiting the North Rim. We stayed overnight at a very
nice hotel new the Canyon, then headed out early in the
morning to spend several hours just admiring the breathtak-
ing view. I was absolutely awed by what I saw. Judy was a
nd Sue Sander great guide, having been there before, and I very much
.. enjoyed my visit with her. On the way up to the Grand
Canyon, we also stopped and saw Montezuma's Castle,
where indians had lived in the side of a cliff. Again, I was fas-
cinated with what I saw.
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Judy Baerg and June Stevenson
Zonie the Parrot says,
Upon our return to Phoenix we met up with Tilly McTaggart
and Norita Scott, who had flown in from Panama to spend a
"YOUR 2009 few days with Judy and me and also did a little bit of sight-
MEMBERSHIP DUES seeing. All in all, we had a wonderful time together just vis-
ARE iting and doing some "shopping." Tilly, Norita and I all left
DUE BY DECEMBER 31, on the same day, with me flying home, Tilly flying to Florida
to spend time with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter,
and Norita heading to a family wedding.
We also managed to squeeze in some Broadway plays, went
out to dinner with a classmate of Lori's from BHS, Jim
Belzer, and his friend Jerry. Had a great time visiting with
Till MlcTaggart. Norita Scott. Jud% Baerg. and June
Stevenson, Phoenix, Ariz.
When I returned from Arizona, I flew to Panama for a
week with my daughter Lori Snow and granddaughter Sara
Snow where we spent some time in the San Bias Islands.
Managed to get in some snorkeling and relaxing in ham-
mocks. We also drove to the Decamereon Beach Resort
where we relaxed some more on their beautiful beach. Flew
again to Panama in June with Lori to go on the Discovery
Catamaran boat for a week through the waters of Panama.
That was a very nice boat trip, with 12 comfortable cabins
and good food. One day, while in the Chagres River, Lori
went kayaking. There were other people kayaking with her
but she was the only one who kayaked alone and said it was
hard work, but she loved it. I took the easy way out and went
on a rubber boat with a motor up the Chagres River. At the
end of our boat cruise, we flew to Orlando for the annual
Panama Canal Reunion where we met up with friends and
family. On our last night at the Reunion we all got together at
the hotel for a family dinner, said our goodbyes, and left early
the next morning for home.
Lori Snow, Jim Belzer, June Stevenson, and Sara Snow,
New York City.
Also received an e-mail from Carolyn Morris since
returning from the Annual Reunion in Orlando, Fla. She says
that she and Ray Amato headed up to Sunset Beach, N.C., for
some fun days with Doug (BHS'60) and Mary Bergere. She
played in Mary's member/guest golf tournament with a set of
identical twin sisters which was a real treat. She did manage
not to confuse them. Found a wonderful golf shop that caters
only to female golfers. She did some serious damage but not
near as much as she could have. Mary kept her in check!! Ray
thanks her!! While with the Bergeres, they also enjoyed a
visit from Jimmy Price (BHS'60).
Mary Bergere and Carolyn Holmes Morris
(L-R): Jim Gerhart, Miranda Friedel, Sara Snow, Lori
Snow, Virgil Snow, Davis Stevenson, Ken Gerhart stand-
ing, June Stevenson, Bev Rowley, Dorothy Gerhart sitting
on Skip Rowley.
After resting up for two weeks, I flew to New York City l
to spend a week with Lori and Sara so that Sara could take
dancing classes from professionals who dance on Broadway. Kathleen McConaghy Campbell and Ray "Goose" Amato
From there they went and spent a few days with Kathleen
(McConaghy) (BHS'60) and Bill Campbell in their new
beautiful home. Absolutely breathtaking!! Andra (Nash)
(CHS'60) and Ed English joined them and they played more
golf. No stores there to tempt her!! Kathleen, Andra and
Carolyn played with Marilyn, a friend of Kathleen's and they
got caught in the rain. They thought Marilyn was a magician
when she pulled one thing after the other out of her golf bag.
Didn't know one could fit that much in it. She was prepared
for everything--rain, heat, cold, snow, etc. Unbelievable.
Kathleen had spent hours in the kitchen preparing all the
Panamanian dishes they were so used to having seviche,
empanadas, ropa vieja, black beans and rice, and arroz con
polio. Diet was not on the menu!! They enjoyed their visits
with all and hope they will be coming down our way soon.
Received another e-mail from Kristine Hunter of
Gainesville, Ga., recently. She reports that a birthday cele-
bration was held at her mom, Sylvia Fox's, house to celebrate
Kristine's daughter Adrienne's and sister-in-law Jennifer
Fox's birthdays. The cousins had a great time together.
Michael Hunter, Gabrielle Hunter holding Aiden Fox,
George Fox holding Lauryn Fox.
Also received an e-mail from Lester Smith of
Lawrenceville, Ga. He writes that in June Terry Smith's chil-
dren traveled to her home in Lawrenceville to celebrate her
birthday. Along with her husband Robert, the following
attended: Robert and Carol (Kapinos) Smith came from
Tucson, Ariz.; Terri (Smith) and her husband Paul Flynn
came up from Naples, Fla.; and Lester and Andrea (Byrd)
Smith traveled from two streets down. It had been close to 20
years since all of Terri's children and their spouses had all
been together. Terri's children, Heather and Ryan along with
their families, were also in attendance. In July Lester and
Andrea went on a camping trip to Ten Mile, Tenn., to visit
Pennie and Jerry Rose. Pennie and Andrea had a Girl Scout
Troop in Balboa back in the '70s.
Zonie the Parrot says,
"Give the gift that keeps on
giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
Lester Smith, Robert Smith, Terr) Smith,
and Robert Smith.
Please remember if you live in any part of Georgia and
have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama visitors,
either give me a call, or send me an email/letter so I can get
your news in the Record.
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
Volunteering is often a rewarding activity for retirees.
Here's one I recently discovered that you might enjoy too. It's
called Trails & Rails and was formed by the National Park
Service and Amtrak to provide onboard information and edu-
cational programs for passengers.
The City of New Orleans train goes from New Orleans to
Chicago. We ride from New Orleans to Greenwood, Miss.,
where we spend the night and return to New Orleans the next
day. Meals and lodging are provided.
We attended a day of training and received scripts, one
going and another coming back. We get lots of literature to
hand out. I've added red pencils from the Baton Rouge
Convention & Visitors Center to distribute on the way out
(baton rouge is French for red stick). And Mardi Gras beads
for those going to New Orleans, perhaps for the first time.
For children, we have a short booklet of mazes, connect-
the-dots, and puzzles. Once completed, we "initiate" them
into the Junior Ranger program, offering congratulations and
pinning on their golden badges. They also get cardboard con-
With the scripts we, too, learn more about the cultural and
natural history of the area traversed. The program runs from
Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Besides The City of New Orleans, the Trails & Rails pro-
gram may be found on Amtrak's Adirondack, Ann Rutledge,
California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder,
Heartland Flyer, Kansas City Mule, Lincoln Service, Maple
Leaf, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle
Come join us!! It's lots of fun.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Kathy (Malin) (BHS'74) and
Bob McInturff have been busy this
S,. year after buying a home in
Gaithersburg, Md., last summer.
Robin Baker Kathy's son Shane and granddaughter
Hali moved to Maryland from Jacksonville, Fla. Shane works
for CSX (railroad) while Hali did great in first grade. She
even learned some Spanish! In February, Bob and Kathy vis-
ited Paradise, Calif., where they saw their second grand-
daughter, Jenna Davis, who was two-months-old. Since
then, Bob's daughter and family have been "homeless" for
five weeks because of the Northern California fires. They are
hoping to be back home by early August.
At the end of March, Donna (Malin) (BHS'80) and
Adam Meyerson and their boys, Sam and Ben, visited
Washington, D.C. during Florida's spring break. They didn't
realize it was the Cherry Blossom Festival so they mingled
with the crowds to visit the DC museums and Mt. Vernon.
In June Kathy's parents, Ed and Gloria Malin, visited for
a week then went on to an Elderhostel on Maryland's Eastern
Shore where they ate seafood and especially enjoyed the crab
cakes. Ed and Gloria enjoyed their boat trips to Smith and
Tangier Islands and the program on the history of the
Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore. Kathy, Bob and Hali
picked them up after a week and drove over to Chincoteague
Island in Virginia where they saw the wild Chincoteague
ponies. Afterwards, Bob fished in the ocean and one of the
many rivers and caught fish. He found a lake near his home
where he has caught three huge catfish in July 26" and 30"
long (up to 10 lbs.). They were tasty, too!!
In July Kathy enjoyed the Panama Canal Society Reunion
with the Malin family and her BHS classmates: Ingrid
(Errhalt) Bryan, Sheila (Webb) Messmore, Nancy
(Spiros) Brady, Denise (Bullinger) Will, Helen Calvit and
friend, Rhonda Wardlow. (Nancy invited the BHS girls to
visit her home in South Carolina at the end of July!) Kathy
also got together with other BHS'74 classmates: Linda
Ramey, Gay Michelle, Lorrie Husum, David and Maggie
Lohse, Donna Gifford, Terry DuVall Fritz, Sharon
Creque, Rick Dahn, Kitty Patterson, Debbie Ocheltree,
and a few others including Patty (Kelleher) (BHS'75)
Arosemena. BHS'74 is planning their 35th class reunion in
Panama next year from July 6-13, 2009.
Kathy also enjoyed seeing her CHS friends: Sheri
(Alexaitis) Kimball and Tara Kimball; Sarah (Polite)
Hughes; Maurie, Cindy and Wilma Moore; Richard and
Tina Polite; George Cruz; Tom Finneman and new
fiancee, Rochelle Blount.
Then on July 20th, Kathy flew to Denver for a govern-
ment conference but first visited with Rebecca Harp
(BHS'80), daughter Morgan and friend Pete. They live in a
beautiful historical farmhouse in Boulder, Colo
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart of Silver Spring, Md., real-
ized a dream she had had for many years and traveled to
Japan and China for three weeks last spring. She was hosted
in Japan by her son Brian who was stationed with the State
Department there at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. They had a
wonderful time visiting both historical and contemporary
sites, while experiencing the ever-intriguing Japanese culture
and way of life. The timing was perfect for the annual
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season, with gorgeous
sights to behold, and the traditional Hanami picnics under the
blossoms. Among other highlights, they were guests at the
traditional Japanese wedding of a friend of Brian's, dined at
a restaurant with Ninja entertainers, and attended a Sushi
preparation demonstration and a dance performance by
Geisha apprentices (Maiko).
Traveling outside Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train),
they visited the picturesque former capital city of Kyoto,
Hiroshima, and nearby sights of interest, including the
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine World Heritage Site on Miyajima
Island. A half-hour rickshaw ride through and around the
Kyoto district of Arashiyama proved to be particularly mem-
orable. Dorothy was also captivated by a side trip she made
to Beijing, China, spending time with family friends assigned
to the U.S. Embassy there. Highlights included visits to
Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and, of course, shop-
ping at the abundant market squares as well as modem stores
now in the city.
Brian Gerhart and Dorothy Gerhart at the Itsukushima
News from me is that my husband Bud Baker is under-
going hyperbaric chamber treatments for a diabetic condition.
He is doing really well but the 30 sessions of "dives" involves
about an hour and a half each weekday. I have had some dia-
betic-related problems as well. We are planning on a move to
a retirement community called Mercy Ridge.
Keep those news items coming!
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
Wow! It's hard to believe that it's
already August...summer is almost .....
over here in Chicagoland! It's been a
crazy-busy year for me, a lot of travel-
ing for work, including a trip to
Europe. During the two-week whirl- Paul Bierman
wind trip, I visited Manchester-UK,
Wales, Paris, Chateau Gontier, Angers, Le Mans, St. Brieuc,
and a few other towns sprinkled throughout France. It was so
much traveling that I still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat
thinking about the "moving walkway ending!" Some high-
lights of the trip were attending the France vs. England Six
Nations Rugby Game at the Stad de France in Paris, a pub
crawl in Wales with some co-workers, and a ride on the TGV
(bullet train) across the French countryside. Although I made
the best of it and had a great time, I must say that I have never
been happier to set foot back on U.S. soil.
Paul Bierman at the Louvre
In July I attended our BHS'78 30th high school reunion in
Orlando. Al Saarinen came all the way from Qatar to attend
and we roomed together for the weekend. The main event
was a dinner Thursday night in conjunction with the class of
CHS'78 and also a dance in conjunction with BHS'73.
Admittedly, I spent most of this year's Panama Canal Society
reunion in our Hospitality Suite; it was an absolute blast talk-
ing with all the old buds, and seeing even a few that I hadn't
seen since high school. I think my side still hurts from laugh-
ing so hard at some of the jokes and stories. There were some
events in our suite that were most memorable: the first was
the infamous "Chair of Truth." This is where Jean Whitlock
(former ONI officer?) would lure an unsuspecting victim (uh,
did I say victim?...I meant contestant) into the chair (which as
everyone could plainly see was labeled "The Chair of Truth")
and proceed to quiz him or her openly on their youthful indis-
cretions. Sometimes, when a non-truth was detected, the
"contestant" was even eligible for the bonus round and sub-
jected to another question! The funny thing was, most of the
answers simply confirmed what we already knew!! Another
notable event was our victory over CHS'78 in the kickball
challenge (despite what anyone from CHS'78 might claim,
they were a no-show, so we won by forfeit). Also the
Saturday evening Fine Scotch and Premium Cigar Happy
Hour was a big hit...I think we need to make this an annual
Jim Parthenais, Paul Bierman, and Al Saarinen
Yvonne Fishbough (BHS'90) Mouser and Teresa
Monson (BHS'90) Robert both walked in the Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer Chicago May 31-June 1. This was the second
year they both walked in Chicago. Teresa walked in the Avon
Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston (April 12-13) with
Margot Howell (BHS'90). The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
is a 39.3 mile walk over two days to raise lifesaving funds
and awareness for breast cancer. This year was the first-ever
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Houston. The Chicago walk
had a record breaking 4,000 participants and raised $9.1 mil-
lion dollars! Margot Howell flew up to Chicago to cheer
Yvonne and Teresa on. It was a great weekend. Teresa also
walked in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Chicago (August 8, 9, and
10) a 60-mile walk and in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
New York City (October 4-5). Yvonne's mom Rosa is a 6/2-
year survivor! Terry walks in memory of Mary Ellen
Bowerman. Teresa has a website set up to learn more about
her walks and the motto is: Check your front...Pat your back!
Teresa Robert and Yvonne Mouser, Chicago Day 1
At the end of July Chicago was visited by four members
of BHS'79. Pat Smith, Charlie Thrush, George Ateek, and
Jerry Curtis were in town to take in a few Cubs games and
see the sights. We managed to get together for a short time at
their hotel, and then Charlie and I went out to some of my
local hangouts. It was great to get caught up on all the latest
That's it for now!
Paul Bierman, Reporter
email: paul bierman2000(yahoo.com
Carolyn and Richard Dillon came early with pulled pork
and decadent little brownies slathered with icing and tales of
the bad weather they'd just driven through. Their catering
business is doing well and, when they can tear themselves
away, they enjoy attending educational workshops and cake
Sue, Bill and Anna Epperson brought a pasta and cheese
casserole with buffalo meat. Bill killed the buffalo with a
hunting bow. We've been promised more about his bow hunt-
ing and competitions.
Connie Clemons-Chevis came for the first time and we
enjoyed her Zonian stories.
It was our smallest gathering ever, but as the rain pound-
ed down, we ate and ate and shared stories from Canal Zone
The next picnic will start at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25,
2009, at Pavilion 5 on the hill overlooking the boat ramp,
Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean
Watch for announcements in the Canal Record. Mark
your calendars. We'll be there, rain or shine!!
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
By the time you are reading this
Christmas will be just two months
away. Good grief, time goes much too
fast!! The reunion is long past and Pat Hunt
from what we heard here in Hendersonville, a good time was
had by all. As far as I know, Jim and Diane Bradley were the
only representatives from our area. They drove down, stop-
ping both ways in Jacksonville to visit with son Jimmy and
family. Diane's class reunion (45th for BHS'63) was a suc-
cess and they really liked the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel.
They enjoyed seeing old friends and classmates. Young Jim's
class celebrated their 25th. In August they drove to Texas to
spend a week with Mike and Kim and family at their new
lInLtP hncmi nn T n1-c r1'nrp,
My report on the Gulf Coast Picnic. It turned out to be a
picnic for the intrepid among us. Gerda Smith with her new
dog, Blitz, and I tented the night before, windy but little rain.
We woke to rumbling thunder and dark clouds. It was 7
Saturday, May 3, the day of our picnic, not hurricane season. T.
I broke camp to return home later in the day. Gerda was stay-
ing an extra night so left her tent up. Undaunted, we moved
to our reserved pavilion for breakfast. Richard and Olga Phillips, Charley and Ruth Leves, Jim
and Diane Bradley, and Richard Burchette.
The traveling Nowotnys flew to South Africa (see Letters
to the Editor in the December issue) and completed a month-
long driving tour, loving every minute of it. The animals were
incredible, the country was beautiful and the people very
friendly and helpful. They would love to go again but the 20-
hour flight was a little too much. In April they had a visit
from Tony and Sigi Espino, longtime friends for over 30
years. They spent many hours talking, laughing and remem-
bering all the good times. Toni and Sigi flew to their summer
home in Germany after which they returned home to Florida
where, I am sure, Willy and Wilma will be visiting for more
of the same!
In May their son Willy and wife Anna left Yuma, Ariz.,
for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where Willy
began his new job with BiWater, a Belgian firm. They expect
to be there for three to five years. That country will probably
be added to the Nowotnys' travel list before too long. The end
of July brought more visitors when Ernie and Jeanne
Hickman, who were at Grandfather Mountain for the
Scottish Highland games, stopped for a few hours of nonstop
reminiscing. Willy and Ernie worked together at MTD for a
time. Marge and Jack Ruoff also spent a few days in
Hendersonville with the Nowotnys on their way back to
Texas from New Jersey, where they attended a family wed-
ding. I had dinner with them, which was a record of sorts as
I saw them twice in one year! We cruised to Alaska in June
(more about that later). It was, as always, wonderful to see
them. They planned to visit an old school friend in South
Carolina and then visit two nieces in Tennessee before head-
ing back to Houston. Their driving trip was about a month
If any of you happened to be watching the Today Show on
May 6th you would have seen Al Roker inside the Nuclear
Missile Silo at Malmstrond Air Force Base in Great Falls,
Mont., which is one of the deadliest places on earth. It hous-
es over 200 missiles which can be launched in seconds if nec-
essary. The silos were completed before the Cuban missile
crisis in the '60s. The Stark One treaty in 1991 removed 80%
of the world's nuclear weapons. The Squadron Commander
in charge of this nuclear site is Lt. Colonel David Stone. His
men literally have their fingers on the buttons to launch if
ordered to do so. David graduated from BHS in 1987 and
from Auburn University in 1991. He was commissioned in
1992 and has been in the Air Force for 17 years. David is the
son of Malcolm and Jean Stone of Hendersonville.
Zachary Trinca spent several weeks in Yap, one of the
Micronesian islands in the Pacific, during the month of May.
Students in their junior year and their faculty advisors from
Queen's University in Charlotte, N.C., can elect to go on this
service project field trip in lieu of a semester abroad. The stu-
dents spent their time repairing buildings, cleaning up beach-
es and mapping the islands, among other things. They ate
many different foods, learned to climb coconut trees in their
bare feet (just like Panama), but also had time for scuba div-
ing and swimming with sharks. They had to be certified in the
U.S. and again in Yap for ocean diving there. They worked on
one of the other islands in the area also and on their way
home were able to spend half the night and a full day in
Hawaii. Needless to say they didn't get too much sleep while
there. The entire trip was an extraordinary experience. Zach
is the son of Laurie and Sam Trinca of Burlington, N.C., and
even more important--he's my grandson!
Now, back to my Alaska trip. My sister Sandi Ingle and I
flew to Seattle in June to join my husband Jack's side of the
Hunt clan, on a seven-day cruise to Alaska. We spent three
days in Seattle before boarding our ship--the Rhapsody of the
Seas. Seattle was beautiful and we saw all the well-known
sights and several unknown sights--mainly because we got
lost a few times. Alaska was absolutely breathtaking. We
docked in Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert, British
Columbia. We rode the train to the Yukon border, saw parts of
the old Klondike gold rush trail, beautiful waterfalls, glaciers,
whales and other land and sea creatures. As far as I'm con-
cerned it is a must see trip of a lifetime. There were 31 of us
on the trip and the few who were "non-relatives" are now
considered part of the family. Hopefully the Florida contin-
gent will include some of their pictures in that column.
Well, unless someone calls at the last minute, that's it for
this issue. Keep in mind the Christmas party which will prob-
ably be either December 6th or 13th at 2 or 2:15 on Saturday
afternoon. Anyone visiting in the area is more than welcome
to come. Give me a call for more specifics--locals will be
contacted by phone or email.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Now that summer has finally arrived
in the Pacific Northwest, I hope you've
managed to enjoy the weather while
spending time with family and friends.
Barbara Litchford Bob and Mary Blake report that they
have been busy this spring and summer.
The first week in May they drove to Chehalis, Wash., for the
interment of Mary's first cousin Dorothy Cox at historic
Claquato Cemetery, and a visit with Dorothy's nephew and
family. They had all been together in December at Dorothy's
99th birthday at Salty's restaurant in West Seattle. The second
week in May they flew to Spokane, Wash., for a reunion of
nearly 400 Pan American Airways retirees and spouses at the
Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho. This was a happy event,
mainly of "youngsters" in their 70s celebrating their many
adventures with the airline in its 65-year pioneering history.
Attendees were mostly from the Western USA, but some
came from all over the world. The first week in June they
drove to Ellensburg, Wash., for a triple event: Grandson
Steven's graduation from Central Washington University, his
commissioning from the Army ROTC, and the birth of great-
granddaughter Sofia Sanford, all in two days. Bob had the
honor of swearing Steven in as a new Second Lieutenant. The
first week in July they enjoyed visits from two sets of
cousins, from Nevada, California and Oklahoma. One was
here on business for the U.S. Government. The rest were
stopping overnight before joining a larger family group tak-
ing off an a cruise to Alaska.
Mary and Bob Blake at Pan American Airways Reunion
Ginny Rankin reports that in April her brother Walter
Kleefkens and wife Suzanne drove up from The Dalles,
Ore., for a weekend and they celebrated his birthday with a
dinner that included the families of her two daughters, Nancy
Ivory and Sandi McClanahan. Walter and Suzanne enjoyed
the Panama Canal Society reunion in July and especially had
fun on their four-day cruise to the Bahamas as part of
Suzanne's class reunion. In May Ginny was invited to attend
a special school program at her grandkids' school for
Grandparent's Day. The kids always put on a nice program.
Her grandkids told her their teachers said they had to sing and
perform in their loud voices since "old people don't hear so
well." They also had a poetry appreciation day at the kids'
school. Parents/grandparents were asked to bring in their
favorite childhood poem to share with the class. All the kids
stood up one by one and performed some pretty long pieces
of poetry that each had memorized. When it was time for the
adults to perform, all of them had to read their poems, as no
one had gotten their poem memorized. In July McCord Air
Force base which is practically in Ginny's backyard held its
Air Expo and the Air Force Thunderbirds performed. Ginny
could go outside into her yard and see the flybys, and
rollovers and all the precision flying as they flew over her
head. Then on Seafair Sunday (August 3rd), Ginny went to
Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore
Orioles (a rare win for the Mariners this year) and had some
of her grandkids with her. She again had the opportunity to
witness the overhead air show that took place over the stadi-
um as the Navy Blue Angels performed their acrobatic preci-
sion flying for the Sea Fair activities that were taking place
on Lake Washington. After the ballgame was over, the kids
got the opportunity to run the bases and get a handshake and
certificate from the mascot, the Mariner Moose.
Ginny Rankin and granddaughter Cassidy McClanahan
(L-R): Coraleigh Saunders, Mitchel Saunders, Jake
Saunders, Nancy Ivory, and Seth McClanahan.
Annie Grimm's daughter Anne Richardson is expected
to fly in from Florida for a visit. While in Washington they
plan a one-day drive to Portland, Ore., where Anne Grimm's
children were born. A visit to the Portland Rose Garden,
lunch of course, and some shopping--in addition to playing
tourist--are on their list of things to do.
Jim Huffman (CHS'74) and his wife Joan took a two-
week trip to Arkansas to visit family. His parents Willard
(89-years-old) and Kathleen Huffman (CHS'48) as well as
his brother Will (CHS'72) and wife Kathy (CHS'72) live in
Wynne. While there, Jim and Will played in a two-man
scramble golf tournament and came in third place. There
were four Huffmans playing in the same foursome: Will, his
son Stephen, Will's grandson Jake, and Jim. Will, Kathy,
Joan and Jim also took in a Memphis Redbirds baseball game
on the 3rd of July and were treated to fireworks after the
Charles Patrick Smith, son of Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca
and Clinton B. Smith, was recently re-elected to another
two-year term as President of the American Postal Workers
Union for the State of Washington. Although this position is
in addition to his regular job, it keeps him very busy and up
on the latest mediation and grievance procedures so that he
can help his constituents. Charles was also on the Dean's List
at Washington State University, for consistently keeping his
grade-point average above 3.5 while taking graduate courses.
He has also stayed very busy this summer with softball tour-
naments, where they have an excellent win ratio, and camp-
ing with his family in the Pacific Northwest. Glenda and Jim
have had to stay in the southeast to have some much needed
surgeries, and they are anxiously awaiting their trip to the
Pacific Northwest in early August. The heat in the southeast
is very different than what they are used to. It's like living in
Panama again--no way--without air conditioning! Their trip
in August will entail seeing all 11 of the grandchildren and
five children, as well as attending the wedding of Jim's
youngest son. After that it will be time to pack up their stor-
age units and ship their furnishings to the new house down
south. They have recently purchased a winter home in south-
west Georgia (20 minutes north of Tallahassee, Fla.) so
they've been working to get it ready to live in, as it had been
empty for four years before they bought it. Now they have a
place away from the cold, near the major roads so that they
can visit friends, but with the Georgia tax and insurance rates,
instead of the outrageous Florida rates. Plus, it doesn't hurt
that there are several lakes around the area so they can go
Sue Simpson-Pitts of Beaverton, Ore., was so happy to
see John and Karen Deming drive up to her house this past
June she surprised herself and started crying. It struck her
how deep their shared roots were and suddenly more than 50
years flew away and there were her childhood friends smiling
back at her. They were joined by Sue's daughter Boynn for a
"typical" Northwest lunch of grilled Coho salmon, Oregon
strawberries and fresh asparagus; spending hours eating and
talking on the deck. Later, Sue and her husband Jim took
them for a long hike and they still had energy to visit some
Portland sights before parting in the late evening. The weath-
er showed off for them and helped make it a delightful day.
John and Karen Deming and Sue Simpson-Pitts and Jim
Marilyn Metzger (CHS'46) Marsh with daughter
Edythe Marsh (CHS'72) Marshall took a cruise, starting in
Venice, Italy, through the Greek Isles. This was a longtime
dream of Marilyn's. Last year Marilyn travelled to Orlando to
attend the wedding of her sister Marjean Metzger (CHS'42)
Halopka's grandson. In June 2007 Marilyn travelled to
Michigan to attend the college graduation of Heidi Marshall
from Finlandia University there. In July 2007 Marilyn and
Marjean both met in Texas to attend the funeral of their broth-
er Bill Metzger (CHS'43). In August 2007 Ede and Heidi
met Marilyn in Ontario, Calif., where they visited Susan
DeBoer and Helene Marsh (CHS'46) Burton. In November
Marilyn went on a tour of Branson, Mo., and at Christmas
spent a week in Concord, Calif., with daughter Ede.
Marilyn's only trip in 2008 was ten days in Arizona in
February. Marilyn attended the Northwest Picnic held August
2nd with Billie and Lester Wallace. They were happily sur-
prised at the large number of folks they knew.
Over the Christmas holidays Gerry and Howie (Adams)
Laatz visited their son J and his wife Sunshine in Hawaii
and were joined later by their other son Ray and his wife
Emese and their son and daughter. J is stationed with the
Coast Guard on Oahu. Great trip and lots of beach time. What
a beautiful place.
In late February the Laatzes went to their home on the east
coast of Florida. Gerry and Pat Manning attended, and real-
ly enjoyed, some of the Daytona motorcycle events. At one
show near Jacksonville, they met up with Ted Henter, Mike
and Sheila (Carnes) Bell, Bill and Sandi (Woodruff) Weigle
and their daughter Joann and her son, and Al Schonert. The
Laatzes surely enjoyed Pat's annual famous steak barbecue
for his motorcycle buddies from all over the world. There
they saw Cody Hollowell, Janice (Scott) Herring, Paul and
Beth (Brown) Schmidt, and John and Ellen (Douglas)
Gough. In late March Gerry returned to Washington for a
month and a half and left Howie to her own devices prepar-
ing a booklet for her 50th high school reunion among other
mundane chores. Gerry and Pat also went to Alabama to the
Barber Museum of vintage motorcycles and races where they
were amazed with all the restored motorcycles which will be
around for a long time and not in the landfills. (Gerry is also
restoring a 1952 Vincent Comet in Florida.)
Gerry returned to Florida in May, stayed for a week, and
then took off to Panama for fishing with Sid Coffin and
Wayne Seeley and other fun things. He even managed to land
a 55-pound yellowfin tuna. He saw Al and Hilda Jova, Skip
and Jill (Paulson) Berger and their son and Skip's daughter.
Meanwhile Howie was blessed with a visit from son Ray for
Mother's Day. One weekend Cody Hollowell and his sister
Tinker Cooper came for a visit to their barbecue get-togeth-
er, along with Paul and Beth Schmidt and Pat Manning and
his good friend Diane.
When Gerry returned to Florida in late June, he and
Howie prepared for a pre-reunion visit of their two sons and
families. (This reunion included parties for Howie's 50th,
Ray's 20th, and J's 15th high school classes.) While the kids
were visiting, they all enjoyed a couple of boat outings in J's
21-footer out to picnic at islands in Indian River. (J left his
boat at Gerry and Howie's Florida house for his Coast Guard
tour in Oahu, Hawaii.)
Gerry and Pat went to Don Humphrey's annual pre-
reunion bash where they saw Richard Burchett, Jim
Palumbo, Charley Leves, Richard Phillips, Les Croft and
wife and daughter, Bob and Fran (Lindh) Morrissey, Sue
Phillips, and D. DeStaffino and his wife. At the Reunion, the
Laatzes met up with too many friends to mention. The
Laatzes returned to Washington in mid-July, and have been
enjoying the NW summer??
My mom Wink Greene celebrated her 90th birthday in
June. My niece Lavinia Sheppard-(BHS'89) Moran and her
husband Jeff graciously hosted the party at their lovely home.
My brother Allen Sheppard and his wife Nilsa came up from
Panama for the party. Also attending were my brother Tom
Sheppard, his wife Jean and her daughter Donna's family;
my aunt Arlene Greene and cousin Richard Greene
(CHS'75); my nephew Ben Sheppard (BHS'87), Bebe
(Nehring) and Billy DeNike; my husband John and son lan.
PV2 Sean Litchford flew in from Fort Sill, Okla., to surprise
his grandmother on this special occasion. Wink has recently
had cataract surgery and is recovering nicely. Her doctors are
pleased at how well the surgery went and how quickly she is
Hello from Oklahoma! The Oklahoma Chapter held its
Spring picnic and business meeting on May 3, 2008, at Lions
Park in Norman, Okla. Members in attendance were: Bill
McKeel; Steven, Karen, Erin, and Caitlin Armistead;
Julia and Paulino Allande; Eli Lugo, Jr.; Jimmie
Wickham; Kristin (Raffler) and Reina Knight; John and
Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler; Tomas and Aymee (Lugo) Diaz;
Adam Pinkney; Bill and Theresa Keller; ClayCee and
Kimberly (Keller) Shuck; Michelle Diaz; Jean and Doris
Burns; Frances McIntyre; Shadi Nadri; and Mike, Laura
(Burns) and Cheyenne Redemann. The group enjoyed a
beautiful day at the park, and the next gathering is planned for
October 4, 2008, at the Allande home in Tulsa.
Oklahoma Chapter Spring 2008 Picnic
Back: Allen Sheppard, Barbara (Greene) Litchford, and
Tom Sheppard. Seated: Wink Greene on her 90th birthday.
Jim and Clover (Shobe) Duffus hosted the Pacific
Northwest picnic at the North Bonneville, Wash., City Park.
There were approximately 60 folks in attendance. Joan
Huffman, our Pacific Northwest auctioneer extraordinaire,
once again assisted with the raffle and auction. Connie
(Balmas) Ebdon has graciously offered to host next year's
picnic in The Dalles, Ore. Suzanne Kleefkens was recruited,
in absentia, to help Connie with the picnic.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
Zonie the Parrot says,
MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE
DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2008."
John Raffler wrote about this year's Orlando Reunion,
which is becoming a necessary annual event for him and
Madeleine. As usual John had a great time at the reunion, as
he and Madeleine always enjoy the dancing, the Clubhouse,
and getting together with the Curundu Gang. John and
Madeleine's son Eric Raffler decided to leave his life with
the Air Force, and he has moved to Orlando where most of
John's family lives.
The Curundu Gang (L-R): Dianne Mckenna-Marsh, Joyce
Smail, Aymee Lugo Diaz, Toy Lugo Barnard, Madeleine
Lugo Raffler, Eli Lugo, Louise Scigliani Bauman,
Rosemary Abad, and Nickie Hovan Peddrick.
Erin Halchetl, Rhonda Nessler,
Maguire (all BHS'93 classmates).
Jean and Doris Burs also attended the Orlando Reunion
this year and enjoyed catching up on the lives of old friends.
They enjoyed the opportunity to visit with people while they
worked the registration desk and sold dance tickets. They also
enjoyed a special lunch with Ed and Gloria Malin; Eddie
and Cathy Goodrich; and Frank and Debbie (Mokray)
Lee. On the way to the reunion, Jean and Doris made their
usual stop to visit Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis. Jean
and Doris appreciated Bob and Vicki's hospitality very much.
George and Linda (Huff) Dany welcomed a new grand-
child this year (see Births).
Jimmie Wickham was another member of the Oklahoma
group who enjoyed this year's reunion. Jimmie rented a
condo so she could continue her vacation in Orlando after the
reunion was over. Highlights of the reunion for Jimmie were
seeing Peggy Currier and seeing people at the CJHS mini-
reunion. Jimmie also enjoyed volunteering at the registration
table with her friend Amparo Paul. Joining Jimmie for the
reunion and vacation were Betty Spragg of Columbus, Ga.,
and Minnie Butler of DoDDS-Germany. Betty taught at
BHS with Jimmie. After the reunion, the ladies went to visit
Mrs. Raejeanna Laci who recently retired from DoDDS-
Japan. The group then headed to St. Augustine, Fla., and
Savannah, Ga. Jimmie returned to Columbus, Ga., to spend a
few days with Betty and then continued on to Atlanta, Ga., to
visit Helen Brathwaite who was home for the summer from
DoDDS-Okinawa. Upon returning to Tulsa, Jimmie contact-
ed Charlene Martin who was visiting her brother near
Bartlesville, Okla. Charlene came to Tulsa for an overnight
stay and enjoyed the weekly outdoor concert at a local out-
door shopping mall Utica Square. Turned out that in a crowd
of over 1000 people, Charlene was sitting next to a lady
whose cousin taught with Charlene in Okinawa!!
For interested people in Oklahoma and the surrounding
areas, the Oklahoma Chapter will be celebrating its 20th
anniversary in Spring 2009, and plans are underway to com-
memorate this milestone with a special celebration. Contact
this reporter for more details.
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
Saludos de Panama. You can defi-
nitely tell when it's summer vacation in
the States, another one of those times dur-
ing the year, rivaling the Christmas sea-
Anna Opel son, where e-mails and input for my arti-
cle are slow in coming in from our
Panama connection. Spam and on-line catalog sales notifica-
tions fill my inbox and computer time!
Another trip to Miami/Homestead was on my agenda in
May-June to watch over my granddaughter Sophia Gabriela
Szymanski during the regular nanny downtime. While there,
Sophia celebrated her 15-month birthday. My husband Carl
was back in Baghdad at this time and his only requirement
was that I be home when he returned!
My son Rick Szymanski and his family recently moved
to Denver so another trip is scheduled to the continental U.S.
to uncharted territory in my travel log--out west and for my
first Rocky Mountain High! Return travel to Panama will be
via Miami to spend time with daughter Jenilee Szymanski
and Sophia. Carl is again in Baghdad, and we both return
home on the same day.
In May John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, R.P., flew
to Prague and traveled through the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
and Poland. Afterward they continued on to London where
they spent several days with their youngest son Steve
(BHS'99) who works there for the Swiss Investment bank,
Credit Suisse. After that visit, they took a guided tour of
England and Scotland. Enroute back to Panama, they enjoyed
time with their daughter Melissa VanLeeuwen (BHS'91) and
their then seven-month-old granddaughter Isabella.
John and Melva Bowman in Krakow
Al Sprague held his semiannual Panama Art Show at the
Sheraton Hotel Art Gallery in mid-June of this year.
Attendance was good with Al exhibiting some great new
work. Familiar Zonian faces attending included: Bill
Brunner, Al White, Angela Lee Azcarraga, Richard Able
and his sister Becky, Larry and Betty Goldstein, John and
Tilly McTaggart, Rolo Linares and Titina Joyce, Charlie
and Julieta Morris, among others. Al will be back in
November for his Fall show.
Chuck McKeever and Marimar, formerly of the Canal
Zone, are on an extended visit to Panama. They are alternat-
ing between San Carlos and Panama City. Chuck (Charles)
was with the Gamboa boys and was a mate on the dredging
boat. He is a PER of the Elks #1414 here in Panama City. His
son, also named Charles, has his dermatology practice in
Panama. Their other children are in the United States. Chuck
and Marimar will return to Wildwood in August.
Stephanie Steiner and her mother Heidi (Wilson)
Fanning made a trip back to Panama to visit with family and
friends. Stephanie and my daughter Patricia (Szymanski)
Phillips are childhood friends and one night decided to hit the
town. They visited clubs Prive and Ko on Calle Uruguay with
some Panamanian friends and finished the night off having
Sancocho in the wee hours of the morning.
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is pictured here with his daughters, Kat and Mel, at Pam
Clark's GM (God's Music Studio) in Curundu. Alex Reyes
(Slim) arrived later for the taping and missed the photo op.
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Kat Seitz, David Seitz, and Mel Seitz
Inez and Fred Clark bumped into Norman and Ana
Pedersen at the Albrook Mall in August. He is happy work-
ing in El Valle with Bill Brunner on Bill's B&B. Their fami-
lies were neighbors in their hometown of Cocoli and shared a
lot of the good old Canal Zone days. They take time once a
year to catch up on the latest family news.
Stephanie Steiner and Patricia Phillips
Carole Lightell returned to Panama in June for her annu-
al summer visit, spending most of her time at her beach house
on the Atlantic side in La Guaira. While here she enjoyed vis-
iting with some of her friends, Rita and Alex Sosa, Norm
and Laurie Lewter, Karen Coffee, Gaye Speed, and Leslie
My surrogate daughter Nicole (Profis) Dalven sent me
this photo of her son Luca's baptism which was held on June
8th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. His
godparents are Susan Olden and Seth Platt, both of New
(L-R): Seth Platt, Ruth Dalven, Joe Dalven, Nicole Dalven,
Pastor Rumbo, Luca Dalven, Rob Dalven, Susan Olden,
and Wally Profis.
David Seitz (Shorty) was in Panama during the summer
writing and recording for the 5th Shorty & Slim CD,
Cameron, which is expected for release in early 2009. David
Fred Clark and Ana and Norman Pedersen, Albrook Mall
Vicki Sizemore in her e-mail narrative writes: "Time has
flown so fast this summer; Ed and I spent a few days at
Banana Resort on the Atlantic side. It's located on Isla
Grande and very peaceful and relaxing. They have new cab-
ins built directly over the water giving one an opportunity to
continually enjoy the sound of the waves. We did a lot of
snorkeling and kayaking. Ed spent a few days in California
with Art Mokray at an Elks convention in Anaheim. We did
not escape the Rainy Season Cold of 2008, which just about
everyone in Panama seemed to catch; consequently, we
reduced our plans to travel and had a somewhat quiet sum-
"The VFW sponsored the annual Memorial Day ceremo-
ny at Corozal Cemetery in May to honor those who have
given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States.
There were over eighty people in attendance. The Navy
League, BPOE #1414, the American Society, the U.S.
Embassy and the VFW laid wreaths. The American Battle
Monuments Commission assumed responsibility for the care
and maintenance of the Corozal Cemetery in 1982. There are
over 5,300 persons interred at the cemetery. The Cemetery is
in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of Bruce
Phelps and his staff.
ardloo placing tflo\ er, atj Coiozjl Clen'ieer.
"Members of BPOE #1414 participated in the activities
commemorating the birth of Helen Keller on June 27th at the
Helen Keller School for the Blind in Panama City. This is one
of the many charities supported in Panama by the Elks. HB
Twohy, Art Mokray, Ed Wardlow and I, attended the cere-
mony at the school. Students of all ages gave wonderful
speeches remembering the life of Helen Keller. It was obvi-
ous they put a great deal of work into the preparation of their
speech. All participating students received prizes which
members of the Elks helped to award.
HB Twohy and student at Helen Keller School for the Blind
"The U.S. Coast Guard ship the Eagle was in port at
Rodman for a few days and they welcomed visitors on board.
This ship is the only square-rigger in U.S. Government serv-
ices. It was built in 1936 as one of three sail training ships
operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets. It was taken as a
war prize by the United States after WWII. Eagle now serves
as a seagoing classroom for future officers of the U.S. Coast
"Penny Lesser and her mom were in town for a visit and
stayed with Kathy Wainio and husband Rob Roy at their
home in Cardenas. Kathy and Rob hosted a party for Penny
and her mom with great food and liquid refreshment. A great
time was had by all. PanaGringoes in attendance were: Bob
Askew and daughter, Bob Cruz, Gordy Will, Tom Duncan,
Pablo and Maritza Prieto, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow,
Rob Roy Sr., Artie Pollack and his wife, and Sonia Valle.
"We welcome home Linda Layman who is living at
Albrook Park and her cousin Katya DeLaMater who has
moved to Panama from Hawaii."
After five years in Turkey and four years in Okinawa,
Anita (Seifert) Townsend retired in June from DoDDS. On
their way home to Portobelo, Anita and her husband Jack
Townsend stopped in Arizona to leave their two rag doll cats,
Shiha and Ryu, with her sister Maddy Leckey. Anita spent
time with niece Kim (Leckey) (BHS'91) and husband David
Green, who are expecting their first baby in November, and
Thomas (Butch) Leckey (BHS'89) who also works in
Phoenix at a vision lab and doing great. Other stops before
Panama included Boston (where they celebrated their first
wedding anniversary with relatives), Hilton Head, S.C.,
Clearwater and Boynton Beach, Fla., visiting with more fam-
ily and friends. They are now in Portobelo with their hands
full on the new home construction and sail boat maintenance.
The Panazonian community was saddened by the passing
of some of our members these past few months: Paul
"Pablo" Fenochietti, May 13; Ana Rosa (Castrellon)
Szymanski, July 9; and Elizabeth Mary Dillon, July 25,
2008. Our condolences are offered to their families.
Well, once again, we've come to the end of the Panama
report and I encourage all of you to continue sharing your
news and photos. Until next time, "hasta la vista!"
Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
Another Panama Canal Reunion
George Garcia has come to a close and we've returned
to our homes. We reminisced and we saw people whom we
hadn't seen in some time. Yours truly had the distinct pleas-
ure to see Ralph Smith (BHS'62) who played percussion in
the band on Saturday night. Ralph was my drummer when we
had our band at Balboa High School. We did a fantastic tal-
ent show performance in 1961. Tom (Ed) Idol (BHS'61) was
also in the band. But I digress.
Now let me get to the news from South Carolina. We're
having a heat wave!!! So I'm feeling very much as if I am at
home in Curundu.
Zonie the Parrot says,
"Give the gift that keeps on
giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
Pam Herold (BHS'67) sent in a note about a family
reunion in Panama. She wanted to share a photo for the Canal
Record. Her family wanted to see where she grew up; so they
made a trip to Panama in April of this year. The enclosed
photo shows them at the top of the Gamboa Rain Forest
Tram. They are all ready to go back again to the Decameron,
El Valle and the Balboa Yacht Club to eat and drink.
Back: Joe Herold, Tim Herold and Adam Herold. Front:
Little Anna holding Jen, Pam Rowe Herold, and Karrie.
Not much more from this neck of the woods. Let's hope
that the fall will come soon. We need some cooler weather.
George Garcia, Reporter
It is August as I am writing this and
the temperature today in Dallas is 106
degrees. This summer has been a real
scorcher, and we are all looking for-
ward to cooler weather soon in North
Texas. Linda Morris
Our sympathy goes out to the fami-
ly of Art "Capt" Farrell, who died in May. He was a mem-
ber of the Pana-Zonian group here in North Texas and
admired for his keen wit and even disposition. His wife Edie
(McNeil) and their four daughters prepared a "Celebration of
his Life" at the Elks Club in Richardson with all the per-
forming official duties--which was impressive. Art was a
member of Elks Lodge 1414 for sixty-five years. Our kind
thoughts are sent also to the Tucker family in Georgia.
Kenneth Tucker was a History Teacher at Balboa High and
a formidable tennis coach.
Christina (Efthimiadis) (CHS'75) Seeley was graduated
from UT Southwestern Medical School in May. She is now in
her Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Medical Center in
Dallas. More news: her son Nicholas is engaged!
Laura Ellington, daughter of Dr. Tim and Barbara
(Bloemer) (CHS'73) Ellington, was graduated with High
Scholastic Honors from Austin College. She will attend Johns
Hopkins Medical School in August. Her present interest is
Optomology. Capt. Bob and Angie (McKinney) Bloemer
are proud grandparents.
Jeanne (Flynn) Stough, San Antonio, will have an article
entitled "Good bye Canal Zone" published in the Texas
Word has been received that Alex Corbit was injured in
a "7 on 7" scrimmage and was operated on for an injured
spleen. He is recovering at home in Forney. He is the son of
Mark and Terri (Garber) (BHS'79) Corbit. Also, Liz
Schroeder-Reece has been hospitalized at Centennial
Hospital, Frisco, and is convalescing from hip surgery.
The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel did not seem so intimi-
dating at this year's reunion. It is still big and imposing but
there are comfortable conversation areas on the main floor
just perfect for people gawking and also done in luxurious
comfort. And that's where I posted myself. First I saw
Joanne Lawler Harris and "Doodles" Brady Mescall, sit-
ting with Marge "Sissy" Gibbs. This was a first encounter in
twenty years--and we did talk!! Later, Bobby and Jackie
Fearon and Charley and Ruth Leves from Punta Barca,
Panama, joined the gabfest. They were all attending the
BHS'58 Class Reunion. I also saw Louie Charles, recently
resettled from Costa Rica to Florida; Gary and Paula Riley,
Bootsie Leves, Bobby Fishbough, and Doug Gibbs.
From California I saw "mover and shaker" Kay Argo
Taylor who planned a meeting of the CHS'53 and BHS'53
folks at the Clubhouse. It was a good chance to see everyone
together. I saw Pat and Jill (McKaig) Hutchings--the first
time in over thirty years; Bill and Kay Cross Carson, and
Nancy Kariger Eide, who promised me a Key Lime Pie
recipe--still waiting!! Aren't old friends the best?
Also from California, the remarkable Catsy Taylor
Schafer and her daughter Sue Pitney. Ivan Jenkins arrived
at the dance riding a scooter, and looking like he wanted to
dance. What a guy! Had words with John McGee, also, who
came for the Curundu Teachers Group--Phyllis stayed home
caring for her sister-in-law. Also caught up with the ever-styl-
ish Jolie Seeley.
The Panama Canal Museum displays were well prepared
as usual, with folks continuing to fill in names on the town-
site maps posted on the walls. The Silent Auction is a draw to
everyone with its varied offerings. The Vendors mart contin-
ues to attract crowds--looking, buying, and chatting.
The celebration of Ellie Husum's 80th birthday hosted by
her nine children and families in their hospitality suite was
wonderful. It was an "in-sync gathering" bent on enjoying the
occasion. The rampart telling of antidotes of past deeds and
"misdeeds" was hilarious and the laughter was contagious. As
a neighbor of the Husums for sixteen years, Bobby Mo and I
have marveled at all of the Husum family achievements. One
of the high points at the clan gathering was the introduction
of Juana's sons from Maryland. FYI: Juana was the Husums'
maid, all those years in Panama. Juana's sons came to cele-
brate with the family--how lovely is that? Another high point
was the announcement of Raymond's engagement to the
lovely Loreen Ridge.
Father Frankie Pretto, the "Salsa Priest" and the keyboard
player with the Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band, invited
all to "join the party and come to the annual ball." So the mul-
titudes did. We went to two dances this year. The music was
loud, the dance styles ingenious but colorful. The floor is
always packed with the old favorites.
Lots of folks traveled to Orlando from Texas. Word is
they enjoyed themselves. Andy and Maureen (Egger)
Whitlock of Fort Worth attended the Society Reunion and the
Egger Family Reunion. Andy is still working for an undis-
closed Government company and Maureen is a school secre-
tary. Their oldest son Andrew is a senior at UT Austin with
plans to study corporate law upon graduation. Eighteen-year-
old Raymond is vying for a slot at the Coast Guard Academy
and Patricia is finishing her junior year and doing well. The
family reunion went well also.
Ray Husum and Loreen Ridge
Kay Cross Carson invited another group of BHS'53'ers to
her hospitality suite for catch up time. We enjoyed the com-
pany of Jimmy and Marie Morris, Bob and Lotty Orvis,
Pat and Jill Hutchings, and Bill Carson. Kay meanwhile
served steamy hot homemade empanadas and her own recipe
for seviche which was outstanding.
Friendships made in Panama are really forever! Widowers
Dave Kelleher and George Tochterman are neighbors in
Seminole and meet every day to do things together. With Gil
and Joe Smith they often drop in on Bill Carlin, who is
homebound. The four "compadres" one with a bad back, the
other with a bad foot, one hard of hearing, and one who has
trouble remembering pitch in and spend time with Bill.
"May you always have Love to share, Health to spare, and
friends that Care."
An impromptu choir led by Nancy Grimison and Laura
Reyes "...made a joyful sound to the Lord" at the annual St.
Mary's and Sacred Heart parishioner's mass on Saturday
afternoon. Fathers John Kennedy and Frankie Pretto
presided to a filled-to-capacity congregation. The message
was simple: "love and friendship." Gathering with friends of
bygone days surely does bring a flood of warm memories.
Father John Kennedy now lives in a home for retired
Vincentian Priests in Philadelphia. He is not retired, howev-
er, and still does missionary work with the Hispanic aposto-
late all over the country. Father Kennedy celebrated fifty-nine
years of priesthood in May. "Like fine wine, Father John just
gets better with age." Solve the mystery now, Father "K"--
just what did the Morris boys, Robb and Carlton, do so long
ago to guarantee them the 6:30 a.m. weekend masses?
Maureen and Andy Whitlock
Charlie McGlade and his mom Maggie Windle played
in the Golf Tournament against sister Cathy White and
Robert Windle and won fourth place. Maggie also attended
her BHS'58 Reunion which she said was tremendous. Angie
Bloemer also won Net in third flight. These Texas women are
A thank you to Annette Bloise and Maritza Reyes for
their invite to their hospitality suite. The bartender Kenny
Morris was gracious as always and the meeting of so many
from BHS classes of '78, '79, and '80 was great.
Other traveling Texans: Cruiseaholics Bob and Linda
Morris sailed on the Ryndam for a ten-day cruise to the Sea
of Cortez. Later it was off to Las Vegas for a week with sis-
ter Maria, who lives in Los Angeles. Bob and Flois Carlin
spent a week at Branson, Mo., enjoying the weather and stage
shows. Lou and Suzette Seldon made two trips to Panama in
May and June. Lou hosted a Carib-Hispanic covered dish
party in August.
I did see all my favorite twins: Mary and Margaret
Kelleher, Dave and Dennis Hannigan, and Al Saarinen and
did meet Susie Kelleher's twins. To all the younger genera-
tion, I knew you all when you were much younger, so if I did-
n't recognize you, please introduce yourselves. I remember
teens and see accomplished adults now.
I missed seeing Gary and Cissy Collins and Jillian;
Jerry Halsall, and Jack Wagner this year positively next
Out of space; not words. Keep sending your news. Until
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
email: Lrmoplanol@ aol.com
Anna Calvit, now residing in Florida, returned to
Kerrville for her May 5th birthday. Helen Calvit and Rhoda
Wardlaw hosted a lovely luncheon at the Inn of the Hills.
Twenty of Anna's friends attended. A suitcase of Anna's was
full of her homemade cakes which she handed out to her
guests. Anna told all: "I'll be back next year."
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
email: ioanne fields(,maverickbbs.com
This spring Dr. Fred E. Wells arrived in Kerrville, Texas,
from Perth, Australia, to visit his parents, Fred and Marion
Wells. One of the highlights of Fred's visit was a visit with
his cousin Joe Orr and wife Sonia from San Antonio. Fred
also got to target shoot a couple of times with his Dad. Then
both Freds and Marion took off for Oak Harbor, Whidbey
Island in Puget Sound, Wash., for the wedding of Guy E.
Fealey (grandson) and Alicia Groberg. The groom is the son
of Mary Wells and Guy Fealey. Florence Bergman Fealey
(Honey, the other grandma) and her sister Lois Carpenter
also attended the wedding. The groom's uncle Dr. Alan and
Kathy Jane Wells came from Duluth, Ga. The wedding was
held in a tent that looked like a little white church. Because it
was the only day with good weather they rolled up the front
of the church so as the vows were taken you looked out at
Puget Sound. It was an absolutely beautiful setting. It was
great having the family all together. Sorry to report Marion
ended up with pneumonia after she got home but is now well
Honey and Lois stayed on in Washington because the next
weekend Honey's son Jimmy Fealey married Michelle Lee
at the same location, in the community center, right on Puget
Sound. Bill Weigle, John and Michelle Bundy, Ed and
Millie Kennedy, Joe Wallace, and Gary Laatz, all former
Zonians attended. To boot, Honey and Lois stayed especially
in case Honey's first great-grandchild was born, which didn't
happen until the night of the day before they left. Kaeden
James Antoine was born to Jeselyn Fealey and Mark
Antoine. Lois said her favorite part of the visit was when all
the former Zonians sat around Guy and Mary Fealey's dining
room table and reminisced about their former life in the Zone.
Bea Rhyne spent two weeks in California in May visiting
her brother Bill Monsanto and his family and cousins
Gilmore and Camille Ellis Jones. During the visit she
attended a family reunion and saw members she hadn't seen
in several years. It was a wonderful trip and the weather was
Zonie the Parrot says,
ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2008."
It has been a hectic time, but I think
all of our lives run on a frantic pace. We
decided to sell the farm, so getting it
ready to show has been an ongoing Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
process. We purchased a home in New
Braunfels the end of May and have been slowly but surely
moving everything from one place to the other. I feel like I
am on vacation as the amount of chores has dwindled to just
a couple instead of lots! We currently have a contract on the
farm and the closing should be in September. I am looking
forward to having fewer chores to do but as we all know
somehow that free time gets filled.
I received a delightful note from Jeanne Flynn Stough.
She lives in San Antonio and she is now "published." She got
published in the May-June 2008 issue of the Texas Philatelist
magazine. It is an honor for one's work to make it into the
world of publications. The article is entitled "A Final
Philatelic Goodbye to the Canal Zone." The article will also
be published in the "Canal Zone Study Group" magazine.
Talked to Nello Rosania several weeks ago and he sent
me an e-mail which I forwarded on to the local Zonies that I
know. He has planned a get-together at the St. John Neuman's
Catholic Church Parish Hall for September 28, 2008, in
Windcrest. This is the third one he has planned for the
Knights of Columbus. He has found a local gentleman,
Miguelito Nacel, who is "our very own Panamanian Lucho
type." Everyone has a wonderful time. One year Henry and
Sunny Mizrachi came and stayed with them. Henry made
the best Panamanian seviche. He was such a great teacher that
Nello's wife and daughter made seviche the following year.
Last year Patsy Peck and Alice Lim, a CHS classmate from
1957, came to the K of C party. He knew them when they
lived in his father's apartment houses on 9th Street. It was
like a mini-reunion for them. There were people there from
Colon, Cristobal, and Coco Solo. Everyone needs to come
and dance the Tamborito, Cumbia, and Calypso. He is also
interested in planning a Texan Carnavalito in 2009. For fur-
ther information, call this reporter.
In June my husband Randy and I drove out to Marietta,
Ga., to see our son Michael T. Martin graduate from Life
University with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. My sister
Amy Kuyoth-Rote and her daughter Bree drove out to meet
us there and share in the moment. It was exciting to see his
dream come to fruition.
Then the three of them headed to Pensacola, Fla., to spend
a few days with Amy's son Mikal Kuyoth-Rote, who was
assigned there after his graduation from basic training in
Chicago, Ill., and to complete his Naval technical training.
They had a great time. We are all so proud of what Mikal has
My sister Lynn Kuyoth-Lynch's son Nathan graduated
from high school and just left for his freshman year of college
at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. We wish him well in his
endeavors and may he have a wonderful year at school.
And as many of us wish we could do, Debra Kuyoth-
Ward and her husband David have purchased a "villa" on
Contadora. I know they are going to enjoy every day there. It
is amazing how many of us are going back to visit or stay.
Betty Foster Barbeau and her husband Frank are going for
a visit in September. They are so excited and have talked
about making a permanent move there. I hope that it all works
out for them and they have a wonderful trip. It is so great to
go back that we are planning a back-to-Panama in November
with some Zonie friends. Will keep that visit for the next
Bobby Medinger and Jim Fish decided to send out an e-
mail blitz to have a "mini-zonie reunion" on May 17th on the
Guadalupe River in Boerne, Texas. As one well knows, the
zonie phone travels quickly and over 100 people showed up
for the reunion. Bobby and Jim named it "The First Annual
Medinger/Fish Zonian Texas Extravaganza." It was wonder-
ful. There was a sign-up sheet and it was great to see the long
list of people who attended. People came from all over Texas
and a great time was had by all. There was tubing and canoe-
ing down the Guadalupe River, grilling and chilling, and the
shortest volleyball game ever played took place. There are
plans to have another "mini-reunion" this fall or spring.
Keep in touch....and adios from the Lone Star State!
Please note that I have a new telephone number and new e-
Hola Zonies, hope you had a won-
derful and safe summer. The Reunion
was great. As always it's so good to see
old friends and meet new ones! My
daughter Laura Brandl graduated from
Karen Brandl high school this past June (see
Please remember to renew your 2009 Society member-
ship sooner than later. Sustained membership is the key to the
future of our beloved Panama Canal Society.
In the exciting news department, my mom Laura
Peugnet became a U.S. citizen on June 17, 2008. She lives in
Back (L-R): Alex, Ernie, and Ginny Peugnet. Front (L-R):
Foster, Laura, Freddy Peugnet, Rosanna Wilcox Peugnet,
Traci and Sophie Peugnet.
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Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter Norfolk, hosted by none other than Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69)
(830) 632-9498 and his lovely wife Robin. Their son John Gilbert manned
e-mail: email@example.com the grill in expert fashion. Okay, Dennis cooked a little too.
Zonies at the May mini-reunion in Boerne, Texas
The food and drinks were simply delicioso! Mary Lou
Pascavage brought empanadas, which did not last long. A big
thank you to every one who came and brought munchies to
share--everything was quite tasty. The Rinehart kids
splashed around in the heated pool and hot tub; they seemed
to enjoy themselves as well. In attendance were: Dave
(CHS'66) and Becky Albanese, Claire and Mary Lou
Pascavage (BHS'77), Susan DeAbate and Uncle Bill, Ed
and Andra (CHS'60) Nash, Pat and Doug Tojeiro, Rafael
Martie, Steve Jablonski (BHS'77), Drs. George (BHS'60)
and Pamela Rambo, Jimmy and Diane Rinehart (BHS'81)
and daughters Jill, Sarah and Anna, Al Sprague, Steve,
Karen (BHS'80), Alex and Laura Brandl.
Dennis Gilbert and Doug Tojeiro
Steve Jablonski and Claire Pascavage
Diane Rinehart, Al Sprague, Karen Brandl
It's farewell to Dave and Becky Albanese from Northern
Virginia. They are moving or by now have moved to
Houston, Texas. Becky works for Exxon Mobil as a procure-
ment specialist in Northern Virginia and will now supervise
the buyers for fuels marketing in Houston. Dave is a settle-
ment agent/notary in closing real estate loans. They married
on July 3, 1974, and have two wonderful sons, David and
Shane, a fabulous daughter-in-law Amy, and a beautiful
granddaughter Riley Elizabeth, who will turn two in
November. They are also expecting a second grandchild
about the same time in either late October or early November.
We're gonna miss them. But, surely, we'll see them in
Orlando from time to time.
Another farewell goes to Margaret (Bivin) (BHS'80)
Coffin and her husband Mark as they have moved to
Stuttgart, Germany. They left Virginia in mid-June and we
certainly wish them the best in their new adventure. Don't
forget our 30th BHS'80 class reunion is around the corer
and we hope to see them there.
Congratulations to Julie Ann (Fiori) (BHS'73) and her
new husband James Edward Coates (see Weddings). Also,
congratulations to Lori (Matros) (BHS'79) Herrington on
receiving her Master's Degree (see Congratulations).
This next bit is directly from Bonita Ensey (BHS'64)
Leavitt: "Que tal, amigos? My mother Patricia Ensey and
sister Juanita Heiser are coming to visit next week on a
whirlwind trip that took them on a road trip to my mother's
57th high school reunion in Rumford, Maine; to Columbus,
N.J.; to Virginia Beach; and back to Minneapolis and Duluth,
Minn., where they live. I hope to take a couple of pictures to
share with those who remember us when we lived at Albrook
from 1957-1973, when my dad, CMSGT Wilbur F. Ensey,
retired from the Air Force and the InterAmerican Air Forces
"We are all planning to attend the reunion (45th) of THE
BEST BHS CLASS EVER, 1964! in Prospect, Utah, in 2009,
over Labor Day Holiday. Mother has donated a quilt she
designed and made, a 'Batea' Quilt, for the auction to support
other future reunion activities. It is such a labor of love. She
designed it ala Pre-Columbian Indian artifacts, such as those
she used in the many bateas she used to design, paint and sell
while we were in school there. It is appliqued and quilted by
hand. I can't remember if it is a queen or king size, but it is
absolutely gorgeous, especially to anyone who has a
CZ/Panama history! (Personally, I think it belongs in the
Panama Canal Museum!) We are looking forward to quite a
large turnout for our 45th and the law of reunion magic pro-
hibits any of us from looking or feeling a day over 18 when
we girls 'graced' those awful white gym suits, and danced to
Lucho and Walter Woods, and dined on French fries and pork
gravy at the Balboa cafeteria! Those were halcyon years for
most of us and ones which we only get to experience in
reunion visits with old chums once in a blue moon. Que bar-
baridad, que lastima! Que buena suerte que nos reunimos de
vez de cuando! Vaya con Dios! Bonita Ensey Leavitt, BHS
Class of 1964."
Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
ROWLEY 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Beverly and Skip Rowley of Tallahassee, Fla., celebrated
their 40th anniversary with a party at their home on April 12,
2008. Present for the catered dinner were their original Maid
of Honor, Cheryl Tryon from Atlanta, and Bridesmaids,
Kathy Daniels from Tallahassee and Charlene Odem of
Their daughters Adriane Rowley, Renee Rowley
Friedel, her husband Brian, and grandchildren Miranda,
Matthew, Brenden and Bradley celebrated the happy occa-
sion with them. Also attending were invited guests Ray and
Elaine Langley, Henry and Sunny Mizrachi, Woody and
Armenia Chase, Sheila and Terry Stepp, Doug and Zory
The weather was just perfect for the outdoor patio party,
and the dinner was delicious. It was a perfect culmination of
40 years of being together.
Beverly and Skip Rowley
SARA ALLBRITTON EARNS
Sara Allbritton, daughter of Diane Blodgett and grand-
daughter of David and Barbara Aycock of Ocala, Fla., grad-
uated from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., with a Master's
Degree in Education. She will spend a month in Prague,
Czech Republic, for orientation before being assigned to a
country in which to teach English for a year.
Nellree Berger with her Woman of the Year Award
Nellree Berger of Signal Mountain, Tenn., was honored
at the Dogwood Luncheon on April 23, 2008, an annual com-
munity function of the Towns of Signal Mountain and
Walden. She was presented with a plaque designating her as
"Woman of the Year" for 2008. Nellree was honored for her
community involvement since moving to Signal Mountain in
Nellree lived in the Canal Zone from July 10, 1946, to
August 10, 1971. She went to the Canal Zone as the bride of
Spencer C. Smith, a Signal and Track Maintainer on the
WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Panama Railroad. After he passed away, she married Ernest
E. Berger, who worked for the Electrical Division. While in
the Canal Zone, Nellree worked for the Commissary
Division, the Electrical Division, and the Engineering and
Construction Bureau. Nellree and Ernest moved to Signal
Mountain after his retirement.
Nellree is well known for her musical talent and for being
a volunteer in Registration at the Panama Canal Society
Reunions for many years.
JUDY HAISTEN, Ph.D.
Judy Haisten (BHS'77), daughter of Ed and Jean
Armbruster of Niceville, Fla., recently earned her Ph.D. in
Higher Education. She is currently a full-time Associate
Professor at the Central Florida Community College where
she was just recently awarded the "Attie Branan Endowed
Chair for Teaching Excellence." This Endowed Chair is a
three-year Chair that comes with a financial award as well as
her expenses to travel to Argentina and Costa Rica where she
will be evaluating teaching strategies.
DALE BISHOP'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
On June 10, 2008, Dale Bishop turned ninety years
young. A birthday party in his honor was held at his home in
Kerrville, Texas. Dale retired from the Internal Audit
Division in 1973 and has made his home in Kerrville for the
past 35 years. His family has grown in that time to include a
total of sixteen members in Texas. Attending the celebration
were his three children, Edie Bishop of North Bethesda, Md.;
Mark Bishop and his wife Alyson, daughter Jordan and son
Connor, of Dripping Springs, Texas; Jeanne (Bishop)
Sheets and husband David, sons Jared and Noah of Austin,
Texas; brother-in-law John E. Schmidt, Jr., of Tallahassee,
Fla.; brother-in-law Douglas Schmidt and wife Sharon
Booth, daughter Cheryl and husband Kenny Fritz, daughter
Catherine and son Edmund, all of Kerrville.
Standing (L-R): Jeanne Sheets, Mark Bishop, and Edie
Bishop. Seated: Dale and Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop.
The three children presented their Dad with a leather
album compiled by Edie of pictures of the West Virginia high
school basketball "star," World War II Marine, father, grand-
father, and years of memories in the Canal Zone and
Kerrville. A crystal plaque designed by Doug and inscribed
with Semper Fidelis and other Marine Corps data was given
by Doug in honor of the special occasion.
Grandson Jared (12) played "Happy Birthday" on his gui-
tar while all sang and John toasted Dale with words of love
and admiration to one of the Greatest Generation. Jeanne
gave the blessings on family and food. Empanadas, plantain
and Johnny Mazzetti were served along with wines provided
by Mark, a broker with Spirvin Group of fine wines and spir-
its. A good time was had by all.
OUTSTANDING CITIZEN OF THE
YEAR PATT FOSTER ROBERSON
The Baker, La., Interclub Council recently honored the
Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Patt Foster Roberson,
Ph.D., "for demonstrating a consistent commitment in
uncompensated volunteer activities in and for the Baker com-
munity during 2007." Dr. Roberson is secretary and board
member of Baker Heritage Museum, treasurer of Civic Pride
of Baker, board member of Baker Charitable Foundation,
member of Mobile Home Review Board, member of Baker
Team City, member of Baker Litter Committee.
She volunteers for Hospice of Baton Rouge in the Baker
area, Relay for Life, Big Read: One Book/One Community,
Prime Time Family Reading Time, and Meals on Wheels. She
collects clean, used T-shirts for the Gonzales (La.) Seamen's
Center, collects old blankets and towels for the parish Animal
Control Center, aluminum pull tabs for the Memphis Ronald
McDonald House, eyeglasses for Central American missions,
and housewares, bicycles and small furniture for a program
that assists international students at Louisiana State
University, where she was once classified as a foreign stu- .
Dr. Roberson is a retired university professor of mass
communications, runs a small advertising business and is
active in the Baker Chamber of Commerce. She graduated
from Balboa High School (1952) and the Canal Zone Junior
College (1954) and holds degrees from Louisiana State
University, Southern University, and the University of
Southern Mississippi. She is also the Canal Record reporter
for the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.
LINDA CHILDS' 60TH BIRTHDAY
Best friends Debbie Garner (CHS'69) Morgan and
Linda Burza (CHS'66) Childs celebrated Linda's 60th birth-
day in Columbia, Mo., at the Morgan home.
They are shown in the enclosed picture standing in front
of a Tivoli print by Al Sprague.
Nicholas Sele) and Holl Jackson
DAL HEILMAN 94TH BIRTHDAY
Dal Heilman of Altamonte Springs, Fla., celebrated his
94th birthday on February 6, 2008, with his lovely wife Babe.
Surrounded by family and friends, daughters Beth and
Janice, son-in-law Jim Pepper in from Lancaster, S.C., host-
Debbie Garner Morgan and Linda Burza Childs ed this celebration with an open house.
Martha Jackson-Allen and Dr. Reginald Allen of
Coppell, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter Holly Jackson to Nicholas Seeley, son of Dr.
Christina Efthimiadis Seeley and Glenn Seeley of Dallas,
Texas. Nicholas is the grandson of Ronald Seeley and Jolie
(Kilbey) Seeley and Dr. Byron Efthimiadis and Caliope
Efthimiadis and is the great-grandson of Morris Monroe
Seeley, a Roosevelt Medal Holder.
Holly is a bilingual education elementary school teacher
in Dallas and she also teaches dance. Nicholas is a music
composer and producer with Juniper Music in Dallas work-
ing on television and radio commercials and film scoring. An
October wedding is planned. Babe and Dal Heilman
CARL KRIMMINGER GRADUATES
Carl Krimminger (22), son of Cecil and Renee (Ballou)
(CHS'68) Krimminger of Charlotte, N.C., had a surprise for
his parents when he came home for winter break last
December. He had completed his college requirements to
graduate in 3 years from Brevard College, Brevard, N.C.
He knew it was a possibility; however, until winter break he
wasn't sure. He panicked his parents when he came home
saying he wasn't going back (and THEN explained why!!).
Though he graduated in December he wasn't able to "walk"
until the ceremony in May 2008.
Carl stated "it was strange walking for graduation from
college after just finishing his first semester of grad school."
Carl enrolled in January at Winthrop University in Fort Mill,
S.C., to continue his degree in Business with an emphasis in
Sports Management. After five years as a pool lifeguard/man-
ager he is pursuing one of his childhood goals (i.e., dreams)
and is currently a beach lifeguard at Mrytle Beach, S.C. He is
having a blast and, depending on baseball and grad school's
internship requirements, may continue next year.
AURA WILDER'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Aura Marie (Huntoon) (Erikson) Wilder celebrated her
90th birthday at this past 2008 Reunion. It was in her honor
that Father Frankie Pretto called Aura and her husband
Captain Albert Wilder out to the dance floor and played
happy birthday, both in Spanish and English. Aura had no
idea that this would happen and was overwhelmed by the
Albert and Aura Wilder
Aura was also honored for being one of the first genera-
tion born in the Canal Zone; she received a Roosevelt Medal
that was one of eight taken into space by NASA astronaut Dr.
Scott Parazynski, who also was related to the famous engi-
neer Col. David Gaillard, who was the Chief Engineer who
created the famous Gaillard Cut.
Aura was born in Ancon Hospital in 1918 and raised on
both sides "of the other side" Balboa and Cristobal. Her
father Robert J. Huntoon was also a Roosevelt Medal hold-
er for his many years of service (1903-1937), part of those
who built the Panama Canal. Her mother Aura Marie Matos
was from a prominent family in Colon, Panama.
ROBBIE MORRIS, EAGLE SCOUT
Robbie Morris, a rising Junior at O'Connor High School
who competes in Competitive swimming, recently completed
all the requirements to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle
Scout is the highest rank that a Boy Scout can receive and
only 5% of all scouts ever achieve that rank.
Robbie, a member of Troop 401 sponsored by Helotes
Methodist Church, finished his Board of Review in front of
the Alamo Council Keystone District on June 16th. His Eagle
Project was done at the Helotes Christian Church where he
perfected a trail that leads to a meditation garden.
Robbie is the son of Wil and Barbara Morris of Helotes,
Texas. His father was also an Eagle Scout.
Zonie the Parrot says,
DUES ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2008."
JOHN RUBLE WINS 2ND PLACE
John and Doris Ruble attended a car show in Memphis,
Tenn., where John entered his 1928 Ford Model "A" in the
Show. He has had this Model "A" since the '60s in Panama
and had it restored at a museum in Montana. This was his first
car show and there was a lot of competition so he was quite
excited with his 2nd place prize.
John and Doris moved to Cordova, Tenn., from Florida a
couple of years ago to be closer to their daughter, Leisa
(Ruble) Johnston, of Memphis.
NICHOLAS SNOW GRADUATES
Nicholas Samuel Snow, son of Virgil and Lori
Stevenson Snow and grandson of Davis and June Stevenson
of Lawrenceville, Ga., graduated from high school on May
23, 2008. Nick is shown in the enclosed picture with his two
sisters, Sara and Allie Snow, and his parents.
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Sara Snow, Allie Snow, Nick Snow, Lori and Virgil Snow
Doris and John Ruble with his prize-winning Model "A"
Leo and Grace Shadeck of Ocala, Fla., are happy to
announce the engagement of their daughter Karen Shadeck
to Jeremy Young, son of Steve and Janna Young of Ocala,
Fla. Jeremy proposed to Karen during a gorgeous sunrise hot-
air balloon ride.
Karen, a Radiology Technologist in Ocala, Fla., complet-
ed a year's study in Sonography this past August 2008.
Jeremy, a Paramedic for Lake Sumter County, is also an inde-
pendent site-work contractor. The wedding is planned for
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Jeremy Young and Karen Shadeck
D LaPORTA'S 50TH BIRTHDAY
Following their terrific weekend campout at Ft. Valley,
Ga., in March, D LaPorta celebrated his 50th birthday. All
the usual suspects were there--locals from Pensacola: Tom
and Cliff Gabriel; Donna Deaton; Carol and Orrin
Clement; Jon, Barbara and Louis Dedeaux; Rafael and
Vicki Barraza; Russell and Leslie Gillespie. From out of
town: Ed and Carter Blount (Mobile); Rod Snyder (Texas);
Clay and Connie Dowell (Jacksonville); Cheryl and Paul
Alexaitis (Gainesville). They all had fun and got to show the
neighbors how it is done with lots of rum, fried yucca, fried
plantain, and Johnny Mazzetti. Leslie and Cheryl made some
fantastic empanadas. Great food and friends make for a per-
fect Zonian party!!!
(Back): D LaPorta. (Front): Russell Gillespie, Mark and
Sonya Brabhorn, Jim Richardson, Kathy and Bill
ALEXANDRA LEIGH NOWOTNY
Alexandra Leigh Nowotny graduated summa cum laude
from St. Josephs University in Philadelphia with a degree in
Elementary/Special Education. She will pursue her master's
at Boston College.
Alex is the daughter of Gerald and Adrienne Nowotny
of Avon, Conn., and granddaughter of Willy and Wilma
Nowotny of Hendersonville, N.C. Shown with Alex and her
parents are her sisters Katherine and Jacqueline.
MARY MONTGOMERY WOLF, Ph.D.
Mary Montgomery Wolf and her family gathered in
Chapel Hill, N.C., on May 10th as she received her Ph.D.
hood completing her studies in American History. The
enclosed picture was taken at The Old Well, the sole water
supply for the first residence halls on campus, and now the
traditional place to have your picture taken. Her dissertation
title was: "We Accept You, One of Us?": Punk Rock,
Community and Individualism in an Uncertain Era, 1974-
Pictured with her are Erin Hardy (Montgomery's step-
daughter who received her B.S. on May llth from UNC-
Chapel Hill), Beck Wolf-Hardy, Tracy Wolf Dickey,
Margaret Dickey, Montgomery, Robin Wolf-Hardy,
Roger Schwenke, Matthew Schwenke, Carol Flenniken
Schwenke, and Tom Hardy, Montgomery's husband.
William Dickey stayed in Boca Raton to be with
Montgomery's dad, Jim Wolf. Jim was in ICU recovering
from heart bypass, and aortic valve replacement surgery.
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Katherine Nowotny, Gerald Nowotny, Alexandra
Nowotny, Adrienne Nowotny, and Jacqueline Nowotny.
MICHELLE PEARSON TOURS
Michelle Pearson, an 8th grader at SLA (Student
Leadership Academy, Venice, Fla.--a Sarasota County
Charter Middle School), along with many other 8th grade
classmates, toured Washington, D.C., for several days in
April of 2008. Some of the places they visited included the
Smithsonian Institution, Washington Monument, Holocaust
Memorial Museum, World War II Memorial, Library of
Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, Iwo Jima Marine
Memorial, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials. A special
highlight of the tour was a visit to Arlington National
Cemetery, where Michelle and three of her classmates acted
as escorts in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the
The visit to the Capitol included a personal tour of the
House Gallery by Rep. Vern Buchanan where a group photo-
graph was taken. As the group was leaving the Capitol, they
saw President Bush in his limousine and he waved to them.
The last stop on the way home was a visit to Mt. Vernon.
Michelle's older sister, Kristle, made a similar trip in
2007 and their younger brother Tim hopes to go in 2009.
Michelle will be a freshman at North Port High School in the
fall. She, Kristle and Tim are the children of Diane
(Peterson) Pearson and the grandchildren of Barbara D.
Peterson and the late Thomas D. Peterson (Past President).
Mary Montgomery Wolf celebrates with her family
BARBARA CROFT OBSERVES 70TH
Barbara (Thrift) (BHS'56) Croft celebrated her 70th
birthday in Kure Beach, N.C., on July 30, 2008, at a party
given by her children. In attendance were Debi (Croft)
(BHS'75) and Chris Chaffin, Diana (Croft) (BHS'78)
Janese, Bill and Judy Thrift, grandchildren, great-grand-
children, and over 50 friends.
A surprise visit by her son Ken Croft (BHS'77) and
Mary Lou Pascavaee (BHS'77) capped the celebration.
Barbara Croft and family
Barbara Croft and family
ANDREW THOMAS, AUTHOR
Congratulations to Andrew Thomas (BHS'90) on the
publication of his first book, GARAGE TO GIGS: A
Musician s Guide, which was released on September 2, 2008.
Andy currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and
two children, Stephan (5) and Elizabeth (2'/2).
Andy lived in Panama--Punta Paitilla and Balboa
Heights--for ten years. During that time, he taught himself to
play bass guitar and joined his first bands, including Neo-
Nemisis. Andy currently performs with various groups in
Southern California, among them The Vibe, and is working
on his next book.
Andy's proud parents are Cynthia, formerly an attorney ., ,
with the General Counsel's Office and now a partner in a
New Orleans law firm, and Chuck, formerly a manager of 4
Kodak Panama Companies and Accounting instructor at
Louisiana State University. Andy's brother Chad (BHS'86) is ': '
a lawyer and lives in Tampa with his wife Fiorella. Laura Ann Brandl
LORI HERRINGTON, MBA
Lori (Matros) (BHS'79) Herrington graduated in May
2008 from the University of Maryland Master's program.
Lori moved to Panama in 1966 with her family (Kenneth,
Josephine, Renee (Fairchild), Joni (VanEps) and Shawn
1latroi and spent the next 30 years residing in the Canal
Zone. She started her college education at the Panama Canal
College in 1980, completing an Associate's degree. She
returned to the United States in 1997 with her family
(Russell, Melanie, and Cassie Herrington) moving to the
Northern Virginia area.
In 1998 she resumed her education at the Army
Management Staff College in Fort Belvoir and then spent the
next eight years completing a Bachelor's in Management
Studies with the University of Maryland in 2005, and a
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in May of this
year with a 4.0 GPA, while working for the Department of
Defense in Northern Virginia. In addition to her college stud-
ies, Lori obtained credentials in February 2003 as a Certified
Andrew Thomas Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She is
currently working as the Chief of the Security Division with
the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).
LAURA ANN BRANDL GRADUATES anO
On June 11, 2008, Laura Ann Brandl graduated from
Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy in Virginia
Beach, Va., with Honors. Laura received the Governor's Seal
of Excellency for her outstanding civic duties. Additionally,
she played Varsity Volleyball and was team captain in her
senior year. She was also an avid participant in the Student
Government Association, as well as other extracurricular
Laura is the daughter of Karen Peugnet (BHS'80)
Brandl and Steven Brandl from Pittsburgh. She was accept-
ed and will attend Virginia Commonwealth University Cassie Herrington, Lori (Matros) Herrington, and
(School of Business) in Richmond, Va. Melanie Herrington.
GRIMISONS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Nancy and Tom Grimison celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary with a celebration of Mass at the Holy Name of
Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, Fla., on July 26, 2008.
A reception given by their children and grandchildren fol-
lowed at the Melbourne Beach Hilton. All of Nancy and
Tom's eight children, their spouses, and sixteen grandchil-
dren were on hand for the celebration. Many family members
and friends joined them in honoring Nancy and Tom.
Highlights of the reception included a retrospective slide
show chronicling their life and times as well as some enthu-
siastic dancing that culminated with the Picadillo Panamefio
medley. The Grimison grandchildren performed a skit and
sang some songs in honor of their grandparents.
Nancy and Tom Grimison
BLANCHE STABLE TURNS 90
On Blanche Stabler's 90th birthday weekend in May, her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family, and
friends gathered to honor her. Everyone converged in Merritt
Island where Blanche lives and celebrated her birthday at the
Sunset Caf6 on the Banana River. Family arrived from
California, North Carolina, Panama, Wisconsin, and Florida.
The dinner party was hosted by her four children and their
spouses: Frank (Mooney); John and his wife Lilia; Lewis
and his wife Susan (Lessiack); and Frances and her husband
Ron Meyer. Blanche's son John shared many memories of
Blanche and her husband Joe (who retired from the Fire
Department in December 1972) raising their four children in
the Canal Zone. John told a few stories that had Blanche
laughing and insisting, "That did not happen!" or "That is not
true!" John just continued telling stories and bringing about
more laughter. He blamed his oldest brother, Frank, for com-
ing up with the ideas, and claimed he and Lewis just carried
them out. Daughter-in-law Sue read a wonderful poem she
had written for Blanche that also depicted a funny story from
the past. John ended the presentation with a prayer and a
blessing for his mother, with the attendees breaking into a
spontaneous "Happy Birthday!"
In addition to her children and their spouses, family mem-
bers included daughter-in-law Cindy (Becker) Stabler,
granddaughters Erika (Stabler) Booth and Monica
(Stabler) Gray and their families, Nicole Meyer and Ronda
(Stabler) Call, and grandsons Tito Stabler and Craig
Meyer. Blanche proudly has ten grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren! Not all of them were able to attend but
she received well wishes from everyone, and she says she
will never ever forget the day.
Frances (Stabler) Meyer, Lewis Stabler, Blanche Stabler,
John Stabler, and Frank Stabler.
Tom and Nancy Grimison with their children Liz Fahy,
Christina Volonnino, Richard Grimison, Patrick
Grimison, Rebecca Pletcher, Melinda Niemeyer, Matthew
Grimison, and Eric Grimison.
Zonie the Parrot says,
DUES ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2008."
Back iL-R i Erika (Stabler) Booth holding Tra\is Booth,
Tito Stabler holding Isabella Booth, Ronda (Stabler) Call,
Blanche Stabler, Monika (Stabler) Gray, Nicole Meyer,
and Craig Meyer. Front: Allison Gray and Abigail Gray.
Gregory Schroeder and Leah Garcia were united in
marriage on April 5, 2008, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in
Oviedo, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Joseph Garcia Jr.
(BHS'60) of St. Augustine, Fla., and the late Roseanne
"Pinky" (Fulop) (BHS'61) Garcia. The groom is the son of
Robert and Mary Schroeder of Chuluota, Fla. The maid of
honor was Xan M. Eberenz (BHS'88). The best man was the
groom's brother, Steven Schroeder.
The bride and groom honeymooned at The Grand
Floridian at Walt Disney World, and reside in Oviedo, Fla.
and the late Mr. Charles Francis Williams, and Mrs. Del
Rae Allen of Kentucky (former Canal Zonian) and the late
Mr. Paul Eugene Allen. James is the son of Dr. and Mrs.
Preston H. Beattie, Jr. of Hartsville, S.C. (former Canal
Zonians). He is the grandson of Mrs. Bertie Williams
Beattie and the late Mr. Preston H. Beattie, and the late Col.
and Mrs. Augustus T. Wilson of Charleston, S.C.
The wedding party included family members: Sean
Williams, Sarah Beattie Carper and James Carper,
Virginia Davis Williams, Patterson Grace Williams, and
Rachel Chan. Friends of the bride and groom from the for-
mer Canal Zone were members of the wedding party and
helped Katie and James celebrate their wedding day.
The bride's parents hosted a wedding reception at the
Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Guests from Panama, Germany,
New Zealand, and the United States enjoyed a beautiful buf-
fet dinner in the resort ballroom followed by dancing to the
music of a DJ. Wedding guests enjoyed a golf tournament,
Panamanian Typical Dance Performance, and the many out-
door activities offered at the resort.
The groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner and party
for the wedding party and friends and family of the bride and
groom at the Miraflores Restaurant at Miraflores Locks. As
the ships locked through, guests wished James and Katie
every happiness. Captain Jim Young even arranged a "Best
Wishes to Katie and James" banner on a ship as it locked
through on its way to Gatun.
egory Schroeder and Leah Garcia
Katherine Marie Williams and James Wilson Beattie
were married on April 4, 2008, at Our Lady of Good Counsel
Church, Gamboa, R. of P. The Reverend John V. Kennedy
officiated at the p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Patrick Williams of Spring, Texas (formerly of Balboa,
Canal Zone). Katie is the granddaughter of Mrs. Beverly
Grace Williams of Palm Harbor, Fla. (former Canal Zonian)
Katie Williams and James Wilson Beattie
Julie Ann (Fiori) Huther and James Edward Coates
were married on May 17, 2008, on the beach of the York
River in Yorktown, Va. Julie's attendants were Donna
Coleman, matron of honor; Christina Huther (bride's
daughter) and Andrea Coates (groom's daughter) were
bridesmaids; and Jillian Huther (bride's daughter) was ring
bearer. James' friends, Ralph Byrd, Perry Horton and Steve
Tucker, were his attendants.
The couple honeymooned in Virginia's Blue Ridge
Mountains and they now reside in Yorktown. James works for
Northrup-Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding as a plan-
ner and Julie works for the Virginia State Police. Julie was
born in Gorgas Hospital. She is a 1973 graduate of Balboa
High School and 1975 graduate of Canal Zone College. She
served in the U.S. Air Force; James in an Army veteran of
Viet Nam. Their wish is to take a trip to Panama in the near
future. nerhans for their fifth anniversary.
Julie Ann Huther and James Edward Coates
Jillian Huther, Christina Huther, and Andrea Coates
Zonie the Parrot says,
"Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Give family and friends a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must
include parents or grandparents.
BISHOP TANNER ENGLISH
Heather and Robert English of Jacksonville, Fla.,
proudly announce the birth of their son, Bishop Tanner
English. He was born on May 28, 2008, weighed 8 lbs. 10
oz. and was 20V2 inches long. He was welcomed by his big
sisters, Rylee (7), Kamryn (6), and Sydney (2).
Bishop is the grandson of Jim and Sharon Smith
(CHS'72) Kearley of Pensacola, Fla.
Bishop Tanner being admired by his sister Sydney and his
ISAAC BOND NEWTON
George and Linda (Huff) Dany are pleased to announce
the birth of grandson Isaac Bond Newton. Kimber (Dany)
Newton and husband Chad Newton of Tulsa, Okla., are the
proud parents. Isaac was born April 22, 2008, and he weighed
7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 22 inches long.
Kimber, Isaac and Chad Newton
MADISON GRACE KEARLEY
Jim and Sharon Smith (CHS'72) Kearley proudly
announce the arrival of their newest granddaughter, Madison
Grace Kearley, born on June 20, 2008, in St. Marys, Ga.
The proud parents are Jake and Katie Kearley. Jake is in
the U.S. Navy stationed at Sub Base Kings Bay, Ga.
Jake Kearley holding Madison Grace Kearley
LIAM PATRICK VOWELL
Alison Vowell (BHS'92) of Keams Canyon, Ariz., is
happy to announce the birth of her first son, Liam Patrick
Vowell, on December 27, 2007. Liam weighed 1 lb., 13 oz.,
and was 13 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Joe (BHS'55) and Gretta
Vowell of Rogers, Ariz.
Liam Patrick and Alison
DOMINICK MICHAEL BEUSCHEL
Tim (BHS'67) and Theresa Snider (CHS'78) Herring
are proud to announce the birth of their first grandson
Dominick Michael Beuschel. He was born to Mary
Herring Beuschel and Thomas Beuschel on July 16, 2008,
the birthday of Mary's late grandfather George Herring, in
Silverdale, Wash. Dominick's great-grandparents, Lee and
Kathy Snider live nearby in Bremerton, Wash., while his
great-grandma Margaret Herring lives in Lynn Haven, Fla.
Dominick's paternal grandparents, Lupita and Thomas
Beuschel, live in Margate, Fla.
Thomas Beuschel and Mary Herring Beuschel holding
CAROLYN KATHLEEN McGUIRT
Chris and Kara Twohy McGuirt announce the arrival of
their first child, Carolyn Kathleen McGuirt, on July 29,
2008, in Brooksville, Fla. The maternal grandparents are
Henry Bell Twohy and the late Carolyn Holgerson (whom
young Carolyn is named after) Twohy. The paternal grand-
parents are Carl and Deborah McGuirt of Lakeland, Fla.
Henry Twohy, Chris McGuirt, Kara McGuirt, and H.B.
Twohy with Carolyn Kathleen McGuirt in front.
STEELY MOON SCHMID
Ted and Georgia Corin of Austin, Texas, are grandpar-
ents at long last with the birth of their first granddaughter.
Steely Moon Schmid was born to proud parents, daugh-
ter Stephanie (Corin) and Jeffery Schmid, on September
18, 2007, and weighed 6 pounds 14 oz. and was 20 inches
Ted and Georgia Corin holding 3-month-(
WITH DEEP SORROW
Raymond Elwood Allen, 81, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., died
June 17, 2008, at his residence. He was born July 25, 1926, in
Mr. Allen retired in 1980 from the Panama Canal
Company with 25 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy vet-
eran of World War II. He was a Worshipful Master of
Isthmian Lodge in 1966, District Grand Chaplain in 1969,
District Grand Deacon in 1972, District Grand Junior Warden
in 1973, Deputy District Grand Master in 1976,
Distinguished Service Medal on January 22, 1977. He was a
member of the Scottish Rite 33rd degree Mason. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Joyce E. (Dunithan)
Allen, of Fort Ashby; three daughters, Christi Allen Fletcher
and husband Robert, Silsbee, Texas, Gail Allen Will and hus-
band Carl, Palatine, Ill., Kelly Allen Wagoner and husband
Randy, Fort Ashby; one brother, George Allen, Cumberland,
W.Va.; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Marian Dodson Bowen, 87, died April 9, 2008, in Palm
Harbor, Fla. Born August 14, 1920, in Ancon, Canal Zone,
Marian was the second child and eldest daughter of Mal
Leroy and Marian Dean Dodson. She grew up on the Pacific
side along with her three brothers (Dean, Dick, and Bill) and
one sister (Pat). She graduated from Balboa High School in
1938 and attended college at St. Joseph's in Maryland. She
married Robert S. "Bob" Bowen at St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Balboa on February 22, 1941. Like her parents
before her, their wedding was followed by a grand reception
at the Tivoli Hotel.
Bob and Marian lived and worked on the Pacific side of
the Canal Zone until their retirement in 1971. Marian held
several secretarial positions during her life in Panama. She
worked at U.S. Army Headquarters on Ft. Amador, the
Balboa Police Station, and the Office of the Clerk of the
Court. She took great pride in having had the opportunity to
provide clerical support to Booz, Allen, and Hamilton when
that management consulting firm set up a temporary project
office in the Canal Zone in the 1960s. Marian completed her
career as a secretary in the Office of the Governor, receiving
a "Key to the Canal" from Governor Parfitt for her services
as "designated pinch hitter." Anyone who knew her spunky
nature will be able to easily imagine and get a chuckle over
the events that might have triggered such an award. Marian
was a longtime member of the Panama Canal Society.
Marian was predeceased by her husband, Bob; her daugh-
ter, MaryAnne Bowen McLoughlin; a granddaughter; and by
her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sons and
daughters-in-law: Bob (Janet) of Danville, Calif., and Russ
(Cyndee Williams, formerly of Ft. Amador) of Clearwater,
Fla; son-in-law Mike McLoughlin of Rye, N.Y.; five grand-
children and four great-grandchildren.
Barbara O'Neal Braun of Verona, N.J., died April 8,
2008. Barbara was born in Manchester, Ga., but moved to the
Panama Canal Zone with her parents as a very young child.
She lived in the Canal Zone until after her graduation from
Cristobal High School in 1964 when she left Panama to
attend and graduate from LaGrange College in Georgia.
After graduating from LaGrange, Barbara taught high
school Spanish for a year while her new husband, Philip
Braun, finished college. She then moved to Charleston, S.C.,
where Phil was stationed as a member of the U.S. Navy. Here,
as Director of Programs and Field Operations for Head Start,
Barbara used her strong organizational skills and her love of
helping people to begin to develop her expertise in working
Later, moving to Phil's home state of New Jersey, Barbara
worked as Head Start Director for Essex County Youth and
Economic Rehabilitation Commission, Assistant
Director/Training and Conference Coordinator for Head Start
Regional Training Office Rutgers University, Senior
Community Services Planner Department of Citizen
Services/Division of Community Action Essex County,
Consultant for HAVE Enterprises, Montclair, N.J.
After the birth of her son Sean, Barbara left the work
force to become a full-time mom. As Sean began to grow up,
she had time to discover her creative side. Growing up in
Panama had given Barbara an enormous love and apprecia-
tion for the land, cultures, and native plants and animals of
Panama. She used this love as an inspiration when she devel-
oped her artistic talents into a career as a folk artist. Working
from home Barbara marketed her Panama-inspired work
through Bohio Art S.A., and her more traditional work
through Edenwild Handiworks. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society and a vendor at the Society annual
At the same time Barbara continued to help people and
serve her community as an active volunteer. She served for
many years as the coordinator and facilitator of Rainbows, a
program for grieving children. She was both an elder and a
deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Verona. Barbara
worked tirelessly to maintain and improve the Verona Park
through her work with the Verona Park Conservancy, where
she served as vice president.
Barbara is survived by her husband Philip and her son
Sean; her mother, Ruth O'Neal; her sister, Margaret Wellborn
and brother-in-law Hadley; her sister, Alice Grove and broth-
er-in-law Bill; two nieces and a nephew; great-nieces and
great-nephews; and many, many dear friends she had also
loved during her lifetime.
Charles (Chile) Brennan died October 29, 2007, in Los
Altos, Calif. Chile was born on December 25, 1924, to Frank
and Josephine Brennan in Philadelphia, Pa. His father, who
had been working in the Canal Zone, decided to move the
family to Panama. At an early age Chile, his brothers Frank
(deceased), Jim and sister Josephine (deceased) along with
their mother, lived on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of
the Zone from 1926-1950.
Chile was very involved in school sports and lettered in
many of them. He graduated from Cristobal High School in
1942. After graduating from high school, he served his
apprenticeship as a shipfitter and then enlisted in the U.S.
Navy where he served in the Philippines as a Seabee. After he
completed his tour in the service, he briefly returned to
Panama. Then in 1950, he moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where
he lived with his father and brother Jim. This is where he met
and married Trudy, his life partner of 52 years.
Chile worked at Stanford University for 36 years. Upon
retiring in 1990, he and Trudy spent many years traveling,
even taking a couple of trips back to Panama. Chile truly
loved his family, friends and animals. He was always consid-
ered the life of the party. He even earned an "honorary col-
lege degree" one weekend while visiting his son, Paul, at
school. Chile was a member of the Panama Canal Society and
a longtime Canal Record reader, and never forgot where he
was raised. There were always many stories about life in the
Besides his wife, Chile is survived by his son Paul,
daughter-in-law Tricia and two grandchildren, his brother Jim
(Hymie), and numerous nieces, nephews in California, Texas,
Florida, and Panama.
Betty T. Cole nee Elizabeth MacWayne Trucks, died in
North Miami Beach, Fla., on September 14, 2005. Born in
Virginia on September 21, 1926, she was raised in Roanoke,
Va. She left Roanoke as a young adult for Arlington, Va., to
attend George Washington University, where she met her hus-
band Harry E. Cole, who also attended GWU. During that
time both also worked for the federal government, Betty as a
In 1958 Mr. Cole was assigned to a position in the Canal
Zone and the family moved to Curundu Heights, where she
briefly worked as the librarian for the Smithsonian Institute at
Barro Colorado Island before resigning to be a full-time
homemaker and volunteer. As a volunteer, she worked for the
Red Cross, the Canal Zone chapter of the Girl Scouts as a
leader, the Canal Zone Humane Society, and as an officer and
coach for the Junior Bowling League. She also served as the
secretary or president of many WBCI and ABC bowling
When Mr. Cole retired in 1977, they moved to Charlotte
County, Fla., where they lived in downtown Punta Gorda
until the completion of their house in Burnt Store Village
where they moved in the spring of 1978. Betty continued her
volunteerism in her new home, delivering meals to home-
bound seniors, clearing nature preserves of alien plant
species, working for the Red Cross and serving as disaster
coordinator, etc., until poor health forced her to resign. Also
known as the Hockey Lady, she was an avid sports fan, con-
tinued her bowling and was an officer in several leagues until
the late 1990s.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita L. Cole, of Miami,
Theodore "Ted" Stephen Corin, PhD, 79, of Austin,
Texas, died March 18, 2008. Ted was born in Detroit, Mich.,
on September 28, 1928, the son of Stephen and Anita Corin,
immigrants from Czarist Russia. He served in the Korean
War as an Army rifleman, was awarded the Combat Infantry
Badge and Purple Heart, and attended the University of
Miami on the GI Bill. In 1960 he met and married Georgia
Elizabeth Schmidt and they moved to Tallahassee, Fla.,
where he earned his doctorate in Higher Education at Florida
In 1968 they moved to Panama where Ted was appointed
Director of the Florida State University Canal Zone Branch
located on Albrook AFB. In 1970, Ted joined the faculty of
the Canal Zone College, teaching classes in Psychology and
College Reading, and was professor and Chairman of Social
Sciences. In 1981, he became Assistant Dean of the renamed
Panama Canal College. Ted was a member of the Civic
Council, the American Legion Post #1, the Elks Lodge No.
1414, and Rotary International (Panama West).
His many pleasurable activities in the Canal Zone includ-
ed playing volleyball and badminton in the college gym after
work with his good buddies, Mike Smith, Dean Mike Brown
and Ray Lively, taking part in community theatre plays, espe-
cially the college productions directed by Bruce Quinn; and
weekends spent at their beautiful beach house, the "Sea
Esta." Ted was awarded the Master Key in the grade of
Master Educator in 1984 by the Panama Canal Commission,
and was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
The Corins retired to Austin, Texas in 1986, where Ted
continued to teach for eight years at Austin Community
College, travelled and made many new and lasting friend-
ships with former Canal Zonians who had also retired to
Austin. Ted and Georgia were longtime members of the First
Unitarian Church of Austin, where they found a community
of lifelong friends.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Georgia, daughter
Stephanie Corin Schmid, her husband Jeffery Schmid, and a
granddaughter, all residing in Austin, Texas.
Nye Crowell, 93, died on June 11, 2008, at the Pavilion
in Centerville, Mass. Nye was born in Dennis, Mass., in 1915
and graduated from Springfield College in 1936, where he
played lacrosse, basketball and baseball.
He ran the YMCA in the Panama Canal Zone and then
joined the Navy. He was a communications officer on supply
boats in the Atlantic during World War II. He was employed
with Cape Cod Cooperative Bank for 37 years, 22 of those
years as president. An avid golfer, taught by his father and
others, he was active for many years with the Bass River and
Cummaquid Golf Clubs. Nye won the Cummaquid
Championship in 1951 and 1960. He loved to sea clam and
commute from Sandy Neck during the summers.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Viola
Crowell; his son James Crowell; and his brother Joshua
Crowell. He is survived by his son, John Crowell and wife
Sheila of Barnstable, Mass.; three granddaughters; and three
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