OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2008-2010
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Mr. Tom Spence
2nd Vice President
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
Mr. Mike Coffey
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
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
Mr. Chris Wilder
President's M essage................................. ............................................................
Office Manager/Secretary's Message........................................................
Editor's Corner............................ .............................2
November Space Coast Picnic and General Membership Meeting...........................2
Lost and Found........................................................................... ........................ 3
December General Membership Luncheon Registration Form...................................4
W ine Cellar D irections............................................................... ...................... 5
February 2010 Carnavalito Registration Form............................ ....................7
2009 Nominating Committee Notice............................... .......................8
M ay Luncheon Pictures.......................................................................................9
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meeting..... 1
Legislative R eport............................................... ............................................ 11
Thursday Night Dance.......19
Your Reporter Says:
FL Central Florida.............56
FL Space Coast..................61
M ississippi....................... 72
Pool Party........................... 33
Annual Ball....................... 35
TX San Antonio.................82
Congratulations......................... ..................... .....................84
W eddings......................................................................... ...................................... 89
Births ..... .............. .... .... .. ......................... ................ 91
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................................. ................................92
L cooking B ack.................................................................... ..................................100
Letters to the Editor................................................................... ..................... 101
Panam a Canal M museum ............................................................ ..................... 108
A nnouncem ents.............................................. ......................................... 110
A dvertisem ents........................................... ................................................ 112
Membership Application Form........... .. ................................................ 115
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form......................................................... 116
Cover: Gatun Lighthouse. This is one of three lighthouses in the range used by Pilots to navi-
gate South bound ships entering the Panama Canal through the breakwater and from Cristobal
heading into Gatun Locks approach. Photo submitted by Captain Albert Wilder, Ret. Panama
Canal Pilot 1952 1982.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. For more information see page 2 or call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
Holiday Potluck Luncheon, Laguna Woods Village, Calif.,
Clubhouse I. For information contact David Lane at
lonedavidltcox.net or call David at (619) 665-2857.
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 4 for informa-
tion and reservation form.
Carnavalito, Holiday Inn, 8298 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, Fla.
Contact Bob and Fran Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Donita
McConaughey at (321) 259-0504. See page 7 for information.
PRES/DET/yS ESSAff E
First let me thank all the volunteers
and committee chairpersons who
helped plan and execute another excel-
lent annual reunion! Without volun-
teers we couldn't do it. I would also be
remiss if I didn't thank our sponsors
and many vendors who donated some
excellent prizes for the members. On
Tom Wir behalf of the Executive Board thank
As we begin our second year as your elected Executive
Board we will continue to be mindful of our changing eco-
nomic times and be good stewards of the PCS. We are still
working on several projects that will improve services and
communications specifically with our website. At the same
time we will be working on the 2010 Annual Reunion, which
will again be held at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
At the annual membership meeting, the Executive Board
conducted another S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses,
Opportunities, and Threats) exercise. Some excellent input
was provided by the members present and will greatly assist
the board as we go forward.
We have a year full of society related events planned for
our members. Hopefully we will get to see you at one of the
traveling membership meetings, picnics or even at
Well another great reunion is behind
us, and from comments we have heard
everyone seemed to enjoy the efforts of
our volunteer Executive Board.
Carol Masino and I would not have
been able to handle the
Nancy Van Siclen
Information/Society Affairs Desk without
the dedicated volunteers who help out every year when asked.
A "sincere" thank you to Shirley Boswell, Marje and Pete
Foster, Lee Grant, Linda Marshall and Betty LeDoux-
Morris. Thank you again for volunteering and thank you to
all the volunteers who help out in Registration, Ticket Sales,
Again, this year we had several members stop by to say
hello and pay their membership for the coming year. For
those of you who have not paid your dues for 2010, please
remember that the membership voted for a bylaw change
back in April, and our dues for 2010 have been increased to
$40.00. You can either send the Renewal Form and your
check for $40.00 through the mail or go to the Panama Canal
Society website (www.pancanalsociety.org) and complete
the Membership Renewal Form and use a credit card. This is
the only way that you can renew your dues. We do not have
the staff to take this information over the telephone. Please
remember that your payment of dues is what supports the
Society during the year.
Please keep your membership current, it is a great way to
keep up-to-date on all your friends during the year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
zN2 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
S(1o 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
j The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
s Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $40.00 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
Remember, your dues for 2010 should be paid by
December 31, 2009 and you must be a current member if you
plan on attending the 2010 Reunion. Thank you again for all
your support to the Society.
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
What a fabulous reunion! Many thanks
to all the volunteers for helping to make the
reunion a great success. The October Canal
Record is full of reunion pictures. If you sent
Jacque Vowell .
S in pictures or news and they aren't included
here, look for them in the December issue.
Speaking of pictures, you can still view and purchase the
2009 reunion pictures by going to http://www.digitalimage-
Please welcome Sarah Livingston-Schlicht to the Canal
Record family by becoming the area reporter for Tampa, Fla.
Look for her article in this issue for her phone number and
email address to send your news. The Panama Canal Society
has a wonderful group of dedicated area reporters who give
their time to fill the Canal Record with news of family, old
friends and former neighbors. Be sure to support them and
send them your news!
A big "thank you" goes out to the loyal volunteers who
have given up their "party" time to help out with the Disco
Dances the past five years. It makes staying up late a lot of
fun when you are surrounded by friends!
I am pleased members are sending in pictures of their
loved ones to accompany their obituaries, but I need an actu-
al picture or an emailed picture to use for the obituary. Call or
email me if you need help in sending a picture.
The 2010 deadlines for receiving articles and pictures are
listed on the back inside cover, as well as below. As always,
if you need help with submitting pictures or articles, I am
only a phone call or email away.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ADS, ARTICLES,
NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH CANAL RECORD
MARCH 2010 Canal Record
Deadline January 8, 2010
JUNE 2010 Canal Record
Deadline April 2, 2010
OCTOBER 2010 Canal Record
Deadline July 30, 2010
DECEMBER 2010 Canal Record
Deadline September 24, 2010
November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 7, 2009, 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 4:00 p.m. The General
Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 pm.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, call Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or
Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
YOUR 2010 MEMBERSHIP DUES
OF $40.00 ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2009.
2010 ANNUAL DUES
Starting in 2010, the Annual
Membership Renewal Dues of the
Panama Canal Society have
increased to $40.00.
2010 New Membership is $50.00.
Dues payment is due by
December 31, 2009.
See page 115 for
Membership / Renewal form.
LOST & FOUND
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prints, sweater, pin, necklace, etc.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION WINNERS
Annual Business Meeting
Maureen (Ferguson) Lewis won the grand prize with 20 new members for the Membership Contest.
Colette (Foster) Carlisle was the runner-up with six new members for the Membership Contest.
Annual Business Meeting Grand Prizes
Gift Certificate from Condor Outfitters for a stay at Gamboa won by Bill Fall
Gift Certificate from Condor Outfitters for a stay at Decameron won by Betty LeDoux-Morris
Ed Bates and Dave Albanese Low Gross Team
Early Registration for the 2009 Reunion Winner
Cheryl Alberga won two free nights at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Despedida Lottery Winners
1st Prize of $305.00 was won by Kimberly (Matson) McLaughlin
2nd Prize of $183.00 was won by Catharine (Muller) Peabody
3rd Prize of $122.00 was won by Karen Hiller
Cultural Seminars Friday
Joan Ohman won basket donated by Panama Canal Museum
Nellie (Holgerson) Armstrong won grand prize of COPA Airline Tickets from Condor Outfitters
Cultural Seminars Saturday
Joanna Rivera won basket donated by Panama Canal Museum
Walter Kleefkens won photo opportunity donated by Photographer David Wright
Jill Carroll won photo opportunity donated by Photographer David Wright
Helen Ann Ferrel won grand prize of a Land Tour from Condor Outfitters
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 12, 2009
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 12, 2009. 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, December 4, 2009 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 we hope you will join in the festivities. Preparations are underway to ensure
you have an enjoyable afternoon. We have some nice door prizes. Mark your calendar for December 12, 2009, and send in
your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 5 of this issue.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 12, 2009
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 DECEMBER 4, 2009
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
December Luncheon Directions
December 12, 2009
17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Florida
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 28 I
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on f- "s i
Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The "
Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.-
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 28
West, and follow directions in No. 1 above..
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to Park Cu. .
Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the West. '
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd., which 'X1. -
runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left towards
Madeira Beach/Redington Beach and cross Tom
Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then right and pro- ;
ceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine Cellar is on the -,n" .
ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK RESORT
2010 Special Package 5 nights for 4
STAY 4 NIGHTS AND GET THE 4TH OF JULY FREE!!!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is offering a special package to Panama Canal Society members who
book their rooms through the Society for the 2010 Annual Reunion. Stay 4 nights and get the 4th
of July FREE!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is also offering discounts to Panama Canal Society members who reg-
ister with the Society for the reunion and stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort during the Annual
Reunion in 2010.
25% discount in Osceola for buffet
25% discount in Calla Bella and Land Remembered (specific times apply)
10% discount in the Deli
10% discount at Cat-Tails
SPACE COAST HOSTING
FEBRUARY 5, 2010
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, begin-
ning at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2010
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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call 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 West U I
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 ramp and go South East on 1-95 '
Drive 13.9 miless. At Exit 191 take ramp to \\ -,P-
County Hwy 509 (Wickham Rd). .
Or take 1-95 South, to Exit 191 (Wickham Rd).. -
Turn left onto Wickham Rd going under the over- ,w amm Rd
pass, hotel entrance is at the next signal on the --
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 Southeast on 1-95.
At Exit 191 take ramp to County Hwy 509
1 1 l l CARNAVALITO
FEBRUARY 5-6, 2010
DINNER/DANCE: Please join us on the east coast in Melbourne, Florida, on February 6, 2010, for Carnavalito 2010.
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 played at the Continental Hotel in Panama
and, through the years, was influenced by Lucho, his style, and his music. Socializing with a cash bar begins at 6:00 pm
with a short meeting 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 21. 2010, at our special rate. Also, any additional nights (before or after February 5-7) 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 29. 2010, to Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092, morob(cfl.rr.com;
Donita McConaughey at (321) 259-0504, panmack(@aol.com. See page 6 for directions and other information.
Committee members also include Bill and Pat Benny, Janet and Norman Watkins and Fred Watkins.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CARNAVALITO
FEBRUARY 6, 2010
I Member Name:
I Telephone #:
IPlease make reservations for $40.00 each.
Names of Guests (Please Print)
I Total enclosed: $
Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
i DEADLINE TO SEND IN CARNAVALITO REGISTRATION FORM IS JANUARY 29. 2010.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
7985 113TH STREET (727) 391-4359
SUITE 334 (866) 726-2262
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787 FAX (727) 319-8593
2009 NOMINATING COMMITTEE NOTICE
As we approach the second term of the current Executive Board's term of office, it's time for us to start think-
ing about a new slate of officers for 2010 2012. Accordingly, the purpose of this notice is to announce that
nominations are now in order for that term of office. We need your help in finding qualified and enthusias-
tic candidates. If you know of a member who would be a good candidate to serve on the Executive Board,
please encourage him/her to run for office and nominate him/her for consideration by the general membership.
In accordance with Article V of the Bylaws, mail-in nominations must be postmarked and received by the
Nominating Committee by at least 10 days (December 2) prior to the scheduled December 12. 2009, general
membership meeting. The Nominating Committee will then present its slate of nominated officers, along
with the list of qualified mail-in and floor nominations (also in order at the December meeting) to the atten-
dees at the December meeting. All qualified nominees must provide written consent to their candidacy to the
Nominating Committee and state their willingness to accept the position if elected prior to the published
deadline date of January 8, 2010, for the printing of the official ballot. Otherwise, the nomination will be
Also, Article V of the Bylaws requires that a Nominating Committee consisting of five members be established
within the two months following the Society's Annual Business Meeting of the Executive Board's second year's
term of office. The President has appointed Bob Russell as Chairperson and Board Members Bliss (Morris)
Connerton and Jacque Vowell have been elected from the Executive Board. The two remaining members will
be elected from the general membership at the September 12 General Membership Meeting in Ocala, Florida.
The responsibility of the Nominating Committee is to compile a slate of officers that, in our collective opin-
ions, would best serve the Panama Canal Society.
If you would like to nominate another member or yourself for an elected office, please follow the outlined
instructions above. Each nominee is encouraged to review the Bylaws and to become familiar with the duties
and responsibilities of the office for which he/she is being nominated to ensure that he/she can fulfill the obli-
gations of the position. Any questions concerning the nomination process should be referred to a member of
the Nominating Committee.
Bob Russell, Chairperson
2009 Nominating Committee
Donna Mann. Debra Mann. and Lvnda Carol PhiliDs
John Disharoon and Olga Disharoon
rundage, and Muriel \ hitman
Fi Everson and Barbara Peterson
Marje Foster and Shirley Boswell
Beth Brandenburg and Carol Beall Fritz
Shirley Avery, Mickler Bentley and Pete Foster
n C lBenan. m ar ai Pete Foster,
Lynn Cahill, Ben and Jim Parthenais Margaret M
Aura and Albert Wilder
Aura and Albert Wilder
Bill and Margaret McLaughlin
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winner of floral arrangement designed
cLaughlin, and Tom Wilder.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HOLIDAY INN, MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 7, 2009
Approved the December Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period December 5,
2008 through February 3, 2009, in the amount of
Approved 92 new members.
Approved CD Rollover.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLA.
APRIL 18, 2009
Approved the February Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period February 1,
2009 through April 16, 2009 in the amount of
Approved 24 new members.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A. L. ANDERSON PARK, TARPON SPRINGS, FLA.
MARCH 21, 2009
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the February Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the January financial statement for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
TROYER'S DUTCH RESTAURANT, SARASOTA, FLA.
MAY 2, 2009
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the March Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the March financial statement for audit.
Economic Security: Federal Civil Service
It is reported that Congress is considering a
freeze of the Cost Of Living for three years.
Jim O'Donnell Annuities should continue efforts to support
of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for all
federally administered retirement programs on a regular
annual schedule, computed on the same basis and paid at the
same time, regardless of age and/or income level.
The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and
Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased in June for the sixth con-
secutive month. The CPI-W declined in each of the last five
months of 2008, precipitously in the final three months of
2008. The June increase is 1.1 percent. Released by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/cpi or
202/691-6994) on July 15, the CPI-W for June is 210.972.
For purposes of calculating the next cost-of-living adjustment
(COLA), the index is now 2.1 percent LOWER than the 2008
third quarter average base index of 215.5.
Benefits awarded under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA) to individuals suffering work-
related injuries or illnesses, are adjusted according to each
calendar year's percentage change in the CPI-W. June's
index, 210.972, is 3.0 percent higher than the December 2008
index, 204.813. July consumer price indices will be released
on Friday, August 14th. (A chart of monthly and cumulative
changes is posted at
Two of the three House committees conducting marathon
markups on massive health care legislation, H.R. 3200, com-
pleted their work this week. This overhaul of health care con-
tinues to provide NARFE with a vehicle in which to include
our Premium Conversion legislation (H.R. 1203/S. 491).
Health Security: the Federal Employees Health Benefits
Federal Unions are supporting protecting the nation's
most efficiently administered and cost-effective employer-
sponsored health insurance program, the FEHBP. for federal
employees and annuitants. Federal Unions support the
increases in the enrollee co-payment for purchase of pre-
scription drugs in FEHBP by federal annuitants who partici-
pate in Medicare. Unions support legislation that would
ensure that all FEHBP enrollees receive the same level of pre-
scription drug coverage.
During the week ending July 10, key committees in the
House and Senate continued to wrestle with several vexing
issues in the health care reform bills they are drafting. Most
notably, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and
Means Committee are considering how to pay for the legisla-
tion. They have ruled out a payroll tax increase, but are con-
sidering a surtax of between 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent on
families making over $250,000.
The Senate continues to mull over proposals that would
limit the tax-free status of employer-sponsored health insur-
ance above certain premium levels. For example, under one
option, health plans with annual premiums below $18,840 for
families and $7,420 for individuals would be excluded from
income taxes, but employees and retirees would be taxed on
the portion of a premium above that level. NARFE opposes
taxation of employer-sponsored health insurance and is work-
ing with other public and private worker and retiree organi-
zations in opposition to such plans.
REUNION COORDINATOR REPORT
The 2009 Panama Canal Society Reunion has now come and gone. It was a good reunion with
many good comments from members attending. Despite the economy being as it is, we had 2,271
registered for the reunion. This number was down from previous years, but was still good for all pur-
poses. As always we had a few hundred in attendance that did not register. These non-registered
attendees hurt our organization in regards to helping pay our reunion expenses, so please encourage
everyone attending the reunion to register. It's only $7.00.
We had several new activities / programs this year that were very exciting and fun. The cultural
seminars were well attended both Friday and Saturday afternoons. On Friday Dustin Smith,
Zoological Supervisor of Amazon and Beyond Miami Metro Zoo shared exciting highlights from his
recent trips to Panama with photos and video regarding the amphibian decline and his findings about
other interesting species of fauna that are found in Panama. On Saturday afternoon we heard some of
the family histories contained in the Panama Canal Museum's publication Write of Passage, a col-
lection of personal reflections of life in Panama and the former Canal Zone during the American Era
of the Panama Canal. We are currently working on exciting and informative seminars for 2010.
We also had a fun filled afternoon at poolside with our 4th of July pool party sponsored by Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort and Panama Vacation Quarters. It was a surprise all the way up to the end when
the hotel rolled out kegs of draft beer and Shingle Creek's signature fruit punch that was free to all
current Panama Canal Society members registered for the reunion. We are looking into having this
successful event again in 2010. This is only one of the several benefits of why it is important to keep
your membership current and register for the reunion to partake in these types of events in the future.
Everyone that attended the Friday and Saturday night PanaZonian and Annual Ball had a great
time once again with the great music of Tito Mouynes and Frankie Pretto and their bands. The DJ
dances rocked the night owls late into the night with the music of DJ Blitz. Note: We have decided
to retire the old name DJ Dance and change it to the After Hours Night Club Dance. So don't get con-
fused next year when you hear reference to the After Hours Night Club Dance.
To make a long story short, everyone had a great time at all the activities and the reunion was very
successful. Thank you to all the volunteers who help out and make our reunions a success.
We are now in the planning stages for the 2010 reunion and would like to please urge all those
planning to attend to carefully and thoroughly read the 2010 Registration Packet (Yellow Pages)
which will be published in the December 2009 Canal Record. Within these Yellow Pages is all the
information about the 2010 activities, programs, dates, times, locations, restrictions (dance dress
codes), deadlines, etc. for the reunion and hotel lodging. We have some good ideas for new programs
and activities, which you will find in the December issue of the Canal Record.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Back: Faith Brundage (1999-2000), Bill McLaughlin (2002-04), Elaine (Vestal) Lewis (2004-06), Tom Wilder (2008-10),
Front: Pete Foster (1985-86), Betty (LeDoux) Morris (1989-91, 2000-02), Marje Foster (1994-95), Jim O'Donnell (1996-
97), Margot Jordan (1997-98).
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
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
Tampa Sarah Livingston Schlicht
GA June A. Stevenson
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 2009 Canal Record is September 25, 2009.
S..-.,.' : Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis
S'' flew to Panama in February where they
stayed with Bruce and Chris Homa in
Albrook and later celebrated Chris' 48th
birthday at a beach resort in Pedasi.
Dave and Diana (Duncan) Bishop
Allen Cotton made the arrangements and provided
the entertainment. Bob and Vicki also spent a few days with
Ruth and Charley Leves at their beautiful house in Punta
Barco. Vicki's cousin, Doug Phillips, took Bob fishing off
Chame where they caught lots of red snapper. Jim Wiese also
took Bob to his Cebaco Bay Sport Fishing Club and they
caught/released two Marlin and a Sailfish during the two days
a long day of fishing. In this area, the ocean floor drops off
dramatically within a half mile offshore and world class
catches are reported for Black Marlin as well as other fish at
the nearby Hannibal Reef and high spots around the island of
Coiba. The fishing club offers two Buddy Davis boats (47'
and 56') and pangas rigged for cast fishing for those who pre-
fer to be closer to the action. Bob caught an 851-pound Black
Marlin in December 1996 on the Aguja. Bob believes that Jim
and his crew are among the best and most intense billfish
sport fishermen around. If you want a great Panama fishing
experience Bob highly recommends that you contact him for
further information about Jim Wiese's trips.
Back (L-R): Bob Boukalis, Vicki Boukalis, Ed Beasley, Ed
Homa. Front (L-R): Diana Bishop, Chris Homa, David
Bishop, and Bonnie Beasley.
Jim has a 110-foot mother ship/hotel anchored in a beau-
tiful cove where they slept comfortably in air-conditioned
rooms and enjoyed meals prepared by the onboard chef after
Bob and Vicki were impressed with all the changes and
how Panama has flourished. The only drawback was the traf-
fic conditions, which were horrendous. Vicki refused to drive
because she felt she would still be waiting at Albrook inter-
section for an opening. The two weeks they spent in Panama
just wasn't long enough to see, eat or do everything they
wanted, but they were able to enjoy much of the local
food....micha bread, empanadas, seviche, clams, lobsters,
octopus, Napoli pizzas, and fillet at Martin Fierro with good
Jack Smith, former Desk Sergeant at Cristobal Police
Station, wants all his friends and acquaintances to know that
he is still alive and kicking and would like to hear from them.
His contact information is in the Panama Canal Society
Directory. I go to see him on a regular basis and he is doing
Spike the wonder dog and I went to Arkansas to see my
sister Tracy (Cotton) Fleming, her husband Carl, and their
son John. Tracy and Carl had driven from California to
Arkansas to see their new grandbaby so since they were that
close I decided to drive up to see them. The area had had
severe storms the day before my arrival and the area was
without electricity for about 24 hours. Fortunately Tracy and
Carl had their camper trailer and it had a generator. We used
the generator to power the house so there were a few lights
and fans. Tracy and I drove up to Fairfield Bay to visit and
put flowers on our Mom, Lois Heim Cotton's, grave. We met
John and his wife at some of their friends' house in Clinton,
Ark., for a wonderful dinner at their beautiful home over-
looking the lake. The way those people party they would have
made great Zonians!
Allen Cotton, Reporter
The Spring luncheon meeting of the Arizona Panama
Canal Society was held on April 4th at the home of Miriam
Hirschl in Sun City West. Those attending included: Carl
and Pat Berg and their guests Mike and Lee Baldwin from
Minnesota, Craig and Lisa Boatwright, Darrell and Nancy
Eide, Miriam Hirschl, Jeff and Melissa Hirschl, Leo
Langland, Dora and Warren LeGrys, Anne Parks and
Mac Rudman (a guest of Miriam Hirschl). We enjoyed a
delicious lunch that included polio guisado, platanos
maduros, ropa vieja, empanadas, seviche, arroz con quandu,
In July Nancy and Darrell Eide traveled to Italy on their
way to their son's wedding in Croatia. They took a nine-day
bus tour through Rome, Pisa, Verona, Florence, and Venice.
Then they met their son Lars and Suzanne, their future
daughter-in-law, in Ancona, Italy, and took the ferry to Split,
Croatia. Lars and Suzanne had just finished biking through
Tuscany where they saw many wonderful off-the-beaten
track sights. They were joined by seven other family mem-
bers and stayed in a big villa overlooking the Adriatic Sea, in
the village ofViganj. Lars and Suzanne were married on July
25 at the villa (see Weddings). Nancy and Darrell arrived
home on July 30 and flew up to Seattle on August 5 for a
wedding party to celebrate Lars and Suzanne's wedding,
along with about 80 of their friends.
Darrell and Nancy Eide at the villa in Croatia
We are actively seeking more members as our group is
shrinking. C'mon, Arizonians, please join us!!! Our next
meeting will be in the Fall. For more information, please call
Lisa Boatwright at (623) 877-4755 or Nancy Eide at (520)
Nancy Eide, Reporter
Hello from Northwest Arkansas
and happy to be able to report a few
interesting news items.
Sharon Gonzalez has entered her
watercolor painting Alma Creek and
was accepted into the ANA (Artists
Northwest Arkansas) 15th Annual
Betty Dunning Regional Art Competition Show in
Springdale, Ark. She also had two of
her acrylic paintings, 7th Hole Eagle Crest Gold Course and
Giverny Daisies #5 hanging in the 59th Annual Art
Competition show, a national competition at the Fort Smith
Art Center which ended on July 25th.
I recently received an email from Mileneel Alves
Simmons who has moved with her family to Russellville,
Ark. We welcome them to Arkansas. I'm sorry to say that we
aren't having any get-togethers as there weren't enough
members who attend these functions.
Gretta Vowell, Freda (Flenniken) Stohrer and I, Betty
Dunning, drove to Fayetteville on June 20th and had lunch
with Mary Condon. She&is still keeping busy. On Friday
mornings she is running a Farmers Market at her retirement
home in Butterfield Village from the vegetables and flowers
that they grow in their gardens. She said she had lunch with
Carl Maedl on Father's Day. He was doing well but in a
wheelchair. Marcia and Bob Jones visited her and on Easter
Day they had lunch together, along with Gretta, Ali and Liam
Vowell. George Garcia came to visit Mary this Spring. He is
a former student of hers living in South Carolina.
The Flenniken sisters, Freda Stohrer, Carol Schwenke,
and Betty Dunning, have taken another cruise; this time
through the Canal on the Veendam, a Holland American ship.
It was a delight to see the Canal again but we cried because
of seeing Panama and because we couldn't get off the ship.
Carol wanted to jump overboard and just swim in the water.
Our first shore excursion was in Colombia where Freda found
gynups which we managed to eat all of them. They were deli-
cious; oh how we've missed them since moving to the states.
Quarters, and the Country Inn & Suites at Amador. They tried
to visit all the places they remembered and then more. They
swam in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, went to El Valle,
went through the Canal and to Isla Grande plus more. They
also met lots of old Canal friends, especially Arthur and
Tammy Sherry. Lynn will probably have more to report
when she returns along with a picture or two.
Our daughter Cheryl and her husband Mark Lowery
came to visit this summer. Also Lisa Hunt Johnson visited
while they were here. We had a great time being together.
Eileen Grench (daughter of Paul and Carol Stohrer
Grench), who now fences for Panama, took the bronze in
Women's Saber at the Pan-American Games in El Salvador
this July. She traveled to Panama following the competition
where she met with the Panama Olympic Committee. She
also got to visit the Harps for a little R&R at the beach.
rreaa stonrer, Carol Ncnwenke, and Betty Dunning on
tour of Leon, Nicaragua.
Freda Stohrer, Betty Dunning, and Carol Schwenke
Lynn Dunning Harp and family went to Panama to
spend six weeks there this summer. Jess was only able to join
them for part of that time. They divided up their time between
Bill Harp's farm in Las Guias, Quarry Heights Vacation
Daria Schneider USA, Mariel Zagunis USA, Monika
Aksamit USA, and Eileen Grench Panama.
Betty Dunning, Reporter
Received an e-mail from Boode
Swain about his daughter Anna
Swain's wedding on April 26, 2009.
She married Richard Kaplan at the
Croatian Cultural Center in
Helen and Isaac Hay Sacramento, Calif. He enclosed a
picture which I have included here.
Joanie Ridge Cameron
Front: Anna Swain and Boode Swain. Back (L-R):
Grandmother Lois Putnik, mother Julie Swain, and
son/brother Marc Swain.
So much of our reports are about major life events--births,
deaths, weddings, travel. Well, I'm pleased to share a very
simple pleasure that happened to me last week while shop-
ping in the Santa Rosa Costco. There in the jewelry aisle was
retired Canal Zone school teacher Lorraine Juvet!! She did-
n't recognize me at first, but the mola dress helped. She said
she is busy gardening and enjoying good health in her retire-
ment. Says her fruit trees and flowers are doing great this
summer and in October she's off to a wedding in Las Vegas.
Now I know all you Florida ex-Zonies probably run into each
other on a regular basis. Well out here in California that does-
n't happen every day. I love running into fellow Isthmians
unexpectedly like that. Had a smile on my face for the rest of
Got word from Joanie Ridge Cameron who just returned
from a trip to Mexico and is celebrating her retirement. In
mid-August she returned to work part-time for the City of
Roseville's senior programs. She is also volunteering for kids
with special needs. Her husband Scottie still has nine more
years until he can retire. Joanie is also finally learning how to
play golf. Joanie's friend from junior high, Sue Foulk, has
recently moved back to California so they are back in touch
REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR 2010
MEMBERSHIP DUES OF $40.00
BY DECEMBER 31, 2009.
Terry Morofsky, Larry and Margo Savio, Joanie (Ridge)
Cameron, Sheri Morofsky and Sue Foulk.
Here's news from Vicki (Hutchinson) Boukalis about
Noble "Buddy" Phillips' adventures at the age of 95. Buddy
lives in Lake Forest, Calif., and traveled to Conyers, Ga., to
spend last Thanksgiving with his son Richard Phillips and
daughter-in-law Olga. Buddy's other son Doug Phillips and
his daughter Sue Fisher, six grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren and their spouses also arrived to help celebrate
the festive occasion.
Back (L-R): Brad Collins, Avery Hildebrandt, Ashley
Gavin, Sandy Reyes, Buddy Phillips, Olga Phillips, Doug
Phillips, Jon Fisher, Daniel Fisher. Middle (L-R): Gillian
and Kim Collins, Brett Phillips, April and Zachary Gavin,
Christy Hildebrandt, Richard Phillips, Kathleen Phillips.
Front (L-R): Ericka and Alexia Reyes, Venus, John
Phillips, Sue Fisher.
Marge Cohen Brigadier reported some cool noticias
from fellow classmate Dave Albanese. Think back: "The
Vikings," an Atlantic-side band including Dain "Jack" Blair,
Chuck Weber, and Richard Hull. Now fast-forward to our
Orlando reunions of recent past: "The Castaways" who did
all those incredible rock-and-roll hits of the '60s (same hom-
bres). Now, fast forward to the present: A new ABC Prime
Time show called The Goode Family, about a compulsively
"green" and socially responsible family. Dain Blair and his
present band, "The Groove Addicts," have a website which
shows a behind-the-scenes spoof of how they made the music
to accompany this new TV show. Call this reporter for further
information if interested. You'll never look at sunflowers and
bagels the same again!
In March Sue flew out to California for a week to help her
dad, Buddy, celebrate his 95th birthday. Buddy's stepdaugh-
ter Sherry and husband Bob Leasure and stepdaughter
Carol and husband Tom Doudna joined in on the glorious
event of taking him gambling at two Indian casinos and to eat
clams at his favorite Italian restaurant where he lives in
Freedom Village. Buddy is known as "The Putting Green
Champ" because over the years he holds the most wins. He
also bowls on a couple of senior leagues. Each year he goes
with one of his leagues to Las Vegas. Buddy carries a 144
average and this past winter his team came in first place.
Buddy Phillips with his Bowling Award
Richard Phillips drove his dad to Las Vegas to vacation
with Buddy's league. From Vegas they drove to Little Rock,
Ariz., and ate lunch with Kim Collins, Buddy's granddaugh-
ter, and great-granddaughter Gillian. Then it was on to
Richard and Olga's house in Conyers, Ga., before attending a
three-day jester convention in Daytona Beach. Their next
stop was Valkaria, Fla., where they spent a few days with Sue,
her husband Jon Fisher and their daughter Christy, and her
two girls Emily and Avery. On their way back to Conyers
they visited Doris Hutchinson, Buddy's 92-year-old sister-
in-law who lives in St. Petersburg and spent a night in Ocala
with Buddy's niece Dianne (Hutchinson) and Jerry Cox.
Vicki and Bob Boukalis traveled up to Lillian, Ala., and
spent a few days with their Uncle Buddy, Richard and Olga.
Vicki and Bob were so pleased noting Buddy's youthfulness
and astuteness. Every day he walked with Vicki and her dogs
up a steep hill and then played gin rummy with Bob.
Sue, Jon and their son Daniel Fisher drove up to be with
Sue's Dad a few more days before he flew back to California.
Daniel brought his Wii game and taught his Grandpa Buddy
how to Wii Bowl. Buddy left his Chevy van with Richard to
give to his granddaughter April Gavin because he no longer
is driving. Now Buddy has signed up for the Freedom Village
Wii Bowling tournament in hopes of becoming the next Wii
News from down Santa Barbara way from Steve and
Anna (Andrews) Bissell. In July one of Steve's best Canal
Zone buddies, Kiki O'Brien, his wife and three kids came
over from Italy to spend some time with the Bissells. Stevo's
and Anna's daughter Sunday and her husband and their kids
added to the friendly invasion. Sunday's family lives nearby
in Ventura. They all went to dinner, including Kiki's mother
Sally and his sister Sharon who lives in San Diego. They
feasted out on Steam's Wharf, where this photo was taken.
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Rylander, Vicky O'Brien, Michael O'Brien, Madeline
O'Brien, Matthew O'Brien, Sharon O'Brien, John
Bissell, Anna Bissell, Sunday Bissell Rylander.
Steve reported in the past that when he and Kiki got
together it was like nuclear fusion (AKA madness). But Kiki
and Steve are sober these days so "we had a very nice, safe,
boring" get-together, that all the women appreciated. Steve
said it was really great to see his best friend after these years
and miles apart.
In May we got a letter from Robert "Bob" Carlson,
USAF (Ret.). He wrote that he just returned home to Walpole,
Mass., from his Albrook Air Police reunion in Branson, Mo.
He says, "our group has dwindled due to age and the prob-
lems that come from being in your 70s." He did have a great
time and will meet next in April in Gettysburg, Pa. Bob asked
if we had been back to Albrook and of course we told him
every January when we return to Panama we spend several
nights at the Albrook Inn. Bob and his pals ought to consider
joining the PC Society and do their annual reunions with the
rest of us. They would be amazed!
Over the years several classmates have asked me how my
brother Marty is doing. He is fine, lives in Charleston, S.C.,
with his wife of many years, Mary Ann. They have three kids
and several grandkids. In April my middle daughter Lena
(from Santa Cruz), my little grandson Jesse and I flew to
Atlanta and spent a few days with our Georgia siblings and
their families. Marty rode over on his Harley and joined the
fun. We all went out to dinner at a little down-home Southern
Fried Chicken place. We also celebrated Jesse's two-year-old
from Kansas City. Randy works for the Bureau of
Reclamation and Adrienne is employed as a first grade
teacher with Denver Public Schools. Jan Morales (BHS'97),
my eldest, made a transatlantic move from Heidelberg,
Germany, to downtown Denver where he's employed as a
financial adviser for a university. My son Daren and his sig-
nificant other, Dominique Rahey, recently moved from
Boulder to the #1 rated small city in the U.S., which is
Louisville, Colo. It seems as though we've witnessed a small
migration of Zonians to the mile-high metro area.
Marty Aanstoos and his Harley
Back (L-R): Marty Aanstoos, Helena Aanstoos Keith, John
Taylor. Front (L-R): Kathy Aanstoos (Rickey's wife), Helen
Aanstoos with grandson Jesse, and Virginia Aanstoos
That will wind up this report for now. We may all be fac-
ing varying degrees of the dwindles, but our friendships keep
growing stronger with each passing year. I am happy to be a
small part of one of the things that helps keep us connected.
Keep sending me the news, I know our readers and friends
out there love when an old friend pops up! Adios for now,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
It's been a long time since we reported from the "square
state" of Colorado. Much has happened since the last Rocky
Mountain report. My nephew Kyle Keepers, formerly of
Cardenas, moved to Boulder from Logan, Utah, to find green-
er pastures closer to kinfolk. Additionally, my niece
Adrienne Oliver (BHS'89) and her hubby Randy relocated
(L-R): Lars Morales, Eve Morales, lan Morales, Adrienne
Oliver, Kyle Keepers, Randy Kuzniakowski, Jessica Irby,
Brett Leutweiler, and pooches.
Several waves of visitors have come through the area.
Doug Allen stopped by in May and we celebrated his visit
with a BBQ on Adrienne's deck. David Roubik (Balboa
Academy '04) was here from Panama to visit our daughter
Eve. Bob and Mindy Dollar were in Boulder for a wedding
but were able to join us for an outdoor concert in Boulder.
Charlie Thrush's mother Norma was in town from Panama
at the same time as the Dollars for the nuptials of Kristine
Thrush's son. Stuart G. Warner, currently residing in San
Antonio, stopped for a brief visit on his two-month road trip
to Canada and the East coast. Craig Vokey, Martha Hawk's
husband, and son Mark, cruised over from Chatham, Cape
Cod, on their motorcycles. After four days of intense touring
in the mountains, they continued on to San Francisco to meet
up with Martha and several other biker friends. Our summer
guest list concludes with a visit from my sister Jeanette
Morales Keepers (BHS'67) of Spartanburg, S.C., and her
daughter Kendra Keepers, who currently lives in
"Give the gift that keeps on
giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society."
"Also while visiting in Jacksonville my longest childhood
friend from the Canal Zone, Karen Paine and her mom Billie
Paine, came up from the Tampa area to visit. The old Coco
Solo Lee Street gang got together for lunch at Billy's
Boathouse Grill on the Intracoastal Waterway where Liz and
Dionne Holland joined us. Ed Overstreet, who works for
TSA, was on a temporary detail working at the Jacksonville
airport for a few weeks and also came over and joined us too.
(L-R): Randy Kuzniakowski, Daren Morales, Dominique
Rahey, Marcela Hawk Morales, Eve Morales, lan
Morales, Adrienne Oliver, Doug Allen, Brett Leutweiler,
Teresa Molina, and Tim Askew.
.. Karen Paine, Liz Holland, Ed Overstreet, Dionne
Holland, Charles Salyer, Terri Lang, Lois Salyer, and
"My husband Jeff and I made our annual summer trek to
beautiful Aspen, Colo., over the Independence Day holiday
for a few days of cycling and taking in the epic scenery. We
also just visited Austin, Texas, in July to celebrate the 80th
birthday of Jeff's dad, Stu Lang, of Fort Worth, Texas. We
had a big family gathering at the home of Jeff's youngest
brother Peter Lang, who lives in Austin, that included a fun
(L-R): Jeanette Morales Keepers, Lars Morales, Marcela day of boating on Lake Austin. We're enjoying our short sum-
Hawk Morales, Ian Morales, Kendra Keepers, Eve mer season out here in the mountains, hope everyone else is
Morales, Adrienne Oliver, Dominique Rahey, Daren doing the same!"
Morales, Kyle Keepers, and pooches.
Last minute news received from Terri Salyer Lang of
Colorado Springs. She writes: "Well, I didn't make it to the
Society Reunion this year, but I did get to see many old
friends in May during a trip to visit my parents, Charles and
Lois Salyer, in Jacksonville, Fla. While there, I attended a
great party hosted by my goddaughter Chimere Little and
her roommate Renee Domenech, both students at University
of North Florida, where a bunch of us got together.
Standing (L-R): Denise Will, Maureen Domenech, Renee
Domenech, Chimere Little, Renee Nellis. Seated (L-R):
Regan Will, Michelle Huff, Tommy Little, Elaine Little,
and Terri Lang.
Terri and Jeff Lang, Aspen, Colo.
I know there's a ton going on in Colorado, so please share
your bochinche with me. I'd love to include it in the Colorado
section of the Canal Record. Email or call me. Hasta la prox-
ima y sigue gozando la vida!
HELP WANTED: Colorado Zonians are in need of a
party coordinator for the upcoming holidays. Please let me
know if you're interested in volunteering or if you have some
Lars Morales, Reporter
We would like to welcome some
z -. new Zonians to Europe. A warm wel-
come to Eileen Petzold-Bradley
who has been living in Berlin,
Germany. And also to Robert and
Mary Lou Pascavage Patricia Sprague who just moved to
the Kaiserslautem, Germany, area.
50 is good!! And what better reason for a party. Ken
Croft and I celebrated our 50th birthdays in April and May
with family and friends. Happy 50th this year to all our class-
mates from BHS'77!
L- K: Manuel and Mimi Azcarraga, Sadith UeLa(iuardia,
Robert Careless, Mary Lou Pascavage, Ken Croft, Evelyn
Barraza, Tom Snider.
Tara King traveled to Arnhem, Holland, to see the Eagles
perform. On her way back she stopped off in Cologne,
Germany, to see the Cathedral, Kolner Dom. The cathedral is
one of the world's largest churches and the largest Gothic
church in Northern Europe. The construction of Cologne
Cathedral began in 1248 and it took until 1880 to complete--
more than 600 years. It's beautiful!! Afterwards, a stroll down
the river walk led to the Lindt Chocolate factory. The minute
you walk through the doors, you are enveloped in the won-
derful, chocolaty aroma! Of course she hit the gift shop after
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Manuel and Mimi Azcarraga are members of the
Kaiserslautern Hispanic American Club in Germany.
Previously they hosted a Mexican dinner for the Wounded
Warriors (about 50-60 soldiers) on Landstuhl at the USO
facility. Mimi volunteered to bring a Panamanian dish for the
July 25th dinner, next thing she knew they wanted to have a
Panamanian theme! So of course she called up all her Zonian
friends to help her cook. It was a great way to share some of
the delicious foods we enjoy from back home. The menu
included empanadas, patacones, sancocho, arroz con polio,
plantano ententacion, lechon, flan, tres leches and bread pud-
ding. Thanks to Lucho and Mimi Azcarraga, Tara King,
Melody McConaughey, Tom and Evelyn (Barraza) Snider,
Robert and Patricia Sprague, Maureen Husum and Ken
Croft for providing all the delicious food. Official QA was
provided by Andre Azcarraga, Lucas McConaughey, and
my son Caleb Burford.
Group at Mexican Dinner
Eileen Petzold-Bradley, living in Berlin since 1997, trav-
eled back to Orlando for her 20th class reunion to see old
class of 1989ers. She traveled back with her son Karl Phillip
(now seven years old) who will spend the summer with his
grandparents, Jim and Diane Bradley, who live in
Hendersonville, N.C. Eileen will travel with her husband and
twin daughters, Mia Elizabeth and Pia Emily, to the Baltic
Sea for one week in August. The Baltic Sea is a popular sea
resort area for Germans and especially Berliners who com-
mute regularly to this popular seaside area. It is not the
Panama beaches but Eileen still finds it lovely to be on the
water especially when there is sun in Germany! Jim and
Diane Bradley will visit in August to bring back Karl Phillip
and enjoy some time in the summer in Berlin before the
school starts up again.
Eileen since 2004 has been running a franchise business,
a "Helen Doron Learning Centre" in Berlin where she teach-
es children English (ages 1-14 years old) and adults. Since
January 2009 she is now the owner of the whole franchise
business Helen Doron Early English for the Berlin-
Brandenburg area which comprises about 5.8 million inhabi-
tants. Her job is to build up new learning centres in urban
areas and train and coach teachers and managers in her area
along with running her own learning center. The year 2009
has been full of new challenges including building and mov-
ing into a house and managing a family of three along with a
Mary Lou Pascavage, Reporter
The PCS Reunion has come and
gone and I had such a great time! What a
great place Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
is and I didn't think walking was too
much of a problem. I was invited to Dan
Gressang's (BHS'54) class reunion din- Dawn Gressang
ner and it was great to see everyone again. It was so wonder-
ful to be invited. A big thank you goes out to Marguerite and
Bob Zumbado for planning this and for the great hospitality
room. I shared a room with my sisters, Bonnie Morrison
(BHS'64), Pam Crowell (BHS'71), and Jacque Vowell
(BHS'70). We were giggling 'til the wee hours of the morn-
ing every night. We always have a great time together. Bonnie
attended her class reunion and hospitality room. Roberta
Evans (BHS'64) did a great job putting the evening together!
Then after the reunion, I joined the cruise to the Bahamas
with BHS and CHS'54. Everyone had a fantastic time! We all
thank June Stevenson for planning this cruise!
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In April 2009 Stephen Cartotto (BHS'70), wife Tina and
children, Evan and Tessa, flew from California for a brief
vacation in the Orlando area. While there, they took time to
visit Rudy Crespo (BHS'70), and played the day at Disney's
Hollywood Studios. It was a great fun day and an enjoyable
visit, reminiscing about their lives in the Zone and talking
about where they are in their lives today.
I heard from Margot Jordan and she said: A family
reunion was held to celebrate Mother's Day and the return of
Patrick Smith's daughter and three-month-old Isahia Smith
from California. Isahia was born in California so this was the
family's first chance to welcome them back and visit with the
newborn Isahia. Everyone was treated to a barbeque dinner
and Jamie and Isahia received numerous gifts for the baby.
You can certainly tell from the picture how proud Great
Grandma Margot is of the newest member of the family.
Jordan family reunion
In April 2009 this reporter and my sister, Bonnie
Morrison, went to Tunica, Miss., on a gambling trip. The
plane fare, hotel and food were free. Bonnie gets all the great
gambling offers and I just ride on her coattails, and have a
great time playing the penny slots.
Dennis Gilbert was in the Daytona area recently on his
way to Orlando for the PCS Reunion, and took Bonnie
Morrison and her husband Mike, Jacque Vowell, Pam
Crowell, and me out to dinner at Stonewood, a local restau-
rant in Ormond Beach. We had a grand time and it was the
perfect pre-reunion party. There is nothing like old friends to
get you in the party mood.
In April the "sistahs" Bonnie Morris, Pam Crowell, and
myself took Jacque Vowell out to dinner for her birthday,
Janet Stuart was there too, and in July we got together again
to take me out for my birthday. Bonnie and I went to see the
play Movin' Out (all Billy Joel music) and then I went on a
bus trip to see Jersey Boys (Frankie Valle and the Four
Seasons music). Both plays were excellent!
In June 2009 1 went on a cruise to Alaska for a week with
my friend Mel and my son Scott and his wife Catriona.
What a wonderful trip! It was between 75 and 80 degrees and
sunny the whole cruise and the scenery was stunning! After
the cruise, we stayed two days in Seattle and visited
Marilynn Stevens. She played tour guide and showed us all
around Seattle and Bellevue. We went to Pike Place Market
to see the "throwing of the fish." Interesting place and we
thank Marilynn so much.
On April 4, 2009 the Zonian/Pan Canal
Ditchdiggers gathering was held at the
Golden Corral in Ocala. Thirty-five mem-
bers plus two "honorary" guests attended
our traditional luncheon. It was wonderful
to see: Elaine (Sievers) Austin, John Gr
Balschum, Patricia Booth, Ruth Conlan,
Juanita McConaughey, Don and Tish (Fitzpatrick)
Dertien, Nancy (Maravilla) and Gary Flora, Joe
Maravilla, Ted Norris, Virginia Pearl, Linda (Pearl)
Dahlstrom, Fred and Claudia Robinson, Jim and Ethel
(Sandmann) Wich, Albert and Aura Wilder, Chris Wilder,
Leo Krziza, Irene McCracken, Roland and Patricia Lees,
Bill McKeown, Leo Shadeck, Bill and Marbella Melody.
From Merritt Island were Bob and Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey; from Pinellas Park were Kathy Egolf,
Executive Vice President of the Panama Canal Museum, and
her relatives George and Bobbi (Williams) Egolf. The two
"honorary" guests were Marylyn Adams and Marjorie
Wise. Marylyn, a friend of Kathy Egolf, became a member of
the Panama Canal Museum and traveled on the Panama
Canal fundraising cruise in 2008. She brought her friend,
Marjorie, to the luncheon to enjoy the camaraderie of the
group. Tom Wilder, President of the Panama Canal Society,
presided over the event. He asked each of us to give a brief
history of what we did in the Canal Zone but unfortunately
the piped-in music made it difficult to hear and appreciate all
that was said. Bill McKeown handed out flyers regarding the
next Panama Canal Museum Cruise.
Marilynn Stevens and Dawn Gressang
Good news for this reporter! I have been discharged from
the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville. I need to have follow-up C-
Scans every six months, but I feel wonderful and look for-
ward to a healthy future.
Right now my two granddaughters from New Jersey (ages
13 and 14) are visiting me for a couple of weeks and they are
keeping me busy. Recently, Bonnie's grandson Zach cele-
brated his 13th birthday with a party at her home with friends
and relatives attending. We are looking forward to the next
big family event--Bonnie's daughter Cassie's wedding in
Keep your calls, and letters coming--until next time.
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
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Leo Shadeck, Bill McKeown, and John Balschum
Don Dertien, Tish Dertien, and Juanita McConaughey
Irene McCracken and Leo Krziza
Patricia and Roland Lees
Ruth Conlan, Bob McConaughey, Juanita McConaughey,
and Kathie McConaughey.
Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and Virginia Pearl
Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and Virginia Pearl
Nancy (Maravilla) Flora, Joe Maravilla, and Gary Flora
George and Bobbie Egolf
Dianne (Hutchinson) (BHS'58) and Jerry Cox were
quite busy during the months of May and June. They were
visited by Dianne's uncle Noble (Buddy) Phillips, and her
cousin Richard Phillips (BHS'85) who drove from
California to Las Vegas to Daytona, Fla., to visit Jesters, and
then headed up to Conyers, Ga. While in Las Vegas, Buddy
(who is 95 years "young") bowled in a bowling tournament
and has an average of 144.
Dianne Cox, Buddy Phillips, and Richard Phillips
Sometime in May, Dianne and Jerry flew to Dallas/Fort
Worth, Texas, to help celebrate Katelyn's eighth birthday.
They went to the zoo, ate at several different restaurants, and
went to the Stockyard and saw a rodeo. They had a super
Back (L-R): Jerry Cox, Shane Hutchison, Gary Hutchison
(BHS'62). Front (L-R): Bekah Hutchison, Dianne Cox,
Katelyn Hutchison, and Pat Hutchison holding Ryan
In June they met their son Wally (BHS'82), in Greenville,
S.C., where Jerry's family was having a reunion. Then they
drove to North Carolina to see the mountains which Dianne
said were so beautiful and breathtaking. All had a wonderful
Wally Cox and Jerry Cox
It is with great sadness and heartache to inform those of
you who knew Altine Bentson, Eunice Hall, Louise
Hanbury-Bergmann, and Fran Stock of their deaths (see
With Deep Sorrow). A sincere thank you to the family for
writing an obituary about Altine and to Kae Huggins for
writing one for Eunice.
Feature Person of the Issue: Betty J. Blanchette.
What brought you to Panama: My
Husband Robert transferred from the
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in
Kittery, Maine, to Mt. Hope on the
Atlantic side in the Canal Zone. We
came with our four children--
Mitchell, Geri, Paula, and Mary.
Years in Canal Zone/Panama:
Betty Blanchette Soon after we arrived, I started
working as a nurse at the dispensary
in Ft. Gulick; later I was able to transfer to Pan Canal and
worked in the schools, the community health centers, and the
Locks' clinics. I was there almost thirty years.
Key Events/Experiences: I became involved with the
Sweet Adeline chorus on the Atlantic side and found singing
barbershop style music great fun. We put on some very spe-
cial shows. Later, I became involved with the prayer group at
St. Mary's Church in Balboa. That was a beautiful experi-
What do you miss most: The closeness of being involved
in a small community. The weather. The good friends we had
Since Panama: I retired to Florida in April 1996. I've
become involved with various activities in my parish church
or other parishes. I'm fortunate that my two daughters, Geri
and Mary, live nearby.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
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Hurricane season is here and so far
all we've had is lots of much-needed
rain--just keeping our fingers crossed
for the rest of the season.
In April our daughter Darla flew
to Atlanta to take a weeklong much
deserved vacation to visit family and
friends. Highlight of the trip was spending time with our
cousin from Panama, John Salazar (BHS'84), and Kathleen
Jablonski and her mom Joan. She had a great time and I'm
sure she will be going back again since her brother Kevin
recently relocated there.
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(L-R): Kathleen Jablonski, Darla (Vose) Creek,
Jablonski, and John Salazar.
Grippo, Tony Diaz, Kevin Vose,
On April 19th Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux along with family
members, Katherine Egolf, Bill and Carol Egolf, Carol
Clement and Mary Ruth (Clement) Vaughn, went on their
yearly PC Museum cruise for three weeks--this time to
Europe. They left the port of Fort Lauderdale on the Celebrity
Solstice spending five days at sea (which they were dreading)
but, lo and behold, their fears were dismissed. It turned out
that those days cruising the Atlantic were awesome. There
was so much to do aboard ship with still lots of time to relax
and be lazy (we Zonians love that kind of life!).
(Back): Mary Ruth (Clement) Vaughn. Front (L-R): Barb
(Egolf) Dedeaux, unknown statue, Katherine Egolf, and
Carol Clement, Malaga, Spain.
The food was delicioso--they ate their way across the
Atlantic and back on land and sea (worrying about dieting
later--much later)! They enjoyed touring in Ponta Delgada
Azores; Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais); Spain (Barcelona,
Montserrat, Seville); France (Provence); and Italy
(Florence/Pisa, Rome). While in Seville, a national holiday
was being celebrated and all the women (infants to grand-
mothers) were clad in their Spanish (Flamenco) native dress-
-just beautiful. All were overwhelmed with the amazingly
beautiful visions of the design and architecture of the church-
es and museums.
Everyone had such a great time and are looking forward
to the next PC Museum Cruise in January 2010 aboard the
Celebrity Equinox, which will include a trip home to Panama.
Hopefully, Keith and I will be able to travel with them.
In May our grandson Bobby Vose made his First Holy
Communion at our church in Pensacola. He looked like a lit-
tle saint, but they surely do grow up fast.
In June Keith surprised me with tickets to the John Tesh
(brilliant composer, musician, pianist) live concert at
Pensacola's newly renovated Saenger Theater. He was awe-
some--such a crowd-pleaser and entertainer--we were both
totally wrapped up with his music and his love for life. His
tour was called the "$12 Tour"--all tickets were only $12,
enabling everyone to be able to enjoy his concert at a mini-
mal cost. We're looking forward to his next visit! Keith and I
both listen to his radio station--his words are very uplifting!
As in the past two years, 2009 turned out to be another
great Reunion. Same family friendly atmosphere, impeccable
service, and the entire staff were almost at our beck and call.
This year we had our room overlooking the golf course (our
dream room). Darla and family (minus Shane), Kevin, and
my brother Butch made it this year. Hopefully, the entire
family will be there next year.
I worked my 10th year in Registration this year, but
worked alone since Keith was playing in the Golf
Tournament--he and his partner placed 8th.
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Our highlight of the Reunion is always attending Saturday
Mass with Father John Kennedy concelebrated by Father
Pretto and the St. Mary's friends. As usual, it was a beautiful
nostalgic mass and always feels like we're back in the Canal
Keith Kulig, Father John Kennedy, and Barb (Hall) Vose-
This year was Keith's 50th class reunion (CHS'59). We
all got together in the Hospitality Suite to chat and enjoy each
other's company on Friday. On Saturday evening we had a
delicious dinner ofArroz con Polio--talk about nostalgia! The
chef did a great job on one of our Panama favorites.
We enjoyed the dances this year. We seemed to find ener-
gy we forgot we had. Danced Friday and Saturday nights
almost until they closed the doors. It is surely great to feel
young at heart, even though you're getting older in years.
We stayed an extra relaxing day like last year. Before
Butch left to go home, he treated us to breakfast and that
evening (after more relaxing all day), we met John and Hilda
(Saborio) (CHS'61) Boseman for dinner in the main dining
room. It was such a beautiful, clear night so, after dinner we
sat outside on the patio chatting and indulging in ice cream
(my favorite Bailey's Irish Cream) until we decided we were
tired (quite late)!
We were both in a state of withdrawal leaving the Resort-
-once we got home we wanted to turn around and go back.
We're planning a trip back with a golf package sometime dur-
ing the year (maybe more than once)--can't wait!
My classmates (CHS'61) who were at the Reunion met to
discuss and plan our 50th Reunion to be celebrated in 2011--
everyone had some great ideas. We'll meet again next year to
Darla and some of her classmates (BHS'84) are planniing
a trip to Panama in March. Lori Snow is in the process of
putting together their package. Darla hasn't been back in
quite some time and it will be a real treat for her.
In July the Fishboughs (Rosa, Bob, Bobby, Kathy, Lily,
and Macy) traveled from Oviedo to their condo in Gulf
Shores (about 45 minutes from Pensacola). Darla, Jonathan,
and I drove out and spent a day with them--we had a great
time, it's always such a pleasure seeing them. Bobby and
Kathy just had a new addition to their family, Macy Jane,
born in June. She is just beautiful! Hopefully, they'll be
returning in the winter for another visit.
Our grandson, Shane, turned "21" in July!! I made him
his favorite cheesecake and he enjoyed the day at the beach
and that evening even his mom, Darla, went out partying with
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
In early April a group of Space
Coast and Central Florida residents
traveled to Panama to participate in
the annual Cayuco Race as members
of the Panama Canal Museum Cayuco
team. The crew of the NIC was Diana
(Huff) with husband Richard Janie
Janice G. Scott
Grimison; Rebecca (Grimison) with
husband Geoff Pletcher. The crew of El Machete was Mike
Geddes, Scott Roche, and mother/daughter participants,
Karen Coffey and Christy (Shoenleber) Tuttle. Most of the
crew members practiced in Merritt Island, in the Florida-
built, fiberglass cayuco Diablo Rojo that has lines similar to
the Panama Canal Museum's cayuco Due Process.
Scott Roche, Christy (Shoenleber) Tuttle, Mike Geddes,
Karen Coffey, Diana (Huff) Grimison, Richard Grimison,
Rebecca (Grimison) and Geoff Pletcher.
Space Coast Reporter Janice Scott celebrated a milestone
in April with relatives and friends at the Kiwi Tennis Club,
Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Absent due to work was her
daughter, Katrina Herring (Sofia and Catherine's mom).
In April Bob and Kathie McConaughey headed out on a
seven-week, cross-country road trip that included stops to
visit friends and family along the way. When they reached
California, they flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, along with
Kathie's sister Bonnie (Nehring) Tudor. After a few days of
sightseeing, they boarded a cruise ship and sailed to several
more ports in the Hawaiian Island chain; from Hawaii, the
ship sailed to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Seattle, they
had a mini-reunion weekend with five of the Nehring sib-
lings, and broke Bill DeNike's rule of "no more than two
Nehring sisters in the house at one time!" As they traveled
back towards home, Bob and Kathie made stops in
Yellowstone and Craters of the Moon National Parks. Friends
and family that they visited along the way to and from Florida
included Bob's brother Will McConaughey in Houston,
Texas; former Gorgas Army Hospital Commander, Mike
McConnell and his wife Carol, in San Antonio, Texas;
Charles and Adrienne (McAndrews) Schiffner, Phoenix,
Ariz.; their son and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Feliz
Livingston, Capitola, Calif.; Bebe and Bill DeNike, Janice
Nehring, and Patrick Nehring, Seattle, Wash.; Charlie and
Marilyn (Ermish) Chase, and Mac and Ellie (Ermish)
Lane in Granbury, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Monica
and Dan Parkhurst and their children; and John and Rose
Adams, in Hahira, Ga. It was a great trip and they are already
thinking of another one!
Left to Right around Table: Bonnie Tudor, Bebe DeNike,
Bob McConaughey, Janice Nehring, Kathie
McConaughey, and Patrick Nehring.
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Marilyn and Charlie Chase
In June Dennis and Peggy Huff of Merritt Island traveled
to Arkansas and Oklahoma to visit with friends and family. In
Oklahoma they visited Dennis' mother, Esther, and his sister
Linda Dany's family in the Tulsa area. George gave Peggy
lessons on his ride-on mower and she was able to fulfill a life-
long dream of cutting farm pasture. While there, they cele-
brated Jill's birthday, Father's Day, and were able to spend
time with brother Lenny, of Curundu, Panama, and nieces,
Danielle Smith, and Kim Newton and her family.
In New Blaine, Ark., they stayed with John and Eula
Witt, formerly of Los Rios, Panama. The gals, both avid quil-
ters, shared tips and techniques; both were recovering from
eye injuries, and with only two-and-a-half good eyes between
them, they solved a pieced-quilt block mystery. They toured
the Subiaco Abbey and enjoyed the panoramic view of west-
ern Arkansas from Mount Magazine.
Eula Witt, Peggy Huff, John Witt, and Dennis Huff
In June Diana and Richard Grimison and their four chil-
dren, Carly, Tommy, Samantha, and Megan, enjoyed a
summer trip to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and New
York City. In D.C. they enjoyed visiting Theresa (Harnisch)
Grimison, son Jack, and Theresa's sister Molly Harnisch.
Jack's dad Matt Grimison was on a business trip to Paris,
France. Matt has a tough job, but someone had to do it! They
also visited with cousin Heather Scott-Molleda, husband
Jose, and their teenagers, Rory (who graduated from high
school earlier that week), and Jeannine. Their kids really
enjoyed the pony rides on their beautiful farm in Clifton, Va.
Traveling on to Pennsylvania, they joined Tom and
Nancy Grimison, Melinda (Grimison) with husband Tom
Niemeyer, and their daughters, Breanne and Allison, where
they all enjoyed a day at Hershey Park, and a family reunion
with Nancy's sisters and their families in Easton, Pa. Easton
holds special significance for the Grimison clan, as not only
is it Nancy's hometown, but the hometown from which
Roosevelt medal holder Thomas I. Grimison and wife
Jessie left to make a new life in the Canal Zone in 1907!
Diana, Richard and their children traveled on to New
York City for a few days, the highlights of which included
visits to the Empire State Building and the Museum of
Natural History, where they saw the very impressive Seal of
the Canal Zone prominently featured in the large murals com-
memorating President Teddy Roosevelt. Diana's cousin
Lauren Hale, who resides in New York City, and Anita King
de Bryan, who happened to be visiting her family in
Brooklyn, joined the Grimisons to attend the spectacular
Broadway play, Lion King. Anita is well-known to Grimison
family friends as she had worked for them in Panama for
many years, encompassing two generations of their family as
housekeeper and nanny. The summer trip was wrapped up
with a quick visit to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at
Kings Point, N.Y., especially so dad, Richard, could show his
kids his alma mater, where he hopes a few of them will attend
college one day.
and GeoffreN Herring parJsailhng
IL-RI The Grinmson Fanil \ ith the Seal otf he Canal Zone:
Carly, Megan, Samantha, Richard, and Tommy Grimison.
Katrina Herring arranged a memorable Disney cruise
vacation in June to celebrate many family occasions includ-
ing her many years as a port manager for Disney Cruise Line;
her eldest daughter Catherine's 18th birthday and high
school graduation; her daughter Sofia's 12th birthday; and
her sister-in-law Sarah Herring's birthday. Her brother
Geoffrey Herring and mother/grandmother Janice Scott
agreed to tag along as celebration boosters on the seven-day
western Caribbean cruise, ending at the beautiful Disney
island in the Abacos. The consistency of delicious food and
savoir faire of a Disney cruise makes it truly relaxing, and
special thanks go to Katrina's hard work in making it a mem-
orable vacation. No one's plans for the day had been dis-
cussed, so the girls were surprised to see pictures of their jet-
skiing fiasco which Geoff and Sarah had captured of them
from their parasailing vantage! It's a good reminder to always
look your best.
uarnerine nerrng, Karrna nerrnng, uncle ,eoiirey
Herring, Janice Scott, and Sofia Herring, Disney cruise.
Don and Joyce Humphrey hosted 50 Zonians at their
annual pre-Panama Canal Reunion BBQ this year at their
nostalgic Canal Zone-style home on stilts in Grant/Valkaria,
Fla. "Thanks to all the good Zonians who came. We had a 59
person turnout this year with the likes of Arnie and Maria
Manning and family from Miramar, Fla.; Donna Sasso,
Molly Williford, Rod Brayton, Louie and Sandy Reyes
from the Tampa area; Russell Favorite with son Patrick
from Ohio; Mike Padua, Richard Phillips and Dick
Burchett from Georgia; Charley Leves from Panama. Some
of the many Brevardians were Sue (Phillips) Fisher and hus-
band; Gordon Reif and his wife; Pat Manning; Howie and
Gerry Laatz; Ken and Patty Karpinski; Randy and JoElla
Deakins; Kathie and Bob McConaughey; Bonnie Tudor;
Janice Scott. We always enjoy it because of the good friends
Joyce and Don Humphrey
Don retired recently so he'll have lots of time to enjoy his
tropical environs and learn gardening tips from his next-door
neighbor at Valkaria Gardens, founded by Dr. B. Frank
Brown, who's still gardening in his mid-90s, and is a world
authority on Crotons, Cordylines, Aglaonemas, and authored
The Amazing Aglaonemas and Houseplant to the World.
Following the Society reunion in July, Cecil, Renee and
Carl Krimminger of Charlotte, N.C., overnighted in Cocoa
Beach. Dennis and Peggy Huff joined them at Rusty's at Port
Canaveral for dinner. Three of the port's large cruise ships
were sailing that afternoon and the group waved them out. It
was pouring rain when the Freedom of the Seas sailed by; as
massive as she is she was barely visible. The weather cleared
in time for a photo of the Krimmingers with the Disney
Wonder in the background.
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Carl, Renee, and Cecil Krimminger
In July Dennis and Peggy Huff joined their former Los
Rios neighbors, Al and Dee Burkett, also of Florida, for a
nine-day bus and train trip across western Canada. They trav-
eled with a tour group from Calgary to Vancouver through the
Canadian Rockies. Highlights of the trip were Banff, Yoho,
and Jasper national parks; Lake Louise; the Columbia
Icefield Glacier; and a float trip down the Athabasca River.
They traveled by train on the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper
to Vancouver through the interior of British Columbia;
crossed the continental divide; viewed the highest mountain
in the Canadian Rockies and crossed western Canada's desert
near Kamloops. On the coast, they rode the ferry through the
Gulf Islands from the mainland to Vancouver Island and
Victoria. They all thoroughly enjoyed the scenic trip and
highly recommend it.
Dick and Dee Burkett, Peggy and Dennis Huff
The Rogers family had a wonderful time at the Reunion.
Kudos to the committee. Don and Charlene Rogers,
Panama; Sandi (Rogers), Jeff, Chris, and Megan Graves,
Texas; Charles, Annette, Cailey, and Camille Rogers,
Nicaragua; Wil, Angie, and Anna Rogers, Melbourne
Beach. Needless to say the Rogers home rocks when every-
one comes. Mucha cerveza and vino! Granddaughter Olivia
Rogers was studying Art at the prestigious Mill Street Loft in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and visited with her "Tia" Helen and
The Space Coast Zonians represent a large contingent
who attend the Panama Canal Society annual reunion in
Orlando each year. Thanks to everyone who volunteered
many hours to ensure we have a good time; and, we did!
The Museum's cultural events were very interesting.
Although it is poignant to see a kinkajou in Florida, and learn
about the endangered golden frog and other reptiles of
Panama, I especially thank the Museum for asking me and
other Roosevelt descendants to participate in the vignettes not
included in the Write of Passage. Nothing touches our hearts
more than stories of romance, tragedy, family, friendships,
and marriages about the Roosevelt medal holders, and their
four and five generations of descendants. On a humorous
note, thanks for giving me the opportunity to publicly explain
how I am related to two of the largest Canal Zone families,
the Grimisons and Herrings.
Janice G Scott, Reporter
Well, here it is--the end of another
summer. However, the continuing
saga of Clarence and Rosita Payne's
travels continue on. After her accident
in Colombia last spring, she is on the
mend and had given Clarence an Skip Rol
option for their 50th wedding anniversary of spending more
money on very expensive jewelry, or a less expensive
European trip to visit some old friends in Parma, Italy (whom
he had married and baptized their children many years earli-
er). Being a man of quick decisions, the frequent flyer miles
won out. They rented a car and wandered hither and yon
around the beautiful Tuscany countryside for a delightful
three-week road trip to Lucca, Pisa and Florence, Bologna,
Verona, Perugia, Assisi, and a beautiful coastal area on the
Mediterranean known as the Five Villages, which are nestled
on the rugged rocky cliffs of the sea with spectacular views
through the Apennine Alps of Tuscany, not as high as the Alps
to the north but very impressive nevertheless. The leaning
tower of Pisa really struck them as an imposing edifice. The
tilt of the tower is startling and makes one wonder what keeps
it upright; it also makes one think twice before climbing the
250 steps to the top. However, he made it up to the top, and
the magnificent view was worth it.
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Rosita and Clarence Payne in Cinque Terre region
The weather was beautiful shirtsleeve temperature, not
hot, just right. It was fun to be in the large open squares, and
the magnificence of the cathedrals. The big treat there is the
"gelato," the Italian ice cream. At $2-$3 for the very smallest
cone, and much more for bigger ones, everywhere you would
look, people were walking down the cobblestone streets lick-
ing their ice cream cones. So, "When in Rome, we did like
Italian women seemed to have a flair for bold fashion.
They saw gals walking great distances on cobblestone streets
in high heel boots. Some of them, believe it or not, even wore
stiletto heels. Their podriatrists must love them. And the
bikes; it seems like everyone is on a bike. They saw one
mother with two children on a bike, well-dressed men in suits
and ties, glamorous women dressed to the nines, all biking
down the streets. Unfortunately, they bike like they drive, and
often on the sidewalks, and Rosita became quite paranoid,
trying to protect her injured shoulder. She was often bumped
by people or bikes on the narrow sidewalks, and each time
felt pain in that shoulder all over again. You just cannot walk
on those narrow streets without bumping into one another.
Oh, last of all, he finally outdid Rosita in shopping for
bargains. He bought a bona fide Omega watch, out on the
street, with a guarantee from a really nice guy from Senegal.
It was a steal at only twenty Euros. The only thing he can't
figure out is why it keeps stopping on him. Maybe he's not
winding it right... OK...once you stop laughing, he knew it
would be a cheapo, but he had broken the strap on his wrist-
watch and was hoping this one might at least keep ticking
even if not with perfect time. He was wrong; and the twenty
Euros went down the drain, but it may not be a complete loss.
It is a very attractive watch and he can wear it to parties.
Rosita would be very happy to see him attire himself in some-
thing a bit more refined than his Timex Iron Man Wal-Mart
special. He justs hopes the metal case of this nice Omega
doesn't turn green.
This brings us to our anniversary date of May 25. We
expressed our thanks to our hosts and took off on a wonder-
ful full day drive from Parma, Italy, to Salzburg, Austria.
Most of the day was filled with driving through the Alps, one
magnificent view after the other throughout the day; snow-
capped mountains, quaint villages nestled in valleys, every
village church with an unbelievably tall needle-thin spire,
incredible bridges over the Alps. You can't put this experi-
ence in words. Photos won't even do justice to these inspir-
ing rugged mountains, but the experience of seeing them is
inspiring. Finally, we arrived in Salzburg, Austria, the beauti-
ful city of Mozart and romance. This is the historic setting of
the Von Trapp family as it was shown to the world in the
movie The Sound of Music. We had a grand time in Salzburg.
It has an enchanting historic center and an impressive fortress
high on bluffs above the old city. Clearly, I could choose no
better place than the romantic Salzburg to celebrate Rosita's
birthday on May 26. Something has been very good for her
here in Europe, either the air or the water, because she looked
terrific on the eve of her birthday.
From Salzburg, we made a stop in Heidelberg, a historic
university town, and saw once again the impressive fortress
on the banks of the river there. We then continued on to Paris,
and Brussels, and home.
In other news, Sarah Mcllvaine visited her parents, Ed
and Kari, and brother Nathan in Tallahassee in April when
she traveled from Richmond, Va., to be a bridesmaid in her
cousin's (Rebekah Husum) wedding. Two weeks later Sarah
and her friend Andrew Proctor and Nathan joined Ed and
Kari at their mountain cabin in Bryson City, N.C. They all
had a great time hiking and exploring!
Sarah McIlvaine and Nathan McIlvaine
Nathan McIlvaine, Sarah McIlvaine, Ed McIlvaine,
Andrew Proctor and Kari McIlvaine.
Mark and Katherine Heddaeus, Hugh Thomas and
Rick Williams trailered their motorcycles up to Bryson City,
N.C., where they stayed with Ed and Kari McIlvaine in their
mountain cabiin. Ed and Kari trailered their sports car up also
and everyone enjoyed riding through the beautiful North
Carolina mountains. In spite of the weather being slightly
uncooperative, they all got one day of good riding. Gary
Abbott met them on the Tennessee side of the Smoky
Mountains National Park and led the way as they rode
through the famous Deal's Gap (318 turns in 11 miles). At the
end of the "Dragon's Tail" they had their picture taken in
front of the "Tree of Shame" and were very happy for not
adding to the collection of crashed motorcycle parts! They
rode about 250 miles that day taking them on a route from the
cabin through the Smoky Mountains National Park (in the fog
and rain!) to the Foothills Parkway which led them to Deal's
Gap and then home. Fortunately, as the sun came out on their
way home, they included several miles of the Cherohala
Skyway. Besides riding motorcycles, Ed, Rick and Hugh took
in a day of golf at Whittier, N.C. Smokey Mountain Golf -
Course. Meanwhile, Mark, Katherine and Karl visited the
Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., to see the Spring Gardens
in full bloom. It was a great trip!! Katherine and Mark Heddaeus, Hugh Thomas, Gary
Abbott, and Rick Williams at Tree of Shame.
Mania Nita attended the Tallahassee Museum to see her
friends Barbara and lan Cairns on March I11. Barbara was
invited to do a book signing for her Florida history narrative
Cracker Cow along with a cattlemen's convention that was in
town. She was decked out in her western outfit with cowboy
hat and looked stunning. Another successful author from the
Burt Mead, a longtime, avid fan of Florida State
University, decided one day to paint the garage side of his
kitchen door in the Garnet and Gold colors that are represen-
tative of the FSU Seminoles. After finishing the job and
Rick Williams, Hugh Thomas, Gary Abbott, Mark and admiring his "artwork," Burt decided that the door would
Katherine Heddaeus, Kari and Ed McIlvaine. only be complete if he could get FSU Football Coach Bobby
Bowden's signature on it. By chance one day Burt, who lives
on the Killearn Golf Course in Tallahassee, was in his back-
yard when he saw Coach Bowden coming down the fairway.
-- He wandered over to the Coach, mentioned his door and
a-" asked if he would autograph it. Coach Bowden, being the
gentleman that he is, gladly agreed to interrupt his stroll and
walked over to Burt's house to sign the door. Coach said,
"I've been asked to sign a lot of things, but never a door!"
While there might be other doors in Tallahassee painted
Garnet and Gold, probably none has Bobby Bowden's signa-
ture on it. Burt is proud of his door and is quick to show the
autograph to anyone who is in the vicinity of his house. If he
ever moves, he will no doubt take the door with him.
Katherine Heddaeus and Kari McIlvaine, Biltmore Estate
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My wife Beverly sings with an a-cappella group called
Friends of Harmony, who were asked to sing for The National
Guard Association of Florida Annual State Conference,
which was held at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando on July 16-17,
2009. It was a great honor and privilege for them to sing for
so many distinguished military personnel and Generals of the
Army and Air Force. The Generals enjoyed their performance
so much that they invited the ladies group back to sing next
year. Among their numerous rewards, they were all presented
with challenge coins from General Craig McKinley, Chief of
the National Guard Bureau; Major General Douglas Burnett,
Adjutant General of Florida; and one from Florida's
Governor, Charlie Crist.
Friends of Harmony group: Beverly Rowley (2nd from left
on front row).
For this reporter, the annual Panama Canal Reunion this
year held a special occasion. It was the BHS class of 1959
50th class reunion, and what a great time we all had. It was
fantastic to see all the old classmates and how well they have
aged. Other than some gray hair, and some glasses, the gals
looked as good to me as they ever did. The guys....well who
looks at the guys anyway, just kidding. Even the guys looked
the same. Barbara Klipper Miller found an Elvis Presley
impersonator to perform for us at our Saturday night dinner,
and he stole the show. He had all the gals crying and swoon-
ing and singing all the songs. If it hadn't been for the long
hours of constant work and numerous phone calls and emails
from Barbara, Mickey Walker Fitzgerald, Brian
McNamee, the computer guru Lane Thompson, who kept
me in check, Barbara Vose-Kulig who spent many hours
making French Fruit cookies for our class hospitality room,
red-and-white felt "Bs" and miniature straw Panama hats
with red-and-white ties (and she wasn't even in our class),
Bill Brunner for the many goodies that he brought up from
El Valle, and myself, the party would not have been anywhere
as good as it was. Thanks to you and to all who attended for
making it a very memorable occasion. Let's do it again in a
Skip Rowley, Reporter
This is my first report for the Canal Record. TAMPA
BAY AREA PEOPLE: PLEASE SEND ME SOME NEWS!!!
While there were many faces at the 2009 Reunion, Father
Kennedy and Padre Pretto proved to be the most popular.
Mary Lynch of Tampa was well pleased to see her old friend
and confessor, Father Kennedy!
Father John Kennedy, Mary Lynch, and Padre Franklin
While I was hoping to provide more news and photo-
graphs for my first report, this is it. I am leaving on an unfor-
tunate trip to Panama due to the sudden death of my brother
Rick Livingston on July 11, 2009.
Sarah Livingston Schlicht, Reporter
Received an email from Carolyn
Holmes Morris of Hephzibah, Ga., on
April 16, 2009, but it was too late for the
June Canal Record, so I am including it
June Stevenson in this report. She stated that Masters
Week was over and they had somewhat
recovered. Gary and Ellen Anderson, Jack and Fran Hern,
Joyce and CH Stewart, Doug and Judy Pajak, Chuck and
Brooksie Rentz partook in the Masters Week events. She and
Ray had their annual Low Country Shrimp Boil on that
Saturday and had a nice crowd of Zonies and local friends.
And, of course, other food fare during that week were
empanadas, seviche to say the least!! Always a must!
Everything was washed and put up until next year, same time,
same place. The dogs got used to the comings and goings of
everyone and took it with a grain of salt--that wasn't the case
when they first arrived. Hair stood on end and a lot of teeth
Eileen (Cox) and Geoff Cowell, Kathleen (McConaghy)
and Bill Campbell. We left Sunday afternoon and spent the
night with Danielle Harned. Sat out by the pond with a nice
glass of wine while the kids rode the ATV and me yelling,
"No hotdogging!!" Danielle fixed a great dinner and a tasty
fritatta for breakfast. We met her horses, donkey, dog and
cats--I was right at home with all the animals since I have
three dogs and four cats!!
Back (L-R): Barry Felps, Ellen (Wilson) Anderson, Judy
(Hearne) Martin, Judy (Felps) Spaziano. Seated (L-R):
Ray Amato, Carolyn (Holmes) Morris, Gary Anderson,
and Joyce (Herring) Stewart.
Front (L-R): Doug Pajak, Carolyn Morris, Judy Pajak,
Ellen Anderson, Fran Hern, Joyce Stewart, Ray "Goose"
Amato. Rear (L-R): Gary Anderson, Jack Hern, Chuck
Rentz, and CH Stewart.
They also had a nice visit from Ray Underwood and his
wife Helen the week or so before the Masters. They tried to
get them to join the festivities but Easter Sunday had other
commitments for them. Maybe next year!
I received a second email from Carolyn on July 21, 2009,
and she said they had a great time at the Reunion. They spent
the week and Joyce and CH Stewart and two of their grand-
children joined them and their two grandchildren. It was won-
derful being able to drop them off at Disney or Sea World and
pick them up. They did five days and had one more park to
go to but were finally worn out!! So were Ray and CH from
all the dropping off and picking up. Joyce and I managed to
attend more of the Reunion thanks to their chauffeuring the
kids. Had a nice gathering of some Gamboa friends (some of
whom had not seen each other since 1956--long time) and a
few others for dinner at my condo. Judy Hearne Martin,
Judy Felps Spaziano and her husband Rocco, Barry Felps
and his wife Janet, Gary and Ellen (Wilson) Anderson, Ray,
Joyce and I made up the Gamboa Group. Also there was
Back (L-R): Grandson Alex, Carolyn Holmes Morris, and
grandson Derek. Front: Granddaughter Lauren and son
Received a note from Cissy and Gary Collins about their
vacation trip to Wyndham Emerald Beach Resort in Panama
City, Fla., the first week of April. Said the weather was cool-
er than expected, but they still enjoyed walking the beach and
eating at their favorite Captain's Table seafood restaurant. On
the way to Gulf Shores, Ala., they met Doug and Jean Litton
at Hall's Seafood Restaurant in Pensacola. Again the food
was delicious and the conversation was nonstop. Since their
last get-together, Doug had a second back operation and is not
yet walking well. He continues his physical therapy and will
eventually regain his strength and balance. Cissy says she
really likes the Gulf Shores area and thinks it might be her
newest favorite beach area. While there they did some
antiquing, shopping and the necessary eating.
Also heard from Kathy Melanson Wells and husband
Alan about their spectacular trip to Panama in March. It was
the first time in almost 25 years since they had been back for
a visit and saw many changes. Said the delightful Dry Season
weather was a real plus. With them were Alan's brother Fred
and wife Tricia, Alan's sister Mary Fealey (BHS'69) and
husband Guy, and their son and daughter-in-law. The group
stopped by the Administration Building where her mother
Marion Wells used to work, saw the Presidential Palace,
National Theatre, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, and even took
a partial transit of the Canal. At Panama's new Historical
Museum, the Wells "kids" located their grandfather's name
listed among the Roosevelt Medal recipients for his work on
the construction of the Canal in the early 1900s.
One evening they had dinner under the stars in the Old
Town Plaza with Lou and Sue Stabler and said it was a real
treat. Kathy mentioned that some of the houses in the former
Canal Zone look amazing with enclosed garages and privacy
fences. Kathy Jane says their four-family unit on Akee Street
has been converted into a hostel complete with "Backpackers
Welcome" sign. After a week, Kathy and Alan flew to
Boquete. Neither had been there before and were awestruck
by breathtaking scenery and climate. Kathy says all in all, a
memorable trip and they cannot wait to go back with their
children and granddaughters.
Lori Stevenson Snow and her daughter Sara Ann took
their annual trip to New York City in July so that Sara Ann
could continue to improve on her dancing. While there Sara
Ann took classes at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps,
plus voice lessons from a professional voice coach. She also
participated in the New York City Dance Alliance National
Convention. In their free time, Lori and Sara Ann took in
some Broadway shows, i.e., Billie Elliott, 9 to 5, West Side
Story, and Hair, which they went to with Lori's BHS class-
mate Jim Belzer and his friend Jerry. While in NYC, they
were joined for a short time by Lori's cousin Suzanne
Gerhart George and her young daughter Sara Kate. Lori
says it was a wonderful trip and they look forward to return-
ing next year for the dance experience for Sara Ann, the
Broadway shows, and seeing friends.
Kathy Melanson Wells and Alan Wells, Gamboa Rainforest
Sara Ann Snow, Jim Belzer, Jim's friend Jerry, and Lori
Back (L-R): Guy Ethan Fealey, Guy Fealey, Allen Wells,
Fred Wells. Front (L-R): Alicia Fealey, Mary (Wells)
Fealey, Kathy Melanson Wells, and Tricia Summerfield-
Wells, Gamboa Rainforest.
Suzanne Gerhart George, Sara Ann Snow holding Sara
Kate George, and Lori Stevenson Snow.
Some of our Atlanta Zonians got together in June at the
Coco Loco Restaurant in Buckhead, Ga., for a wonderful din-
ner of "arroz con polio, plantains and yucca frita." Before
departing for home, I took a group photo of all those Zonians
and their spouses in front of the Coco Loco Restaurant.
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My husband Davis and I drove to Tryon, N.C., in late July
to spend the weekend with Jan and Don Ponder at their
delightful and very comfortable home. Don says they have a
view of the mountains (in the winter months when the lush
and beautiful trees lose their leaves); but just sitting on the
newly-screened porch, drinking my coffee and and watching
the birds was good enough for me. Jan and Don showed us
around the area, and I thought, what a wonderful place to
retire. On Saturday we drove to South Carolina to attend a
luncheon put on by George Garcia, the Reporter for South
Carolina, and while there saw lots of Zonians, including the
Reporter from North Carolina Pat Hunt and her sister Vicki.
George had a great turnout and the restaurant he picked was
one of my favorites with lots of great choices from which to
(L-R): Billy Arnold, Ray Burda, Pat Burda, Bill Leach,
June Stevenson, Davis Stevenson, Diane Wallace,
Rosemary Abad, Janis Burda, Mary Leach, Dick Wallace,
Carol Arnold, Maggie Knapp (who put the dinner together),
Kathy Wells, Alan Wells, and Lori Snow, Coco Loco
Received a short email from Frank McLeod stating he
was planning on attending the 2010 Panama Canal Reunion
as it will also be his 50th class reunion from high school
Received a letter from Tina Kilbey Luken with photos
from the July 2009 Panama Canal Reunion. She says that
Renee Martin (her daughter) and Rachel Martin (her grand-
daughter) also attended the Reunion. That was three genera-
tions of the Clarence W. "Bud" Kilby family who attended,
plus her sisters, Jolie Seeley and Charlotte Mullins. Tina
said she had a wonderful time at the Reunion and sent in
some photographs to show what a good time everyone had.
Rachel Martin, Renee Martin, and Tina Kilbey Luken
Jolie Kilbey Seeley, Charlotte Kilbey Mullins, and Tina
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June Stevenson, Davis Stevenson, Jan Ponder, and Don
Ponder, Mimi's Restaurant, South Carolina.
To all those Zonians from Georgia who sent me their
news, thank you! And to those who forgot, or didn't have any
news, remember, our next submission is the end of
September. And please keep sending me your news so I can
submit it to the Canal Record!! To those who are faithful in
sending me their news, I am forever grateful, and thank you.
Keep it up!!
Please, please note that my email address has changed. It
is now: panamajune( bellsouth.net. My new email went
into effect on July 23rd and it is important that you make this
change in your email address book so that I will continue to
receive all your news for the Canal Record.
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
Dan DeSandro (BHS'74) and his I
trio have been playing Jazz, Latin and
Bossa Nova at clubs, restaurants, festi- "
vals, corporate and private events throughout the Southeast
since 1980. A buddy, Tony Bullock, lives in Germany, mar-
ried to an Irish gal, tours Europe and has several CDs out.
Dan was still in school when he, Tony, Rob Walker and a
drummer made a 45 in Panama City in the late '60s. Rob
joined the Air Force and played guitar in the Air Force band
for 25 years. Dan's trio is composed of himself on piano and
percussion, Chet Blakestone on upright bass and guitar, and
Troy Breaux on drums and percussion. Other musicians who
also play include Tommy Alesi on drums, Chris French on
upright bass, Randy Kelly on upright and electric bass,
Frank Kincel and Jerry LeJeune on drums and percussion,
and Brent Williams on acoustic bass.
Chuck and Cynthia "Thea" Thomas of Mandeville took
a trip to Elberta, Ala., for a barbecue and early celebration of
the Fourth of July holiday at the home of Jaye and Nikki
Dietz. They had a great time catching up with Jaye and Nikki
as well as Vickie and Bob Boukalis, Irene and Bob Barnes,
and Forest and Ray Roberson.
Back: King of the Hill Jay Dietz. Middle Row (L-R): Bob
Boukalis, Vicki Boukalis, Bob Barnes, Ray Roberson,
Chuck Thomas. Front Row (L-R): Irene Barnes, Forest
Roberson, Thea Thomas, and Nikki Dietz.
Louie Celerier had planned a BHS reunion in Colonial
Williamsburg but, because of the economy, had to cancel
when he couldn't get 75 signed up. That didn't stop Arline
Schmidt Winerman or this reporter and we went by Amtrak;
Arline from Florida, me from Louisiana. That was a separate
adventure. Our Woodlands Hotel provided free breakfasts,
part of which we squirreled away for later. A map and daily
schedule told us where and when reenactors in Colonial garb
performed in events of the Revolutionary War. We visited the
Capitol, governor's palace, church, basketmaker, shoemaker,
wigmaker, silversmith, bakery, wheelwright, taverns and
other craftsmen and shops. The whole place is authentic and
was resurrected with the financial support of John D.
Rockefeller Jr. We took a short shuttle ride to nearby Historic
Jamestown visiting the Archaeaium Museum with its collec-
tion of artifacts from the site and watched workers digging
through a sand pocket to reach more artifacts, hopefully.
And the friendliness of train passengers, oh my! On the
way home I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mary Ann
and Tom Bass of Houston at breakfast. Mary Ann's father,
Max Werner King, worked on the Panama Canal construc-
tion 1905-06. Mary Ann and I exchanged addresses and I
gave her information on the PCS and museum. She sent me a
CD of her father's letters to his mother when he worked on
the Canal. On June 14, I emailed the museum about this treas-
ure, Mary Ann would gladly donate them rather than have
them "molder" in Houston.
It's so sad that after all these years the Balboa Union
Church calendar has ceased publication. "There are no vol-
unteers in Panama to continue with this project and the
church is focusing on other projects," wrote Patricia
Thomas in a recent email. It was a massive job to review
photos, theme, biblical references, holidays, color, proofread
and distribute. It was a beautiful mission that will be missed.
Thank you to all those who contributed over the years to
make it a treasure for us all.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Hi there from Maryland. Although I
don't have any reports other than Jim
Gerhart (good, dependable Jim). He writes
that his wife Dorothy Rowley Gerhart .
was honored by Secretary of Defense '
Robert Gates at a Volunteers Recognition Robin Baker
Ceremony in June at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dorothy was among a
group of Red Cross volunteers recognized for their years of
service at the Medical Center.
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Bud and I have moved to a three-year-old retirement
community named Westminster Ridge. It is like living in a
small town. The Westminster, Maryland is very convenient
and the weather is quite comfortable. We have a nice breeze,
country view and live with about two hundred persons of like
circumstances. We don't need to cook, we get the place
cleaned and our bed changed once a week. Our evening meal
is in a seated dining room at two-couple tables with wait staff
and linens and entrees chosen from a menu.
The apartment is a two-bedroom with one and a half
baths. The height of the kitchen counters and bathroom is
designed for handicapped persons. Enough of the advertise-
ment. I can't think of a better move for us in our "advancing
baker Family Reunion m July Robin and Bud Baker are on
the far right, four of their five children are also pictured.
In getting acquainted with our new surroundings, I met
June Brenneman. June is in her eighties and lived at Fort
Kobbe for three years with her husband Bob, who was an
officer with the cartographers. June worked during her time
there at Gorgas Hospital as a registered nurse. It's a small
world, isn't it?
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
Sue Epperson, Biloxi, writes of an
addition to the family with the birth of
granddaughter Jayda Breeze born July r
11. At press time Sue was planning a five-
day trip to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to Patt Roberson
visit Jayda and her big brother Kayden.
Sue's husband Bill, who is on the Archery Shooters
Association pro staff, wrapped up archery competitions in
August in Ellicotville, N.Y. Mother-in-law Anne Epperson
is back after spending four weeks in Germany visiting her
brother Carl. Carmen and Walter Ilund of Austin, Texas,
visited the Eppersons this summer. Bill and Walter played
softball together in Panama. They had a nice visit and the
Ilunds went home with Gulf shrimp and some of Bill's veni-
son. Sue attended the Orlando reunion this year and had a
great time hanging with her class of '67. Bill Woods had a
hospitality suite so they talked a lot about old times when
they weren't shopping at the vendors or museum. The hotel's
empanadas were better this year, but Sue still likes hers
The annual Gulf Coast picnic was a delight. I arrived
Friday afternoon and set up my tent by Gerta Smith's. She
and her charming hound dog, Blitz, arrived earlier. We talked,
laughed, ate and crashed by 9 p.m. There was a cat fight
somewhere in the night and other mysterious, rustling
sounds. Blitz woofed only once. As daylight approached, I
tried to count the different bird calls. During the night our
neighbor was visited by raccoons who got in his mosquito
tent and feasted on everything from cake and crackers to a
cooler of shrimp. That's what we heard. We broke camp and
moved to our reserved pavilion to set up for the picnic.
Patt Roberson and Gerta Smith
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Sue and Anne Epperson, and Jim "Rocky" Calhoun
miss. We were a compatible, congenial group and the weath-
er was too. The same pavilion, overlooking the Gulf, has been
reserved for us for Saturday, April 24, 2010. Hope to see you
Bill Hatchett and his son gladly interrupted a recent busi-
ness trip with a stop at Dorman and Jane Fulton's central
Minnesota lake home for a mini-reunion of old CZ pals.
Dorm felt they'd better do it before they all hit the wheelchair
circuit. Jock MacKaig, Kenny Morris, Jim Selby and
Harold Sorrell rounded out the group. A marvelous event
and delightful location, Panamanian music, cold brewskis,
and Fulton's outstanding empanadas were icing on the cake
as they enjoyed recalling youthful successes and indiscretions
that go back 60 years in some cases.
Penny Lotterhos of Clinton entered all five events of the
cycling part of the Mississippi Senior Olympics on May 14.
She did the 1-mile time trial, 5K time trial, 10K time trial,
20K road race and 40K road race. She won gold medals in all
five races and wishes more retired people would get into
cycling. "It's great exercise and lots of fun," she said. In July
Penny and husband Joe spent ten days in Hawaii, three in
Volcano Park on the Big Island.
Annual Gulf Coast Picnic Group
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Joe Lotterhos, Penny Lotterhos, and Richard Dillon
Penny and Jo Lotterhos brought their rescued Scottie,
Agnes Faye. Carolyn and Richard Dillon brought
empanadas and a divine carrot cake. Jean and Lee Wade
came in their Trail Lite motor home that's for sale.They're
only the second owners. It has 33,000 miles, is clean and
everything works. Darren Grumme showed up for the first
time. He's a new member of the Society and was Mr.
BHS'75. Rocky Calhoun talked about caring for Polly after
she broke her leg. He dipped her and dropped her when they
were dancing. Polly is all better now. Everyone brought plen-
ty of food. Carolyn brought a sympathy card we all signed for
Donna Seitz on the death of her husband Don, who we all
Sandra Roth-Roffy wrote that her mother Helen Roth-
Roffy visited her in Greenville and went to Tunica with
Sandra to "check out the slots" while Sandra attended a court
reporters' seminar. Then they swung over to Tupelo. In April
Sandra flew back with Helen to Fayetteville, N.C., where
Helen and Sandra's brother Willie live. Willie's son Ryan got
married May 2nd. It made for a good "family reunion" as
Sandra's other brother Tommy, who lives in the D.C. area,
attended with his wife and son.
Jean Wade of Gautier, formerly from Gatun, with friends
from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, enjoyed
Cajun Country around Lafayette and Baton Rouge, La., this
spring. They toured the oldest rice mill in America located in
New Iberia and the Tabasco pepper sauce factory on Avery
Island. The finale was a tour of the Old State Capitol in Baton
Rouge which has been beautifully restored. "So much good
Cajun food, spiced with beautiful zydeco music," Jean said.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
All I can say is time is moving much
too fast--seems like I just finished the June
article and it's almost fall!! The Reunion
was great and it was wonderful to see so
many old friends--on second thought make
that just "friends"--it's much better. BHS
Pat Hunt and CHS class of '54 celebrated our 55th
reunion together and we had a marvelous
time. The Pedro Miguel crowd was well represented by
Shirley Million Muse, Adele Meissner, Andy Mulligan
Hendershield, Beth Hatchett Trout, Dawn Crowell
Gressang, John Gary Riley, and myself. We missed
Marilyn Abreu Stevens and Sheila Curling Heath this time
around. Bobbie Jo Oglesby Rebennack and Marian Evans
Blair rounded out our immediate group with husbands Al and
Everett. Al said he had a great time--there was so much hug-
ging and kissing going on and he was the recipient of a lot of
it. After the reunion several of us went on a five-day Carnival
cruise to the Bahamas and continued our partying. At the end
of five days Shirley and I were still getting lost while Dawn
and Adele knew every nook and cranny of the ship--well,
make that Dawn knew every nook and cranny!! We had a fab-
ulous wine and cheese party in Anne Lowery Sistrunk's
cabin on the Veranda deck and watched the full moon come
up over the water. Actually I'm not too sure about the cheese
but I know we had wine! And it was either the moon or the
sun that we watched! Just kidding. It was great spending time
with the CHS-ers and I will let June Stevenson name them in
Back (L-R): Shirley Million Muse, Adele Meissner, Dawn
Crowell Gressang, Beth Hatchett Trout, and Marian
Evans Blair. Front (L-R): Pat Dunning Hunt, Andy
Mulligan Henderscheid, and Bobbie Jo Oglesby
I had a nice visit with George Stone at the Reunion. He
lives just down the mountain from Hendersonville and I run
into him in Florida. He was a neighbor in Diablo and lived on
the circle by Sibert St. near Ron and Marty Wallace and
Mike and Lucille Baker and their families. Mike and Lucille
were visiting daughter Michelle and her husband Samir and
two of their six grandsons in Dubai so I didn't get to see them
but I did see my "#2 son" Mark Baker. He picked me up at
the airport and we had lunch at the Crown Plaza where he is
the Restaurant Manager. When he's not working he spends
most of his time with his twin boys. Actually you could say
even when he is working because his office walls are covered
with wonderful pictures of the boys. Mark's class celebrated
their 25th reunion this year. I also saw Ed Suarez who was
attending his 50th high school reunion and if I'm not mistak-
en, his very first! Not only that, he's a brand-new member of
the PCS and attended his first Curundu/Curundu Hgts. gang
gathering also. And, even better, he will be instrumental in
bringing the museum traveling trunk to Henderson County.
Ed is currently the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus
at Immaculate Conception church and sings in my choir.
The North Carolina Piedmont area group had their annu-
al luncheon at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro on July
19th. There were 14 attendees including Jim and Janet
Stockholm Reece, Ted and Maria Hackett Cramer and
daughter Hollis, Mike and Shelley Witkin (Rabbie Witkin's
son) and daughter Debbie and son-in-law Joseph. Also
attending were Tim and Helen Nita Hotz with daughter
Kristin Hotz and family friend Heather. Tim and Nita kid
Heather that she is their second daughter. And last but by no
means least, Dan Winklosky, who must be the recording sec-
retary as I always get their news from him. Jim Reece is the
events coordinator, arranging dates, and securing reservations
for the group. Besides the passing around of the latest family
pictures and reliving the great times they had in Panama the
gals and guys split up for their own "special sessions." I won-
der what the guys talk about. One of these days I'm going to
get to their soirde. I think that's how to spell that word!
I have enclosed two pictures courtesy of Dan Winklosky;
one is of his son Ward Winklosky's wedding and the other
is of the four Winklosky males.
Ung and Ward Winklosky wedding, August 2008
(L-K): kJary WInKIosKy, son uanny wuIKIosKy, son waru
Winklosky with grandson Josh Winklosky.
The traveling Bradleys, Jim and Diane, were at it again
with the three-week trip to Europe with the museum group
visiting the Azores, Spain, Portugal, Rome in April. In July
they were off to the Reunion with daughter Eileen and grand-
son Karl Phillip. After the reunion they brought Karl and
granddaughters Candace and Lauren home with them for a
couple of weeks before heading back to Jacksonville. They
cruised the Caribbean for a week with Karl and Jim took their
grandson back to Germany while Diane stayed with Jimmy
and Sherry and the girls--and the dogs!
Lisa Hunt Johnson flew to Texas over the July 4th holi-
day to visit with classmates Carmen Wanner, Tina Hayes
Swift, Mike Horoda, and Paul Dolan. She spent several
days enjoying their company and the sights before flying to
Rogers, Ark., to visit with her uncle and aunt, Bill and Betty
Dunning, and cousins Cheryl and Mark Lowery who were
home from Japan for the summer. She returned home for her
20th season as accompanist for the Randolf County
My sister Vicki Howe and I, along with Jan and Don
Ponder from our NC group, attended the SC society group
get-together in Greenville in July, hosted by SC reporter
George Garcia. We enjoyed lunch and some great conversa-
tion. I was particularly happy to meet and chat with Charlie
Giavelli who was one of my husband Jack's close friends.
He drove over from Summerville for the gathering. Also
enjoyed meeting Lize Bell who graduated in 1979 and
although she didn't know any of my daughters, she knew sev-
eral of their mutual friends. We had a great time chatting.
Also talked with Gene Bondurant who used to teach with
my brother Bill at Curundu Jr. High. He said to be sure and
say hello to my brother Bill. Jean and Malcolm Stone were
not able to come as they had a Shrine Picnic to attend.
Hannah Stockwell called to say her daughter Catherine
and granddaughters Ally and Sara were visiting for two
weeks before flying to New Jersey to meet Dad Eric and fly-
ing on to Vancouver, Canada, to visit with sister Liz and
Mike, Henry and Rachel. The cousins had big plans for rock
climbing, swimming and an art camp while they were there.
Guess that's it for this time. Hope I haven't forgotten any-
one's news. Keep it coming and I'll do my best to get it in
print. Have a great fall season and think about coming to
western NC for the beautiful colors. You will love it.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
The last time we met, we were
discussing the horrible winter we, in the
Northwest, had endured and were hop-
ing for a nice spring and summer. Spring
Barbara Litchford was almost nonexistent; we went
straight from winter to summer. Many high temperature
records were set during the month of July and none of the
home improvement-type stores were able to keep fans and
portable air conditioners in stock. Fortunately, the tempera-
tures have moderated (after I was able to finally buy an air
conditioner) and it is much more pleasant.
I would like to thank Connie (Balmas) Ebdon and
Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens for hosting this year's Pacific
Northwest picnic. There were about 30 die-hard Zonians who
braved the intense heat (105 degrees) to attend. Jim Shobe
has graciously agreed to host the 2010 picnic on the Key
Peninsula, Wash. Having attended several Jim-hosted picnics,
I can assure you that a good time will be had.
Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin reports that she attended the
annual Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando; spending time
with her daughter Karen (Rankin) (CHS'79)
Blennerhassett seeing all the "kids" who used to hang out at
her house during their high school days.
Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Kindra (Rankin) Younce,
Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett, Ginny (Kleefkens)
Rankin, and Walter Kleefkens, 2009 PCS Reunion.
Jim and Noralie Shobe have had great fun hosting old
friends at their new home and being closer to family. Visitors
have included Jim and Mary Young, Jack and Eric Rocker,
and Dan and Pat Nellis. Jim and Noralie are also great-
grandparents again. Grandson Josh Duffus and his wife
Rachel are the proud parents of Jackson Joel born on July
15, 2009. Grandson Dillon Shobe has been deployed to Iraq.
Jim and son Steve are always on the lookout for old British
motorcycles to restore.
Pat and Janet Bartlett had a wonderful visit with Ted
and Debbie Marti from Dunedin, Fla. They spent two weeks
cruising from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Anchorage,
Alaska, and back to Vancouver. The weather was beautiful
and unusually warm for Alaska. The four of them will cruise
again in November from Rome, where they will spend a week
in Rome and then on to Florence, Barcelona, Cannes,
Gibraltar, Canary Islands, Casa Blanca, Brazil, Barbados,
Dominica, and back to Fort Lauderdale. Ted is currently recu-
perating from knee replacement surgery, but he should be
good to go before this cruise.
This has been a busy summer for Jim and Sue Simpson-
Pitts. Sue has been extraordinarily busy transforming her
Homeowner's Association since she was elected to the Board
of Directors in January. Jim was in a movie with Harrison
Ford and Brendan Frasier for several weeks. Then he worked
for several weeks in a TNT TV Show called Leverage with
Timothy Hutton, filmed in the Portland area. Sue says if she
had known Brendan Frasier was going to be in the movie she
would have answered the casting call! They also have taken
advantage of the warm weather and went flying in a glider
Sue Simpson-Pitts and Jim Pitts preparing for glider flight
Claudia Davis just returned home from the 2009 Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando where she attended her
BHS 1959 50th Class Reunion. Claudia was pleased to see
her classmates and their significant others who were there.
Skip Rowley and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald did a won-
derful job of making it very special and enjoyable.
Bob and Mary Blake have managed to beat the Seattle
heat, though his son Jerry reported Lake Washington tem-
peratures (at his dock) at 82 degrees--that is an almost
unheard of lake temperature. Bob was also able to watch the
Navy's Blue Angels practice for their annual air show during
Seafair. Bob turned 88 in May. In June Bob and Mary's great-
granddaughter Sofia Sanford turned a year old. Her father,
2nd Lt. Steven Sanford, is now in flight training in Alabama.
Mary and Bob flew to San Diego for granddaughter Rebecca
Sanford's wedding to Benjamin Allen Haden of Medford,
Ore. Ceremony was at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church on
July 11. Attendants and families gathered from Washington,
Oregon and California, where both bride and groom are now
working. Other than that little jaunt, Bob and Mary have
stuck close to home.
Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca reports that she and Jim
Brown drove to Jacksonville, Fla., in early May for niece
Kathryn Scanlon's wedding. Katherine is the oldest daugh-
ter of the late Kenneth Scanlon. The wedding was held at
Camp Blanding, with all their friends and family attending.
After the wedding festivities were over, Glenda and Jim
headed west to visit friends and family--where they stopped
at sister Kathy's in Weatherford, Texas, for a few days and
then on to visit Theresa's house in Las Cruces, N.M., just in
time for the annual opening of her pool. After leaving
Theresa's house Glenda and Jim went on to The Colorado
River Oasis for a four-night total R&R mini-vacation; it was-
n't much of a vacation since Glenda was ill the entire time
there. After several other stops, it was hurry up and get home
to Washington! On July 2nd they welcomed their newest
granddaughter Ava Suzanne Brown to up their total to 14,
with number 15 due in November. Glenda and Jim will be
leaving on their annual sojourn to the warmer climates and
plan on visiting friends and family along the way. They are
planning on traveling to Ireland for Thanksgiving this year.
Glenda hasn't been to Ireland in about seven years now, so
she is anxious to see the changes, especially with everything
being done in Gaelic now instead of English, although it's
been reported that they have GPSs that translate in the rental
Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz returned to
Washington after a long stay at their Florida home, where
they had visits by Cody Hollowell, Gerry's brother Chuck
and wife Leslie Laatz, and Charley Leves, who was there
for Pat Manning's annual bash (75-80 guests) with steak and
lots of fixings and banter. Gerry returned to Washington in
late March after the bike races in Daytona, after which
Howie's brother Donny Adams stopped in for a week and
was put to work big time. What a guy! Neil Lohr also visit-
ed for Mothers' Day and brought Howie a lovely bouquet of
flowers and helped with yard work. What a guy! Gerry
returned to Florida in May and Neil paid them a day visit
again. Gerry and Cody Hollowell left in late May for a month
in Panama of fishing and fun with Sid Coffin. While there he
stopped in at Charley and Ruth Leves' lovely new home and
also visited Howie's cousin Sue (Lessiack) and Lew Stabler
in Cardenas. After Jerry came back to Florida, their son J
Reiley Laatz drove down after a training course in
Jacksonville and his wife Sunshine from Honolulu flew in
shortly thereafter. J had left his boat at the Laatzes while on
his Coast Guard Hawaii tour, and the group traveled to the
Panama Canal Society Reunion where they saw lots and lots
of friends, too many, of course, to mention. J then went off to
a month's training in Charleston after Sunshine took off for
Hawaii. After returning to Washington, Jack Sanders with
his BSA Gold Star motorcycle in tow arrived and he and
Gerry were off to Kamloops, British Columbia, for a week's
motorcycle rally around and about the area. They had a real-
ly good time covering about 1200 miles of really beautiful
country. There were about 40 old British motorbikes on the
ride and around 60 participants.
Remember to send me your news/bochinche...nothing is
too small to share.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
This has been an interesting quarter
here in Panama with a lot of new roads
opening up to improve the traffic flow,
both in Panama City and toward Colon.
Anna Opel In May the former president of Panama,
Martin Torrijos, inaugurated the new Autopista (with the first
month free to all vehicles) which picks up from the end of the
North Corridor to Sabinitas and slices about 30 minutes from
your trip to Colon.
Additionally, the North Corridor also added a new leg to
its roads and now takes you to the Panama Golf
Course/Brisas de Golf. There has been a lot of debate going
on about this new road as the poor construction leaves a lot to
And at last, in late July, the celebrated Cinta Costera
(Coastal Belt) was opened along with its basketball courts,
walking/jogging/bicycle paths. It definitely makes driving
more pleasant along the coast and shaves travel time to
Paitilla, San Francisco, and the Airport. I even believe that the
coastal belt facilities have trumped Amador as the place to
exercise but expect that to wane as the newness wears off.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) now provides a ferry
service on the weekends for vehicles crossing the Panama
Canal at the Gatun Locks on their way to Costa Abajo. The
ferry 5 de Noviembre holds 18 medium-sized cars and has a
450-ton carrying capacity. The service is free and the ACP
may increase the service to include some weekdays. The new
Panama president, Ricardo Martinelli, has come as a lion into
office, shaking up a lot of the irregularities that have been
ongoing in Amador, taking government control over illegal
landfills and forcing businesses to pay back rent owed to the
government. More of the "house cleaning" can be expected in
A couple of earthquakes and aftershocks shook Panama
during early July, one on the 4th of July (6.3 magnitude) to'"
add to the celebrated day, and were definitely the talk of the
whole country with reports of people running out into the
streets in their pajamas.
For those Taco Bell lovers, a new franchise was opened in
June at the Multiplaza in Punta Pacifica. The menu is limited
and at peak times the wait to get to the front of the line can
take 30+ minutes.
My husband Carl and I visited our son Rick Szymanski,
wife Terri, and children, Brian, Marianna, and Elysia, in
Parker, Colo., in April to celebrate Elysia's second birthday
on 13 April.
We visited the Denver zoo as her special treat as she loves
the giraffes and big cats. As always, the weather seems to
know when I'm on my way for a visit and was cold and
damp. In fact, the day I left there was a snowstorm that
dumped a couple of inches on the ground and made travel
delays miserable out of DFW. On my way home I visited my
daughter Jenilee Szymanski and granddaughter Sophia in
Homestead where the weather was more to my liking. As
with every trip to Homestead, Ivan Klasvosky drove down
for lunch and to catch up on all the latest gossip.
Carole Lightell visited Panama in June for her semi-
annual trip and "beach fix" at her place in La Guaira on the
Atlantic side. Carl and I were able to enjoy a relaxing few
days with her at the beach.
I made another trip to Homestead in July to be granny-
nanny for Sophia as her regular nanny was on holiday and I
ended up in the hospital for a few days with pneumonia. It
was not pleasant but I was impressed with the new Baptist
Hospital there in Homestead and glad I have health insurance.
Well, on to the other news....In March Bruce Quinn cel-
ebrated his 73rd birthday in London with Sir Tim Rice and
Eileen Heinink. his 2irl Friday.
Eileen Heinink, Bruce Quinn, and Sir Tim Rice
A photo op in Niko's Cafe in Balboa caught Sharon
(McElhone) Phelan, Stan Leon, and Chuck Phelan after
enjoying their breakfast feast. The Phelans were returning to
the U.S. to make final preparations for their move to their
newly-constructed home in El Volcan. Stan and Sharon are
classmates from Cristobal, Stan (CHS'62) and Sharon
(CHS'61); and Chuck is BHS'55.
Sharon Phelan, Stan Leon, and
Roger Hutchinson, Stanley Leon, and Sam Katz
(CHS'62) had a reunion aboard Roger and Linda
Hutchinson's sailboat Sandcastle at Shelter Bay Marina, Ft.
Sherman, Panama, on 19 June 2009. Stanley and Sam hadn't
seen Roger since high school graduation 47 years ago.
Roger Hutchinson, Stan Leon, and Sam Katz
Mike and Ned Blennerhassett and Mary Coffey and
brother Robin Morland went on yet another wonderful hik-
ing trip this year, this time with Wilderness Travels. They had
a marvelous time in Corsica and Sardinia, saw many beauti-
ful sights and learned new things, but best of all they met
wonderful people and ate delicious food. The meals that
leader Stefano provided for them were always spectacular
and he and the other two leaders, Nicos and Mike, made the
trip interesting and entertaining for everyone.
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The Ned Blennerhassetts enjoyed a family reunion with
his sister Veronica (Wink) Cushman's family on Orcas
Island, Wash., for a week in July. They had a great time see-
ing Wink and Jim and their kids, and introducing their grand-
kids to Wink's. The weather was good and the families
enjoyed outdoor games, indoor games, boating (some saw
orcas and dolphins), wakeboarding and a real small-town 4th
of July. The families are Ned and Mary (Mike)
Blennerhassett and son Tony, his wife Jennifer and their
kids Tristan and Tyler; daughter Kathy and her son Nate;
John's daughter Ryann and son Jason. Wink and Jim
Cushman and son Chris and wife Carma and their sons
Chase and Connor; son Nate and wife Jen and their kids
Zachary and Sophia; and son Josh.
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Robin Morland and Mary Coffey in Sardinia
Ned and Mike's son John and wife Karen, pictured here,
were having fun at the Panama Canal Reunion.
Karen and Jon Blennerhassett, Panama Canal Reunion
Anita (Seifert) and husband Jack Townsend spent most
of the summer in the states, working on their home in Sun
Lakes, Ariz., and visiting friends and family in Boston and
Colorado. They celebrated their second anniversary at a beau-
tiful resort spa outside of Phoenix and enjoyed a
Diamondback ball game with her nephew Butch Leckey and
her sister Maddy. Anita is pictured here with her grand-
nephew Ryder Green in Rockport on a day trip to North
Shore while visiting Boston. Ryder is the son of her niece
Kim (Leckey) Green. Kim and her family now live in
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Vicki Sizemore in her email writes: "In June Ed and I
greatly enjoyed a visit from my niece Patty (Sizemore)
Muniz, her husband Ross, and beautiful three-year-old
daughter Rita. Rita has the same name as my mother and the
same beautiful red hair! Patty was born in Coco Solo Hospital
but left when she was three and had not been back since that
time. We had great fun visiting the Atlantic side, Santa Clara,
Gamboa and fishing in Gatun Lake where Auntie Vicki
caught the biggest fish of the day! Patty fell in love with
Panama, of course. We celebrated a few birthdays over the
summer. I share a birthday with Lorraine Chamberlain so
had a gathering of friends here at Albrook Park for snacks,
liquid refreshment and lots ofjocularity. Ed enjoyed his birth-
day party with friends at a celebration at the Elks Club. Chris
Homa hosted a lively birthday celebration for husband Bruce
at their lovely home in Albrook.
Ron and Belinda Byrd were surprised by a visit to their
home in Punta Raton by Eddie and Wendy (Winkler)
Stanford and daughter Katie. Ed and Wendy were visiting
her mother for a week in Panama and they currently reside in
Okinawa. Eddie is the son of Barbara (Ryan) and Ed
Ron Byrd, Wendy Stanford, Katie Stanford, and Eddie
Dr. Wallace Snyder reports that his grandson Conan
Herring is to marry Sarah D'Antonio in Jacksonville, Fla.,
on 5 September. He is the son of Roderick Snyder of the
Canal Zone. Conan is an Elk member of Lodge #1414 here in
the CZ as are both of his children, Marlene Peters and
Roderick Snyder, and his wife Vilma. That makes for five
Elks, three generations in the Snyder family.
Rita and Alex Sosa spent the last weekend in July with
Amy and Dick Fisher. They have been here since June visit-
ing Amy's mom Elsie Garcia and her brother Charly
Garcia. They were all together in Charly's home in El Valle.
Alex and Rita were also away on a three-week trip visiting
NYC, Toronto and Prince Edward Island. Rita was getting
ready to go back to work with the Balboa Academy in
Clayton, preparing for the new school year.
Patty (Sizemore) Muniz, Vicki Sizemore holding Rita
Muniz, Ed Wardlow, and Ross Muniz.
"Panama has greatly improved some of their roads. The
new Transistmica Autopista now extends all the way to
Sabanitas so a trip to the Atlantic Side takes less than an hour.
In the other direction the North Corridor now extends all the
way to the Panama Golf Course, which is about 18 minutes
from Albrook instead of an hour through traffic. There is a
new beltway that runs parallel to Balboa Avenue, which
enables one to get to Tocumen in about 30 minutes and has
helped eliminate massive traffic jams on Balboa Avenue dur-
ing rush hour. The new president Ricardo Martinelli is talk-
ing of developing a metro system, which could eliminate the
need for the pollution causing buses throughout Panama.
President Martinelli has started his term of office with gusto;
he has granted poor retirees a $100 stipend per month and is
actively pursuing cases of corruption.
"The Elks Club has been a busy place this summer. A Pig
Roast was held with standing room only. Jason Critides,
Max Crowe and Tim Higgerson (son of the late Howard
Marks) did an outstanding job of putting the event together.
Our famous Chili Cook Off will be held the end of August so
if you are in town stop by for some great food. We had a very
special party in August to celebrate the engagement of Jon
"Sid" Coffin to Alejandra Mesa. Attending the event were
many lifelong friends of Sid's who came to help celebrate the
special event. That event was put together by Linda
Layman, Vicki Sizemore and Penny Canamas.
section of North Carolina. It's always fun to have as many
people as possible attend these functions.
In attendance were: Vicki Howe, Pat Hunt, Bernie
Kakuske, Jeanette Morales (BHS'67), Gene Bondurant
(former Principal of BHS), Pam Herold (BHS'67), Joe
Herold, Chuck Rentz (BHS'60), Brooksie Rentz, June
Stevenson (Georgia Reporter), Dave Stevenson, Jan
Ponder, Don Ponder, Charlie Giavelli, Lize Bell (BHS'79),
Jessica Bell, Tom Judge (former CZ Policeman), Phyllis
Cochrane, Ron Nessler (BHS'62), Pat Nessler, Jim
Bredenkamp, Gloria Bredenkamp and, of course, yours
"Ed and I flew up to the states in July with Linda Layman
for a quick one-week shopping trip in Orlando. We enjoyed a
visit with my classmate Rudy Crespo and his partner Joe. Ed
and I stopped by the Reunion for a quick visit with friends.
After the reunion Linda traveled north with Billy and Sandee
Weigle for a week. After the trip to the U.S., Ed and I trav-
eled to Pedasi on the Azuero Peninsula. It is a beautiful part
of Panama, lots of coastline, fincas and cattle. It was great to
enjoy the peace and quiet with no cell phone service, com-
puters or TV!"
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of some more of our members: Sam Thomas
Anderson (Silkshirt) in April and Richard Gurney
Livingston in July.
Well, so ends another report. Thanks to all who helped me
put this together. Hasta la vista!
Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
Hello from South Carolina. Yours
truly had a great time at the PCS
Reunion even though the attendance
was quite sparse. I did get to see peo-
ple I hadn't seen in almost 50 years.
What a great surprise to see them all.
George Garcia And as always we never lacked for
something to say. Whenever people are
apart for such a long time, getting together again makes one
want to "catch up" in a couple of days. It's always impossible
and sometimes we wish we had asked something and didn't.
I always try to save something for future reunions.
After returning from the Reunion, I got busy planning the
Panama Canal Society of South Carolina luncheon that was
held on July 25 at Mimi's Restaurant in Greenville, S.C.
Twenty three Zonians attended the luncheon.
Some of the attendees belong to the Panama Canal
Society of Western North Carolina and we welcomed them
with open arms. Pat Hunt, the reporter, and I share the dif-
ferent events held here in South Carolina and in the Western
South Carolina Luncheon, Mimi's Restaurant
Next we will get together with the Western North
Carolina Zonians for a picnic in August.
Hopefully this luncheon in Greenville will inspire those in
Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head, and other parts of the
state to help me get something together for Zonians in those
areas. It's always nice to get a group of Zonians together.
Conversations range from high school to current medications.
It's always something!
I'm just glad everyone had a great time!!
George Garcia, Reporter
North Texas has colorful flowering
crape myrtle trees in bloom, and bright
green lawns everywhere--it is hard to
believe that we have already had eleven
days of hundred degree temperatures. Linda Morris
Texans are familiar with hot summers so
they just continue doing their daily thing--only slower.
Unique Art, that we are all familiar with, are the amusing
expressions or sayings often found painted on the chivas and
trucks in Panama. These sayings are called Dichos and are
painted in an endless variety of styles and colors on subjects
that range from religion, love, humor and even philosophy.
An interesting private collection of such art, collected by
Grant La Fare of Santa Fe, N.M., was recently on exhibit at
the Latino Cultural Center in downtown Dallas. It was a hoot-
-as full-size metal bumpers from Panama were on display.
Some funny "no me compares," others expressing caution
"Ya llego, yeo tu viejo," but all evoking Panama memories.
A roundtable discussion was on the agenda and those
present offered their favorite Dichos. My contribution was
"Donde el vino entra, La verdad sale." This was one of my
mom's favorites and translated means "Where wine enters,
the truth comes out."
A warm Bienvenida was offered to Charlie and Julieta
(Garcia) Morris and Dan and Marnie (Morris) (BHS'63)
Hanesworth on their visit to Piano in April. A family gather-
ing in the springtime in Texas is perfect. Food and wine, as
well as family news (warts and all) were enjoyed. Ensconced
in The Hacienda, a landmark restaurant in Frisco, sipping
Margaritas on Saturday evening, we were amused by the
parade of Parrot Heads in full regalia before the Jimmy Buffet
concert. They are really serious aficionados!! It was an enjoy-
able visit and a follow-up will soon be planned. The Morrises
flew to Florida for follow-up control appointment at the
University of Miami Hospital before returning to Panama.
Victoria (Morris) Hall, Bliss Morris Connerton, Julietta
Morris, Charlie Morris, Linda Morris holding Gabriella
Morris, BobbyMo Morris, Marnie Morris, and Daniel
Gabriela Morris and her best friend Brooke Coats
shared a meeting and photo session with the Jonas Brothers at
the new Cowboy Stadium concert. Gabriella is the daughter
of Carlton and Shannon Morris.
Gabriella Morris and friend Brooke Coats meet the Jonas
The Medinger-Fish Second Annual Zonian Party was held
in New Braunfels, Texas, in May but attendance was lessened
by extreme weather. It rained--Panama style--long and hard.
The diehards who weathered the downpour were Val
Krueger, Ann Hutchinson, Al Pasamante, Glenn Seeley,
Keith Cotton, Bill Bright, John Husum and sister Janet,
Pat and Cheryl Williams, Steve Gilbert, Louie Archuletta,
Terri Corbit, Bob and Clois Carlin, Debbie Horton, the
Morris Clan (Carlton, Bliss, and Victoria), and Joe and
Bridget Dolan were drenched but had good company and
lotsa food. The next party will be at Glenn Seeley's at sum-
mer's end--sure hope he tells Christina.
Andy and Mauren (Egger) Whitlock (BHS'79) are
moving to Naples, Italy on a career move with Lockheed
Martin. Two of their very accomplished sons will continue
their schooling in Texas. Their oldest son Andrew was just
graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is
preparing for his LSATs with a course of study in Corporate
Law. Son #2, Paul, will be attending Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth on a four-year scholarship.
Patricia Lynn will move with her parents to Italy and
attend the Naples High School (DoDD) to complete her sen-
ior year. Patricia was ranked "Numero Uno Seed" at Fort
Worth's North Crowley High School's tennis team and is a
National Honor Society scholar. The family plans to travel
throughout Europe when they can and learn the language--at
least to say "una berra per favore." We wish them a wonder-
ful stay in their new surroundings.
BobbyMo and Linda Morris sailed from Fort
Lauderdale to Montreal, Canada, on Holland America's
Maasdam in May. The scenery was spectacular and with a
knowledgeable historian aboard--excellent lectures. There
were eleven ports of call along the Eastern seaboard, and
down the Saint Lawrence River. Two days in port in Quebec
City gave ample time for browsing and tours since the city is
an easy stroll. The cruise ended in Montreal, where the
Morrises spent three days exploring the Vieux Montreal. It
was then on to Niagara Falls on the VIA Canadian Rail. Son
Carlton asked: "Will your room at the Fallsview Hotel have a
heart-shaped bathtub?" We answered "Maybe!" which raised
his eyebrows and had the "super highways, byways, lanes
and trails buzzing--kids!!"
Sonia Fulton Valley of Panama was in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area visiting her daughter Sandra Fulton in North
Richland Hills. After a week of shopping, it was off to
Orlando to the Reunion for Sonia.
Ed McArthur played in a local golf tournament that had
Annika Sorrenstan as the celebrity guest. "Beat the Pro" was
the challenge and the participants lined up. Annika was six
months pregnant and hit from a par 3 tee box. Did Ed beat the
pro? He did not!!
Morris, John and Bliss Connerton, Charles Reiss, and
Frank Berrv and they all had a 2ood time.
Marianna Tanguy Hetrick at keyboard
Marianna Tanguy Hetrick at keyboard
Ed McArthur and Annika Sorenstan
Another great reunion was the consensus heard here in
Dallas; smaller but just as much fun--especially the Pool
Party!! There was music and laughter everywhere as friends
gathered. An impromptu Murga danced from the Hospitality
Room and past the meeting rooms and the Zonians loved it as
did the hotel guests. All that was missing was the Chiva
Panama Canal Reunion Pool Party
Now a word from my soapbox!! I feel that our society can
only grow and stay viable if we all work together--supporting
the Society with membership and registration for Society
events. There are too many folks who leave the burden and
expenses to others. Follow the spirit of "When in Rome....!!"
The annual Reunion Mass, concelebrated by Fathers
Pablo Prieto and John Kennedy was filled to capacity with
familiar faces. During the "Prayers to the Faithful," Richard
Grimison (BHS'80) remembered Father John's Jubilee
Anniversary (see Congratulations), sixty years in the priest-
hood and his eighty-ninth birthday. There was a warm round
of applause and a few hip-hip-hoorays.
John Gary Riley, Dothan, Ala., is a new Grand Pop. He
traveled to Conroe, Texas, to meet his grand girl in July.
Congratulations also to mom Diana and grandmom Paula.
Bob and Clois Carlin will sail on a fourteen-day Coral
Princess cruise to Alaska on September 7th.
Marianna Tanguy Hetrick (BHS'80), keyboard player
for "Les and The Funk Mob," played at Memphis Club in
Addison in June. Zonians who were there were Mark Cicero,
Richard McArthur, Terri Corbit, Colin Creel, Carlton
Update on Marianna--she is on the faculty of Austin
Community College and has a Ph.D. in Psychology. She has
been married to David Hetrick for eighteen years. Some of
you might remember her dad, General Tanguy, who was sta-
tioned in Panama.
Well, that's all, folks!! Write, call, email me your news.
Hasta next time.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Greetings from New Braunfels,
Texas! We are currently visiting Linda
and Paul Boostrom in Birmingham, Ala. Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
It is wonderful to experience green grass
and the cooler weather after enduring the continuing drought
in Texas. We have been antiquing the last couple of days and
definitely enjoyed finding more treasures to take home. The
evenings have been filled with playing the domino game
Mexicarr Train with Anna, Aaron, and us grownups, all
while sharing tales of Panama. What a wonderful time! Noel
and Jerry (Hunt) Farnsworth are going to be here for an
overnight stay on their way to Nashville, Tenn. Looking for-
ward to another "zonie" evening!
I received a delightful phone call from Jeanne Flynn
Stough. Jeanne called to chat and also tell me about the
movie Red, White and Blue Champions. It is a 12-minute fea-
ture film of the Canal Zone's Red, White, and Blue swim
team--it was filmed in 1938. The film documented these fab-
ulous swimmers and their swimming and diving off the locks.
The team wore an emblem on the front of their swimsuit to
recognize them as a world-class team. Henry Greaser was
their swim coach who retired in 1952 to Cork, Ireland. Jeanne
was able to obtain a copy of the film. As she was a member
of the team, she enjoyed seeing herself, her sister Babe
Kessler, and many other friends whom she recognized in this
film. She said that Allan Ford, a teammate, held the world
record for the 100-yard freestyle for ten years.
In March the BHS Class of 1969 held their reunion in
Panama. Carol Kelly Puzon wrote: "What a wonderful two
weeks Randy (my husband) and I had in Panama in March.
It had been five years since my last visit home and I was
amazed by the growth and changes in Panama City. There
were new highways, building construction everywhere and
even the Bridge of the Americas was having a makeover. This
trip was extra special for me because I attended my BHS
Class of '69 Reunion, celebrated my birthday and spent two
days with 12 friends touring and enjoying Panama. It was
great seeing so many classmates; many of whom I hadn't
seen since we graduated. The reunion activities started at the
Balboa Yacht Club in Amador; classmates got reacquainted
and shared stories over Cerveza Balboa, corvina, and ceviche.
The following afternoon and evening was spent at the beauti-
ful home of Mel and Ted Henter, eating BBQ and dancing
the night away. The way we danced reminded me of all the
fun times we had at the Balboa Teen Club.
Carol (Kelly) and Randy Puzon, Farallon, Panama
"The next day our friends from the U.S. arrived and I
proudly assumed the role of tour guide. Some of the high-
lights for our friends were the Embera Indian tour, the partial
transit and a day trip to Gamboa. Then the time came to check
out of the Amador Country Inn & Suites and drive to Santa
Clara where we had rented a villa for a week. While in the
interior, we visited El Valle, enjoyed the many secluded
beaches and discovered many quaint, rustic restaurants. One
was Pipa's in Santa Clara where we celebrated my birthday
with fresh lobster, shrimp and cake. To add to the special
occasion, there was a full moon. This was the first time our
friends visited Panama; they couldn't stop talking about all
that Panama had to offer and the wonderful time they had.
For me, I was just happy being home and can't wait to go
My sister Amy Kuyoth-Rote, niece Bree Rote, my hus-
band Randy and I went to Panama for three weeks in
March/April. We had a fabulous time! We stayed with Ana
and Rob Boyer in La Boca. As always they are the consum-
mate hosts. The Boyer family had been busy planning their
daughter Corinne's wedding which was held on February
14th in El Valle. Shorty&Slim provided the music and, of
course, everyone partied until the wee hours of the morning.
Corrine was a beautiful bride and the wedding was perfect!
Another of their daughters, Maddie Boyer, graduated from
Notre Dame in May and accepted a Fellowship to the
University of Pennsylvania. She has worked hard for these
honors and we all extend our congratulations and best wishes
for this fabulous opportunity. Barbara Boyer finished up her
freshman year at the University of Tampa and spent the sum-
mer at home going to summer school.
Randy and Rob went fishing one day and, of course, came
back with the usual "the big one got away" stories. They had
a great time and apparently Randy won the award for the
"biggest minnow" caught. I don't think they brought that one
home. The weather was great and the company fun! One day
Amy, Bree, and I went to the Jansen Coffee Plantation for a
trail ride through the plantation. It brought back old memories
of the trail rides we went on with the Pacific Saddle Club,
lunch at the Police Lodge, and fun at the stables. Those were
the days! But most interestingly, there are times that provide
unexpected coincidences in life. After the ride we were talk-
ing to the plantation manager who mentioned that they had
just imported some sheep from Costa Rica. It certainly piqued
my curiosity. The next day Randy and I drove back to the
plantation to find out what kind of sheep they had. As it
turned out, it was the same kind of sheep we had raised on our
ranch, Katahdin. A lamb had been born the night before and
it was great to talk "sheep." Needless to say, we had a great
time and were not in any hurry to leave.
Also a trip to El Valle was on the agenda. We all got up
and dressed to go when Ana and Rob surprised us with a trip
to her father Walter Bottin's home in Rio Mar after our hunt
for treasures in El Valle. It was great to cool off after our trip
with a walk to the beach and a dip in their pool.
During our stay we visited with Vicki Sizemore and Ed
Wardlow. One evening was spent having dinner at Jimmy's
having the best corvina ever. Actually, I think we went more
than once while we were there. Another evening was spent at
a teacher gathering at Rita Sosa's home in El Dorado. It was
great to see teachers I had taught with in the Canal Zone and
meet new ones. Vicki has started a tutoring business and she
has been busy setting that up and getting it going. We wish
her lots of luck and success with this endeavor.
School is starting and my sister Lynn Kuyoth-Lynch is
in the process of getting her daughter Annelise ready for her
freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin. What an
honor! She was accepted to the School of Business and is
anxiously awaiting the day the dorm opens and classes begin.
She is a delightful young lady and will do well in her studies.
Randy and I headed off for the month of May to the
United Kingdom. We toured Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and
England. The weather was cool and the sheep plentiful. I told
Randy I feel that sheep are a fact of my life despite having
sold the ranch. After the tour we rented a "cottage" for two
weeks in the village of Isleham near Cambridge (southeastern
part of England). We stayed in a stone barn built in the 1700s
that had been converted into a two-bedroom cottage. The trip
was exciting, the people wonderful and the food outstanding.
We did a great deal of sightseeing and of course there are sev-
eral favorites: Ely Cathedral where the tour takes you to the
rooftop where you can see the surrounding countryside; an
old working flour mill outside Chester, England, built around
1066; the scenery and boat rides in the Lake District of
Scotland. Now, that is somewhere I want to go again! But as
always, it is great to get home to one's own bed.
If you have any news, please call or email. I'd be delight-
ed to include you in our San Antonio newsletter.
Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter
Hap (CHS'69) and Beth (Lewis) (CHS'68)
Brandenburg of Riverview, Fla., are happy to announce the
engagement of their son Bryan to Angela Audorff of
Tacoma, Wash. Bryan is the grandson of Alfreda
Brandenburg of Sun City Center, Fla., and the late H. A.
(Brandy) Brandenburg, and of the late Capt. C. W. (Bill)
Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis, formerly of the Atlantic side of
the Panama Canal Zone.
CARTERS CELEBRATE 60TH
Harold and Virginia Carter celebrated their 60th wed-
ding anniversary and were fortunate this year to have a small
family reunion to commemorate this achievement. The
reunion included their sons Chris (BHS'68) and Marc
(BHS'70), their daughters Barbara Bacot (BHS'72) and
Lece and their granddaughter Jessica Bacot Savage and
great-grandson two-year-old Christopher Daniel Savage.
The three generations of mothers, Virginia, Barbara and
Jessica, celebrated the gift of motherhood on Mother's Day as
well, with a wonderful family dinner prepared by Lece.
Harold and Virginia
Bryan Brandenburg and Angela Audorff
Bryan graduated from Bloomingdale High School in
Valrico, Fla., in 1994 and then graduated from the United
States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in
1998 like his father did in 1973. He obtained both the
Nautical Science and Marine Engineering Bachelor of
Science degrees at Kings Point and has worked as a
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) crane
mechanic for Washington United Terminals (WUT) at the
Port of Tacoma since 1999.
Angela is the daughter of Tim and Diane Audorff of
Lacey, Wash., and the granddaughter of Edwin (Dale) and
Maureen Audorff of Lakewood, Wash., and Donald (Don)
and Marilyn Olson of Shelton, Wash. She is a graduate of
Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Wash., in 2000, and
will graduate from The Evergreen State College of Olympia,
Wash., in June of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in
Environmental Studies and Education. Angela is a former
principal dancer with the Washington Contemporary Ballet,
an alumnus of the School of American Ballet (NY), and is
currently on staff at three different dance schools, as well as
an artistic director to a fourth, for both ballet and her new pas-
A June 2010 wedding is planned.
On May 1, 2009, Meagan DeRaps received her Master of
Science degree in Geology from Utah State University.
Meagan's Master's Thesis was written on "The
Pilocene/Pleistocene Evolution of the Western Snake River
Plain near Grand View Idaho." Meagan dedicated her thesis
to her father Brian DeRaps.
(L-R): Stacy DeRaps, Gloria Parker, Erik Bachmann,
Meagan DeRaps, Breanne DeRaps, and Derek DeRaps.
Meagan is the daughter of (the late) Brian and Stacy
DeRaps and granddaughter of (the late) Donald "Pos" and
Gloria Parker. Attending her graduation were Stacy (Parker)
DeRaps, Gloria Parker, Breanna DeRaps, Derek DeRaps,
and Erik Bachmann.
John Kennedy C.M. celebrated his Jubilee Anniversary,
ordained sixty years to the priesthood, on May 26, 2009, at
the St. Vincent's Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. Father John is
a familiar face at the Panama Canal Reunion after his many
years of service at the Catholic missions in the Canal Zone
Semi-retired, Father John is still active in the Hispanic
apostolate all over the country and with occasional trips to
Panama. We wish him many more years serving in his vine-
Frank spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and 13
months in Korea. He joined the Fire Dept. in 1956 in
Hartsdale, N.Y., and retired after 22 years. After raising four
children, they decided to move to Florida to be near her uncle
and have lived there for 30 years. They are members of the
Panama Canal Society and the Panama Canal Museum.
Frank and Lori King, 1949
Frank and Lori King, 2009
John Kennedy C.M.
FRANK AND LORI KING'S
Frank and Lori (Loretta Willard) King celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary along with 32 family members and
friends at The Wine Cellar on May 17, 2009. Special friends
Jim and Gemma O'Donnell and Lois Jones were among the
group. Frank and Lori were married at Blessed Sacrament
Church in New York City on May 21, 1949.
Lori and her sister Joan Willard lived in Balboa, Canal
Zone, for three years. Her Dad worked on the Locks for five
years in Balboa as a Master Plumber. She left the Canal Zone
in her junior year at Balboa High School and all her friends
with great sorrow. She attended Columbus High School in
New York City and graduated in 1948. Most of Lori's career
was spent in banking for over 40 years. She met her husband
Frank who was from Vermont as a result of her friendship
with his brother. They dated for two years and were married
NICHOLE LAUREN GREY
Nichole Lauren Grey, daughter of Lisa (Bonk) Grey,
graduated with the first graduating class of Wiregrass Ranch
High School, Wesley Chapel, Fla., on May 31, 2009. She will
attend the University of South Florida in the Fall.
Nichole is the granddaughter of JoAnn Massengill of
Zephyrhills, Fla., and the late Phillip Bonk.
Nichole Lauren Grey and Lisa (Bonk) Grey
Nichole Lauren Grey and Lisa (Bonk) Grey
DONALD C. MILLER TURNS 90
On April 19, 2009, Donald C. Miller turned 90 years old.
Mr. Miller was the Superintendent of the Panama Canal
Printing Plant located in La Boca at the time of his retirement
on December 31, 1974. He retired at age 55 with over 33
years of service. Attached is a group picture celebrating his
90th birthday at the Elks Lodge in Titusville, Fla.
BOB AND LINDA MORRIS
CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Wilfred Robert Morris and Rosalinda Francis
Reimann were married on August 22, 1959, at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in Ancon, Canal Zone.
Rosalinda Reimann and Wilfred Morris, 1959
uonaia L. iviner is snown in me center oi me rront row win
his wife Virginia and his sons David and Donald on each
side plus other family and friends.
LAURA ELLINGTON INITIATION
Dr. Tim and Barbara (CHS'73) Ellington were present
at John Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Md., as daugh-
ter Laura donned the "White coat" as part of the formal ini-
tiation of first-year medical students. A reading of the
Hippocratic oath is also customary in the presence of family
members, friends and faculty.
Grandparents Capt. Bob and Angie Bloemer were also
present at the formal cloaking. Laura is presently in New
Delhi, India, for six weeks helping with medical research.
To celebrate this very special occasion, their children
Wilfred (BHS'78), Carlton (BHS'79), Bliss (BHS'80), and
Victoria (Stateside Class of '84), nine grandchildren and
extended family wish to raise a toast in honor of Fifty Golden
Years. A festive dinner was shared as well as many, many
Bob and Linda Morris, 2009
Tim Ellington, Laura
classmate from Turkey.
A trip commemorating their 50th has been planned to San
Diego, Ensenada, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
YOUR 2010 MEMBERSHIP DUES OF $40.00
ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2009.
KATHERINE NEWBURY CERTIFIED
Kathy Newbury recently passed National Board
Certification, which is a nationwide program designed to
identify and recognize teachers who meet the highest stan-
dards of their profession. National Board Certified teachers
represent the top two percent of their profession. This is
accomplished through submitting an extensive detailed
analysis of their work in a teaching portfolio and taking com-
puter-based exams designed to probe the depth and breadth of
their subject-matter knowledge. National Board Certification
is the highest achievement of professional teaching excel-
Kathy is the wife of Jim Collins (formerly of Gatun) and
they have two daughters, Jaki and Erin. Kathy is the daugh-
ter of Emily (Riley) and Charles Newbury of Huntsville,
CHARLES J. NEWBURY PROMOTED
Commander Joe Newbury was recently promoted to
Captain in the U.S. Navy. He is currently in command of the
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One at Cheatham Annex,
Joe is married to Janise McKnight of Newton, Ala., and
they have one daughter, Victoria. Joe is the son of Emily
(Riley) and Charles Newbury of Huntsville, Ala.
ZACH TRINCA GRADUATION
Zachary Joseph Trinca graduated Magna Cum Laude,
with honors, in May from Queens University in Charlotte,
N.C., with a degree in Business Administration.
Zach is the son of Laurie (Hunt) and Samuel Trinca of
Burlington, N.C., and the grandson of Patricia and the late
John Hunt of Hendersonville. Shown here with Mom and
Dad and brother Justin.
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STEPHANIE ANN CHASE, M.D.
Woody and Armenia Chase of Tallahassee happily
announce the graduation of their daughter, Doctor Stephanie
Anne Chase, from the FSU School of Medicine from which
she graduated with top honors. Dr. Chase received the
"Merritt A. Clements MD" award in Obstetrics and
Gynecology for excellence in the field of OB-GYN, and ded-
ication to the advancement of women's health.
She is currently beginning her residency training at the
Greenville Hospital in Greenville, S.C. Stephanie was the
class president of her Sophomore Class in Balboa High
School, and maintained a perfect straight "A" grade through-
out her entire high school and college education. Ever since
she was a little girl, she wanted to become a doctor and is
now fulfilling her lifelong dream.
MIRANDA FRIEDEL GRADUATES
Miranda Friedel, daughter of Brian and Renee Rowley
Friedel, graduated from Oakridge High School in Orlando,
Fla., on May 29, 2009, with Honors. Having been accepted to
the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., she will
begin her culinary classes in April 2010.
Following the graduation ceremony at the Amway Arena
in Orlando, her parents hosted a graduation party at their
home. Invited guests present were Nicky and Fran Meyer,
Lisa DesLondes Rambo, Ron Bolen and Adriane Rowley.
Grandparents Skip and Bev Rowley, along with grandmoth-
er MaryAnn Friedel from Pensacola, and many friends and
neighbors also attended.
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STELLA NITA CELEBRATES
On March 6th Stella Nita celebrated her 90th birthday in
Tallahassee where she lives with her daughter Mania Nita.
So many family members showed up it became a joyous
mini-family reunion. Daughters Mania, Toni Kalb, Helen
Nita Hotz, and son John Nita all were there. Helen and Tim
Hotz's daughter Kristin Quigley with her son Nathan came
from Greensboro, N.C. Their daughter-in-law Donna Hotz
drove down from Knoxville, Tenn., with sons Ryan and
Tyler. Being tax season, Ted Hotz was busy working but sent
his love and called.
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ROWLEY BOLEN ENGAGEMENT
Skip and Beverly Rowley of Tallahassee, Fla., proudly
announce the engagement of their daughter Adriane
Michelle Rowley to Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Lee Bolen, Jr., son of
Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Ronald and Darlene Bolen of
Huntsville, Ala. (formerly of Albrook Air Station).
Adriane and Ron both were in Panama during their school
years where Ron attended Balboa High School for three years
and graduated in 1988. Their paths did not cross again until
New Year's 2008 when they met in Huntsville, Ala., and fell
in love. Adriane has relocated to Huntsville from Tallahassee.
Ron is currently a Flight Nurse for Vanderbilt Medical Center
as well as a Nurse Corps Officer in the Navy reserves and
lives in Huntsville, Ala.
Wedding plans have not been determined.
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Stella Nita and her family at Birthday party
Helen's sister-in-law Judy Hotz Massa was there from
Accokeek, Md. Toni's daughter Rene Kalb, and John's wife
Marcia Whitney Nita, daughter Stephanie Nita and son
Tony Nita attended. Sister-in-law Gladys Nita Plaza and
great-niece Lynn Joseph came from Manchester, N.H.
Longtime friends Jack and Myrna Sasso Dubroff drove up
from Rockledge, Fla. Good friends Mike and Jan McHugh,
and Jimmy Binns (Marcia's cousin) came with his mother
Stella and Mania made gwompki (stuffed cabbage) for the
party. Rene made a delicious pork roast and lima beans. John
made a great meat loaf and green bean salad. Stella enjoyed
talking with everyone and seeing some that she hadn't seen in
awhile. The next day all went out to lunch at the Old Town
Cafe with another cake and lots of fun. Helen (Nita) Hotz cel-
ebrated her birthday in February so a cake was lit for her also.
Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to Stella and Helen. It was
a great family reunion with friends as well.
Kristin Quigley and Stella Nita
Ron Bolen and Adriane Rowley
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Richard Nolan (BHS'95) and Maylinn Steinbarger
(BHS'95) were united in marriage on May 23, 2009, in a
beautiful indoor ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Beach Hotel
in Melbourne, Fla. A reception followed the ceremony. The
bride was escorted by her father George Steinbarger, her
mother Margie Steinbarger, and her son Tristen Wedlock.
Pictures were taken with "toes in sand."
Dee Kaye Bishop, daughter of David Bishop (BHS'68
and Diablo Schools) and Debbie Soukup (BHS'73), married
Lance Christopher Salvas of Gulfport, Miss., on June 12,
2009, in a gazebo on the beach at Sandals Montego Bay in
Jamaica. Dee is a graduate of BHS class of 1998 and holds a
Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of
Florida. She is currently employed as a teacher at North Bay
Elementary School in Biloxi, Miss.
David was proud to give his daughter's hand to Lance, a
former Marine of eight years and now employed at Dupont in
Pass Christian, Miss. David and Diana (Duncan) Bishop
(BHS/76) were happy to have friends and family there to help
celebrate. Maid of Honor was Dee's sister Krista Wiese
(Balboa Academy Class of 2003). Lance was assisted by his
best friend Clay Courtney as his Best Man.
Lance's mother Patsy Salvas made the journey from
Mississippi with Clay and his wife Neely. Others in atten-
dance were Dee's aunt Bonnie (BHS'63) and her husband Ed
Beasley, Dee's cousin Jerry Curtis (BHS'81), Jim Wiese
(BHS'69) and his wife Jackie, George Ateek (BHS'79),
Charles (BHS'59) and Ruth King-Leves, and Laura Trein,
Dee's University roommate and Laura's friend Alex
Rodriguez. Fun was had by all at the beautiful all-inclusive
Richard Nolan and Maylinn Steinbarger
The bride is the daughter of George and Margie
Steinbarger of Orlando, Fla. The groom is the son of Donald
L. and Geraldine (Schubert) Nolan of El Valle, Rep. of
Matron of honor was Stephanie Koch, and bridesmaids
were Rachel Gomez (BHS'95), Gina Julia and Jennifer
Rodriguez. Patrick L. Nolan, brother of the groom
(BHS'91) was the best man. Ian Dillon (BHS'95), Luke
Robertson (BHS'95), Carlos Royo (BHS'95), Elliott
Carlson (BHS'95) and George Steinbarger, Jr., brother of
the bride, were groomsmen.
The wedding was well attended by family and friends
(including parents, grandparents, grandchildren, etc.) who
flew in to celebrate this joyous event including Jennifer
Nolan (BHS'87) and Christina (Nolan) Hensel (BHS'85),
sisters of the groom.
Richard and Maylinn enjoyed a seven-day honeymoon
cruise in the Caribbean, and will reside in Lutz, Fla.
Dee Kaye Bishop and Lance Christopher Salvas
Bishop Salvas wedding party
On July 25, 2009, Lars Jorstad and Suzanne Nowlis
were united in holy matrimony in Viganj, Croatia. Lars is the
son of Nancy (Kariger) and Darrell Eide of Tucson, Ariz.
Suzanne is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Nowlis of Seattle, Wash.
After a wonderful bicycling trip through Tuscany in Italy,
they are making their home in Seattle.
Lars Jorstad and Suzanne Nowlis
Dave and Betsy Vosburgh (both BHS'69) are pleased to
announce the marriage of their daughter Deanna to Tim
Reynolds on April 4, 2009 at Eastminster Presbyterian
Church in Indialantic, Fla., the Vosburghs' home church.
Family and friends attending the wedding and reception
included Abuelita Ines Vosburgh, grandfather Bob
Morrison, aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Vosburgh and
Morrison families, many of whom lived in the former Canal
Zone, and in Panama.
After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, Deanna and Tim
are residing in Arlington, Va., where Deanna is an elementary
school teacher and Tim a project manager for the Air Force.
Dave and Betsy Vosburgh and Deanna and Tim Reynolds
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LAURA ELIZABETH REECE
James W. Reece and Janet (Stockham) Reece (both
BHS'56) of Charlotte, N.C., announce the birth of their sec-
ond grandchild, Laura Elizabeth Reece. "Betsy" was born
April 9, 2009. Her parents are Douglas and Laura Reece of
Ormond Beach, Fla.
Her paternal great-grandparents were the late Roy and
Lucille Reece and the late Roy and Geneva Stockham, all
previously of the Canal Zone.
Jim Reece and Janet Reece holding Betsy Reece
JOAQUIN ANTONIO ROBLEDO
Captain Donald P. Garrido and Lydia L. Garrido, for-
merly of La Boca, are happy to announce the birth of their
second grandchild. Joaquin Antonio Robledo was bor in
early December 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.
His parents are Lydia Garrido (BHS"91) Robledo and
Victor A. Robledo. Joaquin was enthusiastically welcomed
by his big sister Lorena.
Lydia Robledo holding Lorena and Victor Robledo holding
TEGAN RAE GOINS AND
EMELIA CLAIRE SCICCHITANO
Jerry and Sharen Halsall announce the arrival of their
first granddaughters, a milestone occurring within a six-
month period. Tegan Rae Goins was bor in Raleigh, N.C.,
to her parents Christian and Robin (Yarbrough) Goins on
September 28, 2008, weighing 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 21
inches long. She is the first grandchild, now starting to take
steps at 10 months and had lots of practice at the reunion.
Emelia Claire Scicchitano was born in Tampa, Fla., to
her parents Mike and Jenny (Halsall) Scicchitano on March
30, 2009, weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches
long. "Emmie" also enjoyed the PCS reunion with her parents
and was especially partial to the fountain pool in the early
Jerry Halsall holding Emelia Claire and Sharen Halsall
holding Tegan Rae.
Matthew Edward Lotterhos was born Monday, June 29,
2009, at 11:49 a.m. He was 19 inches, 7 lbs. 8 ozs. He is the
grandson of Penny (Catron) and Joe Lotterhos of Clinton,
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D27E E5P SORROW
Esthel Wm. "Sandy" Ames, 86, of Foster City, Calif.,
passed away June 12, 2009. He was born in Burt, Iowa, and
his family moved to Kanawha, Iowa, at an early age where he
graduated from high school in June 1941 and immediately
enlisted in the Navy. Sandy was assigned for a year at the
Navy Submarine Base, Navy West Bank, Canal Zone. He was
a Navy veteran of the Pacific Theatre having participated in
three of the Pacific war's major encounters aboard the USS
San Diego. The Navy sent Sandy to Officer Candidate School
at the University of Washington where he graduated with a
degree in Electrical Engineering, Class of 1948.
Following graduation he moved back to Pittsburgh, Pa.,
for the next 12 years and worked at Westinghouse Electric. In
1960, he moved to Boeing in Seattle and in 1970 he went to
Foster City, Calif., and began working with BART. He retired
Sandy was a 32-degree Mason and a Shriner, and a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society. He was an avid photogra-
pher and he and his wife traveled all over the world. Sandy
was a committed Electric Car buff from his earliest days as an
Electrical Engineer. He spoke to many groups regarding this
mode of travel, too many to acknowledge separately. He was
also a PC fiend from the beginning and even built his own
computer. To say Sandy was ahead of his time would be an
Sandy was a kind man who will be missed by all that had
the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his wife of 63
years, Mary Elizabeth Howard Ames (BHS'43); Patricia and
Ray Smith, his adopted family Ginger Dahlberg, Cary and
Matt Sweeney, and Dianne and Bill Schwarz.
Altine Mary Bentson, 63, of
SKerrville, Texas, died of heart failure
on April 10, 2009. Her parents were
U.S. Navy Ensigns who met while
stationed in Savannah, Ga., during
SWorld War II. They wed, and one
*1 ,. year later, on September 8, 1945,
,jA I Altine (known to her family as
Mary) was born. Her family moved to California when she
was a young child. She attended St. Paul's High School in
Whittier, Calif., and Mount St. Mary's College in Los
Angeles, Calif., where she earned her B.S. Degree in
Nursing/Psychology. She joined the Navy during college and
served a tour of duty during the Viet Nam War, in New York
State and in Subic Bay, the Philippines.
In the early 1970s she moved to Panama as a Canal Zone
nurse, working at Gorgas and Coco Solo Hospitals. Her sister
Margaret and her parents visited her there in the mid-1970s.
She served as a civilian nurse in other U.S. government facil-
ities until 1981, when she rejoined the Navy Nurse Corps,
reaching the rank of Lieutenant and serving in U.S. Naval
Hospitals in San Diego, Calif., and Oak Harbor, Wash. In
1989 she returned to Panama, working at Gorgas Hospital
through Operation Just Cause (the Invasion), returning to the
States in 1990. In addition to her years of service in the Navy
and the Panama Canal Zone, she worked at hospitals in San
Francisco, Calif.; Anchorage, Alaska; Albuquerque, N.M.;
Fresno, Calif.; Austin, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas, serv-
ing in public and Veterans' Administration hospitals. She
served as a hospice nurse and a Diabetes Teacher in South
Texas prior to retiring to the Texas Hill Country.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and she
returned in recent years to visit Panama several times, intro-
ducing each of her three sisters to the people and places she
loved there. She was fondly remembered by schoolgirl
friends, college friends, nursing colleagues, her Canal Zone
clan and many others. She had a great love of travel, as well
as a great love of animals. She was devoted to her family and
She is survived by her father, Robert Bentson, and her
three sisters, Margaret Bentson (Tony Fisher), Barbara
Dechenne Grimes (Larry Grimes), Pat Bentson (Peter Soe), a
nephew, a niece and a great-niece.
Merrill Reynolds Brown, 88, died January 5, 2009 at
Cape Fear Hospital in Wilmington, N.C. He was born on
March 9, 1920 in Washington, D.C. He spent his formative
years in Washington enjoying the sights and sporting events
of that city. He was an avid Redskin fan and even ushered at
the old Griffith Stadium when he was in high school. He
served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He
returned to George Washington University after the war to
finish his degree in engineering in 1949. He worked for Army
Map Service while attending college and continued to work
for AMS until he took a job with a private company in
Watertown, N.Y., in 1953.
In 1955 he received an offer from the Inter American
Geodetic Survey (IAGS) to move to the Canal Zone and work
with the mapping of Latin America. He spent long months
every year all over Central and South America dealing with
the mapping of this large area. He lived in Curundu and
Curundu Heights with his wife Gloria and their six children.
The family was active in St. Luke's Cathedral, various scout-
ing activities, boating on Madden Lake, little league sports,
fishing, and a daily visit to Amador Beach. After 15 wonder-
ful years in the beautiful tropical setting of Panama, the
Browns moved back to Washington, D.C., where Merrill con-
tinued with International Mapping until his retirement in
1973. Gloria was preparing individual tax returns for H&R
Block at that time and Merrill soon joined her as a preparer
and checker for Block's Executive Tax Service until 1992
when he retired completely.
Merrill was a passionate photographer. Every family
activity was well documented with pictures. He kept up with
family and friends through letters and more recently through
emails. He loved gadgets and moved comfortably into the
computer age. The family did an annual beach trip to Holden
Beach, N.C., where his children and grandchildren spent
wonderful lazy days enjoying beach activities. Merrill moved
from Washington, D.C., to Wrightsville Beach after the death
of his wife and college sweetheart Gloria Ruth McClosky
Brown in 1992. Since the beach was now an everyday occur-
rence for him, he planned several family trips to get the chil-
dren and grandchildren together as a group. He loved cruis-
ing and the summer before his death he took all of his chil-
dren, their spouses, and grandchildren on a cruise of the
Caribbean out of San Juan. He also took everyone on a cruise
to Bermuda and sent the family to Panama to re-connect with
their past. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Merrill was predeceased by his older brother Walter D.
Brown, Jr. in 1992. He is survived by his second wife, Eloise;
six children, James A. Brown (BHS'60) of Chapel Hill, N.C.;
Diane Brown (BHS'64) Linfors (Eugene BHS'63) of
Durham, N.C.; Kelvin S. Brown (BHS'66) (Vickie) of Fort
Worth, Texas; Brian R. Brown (BHS'70) (Deborah) of
Raleigh, N.C.; Davin W. Brown (Jennifer) of Raleigh, N.C.,
and Noelle D. Calkin (Robert) of North Hollywood, Calif.; 10
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Ada Elizabeth "Betty" Flumach
Burns died May 22, 2009, on the day
of her 34th wedding anniversary to
William Bums. She was bor in 1934
in Riverhead, N.Y, where she lived
until her family moved to the Panama
Canal Zone in the mid-'50s. Her
father was employed by the Panama
Canal Electrical Division.
Betty graduated early from Balboa High School ('51) and
Canal Zone College (AAS w/Honors '53), and then started a
career in the typing pool of the Panama Canal Records
Management Branch. Her exceptional typing and editing
skills at such a young age brought her to the attention of her
supervisors and led to promotions in Administrative Services
of the Canal Company. For a period of time, she was the
Selective Services Officer. After other career advancements,
she became Administrative Assistant to the Chief of General
Her sense of fairness led her to become a volunteer inves-
tigator of employee complaints relating to equal opportunity
and sexual discrimination. Her reputation in this area was
much respected on both sides, none of her case findings were
disputed, and she is still remembered fondly by those she
helped through their ordeals.
At this time in her career, her knowledge of Agency poli-
cies and budget matters advanced her to Special Assistant to
the Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Panama
Canal Commission. Her duties were to control three accounts
subject to special scrutiny by the General Accounting Office
of the Congress. During this period, U.S. and Panama treaty
agreements were nearing completion. Her evident work and
people skills, along with an incredible ability to readily
organize any kind of official entertainment from a small
luncheon for visiting dignitaries to full-blown parties at the
Governor's Home were legend. This led to her last promo-
tion, Deputy Protocol Officer for the Panama Canal. She
retired in 1984 after receiving every achievement award and
recognition for her outstanding performance in that post.
On the family side, she married her current husband,
Williams Bums, in 1974, a few years after her first husband,
Richard Lester, died of cancer. Her three children, Richard,
Diane and David, became a wonderfully blended family with
Bill's four: Kathy, William Jr., Barbara and Jeanine. Betty
also became a close friend to Bill's ex-wife, Nancy, and they
often shared phone conversations about the children and their
In 1984 Betty and the rest of the family still living in the
Canal Zone moved to Amarillo, Texas, where Bill's family
had lived for three generations. Betty had a passion for read-
ing, cooking, bridge and being a great friend, especially when
she found someone could use moral support, a helping hand,
a good listener, or a smile and encouragement. She kept in
touch with her friends from the Canal Zone scattered across
the United States, often with lengthy telephone calls.
After retirement to Amarillo, Betty's experience led her to
one more job, Executive Secretary of the American
Collectors Association of Texas. She again enjoyed the
opportunity to arrange board meetings, annual membership
meetings, and that included, of course, planning the social
Regrettably, a demon in the form of ALS (Lou Gehrig's
disease) attacked her while she was still in vibrant health and
spirit, and it stole her vitality and virtually everything but her
exceptional mind and caring nature.
Survivors include her husband, William Bums; her chil-
dren, Richard Lester of San Francisco (BHS'75); Diane
Lester Sanchez of Houston (BHS'78); David Lester of
Amarillo; Kathy Burns Peterson of Olympia, Wash.
(BHS'69); William Burs Jr. of Layton, Utah (BHS'78);
Barbara Burs of San Marcos, Texas (BHS'79); and Jeanine
Bums Mosery of Bossier City, La. (BHS'81). She is also sur-
vived by two brothers, Robert Flumach of Houston (BHS'60)
and John Flumach of Davenport, Iowa (BHS'70); two sisters,
Ginger Jackson of Houston (BHS'66) and Margie Daisey of
Port Charlotte, Fla. (BHS'63); 14 grandchildren and three
Nancy Esther Burns died April
12, 2009, with family by her side. She
was bor on August 24, 1931 in
S Rochester, N.Y., to Alfred and Esther
Moxon. Her brother Al, Junior was born
a year later. Nancy lived in the Rochester
area and she married Bill Burs in
September 1950. They moved to
Amarillo, Texas, where Bill had grown up, and to Oklahoma
City, where their daughter Kathy was bor the following year.
In 1952 the young family moved to the Canal Zone and the
Republic of Panama, where Bill Junior was born in 1959,
Barbara in 1961, and Jeanine in 1963.
In 1973 Nancy and Bill divorced, and she moved to San
Antonio, Texas, with Barbara and Jeanine. Nancy lived and
worked in San Antonio until 1997, when she moved to
Fredericksburg, Texas. In May 2008 she was diagnosed with
lung cancer and she received dedicated and compassionate
care from the Hill Country Hospice Program.
Nancy had numerous friends and penpals from her many
interests--she was an active member of theater groups, church
missions and bottle digging clubs in the Canal Zone and the
Republic of Panama. When she moved to Texas she became
an avid river paddler and hiking enthusiast, and through the
years she was a member of the Texas River Protection
Association, Alamo City Rivermen, Sierra Club, Sweet
Adelines, Audubon Society, and the Hill Country Red Hat
She is survived by her four children, Kathy Burns
Peterson (BHS'69), Bill Bums, Jr. (BHS'78), Barbara Burns
(BHS'79), and Jeanine Burns Mosery (BHS'81); eight grand-
children and two great-grandchildren, as well as her brother
Al Moxon and his family. She also remained close with her
ex-husband Bill Burns and especially his wife Betty.
Claude Eldred "Cab" Cabanillas, 68, passed away June
5, 2009. He was born December 30, 1940 in Santurce, Puerto
Rico, and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1958. Cab
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959 and was an honor graduate
of his Fort Riley, Kansas, basic training class. He served con-
tinuously until his retirement at the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel in 1985. His awards and decorations included the
Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the
Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his military retire-
ment, Cab was CEO of Cabaco Inc., a defense contracting
He was a member of the following groups/organizations:
St. Thomas Indian Mission, the Yuma Golf & Country Club,
Harley Owners Group, Yuma Elks Lodge #476, Yuma
Masonic Lodge #17, Arizona Golf Association, Yuma Rotary,
VFW, 2002-2003 Imperial Potentate Yuma Shrine, MOAA,
and the Panama Canal Society. Cab held a Master of Arts
degree in Sociology, 1975 from the University of Texas at El
Paso. He enjoyed golf, fishing and boating.
Cab is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Rick Park)
Cabanillas of Laytonville, Calif., Christine (Kenneth
Wigington) Cabanillas of Jacksboro, Texas, and Cindy (Lt.
Col. Sam Peffers) Cabanillas of Terre Haute, Ind.; eight
grandchildren; his parents, Juan and Maria Cabanillas; sib-
lings, Sandy Yabumoto and Cuca Campbell; brother-in-law
John McKeveny and sister-in-law Ann Marie McKeveny.
Cab was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Cabanillas.
William "Bill" Carlin, 78, of Sarasota, Fla., died July 1,
2009. Bor in Queens, N.Y., he moved to the Panama Canal
Zone in 1940 and graduated from Balboa High School in
1950. He moved to Sarasota in 1981, with his family after
retiring from the Panama Canal Company as a General
Foreman for the Electrical Division. He was an active mem-
ber of the Elks Lodge 1414 and a member of St. Martha's
Catholic Church, Sarasota. He was a member of the Panama
He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannine "Nini"
Carlin, and is survived by four daughters, Jeannine Miller
(Glenn) of Bradenton, Fla.; Melanie Filas (Dave) of St.
Louis, Mo.; Sandie Regnier (Michael) and Barb Armentrout,
both of Sarasota; a sister, Jackie Gilbert, and brother, Bob
Carlin, both of Texas; and six grandchildren.
Jay Alan Caudill, 56, died unexpectedly at his home in
Port Orchard, Wash., on April 23, 2009. He was bor
December 4, 1952 in Spokane, Wash., and grew up in the
Canal Zone. He graduated from Cristobal High School in
Jay was an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan and attended
many games. He enjoyed camping, traveling, and classical
music. Jay especially liked family and friends to visit and
share his home entertainment center his late father had built
for him. He will be sorely missed.
Jay is survived by his mother, Donna Caudill; sister
Cheryl Parker and brother-in-law, Clancy Parker; aunt Gerry
Holden and uncle Vernon Holden; and numerous cousins.
James C. Coffey, 83, of Lillian, Ala., a former Canal
Zone resident whose family went back to canal construction
days, died of cardiac arrest January 20, 2009. Jim was bor to
Daniel and Marie Coffey in Colon, where his father, a
Roosevelt Medal recipient for his service to the canal, man-
aged the Panama Railroad station. Jim graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1943. His teachers remembered him
as a voracious reader, consuming a book a week, a habit he
maintained throughout his life. He entered Canal Zone Junior
College but dropped out to volunteer for wartime duty with
the U.S. Navy.
In World War II, he served with U.S. convoys protecting
Allied shipping, and later with Naval Intelligence inspecting
Soviet and other ships transiting the canal. He served on a
Navy submarine chaser in the North Atlantic and Caribbean,
guarding Allied ships from prowling German submarines.
German wolfpacks had sunk millions of tons of Allied ship-
ping in the early years of the war until the tide turned and the
Allies seized control of major shipping lanes. He was trans-
ferred late in the war to the Pacific Theater where he served
on a destroyer escort.
After the war, Jim reenrolled in Canal Zone Junior
College where he met his future wife, Obdulia (Dulie) Wright
of Panama City, a 1945 graduate of Balboa High School.
They married after graduating from CZJC in 1947, settling
down to life in the Canal Zone and Panama. Jim worked for
the U.S. Embassy, Dulie at the CZ Administration Building in
Balboa. She later worked as secretary to the Balboa police
chief and to the commanding officer of the U.S. Army School
of the Americas at Ft. Gulick on the Atlantic side of the canal.
During the height of the Cold War, Jim, a Naval reserve
officer, worked as a civilian undercover Naval Intelligence
agent inspecting Soviet, Warsaw Pact and other ships transit-
ing the canal. Posing as a U.S. Customs inspector, he would
board ships as they entered canal waters, checking ship
papers and crew backgrounds, staying onboard until the ves-
sels exited the waterway.
In 1952, Jim, Dulie and their young son Jim moved to the
U.S. where Jim attended St. Bonaventure University and
graduate school at the State University of New York at New
Paltz, graduating with top grades from both universities. One
of his first loves was teaching and he pursued that as a well-
respected and loved grade school teacher, educating a gener-
ation of students at Ralph R. Smith Elementary School, Hyde
Park, N.Y., before retiring to Lillian, Ala. Jim was a longtime
member of the Panama Canal Society and the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Obdulia Coffey,
and son Dan, of Lillian, Ala.; his son Jim of Albuquerque,
N.M., and son Paul of Austin, Texas; a grandson and a grand-
daughter. In addition to his widow and sons, he is survived by
his sister Patricia M. Lieshout of Houston, Texas.
William Rutherford Evarts, Jr., 71, of San Diego,
Calif., died on March 13, 2009. He was born in Colon, R.P.,
on February 6, 1938 and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy in August 1955, and retired
on January 4, 1974, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Bill took
great pride in his service with the Navy, received good con-
duct awards consistently, and especially loved those years he
was on instructor duty and during stints with the Midway and
the Coral Sea which took him to Vietnam, Korea, etc. His
specialty was aviation electronics.
While with the Navy and after retirement, Bill pursued his
educational goals and obtained his Bachelor's degree from
Chapman College and his Master's from National University.
Bill's service with the Navy was what brought him to San
Diego in 1959, and enamored by the San Diego weather and
the beauty of the city, he decided to make it his permanent
home. He was branch manager for a local bank and had been
an active member of the Kiwanis Club. He served also as a
volunteer police officer in San Diego in the mid-'70s. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Lulu Evarts, daughter Ginger
Whitton, sister Cynthia Totty, and many nephews, nieces,
grandchildren, and other relatives.
Mavis J. Fortner, 79, passed
away at home in Deland, Fla., on March
24, 2009, after a lengthy battle with can-
cer. Mavis was born on April 27, 1929 in
Bournemouth, England, and her parents
Promptly moved to Panama where she
grew up living in Panama City. She
graduated from Balboa High School in
1947, and married classmate Gayle Fortner. They lived in the
Canal Zone (Cocoli, Gatun, and Gamboa) until 1977 when
they retired to Orange City, Fla.
Mavis was always active in her church while living in the
Canal Zone, and continued to do so during retirement where
Orange City United Methodist Church was her church home.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Mavis was predeceased by her husband Gayle (1978), and
is survived by her son Kenneth Fortner, currently in Panama;
daughter-in-law DeLight Fortner of New Smyrna Beach,
Fla.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Marie J. Gangle, 93, died April 1, 2009 in Dothan, Ala.
Marie was born on December 3, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio,
where she spent the early years of her life. In 1942 she mar-
ried Rudy Gangle and moved to the Panama Canal Zone
where they lived for 33 years. Marie and Rudy lived on the
Pacific side of the Canal Zone where they reared six children.
They were both active members of St. Mary's Catholic
They retired to Dothan, Ala., in 1975. Rudy died in 1988
and Marie continued to stay involved in St. Columba Catholic
Church. She was a volunteer at Catholic Social Services for
23 years and a member of the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate,
and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Marie is survived by her three sons, Randy (Ellen) Gangle
of the Republic of Panama, Tom (MaryLou) Gangle of
Mobile, Ala., Jim (Judy) Gangle of Columbus, Texas; three
daughters, Margaret (Jules) Damiani of Marietta, Ga., Patti
(Hugh) Harvey of Dothan, Ala., and Barbara (David) Sherer
of Dothan, Ala., as well as 13 grandchildren and 15 great-
Eunice M. Hall, RN, MSN, passed away April 21, 2009,
at deGreeff Hospice House after an extended illness. Eunice
was the beloved wife of the late Captain Ray Hall. During her
tenure in the Canal Zone, she was employed as a Registered
Nurse by the Panama Canal Government. She worked at
Gorgas Hospital in the obstretics and newborn unit; as a
Public Health Nurse in the Division of Public Health; and
was the Director of Nursing at Coco Solo Hospital.
Eunice and Ray lived many years in Curundu. One of
their favorite hobbies was growing orchids. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
Eunice donated her body to Saint Louis University School
of Medicine. She was a graduate of Saint Louis University
School of Nursing.
Patricia Dianne Hammond, 63, died on June 20, 2009.
Patricia was born September 22, 1943 in Chicago but she
grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She was the daughter of
former Canal Zone Fire Chief, Kenneth Daly and Alice Daly
(deceased), a former CZ Police Dispatcher. She graduated
from Cristobal High School in the class of 1963. She loved
living in Panama and that is where she began her family of
five, prior to settling in Florida in the early 1970s.
Her most treasured role in life was being a mother. Her
favorite things to do besides being with family and friends
were swimming, fishing, dancing, bingo, decorating and
making beautiful arts and crafts for family and friends. She
loved African animals and would have loved to go on a safari.
She would also tell you though, how you would feel like
you've been to Africa when you walked into her room. She
enjoyed watching TV and had all her favorite shows, and got
great enjoyment watching movies, especially her all-time
favorite movie, Jaws!
She is survived by her father, sister Darlene; daughter
Kim; three sons, Keith, Kelang, and Kurt; and many grand-
children. She was predeceased by her son Kevin.
Pandula Cosaraquis Hatgi, 96, of Colon, Panama, died
April 15, 2009 in Panama City, Panama. She was born on
December 2, 1912 in Colon to John and Matina Litsa Rallis.
John Rallis died in an accident while working on the Panama
Canal as a dredger when Pandula was a small child. The
widow Matina and Pandula moved in with the first Panama
Canal pilot Capt. John A. Constantine and his wife Maria at
the old Fort DeLesseps Officer's Quarters near the 5th Street
docks in Colon. A few months later, her mother Matina mar-
ried Michalis Cosaraquis, also a dredger for the Panama
Pandula attended the Canal Zone school system until she
married Neal J. Hatgi in Thessalonki, Greece in 1930.
Because of the political turmoil in Europe during the '30s,
she and her family returned to Colon on September 11, 1935.
Over the years the Hatgi family integrated into the
Panamanian, Greek and Canal Zone communities. Pandula
was the last of the Panamanian-Greek generation born during
the Construction Days of the Panama Canal. She was active
in the business and church communities as well as the ladies
societies both in Colon and Panama City.
She is survived by her son, John N. Hatgi of Walkersville,
Md., and daughter Goldy Lupyak of Fayetteville, N.C.; half-
brothers, John Cosaraquis of Baltimore, Md., and James
Cosaraquis of Panama City, Panama; three grandsons and a
granddaughter; and eight great-grandchildren.
Margaret Jean Hendricks, 85, passed away July 25,
2009, in Beaufort, S.C. She was born on the Isle of Man,
United Kingdom, on June 30, 1924.
She served in the Women's branch of the British Army
during World War II. She and her late husband Albert B.
Hendricks moved to the Canal Zone in 1947 where they spent
the next 30 years. They retired to Corpus Christi, Texas. Jean
taught swimming at Balboa Pool for many years. She was the
organist at Sacred Heart Chapel, an avid sailor, and golfer.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her daughters, Lesley Hendricks of
Beaufort, S.C., and Elizabeth Camille Harrington of
Jonesboro, Ga.; a son, Albert B. Hendricks of Rancho Viejo,
Texas; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Marian M. Kariger, 91, passed away May 22, 2009, in
Sarasota, Fla. She attended Canal Zone Junior College and
worked for the 15th Naval District in Rodman as a disbursing
officer until she retired. When she and her first husband, Bill
DeVore, retired, they settled in Sarasota. They also had a
summer cabin in Murphy, N.C. When Bill passed away,
Marian later married Lee Kariger, who was widowed and a
longtime fishing buddy of Bill's. Lee preceded Marian in
death. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Marian spent her last years in a retirement home in Sarasota.
Richard Gurney Livingston, 62,
passed away unexpectedly July 11,
2009, in Playa Barqueta, Chiriqui
Province, Panama. He was born on
March 30, 1947, in Colon, Panama,
the fourth child of Mary Lynch and
Arthur Livingston. He attended
Cristobal High School in the Canal
Zone and College Park High in Pleasant Hill, Calif. After
graduating he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a
star swimmer and captain of the swimming team. Throughout
his life he held a variety of jobs, including lifeguard in the
Canal Zone, park ranger in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and
policeman in the Canal Zone. He retired to Boquete, Panama,
where he grew oranges and conducted tours in the area.
He is survived by his wife, Estella, of Boquete; daughters
Becky Clark of Austin, Texas, and Mary Livingston of
Boquete; his mother, Mary Lynch, of Tampa, Fla.; brothers
Bill, Mike and Alex Livingston; sisters Terri, Sarah and
Barbara Livingston; stepbrother Dillon Lynch and stepsister
Gail Lynch; uncle Wheeler Griffin and aunt Florence Griffin
and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Alfred F. "Al" Maale, 82, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died
July 26, 2009. He was born on October 28, 1926, in New
Orleans, La. He moved to Colon, R.P. on December 7, 1941,
when his father who worked for United Fruit Company was
transferred from Chiriqui Province, and grew up in the
Panama Canal Zone where he graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1946. He married his wife Joy (CHS'45) of 62
years in 1947.
He served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Al and Joy moved
to West Palm Beach in 1948 where he resided until he died.
Al lived a full and memorable life and had a great love for the
great outdoors. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society for many years and volunteered at the Panama Canal
Society Reunions in Registration.
He leaves behind his wife Joy; sons, Skip Maale and
Randy (Crissy) Maale; daughters, Leslie Kopp and Donna
(Butch) Carlson; four grandchildren; a sister, Marion
(Clancy) Graham; a brother-in-law, Rev. Jack Randall
(CHS'51); and ten nieces and nephews.
..ii Virginia Anne (Dixon)
SMacdonell, 84, of Wimberly, Texas,
passed away on April 13, 2009.
Virginia was born in Ancon Hospital
S five daughters born to Grover and
Lucille Dixon of the old pre-war town
of Pedro Miguel. She spent her early
childhood in Pedro Miguel until her
father, a machinist at Pedro Miguel
Locks, retired and moved the family to
Gainesville, Fla. In Gainesville, she graduated from high
school and began a course of study in nursing but she never
let go of her happy memories of life in the Canal Zone and
Panama. On July 1, 1944, she was married to Roderick
Norman Macdonell, Sr. of Ancon, whom she had known
since early childhood, and returned with him to the Canal
Shortly after the birth of her first child, the family moved
to Florida, where they eventually settled into a home in
Miami. While living in Florida, the family grew with the
addition of five more children. In January 1961 the family
returned to the Canal Zone, living briefly in Coco Solo before
moving to Balboa where her youngest child, a daughter, was
Virginia enjoyed raising orchids and keeping tropical
birds, a pastime she continued after she and her husband
retired in 1976. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling
in Central America, England, Scotland and the U.S. She had
an ability to quickly make strangers into friends and was
always generous with her help and advice. Her career includ-
ed work with the U.S. Army at Corozal, and with the Canal
Zone Health Bureau at Palo Seco Hospital and Gorgas
Hospital. After retiring, she worked briefly with the U.S.
Passport Agency in Miami and at Parkway General Hospital.
Upon retiring, the family, which then included the two
youngest children, returned to the home in Miami but found
it no longer met their needs. Dissatisfied with city life and
wanting more space, the family moved again to Wimberly, in
the Texas hill country, where they built a home on fifteen
acres of wooded land. Virginia continued to ply her skills at
gardening and enjoy her tropical birds and orchids in triumph
over the uncooperative Texas soil. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years.
She leaves behind a sister, Gertrude Paige, of Dothan, Ala.;
seven children, Roderick Jr. of Torrance, Calif.; Margaret
(Laurie) Sanchez of Coral Gables, Fla.; Patrick of Corpus
Christi, Texas; Robert of Wimberly, Texas; Paul of Maxwell,
Texas; Mark of Sugar Land, Texas; and Carol of Austin,
Texas; as well as six granddaughters and six great-grandchil-
Dr. Mary Louise McGough, 69, of Huntsville, Ala., died
May 3, 2009 after a short illness. Mary was born in Diablo in
the former Canal Zone. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1958. After graduation, she attended Vanderbilt
University. During a summer vacation Mary met and subse-
quently married U.S. Army First Lieutenant James B.
McGough, Jr. on March 03, 1962. Over the next few years,
while bearing and raising two children, she graduated from
Ladycliff College in West Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor's
degree in Spanish; from Alabama A&M, Huntsville with a
Master's in Counseling; and with great pride from all, earned
her Ph.D. in Adult Education from NOVA University, Fort
Mary taught Spanish at Butler High School, counseled at
the University of Alabama Huntsville, served with the Army
Education Center in Seoul, Korea, and retired as Director of
the Army Education Center at Redstone Arsenal. She was
also heavily involved with volunteer work at the Huntsville
Food Line and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. In addition
to volunteer work, both Mary and Jim enjoyed many years of
exciting travel to many exotic and remote locations around
the world. She will be remembered as an avid motor home
enthusiast. Jim and Mary traveled from Newfoundland in the
Northeast to Florida in the Southeast; from Alaska in the
Northwest to the Mexican Baja in the Southwest and all
points in between. Her extensive travels took her to Central
and South America, much of the Orient, and to the exotic land
of Turkey. Mary will be remembered for her love of traveling,
her favorite beaches, her great cooking, tasteful decorating,
and the great care with which she attended the beautiful gar-
den that surrounds her lakeside home. She was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John P. Smith,
III; her father, John Palmer Smith, Jr. and mother, Eva
Victoria Smith. Survivors include her husband of 47 years,
Lt. Col. James B. McGough, Jr., USA (Ret.); son, David A.
McGough and spouse, Michelle Folsom McGough; daughter,
Pamela M. McGough and spouse, Kevin H. McGough; two
granddaughters; brother, Lt. Col. Orlando F. Smith, USAF
(Ret.), and spouse Mary Ann Smith; brother, Doctor Peter G.
Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives
located around the world.
Consuelo (Robles) Menges, 84, widow of the late
Melvin L. Menges of Aiken, S.C., formerly of Margarita,
Canal Zone, passed away on May 2, 2009 in Columbia, S.C.
Mrs. Menges was a loving mother and will be sorely
missed by her family and all who knew her. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society. She donated her body to the
Medical College of Georgia so that others might learn, fol-
lowing the tradition set by her late husband, Melvin.
She is survived by her four children, Paul Menges of
Columbia, S.C., Evelyn (Menges) Sellers of Sun City, S.C.,
Judy (Menges) Sigmon of Newport News, Va., and Bob
Menges of Summerville, S.C., along with ten grandchildren,
and six great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her
brother, David Decastro Robles of Panama City, Panama, and
her sister, Rachel (Robles) Russell of Westminster, Colo.
Mary E. "Granna Grey" Payne, 89, died April 1, 2009.
She was born in Paterson, N.J., on April 5, 1919. She married
"Hap" Payne in 1938. They resided in the Panama Canal
Zone from 1949 to 1967. Upon their retirement, they moved
to St. Petersburg. "Hap" (James Hugh Payne) predeceased
her in death as well as her two daughters, Doris Forsell and
She was a member of the VFW and was a very loving
wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She
enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to cook and
was the matriarch of the family.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Bill) Thompson,
of Smoot, W.Va.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; and
"Howard" Pritham, M.D., 94, died April 30, 2009 at an
Orono, Maine health care facility. He was born June 11, 1914,
in Greenville, Maine, the son of Fred J. Pritham, M.D., and
Sarah R. (Ring) Pritham. Howard was a graduate of
Greenville High School, attended Colby College and
obtained his medical degree at Tufts Medical School in 1940.
He served as a physician in the U.S. Army during World War
II and received a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound. He prac-
ticed in Brunswick and Greenville as a physician and then
worked 22 years as a physician in the Panama Canal Zone
from 1949 to 1975.
Upon his retirement Howard and his wife, Lenore, moved
back to Greenville. Howard kept busy with his woodworking
hobby making canoe paddles, snowshoes, pack baskets and
building seven cedar canoes. He also took up snowmobiling
to complement his fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his first wife, Dorothy Van Arsdale of
Winter Park, Fla.; seven children, Howard G. Pritham, M.D.,
and his wife, Ellen, of Sugar Hill, N.H., Merrill Pritham and
her husband, Richard Gibson, of Fort Myers, Fla., Frederick
J. Pritham of Greenville, Maine, Charles H. Pritham of
Alachua, Fla., Andrew J. Pritham and his wife, Sharon, of
Houston, Texas, Sarah L. Pritham of Stockton, Calif., and
Robin M. Pritham, M.D., and his wife, Ursula, of Bangor,
Maine; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Howard was predeceased by his second wife, Lenore; and his
brother, Carroll Fred.
James Joseph "J.J." Reynolds,
t 68, of Castroville, Texas, died on May 2,
2009, in San Antonio, Texas. He was
born January 8, 1941 in Washington,
D.C., to the late Edward and Evelyn
Reynolds. Joe graduated from Balboa
I High School in 1959 and received an
Associate Degree from the Canal
College Dept. of Defense Dependent
School. He served 26 years in the U.S.
Air Force (17 years foreign service including Vietnam).
Survivors include his wife, Cleotilde "Cleo" Reynolds of
Castroville; his children, Jaqueline Doyle (Patrick) of
Everett, Wash., and James Joseph G.E. Reynolds (Karri Jane)
of Bonneylake, Wash.; stepchildren, Michael Flores (Lina) of
Helotes, Texas; Rene Flores and companion, Miriam Lozano,
of Seabrook, Texas; five grandchildren; and three step-grand-
He is also survived by his sister, Sheila Reynolds
(BHS'62) Dillow who resides in South Carolina; and a niece,
Yvonne Kuftic (Michael).
Joseph D. Saltzman, 77, a native of
Gueydan and resident of Thibodaux, La.,
died on April 3, 2009. Joseph graduated
from Northwestern State University with a
triple major in French, Spanish, and
English. He obtained his master's degree at
Louisiana State University in French and
Spanish. He also studied at the National University of Mexico
and the University of Montpellier, France, to further increase
his understanding of the Spanish and French languages. Upon
completion of his college studies, Joseph taught foreign lan-
guages at Baton Rouge High School and at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth, Texas, before coming to Thibodaux
to teach at a newly-opened Francis T. Nicholls College
(which later became Nicholls State University) where he
remained before retiring as an Associate Professor of 23
His accomplishments included: membership of Phi Sigma
Iota honor society, membership in Phi Kappa Nu social fra-
ternity, Editor of the Current Sauce newspaper at
Northwestern State University, associate member of the grad-
uate faculty, and served as the Director of the Second
Language Program (CODOFIL and State Department of
Education) that assisted elementary school teachers in learn-
ing how to teach French to their young students. He also led
elementary school teacher study groups to Quebec, Canada,
and Montpellier, France. He was a member of the Panama
He is survived by his wife, Alice Benthall (CHS'47)
Saltzman; his children, Deborah Borgono and five grandchil-
dren; Lisette Boudreaux and three grandchildren and one
great-grandchild; Jennifer Gaudet and husband, Nolan, and
three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; Cecile
Saltzman, Karl Saltzman, and Suzanne Walters and husband,
Robbie; Mr. and Mrs. Manson Saltzman; and Mr. and Mrs.
Agnes "Fran" Stock, 82, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
July 29, 2009, at home with her children from complications
from pneumonia. Fran was born and raised in West Virginia,
and graduated from the University of West Virginia with her
RN degree. In 1946, Fran began her career at the VA Medical
Center in Washington, D.C., but as a country girl was inter-
ested in traveling the world. She considered a career in the
U.S. Navy; however, the Navy's offer was to station her down
the street. She nixed joining the Navy and signed up for posi-
tions in Alaska, Panama, and Hawaii. Within the week Fran
was offered a job at Gorgas Hospital and took her first cruise
on the Cristobal to Panama. Fran spent the next 10 months
living in the Nurse's quarters at Gorgas, where she had the
opportunity to meet and date a good-looking young Marine
(Bill) whom she later married.
Fran worked at Gorgas for 32 years. It was more than just
a job--it was her calling. She helped many ladies "birth" their
babies and in more cases than not, was still around to help
"birth" a second generation. Fran was a terrific Nurse--will-
ingly volunteered to work on her own time to help her friends
through the birthing process. Fran stopped working twice,
when she had her own children, but eventually returned to
Gorgas. Fran's schedule was ever changing, but she never
missed an opportunity to support her children's numerous
Fran was an exceptional horsewoman, and enjoyed riding,
whenever possible. In their earlier years, she and Bill, along
with other couples would spend their free time in Santa Clara,
where they later owned a home. Countless memories were
created in this home. Fran couldn't swim but she loved the
ocean and fishing. Whenever possible, she would be out on
the boat trying to reel in the "big" one and then taking her
turn at cleaning and cooking the fish.
In 1979 Fran retired from the Canal Zone--she, Bill,
Ginger (Saint Bernard), and Willie (Parrot) took their last
cruise on the Cristobal to the U.S. They began their two-year
trek around the U.S. visiting family and friends, before set-
tling down in St. Petersburg. Fran spent many of her days
helping Bill fix up the house (missing the Engineering guys)
and rescuing the wildlife. Throughout the time in St. Pete,
Fran took in a number of different wildlife, as well as stray
animals. Fran never met an animal that she didn't like or did-