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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2010-2012
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mr. Tom Spence
1st Vice President
Mr. Mike Coffey
2nd Vice President
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Noreen Hanson
Mr. Chris Wilder
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Mike Young
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............................. ...........................2
Distinguished Award Nominations........................ ..........................3
Thursday Yacht Club Dance.............................. .....................3
Panama Canal Society 2010 Financials............................ .......................4
M em bership N ew s.................................... ........................................................5
2nd Annual Cayuco Race Party............................. ..........................6
Annual Reunion Coordinator Report..................... .... ......................7
Ken Fortner, Annual Luncheon Speaker............................ ......................8
A annual Pool Party................................... ........................................................ 9
M ason and OES Luncheon........................... ..... .................... ....................9
Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch, Reunion Cultural Seminar......................... ............. 10
October PCS Membership Meeting.......................................... ......................11
Carnavalito Pictures......................... ......................................... 12
M arch PC S Picnic Pictures........................ ........................................................... 18
Synopsis of Minutes Executive Board and General Membership Meetings...............20
L legislative R eport..................................................................... .............................20
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California...............21 FL Pensacola.....................26 Northwest.......... .........35
DC Metro Area..................22 FL Space Coast..................29 Panama......................37
Europe.............................23 FL Tallahassee...................30 South Carolina.......... ....... 41
FL Central Florida.............24 Georgia...................... 332 TX Dallas..........................42
C ongratulations............................... ....................... ..........................................44
W eddings......................................................................... ..................................... 47
Births............... ................. .....................48
W ith D eep Sorrow ...................................................................... ............................49
L cooking B ack....................................................................... .................................. 56
Letters to the Editor........................... ......................................... 60
Panama Canal M useum...................... .... ................... ......................... 67
A nnouncem ents.................................... ...................................... ....................70
A dvertisem ents.......................... ............................................................. 72
M membership Application Form..... ...................................... ................................79
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form............................. ....................80
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DATES TO REMEMBER
July 6-10 Panama Canal Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
July 8 Masons and Eastern Star Luncheon at the Orlando World Center
Marriot, Orlando, Fla. See page 9 for reservation form. Contact
Bob Russell at (813) 633-8916 for more information.
October 22 October General Meeting, Latinos Y Mas in Ocala, Fla. in con
junction with the Ocala Ditchdiggers on Saturday, October 22,
2011, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. See page 11 for details.
November 5 Space Coast Picnic, Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Fla. For infor-
mation, call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob
and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281. See page 2.
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S Just a few more weeks before the
annual reunion! I am looking forward
to seeing everyone again this year espe-
cially since it will be my 35th Cristobal
Tom Wilder High School class reunion. The ability
to have our class reunions in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Annual Reunion makes it even more special.
This is another reason why it is important to support the soci-
ety through membership.
We are hoping that everyone will attend the annual meet-
ing this year as we are planning for another SWOT
(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) exercise
that as you know helps the executive board in decision mak-
ing. Members will again have the opportunity to provide
input into the decision making process of your executive
board. Please try to attend!
This past April the PCS again sponsored pre-race Cayuco
festivities in Diablo, Panama with entertainment by
Shorty&Slim. Event T-shirts were sold with proceeds coming
back to the society to help offset the sponsor fee. The event
was well attended and T-shirts sold out! Kathy and I were on
hand for all Cayuco events and we had an excellent time. It
was nice to see that the tradition has continued!
In closing, I hope that everyone will take time to include
in your prayers those who are serving in harms way specifi-
cally in Afghanistan and Iraq. A special heartfelt thank you
to our Navy Seals who helped rid us of the leader of terror-
ism. Also a special prayer for those who continue to recover
from the earthquake and tsunami damage in Japan and the
recent tornados in the southeast.
Tom Wilder, President
It is that time of year again, and the
Society office will temporarily move
to the Information/Society Business
Desk at the Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Florida for the 2011
Please check our hours of opera-
tion in the Schedule of Events.
At the reunion, why not avoid the Nancy Van Siclen
rush during the Christmas holidays and pay your dues for
2012 early. You can also take advantage of the Governors
Club membership. This is a wonderful way to stay current
and not have to worry about your membership dues for the
next five years.
Since we will be in Orlando for the Reunion, please
remember that the Society's main office in Seminole will be
closed from Monday, July 2, 2011 through Monday, July 11,
2011. The office will open for business on Tuesday, July 12,
We hope to see you at the reunion and look forward to
your stopping by to say hello.
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
2:00 3:30 P.M
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I would like to thank Fran Myers, JoElla Deakins and
Connie Stoakley for sharing their Camavalito pictures.
Carnavalito was an awesome party and if you didn't have the
opportunity to join us...I hope to see you there next year!
I received a phone call recently from Betty Annis who
has volunteered to become a part of the Canal Record family
as the Colorado Area Reporter! Welcome aboard Betty!
The countdown for the annual reunion has started and
once again I am in a quandary over which shoes to pack! I'm
sure I'll end up taking too many! I look forward to crashing
the BHS'71 class reunion...I understand my youngest sister
Pam Crowell has invited Elvis.
As always, if you have any questions about how to submit
articles or pictures to the Canal Record, I am only a phone
call or e-mail away. Please remember I cannot accept news-
paper articles without expressed permission of the author.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings
November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 5, 2011, in con-
junction 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) 452-7281.
PCS Annual Pool Party
Remember you MUST be a current
be REGISTERED with the Reunion
and WEAR your name badge
YOUR NAME BADGE IS YOUR PASSPORT TO PARTICIPATE IN REUNION ACTIVITIES
AND TO RECEIVE SPECIAL "NEGOTIATED" DISCOUNTS. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN
GET A 10% DISCOUNT ON FOOD AT HOTEL RESTAURANTS BY SHOWING OR WEAR-
ING YOUR NAME BADGE. THIS DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY FOR BEVERAGES.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to
recommend Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin and Mrs. Stefanie
Cutler to receive a Distinguished Service Award.
Both Margaret McLaughlin and Stefanie Cutler for the
past 11 years have volunteered to do the decorations that
everyone has enjoyed in the ballrooms for the Annual
Reunion Panazonian Dance and Annual Ball. Each dance has
120 floral table centerpieces, balloon columns and balloon
Members attending the reunion would be surprised to see
the amount of preparation, staging and designing going on
behind the scenes in a back room behind the ballroom. Being
the decorating committee, their long work hours do not allow
them much time to socialize and take part in the reunion
events. With this sacrifice and dedication in making the
reunion dances a classy event we feel they are most deserv-
ing of this award.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mrs.
Margaret McLaughlin and Mrs. Stefanie Cutler for a
Distinguished Service Award.
JOIN US FOR
a THE POOL
o from 1 p.m.
'til 5 p.m. with live
Steel Drum music.
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
2:00 3:30 P.M
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN FOR BUSINESS ON
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
/ AT THE YACHT CLUB
Sponsored by BHS Class of '76
ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY WITH THE ROYAL INSECTS BAND ON
JULY 7TH AT THE "THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE YACHT CLUB" DANCE.
THE FUN BEGINS AT 9:00 P.M. AND WILL LAST UNTIL 2:00 A.M.
CASH BAR ONLY.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES TO THE BHS CLASS OF '76 FOR SPONSORING THIS EVENT
AND FOR CONTINUING THE THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE TRADITION.
THE COST OF ADMISSION IS $10.00 PER PERSON.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
Profit & Loss
January through December 2010
as of December 31, 2010
General and Operational Income
First Class Postage
Canal Record Advertisements
Canal Record Sales
Total General and Operational Income
Society Function Receipts
General and Operational Expense
Bank & Credit Card Expenses
Other Taxes & Licenses
Postage & Delivery
Canal Record Printing
Canal Record Postage/Mailing
Canal Record Reporters
Total General and Operational Expense
Society Functions Expenses
Jan Dec 10
SunTrust Business Checking
SunTrust Trust Fund
SunTrust Inv Services
CD's & Bonds
Other Current Assets
Total Other Current Assets
Total Current Assets
Total Fixed Assets
Reunion Expense Deposits
Total Other Assets
LIABILITIES & EQUITY
Other Current Liabilities
Total Other Current Liabilities
Total Current Liabilities
Beginning Fund Balance
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY
Dec 31, 10
Hello Members! Are you gearing up for the reunion this year at the Marriott? We certainly are! As we move back to the
Orlando Marriott World Center we have some great events planned as part of our "Carnaval Calle Arriba/Calle Abajo" theme.
You will definitely want to bring your dancing shoes for the Friday and Saturday night parties, and there are events planned
for each day. The Marriott has added a beautiful new "Spa Pool", which will be the site of our annual Pool Party on Saturday.
Join us for some free beverages and float the spa pool as you enjoy the steel drum sounds of Alpha Steel.
The Annual Cayuco Race was held over the April 15th weekend and the Society sponsored the Pre-Race Kickoff Party on
Thursday night at Lum's in Diablo. The event featured the great music ofShorty&Slim and was very well attended. You can
check out photos from the event on our Panama Canal Society Facebook Page. I want to express a great deal of thanks to
Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher for representing the Society, selling T-shirts, and signing up several new members to the
Society. I also want to thank David Seitz for his artwork design on the T-shirt. The T-shirts were a big hit at the party and
we had many pre-sales through the Society Office. Thank you Rebecca and David!
This year we announced the formation of a new Governors Club Membership within the Society. We appreciate all of our
members who renew each year, as our future planning is incumbent on membership. I want to thank and recognize the fol-
lowing individuals and families who have joined the Governors Club. On behalf of the Board we greatly appreciate your long-
term commitment to the Society:
Allande, Julia E and Paulino
Barkowitz, Paul and Doreen
Belt, David C
Brophy, John L and Dona
Brown, Pamela A
Camby, Virgil G and Shirley A
Coffey, Michael D and Shawn
Corrigan, Larry and Dalys
Cotton, George H
Croft, Leslie W
Dahlstrom, Richard K and Kathryn
Deakins, Randall and JoElla
DeJernette, Woodrow W and Janice
Deming, John L and Karen
Duffus, James B and Clover
Ebdon, Paul F and Connie
Elliott, Max and Sue
Epperson, Susan and William
Fehrenbach, Mary A
Fetherston, Steven M
Flynn, Terri and Paul
Gallagher, Tom and Susan
Geddes, Robert T
Gilbert, Dennis F and Robin
Gilley, Waldo B
Goodrich, Catherine W
Goodwin, Carey J and Nancy
Gramlich, Aggie S and Larry
Grove, Alice and William
Hanson, Noreen L
Haugen, Joann and Richard
Hayes, John D and June
Holland, Dionne M
Janczar, Donna J and Stanley
Jones, Cherie A
Kaufer Jr, Ted L
King, Tara A
Kongable, Beatrice W and Ross
Ktenidis, Heather and Dimitrios
Long, John B and Joan
Macht, Raymond E and Elizabeth
Mahaffy, Veronica L and Perry
Maguire, Michael D and Elena
Martin, Jane M and Charles
McMillan, Robert R and Phoebe
Merriam, Maria Elena and John
Meyer, Dr Carol F
Mills, Robert A and Patricia
Morgan Jr, Paul W and Stacia
Morland, G Robin
Olsen, Keith C
Opel, Anna A and Carlton
Overstreet, Paul J and Lisa
Parthenais, Robert J and Adair
Pattison, Thomas and DiTullo, Linda
Pasamante III, Alfredo
Perantie, Carol A
Poulsen, Gordon K and Ruth
Redfern, Theresa and Lester, John
Reif, Gordon C and Roberta
Reynolds, Lynn M
Richey, Hobart K and Lisa
Richey, Kaye and Leonor
Richey, TG Kaye and Catherine
Richey, Val L and Burkhard, Klein
Robin Jr, Larry
Roy Jr, Robert and Wainio, Kathleen
Rupp, Robert H and Jeanne
Sacco, Linda C and Mark
Seeley, Glenn D and Christina
Shaw, Valerie K and Wilke, Kevin
Siravo-Smith, Patricia and Garrison
Smail, Robert H and Barbara
Smith, Paula J and Lyle
Snyder, Roderick S
Sperling, Albert E
Stephenson, Michael N and Elaine
Sytsma, Lori M and Michael
Thompson, Lane A and Georgia
Turner, John M and Lynn
Vowell, Jacque A
Walker, Monica L and Bryan
Walker, Shane C and Brenda
Wilder, Edward M and Janelle
Will, James M
Williams, Patrick C and Cheryl
Williams, Paul M and Virginia
Williams, Vivian L
Wrenn, Christopher J and Nancy
FOR INFORMATION ON THE GOVERNORS CLUB VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.PANCANALSOCIETY.ORG.
Our current membership is once again lower than last year. If you have a friend or family member who qualifies for mem-
bership and is not currently a member I encourage you to have them join. It is only through membership that we will per-
petuate lasting friendships and memories of our time in the Panama Canal Zone. Hope to see you at the reunion!
Mike Coffey, Chairperson
JOIN THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY ON FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN!
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
HOSTS THE 2ND ANNUAL CAYUCO RACE PARTY
A r 0PCS members and members-to-be turned out
for the 2nd Annual PCS Kick-Off Party featuring
Shorty&Slim. The party was held at Lum's
Restaurant and Bar on Thursday, April 14. Since it
was the day before the First Leg of the race, many
paddlers were able to join the fun.
Shorty&Slim entertained to the dancing and
singing delight of the audience, many of whom
were wearing their commemorative Panama Canal
SocietylShorty&Slim "Ocean to Ocean" T-shirts
designed by Shorty himself, David Seitz!
Lum's was crowded and loud and a good time
was had by all. We recruited 9 new and/or return-
ing members throughout the evening. Several more
promised to join on-line. We even had one person
arrive early, join the Society and leave before the
party even started. Thanks go to Eric Holland for
coming out and supporting your Panama Canal
The Panama Canal Society sponsored two
boats again this year in the Cayuco Race, the
Sudden Impact and Perseverance. In the Youth
Girl's category, the Sudden Impact which included
Stephanie Seitz and three friends had an amazing
race, especially considering most of their training
took place in the snow! They won 4th place and
took home a trophy! The crew of the Perseverance
which included Richard Grimison, Scott Roche,
lan Herring and Steve Malia had an impressive
race coming in 5th place in the Men's Open cate-
Plans are already in the works for next year's
party! Returning member Jason Critidis says
Cayuco Race is the new Christmas when it comes
to making a trip back to visit Panama! Hope to see
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
c T're\ of the Pc, I,'a,, c. Richard Grimison. Scott Roche. Ian
REUNION COORDINATOR'S JUNE UPDATE
CALLE ARIBA Y CALLE ABAJO REUNION
Here we are in June with only a couple of weeks to go before our 2011 Reunion. We are all getting very excited as this spe-
cial time of year is quickly approaching and the 2011 Reunion Committee is working hard with final preparations. It looks
like we are going to have another spectacular reunion!
By the time you get this issue of the Canal Record, reunion registration and hotel reservations will be closed. You can still
do late registration in the registration room in the Convention Center during the reunion.
The Thursday Night at the Yacht Club dance has now been firmed up. The BHS Class of 1976 will be hosting the dance in
conjunction with their 35th Class Reunion. The dance will be held with a live band in the Grand Ballroom 8 on July 7th from
9:00 p.m 2:00 a.m. An admission fee will be charged. See page 3 for more information.
Don't forget to mark your calendars to attend the Cultural Seminar on Saturday afternoon. "MOLA ART" is the topic of this
year's Cultural Seminar and will center around the focus of Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch's new book on mola art -- the histo-
ry, the Kuna culture, the design references in molas, the aesthetics of mola art, etc. Read more about the seminar on page 10
in this issue of the Canal Record.
The popular "Friday Family Night Dance" will be held again this year from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. where children under 12 will
be allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but they must be accompanied by a parent. Children over 12 and adults must
purchase tickets. This is a great opportunity for the children to experience Panamanian music and dance if they would like.
At 8:30 p.m. we go back to no children 12 or under allowed and those that entered must leave.
Free Yoga Classes!! This is a new activity at the reunion. Society member Julian "Butch" Hall has volunteered to teach
this class for our members. Two classes will be held, Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Bring your mat or beach
towel with you.
Check with the Office Manager at the Information/Society Business Desk to see if we have any tickets still available for the
Annual Luncheon. Ken Fortner's presentation about the Canal Widening and Third Locks Construction during the luncheon
is one that you don't want to miss. Read more about the luncheon program on page 8 in this issue of the Canal Record.
Don't miss the 3rd Annual Pool Party at the Spa Pool on Saturday afternoon. This year we will have a Steel Drum band for
your entertainment pleasure instead of a DJ. Remember, you must be a member in good standing and be registered for the
reunion. You must wear your name badge to participate.
Check the schedule in the Reunion Flyer given to you at registration for all other events, times and days.
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking to all our members
attending the reunion who are registered guests at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Unfortunately the hotel will not pro-
vide complimentary parking to reunion registrants who are just visiting for the day. Shuttle buses will be available to shuttle
attendees from the parking garage to the front door and will run continuously.
As always, volunteers are needed to help during the Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more of the chair-
DON'T FORGET TO HAVE YOUR REUNION NAME BADGE WITH YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE POOL PARTY AND TO RECEIVE THE 15% DISCOUNT AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANTS.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike or myself.
See you at the reunion!
Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
KENNETH G FORTNER, PE, CCM
PRESENTER AT THE 2011 ANNUAL LUNCHEON
JULY 9, 2011
We are honored to have Ken Fortner as our Annual Luncheon guest speaker
this year. Ken was born in Col6n, Republica de Panama, to Gayle and Mavis
Fortner (both Zonians and BHS graduates). Ken grew up in Gatfn before mov-
ing to Gamboa and graduated from Balboa High School, Class of 1971.
After leaving the Canal Zone, Ken earned a BSCE at Auburn University and a
SMSCE from Georgia Tech. Ken is a Professional Engineer and a Certified
Construction Manager. Ken served eight years active duty with the U.S. Navy
Civil Engineer Corps followed by 27 years as project and construction manag-
er with consulting engineers Lockwood Greene (3 years) and CH2M HILL (24
With the need to expand the Panama Canal and build a third set of locks, CH2M
HILL was contracted to accomplish this enormous project. Ken was sent to
Panama as the Project Manager for the Pacific Locks complex of the Third Set
of Locks Project ($1.65 billion) within the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
This will be a very exciting and informative presentation about the massive
project now taking place with the Panama Canal. This expansion project has many U.S. ports scrambling to begin
their own expansion in order to accommodate the larger ships that will now be able to transit the Canal into the
This photo taken in January 2011 by Bill McLaughlin shows the excavation of what will be part of a new
Miraflores Third Locks chambers. You will see many more exciting photos of the expansion project at the
MASONS AND OES LUNCHEON
JULY 8, 2011
After a one-year absence, there will be a Masonic and Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July 8, 2011, at the Orlando
World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the 2011 Panama Canal Society Reunion. The luncheon will
begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost of the luncheon is $35/per-
son and the meal selections are (A) Arroz Con Polio a la Brazza and (B) Straight Cut Beef Short Rib. All Panama
Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses and friends of the fraternity and sorority are invited to attend. Dress for the occa-
sion is smart casual or guayabera. The deadline for reservations is June 17. 2011.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $35/person
(A) Arroz Con Polio a la Brazza (B) Straight Cut Beef Short Rib
Please make reservations and meal selection of (A) or (B) below.
SList names of persons attending for name tags and select their meal choice:
Name Meal Selection Name Meal Selection I
1. A B 3. A B
2. A B 4. A B
Total Enclosed: $_
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to Robert Russell and mail to: 2327 Lyndhurst Drive, Sun City Center,
Deadline for reservations is June 17, 2011
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ANNUAL POOL PARTY ON JULY 9TH!
The Panama Canal Society along with the
Orlando World Center Marriott will sponsor
the 3rd annual reunion party on July 9th from
1 p.m. 'til 5 p.m. with live Steel Drum music.
You MUST be a current PCS member,
be REGISTERED with the Reunion
and WEAR your name badge to participate.
You MUST wear your name ", '.;
badgeto take part in the
Come and join us poolside!
REUNION CULTURAL SEMINAR
S2011 CULTURAL SEMINAR
THE SEMINAR TOPIC WILL BE
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
2:00 3:30 P.M
DENVER & CHICAGO
(HALL OF CITIES)
Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch
The Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Museum are pleased to announce that
Edith (Barkowitz) Crouch, a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School, will be the guest
speaker at the Panama Canal Society Reunion Cultural Seminar in Orlando, Fla. Edith is
an author, glass artist, and teacher. She lives and works in Charlotte, N. C., with her hus-
band who works in information technology management at Duke Energy. Their son is a
Although born in Charleston, S. C., Edith spent her childhood in the Canal Zone. Her
father, Seymour Barkowitz, was the Principal of Curundu Junior High School and their
S family lived in Balboa from 1955 to 1985. Edith earned an undergraduate degree in Art
Education from Florida State University and subsequently worked in corporate communi-
cations management for 15 years. Edith's first book, The Mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany,
was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., in 2008. Her second book, Tiffany Studios'
Techniques, was published in December 2010. Edith's third book, Mola Textile Art, is at the
publishers with plans for publication by late Spring/early Summer 2011.
This year's seminar topic will center around the focus of her new book on mola art -- the
history, the Kuna culture, the design references in molas, the aesthetics of mola art, etc. The
seminar will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 2:00 3:30 pm in the Denver and
Chicago Conference Rooms (Hall of Cities) at the Orlando World Center Marriott in
Be sure to mark your reunion calendar so that you won't miss out on this seminar. Also,
please note that Saturday will be the only seminar presentation. For further information,
contact Bob and Cheryl Russell at 813-633-8916.
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OCTOBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
LATINOS Y MAS
2030 S. PINE AVENUE, OCALA, FLORIDA 34470
October 22, 2011
11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m
Please join us for the first general membership meeting after the 2011 Reunion in Ocala, Fla. at the Latinos Y Mas in con-
junction with the Ocala Ditchdiggers on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
There will be four Entrees to choose from: Arroz con Polio: Saut6ed Chicken with yellow rice, with green peppers,
Spanish onions, tomatoes, and green peas; Pernil: Cuban style roast pork marinated topped with grilled onions and moji-
to with yucca; Palomilla: Top sirloin cut very thin, and quickly grilled with onions (these three entrees will be served with
rice, beans, and sweet plantains or mixed vegetables and parsley potatoes); Combo Loco: One taco, one burrito, one
enchilada, and one chalupa (served with all the fixings and yellow rice and refried beans). Dessert will be Tres Leches:
Sponge cake covered with three milks or Flan (Spanish Caramel Egg Custard). Beverages include: Soft drinks, tea, and/or
regular coffee. If you have any questions, please call the Society office at 727-391-4359.
The cost of the luncheon is $19.00 per person, which includes tax and gratuities.
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 14. 2011 IS THE DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS AND/OR REFUNDS.
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SW 16th St ^ SE 16thSt
SW ITh St W 464 SM Springs Blvd East) to NE 25th Ave. Turn left on
S'T, p NE 25th Ave. Turn right on SE 17th St. (SR-464).
S. Latinos 'a sE Turn left on S. Pine Ave. (Hwy-441/301/US-27).
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301 SE 24th St (SR-200 N). Turn right on SW 17th St. (SR-464).
SW 26thSt SE 26th St Turn right on S Pine Ave. (Hwy-441/301/US-27).
S27 E SE 2 7h St Arrive at 2030 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, on the right.
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Budget Again Coming Down to Wire
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING After passing six stopgap spending measures for the fiscal
OCALA ELKS LODGE, OCALA, FLORIDA year that is now more than half over, political leaders again
SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 are faced with the choice of: (1) passing yet another short-
term extension of current spending authority, possibly as
Significant Actions taken: short as one week, (2) enacting a more complete spending
Approved the Annual Meeting Minutes as written, law to carry the government through September 30 with cuts
Approved the July financial statement for audit. of a still-undetermined level, or (3) allowing the government
to partially shut down while it decides between options (1)
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC. and (2).
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT
INE CELLAR RESTAURANT Pay, Hiring Restrictions Proposed
N. REDDINGTON BEACH, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 5, 2010 Meanwhile, a preliminary budget from Republicans on the
Significant Actions taken: House Budget Committee for the fiscal year starting in
Approved the November Minutes as written. October would continue to freeze federal salary schedules
Approved the October financial statement for through calendar year 2015, an extension of the previously
audit. approved freeze for 2011 and 2012.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC. The Washington Post reported the following:
GENE RAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
HILTON OCEAN FRONT HOTEL "President Barack Obama plans to respond to a Republican
INDIALANTIC, FLA. blueprint for tackling the soaring national debt by promoting
FEBRUARY 5, 2011 a bipartisan approach pioneered by an independent presiden-
tial commission rather than introducing his own detailed
Significant Actions taken: plan. Obama will not blaze a fresh path when he delivers a
Approved the December Minutes as written, much-anticipated speech on April 13 at George Washington
Approved the December financial statement for University. Instead, he is expected to offer support for the
audit. commission's work and a related effort under way in the
Senate to develop a strategy for curbing borrowing.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these
meetings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at
httn://www.nancanalsocietv.org. Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Reporter
LEGISLATIVE REPORT THURSDAY NIGHT
House Passes Ryan Budget: A THE YACHT CLUB
The Congress plans reduce spending by
$4.4 trillion over 10 years. $375 billion
of these ten-year savings would come
from current and retired federal employ- Sponsored by
i ees. These cuts include: 1) Requiring
Jim O'Donnell FERS and CSRS covered employees to BHS Class of '76
contribute substantially more to their retirement 2) Freezing
federal pay for 5 years. 3) Reducing federal workforce by 10
percent over 3 years.
S. Come and rock
Consumer Prices Jump Again: Come and rock
the night away at the
For the third consecutive month consumer prices increased
more than expected mostly due to food and fuel. The March "Thursday Night
Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical
Worker (CPI-W) rose 1.1 percent. The index now stands at at the Yacht Club" dance.
220.024, 2.1 percent above the 2008 third quarter average,
215.495. April consumer price indices were released Friday,
13 May 2011.
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
DC Metro Kathy Malin
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
North Central Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Laura Kosik (813) 584-9433
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537
LA Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
Midwest Paul Bierman (630) 650-5006
MS Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
NC Patricia Hunt (828) 696-3995
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford (206) 334-3359
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann (918) 745-1337
Panama Anna Opel 011 (507) 262-1001
SC George Garcia (864) 801-2072
TX Dallas Linda Morris (972) 398-9744
Kerrville JoAnne Fields (830) 895-2794
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers (830) 632-9498
Va Kathleen Sheridan (434) 295 6648
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman (281) 752-8446
From left to right in the photograph
below are Jean McGuire (Medinger),
Sandy Eudy (Tompkins), Tina John
(Schroeter), and Patty Farnsworth. Tina,
Sandy. and Jean came to visit Patty in
Diane French Arizona to celebrate their 55th birthdays
and their longtime friendship. Tina came
from Colorado, Jean from Florida and Sandy from California.
They rented a condo in Oak Creek Canyon outside of Sedona,
Ariz., and had a fabulous time hiking, shopping, and having
great therapy sessions!
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
Hola from California.
Excitement abounds as summer's
warmth ushers in her radiance.
Our e-tickets to the Orlando
Reunion are tucked safely (we
Isaac and Helen Hay hope) away in cyberspace and the
garden is vibrating with new growth. The camper is packed
and ready to roll. We leave today--over the Sierras, then down
395, veering east, south of Bishop, then down into four hours
of washboard hell to the rewards at last: desert wildflowers,
hot spring soaks, starry nights. Saline Valley in spring is
almost as sumptuous as a plate of corbina a la plancha with
fried yucca and Maggie ketchup.
Got a parcel from Darryl "Night Train" Morse (BHS'66
and ex-Marine) who said he wanted to "please hang around"
our home. I recalled a visit from Tom and Connie Stoakley.
Tom said, "fish and company start to go bad after a couple of
days." Hmmm? Well, inside the parcel was a calendar from
St. Anthony's Cancer Center in Alton, Ill. Each month has a
portrait of one of their cancer survivors. Flip to September
and there is Darryl, big as life, beaming victoriously after
successful treatment for nrostrate cancer
Darryl "Night Train" Morris
Folks in the BHS class of '66 recall Darryl running
touchdowns for the Bulldogs and surfing at Rio Mar, and
always with a resplendent smile. Darryl and Vicki look for-
ward to their 38th wedding anniversary, their annual vaca-
tions in Panama City, Fla., and cheering on their favorite
team--the Miami Dolphins. Darryl remembers to send me a
birthday card every year--he's one of those sweet unwavering
friends who you know will always be there for you.
Bernadette MacNamee called from her home in
Monterey. We talked for over an hour--you know, chitchat
girl talk. Bernie and I were among the summer cheerleaders
for the Rodman Naval Base boys. I recall our teacher had
been a cheerleader 10 years earlier at CHS. I think Darryl was
on that team too. That was a fun summer, especially the part
about being young and having fluid body joints and no creak-
ing or reaching for the bottle of ibuprofen. If memories were
money we would all be millionaires, or if we could invent
some WD-40 for our joints...
Dave "Kip" Finn wrote from San Mateo. Dave was a
Cocoli buoy. He enjoyed a visit from his daughter who lives
in New York. His partner Janetta returned from India to face
the challenges of a brain tumor. Kip said he ran into an old
Cocoli pal (Karl or George Ford) whose dad started the dry
milk business Klim. They shared a lot of good stories and
Kip's thinking about writing a sequel to his first book about
the Cocoli days of his youth.
Frank Mott (BHS'55) and his wife Marilyn shared a
small world story with us. For the past four years they have
spent summers at the River Bend RV Resort on the Russian
River. Hey, that's just 10 minutes downstream from our
house! Marilyn's childhood summers were spent with her
grandparents at their summer home here by the Russian River
and they were recently here for the Gravenstein Apple
Festival in Sebastopol. They are flying to Florida in June but
will be returning for their two-month stay in their RV. We will
meet up with them then--or we could just kayak down river
to drop in on them. They live in Banning but Frank says if he
wins the lotto they'll buy a home here too.
Well, that's all the news that's fit to print. See you in
Orlando!! Hasta pronto,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
DC METRO AREA
4 Spring began in the D.C. area with
cool and windy weather. As the cherry
blossoms started to bloom, a group of
about 25 Panazonians met for a Happy
e Hour in McLean, Va. It was almost a
ix mini-reunion for BHS Class of '68
Kalh M1clnturff since many of the attendees were from
that class. Everyone met new friends and classmates and
enjoyed this mini-reunion. People attending and shown in the
picture below are: Michael Sparling (BHS'74) along with
his wife and daughter (not pictured), Rae Donaldson
(BHS'68), Martha Duncan (BHS'71), Cathy Lively, Carol
(Adair) Finn (BHS'68), Cheri Fulcher, Sharon Dawson
(BHS'80), Annette (Violette) Deming (BHS'68), Diana
Gorin (in front BHS'68), Jessica Smith, Olga Tuminelli
(BHS'76), Michael Perry (BHS'70), Janet 'Zizi'
Mackinnon (BHS'68), Bill Dawson (BHS'53), Gail
Dawson McNally, Suzanne (Gerhart) George, Keith
Nusbaum (BHS'68), Susan (Nusbaum) Moyle (BHS'67),
Kathy (Malin) Mclnturff (BHS'74), Jeanette (Simons)
Perry (BHS'79), Ken Gerhart (BHS'73), Lucas Snyder,
Brian McNamee (in front BHS'59), Tom Fulcher
(BHS'68), Bill Deming (BHS'67), and Glen Mackinnon.
Roy Powell (BHS'75) had to leave early but enjoyed himself
reminiscing with others and actually found out about our
Happy Hour in Panama a few weeks prior while visiting. The
2nd annual DC area gathering will be in the Fall but the dates
will be hard to decide with College Football and NFL seasons
beginning. Any suggestions?
DC Area Panazonians' Happy Hour
Karen (Newlon) and Jim Mullins (both BHS'72) missed
the Happy Hour to finish the preparations for their daughter's
wedding the next weekend. Lynette (Lamer) Lowrimore
(BHS'74) went with her Dad to Aruba but back home in
Springfield, Va., she enjoys three grandchildren with two
more on their way this coming year. Two other friends who
work for the government were TDY and missed the Happy
Hour--Ron MacLaren (BHS'75) and Gloria Dahlstrom
Potocek (BHS'74). Another BHS'74 classmate, Glenda
Snavely, was attending her daughter's volleyball tournament.
Mark Maravilla (BHS'72) had to work late but all are keep-
ing in touch and looking forward to the next Happy Hour.
Roy Powell visited Panama as I mentioned before for five
days in late March/early April where he visited his grand-
mother who is 92 years old. Roy had a great time at the Yacht
Club and visited with friends around town. He saw a few
BHS'75 classmates: Sandy Toothman, Connie
Carrasquillo, Brenda Scott and Pat Appin. Roy also saw
Diana Duncan (BHS'76), Jennifer Jones Howitt (BHS'74),
and Jim Parthenais (BHS"'.i.
In early March, Rae Donaldson drove to Conrad, S.C.
near Myrtle Beach to visit a fellow classmate, Donna
Rathgeber (BHS'68). She enjoyed her time in warmer
weather. A few weeks later, Kathy (Malin) McInturff flew
down to Florida to visit her parents. Gloria and Ed Malin.
Prior to that visit she drove to Savannah to pick up her grand-
daughter Hali, who turned 10, and drove her to Myrtle Beach
to enjoy a long weekend with her Girl Scout troop. Hali is
looking forward to attending the reunion for her 9th year!
Last reunion she met Sue Kelleher's (BHS'80) twin daugh-
ters and Sheila Rose's (BHS'78) daughter and is looking for-
ward to another fun year. During her spring break. Helen
Malin-Christiansen's (BHS'76) daughter Amy came to the
D.C. area with a friend to do research at the National
Archives and visit museums. Amy enjoyed a great football
season last fall while attending Auburn.
Jessica Smith is now living in Alexandria. Va.. and work-
ing at Walter Johnson High School in the ESOL department.
In the fall she enjoyed a visit from her mom Sheila (Webb)
Tucker (BHS'74). They explored Old Town Alexandria and
visited with Sheila's friends (Kathj.. Vikki, Gloria, Glenda)
on Maryland's Chesapeake Shore. Jessica and her boyfriend
Lucas Snyder spent the first week of March at the Green
Turtle Club in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. They ate lobster
daily, enjoyed the local punch. and celebrated their friends'
beautiful sunset wedding.
Jessica Smith with her English Lab, Ki, enjoying D.C.'s
beautiful cherry blossoms.
Martha Duncan, who is a supporter of the National
Women's History Museum (NWHM), and member of its
Leadership Council, attended the museum's gala event last
year celebrating "Our Nation's Daughters." She is shown in
the enclosed picture with \\ I\1 National Spokesperson,
lecrlI Streep and \lartha Duncan
Kathy Malin Mclnturff, Reporter
email: Kathy malin(aihotmail.com
Not much to report this round. I
think everyone has been hibernating
for the past three months. Spring
break starts this week, so looking for-
ward to some travel stories from
everyone for the next issue.
Mary Lou Spring is here and that means
Pascavage-Croft David and Mayra Seitz are working
in the garden. They will be staying in
Europe this summer to tend to their veggie garden of corn,
assorted squash and pumpkins, green beans, lettuce, toma-
toes. potatoes and melon. They are also looking forward to a
bumper crop of blueberries, strawberries and, in the fall,
some great apples. I might have to drive up for their harvest!
Spring is also soccer season! Sarah and Stephanie are on the
varsity team for AFNorth in the Netherlands and so far the
team is 3 and 0. Stephanie is team captain and has contributed
5 goals to their winning season. The girls are on their last
week of practice for the cayuco race. David tried to simulate
the race for them by having them paddle three days in a row;
Monday for an hour. Tuesday for 2.5 hours and Wednesday
for 1.5 hours. They have had a grueling three months prepar-
ing for the race. The girls can't wait to go to Panama and pad-
dle in a real boat in the sun and warmth. They thank every-
one for donating to their cause and notes of encouragement.
We wish them well in the race! The Seitz family is heading to
Panama the first week in April and are looking forward to
seeing friends and family, and of course, enjoying a couple of
Green! Green! Pink up da phone! Alo? Who is eet? John
Husum!! All these world travelers, you never know who is
stopping in town. John had a gig in Europe and spent the
weekend in Germany visiting his sister Maureen Husum.
Reason enough for some Zonian hospitality. Ken Croft
cooked up a delicious pork dinner for everyone. Tom Snider
and Robert Careless chimed in with some of their stories,
they just never end. Good times!
A k- .t
John Husum, Maureen Husum, Robert Careless, Ken
Croft, and Tom Snider.
After this cold winter in Germany Ken and I needed a trip
to defrost. Of course when our dearest friends Rob and Ana
Boyer invited us to Panama how could we refuse. It was just
what we needed, some R&R, sun, Panamanian food, beaches
and all shared with our best friends! We spent an afternoon in
Casco Viejo and toured the Ministerio de Relaciones
Exteriores. This is a beautifully renovated colonial building
on the Simon Bolivar Plaza. The Salon Bolivar is now a small
museum about Panama's political history. The documents of
the Amphictyonic Congress, organized by Simon Bolivar in
1826 to create a confederation between Colombia, Mexico
and Central America and lent by the Brazilian government,
are on exhibit here. Definitely a tour worth taking! We
enjoyed the carnival music at the Instituto Nacional de
Cultural. It was perfect dry season weather at the beach. I
love living in Germany, but I miss the smell of the salt water
most. Thanks go to Walter and Xiomara Bottin for their
hospitality at their beach house. Ken did his thing on the grill
and we all enjoyed some tasty ribs. Otherwise we were eat-
ing shrimp and fish. We'll definitely be heading back next
Rob and Ana Boyer and Ken Croft at the Salon Bolivar
Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
I haven't heard from anyone so I'll tell
you what I've been doing. My sister
Bonnie Morrison, Mel and I shared a
room at Harrah's in New Orleans in Dawn Gressang
February. Mel and I toured the inner and outer city and saw
where the massive floods came. The rebuilding of the area is
amazing, with much more to be done. We ate in great places,
gambled, and I danced in the street to a street band with a guy
I didn't know. People that know me are not surprised! Mel
and I went to see Lord of the Dance, Grease, and Merle
Haggard at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona. We enjoyed
I heard from Robin (Harrison) Baker in March, and she
has had knee replacement surgery and has spent some time in
a Rehab Center. Then she fell flat on her back and her head.
She had a CT Scan done and it showed a fracture of L-1 clean
across, and has a lot of pain. She is using a walker and a cane.
We wish her much love and a quick healing process.
Mel and I are heading to Panama soon, so I will write
about the trip in my next article. Please--I can't write about
your comings and goings, if you don't tell me about them. I
love to hear from all of you!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
Hi everybody, another successful
Ditchdiggers luncheon was held at the
Olive Garden in Ocala on April 2nd. As
Leo and I were arranging a table for the
members to sign in, Betty Blanchette,
Joan Arndt, Bill and Geri (Blanchette)
Foster walked in. Joan brought three
books to give as door prizes. Right behind them was Syd
(Townsend) Corbett. Her husband Ron couldn't make it to
the luncheon as he was working at his place of business. A
few minutes later Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, Fred
and Claudia Robinson, Bob and Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey, Juanita McConaughey, and Ruth Conlan
arrived. Dianne and Jerry, also, brought an item to give as a
door prize. It was a round batea with a Panama hat in the mid-
dle that serves as a chip and dip platter--very unique. As the
members were getting settled, Tom Wilder, the President of
the Ditchdiggers, and his wife Kathy and their daughter
Brittney arrived. Chris Wilder and his girlfriend Deborah
Saldana were picking up Chris' grandparents, Al and Aura
Wilder. Also, it was great to see Jerry and Marcia (Rudge)
Fox, Frank and Debbie (Mokray) Lee, Ted Norris, and
Bob Parker at the get-together. What a wonderful surprise
when a Gainesville couple, Dick and Sandy (Tortorici)
Roscoe, arrived. They immediately knew some of the mem-
bers who used to live on the Atlantic side. Dick said that both
he and his wife were born on the Atlantic side, lived on the
Atlantic side, and moved over to the Pacific side to raise their
family. Found out that their daughter Jill (Roscoe) Delker
(BHS'93) is an OB-GYN doctor. She and our daughter
Karen (Shadeck) Young (BHS'93) have known each other
since pre-kindergarten days. Another wonderful surprise was
when Anne (Stapler) LoFranco brought her fiance Phil
Channon to the luncheon.
BTW, the winners of the door prizes were: Bob Parker,
Ruth Conlan. Sandy Roscoe, and Bill Foster. Many thanks to
Joan Arndt and Dianne and Jerry Cox for the door prizes.
:~ r W Standing Joan Arndt
Chris Wilder, Ted Norris, and Deborah Saldana Seated: Betty Blanchette
Fred Robinson. Tom
Standing: Marcia Fox
Seated: Jerry Fox
Syd Corbett, Frank and Debbie Lee
Anne Lo ran
unannon, Katnie and BOD
Foster, S\d Corbett, Jerr% and Dianne
Barbara (Curles) Aycock called and said she and Dave
will be going back to Texas at the end of March to be closer
to family. She continued to say that they will truly miss the
luncheon gatherings, the wonderful friends they have met and
known for so many years.
Don Dertien emailed me that he and Trish would not be
at the luncheon as he was discharged from the hospital the
night before. He also informed me that they would be mov-
ing to Gainesville, Fla., sometime in April to be nearer to
We completely understand that family will always come
first in our lives. We wish them the very best in their new
homes. Please keep in touch via email, snail mail, or tele-
I received a nice letter from Larry and Edna (Curies)
Didier. They were on their way to Atlanta to visit family.
From there they may travel to Nashville to see a show at the
Grand 01' Opry and then head on to the Natchez Trace Trail
to Natchez, Miss. Edna and Larry are thoroughly enjoying
their retirement. In January they took a wonderful one week
cruise to the Caribbean. Edna says it is rare that their ship
sails late at night so they took the opportunity to book an
evening tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They had a fantastic
evening listening to romantic Spanish music and seeing exot-
ic dancers. The highlight of the show was the guitarist who is
nationally known and has received the top award in Spain but
continues his career in Puerto Rico. She can't recall his name,
but he received a standing ovation from two busloads of
tourists who saw the show. They have another cruise sched-
uled for October--to Bermuda out of Baltimore.
Earlier in the year Anne (Stapler) LoFranco sent me a
very interesting story about a marvelous event that resulted
after so many years of her persistence in searching the web-
site Ancestry.com. Anne wrote, "My father was a Pan Canal
Pilot, a widower, with two young boys when he met and mar-
ried my Mom. Unhappily, they divorced several years later
and I grew up having minimal contact with my two half-
brothers. As an adult living in New York, I had made some
perfunctory attempts to locate them, but with no results.
However, with the onset of the Computer Age and the
Internet, I sadly learned in 2004 that both my half-brothers
died in the mid-1990s. But wait, God somehow turned sad-
ness into joy. In 2008, as I was traversing for the hundredth
time the website, Ancestry.com, a pop-up came from 'People
Search' asking if I would like to meet Robert Stapler. You
cannot imagine my excitement as I followed the link and
found to my amazement a ready-made nephew--the son of
my brother William Maury Stapler. What happiness and joy
was mine, inheriting a ready-made, accepting, and loving
new family who had grown up barely knowing that I existed.
In June of 2009, I traveled to Gaithersburg, Md., where I met
a delightful sister-in-law, four strapping handsome nephews
(who oddly bear a resemblance to my Dad), a lovely niece,
and her family. My new sister-in-law is 82 years young and
not only has a kindred spirit but is quite artsy as she paints,
writes poetry, and even has been known to get up on the roof
of her house to do repairs!! My nephew, Robert, and I fre-
quently exchange our views of the political situation on line,
while my sister-in-law and I talk on the phone on weekends.
Although I grieve not knowing my brothers as adults, my
contacts with these lovely folks have more than made up for
Bill and Margaret McLaughlin of Floral City took what
for them was a dream vacation, the best one ever. They
recently returned from a trip back home to Panama. While
there, they were invited to take a VIP tour of the new Panama
Canal third lock's construction site at the Pacific entrance of
the canal. They spent three hours touring all the excavation
sites from the new lock's entrance, all the way up into
Culebra Cut, where the enormous canal widening is being
done to allow bigger ships to transit. Bill is a Panama Canal
historian and past president of the Society. Margaret's grand-
father was one of the original Panama Canal construction
workers back in the early 1900s.
Margaret and Bill MicLauglin
Waldo Gilley called to sadly inform me about his dear
wife Kathleen who died on February 8, 2011 (see With Deep
Sorrow). We extend our heartfelt sympathy. May she rest in
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
email: Ivgs6171(a embarqmail.com
We here on the Gulf Coast had a
beautiful winter. But, we're expected to
have quite a humid/hot summer. Let's
hope we'll have some cool nights, not
too much rain and God willing, no hurri-
canes. We've already experienced some
tornado scares and we've had at least
one heavy storm that did some damage! Barbara (Hall)
January through March I was recu- Vose-Kulig
operating from surgery. Still have to take
it easy for a few more months but am doing fine. It surely
does help to have a devoted husband and caring and loving
family and friends--received lots of cards and much more.
In February our daughter-in-law Dawn Vose went to her
Annual Scout Leaders meeting and, much to her surprise, was
presented with an award for "Most Outstanding Leader."
What great recognition for such a deserving person. She is so
patient and nurturing to her Daisy Scouts. She's quite coura-
geous also--she's actually taking them overnight camping
What a tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Thank the
Lord this type of natural disaster has never darkened our
doorway. I know the entire world is praying for the people of
On March 6, 2011 Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux and nine mem-
bers of her family (Debbie (Egolf) Lane, Katherine Egolf,
Bill Egolf, Bobbie (Williams) Egolf, Mary (Clement) and
Steve Vaughn, and Orrin and Carol Clement) departed
from Fort Lauderdale for a 7-day Museum cruise aboard the
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. They didn't get off in
Nassau, but took bus tours at Saint Thomas, seeing the town,
beautiful ocean and hearing tales of the 18th century pirate
culture of such pirates as Blackbeard and Drake: Sint
Maarten, which is split in half--one half Dutch, the other half
French (spelled Saint Martin on the French half) with the
Dutch influence dating back to colonial days (pastel colored
houses, verandas and courtyards filled with flowers). the
French side (famous for their gourmet meals). Barb said it
was like being in two different countries and enjoying two
different cultures. Sadly, this left little time for shopping
(everyone's favorite thine to do).
happy hour together on the adjoining balconies above Central
Park. (The Allure of the Seas and her sister ship, the Oasis of
the Seas, are the two largest cruise ships to date). The Allure
was a virtual mini-city--a boardwalk, a life-size carousel, a
bright red Mercedes parked in the center (made a great photo
shot), and the Royal Promenade lined with boutiques and
specialty shops. Barb said you could never imagine the size
and scope of the ship (6,000 passengers and 2,104 employ-
ees). It offered such activities as specialty restaurants, swim-
ming pools. hot tubs. a spa and fitness center, jogging track,
casino, lounges and so many activities and programs for chil-
dren--perfect for those with children and grandchildren who
are planning a cruise.
Debbie (Egolf) Lane, Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux, waitper-
son, and Bobbie (Williams) Egolf.
L-R: Mary and Steve Vaughn, Katherine Egolf, Bill Egolf,
Deb (Egolf) Lane, Orrin Clement, Barb Dedeaux, Bobbie
Egolf, and Carol Clement.
Mary (Clement) Vaughn, Carol Clement,
The most enjoyable part of their cruise was the ship itself.
They all had balconies with some overlooking the ocean and
others overlooking Central Park. On sea day afternoons, the
card players in the family played on whichever balcony was
the shadiest and least windy. Every night they all enjoyed
Back: Bill Egolf and Mary (Clement) Vaughn. Front (L-R):
Debbie (Egolf) Lane, Katherine Egolf, Bobbie (Williams)
Egolf, Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux, Orrin and Carol
Clement, and Steve Vaughn.
The fantastic shows were so professional--the Broadway
musical Chicago; Comedy Live; Oceanaria Aqua Show (a
stunning seaside show where underwater civilization comes
to life); Ice Games Ice Show (a fantasy game world brought
to life with an international cast of skaters): and the
Revolution (a tribute to the Beatles).
Everyone in the family had a great time--what a fun
Museum cruise to share with family and friends.
While Bobbie and Barb went cruising, husbands George
and Louie spent time together enjoying the bachelor life.
Before heading home to Pensacola, Barb and Louie spent a
few days visiting with Bobbie and George.
It's almost time to start our garden again. This year we'll
only plant all varieties of peppers, cucumbers and cherry
tomatoes. It seems they grow the best and we had a huge
cucumber crop last year.
Congratulations go out to Jon, Deb and J Dedeaux. In
January, their daughter and sister Sonya and her husband
Dan presented them with a baby boy Ethan (see Births).
Keith and our son Bob are still out playing lots of golf
together every chance they get at the country club. When
Keith isn't playing, he's at the range hitting balls--he loves it.
Our Gulf Coast PGA Pro Golfer Boo Weekley wrote a
book titled True Boo--Gator Catchin', Orangutan Boxin',
and My Wild Ride to the PGA Tour In April he had a book
signing at Barnes and Nobles and guess who was there--ME!
I bought books for the golfers in the family, had Boo sign
them and had my picture taken with him. Oh, was I excited-
-such a sweet young man and we just love to watch him play
Boo Weekley and Barb Vose-Kulig
Deb Dedeaux holding grandson Ethan Joseph Sigmond
J Dedeaux recently received word that he passed his
Pharmacy Technician's exam which he took on February 18,
2011. He'll receive his formal scores which he'll submit to
register for his State license. His plan is to work as a
Pharmacy Tech while attending College of Pharmacy. J and
his roommates of three years just returned from spending
their Spring Break 2011 in the Bahamas. They hopped from
island to island for four days. Now they're settling down and
getting back to the grind of scheduled Spring classes.
On May 6th Debbie True Mobley from Panama and her
husband Tim are coming to the Pensacola Beach area from
California and Deb and Jon Dedeaux are going to meet up
with them. Deb can't wait to see her--it has been a long time
since they've seen each other.
The benefit for Jeremy Cassady (the wounded Escambia
Deputy Sheriff) was spectacular and an amazing amount of
money was raised for Jeremy and his family. I promised a full
article with photos for this issue, but I have to break that
promise (beyond my control) and hope I have something for
the next issue.
By the time this issue comes out it will be almost
"Reunion Time." Can't wait to see everyone.
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE WILL
BE CLOSED FROM SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN FOR BUSINESS ON
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
Randy and JoElla Deakins'
daughter-in-law Alice (married to their
son Tim), and a police officer in real
life, was a security volunteer during
the filming of Extreme Makeover
Home Edition in Cocoa, Fla.. in
January, that aired on TV February
f t .
Ken Karspinski (all bundled up) at Sevastopol, Crimea,
Robert and Barbara Smail (aka Bo and Chaco) of
Brevard County, Fla., traveled to Las Vegas, stayed at the
Luxor Hotel from January 13 through 18, and had the time of
their lives. On January 17. a "Big 60" surprise party for
Carol Appin-Lusk was given by her brother "The Rickster"
and included her parents, brothers Pat, Rick, Ronnie and
Ron's son, and sister Melissa Appin. They also got together
with Justo Velez (aka Solo) and wife Polly. Carol was so
excited they all cried a tiny bit. Go BHS Class of '69!!
Alice Deakins with Ty Pennington, star of Extreme
Makeover Home Edition.
Ken Karpinski has been working on a port consulting
contract funded by the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) at Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine. He
was selected to be the sole port consultant by the internation-
al development firm, Chemonics International, Inc. He visit-
ed the Crimean ports of Sevastopol, Theodosia and Kerch,
which are all on the Crimean Peninsula. He also visited the
famous harbor of Balaclava, home of the secret Soviet under-
ground submarine tunnels, and the Crimean War battle site,
where the Charge of the Light Brigade took place. The aver-
age temperature during his visit was 0 degrees C. and all this
Colon-bway could say was "Cold no ras!"
Ken Karspinski at Balaclava across from Submarine tunnels
Carmen Lampus, Chaco Smail, Carol Appin-Lusk, Kathy
Mulroy, Cathy Mclntire, and Janet Herrington, BHS'69.
In February Dennis and Peggy Huff hosted a super bowl
party at their home in Merritt Island, Fla. During the game,
the Goodyear Blimp flew into the party area from their
upstairs loft and blimp pilots, Tom and Connie Stoakley,
photographed the group below. Other party attendees were
Bob and Kathie McConaughey, Bill and Pattie Benny, Ed
and Christina Volonnino, Tom and Nancy Grimison, Les
Croft, Pam Brown, Tom and Mary Ann O'Shea, Jim and
Val Boughner, Janice Scott, Ron, Fran and Nikki Meyer,
Trina Herring, Mike Smith, Paul and Mary Sharpe,
Richard, Diana, Megan and Samantha Grimison.
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In mid-February Dennis and Peggy Huff also traveled to
Panama for eight days, and took Peggy's mother's (Anne
Edward Hale) ashes with them to be interred with her hus-
band's (Hugh Hale) at Corozal Cemetery. Dennis retired
January 31st from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) after
42 years of canal service and will no longer commute to work
Received a late email from JoElla and Randy Deakins on
April 8th. They had just gotten back from an RV trip. They
were in Crooked River State Park at St. Marys, Ga., when this
young man came up to her and said I know you. You lived in
Gamboa and I went to school with your sons Tim and Tom.
It was JR McReynolds (whom we hadn't seen in almost 30
years) with his wife Lori and daughters Laura, Jennifer and
Katie. They were camping there for Easter break. What a
Back: JR McReynolds and JoElla Deakins. Front: Lori,
Laura, Jennifer and Katie McReynolds.
Oh it's nice to have some warm
weather again. As cold as it has been
this winter, with the exception of
Hawaii, FLORIDA is the only state
in the Union to not have any snow.
That's good! However, living only 14 Skip Rowley
miles south of Georgia, we still suffer from some very cold
times. One of those times was our annual Christmas Tree
Burn at Tom Robertson's home. As it turned out, we had a
rather cold night, but had well over 100 trees to bur which
kept most of the brave souls who came outside warm and
toasty. As usual Doug Larrabee was our official unofficial or
rather unofficial official, however you want to say it,
Fireman. He kept the surrounding area around the fire pit wet
and safe for all the kiddies, etc. The food and libations were
as usual, over the top. A great time was had by all. I'm
already looking forward to next year's tree burn.
Tom and Evelyn Sellers at Christmas Tree Burn
Janice G. Scott, Reporter
A group from Tallahassee attended a practice round of the
Masters at Augusta, Ga.. courtesy of Jim Coman (BHS'37).
The group included his son Mike Coman, Ed McIlvaine,
and Hugh Thomas.
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Tom Robertson, Brian Robinson, Mamita Chase Gordon
talking with a young lady and a neighbor.
Mark and Katherine Simons Heddaeus
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE WILL
BE CLOSED FROM SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN FOR BL SI\ESS ON
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
Ed Mcllvaine, Mike Coman, and Hugh Thomas
Jim Catron (BHS'60) and his wife Sylvia just returned
from 10 days of biblical discovery in the Holy Land.
Highlights included baptism in the Jordan River at the
Yardenit Baptismal Site, "*-' imminn" in the Dead Sea, tour-
ing the Golan Heights, walking in the Garden of Gethsemane
and on the Via Dolorosa. praying at the Western Wall, and
riding a camel. The trip. "Jesus in the Galilee 2011," was with
members of the First United Methodist Church in Madison.
They also brought back two Coasters with Masonic emblems
for the Secretary, and Worshipful Master of Madison Lodge,
Francis Kinney, whom Jim sponsored into Masonry, and
where Jim is serving as Junior Deacon this year.
Sylvia and Jim Catron at the Mount of Precipice
Stella Nita celebrated her 92nd birthday on March 6. The
day started out with presents and cupcakes, then a burger at
Sonic drive-in with her children Mania, Toni, and John,
daughter-in-law Marcia and her grandchildren Rene and
Stephanie. Then Mania, Toni and Rene took her to St. Marks
Lighthouse to see nature. They saw some alligators, herons
and other birds and had a great time.
Fun was had by all on a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico
taken by Sue (Mitten) Corrigan (BHS'62), Charlene
(Rose) Burke (BHS'68), Eileen (Rose) Thomas (BHS'~n),
and Melinda Moody. Sue and Char were there for 18 days
and Eileen and Melinda joined them for 10 days. Tours, with
lots of shopping, were taken to various villages and the food
was delicious but the unseasonably warm weather forced the
ladies each day to have a FEW cold, cold Coronas with lunch
followed by an afternoon siesta. YES, it was a great, relaxing
Skip Rowley, Reporter
email: srowlev26(@ comcast.net
Lori Snow spent ten days in Costa
Rica with a group she was leading. While
there she spent time visiting the Arenal
area, Monteverde area, and then just
relaxing on the beach in the Guanacaste
June Rowley areas of Costa Rica. Lori's daughter Sara
Stevenson continues to pursue her dream of dancing
on Broadway and was cast in a local production of a vignette
from Cats as the Admetus Cat.
Richard Phillips wrote that he, his wife Olga, daughter
Kathleen, and sister Susan and her husband Brad and their
daughters Gillian and Emily, and cousins Vicki and Bob
Boukalis went to Panama in February to join Esther, Doug's
wife, to put his brother's (Doug Phillips) ashes to rest in the
Pacific Ocean. Richard wrote that Pastor Wilbur conducted
the services on the boat Cheers. They were also joined by
Richard Burchett and Larry Layman. Later that afternoon,
Master Chef Larry Layman and the Elks had a fish fry at the
Diablo boat shed area in Doug's honor with the fish being
donated by Jeff Naum. Larry did an outstanding job cooking
the fish. There were many other friends of Doug and their
family who attended the fish fry. Richard and family want to
thank them and to let them know how much they appreciated
all who helped make this a wonderful gathering in Doug's
Bill Arnold wrote that though he has no news, he wanted
everyone to know that learning Golf is not a steady improve-
ment. It is more like two steps forward and one step back. His
most recent golf score was the same as it was six months ago,
so that was disappointing.
Lester Smith wrote that in January he and Andrea, along
with his brother Robert and his wife Carol (Kapinos) Smith
drove over from their home in Tucson, and his sister Terri
(Smith) Flynn drove up from Naples, Fla., to celebrate their
Dad's 90th birthday. Lester also says that Andrea has been
improving greatly with her disability until she fell this past
February and broke her leg. She ought to be up and around
by the end of May, just in time for Medicare!
Seated: Robert Smith (birthday Dad), daughter Terri Smith
Flynn, Lester Smith, and Terry Smith (Robert's wife).
Standing: Robert Smith (son).
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN
FOR BUSINESS ON
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
Also heard from Cissy Collins who wrote that in
November 2010 they had an opportunity to rent a booth in a
friend's antique mall at Deja Vous, Austell, Ga.. where ilhe\
rescue, repair, repaint and recycle vintage furniture and
household accessories. Photo shows Cissy standing in her
"recycling bin" booth decorated for the holidays, and invited
everyone to come shop with them.
Cissy Collins in her recycling bin booth
Cissy also sent in another photo showing her husband
Gary, with their daughter Stacy (BHS'87), her husband
Todd, and their two children, Sydney and Shelby. at
Wyndham Ocean Walk to celebrate Sydney's 11th birthday
after dinner at Bubba Gump's in Daytona Beach in October.
uiary collns with daughter stacy, her husband load, ano
grandchildren Sidney and Shelby.
The last picture sent was taken in August 2010 at Gary's
brother's house in Sparta, Tenn. Cissy says for the World's
Largest Yard Sale, she, Gary, brother Cloray, sister Belinda
Simpson, and sister-in-law Joan Collins spent three days
shopping in Crossville and Cookville. Tenn. They found it
best to shop early for the best bargains and then return to
Sparta to rest, play cards and prepare for the next day. They
all purchased a treasure or two, so have decided they would
go again next August starting from their home in
Douglasville, Ga., and going west to Alabama.
Gary Collins, sister-in-law Joan Collins, sister Belinda
Collins Simpson, and brother Cloray Collins.
My husband and I were in Panama in early March where
we were joined by Patt Foster Roberson and Penny
Graham. While there, Patt, Penny and I went to Barro
Colorado Island for a tour of the island and had our photo
taken by the dock in Gamboa where we caught the boat to the
island. I am wearing my husband's shirt since I forgot to take
a long-sleeved shirt with me to Panama, but I did remember
my bug spray!! While on the island, we saw several Howler
Monkeys and, boy, what a noise they can make!
June (Ro% eI) Stevenson, Patt Foster Roberson, and
Carolyn Holmes Morris wrote that she just returned
from Salt Lake City where she did some skiing and had a fan-
tastic time. She met her friend Nancy and they stayed with
the nephew of her late husband. Gene treated them like they
were at a hotel and dinner each evening was preceded by
Happy Hour! Said the weather was great and she was glad
she did not put the thermals on!
Carolyn Morris' ski trip
Carolyn also sent a late email which stated that another
Masters Week has passed and, as usual, we had a great time.
Ellen and Gary Anderson spent the week with us. Gary's
son Michael and Ellen's son Steve Mallia arrived a few days
later delayed by the storm. We all made it to the National on
Tuesday and were able to hit the Pro ShopSSSSS. Some real-
ly nice things this year for the ladies and the usual shirt, jack-
ets, vests, etc., for the guys. We played golf Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday--Ray Amato played Saturday and
Sunday as well since his men's association had their month-
ly tournament. Celebrated Ray's birthday on Wednesday
while there. Steve and Michael wore themselves out as evi-
denced by the second picture! We had our annual Low
Country Shrimp Boil and Chuck Rentz (BHS'60) and his
wife Brooksie joined us. Joyce (Herring) Stewart drove
down from Charlotte, N.C., and spent the weekend.
Gary and Ellen Anderson, Ray Amato, Steve Mallia,
David Boyd, and Carolyn Morris.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN RENEW
YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2012
AT THE REUNION?
I believe that is all my "news" for now. Remember, please
sign up to be a member of the Panama Canal Society, not
only for your Reunion Year, but for every year. Lots of things
going on, so hopefully we will see you all at the Reunion in
July in Orlando, Fla. And remember, I am the Reporter for
the State of Georgia, so if you have news or pictures to share,
send it to the information listed below. Send it at anytime and
I will hold your news till the next issue if it reaches me too
late for the current issue.
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
Greetings from Hendersonville,
N.C., where half the year has flown by
already. I suppose it's the same every-
where but it is still hard to believe. I'm
beginning my article with a Christmas
tree burn report and it is June already.
Lisa (Hunt) Johnson and Laurie and
Pat Hunt Sam Trinca attended a good old-fash-
ioned Canal Zone tree burn hosted by Rob Carey and his
wife Lisa in Pittsboro, N.C. Now I realize there are several
bums in Florida every year but this is the first time I've heard
of one up here even though Rob has done this for several
years. They had fifty trees this year and could have had at
least six more that Lisa and I saw along the highway but
couldn't fit them in the car. Rob's Mom Martha lives in
Boquete on her coffee farm and Rob and his wife went to
Panama to visit her after the holidays. Martha and I shared a
room in OB at Gorgas when Lisa and Rob were born a few
days apart and they were baptized together at St. Mary's by
Father Loeven shortly after.
Malcolm Stone and his life-size Howdy Doody puppet,
aka Mister Ragz and Freckles, rode in the St. Patrick's Day
parade here in Hendersonville, entertaining the crowds along
Main Street. For most of the year Freckles wears regular
Howdy Doody clothes but he has special holiday outfits for
Christmas and St. Pat's Day. Malcolm is a pretty good ven-
triloquist so Freckles chats with all the kids along the parade
route. They have been walking in various parades since they
retired to Hendersonville but this year they decided to ride.
The parade route seems to get longer every year, but walking
or riding Malcolm and Howdy have a great time, as do the
many little and big kids they talk to along the way. They even
received a bonus--they won first place in the over eighteen
category! It pays to be a senior citizen.
I intended to use this last bit of info in the last issue when
I wrote about the Christmas party. Jeff and Mary Hare
attended the party for the first time. She is a third-generation
Zonian and her grandfather John Kotalik was a Roosevelt
medal recipient. Her father John Barrett was a canal pilot.
Mary graduated from BHS in 1962. Jeff's parents, John and
Mary Hare, went to Panama in 1940 and Jeff graduated from
BHS in 1962 and attended Canal Zone College. John and
Mary were very popular names in these families!
Ragz and Freckles
Jim and Diane Bradley vacationed in Panama AGAIN in
March to attend the wedding of their niece Megan Kat to
Shaun Williams. They stayed in a lovely Bed and Breakfast
in Quarry Heights, drove up to El Valle and visited with
Charlie Leves at the beach while there. Traffic gets to be
more of a challenge each time they go down but they still had
a great time. They ran into three Flenniken sisters at the
Napoli (one of them being my sister-in-law Betty). Margie
Sherry was with the sisters also. It must have been girls only
as Jim didn't see Art Sherry with them. I'm sure they were
all eating pizza and clams and washing them down with a
Panama! Jim celebrated a BIG birthday while there and
decided to play his age in the lottery. If he had been three
years older he could have been S30.000 richer instead of a
few hundred, on his trip back. Next time play three up and
three down Jim! Mike, Jim and Eileen Bradley all flew in
for the wedding also and a good time was had by all.
The Greenesboro 7. as I call them, had their semi-annual
get-together in January this year and celebrated Jim and
Janet Stockholm Reece's fiftieth wedding anniversary. This
picture of Jim and Janet was in the March issue but I didn't
get the news till after the deadline. Mike and Shelly Witkin,
Tim and Helen Hotz, Dan \ inlosk\ and Susan Sumpter
and Janet and Jim are all shown at the Grandover Hotel in the
enclosed picture. This is the first time I've seen Susan in the
picture so don't know if I should call them the Greenesboro 8
now. Don't get alarmed--they aren't Mafia involved, at least
not that I know of! Anyway, congratulations to Janet and Jim.
Lisa Johnson and Laurie Trinca at tree burn
Well, I guess that's it for this issue. Not much news has
come in so please, all you North Carolinians. get busy doing
things and going places so I will have something to write
about. I could add that I went to Virginia in April to see my
grandson River Hunt and I could include lots of pictures of
the cutest kid in the world but that may be taking advantage
of my reporter status, so I won't. And, oh yes, I saw his Mom
and Dad, Julie and John, also. Keep your news coming or
my salary may be cut. Till next time.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
email: pathunt01 (bellsouth.net
Well...January started with a
major health scare in my family. My
mother Wink Greene had emergency
surgery to repair a (previously
unknown to anyone) perforated ulcer.
She also suffered, after surgery, a col-
Barbara Greene lapsed lung. She spent almost two
Litchford weeks in the hospital and an additional
three weeks in a rehabilitation facility where she worked hard
to get her strength back. I am extremely pleased to report that
mom walked out of the rehab facility and back into her apart-
ment community under her own power. She continues to get
stronger each and every day and is almost back to "full
steam." It sure is good to have my mommy "back."
The Washington Ebdons (Jim, Connie, grandson Jon,
and great-granddaughter Ashley) joined the Oregon Ebdons
(Bev, Fred, Connie, Paul, grandson Rusty, great-grandsons
Morgan and Jaron Kuehn) in celebration of Bev's 90th
birthday. On March 13, Paul and Connie's grandson Jaron
played in the Junior National Basketball Tournament in
Portland. As far as La Pine High School can determine, this
is the first time anyone from their school has been invited to
compete in this tournament. Jaron's cheering section consist-
ed of Connie and Paul, his parents Tammi and Dan Kuehn,
his cousin Morgan Ebdon, and a fellow teammate John
Jim and Noralie Shobe have recently taken a couple of
short trips. They spent a few days with Jack Rocker and his
daughters Eric and Aron and Jim spent time setting up some
shop machinery and installing a welding circuit for Jack.
After leaving Jack's they stopped off for a too short visit with
Lou Womack and her dog Ladybug. Then, it was on see
daughter Clover and hubby Jim Duffus, where they went
bowling with them and my grandson Josh Duffus and great-
grandsons Miles and JJ. After bowling they headed to Josh's
and his wife Rachel's home to celebrate Noralie's and Jim
Duffus Senior's birthdays. Jim is still busy in his shop with
motorcycles. Jim sends his regards and hopes anyone visiting
in the area will drop in to help re-dig the canal.
Bob and Mary Blake continue to enjoy life at Skyline-at-
First-Hill in downtown Seattle. They attend many events at
St. James Cathedral which is across the street, and at Trinity
Episcopal Church, two blocks away. They took in a mar-
velous Cole Porter program by the Seattle Symphony at
Benaroya Hall, and went to see and hear Don Quixote at the
Seattle Opera. Bob and Mary plan to see The Magic Flute in
May. Bob will also celebrate two milestones in May--his 90th
birthday and his 70th class reunion at MIT. Mary and Bob
will probably not attend the reunion--those time zones and
miles tend to make for hard traveling.
Mary and Jim Young, Camano Island, Wash., had a
recent visit from daughter Ellie and husband Al Honen from
California. Son Frank Young from Seattle, Wash., was also
able to visit with his parents and sister. They all attended a
concert in Edmonds, Wash., and heard a great Latin Jazz per-
formance by Arturo Sandoval.
Snowbird Glenda Scanlon Mecca says it was quite cold
in the Tallahassee, Fla., area where she and Jim Brown spend
their winters, so they spent a lot of time indoors. Glenda start-
ed working on herjewelry designs as Christmas gifts for fam-
ily and friends and it mushroomed from there. She decided to
build up her inventory of pieces to sell at the reunion. This
will be her first year as a vendor, so she has her fingers
crossed that all will go well! Make sure you visit Glenda at
the reunion! In February they went to Okeechobee, Fla., to
visit Evelyn Tiencken and her family. They stayed several
days and really enjoyed themselves. March found them in
Tampa to visit with Debbie Dekle, where they had a great
time. Glenda and Debbie have been friends for 48 years. They
also attended the Panama Canal Society Picnic at Anderson
Park in Tarpon Springs and enjoyed seeing people she hadn't
seen in a very long time. In talking to John Gough, Glenda
learned that her dad, as Lead Machinist at Miraflores Locks,
was John's apprenticeship trainer. Glenda is recovering from
back surgery and hoping she will be able to get in the yard
and plant flowerbeds and trim the roses, plant the vegetable
garden and all that stuff, before the real heat of summer kicks
Ginny Rankin's grandson Seth McClanahan just com-
peted in his state competition for gymnastics and got a 3rd
place for his age group and competition level. Now he will be
going to Regionals for competition next week.
Granddaughter Ryann Blennerhassett finished 3rd in her all
girls team triathlon. They were the only girls team competing
against all the other all boys teams. She will be doing anoth-
er one later in April. Ginger is looking forward to seeing her
Panama family (John and Karen Blennerhassett and their
kids) at the reunion in July before they come on out to
Washington State for a few weeks in July. Brother and sister-
in-law, Robert and Gayle (Fettler) Rankin, just got home
from a week in Maui. While there they had to evacuate their
hotel for one night due to the tsunami threat, that really did-
n't arrive to do any damage to the hotel. But they did have to
sleep in their car for that night as they moved to higher
ground for safety.
Seth McClanahan with his third place medal
Ryann Blennerhassett with her 3rd place award
Joan and Jim Hoffman, hosts of this year's Pacific
Northwest Panama Canal picnic want to remind everyone
about the picnic and to also provide directions on how to get
to the picnic site.
Dates: Friday August 5, Potluck Dinner (starts approx. 5
p.m.). Saturday August 6. Picnic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location:
Fort Ebey State Park, Gun Battery.
From the Militeo ferry: Follow road through Coupeville.
Turn left on Libbey Road and then left on Hill Valley. Turn
into the gate on the right and turn left at the stop sign. The gun
battery is on the right.
From the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry: Turn left
after getting off the ferry (on the Coupeville side) and follow
the road to Coupeville. Turn left at the traffic light (gas sta-
tion on right). Turn left off Libbey Road and then left on Hill
Valley. Turn into the gate on the right and turn left at the stop
sign. The gun battery is on the right.
From the North (Deception Pass Bridge): Follow 20
through Oak Harbor and towards Coupeville, go past Rolling
Hills Gencairn (on left). Turn right on Libbey, then left off
Hill Valley. Turn into the gate on the right and turn left at the
stop sign. The gun battery is on the right.
NOTE: There are brown informational signs (Fort Ebey
State Park) on 20 (both north and south) and on Libbey Road.
I have had a chance for a little bit of fun. Bebe Nehring
DeNike and I have had the opportunity to see some great
country music acts--either free or at greatly reduced prices.
Our favorite was the "Cougar Cruise" (and we're not talking
about the mascot for Curundu Junior High School) where we
were treated to an acoustic performance by Chuck Wicks (he
participated on Dancing with the Stars) and a nice evening
cruise around Puget Sound. We also had a girl's weekend at
the Skagit Casino and Resort. Of course, when we left on
Sunday morning it was blizzard-like and that made for some
interesting driving back to Seattle. Our next trip is planned
for the middle of May and we're heading to Warm Springs.
Bebe Nehring DeNike, country music artist Chuck Wicks,
and Barbara Greene Litchford.
My son Sean Litchford blessed us with a whirlwind visit
prior to his deployment to the Middle East. While here we
celebrated son Ian Litchford's sixteenth birthday with a
gathering of family including my brother and sister-in-law
Tom and Jean Sheppard, nephew Ben Sheppard, niece
Lavinia Sheppard-Moran and her husband Jeff and their
Thanks to all who provided input for this edition. No mat-
ter how small, or insignificant you think your news may be,
others find it interesting. So...keep on sending me updates.
Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
Saludos de Panama! Our dry season
this year had a lot of rain so it wasn't real-
ly a dry season. The ground did not crack
or fissure and grass did not really turn
brown from lack of rain. Every time I
Anna O l mentioned to my husband Carl that it
was time to pull out the hose and water
the grass, the rains never failed me and completed the job for
me. Except for a few trips to La Guaira to visit with our friend
Carol Lightell at her beach house while she visited from
Washington state, and the cruise covered later in this article,
we have basically stayed around town; Carl catching up on
his house projects that have been on hold for the past five plus
years while he worked in Iraq and for the company here in
Panama, and me with my job as taxista for granddaughter
Sophia Szymanski to make sure she gets to her escuelita.
Feel like my wings have been clipped as I usually have a trip
or two to the USofA to report. Oh well. maybe for the next
When visiting here in Panama, expect more traffic jams as
the Panamanian Government has initiated a
revitalization/reorganization plan of major traffic intersec-
tions in the city with overpasses, bypasses, underpasses, and
a new Metro rail system. One of the big projects ongoing now
and affecting traffic into the El Dorado area is the overpass
and road widening for Friendship Highway at the back gate
of Albrook, one long overdue.
Now on to other news...
On Saturday, January 15th, the Curundu "kids" held a
party at the Elks Club. Art Mokray sent in this photo of the
"Gang" except Richard Marohl who attended but was not in
photo due to another commitment. Art was sure that there
were other Curundu folks attending but he wasn't there the
whole time to add their names to the list. He received many
comments from those wishing to be there, and wanted to
remind everyone that there is always the Curundu Reunion at
the annual Society Reunion in Orlando. He hopes to see
everyone there and is sure that Alicia Velasco and Debby
Beall will greet them at the door!
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
FOR 2012 AT THE REUNION?
Standing (L-R): Pat Arnold, Pablo Prieto, Joe Burns, Zella "Gordy" Will, Theodore "Teddy" Will, George O'Masta,
Bobby Cruz-Segara, Tom Arnold, Tom Duncan, William "Bill" Arnold, Fred Toothman, Randall "Bo" Lane, Woody
Dejernette, Douglas Webster, Art Mokray. Seated (L-R): Rick Velasco, a friend of the Arolds, Diana (Duncan) Bishop,
Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley, Henry Barker, and Jennifer (Hewitt) Jones.
On January 22, 2011 Jody de St. Germain and his beau-
tiful wife Diane hosted a mini-Panazonian reunion in their
home in Allen, Texas. There was a particular group of friends
who had not been all together in one place in close to 32
years. These five friends are: Jody de St. Germain, Roland
Rodriguez, Francisco "Pancho" Lopez, Andy Locklear,
and Joey Fallas. All were from the BHS class of 1980 and
graduated from BHS except for Andy Locklear, who moved
to Texas after the 10th grade school year ended.
Attending the reunion were the usual suspects, Bliss
(Morris) Connerton, Terri (Garber) Corbit, Colin Creel,
Richard McArthur, Christy Ford, John Hill, Diana
Halphen, and many others.
Lili (Oiler) Kohr was in San Francisco in February 2011
to visit her sister Itzel (Oiler) Bruno. They had a wonderful
time. Lili stated, "It was too cold," but beside that they
enjoyed being together with Itzel and family. Lili lives with
her family in Bethany Beach, Del., and she has a women's
store TIGER LILI in Rehoboth, Del. Lili and Itzel are daugh-
ters of Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler, La Boca, Panama.
Lili (Oiler) Kohr and Itzel (Oiler) Bruno
Panama Texas Reunion
A Super Bowl Sunday Party was hosted by the Elks Club
on February 6th with a Johnny Mazetti dinner donated by
myself, Anna and husband Carl Opel, with side dishes and
desserts donated by other members. Fans were many and the
Johnny Mazetti was into seconds and thirds by the time the
game was over. Unfortunately, our team didn't win! Those
enjoying both the game and the dinner were: Nancy Niemi,
Wendell and Donna Sasso, Lorraine Chamberlain and her
mother Helen Pennington, Gordy Will, Leo and Sophie
Critides, Billy Hanna, Tom Duncan, Woody and Janice
Dejernette, Ray Underwood, Pablo and Paquita Prieto,
Dave Bishop, Rick Brogie and friend Tim Prieto, Alberto
and Nitzie Langmaid, Linda and Larry Layman, Frank
and Blanca Mitchell, Woody Foster, Scott Foster, and Art
On Saturday, February 26th, a celebration of the life of
Doug Phillips was held at his Boat Shed in Diablo Point.
Larry and Linda Layman fried fish "a la Doug" which was
donated by Jeff Naum. while side dishes were prepared by
friends attending the commemoration.
A St. Patrick's Day dinner was hosted by the Elks Club on
March 17th. Gordy Will, Carl Opel, and myself prepared the
corned beef, two weeks out, for a successful event where over
60 meals were sold. All profits from these events benefit the
various Elks Club charities. There were many other side dish-
es donated by members and included Art's famous (or infa-
mous) Colcannon Potatoes. Participants included Woody and
Janice Dejernette, who served the corned beef and cabbage;
bartenders Gilberto Alls and Jilma, Ellen and Frank
Attaberry, Lorraine Chamberlain and her mother Helen
Pennington. Nancy Niemi. Thad Chamberlain, Richard
Dowell, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Rinate Jope,
Letti Millard, Patty and Dave Garrison, Sophie and Leo
Critides, Phil Bonk, Paul Eastham, Deron Mangicco,
Lucas Palumbo, Victor and Debbie Velazquez, Tim and
Peggy Kirkby, Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Jason Critides,
Max Crowe, Frank Ender, Dr. Wallace and Vilma Snyder,
Rob Greenwood, and Dennis and Wendy Corrigan
Larry and Linda Layman, the fish fryers
Doug's daughter Tracy Grimberg arrived from
Afghanistan to spread his ashes in the Canal with close fam-
ily members and friends. Some of those who were there were
Ester and Emily Phillips, Richard and Olga Phillips, John
Phillips, Sue Phillips, Emmy Finochetti, Olga Lincoln,
Bill Hanna, Dale Mulsof, Bob and Vicky Boukalis,
Kimberly Collins, Donnie Mans, Rinate Jope, George
Lopp, Dave and Diane Bishop, John Riley, Lance Horton,
Richard Burchett, and Anna and Carl Opel.
Ada and Ben Favorite visited Panama in March after
being away from the Atlantic side for over 30 years. They
enjoyed their time at Coronado and at Karen and Billy
Coffey's beach house in Gorgona.
In March three Cristobal High School friends. Joan
(McCullough) Ohman '68, Jane (Gabriel) Huff '70.
Penny (Wilder) Canamas '70. and their mutual friend,
Chris Homa, had a "Girl's Night Out" in Colon. Panama.
They stayed at the Sheraton Hotel in Colon. The next morn-
ing they ventured into the city on a mission to purchase Colon
Empanadas. Mission successful!!!
Chris Homa, Joan Ohman, Jane Huff, and Penny Wilder
Vilma and Dr. Wallace Snyder, St. Patrick's Day
Letti Millard, Rinate Jope and Vicki Sizemore, St. Pat's
In March Carl and I joined the "Elks and Friends" seven-
day cruise out of Colon and visited Cartagena, Colombia,
Falmouth, Jamaica, George Town and Anita in Roatan for
some SNUBA diving, the lazy man's SCUBA. It definitely
was different. We did see our first pair of Lion Fish, foreign-
ers to the Caribbean. in Roatan.
ELKS AND FRIENDS CRUISE PICTURES
s and Friends cruise group photo
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As all good things must end, after a day on the high seas
we were back in Colon and caught our busses/taxis to
Panama City. Plans are already underway for another Elks
and Friends cruise for next year.
Well, so ends another report of Panama's happenings.
There are activities going on outside of the Elks Club. but I'm
still waiting for everyone to submit their news and photos.
I'm only an email or phone call away. Till next time, hasta la
Anna Opel, Reporter
email: acopela vahoo.com
Hello from South Carolina.
Spring is a bit early this year and we
really appreciate it. It's nice to see the
sun and all the flowers blooming once
again. Nature sure is a great artist.
:, P Since I missed the last deadline,
these stories did not get into the Canal
Record for March. So, here they are.
George Garcia Five ladies from BHS'74, one
from BHS'73 and a friend all met in Columbia and
Charleston last July/August. We had a short article in the last
magazine (December) but our picture in Charleston was left
out. I guess I should have sent it through you the S.C.
W1 m II -1
(L-R): Evelyn White, Nita Wiese, Sheila Webb Messmore,
Ingrid Errhalt Bryan, Kathy Malin Mclnturff, Helen
Calvit, and Nancy Spiros Brady.
Ev Sellers (CHS'68) sent in this story about her visit to
Angela (Brennan) Linton (CHS'67) and Richard Linton's
home in Tallahassee, Fla. They went with Katie (O'Brien)
Baas (CHS'59) and her husband Matt (CHS'66).
"Tom Robertson (CHS'63) hosts an annual 'Old-
Fashioned Christmas Tree' burning on the grounds of his
beautiful home. We were very fortunate to be his guests for
this event. We'd heard about this great event for some time
and decided to check it out--so glad we did. And the icing on
the cake was that we met up with so many other 'Zonians'
and renewed acquaintances. We also made some new friends.
We've marked this on our 'annual to do' list!"
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Katie O'Brien Baas, Tom Robertson, Ev Sellers, and
Angela Brennan Linton.
Linda Smith Badger (BHS'79) writes that she, Mary
Jablonski Nelson (BHS'79), and Lisa Adams Turner
(BHS'81) met at Tommy Condons in downtown Charleston
recently. Linda and Mary live in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and
Lisa was in town visiting from Fayetteville, N.C. It had been
years since they had met with one another and had lots on
which to catch up. They had a great time; although they were
home by 10 p.m.--I guess they just can't party like days of
Linda Smith Badger,
Merri Bandy Lewis (BHS'67) wrote to tell me that she
and Sharon Mann Price (BHS'67) visited at Zoe Ann
Bierman McGraw's (BHS'67) home for a fun-filled week-
end. Zoe Ann lives in Supply, N.C.--right on the border
between North and South Carolina.
Zoe Ann made empanadas and other goodies and the three
of them talked until the wee hours reminiscing, laughing and
even shedding a few tears. They also squeezed in a walk on
the beach and a trip to the flea market. Before driving back to
Florence and Columbia on Sunday, Merri and Sharon were
treated to a delicious seafood luncheon at the home of Zoe's
friends. Perry and Bervl Hall.
Beryl has been to many PCS reunions with Zoe Ann and
they consider her an honorary member of the BHS Class of
1967. The three of them vowed to get together again before
the year is out. They also want to get some of the other girls
from the Class of '67 to join them for some empanadas, Ron
Cortez and "bochinche." Maybe next time they'll even take
Read about my trip to Panama in Letters to the Editor. I
had a great time.
Greetings from North Texas--finally
emerging from the "Deep Freeze."
It has been an on-again/off-again
Spring with Texakins dragging out spades
and shovels in anticipation of planting
tubs of annuals on sunny days and then
shivering and shaking the following day
when a "northerner" blows in. It has been a long, cold winter
but everything is now in bloom so it won't be long.
Lt. Col. Gus Miskovsky is home at last, after three tours
in Iraq. He is shown in the enclosed photo with his wife
Jeanne, son Gary (16), daughters Gabrille (14), Gillian (8),
and Grace (7). Gus is presently stationed at Fort Hood,
Texas. His next move will be to Germany as Battalion
A super Super Bowl Party was held at the home of Jody
and Diane de St. Germain in Allen. Forty pana-zonians
gathered for the annual event--to see the game and snack on
"foodie fare"--special appetizers prepared by the guests. Of
special interest was the reuniting of BHS'80 classmates
Andy Locklear, Jody de St. Germain, Roland Rodriquez,
Joey Fallas (Panama), and Francisco Lopez (Maryland).
This was the first time the guys have been together since the
summer of '78. Hosts Jody and Diane have taken up bicy-
cling and are looking fit and svelte.
Friends gather at Super Bowl Party
Summer of '78
Betty LeDoux Morris was in Dallas on business and
hosted a mini CHS'78 Class Reunion at Lawrey's
Steakhouse. Those attending were Keith Allaun, Wynne
Favorite Pedlow, Jennifer Davidson, Dennis Palomares,
Bliss Connerton, and Oscar Sanchez. Nothing like old
friends getting together.
Rear: Gus, Gabrielle, Jeanne, Gary. Front: Gillian and
near: ieItn Alnaun, wynne ravorie reuiow, jenniier
Davidson, Dennis Palomares. Front: Betty Kay LeDoux-
Morris, Bliss (Morris) Connerton, and Oscar Sanchez.
New faces in town: Stefanie Wilson (CHS'89) has been
living in Texas since 1989, but she has just joined the Panama
Canal Society. Stefanie is an Escrow Officer for the Hexter
Title Company in Piano.
An email was received from Lew French informing us of
an April move to Frisco Lakes--a popular senior living com-
munity in Frisco, Texas. The Frenches are moving from
Georgetown, Texas. "Bienvenidos a" Lew and Elsmary.
Dennis and Pat Cazobon, former Zonians 1940-1968.
are now living in Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Texas.
Dennis retired from the USAF in 1992, and later worked for
Siemens. He and his wife are now enjoying retirement.
Spring break at the Hilton in Cancun has been a yearly
trek for the Connertons. Due to the safety issue in Mexico,
this year's trip was moved to Hilton San Destin, Fla. Plans
were made for friends and classmates to meet at Harry T'S, a
local watering hole. They had a great time--Elaine Peterson
(BHS'81) and husband Mike Little (BHS'76), Joe
Campbell (BHS'81), Connie Armbruster (CHS'85), Ann
Hutchinson (BHS'79) and hubby.
Spring break in Destin, Fla.
Steve Gayer (BHS'84) and Victoria (Morris) Hall, for-
mer neighbors and classmates, met recently at a basketball
game get-together. They had not seen each other since 1982.
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Thirty or more Zonians met at the Brazilian Restaurant in
Richardson for a night of March Madness. Party planner
extraordinary Colin Creel organized the whole evening and
it was enjoyed by all. Happy hour was spirited and light-
hearted--lots of joshing and bochinche. Un buffet "muy deli-
cioso" and a clever slide show followed. Buddy Bell
(BHS'73) drove in from Corpus Christi and Christy Ford
from Austin. New faces included Laurie O'Connor
(BHS'81) and Stefanie Wilson (CHS'89). It was so success-
ful that more evening events are planned.
Victoria (Morris) Hall and Steve Gayer
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) was held this
March at the Palo Alto pool in San Antonio. BHS'78 class-
mates Kathy (Fulton) Melnikov and her daughter Katy, a
freshman at Fresno State, and Diane (Lester) Sanchez and
her daughter Ariana, a sophomore at the University of
Immaculate Word in San Antonio, were in the competition.
Reason enough for classmates Bill and Anna (Wolfe)
Kessler and Wil Robb and Barbara Morris to plan a "meet"
at the Canyon Cafe at the Quarry in Alamo Heights. Lots of
camaraderie and laughter followed.
Social roundup of
Zonians at Brazilian Restaurant in
Jack and Jo Ann Morton, Diana Morris, and Hubert
and Margot Jordan sailed on the Royal Caribbean cruise
ship Mariner of the Seas at the end of March (see Letters to
I'd love to hear from more of you. Write, call or email.
Photos welcome too.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
classmates meet at canyon Late.
Kay (Stephenson) Wilson (BHS'67) of Miami, Fla., is so
proud to announce the engagement of her daughter Kimberly
Andrews to Jason Caruso of Tamarac, Fla. Both are police
officers. A November wedding is planned.
friends. Coming down from the U.S. to be with Elsie were her
daughter Amelia (Garcia CHS'65) and husband Richard
Fisher, residing in North Carolina; their son Michael
(BHS'94) and his wife Amanda and their two children,
Angus (7) and Elena (4); and daughter Mercedes (Garcia
BHS'59) Hele from Tarrytown, N.Y., and her companion
Elliot Ziviak, Merce's two daughters, Leslie (Hele) Stella
(New York) and Adrienne (Hele) Buggy (Long Island, N.Y.).
Adrienne (Hele) Buggy,
Elsie Garcia, and Leslie (Hele)
Kimberly Andrews and Jason Caruso
ELSIE GARCIA'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Elsie Benjamin Garcia
In a very festive manner Elsie Benjamin Garcia cele-
brated her 90th birthday on February 5th, two days before her
actual birthday on February 7th, with a big cocktail party, sit-
down dinner and dance at her home in El Valle de Anton,
Panama, surrounded by 96 of her family members and close
Seated: Elsie Garcia. Back (L-R): son Charly Garcia,
daughter Mercedes (Garcia) Hele, granddaughter Adrienne
Hele, granddaughter Leslie Hele, and daughter Amy Fisher
Tom Scott (BHS'62) and Jamie Scott (BHS'67), former-
ly from Baraby Street who left Panama in 1967 and now live
in Texas, came back to celebrate with their 2nd Mama. Jackie
(Burza) Luecke (Texas) and Linda (Burza CHS'66) Childs
and Joe Childs (Orlando, Fla.) formerly from Margarita also
came to celebrate with Mama Elsie (see Letters to the Editor).
Many friends from Elsie's early years in Colon, the former
Canal Zone, and Panama City attended.
It was a very emotional evening. Also celebrating his 7th
birthday was great-grandson Benjamin Angus Fisher, son of
grandson Michael Fisher Garcia and Amanda who now reside
in Easley, S.C.
DEBBIE GARNER MORGAN IS 60
Debbie Garner Morgan (CHS'69) and Linda Burza
Childs (C HS 'hi celebrated at Debbie's surprise 60th birth-
day party, given by her family and friends in Columbia, Mo.
; ^s^\ *
Elsie Garcia, great-granddaughter Elena
grandson Benjamin Angus Fisher.
JULIA HOLLAND GRADUATES
On May 14. 2011, Julia Holland, daughter of Robert A.
Holland (BHS'77) and Maria Guerra of Austin, Texas, will
graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio. Texas, with
a B.S. in GeoSciences.
Debbie Morgan and Linda Childs
LUIS RIOS JR.
Ann Matthews (BHS'91) announces the baptism of her
son on February 20. 2011. Shown in the enclosed photograph
are Ann. Luis Rios Jr. and Luis Rios Sr. Ann is the daughter
of Tom Matthews of Olympia, Wash.
Ann Matthews, Luis Rios Sr. holding Luis Rios, Jr.
THE PANAMA CANALSOCIETY
OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FROM
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 THROUGH
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN FOR
BUSINESS ON TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
Tim (CHS'67) and Theresa (Snider CHS'78) Herring
of Silverdale, Wash., proudly announce the engagement of
their son Christopher to Jackie Tatum. Jackie is the daugh-
ter of Gary and Sue Tatum of Lakewood, Wash. Jackie spent
most of her high school years at Bad Kreuznach American
High School in Germany but graduated from Governor John
R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash., in 1999, and from
Oregon State University in June 2003 with a Business-
Finance degree. She is a Captain on active duty with the
Washington Army National Guard, specializing as an Officer
John 1. lurner going "biI
Chris Herring and Jackie Tatum
Chris spent most of his high school years in Panama at
The International School of Panama and at Balboa High
School, but graduated from Central Kitsap High School in
Silverdale in 1999. He went on to graduate from the
American Military University with a Business degree. Chris
is a Lieutenant on active duty with the Washington Army
National Guard, specializing as an Aviation Pilot.
An April 30, 2011, wedding is planned in Bremerton,
Wash., at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, where his mater-
nal grandparents were married in 1952, and his mother was
baptized in 1960! His maternal grandmother Kathy Snider
resides in Bremerton, and his paternal grandmother
Margaret (Kunkel BHS'40) Herring resides in Panama
JOHN TURNER COMPETES
John Turner (BHS'60) competed in the 2010 Age Group
ITU World Championship Triathlon in Budapest, Hungary,
on September 20, 2010. John (then 67) competed in the 65-
69 age group. He was one of only 14 men in his age group on
the United States Triathlon team of 296 men and women. He
qualified for Team USA at the 2010 Age Group National
Triathlon Championship held in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on August
In Budapest John placed 30 out of a total of 47 in his age
group. There were about 2800 triathletes from around the
world at the competition. John's race was an Olympic dis-
tance triathlon which is a 1500-meter swim, 40-km bike, and
a 10k run. Two weeks after Budapest John competed in the
US Nationals again and qualified for the 2011 Team USA to
compete in the Age Group World Championship Triathlon in
Beijing, China, in September 2011.
John is married to Lynn Boswell (BHS'63) and lives in
Hattiesburg, Miss. His sister Nancy Blesse (BHS'62) and
mother Alice Turner (now 99) also live there.
SOPHIA SZYMANSKI TURNS 4
Sophia Szymanski, aka Jessie, pictured here with her
mommy, Jenilee Szymanski, celebrated her fourth birthday
with her classmates at Ants Kul in Clayton. Sophia, whose
birthday falls on March Ist celebrated a few days early but
before the end of the summer sessions, so that her classmates
could participate in the festivities. With a Toy Story theme,
Sophia and her classmates enjoyed cake, sandwiches, snacks,
and the break from school.
Sophia Szymanski and Jenilee Szymanski
Leanne Watkins (BHS'91) and Richard Lemon were
married at the Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa. Fla., on
October 22, 2010. The bride's sister Natalie Watkins
McClenahan was matron of honor, and her sister-in-law
Dawn Bilgray Watkins was her bridesmaid. The flower girl
was Kendall McClenahan.
Andrea Gilbert married Michael Jelinek at the beach in
Virginia Beach on April 16th, 2011.
Richard Lemon and Leanne (Watkins) Lemon
The groom's twin brother David Lemon was best man.
and the groomsmen were Wayne Walkins. John Pryor and
The celebration was attended by 250 family members and
friends. Leanne is the daughter of Janet (Hunt) and Norman
Watkins of Merritt Island, Fla.
Dennis Gilbert and Andrea Gilbert
Dawn Watkins, Natalie and Kendall McClanahan,
Leanne and Richard Lemon, David Lemon, John Pryor,
Paul Churchill, and % a% ne Watkins.
Andrea is the daughter of Dennis (BHS'69) and Robin
Gilbert. She graduated from Medical School in May and
will do her four year residency in Pathology at VCU in
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CARMEN GRACE RUSH
Kenny and Natalie Martinez Rush (BHS'1 9 are proud
to announce the birth of Carmen Grace Rush. Carmen was
born on December 1, 2010, at 6:36 p.m., in St. Petersburg,
Fla. She weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
She is named after her maternal grandmother Carmen
Delia Martinez. Her maternal grandfather is Vincent P.
Martinez. She was also welcomed by her maternal aunts and
uncles, Regina Bringas (BHS'81), Felicia Mendenhall
(BHS'82), Tamara Gramlich (BHS'85), Cristina Byvik
(BHS'87), Dioscorides Ballesteros (BHS'92), Raul
Martinez (BHS'95). Luz Ballesteros (BHS'97).
Mary Lou Parsons holding Grayson.
Earnest, and Eric Earnest.
ETHAN JOSEPH SIGMOND
Jon Louis and Deb Dedeaux of Pace, Fla., are proud to
announce the birth of their first grandchild Ethan Joseph
Sigmond, son and first child of Sonya (Dedeaux) and Dan
Sigmond of Corpus Christi, Texas. Ethan was born on
January 1,2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas, weighing in at 8 lbs.
Ethan's great-grandparents are Louis and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux of Pensacola, Fla. (their first great-grand-
child) and Jack and Delilah Hepler of Elberta, Ala. (their
seventh great-grandchild). Most of the family have not yet
met the newest member of the family and look forward to
meeting him real soon;
Kenny Rush holding Carmen Grace Rush, and Natalie
GRAYSON MATTHEW EARNEST
Dr. Mit Parsons (BHS'62) and Mary Lou Parsons of
Pine, Colo., announce the birth of their first grandchild,
Grayson Matthew Earnest, born to Jana and Eric Earnest
of Conifer, Colo. Grayson was born on Valentine's Day!
The healthy baby boy weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19
inches long at birth.
Dan, Sonya (Dedeaux) and Ethan Joseph Sigmond
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died February 23, 2011. She was born
on November 27, 1928 in Globe,
Ariz., spending her formative years
in Santa Fe, N.M., and moving to the
Panama Canal Zone just as World
War II was starting. She graduated
from Balboa High School in 1946 and
married Richard W. Beall in 1948. She moved to Washington,
D.C., in the late '70s, working for Senator Pete Domenici of
New Mexico until 1989, when she retired and moved to
Largo, Fla. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society,
and also was in the "Brown Baggers".
She is survived by her three children; Carol (Beall) Fritz,
Richard Beall and Robert Beall; four siblings, Lou Ellen Zent
Gaines, Martha Zent Bull, Margaret Zent Garner, and
Llewellyn "Butch" Zent; two grandchildren and two great-
Elizabeth J. "Jeanne" Bennett, 66, passed away March
8, 2011, in Dunedin, Fla. She was born in the Panama Canal
Zone and had numerous friends and extended family there.
She proudly maintained a lifelong connection with members
of the Panama Canal Association. She was an avid traveler,
had a passion for interior design and volunteered at the Rocky
Mountain National Park in Colorado. She spent the last six
years living in both Dunedin, and Estes Park, Colo.
She is survived by her partner of five years, David Smith
of Dunedin; her daughter, Elizabeth A. Onstad "Lisa"
(David) of Miami; and her son Robert S. Bylan, two grand-
daughters, all of Kansas; and many friends in Florida and
Colorado. She is also survived by her brother, John Albritton
Audrey Benoit Bowman, 88, passed
away unexpectedly on April 9, 2011, in
Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Fla. She
had celebrated her birthday on April 5
and had been the picture of health, enjoy-
ing her new "home" at Westminster Oaks
Retirement Village in Tallahassee and
looking forward to many more years
there, when a brain aneurism, from which
she never recovered, occurred on April 6 and she slipped
away peacefully three days later.
Audrey was born in Algiers, La., on April 5, 1923. In
1925 at age two, she arrived in Cristobal, Canal Zone on a
United Fruit vessel from New Orleans with her parents, Bert
and Edna Benoit. After graduating from Balboa High School
in 1941, Audrey was working at the Information Desk in the
Administration Building when she met her future husband, L.
D. (Larry) Bowman. One day he showed up at her desk to
take a Civil Service exam and, after taking the test and pass-
ing it, he remarked on the way out, "I am going to marry that
girl behind the information desk." And he did. They were
married the next year and Audrey went about raising her three
kids while L. D. embarked on his career as a Marine Traffic
Controller with the Panama Canal.
L. D. died in 1962. Audrey, a widow at 39, had the task of
raising her youngest son, Ron, age 7, and ensuring that her
two older children, Beverly and Bob, finished their college
educations. Unemployed at the time, Audrey proceeded to
"take every Civil Service exam offered from Red Tank to
Balboa and La Boca" in order to find a job. She was eventu-
ally hired as a clerk in the Marine Bureau and ended her
career in the Accounting Division, located in the old Balboa
Shoe Section, when she retired in 1985.
Retiring to Metairie, La., Audrey became an active mem-
ber of AARP and NARFE and was totally immersed in the
local Catholic Church. A longtime member of the Panama
Canal Society, she looked forward every year to the Society's
annual reunions, where she enjoyed working Registration and
serving at the Catholic Mass on Saturday afternoon. She
moved to Tallahassee, Fla., last June and settled into her new
home at Westminster Oaks, where she met many new friends
and was overjoyed with the many activities and events
Audrey is survived by her daughter, Beverly and husband
Joe Wood, of Tallahassee, Fla., grandson Craig Wood and
wife Heather of Charlotte, N.C., grandson Brian Wood and
wife Karina of San Antonio, Texas, grandson Scott Wood of
Gainesville, Fla.; son Robert Bowman and wife Jill of Cocoa,
Fla., grandson Wade Bowman and wife Alison of St. Paul,
Minn., and grandson Michael Bowman of Raleigh, N.C.; son
Ronald Bowman and granddaughter Kristan, of Boere,
Texas; sister-in-law Judy Benoit of New Orleans, La.; two
nieces; one great-granddaughter, and four great-grandsons.
Thomas V. Bright, 68, a longtime resident of the Canal
Zone and Panama, passed away in his sleep from cancer on
February 21, 2011 in Arlington, Va. Mr. Bright had been
receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Medical Centers in
Baltimore, Md., for the past few months while staying with
his daughter and family in Fairfax, Va.
Mr. Bright was born and raised in Panama and the old
Canal Zone and went through the Canal Zone Schools sys-
tem, graduating from Balboa High School in 1961. After
High school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a veteran
of the U.S. Army's Signal Corps. Upon his honorable dis-
charge from active duty, he returned to Panama and served
with the Canal Zone Police force for over 20 years until he
transferred to the Panama Canal Company's Personnel
Division upon the phaseout of the police force under PCC
Treaty changes. He was a graduate of Florida State
University, Canal Zone Branch, and he retired from the
Personnel Division in February 1999 and remained in
Panama, where he was active in local activities until shortly
before his untimely passing.
Tommy, as he was known to family and friends, is sur-
vived by his wife of 45 years, Norla; son-in-law and daugh-
ter, Arlen and Thania delC. Holt of Fairfax, Va.; son, Thomas
E. Bright, of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Daniel Bright, of Newton,
Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Faustina Bright and brother, Col.
Franklin Bright, both of Kissimmee, Fla.; brother, Clarence
Bright, of Baycliff, Texas; sister, Sonia Buquet of Rancho
Cucamonga, Calif.; and three granddaughters.
.t Howard Linden Clarke II, 94,
passed away peacefully on April 8,
S 2011, in a Hospice home in St.
Petersburg, Fla. He was bor and
raised in the Panama Canal Zone and
graduated from Balboa High School
S in 1938. He worked 37 years for the
Panama Canal, and retired as General
Foreman, Rigger of the Industrial
Division on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara
(Hayden) Clarke, and his second wife, Emma Louise (Rank)
Clarke. Howard was a past President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida in 1978-79.
Howard is survived by his son, Howard Clarke III, who
had taken care of his father and stepmother in St. Petersburg
for several years before their passing, and his loving daughter
Patricia Ann (Clarke) Dunlap of Glencoe, N.M. He is also
survived by a niece, Joan Harris of Brandon, Fla., and his
brother-in-law Edward Napoleon of Bradenton, Fla., and
Curty Schwarzrock of Winter Park, Fla.; and several grand-
children and great-grandchildren.
Dick W. Collver passed away at
age 83 on March 18, 2011, in
Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Collver was born
February 8, 1928, in Billings, Mont.
He served in the Navy during World
War II before marrying Linda
Dominek in 1951.
Dick completed his master's
degree before becoming an educator
in the U.S. and overseas, including 20
years in the Panama Canal Zone
schools. He was an active participant and Past Grand Exalted
Ruler of the Elks Club Lodge 1414. Dick was also active in
both United Way theatrical productions and the Ancon
Theatre Guild, participating in many productions as an actor,
director and stagehand over the years.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda Collver; daugh-
ters, Catherine Collver and Caron Collver Robel; and two
Charles Peter Farley Jr., 84, died at his home in
Florissant, Mo., on December 26, 2010. He was born in St.
Louis and graduated from St. Matthew School and McBride
High School in north St. Louis. He served with the 8th Army
in World War II. After the war, he attended St. Louis
University on the GI Bill and graduated with a B.S. in
Chemistry in 1950. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry
from the University of Notre Dame in 1956 and retired from
Monsanto Chemical Company in 1986. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Flynn Farley (BHS'47)
of 58 years; daughters, Maura Speiser (James), Monica
Farley (Douglas Aholt); and sons, Frank Farley (Rebecca)
and Jim Farley (Frances); and eleven grandchildren.
Doris "Rusty" Folger, 85, passed away on March 15,
2011, two months after celebrating her 85th birthday. Surely
trumpets sounded when Rusty made her heavenly debut.
Nicknamed "Rusty" because of her stunning red hair, pictures
from her youth portray a beautiful young woman whose long,
lustrous locks resembled Rita Hayworth.
Rusty was born in New York City to Harry and Mabel
Wolf. The youngest of four, her sisters, Alice and Betty, and
brother Kenneth, doted on their precious little sister and
Rusty readily admitted, "they all spoiled me." But who could
resist? Her sparkling personality and infectious laugh never
failed to light up the room. Rusty was an excellent student, an
accomplished pianist and a terrific dancer.
In 1946 Rusty married George Folger. In the early 1950s,
George took a job as an electrician for the Panama Canal
Company and moved his wife and their two young sons, Gary
and Wayne, to the Canal Zone. Rusty put her talents and fine
intellect to work for the U.S. Army, first as a secretary and
later as an intelligence analyst. Over the years, Rusty gar-
nered many awards and letters of commendation. In 1977
George and Rusty retired and moved to New Orleans but,
sadly, George died of leukemia just two years later.
In 1991 Rusty met a wonderful man named John Ward.
John became her ballroom dancing partner and for the next
twenty years, her loving partner in life. They traveled exten-
sively and set the standard for draining every ounce of joy
from the flask of life, spreading that joy to everyone they met.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Rusty was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and
niece Kathy Ensor. She is survived by John Ward; her son
Gary Folger and his wife Theresa; son Wayne Folger and his
partner Cindy Brown; five grandsons; a great-grandson; a
niece, two grandnieces; and a grandnephew (whose wedding
she attended in November 2010).
S Kathleen Gilley, 62, passed
away on February 8, 2011 in
SWilliston, Fla. She was the
Dancing Greyhounds. Dancing
Greyhound history stretched
across many states and several
countries. In 1978 it began as
the all-breed Panama Canal
Kennel Chapter Drill Team in
Central America. In 1996 it was reborn as The Dancing
Greyhound Comedy Show. In 2007 it became the Singing and
Dancing Greyhound Musical Comedy Review, complete with
music to dance by. In 2011, it ceased. Whatever it was, it was
the only one in the world. The Girls did some obedience
moves, free-style dancing, retrieving, leaping and jumps. But,
also included and never predictable, were the improvisations
they chose on the spur of the moment.
This was a Greyhound show, run by Greyhounds. From
the beginning, The Dancing Greyhounds were a full-time,
owner-funded, unsponsored, not-for-profit, volunteer effort.
It supported Greyhound adoption and all-breed education,
with a wide variety of other public services included. The
Team accepted invitations September through May. The win-
ter months were spent servicing the Southeast; the summer
months, they work camped in the cool mountains of Colorado
to make gas bucks. The Greys helped with trail patrol.
Kathleen Gilley, captain of the Dancing Greyhounds, was
a native-born Zonian, raised in the Panama Canal Zone. She
was a board member of the Club Canino de Panama and the
Panama Canal Kennel Chapter. Kathleen was the Registrar
for all purebred dogs bor in that country, a licensed obedi-
ence instructor and a judge. When her husband Waldo Gilley
retired in 1989 from the Locks Division, North America
became her new location.
Kathleen returned to her involvement with dogs by giving
performances and seminars on traveling with canine com-
panions to recreational vehicle groups. For nine years
Kathleen wrote a monthly dog column for a major
motorhome travel club. She developed programs to promote
responsible dog ownership for schools and other civic groups
in addition to the shows. Greyhounds have been her dedicat-
ed breed since 1992.
Her Team did therapy dog activities and dog safety pro-
grams for libraries and elementary schools. They accepted
any kind of invitation as long as it was not anti-racing or ani-
mal-radical connected. She did not charge for her mission; it
was what she was doing with her life.
The Dancing Greyhounds passed the half-million mile
mark. They performed in 32 states, three Canadian provinces
and at 17 tracks. There were 16 Grey members over the years.
The Team started with three but usually had six performers.
Kathleen was the Dancing Greyhounds, there will never be
another Kathleen or Greyhound Show.
She is survived by her husband Waldo; sister Peggy; and
five Greyhounds who miss her badly.
Muriel E. Gordon, 91, died at San Fernando Hospital,
Panama City, Panama, on January 22, 2011. She was the sec-
ond of five children of Mr. and Mrs. William Cuffy. She was
raised and educated in Red Tank, Panama, Canal Zone. Upon
completion of high school, Muriel worked intermittently as a
cashier, cook, and waitress in various clubhouses and com-
missaries throughout the Panama Canal Zone. She also
worked independently as a hair dresser after completing cer-
tification from Poro Beauty College. At age 26, she married
Thomas O. Gordon, and they raised five children in Paraiso,
Panama, Canal Zone, and subsequently moved to their retire-
ment home in Agua Buena, Panama. She and her husband
migrated to the U.S. where they lived in Florida to be closer
to adult children and grandchildren. She is survived by her
sister, Carmen; her five children; a stepson; 11 grandchildren;
and 30 great-grandchildren.
Francis Pedro Kerr, 61, of North
Myrtle Beach, S.C., died March 29,
2011 at his residence following an ill-
S ness. He was bor October 19, 1949 in
Panama, a son of the late Joseph Kerr
and Maria Sanchez Kerr. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1970. He
was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a
__ respiratory therapist. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are his wife, Arlene K. Kerr, of the home; a son,
Ryan Kerr of Arizona; a brother, Robert Kerr; two sisters, Pat
Spears of Texas and Lydia Delgado of Florida; one grand-
child; three nieces, and one nephew.
Patricia C. Lees, 68, died March 28, 2011 in Ocala, Fla.
She was born in New York City, N.Y., on October 22, 1942 to
John Stang and Mary McNamara. She moved from Brooklyn,
N.Y., to Ocala in 1983.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and a
former director for the Boy Scouts of America. Patricia was a
homemaker and of the Catholic faith.
She is survived by her husband, Roland Lees, of Ocala;
son, Roland Lees, III of Tampa; daughter, Glenna Mendola of
Ocala; and brother James Stang of New Jersey.
Doris M. Leeser, born August 19, 1921 in Staten Island,
N.Y., died December 26,2010 in San Diego, Calif., at the age
of 89. Doris moved to Panama from New York in 1947 and
married Roy (aka "Bocas") Leeser and they had four chil-
dren, all born in the Panama Canal Zone.
She worked for the Panama Canal Company in the
Manpower Division until her retirement, approximately
1983, and returned to the States, ultimately settling in
Dothan, Ala. She moved to San Diego, Calif., in 2005 to be
closer to her family. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her four children: Pam Widdecke
Stevens and Penny Leeser Ellenor, San Diego, Calif.; Roi
Leeser, Hatboro, Pa., and Russell Leeser, San Antonio, Texas;
five grandchildren, and a great-grandson (who was born an
hour after her passing--she knew he was on his way!). She
was a great Mom, great Nonny and good friend to all who
Virginia Ann "Vita" Lewis-Whittaker, 53, Panama,
died suddenly on January 17, 2011 from the impact of an
unexpected two-vehicle accident on her way to West Palm
Beach. She was born on January 30, 1957 in the city of
Colon, Republic of Panama. Virginia was a family service
specialist for Head Start in Palm Beach County, Fla. Prior to
becoming a family service specialist, she was a preschool
teacher at Head Start in Del Ray Beach, MacDill AFB in
Tampa, and at Warner Robbins AFB in Georgia.
She was a very loving and caring wife and mother, won-
derful educator and great friend. She is survived by her hus-
band, Danilo P. Whittaker; a daughter Sharonne P. Whittaker-
Phan; a son, Danilo, Jr.; one granddaughter; five brothers;
three sisters; and a large extended family.
John Anthony McNatt, 72, died
February 17, 2011, at his home in
Juneau, Alaska, with his wife and
friends at his side. He had suffered for
almost a year from lung cancer, but his
death was peaceful.
John was born June 11, 1938, at
Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone, the son
of John Andrew "Jack" and Blanca
Sonia (Guizado) McNatt. John was named for his maternal
grandfather, Juan Antonio Guizado, who served as comptrol-
ler general of Panama; he was also one of the founders and a
commander-in-chief of the Panama Fire Department (Cuerpo
de Bomberos), and a fire station in Panama City carries his
John attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from
Balboa High School in 1956. He joined the U.S. Army short-
ly after graduation and served two years of active duty and
two years in the reserves. After completing a four-year
Panama Canal apprenticeship program, John worked for the
Locks Division as a marine electrician, electrician, and mule
operator. In 1967 he moved to San Jose, Calif., and worked in
construction for about four years. He then returned to the
Panama Canal, working for the Locks Division until 1975,
when he transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration in
the Canal Zone. In 1978 he moved to Juneau, Alaska, and
worked for the FAA as an electrician and maintenance
mechanic until his retirement in 1993. In retirement, John
enjoyed working summers at the helicopter tour company
NorthStar Trekking, as well as reading, and playing with his
two well-loved pugs, Ling and Oreo.
John is survived by his wife Jo Ann, stepdaughter Toni
Ainsworth, and four grandchildren, all of Juneau; a sister,
Blanca Schield, of Angels Camp, Calif.; a brother, Richard
McNatt, of Ligonier, Pa.; a niece and two nephews; as well as
a number of cousins.
Robert Donald Mitchell, 85, of Coon Rapids, Minn.,
died April 30, 2010. Robert Donald Bryson (as he was known
when he attended Balboa High School) grew up in rugged
Butte, Mont. His family moved frequently, and Robert spent
time in Michigan, Arizona, California and Idaho, all before
his 14th birthday. His family moved to the Panama Canal
Zone (Curundu, C.Z.) in 1940, where Robert attended high
school. After graduating in 1945, he enlisted (with his correct
surname Mitchell) in the U.S. Navy and went through boot
camp at the Naval Base at the Southern entrance of the
Panama Canal. He was assigned duty aboard a subchaser, a
110-foot-long wood hull vessel, usually Diesel-powered,
which had a range of 1500 nautical miles at a speed of 10
knots. His ship and others operated between Puerto Cortes,
Honduras, Cristobal, Canal Zone, and Florida, giving protec-
tion to tankers and ships traveling in the Caribbean.
At war's end he returned to the Canal Zone and spent two
years at Canal Zone Junior College in the engineering class
and served as VP Freshman Class in '46-'47. Graduating
from CZJC, he worked for a short time in the InterAmerican
Geodetic Survey project from the Darien across the Gulf of
Uraba to Colombia, thence running along the NE coast
toward Barranquilla thereby connecting the geodetic surveys
and mapping in South America to those in the Northern
The family moved back to Bemidji, Minn., in 1958 when
Robert attended college to get a Master's degree. While there
he spent many weekends at his "second home," Grandpa
Mueller's farm outside of Hibbing. He enjoyed working side-
by-side and listening to the many stories from this first-gen-
eration immigrant. After finishing school, Robert soon
became the sixth employee at a small company in
Minneapolis called Control Data where he worked with the
pioneers of a new technology called "Software Programmer,"
and had the privilege of working alongside people like
Seymour Cray to help develop the first computing systems in
He is survived by his spouse Beverly; children, Paul
(Penny), Mark (Donna), Chris, Peter (Tammy), Ann (Dale)
Petersen; ten grandchildren; and extended family.
SJohn Arthur Morales Sr., 97, of
r California, Mo., died at home March 28,
2011. He was born August 28, 1913, in
the Republic of Panama, a year before
the opening of the Panama Canal which
his father helped build. He was the son
of John Ant6n and Agripina (Pardo)
John graduated from BHS in
1931, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He
joined the Navy to see the world, but was stationed in the
Canal Zone (Farfan radio station) because he was bilingual.
He was a radioman 3rd class, and was honorably discharged
in December of 1945.
John and his wife Margaret were married October 11,
1946, in Cristobal, Canal Zone. Margaret spent part of her
childhood as an Army brat on Fort Amador, rode her bicycle
to school and graduated from BHS in 1936. She returned to
the CZ to begin a career as a licensed dietician at Gorgas
Hospital when she was introduced to John by Pete Warner on
a double date. They raised their family on the Pacific side of
the Canal Zone, where John was active in the Boy Scouts of
America, the American Federation of Government
Employees, the Panama Canal Society, the Unitarian
Universalists Church, and the Great Books Society, as well as
several civic and cultural groups. John was a lifetime propo-
nent of the economic philosophy of Henry George, a member
of the American Humanist Association, the Madison Society
of Americans United, and National Active and Retired
Federal Employees association, and the Institute of General
John's father worked construction for the Panama Canal
Commission and his mother ran a finca in Chilibre outside
the Canal Zone border. John hiked across the Isthmus as a
youth before the Trans-Isthmian highway was built. He start-
ed his PCC career as a helper to a blacksmith in the old
Ancon corral area and worked his way up from clerk to
supervisory accountant and helped usher in the new era of
computerized accounting systems. John retired from Federal
employment August 31, 1971, after 40 years of service.
John was always ready to help. He was a Boy Scout
leader even after his own children were grown. He led night-
time hikes around Ancon Hill from Morgan Avenue for the
Morales and neighborhood kids as well as trips to the K-9
River swimming hole, Farfan Beach, and Las Cruces Trail. In
the dry season he took the kids to the sand pile near Pier 18
to dig sand caves and make avalanches, and slide down the
gravel piles against Sosa Hill. He came to the aid of travelers,
hitchhikers and motorcyclists from the States. He served as
an unofficial Goodwill Ambassador to Brits on their way to
Australia or New Zealand on migrant ships. He also gave
insider tours of the Canal Zone and Panama to tourists from
the ships at Pier 18 whom he would pick up in his VW van as
they strolled through Balboa. He made lasting friendships
with some of these people.
Before being "green" was popular, John taught his chil-
dren the importance of picking up litter and collecting corotfi
and mahogany seeds to help with reforestation.
After his retirement, John and Margaret moved to Nelson,
New Zealand, where they lived from 1974 until 1978, and
were neighbors of the Ireland family. Then they settled in
Livingston, Calif., to live near Margaret's mother. In 1978
they moved to Maryville, Mo., where John would continue
his love for education. He audited many classes at Northwest
Missouri State University where he became a fixture in the
social sciences department. He was known as Pop to many
students, who enjoyed his life experiences that he shared with
each class. In 1986 he and Margaret moved to Savannah,
Mo., where they lived for about ten years before finally mov-
ing to California, Mo.
John was a lifelong learner, always studying new ideas or
concepts, whether it was in economics, politics, science, his-
tory or foreign languages. He maintained written correspon-
dence for years by mail and in later years on the Internet with
e-mail. At the age of 88 he learned how to use the Internet for
research and he became an avid user of e-mail. He kept in
touch with people from all over the world, from central
Europe, South America to Australia and New Zealand. John
also enjoyed writing letters to the editor and would send out
four or five letters a month to local and state newspapers.
Working complicated crossword puzzles with a stack of
resource books at his side was part of his daily ritual to his
All who knew him will remember his admonitions of
"moderation in all things," words of encouragement to "be of
good cheer," but especially his unique, infectious laugh that
at times was heard throughout the Balboa Theater.
John was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, daugh-
ter Ligia; three brothers and three sisters; and one grandson.
He is survived by his children, Miltan Martiz, Corpus Christi,
Texas; John Jr. and wife Lupe, Albrook, Republic of Panama;
Jeanette Morales Keepers, Spartanburg, S.C.; Lars and wife
Marcela, Superior, Colo.; Kenneth, Chilibre, Republic of
Panama; Roy and wife Janet, Moberly, Mo.; and Roseanne
Morales, Indiatlantic, Fla. He is also survived by two sisters,
Nesta "Lee" LaMontagne of California, Mo., and Muriel
Attkison, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-
grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, plus numerous
nieces, nephews, friends and fellow travelers from over the
Robert "Bud" J. Risberg, 89,
passed away March 23, 2011 at home
with family members. He was bom
July 30, 1921, in Thief River Falls,
Minn., to Hjalmer and Edith
(McFarland) Risberg. He was the sec-
Sond born of ten surviving sons and
four daughters. He grew up in various
towns in Minnesota and North
Dakota, graduated from Rugby High
School in Rugby, N.D., in 1938,
served in the Civilian Conservation
Corps in Arizona and Minnesota in
1938/39, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served in
the Pacific Theater and was selected through the Navy's V-12
Program to attend Notre Dame University in 1945. He grad-
uated in 1948 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While at
Notre Dame, Bud was mentored by Father Theodore
Hesburgh. They became lifelong friends.
After graduation, he was selected as a Management
Trainee for the Panama Canal Company. He progressed
through the Company as Chief, Water and Laboratories
Branch; Chief, Construction Division; Chief, Maintenance
Division; and Chief, Engineering Division, and elected retire-
ment in 1981. During his service with the Panama Canal
Company, he was commended for his work in helping earth-
quake stricken Managua, Nicaragua to restore its water sup-
ply, along with similar services to Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
He served on the Boundaries Committee for the implementa-
tion of the Panama Canal Treaty. He received the Master Key
to the Locks from Governor McAuliffe for his civic volunteer
activities, primarily in the area of youth sports.
He was a member of Royal Oak Golf and Country Club
for 29 years and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
During his career he was a member of the Professional
Society of Engineers.
Bud was predeceased by a son, Gerald; five brothers, and
three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son, Eric
and his partner, Richard Pollock, of New Hope, Pa.; daugh-
ter, Charmaine and her spouse, Gregory Michaelis, of
Houston, Texas; daughter, Maureen and her spouse, Scott
Roche, of Orlando, Fla.; and daughter-in-law, Kristin Risberg
of Richmond, Va. Bud is also survived by nine grandchildren,
four brothers, and a sister.
Fred Joseph Ryan Jr., 63, of
Missoula, Mont., passed away March
30, 2011, from COPD at Hillside
Manor. Fred was born on September
18, 1947, in Ancon, Canal Zone, to
SFred J. Ryan and Vera (Howell) Ryan.
He graduated from Cristobal High
School, Gatun, Canal Zone, in 1965.
He married Wendy Thomas on May
25, 1967, in Fallon, Nev.
Fred grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, the third gener-
ation of those who built the canal. He was an avid fisherman,
hunter, motorcyclist and baseball enthusiast, achieving a pro-
fessional baseball umpire status. In high school he excelled
on the track team, winning many trophies.
From high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served
from 1965 until 1969 including two tours in Vietnam, earning
medals for various campaigns. In his early 20s, he enjoyed
restoring classic cars from the 1940s and received awards for
racing pigeons. He became an electrician's apprentice and
became a master electrician through the IBEW. He worked in
Albany, Ga., and then in the Panama Canal Zone and then in
Montana where he had a successful electrical business of his
own. He later worked for the University of Montana as an
electrician. Fred was a member of the IBEW, the Elks Club,
and the Panama Canal Society where he enjoyed traveling to
Florida for the annual reunions.
Fred was preceded in death by his father and his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy Ryan of Missoula; sons,
Shawn Ryan of Missoula; Kevin Ryan, of Spokane; daugh-
ters, Kelley Ryan of Missoula and Beth Ann Ryan of
Missoula; five grandchildren; mother-in-law Bettie Thomas
of Missoula; a brother-in-law; brothers, Michael Ryan of cen-
tral Florida, Tom Ryan of St. Petersburg, Fla., and a sister,
Mama Roman, of St. Petersburg.
Catherine "Catsy" W. Hopkins Schafer, 96, passed
away January 11, 2011. She was born February 27, 1914, in
Port Deposit, Md., the daughter of John Thomas C. Hopkins,
Jr. and Florence Penney Hopkins. She dreamt of art school
but went to nursing school. She was able to pursue both inter-
ests throughout her life. She graduated from Union Memorial
Hospital as an RN in 1935.
In 1938 she married William N. Taylor, who took her to
the Panama Canal Zone where she raised three children and
took up nursing again at the Military hospital in Fort Clayton.
Following the death of her beloved husband at age 44, Catsy
remained in the Canal Zone, and five years later, she met and
married Lt. Col. Vernon L. Schafer. They chose San Diego for
his retirement, and Catsy worked at the Naval Hospital start-
ing in the late 1960s and helped create their first Coronary
Care Unit. She received a post-graduate degree from USD
and was also an active member of the Balboa Park Ladies
Golf Group, even being honored with a tournament in her
name. Catsy's great passion was genealogy which she pur-
sued for 70 years. She turned her love of art to the study and
painting of Coats of Arms. She was a member of the Panama
She was predeceased by her son Michael as well as both
husbands. She is survived by her daughters, Layne Ashton
(Tom) of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Susan Pitney (Louis) of
San Diego; seven grandchildren; and nineteen great-grand-
Kathleen Kelsey Suk, 70, of Dothan, Ala., and formerly
of Mobile, Ala., for the past 50 years, passed away at her
home on February 8, 2011.
Kathleen will be remembered for her strong faith in God,
devotion to the Rosary, and her active volunteer work with
Little Sisters of the Poor. She was a member of the Panama
She was predeceased by her parents and only brother. She
is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard E. Suk; son,
Richard E. Suk, Jr. of Athens, Ohio; numerous nieces,
nephews, other family and friends.
Trevor W. Swett Jr., 85, a highly decorated Army colonel
who over a 30-year career served in Korea, Vietnam and
Central America, died January 23, 2011 of pneumonia at
Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
He was born in Riga, Latvia, where his father was the
Army attache at the U.S. Embassy. He graduated in 1949
from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and
received a master's degree in international relations in 1969
from Auburn University in Alabama. Col. Swett was a com-
bat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. While in
Vietnam, he commanded an air mobile battalion and earned
the Silver Star for helping evacuate wounded men under hos-
tile conditions. In addition to the Silver Star, his decorations
included the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of
Merit and two Purple Hearts.
During the 1960s, Col. Swett was posted in El Salvador
and Nicaragua. In the early 1970s, he commanded a brigade
in the Panama Canal Zone. He later served as an assistant to
the U.S. chief negotiator on the Panama Canal treaties. He
retired in 1979 as executive secretary of the Inter-American
Defense Board, which advises the Organization of American
States on defense matters.
He was a member and senior warden at the Episcopal
Christ Church Parish in Kensington, Md. His wife of 59
years, Caroline Stewart Swett, died in 2009.
He is survived by three children, Marjorie Swett and
Trevor W. Swett III, both of Bethesda, Md., and John Swett
of Silver Spring, Md., and four grandchildren.
Ginger Lea Teer (Newland), of Tampa, Fla., died
January 26, 2011. She was born in Tacoma, Wash., on May 1,
1951, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1969. She
moved to Florida in 2005. She was a member of the Panama
She was preceded in death by her aunt, Allison McGinnis.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel; son, Brian; daughter,
Tiffany; parents, George and Carol Newland; a sister, Torry;
and two grandchildren.
James William Violette, born and raised in the Canal
Zone, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2011. Jim was
the first child of Jean Violette and the late William Violette.
He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa
High School with the class of 1967.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era,
assigned to fly on P-3 Orion's in the Pacific Ocean. He then
returned from his service and graduated from Virginia
Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Business
Administration and a Master's Degree in Business at the
University of Richmond. He worked for various corporations
as a buyer and lived in New Orleans during Hurricane
Katrina. He resettled in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area after
Katrina to be near family. He was a member of the Panama
He is survived by his mother, Jean Violette of Seminole,
Fla.; son, Michael P. Violette of Gulfport, Fla.; his sisters,
Annette Violette Deming (Bill) of Columbia, Md.; Sue
Violette Tunis (Brad) of Palm Beach Gardens; Judy Violette
Rowe (Terrence) also of Palm Beach Gardens, and his broth-
er, Jerry (Julie) Violette of Largo, Fla. Jim was also survived
by many nieces and nephews.
Inga "Sue" Prier Wallace, 86, of
Durrells Bridge Road, Kennebunk,
Me., passed away on February 26,
2011 at her home. Sue was born in
Colon in the Republic of Panama, on
January 16, 1925, the daughter of Dr.
Vem Prier and Inga Turner Prier. Her
brother, Dr. William E. Prier, prede-
Sue's family had a long history in Panama. Her mother,
Inga Turner Prier, came to the Isthmus of Panama in 1902.
The family had been living in the Darien where Sue's grand-
father, Edward Gordon Turner was a mining engineer in the
Cana Mines. In 1905 they went to the Canal Zone where Mr.
Turner entered the employ of the Isthmian Canal
Commission as dredgemaster and was a holder of the
Roosevelt Medal with three bars. Sue's father, Dr. Vern Prier,
was a district dentist.
She received her early education from La Colegio Sion in
Costa Rica, St. Mary's School in Peekskill, N.Y., and Mary A.
Burnham School in Northhampton, Mass. She was a graduate
of Skidmore College at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she
received her bachelor of arts degree in Romance Languages.
Sue's career prior to marriage included work for CARE in
San Jose, Costa Rica, and the U.S. Army Inter-American
Geodetic Survey Division in Curundu, Panama Canal Zone.
At the peak of her career, Sue was fluent in Spanish, French,
Portuguese and conversational Italian.
In 1958 Sue met and married Captain James B. Wallace,
an apprentice Panama Canal Pilot originally of Kennebunk.
For the next 25 years, Sue and Jim raised their family in
France Field, in the Panama Canal Zone in Panama. Sue was
a fiercely devoted wife, mother and homemaker. In 1983, Sue
and Jim retired and returned stateside to Jim's family home in
Sue Wallace can best be described as a conversationalist
who did not know a stranger. She was the eternal optimist
who faced many challenges throughout her life with extraor-
dinary courage and dignity. She loved cooking, gardening
and learning. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Sue is survived by her devoted husband, James B.
Wallace; and her two sons, Keith Alan Wallace (along with
his wife, Jeri Wallace) of Kennebunk, and Kirk William
Wallace (along with his wife, Karen Wallace, and their son)
of Orlando, Fla.
Myra Davis Walston, 90, passed
away on December 26, 2010, in
Vallejo, Calif., after a brief illness.
She was born in Colon Hospital on
sy February 22, 1920. As a very young
child her family moved to Balboa
Where they lived until her father was
transferred back to the Atlantic side
when she was seven years old. Her
remaining childhood years were spent
in New Cristobal and Cristobal.
In 1937 she married the late William S. Walston who at
the time was a Canal Zone police officer. They lived in Pedro
Miguel and Balboa until his transfer to the Dredging Division
in 1944 followed by a move to the Dredging Division town
of Gamboa. In 1952 they moved to Diablo where they
remained until his retirement in 1967. After a trip to Japan to
visit with their youngest daughter and her family, they settled
in Concord, Calif., to be near their oldest daughter and her
family. Several years after her husband's death in 1978 she
moved to Benicia, Calif., followed by a move to nearby
Vallejo in 1985. She was a longtime member of the Panama
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her
parents, Canal Zone Police Captain John M. Davis and Laura
Davis, two sisters, Margaret DuBois and Norma Short, and
one brother, Ralph L. Davis.
Survivors include two daughters, Laura Sanders of Rio
Vista, Calif.; Leilani Collins of Vallejo, Calif; one grandson;
two granddaughters; a great-grandson; and a great-grand-
daughter. Also surviving are two nieces, Karen Andrews of
Ormond Beach, Fla., Bonnie Dolan of DeLand, Fla., and two
Beatrice "Bee" (Harris, Buel, Jackson, Lambert)
Winford, 98, of Lakeland, Fla., and a longtime resident of
the Panama Canal Zone, passed away March 31, 2011. She
was born in Jackson, Mich., but her earliest memories were
of Panama where she was brought to live in 1914. Her father
was already residing in Panama working on the construction
of the Panama Canal.
She grew up in New Cristobal, lived in Golden, Colo.
during her teen years where she attended high school, and
later returned to Panama in the early 1930s. During World
War II, she was a member of the Army's Corp of Women
Staff Car Drivers in Quarry Heights. Bee retired as a Food
Services Supervisor in 1972, having worked at Gorgas and
Corozal Mental Health hospitals.
She lived a very active and fulfilled life. She was an
accomplished musician and played piano and organ by ear.
She loved animals, most especially dogs. Bee had many inter-
ests and hobbies. She was a rock hound and an active mem-
ber of the Canal Zone Gem Mineral Society. Her interest
resulted in a profound knowledge of all aspects of lapidary
work. She was also an antique bottle collector and member of
the Canal Zone Bottle Collectors Association. The pursuit of
both interests led her on travels all over Panama. After retir-
ing, she continued her lapidary work and jewelry making,
purchased a series of RVs which she drove to participate in
gem shows all over the east coast. She also pursued many
other interests, including ballroom dancing and a variety of
arts and crafts hobbies.
Bea's zest for life, generous ways and humorous, positive
attitude were priceless and brought joy and love to all who
She was predeceased by her last husband, Homer
Winford. She is survived by her daughters Eleanor Herrera
(North Pole, Alaska) and Caroline Hall (Sarasota, Fla.), son
Charles "Tommy" Jackson (San Antonio, Texas) and daugh-
ter-in-law Marcia Winford (Wesley Chapel, Fla.); eight
grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and three great-
1953 CANAL ZONE JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPS
A "rag-tag assembly ot mistits," as they were attectionately known, this bruised and bandaged group conquered all who got
in their way to win the Canal Zone Football League championship in 1953. Back row (L to R): Bob Fishbough, Jim Everett
(with drum who, earlier in the week before the "big game" returned to the states with his military family); Joe Oliver (play-
ing the fife); Bob Morris (holding football); George Dansby (holding flag); Bob Quinn; Francis Boyd; Dick Dillman;
Sitting or Kneeling (L to R): Will Nickisher; Sal Aleguas; Ray Nickisher (with football); Bob "Snooky" Rowley (behind
football); Jerry Fox; Bob Dolan; John Ryan (who also missed the game as he left that week to join the Marines); and Henry
Cruz. Leading the charge, pointing to their destiny, is Coach Jim Wolf.
The 1953 Canal Zone Junior College football team will encounter, then whipped the puppies the second time around
go down in Canal Zone lore as the most improbable ofcham- to win the mythical Isthmian Championship.
pions. Struggling to compete with the 40-man strong, Balboa Jim Wolf, innovative, creative and sometimes-off-the-
High School Bulldogs, this rag-tag group of 15 young college wall charismatic coach of the downtrodden Green Wave, led
boys played the mighty Bulldogs to a tie in their first his meager group to achievements no one could have envi-
sioned when they first assembled. Once Coach Wolf saw that
he didn't have enough men to field both an offense and
defense, he urged his boys to "suck it up" and play both ways
until they could stand up no more. His motivation worked
like magic and the pride of the Green Wave shone through as
they marched through their tough schedule like Sherman
going through Atlanta.
Coach Jim Wolf is now 90 years old and lives in Boca
Raton. Friends who want to get in touch with him can call
him at (561) 338-4292. He would love to hear from you. He
fondly remembers each and every one of his players and
maintains a soft spot in his heart for that incredible team of
"misfits." Prior to their second game with Balboa that would
determine the league championship in November 1953,
Coach Wolf (with tongue firmly planted in cheek) wrote the
following article in the Star & Herald, which is reprinted here
with his permission:
"College Expects BHS To Be Tough Friday Evening
It be about time for the lads of Balboa High School and
the Junior College to again test one another's football gear. In
mid-October, the football lovers frolicked in the mud, scram-
bled wildly for ball carriers, returned to the showers and sent
their uniforms to the cleaners and no one crossed the large
white stripe into the end zone.
Coach John Fawcett has been hard at it with his Balboa
Bulldogs, brewing some hot "T" leaves to cool off the Junior
College castle of dreams. From these torso-busting scrim-
mages no doubt will come new patterns and skills to confuse
the Green Wave. He'll sharpen up his reserves to wear thin the
dogged College defenders. And in one James May he has a
big chunk of stalwart laddie who is capable of sweetening a
bit of the magic potions.
Last time the 40-odd-man Balboa High School team met
the 15-man Junior College squad the College lads were 7-
points favored not only to appear in the game, but to win it!
Being as how an explanation is in order, here it be. Since the
Balboa High School outfit was home team that game and was
the underdog, the Junior College is now the host team and
retains the favorite role. Logical, that. So, with a 15 man
squad (minus one gone that way, North) the algebraic for-
mula comes into play one simply changes the sign of the
subtrahend and proceeds as in addition: result the Junior
College is a 16-point favorite.
Robert Morris will be favored with the task of corralling
the J.C. boys and leading them to their body-squeezing
chores. Morris particularly likes to play the defensive side of
the game. >From his end position, he has his own techniques
of looking for backfield men coming his way, sympathizing
with their intentions, and then prescribing his own therapy to
send them back from whence they came. Possessing skull-
feelers for fingers, he wraps them adroitly about the heads of
opposing backs, casual-like.
For you residents in the mountains that haven't yet wit-
nessed the game of football as it is played in the Canal Zone,
now is the time to have a look-see. Young men folk-bash
gaily away at each other, zebra-shirted men gallop about wav-
ing red handkerchiefs at the spectators and men folk, and then
all the boys sneak off the field for a pow-wow. Fifteen min-
utes later they resume their antics. Sporting game, football.
Girls, drop the bingo cards Friday nite, November 13, lay
aside Mickey Spillane's latest and get to the Balboa Stadium
to ogle at these boys. Husbands, stuff the kids into the moth-
er-in-law's lap and come on out.
Folks of the surrounding hills, hop out of those ham-
mocks, get astride the burro and trot on in here. Tie the crit-
ters to the goal post and squat a while in the Balboa Stadium
for this spectacle. Friends, it'll be frightening!"
PEDRO MIGUEL SECOND GRADE (1931 or 1932)
Front row: Gloria Colthard, Bob Erbe, Bud Perry, Jack Swain, _, _. Middle row: Benny Joiner, Jim
Young, Marilyn Brown, _, Gordon Davis, Bill Diez, _, _. Back row: Leo Mullins, Bud Pierce, _, Bob McClain,
,Charlene Miller, Doris Pearl, Ralph Welch, Jack Bain, _,. Submitted by Jim Young.
MEMORIES OF PETER REITZ
I read about Peter Reitz passing away and I remembered an old picture I had of him.
It was a Balboa Union Church Youth Mission trip to Bocas del Toro about 1970 (I can't tell how old I was). I remember
flying on a 'ricketedy' old plane where you could see daylight through the cracks. Then we hopped on small canoes with out-
board motors and traveled about three hours to a peninsula where we helped build a concrete school. The only other concrete
building was the church where we all slept in sleeping bags or hammocks. I also remember bugs and very dark nights.
Some names I remember that were written on the back of the enclosed photo were Bonnie Gunn, Roger Anderson, D.
MacLaren, Peter Reitz, Kathy Malin, Bob Morrison.
Balboa Union Church Mission Trip circa 1970
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and Tanya Torres, Curundu, Canal Zone.
ene Diaz, Pam Crowell and "Doc" Morris enjoying the view at the
ca. 1961 observatory. ca. 1975
VFW BASEBALL TEAM, CIRCA 1961
BHS 1966 MAJORETTES
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
BHS'61 TRIP TO PANAMA
A few (very few) of my classmates (BHS'61) and I went
on a Junket to Panama in February. I hadn't been back in
almost 30 years so it was a great shock to me to find it so very
HOT! But with a little time to get acclimated, I made it
through the entire eight days without too much complaining.
The classmates who joined me were: Rita Jones Fenwick,
Sandra Pasiero-Davis, Lynn "Mimi" Stratford Collins
and her husband Howard, Joseph (Mlike) Lowrie and his
significant other, Ruth Horn, Guy Lord and his wife Mary,
Louise Peters Monticello and her husband Michael, Dixie
Corso Watson and her husband John, and Patsy Black
Wheeler and her husband Lyman.
Michael Monticello and Louise Peters Monticello
Dixie also had her sister Kay and her brother-in-law
Clemmie (Gene) on the trip. Dixie celebrated her 39th birth-
day while in Panama. Remember, a lady never tells her age!!
Rita, Mimi, Howard, Guy, Mary and I rented a minivan
one of the days and went traveling through the Interior. We
went to Penonome. While there we shopped and walked
down the street just as we had done when we lived there so
many years ago.
The highlight of our trip was having a few of us take a
picture in front of the old Balboa High School building. I've
attached one which shows: Rita Jones Fenwick, me, Patsy
Black Wheeler, Sandra Pasiero-Davis, and Joe (Mike)
Lowrie--all from THE GREATEST CLASS BHS 1961!!
Rita Jones Fenwick, George Garcia, Patsy Black Wheeler,
Sandra Pasiero-Davis, and Joe (Mike) Lowrie.
Another wonderful plus was eating all of the local fare.
Seviche ran rampant and so did Corbina and lobster.
Rita, Guy and I visited with Yolanda Velez Woodman
(BHS'62) while we were there. Yoly, as her friends know her,
has a beautiful home in Santa Clara where she entertained us
in style. And she was kind enough to tour us around
Coronado showing us the beautiful homes that have been
built there. She is truly a very giving person--and has been
my friend for over 50 years.
We flew back to the U.S. on February 27th and our little
mini-reunion was over. I'm sure we all enjoyed it.
SPACE COAST BUNCO VI
On March 26th the Space Coast Bunco VI (SCB) annual
fund-raiser for the Panama Canal Museum was held at the
Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village, Fla. Pub owners Richard
and David Lemon were among the forty-three participants
from across the state who attended. Space Coast Panazonians
welcomed ten new members to the group, of which six were
recognized as having attended all previous SCB events. In
the past, event donations went toward the museum's operat-
ing funds; however, this year the group decided to use their
donations to purchase a trunk for the museum's educational
outreach program, designed to bring the history of the
Panama Canal to schools across the nation.
Space Coast Panazonians at Space Coast Bunco VI, Dog 'n
Bone Pub, Cocoa Village, Fla.
The $1,500 trunk was fully funded at this year's event
and will be placed in the Brevard County, Fla., school sys-
tem. Prior to the Bunco competition, the Panama Amigos
Lending Support (PALS) group hosted a luncheon fund-rais-
er, Merritt Island Relay for Life, for the American Cancer
PALS volunteers Janet Hunt, Jim and Pam Reid, Fran
Meyer, Lois Andress, Pattie Benny, Peggy Huff, Frances
Morrissey, Kathie and Bob McConaughey.
Attending SCB VI were: Beth Brandenburg, Cheryl
Russell, Christina Volonnino, Darleen Hunt, Dawn
Watkins, Deb Twiss, Dennis Huff, Diana Grimison, Don
Lemon, Edie Willoughby, Fran Meyer, Frances
Morrissey, Janet Watkins, Jeanne Rupp, Jim Bowen, Jim
and Pam Reid, Joan Ohman, Kathie McConaughey, Kay
Hamilton, Kelly Hunt, Kristin Risberg, Kristen
Robinson, Leanne Lemon, Les Croft, Lois Andress,
Louise Hunt, Tom and Nancy Grimison, Natalie
McClenahan, Pam Brown, Pattie Benny, Peggy Acker,
Peggy Huff, Sue Fisher, Susan Burk, Jim and Val
Boughner, Walter Fitzgerald, Wanda Ewell, and Wanda
Kelof. Contributing but unable to attend were Nikki Meyer,
Sheryl Alberga, and Tom and Connie Stoakley. There were
also many PALS who attended the luncheon but did not play
SCB VI champions Peggy Acker, Kay Hamilton, Deb
Twiss, and Edie Willoughby.
NEWS FROM THE CORRIGANS
I am forwarding a picture of four 1961 graduates cele-
brating their fiftieth reunion. They are Larry Corrigan
(CHS'61), Jackie (Ashton) Wagner (BHS'61), Dody
(Moses) Gwinn (BHS'61), and Didi (Bremer) Corrigan
Standing: Dody Gwinn and Larry Corrigan. Seated: Jackie
Wagner and Didi Bremer Corrigan.
We were hosted that evening (February 13, 2011) by
Dody's brother Johnny Moses (BHS'69) and his wife
Mariela at their lovely penthouse condo in Punta Barco, near
Coronado Beach, Panama. Sunset, views, and ribs were only
exceeded by the company!!
Didi Bremer Corrigan
Palm Beach Garden, Fla.
NEWS FROM DAVIE, FLA.
Enclosed is a picture of another Zonian gathering in
Davie, Fla. Nelson Borrero, Steve Clarke, Milton Short,
Les Leon, and Milton Leidig joined Everett White at the
gathering at his home.
Back (L-R): Everett White, Les Leon, Milton Leidig. Front
(L-R): Nelson Borrero, Steve Clarke, and Milton Short.
Who says the Curundu boys (Nelson, Steve, Milton
Leidig, and Milton Short) can't drink with the Balboa and
Cristobal boys, Everett and Les???
Everett White, Jr.
On March 27th, Margot and Hubert Jordan, Diane
Morris, and Jack and Jo Ann Morton took a Mediterranean
cruise on the Mariner of the Seas, on their way to visit his-
toric and scenic spots in the region. The highlights were the
ruins of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Ancient City of
Ephesus and its Terrace Houses in Turkey; and the ruins of
Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 A.D. when Mt. Vesuvius
spewed volcanic ash over the entire city, burying it and most
of its population. Despite the catastrophe in Pompeii, the city
is remarkably well preserved. Much work is being done to
restore and preserve all of the amazing ruins and artifacts
found in the areas mentioned.
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Jack and Jo Ann Morton, Margot Jordan, Diane Morris,
and Hubert Jordan, at the Celsus Library, Ephesus, Turkey.
Also enjoyed were the sights in Messina (Italy) watching
the world's largest astronomical clock--when the clock
strikes noon, the bronze/gold leaf mechanical figures come to
life; in Rhodes (Greece) walking the fabulous Old Town,
Europe's largest inhabited medieval city, housing the
immense 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters; and tour-
ing Chania/Crete (Greece) with its historic and colorful
waterfront and wonderful cafes--there the ladies enjoyed a
cup of cappuccino while the guys visited the impressive
Maritime Museum of Crete.
The weather was a comfortable 66 degrees!!
Jack and Jo Ann Morton
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Dick Fisher (spouse of Amy Garcia Fisher CHS'65),
Jackie Burza Luecke and Linda Burza Childs (CHS'66)
are shown attending Elsie Garcia's 90th fabulous birthday
party in El Valle in February 2011 hosted by dear friends
Charlie, Amy and Mercedes Garcia.
Dick Fisher, Jackie Burza Luecke and Linda Burza Childs
Sisters Jackie and Linda, along with hubbie Joe, had a
remarkable trip down memory lane visiting old friends and
old haunts. It was especially moving for us to visit our broth-
er Michael R. Burza's (CHS'63) gravesite in the beautifully
maintained Corozal Cemetery.
Linda Burza Childs
NEWS FROM THE LUBERAS
In September 2010 Diane Murphy, Sue Lubera and
Gail Tilley hooked up in San Francisco for their annual girl
getaway. They spent the week visiting Yosemite National
Park seeing El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome and includ-
ing hiking up to Vernal Falls (a real accomplishment for some
of us) after Diane's fall off the "Wall of Shame." It was a fun
week and we were looking forward to our next adventure in
August to Bryson City, N.C., for ziplining, white-water raft-
ing and tubing.
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Diane (Roscoe) Murphy, Sue (Roscoe) Lubera, and Gail
In January 2011 Sue and Jack Lubera, along with
Jeanne and John Fitzgerald, Richard and Penny LeVee,
and other friends, enjoyed seven days on the schooner Royal
Clipper sailing throughout the Windward Islands. Some of
the activities enjoyed by all were ziplining (very scary but
exciting), scuba diving, tubing and touring all the islands. A
good time was had by all.
Noriega as the dictator of Panama in Operation Just Cause.
After retiring from the U.S. Army in February 1995 he was
hired by the Secretary of the Army to become the Secretary
of the Panama Canal Commission. John held that position for
three years until he left to become the Director of Operations
and Vice President of Human Resources for Watsco, Inc.,
Coconut Grove, Fla. I soon learned that John is a senior
leader with extensive experience in higher level organiza-
tions, human resources, and budgets for business, govern-
ment and military teams. John is passionate about helping
veterans and I am pleased that he joined our team at VGJ as
a board member in November 2010.
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Big Pine Key, Fla.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY WAY
In the June 2010 Canal Record I shared my experiences
as a combat veteran from "Gamboa" and how I became the
co-founder and Board Chairman of Veterans Green Jobs
(VGJ). I invited Society members and my fellow veterans
from the Canal Zone to become part of our work in provid-
ing successful transition pathways for military veterans to
become civilian leaders in the critical job sectors that protect
and restore our energy, environmental and economic securi-
In my personal account I acknowledged a number of peo-
ple who influenced and nurtured my interest in wildlife and
fisheries management as a high school student at Balboa
High School. I had some great responses and I am thankful
for the encouraging messages that I received from class-
mates, veterans, and former students of mine from when I
taught biology and physiology at Cristobal High School.
Two of the contacts that I received have resulted in the
addition of two new board members to VGJ. In July last year
I received a phone call from Dr. Nate and Ellie Gale after
they had read the article in the Canal Record. Nate and Ellie
now live in Ashland, Ore., and I had not spoken with them for
over 30 years. It was a treat to hear from them and a chance
for me to tell Nate how he had influenced my career as a
wildlife and fisheries ecologist. The call turned quickly to
business. They both were intrigued by VGJ and wanted to
partner in helping veterans. They were both adamant that I
needed to meet Colonel John A. Mills, USA (Ret.), whom
they credit for saving Nate's life during a medical emergency
in Panama. I contacted him shortly after Ellie called John to
make an introduction. I quickly found out that Colonel Mills
had served as the Deputy Director of Policy Plans and
Strategy and as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S.
Southern Command, Panama City, Panama. John in fact per-
sonally led the planning team for the removal of General
Dr. Mit Parsons welcomes John A. Mills, Col., USA (Ret),
as a new Veterans Green Jobs board member.
The second contact that has led to a new board member
was from a former CHS biology student of mine Betty
LeDoux-Morris. Betty contacted me in December and was
just as adamant as the Gales that I needed to contact one of
her business clients, Dr. Nick Hall, Professor and Director of
University of South Florida College of Nursing Center for
Psychoimmunology, Tampa, Fla. After Betty introduced us I
soon found out that Nick is a remarkable man and has done
extensive research on veterans suffering from post-traumatic
stress. In addition to having authored over 150 research arti-
cles and book chapters, his discoveries have been featured on
CBS's 60 Minutes, the BBC's Nova series, and PBS's pro-
gram Healing and the Mind. Besides being a professor Dr.
Hall instructs the leaders of leading corporations and elite
athletes to develop the skills to deal effectively with change
and stress at the Saddlebook Resort near Tampa, Fla. Dr. Hall
is also passionate about helping veterans and joined our team
at VGJ as a board member in April 2011.
That is networking the Panama Canal Society way!
Thank you Nate, Ellie, and Betty for caring about our return-
ing veterans and desiring to help us at VGJ in making a dif-
ference in the lives of our warriors returning from wars in
Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. I am so grateful for intro-
ducing me to these remarkable men. I am again inviting you
as a Panama Canal Society member and my fellow veterans
from the Canal Zone to become part of our work. You can
learn more about VGJ by contacting me. Don't be afraid to
call or email me. Your call could make a difference in the the 30th anniversary of her 20th birthday. Lots of friends flew
lives of our returning warriors. I will see you all at the into town to help Chris celebrate this special occasion. The
reunion in July!! party was great with lots of food, liquid refreshment and
dancing. We got the chance to visit with Sandy Wallace at
Mit Parsons the festivities. Sandy was home visiting from Texas.
Board Chairman, Veterans Green Jobs
NEWS FROM PANAMA
This year dry season brought many Zonians home for a
visit. In January we enjoyed a visit with Sissy Hixon and Sue
(Hirons) Fehrenbach. We had a small get-together at our
condo in Albrook with Sue, Sissy, Lou and Sue Stabler,
Linda and Larry Layman, and Nick Jackson.
Chris and Bruce Homa
In March we joined friends on the "Elks and Friends"
cruise out of Colon. As usual, a great time was had by all.
Leaving out of Colon is really convenient! We will continue
"' the tradition next year. Ed (retired from the U.S. Post Office)
enjoyed a visit to the Hell Post Office in Grand Cayman.
Sue (Hirons) Fehrenbach, Sue Stabler, Lou Stabler, Ed
Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Larry Layman, Sissy Hixon,
Linda Layman, and Nick Jackson.
In February we enjoyed the company of Paula (Kuyoth)
Ayers, her husband Randy, sister Amy Rote and her husband
Scott. Rounding out this merry crowd staying at Albrook
Park was our good friend Ray Bierbaum and my "adopted
big brother" Jeff Riley.
We greatly enjoyed many dinners together and lots of
laughs including Ray's famous series of stories which we
titled "Ray, It That You?." We are trying to get him to write a -
book. The group, with the exception of Jeff and Ray, joined
Kathy Wainio, her husband Rob Roy and her cousin Jodie: .-,
Wainio who was visiting from the states, on a fun-filled two- Ed Wardlow in front of Hell's Post Office, Grand Cayman
day adventure to Bananas Resort on Isla Grande. We ate,
swam, snorkeled and laughed a lot. It was so much fun we are
planning to do it again when the group is together next time!
We had an opportunity to have dinner at the Napoli with Tom
and Les Fulcher while they were in town. Les recently
retired as a Firefighter in Longboat Key and is enjoying trav-
eling to various spots. He and Tom did a bit of fishing while
they were in town and Ed and I were lucky recipients of some
of the delicious fresh tuna they caught. Paula and Randy also
left us with some great bass they caught in Gatun Lake while
they were here. Got to love those friends that leave fish! We ,
also got a chance to have coffee with Bob Hughes while he
was in town.
In February we also attended the birthday celebration for
Chris Homa that husband Bruce arranged at the new
Radisson Hotel at Summit Golf Resort. Chris was celebrating Ed Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore on their cruise from Colon
Ed and I had the opportunity to attend the "Best of Opera"
performance at the National Theater. The performers came
from all over Italy, Panama, Costa Rica and Uruguay. It was
a wonderful performance. We enjoy any opportunity to go to
the National Theater, the architecture is beautiful. If you hap-
pen to be in town, they are open during the week for visitors.
In March the Elks installed Boston Patterson as the new
Exalted Ruler (HER). Boston replaces outgoing HER Don
Williamson. A party was held to congratulate Boston and
thank Don for all his work.
We welcome Billy and Dee Dee Hanna home who
recently sold their house in Florida and are now official full-
time Panazonian residents.
NEWS FROM JOHN RILEY
I went on my annual visit to Panama on February 28,
2011. While there, I spent a day at Taboga Island at the home
of Frank Dupree. As you can see, I enjoyed myself tremen-
Joe Chamberlaiin, Joe Brown, Frank Dupree, and John G.
I am going to see Tony Bennett (80+) at the Beau Rivage
Hotel in Biloxi, Miss., on April 23, 2011. Hopefully, will be
able to report on that in the next issue.
John G. Riley
SHAKING HANDS WITH THE DEVIL
An excerpt from Just a Coco Solo Boy by Brian Allen
It was another dry season morning and the predictable sun
was up. We lived on the third floor of a three-bedroom, four-
family apartment building. The converted Navy barracks
were Coco Solo's former submarine base heritage. The front
of our building was framed by royal palm trees and bordered
with red-bloomed firecracker bushes. It faced Holland Circle,
the geographic center of my twelve-year-old 1963 world.
From my rear window I could scan the neighborhood behind
us and see what my buddies were up to. That is when I saw
the black cat and bolted for the door.
Ruby was our maid and a formidable daytime guardian.
Big, brown and buxom, she blocked the back door.
"Muchacho, where you think you be going'?"
I turned my pug nose up in measured defiance. "Over to
the Bowdry's house, they got another cat."
She wagged a finger at me. "Brian, dem tings are devil
spawn. You best stay away from such creatures."
Her warning could not have encouraged me more.
Spinning around, I made a break for the front door. She was
heavy and couldn't catch me in her heel crushed slipper-
Ruby called to my back. "Hijo. Don't you touch that
monster! It will give you bad ju-ju."
My "Adios" was cut short by the slamming of the door. I
was down the four flights of stairs and out from under the
carport as fast as my sneakers could go. Since I wore high-top
Keds, I could run faster and jump higher than trouble could
follow. The leaning trunk of the backyard coconut tree
offered a perch for a quick look around. Just across our
favorite mud football field I could see the Bowdry brothers,
Matt and Willet, waving me over for a session of show and
The big jaguar hung by its ankles over a small puddle of
blood. An onshore breeze rocked it gently over the front
stoop of their building. This one was different from the
svelte, flamboyantly spotted cats they had displayed before.
It was hunter black and required a danger-close look to see
the phantom spots of a jaguar through the fur. The length of
a tall man, the animal looked powerful beyond death. Rather
than feline sleek, it was bull muscular in the haunches with
ham-fisted paws and canines as long as my finger. The jag
was a naturally selected predator. An immodest glance con-
firmed virility; the nut sack was the size of my fist. Facing
downward, forepaws outstretched and back arched, he
appeared to be leaping into hell.
As Ruby would say, it oozed ju-ju.
Matt, Willet, and I circled the brute for an I-dare-you
inspection. First touching, then poking and prodding the
killer with boyhood audacity. Stroking the short, thick fur
released a smell of earth and fading musk.
I was hypnotized by its exotica and asked, "Where'd you
With raised chin and puffed chest, Willet answered,
"Dad's ranchero, it was taking calves."
I thought it looked mean-spirited and hungry. "He shot
Matt stepped before his brother, eager to tell the tale.
"One of the vaqueros baited it with a live goat. He staked it
out overnight and killed the jag with a shotgun when it came
I raised an impressed, doubtful eyebrow. "Hunting a black
jaguar at night, really?"
Willet took the reins of the story back. "You have to hunt
'em at night, that's when they hunt."
The idea of facing a man-eater in the blackness of a jun-
gle night sent shivers down my spine. Delicious, envious,
Tarzan wannabe shivers.
"You know, I heard they shot a jaguar just outside
Margarita," I said.
Willet's eyes widened. "Dang. That's just down the road."
Nonplussed, Matt dared me to press the paw. Careful not
to let any blood get on me, I took a forepaw. The pad was
rough, serrated for traction in the chase and leather thick.
Tentative, I pressed it. Ebon meat hooks flashed.
"Damn!" I recoiled, expecting the jaguar to take a dying
swipe at me.
Matt laughed and Willet snickered. "That's a cat reflex,"
said Matt. "They can flick 'em out like switchblades."
Willet explored its wound with a stick while I pressed the
paw in fascination. The black talons were certainly tools of
the devil. Man-o-man, what I'd give for a set. This magnifi-
cent demon spawn was destined to become a trophy rug. The
brothers and I made plans to venture into Mahongy swamp
that afternoon. We considered the jaguar a good omen toward
a day of adventure.
Author's Note: Brian Allen (CHS'72) is the son of Bud
and Joanne Allen, tugboat master and CHS secretary, and
members of the Panama Canal Society. This excerpt is from
a memoir he has written about growing up in the Canal Zone.
The characters, Matt and Willet, are inspired by Mark
Collins and Winship Dowel. That jaguar and a few others
came from the Dowell's ranch and fascinated the children of
Coco Solo. Some reported nightmares.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
FOR 2012 AT THE REUNION?
NORTHWEST NOVEMBER GENERAL
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND
PICNIC SPACE COAST PICNIC
hosted by Jim and Joan Huffman. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
Fort Ebey State Park
(on Whidbey Island) S-3 Gun Battery
FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 2011 The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 5, 2011, in conjunc-
Potluck Dinner (starts approx. 5 p.m.)
S r tion with the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 Pavilion, on the river side of US Highway 1, adjacent to
Picnic 10 a.m. 2 p.m. the Space Coast Executive Center. The picnic will be
held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The General
For the campers there is a campsite within walking dis- Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 pm.
tance to the picnic area. Friday and Saturday activities Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink.
are in the same location. The closest hotels are in Oak If you need more information, call Bob and Frances
Harbor (Best Western, Coachman Inn, and Candlewood Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
Suites). McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE WILL BE
CLOSED FROM SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011
THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011.
THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN FOR BUSINESS ON
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100 I Seminole, FL 33772 1 Fax: 727-394-2737
Julie Greene to Give Presentation at the
2011 Panama Canal Society Reunion
Julie Greene, Professor of History at the University of Maryland at College Park, has authored or
co-edited three books. She is the author most recently of The Canal Builders: Making America's
Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin Press, 2009). The Organization of
American Historians awarded The Canal Builders its 2009 James A. Rawley
Prize for the best book on the history of race relations. Greene has received
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ameri-
can Council of Learned Societies, among others. She is working now on a
history of World War I and the postwar period in the United States, the Panama
Canal Zone, and the Caribbean. Her talk, entitled "A Work That Shall Last
Through the Ages: Building and Remembering the Panama Canal," will be
given on Thursday, July 7, 2011, from 3 to 4 p.m. with a book and DVD signing
to follow. Julie Green
In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Panama Canal Zone to observe the construction
project. Speaking to canal employees, he declared that they were accomplishing "a work that shall last
through the ages to come." In this talk, Julie Greene will examine the world of the Panama Canal's
construction, when tens of thousands arrived from scores of countries to support the project. Explor-
ing how people lived and worked in the Canal Zone, the presentation will also reflect on the way
history has remembered or forgotten their contributions. The challenge of re-discovering the hidden
stories of men and women working in the Canal Zone took Greene to a wide range of archives, from
Kansas to Panama, from Washington, D.C., to the National Archives of Great Britain. Along the way
she discovered a vast and fascinating world of individual tribulations as well as triumphs, of hardship
and oppression, but also terrific examples of persistence and human agency. Drawing upon personal
letters, memoirs, and government documents, Greene will bring to life the experiences of a wide
range of players, from government officials to laborers and diggers, from housewives to domestic
servants, from steam shovel engineers to doctors and nurses.
"A Work That Shall Last Through the Ages:
Building and Remembering the Panama Canal"
Julie Greene: Presenter
Thursday, July 7, 2011
3:00 4:00 P.M.
Panama Canal Society Reunion 2011
Orlando World Center Marriott
Grand Ballroom 13 1& 14
1. 1) F I; 1
ANAMA CANAL MUSEU
7985 113th Street, Suite 100 1 Seminole, FL 33772 1 Fax: 727-394-2737
Museum Events at the Reunion
You're invited to be a part of the following museum activities at the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in early July:
In Crystal Ballroom A C July 7-10:
* Exhibits featuring the townsites, Zonians
in the military and two paintings-John
Haines's painting of the Amador Golf
Course and Juan Manuel Cedefio's paint-
ing of Vasco Nufiez de Balboa;
* Silent auction;
* Used Canal-related books on sale
* Fascinating DVDs;
* Information about the museum's 2012
cruises to Panama and the ABC islands
(Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in January and
to Mayan lands in early March; and
* UF's table with large flat screens and
laptops displaying the year's Panama
Canal materials digitized by UF (including
Spillways) and a PowerPoint presentation
that will cycle with images that are avail-
able from the Panama Canal Collections.
In Grand Ballroom 13&14 on Thursday,
* Julie Greene, author of The Canal Builders:
Making America's Empire at the Panama
Canal, available in our museum store, will
be speaking on "Work That Shall Last
through the Ages: Building and Remember-
ing the Panama Canal." The museum's part-
ner, the University of Florida, is sponsor-
ing this program.
In the Denver and Chicago Rooms on
Saturday, July 9, 2:00-3:30
* On Saturday afternoon (2:00 3:30 in the
Denver & Chicago Rooms) the PCM and
PCS will feature Edith Barkowitz Crouch
as the speaker at our annual cultural semi-
nar. Edith will be presenting a program on
the Kuna Indians' mola art, which is the
subject of a book she has just written and is
expecting to have published very soon.
In the Vendors' Room Thursday through
Sunday, July 7-10:
* The museum's tables in the Vendors' Room
will hold all sorts of treasures, including
the museum's 2011 collectible ornament (a
toucan!), 2012 calendar (with Panama
Canal townsites as the theme), and our
new book on the townsites.
On Thursday through Sunday, July 7-9, in
locations and at times to be announced:
* The University of Florida will be holding
oral history interviews, and we are look-
ing for interviewees. If you would like to
be interviewed about your experiences
in the Canal Zone and Panama, please
contact Joe Wood (email@example.com,
850-284-7902) to be scheduled for a
time slot at the Reunion.
See You at the Reunion!
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
Website HOURS OF OPERATION Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Emai
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Kuna Indian Guest at the Panama
Janet Rosalia Martinez Gonzalez, a Kuna Indian
from Kuna Nega, was guest of honor at an after-
noon tea held at the Panama Canal Museum in
Seminole on April 21. Martinez and her mentor,
Professor Carmen Virginia de Diaz, shared
stories about Kuna Indian life in Panama.
New DVD on the Panama Canal
Premiered in Tampa
In partnership with WEDU, the PBS station in
Tampa, the Panama Canal LMuseum hosted a
premiere party on January 20 to preview the recently
released documentary American Experience:
Panama Canal. After the viewing, the film's direc-
tor, Stephen Ives, shared his experiences making
the film, taking questions from the audience.
WEDU donated studio space for the event,
provided a delicious buffet for our guest and even
managed to have President Theodore Roosevelt
make an appearance to greet guests. PCM Trustee,
Gerry DeTore, put up a display of banners and
photos from the construction era and served as
emcee at the party.
Best of all, the museum took in about $1,500 in
donations and store sales. The DVD is available
through the museum store.
\irgimna de Diaz at the Museum.
A freshman at the Universidad de las Americas,
Martinez dressed in the traditional clothing of
Kuna women of the San Blas Islands off the Atlantic
Coast of Panama. As she speaks only Spanish,
Diaz acted as translator as Martinez highlighted
some of the traditions of her people who live in
isolated island communities and fish and raise
coconuts. The Kuna women have become world
renowned for making colorful molas, the reverse
applique technique of surface design.
Martinez explained that most Kuna girls and
boys face arranged marriages at about age 13,
through a ceremony that ties them together for
life. The Kuna are matrilineal whereby husbands
join the bride's family. However, Martinez's
parents made the decision to move to Panama
City before she was born in order to insure that
she would have opportunities outside of the
rigidly defined Kuna culture. Her father works as
a security guard, and Martinez is studying to
become a respiratory therapist.
Panama Canal Museum board members Barbara Marshall (left)
and Rachel Schipper check in another PCM board member, Paul
Morgan, and his wife, Stacia, at the WEDU Premiere.
Yearbook DVDs Available
The Panama Canal Museum/University of
Florida partnership continues to offer yearbook
DVDs for those who place orders through the
museum or their class reunion representatives.
We are hoping that each class or one or more
individuals in the class will sponsor the DVD for
that particular year. Contact the museum or your
class reunion representative for more informa-
tion and place your order before the reunion if
you want to pick it up at the reunion.
BHS/CHS Classes 1949 1953
Bulldogs & Tigers reunite for the Ultimate Jamboree!
Spread the word! The Ultimate hospitality suite will be held during the 2011 Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. at the World Center Marriott. The suite will open the afternoon of July 7th and stay open thru Saturday, July
9th. On Friday, July 8th, we will host a cocktail party with heavy appetizers. Remember ...donations are needed to keep the
suite up and going for three days. Please check the information board in the registration area for the suite number.
Judy Coulthard Long
8339 Whispering Woods Ct., Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 34202
Kay Cross Carson
375 N. Biscayne River Dr., Miami, Fla. 33169
BHS CLASS OF 1956
55th RE UNION
The Balboa High School class of .
1956 is planning their 55th
reunion to be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott July 6-10, 2011. All BHS'56 class mem-
bers are invited to participate in renewing old friendships.
More detailed information will be forthcoming via emails.
Please contact the below committee members for your
commitment to attend and/or to volunteer for one of the
committees or to get more information.
(228) 342-1242 (cell)
678 Alewa Place
Sue Knapp Light
or (256) 604-9774
29582 Thunderpaw Drive
Harvest, AL 35749
The BHS'61 Class will celebrate
their Class Reunion in conjuction 0
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion. A dinner is planned to
commemorate their 50th Class
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. on July
George Garcia bhs50th(@live.com
CHS Class of 1961
Our 50th Class Reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott from July 6-10, 2011.
Please mark your calendars. For more information, please
contact any of the following:
Czbway 1 (hotmail.com
BHS CLASS OF 1966
Bienvenidos Todos!! Plans for
our 45th class reunion are
underway and we want to hear
from YOU! Save the dates of
July 7-10, 2011, in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Let us know you are coming by contacting:
Marge Cohen Bridagier
Connie Zemer Bumgarner
BHS CLASS OF '57
S The Balboa High School class of
1957 is planning their 55th
reunion to be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World Center Marriott, June 27 to
July 1, 2012. All BHS'57 class members are invited to join
us and renew old friendships. More detailed information
will be mailed or forthcoming via e-mails. Please contact
the coordinators noted below for your commitment to
attend and to obtain more information.
7745 Indian Oaks Dr. #H312 Vero Beach, FL 32966
1362 Brookwood Drive High Point, NC 27262
CHS CLASS OF 1966
Our 45th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the
Orlando World Center Mariott.
Please mark July 6-10, 2011 on your calendar and tell all
BHS CLASS OF 1971
Plans for our 40th class reunion
are underway and we want to
hear from you! Save the dates of
July 7-10, 2011 in conjunction
S with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott. We have some
fun events planned to make this
our best reunion ever.
Let us know you're coming by contacting:
ebbie Dekle ddd53(@tampabay.rr.com
Katie Haas kthaas(rocketmail.com
For more info and reunion details, visit our website at
wwwb.hlhna 1971 weephiv eam
CHS '71 Reunion will be in con-
junction with the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion at the
Orlando World Center Marriott, .
July 7th through 10th. We need
your input on if you would like to do a trip to Panama in
the dry season.
Call or email us.
Check Facebook page for up
Cristobal High Sc
ehool Reunion 1971
BHS 1976 REUNION
jBHS '76 Reunion will be held
in conjunction with the Annual
SPanama Canal Society Reunion
at the Orlando World Center
Marriott, July 7th-10th. We
would like all classmates to
respond to us if they will be attending as soon as possible.
Contact one of the following:
Liz Carteret Potts
Phone: (850) 529-0603
Joanna Rivera Van Oss
Phone: (786) 325-1532
Check Facebook page for updates:
Balboa High School Class of 1976.
Our 35th class reunion will be held
in conjunction with the Annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Orlando World Center
Marriott, July 6th 10th. Contact:
D LaPorta Tom Wilder
850-304-9591 352-694-2211 (evenings)
Details will be posted on our Facebook page:
BHS CLASS OF 1986
The Balboa High School Class of
1986 will be celebrating our 25th
High School Reunion in conjunc-
tion with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion July 6-10, 2011,
at the Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Fla. For more information join the face-
book group: Balboa High School Panama Class of 1986,
or email any of the following reunion coordinators:
Melinda Grimison Niemeyer-melniemever(email@example.com
Mitchie Hern Overstreet firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Erhart Sanders email@example.com
Kimberly Phillips Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
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ing rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown
in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society, Inc., or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record.
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compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted. All graphics must be submitted in JPG or TIF format at
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Partial Transit or Jungle Boat Tour on Gatun Lake,
Panama City and Canal area tour, Reprosa Factory Tour,
El Valle trip, Boquete area tour.
Dinner at Tinalas plus most meals included.
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