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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla


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General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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VOL. 45


NO. 4


Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 566-7121 (evenings)
Mr. Mike Coffey
1st Vice President
(813) 948-3007
Ms. Shirley Avery
2nd Vice President
(813) 831-4114
Ms. Noreen Hanson
(813) 777-2931
Mr. Chris Wilder
(352) 207-6755
Mrs. Kelly Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
(214) 697-0034
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Past President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478

Mr. Mike Young
(813) 751-6881
Mr. Jim Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Mr. Chris Wilder
Web Master
(352) 207-6755

President's M essage...................................................................... ..........................
Office Manager/Secretary's Message.......................... .................................. 1
Editor's C orner............................................ ............................................................
Spillway Information......................................................................... 2
Lost and Found........................... ...... .................................. ............................2
Synopsis of Minutes Membership Meetings......................... .........................2
Carnavalito Registration Form.................. .................................3
Carnavalito Directions................................................................. 4
United States Embassy Panama Consular Section............................................4
PC S Spring Picnic................................. ..........................................................5
M em bership N ew s................................................. ............................................. 6
St. Pete Bash.................... ........................................................ 7
Your Reporter Says

Europe........................... 1
FL Central Florida.............12
FL North Central..............13
FL Pensacola...................15

FL Space Coast............. ...17
FL Tallahassee...................18
FL Tampa.........................19
Louisiana............... 21
M ississippi....................... 21

North Carolina...................22
Panama........... .............26
South Carolina..... .............30
TX Dallas.........................30

C ongratulations...................................................................... ..................... ....32
W eddings............................................................... ............................................... 35
Births ................. ... ...... .... .. .. ............................. ...............36
W ith D eep Sorrow ................................................................... ................................37
Letters to the Editor.. ......... ..............................................................................42
Reunion Pictures................... ........... .................................................... 48
C oco Solo C hristm as.............................................................................51
Looking B ack.................................................. .......................................... 53
Panama Canal M useum............................. ..... .................................. 56
Announcements........................................................................ 58
A dvertisem ents................................................................... ................. 61
Membership Application Form.................................................... 63
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form.....................................................64

Cover: Christmas scene in front of Balboa Elementary School. Photo provided by
Penny and Vincent Canamas.

The Panama Canal Society office will be closed from
December 17, 2011 and will reopen on January 3, 2012.


February 3-5 Carnavalito, Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront. Indialantic. Fla.
Look for the information and reservation forms on page 3.

March 24 PCS West Coast Annual Picnic and General Meeting, Fort De
Soto Park. Tierra Verde, Fla. Bring a covered dish to share and your
own soft drinks. Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at
12:00 noon. Contact Kelly Parthenais at (727) 892-2478. See page
5 for more information.

April 28 Gulf Coast Picnic, Gulf Islands National Seashore. off Hwy. 90 at
Ocean Springs. Miss. Contact Patt Roberson at (225) 774-7761.

April 28 Never Quit Fest, Jacksonville. Fla.. See page 59 for more informa-

June 27-July 1 Panama Canal Annual Reunion, Orlando World Center
Marriott, Orlando, Fla.

Panama Canal Society, Inc.
ZNE (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"-
I | 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
A < March. June, October, and December
t Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for March. "
June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is S40.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. Single copies for sale at S5.00 each (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: office( Web site:
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday

Printed by North Florida Graphics. 19566 SE Institution Dr.. Blountstown, FL 32424


Seasons Greetings Zonians!
As we prepare to celebrate the holi-
days please keep those less fortunate in
your prayers and thoughts. As we begin
another year the society is alive and
well! In 2012 we will celebrate 80 years
Tom Wilder of existence since the birth of our organ-
ization on July 24, 1932 by our founder
John F. Warner aboard the SS Ancon in New York harbor.
Charter members: Eugene H. Ash, John W. Cleary, Sidney
Church, B. L. Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hanrahan, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert S. Houston, R. E. Laughlin, Miss Mary E.
Ledden, Emile J. Mettke, William S. Miller, Thomas
Sullivan, and Mr. and Mrs. John F. Warner can truly be proud
of the organization they started! Hopefully each of you will
be able to join us at one or more of our get-togethers through-
out the year to help us celebrate this milestone at the annual
reunion. Included in this issue are the "yellow pages" to reg-
ister for the annual reunion. You also may register online at Most importantly, dues are due!
Members are our most important asset and without you we
couldn't do what we do.
In closing, Happy Chrismahanukwanzadan! On behalf of
Kathy and I we hope each of you have a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Tom Wilder, President

DECEMBER 31, 2011.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a
very Happy New Year! Another year has
gone by and 2012 looks like a very exciting
year for the Society.
This year the Society will be celebrating
its 80th Anniversary and it seems that it was Nancy
just a few months ago we were planning the Van Siclen
75th Anniversary. The board is working on some special
ideas to celebrate this occasion at the Reunion and also at the
General Membership Meetings during the year. Hope you
will be able to attend the Reunion at the Orlando World
Center Marriott starting June 27, 2012 through July 1, 2012
or one of our General Membership Meetings during 2012.
I still see that our dues notices are working in the October
issues. More and more members are paying their $40.00
membership dues prior to the busy holiday season.
Please remember that if you are planning on attending the
2012 Reunion you must pay your 2012 dues before sending
in your Reunion Registration. If your dues are not paid this
will delay processing your paperwork for the reunion.
Once again the Society office will be closed during the
Christmas holiday season from Saturday, December 17, 2011
through Monday, January 2, 2012. The office will reopen for
business on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
We wish all members and their families a very safe and
happy holiday season.

Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
(727)-391-4359; 1-866-726-2262)


Welcome aboard to Betty Annis!
Betty is the latest addition to the Canal
RecordArea Reporters' family. She will
be reporting on zonian comings and
goings in Colorado, and she is also tak-
ing on New Mexico! Please email Betty at bannis(ibres- or call her at (970) 385-4019 to submit news and pic-
tures from those two states. Allen Cotton from Alabama is
stepping down as area reporter. Thank you Allen for your
years of dedication to the Canal Record. We will miss your
articles. I am sorry to report Joan Cartotto deGrummond,
passed away recently. Joan was the area reporter for
California for over 18 years. She was an awesome person
and she definitely will be missed by many.
Due to an oversight in the October issue, PVQ (Panama
Vacation Quarters) at http://www.panamavacationquar- did not receive recognition as a sponsor of the
Panama Canal Society. I apologize for this mishap and thank
PVQ for their patience and understanding. I encourage the
membership to support all of the sponsors of the Panama
Canal Society.
Don't forget to join us for Carnavalito February 3-5,
2012. On Friday, February 3, the Space Coast Group will
host the Pre-Camavalito party beginning at 4:00 pm in the
Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine, Soda and food will be provid-
ed until it runs out. Please feel free to bring a dish to share.
Contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at
JoRanDeak( or (321) 632-4057 or call Bob and
Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 3 for more
Camavalito information and registration form.
The Area Reporters and I would like to thank the mem-
bership for supporting the Canal Record with their news and
pictures that have been sent throughout the year. We wish the
membership a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas and
may 2012 be filled with much joy and laughter.
Please remember all pictures must be submitted in JPG or
TIF format at 300 DPI to If
you have any questions about how to submit articles or pic-
tures to the Canal Record, I am only a phone call or email


What a great way to relive those old memo-
ries of the Canal Zone! The joint University
of Florida/Panama Canal Museum project has
posted many Spillway issues online as part of
their digital library.


Please call the Society office if you have lost any items
during the 2011 Annual Reunion.

Items found were sunglasses, bracelet, book, etc.

Contact the Society office: The toll free number is:

JULY 8, 2011

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the May 2011 Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the May 2011 financial statement for audit.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings

The Panama Canal Society Office will
be closed starting on Saturday,
December 17, 2011 and will reopen on
Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

DECEMBER 31, 2011.

Give a gift membership to the
Panama Canal Society to fiinily
and friends as a holiday gift or
for birthdays! See page 63 for
the membership form."


February 3-5, 2012

DINNER/DANCE: Please join us beachside at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront,
Indialantic, Fla., on February 4, 2012 for Camavalito 2012. Everyone is invited to an evening
Sof fun, food, and dancing at the Hilton. Music will be provided by Frances (Lindh) Morrissey
(BHS'62), who played at the Continental Hotel in Panama and, through the years, was influ-
enced by Lucho, his style, and his music. Frances will be accompanied by the "La Boca Allstars"
consisting of Jaime Rheberg and Mike Young. Socializing with a cash bar will begin at 6:00
pm with a short meeting beginning at 7:00 pm followed by dinner and dancing shortly thereafter.
Dinner/dance registration will begin at 5:00 pm.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are a limited number of standard rooms (one king or
two queens) available at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront for this event at the special rate
of $109.00 per night plus tax. When making reservations, please mention that you are with the
Carnavalito Group. You must call the Hilton directly at (321) 777-5000 to make your hotel
reservations. The hotel is located at 3003 North Highway A1A, Melbourne, Fla. 32903-2133.
REMEMBER, rooms are limited so make your reservations early. The hotel cutoff date will
be January 13, 2012 at our special rate. Check-In: 4:00 pm Check-Out: 12:00 pm.

COST: $40.00 per person which includes a plated dinner and entertainment (tax and gratuities included). Dinner will fea-
ture a dual entree of Chicken French and Sirloin with a port wine demiglace, green beans almondine and mashed potatoes,
dinner rolls and butter, cheesecake, coffee and iced tea.

The deadline to send in your Carnavalito registration form is January 25, 2012, to Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985
113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at or (321) 632-
4057 or call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 4 for directions and other information.

Join us for a Pre-Carnavalito fun-filled evening on Friday, February 3, 2012.
The Space Coast Group will host this gathering beginning at 4:00 pm in the Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine, Soda
and food will be provided until it runs out. Please feel free to bring a dish to share.
FEBRUARY 4, 2012

Member Name:

Telephone #:

Please make reservations for $40.00 each.
Names of Guests (Please Print)
1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

Total enclosed: $
Make checks payable to Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787

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February 3-5, 2012
3003 North Highway A1A
Melbourne, Florida 32903-2133
Relax in Paradise. Each of the luxuriously appointed guest rooms are just a
few steps from the ocean! Wake to a stunning sunrise and watch the rolling
waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the sounds of the surf beachside or
around the heated swimming pool and Tiki Bar. All of the guestrooms have i
been completely renovated and feature coffeemaker, iron, ironing board, -
hairdryer, Hilton alarm clock, free high-speed internet and much more.
Each guestroom also features items from the Hilton Serenity Bath
Collection including Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source bath amenities. All
Oceanfront rooms feature a partial walk-out balcony for standing views, ; -
Hilton Sweet Dreams Bedding package and 27" flat screen TVs. All
Oceanview rooms feature full-size balcony with sitting area, in-room
refrigerator, Hilton Sweet Dreams Bedding package and 32" flat panel TV.

S- "0 Directions from Orlando area:
SI Travel on 528 ( Beeline) East to 95 South. Take exit #183 (Eau
Gallie Blvd Exit) Head east on Eau Gallie Blvd. approx. 15 min-
S, 'l utes, crossing over the intercoastal bridge to Hwy A A. Turn right
S. onto A1A. The hotel is located approx. 1/4 mile south on the left
Atlantic side.
ncin Ocean
Directions from Melbourne area:
,e Head east onto Nasa Blvd. to Harbor City Blvd. Turn left onto
L, St_. st, I Harbor City Blvd. to Eau Gallie Blvd., turn right on Eau Gallie
Blvd. crossing over the intercoastal bridge heading to AIA. At
Hwy A1A., turn right (heading south) approx. 1/4 mile. The hotel
w Lus J B klvr.a, 'ew I is located on the left (ocean) side.


DATE: 28 JULY 2011


The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new on-line appointment system to manage passport and notary services provid-
ed by the Consular Section. This new system will reduce wait times for service and assist applicants by clarifying all needed
documentation before appointments are scheduled.

As of August 15, 2011, the following services will be provided by appointment only:

ROUTINE PASSPORT SERVICES (access the following link for information):

NOTARY SERVICES (access the following link for information):

CHILD CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD AND FIRST PASSPORT (access the following link for information): report of birth abroad and first passport.html

Appointments will be available as of July 29, 2011.

Services for emergencies, generally defined as having life or death implications, will still be handled on a walk-in basis dur-
ing normal service hours.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular
Section telephone number is 207-7000, fax is 207-7303. The Embassy web site is


11:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.


The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic beginning at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. March 24, 2012, at Shelter #8 at
Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde, Fla. just south of St. Petersburg. Lunch will be at noon followed by a short business

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to share and your own soft drinks. The park does not allow alcoholic
beverages on the premises. Suggestions for dishes based on last names: A-F Desserts; G-L Vegetable, Rice or Pasta; M-
Q Meat; R-Z Salad or Fruit. The Society will provide plastic plates, utensils, cups, hamburgers, hotdogs and buns.

Shelter #8 is located on the North Beach and has ample parking space, is close to restrooms, a playground and the beach.
Games (for kids and adults) and great door prizes are on the agenda. Fort De Soto's amenities include an historic fort, 7
miles of waterfront, boat launch, camping, fishing piers, nature and recreational trails, bike, canoe and kayak rentals.

For those of you who wish to camp, the 238 site camping areas can accommodate RV, van, pop-up and tent camping. Some
sites are right on waterfronts. Campsites include picnic tables, water, grills and electricity. Camping area facilities include
modem restrooms, showers, washers, dryers, disposal stations, play areas and a camp store. Pets are permitted in some
areas. Reservations can be made at or 727-893-9185.

$5 Parking Fees are slated for 2012. Sar. J iq.

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toll road for 1.9 miles.

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Season's Greetings members! It has been a great 2011 and we are looking forward to a fabulous 2012 as we cel-
ebrate the Society's 80th anniversary this year. We've received great feedback on our return to the Orlando World
Center Marriott and we're working on an even better event for 2012. Please be sure to review the yellow pages and
make your reservations online or via mail as soon as possible. You won't want to miss it!

Sponsorships: This year we again sponsored several events pro-
moting Canal Zone friendships. In April the Society sponsored two .
boats in the Annual Cayuco Race in addition to the Thursday night
Pre-Race Kickoff Party at Lum's featuring Shorty&Slim. The party
was well attended and most attendees enjoyed the opportunity to
purchase a commemorative T-shirt. In May Excutive Board mem-
bers Bliss Connerton and Mike Young promoted PCS membership
at the 3rd Medinger/Fish Annual South Texas Zonian Picnic. We ExecutiveBoard members: Kelly Parthenais,
Executive Board members: Kelly Parthenais,
also sponsored the Saturday Karaoke Night at the Annual St. Pete Mike Coffey, Noreen Hanson, Bliss (Morris)
Bash IV hosted by Richard (Dickie) McArthur and Darla Voss Connerton, and Jim Parthenais at the St. Pete
Creek. If you have an event you'd like us to sponsor please contact Bash.
the PCS office at

The Society is once again offering sponsorships to two boats for the 2012 Annual Cayuco Race. To qualify, crews
must be members of the Panama Canal Society and submit an email to the Society requesting their reasons for
sponsorship. The Society will provide a cash award to each crew, T-shirts, and recognition at the Annual Race Party
the week of the race. Winners will be announced January 31, 2012 so send your entry to suggestions@pancanal-!

It is once again time to renew your membership and the Society needs the support of all current members and those
that qualify for membership. Our ability to continue operations long-term and provide quality events is dependent
upon membership. Many members allow their memberships to lapse and some participate thru a parent or family
member's membership. Membership is very reasonable at only $40 per year and provides a great value for your
family and loved ones. Consider giving a membership as a gift!

Governors Club: I want to thank the over 100 members who have demonstrated their long-term commitment to
the Society by joining the Governors Club. The Governors Club is a 5-year membership and does not cost any
more than your annual membership. To learn more about how to join this year please visit the "Membership" sec-
tion at Some of the benefits you will receive include:

SRecognition in the Canal Record and at the Panama Canal Society Reunion
Preferred seating reserved tables at the Annual Ball
SA specially designed lapel pin recognizing Governor's Club Membership
SA free Shorty&Slim CD
A Panama Canal Society license plate
A Panama Canal Society decal
And you will only have to write a check once every five years!

On behalf of the Membership Committee I want to thank you for your continued support of the Society and wish
you a safe and happy holiday.

Mike Coffey, Chairperson
Membership Committee

Join the Panama Canal Society on FACEBOOK and LinkedIN!

Richard (Dickie) McArthur and Darla Vose Creek of D
& D Productions recently held their IV Annual St. Pete Bash
on Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Alden Beach Resort & Suites. It was
a weekend filled with laughs, camaraderie and a fun time as
we ZONIANS know how to do best!
The first to arrive on Thursday afternoon set the pace for
the rest of the weekend, Hora De Feliz on the grass outside of
the hotel while watching a spectacular sunset, visiting each
others suites for Drinks and Dancing, followed by taking over
the local bar "Jimmy B's" for more dancing to a live band
every night. At 2 a.m. the real "Diehards" moved to the beach
for more dancing into the wee hours. (Musica provided by
Eddy Robison aka "John Cusack")
Days were spent lounging by the pool with Raymond
Lord aka "Pana Technica" providing the tunes or lying on the
beach to catch up on ZZzzzzzzz's.
Friday night we were entertained at The Cabana Bar by i te
Sandra Gordon-Foley and Veronica Lanterman
the lovely Joni Voyles with Ezara Sanders on the keyboard.
On Saturday a BBQ on the upper pool deck was delicious and
plentiful and a big thank you to the head grillers: Kevin Vose,
Wally Waller and Mike Smith. Later Karaoke Night was
enjoyed by many.
A 50th Birthday cake and song was presented to the three
boys celebrating the "BIG ONE" that weekend: Richard
McArthur, Wally Waller and Pat Smith. Nothing like cele-
brating your birthday with your large Zonian familiar !
The Panama Canal Society sponsored Karaoke night and
many Executive Board Members were in attendance along
with Sponsor Sue "Mola Girl" Gomez who brought her infec-
tious smile and personality to the beach.
Muchas Gracias to Dickie and Darla for a job well done
and for creating more great memories!

Submitted by Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Pictures submitted by Laura Kosik i


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AZ Diane French
AR Lynn Harp
CA Joanie Ridge Cameron
CO Betty Annis
DC Metro Kathy McInturff
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
GA June A. Stevenson

(623) 546-8624
(479) 271-8055
(916) 759-5962
(970) 385-4019
(904) 923-6039
(49) (0) 170-965-2556
(386) 441-6595
(850) 897-1330
(352) 347-4141
(850) 474-6341
(954) 894-1247
(321) 783-4316
(850) 422-2151
(813) 455-6064
(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
Northeast Shelly McGowan (603) 233-0705
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 (832) 689-8577


This will be my last report as I am
going to have to step down as the
Alabama Reporter for the Canal
Record. I have taken on taking care of
Smy 92-year-old father-in-law and my
own health issues have made my time a
en Cotton short commodity. I'm sorry but I was
hoping things would get better but they haven't and Zonians
in Alabama need someone who can take care of their reports
better than I can.
Received an email on January 23, 2011 from Barbara
Adamson regarding a visit from her mother Aura
(Erickson) Wilder. Aura traveled to Birmingham from
Ocala, Fla., and arrived on October 10, 2010. She was
brought up by Panama Canal Society President Tom Wilder,
his wife Kathy and son Chris, to visit with Barbara and her
family. What a joy it was to have Mom in town and to be able
to spend three days with her. My children came up to
Birmingham to be with her, so did Chase (Spivey) Nix, the
oldest grandchild and her husband Will, great-granddaughter
Britany Barrett, Aura's great-grandchildren Joseph
Adamson and Michael Fontaine were here to greet her. The
only child missing was Alice (Adamson) Barrett who was in
Chicago. The boys love the fact that she is just a tiny bit taller
than they are.


Don't forget to join us for Camavalito February 3-5,
2012. On Friday, February 3, the Space Coast Group
will host the Pre-Carnavalito party beginning at 4:00
pm in the Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine, Soda and food
will be provided until it runs out. Please feel free to
bring a dish to share. Contact Randy and JoElla
Deakins at JoRanDeak( or (321) 632-4057
or call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092.
See page 3 for more Carnavalito information.

Kim (Adamson) Spivey, Buddy Adamson and his wife
Dawn, B.J. (Adamson) Fontaine and her husband Mike
plus Diane Busby, Dawn's mother, were here to enjoy Aura's
visit. We were all amazed at Aura's good health plus the joy
and happiness she brought, having the family (14 in all)
together for this short period. Laughter and stories of the past
filled the house and at her age ?? she was as fit as her grand-
children bouncing from one conversation with kisses and
love for each one. We also thank Capt. Albert Wilder for dog
Jeannine Wilder (BHS'62) also sent this reporter an
email on June 19, 2011. She writes that Kate Wilder
(BHS'95), daughter of Jeannine and David Wilder (CHS'64)
of Guntersville, Ala., and Jill Hauser-Cabezas (BHS'95)
and Nayda Nieves-Hawkins (BHS'94), former cayuco race
paddlers. were bridesmaids during the recent wedding of
Lisa Rojas (BHS'94) at The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars,

Nayda Nieves-Hawkins, Jill Hauser-Cabezas, and Kate

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-4792



Greetings from California! I'm
excited about being the new reporter and
am hoping to find a Southern California
Reporter. Special thanks to Helen
Aanstoos and her husband Isaac Hay
S for serving as the California reporters
for the past seven years!
As a third generation Zonian, I
A feel so grateful for having grown up in
Joanie such a beautiful paradise. If it weren't
(Ridge) Cameron for my Grandpa Jack Ridge's adventur-
ous spirit, our family would never have had the unique oppor-
tunity of living in the Canal Zone since 1909!
My husband Scottie and I recently enjoyed a visit from
my longtime friend Lori (Gastian) Whitener and her hus-
band Jerry, who flew out from Bosque Farms, N.M. We had
a great time in San Francisco, Monterey, Napa and Yosemite.
On two occasions, we spent time with good friend and
BHS'75 classmate, Sue Foulk, who lives in nearby Rancho
Cordova. On September 11th we all enjoyed a SF Giants vs
LA Dodger game with my twin brother, Jerry Ridge, at
AT&T Park. In a very moving pre-game ceremony, both base-
ball organizations teamed up to honor those who died on that
h-nrr fr --rnt tf-n --

Sue Foulk, Lori (Gastian) Whitener, and Joanie Ridge
Cameron in Sacramento.

Susan (Mitchtll) Conniry-Beasley (BHS'66) sent an
email regarding her recent marriage to Tom Beasley. They
got married in San Diego County on July 29, 2011 after dat-
ing for 21 years! Tom tells all their friends that it took her that
long to say yes! Susan spent most of her senior year with
Helen Aanstoos surfing the point at Rio Mar!

Susan states: "I recently won the local election and now
sit as a Board Director for the Lakeside Fire Protection
District serving my heroes and the community! And, of
course, I got married to my best friend! I've been living in
San Diego since 1975."
Here's wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy, Healthy 2012!

Joanie (Ridge) Cameron, Reporter
(916) 759-5962
email: ioaniell26(


Hello, friends and neighbors. My name is Betty Annis,
recently living in Albuquerque, N.M. My two daughters and
their families are still in Albuquerque. However, since I just
love snow, ha, ha, I have moved to Durango, Colo. Being in
the southwest corner of Colorado, when we head out to
Denver, we have to drive about seven hours. Needless to say,
we go to Albuquerque usually because while not as large a
city, we can get there in four hours and, frankly, when the
weather is bad, I stay in Durango.
Durango is a tourist town with a scenic railroad going
from Durango to Silverton. Durango is not only full of
tourists, but also deer and elk, bicyclists, hikers, runners,
motorcyclists, and any other form of transportation you can
think of. We have Purgatory Mountain with skiing when it
snows. Almost every other weekend there is a contest of some
sort, such as running, or skiing.

While I am not employed by the Tourist Agency, I hope
you all show up in Durango. However, because of the peculi-
arities of our phone company I am not in the phone book. So
phone, write, or better yet, email me if you will be in town.
Sure hope you all come to town.

Betty Annis, Reporter
(970) 385-4019
email: bannisa


I have not received any news from
anyone, but will write up a little some-
thing anyways. Sadly one of my four
yorkies just died after surgery and I am
Mary Lou devastated, but I will try and put some-
Pascavage-Croft thing on paper for the book. Seems
everyone has gone into hibernation for the winter already.
We have a Panama Party scheduled for November 12th
here in Germany. So next issue I should have a nice article on
everyone who did or did not attend. I do have some pictures
that I received so will send them on so that the members can
at least see what is going on.
Tom Snider, Evelyn Barraza and Ken Croft visited the
Pilsner Urquell brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The brew-
ery which has been producing since 1842, produces the first
pilsen-type beer in the world.

-R I K.n ( rofl, Mlario DeLaGuardia, Nlar3 Lou
Pascavage-Croft, Bernice Roseberry Parkhill, Sadith
Aguilera DeLaGuardia, Americo DeLaGuardia, Mary
Mola de Neuhaus, Horst and Eddie Spiess.

Kristin Snider, daughter of Tom Snider and Evelyn
Barraza, attended the Oktoberfest at Munich, Germany. In the
enclosed picture, she looks like she is enjoying herself.
f A

Kristin Snider at Oktoberfest

Michael and Judy Jablonski of Graham, Wash., traveled
extensively this summer. Their whirlwind summer travels
took them to London, Rome and Crete, as well as Stonehenge
where they posed for a picture.

Tom Snider, Evelyn Barraza, and Ken Croft in Pilsen

Sadith Aguilera DeLaGuardia celebrated her 50th birth-
day with family and Panama friends on the Rhine River in
Germany. In attendance were Ken Croft, Mario
DeLaGuardia, Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Bernice
Roseberry Parkhill, Americo DeLaGuardia, Mary Mola
de Neuhaus, Horst and Eddie Spiess.

DECEMBER 31, 2011.

Michael and Judy Jablonski at Stonehenge

Well, that's it for now until next time.

Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
(49) (0) 170-965-2556
email: maryloupasc(a)



Hi to all! I hope you all had a nice Fall, T-i
and Christmas is right around the corer.
I received a nice email from Dena l
Brister. She writes that Brandon ^
Spilling, son of John (CHS'68) and Dawn Gressang
Marilynn Hare Spilling (BHS'69) recently took a pilgrim-
age to his parents' homeland, Panama, with his wife and chil-
dren. After hearing about the wonders of Panama all his life,
he was excited to experience it himself. He stayed in the for-
mer Zone near Balboa, his Mother's hometown--checking out
the Prado, high school, old movie theater, Niko's Cafe where
the old bowling alley was located, administration building,
YMCA (no more wontons), and post office. He explored
Amador Causeway, which has changed very much from the
memories his parents have, El Valle de Anton for the market,
Corozal American Cemetery to pay respects to family buried
there, and a train trip to Colon or "The Other Side," to explore
his Father's hometown.

Several classmates from BHS '71 met for a weekend of
relaxation and fun in August. Debbie Dekle, Lynn Nehring
and Pam Crowell gathered at Donita McConaughey's love-
ly home in Merritt Island, sampling yummy ceviche and
empanadas provided by mutual friend, Evey Dishong.
Donita was the perfect hostess, arranging for private mani-
pedis at her local latina nail salon, and making a trip to the
beach so Deb could put her toes in the Atlantic while Lynn did
some beachcombing. Of course they topped off all this
'activity' by lounging around the pool. Since the weekend
happened to fall on Pammy's birthday, she was the recipient
of Elvis memorabilia, including an Elvis Mr. Potato Head!

Donita McConaughey, Pam Crowell, Debbie Dekle, and
Lynn Nehring.

Pam Crowell with "Elvis" Potato Head


: .....

Camdyn Spilling, Dena Brister, Andrew Spilling, and
Brandon Spilling.

Skip Berger (CHS'66) gave Brandon and his family a
wonderful and unforgettable tour of the Atlantic side--com-
plete with Brandon's daughter announcing her Great-
Grandfather's name over the PA system at the Gatun Locks,
as he was a pilot on the Canal. And, of course, no trip would
be complete without a transit through the canal AND dining
at Napoli's Pizza (twice!). He now understands why everyone
looks back at Panama with fond memories--because he does
too now.

Jacque Vowell, Pam Crowell and Janet Stuart all had a
wonderful trip to Key West recently. I'm sure that Key West
will never be the same.

Pam Crowell, Jacque Vowell and Janet Stuart

This reporter, her significant other Mel, her son Scott and
his wife Catrina all went to Blairsville, Ga., in September to
visit her brother Rick Crowell and his wife Linda. The
leaves were starting to turn into brilliant colors, and since
Rick lives in the mountains, it was so beautiful! Leaving the
men behind, us ladies went to a small town called Helen for
the afternoon. It is like a German town with lots of shops and
great eating places. The ride through the mountains was won-
derful and Linda drove like a champ. I'm glad she drove, as it
was a little scary in places!
Well, that is all I have to report this time. Please let me
know of your comings and goings, as I love to hear from you!

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
email: dawnthedancer(

North Central

Twenty twelve (2012) is just around
the corner. Leo and I sincerely wish all of
you a Happy and Fantastic new year.
I have been lucky to have a few mem-
bers of the Ditchdiggers email me many
interesting websites pertaining to Grace Shadeck
Panama, the Panama Canal or sharing what has been happen-
ing in their lives as well as their children. Dianne and Jerry
Cox have forwarded several websites such as: A song titled,
"Digging the Panama Canal" which also includes photos; The
History of Taboga Island; Canal Zone School Days, Part 2
(many memorable pictures of cheerleaders), The Dying Breed
(colorful pictures of the Panamanian Chivas), and best of all-
-Lucho on the Web. What a fantastic collection of Lucho's
music. I guarantee that once you click on to that website, you
will be dancing and reminiscing about the wonderful times
you had, especially at the Tivoli. Also, Dianne and Jerry wrote
that they celebrated their son Wally's 47th birthday with Geri
and Bill Foster at Carrabbas' restaurant in Ocala on August
7th. A belated happy birthday to Wally!

W1, .

kL-K): Dlll ana keri rosier, vwauy voane, uLanne anu
Jerry Cox.

$40.00 membership fees for 2012
are due by December 31, 2011.

Wally Doane's 47th birthday

Geri and Bill Foster

Another member who emailed me to say she was a "proud
mama" was Syd Corbett. Her daughter Ginger Corbett
(BHS) and partner Rachelle Fournier, are owners of the
Atomic #7, a unique ice cream parlor located in Las Vegas.
Unique in that they make organic and allergen-free ice cream
or prepare the ice cream just the way you want it. They are
planning to open a second shop in Las Vegas this November.
Don Dertien has sent me several websites on the Panama
Canal and the Third Lock. There was an excellent article in
our local newspaper several months ago about Don when he
was on the USS Farragut during the attack on Pearl Harbor
on December 7, 1941. Although the article was well written,
Don refuted some of the things the reporter wrote and she was
supposed to get back to him for clarification, but never did.
Don, by the way, served 28 years in the Navy.
I wrote to Don as well as to Bill and Jean Muller and
Barbara and Dave Aycock to get an update since they moved
out of Ocala. Don said that he and Tish are completely settled
in their smaller home and their neighbors are friendly. He said
they ride the bus to go to church and to go shopping. They
sold their car and only have a golf cart. He continued to say
that he misses the Ditchdiggers and to say "hi" to all.
Bill and Jean Muller wrote that it has been approximately
three years ago they moved to Silverdale, Wash. He says their
travels are limited to Bremerton and Silverdale but have had

visitors. Jean's sister Dorothy Beaver and her daughters,
Denise and Renee, visited them in September. They were on
their way to Vancouver, Canada to visit Dot's son Jim
Beaver, who is acting in a mini-series. He said they are in
almost daily contact with their daughter Beverly and her fam-
ily and he and Jean miss the Panama Canal Ditchdiggers. Bill
thought this would be of interest: Three Muller brothers were
all in the same Freshman class at CZJC the year of '46-'47.
George and Jack Muller had finished their tours of WWII
duty. After one year, George moved to the Spartan School of
Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla., and Jack was enrolled in the
University of Oklahoma. All seven of the Muller children
were graduates of Balboa High School.
I didn't hear from the Aycocks as the email I sent came
back Mail Delivery Error.
Bill and Geri Foster sent me the following information
about their enjoyable trip to Georgia. "We met up with Vicki
and Bob Boukalis and Richard and Olga Phillips at the
Phillips' home in Conyers, Ga., the first weekend in October.
We spent one night there celebrating Vicki's birthday. The
next day we all headed north to the cabin we rented in Blue
Ridge, Ga., for three nights. While there, we went White
Water Rafting on the middle Ocoee River which has 3 class 3
and 4 rapids. The temperature that weekend was colder than
expected and everyone wore wetsuits and rain parkas which
were provided. It was an exciting adventure. The next day,
everyone went horseback riding at Blanche Manor which is a
350-acre private mountainous farm with horse paths through-
out the beautiful forested landscape. We had so much fun in
Blue Ridge, Ga., that we are already making plans to return
next year."

On October 1st, Leo, Karen (Shadeck) Young (BHS'93),
her husband Jeremy, and I were invited to a surprise 70th
birthday luau party for Richard Dame. The happy occasion
was held at Rose and Earl Dame's (BHS'90) house in Apollo
Beach, Fla. Their place was beautifully decorated with a
Hawaiian theme and many of the guests wore Hawaiian attire.
The food was bountiful and delicious. Earl bought a 60-pound
pig which he cooked in a roasting box called La Caja China.
The meat was simply out-of-this-world scrumptious. Helping
make the party a huge success were Susan Dame (BHS'87)
and her fiance Mike Berger, Linda (Dame) Spurgeon, and
Susan's best friend from Panama, Julissa Sinesterra. In addi-
tion to the family members and friends who came to wish
Richard many happy returns were Luis and Lumi Cantu.
Luis worked with Richard in the Canal Zone and now lives in
Tampa, Fla. To top off the auspicious occasion was when
Richard was blindfolded to hit a parrot-shaped pifiata. He
wasn't successful but his two-year-old grandson JR (John
Richard) and Rose's two nieces, Victoria and Sophia
Mitchell, did a great job in breaking open the container filled
with goodies.


Back: Earl Dame and Susan Dame. Front: Rose Dame,
Richard Dame holding grandson RJ, Linda Spurgeon hold-
ing daughter Lilienne.



Vicki Boukalis at her birthday party

(L-R): Vicki Boukalis, Geri Foster, Ken the guide, Bob
Boukalis, Richard Phillips, Olga Phillips, and Bill Foster.


Richard Dame trying to play the ukulele

Richard Dame trying to hit the pinata

The feature person of the
issue is Joyce (Curling) -

What brought you to
Panama: My Dad was
employed by the Panama Canal
in 1930 when I was six years
old. We moved to Cristobal and
resided in a very old apartment
building near the Washington
Hotel and Cristobal Elementary
School. We lived in Cristobal
for six years and moved to Joye
Pedro Miquel. Hudson
Years in the CZ/Panama: In total I lived in the Canal Zone
and Panama for 30 years.
Key Events: I graduated from Balboa High School in
1941 and went off to school in Virginia. Came back to Pedro
Miguel and was employed with the U.S. Army. In 1946 I
moved to Miami to be a stewardess for Pan American
Airways (in those days we were not flight attendants). Got
married got divorced and moved to Balboa. In 1950 I was
employed as secretary to Lt. Governor Herbert Vogel. When
he left, I was promoted to secretary to Governor John
Seybold. In 1952 I married Jack Hudson, a Pan Am pilot and
shortly after, we were transferred to Hong Kong which
became Jack's home base. We lived there for four years.
During that time, I worked for the American Consulate. I real-
ly had an exciting life--working for the Governor and travel-
ing all over the world with my airline pilot husband.
Accomplishments since CZ/Panama: Came to Miami and
lived there for 20 years and then to Stuart, Fla., for another 20
years. Our daughter Holly (Hudson) Burke and I became
very involved in the Horse Show World. She showed
Hunter/Jumpers and I managed the show office for 15 years
in Miami and Palm Beach. We eventually moved to Ocala
eight years ago.
What do you miss most: Panama's wonderful weather--
the delicious food--but most of all--Lucho's music and danc-
ing at El Rancho.
Addendum: Joyce was the first woman in the history of
the Canal organization to break the all male precinct of the

Governor's Office by becoming the Secretary to the Lt.
Governor in 1950 and two years later, Secretary to the
Anyone interested in the websites regarding what was sent
to me by Jerry and Dianne Cox, Don Dertien, and Syd
Corbett, or about the pressure-roaster cooker that Earl used to
cook the pig, please email or call me.

Grace Shadeck, Reporter
(352) 347-4141
email: lvgs6171 (


It's only been two months since my
last article submission, so not too much
has happened. In August my son Bob -
and I again cooked dinner for the resi-
dents and staff of the Ronald McDonald
House--Chinese! Bob cooked Egg Drop Barbara (Hall)
Soup along with Pork and Vegetables Vose-Kulig
Stir-Fry, while I cooked Chicken Lo Mein and Chicken Fried
Rice. Of course, I made dessert of dark chocolate and white
chocolate glazed mini-brownies and cupcakes. The following
week I prepared a light dinner for their monthly staff meeting
of a variety of sandwiches and trays of assorted desserts. We
surely do feel good volunteering to help those who do so
much good for others! In September they held a cookout for
all volunteers--Keith and I were not able to attend, but Bob
and his family did. He said it was totally awesome--it's real-
ly classic to know that they told Bob that one of their favorite
cookies that I make for them is my famous Mary Jane French
Fruit Cookies--who would've figured--it's everyone's
favorite--right??! In October Bob will be hosting another ben-
efit Golf Tournament for them--I have a challenging cake to
make to include Ronald, Halloween and Golf

!-- I. k

Barbara Vose-Kulig at the Ronald McDonald House

J Dedeaux graduated from FSU in August with a BS in
Ex of Science in Human Sciences and is heading on to
Pharmacy School (see Congratulations). His parents and
grandparents attended the graduation. The night before, J took
his family out to dinner at Red Lobster (the only place avail-
able in town as it was graduation weekend). Deb said the cer-
emony was lovely, but long. After they went to Brooklynns
Pizza to eat while Deb and Barb took lots of photos, said their
goodbyes to J and headed home. J is a wonderful young man
and I know his family and friends are so proud of him!
Congratulations to J and best of luck for a bright future.
Congratulations to the Fishbough family, especially
proud parents Bobby and Kathy--and their new baby boy
Lance Robert, who was born June 5, 2011 weighing in at 8
lbs. 11 oz. Precious little one! I know grandparents Bob and
Rosa are so ecstatic and proud!!
Our grandchildren, Isabella, Bobby and Jonathan, made
the "A" Honor Roll with their first report cards. Also, the last
week in September, both Isabella and Bobby were named
"Student of the Week" in their respective classes!! Jonathan is
playing football again and loving it--so many great CZ mem-
ories about that sport. This year Jonathan is attending a pri-
vate technical upscale school and he loves it. I know some
grandparents and parents who are quite proud!!
So sorry to hear of the passing of Carl Tuttle and of
Barbara (Erickson) Adamson's husband (see With Deep
Sorrow). Our prayers are with them and their families.
This summer Dawn Vose (Daisy Scout Troop Leader) had
a "fly-up" ceremony for her troop of 12 young ladies, at the
Scenic Hills Country Club. Our granddaughter Isabella was
one of the scouts--they all are now "Brownies." I made them
a "fly-up" cake with stairs going from Daisy to Brownie with
three flavors. I remember those days of old in CZ when Darla
was a scout--what fun!

In August our son Bob hosted another golf tournament
benefit for the Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers--it was titled
"Drive Against Crime Golf Tournament." The food was deli-
cious--catered by the Cutting Board of Pace. Lots of door
prizes--I won two and Keith won one. It was obvious that
everyone had a great time--I made a large cake decorated with
police cars and handcuffs and I drew the symbol of the crime
stoppers organization.
In September Katherine Egolf and Barb (Egolf)
Dedeaux traveled to Germany to trace their family roots (see
Letters to the Editor). One of the highlights of the trip was
visiting the Egolf Brewery. They all had a great time!
- 5

Katherine Egolf and Ba

Keith Kulig, Dawn Vose, Robert Vose and Bobby Vose,
Daisy Scout Fly-Up Ceremony.

Shane Vose-Mora at Daisy Scout Fly-Up Ceremony

Lo and behold--this world is really small!! One of my
newest bowling league team members, Rita Forbes, was
born and raised in Panama. Her parents brought her to the
U.S. when she was 14 and she still has family in Panama and
returns at least twice a year to visit. When we mess up with
our bowling game, it's our thing to utter our dissatisfaction in
Spanish--sounds so much better and no one knows what
we're saying!!
Barb Dedeaux and I went out to lunch recently--we had-
n't been chitchatting for a while. Well, our spouses thought
we left town!! We started lunch at 1:30 and didn't start back
home until 5:30. It wasn't crowded at the restaurant, so they
didn't mind us extending our lunch! Great times are always
had when Zonians get together and have lots to talk about! We
plan to do breakfast next week (October)!!
October has brought beautiful fall weather with cold
fronts. Such a welcome after such a humid, scorching sum-

Our grandson Bobby did a genealogy "family tree" proj-
ect for school. I did some research for him and just found out
that my great-grandfather (on my mother's side--migrating
from England and Scotland) worked on the Panama Canal
back in the early 1900s, so the CZ generation in our family
goes back even farther than I thought! How awesome!
Some articles ago I wrote about Deputy Jeremy Cassady
(my son Bob's good friend) who was shot in the line of duty
in Pensacola, Fla. I have an update on his condition, which I
promised quite some time ago. Bob found out that a good
friend and head surgeon at Sacred Heart Hospital in
Pensacola saved Jeremy's life.
Bob was recruited some time ago by the Escambia County
Sheriff's Office to raise funds to cover expenses that would
arise and have to be covered in a moment's notice. So, he put
together a team for a golf tournament benefit and was able to
raise over $20,000 for Jeremy's advanced care and recovery.
While organizing the tournament, Bob reached out to every
organ and tissue donor organization in America and had more
than one show up in Pensacola to the tournament to speak
with Jeremy and set him up for the future--this was the
January-February 2011 timeframe. Well, it all worked out
because while his transplant wait time was set for two years,
in August 2011 Jeremy received a kidney and pancreas trans-
plant. He is holding his own and doing well after being with-
out major organs for so long. He and his wife will be in
Tampa at least six months to get through the toughest battles.
Jeremy has been a Diabetic, like Bob, for most of his life and
is going to possibly be diabetes free! With God's help some
things just turn out okay! Bob says to all who read this: "We
have been praying for my friend and Law Enforcement
Brother every day and I am so thankful it is paying off. The
power of prayer is amazing. Please, everyone when you read
this, say a prayer for Jeremy Cassady's speedy recovery. I am
waiting for that time to meet him at our favorite Sushi Bar,
Sake Caf6, and get back to what we know, best friends, fam-
ily, sashimi and gold ole Police work."
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
(850) 474-6341
email: czbarbv(

Space Coast

Space Coast Zonians are apparently a 'S
very curious lot, so after receiving an
e-mail from Marcia Barrere who asked if
I knew "what is happening to all the dirt
being dredged out for the new locks,
etc.?" It's a great question, so I sent it on
to the Space Coast members saying "I .
don't know the answer, but my wild guess Janice Scott
is filling Paitilla for that new
condo/tourist hospital/marina project." Within the week, I
received the following answers:

Retired ACP pilot Dennis Huff replied "the spoil from the
new Pacific locks excavation is rock. It is being broken into
smaller pieces and barged over to the Atlantic side where it is
incorporated into the cement for that lock. He doesn't know
what they are doing with the earth from the Atlantic digging."
Bob Emerick replied from Panama "it will be used as a
berm on the Pacific side between Miraflores Lake and the
new locks. The new locks will be at a higher elevation and so
part of that excavation material will be used for the increased
elevation. On the Atlantic side, the separation between the old
and new locks is wider, and thus a berm will not be needed.
The town of Gatun has disappeared."
On the Canal expansion subject, I don't know George
Scribner, but I've seen his paintings of the huge Canal
expansion project, and found it very interesting to compare
his work with the official photographs Red Halloran took of
the early Canal construction. You can view Scribner's art by
contacting this reporter for his email.
In August the Richard Grimison family accompanied by
grandparents, Dennis and Peggy Huff, Merritt Island, Fla.,
ended the summer with a vacation in the Florida Keys.
Highlights of the trip included seeing the Milky Way, snor-
keling on the reef at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, the
Ernest Hemingway Museum, the Key West aquarium, a spec-
tacular sunset on the waterfront, "cheeseburgers in paradise"
at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant, and, standing on
the USA'S southernmost point.

-' .

From left to right at U.S. Southernmostpoint, Key West, Fla.:
Dennis and Peggy Huff, Richard, Samantha, Tommy,
Megan, Carly, and Diana Grimison.

Received the following information on an email from
Patricia Benny dated Oct. 3, 2011. She wrote: TEAM
On Saturday morning, October 1, 2011, two hundred local
Zonians, including family, friends and co-workers gathered at
Rotary Park, Merritt Island, Fla., for a 2-mile run/walk to sup-
port Keri Morrissey in her fight against cervical cancer, and
raise money to help her with extraordinary medical bills.
Saturday afternoon, supporters enjoyed a BBQ at the Dog
N Bone British Pub, Cocoa, Fla., where owners-brothers,
Richard and David Lemon, hosted a benefit for Keri with
food, entertainment and beer. It was a truly amazing day full
of love and support for Keri! Organizers were Natalie


(Watkins) McClenahan and Keri's sister, Tristan
(Morrissey) Adelman, who were assisted by many friends
and sponsors. Participants T-shirts read, "Fight Like a Girl
Run/Walk for the cure--LIFE...A Race Worth Running!"

Justin Walker, Keri Morrissey, and her children Jake and

Janice G. Scott, Reporter
(321) 783-4316

Tristan (Morrissey) Adelman and daughter Haley Tlh s
I just returned home from a two-
week combination Mother-in-law
delivery to Maryland and family
funeral in Philadelphia. I have not
-- -had a chance to write a full report, but
I had one item that I wanted to get in Ro% lt
to you so that at least it would go in.
_, Friends gathered at the home of Susanne Mitten
Corrigan for dinner and a visit. Jackie and Bobby Fearon
had not stopped in Tallahassee in seven years and it was
GREAT to see and be with them again. Pictured from left to
right is Sheila Mitten Stepp, Kristen Fearon (Jackie and
Bobby's granddaughter attending FSU), Bobby Fearon,
SJackie Fearon, and Sue. Radu, Kristen's boyfriend from
Panama, also attending FSU, took the photo.

Nalalie (\\atkins) lc(Clenahan and daighicr Kindall

At the time of the event, Keri was still at the MD i; ,
Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, recuperating from
extensive surgery performed on September 2, 2011. She is the -
daughter of Robert and Frances (Lindh) Morrissey, .
Rockledge, Fla., and former residents of Los Rios and
Cardenas, Canal Zone. To learn more about Keri's progress
and courageous fight against cancer, contact this reporter.

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2012. Sheila Mitten Stepp, Kristen Fearon, Bobby Fearon,
Jackie Fearon, and Susanne Mitten Corrigan.
Contact Randy and JoElla Deakins at or (321) 632-4057 or call Bob
and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092. See page 3 Skip Rowley, Reporter
for more Carnavalito information. (850) 422-2151
email: srowlev26(

Tampa n

Wow! Summer flew by and Fall is
already here, where did 2011 go?! The
summer was very hot for the Tampa Bay
area hitting the 90s and up, but good
times were at the beaches! We are
enjoying the beautiful weather here in L
the Tampa Bay area, and certainly hope Laura Kosik
you are too! The change of season however is nothing com-
pared to the two seasons in Panama. But with season changes
there comes holidays--hope you are enjoying yours!
The boys of summer--Tampa Bay Rays--were in the run-
ning and won the American League wild card for the World
Series. That was an exciting game series against the New
York Yankees! However, the Rays lost against the Texas
Rangers for the World Series. Rays were the comeback team
after winning 32 games straight to get to the wild card! The
Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got a Monday night game on
October 3rd! All the pre-games have been blacked out due to
no sold out games. Come on out and support the Bucs!
We had another fantastic weekend at the St. Pete Bash IV
this year! It was held on September 29th through October 2nd
on the beach at the Alden Resort in St. Petersburg so there was
sunrise, sunset, beach volleyball, pool, barbecue, and karaoke
fun by all! It was sponsored by the Panama Canal Society,
Richard McArthur, Darla (Vose) Creek, Ruth (McArthur)
Coffman, and Joni Voyles. We have a whole page full of pic-
tures in this issue dedicated to the St. Pete Bash, check it out!
If you want to see more information, contact this reporter. We
are definitely looking forward to next year already!


Richard McArthur and Darla (Vose) Creek

I got some news from Mike Geddes out in Indonesia! He
is building ships in Batam. He has been there for nine months
now after living in China for six months. His Aunt Barbara
(Geddes) Tung, a graduate of CHS, and her husband Chung
Tung with daughter Kalyn are in Singapore. Kalyn is a stu-
dent in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Singapore and is also
learning Chinese. He suggested that we have a "cold one" for

There is going to be another reunion for classes '49
through '55 in the Hospitality suite in Orlando during the next
PanCanal Reunion in 2012. For the class of'52, this will be
their 60th reunion! Cristobal grads are welcome! David and
Judy (Coulthard) Curtis Long, along with Kay and Bill
Carson are co-hosting this huge event! If you need any infor-
mation, contact this reporter.
Tara King (BHS'82) has contacted me from Europe to
help spread the word for the BHS'82 class reunion in
Panama! She has received a proposed itinerary from Condor
Tours and Travel Agency for this huge trip! Tara is looking for
the Class of '82 to sign up--if you are interested, contact this
I heard from Jack and Fran (Yost) Hern! They are
reporting in that they took a trip to Seattle, Wash., to visit
Tom and Carmen Matthews. Jack was also there to attend a
NAVREF (National Associations of Veterans Research and
Educational Foundations) Annual Conference. Currently,
Jack is the Executive Director of the Tampa VA (Veterans
Affairs) Research and Education foundation at the J.A. Haley
VA Medical Center in Tampa. He said that Ballard Locks,
Seattle, Wash., was built and completed in 1911 by the Army
Corps of Engineers. It is identical to the Panama Canal except
much smaller in size. They had their pictures taken there and
at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, BC,

rn, Carmen and Tom Matthews, Ballard

Jack and Fran Hern, Carmen and Tom Matthews,
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Jack and Fran He
Locks, Seattle, Wa


7&4 i

I want to congratulate Herb and Pam Spector for cele-
brating their 42nd anniversary on November 30th! That is
JoAnn Massengill emailed that the Bonk family vaca-
tioned in Panama. It was JoAnn's first time back in 27 years.
The Bonk family included JoAnn, son Pete Bonk, daughter
Lisa (Bonk) Grey, and son Pat Bonk, and their families. Pete
Bonk had just returned a month ago when he drove a car
down, by himself, to his father in Panama. It was Pete's sec-
ond time driving down through Central America by himself.
His first time was at the age of 19 years old.

Pete Bonk, JoAnn Bonk, Lisa (Bonk) Grey, and Pat Bonk,
Gamboa Post Office.

JoAnn (Bonk) Massengill, Alexis, (two boat guides), Lisa
(Bonk) Grey, Nichole Grey, Pete Bonk, son Nicholas, Ariel
Grey and Cathy Harrison.

I have always said that Zonians are a dying breed. I am so
grateful for the Canal Record as a forum for us to keep in
touch and locate old friends and make new ones! If you want
to let everyone know what you did or where you are, or an
event you attended for your family and/or friends, email me!
Happy Holidays!

Laura Kosik, Reporter
(813) 455-6064
email: mslauraszoo(



U Billy Arnold wrote that on
l e September 1st, while playing golf with
Ray Burda and Ray Underwood, that
Ray Underwood hit a "hole-in-one."
June Stevenson They were playing at the Hampton Golf
Villages in Cumming, Ga., and Ray
Underwood had just birdied the holes 5, 6 and 7. Then came
hole 8. It was a par 3, 148 yards with the green slightly ele-
vated with bunkers on both sides and one in the back. Ray
used a Wilson Staff 7 iron with a steel shaft and he hit it high
and straight. The ball came down about 10 yards short of the
flag and rolled right into the hole. A perfect shot, and needless
to say, that was quite an accomplishment for Ray Underwood,
and Billy wanted everyone to know about it. In fact, Billy
says he looked up the odds of making a hole-in-one from 150
yards and it is 15,000 to 1.
Charles and Theresa Harrison sent an email stating that
their granddaughter Kristin Harrison has become a Doctor
and is working at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City,
N.Y. Kristin graduated from the University of South Carolina
Medical School.
Also heard from Tina Luken stating she was visiting her
daughter and two grandchildren, and has been there since
September 22nd.
At the Panama Canal Reunion this summer, we had a fam-
ily reunion plus added some very close friends. The close
friends were: Bertha Read and her close friend and compan-
ion, Yanira, plus Mike Toal. Picture was included with my
report in the October issue of the Canal Record on page 37.
Mike's wife Susanne was not in the photo as she was getting
dressed in her Pollera that she made for the Dance that
Joan Rienks wrote that their 13-year-old grandson Shane
(who is growing like a weed) spent about four weeks with
them this past summer. Monica came up every weekend and
it was wonderful. Shane went to the gym every day and
helped Gramps with all of the mowing, not only at their
house, but on their land at Clear Creek.
They also had a wonderful visit with their son Alex and
his friend CJ and their puppy, Willow. They spent one night
at the Unicoi Park and saw Ana Ruby Falls and also Tallulah
Gorge. Wonderful sights, and a great five-day visit. Recently
they had dinner with Wayne Bath and it was wonderful see-
ing him again. They hope to see him more often since he lives
close to them. Last, but not least, they just returned home
from a whirlwind trip, seven days, to see dear friends in
Doylestown, Pa., and Harry's family in Edwardsburg, Mich.-
-a lot of traveling in a very short period of time, but well
worth every minute.
Lori Stevenson Snow and her daughter Sara spent a por-
tion of their summer in New York City where Sara did a
Summer intensive with the Broadway Artist Alliance while
Lori just hung out in NYC. Later, they were joined by me, and
Kenneth Gerhart, and Suzanne Gerhart George and her
daughter Sara Kate as I reported in the October Record about
our visit to Quoque, L.I. Lori, Sara and I also had an oppor-

tunity to see several more shows, including the hot show Book
of Mormon. The only way to get tickets was to do standing
room only. We had to get in line at 6:00 a.m. and sat on the
sidewalk there for seven hours to see that show, which is the
hottest show right now in NYC. We also saw Daniel Radcliff
in How to Succeed in Business Without Trying which was also
excellent. Before I left to return to Georgia, we managed to
visit with Jim Belzer and see his movie screening of Tents.
In August my husband and I drove to S.C., to spend sev-
eral days with Fred and Gennie Woerner and their son Rob
at their beautiful home right on Lake Murray. General
Frederick Woerner was the Commander-in-Chief of the
United States Southern Command in Panama and was also the
Commanding General of the 193rd Infantry Brigade during
the 1980s. My husband and he became good friends and we
have kept up the friendship all these many years. We had a
wonderful few days visiting with them, and hope they will
come to visit us in Lawrenceville, even though we do not
have a lake or boat to take them fishing.
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Patt Roberson (Baker) wants to know how many ladies
of the Red Hat Society are among us. Every year a large num-
ber of Red Hatters march in the New Year's Day Parade in
London. She's looking for a roommate.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(


Peter Baas (Gulfport) left in
September on another oceanographic sur- .
vey in the Persian Gulf. He seems to go
there every year about this time. Earlier a
in September Jean and Peter took their Patt Roberson
daughter Emily up to Ohio State University where she began
her freshman year studying pre-med.
Bill Hatchett (Diamondhead) received a trophy as Senior
Club Champion at the Diamondhead Country Club recently.
The senior division is for those over 55 (Bill is 72) and he had
great fun whipping the young whippersnappers. Presently the
trophy was "Happy" Smith, director of golf and head profes-
sional at Diamondhead.

Davis Stevenson, Fred, Gennie and Rob Woerner

June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: Panamajune(


Beverly P. Gross writes that the
50th reunion of BHS'52 will be held
.w i0. ~ during the PanCanal Reunion in Orlando
PattRoberson next year. Shirley Beckham, Jean
Harris Turner, and this reporter are
looking forward to making the big reunion next year too.
Brian Low, 35, (Baton Rouge), who owns a financial firm
specializing in distribution planning, has been to Panama
three times and may return in December. He loves the
Interior, David, Bocas del Toro, and especially the opportuni-
ties to scuba dive. On one trip he found himself in the middle
of a huge school of very large manta rays--above, below, on
all sides. Most were larger than Brian. He crossed his arms
across his chest and kept going calmly. When their curiosity
was satisfied, the mantas swam away.

Bill Hatchett and "Happy" Smith

Penny Lotterhos (Clinton) wrote that she and Joe are
moving to Keller, Texas, near Fort Worth, the first of next
year to be closer to their daughter and her family. It's a major

move after 35 years in the same house, she said. Joe will con-
tinue to work with his law firm part-time and Penny is excit-
ed that there is a bike path almost out the front door.
Lynn (BHS'63) and John Turner (BHS'60)
(Hattiesburg) were in Beijing, China, in September. They
spent three days touring Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden
City, the Temple of Heaven, and visiting a typical family in
their 100-year-old home. They also toured the Great Wall and
Ming Tombs, Emperor's Summer Palace and the Beijing Zoo
to see the pandas. Then John put his triathlon bike and gear
together and registered for the 2011 International Triathlon
Union Age Group Olympic Triathlon World Championship at
the site of the 2008 Olympics triathlon. He placed 14th in the
65-69 age group.

John and Lynn Turner in Tiananmen Square


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John Turner during the 10K run of the triathlon

Please keep me up to date on your comings and goings.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(



Well, here we are close to the end
of another year. Not much news is trick-
Pat Hunt ling in this time so I'll do my best with
what I have. To start with I heard from a brand-new person
who lives in Virginia but is close to the N.C. border so I will
claim her! She is Sandy McCarrick Watts. She and her hus-
band Terry, who is originally from Greensboro, N.C., live in

Chester, Va., about 20 minutes south of Richmond. They have
two children: 20-year-old Spencer who is a student at the
University of Chicago and 14-year-old Olivia. Sandy left
Panama in 1978. She is the daughter of Bob and Betty
(Mullins, deceased) McCarrick. She attended Margarita ele-
mentary school and one year at CHS. Her brother Jim gradu-
ated from CHS in 1976 and lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his
wife Tracy and their two children, Jane and Alexis. He is a
Captain with United Airlines. They are hoping to attend our
Christmas party. Her dad, Bob, graduated from BHS in 1946
or '47 and her mom in 1948. I am pretty sure they were
friends with my husband Jack--I'm still looking for his year-
book to check that out. Anyway Bob is living in Fort Walton
Beach now but he did live in Pedro Miguel at one time, along
with his brother Harold who I remembered as he was close in
age to my brother and sister, Sandi and Danny Dunning
(both deceased). Harold graduated from BHS in 1960 with
Sandi. Harold is living in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bob McCarrick with grandchildren

I can always count on Jim and Diane Bradley to keep me
in business as they are always off to somewhere. After a driv-
ing trip in September to both east and west coasts of Florida
to visit more people than I probably know, they flew from
Jacksonville to Bayonne, N.J., to embark on a two-week
cruise to Quebec on the Celebrity Summit. As usual the cruise
left little to be desired and they returned home in October, just
in time to see the gorgeous color of the Fall leaves.
Norma Irvin had a short visit from her niece Beth
(Brown) Schmidt in September. Beth drove up from Mims,
Fla., and while here had lunch with my sister Vicki Howe.

My grandson River and his Dad, my son John, drove to
Churchville, Va., in September for a brief but enjoyable visit
with Andrew Mayles and his wife Mary Jean and son
Connor. Andrew is employed by the Shenandoah Valley
Juvenile Center. I think Andrew is the youngest of John and
Ann's children and if there is anyone out there that doesn't
know John and Ann Mayles you certainly missed out on one
of the most wonderful couples I know.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny have had a bit of company
over the past couple of months. Son Willy and his wife Anna
were here from Colorado in September for a four-day visit. In
October they had a surprise visit from Bill and Ginger Young
and their son Steve. The Youngs were on their way back to
Florida from Sevierville, Tenn., where they had been enjoy-
ing some cool fall weather at their timeshare. Am not sure
whether they spotted Dolly Parton or any elk on their visit but
both are famous for that area. Wilma's daughter Linda and
son-in-law Emilio visited for a few days after completing
their move to their new home in Jacksonville, N.C., where
Emilio started his new principal's job. Wilma continues to
feed her golf habit and I understand she's very good at it.
AI and Lola Jones have been sticking pretty close to
home when they are not visiting or babysitting grandkids. Al
keeps busy with repairs and chores around the house and tries
hard not to break any more bones or have any more heart
attacks. Good job, Al.
A four-day mini-reunion for the USMMA Kings Point
class of '59 was held here in Hendersonville the last week in
September. Malcolm Stone and John Davis, both of the class
of '59 and both CHS graduates of the class of '55 attended.
Two other classmates from CHS, Bob Emerick and Andy
Bleakley, couldn't make it.
Breaking news!! My sister Vicki's granddaughter Kaitlyn
has been accepted by the University of NC in Greensboro--
her first choice! We are all proud of her--she's worked hard to
earn admission. She is presently a senior in high school, but
before we can blink an eye it will be time for her to do the
matriculation dance!!
That's it for now from beautiful North Carolina. Just in
case you get this Record before December 10th remember
that our Christmas party is at 2:30 at O'Charleys in
Hendersonville. All you Zonians who are close: Come on
down! You might win a prize.
Till next time. Keep your news coming.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995


Well...we had some summer. I
think we had less than 30 days of tem-
peratures in the 80s the entire time and
most of those days were in September.
Now. a wet, rainy La Nifia weather pat-
bI tern is setting in and a colder, wetter
Barbara Litchford than normal winter season is predicted.

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I sure hope the weather guessers are wrong. Meanwhile, I
hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and delightful
I would like to give a big shout-out thank you to Jim and
Joan Huffman for hosting the 2011 Northwest Panama
Canal Picnic. Ft. Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island was a
fabulous site and the weather even cooperated. We had a nice
crowd in attendance. Some attendees included: Paul and
Connie (Balmas) Ebdon, Dan and Pat Nellis, Mary Novak,
Mike Young, Frank Young, Walt and Suzanne (Urey)
Kleefkens, Elsa (Gilbert) Urey, Bob Geddes, Bill Bailey,
and John Kotalik.

Four generations of Duffus men: Josh, Jackson, Jim Sr.,
Bill, Jim Jr., and Miles.

Jim Shobe had the pleasure of giving his granddaughter
Nathalie Shobe, the daughter of late son John Shobe and his
wife Stephine Shobe, in marriage to Dan Spall in a thou-
sand-year-old church on the Isle of Wight, England. A recep-
tion was held at Stephine's home with many friends and fam-
ily attending. The couple will honeymoon on the Island of

Northwest Panama Canal Picnic crowd, Ft. Ebey State Park

Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Bebe Nehring DeNike, Elsa
(Gilbert) Urey, Pacific Northwest Panama Canal Picnic.

Clover (Shobe) and Jim Duffus have graciously volun-
teered to host the 2012 Northwest Panama Canal Picnic.
Clover hopes to schedule the picnic for the first weekend in
August and to hold it at the lovely park in North Bonneville,
Wash. As "per usual," a potluck will be held at their home the
Friday night before the picnic. Stay tuned for updates. Clover
also reports that July was a busy month for visitors--Jim's sis-
ter Inez Plucker and brother Bill Duffus, their spouses and
daughters, came out to visit them and Jim Duffus, Sr.


Natalie Shobe and proud granddad Jim Shobe

Fran and Jack Hern flew up from Tampa, Fla. to visit
Tom and Carmen Matthews in Olympia, Wash. They went
to see the Mariners (not doing well at all but still "their" team)

play the Yankees and it was so good to have the Mariners win
after 11 innings. The four of them then spent three days in
Vancouver, Canada seeing the sights of that great city, and
had a wonderful time. Carl Slattery from Tampa, Fla. met
Tom and Carmen in Montana on Flathead Lake for their
annual fishing trip. They spent a week on the lake with Tom
and Carl fishing and Carmen reading.
Ginny Rankin visited Washington's Crystal Mountain
Resort with daughter Nancy Saunders and her family where
they went on a horseback ride (Ginny was the lucky one to
draw the mule to ride) and then rode the recently installed
gondola up the mountainside to have a Sunday brunch at the
restaurant at the top. Ginny says the view of Mt. Rainier is
fabulous. Daughter Karen Blennerhassett and her family
visited from Panama for two weeks. They will be back to
spend Thanksgiving with the Northwestern family members.
Ginny's grandson Mitchel Saunders began Tae Kwon Do
recently and tested for his yellow belt already. Ginny also
spent one day helping clean up a park and lay down beauty
bark for trail walking as part of a community project her
grandson Seth McClanahan has to do for his 8th grade
school project. Guess grandma will be doing more of this type
of weekend exercise while Seth completes his 10 hours of
community service.


Our Oklahoma area group went through quite a few
changes this past October. We voted on a new name, now call-
ing ourselves the Oklahoma Panama Canal Zone Association.
We also voted on new officers: Randy Luck (President),
William (Bill) Keller (Vice President), Itzel Luck
(Secretary/Treasurer), Doris Burns (Hostess), and Kimberly
Keller Shuck (Reporter). There were many attendees at our
recent Fall business meeting and picnic, which was held at
Paulino and Julia Allande's house. People had the opportu-
nity to purchase some Panama T-shirts from Jill Dany, aka
"Panama Jill." Everyone enjoyed the refreshing beverages,
fabulous Panamanian dishes, and door prizes graciously pro-
vided by some of the attendees.

Oklahoma Panama Canal Zone Association

Jake, Mitchel and Nancy Saunders and Ginny Rankin
horseback riding at Mt. Rainier.

I am looking forward to my son Sean Litchford visiting
during his mid-deployment R&R. We have lots of fun things
planned for the four and a half short days he's able to be here-
-I'll sleep after he returns to Florida. My mom Wink Greene
has been in and out of the hospital and rehab since the middle
of August. She's been fighting hard to get her strength back
after a bout with severe dehydration and a TIA (mini-stroke)
suffered in mid-September. Hopefully, by the time this is pub-
lished, she'll be back home in her retirement community.
Please keep your news coming; we all enjoy the

Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
(206) 334-3359
email: NWRecord(


Randy Luck (President), Itzel Luck (Secretary/Treasurer),
Kimberly Keller Shuck (Reporter), Bill Keller (Vice
President), and Doris Burns (Hostess).

Bill (BHS'68) and Teresa Keller vacationed in Panama in
October of last year, and Bill's aunt, Ruth Keller Carmany,
accompanied them. Ruth was born in Panama and lived there
until she was a teenager. She lives in New Jersey now and is
87 years old. Bill and Teresa had not been to Panama since
1993. They said Panama City has grown quite a bit and
maneuvering around the city was somewhat difficult for
them. There were so many new super highways, toll roads,
and a lot of one-way streets, compared to when Bill and
Teresa were there last. However, they had a wonderful time
showing Ruth around Panama since this was her first visit
back, since leaving as a teenager. They explored Old Panama
and were happy to see a lot of work being done to refurbish
and preserve this attraction. They ate lots of typical food and
went to Coronado for a day in the "sol y playa alegria!" Bill's
parents are buried in Panama so Bill and Teresa took the
opportunity to visit Bill's parents' crypts.

Bill Keller with his aunt Ruth

In July of this year, Bill and Teresa visited their son BJ
and family in San Antonio, Texas. BJ and family just returned
from a three-year tour in Sicily. Bill and Teresa also enjoyed
son Mike and family from Medford, Ore.; son Troy and fam-
ily from Amarillo, Texas; and daughter Kimberly and family,
for Thanksgiving last year.
In more news, Scott Burns, son of Doris Burs and the
late Mr. Jean Burns, became a member of the Scottish Club
of Tulsa (SCOT), and the first order of business was partici-
pating in a pub crawl! The participants, along with bagpipes
and drums, traveled from pub to pub by bus, in a time-hon-
ored tradition in the Tulsa area. Scott does not own a kilt so
he wore a polo shirt he got from the Oz Bar, in old town
Edinburgh, Scotland, after a pub crawl. Scott's next step is to
purchase some Scottish attire. In September he attended and
volunteered at the Oklahoma Scottish Festival in Tulsa and
enjoyed the pipes and drums, highland and Irish dance, high-
land games, and live music.
In May Tomas and Aymee Diaz took a ten-day trip to
Madrid, Spain, and other neighboring cities to enjoy what
Spain had to offer and to visit amigos, Marisa Fernandez
Allande and Tito. Tomas and Aymee traveled by train to
A'Coruna from Madrid, and vacationed with another couple,
Arturo and Carolina Duval. Their last destination before

returning home was Fatima, Portugal, where they especially
enjoyed the food. In January 2010, Tomas and Aymee's
daughter Michelle and husband Jeff Smith presented Tomas
and Aymee with a grandson--Jayden Thomas. Tomas loves
to call Jayden, "little Tomasito."
In September Jimmie Wickham spent a week in
Washington, D.C., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
Peace Corps. She went to D.C. with her friend Donna
Litwack, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama
with the first group of volunteers there from 1962 to 1964.
Jimmie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern
Caribbean island of St. Vincent from 1967 to 1969. Jimmie
and Donna live in Tulsa, Okla. Jimmie is currently preparing
for her migration with the snowbirds back to New Orleans for
the winter.
This reporter wants to pass on a possible item of interest
for people in this area of the country. The Gilcrease Museum
in Tulsa, Okla., is having an exhibit, "To Capture the Sun:
Gold of Ancient Panama," until January 15, 2012. As mem-
bers of Gilcrease Museum, Jimmie Wickham and Scott Bums
each have visited the exhibit, which showcases artifacts orig-
inally used in the ritual practices of the people of Gran Cocle
in Central Panama. The exhibition includes more than 200
items--gold artifacts used as personal adornments and sym-
bols of authority for social, political, and religious elites.
Special thanks to Paulino and Julia Allande who made
arrangements for our Oklahoma group to get free admission
to the exhibit.

Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 605-2334
email: LLBPanama(


Aloha from the beautiful islands
of Oahu and Hawaii! Here is another
Panama report away from my computer
in Ancon. It has been almost a year since
our last trip away from Panama so this
Anna Opel trip was long overdue for both Carl and
I. We started with two nights in Los Angeles; Dim Sum in
Chinatown was absolutely scrumptious, albeit a little differ-
ent from Lung Fung. Then on to Oahu, staying at the Hale
Koa (translated to House of the Warrior), an MWR recreation
area run by the Army, right on Waikiki Beach. We enjoyed all
the tourist sites, and scenic ocean side drive along the wind-
ward side and north shore, and through the pineapple fields in
the center of the island. It is not a visit to Oahu without visit-
ing the USSArizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Prayers were
left for the many lives lost on December 7, 1941.

DECEMBER 31, 2011.

Anna and Carl Opel at the Hale Koa Hotel in Oahu

After a five-day visit, we moved on to the Big Island,
Hawaii, staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. More tourist
activities included shopping, SCUBA diving, a daylong island
and volcano tour. Our trip will end in a stop at Denver to visit
with our son Rick Szymanski and family before we head
back home. Now on to the other news.

Anna and Carl Opel at the Hilton Village on the Big Island

Mike and Ned Blennerhassett have been blessed with a
very good year, which started in San Diego with daughter
Kathy and her son Nate (15), to visit eldest son Tony and his
wonderful family--wife Jen and son Tristan (6) and Kylee
(2). They also had the pleasure of seeing Beth (Peterson) and
Robert Mizrachi while there.

Tristan and Kylee

Ned and Mike returned again in April--just for the heck of
it. In June the whole family travelled to Barbados and rented
a villa on the beach with Tony's family, Kathy and Nate and
the other grandchildren--youngest son John's daughter
Ryann (13) and his son Jason (10). They all enjoyed a fun-
filled week of swimming, eating, relaxing and just being
together. Activities included a Jammin' Catamaran cruise
with a waterslide and swimming with turtles. The kids had an
amazing week and particularly loved getting dragged around
behind a boat on huge floats.
On the way home, they spent a day in Trinidad. In late
August Ned and Mike and good friend Martha Brumfield
went on a hiking trip to Greece and the Greek Islands.

Martha Brumfield, Mike and Ned Blennerhassett in

Mike and Ned Blennerhassett in the Greek Islands

The country is amazingly beautiful and the food wonder-
ful. They travelled from the Aegean to the Ionian and saw
awesome sights along the way, the massive rock towers of
Meteora among the most spectacular.
They took another quick trip to San Diego for Ned to take
delivery of a boat and again see Tony and his gang. They've
added two little pups to family--a black toy poodle named
Ruby and a white toy Maltese named Lily.

Alex and Rita Sosa at the National Library

Rita Sosa and Pat Alvarado at the book launch.

On August 22. 2011 Piggy Press launched Rita Sosa's
first book Jake s Best Birthday Ever at Panama's National
Library. According to Rita: "I finally realized one of my
dreams, to publish a children's book. My good friend Terry
Goldfarb asked me to write something she could give her
grandson on his birthday which would let him know she
planned to take him on a trip to NYC. He had never been to
NYC and had expressed an interest. Once I got started, I just
kept going. She suggested I try to get it published, so I sent it
to Pat Alvarado at Piggy Press and she liked it enough to
publish it."


Frank Corrigan recently celebrated his 71st birthday
with some friends at the Machu Picchu restaurant in Panama
City, well known for its excellent Peruvian cuisine. With
Frank are best friends Rocio Bordenea de Zuniga (Colon
gal), well-known actress, singer, lyricist and poet, along with
her husband Carlos, who operates a popular radio station and
has a local band. The Zuniga name is well known in Panama.
The Zunigas' three children Calixto, Celeste and Constanza
were happy to share in Tio Frank's birthday. Also attending
was Frank's sister-in-law Bernice, widow of Frank's brother
Murray, along with Mary (Morland) Coffey and her broth-
er Robin. Frank is doing very well and invites any friends out

there to email him at any time, he would be happy to recipro-
cate. If you would like Frank's email, please contact this

Robin Morland on left, Frank Corrigan in center, and
Mary Coffey on right.

Taking advantage of KLM's direct flights between
Panama and Amsterdam, John and Melva Bowman of
Balboa travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark in late August to
begin a 13-day guided bus tour that included Helsinki,
Stockholm, and the capitals of the three Baltic states: Tallinn,
Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania. In addition to enjoy-
ing the many interesting sights in those cities and the coun-
tryside between them, the cool climate of northern Europe
was a pleasant and refreshing change for them from the heat
and humidity of the tropics.

Melva and John Bowman at the Segulda Castle

The Special Olympics held their 6th Walk/Run, with ADI-
DAS as their main sponsor, to raise funds for the Panamanian
delegation participating in the II Central American and
Caribbean Games. Panama has been chosen as the best coun-
try for this event, which will take place in April 2012. There
was a great turnout, including the participation of special ath-
1 .letes and their families.
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Melva and John Bowman at the Castle at Trakai

Natalie Schroeder, Patricia (Szymanski) Phillips, and
Jenilee Szymanski, participants in races at Special Olympics.


Bruce Quinn had lunch in late September with Gale
Cellucci, honorary president of the Theater Guild of Ancon;
two curators, Lie. Victoria Cedeno and Mgter Antonio Avila
of the Museo del Canal-Interoceanico de Panama; and
George Scribner, a director and artist for Disney, at La Posta
Restaurant in Panama City. George was reared here in
Panama and is back in town under a four-year contract with
the ACP (now with an organizational change in name of the
agency to The Panama Canal), recording the historical
process of the gargantuan task underway with his paintings of
the amplication of The Panama Canal. George will be making
routine trips back and forth to Panama to record, with his
paintings, the work underway until 2014 when the Canal will
celebrate its centennial.

Ruth Bennett graduated at the top of the 1961 Class. She has
two children and two grandchildren. Some of you may
remember her other siblings--among them, Vena (BHS'59)
and Paul (BHS'58). Enclosed is a picture of the group minus
me (since I was taking the picture).

Ruth Bennett, Rita Jones Fenwick, Louise Peters
Monticello, Mike Monticello, Linda Browder and William
"Bill" Browder.

Victoria Cedeno, Bruce Quinn, George Scribner, Gail
Cellucci, and Antonio Avila at La Posta Restaurant.

Sandra Ponce wrote in that she didn't have any
input..."Just a lot of rain, heat, humidity, and no water, but
that's what we love about Panama, right?" Well said Sandra!!
Well, so ends another report of Panama's happenings.
Mahalo (Thank you in Hawaiian) to all those who provided
input. Till next time, hasta la vista!!

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
email: acopel()



Oops, since I missed the deadline
for the December issue, I thought I
George Garcia would send this little article to you for
publication as my report...if it's not too late!
Ruth Bennett (BHS'61) hosted a dinner at her home in
Alexandria, Va., on October 7, 2011 for a few of her BHS
1961 classmates. In attendance were: William "Bill"
Browder and his wife Linda; Louise Peters Monticello and
her husband Mike; Rita Jones Fenwick and George Garcia.
Ruth served a wonderful vegan dinner to her guests. She
even surprised all of us with a nectarine pie which she baked.

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072



This last summer has been the "sum-
mer of all summers" in North Dallas--
seventy-two days of triple-digit heat. We
didn't wilt but are now welcoming the
cooler weather with "open arms."
Captain Bob and Angie Bloomer and
son Donald escaped the heat with a
week's stay at the Marriott in Hilton Linda Morris
Head. They loved being close to the
ocean again and "...the food wasn't bad either." Angie is back
to playing golf and has entered various tournaments--no wins
yet! Their granddaughter and proud parents, Dr. Tim and
Barbara (Bloemer) Ellington's daughter Laura, a medical
student at Johns Hopkins will spend nine months in Peru, in a
study of Pediatric pneumonia--its prevention and cure. Upon
her return, she will finish her last year at Johns Hopkins
Medical School.
Colin Creel spent ten days in Panama in September fish-
ing and enjoying friends.
Lou Seldon visited friends in Panama in October, with an
itinerary that is keeping him very busy. Day 1: Mass at the
Sanctuary Nacional, Brunch with the "Breakfast Club" at the
Sheraton Hotel, attendance of Christening of niece's son in

Chorrera and finally an evening of "Cool Jazz" at the Las
Vegas Hotel Wine Bar. Wheee!!
Carlton Morris has moved to Harbor Inlet, Fort
Lauderdale, to establish a new office of"The Cruising Club"
with his Australian business partner Mark Carirney. His
high school bud Kenny Morris lives in Miami, close enough
for visits and time in the sun.

The McArthur annual "St. Petersburg Bash" attracted
Terri (Garber) Corbit (BHS'79), Bliss Connerton
(BHS'80), and Victoria (Morris) Hall from the Dallas area.
Photos tell it all.

Scott Benninghoff, Danny Rodriquez and Victoria
(Morris) Hall, former BHS classmates, met in St. Petersburg
after a lapse of thirty years (and recognized one another). It
was a fun meeting with lots to talk about. Scott lives in
Florida with his wife Linda and four girls.
Bob and Linda Morris celebrated their 52nd wedding
anniversary trekking through Texas. Their timeshare villa was
located on Lake Travis and they did their sightseeing on day
trips to colorful towns--including Lukenbach, Texas--home of
the greatest little dancehall in Texas.
They enjoyed lunch with Bob and Flois Carlin (San
Antonio) spending three hours talking and laughing in a
Barbecue Cafe. From there it was on to Helotes, Texas for an
overnight with son Wil Robb (BHS'78) and Barbara
Morris. The Morrises had just returned from a two-week
business and pleasure trip to Hawaii. Son Robb, an accom-
plished swimmer, is a sophomore at the University of the
Immaculate Word in San Antonio.
Bobby and Jackie Fearon, Kerrville, drove their camper
to Florida to visit son Corby and family. They especially
enjoyed all the RAIN--since the Texas Hill country has been
in a drought situation for over a year.
That's all the news received--short but sweet. Please con-
tinue to send your news and photos.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-9744
email: Irmoplanol(

Friends meet at St. Pete Bash

Danny Rodriguez, Victoria Morris Hall and Scott


On August 13, 2011, Bruce Quinn was honored by the
Museo Del Canal Inter Oceano de Panama for his life's work
in the theater. This was a "by invitation only" ceremony with
over 500 persons attending that started with an act of proto-
col at 7:00 PM headed by the Museum's honchos then fol-
lowed by an exhibition of memorabilia of his life and passion
of the performing arts, especially Theatre, from 1941-2011.
The third part was The Show of Shows with over 20 local
celebrities here in Panama who started off with Bruce in his
shows ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to South Pacific and
including the hit song written by Ruben Blades "Naco mi
Nino" (sung by Luis Artesia) from Majesta Vida. Ruben
Blades was in The United Fund musical West Side Story
directed by the late David Lowmen and produced by Bruce.
Ruben was only 18 years old when he was in West Side Story
in 1968.
The curtain went up at 8:30 PM for The Show of Shows
after sangria and brindisi (toasts). This was a spectacular
show and a very merited tribute to the mentor of much if not
most of Panamanian theater. All were overwhelmed by the
talent presenting this tribute, the warmth which was shown
towards Bruce, and the humble and grateful Bruce who was
so emotionally awed by the love and respect given him.

Bruce Quinn and Juan David Morgan


Michael B. Stallings, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
M. "Jerry" Pierce, Conroe, Texas, great-grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. R. K. "Tony" Frangioni, Fort Walton Beach, Fla..
graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on
May 21, 2011. He has since been at Fort Sill, Okla. (home of
the U.S. Army Field Artillery) for training and is presently
serving at Fort Hood, Texas.
The family gathered to celebrate the big occasion begin-
ning on Friday, May 20. Included were Michael's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stallings (Jan Pierce Stallings) and
daughter Mallory of The Woodlands, Texas; grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Stallings of Dallas, Texas; also Aunt
Melissa Stallings of Addison, Texas; Uncle and Aunt Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas (Sheila) Stallings with children Paige, Mary
and Arthur from Louisville, Ky.; Great-uncle and Aunt Mr.
and Mrs. Robert (Lisa) Henson of Flat Rock, N.C. Sharing
in the graduation festivities were grandparents Jerry and Kay
Pierce of Conroe, Texas; Aunt Kathleen P. Hancock of The
Woodlands, Texas; cousins Mr. and Mrs. Shawn (Sarah
Hancock) Earl of Katy, Texas, and Aunt Lorie A. Pierce,
Spring, Texas.
Of special interest to Michael's grandfather Jerry Pierce--
a graduate of another military college--The Citadel, Class of
1957--was the opportunity to tour the U.S. Military
Academy! Grandfather Lynn Stallings also was in "The
Corps" at Texas A&M; therefore, his interest was spiked as
The coordination of activities was accomplished well in
advance and with great precision for such a large group! The
colorful parade held on Friday morning was the first memo-
rable activity on May 20. The evening Banquets honoring the
Graduates were held in various venues but all were able to
access the occasion by large screen TV. The graduation cere-
mony featured speaker was The Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, the sunny morning of May

Michael Stallings receiving his diploma from Admiral Mike



eebrlg th 80th bAni'ersa June 27 -July 1,2012 Orlando, Florida

Reunion Coordinators Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey

Reunion Registration
Hotel Reservations
Information/Society Office
Annual Business Meeting
Annual Luncheon
Ticket Sales
Golf Tournament
After Hours Night Club Dances
Class and Mini Reunions
Despedida Lottery
Seminars/Corporate Sponsors
Event Decorations
Owl Show
Pool Party

Shirley Avery
Betty LeDoux Morris
Nancy Van Siclen
Tom Wilder
Kathy Wilder and Cheryl Russell
Noreen Hanson
Margot Jordan
Nancy Van Siclen, Mike Coffey, and Mike Young
Chris Wilder
Jacque Vowell and Mike Young
Shirley Avery
Allison McLaughlin
Jim Parthenais and Betty LeDoux Moris
Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Margaret McLaughlin
Bob Russell
Margaret McLaughlin
Chris Wilder
Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
Betty LeDoux Morris






All persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to at-
tend the reunion must be enrolled as a member before May 15,
2012, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership
in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual membership
fee of $40.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new
members must be remitted with the membership application
form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be ac-
cepted from only those members who have paid their 2012 an-
nual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and
submit the membership application form found in the back
pages of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 admin-
istrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society
office may be contacted at our toll-free number (1-866-726-
2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-
4359 for those within the local calling area. New member and
renewals can be done on-line at the Society's web site "Membership" link.

The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon, Dance
Tickets and the Golf Tournament is June 1, 2012. The dead-
line for receipt of hotel room reservations is May 15,2012, or
until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no
longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reserva-
tion and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms
and event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance
of established deadlines. Note: All rooms and Suites are on
a first come first served basis. Once these Rooms / Suites
are full, we cannot accept further reservations. We will
have a waiting list, but please plan accordingly.

VANCE, but instead will be held at the Society's reunion
registration area for pickup by the member during registration
operating hours. Please make it a point to pick up your regis-
tration packet early when arriving at the hotel.

Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received
after June 15, 2012, unless there are extenuating circum-
stances. Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours
in advance in order not to lose the first night's guarantee de-
posit. Contact the Lodging Chairperson (727) 934-2781) or
Society office to either change arrival or departure dates or to
cancel your hotel reservations. Do not contact hotel directly
as they will refer you back to the Lodging Chairperson.

(Grand Ballroom 4 6)
All members and their family members or guests are required
to register with the Society in order to attend the Reunion; and
a non-refundable $7.00 registration fee per member and regis-
tered guest 18 years of age or older must be paid. For those
choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accom-
plished online at the Society's website http://www.pancanal- at the "Reunion" link. The late registration fee at
the reunion is $10.00.

Only registered Reunion guests with the Panama Canal So-
ciety will be able to attend Society events.

Proper identification (name badge) will be provided to each
registered guest at Registration and must be worn to gain ac-
cess to dances, vendors meetings and pool party. You will re-
ceive a 15% discount in all food outlets by wearing your
current year name badge.

(Orlando World Center Marriott Golf Course and Denver
and Chicago Meeting Room)

Margot Jordon will again be chairing the 32nd Annual Soci-
ety Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 28, 2012, on the 18
hole, par 71, Championship golf course at the Orlando World
Center Marriott.

The entry fee of $80.00 includes range balls, greens fees, golf
cart, luncheon, awards, and lots of door prizes. The field will
be limited to 120 players so send in your registration form
early. Unless advised by the committee, consider yourself reg-
istered, as no confirmation will be sent out.

Handicaps for each team will be adjusted based on the Scram-
ble Handicap System used by the PGA. (35% of low handicap
& 15% of high handicap.) Players who do not select a partner
at registration will be assigned to a compatible partner based
on age and handicap. Foursomes and tee assignments will be
posted on Wednesday afternoon in the Society's Information

Collared shirts and soft cleats are required. NO DENIM

SOCIETY WEB SITE www.pancanalsociety.orq


Register early for the reunion

to be eligible for the drawing!

(Denver/Chicago Meeting Rooms)
Most every Zonian remembers the Owl Shows at Diablo and
Margarita Theaters. We will host our 6th Annual Owl Show at
this year's reunion. This year we will be having a double fea-
ture. The Owl Shows will be held on Thursday night at 8:00
p.m. and 10:00 p.m. There is no charge and everyone is wel-
come to attend.

(Grand Ballroom Meeting Rooms)
Members desiring to hold a class or mini-reunion while at the
Annual Reunion must coordinate with and receive advance ap-
proval from Class and Mini-Reunion Chairperson Jim
Parthenais at (727) 892-9994, or email him at minire- THE HOTEL WILL NOT
and mini-reunions requiring hotel suites or special lodging
arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chair-
person (727) 934-2781. Coordinators for class and mini-re-
unions are responsible for assuring that their participants are
advised of the policies and procedures regarding the payment
of membership dues and registration fees required in order to
attend Society reunion activities. In order for Society personnel
to be able to assist and respond to inquiries during the Reunion,
class and mini-reunion schedules of events or notices should
be posted at the Society's Information desk and are, by hotel
policy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.

(Grand Ballroom 7)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must
have: (1) paid their 2012 membership dues. (2) their $7.00 re-
union registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee.

Vendors requiring electricity will be charged according to the
amount of outlets and amperage needed. Pricing for electrical
hookup is addressed in the Vendor Application. Vendors must
have their table application approved by the Society. Assign-
ments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests
are received and are subject to space availability.

Only Panama related items are to be sold in the Vendor
Room. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on
items offered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any items
that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will
be required to sign a hold harmless clause that denies any So-
ciety responsibility or liability for items sold by reunion ven-

Deadline for Vendor Applications is May 15, 2012.

Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries
made, by contacting the Society office by telephone at (727)
391-4359; 1-866-726-2262 or by e-mail at office@pancanal- Printable Vendor Applications are also available
on the Society's website,

(Grand Ballroom Registration Desk)
The Information and Society Office desk is staffed during
posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide
assistance to reunion attendees. It is the focal point for infor-
mation and directions for all reunion activities, including mini-
reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and
serves as a message center through maintenance of a bulletin
board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for
"LOST AND FOUND" articles, the sale of Society license
plates, decals, Canal Records and other Society related items.
Members wishing to conduct Society business or having mem-
bership-related matters to discuss are also welcome to visit the
Office Manager / Society Office during posted operating hours.

(Grand Ballroom 8)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business
Meeting that will be held on Friday, June 29,2012. Although
all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is the
most important meeting of the year for members. This is the
meeting where our national and international members attend-
ing the reunion are aware of Society business and participate
in discussions. Please plan to attend this meeting! As a bonus,
there are always great door prizes donated by the Reunion Ven-
dors, and tour packages to Panama.

(Grand Ballroom 8)
Once again we are planning to provide an exciting agenda for
all attending the annual luncheon. At the time of this printing,
we have not finalized this year's program. Detailed information
for our Annual Luncheon Program will be in the March Canal

The deadline for purchasing tickets is June 1, 2012, and a
limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and
lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.

Seating will be at tables of 10 persons and will be assigned in
the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment
preferences, as well as special seating arrangements to accom-
modate special needs, should be listed on the ticket order form
and will be honored to the best extent possible. Diners must
indicate on the order form their choice of Classic Beef Pot
Roast, Teenage Carrots and Yellow Onion, Potato w/ Chopped
Herbs or Carved Turkey w/ Apricot Corbread Stuffing, Nat-
ural Jus and Broccolini. Also both meals will be served with
Salad, Cheese Cake, and Coffee and Tea Service.

Luncheon tickets WILL NOT be sold at the reunion.

Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be
strictly enforced. Entrance to listen or observe the special pro-
gram only will not be allowed.

This program was well received in 2011 and will be offered
again this year. Society member Julian "Butch" Hall has vol-
unteered to teach this class for our members. Two classes will
be held, Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Bring
your mat or beach towel with you.

(Crystal Ballroom)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until
the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom is reached.
The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will feature Tito
Mouynes y Conjunto from 7:00 p.m. 11:30 p.m. Family hour
will be from 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and After Hours Dance tak-
ing over at 11:30 p.m. A Combo Ticket is available for those
attending both events for $20.00. Dress is casual. Large
purses, bags or backpacks will not be allowed into the ball-

(Crystal Ballroom)
From 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. children age 12 and under will be
allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but must be ac-
companied by a parent. Those children over 12 and adults
must purchase tickets. This will give the children a chance to
hear the music and dance if they would like. At 8:30 p.m. we
go back to the no children 12 or under and those that en-
tered must leave.

(Crystal Ballroom)
The Saturday night dance will once again feature the Incom-
parable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band" from 8:30 p.m.
- 2:00 a.m., and dress is semi-formal, with no shorts or no
jeans permitted. Large purses, bags or backpacks will not
be allowed into the ballroom. Children must be at least 12
years of age to attend these dances.

(Crystal Ballroom Friday 11:30 p.m. 4:00 a.m.)
(Grand Ballroom 8 Saturday 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until
allowable room capacity is met. Attire is casual. Children must
be at least 15 years of age to attend these dances.

(Marriott Spa Pool 1:00 5:00)
The very popular and fun Poolside Party will be held once
again with entertainment, games and beverages. You must
have your 2012 Reunion Name Badge to participate.

(Grand Ballroom 1-3)
Chris Wilder will once again host the popular, free-of-charge
bingo games on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. 5:00
p.m. with lots of fun and prizes to be won.

(Crystal Ballroom)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida which will be
held on Sunday, July 1, 2012. The doors will open at 9:30 am.
Come early and get a good seat. The Folldoric Dancers, Sen-
timiento Panameno, will perform for your entertainment and
pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group will be available af-
terwards for photographs. What a great way to say your good-
byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a
little bit of Panama!

(Grand Ballroom Registration Foyer)
Despedida 2012 will also feature the drawing of the 10th An-
nual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful and en-
tertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. Tickets are
priced at $1.00 and are available at the Despedida Lottery table
located near the Registration area throughout the reunion. ALL
of the monies collected will be distributed to the three lucky
prize winners.

Make reservations by June 1, 2012
In response to numerous complaints concerning difficulty en-
countered by members moving about the expansive reunion
facility, arrangements have been made with a local supplier to
make motorized scooters available at a special discounted rate.
They offer free delivery and pick up of the scooters. The daily
rate is $28.50, plus a onetime $5.00 service charge. This rep-
resents an additional 5% savings exclusive to Panama Canal
Society members registered for the Reunion.

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rA Reservations will be accepted from ONLY
SSociety members who have paid their 2012
Membership dues and the $7.00 reunion
registration fee. The Registration fee is required
for everyone 18 years of age or older.
U Reservations, and subsequent changes to reser-
vations, may be made ONLY with the Society's
W Lodging Chairperson.. The host hotel will not
Deal directly with reunion attendees on reser-
Svation requests at the Society's special rates.

The Society's special reunion rate of
$127.00/$250.00/$300.00 plus (12.5%) tax is avail-
able only to registered members beginning June 23
through July 5, 2012. Except in special circum-
stances, only one guest room / suite reservation per
member will be permitted at the Society's special re-
union rate; and the reserving member must occupy
the room.

Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reser-
vation requests are received and approved, and will
be done so until all available guest rooms / suites are
filled. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel when
members check in.

Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status
due to non-payment of fees or lack of information
will lose their priority; and a new priority date will
be assigned when the form is complete. The Society
will make every effort possible to expeditiously ad-
vise those applicants who could not be placed and
to offer alternative lodging arrangements.

Reservations must be received by
May 15, 2012 at the Society Office.
. To reserve a guest room or suite, the Society's
SReservation, Order and Payment Form on
pages G and H must be completed in its en-
tirety, either printed in black ink or typed,
and accompanied by one night's hotel deposit
(payable to Orlando World Center
The form should be submitted to the Panama
Canal Society, Inc., and received in the Society
O Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Semi-
O nole, Fl 33772-4787 no later than May 15,
l 2012.
C There are a limited number of "Accessible"
= rooms available for assignment to persons hav-
W ing "special needs", which will be assigned in
the same order that reservation requests are re-
o ceived and approved.
7 Requests should be noted in the space provided
in the hotel reservation section of the Reserva-
Stion, Order and Payment Form. In order to better
p accommodate you, please specify the needs for
Which you require an Accessible room.
PLEASE NOTE that "accessible" relates only to
ADA / Special Needs rooms and NOT to the prox-
imity of reunion events.

SMembers will lose their first night's deposit and
o the remainder of their reservation will be can-
Scelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation
at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
P b. Fail to check into the hotel on the first
S night for which the reservation was made
c. Please Note: No more than five persons
S are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.

Note: Upon check-in, the hotel will reconfirm
your departure date. Any adjustments to the de-
parture date can be made then. After the depar-
ture date adjustments are made, shortened
lengths of stay, thereafter, will result in a $50.00
administrative fee. There is no smoking in any
hotel guest room or suite. Guests violating this re-
striction will be assessed a $500 penalty charge
on their credit cards.

Z The 2012 Panama Canal Society Reunion will be
R held at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Ex-
Sperience luxury with Revive@ bedding with rich
down comforters and pillows and with spacious
0 patios and oversized balconies, you can enjoy
Sthe beautiful Florida sunshine and spectacular
views. There are larger Suites for class/mini-re-
Z unions and for large families (see room dia-
O grams).
0 Pricing for guest rooms and suites is as follows:
Guest Rooms Double/Double or Single King are
$127.00 plus 12.5% tax.
Two Bay King or Vista Suite $250.00 plus 12.5%
Three Bay Vista or Hospitality Suite $300.00
plus 12.5% tax.
Executive King Suite $250.00 plus 12.5% tax.
Promenade Suite $250.00 plus 12.5% tax.
Connector guest rooms for all suites will be
charged the additional Guest Room Rate.

If you are going to hold a guest room or suite with
a check, the check total should include the cost of
one night plus the 12.5% tax, i.e., Guest Room
$142.88, Two Bay King or Vista Suite $281.25 or
Three Bay Vista or Hospitality Suite $337.50
made payable to Orlando World Center Mar-

A diagram of the layouts of each of the room types
is provided to help you with your room selection. In
order to expedite the room check-in process, we are
asking that you provide us with an estimated time
of your arrival and whether you are driving or flying
to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard
would be appreciated.
2012 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal So-
ciety will be held at the Orlando World Center
Marriott from June 27 through July 1, 2012; and
all members and their registered guests are eligi-
ble to attend. Due to the magnitude of incomplete
or erroneously completed registration forms
being received for reunion activities, it has been
necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a pol-
icy that provides for these registration forms to
be placed in a pending file and not processed
until correct or complete data, as well as the
proper amount of fees, are supplied by the appli-
cant. When put aside, the registration form will
lose its priority status and a new priority date will

rA be assigned when the registration form is fi-
o nally completed properly and the correct
monies received. PLEASE, to avoid delays in
U processing your registration form and not af-
D feet your original receipt date for ticket and
lodging priority, remit the correct amount of
Money and be sure that all necessary infor-
Smation is supplied and correctly stated.
o Questions concerning the reunion should be di-
Srected to the Reunion Coordinators, Bill
g McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804 or Mike Coffey
at (813) 948-3007 or via email at reunioncoor-

E Questions concerning the hotel reservations
should be directed to the Hotel Lodging Chair-
person, Betty LeDoux Morris, via e-mail at
Szonianbk( or call (727) 934-2781.
There is complimentary overnight self-parking
for hotel guests attending the reunion; however,
non-hotel guests will be required to pay the rate in
effect at that time in the garage for self parking or
valet parking. Shuttle busses from the parking
garage to the front door will run continuously so as
to avoid any extended delays in getting from the
garage to the lobby. Self parking for non-hotel
guests is currently $13.83 (tax included) per day. If
you would like to use Valet parking, the rate is
$23.43 (tax included) per day.
Also, don't forget to ask for your Panama Canal So-
ciety discount when purchasing food at hotel food
outlets (beverages not included). Your Reunion
Name Badge is proof of entitlement. So, be sure to
have it with you! Special drink prices are provided
to members at the Society reunion locations/events.

See page T for ground transportation information
and discount coupon.

Complete both pages, and submit intact.




ANNUAL BALL (Saturday) (No Jeans/No Shorts) X $15.00= $

Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "Panama Canal Society, Inc."
Checks must be drawn on U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

Exp. Date

MemberlCard Holder Signature:

Visa I MasterCard (Circle one)


Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, to purchase Annual Luncheon
tickets, to register for the Golf Tournament, and to secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining
to your request.

and provide age of each attendee. List name of each family member or guest being registered by the member and in-
clude $7.00 for each person 18 years of age or older. Please make sure you list all registered names so they can receive
their name badges.






New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application
New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Beef (B) or Turkey (T) by circling one

1. B or T 6. Bor T
2. Bor T 7. Bor T
3. Bor T 8. Bor T
4. Bor T 9. B or T
5. Bor T10. Bor T
Special seating requests:

GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION: Deadline is June 1. 2012 (See Pae B for instructions)

Name (Please Print) Phone Number: Email:
**Mandatory** "Mandatory"
Scramble Teams:
Please confirm with both players before submitting.
Name Age On Hdcp or Avg
7/1112 18-hole score
If you would like to play with another scramble team. list them below after confirming that they are playing.
Cost: Golf and Awards Luncheon: $80.00 per person Non-Golfing Luncheon Guests: $33.00 per person
Luncheon Guest Names
# Golfers # Luncheon Guests Total amount submitted:

Estimated Time of Arrival: P.M. IA.M. (Circle one)
Are you arriving by Airplane or by Car ?
No Preference Promenade Suite ($250.00)
Standard King ($127.00) 2 Bay Vista Suite ($250.00)
Double/Double ($127.00) 2 Bay King Suite ($250.00)
Accessible King ($127.00) 3 Bay Vista Suite ($300.00)
Executive King Suite ($250.00) 3 Bay Hospitality Suite ($300.00)

Names of other room occupants.
1. 2.
3. 4.

HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE: One Night's Deposit (Room/Suite Rate)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to: Orlando World Center Marriott)
Credit Card Number: Exp. Date
Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other (Specify)
Member/Cardholder Signature:

SRefer to the map provided in these Yellow
SPages for directions to Orlando World Cen-
Ster Marriott.

When you arrive at the hotel (CHECK-IN
AT 3:00 P.M.), proceed to hotel registration
Sin order to check into your room.
Review the hours of operation for reunion
Registration and other events in these Yellow
pages. Once you arrive at the reunion, a re-
union information package will be provided
to you at the Panama Canal Society's regis-
tration desk in the Convention Center. Reg-
Sistration and other event hours will also be
Posted on the in-house television monitors,
* which may be viewed from the comfort of
Your hotel room or from a monitor in the
Convention Center or hotel lobby.

Proceed at your earliest convenience after your
arrival to the reunion registration area in the
Convention Center to obtain your name badge,
information packet, and preordered event tick-
ets. At registration, a volunteer will review with
you what is in your envelope and you will be re-
quired to sign the envelope acknowledging that
you received the contents and that your order is
correct. Reunion event tickets are NOT PRE-
MAILED. Furthermore, only the primary person
registering for the reunion may pick up the name
badges and tickets from the registration room. Be
certain that all of your guests are registered for
the reunion.


If you are attending a class reunion, information
regarding your class reunion event will be posted
at the Information/Society Office desk bulletin
board. This is IF your class reunion chairperson
has furnished us with this information. In the
event he/she has not, we will do all that we can to
assist you in locating your class reunion activi-

DON'T FORGET to ask for your 15% Panama
Canal Society discount when purchasing food at
hotel outlets.

Your Reunion Name Badge
is proof of entitlement.
So, be sure to have it with you!

REMEMBER, your Society membership must be
current to register for the Panama Canal Society
Reunion, obtain a hotel room at our special rate
and purchase Society event tickets.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The consumption of al-
coholic beverages on hotel property and at Soci-
ety functions, to include dances, is limited to
beverages purchased at the hotel bars. In accor-
dance with state law, the consumption of guest-
supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only
within the confines of the guest's room. No bot-
tled alcohol will be carried into Society functions.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage
individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated.
and will be dealt with in the harshest sense pos-
sible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance
floors at any time.

In accordance with State Law,
smoking is prohibited inside
the Orlando World CenterMarriott.

The theme for the 2012 Reunion Dances is
"Celebrating the 80th Anniversary!"


Orlando World Center Marriott 2012 Reunion Schedule of Events
p 0 On-site Dance Ticket Sales
00 p.m. a 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
om 7 (NO SALES) 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
S7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk
00 p.m. '

Vendor Setu
e, 1:00 p.m. -5:
a Grand Ballroi

d 5:30 p.m. 8:
" Grand Ballroc

" Information/
S5:30 p.m.- 8:
Grand Ballroc

32nd Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament: Orlando World Center Marriott
Golf Course
CHECK-IN: 7:00 a.m.
SHOTGUN START: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play.
Denver and Chicago (Hall of Cities)

Reunion Clubhouse
10:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim (Hall of Cities)

9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C

10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 -6

Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Gatlin Ballroom Foyer

Information/Society Office
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

On-site Registration
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 6

om 4 6 e

Society Office
00 p.m.
om Registration Desk

Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Gatlin Ballroom Foyer

Information/Society Office
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Registration Desk On-site Registration
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 6

On-site Dance Ticket Sales
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I 3

Thursday Night at the Yacht Club Dance
Sponsored by TBD
9:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B

Thursday Night Owl Show
8:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Denver and Chicago (Hall of Cities)

Reunion Clubhouse
10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim (Hall of Cities)

Annual Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. (Members only)
Grand Ballroom 8A

1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 7

Panama Canal Museum
1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C

Yoga Class
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 14

1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 6

0 Panamanian Folkloric Dance Class
S3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 13 14

PanaZonian Dance:
(Family Dance Time 7:00-8:30 p.m.)
I' 7:00 11:30 p.m.
SCrystal Ballroom G Q

After Hours Night Club Dance
11:30 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
Crystal Ballroom G Q
Reunion Clubhouse
o 10:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim (Hall of Cities)

S9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
$ Grand Ballroom 7

r Panama Canal Museum
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A C

Annual Luncheon
DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m.
LUNCH 12:00 noon
Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B

4th Annual Poolside Party
1:00 5:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott Spa Pool

Yoga Class
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 14

Cultural Seminar
2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 8A & 8B

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 6

On-site Registration
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 6

On-site Dance Ticket Sales
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom Reg. Desk

Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

=- Information/Society Office
2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
i Grand Ballroom Registration Desk

' 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
5 Grand Ballroom I 3

Religious Service
Catholic Mass 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom 4 5

Annual Ball
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
Crystal Ballroom G Q

Murga Competition
9:00 p.m.
Crystal/Grand Ballroom Foyer

After Hours Night Club Dance
I 1:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom 8A& 8B

" Vendors
- 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
' Grand Ballroom 7

S Panama Canal Museum
S9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Crystal Ballroom A- C

All Society Members and Guests are invited.
Farewell to Friends
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Dance Performance begins at 10:00 a.m.
Crystal Ballroom G Q

NOTES: Please check with the Information Desk
and/or our bulletin board at the reunion for other
scheduled events, class and minireunions and
last-minute changes. The Despedida Lottery
drawing will be held on Sunday at Despedida.



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Class :Reunions
9 10 12 13 14
and other sch duled prograins.

Panamnian Annual Business
DanceClass Meeting 8
Fday ARemoon :Annual Luncheon 8
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88 8A

Thursday Night and saturday After Hours
Nightclub Darices 8A& 8B

2012 Panama Canal Society Reunion
Convention Center Activities
Floor Plan

Vendors ; 7A & 7


co The 2012 Panama Canal Society Reunion will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This
x beautiful hotel is a great location to have our reunion as many of you remember when we held our
C reunions here in the past.

SWelcome to a World like no other...
SThere's much to tell you about the legendary Orlando World Center Marriott. This Orlando golf and
spa resort offers endless experiences. From creating lasting family memories to spectacularly exe-
O cuted meetings and events, this is a "World Beyond Compare."
^ The Orlando World Center Marriott towers above more than 200 prime Central Florida acres lush,
4 green and beautifully landscaped, with devotion to native tropical plant life. In this magnificent lo-
E cale, close to all of the area's major attractions, is an Orlando, Florida resort that offers everything
W guests could possibly want. Boredom is simply not in the vocabulary at the Orlando World Center
SMarriott in Orlando, Florida. Not with nearly 7,000 yards of on-premise, championship golf right
Z outside our front door. Not with a full-service spa treating mind and body with loving care, and a
o well-equipped fitness center treating the same with somewhat tougher love. And not with dozens of
o activities to keep kids occupied.
IX The tropical pools can be described as the "Ist wonder of our World," an amazing complex in a la-
Sgoon-like setting with 6 pools, waterfalls, waterslide and whirlpools filled with a million gallons of
Soothing water, give or take a drop or two.
0 More than 2,000 well-appointed guest rooms and suites at this world-class Orlando resort serve as
Relaxing, comfortable retreats for both leisure and business travelers. Ten restaurants and lounges
Offer a wide variety of dynamic culinary experiences, including a choice of friendly places to just
O hang out with a cold one.
A total of 450,000 square feet of event space draws groups of every size from around the world. And
guests find enough smiling, "can do" staff members at this luxurious Orlando resort to populate a
good-sized town. All this and more awaits you at this amazing Orlando Golf and Spa Resort.
Soft Drinks $2.00
Bottle Beer Domestic $4.00
Wine $4.00
Mixed Drinks (call) $4.00
Draft Beer $3.00
Bottled Water $2.00

Friday, June 29,2012
Sentimiento Panama, the Panamanian dance group that has performed for the Panama Canal Society for
many years at our Despedida, will once again be teaching unique dance steps used in the "typical" dances
from Panama during the reunion. You will also learn the historical significance behind the different dances.
Beginners are welcome! You don't need to be an accomplished dancer to participate. Join us to refresh
your dancing skills or learn to dance "Tipico" style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per person
or $25.00 per couple.

Class will be held on Friday, June 29,2012, from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary and
a minimum of 6 participants is required to conduct the class. In the event there are not enough participants
to hold the class, your fee will be promptly refunded to you. Complete your registration now. You don't
want to miss this opportunity

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$15 per person / $25 per couple
Class held Friday June 29,2012 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom 13 14
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2 Bay Vista Suite

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Executive King Suite


Promenade Suite

Crystal Ballroom

"Tito Mouynes y Conjunto"
(Family Dance Time 7:00 8:30 p.m.)
Children age 12 and under will be allowed into the PanaZonian dance for free, but must be
accompanied by a parent. Those children over 12 and adults must purchase tickets.
This will give the children a chance to hear the music and dance if they would like.
At 8:30 p.m. we go back to the no children 12 or under and those that entered must leave.
7:00 11:30 (After Hours Dance to follow)

"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"
8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m.

Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinators


call 1-352-726-8804 I 813 948-3007 eveningss)

How to get to the Orlando World Center Marriott

From Tampa: 1-4 East, to exit 67 (to 536 East). Hotel
is on the left.

From Miami: Florida Turnpike North, to Osceola
Parkway West (toward Disney), to right on SR 535
North (Vineland Road), to left on 536 West. Hotel is
on the right.

From Daytona: 1-4 West, to exit 67 (to 536 East).
Hotel is on the left.

From Atlanta: 1-75 South, to Florida Turnpike South,
to 1-4 West, to exit 67 (536 East). Hotel is on the left.

From Orlando Airport (MCO) via FL-528: (21 mi
SW) Take North Exit from Airport to FL-528 Toll Road
West. Take Exit onto 1-4 West towards Tampa. Exit
67 to SR 536 East. Hotel is on left.

From Kissimmee Airport (ISM): (10 mi NE) Dyer
Ave to U.S. 192 West to S.R. 535. Turn right on S.R.
535 to S.R. 536, Turn left, and hotel is on the right.

From Sanford Airport: (41 mi NE) Take E. Lake
Mary Blvd to 1-4 West, approximately 30 miles. Exit
67 to SR 536 east. Hotel is on left.


If you are not in need of a rental car, the Panama Canal Society recommends you take advantage of discounted
rates on the Mears Motor Shuttle transportation between the airport and the Orlando World Center Marriott. The
Panama Canal Society, Inc. has negotiated a discounted rate for use of this transportation mode.
Clip out the discount coupon and present it to the Mears Transportation booth attendant to receive a
Panama Canal Society, Inc. attendee discount of $4 off the round trip fare of $34 on shuttle transportation
between the airport and the hotel. This coupon also applies to children (ages 4-11) children's round trip fare
is $27. The discount coupon can only be used towards round trip fares, not one-way fares. (One way fare for
adults is $21 and one way fare for children is $17.) Mears Shuttle runs 24 hours a day between the airport
and the hotel. Shuttles depart from the airport approximately every 30 minutes.
To arrange your shuttle travel to your hotel, go to the nearest Mears Transportation counter on Level 1 of Orlando
International Airport when you arrive. All transportation will depart from Level 1. The counter personnel will direct
you to your vehicle. Arrival reservations are encouraged but not required. Return reservations are required. One
day prior to your return to the airport at the end of your stay at the Orlando World Center Marriott, make a return
reservation by calling Mears Transportation at 407-423-5566 or book on-line. Please plan to allow three hours prior
to your flight time for your transfer to the airport.
You can make reservations by going to the Panama Canal web site and click on the reservations web link and
click on the "Shuttle Coupon" link for your discount coupon,

For any other group ground transportation needs please contact Chris Esposito (cesposito( or

A convenient and affordable transfer between Orlando International Airport and your hotel.
Insfons: (Does not apply to the Orlando Sanford International Airport)
Upon your arrival at Orlando International Airport, proceed to one of the Mears Motor Shuttle ticket counters and
present this coupon to the Mears Counter Attendant.
After redeeming your coupon below for a round trip ticket, please present your ticket to the Mears "Starter" located on
level one at the curb.
The starter will then direct you to a designated shuttle servicing the hotel. Our shuttles run 24-hours a day, 7 days a
week, departing the curb approximately every 30 minutes providing shuttle service between the airport and your hotel.
One day prior to your departure, please make a return reservation by calling our reservation number listed below.
Plan to allow three hours prior to your flight time for your transfer to the airport.
You can now book onlinel To receive your online discount, please go to, click on
the "Shared Ride" tab and then enter the booking information, including the priority code: 416488537
For questions I reservations, please call our toll free number at 1-800-759-5219
(if calling from central Florida, please dial (407) 423-5566).
You must present this coupon for discount.
Meats Motor Shuttle...a great way to start your meeting!

Panama Canal Society, Inc.
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ORDER # 416488 SALES # 537 $4.00 Discount Off Regular Round Trip Price Of:
Present this coupon to $34.00 per adult $27.00 per child
at the airport for round trip transportation to or from the MEW MNTSR SHU TE
Orcando World Center Marriott
Tickets Must be Purchased Online orat Airport Locaton for Dscount Gwrauiy not inded.
This coupon is valid for shared ride shuttle service via Mears Motor Shuttle.
Wait time may be incurred at the airport prior to departure.
Each vehicle may make additional hotel stops prior to your destination.
A c After you claim your luggage, proceed to LEVEL 1.
**'-"- Our service counters are located Inside the building behind the bottom
of the escalators or directly across from the LEVEL 1 elevators.
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Panama Ci1t and Canal area tour Reprsa Factory Tour,
El Valle trp, Boqulte area tor,.
Dinner at 1inalas plus most meals included
Accommodations at the Country Inn mAIadr,
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Serving Panama Canal
Society reunions and events since 2000.


at the Annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion.
Specializing in Weddings,
Class Reunions, Mini-Reunions
Anniversaries, and Birthdays.

We also do Ballroom Clusters,
Columns, and Towers.

Please give us two weeks notice
prior to the reunion of your floral
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The waiting was unbearable; I thought it was in vain.
But now the moment has arrived, it's time to board the plane.

As we speed across the sky, the hours seem like days.
Then I finally see it through the cloudy haze.

Orlando is below us, and soon we're at the gate.
We grab our bags, pile in the car drive faster, I can't wait!

We make a right and then a left, the hotel it is so near.
We go inside, scan the crowd, and of course we grab a beer.

We visit with old friends, and catch up on the latest.
We laugh and talk and reminisce of times that were the

All the bartenders can't believe the drinking hours we keep,
But this week we are Zonians and next week we can sleep.

The days they pass too quickly, and the nights do just the same.
It's almost time, we must return, back from whence we came.

Mr. Carter, what a guy, he took the Zone away,
But in our hearts it lives and breathes, and is with us here

At the desk we all check out, and turn in the funny key.
All these friends who part at once, a depressing sight to see.

We hug and kiss and bid farewell to those we hold so dear,
But there's a bright spot 'cause we know we'll see them all next year!

I sometimes wish that Zonians filled the houses near to mine.
The people there just can't relate to a Paradise lost in time.

I will always miss the Canal Zone, its simple life and
But as I leave it's plain to see, its people are its treasures.

Unknown author from San Diego, California



1 A i

A membership to the
Panama Canal Society makes the
perfect git that keeps on giving
throughout the year.


Michael was pinned with his 2nd Lieutenant bars in the
afternoon and was then feted to a memorable graduation din-
ner attended by all of the family in the evening. In the group
photo of the graduation dinner, Michael is at the far left in the
white guayabera and his proud grandparents, Jerry and Kay
(Frangionil Pierce are seated in the middle of the front row

Michael Stallings' graduation dinner


On August 6, 2011, J Michael Dedeaux, son of Jon and Deb
Dedeaux, graduated from Florida State University in
Tallahassee, Fla. The ceremony was held at the Leon County
Civic Center. J graduated with a BS in Ex of Science in
Human Sciences and was on the President's List, Dean's List,
Omega Green Council, and Fraternity Phi Delta Gamma. J
will continue to work as a Pharmacy Technician while await-
ing acceptance to the College of Pharmacy Program (a four-
year program). J's grandparents, Jack and Delila Hepler and
Barbara (Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux, also attended along
with J's parents.
The following is a statement from J: "During the course of
my life and studies, I had a great support system of wisdom
of understanding that has made me who I am and my accom-
plishments possible. First and foremost are my parents, Jon
and Deb Dedeaux; sister Sonya (Dedeaux) Sigmond; grand-
parents Jack and Delila Hepler and Louis and Barbara (Egolf)
Dedeaux; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends; and my
godfather, Russell Michael Gillespie. To all--I thank you! J"

J Michael Dedeaux


Mike and Shirley Maduro went on a Mediterranean
Cruise September 2011 to celebrate their 40th wedding
anniversary. The 12-day cruise was on the new Silhouette
Celebrity Ship, and included stops in Israel, Turkey, Greece
and Italy. Joining them on the celebration cruise was daugh-
ter Christine (Maduro) Regan (BHS'94) and husband
Victor Regan, along with Camilo and Brenda Menasche
from Panama.
A most memorable and wonderful time was had by all
with tours to Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikra, Capernaum,
Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea,
Masada and other sites throughout Israel; Ephesus in Turkey;
Mykonos in Greece; and Capri, Naples, Rome and Florence
in Italy.


Brenda and Camilo Menasche, Christine (Maduro)
Regan, Shirley and Mike Maduro, and Victor Regan in
Jerusalem, Israel.

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Shirley and Mike Maduro, Christine and Victor Regan, at
the Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.


Mike and Shirley Maduro are very proud to announce
the engagement of their son Daniel Maduro (BHS'97) to
Lucette (Lucy) Robayna, of Panama City, Panama. The cou-
ple are both working in Panama and are planning a 2012 wed-

S*song to the tune of Twelve
SDa.s of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love
gave to me ... pico feo in a mango tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave
to me ... two crocodiles

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to
me ... three kinkajous

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave
to me ... four screaming buzzards

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me ... five coconuts

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me ... six gato solos

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave
to me... seven golden frogs

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave
to me... eight boa constrictors

One the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave
to me... nine armadillos

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to
me... ten green iguanas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love
gave to me... eleven traipsing tapirs

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave
to me... twelve fat conejos

/ Zonie says...

A membership to the
Panama Canal Society
makes the perfect gift
that keeps on giving
throughout the year.


Sue (Purvis) and Rob Hughes are pleased to announce
the wedding of their daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes, to
Eamonn Curtin Brady on July 23, 2011. The wedding was
held in Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh's cam-
pus where they met followed by a reception on the Gateway
Clipper Fleet's Empress boat which sailed the three rivers of
Pittsburgh and ended with a beautiful fireworks display com-
pliments of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Caitlin is the granddaughter of Betty (Purvis) Woll who
lives in Pittsburgh. Out-of-town guests included Bridget
(Dolan) Donovan, Caitlin's godmother, and Mattie (Smith)
Murphy of Colorado.
Caitlin and Eamonn live in Chicago, Ill. Caitlin is a Rob ughes. Sue -ughe. Eamonn Brad Caitlin raud.
speech pathologist with a private practice and Eamonn works and Jim Hughes.
for Wells Fargo. They are planning a honeymoon to Costa
Rica in March.

Bill Morrison (BHS'78) and Melody Parrott were mar-
ried on October Ist at 4:00 p.m. in a beautiful seaside cere-
mony in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Bill's brother Bob
(BHS'74) and Bob's wife Leslie, both pastors, conducted the
ceremony. Bruce Chan (BHS'77) was the best man, and
David Jones (BHS'76) and Manuel Stinson (BHS'77) were
Among the many family and friends attending were other
Zonians, including Bill's dad, Bob Morrison; Bill's sister,
j Betsy Vosburgh and her husband David (both BHS'69); sis-
.ter Nancy Morrison (BHS'70); and sister Marilou
Simmons (BHS'75). After a honeymoon in Hawaii, Bill and
Melody will return to their home in Jacksonville.

Caitlin Bradv and Eamonn Bradv

Betty (Purvis) Woll and grandson Jim

Mel (Parrott) and Bill Morrison

Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.

Joy (Randall) Maale (CHS'45) as a proud grandmother
is pleased to announce the birth of twin boys, her newest
grandchildren born March 23, 2011 to Randall and Chrissy
Maale in West Palm Beach, Fla. Grandpa Al (CHS'46) sadly
missed this event as he passed away in 2009.

Bac Dave Green. ront: Jenna, Ryder, Km holding
Reagan, and Catelyn.


SMike and Shirley Maduro are happy to announce the
-, :4 birth of their granddaughter, Victoria Esther Maduro, on
December 15, 2010, in Panama City, Panama. The proud par-
ents are Michael John Maduro (BHS'91) and Sofia
(Watson) Maduro, and her sister Isabella Maduro, four
year old, all from Panama. Victoria Esther was named in
Honor of her 95-year-old paternal great-grandmother, Esther
SMaduro (shown in photo).

Joy (Randall) Maale looks fondly upon her new twin grand-
sons, Jacob Randall and Noah Alexander Maale.


Anita Seifert and Jack Townsend are proud to announce
the birth of their grandniece, Reagan Ann Green, born
August 12. to David and Kim (Leckey) (BHS'91) Green,
big brother Ryder (2) and big sisters, Catelyn (14) and
Jenna (12).
Dave is an electrical engineer for Medtronic and Kim
works in the medical field as an ultrasound technician in
Phoenix, Ariz.
Mike, Victoria Esther, Shirley, and Esther Maduro

The Panama Canal Society Office will be closed

for the Holidays starting on

Saturday December 17, 2011

and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Obituary submissions are only accepted from family members. We will accept online Funeral obituaries or newspaper obit-
uaries if family submissions are not received by the Canal Record deadlines. Obituary pictures may be emailed to
editor( or mailed to the Panama Canal Society office. Emailed pictures must be submitted in a jpeg
or tif format in 300 DPI or higher.

Paul B. Adamson, Jr. of Birmingham, Ala., born
February 19, 1937 passed away peacefully in the presence of
his loving family on September 10, 2011. He was preceded in
death by his father Paul B. Adamson, Sr.
Paul was a graduate of Shades Valley High School and
continued on to Auburn University where he finished with a
degree in Industrial Management. Paul was an avid lover of
Auburn University. While attending he was a member of Pi
Kappa Alpha fraternity, Blue Key, Circulation Manager of
The Plainsman, and served as one of Auburn's most presti-
gious honors of being tapped a Spade in 1958.
After college, Paul served as an Intelligence Officer in the
U.S. Navy and was stationed in Panama. It was there that he
met his wife of 48 years, Barbara Erikson Adamson. Paul was
President of Alabama Industrial Fabricators, Inc. and retired
from the steel industry in 1996. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Paul is survived by his mother Ruth Adamson, wife
Barbara, son Paul B. "Buddy" Adamson III (Dawn), daugh-
ters Kim Spivey (Jeff), Alice Adamson Barrett, Barbara "BJ"
Fontaine (Mike), and his 10 grandchildren.

Christopher L. Bensen, 55, passed away suddenly
September 9, 2011, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. He was born in the
Panama Canal Zone on May 24. 1956. He graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1974. He attended Canal Zone
College, then graduated from Southwestern A&M. He was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Kathy; son Eddie (Sara); step-
son James; two brothers, Jay and Don (Diane); two nieces;
aunt Ruth and uncle Russ (Ann). He is also survived by two
grandsons, two cousins, plus numerous nieces, nephews and
friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Jean, his
uncles Ben and Herky and Aunt Liz.

Chiquita Cassibry (Chita) passed away on August 3,
2011 in Spanish Fort, Ala., where she was a resident of
Westminster Village, a retirement community. Chita was born
in Snyder, Texas, on December 3, 1925.'
While working in Gulfport, Miss., she met her husband,
Hugh W. Cassibry when he was there on leave from the U.S.
Navy. They were later married on October 31, 1945 in the
Panama Canal Zone, where they continued to live for 28
years. Both she and her husband were employed in the
Comptroller's Office of the Panama Canal Company. Chita
was appointed to serve on the Women's Advisory Committee
to the Governor.
Upon her husband's retirement they returned to the U.S.
to live in Ocean Springs, Miss. Chita worked at the Gulf
Islands National Seashore and later was employed by the
Navy in Pascagoula, Miss., as a contracts specialist until her
retirement in 1980. She also served as the Federal Women's
Program Coordinator there.

Chita had many interests. Some of her favorite activities
were fishing, gardening, traveling, attending church services,
and bird-watching with her Audubon friends. She truly
enjoyed life. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Chita was preceded in death by her husband Hugh and
son Wilton Cassibry, and by her father and mother, Horace
and Maggie Cotten. She is survived by her two daughters,
Peggy Vix (Kerry) of Atascadero, Calif., and Linda Mack
(Joseph) of Chantilly, Va.; by her son Robert Cassibry
(Suzanne) of Daphne, Ala.; seven grandchildren; other rela-
tives and many friends. She will be dearly missed.

Carolyn B. Christoph passed away on September 11,
2011 in Sarasota, Fla. She was born on April 4, 1923 in
Toledo, Ohio. Carolyn worked as a RN at Coco Solo Hospital
until her retirement.
She is survived by two sons, LaRue of Palestine, Texas,
and Larry Christoph of Sarasota, Fla. She was preceded in
death by two sons, Lee Wayne and Lewis Terry Christoph,
and her ex-husband, Vern H. Christoph.

Peter Tiernan Corrigan Jr., 71,
died May 21, 2011 in Sarasota, Fla. He
was born on August 26, 1940 in Panama.
Pete was the oldest soon of Peter Tiernan
Corrigan Sr. and Helen Jean Nash
Corrigan. He is descended from
Roosevelt Medal holders, John Paul
Corrigan (on the paternal side) and

Charles Huber (on the maternal side).
Pete was a 1959 graduate of Balboa High School and
attended Canal Zone Junior College and the University of
Miami. Pete retired from Great American marine as a 32-year
yacht broker in Sarasota. His hobbies included golf, showing
and breeding Paint horses, boating, swimming and walking.
He served as President of the Sarasota Jaycees, King Neptune
Frolic and the Florida Paint Stallion Breeders Association. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rose Marie
"Rosie" Seefried Corrigan; daughter Teresa Corrigan
Greenwald and two grandsons; brothers, Timothy James
Corrigan, wife Taffy of Tampa, Fla.; Michael Joseph, wife
Marge of Rossville, Ga.; and sister-in-law Susan of Acworth,
Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Joan Marie Ridge (Cartotto)
deGrummond of Valencia, Calif.,
passed away at her home with her family
close to her side on October 21, 2011
after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joan Marie was born on December 16,
1922, in Ancon, Canal Zone, Republic of

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Panama. Joan was the oldest girl, and fourth of eleven chil-
dren born to adventurers John and Theresa Boland Ridge,
who left their native Pennsylvania in the early 1900s to build
the Panama Canal. Joan's father and his brothers are
Roosevelt Medal holders, presented to them for their work
building the Panama Canal. Joan attended schools on the
Pacific side of the Canal Zone, graduated from Balboa High
School in 1940, and attended St. Joseph's College in
Emmitsburg, Md. She loved challenging herself with new
skills, especially shorthand and Spanish. She began her career
with the Panama Canal Company in 1941 and held secretari-
al positions in various governmental departments, including
the Claims Division and Engineering, working on the 1960s
era Sea Level Canal studies. She advanced throughout the
years and became the secretary to two Governors of the
Panama Canal, U.S. Army Generals W. P. Leber and David S.
Parker from 1968-1971.
While working at the Claims Branch in 1947, Joan met
and married her boss, Gregory G Cartotto, and they had two
children, Christine (Tina Cartotto) Ressa and Stephen
Cartotto. Greg was also a talented musician and they enjoyed
many years of parties with family and friends. Greg died in
1968, and in 1971, Joan married her longtime friend John
(Jack) deGrummond, who retired as Treasurer of the Panama
Canal Zone and they left their beloved Panama to live in
North Hollywood and Laguna Woods, Calif. Jack died in
1991, and Joan continued her passion as an active reporter
and volunteer for the Panama Canal Societies of Florida and
California. She moved to Valencia, Calif., in 2007 to be close
to her son and his family.
Joan was a longtime member of St. Mary's and Sacred
Heart Catholic churches in Panama, and loved to volunteer
for the Rosary Altar Society. She was active with the Cub,
Boy, and Girl Scouts, enjoyed camping and loved the Panama
beaches. Most of all, Joan loved people, parties, and dancing
to all music Panamanian, Calypso, and Dixieland. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Joan's sense
of humor and storytelling made her the life of the party, and
she was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmoth-
er who loved talking to her family and friends on the phone
even after seeing them that day.
She is survived by her brothers, Vincent (Dottie) Ridge of
Pa., Joseph (Sue) Ridge of Iowa, sister Margaret Coffey of
La.; her children Christine Cartotto (Michael) Ressa, of
Rialto, Calif., and Stephen Cartotto (Tina Johann) of
Valencia, Calif.; and four grandchildren. She is also survived
by many loving nieces and nephews and their families. Joan
was a wonderful friend to everyone who knew her, and we
will always carry her light close in our hearts.

Milly Del Rubio, 89, of San Pedro, Calif, passed away
July 21, 2011. She was one of the first triplets born 15 min-
utes apart at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone on
Aug. 23, 1921. Their father was Dr. Boyd who, together with
Theodore Roosevelt, created the new Republic of Panama.
Dr. Boyd later became Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S.
There he met and married a beautiful American girl who was
related to a past president of the U.S., Woodrow Wilson.
She attended Balboa High School until she and her sisters

were juniors when they moved to California, and became the
Del Rubios instead of the Boyds. The Del Rubio Triplets
found fame late in life with a young following in the 1980s.
After performing with scant notice throughout the 1960s and
1970s--traveling to bookings in their old station wagon
named "Bambi"--the Del Rubio Triplets had finally made it
big. They eventually became quite famous appearing on such
programs as Late Night with David Letterman, Pee-Wee's
Pla-'i i.,. The Arsenio Hall Sh/oi, and the Golden Girls.
Eadie Del Rubio died in December 1996 and Elena Del
Rubio in March 2001. When the first of the sisters died, they
stopped performing. After the second of her sisters died,
Milly was left to carry on alone. She stayed in their mobile
home at the Palos Verdes Shores park overlooking the ocean
in San Pedro but in later years also stayed at Little Sisters of
the Poor in San Pedro.

Wayne K. Farrow, 68, passed
away September 3, 2011 at his home in
Francisco, Ind. He was born February 19,
1943 in Princeton to John Basil and
Beatrice Pauline (Dunn) Farrow. He grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1962.
He retired as a warehouse manager for
P.B.D. Book Distributors in Cumming, Ga. He retired after
serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy where he served during the
Vietnam War.
He had lived in Francisco since February 2003 moving
there from Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a member of the
V.F.W. Post 1147, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society. He enjoyed model trains and reading.
He is survived by his wife Karen, Francisco; a daughter,
Misty (Owen) Brash, Cumming, Ga.; a son Steven (Michelle)
Farrow, Cumming, Ga.; two grandchildren; two sisters, Sue
Brothers, Francisco, nd, and Donna Jordan, Okanagan Falls,
Canada; special loved ones, Christie, Timmy, Julieann and
Ivy Caine, Cumming, Ga. He was preceded in death by his
parents and a brother, Michael Farrow.

i Mary Linda Fealey, 60, longtime
Oak Harbor resident, passed away
August 29, 2011, at Harborview Medical
Center in Seattle, following a brief ill-
ness. She was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone, on February 4, 1951, to Fred and
SMarion (Orr) Wells. Mary was raised in
the Canal Zone, and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1969. She attended Canal Zone
College for two years, and received an Associate in Arts
On June 19, 1971 she married Guy M. Fealey at the
Balboa Union Church. Guy was serving in the U.S. Navy at
the time, and during his deployments, Mary was employed in
the Canal Zone, working for the Army and the Air Force. In
January 1980 she transferred to Luke Air Force Base in
Glendale, Ariz., and the couple lived there for four years. In
1984 the Fealeys moved to Washington State, settling briefly
in Puyallup, and moving the same year to Oak Harbor when

Mary was hired as personnel specialist for civil service at
NAS Whidbey. She retired as the first female Human
Resources Office Manager in the history of the base in March
2009, having worked for many Commanding Officers. The
Fealeys had been residents of their home in Dugualla Bay
Heights since coming to Oak Harbor in 1984.
Mary enjoyed bowling, reading (especially about
Scotland) and needlepoint. She was an avid Mariners fan and
enjoyed going to games with her children. Mary was very
involved in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Rainbow Girls. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
A favorite pastime of Mary's was riding on the back of her
husband's motorcycle. She loved airplanes and jet noise,
which was good in light of the fact that the family home sat
near the approach to Ault Field. "Every day is a different air
show" was a phrase she used to repeat often.
Mary is survived by her husband Guy M. Fealey of the
home; her son and daughter-in-law Guy Ethan and Alicia
Fealey of Oak Harbor; her parents, Fred E. and Marion Wells
of Kerrville, Texas: her mother-in-law Florence B. Fealey of
Kerrville, Texas; her two brothers and their wives, Alan and
Kathy Jane Wells of Atlanta, Ga., and Fred Wells Jr. and
Tricia of Perth, Australia; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law
James J. Fealey Jr. and Michelle; also numerous nieces.
nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by
her daughter, Jamie Laurayn Fealey on March 28, 2006 and
her father-in-law, James J. Fealey; also her daughter-in-law
Alicia Fealey's brother Cameron Groberg on August 8, 2009.

Ralph K. "Tony" Frangioni, 94,
passed away August 21, 2011, at his home
in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. With God at his
back the old Map Maker is at peace float-
ing through the heavenly constellations he
loved so much. Born March 25, 1917, in
Washington, D.C., to Andrea and
Vincenza Vallario Frangioni, he was the oldest of three chil-
dren. Following graduation from McKinley Tech High School
in 1935, Tony married his high school sweetheart, Sarah
Naomi Lanham. He was a superb athlete in his youth, an engi-
neer by trade, and later a cartographer by choice. He started
work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Ft. Myer, Va.,
helped lay out and build Bolling Field as well as Anacostia
Naval Base, Washington, D.C., before embarking upon the
adventure of a lifetime when in 1940 he took his young wife
and small daughter, Loretta Kay, to the Panama Canal Zone.
During World War 11 Tony worked as a Lead Engineer with
the Corps of Engineers building facilities associated with the
protection of the Canal. Two sons, Andrea P. and Ralph K.,
Jr., were born there on the Canal Zone.
In 1946 Tony became a charter employee of the Inter-
American Geodetic Survey (IAGS), an Army Map Service
organization tasked with mapping the Americas. On into the
1950s, using his bilingual talents, engineering and surveying
skills, Tony traveled throughout Central and South America
mapping those continents by the stars. By 1952 he was Chief
of the Cartographic School for IAGS; he managed the instruc-
tion of mapping skills with students from countries all over
Latin America.

He became very active in Freemasonry work while in the
Canal Zone, was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a York
Rite Knight Templar and was a Past Potentate ofAbou Saad
Shrine, Past Patron of Eastern Star also. He served many
years as Secretary of the C.Z. Scottish Rite Temple, was rec-
ognized with many honors and awards...received Rainbow's
Grand Cross of Color and Demolay's Legion of Honor.
Tony transferred in 1967 back to Washington with the
U.S. Army Map Service, then chose retirement in February
1969. Thereafter he and Naomi moved to Clearwater, Fla.,
where he dabbled in real estate, remained active in
Freemasonry, the Shrine and enjoyed playing golf. 1985
brought the move to Fort Walton Beach with his ailing wife
so they could be near son Ralph. Three years later he lost
Naomi to cancer.
Great happiness came when he met and married his angel,
Dorothy Sirmon Koregay. Equally satisfying were the lov-
ing relationships developed with Dorothy's grown children,
their families, her devoted sisters, brother and spouses! Their
22 years together brought love to each and joy to the entire
blended family. Tony became active in Alpha Masonic Lodge
in Fort Walton Beach and the Shrine. Both were active in
Eastern Star and their beloved First United Methodist Church
in various meaningful ministries of Christian service. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Tony was predeceased by his wife, S. Naomi Frangioni;
son, Andrea P. Frangioni; his sister, Carmela Frangioni
Gissendanner; and his brother, Kenneth Francis Frangioni.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Kay (Gerald M.
"Jerry") Pierce, of Conroe, Texas; his son, Ralph K.
Frangioni, Jr. (Marie) of Fort Walton Beach; Dorothy's son,
Donald Kornegay (Lisa) of Niceville, Fla.; daughter, Marian
McBryde (Don) of Fort Walton Beach; son, Dennis Kornegay
(Betsey Potter) of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Karen Lusk
(Kevin) of Crestview, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-
grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.

f. Bernice B. Garzone, 80, of
6' Inverness, Fla., passed away September
23, 2011. She was born Bernice Barbara
Churico in Reading, Pa., to George and
Jean Churico (nee Paoline); she had ten
siblings. She moved to Staten Island as a
young girl, where she later met her late husband of 41 years,
Pasquale Pat Garzone of Staten Island, N.Y., where they
resided until 1977 when they moved to the Panama Canal
Zone. They resided in Gamboa, Panama, after Pasquale was
hired as a Tugboat Captain for the Dredging Division in the
Panama Canal Zone, until he retired in 1983. They then
returned to Staten Island, where they spent the next two years
until moving to Inverness, Fla.
Before retiring to Inverness, Fla., Bernice worked for
many years as a stocks and bonds clerk for Manufacturers
Hanover Bank in lower Manhattan, N.Y. She also worked
many years as a Nurse's Aide with Doctors Hospital on Staten
Island, N.Y., before moving to Panama where she worked for
the Gamboa Woman's Club in Gamboa. In her spare time,
Bernice loved to be around and spend time with her family.
She also loved to root for the N.Y. Mets and Yankees, play


bingo, and make trips to Biloxi and Las Vegas with friends,
and she was quite the homemaker. She took care of her moth-
er until she could no more.
Bernice was a mother to five children, her late son Patrick
A. Garzone Sr.; and surviving are her sons, John R. Garzone
and his wife Rae Garzone, of Cornwallville, N.Y., Anthony F.
Garzone, of Inverness, Fla., Michael D. Garzone and his wife
Denise Garzone of Staten Island, N.Y.; daughter Lisa
Garzone-Meehan and her husband Maurice J. Meehan Sr. of
Inverness, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren. Bernice is also sur-
vived by 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grand-

Captain George T. Hull, 80, died
on September 7, 2011 in Panama City,
Panama. He was born in Missouri on
January 7, 1931. He was the former direc-
tor of the Marine Bureau from 1981 to
1997, served in his position longer than any
of his predecessors. The position of Marine
Director of the former Panama Canal Commission historical-
ly was occupied by active duty United States Naval Officers.
The last to occupy that position as an active duty officer was
Captain Hull until 1983, when the position was converted to
a civilian post within the Commission. Captain Hull retired
from the U.S. Navy at that time and continued serving as a
civilian Marine Director until his retirement from the Canal in
During his leadership at the Marine Bureau the bureau
was reorganized to improve Canal operations; a management
team was formed for the control and handling of hazardous
cargoes; and the Pilot Training Program was restructured, giv-
ing opportunities to more Panamanian pilots. Under his direc-
tion, the Panama Canal Universal Measurement System and
the Transit Reservation System were implemented. In addi-
tion, during his tenure the Marine Traffic Control System was
modernized and expanded to meet growing demands of
worldwide traffic.
An ACP news release stated that, "Captain Hull's achieve-
ments during his time with the Canal, his dedication and com-
mitment to Canal operations have left a hole in this organiza-

Father Arthur Kolinsky, C.M., born
on December 6, 1943 in New York, third of
four brothers, passed away September 20,
2011. In 1958 he entered St. Joseph's
Seminary in Princeton, N.J., where he was
It buried. He made his vows on June 11, 1963
and was ordained a priest on May 29, 1971.
He went to Panama to work in the area of Baru, Chiriqui
and began his ministry eight years later in Michigan, visiting
migrant families working the harvests. He returned to Colon
from 1982 to 1984 and then worked with Father John
Kennedy on bilingual missions for about 20 years. In 1995 he
returned to Puerto Armuelles again until 1999. He lived in the
seminary residence in New York for some years, serving as
chaplain to responders after the fall of the Twin Towers in


2001. He continued his work as an itinerant missionary for a
few years until he was assigned to the Vincentian mission in
Charlotte, N.C. After treatments for his illness, he returned to
the parish in Charlotte in August 2011.
He is survived by his family members in Williston Park,

Shirley Sullivan Makibbin, 83, died June 18, 2011 in
Newport News, Va. Born in 1928 in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone, she was the second generation of her
family to attend Balboa Elementary and High School. After
graduating with a B.A. in English from the University of
California at Los Angeles, she returned home to teach in the
Canal Zone Schools, where she became a principal and super-
visor of instruction. She received a master's degree in reading
from Boston University, studying under Donald Durrell. In
1990 she was named Chief of the Education Division of the
Department of Defense Dependents Schools and moved to
Arlington, Va. She spent the next five years traveling through-
out the world, implementing "The Study of Teaching" profes-
sional development model. She gave many presentations at
international and national conferences about her work. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband George
David Makibbin, also of the Panama Canal Zone. She is sur-
vived by her daughter Marsha Makibbin Sprague and her son-
in-law Al Sprague of Yorktown, Va.; her daughter Lisa
Makibbin Barnett and her son-in-law John Barnett of
Gordonville, Texas; her sister, Paula Sullivan of New Britain,
Conn.; and two granddaughters.

Mathew Carl Manning left this world way too soon on
July 27, 2011. He was born in the Canal Zone on August 30,
1947, to John F. and Jeannette G. Manning. After high school,
he joined the Air Force and was posted to Elmendorf Air
Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked as a
Pharmacy Technician. He received his Associate in Science
degree from the University of Alaska.
He loved Alaska and even though he left the service, he
remained in Anchorage for 35 years. He worked on the Alaska
Pipeline, among other jobs, and finished his career working as
a Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning specialist. He
retired from U.S. Government service in 2007 and moved to
Albuquerque, N.M., to be closer to his family. He was an avid
golfer and enjoyed mall-walking when the weather didn't per-
mit golfing. He had a wicked sense of humor and a vast
knowledge of arcane subjects which was a constant source of
amazement to his family and friends.
He is survived by his siblings: John P. Manning of Little
Hollywood, Fla., James B. Manning of Albuquerque, N.M.;
Helen M. Manning of Dallas, Texas; and Mark K. and Susan
T. Manning of Charlotte, N.C.

Shirley Dell Marine, 88, of San Antonio, Texas, passed
away on August 3, 2011. A former Army nurse who served in
WWII, Shirley met her husband, Tom, while working at
Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. Later, she

worked at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Maryland and
Wilford Hall in San Antonio.
Shirley loved being with family, playing the piano, and
singing while washing dishes. A cherished wife and mother,
she was a gentle loving soul to all who knew her--she will be
dearly missed. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Thomas G.
Marine; children: Tom Marine, Jr. and wife, Debra; Raymond
Marine; Tina Hutchinson and husband, Keith; and three

Maxine Baggott Nolde, 68, of Dothan, Ala., passed away
October 8, 2011 at a local hospital. She was born March 9,
1943 in New York, N.Y. and spent the early part of her life in
the Panama Canal Zone. She moved to Alabama in 1971. She
was employed with the U.S. Government for 19 years.
She was a member of Harvest Church in Dothan. and a
member of the Panama Canal Society. She was preceded in
death by her first husband Hulon J. Martin, a son Steve
Martin, and a brother F. M. Baggott.
Survivors include her husband Larry Nolde; a daughter
Helene; a son-in-law Steve; a stepdaughter Lori; a step-
grandson and step-granddaughter; two brothers; and three sis-

Shirley Anne Procter passed
away August 24, 2011. She was born in
Brockton, Mass., the first child born to
Roswell and Florence Tobin and sister to
Brothers Roswell Jr. "Butch", Charles,
and Terry (all predeceased), and sister to
Clara "Princess" Normandin of Land
O'Lakes, Fla.
The family relocated from Brockton, Mass., to the
Panama Canal Zone in 1942. Her dad was employed as a
welder for the Panama Canal. Her formative years were spent
residing in Margarita, C.Z., where she attended elementary
school. She attended Cristobal High School and graduated
with the Class of '55. She was later employed by the Panama
Canal Schools Division for a brief period. She met Peter
Procter, U.S. Navy. They later married in the Holy Family
Catholic Church in Margarita, C.Z. Peter and Shirley then left
Panama for the U.S. due to reassignment. After retiring from
the Navy, Peter, Shirley and family returned home to Panama
in 1973. After Peter retired from Marine Traffic in 1986,
Shirley and Peter moved to Jacksonville, Fla.
Shirley was a longtime member of the Panama Canal
Society and attended every Reunion from 1988 to 2010. She
was unable to attend the 2011 Reunion due to her health.
Shirley had a special place in her heart for Panama and the
friends that she made there.

She was a cherished wife of 54 years to Peter, a loving
mother to five children: Marylee Manley, wife of Neal
(deceased) of Orange Park; Peter (Kathy) of Green Cove
Springs; Stephen of Las Vegas, Nev.; Catherine (Ray, a close
family friend) of Jacksonville; and Michael (Jane) of
Jacksonville. She was an adored grandmom "Nama" to nine
grandchildren and beloved great-grandmother to two great-

Father Charles Shanley, C.M.,
born on January 19, 1921 in New York,
passed away on September 22, 2011. He
served in the Marines during World War
II. He entered seminary as a Vincentian on
June 15, 1948 and was ordained on June 4,
1955 with Father Charles Schuster (who
died in Soloy on July 30) and Gerard Deitzer, former director
of the Colegio San Vincente (David).
He served as a priest for over 20 years in Colon, moving
in 1982 to the apostolate of seminary formation in the U.S.A.
He returned to Panama to be superior and pastor at Balboa in
1987. In 1993 he began work in the training of seminarians in
Panama in Centro Vicentino, Teologado and Vincentian
Residence in Concepcion. He returned to Philadelphia in
1998 to further support the Internal Seminary in Philadelphia
and then to serve in general ministry until his illness incapac-
itated him a year ago. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by the Shanley and Murphy families of
Whitestone, N.Y.

SJohn M. Zelnick, 67, of Broken
Arrow, Okla., died October 2, 2011, in
Broken Arrow. He was born September
13. 1944 in Chicago, Ill., the son of
Ernest W. Zelnick and Ruth C. (Wright)
Zelnick. He graduated from Balboa High
School in 1962. He married Nancy
Zelnick November 24, 1967 in Twin
Falls, Idaho. John was a retired Ameri-
Trust financial analyst.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; four chil-
dren: Murray Zelnick of Dallas, Texas; Paul Zelnick of
Laredo, Texas; Leila Zelnick of Seattle, Wash.; and David
Zelnick of Broken Arrow; one sister, Carol Richmond of
Essex, Conn.; one brother, Paul Zelnick of Little Rock, Ark.;
and three grandchildren.

Obituary pictures may be emailed to
editor( or mailed to the Panama
Canal Society office. Emailed pictures must be submitted
in a jpeg or tif format in 300 DPI or higher.

% The Panama Canal Society Office will be closed
starting on Saturday, December 17, 2011 and
' will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.



The weekend of September 23-25, 2011 found friends
gathering in Nashville, Tenn., for a fun girls weekend. Valerie
Kruger (BHS'73), Lynn Saarinen (BHS'74) and Pam
Thompson Langston (BHS'76) were hosted in Nashville by
Julie Boos (BHS'75). While there, the girls attended an arti-
san arts and crafts fair and attended the Nashville Wine on the
River Festival.


Following the Memorial Service held for Ralph K.
"Tony" Frangioni, on Saturday, August 27, 2011, a reception
was held at First United Methodist Church in Fort Walton
Beach, Fla.
The blended family (Tony's and Dorothy Kornegay
Frangioni) were touched by the many who were able to
attend the services--first the Masonic service and then the
Church Memorial.
A very special joy were the presence of these "Canal
Zone" friends who journeyed from other parts of Florida: Bill
and Mary Elizabeth Derr, Pensacola; Skip and Beverly
Rowley, Tallahassee; Bob and Cheryl Russell, Sun City
Center: and Llewellyn "Butch" Zent, Tampa, who joined the
family of Ralph K. Frangioni, Jr., at the Memorial; Butch
throughout his life called Tony "Dad Frangioni" and is con-
sidered part of the family.


Pam Thompson L
Valerie Kruger.

The rest of the weekend was filled with lots of laughter,
good food and wine and time spent catching up. As Lynn said,
"It was good to be with my tribe!" It was a great weekend
with great friends!

Pam Thompson Langston
Harrison, Ark.


Thought this might be an interesting article for the Canal
Record and its readers.
"The Panama Canal set a new tonnage transit record in the
fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. The transit of 322.1
million CP-Swabian tons exceeded by 2.9% the previous
record of 312.9 million tons CP-Swabians set in 2007. The
figure is a 7.1% increase over 2010.
"'This is an unprecedented achievement in the 97 years of
Canal operations,' said the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)
Administrator Alberto Zubieta German. It reflects the ability
of Panama to operate and manage this important maritime
trade route, he said.
"For fiscal year 2012, which started October 1, the ACP
projects another record with over 332.5 million tons of CP-
Swabian passing through, a 3.7% increase."

Vicki Sizemore
Albrook, R.P.

Gerald "Jerry", Kay (Frangioni), Lorie Pierce, Jan Pierce
Stallings and Kathy Pierce Hancock.

Kay Pierce
Conroe, Texas


On behalf of BHS Class of '65, I had the honor of pre-
senting a Panama Canal "Museum in a Trunk" to the
Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District on October 6, 2011. A
ceremony beyond my wildest expectations was held at the
Oaklawn Language Academy in Charlotte, N.C. The students
had made decorations and also prepared speeches about the
Canal and Panama. Before I spoke, they presented me with a
plaque thanking BHS'65 for donating the trunk.
According to Mara Cobe from the Global Studies
Department, the "Museum in a Trunk" will be a true travel-
ing trunk passing from school to school in years to come;
helping to keep our heritage and the history of the Panama
Canal alive. Also attending the ceremony were George
Linfors (BHS'65) and Diane Brown Linfors (BHS'64) who
helped to fund the trunk.


The enclosed photo was taken on September 14, 2011 in
SCorpus Christi, Texas, at the 85th Anniversary event of the
opening of the Port of Corpus Christi. The ceremony was
attended by Captain Donald P. Garrido, former Chief Pilot
at the Panama Canal, Mr. Alberto Aleman Zubieta,
S. Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, and Mrs. Betsy
B I. Aquin Cameron (BHS'72), Special Projects Manager, City
of San Antonio, Texas.
S- '' Mr. Alberto Aleman Zubieta was the guest speaker at the
Seventh and gave a talk on the history and expansion of the
Panama Canal.

miane ana ueorge Linrors wltn -Museum in a IrunK

Diane Linfors and Marie Petrea with student art work of
Panama Canal.

Mara Cobe, Marie Petrea, Danny Aleman, George
Linfors, Diane Linfors, and Carmen Concepci6n.

Danny Aleman
Charlotte, N.C.

Captain Donald P. Garrido, Alberto Aleman Zubieta, and
Betsy I. Acquin Cameron.

Lydia Garrido
San Antonio, Texas


Now called Milly Del Rubio, I just received word that she
died last month in California (see With Deep Sorrow). She
was the last of the Boyd triplets to die; her sisters Elena and
Edythe died years ago.
They grew up with me in Panama. In 1921 they were the
first triplets ever born at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone.
They went to Balboa High School with me in the Canal Zone.
Their father was Dr. Boyd, who, together with Theodore
Roosevelt, created the new Republic of Panama. Dr. Boyd
later became Panamanian Ambassador to the United States.
There he met and married a beautiful American girl who was
related to a past president of the U.S. This beautiful American
girl became the mother of the Boyd triplets.
Exceedingly wealthy they lived in a gorgeous home in
Panama City. I went to all their birthday parties in Panama
and shall never forget those biggest fresh peaches I had ever
seen. Our commissaries didn't carry fruit like that.

Every weekend the triplets arrived, in a chauffeur-driven
limo, at Barneby St. in the Canal Zone to play with us
Americans in Balboa. Billie Bowen and Bea Monsanto on
Barneby St. were their favorites. I had the most fun with
Milly. We climbed trees, went swimming, played hide and
seek in the jungle; prevailed upon the chauffeur to take us for
a ride. This went on until they were iuniors in high school.







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Back (L-R): Milly and Eadie Boyd, Eileen Malone. Center
(L-R): Malone cousin, Jeanne Flynn. Kneeling (L-R): Mary
Sullivan, Elsie Lawyer. Front: Mary Malone and Joanne
Flynn, Balboa, Canal Zone, 1935.

Then they became starstruck, moved to California, and
became the Del Rubios instead of the Boyds. Milly often
wrote to me, describing in detail their visit to Ginger Rogers
and what Ginger's home was like. I still have that letter. They
eventually became quite famous as the Del Rubios, appearing
on such programs as Late Night with David Letterman and the
Golden Girls.
Alas, it does seem so sad to me that today none of the obit-
uaries in the California papers make mention of the fact that
their name was BOYD and they came from Panama.

Jeanne Stough
San Antonio, Texas



The Gerald M. "Jerry" and Kay (Frangioni) Pierce
family gathers annually at The High's RiverHouse (friends of
many years) on the San Bernard River, not far from Lake
Jackson, Texas. To our immense delight and for our complete
pleasure, a brand-new addition greeted us upon arrival!
We were there near the end of June to celebrate three
birthdays that fall on three successive days each year: Lorie
Pierce June 22, Mallory Stallings June 23, and Jan Pierce
Stallings June 24.
The weekend included "crabbing" off the dock for blue
crabs--hoping for the granddaddies each time we baited the
traps. The river's bounty was sparse this year but Jerry had
arranged a "just-in-case" order from a local seafood shop for
blue crabs and magnificent fresh shrimp.
The long table which yearly wears a blanket of saved
newspapers welcomes the caught and the bought crabs and
shrimp which have been boiled to "just right" in Zatarain's
Louisiana Shrimp & Crab Boil by our reigning chef Jerry!
The standard accompaniments of corn on the cob, tater tots
precede a large cake--flavors chosen by the birthday "girls."
One of them wanted half lemon poppy seed and half red vel-
vet this year--uh, huh! in her 18-year-old dreams! We never
forget to add Blue Bell ice cream when it's time for the orig-
inal "Happy Birthday" followed by Tony Frangioni's second

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Pierce. Middle (L-R): Kathy Pierce Hancock, Jan Pierce
Stallings, Kay Pierce. Front (L-R): Melissa Hancock, Sarah
Hancock Earl, Stephanie Hancock, Mallory Stallings.

The younger members of the family lived in their wet or
dry bathing suits during daylight hours, loving the outdoor
pleasures: boating, swimming in the river, and waterskiing.
An afternoon of trapshooting attracted some while others
were just content to watch and applaud!
Enjoying the pleasures of sharing meals, many snacks,
playing board games (to the chagrin of one "viejo"!) while
appreciating the comfort of air conditioning in the heat of the
summer was a treat for us all in the evenings.

Kay Pierce
Conroe, Texas


Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux and her niece Katherine
Egolf traveled to Germany in September to trace their fami-
ly's roots. Their travel companions included nine other
descendents of George Adam Egolf (1720-1795), who came
to Pennsylvania from Unterschefflenz, Germany in 1738. As
it turned out, these cousins of Barbara's and Katherine's, only
two of whom they had met previously at a George Adam
Egolf descendents' reunion, were even closer related than
they had anticipated as they were descended from the same
son of George Adam Egolf, John Michael Egolf (1754-1845)
an American Revolutionary War soldier, and the same grand-
son, Adam Egolf (1783-1870). Others on the tour were
spouses of many of the Egolf descendents, members of the
Reading, Pa., Liederkranz group and friends.
In each town and city on the itinerary--Mainz, Rudesheim,
Speyer, Strasbourg (France), Reutlingen, Unterschefflenz,
Heidelberg, and Marktheidenfeld--the group viewed the
sights and had a chance in most to enjoy the cafes in or near
the town square and shop. One highlight of the trip was a half-
day cruise on the Rhine at Rudesheim.

Back (L-R): Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Katherine Egolf, and
Sue (Egolf) Saponsky. Front (L-R): Jim, Scott, and Randy
Egolf, floating down the Rhine.

The visit to Reutlingen, the partner city of Reading, was
another highlight. The group was greeted by the mayor.
Barbara Bosch, at a reception where a German music group
entertained the Americans, many of whom had roots that
could be traced to the area. The next day the group's picture
and an accompanying article appeared in the Reutlinger
The group left Reutlingen for Unterschefflenz, a small vil-
lage about two hours away by bus and the location of the
Egolf Brewery, owned by Gunter Egolf, possibly a common
descendent of a German even before George Adam Egolf's
time. The group was thrilled with the warm welcome Gunter
provided, the Egolf Brewery signs that made for great photo
ops, the delicious lunch the brewery served--and, of course,
the beer!! The Egolfs and others stocked up on Egolf Brewery
beer, mugs, glasses and toy trucks to take home from the

brewery, which was recognized in the late 1980s by the
Guinness Book of li I, Records as the smallest commercial
brewery in Germany.
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Cousins left to right presenting Breumeister Gunter Egolf
with Hex Plaque Jim Egolf, Nancy (Egolf) March, Larry
Egolf, Sherylene Schollenberger, Gunter Egolf, Denise
Buckwalter, Randy Egolf, Katherine Egolf, Scott Egolf,
Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, and Sue (Egolf) Saponsky.
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Katherine Egolf, Breumeister Gunter Egolf, and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux, at Egolf Brewery in Unterschefflenz.

The trip was a never-to-be forgotten experience for the
Egolfs and Reading travelers. Besides the sightseeing,
Barbara and Katherine also enjoyed visiting with the others as
Barbara's parents, Leon and Ruth Egolf, and two of her older
siblings, Harry (Katherine's father) and Ruth, came to the
Canal Zone from Reading. They felt as though they were
learning more about their roots in both Germany and the
United States.
For Zonians who would like to go to an Octoberfest and
don't want to make the long trip to Germany, the Octoberfest
the Reading Leiderkranz puts on draws thousands each year.
Barbara says, "If the fun-loving Reading Liederkranz mem-
bers on our trip are any indication of what their Octoberfest is
like, you'll have a great time partaking in their German her-
itage in this way!"

Katherine Egolf
St. Petersburg, Fla.


The proverb "a rolling stone gathers no moss" perfectly
describes the cornerstone of Tom and Jessie Grimison
Gorgona home, and their descendants. Originally from
Easton, Pa., Tom often said he had "no intention of returning
to Pennsylvania to shovel snow," so they bought a beach
house overlooking a small cove on the Pacific Ocean, fifty
miles from Panama City, Republic of Panama circa 1928.

Grimison Gorgona house near completion

Grimison Gorgona house completed

Grimison original Gorgona home

In terms of history, this was not long after the Panama
Canal bustling construction era town of Gorgona, known as
'the Pittsburg of the Canal Zone," standing on the banks of
the Chagres River over a hundred years, was abandoned when
Gatun Lake was flooded. Some of the town and its residents
were relocated to the interior in August 1913 and became
Nueva Gorgona.
During the week, Tom worked for the railroad, Jessie
worked for the commissary, but old photos show they spent
many weekends at the new Gorgona, often sitting on the steps
of their wooden house at the end of a day's work. The house
stood on stilts, had screen windows surrounding the entire
structure which allowed for ventilation, and a metal roof that
extending out and sloping down kept wind-driven rain from
blowing inside. Tom hauled rocks from the beach, and spent
many years enclosing the ground level with stone and mortar.
The result was an attractive home, above which perched the
original wooden house. It was a very popular place after they
retired where they entertained relatives and friends, many of
whom came from the U.S.

Thirty years ago, the late Harmodito Arias became the
third owner of the Grimison property and his heirs replaced
the Grimison stone house with a four-story condo. Charlie
and Julieta Morris' beach home is across the road, and see-
ing the house being demolished, Charlie rescued the corer-
stone inscribed, Jesseaside 1936, from the rubble. (My
grandmother's given name was Jesse, thus the inscription was
a nice play on words.)
After 65 years, the cornerstone was once again a stone
alone, in the Morris' Gorgona garden until 2007, when
Richard and Diana Grimison transported it to Fort Amador.
There it stayed several more years in Andy Efthimiadis' gar-
den. When Dennis Huff retired from the ACP in February
2011, his wife Peggy joined him in Panama to ship her 19-
year-old BMW to Florida. She was asked to put the corner-
stone in the trunk of her car, and her brother Doug Hale was
enlisted to find the cornerstone and put it in the trunk before
delivering the BMW for shipment.
When Peggy and Dennis Huff retrieved their car in
Miami, the trunk revealed that the stone had made the Atlantic
voyage unscathed. Upon arriving home, they had a dilemma
of how to get the 250-pound stone out of a deep trunk? Being
resourceful, Dennis used a long plank to lift the stone about 8
inches to the trunk edge, then rolled it to the ground without
dropping it onto his foot or cracking his garage floor. Rolling
the stone into the corer of his garage was just a temporary


measure. Dennis needed to get the stone up into his SUV in
order to transport it 12 miles to Cocoa Beach, and enlisted a
houseguest to help.
Two days later I received a call that the cornerstone was
on its way to my house. I felt it was perfect timing as I'd just
left the wheelbarrow on my driveway. Peggy and Dennis
arrived in their SUV, and parked halfway up my driveway.
I was waiting, prepared with the plank we'd needed in
order to roll the stone down from the SUV into the wheelbar-
row. As fate would have it, just as the stone plopped into the
wheelbarrow, the three of us saw the wheelbarrow tire go flat!
It was very hard not to burst out laughing at our predicament,
but realizing we had no options, we dug in and pushed the
flat-tired wheelbarrow as best we could manage with a 250-lb
stone, and gently dumped it in the nearest flower bed. The
mission was completed.
If the Jesseaside 1936 cornerstone could speak, it would
have its own tales to tell of all the laughter and tears it has wit-
nessed. Its life it began on a Pacific beach in Central America,
was embedded seven decades in a much-loved home, spent
almost a decade in a former Canal Zone garden, was con-
cealed in a BMW trunk, and traveled a week on the Atlantic
Ocean. For now, it is resting in a Cocoa Beach, Fla.. garden,
many years and miles from its point of origin. Nobody can
say for sure where it might roll next, but one thing is certain.
This cornerstone, like Tom and Jesse Grimison descendants,
has gathered no moss.

Gorgona cornerstone in U.S.

Many thanks to Charlie Morris, Richard and Diana
Grimison, Doug Hale, and my good friends Peggy and Dennis
Huff. Always game for adventure, they assured that the
Jesseaside 1936 cornerstone made it to my house in Florida!

Janice G Scott
Cocoa Beach, Fla.

DECEMBER 31, 2011.

Give a gift membership to the / ,
Panama Canal Society to family S.
and friends as a holiday gift or
for birthdays! See page 63 for V
the membership form." O


George Garcia and his committee, Diane McKenna
Marsh, Rita James Fenwick, Leonard Wilson, John
Eberenz, William "Bill" Arnold, and Harold Smith, met in
March of 2011 to organize the Golden Jubilee for the Class of
1961. After the meeting the committee felt that they had put
together a great two-day event.
The invitation went out late in March and the complaints
started coming in like Beep-Beep the Road Runner. After
appeasing several of the classmates, a total of 56 classmates
decided to attend. Several only wanted or could attend the
buffet dinner but most opted to attend both the buffet dinner
and enjoy the activities in the Hospitality Suite.
Festivities began on the morning of July 8 with a conti-
nental breakfast in the Hospitality Suite. Hors d'oeuvres were
offered in the afternoon hours because the buffet dinner was
that evening.
The dinner was served buffet style. There was an open bar
and I can tell you that the Canal Zone bunch didn't disap-
point--they really can drink! The tables were decorated with
red and white tablecloths and at the center of each table there
were three glass cylinders with pictures of a few of our class-
mates. All of the classmates' name were scattered over the 10
tables. The "favors" for our dinner were small boxes of four
pieces of chocolates handmade at Angell & Phelps in Daytona
Beach. The boxes were imprinted with "Balboa High School
50th Class Reunion." Mr. Patrick Frost provided back-
ground music on his steel drum.
Other than the meal and the booze, one of the highlights
of our dinner was having our classmate, Father John Reade,
offer the invocation and grace before the meal.
On Saturday, July 9, we again offered a continental break-
fast in the Hospitality Suite. At noon, we offered a buffet of
"latino" foods. Empanadas, Arroz con Polio, and Ropa Vieja
were among the offered foods. The Havana Caf6 in Orlando
provided the food. Diane McKenna Marsh did an outstanding
job of keeping things running smoothly in the Hospitality
Suite. A special thanks goes to Susie Donahue for serving as
our bartender and overseer in the Hospitality Suite.
I was worried that my classmates didn't have a good time
or enjoy the reunion; but from the emails I received when I
got home, I think we, the committee, did an outstanding job.
I think we raised the bar for future reunions. And I promised
to chair the 75th!

George Garcia
Chairperson Emeritus

BHS 1961

Back: Diane McKenna Marsh and Lyn "Mimi" Stratford Back: Tom Mallia and Leonard Wilson. Front: Lyn
Maria Izquierdo-Whitaker. Front: Collins and Debbie Bathke "Mimi" Stratford Collins and Maria Izquierdo-
Curtis Fitzgerald. Zinni. Whitaker.

Jackie Ashton Wagner, Barbara Chieffalo Thomas, Beverly
Bowman Wood, Marie "Peanut" Powell Morris, and Louise
Pptprc Mntnlrolln

Louise Peters Monlicello, Zoraida "To3" Lugo Ba
Leonard Wilson, and Rose Mary Monzon Rindfusz.

George Garcia and Rita Jones Fenwick

oan rBarreett (BHS) ar
Barrett (BHS'62) Hare.


Roberta Hollander Musco
Rosemary Hollander McCorkle.

Lortie and Bob Or is, Barbara Dedeau :ini1
Bobby Morris. Jerr aJiid Marcir Fu\

Billy McKeown, B4
and Irwin Frank.



(L to R) Front Row: Bob Russell, Rose Rindfusz, Kathy Wilder, Alice Forsythe, Aura Wilder, Al Wilder and Cheryl
Russell. Back Row: Ed Rindfusz, Jared Rindfusz, Albert Hanson, Tom Wilder, Bob Forsythe, Jim Gerhart, Dorothy
Gerhart, Davis Stevenson, Elaine (Peterson) Little, Mike Little, and Carol (Peterson) Krueger. Not pictured Barbara



by Brian Allen

A quick tug on the whistle
3'40 signaled that the S.S. Cristobal
was secure in her namesake port.
The pungent waterfront air was
cut with a scent that made every stevedore pause to breathe
deep of its fragrant promise. The aging queen of the Panama
Canal Company fleet was half passenger ship and half
freighter. A Zone icon, she was launched in 1939 to ferry
cargo and personnel between the states and Panama. She was
a WWII combat veteran but the precious cargo in her hold this
December day was no less than Christmas.
When every day is balmy and your winter wear is shorts
and flip-flops, no autumn colors or gentle snowfall heralds
the approach of Christmas. Be it mango, coconut or papaya,
all trees are forever green in Panama. Perhaps because we
were so removed from sleigh bells and snowballs, Zonies did
what they could to give a little bit of the stateside Christmas
experience to their kids. Nothing signaled that Christmas was
coming more than when the S.S. Cristobal docked two weeks
before the big day with a hold full of Christmas trees.
Shopping for one of those trees could be compared to a
gold rush or wedding gown sale. It was not for the meek. It
was a rite of passage and mine came in '63 when I was ten
years old. I beamed the day Mom invited me to join her and
my older brother Steve in the fray. The trees for the Atlantic
side were stored securely in a Navy Coco Solo warehouse
near the old dirigible field. Commissary personnel girded
their loins for the tree sale jokingly referred to as the tree riot.
It started at seven and the entire shipment would be gone by
Mom parked the station wagon as close to the double wide
freight doors as the early traffic would allow. Anyone serious
about honoring the Prince of Peace was already jostling for a
good pole position. The rising sun was warm and we joined
the rest of the Atlantic side milling before the warehouse.
Mom briefed the troops. "Steve, you go to the right. Brian,
you go to the left. I'll go to the back wall. Grab two trees and
meet me in the middle. We'll compare them and take home
the best one."
I was eager to prove my worth. "What kinda tree do we
Steve, a tree veteran at thirteen, rolled his eyes but Mom
was patient. "No Scotch Pines, they're too prickly. No Blue
Spruce, they just don't look right. Get a regular Christmas
pine tree that's full of branches. Look for a tall one, our ceil-
ing is ten feet high." She tousled my hair and smiled. In our
house, if the crowning star wasn't within a handbreath of the
ceiling, it was no tree. I figured if I found one twice my height
plus a leg, I might have a contender.
We exchanged season's greetings with our friends and
neighbors in the crowd. On the Atlantic side, everyone is a
friend or neighbor but the upturned expressions fell to grim
determination when the shackles behind the doors started to
rattle. Seldom used rollers creaked and a wave of pine scent
washed over us. The charge was checked for just an instant as

the shoppers took a spontaneous breath of Christmas. Then
the tide of humanity rushed the portal with the minimum tol-
erable amount of goodwill toward men.
The trees were bundled like sausages and layered three
deep against each wall and around every pillar. I headed left
and grabbed the two tallest within my short reach. By the time
I turned around with my catch, the open warehouse floor had
become a living forest. It was a hand-borne woodland that
migrated in every direction; each tree searching for approval.
I soon learned the folly of wearing shorts in a pine needle
bramble. The foliage was too thick and tall to see beyond the
tree in front of me, and the landmarks moved. I couldn't see
the walls but I could see the roof and followed the beams
toward the middle of the building.
My arms itched from the two I had in hand; my legs were
pricked and scratched from passing needles. I didn't see
Mom, I couldn't see Steve. For a minute I thought I was in
deep tannenbaum. A particularly firry branch goosed me and
I turned to catch Steve grinning.
"Oww, Stevie!" I tried to bring a much too big jousting
lance to bear.
"Don't call me Stevie." He whipped the branch at my
family ornaments.
Mom interrupted with a curt, "Boys! Knock it off. Santa's
watching." We snapped back to apple-cheeked angels. We
were a little too old to believe in Santa, but we believed in
Mom and she wouldn't stand for public embarrassment. She
assessed each tree for height, symmetry, and fullness. She
shook them, if too many needles fell off it was too dry. "Let's
take Brian's tree this time."
I beamed. It may have been a beginner's pity pick but a
win over Stevie is a win. As we headed home with the tree
safely lashed to the wagon's luggage rack, I silently mouthed,
il ,in likes me best." Steve secretly flipped me, "Your tree is
number one," finger.
Little brothers Bill and Stuart were eager to help wrestle
it up the four flights of steps to our third floor naval barracks
turned apartment. Baby sisters Bev and Lori couldn't keep
their hands off the odd feeling needles and crying "Ick," when
their hands turned sticky with sap. Dad directed Steve in the
fine art of cutting the trunk off at an angle so it could absorb
water and snipped the spindly top branch so it would support
the star and clear the ceiling. Once it was upright and relaxed,
we noticed a bare spot in the middle. Dad fixed that by
drilling a couple of holes in the trunk and plugging them with
branches trimmed from the bottom. Then the tag team tree
trimming began.
Once the neighborhood had their trees bedecked, outdoor
decorating began in earnest. Light cords were unknotted and
burnt bulbs were hunted down and replaced. Endless strings
of colored lights framed windows frosted by snow-in-a-can.
Royal palm trees were wrapped in red and white lights like
three story sugar canes. Two dimensional Santas, reindeer,
and snowmen waved at passersby. Graffiti in glitter pro-
claimed joy, noel, and peace on earth. Nativity scenes sprang
up on every block.
The final herald of Christmas was the jolly old fat man
himself. On Christmas Eve a parade of good-hearted volun-
teers circled the streets of Gatun, Margarita, and Coco Solo.
The holiday convoy brought a brass band, carolers, and


candy-tossing elves. Our local St. Nick brought presents for
every boy and girl. No matter what your age or Santa beliefs,
you could not help being delighted when the plywood rein-
deer drew a trailer-sized sleigh around the corer.
Dad had joined the convoy this year. He had slapped a
revolving yellow light on the cab of his red pickup and vol-
unteered to haul carolers. We could hear them singing a Zone
favorite as they approached.
" true love gave to me,
Twelve fat Conejos,
Eleven traipsing tapirs,
Ten green iguanas,
Nine armadillos,
Eight boa constrictors,
Seven golden frogs,
Six gato solos,
Four screaming buzzards,
Three kinkajous,
Two crocodiles,
And a pico feo in a mango tree."
It was excruciating to watch Santa stop for the kids up the
street. But we knew we had to hold our ground and wait for
him to come to us. With over twenty kids in our building his
reining in was a sure bet. Certainly one of us had been good.
Chris Kringle arrived with a beard that hung from his ears and
a hoarse, "Ho, ho, ho." A young girl in cat eye glasses read
names off a scroll and a six-foot elf in green lederhosen lifted
the short kids up to Santa. I knew the presents came from the
workshop of Elf Mommy but I loved it. I loved it before I fig-
ured it out and no less after.
Our Christmas Eve Santa Claus presents were the only
ones we could open before the big day. They were never big
or fancy, just doodads meant to distract us kids until morning.
I got a catch-the-ball-on-a-string-in-a-cup toy. But it was
never about the gift. The ritual battle of securing the tree, the
excitement of the curbside visit from Santa, they marked the
season in the Canal Zone no less than holly and snow in
Vermont. All that was left was a sleepless night of delicious
childhood anticipation.
Author's Note: Brian Allen (CHS'72) is the son of Bud
and Joanne Allen, tugboat master and CHS secretary, all
members of the Panama Canal Society. This piece is an
excerpt from his memoir about growing up in the Canal Zone,
All American Colonial Boy.

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The passage of time seems to have overcome the huge
"corotfi" tree, near the administration building of the Panama
Canal. The tree, clearly at least one hundred years old, fell
with a crash, but fortunately nobody was injured. The staff of
the Panama Canal Authority proceeded to remove the tree.


The Panama Canal Society Office will be closed for the

Holidays starting on Saturday December 17, 2011 and

will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

By Brian Allen

Barefoot, I pattered down the steps of our former barracks
apartment. Once occupied by sailors of Coco Solo's subma-
rine fleet, it was now four-family PanCanal housing. Our
place was much roomier than its three-bedroom designation
and our top floor home on Holland Court comfortably shel-
tered the eight of us. Out the back mosquito-screened door I
took a seat on the edge of our breezeway carport. My new top
was a wooden "fatty" but needed some customization before
it was worth playing with.
Lips tight in concentration, I applied dad's file to the dull
factory tip until it had a diamond point. An Orange Crush bot-
tle cap rescued from the Hobby Shop's soda machine fit the
crown just right. A long tack secured it and I held the toy up
to the bright Panamanian sun to admire my handiwork. The
size of a goose egg, the red, turnip-shaped gyroscope was
now armed, armored, and ready to play mongo. From where
1 sat I could see the gang starting to gather under Meeker's
Skinny, sandflea-nipped legs leapt over the rain gutter,
dodged a coconut tree, and lightly quickstepped over a sleep-
sticker patch to reach the battleground. I pushed through a
break in the red bloomed firecracker hedge and paraded my
new contender before fellow warriors. After grudging nods of
approval the three-bedroom boys divvied up for a game of
mongo. As far as I knew, we had invented it. Simply spinning
tops for the novelty of it grew boring and in a boys-will-be-
boys joy for destruction, we turned the mellow art of spinning
tops into a tooth and nail competition. The rules of mongo
were simple enough, each side needed to keep a top spinning
at all times. Before a team's top came to a stop, another had
to be thrown down.
What made the game interesting was that the opposing
team would take potshots at the spinner and try to knock it
down. With a little practice and dexterity, a boy could throw
his string-powered top so hard it could chip cement. A direct
hit could split an enemy top. With that in mind, teammates
were picked according to speed of spin and force of throw.
Blond and perpetually flushed Robin joined mop-headed
cousins Mark and Winship. Tall and bespectacled Meeker
teamed with Snider, sporting a 'round-the-head' retainer, and
freckle-faced me. A loose circle was formed in the shade of
the breezeway; its smooth surface was perfect for top warfare.
Snider threw down our spinner: it hummed as it danced in
slow circles. Winship's toss was strategic; he spun a
Chihuahua, a small Mexican top that was a hard target.
Everyone else assumed fighting stances and took hard, mar-
tial arts worthy throws at the vulnerable spinners. Steel tips
spit masonry and sparks. Near misses bullied and knocked the
spinners woozy. The attackers quickly picked up their tops,
wound their strings, and took aim again. As a designated spin-
ner slowed and wobbled, a teammate would throw a replace-
ment and the relieved spinner would hurry to reload and join
the fray.
I relieved Snider and my armored top emitted a metallic
buzz as it braced upright and blurred red. My face pinched
into a cringe each time a lethal tip bounced near my soldier.

Mongo was no game for the faint of heart. Tongues stuck out
in concentration. Strings would twist, knot, and draw young
curses. Bumps would draw a gasp; a chipped shoulder, a
cheer. Around the third rotation. Mark squinted and took
deadeye aim on my spinner; a high side arm sling whipped his
wooden drill down like a jackhammer. A distinct thunk sig-
naled a direct hit and drew a groan out of me.
Mark's hands shot up, string waving from his finger as he
cried, '\ihng.,'"
Both tops tumbled over and rolled across the floor. My
spirits circled the drain as my warrior morphed from gyro-
scope to paperweight. Mouths opened in surprise when we
saw the combatants were locked together in a death roll. His
sharp tip managed to penetrate my top's crown but it was held
fast by the tin armor. Amid exclamations of "Wow," "Cool,"
and "Look at that," Mark and I exchanged grins of congratu-
lations for a spirited attack and tenacious defense.
A cease-fire was declared as we pried them apart. I banged
the top on the floor to reseat the bottle cap, Snider took a long
slurp from the laundry sink faucet, and Winship touched
refreshing drops of firecracker flower nectar to his tongue.
After working the kinks out of the string, I wound my veter-
an for another go.
Sparks flashed, cement dust hung in the air, and chipped
tops fell to the side as victories were proclaimed with shrill
cries of "Mongo!" The sun was hovering low over the
Atlantic when a trumpet sounded. Mom was blowing "Chow-
time" on her conch shell. I holstered my battered top and beat
a hasty retreat.
Brian Allen (CHS'72) is the son of Bud and Joanne
Allen, tugboat master and CHS secretary, all members of the
Panama Canal Society. This story is inspired by a memoir he
is querying to publish about growing up in the Canal Zone,
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Edna Hart, Paul Glassburn, Betty Fears, Pamela
Carpenter, Nick Gorman, and ? Potter, on the USS
Cristobal in August 1956 on the way to college in the U. S.


Jean Burns throughly enjoyed his portrayal of Santa Claus for 10 years in the Canal Zone and Panama. Jean is fondly remem-

bered for his appearances at schools, hospitals, orphanages, Toyland, block parties, and many other events. In 1979, Jean was

awarded the Gold Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award by Governor Parfitt, for his voluntary work as Santa to the

Isthmian community. A big thank you to the Burns family for graciously sharing these photographs.

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Bowman, Judy MacMurray, Pattie Anderson, Betty Joyce Boatwright, Joy Klemer, Carol and Jon Zelnick, Sandi
Schmidt, Polly Shutt, Bobby Lou Herrington, Carol Kromer, Leslie Walling, Evelyn Egozcue, M. Alice Engelke, Judy
Klemmer, Michael Rogan, Bill Browder, Dale Clark, Bob Sprague, Willy Hoffman, Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Boatwright,
John and Bernard Everson and Dennis Mara. See if you can find yourself in this photograph!


Back row L-R: Henry Leisy, Joe Burgoon, Norman Anderson, ? Ridge, Jim Ridge, Vince Ridge, Jack Cary, Mickey
Kiernan. Front row: Mr. Pearl, John McGlade, ?, Bill Ward ?, ?, ?. Ca 1941. If you can name the unknown players,


7985 113th Street, Suite 100 1 Seminole, FL 33772 1 Fax: 727-394-2737

Sail Away with the Museum!
Even the Sunshine State gets a bit chilly in the
winter. So if you're yearning for Panama or
Panama-like weather in January and early
March, please join us on one (or both!) of the
Museum's cruises slated for early in 2012. If only
a trip to Panama will do, the January 16
11-night cruise goes to Panama (and the Baha-
mas, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Costa Rica).
If you want a shorter trip to exotic Mayan sites,
the March 4 7-night cruise out of Tampa will
take you to Honduras, Belize, and the Mexican
ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. Contact the
museum for further details.

The museum's 2012 calendar, available in the museum
store, complements the Panama Canal Townsites book.
Dues Are Due-Win a Prize!
The museum has begun its 2012 membership
drive with an ambitious goal: 1000 members!
Over the years we've reached 800 a few times,
but never 1000. We need YOUR help on this!
Please help us by sending your dues-still only
$26!-to the museum by December 31. Send-
ing them by this deadline will save the museum
the expense of printing and sending reminders,
and there will be a drawing in January includ-
ing all those who paid by December 31 for a
very special prize. Don't be left out!

Museum's Online Store Reopens
in Time for the Holidays
After losing our whole online store somewhere
in cyberspace, we now have it up and running
again-just in time for the holidays! This
should be a big relief for all those who count on
ordering our annual collectible ornament (this
year a colorful toucan) and beautiful historical
calendar (featuring Panama Canal town sites in
2012) for holiday gifts. The new Panama Canal
Townsites book, a collaborative effort by Museum
staff, volunteers, and members, is another
"gem"- as identified by one reader. You'll want
to be sure to add to your shopping list. The
book pulls together historical selections, pho-
tographs, and contributors' memories to tell
and preserve the history of the 20th century
American townsites along the Panama Canal.
It's a "must have" for all of us who grew up
and/or worked in the Canal Zone and
Panama during those years. Another "must have"

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Two new books available at the museum store!
book is BHS 1973 graduate Edith Barkowitz
Crouch's The Mola: Traditional Kuna Textile Art
with 886 stunning color pictures and a clear expla-
nation of mola art; we have a beautiful bookplate
autographed by Edie to accompany each book
To complete your shopping list, we have many of
our perennial favorites, including bateas, mugs
and tumblers, and colorful license plates.

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Website HOURS OF OPERATION Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Email 727-394-9338

Museum Gets Two Mola Collections
In the last six months, the museum has
received two important mola collections. In
June we received a collection of about 1200
molas and mola pieces from Bertha Brown
Read of Carmel Valley, Calif. Two months
later Rebecca Green of Norfolk, Va., donated
12 framed molas to augment the collection of
molas she donated to the museum about six
years ago. Many of Bertha's molas were on
display in July in the Museum Exhibit Room

Museum trustee Gerry DeTore (right) and his brother, Richard H.
DeTore, study the largest of the molas donated by Rebecca Green.
and at the Cultural Seminar at the Panama
Canal Society Reunion. They have now been
transferred to the University of Florida, and
many will be shown at the exhibit the Harn
Museum of Art will be holding in 2014 as part
of the University of Florida's commemoration
of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the
Panama Canal. Rebecca's framed molas are
now on exhibit at the Panama Canal Museum.
Eventually, they, too, will be transferred to the
University of Florida to be included in the
Hard's exhibit.

Special Museum Programs Continue
The Museum has been grateful to those who
have supported the following programs and
extends an invitation to all to participate in them.
Museum in a Trunk:
Consider sponsoring a Panama Canal MIAT in
a school district in your area. The lesson plans,
media presentations, books, and other items in
the trunk provide a wealth of material for
students and teachers.
Yearbook DVDs:
Ten of the Panama Canal yearbooks have
received full sponsorships of $250. Check our
website to see if yours is one of them. If not,
please do consider helping sponsor one-or
more! DVDs for all the yearbooks are for sale.
Roosevelt Medal Certificate Program:
The Museum's Roosevelt Medal Certificate
Program provides certificates to descendents of
Roosevelt Medal holders, enabling family mem-
bers to have another way of memorializing the
achievements of their ancestors' contributions to
the Panama Canal.
More information about these programs can
be obtained on the Panama Canal Museum's
website or by contacting the Museum.

Join Us for Bunco VII!
The museum's Space Coast Bunco VII will be
held at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village,
Cocoa, Fla., on April 14, 2012. Further details
on next year's event will be published early in
2012. Contact event coordinator Peggy Huff
at for additional information.

Check out the UF Panama Canal Museum Brochure available online at
There are so many ways people can continue to be involved with the Panama Canal Museum
collections UF wants to keep us aware of all the opportunities as the Museum continues to
transfer items. The brochure tells about the collection and suggests new ways to be involved.





S Plans for our 64th Class
Reunion are being planned in
conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion to be held
at the Orlando World Center
Marriott on June 27-July 1, 2012.
We hope to have a Hospitality Suite for one or two
days depending on if enough members can attend. Please
call Russ Drew at 850-457-6492 or Lori King at 727-


The class of 1957's 55th reunion ,./\
will be held in conjunction with
the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Fla., held at
the Orlando World Center Marriott from June 27th to July
1st, 2012. Both BHS and CHS are invited to attend. The
class reunion will consist of traditional dinner, class
photo, and hospitality suite during the reunion with light
lunch, and appetizers in evening, open from 9 to 9. Please
mark your calendars and provide updated information on
yourself and other classmates. Please feel free to contact

Daniel G Winklosky

1362 Brookwood Drive
High Point, NC 27262



Cristobal High School Class of
1962 is celebrating their 50th
reunion in conjunction with the
". :: Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Orlando World Center Marriott from June 27 to July 1.
We are still searching for the following classmates:
Jack Attia, Kathleen Hemenway, Mary-Esther Jones,
Chris McCullough, Kit Atkins, Aide Rigby, George
Little and Katherine Taple. Please e-mail one of the con-
tacts if you have information on any of these classmates.

Liz Neal

Marc French

John Everson
vaqui 1962(

BHS 62
50th Reunion

Calling all Classmates! Come .
and join us for our 50th class r-
reunion celebration and hospitali-
ty suite June 27-July 1, 2012 in
conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Marriott World Center, Orlando, Fla.

Please mark your calendars. More detailed information
for the class activities will follow when these plans are
completed. Please feel free to contact me at:

Karen Schmidt Deming


Balboa High School class of
1967 will hold their 45th class
reunion Friday, June 29, 2012 at
the Orlando World Center
Marriott in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion
from June 27-July 1, 2012.

Please contact:

Zoe Bierman McGraw

Merri Bandy Lewis

Sharon Mann Price


Balboa High School Class of
1970 is planning a "turning 60" cele-
bration to be held in conjunction
with the 2012 Panama Canal Society
Reunion. It will be held at the
Orlando World Center Marriott from
June 27th to July 1st, 2012.
More detailed information will
be forthcoming. Please contact us to
update your email address.

Bonnie Nehring Tudor
Patty Thompson Plucker Pattv28(
Maria Gonzales Kaylor Mariagkl228(


APRIL 28, 2012

What better way to spend the day, than with friends and family. The Never Quit Beach Fest,
inspired by our Panama Canal Pilot, Capt. Gerard Petroni and society member Erik Petroni,
will be hosting a day of running, swimming, paddling, surfing and fishing, all for a great cause.
Enjoy the Navy jets, Navy SEAL Leap Frog Paratroopers, helicopters, beach, games and each
other, all while learning about a healthy happy way to live! You can also compete in the Navy
SEAL Fitness Challenge and get a chance at being accepted to become a Navy SEAL.

Participants can be a part of the one-of-a-kind Trident Challenge & Relay, 5K run/walk, 1 Mile
Kids Fun Run, Longboard surf contest, surf lessons and coaching, fishing clinic and derby, free
health screenings, free haircuts, family activities, healthy food, great bands, amazing prizes and
so much more! And... Shorty&Slim will be playing live.

Registering online will ensure the requested sizes for all items in your goodie bag.

Shorty and Slim will play their amazing music before 8,000 people at the Jacksonville Beach
Sea Walk Pavilion Aloha After Party and Awards directly across from the finish line. Please visit
the Never Quit Never web site, look at what the event is about and let's make this a mini-reunion
before the big July reunion. Get all your Zonian friends together, book your hotel rooms with
the special rates we have listed under the REGISTRATION tab. Let's support Shorty&Slim,
and "More importantly," let's get Zonians who are non-members to join the Panama Canal
Society and be a part of our great family of friends!

Erik Petroni


Hear ye! Hear ye! It is time to renew friendships, kin-
ships, and fellowships. Save the dates from June 27
through July 1, 2012 as we are in the planning stages for
another wonderful Health Bureau Reunion. This will be in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion at the
Orlando World Center Marriott. We need to hear from
YOU-to know that you will be attending this memorable
event. Please inform anyone and everyone about the
Health Bureau Reunion in 2012.
Please contact one of us if you are planning to attend.
More information and details will follow.

Jeannine Eggleston ieannineeggleston(
Grace Shadeck lvgs6171
Kae Huggins


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11 A.M., SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Springs, Miss.
Gerda Smith and Patt Roberson will be tenting at the
campground Friday night to tidy up the pavilion on
Saturday morning and get the coffee started.
Bring your favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal
Picnic signs.
For overnight RVing details, write the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For any other information, contact: Patt Roberson
(225) 774-7761


It's Christmas--that time of year to give thanks for all
your blessings and think maybe about doing something
especially rewarding for a complete stranger.
Wrap up those old eyeglasses and send them along.
Give the gift of sight to a grateful person in Latin America.
Missionaries head south every year with cleaned and grad-
ed eyeglasses. The person who gets your glasses may have
walked for days to get to the clinic. Your glasses are no
longer of any value to you, yet they could be a priceless
gift to a person you will never meet.
Special thanks go out to those sending glasses this
year, most with kind little notes. One CHSer wrote, "I
knew there was a good reason I kept these glasses for so
many years." Thanks, Jon.
During 2011 you donated 68 pairs of glasses along
with loose lenses, cases and other accessories. They came
in from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and
This year's collection brings our total to 2,692 since
the project began in 1992. Donors should give themselves
a big hug for their thoughtfulness and generosity as we
inch toward the next milestone.
Remember--the person who sends in the 3,000th pair
of glasses will be rewarded with a one-year Pan Canal
Society membership renewal and congratulations printed
in the Canal Record.
Please keep these glasses coming.

Patt Foster Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253


February 3-5, 2012

Join us for a Pre-Carnavalito fun-filled evening
on Friday, February 3, 2012. The Space Coast
Group will host this gathering beginning at 4:00
pm in the Melbourne Suite. Beer, Wine, Soda
and food will be provided until it runs out.
Please feel free to bring a dish to share. See
page 3.








The Gonzales Seafarers Center accepts used T-shirts,
clean, no holes, no stains, any size, for distribution to for-
eign seamen off ships in our harbors.
Please send your old glasses and old T-shirts to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

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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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300 DPI to editor( All checks or money orders must be payable on U.S. banks to the Panama
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MUSEUM STORE ITEMS Price Quantity Total
NEW! 2011 PCM Collectible Christmas Ornament, "Toucan" $20.00
NEW! 2012 PCM "Panama Canal Townsite" Calendar S12.00
NEW BOOK! "Panama Canal Townsites" presented by the Panama Canal Museum $20.00
Bateas: _Golden Frog, Hibiscus, __ NEW! Lobsters, _NEW! Tropical Fish,
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Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 3- 2-4787



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7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262

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Office Phone: (727) 391-4359
or 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free)
FAX: (727) 319-8593



MARCH 2012 Canal Record Deadline January 6, 2012
JI E 2012 Canal Record Deadline March 6, 2012
OCTOBER 2012 Canal Record Deadline August 3, 2012
DECEMBER 2012 Canal Record Deadline October 5, 2012

JUNE 27, 2012 JULY 1, 2012 Orlando World Center Marriott
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