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IN THIS ISSUE
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ROER J. F LI JR JOSEPH GONNOR and tUiLLERMO r
LEBER, Lieutenant Governor V JOSEPH ONNOR and GUILLERMO
Official Panama Canal Company Publication Editorial Assistants
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Editorial Offices are located in the Administration Building, Balboa Heights. C.Z.
WITH NO APOLOGIES to Time Magazine, THE REVIEW
is proud to point to articles in this issue from our
correspondents in the United States and Moscow.
Former REVIEw Editor Eleanor Mcllhenny wrote the
feature story beginning on page 10 about retired Zonians
and what they are doing. With husband Ted, who was
a veteran electrical engineer in the Design Engineer's
Office, Eleanor traveled extensively in preparing the
article about seven well-known Zonians. The Mcllhenny's
retired in September 1960. In forwarding the article,
Eleanor wrote that she and Ted have finally decided to
settle down, probably in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, and
"we'll send an address along later."
Dr. Eugene Shirokov, on a 1 year leave of absence from
his position as Chief Surgeon at Gorgas Hospital, is our
Moscow man. The doctor is studying the latest cancer
diagnostic and treatment techniques under a Ford grant.
Before heading for Russia, Dr. Shirokov traveled exten-
sively in the States to pickup the latest Stateside informa-
tion on cancer so that he could compare notes with his
Moscow colleagues. His quotes on page 5 are extracted
from one of the reports he periodically files with friends
HAVE YOU NOTICED the different and improved
appearance of your REVIEW? Under the watchful eyes of
our Mount Hope Printing Plant technicians the REVIEW
and her sister the weekly SPILLWAY, have "gone modern."
Instead of being printed from type and zinc cuts they are
now the product of a fairly new process called photo-
lithography or "offset." Type is still set, pages are made
up as formerly, and as ever a proof is "pulled." Here
things change. Instead of using the type for printing the
proof is sent to the camera where a picture is taken,
developed, and superimposed and burned into a thin
aluminum plate, which is then locked onto the cylinder
of a modern high-speed offset press. Instead of printing
on the sheet of paper, the plate, after inking, prints on
a rubber blanket which then in its turn "offsets" the
image on the paper. Hence the name.
Engineer Stevens Honored with Circle__
Gorgas Doctor Reports from Russia _
Zonians Celebrate Jamaica's Independence.
Vacation Ends for School Kids --_-----_
Zone Retirees Lead Active Lives_---
Summer Activities --- -----
Youngsters Are "Volunteens"______
Safety and Retirements __-- --
Canal History --___ _--------
Anniversaries_-- __ ------
Promotions and Transfers__----
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ABOUT OUR FRONT COVER.-The rendering of Stevens
Circle is the work of Enrique Castillo Malek, an architectural
draftsman in the Engineering Division. Mr. Castillo is a
popular 32-year-old bachelor whose renderings of construction
work planned and designed by our architects and engineers
are well-known in "the Building." He is a graduate of La Salle
in Panama City and the University of California at Berkeley
where he earned his bachelor of arts degree with a major in
SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
rOMAS A. CUPAS
ROBERT J. FLEMING, JR., Governor-President
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John F. Stevens was the world's foremost railroad engineer when he was named Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal project,
1905-1907. His basic decisions and organizational ability laid the groundwork for the Canal's construction.
Balboa Circle Renamed
To Honor Canal Engineer
NOW UNDER(.OING a substantial
face lifting, the Balboa traffic circle not
only soon will be the beauty spot pic-
tured on the front cover of the REVIEW
but also the first Canal Zone area named
in honor of a construction era civilian
Next month, with Undersecretary of
the Army Stephen Ailes scheduled to
attend, the circle will officially be named
in honor of John F. Stevens, the tall,
broad-shouldered, hard-driving engineer
largely responsible for the basic engi-
neering work that made the Canal's
In addition to Mr. Ailes, who as a
boy knew Stevens, members of Mr.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 3
Stevens' family also are expected to
attend the dedication.
In the center of Stevens Circle will
be a three-sided monument of white
portland cement concrete, with an in-
scription in Spanish and English in
raised anodized aluminum letters. The
mahogany trees in the park will be
retained, but planters will be added.
A raised center section in the park will
be walled with brick and will have
benches inserted in half the area.
Decorative lighting also will be installed.
John Frank Stevens was recognized
as the world's foremost railway civil
i Iinri.r when he arrived on the Isth-
mus in 1905. Tall, broad-shouldered,
tough, the new Chief Engineer met no
reception formalities. The wharves were
crowded with scared, quiet men waiting
to return to the States on the very ship
he came on.
The fundamental problem that he
faced was one of restoring confidence
and morale. Health came first. The men
needed food supplies and markets,
decent living quarters, relief from the
drab existence in the form of social
rooms and entertainment. One of his
first ideas, and a most happy one, was
that of the food car. Stevens found the
men were actually lunch' and the men
found that they had a boss who took
a personal interest in their welfare. With
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The Balboa traffic circle opposite the Post Office, shown above as it appears today,
was chosen as the site of the first Canal Zone monument in honor of a construction
era civilian engineer. After undergoing beautification, it is to be officially named
Stevens Circle in honor of John Frank Stevens, Canal Zone Chief Engineer, who
arrived on the Isthmus in 1905 and brought order out of chaos.
the food went some strong talk. Dressed
like the men, Chief Engineer Stevens
stood among them, spoke their blunt
l.,irgi .ic, rubbed their elbows.
"TlcIl are only three diseases on the
Isthmus," he charged into them, "yellow
fever, malaria, and cold feet. The worst
is cold feet. That's what's ailing you."
It was the scolding they needed. Groups
began arguing themselves into staying
a little longer. Some good might come
out of the chaos yet.
President Theodore Roosevelt, in a
private brief interview, had confided
that "affairs are in a devil of a mess."
It was no understatement. A yellow
fever epidemic, followed by the un-
expected resignation of the first Chief
Engineer, John F. Wallace, made the
Canal Zone a scene of chaos and hys-
teria, and threatened the security of
the Canal program, then still in the
experimental and development stage.
A small but palatial residence out-
side Panama City had been designed
by the Canal Commission as a fitting
residence for Chief Engineer Stevens.
He brushed these plans aside and
requested instead a cheap bungalow
with a corrugated iron roof on the side
of Culebra Cut where he could be near
the job. In overalls and slouch hat he
rode the "locals" and the "freights."
He was abrupt but liberal in delegating
rp.ouhibilitx, and had a way of bringing
out the best in a man.
"Big Smoke" was Stevens' nickname
from the start. When he wasn't chain-
smoking cigars, he was chain-chewing
The Canal job had been going on a
quarter of a century when he made his
first survey tour. He found no order, no
plan on the job. In fact, no decision had
been made as to whether the Canal
would be sea level or lock type.
John F. Stevens was an ardent sup-
porter of Dr. William Gorgas in his
humanitarian battle against yellow fever
on the Isthmus, and the men sized
him up as an important man who didn't
have to act important. If anybody was
going to build a canal he could.
He planned the main features of the
waterway and lobbied openly in May
and June 1906 for a high-level, lock-
type canal; swung President Theodore
Roosevelt back into line when he
wavered in favor of sea-level construc-
tion; helped Senators draft speeches,
prepared maps, and produced statistics.
Calmly he pointed out the awkward,
dangerous, expensive, and slow proce-
dure involved in a sea-level canal
planned at that time. On June 29, 1906,
the President's signature put into law a
bill calling for the high-level, lock-type
Chief Engineer Stevens received the
additional appointment as Chairman of
the Isthmian Canal Commission in
March 1907, shortly before his resigna-
tion. His original agreement had been
to stick to the job until he could predict
success or failure according to his own
judgment. Success was assured. "I ful-
filled my promise . to the very
letter," he maintained. He had rescued
the Canal from chaos and defeat.
The Canal job was assigned on Feb-
ruary 18, 1907, to the United States
Army, in the person of Colonel (later
General) George Washington Goethals.
In a letter to his son, Colonel Goethals
wrote "Mr. Stevens has perfected such
an organization . that there is
nothing left for us to do but just have
the organization continue in the good
work it has done and is doing ...
Mr. Stevens has done an amount of
work for which he will never get any
credit, or, if he gets any, will not get
enough. .. "
Officially, John "Big Smoke" Stevens
remained in command until midnight
March 31, 1907, but for more than a
week his principal occupation was
accepting tributes. In the few years of
U.S. work on the Canal, the comings
and goings of Presidents, Cabinet mem-
bers, Senators, and foreign dignitaries,
the Zone had witnessed nothing that
equalled the send-off for John F.
Stevens on the night of April 17, 1907.
Said one historian, "It was as if the
people were honoring a man who had
already built the Panama Canal"-and
they were fully aware it was he who
made it possible, for from his admin-
istration dates the really fundamental
work of canal building, the preparation
of the ground for the edifice to be
John F. Stevens returned to the
United States and railroading. In 1919
he was named president of the Inter-
Allied Technical Board with head-
quarters in Harbin, Manchuria. His
work completed, he returned to the
United States in 1923 and retired from
He was presented the John Fritz
Gold Medal on March 23, 1925, for
"great achievements as a civil engineer,
particularly in planning and organizing
for the construction of the Panama
Canal; as a builder of railroads, and as
administrator of the Chinese Eastern
and Siberian Railways." The Hoover
Gold Medal was given him in 1938.
He was elected a member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers on
June 6, 1888, and an honorary member
on June 18, 1922. In 1927 he served
as President of the Society.
He died on June 2, 1943, in Southern
Pines, N.C., shortly after he celebrated
his 90th birthday.
4 SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
A ZONIAN'S VIEW OF RUSSIA
"WITH MY RUSSIAN parentage it
should not be difficult to understand a
certain affection I have for these people
who I know can be so completely im-
possible one minute and so reasonable
the next," writes Gorgas Hospital's Dr.
E. P. Shirokov from Moscow where
he is on loan from the National Cancer
Institute of Washington.
But even the Russian born "Gene"
Shirokov has had his difficulties in
In an informal report back to the
Canal Zone Dr. Shirokov described an
experience with the good citizens of
Leningrad which he visited en route to
Since he was not sure of his way, he
decided to take a streetcar to the U.S.
Medical Exhibit then in progress in
"The streetcar was jammed with
workers who were poorly dressed and
covered with dirt from their manual
labors," he wrote. "In my new suit,
I stood out like a neon light and when
I asked how much the fare was, the
passengers just stared at me.
"Finally several people contributed a
penny each and bought my ticket. An
old man got out of his seat and insisted
that I sit down. When I reached the
Medical Exhibit and got up to leave, the
people began to clap and gave me smiles
of affection. I still am not sure what it
was all about but it was real nice and
I liked it. When I left I gave them a
'bolshoi spasebo.' The demonstration,
I know was not for me personally but
they appreciated a sympathetic Amer-
ican who took the time and effort to
speak Russian and travel as they did."
Dr. Shirokov, who is one of a limited
number of medical scientists to be
exchanged under a program sponsored
by the United States and Soviet Govern-
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW 5
ments, said that his experiences with the
Russian people were not always so
In Stockholm shortly before he sailed
for Leningrad, he tried to make friends
with one member of a group of Russian
sailors who had debarked from a
Anxious to practice his Russian, the
doctor said that he got along fine with
the sea-faring Soviet until he happened
to mention the fact that he was an
American. The sailor, he said, dropped
him as though he had the bubonic
plague and ran to catch up with his
As they walked along ahead, the
Russian sailors kept looking back at
our man Shirokov, who said that it was
not in the least in a friendly way.
In Leningrad he passed easily
through customs although he said he
noticed that the other passengers' bags
were being carefully inspected. Because
of his Russian name and his birthplace
of Harbin, China, he said that he often
got a knowing look and a comment to
the effect that he was a White Russian
refugee coming back to the motherland.
Dr. Shirokov said that he was much
impressed with the museums, and the
first class cultural and art exhibits and
most of all with the low prices of tickets
to the theater in both Leningrad and
Moscow. "All is not grim and there is
much laughter, gaiety, and fun. The
drive and emotional swing of the
Russian people may be confusing and
irritating at times but at least it is never
dull." Even so he said, "As the way of
life in Russia began to register on me,
I became so very aware of how lucky
I am to be an American."
He was a guest at the Fourth of July
reception held at the U.S. Embassy
which was attended by Khrushchev and
the head of the Russian Army. Dr.
Shirokov, with his increasing command
of the Russian language, stood near
Khrushchev and listened for some time.
"He is very sharp and no ignorant
coal miner by a long shot," he reported.
"I was about to introduce myself but
couldn't think of anything more intel-
ligent to say than 'Maybe you and my
old man worked in the same coal mine.'
So I said nothing. Just then the Benny
Goodman group swarmed him. He told
them frankly that he didn't understand
jazz and preferred good music. The
fellow just doesn't pull punches."
In his report, Dr. Shirokov expressed
great enthusiasm about his work in the
Moscow medical centers and said that
he never really expected to learn so
much. He was aware that he was seeing
only the best of their best but at this
time their best is very good indeed.
Because of the tremendous popula-
tion in Moscow and the complete control
of medical care, it has been worthwhile
and profitable to all to set up highly
specialized hospitals, he said.
He visited a number of major medical
centers to get a general picture and was
impressed with how much the doctors
there knew about U.S. medical litera-
ture and how little we know of theirs.
They are genuinely interested in what
we are doing and how, he said.
His day at the Vishnefsky Institute
was typical. Vishnefsky, Dr. Shirokov
wrote, is a two-star general, the direc-
(See p. 19)
A Message From
ON BEHALF of the Canal Zone
I take great pleasure in sending a
congratulatory salute and best wishes
to the peoples of Jamaica and Trin-
idad and Tobago as they join the
brotherhood of free and independent
The birth of your island nations is
especially close to the hearts of the
members of the Canal Zone com-
munity. You not only spring from the
mother country as does the United
States, but I dare say that no other
area of the world has a closer tie with
the peoples of the Indies than we of
the Canal Zone.
Back in the 1850's when private
interests in the United States built
the Panama Railroad, the main labor
force came from the West Indies.
During the initial French canal effort
9,000 workers were recruited from
Jamaica alone in the year 1885.
Between 1904 and 1931 the United
States recruited 45,000 workers from
throughout the world for the Canal
construction effort. Most came from
the Indies and particularly from
Jamaica. Of these 45,000, only
18,000 chose to be repatriated to
their homes. The remaining 27,000
turned down the offer of repatriation
to their native lands and chose to
make their homes on the Isthmus.
Labor, in addition to building the
Canal, keeps it operating efficiently
to serve the needs of world shipping
and commerce. In the Canal organi-
zation today persons of West Indian
descent form the backbone of the
Canal's labor force. They are em-
ployed in more than 75 percent of
the Canal's 1,200 different job posi-
tions. On an ever increasing scale
our employees from the Indies are
occupying more skilled and res-
ponsible positions within the Canal
It is in the destiny of men that
births should be momentous occa-
sions. I'lP1\1.ll\, birth is the begin-
ning of cycle; spiritually, birth is the
onset of timeless growth.
It is in this spirit, as the people of
Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
take the fateful step of joining the
family of free and independent
nations, that I wish for them the
fulfillment of their finest hopes and
The flag of -,
Jamaica flys over
the Isthmus for
the first time when I
T. H. Saunders f .I--
unfurled her -',
tourist launch 1.1
during the cruise ,
of the retirees a
through ; r
A Month for Independence
At the Rainbow City Elementary School children took part in athletic and gymnastic
events during the month long celebration sponsored by the Canal organization
in connection with the independence of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
In the photograph at the left, students of Paraiso Elementary School are shown writing themes about the independence <
Jamaica while two others sketch a map and flag of Jamaica. On the right, kindergarten students at Paraiso study an exhibit 4
In The Canal
Zone .. ..
THE INDEPENDENCE of Jamaica,
Trinidad, and Tobago was celebrated
by friends and well wishers all over the
world last month, especially on the Isth-
mus where so many sons and daughters
of the Islanders have made their homes
and are members of the Canal Zone
A message of congratulation was
issued by Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr.,
especially to those who helped build
the Panama Canal; three streets in
Pedro Miguel were named Jamaica,
Trinidad, and Tobago in special cere-
monies; the date of Jamaica's Inde-
pendence the Panama Canal Company
played host to a group of 175 retired
employees of the Canal on a sight-
seeing trip through the Canal aboard
the Las Cruces, the first of a series of
trips the Company is holding for retired
employees living on the Isthmus.
An athletic exhibition was staged in
Rainbow City by the students of the first
and secondary schools and in Paraiso,
Miss Barbara Raphael was crowned
queen of Paraiso High School and was
guest of honor at a gala ball which
Other events included an essay con-
test on the Independence of the three
islands among students in the Latin
American schools; an exhibit of photo-
graphs, books, and articles on the West
Indies and their contribution to the
Canal written by George Westerman
and other distinguished Panamanians
of West Indian descent.
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A group of 175 retirees pose prior to boarding the Las Cruces for a trip through
Gaillard Cut as the guests of Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr.
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Canal Zone Governor, Robert J. Fleming, Jr., is shown above as he unveiled the
new Jamaica Street sign in a street-naming ceremony at Pedro Miguel when three
streets were inaugurated in honor of the independence of Jamaica, Trinidad, and
Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Street signs were unveiled simultaneously by two
Pedro Miguel community representatives. From left: The Reverend Carlton O.
Morales; Hugh Gilmartin, Second Secretary of the British Embassy; Eric S. Oakley,
President of the Congress of Latin American Civic Councils (back to camera).
Standing behind Second Secretary Gilmartin is Arthur W. Davis, President of the
Pedro Miguel Civic Council, and just behind Governor Fleming is Maj. Daniel M.
Leininger, Military Assistant.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
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The latest addition to the Canal Zone public school systems the new Elementary School at Fort Clayton. It will be used for
the first time when classes begin Monday morning.
FIRST DAY IN U. S. SCHOOLS
BRIGHT AND EARLY Monday morn-
ing approximately 9,000 Canal Zone
boys and girls will discover their sum-
mer vacation is just a memory-the fall
school term will be underway.
While the Canal Zone school students
traveled with their parents, took part
in summer recreation activities in the
Canal Zone, attended summer study
classes or just plain loafed, Canal Zone
School officials have been making plans
to provide for increases in enrollment
The little one-room school house which opened its doors officially in January 1906
in the construction town of Gorgona. It was the first public school in the Canal Zone
and it had 6 pupils and 1 teacher.
and it had 6 pupils and 1 teacher.
and for future school improvements.
Some of the changes which will be
immediately apparent to students and
parents this year are a new elementary
school at Fort Clayton, an increase in
school personnel, progress in the pre-
parations for air conditioning the Balboa
High School, and the addition of two
new classrooms in the Diablo Heights
Junior High School.
The Canal Zone school system which
celebrates its 57 birthday next January 2
has come a long way from its first small
wooden school house which opened its
doors in Gorgona in January 1906.
That one-room school house has
grown to a school plant consisting of
14 elementary schools, 4 junior high
schools, 4 senior high schools, and a
junior college. These figures include the
Latin American schools which have
been in session since May.
The few borrowed desks and books
of 57 years ago have been changed for
modern educational equipment which
includes material for vocational training,
visual education, military training, spe-
cial education, gymnasiums and play-
grounds, and modern reference libraries.
From 6 students and 1 teacher, the
school enrollment has grown to 12,000
U.S. and Latin American students and
to a teaching personnel of 419. This
year, 78 new personnel were added to
SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
the rolls. Of these 42 are new teacher
positions. Also added to the rolls are
counselors, school psychologists, nurses,
and clerical assistants.
During the July executive meeting
with officers of the U.S. Civic Councils,
Governor Fleming discussed long-range
plans for schools improvements which,
of course, will depend on budgetary and
congressional approval. These plans
envision within the next few years such
things as a new Junior College com-
pound in the La Boca townsite, new
elementary schools at Fort Davis and
Albrook-Curundu, a junior high school
at Albrook-Curundu, replacement of the
wooden Diablo Junior High School and
the construction of a Balboa High
School annex. On the Atlantic side, an
eight-classroom school is being held in
reserve in the Administration Building.
Further reduction of combination
classrooms is planned. From the 13 such
classrooms in existence last year, there
are 8 this year; one each at Ancon,
Diablo, Coco Solo, and Cocoli Ele-
mentary Schools. Because of their rela-
tive isolation and small attendance,
Gamboa and Gatun Elementary Schools
have two combination classroom each.
Likewise continuing effort is under-
way to reduce the local school system's
all-important pupil teacher ratio.
New Teachers from U. S.
THIS YEAR there were 42 new teachers
hired in the United States. Their home-
towns, degrees, schools from which they
received them, and their assignments in
the Division of Schools are as follows:
Acosta, Joanne E. (Miss), Odenton, Md.;
Bachelor of Science, Florida Southern
College, Lakeland, Fla.; Fort Kobbe
Elementary School, grade three.
Armiio, Gertrude (Miss), Las Vegas,
N. Mex.; Master of Arts in Spanish
Literature, University of Wisconsin,
Madison, Wis., and Master of Arts in
Education, New Mexico Highlands Uni-
versity, Las Vegas, N. Mex.; Balboa
High School, U.S. History and Spanish.
Armstrong, Gordian Lee, Alma Michigan,
Master of Arts, New Mexico Highlands
University, Las Vegas, N. Mex.; Cristobal
Junior-Senior High School, Geography
Baglien, David, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Mas-
ter of Science, North Dakota State Uni-
versity, Fargo, N. Dak.; Balboa High
Baybarz, Barbara J. (Mrs.), Gate, Wash.;
Bachelor of Arts, Central Washington
College, Ellensburg, Wash.; Fort Kobbe
Elementary School, kindergarten.
Berg, Robert A., Bainbridge Island, Wash.;
Master of Education, University of
Washington, Seattle, Wash.; Diablo
High School, Shop and Social Studies.
Bondourant, W. Eugene, Burlington, N.C.;
Master of Education, Duke University,
Durham, N.C.; Balboa High School,
Algebra I and General Math.
Bynum, James, Overland Park, Kans.;
Master of Education, University of
Kansas, Lawrence, Mo.; Balboa High
Cappon, Ronald, Adrian, Mich.; Master of
Arts, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsi-
lanti, Mich.; Balboa High School, U.S.
History and English.
Collver, Dick W., Billings, Mont.; Master
of Arts, Colorado State College of Edu-
cation, Greeley, Colo.; Balboa High
School, English 9 and General Science.
Crawford, Watson H., San Fernando, Calif.;
Master of Science, University of Auburn,
Auburn, Ala.; Balboa High School,
Croghan, Gay J. (Miss), Sheldon, Iowa;
Bachelor of Arts, State University of
Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Cocoli Ele-
mentary School, grade one.
Daniels, Polly S. (Mrs.), Sanford, Fla.;
Bachelor of Arts, Maryville College,
Maryville, Tenn.; Cocoli Elementary
School, grade four.
Dawson, Cecilia (Miss), Tampa, Fla.;
Bachelor of Science, University of
Florida, Gainsville, Fla.; Balboa High
School, Physical Education.
Deaver, Winifred A. (Mrs.), San Francisco,
Calif.; Bachelor of Arts, University of
Illinois, Champaign, Ill.; Diablo Heights
Junior High School, Special Education.
Finkelstein, Morris, Charleston, S.C.; Mas-
ter of Arts, George Peabody College;
Nashville, Tenn.; Canal Zone Junior
College, Physical Education.
Gansen, William J., Dearborn, Mich.; Mas-
ter of Arts, University of Michigan, Ann
Harbor, Mich.; Cristobal Junior-Senior
High School, Modem World History
and Social Studies 8.
Garner, Meridon V., Alpine, Tex.; Master
of Education, Sul Ross State College,
Alpine, Tex.; Balboa High School,
Chemistry and Algebra I.
Green, Gloria (Miss), Colorado Springs,
Colo.; Bachelor of Arts, University of
Colorado, Boulder, Colo.; Special Edu-
Greene, Raymond B., Pittsburg, Calif.;
Master of Arts, Arizona State University,
Tempe, Ariz.; Balboa High School,
Speech, Drama, and English.
Hess, Kathlene R. (Miss), Des Moines,
Wash.; Bachelor of Arts, New Mexico
Highlands University, Las Vegas,
N. Mex.; Fort Kobbe Elementary School,
Hopper, Dora M. (Miss), Fairland, Okla.;
Master of Teaching, Northeastern State
College, Tahlequah, Okla.; Cocoli Ele-
mentary School, grade three.
Hutchinson, Lester, Burley, Idaho; Master
of Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe,
Ariz.; Balboa High School, Plane
Korsmo, Nedra A. (Miss), Waco, Tex.;
Bachelor of Arts, Southern Methodist,
University, Dallas, Tex.; Cocoli Ele-
mentary School, grade four.
Lampe, Albert, Utica, N.Y.; Master of
Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse,
N.Y.; Balboa High School, Special Edu-
Latimer, Charles L., Jr., Tenafly, N.J.;
Doctor of Education, Columbia Uni-
versity, New York, N.Y.; Canal Zone
Junior College, Dean.
Litton, Douglas, Shaw, Miss.; Master of
Science, Mississippi State University,
St rk1 illk Miss.; Cristobal Junior-Senior
Hil ch !Nh.,,il. Physical Education.
Logan, Bette G. (Miss), Graham, N.C.;
Bachelor of Arts, Winthrop College,
Rock Hill, S.C.; Cocoli Elementary
School, grade three.
Mainard, Vicki (Miss), New York, N.Y.;
Master of Science, Columbia University,
New York, N.Y.; Cristobal Junior-Senior
High School, Librarian.
Meriwether, Julia G. itl il. Yakima,
Wash.; Master of Personnel Services,
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.;
Diablo Junior High School, Counselor.
Purifoy, Cecil E., Jr., East Lansing, Mich.;
Master of Arts, Michigan State Uni-
versity, East Lansing, Mich.; Balboa
High School, Social Studies.
Shipman, Robert F., Hammond, Ind.; Mas-
ter of Science, Purdue University, Lafa-
yette, Ind.; Cristobal Junior-Senior High
School, Metal Shop and Shop 8.
Simmons, Vivian Y. (Miss), Austin, Tex.;
Master of Education, University of
Texas, Austin, Tex.; Balboa High School,
Small, Gordon E., Rye, N.Y.; Master of
Arts, Brown University, Providence, R.I.;
Balboa High School, Trigonometry and
Solid Geometry, and Algebra II.
Sullivan, Mary (li'i. St-Mary-of-the-
Woods, Ind.; Bachelor of Science, St-
Mary-of-the-Woods College, St-Mary-of-
the-Woods, Ind.; Cocoli Elementary
School, grade three.
Sullivan, Paula (Miss), Balboa, C.Z.; Master
of Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia,
Pa.; Special Education Branch, Psy-
Sutton, Eugenia (Miss), New York, N.Y.;
Bachelor of Science, Fordham Univer-
sity, New York, N.Y.; Fort Kobbe Ele-
mentary School, grade one.
Varns, Nancy (Miss), Middlebury, Ind.;
Master of Arts in Education, Ball State
Teachers College, Muncie, Ind.; Cocoli
Elementary School, grade three.
Vinton, Patricia (Mrs.), Worcester, Mass.;
Master of Arts in Teaching, Assumption
College, Worcester, Mass.; Cristobal
Junior-Senior High School, English.
Walters, George J., Cincinnati, Ohio; Mas-
ter of Arts, Denver University, Denver,
Colo.; Balboa High School, Counselor.
Lake, Kenneth E., Kansas City, Mo.;
Doctor's Degree, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, Kans.; Master of Arts in Edu-
cation, Uni crits of Kansas; Canal Zone
Junior College, Mathematics.
Hays, Burchard, Park Rapids, Minn.;
Bachelor of Science, Gustavis Adolphus
in St. Peter, Minn.; Master of Educa-
tion, University of North Dakota, Grand
Forks; Specialist in Educational Media,
and curriculum, Division of Schools.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Retire To Oblivion?
Not Former Zonians!
J. Wendell Greene, former Panama Canal
Company Treasurer, is now a tax consultant
in Hendersonville, N.C.
By Eleanor Mcllhenny
FEW FORMER Zonians retire these
days to the rocking chair, fashionable
though it may be. They garden, like
onetime Designing Engineer F. H.
Irwin and former Canal Pilot Harry
Bach, of San Rafael, Calif. They golf,
like Balboa High School's ex-counsellor
H. J. Zierten, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
and the Canal's former Chief Quarter-
master L. W. Lewis, of Hendersonville,
N.C. Or they small-boat, like G. C.
Lockridge, of Pinellas Park, Fla., who
until recently headed the Canal Zone
Schools' athletic programs.
Or they work in familiar fields. Allen
Ward, who retired recently from the
faculty of Balboa High School, now
teaches in Springfield, Mo.; Dr. Jesse
Byrd, once Health Officer in Colon,
until recently held a similar post in
Dothan, Ala.; and Lewis B. Moore,
who served in a number of important
t..giiI.errinii jobs for the Canal, has had
assignments in Korea, Burma, Thailand,
and now Colombia, for the firm of
But some of the most interesting are
those who entered new fields, unlike
anything they did in the Canal Zone.
Here are a few of them, picked at
random from much of the United States.
When Robert Terrell Toone retired
from the Panama Canal in November
1951, he was Surveying Officer, in
charge of all the desks, file cabinets
and hundreds of other items belonging
to what was then the Executive Depart-
ment. As City Tax Assessor-Collector
for Kerrville, Tex., for the past 7 years,
he deals with another kind of property;
Regularly he takes refresher courses
to learn the latest in assessing-collecting
techniques and occasionally he gets
together with others in his business to
compare methods and problems. He is
a director and former vice president
of the Alamo Chapter of the Texas
Association of Assessing Officers.
Although both the Toones grew up
in Texas (he was born in Tennessee),
they knew little of the state's Hill
Country until their only son, John, went
to camp there. They were attracted to
Kerrville 10 years ago by its friendly,
cosmopolitan population and by its dry
climate, a boon to sinus sufferers like
They have become an integral part
of the busy little town of 10,000, about
60 miles north of San Antonio. Both
have been active in Red Cross work and
more recently in the Volunteer Council
of the Legion-State Tuberculosis Hos-
pital. Other activities, for Mr. Toone,
include Rotary, the Shrine, Little
League, golfing, and presidency of a
Sunday School class in Kerrville's First
Methodist Church. Mrs. Toone, once
one of the most active workers in the
Balboa Union Church, is superinten-
dent of the children's division of the
Sunday School and belongs to several
About 250 miles across the State,
another former Zonian is also interested
in real estate, in a different way. Bored
with gardening around his three-
bedroom, ranch-type house near one
of Houston's southside bayous, Andrew
A. Whitlock, Plant Engineer for the
Eleanor Mcllhenny, former editor of
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, sent the
pictures of retired Zonians which accom-
pany her story. But she failed to send
pictures of herself and husband Ted, also
retirees, much to our regret. The
McIlhenny's have been traveling most of
the time since they left the Isthmus in
September 1960. Many readers will
recall her story in the March 1961
REVIEW which she wrote in Tokyo and
which reported on the construction of
the new mules and our resident inspector
for locomotives, Robert D. Donaldson, Jr.
Industrial Division when he retired in
April 1959, decided to go into the
Today he is a more or less indepen-
dent operator, handling homes and
property in and around Texas' largest
city. He likes his job because he likes
people and because his time is more or
less his own and so far has managed
SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
things so that he still has time for
hunting and fishing and for local
Neither of the Whitlocks is a native
Texan. Mr. Whitlock comes from New-
castle, N.H., and Mrs. Whitlock was
born in Empire in the Canal Zone. They
selected Houston because it was more
or less midway to their three children,
daughters in St. Louis and Chicago, and
a son, Paul, now back at Texas A&M
for work on his master's degree after
2 years as a student engineer in the
In Baton Rouge, La., Edward Sydney
Randolph, whose 35 years on the Isth-
mus included such important posts as
engineer-in-charge of the Madden Dam
construction, Office Engineer (now De-
signing Engineer), engineer-in-charge of
the Third Locks project, and Consulting
Engineer, has stuck more closely to his
last than some of the Zonians who didn't
stop working when they retired. But
Mrs. Randolph, who was the Panama
Canal Librarian for over 12 years, has
switched her occupation to that of
housewife and her only dealings with
books are collecting them and reading
those she never had time for before.
Since they left the Canal Zone in
1946, Mr. Randolph has been engaged
in a number of interesting projects. One
took him into problems of gas distribu-
tion and water works; another con-
cerned salt mining operations, and a
third was consulting on city and indus-
trial planning in Louisiana. He is vitally
interested in the Panama Canal and in
1958 visited the Isthmus as a member
of a Board of Consultants appointed by
a congressional committee to look into
plans to improve the waterway.
Today the Randolphs live quietly in
Baton Rouge, which they chose prin-
cipally because of the city's water; it
comes from vast wells a thousand feet
underground and they consider it about
Sue Core Odom,
S- who wrote 15 books
._ A about the Isthmus,
~~ ~*i s now dedicated
the best in the world. They spend most
of their time on care of their beautifully-
furnished home, engaging in a per-
petual family chess tournament, and
doing occasional work on committees
for the Episcopal Church they attend.
Another one-time Zonian took to the
land when she retired. For almost 10
years Mrs. John D. Odom, better known
to hundreds of former Canal Zone
youngsters as Miss Sue Core, and her
late husband operated a 2,000-acre live-
stock farm outside Dothan, Ala. Born
in Indiana, reared in the State of Wash-
ington, and a teacher for 33 years,
Mrs. Odom had little background for
farming. She learned fast and although
she is no longer active agriculturally,
she still talks knowingly of such prob-
lems as feed, breeding, and marketing.
Today she has turned the seemingly
inexhaustible energy, which led her to
write 15 books about the Isthmus and
won her Panama's Order of Vasco
N6fiez de Balboa, to civic affairs.
In memory of her husband, she re-
cently donated an 85-acre plot of land
as the site for a recuperative center for
alcoholics. Her gift made its construc-
tion possible and as donor of the acre-
Roger H. Greene,
now is Vicar of
All Saints Episcopal
Church in Tarpon
Robert Terrel Toone, former Surveying
Officer, is now the Kerrville, Tex., City
age, she will work closely with the
group sponsoring the building. And she
hasn't put her school-teacher tendencies
aside, either. Not long ago she spoke
to the New Century Club, Dothan's
oldest women's club, on cybernation-
men and machines.
She also belongs to a garden club,
a music group, and a doctors' wives'
club. In between she plays a good game
of golf and of bridge and is the hostess
with the mostest for dozens of former
Canal Zone friends who include Dothan
on cross country trips.
One of the most different switches
of jobs was made by Roger H. Greene
who believes his post Canal retirement
work the most interesting he has ever
done. He is Vicar of All Saints Episcopal
Church in Tarpon Springs, Fla., a town
of 7,000, many of whom are sponge
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
fishermen of Greek descent. Although
the venerable little church has only
about 100 communicants, its activities
are so varied that its Vicar has no time
for such popular hobbies as golf and
Unlike most retired Zonians who
choose a place to live, the Greene's deci-
sion was made for them. Mr. Greene
had been ordained a Deacon in 1955,
2 months before he retired as a Claims
Examiner in the Accounting Division.
He became a priest 2 years later. His
first two assignments were in the Office
of the Episcopal Bishop of the Canal
Zone and in Key West, Fla. He was
called to the church in Tarpon Springs
3 years ago.
Both of the Greenes find themselves
so busy with their church that they have
little time for other activities. About
the only exception is the Order of the
Eastern Star, of which both are officers.
Mr. Greene served one term as presi-
dent of the area's ministerial associa-
tion and Mrs. Greene was for 2 years
president of the United Council of
Church Women. She also sandwiches
in volunteer duties at Tarpon Springs'
25-bed hospital and has served for the
past 2 years as secretary of the local
Mobility is the only similarity be-
tween the jobs that George Carter Orr
held in the Canal Zone and now holds
in Florida. When he was a senior oper-
ator on the suction dredge Mindi, he
got around over just about every part
of the waterway. Today, as Regional
Representative for the Ask Mr. Foster
Travel Service, he gets around over
most of Florida.
George Carter Orr, who was senior operator on the suction dredge Mindi, now is Florida
Regional Representative for a travel service.
He covers 8,000 to 9,000 miles a year,
calling on most of Florida's 160 travel
agents, in trips that take him away from
his St. Petersburg home a week at a
time. And even at home he has a large
mailing list of travel people to deal
with. He distributes travel folders and
outlines new tours and trips to the
agents who already sell the Ask Mr.
Foster service and tries to interest other
agents in selling his company's tours.
Mr. Orr started his present job in
1958, a year after he and his wife settled
in Florida. By that time he has dis-
covered that his thumbs were red, not
green, and that there was nothing
especially exciting about household
chores. The job leaves him little time
for other activities and most of the Orr's
social contacts are with old Canal Zone
friends. After all, they say, it was these
friends, as well as the climate, which
attracted them to Florida rather than to
their home States of Michigan and
J. Wendell Greene, former Treasurer
of the Panama Canal Company, is still
in the money business but in a different
way than when he handled all of the
company's fiscal transactions. He is a
licensed accountant, handling a number
of firms in Hendersonville, N.C. and in
addition income tax consultant for more
than 100 clients. One year he prepared
Federal and State returns for residents
of eight different States.
Mr. Greene has been in tax work since
1953, a year after he left the Isthmus.
He opened his own office in 1956. Most
(See p. 16)
Clyde S. LaClair, Official Photographer for 21 years, is one-man
office for the Kaiser Steel Corporation in Napa, Calif.
Edward Sydney Randolph, a top Canal engineer for 35 years, is a
consultant and quiet home owner in Baton Rouge, La.
Nancy Webster, Student Assistant at the Canal Zone Main Library, helps George
Pipkin take part in the Library's summer reading program. Some 178 children
participated in the program.
11 I.1'.1i i. aside from I. i the 1..- a waited vacation period for many Zone
youngsters, offers in its own L.i many and varied ..'''.... '"i' for con-
structive activities in the fields of music, sports, and academic pursuits. Per-
f. ,,,ii,.- a year round service, the Schools Division offered this summer three
It.li, Ir academic improvement programs, a music program where .he ,
people learn and perfect their skill with musical instruments, a summer sports
program which featured week 1. -iI activities and competition for all ages and,
in connection with the Reserve ( 11h. I's Ti ;,in,. Corps, an ROTC Leadership
School. The Canal Zone Library, offered a Bt. .1lii: Trip on the Panama
Canal for summer readers.
This pint sized basketball team takes
part in one of the many sports activities
enjoyed by hundreds of Isthmian young
people this summer.
One and two and . Mike Smith,
cello; Maria Gurney, viola; and Mary
Roberts, cello; form their own trio dur-
ing the Summer Music Program classes.
Intent typists all, this group of students is representative of the nearly 600 students
who took courses this summer under the auspices of the Division of Schools.
Inspection Arms! Some of the 61 ROTC Cadets in the ROTC Leadership School
held this summer go through their paces.
rM ii M 0 = 1n I 1 '" f-.~-1
Let's see-where does this one go? Volunteens in the Medical
Library who work one half day each week help the medical
librarian replace books which have been out on loan to Gorgas
Hospital physicians and visiting medicos. From left to right
are Anayansi Herrera, a volunteer from Panama, Douglas
Nicholson and Delia Izquierdo.
Young patients and teen-age volunteers enjoy each other's com-
pany in the playroom of the Gorgas Hospital Children's Ward.
It looks easy. Hank Money shows Sgt. Bernett Newman how
to make a belt with the materials furnished on the Red Cross
Craft cart which he wheels through Ward 14 as part of his
duties as a Volunteen.
THE STAFF at Gorgas Hospital had almost as much fun as
the teen-age volunteer helpers who spent the summer months
learning how to be junior Gray Ladies and junior Gray Men.
The 55 or more high school students reported once each
week to their assigned duties and with the gusto and enthu-
siasm of youth managed to lighten the load carried by the
regular hospital employees.
In the medical library, for instance, they were invaluable
to the Librarian, Mrs. Virginia Stich, in replacing books,
answering the telephone and helping with the ever-present
In the hospital kitchen, they added a fresh touch to the
hospital trays and helped Head Dietitian, Mrs. Frances
Getman, to make out the menus in both Spanish and English.
In the Children's Ward, the volunteers had a wonderful
time cheering up bored young patients by reading them
stories, playing games, and giving comfort in general.
Some of the volunteers were sons and daughters and even
grandchildren of Gorgas Hospital Gray Ladies who work
on a regular schedule with the Red Cross Volunteer Program
directed by Miss Hester Garrett.
Food for Gorgas patients is put on trays by Kathleen Chandler
and Susan Cutter who follow the menu being read by Sandy
Watson. The three girls assisted dietitian Frances Getman
in a number of tasks in the hospital kitchen.
An X-ray plate is set up like this says X-ray technician Jose
Vela to three student volunteer workers who were assigned
to the X-ray clinic this summer. From left to right are Josi
Divila, Joan Silva, and Lynn Martin.
(Continued from p. 10)
of the time his is a one-man operation
but during tax-filing time he employs
extra help. He is a member of the North
Carolina Society of Accountants and
served on its board for 3 years, and
of the National Society of Public
Despite his almost full time work, he
still finds time for community affairs.
He is Finance Chairman of the Rotary
Club's July 4 Committee, chairman of
the Finance Committee of Henderson-
ville's 100-year-old St. James Episcopal
Church, an Elk, and a golf-playing
member of the Hendersonville Country
Mrs. Greene, Cataloguer at the
Canal Zone Library for 18 years, has
done volunteer work in the parish
library and was treasurer of the church's
woman's group for some time. She still
serves as treasurer of the Lambeth Fund
for the Diocese of Western North Car-
olina, has held office in the local chapter
of the D.A.R. and is a volunteer at
Hendersonville's Memorial Hospital.
Cameras no longer play any part in
the working life of Clyde S. LaClair,
Panama Canal Official Photographer
for 21 years. For the past 20 months he
has been the one-man office force in
the shop at Kaiser Steel Corporation's
Fabricating Division in Napa, Calif.,
where 150 men turn plates of metal into
what steel men call shapes. Instead of
adjusting lenses, his fingers now operate
a typewriter, hunt and peck style, as
he makes out vacation papers, runs off
time figures, breaks data down into
various jobs, and sets up order files.
About the only thing in common with
his Panama Canal job is the fact that
when he enters the shop proper he
must wear a safety helmet, just as he
did when photographing a construction
job on the Isthmus.
Outside office hours, the one-time
photographer continues the painting he
started in the Canal Zone, usually to
the accompaniment of a hi-fi turned up
full volume, or worries about the lawn
around his attractive home, like all
Californians when dry weather sets in.
Mrs. LaClair, who was in the Ac-
counting Section of the Maintenance
Division until shortly before her hus-
band retired, is the family's flower
specialist. She belongs to the Napa
Garden Club, to several bridge groups,
and keeps busy with work in the circles
of the local Methodist Church. Neither
feels any urge to return to Minnesota
where they were born. For them, they
think, California is perfect.
RETIREMENT certificates were pre-
sented at the end of July to the em-
ployees listed below, with their positions
at time of retirement and years of Canal
Lawrence Ashby, Laborer (Clf'anmr. Com-
munity Service Division; I .r .-, 2
months, 26 days.
Joel L. Cook, Police Private, Police Divi-
sion; 20 years, 18 days.
Arthur F. Crusey, General Foreman, Lock
Operator, Locks Division; 25 years, 6
months, 29 days.
Daniel Esquina, Maintenance man (Dis-
tribution Systems), Electrical Division;
34 years, 27 days.
George D. Gregory, Chief Foreman, Ma-
chinist Marine, Dredging Division; 36
years, 10 months, 25 days.
Julian P. Hackett, Central Office Repair-
man, Electrical Division; 31 years, 2
Robert H. Hicks, Travel Expense Claims
Examiner, General Audit Division; 38
years, 9 months, 1 day.
Miss Caroline Hunt, Nurse Supervisor
(OpI.r itii. rooms), Gorgas Hospital; 28
years, 11 months, 5 days.
John H. Leach, Supervisory Cargo Agent,
Terminals Division; 42 years, 1 month,
Walter T. McClure, Assistant Postmaster,
1st class office, Postal Division; 26 years,
5 months, 18 days.
Mrs. Marie B. McNeff, Director of Nurses,
Corozal Hospital; 25 years, 9 months,
Henry E. May, General '.pii'l. Officer,
Supply Division; 40 yea r. IIn months,
Luis A. Medrano O., Helper (General), In-
duistrial Division; 33 years, 4 months,
Mrs. Beatrice O'Toole, A.\..... ii.-. Ch rk,
Electrical Division; 1R : ir. m,..il,
Charles E. Pretz, Lead Foreman (Refrige-
ration and Air Conditioning); 22 years,
2 months, 15 days.
Jacob Rand, Window Clerk, Postal Divi-
sion, 19 years, 6 months, 29 days.
James J. Reccia, Leader ti..IkiiIm., Supply
Division; 16 years, 5 ini.i.i. '2 days.
Lawrence J. Ryan, Electrician Division;
14 years, 2 months, 22 days.
Theophilus N. Shaw, C, .k Corozal
Hospital; 19 years, 10 ni,,rith. 12 days.
Wilford G. Stephens,\\ ii hi, ,ii Terminals
Division; 21 years, 9 months, 9 days.
Leopold Williams, Laborer, Terminals
Division; 33 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Did you know that-
-there are two types of lightning, hot and cold?
-while only hot, or high amperage, lightning causes fires, the tons of pressure
resulting from the expanding gases of both types will explode parts of buildings
or other targets?
-standing under a tree or open shed in a storm is asking to be struck by lightning?
-the length of the bolt may be 2,000 to 15,000 feet or more but that the average
bolt is about 4,000 feet?
-staying in the water or on the beach during a storm is playing the part of a magnet
-the core of pure electrical energy in an average bolt is /2- to %-inch thick and that
it is surrounded by a 4-inch column of high temperature, incandescent air?
-staying out on a golf course during a storm makes you a prime target for a bolt?
-measured in kilowatt hours a lightning bolt contains about 25 cents worth of
-you're safe from lightning while inside an automobile?
-in terms of horsepower, the average bolt packs a wallop equal to 2.5 million
-in an average year in the Canal Zone more people are killed by lightning than
by poisonous snakes?
YEAR TO DATE
FIRST AID DISABLING DAYS
CASES INJURIES LOST
'62 '61 '62 '61 '62 '61
206 199 12 8 121 118
1742 2294(699) 71 84(4) 7667 14244(95)
( ) Locks Overhaul injuries Inc!uded In total.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
50 Yiear 4Ago
HIGH WATER caused by a heavy rain-
fall on September 21, 1912 broke
through a dike closing a drain near the
Lirio planing mill and flooded a portion
of Culebra Cut south of Empire. All the
tracks at the bottom of the Cut were
covered with mud and water. Affected
by the same heavy rain of 4.2 inches
in 3 hours, a slide on the west bank at
Culebra partly buried two steamshovels
and closed the pioneer cut for a distance
of 50 feet.
25 sYearJ 4go
THE CONSTRUCTION of a tunnel
under the Panama Canal to accommo-
date vehicular traffic and eliminate the
necessity for the ferry service, was dis-
cussed informally 25 years ago this
month in a lengthy conference in
Washington, D.C. between Panamanian
Minister Augusto Boyd and Lawrence
Duggan, Chief of the Latin American
Division of the State Department.
A news report from Washington said
that the U.S. War Department hesitated
to recommend the construction of a
bridge which could be destroyed by
enemy action and thus block the Canal.
o10 earJ c4go
HOUSING was one of the main con-
cerns of the Canal organization em-
ployee 10 years ago this month.
Following on the heels of a notice that
new houses would ready for occupancy
soon on both sides of the Isthmus, was
the announcement made after the
annual meeting of the Board of Direc-
tors of the Panama Canal Company that
rents on U.S.-rate quarters would be
increased an average of 34 percent.
Some rents were to be more than
New types of quarters and single
family houses were being completed in
Ancon and Margarita and plans were
revealed for the development of a new
residential area in Corozal. The Corozal
development involved a new concept in
town planning for the Canal Zone with
the houses built on short circular or
dead-end streets instead of on "blocks"
with numerous street crossings in the
One year Apo
FLAGS WERE lowered to half staff in
the Canal Zone on September 20 of last
year following a proclamation issued by
President Kennedy declaring national
mourning in honor of Dag Ham-
marskjold, Secretary General of the
United Nations who was killed in a
plane crash in Africa.
As of Tuesday, September 27, there
were 8,377 pupils enrolled in the U.S.
Schools of the Canal Zone, an increase
of 694 over the previous year.
An act of Congress making employees
of the Panama Canal Company immune
from attachment or garnishment of their
wages was signed by President Kennedy
on September 16. The Office of the
Governor of the Canal Zone and Pres-
ident of the Panama Canal Company
emphasized, however, that it is the
policy to require an employee, as a con-
dition of employment, to pay his just
debts and meet his proper obligations.
The W. B. Uhlhom Construction Co.
of Texas made low bid of $927,888 on
the project calling for the construction
of 100 replacement apartments for em-
ployees of the Canal organization in the
townsite of Pedro Miguel. The housing
units are part of those to be built in the
Canal Zone under the U.S. Government
Nine-Point program of benefits to
AMONG WOMEN NOMINATED by the Soroptimist Club of Colon for the International Woman of Distinction Award to
be made by the Soroptimist Federation of the Americas were several present or former members of the Canal family. Photo-
graphed at luncheon and presented with a certificate for their enrichment of community life were, left to right: Mrs. Ana
Ludmilia Gee of Curundu, teacher of ballet; Mrs. Hindi Diamond, journalist; Mrs. Pat Markun of Balboa Heights, authoress;
Miss Olive Brooks, poet; Mrs. Beatrix Bricefio, artist; Mrs. Diana Chiari de Gruber, designer of native arts; Mrs. Mildred Genis
of Margarita, piano teacher; Mrs. Amy McCormack of Ancon, founder of the Isthmian Historical Society; Miss Emily Butcher,
Director of Music, Latin American Schools, for choral work: Miss Aminta Melindez of Colon, freedom pioneer, for contribu-
tions to the birth of the Republic of Panama; Mrs. Eleanor Blennerhassett, teacher of painting; Mrs. Theodora Campbell, retired
Canal Zone teacher now an educator in Panama; Mrs. Elena Lyons, founder of School for Exceptional Children in Colon;
Mrs. Jean Canada, of Fort Gulick; and Mrs. Cecilia Gove, founder of the PanCanettes Chorus. Honored but not present were
Sister Mary Heribertha, educator; Mrs. Dorothy Mel6ndez, journalist (posthumous); Mrs. Blanca Ripoll, teacher of Spanish
dancing; Mrs. Estella Eno, benefactress of the arts; Mrs. Thelma Bull, statistical assistant on the Canal's Executive Planning
Staff, for archaeology; Mrs. Mercedes Alegre Smith of Diablo Heights, teacher of cooking; Miss Adela Bettis, director of
drama; Mrs. Elisa Vergara, designer of polleras; and Mrs. Louise Griffon of Coco Solo Hospital.
SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
(On the basis of total Federal Service)
Asphalt or Cement Worker
Alexander T. Jacks
MARINE BUR ...
Lionel L. Ewing
[ Tk river
C ce E. Lambert
Gerard K. Schear
William K. Mapp
CIVIL AFFAIRS BUREAU
Kenneth T. Daly
James V. Bartlett
Louis S. Damiani
Leader Refrigeration and
James A. Hoverson
Lead Foreman, Refrigeration
and Air Conditioning
George W. Stephens
George R. Jackman
Dr. Maurice B. Winstead
Eleanor L. Colbert
Head Nurse, Psychiatry
Josephine S. Wood
Head Nurse, Medicine and
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Nursing Assistant, Medicine
Verona A. Clarke
Nursing Assistant, Medicine
Johanna J. Johnson
Nursing Assistant, Medicine
B. V. Robinson
Nursing Assistant, Medicine
Jos6 Lino Mercado
B. F. Slaughter
Frank J. Bartlett
e "o oren
Justo G. Vargas
Eustace G. Collins
Helper Lock Operator
Richards A. Samuel
Clifford L. McLean
Julio M. GonzAlez
Marjorie L. Engel
SUPPLY AND COMMUNITY
Norman B. Davison
Richard S. Brogie
Doris G. Sealy
Ivy Louise Cordoba
Nelly M. Titus
Sales Section Head
Meat Cutter Assistant
Martin F. Harper
Scrap Materials Sorter
Evelyn K. Denny
Sales Section Head
Ruben Ashton Aikman
Howard H. Carey
Leader Liquid Fuels
A. G. Terwilliger
David A. DeCosta
Leader Railroad Trackman
Alton C. Anderson
PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
July 5 through August 5
EMPLOYEES who were promoted or
transferred between August 5 and Sep-
tember 5 are listed below. Within-grade
promotions and job reclassifications are
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR-
Sylvester D. Callender, from Assistant
Commissary Store Manager, Supply Di-
vision, to Administrative Assistant (Com-
munity Relations Assistant).
Frank A. Baldwin, from Supervisory Cost
Accountant, Office of Comptroller, to
Executive Planning Staff
Gerard J. Welsh, from Valuation Engineer
to Management Analyst.
Panama Canal Information Office
Rolando A. Linares, Jr., from Swimming
Pool Manager, Schools Division, to Canal
Zone Guide (Interpreter).
Emelina Frensley, from Secretary (Typing)
to Administrative Assistant.
Fannie P. Hernandez, from Canal Zone
Guide, to Canal Zone Guide (Interpreter).
Orlander D. Simpson, from Stockman,
Supply Division, to Bookbinder.
William E. Dodd, from File Clerk, to Mail
CIVIL AFFAIRS BUREAU
Frank Berry, from Police Private, Police
Division to Fire Protection Inspector.
Arthur L. Endicott, from Finance Branch
Superintendent to Foreman, Mailing Di-
Harry H. Corn, from Foreman, Mailing Di-
vision to Assistant Postmaster, First Class
David C. Rose, from Foreman, Mail Hand-
ling Unit, to General Foreman, Mail
Handling Unit, Balboa.
William T. Halvosa, Jr., from Relief Super-
visor, Balboa, to Foreman, Mail Hand-
ling Unit, Balboa.
Louis R. Reyes, from Signalman, Marine
Bureau, to Distribution Clerk, Substitute.
Harry C. Elliott, from Surveying Aid, En-
gineering Division, to Window Clerk,
Substitute, Postal Division.
Constance E. Norris, from Recreation
Leader to Recreation Specialist (Sports).
Ann B. Kennon, from Usher, Supply Divi-
sion, to Recreation Specialist (Sports).
Elizabeth Tapiero, from Substitute
Teacher, Latin American Schools to
Elementary Teacher, Latin American
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
Earl V. Romigh, from Accounting Assistant,
to Supervisory Administrative Services
Jos6 M. Rodriguez, from Laborer, to
Juan O. Segundo, from Laborer, to Seaman.
Antonio Torres S., from Winchman to
Luis Herrero S., Agapito HernAndez, from
Seaman, to Winchman.
Luis del Rosario M., from Boatman, to
Canute A. Cockburn, from Cargo Marker,
Terminals Division to Apprentice Elec-
Roy R. Burgener, from Central Office Re-
pairman to Communications Manage-
Ernest W. Forrest, from Apprentice (Cen-
tral Office Repairman) to Central Office
Carlos Cham, from Apprentice (Electrician)
David E. Tate, from Bridge Crane Oper-
ator, Maintenance Division, to Engi-
neering Draftsman (Mechanical).
Carl R. Meissner, from Apprentice, to
Mechanic, Refrigeration and Air Con-
Frederick A. Amantine, Jesuis I. Ramirez V.,
Agustin A. Tejada, Gladstone C. Rodney,
from Laborer (Cleaner) Supply Division
to Laborer (Heavy).
Antonio Castro, from Line Handler to
Clarence A. Lamber, from Utility Worker,
Supply Division to Line Handler.
Alfred J. Graham, from Guard to Appren-
Caleb A. Allen, from Messenger to Time-
Alfonso Mesa, from Line Handler to Helper
Albert Kelly, from Timekeeper to Super-
Merrill T. Webster, from Lead Foreman
(Locks Control House) to General Fore-
man (Locks Operations).
John T. Styles, from Leader, Lock Operator
(Electrician) to Lead Foreman (Locks
Roscoe C. Crump, from Engineman (In-
dustrial Division) to Lock Operator.
Joseph Foster, from Painter i\M.nirt, rijiar.
John Maynard, from Utility Worker, Supply
Division to Line Handler.
Charles E. Detore, from Apprentice (Ship-
fitter) to Shipfitter.
Arcadio Salazar, from Hospital Attendant,
Health Bureau, to Helper (General).
Norman G. Thomas, from Nursing Assist-
ant (Psychiatry) Health Bureau, to Ap-
Theophilus A. Henry, from Clerk, Health
Bureau, to Apprentice (Boatbuilder).
Valentine I. James, from Utility Worker,
Supply Division, to Helper Blacksmith.
Robert E. Blades, from Laborer (Cleaner),
Community Services Division, to Appren-
Donald L. Greaves, from Truck Driver,
Motor Transportation Division, to Ap-
Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr., from Supervisory
Admeasurer (Chief Admeasurer) to
Supervisory Admeasurer (Director of
Robert E. Medinger, from Admeasurer to
Albert L. Guinn, Donald P. Garrido, from
Master Towboat or Ferry (Pilot Trainee)
Marta F. Conte, from Clerk-Typist to
Vincent Jesse, from Warehouseman to
Earle H. Holder, Arnold Jones, Edwin D.
Milwood, Frank L. Brown, Claude A.
Smith, Claribert A. Warren, Wilmot
Blackman, Manuel E. Serrano, Edison B.
Whittaker, James R. Shurland, RomAn
Mendieta, Rogelio A. Canizales, Oswaldo
Robinson, from Launch Operator to
Motor Launch Captain.
William Dunn, from Clerk-Typist, Dredg-
ing Division, to Timekeeper.
Alton C. Grant, from Counter Attendant,
Supply Division, to Laborer (Heavy).
Charles E. Livingston, Hector Gardner,
Trinidad MorAn, Domingo M. Rodriguez,
Celso E. Rodriguez, Jos6 D. Castillo,
Hector Fernindez, Moisis S. Cohen,
Cleveland A. Gooding, Ferdinand R.
Rose, Somers Clarke, from Line Handler,
Locks Division, to Deckhand.
Coco Solo Hospital
Sabie L. Duree, from Telephone Operator,
Electrical Division, to Clerk.
Dr. Robert G. Franz, from Medical Officer
(General Medicine and Surgery) to
Medical Officer (General Practice).
Dr. Phyllis E. Page, from Medical Officer
(General Medicine and Surgery) to
Medical Officer (Pediatrics).
Joscelyn H. Evering, Jr., from Clerk to File
Donaldo H. Sealey, from Kitchen Attend-
ant to Cook.
Kenneth Ottey, from Utility Worker to
Embrito Secaida, from Laborer (Cleaner)
Waiter (Special) Supply Division, to
Storekeeping Clerk, Waiter (Special).
Clifford Blythe, from Utility Worker,
Supply Division, to Nursing Assistant
Gunars Medins, from Medical Officer
(Surgery General) to Medical Officer
Donald O. Roseman, from Hospital Attend-
ant to Storekeeping Clerk.
John W. Miller, from Laborer (Cleaner),
Supply Division, to Hospital Attendant.
SUPPLY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community Services Division
Florentine de Pauda, from Laborer
(Cleaner) to Laborer.
Modesto SAnchez, from Grounds Mainte-
nance Equipment Operator to Garbage
Pedro Batista C., from Laborer to Garbage
Bolivar Hallit, Harold Hall, Alfred David-
son, from Package Boy to Laborer
18 SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
Ricardo Cameron, from Laborer (Cleaner)
to Utiilty Worker.
Cornelius S. Trumback, from Pinsetter to
Clifford N. Haughton, from Package Boy
Lester L. Ferraro, from Messenger to Ware-
Vincent C. Forde, from Warehouseman to
Leland Truick, from Pinsetter to Counter
Frederick Agodon H., from Laborer
(Cleaner) to Warehouseman.
Victor Kourany, from Clerk to Leader
Jorge A. Moreno, from Pinsetter to Utility
Worker and Pinsetter.
Sefred A. Bowen, from Helper (General)
Lewis W. Armstrong, from Laborer
(Heavy) to Warehouseman.
Olive Archer, from Counter Attendant to
Sales Checker (Food Service).
Kenneth H. Weeks, from Warehouseman
William R. LaChapelle, from Storekeeping
Clerk to Retail Store Supervisor.
Irene L. Veno, from Voucher Examiner to
General Supply Assistant (Typing).
Carlton G. Gittens, from Package Boy to
Jaime Escobar, from Laborer (Cleaner) to
Damian Gill, Jr., from Utility Worker to
Antonio Bazan R., from Pinsetter to Utility
Worker and Pinsetter.
Samuel H. Edwards, from Bellboy to
Lester J. Clement, from Laborer (Cleaner)
to Laborer (Heavy).
George Corbin, from Laborer (Heavy) to
Edgar N. Lawrence, from Laborer (Heavy)
OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
Jessie W. Deganaar, from Plant Account-
ing Assistant to Accounting Technician.
James H. Selby, from Cost Accountant to
Supervisory Cost Accountant.
Accounting Policies and Procedures Staff
Ralph L. Stinson, Jr., from Supervisory Ac-
counting Assistant, Accounting Division,
to Digital Computer Systems Analyst.
TRANSPORTATION AND TERMINALS
Office of the Director
Wallace F. Russon, from Safety Inspector
to Safety Officer.
Susanne K. Graham, Evelyn R. Condon,
from Accounting Clerk to Accounting
Frederick J. Wainio, from Supervisory Ac-
countant to Administrative Services
Robin L. Comer, from Accounting Clerk
to Accounting Technician.
Lionel O. Whittaker, from Timekeeper
(Typing) to Clerk-Typist.
Cyril J. Myers, from Chauffeur to Mes-
senger (Motor Vehicle Operator).
Frank L. Titus, from Laborer (Heavy) to
Manuel F. Chivez, from Stevedore to
Calvin C. W. Bryce, Robert L. Allen, from
Clerk to Timekeeper.
Jorge E. Roca, Filix Meneses R., from
Stevedore to Winchman.
Jack M. Ruoff, from Transportation Assist-
ant to Transportation Operations Spe-
Martin Ceballos, from Stevedore to Leader
Albert Clarke, from Clerk-Typist Mainte-
nance Division to Apprentice (Electri-
OTHER PROMOTIONS which did not
involve changes of title follow:
Lloyd Pinder, Mail Clerk.
Louis J. Poletti, Visa Officer.
Herman 0. Myrie, Clerk-Typist.
Louis G. Small, Clerk-Typist.
Lucille M. Flenniken, Accounting Assistant.
Accounting Policies and Procedures Staff
Howard E. Turner, Digital Computer Sys-
General Audit Division
Arch D. Bishop, Auditor.
Charles A. McArthur, Auditor.
Frank W. Alberga, Time, Leave, and Pay-
Raimundo Dixon, Mario Delgado, Book-
keeping Machine Operator.
Luis Fong, Accounting Technician.
Rolando Nisbeth, Bookkeeping Machine
Cecil Kovel, Accounting Technician.
Benjamin S. Chisholm, Cost Accountant.
Dorothy J. Herrington, Voucher Examiner.
Gilbert M. Smith, Accountant.
John Martino, Electric Accounting Ma-
chine Project Planner.
Duane A. Rigby, Accountant.
Mary D. Coffey, Secretary (Stenography).
Helen C. Light, Bertha E. Hayes, Dorothy
J. La Croix, Mary E. Hanna, Kathleen
M. Huffman, Accounting Clerk.
Jos6 C6rdoba, Guard.
Herman J. Feurtado, Supervisor Time-
Stephen F. Jean-Baptiste, Clerk.
Granville C. Lewis, Timekeeper.
Basil G. Coke, Clerk-Typist.
Beth C. Waddell, Accounting Clerk.
Yamile Samara, Dietitian.
Rixford U. Chase, Medical Technician.
Doris E. Gilling, Clerk.
Lloyd L. Maynard, Timekeeper.
Louis Gelate, Irwin S. Small, Timekeeper.
Vincent George, Jesus Becker, Harold C.
Blackman, Wesley W. Gittens, Utility
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tor of the institute and chief surgeon.
His father was one of the big men in
Russian medicine and founded the
"His OchfiL had three large gilded
cages in which there were noisy colorful
tropical birds. On the wall were numer-
ous heads of animals which he had shot
It was all much like that which was
portrayed in the old time movies. He
was interested in my family background
and pounded me on the back or knee
to emphasize a point. Finally with his
arm around me he escorted me into the
operating room where there were at
least 50 spectators and gave me the
spot of honor over his left shoulder
on a stool.
"Once the surgery began, all his-
trionics ceased and he did a very
capable and efficient job with the
minimum of equipment."
After the operation, Dr. Shirokov had
lunch with the surgeon in his office and
drank the usual toasts with the usual
bottle of vodka. He wondered how his
non-drinking surgical friends would
make out there since not to drink a toast
is considered an insult.
Dr. Shirokov is now working with
Dr. Demikhov at the Sklifosofsky Insti-
tute which is noted for work done
there on transplanting organs and the
construction of the famous two-headed
He said that he had been able to do
just as he wanted and that there was a
lively exchange of ideas and discussions
of differences in United States and
"I scrub in with their surgeons and
adlib in the main operating room," he
said. "After being here over a month,
I am not sure that I progressed very far
in promoting U.S.-U.S.S.R. friendship
but I have come to like some of their
surgeons and think the feeling is mutual.
by either side."
Dr. Shirokov will remain in Moscow
for 1 year and is being joined this month
by Mrs. Shirokov and their 3-year-old
daughter Tamara who live in Diablo
Heights. After his assignment in Russia,
he will return to his position of Chief
Surgeon at Gorgas Hospital.
ARE YOU GETTING IT?
Bilingual tips and topics about the
waterway and the people along its
banks are published weekly in THE
SPILLWAY-distributed every Friday
at Canal offices and installations.
Don't miss your copy.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
THE N.S. SAVANNAH, the world's
first nuclear powered merchant ship is
scheduled to arrive at Cristobal about
September 16 for a history-making
transit of the Panama Canal. The pas-
s nit-r-L.iriLi ship, which is to be oper-
ated to demonstrate the peaceful uses
of atomic t ried i to the free world, is
coming to the Canal from Savannah,
Ga., following extensive test trials at
Capt. Clifford Torteson, Panama
Canal pilot who spent time aboard the
Savannah during her test trials, will be
pilot in charge during her maiden transit
of the Panama Canal. As THE REVIEW
went to press, it was understood that
the Savannah would not stop en route
through the Canal. She is headed for the
Seattle World's Fair but will return
through the Canal to a Galveston ship-
yard early next year. At that time, it is
planned that she remain in Canal waters
for public inspection.
The Savannah's construction was
completed last spring, her reactor cham-
ber was loaded with fuel and she has
since been undergoing tests at York-
town. She is 595 feet long, has a 78-foot
beam, carries 60 passengers and 746,000
cubic feet or 10,000 tons of cargo. She
TRANSITS BY OCEAN-GOING has six complete decks, anti-roll stabi-
\ I.. Sls l IN JULY lizers, and nine watertight compart-
ments, any two of which can be flooded
l9i xW; without loss of the ship.
Co ercial. . . . . . . .
SI.S. ovenn ient. ..........
Fr ................ .
Total.............. 949 1,013
Commercial .... $4,777,367
I'.S. ( ;ovenmlI t. 55,133
$4 -. ,7
, -I -
( CoInii rcial .. ..
U.S. ( <.wo ni nt
5,6(26,16 5, -, i -
*'Ilcldes tolls n al veseisr. A iean- mg an smil.
'**Cargo figures .-ai in hg ns
The Savannah was designed by
George G. Sharp, Inc., built by the New
York Shipbuilding Corp. of Camden,
N.J., and launched July 21, 1959 with
Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower as her spon-
sor. She is named after SS Savannah,
which ushered in the Steam Age of
ocean travel by being the first vessel to
use steam on a transatlantic crossing,
carrying only enough fuel to turn her
rudimentary paddle wheels for 3V days.
The modern Savannah is designed to
operate 3 years on an initial charge of
The vessel is being operated by the
States Marine Line, Inc., of New York
and her engineers, deck officers, and
other personnel have been selected
from the States Marine Lines fleet. All
have undergone intensive training.
Local agents for the ship are Payne
The sleek nuclear powered Savannah is a modern age contrast to the Bounty III, a graceful sailing ship copy of the famous
Bounty which carried Captain Bligh to the South Seas in the 18th Century. The Bounty visited the Canal in July and the
Savannah is due next week. The photograph of the Savannah is being published through courtesy of the States Marine Lines.
20 SEPTEMBER 7, 1962
Total .... 4,832,500 $5,150,043
Due Returned Due Returned
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