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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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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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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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VOL. 27 MARCH 1993 NO.1


VOL. 27

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MARCH 1993

NO. 1

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by

FOR 1992-93

Mr. Robert Van Siclen

Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. Harry Foster

Mr. Peter Foster
Past President

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)


President's M message .........................................
From the Secretary ..........................................
Editor's Corner ............................................
Legislative Representative .....................................
Slate of Officers 1993-1994 ....................................
"Where Are You?" ...........................................
Future Reunion Questionnaire .................................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ......................
R etirem ents ...............................................

News Clips .........
Your Reporter Says ..
Alabama .......
Arizona .......
Arkansas ......
California ......
Florida ........
Georgia .......
Hawaii ...... ..
Louisiana ......

Congratulations .....
Weddings ..........
Births .............
With Deep Sorrow ...
Letters to the Editor ..
Looking Back .......
Announcements .....
For Sale or Wanted ..


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Mississippi ..............28
New England ............ 29
North Carolina ........... 29
Northwest ............... 30

Oklahoma .....
Panama ......
South Carolina .
Texas ........
Virginia ......
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FRONT COVER: President William Howard Taft chatting from his seat in the
special rail car used to bring the party into the locks construction site. Col.
Goethals stands at far right. Photo taken 82 years ago on President Taft's second
visit to Panama, November 14 through 17, 1910. He had visited Panama previously
in early 1904 before he became Chief Executive. (PCC Glass Plate Negative.)
BACK COVER: Pen and Ink drawing of Balboa High School, intended as a
Commemorative Issue, Class graduation of 1979, by Dan A. Fiori, who has
contributed many drawings and maps of the Canal Zone.



APRIL 21, 1993


March 4

March 5

March 7

April 2

May 1

May 7

June 9-13
June 20
July 9

October 2

PCS South Carolina Meeting, 12:00 noon. Call (803) 663-7465 for
more information.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon, Covered dish.
PCSSC Annual Business Luncheon, Andersens Pea Soup,
Carlsbad, CA.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Spring Picnic, Little River State Park, Norman, OK.
Bring a dish! Doris Burns will send a map, if asked.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11
Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 a.m.
PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL.
Arkansas Get-together, Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR. Details later.
PCSOFL Regular meting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
Gulf Coast Picnic. More information later.

zoN"' The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. -E

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
The membership fee is $20.00 annually, $14.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The Third Class ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year for $2.00
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, 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 of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $2.00 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society
and will be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for
advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


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We are well into the New Year, and as I look back
through 1992 it appears to have been a good year for the
Society and for me personally
The Executive Board has remained active and
working in the interest of our members. At each Board
meeting the subject of expenses is brought up, and means
of curtailing expenses is discussed, but each time we
think we have solved the problem we find the costs have
risen, so we start again. You know how that is, we all go
through it with our personal spending.
Since my last message in the December issue of the
Canal Record, the Executive Board approved 91
applicants for membership in our Society. As of January
8, 1993, we had 5,590 paid up members, but we also had
1,295 delinquent members. As of this writing, there are
56 applicants awaiting Executive Board approval for
At the January 8th membership meeting, members
approved HONORARY membership for Dorothy Yocum
and Richard "Pat" Beall, both of whom have dedicated
many years of service to the members of the Society.
I am sorry to announce that Faith Brundage,
presently 1st Vice President, has declined to have her
name placed on the ballot for election to office in 1993.
Faith's letter appears elsewhere in this issue of the Canal
Record. Faith has been a faithful member of the
Executive Board for several years and has always voted
for what she considered to be in the best interest of the

In my mind, the most important responsibility of
members in any Society, and especially in a Society such
as ours, where so many of us are known to each other, is
to vote in the annual election for officers.
The Ballot for election of officers, as presented by
the Nominating Committee, and nominated from the
floor at the January 8th meeting, appears between pages
4 and 5 of this, the March issue of the Canal Record. I
sincerely urge each member to vote for the officers who
will serve through the next year. Read the instructions
carefully and follow the instructions so YOUR VOTE
We in Florida enjoyed another Christmas Luncheon,
chaired by Muriel Whitman with her committee
members. Marjorie Foster was the winner of the grand
prize, a round-trip airline ticket, Miami/Panama, donated
by COPA Airlines. The winning ticket was drawn by
Past President Gene Askew. Again, I ask the members
to patronize those companies or organizations which so
generously donate prizes which help defray REUNION
We are now looking forward to the Annual
CARNIVALITO, which will be held February 6th and
will culminate with the "Burying of the Fish" at midnight.
I wish you all could have been with us to weep and moan
as the fish was buried.
NOW, at the January regular monthly meeting held
in St. Petersburg, I was told that remarks have been
made that the Society was controlled by a "CLIQUE".

I resent such remarks and I let those attending the
meeting know it.
If a "CLIQUE" is composed of a group of members
that are always ready to offer their services for the good
of the Society, who come out to meetings, and attend
Society functions, then there is a "CLIQUE".
There are "CLIQUES" in every organization, be it
"CLIQUES" because the same persons in each
organization are always there when needed. Naturally
working together, the workers become friends.
There is one way to break up a "CLIQUE", and that
is for members to attend meetings, get involved in the
Society, and when it comes time for election of officers,
stand up, present names of nominees for office, VOTE
your nominees into office and then SUPPORT them.
I have always been in favor of new and younger
blood being elected to office in the Society. When I say
younger persons, I do not necessarily mean those persons
that are still working 5 days a week, raising a family and
having little spare time. I refer to recently retired
persons in their late 40's, 50's and 60's who can attend
meetings, attend functions, and give time to the Society.
After being elected to my first term of office as
President, I did call several "younger" members asking
them to serve the Society in some capacity. Their replies
were "Gee, I would like to but I am working"; "I just
moved into the area and I am not settled"; "I get together
with the guys to play golf several times a week".
So, if you want to break up a "CLIQUE" nominate
your choices for office, get them elected, but then be
careful you don't form another "CLIQUE".
Enough is enough, but space is reserved in each issue
of the Canal Record, which allows the President to
"SOUND OFF', so in this issue I think I have utilized my
reserved space.
I thank you for taking the time to read this column,
in no way do I mean to offend anyone.
Remember, the ANNUAL REUNION June 9-13,
1993 in Orlando, Florida.

Robert "Bob" Van Siclen

From the


My special thanks to those members who make it a
point to let me know how much they appreciate my work.
It brightens up my day each time I read your notes.
I had a quiet but nice holiday season and hope that
you and your families will have a healthy and happy 1993.
There is a special notice printed in this issue which
I strongly urge you to read.
If the proposed amendments are approved by the
membership, there will be changes in dues starting on
March 5, 1993. Please be sure to read the proposed
amendments to the Bylaws as published in the December
1992 Canal Record.
Don't forget to submit a timely change of address.
Again, with the December Canal Record, several covers
were torn off and returned to us by the Post Office with
address changes. This costs the Society and you extra

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We're still asking!!! Three new members joined the
telephone task force since the last notice. Ann Kennon,
Plant City; Jeanne Wheeler, Bayonet Point and Hudson,
and Ruth Schmidt from Tampa have joined the ranks.
Since our last article, we lost Jennie Harrington, who
covered Port Richey and New Port Richey due to a move
to Holiday, whom we need to replace. The Society thanks
her for her support to this committee. We also need
additional callers in Tampa, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte,
and Lakeland.
If you would like to help out, please contact Jane
Huldtquist, 813 397-5846.

How sweet it is! The relief I feel now that I have a
full time assistant is just like a shot in the arm. It's a new
feeling I haven't had for some time now. Marje Foster's
help in the interim was a life-saver though. Carol Masino
is also an excellent proof-reader which is very important.
I can't type 4 lines without someone showing me at least
one typo I've made!
We have a new reporter for the Tampa, Florida area.
Her name is Denise Clark and I'm happy to have her on
board. For those members in Tampa who would like to
submit articles for publication, please send to her at
16527 Lake Brigadoon Circle, Tampa, FL 33618. Tel:
(813) 969-1875. Good luck Denise looking forward to
hearing from you.
The change in the deadline was made in order for us
to have more time to sort out and evaluate what's coming
in and to have more time to answer questions sent us as
well as to ask questions about articles received. Our Area
Reporters have been asked to see that the use and

observance of the Style Book and directives issued them
by me and/or the Executive Board are carried out. I will
support our Area Reporters those volunteers who
contribute much of their time in looking for and writing
the news of their area. It's not an easy job.
Sorry to hear that our Arizona Reporter, Jane Cox
is ill and will probably require surgery at some time.
Nevertheless, Jane managed to grind out her current
report amid many adversities and, as usual did a great
job. She definitely has put Arizona among the
newsworthy and she is to be commended, by us and by
the Arizona members. Let's hope this will not be her
last report and that she recovers and feels better soon.
You will note that there is a revised Application for
Membership (and Membership Renewal) in this issue. It
reflects the new membership dues and additional fees
under which the Society will operate effective March 1,
1993 as a result of votes received for Bylaws
Amendments #1 and #2. The Application will no longer
have an envelope attached for mailing. The costs to have
the application printed, envelope made with glue and
perforated for removal from the Canal Record was
becoming more expensive. It had to be made by another
printing shop other than our regular printer. Members
and applicants are asked to provide their own envelopes
for mailing purposes in the future. Thank you.

Pat Beall
(813) 391-4359

"The Social Security
Trust Fund must be kept
secure, healthy, and solvent,
free from raiding by
Congress or the White
House to pay for pet
projects. I am also very
concerned about the current
SSocial Security Earnings
Test which penalizes senior
citizens who wish to
continue to be active in our nation's work force."
However, President Clinton is still committed to cutting
the deficit in half over the next four years. I am of the
opinion that he will be investigating our retirement
benefits as one of the means towards this end. He may
permanently eliminate the cost-of-living adjustments for
retirees under 62. Whenever you get a COLA, it may be
reduced by one-percent. In addition, I believe he plans to
make several changes to our Health Insurance Program.
Look out for the next four years!


Leon Panetta announced that changes will have to be

made to the Federal Employees Retirement System. One
movement under consideration is raising the retirement
legibility age. This may be executed by the year 2,000. In
addition to the above, sometime during the coming
summer, Congress will consider a Constitutional
Amendment to balance the budget. If this becomes a
reality, then cost of living increases will be affected along
with the government's contribution to the Retirement
Thrift Savings Plan. Subsequently, all entitlement
programs will be affected. Last month I suggested that
you write to your Congressional Representatives and find
out what they plan to do to your retirement system. Now
is an appropriate time to write them a letter.


In a recent "Notes from the Chief," a regular feature
of the Panama Canal Service Division's House Organ the
Sea Breeze, it was revealed that seven percent of the work
force handling launch and towboat duties received
disciplinary actions in fiscal year 1991. The most common
reason for this was absenteeism! According to the Chief,
he is sure that his work force can do a lot better.


Did you know that every individual who owns Real
Property in Florida and resides there as a permanent
residence is entitled to an annual exemption from all
taxation on this residence up to an assessed value of
$25,000? In addition, a widow, widower, blind person or
a totally and permanently disabled person is entitled to
another $500 exemption.


The average monthly Social Security benefit in 1993
will be $653. The maximum individual benefit for a
worker retiring in January 1993 at age 65 will be $1,128.
Benefits paid to widows, widowers or dependents of
qualified workers will go up 3% in 1993. The average
monthly benefit for an elderly widow or widower who
lives alone will be $608 in 1993.

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(813) 894-2478

* a
SEditor must have by::

APRIL 21, 1993





The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Albert Pate, Chairman,
Mrs. Olga Disharoon, Mr. Harry Foster, Mr. Joseph Hickey, and Mr. Robert Herrington, submitted the following Slate
of Officers for 1993-1994 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 8, 1993 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Petersburg, Florida:

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Mr. Robert Johnson
Mr. Harry Foster
Mr. Virgil Camby

Mr. Harry Foster declined the nomination for Director. Nominated from the floor were Mrs. Dorothy Herrington,
Chris Skeie, who later declined, Mrs. Betty Malone, and Mr. Rupert Turner, who later declined, for Director.

Detach Ballot from mailing envelope (inserted in this issue). Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, placing
an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. Of the five names listed for Directors, vote for two (2). One write-
in nomination for each office is permitted per ballot. Each active member (member or spouse) shall submit one (1) ballot
(only one ballot per member household). Place ballot in envelope marked "BALLOT" placing your name and address in
the upper left-hand corner. Affix a stamp and mail for arrival on or before JUNE 1, 1993. DO NOT USE THE
APPLICATION ENVELOPE FOR YOUR BALLOT. Ballot envelopes will be opened at the Annual Business Meeting in
Orlando. Application envelopes are opened upon receipt by the Secretary/Treasurer, and if your ballot is enclosed therein,
it will be VOIDED.

Slate of Officers for 1993-1994

Jane (Presley) Huldtquist


I was born on Fishers Island, NY into a military family that was transferred to the
Canal Zone in 1932, and again in 1938. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1942 and
married Fred Huldtquist in 1948. I served in WWII with the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, also
attended Memphis State University, Canal Zone Jr. College and Florida State University
on a part time basis. I retired from the P.C. Co. as a Budget Analyst with the Engineering
and Construction Bureau in 1979. I served 10 years as a member and later as Chairperson
of the Audit & Budget Committee of the Society. I also served two years as Legislative
Representative, one year as Director, and am currently 2nd. Vice President. My husband
and I have co-chaired the Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament for the past 13 Annual
Reunions. If elected President I would strive to fulfill those duties to the best of my ability.

Marjorie (Harrington) Foster

Marjorie Foster has worked with the Society since 1985, serving as Assistant to the
Secretary/Treasurer and CanalRecord Editor, then as Secretary/Treasurer for several years
and is now continuing on as Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer and plans to continue on
in this capacity along with other duties for the next couple of years. Marje attended
Cristobal High School, graduating in 1947. It was while attending CHS that she met and
married Pete and they are the parents of two daughters, June Foster Trim and Colette
Foster Carlisle. Marje retired with over 22 years of service in Personnel and Payroll with
the Panama Canal Company in 1982. She and Pete settled in Palm Harbor where Marje
obtained her Real Estate License with the State of Florida.

Robert "Bob" Johnson

Robert "Bob" Johnson was raised on the Atlantic side and graduated from CHS
S in 1943. A WWII veteran, he completed his apprenticeship in 1947 and became active in
community and fraternal activities. He has held the offices of President of the Gatun Civic
SCouncil, President of the Margarita Recreational Association, Vice-President of Brazos
Brook Gulf Club, Commander of the V.F.W., Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus,
twice held the title of Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1542, and the District Deputy for the
B.P.O.Elks. He retired from the Locks Division in 1980 with 35 years of service. Since
retirement, Bob has served as President of NA.R.F.E. in Kissimmee, FL. He was 2nd
SVice-President of the Society for 1989-90, and in charge of Transportation and Security at
the 1990 Annual Reunion. He was Legislative Representative for the Society in 1991-92,
and is now Director for 1992-93.

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby

I am a third-generation Zonian, born on the Atlantic side and raised on the Pacific
side. My grandfather retired as a mule operator at Gatun Locks and my father was a
detective in Balboa. My mother retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Clayton. I graduated
from Balboa High School in 1962, spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, attended Los
Angeles City College and the University of South Carolina. I am President of Aquatech
of Florida, Inc., and am married to Shirley (Bonneau) a CHS gal, and have four sons. I
was your first Member-at-Large and served as 2nd Vice President 1990-1991, 1st Vice
President 1991-92, Sergeant at Arms 1992-1993. I was Chairman of The Friends of Panama,
which because of you, was very successful. I have served on several internal committees
with pleasure and pride. I am a nominee for Director. If elected again, I will happily serve
the Panama Canal Society of Florida to my very best.

Dorothy (Jordan) Herrington

Dorothy moved to the Canal Zone in 1938 with her parents, graduating from
Balboa High School with the Class of 1941. While in the Canal Zone, Doorothy met and
married Robert Herrington, BHS'39. They have two children, Bobbye Lou Herrington
Wellington and Russell, who is still living in Panama. Dot worked for the Office of
Comptroller, Panama Canal Company, retiring with 30 years of service in 1976. They are
S now residents of Clearwater, Florida and have been active in the Society, serving on
committees and helping out wherever needed. Dot became an Honorary Member after
serving on the Audit and Budget Committee for several years.

Betty (Norris) Malone

As a nominee, once again, on the Slate of Officers for 1993-1994, I feel that
everyone should do their share when called upon to keep the Society and its aims and
ideals alive and to make it prosper. I was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and now live in St.
Petersburg, Florida. For many years I have been an active member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, having once been Registration Chairperson, and the Reunion Luncheon
Chairperson for the past eleven (11) years. I have served as 2nd Vice President of the
Society during 1987-1988, 1988-1989, and Historian during 1989-1990, 1990-1991. I was my
pleasure to serve the Society during those years, and I would like to continue doing so. If
elected as Director, I believe the experience gained over the past years will make me an
asset in helping to serve the Society in the future.



October 30, 1992
Robert Van Siclen, President
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, FL. 34642-4712

Dear Bob:

This letter is to advise you I am unable to run for the
office of President in June 1993. Due to personal reasons
I find that I must cut back on activities.
The past three years I have been on the board have
been a great pleasure, working with you and the board.
I will always be glad I have had this experience.


Faith A. Brundage
1st Vice President

Raymond P. Laverty, Deputy Administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission, will be the guest speaker
at the 1993 Annual Reunion Luncheon of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Where Are You?


Joseph D. Wynne was drafted into the U.S. Army
while in Panama, where his parents were serving as
diplomats in the Rep. of Panama. He was once assigned
to the 472nd Military Police Company at Ft. Wainwright,
Fairbanks, Alaska between 1962-1967.
A former member of that group has Lou Gehrigs
disease and wants to hear from his former buddies. If an
address is known, please contact Bonnie
Bassetti/Secretary, 472nd MP Company Reunion
Committee, 2106 S. Ash Cir., Mesa, AZ 85202.


Gina Albaugh LeeAn
Harry Ashby Warl
Sandra Bauchman
Unda Bell
Nancy Shaver Bennett
Gene Blumberg
Brabara Brazile
Helen Bright
Michael Bruce
Evangeline Buenafe
Peter Carlson
Willie Castro
Kathy Foster Curtis
Renee Sargent Campbell
Michael Colacicco
Jose Davila Eli
Pat Derrer Roach
Susan Diercks
Dennis Deming
Kathi Hirt Schultz

n Petrosky Daven
and Griffin deJan
Donna Emerson
Fred Eversole
James Guibert
Diane Gillman
Joe Goff
Ann Griffin
James Jenkins
Helen Jones
Montie Hess
Bill Keene
Kathy Kervin
Charlie Keys
Nancy King
zabeth Kitterman
Jon Klages
Angele LaGrave
Randy Leber

port John Loncoln
on Linda Mapes
Paula Leftridge Martin
Sheila LaPorta Mitchell
John Millar
Jim McKenna
John Morton
Richard Orvis
Alexis Diaz Patton
Bob Ostrea
Olav Roos
Priscilla Collins Raines
Julie Shipley
Carol Showalter
William Singleton
Kay Snowden
Jane Swasick
Victor Trevino
Susan Unrau


Bernard Holland
Patricia Houston
Bernice Israel
Joseph Judge
Alvin Kennedy
Karl Kern
Catherine Klotz
Doris Jean Kueter
Philip LeClalr
Thomas Leaver
Clifford Undell
Viola Lutterell
Carios Maldonado
Jimmy Maloney
Maureen Manush
SRichard Metz
Patricia Moore
Lolsmae Meyers
Bert Nelll
Elleen Neuman D
James Nichols
Alberto Norlega
Paulo Oslglan
Dorothy Parker
Don Peterson

Ninfa Ponce
Obdulla Ponce
Nelda Jean Price
Don Regnell
Myron Roberts
Mllantla Roy
Ruben Russo
Marion Schulze
MIgdonlo Soldier
Joe Sinnett
Bowle Smith
C. Ralph Smith
Dorothy Jean Straus
Clara Isabel Thomas
Dorothy Kepford
Elaine Tuttle
Paul Wescott
Walter Welman
Shirley Zeese
orothy Jean Andrews
Evelyn Johnson
Paul Peters
Carmen Qulntero
Rene Vermelllon
Horace Villars

Planning a reunion for June 11, 1993, Orlando, Florida.
Please write any and all info for above list and mail to:

James J. O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(813) 894-2478

Edwin or Aloha Baumbach
201 Lagoon Rd. S.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33884-2529
(813) 324-5340

Cinders Murdock Vaughn

If any found, please notify BHS REUNION
COMMITTEE, c/o Carole (Salonick) Barber, 404
Marble Cove Way, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Your Vote is Important!

Hilda Abala
Kyle Andress
Beatriz Barcuetes
Ruth Balschum
Charlotte Baverstock
Dean Bright
Harry Calceldo
Yolanda Canavagglo
Alice Castro
Richard Colston
Helen Culpepper
AlIcedes Davila
Francis Dolan
Phyllis Duncan
Tomas Duque
Betty (Evans) Thomas
Harry Ferguson
Phyllis Fong
Orlel Garcia
Albert Garlington
Armondo Gonzalez
Doris Gomell
Carios Grosso
Sue Gruver
Beverly Jean Harris




Canal Records and correspondence has been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.



If anyone knows any of the above addresses, please
contact one of the following:


Robert E. Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Drive
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 55-1986
Paitilla, Republica de Panama

BHS'34 and CZJC'36 NEWS?

What has happened to BHS Class of 1934 and
CZJC Class of 1936? Would love some news. Bill
French, 614 Cypress Lane, Severna Park, MD 21146.

William Arey
George Casira
Mike Garcia
Joanne Nitz
Dale Clarke
Rose Jackson
Roderick MacDonell

Myrna Sasso
Betty Van Dyke
Nelva Brown
Chris Keyes
Diane Mitchelle
Valerie Smith
Cathy Price

Johnnie Parker
If found, please contact: Lesley (Hendricks)
Litzenburger, 48 Turnbridge Road, Haverford, PA 19041.
(215) 896-6413.


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Phone: (205) 794-0134.


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cast for Amendments #1 and #2 of the Bylaws,
the following changes will take place:
1. There will be an Administrative Fee of $10.00
imposed on all NEW applications for
2.a. Annual dues wll be increased to $20.00. Dues
year will remain October 1 through
September 30.
b. Delinquent members who have not paid their
dues by June 1, 1993 shall be considered a
new member and will have to pay the
$10.00 Administrative Fee.
c. Persons applying for membership after March
5, 1993 shall be subject to $20.00 dues and
a $10.00 Administrative Fee.
The above Bylaw changes have replaced the DELINQUENT Fee

The German poet Heinrich Heine bequeathed his entire estate
to his widow on the condition that she remarry -- "so at least
one other man will regret my death."


Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

November 6, 1992
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
12:06 p.m.
Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed by a
moment of silence in memory of those recently departed,
and Virgil Camby led the members in the Pledge of
The president welcomed the 47 members, Past
Presidents Eugene Askew, Pete Foster, Al Pate and
Muriel Whitman and long-time absent members Georgia
Howard, Arlene Tochterman, Tom McKeown, Frank
Leves, John M. Davis, Lilia Cordones and Joe Smith.
The president introduced Jim O'Donnell who has
accepted the appointment of Legislative Representative
on the Executive Board. Pete Foster resigned as
Legislative Representative, to permit the appointment of
Jim O'Donnell, and Mr. Van Siclen, with Board approval,
appointed Pete as Past President on the Board.
Meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m. for covered
dish luncheon, and reconvened at 1:10 p.m.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the September
meeting in the absence of Mrs. Green and the minutes
stand as read. She read the Financial Report and it
stands for audit.
Mr. Van Siclen announced that the October Picnic
had been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that changes to the By-
Laws had been discussed at the September Board
meeting and 28 new members have been voted into the
Society. He pointed out that the Board does not have
the authority to make changes in the By-Laws submitted
by the By-Laws Committee but had reviewed them and
they will be printed in the December Canal Record for
voting on by the membership. He urged the members to
read them carefully and vote, the ballots would be
counted at the February meeting and if passed, would
become effective the following month.
He reported that the Board had accepted 58
applicants at the October Board meeting.
Mr. Van Siclen announced that Mr. Ray Laverty will
be the speaker for the annual luncheon in June. Mr.
Guardia, Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission, due to previous commitments cannot accept
the invitation to be the luncheon speaker. He suggested
Mr. Laverty accept the invitation.
Faith Brundage reported that Leroy Lewis would be
playing for Carnivalito and urged the members to put in
their reservations early since there will be limited
reservations due to space limitations.
Jane Huldtquist reported that she had good response
from her Ad for telephone callers in the September
Canal Record and had gained twelve new callers. Callers
are still needed for certain areas. She also reported that
the Chagres Inivitational Golf Tournament was reserved
at Cypress Creek Country Club and plans were well

Muriel Whitman reminded the members to send in
their reservations for the Christmas Luncheon.
Robert Johnson reported that he was sorry that the
picnic did not materialize and had to be cancelled
because of the storm.
Richard Beall reported that he had attended a Postal
seminar on the Post Office plans for full automation in
1993. He recommended strongly that members send in
their zip code with the additional last four digits since
this will be a necessity for efficient handling of the mail
in the future.
He reported that the December Canal Record had
been sent to the printers and was 116 pages, the largest
book to date.
Mrs. Foster reported that 1700 delinquent dues
notices were sent to members on November 2 for those
who had not paid their 1993 dues by October 31. She,
Mrs. Green and Nancy Van Siclen hastily processed them
for members to receive them in time to receive the
December Canal Record. An additional 500 more
members were delinquent for a period of two years.
Mr. Van Siclen announced that although Mr. Frank
Matters is unable to attend the monthly meetings, he
continues as Budget and Audit Chairman overseeing the
finances of the Society.
Dorothy Pate thanked everyone for coming and
bringing covered dishes and asked that next time they
bring another member with them.
Al Pate announced that he had helped several
members with their paper work the last couple months
and encouraged all the members to get their house in
Eugene Askew had received a long-distance call
asking for assistance which he provided.
Nancy Van Siclen reported that the Yellow Pages
would appear in the December Canal Record and would
contain all the information concerning the 1993 Reunion,
along with Hotel reservation forms and recommended
that the members note the new Hotel prices and read the
directions carefully when completing the forms.
She stated that both Carolyn Johnson, Registration
and Pat Beall, Hospitality needed volunteers to work at
the desks at the Reunion.
Mr. Foster reported on the Transportation
Committee and reminded the members that they would
be helping the Society obtain complimentary tickets for
the musicians if they use Keppie Travel, the official
Reunion Travel Agent.
Mr. Van Siclen also announced that COPA has
donated 4 round-trip (Miami/Panama) tickets, which will
be used as door prizes at Society functions. Mr. Van
Siclen further stated that he thinks we should help those
who help the Society and therefore, suggested that
members travelling to the Reunion purchase tickets
through Keppie, and those planning to fly to Panama fly
Mr. Foster announced that Leroy Lewis would be
playing for the Panazonian Dance and Father Frank
Pretto would be the headliner for the Ball with Charlie
Cooper filling in.

There was no unfinished business.
Mr. Van Siclen asked for nominations from the floor
for two members to serve on the Nominating Committee.
Muriel Whitman nominated Joseph Hickey and Dorothy
Pate nominated Olga Disharoon. Both nominees
Birthdays and anniversaries were announced and
door prizes were awarded.
Mr. Van Siclen thanked Mrs. Foster for assisting Mr.
Beall in the typing of the articles the past year for the
Canal Record.
Dorothy Yocum moved the meeting be adjourned,
seconded by Nancy Van Siclen. Meeting adjourned at
1:50 p.m.

December 5, 1992
Holiday Inn
Clearwater, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
12:09 p.m. There were 122 members and guests present.
Dottie Yocum gave the invocation, Pledge of
Allegiance was led by Skeeter Camby.
President Van Siclen announced that Edith Cotton
had passed away the previous day, and a minute of
silence was held in memory of the recently departed
President Van Siclen welcomed everyone with special
mention to those who had not attended meetings
recently. Past Presidents Gene Askew, Anna Collins,
Peter Foster, Betty Frassrand, Al Pate and Muriel
Whitman were acknowledged.
President Van Siclen adjourned the meeting for
lunch. Meeting resumed at 1:40 p.m.
President Van Siclen announced that a grand prize
of one round trip ticket from Miami to Panama, donated
by COPA, would be awarded at the luncheon. After the
other prizes were awarded, all the numbers would be put
back in the box and everyone would have a chance for
the grand prize.
Minutes of the November 6th meeting stand as read.
Financial Report stands for audit.
President Van Siclen announced that the Board
made the decision, at the November 19th meeting, to
limit the size of ads that appear in the Canal Record.
With the exception of the Reunion ads, all ads will be
limited to half page.
Several amendments to the Bylaws will appear in the
December issue. The Board reviewed the changes and
recommends their approval for the good of the Society.
Seventeen new members were accepted into the
Society at the December 5th Board meeting.
James O'Donnell, Legislative Representative, gave
his report. He suggested that everyone review the Health
Benefit Plans carefully.
Pat Beall reported that 4,492 Canal Records would
be mailed out on Monday. There are a total of 112
pages in the book. Reservation forms for the Reunion
are printed in the December book. Pat introduced Carol
Masino, his new assistant. He thanked Marje Foster
for filling in until he could find an assistant.
President Van Siclen announced that Frank Matters
could not be present at the Luncheon but that he is doing
a good job as Chairman of the Budget and Audit

Al Pate, Service Officer, announced that he is
working on one case.
Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinator, advised that
the yellow pages with information about the Reunion are
in the December book. She suggested that everyone get
their reservation in as soon as possible. Ticket order
forms will be in the March book. Pat Beall, Chairman,
Hospitality, and Carolyn Johnson, Registration Co-
Chairperson, need volunteers to help during the Reunion.
Pete Foster, Transporation Liaison Officer for the
Reunion, reminded everyone that Keppie Travel gives the
Society complimentary tickets based on the number of
tickets purchased through Keppie that helps bring the
musicians to the Reunions. Each ticket purchased
through Keppie counts toward another complimentary
ticket. He urged everyone to use Keppie Travel.
Pete, Dance Committee Co-Chairman, announced
that Frankie Pretto, who performed at the Panazonian
Dance last year, will be the feature band for the Ball at
the '93 Reunion. Charlie Cooper will fill in on Saturday
night. Leroy Lewis will be the feature band for the
Panazonian Dance on Friday; he will also play at the
Carnavalito. Dance tickets will be limited to 1,800 seats.
He urged everyone to send in their requests for tickets
early. Instead of a Fashion Show, we will have the
Folkloric Dancers perform.
President Van Siclen reminded everyone to get their
reservations in for the Carnavalito in February. Space
will be limited. Faith Brundage is the Chairperson.
Skeeter and Shirley Camby and Pete Foster are
committee members.
Door prizes were awarded and Muriel had special
thanks for Pat Beall, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Falk and
Gretchen and Bill Warren for donating special prizes.
Muriel thanked Stella DeMarr for entertaining with
her accordion and leading the singing of Christmas carols
after the luncheon.
Nancy Van Siclen made a motion to adjourn the
meeting; seconded by Bob Johnson. Meeting adjourned
at 2:15 p.m.

January 8, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Van Siclen opened the meeting at 12:10
p.m. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed by a
moment of silence for departed members. Virgil Camby
led the members in the Pledge to the Flag. Meeting was
recessed at 12:15 for lunch and reconvened at 1:16 p.m.
The president congratulated members for bringing
the delicious assortment of food for the covered dish
luncheon. He welcomed the 54 members present and
recognized Past Presidents Howard Clarke, Peter Foster,
Muriel Whitman and Al Pate. Several out-of-towners
were present. Bill and Alice Forsstrom, Rhode Island,
won the prize for traveling farthest distance.
The president announced 4,492 labels were printed
for the December Canal Record, therefore 44 will be the
quorum for 1993 according to the Bylaws.
The Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting
and stand as read. The Financial Statement stands for
The president stated that he received a complaint
that the Society was being run by a clique. He explained

that most organizations have a group of loyal volunteers
always ready and willing to serve to accomplish the work
needed. He urged all members to volunteer for
committees, run for office and offer suggestions to the
Executive Board. He also stated proposed changes to the
Bylaws are in the December issue and asked that
members vote for the good of the Society. He announced
that although 4,492 have paid their dues for 1993, there
are still 1,295 delinquent.
The president thanked Muriel Whitman and
committee for a great Christmas luncheon at which 122
members attended.
Faith Brundage reminded members of the
Carnavalito and that Leroy Lewis will play the organ.
Jane Huldtquist reported she had 40 volunteers for
the Telephone Committee, and still needs 5 more. She
also stated the Golf Registration Form will be in the
March issue and all information will be in the yellow
Muriel Whitman thanked all for attending the
Christmas luncheon and reported a profit of $71.78. The
president explained that Society functions are set to break
even but a profit is better than a deficit.
Pete Foster reported that the Panama Folkloric
Dancers will perform at the Panazonian Dance. Leroy
Lewis will play for the PZ dance; Frankie Pretto and
Charlie Cooper will play for the Ball. The Society will not
have to rent an organ or set of drums, thanks to
cooperation between the bands. He stated ticket sales will
be limited.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative reported
NARFE advises retirees to write their Congressmen and
Senators regarding future COLAS. He said that a
decision is to be made next Spring whether taxes paid in
some states on annuities should be refunded.
Dorothy Pate thanked members who helped prepare
for the meeting and who brought food. In the absence of
Anna Collons, Dorothy reported on members who were
ill and hospitalized.
Al Pate, Service Officer reported he was helping one
member with paper work.
Nancy Van Siclen reported that 485 members and
guests have pre-registered and that 225 rooms have been
assigned at the Twin Towers Hotel. She recommends
members send reservations early. 16 vendor tables and 13
class reunions have been processed. Ticket Order Forms

for the Luncheon and two dances will be in the March
issue. Volunteers are still needed for Registration and
Mr. Van Siclen stated that in the last Canal Record
letters of recommendation from Marjorie Foster for
Honorary Membership to Dorothy Yocum, Chaplain, and
Richard Beall, Editor and required to be voted on by the
majority of members present and voting. The votes were
requested and was unanimous for each nominee.
Al Pate, Nominations Chairman read the slate of
officers for 1993-1994 as follows:
President Jane Huldtquist
1st Vice President Marjorie Foster
2nd Vice President Robert Johnson
Director Harry Foster
Director Virgil Camby
Harry Foster declined the nomination. The president
reminded members that write-in nominations must accept
nomination in writing 10 days prior to Annual Meeting.
Nominees on the ballot must give their consent prior to
printing of the ballot. If not received by publication
deadline, the name will be omitted from the ballot and
nomination considered invalid. Each nominee must advise
the Nominating Committee in writing of their acceptance
or rejection of nomination.
Mrs. Foster stated she had accepted the nomination
on the condition that she continue as assistant to the
Secretary. If there are objections, please voice them now
so someone else may be nominated for 1st Vice
President. There were no objections.
The president opened nominations from the floor.
There were no nominations for President, 1st. Vice
President or 2nd. Vice President. For the office of
Director, Dorothy Herrington, Christian Skeie, Betty
Malone and Rupert Turner were nominated.
Mrs. Foster reminded all that candidates, in
accordance with the Bylaws, cannot miss more than three
Board meetings. The president added he would like to
see Board members attend both Board meetings and
Regular meetings. The Slate of Officers will be printed in
the March issue together with the ballot, which must be
received at least 10 days prior to Annual Meeting on
June 11.
Nancy Van Siclen motioned to adjourn, seconded by
Robert Johnson. Meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

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Capt. Malcolm J. Stone
Capt. Jack R. Ward
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GMU Selects New Dean

FAIRFAX, VA.--Gustavo A. Mellander, director of
George Mason University's Center for Community
College Education, has been named dean of the
Graduate School of Education. His appointment is
effective Jan. 1 and is for two and one-half years.
Gustavo is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of
Mellander, who will concurrently continue as the
center's director, has more than 30 years of academic
experience as an administrator and teacher at colleges
and universities in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining George Mason last summer, he was
chancellor of the West Valley-Mission Community
College District in Saratoga, California. As chancellor,
he administered a district composed of two
comprehensive community colleges in Silicon Valley that
enrolls 35,000 students and has an annual budget of $60
In addition, he has extensive state government
experience. From 1972 to 1975, he exercised academic
program approval and financial overview responsibility
for 38 colleges and universities while serving with the
New Jersey Department of Higher Education. In 1982,
he was appointed to a six-year term on the State Board
of Education. He also was a founding member of the
Governor's Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs, and
served on the executive committee of the Hispanic
Association of Higher Education as well as chairman of
the Task Force on Bilingual Education.
Mellander also participated on more than 50 Middle
States Accrediting Association or State Licensure
evaluation teams from 1971 to 1985.
He has written several books and is the author of
numerous chapters and articles. Mellander received his
doctorate in history from George Washington University
in 1966.

George Mason University
Media Relations
Fairfax, Virginia

Bensen's Death Touches Those
in Outdoors Circles

By Jerry Hill, OUTDOORS.
Ed Bensen died Tuesday morning. He was 64.
Manatee conservationists and longtime readers of
this column knew Ed. Accounts of his contributions to
Florida conservation have often appeared in these lines.
Ed and Jeanne, his wife of 38 years, moved here
upon his retirement from a 28-year stint in the Panama
Canal Zone.

It has often been said that this community's most
under-utilized resource is the pool of energy and
knowledge squandered in the retired sector. Thousands
of absolutely brilliant individuals move here each year
and prop up their feet, and we allow them to waste away.
Ed Bensen was not of this mold. The man moved
here in 1981 and six years later developed the illness that
finally took him.
But in the interim he:
** Served three years as president of the Manasota-
Sarasota Fish and Game Association. Many of the hard-
core members of that group credit Ed with laying the
foundation for its current environmental and conservation
** Was Manatee County chairman for "Save The
Fish," the statewide group which sought to create a
constitutionally independent fish and wildlife agency to
manage the state's live natural resources. Under his
direction this was the only county in the state to meet its
legal quota of signed petitions.
** Served as state treasurer of "Save The Fish."
Consider that for well over two years he wore all
three of the above conservation caps simultaneously.
** In the mid 1980s he was given one of angling's
most prestigious conservation awards. The International
Federation of Flyfishermen named Ed Bensen saltwater
conservationist of the year for the entire eastern
About the same time Bensen was being singled out
for this honor, an editorial in Field and Stream magazine
said "the IFF conservation awards are among the most
unpolitical and deserving issued in this country."
Ed's father was a commercial fisherman and his
mother a school teacher. He was the first resident of the
tiny east coast commercial fishing village Grant to
graduate from the University of Florida.
As a boy he had seen Florida's bountiful marine
resource. And then as an adult he had fished both sides
of the Isthmus of Panama and developed a strong affinity
for things of the brine.
When he moved to Manatee County, saltwater
fishing was being drawn into the vortex of overharvest.
No one ever accused Ed Bensen of being impulsive. He
looked, asked, listened and thought long and hard before
committing to the recreational side of the saltwater
conservation struggle.
On a personal side, I'm going to miss this gruff
Cracker. He frequently admonished me to focus on the
real dragons of conservation issues and leave the
windmills to someone else.
When word of his passing came to a gathering of his
former coffee klatch comrades Tuesday morning, the
conversation went somber. Throughout the day Ed's
friends phoned and contacted each other to remember
and share.
A friend pointed out that in the zeal to accomplish
our goals the best of us are often tempted to shortcut
integrity--but over and over again Ed steered us back to
the high road.

He also possessed and used a wry wit. One time a
detractor was putting him down for eating mullet. "I
don't eat bait," the wag tossed at him.
"How do you feel about shrimp?" Bensen retorted.
Manatee's outdoor folk extend our love and
condolences to Jeanne; the three Bensen sons, Jay, Don
and Chris; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson at
this sad time.
There will be more fish in Florida in the 21st Century
than there are in the 1990s because of Ed Bensen's
efforts in the 1980s.

The Bradenton Herald
November 18 1992

History of Slides in Cut

By Juaquin Horna
The frequent slides in the cut were, undoubtedly, the
most serious problem faced by the builders of the
Panama Canal, and the Cucaracha slide was one of the
worst. Located on the east bank slightly south of Gold
Hill, Cucaracha had broken loose during the French
construction effort and continued causing problems
during the U.S. era, beginning with a slide on October 4,
1907, after several days of heavy rains.
Two more slides in 1910 blocked the cut there for
several months, and when the S.S. Ancon made its
inaugural transit through the Canal on August 15, 1914,
the channel was still partially blocked by the remnants of
a January 1913 slide that spilled 2 million cubic yards of
material into the cut.
The worst slide, however, was at Culebra on
September 18, 1915, shortly after the cut had been
renamed Gaillard Cut in honor of David D. Gaillard, the
military engineer who was in charge of its excavation.
This time, the Canal was closed to commercial traffic for
seven months.
Several slides have occurred in the cut since that
time, but none has had a significant long-term impact on
Canal traffic. In fact, after the last major slide in 1986
at Cucaracha the channel was reduced considerably, but
the waterway was not closed and traffic was rapidly
restored to normal.
Gaillard Cut has been widened twice since the Canal
opened. During the 1930s and 1940s, the stretch
immediately north of Gold Hill was widened from its
original 300 feet to 500 feet. Traffic increases in the 1950s
prompted the Canal organization to widen the rest of the
cut to 500 feet a project that was initiated in 1957 and
completed in 1971.
Since this work, slides have become less of a threat
on the Canal, and the current widening program will
minimize the threat even further. Widening does not
prevent slides, per se, but when a slide does occur, having
extra width reduces the chances of a slide interfering with
Canal operations. The major focus at the Canal today is
on landslide prevention, rather than on cure.
Sophisticated technology is applied in an effort to detect
and correct conditions that could lead to bank instability.

The Panama Canal Spillway
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Greetings from Dothan. Do hope that your holidays
were happy and peaceful.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen had their daughter, Pat
Beck, husband Gene and twin granddaughters, Michelle
and Anne Marie from Valrico, Florida, for the
Thanksgiving holidays. Gene retired from the Army in
A few days before Christmas, Mary Condon of
Fayetteville, Arkansas and Marcia and Bob Jones of
Granbury, Texas, stopped for a short visit with Jo Ann
Carr of Headland, Alabama. They were on their way
home after a vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jo
Ann is a former teacher in the Canal Zone.
Mildred (Gilbert) Patton spent the Christmas
holidays with daughter Linda Basham and family in
Enterprise, Alabama. Grandson, Karl (19), has begun
his two-year mission as an elder for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints in Herndon, Virginia after
two months of training in Provo, Utah. Granddaughter,
Susan, is a junior at Enterprise High. She is very busy
with band. Her pride and joy is Herman, a rather large
white chicken that she raised from a tiny chick. Linda
continues to work for the U.S. Army in her protocol
capacity. There is no lack of VIPS visiting Fort Rucker.
Mike continues to attend graduate school. He has done
his student teaching. In December he graduated with his
Master of Science in Education degree with a secondary
math major. He has done substitute teaching with service
and enthusiasm. Milly has been babysitting for a few
young families in her neighborhood. She says she treats
all the children as if they were her grandchildren. She
just loves it. She wishes all of her friends a good 1993.
Milly also volunteers at the Medical Center one day a

"Ancon Girls" from Dothan, Back L-R: Mary (Whelan)
Dault,Catherine (Whelan) Filo, Ida Dugas, Muriel
(Moore) McGriff, Gloria Burgoon, Maggie (Whelan)
Janssen. Front L-R: Mary (Gilbert) Urey, Milly
(Gilbert) Patton, Margaret (Moore) Hern.

Mary (Gilbert) Urey flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico
with the Zonian Amigos for their New Year cruise. They
went on the Princess Cruise Love Boat. They visited
Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and
Mayreau. Before leaving on the cruise, she spent
Christmas in Clearwater. She had a fabulous time.
Mary Urey and Ida Dugas are planning to attend the
Carnavalito in Florida on February 6th.
We "Ancon Girls" continue our monthly luncheons
and really enjoy this part of our life. We can talk and
talk some more. Our last session lasted almost five hours.
We get together at a different home each month. Our
group consists of sisters Muriel McGriff and Margaret
(Moore) Hern; sisters Mary (Gilbert) Urey and Mildred
Patton, sisters Mary (Whelan) Dault, Catherine Filo and
Maggie Janssen and Gloria Burgoon.
Mary Dault had her daughter, Marisa Dault, for the
Christmas holidays. Marisa works for the Omni Hotel in
Jack and Fran (Yost) Hern and their son, Johnny,
came from Panama to attend the funeral of Fran's father,
Ted Yost. Our condolences go to her and her family.
Until the next time a very Happy Spring.

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


The Fall 1992 Luncheon meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Arizona was held on October 24, 1992,
at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel in Chandler, Arizona,
and was well attended. The speaker was attorney Steve
Larson of "Citizens for Safety", speaking on safety
precautions against mugging and housebreaking for
senior citizens and women. Unable to attend were the
President, Jeff Hirschl, and his wife, Melissa, because
their second child had just been born.
Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl spent a week at the
beautiful lakeside home of their other son, Dr. Ron
Hirschl, outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is now
a fully-certified pediatric surgeon on the staff of the
University of Michigan Hospital. The rest of the summer
they spent at their favorite place--on the beach at
Coronado, California. Remember it as the locale of
"Some Like It Hot"?
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger of Tucson, formerly an
Ancon girl, and her granddaughter, Cassie, spent the
holidays--December 21 to New Year's Day--in Ontario,
California, with Nancy's cousin, Betty (Crooks) Ingram,
and visiting with Betty's son, Michael Ingram and his
lovely wife Suzy, who have two young sons of their own.
Betty had spent two weeks in the Fall visiting old
friends in Missouri and relatives of her late husband,
Ron, in Kansas.

Wayne, Mike, Suzy and Cody Ingram in their new
Ontario, California home, Christmas 1992.

Some former BHS classmates touched base with us
over the holidays. Robert Schultz is still in Panama but
hopes to relocate in Florida soon. Lionel "Rudy" Stempel
and his charming wife Anita write from Panama that they
had a long, lovely trip to the States in '92; to Florida and
to Northeastern areas. Bob Blake, in Seattle, tells us he
traveled by air and sea to and around South America in
November 1992, around Cape Horn on November 19 and
Thanksgiving in Buenos Aires. Previously, July through
October, he had fun running for a seat in State of
Washington's legislature. Too bad he was defeated by an
old pro; Bob would have been a wonderful choice!
My sister, Donna (Dickson) Dondanville, was elected
Commander of the Disabled Vets Auxiliary in Sanford,
Florida, which keeps her out of the pool hall!
"Sis" (Hayes) Phillips tells us she and her husband
John here in Tucson had a visit from Carlton Horine of
Monte Sereno, California, and his sister Fern (Horine)
Dabill of Phoenix, Arizona, in August. Then in
September, "Sis' and Mary (Caruthers) Honey of Sun
City, Arizona, enjoyed a spectacular fourteen-day cruise
of the Mediterranean on a Royal Cruise liner covering
Corfu, Greece, to Lisbon, with many wonderful stops and
side tours between, both in Europe and Africa. "Sis" had
a two-day post-cruise stopover in London, visiting with
old friends.

First on left: Mary (Caruthers) Honey, third from left:
"Sis" (Hayes) Phillips on cruise ship in the
Mediterranean Sea, September 1992.

News at last from Sierra Vista, Arizona, east of
Tucson and not conveniently placed for its residents to
attend our luncheons. Leila (Leon) Cheesley writes as
On Monday, August 31, 1992, Leila A. (Leon)
Cheesley (CHS '60 and CZJC '62) celebrated her 50th
birthday. On Saturday, August 29, 1992, the occasion was
marked with a party for thirty friends, hosted by her
husband, Peter C. Cheesley (First Sergeant of the U. S.
Army Dental Activity at Fort Huachuca, Arizona) at their
home in Sierra Vista. They have resided in Arizona after
leaving Panama, where they met and married, since 1981.
Leila's son, Juan (Tony) A. Rodriguez (26), a computer
programmer with INTEL in Sunnyvale, California, flew
down to celebrate the milestone with her. Daughter,
Maria del Pilar (Pili) Rodriguez (28), a lawyer in Spain,
but presently working as a secretary; brother, Stanley C.
Leon (CHS '62 and CZJC '64) and his wife were unable
to attend.


Pete and Leila (Leon) Cheesley and son, Juan A.
(Tony) Rodriguez, Sierra Vista, AZ. August '92

Although a "young 50", Leila says "she's over the hill,
but picking up speed." She retired herself from the U. S.
Government two and a half years ago after twenty-four
years and eight months service (one of her favorite jobs
being that of Canal Zone Guide/Interpreter) and is
enjoying her premature retirement immensely. Couldn't
wait to join AARP to reap in the benefits they offer. On
November 22, 1992, Pete and Leila will celebrate thirteen
years of marriage and are looking forward to 1993 and all
it will bring.

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147


As I sit here at the desk preparing to write this
article, I can look out the window and see a flurry of
snowflakes that come and go. So far, not enough to cover
the ground or make driving hazardous. We have been
blessed by just having cold weather and not the mess of
snow, freezing rain, and below-zero temperatures that
have occurred in other parts of the "good ole USA".
Etta Faye Terrell had for visitors over the holidays,
her son Lance from Austin, Texas, and her daughter
Andrea and her husband, Paul Oliver, from Metairie,
Louisiana. Reports a good time had by all.

Maxine Reinhold spent the holidays in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, with family. New Year's Day temperature
was 25 below zero. Her family is daughter, Barbara, and
her sister, Shirley Sullivan. Accompanied by Etta Faye
Terrell and Hazel Ballesteros, went to Branson, Missouri,
to see the Christmas Show put on by Shoji Tabuchi.
Recommends his show to one and all.
The Harps Harold and Jerry spent a quiet
holiday session at home.
Willard and Kathleen Huff of Rogers, Arkansas, had
two Christmases in 1992. They celebrated at home on the
25th and on the 26th Will and Kathy Huffman and their
four young ones came to Rogers and all exchanged
presents. They will probably be going to Wynne,
Arkansas to celebrate Willard's birthday in January
because granddaughter, Kara Huffman, the second oldest
child of Will and Kathy was born on the same date in
January as "Papa" Huffman. Willard is also perusing the
seed catalogs.
Alice and Red Nail had a successful season with their
Christmas tree crop. In October they were totally
delighted by a visit with Ralph and Marie Shuey and his
son, Ralph Jr. and his wife Bosie. Ralph Jr. in area on
NASA business so he brought his parents along to see
old friends here in northwest Arkansas and Neosho,
Missouri, where the Shueys used to live.
Because of a stroke suffered by their mother, Evelyn
Engelke, the following members of her family were here:
daughter Judy Montenaro of Silver Springs, Maryland;
sons John and Lewis Engelke from Panama; son Bill
Engelke from Los Banos, California; granddaughter Lee
Engelke from Guatanamo Bay, Cuba; and sister, Fran
Elmendorf from Illinois. This all happened in early
December. Bill returned to California and returned with
his wife Shirley and his son Billy. Also, joining them for
Christmas was Judy's husband John and their children
Jim and Julie. Evelyn is doing as well as can be expected,
but the progress is slow but steady.
Betty McGilberry stayed home for the holidays and
she says it was a quiet one.
Mrs. Susan Magee was a visitor of her daughter
Peggy and Nobby Keller for Thanksgiving. The Kellers
enjoyed a nice Christmas.
Mary Lou Engelke spent a quiet Christmas with
daughter Kathy and her family.
John and Polly Michaelis took their long-planned
trip to the West Coast visiting with family and friends
along the way. While in California getting ready to
return home, John received a telephone message on
Friday, November 13, advising him of the death of his
brother Fred in Las Vegas, Nevada, exactly twenty-four
years to the day of the death of his younger brother Fritz
in a train/bus collision in the Canal Zone. Spent
Thanksgiving with son Gregory and family in Houston,
Jack and Joan Corliss took an eight-day trip to
Copper Canyon in Mexico. Had a great time. Saw her
cousin Barbara Gunn Denison in El Paso, Texas. Also
spent three days in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December, but
didn't mention if they had any luck.
Son David Colclasure and his wife Lou spent
Christmas with Addie Colclasure and her family.
Daughter Marian busy with her school work and
grandson Freddie had surgery in mid-October in Little
Rock, Arkansas. Is taking chemotherapy treatments every
three months.

Dorothy and Bruce Sanders had four generations of
their family in their home during the Thanksgiving
season. Bruce III and Sandy came from Piano, Texas,
and brought with them Curtis and Kim Sanders and
their two sons, Ryan (4) and Collin (fourteen months),
from Allen, Texas. They were joined by Bud Balcer and
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Mertz, friends who have partaken of
the waters of the Chagres for Thanksgiving Dinner at the
Springdale Holiday Inn where their party of eleven
enjoyed a festive occasion. The 14-month-old Collin is a
very active child and since the Texas group have returned
home, Dorothy says she has been finding kitchen utensils
tucked away in the oddest places. Bruce III and Sandy
drove back to Bentonville to be with Dorothy and Bruce
for Christmas. Despite threatening weather they
managed to travel both ways under good conditions. In
each of these occasions a good time was had by all.
Dorothy and Bruce think back to the holidays of years
gone by and only wish all of their family could come
together as they did in yesteryear. As someone once said
"Hope springs eternal in the human breast".
The following helped Herbert Engelke and wife Willa
celebrate Christmas at the nursing home in Springfield,
Missouri: son Herb, wife Judy and their two children;
daughter Rita and husband, Harold Grammer;
granddaughter Jennifer Pierse and her daughter Carson;
granddaughter Leslie and her husband, Mike Beckham;
granddaughter Tracy and her husband, Darrell Williams.
Also, a friend Ruth Drake from Massachusetts was in
attendance. All of the children of Harold and Rita spent
Christmas with them at their home.
Your reporter took a trip to Dothan, Alabama in late
September to visit with a very special friend, Ella
Barkley, from Glasgow, Scotland, who was visiting her
daughter Jean Cirulli. Also, Joyce Hill, Jean's aunt was
there. A very enjoyable visit was had. Then I spent
Christmas with my son Paul Rhoads, wife Melissa and
daughter Jennifer in Shreveport, Louisiana an enjoyable
Just a reminder that the annual summer get-together
of our group will be held on Father's day, June 20, 1993,
at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas. More details later.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Charles (Chuck) and Kathy Dailey and Christopher,
10, moved from Houston, Texas to Fayetteville, Arkansas,
the first week in December. Formerly with the Houston
Post, Charles is currently district manager for the
Northwest Arkansas Times. He is the son of Judi Crook
Dailey of Fayetteville, and a grandson of Minnie Burton.
Frances Whitlock enjoyed a visit from her daughter
Andree Lee Collins, and her granddaughter Ginger
Collins from St. Louis who arrived December 10. They
enjoyed an early Christmas on December 10 with Bates
Wieman, Mike and Minnie Burton, Judy Dailey, and
Chuck, Kathy, and Cris joining them. After dinner, they
exchanged gifts and played contract rummy.
Later, during the traditional Christmas holidays, the
family, except for the Collinses, gathered together to
enjoy Christmas at the lovely new home of Judi Dailey.
There were five generations represented.

Charles and Mary McGimsey, Fayetteville, continue
to be active in their special fields of interest. Charles
retired two years ago as Director of the Arkansas
Archaeological Survey but still works in this field. The
McGimseys were in Panama 1955-1957 and for a while
lived in Aguadulce. He worked with a Harvard Research
Program. Since this kind of work could only be done
during the dry season, he worked part time as a mule
operator on the locks. Mary McGimsey has been very
active with the Ozark Camera Club. The club is making
plans for an exhibit at the new Ozark Art Center,
presently under construction in Springdale, and is
scheduled for sometime this spring.
In January, Phoebe Harris, of Prairie Grove,
Arkansas and her sister Ann LaRue of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
joined a week-long bus tour from Starkville, Mississippi,
to the Florida Keys. The sisters have a second home in
Starkville and usually spend part of the winter there each
year. Phoebe lived and worked in Panama 1953-57.
Mildred Higgins underwent surgery for a right knee
replacement at Washington Regional Medical Center,
Fayetteville on January 19.
Although Carl and Petie Maedl were among those
who received an invitation to the Presidential Inaugural
Ball, they decided to forego the hassle and watch the
proceeding by courtesy of CNN. The Maedls signed up
for their first Elder Hostel program to be held February
21-27 at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in western
Arkansas. The park is perched atop Rich Mountain at
3000 feet and is surrounded by the Oauchita National
Forest. One of the subjects offered is "The Settling of
the Arkansas/Oklahoma Frontier". Should be interesting.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


"The Holiday Luncheon" at Knotts Berry Farm, an
annual tradition for the PCSSC, was celebrated on
December 6, 1992. The "Fiesta Room", bedecked with
wreaths, Christmas tree and colorful table decorations
(cross-stitch coasters made by Evelyn Wood), was GALA!
Everyone was in the "Holiday Mood" as the
entertainment for the day was the latest craze sweeping
the entertainment world KARAOKE a Japanese
interactive entertainment with taped music and words
that are flashed on a huge TV screen. Our hostess was
Laurie Zerr Shrader (BHS '74), mistress of ceremonies,
disc jockey, performer and general cheerleader. She soon
had everyone singing along and enjoying the merriment.
It was exhilarating and left everyone in high spirits!
Our jolly Santa Claus, Charlie Becktell, and Mrs.
Claus, Laurie Shrader, presented Christmas candy to all.
Lottery vendors, Warren Wood, assisted by Bob
Wolfenstein, brought good luck to Al Cooper (BHS '49)
first prize $25; Christena Schmitz, second prize $20; and
John Hanson, third prize $16.
Door prizes were a print by Linda Geyer, won by
Jean O'Brien Pence (BHS'45); earrings donated by

Kathleen Steiner Bennett, won by Nan Hauser, and table
decorations made by Evelyn Wood, won by Rosa Dill.
Raffle prizes were a crocheted Christmas Tree and
doily, donated by Letty and Eddie Moore, won by Mrs.
Victor Kile (Monte); a framed photograph of the Panama
Canal, donated by George and Winnie Muller, won by
Ivan Jenkins; two sets of earrings and four necklaces,
donated by Kathleen Steiner Bennett, won by Millie
Crawford Provost, John "Ed" Rice, Louise Nana O'Brien
Roberts (BHS '46), Elizabeth Kling, and George Muller
(BHS '42). Also raffled were table decorations made by
Evelyn Wood which were won by Eileen Cryan Finken
(BHS '40) and Donna Jenkins Frantom (BHS '57); and
"Tooties" donated by John Hanson (BHS '45) which were
won by Carol Halvorsen Evans (BHS '46) and Marian
Snyder Rice (CHS '41).
The meeting ended with the singing of "Auld Lang
Syne" with everyone holding hands, serene and satisfied.
Special guest was Virginia Tam Leon-Guerrero, El
Sobrante, who presented a line of clothing and
accessories decorated with Molas made by her sister in
Colon. The next meeting will be a business luncheon, Pea
Soup Andersen, Carlsbad, CA, on March 7, 1993. Make
your reservations early!


WC Reunion '92: Hope (Hollowell) Hirons, David
Hollowell, Victoria (Hollowell) Allen.

WC Reunion '92: David Hollowell, Ed Wheeler, Tom

David Lane with dancer.

BHS/CHS'42 CLASS Gathering at the Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA, September 1992. Back L-R: Bob O'Donnell,
Bill Quinn, Bill Hunter, David Basque, Harry Chan, Bob Beadsley, Fred Frech, Harvey Wright, Homer Piper,
Bob Forsythe. Middle row: Helen (Ramey) Schmulbach, Phyllis Greene, Bob Hutchings, Mary Lou (Maas) Grier,
Margaret (Cauthers) Braun. Seated, back row: (Hidden) Dora (Husted) LaGrys, Kathy (Kain) Regan, George
Muller, Opal Earle (Lundy) Houghton, Yolanda Fotheringham. Front row: Muriel (Israel) Dorfman, Kathleen
(Boni) Moffitt.

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WC Reunion '92: Betty Chan Snow, Isabel (Zemer)


Gretchen Diez Evans, San Diego, wrote a letter
describing an Eco-Cruise taken from Costa Rica to
Panama in October. She and her husband's adventure
included a trip to coffee plantations, a butterfly farm, and
a visit to the Paos Volcano in Costa Rica. A day in the
city included a visit to the National Theatre and the
artist's colony or Sarchi, where oxcarts are painted with
colorful designs. From Puerto Caldera, they boarded a
cruise ship, The World Discoverer, where they visited
three national reserves this adventure included "wet
landings' then tramping through the jungles in search of
brilliant flora and fauna.
In Panama, they took a cayuco trip to the Darien
country and visited a Choco indian village. They enjoyed
a full day of sailing where they observed Baleen and
Humpback whales as well as the traditional dolphins.
They transited the Panama Canal, visited the San Bias
Islands, where Gretchen noted "even the Simpsons have
arrived" and are depicted on Mola designed tee shirts.
They took a bus tour to Panama City very disappointed
that they never saw one Chiva on the road.
The Evans found Panama sadly changed but were
happy to be reminded of so many wonderful, youthful
adventures at Farfan, Toboga, and Causeway and, of
course, the old Boat Club in Pedro Miguel.

WC Reunion '92: Celine Stone,
Conrad Horine, Patrick Stone.

Bagpipe player,

Marian Rice, happily recovering from open-heart
surgery wrote a note "bragging" that husband Tom
competed in the Senior Olympics in Long Beach and won
two medals; a Bronze Medal for the freestyle and a Silver
Medal for 50-yard backstroke. Marian claims Tom hasn't
competed in fifty years.
Chubby Wright, Ontario, celebrated her birthday in
Laughlin, Nevada, with nephew Bob and his family.
Vern and Catsy Taylor Schafer celebrated their 30th
wedding anniversary in December. They were honored
at a dinner given by daughter Sue and Lou Pitney.
Others present included Marge and Harvey Warren,
cousins, Loretta and Henry Adams, and Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Romen of Belleair, Florida, cousins of Vern. The
Schafers and family also attended the wedding of their
grandson in South Carolina.
Edith Wimmer, Northridge, enjoyed a visit to New
Britain, PA, where she visited with relatives and attended
the 50th wedding anniversary of Blanche and Howard
Wimmer. The ever busy Edith will be working as a tax
preparer for H&R Block during the tax season.
Bud and Peg Stroop happily resettled in hometown
of Santa Maria two sons and a granddaughter live there.
Janice Cameron Ross and Pat Boggs Lord
vacationed in Las Vegas during the Christmas holidays.
Janice was trying to repeat her lucky win of $600 at Keno
won during her June visit.
Jerrye and Al Strumpf, Ventura, were really

surprised at 45th wedding anniversary party planned by
daughter Lisa and two daughters-in-law. All festivities
were taped on camcorder so will be enjoyed for many
A retirement party, planned by Helen Hasemann
Ress and her five children for husband Joe was another
real surprise. Joe watched countless friends from church
arrive at his door before he realized party was in his
honor. This is Joe's second retirement and I'm sure this
busy guy will be soon starting another career. Helen says
"only after the Honey Do jar is empty"!
Estella de la Pena, Los Angeles, has recovered nicely
from a broken wrist and three broken vertebrae suffered
from a street mugging in Los Angeles. She and sister
Sara are back to their volunteer work seven hours a
Florence Berude Seiler, Turlock, writes of her
enjoyable lifestyle in the Covenant Village. She recently
won third prize in a photo contest a snapshot of her
perched on an ostrich back in 1923 at an Ostrich Farm
near Pasadena.
Bill and Jean Quinn are comfortably settled in their
new home in Oakley. They have been very busy planting
flowers and trees and decorating the four-bedroom home.
Bill writes that daughter Jennifer married Christopher
Fagan in July 1992.
Jo and Ken Booth, Mission Viejo, attended the
graduation of granddaughter, Cheryl, in San Angelo,
Texas. Cheryl is the daughter of Sharon Booth and Doug
Schmidt from Kerrville, Texas.
Traveling folks, Faye and Malcolm Wheeler, spent
Thanksgiving in Las Vegas and Christmas in Hawaii.
Evelyn and Giff Wilde, Santa Rosa and St.
Petersburg Beach, spent Christmas with daughter Wendy,
husband Tim and grandchildren Colby and Ashley in
Chico. The Wildes are putting finishing touches on a new
Mediterranean-style house in Santa Rosa where they live
six months of the year. The Wildes guarantee great wine
tours of Sonoma County to friends when they visit. Their
son, Brad, has recently relocated to Layfayette, Louisiana
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Bob and Linda Morris, San Diego, had a fantastic
holiday season with visit from daughter Victoria, Ken and
grandbaby KJ Kenneth James from Guatemala City.
Great fun watching Wil Robb and Barbara Morris' eight-
month-old baby meet cousin KJ, six months, for the first
Mary and Betty Price recently returned from an
excursion to Russia, Berlin and fifteen days in Ireland.
Their itinerary was very complete and they enjoyed
Court and Kathleen Steiner Bennett, Huntington
Beach, helped daughter Terry Dyer move into new home
in Rochester, New York. Terry was recently promoted
to Senior Financial Analyst with Xerox. Terry's birthday
gift to Mom a trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Hank and Virginia Ridge Dolim had a grand family
reunion in Palos Verdes this Christmas. Son, H. P., Jr.
and daughter from Honolulu and their five children were
all together.
Congratulations on recent marriage of Eleanor
William Dill and Charlie Norris on December 30, 1992.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



The Brown Baggers and Sewing Club held their joint
annual Christmas luncheon at the East Lake Woodlands
Country Club on December 9 with 36 women present.
Committee Co-Chairpersons, Carolyn Johnson and Betty
(Chan) Snow, were ably assisted by Liz (Zent) Beall.
Door prizes were generously donated by some of the
members. Fran Stock donated a beautiful glittery
Christmas ornament made with a small Mola patch and
Dottie Yocum again donated net pot scrubbers for table
favors. Marje Foster's mother Jennie Harrington and
aunt Marian Seifert made tiny Christmas cornucopias
which were used as place names.
I hope I've remembered all of our guests: Betty
(Olson) Boyer, Marje's relatives named above, Anne
Sink, Emily (Horine) Brooks, Dorothy Feicht, Mary Lou
Lang, Bev (Chan) Williams, Gladys (Miller) Mead, and
Bev Shirley.
Bud and Aura Erikson spent the Holidays with
daughter Barbara and Paul Adamson and their
grandchildren Kim, Buddy, Alice and BJ. in
Birmingham, Alabama.
On their annual "flight" south, Jack and Grace
(Jones) Carey stopped in Atlanta to meet their newest
greatgrandson John Patrick. Note that the word "flight"
was used since they are well-known "snowbirds" from
Again Father John Tumelty spent an enjoyable mid-
January visit as the house guest of Millie and Joe Hickey.
While here the Hickeys had several of his friends over for
Debbie Pate unexpectedly showed up in town. This
was to surprise her mother Dottie Pate for her birthday
and to host a surprise dinner in her honor at the
Columbia Restaurant. Those in attendance were Al and
Dottie, Muriel and John Whitman, and Pauline Arnold.
While in town, Debbie was able to attend the PCSOFL
Christmas Luncheon and was so pleased to see so many
of her old friends.
A short mid-January visit by their son Frederick was
enjoyed by Marie and Fred Dube. They happily report
that their son is back living in his rebuilt home in
Homestead, Florida. It had been badly damaged in
Hurricane Andrew thus necessitating living in an RV for
over three months. Thank goodness they are back in their
home so much more fortunate than the many hurricane
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead loves ice hockey. She and
a girlfriend came from Washington, DC to attend the
Washington Capitols vs Tampa Bay Lightnings game held
on January 17. What a loyal Capitols fan. While here she
visited with long-time friend Helen Ledgerwood.
Among the out of owners attending the Christmas
luncheon were Esther and Ed Niskanen, Houston, Texas,
who were the house guests of Barbara (Boyer) and Jim
Slover. Speaking of the Slovers, they spent a week at the
Oxbow Country Club in order to celebrate their 18th
wedding anniversary and play golf. While there they were
joined by Betty and Bob Boyer, daughter Linda and
granddaughter Jamie.
Vince and Willie Reynolds drove up from Bradenton

in order to spend her birthday with Sara Rowley. They
were so fortunate to be driving just ahead of the heavy
rainstorm with tornado watch on January 8.
Off to Seattle were Barbara and Bill McKeown who
spent two weeks visiting their children and were happy to
meet their new granddaughter who was born in July.
Margaret Leigh had a houseful of guests over the
Thanksgiving week. Guests were Shirley (Sullivan)
Makibbin, Terry Goldfarb, Teresa Arrington and
Marcella Diaz. The girls all drove up to Homosassa for
Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Ann and John
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Margaret Leigh at GITMO (Guantanamo) Naval Base
In early December Margaret flew to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba for a week to do consultant work for the
DODDS schools there. While doing some sightseeing,
she was taken to "the gate" where the twenty-six Cubans
who work on base pass through daily. She experienced
the same unsettled feelings she had when visiting
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin years ago. Did you know
the military and the younger generation of Zonians have
called the Sabanitas checkpoint on the Atlantic Side,
Checkpoint Charlie, too!
As we go to press, Connie (Clinchard) Wright tells
me brother Dr. Bill Clinchard is in the process of
moving to Pinellas Park from Georgia to be near Connie
and brother Gene.
Muriel Whitman will soon be on her way to West
Virginia for the birth, she hopes, will be sometime in
February. This will be daughter Barbara's fourth child.
Bismarck, North Dakota, was the scene for Howard
and Eleanor Buehler's visit the week before Christmas
with daughter Bev and Richard Grassy and their three
children. The scene shifted to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for
a holiday family reunion with daughter Judy and Sid
Williamson, their children and son Paul. It's great that
the senior Buehlers were able to spend a week with the
St. Cloud families. Eleanor is so committed to the Youth
and Family Alternatives Program in New Port Richey
that she always is helped by the Brown Baggers and
Sewing Club to collect money for her pet organization.
The girls generously gave $136.00 at the Christmas lunch.
It is so good to see Ruth Barlow Schmidt out and
about now as she attended the January meeting of

PCSOFL then a few days later was the guest of Dottie
Harrington at the Sewing Club get-together hosted by
Dottie on January 12.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769

East Central Coast

Received a note from Margareet (Curles) Maxwell
who wrote to tell of an excursion she had recently with Al
and Doris (Ehrman) Monaco of Largo and Bob and
Marguerite (O'Neal) Zumbado of Orlando. They all took
a leisurely cruise down the St. Johns River from DeLand
to Blue Spring State Park on Margaret Maxwell's 44 foot
houseboat to see the Manatee in for the winter. They
saw about 15 Manatees in the Spring area, had a leisurely
lunch on the front deck of the boat then headed back to
the marina. They were met there by Aaron and Joan
(Hensler) Toscar of Port Orange who had come to join
them for dinner out. They were all enjoying themselves
so much that the restaurant began blinking the lights to
get rid of them. After moving the party to the parking
lot, the restaurant began blinking those lights also!
Typical Zonians--gabbing constantly! They are all hoping
to get together again soon.

At rear: Margaret Maxwell and Bob Zumbado. Front:
Marguerite (O'Neal) Zumbado, Mel Alewine with
Tutu and Doris (Ehrman) Monaco.

Lloyd and Peggy Roberts of Port Orange celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary by taking a 16-day
Caribbean cruise over the holidays.
Wally and Beth Trout's daughter Michelle received
a diamond ring for Christmas from fiance David Baker.
They are planning a February wedding.
Not to overdo the Dog news, but I thought this might
be of particular interest to all of the Society members.
Canine Companions for Independence often names
puppies after people who have contributed notably to the
organization, either with time or money. Recently I was
given the distinguished honor of having a puppy named
in my honor! To my great delight the name they chose
was PANAMA! As an added treat he was sent here to
Florida and is being raised in Tallahassee by Jeff and
Patty Wagner, friends of mine. If I can finagle it I'm
hoping to bring him to the Reunion. He will be

graduating around November of '94 after two years of
training and $10,000 of care! I sent a "My Name is
Panama" license plate for his dog crate.

family in Gamboa. Jo got a new fishing rod for Christmas
and the word is they will be spending almost every day on
the Chagres. I'm green with envy, but determined to go
"home" once more. I've opened an account labeled
"Panama Christmas of '93" and am hoping to get all my
family together down there for a few weeks.
I'd love to hear from more of you in the East Central
Florida area. In the case of the Canal Record, no news
if not good news; no news is NO NEWS!

Kerry Kent Young
(407) 299-6919


Marion (Neely) Greene was honored with a surprise
dinner party at The Fairways Restaurant in Sarasota in
celebration of her 80th birthday. The party was hosted
by Marion's nephew and niece, The Rt. Rev. John R.
Smith and Victoria of Charleston, WV, and niece Robbin
(Smith) Larsen and her husband, Ronald Larsen, of
Bradenton, Florida, who had invited 50 guests.
Marion was really surprised as she entered the dining
room with her husband Mike Greene and special friends,
The Rev. and Mrs. Mainert Peterson, from Louisville,
Kentucky, when she saw the many family members and
friends honoring her on this special occasion.
Out-of-town guests included the hosts' daughter
Kristen Smith from Charleston; her girl friend Tracy
Lynch from Miami, Florida; Mike's cousins, Mr. and
Mrs. Pat Ward, North Fort Myers; and Marion's sister
Esther (Neely) Burks and her son Charles Burks from
New Port Richey, Florida.
Don and Margie (Miller) Schiewe with their
daughter Melinda Kay arrived from Monument,
Colorado, to spend two days with her parents, Allen and
Kay Miller, during the holidays.

Anna (Galloway) Daniel has returned to her home in
Houston, Texas, following a two-week New Year visit
with her mother Wilhelmina "Billie" Galloway, her
brother Joe Galloway, and other family members.
Over fifty former Zonians in the area attended the
annual no-host Christmas Luncheon which was held
December 7, 1992 at the Brenton Reef Restaurant in
Sarasota. Stella (Boggs) DeMarr entertained the group
and played familiar Christmas songs for all to sing and,
afterward, Santa arrived to share "happies" for each to
enjoy. Special thanks were given to Myrtle Hughes,
Chairperson, with Jay Cain as Co-chairperson, and their
committees for the festive table decorations. Happy
Holiday greetings were shared by all.
Maxine Hitchcock spent the Thanksgiving holiday in
Bethesda, Maryland, with her son and daughter-in-law,
William and Virginia Hitchcock, and their children
Cooper, Katherine and four-months-old Sarah deHaven
Jeanne Burgoon enjoyed the Christmas holidays with
her daughter Karen (Magnuson) O'Neill, also of
Sarasota, and Karen's daughter Laura Jeanne and Roy
Fox and their infant son Michael Patrick who came from
Deerfield Beach, Florida, to spend Michael's first
Christmas at his Great-Grandmother Jeanne's home.
Myrtle Hughes flew to Houston, Texas, to spend the
Christmas holidays with her son and daughter-in-law,
Tom and Lorna Hughes, and family. Later her daughter-
in-law Lorna Hughes and her daughter Sandra (Hughes)
Claflin of Merritt Island, Florida, came to Sarasota to be
with Myrtle while she was recuperating from major
Joe and Audrey Watson spent a week in Tucson,
Arizona, with their children, Russell and wife Julita
Watson; Dave and Marjorie (Watson) Christensen, and
their families during the Hannukah holidays. They all
enjoyed a family reunion as the grandchildren were home
from college. The highlight of the trip for Joe and
Audrey was getting acquainted with their only great
grandchild, Joseph Raymond Christensen.
Early in January, Gladys McLain enjoyed a ten-day
visit from her cousin Loraine (Frankel) Alberga, widow
of the late Lloyd Alberga, of Riverside, California.
Betsy Bivins enjoyed the Christmas holidays in
Dallas, Texas, with her son David Bivins and family.
While there Betsy had a visit with Thelma and Harry
Chan of Austin, Texas.
Blanche Hartman entertained a large group of family
members and friends at her annual "Untrim my Tree"
party with a buffet dinner in her home. Out-of-town
guests included Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge,
Florida; her nieces Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Carole (Walker) Miller of
Tampa, Florida. Blanche also enjoyed the Thanksgiving
weekend visit from her son and his wife, Leo and Susan
Mclntire, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jim and Connie (Pustis) Ebdon of Napa, California,
spent several weeks in Sarasota with his parents Fred and
Bev Ebdon. Other visitors were Fred's brother, Bill
Ebdon and his wife Susie (Fahnestock) from Houston,
Texas. The Bill Ebdons also were guests of his other
brother Joe and Rae (Newhard) Ebdon.
Before returning to their home in Texas, Bill and
Susie Ebdon, with his brothers and their wives, visited
Bill and Jean Violette of Seminole and Roy and Frances
(Violette) Sharp of Sun City Center, Florida. The group

later met at a special restaurant and enjoyed a "comida
tipica" including corbina, flown in from Panama, and the
popular patecones.
Rae and Joe Ebdon had returned from three weeks
in California, sharing the holiday with their sons, Tom
Ebdon at his home in Rancho Santa Margarita and Dick
Ebdon and his wife Kathy, their children and Kathy's
mother, Agnes Ruff, in Ervine.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

The holiday season started with a bang in the form
of Diane (Duncan) and Nico De Greefs three-day
stopover on their way up from Panama to the Duncans'
house in Gainesville. We enjoyed a professional
basketball game while they were here and Diana
discovered Sawgrass Mills in Fort Lauderdale. Their visit
was short but they managed to wear me out! For
Christmas I enjoyed the holidays with my two sisters,
Diana Rendon and Karen Mullins and their families.
Other Zonians spotted in the Miami area: Bud and Nel
Green with Andrea, and Debbie Sheldon on her way back
from a Panama Christmas. Noreen Hanson and Mitch
McGaughey flew over from Dallas, Texas, for New
Year's Eve. We took a short trip out to the Bahamas
where we enjoyed snorkeling, gambling, sightseeing and
junkanoo-ing. The Junkanoo Festival is only twice a year
so we were lucky to watch the parade and listen to the
primitive pulsating sounds of the Bahamian music. Other
people who were in town included Chris Gordon and
brother who went to the Orange Bowl game with their
father, Mike Gordon, and the Parthenais' (Jim and
Another strange but true happenstance while
visiting my sister Karen and family (Jimmy Mullins,
Jaime and Kaycee) in Mariana, Florida, we went to the
Florida Caverns. Well, here we were underground with
a group of fifteen or so people. Gee, I say, that girl sure
looks familiar. It turns out to be Leslie O'Brien and her
husband Sandy with their children who were also on the
tour of the caverns.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


Friends and family, Cash and Mary Jane Paulson,
Bill and Barbara Wichmann, Lisa Corrigan, Tiernan
Corrigan, and Michael Stepp, gathered at Larry and Sue
Corrigan's home to help Sue's father Herb Mitten to
celebrate his 80th birthday. Sue and Larry added an
apartment on to their existing home for Sue's dad to live
Sharon Smith competed in the Toastmaster's
International dramatic reading contest and won for her
local club, area level, division level, and will compete in
Fort Myers at the state district level. She doesn't have
much time these days for theater, but she loves

Toastmaster's. She encourages everyone to join their
local club.
The annual Christmas tree burn is scheduled for
January 23 at Lorraine Huseum Allen's house here in
Tallahassee. Skip Rowley has been collecting Christmas
trees all around Tallahassee and so far can account for
ninety three. After all that, he had to pay a visit to the
chiropractor. Looking forward to another Zonian get-
together. At present, Lorraine and her mother Ellie
Huseum are visiting in Panama for two weeks and will be
back in time for the bonfire.
On May 1, 1993, we will be having our 2nd Annual
Big Bend Zonian Picnic here in Tallahassee. Anyone
interested in planning to attend please give Skip or Bev
Rowley a call for more details. We would love for you to
join us.
During the holidays we had our daughter Renee,
granddaughter Miranda and son-in-law Brian Friedel
visiting for a week. Between their two dogs, our cat, our
granddaughter and Adriane home sick with the flu, we
had a hectic but enjoyable holiday season. It is always
nice having the family together.

Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your
new Tampa Bay reporters! To catch you up on the latest
in the Tampa area.
Kevin Joyce once again had his annual Halloween
party in Jacksonville. This year's theme was Hawaiian
and was held on the Viking Sun cruise ship. Zonians in
attendance were: Kyle and Toni Barsness, Julie (Smith)
& Drew McCullough; Nancy, Genny and Mickey Escala;
John and Mike Reardon; Denise (Streeter) Clark, Kevin,
Billy and Steve Joyce; Lisa (Adams) Tynan; Tom
Connors and girlfriend Lisa; Mike Patton and girlfriend
Cheryl; David Smith; Darryl and Bobby Fishbough;
Sandy Gordon; Veronica Lanterman; Dean Young; Ray
Kingery; Monty Smith; Joann Weigle and many others.


back row L-I: MIKe Hearoon, LISa (Aaams) lynan,
Bill Tynan, Mike Smith, Nancy Escala, John
Reardon, Denise (Streeter) Clark, Dean Young,
Drew McCullough, Julie (Smith) McCullough,
Genny Escala. Front L-R: Donna (Date) Smith, Rob
Weldon, Ingrid Smith, Korby Fearon, Larry Smith,
Sandy (Sylvester) Smith, David Smith, Ingrid Diaz.

Congratulations are in order for Ron and Cheryl
Phillips for the birth of their first daughter Sterling Rain
Phillips. Also, to Larry and Sandy (Sylvester) Smith on
their new home and their son Jared celebrating his first
birthday. Congratulations are also extended to Stephanie
Nellis and George (Barkley) Hayes on their engagement.
A February wedding is planned. February must be a
popular month due to the weddings of Gilbert Smith and
fiancee Sharon and Alice Furlong and fiance. Joel and
Kelly (Morris) Fenton celebrated the baptism of their
first daughter Rachel Fenton on New Year's day.
We would like to welcome my sister Michelle
Streeter and her son Patrick to the Tampa Bay area.
They relocated from Seattle, Washington, in early
Christmas was spent with family and friends. Mrs.
Rosa Reardon travelled from Panama to spend the
holidays with Mike, John, Agnes and granddaughter
Christy Lynn. They spent Christmas day at Jim and
Ginny's home along with Nancy and Mickey Escala;
Denise (Streeter) and sons Ryan and Tyler Clark; and
Michelle Streeter and son Patrick. Lisa (Adams) Tynan
also had a full house for the holidays. Her parents, John
and Rose Adams, drove from Georgia to visit
grandchildren, Amy and Billy.
We brought in the New Year at John Reardon's first
annual New Year's Eve Party. Many Zonians attended.
Also on New Years, Richard and Jeanine (Nellis)
Frensley and Roy and Charlotte Reyes did Bourbon
Street in New Orleans while attending the Sugar Bowl.
That's all for now. If you have any info to share,
please contact us at the addresses listed below. And just

Denise (Streeter) Clark
(813) 969-1875

Lisa (Adams) Tynan
(813) 977-2933


It is hard to believe that it is a new year. I sincerely
hope that everyone of you had a great 1992, and that you
will have another great 1993. I had my mother Sara
Rowley visiting me over the Christmas holidays, and
hated to see her go back to her home in Florida the first
part of January.
Talked to Olga and Roger Conley the other day and
they told me that their son William will be graduating
from the Merchant Marine Academy at King Point, New
York, in June. William was here in Georgia visiting his
parents over the Christmas holidays. Olga also mentioned
that their son Richard was married on August 1 to Lisa
Verner of Atlanta. Both Richard and his new wife are
working and residing in Macon, Georgia. Olga also
mentioned to me that she had heard that Dorothy
(Walston) Webb, a woman she and I both worked with
in Personnel many years ago, had died of cancer on
October 10 at her apartment in Frankfort, Kentucky. I
will try and get more information on this piece of news
for the Canal Record, but doubt if I can obtain it prior to
our January deadline. I do remember Dorothy as a fine
person and was sorry to hear of her passing.

Tilly McTaggart, Norita Scott and Judy Baerg came
to Georgia to spend the last week of October with me.
Our objective was to see the Fall colors at their peak, so
we rented a cabin in the Georgia mountains, and spent
four glorious days driving around the northern part of
Georgia and into the North Carolina mountains. We
drove through the Smoky Mountains and thought the Fall
colors were awesome. We took tons of photos, including
the one of the four of us in Clayton County, Georgia, in
front of the York Boarding Home where a scene from
the movie "Deliverance" was shot. At the end of the
week, Tilly and Norita flew on to New York to meet up
with Tilly's husband John where they spent another week
taking in all the culture that New York had to offer. Judy
flew on to Idaho where she is residing on a large ranch
she recently purchased.

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L-R: June Stevenson, Norita Scott, Judy Baerg, and
Tillie McTaggert in front of the York Boarding House
in Clayton, GA. The house was used in movie
"Deliverance." October 1992.

Eunice Richards of Jonesboro, Georgia, wrote me a
note after the holidays to let me know that her son Peter,
along with his wife Gayle and their six-mon-old son
Jayson, came to visit with her. Peter, Gayle, and Jayson
live in Odenton, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Also
visiting Eunice was Peter's oldest son Jim, who is
stationed with the Air Force in Tucson, Arizona. During
the holidays, Eunice also had a gathering of friends,
Barbara (Hutchings) Schmitt, Judi (Rathgeber) Whitter,
Jim Phillips, Megan Whitter, and Robert and Sandy
(Schmitt) Newman alone with family. at her home.

Peter Richards, holding his 6 months-old son,
Jayson, and Eunice Richards in Jonesboro, GA.
Three generations Christmas 1992.

soon for another trip home to Panama. He hoped I
would have received my December copy of the Canal
Record, but no mine comes by express cayuco from the
West Coast and arrived the day before New Year's day.

A merry group gathered at Eunice Richards' home in
Jonesboro, GA. during the holidays. L-R: Barbara
Hutchings Schmitt, Eunice Richards, Judi
(Rathgeber) Whitter (behind Eunice), Jim Phillips,
Megan Whitter, Robert and Sandy Schmitt Newman,
and Peter and Gayle Richards.

On December 12, my husband Davis and I drove up
to Hendersonville, North Carolina, to spend the weekend
with Pat and Jack Hunt. While there we drove up to
Asheville to see the Grove Park Inn decorated in its
Christmas finery, and it was well worth the trip. For
those of you in the area who haven't driven up there to
see this inn during the Christmas holidays, I urge you to
do so, as it was beautiful. On Sunday we went to church
with Pat and Jack to hear Pat conduct the Bell Choir for
the morning service. Pat's sister-in-law, Carol (Flenniken)
Dunning, played in the Bell Choir as well as sang in the
Church Choir. Bill Dunning, Jack Hunt, Davis and I sat
in the congregation and enjoyed the service and the
beautiful music.

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Haven't had much input from visiting Panama-
related visitors. Would be glad to receive news from
them at any time. Might even take someone as my guest
to the YMCA gym, where we try to develop our muscles
until, as that delightful man (and greater dancer) Carl
Daily used to say "...till they stick out like sparrow
Christmas week I had a welcome call from Helen
Louise Dudak of Orlando with an invitation to be her
guest at the Prince Kuhio Hotel here with her friend Kay
Yuhl for "ono" Yule fuel and gruel (delicious Hawaiian
buffet and Christmas cheer) a pleasure indeed, along
with their local friend, Florence Austin.
Freddy Dietz checked in during an overnight docking
of his ship. Said he had just left the Philippine Islands
where it is so tragic to see that the pullout from the
military bases there left billions of dollars of materiel
behind. Freddy will be stationed aboard a U.S.
surveillance ship with Hawaii as home base, so he can
surf the Banzai pipeline again. He leaves the mainland

Helen Dudak, Florence

A letter from Sofia (Hilbert) Burgoon in Miami asks
about her old friend Nesta (Morales) LaMontaign of
Honolulu, whom I had mentioned and pictured in this
column some time ago (unable to contact her yet), and
telling me that the Burgoons' home was totally destroyed
by Hurricane Andrew but that they are rebuilding after
all that pilikia (trouble).
From Warren and Regina Stroop of Banning,
California, I received a nostalgic videotape of the PCSSC
Reunion in September, focusing mainly on the lovely
Panamanian dancing tamboritos some in Pollera and
Montuno costume.
Olive (Koperski) Nicholson is visiting her sister Jan
Taylor here in January a special pleasure for me,
looking forward to being with her at both the Taylors'
home and my apartment. She lives now with her son and
his family in Petaluma, California.
Through a friend of my daughter Katya's, I contacted
Katy Campbell of Honolulu, who had lived in the Zone
from 1967 to 1970, when her husband Milton was
stationed with the Air Force at Quarry Heights.
Originally from Texas, the Campbells enjoyed living on
the Isthmus. They recently visited their daughter and her
two girls (recent graduates of Duke University) on the
Mainland, and in October they visited their son who is
teaching in a bilingual school in San Pedro Sula,
I called a Panamanian resident of Honolulu listed in
the Canal Record Directory, Ricardo Royo, nephew of an
ex-president of Panama who was chief negotiator of the
treaty. Ricky is an architect, and has his own company
(Ricardo Royo Design Studios), and is still single. He is
a BHS graduate of class of 1981 and his father, a former
Canal Zone policeman, was of BHS class of 1955. Ricky
said his brother Ray visited him from San Francisco for
Thanksgiving. Also said he grew up with the children of
my brother's wife, Thelma (Leignadier) DeLaMater.
Ricky attends the PCSOFL reunions every five years,
keeps in touch with some classmate friends and enjoys
getting together for some "bonchinche" (gossip). His
mother (Vilma Royo) teaches school in Los Rios,

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The twentieth running of the Honolulu Marathon,
which had 23,515 participants, is the third largest in the
country (18,286 entrants from Japan). For December
visitors, the Hard Rock Cafe World Cup of Surfing and
the Marui Pipeline Masters surfing contests are thrilling
viewing. The former featured a United Nations of
finalists. For appreciators of Thai food in Honolulu, since
some Thai restaurants have closed, I suggest the Saigon
Cafe, since Vietnamese cuisine is the closest to Thai food
that we have here and has a wide appeal. The Aloha
Bowl parade on December 20 featured a magnificent
performance by the Clinton, Iowa Marching Band, with
stunning beauties and costumes and an outstanding Santa
Claus and reindeer on a truck.


Margaret Sullivan McMillan and her daughter Kathy
Lengeek, before one of Margaret's oil paintings at the
Lucoral Art Gallery in Waikiki.

The old "Hawaii Calls" radio show, which began
nearly forty years ago (and led many of us, in time, to
Hawaii), is heard here on Fridays at 7 p.m. on KSSK. It
has been successfully reborn.
Jack Lord deserves many "mahalos" (thanks) for
getting Hawaii's film industry going and for keeping his
show "Hawaii Five-O" on for twelve years. I've noticed
some of the filming of the sixteen episodes of the TV
show "Raven" during the show's second season. And
during the November filming of the ABC sitcom "Step by
Step", what actor Patrick Duffy, while teeing off, was to
say to co-star Suzanne Somers made no sense. Just
seconds before the camera rolled, the director told Duffy
to change his line from "Honey, I hit a squirrel!" to
"Honey, I hit a mongoose!" because there are no squirrels
in Hawaii.
Hawaii lost an esteemed, talented and generous
actor-singer when Richard Kaleioku Palmer Smart died
at age 79. He performed on Broadway and in clubs
around the world during a fabulous show business career,
which he continued after he returned to the Islands to
run the Parker Ranch in Kamuela on Big Island (the
sixth generation owner of the largest privately-owned
ranch in the U.S.). But he was no paniolo.
I was pleased to learn that the new general manager
of my favorite Oahu hotel, the Kahala Hilton, is Ricardo
Tapia, a Panamanian-American. And I read that the
Hawaiian flag flew over the Westin St. Francis Hotel in
San Francisco for Aloha Week.

Lois (DeLaMater) Bates
(808) 923-2766


Charles "Fish" Fisher who lives in the historic
Spanish Town section of Baton Rouge made the
newspaper when he heard of a flap over escaped iguanas
in a nearby town. His suggestion to alarmed residents,
"When I was in Panama, we ate 'em," he said. "They were
real good." Fish was in the Army at Ft. Gulick in the '60s
and had many Canal Zone friends.
Jonathan Green and his mother Lyla Green visited
John R. Gough Sr. in Marrero late last year. They
reminisced about their CZ and Panama field trips,
collecting artifacts. Then John did some traveling, first to
Chicago to spend time with his brother Larry and
nephew Earl F. of Brookfield, Ill, showing color slides
of the Isthmus and San Blas Islands to the family.
On a side trip to
Wisconsin Larry and John
< met Mike Clark who was on
the Zone during 1956-60.
His father, Lieutenent
Commander Larry Clark,
United States Navy, was on
duty with the Coco Solo
Harbor Defense Unit. Mike
became a fighter pilot and
i .now works for WagArrow,
S Lyons, Wisconsin, where he
Shelps make full-size airplane
Skits for do-it-yourself pilots.
S. John spent Thanksgiving
Ex-Zonian Mike Clark in Texas, visiting his
with wife Nancy; Sean grandson, ex-CHSer and
17; Erin 11; Thomas 3; now Staff Sgt. John R.
all of Burlington, WI. Gough III, wife Bridgitte,
son Justin Paul, 4, and
some of Bridgitte's relatives. John is with the 2nd
Armored Division at Fort Hood.

S/Sgt John R. Gough III and son Justin Paul of
Copperas Cove, Texas.

Heading home John dropped in to see ex-Zonians
Robert and Dioselina Cassaola Wood Sr. of Lafayette,
LA. Mrs. Wood is originally from Chiriqui. Robert
(CHS'45) retired from C.Z. service in 1979 after many
years as a towing locomotive operator on the Locks.
Before retiring he was a harbor operations foreman for
the Transportation and Terminals Division. Their sons,
Robert Jr. and David, both BHS'68, and families joined
the festivities. John. Robert Jr. and John Finlason of Sun
City, California are collaborating on a joint family
historical record. The Woods and Finlasons are cousins
of the late Kathleen C. Gough.

Robin Mitts
ti Lacrouts in St. Rose writes
,^J to announce the birth of
>' Kasey Nicole on December
S 30, 1992. Not every big girl
like Alexah Jeanne
Lacrouts, 2, gets a real live
baby sister for Christmas.
Gregory J.
Rougeau (BHS'78) passed
through town recently
during a visit with his
parents. The Rogeaus were
stationed at Fort Kobbe
Alexah Jeanne Lacrouts from 1961-1964 and at
with Santa. Quarry Heights from 1976-
1978. Greg graduated from
McNeese State U. in 1983 then went to Army Military
Intelligence Officer Basic Training and earned his wings
in 1984. His first duty was with attack helicopters at Fort
Hood, Texas. After tours in Quarry Heights and at the
Seoul Olympics he was assigned duties in Korea. After
leaving active duty briefly he re-entered as a Warrant
Officer at Ft. Polk, LA., then returned to Korea. Greg
spent Christmas with his parents Lt.Col. (Ret.) Jim and
Jane Rogeau. Jim is the high school principal and Jane
teaches business at Point Coupee Central High School,
New Roads. She also taught at St. Mary's Catholic School

Uncle John R. Gough Sr. in Chicago with Elizabeth
Gough, 15. Front L-R: Kathleen, 7; Mary, 5; Anna, 9;
and Lucas Gough, 10.
At Christmas, John's Marrero home was the scene of an
open house and buffet for numerous friends, relatives
and neighbors. Now he is looking forward to his first-
ever PanCanal reunion in Florida and hopes especially to
see former members of his Cub Scout packs and Sunday
School classes.
Gene Gregg, our correspondent in Slaughter, reports
hearing from Dick Bock, Green Valley, AZ. Dick was
visited by Dr. Grannadino who told that Costa Rica is bit
by bit taking away the perks it gave Americans to come
there. Laura says Diablo is fine with dry season and she's
busy with Ann and John. The Weiens are busy
sightseeing in England and the Greggs are looking
forward to Carnavalito in February.

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Marion Gregg, Slaughter, LA. on the banks of the
Suwannee River.

Greg Rougeau
Linda Renfro Thatcher reports that she has moved
from New Orleans to Covington, LA. and loves it.
Daughter Nicole NIcolaisen, 15, visited for two weeks
over Christmas. Nicole is in the 9th grade in Costa Rica.
Last summer the two went to San Francisco to visit
former Zonian Ellen Best Osborne and daughters Shelly
and Shari.

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exchanges and presentations with her foreign
counterparts. She is a fine arts instructor at Mississippi
Gulf Coast Community College. Bud enjoyed a program
for accompanying spouses.
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Nicole Nicolaisen, 15, and her mom, Linda Thatcher,
Covington, LA.
This reporter was privileged to enjoy a traditional
January 1 dinner in New Orleans with David Warren and
his parents Gret and Bill Warren of New Port Richey,
FL. Southerners know that eating roast pork, cabbage
and black-eyed peas on New Year's Day brings good luck
and prosperity and, since we all play the outrageous
Louisiana lottery, so there's no point tempting fate. Davis
left the next day for active duty in Beaumont, Texas,
where he's assisting in loading ships with equipment and
supplies for troops overseas.
Norma (San Miguel) Clancy of Kenner, LA. writes,
"I come to the Society by way of the Military. I heard
from two fellow Air Force pals over the holidays. We are
all graduates of BHS'70. Jill Ebert (now Edwards) says
her brother Karl Ebert (BHS'68) is back in Panama. He
is an Army helicopter pilot instructor at Howard AFB.
Karl is a veteran of Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Jill is
busy with her three children in Texas. She hopes to visit
Panama later this year.
"Barbara Miller (now Heusel) lives in Stone
Mountain, Georgia. She was busy with the wedding of
one of her stepsons. It was a beautiful wedding and Barb
loves her new daughter-in-law.
As for me, I'm busy at home with a 3 and 6 year old.
As husband Ed and I often put it, we are married with
children...we have no life..ha ha!"

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Clairee Chisolm, Union, reports that husband Roger
was hospitalized shortly after Christmas but was expected
home when she wrote on January 8. He suffers from
emphysema and had developed a lung infection. She sits
with him most of the time, except when one of the kids
spells her to run errands. Outside, she says, the misty
drizzle makes for bad pneumonia weather and Christmas
seemed like summertime, although it was good to hear
from all of their friends.
Martha and Woodrow "Bud" Richardson of Gautier
visited St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague in November
as members of the People-to-People Citizen Ambassador
Humanities Delegation. Martha was engaged in

Woodrow and Martha Richardson in Red Square,

Back L-R: Owen Smith, Cash Paulson, Gene Gregg.
Seated L-R: Gerda Smith, Mary Jane Paulson, Rusty
Folger, John Ward.


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L-R: Jean and Lee Wade, Andrew Money, Tracy
Wade Money and Beau Money at the Gulf Coast
Picnic last year.

Gerda and Owen Smith of Osyka were in town
recently to take in the Great Southern Gun and Knife
Show, which included books, military clothing, jewelry,
medals and ammunition. While the medal dealers had
heard of the Roosevelt Medal, between them only one

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had been seen for sale ($200) at a show. One dealer said
the medals were awarded too recently to be found at
shows yet. They're also rare because not very many were
made. The Smiths also treated this reporter to a
scrumptious feast at the new Red Lobster Restaurant in
Baton Rouge. Owen's cataract surgery in October was a
complete success. Although Gerda is now working full
time at the high school, she still managed to decorate
individually their Christmas letters with an original holly
design. Her paper printing endeavors have escalated and
she has orders for framed works. The Smiths have also
enjoyed RV trips recently to Arkansas, Florida,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, renewing contacts with
Zonies and family along the way. They also worked
together on the church choir's dinner theater presentation
of "Silent Night".
Mark your calendar for Gulf Coast Picnic on
Saturday, October 2. More later.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


By the time many of you read this, we will hopefully
be on our way to warmer days. What does a warm day in
New England constitute, you ask? For many of us here,
sixty degrees on a sunny day in March is great. "The
weather has really gone to her head" you're thinking, but
if you live here long enough, you would know what I

Joseph Farrell, Sean Farrell, Carlton Morris

Aside from the winter blues, not much news to
report this time. We did, however, have a visitor from
Seattle, Washington, during the Christmas holidays.
Carlton Morris (BHS '79) called me one day at work
(small blast from the past) to announce he would be in
Massachusetts for a few days. We had lunch in Harvard
Square at the Black Rose, one of Cambridge's and
Boston's best and authentic Irish restaurants. From there
we introduced Carlton to one of Harvard's busiest coffee
shops, Au Bon Pain, where there is quite a mixture of
nationalities; many of which are engaged in serious
conversations, games of chess or just people watching. I
appreciated his taking the time to contact and visit us.

Brandon Gillespie (son of Bill and Cheryl Gillespie
of West Barnstable, MA) and friend.

I would like to receive suggestions as to where next
year's New England (summer) Reunion should be. We
are all scattered; however, if we receive a significant
response for an area that is within reasonable distance
for everyone, then we would like to know. I have no
more news; however, I would like to hear more from you
so that we can all continue to share news about our loved
ones and friends. A happy and healthy 1993 to all. Please
write or call me.

Debra Boyle (BHS '79) Farrell
(617) 643-8531


Betty and Bill Dunning went to Little Rock,
Arkansas, for the wedding of their daughter Cheryl to
Mark Lowery on December 22. They spent Christmas
with Lynn (Dunning) and Jeff Harp in Rogers, Arkansas.
Cheryl and Mark returned to Germany after the holidays.
Pat and Jack Hunt had a houseful over the holidays.
All their children were home. Terri (Hunt) Watkins with
children Michael and Jennifer, came from Davie, Florida;
Lisa (Hunt) and William Johnson from Ranseur, North
Carolina; Laurie (Hunt) and Sam Trinca, with their two
children, Zachary and Justin, from Durham, North
Carolina; and their son John came from Ft. Collins,
Colorado. In December, Lisa flew to Little Rock to be
bridesmaid for her cousin Cheryl Dunning.
Wilma and Willie Nowotny drove to San Diego in
November to meet friends from Germany. On the way
back, they did a lot of sightseeing; the Grand Canyon,
Painted Desert, Death Valley, etc. Patricia Fraser from
Bradenton, Florida, is spending January and February
here and Wilma has been her personal guide to all the
things to see and do.
Malcolm Stone retired October 31 and he and Jean
are settled here permanently. Their children were home
for Christmas; Lynn from Westminster, Maryland, and
David from Denver, Colorado, where he is in the Air
Force. Also, Jean's mother Catherine Pearson, from
Newark, Delaware, and her sister Ina Gross from Lima,
Pennsylvania, were here during the holidays.

Sam and Norma Irvin flew to California in late
January to see daughter-in-law Julie and granddaughter
Patricia. Sam flew on to Hawaii to join son, Navy Lt.
John, for the return trip on the USS Ranger (returning
from the Persian Gulf) while Norma visited Julie and
played with Patricia. John Irvin is a Navy pilot flying early
warning (radar) planes from the USS Ranger and he
invited his Dad to join the ship for the "Tiger Cruise"
from Hawaii to San Diego. John, Julie and Patricia
expect to visit Sam and Norma in Horse Shoe when John
gets leave in late February.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


Have received no calls or letters from anyone in the


Crossing the Bolivian Andes, following the trail of
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Train only had
three cars. November 1992.

While spending our vacation here in South America,
am sending a photo of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid's railroad trail. One can see why they were able to
get rich here. Even their telegraph system is exactly as it
was in Butch Cassidy's days. What they forgot was that
there was only one way in, and no other way out. (The
Federales won).

Niza Boynton Greig
(503) 440-9248


New Year's Greetings from all of us in Oklahoma.
As 1993 rolls into mid-January, most of us are probably
thinking about the upcoming taxes, the "up and down"
weather and our 1992 Christmas memories.
Esther (Butz) and William Clair enjoyed a great
Christmas at their home in Broken Arrow. Maike Alpen,
their exchange "daughter", celebrated her Christmas on
December 24 with Esther and Bill. Maike experienced an
American Christmas for the first time and enjoyed it. Lee

and Harvey Butz, from Springdale, Arkansas, joined them
for the Christmas holidays. Peter and Janice Butz, along
with their family, dropped in on Christmas day. Included
in their family were their younger sons, George and
Jason, and their oldest son Peter Jr. with wife April and
their two children, Peter III and Elizabeth. The blending
of two cultures worked beautifully during the Christmas
celebration and everyone had a wonderful time.
Robert L. Hummer, Sr. of Arkansas, and Robert L.
Hummer, Jr. visited Joseph Roy and Rolanda Hummer
and four-month-old Garrett. They shared news from the
Canal Zone.
Jean, Doris and Scott Burns spent seven days at St.
Kitts, the Jack Tar Village Resort, the first part of
December. On December 3, Jean and Doris met some of
their "Panama Gang" at the San Juan airport in Puerto
Rico. This "gang" consisted of: Elaine and Bob
Donaldson from Rockland, Maine, and Ed and Gloria
Malin from Jacksonville, Florida. On December 7, Scott
arrived at St. Kitts after running a marathon in Dallas,
Texas. A good time was had by all, especially since it was
their first time to the West Indies.
Renee (Carter) Collins took a trip to San Antonio to
attend the Hill Country Zonian Christmas Party on
December 5. She was able to visit her parents, Marilyn
and Wade Carter, before they left for Panama the
following day. Renee enjoyed seeing Dr. Mary Graham
who had been her pediatrician in the Canal Zone many
years ago. Friends from her class at BHS also attended.
They were Lorna Wiles, Sue Davenport, Becky Young
and Dave Melendez. It was fun for Renee to see some
older classmates whom she had not seen since the Zone.
Laurie Fassett, one of Renee's classmates who did not
attend the Zonian party, is now living and working in the
Phillipines at the consulate there. Congratulations on
your position, Laurie. Currently, Renee is busy with her
second semester of classes for nursing school.
ATTENTION! Our Spring Picnic will be on May 1,
1993, at the Little River State Park, Norman, Oklahoma.
Everyone is welcome whether you are passing by or part
of the State. Secretary/Treasurer Doris Burns will be
sending a map to show the Picnic's location. Please bring
your news, fun, ideas and a dish.

Esther Clair
(918) 254-9633


Pacific Side

On December 18, 1992, a few not-so-old men of the
sea, namely Robert Will, Monty Trim, and Dave Wilder
took their sons Raymond (age 8), John (age 15), and
Corin (age 13) on a four-day fishing trip as guests of the
world-renown Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama.
The old men were hoping that the boys could perhaps
catch their first sailfish or, if real lucky, a marlin. The
weather was perfect and as luck would have it, each boy
caught a sailfish and a black marlin! Raymond's fish
weighed 233 pounds, John's 207 pounds, and Corin's 235

pounds. This was quite a feat considering the boys' ages.
The total catch for three and one-half days of fishing was
three black marlin, five sailfish, a shark and two dolphin.
Because all six anglers were fishing in one thirty-one-
foot Bertram, one local angler gave them the nickname,
"The Brady Bunch". The trip was quite successful and
everybody had a great time.


Standing from left back: John Trim, Corin Wilder,
Raymond Will. Kneeling: Dave Wilder, Monty Trim,
Robert Will.

Still having a ball in Panama! Photo taken in San
Bias. L-R: Doug Haning, Carrie Carpenter, Sandy
Clark, Terrie Haning, Joe Haning, Patty Brania

Tom and Isabel ("Chavey") Price were visiting
Panama over the holidays. They did extensive traveling
from one end of the Republic to the other. Tom's
brother-in-law, George Smith, Vice President in charge
of sales for Coronado, took them on a tour of that resort.
The new hotel is in the finishing stages, and they're about
to break ground for an international tourist resort hotel.
In connection with all of this, shuttle flights are being
planned between either Tocumen or Paitilla to Coronado.
So, we'll be looking forward to seeing all of you former
residents down here enjoying beautiful Coronado and the
rest of Panama!

Back L-R: Joe and Darleen Hunt, Norm and Jan
Watkins, Jerri Farnsworth. Middle L-R: Jacque Arias,
Kelly, Joanne and Lisa Hunt, Wayne Watkins, Lou
Hunt, Leanne and Natalie Watkins, Jim and Noelle
Farnsworth. Front L-R: Ted and Donovan Arias and
Brooke Farnsworth.

Lou Rathgeber Hunt came to Panama from Dothan,
Alabama, to spend the Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays with her children and families. This is the third
consecutive year she has been able to spend Thanksgiving
in El Volcan at the Kucikas cottages with her families
and their friends. The group consisted of the families of
Joe and Darleen Woodruff Hunt, Jim and Jerri Hunt
Farnsworth, Norman and Janet Hunt Watkins, Ted and
Jacque Hunt Arias, Ron and Nancy Williford
Farnsworth, Bill and Jane Gabriel Huff, Dick and Sandy
Tortorici Roscoe, Tim and Taffy Koepke Corrigan,
Sherri Koepke Williams, John and Jackie Evans
Carlson, Russ and Laurie Matros Herrington, and
Bernie and Christie Mans. Several young friends
accompanied the group to make sixty eight in all.
Everyone shared in a Thanksgiving feast at the Kucikas
Community Center. During our stay, there were
volleyball games, lawn darts, and football games shared
by the young and younger (you don't dare say old). In
fact, the young women beat the younger girls in
volleyball. Several of the group took a tour of the horse
farm owned by Carlos Eleta. It was a privilege to see the
well-kept area where race horses are born and raised in
this beautiful area. Some of the group toured the Cafe
Duran Coffee Plantation. It was a wonderful four days
for everyone.

Mary P. Coffey
(011-507) 52-6794

Atlantic Side

Since I'm writing this report just a couple weeks after
Christmas, I'll devote the biggest hunk of Atlantic-side
news to stateside visitors and college students who were
"home" for the holidays. Lots of wonderful folks joined
our numbers this year--and we loved having them here!
Just before Christmas, young Richard Bock returned
for a nostalgic visit. Since his wife works for an airline,
he was able to get very reasonable rates for his trip.
Richie Dowell met him at the airport. Then, after several

days in Panama, he returned to Vail, Colorado, to be
with his wife and daughter for Christmas.
Bob Hummer also returned just before the holidays.
He stayed at least part of the time with Mike and Sheila
Carnes Bell, who also enjoyed a holiday visit from
Sheila's folks, Jack and Doris Carnes.
Kathi Adams Lessiack and Iris Dedeaux Richmond
Hogan spent Christmas with Kathi's son-in-law and
daughter Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler in Gatun. Kathi
had last visited during "Operation Just Cause" in
December 1989, but Iris hadn't been back for seventeen
years! She said she was on the verge of emotional tears
nearly the whole time. She says now that she's
experienced the accommodations at "Hotel Stabler", she'll
be back again soon.
Bill and Hildegard Epperson spent the holidays in
Gatun with their son and daughter-in-law Bill and Janice
Epperson and grandchildren Angle, Billy and Aaron.
Les and Muriel Johnston of Kerrville, Texas,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Gatun with
their son and daughter-in-law Richard and Collette
Johnston and grandchildren Theresa, Richie and Scottie,
and with their daughter and son-in-law Janet Johnston
and H. Wallace Teal and grandchildren Bev, Kevin and
Andrea, all three on vacation from their stateside
Mack Landrum outdid himself playing Santa for the
Atlantic Canal kids this year. He let his hair and his
beard grow long and then had both bleached for a real
authentic look. It didn't fool our son Robbie, however.
Robbie wanted the same thing his brother got from Santa
on the sleigh. When I said I didn't know where to get
one, he said "Call Mack and ask him where he bought it".
Back for their annual dry-season holiday visit were
Joe and Blanch Thelma Stewart Stabler. They spent
their time at the homes of their son and daughter-in-law
John and Lilia Stabler in Panama City, their son-in-law
and daughter Ronald and Frances Stabler Meyer and
grandchildren Nikki and Craig in Los Rios and their son
and daughter-in-law Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler and
grandsons Timmy and Robbie in Gatun.
On a sad note, their son Frank Stabler returned to
Panama for the first time in a very long time to spend
Christmas week with his family following the unexpected
death of his wife of one year, "Sally" Wilson Stabler,
while they were on vacation in the Canary Islands in early
December. His return to Panama marked the first time
in twenty-five years that he and his brothers and sisters
were together at the same time--Frank, John, and Lewis
Stabler and Frances Stabler Meyer. After spending a
week here, Frank returned to Frankfurt, Germany, where
he is with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler also had another
special holiday visitor, Martin Duffy, a former PanCanal
employee who's been living and working in Kuwait for
the past year, putting his extensive computer knowledge
to work through private contracts. After leaving here and
spending a couple weeks with family and friends in the
States, he plans to return to Kuwait.
Besides those already mentioned, members of the
younger set who were home for Christmas included
Andrew Adema, Tom and Alan Eckel, Jennifer and
Kindra Rankin, Darrell and Dyonne Caiiamas, Vicki
Seeley, Gerald and Tiernan Corrigan, Karen Rankin,
Ray Laatz, Frankie Hoover, Susan and Stewart Newall,

Allison and Scott Hoffman (who just graduated from
college), Katie, Kelly and Patti Carey, Mike, Matt, and
Mitch Rigby, and Mike Mazzerolle and his wife,
Unfortunately, most of our States visitors were gone
by the time we had our Christmas tree burn at the Gatun
Fire Station on January 8. It's at gatherings like this that
we see how small our numbers have grown.
Donnie and Mary Ann Spagna Manns got a surprise
Christmas present when their second daughter Sarah
Dorothy decided to come into the world a month or
more earlier than expected. Happy to say both Mary Ann
and the baby are doing well.
Pat and Carol Brown Manning and their son John,
all from Washington, D.C., arrived the day after
Christmas for a visit with Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz
and their boys Ray and J in Gatun.
Pacific-sider Lenny Huff returned to the Atlantic
side, otherwise known as the "good" side, to spend much
of the Christmas holidays with the Stablers and the
Herrings and all the kids in Gatun.
Arriving soon to take in the dry-season breezes will
be Steve and Jaimie Herring and their three children
Aydan, Samantha and Gannon for a three-week stay.
They'll probably bounce back and forth between the
Atlantic and Pacific sides, staying with Herrings in either
Gatun or Cardenas.
Coming in February will be Mike and Cindy
Paulson. This will be Mike's chance to show his bride
the land of his youth. They'll visit with the Stablers and
with Mike's brother-in-law and sister Skipper and Jill
Berger and their baby Joseph "Bert" Berger in Margarita.
Kathy Snider will return to Panama in February to
be on hand for the birth of her 18th grandchild! Due
around the middle of the month, the baby, Tim and
Theresa Snider Herring's eighth child, will join brothers
and sisters Tom, Chris, Mary, Joey, Monique, James and
If any of these visitors travel via COPA Airlines,
young John Lewis may be their pilot. He's flying for
COPA between Panama and Miami.
We've learned that former Atlantic-sider Greg Litton
was recently picked up by the Seattle Mariners. It's
always such great news when a local kid makes it BIG!
In an upcoming ceremony, the Tarpon Club and the
Margarita Elks Lodge will donate a total of three bicycles
to the Margarita Panamanian Public Force Police
Officers to help them patrol the area. Even the MP's on
U. S. military bases here use bicycles these days. Sure
beats walking. Among others, making the presentation
will be Sid Coffin, "Lucky" Dunlap and "Maz"
Cristobal Jr. Sr. High School is hot on the athletic
trail again, this time with boys' tennis coached by Kenny
Younkin, girls' soccer coached by former Pacific-sider
Earnie Holland and basketball coached by Richard
Cayuco fever is also in the air again. There's
something about the start of dry season that draws local
kids out into the lake to practice for the race, which will
be held this year on April 2-4.
Dry season also means another softball season for all
the lady "Hustlers"--Penny Wilder Cafiamas, Gayle
Fettler Rankin, Sue Lessiack Stabler, Ellie Lewis
Johnson, Linda Mazzerolle, Grace Riley Kraemer (who
says she's not playing this year, but we'll see), Edith

Rozette, Mary Mouw, and a few other faithful souls.
Did I say, "Dry season"? Although dry season finally
crept in about the third week in December, our January
weather has been rain, rain and more rain. We all hope
it's just one of Mother Nature's whimsical tricks and that
our tradewinds will begin blowing again soon.

Susan K. Stabler
(011-507) 43-5487


There was a Christmas luncheon on December 4,
1992 at the Hounds Lake Golf and Country Club in
Aiken, South Carolina, at 12 noon. After a very festive
and delicious meal, the guest exchanged gifts. Those
attending the affair were the President and his wife, Jack
and Phyllis Woodzell, Lorna Shore, Margie Meyer, Betty
Barr, John Everson, Grace and B. J. Hartley, Ana and
Doc Harley, Blanche Browne, Ethel and DeWitt Tate,
Trudi Clontz, Peggy Hutchison, James and Eletheer
Catron, Betty Galardi, Josie Tilley, Olga Holmes, Stade
and Grace Carlson, Mitzi Schwindt, Arnette and Mark
Schwindt, Brian Albright, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn,
Sis and Bill York.
Lorna Shore had her daughter and son-in-law,
Sandra and Bob Davis, visiting her over the holidays.
Her sister Bessie MacLaren from Ottawa, Canada,
arrived for a two-week visit.
Bill and Sis York celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary, October 4, 1992, with their children and
grandchildren. Norma, Nancy and children spent
Christmas together.
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Sis and Bill York, 50th Anniversary, Oct. 4, 1992

John Everson would like to convey good wishes to all
his friends for 1993 and is sorry that he is unable to write
any more. He looks good and is his cheery self as usual,
but needs the aid of a walker to get around.
J. D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate, accompanied by
their daughter, Louise Schlegel of Brownsville, Texas,
toured the mountains of North Carolina in October to
admire the fall coloring. The Tates spent Thanksgiving
and Christmas holidays in Spartanburg, South Carolina,
with their son David and his family.

Blanche (Adler) Browne had as her guests for the
Christmas holiday Doris Leeser from Dothan, Alabama,
and Ed Kienzele from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Phyllis and Jack Woodzell traveled to Stafford,
Virginia, on November 24, 1992 to spend a festive
Thanksgiving with their three daughters, Karen, Kim and
Leslie, and their families.
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchinson spent the holidays with
her daughter Vicky and her husband, Bob Boukalis, in
Panama. Peggy said this would be the last visit "home"
before the Boukalises retire.
The next meeting for the PCSofSC will be March 4,
1993, at 12 o'clock, place to be announced later. Guests
are welcome. Formore information call the President,
Jack Woodzell (803) 663-7465, or this reporter.

Blanche A. Browne
(803) 782-4663



The end of 1992 left us saying congratulations to
several people. Congrats to T-Bird Pattison and Gizell
Ryerson on their recent marriage and to Stanley Wright
on the purchase of his new home great house, Stan!
T-Bird and Gizell were in Austin over Thanksgiving.
They got married the day after Thanksgiving in a small
ceremony with their families present. Afterwards, there
was a small party honoring the newlyweds. Then T-Bird
and Gizell went back to Panama on that Sunday. In
speaking with Red Pattison, T-Bird and Gizell had their
actual wedding this past weekend (January 16, 1993) in
Panama at the Circle of Palms. Red stood as best man
for his brother, and Mindy Dollar stood up for Gizell.
It's understood that there was plenty of Panama Beer and
Ron Cortez there just the way it should be! Some of T-
Bird's Canal Zone Statesider friends who went to
Panama for the wedding were Stanley Wright, Dave
Wiatt, and Chuck Petersen. See, even confirmed
bachelors do get married after all. From the Austin gang,
"T" and Gizell, you have our best. We're happy for the
two of you.
Stanley Wright had a housewarming party a few
weeks earlier after he moved in and got all settled. It was
actually a slumber party, we all went with our sleeping
bags. Albert and Sue Fehrenbach came from Kerrville,
and all of the Austin gang was there Dave, Margie, and
Mary Fehrenbach, Val Kruger, Beth Wright, Jaco
Petiton. This was the same weekend that T-Bird and
Gizelle were here so T-Bird was there, and Red. Also,
some of the Dolan family members were there. It was
really a fun party-and a party that never seemed to end-
until the wee hours of the next morning. We even got to
try out the hot tub. In the words of my dear friend Mary,
a good time was had by all.
Stanley also hosted the New Year's party lots of the
same people were there and a few from San Antonio.
Gary Pocok and Steve Price, and friends came up from
San Antonio. Jaco and his brother Alex also came from
San Antonio.

The Annual Hill Country Zonian Christmas Party
was held on December 5, 1992 at the Embassy Suites
Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Our hats are off to Nivia
and Jerald Brown for hosting such a successful large-
scale event. It was actually a luncheon that included a
fashion show and some raffle drawings. The fashion show
was hosted by Becky Young. The master of ceremony was
Jerry Brown, Jr. The musical entertainment was provided
by Miguelito Nacel, a Panama native. Plans are already
underway for next year's party, it's being planned by
Shirley Polstom and Diane LaSalle. Again, everyone did
a great job of putting '92's together.
Those attending were: Tommie and Valerie Anderson,
Beyra Anstead, Bob and Carmen Armitage, Spike and Wendy
Baldwin, Bob and Irene Barnes, Joanne Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, Carlos
Beechner, Joe and Lorene Bialkowski, Ian Bird, Dale and Jackie
Bishop, Bob Blades, Audrey Bowman, Ronald Bowman, Bob and
Pattie Brown, Cindy and Dawn Brown, Gerald and Nivia Brown,
Terry A. Brown, Gerald L. Brown Jr., Herb and Nina Carlson, Wade
and Marilyn Carter, Bill and Jane Caskey, Harry and Thelma Chan,
Chris Christensen, Phyllis Christoph, Howard Clark, Renee Collins,
Roger and Elizabeth Comer, Ted and Georgia Corin, Ellen Coyle, Sue
A. Davenport, Nathalie and Andries DeBoer, Joe and Ann Dolan; Bill
and Jeanne Eagle, Honey Fealey, Mary Fehrenback. Margaret
Fehrenback, Annette Fields, Gigi Fleckenstein, Rosemary Gilead,
Mike and Vee Gomez, Bill and Sue Graham, Mary Graham, Mary
Lou Grier, Pappy Grier, Bud and Mary Ann Hallett, John and Vera
Hanna, Noreen Hanson, Colonel and Mrs. John D. Hayes, Carmen
Hillbrown, Iris Hogan, Rocky Hutchinson, Scott and Valerie
Hutchinson, Les and Muriel Johnston, Marian Karr, Carol Kelly, Bill
and Anna Kessler, Debbie Kester, Margaret King, Frank and Nellie
Kline, Paul Kramer, Paul and Jane Kuyoth, McNair and Priscilla Lane,
Ray and Elsie Larson, Dianna Lassalle, Robert Lawrence, John and
Dawn Lessiack, Katherine Lessiack, John and Eugenia Litton,
Roderick and Virginia MacDowell, Lorna V. Moore, John and Joann
Morton, Ed and Esther Niskanen, Bob and Eloise Orr, Joseph and
Marguerite Orr, Mary N. Orr, Mary Lou Patton, Neil and Fina
Patton, Jacobo Petiton, Shirley Polston, Randy Puzon, Harvey and
Bea Rhyne, George Riechel, James and Norris Rogers, Robert and
Jane Roy, Henry and Christi Sagemuehl, Bruce and Sandy Sanders,
Cheryl Schmidt, Doug and Sharon Schmidt, Val and Suzie Schroeter,
Tammy Kessler Shaffer, Beth Shaw, William and Marie Shaw, Bert J.
Shelton, Bert G. Shelton, Hellin De Shelton, Nelva Simmons, John
and Marisabel Simson, Jim and Sherrie Slice, Charles and Cecilia
Smith, Helen Smith, Jean Smith, W. L. Smith, Paula Snyder, James
and Diane Soler, Bob Steele, Jeanne Stough, Steve Stough, Elizabeth
Sudron, Patty Thompson-Toal, Lloyd Ticer, Scott, Stephen and
Stephan Toal, Chet and Beverly Trim, Jenny Turner, Peter and
Ginger Vanoveren, Robert and Irma Von Tress, Beth Waddell, Paul
and Maria Walker, Al and Connie Wanner, Carmen Wanner, Fred
and Marion Wells, Fred E. Wells, Jim and Judi Wheeler, Lester and
Celina Wiles, Alan, Gloria and Aaron Wilson, Ray and Gene Wilson,
Bill and Margaret Wisebaker, Anna Young, Becky Young, Jennifer
Young, Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Sam Young, Mary Lou Young, Gerald
and Janet Zubro, Matthew and Vianeth Zubro, Paul and Casandra
There were about 250 people who attended the party
from numerous different cities. It was determined that
the BHS class of '76 had more people there than any
other year. There were about ten people attending the
party who graduated from BHS in 1976. After the
luncheon, the "younger" generation continued to party in
the room of Mary and Margie Fehrenbach. We even got
to drink Ron Cortez, compliments of Mary. She won a
bottle from the raffle at the luncheon. Later that night,
we all went to a local club to end the weekend right.
We're all getting ready for the Big Brazilian Carnaval
which is held in Austin every year.
I received a phone call from Paula Davison, a CHS
1978 graduate. She's not new to Austin, but is new to the
Society. She's a physical therapist at a local hospital here.
Also received a call from Cheryl Dunning on New Year's
Day as she was getting ready to head back to Germany -
returning with her husband Mark. They were married on

December 27, 1992 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 331-6919


HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Hill Country Zonians
Christmas party, held in San Antonio on December 5,
1992 was the best to date, with over 200 attending. The
committee is to be commended for the time and effort
they put into it--and it showed. Bill Caskey was the
coordinator and researched the area for the right place
to hold the party. He did a magnificent job and was on
hand the entire time seeing that everything went like
clockwork--and it did. Gerry and Nivia Brown were the
Chairpersons and played the major part of arranging for
the entertainment and music, which was fabulous.
Miguelito Nacel was the musician who provided
Panamanian music that was reminiscent of Lucho. In fact
I am told that he played with Lucho, Frankie and Chippy
in Panama. One would do well to keep his name in mind
when planning future parties--California and Florida as
well as Texas. I was told that the committee is planning
to have the Christmas party in San Antonio again next
year, and those of you who missed it this time should be
sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend and see
for yourselves.

Anna Wolf Kessler and Tammy Kessler Shaffer.

Audrey Benoit Bowman, Bert Shelton and Bea
Monsanto Rhyne.

Honey's Party 1992 by Marion Wells

Ronald Bowman and Bill Kessler, Jr.

Nivia Brown and grandson.

Paul and Maria Walker.

Bob Blades' son, Paul and wife Monette, planned
and executed a surprise birthday party for Bob on his
75th birthday in November at a local restaurant. Paul
made all the arrangements from his home in Helena,
Montana. Bob was really surprised. Unfortunately, there
are no pictures as the film was destroyed.
Honey Fealey hosted her annual Christmas
Canasta/Bridge luncheon at the Alpine Lodge restaurant
in Kerrville. The table decorations were cutout Christmas
trees, which became the favors for the group, handmade
by Honey, her sisters and friends. She also pinned
Christmas corsages on each guest that were handmade by
Honey. After a sumptious luncheon the card players met
at Honey's home in Greenwood Forest for an afternoon
of cards and desserts, also made by Honey, so you can
take my word for it, they were delicious. Marion Wells
composed and read her annual poem, which I am pleased
to share with you:

We're drawing close to Christmas
In this year of ninety two
We hope this Christmas day ahead
Is a special one for you.

We still have lots of problems
Noriega, Hussein and the rest
We surely hope Gore and Clinton
Will do their very best.

We all have had our problems
Some great -- some very small
But having friends like you to help
Has seen us through them all.
So deck your halls with cedar
Pay a visit to Mamacitas (our favorite Mexican
Enjoy a Texas Christmas
With Texas toast, beans and fajitas.

Please wrap your gifts with gusto
Sing the Christmas songs with glee
You may even hit the lottery
In Nineteen ninety three.

Anna Calvit has had a busy year with her travels and
her visitors. Mary Cryan Lade of Huntington Beach,
California, and Leo Krziza of Carlsbad, California, came
to Kerrville in October for a week with Anna. They were
here for such a short time and had so much to do that I
missed them. However, I did get to speak with them on
the phone. I hope they will come again. While Leo and
Mary were here, Elenor and Art Miller had them to
dinner, they drove to Luchenbach, Texas to see Willie
Nelson's birthplace, and when at home Anna says that
Leo did the cooking--great houseguests.
Andy and Irma (Patchett) Kruzich, of Kirkland,
Washington, spent five days at Diamond Resort off the
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. On their return to the U.S.
they surprised Irma's sister Anna Calvit with a visit to her
home in Kerrville. For Christmas, Anna had her house
full again. Son Tim and friend Liesa Keefe arrived from
Hollywood, Florida; and her daughter Helen, hubby
Larry, three children and their dog and cat drove from
their home in Pembroke Pines, Florida to spend the
holidays with their mom. Anna says it was wonderful to
have them all here at one time.
Marilyn Carter "swept the boards" in the
Photography segment of the Kerr County Fair in
October. She took three first places and the Best in Show
ribbons. Congratulations. I expect her to do as well, if not
better, next year as she will have lots of pictures to enter
from her trip to Panama in December. Wade and
Marilyn left December 6 for Panama, leaving Texas
during a cold spell, to arrive in the interior at the
beaches, El Valle, Boquete and in Cerro Punta. So much
beauty exists in these areas that Marilyn could hardly put
her camera down. The Canal Zone area saddens the
heart to see the neglect and the lack of friendly faces in
the streets. It was like being in a ghost town in Balboa.
Nevertheless, no one can deny that there is plenty of
beauty to behold. The Carters hope for a return visit.
Fred and Marion Wells had their son Fred from

Australia visiting them during the holidays. He was able
to attend the annual Christmas party in San Antonio.
Mary Orr was also a guest in her sister's home and we
always enjoy Mary's visits. She was here for Honey's
Christmas card party and the Christmas party in San
Antonio. There were several members of the Orr/Wells
families and the reunion with friends and relatives was
great. In addition to Mary's visit with Fred and Marion
and Honey Fealey, she spent time with her brother and
sister-in-law, Robert and Eloise Orr in Luling, Texas, and
her sister-in-law Rita Orr and her nephew Jim Orr and
his family in San Antonio, Texas.

Rosemary Gilead and Mary Lou Maas Grier.

The Rhyne Jr. family visited his parents Harvey and
Bea Rhyne for the Christmas holidays. It was an
unexpected visit which made it all the more wonderful;
they made our Christmas.
I have recently heard from two friends that go way
back to my elementary and BHS school days. One was
from Dorothy Hinds Davis who now lives in Menlo Park,
California, and the other was from Midge Dennis Bain
who has recently moved from Florida to Antioch,
California. I am expecting a call from AT&T offering me
shares in their company, as it took some time catching up
with all of our news--and we are not through yet.
Anyhow, it was good to renew our friendships and I hope
that they will become involved with the California
PanCanal Society as I know they will be surprised at how
many old friends they will find.

Iris Hogan and Kathi Lessiack returned early in
January from Panama where they spent the holiday with
Kathi's family, Lou and Sue Stabler and sons. They had
a wonderful time and hope to return.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Clockwise from bottom left: Encarnacion Gonzalez
from Millburn, NJ (formerly of Penonom6, Panama),
Sarah Storey, Mary Jackson, Rosemary Gilead and
Betsy Chase are gathered at La Cantinita Cuban
restaurant in Arlington, Virginia.

Shirley Erickson and John Clark played hosts at the
Baltimore Inner Harbor Hyatt Regency Hotel on
November 11 for a luncheon which was attended and
enjoyed by Warren and Frances Cain, Rosemary Gilead,
Sarah Storey, Marian Royston, Yvette George, Norma
Stilwell Martin, Ruth and Jack Weimer, Wendel (Cinco)
Allen, Bob Nordstrom, Milo Alexander and Georgia,
Olive Krouse and daughter Karen.

Barbara Sanders
(703) 536-8760



Commander and Mrs. John H. Rockwell III, USN,
of Warminster, Pennsylvania, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Lt. Amy Christine Rockwell, USA, to
Lt. Douglas Geoffrey Cowell, USA, son of Colonel and
Mrs. Geoffrey T. Cowell, USA, of Severna Park,


Miss Carol Lee Sanders of Asheboro, North
Carolina received two degrees from the North Carolina
State University on December 16, 1992. The degrees are
Chemical Engineering and Pulp Paper Science

Carol Lee Sanders

Lt. Amy Rockwell and Lt. Douglas Cowell
The prospective bride and groom are both 1990
graduates of Loyola College of Baltimore. The bride-
to-be is stationed at Fort Ord, California. Her fiance is
an Infanty Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
An April wedding is planned at Loyola Chapel.


Mrs. Shirley (Carlson, CHS '46) Givonetti of Austin,
Texas is pleased to announce the engagement of her
daughter, Patty, to Robert Gaston, son of Mrs. Kay
Hurley, of Austin, Texas.
Patty is a 1976 graduate of Balboa High School and
a 1980 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
She is employed at the University of Texas at Austin.
Robert is a longtime resident of Austin, and is employed
with J. B. Goodwin Realty.
The couple will wed on May 15, 1993, at Bergstrom
Air Force Base Chapel in Austin, Texas.

Carol is the daughter of Mrs. Barbara Sanders of
Asheville, North Carolina and Mr. Gordon Sanders of
Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the granddaughter of Mrs.
Jean Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, North Carolina and
Mrs. Jeanne Sanders of Inverness, Florida.

Jerry and Dolly Steiner, 13430 St. Andrews #72, Seal
Beach, CA 90740, celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary "at home".


Wade Hooper, son of Judy Tipton Hooper,
(CHS'57), of Clearwater, Florida, recently competed
along with four other members of the Louisiana Tech
powerlifting team for Team USA in Sydney, Australia,
against the world's best powerlifters from 33 other
countries in the Junior World's and Master World's Joint
Earlier in the year, the five competed in the U.S.
Powerlifting Federation Junior Nationals held in Boston,
Mass., to qualify for the privilege of being a member of
Team USA and the right to represent their nation. They
dominated the qualifying competition and claimed their
spot and chance at being named the world's best.




Wade Hooper, center, Junior World Champion, 148 Ib.
Class, Powerlifting competition.
In the men's competition, Hooper walked all over the
rest of the field and claimed the title of Junior World
Champion in the 148-pound weight class. He registered
lifts of 319 pounds in the bench press, 578 pounds in the
squat and a personal-best 507 pounds in the dead-lift,
easily outdistancing his competitors.

Tom Rainey, right,(BHS'64) being congratulated by
the President Pacific Rim Operations, UNUM Life
Insurance Co.
If anyone from the Panama Canal Society is visiting
Tokyo, in the next three or four years, give Tom and
Kathy a call. They would welcome the opportunity to sit
and chat for a while. Call them at (03)3446-6167. Or, if
you know when you are coming in advance, please write
to: Tom and Kathy Rainey, 4-4-11, Shirogane, Minato-
ku, Tokyo 108, Japan.


Les and Muriel Johnston celebrated their 50th
anniversary on November 5, 1992. One of their gifts to
themselves was a trip to Panama to spend Christmas with
their son, Richard, Colette Johnston and family and
daughter, Janet Johnston and Walter Teal and family.

r-tb -oom"

Wade's verbal response to this feat was, "It was a
great honor to be able to compete against the best in the
world, and to win was beyond my wildest expectations. I
just went over to have a good time and enjoy the learning
Wade is a health and physical education major in his
senior year at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana.

Muriel and Les Johnston
November 5, 1992.

In Tokyo, Japan, Tom Rainey (BHS'64) was
congratulated by Dave Tourangeau, President, Pacific
Rim Operations, UNUM Life Insurance Company of
America, Japan Representative Office, for a job well
Tom and his wife Kathy moved to Tokyo in August
'92. As Facilities and Distributive Technology Manager,
Tom coordinated the construction and installation of the
facility and systems for UNUM's new Tokyo
headquarters. Kathy is the Director, Pacific Rim Planning
and Operations, for UNUM.

50th Anniversary,

They also traveled to Mesa, Arkansas to see their
son Garry, Connie and family, and to Dallas to see son
Lionel, Gladys and family. Although the visit to the
children was planned, the Gatun Johnstons (Richard,
Colette, Teresa, Richie and Scott) surprised their parents
with a week-long visit during the anniversary week an
absolute surprise.
Les and Muriel retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1978. Les from the Supply Division and
Muriel from the Schools Division.

1993 Reunion
At the Twin Towers Hotel


Wednesday, June 9, 1993


Thursday, June 10, 1993

HOSPITALITY SUITE: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM. SEE WED.

Friday, June 11, 1993


Saturday, June 12, 1993

HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 5:00 PM. SEE WED.
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM 7:00 PM. GOLD COAST ROOMS

Sunday, June 13, 1993




With the Reunion in early June this year, this issue of Canal Record (March) will carry all the information on the
1993 Reunion. The June Canal Record will not have the yellow pages. So, if you are planning on attending and want
tickets to attend the various Society functions, please use the yellow forms. Get your reservations in EARLY, TICKETS
will be limited.
Please remember to fully complete the order form, send in total payment with order and make checks payable to the
Dances and luncheon tickets will not be mailed, but will be enclosed in the registration envelopes, which must be
picked up at the registration tables during the hours listed on the Schedule of Events. Registration envelopes will NOT
be available at the entrances to the dances or the luncheon.
As done last year, security personnel will be assigned to all doors entering the dance area until 1:00 A.M. So if you
want to attend the dance or ball, you MUST purchase a ticket.
To eliminate the problems we had last year when some members were unable to find seats, this year we are limiting
the number of tickets available for the Panazonian Dance & Annual Ball and that the practice of reserving table space
by turning chairs up on the tables will NOT be permitted.
Remember, that on both nights of the dances, THE PALM COURT RESTAURANT in the TWIN TOWERS HOTEL
will be open after the dances for a Buffet Breakfast.


This year we have a very special grand prize to be awarded at the Annual Meeting on Friday morning, June 11th.
One member will receive TWO (2) round-trip tickets Miami/Panama donated by COPA Airlines. Both tickets have an
expiration date of June 30, 1994. Come to the meeting and support your Society and see if you are the lucky winner.

Since this will be the last report on the Reunion, I would like at this time to thank all the Chairpersons and their
volunteers who have worked very hard to make the Reunion a success for our members and to make my job easier.
First, Carolyn and Robert Johnson, Co-Chairpersons of Registration. This is their third year as volunteers and it
has been wonderful working with them. You both would be an asset to any future Reunion Committees.
Richard "Pat" Beall, Hospitality and Information Chairperson, who gets all the information about the Orlando area
together so our members can go to one source and find out what is available outside of the Hotel.
Betty Malone, Chairperson of the Annual Luncheon for many years, who works on table arrangements over and over,
so you the member can sit with your friends.
Marje and Pete Foster, Co-Chairpersons of Dances. What can I say! I think you, the members, will be pleased with
the music and they also have a few surprises planned for decorations this year.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist, Co-Chairpersons for the Golf Tournament. Both work so hard so our members can enjoy
the Tournament. They arrange and rearrange foursomes to play with friends, when one member of the group is late
sending in reservations.
Faith Brundage, Chairperson of Vendors, who tries to keep all the vendors happy during the four days.
Skeeter Camby, Chairperson of Security, who along with the hotel security staff keeps an eye out for any problems
during the Reunion.
John Disharoon, Chairperson of Sports, who starts early planning the games and finding prizes so our members will
come back each year to participate in the Sports Events and play Bingo.
Pete Foster had a second job this year, as liaison with Bowden-Keppie Travel Agency, has again worked with various
airlines to obtain the best flight schedules and ticket prices for our members.
Bev and Joe Wood and Sue Stabler, who for the third year agreed to receive the famous "yellow pages" and distribute
them to members on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Zone. We all appreciate your help.
Special thanks to the staff of the Twin Towers Hotel and Convention Center, the Delta Orlando Resort and the
Holiday Inn. It has been a great year working with everyone, I have made some wonderful new friends and I thank you
all for your assistance during this past year.
I along with the Reunion committees hope that the 1993 Reunion will be enjoyed by all, and hope you return home
from this Reunion with many happy memories.
OOPS, I have one more THANK YOU and it comes from the bottom of my heart, Mr. President, I couldn't have
done it without you.
Looking forward to seeing you all in June.

Nancy Van Siclen
1993 Reunion Coordinator
(813) 397-5366



Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game Room. Junior Olympic-size pool.
Restaurant Palm Court seats 375 persons, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Deli with seating.


Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Restaurants Two.
Game room, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, children's playground and Teddy Bear Club for small children.
Miniature Golf Course.
This hotel is recommended for members with small children. Baby-sitting available.


Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Free in-room movies.
The Mill Restaurant open 6:00 a.m. until late night.
Game room pool.

Chairperson: Faith Brundage

1. Vendor's Applications may be obtained from Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642. They will not be published in the Canal Record.
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of Reunion
3. Space is available for 20 Vendors.
4. Only paid up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of the application will be based on whether
items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of
receipt of application.
5. Instructions are outlined with the Application Form.


There is an agreement with the participating hotels and the Reunion Coordinator that requests to hold Class
Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society Reunion must be approved in advance by
the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to: Reunion Coordinator,
Nancy Van Siclen, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642.

Chairpersons Carolyn & Robert Johnson

1. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the Reunion and/or ordering tickets. 1993
2. Use the Pre-Registration and Ticket Order Forms printed in this section of the Canal Record.
a. Mail these forms INTACT DO NOT SEPARATE, along with your check or money order, payable to
the 1993 Reunion Coordinator and send to Reunion Coordinator. Panama Canal Society of Florida.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 34642. Those members residing in the Republic
of Panama please use checks on U.S. Banks or money orders or drafts payable by U.S. institutions.
3. At Registration tables located in the Lobby of the Convention Center adjacent to the Twin Towers Hotel, name badges
and pre-paid tickets will be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure that you pick up badges and tickets during registration hours. See Schedule of Events for
Registration hours. Our Registrars are all volunteers and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been pre-registered. If you are
unable to pick them up, a signed note to the Registration Chairpersons, Carolyn & Robert Johnson,
authorizing another individual to pick them up may suffice.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to the Dances or Luncheon.
d. Unsold tickets for the Dances will be for sale at the Hospitality Suite during their operating hours.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should be picked up from the
Chairperson of that event.


The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., has appointed KEPPIE TRAVEL of Clearwater,
Florida the Society's 1993 Reunion's OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT.
The Society's Reunion Committee urges all members flying into Orlando for the 1993 Reunion, to make their
reservations through KEPPIE TRAVEL (see ad in this Reunion Section) as it will not only benefit the Society as a whole,
but it will also provide members with an added advantage as KEPPIE will monitor their reservations to obtain a lower
fare should the fares decrease before departure.
The primary purpose of appointing Keppie Travel as the Society's Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society
members the lowest fares available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will
provide the Reunion Committees with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate
Reunion Registration hours, airport ground transportation to/from Reunion Hotels and Hotel Registration Desk staffing.
Upon making a reservation for Reunion travel, the members will be sent a complete travel profile which will permit
members to specify frequent flyer numbers, special meal requirements, seat location preferences, rental car reservation,
airport/hotel limousine transportation and other travel needs.
Keppie Travel will offer Society members, during a pre-post 10 day period (June 6 through June 16, 1993) fares or
routings on any carrier which would be favorable to the members, the members will be advised and given the opportunity
to choose the carrier which will best serve the members needs.
In addition to ticketing the lowest rates available on all airlines and Amtrack, discount rates will be honored when
available. Also, all travel documents will be sent directly to each member making their reservation through Keppie Travel.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1993 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of the Reunion Transportation program and complete and mail the Preliminary
Travel Form located on the bottom of KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form is non-binding to you, but it will provide
advance information which may assist in obtaining additional rate reductions from various Gateway cities and will also
provide helpful data for select support functions.
To make your reservations telephone Keppie Travel at their nationwide toll free number 1-800-457-2131 and ask
for the Panama Canal Society Specialist. The hours of business are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Monday through Friday and these hours will be adjusted as need dictates. If you should call after hours, leave your name,
phone number and request the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.


For the convenience of our members wishing to attend the Panazonian Dance and the Annual Ball, the Mystery Fun
House Trolley will operate between the Twin Towers Hotel, the Delta Orlando Resort and the Holiday Inn on Friday,
June 11 and Saturday, June 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


1. Hotel reservations may be made upon receipt of this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Hotel reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1993 dues and all reservations
will be made through the Reunion Coordinator. No phone reservations to be made directly to hotels, please.
a. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel.
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is May 5, 1993.
3. Hotel reservations must be made on the RESERVATION FORM printed in the Canal Record. PLEASE PRINT
or TYPE and fill out completely.
4. Mail your hotel reservations and one (1) night's deposit to REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 34642. (One night's deposit made out to the hotel of your choice).
a. The deposit is payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable by U.S. institutions to the
hotel of your choice, or by major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD, or other). Please indicate card number,
expiration date and your signature.
5. There are a limited number of rooms available for handicapped guests; if required, please note on the Special
Request section of the Reservation Form.
6. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. Hotel charges listed do not include a 6% sales tax and 4% resort tax. THESE TAXES WILL BE ADDED TO
8. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available from $225.00 to $300.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $140.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.



The 1993 Reunion Dance Committee is already hard at work auditioning and arranging for three great musicians to
play for the 1993 Reunion dances. Frank Pretto and his Parranda Band, who performed at the '92 Reunion will return
and be the featured musical group for the Ball on Saturday night. Our ever faithful Charlie Cooper and his Copra Band
will fill in at the Ball inorder to provide you with a well rounded selection of continuous music. Both groups play a wide
selection of Panamainian, Latin, Disco and contemporary music.
For the Friday night Panazonian Dance, we are introducing for the first time at our Reunion Leroy Lewis, who many
of you will remember him playing the large theatre organ at the Hotel El Panama. Since leaving Panama, Leroy's list of
organ concerts include Radio City Music Hall, Resorts Internatinal among others. Known for his ability to master any
keyborad, he'll undoubtly delight all, from the very first note to the last, when he fires up his custom engineered and
designed organ (close your eyes and you'll swear that you're listening to a 100-plus piece orchestra).
Those of you attending the Society's 1993 Carnavalito in February will have a chance to get a taste of Leroy Lewis'
music as he'll provide the music for this event.
We have arranged for a more improved sound system over last year's system. Instead of the system provided in 1992,
we have arranged with the Hotel to provide a sound-around-the-hall system. Unfortunately, last year's system did not
provide a satisfactory projection for our two organ groups the 1993 system will.
The 1993 Reunion Dance policy will have several changes, most important at this time is that the sale of tickets will
be limited to the seating capacity of the Exhibit Hall, approximately 1800. Because of this change, tickets, which are sold
on a first come-first served bases, may be sold-out and few, if any, may not be available for sale at the Reunion. As a
result, we recommend that you order your tickets when the order forms are printed in your March '93 Canal Record.
Reserved tables which are normally limited to Reunion Committee Chairpersons and Society Officers will be
combined and closely monitored. Any reserved tables (the Society President, Reunion Coordinator and Honored Guest
excepted) not occupied within the first half hour of the dance will be released to the general attendees.
The Executive Board has agreed to permit other non-official Society functions to take place at the headquarters Hotel
on the night of the Panazonian Dance, Friday. This will open up another much needed time for Class and other types
of reunions to be held. Hopefully, after their reunion, these groups will attend the Panazonian Dance.
We are all looking forward to another great Society Reunion in 1993.

Marje and Pete Foster
Dance Chairpersons

Volusia Room
Chairman: Pat Beall

The Hospitality Suite was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a
little more pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Hospitality Suite and the Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published
working hours. Our staff is expreienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.
2. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when where.
3. Advise members of location (hotel only) of friends and guests.
4. Advise members of local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
5. Assist those wishing baby-sitting services.
6. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
9. Place your message on our notice board for friends, guests.
10. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories and Canal Records.
And we also serve free coffee and hot tea.


1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1993 Reunion, you should submit an
application for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
334, Seminole, Florida 34642, before the April 29, 1993 Executive Board meeting.
2. Underage drinking will not be tolerated or permitted at the Reunion. Hotel Security may request proof of age.
Anyone observed supplying intoxicating drinks to underage individuals will be dealt with as deemed necessary.
3. Hotel Security will be increased during the Reunion to prevent vandalism to hotel property.
4. The mixing of your own drinks will not be permitted in any of the hotels, outside of the confines of the guests' room.
5. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, pictures, etc.
on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotels. Any schedules and other reasonable information concerning your
event may be displayed in the Hospitality Suite or at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall.
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or the Annual Ball.



AT THE DELTA ORLANDO RESORT: "Wally's Kids Club" (For Guests of Delta Orlando Resort Only)
1. Kids Nite Out: From 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. No children under 6 or over 12 years. Seven nights a week. Charge is
$8.00 per child, includes meal. Maximum children is 20 with no notice; up to 40 children with advance notice
to provide more help.
2. GROUP RATES: Charges and Activities available upon request.
3. INDIVIDUAL RATES: 4 hour minimum $4.00 -$8.00 an hour extra charge for additional children.
CONTACT: Ms. Laura (Bracken) Lewis, Recreation Director,
(407) 351-3340 Extension 1634.
AT THE TWIN TOWERS AND HOLIDAY INN there are no babysitting services available. Those requiring that
service may contact the Following:

Fairy Godmothers Child Care Super Sitters
4775 E. Anderson Road 1862 Winter Park Road
Orlando, FL 32812 Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 277-3724 (407) 740-5516

Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist

The Fourteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at the Cypress Creek Country Club, 5353
South Vineland Rd., Orlando, Florida, on June 10, 1993. Please furnish your own transportation.
The field is limited to 120 players. Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed by a "shot-gun" tee-off time at 8:00 a.m.
NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Reservation deadline will be May 22, 1993. No refunds made after that
date. Send your Registration Form early to ensure entry into the tournament. If confirmation is required, include SASE
with your Registration Form, otherwise consider yourself as playing unless advised by the committee.
Breakfast will not be served. Coffee and Danish is available at the Club at your expense.
I.D. Tags to be given at check-in time at the Club and are needed for admittance to the Awards Luncheon. Display
prominently on your person.
Entry fee has been increased to $43 per player and includes green fees, cart fees, favors, prizes, door prizes and your
luncheon. Once again a great bargain for Orlando during tourist season.
Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Lake/Osceola Room, Convention Center, Twin Towers Hotel.
Committee requests that you go directly to hotel after play for a delicious buffet with plenty of food.
ONE GUEST PER PLAYER will be permitted at a cost of $12.00 per person. Signify on the Registration Form
guest's name, and remittance of $12.00 included. No last minute guests permitted. I.D. tags for guests will be provided
at the door of the Luncheon. No "gate-crashing" permitted. NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE
The format is by flights by age groups, medal play, special events, etc. Age requirements not necessary for women.
You may play with players of your choice however you will compete in your own age group. The committee will pair you
appropriately in your age group and/or handicap if you have no one to play with. Those with PGA handicaps, please note
on your Registration Form.
Information regarding tournament will be posted in the Registration Area of the Twin Towers Hotel on Wednesday
afternoon, June 9, 1993. Please refer to the map in the yellow insert for location of golf course.
Because of a possible change of address, please send your Registration Form and check payable to R.F. Huldtquist
and mail to him in care of the Panama Canal Society, Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
334, Seminole, FL. 34642-4712.
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are invited to participate, but are ineligible for prizes. This is an amateur
event. Please indicate on your Registration Form.

I NAME (Print) Address:

___City State Zip_

I Telephone Number Exact age as of June 10, 1993: Male

GOLF AND LUNCHEON persons @ $43.00 per person

LUNCHEON GUEST @ $12.00 per person. TOTAL ENCLOSED: $

Make check/money order payable to R.F. Huldtquist. c/o Panama Canal Society, Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642. (Tel: 813-397-5846)

List names of foursome and exact age you wish to play with, or we will pair as appropriate. Please list your handicap or
your average score for 18 holes on a 72 par course. This information to be used for pairing only.





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Convention Center Orange Room
President Robert "Bob" Van Siclen

1. Citrus Crown Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up (1993 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting, There will be drawings for several prizes. You must
be present to claim your prize.

Exhibit Hall
Chairpersons: Marje & Pete Foster

1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. No tickets will be sold at the door.
3. DO NOT bring your own drinks the Twin Towers will have cash bars set up in the
immediate area.
5. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
6. Tickets will be limited to seating capacity of Exhibit Hall.
7. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers will be open following the dance for a buffet breakfast.

Citrus Crown Ballroom
Chairperson Betty Malone

1. Citrus Crown Ballroom Doors will open at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
2. Tickets are limited to 1,000 persons 10 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
4. Menu: Chicken Piccatta, Vegetables, Baked Potatoe, Salad, Walnut Layer Cake, Coffee and Tea.


Exhibit Hall
Chairpersons: Marje and Pete Foster

1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. No tickets will be sold at the door.
3. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
4. The Twin Towers will have cash bars set up.
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
8. Tickets will be limited to seating capacity of Exhibit Hall.
9. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers Hotel will be open following the Ball for a buffet breakfast

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M., 2:00 4:00 P.M.
Chairperson John Disharoon
Two events are going to be offered during the 1993 Reunion a volleyball tournament and bingo. If we do not receive
adequate advance pre-registration for an event, it will be cancelled and a notice will be posted in the
Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992.
The volleyball tournament will be played based on single elimination. The times and teams will be posted in the
Hospitality/Information area. You may pre-register either as an individual or as a team or group of people. If you pre-
register as an individual or group of people, you will be placed on a team as needed. Please check the boards on
Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992 to find out your team assignments and game times. Additionally, at that time
you will need to re-register to confirm that you will be playing so that we have an accurate count for the tournament and
have names/teams for awards presentation.
Bingo will be offered at the Delta Orlando Resort between 2:00 4:00 P.M. We will have several great prizes, and the
staff at the Delta Orlando does a great job of calling bingo. Again, we must ask you to pre-register for bingo so we have
an accurate count for the Delta Orlando staff and to determine whether there is enough interest to hold the bingo games.
Please pre-register at the Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992 so we have
confirmation that you will indeed by playing bingo.

SVolleyball Pre-registration: Bingo Pre-registration:
Names Ages Names Ages

Mail this form to Reunion Coordinator,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.


Leroy Lewis and his organ

Frankie Pretto

If you plan to attend the 1993 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.

For Office Use Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball PZonian

Please print or type: Member Number:

Member: Tel.No.


City: State Zip

List name of each additional person in member's group NOT making their own Pre-registration
NAME Residence State/Country




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Please print or type


Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
1993 Reunion June 9-13, 1993




State Zip_

ARRIVAL DATE: (Check-in 3:00 PM) DEPARTURE DATE: (Check-out 12:00 Noon)
Hotel Choice (1) (2) (3) Type of room requested
Twin Towers Single Double Triple Quad $72/NIGHT
Delta Orlando Resort Single Double Triple Quad $70/NIGHT
Holiday Inn Single Double Triple Quad $70/NIGHT
Children 17 and under occupying same room as parents stay free. Rates do not include 10% tax.

Special Requests

Names of all room occupants





Room reservations must be received before May 5, 1993 (Cut-off date). Reservations received after that date will be
granted on a space-available basis with NO guarantee of special room rates.

8050 SEMINOLE MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 34642-4712.


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City State ZIP

Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642

Cut-off date for Orders May 25, 1993
Cut-off date for Refunds May 25, 1993


I Limited to 3000 Capacity Limited to 1000 capacity
$4.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $14.00/Ticket 10 Tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $_ No. of Tickets Total $
No children under 12 allowed 1. Member- 6.
at the dance
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Limited to 3000 Capacity 4. 9.
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Each Reunion associated air reservation to Orlando, Florida on DELTA between June 6, 1993 through June 16, 1993 will
help your Society obtain complimentary Air Tickets for the transportation of the Reunion Musicians and in turn reduce
some of the Society's Reunion Costs.
Limo transfers from airport to hotel and return also available. Special price discounted for society members
and their guests.
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!
New 1993 model cars in several categories and rate ranges can be picked up and delivered right at the airport.

Call Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you to and from
Orlando. Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs should air fares go
down before you depart
Make your travel arrangements early Complete this Preliminary Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Passenger Names:
Address: City/State: Zip:
Phone: Senior Citizen: D Yes O No Rental Car: F Yes El No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
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Dearest Barbara:
Barry and I would like to thank you for sending our
Canal Records. It made Barry very happy and as I told
you, I am not a Zonian, but the caring and concern you
showed us, plus the time you took to help us retrieve the
Records the mail destroyed you have helped me feel
part of the Panama Canal Society family.

Barry (BHS'82) and Rhonda Swenson
It is very sad that items get lost or caught up in the
mail system, but it's people like yourself helping people
like us that makes the world go 'round.
Thank you so much for your help and kindness.

Barry (BHS'82) and Rhonda Swenson


Jeri Ruth Wheeler, (BHS'89), receives her B.A. in
International Studies from Southwest Texas State
University on December 19, 1992.

L-R: James H. Wheeler IV, Jana
Ruth Wheeler and Dr. Carol F.
employed at Gorgas Hospital.

R. Wheeler, Jeri
Meyer, formerly

Jeri is the daughter of Jim and Judi Warford
(BHS'64) Wheeler, formerly of Diablo, Rep. of Panama.


JUPITER Perry Tritech, Ltd., has appointed
Norman Robertson, General Manager of the Underwater
Vehicle Manufacturer's Branch in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Wife, Kerry, and children, Katherine and Jonathan
will join Norman in January. Kerry is the daughter of
Retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Delbert Jellum of El Paso,
Texas. Norman is the son of Betty Mead Robertson of St.
Petersburg, Florida.


Paige F. Barriteau, Lake City, Florida, was accepted
into the 1992/93 edition of Who's Who Among Students in
American Junior Colleges. The daughter of Frenchy and
Pat Barriteau, formerly of Gatun, Paige is a second-year
student at Lake City Community College.


Kathleen and Willard Huffman motored to
Charleston, Illinois to help Willard's cousin, "Bud"
McMorris and his lovely wife Rosie enjoy their 50th
wedding anniversary.

L-R: "Bud" and Rosie McMorris, and Kathleen and
Willard "Red" Huffman.
Willard and the two McMorris boys, ""Bud" and Bill
grew up together in Illinois. All three are World War 1


Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox quietly celebrated
their 47th wedding anniversary with a rather elegant
dinner out, on January 3, 1993. They met in Panama on
February 22, 1945 at the Esther Witkin USO in Balboa
when Danny was in the Air Force at Albrook Field.
They were married in New York City, New York on
January 3, 1946. Jane remarked that "it was the smartest
thing she ever did!" They had dinner following their
wedding at "El Panama Restaurant in NYC, believe it
or not! It was a romantic idea of Danny's.

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The wedding ceremony of Tara Ann King of Panama
City, Panama, and Greg Lynn Werner of Rodman Naval
Station, Panama, took place Saturday, October 10, in Las
Vegas, Nevada.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Anna Jacobs King
of Sherman, Texas (formerly of Balboa), and the late
Lt.Col. James F. King III. She is now employed by GTE
Imagery Intelligence Processing Organization, in Quarry
Heights, Panama.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon
Werner of Cannon Falls. He graduated from Mankato
State University in 1990. He is employed as Marina
Manager by U.S. Naval Station, Panama Canal Morale,
Welfare. and Recreation Division.

Tara Ann King and Greg Lynn Werner

Mrs. Cookie McKeon Rebhan (BHS'82) of
Kingwood, Texas and Mrs. Rita Hames of Norman,
Oklahoma were co-matrons of honor. Serving as best
man was Mr. Marc Tolvay. Groomsmen included Mr.
Shay Levy of Panama City, Panama. The bride's personal
attendant was Marcela Maloul de Levy of Panama City.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the
Excalibur Hotel. After a romantic honeymoon in
Jamaica, the couple will be residing at Quarters 107C on
Rodman Naval Station, Rep. of Panama.


Lourie Bell of Belton, South Carolina, daughter of
Billy D. Bell of Honea Path, and Jilma C. Bell of Panama
City, Panama, and Robert Francis Rendino of Anderson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rendino of Torrington,
Connecticut, were united in marriage on October 3, 1992
at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A reception followed at
1109 Restaurant, Anderson.
The bride was given by her mother, Jilma Bell. Maid
of honor was Elizabeth Bell of Belton. Bridesmaids were
Barbara Kearcher of Torrington, CT, Gail Bell of
Craytonville, and Susan Makison of Iva. Flower girl was
Hilary Kearcher of Morris, CT. Best man was Ward
Cusati of Burlington, CT. Ushers were Jimmy Wright of
Torrington; Carlton Bell of Corpus Christi, Texas, and
Jimmy Bell of Panama City, Panama. Organist was Bill
Duckworth. Soloist was Susan Roberts, and flautist was
Lori Langham.

Mrs. Robert Francis Rendino

The bride attends Tri-County Technical College and
is pursuing as Associates degree in Engineering
Technology. She is a Pins and Shaft Quality Analyst at
The Torrington Company in Honea Path. The groom is
a Steering Components Quality Manager at The
Torrington Company in Honea Path.
Following a wedding trip to Europe/Italy, the couple
will reside in Anderson, South Carolina.


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Pami Jo Taylor and Vishal Sachdev of Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, will marry at St. Andrew's United Methodist
Church, Baton Rouge, at 4:30 PM, May 22, 1993. The
bride-elect is the daughter of Captain Charles H. Taylor
and the late L'Dora McKenzie Taylor. She attended Los
Rios Elementary School, Curundu Junior High School
and was graduated from Woodlawn High School, Baton
Rouge, in 1985. She graduated from LSU-Baton Rouge
and is a fourth-year student at the LSU School of
Medicine, New Orleans.
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Following the ceremony, a dinner reception was held
at the Safety Harbor Spa Resort Hotel. Out-of-town
relatives attended. Out-of-town guests included Peggy
(Roddy) Pruett, Ed and Rose (Monzon) Rindfusz, and
Edna (Burt) and Garrett Riabv.

Shannon Mate and Kevin Huaman

Pami Jo Taylor and Vishal Sachdev

Her fiance is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Surjan
Sachdev of Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Baton
Rouge High School and LSU and is also a fourth-year
student at the LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Shannon is a graduate of Florida State University,
and is presently a senior at the University of Florida,
College of Dentistry. Kevin is a graduate of the
University of Florida, and the University of Florida,
College of Dentistry. He is a dentist in private practice
in Starke, Florida.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii, and
will reside in Gainesville, Florida.


Allen L. Wiggin and Gertrude L. Allgaier were
joined in marriage December 28, 1992 in church at Hobe
Sound, Florida.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. John
Allgaier and Louise Barkley, son and daughter of
Gertrude, also friends of Aliens. Reception was held at
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Shannon Marie Mate and Kevin A. Huaman were
married on November 20, 1992, at Espiritu Santo
Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, Florida. Shannon is the
daughter of Captain Robert S. and Colleen (Lawson)
Mate, of Palm Harbor, and the granddaughter of
Margaret Lawson of Clearwater. Kevin is the son of Dr.
and Mrs. Gonzalo Huaman of Sanford.
Bridesmaids were Jeanne Marie Pinto, cousin of the
bride, Alicia and Susana Huaman, sisters of the groom,
Judy Mejido and Barbra Vermost, classmates of the
bride. During the ceremony the Scripture readings were
read by the bride's great aunt, Mrs. Charles J. (Beverly
Chan) Williams. Jennifer Menges, cousin of the bride,
was in charge of the bride's book.
Dr. Gonzalo Huaman was the best man. Mark
Huaman, brother of the groom, Syd Speer, Claude
Hearn, and Irving Watson were the groomsmen. Colin
Pinto, cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer.

Gertrude (Allgaier) and Allen Wiggin, married
December 28, 1992.

Following a honeymoon to Hawaii, the couple will
make their home at 9416 S.E. Karin Street, Hobe Sound,
Florida 33455.


Nikki K. Scanlan and Robert (Bob) E. Medinger Jr.
were married September 26, 1992. Nikki and Bob
exchanged vows at St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal
Church in El Paso, Texas.
Parents of the bride are N. John and Helen Scanlan
of El Paso. Parents of the groom are Edith (and John)
Meeker of Spring Hill, Florida and the late Robert E.
Medinger of the Canal Zone.
Maid of honor was Hortencia Tibuni; best man was
former Zonian Colin Creel. Junior bridesmaid was
Amanda Alvarez (Nikki's niece). Ring bearer was Alex
Alvarez (Nikki's nephew). The two flower girls were
Anna McGuire and Alexandra Stillman (nieces of Bob
and daughter of former Zonians Jean McGuire
(Medinger) and Ann Stillman (Medinger). Ushers were
Nick Carey and Edward Alvarez (brothers-in-law of

Leslie Griffin and Richard Robertson

L-R: Colin and Karen Creel, Nikki and Bob
Medinger, Jean McGuire and Ann Stillman. In front
are Alexandra Stillman and Anna McGuire.
Days following the wedding were spent moving from
Dallas, Texas and Springfield, MIssouri to Tarpon
Springs, Florida. Bob has relocated his insurance agency
there offering a full line of investment and retirement
products. Shortly afterward Bob and Nikki combined
business and pleasure by spending nearly four weeks in
the Canal Area.


Leslie Marak Griffin and Richard Robertson were
married at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 1992, at the
Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, California. Leslie
is the daughter of Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler of
Gatun, Republic of Panama, and James Daniel Griffin of
Borne, Texas. Richard is the son of Bea Robertson of
San Jose, California. The bride was given in marriage by
both her fathers. The bridesmaids included Mary
Manning of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Michelle Oshrow of
Takoma Park, Maryland; and Melina Knoop of Gig
Harbor, Washington, formerly of the Canal Zone and

The groomsmen were Charles Nelson of Half Moon
Bay, California; John Taylor of San Francisco, and John
Hegglund of Santa Barbara, California. Guests included
family and friends from across the United States and
from the Republic of Panama. The couple spent their
honeymoon in Italy and now reside at 510 Ferdinand
Avenue, PO Box 2428, El Grenada, California 94018.


Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dunning of Hendersonville, North
Carolina announce the marriage of their daughter, Lynn,
to Jess Harp on March 20, 1992.

Lynn Dunning and Jess Harp

Jess is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harp of
Rogers, Arkansas, former Canal Zone residents.
Lynn and Jess reside in Rogers, Arkansas.


Julia Pollack and Jerald Curtis were married on
October 25, 1992 in Miami, Florida. They were attended
by the bride's sister, Lisa Pollack, as matron of honor
and the groom's best man Allan Pollack. The bride is
the daughter of Arthur and Rosita Pollack, former
residents of Los Rios, Panama. She was born in
Brooklyn, New York and raised in the former Canal
Zone. She graduated from BHS 1978 and is now an
executive legal assistant to an attorney.

Julia Pollack and Jerald Curtis

The groom is the son of Gerald Curtis and Bo
Bishop, who still reside in Panama. He was born it
Fernando Hospital, Panama, and raised in the fo
Canal Zone. He graduated from BHS 1981 and is
working for Johnson Controls in Miami.


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Ed and Christina (Grimison) Voloninno were married
October 10, 1992 in the Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Indialantic, Florida. The account of their wedding
appears in the December 1992 issue of the Canal
Record, page 65.


Julie Elizabeth McMurry and William Taylor Pitney
were married on October 17, 1992 at the United
Methodist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E.
McMurry, Sr. attended Winthrop University and was
graduated from Greenville Technical College, where she
earned a certificate in business. She is employed at
Interim Personnel, Greenville, South Carolina.
The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney, San
Diego, California is a graduate of The Citadel, where he
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration. He is a sales representative with Dixie
Packaging, Inc.

Front L-R: Catsy Taylor Schafer, Mrs. McMurry, bride
Julie Elizabeth McMurry, William Taylor Pitney,
Jamie Hall, maid of honor and Nicholas Pitney. Back
L-R: Louis J. Pitney, Susan Taylor Pitney (BHS'58),
Joe McMurry, William D. Workman IV.

Out-of-town guests included Mary Pitney,
grandmother Catsy Taylor Schafer, Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Pitney, Louis Pitney, Layne Catherine Pitney, Jeffrey
Louis Pitney and Nicholas J. Pitney of San Diego, CA.
Layne Taylor Ashton (BHS'59) and husband Frank
, (BHS'58), Betty Ann Leves and Ann Peterson Wilson.
After a wedding trip to Pawleys Island and
S Charleston, the couple will make their home in
i' Greenville, SC..


Mrs. Jo Anne Scarborough Martin of Fort Davis,
Panama, announces the marriage of her daughter,
Michelle Jeanine, to Michael Scott Shellabarger, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Shellabarger of Little Rock,
The wedding was solemnized on August 2, 1992, at
Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel on the campus of
the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.
The bride is also the daughter of the late Doyne
Richard Martin and granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs.
W. R. Scarborough of Clarksville and Colonel and Mrs.
D. K. Martin of Piano, Texas.
Michelle graduated from Cristobal High School in
1989, and graduated from the University of New York at
Albany in June 1992.



Dana "Ted" and Judy Haff are proud to announce
the birth of their first child, daughter Kalissa Rose Haff.
Kalissa weighed seven pounds 15 ounces and measured
nineteen inches, being born in Glens Falls, N.Y. on
December 11, 1992.
Paternal grandparents are Captain Daniel and June
Haff of Hartford, N.Y. Maternal grandparents are
Joseph and Dorothy Sica of Queensbury, N.Y.

Joseph and Rolanda Hummer with son Garrett.

He weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
Believe it or not he was born nearly three weeks early.
Picture was taken at three months.

Gregory and Annette Spella Taylor of Harrisburg,
North Carolina, announce the birth of their second child,
Zachary Pryce Taylor, on December 30, 1992, in
Charlotte, North Carolina. Zachary weighed nine pounds
and was nearly 22 inches long. He was welcomed by his
sister, Alyssa McKenzie Taylor, 2 1/2 years old.

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Baby Kalissa Rose Haff with parents Judy and Dana
Dana attended Canal Zone schools and left the Zone
in 1975. He is sailing as Chief Officer aboard the tanker
O.MI. Leader and is employed by O.M.I. Corporation.
Judy is a registered nurse and is employed as the Health
Coordinator at Prospect Health and Family Center, a
school for developmentally disabled children. Mom and
Dad are currently living in Hudson Falls, N.Y.

Joseph Roy Hummer and Rolanda F. Hummer of
Tulsa, Oklahoma, proudly announce the birth of their
first child, Garrett Michael Hummer, on the first day of
September, 1992.
Garrett is the grandson of Robert Louis Hummer,
Sr. of Belleville, Arkansas; Wanda Pearl Hummer of
Houston, Texas; Wilma Jean Sanders of London,
Arkansas; and Randell Luther Sells of Rickman,

Gregory and Annette Spella Taylor with Zachary
Pryce Taylor.
Maternal grandparents are Bob and Rose Spella of
Charlotte. Paternal grandparents are Captain Charlie
Taylor, formerly of Balboa, now residing in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, and the late L'Dora McKenzie Taylor.

Willie and Lisa (Bonk) Grey are pleased to announce
the birth of their second daughter, Ariel Lynette, born on
October 10, 1992 in Tampa, Florida.

Willie and

Nancy Tibler O'Connor and Edward O'Connor with
newest edition to their family, Shelby Lynn O'Connor,
born March 18, 1992. She was 8 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 1/2"
Edward and Nancy have been married now for over
two years and Shelby is now 10 months old. (In photo she
is 7 1/2 months old).

Grey with Nicole and baby Ariel

Edward and Nancy O'Connor with

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roberto
Grey of Tampa, Florida. Maternal grandparents are Jo-
Ann Bonk of Tampa, and Phillip Bonk of Los Rios, Rep.
of Panama.
Ariel Lynette is the baby sister of Nichole Lauren
who is 2 years old.

She is here, her name is Rachel Lynn Fenton, born
on August 24, 1992, at nine pounds 3 ounces and 21 1/2
inches long. The proud parents of Palm Harbor, Florida
are Kelly L. Fenton (Morris) and Joel B. Fenton.
Mentioned in my last letter when Joel and I met
what a gift it was to meet him and marry. All mommies
and daddies know the best gift of all is a beautiful,
healthy baby (which describes Rachel perfectly). She is
truly a dream come true and a sparkle in our life.

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Diane Morris, Kenneth L. Morris Jr., holding Rachel
Lynn Fenton, Joel B. Fenton and Kelly L. (Morris)
Fenton at the christening.
Rachel's christening day was January 1, 1993. Those
attending were Grandma Diane Morris, Kenneth L.
Morris, Jr. is the godfather, Daddy and Mommy and best
of all Rachel Lynn Fenton. It's the greatest gift of all.

Shelby Lynn.

Proud grandparents are Ann and Anthony Tibler and
Gladys and Robert "Bob" O'Connor.
Edward is currently in Somalia serving his country
with the U.S. Navy SeeBees out of Gulfport, Miss.
During this time, Nancy is with her parents in Panama,
attending Florida State U. and Panama Canal College
until Edward returns in July, 1993.

It is with great joy that Andy and Nannette (Coffin)
Halliwell announce the birth of their daughter. Carolyn
Geddes Halliwell was born on October 17, 1992 and
weighed seven pounds 14 ounces. Nannette is formerly
of Gatun.

Andy and Nanette (Coffin) Halliwell and daughter
Carolyn Geddes Halliwell.
Carolyn's proud grandparents are Joe and Marge
Coffin and Nancy and Dave Halliwell, all in York, Pa.
Her aunts and uncles are: Lynne (Coffin) Cunningham,
Joe Coffin, Tom Coffin, Jon (Sid) Coffin, Honey Coffin,
Jerry Coffin, Marcia Coffin, Kathi (Coffin) Reca and
Steve Halliwell.

Ronald Waye Mobley and Allison Courtney Rail
proudly announce the birth of their daughter Rhiannon
Allison on October 22, 1992, and their marriage on
December 30, 1992.

Austin Edward Coyle and his parents, Thomas and
Susan Coyle.

Little Austin Edward Coyle arrived on the 22nd of
July, 1992, weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 1/2
inches long at birth.
His proud parents are Thomas and Susan (Dunker)
Coyle of San Antonio, Texas. Little Austin is the first
grandchild of Ellen Coyle of Austin, Texas and the late
Edward Coyle, and George and Donna Dunker of
Helotes, Texas.

Ronald and Allison with daughter Rhiannon Allison.

Ron, a finance major with honors of Murray State
University, Kentucky, is a computer operator for
delchamps, Inc. Courtney plans to remain home and
return to complete her BA in Secondary Education next

Grandma Esther Niskanen with granddaughter Katy.

Esther and Ed Niskanen of the Woodlands, Texas,
proudly announce the birth of their fifth grandchild,
Katherine Elizabeth Niskanen, daughter of Steven,
(BHS'78) and Dee Niskanen of Lake Kackson, Texas,
born in Houston, Texas of December 7, 1992.
Katy joins her brother, 2 1/2 year-old Jonathan.

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Walter H. Alves, passed away on January 21, 1993,
one day before his 82nd. birthday. He was born in
Henderson, Kentucky on the family farm. He was a
Tennessee State Trooper before he enlisted and served
in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He later
joined the Canal Zone Police and at the time of his
retirement, he was Traffic Sergeant, stationed at Balboa.
He was a member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in
Ancon and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was
a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Henderson.
Walter was predeceased by his first wife, Pat. He is
survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Ruth
Alves and his daughters and son-in-law, Pam and Glenn
Hazelwood, Susan Alves and Pattie and Ronnie Eblen.
Also surviving are six grandchildren and a brother and
sister-in-law, Richard and Nancy Alves.

Captain Leonard E. (Lenny) Bell passed away April
7, 1992 in Yuba City, California after an illness of several
months. Captain Bell retired as a ship's pilot in 1985,
attended Bible College and became an ordained minister,
Upon graduation, his time and energies were given to
helping others.
We, his family and friends, will miss him greatly, and
will hold dear to us his passion for life.

Edward H. Bensen, 64, of Bradenton, Florida, passed
away on November 17, 1992. He was born in Melbourne,
Florida, and retired on November 11, 1980 from the
Water Transportation Division of the Panama Canal
Company, where he was manager, with 26 years of
service. He was a graduate of the University of Florida;
a Protestant; a Mason; a member of Sojourners Lodge
and Elks Lodge 1542 Margarita; a 32 Scottish Rite
Mason; Abou Saad Shrine Temple, all of Panama, and
Manasota Elks Lodge 2734 in Bradenton. He was past
president of Manatee Sarasota Fish and Game
Association; was Manatee County Chairman, and served
as state treasurer for "Save The Fish;" and in the mid
1980s he was given one of angling's most prestigious
conservation awards, naming Ed saltwater conservationist
of the year for the entire eastern seaboard
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Jean Bensen; three
sons, Jay H. of Augusta, GA, Donald K. of Bradenton
and Christopher L. of Fort Myers; two brothers, Atley M.
Bensen of Tampa and J. Russell of Miami; five
grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Nell Petie Wardlaw Clark died suddenly December
12, 1992 in Escondido, California after a long illness. She
was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone, in 1914 where her
father was employed in the construction of the Panama
Canal. She graduated from Cristobal High School and
later attended Sophie Newcomb College in Louisiana.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Peggy Wood of
Texarkana, Texas, and Mrs. Raymond Duane of Franklin
Park, New Jersay; and nine grandchildren.

H. C. Freeman Cook died of natural causes on
December 14, 1992, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was a
native of Norfolk and a graduate of the University of
Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After the war, he operated a rubber plantation and
worked for the Panama Canal Company. Upon
retirement, he returned to Norfolk in 1970 and became
the verger of Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Lester T. Gayle of
Virginia Beach; two nephews, and a niece.

Lynn R. Cook, 9b, died October 22, 1992 in a nursing
home in El Paso, Texas. He retired in 1950 as assistant
postmaster of Ancon, Canal Zone. He and his wife,
Maude, established their retirement home in Rogers,

Arkansas. Following the death of his wife in 1985, he
went to live with his son, Lynn Jr. in El Paso. He was
interested in music, wood working and gemology and was
an avid reader. While in the Canal Zone, he was the
owner of a 40-foot inboard boat, the Annie B, which he
rented out to fishing parties.

Edith Cotton, of Largo, Florida, passed away
December 3, 1992. Edith was the widow of Ernest L.
Cotton, former District Commander of the Fire Division
in Balboa, Canal Zone, who passed away December 19,
1985. She was Past Matron of the Royal Palm Chapter,
Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of the Past
Matron's Association of Florida and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include twin sons, Lawrence F. of San
Antonio, Texas and Ernest Lee of Rogers, Arkansas; a
daughter, Susan E. Sutherland of Apollo Beach, Florida;
five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lois Heim Cotton, 75, of Fairfield Bay, died on
December 14, 1992. She was the widow of Wendell
She is survived by three sons, George H. Cotton of
Bluemont, Virginia; Allen H. Cotton of Birmingham,
Alabama; and Gary H. Cotton of Cedar rapids, Iowa; two
daughters, Wendy Corrigan of Glendale, Arizona, and
Tracy Fleming of Palmdale, California; a brother, Charles
Heim of Modesto, California; three sisters, Louise Saum
of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; Jeanne Kalander of
Huntington Beach, California, and Frances Hennessey of
Faifield Bay.

Mina H. Dee, 81, peacefully passed away January 25,
1993 at the Curlew Country Home, Palm Harbor,
Florida. Her father, William (Scottie) Adams, first went
to the Canal Zone in 1907 as a machinist. He came back
to New York that same year to get his citizenship,
returning to the C.Z. in 1917 with his family. Mina,
William and Robbie Adams were all born in New York
City. Margaret Hollowell was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mina was Past President of the Emblem Club #1414 and
Past Matron of the Eastern Star, Fern Leaf #4. Her son
Peter was Worthy Patron that same year. Mina retired to
Florida in 1973 from the Panama Canal Company.
She is survived by her brother, R.H. (Robbie) Adams
of Pass Christian, MS; and twin sons, Peter Lang of
Clearwater and William Lang of Portland, OR. Her
husband, Walter Lang preceded her in death in February

Thelma Adele McCoy Doherty, of Mobile, Alabama,
died December 4, 1992 at a local hospital in Columbus,
Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband,
W.S. (Bill) Doherty and son Michael E. Doherty.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Doris Lilley of
Panama City, FL.; two sons, Kenneth W. of Satsuma and
Walter J. of Mobile; two sisters, Mrs. Georgia Lucas of

Mobile, and Mrs. Doris Williams of Columbus, GA; a
brother, J.G. McCoy of Linden, AL; nine grandchildren,
five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other

John Fettler, 74 of Massillon, Ohio, died January 18,
1993 at Altman Hospital in Canton. He was born in
Montville Township and was a life member of Sojourners
Lodge AF&AM of Cristobal, Rep. of Panama; a member
of Abou Saad Shrine Temple and 32nd degree Scottish
Rite, all of Panama. He was also an avid ham radio
operator. He was a retired Lieutenant for the Canal
Zone police and worked for Hoover Co. in Canton for 10
years. He was also a Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife Vera of Massillon;
daughters, Vicki Christian of Augusta, GA, and Gayle
Rankin of Panama; sons, John of Pensacola, FL., Kevin
of Eastover, SC.; sisters, Eva Corp of the Chippewa
Lakes Area, Margaret Emerson and Katie Wilson, both
of Tampa, FL; brother Henry of St. Augustine, TX; ten
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Gladys W. Freeman, 83, of Danville, Virginia, died
November 13, 1992 at the Memorial Hospital in Danville.
She was born in North Carolina and spent her early life
in Danville and graduated from Elon College. She was a
registered nurse, having taken her training in
Washington, D.C. She and her husband lived in the
Panama Canal Zone for 18 years before making their
home in Richmond. She returned to Danville eight years
ago. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist
She was married to Edgar Howard Freeman, who
predeceased her. She was the last member of her
immediate family. Survivors include several nieces and

Lt. Gen. Ridgely Gaither, 89, of Annapolis,
Maryland, who served as Annapolis Police Commissioner
from 1966 to 1973, died of a heart condition on October
26, 1992 at Fairfield Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He had a distinguished military career, serving in China,
various parts of the United States, World War II in
Europe, Italy, Korean conflict, and from 1958-1960 he
was Commander-in-Chief of the Caribbean Command in
Panama during an attempted Cuban invasion of the
The widower of the former Dorothy Bassford and
Anne Harcourt, he is survived by his wife, Ada Anne
Gregory Howley Brown Gaither; a daughter, Betty Ochs
of Arlington, VA. and two grandchildren.

Robert M. Gamble, Jr. 80, of Marco Island, Florida,
died December 5, 1992. He was born in the Canal Zone.
His father was a member of the construction crews
building the Canal and when the first boat transited the
Canal, his father placed him on the bow of the boat,

making him the first passenger to transit the Canal. He
was a naval officer during World War II and served on
the staff of Adm. William F. Halsey. At his death, he
owned the Robert M. Gamble Advertising Co. in Marcos
He is survived by his wife, Prudence; a daughter,
French Carter Gamble Wallop of Washington, D.C.; a
sister, Mrs. William C. Marshall Jr. of Memphis, TN.

Annie Smart Gerhardt, 93, died January 13, 1993 at
her home in Livingston, LA. She went to the Canal Zone
when she was 22 and was employed by the U.S. Army at
Ft. Randolph as a clerk-typist. She met her husband and
they were married in 1926 at the Balboa Baptist Church.
While in the Zone she rode in a submarine, toured the
Graf Zeppelin at France Field and was eyewitness to the
Colon fire. The Gerhardts lived in New Cristobal and
after retirement, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida until
her husband's death, then she moved to Livingston in
She is survived by four sisters, Clara Smart Perrin,
New Orleans; Connie Stafford (Ancon and Cristobal
1929-36) and Thelma Berthalot, both of Walker, LA; and
Marie "Bobbie" Raymond Borgens (Cristobal 1930-50) of
Manitou Springs, CO; numerous nieces and nephews and
one special nephew, James Gerard "Jerry" Raymond
(CHS'49, CZJC'51) who teaches English in Korea. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A.

Verne F. Goerger, MD, 77, of Harlingen, Texas,
passed away at his home where he resided since his
retirement in 1976. He first went to the Canal Zone in
1940 where he completed his internship and residency
and later was on the staff at Gorgas Hospital, returning
to St. Louis, MO. in the late 1940s. He returned in 1963
and worked in the Out-Patient Clinic at Gorgas Hospital.
He later worked at the Division of Public Health until his
retirement in 1976. He was a HAM radio operator, an
active member of the C.Z. Orchid Society and enjoyed
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Van
and Linda Goerger; a daughter and son-in-law, Kristi
(Goerger) and Steve Butters and two grandchildren,
Garrett Goerger and Talena Butters.

Clifford A. Hauberg, 86, a history professor at St.
Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, for 25 years died
December 21, 1992 in a Northfield hospital.
Hauberg was a specialist in the economic and social
history of Latin America. He wrote several books and
many articles on the subject for newspapers and
professional journals. He taught in schools in the Panama
Canal Zone from 1937 to 1945 and in 1953 and 1954. He
also regularly led interim and summer programs in
Mexico for St. Olaf students.
Hauberg was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota,
January 12, 1906, and graduated from high school there
in 1924. He graduated from the University of Minnesota
in 1931, completed his Master's degree in 1940 and a
PhD in 1950.

Prior to going to Panama, he taught history and was
principal of the schools in Braham, Minnesota. He joined
the faculty at St. Olaf in 1947. In 1952, he traveled through
Panama by boat and plane gathering data for a study for
the Social Science Research Council. He was named
professor emeritus when he retired from the St. Olaf
faculty in 1972.
He loved fishing, hunting, golfing, boating, and
harvesting wild rice at the family cottage on Sturgeon
Lake, Minnesota. He was a member of the Methodist
Church in Northfield, of the National Studies for Social
Studies, and the American History Association.
He is survived by his wife Marguerite of Northfield,
whom he married in 1936, and three daughters, Ann
Wilson, Calgary, Canada; Jan Witcraft, Prosser,
Washington; and Marguerite Hauberg, Whidbey Island,
Washington, and seven grandchildren.

William (Bill) Kelly-Colbert, 39, of Tampa, Florida,
died November 3, 1992 after an extended illness. He was
born in DeQueen, Arkansas, and went to the Panama
Canal Zone at the age of five; graduated from Balboa
High School in 1970, and attended Canal Zone College.
He was a member of several bands in the Pacific area
community; worked for IAGS, and transferred with them
to San Antonio, Texas, in 1980. He moved to Dunnellon,
FL in 1981 and to Tampa in 1987. During the past year,
he was active as a volunteer in Operation PAR, 13800
66th St. N. Largo, FL 34641. Any donations to the Bill C.
Memorial Fund of that organization to help further their
work with people seeking help in overcoming alcohol
and/or drug abuse would be appreciated.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betsi) Gwinn
Colbert of Tampa; father, Richard G. Kelly of DeQueen,
AR; mother, Barbara L. Kelly of Rainbow Lakes Estates
in Dunnellon, FL; grandmother Dorothy Colbert of
Hingham, MA; brothers Richard G. Kelly II of Coral
Springs, FL, and Larry Kelly of Altamonte
Springs/Longwood, FL, and several nieces and nephews.

Yane Leves, 79, of Tampa, Florida, passed away of
heart failure January 2, 1993 at the Emergency Section,
University Community Hospital, Tampa. He was born in
Proctor, Vermont and was previously employed by the
Canal Zone Police, Balboa; the Oil Handling Plant, both
sides of the Isthmus and the Locks Division, Balboa as a
towing locomotive operator. He retired the latter part of
1969 with 38 years of service. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Army with an honorable discharge in 1937 at Ft.
Amador, C.Z. He was a member of Elks Lodges #1414
of Balboa and #1542 of Margarita, Panama.
He is survived by his wife, Helen (Van Clief) of
Tampa; two sons, Charles Eugene of Rep. of Panama,
and Frank Raymond of Madeira Beach, FL; a grandson,
Eugene Charles of El Cajon, CA; and two grandchildren,
Wesley Tyler and Darien Alexandra. He was the last
survivor of three sisters and one brother, all of the U.S.A.

former chief accountant for the Panama Canal Company
and Evelyn Marstrand Shuey. She was born at Gorgas
Hospital, attended Canal Zone schools and worked in the
Accounting Section, PCC until she married.
She is survived by her husband, Morris J. Lovell of
Benton, Arkansas, whom she married at St. Lukes
Cathedral, Ancon, Canal Zone; and a brother, Roy Shuey
of Orange Springs, Florida, and an uncle, Ralph Shuey of
Huntsville, Alabama.

Phyllis Clair Hagberg Mason, 69, of Reston,
Virginia, died of kidney failure November 22, 1991. Born
in Montclair, New Jersey, she grew up in the Mount
Washington area of Baltimore and graduated from
Western High School. She attended Syracuse University,
New York University, Utah State University and Canal
Zone College. During World War II she served in the
U.S. Navy, during which time she received the Navy Unit
Commendation ribbon bar; congratulatory letter from
Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, and a certificate
from President Harry Truman. In the early 1970s she
lived in the Canal Zone with her husband, Irving H.
Mason, a civil engineer who worked for the U.S.
government. Later, she began working on a book titled
The Feasors, which has not yet been published. Mrs.
Mason was considered a Civil-Constitutional Rights
advocate and warrior.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two
sons, Eric A. of Boulder, CO, and Scott H. of Lyons, CO;
a daughter, Lark M. Brownell of Bluemont, VA; a
brother, Bernard L. Hagberg Jr. of Pasadena, and four

Frances C. McLendon, 76, of Fayetteville, Arkansas
died January 3, 1993 at a Fayetteville hospital. She was
born in 1916 and attended school in Berryville, Arkansas
and graduated from DeLand High School, Florida. She
graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940 with
a bachelor's degree in home economics and organized
the home economics department in Amity, AR, where
she taught school. In 1940 she married 2ndLt Mack H.
McLendon in Columbus, GA, and during World War II
she followed her husband to his assignments in the U.S.
and returned to Berryville when he was assigned overseas
to the ETO. She taught grade school in Panama,
Paraguay and Guatamala and taught piano. In Paraguay,
she learned to play the Paraguayan harp and played for
the wife of the Paraguayan president. She was a member
of the American Association of University Women and
was treasurer of the local chapter of NARFE. She served
as a volunteer for over 7,000 hours in Gorgas Hospital
and to Washington Regional Medical Center. She was a
member of the Central United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Mack H. McLendon;
a son, Gary C. and a daughter, Patricia A., both of
Fayettevile; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Edith Shuey Lovell, 70, passed away in her sleep on
December 6, 1992 after a long illness in Bryant,
Arkansas. She was the daughter of Raymond O. Shuey,

Margaret "Peggy" Kaeffer Moore Nash, 89, of
Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on December 26, 1992 in
DePaul Hospital, Norfolk. She was the widow of Milton
Lee Nash, and was born in Berkley, Norfolk, Virginia.

She was a graduate of James Madison College and
Longwood College and taught in the Norfolk schools
prior to traveling to the Canal Zone. She was a member
of the Ghent United Methodist Church, United
Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Joie de Vivre
society. She resided in the Canal Zone from 1932 to
1965, first living in Ancon but was a long-time community
member of Gatun, and lived briefly in Diablo Heights
prior to retirement from the Supply Division, P.C. Co.
While in the Zone she was a member of Gatun Union
Church, Order of the Eastern Star and International Pen
Women. She was a substitute teacher and long-time
Atlantic side society column reporter for the Panama
American newspaper.
Survivors include her brother, LTC (ret.) Robert F.
Moore, Plantation, FL; a daughter, Andra "Andy" Nash
English and son-in-law COL Edward B. English, Post
Commander, Ft. Story, VA; and three grandsons, 2LT
Edward Lee English, USA, Wildflecken, Germany, Davis
Nash English, NROTC, Wharton School of Business, U.
of Pennsylvania, and Matthew Cory English of Ft. Story.

Vada Barbee Pence, 81, of Charlotte, NC, died
November 1, 1992 in Wesley Nursing Center. She was
born in Stanly County, NC. Her husband went to the
Canal Zone during World War II and she joined him
there in 1947. He was employed by the Electrical
Division, P.C. Co. until he retired in 1961. While in the
Canal Zone, she was involved in many volunteer activities
including Girl Scouts, Balboa Women's Club and Red
Cross. Most notably were her occupational therapy
activities with indigent tuberculosis patients in Gorgas
Hospital. After returning to the U.S., she worked full
time in occupational therapy. Kater she served as
Director of Special Services at Wesley Nursing Center
and taught arts and crafts for Parks and Recreation
Commission in Charlotte, NC. Following retirement, they
first resided in Arcadia, FL and later in Charlotte, NC.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Jack K. Poplin of Baton
Rouge, LA; a daughter, Carolyn Spittle, Monroe, NC; a
stepson, Willis N. Pence Jr. of Virginia; a stepdaughter,
Lorene Davis of Albermarle, NC; a brother, Gerald
Barbee of Missouri; and two sisters, Fronia Hinson of
Oakboro, NC, and Thelma Morgan of Charlotte; six
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband,
Willis N. Pence, Sr. preceded her in death in November

David B. Porter, 70, of Deposit, New York, died
January 13, 1992 at Binghamton General Hospital. He
was born in Mt. Morris, New York and graduated from
the Cornell Veterinary College with a degree in
Veterinary Medicince in 1944, and served in the U.S.
Army in the Veterinary Corps until 1946. Later he took
a position in the Panama Canal Zone supervising dairies
and managing the Canal Zone animal quarantine station.
In 1949 he married Katherine Mary Fuller of Ancon and
from 1951 to 1960 he worked for the U.S. Department of
State in Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatamala and Ecuador as a
veterinary advisor. He and his family then moved to
North Norwich, NY snd held several positions in New
York and Pennsylvania, retiring in 1987.

He is survived by his wife Katherine M. Porter; five
children, Anne B. (Porter) Drexler; David B. Porter Jr.;
Jessica R. (Porter) Kyle; Eric G. Porter; and Elizabeth
G. Porter; three grandchildren; and a brother, Harry W.
and wife, Florence P. Porter.

James B. Quinn, 80, a Ventura County, California
resident, died January 25, 1993 following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Colon, Panama and graduated with
honors from Purdue University with a degree in Civil
Engineering in 1933. He served in the U.S. Navy during
World War I and the Korean conflict and was a former
commander of the Naval Construction Battalion Center
in Port Hueneme. He also worked for 10 years in harbor
and dredging construction in the Panama Canal and
served four years as the director of construction for the
Lockheed Corp. He retired in 1974 from the Ventura
County Flood Control Department and then was elected
to the United Water Conservation District. He served
until 1983. He was a member of the Mensa Society, Civil
Engineer Society and was listed in "Who's Who in
Engineering," and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Alberta of Oxnard; a son,
James Jr. of Los Alamitos; a daughter, Lari of Santa
Barbara; two sisters, Ann Eider of Cali, Colombia and
Regina Enjuto of Madrid, Spain; five grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.

William H. Staats passed away September 24, 1992
at Harlingen, Texas. He was a World War II veteran and
Police Lieutenant for the Panama Canal on the Atlantic
side and at the prison at Gamboa. He retired in 1972
with 20 years of service. He was a member of Sibert
Masonic Lodge, Gatun; Abou Saad Shrine Temple in
Ancon and Court 18 of the Royal Order of Jesters.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel, of Harlingen and
was buried in the Veterans Cemetery at Indian Town
Gap, Pennsylvania.

Sara "Sally" Morrison Wilson Stabler, 45, wife of
Franklin Stewart Stabler, (BHS'58) died suddenly on
December 8, 1992, in the Canary Islands, Spain, where
the couple was vacationing in celebration of their first
wedding anniversary. "Sally" and Frank had lived for the
past year in Frankfurt, Germany, where Frank is
employed by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service. Besides her husband, "Sally" is survived in
Laguna Nigel, California, by two grown children,
Deborah J. Wilson and Robert W. Wilson; a sister,
Barbara Morrison Tierney; and a stepsister, Patricia

Fay Rene Stanford, 69, of Fort Worth, Texas, died
October 28, 1992 at her home following an extended
illness. She was born in Harleton, Texas, attended public
schools there and was a homemaker. She was a secretary
at Texas Christian University from 1984-1987 and
formerly in the Electrical Division of the Panama Canal

Zone. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist
Church, Harleton and a former member of the O.E.S.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law,
Larry G. and Nancy Stanford of Coppell, Texas, and
Edward L. and Barbara Stanford of the Rep. of Panama;
four grandchildren, Edward and Cheryl Stanford of
Panama and Jill and Lee Stanford of Coppell; a brother,
Loyce C. Smith of Marshall, Texas; and sister-in-law,
Bessie Jean Smith of Goodlettsville, TN. and several
nieces and nephews.

Bernice E. Stephenson, 83, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died February 2, 1993 at Humana Hospital-Northside.
Born in Baltimore, she left the Canal Zone in 1956 where
she was chief clerk/cashier for the Motor Transportation
Division at Cristobal. locally, she retired in 1977 from the
finance department of Honeywell. She was a Protestant
and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Marie Westover,
Pinellas Park; a sister, Myrtle P. Hughes, Sarasota, FL;
five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dr. Gilbert Miller Stevenson, 91, of Memphis,
Tennessee, died November 8, 1992 at St. Francis Hospital
after a long illness. He was a graduate of Macalester
College in St. Paul, MN in 1923 and the University of
Minnesota. He also served in the Panama Canal Health
Department at Colon Hospital, and Canal Zone
Dispensaries, and on Medical Service at Gorgas Hospital
as chief of medical services. He was certified by the
American Board in Internal Medicine Association, the
American College of Physicians and the Association of
Military Surgeons. He was a Mason; a World War II
veteran and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical
Corps; member of the Elks, Eagles Lodge and American
He leaves a son, William G. Stevenson of Memphis;
a brother, Donald Stevenson of Renton, WA; three
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Glenn E. Storm, of Melbourne, Florida passed away
August 1, 1992. He was born in Oakland, California and
came to the Isthmus in 1938, employed by independent
American contractors. Later he went to work for the
Panama Canal Co. as a plumber-pipe fitter for the
Maintenance Division, and at the time of his retirement
in 1972, with 29 years of service, he was working for the
Locks Division in Miraflores for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Hart of Panama,
R.P. now residing in Melbourne, Florida, and a son,
Glenn, Jr.

Mabelle Habersham Colquitt Theriault Strong, 86,
passed away at Candler Hospital, Savannah, Georgia on
December 17, 1992 following a short illness. Originally
from Savannah, she traveled to the Canal Zone in 1940
with her two sons to join her husband, Raoul O.
Theriault, then employed at the General Manager's

Office in Mt. Hope. They returned to Savannah upon
Raoul's retirement from the Supply and Employee
Services Bureau in 1964. He predeceased her in 1978.
She married Brig. Gen. Paschal N. Strong, Corps of
Engineers in 1982. Gen. Strong died in 1988.
She is survived by her sons Raoul N. Theriault of
Castle Rock, CO, and Neyle C. Theriault of Washington,
D.C.; a brother, Adrien B. Colquitt of Savannah; a step-
sister, Julia Floyd Smith, also of Savannah; five
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Claude W. Wade, 82, of Pomona Park, Florida,
passed away on November 20, 1992, at his residence on
Lake Broward, after a lengthy illness. -He was born in
Jacksonville, Florida and spent 22 years in the Navy. He
retired from the Navy in Coco Solo in 1948. Shortly after
that, he became employed in the Supply and Community
Services Bureau, Supply Division, Atlantic Side, until his
retirement in November 1965. He returned to the States
and has resided in Pomona Park for the past 25 years.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughter Deborah
Johns of Crescent City, Florida; daughter Michele Wade
of DeLeon Springs, Florida; and three grandchildren,
Andrea and Melanie Easterling and Jason Methex.

Allen B. Ward, 95, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
January 29, 1993 at home. Born in Stockville, Nebraska,
he left the Canal Zone in the mid-1960s. He did graduate
studies in Spanish literature at the University of
Minnesota and taught the Spanish language in Puerto
Rico and the Panama Canal Zone until he retired in
1959. He was a U.S. Air Service veteran of World War I.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret M.;
a daughter, Marilyn Masha Ward, St. Petersburg; a son,
James A. of Berkeley, California; and two grandsons.

Dorothy Walston Webb, 74, died October 10, 1992 at
the Ashwood Retirement Home in Frankfort, Kentucky,
where she had resided for the past several years. Born in
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, she moved to the Canal
Zone in 1923. She worked for the Personnel Bureau of
the Panama Canal Co. and retired with 26 years of
government service. She and her husband, Adrien W.
Webb retired to Maine where they resided until his death
in 1985. She moved to Kentucky in 1988.
Surviving are two step-daughters, Mary Lou Hall of
St. Petersburg, FL. and Sandra Jean Walters of Lee,
Massachusetts; and two nieces, Dorothy Wightman of
Arlington, Texas and Margaret Doyle of Frankfort, KY.

Richard Archie Whalen, 65, died at his residence in
Independence, Louisiana on November 15, 1992. He was
a native of Norwood, N.Y. and a World War II Army
veteran. He went to the Zone in 1951 and was a police
officer in Cristobal. He drove a radio car, worked at the
women's prison and with the youth in Gatun, and was a

member of the Elks. He married his wife in 1956 at the
Gatun Catholic Church. He was a member of American
Legion Post 109, Independence, and a retired employee
of the Hammond State School. They left the Canal Zone
in 1958.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Gennaro Whalen;
two brothers, Thomas of Independence and Gilbert of
DeLeon Springs, Florida. He was preceded in death by
his parents, Gilbert and Keitha J. Whalen and a brother,

Lillian I. White, 84, passed away November 7, 1992
at the Vista Grande Nursing Home, Cortez, Colorado.
She was born at Sewellsville, Ohio; attended Kent State
University; taught school in Beach City, OH for 10 years
and upon her marriage to Shelby in 1939 went to the
Panama Canal Zone, living in Pedro Miguel. She was a
Past Worthy Matron and Life Member of Eastern Star
Fern Leaf Chapter #4, and Union Church organist in
Pedro Miguel. She was employed by the U.S. Army in
Quarry Heights HQ. PAC during the 1940's as a civil

service employee and left the Canal Zone in 1951. Was
retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972 with 30 years
federal service at Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby
on May 30, 1982. Survivors include a son, Jack and
daughter-in-law Carol of Wilmot, OH; a sister, Enid of
Navarre, OH; a sister-in-law, Frances of Beach City, OH;
three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several
nieces and nephews.

Theodore R. Yost, 71, of Dothan, Alabama, died
December 9, 1992 at Flowers Hospital. Private services
were held in Dothan. He was born in Berkeley Springs,
West Virginia and went to Panama and was employed
there with the Locks Division. He moved to Dothan after
his retirement in 1976. He was a veteran of World War
II having served in the Army. He was a Mason and a
member of the V.F.W. and the Dothan Elks Lodge.
Survivors include two sons, Theodore R. Yost,
Houston and Buddy Yost, Dothan; a daughter, Fran
Yost, Rep. of Panama and six grandchildren.

Letters to the Editor

Rwanda and Zaire, 1992

Over the past years, I have developed a keen interest
in and love for the wildlife of the African Continent. The
book and recent movie, "Gorillas in the Mist", which
chronicle the work of Diane Fossi, sparked a desire
within me to see these remarkable animals for myself.
When the opportunity to go on the Mountain Gorilla
Trek in Rwanda and Zaire came, I jumped at the chance.
After intense physical preparation, I departed on
November 22nd, with a group of eleven people, under the
leadership of Buz Donahoo, a most competent and
knowledgeable tour guide from Winter Park, Florida.
We traveled by way of Belgium to Kigali, Rwanda.
From Kigali we drove to the Pare National des Volcans,
where we began our trek. We hiked for 2-1/2 very
strenuous hours to an elevation of 12,500 feet, where we
located the thirteen gorillas of "Group 11". This was,
without doubt, one of the most exciting experiences I
have ever had.
We were able to sit among the gorillas and were
amazed at the interaction between man and beast. To be
so close to these creatures, who possess such immense
strength, and to find them, when approached in the
proper way, to be so curious and seemingly gentle, was
truly awesome.
After our "visit", we hiked back down the mountain
and attempted to enter Zaire. When our attempt failed,
we spent the night in Gisenyi. The following morning,
we succeeded in crossing into Zaire and spent that night
in Goma.
The next morning we proceeded to Parc National
Des Volcans on the Zaire side, passing between the

Volcanoes Mikeno (14,558 feet) and Nyiragongo (11,388
feet) to the Station de Rumangabo.
From Rumangabo, we hiked an arduous 4-1/2 hours
to a cabin at Bukima. There we ate our Thanksgiving
dinner in complete isolation, watching an active volcano
through the mist and rain.

*~* *

Gail (Bohannon) Wade, Rwanda-Zaire, Gorilla Trek.

The next morning we awoke early and trekked
another 2 hours to find another group of approximately
30 gorillas. Again, the interaction was unbelievable. The
Silverback (dominant male) was truly awesome, weighing
about 660 pounds and standing well over 6 feet tall. The
gorillas proceeded to examine our group with an uncanny
interest. They groomed my hair, patted people on the
backs, and generally displayed a great deal of playful

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curiosity. They also felt comfortable enough to go
about their normal activities such as feeding, grooming
and playing as if we were part of their group.
This experience of personal, physical interaction with
these marvelous creatures is one which I will cherish and
remember for a lifetime.
We journeyed from the gorillas to the Virunga, which
is the best wildlife preserve in Central Africa. Here we
saw a river teeming with hippos as well as elephants,
antelope, and lions in the wild.
We also visited Vitshumbi, a fishing village that
boasts some of the best fresh-water fishing on the
Our return from Zaire to Rwanda was filled with
many exciting and, for us, unusual events. As there is a
good deal of "unrest" in this country, we were almost
arrested at one point. The reason for this is still unclear.
There is a terrible transportation problem here, so we
resorted to hitchhiking and/or renting anything we could
find with four wheels. Once, we ran out of gas and were
pushed into town by the natives. The most unusual
experience, though, was spending the night in a
questionable local hotel which we suspect is a brothel.
There was never a dull moment on this excursion. I
have only hit the highlights for you here. This was the
most physically challenging trip of my life to date, but it
was worth every moment for the memories and
friendships gathered along the way.

Gail Bohannon Wade
Clermont, Florida


Ellen Peck, Ann Beers, Judy Peterson and Pat
Coleman, all former members of the Crossroads Chapter
of Sweet Adelines in Panama, met at a regional meeting
of the Sweet Adelines last September in St. Petersburg,

L-R: Ellen Peck, Ann Beers, Judy Peterson, Pat
Ellen is now a member of "Toast of Tampa" chorus,
the 1991 state champions who will be competing in the
International competition in Indianapolis this November.
Ann and Pat sing with the "City of Palms" Chorus in
Fort Myers, FL. and they placed 4th in the 1992 state
Judy lives in Indian Harbor Beach and sings with the
"Platinum Coast" chorus.

Narcissa Elizabeth McArthur (6 mos.) experiencing
her first Christmas with parents Vicki and Ed (BHS'75)

Panama Railroaders, L-R: Ralph James, Snowflake
Jones, Leroy Barfield and Charlie Salyer at Lady
Lake, Florida, December 1992.

Panama Railroad distaff side Atlantic Siders, L-R:
Marcia Jones, Charlene James, and Mary Condon
at Lady Lake, FL. December 1992.


"I have just returned from a month's visit with my
daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bob Boukalis, in
Panama. People said, 'Oh, you'll be sorry, there are so
many changes.' Well, no way. It's been 14 years since we
were there, and it's still the most beautiful place I've
been. Vicki and Bob live in Cardenas, and since I arrived
in the evening, my impression of Panama was lights and
lots of houses, and of Cardenas, lights and a clean,
manicured town.
The first thing I noticed the next day was how lovely
and clean and well kept the Corozal Cemetery looked.
Then as we turned to go into Balboa, I was stunned by
the little buildings on the side of the road opposite the
entrance to Cardenas and Los Rios selling chickens
dinners, pizza, car insurance, car rentals, items from
Central and South America!! Never did get used to that.
On the way to Albrook Field, which hasn't changed
much, there were young Panamanians along the middle
of the road selling anything from plantains, oranges,
tangerines, grapefruit, beautiful flowers and even toys.
Also, if there's time, they will wash your windshield for
Albrook had a "Mall" the old barracks on the left
hand side, selling everything, and between one of the
barracks, you can stop and have a coke and hamburger,
hot dog, whatever!

Burger King inside Ft. Clayton.

Ft. Clayton looks the same, except on the post
opposite the motor vehicle stop is a Burger King and a
Popeyes. The Admin looks about the same I thought it
needed a cleaning or a paint job wasn't white, but inside
it is as lovely as ever and the paintings in the Rotunda
are clean and bright and much prettier than I remember.
They were having their Christmas parties and had an
organist there playing Panamanian music and everyone
enjoyed dancing. Quarry Heights Officers Club is still
active, but the Post was in need of having the houses
painted, and later we saw they were doing just that.
Looked over to Panama in the old slum area of Chorillo,
which had been bombed and gutted, and nice new
apartments have been built, and what an improvement.
Panamanian police direct traffic in most areas; some
of the traffic lights are working. "J" Street looked awful -
didn't go down to Central, but they have sealed off
Central from Cinco de Mayo Plaza, and are laying bricks
on Central Avenue, planting trees down the center, and
have cleared off all the vendors. They say it is very pretty.
Too bad I didn't get down to see it.
The Bridge of the Americas seemed the same and
the view from the top looking towards the Locks and also
towards the entrance of the Canal is still breathtaking.

Rodman looks good. We drove over to Cocoli and it
looked better than 14 years ago. The houses (those that
are left) are painted and being used by the Navy. Of
course the old Commy and Clubbie are gone. The Fire
Station is there, as I remember. I believe the school is
Diablo looks great felt right at home. The lawns are
well kept everyone has a gardener I guess, and PCC has
contracted to have the grass cut. They use weedeaters to
cut the lawns! Seems to do the job. We drove up to
Gorgona and stayed overnight with Charlie Leves. I had
a hard time remembering the houses along there because
everyone has improved them and they look very nice. The
beach seems to be better and cleaner than I remember.
We went to El Valle and it's still lovely. It was a
Saturday, so not much in the way of crafts, but the
flowers were beautiful. Went to Olga and Jeff Ferrar's
and they took us to an animal/bird/nursery and we saw
everything you could wish to see. Be sure and go there if
you get to El Valle. Very interesting.
Forgot to mention that the road to the interior is
very good and it now bypasses Arraijan and Chorrera,
which is a shame, in a way, but does cut down the time.
Also, in some areas it is a four-lane highway, divided!

Stevens Circle, from old Commy P.O. in background.

The biggest change I noticed was Stevens Circle -
tents all over it to protect the items being sold by the San
Bias Indians. However I managed to overlook all that
and do some shopping for the lovely shirts they make.
The Prado looked very nice (I grew up there) and I
understand PCC uses some of the houses for offices. The
Commissary is now the Treasurer's office (in the front
section): Balboa Clubhouse looks unused and no one I
know goes into it. The Post Office, of course is a Panama
Post Office. We ate at Pan Chino one evening, had
several delicious lunches at El Bistor and El Palvo Real.
Also had dinner at the Union Club, guests of the Ferrar's
who were honoring Forest (Wise) and Ray Robberson.
They retired and left January 1st for Florida and
Alabama. Paitilla Point is all built up and beautiful, and
Panama has a number of skyscrapers, and more building
going on. People are still very careful about going into
Panama. We went out three times on a boat to fish and
stop at Taboga Island got some very small red snappers,
a grouper, a pipe fish Bob hooked and a baracuda -
nothing big. Swimming was lovely at Taboga. Saw a lot of
parents down visiting their families: Mary Boyd, Camilla
and Noel Farnsworth, Dick and Juanita McConaughey
and her sister Rene and Jack Kromer and their four
children and families; Audrey Bowman, Blanche Bishop,
Lou Hunt, Dorothy Trim, Jim and Mary Young, to name

a few. Renewed friendships with Ellie Gale and Diane
Bradley and my nephews Richie and Olga Phillips and
Doug Phillips and their families. Saw so many whom I
had known as "kids" they do grow up!

Blanche Bishop and her son, David.

Noel, Camilla, Ron Farnsworth and Peg Hutchison,
New Years eve.

Enjoyed red papayas, plantain and pineapple, fish,
shrimp, tangerines, even tasted octopus and aranjas I'll
stick to the old stuff. Panama was beautiful green
birds,humming birds, black and bright red- crested birds,
parrakeets, all the lovely flowers go visit!!
I forgot to mention that the train runs, sort of twice
it was at Corozal with a fire truck standing by, and they
were hosing down the wheels. There are old wrecked and
delapidated cars with grass and weeds growing over
them. That made me sad and angry. Vicki said they had
recently cut the grass along the tracks you'd never know
there were tracks there. Also, Santa Claus came to
Cardenas and the kids loved it. Then before I left, they
had a big tree burn. Nothing has changed the kids are
still fighting over the Christmas trees, the parents are still
fighting over the trees too when they are stolen. Sandy
Reyes said she walked into her house and the living room
was filled with trees so the boys wouldn't steal them.
Sure takes me back.

Peggy Hutchison
Aiken, SC


Presenting "Panama Pappy," (Grier) our permanent
fixture at the end of the Canteen Bar. He is a renowned
expert on the trials and tribulations of life, lover,
entrepreneur, world traveler, soldier of fortune and one
of the best bar customers we now have.

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Peg Hutchison, Richie Phillips, and Olga, Bob
Boukalis and Vicki, Doug Phillips and daughter
Tracy and her two sons.

"Pappy" Grier, bon vivant extraordinaire.

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Jack, Rene Kromer, Juanita McConaughey, Dick
behind her, and all their children. New Years Eve.

He will freely give advice (whether you ask for it or
not) to the lovelorn, poor folks, millionaires, homeless
bums, heart broken ladies, all ships at sea and anyone
else who will listen to him.
A little guy with a big heart we all love you Pappy -
don't change a bit.

From the Kerrville, TX VFW Newsletter
Contributed by Les Johnston


On December 26th a group of Zonian Amigos from
Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas
converged on San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet Pete and
Marje Foster and embark on one of the groups most
memorable Caribbean cruises.
The group boarded one of Princes Cruises' newest
Love Boats, the Star Princess for a visit to the
Southeastern Caribbean Islands of Barbados, Mayreau,
Martinique, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Thomas and
return to San Juan in addition to ringing in the New Year
on a fantastic floating hotel.
Zonian Amigos were blessed with seven days of
wonderful cruising weather, smooth seas and sunny blue

r< 4F *
Zonian Amigos New Year's Cruise, seated L-R: Gloria
Bornefield Bearden, Greta Carter, Joy Maale, Al
Maale, Patsy Rice, Tommie Lou Horter. Standing L-
R: Pete and Marje Foster, Dot and Bob Herrington.
In addition to the ship's special New Year's
festivities, the group joined in with Bob and Dot
Herrington's daughter and son-in-law, Bobbye and Don
Wellington to celebrate the Herrington's 50th wedding
Others enjoying this fifth year of Cruising Zonian
Amigos Style were Jim and Ann Alexander with their
three children Kelly, Katie, and Kim; Gloria Bearden;
Greta Carter; Gene and Lynne Frauenheim with their
four children Darrell, Leslie, Christi and Gregory;
Tommie Lou Horter; Al and Joy Maale; Patsy Rice;
Mary Urey; Fred Wellington and the Herrington
grandchildren Brad and Cheryl Wellington; and Brent
and Kelly Wellington Burkhead and daughter Lauren.
This group felt that thay could not have celebrated New
Year's in a more enjoyable way than Cruising Zonian
Amigos Style.

Pete Foster
Zonian Amigos Coordinator


"My sister, Martha Cowell, has been visiting in
Florida for two weeks. The Fort Lauderdale
Cunninghams enjoyed her company both weekends.

"Today I had a dinner party as a farewell to Martha
and to celebrate my 75th birthday, Tuesday the 13th.
Those present were Martha, Michael E. and Virginia
Cunningham, Pauline (Virginia's mother) and Ken, and
Jay A. Cunningham Sr. and Sharon Curran. We toasted
those who could not be with us here today. It was a
beautiful party and day.
"Thank you for writing that short piece in the
December CanalRecor4 page 77. However, it was not all
true. My daughter, Linda Griffin of Peachtree City, GA.
was not here. "Andrew" did some good. He gave Jay a
good job with F.E.MA."

Barbara Cunningham
Fort Lauderdale, FL.


"Well, we were reduced in number, but we made it
(Jean, Doris and Scott Burns Tulsa, OK; Bob and
Elaine Donaldson Rockland, ME; and Ed and Gloria
Malin Jacksonville, FL).
"This is the third time we have stayed at one of these
resorts and we have yet to come away thinking that is
not the way to go. The all-inclusive one-price
arrangement they have makes them the place to go
during the winter. As before, the meals and drinks are
unlimited and unfortunately the food is also. All the more
reason to take advantage of the many activities they have
arranged to try to keep in shape should one be inclined
to do so.

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Back, L-R: Scott, Bob, Santa, Ed.
Doris, Gloria.

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Front L-R: Elaine,

"We managed to take in sight-seeing tours of the
island of St. Kitts and also Nevis. The tours included the
birthplace of Alexander Hamilton on Nevis, a drive
around both islands and a visit to the Gibraltar of St.
Kitts. Bob Donaldson also managed to come away with
as many postage stamps as he could find.
"Wednesday night, which just happened to be our last
night was the Manager's Cocktail Party and Santa also
happened to be there in his semi-tropical suit. All had a
good time and now all we have to do is decide where we
are going next year."

Doris Burns
Tulsa, OK.


On December 26, 1992, the Field clan gathered at
grandpa Cy's house in New Port Richey, Florida, for a
mini-family reunion.
Mel and Carol Field, and Ken and Beth Field, joined
in the fun along with Russ and Marianne (Field) Hockin
and boys from Marietta, Georgia.

A gathering of friends at Al and Dee Burkett's home
at Quail Run, Holder, Florida. Seated L-R: John and
Eula Witt, Hubert and Margot Jordan. Standing L-R:
Sonny and Ina Rivet, Dennis and Peggy Huff, Al and
Dee Burkett.

Front L-R: Erin Field, Sean Field, and daughter
Seanna, grandpa Cy, Garrett and Kevin Hockin.
Back L-R: Ryan and Jaime Hockin and Tyler Field.
Included in the picture are eight of Cy's thirteen
grandchildren and great-grandchildren!. Missing from the
photo are Rusty (deceased) and Josie Field's children -
Jeremy, Jason, Nick and Amanda, and one of Mel's
sons, Chris.
Everyone had a great time!


Debbie (Niskanen) (BHS'76) and Don Johns with
their family, Christina 8, Natalie 7, and little Tyler 2,
seen waiting patiently for Santa to visit their home in the
Woodlands, Texas.

Debbie (Niskanen) and Don Johns with their family.

Debbie recently returned from a 12-day visit in
Korea with stop-overs in Guam and Hawaii. While
shopping one day in Korea, Debbie noticed a lady with
a beautiful mola purse. The lady was the Panamanian
Ambassador's wife in Korea. Needless to say, they both
exchanged notes about Panama. What a small world!


"In December a group of Dothan, Alabama golfers
joined a group from Florida for two days of golf and fun
! at the Plantation in Crystal River, Florida."


Standing, L-R: Jim Riley, Jesse Gettle, Frank
Anderson, Ron Smith, R. Orvis, George Hoffman,
Jack Brayton, Leroy (Bocas) Leeser. Sitting L-R:
Tommy Jacks, Melvin Smith, M.B. (Woody)
Woodruff, Bill Wheeler, Hugh (Bud) Thomas. Not
pictured: Roy Stoutenborough.

The golfing group is shown in the photo attached.

Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff
Dothan, AL.


Debra Meeker Elkins
has been living in the
Houston area for the last
four years after returning
I from London and the
United Arab Emirates with
her husband, Carl.
-- rTwo years ago she gave
birth to their first child,
SNAndrew. Debra is currently
staying home full time with
her toddler while running a
cake and catering business.
Debra Meeker Elkins Andrew's proud
and son Andrew. grandparents, Dabney and
Lynn Meeker, of Mart,
Texas, often see their children, James and Jamie who
also live in the Houston area. James, and his wife,
Debby, also recently welcomed the arrival of their first
child, Erika. The Meeker's oldest daughter, Sherian, is
currently living in New Mexico.


"I guess I had a look of concern on my face when I
opened our front door a few months ago when I saw a
sheriff's car parked at our house and a young man in
uniform at our steps. The deputy said, 'Don't worry, Mrs.
Conway. Nothing is wrong. Your husband taught me in
Margarita.' The person in the deputy's uniform was Joe
Harris, a former Atlantic sider.

Front L-R: Julie Edwards (BHS'87), Melanie (Wade)
Watton (CHS'79), Chris Conway (CHS'85). Back L-
R: Joe Harris (BHS), Harold Conway, Dale Conway
(Atlantic side teachers). Christmas 1992. Denton, TX.

"After visiting a while we decided we should get
together with other former students who now live in the
Denton area. Just a few days before Christmas we had
dinner with some of these students. Yearbooks, photo
albums and Panama Canal Reviews helped to bring back
so many memories, and again we agreed that the Zone
was a wonderful place to be a kid and a perfect place to
raise kids!

"I want to add that seeing friends and former
neighbors at the reunions in Florida is fantastic and
seeing former students is sheer JOY! Harold and I taught
on the Atlantic side for 19 years."

Dale Conway
Denton, Texas.

In Emmitsburg, Maryland, October 1, 1992, L-R: Vince
(BHS'37) and Dottie Ridge of Center Valley, PA; Joan
Ridge deGrummond, (BHS'40) Laguna Hills, CA; Dr.
John Clark, (BHS'40) Hagerstown, MD; and Julie
Wilson Ridge, (BHS'38) Kerrville, TX.


Mary and Bob Hanna, Clearwater, Florida, and Bob
and Jean Hanna of Tarpon Springs, Florida, spent
Christmas at a "brother" reunion with John and Vera
Hanna in San Antonio, Texas. Enroute they visited good
old Zone friends, Mary Grimes in Pensacola, Florida,
Shirley and Johnny Vaucher, Dothan, Alabama, and
Florence and John Terry in Houston, Texas.

L-R: Tom, San Antonio, Bill, Cardenas, R.P., "Poppa",
Bob, Tarpon Springs, Johnny, San Antonio, holding


"On December 3rd I went to my daughter's home in
Dubuque, Iowa, to await my son James' arrival from two
years on a Navy missile cruiser. He spent most of the
time in the Gulf and we are happy to have him back in
the U.SA.

At West Coast Reunion, BHS'1940 classmates: L-R:
Nancy Norton Carter, Eddie Moore, Joan Ridge
deGrummond, Arlo Grant Westbrook.


"I am a member of the Panama Canal Society of
"I have lived in the Canal Zone from 1953 to 1973,
mostly on the Atlantic side, in such towns named Gatun,
Margarita, Coco Solo.
"What I am trying to find out is Where did these
names come from and what do they mean? The Pacific
side has names such as Gamboa, Miraflores, Pedro
Miguel, Diablo, Corozal, Paraiso, and probably some I
forgot to mention.
"Maybe some of the members and subscribers of the
Panama Canal Society might have some knowledge of
"Thank you for your cooperation."

Louis Hakanson
1201 S. Dixie Hwy.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

(If you ever find out, Louis, please let the Canal Record
know in case we are asked again. Ed.)

L-R: CTRC (SW) James P.
Washabaugh and Therersa
Harvey, Dubuque, Iowa, 1992.

Washabaugh, Rita
Ann (Washabaugh)

I always look back on the Cub Scout days in
Margarita for him. They were good days.
We enjoyed having Christmas Holidays with Theresa,
Mel Harvey and their four daughters and James' son, five
year-old Quinn.
Iowa will be full of snow for another month, but it's

Rita Washabaugh
Sheffield, PA.

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What set my imagination off was the mercury that we
found in the floating pipeline ball joints of Dredge Las
Cruces every time the dredge dug gravel from the
Chagres River. This gravel was pumped to the Gamboa
storage pit for screening by Randy Trower's gang for the
zone's concrete work. Mercury, being so heavy, lodged
in the cavities of the joints.
Harlan Fuelle, a civil engineer whom I believed to be
an authority on most things, said that the mercury was
there from when Spaniards crossed the river with burros

carrying flasks of the liquid metal, used to recover gold.
An occasional burro stumbled and fell in the stream and
lost the contents of the flasks.
We lived in Gamboa and here was that fascinating
place right in my back yard, and the old village of Las
Cruces was just across the river. During the Civil War
there was a contingent of Union soldiers there and some
had died from jungle fever. Captain Lindstrom, head of
Gamboa Penitentiary, found a button from a Union
soldier's uniform which further whetted my imagination.
I rowed a panga many times across the river and
didn't find anything significant, but I did make friends
with an old Austrian, Rudolph, who had an orange tree

orchard there. Rudolph had lost a leg during
construction days. He was on the silver roll but
nevertheless our government granted him a tract of land
upon which to hack out a finca right where the Las
Cruces Trail crossed the Chagres. That was so that he
could make a living selling oranges to the residents of
Let me tell you a story about Rudolph. He had a
native wife who wasn't quite right in the head probably
because of her lifestyle and the bearing of children in the
most primitive conditions. She became suicidal. One day
she tried to drown herself in the river and Rudolph
hopped in, without his wooden leg, to save her. She
fought and Officer Casey Hall, from the police launch,
saw the struggle and thought Rudolph was trying to
drown his wife. He raced to the scene and started
beating Rudolph over the head with an oar. All were
finally saved. Rudolph told me, in his tattered English,
his version of what happened. Besides trying to keep his
head out of water, with only one leg, he had a hard time
explaining to Casey what was going on while getting a
head beating. What else was bothering him was the fact
that he had shot at a huge Anaconda the night before
that had poked it's head over his wall and had slithered
back into the river right where his wife had tried to end
it all. This happened shortly before WWII.
Years later word came that Rudolph was dying in
Gorgas and that he had asked for me. When I got to his
bedside he was not very coherent. He tried to tell me
something but I couldn't make sense of it and, soon after,
that benign old man died. He had lived out his life in
the simplest way.
What I was thinking--if those burros fell in the river,
why couldn't one or two of Henry Morgan's cayucos,
being as unstable as they were, have turned bottoms up
and dumped the loot in the river? I was pretty sure he
had used native cayucos to transport his motley crew up
from the mouth of the river because he couldn't have
brought along enough jolly boats to transport all the
ablebodied men he needed to ransack Panama.
Bill Tillman and his partner Don Boostrom had gone
into a gold venture in the Republic near Arraijan which
had failed. Bill was so disgusted with the outcome that
he gave me the gold recovery machine. Fact is, he also
gave me all of the gold which I eventually sold in Denver
for $65.00. I think Bill told me it had cost Bill and Don
Mike Parmentier and I borrowed a Dredging
Division's decked over pontoon float and mounted the
gold machine on it with an air compressor from Bill
Tillman with a boom and a 6" air lift. We assembled the
contraption in the reserve fleet in Gamboa. I had an 18'
cabin cruiser, with outboard, named "Booby Bird". With
Bud Malone at the wheel we pushed the strange-looking
assembly out into the Canal and under the Gamboa
bridge up the Chagres to where I calculated Morgan had
gone ashore with his cayucos on the river bank before
Gatun Lake was flooded. We went through many cubic
yards of the most beautiful gravel in the world and found
nary a piece of eight. The gold machine worked though.
I knew because I had thrown a quarter in the collecting
box to see if it would be retained. When we cleaned up
to collect any find, Mike's eyes, for a second, bugged out
of their sockets when he saw the quarter. That was just
before he called me some unwholesome names.

The Gold Recovery machine.

The Las Cruces try didn't pan out but I wasn't
through yet. At Fort San Lorenzo there was a dug well,
probably a cistern that trapped rain water for drinking by
the garrison. I visualized that when the fort was under
siege the occupants, seeing pirates and cutthroats
streaming up from the mouth of the Chagres, might as a
last resort have tossed their goodies in the well and that
they might still be there. That was 1967 and my son-in-
law, Robert Snyder, had come to the Zone with the
Office of the Comptroller. Here again Bill Tillman came
up with the tool. A salesman had given him a working
model of a clam shell bucket with a payload capacity of
about 3 pints. Bill loaned me the model and Bob and I
rigged up a 2x4 tripod, which we mounted over the well,
reeved the
sheaves of the clam shell with small rope (the bucket
weighed about 30 lbs.) and dropped it into the well. The
well was bone dry and the bucket hit what sounded like
concrete and came up empty.
The thrill of treasure hunting, I tell myself, is the
anticipation not the strike. It's addictive though. Even
now while I'm fishing a trout stream here in Wyoming I
keep an outlook for an outcropping of quartz with a vein
of gold. And, sometimes I think back to when old
Rudolph with gibberish words might have been trying to
tell me some secret he knew about that mysterious place
where Henry Morgan had beached his cayucos to await
his return with the plunder of Old Panama.
Like Freud might have said, "Dreamers shouldn't
waste their time dredging up the past."
Montana and I live in the second group of four
categories--the quick, not quite so quick, not quite so
dead, and the dead.

Robert W. Lowry
Cody, Wyoming


By Janet Len-Rios
The view left a great deal to be desired, since
landscaping would not begin until December. Outside
was a sea of mud, with only a wooden stairway leading
down to where the Prado was just beginning to take
shape. That's the way it was on July 15, 1914, when the
first Panama Canal employees moved into offices in the
just-built Administration Building.

(Or How to Bottle a Ship)
by Charles A. Hand, Jr.

The estimated cost of the permanent Adminstration
Building was given as $448,750 in 1911, but a 1912 letter
to the architect from the chief engineer, Col. George W.
Goethals, authorized an expenditure of $375,000 "and not
one cent more." The 1915 Panama Canal Annual
Report, however, shows that the cost had, in fact, more
than doubled, to $879,000.
Construction progress on the building was
documented regularly by the Canal's official
photographer, Ernest "Red" Hallen. An exhibit of these
photos will be on display in the Administration Building
Rotunda for two weeks beginning July 15.

Panama Canal Spillway
July 2, 1992

It's always a special treat to make a model of a ship
that one has had a personal association with. It's one
thing to follow plans, but quite another when you've
actually walked the decks and try to recall details.
I also enjoy the puzzled expressions (that telegraph
the question: "How old is this guy?") when I relate that
"I first went to sea in 1941 aboard one of the Panama
Liners." I have to admit that I did celebrate my fifth
birthday during that journey with a huge cake provided
by the thoughtful chefs. I was accompanying my mother
and sister to join my father, who had started a new job
with the Panama Canal Company a few months earlier.
Mom and my sister experienced sea-sickness during that
trip of six days (with a half day stop over in Port-Au-
Prince, Haiti), so my explorations of this vast ship were
relatively unhindered. Later I heard that the stewards got
to know me (and the cabin number that I belonged in)
rather well.
The Panama Line had three identical ships serving
the route between Cristobal, Canal Zone and New York
City: SS Panama, SSAncon and SS Cristobal. These ships
were built in the late 1930s to provide cargo and
passenger service. Each displaced 14,206 tons with a
length of 493 feet (150 meters), a beam of 64 feet (19.5
meters) and a top speed of 22 knots. Each was designed
to carry about 200 passengers, a crew of 125, and 6,000
tons of cargo. Passage was available to any paying
customers, but the primary purpose of the ships was to
provide services to those employed by the Panama Canal
Around 1959 I became interested in making a model
of one of the Panama Liners and wrote to the Panama
Line Office in New York. They kindly sent me several
photographs, brochures and deck plans. Based on the
beam and length dimensions. the deck plans were to an
unusual scale of 1:256 (3/64"= 1').
I noted their brochure only listed sailings for Ancon
and Cristobal, so it seems Panama was no longer in
service then. I did write a letter of thanks for the
information they provided. It's fortunate that I wrote
them when I did as the Panama Line ceased to exist on
April 20, 1961.
Using the information, I prepared a rough plan and
profile to a scale of 1:384 (1/32"= 1'), which I thought
would make a reasonably sized model. I started this
model using balsa wood, as that was the only material
available from the hobby shops where we then lived.
Although I fairly well completed the hull, deck houses
and stack, the details needed to complete the model
began to look like a task similar to single-handedly
attempting to model the Great Wall of China. I stored
these items away in a box where they remain awaiting
Currently available materials such as precise wood
and plastic shapes, photo-etched fittings, etc. would
greatly facilitate making such a model (if one could only
find the time...)


In 1962 I came across a listing of a plan for the
Panama Liners and promptly ordered one. This turned
out to be a 1:1200 scale (1"= 100') for making a paper
water line model. Despite the small scale, the plan has a
lot of good detail and information. It was reproduced in
"From the Forecastle" in Model Ship Builder #67 relative
to a previous writer's search for paper model plans.
This plan came in rather nicely when my modeling
interests changed, around 1984, to the ship-in-a-bottle
type. For a nominal charge, a local blueprint firm
reduced this to 1:1800 scale (1"= 150') to fit the selected
bottle. The model hull was thus 3.28" (8.33 centimeters)
long with a .427" (1.08 centimeters) beam.


An ordinary five ounce soy-sauce bottle seemed to
have clarity that was above average and was selected for
the model. A simple stand was made from 1/8" (.3175
cm) strips of wood, using a hole saw to match the outside
diameter of the bottle. These supports are joined by a
5/16" (.8 cm) diameter dowel, and are glued to the bottle
with silicone glue. The dowel provides a place to add a
name board, which is yet to be made.
Green floral clay was used for the sea. This can
usually be found in the gardening department of large
discount stores. Balls of clay were rolled into the bottle
and mashed into place using tools formed from stiff wire
or metal rods. Shaped wire tools were then used to form
the waves and scoop out a depression for the hull. A
shortened brush, epoxied to a semi-rigid wire was next
used to apply some Prussian blue paint and apply dabs of
white paint to the wave crests.


Each sub-assembly of the model must be sized to
pass through the bottle neck and allow reassembly inside
the bottle. I used a drafting circle template to check both
the plans and actual sub-assemblies for a proper fit
through the bottle neck. This bottle neck had an inside
diameter of .54" (1.37 cm).
The deck houses, hull and stack were carved and
shaped from basswood. Hatch covers and the bow
decoration were cut from thin styrene sheet. Bulwarks on
all five deck levels were formed by bending styrene
barstock. Styrene barstock was also used to simulate the
stowed cargo booms. The cylindrical ventilation masts
and kingposts were made from styrene rods. The six
lifeboats were formed from lead foil, then filled with
white glue. Wire was used for the forward and after
masts, with yardarms of thinner wire wrapped once
around the mast and attached with cyanoacrylate (cyano)
Synthetic brush bristles simulate the bow and stern
flagstaffs. This was also used for the mast and kingpost
rigging. Only the tops of the latter were glued with white
glue, prior to bottling. The flexibility of the bristle
material allowed for later positioning of the loose ends
for gluing after bottling. The long line between the fore
and aft masts was a separate bristle. Care was needed to
avoid inadvertent crimping of the bristles.

Above view of model atop cigarette Zippo lighter prior
to being put in bottle.


The small scale plan contained notes about the
colors, but some of these did not agree with my
recollections. Decks were left natural wood and the
bulwarks their natural styrene white. Boot topping was
green, with grey hull above. Hatch covers were painted
brown and the deckhouse sides and lifeboats were
painted white. The lifeboats were glued to the sides of
the Boat Deckhouse sub-assembly after both had been
painted and marked. The ventilator masts, cargo booms
and kingposts were all painted silver. (The plan called for
these to be brown.) The stack was painted buff. The
three silver bands on the stack were made by gluing silver
fly-tying thread around the stack. The masts were
specified to be brown on the plans, and I recall these
being silver, but I painted mine black to diminish their
over-scaling. A rectangle of shiny blue wrapping paper
was glued to the after boat deck to simulate the
swimming pool.
I experimented with using an individual brush bristle
in a pin vise to apply black paint to simulate the many
windows, portholes and doors along the hull and
deckhouse sides. Obviously, as you can see in the photos,
this experiment did not work too well. It did a little
better to simulate the larger anchors, deck winches and
deck anchor chain holes.
Despite the crudeness of the markings, I decided to
go ahead with the bottling of the model. Kind folks say
the rough markings give it the charming look of a sailor's


Bottling this type of model takes several days, as one
must wait for the glue to fully set on each sub-assembly
before proceeding to the next. Not heeding that advice
usually causes grief, and this is where real patience is
First, I used a semi-rigid wire to apply generous
drops of silicone glue to the middle of the depression in
the sea material, on the glass. A pair of L-shaped, semi-
stiff wires were next placed in the two handling holes

atop the hull assembly (which were later covered by
upper deck house sub-assemblies) and this was all slipped
into the bottle maintaining a tension by either pushing
the wires apart or pulling them together. Once the hull
was in the correct spot, the tension was released and the
handling wires were withdrawn.
A rigid flat-bar type tool was then placed atop the
hull to firmly press it into the glue and sea. One semi-
rigid wire was then used in one of the handling holes to
give the hull a slight tug towards the bottle neck, which
forms a nice bow wave in the sea material. The flat-bar
tool was again applied to press the hull into a level

as the aft ones, working towards the bow. Next the
foremast bow line was glued into place. When all was
again dry, the bottle and the model were rotated 45
degrees to one side and propped against a beanbag. A
drop of white glue was applied to the junctions of the
fore and aft mast yards and the pre-cut brush bristle was
coaxed into these joints, using homemade tweezers and
L-shaped wire tools.


The bottle stand and exterior of the bottle under the
sea was painted flat black. A vibro-etching tool was used
on the latter to record the ship's name, scale of the
model, date it was made and by whom.

L '*

Comparison of size of ship model, Zippo lighter, and 5
oz. Soy Sauce bottle.

After this had dried, a thin bent wire tool was used
to apply a drop of glue into one of the after deck holes
where a kingpost is to be installed. Homemade tweezers
were then used to install the kingpost with its two cargo-
boom lines oriented fore and aft. After drying, wire tools
were used to correctly position each line to the boom tips
and a drop of white glue was placed on each.
The other kingpost assembly was installed in the
same fashion. After all has again set, a drop of glue is
placed into the hole for the aft mast, and that sub-
assembly was similarly installed and its stern line glued
into place. Some of the wire tools need to be shaped like
a question mark to allow reaching around, and care is
needed to avoid touching glue to the inside of the bottle.
The port and starboard ventilator masts adjacent to the
swimming pool area were next installed.
Now was the time for the deck houses to be installed.
Wire tools were again used to apply several drops of
white glue atop the main deck house. The boat deck
deckhouse assembly was next slipped into the bottle on
a paddle-shaped tool (made by gluing card stock to a
loop on the end of a wire). An L-shaped wire tool was
used to push the sub-assembly off the paddle and slide it
into correct position. The semi-rigid wire tool with a flat
surface (to avoid "dents") was then used to press it into
the glue. After this had fully dried, the bridge deckhouse
sub-assembly was installed in the identical manner.
Homemade tweezers were next used to install the
stack, again after placing drops of glue where it was to
sit. The two ventilator masts and foremast atop the
bridge were then added, and its line aft to the stack was
glued to the same. The line from the mast to the bow
was left loose so that it could be maneuvered out of the
way while adding the bow sub-assemblies.
The four bow deck kingposts and short central
ventilator mast were now installed in the same manner

The bottled Panama Liner.


It turned out a bit rough, but this bottled model
evokes fond recollections of pleasant sea voyages during
the era of the ocean liners.
I'll never forget the morning arrivals in New York
harbor, passing the Statue of Liberty and being nudged
by busy tugs into Pier 64 on the North River. One
particular morning, SS America passed nearby, outward
bound and she towered above the liner we were on. It
was really sad to see the demise of that era and those
grand ships.

Model Ship Builder
November/December 1992
One-time Reprint Authorized for the Canal Record

(There are 7 associations of Ship-Bottlers in the world with
about 1,400 members, the American Association being the
largest with about 400 members. Charles Hand belongs to
two of these associations. Membership is $15/year to: Don
Hubbar4 P.O. Box 180550, Coronado, CA 92178. Ed.)
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APRIL 21, 1993
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There is much history in the snapshot in this article.
Turn the camera slightly to the left and you would have
a rear view of our home at Las Cascadas. The buildings
in the rear (and dozens more to the right) comprise a
French-built labor camp housing Spanish laborers. At the
time of the snapshot they were all being evicted to make
room for the 10th Infantry Regiment coming from San
Antone, Texas. Maj. Smedly Butler and a battalion of
Marines were at Bas Obispo.
The black figure on the right was the camp
watchman, a bajun with whom, in boyhood fashion, I was
soon well acquainted. He lived mostly beneath one of the
buildings where he kept an empty gasoline drum from
the corral. It was large enough in size to use a few bits of
wood for his fire and his tea. He also kept a can of Eagle
brand condensed milk (no refrigeration necessary) for his
tea. With a bit of flour, baking soda, salt and water he
made what he called "bake," to be baked on top of the
gasoline drum. Of course my mother was forever
tolerating my attempts to do the same on the kitchen
stove. What we had, of course, was the present day
"English muffin." Then, and to the present day, I must
have a can of condensed milk in the refrigerator for my
tea which my bajun friend taught me.
With X-ray eyes, through the buildings you would see
the train to Panama City and just beyond, the entrance of
tracks down into the canal. It was about 2 1/2 miles from
Las Cascadas to Empire for the brake trip.

-%f'. .

Going to school. Las Cascadas to Empire, C.Z. in
1909. Sitting next to driver is 4th grader John Wilcox,
uncle of Barbara, Mack, Jack, and Phydelis
Walbridge. Uncle John, 93, lives today in

By the way, I am the one sitting next to the driver.
The one standing is Charlie Bushnell. The only other
"character" I recall by name is number 1 elbow, of the
two, on the left. His name was "Bugs" Reese." His father
was a locomotive engineer, second only in prestige to a
shovel operator. I was in the fourth grade at the time of
this photo (age 10). "Bugs" smoked tobacco!
In my dad's book titled The Canal Builders there was
a picture of the school at Empire and more particularly
a group of attendees out for lunch. It was my habit to go
to the collection of French junk engines rusting away and
eat my lunch while my boyhood ambition and
imagination maneuvered those engines. I wasn't in the
school picture for the historical record.

L-R; John Wilcox, 10 years old; George R. Wilcox,
father, and Alice Wilcox at the bottom of the canal in

Notice the drop curtains rolled up for rainy days. By
the way, my aunt Louise applied for a teachers job in the
Canal Zone and was rejected. She entered college with
enough credits without completing high school, but she
didn't have a high school diploma!
Yes, Bas Obispo was near us then, between Las
Cascadas and Matachin where the Marine Camp was
(John's other sister, not pictured, was Ruth Wilcox,
who later married Clyde Walbridge. John Wilcox left
Panama many years ago, but the Walbridge family
remained. The sons, twins Mack (Florida) and Jack
(deceased) were well known swimmers with the Red,
White and Blue Troupe, and daughters Phydelis
(California) and Barbara (Colorado) are both members
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Ed.)
Submitted by Phydelis Walbridge Nethery
Santa Barbara, CA.





Class Reunion information will be
published from members only, and only
after approved by Reunion Coordinator.
Friday nights are now OPEN to Class
A charge will still be made for the
Panazonian Dance and Class Reunions
must still be approved by the Reunion
Coordinator for that date.


The Balboa Junior High School graduating class of
1943 will have its 50th anniversary celebration on June 11
at the Twin Towers Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The Jr.
High Class of '43 became the BHS class of '47 and then
the CZJC class of '49. Friends and relatives of any of
these years or classes are invited to participate.
We recommend you get your reservations in early if
you plan to attend the social hour and dinner, Friday,
June 11, 1993. Contact one of the two listed below. Cut-
off date for reservations is May 20. Dinner will consist of
Breast of Chicken Veronique, salad of fresh vegetables,
potatoes, rolls, chocolate cake, and coffee or tea at a cost
of $20.00, which includes gratuity and tax.
After dinner the Panama Canal Society will sponsor
a Panazonian Dance. If you plan to attend the dance you
must purchase your ticket from the Society (see Yellow
pages). This will be a great time to see old and new
friends and we would like to see you, so give us a call or
drop us a line.
If you are not a member of the Panama Canal
Society, we recommend that you join. For more
information on joining, call 813-391-4359 or write to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.

James J. O'Donnell
B. Jr. H.S. Coordinator
405 10th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL
(813) 894-2478

Aloha Baumbach
Honorary Chairperson
201 Lagoon Rd. S.E.
Winter Haven, FL


It is time to plan our 25th class reunion for 1994. If
you have addresses of any of our classmates, or if you are
interested in helping, or have ideas, please contact the
following address: Paula Kuyoth-Martin, P.O. Box 33426,
San Antonio, Texas, 78265. (210) 599-8742


The committee for the BHS '44 Class Reunion met
during the Poconos Reunion in September to update
their findings and to review their plans. The tentative
schedule is to hold their reunion in conjunction with the
1994 Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion during
June 1994 in Orlando. The committee will meet again at
the 1993 Orlando Reunion to once again review their
plans. All BHS '44 classmates are welcome to attend this
planning meeting and to provide their input.
Please note the "Where Are You?" column for the
listing of those classmates still not found. Your help
would be appreciated in locating these classmates. A very
great percentage of classmates have been found due to
your help. If you have any further information, please
contact one of the following:

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Aptdo 55-1986
Paitilla, Republic of Panama

Robert Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Friday, June 11 from 3-5 PM

I Please make reservations @ $20 each.

Make checks payable and mail to:
I Edna H. Musso Kathryn Taylor
1437 N. Pine Meadow Dr. 4909 Mt. Almagosa Dr.
IDeBary, FL 32713-2301 San Diego, CA 92111


iCity State Zip__

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Cristobal High School Class of 1943 will hold a 50th
Class Reunion on Friday, June 11, 1993 in the Duval/St.
John's Rooms of the Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando,
On September 26th, 1993 the Class will also be
taking a 7-day Panama Canal Itinerary Cruise.
For further information, please contact Muriel
Whitman, 5711 53rd. Avenue North, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33709-3622.


Reunion plans are firming up, dates are set, events
are planned..all we need is YOU! (And by YOU we
mean all our classmates, friends from other classes,
husbands, wives, sweethearts...all of us who love BHS)
There are even in-the-making-plans for a pre-reunion
reunion! Listen to this...
Isabella Zemer Lively is trying to put together a trip
to Panama in February 1993 to meet with classmates still
in Panama and, perhaps share an event with the BHS
graduating class of 1993. That class will be the Fiftieth
graduating class since we graduated and what could be
more appropriate. If interested in this trip, contact
Isabella at 8 Temelec Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476 or call
at (707) 938-0455.
Our schedule has been revised somewhat for our
"official" reunion, September 9, 10, 11, 12, 1993 at the
Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA. It is still flexible if you have
any wonderful ideas.
THURSDAY. September 9. 1993:
3:00 p.m. Registration in Hospitality Suite
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception in Suite
7:00 p.m. Class '43 dinner/program at Hotel
FRIDAY. September 10. 1993:
9:00 a.m. Depart Hotel for bus tour to
Ensenada, Mexico (proof of citizenship needed). We'll
travel south along Baja, CA coastline, past famous
Rosarita Beach to seaport town of Ensenada. After lunch
(included), there's shopping, sipping and sight-seeing.
Return to hotel by 6:00 p.m. Charter cost for 30 or more
is $45 per person or $50 per person if less than 30.
SATURDAY. September 11. 1993:
9:00 a.m. Bus tour to San Diego's Wild Animal
Park, returning to hotel at 4:00 p.m. (Lunch on your own
at the park). Charter cost for 30 or more, $35 per person
or $38 per person if less than 30. Includes admission and
shows at the Park.
9:00 a.m. Wine country bus tour returning to
hotel at 4:00 p.m. Charter cost for 30 or more is $27 per
person or $30 if less than 30.
Of course anyone can make individual
arrangements and visit San Diego Zoo, the Space
Museum, Sea World, Old Town (great shopping!)...or
take a relaxing Harbor Cruise.
6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. West Coast Reunion
Dinner Dance. Cost is $35 per person (anticipated).
SUNDAY. September 12, 1993:
10:30 a.m. West Coast Reunion Breakfast. Cost
is $13 per person, anticipated. All prices subject to
change after January 1, but are the best we have for now.

Editorial note: The Reunion Committee had a
wonderful time at the BHS'42 Reunion at the Bahia,
September 19. Thanks to Kathleen Boni Moffitt and her
committee for including us.
For more information and to say "OF COURSE I'M
COMING," please contact Ronald Wanke, Reunion '93
Chairman, 10513 Orange Drive, Whittier, CA, 90606.
(303) 699-9755.

Joan Kenney Hoyt, 432 Cedarhaven Way, Anaheim, CA
92807. (713) 637-1559.


This will be our 35th reunion year! It's hard to
believe. As we begin plans for this reunion, I need your
help again. Please send your address and the addresses
of all our classmates that you have to me. Wendy Cotton
Corrigan, Steffi Beck May, Spike Lawrence and I have
begun talking about next year. Nothing definite, just some
ideas but we are planning for it during the 1993 Panama
Canal Society reunion. We would be very happy to have
more classmates on the reunion committee. If you are
interested, let us know. Carol Flenniken Schwenke, 118
Barrington Drive, Brandon, FL 33511. (813) 685-7420.


Come and join our 30th Reunion and our 50th
birthday celebration. Plan to attend the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida, June 9 thru 14,
1993. If interested, contact:

Becky Martin Lynne (Wellington) Frauenheim
6101 Edsall Rd. 2016 Delpond Lane
U-712 Alexandria, VA 22304 Charlotte, NC 28226
(703) 620-3922 (704) 366-7487


Final plans are being made for our 30th. We hope to
see you there. Our dinner dance will be at the Holiday
Inn (across the street from the Twin Towers) Friday,
June 11. An information packet has already been sent
out. If you have not received it, please contact Lesley or
Peggy. We have been frantically gathering updates on
your whereabouts and below is a list of people who have
moved since our last update. If you know anyone on this
list, please forward the information to them.

Theodore Albritton
William Arey
Joanne Armstrong (Nitz)
Pam Bateman (Oeding)
Robert Boatwright
George Casira

Peggy (Flynn) Mattey
5 Ironstone Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
(716) 426-1696

Nina Cirone (Kimball)
Michael DeCamp
Rose Dimeo (Jackson)
Miki Garcia
Sandra Halliday
Betty Harms (Van Dyke)

Lesley (Hendricks)
48 Tunbridge Road
Haverford, PA 19041
(215) 896-6413

CHS 1973, 20th REUNION

The time is drawing near for our big 20. Please
forward your address and phone number, as well as other
class members to Brian DeRaps, P.O. Box 272764,
Tampa, FL 33688. (813) 989-2607.
We are getting a late start so please help us get the
ball rolling by sending addresses and phone numbers.


Our 30th Class Reunion is in the planning stage
for the 1993 Panama Canal Society Reunion. We need
your help in locating our former classmates. Anyone
interested in helping organize and plan for our reunion,
send your expression of interest, current address and
phone number. If anyone knows the addresses of other
classmates, please let me hear from you. For further
information, contact: Bev (Dockery) Vaughn, 3826
Briarcliff Dr., Douglasville, GA 30135.


Preliminary plans for our 10 year reunion are in the
works. The festivities are planned to be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
reunion. Please send us any names, addresses, and phone
numbers so that we may contact you. Anyone with the
knowledge of the whereabouts of other classmates who
left the Canal area before graduation, and early
graduates are also welcome to attend our reunion.
If you would like to help to plan the reunion or have
any ideas you may wish to share, please contact one of
the following:

CHS & BHS '68 25th REUNION

Plans are being formulated for a 1993 25th
CHS/BHS get-together. If you have addresses or know
of any CHS/BHS '68 classmates that should be
contacted, send their addresses to:

Renee (Ballou) Krimminger
5917 Cherrycrest Lane
Charlotte, NC 28217-4031
(704) 527-5745

Rae Donaldson
500 N. Roosevelt #112
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-2463


Our twentieth anniversary celebration is
tentatively being planned to coincide with the Pan Canal
Society Reunion in June, 1994. The reunion committee is
hoping that the BHS 1974 Class members and/or
relatives and friends will contact me at the address
below so that our files can be updated with current
information. We'd like to hear from ANYONE who
knows of a '74 graduate! If you can contact me soon, our
networking can help reach many people in time for
others to make plans to attend the reunion. Thanks, in
advance, for taking the time to help us out. Don't delay -
write today! More info will appear in future issues.
THANKS! Ann (Walker) Haynick, 2780 Sleepy Hollow
Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49002, (616) 323-2278.

Dawn Sutherland-Jones
6306 S. McDill Ave. #731
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 832-3076

Laurie Fennell
7421 Central Park Cir.
Tampa, FL 33637
(813) 988-0393

Rae Ann Thrift-Catlett
3420 Unity Tree Dr.
Edgewater, FL 32141
(904) 428-4624

Jackie Plunkett-Ospina
12414 Touchton Dr. #96
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
(813) 988-5074


Our reunion in May of this year takes us on a
roundtrip boat ride between Baltimore and St. Michaels,
Maryland. Please take note of the particulars below:
WHEN: Saturday, May 22, 1993
COST: $35 per person roundtrip (does not include
meal). Children's Fares with Paying Adult: 4 and under,
FREE; 12 and under (one for one), FREE.
50-foot catamaran, which seats 125; is
heated/airconditioned and carpeted); has a canopied top
deck, a handicapped access, and bathrooms.
PLANS: Depart Baltimore Constellation Dock (Pratt
Street Promenade, Inner Harbor) at 9:30 a.m. for 2-1/2
hour ride to St. Michaels; lunch at the Town Dock
Marina restaurant, stroll the quaint town of St. Michaels
and return to Baltimore by 6:30 p.m.
RESERVATIONS: Send payment in full and your
name, address and telephone number and persons
attending to: Shirley J. Erickson, 211 Pine Road, Mt.
Holly Springs, PA 17065. Telephone 717-486-5660.



Our 20th Reunion is going to be held in conjunction
with the 1993 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando
on June 9-12, 1993. If you have not received a newsletter
please contact me ASAP. Keep sending any addresses of
former classmates. Great plans have been made and we
look forward to seeing everyone! For more information
contact Valerie Krueger, 9804 Marlborough Drive,
Austin, TX 78753. (512) 873-7162.

The BHS-CHS Class Lists provide ready references
of your friends and fellow alumni. We would like to
include your name and current address in these lists. To
obtain a listing form, just send a self-addressed and
stamped envelope (SASE) to Conrad S. Horine, 5728
Barley Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
There is no charge to list your name. Copies of a
class list are available for $2.00. When requesting a list
please be specific as to the school, i.e., BHS or CHS, and
class year requested.


I am researching the Red, White and Blue Troupe
and would appreciate correspondence or phone calls
regarding locations of any collections of historical
material either private or public on the organization.
I was a member in the 1930s and 1940 in Gamboa
under Coach Henry Greiser.
I am particularly interested in doing an oral history
project of women members of the Troupe as the
women held many championships. Please contact:
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, 163 Nenue Street, Honolulu,
HI 96821. (Daughter of Eleanor Farrell McQueary)
(808) 373-4836.


May Luncheon/Meeting May 7, 1993
Social Hour 11:00 a.m. Buffet 12:00 Noon

WATERFRONT ROOM St. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida

Joe and Anna Collins will once again co-chair the
May Luncheon/Meeting at the new renovated Yacht
Club located in downtown St. Petersburg, bordering on
Beach Drive and 1st. Avenue. The club policy is NOT to
provide guest parking.
The buffet luncheon will include Breast of Chicken
with Lemon Peppercorn Sauce, Shrimp Salad, Rice Pilaf,
Vegetables, Assorted Salads, Relish Tray, Tossed Salad,
Rolls/Butter, Assorted Desserts and Coffee/Tea.
The cost for the Luncheon is $14.00 per person, tax
and gratuity included. We must have a minimum of 100
members attending.
Deadline for reservations or cancellations is MAY 4.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
May 7, 1993

Please make reservations at $14.00 per person.

Total enclosed:

Make checks out to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., and mail to Panama Canal Society, I
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.



City State Zip__

Deadline for Reservations/Cancellations is May 4
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PCSOFL MEMBERS...Do you want some of your
memories of life in the Canal Zone to be included in a
book that Hindi Diamond is writing, called:


She is looking for short reminisces about any
interesting, funny or sad, exciting or unusual experiences
you have had either at work, or from a personal angle,
that would interest readers who are learning about life in
the Canal Zone. Pictures are also welcome, and will be
returned. All departments and fields of endeavor would
interest her. Wives of Canal employees, she wants them
too to tell about what life was like, hardships, fun, family
life, work activities, any and all incidents, plus nostalgia
about the Canal and feelings now, as we draw closer to
the 1999 deadline when the Canal is being given over to
Panama. Direct quotes are particularly welcome. Just tell
it how you feel it.
If you are unsure what to include, just drop her a
note outlining several of your ideas that you want to write
about, and she promises a prompt reply.
Please write to Hindi Diamond, Box 1701, Coconut
Grove, FL 33133. Phone (305) 446-6604.

Saturday, June 12, 1993
3:00 5:00 p.m.

Please join us at the EXHIBIT HALL for the Canal
Zone and DODDS Reunion. Pay-as-you-go Bar.
Everyone is welcome you might see an old friend.
For more information, contact:

Mary DesLondes
(813) 787-6278

Marge Leavy
(813) 796-3308



MORNING, JUNE 12, 1993, FROM 9:00-11:30 IN THE
This will be a brief chance to visit, to find out what
has happened and is happening to our churches on the
If you have memorabilia of your days as a member
of a Union Church which you would like to share, contact
Eleanor Buehler or Kathy Egolf earlier that morning.
For further information contact Eleanor Buehler,
(813) 849-9109.


WHERE: The "Banana Belt" The warm
spot in Oregon,
Roseburg, Charleston Harbor/Coos Bay Area

A get-together is being planned in Roseburg,
Oregon for Zonians interested in forming a Canal
Zone settlement where land is still affordable,
water/fish/crab/clams abound, and cost of living is
cheap. What better than to be with those you can
We will send you a notice/flyer of the results,
and names of people interested, if you send us a
SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).
Please check below whether May or August
would be most convenient for you to attend the get-
together in Roseburg, Oregon, and respond by April
1235 Griffith Ave., Clovis, CA 93612. We will then
send you motels/prices, etc. in our next notice.





THANK YOU, everyone for the letters and reports
you're sending in for our history of the Union Church of
the Canal Zone. These are coming from all different
directions and include old-timers as well as new-timers.
We need everyone associated with any of the Union
Churches to write us your memories, recollections and
things you remember about people, dates and events.
Everything included in the published book will bear your
name. Please remember to send your letter of things
done and remembered to: Katherine Egolf, 3848 90th
Terrace North, Pinellas Park, FL 34666. (813) 577-6723.


What are your memories of Gamboa? Anyone who
has memories of Gamboa or pictures to share, especially
of Girl Scout Little House, Civic Center (1940's 1960's),
houses on the ridge (1940's 1960's), Gravel Alley,
Williamson (1936-50), houses in the Dust Bowl, Boy
Scout meeting site, Halloween in the gym, the bowling
alley, beauty shop, barber shop, shoe repair, library, etc.,
please contact Donna Gillis, PSC #2, Box 926, APO AA


The 1993 Poconos Reunion will be held from Friday
noon to Sunday noon, September 10-12, 1993 at the Hill
Motor Lodge (Best Western), located at Exit 45 on 1-80
in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Reservations by phone at
(717) 629-1667. The rate for the weekend is $68 per
person (double occupancy) for two nights lodging and
two dinners (Friday and Saturday) at the Train Coach
Restaurant. A great time is guaranteed! Golf is available.
A wonderful time and place for those holding MINI-
If additional information is needed call Billy
Michaelsen: Between January and April: (904) 683-0826.
After April: (914) 271-3097.


You are invited to join the Isthmian Collectors Club, for
an interesting Journal on just about everything having to
do with the Canal Zone. Little known bits of Isthmian
history; meetings of aficionados; picture post cards;
books; stamps; medals; tokens and coins; memorabilia;
and values thereof. A fascinating history of the Canal
Zone, beginning to end, can be found in the story of its
stamps. Did you know that Christie recently auctioned off
just one Canal Zone lot for $35,000? Those old envelopes
of yours are worth something! If you want to get a stamp
for the 100th birthday of the Panama Canal...
Don't Let Them Forget Us!
Write to Bob Karrer, Isthmian Collectors Club, Box
6094, Alexandria, VA 22306. $7.00/year. Write to Bob for
a free copy of the ICC Journal.


Are you from the "auld" country, where the
countryside is greener than anywhere you know? The
second question is, are you a Farrell or related to one?
Then, I would like to hear from you if you are interested
in attending the 1st Farrell Clan Rally to be held in
County Longford, Ireland. Please contact me at the
following address for additional information: Debra
Boyle Farrell, 67 Grove Street #33, Arlington, MA
02174, (617) 643-8531.

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PHONE: 619-488-0551


NAME ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion





This is a special rate for our reunion. After August 9, rooms subject to availability.
* * * * * * *
THEME: DO YOU REMEMBER? Bring your favorite memorabilia to share
* * * * * * *
Deadline for "reduced rate" reservations is September 1, 1993. Mail checks and reservations for meals to: WEST COAST
REUNION, c/o Conrad Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA. 91902. Make checks payable to "REUNION

NAME AND ADDRFSS OF EACH PERSON Dinner/Dance $5S 00 ner nprsnn

After Sept. 1 @ $40.00 per pers. $

Table of 10 purchased by one
person before Sept. 1 gets a
discount rate of $315.00 (List $

Telephone:_( ____

FRIDAY, September 10

SATURDAY, September 11

Breakfast: $13.00 per person $


11:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M. Registration and Open Bar. (Hospitality Suite)
(bring your favorite)
8:30 A.M. Golf Tournament $30.00

9:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. Registration and Open Bar (Bring your own)

6:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. No Host Bar and Dinner Ballroom.

8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M. Dancing to the music of Tito Mouynes. No Host Bar,Raffle,

SUNDAY, September 12 10:00 A.M. Registration Ballroom.

10:30 A.M. Breakfast is served, followed at approx. 11:30 by program, film or
talk. Lottery. Music by Tito Mouynes.
* * * * * * *
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE 'COMMITTEE'; Kathy and Jack Taylor, 619-277-5000; Ken and
Celine Stone, 818-361-1964; Conrad and Norma Horine, 619-472-6693; David Hollowell, 619-424-5704; Tom and Marian
Rice, 213-662-0547; Bob and Linda Morris, 619-272-9729; Bill and Nana Roberts, 619-440-3071.



(EFF. JUNE '93)

CENTER OF THE WORLD T-Shirts on sale now: This
three color printed T-shirt shows the Western
Hemisphere on the back with the logo "Center of the
World" showing Panama as the center. The front sports
a pocket that says, "Canal Zone, Panama." Please send
$12 for each T-shirt and indicate what sizes you want. M,
L, and XL are available. Postage paid. Include mailing
address and phone number. J. Newlon, 900 West Ave.
#723, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

En Inglals y Espaiol
with an
Introduction and Graphics Added

Signed by Grigore THE

Venice, FL 34285


FOR SALE: Quartermaster desks and chairs in excellent
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"The Union Church of the Canal Zone exemplified the best and finest of everything in the Zone. The history of the
Union Church is the history of the Canal Zone. What we knew of victory and achievement and quality of life in the Canal
Zone was felt intimately in the fellowship of our churches. We hurt, laughed, celebrated, mourned, loved and succeeded
as a close and caring Community."
The above quote is from a new book written and edited by Clarence McConkey titled:
This book, prepared under the direction of an Editorial Committee of former Union Church members, records history
of the Balboa, Gatun, Cocoli, Pedro Miguel, Margarita, Cristobal and Gamboa Union churches. It includes personal
accounts from former members and friends (Bennett, Boersma, Boone, Boughner, Caldwell, Chan, Clarke, Conway,
Cullen, Davis, Dombrowsky, Dunning, Egolf, French, Gabrielson, Green, Hughes, Iglesias, Jacobs, Kane, Karrer, Father
John Kennedy, Kirkland, Kosick, Kurtz, Laird, Latimer, Leavy, Maedl, Malin, Mann, McKown, Meeker, Merrick,
Morrison, Parfitt, Peters, Pfau, Rhyne, Rowley, Sanders, Seeber, Shaw, Smiley, Toth, Townsend, Webster, Wells, Widell,
Wilson and many, many more). The book will be published in the next few months. Deadline for ordering the book is
May 1. No books can be ordered after that date. To reserve your copies send $23.36 plus sales tax as applicable plus $2.50
postage per copy to:
Katherine E. Egolf
P.O. Box 61713
St. Petersburg, FL 33784-1713

Non Florida residents (No sales tax): $25.86 ($23.36 + 2.50)
Florida residents in nonsurtaxed counties (6% sales tax): $27.26 ($23.36 + 1.40 + 2.50)
Florida residents in surtaxed counties (sales tax more than 6%): $27.50 ($23.36 + 1.64 + 2.50)

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(Tours subject to cancellation due to group size or availability)

BELOW (please indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices):
() A casual Introduction to Europe (September 1993).
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REALTOR 1519-C Killearn Center Blvd.
Work: (904) 893-2525 Tallahassee, FL 32308
Home: (904) 668-4121

Dear Panama Canal Society Members,

As the American presence in Panama comes to a close, you may be thinking about where to
put down permanent roots. Let me suggest Tallahassee, Florida.

My husband, Michael, and I became enchanted with Tallahassee about six years ago, while
attending school at Florida State University. When we left Panama in 1988, we headed for
Tallahassee and have been extremely pleased with our decision. Michael continues to teach history
(this time at TCC rather than PCC), and I have found my niche in real estate, helping people to
find "just the right house at just the right price!"

What is it about Tallahassee that we found so appealing? Check out my advertisement in the
December issue of the Canal Record. I would be happy to send you a newcomer's package with
additional information. And should you decide to visit Tallahassee, I'd be glad to give you a tour
of the area. But I warn you, it's like drinking from the Chagres River--once you do it, you never
want to leave!

There must be at least one hundred families who once called Panama home now living in
Tallahassee. Chief John Schmidt Jr. (Doug's brother), is one such person. I helped John find the
home of his dreams, and am including part of his letter of thanks, as a testimonial from a fellow
Panama Canal Society member:

".. how lucky I am to have found you to find for me just a very special home... .Just wanted
you to know, Sharon, how much I do appreciate what you helped to make happen. Everything you
did was just great, and your professional approach to home buying is a credit to ARMOR
REALTY, and of course to you. I thank you so much."

Let me find the home of YOUR dreams, here in Tallahassee. I'd love to call you neighbor!
With warmest regards,

Sharon Smith




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Hand stitched mola ornaments have either traditional Christmas designs (Santas, stockings, bells, etc.) or
natural designs (toucans, cats, butterflies, parrots, etc.) Indicate on order form which design (traditional or
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Mola pillowcases (about 13" x 14") have a mola panel on the front side, a plain piece of material for the back of
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GUARANTEE You may return your order within 30 days of receipt
for a complete refund if it doesn't meet your expectations.



Merchandise Total
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