Canal record


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


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

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
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VOL. ~9 Mi~RCH 1995 NO.1

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VOL. 29

MiRCH 1995

NO. 1

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Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.

FOR 1994-95

Mrs. Marjorie Foster

Mr. Robert Johnson
1st Vice President

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
2nd Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Margot Jordan

Mrs.Nancy Van Siclen

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Past President

Mrs. Betty Snow
Legislative Representative

James Slover

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

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

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

President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 2
Legislative Representative ..................................... 3
Notice to Members Membership Graphs ......................... 5
Amendments to the By-Laws .................................. 8
Slate of Officers 1995-1996 .................................... 14
1995 Reunion News ......................................... 19
Announcem ents ............................................ 24
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .................. ... 26
"Where Are You?" .......................................... 29
R etirem ents ............................................... 30
N ews Clips ............................................... 30
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 32
Alabama ................. 32 M ississippi .............. 45

Arizona .................
Arkansas ................
California ................
Colorado ................
Florida ..................
Georgia .................
H awaii ..................
Louisiana ................
Congratulations ...............
W eddings ....................
With Deep Sorrow .............
Letters to the Editor ............
Looking Back .................
Class Reunion Announcements ....
For Sale or Wanted ............

New England
North Carolina
Northwest ....
Oklahoma ....
Panama .....
South Carolina
Texas .......
Virginia .....


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FRONT COVER: Another view of the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort and
Convention Center, and outlying area, showing part of the golf course, pools, etc.
BACK COVER: Ship being lowered down to sea level at Miraflores Locks.
Painting by well-known Canal Zone artist Al Sprague, now of Grafton, Virginia.

March 3

March 5

March 25

April 7

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May 6

June 2

June 18

JULY 5-9

PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered Dish.
PCSSC Annual Business Lunch, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd., Laguna
Hills, CA. 10:30-2:30. Info: Edith Wimmer (818) 349-6903.
Arizona Society Meeting, Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Chandler,
Arizona. For info: call Anne Parks, (602) 931-1081.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:30 p.m. Light Refreshments.
Restaurant, The Pier, St. Petersburg, FL. 11:00 a.m. (See
Oklahoma Chapter Picnic. Oklahoma City area. Call Scott Burns
for details (918) 581-7471.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:30 p.m. Light Refreshments.
Arkansas Annual Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville. Bring covered
dish and eating utensils. Drinks provided.
PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's MarriottWorld Center,

(See Yellow Pages).
August 5 Northwest Reunion, Ridgefield, WA. Info: Murray or Candy Falk,
(206) 263-2982, or Henry Cruz (206) 774-8947.
August 6 PCSSC Summer Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills,
CA. 10:30-2:30. Call Edith Wimmer for details (818)349-6903.
September 22-24PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA. (See
December 3 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills,
CA. 10:30-2:30. For info, call Edith Wimmer (818) 349-6903.

zoNe, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. E S

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
C "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" a
1 / 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December ty
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, $11.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year.
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
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 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 34642-4712
(813) 391-4359
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


SIPZicL~nk I


It's hard to believe that I only have four months
remaining as President. I have been most fortunate to
have an excellent Executive Board and good people
working with me and for me. My thanks go to Nancy Van
Siclen and Dorothy Herrington for an outstanding
Christmas Luncheon attended by 150 members and
guests at the lovely Wine Cellar.
As I write this, the Carnavalito has not yet been
held but is shaping up to be a festive and well-attended
Fiesta under the capable leadership of Jane Huldtquist.
We are all looking forward to Charlie Cooper's music
and the Burial of the Fish. It sure brings back memories
of our Carnival days in Panama.
Because of the Russian Exhibit in downtown St.
Petersburg, it has been necessary to find another location
for our May luncheon other than the Yacht Club. Betty
Boyer is going to chair this event with Anna and Joe
Collins as honorary chairpersons. Anna has been a
faithful Society volunteer, handling the May luncheon
along with Joe for many years. She is Sunshine
Chairperson and helps out wherever needed. Now, Anna
has priorities at home, she is taking good care of Joe
since his recent stay in the hospital. Our thoughts are
with them both.
Robert Johnson, as Reunion Coordinator, has his
work cut out for him and he says he couldn't handle it if
it weren't for his wife, Carolyn. They are both hard at
work keeping on top of all the reservations, arrangements
for class reunions, etc., that make our reunions so

successful. Reservations are coming in at a fast pace so
if you haven't reserved your room, do so now.
I am really excited about the plans for our annual
luncheon with Bruce Quinn entertaining us with
memories of past United Fund/United Way Productions.
As you will note elsewhere in this issue, a couple of our
very talented members have accepted his invitation to
perform for us; this is a totally new concept for our
annual luncheon and I hope that our members will
support us in this endeavor. We need our members to
participate in both the luncheon and the dances if we are
to continue holding annual reunions.
For many years our dances were the only functions
that helped pay for our reunion, but with rising costs it
has been necessary to charge a registration fee to cover
administrative costs. Our luncheon is a break-even affair,
and the dances must pay for all the other expenses, such
as the musicians, instruments, transportation and rooms
for them. Would you believe, that one of our members
actually told us that she always thought that our
musicians performed FREE, DON'T WE WISH.
Surprisingly so, we have a few members who attend
the reunion but refuse to pay the registration fee because
they don't attend the luncheon or the dances. Is this
really fair considering that they are enjoying the fruits of
our labor?
Fortunately, our Past Presidents, Board members
and loyal volunteers still share the bulk of the work and
for that we are grateful. If you run into any of them at

the reunion, how about letting them know you appreciate
their efforts.
Speaking of expenses, it is with a heavy heart that my
message to the members at this time is one bordering on
the serious side. Elsewhere in this issue you will find
graphs depicting our membership and financial status.
Both are declining at a rate that has prompted the
Budget and Audit Committee and the Office Study
Committee to recommend that the Executive Board take
steps to stop this decline as soon as possible. It was a
very difficult decision for the Executive Board to consider
dropping one issue of the Canal Record and publish the
Annual Directory biennially with a supplement of address
changes, either in each issue of the Canal Record or in
the year that the Directory is not published. The Canal
Record is costing us over $50,000 a year ($10,000 per
issue) and this does not include the Editor's and
Assistant's salary or other incidentals. In order to curtail
these losses, it is necessary to amend certain Articles of
the Bylaws, giving us the flexibility to stabilize our
financial situation, and also permit us to restore the
discontinued issue of the Canal Record without further
amendments should conditions improve. Please read
these amendments and show your support by voting on
them. The other alternative was to raise the dues and
since we recently did this, we tried to avoid this
Our move to an office has definitely increased our
expenses and we must take steps now to guarantee
continuance of our Society for our children and
grandchildren. Ballots for officers are in this issue -
support your Society and vote!

Marje Foster



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I hope everyone had a great holiday season I did.
It was great visiting my daughter and grandchildren.
Before I toss out a few reminders, let me clarify that
all policies and procedures are set by the Executive
Board; all dues, and anything that has to do with dues;
i.e., are voted on by the membership. I do not make
decisions in any of these matters.
Pat and I thank you for the Christmas cards, and the
good wishes and your expressions of gratitude for our
Now to the nitty-gritty.
The Society does not send out confirmations for
tickets for any function unless you specifically ask for
one. If you want to be sure we received your reservation,
call me at 813-391-4359.

Remember that dues notices are printed in the June
and September Canal Records.
Anyone joining the Society before the reunion is
given credit for the current dues year, i.e. 1995 unless
they request that they be given credit for the following
year. Anyone joining after the reunion is given credit for
the following year.
Now that the reunion reservations are coming in, we
are finding that some members do not realize that they
must register and pay $5.00 to attend the reunion this
helps to defray the cost of name badges, etc. You must
register in order to reserve a hotel room at the Society's
Please remember to send in your Zip + 4 so we can
mail to you at a cheaper rate and don't forget to provide
any changes, including addresses and changes in names.
The correct address for Irene Bissell is P.O. Box 647,
Silver Springs, FL 34489-0647. Irene is having difficulty
receiving mail.
As always, I look forward to working for you another
year. Till next time.

Barbara Green

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Is time flying by? Christmas came and went before
I knew it. Hope you all had a Happy Holiday Season. I
think we all deserved it. Went to California for a real
quick visit with son Bob, who just returned from the
Honolulu Marathon. Those supporting the Leukemia
Society walked the 26.2 miles the rest ran. Out of
25,762 who ran and walked, Bob finished 17,976th which
meant there were still 7,786 others behind him. Not too
shabby. I would have finished last.
Lots to vote on in this issue nominations for
officers for the 1995-1996 term. Please vote -they're your
officers who will be conducting Society business for you
for the coming year. Next is the strong effort to use our
finances more effectively due to the gradual loss of
members and revenue. Your vote is important and it only
costs you a 323 stamp. Your Society is counting on you
to respond and exercise your right to vote.
We extend our welcome to our new reporter from
Arizona, Mrs. Anne Parks of Glendale, Arizona. I've
known Anne for a long time and know she will do a great
job in passing on the news from that area. I was shocked
to learn that Alice Roche, our former reporter from
North Carolina had passed away. She was a dear lady
and I will miss her. Eva Anderson is another new
reporter for Panama, mostly the Pacific area. She's doing
a fine job and we look forward to hearing more from her.

I grant you that it's easier to get news from people in the
former Canal Zone than it is in California or Texas, but
she writes well and tries to keep the wheat separated
from the chaff, which is becoming more and more
important. Stew Brown, reporter from Colorado has
issued an ultimatum in his column. Yes, Stew, everyone
wants to read and few want to write same old story. I
thought Alexander Graham Bell fixed that.
Our 1995 Reunion looks to be in pretty good shape
so far. Bob Johnson, the Reunion Coordinator is doing
a great job and the new hotel and all its features is doing
the rest. It's a time consuming job and lots of details
have to be addressed, some big, some small. It looks as
if we can expect a great crowd this year and our only
trouble will be to try and find your friends in that huge
palace. I think I'll canvas all the restaurants for starters!
Those of us who have been there and who are part of the
volunteer help for the reunion are amazed at all the
things they offer and are looking forward to July 5th
when the reunion starts.
We must congratulate our assistant to the Editor,
Carol Masino, who just "up an' got married" right after
Christmas to Dennis McCarthy (a non-Zonian).
Notwithstanding her new status, she still comes to work
and is of great help to me doing lots of the typing for
those deadline news items that come as an avalanche at
that time.

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record



Disabled military veterans
will receive a 2.8% increase in their
compensation payments effective
December 1, 1994, the Department
of Veterans Affairs announced.


A special commission is
considering options for significant reductions in federal
retirement benefits as well as other programs from which
current and future retirees benefit.
These options include:
1. Raising the retirement age and basing annuities on
more than the current "high-three" years of salary.
Option 1 base annuities on highest four salary years
effective in the year 2000, while gradually raising CSRS
minimum retirement age to 57 for those currently under
age 45, matching the FERS eligibility formula.
Option 2 Base annuities on the high five salary
years also effective in year 2000, while raising retirement
age under both systems to age 62, beginning in 2000 and
phased in over 20 years by raising the age by four months
each year.
2. Reducing the government share of health insurance
premiums for federal employees with fewer than 20 years
service. Annuitants with only five years of service would

get only 25 percent of government share with an
additional 5 percent provided for each additional year of
service up to 20 years. This would apply to retirees with
less than 20 years of service at year 2000.
3. Raise various ways to raise basic Social Security
retirement age.
4. Other schemes used to calculate COLA, various caps
or income tests for getting COLA under Social Security.


These new regulations permit most federal
employees to use up to 13 days of sick leave each year to
care for family members. "Family" includes persons
whose relationship to the employee is equivalent to a
family member. A recently enacted law permits
employees to use sick leave to engage in any activity
related to the adoption of a child. A retroactive clause
allowing people who return to government service after
separation of more than three years may have previously
earned sick leave re-credited to them.
"Family member" is defined as an employees spouse,
children, in-law parents, parents and anyone related by
blood or affinity whose relationship to the employee is
equivalent of a family relationship. There is a dispute
over whether this applies to homosexual partners. Law
PL103-388, Sick Leave Usage, does allow expectant
federal employee fathers to use sick leave for a childbirth
period. Unfortunately, Postal Workers are excluded from
using sick leave to care for family members.


A divorce decree that gives part of a federal annuity
to a former spouse while the annuitant is still alive
doesn't guarantee continued payment after the annuitant
dies. This annuity payment would continue to the ex-
spouse only if the retiree had chosen to provide the ex-
spouse with survivors benefits or any other benefits at his


This bill makes federal annuities subject to
garnishment under court order as compensation for child
abuse. Child support and alimony are already


This payment is not considered "basic pay"; therefore,
an employee cannot count that money figuring their high
three average years of salary, thus increasing their
annuities above the amount normally due.


The House Civil Service Subcommittee has approved
H.R. 4719 which would require a mandatory interagency
placement program for employees affected by reduction-


President Clinton has signed into law S-2182, a bill
that, among other things, extends until September 30,

1999 the authority of the Defense Department to buy-
out separation incentives of up to $25,000 to employees.


PL 103-409, a bill signed by the President, creates a
"living benefit" feature in the Federal Employees Life
Insurance program. Employees who are diagnosed as
terminally ill and with a life expectancy of nine months or
less would receive a payment while still living. The
purpose is to help with costs of nursing home, home
health care and other expenses that are common to
terminally ill people.
The payment, a lump sum, could be the amount of
the individual's choice, up to the individual's basic FEGLI
benefit. An additional option insurance that the enrollee
would be paid upon death.
The Office of Personnel Management would have to
issue rules regarding applications for such benefits,
including requirements for medical certifications
regarding the enrollee's health.


We need to support a bill referred to as "Off Budget"
which will be introduced in the 104th Congress that will
remove our Social Security annuities from Congressional
annual consideration of the government's general budget.
We also need to support keeping FEHBP as it is, and
protect our health benefits choices. We need to support
COLAS for all Federal Retirement Programs computed
on a regular annual basis and this should be applied
equally to all annuitants regardless of age. We oppose
any legislation which applies a means-test and we oppose
all across-the-board reductions. We should seek repeal of
the Government Pension Offset. We should request
legislation to repeal the windfall reduction formula.


Within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress they
will introduce several bills which may affect our welfare.
The Fiscal Responsibility Act: A balanced budget tax
limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto.
The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Will raise the Social
Security earnings limit, which currently forces seniors out
of their work force. Repeal the 1993 tax hikes on Social
Security benefits and provide tax incentives for private
long term care insurance to let older Americans keep
more of what they have earned over the years. The
Balanced Budget Amendment: This is the one change
that may affect all seniors. Health Care Reform:
Whatever health care reform plan is eventually presented
to the new Republican Congress will be vastly narrower
in scope that the original Hillary Rodham Clinton plan
and much more incremental in its approach.


The medical profession is upset over the fact that
Medicare is such a tempting target for budget-cutters.
Last year every medical reform bill called for tens of
billions of dollars in savings each year from the
government insurance program. President Clinton wanted
to add new benefits for the elderly while squeezing
Medicare to help bring down the deficit. This coming

year the new Republican Congress will be looking to
Medicare anew to help reduce the deficit. Whether it's
for health reform or deficit reduction, the result in either
case would be a misfortune for Medicare as we know it.
Why don't you call the White House at 202-234-0503 and
leave a brief comment on their recorder. Express your
opinion! Let your voice be heard!

James J. O'Donnell and Betty C. Snow
2nd Vice President and Legislative Representative



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The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father, or mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass;
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you a straight-shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the man you have to please, never mind the rest
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.

Author unknown.



Over the past several years our membership has
declined due to the loss of so many of our elderly
members. In order for the Society to survive we must
start reaching out to those people ages 18-50 who now
make up the biggest part of our Society. Without them,
our decline is eminent and our Society will no longer
be in existence to pass on our Panama heritage.
It is sad to think that with rising prices and
dropping membership none of us will have a Society
five years down the road. We implore you to reach out
to your friends and families and get them involved.
The Society's membership only costs $20.00 a year and
if every member's son and daughter over 18 would join,
our survival would be inevitable.
The Society is already planning the 1995 and 1996
Reunions and is spending a lot of time considering the
needs of our younger members. We think the Marriott
will serve them nicely with the additional activities it
extends. Each year we offer two dances at the Reunion
and it is from these dances that we make our money to
pay our expenses. When our children and friends attend
the Reunion and enjoy the benefits, but refuse to pay
the Registration Fee, and don't attend the dances, we
all suffer.
Please reach out to those you know and emphasize
that without their active participation in the Society as
members, we cannot survive much longer. It is their
contributions in the future that will make our Society
stronger and keep it's existence intact.
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Date : January 10, 1995
To : Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From : By-Laws Committee, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject : Proposed Amendment to the Society's By-Laws relating to Foreign Country Mailing Fee.

The By-Laws Committee recommends the Proposed Amendment to the By-Laws would maintain continuity in the
Society By-Laws and recommends adoption of this amendment.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Peterson George Tochterman Mary Orr
Chairperson Member Member

January 10, 1995
From : Thomas Peterson, Chairperson, By-Laws Committee
To : Mrs. Marjorie J. Foster, President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject : Proposed Amendment to the Society By-Laws, Article III Membership and Dues, Section 5 Dues and
Fees of the Society, Paragraph F Foreign Country Mailing Fee

1. In reviewing the By-Laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., it is my finding that Article III, Section 5,
Paragraph F of the existing By-Laws be amended.
Dues paying members of the Panama Canal Society are eligible to attend the Annual Reunion, the Business
Meetings of the Society, vote on all proposals, and receive the Canal Record and Directory as stipulated in the Masthead
which appears on page 1 of each issue of each Canal Record and Directory. The membership should not be charged any
additional fees for those privileges unless they elect to pay additional postage fee for foreign mailing. On that basis, I
recommend that Article III, Section 5, Paragraph F be amended as follows:


F. A Foreign Country Mailing Fee, to cover the additional postage cost of mailing the Canal Record and
Annual Directory, shall be applied to members residing in foreign countries served by the United States
Postal Service's International Postage Rates.
1. This Mailing Fee must be remitted at the time of dues payment and only applies to those persons
having the Society's publications mailed to a foreign country address.
2. The Executive Board shall establish the Foreign Country Mailing Fees and shall make adjustments
in the fees, if necessary, when the United States Postal Service revises its established International
Postal Rates.
a. Two Fees shall be established; one Fee to cover the average cost of postage to foreign
countries in the Western Hemisphere; and one Fee to cover the average cost of postage
to all other foreign countries.

F. A Foreign Country Mailing Fee, to cover the additional postage cost of mailing the Canal Record, shall
be established so that members residing in countries outside the Continental United States, served by the
United States Postal Service's International Postal Rates who desire to receive their copies by First Class
postage may submit the additional postage as established in Section 5, Para. F (2)a. Those members not
desiring to pay the additional postage will continue to receive the Canal Records by Second Class mail. The
Directory is mailed First Class at no extra cost to those members residing in foreign countries in accordance
with U.S. Postal Regulations.
1. This mailing fee must be remitted at the time of dues payment and only applies to those persons
having the Society's publications mailed to a foreign address.
2. The Executive Board shall establish the Foreign Country Mailing Fee and shall make adjustments
in the fees, if necessary, when the United States Postal Service revises its established International
Postal Rates.
a. Two Fees shall be established; one Fee to cover the average cost of postage to foreign
countries in the Western Hemisphere; and one Fee to cover the average cost of postage
to all other foreign countries.

It is requested that this Proposed Amendment to the Society's By-Laws be published in the March 1995 issue of the Canal
Record and voted on in accordance with Article XV Amendments to the Society's By-Laws.

Thomas Peterson George Tochterman Mary Orr
Chairperson, By-Laws Committee Member Member

Date : January 10, 1995
To : Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From : By-Laws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject : Proposed Amendments to the Society's By-Laws relating to improving the financial status and operation
of the Society.

In order to accomplish the various recommendations presented to the Executive Board by the Budget and Audit
Committee and the Office Study Committee to provide more flexibility in order to improve the financial condition of the
Society, the Executive Board has requested the By-Laws Committee to present the necessary amendments for adoption
by the membership as follows:
Article III, Membership and Dues, Sec. 3 A (2) Classes of Membership
Article IV, Officers, Sec. 4 (B) Election of Officers.
Article V, Nominations, Sec. 2 (D) Nominating Procedures.
Article VII, Publications, Sec. 1 (B) Canal Record.
Article VIII, Meetings, Sec. 1 (A and B) Regular Meetings.
Article XII, Quorums, Sec. 1 (B) Quorum for meetings of the Society shall be:

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Peterson George Tochterman Mary Orr
Chairperson Member Member

January 10, 1995
From : Thomas Peterson, Chairperson, By-Laws Committee
To : Mrs. Marjorie J. Foster, President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject : Proposed Amendments to the Society's By-Laws, Articles IV, V, VII, VIII, XII.


A. Active:
1. Age 18 or over.
2. Both husband and wife who reside in the same residence (both shall be issued a membership card).
3. (No change)
A. Active;
1. (No change)
2. Both husband and wife who reside in the same residence.
3. (No change)


A. Elected officers shall be elected through "Mail-in" ballots by a majority of votes of the "mail-in" ballots.
B. Ballots:
1. Shall provide space for write-in nominations.
2. Shall be provided in the March issue of the Canal Record.

A. (No change)
B. Ballots:
1. (No change)
2. Shall be provided in an issue of the Canal Record.

A. (No change)
B. (No change)
C. (No change)
D. The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed slate of officers during the regularly scheduled
meeting in January if there is a quorum, otherwise, at the first business meeting of the calendar year
in which a quorum is present.
A. (No change)
B. (No change)
C. (No change)
D. The Nominating Committee shall present its proposed slate of officers during the first regularly
scheduled meeting of each calendar year if there is a quorum. Otherwise, at the first business
meeting of the calendar year in which a quorum is present.
1. (No change)
2. (No change)
3. (No change)

A. (No change)
B. Issues shall be published four (4) times a year during the months established by the Executive Board.
C. An Annual Directory shall be published and distributed.
D. through J. (No change)
A. (No change)
B. Issues shall be published during months established by the Executive Board.
C. A Directory issue shall be published and distributed biennially.
D. through J. (No change)

A. Shall be held monthly on the date, hour and location established by the Executive Board.
B. Notice of meetings shall be published in the quarterly issues of the Canal Record.
A. Shall be held on the date, hour and location established by the Executive Board.
B. Notice of the meetings shall be published in the Canal Record.

A. Executive Board:
1. Seven officers, five of whom must have voting privileges.
B. Regular Meeting and Special Meetings:
1. One (1) percent (rounded out to the next lowest whole number) of the membership indicated
by the total count of mail-out labels for the previous December's issue of the Canal Record.

A. Executive Board:
1. (No change)
B. Regular Meeting and Special Meetings:
1. One (1) percent (rounded to the next lowest whole number) of the membership indicated
by the total count of member mail-out labels for the last issue of the Canal Record in the
preceding calendar year.
C. (No change)

1. Delete the word Annual that appears before the word "Directory" wherever it appears in the By-

1. Delete the words quarterly in reference to the Canal Record wherever it appears in the By-Laws.

It is requested that these Proposed Amendments to the Society's By-Laws be published in the March 1995 issue
of the Canal Record and voted on in accordance with Article XV Amendments to the Society's By-Laws.

Thomas Peterson George Tochterman Mary Orr
Chairman, By-Laws Committee Member Member

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The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mrs. Jane Huldtquist,
Chairperson, Mrs. Betty Snow, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, Mr. Thomas Peterson, and Mr. Peter Foster submitted the following
Slate of Officers for 1995-19% at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 6, 1995 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
St. Petersburg, Florida:

President Mr. Robert Johnson
1st Vice President Mr. James O'Donnell
2nd Vice President Mrs. Margot Jordan
Director Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Director Mr. Thomas Peterson

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby was nominated from the floor for 2nd Vice President, and he accepted the nomination.

Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, and vote for two (2) Directors as indicated on the ballot, placing an
"X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. One 'write-in" nomination for each office is permitted per ballot
providing the "write-in" nominee gives his/her consent in writing and this consent is received by the Nominating
Committee at least 10 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Refer to By-Laws, Article V, Section 2 (D:2). Each
active member/member and spouse shall submit one (1) ballot (only one ballot per member household). Vote for your
selection of officers indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE. Fold ballot to inside of ballot envelope
and fold envelope over your ballot with the Chairman, Nominations Committee address on the outside, and close with
tape or staples. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name and address in the upper left-hand corner. Affix
a 32Z stamp and mail before JUNE 15, 1995. Ballot envelopes will only be opened at the Annual Business Meeting in

Slate of Officers for 1995-1996

Robert "Bob" Johnson

SRobert "Bob" Johnson was raised on the Atlantic side and graduated from CHS
1.',, in 1943. A World War II veteran, he completed his apprenticeship in 1947 and became
'i active in community and fraternal activities. He has held the offices of President of the
;-: Gatun Civic Council, President of the Margarita Recreational Association, Vice President
of Brazos Brook Golf Club, Commander of the V.F.W., Grand Knight of the Knights of
S 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
6D -service. Since retirement, Bob has served as President of NA.R.F.E. in Kissimmee, FL.
SHe was 2nd Vice President of the Panama Canal Society in 1989-90, and in charge of
Transportation and Security at the 1990 Annual Reunion. He was Legislative
Representative in 1991-92, Director for 1992-93; 2nd Vice President for 1993-94; and is
currently 1st. Vice President and the 1995 Reunion Coordinator.

James J. O'Donnell

James J. O'Donnell, during his career while in the Panama Canal Zone has been
Selected the president of the Coco Solo, Margarita, Balboa, Diablo and Los Rios Civic
SCouncils. He has been very active in the Canal Zone Labor movement, and has also been
a registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. in support of the Central Labor Union and Metal
Trades Council in the Canal Zone. He has been elected president of the American
Federation of Government Employees, Local 14, and has made several contributions
towards labor protection during the 1979 Panama-Canal Zone treaty negotiations. I was
i"T appointed the Legislative Representative during the 1993-1994 term for the Panama Canal
Society of Florida; and am currently the 2nd. Vice President for the 1994-1995 term. Jim
is married to Gemma (Wright) and they have four children.

Margot (Smith) Jordan

I moved to Panama in 1963 and made it my home until 1991 when my husband
Hubert retired and I left the U.S. Government after working fifteen years. Hubie and I
served as Co-Chairpersons for the Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament last year for the
first time and plan to do so again in July 1995. I have also been serving as a Director on
the Executive Board for the 1993-1995 term, and have found it most challenging. It has
been a pleasure to do my part in serving the Society and if elected as Second Vice
President I hope to serve my constituents in a manner that will make them proud to have
cast their vote for me. I will give 100 percent to fulfilling the duties assigned to me.

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 in 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 ofAquatech 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 during 1990-1991, 1st Vice
President during 1991-1992, Sergeant-at-Arms in 1992-1993, and Director for the 1993-
1995 term. I was Chairman of "The Friends of Panama" which was very successful. I have
served on several internal committees with pleasure and pride. If elected again for 2nd Vice
President, I will happily serve the Panama Canal Society to the best of my ability.

Nancy Van Siclen

I was born and raised in New York. Fifteen years ago Bob and I were married and
after his retirement in 1986 we moved to Seminole, Florida. We started attending the
monthly meetings and activities of the Society and in 1989 I was asked to serve as
Chairperson of Registration for the 1990 Reunion in Orlando. After that reunion I was
appointed Assistant to Marje Foster, who at that time was Secretary/Treasurer. I served
the Society in 1991 as Assistant to the Reunion Coordinator; in 1992 as Co-Reunion
Coordinator; and for 1993 as Reunion Coordinator. Having never been to Panama or the
Canal Zone, at the 1992 Reunion, I was wetted with Chagres water and presented with a
certificate making me an "Honorary Zonian," from the Panama Canal members which will
always be a very happy memory for me. At the 1994 Reunion I was Vendor Chairperson
and this past year was appointed as Director and have served as Co-Chairperson of the
1994 Christmas Luncheon; appointed a member of the Office Study Committee and again
been appointed Vendor Chairperson for the 1995 Reunion. If elected a Director, I will do
my best to fulfill the duties of this office.

Thomas C. Peterson

Tom Peterson was born in Ancon, Canal Zone on January 14, 1931. He attended
the Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1949. He subsequently
graduated from Canal Zone Junior College, Birmingham-Southern College and the
Graduate School of New York University. He and his wife, Barbara have three daughters,
Carol, Diane and Elaine, all born in the Canal Zone, and nine grandchildren. Tom and
Barbara have been members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida since the 1960's.
Tom's father, Charles H. "Pete" Peterson was a Roosevelt Medal holder. For Tom's charity
work in the Canal Zone and Panama, he was awarded the Master Key to the Panama
Canal by Governor Harold R. Parfitt with the rank of Master Benefactor. Tom was also
very active in the Masonic Fraternity in the Canal Zone. He retired from the Panama Canal
Commission in 1981 and he and Barbara have made their retirement home in Sarasota,


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Proposed Address

Bruce Quinn has announced that several of the
"Stars" of the United Fund/United Way shows have
agreed to participate in what Bruce is describing as a
"different" address at the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion Luncheon on July 8, 1995, in Orlando.
Sarah Knapp, who starred at "Dorothy" in the 1976
production of The Wizard of Oz, when she was a student
at Balboa High School, has accepted Bruce's invitation to
take part in this project. Sarah is now a professional
entertainer. She appeared in the popular off-Broadway
production of Nunsense I in the role of "Sister Amnesia."
John Mayles who appeared as "Fagin" in the 1972
production of Oliver! and as "Professor Henry Higgins" in
the 1967 production of My Fair Lady has also agreed to
participate in this unique program.

Ms. Willie Friar, Public Affairs Officer of the
Commission, has notified President Marje Foster that the
Commission will supply technical support for this project.
Rick Belzer who started his career in Technical
Production in the Canal Zone and who participated in a
number of UF/UW shows including Show Boat (1969)
and The Sound of Music (1979) has also indicated to
Bruce that he hopes to attend the Reunion. Belzer is now
one of the leading Lighting Designers in the United
States. His credits include sharing the billing with Tony-
winner David Hersey for such Broadway shows as Cats
and Starlight Express.
Ruben Blades, who made his theatrical debut in the
1968 production of West Side Story, has told Bruce that
he'll send a special message to Society members to be
included in Bruce's address. Ruben is an ex-Presidential

candidate and one of the founders of the Papa Egoro
Party movement in Panama. As an actor, he recently
starred in the movie The Color of Night with Bruce
Willis. In a recent concert tour to the Colombian city of
Cartagena, 40,000 spectators showed up for his concert.
A Grammy nominee and Latino Salsa King, Ruben
always acknowledges that his first appearance "on the
boards" was in West Side Story directed by the late David
Lommen and produced by Bruce.
The most recent addition to this project is Robert
Teta who appeared in the UW/UF productions of
Camelot and 1776. At that time Bob was serving as a
young Amy officer in the Canal Zone.

Sarah Knapp

Sarah Knapp has been involved in the musical
theatre as a writer and performer for the past seventeen
years. She recently received a commission from the
National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers and
Maine State Music Theater to write a musical about
noted historical figure, Joshua L. Chamberlain. Her
musical, The Library, was awarded a National
Endowment for the Arts production grant in 1993,
selected for workshop development by The New
Harmony Project and was performed for the National
Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers in 1992. The
Audition, a music theatre piece, was selected for
performance in Manhattan Class Company's Festival of
Short Works. Most recently, she has completed an
adaptation of Rappaccini's Daughter, a short story by
Nathaniel Hawthorne. She has served on the Opera-
Musical Theatre selection panel for the National
Endowment for the Arts-New American Works.

Sarah Knapp

As a performer, Ms. Knapp has been seen off-
Broadway: Amnesia in the original Nunsense, Smoke on
the Mountain, "No-Frill" Revue, Godspell, Gifts of the
Magi, Opal, The Wonderful "O". Broadway workshop: Lily
in Jekyll and Hyde. Regionally: Madame Vinard in
Svengali at Asolo and Alley Theatres. Mrs. Ford in Merry
Wives of Windsor, Texas at Cincinnati Playhouse and The
Baker's Wife in Into the Woods at Maine State Music
Theatre. Two Annie 2's: Kennedy Center, and then as
Grace at Goodspeed. European tour: Eleanor in Richard
Foreman's Africanis Instructus. Recordings: Gifts of the
Magi, Scarlet Pimperel, and Harold Arlen/Vemon Duke
Revisited, No. 2.

John Mayles
John Mayles lived on the Isthmus for nearly 50
years--four of them as a student at Balboa High School
where he graduated as President of his class in 1944.
Following three years in the British Army, he returned to
Panama and spent the next 45 years with Agencias W.H.
Doel, SA., in Panama City. At the time of his retirement
he was President and Managing Director of the

Mr. Mayles was also active in community affairs,
both in the Canal area and Panama City. For seven years
he was on the Board of Trustees of the Panama Canal
College, and also served for many years as a Trustee of
the Canal Zone United Fund and United Way. An active
member of the Ancon Theatre Guild since 1954, he was
elected President in 1962 and is now a Lifetime Member.
In 1987 he was honored to receive the Gold Panama
Canal Honorary Public Service Award for his
contributions to Isthmian community life.

Over a period of 35 years Mr. Mayles appeared in
some 25 productions before Isthmian theatre audiences.
He performed with the original Circle Theatre in Panama
City, the Theatre Guild, the Teatro en Circulo and
appeared in five of the summer musical productions for
the United Fund/United Way. Amongst his roles were
Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver, Pellinore
in Camelot and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of
Mr. Mayles also played Captain Von Trapp in Bruce
Quinn's 1978 production of The Sound of Music for the
Knights of Columbus. Bruce also directed him in the
Theatre Guild productions of Amadeus (as Salieri) and
Toad of Toad Hall (as Toad).
Mr. Mayles and his wife Ann (BHS'48) became
residents of Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa late in 1989,
and moved to Florida permanently from Panama in July
of 1993. They have six children (all of whom graduated
from BHS) and six grandchildren--with one more on the




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The 1995 Poconos Reunion will be held Friday noon
to Sunday noon, September 8-10, 1995, 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 $70 per
person (double occupancy) and includes two nights
lodging and two dinners (Friday and Saturday) at the
Train Coach Restaurant. As always, a great time is
guaranteed! Golf is available. This is a wonderful time
and place for those holding Mini-Class Reunions. In
September 1994 the BHS Class of '44 held a very
successful one with us at the Poconos. We would
welcome more of the same.
If additional information is needed, call Billy
Michaelsen: Between January and April (904) 683-0826.
After April (914) 271-3097.
Billy Michaelsen
Reunion Coordinator



Gamboa Mini-Reunion
Morning of Saturday, July 7, 1995
Marriott's Orlando World Center
To share thoughts, memories, and photos of
Anyone who has memories of Gamboa, lived
or worked in Gamboa or can share
information related to Gamboa.


Just a reminder that the deadline for the luncheon
is May 15, 1995. It will be held on Friday, July 7, 1995
from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Marriott World
Don't miss out on a good time. Send your
reservation with enclosed check of $15.00 per person to
one of the following:

Ann Buchter
2440 Winding Ck. Blvd. #301
Clearwater, FL 34621

Sue Cain
102 Turf Trail Place
Fountain, CO 80817

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St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL.

Betty Kelleher
106 Huckleberry Lane
Dothan, AL 36303-1306

Hope to see you there. All personnel of the Health
Bureau are invited.


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as we dance to the music of Tito Mouynes
Saturday Night Dinner/Dance
and Sunday Buffet Breakfast
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 22, 23, & 24, 1995
Bahia Hotel
998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego
We will be joined by BHS Classes of '40 and '45
Weekend Activities:
Friday, 9-22-95, 11 am 8 pm Registration & Snacks (B.Y.O.B)
Saturday, 9-23-95, 9 am 4 pm Registration 6 pm Open Bar 7 pm Dinner 8 pm Dance
to the music of Tito Mouynes in the Ballroom Raffle & Lottery
Sunday, 9-24-95, 10 am Registration 10:30 am Buffet Breakfast/Program and Music by Tito
Mail reservations for meals (including name & address of each individual
attending and your phone number) with check payable to REUNION ACCOUNT
to: Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
Name & Address of Each Person:
Dinner/Dance: $35/person
AFTER 9-15: $37/person
Breakfast: $15/person
Total Enclosed:
Your Phone Number with Area Code:
Information Resources: (All phone numbers are in (619) area code unless otherwise noted.)
Mini-Reunions: Kathy Taylor 277-5000
Golf Tournament: Bob & Linda Morris 272-9729
General Information: Jack & Kathy Taylor: 277-5000 David Hollowell: 424-5704
Bill & Nana Roberts: 440-3071 Norma Horine: 472-6693 Jean Pence: 566-1831 -
Ted & Beth Sundquist: 473-8755 Ken & Celine Stone: (818) 361-1964

BAHIA HOTEL: Please make hotel room reservations directly with
the hotel at 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 Phone: (619)
488-0551 Room Rates: Single $77, Double $87, Triple $97, Quad $107,
plus 10.5% room tax. Note: First night room deposit is required.



Plans are being finalized for a reunion of all friends,
families, and members of the Good News Singers; the
youth choir of the First Baptist Church in Balboa
Heights. The Reunion will take place on 14-16 July 1995
in Eddyville, Kentucky.
Eddyville is located in western Kentucky adjacent to
the Land Between the Lakes recreational area and offers
a variety of activities, including a water park, fresh water
lake swimming, boating, skiing, camping, and an over 100
store factory outlet mall. A Friday evening mixer,
followed by a Saturday meal with all the fixins' and a
Sunday musical worship service are all planned; with
plenty of time to renew old friendships and make new
Write Bob Bridges at P.O. Box 792, Eddyville, KY
42038 or call him at (502) 388-7919 for reunion details
and other area information.

Roosevelt Medal Descendants

Direct descendants of U.S. citizens
who worked on the construction of the

Panama Canal (1904-1914)

and who received the ROOSEVELT MEDAL
are invited to join our organization

Please send your inquiries to

Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344
Balboa-Ancon, Rep. of Panama


A Pedro Miguel Reunion is now in the planning
stages and is scheduled for 1996 in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, FL. The 1992 get-
together was a great success and we are hoping that this
one will be equally as good. There were 170 ex-Pedro
Miguelites at the last reunion.
Should you have a change of address since you were
last contacted, please send the change to one of the
committee members listed below.

Anne (Edwards) Hale
101 Waterwood Drive
Yalaha, FL 34797-3161

Helen (Edwards) Magan
914 Alexander Circle
Pueblo, CO 81001

Ginger (Coffy) Young
1220 John Anderson Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176


The Atlantic-side schools will be closing in the spring
of this school year. Several teachers are working to
organize a literary magazine, which will focus on good-
byes to the Atlantic-side landmarks. Landmarks are those
special places, sounds, smells, feelings, and people on the
Atlantic side. Should any ex-students of Ft. Gulick
Elementary, Ft. Davis Elementary or Cristobal High
School wish to submit a writing, a photograph or a
drawing of an Atlantic-side landmark, please do so.
Submissions will be selected for magazine publication by
a committee. Submissions should be sent to: Beverly
Hoffman, PSC 05, Box 123, APO AA 34005. The
deadline will be February 15, 1995.


Highlights of Minutes

from Regular Meetings

November 4, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:06 p.m. Executive Board members present:
Marjorie Foster, Robert Johnson, Jane Huldtquist, Virgil
Camby, Margot Jordan, Nancy Van Siclen, Betty Snow,
Thomas Peterson, James Slover, Dorothy Yocum,
Richard Beall and Barbara Green. Absent: James
O'Donnell and Frank Matters.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed
by a moment of silence for recently departed members.
Mr. James Slover led the membership in the Pledge of
Allegiance. President Foster welcomed everyone with
special mention to Stella De Marr who was dressed in a
Pollera in honor of Panama's Independence celebration.
Past Presidents attending were welcomed: Anna
Collins, Peter Foster, Jane Huldtquist, Al Pate and Bob
Van Siclen.
Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for lunch. Meeting
reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
Minutes of the September 3rd meeting stand as
read. Financial Report stands for audit, and
correspondence was recapped.
Mrs. Foster reported on her accomplishments since
the last meeting and business conducted at the October
27th Executive Board meeting.
Robert Johnson, Reunion Coordinator, reported
that the luncheon contracts have been signed; yellow
pages and registration forms will be published in the
December Canal Record.

Nancy Van Siclen reminded everyone about the
Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Wine Cellar,
North Redington Beach on December 10th. Reservation
forms were available.
Carnavalito to be held on February 3, 1995, at the
Bath Club on North Redington Beach--cost $22.00 per
person which includes dinner and dance. Mrs. Huldtquist
advised that the hotel adjacent to the Bath Club will offer
special weekend rates to Society members. Tables will be
reserved as requested. Everyone was encouraged to
attend and make this a success.
Betty Snow recapped her November Legislative
report (copy attached to original minutes).
Mrs. Green reported that of the 4,573 members in
the computer, 2,941 had paid '95 dues. Balance of 1,632
will be sent delinquent notices, as approved by the
Executive Board.
December Canal Record is at the printers. Mr. Beall
received over 300 photos for this issue; approximately 164
will be printed.
Sunshine Committee Chairperson, Anna Collins,
sent out several get-well cards during the month.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate, Hospitality Chairperson, thanked
everyone for the delicious food. Our January 6th meeting
will be a covered dish. She received a round of applause
for her work in spite of her not feeling well.
There were no birthdays or anniversaries but several
members received congratulations on the births of
grandchildren. Also mentioned was that a relative of
Anna Collins is singing the lead role in a stage play.
In keeping with the Panamanian holidays, a program
of songs and poems was held followed by awarding of
door prizes.
Mrs. Foster thanked everyone for attending. Deadline
for the Christmas Luncheon is December 5th. Next
regular meeting will be held following the Luncheon on
December 10th.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

December 10, 1994
Wine Cellar Restaurant
North Redington Beach, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:07 p.m. A total of 149 members and guests attended
the combined business meeting and luncheon.
Executive Board members present: Marjorie Foster,
Robert Johnson, James O'Donnell, Virgil Camby,
Margot Jordan, Nancy Van Siclen, Betty Snow, Thomas
Peterson, James Slover, Dorothy Yocum, Richard Beall
and Barbara Green. Absent: Jane Huldtquist and Frank
Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed by a
moment of silence for recently departed members. James
Slover led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Foster welcomed everyone. She thanked
Nancy Van Siclen and Dottle Herrington, Co-
chairpersons of the Christmas Luncheon, and their
committee for their work in setting up the luncheon.
Past Presidents attending were welcomed: Eugene
Askew, Peter Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel Whitman and
Bob Van Siclen. Members celebrating birthdays and

anniversaries were asked to consider the luncheon as a
festive occasion on their behalf. Meeting adjourned at
12:15 p.m. for lunch; reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
Robert Van Siclen made a motion to dispense with
reading the Minutes and Financial Report; seconded by
Peter Foster.
Mrs. Foster outlined measures initiated to reduce
expenditures. Changes include discontinuing membership
cards, reducing monthly meetings (we would still continue
to have luncheons, etc.). All proposed changes will be
presented to the membership in the form of a ballot in
the March Canal Record. We have lost approximately 300
members each year for the past three years and
approximately $27,000 over the same period.
Nominations for 95/96, presented at the November
17th Executive Board Meeting were: President Robert
Johnson; 1st VP James O'Donnell; 2nd VP Margot
Jordan; Directors Thomas Peterson and Nancy Van
Siclen. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at
the January 6th business meeting at St. Bede's.
The office will be closed from December 23rd
through January 2nd. Executive Board members and
Committee Chairpersons were called on for reports.
Changes to the Bylaws will be published in the March
issue. Everyone was asked to read the changes and vote.
Board members and Committee chairpersons wished
everyone happy holidays. Door prizes, donated by
members, were awarded. Grand prize two round-trip
tickets to Panama donated by COPA was won by Rick
Next meeting will be January 6th at St. Bede's.
Meeting adjourned at 2:17 p.m.


On Saturday, December 10, 1994, at the Wine Cellar
in North Redington Beach, the start of the Christmas
holidays began with the Panama Canal Society holding its
annual Christmas Luncheon with 150 members and
guests in attendance.
Tables were set for eight and each table centerpiece
was a golden angel with red velvet ribbon tied around the
waist. Our angels were suggested by Carolyn Johnson.
Kathy Egolf volunteered to play the piano during the
social hour and after the luncheon she again played while
everyone joined in singing Christmas carols led by the
trio of Jim O'Donnell, Shirley Camby and Frank King.

Dot and Bob Herrington, Selma (Skeie) Klipper and
Henri Skeie at one end of the table enjoying the
Christmas Luncheon.

The Wine Cellar food and service was exceptional
and from comments received everyone enjoyed the
We would like to thank Issy Gibson who volunteered
to sit with Dot Herrington at the registration table and
greet our members and guests as they arrived.
We had several door prizes donated by our members,
including Issy Gibson, Millie Hickey, Dot and Bob
Herrington, Marje and Pete Foster, Carolyn and Bob
Johnson, Carol Masino, Betty Snow, Mary Urey,
Gretchen and Bill Warren and Bob and Nancy Van

President Marje Foster presenting tokens of
appreciation to committee Nancy van Siclen, Dot
Herrington, Issy Gibson, Kathy Egolf, Jim
O'Donnell, Shirley Camby and Frank King.

We would also like to thank June Gustafson for her
donation of a silk screen painting, "The Twelve Days of
Christmas Parody", won by Till McConaghy; Jeanne and
Bill Wheeler for their donation of a two-night, three-day
stay at Grand Shores West in North Redington Beach
won by Olga Disharoon.
Our grand prize of two round-trip tickets to Panama
from Miami and donated by COPA Airlines was won by
Rick Nelson.
Again, we would like to thank the members for
supporting the Society by attending the Christmas
Luncheon and hope to see more members at our future

Dot Herrington and Nancy Van Siclen
Co-Chairpersons, 1994 Christmas Luncheon

January 6, 1995
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:05 p.m. Executive Board members present:
Marjorie Foster, Robert Johnson, James O'Donnell, Jane
Huldtquist, Virgil Camby, Margot Jordan, Nancy Van
Siclen, Thomas Peterson, James Slover, Dorothy Yocum,
Richard Beall and Barbara Green. Absent: Betty Snow
and Frank Matters.

Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed by a
moment of silence for recently departed members. James
Slover led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Past Presidents attending: Peter Foster, Jane
Huldtquist, Al Pate, Bob Van Siclen and Gene Askew.
Out-of-town members Alice and Bill Forsstrom were
given a warm welcome as was Janet Cunningham who
had not attended in awhile.
Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for lunch;
reconvened at 1:03 p.m. Special thanks extended to
Dottie and Al Pate for setting up the hall and food.
Minutes of December 10th meeting stand as
recorded. Financial Statement stands for audit.
Mrs. Foster explained that decrease in membership
for the past three years has dictated the need to reduce
expenses. On the advice of the Budget and Audit
Committee and the Office Study Committee, the
Executive Board decided to discontinue membership
cards, cut out one issue of the Canal Record and issue
the Directory every other year. Amendments to the
Bylaws and ballot will be printed in the March Canal
Tokens were presented to Dottie and Al Pate and
Gene Askew. Mrs. Foster thanked Nancy Van Siclen and
Dot Herrington and their committee for their efforts to
make the Christmas Luncheon a success. Plans for the
May luncheon have not been finalized.
Reservations for the Reunion are coming in steadily;
10 reservations for the Golf Tournament have been
received to date. There will be openings for 25 vendors;
17 requests have been received.
Fifty-three reservations for Carnavalito have been
received; limit is 250. Deadline for reservations and
cancellations is January 31st.
Mrs. Huldtquist reported that the Nominating
Committee consisting of Pete Foster, Betty Snow, Tom
Peterson, Dottie Yocum and Jane Huldtquist held a
meeting after the November 4th business meeting to
prepare the slate of nominees in accordance with survey
conducted. The slate was presented to the Executive
Board on December 10th. Nominations: President -
Robert Johnson; 1st VP James O'Donnell; 2nd VP -
Margot Jordan; Directors Thomas Peterson and Nancy
Van Siclen.
Legislative report recapped by James O'Donnell in
the absence of Betty Snow (copy attached to original
Pat Beall informed that the new postal rates will
increase the cost of mailing the Records.
Various members reported on members and family
members who have been ill. Dottie Pate thanked
everyone for providing the delicious food.
Tom Peterson reported that he and his committee -
Mary Orr and George Tochterman have been busy with
changes to the Bylaws as a result of the cutback on
Mrs. Foster said that Bruce Quinn is very excited
about being guest speaker at the annual luncheon the
Commission will provide support for his presentation.
Mrs. Foster asked everyone for suggestions and
comments on ways to reduce expenses. Reasons and
graphs showing the decrease in membership will be
printed in the March Canal Record. An announcement
will also be published asking members to help recruit
new members. The membership will be kept informed on

what is happening.
Nominations were accepted from the floor. In
accordance with the Bylaws, nominees must accept
nomination in writing by January 21st.
Pete Foster made a motion that nominations for
President be closed; Dottie Yocum seconded. Motion
carried. Pete Foster made a motion to close nominations
for 1st Vice President; Hubert Jordan seconded. Motion
carried. Jay Cain nominated Virgil camby for 2nd Vice
President; Mr. Camby accepted. Pete Foster made a
motion that nominations for 2nd Vice President be
closed; Hubert Jordan seconded. Motion carried. James
O'Donnell made a motion that nominations for the
Directors be closed; Hubert Jordan seconded. Motion
carried. All nominations and ballot will be printed in the
March Canal Record together with a short bio and photo.
Deadline to the Record Editor is January 21st.
Birthday celebrants congratulated. Carol Masino
congratulated on her recent marriage to Dennis
McCarthy. Door prizes awarded.
Meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

Where Are You?


Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from those members listed. Any information
regarding members listed will be appreciated.

EDWARDS, Victoria COHEN, Mary (Harp)


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members of the Armed Forces, and much more.


In December 1994, information packets were mailed
to 1970 graduates of Balboa and Cristobal High Schools
regarding our upcoming 25th class reunion. The following
is a list of classmates whose packets were returned as
undeliverable. If you see your name or know where any
of the following may be contacted, please contact Vicki
Sizemore at 1213 Valencia Lane, Auburndale, FL 33823.
Tel: (813) 967-2106.

Vicki Altenberg BACHICHA
Marcia Michel BARBER
Thomas J. CAREY
Sharon Bliss CARLISLE
Chris Bryant COOPER
Edith Smith COULSON
Nelson/Carmen Rivera ESCRIBAN
Margie Engelke GALLARDO
Albert (Cuco) GUILBERT
Brandt IRION
Nancy Foster JENKINS
Christine Lee KERVIN
Charles LOYD

Jeannine Walker OATES
Mary Walker PEREZ
Michael PERRY
Stepanie DeHeart PICKERING
Unda Kapinos PUCHON
Allegro Woodruff RANKIN
10 Sarah Pritham REYNON
Audrey Stewart SCHMIDT
Pamela Meadows SELBY
Deborah Lohse SERIBUER
Cynthia Lu Eustace STAFFORD
Patsy Feil VOGEL
Lynn Mayles WILLIAMS


Trying to contact Wilber (Billy) White with whom I
went to college in Texas. Recognized in Canal Record
photo, December issue, page 74. Contact either Georgia
Linscuum (Mrs. John Alebis) or Libby (Lundy) Davis,
P.O. Box 1521, Sugarland, TX 77487.


If you know where any of the following BHS
Classmates are from the Class of '46, "squeal" on them.
They are either too fat, ugly, no hair, can't read, hear,
write, talk, walk or practicing their learned trade of
"cutting" classes. Report them now to Charlie Norris! He
can be reached by telephone by dialing (707) 422-6812 or
by mailing to address: 2442 E. Atlantic Avenue, Fairfield,
CA 94533.

AXE, John
BENITEZ, Lillian
CASTRO, Dorothy
ENTEBI, Gloria
FREEMAN, Dorothy
LIBBY, Patricia
NEALE, Bonnie

BAILEY, Gladys
BTESH, Pamela
GALLO, Barbara
McKEOWN, Betty
NORRELL, Frankie
SOLIS, Jorge

BARGMAN, Phillip
DUMOND, Jeannie
ENKE, Jean Ann
FISKE, Walter
HILL, Milton
LALLY, Kathleen
OLIVA, David
WILBUR, Mary Lou

J f\4inzmEntI

Pearl T. Atherly
Raul Barrera
Horatio G. Coykendall
Francois O. Modestin
Capt. Maarten P. Mooldijk
Capt. Edsel Waishkey
Robert D. Bates
James N. Farnsworth
Aurelio Peia
Carl R. Stramat
George J. Fox
Louis F. Tremblay


Panama Area Personnel Board
Fire Division
Canal Services Division
Occupational Health Division
Pilot Division
Pilot Division
Locks Division
Accounting Division
Maintenance Division
Canal Protection
Electrical Division
Engineering Division

23 years 06 months 05 days
25 years 03 months 00 days
17 years 07 months 09 days
38 years 05 months 11 days
27 years 00 months 30 days
19 years 08 months 04 days
26 years 00 months 21 days
26 years 05 months 19 days
08 years 08 months 09 days
40 years 05 months 02 days
27 years 10 months 09 days
36 years 06 months 19 days


Commission retiree provides
seminars on Panama's snakes

By Susan Stabler

Frank Robinson, who retired from the Panama
Canal Commission in 1988 as chief of the Operations
Section for the Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch,
returned to the Isthmus recently at the request of the
Safety Division to give seminars on poisonous snakes to
Commission employees. A recognized authority,
Robinson studied local snakes and collected specimens
while working in the Panama Canal watershed for more
than 30 years.
During 18 half-day seminars, Robinson shared his
knowledge with nearly 250 employees, using a
combination of lectures, slide presentations, snake
specimens and brochures designed by his wife, Pat. Safety
Division Chief William H.M. Brunner says, "We invited
Mr. Robinson to present the seminars primarily for the
benefit of employees whose jobs take them where snakes
are most likely to be found, but there was a lot of
interest among employees in general."
What you need to know about snakes, according to
Robinson, is "how to avoid being bitten by one and what
to do if you do get hit." Avoiding them, he adds, involves
common sense. Bites to the hands, wrists, ankles and feet
are very common and usually occur when the snake is
accidentally touched or stepped on. Robinson advises
wearing long trousers and shoes or boots and watching
where you place your hands and feet. "Few snakes are
able to strike over a distance of a third or a half of their
body length.," he adds.
If a bite does occur, says Robinson, keep the victim
calm and immobilize the bite area, using a splint if
necessary. Do not apply a tourniquet, use ice or make
cuts. Get the victim to a hospital as quickly as possible.
If possible, the dead snake should be taken to the
hospital with the victim as effective treatment relies on

Former Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch
Operations Section Chief Frank Robinson, left,
identifies snake specimens for Panama Canal
Commission employees.

identification. Robinson explains that snake venoms fall
into three categories, based on whether they attack the
blood, tissue or nervous system.
As for the snakes themselves, he categorizes
Panama's most dangerous species as vipers (including the
fer-de-lance and bushmaster), coral snakes
(distinguishable from non-poisonous look-alikes by their
black noses) and sea snakes (although there have been
no recorded attacks or deaths caused by this type).

"I think the course was very illustrative," says
environmental energy specialist Hortensia Broce. "We
learned to identify the most probable poisonous snakes
found in Panama, which is important for anyone who
works in fields or spends leisure time outdoors."

The Panama Canal Spillway
November 4, 1994

I.P.A.T., COPA and
Panama Discovery Tours
Sign Agreement

President of Panama Discovery Tours, Winston Rice;
Director General of the Panama Institute of Tourism,
Pedro Campanani and Marketing Sales Manager for
COPA Airlines, Alvaro Heilbron sign agreements to
begin the new alliance marketing concept in Panama.
The program is slated to begin January 1, 1995 and
includes: a one point of contact concept, a national
marketing plan, escort of promotional familiarization
tours to Panama and a Panama Discovery Tours
coordinating office in Panama City. Panama Discovery
Tours will also be involved in participating in
promotional parachute jumps into exotic locations in
order to promote Panama as a new adventure. The
jumps will be filmed and used in various promotional
media. From left are: Linda Rice, Panama Discovery
Tours Research and Development Director, Winston
Rice, Pedro Campanani, Alvaro Heilbron, Cecelia
Perez Balladares, Director of Marketing for the
Panama Institute of Tourism and Ivan Herrera,
Panama Discovery Tours Field Coordinator and
Director of Specialized Tours.

the east to the west tow track or vice versa. They can also
transfer locomotives to the return track for maintenance
or repairs.
Contractors will demolish and remove the Pedro
Miguel centerwall concrete floor down to its basic
foundation and rebuild the surface to make the pit where
a new turntable will be installed. As soon as their work
is completed at the beginning of next year, Locks
Division personnel will assemble and install the new
turntable and perform the necessary tow track and return
track work in the area. Designed and built by the Macton
Corporation of Connecticut, the new turntable is
expected to be fully operational by April 1995.

TURNTABLE FUNCTION This drawing illustrates how
turntables on the locks centerwalls are used to switch
locks locomotives from the east to the west tow track
or vice versa. Turntables are also used to transfer
locomotives to the return track for maintenance or
repairs. Illustration by Jaime Gutierrez

Acting Locks Division major projects manager Ivin
Lasso notes that this project marks the end of a program
to replace all locks turntables, which started in fiscal year
1983 with the installation of the first turntable prototype
on the Miraflores Locks south approach wall.
In September, employees from the Locks and
Maintenance Divisions are scheduled to start work to
bring the Miraflores Locks south end turntable into
compliance with existing standards. Lasso explains that its
design is a little different from the others that were
installed later. "Its basic structure is fine, but we are
going to change its controls to incorporate some
improvements that resulted from operations of other
units that are already in service," he says.

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 29, 1994

Turntable pit, sheds under
construction at locks

A contract for the construction of a new locomotive
turntable pit, a new locks locomotive maintenance and
repair shed and pit and a line-handler shed at the north
end of Pedro Miguel Locks was recently awarded to
Kunkle-Wiese Inc. for $2.2 million.
Turntables are located near the ends of locks
centerwalls to enable locomotives to be switched from



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April 21, 1995


Your Reporter Says.....


Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back
into a normal routine. It is rather difficult because
Christmas in Dothan was quite festive for all of us and
the warm weather made a Happy Holiday Season for all
the Zonians.
Margaret and Jack Hern decided to have their
Christmas in Dothan this year. As many of you know,
they have always spent Christmas in Panama but decided
this year to stay home and entertain family. Jack and
Fran (Yost) Hern arrived for festivities along with
daughter Michie from Lafayette, LA. Fran took her
mother Dot Yost to lunch and the families got together
for dinner several times. Then, Jack and Fran and
daughter Michie left for Valrico, FL, where both Jack
and Fran and Dick and Ruth (Chance) Hern are building
retirement homes. John and Chris Hern and baby Adam
spent two weeks in October with great-grandparents, Jack
and Margaret Hern. Baby Adam stole everyone's hearts
and Jack and Margaret were indeed the proud great-



Wecome sign for last Gas House Gang Golf
Tournament, October 3-5, 1994. Photo by Judy Leeser

Millie Patton spent Christmas holidays with daughter
Linda Basham and her husband Mike, grandson Karl,
and granddaughter Susan. Karl (21) completed his two-
year mission with the Church of Jesus Latter-Day Saints
(CLDS) in Washington, DC. He will be serving with a
Spanish Mission because he is fluent in the Spanish
language. Susan (18) completed high school and
participated three years with a local newspaper which
enabled her to purchase her own set of wheels. She is
enrolled at a local junior college and works part time at
a health food store. Linda continues to work for the U.S.
Army. She has earned the respect of her peers and
supervisors for her diligent efforts. Mike taught four
quarters at Troy State University and substituted for the
local high school.
Marty Bradford and daughter and son-in-law came
up to be with Mike and his family. A good time was had
by all looking at old photos of their childhood in the
Canal Zone.

Late in November, Jim Coman of Montgomery, Bill
Wheeler of Hudson, FL, and Frank Anderson of Dothan,
AL, met in Carrabell, FL, to fish in the Gulf with Charter
Boat Captain Bill Coman, Jim's son. Bill Wheeler caught
the largest fish and Frank the smallest. But the best part
of the fishing trip was being together.


Jim Coman, Bill Wheeler and Frank Anderson.
Jean and George Fears, along with Rosemary and

Frank Anderson, Jr., welcomed the Anderson family
from Gainesville, FL. Frank, Shirley, Tyler, Owen, and
.l, Carly were here for the Christmas holidays. The little
ones had a great time with their cousins: Taylor Fears
Williams of Dothan, and Stephanie and Greg Fears
Roberts of Atlanta. Also, a happy time for Shirley and
Frank visiting with old Balboa High friends, John and
S Micky Harris, Pat Fallon of Austin, TX, and Paco
Buelher from Michigan.


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Shirley, Carly, Frank, Tyler and Owen Anderson.
Mary Urey joined the Zonian Amigos and headed for
Hawaii via San Francisco. Three wonderful sightseeing
days in the Golden Gate City then on to Honolulu on
Thanksgiving. The group boarded the SS Constitution and

spent several wonderful days cruising the beautiful
islands. Also from Dothan were Lou Hunt, Vera Ryan,
and Marge Palmer accompanied by daughter Maryann.
Highlights of the trip were visits to the USS Arizona
Memorial and the Don Ho Show. Mary returned home
via Las Vegas where she saw two great shows. While in
the lobby of the Debbie Reynolds theater, she met Iris
Hogan and Catherine Adams who had also attended the

L-R: Lou Hunt, Jane Huldtquist, Vera Ryan, Issy
Gibson, Mary Urey.

That's all for now from the southern tip of Alabama..

Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812


The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its Fall
meeting on November 5, 1994, at the Wyndham Gardens
Hotel in Chandler, AZ. Those present included Loring
and Evelyn White, Anne (Trimble) Parks, Helen Munson,
Adele Adams, Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger, Danny and
Jane Cox, Peggy Bradley, Darrell and Nancy (Kariger)
Eides, Jeff and Melissa Hirschl, Chester and Mary
Grace Oakes, Warren and Dora LeGrys, Thomas and
Cecelia Gove, Alan and Natalie Broderick, and guest
Edna LaBrie. The highlight of the meeting was a taped
presentation by the Eides who had recently visited the
Isthmus and made a nostalgic trip around the former
Canal Zone (both sides). What a great treat for those of
us who have so many great memories of living and
growing up there. Some members had not been back in
years and were surprised at the changes.
This is my first effort as the "newest" news reporter
for Arizona. Taking over after the wonderful job done by
Jane Cox for many years will be a real challenge. We are
delighted that Jane is able to join us again at the bi-
annual meetings.
Charlie and I spent Thanksgiving in Junction City,

KS, with son Sgt. Matthew Parks, his wife Heike, and
three children, Brian, Kevin, and Erika. Son Charles and
wife Dana joined all of us, driving down from Hopkins,
MN, with our two youngest grandchildren, three-year-
old Hannah and six-month-old Rachel. Woke up the
second day in Kansas to a snow-covered wonderland.
I'm writing this from Port St. Lucie, FL, where we
are visiting for the Christmas holidays. Charlie and I
drove over from Phoenix to Ft. Bragg, NC, to pick up son
Sgt. Lawrence Parks and stopped in to visit my brother,
George Trimble, and wife Leona in Starke, FL. Spent
Christmas and New Years in Port St. Lucie with son
James Park and wife Christina and their three children,
Katie, Shannie, and Jimmy; daughter Lisa (Parks)
Boatwright and husband Craig and children, Jeanne
(who was just notified that she made the Dean's List in
her Junior year at Florida State University in
Tallahassee), Charles and Guy; daughter Susan (Parks)
Casis, husband Manuel and children, Michael and
Tatiana. Manuel's mother, Eduvijes Quintero (Fula),
from Panama provided a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner
of arroz con camaron, tamales, empanadas, flan, and her
very own secret, magic, special shrimp--for which she will
not divulge the recipe. On New Years Eve at the Casis
casita we enjoyed seviche and arroz con quandu and
roast pork.
Our son Paul Parks and his friend, Karen Jensen,
both up from Panama spent part of their vacation scuba
diving in the Florida Keys. Paul is with the Canal
Commission and Karen is with DODDS. The entire
Parks clan really enjoyed Karen's wit and wisdom.
Before leaving Phoenix in mid-December I had a call
from Carl Berg of Tempe, asking for the recipe for
empanadas. Lots of reminiscing. He was planning on
doing some serious Panamanian cooking over the
Loring and Evelyn White report that they had a
wonderful Thanksgiving trip to visit his son Tom, wife
Ann, and two children, Tom Jr. and Rachel, on
Governor's Island, NY, where Tom serves in the Coast
Guard. Loring and Eveyln had a lovely tour of New York
before taking AMTRAC to Richmond, VA, to visit
Eveyln's son Larry Smith. On their return to their home
in Chandler, AZ, they had a great visit from son Vincent,
a dentist and very enthusiastic motorcyclist (better known
as a "Rube"--rich, urban, biker). Christmas dinner with
former Canal Zone residents Stanley and Audrey Perkins
and their daughter Vali and husband Lloyd brought back
fond memories of years Loring and Stan taught at Canal
Zone Junior College. Loring has been President of the
NARFE group in Chandler for some time and is also
active in theater in the Chandler area. He recently gave
a slide show on Molas at the Ahwatukee Women's Club.
The next meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Arizona is scheduled for March 25. 1995. at the
Wyndham Gardens Hotel in Chandler, AZ.
It was good to hear from so many former Zonians
during the holidays. I hope all our society members living
in Arizona will write or call me so I'll have plenty to
report for the next issue. A happy and prosperous 1995
to all!

Anne (Trimble) Parks
(602) 931-1081


Just a reminder our annual picnic get-together will
be held at Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR, on Father's Day,
June 18, 1995. All attending are asked to bring a covered
dish and their own eating utensils. Drinks will be

Willard and Kathleen Huffman in the lobby of Drury
Lane Theater going to see Miss Saigon.

Kathleen Huffman in front of Buckingham Palace after
watching the Changing of the Guard.

Willard and Kathleen Huffman along with
Kathleen's sister, Elinor Callahan, and her daughter,
Kathleen, just returned from a ten-day trip to London.
They did a lot of sightseeing: Changing of the Guard at

Buckingham Palace; a boat ride on the River Thames;
and saw shows like Miss Saigon and Phantom of the
Opera. With their tour group, they traveled together for
five days and then they split and went their separate
ways. The first day they took a Classic Coach tour of
London and saw places that they missed on their previous
tours and they were able to get off and take pictures
along the way. The second day they left London by bus
and saw Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury. On the third
day it was on to Oxford University, Stratford-upon-Avon
where they saw the house where Shakespeare was born
and the Anne Hathaway thatched cottage. The
countryside of England was absolutely beautiful and they
returned home to recover from jet lag.
Dorothy Sanders spent Christmas with son Bruce
and his wife Sandy Sanders at their home in Alien, TX.
They were joined by grandson Curt, his wife Kim, and
great-grandsons, Ryan and Collin, for an early Christmas
dinner. Later, grandson Doug Sanders from Los Gatos,
CA, came to spend Christmas day. The next day all but
a few had gone on their way further south. Upon
Dorothy's return home, son Jack from Santa Cruz, CA,
came by for a few weeks' visit. While here he took care
of all the things around the house, including the antenna
for the ham radio so his Mom could get back on the air.

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David Colclasure (back to camera), Lou Colclasure,
Marian Colclasure, Mary Condon, Olen Conklin,
Elaine Bretscher.
Eddie Colclasure came from Garden City, KS, with
her sister, Juanita, and spent Christmas with daughter
Marion and son David and family.
Etta Faye Terrell had son Lance from Austin, TX,
came up and they drove to New Orleans, LA, to spend
Christmas with daughter Andrea and son-in-law Paul.
They returned home and Lance stayed for a week before
returning to Austin. Lance and Jack Sanders enjoyed
talking about their being friends and school chums in the
Maxine Reinhold spent Thanksgiving in New
Hampshire with son Mel and family. Returned home and
went to St. Paul, MN, for Christmas with daughter
Barbara and son Mel and family.
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a cruise to the
Caribbean in December. Stops were made in St. Thomas
and Puerto Rico.
Mike and Henrietta Horoda spent the holidays in
Texas visiting family and friends. Son Mark finished law
school at the University of Arkansas in two and one-half
years. Their daughter Becky received her Masters Degree
in Business Administration from the University of Texas-
Dallas and is listed in the college "Who's Who."

Betty McGilberry stayed close to home for the
Polly and John Michaelis spent Thanksgiving in
Houston, TX, with son Gregory and family. Also, they
were glad to have four of five granddaughters there sort
of a mini family reunion.
William (Red) and Alice Nail report that son-in-law
Steve Graves and his wife Lisa were given the Christmas
tree business. They plan to attend the reunion in Orlando
this coming July. Ralph and Marie Shuey and their son
Ralph, Jr. came from Alabama to attend our fall dinner
and stayed a while before going on to Neosho, MO, to
visit friends.
Peggy and "Nobby" Keller hope to be able to attend
the upcoming reunion in Orlando in July.
The Vowells Joe and Gerda report that fixing up
the house keeps them busy.
David and Lou Colclasure state that David is
enrolled in the Computer Systems Engineering course at
the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and working
towards a degree.

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Maxine Reinhold, Jessie
Newhard and Etta Faye Terrell.
Jess, Lynn (Dunning) and Samantha Harp and
Harold and Jerry Harp drove to Boulder, CO, for Mary
Harp's wedding in November. The Harp family reunion
was held at that time as all but three were able to attend.
Most of the clan stayed with Laurie (Harp) Morland and
family. Thanksgiving dinner was at Jacquelyn Harp's.
They missed their big snowstorm by a few days, but got
to see it on the ground which was fun for sledding in the
back yard. Some of the Panama side Harps had never
seen snow, and a few others, not very often. Lynn's
parents, Bill and Betty Dunning, drove out for Christmas
and stayed two weeks. Christmas dinner was at the home
of Harold and Jerry Harp.
Your reporter spent both Thanksgiving and
Christmas with son Paul and family; Melissa and
Jennifer in Shreveport, LA. The weather was good and
I had an enjoyable time.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Gloria Malbury and Mary Condon joined two
busloads of people who traveled to Branson, MO, to take
in some of the Christmas shows, do some shopping, and
view the spectacular Christmas lights at Kimberly City.
Among the shows they saw were the Rockettes at the
Grand Palace, and the Shoji Tabuchi show.

Judi Daily hosted the family clan on Christmas Day
and the day following at her home in Fayetteville. Guests
included Bates Weiman, Frances Whitlock, Mike and
Minnie Burton, of Fayetteville; Chuck Daily, Sr., Andrea
Reading and children, Christopher James and Kaitlin, of
Austin, TX; Kathy and Chuck Daily, Jr., and son
Christopher Ryan from West Fork, AR.
Jacqueline and Marcel Werbrouck from Mishawaka,
IN, arrived the evening of Halloween to begin a ten-day
visit with Jacqueline's mother, Frances Whitlock.
Frances' other daughter, Andree Lee Collins, and
daughter-in-law Ginger Lou Collins came from St. Louis
to celebrate a belated Christmas and the New Years with
Mrs. Whitlock, December 28 through January 2.
Mike Burton, Jr., arrived December 30 for a two-
day visit with the Mike Burtons, Fayetteville.
Harry and Lenor Butz, Springdale, hosted family
members during the Christmas holidays, consisting of Bill
and Esther Clair and Peter and Janet Butz and sons,
Jason and George, all from Oklahoma. Jason is presently
in school in Kansas City, MO.
Ed and Mildred Higgins report they continue to
enjoy their children and grandchildren and living on
Round Mountain. Mildred swims twice a week in the
pool at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville. She finds this to
be enjoyable in addition to being good therapy for her

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


A delightful post-Christmas reunion was held on
December 27, 1994, at the Palo Alto Neiman-Marcus
Restaurant by a group of former Canal Zone ladies. The
participants were Susan Ewing Bishop from Colorado
Springs, who was in the Bay area visiting her daughter Jo
Anne Matthews during the Christmas holidays; Dorothy
Hinds Davis, Margaret Enright Buniowski and her sister
Jane Enright Cuzner, Doris Brotherson Hand and her
daughter Debbie Maghanoy and her daughter Jean
Walsh Kaufman, and, of course, Jo Anne Matthews.
A family reunion was held recently at the Palo Also
Holiday Inn on the occasion of the 50th birthday of Lt.
Col. Homer L. Davis III (retired). Attending the reunion
were his mother, Dorothy Hinds Davis, from Menlo
Park; Dottie McCloskey from San Jose; Valerie Davis
from Globe, AZ (Homer's two sisters); his nephew John
McCloskey from La Honda and his niece Kim
McCloskey Serpa and her daughter Samantha Serpa
from Fremont, CA. Also, an old friend from Viet Nam,
Dan Lufkin, was present for this joyous occasion. Hosting
the b rthday celebration was Homer's wife Roz and his
son Richard.
A note from Marie (Mrs. Edward) Browder, San
Diego stated she was enjoying her beautiful home on golf
course in Rancho Bernardo. Son Ed and wife Judy visited
her in November on their way to a three-week vacation
in New Zealand. Ed is a Nuclear Engineer for the State
of New York in Albany. Son Bill and wife Linda live in

Leesburg, VA. He is a civil engineer with AMTRAK as
Transportation Superintendent.
Grace E. Brown was
feted on her 90th birthday
in Medford, OR. The party,
with a Panama Carnival
theme, was hosted by her
daughters, Barbara Brown
-t Whipple and Lee Brown
Irish. Also in attendance
was Grace's brother Ted
Birkeland from Texas and
sister Dorothy Birkeland
Harrie from Arizona.
Panamanian music was
played and everyone had a
grand time.
There was a Santa
Grace E. Brown (William Roberts) smiling
and generous, a magician
(Larry Grummett) who pulled a rabbit from a hat, and
lots of warm holiday cheer at the PCSSC annual Holiday
luncheon at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Nigel on December
4th. Many members came dressed for the season in
bright reds and greens even David Hollowell was
sporting a red vest.
Dolly Allen Steiner and daughter Joanne Steiner
Robertson were guests of Kathleen Steiner Bennett.
Dolly shared a few memories with sisters Eileen Cryan
Finken and Mary Cryan Lade who were also at the
luncheon. Imagine, Dolly Steiner was the Cryan girls'
babysitter seventy years ago. A photo of the threesome
was taken for posterity.


Mary Cryan, Eileen Cryan and Dolly Allen, baby
sitter, taken at Carr Street, Balboa, C.Z. in 1924.

Mary Cryan Lade and Eileen Cryan Finken with
Dolly Allen Steiner, at Christmas luncheon, Laguna
Hills, CA. December 4,1994. Dolly still beautiful, active
and very healthy.

Joan Ridge de Grummond's guests Virginia and
Harry Dolim, visiting from Honolulu, HI, were busy
greeting old friends. Virginia used to write the California
Our holiday program was unique. Larry Grummett,
Magician Extraordinaire, entertained us with lots of
audience participation. We also had an opportunity for
members to share Panama memories with the gathering.
There were door prizes and raffle items galore. Too
many to mention, from the antique Tivoli Oil Lamp
donated by Joe and Ella Norton to the garnet jewelry,
gifts from Kathleen Steiner Bennett. Everyone was
delighted by their prize. Lottery winners were also
pleased. Bobby Adams won first prize of $25; Rochelle
Thompson, second; and Sue Taylor Pitney, third prize.
We were happy to welcome once again Eva
Thompson and Lisa Gunn Weber, our happy mixers, who
are not only fun but so lucky. They won six raffle gifts
between them. We hope they return again and again with
new members and friends each time.
Agnes Reinke Davis, CHS'36, was elected to serve
for 1995 as First Vice President of the Masonic Auxiliary
in Leisure World, Laguna Hill, CA. The installation was
held at the annual Christmas party on December 9.
Agnes is also an active member of our Society and is
present at all functions, lending a hand.

(1) A lively trio Norma Horine, Bob and Blanca Wolfenstein. (2) "Santa." Bill Roberts with real live
whiskers. (3) John, posing with his mother, Marion Snyder Rice.

(1) Joan Ridge deGrummond, catching up on old times with Henry and Virginia Ridge Dolim. (2) Grace
Irving, Noble and Dottie Phillips at the Christmas luncheon. (3) Joe and Helen Hasemann Ress visiting
with the Steiners, mother Dolly Steiner, daughters Joanne Steiner Robertson and Kathleen Steiner


Hope Hollowell Hirons and David Hollowell, 1994 West Coast Reunion (2) Gil
Hope Hollowell Hirons and David Hollowell, 1994 West Coast Reunion (2) Gil

Condry, Tom O'Donnell. (3) Mary Cryan Lade and

.a .-r.
A Mini-Reunion of Balboa High School teachers gather
at Joe and Ella Norton's in Ukiah, Calif. Gift and
Evelyn Wilde, Tom and Deanna Ames, Tom and
Marge Leavy.
Also enjoyed "catching up" on David Hillard and wife
Jane (Cox) who will move toTemecula, oncd their new
home is completed. Ted and Beth Haas Sundquist are
also waiting for their home to be completed in Jamul.
Donna Jenkins Franton came with dad Ivan Jenkins.
Ivan, 82 years "young", is a great-grandfather 18 times
and a two-time great-great-grandfather. Ivan stays young
traveling and involved in Lion's Club activities. Donna
told us about her exciting trip to England, Ireland and
Scotland this past summer.
For members, far and near, who were able to join us,
we enjoyed your company. Your attendance was most
pleasurable and we hope to see everyone back at the
Holiday Inn on March 5th, for our annual business

Leo Krziza. (4) Mike and Clelia Fernandez.

*.-- ^t- .^

Eddie Moore (BHS'40), wife Letty and granddaughter
Kelly Moore from El Segundo, CA. atop Diamond
Head, Oahu, Hawaii. In the background below, city of
Honolulu. November 28, 1994.
Eddie Moore (BHS'40), wife Letty and
granddaughter Kelly Moore, from El Segundo, CA, flew
for the seventh time to Oahu, HI, during the
Thanksgiving holiday and drove around the island seeing
Hanauma Bay, the Blowhole, the Dole Pineapple
Plantation, the Pali Lookout, the Punchbowl and the the
Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and climbed to the
top of Diamond Head. They are planning to go back
again in the near future.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



A sudden darkening and quick chill,
the smell and feel of rain.
First slow, then fast drops
pinging off metal trash cans,
one...two, three...four...five,
and now a roar as the downpour comes.
So many memories from the long ago Zone.
Two thousand miles apart and thirty years away,
cold winter night.
Snow falling silently. Complete quiet. Foreign.
The moon glistens off cotton white meadow..
Past midnight now,
talking in the street with a friend.
He reads, runs marathons, mountain bikes.
Ex-wife has the two girls in Montana.
He notices much, appreciates easily...
is alone, but not bitter, as we agree
it's good to be alive.

You say you don't want any more half-cooked poems
about rain hitting trash cans? Well, you better get pluma
en mano and send some noticias in 1995 or the Colorado
column could get even farther wide and to the right. And,
yes, the Heles did beat the Browns in the annual summer
games last July in St. George, UT. Many of you are
hungry for details, but honestly it wasn't that close.

Stew Brown
(303) 440-8456



No sooner than after having cruised the Hawaiian
Islands with Pete Foster's Zonian Amigos, Isabel Gibson
flew off to spend the holidays with her relatives in
Wasilla, AK. She spent a month with her sister-in-law
Doris Gibson (Mrs. Archie Gibson) and three of her
nieces and their families. Wasilla is a town about 40 miles
from Anchorage so Isabel enjoyed city life whenever the
spirit moved her as well as the small town out in the
wilds. Even though the temperatures were always below
zero she enjoyed tramping in the snow and seeing much
wildlife. Isabel reports the lifestyle is very casual but she
did dress up for the open house her relatives hosted in
her honor.
Jane Huldtquist jumped off the ship to dash off to
spend the holidays with family in Longmont, CO. She
spent two weeks visiting her brother Bob Presley, his wife
Jan and their two daughters, Laura and Erin. Bob is an
inspector with the Department of Agriculture while Jan
is a personnel manager with the Department of
Commerce. For the past several years, their two
daughters were clowns with the Ringling Brothers circus.
Laura has now returned to college while Erin continues
her career as a clown with the Zerbini circus, a French
Canadian outfit.

Cecilia "Ceci" Marceau went to Houston to spend
the holidays with June (Foster) and Byron Boeckel. The
Boeckels also had the entire Foster family there for the
holidays Marge and Pete as well as Colette (Foster),
Drake, and Wade Carlisle.
On January 21st, Esther Miller Ahlteen, Martha
Carey, Doris and Norman Dugas were off to Panama for
a month. Besides visiting with Martha's son this foursome
did a lot of sightseeing around Panama City and the old
Canal Zone areas to relive old memories. It was then off
to spend some time in Martha's home in El Volcan.

Betty Snow
(8130 799-4769


On December 14, 1994, 34 ladies of the Brown
Baggers and Sewing Club and their guests gathered at
the Clearwater Beach Hotel to enjoy their annual
Christmas luncheon.
Since the Brown Baggers hosted the luncheon this
year, each lady received "Little Brown Bag" filled with
note pads donated by Sir Speedy Printing, a pen, a pot
scubber (made and donated by Dottie Yocum), and some
sweets for the sweet. The "Little Brown Bags" were all
donated by Amy deGroot, Bob Van Siclen's daughter.
A lot of time was spent chatting and visiting and
everyone enjoyed the afternoon and the wonderful
luncheon served by the hotel staff.
They were led in singing Christmas carols by Bev
Williams and Dottie Yocum. Marje Foster had some
trivia Christmas questions and those with the correct
answer received a prize.
A very special thank you to Millie Hickey, Dot
Herrington, Marje Foster, Issy Gibson, Carolyn Johnson,
Dottie Yocum, Mary Urey, Aura Erikson, Helen
Ledgerwood, Betty Snow and Nancy Van Siclen for their
donations of door prizes.




Sara Rowley and Marie Dube.

the University of South Alabama, and I am presently
working as a chemist at Monsanto in Pensacola.


Brown Bagger and Sewing Club Christmas Luncheon.

Over the past several years, at each luncheon they
take up a collection for donations to Youth & Family
Alternatives. This year, Eleanor Buehler, a past president
of that organization, suggested that their donation be
given to the Teen Parenting program, which could be
used to purchase items such as baby blankets and
diapers, which are not included in the overall budget for
this worthwhile organization. The members and guests
outdid themselves and a total of $165.00 was collected,
and they have received a lovely thank you letter from the
Executive Director acknowledging their contribution.
They are all looking forward to next year's luncheon
which will be hosted by the Sewing Club.


During the holidays, Norma and Germaine Martin
had a Christmas get-together at their house in Gulf
Breeze, FL. Germaine's son Sam Foreman, Jr. and his
wife Anna Foreman were visiting from Jupiter, FL. We
ate shrimp and crab meat that night. Later that night,
Norma played the piano for quite some time; she is
extremely talented and everyone enjoyed her music.
I also had the good fortune of spending Christmas
dinner with Donald and Barbara Vose, Shane Vose,
Bobby Vose, Jennifer Findlay, and some of their friends.
This was their first Christmas in their new home in
Pensacola. Barbara served a great Christmas dinner.
Kevin Vose came down from North Kingston, RI, to visit
his parents for New Years. On Saturday, January 14,
1995, we got together at Mr. and Mrs. Vose's house to
watch the Duran fight on their large-screen television.
Among those that watched the boxing match with us
were Donald Vose, Barbara Vose, Darla Vose, Shane
Vose, Bobby Vose, Jennifer Findlay, Tom Boyle, and Don
For New Years, I went up to Atlanta, GA, with my
brother Donald. While in Atlanta, we met up with my
longtime friend, Ted Harley. We spent New Year's night
in the Buckhead area. Ted Harley is presently attending
the University of Tennessee. He is majoring in Finance
and will be graduating soon. He is presently working for
the First Tennessee Bank in Knoxville, TN. Donald
Drummond recently graduated from the University of
West Florida. Donald majored in International Studies
and is presently the President of Telepass
Communications in Pensacola, FL. I am a graduate of

Taken January 1, 1995 after New Year's night in
Atlanta. L-R: Donald Drummond, Bill Drummond Jr.,
and Ted Harley.

Lastly, on April 29, 1995, the Pensacola Junior
College will hold International Day. This event will be
held at their Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium from 6:00
p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Booths from many different countries
will be on display starting at 6:00 p.m. The local
Panamanian folklore group is scheduled to perform at
7:00 p.m. Also, is anyone is interested in buying some
Panamanian bateas, or wooden dishes, give me a call.

William Drummond, Jr.
(904) 476-1966


December is a wonderful month, and George and
Mayno (Bliss) Walker were especially happy to enjoy
having a group of their family gather together.
Their daughter Jeanne (Walker) Wagner and her
daughter, Gayle Wagner, of Anchorage, AK, came for a
two-week visit. They were joined by Jeanne's sisters,
Mabelle "Mickey" W. Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach,
FL, and Carole W. Miller of Tampa, FL. They spent
several days sightseeing in Key West and had the thrill of
swimming with the dolphins at Islamorada, FL, and
brought home a video of this event for all to see.
During their visit here, their cousin Shane Walker of
Corozal, R.P., who is attending college in Tampa, came
to see his many relatives before he departed to spend his
"Christmas break" with his parents, Fred and Kay
Walker, of Corozal.
The second week, Jeanine Wagner arrived from
Anchorage to share in the family activities. Likewise,
Carole (Walker) Miller's two sons, Mike and Tom
Peregoy, of Richard, VA, came with their families. This
included Michael, Kim, and 10-month old daughter,
Kerlsey Peregoy, and Tom, Katie, daughter Cassie, and
two and one-half-year-old son, Alex Peregoy.
Several days were spent at the Fitzgerald home in
New Smyrna Beach, which included decorating the
Christmas tree and visiting with other family members as
well as night fishing.

Sad but true, Friday and Saturday was the parting of
the ways for all to return home, but it was great while it
Mrs. George "Tommy" Roth spent the Christmas
holidays in Tampa with her son-in-law and daughter,
Arthur and Marilyn (Roth) Banks and their daughter,
Melissa Roth Banks. They also went to the Tampa Bay
Bucs football game.
Marilyn is Executive Director of the Tampa Bay
Children's Chorus and Melissa is a member of the
chorus. This past summer the group accepted an
invitation from Governor Chiles to represent the state of
Florida in Washington, DC, during the commemoration
of the Normandy invasion. A group of sixty children
made the trip, including Melissa's parents and other
parents. The children sang at the Navy Memorial, the
Lincoln Memorial and in Christ Church in Alexandria,
Later when Tommy entertained the Canal Zone
morning group at her home in Sarasota, Marilyn and her
daughter came for the party. Melissa told us about her
trip and she sang several songs which were enjoyed by all.
Jay Cain, Myrtle Hughes, Fred Mohl and his wife
enjoyed the five-day cruise to Key West, Cozumel, and
Cancun, sponsored by our local NARFE Chapter. All
had a most enjoyable trip.
Gladys McLain has returned from a three-week visit
in Curacao with her daughter and son-in-law, July
(McLain) and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch and their three
children during the Christmas season. While there, she
was honored at a birthday party just before Christmas.
There were over 100 guests singing Happy Birthday to
her in five languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Pamiento,
and Hebrew. En route home, Gladys stopped over in St.
Thomas for a week's visit with other family members.
Diane (Skinner) Snider of Falmouth, MA,
accompanied by her daughter Carla of Pittsburgh, PA,
spent two weeks during Christmas in Winter Park with
her mother Charlene "Snookie" (Wirtz) Skinner.
In January, Almond Snider joined his wife Diane for
their annual vacation in Sarasota. Diane arrived in
Sarasota in time to attend the Canal Zone Monday
morning coffee group at Blanche Hartman's home.
Myrtle Hughes flew to Texas to spend Christmas
with her son Tom Hughes, his wife Lorna, and their
children in Houston (Deer Park), TX.
Wilma Hidalgo, recently retired from the Army at
Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, with 44 years government
service. She has settled in the Sarasota area, spent two
weeks with Katherine Egolf in Pinellas Park, FL

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

The big news for this report is that Manual
Azcarraga (better known to some as Lucho) has gotten
his American citizenship. This has taken a lot of
persistence on both Lucho's and his wife Mimi's part.

After several trips from Panama to the States and
numerous tests, etc., Lucho was sworn in on December
16, 1994, before a Federal judge at the Federal
courthouse in downtown Miami. It was exciting to witness
the ceremony. Most of us being U.S. citizens already,
don't realize the privilege that we already have. So, it's
congratulations, citizen Lucho. Lucho is a 1976 Balboa
High School graduate, not the organ player.
During the month of December, Lucho, Kelly
Parthenais and I went to visit Jay and Janice Foster who
live in Englewood, which is close to Ft. Myers. They have
a lovely home on a huge lot with a pool. Jay, who
graduated in 1976, and his wife have two kids and twelve
pets, including three iguanas. They also live close to Alan,
formerly of Tampa, who we all know as a good friend of
Tom Young's. It's a beautiful area.
Over the holidays I was able to visit with Mary and
Earl Mullins, formerly of Gamboa. They now live in
Dothan. Mary made a scrumptious gourmet Thanksgiving
dinner which was enjoyed by her family, son Jimmy and
Karen (Newlon) with their two kids; son Robert and
Vernell and their three kids; her mother Mary Mahlia
and other cousins, brothers and relatives. It was truly a
time to give thanks. Robert and Vernell have recently
moved from Wisconsin to the Ft. Walton area in the
Florida Panhandle. We hope to see a lot more of them.
I ran into a couple of people from the "other side" at
the Clevlander a couple of months ago. Robert Bacera
and Victor Lam were there with Leo Fong. Leo is the
controller of the Clevlander which is a popular
hotel/restaurant/bar on Ocean Drive on South Beach in
Miami. Victor lives in California and was visiting Robert
who is a dentist here in Miami where he lives with his
wife and children.
For all you others who live in this area, please
remember to drop me a note if you have any news to
report. Would love to hear from you.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 531-6525


Sue Corrigan made her annual trip to beautiful
Guatemala in October but this year her daughter Lisa
joined her. They literally shopped till they dropped and
as usual thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The end of October, Sue Corrigan, Sheila Stepp and
Chris Gibson drove from Tallahassee, FL, to
Westminster, Md, to bury their father, Dr. Harry W.
Mitten, Jr., in the family plot. The scenery/trees were
beautiful and on their return route they visited with
friends along the eastern coast, including Pio and Kathy
(Hirt) Schultz in Ft. Monroe, VA.
My mother-in-law, Sara Rowley, came to visit with us
a few days after Christmas. Spent New Years and her
81st birthday with us until we went down to Clearwater
for Skip's surgery.
On January 3, Sara and Beverly Rowley attended the
Florida Jubilee 95 Inauguration for Governor Lawton
Chiles. There was plenty of food to eat and lots of
entertainment. Even had the tour of the Governor's

mansion. We had an exceptionally good time. John
Schmidt and his Jr. ROTC Air Force class from Godby
High School joined in the festivities.


Spoke to Odie (Winberg) Soper and she told me she
and Cleve went to Alabama over the Christmas holidays
to visit with her twin sister, Alicia Hill. Said the trip was
short, but nice. Cleve also sent me some photos of the
Panama Canal Administrator, Mr. Gilberto Guardia F.,
when he was here in Atlanta during the latter part of
1994 as a guest speaker of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. Mr. Guardia, who was accompanied by Mr.
Sandy Hinkle, Ombudsman and Chief, Marketing
Development of the Panama Canal Commission, spoke
on the Panama Canal. The graphic display was provided
by Mr. Ernesto Holder, Chief of the Audio Visual
Section of the Panama Canal Graphic Branch. Joining
Mr. Guardia and his wife, was his grandson who goes to
Georgia Tech., and Mr. Olmedo A. Rosas, Jr., the
Consul General of Panama. Cleve also mentioned that he
had a very pleasant visit with Mr. Arnold Talbott, who
was here for a few days in January. Arnold had been
back to Panama last year and said he was surprised to
see the changes there.

Four generations of Rowleys: Beverly Rowley,
Miranda Friedel, Renee (Rowley) Friedel, Matthew
Friedel, Sara Rowley, Skip Rowley.

John Schmidt, (center), teacher for Junior R.O.T.C. at
Godby High School, Tallahassee, FL, with group who
participated in Inauguration for Governor Lawton

January 9th, Skip Rowley had his hip joint replaced
at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. The
operation was a success and Dr. Steinman was able to
lengthen his leg 3/4", so when Skip took his first few
steps it really felt strange. After one week in the hospital,
he was transferred to Health South Rehab unit for up to
ten days. Skip is expected to have a full recovery by July
for the annual reunion and hopes to dance the night

Beverly R. Rowley
(904) 422-2151

Graphic display of the Panama Canal in Atlanta, GA.
Shown are Mr. Olmedo A Rosas, Jr., Counsel General
of Panama; grandson of Mr. Guardia; Civil Engineer of
Atlanta; and Mr. Guardia, Administrator, PCC.

My mom, Sara Rowley, flew up from Florida on Kiwi
Airline to spend the Christmas holiday with us, and while
here we all drove up to Asheville, NC, to see the
Biltmore Estate decorated up in all of its Christmas
finery. It was well worth the trip and since we went
during the week, we had time to leisurely look everything
over without the large crowds. We even had time to visit
their winery and buy a bottle or two of their delicious
wines. Afterwards we drove over to the Grove Park Inn
to show the grandchildren the gingerbread village and
houses that were made for a competition and we were all
suitably impressed with everything that we saw. It was a
long day but worth the trip. Another worthwhile trip we
took was the day after Christmas when we drove down to
Callaway Gardens, GA, to see the gardens and butterfly
house during the day, and then the "Fantasy of Lights" at
night. The day was beautiful, warm and sunny, and that
night we drove around on an open tram to see the lights.
It was quite cold, but crisp and clear, with the stars
shining brightly overhead.
Bruce and Ginny Hearn invited Marilyn "Sissy"
Flynn, Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber, and Davis and I to

their home in Cumming, GA, for an "after-Christmas get-
together" and dinner. We had a great time just being
together and enjoying the delicious dinner that Ginny had

Speaking of Panama, I am so excited about going
back after almost six years and visiting with friends and
seeing all the changes that have occurred. I am going on
the 1995 Dry Season Tour of Panama with my husband,
Davis, the end of February, and can hardly wait. By the
time the Canal Record is printed, I will be either on my
way there, or just returning. Either way, I will have lots
to write about and some photos to submit for the next

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Bruce and Ginny Hearn at their home in Cumming,
Georgia, December 1994.

Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn at home of Bruce and Ginny
Hearn, December 1994.

Dave and Bernice Baglien wrote me to tell me about
their Christmas. They said that Joel and Jodi with their
girls, Claire and Maya, came from Minneapolis and the
Dawson-Bagliens, Julie and Gary plus boys Evan, Ethan,
Erik and Eston came from Onondaga, MI. The Georgia
contingent, Beth and Carl Williams plus Erika and Jon
were already there and the only Bagliens missing were
Lynn and daughter Jenny from San Antonio who just
couldn't make it. A delightful time was had by all.
Lester and Andrea (Byrd) Smith have returned from
their Christmas vacation in Panama, and from all that I
hear, it was a good one. Andrea did say she had
forgotten how cold the Volcan was and wished she had
worn something warmer while there for a little "mini"
vacation. They were visiting with Andrea's brother, Ron
Byrd, and also managed to spend some time at his beach
house in the Interior where the weather was a lot

Bob Beall, prior to
his 26-mile marathon

The 22nd Honolulu
Marathon (Dec. 11), now
the second largest marathon
in the country, was won by
Benson Masya (his third
Honolulu win in the last
four years) in 2:15:04.
Another important
participant, who walked the
26 + miles in fine shape, is
Bob Beall, son of Canal
Record editor Pat Beall of
Clearwater, FL, and Liz
Beall of Largo, FL. Bob was
part of a group of about 30
sponsored by the Leukemia
Society of America,
Northern California
Chapter, which projected
they would raise $100,000
for the society via this
"Phantom Marathon" stay
comfortably home and let
your donations raise funds
for research while you watch
on TV. Prior to the event,
my friend Jerry Spencer and
I visited Bob at the Parc

walrnk nu oolulu, n. Hotel here and were
delighted to have a chance to know this fine young man
whose leukemia is now in remission, and to meet a few
of his group members. My daughter Katya and I watched
parts of the marathon finishers when we estimated Bob
would be coming in, but we missed him. We were so
proud of him and of his group, all of whom crossed the
finish line. Bob and his five-year-old daughter live in
Santa Rosa, CA, where he works with architects in

Marathoners during their 26-mile walk near Diamond
Head, Honolulu, Hawaii, in aid of the Leukemia Society
of America.

I called Jean (Walsh) Kaufman of Menlo Park, CA,
about David and Lucille (Cook) Nanny, both of whom
were confined in a convalescent hospital near Jean's
home. Jean visits Lucille regularly and is astounded by
Lucille's indomitable and positive spirit, despite her long
illness, confinement, hip replacement, and David's
injuries in an auto accident.
The peregrinating Henry Dolims flew to Florida to
see Jim Ridge, Sr., visiting from Panama. Virginia's
brother Paul Ridge of San Mateo, CA, joined them for
the visit, and the Dolims later attended the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California Christmas party.
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan reports that her
brother-in-law's first cousin Ginger Young and husband
Bill Young from Ormond Beach, FL, were visiting Hawaii
and they asked me to join them for lunch at the Marina
at Pearl Harbor, but I could not. (Jim Young's first
cousin married a young Young I'm confused). Margaret
says the group of Zonian Amigos had a grand time on
their interisland cruise on the SS Constitution. She met
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt and Vera (Howell) Ryan (from
Dothan) upon their ship's return and drove them around
before the group headed for the Polynesian Cultural
Center (the finest night-time show of its kind). Margaret
enjoyed seeing Isabel Gibson, Mary Urey, Jane
Huldtquist, Harry Foster and others she knew. Two of
Margaret's sisters are visiting Panama at this time, Nancy
Schorsch and Mary Young, along with some friends from

for visitors and residents alike. The new Hale Koa
(military) Hotel tower should be topped off soon and
completed before year's end. The parking garage is
completed (and reasonable). The beach at Fort DeRussy,
which was the worst in Waikiki, is now the best, with the
importation of tons of lovely golden sand. The weather is
gloriously cool, the surf at this time is high 10 to 15 feet
on North Shore and longboarding, once passe, is back
in popularity (surf boards of 9-foot length or more). The
Kahala Hilton will close in February for extensive
renovation. For Elk members, the beach has washed out
to sea and will return in the usual pattern, and under new
management the cuisine is now "broke-da-mout' ono"

George Olsen, Jackie (Dorgan) Meketa and her
husband Charles Meketa of Placitas, New Mexico.

Rear L-R: Paul High, Herb Peterson, Front L-R: Larry
Reddens, Lois Bates at Hale Koa Hotel.
During Herb Peterson's visit to Hawaii last fall with
his son-in-law Paul High, we had a nice evening at the
Hale Koa Hotel with friends, including Virginia and
Hank Dolim, with much "talk story" as we had not seen
Herb for 50-some years. Herb and his wife Tita
(Galindo) Peterson live in Springfield, VA (her brother
is Anibal Galindo in the wholesale pharmaceutical
business). Paul High met and married his wife Shirley
when he lived in Panama. Herb's daughter Mercedes
Salter and husband Talmadge live in Lansdale, PA. Betty
Peterson, the widow of Herb's youngest brother Bobby
(who died in 1974) also lives in Springfield, nearby.
For Isle visitors: The newly-opened Aloha Tower
Marketplace sets off the famous tower and is a big draw

L-R: Jan Taylor, her sister Olive Nicholson from
California, Lois Bates, Katya DeLaMater, Bill Taylor
at Hawaii Yacht Club.

Many people are "huhu" (upset) over the Hooters
hoopla the name of the popular restaurant chain and its
new outlet at the Aloha Tower Marketplace because
Hooters will be title sponsor of the Hula Bowl for the
next five years. So it's now the Hooters Hula Bowl
starting with the 49th annual game on January 22, and it's
heartening that somebody gives a hoot about the Hula

Lois De La Mater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Norma San Miguel Clancy (BHS'70) of Kenner
reports husband Ed played Court Jester at Twelfth Night
January 6 for a fund-raiser benefiting the Mardi Gras
Museum. In a lavish, outlandish costume, he introduced
the court and cracked jokes. Ed is a well-known local
personality in the New Orleans area and works in radio,
television and an ad agency. On the Zone, Norma lived
at Albrook. Her parents are now retired and live in
Universal City outside San Antonio, TX. The Clancys
have two daughters, Elisabeth, 8, and Alexandra, 5.
Big news from John R. Gough, Sr. in Marrero was
the birth of his second great-grandson. John plans some
serious quality time with the boys later this year. He is
also happy to report that his son William "Bill" Gough III
(BHS'67) is doing well with his lower right-leg prosthesis
and hopes to return to work soon. Bill lost it in an
accident in November 1993 and doctors had tried for a
year to save it. John hosted an open-house buffet for
about 30 relatives, friends and neighbors December 23d,
including John R. Gough II (BHS'63) of Tampa; Bill
Gough and his wife Joann of Marrero; Sgt. 1st Class
John R. Gough III, his wife Bridgitte and sons, Justin
and Andrew, of Copperas Cove, TX. John Sr. and Bill are
making plans to attend the PCS Reunion this summer.

w ri5j1rjI ,; 7. .
Ex-Zonian John R. Gough Sr. with his 5 year-old
great-grandson Justin Paul Gough and two

Charles and Phyllis (Graham) Morse, formerly of
Chalmette and who recently became new Louisiana
members of the Society, have now relocated to 570
Entrada Dr., Novato, CA 94949-5566. No further
information is available at this time, but we wish them
Thea and Chuck Thomas are brand-new members of
the Society and are just getting settled in their new home.
They are originally from Indiana, met in the Zone where
Chuck was stationed at Fort Kobbe, and were married at
Balboa Union Church by the Rev. Clarence Payne in
1966. Thea worked for the Canal Zone
Government/Panama Canal Company in the Atlantic-
Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission from 1966-
67. The first time they left Panama they drove home by
way of the mostly unpaved Pan-American Highway. Two
months later Chuck began working for Eastman Kodak

in its International Division. They left the U.S. in 1976
for Puerto Rico with their sons, Chad and Andy, and
spent five years there. During that time, Thea went to
law school and was a law clerk for a federal judge. In
1981 they returned to Panama and lived in Punta Paitilla
until the "crisis" compelled them to move to Balboa
Heights. From 1982-91 Thea worked as an attorney for
the Panama Canal Commission and as assistant general
counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Chuck
ultimately became general manager of Kodak Panama

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Chuck and Thea Thomas with sons Chad and Andy
on far right.
Chad and Andy Thomas are BHS graduates. Chad in
1986 and Andy in 1990. Chad went to Northwestern
University, Evanston, IL, and earned a law degree from
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993. He is
now an associate with the law firm of Thompson,
Sizemore & Gonzales, Tampa, FL. Andy graduated from
Tulane University, New Orleans, last May, and is in San
Francisco struggling to become a professional musician.
He plays bass guitar in two bands: World for Ransom
and Jar.
Chuck retired from Kodak in 1992 and is a full-time
graduate student in accounting at La. State University,
Baton Rouge, and Thea works as an attorney for the Port
of New Orleans with offices in the World Trade Center
in the heart of the Canal business district.
The Warren family gathered at David's house in New
Orleans over New Year's weekend. David's son, Bradley,
18, was there as were David's parents, Gret and Bill
Warren, who motored over from their home in New Port
Richey, and his sister Kathryn and her husband Jim
Lewark, who flew in for a long weekend from their home
in Menlo Park, CA.
David is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve
and was recently promoted to chief of management
support. In his regular 9-to-5 job, he is chief of terminal
operations, responsible for the movement of export cargo
overseas and import containers at 1314 Medium Port
Command, New Orleans, U.S. Department of the Army.
Bradley is finishing high school and considering his future
options with lots of family support.
After leaving David's, Gret and Bill were RVing west
to meet Julia and Jim Boukalis of Weatherford, TX, and
join an RV caravan heading for Puerto Penasco on the
Gulf of California in Mexico. Kathy and Jim spent a
restful 10 days at Thanksgiving in Hawaii just down the
road from Kris Kristoferson and Ringo Starr. Jim was

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SRENEWAL: $20.00 Annually (Oct. 1-Sept.30) per family, including children under
18 years of age. (A portion of this amount is for subscription to the Canal Record
for one year).

- NEW MEMBERSHIP: $20.00 Annually per family including children under 18 years
of age, plus a $10.00 Administrative Fee for new members and individuals who have
not renewed their membership prior to June 1 of the current dues year shall be
considered a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee.

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1995 Reunion


Wednesday, July 5, 1995

CITIES, Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim, Denver & Chicago.

Thursday, July 6, 1995


Friday, July 7, 1995


Saturday, July 8, 1995


Sunday, July 9, 1995


Happy you came Hope you had a 8ood time Arrive home safely

Reunion Coordinator (813) 789-4858

Our committees are hard at work on the 1995 Reunion and can only hope that our plans will jell into place with
as much ease and efficiency as in past reunions. Our capable chairpersons for the 1995 Society Reunion are:

Registration Muriel Whitman, and Dorothy Pate
Dances Betty Frassrand
Information and Hospitality Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
Luncheon Betty Malone
Security Robert Van Siclen
Golf Margot and Hubert Jordan
Vendors Nancy Van Siclen

Registration, Information and Hospitality will be located in Marriott's Convention Center (Lower Level) where our
members can gather and visit with each other and see all those passing by.
Due to the rising costs of administering the Reunion, the Executive Board voted to charge a $5.00 non-refundable
registration fee to offset these expenses, payable with each Registration Form submitted.
All the forms have been printed in this issue. Please read the directions for completing your Registration Form, Hotel
Reservation and Ticket Order Forms. Incomplete and incorrect information on the forms may result in a delay in
processing these forms. Please follow instructions carefully.
We are utilizing the Orlando Marriott World Center only, where everything will be under one roof. The World Center
has handicapped parking, valet parking and regular parking.
The Lollipop Lounge is available for baby-sitting from 4:00 to 12:00 P.M. and will hold 30 children on a first-come-
first-served basis. Charges are $5.00/Hr. for first child; and $3.00/Hr. for second child from the same family.
Initial hotel requests must be mailed to the Reunion Coordinator, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FLorida
34642-4712 for membership certification. ALL CHANGES IN ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES. CANCELLATIONS
Reservations have already been made for several high school reunions to be held during the 1995 Reunion and we
await requests from others. The Executive Board has opened Friday night for Class Reunion activities.
Requests to hold non-Society functions in the hotel during the 1995 Reunion must be submitted in writing to the
Reunion Coordinator NO LATER than MAY 15, 1995.
The Executive Board has approved 25 tables to be set up in the Vendor area. This area will be in the Boston, Atlanta,
Anaheim, Denver and Chicago rooms (Hall of Cities), which will be locked during non-vending hours. Vendor tables will
be assigned in the order that Vendor Applications and Fee are received.
If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1995 Reunion, you should submit an
Application for Membership to the Secretary, Panama Canal Society, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida
34642-4712 between now and the June 22, 1995 Executive Board meeting.
Many door prizes will be awarded at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday morning, July 7, with a special grand
prize of TWO(2) round trip tickets from Miami/Panama/Miami donated by COPA Airlines. Support your Society by
attending this meeting and see if you are the lucky winner.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has again been designated as our official travel agent and we urge our members to
utilize their services, thus enabling us to receive complimentary tickets to bring our musicians to the Reunion. They will
obtain the best flight schedule and the lowest rate to get you to and from Orlando.
We have had some very dedicated members in the Zone who have agreed for the 5th year to accept and provide the
yellow pages for those not receiving their copies in time. Atlantic siders may contact Alberta Corrigan and Pacific siders
may contact Sue Stabler for their reunion forms. What would we do without you? Thank you for your help. Please call
me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all in 1995.

Robert Johnson
1995 Reunion Coordinator




- (813)


1. Please register yourself, family and/or guests if you plan to attend the Reunion. ALL FORMS ARE INCLUDED
2. A non-refundable registration fee of $5.00 per Registration Form (not per individual) is being charged to offset
reunion expenses incurred throughout the year due to rising costs.
a. Fee is payable to: 1995 Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. This fee must not be included in your hotel deposit but may accompany
your hotel reservation form, or ticket order or golf registration form on a separate check or money order.
b. 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.
c. If you delay registering until you arrive at the Reunion, you must register at a designated station in the
Marriott Convention Center, lower level and pay your registration fee of $5.00 per member number before
you can receive your badges or purchase tickets to the dances.
3. At Registration tables located at the Marriott Convention Center, lower level, name badges and pre-paid tickets will
be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure 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, will be necessary, authorizing
another individual to pick them up.
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 Registration area during their operating hours.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, etc. should be picked up from the Chairperson of that event.

If you plan to attend the 1995 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.

Office Use Onl I Date/Post Dues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee Lunch Ball PZonian

please print or type: Member Number:_
$5.00 Registration Fee:_

Member: Tel.No.


lity: State Zip__

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





Marriott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairpersons: Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler

Hospitality 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 and Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published working hours. Our staff is
experienced 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 local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
4. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
5. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
6. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
7. Place your message on our notice board for friends, and/or guests.
8. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories and Canal Records.
9. The center for "Lost and Found" items.

We are at your service.

1. Reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1995 dues and all reservations will be
authorized through the 1995 Reunion Coordinator. Please do not phone reservations directly to hotel.
a. Hotel will make room assignments. MEMBERS MUST MAKE ANY CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is JUNE 5,1995.
complete form properly will delay processing of your reservation.
a. This form must be accompanied by a REGISTRATION FORM and a non-refundable registration fee of $5.00
(Payable to 1995 Reunion Coordinator) DO NOT INCLUDE THIS FEE IN HOTEL DEPOSIT PAYMENT.
3. Mail Hotel Reservation and one (1) nights DEPOSIT MADE OUT TO HOTEL to 1995 Reunion Coordinator, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
a. Deposit payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable to U.S. Institutions to the hotel or by major
credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC or other). Please indicate card number, expiration date and signature. DO NOT
4. A limited number of rooms for handicapped guests will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please note your
request in the Special Request space on Reservation Form.
5. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available. Contact the Marriott World Center at (407) 238-8649
for prices and availability, then place your request on the Hotel Reservation Form and send to the 1995 Reunion
1 S-@--- o Cene--"[ 1Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
SO tando od C nicr 1995 Reunion July 5-9, 1995
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call our Requests must be received by: June 5, 1995 ARRIVAL: TIME:
Toll Free Number (800) 621-0638 Day/Date I
or dial Direct (407) 239-4200 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 P.M. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 A.M.
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Area Code Ph one Number Fax Number Last Name First Name
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INo. of Number of People in Each Room_
No.of Rates
Rooms ACCOMMODATIONS Single-Double Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:
____ No Preference .00
__ One ng Bed, Non-Smoking .00 American Express Visa/Master Card
wo Double Beds, Non-Smoking
Accessible oom ne King Bed nly .00 Diner's Club Discover
Non-Smoking Room 86.00
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For Suite information please contact the hotel at 407-238-8649
One Bedroom Suites Expiration Date
Two Bedroom Suites
Hospitality Suites (non-bedded)
I understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
SPECIAL REQUESTS: deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event I do
not check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 48 hours
prior to arrival.
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Crystal Ballroom
Chairperson: Betty Frassrand

Plans for the 1995 Panzonian Dance and the Annual Ball are well under way and both events promise to be most
We are pleased to welcome Charlie Cooper and his Copra Band back to our annual festivities. Charlie will be
playing on Friday night for our continued dancing and listening pleasure.
The Friday night Panazonian dance will also feature LeRoy Lewis who is well known for his entertainment at our 1993
and 1994 reunions.
The Annual Ball on Saturday night will feature Frank Pretto and his Parranda Band who has been with us since 1992.
The Panamanian/Zonian spirit truly comes alive with Father Frank's music and will leave our hearts full; and our feet
The doors to the dances for both nights will open at 8:00 p.m., with the dance beginning at 8:30 and continuing
throughout the night until 1:30 a.m. It is suggested that members purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets will
not be sold at the door.
We have had many requests in past years from the coordinators of class reunions for reserved tables. We will now
be able to do so. If you are organizing a class reunion and would like to reserve a table, please let the Reunion
Coordinator, Robert Johnson, know of your request. There will be a limit on the number of tables each class will be able
to reserve, but at this point, we do not know what that limit will be. Once we receive the various requests, we will be in
touch with you to let you know how we can accommodate your needs. It is again suggested that you make your requests
as soon as possible.


1. If you have not submitted a Hotel Reservation Form or Registration Form, please attach your Registration Form and
a non-refundable $5.00 Registration Fee with this Ticket Form.
2. Ticket orders will be accepted from only those members submitting a Registration Form and non-refundable
Registration Fee of $5.00.
4. No tickets will be sold at the door. It is advised that you order your tickets in advance since there is no guarantee that
there will be tickets available at time of Reunion.



Saturday, July 8, 1995 Chairperson Betty Malone
1. Grand Ballroom Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
$16.00/Ticket 8 Tickets per member Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 8 per member.
No. of Tickets Total $ 3. Seating will be at tables of 8 persons.
1. 4. Menu: Chicken Tuscany with Pasta
2. Salad and Vegetable
3. Soft Breadsticks
4. Strawberry Romanoff
5. Coffee Iced Tea
6. 5. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
S7. June 20, 1995 and will not be re-sold at the Reunion.
Saturday, July 8, 1995 REUNION DANCES
Chairperson Betty Frassrand

$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member 1. Crystal Ballroom 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
No. of Tickets Total $ 3. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
1. June 20, 1995 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
2. 4. Hotel will provide cash bars.
5. 6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted
16. at the dances.
7. PANAZONIAN DANCE Panamanian attire or
Informal dress.
Friday, July 7, 1995 SHORTS OR JEANS.
$8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member REGISTRATION TABLES.
No. of Tickets Total $ PANAZONIAN DANCE Music by Leroy Lewis
No. of Tickets Total $ 83 130 PM
1. 8:30 10:30 PM
1. Music by Charlie Cooper
12. 10:30 1:30 AM
13. ANNUAL BALL Music by Frankie Pretto
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There is an agreement with the Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort and the Reunion Coordinator that requests
to hold Class Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion must be
approved in advance by the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to:
Reunion Coordinator, Robert Johnson, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida, 34642-4712.

1995 Reunion
Peter Foster Coordinator


The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1995 Reunion.
If a significant number of members make their Reunion air travel reservations through BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL
on DELTA AIR LINES, our Society will benefit as its air travel costs for the Society to bring the Reunion musicians will
be reduced.
The primary purpose of appointing an 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
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate Reunion Registration
hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk Staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights at those locations
where a significant amount of members depart from. Chartering Flights would provide a considerable reduction in
Reunion travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, Delta Air Lines or their own
travel agent (with the latter, you must use the Delta File number). The advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that
in addition to providing a complete travel profile, advanced seat assignments, boarding passes and free ticket delivery -
BOWEN-KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available and monitor reservations to obtain a lower fare for the member
should fares decrease before departure.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from July 1st through July
12, 1995.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1995 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of the Reunion Transportation program and complete and mail the Preliminary
CONTEST/TRAVEL Form in the BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL'S advertisement. The form is non-binding to you, but
it will also provide advance information for select support functions. BOWEN-KEPPIE has modified its handling of these
forms to provide a more efficient and expeditious response to the membership.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE advertisement and if you
should call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your

Bowen Keppie Travel anticipates that reduced summer air fare
rates will be available beginning in March or April, and
recommends that members defer making their air travel
reservations until that time.

Hall of Cities Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim, Denver & Chicago
Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen

1. A Vendor's Application for the 1995 Reunion may be obtained from Nancy Van Siclen, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. They will not be published in the Canal
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Reunion
3. Space is available for 25 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 and vendor's fee.
5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Vendor Area is PROHIBITED.
6. The Deadline for receiving Vendor's Applications and for refunds is June 5, 1995.
7. Instructions are outlined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read all instructions very carefully. The Marriott
World Center has some restrictions which cannot be broken, such as attaching anything to the walls, etc. Restrictions
are completely outlined in the Vendor Application and Instruction Form.

Announces the Appointment of


S As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion
The Official Carrier 7

WeLoveToFlyAndItShowl s
Each Reunion associated air reservation to Orlando, Florida on DELTA between July 1, 1995 through July 12, 1995 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.
Send in a completed CONTEST/Travel Form, below. Drawing for a winner will take place during the Society's Annual
Reunion Business Meeting on July 7, 1995. The winner will be reimbursed the amount of one roundtrip between the
winner's continental U.S. Air Gateway City and Orlando, Florida, purchased through Bowen-Keppie Travel.
For your convenience you may phone DELTA direct, 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservation under FILE No.
B1809. Unfortunately, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.

Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests OR,
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!

Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down before you depart.
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Chairpersons Margot and Hubert Jordan

The Sixteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at the Marriott's Orlando World Center
Golf Course, 1 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida on July 6, 1995.
The field will be limited to 144 players so send your registration form in early to insure entry into the tournament.
Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed by a "shot-gun" tee-time of 8:00 a.m. RESERVATION DEADLINE is June 16,
1995 and NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Unless advised by the committee consider yourself registered;
no confirmation will be sent.
The $51.00 entry fee includes green fees, golf carts, luncheon, awards, favors and door prizes. The Awards Luncheon
will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, Nos. 4-6, located in the Convention Center of the Marriott Hotel
immediately following the completion of play. I.D. tags, given to you as you check in at the golf club, are needed for
admittance to the Awards Luncheon, so please display prominently on your person. One luncheon guest per player will
be admitted at the cost of $17.00 which includes favors and door prizes. A list with their names will be at the luncheon
check-in desk. No last minute guests or children under 12 years of age will be permitted.
As not all players have vaild handicaps we will set up the men's flights by age. Age is not required for the women's
flight. Prizes will be based on medal play and special events. You may play with players of your choice, but you must
compete in your own age group. If you do not select anyone to play with, we will place you based on your age or
handicap. Please state your current PGA Handicap/Index on the Registration Form so you may be correctly placed in
your flight.
Information regarding the tournament will be posted in the registration area of the Marriott Convention Center, lower
level, on Wednesday afternoon, July 5, 1995. The golf course is located adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, making your arrival
an easy one.
Golfers should drop off their golf clubs at the baggage drop or at the Bell Captain's Station upon arrival and the Pro
Shop will store them for the tournament. Golf shoes cannot be worn in the Marriott Hotel so shoes may be changed at
the Pro Shop and they will store your regular shoes until completion of the tournament. NO COOLERS ARE
All golf tournament participants, validated by the chairpersons, are eligible to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday for
only $35.00 plus tax, and can make tee times three months in advance of the reunion. Let's make this the best tournament
year ever by having a big turnout to play this wonderful golf course.


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President Marje Foster
This is your Society we urge ALL members-to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership be there
for election of Officers and Committee Reports.

1. Crystal Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up (1995 Dues) members will be admitted. Please show your Membership Card.
4. There will be drawings for several prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket
at the entrance to the meeting,





1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1995 Reunion, you should submit an application
for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712, before the June 22, 1995 Executive Board meeting.
4. 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 or reasonable information concerning your event may
be displayed at Hospitality or Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Jeanne Wheeler.
5. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or Annual Ball.



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overwhelmed by the immense variety of foliage and
blossom. The hibiscus and frangipani brought back
memories of Panama for Kathy. Jim has created several
fuchsia hybrids that he'll probably register. He is
considering a series of fuchsias named after the women
and two men who were hanged or pressed to death as
witches in Salem.
Kathy is the manager of Information Resources,
SynOptics Communications, Santa Clara, CA. She will be
building another corporate library in Billerica, a Boston
suburb, this year which will entail frequent-flier miles
from her home in California.
Last September and October Ev and Bob Wertz
highwayed and bywayed from their home in Belle Chasse
northwestward through Shreveport, Dallas, Oklahoma
City, Dodge City to Jackson Hole, WY. They toured
national parks including the Great Tetons, Yellowstone,
Glacier, Banff (Lake Louise and Jasper area), Olympia,
Redwood, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon.
Along the way they visited Victoria and the Butchart
Gardens, San Francisco, Monterey-Carmel including the
17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach.
Initially they were going to visit their youngest
daughter and her husband (Gael and Ricky Sandoval) in
San Francisco, but they had missed Victoria on their last
Western tour so they decided to include it this time.
While in the Bay area they were able to see two '49ers
games and Bob took a side trip to St. Mary's College,
Maraga, CA, where he started Navy flight training in
1943. It was a coincidence to get there homecoming
On their return they came through the Mojave
Desert to Phoenix to visit their daughters-in-law. While
there Bob called on Fernando Tapia, BHS'40 class
president. They plan a longer visit at the 55-year class
reunion in San Diego in September. Their 40th night on
the road was at Beaumont when the terrible rains hit and
devastated the Beaumont-Houston-Conroe area. They
were lucky the next morning to be on 1-10 East and make
it home safely to Belle Chasse after 9,500 miles and 22
different lodgings. Bob says it was a great trip, but in the
future they plan to fly and rent a car, tour and then fly

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Big news may be brewing for BHS'52 from the looks
of things. Class secretary Ginny Selby Entrekin has
decided to retire from the math department at University
of Southern Mississippi in May 1995 and figures in her
mathematical way that the class may want to get together
for a 45th in 1997. Since husband Rod retired from the
ministry three years ago, she misses out on the fun he is
having. All three kids were home for Christmas and more
big news--son David and his wife Jan are expecting their
first child in June and this will be the first Entrekin
grandchild. Their two daughters have not yet married.

Rod and Ginny enjoy being regular church members and
singing in the choir. Ginny also plays in the handbell
choir and has learned to manage three bells at one time.
This semester she's also taking piano lessons for the first
time. The kids are all musicians and think it's "neat" that
Mom is doing this. Ginny wants us to believe she's
slowing down.
Her Christmas letter brought news of other BHS
classmates as well. While at a math conference in Tulsa,
Ginny got to see Kayleen Vinton, whom she had not seen
since BHS graduation. They, along with Kayleen's sister
Janeth, had a marvelous time recalling their friendship
days in Cristobal and Balboa. They talked about our 45th
in 1997. Elsewhere, Jody Baron is enjoying retirement
and spent three months as a volunteer at a national park.
Anna Galloway has also retired, taking some great trips
and refurbishing her home. Sally Ackerman took a
gazillion pictures on a recent trip to Panama which we all
hope to see in 1997. Sam and Coila had a big 40th
wedding anniversary and have a new grandbaby. Ginny
remembers her great visit with Henry and Pat Cruz in
Washington. She and Shirley Zemer live about an hour
apart and still get together when possible. Shirley has
retired and has been going to school to take horticulture
courses. Fred and Leona's family is growing up. Leona
recently had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists. Arby
Matthews is also recovering from surgery and recently
welcomed a great-grandchild.
So, BHS'52, let's let Ginny know who's in favor of a
class reunion in Orlando in 1997. One vote FOR from
this reporter.
Helen and Elton Foster of Pass Christian had
popular guests for lunch recently when 1st Vice President
and Mrs. Robert Johnson of the Panama Canal Society
stopped by on their way back to Oldsmar from a trip out
West. On the way out in Lillian, AL, they saw Al
Springer and his new wife Gwen. In Carlsbad, NM, they
visited their girls for the first time since 1988, welcoming
a new son-in-law, got acquainted with two
granddaughters who were infants then,and reacquainted
with the older girls. Heading home they visited Barbara
and Buck Krueger in Austin, TX, just in time to take
Buck to the airport on his way to a float-fish trip in
Alaska, no doubt with son Marty who lives in Anchorage.
The Johnsons also attended a local monthly Zonie dinner
and renewed old friendships there before setting out for
Pass Christian, MS. They will serve us as Reunion
coordinators this year.
Meanwhile down on the farm, Owen Smith has
become interested in family genealogy with the help of
daughter Carol Leigh. Owen has made 322 entries and
has two families yet to go. Apparently, some hoodoo has
hexed the Smith appliances with the breakdown of two
water heaters, coffee pot, refrigerator and Owen had to
replace the truck engine just one week after the last
payment. For the annual Gulf Coast picnic, the Smiths
went down a day early to set up the picnic area and get
things under control. The new location at the bohio with
a scenic view of the boat dock was cooler and less
congested, while still within Gulf Islands National
Seashore. Everyone had a great time and owes a debt of
gratitude to the efforts of Gerda and Owen Smith of
Osyka. See y'all next fall.
Shirley Zemer Swenson in Picayune is thoroughly
enjoying her retirement from the school system. She
finished her horticulture course with the planting, raising

and selling of more than 800 poinsettias. Advance orders
from churches and various other groups made the project
a big success.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


The third annual Panama Canal/New England
luncheon was held on November 5th at a new restaurant
in Cambridge, MA, called Rhythm & Spice, which
features an exquisite Caribbean cuisine. And, of course,
there were empanadas made by your reporter.
Frances Kienzle of Brookline, MA, was there and
shared a story of getting books for the Burbines. Tom
and Silvana Burbine, who retired from the Panama
Canal Zone in 1976, also attended. A special thanks goes
to the Burbine's sons, Mark and Anthony, who both
graduated from CHS, for bringing their parents to the
luncheon and for participating.
Also in attendance at the luncheon were Howard and
Hazel Richards of Nashua, NH. Another special thanks
to their son Bruce Richards for bringing mom and dad
to this very special reunion. Annie Nicolson Rice of New
Hampton, NH, was another who attended the luncheon.
The trio of "bad boys" (Frank Castles, Bob Metivier
and Bill Riley) was complete this year since Frank and
Ellen Castles of Falmouth, MA, attended. Frank spoke
of his days of teaching and shared a few stories about his
days as Superintendent of Canal Zone schools. Bob
Metivier and Bill Riley joined in to add a few details and
flavor to the stories being told. Did you know that not
only do we have a Society member who is a mayor,
graduated from BHS, but he was also a Hollywood
celebrity on the TV sitcom, "The Nurses"? Bob Metivier
is the mayor of Pawtucket, RI, and he and his lovely wife
Carol were invited to Hollywood last year, where they
starred in the sitcom with Loni Anderson. They reported
having a great time and experience.
Bill and Lois Riley, now of North Eastham, MA,
reported that they purchased their new home last
Jerry and Ros Gorin of Riverside, RI, also attended
the luncheon. Jerry, who was born in Colon and
graduated from CHS, commented on his working days
while in Panama. His work as an Intelligence Officer
even got him overseas pay. His wife, Ros, shared a few
stories that most of us who have lived in Panama
Also in attendance were Ron and Florence Owen of
Scituate, MA, and their daughter Jean Owen Young. Ron
spoke about their surprise birthday party at the Balsams
Resort located in New Hampshire.
Fulvia Correa of Boston, MA, also attended the
luncheon. She said she is interested in learning how to
make empanadas like the ones at the luncheon, so if
anyone else is interested, we can organize an afternoon
of baking very soon.
Also at the luncheon were Leslie (Wallace) (BHS'80)
and Ray Czwakiel. Ray graduated from Boston University

School of Law on May 22, 1994. He took the bar exam in
July and is awaiting notification of passing the
Massachusetts bar. He currently is working as a first-
year associate at Sullivan & Worcester, a law firm in
downtown Boston.
Leslie's mother, Cecelia Wallace, moved to
Fayetteville, NC. She did this to take a position as a
Budget Analyst with the Special Forces Headquarters at
Ft. Bragg. Leslie's sister, Marisol Wallace, got married to
Samuel Pena, who works out at Fort Kobbe by Howard
AFB. Mari is working on getting her Medical licensure
here in the United States for when they move to the
states. Her little sister, Ingrid, will be graduating from
Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, in May 1995.
She is studying International Business just like Leslie.
Leslie reported that she is working and studying at
Boston University and would like to specialize in Latin
American Business Affairs.
I received notes from several people who have
moved from New England to include Jonathan (BHS'79),
Nancy and Eric Fugleberg. Jonathan reported they now
live in Camarillo, CA.
Rene (Owen) Seaton reported that they have moved
to Lake Oswego, OR. I also received notes from Bill
Forsstrom of North Kingstown, RI, and Emilie Grant of
New Haven, CT, thanking us for inviting them to the
luncheon. Bunchy Gegg-Kelley of Osterville, MA, and
Margaret and Dick Hussey of Mattapoisett, MA, called
to tell us they were unable to attend, as did Pat
Thompson of West Haven.
We were also missing one of our luncheon
organizers, Anne Kirranne of Brookline, MA. She had
to fly out to California on emergency to take care of her
I received several suggestions from people as to a
more central location for next year's luncheon. I would
be very interested in offers for holding the luncheon in
another area, as well as volunteers to coordinate the
event. The first week in November seems to be a good
time for everyone.
Visiting your reporter at Christmas were her parents,
Hubie and Tina Boyle, of Panama City, R.P, and her
brother Tom Boyle, President of the P.C. Society of
Pensacola, FL.
We also had guests join us for breakfast one
morning, the Flahertys of Ft. Drum, NY. Mike is home
from Korea, and he, Joanne, Kathy and Patrick stopped
in to see us on their way up to New Hampshire.
I received a call from Edward Corbett (CHS'48) but
I haven't been able to get an answer on the number he
left me. I hope he calls me at home again, preferably in
the evening. Thanks to everyone for their news.

Debra Boyle Farrell
(617) 643-8531



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It is with a great deal of sadness that I open this
column with the news of the death of Alice Roche who
was the record reporter here for 17 years. Alice died in
her home in October. Circumstances made it impossible
for her stepdaughter Noralee Shobe to come at that time
to handle arrangements so I have no details at this time.
Gene Sexton Clary hosted some visitors last fall when
Judge Harry Farbman and his wife Gladys spent a week
with her in October. Judge Farbman is a Federal judge
in Miami and is the brother of Sol Farbman, whom I am
sure many people will remember from the Ancon
Theater Guild. Sol died several years ago.
Carmen and Charlie Howe played host (sort of) to
Jo and Lloyd Kent of Boca Raton, FL, and Lloyd's sister
and brother-in-law, Pat and Carl Wanke of California.
They actually stayed in Jay and Laurie (Kent) Gibson's
house while they were here. Besides enjoying the fall
foliage, they also spent some time "flea marketing". That's
one of those pastimes men love!
We had a "newcomer" at our fall meeting in October.
Some of you out there will remember Ken Thompson.
He worked for DOD in Corozal from 1955 to 1966. His
father, Ken, Sr., was a supervisor at MTD and retired in
the late '70s. Ken is living in Brevard now and hopefully
will become a regular at our society meetings. Janet
Cunningham and her daughter Linda Emmons were also
at the fall luncheon, as well as Peggy Hutchings from
Aiken, SC. I think we made Peggy an honorary member
of the Western Carolina group as she is more faithful
than many of our own! We sure do enjoy having her.
Dr. Frank Smith from Easley, SC, attended the fall
meeting also. A few days previous to the meeting he had
driven up to Saluda, NC, to have lunch with some of his
former birding pals, Dr. Carol Meyers and Doris Byron,
who were visiting this area.

FOUR GENERATIONS: L-R: Mother, Jennifer Sanders
Parks with baby Megan Nicole, grandmother Barbara
Dombrowsky Sanders and great-grandmother Jean
Coleman Dombrowsky.

Jean Dombrowsky spent the holidays with daughter
Barbara and family in Asheboro, NC. It was the first
Christmas for her great-granddaughter Megan Nichole
Parks, who was born to granddaughter Jennifer Sanders
Parks and husband on July 11, 1994. Not only did they
celebrate Christmas but they celebrated the marriage of
Jean's daughter Barbara Sanders to Tom Hanna on

December 29th. Enclosed is a picture of the four
generations. "Grandmother Barbara" baked her own
wedding cake. I can't believe I am old enough to have
babysat a grandmother!
Jack and I had nice surprise one evening when we
received a call from Mike Klipper of Knoxville, TN. He
and wife Kathi (Lim) and daughter Andrea were driving
over to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville the next
day. We talked them into staying overnight and had a
great visit. Unfortunately, we could only ask them to stay
one night as my brother Bill Dunning and I were going
to Knoxville the next day to visit a cousin who had
recently moved there. Mike asked what area they lived in
and when I started giving the directions to her house, it
turned out they lived around the corner from each other!
Talk about a small world. So the next day the Hunts and
the Dunnings visited the Klippers in Knoxville. Mike was
the Contracting Officer in the General Services Bureau
and retired in '88 or early '89.
Pat and Agnes Patino spent the month of October in
Kenya, East Africa. It was an absolutely marvelous and
unforgettable experience. The African skies, mountains,
lakes and wildlife were breathtaking. They observed wild
animals at very close range in their natural habitat;
magnificent cats, lions, tigers and cheetahs. They watched
herds of elephants, buffalo, hippos and hyenas. One of
the most impressive sights was the migration of
thousands of wildebeest from the Serengeti National Park
in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.
It seemed like an endless procession of animals. They
saw thousands of pink flamingos and a variety of colorful
birds, including the large Secretary bird whose main diet
is snakes and other reptiles. One day they observed an 8-
foot python slither across the road and into its burrow.
They traveled through the Aberdares, the Rift Valley to
Lake Nakuru, and through the mountains from one
national park to another. A truly unforgettable trip.
Willy and Wilma Nowatny entertained guests from
Panama in early December when Roger and Gisela
Stowski stopped by for a couple of days while on leave
from the Maintenance Division. The Nowotnys then
drove out to Oklahoma for the graduation of Wilma's
daughter Terry Densmore Fields. Terry received her
teaching degree. Her sister Linda Densmore Garza was
also present for the festivities and it was a great family
get-together. Willy and Wilma also stopped in Houston
to visit Jack and Marge Rathgeber Ruoff. Jack and
Marge took them sightseeing since rain kept them from
playing golf.
Sam and Norma Irvin had a houseful during the
holidays. Son Tom arrived on Christmas Eve from
Alexandria, VA, and John and his wife Julie and children
flew in from San Diego after Christmas. Only Sam Jr.
missed out on the family reunion as he was still out at
sea. I seem to recall that Sam, Sr. went out and bought
a sled before the holidays in "anticipation" but, alas, the
runners are still clean. Barring any last minute bulletins
that's the news for Western North Carolina. Till next
I did receive news just at my deadline that Roger
Stowski is very ill and was flown to Houston in January,
shortly after returning to Panama.
Patricia Hunt
(704) 696-3995


Heard from classmate Arbulin (Matthews) Call, who
now lives in San Diego with her extended family. Arby
had planned on attending the Northwest Reunion but was
unable to do so. The year was not kind to her. First, her
dad passed away, and since then both she and husband
Roy have been battling medical problems which have
seriously impacted on their travel plans. This is very
difficult on Arby and Roy, both avid campers who
obviously love the outdoors.
Rochelle (Stubblefield) Thompson (BHS'53?) wrote
to send some photos she and husband Roger took at the
Orlando reunion, and report on what a great time they
had at the San Diego reunion which they also attended.
Together with some other schoolmates, Frances Farrell,
Edna Curies, Charlie Becktell, Joan Powell, and others,
we had a great time dancing and visiting at both dances
in Orlando, after a 40-year gap. The Thompsons now
make their home in Yuma, AZ, which obviously makes
it handy to travel to either, or both, reunions.
Murray Falk reports that the Northwest Reunion will
be held at Ridgefield, WA, August 5, 1995. The site
includes a Bohio-type covered kitchen area with
refrigerator, picnic tables, barbecue pits, ball fields and
horseshoe pits. It also has a children's play area. RV
parking, motels and golf courses are available nearby at
Woodland. Wife Candy retired from teaching in
December 1994, so they are devoting much time and
effort to making this a successful picnic. One of the
things they want to do is to make it more meaningful to
the younger members. They even arrived at the park at
5:00 a.m. on January 3rd to make the appropriate
reservations. Any questions, or suggestions, please contact
Murray or Candy at (206) 263-2982, or this reporter.


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L-R: Mark Casellani, Ken Gerhart, Philip Wolf, Jim
Duffus, and Glenn Seeley at North Bonneville, WA.
(Submitted by Jim Duffus).
Jim Duffus wrote that on the weekend of September
13th through the 18th, 1994, graduates of the Balboa
Class of 1973 held its 2nd Annual Balboa Invitational
Golf Tournament. This year the event was hosted by Jim
Duffus of North Bonneville, WA. Players who came
included last year's host Charlie Cantrell from
Albuquerque, NM; Philip Wolf from San Antonio, TX;
Mark Castellani from Omaha, NE; Ken Gerhart from
Arlington, VA; and Glenn Seeley from Garland, TX.

First of all, special congratulations are in order for
Mark Castellani for being promoted to Colonel in the
U.S. Air Force. Golfers played at least a total of 72 holes
at two different courses in the Columbia River Gorge.
On Friday, the 16th, players enjoyed the view and the 80-
degree weather to play 36 holes at Hot Springs Golf
Course in Carson, WA. That evening the golfers were
treated to a bar-b-que salmon dinner. The following day
the players enjoyed 18 holes at Beacon Rock Golf Course
in North Bonneville, WA.
After playing was finished on Saturday, the golfers
tried their hand at being tourists and went to the
Bonneville Dam and viewed the large hydro-electric
turbines close up as one was down for overhaul. The tour
included a trip down into the spiral scroll case of a
turbine under the Columbia River. Of particular interest
to these Canal Zone boys was the fish ladder and the
migration of the Columbia River salmon. From there, the
players went on a trip through the National Forest to
view Mt. St. Helens. A steak bar-b-que followed along
with a friendly card game. While some of the players left
for home on Sunday, others played another 18 holes of
golf at Beacon Rock and enjoyed the scenery some more.
Those who could make it had a great time and are
looking forward to next year in Dallas, TX, perhaps
during the Columbus holiday weekend. For more
information about next year's event, call Jim Duffus at
(509) 427-4490.
John Lindgren called trying to locate Burt Nelson
who was probably a freshman at Cristobal High School
in 1955. Burt is supposedly employed at Boeing. John can
be reached at (707) 224-8090, PO Box 732, Napa, CA.
Robert Blakely wanted us to know that he's been
very busy travelling--commuting to California most of the
year, three weeks in France and Spain in June, a long
weekend in Chicago in September, a short trip to
Washington, DC, in December. World War II reunions,
a farewell visit to NAS Glenview before it closes, USS
Henderson reunion in Bremerton, Marine 10th Defense
Battalion reunion in Laughlin, NV. He also received
cards from a number of 1937 Balboa High School
classmates. One made a trip to the Panamanian interior,
previously reported in the Canal Record. Also a good
letter from Rudy Stempel, Ambassador to the Vatican
under the Christian Democratic Government.

Tom Marsh and "Uncle Tom's Cabin." submitted by
Marilyn Marsh, Oregon City, Oregon.

Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh, of Oregon City, OR,
wrote to say that she and Tom had a very busy year.
They visited all their family. Bill and Doris Metzger
visited from DeSoto, TX. Marjean Metzger and Earl
Halopka came from Florida in May. They spent
Thanksgiving with Tom's two sisters, Helene Burton and
Susan DeBoer, in Ontario, CA, and Christmas with Billie
(Marsh) and Lester Wallace in their home in Clatskanie.
Last February, they spent time with Ede and family in
Concord, CA, and in March went to Louisiana for
Eastern Star Grand Chapter. All summer they camped
with their Trailer Caravaner group most weekends,
including the Northwest Canal Zone picnic in August. In
September, they bought cedar log siding and while
Marilyn was travelling with the Daughters of the Nile as
Chaplain, Tom put the logs on the house. As Marilyn
puts it, "We now have a log house without moving! Uncle
Tom's Cabin!" Ede and Heidi came up in September and
they all went to the "Autumn Jubilee" in Leavenworth,
WA. They're looking forward to more camping this year,
God willing. They also said the present rain reminds
them of Panama.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947


Bob and Vicki (Hutchinson) Boukalis from Panama
visited Jean and Doris Burns in Tulsa for three days
during the last of October 1994, when they came
stateside for business and pleasure. Bob retired as a
civilian from the U.S. Army in January 1994, but Vicki is
going to wait and retire later on.
Around Christmas and New Years, Laura L. (Burns)
Redmann and her daughter Cheyenne from Kailua, HI,
came to Tulsa to visit her parents and brother for two
weeks. Her parents had a couple of open houses for her
so her friends could come see the new addition to the
family. Laura enjoyed her visit and would have stayed
longer, but she had to return to her husband Mike and
daughter Elizabeth and return to work for the U.S. Corps
of Engineers.
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Cheyenne Redemann and Santa Claus (alias Jean

Scott Burns and Jean Burns going on a jungle tour
in Cancun, Mexico.
In early December, Jean, Doris and (son) Scott
Burns got away from the cold Oklahoma weather for
awhile by taking a much pleasure trip for a week at the
Jack Tar Village in Cancun, Mexico, in early December.
It was nice to go enjoy the sun, sand, and surf, while the
other Okies were freezing their tails off.

FOUR GENERATIONS: L-R: Frances Garrett, Bixby,
OK., Doris (Garrett) Burns, Tulsa, OK., Cheyenne and
Laura (Burns) Redemann who were visiting from
Honolulu, HI. Laura is the daughter of Jean and Doris
As the team captain, and a participant, Scott Burns
is gearing up for and organizing his office's second
participation in Tulsa's 225 team Corporate Challenge in
early April 1995. It consists of a variety of events, i.e.,
basketball, bicycling, rowing, running, swimming, and
volleyball. Last year they placed second in their division
and this year they are planning on taking first place.
Renee (Carter) Collins enjoyed a concert by Seal (a
musician) in Ft. Worth, TX, during the fall. The annual
Christmas party given by the Texas Hill Country group
was enjoyable as well. It was fun to see old friends and
to win some Ron Cortez in the raffle drawings. Renee
appreciates being able to be a part of the groundwork for
setting up the "Class of 1976" Reunion.
The Keller family in Woodward, OK, had a houseful
of relatives over the holidays. Bill and Teresa Keller
found out they are going to be (first time) grandparents
this summer. Their eldest son BJ has joined the Navy and
is scheduled to leave for boot camp on February 15, 1995.
The next Oklahoma chapter picnic will be on May 6,
1995, in the Oklahoma City area. The exact site will be
in the March 1995 issue of the Canal Record. The
Oklahoma chapter invites everyone to come and see
Scott A. Burns
(918) 581-7471

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Atlantic Side

(Ed note: This is basically Sue's October report
that missed the deadline. It was mailed on time but
the P.O. didn't help. There are a few revisions,
additions and changes from present to past tense.)

Cristobal High School celebrated its last Football
Jamboree on Friday evening, September 2, 1994.
Jamboree founder Coach Luke Palumbo Sr. travelled
all the way from the states to be the guest of honor.
Also on hand from the states were former CHS
teachers June Fattarossi, Joan Harris and Gene
Gregg. Seeing all those wonderful faces was such a
treat, like stepping back in time. Surely the packed
stands, high spirited crowd, eager teams and rotten
weather reminded them of some of the good old
days. On the Atlantic side, we don't easily let go of
our traditions.
Lots of CHS alumni also attended the Jamboree,
but this list is not complete because even with help
from Dick Bjorneby, I can't recall everyone: Abel
Borsellino, Pat Leach Bjorneby, Collin Corrigan,
Alberta Wilder Corrigan, Bonnie Willis Seeley, Wayne
Seeley, Penny Wilder Cafiamas, Vincent Cafiamas,
James Brooks, Amy Garcia Fisher, Patricia Earnst
Holmes, Jim Palumbo, Luke Palumbo, Laura Gregg,
Fred Highley, Donald Humphries, Les Rinehart,
Irene Will, Margaret Will Ender, Doug Phillips,
Maryanne Spagna Mans, Wendy Sasso, Tracy Scott,
Mary "Mike" Coffey Blennerhassett, Joanne Eckel,
Tita Clark Dunlap, etc, etc, etc. You should have
seen the whole group down on the field singing CHS
fight songs. In this year of "lasts," it was quite a


To all Jamboree participants,
At the Jamboree at Cristobal High School,
I was overwhelmed as you dedicated the
Jamboree to me. I really didn't deserve the
honor because it has always been the football
players who, deserve the praise. They make it
happen. I was only there to help.
To all Cristobal Tigers, I say a big thanks
and I'm glad to see that the Tiger spirit is still
there. Even in this last year, the Tigers are still
To the Pacific side, I was humbled by your
words and by your way of including me in your
lives. I felt my Tiger paws were always so
obvious, but you made me realize that love of
the game and tradition speak louder than
allegiance to any one team. You were too good
to me. My deepest thanks.
It was good to be back in Panama. You
know I've always loved Panama just as I've
always loved the game of football. Thanks to
everyone who helped make the evening special
to me.
Coach Luke Palumbo
Tropic Times, September 30, 1994

So was the night before, when many of the same
people got together and whooped it up at a Gatun
Yacht Club "Steak Night." Speaking of Gatun Yacht
Club, it's currently under new leadership. Brian
Plaisance recently resigned as Commodore, claiming
a lack of wind in his sails. The new Commodore is
George Favorite. Gatun Yacht Club holds "Steak
Night" the third Thursday of every month.
Holding on to another tradition, the Atlantic
community Christmas Cantata began practicing in
October to get ready for five Holiday performances.
Featuring a wonderful collection of Atlantic voices,
the Christmas Cantata directed by Jim Hashman and
produced by Marty Hoffman. The performances at
Atlantic area churches were spellbinding. Sad news.
Kenny Bryan's dog "Gonzo," an Atlantic side legend,
died Sunday, October 9. Many will remember
"Gonzo" from his younger days, when he used to
leap off the Gatun Yacht Club pier or wait at the
Gatun Locks bridge to hitch a ride with the Devil's
Beach surfers. Our condolences to Kenny and his
Former Atlantic sider Dennis Light, who currently
lives in Florida, paid a visit to the Isthmus and to the
Industrial Division in early September and visited with
lots of old friends.
Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan went to
Florida in September to help their daughter Tiernan
Corrigan wrap up her plans for her December 17
wedding to Dodd Dupree and then returned to
Florida in December for the big event. They were
joined at the wedding by son Gerald Corrigan, still
stationed in Hawaii, Vincent and Penny Wilder
Cafiamas and their kids and a host of other family
members and friends.
Dyonne Cafiamas was home on a break for a
few days in October. Her brother, Darryl Cafiamas
graduated from the University of Central Florida in
Kathi Adams Lessiack, Iris Hogan and Christina
Richmond, one of Iris' granddaughters, daughter of
Ralph and Cindy Richmond of Dallas, spent the
holidays in Panama at the home of Kathi's son-in-
law and daughter, Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler.
Also here were Lew's parents, Joe and Thelma
Stabler, who spent the holidays and much of the dry
season on the Isthmus. A highlight for all was a
northbound Canal cruise on Capt. Lew Stabler's
tugboat, the Alianza, as Lew took it through the
Canal on its way for minor repairs at the Industrial
Janet Johnston and Wallace Teal traveled to
Florida in October for medical reasons and returned
home in December. We pray things are going bette
for Janet as she continues her brave battle with
Parkinson's disease.
Tita Clark Dunlap and Janis Brogie Eckel co-
hosted a baby shower for Angie Epperson Torres in
September. Congratulations to Nino and Angie
Epperson Torres on the birth of their son, Christian
Nino Torres in October. Angie and the baby are
doing great.
Mark Landrum did his usual fabulous job as our
Atlantic Santa this year. His hair and beard were
bleached to white perfection and a few days later, true
to his annual plan, were shaved down to nothingness.
He's currently a sight to behold.
Ray Laatz was home for the holidays, joining his
brother, J, and parents Gerry and Howie Adams
Laatz. Other holiday "homecomers" included Frankie
and Cherril Hoover and their kids Chris, Frankie Jr.
and Tiffany, Bev Teal, Paul Petroni, Honorine and

Ponell Millar, Jennifer Flockhart, Jennifer Rankin
and her boyfriend John, John Blennerhassett and
Karen Rankin, who became engaged over the
holidays, Scott and Allison Hoffman, Kent Grubbs,
Kenneth Palumbo, Vicki Seeley, Jeff and Louise
Adema, Dyonne and Darryl Caiiamas, Mark
Bjorneby, Jan and Nathan Bjorneby Krajewski,
Christi Bjorneby Vanella, Maurice Cohen, Luigi
Donohue, Veena Mayani, Yvette Modestine, Mike and
Matthew Rigby, Beth and one-year-old Shannon
Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, and his girlfriend Sarah,
and others I'm sure.
Our Atlantic tree burn was held at the Gatun
Fire Station on Saturday, January 7. Tree-burn
organizer Wallace Teal presented the fire lighting
honor to Dick Bjorneby who with his wife Pat will
leave Panama in January for retirement in Naples,
Florida, and the Seattle area. Though our numbers
were low, our spirits were high. As always, the
flames of northern pines in a tropical night warmed
our "Zonian" hearts.
Bill and Patty Will and their children, Christine,
Karina and Michael have moved to Panama City,
with Bill teaching at Curundu Jr. High School.
Howard and Mary Perkins have also moved to
Panama City. Howard is an assistant principal at
Balboa High School. I think Mary continues to work
with gifted and talented youngsters in Pacific-area
DODDS schools. We've also bid farewell to Alex
Tirado and his family, who now live in Los Rios.
Soon to go will be Frank and Judy Hoover, Peter
and Elinor Johnson, Chuck and Sally Flockhart, Lew
and Sue Lessicak Stabler, Wayne and Bonnie Willis
Seeley, Micky and Carmita Donohue and others. By
next year, nearly all our teachers and PCC folks with
children attending DODDS schools will have
relocated to the Pacific side.
Watching a way of life disappear on the Atlantic
side is a hard reality of the Panama Canal Treaty. I
suppose we all knew it would happen someday, but
knowing about it ahead of time doesn't make it any
easier. It's hard, too, for our Atlantic siders who will
remain on the Atlantic side Colin and Alberta
Corrigan, Penny and Vincent Cafiamas, Jack and
Sylvia Landrum, "Maz" and Linda Mazerolle, Robert
and Gayle Rankin, Bob Gray, Bill Carroll, Doug
Finley, Nina and Al Cohen, Lucky and Tita Dunlap,
Sid Coffin, Janis and Butch Eckel and others.
Guess that's all for now.

Sue Stabler


I knew I was home when I landed on the ground. I
could smell the jungle, the damp earth, the ozone of a
coming rain. The birds in the trees were making their
familiar sounds.
My eyes looked toward the towering hills and the
dark rain clouds. The slight sheen on my skin. The taste
of salt from the ocean.
Yes, I was home. Though it had been nine years, it
felt like 90. But, there was no fanfare, no parade, no
familiar face to greet me. The home I had returned to
had changed, but I had not realized how much. I came
home as a member of the military, prepared to do a job.

But I also came as a "Zonian" to my home that had
changed forever in history, but not my heart.
Now, after three years, I've noticed something I wish
to share. I am one of the few left of a society whose
families came to live and work, to contribute to a way of
life different than most, to a place and a canal. It started
in 1904, with a dream, an unrealistic venture come true.
A canal, one that would connect one ocean to another,
bringing commerce, people, nations, customs with a
difference together. The dream of a handful of men, with
an outcome that affected thousands of people, and
continued that tradition for over 75 years.
But on Oct. 1, 1979, it changed, because of two
signatures on a piece of paper. "Zonians," who had never
lived anywhere else but the Canal Zone, some of us
second and third generation, who helped bring two
oceans and people together, were no longer welcomed.
Our families, who were canal workers and engineers,
exhumed from cemeteries and transferred to places
unknown, our privileges and pride taken roughly from us,
leaving no alternative but to accept it or leave. A society
forcefully shoved from their homes, as their pleas were
ignored. But that was 14 years ago. It is the past, over -
unable to change.
But there is something I would to see change. And
that is attitudes. I would like to see the perception of
"Zonians" as imperialistic colonials change, as not being
as good as Americans from the United States. No longer
do I want to be condemned for what I am or where I'm
from. I am not a colonist, nor did I exploit this country
and its people.
Yes, our way of life was different, and yes, we
sometimes wish it has not changed, but damning us and
treating us like outsiders is just not right! These attitudes
need to change. But like any change, a tale needs to be
told to perhaps convince those who need convincing.
Well, this is mine--one of many hundreds that have never
been heard.
In the late 1970s, after graduation, I tried to apply
for an apprenticeship program as a tugboat pilot. My
dream was to remain in the Canal Zone, and work for
the canal like my family before me.
At the time, I was a summer hire working as a
plumber apprentice on the Atlantic side. I applied for the
program, but it was denied due to my American
citizenship. Unbeknownst to me, the treaty stipulated that
a Panamanian would have a better chance of certain jobs
based on his citizenship, not his skill. To be accepted I
was to give up my American citizenship. Not willing to do
that, I then tried to attend the Canal Zone College, now
the PCC College. Unfortunately, the tuition fee had gone
up so much that I could not afford to go. After a year of
unemployment, I went to Howard AFB and joined the
Air Force. Eleven years later, I got stationed "home."
The bottom line is this. Military people who are
stationed in Panama come from places such as Kerrville,
Texas; Toledo, Ohio; or Anyplace, U.SA., and bring
some of their roots with them. I am no different. My
home just happened to be here. I just happen to have
had a lifestyle unlike yours. My climate is not similar to
what you are used to in the States. My forest happens to
be a damp, humid jungle and your fishing hole back
home is my Gatun Lake. But, the difference in all of this,
I do not condemn you for where you call home. I do not
speak of your home town in words so harsh to bear. I too
am asking the same.

So, when you speak of "us," the "Zonies," we're not
asking to be treated different, just to remember us for
whom we are. Talking to someone like me could educate
you about what you now temporarily call home.

Lynnette Stokes
Tropic Times
September 30, 1994


"Christmas on the Isthmus" was as lively as ever with
the return of distant relatives and friends. We were
visited by many college students who made the yearly trip
home to spend the holidays with their families. We were
glad to see so many back.
This year's holiday season got off to a grand start
with the annual pre-holiday dinner dance on December
2. The tradition, started years ago by Barbara Bonanno,
has been kept alive by organizers Denise Will, Bev Wood,
Faye Thompson, Llori Gibson, Ann Best, and Phyllis
Magee. Originally known as the "Lung Fung", the event
is now held at Amador Officer's Club. This year the club
was transformed into a Mardi Gras by decorating experts,
Faye and Llori. Fred Bales provided the humor and kept
things flowing as emcee. Lucky door prize winners
included Tom Matthews, Doug Gibbs, and Diane Sweeney
- all receiving Al Sprague prints. The grand prize, a trip
for two to Costa Rica, was won by Carol Mead. The
annual event has turned into a local C.Z. reunion.
Stateside visitors attending included Jack and Jean
Whitlock, and Irene Will. A fun time was had by over
230 party goers. It was a wonderful start to a great
holiday season.

L-R: Denise Will, Beverly Wood, Ann Best, pnyllis
Magee, Faye Thompson, Llori Gibson organizers of
the Annual Dinner Dance at Amador Officer's Club.

Emcee Fred Bales talking with Burt and Carol Mead
at Amador Officer's Club.

Steve Helin was delighted to have home his two
daughter, Tracey Helin and Stephanie (Helin) Lucas.
Stephanie's husband, John Lucas, had a memorable first
visit to Panama. They were treated to a ride in a Chiva
bus (from Starlite Travel Agency) home from the airport.
Lorraine Dugan was visited by both her son Brian
Dugan and daughter Tricia (Dugan) Morgenson with
husband Christian and their son Stephan.
Shannon and Debbie Winters, with baby Tyler,
arrived in Panama to visit Barry and Karen Winters.
We welcome home Stacey Patton, daughter of
George Jr. and Luz Patton. Stacey grew up in Gatun and
has recently been residing in Paducah, KY. She joined
her family and brother George Patton III here for
Thanksgiving and has decided to remain in Panama for
Harris and Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst left chilly
Houston weather to spend the holidays at the Hurst
beach house. They were joined by long-time friends,
Murry McArthur and David and Stacey Dahlstrom.
Murry's sister, Lisa McArthur, returned to Panama with
her husband for the first time in seven years. They
arrived here after spending the Christmas holidays with
her father, Charlie McArthur.
Phyllis and John Magee enjoyed the company of their
two daughters, Nancy Magee and Linda (Magee)
Michelson (both of San Diego, CA). Linda arrived with
husband Mark, and their two children Ashley (4) and
Kyle (1). The family enjoyed a day at the Hurst beach
house visiting friends. Linda spent some time with
another Class of '81 BHS graduate, Connie (Miskovsky)
Garcia and her two children, Austin and Lauren. Connie
is the daughter of Carolyn and Donald Miskovsky. Linda
and Mark also took time to enjoy a tug ride through the
locks, and together with Nancy they visited the ruins of
Portobelo and snorkeled in the crystal blue waters of the

The old Balboa Railroad Station houses McDonalds, a
travel agency and a gift store. Well taken care of, with
pictures of the old days of railroading on the wall. Nice
place to wait for your trip to Summit Gardens. (Photo
by Panama Discovery Tours)

$2 or $3 round trip to Summit Gardens in air
conditioned car. New rest rooms near ticket counter at
rear of station (Photo by Panama Discovery Tours)

Bobby and Ann Best had a full house during the
holidays for their last "Panama Hurrah". Ann retired on
January 3 after 28 years of service with MEDDAC. It
seems Bobby will retire sometime this year also. To help
celebrate their last Christmas in Panama, they were
joined by Dennis Cowles and girlfriend, Dena DeLoach,
and Greg and Yvette Cowles (all of Austin, TX). Visiting
from Houston, TX, was Shari Best for her first trip to
Panama. The family, together with Patty Cowles (who
resides in Panama), had a wonderful time showing Shari
around. The group enjoyed trips to Coronado beach, and
on the Atlantic side, visited Portobelo and Drakes Island.
Bill and Liz (Grimison) Fahy and daughters, Erin
(9) and Colleen (6), were delighted to have Ted and
Teresa Fahy, together with their sons Michael and Sean
visit from Bogota, Colombia. Also joining them were
Bill's aunt and uncle, Filla and Jack McCurdy, with sons
Jack and Patrick of Orlando, FL. In addition, Liz's
brother Patrick and wife Myra (Brannon) Grimison with
their son Brandon (who live in Rodman, Panama)
enjoyed spending the Christmas holidays all together.
During the holiday, Bill's father, Ted Fahy, celebrated his
retirement with 45 years government service at the Post
Office. The ceremony was held at the Albrook Post
Office on December 30. Ted recently moved and is now
living in Tocumen, Panama, with wife Fina and son
Jay and Llori Gibson of Gamboa are currently
enjoying a two-month visit from Llori's parents, Lloyd
and Jo Kent, of Boca Raton, FL. While here in Panama,
Lloyd and Jo are spending time with family and friends,
"Big Jim" and Mary Young (here visiting the Young
boys). Lloyd, Jay and Jim will no doubt spend plenty of
time together fishing for snook and tarpon.

Jeff and Stacey (McConaughey) Bercik with
daughter Summer (at left). Cliff Livingston with sister
Monica Livingston and her son Kyle (at right) visiting
Bob and Kathie McConaughey over the Christmas
Kathie and Bob McConaughey had a full house over
the holidays. Visiting were Bob's parents, Juanita and
Dick McConaughey. Also present were their children,
Cliff Livingston, Monica Livingston and son Kyle (4),
and Stacey (McConaughey) Bercik with husband Jeff and
daughter Summer, who celebrated her first birthday on
December 22. As it was Jeffs first visit to Panama, the

group enjoyed showing him around our beautiful beaches,
visiting the locks, bass fishing and eating plenty of typical
Vicky and Bob Boukalis enjoyed the company of
Vicky's mother, Peggy Hutchison, and Vicky's sister,
Diane and husband Jerry Cox. Vicky's cousin, Richard
Phillips, also had several visitors including his two
daughters, April and Kathleen Phillips, his father Noble
"Buddy" Phillips and Buddy's wife Dottie. Richard's
sister, Susan (Phillips) Fisher and husband John,
together with their children, Daniel and Christy, arrived
from Palm Bay, FL. Richard's wife, Olga, studying for
her Bachelors in Marketing at the University of Florida
in Gainesville also arrived in Panama. Olga is slated to
graduate in May, she is currently maintaining a 4.0 grade
point average with English as her second language.
Richard's brother, Doug Phillips, enjoyed the visit of his
daughter Kim Phillips. The clan visited Las Sirenas
cabanas at Santa Clara beach. Buddy Phillips used to own
these cabanas which were then called "Phillips Cottages".
This was Buddy's first visit back to the country since he
retired from Panama 18 years ago.
The Anderson family enjoyed the company of
Norman and Agnes Anderson of Boca Raton, FL, visiting
their two sons, Gary and Kenny. Kenny's daughter Ashley
Anderson also flew in from San Diego, CA, to spend
Christmas with the family. On January 3, Norman and
Agnes celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in the
company of family and friends. They also enjoyed
lunching at the Amador Golf Club with Jackie (Hunt)
and Ted Arias and Jackie's mother, Louise Hunt, visiting
from Dothan, AL. Louise enjoyed the Christmas holidays
with her two daughters, Jackie and Janet (Hunt)
"Kudos" to Tom and Carmen Matthews, Robert and
Denise Will, and Rusty Smith for the annual New Year's
Eve party held on the combined patios, decks, and
gardens of their beautiful homes in Cardenas. Dancing to
Lucho under the Panama stars made for a wonderful way
to spend the last night of the year. Lucho celebrated his
83rd birthday as the clock struck midnight, and following
tradition, "Auld Lang Syne" closed out the old and
brought in the new year. The party broke into "Happy
Birthday" as a cake was delivered to Lucho sitting at his
organ. Some of the visitors included: Tim and Karen
Kirkby, Tommy and Barbara Peterson, Don and Sue
Darden, Carolyn Darden, Christy Goodwin, Diana
Stumvoll, Mike Tiernan, Kathy and Lew Snider, Sheila
and Stan Messmore, Joe and Blanche Stabler, Sue and
Al Fehrenbach, L.G. and Margot Allen, Beverly and
Buddy Williams, Lester and Andrea Smith, Kelly

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Approximately 25 boats participated in the
tournament on January 7, 1995, and over 100 people
attended the fish fry/awards ceremony afterwards at the
Gamboa civic center. This year's tournament included
over 30 youngsters. Visiting from the USA were old-
timers, Capt. Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young from
Washington, Beverly (Chan) and Buddy Williams and
Betty Chan Snow from Florida, and Nancy (Sullivan) and
Carl Schorsch, Irene (Laurie) Will and Lou and Kay
Liddi from California.

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Doug Stumvoll shows off 1st place bass caught
aboard Pres Beattie's boat at 8th Annual Capt. Jim
Bass Tourney, January 7, 1995.

The trophy for the largest bass was presented to
Doug Stumvoll by Emcee Mike Young. The annual
Cheryl Williams Award for the fisherman with the
poorest catch was presented to Bobby Fearon by Tom
Ellis. Prizes awarded were as follows:
Largest Bass: First, Doug Stumvoll; Second, Jim
Young III, Wendy Teal (tie); Third, George Barkley
Hayes; Fourth, Stephanie Hayes; and Fifth, Diane Ellis.
Largest 10-String Boat: First, George Hayes; Second,
Pres Beattie. Largest Catch per Boat: First, George
Hayes; Second, Robert Will. Largest Bass, Child under
12: First, Shawn Teal; Second, Randy Teal; and Third,
Allison McLaughlin.


The Christmas luncheon at the Houndslake Country
Club on December 9th was enjoyed by twenty-five
members and guests. Attending were Peggy Hutchison,
Fina and Frank Balinski, Trudi Clontz, Ann Dyer, Bob
Tarleton, Sis and Bill York, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn,
Mark and Annette Schwindt, Trae and Toni Hattaway,
Mitzi Schwindt, Josey Tilley, Olga Holmes, Leona and
Paul Badonsky, Lorna Shore, Eletheer and James
Catron, Blanche Browne and Scottie and Jack Steele.

Past Presidents with new President, L-R: James
Catron, Olga Holmes, Bill York, Trudi Clontz, Mark
Schwindt and Evelyn Hilborn.
Among the guests at Lorna Shore's at Thanksgiving
were Robert Rowe and son Robby who was up from
Florida. At Christmas time, Lorna headed for Miami to
be with her daughters but was back in Aiken for New
Years. Bob and Sandy (Shore) Davis and son Adam also
came to Aiken for about ten days.
Leona and Paul Badonsky spent Christmas with their
daughter Paula Leitch and family in Lexington, SC. Their
oldest grandson Rob is now attending Vanderbilt in

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Mort and Macel (Goulet) Thomson of Memphis, TN.
Mort worked in General Counsel's office and as Asst.
U.S. Attorney in the Canal Zone. (Taken by Blanche
Browne in September).

The last week in October Blanche Browne traveled
with a group to Washington, DC, where she visited the
National Cathedral, the Hillwood Museum (formerly the
home of Marjorie Merriweather Post), Georgetown's
historical buildings and homes, and a night tour of the
city. They also attended a rehearsal of the opera Faust.
In November Blanche spent a week in New York City
where she saw the Rockettes Christmas Show, watched
the Christmas tree being put in place at Rockefeller
Center, toured Ellis Island, and visited the Riverside
Erich Ross Schegel, the grandson of J.D. and Ethel
Tate, was married in October at San Antonio, TX. The
Tates were unable to attend, but the newlyweds visited
them in November and brought along video tapes of the

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ceremony. Ethel is still going to therapy in hopes that she
will be able to discard the walker.
In November Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz
travelled with a group to Callaway Gardens in Georgia to
see the spectacular Christmas decorations. There were
many "ohs and ahs" as we watched the animated lighted
figures, soldiers marching, frogs jumping into ponds,
squirrels running up trees, etc.!
Peggy Hutchison, Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox
drove to Gainesville, FL, to a Thanksgiving celebration
attended by seventeen family members and friends Bob
and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Doris Hutchison, Jon
and Sue (Phillips) Fisher and daughter Kathleen, Tom
Duncan, his parents, and brother-in-law Nico DeGreef.
The kids attended a basketball game and Vicki, Bob,
Olga, Tom and Kathleen went to hear the Rolling Stones.
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L-R: Vicki Boukalis, Nico DeGreef, Mr. and Mrs.
Duncan, Daniel Fisher, Peggy Hutchison, Kathleen
Phillips, Sue Fisher, Diane Cox, Christie Fisher,
Jerry Cox, Olga Phillips, Jon Fisher, Bob Boukalis,
Richie Phillips, Doris Hutchison, Tom Duncan.
Taken in Gainesville.
In December Peggy and Dianne and Jerry Cox flew
to Panama to spend Christmas with Vicki and Bob.
Noble (Bud) and Dottie Phillips came from Laguna Hills,
CA, to spend the holidays with sons Richie and Doug.
Sue and Don Fisher and family also came. Everyone had
a wonderful time, fished, swam at Taboga, and spent two
days at Gorgona. Olga and Richie Phillips hosted a
Christmas Eve dinner for thirty at Cardenas. They also
attended an open house at Sandy and Louis Reyes' (they
plan to leave in June), and at Bob and Kathie
McConaughey's. Doug Phillips took them to Miraflores
Locks on Christmas into the Control House and down
in the tunnel. They saw three very large container ships
and a tandem go through. Peg says there are many
improvements and the locks are still a marvel after 77


Miraflores Control House. Jon and Sue (Phillips)
Fisher, Doug Phillips, Peg Hutchison, Christie
Fisher, Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Diane
(Hutchison) Cox, Kathleen Phillips, Daniel Fisher.

FOUR GENERATIONS of the Blystone family: Elsie
and Arthur, grandparents standing; Charles and
Nevada, parents seated left; Tabatha and Chuck with
daughter Hevann (Arthur and Elsie's third great-
grandchild) Marvin Blystone's wife Lynda is seated
back left.

New Years Eve a big party was held in Cardenas
with Lucho playing (he turned 83 on January 1st). Peggy
enjoyed a New Years breakfast at Bob and Cheryl
Russell's a good beginning for 1995. While in Panama,
Peggy also visited Dick and Juanita McConaughey, Norm
and Aggie Anderson, Carolyn Johnson, and Louise Hunt.
She talked to Don Spencer who is living in Diablo and
recovering from a hip replacement, saw Dickie and Sandy
Abell at Gamboa, and reports that Ellie Gale's husband
Nate broke his leg and is confined to quarters.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759



Congratulations to the committees for the beautiful
job they did in organizing and conducting the 15th
Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party. It was
held in the Elks Lodge, New Brunfels, TX, on December
3, 1994. Everyone seemed to enjoy the party and
renewing old friendships. The Panamanian music by Galo
Gutierrez and the Panamanian Dances, directed by
Gladys Gutierrez, were outstanding. It sure did make me
homesick--and I don't believe I was alone.
Honey Fealey hosted her annual Christmas luncheon
at a local hotel on December 9. After lunch and the
exchange of gifts, the group adjourned to Honey's home
for an afternoon of canasta (one table of bridge) and
homemade desserts. It was a great party and we all look
forward to Honey's turn to host the canasta games.
Marion Wells outdid herself with the poem that she
Elsie Larson drove Jackie Bishop, Honey Fealey,
Marion Wells, Iris Hogan, Kathi Lessiack and Bea
Rhyne in her van to the Market Day in Wimberly, TX, a


ZONIAN CHRISTMAS PARTY at New Braunfels, Texas. (1) Honey Fealey, Fred Wells, Florabelle (Moon)
Helmericks (back to camera) Joe Orr. (2) Sandy and Don Nungester (3) June Hopkins, Ted Birkeland,
Polly Birkeland.

monthly event during spring, summer and fall. We ran
into Sue (Trim) Cotton, her mother Dorothy Trim and
Jim Reiley. Dorothy was visiting Sue and George Cotton
in Canyon Lake, TX. We spotted Bill LeBrun selling
snow cones for the Lions camp. "Wherever two Zonians
gather you will find how many more?"

L-R: Iris Hogan, Kathi Lessiack, Nealie Van Siclen
and Bea Rhyne, at Branson, MO.

Nealie Van Siclen flew to San Antonio in October
and was Bea Rhyne's roommate on a bank-sponsored
trip to Branson, MO. Kathi Lessiack and Iris Hogan were
also on the trip and we became a foursome. We were on
the go from 8 AM to 11 PM every day and enjoyed all
the shows and sights. Nealie stayed a few days in
Kerrville on the return trip and was able to see the "CZ
gals" and play canasta before flying home.


L-R: Stephanie Wolf, Sharon O'Brien, Sally O'Brien
and Leslie (O'Brien) Sanders.
Sally and Chuck O'Brien were visiting their daughter
Leslie and family in Kileen, TX (Ft. Hood). Daughter
Sharon flew in from California to be with the family for
the Thanksgiving holidays. They took one day out of their
busy schedule to drive to Fredericksburg to have lunch

with Bea Rhyne. It was so good to see Sally, Leslie,
Sharon, and meet Leslie's daughter Stephanie Wold. The
thought of shopping turned the fellows off, besides there
was a football game.
John (Bill) Schmidt of Tallahassee spent the holidays
in Kerrville visiting his sister Jackie Bishop and family,
and brother Douglas and family. It was the first
Christmas in many years that the three siblings were
together. Christmas Day was spent in Austin with Jackie
and Dale's son Mark and his family, and daughter Jeanne
and her husband.
Mary Orr was in Kerrville for the holidays visiting
her sister and brother-in-law, Fred and Marion Wells.
She also visited family in Luling and San Antonio. It is
always good to see Mary and catch up on the Sarasota

L-R: Erick, Taffy, Sonia and Harvey Rhyne, Jr.

The Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr. family arrived on
Christmas Day for a wonderful five-day visit with his
parents. It was terrific having the family visit and it made
Christmas extra special.
Bobby Grier, Pappy's son, spent the Christmas
holidays in Kerrville with his dad.
Kathi Lessiack, Iris Hogan and Iris' granddaughter
Christina Richmond spent the holidays in Panama. They
visited Kathi's daughter and family Sue and Lou Stabler
in Gatun. They had a wonderful time. They spent New

Years in El Valle with Elsie Garcia, made a trip to Isla
Grande, made a partial transit of the Canal and spent
some time at the beach in Santa Clara. Iris was anxious
for Christina to see where her daddy, Ralph Richmond,
had grown up and gone to school.
Faye Minton from Playa Coronado, RP, has been a
reluctant visitor to San Antonio. She arrived last
November from Panama on board a medical plane with
shattered leg for surgery at the hospital at Fort Sam
Houston. They glued the bones back together and
indomitable Faye was back on her feet in a week. In
physical therapy since, she is determined to walk well
enough to return to husband Preston in Playa Coronado
in January. For many years Faye was the mainstay in the
Engineering and Construction Bureau of the Panama
Canal at the Administration Building in Balboa.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Harvey and Vicky VantVeld Johnson are happy to
announce that they have established their primary
residence in Sun City Center, FL. Before leaving Virginia
on January 9, they were honored at several despedida
gatherings given by family, neighbors and longtime
friends. They are excited about living in Sun City Center,
as the community is very active and social. Vicky and
Harvey are looking forward to becoming Floridians and
also participating in more Panama Canal/Florida
activities than in the past. They welcome calls at their
new home at (813) 633-9203, 1-75, exit 46, Sun City
Center, about 25 miles south of Tampa.

Barbara Bonanno
(703) 922-5746



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Barbara McShane Barnickel of Leesville, LA,
graduated in December from McNeese State University,
Lake Charles, LA, with a master of education degree in
administration and supervision. She is employed by the
Vernon Parish School System teaching geography at
Pickering High School, Leesville. The daughter of retired
Army Sgt. Maj. Charles and Alice McShane, Barbara is
married to Richard Barnickel and is the mother of
Corinne Barnickel, 10. She earned a BA in speech
education from Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, LA; graduated from Balboa High School in
1973; and attended the Canal Zone College.


Zornes family at Jeffrey Zornes' Commissioning
Ceremony. L-R: Joe Wertz, Ginger Jeff, Joey,
Peggy Wertz, and Dick Zornes.
Jeffrey Shane Zornes (BHS'90), son of Richard
(BHS'67) and Ginger (BHS'68) Zornes was
commissioned a 2d. Lt. in the U. S. Air Force on
December 16, 1994. He has been assigned as a Missile
Launch Officer, and will be stationed at Vandenberg
AFB, CA. On December 17, 1994, Jeff graduated from
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach,
FL, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace
Studies. Attending the ceremony were Dick, Ginger,
brother Joey (BHS'94), maternal grandparents Joe and
Peggy Wertz from Fruitland Park, FL (former residents
of Curundu Heights and Albrook AFB, Canal Zone), and
Ms. Penny Rose, from Jonesboro, Georgia (former
resident of Balboa, Canal Zone).



Charlie Harrison (CHS 1948) was honored and
recognized at a banquet as Florida's AEA (American
Electronics Association) Electronics Executive of the
Year on December 1, 1994. Mr. Ronald Assaf, Chairman
of the Sensomatic Corporation and previous recipient of
this prestigious award, presented Charlie and his wife
Theresa of 39 years, with this award for his leadership
and achievements. The criteria established for this award
is an individual who is the officer or owner of a Florida-
based electronics company. This individual must possess
outstanding leadership and achievements in their service
to the electronics industry as well as the local community.
Charlie is presently VP/GM of Lambda Novatronics Inc.,
a Pompano Beach, FL, company that has been in the
military electronics business for over 32 years. Charlie
joined Lambda Novatronics Inc. on January 1, 1984, as
President and CEO when sales were $10 million. Within
four years, sales jumped to over $27 million and in the
ten years of Charlie's successful and dynamic leadership,
Lambda Novatronics Inc.'s sales have totalled more than
$200 million. Through his leadership, Charlie has taken
Lambda Novatronics Inc. through significant increases in
product quality, including certification under ISO 9001.
For Lambda Novatronic's fiscal year that just ended,
Charlie and his team exceeded every major goal set for
them including sales, profits, cash flow and bookings.

Charlie P. Harrison and wife, Theresa.
Charlie graduated from Cristobal High School in
1948 and became an instructor in Radar Repair for the
U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. He met
his wife Theresa at the University of Oklahoma and they
were married in 1955. He subsequently graduated from
the University of Oklahoma with a BSEE in 1958.
Charlie and Theresa live in Boca Raton, FL, and they
have two children; Dr. Charles Harrison who lives in
Newark, DE, with his wife Rose and their two children,
and Mrs. Diana Durie who resides in Harrisburg, PA,
with her husband Ron and two children.


Jeanne L. Brinson, Tanya L. Donohue and Edward
J. Donohue.

Tanya Lynn Donohue, daughter of Edward J.
Donohue and Jeanne L. Brinson, graduated from Florida
State University on December 17, 1994. Tanya graduated
with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Finance and is
presently residing in Indialantic, FL.


Charlene Brophy, daughter of John and Dona
(Jones) Brophy, graduated from Methodist College,
Fayetteville, North Carolina on December 16, 1994.

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L-R: Aunt Lola (Frauenheim) Jones, Charlene
Brophy, and mom, Dona (Jones) Brophy.

Charlene earned a bachelor of Science degree in
Business Administration with a concentration in
Professional Golf Management. She is employed at St.
Charles Country Club in St. Charles, Illinois.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Stumvoll of Panama City,
Panama, announce the engagement of their daughter
Erica to James Carter Wiley, son of Mrs. Timothy A.
Kelly of Roanoke, VA, and Mr. James L. Wiley, Jr., of
The Plains, Virginia.
Ms. Stumvoll is a 1979 graduate of Balboa High
School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
from Emory University in Atlanta where she was a
member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Ms.
Stumvoll also earned a Juris Doctor and a Masters in
Business Administration from the Emory University
Schools of Law and of Business and is a member of the
Georgia and American Bar Associations. She is currently
President and Co-Founder of Greystone Realty Advisors,
Inc., a commercial real estate services company located
in Tysons Corner, VA.

All of the 66,500 teachers being honored were
selected by former students who are currently listed in
"Who's Who Among American High School Students," or
"The National Dean's List," publications that recognize
the top 5 percent of the nation's high-school and college
students, respectively.
Among Leon County educators honored was Marcia
Anne Nita of Fairview Middle School. Marcia is the
daughter of Jan Whitney, a former Canal Zone teacher.
(Excerpted from the Tallahassee Democrat).


Erica Stumvoll and James Carter Wiley

Mr. Wiley is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, where
he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English
and was a member of the University's football team. He
resides in The Plains, VA, and is a commercial real
estate broker with James L. Wiley Real Estate in
Ms. Stumvoll is the granddaughter of Armenia C.
Metzger and the late Mr. George W. Metzger of Ormond
Beach, FL, formerly of the Panama Canal Zone.
A May wedding is planned.


A select group of teachers is being honored by their
toughest critics--their former students--in the third
edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Mr. Timothy Krafft and Leanne Thrift

Robert and Pat (Chase) Thrift proudly announce the
engagement of their daughter Leanne Elizabeth to Mr.
Timothy Krafft of DeLand, FL. Leanne is a senior at the
University of Central Florida. Mr. Krafft, a graduate of
Bethany College, is employed with the Orange County
Sheriffs Department in Orlando, FL. A summer wedding
is planned following Leanne's graduation from UCF on
May 6th.

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Laura A. Campbell and William L. McGann were
married September 24th at the Fort Clayton Chapel, Fort
Clayton, Panama.
The bride is the daughter of Fred and Yvonne
Campbell of Poguson, VA, and is a fifth-grade teacher
for DODDS at Fort Kobbe Elementary School.
The groom is the son of Alice and Ted McGann of
Orlando, FL, and is employed as Superintendent for
Kunkel-Wiese Construction Company in Panama.

William L. McGann and Laura Campbell

The maid of honor was Donna MacBean.
Bridesmaids (all from the Canal Zone) were Ann
Richardson, Myra Grimson and Chris Hern.
Gary Abbot served as best man and the groomsmen
were Brian Friedman, Patrick Grimson and the brother
of the bride, Randy Campbell from Vellencia, Venezuela.
Mr. George McArthur had the honor of escorting the
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Albrook Officers Club Ballroom where Elizabeth Oats
served as the mistress of ceremonies.


Jodi Lynn Godby and John William Wagner were
united in marriage on November 19, 1994 in a beautiful
morning wedding held pool side on the veranda of the
groom's home. Jodi is the daughter of John and Nancy
Godby of Zanesville, Ohio. John is the son of Jackie
Wagner (Ashton), Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and the
late John Y. Wagner.
Maid of honor was Lori Godby, Zanesville, the
bride's sister. Best man was Jim Wagner, West Palm,
Florida, brother of the groom.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Cuban Cafe, Boca Raton, Florida for friends and
Jodi is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA
degree in Merchandising. John, a graduate of BHS (83)
and the University of South Florida has a BA degree in
The Wagners enjoyed an extended honeymoon on
the Island of St. Lucia. The couple reside in Boca Raton,
FL where Jodi is a national producer/stylist for Glamour
Magazine and John is a police officer for the city of Boca





Dennis McCarthy and Carol Masino, Las Vegas, NV.

Carol L. Masino (CHS'52) and Dennis S. McCarthy
were married on December 28, 1994, in the Chapel by
the Courthouse, Las Vegas, NV. The bride, who is
retired from government service, is Assistant to the
Editor of the Canal Record.


Jeannette Card Goldsberry (BHS'87) and Allen
David Dekle (BHS'84) were married on August 27, 1994,
at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Tampa, FL. The bride is
the daughter of Juana (Garcia) Goldsberry and Ken E.
Goldsberry of Balboa, Panama.


L-R: Lori Fenell, Lydia Holt, Nigma Munoz, Janis
Lecare, Sherry Goldsberry, (bride) Jeanette
Goldsberry Dekle, (groom) Allen Dekle, Mark Dekle,
Brian Robinson, Richard Holt, Mark Robinson,
Richard Goldsberry. Flower girl Alexis Hessler,
Ringbearer Arthur Mendez.

The groom is the son of Patricia (Jopke) Dekle and
former teacher John R. Dekle of Diablo, Panama.
Maid of honor was sister of the bride, Sherry
Goldsberry, bridesmaids were Janis Lecaroz, Lori Fenell
(BHS'83), Lydia Holt, Nigma Munoz (cousin of the
bride). Best man was brother of the groom, Mark Dekle
(BHS'85) and the groomsmen were Brian Robinson
(BHS'83), Mark Robinson, Richard Holt and Richard
Goldsberry (BHS'86). Flower girl was Alexis Hessler
and ringbearer was Arthur Mendez.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at
Riverside Hotel in downtown Tampa. The couple
honeymooned in Costa Rica and now reside in Tampa,
Former Zonians attending the wedding were Julie
Edwards who flew from Holland, Jenny and Christine
Nolan, Mark Baker, Luke Givens, Peggy and Lloyd
Roberts, Vic Melant, Earl and Sue Mullins, Andrew
Efthimidas, Joanne Waggle, Lange and Leigh Jacobs,
David Payne who flew from D.C., Paul and Kerry Smith,
among others.


Barbara Dombrowsky Sanders of Asheboro, North
Carolina and Thomas Hanna of San Antonio, Texas,
were united in marriage in Asheboro on December 29,
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Jean Dombrowsky

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Barbara Dombrowsky Sanders and Thomas Hanna.

and the late Jack Dombrowsky, of Hendersonville, North
Carolina. Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanna
of Clearwater, Florida.
The newlyweds will make their home in Asheboro.


Susan Carol Kelleher and David L. White were
united in marriage on October 1, 1994 in a 7:30 p.m.
ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. David I.
Kelleher of Dothan, Alabama and Marilyn White and
Marc L. White of Seminole, Florida. The bride was given
in marriage by her father.

Mr. and Mrs. David L. White (in a Porsche).
Patricia Arosemena of Tallahassee, FL. served as
matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Margaret Marsalona
of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Sheila Rose of Tampa, FL.,
Adriana Berky of Milford, OH., and Kim Musgrave of
Aurora, CO. Maritza Reyes of Tampa, FL. served as
reader. Jennifer Marsalona of Ft. Lauderdale niece of
the bride was the flower girl.
Daniel White of Seminole, served his brother as best
man. Usher/groomsmen were Ron Bertke of Tampa,
FL., Robert Cone of San Francisco, CA., Jim Merola of
Clearwater, FL., and Dwayne O'Hara of Dunedin, FL.
Kristopher Arosemena, nephew of the bride of
Tallahassee, FL was a junior usher. Andrew Arosemena,
nephew of the bride of Tallahassee was a junior ring
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Davis Island Garden Club in Tampa. The rehearsal
dinner was at Craw Daddy's Restaurant in Tampa.
After a wedding trip to the Republic of Panama and
the former Canal Zone, the Whites now reside in Tampa.


Lauren Taylor Schltbilski
Kirsten Mary Schubilski
Sarah Catherine Schubilski

September (Taylor) and Marty Schubilski of
Brookfield, WI, are the proud parents of triplet girls born
on Halloween Day. They are Lauren Taylor, Kirsten
Mary and Sarah Catherine.

September (Taylor) and Marty Schubilske and their
triplets born on Halloween Day.

They are the grandchildren of Mrs. Renee Taylor of
San Diego, CA, and the late Michael W. Taylor

Krystal Lynn Hall

Kenneth and Victoria (Morris) Hall are happy to
announce the birth of Krystal Lynn on June 23, 1994.
Krystal weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was born in Guatemala
City, Guatemala. She joins big brother Kennito (2 1/2).
Kenny and Krystal are the grandchildren of Bob and
Linda Morris of San Diego, California, who welcomed
her to the family with a visit to Guatemala in October.

Victoria (Morris) Hall with Kennito and Krystal Lynn.

Due to space limitations
and to be equitable as
possible with all
announcements, wedding
guest lists will not be
printed in the future.
Members are asked to
summarize and not list
each name. (Editor, 03/01/94)

Freeland Ross Hollowell III

Adrianna Hollowell is excited to announce the
birth of her brother, Freeland Ross Hollowell III.
Freeland was born August 22, 1994, at 4:06 a.m. in
Seminole, FL. He weighed 8 pounds 12.2 ounces and was
21 inches long. Proud parents are Freeland and Penny
(Hall) Hollowell, Jr., of Brooksville, FL.

Rachel Anne Parks

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Charles and Dana (Lundebrek) Parks with Hanna (3)
and Rachel Anne Parks, born May 18, 1994. Rachel
and Hanna are grandchildren of Charles and Anne
(Trimble) Parks.

Freeland and Penny (Hall) Hollowell, Jr. with 4 1/2-
year-old daughter Adrianna, and four-month-old son,
Freeland Ross Hollowell Ill.
This is the fifth grandchild for maternal
grandparents, Bill and Mary Lou (Webb) Hall of St.
Petersburg, FL. For paternal grandparents, Freeland and
Mary (Straus) Hollowell, Sr., of Dothan, AL, this is the
fourth grandchild. Also, paternal great-grandmother is
Ruth Straus of Burbank, CA.

Andrew Joseph Gough

Sgt. 1st Class John R. Gough III, his wife Bridgitte,
and their son Justin Paul Gough, 5, announce the birth
of their second child, Andrew Joseph Gough, born
October 14, 1994, who weighed in at 9 pounds 4 ounces.
Andrew was named by his brother. The family lives in
Copperas Cove, TX, near Fort Hood, where John is

Andrew Joseph Gough (2 months), with L-R: Jo Ann
Gough, wife of Bill Gough III, Valerie Isbell, artist
friend of John R. Gough, Sr., and his mother,

Matthew Brian Friedel

Renee (Rowley) Friedel and Brian Friedel are proud
to announce the birth of Matthew Brian Friedel, their
second child. He was born on November 23, 1994, and
weighed 8 pounds.
Matthew's proud grandparents are Skip and Beverly
Rowley of Tallahassee, FL, and Ernie and MaryAnn
Friedel of Pensacola, FL. Great grandparents are Sara
Rowley of Clearwater, FL, and Beverly and Browne
Shircliffe of St. Petersburg, FL.
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Miranda Friedel, Brian Friedel, Matthew Friedel,
Renee (Rowley) Friedel.

Dayton Brenna Wetherby

Jeff and Dawn (McArthur) Wetherby proudly
announce the birth of their daughter, Dayton Brenna
Wetherby, on September 5, 1994 (Labor Day). Dayton
was born at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg,
MS. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and measured 21
inches long.

Richmond James G. Abellera
Bonnie (Gunn) and Arnold Abellera are pleased to
announce the birth of their second son, Richmond James
Gunn Abellera. Richmond was born September 22, 1994 -
a day after his parent's eighth anniversary and joins his
sister Lillian (6), and brother Robert (2).

Jeff and Dawn (McArthur)

Wetherby with Dayton

Maternal grandparents are Brenda and George
McArthur, formerly of LaBoca, Panama, but now
residing in the U.S. Maternal great-grandparents are
Dorothy and David Brown of Huntsville, AL.
Paternal grandparents are Barbara Wetherby of
Granada Hills, CA, and Barret Wetherby of La
Crescenta, CA. Paternal great-grandmother is Alice
Johnson, formerly of Ancon, Panama, but has resided for
some time now in El Toro, CA.

Andrew Todd Krough

Andrew Todd Krough, 7 1/2 lbs., was born January
18, 1995 to Todd and Liz Krough, Plymouth, Minnesota.
Paternal grandparents are James and Pat (Maedl)
Krough of Deephaven, Minnesota. Great-grandparents
are Carl and Petie Maedl, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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Bonnie (Gunn) Abellera with Richmond James
Gunn Abellera.
Richmond's maternal grandparents are Landen H.
and Jane Gunn of Sarasota, FL, and Dorothy L. Lawing
of Asheville, NC. His paternal grandparents are Robert
and Priscilla Abellera of Hollister, CA.

Zane Alexander Philyaw

Lori (Ridge) Philyaw (CHS'78), her husband Lennie
and daughter Piper of Columbia, SC, welcomed a new
member into their family on March 9, 1994. Zane
Alexander Philyaw weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and is
the first grandson for paternal grandparents Jesse
Philyaw of Belton, SC, and Mamie Harper of Anderson,

Lennie and Lori (Ridge) Philyaw with 9-month-old
Zane and 7-year-old Piper.
Zane is a great-grandson of Louie and Gibby
Kleefkens of Tampa, FL, and nephew of John Ridge of
Tampa, FL, and Alan Ridge of Los Angeles, CA.
Maternal grandparents are the late Elbert "Bubber"
Ridge and Leida Kleefkens Ridge.


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William T. Bailey, M.D., born April 9, 1919, died
December 21, 1994 in Richmond, VA. He was born in
Chattanooga, TN; attended the U. of Tennessee studying
pre med; was commissioned a second lieutenant and
ordered on active duty in June 1941. After Pearl Harbor,
he applied for parachute training and eventually sailed
from San Francisco for Cairns, Australia. Shortly
thereafter, he met his future wife, Jean while on leave in
Sydney. His regiment made several combat jumps during
many campaigns throughout Southeast Asia, including
Mindora in the Phillipines against great odds. Bill was
commander of "F' Company at the time, who
distinguished themselves nobly. Upon Japan's surrender,
he returned to Australia, took his future bride to the U.S.
and they got married in Houston, TX, in 1947. He then
graduated from Tulane School of Medicine in 1951 and
went to the Canal Zone for his internship at Gorgas
Hospital. After their second child was born the family
went to New Zealand and Australia, and returned to the
Canal Zone where nuclear medicine had gained
importance. He was asked to establish a nuclear lab, so
he went to Harvard and took Nuclear Physics at Oak
Ridge, TN. It was a new field and grew into a division of
its own. He subsequently became the Chief of Nuclear
Medicine at Gorgas Hospital. During his off-duty hours,
he and his wife took up square dancing and he became
their caller. Upon retirement, the family moved to
Richmond, VA, where he again became their caller and
teacher for the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club for eight
years. The Baileys lived in the Canal Zone from 1951 to
He is survived by his wife, Jean; three children,
Steven William, Patricia Bailey O'Grady M.D., and Thora
Bailey Sullivan; three grandchildren, Mikhail Patrick
Bailey, Meghan Eileen Bailey, Ryan Declan O'Grady;
two sisters, Wilma Gibson of Anchorage, AK, and
Bernice Nichols of Chattanooga, TN; three nieces and
three nephews.

Edwin M. (Eddie) Bair, 71, of Festus, MO, died
September 17, 1994. He was born in Becker, MO, on
May 11, 1920. He worked as a welder for the Mechanical
Division, Balboa, Canal Zone and joined the Navy during
World War II, stationed at the Naval Operating Base,
West Bank, Canal Zone.
After the war he and his wife, Marie, and son, Eddie
Jr., went back to Missouri. His wife and son preceded
him in death. He's been ill with a broken hip and
pneumonia. After the hip surgery, he was moved to a
convalescent home and started having spells with his
heart. He died of heart failure.

Nancy Horan Blair, 70, of Vincennes, Indiana passed
away January 24, 1995 from cancer. She came to the
Canal Zone at an early age and attended Canal Zone
schools, graduating from Balboa High School in 1941.
For a short time thereafter she worked for the Panama
Canal Company and then was employed at the Naval
Annex in Washington, D.C.
Nancy is survived by a son, Robert Blair of Fordland,

Mark Z. Brandon III, 66, of Corpus Christi, TX,
died in early June, 1994 after a long siege with
emphysema and congestive heart failure. He was a
graduate of BHS in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy. In
mid 1948 he joined the InterAmerican Geodetic Survey
(IAGS) and worked in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and
Panama. In 1958 he left the survey, moving to Tampa
area and opened an orchid supply house. After selling the
going business, he then joined the 1381st Geodetic Survey
Squadron (Missile) at Orlando AFB and surveyed
throughout the U.S. for ballistic missile installations. He
was later assigned to a detachment in Great Falls, MT
where he met and married his wife. In 1966 he
transferred back to IAGS in Ft. Clayton, then served as
IAGS Liaison Officer in Bethesda, MD, until he was
assigned to Mexico City. He retired circa 1983 and lived
on Padre Island and Corpus Christi until his death.
His wife, Betty predeceased him nine years earlier,
and he is survived by two daughters, Laura and Judy and
a granddaughter, all of Corpus Christi, TX, and a brother
in Brandon, FL.

Samuel D. Bristol, 40, of Dunnellon, FL, died
January 6, 1995 of a heart attack following a brief illness
with a congested respiratory condition. Sam was born in
the Canal Zone and attended schools both in the
Gamboa and Balboa areas.
He is survived by his parents, Edgar B. and Mary R.
Bristol with whom he resided in Dunnellon; two brothers,
Clark C. of Dunnellon and Steve W. of Glendale, CA;
two nephews and six nieces.

William L. Brooks, 77, of Lutz, FL, died January 4,
1995 at the University Community Hospital of
Carrollwood, FL. He was born in Lewis, IA, and was the
eldest of six children. During the Depression, he served
in the CCC, then joined the Army and was stationed in
Panama. Upon discharge, he worked as a civilian with the
Army laying cable in the jungle for Anti-aircraft guns,
and in 1940 he went to work for the Panama Canal
Company. In 1942 he married Emily Horine who was
born and raised in the Canal Zone. He worked on the
project to convert 25 cycle to 60 cycle power in the Canal
Zone, and became the contract administrator for the
construction of the Thatcher Ferry bridge, the Curundu
Jr. High School and the Gorgas Hospital expansion. In
his spare time he managed the Gatun Tarpon Club and
fished with many celebrities such as Ted Williams and
Ernest Hemingway. He enjoyed flying a Republic Seebee
Amphibian to remote rivers in the jungle, fish all day and
then fly home. He also worked for two years in the
Darien jungle at the Colombia/Panama border studying

potential sites for a proposed Sea Level Canal. He retired
in 1970 and got into the ice cream business, becoming a
partner in Franquicias Panamefas in Panama City. Bill
and Emily left Panama in 1978 and moved to Lutz, FL.
Bill soon found the U-Pick fields and the Farmers
Market and elderberries growing along the road, and
with a lot of help from friends, he did a lot of canning
and freezing. His failing health during the past five years
kept him fairly housebound, unable to do the things he
He is survived by his wife, Emily (Horine); a son,
William T. Brooks of Huntington Beach, CA; a foster
daughter, Miroslava Boretti of Jacksonville, NC; his
mother, Hazel Brooks of Port Angeles, WA; three sisters,
Betty Trousdale, Vancouver, WA, Mary Kelly of
Atkinson, NE, and Susan Wright of Port Angeles, WA.;
four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Nadine Werlin Cain, widow of the late George Cain,
passed away January 8, 1995, in Miami, FL. Survivors
include son, Michael Cain; grandson Jason Cain; sisters-
in-law, Mrs. Warren Cain and Mrs. Harry Cain. In lieu
of flowers, memorial may be made to the cancer fund.

Lawrence Cargol, M.D., of Tacoma, WA, died
suddenly August 22, 1994 from cardiac arrest while
vacationing with his family on board a cruise ship in
Alaskan waters. He served his two-year pathology
residency at Gorgas Hospital after receiving his medical
degree at the University of Washington in 1972. He was
the Director of Pathology, Tacoma General Hospital, at
the time of his death. He was a delegate and regional
inspector to the College of American Pathologist and also
the Regional Commissioner. He was a member of St.
Patrick's Catholic Church, and was vice-president of the
Tacoma Swim Club.
Dr. Cargol is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Tim
and Damon; a daughter Christine, his mother and sister,
all of 3015 N. Proctor, Tacoma, WA 98407.

Barbara Louise Lennox Clark of Corning, CA,
former music teacher in the Panama Canal Zone, died in
Chico, CA, on November 16, 1994, from pneumonia and
heart failure.
Barbara was a teacher in the Panama Canal Zone
for 18 years, arriving in the Canal Zone in 1963.
Barbara's first school was in Gatun near the Locks.
Later, Barbara became the music teacher for the
elementary schools on both sides of the Isthmus, and she
traveled daily on the Panama Canal Railroad.
Barbara was active in the Margarita Union Church
and many other community activities, including the local
Eastern Star chapter, and also was a member of the
Sweet Adelines.
She retired in 1981 and became a world traveler,
then moved back to her home in Corning, CA, in 1983.
She was active there in her church and the O.E.S. She
was Past Matron and a 50-year member of the Molino
She is survived by her three sons: Allan L. Clark of
Louisville, KY; Stanley D. Clark of Burlingame, CA; and
Kenneth D. (Kelly) Clark of San Antonio, TX.; five

grandsons, one granddaughter, and two great-grandsons;
and a sister, Mrs. Charles B. Harper (Dorothy) of
Corning, CA.

Evelyn G. Clark, 84, of Shelter Island, NY, died
December 6, 1994 of heart failure. She went to the Canal
Zone in 1947 with her late husband, Shepard S. Clark,
who passed away in 1978. Mr. Clark taught business
courses at the Canal Zone Junior College.
She is survived by her two daughters, Elaine (Clark)
Cook of Ocala, FL, and Karen (Clark) Tibitts of Mexico
Beach, FL; three grandsons; two granddaughters; and
seven great-grandchildren.

Jack W. Clarke, 80, of Sarasota, FL, died January 6,
1995. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and left in 1967
after retiring from the Community Services Division with
over 30 years of service as a foreman of the Grounds
Maintenance Branch. He was a member of a Canal Zone
Masonic Lodge and was a Presbyterian.
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Kresge of
Thorsby, AL, and Linda Layman of San Diego, CA; a
step-daughter, Marilyn Gayer of Torrington, CT; a step-
son, Boyd Bevington of San Diego; five grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.

Mary D. (Melendez) Coffey passed away on July 20,
1994 following a heart attack. She was preceded in death
by her husband, John B. (Jack), and is survived by a son,
John Coffey, Jr.; two daughters, Joan Rienks and Mary
Blennerhassett; eight grandchildren, Michael, Patrick,
Daniel Coffey, Tony, Kathy, John Blennerhassett, Alex,
Monica Rienks, and five great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Robinson (Red) Coleman, 78, died January
25, 1994 at the AG Rhodes Nursing Home in Marietta,
GA, where he had been residing for two years following
a stroke. He was born in New Jersey and was employed
by the Canal Zone Government after serving in the U.S.
Navy during World War II. He was active on the
B.P.O.Elks Board of Officers in Balboa and retired on
disability in 1971 as a Fire Captain. After leaving the
Canal Zone he lived in Kerrville, TX; Fords, NJ, and
Marietta, GA.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy, and grandson
Jody in Roswell, GA; a son, Robert, and grandson Ryan
in Hollywood, FL; three sisters, Tena Matthews and
Isabel Klein (NJ) and Leone Doll (FL).

Margaret Cottrell, 94, of Piano, TX, died November
28, 1994. She lived with her daughter Vivian for many
years and was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn E.
Cottrell, formerly of the Electrical Division. They lived in
Cristobal until 1954 upon her husband's retirement.
She is survived by her daughter Vivian; grandson Jim
and his wife Carol; great-granddaughter Heather; great-
grandson Bill and his wife Heidi, and great-great
grandson William.

Ruth Abrams Anne Duncan, 94, passed away
September 27, 1994 at Saratoga, CA. She was born in
Monroe, IN, and became a long-time resident of the
Canal Zone and was the widow of Harold Samuel
Duncan who predeceased her in 1992.
She is survived by three nieces, Barbara Evans
O'Shaughnessy, Norma Evans Harrington, Muriel Evans
Neill; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Duncan Evans.

Ellen Gallaher Finley Earhart, 97, of Hannibal, MO.
died December 16, 1994 at the Luther Manor Nursing
Center. She was a 1915 graduate of Van Rensselear
Academy and a 1919 graduate of Park College, receiving
her professional nursing diploma from Kansas City
General Hospital in 1920. She was in private duty nursing
from 1920 to 1925 in Kansas City. New Orleans and
Dallas. She began work at Ancon Hospital in the Canal
Zone which later became Gorgas Hospital where she
became the supervising nurse of the operating room
there. She married Dr. Troy W. Earhart in Panama, who
was chief of surgical services for 37 years. After his
retirement in 1943, they returned to Mulberry, IN. Dr.
Earhart died in 1962, and Mrs. Earhart moved to
Hannibal, where she had made her home since 1963.
Park College recently announced that it was naming its
nursing school the Ellen Finley Earhart School of
nursing. She was an accredited flower judge for 10 years
and a member of the American Horticulture Society and
a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She was a
member of the Presbyterian Church in Frankfort, IN. for
many years and since 1963 was a member of the
Presbyterian Church in Hannibal.
Survivors include four nieces, Mildred Tompkins,
Ruth Tompkins, Gladys Taylor Sanders and Katherine
Taylor James; two nephews, nine great-nieces and 10
great-nephews and several grand-nieces and nephews.

Marjorie M. French, 88, of Lakeland, FL, passed
away November 28, 1994 at Carpenter's Home Manor.
A native of Hannaford, ND, she moved to Lakeland in
1987 from Laguna Hills, CA. She was a retired teacher
for the Panama Canal Schools Division in the Canal
Zone. She was a Lutheran and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a son, Willard J. of Jacksonville,
FL; a sister, Lucille Fulop of Lakeland, and a brother,
Kenneth E. Markuson of Robbinsville, NC.

Maria Margarita (Barcenas) Geddie was killed in
an automobile accident in the Interior on January 4,
1995, while vacationing in Panama.
Margarita attended school at St. Mary's Academy in
Colon, R.P. and graduated in 1952 from Cristobal High
School. She had worked as a Translator for the School
of the Americas, Ft. Gulick, Panama, since 1954. In 1985,
she was transferred to Ft. Benning, GA, where she
continued her work as a translator in Spanish,
Portuguese, and English. She was a vendor at the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, along with
her cousin, Roberto (Bob) Rosania Stanziola.
She is survived by her husband, Donald T. Geddie,
of Chiefland, FL; her children, Dr. Jorge Gomez and his

wife, Rina M. Trevia de Gomez, and daughter, Angeles
Trevia Barcenas; granddaughters, Roxana and Ivonne;
brother, Dr. Antonio Gonzalez-Revilla and his wife; and
nieces, Angela Rosania de Gonzalez Revilla and Gilda
Cucalon de Rosania.

Ethel Anderson Gruezke, 70, of Oakhurst, NJ, died
October 24, 1994 at the home of her daughter in
Succasunna, Morris County. She was born in Millville,
NJ, and went to the Canal Zone as a child with her
family. She graduated from Balboa High School and
attended Canal Zone Junior College, moved back to the
States in 1945, graduating from Bob Jones College,
Cleveland, TN, in 1950. She was a bookkeeper for
Monmouth Pediatric Group for 14 years. She was a
member of First United Methodist Church of Oakhurst
and past president of the United Methodist Women of
the Church, as well as local social groups of Ocean
Surviving are two sons, Dr. Frederick H. of New
Orleans and Leonard A. of Oakhurst; two daughters,
Marie G. Butler of Lawton, OK, and Jean G. Acken of
Succasunna; two brothers, Harry Anderson of Hot
Springs, AR and Robert Anderson of Galilee, PA; three
sisters, Anna Lestor of Macon, GA, Ruth Everson of
Hendersonville, NC, and Nora Jenkins of Pitman, NJ.
and 13 grandchildren.

Julia Durfee Guardia, 76, Panama City, RP, died of
a stroke January 6, 1995. She was the daughter of a
Roosevelt Medal Holder and her kindness and generosity
knew no bounds. Survivors include daughter and son-in-
law, Dianita and Julio Alcedo, and granddaughters,
Letitia, Angelita, and Elida. No further information is

Dorothy E. Hannigan, of Brockton, MA, died
November 11, 1994 at New England Sinai Hospital,
Stoughton, MA. She was born in Revere, MA, and went
to the Canal Zone as a child in 1916. She later returned
to the U.S. but after completing junior college in Boston,
she returned to the Canal Zone and was employed as a
medical secretary at Gorgas Hospital until her retirement
in 1974, whereupon she moved to Brockton, working as
a medical secretary at Brockton Hospital.
She is survived by her stepmother, Agnes E.
Hannigan of Brockton; four sisters, Diane Moran, Alice
O'Regan, Ann Modoono and Patricia Hannigan; a
brother, Joseph Hannigan; 18 nieces and nephews and 11
great nieces and nephews.

Ann Houston, 85, passed away August 15, 1994, at
the Cloisters of Mission Hills Retirement Home, San
Diego, CA, where she had lived for the past two years.
She was the wife of Alfred Houston who passed away in
She was a beautician and had been employed by
several beauty shops while in the Canal Zone. At the
time of her retirement she owned and operated the
beauty shop at the Balboa Y.M.C.A. She was a member
of the First Church of Christ Scientists. She is survived by
a son, Carl Schumacher, of Carlsbad, CA, and two

Dorothy Wirtz Houx, 83, of Anderson, SC, died June
8, 1994 at Anderson Area Medical Center. She was born
in Ancon, Canal Zone and was a retired librarian with
Sirrine Hall, Clemson University for 16 years. She was a
member of Zion United Methodist Church, the Kate
Palmer Class, served as Church Librarian and was a
member of the Growing Better Club of the church. She
was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the
Eastern Star and Ladies Auxiliary of Zion Fire
Surviving are a son, William C. of Anderson; a
daughter, Phyllis H. Middleton of Silverdale, WA;
brothers Robert Wirtz of Arlington, VA, and Jack Wirtz
of Hendersonville, NC; sisters Margaret Diehl of
Hendersonville, Trudy Vavak of Lake Isabelle, CA,
Geraldine Longshore of Newberry and Elizabeth Stahler
of Palm Bay, FL.

Mary M. (McDade) Hughes, 86, of Haddonfield, NJ,
died July 23, 1994. She was born in Camden, NJ, and
went to the Canal Zone as a child with her family. She
was raised in Balboa and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1927. She was active in the Senior Citizens
Association of Rohrer Towers where she made her
She was the mother of the late Donald Kenneth
Hughes and is survived by her daughter, Sheila Hughes;
her sons, George and Steven; five grandsons, a
granddaughter, and six great-grandchildren, all of New
Jersey. She is also survived by her sisters Annie McDade
and Agnes (McDade) Hannigan, and many nieces and

Alma Schutt Kastner, 90, of Bradenton, FL, died
December 9, 1994. Born in Harrisburg, PA, she was a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Nursing and served at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama
Canal Zone during World War II. She was also a
probation officer for 13 years in Harrisburg and a
member of the Florida Board of Nursing, the Humane
Society and the Manatee River Garden Club. She retired
as a private duty nurse from Manatee Memorial Hospital
in 1982. She attended Whitfield Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her caregiver, Bill DuPriest, of

Anne Keepers, 79, died in her daughter's arms on
September 29, 1994 in Spartanburg, SC. She was buried
beside her husband H. Herman Keepers in Greenlawn
Cemetery in Spartanburg. She arrived in the Canal Zone
in 1936 to visit her former stepmother, Edna Furr, and
her half-brother and half-sister. She met her husband and
married in 1937. She raised three of her four children on
the Zone where she taught kindergarten in the school
system in Gatun and Gamboa. Her husband was
employed by the Aids to Navigation Division. Upon her
husband's retirement, they moved to Spartanburg to raise
their youngest son. Anne taught kindergarten for several
years at St. James Methodist Church while her husband
grew a beautiful garden at home.
She is survived by her children; Shirley Keepers
Taylor, H. Harry Keepers, Jr., William Keepers, C. Brent
Keepers and four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Hazel L. Kilbey, 85, passed away December 4, 1994
following a stroke in Evans, GA. She was the widow of
the late Clarence W. (Bud) Kilbey. Hazel was born in
St. Joseph, MO, and following her marriage to Bud, a
musician, she traveled for several years with him while
he worked for several orchestras. Seeking a more settled
family life, he returned to Platte Business School, then
obtaining employment with the Corps of Engineers which
led to his employment in the Panama Canal Zone in the
Correspondence Bureau, then the Federal Court System
and lastly the Clubhouse Branch. Upon retirement after
30 years they moved to Aiken, SC, Augusta, GA, and
Evans, GA. Mrs. Kilbey was a member of the Balboa
Union Church and St. John's United Methodist Church,
Aiken, SC. She was an honorary member of the Panama
Canal Society of South Carolina.
She is survived by three daughters, Jolie A. Seeley,
Laguna Hills, CA, Charlotte L. Mullins, Grovetown, GA,
and Christine Luken, Appling, GA; seven grandchildren,
and seven great-grandchildren.

W.C. Kongable, 92, formerly of Hominy, OK, and
Curundu, Canal Zone, passed away recently in Pasadena,
TX. He was a former employee of the U.S. Army Signal
Corps in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; and two sons,
William and Ross.

Bernice Joyce Lewis of Fort Worth, TX, passed away
She is survived by her daughter Barbara S.
Bloomberg of Fort Worth, TX.

Frank P. Marczak, 77, of Venice, FL, died January
23, 1995. He was born in Franklin, PA, and came to
Venice 13 years ago from Oregon and Miami. He retired
from the Panama Canal Company Navigation Division In
1973 as a marine controller with over 30 years of
service.He was a member of the Knights of Columbus; a
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II; a member of Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice, and was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; two daughters,
Constance Holihan of Marietta, GA, and Mary Jo
Harbour of Portland, OR; two sons, Andrew of Macon,
GA, and Mark of Salem, OR; two sisters, Helen Andres
of Franklin and Pauline Mason of Richmond, VA; three
brothers, Joseph of Santa Rosa, CA, Stanley of Houston,
TX, and Richard of Oil City, PA; and nine grandchildren.

Thomas J. Meagher, 71, of Clearwater, FL, died
November 9, 1994 at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo. He was
born in the Panama Canal Zone and came to Clearwater
from Jersey City, NJ, in 1935. He was a welder and
machinist for Blue Boy Power Mowers. He was a
Methodist and member of the Clearwater Country Club,
a barbershop quartet member and a Boy Scout Troop
Survivors include his wife, Louise; two sons, John
Michael of Clearwater and Joseph Robert of Cocoa; a
stepson, Larry Morgan of Palm Harbor; a stepdaughter,

Elizabeth Anne Morgan, Palm Harbor; a brother, John
James "Mack" of Washington, DC; a sister, Georgianna
Abigail Havener, Athens, GA, and five grandchildren.

Thomas Martin Otten died at his home in Long
Beach, NC, following an extended illness. He was
employed as a Senior Control Operator at Gatun Locks
from 1974 until 1990. He came to the Panama Canal
Zone from the U.S. Navy where he served aboard
nuclear submarines. He was a member of the Elks, the
American Legion, and the Gatun Yacht Club. He is
survived by his wife, Darlene, a former Coco Solo
Hospital nurse.

Juanda Pennington, 77, of Guthrie, OK, died
November 25, 1994 in Guthrie. She was the widow of
James H. Pennington who retired from the Canal Zone
Police Department in 1966. She operated a nursery
school for many years in Balboa.
She is survived by a daughter, Penny Graham of
Lakewood, CO; five grandchildren and two great-

Ruth P. Perkins, 78, of Houston, TX, died December
29, 1994 after surviving two heart attacks on December
12, 1994 before finally succumbing to a final heart attack
on December 29. She was preceded in death by her
husband Roy W. Perkins in 1970. Ruth was born in
Panama and graduated from Cristobal High School in
1934 as Class Valedictorian and from the C.Z. Junior
College. She was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star
and has lived for the past 19 years with her daughter.
Survivors include her daughter Ruth Kendrick, sons
Roy W. of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ralph and Richard of
Pensacola, FL, and Roy A. of Wyoming; ten
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Thomas G. Relihan, 84, of York, PA, died Monday,
January 23, 1995, at Country Meadows-Leader Heights.
He was the husband of the late Alice Relihan and
Lerlene V. (Stauffer) Relihan of York.
Mr. Relihan was born March 25, 1910, at Turners
Falls, MA. He was the son of the late Thomas M. and
Lena (Burnaw) Relihan.
He was employed as an accountant for the U.S.
government. He was head of the commissary working in
the Civil Service in the Panama Canal Zone for 31 years.
He attended Columbia University, New York City,
receiving a degree as an accountant.
A life member and former exalted ruler of B.P.O.E.
Balboa Canal Zone Lodge. He was a former Boy Scout
director in the Panama Canal Zone and was a
Republican committeeman in Green Valley, AZ.
Mr. Relihan is also survived by a stepson, Albert G.
Barnes of York; three step-grandchildren; a step-great-
granddaughter; five nephews and four nieces.

Alice Roche, 77, died in her home in Hendersonville,
NC, November 5, 1994, after a long battle with cancer.
She was the wife of Bob Roche, who preceded her in

death in the 1970s. She is survived by one brother, one
sister and a stepdaughter, Noralee Shobe of Bellingham,
Washington. Alice was a former Area Reporter for the
Canal Record of North Carolina for seventeen years. A
memorial service was held at the St. James Episcopal
Church in Hendersonville in January.

Lillian Frances "Betty" Roe, 77, of Dothan, Alabama,
died November 27, 1994 at the home of her daughter in
Gillette, WY, following a long illness. She was born in
Columbus, OH, and came to Panama in her early 20s
and resided there until her retirement in 1968. She
moved to Dothan in 1977. She was a homemaker and the
widow of Sam Roe who died in 1977. She was a member
of the Eastern Star in the Canal Zone and a member of
the First Assembly of God Church of Dothan.
Survivors include two daughters, Lillian F. Roe of
Dothan and Leslie G. Roe of Gillette, Wyo.; a son, Fred
S. of Thousand Oaks, CA; two brothers, Harry
Rathgaber of SC; two sisters, Dorothy Yost of Dothan
and Mary Brobst of Ohio; four grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews.

Ruth Schjeveland of Chicago, IL, died January 31,
1994, of a sudden heart attack as she was sitting down to
dinner with her longtime friend and housemate, Doris
Dobbins. She was a member of Balboa High School
Class of 19--. She served from 1957 to 1967 with Gospel
Missionary Union in Panama and was a Missionary
Gospel Fellowship missionary since March of 1971, and
she was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Her father was an engineer for the Panama
Canal Company for many years.

Anna (Toodles) W. Setzer, 80, of Sun City Center,
Florida, died November 26, 1994 at St. Joseph's Hospital,
Tampa, FL. A native of Evansville, IN, Toodles was
raised in Panama and moved to Sun City from Maryland
in 1980. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Mayme
Warren. She attended and graduated from St. Mary's
Academy in Colon, Republic of Panama. She was a
retired Civil Service employee; a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida and Prince of Peace Catholic
She is survived by her husband, Tate; a sister, Mary
Louise Parsons; and a niece, Kathleen Wyble, both of
New Orleans, LA.

Ray Manton Smith, 80, passed away November 6,
1994 in the Lutheran Nursing Home in Albermarle,
NC. He came to the Canal Zone in 1952 and was
employed by the Industrial Division, Panama Canal
Company, Atlantic District. He retired in 1974 with 21
years of government service. His wife, Glenna,
predeceased him in Colon, Rep. of Panama in 1974. He
was active in Margarita Elks Lodge 1542 and enjoyed
fishing in the Chagres River for whatever would bite.
He is survived by his daughter, Diana Rae Davis of
Mt. Gilead, NC; a son, Rev. Wayne L. Smith of Fairfield,
OH; a sister, Lois Fessenden of California; five
grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Jerome E. Steiner passed away December 25, 1993
after a 50 year battle with muscular dystrophy. He came
to Panama in 1911, attended Canal Zone schools and
began his career with the Panama Canal Company in
1929, spanning 38 years from accounting clerk to Panama
Canal Company Treasurer. He was active in his capacity
of accountant or treasurer of many charitable
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolly Allen
Steiner; eight children, Joanne Steiner Robinson, Patricia
Steiner Kearns, Kathleen Steiner Bennett, Jerome E. Jr.,
Allen and John; a niece and nephew, Mitzi Siegel Beers
and Larry Siegel, raised with the Steiner children upon
the death of their parents, Edward and Rita Steiner

Alice (Marine) Talbott, 74, of Panama City, died
August 28, 1994, at Paitilla Hospital, Panama, of lung
cancer. Alice was born in Gorgas Hospital. She attended
Canal Zone schools, graduating from BHS in 1938. She
completed her education in the United States and
returned to the Zone. She spent nearly fifty years of her
life in Ancon, Diablo and Curundu; the last twenty-five
years, in Panama City. Her husband, Elzie Lee Talbott,
predeceased her.
She is survived by son Arnold L. Talbott and his wife
Jane and two grandchildren, Eric and Jake, of Colorado
Springs; and son Keith and his wife Angie and two
granddaughters, Jane and Laura, of Homosassa Springs,
FL; and a brother, Thomas C. Marine, of San Antonio,
TX. Alice was also predeceased by her two sisters, Diane
(Marine) Bright and Bertha E. (Marine) Scott. She was
buried in Corozal Cemetery in the Canal Zone.

Col. William Taylor, 85, (U.S. Army, Ret) died
January 22, 1995 at El Paso, TX. He was born in 1909
in the Panama Canal Zone while his father served as
Secretary of the Joint Land Commission for the State

Department. William graduated from West Point in 1931
and had a distinguished military career, spanning a
transition from horseback to the development of guided
He is survived by a daughter, Joan Seigel of
Williamsburg, NM; a son, William III of El Paso, Texas,
and two grandsons, Taylor and Weston Seigel of

Louise J. Veney, 91, passed away December 7, 1994
at Cascade Vista Nursing Home in Redmond, WA.
Louise was born and educated in York, PA, and went to
Panama in 1928 to be a nurse in Panama Hospital for
Drs. Reeder, Runyon and Herrick. She married Arthur
M. Veney in 1930, who preceded her in death in 1979.
They lived in the Canal Zone until 1948 where Louise
was a life member of Orchid Chapter, O.E.S.; a member
of the Garden Club, Women's Club and Balboa Union
Church. During WWII she was a volunteer for the Red
Cross and served coffee and doughnuts on the docks to
servicemen and sewed and mended uniforms for soldiers
going to and coming from the Pacific Theater of War at
Albrook AFB. She had many friends from the Canal
Zone who corresponded with her until shortly before her
She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Ann Hansen of
Redmond; her son-in-law Walter J. Hansen; two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret "Peggy" Tassell Walker passed away in
Sarasota, Florida recently after a lengthy illness. She
would have been in the BHS Class of 1944 and had been
a medical secretary at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal
She is survived by her husband, Harlan; children
Sonja and Craig; sisters Phyllis "Pat" and Betty Lou;
brothers Harry Jr. and Peter Tassell; and five

Letters to the Editor


In May 1969, my North Dakota bride and I
honeymooned five days in the Canal Zone and Panama.
I was a Second Lt. (USAF) at the time, a recent graduate
of the University of South Dakota. My father, Curtis
Berg, of Perth, ND, retired the following year from U.S.
Navy civil service at Rodman Naval Station and moved to
Tampa, FL.
I did not return to Panama until the fall of last year,
and only for three weeks, after an absence of almost 25
years. Prior to my return my parents, still in Tampa,
warned me that the changes since 1969 would shock me
no end, so I prepared myself mentally.
During my stay in the old Canal Zone and Panama
City, I visited with my oldest sister, Inez H. Clark
(BHS'59) of Curundu and my youngest sister, Betty. Inez

works for the Army in Corozal, and Betty owns and
operates the Penache Beauty Salon in Obarrio, Panama
I did almost all my sightseeing in the old Canal Zone
and Panama City, with a one-day trip to the "other side".
I regret not travelling to the Interior; that will have to be
done in my next visit. My mother was born and raised in
the Boquete area of Chiriqui Province.
I enjoyed seeing Eddie Conn, Freddie Walker, Bobby
Barnes, Robbie Pedersen, and Manuelita Moses Roux
(BHS'59). Because my family lived in Cocoli from 1947-
1970, I made two trips there to see the changes. On the
whole, my hometown looks pretty much the same as in
1969, with some major surgery taken into account. The
first house we lived in on Avocado Street is still standing
and occupied; the second house we lived in on Nicobar
Avenue is torn down as are all the quarters in that end

of town--in fact, that end is also fenced off completely
and totally overgrown with high grass. You could say the
jungle has reclaimed its own.
The commissary was torn down in the 1960s, and
now the clubhouse, theater, barber shop, shoe shop,
bowling alley, post office, elementary school, gymnasium,
and Little League ballpark are also gone. Cocoli is now
an all-Army housing area. I needed an official visitor's
pass just to get in so I could roam the streets of my
hometown. I missed my old companions: Jerry McNabb,
Bobbie Wilmoth, Eddie Eddleman, Johnny Bateman,
Billy Jenkins, Pat Shouts, Nancy Webster, and Mickey
I attended the PanCanal reunions in 1985 and 1990
in Florida, and look forward to attending in 1995. Lastly,
my younger brother Stan (BHS'61) teaches high school
English literature in Mesa, AZ; my youngest brother
Franz (Shorty) (BHS'63) works as an industrial
carpenter near Atlanta, GA; my younger sister Janice
(BHS'65) lives in El Dorado Hills, CA. All three are
married and have children.
Thanks for letting me share some news.

Carl Berg (BHS'60)
Tempe, AZ


John and Sandy Franks are enjoying their new home
on Post St. Lucie, Florida. A couple of Canal Zone
friends spent some time of their vacation during the
summer with them. Mike and Sue Norman and Robert
and Julia Nieves and daughter enjoyed the crab-eating,
oysters, clams and conch fritters at their favorite haunt,
Conchy Joe's in Jensen Beach.
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L-R: One of John's diving buddies, Sandy, Richard
and Patricia showing off John's ten-pounder lobster
caught diving near Ft. Pierce, FL.

Their daughter Patricia and her husband, Richard
North, came from Rancho Palos Verdes in California and
spent a very short week with them (for her birthday in
September). They enjoyed themselves so much that
they'll be back in November for at least two weeks.

Sandy made a super lobster pizza (Patricia wanted
that for her birthday), from the dough up. Their sons,
Clifton and John came up from Pompano Beach for a
family celebration.
They say: "Now, y'all come see us."


On a trip to New York City, Bliss (Morris)
Connerton made the rounds to all the sights and couldn't
resist schmoozing with David Letterman's next door
neighbor and crony Surijul.
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Bliss (Morris) Connerton and Surijul
Later Bliss and family enjoyed dinner at John Gotti's
favorite hangout in Little Italy. (Gotti was unable to
attend). The next morning Bliss taxied over to NBC
Studios and made her first appearance with Bryant, Katie
and Willard. What a town!


Again this year, my wife Frances (Veach) and I
participated in the Maryland Senior Olympics in October
and also the Florida State Games in December.
I participated in the following at the Maryland Senior
Olympics: Discus, 87', 1st place; Shot Put, 33'11", 1st
place; Javelin, 76'11", 3rd place; Soft Ball Throw, 125',
2nd place; and Basketball Foul Shot, 2nd place. At the
Florida State Games, I participated in: Discus, 91'4", 2nd
place; Shot Put, 33'08", 1st place; Javelin, 68'11", 3rd
place; and Basketball Foul Shot, 3rd place.
My wife, Frances, participate in the following at the
Maryland Senior Olympics: 100-yd Freestyle, 1:29.48, 1st
place; 500-yd Freestyle, 9:09.76, 1st place; 100-yd
Backstroke, 1:50.5, 2nd place; and 200-yd IM, 4:08.58,
2nd place. At the Florida State Games, she participated
in: 50-meter Butterfly, 56.5 seconds, 2nd place; 50-meter
Backstroke, 53.79 seconds, 3rd place; 200-meter
Backstroke, 4:44.72, 2nd place; 50-meter Freestyle, 41.89
seconds, 3rd place; and 50-meter Breaststroke, 1:03.68,
3rd place.
Our participation in these games qualifies us to
compete in the National Senior Olympics in San Antonio,
TX, in June.

John Haywood
Severn, MD


ZONIAN AMIGOS HAWAIIAN CRUISERS, Front L-R: MaryNell Sanders, Maureen Fahenstock, Mae Heckman,
Annie Fry, Debra Sanders, June and Byron Boeckel. 2nd row L-R: Maryann Bross, Sandra Taber, Jane
Huldtquist, Marje and Pete Foster, Carlie Taber, Vera Ryan, Lou Hunt, Issy Gibson. Back L-R: BJ and Evelyn
Brady, Bob Heckman, Lew Taber, Marjorie Palmer, Nellree Berger, Jack Taber, Mary Urey, Fred Wellington,
Doris and Norman Dugas, Wheeler Griffin, Joy and Al Maale, Harry Foster, Max and Claude Jordi.

Shortly before the 1994 Thanksgiving holiday, 33
Zonian Amigos converged on Honolulu, HI, to meet up
with Marje and Pete Foster, Zonian Amigos
Coordinators, and began their visit of the Hawaiian
On the way to our 50th state, some of the group
made a pre-cruise 3-day stopover in San Francisco
staying at the Holiday Inn on Fisherman's Wharf. They
took in all the sights (Fisherman's Wharf, the cable cars,
Alcatraz, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, etc.) all
under beautiful clear, cool, sunny skies.
Most of the Zonian Amigos arrived in Honolulu on
Thanksgiving Day for a 2-night stay at the Hawaiian
Regent Hotel where all their rooms had an ocean view
and Diamond Head as a background. An added pleasure
to our Honolulu arrival was being met by Margaret
(Sullivan) McMillen. Margaret's home has the Arizona
Memorial as a background.
The group spent two days of taking in the wonders
of Oahu (Diamond Head, Polynesian Culture Center,
Hilo Hatties, Waikiki Beach, shopping, etc.). They
boarded the American Hawaii Cruises S.S. Constitution
for a 7-night cruise around the Hawaiian islands of Ohau,
Kauai, Maui, and the big island of Hawaii.
The exceptionally friendly and gracious officers and
staff of the S.S. Constitution made every moment on this
ship an enjoyable adventure. The food and dining was a
delicious and elegant pleasure with an American flair. All

the entertainment was an outstanding mixture of musical
shows, big band and Hawaiian music and dancing.
Shore excursions on each island gave the Zonian
Amigos the opportunity to enjoy a luau, and visit all the
major scenic sights (Fern Grotto, waterfalls, volcanoes,
craters, lava flowing into the sea and the most awesome
The S.S. Constitution returned to Honolulu on
December 3rd and the group's tour ended with an
unforgettable and solemn visit to the S.S. Arizona
Many of the Zonian Amigos stayed an extra day in
Honolulu and topped off their final evening at the Don
Ho's dinner show sitting next to and talking with Gene
Barry (TV's "Burke's Law") and his wife who were
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
In wrapping up their Hawaiian adventure, all
commented that they couldn't have asked for a better trip
which included no rain, cool sunny days, awesome
scenery and a fabulous ship and staff.
The Zonian Amigos are now looking forward to
their 1995 eight-night Mississippi/Ohio River Cruise on
the Mississippi Queen Steamboat sailing September 9th
through the 17th from Louisville, KY, to New Orleans.

Pete Foster
Zonian Amigos Coordinator

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The Swain family had a Thanksgiving reunion in
Sacramento on November 26, 1994.
It was held at the home of Peter and Tania Swain
(Roger's childhood home).

The Swain family at the home of Peter and Tanya
Swain in Sacramento, CA. Pictured are, front L-R: Nola
(Swain) Boyer holding youngest son Nicklas,
Gregory Swain, son of Peter, 2nd row: Boode, Roger,
Tristan Boyer, son of Nola. 3rd row: Duncan Swain,
son of Peter, Peter, Marc Swain, son of Boode, 4th
row: Alina Boyer, daughter of Nola, and Anna Swain,
daughter of Boode.


"Attached is an announcement of a book written by
me that I feel will be of interest to those who have lived,
visited or served with the military in Panama. Two years
ago, at the age of 73 I earned my degree. Now at 75 I
made another accomplishment...Those who read the book
will marvel and reflect at what transpired while they were
in Panama, and also of things that has never been
disclosed before."
John J. Hampel
Spring Hill, FL

Viva Panama

Marie Davison, of
Marie's Secretarial Service,
Pasco County, has just
completed professionally
typing and editing a
Historical novel written by
SJohn Hample, Hernando
Beach, Spring Hill, FL. His
book, a narrative of John's
i -' life in the Canal Zone as a
police officer, a U.S. Navy
Investigator in the Rep. of
Panama and an associate
member of Panama's Secret
John Hempel Police Force, was written
with the intent to show how our country, as a World
Leader, is sorely needed and respected by our neighbors.
The author, married in Panama, had three of his four
children born there. He delves into the discovery of
Panama, its ravishes by pirates Morgan, Drake and
others, Panama's political upheavals, the recent
overthrow of dictator Manuel A. Noriega and the
handing over of the Canal to Panama, effective
December 31, 1999.
The author contends that the locks canal will soon
have to be replaced, possibly by a sea level waterway, and
the best site is in Panama.
(Ed: Let's hope to hear more when it's published).

Venny (Stevens) and Tommy Davidson's move to
DeBary, Florida prompted this reunion. Back, L-R:
Ralph Huls, Tommy, Ted Norris, Patsy Norris, Fred
Lee. Front L-R: Jenny (Stevens) Davidson, Beth
(Lockridge) Huls, Edna (Hart) Musso, Leona (Hart)
Lee and Bea Lee.

Bob O'Donnell, Jim O'Donnell and Marian
O'Donnell taken at the Tampa Airport. Bob and Marian
took a cruise from San Francisco through the Panama
Canal up to Tampa, when they stopped by to see Jim.


Joe Hickey, Jr., and Robert Novak, both friends
growing up in the Canal Zone, recently got together in
Oslo, Norway, with their families. Joe, a Lt. Colonel in
the Army was stationed with NATO in Oslo and Robert
was with the State Department in Vienna, Austria.

L-R: Robert's nephew, K.C., Joe Hickey Jr. holding
Joey III, Robert's son Mick holding Sean Patrick
Hickey, Robert's wife Joyce and Robert.

Robert and his family came up from Vienna to spend
a week with Joe and Debbie and boys on July 4, 1994.
Both Robert and Joe are now stationed in the
Virginia area. Joe again living in his own home in


Jane Sparling (widow of Wesley Sparling) is
interested in making contact with any of her friends from
the Canal Zone. She was very active in the Eastern Star
and the American Legion in the Canal Zone and
continues to be involved in these organizations in Illinois.
Address is 17114 S. 71st Ave. #3, Tinley Park, IL 60477.
Tel: (708) 532-6746.

The Panama Canal Company's Accounting Division
Golf Tournament in 1960 winners, L-R: Floyd Baldwin,
Jack Campbell (his first trophy ever), Art O'Leary,
John Fisher, Jose Corco, and Don Parr.

Jeff and Terri Lang
ready for 2.4 mile
ocean swim.

Terri (Salyer) and Jeff
Lang recently competed in
the world championship
event of the sport of
triathlon, the Gatorade
Ironman Triathlon, held on
October 15, 1994. The race,
held each October in
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii,
attracts a field of 1,500
world class professional and
amateur triathletes. The
course consists of a 2.4 mile
ocean swim in Kailua Bay, a
112 mile bike race along the
Kahala Coast of the Big
Island, and a 26 mile

marathon run.
Terri and Jeff had trained some seven months for
this tough event, competing in various international
qualifying events in order to gain entry into the Ironman.
Jeff was selected as one of the members of the elite five-
man team representing the U.S. Army as part of the
military service competition within the overall race. Terri
qualified by placing third in her age division at the
Ironman Japan Triathlon held in July.
Jeff finished the race in 10 hours and 19 minutes,
placing 263rd of 1,500 competitors. He was the 68th
military finisher, second Army finisher, and had the 100th
fastest marathon run time of all competitors. Terri
finished in 12 hours and 41 minutes, the 985th competitor
to cross the finish line.

Charles and Lois Salyer are greeted with a lei upon
arrival in Kona by daughter Terri.

The trip was also a family reunion, as Charles and
Lois Salyer of Jacksonville, Florida flew out to join their
daughter, Terri, husband Jeff and his son Clint (13) for
race week activities. In addition to visiting the Big Island,
Charles and Lois also spent several days on Oahu in
Honolulu visiting Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach.
Terri, Jeff and Clint currently reside in Japan where
Jeff is stationed in the Army. The Ironman Triathlon
World Championship is scheduled for broadcast on NBC
on December 11, 1994.



Lots to report from the Kunkel family in Panama. In
October we celebrated the birthday of Fred, the big 40.
I had a bunch of laughs roasting him. It started the first
week of October with a little sign on the front of the
driveway, "Look Who's Turning 40". Fred was humiliated
from the start. The next week little signs down Bruja
Road caught people's attention to the fact that there was
a significant birthday rolling around. By the third week,
Fred was totally mortified by the billboard placed on the
approach to the Bridge of the Americas (Thatcher Ferry
Bridge). The funny thing was I only paid to have it
displayed for a week but they left it up for almost a
month. That was only the start of the fun. We had a
party for him at the Panama Hotel and quite a few of the
"Zonies" left in Panama came to pay tribute to the relic.
They enjoyed the few other surprises I had in store for
Fred including a room full of baby-to-adult pictures, a
roasting toast given by yours truly, and male and female
striptease act. All in all, Fred took it very well. I just told
him that I'm not worried about payback because by the
time I'm 40 he'll be so old he won't be able to


is on the road to learning all the tricks she can from her
brothers and sisters. December 1st was also a
momentous ten-year anniversary for Fred and me. We
celebrated with a peaceful dinner with family and close
Christmas time was celebrated with my sister Diane
coming for a visit to see family and her new nephew,
Ryan Homa, son of Dean and Kim (Bender) Homa, and
visit with our children, Freddy, Zack, Zabrina and
Kelsey. The kids loved all the extra attention and I think
Diane was pooped by the time she left from running
around the old Zone visiting dear friends and family.
Well, 1994 was full and we look forward to January 1995
spending some time with Jim and Brenda Kunkel with
son Jacob. This will be their first trip for vacation in
quite some time. I'm sure that they will be both saddened
and surprised at all the changes of the old Zone area and
Panama City too.

Donna Kunkel


In October, Carlton A. Morris purchased the Master
Franchise Rights to Tower Cleaning Systems in South
His sister, Bliss, hosted a going away party for him
in Dallas, Texas. Many Zonians were in attendance,
including R. Cortez.
Carlton now resides at 524 NW 87th Way, Coral
Springs, FL 33071.

Fred Kunkel with his billboard.

L-R: Karl Shaw, Colin Creel, Tim Blanks, Karen
Creel (partial view)) Bliss (Morris) Connerton, Dena
and Mark Cicero, Carlton and Carlton Morris, Paul
and Lee Morton, September (Gingras) Blain.

10 year Anniversary Party. Back, L-R: Chris Powers,
Bruce Homa, Kirk Kunkel, Bill Homa, Janis
(Kunkel) Doubek, Allison Doubek, Rick Doubek,
Ana Ortiz, Donna (Homa) Kunkel, Fred Kunkel.
Front L-R: Zack Kunkel, Freddy Kunkel.

Kelsey Kunkel also had a birthday on October 21st,
she turned one. She has been on the go ever since. She


What a place to live! On October 22 and 23, the
Northwest Arkansas Mall sponsored a celebration of
Latin America. The day was filled with performances of
different things, including Panamanian dancers led by
Juanita Wages. The two days brought back lots of
memories and was very heartwarming.

Louis Sommer
Fayetteville, AR

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Marion R. Lewis, widow of Col. L.W. Lewis, retired
in 1950 and she will be 99 years old on January 7, 1995.
She is pictured with her son, Allen, grandson Scott,
holding great-granddaughter Stephanie.
Marion is staying with her son and daughter-in-law
Ar and Ruth Lewis at 151 Century Drive #120-A,
Greenville, SC 29607-1523. She would love to hear from
old friends from the Canal Zone.


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Marion R. Lewis (widow of Col. L.W. Lewis) will be 99
years young in January! Pictured with her son, Allen,
grandson Scott and great-granddaughter Stephanie.

Back L-R: Keith Staab, Carley Largent, Kim (Marohl)
Largent, Krista Bullard, Lynn (Marohl) Bullard, Jeff
Marohl, David Cabada, Kathy Cabada, Jose
Cabada. front L-R: Nick Bullard, Jessica Bullard,
Branana Lozano, Cheri (Marohl) Lozano, Juan
Lozano, Michele Lozano, Chela Marohl, Bob
For the Thanksgiving dinner we were joined by
daughters Kaleen Staab, Kim (Marohl) Largent, her
daughter Carley Largent (6) from El Paso, TX; daughter
Cheri (Marohl) Lozano, husband Juan, daughters
Breanna (5) and Michele (3).
As of now Chela and I have eight grandchildren. In
March we will have nine as Keith and Rosemary will
have a daughter.
Also present for Thanksgiving were Bill and Rita
Welch, their daughter Billie (Ulrich) Denney and her
children William and Kathy; Roy and Dolly Hayward;
Mary Ann VanLoon; Robert and Marian (Willis)
Geoghegan and daughter Maryland; Betty (Willis)
Slaughter and daughter Theresa. Also from Dothan, AL,
Betty and Marian's mother, Terry Willis.

Robert Marohl

Chela and I moved to Las Vegas from California in
1991. We were joined by most of our family here. Now
living in Los Vegas are Kathy (Staab) Cabada, husband
Jose, son David (4); Keith Staab, wife Rosemary,
daughter Sabrina (5). Daughter Lynn Marohl came in
1993 and has since married Nick Bullard. They have a
daughter Rebecca. Jeff Marohl, our son, also came in
1993. He has two daughters, Ashley and Amber, living in
Texas with his former wife.

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Front L-R: Cheri (Marohl) Lozano, Keith Staab,
Kaleen Staab. Back L-R: Kim (Marohl) Largent,
Kathy (Staab) Cabada, Lynn (Marohl) Bullard, Jeff


Jerry and Ann Siebrands Bennett visited with many
C.Z. friends when they took a two week vacation to
Phoenix, Arizona to see their son and family, David,
Becky and Dylan Bennett during the first two weeks of
January. Their first stop was with Georgia Gwinn in
Springfield, MO.
They spent a day and night with Ron and Alice
Jacobs in Locust Grove, OK, then they spent an
afternoon with Rex Hopson in Albuquerque, NM. In
Arizona, they renewed friendships with Dick and Norma
Bock in Green Valley. On their way home they stayed
with Dora Kellstrom in Woodland Park, CO. In Phoenix,
Mrs. Bennett reviewed memories with Greg Goguen, a
Gatun school student she taught in the 4th grade, the
first year she was in the Canal Zone.
Also in December, Edna Holden of Zarvallas, Texas
spent a few days with us, and we continue to see Ken and
Fern Fugelberg several times a week, and celebrated New
Years Eve with them.

Ann Seibrands Bennett
Belleville, IL


Three years had passed since I had last visited my
brother, Stanley C. Leon (CHS'62) who works as an
Estimator for Facilities Engineer at Corozal and his wife,
Maureen, who works as a secretary for the Marine
Bureau in Balboa. My trip home, from Sierra Vista, AZ
(where I have been living since May 1981) was my
husband Peter's 52nd birthday present to me.
I left the cooler temperature of the desert on
November 29 and stayed in Panama City's hot and humid
atmosphere until December 19. I couldn't help but notice
so many more obvious changes since my last visit.
There were condominiums built and being built all
over Panama City. Four-wheel drives were also a
common sight--traffic was worse. Central Avenue was a
pedestrian shopper's delight (no more having to dodge in
between the buses, taxis and other vehicles) since it had
been closed off to traffic. Numerous new banks and
businesses everywhere.
It was nice to visit the Smithsonian Building and "Mi
Pueblito" (a small-scale replica of an interior town). Sad
to witness where the many old, rusting railroad cars lying
around the yard between Balboa and Diablo. You see, I
was a CZ Guide/Interpreter with the Panama Canal
Government (way back in 1962-1964) when Governor
Fleming started the group to educate the general public
on the operation of the Panama Canal Company
Government. I lived in Colon, but rode the train daily to
the Pacific side to work at Miraflores Locks or the
Administration Building. I rode the train on weekends
while I was at the Canal Zone Junior College--so seeing
the obvious sore sight of these now-forgotten train cars
saddened me somewhat.

-- B' IIMI

L-R: Maureen A. Leon,
(Leon) Cheesley.

Stanley C. Leon, and Leila

My brother took me to El Valle (to the market--
hadn't been there in 16 years) and to a beach house for
a weekend. I did notice that the road to the Interior has
been fixed and upgraded in several places.
I went out with several of my old friends and
reminisced about the past and present. My heart goes out
to Colon, city of my birth. I haven't had the heart to visit
Colon in 11 years. Only those who live there say it's okay,
but I've heard the opposite from others.
I went to Cristobal Nursery School, Cristobal
Elementary School, Cristobal High School (graduating
from Cristobal High in Coco Solo, which I understand

will be turned over this year). Ours was the first class to
graduate from it. We will be celebrating our 35th reunion
in Orlando in July this year. In fact, I am going to try to
be there.
The reunions keep me in touch with all the good
memories that I have accumulated over the 38 years I
lived in Panama. To dwell on the negative aspects only
brings sorrow. Thanks to all those, especially my brother
Stanley and his wife, Maureen, who made my visit a
pleasant and memorable one. Hoping to see many of my
classmates in July. One never knows down what path life
may lead us and the reunions bring back the love, hope
and goals we all had when we were growing up in

Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley
Sierra Vista, AZ


A gathering of former Zonians on August 21, 1994,
now living in Northern California was held in Oakmont,
a retirement community in Santa Rosa. Many fond
memories were exchanged and acquaintances were

Front row L-R: Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane, Bobbie
(Styles) Field, Norine (Kaufer) Crnich, Norma
(Johnston) Rose, Lenore (Ross) Weidoff. 2nd row,
L-R: Willie and Lee Doyle, Bobby Dunsmoor,
Lorraine Junet, Bob Forsythe. 3rd row L-R: Jim
Cochrane, Isabelle (Zemer) Lively, Laura (Walston)
Sanders, Pat (Leach) Koenig, Alice (Taylor)
Forsythe, Nancy (Kaufer) LanFranco, Owen Rose,
Roger Weidoff. Back L-R: Jon and Colette Aguirre.
Among those who came from some distance were
Norma (Johnston) and Owen Rose from Cayucos; Lee
and Willie Doyle from Walnut Creek; Roger and Lenore
Weidoff from Concord; Pat (Leach) Koenig from San
Jose; Nancy (Kaufer) LanFranco from Foster City, and
her granddaughter Ana Romera from Minneapolis, MN;
Bob and Alice (Taylor) Forsythe of Rancho Cordova.
Also in attendance were Isabelle (Zemer) Lively from
Sonoma; and Laura (Walston) Sanders from Benecia.
From Santa Rosa was Bobby Dunsmoor, Lorraine Juvet,
with son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Colette Aguirre,
Bob and Norine (Kaufer) Crnich, Bobby (Styles) Field
and Jane (Kaufer) and Jim Cochrane. Bobby and Jane
were co-chairpersons of the picnic.
A highlight of the gathering was the singing of
"Sentimental Journey" with words revised to fit the
Panama Canal reminiscences, which was brought by
Norma (Johnston) Rose.


By Jack and Joan deGrummond

We are in the month of October, the anniversary
month of the Panama Canal turnover to Panama, which
calls to mind one of the consequences of this act. This is
a commentary about a person, a group of people, young
and old, a "dying breed," a someone from a passing era
and place the CANAL ZONE. He was and still is best
known as a "CANAL ZONIAN."
The Canal Zone has been and gone! It was an era of
the Zonian to him, an era of pride, a life, and
memories, but he carries the title "Zonian" to hold as his
and his alone. The era of course, is the time span of the
Panama Canal from early construction days to October
1, 1979, when as the result of the new United States-
Republic of Panama "Panama Canal Treaty" the Canal
Zone became non-existent. From that fateful day there
will be no more Zonians added to those in existence, and
time will see those eventually reduced in number to zero.
We cannot coin the title, "Canal Zonian" or "Zonian,"
without acknowledging that all of those many thousands
who were part of the Canal Zone era were part of one of
the wonders of the world the Panama Canal -
constructed and owned by the United States Government.
There is no doubt that this act, the Treaty, struck a
traumatic blow to those with fond and nostalgic
Who is really a Zonian? There are many generations
of Zonians from construction-day "old timers" followed by
those who came to the Zone over the years some who
brought their children with them, and those who were
born on the Isthmus, mostly in the Canal Zone up to
October 1, 1979.
Who were these people of this era? They were of
many nationalities, races, colors and creeds. They had
various skills, crafts and professions needed for the work
in the complex Canal and Zone construction, operation,
civil functions and services. However, there were other
components of people, such as those involved in the
many military bases, contracting, oil handling,
concessions, and some other special operations; also,
church and fraternal groups, organizational and private
clubs and other authorized activities in the Canal Zone.
All of these people formed one of the most unique
societies in the world. This society was of course, not
tightly knit. Not only spread throughout the Canal Zone,
it was segmented. The people did not all mingle in a
social sense, although in groups and in living areas on the
Zone there was a fraternal bond.
Considering these circumstances, the term "Zonian"
must be thought of as pretty much all-inclusive. Certainly
we would not want to exclude anyone who felt he was a
Zonian and wanted to be known as one. However, there
may be some who might qualify, but who might not wish
to be known under this term. It is understandable
perhaps, because some folks may have been unhappy on
the Zone for one reason or another. Then, too, no
society is without its adversities and failings. The position
of the Zonian was cause of considerable envy. There
were those who thought the Zonian felt he was specially
privileged; and there were some Zonians who by their
actions brought about a dislike of the Zonian by some
factions all of which did not help the Zonian image.

There may be others who are not in the least interested
in what may or may not be a Zonian.
For those who are interested, perhaps in the final
analysis a prerequisite to being known as a Canal Zonian
would be for one who has lived in the Canal Zone long
enough to feel the life of the society there, to be a part
of it, and it be a part of them.
To many of us who were born there, it was our
homeland, and a very strong tie to the Canal Zone with
deep feeling about being known as a Canal Zonian.
Perhaps because the Canal was an American
undertaking, the strongest segment of Zonians were
Americans who came to the Canal Zone to work and to
live. Following them were their children and children's
children who grew up on the Zone, went to school,
married and had jobs there.
For the sake of posterity, however the Zonian may
be remembered, the majority were a loyal and dedicated
group of people, and earned high praise for their ability
and knowledge and their desire to be a credit to the
Canal Zone community. Their spirit and the part they
played in the American Panama Canal history will never
be forgotten.
(Written in October 1980, on occasion of the first
anniversary of the 1977 US-Panama treaty, implemented
on October 1, 1979. Note: This article appeared in the
Canal Record in the December 1980 issue.)


How lucky can one get? The G.B. Hardisons have
just been the recipients of a three-hour arm chair to the
Canal Zone. All this through the kindness of Pos and
Gloria Parker.
They made the trip with members of their family in
August, making use of a camcorder how lucky can one
First part starts out in Gatun, them Margarita, Colon
and lastly a boat trip down the Chagres past Fort
Shown also were squatters on shores of the River.
We noticed some masonry quarters are painted pink and
blue. On audio that accompanies the video, Pos reminded
us that Arabs and Egyptians are living in Colon. A
Mosque can also be seen over rooftops on Colon.

Grady and Margaret Hardison
McMinnville, OR

(Ed. note: This letter was addressed to Northwest
Reporter and returned due to wrong address. The Canal
Record was second choice).


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To collect some trivia about the Canal Zone, I would
like to request the members of the Society to name the
first and oldest living American born in the Panama area;
to a Canal employee; in Gorgas Hospital; to a Roosevelt
Medal holder; and the oldest living retired employee.
Who were the first members of the Red, White and
Blue Troupe? Are any still living? Who is the oldest
member living? Who was the youngest swimmer? I can
nominate my son, William H. Grant III. He swam in
Henry Grieser's retirement show, April 17, 1949. My
son's birthday was February 28, 1948. He was 1 year, 1
month, 18 days old.
My father, William H. Grant, was employed as a
conductor on the Panama Railroad, April 24, 1909. His
birthday was December 17, 1989. Was he the youngest
trans-continental conductor at the age of 20 years, 4
months, 7 days?
Thanks for answers.

William H. Grant Jr.
191 Geyer Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 773-5508

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"Sleepy Lagoons" Basketball team, 1946. Standing L-
R: Virginia Smith, Jean Dough, Norma Englebright,
Nancy Donaldson, Denia Wong, Raylene Jasper.
Front L-R: Helen Marquard, Margie Harrington,
Gladys Schulte, Jane Snyder.

U"S. .

1955 Accounting Team Vs GAO Ghouls. Dale Bishop,
pitcher, Howard Sprague, catcher, Mike DeSalvo at


A. Hyatt Verrill, an archaeologist and author,
claimed to have discovered a buried city in the CocE
area of Panama in 1924. He reported his findings in two
of his books. They were Old Civilizations of the New
World, published in 1924, and America's Ancient
Civilizations published in 1952. No one today seems to
know anything about his find.
In his books he describes a form of culture that
centered about a temple six miles from the Guacamayo
volcano in the Cordilleras. It is somewhere between the
mountains and the Pacific coast, near the Costa Rican
boundary of Panama. He said it was almost a barren
There are no sign of houses. A Temple was found.
He called it "The Temple of a Thousand Idols." Pictures
of some pottery and columns were a part of his 1952
book. The area is covered by three to twenty feet of
settlement or volcanic ash and broken pottery.
The author estimates that the culture existed about
4,000 years ago and graves cover an area of about 500
square miles.
If the ruins of the Temple are there, I hope that they
can be excavated, restored and made available as a
tourist attraction.

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, MO.


Some of the boys having fun at Pat O'Briens in the old
French Quarter, New Orleans. L-R: Jim Riley, Bill
Halvosa, "Buddy" Williams, Tommy Jordan, and
Willy McKeown, circa 1960.

"Gophers" Football team, 1936; Back L-R: Emilio
Madrigal, Joe Snyder, Don Brayton, George Whaler,
Webb Hearne, Vince Ridge. Front L-R: ?, Bill
Logsdon, Wally Dyer, Bob Wertz, ?

"Huskies" Football team, 1936, Back L-R: Vernon
Seeley, Tom Roth, John Urey, Harry Foster. Front L-
R: Howard Moore, ?, ?, Jim Wood, Joe
Young, ?, Francis Coyle.

Newer version, L-R: Jimmy McKeown, Kenny Morris,
Bill Hatchett, Billy McKeown, circa 1994.

"Ramblers" Football team, 1936: Back: Far left, Fred
Huldtquist, Far right, Hunt. Front: 3rd from left, D.
Kiley, Maurice Fitzgerald, others unknown.

The Light At The E
Is The Headlight Of

"Green Wave" football team, 1936. Back L-R: 5th from
left, Bert Shelton. Front L-R: "Rocky" Ridge, Ned
Dwelle, Roy Boggs, ?, "Windy" Smith, George
Russon, ?.

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An Oncoming Train

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Taboga Hotel Attracted
1914 Holiday Crowd

The Canal Record published 80 years ago today
reports, "A large number of Canal employees spent
Christmas Day at the Hotel Aspinwall on Taboga Island;
by night every room was taken." The publication adds
that the launch normally used to transport visitors to and
from the island had to be augmented by another to
accommodate the crowd.
In "The Path Between the Seas," author David
McCullough says, "Taboga Island, in the Bay of Panama,
was the most popular of all Sunday destinations."
McCullough supposes that the three-hour boat trip across
the bay (about an hour today) was not only entertaining,
but also imparted a sense of "getting far away." He paints
images of visitors trailing up and down narrow paths of
crushed shells in their Sunday clothes, swimming with
their families and spreading picnics under trees near the
brown sand.
The Hotel Aspinwall got its name from William
Henry Aspinwall, a wealth New York merchant described
by McCullough as "the founder and guiding spirit" of the
Pacific Mail Steamship Company, which operated on
both coasts, moving ships in and out of Panama prior to
the French effort to build a canal here.
The hotel was originally built by the French canal
company as a sanitarium and was reopened by the
United States for the same purpose in 1905. The January
7, 1914, Canal Record boasts that out of 24,362
admissions in 7-1/2 years, only two deaths were recorded
and both were the result of accidents -- the first involving
a girl who fell from the sanitarium balcony and the other
a policeman who drowned while swimming.
The same issue also discussed concerns over losses
and noted plans for closing the sanitarium and operating
it as a hotel on a trial basis. Offers were made to lure
customers, such as one in the Canal Record "whereby
patrons who go over on the afternoon boat can obtain
dinner, lodging, and breakfast for $1.50." Losses
continued, however, and plans to temporarily close the
hotel were reported in 1916. "The falling off in patronage
of the hotel is accounted for by the increased facilities for
recreation which have developed during the past year,
especially around Balboa and Panama," the Canal Record
Plans for the 1917 reopening of the hotel were
revised due to the events of World War I. On April 12,
the hotel became an internment camp for German
citizens, and launch services between Balboa and Taboga
were suspended. In the post-war years, losses continued,
prompting it to be closed again in 1921. Several months
later, James Malloy, who also managed the Colon
Stranger's Club, was given a three-year lease on the
hotel, according to "Taboga: A Poetic Essay of Panama's
Pacific Island." The Canal Record reported that both the
Panama Canal and the lessee suffered considerable losses
after a 1923 fire at the hotel.
Although the hotel survived that crisis, it never was
able to achieve long-term profitability. The Aspinwall
closed permanently in 1945 and was subsequently
demolished, but the island of Taboga continues to lure
Canal employees who want to escape from it all for a
while. The Panama Canal Spillway
December 30, 1994

Balboa "A" League Volleyball 1946. Back row L-R: V.
Keenan (Coach), Ana Rios, Vallie Lavinghouse,
Aloha Holcomb, Mary Snedeker, Marjorie Conrad,
Joanne Flynn, Helen Souder. Middle row L-R:
Barbara Fritz, Joan Horter, Marian Schjeveland,
Barbara LeBrun, Charlotte Dye, Eileen Neumann.
Front, L-R: Shirley Weltz, Beatriz Bacuetes.

Margarita Baseball Team, Zone Champs (C), 1949.
Front L-R: F. Corrigan, M. Zimmerman, R. Knick.
2nd row L-R: B. Smith, D. Reed, B. Newhard, D.
James, E. Stern, S. Aleguas, S. Bloodworth, R.
Reccia, D. Ashton, D. Smith. 3rd row L-R: M.
Ferguson, J. Hayes, T. Englebright, D. Daugherty,
T. Salter, F. Aleguas, B. Salter, D. MacSparran, K.
Zimmernam, C. Newhard (coach). Back: J. Fawcett

"Rams" Football team, 1936, Back L-R: Bill Gaines,
Mack Walbridge, ? Willett. Front L-R: Jack
Carey, ?, Bob Herrington, "Lefty" McGlade, Bob
Burkle, ?, Jack Walbridge.

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