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


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

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VOL. 29 SEPTEMBER 1995 NO. 4

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.

FOR 1995-96

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. James O'Donnell
1st Vice President

Mrs. Margot Jordan
2nd Vice President

Mr. Thomas Peterson

Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen

Mr. Paul Rozmeski

Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Past President

Mrs. Betty Snow
Legislative Representative

Mr. Peter Lang

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

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

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

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President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 2
Legislative Representative ..................................... 2
Local Announcements ....................................... 4
A udit Report .............................................. 8
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 10
"Where Are You?" .. ....................................... 12
1995 Reunion .............................................. 13
Retirements ...............................................39
N ews Clips ................................................ 39
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 42
Alabama ................. 42 Mississippi ..............51
Arkansas ................ 43 North Carolina ........... 52
California ................ 45 Northwest ............... 53
Florida .................. 46 Oklahoma ...............54
Georgia ................. 48 Panama ................ 54
Hawaii .................. 49 South Carolina ........... 55
Louisiana ................ 50 Texas .................. 56
Virginia ................ 57
Congratulations ................. ...................... 58
W weddings ................................................. 65
B irths .................................................... 71
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 73
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 79
Looking Back .............................................. 83
Announcements and Class Reunions ............................. 89
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 93

FRONT COVER: Newly elected President of the Panama Canal Society for the
1995-1996 term, Robert Johnson of Oldsmar, Florida. Bob is a CHS'43 graduate
and a World War II veteran. He has been very active in community and fraternal
activities in the former Canal Zone and held several offices within the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
BACK COVER: Ship being lowered down to sea level at Miraflores Locks.
Painting by a well-known Canal Zone artist Al Sprague, now of Grafton, Virginia.


October 3 Semi-annual Meeting, Ocala Pan-Canal Ditchdiggers, Noon.
Stacy's Buffet, 717 NE 36th Ave. Bill Muller (904) 854-7902
October 7 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL.
Pavilion 3.
October 7 Oklahoma meeting, LaFortune Park, Tulsa, OK. Covered dish.
Call Scott Burns, (918) 581-7471, for further details.
October 15 Bruce Sanders Memorial Dinner, Clarion Inn, Fayetteville,
Arkansas. Call reporter (501) 273-3754 for further details.
November 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
November 4 Arizona Society Meeting, noon, Rodeway Inn, Tucson, AR. For
info: call Anne Parks, (602) 931-1081.
December 3 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills,
CA. 10:30-2:30. For info, call Joan deGrummond (714) 855-6447.
December 9 PCSOFL Annual Christmas Luncheon, The Wine Cellar, 17307
Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, FL. 11:00 a.m.
January 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
February 3 CARNAVALITO! Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Trasure Island
Causeway, St. Petersburg, FL (See Announcement).
March 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
March 3 PCSSC Annual Business Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd,
Laguna Hills, CA. 10:30-2:30. Call Joan deGrummond for details.
(714) 855-6447.

ZONE ,The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. .*i-

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
-0 "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" 0
S^ # ^ 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 346424712
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


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As I start my term as President of the Society, may
I say thank you for the honor you have bestowed upon
me. I will try to the best of my ability to fulfill the duties
of my office, and will try to continue the programs so
necessary to the success of our organization.
As any organization is only as good as the people
who are on the governing body, I would like to introduce
them: First Vice President James J. O'Donnell, who will
also be 1996 Reunion Coordinator; Second Vice
President Margot Jordan; Directors Nancy Van Siclen
and Tom Peterson. I have appointed Paul Rozmeski as
Director, and Peter Lang as Sergeant-at-Arms. Both of
these men have shown interest in the Society and I
believe they will make excellent officers. Marjorie Foster
will also be on the Board as Past President.
I have asked the following to continue in their
present offices: Dorothy Yocum, Chaplain; Faith
Brundage, Bylaws; Frank Matters, Budget and Audit;
Dorothy Pate, Hospitality; Beverly Williams, Historian;
Al Pate and Gene Askew, Service Officers; and Pete
Lang, Nominating.
For our picnic and luncheons: Barbara and Tom
Peterson, Sarasota Luncheon (Sept.); Faith Brundage,
Anderson Park Picnic (Oct.); Nancy Van Siclen,
Christmas Luncheon (Dec.); Lori King and Lois Jones,
Carnavalito (Feb.). I will appoint a chairperson for the
May luncheon at a later date.
I have not formulated a project or program for the
coming year, because I feel that membership is our
biggest problem and must be addressed as such. We must
realistically look at our Society and ask where are we

going? Retirees, for whom the Society was originally
started, are dropping off, and the younger generation is
only interested in membership for the year of their Class
Reunion. How do we instill a pride of our Society into
our younger members? How do we increase their
interest, so they will become active? I'm looking for
answers. Send in your suggestions and maybe one will
Robert L. Johnson

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We had another successful Reunion. Our
Chairperson and volunteers worked hard to make sure
everyone had a good time.
One important note for this year membership cards
will no longer be issued starting with the 1996 year. Your
cancelled check will serve as your receipt. If you need
further confirmation, please contact me.
Anyone joining the Society at a reunion must pay the
full year's dues ($20.00) plus the administrative fee
($10.00). Remember, I do not make the rules. I only
follow them.
There are many changes involving the Society which
you should be aware of. I encourage you to read the
messages in the Canal Records, as well as the Bylaws.
Out of our over 4,000 members, about 200 voting
members decide what happens with and to the Society.
1996 dues can be paid anytime between now and
October 31, 1995. Anyone not paying dues by June 1,
1996, will be dropped from the records and will have to
pay the $10 administration fee in order to be reinstated.
I missed some of my former neighbors who were at
the Reunion sorry. Hope you'll come again next year.
Till next time.
Barbara Green



It was big, and it was beautiful, and with about 3,000
members and families there, it was noisy. (I'm talking'
about the Reunion here). The Luncheon was perfect and
the hotel personnel got a load of what real Panamanian
music was like at the dances. I saw a few trying to copy
those on the floor. Hopefully, we can have it all again
next year.
Looks like the Sauce Arturo got a break. Please see
the ads.
The issues of the Canal Record for 1996 will be
April, September and December, with the Annual
Directory issue in February. Yes, we also have to recoup
a little before going on. So please don't send any long
articles a bit difficult to fit in.


This issue, from the outside, looks like it might go
over the maximum number of pages. We have a total of
129 photographs plus 12 large montages of the reunion,
and can you beat 17 weddings? Most ever, at one time.
I'm already looking to see which photos go bye-bye.
Looks like I had better quit right here and leave room
for someone else. Talk to you in December again.
Richard W. (Pat) Beall

Editor must have by:
October 21, 1995


If approved by Congress, the new
benefit delivery system would start
to take effect in Fiscal Year October,
1996 and would save an estimated
$850 million over four years,
according to Vice President Al Gore.
The new program would pay future retirees, starting
in 1998, on staggered dates. This would reduce peak
workloads and allow the Social Security Agency to
provide better service without adding to their staff.
Direct deposit to bank accounts will take place in
three phases over four years starting with the Fall of
1996. Paper checks or direct deposit are an option for
new retirees.
The second phase starting about 1998 will require
current beneficiaries to use direct deposit. This would
save 350 a check or $70 million a year. Direct deposit
would solve the "lost check" problem and theft.
The last phase would start about 1996. Those without
bank accounts would receive debit cards that would allow
them to draw their benefits from bank automatic tellers
(ATM) even if they don't have a bank account.
Certain law officers, fire fighters, and traffic
controllers already pay a half-percentage point or more
of their salary than do other federal employees. The
House passed a tax bill that would require this group to
pay an extra 2.5% of salary (phased over three years) on
top of their current contribution levels.
In April 1995, Georgia's governor signed an order to
pay income tax refunds on income tax paid by military
retirees. These years are 1985 through 1988 and amended
returns must be filed by November 1995. Filings for
refunds must be made for each year that the tax was

paid. Open season for filing is 1 November to 15
December. For specific questions regarding refiling
Georgia tax forms, write to Legislative Reporter below.
Capitol Hill continues to fight to balance the budget.
Much controversy is over how and how much to cut
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, COLAs, etc. So far
this summer not much definite information has come
forth, so be sure to follow your news source and write or
call your Senator and Congressman to let them know
how you feel about these cuts, etc. There is a Western
Union HOT LINE (1-800-651-1428) which tells you of
three formulated messages that can be sent to your two
Senators and one Representative to support the COLA
equity for federal annuitants. Cost $8.00 per call and can
be added to your telephone bill or charged to your credit

Express Pay for Certain Survivor Annuitants who are
widows or widowers of federal retirees. This new
procedure will allow a large percentage of surviving
widows and widowers of retired federal employees to
receive their full monthly benefit within 30 days. The
report of death must be received by OPM within 60 days
of the date of death, and must match pertinent survivor
data on OPM's files (i.e., name, Social Security number,
date of birth and current address).

Renewed efforts by NARFE are being made to get
Congress to bar "source taxes", which are imposed on
retirees who move to another state after spending most
of their working careers in one state. HR-394 is
legislation to prohibit taxation of non-residents'
retirement income. Although for years progress has been
made through Congress, the legislation has never reached
final enactment.
A half-dozen states have source tax on their books
although only California and Oregon aggressively enforce
them. NARFE feels income-hungry states might
increasingly use this form of taxation as a potential
source of income.

The federal/postal retirement program will continue
to come under budgetary attack unless a radical change
is made in the way the program is designed and funded,
retirement experts and House members said at a recent

Taking the program "off budget", Subcommittee
Chairman John Mica (R-Fl) and several panel members
agree that as long as the program's cash flow continues
to show up in the federal budget, it will be targeted by
deficit-busters. To shield the program a more sweeping
change would be needed fully divorced from the federal
budget. That would mean collecting, investing and paying
out money from a cash fund with no links to any
Treasury accounts and with the government no longer
responsible for making good any earned benefits. That
would turn the annuity program from a defined system
into a defined benefit system and a defined contribution
program, e.g., Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

Betty C. Snow
Legislative Representative



Due to the acceptance by the members in
approving Amendment #5 of the By-Laws as
printed in the March 1995 issue of the Canal
Record, there will be NO membership cards
issued for the 1996 year membership. Your
cancelled check will signify that your
membership is verified. Those using other
means may ask the Secretary for a receipt to
verify their membership.


It will be the responsibility of those members living in the Southwest
MONROE, to update their new telephone area code 941 number with the
Society. Addresses in the Society files do not identify the county.
The grace period ends March 3, 1996. Florida members are advised to
watch for other area code changes, such as 850 for parts of Central
Florida and 954 for Broward county.

Local Announcements








GAM E ,-1C.

CAROL HAMILTON (407) 724-1299


PCSOFL Regular Meeting

November 3, 1995

St. Fde'C EP,4 i4de opaa,
2500 16th Stwet
St. Peterswu, 7eoiwd

PCSOFL Regaar Meeting

January 5, 1996
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL.

OcWber 7%, 1995

The Panama Canal Society of
Florida will hold its Annual Picnic at
noon, Saturday October 7, 1995 at
Pavillion #3 of A.L. Anderson Park,
Tarpon Springs, FL.
Anderson Park is located 7/10 mile
north of Klosterman Rd. or 9/10 mile
south of Tarpon Springs/Keystone Road
on the east side of Highway 19.
Pavillion #3 has ample parking
space, handicapped drop-off, wheel-chair
ramp and an excellent view of Lake
Tarpon, and it is close to restrooms.
Everyone attending is asked to
bring a covered dish to share and your
own soft drinks. The park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises.
The Society will furnish plastic plates, utensils and
cups, so y'all come!
A short business meeting will be held after lunch

The Space Coast gang from the Panama Canal is
going to have their annual picnic on Sunday, October 29,
1995, at Tom Statham Park from 11 a.m. until dark.
Statham Park is located on the east side of U.S. 1,
approximately 3-1/2 miles south of Highway 50 in
Titusville. There is a $1 entrance fee which is used to
cover the cost of pavilion rental and door prizes. This
event is for people who have had any affiliation with the
Panama Canal. Bring the family (and your lunch, drinks,
and eating utensils) for an enjoyable afternoon of visiting
with old and new friends. For additional information, call
Terrell Deakins at (407) 631-9209 or Randall Deakins at
(407) 632-4057.

Tarpon Ave. E.




Klosterman Rd.





The Annual Carnavalito Dinner/Dance which highlights the Winter Season for our Society will be held on Saturday,
February 3, 1996 at the Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, Fl.
There will be ample parking on the premises.
Cost of the Carnavalito Dinner/Dance will be $24.00 per person and includes dinner, taxes, gratuities, music and
other expenses.
Choice of Entree is Roast Breast of Turkey with Dressing or Top Round of Beef with Mushroom Sauce, Salad,
Potato, Green Beans Almondine, Rolls, Butter, Desert and Coffee or Tea.
Hotel accommodations are available at the Bilmar Beach Resort located on the beach at Gulf Boulevard and the
Treasure Island Causeway at a special rate of $71, double occupancy. Make reservations directly by calling Danah
Williams Heye at 813-360-5531. It would be wise to book early as it is season on the Beach" at that time.
Rupert Turner, who heads up our Entertainment Committee, has secured a well-known Latin Trio named "PULLY
Y SU CONJUNTO" for our dancing pleasure.
Mrs. Muriel Whitman is in charge of decorations. Mrs. Dorothy Pate is in charge of procuring prizes. If anyone
would like to donate a prize(s), please call Dottie at 813-544-2352.
Transportation to and from the Yacht Club/the Bilmar Beach Resort can be arranged through a local Cab company
at a minimal cost. Arrangements can be made through the hotel.
Any Society member with an upcoming Class Reunion is invited to join us. We will be happy to assist you in any
way we can.
More details and directions in December issue of the Canal Record.
Any questions or suggestions, please call Lois Jones at 813-898-1219 or Lori King at 813-367-1680.



February 3, 1996
Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club
400 Trasure Island Causeway
Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, FL

Member No. Tel:
Please make Reservations at $24.00 each.

Total enclosed $

Select: Roast Beef

Names of Guests (Please print):
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
Make checks out to the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole FL 34642-4712.


Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen
December 9, 1995

17307 Gulf Boulevard
North Redington Beach, Florida 33708

Once again, the Panama Canal Society of Florida Christmas Luncheon will be held at THE WINE CELLAR, 17307
Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, on Saturday. December 9. 1995.
A cash bar will be set up to commence at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting following at 12:00 noon.
The menu will be a choice of Grouper Fillet with Parsley Potatoes or Braised Swiss Steak with Duchess Potatoes.
Each entree will include Wine Cellar Salad, Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, and dessert of Homemade Apple Strudel, Coffee
or Tea.
Please specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost of the Luncheon is $16.00 per person, tax and gratuities included. Deadline for RESERVATIONS and/or
REFUNDS is Monday. December 4, 1995.
Start the Holiday Season by attending the Society Christmas Luncheon and gathering with old friends of the CANAL
ZONE. We hope to have some entertainment, along with door prizes. Come and have fun and show your support for
the Society. There will be a short business meeting.
Tables will be for 8, and if you have a group of 8 and wish to sit together, you may reserve a table for you and your
friends, so please fill out the form below and list the names of your guests.
The Wine Cellar has plenty of FREE parking for our members.
We have included directions for all our members from the North, South, East and West. Hope to see you on
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 813-397-5366.


The Wine Cellar

Membership No.

Member Name

Telephone Number

Reservations at $16.00 Each.

Please indicate preference:

Braised Swiss Steak

Names of Guests: (PLEASE PRINT)

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.

Please make

Total Enclosed $

SGrouper Fillet


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JULY 1, 1994 THROUGH JUNE 30, 1995

July 21, 1995
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Foster:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and all other miscellaneous records were verified as correct.
As of June 30, 1995, paid membership was 4,454. At June 30, 1994, paid membership was 4,485. This is a decrease
in membership of 31.
At June 30, 1995, 389 members had prepaid their 1996 dues, compared to 426 at the end of 1994.
Our comment and recommendation is attached hereto, along with the Statement of Receipts and Expenditures as
of June 30, 1995 and one schedule.
We would like to compliment Mrs. Barbara Green in her duties as Secretary/Treasurer. All records were accurate,
neat and ready for audit. They were always available when needed.

Frank Matters Jeanne Wheeler
Chairperson Member Budget & Audit Committee

Attachments: as noted


July 21, 1995

Having completed our audit on July 21, 1995 for the period July 1, 1994 through and including June 30, 1995, we, the
Budget and Audit Committee, respectfully submit the following comment and recommendation to the Executive

COMMENT: In this Committee's Audit Report for the 12-month period ending June 30, 1993, we recommended that
all funds of the Society be shown on the Statement of Financial Transactions prepared by the Secretary/Treasurer. Funds
in the hands of the Reunion Coordinator and the Chairperson, Golf Tournament were not shown. We suggested that
until the computer program can accommodate including these funds, they be shown in a footnote. In our prior Audit
Report for the 12-month period ending June 30, 1994, we commented that the funds were continuing to be shown in this
manner. The computer program used by the Society is outdated. Even the slightest changes are difficult and
cumbersome to make. We believe that it is time for the Executive Board to consider purchasing an up-to-date financial
and accounting computer program. In accomplishing this aim, a thorough investigation of existing off-the-shelf software
programs should be made. If thi, effort is unsuccessful, the Society should contract for a customized computer program.

RECOMMEDNATION: The Executive Board should authorize the purchase of a financial and accounting software
program that will improve the financial and accounting reporting of the Society.

Frank Matters, Chairperson Jeanne Wheeler, Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee

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Fund Balances at June 30. 1994
Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (1 Year) Expires 08-09-94
CD (1 Year) Expires 12-10-94
CD (18 mos) Expires 02-09-95
CD (2 Years) Expires 05-05-95
CD (18 mos) Expires 08-10-95
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balance as of June 30, 1994


Dues, Administrative Fee & Overseas Mailing Charge (includes $7,780.00 in prepaid dues)
Society Functions
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Records)

Total Receipts June 30, 1995

$ 7,252.58

$ 83.527.68

$ 91,697.00

$ 113.756.90


Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1995
Society Functions
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid
Office Expenses:
Maintenance Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Petty Cash Canal Record, Society, Refreshments
Bank Charges
Capital Expense/Improvements

Total Expenditures June 30, 1995

Fund Balances at June 30. 1995
Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
Money Market Account
CD (18 mos) Expires 08-10-95
CD (18 mos) Expires 02-11-96
CD (1 yr) Expires 04-14-96
CD (20 mos) Expires 10-14-96
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balance at June 30, 1995

$ 30,555.72
( 9,243.48)


$ 114.762.15

$ 8,079.61


JULY 1. 1994 JUNE 30. 1995

Sarasota Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon


May Luncheon







$ 2,250.00

$ 2,618.00



$ 1,019.26

$ 2,321.24

$ 2,508.68

$ 976.49


$ 264.74

$ (71.24)

$ 109.32

$ 115.51

Society Functions are planned on the basis of breaking even. This year all functions, except the Christmas Luncheon,
showed a gain.

Chairpersons of functions are reminded that all expenditures should be supported by receipts. If a cash expenditure
is made without obtaining a receipt, the expense should be explained in the Chairpersons report.

The Wine Cellar
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 15 West. SEMINOLE
Gandy Blvd. turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on Park Park Blvd.
until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The Wine 'Park Blvd.
Cellar is on the left at 173rd. Ave. TO TAMPA AND S 275
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 15 West. REDINGTON 0
and follow direction as above. SHORES \ 7 e
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to Park Blvd. NORTH -
and follow directions as in No. 1 to the West. REDINGTON ine Cellar Bay Pines Blvd.
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd. which runs BEACH
into Bay Pines Blvd., bearing left to cross Tom Stuart REDINGTON BEACH ^
Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Turn right and proceed North
to 173rd. Ave. Wine Cellar is on the right.

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May 5, 1995
Columbia Restaurant
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:05 p.m. A total of 86 members attended.
Executive Board members present: Marjorie Foster,
James O'Donnell, Jane Huldtquist, Virgil Camby, James
Slover, Thomas Peterson, Dorothy Yocum, Betty Snow,
Richard Beall and Barbara Green. Absent: Robert
Johnson, Margot Jordan, and Nancy Van Siclen.
Invocation was given by Dorothy Yocum, followed by
a moment of silence for recently departed members.
James Slover led the membership in the Pledge of
Past Presidents attending: Eugene Askew, Anna
Collins, Pete Foster, Jane Huldtquist, Al Pate, Bill
Wheeler, and Muriel Whitman. Everyone present was
welcomed with a special welcome to out-of-town
members and members who had not attended Society
meetings in a while.

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:15 p.m.; resumed at
1:30 p.m. Members agreed to dispense with reading of
April 7th minutes. Minutes stand as recorded. Financial
Statement stands for audit.
President Foster informed on various matters.
Officers and Chairpersons called on for reports.
Members advised to watch for news concerning Medicare
and Social Security. September Record deadline changed
to August 4th due to Reunion.
Results of Bylaws Amendments (original attached to
original minutes) 170 total ballots received:
Amendment #4 164 Yes; 3 No; 3 Invalid.
Amendment #5 152 Yes; 15 No; 3 Invalid.
Amendment #6 155 Yes; 12 No; 3 Invalid.
Adoption of Amendments will result in no dues increase
at this time.
Reunion report: As of May 1st, 1,800 members and
guests registered; 542 luncheon; 942 Ball and 901
Panazonian tickets sold.
Betty Boyer and her committee: Jim O'Donnell,
Barbara Slover, Dorothy Pate, Faith Brundage, Barbara

Green, and Stella DeMarr presented tokens of
appreciation for their work on the successful luncheon.
Stella provided background music. No other unfinished
New Business: Oscar Lieberman, NARFE President
of State of Florida, will speak on legislative matters at
Annual Meeting in lieu of Betty Snow. Folkloric Dancers
will entertain on Sunday, July 9th, at 10:00 a.m. for the
Keppie Travel has received more reservations to date
than last year's reunion. Air fares have been reduced; we
will receive a refund on tickets purchased for our
Membership Appreciation Awards either two
tickets to Luncheon, two to either dance or one ticket to
luncheon and one to either dance awarded. Winners:
Olga Disharoon, Beverly Williams, Lori King, Issy
Gibson and Myrtle Hughes. Bob Herrington turned down
prize since he will not be attending the Reunion. Tickets
are not transferrable. Door prizes were awarded.
Pete Foster made a motion to destroy the Bylaws
Amendments Ballots; seconded by Jim O'Donnell.
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.


The day of the luncheon was a beautiful day.
Nevertheless, everyone did not come. We actually
received payment from 91 members. There were 87
meals served and we were billed our guaranteed 90.
Before lunch, the pay-as-you-go bar was frequented.
Later, thanks to our president for mentioning where we
stood in bar sales, the members rallied as good Zonians
are wont to do and we topped the $250 bar minimum.
Failure to do so would have resulted in a $40 setup fee.
During this hour period of mixing and visiting, Stella
DeMarr played background music for us on her portable
keyboard further creating a party atmosphere and some
The luncheon was enjoyed by all. I have heard only
complimentary comments on the meals. Also, I
personally observed only fine and pleasant service.
After completion of the meal and the meeting, the
president called for the prizes to be distributed. Dottie
Pate ably accomplished this. Donors for the gifts were
very generous and included: the Columbia Restaurant,
Marjorie Foster, Nancy Van Siclen, Betty Boyer, Olga
Disharoon, Carolyn Johnson, Barbara Slover, Frances
Smith, Barbara Kelly, Faith Brundage, Gifts and Things,
Liz Beall, "Carnavalito", Meredith Broussard, and Grace

Betty Boyer
Chairperson, 1995 Spring Luncheon


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October 21, 1995

June 2, 1995
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:38 p.m. Forty-three members and guests attended.
Executive Board members present: Marjorie Foster,
Robert Johnson, Margot Jordan, Nancy Van Siclen,
Virgil Camby, Jane Huldtquist, Betty Snow, James
Slover, Dorothy Yocum, Richard Beall and Barbara
Green. Absent: James O'Donnell and Thomas Peterson.
Past Presidents attending: Pete Foster, Jane
Huldtquist, Al Pate, Robert Van Siclen and Muriel
Invocation given by Dorothy Yocum followed by a
moment of silence for recently departed members. James
Slover led the Pledge of Allegiance. Membership agreed
with dispensing reading of Minutes since we had a guest
speaker. Financial Statement stands for audit.
President Foster thanked everyone for coming to
meetings throughout her year as President. Membership
cards will no longer be issued in response to changes in
bylaws. Discontinuing one issue of the Canal Record is
under study.
Golf Tournament is closed; 128 players registered.
One vendor table still available; 24 have signed up.
Recommendation for Distinguished Service Award
for Dorothy Pate read. Pete Foster made a motion that
the award be awarded; Dorothy Yocum seconded.
Motion passed. Presentation will be at Annual Meeting.
Amended version of Membership Appreciation
Award read. Robert Van Siclen suggested that winners
be allowed to give tickets to whomever they wish if not
using the tickets themselves. Amended version states that
tickets are not transferrable. Suggestion will be discussed
at next Executive Board meeting. Contest will begin with
business meeting in August and end with April meeting;
drawing will be in May.
Mrs. Foster asked if anyone had anything to bring up
that they do it during the meeting. June books mailed;
Creative Sounds and Video will tape the reunion for sale.
John O'Connor and Colin Appleton, Metro Crime
Prevention of Florida, introduced as Guest Speaker and
2,242 registered for the reunion; 670 luncheon, 1,126
Ball and 1,131 Panazonian tickets sold. Keppie Travel has
received more reservations so far this year than all of last
year. Reunion refunded $218.65 from Keppie for tickets,
for musicians due to reduction in air fares.
Birthday and anniversary recipients congratulated.
Door prizes awarded.
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

Commonly used conversion factors

From English Multiply by To Metric
system system

Inches 25.4 Millimeters
Feet 0.3048 Meters
Gallons 3.785 Liters
Pounds 0.4536 Kilograms

For example, to convert 100 feet to meters, multiply by 0.3048 to
obtain 30.48.

Where Are You?


McCutcheon, Scott Pierce, Amy Stewart, James
McFarlane, Steve Pitman, Kent Tansel, Carmen
McGann Mary-E. ThomasPlayer, Priscilla Tate, Jack
McKee, Judith Porretti, Mark Taylor, Sue
McNatt, Margaret Pretto, Elias Thompson, John
McTaggart, John Pretto, Nydia Thompson, Stuart
Meahl, Patrick Quintero, Danaliz Thornton, Kathleen
Mendoza, Diana Ramirez, Gary Thrasher, Patty
Mendoza, Edwin Rapuano, Donna Tibbotys, Carol
Miller, Jeff Reach, Craig Todd, Shirley
Mitchell, Karen Redhead, Bernie Trunkle, Kim
Montoya, Michelle Reichel, George Tuminelli, Olga
Moore, Benjamin Renker, Paul Urrutia, Carl
Morien, Jeff Resnikoff, Linda Valdez, Pamela
Muller, Beverly Rexroad, Tonya Valle, Jerome
Mullins, Carol Rhoads, Steve Van Zandt, Richard
Munden K.Richardson Richardson, Jack Vargas, Alberto
Munn, Mary Richardson, Stephen Vargas, Ivan
Myers, Deanna Richmond, James Varnado, Elena
Nadeau, George Rios, Mayra Vega, Karin
Nagaji, Chihiro Riveria, Joanna Van Oss Velasco, Jorge
Navarro, Maria Rodriguez, David Violette, Susan
Naylor, William Roman, Ruben Vogel, Janice
Newman, Janine Roscoe, Kenneth Walker, Judy
Nolan, Kelly Rosenblatt, Carrie Walker, June
Novack, Karen Love Rosser, Mike Wallace, Terry
Novak, Mark Roth-Roffy, Thomas Waller, George
O'Donnell, Douglas Routhe, Laurence Ward, Eric
Olivo, Carlos Rutan, Terrie Warsinske, Jim
Ortiz, Catherine Scanlon, Kenneth Webster, James
Ortiz, Cindy Seitz, Julie Weiss, Robert
Otter, Jeff Selles, Marta Whang, Aekyung
Owens, Tammie Sener, Virginia Wharton, John
Padgett, Kevin Sessions, Stephen Wick, Andy
Pagenta, Daniel Sharp, Jonathan Wiechert, Joe
Parker, Mark Slater, James Williams, Jose
Pascavage, Rose Smead, Helen Willis, Hazel
Patchet, Russ Snyder, Frank Wilson, Desire
Patel, Satish Sowder, Steven Winford, William
Paul, Kurt Spurgeon, James Winningham, Laureen
Payne, Mike Spurlock, Donnell Wold, Pamela Cloyd
Peckinpaugh, Tom Starchk, Catherine Wood, William
Pecot, Nuria Strck, Donald Worley, Paul
Pedersen, James Stearsman, Debbie Wright, Ann
Pena, George Steers, David Wysocki, Jane
Peterson, Carol Heintz Stewart, Edmund Yhap, Tony
Phelps, Howard

If you know the addresses of any of the above, please
contact Diana (Duncan) DeGreef, Rene (Carter) Collins
or Janice (Cooky) Newlon, addresses listed under Class
Reunion BHS'76 Announcement.


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

Bryant Chevalier
Helen Cook
Sabrina Foster

Wallace Garrison II
Lerlene Relihan
William Snider


So far the class of 1947 Reunion committee cannot
locate the following classmates.

Abadia, Hilda
Andress, Kyle
Bacuetes, Beatriz
Balschum, Ruth
Baverstock, Charlotte
Caicedo, Harry
Canavaccio, Yolanda
Castro, Alice
Colston, Richard
Davila, Alicides
Dolan, Francis
Duncan, Kathnley
Duque, Thomas
Ferguson, Harry
Fong, Phyllis
Garlington, Albert
Gonzalez, Armando
Grosso, Carlos
Gruver, Sue
Hanners, Priscula

Harris, Beverly
Holland, Bernard
Houston, Patricia
Johnson, Evelyn
Kennedy, Alvin
Kepford, Dorothy
Kern, Karl
Klotz, Catherine
Kueter, Doris
LaClair, Philip
Undell, Clifford
Luttell, Viola
Maldonado, Charles
Maloney, Jim
Mclntyre, Lois
Metz, Richard
Moore, Patricia
Neumann, Eileen
Nichols, James
Noriega, Alberto

Osigian, Paulino
Regnell, Don
Peters, Paul
Peterson, Don
Pike, Nelly
Ponce, Ninfa
Price, Nelda
Quintero, Carmen
Roy, Milanta
Schulze, Marion
Sinnett, Joe
Smith, Bowie
Smith, Ralph
Tuttle, Elaine
Vermellion, Rene
Villars, Horace
Wescott, Paul
Wieman, Walter
Zeese, Shirley

If you know where any of these missing people are,
please send their names and addresses to one of the
committee members, or please have them write to one of
the following committee members.

Louis Dedeaux
8415 Lofton Dr.
Pensacola, FL

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
Spartanburg, SC

Lois Jones
3265 Maple St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Fred Rose
639 Versailles Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35803

Jim O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701



Tina is looking for her friends, listed below:

Mike Nazarenko
Linda Conrad
Craig Van Horn
Lulu Palerm

Howard Eastham
Joy Hargrave
John Snaveley

Betsy Connor
Gail Doubleday
Margie Carroll
Lori Anderson

If you know where they are hiding, please contact
Tina at telephone (512) 937-2564 or e-mail

Taken on the Atlantic side in the 40s or early 50s. Can
you identify? Submitted by Ruth Thompson, 4936 Live
Oak Circle, Bradenton, FL 34207-2240.
(They are: the late Leslie and Dottie Beauchamp
of the Gavilan Area, Balboa. Leslie passed away
approx. 10 years ago. Dottie passed away in 1994.)


The Balboa High Class of 1946 will be holding their
fiftieth Class Reunion in the Orlando World Resort and
Convention Center on Friday, July 5, 1996. Below are
names of classmates yet to be located. Anyone who
knows of their whereabouts, please let Charlie Norris
know. He can be reached by telephoning (707) 422-6812
in the USA, or by mail at 2442 E. Atlantic Avenue,
Fairfield, CA. 94533. This event will be their "BIGGIE"
so please let them know.

AXE, John
BENITEZ, Lillian
ENKE, Jean Ann
FISKE, Walter
LIBBY, Patricia
NEALE, Bonnie

BAILEY, Gladys
DUMOND, Jeannie
ENTEBI, Gloria
FREEMAN, Dorothy
McKEOWN, Betty
NORRELL, Frankie
WILBUR, Mary Lou

BARGMAN, Phillip
CASTRO, Dorothy
GALLO, Barbara
HILL, Milton
LALLY, Kathleen
OLIVA, David


July 7, 1995
Marriot's Orlando World Center
Orlando, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 10:08 a.m. Total of 309 members attended. Executive
Board members present: Marjorie Foster, Robert
Johnson, James O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Virgil
Camby, Nancy Van Siclen, Jane Huldtquist, Betty Snow,
James Slover, Dorothy Yocum, Frank Matters, Thomas
Peterson, Richard Beall and Barbara Green.
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
Ms. Nellree Berger gave a splendid rendition of "God
Bless America".
Mr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Manager of the
Marriott, welcomed everyone to the hotel.
President Foster welcomed everyone to the meeting
and the Reunion and introduced members of the
Executive Board.
Past Presidents attending: Eugene Askew, Howard
Clarke, Anna Collins, Peter Foster, Betty Frassrand,
Jane Huldtquist, Al Pate, Robert Roy, Robert Van Siclen,
Gaddis Wall, Ray Wheeler and Muriel Whitman. Mrs.
Foster mentioned that Past Presidents and their spouses
are the backbone of the Society inasmuch as they
continue to be active on the Board and Committees.
Minutes of the June Business Meeting stand as read.
Financial Statement stands for audit.
Mrs. Foster recapped measures initiated to reduce
On behalf of the Society, President Foster thanked

members Dottie and Frank Matters for their donation of
a Roosevelt Medal which is on display in the office.
Chairpersons thanked for their contribution with
special thanks to Robert and Carolyn Johnson for their
work in organizing the reunion.
Special mention made regarding Luncheon program
under the direction of Bruce Quinn, and to Ernesto
Holder, Panama Canal Commission, in charge of the
video portion of the program. Special appreciation was
accorded Mrs. Willy Friar, who made arrangements for
Mr. Holder to assist Mr. Quinn.
Executive Board members individually expressed
their pleasure in having worked on the board and for the
Mrs. Betty Snow introduced Mr. Oscar Lieberman,
State of Florida NARFE President, who enlightened the
members on status of topics of special interest.
Copy of reports given by Barbara Green, Pat Beall,
Frank Matters, Audit and Budget Chairperson and also
Chairperson, Records Disposal Committee; Tom
Peterson, Bylaws Chairperson, and Jeanne Wheeler,
Chairperson, Office Study Committee attached to original
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson, asked to
be informed of any members who are ill.
Mrs. Dottie Pate invited everyone to attend scheduled
business meetings.
Robert Johnson thanked everyone for attending the
reunion. Chairpersons gave their individual reports. Mr.
Johnson thanked his committees with special mention to
Shirley Boswell and Barbara Green for their help with
the reunion paperwork. He especially thanked his wife,
Carolyn, for her support and assistance.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate presented with the Distinguished
Service Award for her work as Society Hospitality
Special mention given to Mike and Marion Greene
for having attended 31 consecutive reunions.

New Business:
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Nominations Chairperson, gave
election results. (Copy of report attached to original

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President

Robert Johnson
James O'Donnell
Margot Jordan
Thomas Peterson
Nancy Van Siclen

New Board was sworn in. Robert Johnson was presented
President's gavel. He then presented Past President pin
and gift from the Society to Mrs. Foster.
Birthday and Anniversary recipients congratulated.
Peter Foster made a motion to destroy the ballots;
seconded by Betty Snow. Passed.
Ms. Jo (Dennis) Konover recommended that the
Board study the dues. The matter will be taken under
Door prizes had been awarded during the meeting.
Grand prize two round trip tickets donated by COPA
won by Alfred Graham.
Robert Johnson made a motion to adjourn the
meeting; seconded by Dottie Yocum. Meeting adjourned
at 11:55 a.m.


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Annual Reunion Report

I would like to start my report by saying "thank you"
to all the people who contributed their time and effort to
make this such a successful Reunion. To the
Chairpersons, Volunteers and all the others who helped -
we could not have done it without you.
Registration and Hospitality/Information opened
Wednesday night, and by Saturday afternoon we had
registered 2,749. This number included 230 name-tags
from pre-registration that were not claimed, but with
members who attended but did not register, we feel this
number is fairly accurate.
The Golf Tournament held Thursday morning was a
complete success, with 132 golfers participating. Winners
were Margot Jordan with a score of 79 and J.D. Bryant
with a 75. The luncheon was attended by 150 golfers and
their guests, during which time Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
presented the Champions Trophy, named after her late
husband, Fred.
Twenty-two Vendors opened at noon Thursday and
had a great variety of items for sale. These items are all
memorabilia from our days in the Zone and bring back
fond memories. We also want to thank the vendors for
the gifts they donated as door prizes at our Annual
Business Meeting. They were greatly appreciated.
The Panazonian Dance and Annual Ball were once
again a great success. The Panazonian, with music by
Charlie Cooper and Leroy Lewis was attended by
approximately 1,630 people and the Ball, with music by
Frankie Pretto hosted about 1,740 happy Zonites.
The Luncheon what can I say? Outstanding!! The
program put on by Bruce Quinn was without a doubt the
finest luncheon program we have ever had. The voices,
the stage presence and performances were professional
in every way.
Hospitality/Information and the Photographers were
not in the best location, but still managed to do a
creditable job. I think a special thanks should go to Pat
Beall, for not only doing his job but for the way he
handled complaints.
Security was again under the watchful eye of Robert
Van Siclen, and again, Robert lost sleep. Trying to hold
down the noise or clear the lobby at 4 a.m. is indeed a
thankless job, but Robert handled it with firmness yet
tactfully. Thank you!
The Despedida on Sunday morning, featuring the
Panamanian Folkloric Dancers was a big hit. Their
colorful polleras and montunos and native music brought
back fond memories of our time in Panama.
Finally, to all who attended Thank You for a great

Robert Johnson
1995 Reunion Coordinator

Chagres Invitational Golf

The Sixteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held on July 6, 1995, at the Marriott

World Center, Orlando, Florida. Hubie and I arrived in
Orlando on Wednesday to find the golf course in
extremely good condition and the skies blue with no hint
of rain.
One hundred and thirty two enthusiastic players
showed up to make our tournament a success and thanks
to our wonderful committee which consisted of Anna
Collins, Betty Frassrand, Beverly Wood, Jane
Huldtquist, Donna Smith, Maurie Moore, and Barbara
and Jim Slover everything ran smoothly. Our current
President Marje Foster graciously stopped by long
enough to present a token of appreciation to the
Committee members who donated their time to assist in
running the tournament.
Following the tournament a delicious sit-down dinner
was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel
with 150 attending. Our guest of honor was past-
President Jane Huldtquist who presented the new
Champions trophy, dedicated to the memory of her
husband Fred Huldtquist, to golf Champions Margot
Jordan and J.D. Bryant.
The luncheon tables were decorated with the Fourth
of July in mind, and everything was done in red, white
and blue. Hats decorated with a Panama Canal Seal,
drawn and decorated by Donna Date Smith made up the
centerpieces for each table and everyone agreed the
tables looked wonderful.
Forty-nine door prizes were given out at the
luncheon and we would like to acknowledge the generous
people who donated gifts and helped make our
Tournament such a success: Irene Will, First Alabama
Bank of Dothan, Donald Schmidt, Olympia Spa,
Alabama Peanut Producers, Woody Woodruff, George
Downing, Jane Huldtquist, Robin Morland and Bill
Wheeler. A special thanks to Woody Woodruff who
always comes through for us by getting donations from
others and bringing them to the Reunion for us. Even
though he couldn't make the tournament Robin managed
to send hats and shirts with Mary Coffey which is proof
that we can't run the tournament without help from our
members. Even if you don't play well enough to win a
prize you have an excellent chance to win one of these
wonderful donated prizes so be sure to join us next year.
We all had a great time at this beautiful course so
come join us in 1996. The results of the tournament were
as follows:
First Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Margot Jordan,
79; Flight A, J.D. Bryant, 75; Flight B, Louis Vogel, 76"
Flight C, Jim Orvis, 75; Flight D, Gus Elison, 79.
Second Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Dee Hammond,
86; Flight A, Robert Sanders, 78; Flight B, Mark
Deakins, 77; Flight C, Ray Robberson, 78; Flight D,
Edward Stroop, 80.
Third Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Constance Cain,
88; Flight A, Lloyd Roberts, 78; Flight B, Keith Mead,
78; Flight C, Jack Hammond, 80; Flight D, Bud Stroop,
Fourth Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Carol Berger,
88; Flight A, Louis Vogel, 78; Flight B, Reinaldo Francis,
79; Flight C, Earl King, 84; Flight D, Joe Ridge, 83.
Fifth Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Carolyn Morris,
91; Flight A, Jim Farnsworth, 80; Flight B, Jim Duffus,
81; Flight C, Hubert Jordan, 85; Flight D, Robert Berger,
Sixth Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Carolyn Falasca,

93; Flight A, Larry Corrigan, 81; Flight B, Mike Smith,
82; Flight C, Don DeStaffino, 85; Flight D, Louis
Dedeaux, 89.
Seventh Place Winners: Ladies Flight, Maurie
Moore, 95; Flight A, Bob Askew, 81; Flight B, Tony
Weedin, 83; Flight C, Reggie Hayden, 86; Flight D, Abie
Anderson, 92.

Closest to the Pin: Ladies Carolyn Morris and
Carolyn Falasca.
Closest to the Pin: Men Edward Waishkey and
Mike Hunt.

Margot and Hubert Jordan

1. (1) 1st place winners, L-R: Gus Elison, Jim Orvis, Luis Vogel Jr.(2) Margot Jordan, Co-chairperson of the Golf
Tournament, presenting the golf plaque dedicated to the memory of Fred Huldtquist to Jane Huldtquist. (3) 2nd
place winners, L-R: Mark Deakins, Ray Robberson, Dee Hammond, Ed Stroop, Robert Sanders.

2. (1) 3rd place winners, L-R: Keith Mead, Bud Stroop, Constance Cain, Jack Hammond, Lloyd Roberts. (2) Past
President Jane Huldtquist presenting the Fred Huldtquist Champions Plaque to 1995 Golf Champions Margot
Jordan (79) and J.D. Bryant (75). (3) 4th place winners, L-R: Reinaldo Francis, Earl King, Joe Ridge, Louis
Vogel. (Missing is Carol Berger).

3. (1) 5th. place winners, L-R: Robert Berger, Carolyn Morris, Hubert Jordan, Jim Duffus. Missing is Jim
Farnsworth. (2) 6th place winners, L-R: Carolyn Falasca, Larry Corrigan, Don DeStaffino, Louis Dedeaux, Mike
Smith. (3) 7th place winners, L-R: Betty Frassrand and Barbara Slover present prizes to Maurie Moore, Tony
Weedin, Bob Askew, Abie Anderson, and Reggie Hayden.

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4. (1) "Old friends forever" Jim McNamara, Jane Huldtquist, Jim Slover, Margot Jordan. (2) Jim McNamara giving
lessons to Emo Everson, Jim Coman, Abie Anderson, Bill Wheeler. (3) The Kennons Butch, Sid, Brian and
Buzzy. "A family that plays together, stays together."

5. (1) Good friends reunite L-R: Bob Zumbado, Reggie hayden, Jack Hammond, Hubert Jordan. (2) Carol
Sullivan, Maurie Moore, Cynthia Forsythe, Jane Buss. One of our ladies groups that add to the beauty of the
tournament. (3) Mary and B.J. Million enjoying the "view" at the Marriott Hotel. (4) Panama survivors 'til the year
2000? Lou Vogel, Bill Cofer, Gary Anderson, John Hern.
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6. (1) The future of our Society L-R: Larry Corrigan, Mark Deakins, Rick Deakins, Jim Farnsworth. (2) At the
Golf Luncheon, L-R: Roy "Bocas" Leeser, Hugh Norris, Bitsy Atkinson, Ken Atkinson, Joe Hunt, Jr., Woody
Woodruff, Al Schonert. (3) Fun is the name of the game L-R: Terry Fuqua, Gus Elison, Mary Denton, Maggie

Health Bureau Luncheon

The Health Bureau Luncheon was held July 7, 1995
in Grand Ballroom IV through VI at the Marriott World
Center from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Ann Buchter welcomed everyone, especially those
who traveled from Panama and the West Coast, and
Irene Ladrach, our friend and supervisor at Gorgas from
Seminole, Florida. Sue Cain also welcomed everyone,
went over the information sheet which will be made into
a booklet, questionnaire to be completed and sent to Sue.
Cost of the booklet will be $8.00 which will cover the cost
of typesetting, printing, and mailing.
If you were unable to make the reunion but would
like to be included in the booklet, please write Sue Cain
or Ann Buchter for the questionnaire. Betty Kelleher told
some Irish jokes and also mentioned notes we had
received from those who were unable to attend. Sue also
mentioned a reunion in Panama in '97 before Gorgas
Hospital is turned over to Panama. If you are interested
in making this trip, let us hear from you. The rest of the
time was spent enjoying our friends and co-workers.
Those attending the Luncheon included Delia
Altenberg, Dr. Evelyn Barraza, T. Bartlett, Pat
Barriteau, Betsy Biven, Ann Buchter, Marie Agnes
Burns, Sue Cain, Dr. Brian Catto, Jo Ellen Catto, Harry
Chan, Thelma Chan, Marie Corrigan, Karen Coffey,
Nancy Cuthbert, Fred Dube, Marie Dube, Bernie Duhon,
Nicky Erickson, Ty Erickson, Sharon Gladdon, Mary
Goad, Marian Gregg, Diane Goligoski, Mareiette
Graham, Margaret Hayden, Carmen Herberg, Liz
Herberg, Peter Herberg, Kae Huggins, Pat Hunt, Sarah

Keegan, Betty Kelleher, Dr. Ernest Kredell, Vilma
Kredell, Irene Ladrach, Billie Landrum, Wanda
McCune, Cecilia Maisel, Dr. T. Malo, Betty Moore,
Peggy Muller, Hugh Norris, Patrice Norris, Millie Olsen,
Susan Omlin, Tess Owen, Nita Ramdeen, Grace
Shadeck, Maryanne Shanahan, Beverly Shirley, Betty
Snow, Bill Stock, Fran Stock, Shirley Steele, Kay
Taliercio, Ruth Thompson, Merry Underwood and her
mother, Greta Vowell, Ernest Yocum, Dorothy Yocum,
Terry Zemer, Betty Zerxa and Marti Zinman.
Hope more of you will be able to attend our next
reunion and renew old friendships.

Hospitality and Information

Both the Hospitality and the Information aspects
were combined as one unit this year because of lack of
volunteers, which kept those on assigned duty quite busy
throughout the reunion. Telephone calls from the outside
regarding the reunion were transferred to the telephone
there which dealt mostly with requests about current
events and availability of dance and luncheon tickets.
The Hospitality and Information were later relocated
outside of the rooms originally assigned for better
exposure and better service to our members, which was
very beneficial towards the end of the reunion.
Through the sale of license tags, decals and Canal
Records, Hospitality and Information netted the Society
the amount of $613.00 which was only $20 more than last
year, and there were approximately 650 more members
attending this year.

Many thanks go to the volunteers involved, several
who are seasoned veterans, and they are: Sarah Cohen,
Sheila Bolke, Bob Nordstrom, Manny Quintero, John
Whitman, John Hayes, Lionel Barfield, Carol Masino,
Marcia Barrere, Tom and Barbara Peterson, and to our
special co-chairperson, Jeanne Wheeler.

Richard "Pat" Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
Co-chairpersons, Hospitality and Information 1995

1995 Security Report

It is a pleasure to report that there were no serious
security problems at the 1995 Reunion, but that is not to
say that my sleep was not interrupted.
It seems that our younger members cannot
remember that there are other guests in the hotel that
are not members of our Society, and therefore, do not
appreciate the loud noise in the corridors, and continually
call the hotel security to quiet the noise makers. When
Society members do not heed to the request of hotel
security to quiet down, they call me for assistance.
Friday night I was called twice, first at 2:00 a.m. to
assist the hotel security personnel in quieting Society
members on the 3rd floor. That group was polite and did
quiet down.
No sooner did I get back to my room, when I was
called again to assist in clearing the lobby of Society
members. Really the group seemed to be well behaved,
but guests in the rooms above the lobby area were
complaining about the noise. I did advise those persons
in the lobby of the complaints, and told them to leave the
area, those registered in the hotel were to go to their
rooms, persons not registered were to leave the hotel.
Slowly the group did break up and cleared the lobby I
got back to my room at 5:00 a.m.
I want the young people to know, that I am one of
them, and my only interest in their activities, is to quiet
them down before the hotel security personnel take other
actions. Believe it or not I was once a high school and
college kid.
The hotel security personnel and I were very
surprised at the number of young people roaming around
the hotel at 2:00 a.m. I am sure some of them were not
even 11 years old. Remember, parents are responsible for
the actions of their children, and also the guests in their
rooms. Cost of repairing damages in a room will be
charged to the individual in whose name that room is

Robert E. Van Siclen
1995 Security Chairperson

Ham Radio Club

The Ham Radio Operators held their second annual
meeting at the Orlando Hotel. Bob Geddes HP1XGB
gave a report on what is going on in Panama. Lanky
Flores WB2UNK explained what was happening on the
East coast of Florida. Charles Salyer KC4ELD told the
group about the Jacksonville area. Each year during the
Panama Canal Reunion the Ham Operators hold a
meeting. This year Ed Parker was the Chief Operator in
charge of the get-together.

In the photo from left to right back row is Bob
Geddes, Lanky Flores, Mary Jane Paulson KB4CZC,
Charles Salyer, Steve Smith KD4ELD, Chuck Phelan
KE4BXS. Front row left to right, Ken Daly WB4LOV,
Howard Clark WA4KEN, Ed Parker WA5YFA, and Jim
O'Donnell KB4HMQ. If you are interested in attending
the luncheon of the Ham Operators, call Ed Parker.

Jim O'Donnell
Ham Radio Chairperson

Area Reporter's Luncheon

Due to the small amount of area reporters able to
attend this 1995 reunion, the luncheon was held in a
corner of the American Restaurant in the Marriott World
Center Hotel. Those who were able to attend were
Robert Balcer, Arkansas; Linda Morris, California;
Beverly Rowley, Tallahassee, FL. area; Lois Bates,
Hawaii; June Stevenson, Georgia; Sara Rowley,
Clearwater, FL; and Gladys Humphrey. Sarasota, FL.
Rosemary Gilead substituted for Barbara Bonanno.
Virginia. Also present were the Editor's assistant, Carol
Masino, and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society,
Barbara Green. The President-elect was also invited
however he had a prior commitment and reluctantly
asked that he be excused.
Those attending joined together immediately after
the Annual Business Meeting at our reserved section of
the American Restaurant. The luncheon opened with the
affirmation by the Editor that there would be only three
regular issues in 1996 with a scheduling that was
unknown at that time. He cautioned the reporters that
once the dates had been agreed to, he would inform each
and every one. He also encouraged the reporters to try
to condense their reports as much as possible in the
Following a normal question and answer period, each
reporter and guest was asked to order what they desired
from the menu and the luncheon continued until 2:00
p.m. when good-byes were said until next year.

Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record

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Registration Report Transportation Coordinator

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went smoothly. We would like to thank our faithful
volunteers listed below for the wonderful job they did at
the 1995 Reunion. Without them Registration would not
have been successful. Our thanks again.

Lucille Abernathy
Rosemary Andersor
Janice Andino
Bitsy Atkinson
Ann Bennett
Jerry Bennett
Nellree Berger
Betty Boyer
Agnes Burns
Jay Cain
Shirley Camby
Skeeter Camby

Marie Corrigan
i Sugar DiRoma
Rae Donaldson
Marie Dube
Marion Greene
Michael Greene
Myrtle Hughes
Jean Herbert
Jane Huldtquist
Carolyn Johnson
Jo Johnson
Lois Jones
Dorothy Yocum

Lori King
Jo Konover
Sheila LaBella
Al Maale
Joy Maale
Betty Malone
Patrice Norris
Albert Pate
Amparo Paul
Harold Paul
Betty Snow
John Whitman

There were 2,608 pre-registered for the 1995
Reunion; 49 cancelled and 190 registered at the Reunion
for a total of 2,749 registered.
If you plan to attend the 1996 Reunion, YOU MUST
PRE-REGISTER. When you pre-register, please print
the names on the Registration Form as you want it to
appear on your name tag.
Our Special Thanks to Faith Brundage and John
Whitman for their help in assisting us in stuffing the
envelopes with the Luncheon and Dance Tickets.
Our Thanks to Reunion Coordinator, Robert
Johnson for a well organized Reunion he did a great

Muriel Whitman and Dorothy Pate
Co-chairpersons, Registration 1995

More Society members used the Official Reunion
Clearwater, Florida this year than in the past two
reunions. Sixty air travel reservations were made through
the Official Travel agent and in turn supported the
Reunion Committee's efforts to obtain more detailed
membership arrival/departure information which will
provide the committee and hotel much needed
information for scheduling sufficient hours and staffing
for their respective registration operations. In addition,
the more members use the Official Travel Agent the
more the Society will benefit by helping reduce travel
costs of its Reunion musicians. Also, this information will
provide data to support the feasibility of chartering
Reunion flights from selected areas to reduce travel costs
for our members.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL monitors Society
members' reservation costs from the time the reservation
is made and up to the time (about three weeks) they mail
the members' air tickets. As a result of this monitoring,
over 30 percent of the members utilizing BOWEN-
KEPPIE TRAVEL were reimbursed amounts up to
$300.00 due to reductions in their original fares. Among
those receiving this type of reimbursement was our own
Society which received over $200.00 from their
reservations for the Reunion musicians.
This year, the Official Travel Agent held a drawing
among those members who made reservations or
submitted forms through Bowen-Keppie Travel. The
winner, Judy (Fong) Clavin received the prize of the cost
of one round-trip air ticket between her Gateway city in
California and Orlando.



Hopefully, the Society's members using the Society's
Official Travel Agent will double for the 1996 Reunion -
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL is doing their part and, if
you are flying to the 1996 Reunion, why not do your part
to support the Society by utilizing the OFFICIAL

Pete Foster
Reunion Transportation Coordinator

1995 Vendors Report

We had a total of 34 members request Vendor
Applications for the 1995 Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Out of those requests 26 submitted applications, with two
vendors sharing a table.
Due to illness and other commitments, by the start
of the Reunion we had 22 vendors, with three vendors
having a second table, scheduled to open on Thursday at
12:00 noon.

The vendors had some very nice items for sale, and
for those who missed the Vendor Room, hope you find
time next year to stop by and see what you have been
Each year the vendors are asked to donate a prize to
be awarded at the Annual Business Meeting and all
vendors are very generous by saying yes. On behalf of the
Society we thank you again.
All vendors are urged to remember that if they are
planning to be a vendor at the 1996 Reunion, get the
request in as soon as the December 1995 Canal Record
is received and remember that your items for sale must
pertain or be affiliated in some manner to Panama
and/or the Canal Zone.

Nancy Van Siclen
1995 Vendor Chairperson



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Luncheon Report

A new concept in entertainment for the Annual
Reunion Luncheon was presented at the 1995 Reunion.
Mr. Bruce Quinn did an outstanding job of producing,
directing and narrating an emotional and entertaining
program highlighting the United Fund/United Way
performances that we all enjoyed each year in the Canal
It was heartwarming to see our own members
participating in singing renditions from these popular
shows. They were all as spectacular as they were when
they originally performed together and brought back
many memories for all of us. These entertainers
volunteered their own time and paid their own expenses
for both travel and lodging. We certainly do appreciate
their contribution to this successful program.
Bruce's narration and remembrance of those who
worked with him was truly outstanding. He gave so much
of his own time and at his own expense to bring us this
special tribute and we all cannot thank him enough for
making this Luncheon so enjoyable and entertaining.

Marje Foster
Past President

8 JULY 1995

("Over the Rainbow", sung by Sarah Knapp).
We didn't live in the Land of Oz. We lived
somewhere better: the Canal Zone, Panama. A very
special place for all of us.
Our work there gave us a sense that we contributed
importantly to our world, and it gave us a sense of
community so strong that it still brings this many of us
together each year. We had the best possible mixture of
small town America and a vibrant world capital. And
luckily for me, the community had a hunger for
experiencing the world beyond our little corner. Duty
bound to that small strip of ground, our minds and hearts
could fly -- "Over the Rainbow" -- through the magic of
the theater. I was fortunate to be part of that magic. It
was, in fact, an important part of my life.
Between 1965 and 1982 there were 18 seasons. There
were 21 United Fund or United Way shows. I produced
19 of them and directed 11 of them.
But until my high school, Army, and work buddy,
Joe Wood, told me that our President Marje Foster
wanted me to give this talk on the United Way shows, I
hadn't fully realized that the real impact on me of those
18 summers was not the feeling of success in the
community but the closeness with the people who worked
with me. Being from the Canal Zone you can especially
appreciate how working together creates a strong bond.
Each show creates a family, a family that laughs together,
gets the sniffles together, worries together and triumphs
together; actors, stagehands, make-up people, costumes,
box office, musicians, perhaps a hundred people or more
on each show. I tried to count all 21 shows-worth once,
but there were too many memories to reduce to a simple
number, so I stopped counting.
Today, with the help of some of my very talented
family of friends, I'd like to reminisce a little about my
life and my work.

...Yes, bright and shining moments are better than
gold, even when things look grim, as precarious as
a...fiddler on the roof!
("If I Were a Rich Man" sung by Ken Millard).
Ken Millard was an outstanding "Tevya" in the 1989
production of "Fidder", put on by the Army's Pacific
Theatre Group and co-directed by Joanne Mitchell and
Jerry Brees. For me, Ken will always be "Mr. Bumble"
from our 1971 production of "Oliver".
Millard: "If the law thinks I can control my wife, then
the law, an ass!"
In our 1965 production of "Fiddler", Adolfo Arias
was "Tevya". Linda Woodruff Weir, Sarah Knapp, and
Josie Ferrell Goudie, who played his wife and daughters,
are with us today, as is Weulcia Wilkins, who played
"Fruma Sara". We'll hear from all of them later.
How did the idea of the summer United Way
musicals originate? In the early 1960s, back in the Canal
Zone after my Army service, I volunteered to do the
stage design for a melodrama that Ted and Kathy Wilber
of the Theatre Guild were putting on for the Canal Zone
United Fund: Gold In The Hills or The Dead Sister's
Secret, directed by Fred Berest and starring John Mayles
as "the villian". It filled the Balboa High School
auditorium nightly. I naturally assumed that people came
to see my stage design.

Bruce Quinn
In 1963 I persuaded the Theatre Guild to do a
summer musical at the Ancon Playhouse: Rodgers and
Hammerstein's South Pacific, I started out directing and
producing the show and very quickly learned that there
were a million details to getting a show off the ground.
My friend, Don Musselman, Drama Teacher at the
Balboa High School, took over the directorial reins while
I concentrated on organizing the details, and we had a hit
on our hands. Vera Bomford did the choreography.
...Then one day in 19641 was asked by Fred Denton,
Special Events Chairman for the United Fund, if I would
be interested in doing a show for the United Fund. Fresh
from South Pacific and with my boy-in-the-sunshine
optimism, I said "Yes". Did I imagine at that time how
my answer would change my life and cause it to touch so
many other lives?
I thought of doing Rodgers and Hammerstein's
musical Oklahoma! I would produce it--that is, assemble
all of the details--and I recruited Vera Bomford to be
both the director and choreographer. It was 1964, less

than 6 months after the January 9th border riots, but for
our cast, there were no boundaries. We had Americans,
Panamanians, military, Panama Canal; we had students,
school teachers, amateurs and professionals. Vera
recruited Panamanian dancers Teresa Mann and
Armando Villamil to dance the dream sequence. A young
Air Force sergeant, Gaylord Mowery, assembled 28 local
musicians to bring the score to life. The common
denominator was talent, and the amazing variety of
people in the cast would become a major characteristic
of all our shows. That was 31 years ago! a lifetime ago! -
Oklahoma was a smash! Tickets were $2.00 each and we
grossed grossed nearly $10,000!
You've already heard her sing "Over the Rainbow".
Now here is Sarah Knapp as "Ado Annie" to sing from
Oklahoma!, "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No",
accompanied at the piano by her husband, Steve Alper.
In 1965 I met a man with whom I would share many
magical theater moments over many years: Adolfo Arias.
It occurred to me he would be a perfect "King" for The
King and I. ...It took him some months to consent but the
summer of 1965 I produced the show, with Fred Berest
directing and Ana Ludmilla Gee doing the choreography.
And for the first time, we were able to get the official
participation of the U.S. Air Force Band, under the
direction of Captain Edward Bridges.
That began a tradition of using the local military
bands, alternating each year between the Air Force Band
and the 79th Army Band. Balboa High School's Victor
Herr and Cristobal High's Ed Carwithin conducted the
79th Army Band in the early years but the Air Force
Band always provided its own conductor, one of whom is
with us today: Retired Lt. Col. Nevin Lantry with his wife
Bev, who injected musical magic into Oliver! in 1971 and
1776 in 1973.
In the 1979 version of The King And I, Irene Gordon
played "Anna"; that show was staged at the Balboa High
Auditorium and a second time at the National Theater in
Panama. In the earlier 1965 version, Angela Bomford
played "Anna", and her son was played by young Rudy
Crespo. Rudy is with us today and he gets a little repeat
motherly advice from Weulcia Wilkins as "Anna": "I
Whistle a Happy Tune".
They are accompanied at the piano by Weulcia's son,
Matt Wilkins, who was one of our original "Munchkins"
in the 1976 production of the Wizard of Oz. Matt is now
very active singing and playing the piano professionally in
Seattle when he isn't being a banker.
In 1969, we did Showboat, with Angela Bomford as
"Magnolia" and David Ellis as "Gaylord Ravenau". I
recently got a letter from California from Lois Bostwick,
who played "Ellie"; she had just seen Showboat in New
York and she remembered the hardest act she ever had
to follow: the night of July 20, 1969 we had a small
audience, because most people stayed home hoping to
watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Somewhere in
the second act we halted the performance, wheeled a
giant TV out on stage, watched the moonwalk and then
we all sang the "Star Spangled Banner", a proud moment!
Lois had the job of following that act and getting the
show moving again, which she did with her socko
rendition of "Life Upon the Wicked Stage".
Our Showboat director was Donald Musselman, here
today with his wife Dottie, both of whom have
contributed greatly to my growth as well as to Isthmian
theater. Here reprising her role as "Julie" is Linda

(Woodruff) Weir, singing the classic, "Bill".
Many of you saw the 1978 production of The Sound
of Music, starring John Mayles as "Captain Von Trapp",
with Rodrigo Portuando taking over the role for the
Spanish version we did at Panama's National Theater.
Marta Caropresso Barrios played "Maria" in both the
English and Spanish versions, as did most of the rest of
the cast.
Some of you may too have seen the earlier version of
The Sound of Music, produced by Charles Hummer for
the Knights of Columbus, also with John Mayles. We did
at the 15th Naval District before they tore down Bryan
Hall, the old barnlike theater at Fort Amador. To cast
the roles of the children, pianist Sam Anchor and I
auditioned almost 200 kids. But it was worth it, as we
cast Linda Woodruff Weir, Fred Bremer, and Rudy
Crespo through that audition.
...One of the important relationships in the play is
between "Maria" and "The Mother Superior". Here are
Linda Husted Dahlstrom as "Maria" and Weulcia Wilkins
as the "Mother Superior", to sing: "My Favorite Things".
Linda Dahlstrom was only 6 when she started her
stage career in Oliver! Today she is an accomplished
dancer and singer wowing the present generation of
Isthmian audiences.
It has never ceased to amaze me the depth of talent
we had from just our small Isthmian community. The
supporting roles were always solid, and even the choruses
had beautiful voices. A good thing too, because during
the run of my final United Way musical, "Guys and
Dolls", in 1982, Estrella Rosenberg, an outstanding
"Adelaide", got laryngitis one night and Suzi Belzer
stepped out of her supporting role as a Salvation Army
general to perform the leading role as if it were made for
her. ...I produced and directed Guys and Dolls, which
also starred Ellen Balleste and Trevor Simons, with
choreography by Barbara Berger. We staged it at the
Ancon Playhouse.
In 1981, the United Fund produced Anything Goes at
produced by Dan Goldsworthy, it starred the singing
talent of Joanne Mitchell, who would go on to make a
name for herself as co-director of lavish musicals at the
Theatre Guild and the Army's Pacific Theater, along with
Jerry Brees.
We had lost the use of the Balboa High Auditorium
when it went over to the Army after the treaty went into
effect. It was a loss that I felt very strongly, but there
were other losses during those 16 summers, and I am so
glad I didn't let opportunities pass me by. In the late '60s,
Dave Lommen, who had succeeded Don Musselman as
Drama Instructor at the Canal Zone College, wanted to
do West Side Story. It was a challenge, but we did it. I
produced it and Dave directed it. Within two years he
was gone. Bob Wright, who appeared as "Captain Andy"
in Showboat and "Colonel Pickering" in My Fair Lady,
persuaded me to undertake Man of La Mancha and he
was superb in the leading role. He left Panama, retired
from the Army and died shortly thereafter.
I thank God we dared to do those shows, for they
were special moments in their good lives. How satisfying
to do something for others. We grew up in spirit and in
love when we shared those items with them.
There are others whom we also miss: "The Tropic
Queen", my dear friend Arline Raymond; Gaylord
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Kennon; Ken Pitman; Tony Mata; Ana Ludmilla Gee;
Rex and Helen Beck; Bob Wright's son Robert; Paul
Givonetti, Rodrigo Poruondo, Jake Dunman, Ronnie
Novey, Victor Herr, and my father, Marcus Quinn. I can
still hear their laughter.
It is particularly tragic when someone young is taken
from us too early in his or her life. In my mind's eye I
can still see a young Chuck Hummer singing in Camelot
and in The Me Nobody Knows. He spent his last days at
the Hope and Health Center here in Orlando, helping
others. There are no words of consolation for Charlie,
Greta and Sandy, but he lives on in our memories, in
those families we formed those long-ago summers. For
this moment of remembrance, I've asked Suzi Belzer to
sing something from our 1972 production of Mame: for
all of the Ana Ludmillas, Arline Raymonds, Chuck
Hummers, Dave Lommens and Bob Wrights: "If He
Walked Into My Life".
Mane, 1972, was directed by Don Lohse and co-
produced by Carlos Williams and myself. It starred Cec
Gove in the title role and costarred Randy Bauer. Don
Lohse would also direct Applause in 1977 which Angela
Johnson would produce. Applause starred Herb Carlson,
Linda Weir and Beverly Parfitt.
In 1966, I produced Meredith Wilson's The Music
Man. Directed by Nan Rickert, it starred Davey Jones as
the smooth-talking con man and Betty Parthenais
Garrison as "Marion".
The music of West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein,
reaches a high point in the beautiful "Tonight". Here is an
unusual quartette version, sung by Linda Weir, Weulcia
Wilkins, Bob Teta and Matthew Wilkins, accompanied by
Steve Alper.
Let's look again at these photos form West Side
Story, back in 1968. Among the young people pictured
here is Carlos Carrasco, who would go on to appear in
various recent Hollywood films, including Crocodile
Dundee and the exploding bus thriller, Speed.
Now, notice the young man standing second from
left. While West Side Story was near the end of Dave
Lommen's life, it was a beginning for an 18-year-old
Ruben Blades who would go on to become Salsa King,
film star, author, composer and presidential candidate.
When we were auditioning for West Side Story on
the Balboa High School stage, Ruben came out, grabbed
a bentwood chair, sat down and began to play his guitar
and sing. Dave and I had no second thoughts. We put
him in the show, and the following year he appeared in
Showboat, as "The Man With the Guitar".
...We have had some terrific choreographers,
including Ana Ludmilla, Tony Mata, Johann Meyer,
Nitzie De Martin, Denise Conti, Barbara Berger, and the
incomparable Vera Bomford, whose gang fight
choreography in West Side Story was a masterpiece.
...But perhaps my favorite effect was in the 1967
production of My Fair Lady, for which Julio Rodriguez
designed a revolving stage as ingenuous as a locks gate.
The Industrial Division sent us a bill for the construction
of the revolving stage: $3,000! I went to see one of the
"jefes" in the Marine Bureau and he said, "Let me see
that bill. Why, Bruce, this has too many zeros!" and with
the stroke of his Panama Canal pen, he reduced the bill
from $3,000 to $300. Those were the days!
With all that official support you might think we had
unlimited resources, but we often had to make do on a
shoestring, to use our imaginations. Do you remember

the Siamese version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin", from The
King and I? The masks representing the bloodhounds
chasing "Eliza" across the ice were made in Rex and
Helen Beck's kitchen. Using a brass stirrup from
Colombia, we molded aluminum foil to shape the face,
then we glued dry macaroni on the masks and headpieces
and sprayed them with gold paint.
Another example of making do: the gates of the locks
at Miraflores operate on a 40-horsepower motor, but our
revolving stages didn't have that luxury. What you didn't
see in My Fair Lady and Oliver! were Cleve Soper and
Julio Rodriguez, among others, lying on their backs
beneath the stage rotating it by sheer manpower. That is
so typical of the sacrifices that made our summer shows
a success.
The revolving stage not only gave us a chance to
change scenes out of sight, but also made for a very
special moment when John Mayles, as "Professor Henry
Higgins", strode onto the turntable and walked and
walked while the turntable rotated beneath him, finally
stepping off to sing, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her
Face". I can almost see it now.
("I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face", sung by John
In that show, Suzie Ameda was our "Eliza Doolittle"
and Trevor Simons a memorable "Alfred P. Doolittle".
Some of those who were in that fabulous cast are here
today: besides Linda Woodruff Weir and Rudy Crespo I
see Jerry Hall and Virginia Keller-Lyons.
Eighteen summers! We all know that one person
doesn't do it all. Take our box office operations. I was so
lucky to have people such as Joe and Audrey Watson,
Anita Oberholtzer, Jane Huldtquist, all incredible people,
not to mention my right hand, my secretary, Alcira
Arauz. Tom and Nancy Grimison supported me over the
years in a variety of capacities, and I had terrific stage
managers and lighting designers in Bill Kirkland, Bill
Gonzalez, Julio Rodriguez, Al Johnson, Ken Pitman, Bill
Burns and my boyhood friend, Cleve Soper.
I am also indebted to Cleve and to Bill Burns and
other photographers such as Jack Shea, Don Goode,
Kevin Jenkins, "Ace" Acevedo, and Art Pollack for
contributing their photo artistry to our programs and to
our publicity, and for producing most of these fine slides
to remind us of the way we were.
There were also many people not connected with our
productions who went out of their way to help me, such
as the men and women at the LaBoca Printing Plant,
notably John B. Coffey, John Bing, Herschel "Bud"
Dempsey, and many others, who not only produced fine
work but also worked with me to teach me layout style
and composition, an acquired skill I used in the designing
of the posters and programs for many of these shows.
Nor could I have done all that I did without the
backing of our community leaders. Paul Runnestrand
was a great help and supporter from early on. Governors
Fleming, Leber, Parker and Parfitt all gave our shows
100% backing, as did Administrator McAuliffe and
Deputy Administrator Manfredo.
My bosses in the Personnel Bureau were saints,
especially Ed Doolan and Ron Seeley. When I thought
they couldn't bend any more, they did, and made things
possible. I remember Ron saying to me, "Bruce, I don't
know how you do it, but you do it!"
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we presented that summer not one but three different
plays: the main production was 1776, the story of the
hammering out of the Declaration of Independence in
hot, humid Philadelphia. The second production, done in
collaboration with the Canal Zone College, was Spoon
River Anthology, and the third was a show about young
people: The Me Nobody Knows.
In a major break from the usual sweetness of
children's theater, our production of Me presented a
gang of ruffians reflecting the turbulent times of the
1970s, young people in revolt, but with a clear vision of
a better life. Two members of UW/UF original casts,
Joanne Mitchell of the 1981 production of Anything Goes
and Rudy Crespo of The King and I, The Me Nobody
Knows, and other shows, sing a hit song from The Me:
"Light Sings".
In our musical 1776, though the drama was the
debate over whether or not to break away from England,
there were glimpses of the delegates' private lives. In
order to keep Thomas Jefferson from going back to his
young wife in Virginia, Benjamin Franklin has her
brought to Philadelphia, where she sings about one of
Jefferson's talents that only she knows about. From that
1973 cast here is Faith Glaeser in "He Plays the Violin".
Another touching sidelight of 1776 was John Adams'
longing for his wife Abigail back in Boston, expressed in
their letters back and forth. Abigail was a very special
lady and so is Weulcia Wilkins, who played Abigail
opposite Ed Carwithin's John Adams. Adams' arch rival
in the arguments over independence was John Dickinson,
played by Robert Teta. Today, Bob Teta and Weulcia
sing the duet between John and Abigail Adams: "Yours,
Yours, Yours".
Thank you, Bob and Weulcia. I have Weulcia to
thank also for the organization of this event, combining
her talents on the fax machine and on the keyboard to
pull this all together. My special thanks also to Matthew
Wilkins and Steve Alper for their piano accompaniment;
to Mel Kennedy and Ernesto Holder of the Graphic
Branch for the excellent slide support; and to Willie
Friar, the Commission's Director of Public Affairs. And
my thanks to Kaye Richey, who has been with me in The
Dead Sisters Secret, Showboat, Oliver!, 1776, The Sound
of Music, and others, and is always there when I need
The summer I co-produced with Ken Pitman
Camelot in 1974, treaty negotiations were under way and
we in the Canal Zone knew that a special way of life was
going to come to an end. Camelot speaks to that sense of
loss, or something perfect that once was and now is no
more. Bob Teta, now singing professionally here in
Florida, played "King Arthur" in that production, opposite
Josie (Ferrell) Goudie, as "Guinevere". From the days
when everything was still perfect, here are Bob and Josie
as "King Arthur" and "Queen Guinevere" in the duet:
"What Do the Simple Folk Do?"
The title of my talk was "Somewhere Over The
Rainbow," and I hope you have seen a little of the joy I
have felt in producing and directing United Way shows
over 18 years. Each of these shows is a rainbow, coloring
the world as I move through the arches of memory.
There is a pot of gold at each end of the rainbow, one
for the people who see our shows and one for those of us
who find, in the doing, a family.
Last Christmas, Patrick Grimison, who appeared as
"A Boy" in Camelot, recalled he used to come to

rehearsals directly from Balboa Rams football practice.
He also recalled being in our college productions of
Midsummer Night's Dream and The Night Thoreau
Spent in Jail. When I see Patrick and other young people
grown up now and they tell me how much they enjoyed
their times in the theater, I feel such a sense of
In January of 1994 I traveled to the Coconut Grove
Playhouse in Miami to see Sarah Knapp in Nunsense II.
What an exciting experience! Our Sarah had created the
role of "Sister Amnesia" on Broadway. What a long way
from when I worked with her at the Curundu Junior
High when Carl Chapman and I did the youthful musical
Now!. Later she would be "Dorothy" in our Wizard of Oz
and one of Tevya's daughters in our Fiddler, as well as
appearing in Camelot and Mame and as "Ado Annie" in
the college production of Oklahoma!.
Last night I received a fax from Rick Belzer, saying
"I am very sorry not to be there, but I am very much
there with you in spirit." Rick started working with me
learning to light shows when he was thirteen. Now he is
a master in the lighting world, known internationally. He
travels between Berlin, Australia, and Tokyo, and now he
is lighting a show in Reno. Rick worked on the lighting
for the show Cats in New York, in Buenos Aires, in
London and in Hamburg. And those of you who see the
national touring company of Cats, if you look in your
program you'll see Rick Belzer's name.
...When I see young people like Rick and Sarah who
have gone on to professional careers, I burst with pride:
Ruben Blades, Bob Rendon, Richard DeSimone, Bob
Teta, Kenn Lantry, Linda Weir, Carlos Carrasco, Largo
Woodruff. Is there any better reward for a teacher than
the success of his students?
And now many of them have come here today to
share their talents with us, and I can't thank them enough
for sacrificing time from their careers to be here.
("Where is Love?" sung by Kenn Lantry).
Ah, Oliver!. It couldn't have been 1971 when I first
heard the crystal resonance of Kenn Lantry's innocent
voice envelop mesmerized audiences as "Oliver Twist".
What an incredible production, with an outstanding
chorus that challenged the leads to be better: with Karen
Park as "Nancy" and, as "Fagin", John Mayles.
What would I have done without John Mayles?
Whatever role he portrays--"Captain Von Trapp",
"Pellinore", "Antonio Salieri", "Professor Henry Higgins";
yes, even "Toad of Toad Hall"--he is that person. Even as
"Fagin", we see humanity, the doubts, here's John as
"Fagin", "Reviewing the Situation".
I'd now like to have everyone here who appeared in any
of our shows to come join us on stage. Linda Dahlstrom,
who was in Oliver! with John, Ken Millard and Kenn
Lantry, who is the youngest member here, will lead us in
the song we always did for a curtain call for Oliver!: "I'd
Do Anything".
...I thank all of you on my side of the footlights, and
all of you on the other side of the footlights, for making
it all possible. I am fulfilled. My life continues to be fully
active, producing and directing in Panama. Some of my
"new families" in my present life are: Evita, La Novicia
Rebelde, Mi Bella Dama, Jose. El Sofiador and El
Hombre De La Mancha,
I want to leave you with this last song, sung by Sarah
Knapp from Paul Goggin's Nunsense II, "No One Cared
Like You".

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The Panamanian Folkloric Dance Group did an
outstanding job of entertaining the Panama Canal Society
of Florida on Sunday, July 9th during the 1995 Orlando
The dance group consisted of 17 members of which
14 were dancers. Several of the dancers were born and
lived in Arraijan and La Chorrera.
Promptly at 10 a.m. the dancers marched into the
ballroom singing and playing their hand-held drums. For
one hour the dance group entertained the Society with
dances from several different provinces in Panama. The
men were dressed in Montunos and the ladies had
especially made Polleras of different colors.

The members of the Society appreciated the hot
coffee that was furnished by the hotel. Approximately 750
members attended the affair and several hundred
photographs must have been taken of the Folkloric
Dancers. All enjoyed the opportunity to say goodbye to
their many friends before they left for their homes. A
good time was had by all and they are looking forward to
having another outstanding Despedida next year.

James J. O'Donnell
Chairman, Despedida Committee.

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Annual Luncheon Report
There were 808 tickets out, counting the
complimentary tickets and those sold. We guaranteed the
Hotel 780, which was what we paid for. Our guarantee
must be about 3% of the amount of places the Hotel set
for the luncheon.
It was a pleasure serving as Luncheon Chairperson
once more. I feel that the luncheon was a great success
and the Hotel personnel were most cooperative.
Betty Malone
Annual Luncheon Chairperson

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PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE SOCIETY: Back L-R: Bob Van Siclen, 1991-1993; Pete Foster, 1985-1986; Al Pate,
1982-1983; Gene Askew, 1974-1976; Bill Wheeler, 1986-1987, Howard Clarke, 1978-1979. Seated L-R: Anna
Collins, 1983-1984, Muriel Whitman, 1987-1988, Marjorie Foster, 1994-1995; Jane Huldtquist, 1993-1994. Missing
from photograph: Gaddis Wall, 1976-1977; Robert Roy, 1977-1978; Betty Frassrand, 1989-1991.


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Paul Douglas Gibbs
Richard A. Hern
Marco A. Hinds
Roland J. Johnson
Hugo Paul Kyle
John Louis Langill
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Samuel D. Phillips
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GMU's Melander to work
with Hungarian Government

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Dr. Gustavo Mellander, dean of
the Graduate School of Education at George Mason
University, has been invited by the Hungarian
government to return to study how Hungary can expand
their educational opportunities to a greater number of
This will be a follow-up to a study trip Mellander
made last summer when he consulted with government
officials in Budapest and traveled throughout Hungary.
His findings were translated into Hungarian and
distributed widely throughout the country.
"I look forward to returning and re-establishing
working relationships between George Mason and the
Hungarian government,": says Mellander. "It is always
exciting to be able to provide more higher educational
opportunities to populations heretofore not well served."
Mellander had previously served as a higher education
consultant to a variety of foreign countries, including
Panama, Argentina and Venezuela.
Currently, only 8 percent of Hungary's high school
graduates pursue university studies. According to
Mellander, this elitist system, though excellent in many
ways, does not meet the ever growing demands of the
populace for further education.
"The present post-communist government is also very
anxious to increase the number and variety of

opportunities for post-secondary education," he notes.
Prior to coming to George Mason in 1992, Mellander
served as dean of academic affairs at Inter American
University in Puerto Rico and later held a similar post at
York College of Pennsylvania.

George Mason University News Release
May 31, 1995

Ten Receive 1995 Honorary
Public Service Awards

Ten community-minded individuals were recognized
by the Panama Canal Commission Wednesday during
the 25th annual Panama Canal Honorary Public Service
Awards ceremony. Established in 1970, the Public Service
Award is accompanied by a bronze, silver or gold
medallion, depending on the reach and depth of the
recipient's contributions to the community of Canal
Bronze medallions were presented by James E.
Ferrara, director of the Office of Executive
Administration and Transition Coordination, to Maj.
Lonnie D. Adkins and Master Sgt. Rene Zapata Jr. for
sharing their search-and-rescue expertise with a number
of local organizations, including the Commission; George
M. Childers for his extensive support of theatrical
productions and national ballet; Charles R. Eckerle for

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his service to sports, educational and charitable
organizations; Lizca E. Fearon for her efforts to help the
less fortunate; and Adrienne C. Stallworth for church
leadership and voluntary,community service.
Deputy Commission Administrator R. P. Laverty
presented silver medals to recognize the contributions of:
Rogelio O. Boswell, who has dedicated many hours
of service to a Colon orphanage and has worked to
improve the overall quality of life for Colon residents;
Annie Jean Brandenburg, who has been involved
with women's programs, scouting, youth sports and
church activities; and
Lt. Col. Mark W. Fry, who has been active with the
Boy Scouts of America, religious organizations and a
group that promotes an interest in aviation among local
In recognition of his work to help students further
their education, Cecil J. Williams was presented the gold
medal by Commission Administrator Gilberto Guardia F.
Williams persuaded the Paraiso High School
administration to upgrade its curriculum, guided
youngsters in preparing for college and established
contacts with U.S. educational institutions to expand
opportunities for local students. It is estimated that more
than 100 scholarships were awarded because of his
persistent efforts.

The Panama Canal Spillway
May 5, 1995

The Battle of the Brush

By Robert Mizrachi

Mt. Hope cemetery, home of immigrants' spent flesh,
muscle and bone. Their sweat and tears watered the trail
of the railroad. Their blood fortified the will of early
canal workers. All that visibly remains is stone and
overgrowth lots of overgrowth. The Battle of the Brush
is formidable. Though Colon has people working on it all
the time, they are not enough to turn it into the
monument that it begs to be.
That lament aside, I'm pleased to say that someone has
realized the place could use some extra cleaning up. A
couple of months ago, Miriam Ng noticed the many
unkempt graves in Mt. Hope. Caring for grave-sites is
now her business.
"I thought people who are in the United States or in
Panama City would like a company in charge of keeping
(grave-sites) completely clean and trimmed," says Miriam,
Kind of eerie to think that a young lady might think of
such an occupation, but business is business. And in her
first month of offering the service, she has picked up 25
clients. For maintenance, call Panama 447-0282.
Though she admits the nature of the business left her
uneasy at first, she's comfortable with it now. The muscle
work is done by two assistants and Miriam takes care of
the management. In addition to her keeping the grass
neat, services include cleaning, painting, and even making
grave-markers and tombstones.

The Panama News
May 27 June 9, 1995

President Clinton designates
new deputy administrator

The President announced his intent to appoint
Joseph W. Cornelison of Virginia as Deputy
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission.
Cornelison is an accomplished attorney who has
served in a wide variety of managerial and advisory
positions at the senior levels of government during his 26-
year military career. From 1982-83, he was an assistant to
the General Counsel of the Army where he advised on
military personnel issues and contributed to studies
aimed at improving the acquisition process and
preventing contract fraud. Cornelison later served as the
senior lawyer for the U.S. Army South in Panama from
1985-89, where he managed the delivery of all legal
services including representation of the command on
treaty issues with Panama. In 1991, the Judge Advocate
General of the Army selected Cornelison to be his
Executive. For the two years preceding his recent
retirement, Cornelison was assigned to the Office of the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs,
where he was responsible for the relations between the
Department and Members of Congress.

New Deputy Administrator, Joseph W. Cornelison,
who was sworn in July 12 as deputy Panama Canal
Commission administrator, comes to the agency
following an impressive career with the U.S. Army.
Cornelison was born in Maryville, Missouri in 1947.
Upon graduation from the United States Military
Academy at West Point, New York, in 1969, he received
a bachelor degree in engineering and was commissioned
a second lieutenant in the Army. After assignments that
included a tour of duty in Vietnam, Cornelison earned a
J.D. from Georgetown University Law center in 1977,
and later earned a master's degree in public service from
Western Kentucky University.
He is married to Ella Carter Cornelison and they
have two sons and two grandsons.
As Deputy Administrator, Cornelison is the principal
assistant to the Administrator who is, by law, a
Panamanian citizen, making him the highest ranking
American official. His duties will involve exercising
general and active control over the Commission's offices,
business and operations, and general supervision over its
officials, agents, attorneys and employees.

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Exceptional Civilian Service

Raymond P. Laverty, who retired as deputy
administrator of the Panama Canal Commission this
month, receives the Department of the Army's
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service from
Commission Board Chairman, Joe E. Reeder, who was
acting in his capacity as under secretary of the U.S.
The award is the highest of its kind issued by the
Army and recognizes Laverty as a "model example" for
all citizens who have dedicated their lives to U.S.
government service.

Raymond P.Laverty and Commission Board Chairman
Joe R. Reeder.
The presentation was made during the July 12
meeting of the Commission Board of Directors. Other
keepsakes given to Laverty at the time included a
Panamanian flag presented by Panama Ambassador to
the United States Ricardo A. Arias and, from
Commission Secretary Michael Rhode, Jr., a U.S. flag
that had flown over the U.S. Capitol on July 4th.

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 28, 1995

Hughes Chosen for US

The White House has named former Democratic
Representative William Hughes, who used to head the
House Judiciary Committee, as President Clinton's
nominee for ambassador to Panama. The job has been
vacant for more than one year, since the Bush
administration's Dean Hinton left the isthmus. Clinton's
first nominee, Robert Pastor, was blocked by Senator
Jesse Helms (R-NC), who objected to Pastor's role in
negotiating the 1977 Panama Canal Treaties.
Hughes, 62, left Congress last year after 20 years
representing a New Jersey district. As head of the

Judiciary Committee he pushed for stronger laws and
international agreements to fight drug money laundering.
His nomination must be approved by Helms' Foreign
Relations Committee and the whole Senate before it
becomes effective.

The Panama News
June 10 23, 1995

Formerly the Worlds Largest
Self-propelled Floating Crane

It has been reported to this office that the world's
largest floating crane is being readied to replace the
crane Hercules of the Panama Canal Commission after a
major overhaul.
Its height of 374 feet is several feet short of the
maximum height of the Bridge of the Americas. Its crane
weight test is 425 tons, and some of its noted lifts include
the first atomic reactor on West Coast for San Onofre
Power Plant, 325 tons; prefabricated deckhouse set on
deck of USS Ticonderoga, 200 tons; Salvaged Los Angeles
tug, 260 tons; USS Squaw deep submergence test vessel,
300 tons; and Sealab 11 Underwater Exploration and
Habitation, 250 tons.
It carries three diesel engines, each 750 rpm, 1200
hp, fuel 210 gallons/hour at 100% load. Fuel tank
capacity 10,000 gallons. Main drums are 10 feet in
diameter, length of 13 feet. Total wire rope used is over
2.2 miles, and it has three main generators (air cooled)
each 1062 KVA, 850 volts, 50 cycle.
The crane was built in 1941 at Bremerhaven,
Germany at an estimated cost of 3V2 million dollars. It
served during World War II in the Baltic Sea,
German North seaports and in Denmark. The YD-
171 and sister crane were captured by the British in
May, 1945. One was captured by the Russians and
one was sunk at Hamburg. The British tried to bring
their crane across the English Channel, but it
capsized during a storm. The Russians moved their
crane overland to Danzig and hasn't been heard
from since. YD-171 was dismantled with parts being
trans-shipped to Long Beach and the pontoon was
delivered by US Navy personnel, starting August 14,
1946 and arriving at Long Beach Naval Shipyard on
November 18, 1946. Pontoon fenders were removed
to pass through the Panama Canal.
The crane erection was completed in January
1948 and after extensive tests, was placed in
operation December 31, 1948.

Colonizing space is the
subject of new book
by CHS graduate

The author of "Colonies in Space", a Book-of-the-
Month Club alternate selection, has just written another
book entitled "Toward Distant Suns". The author is Dr.
Thomas A. Heppenheimer, a Cristobal High School
graduate, class of 1964.
Described by his former CHS math teacher, Richard
Bock, as "extraordinary," Heppenheimer was the recipient

of many scholastic honors during his academic career. A
planetary scientist with a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering,
a former researcher at California Institute of Technology
and the author of some fifty technical papers published
in leading scientific journals, he writes persuasively about
the possibilities of colonizing space based on a realistic
plan and known facts. "Colonies in Space" gives earthling
readers a view of earthlike space station colonies and
discusses their construction and living conditions.
"Toward Distant Suns" outlines the work that must be
accomplished so that the possibility of colonizing "near"
space may be realized.
The Heppenheimer family was well known in the
area and the author's father, Henry Heppenheimer, was
president of the Coco Solo-France Field Civic Council in
1964. With the fatal injury in 1966 of his parents and twin
brother Alex in a traffic accident during home leave in
the States, Thomas no longer has family in Panama; but
loyal to this Isthmian past, he keeps in touch with old
friends here.

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October 21, 1995

New Highway to Take Toll

The new Panama-Colon highway should be a lot
more pleasant to drive than the present one, but will you
be able to afford it? According to the contract between
the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) and the Mexican
company PYCSA, SA. dated 29 December 1994, the
tariffs for the new highway will be as follows:
Motorcycles, cars, and pickups will pay $3.50 to travel
across the Isthmus. To go between Panama City and
Madden will cost $1.50, and between Colon and Madden
$2.00. Buses and minibuses will pay $7.00 to make the
journey across the Isthmus and unit trucks will pay
$10.50. Articulated trucks will pay the most at $12.00 for
a trans-Isthmian trip, $5.00 to get from Panama City to
madden and $7.00 to go between Colon and Madden.
Users of the Corredor Norte will also have to pay.
The base price is $1.50 for motorcycles, cars and pickups,
$4.00 for minibuses and buses, $7.00 for unit trucks and
$9.00 for articulated trucks.
Don't count on using the existing trans-Isthmian
highway to save money. Under the contract the
Panamanian government is not allowed to make
improvements to a level that creates competition for the
new highway.

The Panama News
May 13 26, 1995

Your Reporter Says ...


Martha Bradford had her daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stanford, and grandchildren Jill and
Lee from Coppell, TX, visiting her for a week. She also
had her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
Basham, from Baltimore, MD, visiting her at the same
time. This is the first time since 1970 most of her
children have been together. Unfortunately, her daughter
Patricia from North Carolina couldn't be with them.
Marty tells me they had a great time considering the
temperature was about 96. She agreed that it was
wonderful and that there is no other feeling like it.
Stella Nita and daughter Mary Ann drove to
Greensboro, NC, to visit daughter Helen and in time to
see son-in-law Tim Hotz, win the Senior Club
Championship at Forest Oaks Country Club, home of the
K-Mart Greater Greensboro Open on the P.GA. Tour.
They then drove to Long Beach where granddaughter
Kristen and husband Jim Quigley, Stella's niece Deb
from New Hampshire, and friends from Kentucky arrived
for a wonderful week with her before she and Mary Ann
returned to Dothan.
Charles and Emily (Riley) Newberry and Emily's
brother, Bill Riley, and his wife Lois enjoyed a seven-
day cruise on the Sovereign of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line in December 1994. Ports of call included the

Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Coo Cay. They
had a fabulous time and are now hooked on cruising. On
their trip home, Charles and Emily stopped in
Clearwater, FL, and enjoyed Marcia and Joe Cicero's
wonderful hospitality. The evening they arrived the
Ciceros were having a Christmas party and they were
delighted to see so many of their Canal Zone friends. A
areat time was had by all.

Bill Riley, wife Lois with Charles

and Emily (Reilly)

John "Bucky" and wife Jackie Gilbert arrived in
Dothan to spend a weekend with sister Millie Patton.
Sunday afternoon they visited with Linda and Mike
Basham, Millie's daughter and son-in-law in Enterprise.
While in town they stopped at the home of Gene and
Stella Buonviri, sister and brother-in-law of John Gilbert.
The Buonviris' daughters Denise and Natalia arrived in
Dothan to see their parents. They had been to Disney
World and were on their way home to Texas. After the
Reunion Millie's niece Sheila Bolke from Dallas, TX,
dropped in for a short visit. Millie's summer has been
quite busy and she has enjoyed every moment of it.
Babe (Flynn) Kessler, her twin sister Sis Flynn, and
Babe's grandson Tyler Shaffer drove to the Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando, FL, July 5th and were joined
on Friday by Babe's husband Bill and son Tim, daughter-
in-law Angie and granddaughter Kelsey. A grand time
was had by all and the Marriott World Center was
delightful. It was great to see and visit with Rita (Duran)
and Jim Hoffman and their son and daughter; Shirley
O'Connor, Bill Schmidt, Janet and Jake Baker, Mary
Ellen and Larry Horine, Rolo Winberg, Joe Garcia, Don
and Sharon DeStaffino and son, Paul and Lilia (Flores)
Rozmeski, Frank and Ellen Castles, Bill and Bob (Bozo)
Carlin, Bob and Nellie Engelke, John and Rolf Arndt,
Mitchie Hern, etc.

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Johnny Hern, Kris (Oates) Hern with sons Adam
Hern, 18 mos., and Darien Hern, 2 mos.
Other happy returnees from the Reunion were
Margaret and Jack Hern, Dick Hern, Jack and Fran
(Yost) Hern and Mitchie Hern. Everyone concurred that
the Reunion was the best ever. The hotel was fantastic,
the luncheons, dinners and ball were beautifully done.
Certainly all the people behind this year's Reunion are to
be complimented and praised for their efforts. It certainly
earned a well-done for every one of them.
Dick Hern returned to Valrico, FL, and to Ruth
(Chance) Hern and their new retirement home. Jack and
Fran (Yost) Hern returned to Dothan and visited with
Jack and Margaret Hern and Fran's Mom, Dot Yost.
Johnny and wife Kris (Oates) Hern and sons Adam and
Darien were visiting with Kris' parents, Elizabeth and
Ron Oates. Adam and Darien's paternal great-
grandparents are Margaret and Jack Hern and their
maternal great-grandmother is Dot Yost of Dothan.

Dolores W. Cleveland
(334) 793-4812


The Bruce Sanders Memorial Dinner will be held at
the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville, AR, on October 15, 1995.
The cost per person will be $10.00 and that will include
drink, dessert, and gratuity.
This reporter attended the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Marriott World Center and the reunion
coordinator and his crew are to be congratulated for the
effort put forward to make the reunion a very big
success. Kudos to all.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman are enjoying a two-
week visit with their daughter Mary Huffman Novak, who
flew in from Seattle, WA. Took Mary down to Fairfield
vacation resort in Arkansas for four days of fun while
visiting with Will Huffman and his family. Fun included
boating, swimming, etc. Master Sergeant Jim Huffman
called from Japan and stated that he will be seeing the
professional football exhibition game in Tokyo.
In mid-May, Dorothy Sanders had as her guests,
Edith (Lolly) Sanders Diaz and her husband Fred from
Cary, NC, and Sandy and Bruce Sanders from Allen,
TX. One of Dorothy's neighbors recently returned from
a visit with their son a lieutenant in the military in
Panama. Remembering the rough and rocky trips she had
made to the Volcan 30 years ago when the roads were
almost impassable, it was hard to imagine zipping up
there for a weekend of luxury. Nice to know that the
Hotel Panamonte is still there though it has had a face
Lynn (Dunning) Harp and daughter Samantha flew
to Florida for two weeks leaving Jess behind. They spent
a week in Tampa with her aunt Carol (Flenniken)
Schwenke, her husband Roger and son Matthew in their
new home. Her Mom and Dad (Betty Flenniken and Bill
Dunning) drove down from North Carolina for the
reunion, bringing with them the Hunts. Also attending
the reunion were her sister Cheryl and husband Mark
Lowery from Germany. They all went back to Tampa for
a family reunion. After their Florida trip, Bill, Betty,
Cheryl and Mark came to Rogers for three weeks.
During this time, Cheryl and Mark looked at land to buy
and found a few acres on Beaver Lake that they liked
and bought.
Polly and John Michaelis said that the hot weather
was keeping them from doing very much.
News from the Nails--William "Red" and Alice.
While "Red" was attending the reunion in Orlando, Alice
along with Betty McGilberry and Barbara Andrasek and
two busloads of friends enjoyed a trip to Tunica, MS, at
one of the casinos. Alice said she enjoyed the trip. Betty
says her trip to the casino was enjoyable, but she had no
Etta Faye Terrell also reports the hot weather has
her staying close to home.
Mike and Henrietta Horoda just returned from a
visit with daughter and family in Texas. Daughter and
family had just returned from six weeks in London,
England. Now the Horodas are going to McCormack
State Park at Spencer, IN, to attend a reunion with old
friends. After that, on to East Chicago, IN, for a class
reunion--1945 and 1946--of Roosevelt High School.
Maxine Reinhold goes in August to Pittsburgh, PA,
for a three-day conference of widows and widowers put

on by THEOS (Those Helping Each Other Spiritually).
Then its on to New Hampshire for a few days with her
son and his family.
Joan Corliss and her daughter Leslie journeyed to
Round Rock, TX, to attend the wedding of Helen Marie
Cavanaugh. Then it was on to San Antonio for
Addie Colclasure was home from Garden City, KS,
for the purpose of taking care of some personal business.
Later in August, Marion and her Mom will be going to
Colorado to visit friends.
Peggy and Norbert Keller have been sticking close to
home and Peggy keeps busy supervising work done in her
Fern Glass writes that she had two very fine trips
this year. In January with daughter Edna Knight and her
friend, Mike Rockwell, she went to Panama to visit with
her daughter Sylvia (Glass) and Mack Landrum of
Gatun. While there they drove to Costa Rica--San Jose,
Irazu Volcano and the Monteverde Rainforest
Reservation. Her next trip was to Washington State
through Kansas, Wyoming, Montana and Washington,
visiting several friends along the way including Electa
Deuermeyer formerly of Gamboa. Also, enjoyed seeing
Louisa and Jim Duffus and their family. While in
Vancouver, WA, with son Dan and Kathy Glass got to
attend graduation of grandson Luis Glass. Also,
granddaughter Laura Glass, RN, is studying for her
degree. Also visited with granddaughter Karen and David
Rothe and their great-grandchildren. Helped her mother,
Leona Harris, celebrate her 103rd birthday. On the way
home through Canada enjoyed Jasper and Banff National
Parks. The ski lift at Lake Louise gave a great view of
the mountains and surrounding country. Finished return
trip through Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. She was
glad to get home after a great two months.
This reporter drove down and back from the
reunion--2,665 miles and spent time with my son Paul
Rhoads and family in Shreveport, LA, and grandson
Michael Pedersen and his family. Was great to see how
much my great-grandchildren had grown in the past year.
If all goes well, I plan to attend next year. Will be taking
a trip back home early in August to help my stepmother
Edna Balcer celebrate her 87th birthday.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Minnie Burton's daughter Nancy Crooks
Koepplinger and her friend, Edna LaBrie of Tucson, AZ,
accompanied by Nancy's 14-year-old grandson Gabriel
Todd of Glendale, AZ, visited Mike and Minnie Burton,
Fayetteville, for two weeks. They were met at the Tulsa
Airport by Judi Crooks Daily, Judi's grandson
Christopher Daily, Francis Whitlock, and Minnie Burton.
Judi Daily cooked quite a few meals for the entire family
including three birthday celebrations. A trip to Branson,
MO, with an overnight stay, enabled the visitors to take
in several shows, and Gabriel was able to see an aunt

who works in Branson. Minnie's son, Robert Crooks, of
Mansfield, OH, met his eldest son Jeffrey, who is in the
Navy, in Florida and they drove to the Canal Zone
Reunion. Robert attended his 40th Balboa High School
Luke C. Palumbo also attended the Florida reunion.
He was the guest of Donald Humphrey for several days
at Malabar, FL, prior to the reunion and was honored at
a special gathering at the Humphreys' home. Later,
Palumbo drove to Hubbard, OH, to attend a family
Though retired for five years, Bob McGimsey III is
still busy professionally trying to establish a Register of
Professional Archaeologists. Mary McGimsey, recently
retired as photographer of the University of Arkansas
Museum, is now in business copying old photographs for
people. The McGimseys were in the Panama Canal from


Dagmar and Dan Merrick

En route to Minnesota the latter part of May, Carl
and Petie Maedl stopped in Raymore, MO, to visit Dan
and Dagmar Merrick at Foxwood Spring Living Center.
Dan had been pastor of the Margarita Union Church
from 1962 to 1970. Since his retirement from the parish
ministry in Peoria, IL, he has been editor of the new
Christian Church/Disciples of Christ "Chancel Hymnal",
which was published and distributed to churches in May.
The Merricks' five-year-old twin granddaughters, Hannah
and Katie, daughters of Karen, were visiting them. The
Maedls spent a few days in St. Peter, MN, and attended
the festivities connected with the 60th anniversary class at
Gustavus Adolphus College. While visiting family
members, including the youngest member, Andrew Todd,
four months old, in the Minneapolis area, they were also
able to visit two former Canal Zone couples, Jim and
Grace Pfau and Ted and Marion Franklin, who reside at
Covenant Manor in Golden Valley, MN. Franklin, who
had also been a pastor at the Margarita Union Church at
one time, is currently an in-residence chaplain at
Covenant Manor.

Joe and Gretta Vowell and
Arkansas Picnic.

At the N.W. Arkansas Picnic: L-R: Gerald and Bee
Williams, Gayle and Bobby Sommers, Paul and '. i
Dolly Skrable, Charlie Brown, Peter Butz, Marian &
and David Colclasure, Lynn and Jeff Harp, Lisa and -
Steve Graves and son.
_Dawsons and Morrisses whooping it up. L-R: Sharon,
Bryan, Carlton, Erin and Bliss.

At the N.W. Arkansas Picnic: Front row: Henrietta
Horoda, Petie Maedl, Etta Fay Terrell, Mildred
Higgins, Jerry Harp, Dorothy Sanders, Red Nail.
Second row: Maxine Reinhold, Lenor Butz, Alice
Nail, Betty Palumbo, Mary Condon. Back row: Carl
Maedl, Michael Horoda, Bud Balcer, Luke Palumbo,
Harry Butz, Willard Huffman, Kathleen Huffman,
Harold Harp.
Back in Arkansas, the Maedls were asked to present
a program on the Panama Canal for the residents of
Butterfield Trail Village. Carl gave a brief sketch of the
history of the area, showed slides, some of which were
taken the first year the Maedls were in Panama, 1938,
and displayed some of the mementos they had brought
back from their days in the Zone. This brought back
many memories.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


Californians were everywhere at the annual Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando. The general consensus was
that the Marriott World Center was a super vacation
spot. Finding a camp-out spot with a vantage point,
however, was at a premium. The Pagoda Bar proved to
be the best with the buffet line at the American Grill
Orlando was steaming; for California blessed with
"eternal" springtime weather, it was tough getting used to.
However, the huge indoor and outdoor pools and
temperature-controlled hotel helped.

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CLassmates and Las Cruces St. neighbors sharing a
laugh or two. Marilyn and Dick Geyer, Sherry Geyer,
Bob and Linda Morris, son Carlton and grandson
People watching: Irene Will always looking "chic" was
busy entertaining son and daughter from Panama.
Jolie Kilbey Seeley and daughter Laura Seeley Rydell
enjoyed the reunion together. Jolie continued her
vacation with a two-week jaunt to Paris. We'll be
expecting a full travel report from our minister of travel.
Tom Rice and Jack Clay drove to Orlando together
with a stopover in Dallas to visit chum Art "Capt" and
Edie Farrell. Art will be joining the Rices at the West
Coast Reunion in September. Marian Rice, still
recovering from second open-heart surgery, looked fit
and beautiful. The Rices flew back to Los Angeles, while
feisty Jack Clay continued his driving-adventure through
North Carolina and parts unknown.
It always looks like Joan Ridge-Cartotto de
Grummond is the life of the party. She's always
surrounded by people--friends and family--and sparkles
with that 100-watt smile. After the reunion Joan and
sister Margaret were off on a mini-vacation--would you
believe can't remember where; but I know she'll have a
great time.
Steve Cartotto (Joan's son) and friend Tina were
also in Orlando for Steve's 25th Balboa High School
Reunion. Steve is looking very distinguished with his
greying curly hair.
Fellow San Diegoans Boyd Bevington, Lloyd and
Margaret Spradlin, and Catsie Taylor Schafer and
daughter Sue Pitney joined the fun in Orlando. Court

and Kathleen Steiner Bennett, Eileen Petersen, Charles
Becktell, Mary Cryan Lade, and Leo Krziza were also
It was a treat watching Marilyn Bevington Gayer
dance with brother Boyd. Panamanian music is so much
fun to dance to.
Ivan Jenkins was "meeting and greeting" everyone.
Senor Ivan should have been mayor of somewhere.
Daughter Donna couldn't make the reunion this year, but
she was missed. As were the Taylors (Jack and Kathy),
the Quinns (Bill and Jean); the Mullers (George and
Winnie), and Richard Tatelman.
The Reporters Luncheon was fun. Pat Beall is always
outrageous but a delight. I enjoyed meeting Lois
DeLaMater Bates for the first time after enjoying her
reports for so many years.
Charlie Brown and Erma; Tom and Rita Hannigan;
Jimmy Doyle; Gail Dawson and girls; Dr. Glenn and
Kathryn Murphy and sons, and Kaye and Leonor Richey
looked healthy and happy.
Kudos to Bruce Quinn on his exceptional production.
It was like taking a step back in time hearing the songs
sung and remembering the glorious performances.
Received a note from Anne Magee Severy telling of
trip to Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey in August. She
says brother John Magee retired in June from the
Schools Division and has moved to Oceanside, CA.
Phyllis will retire in September and join him (after all the
unpacking is done).
Betty Boyd Vickers and Alberta Boyd Tuttobene
traveled to Panama, a pilgrimage of sheer nostalgia
arranged by Panama Discovery Tours of Oklahoma. It
consisted of some prearranged trips; a mini transit, a visit
to the historical ruins on both sides of the Isthmus, a
train trip, and a visit to the Botanical Gardens. They had
the use of a car and driver and visited their home in
Cocoli, Farfan Beach, the Admin Building and Balboa
Elementary School and Balboa High School. They wrote
"They expected the changes but also found volumes of
The Morrises have moved again...another redo to
enjoy working on. New address: 3005 Governor Dr,
University City, San Diego, CA 92122. Also grandparents
again--Victoria and Ken Hall announce the arrival of
Devon Anthony Hall on July 27, 1995--of course, he's
Remember the West Coast Reunion at the Bahai
Hotel, San Diego, CA, on September 22, 23 and 24th.
Dancing, golf, camaraderie, and lots of good friends. Join

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



In mid-June Marcia Jones called to chitchat. She and
husband Bob "Snowflake" had moved from Ft. Collins,
CO, to Grandbury, TX, to be near their son Dan and his
family. Marcia was urged to attend the Reunion but

stated they were already committed to make a trip on the
reunion dates. She wanted to sell a montuno outfit but
will have to do that at a later date.
There are many "look-alikes" or "twins" in this world,
as Grace Shadek, Ocala, found out at the Reunion. Many
people approached her to greet and talk with her
thinking she was this reporter or one of Andy Lim's
sisters. She was introduced to her "twin" at the Health
Bureau luncheon. Many will remember that Grace was a
nurse at Gorgas Hospital for 27 years.
They've done it again. Mike and Marion Greene,
Sarasota, attended their 31st consecutive reunion. Their
achievement was honored by an announcement to the
membership attending the annual meeting.
Irene Will spent the first three weeks in May visiting
daughter Lauray Griffin and Keith Kulig in Jacksonville,
FL. On May 4th, she attended the dedication of a gazebo
at the Hope and Health Organization in honor of her
nephew Chuck Hummer, by his parents Charlie and
Greta. Others in attendance at this event in Orlando
were Chuck's parents, his wife Sandy, Phyllis Hummer
and cousins, Shannon and Brian Griffin.
During her Jacksonville visit, Irene, Lauray and Keith
went to dinner with AdaMary (Anderson) Bright. Lauray
reports that AdaMary looks great and is as interesting as
ever. Wonder where and how is AdaMary's good friend,
Stella Riefkohl.

Lauray Will Griffin, Ada Mary (Anderson) Bright,
Irene Will.

Irene and Joyce (Pescod) Kulig lunched together
several times. They enjoyed many hours reminiscing and
catching up on current news. Joyce's big love is Bingo.
Keith reports that all her activities revolve around her
bingo games. She couldn't give up her bingo time to
attend the Reunion.
On the Fourth of July, Bob and Nikki Medinger,
Tarpon Springs, held a barbecue at their home for about
40 guests--friends and family. The honored guests were
their out-of-town relatives--Edith (Medinger) and Capt.
John Meeker, Spring Hill; Jean (Medinger) and Gary
McGuire and daughter Ann, Texas; Ann (Medinger) and
George Stillman and children, Greg, Alexandra, and
Jessalyn, Maryland; and last but not least, John Meeker
III, California.
Several of Bob's classmates were present at the
barbecue so they were priming up for their BHS Class of
75 20th Class reunion cruise to the Bahamas on June 29-
August 2nd. Everyone had a great time eating, drinking,
and having lots of fun. As it was very hot weather, Ron
Cortez was a really great treat and was especially enjoyed

by the cruise bound Bill and Susan Walker, Pat and
Cheryl (Allen) Williams, Bob and Nikki Medinger,
Terrell and Josie (Ferrel) Goudy, Sam and Kathy
(Goodridge) Scribner, and Sam and Ina Buchanan.
July saw Kathy (Scheibe) Gabriel, Houston, TX,
visiting with her mother Elma (Scheibe) Seiferlein of
New Port Richey. Her 10-day visit also included visiting
with her brother George Scheibe, Jr. and his family from
Brooksville. While here, Kathy and her mother spent
three days in Sand Key. She loved the beach and said it
was just like being in Santa Clara, Panama. George
enjoys living on his ranch with his wife, four children,
horses, cows, dogs, and his hobby of raising several kinds
of birds, especially macaws.
It took Paige and Kenny Morris, Jr's visit to
Clearwater from their home in Piano, TX, to get some of
his friends together for dinner. Keith Mead and Cindy
Maas came from Tallahassee to join the Morrises as well
as some friends who live in the Clearwater area. These
were Corby Fearon, John and Lisa Morris, Cori
(Morris) Wheeler, Chris and Valerie Holt, and Mike and
Shawn Coffey. The young Morris family spent much time
visiting Kenny's mother Diane, dad Kenny Sr. and sister
Betty Mead Robertson of St. Petersburg visited
Jeanne Goodman Hart in Stuart, FL, in May. Betty and
Jeanne telephoned Dr. Mary Graham in Texas and had
a chat with her since both had worked for Dr. Graham
in the Health Bureau. Steve Goodman visited his mother
on Mother's Day and Betty's son, Norman, who was on
a project in the Bahamas, managed to get home to Stuart
for a short visit. Betty enjoyed seeing her grandchildren,
Katherine and Jonathan, and attended Jonathan's track

Betty Snow
(813) 799-4769


Marion Greene entertained the Canal Zone Monday
Coffee group and their guests at her annual Post-C.Z.
Reunion Monday (coffee) Brunch.
Special guests included Nellree Berger of Signal
Mountain, TN, houseguest of Allen and Kay Miller; Judy
(McLain) Feintuch, visiting her mother Gladys McLain;
Robert Orr of Luling, TX, guest of his sister Mary Orr;
and Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon of Houston, TX,
houseguest of her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Rae
Ebdon. During the morning the group was entertained
with a songfest of favorite songs sung by Nellree Berger,
and accordion music by Stella (Boggs) DeMarr and Judy
Feintuch danced and played the rhythmic maracas, for all
to enjoy. A happy time was had by all.
Larry and Linda Layman of Chula Vista, CA,
accompanied by Jack Sanders, spent several days in
Sarasota. They spent an afternoon visiting with Mike and
Marion Greene, who called several to stop by for a short
visit. Linda is the daughter of the late Jack Clarke, and
she and her husband are planning to move to Sarasota at
a later date.
Mary Orr had a most enjoyable week's visit with her
brother, Bob Orr, of Luling, TX, who had come to enjoy

the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, and other
festivities. Earlier in the year, Bob, accompanied by his
son and daughter-in-law, had an interesting and
reminiscing tour of Panama, along with other Zonians in
the group.
Glady Conley attended her annual class reunion of
the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From
there she traveled to Camp Hill, PA visiting cousins June
and George Smith. Gladys is the current President of the
University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Sarasota and
attended a meeting of Alumni Relations and Regional
Directors of Southeast United States in Orlando, FL.
She was accompanied to Orlando by Frances Orvis,
who spent the weekend in Daytona Beach with her son
and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lotty Orvis.
Ruth (Egolf) Clement of Pensacola, FL, and her
daughter Mary (Clement) Vaughn of Texas, spent several
days with their cousin, Katherine Egolf of Pinellas Park,
FL. They spent an enjoyable/aftrnoon at the home of
Tommy Roth, who had invited mutual friends for an
informal get-together. They included Gatun neighbors,
Joe and Rae Ebdon; Fred/and Bev Ebdon; and Bob and
Dolores. Also, Gladys Co ley, Gladys Humphrey, CHS
classmate Mayno Walker, and others who were unable to
come. Before returning home, they planned to visit with
Wes and Virginia (Clement) Townsend in Ocala, FL.
Kay and Alien Miller enjoyed a visit with their son-
in-law and daughter, Don and Marjorie Schieve and
daughter Mindy, from Monument, CO. Before coming
to Sarasota, they made a trip to Branson, MO, to see the
many shows and sights of the city.
Mayno and George Walker were fortunate to have
their grandson and wife, Tom and Katie Peregoy, and two
friends from Richmond, VA, visit them for several days.
They had participated in a Tae Kwan Do seminar in
Orlando, FL. Tom earned a certificate as a certified
instructor and referee in the art.
His mother Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa, FL,
attended the ceremony and proudly shared in his
Later in the summer their son and daughter-in-law,
Fred and Kay Walker, of Corozal, R.P., came to select a
lot to build their future home for retirement in the
Florida area.
Several family get-togethers were held at the Walker
home in Sarasota and also at the home of their eldest
daughter, Mabelle "Mickey" Fitzgerald in New Smyrna
Beach, FL.
Additional visitors were Mayno's brother and sister-
in-law, Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL, and her
sisters Ramona "Tinsie" Barnes and Gladys B.
Humphrey, and George's sister, Blanche Hartman, of
It was nice to see the sisters and brothers, their
spouses and their homes and enjoy happy, congenial
The Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando was truly
great and it was great to see many former neighbors, co-
workers and friends.
You can't beat the great Panama Canal.
Congratulations to 1995 officers for a most successful,
interesting and enjoyable 1995 Reunion.
Gladys McLain enjoyed a summer visit from her
daughter Judy and son-in-law, Rabbi Ypssi Feintuch, and
family. They arrived from Curacao with their son Eran
and daughter Maayan early in July. Their other son, Zevi,

is attending camp in Georgia and will join the family here
before their departure August 13th for Curacao.
Glady's son, Douglas McLain, and family recently
moved from Germany to the NATO Headquarters in
Belgium. Douglas is a teacher with the DOD District
Tom and Barbara Peterson of Sarasota had their
daughter Elaine Little, husband Mike and grandchildren,
Tommy, Sidney, and Chimere, as guests for a few weeks
in June. During the visit, Chimere celebrated her 7th
birthday and a pool party was held in honor of the
occasion. Carol (Peterson) Heintz and her children,
Christine, Jason and Eric, and Diane (Peterson) Pearson
and husband Tim and their children, Kristle, Michelle
and Timmy, were also at the party so there was a small
family reunion. Kay and Allen Miller (she is Tom's first
cousin) and their daughter and family (Margie, Don and
Melinda) were there too in addition to Ed Frensley
(Chimere's godfather), Nate Atkinson and the Littles'
neighbor from Cardenas, Titi Diaz and her daughters
Kelsey and Samantha. A good time was had by all.
Also during early June, Christine Heintz was selected
as a participant in the Florida State Music Teachers
Association State Student Day held at Manatee
Community College. She played "Money Can't Buy
Everything" on the piano. The Peterson grandparents
were among the audience at this special event.

Gladys Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

Lynn (Budreau) Gritt was in Miami with her
husband Rick and their little girl Alessandra to visit
before leaving for England for a three-year tour. The Air
Force has transferred Rick to a base north of London.
Here's a photo of the family with Lynn's mom Pete
Budreau before leaving Florida. Pete lives in Panama
City, Florida.

Lynn (Budreau) Gritt, Pete Budreau, Rick Gritt, and
Alessandra Gritt before leaving for England.

Jim Parthenais, Director of Finance for the Family
Resource Center, was interviewing applicants for a
position a couple of months ago when he came across an
applicant from Panama. Carole (Brett) Hanson, BHS
1976, has lived in Miami since leaving Panama in 1979.
She lives here with her husband and two children.
Received a call from Mark Parker (another former
BHS student) who recently moved to South Florida.
Tracy Balant, former of Quarry Heights, now lives in Ft.
Lauderdale. We plan to get together soon with our newly
discovered amigos.
Janice Cookie Newlon

The 1995 Panama Canal Reunion has come and
gone, and a good time seemed to be had by all. I, for
one, enjoyed seeing lots of friends and some relatives. My
nephew Kenneth Gerhart, currently living in Alexandria,
VA, was there (one of his "rare" appearances at the
Reunions), so I managed to take a photograph of him
along with two of my grandchildren, Allie and Nick Snow.
Also, my niece Renee Rowley Friedel, who lives in
Orlando, brought her two children to the hotel so that I
could see her baby son, Matthew. It was the first time I
had ever seen him, and he looks just like a Gerber baby
in the advertisements. In fact, her daughter is also
beautiful, and I was glad to be able to see them, even
though it was for a short time.

Allie Snow, Kenneth Gerhart and Nick Snow at the
PCSOFL Reunion, July 1995.
The interesting "thing" that happened to my husband
and me while at the Reunion was that our "Cafe Duran"
that we always bring up from Panama was delayed in
Miami, so in order for us to get it up to the hotel in time
to sell at the Reunion, we had to drive all the way to
Miami to pick it up. That was approximately 3-1/2 hours
both ways, so we ended up having lunch in Orlando, and
dinner in Miami. Talk about life in the "fast lane", I felt
like we had lived it that day.
While at the Reunion, I saw Mariela (Meggers)
McNally (from Georgia) and Joe Garcia (from Florida),
and they were both wearing such interesting T-shirts that
I decided to take a photo of them. I'm sure the "men"
from the Pacific side of the isthmus will especially enjoy
the T-shirt that Joe Garcia had on. I also saw Al and
Mariette Graham at the PanCanal luncheon, and decided
to take their photo, since they are now "Georgia" people.
By the way, I want to congratulate everyone who was
involved with the Panama Canal "Musical" luncheon,
starting with Bruce Quinn, and his "cast" of performers,
the Luncheon Committee, the President Marje Foster,
and anyone who was even remotely involved with the

planning and presentation of the show. Each and
everyone of you were absolutely wonderful, and I can't
remember when I enjoyed myself more. My mother Sara
Rowley said the show was worth far more than we paid
to watch it, and my 9-year-old granddaughter, Allie, was
mesmerized. It was a great reunion, and I, my Mom, Sara
Rowley, and daughter, Lori (Stevenson) Snow, are all
looking forward to the next one.

Al and Mariette Graham at PC Luncheon, July '95.

L-R: Davis Stevenson, Louis Vogel, John Eberenz,
Camille Bassett. Marielle Meggers, Lester Smith,
Bill Arnold, Frances Enyart, Tere Aleman, Ray
Burda at Carole and Bill Arnold's home.

Shortly after returning to Georgia, my husband and
I, along with a group of "Zonies" were invited to Bill and
Carole Arnold's beautiful home for a get-together and
delicious dinner made by Carole Arnold. Bill's mother
Francis Enyart was visiting and I had a chance to talk
with her. Francis used to "try" and teach me Spanish at
the PC Training Center in Balboa, and she looked great.
In fact, she had not changed a bit since I last saw her in
the early 80s. She is now living in Chorrera, Panama,
after having lived for several years in California. Three
current "Zonies" were also there that evening, Louis
Vogel Jr., John Eberenz, and June (Scigliane) Lane. It
was great seeing all of them once again. Also there that
evening were: Tere Aleman; Bill and Mary (Scigliane)
Leach; Mary and Lou Scigliane; Rosemary Abad; Ray
Burda; Mike and Mariella (Meggers) McNally; Camille
Bassett; Lester Smith; Keith Gerhart; Vicki (Bartecchi)
Arnold; Bryan and Robin Barrett (son and daughter of
Carole Arnold); John Trionfo (friend of Robin Barrett;
and William E. Arnold III (son of Bill Arnold). Bill gave
everyone a tour of his new home, and the only way to
describe it is "awesomely beautiful".
Well, till next time.

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


The 1995 Reunion--my first in five years--seemed to
my daughter Katya and me to be a smashing success and
definitely housed in the biggest and best place ever, the
Orlando Marriott World Center. Everything about the
plush hotel and its amenities was excellent.
Congratulations to the PCSFL people who made it so
pleasantly successful. It was a grand, hau'oli (happy)
experience, seeing so many old friends and former
Zonians, especially Billy D from Panama and cousin
Arline (Schmidt) Winerman. Our reporters'
luncheon/meeting was informative and so well conducted
by Editor Pat Beall. The latin music at the two dances
was thrilling and the Polleras and Montunos were
magnificent. Also, the Elks Club's cheek-to-cheek party
was quite a genial squeeze.
A four-day visit with hospitable-host friends in Las
Vegas began our month-long trip, partly on UAL
Mileage +, which permitted not one stop other than
"destination Orlando". So glad Hank and Virginia (Ridge)
Dolim attended the Reunion (his first). Afterward they
visited her brother Jimmy in Boca Raton and took him
to the hospital, where his condition improved. He died
soon after their departure. Jim was a close friend and
neighbor of my brother, Billy D.
Our rent-a-car drive of (normally) 1-1/4 hours, from
Raleigh to Greenville, NC, was about five pilikia
(troublesome) hours, from following misdirections and
unclear signs, but led us to our Worsley relatives in
eastern Carolina, enhanced by southern hospitality and
victuals. Enjoyed exploring the historical old towns of
Beaufort, New Bern, "Little Washington", and also Bath,
where we visited the oldest Episcopal Church in the U.S.
Katya and I stayed with my Uncle Guilford Worsley in
Greenville, Aunt Juanita Williams in Farmville, and
Uncle Francis Worsley at Choconiquity Creek (creek? -
about a mile wide and known 200 years ago as Worsley
Creek), and shared fine family get-togethers. Enjoyed the
nice, old Dunes (private) Club at Morehead City beach
and swimming and boating at some of these aquatic
places. Katya fished for bass catching only a turtle,
which escaped.
Returning to Raleigh (in 1-1/4 hours) to pick up our
Mileage + travel, we visited Marjorie King, widow of
Bob, former Canal Zone and Hawaii residents. Marj
enjoys an interesting life with friends, travels and living
near her daughter and family. Marj served us a luscious
lunch in her attractive home.
In the San Francisco Bay area I visited Pat and Ed
Fortin in beautiful Hillsborough and Jean (Walsh) and
Willie Kaufman in Menlo Park (she was a Cristobal
"brat" and pal) (CHS'38?). Her father Mike Walsh was
Chief of Customs and Panama's renown cartoonist. Had
a long phone visit with Lucille (Cook) Nanney (in their
Phoenix retirement home).
Jean (Mitchell) Holland took Jean Kaufman and me
to lunch at the new Stars restaurant in Palo Alto where
we lingered over good food and talk. No chance to meet
Jean's nice new husband, John. They had a cruise on the
SS Radisson Diamond from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa
Rica, enjoying the Canal transit and viewing the isthmus.
Then on to Washington for a bay cruise. At lunch we
studied photos from Elaine Hooper, most of which were

taken at the Poconos reunion and included a picture of
Elaine's late sister, Betty (Bohan) Saltzman.
An unexpected pleasure was an invitation to lunch
for Jean Kaufman and me from Dorothy (Hinz) Davis
(BHS'39) of Menlo Park. Dorothy lived at Corozal from
birth to marriage in 1942 to her (now) late husband,
Homer Littlefield, Jr. Their three children were born at
Gorgas Hospital; two of them live nearby and one on an
Indian reservation in Arizona. Dorothy last visited
Panama in 1978.
I had a call from and later met a Hawaii man who
had just returned from a visit to Panama where he spent
several days with my brother Billy D on VFW and Elks
business--and appreciating the beauty/ies of Panama--
Norbert Enos.
Suggestions for Isle visitors: See the "Falls of Clyde",
the only remaining four-master full-rigged ship afloat in
the world (at Maritime Museum); Honolulu Zoo's new
African savanna, and the Zoo has the largest chimpanzee
exhibit in the world; the Merie Monarch annual hula
competition; the world's only wholphin, result of a
romantic liaison between an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin
and a false killer whale 10 years ago (at Sea Life Park);
and for music/dance/jazz shows, recommend the
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
Aloha nui,

Lois De La Mater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Capt. Dean Bruch and his wife Lucienne, of River
Ridge took two grandchildren, Daniel Rishton, 18, and
Chad Bruch, 11, on a 16-day tour of Europe in June,
visiting London, Brussels, Germany, Switzerland, Italy
and France. Three years ago they made a similar tour
with grandchildren, Sara Rishton and Jason Bruch.
While Daniel and Chad were impressed with the sights
along the way, the highlight of the tour for them (and
their grandfather) was the grand finale night seeing the
cancan girls perform in beautiful Paris.

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L-R: Capt: Dean Bruch, grandson Daniel Rishton,
wife Lucienne Bruch and grandson Chad Bruch,
taken in Brussels.

One of Dean's last maritime ventures was serving as
pilot aboard American Queen, the new Delta Queen
Steamboat Company's river steamer, on passage from
Morgan City, LA, to New Orleans via 68 miles across the
Gulf of Mexico. Later, Lucienne spent a two-day harbor
cruise on board with Dean who was assigned as pilot
again. They were honored by being the first to sleep in
the passenger quarters on one of the most beautiful boats
ever built. It is pure Victoriana, a floating palace of
antiques, brocade and curlicues modeled upon the J.M.
White, an 1878 paddlewheeler.
After 44 years of marriage, Dean and Lucienne
continue to be blessed with good health and plan to keep
living a full active life with their children, Dean, Carine,
and grandchildren.
It's summertime and that means Johnny Gough,
Marrero, is hosting the neighborhood kids as usual with
activities at his home and shop. Son Billy went back to
work as a machinist in May, following surgery and
lengthy rehabilitation. Son John in Tampa is coming for
a visit in August when grandson John, wife Bridgette, and
their two children, Justin, 6, and Andrew, 10 months, will
be visiting in Marrero. Right now John, Bridgette and the
boys are visiting with his mom, Diane, and her husband,
Jay French, in Fort Collins, CO. Jay is a retired CZ
police officer. After seeing all the family, John will be
headed for a year in Korea. Johnny recently restored a
1927 Atwater-Kent radio and an old electric Singer
sewing machine. He enjoys prowling the flea markets in
Algiers, Jefferson and the New Orleans French Market
for "treasure" to bring home and restore.
Marian and Gene Gregg, Slaughter, thought the
entertainment produced, directed and narrated by Bruce
Quinn for the reunion was the best ever. They were
accompanied there by grandchildren Molly Weien, 7;
Harry Brown, 10; and Hayle Brown, 11. They were met
at the reunion by daughter Laura, with her husband,
Juan Carlos Roa, and their children Ann Marie, 5, and
John, 3. The whole family is visiting this summer with the
Greggs in Slaughter. Daughter Gail and her husband,
Army Lt. Col. Bob Weien, and children Molly and Rayne,
14, are here after three years in England and will leave
shortly for a two or three-year assignment in Hawaii.
Daughter Laura and her family are up from Panama.
Daughter Lynn and her family live across the street from
the Greggs. Two other daughters, Nancy and Helen, live
in Baton Rouge. Nancy works offshore on an oil rig and
Helen is an RN at Earl K. Long Hospital. Son Gene is in
Italy with the National Guard for three weeks. Upon his
return he plans to trade in his teaching job for a go at
being a state police officer, provided he qualifies.
This reporter recently earned a certificate from the
National Wildlife Federation by attracting wildlife with
bird baths, bird houses and feeders, a bat house, a
hummingbird and butterfly garden, and other bushes and
trees for food and cover from the NWF. NWF
encourages the development of these sanctuaries as links
in a nationwide network of safe havens for our
diminishing native wildlife.
Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans has
announced a joint venture with a 70-physician group in
Panama City to create a state-of-the-art outpatient facility
in the Paitilla area, according to a recent Ochsner press
release. The Marbella/Oschner Medical Facility will
feature lab and radiology services, urgent care and a 23-

bed ambulatory surgery center. The facility is expected to
be fully operational by early 1996, followed by expansion
to primary care satellite clinics in Panama City suburbs.
David Warren, New Orleans, along with his friend
Linda, and parents Gretchen and Bill of New Port
Richey, drove up to Baton Rouge in David's new car to
visit and enjoy a seafood lunch with this reporter
recently. David and his son Bradley visited David's sister
Kathryn and her husband Jim Lewark in Menlo Park,
CA, the end of June, following Bradley's high-school
graduation. Lots of activities were arranged in California,
including a redwood trail hike, seeing the Agate Beach
tidal pools, Golden Gate Bridge, Point Reyes seals, a
classic car show, and lounging in Kathy's hot tub between
excursions. Upon leaving New Orleans, Bill will fly to
Washington State to see relatives and attend a school
reunion, then Bill and Gretchen plan a riverboat cruise
from Pittsburgh to St. Louis on the new American Queen,
the largest sternwheeler in the world. In March, David
managed a weekend with Kathy after attending a
conference in Oakland. Gretchen and Bill RVed to St.
Augustine in June for a few days and enjoyed the tram
Evelyn and Bob Wertz, Belle Chasse, returned
recently from visiting her relatives in Le Mans, France.
They routed themselves via Rome. After Rome, they had
their Europasses validated and railed to Florence. Then,
they picked up a rental car and drove to the Abano
Terme and Venice areas and finally to the Lake Como
region where they stayed in the small town of Cernobbio.
They were in Italy 13 days before railing to Lausanne,
Switzerland, and then to Paris. Then to Le Mans visiting
before returning to Paris before flying home. It was an
enjoyable 29 days stuffed with interesting experiences,
including a European heat wave. Bob says they're the
same everywhere, except at home they have air

Pat Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Penny Catron Lotterhos (BHS'62), Clinton, writes
that in May, she, along with her husband Joe and
daughter Karen, took a week's vacation to Vancouver,
Victoria and Washington. In Tacoma they had dinner and
spent the night with Carol Kapinos Smith (BHS'64) and
her husband Col. Robert Smith (BHS'62). While in
Vancouver they had lunch with Nancy Largent Wilson
(BHS'66) and her husband Larry. In July the Lotterhos
family was in Aiken, SC, to visit Penny's parents, Jim and
Eletheer Catron, and Verna Kapinos. Karen Lotterhos is
a student at Texas A&M, College Station, and works in
the office of Karen Nadeau Price (BHS'62). Penny is
looking forward to visiting with Karen and her husband
Orville Price in College Station soon. Son Ed Lotterhos
is a Navy ensign assigned to the USS Samuel R. Roberts,
Norfolk, VA.
Bessie and Frank Martin, Gulfport, have settled
down nicely in South Mississippi, where the deep South
humidity is such that you don't breathe the air outside,

you sip it. The Martins enjoyed the reunion in Orlando,
except the place was so large they missed seeing the ham
radio group. Now they're looking forward to the Gulf
Coast Picnic, Saturday, Oct. 7, at Davis Bayou
Campground, Ocean Springs. And maybe they'll even sail
up to the picnic bohio aboard Hoecake.

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Frank Martin aboard sailboat Hoecake,
Harbor, Mississippi.

Long Beach
Long Beach

Meanwhile, down on the farm Gerda and Owen
Smith, and grandson Kyle have returned from a fun trip
to Colorado with stops in Choudrant, LA, to visit the
Swanns, in Denton, TX; Amarillo, TX, then Walsenburg,
CO. The next nine days were spent visiting the Air Force
Academy, Pikes Peak, Ice Skating Hall of Fame, Olympic
Complex, Cripple Creek gold mine. On the way to
Durango where they rode the train to Silverton and back,
they stopped at Mesa Verde National Park. Kyle and a
friend went rafting down the wild Animas River and
played in the snow when they crossed the mountains.
They saw wild game, beautiful scenery, fossil beds, coal
mines and a volcano in New Mexico. The drive back
through the Kansas wheat fields was impressive, as was
the smell of feeder lots. They swung by Hot Springs, AR,
so Kyle could get another stamp in his National Parks
passport. Stopped in El Dorado, AR, and enjoyed lunch
with Diane and Charlie Mason. Kyle flew home to
Florida July 9 after a vacation he won't soon forget.
Gerda got things settled in at home then was off
again to Louisville, KY, for a three-day orientation
meeting with Weight Watchers.
Shirley Zemer Swenson, Picayune, has had a sad and
difficult year so far. In January she flew to Santa Clara,
CA, to take care of her mother Mary Zemer who needed
emergency eye surgery. She stayed seven weeks, until the
doctor was pleased with Mary's progress. At the end of
April she was called back because her father Emmett
Zemer had died at the age of 99. Shirley is home now,
reading and trying to stay out of the summer heat, except
to tend her small garden early in the a.m. She was
relieved to learn she was missed by the May flood while
still in California. Picayune made the front page of the
San Francisco Chronicle over that disaster.
Dennis Wood, Moss Point, had his favorite secretary,
wife Becky Jolly-Wood, drop us a note that Dennis is
pining away for the recipe for Chicken-in-a-Basket that
he grew up eating at the American Legion in Gatun. Can
anyone help him out? Dennis is the son of L.E. and Betty
Wood and was born on the Canal Zone.

Pat Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


It was a great Reunion; the Marriott was beautiful
but too big. It took three days just to find my room. I am
still hearing about people who were there that I never
saw. One of those people was Jean Dockery and I would
have given anything to have been able to see her. Jean
and Harry were very close friends with my Mom and
Dad, Bill and Jo Dunning, both of whom are now
deceased. I can remember visiting them in the early
forties when we first went to Panama.
Our Society luncheon meeting on May 11th was held
at the "new" Ryans Steak House. Twenty Zonians
attended. Unfortunately, Ruth and Louis Everson never
made it to the meeting as they were waiting for everyone
to show up at the Western Sizzlin where we have had our
meetings for the past several years a slight slip-up in
communications. Several "Gamboians" did make it
though. Also present at the luncheon were Dr. Chuck
Latimer and his wife Alice. Dr. Latimer was former Dean
of the Canal Zone College.

Former Gamboa residents, Back L-R: Jo Hatchett
Kent, Carmen Joudrey Howe, Charlie Howe, Jean
and Malcolm Stone. Front L-R: Bob Dunn, Ruth
Tillman, and Lloyd "Doc" Kent.
Norma and Sam Irvin missed the May meeting as
they were out "touring" the great American Southwest in
their camper. They had a wonderful trip with good
weather most of the way. They did return in time to host
a Memorial Day picnic at the "pondside" home of
Norma's mother, Mrs. Ruth Lewis. Unfortunately the
good weather didn't quite hold out for the entire picnic.
Standing in the rain under various assorted umbrellas,
plastic tablecloths and towels were Betty Dunning, Willy
Nowotny, Bill Dunning, Pat (Dunning) Hunt, Norma
Irvin, John Hunt Jr., "young" Sam Irvin and son.
Standing alone in the rain "old" Sam Irvin (well, how else
can I differentiate). Under the table are Pat Fraser,
Malcolm and Jean Stone, Wilma Nowotny and Norma's
Mom. "Young" Sam's wife, Jenny, and daughter are
somewhere under one of those towels. The only person
missing at this point of the festivities was Jack Hunt. He
was sitting in the rocker on the porch.
Just before leaving for the Reunion, I received a call
from Ty Erickson. He and his wife Nicki, whom many of
you will remember as a nurse in the ER at Gorgas, were
just getting settled into their retirement home in
Asheville. We welcome them as another addition to our
North Carolina group. I did see both Nicki and Ty at the
Health Bureau luncheon at the Reunion. I was also
delighted to see one of my former bosses at the
luncheon, Dr. Ernst Kredel, and his lovely wife Vilma,

who gave up the beauties of North Carolina for Mt.
Dora, FL.
Malcolm and Jean Stone had a short visit from their
daughter Lynn and friend Scott, who were returning from
a cross-country camping trip in July. Since they were out
cramming as much sightseeing as they could in two days,
I was unable to get Scott's last name. The Stones left
shortly after that for Virginia to attend the wedding of
their niece Emily, daughter of Lorna (Stone) Hopper,
CHS'53) and husband John.
On the way to the Reunion Pat and Jack Hunt spent
a few days in Ormond Beach with their daughter Terri
and all their grandchildren. The first day there, while
shopping for groceries Pat literally "ran into" an old and
dear Pedro Miguel friend, Dawn (Crowell) Parker.
Dawn's family was having a get-together the next day so
I was able to see all the family, except Rick. It was so
good to see Ila, Dawn's Mom, who was such a good
friend of my Mom. Talk about "young"; she looked
terrific. After the reunion all the "Dunning" clan got
together in Tampa at the home of Vicki (Dunning) Howe
(BHS'64) for a mini-reunion of their own. It was the first
time in many years that they were all together, well
almost all. Missing were Michael and Jennifer Watkins,
children of Terri Hunt and Shawn Ingle and daughter
Kelsey, son and granddaughter of Sandi (Dunning) Ingle
(BHS'60). It was definitely the first time since the four
Dunning children became grandparents. Vicki became a
grandmother at last with the birth of Kaitlyn Delaney to
her daughter Nanette last year.

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Dunning Reunion, Standing L-R: Cheryl Dunning
Lowery, Mark Lowery, Laurie Hunt Trinca, Pat and
Jack Hunt, Lynn Dunning Harp, Teresa Hunt
Rhodes, Bill Dunning, Lisa Hunt Johnson, Brandi
Howe holding Samantha Harp, and Nanette Runion.
Sitting, L-R: Justin Trinca, John Hunt Jr., in front,
Vicki Dunning Howe holding granddaughter Kaitlyn,
Sandra Dunning Ingle, Amy Woodell, Betty
Flenniken Dunning and Zachary Trinca.
Carmen and Charlie Howe spent a few weeks in Port
Orange, FL, in May and June, with daughter Alice
(Peanut) Bourier and family. They celebrated several
family birthdays and also attended the high school
graduation of Peanut's daughter. On the way to Florida
they spent a couple of days in Columbia, SC, with
daughter Marion. Charlie is recovering from surgery and
we hope at this writing that he is doing well.
Until our next issue.

Pat Hunt
(704) 696-3995


On May 6th, Barbara (Comber) (BHS'50) and
husband Lowell McDougal were the hosts at a sit-down
diner at their home in Monroe, WA, which overlooks the
beautiful Snohomish Valley. Guests included: Peggy
(Veney) (BHS'50) and husband Wally Hanes; Murray
Falk (BHS'52) and wife Candy; and Henry Cruz
(BHS'52) and wife Pat. As usual, much of the
conversation centered around school memories of the
old Canal Zone, and on the forthcoming Northwest
picnic. Barbara truly outdid herself with a fine meal and
the gathering of friends sharing memories was enjoyed by
all. Barbara's Chinese Pugs provided much

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L-R: Murray Falk, Barbara (Comber) McDougal and
Henry Cruz.

In the middle of May, this reporter travelled to
Milwaukee, WI, to attend son Michael's graduation from
the Medical College of Wisconsin. Had a fine time, and
even participated in a softball game to show the old boy
still had it (3 for 4 and a homerun). On the return,
stopped at Bellevue, NE, to visit with another old
baseball player classmate, the Reverend Fred Raybourne,
now an Episcopalian priest, wife Susan, and sons
Brendan and Loren. Susan prepared a delicious Panama
meal of arroz con polio, patacones and frijoles. Brendan
has been included in the 1995 High School Who's Who.
Guess you know father Fred is a proud Papa. Way to go,
Brendan, hope you make it to Notre Dame. Fred is fine
now, and over his stress-related problems. He is very
content with his new church and is exercising daily,
keeping himself in good shape.

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Mike Cruz, Barbara Cruz, Pat and Henry Cruz in
Milwaukee, WI. prior to Dr. Cruz's graduation.

The Raybourne family at a special Panamanian meal
prepared by Susan. L-R: Susan, the Rev. Fred and
sons Brendan and Loren.

Marti Lohr of Sequim, WA, wrote to say that the
usual Canal Zone Indy 500 group gathered over
Memorial Day weekend. Jim and Noralee Shobe did
their usual and won all the money. Attending were:
Kathy Snider, Bill Lohr, Jim Snider, Noralee Shobe, Bev
and Floyd Baker, Donna and Cecil Caudill, Lee Snider,
John and Garnett McLaughlin, Marty Lohr and Jim

L-R: Kathy Snider, Bill Lohr, Jim Snider, Noralee
Shobe, Bev and Floyd Baker, Donna and Cecil
Caudell, Lee Snider, John and Garnett McLaughlin
and Marty Lohr. (Jim Shobe on roof taking picture.
Submitted by Marty Lohr.)

Shirley (Zemer) Swenson (BHS'52) of Picayune, MS,
and now a retired schoolteacher, called to inquire on the
availability of a tape player. She got her hands on a Linda
Ronstad Cuban Latin music she thought I'd enjoy.
In the "it's a small world" category, on July 23rd
while visiting after church, I was introduced to a young
man "visiting from Panama". The young man was Joe
Fry, son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mark Fry stationed at
Albrook AFB, who was visiting with uncle Stephen Fry
and family, here in Edmonds, WA. He will be attending
BHS next year. Of course, they were all invited to the
Northwest reunion.
As I finish this report, the Linda Ronstad tape
arrives. It's great, and includes most of the Latin songs
we enjoyed at our high school dances.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947

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The Oklahoma chapter was well represented at the
Panama Canal Society of Florida Annual Reunion in July
1995. Among those were Zoriada "Toy" (Lugo) Barnard;
Aymee "Amy" (Lugo) Diaz; Ron and Alice (Lange)
Jacobs; and Jean, Doris, and Scott Burns.
John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler and their
children Kristin and Eric spent three weeks in Bavaria,
Germany during May 1995.
In August 1995, Esther (Butz) and Bill Clair will be
moving to Lawrenceville, GA, in the Atlanta area. Esther
was the first Oklahoma Chapter President, and organized
the charter chapter. They will be missed and we wish
them the best.
Our semiannual meeting was held at Lake Hefner in
Oklahoma City on May 6, 1995. The weather was not the
best, but we still had a good turnout with attendees:
Esther Clair with guest Adriane Freeman; Jean, Doris,
and Scott Burns; John, Madeleine, Kristin, and Eric
Raffler; Toy Barnard; Eli and Lydie Lugo; David Lugo;
Julia, Paulino, and Chris Allande; Carol Vidaurri;
Lillian Greniger; Amy, Tomas, Michelle, and Michael
Diaz, and George H. Scoggins. George Scoggins from
Ada, OK; Matthew and Carolyn Armistead from Moore,
OK; and Mimi (Booton) and James Coffee from Del
City, OK, became new members of the Chapter.
The next Oklahoma Chapter meeting will be held at
noon on Saturday, October 7, 1995, at LaFortune Park in
Tulsa. If you can make it, please bring a covered dish and
the Chapter will provide the rest.

Scott A. Burns
(918) 581-7471



We are saddened by the loss of friends and family
this summer as many are retiring and moving on. Bob
and Ann Best left us on June 22 to visit Ann's sons, Greg
and Dennis Cowles, in Austin, and Bob's daughter, Shelly
Best, in California before settling into their new home in
Washington State. But before Bob left us he landed a
hole-in-one at Horoko Golf Course's fifth hole. Jimmy
Young, Tom Ellis and Wendy Sasso were there to
celebrate Bob's first as they watched the shot take one
bounce into the hole.
Curundu Junior High School had a retirement
farewell for John Magee, Ruth Hern, and Donna Gillis
at Amador Officers' Club. Kathy Sears was the
conductor in this orchestra of events. Master of
Ceremonies was Karen Hague, Karen Timko organized
the decorations (including a bottle of wine at each table
to give away), Mickey Stern performed as the Mysterious
Karnak, and Louis Husted recited his own lighthearted
poetry honoring each retiree. Door prizes were donated
by Panama Beer. The 75 people in attendance also
celebrated the ending of the Junior High as we know it -

Curundu Junior High will become a middle school in
August. Retiree John Magee left us July 9th for San
Diego, California to attend the 95th birthday celebration
of his mother Susan Magee. John's wife, Phyllis Magee,
will be joining the Magee clan in California upon her
retirement on September 30th. Retirees Ruth and Dick
Hern left us on June 22nd for their new home in Florida.
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Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal Raymond
Laverty receives the Distinguished Service Award from
Administrator Gilberto Guardia. L-R: Raymond
Laverty, Gilberto Guardia, Raymond's daughter
Kathleen, and wife Marilyn.
After more than 36 years of service, Deputy Panama
Canal Commission Administrator Raymond Laverty has
retired. A despedida was given on July 7th in the
Rotunda of the Administration Building. Approximately
150 attended, from co-workers past and present, to
Commission officials and Panama Canal Administrator
Gilberto Guardia, who presented Ray with Master Key
to the Locks. Robert Rupp made the welcoming and
closing remarks as Master of Ceremonies. Ray was
presented with gifts by Panama Canal Commission
Bureau Directors. He received a Certificate of
Appreciation from Norbert Kraegel, Richard Wainio
gave him a Chiva painting made by Richard's wife. Ray
received a Retirement Certificate from George Mercier.
Rene Van Hoorde gave him a painted batea, a Certificate
of Appreciation and Panama Canal Fire Division Badge
framed. Numan Vasquez presented Ray with a plaque.
Captain George Hull gave him a Black Palm Cane. Ray
received photos from Mr. James Ferrara and Mrs. Willie
Friar. Sandy Hinkle and Jeanne Hinek presented Ray
with a glass etching of the locks, and a painting of the
entrance of the Administration Building. At an earlier
Senior Management Conference, Bureau Directors and
Administrator Guardia bestowed Ray with the
Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given to
a civilian. Ray and Marilyn Laverty will stay in Panama
for a while longer, as Ray has been asked to remain as
an advisor and consultant, after which they will make a
new home in Florida.
Balboa High School Class of 1995 received their
diplomas on June 15. Some members of the BHS Class
of 1995 include: Buddy Bottin, Walter Bottin, Elliot
Carlson, Olin Crouch, Ian Dillon, Jason Domenich, Jay
Engleke, Jill Hauser, William Huff, Bonnie Kemp,
Caroline Kirkland, Christopher Krapfl, Alexander
Livingston III, Janelle McGuinness, Samuel
McGuinness, Paula Monaghan, Richard Nolan, Danny
Norman, J.P. Pederson, Prax Rivera, Luke Robertson,
Mark Roscoe, Carlos Royo, Matthew Sweeney, Wayne
Watkins, and Katherine Wilder.

Members of BHS Class of 1995: Top Row, L-R: Carlos
Royo, Wayne Huff, Sam McGuiness, Luke
Robertson, Jason Domenich, Buddy Bottin, J.P.
Pederson, Prax Rivera, William Huff, Matt Sweeney,
Walter Bottin, Mark Roscoe, Juan Martinez, Elliot
Carlson, Richard Nolan, Danny Norman, and alone
up front lan Dillon.
Louise Hunt made her fifth consecutive trip to
Panama since 1991 to see her grandchildren graduating
from Balboa High School. Wayne Watkins, son of
Norman and Janet (Hunt) Watkins, is the last of her
grandchildren to graduate at BHS. Spending time with
her family, Louise enjoyed Panama's beautiful beaches
with her daughter Jackie (Hunt) and Ted Arias. Louise
also had the opportunity to visit with Mary and Val
Lynch, of Tallahassee, who had arrived in Panama to visit
their son Dillon Lynch, and Debbie and Alex Livingston.
Louise's son Joe and wife Darleen Hunt arrived in
Panama to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, on
their first visit back since they left Panama in 1993. Joe
and Darleen arrived with daughter Kelly in time to
attend Wayne's graduation ceremony.

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Our apologies for losing the caption for this photo in
our last issue. Winners of the female category, High
Anxiety. L-R: Devon Sprague, Michelle Womble,
Lucia Lincoln and Nayda Nieves. The 1995 Annual
Cayuco Race.

Bill Huff with his 1967 GTX and his latest batch of
Also visiting Panama were Phil and Betty Gabriel of
Pensacola. During their stay they attended the graduation
of their grandson William Huff, son of Bill and Jane
(Gabriel) Huff. Phil and Betty also arrived in time to
attend the christening of their first great-grandchild
Emma Rhiane Huff, daughter of Brandy Huff. Phil, a
retired Canal Pilot, made time for a Canal transit during
their short, two-week stay in Panama. It was the Gabriels'
first visit back since 1988. Bill Huff has been recognized
for his outstanding success in APOM Quarter Mile
Dragracing. Since the start of this year's National
Champion races, held at Albrook Field, Bill has
dominated the 8-cyclinder Super Stock Plymouth GTX
once a month until the end of the race season in
September. Stay tuned to the next report for more details
and final race results.

Eva V. Anderson


Twenty-two members and guests enjoyed the June
"potluck" luncheon at the Senior Citizens Clubhouse in
Aiken. Those attending were Grace and BJ. Hartley,
Kathleen Burkett and daughter Shirley, LeJune Lard and
mother-in-law Virginia Smart, Evelyn and Howard
Hilborn, Lorna Shore, Olga Holmes, Josey Tilley, Peggy
Hutchison, Annette and Mark Schwindt, Trae and Toni
Hattaway, Eletheer and James Catron, Blanche Browne,
Trudi Clontz, Sis and Bill York.
The latter part of June, Leona and Paul Badonsky's
son, Leo, traveled to Panama to join his wife Gabriela
and two daughters who had been visiting her family and
friends for several weeks. They all returned the first part
of July.
Billy Catron came up from Florida to see his
parents, and while here chauffeured them to Louisa, VA,
to help Eletheer's sister celebrate her 90th birthday. The
Catron's grandson, Ed Lotterhos, drove from Norfolk
where he is stationed to join in the festivities.
In mid-June Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz made
a trip they thoroughly enjoyed flying to Vancouver, B.C.
and from there touring western Canada by motorcoach -
Victoria, Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff and many interesting
spots in between including the Columbia Icefields. They

spotted brown bear, elk, mountain sheep, black squirrels
and a coyote. Had the trip been longer, they might have
returned with an accent, as their traveling companions
were English, Scottish, Welsh, and Australian.
Steve LeBlanc, Lorna Shore's grandson, graduated
from Aiken Tech on May 26th, and will be working for
the Aiken Country Sheriffs Department. His mother,
Diane LeBlanc, came up from Florida for the graduation.
Lorna's daughter and grandson, Sandra and Adam Davis,
are spending part of the summer in Aiken. Sandra
attended the Florida reunion with her sisters, Charlene
Shore and Diane LeBlanc.
Also attending the reunion were Grace and B.J.
Hartley of Columbia. Grace reports they really enjoyed
their time in Orlando and that the accommodations were

Trudi Clontz



On April 27, 1995, Marion (Orr) and Fred Wells
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special
dinner party at the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, TX. The
dinner was hosted by their family and as a surprise
included friends and neighbors. Sons, Dr. Fred Wells, of
Western Australia, Dr. Alan Wells and wife Kathy Jane
(Melanson) of Atlanta, GA, and daughter Mary (Wells)
Fealey of Oak Harbor, WA, were able to spend time with
their parents and help in the celebration. An additional
surprise was the unexpected visit of Polly Wells, sister-
in-law of Fred Wells, from New Jersey. Other out-of-
town guests included Mary Orr of Sarasota, FL, Bob Orr
of Luling, TX, Rita Orr and Joseph and Sonia Orr of
San Antonio, TX, Darla and Leo Lyons of Luling, TX,
and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Graham of New Braunfels, TX.

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Fred Wells family, L-R: Fred Wells Sr., Marion Wells,
Mary (Wells) Fealey, Dr. Fred Wells, Dr. Alan Wells.
Anna (Patchett) Calvit had a visit from her sister
Irma and hubby Andy Kruzich of Kirkland, WA. The
Kruzichs had been to Dothan, AL, to visit Irma's sister
Frances O'Sullivan. From Kerrville they went to Austin,
TX, to visit Ann and Joe Dolan and then to Las Vegas to
visit friends before returning home.

Ed, Barbara, Eddie and Cheryl Stanford of Panama,
R.P., visited the H. G. Rhyne Srs. in Kerrville. Ed's
brother Larry Stanford, his wife Nancy (Basham), their
daughter Jill and son Lee of Coppell, TX, came for the
weekend to be with the family. They all spent a day at
the theme park Fiesta Texas and had a wonderful time.
Ed and Barbara and family left for Miami and their
cruise to the Bahamas. They were met in Miami by
Barbara's brother H. G. Rhyne Jr., wife Sonia and Erick
and Taffy. The four cousins had fun being together and
they all had a wonderful time. The cruise was an
unforgettable experience and Barbara recommends it
Kathi Lessiack has just returned from a two-week
visit to Missouri and Illinois. She visited her son John,
wife Dawn and great-grandchildren Lauren and Danny in
Missouri and then went to Illinois to visit her
granddaughter Jenny (Jenny is the daughter of the late
Lorin Lessiack) and meet her twin great-grandsons
Adam and Zachary, 7-1/2 months old and their sister
Melanie, 2-1/2 years old.
Jo-Ann Fields of Panama, R.P., is visiting her mother
Annette Fields. Annette has fully recovered from her
surgery and is enjoying Jo-Ann's visit.
Bob Byrd had to go back to the hospital in San
Antonio for more surgery.
The Canal Zone branch of the Hopkins clan
gathered in Missouri City, TX, on April 22nd for the
marriage of Lisa Lawler to Richard Hane of Houston,
TX. It brought together six members of the fourth Canal
Zone generation of the family. There was Lisa, Layne
(Taylor) Hester, and brother John J. Lawler, Jr. The first
cousins from Arizona and Texas were Mary, Victoria and
David Hopkins. It was the first time in fifteen years that
all six of them were under the same roof. Uncle Reed
Hopkins came up from Panama to give the bride away,
standing for Lisa's late father John "Joe" Lawler. Lisa's
mother Barbara (Hopkins) Lawler, brother Reed and the
six "kids" were under the watchful eye of grandmother
June Hopkins. Other former Canal Zone cousins
attending were Don and Sandy (Shirley) Nungester of
Spring, TX, and Royce and Sue Lewis from Las Cruces,
NM. In all it was reported that the affair was a real


Sitting on Floor, L-R: Sara Stone, Rachel Stone, Mary
Ann (Pidgie Byrd) Stone, Chris Stone. Sitting on
couch, L-R: Lois Byrd, W. R. (Bob) Byrd, Carolyn
(Byrd) Hirsch, Leonard Hirsch. Standing, L-R: Mark
Hirsch, Dana Hirsch, Donald Byrd, Patrick Hirsch.
Kneeling: Leah Hirsch.

Joe (JJ.) Reynolds
wrote to tell me about his
job since retiring from the
U.S. Air Force. He is
managing a 2,200-acre ranch
near Sabinal, TX. Only
archers are permitted to
hunt on the ranch. They
hunt wild boar, turkey and
deer. "They don't hunt rattle
snakes--because they hunt
us!", he said. As a little boy,
growing up in Pedro Miguel,
he learned to shoot bows
Joe (J.J.) Reynolds and arrows during the
BHS'59; CZJC'61 summer kids programs. He
says that he has reverted to
his childhood at age 54. He graduated from BHS in 1959
and CZJC in 1961. Joe's father Ed Reynolds retired as a
Lockmaster in 1977 and his mother Evelyn retired from
the Payroll Branch in 1977 also. Both of his parents are
now deceased. He misses the Canal Zone people. We all
agree that it was a different world with a special type of
people and Joe says that he has not been able to find
that type of people anywhere else. He spent 26-1/2 years
in the Air Force, the first 21-1/2 years overseas and eight
years pursuing what many may consider "Kids Dreams".
He writes for Bowhunter magazine and is President of
"Fin-N-Fur Bowhunting and Bowfishing, A Texas Limited
Corporation". He says he is always available to talk to a
Zonian or to take them on a hunting or fishing trip. Here
is a chance to do some exotic hunting and fishing. Just
get in touch with Joe Reynolds and memories of all of
Henry Leisey's coaching will come flooding back.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Joe and Ella (Carter) Cornelison, formerly of
Alexandria, VA, are pictured here with their family prior
to their departure July 2, 1995, to Panama where Joe
assumed the position of Deputy Administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission.

L-R: Bob and Jantina Cornelison (brother & sister-
in-law); Mary Alice and Dan Cornelison (mother and
father) Joe and Ella (Carter) Cornelison; grandsons
Joshua Eugene and James Joseph Burch, Richard
Cornelison (brother); Eugene M. Burch Jr. (son) and
Maria and James A. Burch (son and daughter-in-

Til McConaghey with her granddaughter Courtney
Moore and her daughter Kathleen (McConaghy)

Bill Campbell and Charlie Carlton have recently
retired from the Army. Ed English works for the Virginia
Beach/Norfolk area YMCA. Charlie works for Spring as
a comptroller, and Bill works with Rytheon on a project
in South Korea. Andy (Nash) English works as a speech
therapist in Norfolk; Suzy Carlton is a management
analyst at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and will be
attending the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, this
year. Kathleen Campbell is the Chief, Resource
Management, at the American Forces Korea Network in
Yongsan, Seoul, Korea.


L-R: Ed English, Andy (Nash) English, Charlie
Carlton, Suzy (Hele) Carlton, Kathleen
(McConaghy) Campbell, and Bill Campbell at Suzy
and Charlie's home in Alexandria, Virginia.


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Kathleen (McConaghy) Campbell with grandson
Sam, 3 years old.

Barbara Bonanno
(703) 922-5746




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Stephanie Anne Corin,
daughter of Ted and
Georgia Corin of Austin,
TX, graduated magna cum
laude from Macomb
Community College in
Center Line, MI, May 12,
1995, where she was an art
Following graduation,
Stephanie will return to
Austin, TX.

Wayne Watkins

Wayne W. Watkins, son
of Janet (Hunt) and
Norman Watkins, of Los
Rios, Panama, graduated
from Balboa High School
on June 15, 1995. Wayne
plans to attend Panama
Canal College for one year
and then continue his
education in Orlando, FL.



Pete and Marje Foster are proud to announce that
their daughter, June Boeckel, class of BHS'70, was
presented with NASA's Johnson Space Center's
certificate of Commendation, the Center's highest
honorary award. This award was presented at an award
ceremony attended by June's family, friends and
coworkers on August 9, 1995, at the Lyndon B. Johnson
Space Center.

Coney Huhn and Mary Jean Brady met for the
first time, after not seeing each other for 32 years,
at the 1994 Panama Canal Society of Florida
At the 1995 Reunion, they formally announced
their engagement. The date of their union has not
been decided due to the fact that Coney lives in
Phoenix, Arizona and MaryJean lives in Columbia,
South Carolina.
At the present time they are racking up the
'frequent flier' miles until the date of their wedding
is announced.


Maria Olga Phillips, wife of Richard Phillips,
graduated with honors from the University of Florida on
May 6, 1995. Olga graduated with the degree of Bachelor
of Science in Business Administration.


Michael Cruz, M.D., graduated from the Medical
College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. Dr. Cruz had
previously earned a Masters degree in Exercise
Physiology from Colorado State University.

Maria Olga and Richard Phillips


Kim Christensen, daughter of David and Marge
(Watson) Christensen of Tucson, Arizona, and
granddaughter of Joe and Audry Watson of Sarasota,
Florida, graduated with Honors from Harvard University
Law School on June 8, 1995, with a Juris Doctor degree.
She had received her undergraduate degree in Russian
and Soviet Studies from the University of Arizona in
Tucson in 1992.

Kim Christensen graduates from Harvard Law
As part of her graduate work, Kim spent six months
in Kazakhstan learning the Kazakh language.
Kim is presently employed by the firm of Latham &
Watkins in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Michael Cruz receives his degree in Medicine
from the Medical College of Wisconsin at
Milwaukee, WI.
He will remain in the Milwaukee area, where he has
already started his internship program, and plans to
specialize in Otolaryngology, and head and neck surgery.
He is married to the former Barbara Burns, of
Spokane, Washington who has a degree in Marketing
from Eastern Washington University.
Dr. Cruz is the son of Henry and Pat Cruz of
Edmonds, Wa.


Melissa M. Bowman,
daughter of John and Melva
Bowman, graduated Magna
Cum Laude from North
Carolina State University,
Raleigh, N.C. on May 13,
Melissa majored in
Political Science with a
minor in Spanish and
International Studies.
I Following graduation
she plans to pursue a
Melissa M. Bowman master's degree in the same


Allison Huff, daughter
of Bill and Jane (Gabriel)
Huff, has been recognized
for her high academic
i achievements at the
University of West Florida
in Pensacola, FL. Allison
has been nominated for the
All Collegiate Scholar
Award, and for a second
time, the National Dean's
List. She plans to graduate
from UWF in December
1995 with a Bachelor's
Degree in Psychology, then
continue her education
Allison Huff toward a Master's Degree.

William Huff, son of Bill
and Jane Huff of Los Rios,
Panama and formerly from
the Atlantic side, graduated
from Balboa High School
on June 15, 1995, during a
beautiful ceremony held on
the front lawn of the high
school. William plans to
attend Panama Canal
College for a year before
William Huff continuing his education


Kenneth and Jo Frances (McDonnell) Stow were
awarded honorary doctoral degrees at Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey during their May 7 degree
conferral ceremony. Jo received a Doctor of Humanities
and Kenneth a Doctor of Law.

Jo Frances (McDonnell) Stow receiving her
Jo Frances worked on the Atlantic side for the
Division of Preventive Medicine. She left the Zone
following the death of her husband, Bernard J.
McDonnell, a police officer. She graduated from

Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing and earned
undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Health
from the University of North Carolina. She worked in
Public Health Administrative positions before joining the
faculty of Stockton College. She rose to the rank of
Associate Professor, retiring as Professor Emeritus,
Public Health. She has been a long-time member of the
Stockton Foundation and Scholarship Committee. She
was a founding member of Southshore HMO, which
evolved into Southshore Foundation. She has served that
organization in a variety of positions.

Col. Kenneth Stow receiving his degree.
Kenneth has had a long and distinguished career in
the Air Force, retiring as a colonel. He volunteered for
service in World War II, flew the Berlin Airlift, served
in the Pacific theater, volunteered for duty in Viet Nam,
and served ten years at the Pentagon, working for the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was awarded two Legions of
Merit and a variety of other medals. He assumed duties
at Stockton in the administrative offices. Following his
retirement, he served as a consultant on several major
construction projects at the college.
The Stows reside in Brigantine, NJ.


Allen Mott (CHS'81) earned his 1st Don Black Belt
in the art of Yaqai Goshin Jitsu on December 17, 1994.
This is an accomplishment that has taken five years and
many grueling workouts to obtain.

Allen Mott (CHS'81)


Betty Kay Frassrand of Dade City, Florida received
her B.A. Degree in Business Administration at St. Leo's
College at their May 6, 1995 Commencement Ceremony.

The endowed professorship has been designed to
honor and carry the name of one of Arkansas' most loved
and honored family physicians, Ben Saltzman, M.D., who
exemplifies the best in rural family medicine. Dr.
Saltzman practiced as a family physician in Mountain
Home for 28 years. He was also chairman of the UAMS
Department of Family and Community Medicine and
served as the director of the Arkansas Department of
Health until 1987.
The goal of this professorship is to encourage future
generations of medical students and family medicine to
enter rural family medicine through a $500,000 endowed
(Note: Dr. Saltzman interned at Gorgas Hospital,
spending the war years in the Canal. He was married to
the late Betty Bohan Saltzman, and is a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.)


David Vosburgh (BHS'69), son of C.R. and Inez
Vosburgh, was awarded a national television sports
Emmy Award for Technical Achievement in the ESPN
Speedworld show.

Betty Kay Frassrand
Saint Leo College Commencement Ceremony
May 6, 1995
She had received her Associate Degree in 1980, was
included in Who's Who and Why of Successful Florida
Women Premier, 1985 edition, and was also included in
Who's Who of Florida, 1988 edition.
Betty is the daughter of Warren E. and the late Betty
M. LeDoux of DeLand, Florida. She was a former
president of the Panama Canal Society of Florida during


The Department of Family
and Community Medicine
seeks to improve rural
medical care by establishing
an endowed professorship
that will bring a well-known
rural family
physician/educator to the
University of Arkansas
Ben Saltzman Medical Science faculty.
This faculty person will
develop rural medical training experiences for resident
physicians, encourage them to seek a career in the
practice of rural family medicine and develop outreach


David Vosburgh, (BHS'69), winner of
EMMY Award with his trophy.

the National

David, of Satellite Beach, FL, has been up for a
national Emmy Award more than six times. That was
during his days as an actor on such programs as "Maude,"
"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and "Three's Company"
-- and then again during his stint as a cameraman for
sports events and even as a segment producer for TBS.
He even appeared in Carnegie Hall when he was a
teenager performing with "Up With People."
When he developed more of an interest behind the
scenes, he wound up with Wescam U.S.A. as production
coordinator. David developed and now coordinates the
helicopter coverage of NASCAR and INDY racing on
the television networks. The photo was taken at his home
in Satellite Beach.

Congress of the Mniteb states
Waobington, IBC 20515
Wednesday, May 24, 1995

Gingrich & Dole name Members

WASHINGTON House Speaker Newt Gingrich and
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole today named 13
distinguished Americans to serve on the national
Commission on Economic Growth & Tax Reform,
chaired by Jack Kemp. The commission was established
April 3rd by Gingrich and Dole to examine overhauling
the tax system to make it flatter, fairer, and simpler. The
panel is expected to make its recommendations to
Gingrich & Dole later this year.
Named to the Commission, among others, was:

Loretta Adams Founder and President, San Diego-
based Market Development, Inc.
(Loretta Adams grew up in Colon and
started in Cristobal Nursery School under
member Catsy Taylor Schafer. Graduated
from CHS in 1958. Husband Henry Adams
graduated from BHS'58. Parents were
Gunther and Yolande (Salas) Hirschfeld.)
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Monica Jean Livingston and Dan Parkhurst

Bob and Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey and
Michael A. Livingston announce the engagement of their
daughter Monica Jean Livingston (BHS'86) to Dan H.
Parkhurst, son of Patricia Parkhurst of St. Paul, MN,
and Arthur Parkhurst of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Monica is
a first-year nursing student at Tallahassee Community
College and Dan is a program manager for an electronics
manufacturing company in Tallahassee. Their wedding is
planned for June 15, 1996, in Tallahassee.


Dr. Patrick E. Fallon graduated from the
Osteopathic College of Medicine and Surgery in Des
Moines, Iowa, on June 2, 1995.
Pat was born and reared in the Canal Zone
graduating from Balboa High School in 1968. He began
his career as a Marine Electrician with the Dredging
Division. During the intervening years, Pat attended and
graduated from Texas A&M Maritime Academy. He is
licensed to operate vessels up to 100,000 tons. He is also
qualified and certified to teach and pilot twin-engine

L-R: Cheryl, "friend-girl", Dr. Pat, and sister, Kim
Fallon Rider.

Dr. Pat begins his residency training with the State
of Texas Hospital Systems in Austin, TX.
The family is very proud of Pat but "they do wish
he'd get a steady job."


Marjorie Fuller Le Brun doesn't have a magic
formula for living a long life. It amazed even her when
she observed her 102nd birthday recently.
Mrs. Le Brun's family celebrated her birthday May
20 at the Captain Quarters in Desert Shores, Nevada.
Wishing her well on the second year past the century
mark were most of her family, including her 16
grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-
Mrs. Le Brun also has four children: Rusty Quinn,
Oxnard, CA; Bill Le Brun, Wimberley, TX; Charles Le
Brun, Riverside, CA; and Barbara Chadwick, Las Vegas.
She is in excellent health and still displays an
indomitable sense of independence, a characteristic she
possessed long before it was acceptable for women to
express their inner strength. Mrs. Le Brun was born in
Detroit, MI, and married Arthur Le Brun in August
1913. They and their children moved to Balboa, Canal
Zone, in 1925. She remained in Balboa after her
husband's death in 1938, and worked in the post office
until retirement in 1953.


Fred and Marie Dube celebrated their 60th
anniversary Sunday, May 7, 1995. Their children hosted
a champagne brunch at the Clearwater Country Club.
Thirty-five family members and friends attended. Out-
of-town guests were from Ellenton, Palm Bay and
Homestead, FL.

Marjorie LeBrun, 102 years young, with three of
her children, Barbara Chadwick, Bill LeBrun, and
Rusty Quinn.

Upon retirement, she lived in Santa Maria and
Oxnard, until March 1995, when she went to live with her
daughter and son-in-law in Desert Shores.
(Excerpt from a Las Vegas newspaper dated May 23,


Elena and L.F. Kelly of Hattisburg, MS, celebrated
their golden 50th wedding anniversary May 26. They were
married in San Jose, Costa Rica, and shortly thereafter
moved to Panama. Elena taught at Balboa Elementary
School and Kelly worked at Section I. After retirement in

1975, they moved to Hattiesburg.

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Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Kelly, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
To celebrate their anniversary, they traveled to New
Bern, NC, to visit their daughter Janet (BHS'74), son-
in-law Tony, and grandchildren Somer and Steve. Travel
weary, Elena and Kelly returned to Hattiesburg to rest
before they headed west to San Antonio to visit daughter
Carol (BHS'69) and son-in-law Randy.


The couple were married June 1, 1935, in North
Quincy, MA. At that time Fred was working at the
Massachusetts General Hospital as an Orthotist. One
year later they moved to the Panama Canal Zone. Marie
worked as a Medical Secretary for the U.S. Army and
Fred as an Orthotist for the Panama Canal Company at
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone. Following their
retirement on October 10, 1967, they moved to
Clearwater, FL. They have two children, Marie Agnes
Burns and Frederick Dube, and four grandsons who also
live in Florida.


By Bill Sargent
Florida Today

When Ken Karpinski grabbed the leader attached to
a7132 pound black marlin off the coast of Panama
recently, harrowing thoughts raced through his head.
"I thought of that guy last year off North
Carolina who was wiring a big marlin when it pulled
him overboard and they never found him," Karpinski
said. "We had a 30-foot leader on this fish, and I
had leader wrapped in coils all around me."
Being the "wire man" -- the one responsible for
grabbing the leader so the fish can be gaffed -- was
never much of a concern for Karpinski, a veteran
offshore angler and former Port Canaveral marina
owner from Merritt Island. He has been involved
with many billfish catches and hundreds of big ocean

"But, when I looked down and saw just how
huge this marlin was, and in the same moment felt
its strength," said Karpinski, now able to laugh about
those fleeting seconds, "I was a little concerned."
But, boat captain Mike Bell got a flying gaff into
the tail of the 1412 foot long fish and angler Phil
Sanders dropped the rod and applied a second gaff.
With only the three of them aboard Bell's 31-foot
Bertram, there was no margin for error.
"Knowing there was no way the three of us
could pull it aboard, we lashed it to the side of the
boat and headed in. It looked like a scene in 'The
Old Man and the Sea,'" Karpinski said.
Karpinski, Bell and Sanders grew up together on
the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal Zone and
each year they have a reunion that includes a fishing
trip aboard Bell's boat, the Joker. Bell, a charter
captain, lives in Gatun, Panama and Sanders now resides
in Houston. Texas.

L-h: MIKe tseli, Latun, ranama, (1o /2 pouna Manin,
Panama waters, Phil Sanders, Friendswood, Texas,
and Ken Karpinski, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

This year, they ran more than 100 miles down
Panama's Pacific coast to the famous Tropic Star Lodge
near the town of Jaque where they joined a fleet of about
a dozen other boats on an offshore reef famous for its
marlin. Giant schools of bonito attract the billfish. As a
rule, live bonito are used as bait.
"Ten minutes after we put out our bonito, the marlin
struck. We had agreed that Phil would take the first
strike," Karpinski said.
"We saw the marlin come up as it took off on the
first run and we estimated it was a 400-pound fish. Then
we didn't see him for another four hours because he
sounded. When we finally got a good look at the fish, we
knew it was a monster."

Karpinski said it's the second largest marlin taken at
Tropic Star Lodge in 15 years.
The fight lasted 82 hours, with Bell continuously
backing the boat to keep up with the fish and holding
Sanders in position. Not expecting a marlin of such size,
they were using only 50-pound test line on Penn 50
International reels.
Four times, the marlin dived under the boat just as
Karpinski reached for the leader. On the fifth try, he
grabbed the leader and held on for dear life.

Space Coast News
Titusville, FL
April 16, 1995


The PCC Golf Association held its third Annual
Husband/Wife Continental Airlines Golf Tournament
at the Horoko Golf Club, Rodman/Cocoli, Canal
Area. There were approximately 70 players in the
alternate shot, nine hole tournament. A dinner-dance
was held at the Rodman Club immediately following
the tournament where prizes were awarded to the

Jack Hern presenting Continental Airline tickets to 1st
place winners, Gary and Ellen Anderson.

The team of Gary and Ellen Anderson won first
place with a scratch score of 44 and a net of 40.
The tournament was sponsored by Continental
Airlines who graciously offered airline tickets as
prizes. Central Rent-A-Car also offered a weekend
car rental as a prize.

Gary and Ellen Anderson
Dave Bishop and Diana DeGreef
Dave and Jeannine Wilder
Hugh and Eilene Thomas
Jay and Priscilla Seilman
Bob and Jeannine Hauser
Jack and Fran Hern
Bill and Karen Coffey

Net Score


Her children thought that called for a very special
celebration, so on July 15, they threw her a smashing
birthday party at the Officer's Club at Marine Corps
Base, Camp Pendleton. Almost 50 people attended and
all had a good time especially the guest of honor!

"Queen for a Day" Sue Magee with children, Ann
(Magee) Severy, John Magee, Charlie Magee and
usie (Magee) Allen.
Most of the family came for the special event which
made her very happy. Unfortunately, daughter Peggy
Keller was unable to come from Arkansas due to Nobby,
her husband's health. Son Buddy flew in from Miami and
son John, recently retired to San Diego area from
Panama, joined in the celebration. Also, daughters Susie
Allen (Northridge) and Ann Severy (Oceanside). In
addition, all eight grandchildren came to honor their
Dolly Steiner, Sue's sister, came from Los Angeles,
as did nieces Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett and Joan
(Steiner) Robinson. Another Zonian, Tom O'Donnell of
Carlsbad, attended also. Sue's pastor and another priest
from Mission San Luis Rey joined all the family friends
to pay tribute to this special lady. Acknowledging their
toast, Sue graciously invited them all back to celebrate
her 100th birthday!!


Jana Renee Wheeler received her nursing diploma
from the Baptist Memorial Hospital System in San
Antonio, TX, on June 1, 1995, and began her nursing
career in the downtown Baptist Hospital as a registered
nurse on the Oncology ward on June 5, 1995.
Jana attended Balboa High School until 1987,
graduated from James Madison High School in San
Antonio in 1990 and attended the University of Houston.
She is the daughter of Jim and Judi (Warford) Wheeler,
formerly of Diablo.
After one year's experience, Jana hopes to continue
her education at the University of Texas Health Science
Center and receive a Masters Degree as a Nurse
Practitioner. Former Canal Zone out-of-town guests who
came to celebrate with Jana included Wendy Forester,
Cecilia and Clarita Wright, Dr. Carol F. Meyer, Lee and
Eva Hunnicutt, Ellen (Best) Osborne, JoAnn and Jack
Morton and Sue Cotton.

Back L-R: Wendy Foster, Jeri and James Wheeler,
Cecy Wright. Front L-R: Clarita Wright, Dr. Carol F.
Meyer, Jana and Judi Wheeler. (Not pictured: Proud
dad, James H. Wheeler III).


On May 27, 1995, at 4:00 PM at the First United
Methodist Church in Griffin, GA, John Fallon walked
down the aisle with Connie Rosenblatt to marry Robert
J. Stansberry, PhD.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Stansberry

After a lovely reception at the church, the family
converged to Connie's house where the reception began
again. Connie had been employed as a Pharmacist at
Griffen-Spaulding Hospital in Griffin, GA, for the last
five years. Bob accepted a professorship with MacMurray
College in Jacksonville, IL, and after a honeymoon to San
Francisco, they will begin their move.


Robert Mizrachi and Sarah McArthur on their
wedding day in San Diego, CA. Currently living in
Panama, the couple plans to return to San Diego soon.

Sarah McArthur and Robert Mizrachi


Mary Jean
marriage of her
Daniel Tanner.

Brady (Barranco) announces the
daughter Nicole Michele to Robert

Nicole Michele Barranco Tanner

They were wed on May 20, 1995 in Columbia, South
Michele is also the granddaughter of George (Coach)
Brady and Jean Brady.


On June 3, 1995 Charles R. Jones and Martha
Abrams were married at a lovely garden wedding and
reception held at Katie DePestal's home in Tampa, FL.
The bride's son Greg Abrams gave his Mom away in
marriage. Katie DePestal was Matron of Honor and Dave
Williams was best man.

Charles R. Jones and Martha Abrams
with Charles' son, Jason
Charlie is the son of Lois (Hollowell) Jones of St.
Petersburg, FL, and the late Charles E. Jones, a former
Chief Engineer on the tugs on the Atlantic side. He lived
in Coco Solo, Canal Zone, before moving to St.
Petersburg, FL. Charlie is a heavy equipment operator
for the city of Pinellas Park, FL. His wife Marti works for
General Telephone, Tampa, FL.
Former Zonians attending the wedding were Mrs. Jo
Johnson and her daughter Linda Britenstein of St.
Petersburg, FL, Carlos Brown (CHS'72) and wife of
Tampa, FL.
After a brief wedding trip, the couple will reside in
Tampa, FL.


Rebecca Helen Grimison and Geoffrey Stephen
Pletcher, Lt. USN, exchanged marriage vows on March
11, 1995, in the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, NAS,
Pensacola, FL. The bride is the daughter of Nancy and
Tom Grimison, former La Boca residents. The
bridegroom is the son of Sue and Jim Pletcher of
Rockville, MD.
The bride's sister Melinda was maid of honor.
Serving as matrons of honor, junior bridesmaid, and
flower girl, respectively, were the bride's sisters Elizabeth
and Christina (Volonnino), and nieces Erin and Colleen
(Fahy) who travelled from Diablo, Panama for the
wedding. Bridesmaids were Monica (Reyes) Carl,
Melanie Donohue, Kelly Stromberg, Frances Linder and
Stephanie Taylor. Attendants for the bridegroom
included Nick Palermino as best man; the bridegroom's
brother Eric, Jed Comerford, Eric Alber, Jeff King, John
McAvoy, and Joe Moran as groomsmen; and Brandon
Grimison, nephew of the bride traveling from Rodman,
Panama, was ring bearer.

Rebecca Grimison and Geoffrey Pletcher

As a prelude to the ceremony, "The Wedding Song"
was sung by all of the sisters and brothers of the bride
(those already mentioned, and Richard, Eric and
Matthew Grimison). Scripture and prayer readers during
the ceremony were Virginia Maas, Brian Robinson
(formerly of Panama), and Elaine Suhrie. The newlyweds
exited the church through an arch of swords, en route to
the reception held at Mustin Beach Officer's Club, NAS
Pensacola. After a wedding trip to Sandals Resort,
Antigua, the couple is at home in Lubbock, TX, where
Rebecca is Promotion Director on the staff of TV station
KAMC, and Geoff is a Navy instructor pilot serving in a
joint training program at Reese AFB, Lubbock.
Many guests attending were former Panama and
Canal Zone residents.

MS. Serving as flower girl was Megan Kessler, niece of
the groom.
Michael Kessler served his brother as best man.
Groomsmen were Tim Kessler of Fort Myers, FL,
brother of the groom; Jonathan Mock of Auburn,
brother of the bride; Bill Kessler of San Antonio, TX,
brother of the groom; and William Blalock of Sanford,
FL. Ringbearer was Tyler Shaffer, nephew of the groom.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents were
hosts of a reception at the Auburn University Hotel and
Conference Center. Following the rehearsal, the groom's
parents entertained the couple with a dinner at the
Grand National Golf Club.
After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple
will reside in Euless, TX.


Leanne E. Thrift and Timothy M. Krafft were united
in marriage on June 10, 1995 at St. Peter's Catholic
Church, DeLand, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Pat (Chase)
Thrift, formerly of Corozal, Panama and now residing in
Port Orange, FL. The groom is the son of Margaret
(Marshall) Krafft and the late Leo E. Krafft of DeLand,


Stephanie Ann Mock and Brian Edward Kessler
were united in marriage March 25 in a candlelight
ceremony at Auburn University Methodist Church in
Auburn, GA. The Rev. James Walter officiated the
double-ring ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Dr. and Mrs. William E.
Mock of Auburn; and Mr. and Mrs. William F. Kessler
of Dothan. The bride was given in marriage by her
A program of wedding music was presented by Mrs.
Sylvia Gossett, organist; Kevin Godsil, trumpeter; and
Mrs. Debbie Pugh, vocalist.
Serving as matron of honor was Laura Fabbrini of
Winston-Salem, NC, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were
Carrie Ellis and Erika Kinsaul of Auburn; Leigh
Johnston of Birmingham; and Amanda Geiger of Tupelo,

Leanne Thrift and Timothy Krafft

The bride was given away by her father. Her matron
of honor was her cousin Rae Ann (Thrift) Catlett.
Serving as best man was Jeff Krafft, brother of the
groom. Bride's attendants were Chantel Thrift, Sherri
Anderson, Jennifer Krafft and Stefanie Catlett. The
groom's attendants were John Schmid, William Young,
Christopher Perkins and Steven Catlett.
Following the ceremony, a dinner and evening of
dancing was hosted by the bride's parents at the Holiday
Inn, DeLand.
Leanne is a BHS'91 graduate and a 1995 graduate of
the U. of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Education. Tim is a 1986 graduate of DeLand
Senior High School and a 1990 graduate of Bethany
College, Lindsborg, KS, with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Sociology, and is employed as a Deputy Sheriff in
Orange County, FL.


Erica Ruth Stumvoll and James Wiley, whose
engagement was announced in the March 1995 issue,
were married on May 13, 1995 at Grace Church in The
Plains, VA. A tented reception atop Mount Garrison in
The Plains followed the ceremony.

Erica Stumvoll and James Wiley

The bride is the daughter of Richard and Dorothy
(Metzger) Stumvoll of Panama City, Panama, and the
granddaughter of Armenia C. Metzger of Ormond Beach,
FL. The bridegroom's parents are Jane Burgess Kelly of
Roanoke, VA, and James L. Wiley Jr., of The Plains.
The bride was escorted by her father. Her sister
Diana Stumvoll of Manhatten Beach, CA, was maid of
honor. Bridesmaids were Carrill K. McKenzie,
Washington, DC; Leslie K. Thomas, Aspen, CO; Sharon
Scott, San Francisco, CA; Diana T. Allen, Alexandria,
VA; and Mary Wiley, Orinda, CA, sister of the groom.
The groom's brother, William D. Wiley, The Plains,
served as best man. Groomsmen were Carter L. Burgess
Jr., Pelham Manor, NY; Whitwell Kelly, Salem, VA;
Jamel Agemy, Hollywood, FL; John Fitzhugh, Charlotte,
NC; George B. Hamilton Jr., Richmond, VA; Frederick
M. Jamison, Roanoke, VA; and Douglas M. Stumvoll,
New Orleans, LA, brother of the bride.
Ms. Wiley is co-founder and president of Greystone
Realty Advisors, Inc. Mr. Wiley is a commercial real
estate broker with James L. Wiley Real Estate in The
Plains, VA.
The couple made a wedding trip to The Island of
Guanaja, Honduras, and are now at home in The Plains,


Kellie Carey and James Hurson were married May
27, 1995 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Washington,
D.C. Kellie is the daughter of Capt. John Carey of
Gatun, where Kellie was raised, and Lani Carey. Sisters
of the bride, Katie Carey-Kaufman and Stacie Viehweg
were bridesmaids, and Pattie Carey was maid of honor.

James Hurson, Kellie Carey, and President Clinton
The reception, held at the Congressional Country
Club, was attended by many friends and family from
California and the Washington, D.C. area, as well as
Kellie's godparents, Capt. and Mrs. Mike Hoyne, and
another former Gatun family, Pat McDonough with
daughter Beth and son-in-law Tom Martwinski. Also
attending was an unexpected visitor President Clinton
was playing golf at Congressional and graciously spent
some time with the newlyweds and their guests.
Kellie and Jim honeymooned on St. Bart's in the
Caribbean and are now at home in Washington, D.C.


Brooke Passon and Edward Tanner were married
June 24, 1995, at First United Methodist Church in St.
Petersburg, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Norma Passon of St.
Petersburg and Richard Passon of Atlantis. The
bridegroom is the son of Stephen and Martha Tanner of
Hendersonville, NC.
The bride is a graduate of Northwest High School.
She is a legal secretary for the law firm of Foley &
The bridegroom is a graduate of Cristobal High
School, Canal Zone, and Eastern Kentucky University.
He served in the Marine Corps and is operations manger
for Campbell's Fundraising.
They live in St. Petersburg, FL.


Robert Johnson had the honor of escorting his
granddaughter Michelle Zigenhagen down the aisle for
her marriage to Timothy Lippstrow in Aurora, Colorado,
on May 6, 1995.


Deborah Spector and Edward Musgrave were
married June 17, 1995, at Christ United Methodist
Church in St. Petersburg, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Herb and Pam Spector
of Seminole, FL. Herb (CHS'59) is formerly of
Margarita. The groom is the son of Rex Musgrave of St.
Petersburg, FL, and Veronica Niesen of Madeira Beach,

Shelley and Robert Johnson
Also in attendance were grandmother Edith
Riggleman, mother Patricia, aunts Terri Johnson
Dodson, Judith Johnson Carrasco and several nieces and


"Much Happiness," Camille Gibson and Paul
Douglas Gibbs were united in marriage on July 23, 1994
at the United Methodist Church in Covington, Tennessee.

l .

Camille Gibson and Paul Douglas Gibbs
Camille was given away by her sons, Brett and Hugh

Deborah Spector and Edward Musgrave
The maid of honor was Elizabeth Wynn and the
bridesmaids were Carol Spector, Lynn Stodgell, Leah
Ayer and Dawn Lehmann. The best man was Keith
Mullins and the groomsmen were Rick Niesen, Dan
Foster, Gerald Johnson and Bob Hughes. A beautiful
reception followed at the Treasure Island Tennis and
Yacht Club, Treasure Island, FL.
Former Zonians who attended were the bride's
grandparents Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector of St.
Petersburg, Uncle Norman (CHS'68), Aunts Dawn and
Sarah Spector West (CHS'60) and Helen Spector Gentry
(CHS'61), and many Canal Zone friends.
After a honeymoon trip to Europe, the newlyweds
will reside in St. Petersburg.


John J. Fallon and Florence "Flossie" Fallon of
Dothan, AL, announce the marriage of their daughter
Kimberly Kane Fallon to Jason L. Rider, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Rider, Jr., of East Brewton, AL, on April
29, 1995, at 7:00 PM in St. Michael's Catholic Church in
Pensacola. A reception was held at the Mustin Officers
Club, NAS Pensacola.

Ensign and Mrs. Jason L. Rider
Before Kim's marriage she was employed by Wright-
K Technology as an engineering consultant working in a
G.M. plant in Huntsville, AL.
After receiving his Masters Degree in Industrial
Engineering, Jason was commissioned an Ensign in the
U.S. Navy and is currently in flight school. After a short
wedding trip, they are now temporarily residing in San
Antonio, TX, where Jason will receive his "wings". All the
Fallons and Rosenblatts converged in Pensacola. Sisters:
Mrs. Cynthia (Rosenblatt) Rauscher from Milan, MI;
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mills (Carrier R.) and daughter
from Atlanta, GA; Miss Connie Rosenblatt from Griffin,
GA; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Castleman (Kathryn Fallon)
and daughter Laura, from Fairfax, VA, and Pat Fallon
from Austin, TX. It was a joy to have all Flossie and
John's adult children together. They had such a good
time together they decided to do it again. (See
Rosenblatt-Stansberry wedding).


Ruth Cordeiro Alves, Highland Hills, NJ, and
Edward J. Husum III, Round Rock, TX, were married
March 23, 1995, by a Justice of the Peace, Armory
Restaurant, Perth Amboy, NJ. Ruth is the daughter of
the late Joao Evaristo Alves and Anna Cordiero Alves
of Santa Catalina, Brazil.
Edward is the son of Ellie Foley Husum of
Tallahassee, FL, and the late Edward J. Husum Jr.,
formerly of Balboa, R.P., and the grandson of Thomas
(Roosevelt Medal Holder) and Mary Foley, formerly of

Ruth and Edward Husum
Balboa, R.P. His paternal grandparents are the late
Edward J. Husum, Margarita, R.P., and Chicago, and
Edna C. Sanford, Curundu, R.P., and presently of Palm
Harbor, FL. Ray and Diana Husum, Karen Husum
Clary, Edna Sanford, and Ellie Husum were in
attendance at the wedding.
The couple honeymooned to Orlando, FL, and now
reside in Round Rock, TX.


Jenneffer Kay Stokes and Kevin Charles Beck
exchanged marriage vows on Friday, May 26, 1995, at
Miami, OK, Chapel.

Jenneffer Stokes and Kevin Beck

Parents of the bride are Elia C. Stokes (Garcia) and
Bobby J. Stokes, former Panama Canal employees now
living in Joplin, MO. The groom is the son of Bea Nahler
and Bob Beck of Oscoda, MI.
A reception was held at the Sport Page in Joplin and
was attended by the bride's sister, Brenda (Stokes) Rossi,
and friends. Jenneffer and Kevin honeymooned in Eureka
Spring, AR. The newlyweds are in their recently-built
new home in Joplin, MO.


Rommy Goode and Jaime Fernandez were joined in
marriage on March 25, 1995, at St. Mary's Church in
Balboa, Panama. The bride is the daughter of Don and
Gizelle Goode of La Boca, Panama. Jaime is the son of
the late Federico and Maria Dolores Fernandez of

Rommy Goode and Jaime Fernandez
Father John Rutledge, C.M., officiated at the
religious ceremony and accompanying music was
provided by two soloists, an organist and a violinist.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Amador Officers' Club, where friends and family
celebrated the newlyweds.
The couple's first dance was to "The Search is Over",
and was later followed by a special dedication from the
bride to her father of "God Blessed Texas". Special
thanks to all those, family and friends, who flew in from
the states and Costa Rica, to attend this special event.
The couple honeymooned in Disney World and
Georgia. Jaime and Rommy, both photographers, plan to
stay in Panama with their newly-established photography
business and studio, NEW AGE PHOTO, SA.

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)


Natalie Ann Williams

Nancy Ann (Ridge) and Jaycee Williams of Laguna
Niquel, CA, proudly announce the birth of Natalie Ann
on May 2, 1995, in Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA.
Natalie weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces and measured
19 inches.

Nancy (Ridge) and Jaycee Williams with newborn
Natalie Ann, and Vince and Dottie Ridge.
Maternal grandparents are Dottie and Vince Ridge of
Center Valley, PA, and paternal grandparents are Sandy
Kieldrup of Downey, CA, and Bill Williams of Mission
Viejo, CA.

Amanda Marie McCullough

Julie (Smith), BHS'81, and Drew McCullough of
Jacksonville, Florida, are pleased to announce the arrival
of their daughter Amanda Marie McCullough on April
18, 1995. Amanda weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was
20-1/4 inches at birth.

Julie and Drew McCullough with Amanda Marie.
The proud grandparents are Gilbert and Sue Smith
of Clearwater, Florida and Thad and Gayle McCullough
of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Amanda is also
fortunate to have great-grandparents Alice Pincus of
Clearwater and Duncan and Emily Padgett of Sullivans
Island, South Carolina.

Sean Patrick Gill

Suzanne M (Dolan) and Tom Gill are happy to
annnunrc the birth of their third child Scan Patrick.

Suzanne holding 3 month-old Sean; husband Tom
with 16 month-old Adam, and 41/2 year-old Kylee.
Sean was born on March 13, 1995, joining 41/2
year-old sister, Kylee, and thirteen month-old brother
Suzanne is a BHS graduate of 1980.


Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will not be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. Lease
see "Editor's Comer." 9/92

Timothy John Pearson, Jr.

Diane (Peterson) and Tim Pearson announce the
birth of their son, Timothy John Pearson Jr., on October
24, 1994. He has two sisters, Kristle and Michelle. Tom
and Barbara Peterson (formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone)
and Joe and Linda Pearson (both families of Sarasota)
are the proud grandparents.

Kari Elizabeth Adams

Mrs. Wilhelmina K. (Billie) Galloway of Sarasota is
pleased to announce the birth of a great-granddaughter,
Kari Elizabeth Adams on March 30, 1995 in Petersburg,
VA. Proud parents are Capt. Andrew Adams and Anna
Elaine Galloway of Colorado Springs, CO.

Jason Gregory Gramlich

Tamara L. (Tammy Martinez) and Gregory S.
Gramlich (BHS'85), are happy to announce the birth of
their son, Jason Gregory Gramlich, born on December
19, 1994. Jason was born in Morton Plant Hospital in
Clearwater, Florida. He weighed 6 lbs. 10 ozs., and was
19 3/4 inches long.

Tamara and Gregory Gramlich with son, Jason
Gregory Gramlich.
Maternal grandparents are the late Carmen D.
Martinez, and Vincent and Paula Martinez of Diablo,
Panama. Paternal grandparents are Larry and Aggie
Gramlich of LaBoca, Panama. Paternal great-
grandparents are Gregory and Gladys Gramlich of
Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Capt. Andrew Adams with Kari (4 months), Anna
Adams with Wilson (2 years) and Hilliary, going
Maternal grandparents are Joseph E. Galloway of
Sarasota, FL and Karen Clark of Mexico Beach, FL.

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Emma Rhiane Huff

Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff of Los Rios, Panama
announce the birth of their first grandchild. Emma
Rhiane Huffwas born to Brandy Huff on June 7, 1995 at
Paitilla Hospital, Panama, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

Back L-R: Phil Gabriel, Bill Huff. Front L-R: Betty
Gabriel, Brandy Huff with baby Emma Rhiane
Huff and Jane Huff.

Emma Rhiane is the great granddaughter of Phil and
Betty Gabriel, and the late Bill Huff Sr. and Esther Huff
of Margarita, Panama.

Patricia Maria Zemer

Patricia Maria Zemer was born January 22, 1994 in
Oslo, Norway to Rikki and David Zemer. They are shown
here at Disney World with sister, 5 year-old Phillipa, in
March 1995 while on a visit with proud grandmother,
Terry Zemer of Gulfport, Florida.

Rikki and David Zemer with Phillipa (5) and Patricia
Maria in Disney World.

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They shall not grow old, as we that are lef grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;
At the gomg down of the sun and in the morning&
We shall remember them, we shall remember them.

Coryne P. Anderson of New Smyrna Beach,
Florida, passed away January 16, 1995 from cancer.
She came to the Canal Zone from Meriden,
Connecticut in 1941. She was a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star Post 23 and the National
League of American Pen Women, Inc., both in the
Canal Zone. In 1971, she moved to New Smyrna
Beach, Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie O.
Anderson; a daughter Ramona Nell; a son, Gary, and
a grandson, Roger Nell.

Eleanor Neill Bliss, 82, of Boynton Beach,
Florida, formerly of Clearwater, died May 5, 1995 at
Boulevard Manor Nursing Home, Boynton Beach.
She was born in the Canal Zone and came to
Florida in 1956 from Taunton, Massachusetts. She
was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years,
Linwood B.; three sons, Richard and Ronald, both of
Clearwater, and Robert of Lawrenceville, GA; a
daughter, Lenore Bliss Wallace of Jackson Hole,
WY; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Arthur LeRoy Biystone Jr., 51, of Aiken, South
Carolina, died Saturday, June 17, 1955, at University
Hospital, Augusta.
Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, he was a member of the
Army. He was employed by Owens-Corning Fiberglas as
a buyer, with 30 years of service. He served as president
of St. Mary's Campground for 14 years.
Survivors include his widow, Glenda Carroll Blystone;
his parents, Arthur L. and Elsie Zona Blystone, Aiken;
two daughters, Sharon Ann Sullivan and Cindy Dawn
Blystone, both of Aiken; two brothers, Charles Blystone
and Marvin Blystone, both of Aiken; and a grandchild.

Roy G. Boggs, Jr. died in Langley, Washington on
April 24, 1995. He was born at Ancon Hospital, Canal
Zone in 1916 and attended Canal Zone schools,
graduating from Balboa High School in the mid '30s. At
school, he was active in football and swimming. He was
the son of the late Maude (Sutherland) and Roy
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Vera Boggs;
two sons, Gregory and Jeff; two sisters, Beverly Boggs
Slaymaker and Patsy Boggs Gregory Lord, who had two
children, George and Beverly; two granddaughters, and
many nephews and nieces.

Benjamin R. Brundage, 73, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died Thursday, July 20, 1995, at Edward White
Hospital. Born in New Rochelle, NY, he came to Florida
in 1981 from Panama, where he was an engineer for 40
years for the Panama Canal Co. A Mason, he was a
member of Sibert Lodge, F&AM, Panama, Egypt Shrine
Temple and Scottish Rite, both of Tampa, and High-12
404, Gateway Shrine Club, and Adah Chapter 219 OES,
all of St. Petersburg. He belonged to Riviera United
Methodist Church and Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Faith; a daughter, Linda
Marshall, Moline, IL; two sisters, Doris Becker,
Burlington, NJ; and Emily McCullum, Roseburg, OR;
two grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Cotton, 86, of DeLand, Florida, passed away
August 1, 1995 at Memorial Hospital- West Volusia. She
was born in Gorgona, Canal Zone, and was secretary and
stenographer for the Chief, Canal Zone Civil Defense
before retiring in 1964. Dorothy was also active in her
church, the Calvary Baptist Church in DeLand, where she
was a member of and Sunday School teacher .
She is survived by her husband, Arthur of DeLand;
a son, Fred A. Cotton of Schroon Lake, N.Y.; daughter
Dorothy Manthorne and a sister, Gladys Brayton, both of
Deltona, Florida; five grandchildren and five great-
grandchildren. A daughter, Nancy, of the Canal Zone
predeceased Dorothy.

Evelyn Dwyer Engelke, 76, of the Washington
Adventist Nursing Home in Takoma Park, Maryland,
formerly of Bentonville, AR, died on Saturday, May 6,
1995, as a result of a stroke.
Evelyn was born in Col6n, Republic of Panama, on
April 19, 1919, to John W. Dwyer and Grace Donovan
Dwyer and graduated from Cristobal High School in
1936. She married Howard Engelke in 1937 and moved
to the Pacific side where she was employed for many
years before retiring from the Probation and Parole
Office. Howard and Evelyn moved to Bentonville in 1973.
Evelyn was a member of the Allegro Organ Club;
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida; was a
homemaker and a member of St. Stephen Catholic
Church in Bentonville, where a Mass of Christian Burial
was held on May 11.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Montanaro, of
Silver Spring, MD; three sons, John of LaBoca, R.P., Bill
of Hollister, CA, and Louis of Corozal, R.P.; her sister,
Fran Elmendorf of Princeton, IL; nine grandchildren,
and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by
her husband, Howard, in 1983, by her parents, her
brother Jack, and by a sister Ruth in infancy.

Sam Falcone, 76, of Bensalem, Massachusetts,
died January 5, 1995 at the V.A. Medical Center in
Coatesville, PA. He was born in Harvey, LA., was a
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having served on
the USS Lexington in the Pacific Theater and
received 13 battle stars. He later worked for the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Corozal, Canal Zone. He
was a member of VFW Post 9220, Andalusia and a
member of Teamsters Local 463 in Philadelphia. He
retired as a driver/salesman for the Johanna Farms
Dairy in 1983 after 27 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Anne M. (Schultz)

Falcone; two sons, Joseph P. of Bensalem and
Samuel G. of Virginia; three sisters, Lucy Schimento
and Fel Domico, both of Harvey, La., and Josephine
Romano of Gretna, La.; and by several nieces and

Margaret Fessler, passed away June 10, 1995 at
Bixby Manor, Memorial Drive, Bixby, Oklahoma. She
attended Canal Zone schools and graduated with the
BHS Class of 1935.
She is survived by a brother, Paul A. Fessler, of
Clearwater, Florida.

Patricia Ann Finneman, 63, of Dothan, Alabama,
died Saturday, July 1, 1995, at Flowers Hospital
Emergency Room as a result of injuries sustained in an
automobile accident.
Mrs. Finneman was born June 27, 1932, in Atlantic
City, NJ, where she lived the early years of her life. She
lived in the Panama Canal Zone for 39 years and was
employed there by the civil service as a postal supervisor.
Upon her retirement in 1985, she moved to Dothan and
became a member of St. Columba Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore
Finneman, who died in 1987.
Survivors include five sons, Michael Finneman, St.
Augustine, FL; Thomas Finneman, Charleston, SC;
Joseph Finneman and David Finneman, New Orleans,
LA; Lawrence Finneman, Dothan, AL; a brother, Joseph
Cicero, Clearwater, FL; a sister, Marie Morris,
Clearwater, FL; four grandchildren, Ian Finneman,
Jessica Finneman, Matthew Finneman and Patrick
Finneman, and nieces and nephews.

Kathleen A. Fulton, 85, of Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 4, 1995.
She was born in Bibb County, AL, on April 5, 1910,
daughter of the late James Adams and Ann Smith. Mrs.
Fulton resided in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama,
before moving to the Palm Beaches 28 years ago. She
was former President of the Lake Park, Florida Garden
Club, former member of the Order of the Eastern Star,
active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and
a member of the 49ers. She was preceded in death by her
husband, James L. Fulton, who died in 1985.
Mrs. Fulton is survived by two sons: James L. Fulton
and wife, Nicolasa, of Palm Beach Gardens, and Dorman
L. Fulton and wife, Jane, of Minneapolis, MN; six sisters
and brothers: Mrs. Harriet Durden, of Leisure Village,
NJ; Mrs. Carol Stansbury, of Atlanta, GA; Mrs. Ruth
Labita, Mrs. Ann Bingham, James Adams and Gene
Adams, all of Birmingham, AL; and six grandchildren.

David L. Gaul died of a brain tumor on
November 6, 1994. David came to the Canal Zone
with his parents in 1962. He graduated from Balboa
High School in the Golden Class of 1964 and he
lived in the Zone from 1971-1979, living in Gamboa,
Margarita and Balboa as David worked as a
policeman, boarding officer and admeasurer.
He is survived by his wife Beth (Parmly,
BHS'65), daughters Lee and Megan, parents Gene
and Jane Gaul, a sister, Loraine Gaul Foster, and a
brother, Ken Gaul.

Thomas Fielding Gibson, 90, passed away May 1,
1995, at his home in Sugar Land, Texas. He was
born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1904. He served in the
U.S. Navy and came to the Panama Canal in 1939,
residing in Gatun and Margarita. He retired from the
Locks Division in 1966 with over 30 years of
government service. He was a Life member of Sibert
Masonic Lodge and he was an Abou Saad Shriner.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mae
Gibson; a son, Thomas Fielding Jr. and wife Billie;
a daughter, Nancy Callero Jackson and her husband
Johnny; and three grandchildren, Lance Fielding
Callero, Tana Elizabeth Wilde, and Cecy Lochman

Leon Graham Greene, 88, of Panama City, R.P. died
July 7, 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia of Panama; a
sister, Esther Moxon of San Antonio, Texas; a son,
Robert K. Greene and wife Marlenia of Costa Rica; a
daughter, Jayanne Slaughter and husband Dan of Piano,
Texas; a step-son, T.M. Kirkby of Tavernier, Florida;
grandsons Robert L. Greene of Panama, Kris G. Mitchell
of Miami, Florida, and Michael S. Mitchell and wife
Ginny of Lewisville, Texas; granddaughters Debbie de la
Guardia and husband Rogelio of Panama, Peggy Greene
of Panama; step-daughter Teddi Weil and husband Chris;
and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy M. Harrie, 81, of Sun City, Arizona, passed
away very suddenly at home due to heart failure. She was
born in 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, and went to the Canal
Zone March 1917. She was a graduate of the CHS Class
of 1933 and was employed in Cristobal with Railroads
and Terminals Division, and later employed at Gorgas
Hospital. She left the Canal Zone for California in 1941.
She is survived by daughter Betty Brenton in
Portland, OR, and grandsons Harry and David; daughter
Judy Lloyd and granddaughter Alison and grandson
Chris, Riverside, CA; sister Grace E. Brown, Medford,
OR; and brother Ted Birkeland, Kerrville, TX.

Mary F. Hassell, 80, of St. Petersburg Beach,
died May 3, 1995 at Beach Convalescent Center. She
was born in the Canal Zone and left there in the
early 1950s. She was a Catholic.
Survivors include a niece, Leslie Veach, Ormond
Beach, Florida.

Jack T. Humphrey, 83, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died August 7, 1995 at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, he was a 1934 graduate of Purdue
University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon,
the Dolphin Club and the "P" Club. He served as a Navy
aviation ordnance officer during World War II aboard
the USS Bunker Hill which was rammed by three
Kamakazi planes putting her out of commission for the
rest of the war. He followed with tours in Washington
during the Korean War, Cartagena, Spain, and Louisville,
Kentucky, retiring as Commander in 1969. He was a
member of the Isthmian Masonic Lodge, the Mayflower
Society and served on the board of the Retired Officers
Survivors include a son; Theodore J. II, Toledo; two

daughters, Mary Jo Howard, Springfield, Va., and Jerri
Lee Stuart, Fort Pierce, Fl., and 10 grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Louis Koenig, 73, of Marshall, Texas,
died Friday, May 5, 1995, in a Shreveport hospital.
He was born in Dallas and was a member of Metro
Rotary, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, a director of the
Harrison County Medical Association, Confrerie des
Tastevin, served in the U.S. Army as major, a member of
the Trinity Episcopal Church and was an avid
He received his medical degree from Southwestern
Medical College in 1946. He did 12 months of rotating
internship at the U.S. Marine Hospital and worked at
Walter Reed Medical Center in a two-year research
fellowship. He did second and third year residencies in
internal medicine at Gorgas Hospital and was chief of
medicine at Coco Solo Hospital, both in the Canal Zone.
He returned to Marshall to practice internal
medicine in 1961 and continued to practice until his
death. He held many other advisory positions and was
also on the Board of Directors for the East Texas Chest
Hospital (now the University of Texas Health Sciences
He is survived by his wife, Ann Johnson Koenig of
Marshall; a son, Robert L. Koenig of Houston; four
daughters; Kathleen Blair Koenig of Longview, Karen
Koenig Maddox of Orlando, FL, Laura Koenig Young
of San Antonio, and Susan Koenig Thomas of Arlington;
and by seven grandchildren; an aunt, Virginia Matkin
Nabors of Marshall and a cousin, Mary Jane Tracy of

Martha L. Lerchen, 82, of Seminole, Florida,
died peacefully May 10, 1995 at home. She was born
in Cristobal, Canal Zone and came to Florida in
1975 from Green Valley, Arizona. She worked for a
few years for the C.Z. Schools as a secretary. She
and her husband, Frank H. Lerchen retired from the
Panama Canal in 1964 where he was Maintenance
Engineer for the Maintenance Division.
Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Mary L.
Lerchen, and a granddaughter, Theresia M. Moser
Esq. both of Decatur, GA; a niece, Lucy Ann Howe,
(Driscoll) of Cortez, CO; her son, Frank preceded
her in death in 1990.

Richard Joseph Patrick Mahoney, 83, of
Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away June 14, 1995.
He is survived by a son, Rick of Chattanooga and a
daughter, Maggie Winfrey of Atlanta, GA, and four

Jean B. (Kieswetter) Mann, 67, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died August 9, 1995, at College Harbor Health
Center. She was born in Panama and was a BHS 1945
graduate. She then went to Boston College, and returned
to Panama where she was employed as a U.S. Army
employee. Shortly thereafter, she met and married her
husband and began a 23 year travel adventure as an
Army wife, to Illinois, Kansas, Alabama and then
Europe. The family returned to Florida in 1967 from
Germany, and she became active in bowling and teaching.
She then followed her father's footsteps who was

president of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
became the secretary-treasurer, a job she was to hold for
13 years. In 1985 she was awarded a Distinguished
Service award from the PCSOFL for her many
consecutive years of service in that position. She also
served id the Navy Reserve and was a Protestant.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Edward J.;
a son, Raymond, and two daughters, Sheryl (Mann)
Allegretti and Sandra (Mann) Grimes, all of St.
Petersburg, and two grandchildren, and many friends.

Jessie Adele Matheney, 102, of Seminole, Florida,
died peacefully on May 22, 1995 at Seminole Nursing
Pavilion. She was born in Rutland, Vermont.
Matriarch of a well-known family in Panama'and the
former Canal Zone, she came to the Zone in 1919
with a six-month old child to join her husband,
Angus G. Matheney who had preceded her to the
Isthmus to work with the Panama Canal. She was
active for many years in Community Activities,
including those of the Catholic Church in Balboa.
She refused to leave the Canal Zone when World
War II broke out and instead, worked with the U.S.
Army Postal Locators Office in Quarry Heights until
war ended. Upon retirement of her husband in 1950,
they established a new home in St. Petersburg,
Florida and she later moved to Seminole. Her
husband passed away in 1963.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Robert G., of
Sun City, Arizona and Angus O. of St. Petersburg;
two grandchildren, A. Grover and Mrs. Ellen Major
of Panama; and five great-grandchildren, all of

Albert Ross Minor, 99, a former teacher and
Panama Canal Zone employee, died June 15, 1995 at
his home in Algiers, Louisiana. Mr. Minor was born
in Oak Forest, Pennsylvania, and lived in Algiers for
37 years. He received a teaching certificate in 1914
and taught in rural schools in Pennsylvania and at
Waynesboro High School. He served in France as a
corporal in the American Expeditionary Forces during
WW I and participated in five major battles. He
earned a bachelor of arts degree from Waynesburg
College in Pennsylvania in 1925. He was a former
president of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and lettered
in five sports. In 1941, he began working for the
Treasury Department in the Panama Canal Zone. He
was a member of James Farrell Post 330 American
Legion in Waynesburg and Woodland Presbyterian
Church in Algiers.
Survivors include a son, Jack Fye Minor; two
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Margaret F. Morris (Mo), 86, of Panama died June
23, 1995 in Panama City. She was born in 1908 in North
Carolina and moved to the former Canal Zone in 1940 to
join her husband, Wilfred Morris, who worked for the
Construction Division. He retired in the Zone area and
died in 1962. Mrs. Morris worked for the Canal Zone
Schools Division until her retirement in 1970 when she
returned to North Carolina. She returned to Panama in
1986 to live with her son Charles Morris and his family
until her death. She also was an active member of the
First Baptist Church of Balboa Heights for many years.
She is survived by another son, W. R. (Bob) Morris
and wife Linda, of San Diego; a daughter Margaret

(Margie) Hanesworth and husband Dan, of Chicago; ten
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and a sister,
Laura Blanchard, of Wallace, North Carolina.

George A. Norris, 72, of El Cangrejo, Panama, R. de
Panama died July 3, 1995 at Punta Paitilla Hospital. He
was branch chief of the refrigeration and air conditioning
sector of the Facility Engineers at Corozal. He was an
Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea. He was
preceded in death by his son, Joe, who died in 1987.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughter Joan of
Brandon, Florida; six grandchildren and three great-

William T. Oliver, 69, died during March of 1995
from a heart attack in San Jos6, Costa Rica. He was
born in Panama and was a graduate of BHS Class
of 1945. He taught and directed in 1966 at the
University of Chile in Santiago; in 1974 at the
School of Fine Arts in Mexico City and numerous
times at the University of Costa Rica's School of
Dramatic Arts in San Jos6. He joined the University
of California, Berkeley Department of Dramatic Art
in 1958, where he taught stage direction, dramatic
literature and criticism, and retired in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and three
children, Michael, Anna and Soren.

Richard Elliot Parker, 76, of Palm Harbor, Florida
died June 17, 1995 at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital,
Tarpon Springs. He was born in Colon, Panama and
retired from the Industrial Division on disability in 1968,
with over 30 years of service. He had been employed as
an operating engineer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II and a member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars. He was a member of the Elks and was a Mason
and a Methodist. He took hundreds of people on trips to
the San Bias and Darien (Zambu River) on the Sea
Horse and his boat the Prowler. He was a hard hat diver
for the Panama Canal and U.S. Navy. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Ruth Anne, and son William.
Survivors include two brothers, Donald C., Inverness,
Florida, and Robert W. of Ocala, Florida.

Sarah Elizabeth Phillips, 93, of Sanford, Florida. She
was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico, in 1902. The Joyner
family left Puerto Rico when she was 3 years old to work
on the Panama Canal during its construction. Sarah, or
Bessie as she was known to her friends, met and married
Lancen L. Phillips. Mr. Phillips retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1954 as the Governor's Chauffeur and
settled in Sanford, FL. He died in 1972.
Bessie is survived by two sisters and one brother:
Mary Joyner Holmer Piotrowski of Depew, NY; Dorothy
Joyner Ewing of Chicago, IL; and Benjamin Joyner of
Mississippi. Four children: Bessie L. Heilman of
Altamonte Springs, FL; Ethel Jean Kabacy of Sanford,
FL; Phyllis A. Bertrand of Sanford, FL, and Henry L.
Phillips of Oviedo, FL, nine grandchildren, thirteen great-
grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She
was a member of the Womens Auxiliary of the American
Legion, Post 53.

Kody Stephen Pryor, age 21/2, died unexpectedly
on April 25, 1995 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in
Miami, Florida. Kody was born with a heart defect
and had open heart surgery when he was 4 days old.
He appeared to be a healthy, active boy even though
he had to have periodic surgical procedures. He died
after having what was to be his last procedure.
He is survived by his parents, Joanna and
Stephen Pryor, and his twin brother Collen of Winter
Springs, Florida; maternal grandparents Craig and
Stephanie Cicero of Winter Springs; maternal great-
grandparents Joseph and Marcia Cicero of
Clearwater, Florida.
The Cicero family asks that you remember Kody,
his parents and brother in your prayers during these
difficult times and to thank all of our friends for
their support.

David Rice, 66, of New Hampton, New
Hampshire, died March 14, 1993 at his home from
cancer. He had taught at New Hampton School since
1954, teaching English, History, coached J.V. soccer
and hockey, and was faculty advisor to the Manitou
and Belfry. He later coached Varsity soccer and
hockey, was dorm master, Director of Guidance and
of Studies, advisor counselor and alumni contact.
He is survived by his wife, Anne (Nicolson),
formerly of the Canal Zone; two daughters, Charlotte
and Sarah; and a son, William.

James G. (Jim) Ridge, 74, of Panama City, Panama,
died suddenly July 19, 1995 at the Boca Raton
Community Hospital where he was undergoing treatment
for cancer. He was born in Gorgas Hospital and was a
BHS'39 and CZJC'41 graduate. He was the Sports Editor
of the Panama American newspaper. When World War
II began he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and after the
war he received his BA degree from Bradley University
in Peoria, IL. He returned to Panama City where for
many years he owned an insurance agency. After he
retired from active insurance, he formed the "Bar Boy de
Panama" Company and was its President until he died.
Jim was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Past
Potentate of Abou Saad Shrine in 1991, a member of the
"Royal Order of Jester" of the Abou Saad Temple and
the longest member of Balboa Elks Lodge Number 1414.
The Elks recently honored him as "Citizen of the Year"
and presented him with a large plaque. He was a life
member and very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the American Legion. He also belonged to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Jim had the distinction
of being the first American President of the Panama Golf
He was the son of the late Larry and (Julia) "Goldie"
Sullivan Ridge. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Beverly (Meitzen), a son Steve and a brother Lawrence
"Rocky" Ridge. Survivors include two sons, James G. Jr.
of Boca Raton and Lawrence "Larry" of Charlotte, NC;
grandson, James G. Ridge III; sister, Virginia Ridge
Dolim, Honolulu, HI; and a brother Paul, San Mateo,
CA; six nieces and nephews and many cousins from the
Sullivan and "Jack Ridge" families.
Services were held on July 21, 1995 at the Boca
Raton Mausoleum. A memorial service is being planned
in Balboa/Panama at a later date.

Harvey W. Sauter, 84, of New Port Richey,
Florida, died May 6, 1995 at HCA Community
Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn and came to the
Canal Zone in 1940 where he was employed by the
Maintenance Division and was in charge of
maintenance at Coco Solo Hospital. He lived in
Margarita and was active in the community theater
on the Atlantic side. He was a member of
Sojourners Lodge, Cristobal. In Florida, he was a
member of West Pasco Stroke Club, Beacon Square
Civic Center Pool Association, Tarpon Springs Social
Club, N.A.R.F.E. and the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by his wife Mildred; his brother
Edwin and several nieces and nephews.

Roy Elden Selvey, 37, of Guilford, Connecticut, died
June 4, 1995 at his residence. He was born in Andalusia,
Alabama and spent much of his youth in the Panama
Canal Zone and attended school in Balboa. He worked
one summer as a student assistant in the Payroll Section,
Balboa Heights.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Eure Selvey; three
daughters, Mary K. Selvey, Barbara A. Selvey and Anna
P. Selvey, all of the home; his mother, Barbara Hammac
Selvey of Greensboro; his father, James D. Selvey of
Riverview, Florida; a half-sister, Jessica Selvey and half-
brother, James Selvey, both of Riverview.

Leo Wallace Snedeker, 75, of West Palm Beach,
Florida, died June 10, 1995 at The Gardens Hospital,
Palm Beach Gardens. He was a native of Savannah,
Georgia. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II
and served as a ship engineer in Panama, where he also
hosted a radio show. He was a professor of speech
pathology and audiology who retired from Stetson
University, DeLand, Florida. He worked for 16 years in
network television as a producer and director, and was
founder and president of the Shoestring Theater in Lake
Helen, FL. He also worked with the Stover Theater at
Stetson University.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, a
CHS'45 graduate and Area Reporter for the Canal
Record on August 9, 1992.
He is survived by three daughters, Lauralene
Snedeker-Fowler, Phyllis Lynn Snedeker, and Lillian
Elise Baro; a son, Eric David; and eight grand-

Daniel F. Snyder, 79, passed away in his home
in Piano, Texas on May 3, 1995 after battling cancer
for 31/2 years. A memorial service was held at the
Episcopal Church in Piano. He went to the Canal
Zone in 1935 for the U.S. Army and became the
Deputy Comptroller for the Southern Command on
the Pacific side. He retired in 1972 with over 38
years of government service. He later worked for
Texas A&M in College Station, Texas for 13 years
before moving to Piano. He was a member of Ancon
Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Bodies of Balboa,
Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Melba
(Smith) Snyder; a daughter, Sheila Holland of Piano;
a son, Freddie of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren
and two great-graiddaughters.

Mildred (Owen) Sutherland, 79, of Clearwater,
Florida, passed away on June 23, 1995 at home. She
was born in Kansas City, Missouri and left the Canal
Zone upon the retirement of her husband in June,
1968. She worked as a court reporter for the U.S.
Navy. She was past matron of the Orchid Eastern
Star Chapter in the Canal Zone and a member of
Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Clearwater.
Survivors include a son, Owen, of Rochester,
Michigan; two daughters, Janet Sutherland, of
Dunedin, Florida, and Marsha McNamara of
Dedham, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren; and two

Denton Swann, 68, of Denton, Texas, died June
14, 1995 in Denton. He was born in Harrold, Texas
and served in the U.S. Army as lieutenant colonel as
an intelligence officer. He was a member of Ancon
Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite in Balboa; a
member of the Fort Worth Chapter No. 58, Royal
Arch Masons, and the Fort Worth Council No. 42
R&SM; and member of Moslah Shrine Temple in
Fort Worth.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn June; a
daughter, Lavena G. Pepper of Denton; his mother,
Minnie R. Swann of Cross Plains, Texas; a sister,
Glenda L. Chandler of Cross Plains; two
grandchildren and a great-grandson

Frances (Frankie) A. Thomson, 79, of Springdale,
Arkansas, died June 5, 1995. She was born in Lyons,
Kansas and went to the Canal Zone at an early age. She
was married to the late L.R. (Louie) Sommer, an
electrical contractor, then later married the late J.R.
(Tommy) Thomson, the administrator of Palo Seco
Hospital. She was a holder of the Panama Canal Master
Key to the Locks, in the grade of Master Humanitarian.
She is survived by her son, L.R. (Bobby) Sommer of
Fayetteville, Arkansas, his wife, Gaye; and two
grandchildren, Cassie and Michael.

Florence Verona Isobel Vockrodt, 82, of Victoria,
British Columbia, Canada, passed away May 28, 1995
in the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria after a long
illness. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan,
Canada. She became a licensed cosmetologist in
London, England, then returned to Canada. Her
profession took her to various parts of Europe,
Victoria, Toronto, and at the outbreak of war, to the
Panama Canal Zone where she lived with her
husband, Cecil, for many years. They lived in
Curundu and she worked as a beautician. She retired
in July 1974, after which they settled in Victoria in
their seafront home purchased in 1963. They later
moved to a new home built on the adjacent property
where they still lived when Verona passed away. She
and her husband traveled extensively to China, Italy,
Hong Kong, Japan, Central and South America and
all of the U.S. except Alaska.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Cecil; a
brother, Roydon Hornsey; and close friends which
they accumulated from their travels over the world.

Merrill T. Webster, 85, of Fort Myers, Florida,
passed away February 22, 1995. He was a member of
the Olga-Fort Myers Shores United Methodist

Church. He retired from the Panama Canal Company
Locks Division in May 1871 as a senior lock master
with over 21 years of service. He and his wife
resided in Gatun, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; a son, Terry;
two grandsons, Matthew and Luke, all of Arlington,
Texas; and a brother, Joshua W. of Fort Myers,

Aida Palma Wheaton passed away in her sleep at her
residence in Fort Myers, Florida on June 7, 1995.
She lived on the Atlantic side 18 years and is
survived by her husband, John; and two grandchildren
and daughter, Jane.

Marguerite Virginia "Peggy" Zartman, 93, of
Belleair Bluffs, Florida, died April 29, 1995 at
Integrated Health Services. She was born in
Indianapolis, IN., and came to Florida from the
Canal Zone in 1960. She received the Theodore N.
Vail Medal in 1924 in Indianapolis for saving the life
of a telephone subscriber. In 1930 she was one of
the first women in Indiana to get a commercial
pilot's license. She was a member of the Church of
the Isles and Officers Wives Club at the Tides Bath
Club, both at Indian Rocks Beach.
Survivors include a son, Paul of Bloomington,
Indiana; and a sister, Mildred Andrews, Dayton,

Emmett Zemer, 99, of Santa Clara, California,
died April 30, 1995. He was born in Meridian,
Mississippi and went to the Canal Zone in 1913 to
join his father, a railroad engineer and a Roosevelt
Medal holder. Emmett began his career with the
Commissary Division and retired as Safety Engineer
in the Housing Division in 1957 with over 44 years
of service, one of the longest records of a P.C.
employee. For many years he was in charge of the
Independence Day celebrations on the Pacific side
and on July 4, 1976 he was made Honorary Marshall
of the Bicentennial Parade and bestowed the title of
"Mr. Fourth of July." After retirement, the Zemers
moved to Panama City and he became a sales
representative for Wilson-Harrell, food brokers and
Hamms beer until he was 92. Twice he was a
member of the Canal Zone delegation to the
Democratic Conventions. In 1988, the Zemers
relocated to Villa Serena Retirement Center in Santa
Clara, CA. to be closer to their children. In 1989,
the California Legislative Assembly passed Resolution
1672 for "Emmett Zemer's long and progressive
record of personal, career and civil achievements."
Assemblyman John Vasconcelles presented him with
this Resolution to celebrate the 94th birthday of
"Emmett Zemer Mr. Fourth of July." He was a life
member of Ancon Masonic Lodge and Abou Saad
Shrine Temple and the O.E.S. in Panama, and in
February 1995, he was presented a Golden Veterans
Medallion for over 50 years service as a Mason.
Survivors include his wife Mary (Milloy) Zemer,
whom he married in 1922 at the Balboa Union
Church; a son, William Zemer of San Capistrano,
CA; daughters Isabelle Lively of Sonoma, CA., Phyllis
Wright of Morgan Hill, CA., and Shirley Swenson of
Picayune, MS; five grandchildren, David Zemer,
Connie Bumgarner, James and Julie Wright and John
Swenson; five great-grandchildren, and a great-great-

Letters to the Editor


I recently wrote an essay to participate in Lee
Memorial Health System's 10th Anniversary Celebration
of Older Adult Services. The contest stipulated that
entries must bear the title "The Joys of Being a Senior".
I won second place and the essay was published in the
Lee Memorial Health System Older Adult Services
Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading the news in
the Record.

Pat (Neckar) Coleman
Ft. Myers, FL

rare scene at Dirty Nellie's Irish Pub, they sang an
abbreviated rendition of the theme song from Mrs.
Snyder's fifth-grade smash hit "Somewhere Over the
Rainbow". Lisa, fresh from her acting debut in the
motion picture "Children of the Corn, Part II," performed
flawlessly in the recreation of her role as Dorothy.

Vacationing at Fairfield Bay, Arkansas: L-R: Willard
"Rojo" Huffman, Rogers, AR; Kathy and Will
Huffman, Wynne, AR; Kathleen Huffman, Rogers,
AR; and Mary Huffman Novak, Townsend, WA.


In days reminiscent of their childhood in Diablo, four
old friends convened at the San Antonio home of Albert
and Connie Wanner. The impromptu reunion gathered
three Texans and one resident of North Carolina together
for a weekend of margaritas, fajitas, and renewed
Carmen Wanner initiated the reunion by inviting
Michael Horoda, and Tina (Hayes) Swift to join her and
Lisa (Hunt) Johnson at the Fiesta, Texas, theme park for
the performance of the Southern Piedmont Children's
Choir. The children were from Asheboro, North
Carolina, where Lisa is a music teacher. Carmen works
for the U.S. Forest Service in Nacogodoches, Mike is a
physician living in Dallas and Tina is a senior computer
sysyems analyst with the Chief of Naval Air Training in
Corpus Christi. Tina's husband Harvey, a retired Navy
pilot, also made the trip.
They visited classic San Antonio sites such as the
Alamo and took a tour of the Riverwalk by boat. In one

Harvey, Tina, Michael, Lisa and Carmen at the
Alamo in Texas.
They spent a good part of the weekend catching up
on events and evolutions of their lives and those of their
absent but remembered childhood friends. Missing from
the group was long-time friend Melanie (Trim) Bales
who was unable to join this gathering but was talked
about nonetheless. Several names of missing classmates
(some from early elementary years) surfaced who could
not be accounted for. See "Where Are You" column.

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Four Generations: During a recent visit to Panama by
Beth (Mlzrachi) Lane and her son, Shannon, four
generations of Morlands get together for a family
photo, from left: Beth and Shannon, Virginia
Woodhull Morland, and Sunny Mizrachi.


The get-together was held on January 7, 1995 at Jeff
and Monica (Reyes) Carl's home in Orange, California.
Of those who attended, Alex Reyes (the entertainment)
was farthest from home in Fort Collins, Colorado. Most
of the guests came from Orange County, Los Angeles
and the San Diego area.
Ken Little made the Arroz con Polio, Monica
(Reyes) Carl made the empanadas, and Alex Reyes and
Jeff Carl made the ceviche. Ron Cortez was donated by
Brandy Coffey who had just returned from Panama.

Back L-R: Monique, Guillermo and Ashley Payne,
Terry Forest, Romin Blang, Brandy Coffey, Ovid
Rijfkogel, Teddy Joyce, Ken Little. Middle L-R:
Jimmy, Patty and Glanna Payne, Eric Little, Eldon
Payne, Robin Joyce, Pam (Ken Little's girlfriend), Jeff
Carl. Sitting & kneeling, L-R: Louis Payne, Lou
Kwalski, Nancy Magee, Ashley Anderson, Monica
(Reyes) Carl.
We danced to our favorite salsa hits provided by the
Payne family. Everything else was good memories and a
good time.
Alex Reyes wrote some lyrics to some incredibly,
moving tunes pertaining only to Panama which were
played, and they touched all those in attendance. Both
Alex and David Sietz have worked years on two albums
of their music and lyrics which were done to preserve the
memories we all hold so dear of Panama.

Monica (Reyes) Carl
986 N. California St.
Orange, CA 92667-5808


Old pals Betsy Nichols (CHS'61), daughter of former
Zonians Clarice and John Hewitt, and Mimi Collins
(BHS'61), daughter of former Zonians Joan and Lynn
Stratford, were reunited this year thanks to Clarice
Hewitt's diligent perusal of the Annual Directory. Friends
since meeting in Gatun in--what it really 1955?--Betsy
and Mimi lost track of each other in 1976, when Mimi
was somewhere between Australia and American Samoa.
Now Betsy is a teacher in Omaha, NE, and "Dr. Mimi"
(Ed.D.) is a librarian in Palm Springs, CA.

Betsy, letting husband Larry man the fort back
home, visited Mimi and husband Howard in Palm Springs
this June, happily before the Palm Springs Airport was
shut down because it was too hot for the planes to get
enough lift to get off the ground. Thanks, Canal Record,
for helping to bring about this happy reunion!

Mimi Collins
Palm Springs, CA

Wanda (Mann) and John L. Sims


Pictured are four Panama Canal Electricians all but
"Smiley" Morris had an electrified career. He was an
apprentice electrician under Fred Ebdon, but retired as
a towboat master!
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L-R: Jimmy "Smiley" Morris, Ray Nickisher, Fred
Ebdon and Bill Carlin at Bill's youngest daughter
Barbara Carlin's wedding reception.
Photo was taken in Sarasota on April 22, 1995 at a
wedding reception for Bill Carlin's youngest daughter,
Barbara. Submitted by Bucky Hall.


Friendships made while living in the Canal Zone last
forever. No matter what paths we take after leaving that
beautiful place, a chance to get together is worth every
effort. Twenty-six people met at Mathis Park in St.
George, Utah on May 13, 1995, for a picnic and to share
memories. Who could have guessed that so many from
the lush tropics could be found in the dry deserts of the
U.S.? No matter the setting, it's the conversation and
seeing old friends that overshadow everything else.

Nevada; Bob and Marlene Carpenter from Silver Reef,
Utah; Reah Rivera, Maria Tabert, Adrien "Kibby" and
Jean Bouche, all of St. George, Utah.
We missed Donna and Dell Bunnell of Sigurd, Utah.
They had their travel plans made to attend but Dell made
a trip to the hospital instead. Umberto Gambarelli,
formerly of Colon, Panama and now teaching in Las
Vegas, was with us in spirit but missed the picnic because
of a prior commitment.
Everyone agreed that spending the day together was
a great idea and other days should be scheduled often
throughout the year.


Margaret (Kuhn) and John A. Morales, Sr. were
visited by daughter Jeanette and her children, Kendall
and Kyle (10).
Jeanette scheduled her vacation from Department
of Defense's Communication Facility in Panama so as to
attend daughter Adrienne M. Oliver's graduation
ceremonies at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS,
on July 14, 1995.

L-R: Eugene White, Luciana White, Adrien "Kibby"
Bouche, Eugene White Jr. and Dottie White.

L-R: Maria Tabert, son Herb, Adrien Bouche, Jean
(Bouche) Gunn.

Those who attended were Ida (Strauss) Gifford, Bud
and Beverly (Olsen) Bouche with their children Ryan,
Marcum, Janene, Warren and Scott; Jean (Bouche)
Gunn with sons Benjamin and Brandon, all from Orem,
Utah; Lea Lane and Sue (Wilkinson) Lane from Provo,
Utah; Herb Tabert and son Herbert "Chip" from Salt
Lake City, Utah; Craig Malin from Woodland Hills,
Utah; Eugene and Luciana White from Panama, who
came with son Eugene and Dottie White from Las Vegas,

Jeanette, Kendra, Adrienne, John A., Kyle and
Margaret(Kuhn) Morales. Adrienne proudly holds her
Masters degree, with honors in Geography from
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Adrienne was award her Masters, with honors, in
Geography and is now employed with the progressive city
of Overland Park, KS, as a Planning Technician.
Son Kenneth, an electrician at the Miraflores Locks,
also visited briefly in July. Ken was checking out his 23-
acre property in Worth County, about 60 miles north of
Savannah, which is 70 miles north of Kansas City.

John A. Morales, Sr.
Savannah, MO



,P Back L-R: Stephen Truxton, Roy Truxton (BHS'69),
Maj. Charles Truxton (BHS'73), Vicki Truxton, Brian
Eddie Napoleon, BHS'57, and Vince Ridge, BHS'37, Beatty. Center L-R: Ann Friedrich Truxton, Perry
at Angels' Stadium, Anaheim, CA, on May 11, 1995. Truxton (CZJC'49), Beatriz (Leon) Truxton, Nellie
Eddie is the first-base coach for the Texas Rangers, (Truxton) Beatty. Children L-R: Michael, Maureen,
who played the Angels that day and won. (Photo by Elizabeth, Teresa Truxton.
Joan de Grummond). The Truxton family enjoyed a one-week reunion in
San Francisco during the last week in July. Family
members from Florida, Virginia, and New Mexico joined
those living in California for a fabulous week. Due to
doctors' appointments, Silvia and Emmanuel Truxton are
DOLANS VISIT COSTA RICA not shown in the enclosed photo. Many an evening was
W. -I --'ls. t spent reviewing memories of our days in the Canal Zone
S('49-'74). Also giving those not fortunate to have lived
there, an idea of what it was like living in the Zone
during the good old days.

Perry E. Truxton
S Alamogordo, NM

Anna Marie (Chase) Dolan with her brother, Gil
Chase, at his home in Pavas, Costa Rica.
Anna Marie (Chase) Dolan with her brother Gil,
Chase. Photo taken last April when Joe and I and our
daughter Ginny visited Gil and his wife Ana at their
home in Pavas, Costa Rica.
Gil has fond memories of all of his old friends.

Ann Dolan Ed Doran and Regina (Rau) Stroop, BHS'44
Austin, TX classmates at the Annual Ball.


Jim and Gemma O'Donnell spent 16 days in
Panama visiting with relatives and friends. They
report that the biggest topic of conversation was the
change-over. For example, the Diablo and Los Rios
schools were closed down this past June. Many of
the residents of Los Rios were in shock because
their school was to be closed down in June 1996
and Diablo in June 1997. Because of the military
forces reducing their presence in Panama, the closure
was moved up to the present. The Margarita,
Cristobal schools, along with the schools in Gamboa,
Ft. Gulick are also closing this year along with the
Veterinary clinic at Mindi and Ft. Davis.
In 1996 Ft. Amador and the school in Curundu
are to be turned over to Panama along with the
Curundu housing. Just before the O'Donnells left
Panama, the Panamanian Government requested that
Fort Amador not be turned over at this time.
Gorgas Hospital, Herrick Heights and the Canal
Zone College are slated to be turned over in 1998.
Fort Kobbe, Cocoli, Corozal and the Curundu
laundry in 1999. The last to be turned over will be
Balboa Elementary School, Balboa Junior High and
High School along with Rodman, Farfan and Howard
Air Force Base.

Most of this information came from the local
newspapers in Panama, which also reported that four
U.S. Senators came to Panama to talk about
renegotiating some of the turn-over time tables. The
Panama Canal Commission has less than 750 U.S.
citizens on the payrolls and this number is falling
If you plan to make a trip to Panama, you
should do it soon. There are too many cars on the
road and they are having problems with the drinking
water. The economy seems to be in high gear -
buildings are going up all over the city. Every day
on the TV the local politicians are debating on what
to do with the Canal Area when it is turned over to
Panama. No one seems to have a concrete plan. This
may explain why the Panamanian Government does
not want some of the Canal Area turned over to
them at this time.
If you decide to make a trip to Panama you may
want to look into the use of the transient apartments
that the Panama Canal Commission has available.
For example, you can get a nice one-bedroom
apartment with air conditioning and fully furnished
for $9.00 a night in Balboa.
James J. O'Donnell
St. Petersburg, FL.

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St. Luke's Choir, circa 1936. Back L-R: Ann Briscoe, Margaret Briscoe, Octavia Garlington, ? Diane Yost.
Middle row L-R: Gretchen Yost, Alice Garlington, ? ? ? Sheila Randolph, Buzzy Merwin, ?
Front L-R; Bobby Coulthard, Ross Newland, _?, Joe Vielbig, Klindt Vielbig, Wolfgang Jetter, Donald Beall,
Warren Jones, ? Guy Newland.

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Taken about 1911 L-R; Mamie Calvit Sundquist and husband Theodore and their child Katherine; Nora Mae
Clements (?), child of Clara Calvit Clements and Walter Clements. Back row, L-R: Mamie Calvit Sundquist,
Charlie Calvit, Mary Sarah Calvit Harrison, holding Gertrude Harrison, child of T.W. Harrison and Mary Calvit
Harrison, Stephen E. Calvit and his wife Annie L. Calvit, Clara Calvit Clements and her husband, Walter
Clements. This photo was contributed by Mrs. Linda Bohl of Woodaille, Texas, and copied for Robin Walker, a
Calvit descendant and member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, living in Baltimore, MD.


THE ROYAL ZONIAN BAND, 1945-1947, taken at Ancon Masonic Hall. Back L-R: George Muller, announcer; Jack
Muller, trombone; Dick Colston, trumpet; Sonny Shecker, trumpet; Unknown; "Buck" Millet, drums; Eddie ?, bass,
CZ employee; Pete Nesbeth, piano, CZ employee; Charlotte Dye, vocalist; Ted Melanson, vocalist. Front, L-R: Bud
Perry, saxophone; Don Dewey, sax; Bill Allen, sax & clarinet; James Young, sax.

The Gatun Union Church Choir
The Gatun Union Church Choir

CANAL ZONE CUSTOMS, Cristobal, 1947(?). Standing, L-R: Joe Coleman, Keith Cairns, John Abele, Lee Heim,
Harry Jones, Mike Green, Horace Smith, Joe Stopa, Tom Egger, Fred Arnold, Bill Knox. Seated L-R: Jeff
Robinette, Perry Washabaugh, Paul Dignam, Ethel Staples, John Glancy (Chief), Bill Willumsen, Jimmy
Campbell. Photo of Mike Greene


By Jack deGrummond
March 25, 1988

A comment on the concept of what the Panama
Canal Society represents, and the basic belief of the
esteem in which the Society should be recognized.
It seems that the society's membership continues to
remain strong and active. However, there are some
eligible Zonians who just haven't felt the need to join. I
feel that they should be a part of one of the Panama
Canal Societies or groups around the country, as so many
I would like to comment
B on what our societies really
can mean. One of our

Florida's Society Annual
Reunion. What a terrific
event it is, to draw us all
together. Everybody has
such a great time in seeing
M old friends again,
participating in the
Functions, socializing with
Sh 1 everyone, and dancing their
feet off at the ball.
This might give the effect
that the Societies are purely social in nature just a get
together, have a good time and nothing more. But there
is a deeper purpose for which we join together.
Most of us, who have been with the societies in
Florida and California for a long time, believe that the
membership in the societies is more meaningful that
"purely social." The social part of the membership only
follows the original purpose and motivation for the
creation of the societies.
The motivation of the
CANAL original organizers of the
ote societies was a desire to
'A perpetuate the fellowship of
friends and Zonians whose
lives and experiences in the
Canal Zone bound them
together. They lived and
worked in a unique society,
ri n C with a close association as
students in school, in their
work, church activities, social clubs, sports and many
other daily functions, where they enjoyed a special
rapport with each other.
Many of us were born in the Canal Zone area, which
was our only home. Our parents came from the United
States in early construction days, met and were married
in the Canal Zone; others came individually, or as
families, and all became one big society. We made our
life in the Canal Zone a heritage from our parents.
Others also established their identity as Zonians when
they arrived on the Isthmus.
Some young Zonians in our early years, during the
1940's, joined a society called "The Panama Canal Old
Timers' Sons and Daughters Sociiety," to honor our
parents, and to recognize our association with the

- Panama Canal Project, as well as to have the opportunity
to be together in a recognized group.
We all had the realization of the importance of our
jobs in the various fields of work there. We were proud
to work for our government, and to be a part of one of
the greatest American engineering projects. the American
Panama Canal, and its continuing successful operation
over the years.
Each generation had its share of experiences there,
and has seen many changes over the years. But anyone
who lived a part of his life in the Canal Zone community,
or was associated with the Canal and its operation, will
have a special feeling of pride to have been part of it.
I believe that when the Panama Canal Societies were
first formed, it was to commemorate the great Panama
Canal project, the sacrifices and work of all the people
who participated in its construction, operation and
maintenance, who, over the years, have made it a world-
renowned waterway from ocean to ocean, with its
tremendous service to world shipping.
There are many commemorative societies and
organizations, each formed for a special purpose, and
many also have social activities; so, do not let us class our
societies as purely social, or we'll miss the boat.

An Epitaph

When a Zonian dies, he doesn't go to Heaven, and
he doesn't go to Hell he takes a trip on the Love Boat
back through the Panama Canal.


Editor must have by:

October 21, 1995


Help on the following captions of the March 1995 issue
came via Robert W. Blake, member of the co-winning
team, the "Huskies," of the first half of the BHS
intramural season, 1936. Bob ran for Congress in 1988
for the 7th District, Washington. Sorry you lost, Bob.

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

"Green Wave" Football team, 1936, Back L-R: 2nd from
left: John Stadig, 5th from left, Bert Shelton. Front L-
R: "Rocky" Ridge, Ned Dwelle, Roy Boggs, Lee
Edwards, "Windy" Smith, George Russon, John

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

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THE PLAYSHED, HALLOWEEN, 1936. Balboa, Canal Zone. Some names remembered: Mary Nehls, Carole
Combs, John Lewis Toone, Pat Coakley, Mary Lou Mohr, Eddie Hatchett, Louis E. Bradley. Cn anyone come
up with more names? Photo submitted by Mary Nehls DeMartini, Foster City, CA.

1954-55 Baseball GAO Ghouls Team. Only known members are Front, 2nd from left: Mike DeSalvo, and far right:
"Spook" Lloyd Harnish.

Balboa Commissary from the air The Prado, lower left; Canal at upper right; parking lot in foreground with Sosa
Hill and Balboa movie theater in background. Submitted by Bob Van Siclen.

Balboa High School Class of 1954, Graduation photo.

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Editor mus
October 2


OCTOBER 2, 3, 4, 1995

t_. October 2, 3, and 4, 1995, are the
dates for the annual Gas House
Gang Golf Tournament in Dothan,
S Alabama. It will be held at the
Olympia Spa Motel Resort on Hwy
231 South.
We had a great group of lady
golfers last year and hope to see
even more ladies join us. All golfers
might want to stay a few extra days
to enjoy the challenging Robert
Trent Jones golf course, The
Highlands, which is nearby. Our get-
together is not only for golfers; the
non-golfers have just as good a time
renewing acquaintances, visiting places of interest and
shopping at the Wiregrass Commons Mall. Ya'll Come.

Oct. 2 Practice round (Make your own foursome).
Music in evening.
Oct. 3 Mexican Best Ball Tournament male and
female mixed scramble.
Oct. 4 Mexican Best Ball Tournament separate
male and female division. Cocktail hour,
banquet and awards in the evening.

PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 days and 3 nights lodging,
3 rounds of golf (entry fee, cart, greens fees and prizes),
3 breakfasts and 2 dinners, cocktail party, banquet and
prizes. All prices include taxes.

COSTS: Per couple (both golfers)
Per couple (one golfer)
Single golfer (with roommate) ea.
Single golfer (staying alone)
Single (non golfer)


NON-PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 rounds of golf
(entry fee, cart, greens fees and prizes). Music Monday
night. Cocktail party and banquet on Wednesday night.

Club Member (golfer)
Non-Club Member (golfer)
Cocktail party & Banquet only

$64.00 per person
$100.00 per person
$15.00 per person

All reservations will be made directly to the Olympia
Spa Motel, Manager Joe Bates, P.O. Box 6108, Highway
231 South, Dothan, AL 36302. Telephone is (334) 677-
3321. For additional information please call any of the
following: Vera Ryan (334) 793-6316; Lou Hunt (334)
793-4690; Bud Huldtquist (334) 793-5186; Bill Sherlock
(334) 794-5933; Jim Coman (334) 284-0771.


The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic will be
held starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 7, at Davis
Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off Highway 90 at Ocean Springs, MS.
Everyone in the area or passing through is invited to
attend. Just drive through the park and look for the
bohio with the artful CZ banner, compliments of our
artist-in-residence, Gerda Smith. And, if you have any
good old CZ recipes (and especially the Chicken-in-a-
Basket from the Gatun American Legion), please bring
them along too. One day we will have a cookbook and
you won't want your goodies left out.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups, and a dump
station. For camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Spring, MS 39564.
Patt Roberson will be collecting news for the
December edition of the Canal Record, so don't forget to
jot down a news item and bring a picture.
For additional picnic details, please contact Gerda or
Owen Smith at (601) 542-3441.


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


Old yearbooks and the yearbook updates often
distributed at class reunions in Florida are being
collected in the interests of future historical research and
preservation by Patt Roberson. They will end up in the
Pan Canal Museum in Fort Worth. So, if you have any
old yearbooks or if your class prepared an update for
your class reunion, please send them to: 2801 Allen
Court Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!


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 hope to have an
even better turnout in 1996.
Those of you contacted for the last reunion please
advise us of any change of address or addresses to be
added to our mailing list by contacting the committee
members below.
The PM reunion committee will not send
correspondence to anyone until next year, however we
will try to keep you informed through the Canal Record.
When mailings begin, we would appreciate a donation to
help defray postal costs.

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

Helen (Edwards) Magan
914 Alexander Circle
Pueblo, CO 81001-2015

Ginger (Coffy) Young
1220 John Anderson Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176-3720

that number this year. Saving them in a drawer or
cupboard isn't doing anyone any good, sentimental
reasons notwithstanding. Condition of glasses is
unimportant; but making it possible for someone less
fortunate to see, is.
So, get up off that easy chair right now while you're
thinking about it and go get them. Wrap them in an old
newspaper, stick them in a box or a bag and drop them
in the mail to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker,
LA 70714-2253. Then sit back and smile, knowing you've
done your good deed for the day. And, don't forget, that
good deed is tax deductible! We'll publish the results in
December. Thanks!


Members of the planning committee for the 1995
Teacher Mini-Reunion held at the PCSOFL Reunion at
Orlando's Marriott World Center wish to thank all those
who attended the Teacher Mini-Reunion and helped
make it the delightful occasion it was. If you would be
interested in participating in the planning for a future
teacher mini-reunion, please contact one of the
committee members.


Members and their families continue to send in old
eyeglasses at the rate of about a pair a week. This is your
last call to get in any old eyeglasses in time for our
annual count. In 1994, 164 pairs were received. Let's top

Roger Dean
(407) 723-8487
7600 Norwood Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32904

Donna Gillis (until early fall)
(011-507) 52-1148
PSC #02, Box 926
APO AA 34002-0926

Kathy Egolf
(813) 577-6723
3848 90th Terrace North
Pinellas Park, FL 34666

Jan Whitney
(904) 562-4886
4819 Deer Run Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32306



The Class of 47 will hold their 50th Class Reunion in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's annual
gathering in Orlando in July 1997. Progress is being made
on our 50th year class reunion. The committee has
located nearly half of our classmates. We need your help
in locating the rest of the 1947 Balboa High School
graduates. If you know where any of the classmates are,
please see the "Where are You" section.
If you would like to become a member of the
planning committee, please write to one of the following

Louis Dedeaux
8415 Lofton Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514

Albert Johnson
121 Birch Grove
Spartanburg, SC

Fred Rose
639 Versailles Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35803


This is the first call to remind CHS '47 classmates
that our 50th Reunion is not too far in the future for
planning purposes.
We need your most current address and telephone
number including those of any other classmates which
you may have.
THIS IS THE BIG ONE and we need your input
and assistance. We want to hear from you as soon as
possible to determine if there is enough interest or
support for a 50th.
The location and type of reunion will be up to you -
write or phone: PETE or MARJE FOSTER at 2389
Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34683. Phone

Lois Jones
3265 Maple St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Jim O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Progress is being made on our 50-year Class
Reunion, planned in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida annual gathering in Orlando in June
1998. We have located nearly half of our classmates and
most of the responses from them have been enthusiastic.
1998 seems a long way off, but already a year has passed
since we began this tracking down process. We continue
to need help in locating the rest of us. If you were in the
BHS Class of 1948, or if you know where any of our
classmates are, please send names and addresses to:
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, 10518 Providence Way, Fairfax,
VA 22030-3106. Telephone: (703) 273-2654.
Note to CHS '48 Class: Pat (Leach) Koenig has
volunteered to head up a Cristobal High School Class of
'48 Reunion. You can contact Pat at: 14904 Freeman
Ave., San Jose, CA 95127.


First call to remind BHS'77 classmates that our 20th
reunion is coming up in '97. We need your current
addresses and telephone numbers, including those of
other classmates you may be in touch with. If you would
like to volunteer to help in organizing the reunion, let us
know when you send in your addresses.
Start marking your calendar for July 1997 in Orlando
in conjunction with the Annual Panama Canal Society

Mary Lou Buford (Pascavage)
6226-B Summer Pond Dr.
Centreville, VA 22020

) Lori Snow (Stevenson)
1455 Rilla Circle
Lawrenceville, GA 30243


How about a final GRAND Class Reunion in
Panama in 1999? We are thinking of putting together a
final class reunion in February of 1999. It will be the
beautiful dry season weather, and a great time to visit the
Canal before it is turned over on December 31, 1999.
Davis Stevenson has had experience in putting
together great tours to Panama, and is already making
plans for one final last "splash." We will spend 7 full days
in Panama, plus a day for traveling each way, making a
total of 9 days. Davis will make all the arrangements for
7 wonderful fun-filled days, to include a grand Reunion
dinner dance for all classes, plus lots of other activities,
i.e., picnics, a day at the beach and the El Valle Indian
Market. This will be a trip of a lifetime and not to be
missed. If interested, please call us at 1-800-783-8847.
We are compiling a data base for all interested
parties, regardless of whether you went to BHS or CHS.
Even if you didn't graduate from either of the two
schools, but still want to come, please let us know. And
it you have any ideas of what you would like to do or visit
while in Panama, let us know that also.
Davis is going to Panama again on his annual Dry
Season tour, and will make some of the arrangements at
that time. His trips are always "all inclusive," to include
your air fare out of Miami and back, your hotel, food,
transportation to all functions, and exit and entry fees.
Since Davis is completely bi-lingual, you can relax and let
him do all the work for you.
Does this sound like a great trip? You bet it does!!!
Call (or write us) and let us know you are interested so
that we can keep you up to date on the plans and the
final cost.

(Note: This reunion is not sponsored by the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.)



There is an agreement with the Marriott 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's
Annual Reunion must be approved in advance by the Reunion Coordinator before the hotel will accept them.
Initial requests should be sent to Reunion Coordinator, James O'Donnell, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.


The Balboa High School Class of 1950 presented to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida a beautiful, large
photograph of Balboa High School and a stuffed Balboa
The gift was presented on the 45th anniversary of
their graduation.
The Society appreciates the presentation and
generosity of the BHS Class of 1950.


Planning is underway for a fantastic 30th reunion for
BHS Class of 1966 to be held in conjunction with the
1996 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, FL.
This is only a very initial notification so mark you
calendar now. Please send any and all addresses and
ideas to Bob Askew, Box 2511, Hailey, ID 83333, Tel.
(208) 788-2253.


We are planning our 40th class reunion as a
"FAREWELL TO PANAMA TOUR". It will be the last
week in February 1997--exact day of departure and return
will be confirmed later on.
All graduates who have any contact with the class of
1957, please pass on this information so that a master list
of ex-alumni can be started, as well as offering them the
opportunity to participate in "THE BIG 40TH" in 1997.
We will become a part of, or all of, a 10-day all-
inclusive tour done by Davis Stevenson which includes
the Atlantic and Pacific sides and sites in the interior of
Panama. A partial transit of the Panama Canal will be
included along with stops at El Valle, El Volcan,
Boquete, Panama City tours, shopping, and lots, lots
more. One of the accommodations will be the new
Coronado Club. Numerous other sights and side trips can
be arranged and our reunion will end with a wrap-up
dinner dance and entertainment. All transportation, tours,
meals, hotel, air fare from Miami and return, airport
fees, visa and exit fees are included in the price. All
ground transportation will be via air-conditioned bus.
This tour has been successfully done in the past with
raving reviews. The flight will be from Miami via COPA
Airlines. Once we know how many are interested in
coming, a final group rate can be given. Please contact
one of us with your address and phone number so we can
give you the final itinerary and price. We need to know
as soon as possible as space is limited. CONTACT:

June Barlow Riesz
8 Crossway Ct. West
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(904) 445-2839


Plans are underway for our 10 year reunion (can you
believe it!). It is planned in conjunction with the 1996
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, FL. Please
send your address and any other addresses of classmates
that you may know. Those who would have graduated
with us but left the Isthmus prior to graduation are
encouraged to attend. Send addresses and ideas,
suggestions to any of those listed below. CHS'86
interested in having a joint reunion? Contact us soon!

Melinda Grimison
400 St. Georges Ct.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937

Alice (Furlong) Riviezzo
1706 W. Hanna Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614

Mitchie Hern
3415 W. Hillsborough #336
Tampa, FL 33614

Ben Thomas
740 S. Federal Hwy. #212
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(305) 943-4140


Plans are now finalized for an exciting 20th Reunion
in Panama on June 13-17, 1996. Chadwick Travel Services
has given us an outstanding, all-inclusive rate including
round-trip airfare from Miami (with discount add-on
rates from other originating cities), hotel
accommodations at El Panama, all transfers, evening
cruise to Taboga, tour of the Canal Zone area and BHS
(with a group photo on the front steps), trip to El Valle
and Rio Mar, banquet dinner and much more. If you
haven't been back to Panama recently and would like to
join our class in these activities, please feel free to jump
on board our charter. Mailings to all classmates from the
Class of '76, and others who expressed interest in joining
our group, have been made at this time. If you have not
received your packet with all the details, please contact
Renee Collins. We are going to have a great time
together so plan now to join us in 1996. Mail your
responses in as soon as possible to get the best rates

Renee Carter Collins
24056 East King Ct.
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
Ph. 918-357-1601
Fax. 918-455-5051

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



Owen Smith is looking for an extra 1944 BHS
Zonian, but may settle for a photocopy. If you can help,
write him at 1046 Jimmie Wall Lane, Osyka, MS 39757-

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**$750.00= Inside & Outside=$850.00**
Taxes, Fees & Air not included -
(Rates subject to change)
**Low Cost R/T Air Available**
(Example from Tampa-$250.00)
Reservation Deposit=$300.00

For Information
Write or Phone:

2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(813) 785-8555
All tours require a minimum of 30 persons

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0 Florida Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
a Seminole, FL 34642-4712. Make checks payable a
Sto: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Ads
. accepted from members only.
S MEMBER RATES (effective June 1, 1994)

SApprox 3 1/2" x 1" (1/20th page,) $6.00; 1/10
a page (business card size) $12.00; 1/5 page
a $24.00; 1/4 page $30.00; Half page $60.00; Page a
Size is 7" wide and 10" deep. Ads received before E
a June 1 will be charged current rate.

WANTED: Books by Sue Core. Especially Panama's
Jungle Book and Maid in Panama. Am also interested in
books, fiction or non-fiction about life in the Canal Zone
from 1920 to the 1930's. Please describe, quote price and
condition to Darlene Eden, 6544 3rd Avenue South, St.
Petersburg, FL 33707.

SAUCE ARTURO I got it! A case (24) plus shipping
and handling: $24.00 Write to Sheila Lawrance, 21144
Butcher's Holler, Estero, Florida 33928.

WANTED: A photograph of Colon Hospital. Contact
Marie Park, 6700 102nd Avenue North, Apt. 10, Pinellas
Park, FL 34666.

FOUND: Turned in at the Reunion: One red ladies
sleeveless sweater, buttoned in front, with 2 waist
pockets. Size Large. "New York Style" trademark.
Please contact Society office 813-391-4359.

FOUND: One pierced earring, black enamel
with gold border. Please contact Society office

WANTED: Sheila (Reynolds) Dillow wants extra 1964
Canal Zone Junior College yearbook; will accept
photocopy. Please write to Sheila at 104 Grand Avenue,
Anna, IL 62906.

By Patsy C. Detamore

Who wouldn't like to explore a tropical jungle without having to worry
about getting lost or fighting off hungry insects? Or carve out your own road
with a caravan of Jeeps? Maybe a day devoted to filling your boat with 25-
pound game fish would be more to your liking. Make it the same jungle where
Vasco Nufiez de Balboa discovered the Pacific, Henry Morgan laid waste the
city of Panama and Teddy Roosevelt dug his Big Ditch, and you've got MAMA
WORE JUNGLE BOOTS. It will take you into Panama's jungle and make you
want to stay. This 256-page paperbound, 6"x9" book may be purchased directly
from the author for only $16.45. Books will be autographed upon request at
no extra charge.
Please send check or money order to: Patsy C. Detamore, 3835 Rex
Circle, Rex, GA 30273-1320.

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Relive the 1995 Reunion on VIDEO!
Take home the music, sights, sounds and
endless FUN of this years event!
Order your Video Today!
Video Selection: '
O Highlight video of Reunion Events $24.95
2 Annual Banquet Luncheon on Video $24.95
0 BOTH VIDEOS discounted value price $45.95
Price Shipping Label. Please Print.
Tax: F Residents add 7% Name:
S&H (2.95 1 tape/ 4.95 2 tapes) Address:
Total State/Zip:
Send your check or money order to: Creative Sound & Light Video, 3100 Blue Heron
Street, Safety Harbor, Florida 34695, or Call toll-free 1-(800) 37-VIDEO.







TEL: 011-507-55-4444

FAX: 011-507-55-4380


Panama has always been an interesting place to visit, and for us old (and not so old)
Zonites, this trip could be your last opportunity to return to your favorite haunts before the
transition is complete. This coming dry season will be your opportunity for a coast-to-
coast/border-to-border tour of Panama. The tour lasts 10 days and includes the following:

-Airfare from Miami to Panama via COPA
-Exit fees in both countries
-Tourist Card
-All meals while in Panama
-Tips and baggage handling
-Transportation on air-conditioned busses
-Special dinner at Restaurant of the Americas
-Farewell dinner/show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
Tour will be led and conducted by Davis Stevenson who
beside being born and raised in Panama and the Canal
Zone, is completely bi-lingual. We sold out in 1995!
If you did not make it in '95 we look forward to seeing you
on our '96 all-inclusive tour of Panama.
For further information and details, contact Davis Stevenson
at 1-800-783-8847.


(404) 995-7537
FAX (404) 995-8017






5% Discount on any size order

Survivor s union

Australia/New Zealand

16 qJ)a Action packed Aussie Adventure
This exciting trip has been changed to mid March 96 to
take advantage of favorable weather and travel conditions.
Arrangements have been made to insure efficient use of
time and money without sacrificing quality. Due to the
great response and interest, several spaces have been
added. We are planning on the very best that Australia
and New Zealand have to offer. A 5 day extension to Fiji
Islands on the return to the US is an option... A detail
itinerary is available upon request.
*** Special Program for nOn Divers is included @ *

Contact: Ed Armbruster 3406 ")eiment T)r.
galettevi[e q~ 28303 (910) 864-2184

cErica or K.axine at Air 9anAd & Sea 'ravel
1-800-849-4409//....fax 910-483-2848
3a7ettevi[[e, (~orth Carolina

Fayeleville. NC 28301

about 3" in diameter;
fish, birds, butterflies...

MOLITAS--small molas
about 5"x7; bird, fish,
animal designs

$2.50 ea (12 or more)
$3.50 ea for 5-11
$4.00 ea for 1-4

$4.50 ea (12 or more)
$7.00 ea for 5-11
$9.00 ea for 1-4

MOLAS--about 13"x17" $25.00 ea

MOLA ORNAMENTS- $3.50 ea (12 or more)
with loop for hanging; $6.00 ea for 5-11
stuffed; check $7.00 ea for 1-4
Christmas or Christmas (Santas, bells, stars...)
natural designs natural (owls, fish, cats, birds...)

about 13"x14"; mola
panel on front; hole
to insert stuffing

MOLA MASKS--face-sized;
eyeholes; string for tying


necklaces of
western Panama

chaquiras worn by both
children and adults
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$27.00 ea

$0.25 ea for 1-4
$1.00 for 5

$25.00 ea

$12.00 ea

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crafted fiber bags

FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Information on other mola
items and framed molas, molitas, and mola patches
available upon request.

GUARANTEE: You may return your order within 30 days of
receipt for a complete refund if it doesn't meet ,our

Please enclose check or money order for the total amount
payable in US funds (5% discount to Canal Record
subscribers; MI residents add 4% sales tax) to:

PUERTO PANAMA, Route 1, Box 63, Calumet, MI 49913

THANK YOU for your order!

and &
1320 Bragg Bo~evard


My contribution to the Panama Canal Museum is
enclosed for the amount of $

Please make check or money order out to: North
Fort Worth Historical Society, and send to:

Mrs. Sue McCafferty
N. Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Avenue #112
Fort Worth, Texas 76106



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